MSNBC hosts accuse White House of trying to pressure them over coverage   
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two television hosts assailed by Donald Trump questioned his mental health on Friday and charged that the White House had tried unsuccessfully to get them to apologize to the president for unfavorable coverage in exchange for his getting a negative tabloid story about them killed.

          China's Xi sees 'challenges' in Hong Kong as Beijing dismisses any UK role   
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping, visiting Hong Kong for the 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese rule, said on Friday the city's "one country, two systems" formula faces "new challenges" as pro-democracy campaigners ramped up their protests.

          Manuel Vicente inaugura central eléctrica de Cambambe que beneficia oito milhões de pessoas   

O vice-Presidente inaugurou a segunda central de aproveitamento hidroeléctrico de Cambambe, que ampliou a sua produção energética de 180 para 960 megawatts, para beneficiar oito milhões de pessoas.

The post Manuel Vicente inaugura central eléctrica de Cambambe que beneficia oito milhões de pessoas appeared first on Mercado.


          China 'outraged' by $1.42 billion planned U.S. arms sales to Taiwan   
BEIJING (Reuters) - China urged the United States to revoke immediately its "wrong decision" to sell Taiwan $1.42 billion worth of arms, saying it contradicted a "consensus" President Xi Jinping reached with his counterpart, Donald Trump, in talks in April in Florida.

          Temer diz que denúncia contra si é “uma ficção”   

Presidente do Brasil desmentiu a denúncia de corrupção contra si, apresentada no Supremo Tribunal Federal pelo procurador-geral.

The post Temer diz que denúncia contra si é “uma ficção” appeared first on Mercado.


          Polícia Civil divulgou balanço da Operação Força no Foco realizada em Garanhuns   


O Delegado titular da 18ª Delegacia Seccional de Garanhuns, Luiz Bernardo, convocou a imprensa na manhã desta terça-feira (27/6) para uma coletiva no Auditório da Codeam, no bairro da Brasília em Garanhuns, para divulgar os números da “Operação Força no Foco” comandada por ele nos dias 21 e 22/6 em Garanhuns e cidades da Região. A coletiva teve a presença de representantes da Receita Estadual, Polícia Civil, Polícia Militar, Conselho Tutelar, Guarda Municipal, Corpo de Bombeiros e Vigilância Sanitária.

De acordo com o delegado, a operação não era sigilosa, mas tinha o objetivo de prevenir as práticas de ilícitos criminais, administrativo e repressão aos Crimes Violentos Letais Intencionais (CVLI) na região, que são homicídios e latrocínios. O delegado informou que 15 pessoas foram presas e apreendidas 03 armas de fogo juntamente com 27 munições. As armas apreendidas foram duas pistolas e um rifle, além de um simulacro de metralhadora, toucas ninjas e rádios comunicadores que estavam sendo utilizadas para a prática de assaltos na região. As ações foram coordenadas pelo Delegado João Lins com a participação das equipes da Delegada Maria das Graças e Delegado Alysson Câmara, com apoio do Grupamento Tático Aéreo (GTA) coordenado pelo próprio delegado.

O Major PM Albuquerque, informou que as ações foram positivas, cerca de 64 policiais em cada turno das 48h realizaram diversas blitz, também foram realizadas ações integradas em bares e restaurantes que resultou em notificações e fechamento de estabelecimentos comerciais. Durante as ações da PM foram abordados 2039 transeuntes, 838 motocicletas, 767 carros e 84 bicicletas.

O Conselho Tutelar não constatou nenhuma violação de direitos relacionados à Crianças e Adolescentes nas diligências realizadas.

O presidente da AMSTT, Elielson Barbosa, informou que durante as ações da Guarda Municipal foram abordados 659 veículos, sendo 20 deles notificados, ou seja, multados e 13 recolhidos ao pátio da Autarquia, além de 03 documentos recolhidos por irregularidades.

O Corpo de Bombeiros fiscalizou 08 estabelecimentos comerciais, sendo 3 deles notificados e três interditados por apresentarem irregularidades.

A Vigilância Sanitária realizou fiscalização para verificação de irregularidades nos bares, similares e outros estabelecimentos comercias na cidade, com objetivo de diminuir o risco de agravo a saúde da população local. Segundo a Drª Catarina, 08 bares foram inspecionados, 04 deles foram interditados e 08 notificados. Os estabelecimentos apresentavam vários tipos de irregularidades que traziam agravo a saúde, inclusive com risco de morte, uma vez que sejam ingeridos por crianças e idosos por apresentarem imunidades baixas. A doutora ressaltou a importância de ingerir um alimento saudável e alertou o risco de contaminação, chamando a atenção para as filas em postos de saúde e hospitais, pessoas que na maioria estão ali com doenças transmitidas através de alimentos.

A Receita Estadual – SEFAZ produziu 19 Autos de Apreensões de mercadorias em situação irregular, no valor total de R$ 597.403,87; e 48 Autos de Infração por irregularidades fiscais diversas, num total constituído de: R$ 422.713,66, valores que ultrapassaram o valor de R$ 1 milhão.

O DETRAN através da LEI SECA realizou 226 abordagens, sendo autuados 27 num total de 61. Também foram recolhidos 12 Certificados de Registro e Licenciamento de Veículo (CRLV) e uma Carteira Nacional de Habilitação (CNH).

A Polícia Rodoviária Federal (PRF), abordou 296 pessoas, 283 veículos, realizou 105 notificações pelo Código de Trânsito Brasileiro (CTB), 03 notificações pela ANTT; 32 veículos foram apreendidos e 01 Mandado de Prisão cumprido. Além disso, 04 Certificados de Registro e Licenciamento de Veículo(CRLV) foram recolhidos, 03 Carteira Nacional de Habilitação (CNH) recolhidas, 173 Abordagens educativas e 173 Testes de Etilômetro.

O delegado Luiz Bernardo parabenizou a integração dos órgãos em comprometimento com a população de Garanhuns e ressaltou que mais ações deste tipo estão por vir.

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          ‘Trump overrules cabinet, plots global trade war’   
COGwriter US President Donald Trump’s trade plans may spark a major trade war: June 30, 2017 Trump overrules cabinet, plots global trade war With the political world distracted by President Trump’s media wars, one of the most consequential and contentious internal debates of his presidency unfolded during a tense meeting Monday in the Roosevelt Room […]
          UCG apparently again dealing with unitarianism   
UCG’s Logo for Beyond Today COGwriter The chairman and president of the United Church of God (UCG) sent out the following: The purpose of this letter is to encourage all of us to continue to fight the good fight of faith and be settled in the faith. … From time to time some brethren have become […]
          US talk show hosts hit back at Trump abuse   
The president’s relationship with the Morning Joe hosts has taken several twists and turns since the election campaign.
          Obama making nostalgic visit to city of his childhood   

Former U.S. President Barack Obama walks during his visit to Prambanan Temple in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, June 29, 2017. Obama and his family are currently on vacation in the country where he lived for several years as a child.


          Market run based on corporate earnings: First Bank's Gene Todd   
Gene Todd, managing director and executive vice president of First Bank Wealth Management, discusses the tech sector's lows leading the market today and which ones are buying opportunities. He weighs in on the markets selloff today.
          Keidel: So Long, Phil, Thanks For Nothing   
Phil Jackson addresses the media during his introductory press conference as President of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 18, 2014 in New York City.Phil Jackson's stint as the New York Knicks' president was a complete failure, a shameless money grab that leaves the team worse off.
          Hans von Spakovsky on The Larry O'Connor Show    
Listen as Larry spoke with Hans Von Spakovsky regarding Virginia’s refusal to cooperate with President Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission.
          Louisiana Sec. of State reviewing voter data request from Trump administration   

A presidential commission purporting to investigate voter fraud sent letters this week to all secretaries of state asking for a detailed list of voter information. As Gambit reported yesterday, Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler's office received the letter June 28, and the office's staff and attorneys were beginning to review the letter and its demands.…
          Trump commission asking for state voter information, Louisiana still reviewing   

Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler’s office received a letter June 28 from President Donald Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, asking for voter names, addresses, party affiliation, dates of birth, the last four digits of social security numbers, and voter history since 2006. The letter from commission Vice Chair Kris Kobach was sent to all 50 states to identify policies that “enhance or undermine the American people’s confidence in the integrity of federal election processes.” The information will be made publicly available.

Meg Casper Sunstrom, Press Secretary for Louisiana's Secretary of State, told Gambit June 29 that the office had not yet reviewed the letter with staff and attorneys.

          Rueda de Prensa del Presidente de la Asamblea Nacional, José Serrano sobre el juicio político al excontralor Carlos Pólit   
Esta y más noticias de @elciudadano_ec siguiendo #AudioNoticiasEC
          6/30 Leland Live Hour 3   
In this hour, Leland discusses the Senate's possible option to repeal Obamacare, the Oliver Robinson-Luther Strange case, and CNN's vendetta against President Trump
          Photo officielle: Macron ne s’est pas fait chef, il s’est fait beau   
Photo officielle: Macron ne s’est pas fait chef, il s’est fait beau

Jupiter dans les habits de Narcisse
          Macron l’hyperprésident   
Macron l’hyperprésident

Quand Jupiter dissémine l'opposition
          KURT D. ZWIKL ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE ALLENTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS   

 

June 30, 2017, Allentown, PA – Providing support to the children of the 3rd largest urban school district in Pennsylvania, the Allentown School District Foundation (ASDF)… Click here to read more...

The post KURT D. ZWIKL ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE ALLENTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS appeared first on The Valley Ledger | Its All About The Lehigh Valley.


          Lehigh Valley Sports Hall of Fame receives charter as new chapter of Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame   

 

Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Senior Vice President Joe Bordell presented the Charter of the new Lehigh Valley – Pocono Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of… Click here to read more...

The post Lehigh Valley Sports Hall of Fame receives charter as new chapter of Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame appeared first on The Valley Ledger | Its All About The Lehigh Valley.


          Mississippi Official Tells President Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission to ‘Go Jump in the Gulf of Mexico’   
"They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico"
          Morning Joe Hosts Claim White House Tried to Blackmail Them With National Enquirer Story   
The MSNBC hosts say the White House told them a damaging story about their relationship would "go away" if they apologized to the president
          FDR3729 17 Intelligence Agencies Did Not Say Russia Hacked Election    
After the New York Times issued a retraction to the often repeated claim that 17 U.S. Intelligence agencies claim that the Russian government "Hacked The Election" - the Russia narrative is dead. New York Times Retraction: "A White House Memo article on Monday about President Trump's deflections and denials about Russia referred incorrectly to the source of an intelligence assessment that said Russia orchestrated hacking attacks during last year's presidential election. The assessment was made by four intelligence agencies — the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. The assessment was not approved by all 17 organizations in the American intelligence community."Article: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/25/us/politics/trumps-deflections-and-denials-on-russia-frustrate-even-his-allies.htmlYour support is essential to Freedomain Radio, which is 100% funded by viewers like you. Please support the show by making a one time donation or signing up for a monthly recurring donation at: http://www.freedomainradio.com/donate
          Re: Landrieu discusses Affordable Care Act, Trump, presidential ambitions in POLITICO podcast   
MItch the Bitch Landrieu,
You have done such a miserable job with New Orleans, I dont forsee you making it to running for president as we the people of Louisiana are going to shout to the rooftops about how you cant even stop the murders in New Orleans and removing the monuments is your way to disguise what a crappy mayor you are.
Posted by Biker Bob
          Re: Landrieu discusses Affordable Care Act, Trump, presidential ambitions in POLITICO podcast   
I certainly hope this p.o.s. racist runs against President Trump in 2020, he will get his @$$ handed to him, just like his lard @$$ sister got her big @$$ handed to her by Louisiana voters in 2014. These Landrieus are pure trash.
Posted by Brett Duhon
          Re: Landrieu discusses Affordable Care Act, Trump, presidential ambitions in POLITICO podcast   
Wrong most of the time? Mitch, you truly are an insane moron.
Posted by Cowboy
          CHAPEL TO REMAIN UNCHANGED WHILE ECU REVIEWS REQUEST   
Kathryn P. Boswell Memorial Chapel
Kathryn P. Boswell Memorial Chapel

 East Central University announced it is immediately withdrawing its efforts to remove religious icons from the historic Kathryn P. Boswell Memorial Chapel. The action was in response to a recent letter from the Washington, D.C.-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State letter to the state university. 
“We moved too quickly,” said Katricia Pierson, ECU president. “We regret not taking time to pause and thoughtfully consider the request and the results of our actions on all of the students, faculty and community members who we serve.”
Pierson said initially the university removed some items to show support for all cultures and religious beliefs. The chapel is used for various religions, student clubs and events.
“This requires a more thoughtful and deliberate approach to the request,” Pierson said. “That will be our next step.”
Pierson said the university will immediately begin convening a committee of students, faculty and community members who represent a diversity of viewpoints to study the issue.
“I commend ECU for reviewing the policies, and taking the time to thoughtfully consider the impacts on everyone in the university and Ada community,” says Senator Greg McCortney.
“ECU is committed to diversity and welcomes different perspectives. This is an opportunity to have a thoughtful dialogue,” adds Pierson.  “ECU will not take further action until the committee has had ample time to discuss and establish policies or guidelines for religious expressions in the art, history, architecture, study and areas of worship on campus.”
“Any further actions will be taken after our conversations with the committee and our valued community of students, faculty, alumni and Ada citizens,” Pierson said.

For Immediate Release: 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Contact: Brian Johnson or Amy Ford

580-559-5650


          Law Technology Now : What lawyers can learn about practice management from MyCase   

In this episode of Law Technology Now, host Bob Ambrogi talks to Tracy Stevens, VP of Product and Design at MyCase, about cloud based practice management software, product design, and what sets MyCase apart from the competition. They also discuss MyCase’s client portal and why this technology is valuable to lawyers.

Tracy Stevens is the vice president of Product and Design at MyCase, where she works directly with the development teams to ensure that they’re building software that will delight customers.


          Robert Half Legal Report : Ramping Up Retention Strategies in a Competitive Hiring Market   

As the demand for legal professionals with specialized expertise increases, law firms and legal departments are increasingly concerned about losing top employees to other job opportunities. As a result, retention efforts as well as strategies to enhance staff satisfaction are becoming front-burner issues. In this episode of The Robert Half Legal Report, attorney Charles Volkert, senior district president of Robert Half Legal, and Judy Hissong, principal at the Legal Leadership Institute, explore key factors that legal professionals value in their work environment and ways legal organizations can use this knowledge to engage, motivate and retain employees. They also discuss legal staffing options being used to help manage rising workloads, boost productivity and enhance retention efforts.


          ‘Era of strategic patience with N. Korean regime has failed’ ‒ Trump to S. Korea president   
Preview US President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, presented a united front against the "reckless and brutal regime in North Korea" during a joint statement, but that solidarity did not extend to trade issues between the two allies.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          Brazilian president under pressure as union protests bring country to a standstill (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)   
Preview Brazilian labor unions staged yet another nationwide protest against the country’s president Michel Temer and his much-criticized austerity reforms.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          753775 - Villa for sale in Isdabe, Estepona, Málaga, Spain, 1,375,000 EUR   

Superb villa for sale in the area of the luxury residential El Presidente, between Marbella and Estepona, with private swimming pool, well maintain gardens
          Moreno afea a Susana Díaz que "agache la cabeza" ante Pedro Sánchez y su "viaje a la izquierda radical"   

El presidente del PP-A, Juanma Moreno, ha afeado este viernes a la presidenta de la Junta, Susana Díaz, que en la primera oportunidad que ha tenido para defender los intereses de Andalucía frente al secretario general de su partido, Pedro Sánchez, "agacha la cabeza" y "en vez de decir que está con Andalucía, dice que no le queda más remedio que tragarse ese sapo y aceptar la actitud absolutamente absurda del PSOE absteniéndose y criticando" el CETA.


          Macron’s ‘complex thoughts’ led to Bastille Day presser cancelation, says source as Twitter fumes   
Preview The French president has canceled a traditional Bastille Day press conference, with a source in his administration saying Emmanuel Macron’s “complex thoughts” don’t go well with the process of interviewing. The insulted French have spilt their anger online.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          Macron’s presidential portrait proves less popular than picture of rival’s kebab   
Preview French president Emmanuel Macron’s official photograph has been overshadowed online by a greasy photo of a kebab and chips tweeted by his former rival Benoît Hamon.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          Deutsche Bank refuses Democrats' demand to give up Trump’s financial details   
Preview Germany's biggest bank has rejected a request by US House Democrats to provide details of President Donald Trump's finances. Deutsche Bank is citing privacy laws.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          ‘Epidemic proportions’: Trump pledges ‘federal help’ to stop violent crime in Chicago   
Preview US President Donald Trump says he is sending “federal help” to fight the “crime and killings” in Chicago.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          June 30, 2017 - Immigration / Travel Ban Confusion / Voter Privacy   
In this segment, Pat covers several topics: > The undocumented immigrant who successfully sued S.F. because it went against its own Sanctuary City policy. > Pat talks with Correspondent Steve Kastenbaum about how major airports are prepared for confusion now that the new version of Trump's Travel Ban is in effect. > Kastenbaum is also reporting on: President Trump's Election Integrity Commission is asking each state to turn over data from it's voter rolls. Privacy concerns?
          Trump amenaza a Corea del Norte: “Nuestra paciencia ha tocado a su fin”   
El presidente de EEUU apela a una "respuesta firme ante el programa nuclear y balístico del implacable y brutal régimen"
          United States wants to sell coal to coal-rich Ukraine   
Preview President Donald Trump has vowed to unleash the 'vast energy wealth' of the United States. He wants to sell American coal to Ukraine, which faces a shortage as military conflict tears its coal-rich Donbass region apart.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          Los presentadores atacados por Trump denuncian amenazas de la Casa Blanca   
Joe Scarborough y Mika Brzezinski aseguran que Estados Unidos vive uno de los momentos más peligrosos de su historia con este presidente
          White House attacks media obsession with Russia, defends Trump’s tweets   
Preview The White House has once again gone on the offensive, condemning the media for constant coverage of the Russia probe, while defending President Donald Trump’s recent tweets against MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          Congresswoman Debbie Dingell shares her thoughts on President Trump's tweet about "Morning Joe" with Marie Osborne 6-30-17   
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          Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence reacts to President Trump's tweet with Marie Osborne 6-30-17   
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          Assistant Vice President of Development - Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation - Brooklyn, NY   
Negotiate leases, contracts, and other agreements with tenants, financing institutions and consultants. Assistant Vice President*....
From Indeed - Fri, 09 Jun 2017 22:17:16 GMT - View all Brooklyn, NY jobs
          Trump travel ban enforcement begins, Hawaii challenges exemption rule   
Preview President Donald Trump's travel ban on six Muslim-majority nations has gone into limited effect, following the Supreme Court removing holds on enforcement. But already there are reported legal challenges to how certain travelers are exempted.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          US sanctions Chinese bank, plans to sell $1.4bn worth of arms to Taiwan   
Preview The Trump administration plans to sell Taiwan just over $1.4 billion in weapons, while China's ambassador to the US has reportedly said the deal goes against the "spirit" of talks between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          Trump approves new oil pipeline to Mexico, will go ‘right under the wall’   
Preview President Donald Trump has announced six new energy initiatives as part of the White House’s “Energy Week,” including approving the construction of a new petroleum pipeline to Mexico. The pipeline will go “right under the wall,” he said.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          Hookers for Healthcare comes out against Trumpcare   
This press release from legal brothel businesses in Nevada just shows you how bad the GOP Healthcare bill really is: Licensed prostitutes in Nevada are banding together as “Hookers For Health Care” to oppose President Trump’s impending health care legislation, that they say will have a devastating effect on working girls and their families, and…
          US senators propose $558mn more for Israeli missile defense   
Preview A Senate committee markup of the 2018 Pentagon funding bill would give $705 million to Israeli “cooperative” missile defense programs, a $588 million increase from the budget request made by President Donald Trump.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          Orange County Firefighters Endorse Joe Kerr for Supervisor   
  Brea, CA – The Orange County Professional Firefighters announced their endorsement of Joe Kerr’s campaign for supervisor today. Support from the firefighters represents one of the most sought after endorsements in Orange County politics. Kerr served as the President of the Orange County Professional Firefighters between 1995 and 2012. In announcing the endorsement, Orange…
          Photoshop & phones: Macron’s official portrait making rounds for all the wrong reasons   
Preview Emmanuel Macron often makes headlines for political reasons, but the newest buzz surrounding the French president centers on his official portrait. Claims of Photoshopping and a pose which appears to copy Barack Obama are among the long list of criticisms.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          Trump & Putin to meet on sidelines of G20 summit, White House confirms   
Preview US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, national security adviser H.R. McMaster has confirmed. It will be the two leaders' first meeting since Trump's inauguration.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          Corea Nord: Trump, abbiamo molte opzioni   
Tycoon riceve nello studio Ovale neo presidente sudcoreano
          Chicago violenta, Trump manda federali   
Tweet presidente, 'criminalità ha raggiunto livelli epidemici'
          Londra,si risparmiò su pannelli Grenfell   
Residenti delusi dopo incontro con presidente inchiesta
          Morta Simone Veil prima presidente Pe   
Avrebbe compiuto 90 anni a luglio
          E' morta Simone Veil, prima presidente del parlamento europeo   
Aveva 89 anni. Macron: 'Era la Francia migliore'
          Londra: municipio suggerì di risparmiare su pannelli Grenfell   
Residenti delusi dopo incontro con presidente inchiesta
          Introducing PBN's career achievement honoree for 2nd annual Pineapple Awards   
With a passion for hospitality and nearly four decades of experience in the tourism industry, Jerry Gibson was a natural choice for as the Career Achievement honoree for Pacific Business News’ second annual Pineapple Awards. “I am extremely humbled for this honor,” Gibson, area vice president for Hilton Worldwide, told PBN this week. “There are so many people in our industry that deserve this, so to be selected is truly an honor.” Gibson will be recognized alongside other exceptional…

          Black Book posted a blog post   
Black Book posted a blog post

Car Segment Depreciation Slowed Last Week

Welcome to this week's edition of Black Book Market Insights, with in-depth analysis of used car and truck valuation trends and insights straight from the auction lanes. Click here to download the full report. This week’s Black Book Market Insights report shows car and truck segments depreciating at the same level, down by -0.25%. Out of each, Compact Vans performed the best, increasing their value by +0.07%, while Sporty Cars saw no price declines during the week. “Overall, the wholesale markets performed well last week. Weaker spots were seen in the Sub-Compact Crossover and Compact Crossover/SUV segments,” said Anil Goyal, Senior Vice President of Automotive Valuation and Analytics. Volume-weighted, overall car segment values decreased by 0.25% last week, lower than the average weekly decrease of 0.39% in values over the previous four weeks.Prestige Luxury Car, Mid-Size Car, and Full-Size Car segments declined the most by 0.52%, 0.45%, and 0.42%, respectively.Volume-weighted, overall truck segment (including pickups, SUVs and vans) values decreased by 0.25% last week, higher than the average weekly decrease of 0.18% in values over the previous four weeks.Sub-Compact Crossover, Sub-Compact Luxury Crossover and Compact Crossover/SUV declined the most by 0.51%, 0.47%, and 0.44%, respectively. New Vehicle Incentives: Percent of Typically Equipped MSRPNew vehicle incentives started rising sharply in late 2016 and have stayed up in 2017. With new inventories at nearly 4.2 million, a 12-year high, we expect incentives to remain elevated.2010: 9.7%2011: 8.6%2012: 8.2%2013: 8.3%2014: 9.0%2015: 9.4%2016: 10.5%2017 YTD: 11.0%  Click here to download the full report.See More

          Comentário em Kathy Griffin – o João Quadros americano foi longe demais por JC   
Deixem-nos andar, pois eles demonstram à evidência que a esquerda é trauliteira, intolerante e mal formada. A esquerda americana vive em permanente guerra civil, há anos a promover a violência através dos Black Live Matters e outros grupos extremistas, de mãos dadas com os media e os actores de Hollywood e os globalistas capitalistas esquerda caviar tipo George Soros que os financiam . A CNN passa 80% da sua programação com comentadores e convidados a denegrir o presidente, mais parecendo a estação oficial da Coreia do Norte. Há muito que perderam a vergonha. Vamos ver se conseguem derrubar o Trump ( ou matá-lo como juram ) ou se o Trump consegue drenar o esgoto.
          Mengapa Yahudi?   

Mengapa Yahudi Terlalu Berkuasa?

Oleh : Dr Farrukh Saleem
Semakan Oleh : Mohd Taha Hassan

There are only 14 million Jews in the world; seven million in the Americas , five million in Asia, two million in Europe and 100,000 in Africa . For every single Jew in the world there are 100 Muslims. Yet, Jews are more than a hundred times more powerful than all the Muslims put together. Ever wondered why?

Hanya ada 14 juta Yahudi di muka bumi ini; tujuh juta di Amerika, lima juta di Asia, dua juta di Eropah dan 100,000 di Afrika. Bagi setiap orang Yahudi ada 100 orang Muslim (1:100). Namun, jika dicampuri semua sekali, Yahudi lebih 100 kali berkuasa daripada orang Islam. Mengapa ini berlaku?

Jesus of Nazareth was Jewish. Albert Einstein, the most influential scientist of all time and TIME magazine's 'Person of the Century', was a Jew. Sigmund Freud -- id, ego, superego -- the father of psychoanalysis was a Jew. So were Paul Samuelson and Milton Friedman.

Nabi Isa (Jesus of Nazareth) ialah Yahudi. Albert Einstein, saintis zaman moden paling terkemuka dan disebut oleh majalah Time sebagai 'Manusia Abad ini' ialah seorang Yahudi; Sigmund Freud - melalui teori id, ego dan super-ego ialah bapa psikoanalisis, juga seorang Yahudi; begitu juga Karl Marx, Paul Samuelson dan Milton Friedman.

Here are a few other Jews whose intellectual output has enriched the whole humanity: Benjamin Rubin gave humanity the vaccinating needle. Jonas Salk developed the first polio vaccine. Alert Sabin developed the improved live polio vaccine. Gertrude Elion gave us a leukaemia fighting drug. Baruch Blumberg developed the vaccination for Hepatitis B. Paul Ehrlich discovered a treatment for syphilis (a sexually transmitted disease). Elie Metchnikoff won a Nobel Prize in infectious diseases.

Selain mereka banyak lagi orang Yahudi yang hasil kebijaksanaan mereka berupaya menghasilkan keperluan untuk kita semua: Benjamin Rubin memperkenalkan jarum suntikan pelalian. Johas Salk mereka vaksin polio yang pertama. Gertrude Elion mencipta ubat melawan leukemia. Baruch Blumberg mencipta vaksin Hepatitis B. Paul Ehrlich menemukan rawatan untuk siflis. Elie Metchnikoff menang Hadiah Nobel untuk penyakit berjangkit.

Bernard Katz won a Nobel Prize in neuromuscular transmission. Andrew Schally won a Nobel in endocrinology (disorders of the endocrine system; diabetes, hyperthyroidism). Aaron Beck founded Cognitive Therapy (psychotherapy to treat mental disorders, depression and phobias). Gregory Pincus developed the first oral contraceptive pill. George Wald won a Nobel for furthering our understanding of the human eye. Stanley Cohen won a Nobel in embryology (study of embryos and their development). Willem Kolff came up with the kidney dialysis machine.

Bernard Katz menang Hadiah Nobel kerana kajian mengenai transmisi neuromuskular. Andrew Schally penerima Nobel dalam kajian endokrinologi (berkaitan sistem endokrin dan kencing manis). Aaron Beck menemui terapi kognitif (rawatan mental, kesugulan dan fobia). Gregory Pincus membangunkan pil perancang keluarga yang pertama. George Wald menang Nobel bagi kajian mata manusia, Standley Cohen dianugerahi Hadiah Nobel dalam kajian embriologi (kajian janin dan perkembangannya). Willem Kolff mencipta mesin dialisis (mencuci) buah pinggang.

Over the past 105 years, 14 million Jews have won 15-dozen Nobel Prizes while only three Nobel Prizes have been won by 1.4 billion Muslims (other than Peace Prizes).

Sejak 105 tahun, 14 juta Yahudi menang 15 dozen Hadiah Nobel, sementara tiga dimenangi oleh 1.4 bilion umat Islam.

Why are Jews so powerful? Stanley Mezor invented the first micro-processing chip. Leo Szilard developed the first nuclear chain reactor. Peter Schultz, optical fibre cable; Charles Adler, traffic lights; Benno Strauss, Stainless steel; Isador Kisee, sound movies; Emile Berliner, telephone microphone and Charles Ginsburg, videotape recorder.

Mengapa Yahudi Terlalu Berkuasa? Stanley Mezor mencipta mikrocip pertama. Leo Szilards membangunkan reaktor rangkaian nuklear pertama; Peter Schultz (kabel gentian optik); Charles Adler (lampu isyarat); Benno Strauss (besi tahan karat - stainless steel); Isador Kisee (sistem suara di pawagam); Emile Berliner (mikrofon untuk telefon) dan Charles Ginsburg (alat pita rakaman).

Famous financiers in the business world who belong to Jewish faith include Ralph Lauren (Polo), Levis Strauss (Levi's Jeans), Howard Schultz (Starbuck's), Sergey Brin (Google), Michael Dell (Dell Computers), Larry Ellison (Oracle), Donna Karan (DKNY), Irv Robbins (Baskins & Robbins) and Bill Rosenberg (Dunkin Donuts).

Saudagar jenama terkaya dunia juga dikuasai Yahudi iaitu Ralph Lauren (Polo), Levis Strauss (Levi's Jeans), Howard Schultz (Starbuck's), Sergey Brin (Google), Michael Dell (Dell Computers), Larry Ellison (Oracle), Donna Karan (DKNY), Irv Robbins (Baskin & Robbins) dan Bill Rossenberg (Dunkin Donuts).

Richard Levin, President of Yale University, is a Jew. So are Henry Kissinger (American secretary of state), Alan Greenspan (fed chairman under Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush), Joseph Lieberman, Maxim Litvinov (USSR foreign Minister), David Marshal (Singapore's first chief minister), Issac Isaacs (governor-general of Australia), Benjamin Disraeli (British statesman and author), Yevgeny Primakov (Russian PM), Barry Gold water, Jorge Sampaio (president of Portugal), John Deutsch (CIA director), Herb Gray (Canadian deputy PM), Pierre Mendes (French PM), Michael Howard (British home secretary) and Robert Rubin (American secretary of treasury).

Richard Levin, presiden universiti tersohor Yale Universiti ialah seorang Yahudi. Henry Kissinger, Joseph Lieberman dan Madeleine Albright (bekas-bekas Setiausaha Negara AS); Alan Greenspan (bekas pengerusi Rizab Persekutuan AS di bawah Reagan, Bush, Clinton dan Bush); Maxim Litvinov (bekas Menteri Luar Soviet Union); David Marshal (bekas Ketua Menteri pertama Singapura); Isaac Isaacs (bekas Gabenor Jeneral Australia); Benjamin Disraeli (negarawan dan penulis Britian); Yevgeny Primkov (bekas Perdana Menteri Rusia dan bekas jeneral KGB); Jorge Sampaio (bekas Presiden Portugal); Herb Gray (bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri Kanada); Pierre Mendes (Perdana Menteri ke-143 Perancis); Michael Howard (bekas Setiausaha Negara British); Bruno Kreisky (bekas Canselor Austria) dan Robert Rubin (bekas Setiausaha Perbendaharaan AS).

In the media, famous Jews include Wolf Blitzer ( CNN ), Barbara Walters (ABC News), Eugene Meyer ( Washington Post ), Henry Grunwald (editor-in-chief Time), Katherine Graham (publisher of The Washington Post ), Joseph Lelyyeld (Executive editor, The New York Times), and Max Frankel (New York Times).

Dalam dunia media, orang Yahudi yang terkemuka ialah Wolf Blitzer (CNN); Barbara Walters (ABC News); Eugene Meyer (Washington Post); Henry Grunwald (Ketua Editor Time); Katherine Graham (penerbit The Washington Post); Joseph Lelyyeld (Editor Eksekutif, The New York Times) dan Max Frankel (The New York Times).

At the Olympics, Mark Spitz set a record of sorts by wining seven gold medals. Lenny Krayzelburg is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. Spitz, Krayzelburg and Boris Becker are all Jewish.

Di Olimpik, Mark Spitz membolot tujuh pingat emas. Lenny Krayzelburg ialah pemegang tiga kali pingat emas Olimpik. Spitz Krayzelburg dan Boris Becker adalah Yahudi.

Did you know that Harrison Ford, George Burns, Tony Curtis, Charles Bronson, Sandra Bullock, Billy Crystal, Paul Newman, Peter Sellers, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Douglas, Ben Kingsley, Kirk Douglas, Cary Grant, William Shatner, Jerry Lewis and Peter Falk are all Jewish? As a matter of fact, Hollywood itself was founded by a Jew. Among directors and producers, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Oliver Stone, Aaron Spelling (Beverly Hills 90210), Neil Simon (The Odd Couple), Andrew Vaina (Rambo 1/2/3), Michael Man (Starsky and Hutch), Milos Forman (One flew over the Cuckoo's Nest), Douglas Fairbanks (The thief of Baghdad) and Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) are all Jewish.

Tahukah anda bahawa pelakon pujaan Harrison Ford, George Burns, Tony Curtis, Charles Bronson, Sandra Bullock, Billy Cystal, Woody Allen, Paul Newman, Peter Sellers, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Douglas, Ben Kingsley, Kirk Douglas, Willian Shatner, Jerry Lewis dan Peter Falk semuanya Yahudi? Tambahan lagi, Hollywood sendiri diwujudkan oleh orang Yahudi. Antara pengarah dan penerbit, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Oliver Stone, Aaron Spelling (Beverly Hills 90210), Neil Simon (The Odd Couple), Andrew Vaina (Rambo 1- 2-3), Michael Man (Starsky and Hutch), Milos Forman (One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest), Douglas Fairbanks (The Thief Of Baghdad) and Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) - semuanya adalah Yahudi.

To be certain, Washington is the capital that matters and in Washington the lobby that matters is The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC. Washington knows that if PM Ehud Olmert were to discover that the earth is flat, AIPAC will make the 109th Congress pass a resolution congratulating Olmert on his discovery.

Washington yang merupakan ibu negara Amerika Syarikat, mempunyai satu pertubuhan lobi yang amat berkuasa. Ia dikenali sebagai Jawatankuasa Hal Ehwal Awam Amerika Israel (AIPAC) yang berupaya mempengaruhi Kongres meluluskan resolusi memuji dan 'membuat apa saja' demi Israel. Washington mengetahui bahawa jika PM Ehud Olmert sedar akan wujudnya bahawa bumi ini adalah rata, maka AIPAC akan mengadakan Kongres yang ke 109 untuk meluluskan resolusi bagi memberi ucapan tahniah pada satu pertemuan yang akan diadakan bersama Olmert.

William James Sidis, with an IQ of 250-300, is the brightest human who ever existed. Guess what faith did he belong to?

Tahukah lagi bahawa William James Sidis dengan IQ 250-300 ialah manusia tercerdik. Dia ialah Yahudi. Teka, apakah kepercayaan yang beliau miliki?

So, why are Jews so powerful? Answer: Education.

Oleh yang demikian, mengapa Yahudi terlalu berkuasa? Jawapannya: Pendidikan, pelajaran, ilmu.

Mempengaruhi

Dermawan dan penyangak mata wang, George Soros ialah Yahudi. Dia menderma AS$4 bilion untuk membantu ahli sains dan universiti serata dunia.

Walter Annenberg menderma untuk membina ratusan perpustakaan berjumlah AS$2 bilion.

Jadi, mengapa mereka ini terlalu berkuasa? Mengapa umat Islam terlalu lemah?

Dianggarkan 1,476,233,470 Muslim di atas muka bumi Allah ini. Satu bilion di Asia, 400 juta di Afrika, 44 juta di Eropah dan enam juta di Amerika. Setiap lima insan manusia ialah Muslim. Setiap seorang Hindu ada dua orang Islam, setiap seorang Buddha ada dua orang Islam dan setiap seorang Yahudi ada beratus orang Islam. Mengapa orang Islam terlalu lemah?

Ini jawapannya: Terdapat 57 negara anggota OIC dan jika dicampur semua cuma ada kira-kira 500 buah universiti; atau sebuah universiti untuk setiap tiga juta orang Islam.

AS mempunyai 5,758 universiti dan India ada 8,407. Pada 2004, Shanghai Jiao Tong Universiti membuat kajian 'Kedudukan Akademik Universiti-universiti Dunia' - dan menakjubkan - tiada satu pun universiti-negara Islam yang berada di puncak 500.

Data yang dikumpul dari UNDP, tahap celik huruf di negara maju ialah hampir 90 peratus dan 15 negara itu mempunyai 100 peratus celik huruf. Negara majoriti penduduk Islam, purata kadar celik huruf ialah sekitar 40 peratus dan tiada negara yang mempunyai 100 peratus semuanya celik huruf.

Sekitar 98 peratus penduduk di negara maju menamatkan sekurang-kurang sekolah rendah, sementara hanya 50 peratus di negara majoriti Islam. Sekitar 40 peratus penduduk di negara maju memasuki universiti, sementara hanya 2 peratus di negara majoriti Islam.

Negara-negara majoriti Islam mempunyai 230 ahli sains bagi setiap (per) sejuta penduduk. Di AS 4,000 per sejuta, Jepun 5,000 per sejuta. Di seluruh negara Arab, penyelidik sepenuh masa ialah 35,000 dan hanya 50 juruteknik per sejuta (berbanding di negara maju 1,000 juruteknik per sejuta).

Negara Islam membelanjakan 0.2 peratus daripada KDNK untuk penyelidikan dan pembangunan (R&D) sebaliknya, di negara maju membelanjakan 5 peratus daripada KDNKnya.

Kesimpulan: Dunia Islam kurang keupayaan untuk menghasilkan ilmu pengetahuan.

Akhbar harian yang dibaca oleh setiap 1,000 orang dan jumlah judul buku yang dibaca oleh setiap sejuta orang adalah dua angka tunjuk bagi menentukan sama ada ilmu pengetahuan disalurkan ke dalam masyarakat.

Di Pakistan, hanya ada 23 akhbar harian per 1,000 rakyat Pakistan sementara nisbah di Singapura ialah 360. Di UK, jumlah judul buku per juta orang ialah 2,000 sementara di Mesir ialah 20.

Kesimpulan: Dunia Islam gagal menyalurkan ilmu pengetahuan.

Yang menariknya, jumlah terkumpul KDNK tahunan 57 buah negara ahli OIC ialah di bawah AS$2 trilion. Amerika sahaja, menghasilkan barangan dan perkhidmatan bernilai AS$12 trilion, China AS$8 trilion, Jepun AS$3.8 trilion dan Jerman AS$2.4 trilion.

Pengeluar minyak yang kaya, Arab Saudi, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar secara rangkuman menghasilkan barangan dan perkhidmatan (rata-rata minyak) bernilai AS$500 bilion; Sepanyol sahaja menghasilkan barangan dan perkhidmatan bernilai lebih AS$1 trilion, Poland AS$489 bilion dan Thailand AS$545 bilion.

Jadi, mengapa orang Islam tidak berkuasa dan orang Yahudi paling berkuasa?

Jawapannya ialah: Kurangnya ilmu. Kurangnya pendidikan dan kurangnya pelajaran.

PEMENANG NOBEL YAHUDI

Daripada lingkungan 12 juta orang Yahudi, hanya 0,2 % sahaja populasi dunia. ( 2 setiap dari 1000 orang)



Literature

1910 - Paul Heyse
1927 - Henri Bergson
1958 - Boris Pasternak
1966 - Shmuel Yosef Agnon
1966 - Nelly Sachs
1976 - Saul Bellow
1978 - Isaac Bashevis Singer
1981 - Elias Canetti
1987 - Joseph Brodsky
1991 - Nadine Gordimer
2002 - Imre Kertesz
2005 - Harold Pinter

World Peace

1911 - Alfred Fried
1911 - Tobias Asser
1968 - Rene Cassin
1973 - Henry Kissinger
1978 - Menachem Begin
1986 - Elie Wiesel
1994 - Shimon Peres
1994 - Yitzhak Rabin
1995 - Joseph Rotblat

Chemistry

1905 - Adolph Von Baeyer
1906 - Henri Moissan
1910 - Otto Wallach
1915 - Richard Willstaetter
1918 - Fritz Haber
1943 - George Charles de Hevesy
1961 - Melvin Calvin
1962 - Max Ferdinand Perutz
1972 - William Howard Stein
1972 - C.B. Anfinsen
1977 - Ilya Prigogine
1979 - Herbert Charles Brown
1980 - Paul Berg
1980 - Walter Gilbert
1981 - Ronald Hoffmann
1982 - Aaron Klug
1985 - Herbert A. Hauptman
1985 - Jerome Karle
1986 - Dudley R. Herschbach
1988 - Robert Huber
1989 - Sidney Altman
1992 - Rudolph Marcus
1998 - Walter Kohn
2000 - Alan J. Heeger
2004 - Irwin Rose
2004 - Avram Hershko
2004 - Aaron Ciechanover
2006 - Roger D. Kornberg
2008 - Martin Chalfie

Economics

1970 - Paul Anthony Samuelson
1971 - Simon Kuznets
1972 - Kenneth Joseph Arrow
1973 - Wassily Leontief
1975 - Leonid Kantorovich
1976 - Milton Friedman
1978 - Herbert A. Simon
1980 - Lawrence Robert Klein
1985 - Franco Modigliani
1987 - Robert M. Solow
1990 - Harry Markowitz
1990 - Merton Miller
1992 - Gary Becker
1993 Rober Fogel
1994 - John Harsanyi
1994 - Reinhard Selten
1997 - Robert Merton
1997 - Myron Scholes
2001 - George Akerlof
2001 - Joseph Stiglitz
2002 -
Daniel Kahneman
2004 - Richard Axel
2005 - Robert J. Aumann
2006 - Andrew Z. Fire
2007 - Leonid (Leo) Hurwicz
2007 - Eric Maskin
2007 - Roger Myerson
2008 - Paul Krugman

Physiology / Medicine

1908 - Elie Metchnikoff
1908 - Paul Erlich
1914 - Robert Barany
1922 - Otto Meyerhof
1930 - Karl Landsteiner
1931 - Otto Warburg
1936 - Otto Loewi
1944 - Joseph Erlanger
1944 - Herbert Spencer Gasser
1945 - Ernst Boris Chain
1946 - Hermann Joseph Muller
1947 - Garty Cori
1950 - Tadeus Reichstein
1952 - Selman Abraham Waksman
1953 - Hans Krebs
1953 - Fritz Albert Lipmann
1958 - Joshua Lederberg
1959 - Arthur Kornberg
(father)
1964 - Konrad Bloch
1965 - Francois Jacob
1965 - Andre Lwoff
1967 - George Wald
1968 - Marshall W. Nirenberg
1969 - Salvador Luria
1970 - Julius Axelrod
1970 - Sir Bernard Katz
1972 - Gerald Maurice Edelman
1975 - David Baltimore
1975 - Howard Martin Temin
1976 - Baruch S. Blumberg
1977 - Rosalyn Sussman Yalow
1977 - Andrew V. Schally
1978 - Daniel Nathans
1980 - Baruj Benacerraf
1982 - [Sir] John Vane
1984 - Cesar Milstein
1985 - Michael Stuart Brown
1985 - Joseph L. Goldstein
1986 - Rita Levi-Montalcini
1986 - Stanley Cohen [& Rita Levi-Montalcini]
1988 - Gertrude Elion
1989 - Harold Varmus
1991 - Erwin Neher
1991 - Bert Sakmann
1992 - Edmond Fischer
1993 - Richard J. Roberts
1993 - Phillip Sharp
1994 - Alfred Gilman
1994 - Martin Rodbell
1995 - Edward B. Lewis
1997 - Stanley B. Prusiner
1998 - Robert F. Furchgott
2000 - Eric R. Kandel
2000 - Paul Greengard
2002 - Sydney Brenner
2002 - Robert H. Horvitz
2006 - Roger Kornberg
(son)
2006 - Andrew Z. Fire

Physics

1907 - Albert Abraham Michelson
1908 - Gabriel Lippmann
1921 - Albert Einstein
1922 - Niels Bohr
1925 - James Franck
1925 - Gustav Hertz
1943 - Gustav Stern
1944 - Isidor Issac Rabi
1945 - Wolfgang Pauli
1952 - Felix Bloch
1954 - Max Born
1958 - Igor Tamm
1958 - Il'ja Mikhailovich
1958 - Igor Yevgenyevich
1959 - Emilio Segre
1960 - Donald A. Glaser
1961 - Robert Hofstadter
1962 - Lev Davidovich Landau
1963 - Eugene P. Wigner
1965 - Richard Phillips Feynman
1965 - Julian Schwinger
1967 - Hans Albrecht Bethe
1969 - Murray Gell-Mann
1971 - Dennis Gabor
1972 - Leon N. Cooper
1973 - Brian David Josephson
1975 - Benjamin Mottleson
1976 - Burton Richter
1978 - Arno Allan Penzias
1978 - Peter L Kapitza
1979 - Stephen Weinberg
1979 - Sheldon Glashow
1988 - Leon Lederman
1988 - Melvin Schwartz
1988 - Jack Steinberger
1990 - Jerome Friedman
1992 - Georges Charpak
1995 - Martin Perl
1995 - Frederick Reines
1996 - David M. Lee
1996 - Douglas D. Osheroff
1997 - Claude Cohen-Tannoudji
2000 - Zhores I. Alferov
2003 - Vitaly Ginsburg
2003 - Alexei Abrikosov
2004 - David Gross
2004 - H. David Politzer
2005 - Roy Glauber


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Clap Back From Mika Brzezinski

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L'information tombe brutalement

J'en suis triste. Je suis nîmois, donc sportivement anti Montpellierien. Mais je reconnais la valeur de l'homme, ses excès parfois insupportable.

Mais c'était une figure de ma région. Qui a porté son club très haut

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          Le irriverenti sculture di pietra dell’artista Hirotoshi Ito   
Le irriverenti sculture di pietra dell'artista Hirotoshi Ito

MILANO - Hirotoshi Ito può essere considerato a tutti gli effetti un figlio d'arte, in quanto la sua famiglia lavora la pietra dal 1879. Anche se inizialmente l'artista giapponese era intento a proseguire le orme della sua famiglia, decise comunque di frequentare il Dipartimento Metallico dell'Università delle Arti di Tokyo. Gli incontri stimolanti nella scuola con altri artisti del metallo e il loro lavoro sono diventati il fondamento del suo pensiero e della sua creatività.

 

Un post condiviso da Hirotoshi Ito (@itohirotoshi) in data:

LE CATEGORIE - Il lavoro di Hirotoshi Ito può essere suddiviso in due categorie. Una è la scultura solida scolpita in marmo o granito, dove Hirotoshi Ito altera la superficie naturale della pietra dando vita a forme scultoree che non fanno neanche pensare alla pietra per quanto sia bravo a lavorarle. L'altro gruppo è fatto dalle alterazioni delle forme naturali delle pietre, che conferiscono al materiale diversi caratteri. Tutte le opere in entrambe le categorie si riferiscono a immagini, oggetti ed esperienze ordinarie della vita quotidiana. Una caratteristica importante di entrambi i tipi di Hirotoshi Ito art è il suo tentativo di conferire alla pietra un'altra natura, per darle una nuova vita. Hirotoshi Ito è molto attivo nel promuovere le crescenti tradizioni artigianali della zona di Nagano in Giappone. Vent'anni fa, infatti, l'artista e i suoi amici hanno avviato un progetto che è cresciuto a tal punto da diventare un festival annuale di artigianato a Matsumoto City, del quale oggi è il presidente.

 

Un post condiviso da Hirotoshi Ito (@itohirotoshi) in data:

LE SCULTURE - Nella mente dell'artista le comuni rocce diventano delle bizzarre sculture di pietra dal carattere inquietante e divertente allo stesso tempo. Un modo per mettere a frutto il suo potenziale attraverso l'umorismo e il calore. Le rocce usate dall'artista per le sue creazioni, provengono dal letto fluviale del suo paese e che lui considera come una tela perfetta. Matsumoto City, dove vive Hirotoshi Ito, è circondata da splendide montagne ed è ricca di una bellezza naturale. Le pietre consegnate da queste montagne sono state lavate da flussi freschi d'acqua per lunghi periodi di tempo, e ogni pietra ha una forma unica che è stata plasmata naturalmente. Mentre Hirotoshi Ito raccoglie pietre sulla riva del fiume, immagina storie e opere d'arte che può creare attraverso la loro lavorazione. Tuttavia, Hirotoshi Ito tenta di evidenziare le forme naturali, i colori e le bellezze di queste pietre e in generale cerca di non modificare le loro forme originali. Rispettare e utilizzare le caratteristiche naturali del materiale originale è un aspetto molto vecchio e importante della cultura giapponese. Si tratta del concetto di creatività conosciuto come Mitate, che implica la creazione di nuovi valori assumendo qualcosa che abbia un certo significato in un contesto e collocandolo in un altro. Anche se Hirotoshi Ito è ampiamente considerato come artista contemporaneo, ritiene che tali antichi concetti giapponesi siano profondamente incorporati nel suo DNA.

Potete osservare il talento di Hirotoshi Ito sull suo profilo instagram : www.instagram.com/itohirotoshi

L'articolo Le irriverenti sculture di pietra dell’artista Hirotoshi Ito sembra essere il primo su Libreriamo.


          Donald Trump says 'we have many options' on North Korea after saying threat must be 'dealt with rapidly'   
Donald Trump has said that the US "has many options" for dealing with the threat from North Korea, as he meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
          Mika Brzezinski hits back with 'Donald Trump is not well' article in response to President's sexist attack   
'The man is not mentally equipped to continue watching our show,' the 'Morning Joe' host writes
          Associate Vice President Information Technology Services - Saskatchewan Polytechnic - Saskatchewan   
Participate and contribute to Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s operational effectiveness in a wide range of strategic, operational and professional decisions through...
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          Associate Vice President Business Development - Saskatchewan Polytechnic - Saskatchewan   
Act as a key resource and advisor to the senior management assembly ( SMA ), senior leadership team ( SLT ) and senior management council ( SMC ) on achieving...
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          Arsenal transfer target Alexandre Lacazette still keen on Lyon exit, confirms club president   
Jean-Michel Aulas wants to keep Lacazette at Lyon, despite the striker's wish to depart
          HIV advocate reflects on arrest while protesting Senate health care bill   

On Wednesday, June 28, Eric Sawyer and about 10 other HIV activists were arrested while engaging in civil disobedience in protest of the Republican-led Senate’s version of a health care reform bill that they say will be devastating to those living with HIV. It’s not a new experience for Sawyer, who is the vice president […]

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          Out on the Town: D.C. arts & entertainment highlights, June 29-July 5   

FILM ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN The NoMa BID offers an outdoor screening series with the quintessential Washington theme: “Power, Politics & Popcorn.” Next up: Alan J. Pakula’s film based on a book by the Washington Post‘s Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, documenting their work in uncovering the Watergate scandal that led to Nixon’s resignation. Robert […]

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          La Robur Basket al lavoro per scalare la cima della Serie C Gold   
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          NEWS: Quebec government doesn’t rule out Nunavik education audit   
Quebec’s education minister has invited Makivik Corp. to sit down and discuss how to address problems within Nunavik’s education system. The invitation comes as a response to Makivik President Jobie Tukkiapik’s request to Quebec to launch an independent audit of the education system. In a May 30 letter, Tukkiapik said an audit is needed to first understand and then resolve shortcomings in the delivery of Nunavik’s education, prompted by the recent admission that Kativik School Board high
          Trump: ‘Patience is over’ with N Korea   
US President Donald Trump has emphasised the need for a determined response to North Korea after talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, while taking aim at Seoul over trade and the need for burden sharing in defence.
          US TV hosts issue smackdown to Trump   
THE hosts of US breakfast show Morning Joe claimed on Friday that top White House staffers had warned that the National Enquirer planned to run a negative piece about them unless they begged US President Donald Trump to get the story spiked.
          Rajoy afirma que para aprobar los PGE "eso nos obligará a movernos a todos"   
El presidente del Gobierno Mariano Rajoy está en Varsovia (Polonia) en una reunión bilateral y en...
          Rajoy, con la Sub21 en la final de Cracovia   
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          Translation Officer - Zayed University - Dubai   
University documents including business, financial, legal and academic. Documents for the Vice President’s office and the University....
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          Condenan a Teodoro Bonilla por tráfico de influencias   

La Prensa

Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

La Sala II del Tribuna de Sentencia de la Corte Suprema de Justicia, declaró culpable al exvicepresidente del desaparecido Consejo de la Judicatura y Carrera Judicial, Teodoro Bonilla.

Bonilla fue declarado culpable del delito de tráfico de influencias agravado en perjuicio de la administración pública ya que intervino en la resolución dictada a favor de su familiar Dennys Donadyn Bonilla García, acusado de almacenamiento ilegal de armas y municiones comerciales.

El exfuncionario guardaba arresto domiciliario en su casa ubicada en Tegucigalpa, capital de Honduras.

Una de las pruebas determinantes en la sentencia dictada por el Tribunal fue la revelación de una serie de conversaciones telefónicas que Bonilla realizó a las juezas Delmy López y Liz María Núñez para presionarlas.

Gracias a estas escuchas, la Fiscalía pudo determinar que el acusado sostenía un amorío con una de las juezas.

Teodoro Bonilla será remitido a un centro penal de Tegucigalpa, además se le impuso una multa de 200 mil a 300 mil lempirasLa audiendia de individualización de la pena se celebrará en el próximo mes de agosto.


          Importante convenio firman autoridades y representantes del transporte   

La Prensa

San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Representantes del transporte de carga del país firmaron este viernes un convenio con autoridades del Instituto Hondureño de Transporte Terrestre (Ihtt).

El convenio de cooperación contempla la instalación de básculas móviles en los principales ejes carreteros.

Se estiman 12 básculas móviles en la primera etapa.

Las primeras se instalarán en julio.

Cuatro heridos deja volcamiento en carretera hacia Valle de Ángeles"El Instituto Hondureño del Transporte adquiere una obligación en la Ley del Transporte Terrestre publicada el 30 de marzo de 2016, que establece que el instituto es el obligado a desplegar y operar un sistema de pesos y dimensiones a nivel nacional, esa obligación se le impone al Instituto porque actualmente no hay ni una tan sola báscula del Estado que esté prestando el servicio de pesaje en ningún eje carretero del país", dijo Roberto Zacapa, comisionado presidente del Ihtt.

Más de cien mil carros de carga pesada hay en el país.


          Aznar: "El desafío independentista es la prueba más seria a la que se va a someter nuestro sistema constitucional"   
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          JOH invita a demás países a una unión aduanera   

Encuentro. El presidente Juan Orlando Hernández junto a la canciller María Dolores Agüero y el mandatario salvadoreño
  Salvador Sánchez Cerén. En otras mesas el presidente Jimmy Morales de Guatemala y Guillermo Solís de Costa Rica . fotos: afp

San José, Costa Rica.

El presidente de Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández y su par salvadoreño, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, acordaron ayer “profundizar” la coordinación para la prevenir la violencia y controlar los delitos.

Los gobernantes sostuvieron una reunión bilateral durante la XLIX Cumbre del Sistema de la Integración Centroamericana (Sica), que se desarrolló ayer en San José, Costa Rica, donde “coincidieron en intercambiar las buenas prácticas que se están realizando en materia de prevención de la violencia”.

Honduras, El Salvador y Guatemala mantienen un plan de seguridad conjunto mediante el cual los cuerpos policiales y las fiscalías intercambian información para el combate de las peligrosas pandillas y el narcotráfico.

Invitación.

Sánchez Cerén y Hernández también discutieron sobre comercio y la necesidad de “facilitar” el intercambio de bienes.

“La unión aduanera es un paso bueno para todos”.

Con esas palabras, Hernández hizo un llamado a los presidentes y jefes de Estado de Centroamérica para que se sumen a la iniciativa que ya inició Honduras y Guatemala desde el pasado lunes.

“Les invitamos a que sean parte de la unión aduanera”, les dijo el presidente Hernández a los mandatarios de la región que asistieron a la cumbre del Sica.

“He tenido que ver con tristeza largas filas de furgones, contenedores, personas para transitar de un país a otro.

Somos centroamericanos”, dijo Hernández, quien a renglón seguido manifestó: “empezamos con esta idea (unión aduanera) antes que los europeos”.

“Que ya no nos siga avanzando el tiempo sin tomar las decisiones que debimos tomar hace mucho tiempo y creo que vamos por buena dirección”, dijo.

Aprovechó su disertación ante los países representados en la Cumbre para invitar, “al presidente (Danilo) Medina, al presidente (Juan Carlos) Varela, a ver cómo nos involucramos en la unión aduanera”.

Omar Halleslevens, el ministro delegado por el presidente nicaragüense, Daniel Ortega, abogó por “acelerar la integración” de la región, más allá de lo económico.

El exvicepresidente dijo que “la integración económica es importante, pero parcial en el desarrollo de Centroamérica, por lo que hay que excitar la voluntad política para acelerar la integración”.

Nueva etapa.

El presidente Hernández indicó que la Cumbre del Sica se destacó de otras por la toma de decisiones, marcando una nueva etapa del organismo regional, más positiva y de resultados necesarios para los pueblos de la región.

“Luego de cerca de 60 años de haber iniciado el proceso de unión regional, para Honduras y Guatemala es una realidad”.


          Fiscalía pide hasta nueve años de prisión para Teodoro Bonilla   

acusado. El exfuncionario Teodoro Bonilla cuando llegaba ayer a los tribunales de justicia.

Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

El Ministerio Público pidió ayer una sentencia condenatoria entre seis y nueve años de prisión para Teodoro Bonilla.

A su vez, la Fiscalía demanda que el exvicepresidente del extinto Consejo de la Judicatura sea inhabilitado de su profesión.

El profesional del derecho es acusado del delito de tráfico de influencias consumado en el denominado caso Shalom.

PenaLa Fiscalía pidió la pena máxima para el exvicepresidente del Consejo de la Judicatura por tráfico de influencias consumado, la cual es entre seis y nueve años de prisión.

El juicio oral incoado contra el exconsejero está por terminar, anoche se suspendió la etapa de conclusiones.

En medio del juicio, Bonilla dijo: “Que me declaren inocente porque siempre lo he sido”.

Para hoy está programado que el juez emita el fallo absolutorio o condenatorio contra el imputado.

El juicio se desarrolla en la sala tres de juicios orales de la Corte Suprema de Justicia.

Opinión.

El vocero de la Misión de Apoyo Contra la Corrupción e Impunidad en Honduras (Maccih), Juan Jiménez Mayor, alabó que la Fiscalía haya solicitado la pena máxima para Bonilla.

“Responsabilidad de Bonilla es grave en tráfico de influencias para liberar a parientes por lavado (de activos).

Gran trabajo de investigación de la Fiscalía”, escribió Jiménez en su cuenta de Twitter.

AmparoDos juezas están vinculadas en el caso.

Delmy López y Liz Núñez se negaron a declarar en el desarrollo del juicio amparadas en el artículo 88 de la Constitución de la República.

También cuestionó que las juezas vinculadas en el caso se presentaran en el juicio, pero no dieran su declaración.

Se trata de las juezas Delmy López y Liz María Núñez, quienes prefirieron quedarse en silencio.

Escuchas.

El miércoles, durante el desarrollo del juicio contra Bonilla, salieron a relucir escuchas de llamadas telefónicas, donde él presionaba a las juezas a que favorecieran a sus familiares señalados en el caso Shalom.

También se conoció que el exfuncionario tuvo un amorío con una de las dos juezas.

El vocero de la Maccih manifestó que pruebas de interceptación telefónicas son válidas y suficientes para establecer la responsabilidad.


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          Shocase Selects MBLM’s Claude Salzberger as Company Advisor   

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(PRWeb May 06, 2015)

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          Where things stand on the AT&T and Time Warner deal   
AT&T’s (NYSE: T) $49-billion acquisition of DirecTV took a whopping 432 days to win government approval, eventually earning clearance from the Federal Communications Commission with a list of conditions. Now, 251 days since the Dallas-based telecom giant declared its intent to purchase content monster Time Warner, Inc., the process could finally be turning toward the point in which the two sides discuss the same type of conditions. Bob Quinn, AT&T’s senior executive vice president for external…

          In the spotlight: Jason Providakes   
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          Why does the USG need to worry about voting machines getting hacked? Trump is going to be our final president. ¯\_(… https://t.co/JWljnYyApn   

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          Muere leyenda de la moda italiana   
Como presidenta de Fendi, fue por mucho tiempo el rostro público de la compañía y era conocida como la "signora della moda”.
          Traje de baño de Trump promete vaciar las playas   
El traje de una pieza tiene la cara del presidente estadounidense.
          Opium and bananas banned for Hong Kong military parade   
Hong Kong (AFP) - Opium, umbrellas and fruit were all banned for reporters covering Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to a military parade Friday, on a peculiarly exhaustive list of items considered too dangerous to bring along.
          Holding firm, moving forward, determined to win the battle before us   
By Carol Tobias, President Editor’s note. These remarks from NRLC President Carol Tobias were part of a Friday morning General Session entitled, “The Battle Before Us.” What is “The Battle Before Us”? To advance a culture of life in which innocent unborn human beings are protected from abortion and the medically vulnerable are defended against
          Right to Life of Michigan is disappointed Governor Snyder vetoed the Choose Life plate bill   
Right to Life of Michigan is disappointed that Governor Rick Snyder vetoed legislation to create a Choose Life specialty license plate in Michigan. Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, “We hoped he would recognize this wonderful opportunity to provide care to pregnant women in need and help suicide prevention efforts.” Right to
          Keeping Tomorrow Alive   
Editor’s note. These are the opening remarks delivered this morning to the annual NRLC National Convention by National Right to Life President Carol Tobias. Good morning! I am so excited that you are all here in the great city of Milwaukee to celebrate LIFE at the 47th annual National Right to Life convention. Our theme,
          Changes in Air Liquide’s executive management team as of July 1, 2017   

The responsibilities within the Group’s executive management team are evolving as of July 1, 2017, following the recent departures of Pierre Dufour, Senior Executive Vice President and Jean-Pierre Duprieu, Executive Vice President, both of whom have retired.


          Trump's Latest Tweet Is Roundly Criticized   
Steve Inskeep talks with Jonah Goldberg, senior editor at the National Review, about President Trump's latest tweet, which has been criticized from both sides of the aisle.
          Philippines' Duterte Is A Divisive Figure, Even Abroad   
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          Week In Politics: Senators Work On Health Care Bill While Trump Tweets   
This week Republican senators postponed a vote on their health care bill but continued to make changes. Also, President Trump received bipartisan criticism for a crude tweet.
          251 days later: Where things stand on the AT&T and Time Warner deal   
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          NPU Presidential Search Committee Launches Online Survey   
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          Bruno de Carvalho: "Sou católico, não sei nada de bruxarias, perguntem ao Gomes da Silva"   
Presidente do Sporting comentou caso dos emails do Benfica.
          O que é que Juncker não tem? Um smartphone   
O presidente da Comissão Europeia admitiu que ainda não aderiu aos smartphones. O telemóvel que utiliza é um clássico e antigo Nokia.
          Lindsey Graham calls Trump tweet 'beneath the office,' Tim Scott tells president not to be distracted   


This morning, someone told the President of the United States that cable news hosts said some things about him and he responded by calling one of them "low I.Q. Crazy" and the other "Psycho," and said he turned them both away from his palatial beachfront resort estate over New Year's.

The president was apparently responding to hearing criticism second-hand by MSNBC hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough of 'poorly rated' "Morning Joe." To cap off the hot take, Trump even mentioned 'low I.Q. Crazy' Brzezinski was "bleeding badly from a face-lift" in the 8:58 a.m. tweet.

The hosts were apparently poking fun at a report this week that Trump has several faked Time magazine covers hanging in properties he owns just before the tweets.

After Trump released his morning affirmation, both of South Carolina's U.S. senators responded:

Lindsey Graham called the president's words 'beneath the office and represents what is wrong with American politics.'
[embed-1]Tim Scott took no issue with the content of the president's criticism, but urged him not to be distracted from health care and tax reform.[embed-2]


          More court challenges expected for Trump’s new travel ban   
A scaled-back version of President Trump's travel ban is now in force and is likely to generate a new round of court fights.
          Trump’s crude tweets: Would anyone else be fired?   
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          India launches new economic era with sales tax reform   

By Rajesh Kumar Singh

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India early on Saturday introduced its biggest tax reform in the 70 years since independence from British colonial rule.

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) replaces more than a dozen federal and state levies and unifying a $2 trillion economy and 1.3 billion people into one of the world's biggest common markets.

The measure is expected to make it easier to do business by simplifying the tax structure and ensuring greater compliance, boosting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's economic credentials before a planned re-election bid in 2019.

At a midnight ceremony in parliament's central hall Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee together launched the new tax by pressing a button.

"With GST, the dream of 'One India, Great India' will come true," Modi said.

For the first midnight ceremony in the central hall in two decades, Modi was joined by his cabinet colleagues, India's central bank chief, a former prime minister and major company executives including Ratan Tata.

The launch, however, was boycotted by several opposition parties including the Congress Party, which first proposed the tax reform before it fell from power three years ago.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh - the architect of India's economic reforms - also gave it a miss.

COMPLEX STRUCTURE

It has taken 14 years for the new sales tax to come into being. But horse trading to get recalcitrant Indian states on board has left Asia's third-largest economy with a complex tax structure.

In contrast to simpler sales taxes in other countries, India's GST has four rates and numerous exemptions.

The official schedule of rates runs to 213 pages and has undergone repeated changes, some taking place as late as on Friday evening.

Many businesses are nervous about how the changes will unfold, with smaller ones saying they will get hit by higher tax rates.

Adding to the complexity, businesses with pan-India operations face filing over 1,000 digital returns a year.

While higher tax rates for services and non-food items are expected to fuel price pressures, compliance is feared to be a major challenge in a country where many entrepreneurs are not computer literate and rely on handwritten ledgers.

"We have jumped into a river but don't know its depth," said A. Subba Rao, an executive director at power firm CLP India.

'ONE TAX, ONE MARKET, ONE NATION'

Poor implementation would deal a blow to an economy that is still recovering from Modi's decision late last year to outlaw 86 percent of the currency in circulation.

In a bid to mitigate the impact on the farm sector, the GST rates for tractors and fertiliser were slashed on Friday to 18 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

HSBC estimates the reform, despite its flaws, could add 0.4 percentage points to economic growth.

An end of tax arbitrage under the GST is estimated to save companies $14 billion in reduced logistics costs and efficiency gains.

As the GST is a value added tax, firms will have an incentive to comply in order to avail credit for taxes already paid. This should widen the tax net, shoring up public finances.

"The old India was economically fragmented," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said. "The new India will create one tax, one market for one nation."

(Editing by Sanjeev Miglani and John Stonestreet)


          Analysis: "Bad" foreign firms drive U.S. manufacturing jobs revival   

By Lesley Wroughton and Howard Schneider

SPARTANBURG/CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Years before Donald Trump began promising to bring back good manufacturing jobs by getting tough with U.S. trade partners, such jobs have already been on the rise, largely thanks to foreign companies now cast as villains in Trump's narrative.

Reuters analysis of federal jobs data shows that out of 656,000 new manufacturing jobs created between 2010 and 2014, two thirds can be attributed to foreign direct investment.

More recent jobs numbers are not yet available, but over $700 billion in foreign capital has poured in over the last two years bringing total foreign investment to $3.7 trillion at the end of 2016, a world record. (Graphic: http://tmsnrt.rs/2sWkzTB)

Now foreign companies that have spent billions of dollars on U.S. factories and local leaders who host them worry that global supply networks that back those investments will fray if Trump makes good on his pledge to roll back trade liberalization.

The U.S. president has threatened to tear up North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico and slap higher tariffs on nations that run trade surpluses with the United States, such as Germany or China. The administration is also discussing tighter immigration rules and more security screening of investment.

The tough message helped sway swing northeastern and Midwestern Rust Belt states Trump's way in the 2016 election, but puts him at odds with companies and local leaders in the south, which has driven the recent growth in manufacturing jobs.

The southern states have voted for Trump, but have also spent decades wooing foreign companies with flexible labor laws, financial incentives and investment in ports, roads and other infrastructure.

POSTER CHILD AND WHIPPING BOY

The courtship has spawned new auto plants from Kentucky to Georgia, and a new Airbus plant in Mobile, Alabama.

Few places highlight the gap between Trump's rhetoric and local aspirations better than Spartanburg in South Carolina.

German carmaker BMW has invested here $8 billion in a 1.2 million square foot (11.15 hectares) assembly plant, which has become the largest single exporter of cars by value from the United States.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, a Republican and Trump supporter, credits the German automaker for putting his state on the global investment map.

"The presence of this company changed everything in the trajectory of our state," McMaster said on Monday at an event unveiling BMW's newest X3 sports utility vehicle.

Its Chief Executive Harald Krueger said the carmaker would invest additional $600 million in Spartanburg over the next four years, adding 1,000 jobs to the 9,000-strong workforce, and spend further $200 million on employee training and education.

But the poster child of South Carolina's success also doubles as a whipping boy. In January, BMW's plans to build a plant in Mexico drew Trump's ire and last month the U.S. president was quoted as saying Germany was "very bad" on trade and selling too many cars in the United States.

And even as the company highlights its contribution to the U.S. economy and the benefits of free trade, it is hedging its bets by preparing for a possible protectionist backlash.

Outside of the spotlight, BMW is retooling factories in South Africa and China to build volume models like the X3 SUV, reducing its dependence on Spartanburg.

“We have a big footprint here, and we are flexible enough," Oliver Zipse, BMW's board member responsible for manufacturing, told Reuters. "We will build the X3 not only in Spartanburg, we will split it into South Africa and then to China, so we will have some flexibility to produce cars somewhere else,” he said.

“If something happens at the political level - which we don’t know yet - we are able to have a flexible response.”

The Trump administration has said it welcomes foreign investment and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, who spoke at an opening of a new Samsung Electronics <005930.KS> plant in South Carolina, said such projects showed that "America is becoming an even stronger destination for global businesses looking to grow.”

The southern U.S. states owe much of their success to coastal port authorities and cities that have invested heavily to make their channels and docks fit for shipments to and from China and Mexico.

Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina who has often clashed with Trump, said protectionism would undermine those accomplishments and hurt American workers.

DOOMSDAY SCENARIO

"Negotiate a trade agreement with Europe, modernize NAFTA, don't tear it up," Graham told Reuters at the BMW factory. "We're going in the wrong direction. We need more trade agreements, not less."

Graham noted how low-cost competition from China and Mexico destroyed South Carolina's once thriving textile industry and how the state reinvented itself as a manufacturing hub, bringing the likes of BMW or French tire maker Michelin .

The now humming port city of Charleston has a similar story to tell. When a major navy base shut down in the 1990s wiping out 20,000 jobs, local officials worked to bring foreign manufacturers, which now employ around 10,000 in the three counties around the city and more is set to come.

Mercedes-Benz, part of Daimler AG , is adding 1,300 jobs so it can make its Sprinter van here rather than merely assemble it with imported parts, which also means more business for local suppliers.

Up the road, Volvo Car Group, part of Chinese conglomerate Geely, is due to open its first North American plant next year with a target workforce of 2,000.

Local development officials expect more jobs and investment to come, but worry that some steps discussed by the Trump administration could have a chilling effect.

Claire Gibbons, director of global marketing at the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, said the proposed new tariffs, tougher immigration rules and stricter reviews of foreign investment projects would amount to a "doomsday scenario" for the region.

"This is an education opportunity for us all, for the people making the decisions that don't understand the ramifications."

(1 euro = $1.1350)

(Additional reporting by Edward Taylor in Munich. Editing by David Chance and Tomasz Janowski)


          Global shipping feels fallout from Maersk cyber attack   

By Jonathan Saul

LONDON (Reuters) - Global shipping is still feeling the effects of a cyber attack that hit A.P. Moller-Maersk two days ago, showing the scale of the damage a computer virus can unleash on the technology dependent and inter-connected industry.

About 90 percent of world trade is transported by sea, with ships and ports acting as the arteries of the global economy. Ports increasingly rely on communications systems to keep operations running smoothly, and any IT glitches can create major disruptions for complex logistic supply chains.

The cyber attack was among the biggest-ever disruptions to hit global shipping. Several port terminals run by a Maersk division, including in the United States, India, Spain, the Netherlands, were still struggling to revert to normal operations on Thursday after experiencing massive disruptions.

South Florida Container Terminal, for example, said dry cargo could not be delivered and no container would be received. Anil Diggikar, chairman of JNPT port, near the Indian commercial hub of Mumbai, told Reuters that he did not know "when exactly the terminal will be running smoothly".

His uncertainty was echoed by Maersk itself, which told Reuters that a number of IT systems were still shut down and that it could not say when normal business operations would be resumed.

It said it was not able to comment on specific questions regarding the breach of its IT systems or the state of its cyber security as it had "all available hands focused on practical stuff and getting things back to normal".

The impact of the attack on the company has reverberated across the industry given its position as the world's biggest container shipping line and also operator of 76 ports via its APM Terminals division.

Container ships transport much of the world's consumer goods and food, while dry bulk ships haul commodities including coal and grain and tankers carry vital oil and gas supplies.

"As Maersk is about 18 percent of all container trade, can you imagine the panic this must be causing in the logistic chain of all those cargo owners all over the world?" said Khalid Hashim, managing director of Precious Shipping, one of Thailand's largest dry cargo ship owners.

"Right now none of them know where any of their cargoes (or)containers are. And this 'black hole' of lack of knowledge will continue till Maersk are able to bring back their systems on line."

BACK TO BASICS

The computer virus, which researchers are calling GoldenEye or Petya, began its spread on Tuesday in Ukraine and affected companies in dozens of countries.

Maersk said the attack had caused outages at its computer systems across the world.

In an example of the turmoil that ensued, the unloading of vessels at the group's Tacoma terminal was severely slowed on Tuesday and Wednesday, said Dean McGrath, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23 there.

The terminal is a key supply line for the delivery of domestic goods such as milk and groceries and construction materials to Anchorage, Alaska.

"They went back to basics and did everything on paper," McGrath said.

Ong Choo Kiat, President of U-Ming Marine Transport, Taiwan's largest dry bulk ship owner, said the fact Maersk had been affected rang alarm bells for the whole shipping industry as the Danish company was regarded as a leader in IT technology.

"But they ended up one of the first few casualties. I therefore conclude that shipping is lacking behind the other industry in term of cyber security," he said.

"How long would it takes to catch up? I don't know. But recently all owners and operators are definitely more aware of the risk of cyber security and beginning to pay more attention to it."

In a leading transport survey by international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright published this week, 87 percent of respondents from the shipping industry believed cyber attacks would increase over the next five years - a level that was higher than counterparts in the aviation, rail and logistics industries.

VULNERABLE

Apart from the reliance on computer systems, ships themselves are increasingly exposed to interference through electronic navigation devices such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) and lack the backup systems airliners have to prevent crashes, according to cyber security experts.

There were no indications that GPS and other electronic navigation aids were affected by this week's attack, but security specialists say such systems are vulnerable to signal loss from deliberate jamming by hackers.

Last year, South Korea said hundreds of fishing vessels had returned early to port after its GPS signals were jammed by North Korea, which denied responsibility.

"The Maersk attack raises our awareness of the vulnerability of shipping and ports to technological failure," said Professor David Last, a previous president of Britain's Royal Institute of Navigation.

"When GPS fails, ships' captains lose their principal means of navigation and much of their communications and computer links. They have to slow down and miss port schedules," said Last, who is also a strategic advisor to the General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland.

A number of countries including the UK and the United States are looking into deploying a radar based back up navigation system for ships called eLoran, but this will take time to develop.

David Nordell, head of strategy and policy for London-based think tank, the Centre for Strategic Cyberspace and Security Science, said the global shipping and port industries were vulnerable to cyber attack, because their operating technologies tend to be old.

"It's certainly possible to imagine that two container ships, or, even worse, oil or gas tankers, could be hacked into colliding, resulting in loss of life and cargo, and perhaps total loss of the vessels," Nordell said.

"Carried out in a strategically sensitive location such as the Malacca Straits or the Bosphorus, a collision like this could block shipping for enough time to cause serious dislocations to trade."

SECRETIVE INDUSTRY

Cyber risks also pose challenges for insurance cover.

In a particularly secretive industry, information about the nature of cyber attacks is still scarce, which insurance and shipping officials say is an obstacle to mitigating the risk, which means there are gaps in insurance cover available.

"There has been a lot of non-reporting (of breaches) on ships, and we’re trying efforts where even if there could be anonymous reporting on a platform so we can start to get the information and the data," said Andrew Kinsey, senior marine consultant at insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty.

There is also a gap in provision, because most existing cyber or hull insurance policies - which insure the ship itself - will not cover the risk of a navigation system being jammed or physical damage to the ship caused by a hacking attack.

"The industry is just waking up to its vulnerability," said Colin Gillespie, deputy director of loss prevention with ship insurer North.

"Perhaps it is time for insurers, reinsurers, ship operators and port operators to sit down together and consider these risks in detail. A collective response is needed - we are all under attack."

(Additional reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen in Copenhagen, Keith Wallis and Carolyn Cohn in London, Euan Rocha in Mumbai, Miyoung Kim in Singapore, Alexander Cornwell in Dubai, Michael Hirtzer in Chicago, Noor Zainab Hussain in Bangalore, Adam Jourdan and Shanghai newsroom; Editing by Pravin Char)


          6/30/2017: MARKETS: Euro strengthens against dollar   
The euro strengthened to its highest level against the dollar in more than a year yesterday, with attempts by European Central Bank sources to moderate the message taken from a speech by president Mario Draghi this week falling largely on deaf...
          MSNBC ‘Morning Joe’ hosts fire back at Trump Twitter blasts   

The two MSNBC personalities postponed a vacation in order to respond to President Trump's tweet, which drew broad condemnation a day earlier because he called Mika Brzezinski "crazy" and said she was "bleeding badly from a face-lift" when he saw them at his Florida estate.
          GST: Opposition's boycott call aimed at future political positioning ahead of upcoming state, Lok Sabha polls   
JDU breaking ranks on presidential polls and NCP, JDS, SP and BSP deciding to attend the joint sitting demonstrate fault-lines within the Opposition camp.
          Re: Big Bucks, Bad Optics for Frank Jackson at "Fat Cat" Fundraiser in Gates Mills   
Thanks for this coverage, Sam. It was good to see this:

"It was a reference to an action in 1982, when 600 local activists descended in buses upon the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club (also in Gates Mills) to confront SOHIO President Alton Whitehouse."
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          Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government   
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About the Program
PPIC's latest survey examines Californians' views on President Trump and Congress, as well as their preferences on immigration policy, terrorism and security, and government regulation. It also covers state issues, including attitudes toward elected officials, high-speed rail, and water infrastructure. PPIC researcher Dean Bonner will outline these and other key findings.

This research was supported with funding from the James Irvine Foundation, the California Endowment, and the PPIC Donor Circle.

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          Keidel: So Long, Phil, Thanks For Nothing   
Phil Jackson addresses the media during his introductory press conference as President of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 18, 2014 in New York City.Phil Jackson's stint as the New York Knicks' president was a complete failure, a shameless money grab that leaves the team worse off.
          GST: Pranab Mukherjee calls upon Indians to extend full cooperation   
The President reminisced how as finance minister he had introduced the Constitution Amendment Bill on March 22, 2011.
          PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government   
Capitol Building – Statewide Survey

A majority of Californians disapprove of President Trump’s order banning travel to the US by people from six majority Muslim countries. And most support providing a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

Crosstabs:
All Adults [PDF]
Likely Voters [PDF]

Time Trends:
All Adults [PDF]
Likely Voters [PDF]

This research was supported with funding from the James Irvine Foundation, the California Endowment, and the PPIC Donor Circle.

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          Tiga Aspek dalam Pembahasan Presidential Threshold   
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Anggota Pansus RUU Pemilu dari Fraksi Partai Hanura Rufinus Hotmaulana Hutauruk mengatakan pembahasan ambang batas pencalonan presiden atau presidential threshold dalam revisi Undang-Undang tentang Penyelenggara Pemilu...
          Trump gets it from all sides for trash-talking MSNBC hosts   

In a series of tweets Thursday, President Trump went after Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, who have criticized Trump on their MSNBC show "Morning Joe."
          KK Venugopal appointed as new Attorney General of India   
Venugopal's name has been cleared by the office of the President of India. The 86 year old's name will soon be notified by the government.
          Trump Administration Proposes LOWEST Bid to Extend H-1B Outsourcing Permanently   

IEEE-USA Logo (PRNewsFoto/IEEE-USA) (PRNewsFoto/IEEE-USA)WASHINGTON, June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A Trump administration representative has made an astonishing proposal to Congress that would break the President's repeated promises to end H-1B outsourcing, in a Tuesday hearing before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor,...



          Marvel tiene en cartera varios proyectos de videojuegos y realidad virtual   
Entre ellos, uno de 'Los Defensores'.

Marvel tiene grandes y ambiciosos proyectos en desarrollo relacionados con los videojuegos. Si bien hace unos días conocíamos más de sus tomas de decisiones, ahora es el vice presidente y productor ejecutivo de Marvel, Mike Jones, el que confirma que la Casa de las Ideas tienen grandes videojuegos para consolas sin anunciar, proyectos de realidad virtual y juegos para móviles de gran presupuesto.

Una ambiciosa hoja de ruta


"Tenemos una hoja de ruta. Tenemos algunos juegos increíbles para consolas, móviles y realidad virtual, y no puedo decir nada de momento. Estamos confeccionando un catálogo completo, y estamos intentando encontrar el mejor trato posible para cada personaje, editora, plataforma o género, y buscamos calidad, no una simple forma rápida de licenciar para hacer un juego", explica Jones.

Vídeo:



"Estamos siendo bastante activos en planificar cuáles serían las mejores y más correctas experiencias para según qué licencias o plataformas"

"Actualmente estamos siendo bastante activos en planificar cuáles serían las mejores y más correctas experiencias para según qué licencias o plataformas, así como en buscar los mejores desarrolladores para ellas", añade. "A veces hemos recibido a editoras y socios que nos cuentan de forma muy apasionadas cómo y de qué manera quieren desarrollar una idea genial para su proyecto basándose en alguno de nuestros personajes", comenta Mike.


"Otras veces, nos asociamos con los estudios a los que amamos y respetamos y les ofrecemos trabajar junto a nosotros. Básicamente hablamos de congeniar música y letras, y siempre andamos ansiosos por encontrar los mejores matrimonios posibles", añade.

"Marvel Studios decide quién tiene que dirigir una película basada en un personaje y el tipo de historia que debe presentar, y nosotros andamos en una línea muy similar en la forma en la que queremos trasladar a Spider-Man o Los Vengadores en un videojuego. Sí, existe un apartado clínico de gestión, con un excel en el que manejamos muchos elementos en este proceso, pero sobre todo, lo más importante, es la pasión", concluye.

Ofreciendo la máxima calidad en sus licencias


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Mike Jones explica qué tipo de decisiones han llevado a ofrecer juegos de tanto calado de sus personajes y grupos más importantes, como lo son Spider-Man y Los Vengadores, y qué futuras licencias acabarán llegando a los videojuegos. ¿Qué proceso siguen? ¿Qué control de calidad existe?


"Estos personajes y licencias son propiedades que ofreceremos de la mejor forma posible a los aficionados. Nos estamos asegurando de ello"

"¿Qué hace más importante una historia de Los Vengadores o qué la convierte en diferente de una de Spidey o de Los Defensores? En ese sentido, hemos aprendido los mecanismos que hacen grandes los argumentos y las narrativas en los videojuegos. Estos personajes, estas licencias, son propiedades que ofreceremos de la mejor forma posible a los aficionados. Nos estamos asegurando de ello", concluía.

Marvel tiene en cartera varios proyectos de videojuegos y realidad virtual
          Tasa interés clave Chile, totalmente compatible con condiciones economía: jefe Banco Central (Reuters)   


LONDRES (Reuters) - El nivel de la tasa de interés referencial en Chile es "totalmente compatible" con las condiciones de la economía local, dijo el viernes el presidente del Banco Central, Mario Marcel, durante su participación en un foro con inversionistas en Londres.

La declaración del jefe del instituto emisor refuerza sus comentarios de principios de mes sobre que la Tasa de Política Monetaria (TPM) ha llegado a un nivel coherente con una inflación de 3,0 por ciento en el horizonte de proyección.

Las tasas de interés "son totalmente compatible con las condiciones", dijo Marcel a periodistas en el marco de la conferencia "Chile Day" en Londres, agregando que el balance de riesgo para la economía estaba balanceado actualmente.

Los comentarios de Marcel ocurren cuando algunos economistas en Chile comienzan a estimar que habría espacio para un recorte más del tipo rector en la segunda mitad del año.


Para intentar reanimar una deprimida actividad local, el Banco Central ha recortado la TPM en 100 puntos base a un 2,5 por ciento en lo que va del año y en su última reunión el consejo cambio en el sesgo de su política hacia uno "flexible" o neutral en espera de que el impulso monetario permee a la economía.

El Banco Central disminuyó recientemente su cálculo de expansión del Producto Interno Bruto (PIB) del 2017 hacia un rango de 1,0 a 1,75 por ciento, desde un pronóstico previo de 1,0 a 2,0 por ciento.

En cuanto al mercado cambiario, Marcel dijo que la moneda local no se había desviado de sus fundamentos recientemente.

Reporte de Marc Jones. Escrito por Antonio de la Jara. Editado por Gabriela Donoso

Fuente: http://lta.reuters.com/article/businessNews/idLTAKBN19L1UA-OUSLB

          Oficializaron la entrega de rutas aéreas a Fly bondi (Página 12)   


Un negocio que ya empieza a carretear

El Gobierno le dio autorización para volar a 85 destinos nacionales e internacionales. La concesión de las rutas está bajo la lupa de la Justicia por los vínculos de la empresa con el vicejefe de Gabinete Mario Quintana.


El Gobierno nacional oficializó hoy la autorización "low cost" Fly Bondi, a explotar 85 rutas aéreas, nacionales e internacionales, por los próximos 15 años. Lo hizo a pesar de que la Justicia investigada posibles irregularidades en la concesión de esas rutas dados los vínculos de esa empresa con el vicejefe de Gabinete Mario Quintana.


La decisión de darle pista al negocio de Fly Bondi quedó plasmada en una resolución publicada esta mañana en el Boletín Oficial. Se trata de la  408-E/2017 del Ministerio de Transporte, que lleva la firma del titular de esa cartera, Guillermo Dietrich.


El otorgamiento de rutas aéreas a las low cost está en la mira de la Justicia. Bajo la lupa están las concesiones hechas a Fly Bondi y también a Avian, que antes no era otra que MacAir, la empresa aérea de los Macri.

Fly Bondi es la quinta empresa "low cost" que habilita el gobierno para operar en el transporte aéreo de carga y de pasajeros, luego de American Jet, Andes, Alas del Sur y Avian. El juez federal Sergio Torres investiga si no fue beneficiada con la entrega de las rutas en forma irregular a partir de sus vínculos con Quintana.

Richard Guy Gluzman, uno de los dueños y fundador de Fly Bondi aparece cruzado en varias sociedades con Quintana, incluso como vicepresidente de Pegasus, la empresa principal del funcionario. Ambos, además, figuran como fundadores de la firma Gustos y Aromas SA en el año 2004. Guy Gluzman, un empresario francés de 63 años, también fue incorporado en la función pública como empleado de Acumar (Autoridad de la Cuenca Matanza Riachuelo), dependiente del Ministerio de Medio Ambiente, con el ambicioso cargo de “Coordinador de Mejoras Continuas”.

 La autorización que se le concedió a Fly Bondi es "para explotar servicios regulares internos e internacionales de transporte aéreo de pasajeros, carga y correo con aeronaves de gran porte". Entre las rutas que se le otorgaron se incluyen destinos como Brasil, Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, Perú, Chile y Uruguay, además de las principales ciudades argentinas.

Según se indica entre los considerandos de la resolución, "se considera conveniente que otro operador con bandera argentina ingrese en los referidos mercados teniendo en cuenta que la ampliación de la oferta y el aumento de la competencia conducen al perfeccionamiento de la actividad del transporte aéreo".

Además, con respecto a las rutas internacionales otorgadas, "el ingreso de un nuevo operador argentino contribuirá a proyectar la presencia de nuestro país en rutas prioritariamente explotadas por transportadores extranjeros o en las que un nuevo explotador permitirá diversificar la oferta y con ello captar una mayor proporción del mercado".

La empresa tendrá su base de operaciones en el aeropuerto de El Palomar, aunque esa situación "queda sujeta a las habilitaciones y limitaciones" de ese aeródromo.

Fuente: https://www.pagina12.com.ar/47061-un-negocio-que-ya-empieza-a-carretear

          El Nación anunció líneas de crédito y promete ser más ágil y flexible para prestar (La Nación)   


Quiere desembolsar $ 35.000 millones hasta fin de año en nuevos préstamos, a tasas atractivas


El Banco Nación se propone colocar nuevos créditos por un total de $ 35.000 millones hasta que termine el año. Así lo anunció ayer su presidente, Javier González Fraga, al explicar a la prensa la fuerte demanda que está recibiendo de préstamos hipotecarios y anunciar el lanzamiento de una línea básicamente destinada a financiar capital de trabajo e inversiones de pequeñas y medianas empresas de todo tipo de actividad, pero que tendrá capítulos especiales para emprendedores, desarrolladores inmobiliarios, empresas de colectivos de corta y media distancia y hasta municipios.

Las líneas estarán disponibles en "pesos, dólares y UVA", explicó, en relación al indexador que se aplica a la moneda nacional para abaratar cuotas y alargar plazos.


Los créditos en pesos llegarán a 15 años de plazo y se ofrecen a una tasa fija del 15% anual por los primeros 3 años, y luego variable según tasa Badlar (la que paga la banca por plazos fijos mayoristas).

Pero serán adaptables al tipo de actividad: "La línea aplicable a economías regionales mantendrá el plazo máximo de 15 años, pero tendrá hasta 5 años de gracia, para adaptarse a las necesidades de cada producción; la que vamos a destinar a productores agropecuarios y lecheros contempla hasta 3 años de gracia", explicó González Fraga, en relación al período en que el tomador sólo estaría obligado a pagar el interés por el financiamiento recibido, pero sin devolver capital durante ese lapso. Los créditos en dólares, por normativa sólo accesible para exportadores, sus proveedores o quienes integren una cadena de exportación, tendrán una tasa del 2% anual a un año, que sube al 4% cuando el plazo se ubique entre los 3 y los 7 años.

A su vez, la opción en UVA, que ya se aplica con muy buena aceptación en créditos hipotecarios, se generalizará a una tasa del 5% sobre el indexador que replica la inflación. Precisamente por la demanda que tienen esos créditos para la vivienda, González Fraga estimó que la mitad de la meta de colocación que se puso saldría en nuevas hipotecas. "Tenemos 94.000 pedidos en evaluación y estamos financiado la construcción de otras 17.000 viviendas, porque queremos operar sobre la oferta y la demanda inmobiliaria tratando de prevenir burbujas en los precios", explicó. Incluso confió que el banco está tercerizando la evaluación de riesgo para ganar dinamismo en la colocación.

El presidente del BNA se preocupó por transmitir que el banco será mucho más activo en la colocación y oferta de créditos. "Cuando asumí el banco tenía un exceso de liquidez", dijo, en elíptica crítica a su antecesor, Carlos Melconian. La expansión crediticia se fondeará "desarmando cartera hoy puesta en pases o Lebac", detalló.


El plan, presentado hace más de un mes a los gerentes de la entidad, y denominado Carlos Pellegrini ("es alguien que admiro", dijo), se basa en ganar agilidad en la colocación de los préstamos que estarán disponibles desde fines de julio. Y dijo que eso ahora es posible por los cambios que aplicó a las normas el BCRA al simplificar trámites y flexibilizar criterios de evaluación".

Fuente: http://www.lanacion.com.ar/2038031-el-nacion-anuncio-lineas-de-credito-y-promete-ser-mas-agil-y-flexible-para-prestar

          ¿Apertura indiscriminada?: las estadísticas relativizan que la economía esté viviendo una lluvia de importaciones (iProfesional)   


En su plataforma de campaña, Cristina Kirchner denunció que se está entregando el mercado interno a la empresas extranjeras y volvió a encender el debate. En el Gobierno lo niegan pero, como contrapartida, se oponen a volver al "cerrojo" aduanero. Cuáles son los rubros más y menos dinámicos


La polémica por las importaciones se está potenciando en plena carrera hacia las PASO.

El tercero de los 15 puntos que conforman la plataforma de campaña del frente Unidad Ciudadana que impulsa Cristina Kirchner, de hecho, se refiere a la defensa de la industria nacional.

Para ponerlo en perspectiva, este ítem está por encima de otros que forman parte del corazón de las críticas del kirchnerismo hacia el plan de gobierno de Cambiemos, como las tarifas, el endeudamiento externo o la "bicicleta financiera".

En un duro análisis, el documento advierte que "está en marcha un plan de apertura total e indiscriminada de la economía".

Además, señala que "por primera vez desde 1975 cae el PBI y aumentan las importaciones de bienes de consumo", un juego de variables que los economistas que acompañan a Cristina consideran que lo único que genera es "entregar el ya reducido mercado interno a las empresas extranjeras".

La economista Fernanda Vallejos, que encabeza lista de diputados nacionales, también está calentando el debate y centrando sus críticas en el boom de compras al exterior.


La nueva referente K afirmó que hay dos argentinas: una mayoría que "dejó de consumir bienes esenciales", como alimentos, y una minoría que "compra motos o autos de alta gama importados".

La realidad es que en los últimos meses es cierto que se evidenció un mayor movimiento de marcas internacionales.

En el caso del rubro automotor, están desembarcando compañías generalistas como Geely, de China, hasta otras de súper lujo, como Lotus.

En el rubro alimentos, basta recorrer las góndolas de los supermercados para observar una proliferación de quesos de Francia o de marcas de fideos italianos, con salsas de tomate incluidas.

En indumentaria, tiendas como Zara, que hasta hace un par de años tenían un 90% de su oferta conformada por prendas nacionales, ahora ofrecen pantalones, remeras y camisas de Singapur o Tailandia.

Una recorrida por comercios permite comprobar que hay una "efervescencia importadora". ¿Pero alcanza todo esto para considerar esta tendencia como una verdadera avalancha?

En diálogo con iProfesional, el economista Gabriel Caamaño Gómez, del Estudio Ledesma destaca que "el Gobierno, en un principio avanzó bastante rápido, pero luego puso un poco el pie en el freno".

Al analizar la foto actual, el analista precisa que "hoy no se puede hablar de una apertura fulminante. Los datos muestran que se está lejos todavía de los niveles de otros años".

Entre enero y mayo, las importaciones totalizaronu$s24.800 millones, con un alza interanual del 12%. Sin embargo, descontada la variable precios, en volúmenes el alza fue sustancialmente menor: 7,4%.

Además, este registro es menor al récord histórico -para ese período-, que tuvo lugar en pleno kirchnerismo, más precisamente en 2013, antes del reforzamiento del cepo cambiario y aduanero.

En ese entonces, la "factura" a pagar por compras al mundo ascendió a casi u$s29.600 millones.

Es decir que el nivel actual se encuentra un 16% por debajo de ese récord. No sólo eso, el registro de este año incluso está por debajo del de 2011, 2012 y 2014 (ver cuadro).


En este punto, Marcelo Elizondo, ex director de Fundación ExportAr, apunta que "es cierto que las importaciones están creciendo. Pero lo que estamos viendo es una recomposición, porque veníamos de niveles bajísimos".

El analista va más allá y afirma que, en base al ranking del Banco Mundial, la Argentina está entre los cincopaíses con el ratio más bajo entre importaciones y PBI.

En este contexto, Elizondo reflota la fórmula que establece que por cada punto que se pretenda crezca la economía, entonces las compras al mundo deberán hacerlo en tres puntos.

"Esto se debe a que la mayor parte de lo que ingresa del exterior está destinado a la industria", completa.

Sin embargo, los analistas sí reconocen que, especialmente en bienes de consumo, hay ramas deactividad “sensibles” que están sufriendo una mayor competencia importada.

Pero trazan una diferencia: consideran que el problema principal no está causado únicamente por este flujo, sino por la combinación de este factor con el achicamiento del mercado por el enfriamiento del consumo.

La "letra chica" de los bienes de capital
En la última cumbre entre el presidente Mauricio Macri y la cúpula de la Unión Industrial Argentina (UIA), el tema de las importaciones estuvo entre los principales puntos de la agenda del día.

Tras la reunión, el propio titular de la entidad, Miguel Acevedo reveló que, ante la preocupación planteada, los funcionarios respondieron que el incremento de las compras al mundo no hace sino "aumentar la competitividad de las empresas".

Básicamente, porque gran parte de las mismas son maquinarias e insumos para la industria.

¿Se están importando más bienes de capital? Las estadísticas, a grandes rasgos, así lo confirman.

Entre enero y mayo entraron "fierros" por u$s5.334 millones, un 18% más que en 2016, al tiempo que esta cifra se ubicó un 15% por encima del promedio de la última década.

Sin embargo, todavía se encuentra por debajo del récord, que se logró en 2011, cuando se habían superado los u$s5.500 millones en ese rubro (ver cuadro).


Pero hay un detalle: no todo lo que entró fueron máquinas para industrias. El 30% de ese total fue material de transporte, lo que incluye desde aviones hasta trenes y vías férreas.

Es decir que parte del crecimiento de los bienes decapital estuvo explicado por el empuje de la obrapública. De hecho, descontado este efecto, las compras al mundo de maquinaria crecen en realidad a un ritmo del 10%, 8 puntos menos.

En este contexto, desde la Cámara Argentina de Fabricantes de Maquinaria Agrícola (CAFMA) advierten que hay "luces rojas" por los niveles de importación de silos, equipos de fumigación y sembradoras.

Sin embargo, para Caamaño Gómez, "cuando se vienen de tantos años de restricciones, los números pueden confundir más que aclarar".

A modo de ejemplo, entre enero y mayo las importaciones de sembradoras se dispararon un llamativo 1.100%. Básicamente porque ingresaron 65 unidades frente a las 5 que habían ingresado el año pasado.

Insumos y componentes, al compás de la industria
De los casi u$s24.800 millones totales de compras al mundo, casi el 50% correspondió a dos categorías: insumos y partes piezas para bienes de capital.

El primer grupo es un "termómetro" clave que sirve para ver la evolución de la actividad productiva.

Y los números reflejan el pobre dinamismo:

-Durante los primeros cinco meses ingresaron materias primas por u$s6.800 millones.

-Esto representó una tibia suba del 3% en divisas, mientras que en cantidades hubo una caída del 3%. Es decir, el alza estuvo explicado sólo por los mayoresprecios.

-Además, el registro de este año está un 20% por debajo del récord de 2011 e, incluso, es 5,5% menor que el promedio de la última década (ver cuadro).


Esto se vincula al muy lento despegue de la actividadfabril.

Según el Índice de Producción Industrial de FIEL, si bien en mayo se registró un crecimiento interanual del 4,3%, en el acumulado del año el indicador todavía está enterreno negativo (-1%).

Respecto de las importaciones de partes y piezas para bienes de capital, se observa una situación muy similar: las compras al exterior están un 23% por debajo del récord histórico para ese período, alcanzado en 2013.


En este capítulo se incluyen desde agropartes hasta componentes para el ensamblado de celulares, que vienen cayendo por la menor demanda interna de electro.

Autos: fuerte salto

Las compras de autos al exterior, principalmente desde Brasil, sí se han disparado. De hecho, es el rubro más dinámico.

Entre enero y mayo, la "factura" sumó u$s2.430 millones, un 45% más que en igual lapso de 2016 y exactamente el doble que en 2015.

Sin embargo, en este caso tampoco se puede hablar de récord: la marca histórica corresponde a 2013, año en el que casi se toca el millón de 0Km patentados (ver cuadro).


Hay varias razones por las cuales entran más autos:

-En la Argentina ya se dejaron de fabricar varios modelos chicos y populares, como los Chevrolet Classic y Agile o el Renault Clio Mio.

-Este faltante de oferta está siendo complementado con vehículos producidos en Brasil, cuya industria está especializada en autos compactos.

-Además, el país vecino sigue en crisis y está volcando casi el 70% de sus exportaciones en la Argentina. Esta sobreoferta permite que las unidades lleguen a precios bonificados.

-A esto se suma el atraso cambiario, que potenció el mercado de las marcas premium, como Audi, BMW, Mini, con tasas de crecimiento de entre 100% y 300%.

En este contexto, la industria automotriz está operando por debajo del 50% de su capacidad. Esto lo padecen los fabricantes de componentes.

De hecho, la autopartista Hutchinson, del grupo Total Argentina, acaba de iniciar el proceso de cierre de su planta ubicada en Martínez, debido a "la falta de competitividad de la plaza local y el alto costo de mantener la empresa en funcionamiento".

Pese a todo, desde AFAC, la cámara sectorial, no hablan de avalancha. Pero sí de una suerte de "goteo continuo", potenciado por la crisis de Brasil y una mayor agresividad de China.

Más bienes de consumo, menos ventas
Este rubro, junto con el de autos, es de los más dinámicos. De hecho, con u$s3.288 millonesacumulados durante los primeros cinco meses sí se puede hablar de récord.

Así y todo, la cifra es muy similar a la de otros años en los que también se evidenciaba un avance del atraso cambiario, como 2013.


El problema para industrias como la del calzado, textil y línea blanca, por nombrar algunas, es que estos mayores flujos se están combinando con una contracción de la demanda interna.

En algunos casos sí hay un "boom", mientras que en otros, la situación se moderó.

Ariel Schale, director ejecutivo de la Fundación ProTejer, una entidad emblema de los llamados "sectores sensibles", confirma a iProfesional que "si bien es cierto que se incrementó la entrada de textiles, sobre todo de producto terminado, el mayor problema no es tanto este flujo sino la retracción del consumo interno".

"El tema de las importaciones es un factor adicional, pero la ´guadaña´que está afectando al sector es lacaída de las ventas", agrega.

En el caso de la industria del calzado, la entrada de productos de Asia o Brasil creció 21% en volúmenes en el primer cuatrimestre, según Fecoba.

Esta industria todavía ostenta un predominio del 80% del mercado interno, de la mano de cerca de 100 millones de pares anuales.

Sin embargo, con el consumo interno en baja, hubo empresas que debieron cerrar sus puertas, como fue el caso de Herzo o Unisol, que fabricaban zapatillas bajo la marca Puma.

En este contexto, surgen las tensiones. Fabricantes de calzados vienen reclamando más protección, pero en el Gobierno tienen la visión de que una mayor competencia externa le pone un techo a los precios, tal como está sucediendo con las notebooks, tras la eliminación de aranceles.

Dentro de los bienes de consumo también están los alimentos: en el caso de los elaborados, acumulan un alza del 36%, mientras que los básicos (como frutas o verduras), subieron 22%.

Para los analistas, parte de este ingreso está vinculado con el atraso cambiario, que alienta la entrada de fideos italianos, quesos franceses, jamón español y chocolates suizos, por nombrar algunos ejemplos.

Sin embargo, para Caamaño Gómez, se trata de productos de alto valor que no compiten de manera directa con la oferta local y, además, su incidenciasobre el total es muy baja.

En diálogo con iProfesional, uno de los representantes exclusivos de una reconocida marca de pasta italiana, con presencia en supermercados, asegura que “la participación global no llega al 1%”.

En lácteos se registró un salto del 175% de las compras al exterior. Esto explica por qué las góndolas se poblaron de quesos Philadelphia, de camembert con sello de Francia y hasta de chedar de Brasil.

Sin embargo, las cifras son elocuentes: las importaciones sumaron u$s11 millones, mientras que las exportaciones totalizaron u$s290 millones.

“Se vende al mundo por una cifra casi 30 veces superior a lo que ingresa. Esto, sin contar los miles de millones de pesos que mueve el mercado interno con producción nacional”, argumenta una fuente cercana a la Secretaría de Comercio.

El técnico reconoce que en una economía dinámica, el ingreso de lácteos importados "no generaría ruido”, por la bajísima incidencia en el mercado total.

Sin embargo, este flujo cobra relevancia cuando una de las industrias insignia, como SanCor, está atravesando una fuerte crisis, a lo que se suma el drama de las inundaciones y el cierre de cientos de tambos en los últimos años por problemas de rentabilidad.

En frutas sucede algo parecido: las importaciones crecieron 13% en cantidades, según el SENASA. Pero al interior de las estadísticas se observa que:

-De las 22.000 toneladas extra respecto del añopasado, el 50% estuvo explicado por una fruta con bajísima producción local, como es el caso de las bananas.

-Otras 1.500 toneladas correspondieron a paltas, que históricamente ingresan de Chile o México.

En el caso de los limones, hasta el momento ingresaron 1.800 toneladas, un 900% más que en 2016. Sin embargo, para ponerlo en perspectiva, la Argentina produce 1,6 millones de toneladas. De modo que la competencia del exterior equivale al 0,1% del negocio local.

Así las cosas, la foto "macro" muestra que se está lejos de una avalancha, mientras que al interior de algunas ramas de actividad sí hay una creciente competencia, pero que se vio potenciada por la caída del consumo y por un deterioro de las exportaciones, afectadas por el atraso cambiario.

Claro que el debate no hará más que potenciarse, a medida que falten menos días para las PASO.

Fuente: http://www.iprofesional.com/notas/251968-consumo-importaciones--Apertura-indiscriminada-las-estadisticas-relativizan-que-la-economia-este-viviendo-una-lluvia-de-importaciones-

          Macri: "La mayor mafia es aquella donde el Estado es cómplice" (El Cronista)   


El Presidente apuntó hoy contra "las mafias que se creen intocables", al encabezar un acto en la Casa Rosada junto a la gobernadora bonaerense, María Eugenia Vidal.


El presidente Mauricio Macri apuntó hoy contra "las mafias que se creen intocables", al encabezar un acto en la Casa Rosada junto a la gobernadora bonaerense, María Eugenia Vidal.

"Los intermediarios y mafias, afuera", afirmó Macri, en el marco de un acto en el que se presentó información sobre el consumo de sustancias ilegales reunida por la Secretaría de Políticas Integrales sobre Drogas (exSedronar).

En el Salón Blanco de la Casa Rosada y acompañado por la goberndora María Eugenia Vidal, el presidente Mauricio Macri presentó el Estudio de Consumo de Sustancias realizado por la Secretaría de Programación para Prevención de la Drogadicción y la Lucha contra el Narcotráfico.


"Necesitamos hacer más y hablar con la verdad. Hablar con cifras, para mejorar. Para afrontar este problema es necesario poner la verdad sobre la mesa y trabajar juntos. Hay que combatir las redes de narcotráfico, son mafias que operan con total impunidad", sostuvo después y felicitó a las fuerzas de seguridad nacional y provinciales por la "batalla importante frente al futuro".


Después, su mensaje se corrió de lo estrictamente referido al informe del SEDRONAR y retomó el debate sobre el aumento de la litigiosidad laboral. Lo hizo, además, en una fecha relevante: hoy se celebra el día de las Pymes. "Las mafias se consolidan cuando se apropian de parte del Estado. Hace algunas semanas hablé de las mafias de los juicios. Y no estaba defendiendo a las empresas, sino a los trabajadores que por el colapso de los juzgados tardan años en jucios. Y también lo hago por las Pymes". A continuación, leyó una carta del dueño de una Pyme (sin difundir su identidad) afectado por siete jucios laborales que enfrenta, que reflejaba ese mensaje.

"Este cambio lo hacemos juntos. No aflojen. Está en juego si vamos a ser u capítulo más en la frustración o si somos la generación que va a cambiar el país. Este país que queremos se construye con pequeños pasos todos los días. Siempre lo tenemos que hacer juntos", finalizó el Presidente.

Fuente: https://www.cronista.com/economiapolitica/Macri-La-mayor-mafia-es-aquella-donde-el-Estado-es-complice-20170629-0076.html

          Trump approves new oil pipeline to Mexico, will go “right under the wall”   
The final initiative the president unveiled is to open up offshore lands for development by creating a new offshore oil and gas leasing program.
          Running a Presidential Campaign with Immutable Infrastructure: Michael Fisher at QCon NY   

At QCon New York 2017 Michael Fisher presented “Presidential Campaigns & Immutable Infrastructure” and discussed the implementation and challenges of provisioning infrastructure for the Hillary for America (HFA) campaign that ran during the 2015-2016 US regional and national elections.

By Daniel Bryant
          Heritage party chief ready to discuss Armenia’s future ‘with RPA leader’   
Commenting on his own words, Hovannisian said he only accepts president Serzh Sargsyan as the legitimate leader of RPA.
          11:06 Astana life expectancy grows to 75 years: Mayor   

Amid world Expo going on in Astana, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev met with the city's mayor Asset Issekeshev to discuss how the implementation of tasks associated with the development of the capital was going. Issekeshev delivered a report on execution of orders given at the meeting on Astana development in April this year and on activities in the field of law enforcement and improvement of the city's infrastructure.


          Al Muraikhi visits Expo Astana 2017   

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs H E Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi visited Qatar's pavilion at Astana Expo 2017, yesterday. Al Muraikhi attended the function along with Kazakhstan's Vice-Minister of National Economy, Bakenov Ernar Bakytzhanovich; Qatar's Ambassador to Kazakhstan, Ahmed bin Ali Al Tamimi; Astana Expo President Akhmetzhan Yessimov; staff of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce's committee on preparation for participation in the exhibition; official delegations from participating countries; and media personalities.


          6/30/2017: Nieuws: Venezuela verzinkt in chaos   

De Venezolaanse procureur-generaal Luisa Ortega mag het land niet meer uit en moet voor het hooggerechtshof verschijnen wegens haar kritiek op de plannen van president Nicolas Maduro om een grondwetgevende vergadering te laten verkiezen. Het is de...
          6/30/2017: Nieuws: Erdogan mag geen toespraak houden in Duitsland   

De Duitse regering verbiedt een meeting van de Turkse president in de rand van de bijeenkomst van de G20 in Hamburg. Dat gebeurt voor het eerst. “Wij delen Turkije mee dat zo’n optreden in Duitsland niet mogelijk is.” Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken...
          Re: The Montana Family Foundation wants to see your kid's bathroom pass. You should wonder why.   
What is truly troubling, and I offer our president as an example, is that some percentage of Americans reading this dont get the irony. And, I would suggest that the vast majority of groups who self-define as being Family Foundation are in fact, not.
Posted by Lori Stewart
          6/30/2017: Nieuws: Limburgers in de ‘rust belt’   

Reporter Koen Snoekx en fotograaf Sven Dillen gaan naar de ‘rust belt’ in Amerika. Dat zijn de staten Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan die voor een stuk de beslissing mee geforceerd hebben tijdens de presidentsverkiezingen. Limburgers die er wonen...
          Cuánto poder militar tiene realmente Rusia y a quiénes amenaza   

¿Está justificada la preocupación occidental por la estrategia en política exterior del presidente de Rusia, Vladimir Putin? A juzgar por la reacción de la Organización del Tratado del Atlántico Norte (OTAN) ante hechos como la toma y anexión de Crimea por parte de Rusia y el continuado apoyo ruso a los grupos rebeldes en el este de Ucrania, al menos se puede decir que siguen sus movimientos con mucha atención

etiquetas: rusia, poder, militar, amenaza

» noticia original (www.bbc.com)


          First Business Promotes Dave Shaw   

MADISON, WI – June 29, 2017 – First Business is proud to announce the promotion of David Shaw to Senior Vice President. Dave joined First Business Trust & Investments as…

The post First Business Promotes Dave Shaw appeared first on First Business.


          Popular. Emilio Saracho: “No tengo ni puta idea de cómo se gestiona este puto banco”   

Emilio Saracho, expresidente de Popular, dejó una larga lista de frases célebres antes de la caída del Banco. En ellas deja entrever que su objetivo es mantenerlo artificialmente hasta enero del 2018, fecha en la que habla de un "aterrizaje" que debe ser preparado por las instituciones europeas.

etiquetas: popular, saracho

» noticia original (www.hispanidad.com)


          La presidenta del PSOE Crisitina Narbona ve urgente crear impuestos que eviten una situación límite en las pensiones   

La presidenta del PSOE, Cristina Narbona, aseguró hoy, en el marco del Fórum Europa, que le parece "urgente" crear impuestos con los que se sufrague el sistema público de pensiones, para evitar una "situación límite".

etiquetas: narbona, urgente, crear, impuestos

» noticia original (www.teinteresa.es)


          McDaniel College's Budapest campus caught up in Hungarian political fight   

McDaniel College found itself entangled in an international dispute between billionaire philanthropist George Soros and the Hungarian prime minister that's threatened its 23-year-old satellite campus in Budapest. To extricate itself and comply with new Hungarian law, the president of the small, liberal arts college in Westminster met with members of Gov. Larry Hogan 's cabinet and diplomats from the East European nation.


          Debt Collection: Navient Responds   
The president of Navient, which owns Pioneer, defends the company against what he calls “false allegations.”
          Royal Buying Group Partners With Mondelez International   

LISLE, Ill. -- Royal Buying Group Inc. and Mondelez International Inc. have joined forces to help drive brand awareness to the independent retail channel.

“We’re excited to partner with top brands like Oreo, Chips Ahoy, Sour Patch Kids, Trident and many more to ensure placement of top-selling SKUs in independent retail locations,” said Angela Angelilli, executive vice president of Royal Buying Group.

The new Independent Retailer Program offers up to a 5% rebate on all Mondelez products. Members also will receive information on new items and display materials, as well as regular revenue tracking and category management.

Mondelez International is one of the world’s largest snack companies, with 2015 net revenues of approximately $30 billion. Its products include snacks, biscuits, candy and gum.

Royal Buying Group Inc., based in Lisle, Ill., represents more than 6,000 locations nationwide. It negotiates with suppliers for competitive sales and marketing programs and provides category management expertise, marketing support and customer service support for its membership.


          Travel ban returns, but not the airport chaos   
As the revised version of President Donald Trump's travel ban went into effect Thursday night, the public reaction was muted compared with the massive protests that erupted in January.

          Trump tweets about this more than anything   
CNN's Jake Tapper reacts to President Trump's tweets targeting MSNBC's "Morning Joe" hosts by breaking down and categorizing the content of the President's tweets, finding that he has tweeted about the media more than any other topic.

          Lykins Helps Build Fairgrounds Pavilion   

MILFORD, Ohio -- Lykins Energy Solutions has donated most of the funds to build a new Clermont County Fairgrounds building. The Lykins Family Pavilion is a new entertainment pavilion at the fairgrounds.

The company held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new building on July 30.

The previous entertainment pavilion was in the middle of the midway and required using a tent that was expensive and made the area very hot due to a lack of circulation. The original pavilion, due to its popularity and location, also made the midway congested and hard to move in, according to fair board member Jerry Bridges.

The new Lykins Family Pavilion is located on the far end of the State Route 132 side of the fairgrounds.

“Going to the county fair with our parents is one of my earliest childhood memories,” said Jeff Lykins, president and CEO of Lykins Energy Solutions. “We’ve always felt we should give back to the community that supports our business by buying our products and services. This is a great way for our family and our company to give back to our community and its residents.”

Bridges said the new pavilion will bring additional, much needed revenue to the fairgrounds. With the new facility, the fairgrounds will be able to host weekly concerts.

Lykins Energy Solutions (formerly Lykins Oil) is a family-owned and -operated business based in Milford, Ohio. The company was founded in 1948 by Guy Lykins Sr., and is now in the third generation of management. The company serves customers in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, as well as throughout the Midwest and the Southeast and provides products and services including branded fuels, wholesale fuels, commercial, transportation and home heating oil, propane, lubricants, fleet fueling, electricity and natural gas for Ohio. The company represents four major brands of fuel that it sells to independent gasoline dealers: BP, Marathon, Shell and Gulf.


          Servant Leadership Trumps Politics as Usual   

SEATTLE – Although the outspoken chairman and CEO of coffee giant Starbucks has dabbled in big issues before—his well-intentioned but quickly abandoned “Race Together” initiative had baristas writing racial harmony messages on cups—Howard Schultz is not running for president.

“Despite the encouragement of others, I have no intention of entering the presidential fray,” the chairman and CEO of coffee giant Starbucks said in an op-ed in The New York Times. “I’m not done serving at Starbucks. Although we have built an iconic brand while providing even part-time employees with access to health care, free college education and stock options, there is more we can do as a public company to demonstrate responsible leadership.”

But the fact that Schultz is not running … yet … doesn’t mean he has no opinion on what’s wrong with Washington and how a great leader should operate.

“We cannot afford more false promises, slogans, theatrics and fool’s gold,” he wrote. “Our nation has been profoundly damaged by a lack of civility and courage in Washington, where leaders of both parties have abdicated their responsibility to forge reasonable compromises to expand the economy, rebuild our infrastructure, improve schools, transform entitlement programs and so much more. We have become too desensitized to the horrendous metrics that define today’s America, from student-loan debt to food-stamp dependency to the size of our prison population.”

He continued, “The values of servant leadership—putting others first and leading from the heart—need to emerge from every corner of American life, including the business community.

“While Americans have diverse views in what they want from Washington, I reject the notion that our divided and dysfunctional government is merely a reflection of what the political class calls the red-blue divide. Too many of our political leaders are putting party before country, power before principle and cynicism before civility. The common purpose that created this great nation, which has united us in difficult moments, has gone missing.

“Our country is in desperate need of servant leaders, of men and women willing to kneel and embrace those who are not like them. Everyone seeking the presidency professes great love for our nation. But I ask myself, how can you be a genuine public servant if you belittle your fellow citizens and freeze out people who hold differing views?”

He concluded with a provocative challenge: “Our country deserves a candidate courageous enough to select a member of the other party as a running mate. Our country deserves a president humble enough to see leadership not as an entitlement but as a privilege."

Click here to read the complete New York Times op-ed.

And following on Shultz’s lead, as we head into the next presidential election cycle, what insights can politicians glean from the convenience-store, retail and restaurant industries? Send your ideas and comments to Greg Lindenberg, editor of CSP Daily News, at glindenberg@winsightmedia.com.


          Don Lemon: Trump is an embarrassment   
CNN's Don Lemon skewered Donald Trump's tweets about the 'Morning Joe' co-hosts, calling them "gross and disgusting" and saying his actions show he doesn't care about America or the presidential office.

          Speedway Reaches Hess Halfway Mark   

UPDATE: According to data provided by GasBuddy, the current Speedway count is 2,156, while the current Hess count is 645 (see map below for the conversion progress).

FINDLAY, Ohio --Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) has now converted more than half of the 1,250 Hess gas stations and convenience stores it acquired in October 2014 to its Speedway brand, Gary Heminger, president and CEO, said in reporting MPC’s second-quarter 2015 financial results.

It has converted more than 650 of the retail sites to the Speedway brand since the acquisition, said Heminger on the company’s earnings call.

According to data provided by GasBuddy, the current Speedway count is 2,156, while the current Hess count is 645 (see map below for the conversion progress).

Speedway, MPC's retail segment, performed well and continues to make tremendous progress integrating the East Coast and Southeast retail locations, he said.

"We are on pace to achieve the expected synergies for 2015 from light-product supply, as well as from operating and administrative expense savings. Further, the accelerated progress for store conversions and subsequent remodels has allowed us to more rapidly implement Speedway's industry-leading Speedy Rewards loyalty program. This program and other marketing enhancements are expected to drive the anticipated synergies to the business over the next several years."

Tony Kenney, president of Speedway, said. “We're moving along at an accelerated pace in converting the [Hess] brand to Speedway. … The important thing there is it's more than just the brand. What's going inside the store is all of our technology that is the platform for our marketing programs, primarily our loyalty program, all of our inventory management, other things that drive savings and synergies for us as we operate convenience stores. … As we begin to bring on all of the marketing enhancements through the conversions inside the store, then we'll start to realize those benefits down the road.”

Speedway segment income from operations was $127 million in second-quarter 2015, compared with $94 million in second-quarter 2014. This increase was primarily the result of higher merchandise and light-product margins and the addition of the newly acquired locations, partially offset by higher operating and administrative expenses. Speedway's consolidated light-product margin increased to 13.51 cents per gallon in second-quarter 2015, from 12.82 cents per gallon in second-quarter 2014.

Speedway's income from operations was $33 million higher in the quarter as compared to second-quarter 2014. Speedway's newly acquired locations contributed income of approximately $14 million to the quarter's results or approximately $45 million of EBITDA.

For the legacy Speedway sites, the merchandise gross margin was $23 million higher in second-quarter 2015 compared to the same quarter last year, and the light-product gross margin was about $16 million higher.

Speedway same-store gasoline sales volume was down two-tenths of a percent versus same quarter last year compared to estimates of U.S. demand growth in the second quarter of approximately 3% higher. Overall, gasoline sales volumes for legacy Speedway locations were up 3% in the quarter, reflecting the impact of investments in new, rebuild and remodel locations.

“Another key performance metric for our retail group is same-store merchandise sales,” said Timothy Griffith, CFO, “and we're continuing to see strong demand for our in-store offering as our same-store merchandise sales in the quarter excluding cigarettes were up 4.6% versus same quarter last year. So far in July, we've seen a 1.6% increase in same-store gasoline volumes compared to last July.”

MPC is the nation's fourth-largest refiner. Approximately 5,460 independently owned gas stations across 19 states sell the Marathon-brand. In addition, Speedway owns and operates the nation's second-largest convenience-store chain, with approximately 2,750 convenience stores in 22 states. MPC also owns, leases or has ownership interests in approximately 8,300 miles of pipeline. Through subsidiaries, MPC owns the general partner of MPLX LP, a midstream master limited partnership (MLP). MPC's fully integrated system provides operational flexibility to move crude oil, feedstocks and petroleum-related products efficiently through the company's distribution network in the Midwest, Southeast and Gulf Coast regions.

Author(s): 
Greg Lindenberg

          Republicans to Trump: Please stop   
Republican lawmakers were caught off-guard by President Donald Trump's personal attack on "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski Thursday, with several saying the remarks were unbecoming of his office.

          Trump-Xi honeymoon is over   
In a flurry of announcements likely to antagonize Beijing, US President Donald Trump's administration has seemingly thrown its China policy into reverse, cooling relations between the two super powers.

          MSNBC co-hosts: 'Donald Trump is not well'   
One day after being attacked by President Trump, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough are trying to turn the national conversation around, making it about the president's "erratic behavior" and his emotional health.

          Reform Roundup: June 30th, 2017   

Catch up on the week’s electoral reform news with our round up of folks across the country writing and talking about FairVote reform vision. This week, Congressman Don Beyer introduced the Fair Representation Act (FRA), H.R. 3057.

  • Congressman Don Beyer wrote for The Washington Post about needing to change how we elect the House of Representatives. “Applied nationally, we would have more moderate Democrats from districts leaning Republican, and vice versa, creating a type of politician — now nearly extinct — known as a ‘bridge builder.’ Many members would share constituents with members of the other major party, creating incentives to work together on legislation affecting the district.”

  • Anita Earls wrote for The Nation about how the Fair Representation Act would put an end to gerrymandering and improve representation for communities of color. “There is a way forward. If we want to stop gerrymandering, and move beyond constant litigation over how lines are drawn, we must rethink the way we do districting itself. That’s why the Fair Representation Act creates such an exciting path forward. In states like Texas, for example, where black and Latino populations live close together, those communities are often pitted against each other for the one majority-minority seat. A multi-winner district, and a genuine multi-racial slate, would decrease tension between racial minorities, while increasing their voice.”

  • FairVote Executive Director Rob Richie and Board Chair Krist Novoselic spoke to Pedro Echevarria of the Washington Journal C-SPAN about FairVote’s 25th Anniversary year and the introduction of the Fair Representation Act. “With multi-member districts, you don’t need to receive 50% of the vote, which is what you do when you’re just electing one person like president. You can lower that share to whatever is proportionate to the number of seats, so if you have 5 seats it will take about a 5th of the vote. And by doing that, it opens up every single corner of every single state to meaningful engagement and participation and representation. One party would not sweep all of the seats anywhere.” 

  • The American Prospect reported on the Fair Representation Act and its potential to end Congressional Dysfunction. "The bill would not only institute nonpartisan redistricting commissions and a new voting system designed to create a proportionally representational Congress, but also aims to dramatically reduce the number of safe seats for each party and eliminate the unopposed re-election of representatives. In 2014, 31 congressional representatives were re-elected unopposed."

  • Lanae Erickson Hatalsky and David De la Fuente of ThirdWay wrote in U.S. News & World Report about why voters need the Fair Representation Act. “If policymakers don’t offer solutions to fix our electoral system and restore faith that our representative democracy is working the way it should, voters will continue to react with anger and deliver wave elections where they “throw the bums out” every other year. As we’ve seen over the past few election cycles, these reactive waves make it even harder to govern, further contributing to the cycle of frustration that led to them in the first place.”

  • The Alexandria News reports on the introduction of the Fair Representation Act, introduced by Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia’s 8th district. “The Fair Representation Act is the most comprehensive approach to improving congressional elections in American history,” said Rob Richie, the executive director of FairVote. “It creates an impartial, national standard that gets at the core of FairVote’s mission: Giving voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a representative democracy that works for all Americans.”

 

 


          The Fair Representation Act has been introduced to Congress   

I’m sponsoring the Fair Representation Act because Congress is broken. It is hyper-partisan. It is far too polarized. The FRA creates a structure where members of Congress are incentivized to work together. This is the right thing to do to give voters the strong voice that they deserve in our elections.

--Congressman Don Beyer (VA-08)

On June 26, 2017, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) introduced H.R. 3057: The Fair Representation Act. He was joined by co-sponsors Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and Ro Khanna (D-CA). This is a historic moment. The Fair Representation Act is the most comprehensive approach to reforming congressional elections in United States history. It would truly realize the vision of the House of Representatives as “The People’s House.”

The Fair Representation Act

FairVote has called for expanding the use of multi-winner ranked choice voting in United States elections since its founding 25 years ago. Ranked choice voting can replace the broken, zero-sum, winner-take-all system - in which the biggest group of voters in a district are the only ones earning representation - with fair representation for all. In this era of fierce partisan divisions, nowhere needs this change more than the House of Representatives.

RCV-ballot-09.pngUnder the Fair Representation Act, every state would use ranked choice voting to elect its Representatives. Voters would be free to rank their choices without fear of “spoilers.” Instead of only one candidate winning with the most votes, several candidates would win based on how many votes they earn. For example, in a state like Oklahoma or Connecticut that elects 5 winners, 17% of voters can elect 1 of the 5 winners; 34% of voters can elect 2 of the 5 winners; and so on. A majority of voters can always elect a majority of seats, and everyone earns their fair share.

States that elect up to 5 winners will not need any districts at all. Larger states will use districts, but the districts will elect 3, 4, or 5 winners each. That means that a state like Massachusetts that elects 9 Representatives will divide into equal thirds, with each of the three districts electing 3 winners with ranked choice voting. To adopt a district map, these states will form independent redistricting commissions composed of ordinary state citizens (not politicians or lobbyists) who will operate transparently and hold hearings around the state to find the district map that makes the most sense for their state.

The use of ranked choice voting in multi-winner elections will transform the House of Representatives. The current system only allows the biggest group of voters in each district to win representation, all other voices are silenced. As a result, there are millions of voters who prefer Democrats stuck in safe Republican districts and millions of voters who prefer Republicans stuck in safe Democratic districts, women and people of color are under-represented, and everyone has too few choices. The Fair Representation Act can elevate those voices, giving them more power to elect candidates they support and who will go to Congress to work for them.

A Historic Moment

Under the Constitution, Congress has the responsibility to act when our federal elections are not working. It has acted on that responsibility many times in the past, passing laws changing how we elect Congress in 1842 (requiring single-winner districts), 1872 (equal populations per representative), 1901 (requiring that districts be “compact”), 1929 (repealing the requirement to use districts), and 1967 (re-imposing the requirement to use districts). It has been 50 years since Congress has acted in this arena, even as the current system fails to deliver on the promise of a representative House.

Representative Beyer has shown tremendous leadership in holding Congress to its constitutional responsibilities. The attention it attracted from the public demonstrates the hunger that voters have for a more empowering system. FairVote livestreamed Rep. Beyer’s press conference, which was viewed over 44,000 times and ultimately reached over 554,000 people.

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The day after the bill’s introduction, Rep. Beyer published an opinion piece in the Washington Post explaining why he introduced the Act. It begins “Democracy is in crisis. Even as the country is deeply divided along class and ideological lines, it seems to be unified in its frustration with our current brand of politics.” Other voices have also weighed in on the need for the Fair Representation Act, including:

As more media coverage happens in the coming days and weeks, we'll add it to the list on our website.

You Can Help the Fair Representation Act Gain Momentum

Now that the vehicle for transforming elections to the U.S. House of Representatives is a bill in Congress, you can help to move the conversation forward. Contact your Representative today to ask them to support the Fair Representation Act. You can find your Representative here, and email them a letter supporting the Fair Representation Act. A sample letter is provided here. You also could consider calling your Member, which increases their likelihood of responding. Better still would be to form a group to have a meeting with your Member and their district office staff. 

Finally, we want to keep adding names to our petition in support of the Act. We currently have over 1500 signatures. Please consider sharing the petition online and drawing people’s attention to our new video and our public resources, at FairRepresentation.com


          French Puzzle Over Macron as Their New President Gathers Up Power   
Some critics accuse Mr. Macron of “authoritarian” tendencies, but few doubt that he has assumed the role of master string-puller.
          Simone Veil, Ex-Minister Who Wrote France’s Abortion Law, Dies at 89   
An Auschwitz survivor, Mrs. Veil was a vocal advocate for women’s rights who served as health minister and later as president of the European Parliament.
          Assistant Vice President of Development - Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation - Brooklyn, NY   
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          China open to free-trade agreement with Mexico – Xinhua news agency   

China’s Ambassador to Mexico, Qiu Xiaoqi. Photo: Reuters

China is open to negotiating a free-trade agreement with Mexico, the official Xinhua news agency reported yesterday, citing the Chinese ambassador to the country, a fillip for Mexico as it faces uncertainty over its trade deals with the US. Qiu Xiaoqi, China’s ambassador to Mexico, said China was willing to discuss a free-trade agreement, although no discussions had been held so far, Xinhua said. Qiu was speaking at an academic event in Mexico City. “If we negotiate a free-trade agreement, this will greatly favour trade exchanges between our two countries. There is no difficulty from China’s side,” he said. “Mexico is China’s second-largest trading partner in Latin America and China is Mexico’s second-largest trading partner in the world. This is a highly important relationship and we have great interest in deepening and broadening these ties.” Mexico is keen to cut its economic reliance on the US out of concern that access to its top trade partner may be restricted by the policies of US President Donald Trump, who has pledged to protect US jobs from going outside the country. China and Mexico have been strengthening ties since late last year as the US has stepped back from...
          The Future of Islam in Western Europe   
With the upcoming French Presidential election in France the topic of Islam in Europe has again become central to the political discourse. This is nothing new, we also saw that in the UK, in Holland, in Austria and even in Switzerland where the Muslim communities were banned – by popular referendum - from building minarets...
          PIDE INE CONSTRUIR AMBIENTE PROPICIO PARA 2018   
EL UNIVERSAL/ EL SIGLO DE TORREÓN CIUDAD DE MÉXICO.- A un año un día de la jornada electoral de 2018, el presidente del Instituto Nacional Electoral (INE), Lorenzo Córdova Vianello, dijo que “tenemos que construir un ambiente propicio” para dicho proceso que tendrá lugar en una etapa competitiva, pero a la vez, de desconfianza, descrédito […]
          PROTESTAS Y PAROS EN BRASIL CONTRA REFORMAS DE TEMER   
Xinhua | La Jornada Brasilia.- Sindicatos y organizaciones sociales de Brasil iniciaron la mañana de este viernes una jornada de protestas y paralizaciones contra las reformas laboral y de seguridad social del gobierno del presidente Michel Temer. La jornada de protestas fue organizada en forma unificada por todas las centrales sindicales, incluidas las mayores, entre ellas […]
          IoT forecasts come into focus   
For years now there has been forecast after forecast predicting the size of the IoT market by the end of the decade or ten years hence. There is always a big number of connected things and impressive valuation for the sum of the whole market, and with the large mobile operators such as AT&T and Verizon now including connected things in their quarterly reports there is hard data to back up the rosy forecasts. At an editorial briefing in San Jose last month, Qualcomm executives said it is now shipping one million wireless connections per day - this certainly gives a perspective on how fast IoT can grow. The company has hundreds of OEM design wins for its MDM9206 LTE modem for IoT.

As of June 15th, the GSMA Intelligence services says there are 8,132,111,132 mobile connections, including M2M. The GSMA's online tracker further reports 5,016,263,289 unique mobile subscribers, which are assumed to mean people with at least one mobile phone and SIM card. By subtraction, this means 3.1 billion M2M connections tracked by the GSMA via their mobile operator members.

This piece collects newly published data from several sources. First, IDC recently reported that worldwide spending on the IoT will reach nearly $1.4 trillion in 2021. Second, the Cisco Visual Network Index (VNI) found that M2M connections globally will grow from 780 million in 2016 to 3.3 billion by 2021, a 34% CAGR or fourfold growth. Third, the newly published Ericsson Mobility Study finds that 70% of wide-areas IoT devices will use cellular technology in 2022. While studies from different authors will never precisely line up, this collection of data agrees that real and significant revenue from IoT for carriers has started to materialize and will grow quickly in the near term.

Highlights from IDC’s Worldwide Semi-annual IoT spending guide

The first big finding to notice in IDC's report is that worldwide spending on IoT will reach $800 billion this year, up 16.7% year over year, which means that the market this month must be worth tens of millions of dollars. These numbers are spread out amongst the hardware, software, services and connectivity that enable the IoT. This means splitting the pot between vendors such as Qualcomm, Sierra Wireless, Cisco Jasper, integration specialists, and of course carriers such as AT&T, Orange and Vodafone. There are many others that could be included on this list, especially when considering the global market.  In that sense, the $800 billion is just a starting point. IDC's forecast says that by 2021, global IoT spending will total nearly $1.4 trillion. In a press release announcing the study, IDC's Carrie MacGillivray, vice president, Internet of Things and Mobility, stated that the true value of IoT is realised when the software and services come together to enable the capture, interpretation, and action on data produced by IoT endpoints.

IDC breaks down 2017 investments in IoT as follows: manufacturing operations ($105 billion), freight monitoring ($50 billion), and production asset management ($45 billion), smart grid technologies for electricity, gas and water and smart building technologies ($56 billion and $40 billion, respectively). Looking to 2021, IDC expects these use cases will remain the largest areas of IoT spending. Smart home technologies are forecast to experience strong growth (19.8% CAGR) over the five-year forecast. The use cases that will see the fastest spending growth are airport facilities automation (33.4% CAGR), electric vehicle charging (21.1% CAGR), and in-store contextual marketing (20.2% CAGR).

IDC sees hardware as the largest IoT spending category to 2021, the last year of the forecast, when it is overtaken by the services category. This is to be expected as the various physical sensors and connectivity units must be deployed first before a service can be offered. IDC says hardware spending will be dominated by modules and sensors that connect end points to networks, while software spending will be similarly dominated by applications software. In addition, IDC says services spending will be about evenly split between ongoing and content services and IT and installation services. The fastest growing areas of technology spending are in the software category, where horizontal software and analytics software will have five-year CAGRs of 29.0% and 20.5%, respectively. Security hardware and software will also see increased investment, growing at 15.1% and 16.6% CAGRs, respectively.

Regional highlights:

•   Asia Pacific (excluding Japan, APeJ) will be the IoT investment leader throughout the forecast with spending expected to reach $455 billion in 2021.

•   The U.S. will be the second largest region with IoT spending reaching $421 billion in 2021.

•   Western Europe will reach $274 billion in 2021.

The IDC Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide is quite comprehensive, covering IoT spending for 12 technologies and 54 use cases across 20 vertical industries in eight regions and 52 countries (for more details see here: http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS42799917).

Cisco looks wide with its VNI forecast

Generally speaking, Cisco's forecasts have tended to be the most optimistic. This year’s Cisco VNI indicates that its IoT coverage includes both M2M and emerging category of wearable IoT devices. M2M connections, which Cisco defines as home and office security and automation, smart metering and utilities, maintenance, building automation, automotive, healthcare and consumer electronics, are predicted to grow from 780 million in 2016 to 3.3 billion by 2021, a 34% CAGR or fourfold growth.

Wearable devices, which Cisco notes could connect and communicate to the network either directly through embedded cellular connectivity or through another device (primarily a smartphone) using WiFi, Bluetooth, or another technology, include such things as smart watches, smart glasses, heads-up displays (HUDs), health and fitness trackers, health monitors, wearable scanners and navigation devices and smart clothing. The Cisco VNI predicts that by 2021 there will be 929 million wearable devices globally, growing nearly threefold from 325 million in 2016 at a CAGR of 23%. By 2021, Cisco expects that 7% will have embedded cellular connectivity, up from 3% in 2016. As AR/VR headsets enter the market, they could start to have a tangible impact on mobile traffic.

Ericsson looks to short-range and wide-range IoT connectivity

The newly published Ericsson Mobility Report finds that at the end of 2016 there were around 0.4 billion IoT devices with cellular connections. Ericsson's study divides IoT into short-range and wide-area segments, and it provides some guidance as to how IoT is impacting the network. For instance, the report says use cases with VoLTE calls for IoT (Cat-M1) are starting to emerge. This could extend mobile voice service to IoT devices, an interesting possibility.

By 2021, Ericsson expects there will be 2.1 billion devices connected via LTE-M and NB-IoT networks, roughly a 30% CAGR from today. This trend has already started. This year, several prominent mobile operators have rolled out commercial LTE-M networks. For instance, in March, Verizon announced the commercial launch of its nationwide 4G LTE Category M1 (or Cat M1) network. The coverage spans 2.4 million square miles. Verizon will introduce low rate, multi-year plans to match the longer useful life of Cat M1 devices, including data plans that start at $2 per month per device, with customised options available for bulk activations and volume purchases. In May, AT&T followed suit by announcing the deployment of its nationwide LTE-M network ahead of schedule.


          Nokia – IP networks re-imagined   
Recently we have seen Cisco predict that busy hour global IP traffic will grow 4.6-fold (35% CAGR) from 2016 to 2021, reaching 4.3 Pb/s by 2021, compared to average Internet traffic that will grow 3.2-fold (26% CAGR) over the same period to reach 717 Tb/s by 2021. The latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report, released earlier this week, calculates that the total traffic in mobile networks increased by 70% between the end of Q1 2016 and the end of Q1 2017. And now, Nokia Bell Labs has just announced its own prediction: IP traffic will more than double in the next five years, reaching 330 exabytes per month by 2022 while growing at a 25% CAGR. The company anticipates that peak data rates will grow even faster at nearly 40% annually. Nokia Bell Labs also predicts that 3D/4K/UHD will experience a 4.79x growth from 2017 – 22, that wireless traffic will experience 7.5x growth from 2017 – 22, and that worldwide IoT devices to grow from 12bn in 2017 to 100bn in 2025.

Nokia unveils next gen networking processing engine

Nokia's processing engine sets the stage for perhaps the most significant announcement from the company since the merger of Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Siemens Networks in 2015. In a press event entitled 'IP networks reimagined', Nokia unveiled its FP4 silicon, featuring the 'first' 2.4 Tbit/s network processor, up to 6x more powerful than processors currently available. The proprietary chipset is designed for a new class of petabit-class routers.

Core routers traditionally have been the 'big iron' that powers the heart of the Internet. It is a product category dominated by Cisco, Huawei, Juniper and Nokia, including via its existing 7950 XRS routing platform. However, the market has been in flux. Earlier this month, Dell’Oro Group reported a significant break in Q1 17 with Huawei taking the top spot from Cisco in the core router market for the first time. The report also found Huawei taking over second spot from Nokia in the SP edge router and CES market. The primary reason cited for this shift is that the SP core routing business is only growing at a low single-digit rate, while China Mobile is defying the trend with significant investments in their IP core backbone, for which Huawei is the lead supplier. Nevertheless, the overall predictions for rapid growth in IP traffic over the coming five years makes it more likely that service providers will need a significant refresh of their core backbones to handle hundreds of 100 or 400 Gbit/s connections at major nodes.

Nokia's previous generation FP3 chipset, unveiled by Alcatel-Lucent in June 2011 and launched in 2012, packed 288 RISC cores operating at 1 GHz and leveraged 40 nm process technology; the FP2 chipset offered 112 cores at 840 MHz and was built in 90 nm. This network processor lineage can be traced back to TiMetra Networks, a start-up based in Mountain View, California that launched its first carrier-class routing platforms in 2003.

TiMetra, which was headed by Basil Alwan, was acquired by Alcatel-Lucent later in 2003 for approximately $150 million in stock. The product line went on to become the highly successful 7450, 7750 and eventually 7950 carrier platforms - the basis for the IP division at Alcatel-Lucent. Not bad for an idea from a small start-up to grow into the star platform underpinning all of Alcatel-Lucent + Nokia Siemens Networks.

In a launch day webcast, Basil Alwan, now president of Nokia's IP/Optical Networks business group, said we are moving into a new phase of the Internet requiring 'cloud-scale routing'. First, he noted that there is market confusion between Internet-class routers and core data centre switches, which are being used to power the hyperscale infrastructure of the Internet content providers. High-end, data centre spine switches are capable of routing packets at high rates and can handle access control lists (ACLs). Likewise, conventional big iron core routers can switch data flows, and are sometimes deployed in data centres. However, there have been tradeoffs when this role reversal happens. Nokia's new FP4 chipset aims to fix that.

First multi-terabit NPU silicon

Six years have passed since the FP3, or roughly two cycles in the evolution of Moore's Law, so naturally one would expect the new silicon to be smaller, faster and more powerful and efficient. But Alwan said the company took its time to rethink how the packet processing works at the silicon level. To begin with, Nokia redesigned the onboard memory, employing 2.5D and 3D layouts on 16 nm Fin Field Effect Transistor (FinFET) technology. The single chip contains 22 dies, including memory stacks and control logic. It runs at 2.4 Tbit/s half-duplex, or 6x more capacity than the current generation 400 Gbit/s FP3 chipset. The FP4 will support full terabit IP flows. All conventional routing capabilities are included. Deep classification capabilities include enhanced packet intelligence and control, policy controls, telemetry and security.

The FP4 could be used to provide an in-service upgrade to Nokia's current line of core routers and carrier switches. It will also be used to power a new family of 7750 SR-s series routers designed for single-node, cloud scale density. In terms of specs, the SR-s boasts a 144 Tbit/s configuration supporting port densities of up to 144 future terabit links, 288 x 400 Gbit/s ports, or 1,440 100 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Absolute capacity could be doubled for a maximum of 288 Tbit/s configuration. It runs the same software as the company's widely-deployed systems. The first 7750 SR-s boxes are already running in Nokia labs and the first commercial shipments are expected in Q4.

Nokia is also introducing a chassis extension option to push its router into petabit territory. Without using the switching shelf concept employed in the multi-chassis designs of its competitors, Nokia is offering the means to integrate up to six of its 7750 SRS-s routers into a single system. This results in 576 Tbit/s of capacity, enough for densities of up to 2,880 x 100 GBE ports or 720 x 400 Gbit/s ports. Adding up the numbers, it is not truly petabit-class, but at 576 Tbit/s it is more than halfway there.

Network telemetry leads to security
Another interesting twist concerns security and petabit-class routing. In December 2016, Nokia agreed to acquire Deepfield, a start-up specialising in real-time analytics for IP network performance management and security. Deepfield, founded in 2011 and based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has developed an analytics platform that identifies over 30,000 popular cloud applications and services. Its Internet Genome tracks how traffic runs to and through networks to reach subscribers, in real time, and without the need for probes, taps and monitors in the network itself. At the time of the deal, Nokia said it would integrate Deepfield big data analytics with the dynamic control capabilities of open SDN platforms, such as the Nokia Network Services Platform (NSP) and Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform (VSP).

Expanding on this idea, Alwan said Deepfield can really leverage the routers rather than probes to understand what is happening to the traffic. Fewer probes mean lower investment. More importantly, Deepfield could be used to track DDoS attacks passing through the core of the network rather than at the edge destination target. The new FP4 silicon is said to be a very good match for this application.


          PACE to discuss dismissing its president in October   
TBILISI, DFWatch–The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will discuss a proposal to dismiss its chairperson in early October after a motion was tabled on Friday. The motion to dismiss PACE President Pedro […]
          Luigi Buzzi, la seconda conferma   
Confindustria Alessandria rinnova le cariche del presidente e del Consiglio Direttivo, mentre i Giovani Imprenditori preparano l'assemblea del 3 luglio. Le prossime scadenze saranno quella della nuova Confindustria Piemonte Orientale
          TV hosts accuse Trump's White House of smear threat over bad coverage   

The breakfast television hosts ridiculed by Donald Trump on Twitter hit back with claims he sought to plant negative stories about them in the media and question the US President's mental health and fitness for office.


          Now Maxine Waters Wants President Trump Exiled   

It is no secret that Maxine Waters is more cuckoo than a clock, as the saying goes she acts as if she donated her brain to science and forgot to tell the scientists to wait until she was dead. Especially now that she wants an investigation to see if President Trump can be exiled. Mad […]

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          FINALLY! Trump & Congress Moving Toward First Full Repeal And Replace Later   
Repeal and Replace

President Trump’s most recent comments on the GOP attempts to fix our nation’s failing healthcare system is music to conservative ears. First repeal and replace later.  If healthcare is done that way, “repeal” would mean get rid of every last sentence, every punctuation, of that freedom-killing Obamacare bill and toss it in the nearest fireplace. Conservative […]

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          Project Veritas’ 3rd CNN Video-CNN Producer Regarding Trump- “He’s Just F**ing Crazy”   
CNN Lies

Project Veritas latest video from the American Pravda: CNN series exposes Jimmy Carr, the Associate Producer for CNN’s New Day attacking President Donald Trump and admitting that CNN has a left-leaning bias. When asked by an undercover journalist if CNN is impartial, Carr plainly responded, “In theory.” He then continued to talk about CNN’s views on […]

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          Tensions high in Hong Kong ahead of handover anniversary   

Hong Kong will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the handover from British to Chinese rule today, as Chinese President Xi Jinping visits the territory for the first time as head of state.


          Air India bid talk pulls down IndiGo's stock   
IndiGo President Aditya Ghosh, in a letter to employees, clarified "Our interest in Air India is primarily in its international operations.
          Sacramento's sheriff asked Trump's immigration chief for help fighting California's 'sanctuary state' bill   

Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones asked President Trump's immigration chief for help fighting California's so-called “sanctuary state” bill weeks before the two hosted a town hall meeting in March on immigration enforcement that drew hundreds of people and erupted in protests.

In a March 13 email...


          MSNBC hosts accuse White House of trying to pressure them over coverage   
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two television hosts assailed by Donald Trump questioned his mental health on Friday and charged that the White House had tried unsuccessfully to get them to apologize to the president for unfavorable coverage in exchange for his getting a negative tabloid story about them killed.

          GOP's Plan B for Obamacare repeal began with quiet push from Koch network   

President Trump’s surprise suggestion Friday that deadlocked Senate Republicans shift their focus to simply repealing Obamacare — and worry about replacing it later — has its roots in a Koch network proposal that has been shopped around Congress for months.

The influential Koch network, backed...


          Jardineiras em cargos de gestão? Voto nisso. E, já agora, Meryl e Diane: duas das mulheres da minha vida   




Hoje estou incapaz de escrever. Já adormeci para cima de umas cinquenta vezes e daqui a nada tenho que estar a pé. 

Há muito assunto por aí, quase a gente se distrai e dá um pontapé num, mas o sono não me permite a devida atenção: antes que me baixe para perceber se a topada foi numa pedra ou num assunto, já estou caída nos tentadores braços do Morfeu. Embora isto do Morfeu seja uma maneira de dizer que eu, quando durmo, sou mais na base da pedra do que da sonhadora. Mas, enfim, com o adiantado da hora dá-me para a metáfora. E claro que o uso aqui da palavra metáfora também não é o mais adequado mas isto é a gente a falar. Digamos assim.


Por isso, estou aqui nesta langórvia (coisa que, com vossa licença, me soa como derivada de langor), ensonada, degustando a sensação boa de estar entre cá e lá, e vendo um programa que me está a encantar. É na RTP 2, ouço o canto dos pássaros e falam de árvores, de arbustos, uma senhora mostra como faz os bonsais, estão ao ar livre, e falam de coisas que me agradam: da forma dos ramos, de seiva, de dialogar com as árvores. Fui ver ao site da rtp e o programa chama-se, justamente, Paraíso


Já contei que acho que gostaria de ser jardineira? Já devo ter contado. Que maçada, isto, de vos maçar com repetições. Mas que hei-de eu fazer? Apagar isto que acabei de escrever? Não, vou mas é em frente e quem já sabe disto, põe as mãos nos olhos. Continuando, pois. Quando andava a escolher árvores para plantar in heaven, ia a viveiros nacionais, municipais, onde calhasse. Havia um que era para mim a arca do tesouro e eu gostava de por ali andar, à conversa com as jardineiras, elas a descreverem cada árvore, contando as suas características, e eu a absorver cada gota de informação, a passar a mão por elas, árvores de todas as espécies. Muitas vezes, antes de ir trabalhar, saía muito cedo de casa e rodas para que te quero, lá ia eu ter com elas. Elas de botas, aventais impermeáveis, luvas, e eu saída da voiture, saltos de agulha, ar de quem está mais para salões onde se bebe do fino do que de quem gosta de sentir a terra húmida, o ar denso de mil odores. Já as conhecia e elas já conheciam esta que vos escreve. Conversávamos de árvores, de filhos, do tempo, do cuidado a ter com elas, se são de ter sede, se são caprichosas. Eu queria saber se eram de crescer depressa e elas diziam que eram de levar o seu tempo. E o que eu gostava destas conversas. 


Vinha de lá carregada de saquinhos pequenos com rebentos de árvores. Andava o resto da semana com o carro a cheirar a terra húmida e com mil cuidados para que tivessem ar para respirar, para que não tivessem muito calor -- e a pedir a todos os santinhos para não ter que dar boleia a ninguém lá dos tais que pisam corredores atapetados, que iam estranhar aquele cheiro e aquela falta de cheiro a carro lavado, tablier encerado, peles dos estofos odas devidamente lustrosas.

As árvores cresceram e se calhar aquele viveiro já não está lá. Não sei que será feito daquelas mulheres que eu invejava. Pareciam-me tão próximas da terra, como se as pernas rijas fossem troncos e os braços ramos e os sorrisos flores.

Mas isto até nem vinha a propósito. Isto é do sono. Se calhar estou a precisar de férias. Cai-me o trabalho em cima de uma forma um bocado disparatada. Chega o verão, apetece-me entrar num período de abrandamento e é o contrário: parece que tudo o que estava no limbo, se apressa a desabrochar, rebentando-me nas mãos. Penso tantas vezes: por esta altura da minha vida eu pensava, há uns anos lá bem para trás, que estaria a ser presidente de uma câmara. Achava que me realizaria transformando uma cidade, modernizando-a, tornando-a bela, elegante, próxima e amiga dos cidadãos. Mas bastou que o presidente de um partido dissesse ao meu marido, num dia em que ele lhe contou desta minha ideia: ela que venha falar comigo. Só isto. Pensei: o tanas. Jamais sacrificaria a minha independência para atingir um objectivo. Pus a ideia de lado. Mas isto para dizer que antevia que, chegada ali a meio da vida profissional, me fartaria de trabalhar em empresas e passaria a conduzir eu a minha vida e a gestão de uma grande cidade. Afinal ainda por aqui ando, entre empresas, num ritmo que não abranda, que me absorve para além daquilo que eu antevia. Em vez de ter jardineiras com quem conviver, só vejo homens atarefados à minha volta. E homens atarefados, cheios de projectos, são uma canseira. Para já, de forma geral, falta-lhes sentido prático e capacidade para dar um passo atrás, admitir que erraram, que o caminho não era bem aquele. Não, isso não fazem. Para a frente e não se fala mais no assunto. Se as empresas tivessem jardineiras em cargos de gestão talvez este mundo fosse um lugar mais aprazível.



Mas, enfim, é o que é. As mulheres são incómodas, colocam questões, não se importam de pôr tudo em causa. São bravas. Por isso, os homens fazem de tudo para lhes vedar a passagem para as augustas salas onde tudo se decide. 

Mas adiante que esse não é o tema que aqui me traz. (E dizendo isto até parece que sei o que é que aqui me traz. Só visto.)

Agora na RTP 2 ouço falar de Andy Warhol. O tema parece ser a Pop Art. Mas se me ponho só a ver, conforme agora me apetece, então, é que não saio disto. E eu tenho que ir ver se durmo antes que o despertador toque e eu ainda aqui a jogar conversa fora.



Bem. Rematando à baliza (e a ver se tenho mais sorte que aqueles três pobres coitados que falharam os três penalties lá no jogo que acabou por ser o passe para o Ronaldo ir ver os bebés encomendados que a D. Dolores foi buscar aos States): vi há bocado, enquanto estava a dormir, o vídeo que abaixo partilho convosco com duas mulheres que love, love, love ver a representar: Meryl Streep e Diane Keaton. No vídeo, a primeira louva a segunda, que está a ser homenageada e eu, vendo-as, acho-as tão bonitas. Filmes memoráveis que aquelas duas ali já nos deram a ver. Não fora o estado de sonolência absoluta em que me encontro e incluía aqui um best of. Mas já não dá, fica para outro dia.


Meryl celebra Diane: uma graça estas duas mulheres.
Abençoadas.



_____________________

As fotografias celebram o Dia do Flamingo Cor-de-Rosa que é bicho que se calhar até vem a condizer com a minha prosa, quiçá loura e vestida de pink. Já não digo nada.

Lá em cima, Rosemary Joshua interpreta Verdi piante, erbette liete de Handel (e eu sinto que é sacrilégio desperdiçar tamanha beleza no meio de um post tão fajuta mas, fazer o quê?, a cabeça pode não dar para mais mas os ouvidos são ambiciosos e eu gosto de estar em boa companhia musical enquanto para aqui  estou nesta conversa mole).

E já sabem: por favor relevem as gralhas que temo que tenham vindo em bando aqui pousar. É que não consigo rever o que escrevi e, durante o dia, também não conseguirei fazê-lo. Espero é que não sejam daquelas de arrepiar porque, se forem, só lá para a noite é que consigo aparar-lhes o cabelo (ia dizer torcer-lhes o pescoço mas esse espírito bélico não está com nada nem se coaduna com o espírito peace and love que caracteriza este meu ninho). 

_____________________________

Um dia feliz a todos. 
Saúde e alegria, minha gente.

_______


          Trump: Kill Obamacare now, replace later   

(Reuters) – President Donald Trump urged Republican senators today to repeal Obamacare immediately if they cannot agree on a new healthcare plan to replace it, potentially sowing confusion as congressional leaders struggle for a consensus on healthcare legislation. Senate Republican leaders had set today as the target for rewriting legislation that would repeal extensive parts […]

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          China's Xi sees 'challenges' in Hong Kong as Beijing dismisses any UK role   
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping, visiting Hong Kong for the 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese rule, said on Friday the city's "one country, two systems" formula faces "new challenges" as pro-democracy campaigners ramped up their protests.

          China 'outraged' by $1.42 billion planned U.S. arms sales to Taiwan   
BEIJING (Reuters) - China urged the United States to revoke immediately its "wrong decision" to sell Taiwan $1.42 billion worth of arms, saying it contradicted a "consensus" President Xi Jinping reached with his counterpart, Donald Trump, in talks in April in Florida.

          Who is in and who is out under the revived travel ban   
Now that President Trump's travel ban is in place again, here's what it does and what it doesn't do.
          When is it OK to compliment a woman's smile? A guide   

There's no excuse for President Trump to not be informed about the dos and don'ts of complimenting a lady's smile, writes Ben Pobjie. The days of men being able to commend a woman's grin at whim are long gone.


          Rodrigo Duterte finishes first year in office with high popularity   

His leadership has been marked by a murderous so-called war against drugs and a rise in violent Islamist militancy, but Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is still riding high in the popularity stakes, a year to the day since he took office.


          President Trump, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”   

President Trump, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” $GOOGL, $FB, $AMZN, $TWTR, $YHOO President Donald Trump withdrew from Obama’s anti-American Paris Climate Agreement saying, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” The Paris Accord was one of many anti-American agreements made by the most lawless anti-American President […]

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          There’s Very Little Corporate Resistance to President Trump’s Travel Ban   

There’s Very Little Corporate Resistance to President Trump’s Travel Ban $FB, $GOOGL, $AAPL, $F, $GM, $GW, $JPM For the most part US corporate leaders are “mum” on US President Donald Trump’s immigration restrictions. While the leaders of Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL), Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) emailed their staff to denounce the suspension of the US refugee program and the […]

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          Freedom of Speech and The Internet, Red Level Emergency   

Freedom of Speech and The Internet, Red Level Emergency $GOOGL, $FB In October, US President Barack Hussein Obama surrendered control over the Internet to the United Nations.  Now after the November Presidential election the main-stream media complains of “fake news” and wants to ban news sources outside the control of the corporate media. The European Union […]

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          Americans and South Koreans Want Peace. Will Trump Listen?   
Korea's new pro-engagement president may not have to be as deferential to Washington hardliners as his predecessors.
          'Beneath the dignity of your office': Republicans blast Trump Twitter spree   

The US President is under fire from within his own party after he attacks MSNBC's Morning Joe team, calling male host Joe Scarborough "psycho" and female host Mika Brzezinski "crazy" and "low IQ", saying she was "bleeding badly from a facelift".


          Exclusive Interview with Steve Douty President/CEO of Nexo, Inc.   

Exclusive Interview with Steve Douty President/CEO/Member of the Board of Directors of  Nexo, Inc. Nexo, Inc. (a private company) Disrupts the Movement of Big Data A New Era of Information Sharing Has Begun Last Friday I sat down with Steve Douty and to discuss the future of big file sharing, the expense and security surrounding big […]

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          What Patriotic Means in Branding   

What Patriotic Means in Branding $FACU, $DIS, $KO, $T, $GOOGL, $AMZN, $F, $AAPL This Presidential election year is raising interest in and discussion about Patriotism and what it means. Most Americans believe they are Patriotic in 1 form or another, and while people react to Patriotic appeals in different ways, marketers hope that they buy […]

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          Useful Ajit Pai's lawyer nominated for top US telco watchdog role   

Brendan Carr will be a reliable vote against net neutrality as an FCC commissioner

President Donald Trump has nominated Brendan Carr, the FCC's general counsel, to fill the last remaining Republican commissioner slot at America's telco watchdog.…


          Arizona State University Appoints Joseph C. Cosgrove to Board of...   

Pentec Health Chairman, President and CEO Accepts University Nomination

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          Trump revives National Space Council, to be led by Pence   
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is forming a National Space Council to be led by Vice President Mike Pence....
          Remarkable Rare Book Inscribed by President Abraham Lincoln   

Cover of the book and inscription by Abraham LincolnLONDON, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- As American Independence Day approaches, Peter Harrington of London has an extraordinarily rare book for sale which was inscribed by President Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States.

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          President Trump signs executive order relaunching National Space Council, with emphasis on defense   
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          President Trump Meets with President Moon   
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          President Trump and the First Lady Host President Moon of South Korea for State Dinner   
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          President Trump Gives Remarks at the Unleashing American Energy Event   
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          TS258: Patti Smith, Brian Babin, Log Cabin Republicans   
This week Bryan saw the original nasty woman Patti Smith over the weekend with a bunch of heterosensuals and lived to tell the tale, while Erin has a surprising conversation with a local silhouette artist. Also, Texas Representative Brian Babin believes women should be told when they are being nasty. Nasty women vote hunny! And the Log Cabin Republicans have sashayed away from Trump and have decided to not endorse him for president.   
          TS252: Emirates, Hillary Clinton, Gay Marriage in AUS, Guests Danielle Schneider & Casey Wilson   
This week Bryan is sick of your Emirates travels being thrown in his face, while Erin is coming clean about squatting at her friends apartment. In other news, Hillary Clinton has pneumonia and ignorant fools across the nation have consequently branded her unfit for president. Have you seen the other guy? Also, marriage equality in Australia, though favored by the people, has parliament in a tizzy and subjecting the country to a useless plebiscite. Plus comedians Danielle Schneider and Casey Wilson are here and we dive deep into our Real Housewives obsession, their podcast Bitch Sesh, and their growing army of passionate listeners.
          Manhattan Supermarket Survey Shows Too Few For Residents From Harlem To Houston   

The #1 Soure For All things Harlem in the World,

AMNY reports that Manhattan has one supermarket for every 7,178 of its residents, and its borough president said that must change. After watching community after community mourn the loss of Continue Reading →

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          TS246: DNC, RNC, Scott Adams, Out Olympic Athletes, Guest Emily Osment   
Well it's been 240 years and we finally elected the first female president, USA USA USA! Wait no that's wrong...it's the first time a woman has been the presidential nominee of a major political party. Half way there America! This week "Dilbert" cartoonist and confused asshole Scott Adams is concerned about men's testosterone levels lowering after watching the DNC; and a record breaking 41 out olympic athletes are competing in Rio this year! Also "Young & Hungry" actress Emily Osment is here to talk about working with Glenn Close, Christopher Walken, Miley Cyrus and many future "Sarah, Plain and Tall" projects.
          Inter, Sebastiani spiega: 'Coulibaly non voleva giocare con la Primavera'   
Daniele Sebastiani, presidente del Pescara,...
          What Jon Stewart Means To Me   
August 2006, I wrapped up my life in India and moved to the United States for a PhD in Marketing.

I left the country I really knew and moved to a strange new land, with its strange new customs, and strange people, and strange grocery aisles! I had a tough time fitting in!

Okay, no I didn't.

The thing is, I moved when I was 26 years old, as opposed to most other Indian grad students who move here right out of college, having not seen any of the "real world". Thanks to blogs and internet forums and American TV shows and second hand stories from close friends who moved there four years before, I more or less knew what to expect from America. To me, almost everything ranging from grocery aisles to the way the people talked and behaved to the local "customs" seemed familiar.

The one thing that wasn't as familiar was the news cycle. I have always been a huge news junkie, especially interested in politics. Although I followed the basics of American politics even when I lived in India, I did not really "know" the scene too well. Sure, I had followed the 2004 primaries, seen Howard Dean's howl, slept through John Kerry's speeches, and more or less knew why Florida or Ohio are so much more crucial in the Presidential race than Tennessee or Indiana.

And I knew America's comedy scene well enough, having been a big fan of Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, and of course, George Carlin.

And yes, I was vaguely aware of this funny guy called Jon Stewart who combined politics and comedy. When I was in India, CNN used to air a half hour compilation of the best bits of his show once a week. Not quite the "Daily" show but whenever I came across it on TV, I watched it and chuckled. To me, it seemed like a funny enough show with a political context.

And then in August 2006, I moved to America. I fit in quite easily in most ways, ranging from food to socializing to academics to day to day chores. One aspect where I felt lost was the politics. I realized that I knew about American politics only peripherally. So I started reading more blogs, watching the big three cable news channels, reading newspapers, etc.

The first time I watched The Daily Show was due to jet lag a couple of days after I arrived. I had slept through most of the afternoon and evening and in the wee hours of the night, I found myself as alert as a watchdog. While my roommates slept, I plonked myself in front of the TV and started flipping channels. And I came across the slightly familiar face of Jon Stewart. It was 1 or 2 AM so obviously, it was the repeat telecast.

As I watched, I found myself drawn in instantly, maybe because of the Indian connection. The segment was about how Republican senate candidate George Allen had referred to an Indian-American staffer of his opponent Jim Webb as "macaca". What I loved about that segment was that it combined facts, opinion, and humor perfectly without taking cheap shots at anyone. I made a mental note to watch the show again the next night.

And I loved the show again. And then I watched it again. And I kept watching every night. It taught me about aspects of the US "midterm" elections that I had never really fully understood sitting in India. It contextualized the red-v-blue battle in terms more nuanced and pithy than I had ever read on any blog. And of course, it made me laugh, especially with the hilariously quirky George W Bush impression.

I still remember that hilarious song about the midterms

"So just remember this November that your vote will count,
A very very very very very small amount!"

Jon Stewart helped me seamlessly blend into the American political discourse the way thousands of hours of reading blogs and news sites never had. He has that uncanny ability to zero in on the most consequential news items of the day and in 22 short minutes....14 if you omit the interview...present a perfect blend of analysis and irony.

Within a few days, the 11 PM time slot on my daily calendar....or at least Monday-Thursday calendar was earmarked for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He chuckled, he made faces, he did impressions, but above all, he managed to be that guy inside us all who is just utterly baffled with the absurdity and sometimes cruelty of the world around us, but tries to cope with it using humor.

Jon Stewart helped me through American political milestones from the 2006 midterms to the 2014 midterms, not ignoring other events worldwide. One of his and his show's greatest qualities has been the ability to strike the right balance in expressing resentment about something. Many comedians have gotten in trouble for crossing the "line" of tastefulness. Which is why many comedians steer clear of troublesome topics.

But Jon has somehow always been able to address tricky and even tragic topics with the right balance of sensitivity and respectful humor. And occasionally, just straight talk. His post 9/11 speech is the stuff of legend, so I won't talk about it here.

But as a former Bombayite now living in the US, my most memorable and personally relevant example of this uncanny knack of addressing tragedies tastefully is the segment he and John Oliver did after the 2008 Bombay attacks


It was just so perfect!

Watching Jon Stewart has been a part of my life from the very first week I moved to this country 9 years ago. He's been an integral part of my life.

I have attended two of his show's tapings in person and was blown away by how nice he was even off-camera. I went to DC with 250,000 other people for the Rally to Restore Sanity that he and Stephen Colbert organized.

And now he's announced that he's leaving The Daily Show. Given what a permanent fixture he's been in my life in this country, this is a BIG change. But I understand why he needs to do what he needs to do. Rosewater has shown that he's capable of much more and who can fault him for wanting to spread his wings?

I'll miss you Jon, and 11 PM Monday to Thursday just won't be the same after you leave.

          Identity is not always Community   
A few days ago, Rajdeep Sardesai, generally a liberal, reasonable and likable voice in the Indian TV media, tweeted,

Big day for my goa. Two GSBs, both talented politicians become full cabinet ministers. Saraswat pride!! @manoharparrikar and Suresh Prabhu.
I cringed. And not just as someone who, through the random genetic lottery, was born in a family whose caste label reads Goud Saraswat Brahmin (GSB). I was particularly disappointed that an otherwise progressive voice was echoing such medieval sentiments. I tweeted back my disagreement and gave in to the hashtag impulse, labeling it #SaraswatShame. The hashtag was half in jest, half in disappointment, and not exactly accurate, but we'll come to that later.

I was not the only one who found fault with his tweet. Many people pushed back, with the responses ranging from outright abuse to expressions of disappointment. Rajdeep doubled down, responding,

 proud GSB, proud Goan, proud Indian. No contradiction.
And yesterday, he defended himself at length in a column in Hindustan Times titled Identity is not always destiny.

The title of the column is perfect, because identity may not always be destiny, but identity is not always "community" either. In fact, the core of my disagreement with Sardesai lies in conflating caste with community, and placing caste identity in the same bracket as being from a state or a country.

I hate writing stuff like "Oxford/Webster's dictionary defines community as....." so I'll leave it to you to look up exactly what the definition is. But the way I see it, a community is shaped and defined through some common experience or attitude/outlook.

I consider myself a part of many many communities. I am part of Indian, American, Indian-American, Punekar, Mumbaikar, New Yorker, Maharashtrian, Marathi, etc. communities as a result of sharing geography or language and/or nationality with others in that group. I am part of Engineer, IIM, MBA, PhD, Penn State, Academia, Marketing, etc, communities as a result of sharing my education or career related experiences with others in that group. Thinking test cricket is the best sport ever makes me part of the test cricket puritan community. Loving the Pittsburgh Steelers team and cheering it on every season makes me part of the Steeler Nation.

I am not sure what experience or attitude or outlook would or should make me consider myself (and with unabashed pride) part of the GSB community, at least in the 21st century. I can understand caste being considered a source of community identity a century or two ago, when people lived more or less segregated into those castes. But then we all generally realized that the caste system isn't the best topology to adopt if we want to build a good society, because the system seeded and engendered discrimination on the basis of birth.

Almost all Indians I know think (or at least say) that the caste system is a relic that should be relegated to irrelevance in an ideal society. Then a good start would be to think of caste as irrelevant, not as a specious source of pride. And that's where Sardesai's tweet had a problem - by perpetuating that which should ideally be irrelevant.

Sardesai drops a lot of names, from Sachin Tendulkar to Deepika Padukone, when enumerating the "enormous contributions" of our supposed community. But what exactly do Rajdeep or I as GSBs have in common meaningfully with Sachin Tendulkar as a GSB, that we don't with Ajinkya Rahane, also from Mumbai and not (as far as I can tell) a GSB? What have we as GSBs shared with other GSBs other than simply the label of being called GSBs?

Is it the most commonly defined culinary feature of GSBs - we have religious sanction to eat fish? Heh! We do not have religious sanction to eat steaks but clearly both Sardesai and I enjoy a good slab of succulent cow meat.

I don't really consider myself part of the Saraswat "community" and so don't really feel #SaraswatShame in Sardesai's bizarre views. I know being Saraswat is a tiny irrelevant trivial part of my identity, but it's no more defining of me than my identity as a guy with black hair. And I am surprised that someone like Sardesai is conflating such an irrelevant expression of identity with community.

What is the basis of defining this community other than just the label identifying ourselves as such?

Shared history? I won't go into the specifics of the problems with the history-based argument Sardesai makes in his column, mainly because Kaustubh has done it splendidly already.

But history brings me to the other problem with the "Saraswat Pride" sentiment that Sardesai espouses. And that's the history of the privileged and powerful position that brahmins in general, including GSBs, used to hold in the caste system with legal sanction until recently. We had a monopoly on education and on running the religion. We were the "haves" in a system that perpetrated the vilest atrocities, violent as well as insidious, on a large swathe of the population we defined as lower caste or caste-less.

As Sardesai notes a little fallaciously

In this political milieu, the Brahmins have usually lost out because their numerical strength doesn’t justify greater political representation. Which is why it is significant that Parrikar and Prabhu made the cut.
This is a point on which I recently had an argument with some fellow Marathi Brahmin friends as well. This weird self-pitying victim mentality that many Brahmins have about not being uber-dominant in politics the way we are in almost every other aspect of Indian society, from industry to academia to entertainment. Never mind that the proportion of Prime Ministers, Presidents, Chief Ministers, and Governors over the years from the Brahmin community is probably at least 3 times the proportion of Brahmins in the general population (caveat - I haven't crunched the numbers, but I strongly suspect this to be the case based on what I could remember).

But we still love indulging in this weird victim mentality in the "political milieu". Never mind that both guys Sardesai mentions have held positions of political power in the past. Parrikar was the Chief Minister of Goa and Prabhu was a cabinet minister in the last BJP government as well.

Regardless of all this, even if you grant the factually questionable premise that Brahmins are deprived of political power as a result of caste-based politics prevalent in many parts of the country, this cannot be viewed as divorced from history, especially in a democracy. Autocratic rule allowed higher castes to monopolize power, resources, and education for centuries. If 6 decades of democracy has resulted in a backlash electorally, well, suck it up.

Related to this, someone asked me online, "Why do you have problems with Sardesai touting Saraswat pride but you have no problems with people celebrating historic Dalit or OBC achievements in politics?"

I couldn't believe that I had to actually explain it, but here is what I said. Dalit or OBC leaders achieving a position of power after centuries of discrimination and systematic disenfranchisement is actually bucking the trend of history. Righting old wrongs in a way. In terms of a sports metaphor, it's like cheering the underdog. On the other hand, when people from a caste that held power, enjoyed monopoly over intellectual resources and were complicit in perpetuating discrimination until recently start gloating about their achievements, it almost suggests they are implying supremacy again.

It's like.......so many commentators, black and from other races, expressed pride and satisfaction in a black man becoming President of the United States. In the historic context, it makes perfect sense. Your expressions of community pride, to not seem distasteful, have to gel with the historic context.

Let's say the next President of America is white. What Sardesai tweeted was the equivalent of a white news anchor like Brian Williams tweeting "White pride!" in response. And responding to criticism with "Proud white guy, proud Jersey guy, proud American! No contradictions."

Because identity is not always community.

          McDonald's marketer Kedar Teny joins Sony Pictures Networks   
He joins the network as senior vice president, marketing and OAP, Sports Cluster, Sony Pictures Networks. Kedar Teny, former director of marketing and...
          VIDEO: The Rebbe Mentioned In UN Assembly Hall   
Rabbi Yehuda Kaploun, President of Water-Gen USA and a Lubavitcher chossid, chose to sign off his public address at the United Nations Headquarters in NY by mentioning that the day coincided with Gimmel of Tammuz and reiterating the bracha delivered by the Rebbe at the end of every Hisvaadus.
          Townsquare Sunday: Toastmasters of New Bedford   
A Toastmasters organization is coming to New Bedford.  WBSM's Jim Phillips spoke with Ryan Levesque, Past President of the Toastmasters Club in Fall River about their plans for the Whaling City.
          [THOMAS] Trump Travel Ban Won't Make Us Safer [Poll]   
I spoke with the former President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association regarding President Trump's travel ban executive order. First, I admit believing the Supreme Court handed the President a resounding victory by lifting the injunction...
          Woods respond to last year’s presidential election with a message and vibe of love   
Jammy New York band Woods aren’t any sort of a political combo, but that doesn’t mean the members don’t feel the overwhelming weight of last year’s election. In preparing to make their latest album, Love Is Love (Woodist), they made the deliberate choice to respond by embracing the titular emotion rather than the rage that enveloped so many of us.…
          WATCH: President Trump scolds press during disorderly photo op   
A photo opportunity in the Oval Office between President Trump and South Korean President Moon began in disarray when members of the domestic and foreign press corps aggressively jostled for position. The president's patience wore thin.
          WATCH: 'Morning Joe' hosts respond to Trump's attack   
Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough say they have doubts whether Trump is "fit to be president," while Trump, who hasn't spoken publicly about the tweets, faces criticisms from members of the GOP.
          WATCH: Kellyanne Conway reacts to Trump's 'Morning Joe' tweets   
The counselor to President Trump tells "GMA" she endorses his ability to connect to voters on social media, and claims the media are more focused on the president's tweets than policy.
          TS186:Jem,Vinaigrette, Females vs. Female Presidents, Gay Ireland​, Mad Max   
The "Jem and the Holograms" trailer was as terrible as Bryan's too long description on making the perfect hard boiled eggs. But "Mad Max:Fury Road" helped, so did making fun of a Dallas lady whose Facebook post about why women can't be president went viral and talking about Ireland possibly passing equal marriage by a landslide (or everyone chickening out at the last minute). Ohhh, hunty, she's a hot one! 
          TS168:Winter Flu, Florida Gay Marriage, Revlon Drama, Into The Woods   
Florida now has gay marriage! And Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush has a lot to say about it, none of it good. Plus, Erin looks at Revlon's shady and allegedly racist business practices. And...The Bachelor is back! So be sure to not waste your time by watching it.  Watch Us!  Every Wednesday on Funny or Die Subscribe and Rate Us! iTunes Tweet Us!  @gibblertron & @bryansafi Use the Hashtag #tspod Email Us! shadethrowing@gmail.com Like Us! Throwing Shade Facebook Page Old School Listen! RSS Feed
          TV hosts attacked by Donald Trump say the White House tried to blackmail them   
The White House tried to silence criticism of US President Donald Trump by threatening television anchors Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski with an unflattering story in a supermarket tabloid, the two allege, as the war of words between the pair and the president escalates.
          Donald Trump loves the US Senate healthcare plan. It would break all of his promises   
OPINION: US President Donald Trump says his healthcare plan will be "something terrific" that will "lower premiums and deductibles" and have "insurance for everybody" without cutting Medicaid.
          TV hosts strike back at US President Donald Trump's 'face-lift' tweets   
Two TV hosts have struck back against crude tweets sent out by US President Donald Trump, in which he mocked one of them for her appearance.
          Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin face high-stakes meeting in Germany   
Meeting face-to-face with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump's "America First'' policy will be put to the test if he opts to confront Russia over intelligence that Moscow meddled in the 2016 presidential election.
          Trump commission on voting fraud asks states for voter data   
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- President Donald Trump&apos;s commission investigating alleged voter fraud in the 2016 elections has asked states for a list of the names, party affiliations, addresses and voting histories of all voters, if state law allows it to be public....
          The Latest: Trump tweets back at 'Morning Joe'   
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The latest developments involving President Donald Trump and MSNBC (all times local):...
          Chicago police, feds team up on new effort to curb violence   
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago police, federal agents and prosecutors launched an initiative Friday aimed at stemming the flow of illegal firearms in the city as part of efforts to curb rampant gun violence that President Donald Trump says is at &quot;epidemic proportions.&quot;...
          TS103: Woman Expert Thor, Gay Medical Records, Nic Cage & Juice Cleanses   
Bryan's on another juice cleanse/crazy train, but that doesn't stop him from talkin' with Erin about lady expert and University of Texas president, Thor (doesn't need a last name) and the pros and cons of putting fuck choice down on medial records.  Subscribe and Rate on iTunes @gibblertron & @bryansafi #tspod shadethrowing@gmail.com Official Max Fun Page Facebook page RSS Feed
          T&T ranked 14th for resource governance   

T&T scored 64 out of 100 points in the 2017 Resource Governance Index and ranked 14th out of the 89 assessments undertaken in the 81 countries surveyed.

Sherwin Long, head of the T&T Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (TTEITI), said T&T was one of the better performing countries in terms of score.

“We scored 64 out of 100. Out of the Enabling Environment we scored 71 out of 100, Revenue Management was our weakest performance and we scored 57 out of 100. We fell short in Revenue Management because of national budgeting fiscal rules and open data restrictions ,” he said yesterday at the launch of the 2017 Governance Report at the Ministry of Energy’s offices at the International Waterfront in Port-of-Spain.

The Index assesses the quality of governance in 81 countries which produce 82 per cent of the world’s oil and 17 per cent of its gas. T&T ranked fourth in Latin American and Caribbean behind Chile, Brazil and Colombia.

Long said T&T’s state enterprise reporting rules appear to be sound. Sound rules also govern the Heritage and Stabilisation Fund (HSF) which helped this country’s high position. He added that the Index also looked at state enterprises.

“Petrotrin was assessed against 74 other state energy enterprises globally and Petrotrin ranked ninth out of these state run enterprises with a score of 75. The company was deemed to have good rules related to the reporting on finances and operations as well as transfers from the company to Central Government,” he said.

Long said the index is important as it determines how other agencies evaluate T&T and it improves the country’s governance.

“Credit agencies look at governance indices to rank the country such as the Corruption Perception Index and the Global Competitiveness Index. These are indicators which show what we face as a country in terms of corruption and competitiveness,” he said.

Long said Brazil was ranked higher than T&T on the Index although there are allegations of corruption surrounding acting President Michel Temer and state owned oil company Petrobas because more than one factor determines the ranking.

“What the Index looked at is the laws as well as well as the practice. How well are these laws actually used? In terms of the laws and the practice in T&T there was a ten point difference between the law and how it is actually practiced and governs the energy sector. In T&T, there is a large gap between the law and how it is practised,” he explained.


          32 million people would lose coverage if Obamacare was repealed   

Republican senators are skittish enough that their health care bill would leave 22 million people more without health insurance by 2026, compared to Obamacare.

They likely won't be too keen on President Trump's suggestion to just repeal Obamacare immediately and replace it later if they can't get enough support to pass their bill.

That move would probably leave 18 million more people without coverage in the first year after its enactment and 32 million more by 2026, according to a Congressional Budget Office report that looked at an earlier GOP bill to repeal Obamacare.

It would also cause premiums on individual market policies to increase by up to 25% the first year and to nearly double by 2026.

All this would happen mainly because the individual mandate -- which requires nearly all Americans to get coverage or pay a penalty -- would be repealed. But some insurers would also likely pull out of the market, the CBO said. The remaining carriers would likely raise rates dramatically because the remaining enrollees would tend to be older and sicker.

This is one reason why Republican lawmakers in both the House and the Senate moved away from a straight repeal of Obamacare without a replacement bill. That left insurers, consumers and other Republican members in a tizzy. Only 19% of Americans supported repealing Obamacare first and replacing later, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released in March.

That hasn't stopped some conservative GOP members from pushing for a full repeal. Both Senators Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Rand Paul of Kentucky have recently broached the topic with Trump, likely leading to his tweet Friday morning.

While senators are expected to ignore Trump's suggestion, it does inject more uncertainty into the future of Obamacare and the individual market. And that's the last thing insurers need.

Already, many are raising rates or even dropping out of the individual market completely for 2018. Some 36 counties in Nevada, Ohio and Indiana are at risk of having no carrier on their exchanges next year, according to Kaiser.

Their main concerns: the mandate that everyone have insurance and the cost-sharing subsidies for lower-income Americans.

Insurers are brushing off the president's comments, saying they are moving forward with the efforts in Congress.

"We're focused on making recommendations to improve the [Senate bill], and on ensuring a stable 2018," said Kristine Grow, a spokeswoman for America's Health Insurance Plans, an industry trade group.

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          West: Investigations can now resume   

Now that a deputy director of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) was sworn in by President Anthony Carmona, head of the authority, David West, says the PCA is now fully constituted to initiate their independent investigations into incidents involving police officers and mentally ill patients.

Recently, public outrage sparked where two mentally ill patients were killed by police officers in separate incidents.

In March, mentally ill patient, Paul Marchan, 30, was shot and killed after he reportedly attacked a family member and tried to stab two police officers at Richplain, Diego Martin

Also, in May, mentally ill patient Miguel Rodriguez, 24, was fatally shot by an off-duty police officer during an altercation near a bar in Moruga.

The country’s first female deputy director of the PCA, Michelle Solomon-Baksh, received her instrument of appointment yesterday.

West, while being questioned by members of the media following the brief ceremony, said t since the resignation of the former deputy director in May, the authority was not fully constitutional and thus could not proceed with requests, investigations and recommendations.

West said with Solomon-Baksh now assuming the position, he will proceed to write to acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams and ask him to send reports of what transpired in the recent incidents.

“Retroactively, we will now start to initiate and look and see what has been done, audit and monitor the investigations,” West said.

He added that recommendations will also be made with regards to training police officers to deal with the mentally ill and handicapped.

“We are looking at other countries and what they do to train their officers and go along those lines. I have already been speaking to the acting commissioner of police about it and on the way forward,” West said.

West, in welcoming Solomon-Baksh on board, described her as an “excellent hardworker” and one in which her integrity is unquestionable.


          Warner: Why is US Soccer absolved?   

Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has told The Times that the Garcia report into corruption around the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids is “not even worth the paper it has been written on” and questioned why U.S. Soccer was absolved after he and Sepp Blatter met President Barack Obama.

The report, produced by American lawyer Michael J. Garcia in 2014 but only released in full this week, said the England 2018 World Cup bid team was found to have “accommodated or at least attempted to satisfy the improper request”of executive committee members, including Warner, ahead of the voting in 2010.

The United States’ effort to host the 2022 World Cup, meanwhile, was found to have generally followed FIFA’s bidding rules.

Warner, who was arrested and charged as part of the FBI’s probe into money-laundering in 2015 and then banned from taking part in any football-related activity for life, told the English newspaper in an email that he continues to “sleep very soundly” following the report’s release.

He wrote in an email: “For me the report is not even worth the paper it has been written on and of course not the whopping fee paid for it either. As it relates to me personally, I continue to sleep very soundly at nights for nothing in the report implicates me personally in any sleaze.”

The investigation found that Warner had requested England 2018 to find his “adopted son” Richard Sebro, a man with no obvious football credentials, a job with Tottenham, then at Wembley, before moving to Aston Villa.

Other favours granted to Warner were the waiving of a £168,000 debt owed to the Football Association by the Jamaican Football Federation and the sponsorship of a £36,000 Caribbean Football Union gala dinner.

Undisclosed “favours and benefits” were also granted by the FA to a team Warner owned — Joe Public Football Club.

Warner told The Times that all the requests he made to the English FA were “for other persons or entities and never for my family or me.”

He also questioned the decision to absolve the U.S. bidding team, citing a visit that he and then FIFA president Blatter had made to the Oval Office in 2009.

He wrote: “I have also taken note that the American investigator has absolved the US Soccer Federation and I ask myself how come? Was this not the same USSF that facilitated a visit to the White House for Sepp and me to meet Obama? How do you characterise that?

“Was this not the same USSF that arranged for [then Confederation of African Football president Issa] Hayatou and his Ex Co members to do the same? But then again this is the US that I guess determines if you fall, live or die.”

Meanwhile, the Serious Fraud Office in the United Kingdom is analysing the Garcia report.

The decisions to award Russia the 2018 World Cup and Qatar the 2022 edition have been dogged by allegations of bribery and corruption since they were made in December 2010.

An SFO spokesperson said: “The SFO is reviewing the Garcia Report. We can make no further comment at this stage.”

Confirmation of the SFO’s interest comes 20 months after its director, David Green, told MPs of potential money-laundering offences, including a payment of 500,000 Australian dollars (£295,000) made by the Australia 2022 bid committee to former CONCACAF president Warner, which may have gone through London.

At the time, Green, who was giving evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport select committee, said the SFO “cannot touch FIFA with the Bribery Act as things stand” as it became law in July 2011 and most of the World Cup allegations took place before then.

In October 2015, the SFO had a team of five going through more than 1,600 documents provided by the FA relating to England’s failed 2018 bid.

ESPNFC.com


          Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Goes Into Effect Tonight   

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          TS25:Ann Romney, Ashley Judd, Roddy White, President Obama and Gays   
In Episode 25, Bryan takes an hour from doing Oxy Clean to hang out with Erin and discuss Ann Romney, the Atlanta Falcons homophic wide receiver, gay discrimination in the workplace, Ashley Judd's puffy face and the lack of foreplay in Game of Thrones. It's shake 'n bake, and I helped! 
          TS11:Golden Globes, The Pope, Tim Tebow and Girl Scouts   
Welcome to the jungle! Erin and Bryan talk the Pope's fear of marriage equality, why Jaime Johnson thinks women can't be president, the Tim Tewbow limp wrist scandal, and a teenage transphobic girl scout. It's you, it's you, it's all for you. 
          Vice President/ AVP- Lead Application Support Analyst - BNP Paribas Personal Finance - Jersey City, NJ   
Perform release planning and management activities for Data Services and FinReg APS. Liaise with IT Management, IT work streams, Infrastructure, business...
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          Can Trump Succeed Where Reagan Failed?   
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

People with family members who were killed by undocumented immigrants meet with Attorney General Jeff Sessions on June 29, 2017.

On Thursday, the House passed the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, which proposes to withhold federal funding from localities that refuse to cooperate with Trump administration immigration measures aimed at criminal noncitizens and other undocumented people. The bill would also allow individuals and close family members of individuals who are victims of felonies committed by undocumented immigrants who have been released from local or state custody against the advice of federal authorities to file suit against states.

The day before, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the new president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, called on Congress to work on bipartisan immigration and criminal justice law reforms, adding that cities could use more federal assistance to fight terrorism and crime, and provide mental illness, substance abuse, and reentry programs.

Landrieu said in a letter to House members that local leaders do not want their law enforcement officers involved in federal immigration detention activities, nor do they want to be put in legal jeopardy for possible violations of the Fourth Amendment’s prohibitions against unreasonable searches and seizures. (A related bill known as Kate’s Law would establish new mandatory minimum prison terms for deported criminals who return to the United States.)

The sanctuary cities battle, like so many of Trump’s hastily conceived and poorly executed policies, appears headed for another showdown, either when the bills arrive in the Senate, or, in the unlikely event that the upper chamber drums up the 60 votes needed to approve them, almost certainly in the courts.

While the Trumpian turmoil is new, past presidents’ attempts to compel localities to comply with federal policies have met with mixed success. A new report, “Reagan vs. Cities: The 20th Century Battle Over South African Apartheid & Lessons for the Trump Era,” from Jobs to Move America and the Center for Media and Democracy, details the 40th president’s efforts to stamp out the U.S. anti-apartheid movement by several means, including denying federal funds to cities and states that took actions against companies that did business in South Africa.

The report explores the mixed outcomes for two cities that sought to stand their ground against this federal overreach. In 1984, the U.S. Department of Transportation, with the backing of the Justice Department, threatened New York City with the loss of transportation dollars unless the city revoked a local ordinance preventing city officials from contracting with businesses that operated in South Africa or used materials from the country. Although Mayor Ed Koch complained all the way up to President Ronald Reagan, the feisty New Yorker finally backed down, declined to take the matter to the courts, and finally reworked the measure to satisfy federal officials and preserve the city’s federal funding.

Two years later, Baltimore, which had crafted a local ordinance requiring city pension funds to divest $1.1 billion from entities that did business with South Africa, also came under fire. The trustees of the pensions funds and the funds’ beneficiaries (who feared significant financial losses in the short timeframe the funds had to comply with the divestment ordinance) joined forces to take the city to court.

The State Department and the National Security Council submitted briefs supporting the trustees and beneficiaries. But Baltimore ultimately prevailed in the state courts, and the Supreme Court decided not to hear the case. By 1991, nearly 100 cities in 28 states had taken a variety of actions against companies doing business in South Africa.

Although an early attempt by Trump to deny federal funding to sanctuary cities was roundly criticized as unconstitutional (the president aimed to usurp powers granted to Congress) and ultimately blocked by a federal judge, Republicans in Congress have stepped up to take their turn at the issue. Federal courts likely will have the final word on whether the federal government can compel states to assist in immigration enforcement activities or whether such provisions infringe on state powers.

Congress can indeed attach conditions to funding, especially if the funding is related to a specific purpose like law enforcement. Since the Supreme Court has indicated its willingness to consider wider immigration questions like those posed by the administration’s travel ban, it is unlikely that the high court would decline to weigh in, as it did in the Baltimore pension funds question.

Like the anti-apartheid activists, sanctuary cities supporters may find that public response to the crisis may compel different responses from Washington. Grassroots efforts to protect undocumented people have sprouted up all over the country; nearly 650 of the country’s more than 3,000 counties have placed limitations on local law enforcement assistance to federal immigration detention efforts.

But the support for such measures is far from solid in the country at large. Lawmakers in more than 30 states have introduced bills to curb cities’ abilities to weigh in on immigration enforcement. A new Gallup poll shows that Americans’ interests in decreasing the numbers of immigrants admitted to the country have not shifted dramatically.

The “Reagan vs. Cities” report also notes that in addition to cutting off federal funds and other measures, Trump’s tactics include “a public relations strategy aimed at vilifying opponents.” The court of public opinion, however, isn’t always malleable. Reagan may have been the “great communicator,” but he was mostly unable to compel cities and states to abandon divestment and other economic strategies aimed at crippling South African apartheid. Trump, if anything, is more of a great alienator than communicator, who will ultimately run up against the numerical impossibility of deporting millions of undocumented people.


          Bridging the Mind-Body Gap in Health Care   
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After the birth of her youngest son nearly 20 years ago, Elay Nantz of Colorado developed carpal tunnel syndrome in her right hand, sank into post-partum depression, and attempted suicide. After a three-month stay at a Colorado psychiatric hospital, she endured a carousel of specialists who only wanted to know “What do you want?” or “What do you need?” and then wrote countless prescriptions. If she stood her ground and said the pills weren’t working, they would refer her to another doctor. Two of her four psychiatrists even fell asleep during her counseling sessions. Eventually, she stopped seeking treatment.

Nantz has struggled with depression for most of her life and has bounced in and out of doctors’ offices. She felt that the mental health system just saw her as a wallet to rifle through. “None of them gave a crap about me,” she says.

After she had surgery on her hand in 2009 and began physical therapy, her health improved. But after Nantz got divorced in 2010, she lost her private insurance and went on Medicaid—which her physical therapist did not accept. Her hand grew weak and shook so much that she could not hold a fork. It would tumble to the ground and stay there until one of her three children picked it up. A bad day would lead to deeper depression. She felt worthless.

The combination of depression and carpal tunnel meant she could not work and provide for her children. Her thoughts turned to suicide again: “I felt like the only exit I could see was me dying—my head was a mess—like I was in a cave and I couldn’t get out,” she told The American Prospect. “I was getting ready to kill myself.”

Nantz believed that the health-care system simply viewed her as a depressed woman with shaky hands rather than a 45-year-old mother of three who wanted to work and care for her family. But after running out of other options, she decided to try counseling one more time. In 2015, she met Dr. Yaira Oquendo-Figueroa, a staff psychologist at a Salud Family Health Center in Denver.  

Oquendo-Figueroa took an “integrated care” approach to Nantz’s problems that focused on breaking through the institutional barriers that separate mental and physical health care.  In integrated care settings, behavioral health specialists work together with primary-care doctors to treat individual patients. An ongoing relationship between physicians and a patient is the basis of primary care, and it provides a pathway for coordinating mental health treatment.

Oquendo-Figueroa listened carefully to Nantz’s problems and helped her develop the mental “tools” to steer her thoughts in a positive direction. She also connected her with an acupuncturist to treat her carpal tunnel. “She changed my life and the perception of everything,” Nantz says of Oquendo-Figueroa. “I think she’s a magician.”

Mental and physical care have long occupied distinct silos in the American health-care system. However, if Congress has its way, the treatment gulf between these two areas could become even wider, particularly for poor and low-income people who rely Medicaid, the largest health insurer in the United States.

Medical professionals like Oquendo-Figueroa have redoubled their efforts to offer a program of treatment that addresses psychological issues and physical ailments in tandem—which can go a long way to helping patients like Nantz. “You can’t separate the head from the body,” the doctor says.

Primary-care physicians see the majority of patients with mental health problems in the United States, but they are not trained to provide specialized treatment for mental illnesses. According to Benjamin Miller, a University of Colorado’s School of Medicine psychologist who specializes in linking mental and physical care, fewer than 4 percent of primary-care physicians accurately screen for depression. There has been little change in the percentage of adults who use mental health services, or who report an unmet need for mental health services. Two-thirds of doctors say that they can’t get their patients access to outpatient mental treatment because of a shortage of workers, lack of coverage, or inadequate coverage.

Meanwhile, suicide rates in America have risen by nearly 25 percent over the past 15 years and, of the 20 percent of Americans who suffer from mental illness, only about one-fifth get treatment. “The U.S. health-care system [has] two cultures of care that isolate the mind from the body, and mental health has fallen victim to that,” says Miller.

In the 1970s, Salud Family Health Center opened in northeast Colorado to serve patients who were historically underserved or completely uninsured, like the state’s migrant farm workers. In 2013, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recognized Salud as a “patient-centered medical home,” a health-care delivery model that promotes strategies like integrated care. This model upends the traditional health-care system by providing mental health care in primary-care settings, where it is most accessible.

For many people, primary-care clinics and doctors’ offices are a safe haven. “People want an [ongoing] relationship with someone, they want to feel connected [and] to know you’re they’re for them,” Miller says. He believes that nurturing these relationships provides patients with an avenue to discuss and manage mental health issues before they become serious.

The Colorado health center includes a mobile legal team that advocates for patients, especially undocumented immigrants or Medicaid recipients who live paycheck to paycheck. The center also sends behavioral health professionals around the clinic to meet patients in other departments. “Let’s say that a patient is coming for a dental cleaning, and the hygienist concludes that the patient may be anxious or depressed,” says Oquendo-Figueroa. “I go there and do a consult right there in the dental area.”

While that practice may seem invasive to people who have health-care plans that cover behavioral therapy, a dental clinic might be the only time that some Medicaid or Medicare recipients can talk to a mental health professional.

Washington State’s Mental Health Integration Project features telepsychiatry to help treat low-income patients on Medicaid and Medicare. Encouraging patients to stay in touch with care managers and consulting psychiatrists over the phone allows those health centers to reach more people, and not just during regular visits.

Anne Shields, the associate director of the University of Washington’s Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions program sees e-medicine as one possible solution to a shrinking, aging workforce of psychiatrists, especially in rural areas of the country where there were never many specialists to begin with. From 1995 to 2014, while the total number of physicians in the United States grew by 45 percent, the number of psychiatrists only increased by 12 percent. In 2010, 59 percent of psychiatrists in the United States were 54 years old or older. “Primary-care settings are very diverse, small practices,” Shields says. “Rural health centers have no more than three people working and they’re not going to be able to hire a behavioral health-care manager.”

While health-care staffing often determines the number and types of services a hospital provides, integrated care relies on coordination between doctors to identify the specific treatments that will work for an individual patient. Using this approach, a small rural health center can strive to provide the same high-quality integrated care that an urban hospital system does.

Yet despite the health benefits that integrated care provides, the American health-care system continues to rely on traditional strategies. Treating mental and physical conditions separately has not only prevented vulnerable populations from accessing treatment, but it has also driven up those costs. Miller has calculated that, on average, physical conditions cost twice as much per person per month to treat when there is a mental illness present as well.

Moreover, mental health crises often play out in emergency rooms, which are the least efficient and most expensive care locations. Integrated care has reduced the patients’ reliance on emergency room treatment by focusing on preventative services, and targeting mild or moderate symptoms before they become severe.

The Cherokee Health System in Tennessee found that integrated care patients used emergency services 68 percent less than the regional average; specialty care 42 percent less; and hospital care 37 percent less. These savings amounted to a 22 percent discrepancy between CHS’s total cost and the regional average.

Most health-care networks prioritize people with serious mental illnesses over patients with mild or moderate symptoms, which prevents people from getting the help they need earlier. “The bulk of mental health services are in the public system, but people can’t get those services until they have had many crises,” says Debbie Plotnick, a vice president of Mental Health America, one the nation’s leading mental health advocacy groups.

Meanwhile, Republicans in Congress could tear wide open the existing gap between having insurance that covers mental health treatment and having access to that treatment with their plans to undo the Affordable Care Act. The ACA repeal proposals fail the two-step process Miller of the University of Colorado uses to evaluate potential reforms: “Does this continue to further fragment our experience with health?” he says. “And does this limit my patient’s ability to get access to mental health treatment where they want it?”

Moreover, transforming Medicaid into a block grant program means that mental health programs would take a significant hit as state officials search for savings to offset the federal cuts. Miller believes that integrated care programs would be the first to go, forcing medical professionals to make difficult decisions about whether they can marshal the resources to help people like Nantz. Repealing the ACA would simply take programs designed to bridge the gap between mental and physical illnesses backward—states, Miller says, “can’t take a chance on this right now.” 


          Trump’s Travel Ban Is Back   
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Travelers wait in line near an Emirates ticket counter at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. 

A limited version of President Trump’s controversial travel ban is back in place after the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could impose restrictions on certain foreign travelers and refugees. The constant back-and-forth rulings have created a bureaucratic nightmare for those involved in the refugee resettlement process, and Thursday’s developments promise even more disruption.

While President Trump proclaimed victory, refugee and human rights advocates have been on tenterhooks this week. The high court’s decision was certainly a blow to opponents of the ban, but just how hard that blow is will depend on the Trump administration’s next moves.

The government’s new guidelines would significantly limit the total number of noncitizens and refugees that can enter the country, according to a State Department background briefing Thursday afternoon. The department released its guidance just four hours before the ban is scheduled to go into effect. However, the Department of Homeland Security, which controls border enforcement, has not issued its own guidance on the new policies.

During its short but turbulent existence, two versions of the travel ban have been issued, blocked by federal courts, and now given the go-ahead with certain restrictions. But the Supreme Court decision and the subsequent federal guidelines do not reassure refugees advocates. “Nothing is off the table when it comes to this travel ban,” says Justin Cox, a National Immigration Law Center (NILC) staff attorney. “We can’t assume smooth sailing.”

On Monday, the justices said that they would wait until October to hear two cases regarding Trump’s travel ban. Until then, the high court granted a partial stay to injunctions freezing the controversial executive order, allowing a limited version of the travel ban to go into effect.

Noncitizens who can show they have a “bona fide relationship” with a “person or entity” in the United States will be allowed to enter the country, as will anyone who has already been issued a visa. People who cannot prove that they have a close relationship with a U.S. citizen will be banned from entering the country for 90 days if they are from the six Muslim-majority countries included in the executive order. That time period increases to 120 days for refugees from any country who have not yet received permission to enter the U.S. 

The high court gave a few examples of what constituted a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the U.S., such as visiting a relative or traveling to work or study, but stopped short of providing comprehensive definitions, preferring to leave the work of coming up with more nuanced characterizations to the federal government and lower courts.

But under the new guidelines, relatives only include immediate family members already in the country: parents, spouses, children, adult sons or daughters, sons- or daughters-in-law, and siblings. Grandparents were not included in the guidelines.

Refugees who have already been admitted to the U.S. and are booked to travel before July 6 will be exempt from the ban. A senior administration official said that the fate of those who’ve been booked travel after that date would be addressed at a later time. The briefers also said that establishing valid connections with American entities by refugees would need to be “formal” and “documented”: Simply being connected to a resettlement agency would not be sufficient. Roughly one-third of refugees waiting to be admitted do not have family ties in the United States, according to resettlement agency estimates.

“This is an unduly restrictive approach,” says Eleanor Acer, director of Human Rights First’s Refugee Protection program. “Refugees who go through multiple security entities, are approved by the DHS [Department of Homeland Security], vetted by various government agencies, and have long relationships with resettlement agencies should all be viewed as having requisite bona fide relationships.”

The limited ban could still leave thousands of people in limbo. “This isn’t like postponing a vacation,” says Melanie Nezer, vice president of policy and advocacy at HIAS, a Maryland-based Jewish resettlement agency. “These are life or death situations that refugees could be forced to remain in.”

Of the top 10 countries for total numbers of refugees granted permission to enter the United States during the last fiscal year, only three—Somalia, Syria, and Iran—were listed in Trump’s original executive order. Iraq is also among the top 10, and there are tens of thousands of people who worked with the U.S. government who are waiting to get clearance to resettle in this country. Under these current guidelines, it’s not clear if they would be granted entry.

The reinstated ban has stoked fears of a return to the chaos that played out in airports across the country following the haphazard rollout of Trump’s first executive order.

Naureen Shah, Amnesty International’s senior director of campaigns announced that the organization would be sending researchers to airports to “monitor how the ban is being implemented.”

“There’s going to be massive confusion in airports around the world,” says Acer, who anticipates a heightened legal response to refugees connected to resettlement agencies being blocked from entering the country.

In his partial dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas warned that the court’s decision would “invite a flood of litigation”—a comment that will likely prove prescient in the months to come. Lawsuits challenging the original and updated versions of the travel ban have inundated federal courts.

“I expect that we’ll be back in court soon,” says Cox of the NILC. “No one is going to take this lying down.”

Critics of the ban argue that refugees are already the most rigorously vetted group allowed into the U.S., undergoing a process that can take up to two years or more. “I don’t know how much more extreme the vetting can get, frankly,” says Cornell law professor Stephen Yale-Loehr.

This new wave of uncertainty unfolds at a time when the number of approved refugees approved to enter the U.S. had just started to bounce back after Trump’s initial immigration restrictions. Resettlement numbers plummeted in the wake of Trump’s first two attempted travel bans: In January, the U.S. admitted nearly 7,000 refugees admitted by March that number had declined to just 2,000 in March, according to State Department data

More than 46,000 refugees have been admitted and resettled in the U.S. in fiscal 2017, nearly reaching the 50,000 limit that Trump had specified in his original executive order, but still a long way off from the 110,000 ceiling that the Obama administration had put in place.

The Supreme Court allowed the U.S. to cap refugee arrivals, but justices did not allow the Trump administration to prohibit refugees with bona fide relationships, even if “the 50,000-person cap has been reached or exceeded.”

Officials at HIAS, one of nine agencies that work with the State Department to resettle refugees, were already worried they wouldn’t hit their resettlement targets before the travel ban was reinstated. Even in the “best-case” scenario, the agency expects to resettle 1,400 fewer than they had been approved to resettle at the beginning of the fiscal year. Other resettlement agencies have reported similar drops.

“The program changes on an almost weekly basis,” says Nezer. According to Nezer, these changes in policy can stall refugee case processing. That can often result in medical and security clearances expiring, which in turn creates even lengthier delays.

Trump had originally ordered federal agencies to wait 72 hours after the court’s decision to implement the ban. Trump maintains that the ban is necessary to protect the nation from terrorist activities and praised the court’s decision as “a clear victory for our national security.”


          Trump's Appointment to Gender Equality Office Has Hateful Anti-Trans Record    
PoliticsTransgenderFeminismWomenDonald Trump Tracy E. Gilchrist

Adding to his record of appointing people to posts they are fundamentally unqualified to hold, Donald Trump has named an anti-trans activist as a senior adviser to the office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. Bethany Kozma, who held positions in the White House and Homeland Security under George W. Bush, vehemently opposed guidelines issued by President Obama's administration that advised schools to let trans students use their preferred names and pronouns and use the restrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity, Buzzfeed reports. And to Google the woman who will advise on gender equality in the office that is part of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is to uncover a treasure trove of hateful, woefully misguided anti-trans propaganda. 

“A boy claiming gender confusion must now be allowed in the same shower, bathroom, or locker room with my daughter under the president’s transgender policies,” Kozma wrote in a 2016 piece about the Obama administration guidelines. “When I learned that predators could abuse these new policies to hurt children in school lockers, shelters, pool showers, or other vulnerable public places like remote bathrooms in national parks, I realized I had to do something.” 

In a disgusting attempt to equate trans women with sexual predators, Kozma’s story included a video of women sharing their stories of how they were sexually assaulted by cisgender men in spaces like bathrooms and locker rooms. 

While naming Kozma, who clearly doesn’t believe that trans women are equal to cisgender women, as an adviser at the office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment is a slap in the face to all women, her position in the office is further complicated by the fact that USAID has a long history of supporting programs that advance LGBT equality around the world, including a program that leverages financial contributions to support “LGBTI human rights and development in 14 countries around the world,” HIV and AIDS prevention efforts, and an initiative to empower Asia’s LGBT people, according to its website.

A spokesperson for USAID said Kozma’s appointment does not mean there has been a change in policy in terms of its commitment to LGBT rights, according to Buzzfeed. 

"USAID is committed to promoting a work environment that is free from sexual-orientation and gender-identity discrimination, in accordance with existing federal law," the spokesperson said. 

But Kozma's anti-trans crusade did not end with her campaign to oppose Obama’s protections for trans students in 2016. Earlier this year she wrote a piece for The Daily Signal (part of the conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation) in which she patted herself on the back for being a part of the movement that she believes helped influence the Trump administration to rescind those protections.  

“Trump’s decisiveness on this issue shows that he cares more about people than political correctness — that all our children deserve a safe and respectful learning environment, not just a very small minority, and that privacy and free speech are rights that American parents hold dear,” Kozma wrote this February. 

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          A Man Called Ove (15)   
59 year old Ove is the block’s grumpy man who several years earlier was deposed as president of the condominium association, but he could not give a damn about being deposed and therefore keeps looking over the neighborhood with an iron fist.
          Risk (15)   
From Academy Award winner Laura Poitras (CITIZENFOUR). Filmed over six years including through the 2016 presidential election and up to the present moment, RISK takes viewers closer than they have ever been before to Julian Assange and those who surround him.
          Who the Hell is Eric Garcetti and Why Will It Cost $1000 to Meet Him on Dec. 12th? Gil’s Son Wants to be Mayor of Los Angeles   
TweetLos Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti wants to be The Next Mayor of Los Angeles, so he’s coming up to the 415 to try to raise some cash. Lots and lots and lots of cash. Here he is, the son of Gilbert Salvadore Iberri “Gil” Garcetti. (Junior sort of looks like the guy what sold […]
          S/2017/524   
Letter dated 20 June 2017 from the Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council
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          Comparing Trump’s Tweets with the Words of Abraham Lincoln   

President Donald Trump and President Abraham Lincoln have a lot in common, they are both presidents, Republicans, and they both have lots of famous quotes attributed to them. But it’s safe to say they may be remembered a bit differently. While Lincoln wrote about preserving the Union, fighting and winning the Civil War, and

The post Comparing Trump’s Tweets with the Words of Abraham Lincoln appeared first on New York.


          Don't rule out Isiah Thomas as Knicks president just yet   

While Isiah Thomas says he isn't interested in the Knicks' GM job, it's probably best not to believe everything you hear.


          John Calipari reportedly interested in Knicks' vacant president position   

Calipari has become the figure head of one-and-done recruits in college basketball.


          Venda de serviços de fisioterapia em sites coletivos está proibida   

A venda de pacotes de serviços de fisioterapia e terapia ocupacional, por meio de sites de compras coletivas foi proibida pelo Conselho Federal de Fisioterapia e Terapia Ocupacional (Coffito). A medida foi publicada no Diário Oficial da União (DOU) nesta quarta-feira (24). Segundo informações do Coffito, até o momento, não foi registrada nenhuma morte ou problema de saúde grave devido à venda indiscriminada dos serviços. No entanto, a ideia é fazer um trabalho preventivo.

A Resolução nº 391, de 18 de agosto de 2011, alerta que nessas ofertas os usuários podem adquirir um procedimento sem a avaliação de um profissional. Segundo o presidente do Coffito, Dr. Roberto Cepeda, a comercialização desses pacotes sem diagnóstico pode por em risco a saúde dos indivíduos. “É uma questão de saúde. O profissional deve fazer primeiro uma avaliação e, só depois, indicar o tratamento mais adequado”, explica. 

Entre os tipos mais comuns de tratamentos oferecidos nos sites de vendas coletivas estão a drenagem linfática, radiofrequência e a aplicação de Manthus. A fiscalização será realizada pelos Conselhos Regionais de Fisioterapia e Terapia Ocupacional (Crefitos) e por meio de denúncias. O CrefitoSP solicita aos profissionais do Estado de São Paulo que se abstenham de oferecer seus serviços em sites de compra coletiva, cumprindo o determinado na Resolução do Coffito. A punição para quem desrespeitar a resolução vai de advertência até a suspensão do exercício profissional.

Fonte: http://www.crefito.com.br/admin/m_noticia.asp?not=962

Imagem: internet.

"Como fisioterapeuta, admiro e parabenizo a decisão do Coffito. Um tratamento só pode ser prescrito após uma avaliação, e até mesmo os mais aparentemente inofensivos possuem contra-indicações. Cuidar de pessoas é algo sério e não deve ser banalizado."

          Raptors get league's youngest GM, but could lose team president to NY in same week   

Bobby Webster is 32 and was just hired to be GM of the Toronto Raptors. The man who hired him may be on the way out


          Study highlights Democrats’ campaign hurdles in 2018   
The Buzz is the Register’s weekly political news column. Ardent opposition to President Donald Trump is motivating veteran and first-time activists in Orange County’s four Republican congressional districts, but unseating the incumbents remains an uphill road. Three of those GOP members won reelection by more than 10 percentage points last year. And while polls show […]
          Do we need an election fraud panel?   
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday forming a commission on voter fraud and elections, an action many Democrats say is aimed at justifying his unfounded voter fraud claims.  (“Millions cast illegal ballots, giving Hillary Clinton her huge popular … Continue reading
          See how the Dow, Nasdaq, S&P 500 did for the first half of Trump year-one   
U.S. stocks closed out the first half of U.S. President Donald Trumps’s first year in office on Friday. The Nasdaq is up 14.07 percent after closing at 6,140.42 Friday, according to CNN Money. The likes of Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN), Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) have helped drive the Nasdaq. Amazon and Apple both have a presence in the Valley. Amazon with four fulfillment centers that ship products and Apple with a massive data center in Mesa. The Dow Jones Industrial Average…

          Nanny - Vandyk Group of Companies - Mississauga, ON   
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          Veteran Pipeline Infrastructure Engineer Shannon Rasmussen Joins QS Energy To Lead Global Commercialization of AOT Flow Assurance Technology   

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwired - June 30, 2017) - QS Energy, Inc. (OTCQB: QSEP), a technology solutions provider for the energy industry, today announced it has named Mr. Shannon Rasmussen as its new Vice President of Engineering, adding a key industry veteran who, along with new CEO Jason Lane, will help lead commercialization efforts for QS Energy's Applied Oil Technology (AOT) -- an integrated system that improves critical operational efficiencies for pipeline operators worldwide.

          Regulation respecting certain terms of employment applicable to assistant president and executive directors of integrated health and social services centres and unamalgamated institutions, CQLR c O-7.2, r 0.1 [Modified on Jun 23, 2017]   
Regulation respecting certain terms of employment applicable to assistant president and executive directors of integrated health and social services centres and unamalgamated institutions was modified or came into force on 2017-06-23
          Comment on Trump Administration Unapologetic Following President’s Latest Twitter Tirade by fadista   
I realize thinking and analyzing are not your strong suits, Mike, but claiming Obama's accomplishments have been "washed away" is even ignorant for you. Just because a complete imbecile occupies the White House and has appointed the most reactionary of corporate shills to his cabinet who, in consort, are attempting to undo as much of the Obama legacy as possible -- particularly regarding the environment and healthcare so far! -- such efforts cannot be classified, by any human with a functioning brain, as being "washed away". Your comments should be an embarrassment even by the low standards of your fellow reactionaries. Apparently, you come here because you're a glutton for punishment. Why? Can't find anyone to p-ss on you during weekday mornings?
          Comment on Trump Administration Unapologetic Following President’s Latest Twitter Tirade by John   
No but perhaps you have that selective liberal memory and have forgotten the far worse things said about Trump, Melania and Baron and the rest of the family. There seems to be no end to the unrelenting assault and vulgar name calling and lies spewed about them.
          Comment on Trump Administration Unapologetic Following President’s Latest Twitter Tirade by Another Mike   
I've never seen a male anything with a derriere like Mrs. Obama's.
          Comment on Trump Administration Unapologetic Following President’s Latest Twitter Tirade by marte48   
The "left wing" media coming out of Russia (RT.com) hated the Clintons the most, and disseminated fake news in torrents to defeat them.
          Comment on Trump Administration Unapologetic Following President’s Latest Twitter Tirade by Another Mike   
Namecalling shows the paucity of one's arguments. Do I have to explain the word ethos to you? Any kind of censorship, such as the OP urged Twitter to perform, conflicts with this ethos. The word "presidential" was not used here.
          Comment on Trump Administration Unapologetic Following President’s Latest Twitter Tirade by marte48   
I guess you were asleep when they called Michele Obama a male transvestite
          Comment on Trump Administration Unapologetic Following President’s Latest Twitter Tirade by fadista   
A truly moronic comment from KQED's village idiot. No one is denying that Trump has a 1st amendment right to tweet as he likes as long as he refrains from divulging classified information which, in case you'e not aware of it, Mike, is not covered by the 1st amendment. The debate is whether his tweets are "presidential". I guess the gist of the debate escaped you. Keep showing off your ignorance, Mike. Apparently that's all you've got for us.
          Comment on Trump Administration Unapologetic Following President’s Latest Twitter Tirade by Another Mike   
Rightly or wrongly, gun ownership has been associated with the right-wing. The NRA ad tries to corral right-wingers into the pro-gun camp, to take sides in the culture war.
          Comment on Trump Administration Unapologetic Following President’s Latest Twitter Tirade by Another Mike   
Oh, hon, did you even read that article? The only thing that has lasted past Trump's inauguration day is the Iran nuclear deal. The rest of his "accomplishments" have been washed away, like a sand castle made at low tide.
          The Case of Syria and the Bleeding Women   
Contrast the almost universal indignation over Trump’s warped Tweets with the complete lack of attention paid to the 500 civilians US airstrikes in Syria have killed in the last month, real bloodshed that is treated as merely being part of the presidential job description. Despite Trump’s own warning a mere two years ago that “we should stay out of Syria,” he now finds himself hip-deep in Syrian blood with no apparent aversion to his predicament. I’m not sure the about the percentage of bleeding women amid the daily carnage in Syria, though it seems to be enough to whet Trump’s appetite for destruction. More
          What the Democratic Party Should Know   
It has turned out that the Democratic Party is the party that would fall apart after Trump’s election, although, like the odds on the election itself, most pundits pictured the Republican Party destroyed by Trump’s election. It was always in the cards that a mogul president, regardless of how quirky, would meld with Republicans intent More
          NATO’s Expanding Military Frontier   
In an examination in the New Yorker of the career and prospects of the US Secretary of Defence, General James Mattis, Dexter Filkins, a highly respected Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, noted President Trump’s attitude to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and its military posture, and wrote that “along NATO’s eastern frontier the Russian military maintain[s] tens of thousands of troops, More
          Trump urges Republicans to repeal Obamacare now and replace it later   

President Donald Trump barged into Senate Republicans' delicate health care negotiations Friday, declaring that if lawmakers can't reach a deal they should simply repeal "Obamacare" right away and then replace it later on.

Trump's tweet revives an approach that GOP leaders and the president himself...


          Hong Kong gears up for 20th anniversary of handover   
Pro-democracy campaigners prepare to protest as Chinese President Xi Jinping vists Hong Kong for the 20th anniversary of the city's return to Chinese rule.

          Trump names Marylander with little elections experience to controversial elections panel   

The Trump administration has appointed a Marylander to a controversial panel probing alleged voter fraud in last year's presidential election even though the veteran state official has little-to-no experience in elections.

Deputy Secretary of State Luis E. Borunda, a former Baltimore County school...


          Common Cause, Democrats urge Maryland not to comply with Trump election data request   

A government watchdog group and the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland urged state election officials on Friday to refuse to comply with a data request made by the Trump administration as part of an investigation into the integrity of elections.

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election...


          'Morning Joe' hosts respond on-air with authority, power to presidential ugliness   

The on-air response today from Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough to President Donald Trump’s ugly Thursday-morning tweets about them was such compelling television I watched it twice.

It ran live for about 30 minutes at 7 a.m., and then was replayed at 8 a.m., and it was just as powerful the...


          MSNBC hosts say National Enquirer article a weapon in Trump feud   

"Morning Joe" hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, a couple onscreen and off, say the White House told them a damaging National Enquirer story about their relationship would "go away" if they called the president and apologized for harsh commentary.

President Donald Trump and Scarborough...


          Baltimore County school superintendent lands new job   

Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance ends his five-year tenure leading one of the largest systems in the nation on Friday and begins a new consulting job on Monday.

The 36-year-old superintendent said he will become a senior vice president at MGT Consulting Group, a large Florida-based...


          Salaries for college presidents in Maryland   

View the salaries of college leadership from Maryland schools, as compiled by Sun reporting and the Chronicle of Higher Education, which published national listings recently. These salaries represent total compensation — a combination of base salary and other pay — in 2015. For 2016 salaries of...


          Market Extra: Here’s why the stock market is spooked by central bankers, Trump agenda delays   
Investors are getting knocked around by a one-two punch of concerns about President Donald Trump’s Wall Street-friendly agenda and comments from global central bankers interpreted as a signal that tighter monetary policy is on the way.

          Vagas de Estágio Abertas na ACIPP (SP)   
      A ACIPP oferece diversas oportunidades de estágio em Presidente Prudente/SP. O estágio é um momento muito importante da formação acadêmica. Durante todo o período letivo, os estudantes obtêm diversos conhecimentos que serão aplicados durante sua vida profissional. Acontece que, para efetivar-se e conquistar espaço no mercado de trabalho, é necessário que o universitário tenha…
          The NRA recruitment video that is even upsetting gun owners   
"They use their media to assassinate real news," the woman's voice says scornfully. "They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again."
          AWEA statement on White House Energy Week   
The following is a statement from Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) on President Trump’s Energy Week remarks: “We support President Trump’s strategic vision to seek American energy dominance. The wind industry — America’s largest source of renewable energy capacity — stands ready to do our part implementing the President’s vision … Continue reading AWEA statement on White House Energy Week
          Salvation Casts The Walking Dead Alum as the President   
If you love fierce female leaders, you'll probably want to tune in to Salvation on CBS this summer. TVGuide.com has learned exclusively that [...]
          Fallece Giovanni Liu Shigong, un obispo chino torturado por la dictadura comunista   

El obispo Liu Shingong fue torturado por el régimen comunista chino

La Oficina de Prensa del Vaticano informó del reciente fallecimiento de monseñor Giovanni Liu Shigong, obispo de Jining (Tsining) en China continental.

El prelado, que sufría de una enfermedad, falleció el pasado 9 de junio. Durante su vida y como otros obispos chinos, también fue obligado por las autoridades a estar en campos de trabajos forzosos.

Monseñor Liu Shigong nació el 18 de agosto de 1928 en Wulannao; Siziwangqi, ciudad de Wulanchabu). Ingresó al seminario en 1949. Estudió Filosofía en Hohhot, en un instituto que tiempo después fue cerrado.

Fiel a su vocación, tenía una gran piedad y fue incansable en el servicio a la Iglesia

En 1952 volvió al seminario y fue ordenado sacerdote el 15 de agosto de 1956.

Ejerció su ministerio sacerdotal en la parroquia de Guyingzi en Siziwangqi, hasta que en China se prohibió toda actividad religiosa. Fue obligado entonces a dedicarse a labores agrícolas para asegurar su sustento.

“Durante la Revolución Cultural – señala el comunicado del Vaticano – fue obligado, por un cierto periodo, a estar en campos de trabajo forzoso”.

En 1984, tras la liberalización de la actividad religiosa, asumió como párroco de Duyingzi y trabajó en las cuatro parroquias de Siziwangqi.

Fue consagrado obispo de Jining el 12 de octubre de 1985. La nota del Vaticano resalta que “los fieles y los sacerdotes siempre le tuvieron gran afecto y gratitud por su esfuerzo pastoral y por el estilo de vida ejemplar. Fiel a su vocación, tenía una gran piedad y fue incansable en el servicio a la Iglesia y en fidelidad al Señor, con circunstancias favorables o adversas”.

Los funerales del Obispo se celebraron el 15 de junio y fue sepultado en el cementerio católico de Huaershan. La diócesis de Jining tiene unos 65 mil fieles, 29 sacerdotes, 12 religiosas de la Congregación diocesana del Rosario de María, 25 parroquias y 40 lugares de oración.

Intentos de acercamiento entre China y el Vaticano

Las relaciones diplomáticas entre China y el Vaticano se rompieron en 1951, dos años después de la llegada al poder de los comunistas que expulsaron a los clérigos extranjeros. Desde hace algunos años la Santa Sede trabaja en un acuerdo para el restablecimiento de las relaciones diplomáticas con China, un acercamiento alentado por el Papa Francisco.

En agosto de 2014, mientras se dirigía a Corea del Sur, el Santo Padre envió un telegrama al presidente de China cuando su avión sobrevolaba el espacio aéreo del país para expresarle sus mejores deseos.

El hecho de que el Papa haya recibido permiso para sobrevolar el espacio aéreo chino fue considerado como un pequeño paso adelante. El Papa San Juan Pablo II tuvo que evitar el espacio aéreo de este país durante sus viajes a Asia.

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          Trump reportedly 'hell-bent' on imposing steel tariff despite objections from most advisors   
Axios reports that President Donald Trump's White House is "hell-bent" on imposing tariffs.
          A Yellen replacement is unlikely to throw Fed off course, says Bullard   
When President Donald Trump officially embarked upon his presidential career in January, deafening whispers began to circulate around Washington that it soon could spell the end of another highly prized title: that of Federal Reserve chair.
          Omnishambles   

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.

While the very fabric of space-time warped and undulated over the Trump-Morning Joe conflict (we’ll get to that), Republicans in the House finance subcommittee worked up a scheme to neutralize the Johnson Amendment. The proposed rule would deny the IRS the funds it would need to investigate Johnson Amendment violations…for churches only. That’s right, no mention of other nonprofits, no mention of other houses of worship. We joined a big coalition of groups opposing the measure, and I did the equivalent of marching up and down, toddler-Bart-Simpson style, making noise about it.

But you know, the fabric of space time. Undulating and whatnot. About that:

After Trump did his dumbass Trump thing that he does, Sarah Huckabee Sanders attempted to justify the president’s behavior as some kind of proportional response to bullying (????), and when asked who she could point to as a role model, she defaulted to God. That’s fine, but you’d think a couple human role models would be useful in a pinch. Maybe keep a couple of those in your back pocket. Just a thought.

More fun was the op-ed by Mika and Joe themselves, where they threw so much shade it looked like an eclipse. They said Trump wasn’t mentally healthy enough to watch Morning Joe, and made the charge that Trump had blackmailed them with the threat of a negative National Inquirer article.

David Roberts at Vox tries to come to grips with what the hell is wrong with the man, and why it’s so hard to figure it out:

Trump defies our theory of mind because he appears to lack a coherent, persistent self or worldview. He is a raging fire of need, protected and shaped by a lifetime of entitlement, with the emotional maturity and attention span of a 6-year-old, utterly unaware of the long-term implications of his actions. ... Politicos and journalists need a story in which Trump’s stumbling and grasping can be construed as a savvy media strategy, a “distraction” from some other wrongdoing he has going on, or a “pivot” from his current omnishambles. Those are all versions of political maneuvering with which they are familiar. They need for Trump to want things, to be after things, to have a plan. ... But there’s no there there.

CFI Los Angeles chief Jim Underdown recoils at the utter plausibility of The Handmaid’s Tale, and laments that the star of the TV version, Elizabeth Moss, is herself a Scientologist:

What doesn’t fit is that the Church of Scientology could be a central character in The Handmaid’s Tale TV series. For decades we’ve been hearing real-life stories from ex-Scientologists that sound like they could be plots in the series.   

Nikhil Sonnad at Quartz does a great service, cataloguing how Alex Jones’ Infowars store and Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop store and the Moon Juice store all sell the same snake oil.

Speaking of Alex Jones (if we must), he had a guest, Robert David Steele, who said this:

This may strike your listeners as way out but we actually believe that there is a colony on Mars that is populated by children who were kidnapped and sent into space on a 20 year ride. So that once they get to Mars they have no alternative but to be slaves on the Mars colony.  

Now, Jones does seem to distance himself from this idea a tad (“Well I don’t know about Mars bases”), but don’t give him too much credit! Or any! Because then he says this:

I know they’ve created massive, thousands of different types of chimeras that are alien lifeforms on this earth now. 

Just in case you’re wondering, NASA denies the allegation. Well, of course they would. Pfft.

In Bizarro America, aka Canada, a new survey shows that the electorate would prefer an atheist, gay, or transgender prime minister over an evangelical Christian. 

CFI’s new intern Andy Ngo thinks back to the Orlando massacre one year ago, and how the discourse about it has been too diffuse, asking, “While it is imperative to prevent and condemn discrimination against Muslims, why does that have to come at the cost of speaking openly about religious fundamentalism, particularly Islamism?”

South Africa will no longer have single-religion public schools. (A group lobbying for this change, the Organisasie vir Godsdienste-Onderrig en Demokrasie, has the greatest acronym ever: OGOD.) 

Australian homeopathics company Brauer is being investigated for promoting an ebook that advocates the use of homeopathy to treat babies and toddlers.  

Theologian and sociologist Peter Berger has died at the age of 88. I don’t know much about most of his work, but his book The Social Construction of Reality blew my mind when I read it in college a million years ago. 

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          US talk show hosts hit back at Trump abuse   
The president’s relationship with the Morning Joe hosts has taken several twists and turns since the election campaign.
          In Texas, green builders fill a climate leadership gap - Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com   
The U.S. president missed a leadership opportunity by pulling America out of the global race to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but the U.S. Green Building Council president has picked up the baton.
          Alex Jones - 2017-Jun-29, Thursday   
Thursday, June 29, 2017:  Trump Winning Fight Against MSM - President Trump tweeted at MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough this morning, calling them crazy Mika and psycho Joe. Trump's travel ban is set to take effect tonight and protests are expected. Also, Russian Senator Alexei Pushkov warns that the United States is preparing a false flag “provocation” as a pretext to launch a military assault on Syria. Tune in!
          More employers promoting financial wellness among employees   

Surveys show employees' money angst hurts productivity

By Mark Huffman of ConsumerAffairs
June 29, 2017

PhotoAfter several high-profile and well-paid professional athletes retired from their sport in near-bankruptcy, leagues began providing rookies with some financial coaching in addition to athletic coaching.

It's made a difference, as more players now have diversified portfolios to fall back on when their playing days are over.

When you boil it down, it's an example of a financial wellness program -- learning good habits to build wealth and avoiding financial mistakes. These days, businesses are adopting a similar approach, with financial wellness programs becoming a popular employee benefit.

SunTrust has just rolled out a financial wellness program and reports Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Equifax, McKee Foods, Waffle House, Haverty's, and 1-800 Contacts are among the early adopters.

Financial fitness programs

"More than 40% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, and 75% report experiencing financial stress," said Bill Rogers, CEO of SunTrust. "Progressive companies can improve overall wellness in America by offering a financial fitness program for their employees."

Participating employees take part in workshops and online sessions to learn how to establish financial goals. The program stresses the importance of having an emergency savings fund and managing spending habits.

SunTrust says a follow-up survey found employees who had a household budget rose from 43% before the start of the program to 87% when it was completed. By the time the program ended, nearly all participants had set up an emergency funds and increased their contributions to retirement savings accounts by 35 percent.

No sales pitches

SunTrust stresses that its program is non-profit and there are no advertisements or sales pitches for financial products anywhere in the curriculum.

"We've had terrific feedback from our associates about this program," said Scott Smith, vice president of Human Resources at Home Depot. "It's a great way for us to put more power behind the great financial benefits we already offer."

You're likely to hear more about these programs in the months ahead, and maybe even have access to one at your place of employment.

PWC's 2017 Employee Financial Wellness Survey found that employees' financial stress takes a toll on company productivity. Nearly a third of employees said they are distracted by personal financial issues while at work. Nearly half admit to spending three hours or more each week dealing with personal finances at work.

What's behind this growing financial stress? Not surprisingly, for many it is student loan debt.

Forty percent of Millennials and 31% of Gen X employees with student loans reported these debts are having a significant impact on their ability to set and meet other financial goals.

Companies interested in adding a financial wellness program can learn more by reading this report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.


          Album Review: Prong - "Ruining Lives"   

Heads up, fans of early 90's metal. Prong is back with a new album. But before we get to just how awesome the new album is (sorry for the spoiler), I have my very own, albeit unexciting to anyone but me, Prong story.

It was back in late January, 1992. Bill Clinton was the new President, glam metal was dying a slow, painful death and "alternative music" was beginning to take hold. I had just hooked up with a local band as their biggest fan/roadie when we had the opportunity to open for Prong at the Lost Horizon club in Syracuse, NY. The trip from Albany to Syracuse is not a particularly taxing event unless, of course, you're driving through a blizzard, which we were. The drive took quite a while and we almost died once or twice but, as they say, the show must go on. Suffice it to say, we made it in one piece and the band did, in fact, open for Prong while they were supporting their "Prove You Wrong" album. Rock and roll!

The drive back to Albany was even worse but I'll save that for another day.

Since we're talking about the "Prove You Wrong" album, we might as well mention "Beg To Differ" and "Cleansing" also. These three albums, for me, put Prong near the top of the class when it came to the new face of metal in the early 90's along with Pantera and Sepultura. Prong's music was sparse and aggressive and, in my less-than-humble opinion, "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck" is still one of the greats.

I am super excited at the opportunity to review the newest Prong album, "Ruining Lives". It has been nearly 24 years since "Beg To Differ" came out and the band has changed personnel a number of times since then. This time around, it's founding member Tommy Victor on vocals and guitar, Jason Christopher on bass and Art Cruz on the drums.

As far as the new album goes, it's freakin' Prong! The drums are a bit more produced than previous albums but Victor is still nailing it with his guitar sound. The music has also matured quite a bit. Where the riffs and lyrics were more minimalistic in the past, "Ruining Lives" is much more melodic in both the music and the vocals. Where Tommy Victor used to just shout (see "Prove You Wrong"), he now sings from time to time. You'll still hear some of Prong's signature sound, especially on "Absence of Light", but it has been augmented with more melodious choruses throughout.

When a band, especially a metal band, spreads its wings and ventures outside its box, an argument almost always ensues. If this album were made by a new band you had never heard of before you would think, "This is great. It sounds a little like Prong". But since Prong did, in fact, make it, I'm afraid fans of their older material will say, "Why is he SINGING? Why aren't they more pissed off?".

Make no mistake, they're still pissed off but maybe not quite AS pissed off as they were 24 years ago. Tommy Victor and Prong are a New York City band. Remember what New York was like 24 years ago? It was dirty and gritty and Prong's music reflected that grittiness. Now, we have in many places, a kinder, gentler, slightly less gritty New York and Prong's latest album seems to reflect that as well.

The album starts with a handful of kick ass songs but really shifts into high gear in the middle of the record beginning with "Absence Of Light", "The Book Of Change" and "Self Will Run Riot".

Prong really stretches its legs with the poly-rhythmic "Come To Realize". As far as I know, this is a pretty radical departure for the band and is not unwelcomed. This is the maturity of the music I spoke of earlier. As Tommy Victor himself says, "It really is math-metal meets pure hardcore with a crazy-ass riff" and I couldn't agree more.

I didn't love, love, love everything on "Ruining Lives" but I did like it all a lot. It's the same Prong you know and love with a few added features for those of us who have grown along with the music. My days of roadie-ing have long since passed but Prong will always have a special place in the old memory banks. And now, thanks to this new album, we can start a whole new chapter. Rock on!

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          Trump commission on voting fraud asks states for voter data   
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- President Donald Trump&apos;s commission investigating alleged voter fraud in the 2016 elections has asked states for a list of the names, party affiliations, addresses and voting histories of all voters, if state law allows it to be public....
          The Latest: Trump tweets back at 'Morning Joe'   
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The latest developments involving President Donald Trump and MSNBC (all times local):...
          Chicago police, feds team up on new effort to curb violence   
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago police, federal agents and prosecutors launched an initiative Friday aimed at stemming the flow of illegal firearms in the city as part of efforts to curb rampant gun violence that President Donald Trump says is at &quot;epidemic proportions.&quot;...
          Peter Bain to resign as CEO of OMAM   
Peter Bain is resigning as president, CEO and director of OM Asset Management
          Justices Gave Gov't Pushback In Several Immigration Cases   
It was a busy term for the U.S. Supreme Court on immigration, with the justices weighing in on a diverse mix of issues, including citizenship-stripping, ineffective lawyering and, of course, the president's revised travel ban. But although the high...(read more)
          We need more money in health care. Here's one way to get it   
If there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family, this bill will do you harm.” – Former U.S. president Barack Obama Even President Donald Trump called the initial House of Representatives bill “mean.” Senate Republicans recently delayed discussion and voting on their own health care bill until at least after […]
          El nuevo presidente que buscan los brasileños   
Y si en algo Brasil presenta una unanimidad aplastante es en el rechazo, sin distingos de colores políticos, a los candidatos con "olor a corrupción"
          Big Moves on Outer Space   
Flanked by legendary astronauts including Buzz Aldrin, President Trump announced the reformation of the National Space Council. It is tasked with the pursuit of "grand ambitions," a mission very much in the Trump mindset.

Meanwhile, in Congress, a motion to split the Air Force in order to establish a Space Corps survived its first hearing.

Early stages, but these moves represent an attempt to restore a part of what "Made America Great" in the eyes of the earlier generation. Buzz Aldrin's father's generation dreamed up Buck Rogers: Aldrin himself went to the moon. The greatness of that has never been equaled, and so far, it has never been surpassed.

I don't know if I believe that Federal bureaucracies still have the capacity to do things that are Great in that capital-letter sense. Maybe not. But at least they're aiming in the right direction.
          Culture - Two Sevens Clash (40th Anniversary Edition) (2017)   

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Artist: Culture
Title: Two Sevens Clash (40th Anniversary Edition)
Year Of Release: 1977/2017
Label: VP Music Group, Inc
Genre: Reggae, Roots/Lovers Rock
Quality: MP3 CBR, 320 kbps
Total Time: 1:25:52
Total Size: 196 MB
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One of the masterpieces of the roots era, no album better defines its time and place than Two Sevens Clash, which encompasses both the religious fervor of its day and the rich sounds of contemporary Jamaica. Avowed Rastafarians, Culture had formed in 1976, and cut two singles before beginning work on their debut album with producers the Mighty Two (aka Joe Gibbs and Errol Thompson). Their second single, "Two Sevens Clash," would title the album and provide its focal point. The song swept across the island like a wildfire, its power fed by the apocalyptic fever that held the island in its clutches throughout late 1976 and into 1977. (Rastafarians believed the apocalypse would begin when the two sevens clashed, with July 7, 1977, when the four sevens clashed, the most fearsome date of concern.) However, the song itself was fearless, celebrating the impending apocalypse, while simultaneously reminding listeners of a series of prophesies by Marcus Garvey and twinning them to the island's current state. For those of true faith, the end of the world did not spell doom, but release from the misery of life into the eternal and heavenly arms of Jah. Thus, Clash is filled with a sense of joy mixed with deep spirituality, and a belief that historical injustice was soon to be righted. The music, provided by the Revolutionaries, perfectly complements the lyrics' ultimate optimism, and is quite distinct from most dread albums of the period.
Although definitely rootsy, Culture had a lighter sound than most of their contemporaries. Not for them the radical anger of Black Uhuru, the fire of Burning Spear (although Hill's singsong delivery was obviously influenced by Winston Rodney), nor even the hymnal devotion of the Abyssinians. In fact, Clash is one of the most eclectic albums of the day, a wondrous blend of styles and sounds. Often the vocal trio works in a totally different style from the band, as on "Calling Rasta Far I," where the close harmonies, dread-based but African-tinged, entwine around a straight reggae backing. Several of the songs are rocksteady-esque with a rootsy rhythm, most notably the infectious "See Them Come"; others are performed in a rockers style, with "I'm Alone in the Wilderness" an exquisite blend of guitar and vocal harmonies. One of the best tracks, "Get Ready to Ride the Lion to Zion," is a superb hybrid of roots, rocksteady, and burbling electro wizardry; its roaring lion (created who knows how) is a brilliant piece of musical theater. "Natty Dread Take Over" twines together roots rhythms, close harmonies, and big-band swing, while even funk and hints of calypso put in appearances elsewhere on the album. Inevitably, the roots genre was defined by its minor-key melodies, filled with a sense of melancholy, and emphasized by most groups' lyrics. But for a brief moment, roots possibilities were endless. Sadly, no other group followed Culture's lead, and even the trio itself did not take advantage of it, especially after parting ways with Gibbs. When Culture re-emerged in the mid-'80s, they swiftly moved into a reggae lite/world music mode a world apart from where they started. Thus, Clash remains forever in a class all its own. [Shanachie issued a 30th anniversary edition of the album in 2007 that adds expanded liner notes and five extra tracks made up of dubs and 12" mixes.]
Tracklist:
01. Culture - Calling Rasta for I
02. Culture - I'm Alone in the Wilderness
03. Culture - Pirate Days
04. Culture - Two Sevens Clash
05. Culture - I'm Not Ashamed
06. Culture - Get Ready to Ride the Lion to Zion
07. Culture - Black Starliner Must Come
08. Culture - Jah Pretty Face
09. Culture - See Them a Come
10. Culture - Natty Dread Taking Over
11. Culture - Two Sevens Clash Prophecy Revealed (feat. Mr. Bojangles)
12. The Mighty Two - Fulfillment
13. Culture - I'm Not Ashamed Under Tight Wraps (feat. I Roy)
14. The Mighty Two - I Am Not Ashamed (Version)
15. Culture - See Them a Come Mask Mi Mask (feat. Prince Weedy)
16. Culture - Informer
17. The Mighty Two - Informer (Version)
18. Joe Gibbs & The Professionals - State of Emergncy
19. Shorty the President - Natty Pass His GCE
20. Culture - Natty Dread Taking Over Invasion (feat. I-Roy)
21. Joe Gibbs & The Professionals - Natty Gone Clear
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          American Pravda: Did the US Plan a Nuclear First Strike Against Russia in the Early 1960s?   
Several years ago, my articles advocating a large hike in the minimum wage caught the attention of James Galbraith, the prominent liberal economist, and we became a little friendly. As president of Economists for Peace and Security, he invited me to speak on those issues at his DC conference in late 2013. And after the...
          Death of a political giant   

Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher waving to well-wishers as Helmut Kohl (left) looks on. Photo: Reuters

Political life is a paradox. Politicians seek to achieve results in the short run because electoral success depends on this. However, they are often concerned about how ‘history’ will ‘judge’ them. The nature of their work binds them to act in the present, yet, they often see themselves in a historical time continuum. The late former chancellor of Germany, Helmut Kohl, understood the significance of ‘history’ in the life of a politician. He was born in 1930 to a conservative Roman Catholic family in the town of Ludwigshafen on the bank of the River Rhine in the Palatinate. The Palatinate was once at the centre of the Holy Roman Empire while the Rhine is the river which both unites and divides, serving as both a transportation link and a natural border between nations and states. Living in such historical crossroads undoubtedly shaped Kohl’s worldview. His life was bound to both the history and the modern development of the Palatinate. His doctoral dissertation in history focused on political developments in the Palatinate after 1945. His first significant political role was that of regional minister-president between 1969 and 1976. Life for the Kohl family was challenging. His...
          Fox & Friends ignores WSJ report suggesting possible Russia collusion   


Sarah Wasko / Media Matters

President Donald Trump’s favorite morning news show, Fox News’ Fox & Friends, completely ignored a Wall Street Journal report about a Republican Party operative who sought former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s emails from Russian hackers and who may have been working with then-Trump senior adviser Michael Flynn.

On June 29, the Journal (which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who also owns Fox News) reported that before the 2016 presidential election, GOP operative Peter Smith “mounted an independent campaign to obtain emails he believed were stolen from Hillary Clinton’s private server, likely by Russian hackers.” Smith “implied that he was working” with Flynn during his “conversations with members of his circle and with others he tried to recruit to help him,” according to the report. The FBI has previously said that it could not find definitive proof that Clinton’s server had been hacked.

Media Matters searched SnapStream for “wall,” “street,” and “Flynn” on morning shows of Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN that aired on June 30 and found that Fox & Friends did not mention the story even once. By contrast, CNN’s New Day covered the story in multiple segments, and MSNBC’s Morning Joe hosted the Journal reporter who broke the story to discuss it.

Fox & Friends has repeatedly dismissed the investigation into Russian interference in the election and whether there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and tried to delegitimize the FBI Russia probe, claiming there's "no evidence" of collusion. Their failure to report the story is yet another effort by the hosts to cover for Trump, who regularly watches and praises the show and has drawn upon it as a source for numerous policy and other ideas.


          Morning Joe hosts: Trump team blackmailed us with a National Enquirer story   

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MSNBC hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough described President Donald Trump’s “unmoored behavior” in a Washington Post column where they alleged that “this year, top White House staff members warned that the National Enquirer was planning to publish a negative article about us unless we begged the president to have the story spiked.” Brzezinski and Scarborough wrote they ignored the “desperate pleas” from the White House.

The Enquirer, which endorsed Trump during the presidential election, frequently smeared his opponents during the presidential campaign with anonymously sourced stories and disreputable claims from Trump confidant Roger Stone.  

The Washington Post column came in response to personal attacks made against the duo by Trump, who wrote yesterday on Twitter: “I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came..” “...to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”

Scarborough discussed the Enquirer incident on the June 30 broadcast of Morning Joe, describing a bizarre blackmail scheme orchestrated by Trump and senior White House officials: “They said if you call the president up and you apologize for your coverage, then he will pick up the phone and basically spike this story. I had, I will just say, three people at the very top of the administration calling me, and the response was like, I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’” Brzezinski said the calls occurred during the same time period when the Enquirer was harassing her teenage children.

Trump reacted to the Enquirer allegation on Twitter, calling it “FAKE NEWS” and claiming Scarborough called him in an attempt to stop a story from running. Scarborough responded by writing, “Yet another lie. I have texts from your top aides and phone records. Also, those records show I haven't spoken with you in many months.”

In March 2016, the Post reported that Trump has a “very cozy relationship” with the Enquirer and quoted the New York Daily News’ comment that he is “very close” to the tabloid’s chief executive, David Pecker. A business associate of Pecker’s told The New Yorker that Pecker told him “very bluntly that he had killed all sorts of stories for Trump,” and Pecker himself acknowledged that he views potential stories "bashing Trump" as "bashing American Media" -- the Enquirer's parent company -- because Trump is "a personal friend." The profile also reported that Trump has personally provided Pecker with stories.   

Scarborough referenced the friendship between Trump and Pecker on Morning Joe, saying, “What makes it even worse for them is Donald Trump called me during the campaign and bragged about his friend who ran the National Enquirer. He would always say, ‘Have you seen the Ben Carson story? Have you seen the Ben Carson story? Have you seen that story in the Enquirer?’ And then he would talk about it.”

Scarborough added, “There were all these stories that were planted in the National Enquirer for people that Donald Trump wanted to attack and then he would talk about on the campaign trail.”

In one infamous case, the Enquirer published a baseless cover story alleging that the father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Trump subsequently promoted the bogus story about his then-primary opponent during a Fox News appearance where he said, “I mean, what was he doing -- what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting?” He also complained that not enough people were reporting on the conspiracy theory.

Under fire for advancing the baseless claim, Trump responded by defending the Enquirer’s reputation, saying, “This was a magazine that frankly, in many respects, should be very respected.”

Pecker is reportedly considering a bid to take over Time Inc., which owns Time magazine, Fortune, and other media properties. The move would surely please Trump, who in 2013 repeatedly used social media to boost the idea that Pecker should run the company.

Update:

New York magazine's Gabriel Sherman reports that according to "three sources familiar with the private conversations," Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner was in contact with Scarborough about a then-upcoming Enquirer story about Scarborough's not-yet-public relationship with Brzezinski. Kushner reportedly "told Scarborough that he would need to personally apologize to Trump in exchange for getting Enquirer owner David Pecker to stop the story":

According to three sources familiar with the private conversations, what happened was this: After the inauguration, Morning Joe’s coverage of Trump turned sharply negative. “This presidency is fake and failed,” Brzezinski said on March 6, for example. Around this time, Scarborough and Brzezinski found out the Enquirer was preparing a story about their affair. While Scarborough and Brzezinski’s relationship had been gossiped about in media circles for some time, it was not yet public, and the tabloid was going to report that they had left their spouses to be together.

In mid-April, Scarborough texted with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner about the pending Enquirer story. Kushner told Scarborough that he would need to personally apologize to Trump in exchange for getting Enquirer owner David Pecker to stop the story. (A spokesperson for Kushner declined to comment). Scarborough says he refused, and the Enquirer published the story in print on June 5, headlined “Morning Joe Sleazy Cheating Scandal!”


          Did a GOP politician effectively buy Roger Stone’s endorsement against Sen. Elizabeth Warren?   

Roger Stone posted social media endorsements of Massachusetts state Rep. Geoff Diehl’s bid to challenge Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) just days after Diehl rented his email list.

Stone, who contributes to radio host Alex Jones’ Infowars network and will soon host his own Infowars show, has a history of pushing racist, sexist, and conspiratorial rhetoric. Stone has been a longtime adviser to Trump and worked as a paid consultant for Trump’s campaign; he is now reportedly under FBI investigation as part of the agency’s probe into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Stone announced in May through a marketing company that he’s accepting advertisers for his “online presence,” which includes his email list and "social media posts."

Diehl’s campaign rented Stone’s list on June 16 for a fundraising email. A message accompanying the email stated: “We are excited to share with you a special message from one of our sponsoring advertisers, Diehl For Senate. It is also sponsors like them that help fund Stone Cold Truth. Please note that the following message reflects the opinions and representations of our sponsor alone, and not necessarily the opinion of Roger Stone.”

Endorsements for Diehl subsequently appeared on Stone's Facebook and Twitter accounts. Those posts gave no indication whether they were advertisements.

Stone’s Facebook page posted the following on June 23: “Help Us Fire Elizabeth Warren!!!!! Geoff Diehl: The REAL Deal for Massachusetts Help build our grassroots movement to support the real Diehl for Massachusetts. Stand with Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate. Your donation will send a loud message that it's time to put Massachusetts first.” Much of that language is taken from Diehl’s website. Diel’s Facebook page subsequently touted the Stone post by writing: “The Stone Cold Truth is that we need a U.S. Senator who will put Massachusetts first. Donate today!” 

On June 24, Stone tweeted a link to a Diehl fundraising page and asked followers to "help us fire Elizabeth Warren."

Diehl retweeted Stone and a supporter who celebrated Stone's tweet:

Stone’s backing of Diehl is at odds with his colleagues at Infowars, which has thrown its support to entrepreneur Shiva Ayyadurai, who is competing against Diehl for the Republican nomination. He appeared on Alex Jones’ program on June 7 and June 25. During the June 7 interview, Jones said it was “really exciting” to have Ayyadurai challenging Warren, gave viewers his campaign website address, and asked the Republican how people can support his candidacy. Ayyadurai responded by asking Jones’ listeners to make donations and to volunteer with his campaign.

He appeared on Jones’ June 25 show with guest host Owen Shroyer for roughly 20 minutes; the video description stated: “Everyone show your support for Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai running against Democrat Elitist, Elizabeth Warren in 2018. https://shiva4senate.com/ https://twitter.com/va_shiva.” During the appearance, the candidate said that “what Alex does is probably, sort of the last sort of beacon of truth that’s out there.”

Requests for comment to Diehl were not returned.


          NRA spokesperson "proud" of controversial NRA ad that smeared anti-Trump resistance movement   

National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch doubled down on her earlier video that characterized dissent against President Donald Trump as “the violence of lies” that needed to be countered with the “clenched fist of truth.” Loesch said she was “proud” of the video and “endorse[d]” it “personally.”

In the ad, which was originally posted on the YouTube page of NRA’s news outlet NRATV in April 2017, Loesch claimed that in their opposition to Trump, left-wing Americans “scream racism, and sexism, and xenophobia, and homophobia, [and] bully and terrorize the law-abiding until the only option left is for the police to do their jobs and stop the madness.” She went on to say the only way to save “our country and our freedom” is with “the clenched fist of truth.”

The video drew widespread criticism after NRATV reposted it on its Facebook page on June 28. In a June 29 article, Vox’s Zack Beauchamp called the video “chilling” and said it “comes this close to calling for a civil war against liberals.” The same day, ThinkProgress’ Aaron Rupar wrote a piece saying the video “stops just short of calling for violence against … progressives.”

During the noon edition of NRATV’s program Stinchfield, which provides live updates at the top of the hour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST, Loesch, who is also an NRATV commentator, doubled down on the spot, calling it a “fantastic ad” that “holds up a mirror to the violent aspects of the left.” Loesch denied that she was inciting violence in the ad, saying that she meant “meeting that violence with simple truth and simple peaceful ideas”: 

GRANT STINCHFIELD (HOST): Dana, this video is like two and a half months old. I’m glad it's getting attention, it got some attention before. More people to watch it, the better in my book.

DANA LOESCH: Absolutely, and Grant, I want to make one thing perfectly clear, I am proud of this ad and I endorse personally the message of this ad. It’s a fantastic ad and it holds up a mirror to the violent aspects of the left. And, Grant, we have seen this time and time again. We saw this violence in Chicago during the campaign for the general election. We saw this violence in the streets of Washington, D.C., during the inauguration -- where there were not just a few, mind you, but a number of a very far leftists who thought that breaking store windows, arson, property damage, physical assault, setting fires in the middle of the street, et cetera, et cetera -- that these were all forms of protected speech and that they were generally acceptable forms of dissent to a fair election. And then of course, Grant, we have seen time and time again on college campuses, individuals react so physically, hostilely to a simple difference of opinion. And so they set fire on their college campuses and once again we see arson, and we see property destruction, and we see physical assault over and over again. I know, Grant, that I don't have to remind you or anyone else of what happened sadly just two weeks ago when a leftist went to a ballfield with a list of Republican congressmen and decided to open fire on GOP congressional members because they were simply Republicans. Now with this ad, Grant, when I say the clenched fists of truth, I mean the clenched fists of truth. And this is where I get the inspiration for that line. Everybody knows what this is, right? Everybody can recognize this? It’s the symbol of the resistance movement. It’s the symbol of the movement that by and large has sanctioned the violence of which I speak. It has sanctioned the arson, and the property destruction, and it has sanctioned the physical assault. So, I didn’t say meet fist with fist. And I didn’t even mention anywhere in this ad to go and purchase a firearm. I specifically, Grant, said clenched fist, not of physical altercation like they promote, but of truth. Meeting in the battleground of ideas, meeting that violence with simple truth and simple, peaceful ideas. That is what we have always been about, and even in the face of continued aggression and violence and destruction from the left, that is what we will continue to be about. 


          Media Matters responds to the latest setback for 21st Century Fox’s bid to take over Sky   

Media Matters for America President Angelo Carusone released the following statement after U.K. Culture Secretary Karen Bradley announced that she was “minded” to refer 21st Century Fox’s bid to take over Sky PLC to the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority on grounds of media plurality:

The government should not approve 21st Century Fox’s bid to take over Sky. It’s alarming that the company’s demonstrated culture of malfeasance and governance deficiencies borne out of Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch’s commitment to advancing his personal political agenda has not already been sufficient to warrant outright rejection.

The soft touch to which the government is treating Murdoch’s bid is also revealing -- it seems to come in part because of the disproportionate amount of political power and influence that Murdoch wields. As Secretary Bradley accurately notes, this takeover will give Murdoch even more power and influence. That kind of disproportionate control, especially in the hands of an already destructive entity, is not in anyone’s interest except Murdoch’s.

Beware Murdoch’s promises and assurances. As we have noted, he has made an awful lot of them in the past in order to a secure a deal, only to swiftly disregard his word once the deal was finalized.

In mid-June, Media Matters for America President Angelo Carusone sent a letter to the U.K.'s chief broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, highlighting a number of recent developments -- all of which concern Fox News -- that are pertinent to Ofcom’s investigation into the potential takeover of Sky PLC by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, Fox News’ parent company.

The recent developments detailed in Media Matters' letter to Ofcom further underscore that Murdoch and his sons fail to satisfy the conditions necessary to acquire British satellite broadcasting company Sky in full and expose dangers that the bid for Sky would pose to the British public and media landscape.

The letter from Carusone follows a March 30 report Media Matters submitted in partnership with global activism group Avaaz to Ofcom that detailed the risks Murdoch’s desired takeover of Sky poses to British broadcasting standards.

Before that, Media Matters and Avaaz submitted a report to Secretary Bradley of the U.K. Department for Culture, Media and Sport that demonstrated that the risk of Foxification is too great to simply rubber-stamp a Murdoch takeover. On March 16, Bradley referred Murdoch's takeover bid to Ofcom for a thorough investigation on the grounds of "media plurality and commitment to broadcasting standards." The findings of the Ofcom investigation are due by June 20.

21st Century Fox already owns 39.1 percent of Sky. Murdoch abandoned a previous bid for full ownership in light of an investigation into mass hacking at his U.K.-based newspapers. Following an investigation, a parliamentary report found that Murdoch was “not a fit person” to run a major corporation and that his son James (who at the time ran the parent company of News Of The World and The Sun; he is now the CEO of 21st Century Fox) showed “wilful ignorance” of the industrial-scale hacking. In September of 2016, it was reported that Fox News had engaged in similar tactics, hacking the phone of Media Matters reporter Joe Strupp.


          Bret Stephens and MSNBC’s hiring spree: The network keeps moving right   


Sarah Wasko / Media Matters

Update: MSNBC and Greta Van Susteren have agreed to part ways.

MSNBC is now a pasture for pseudo-intellectual conservatives. Climate denier and Iraq War booster Bret Stephens is just the latest right-wing hire at the network.

In recent months NBC News Chairman Andy Lack has overseen a hiring spree of right-wing pundits and former Fox News personalities. The stable includes Hugh Hewitt, Megyn Kelly, Charlie Sykes, Greta Van Susteren, and George Will. They join other conservatives at the network: Elise Jordan, Steve Schmidt, Michael Steele, Rick Tyler, Nicolle Wallace, and former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough. This is to say nothing of NBC News contributor and Trump apologist Mark Halperin; and given their frequent appearances, it may be just a matter of time until David Frum, a speechwriter for then-President George W. Bush, former George W. Bush chief of staff Andy Card, and neocon Bill Kristol join the network as well.

Compared to CNN’s boorish Trumpists or the state media apparatchiks at Fox News, the common thread among MSNBC conservatives is a certain pretentious shine. They’re frequently just arguing that President Donald Trump is the wrong type of conservative, when in fact Trump is the apotheosis of everything conservatism has been careening toward for some time. (The exception is Hugh Hewitt, who is now just a huge Trump booster after vacillating during the campaign.) 

Many of these hires have direct, intimate connections to Bush, the most disastrous president in decades. Card, Frum, Jordan, and Wallace worked in the Bush administration, and Stephens, Kristol, Will, Scarborough, and Hewitt were all huge cheerleaders for the Iraq War. And that history matters. Two major media institutions, including a newspaper of record, are now paying Stephens essentially just to troll liberals with climate denial and to push America towards a war with Iran.

You can separate Lack’s hiring spree into two buckets: pundits and brands. Neither offer much value in the long run. In this media environment, opinions are cheap (including mine!). Everyone has one and most of them stink. There’s no long-term return on opinions (and no lack of people wanting to get on TV to share theirs).

Adding brands like Megyn Kelly or Greta Van Susteren is equally pointless. It’s no wonder that both of these shows have failed. There’s simply no audience for them outside the Fox News bubble. Particularly with Kelly, NBC News executives seem completely unaware that her entire show at Fox News was built around racial dog-whistling (with occasional moments of bucking the party line).

Also, as Ryan Grim noted, it is the progressive shows that Lack hasn’t touched that are succeeding the most.

Rather than spending all this money on right-wing pundits and big names, the true value-add for news networks now is reliable and aggressive journalism. That’s hard to do. It’s expensive. It’s time-consuming. But it’s ultimately what will define NBC News and MSNBC.


          Trump's Mika Brzezinski tweets show that he hates women -- especially members of the press   

This morning, the president of the United States used his favorite media platform for addressing the public to remind us of just how little respect he has for women -- especially women in the press.

Shortly before 9 a.m., Trump posted two revoltingly sexist tweets attacking MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski for her appearance and intellect. The leader of the free world called the morning show anchor “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” and alleged that she had attempted to visit him at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on New Year’s Eve and was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” at the time.

This isn’t the first time Trump’s attacked women media figures -- it’s not even close -- and it’s also not the first time he’s done it on Twitter. In recent years, he has tweeted that:

He and his campaign targeted reporter Michelle Fields (formerly of Breitbart.com and HuffPost) after then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was shown on camera manhandling her at a campaign event.

Trump repeatedly lashed out at Megyn Kelly during the campaign season offline as well, at one point saying in an interview that she had “blood coming out of her wherever.” He also attacked Tur at rallies and in interviews, calling her “Little Katy, third-rate journalist” and “not a very good reporter” and singling her out at press events.

After People’s Natasha Stoynoff reported that Trump had sexually assaulted her in 2005, Trump suggested at a campaign rally that the report was false because Stoynoff wasn’t attractive, saying, "You take a look. Look at her. Look at her words. You tell me what you think. I don't think so.”

Earlier this week, Trump was openly reducing another professional reporter to her body, pausing an official diplomatic call in the Oval Office to comment on Irish reporter Caitriona Perry’s smile.

This post has been updated to reflect that Michelle Fields no longer works at HuffPost. 


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          FPDA Conference to Include Commence CRM President   

FPDA Conference to Include Commence CRM President

Tinton Falls, NJ -- (ReleaseWire) -- 04/30/2007 -- FPDA is the Association serving motion solution providers who offer Fluid Power, companion technologies and distribution services to enhance customer performance and profitability. The association is committed to helping members improve profitability and increase value to customers by providing member education, industry data, and networking opportunities. Commence (www.commence.com) is the leading CRM system for manufacturing and distribution recently became a member of the Fluid Power Distributor Association. Larry Caretsky, President of Commence Corporation, will be speaking on the subject of using CRM Technology to Optimize Sales Execution at the FPDA annual convention in New Mexico on May 2, 2007.

Caretsky supports the following goals of the FPDA:

• To provide industry information, trends and developments that impact members' businesses
• To enhance our members' profitability and value in the motion technology distribution channel
• To help members attract, develop and retain talented individuals to perpetuate growth and prosperity
• To foster communication and understanding among channel partners
• To promote FPDA Distributor Members as the fluid power and motion technology channel of choice
• To maintain a significant membership presence of providers of fluid power and motion technology solutions

Like the FPDA, Commence is committed to the following core values:

• Understanding Future Trends in Distribution
• Accelerating Business Development
• Pursuing Long Term Viability
• Understanding Channel Relationships

Commence offers industrial companies complete "Freedom Of Choice" to select the solutions and platform that best meets the business requirements of manufacturers and distributors. The comprehensive CRM Industrial application suite is available for use on premise or on-demand as a hosted service. Industrial leaders often build departmental CRM solutions with the award winning Commence Industrial CRM Framework. These choices are why so many industrial companies choose Commence as the solution for managing customer relationships. All Commence Industrial solutions support mobile or wireless connectivity and integration to back-office accounting and ERP systems.

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/release-11835.htm

Media Relations Contact

Larry Caretsky
President
Commence Corporation
Telephone: 732-380-9100
Email: Click to Email Larry Caretsky
Web: http://www.commence.com


          One Stop CRM Shopping Fails Manufacturers and Distributors   

One Stop CRM Shopping Fails Manufacturers and Distributors

Tinton Falls, NJ -- (ReleaseWire) -- 04/24/2007 -- According to Larry Caretsky, President of Commence Corporation, "Today's industrial sales environment is characterized by intense competition, strategic sourcing contracts, online auctions, customer pressure for self-service, and the ongoing debate over fee-based services. To thrive in this environment, industrial distributors and manufacturers need more than leading technology or efficient warehouses to achieve long-term growth."

Leading industrial organizations are looking outside their four walls to their customers for growth ideas. By leveraging the voice of the customer, these organizations achieve a competitive advantage in redefining sales and marketing, the all-important customer-facing portion of their operations.

In an effort to help industrial distributors and manufacturers sell more, more effectively, Commence Corporation has developed this compendium of more than 40 smart practices in industrial selling, culled from interviews with leading executives within high-growth companies, and building on a comprehensive review of published perspectives on smart industrial selling.

Entitled "Smart Practices That Pay: Leveraging Information to Achieve Industrial Selling Results", this compendium focuses on the three key elements of a successful industrial sales effort: marketing strategy, sales management, and sales optimization through technology.

To learn more about industrial CRM for manufacturers and distributors interested organizations are directed to http://www.commence.com/MDCRM.asp, which offer a wealth of information about the subject as well as the ability to request the guide.

Commence Corporation knows that the information technology investments of sales departments are often wasted due to failed implementations. This study focuses on the keys to successful industrial selling, all of which can be enhanced with proper application of technology. Based on extensive experience, Commence Corporation believes that the only path to success is to first develop consistent marketing and sales processes, then utilize these processes in a disciplined manner reinforced by dynamic training and carried forward through effective coaching.

Commence (http://www.commence.com) offers lean industrial companies complete "Freedom Of Choice" to select the solutions and platform that best meets the business requirements of manufacturers and distributors. The comprehensive CRM Industrial application suite is available for use on premise or on-demand as a hosted service. Industrial leaders often build departmental lean CRM solutions with the award winning Commence Lean Industrial CRM Framework. These choices are why so many industrial companies choose Commence as the solution for managing customer relationships. All Commence Industrial solutions support mobile or wireless connectivity and integration to back-office accounting and ERP systems.

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/release-11648.htm

Media Relations Contact

Larry Caretsky
President
Commence
Telephone: 732-380-9100
Email: Click to Email Larry Caretsky
Web: http://www.commence.com


          Manufacturing Journalist TR Cutler Profiles Commence CRM Leader   

Manufacturing Journalist TR Cutler Profiles Commence CRM Leader

Tinton Falls, NJ -- (ReleaseWire) -- 01/31/2007 -- Commence offers lean industrial companies complete "Freedom Of Choice" to select the solutions and platform that best meets the business requirements of manufacturers and distributors. The comprehensive CRM Industrial application suite is available for use on premise or on-demand as a hosted service. Industrial leaders often build departmental lean CRM solutions with the award winning Commence Lean Industrial CRM Framework. These choices are why so many industrial companies choose Commence as the solution for managing customer relationships. All Commence Industrial solutions support mobile or wireless connectivity and integration to back-office accounting and ERP systems.

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems allow businesses to capture, track, and manage vital customer information. The explosive growth of CRM technology has attracted numerous companies, however the industry has been plagued by vendors offering overly complex solutions to solve basic business problems. "This has resulted in a low adoption rate and failed customer expectations" says Larry Caretsky, CEO of Commence Corporation. "The concern of most businesses today is not the lack of technology, but rather how they can leverage technology to improve their internal processes and ultimately their bottom line."

For the past ten years the role of maximizing lifetime value of customers has dramatically changed with the implementation and utilization of CRM. Generic CRM solutions have failed, and core issues of leveraging technology to improve internal processes and ultimately the bottom line, are still at the forefront of the CRM efficacy discussion. Larry Caretsky, CEO of Commence Corporation, a leading CRM provider, is the software executive profiled in The Software Professional Journal by manufacturing Journalist TR Cutler. The entire feature can be read at http://www.softwareprofessionalpeople.com/article1.htm.

Caretsky's company has been providing software solutions to growing businesses for seventeen years and has witnessed all the trends in CRM. With this vast experience, Caretsky discovered long ago that rapidly deployable, cost effective solutions were the only way for customers to quickly and affordably reap the benefits of their investment.

Few CRM firms have taken the unique approach to meeting the key objectives businesses by streamlining internal business processes, improving sales processes, and delighting customers. Caretsky refers to this proven implementation methodology as S.T.E.P., the System Technology Execution Process. S.T.E.P begins with the fundamental knowledge that most customers must first deal with the problem of data capture, data consolidation and data management. Typically, vital customer data is spread throughout the organization in contact managers, back office systems and spreadsheets. Employees spend a significant amount of time trying to determine where or who in the organization has the information they need to address customer inquiries. The inability to gain access to a complete customer profile only serves to rob people of precious time that should be spent selling to or servicing customers. Management is clearly aware of this and they realize that in order to become a more efficient sales and service organization they must get the right information in the hands of the right people at the right time.

"Many companies are entering the CRM market with generic solutions designed under a one-size fits all approach," says Caretsky. "Their business model is to try and sell the same solution to as many companies as possible regardless of the industry their in. This may have worked ten years ago, but it won't today. You simply cannot expect to sell your solution to a bank then walk across the street and sell it to an insurance company. You have to respect the complexity of their businesses and be prepared to understand and address their unique business requirements."

Commence has taken a unique approach to meeting these objectives beginning with the fundamental knowledge that most small to mid-size manufacturers and distributors must first address the problem of data capture, data consolidation and data sharing. The issue they face is that vital customer information is spread throughout their organization in contact managers, back office systems and excel spreadsheets and is often difficult to attain. Employees spend a significant amount of time trying to determine where or who in the organization has the information they need to address customer inquiries. This robs sales and service people of precious time during their day.

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/release-10329.htm

Media Relations Contact

Larry Caretsky
President
Commence
Telephone: 732-380-9100
Email: Click to Email Larry Caretsky
Web: http://www.commence.com/mfg/


          Commence CEO Caretsky Shares Change Management Plan for Distributors   

Commence CEO Caretsky Shares Change Management Plan for Distributors

Tinton Falls, NJ -- (ReleaseWire) -- 01/30/2007 -- One of the best ways that industrial organizations have found to make sure implementations "stick" is to have the management involved. When sales training is reinforced by management, the sales skills taught during training produced a 15% permanent increase in productivity.

Management needs to be involved in more than a cosmetic fashion. A senior member of the management team needs to attend the training, and this same manager should inspect the sales activities for a period of time to make sure they continuously are consistent with the new sales skills introduced during the training.

According to Larry Caretsky, President of Commence Corporation (www.commence.com/mfg/), "By implementing a formalized sales process, distributors and manufacturers are fundamentally changing the way people do their jobs on a daily basis. There will be natural resistance." Caretsky suggests to develop a lean change management plan, the following questions should be answered:

• What motivation do sales people have to use the new system?
• What potential barriers are there to implementation?
• How can I overcome those barriers?
• How will I know if the implementation is successful?
• What do I expect during the transition?
• Who can people go to if they have questions?

In an effort to help industrial distributors and manufacturers thrive, Commence Corporation presents Practices That Pay: Leveraging Information to Achieve Industrial Selling Results, a compendium of smart practices from the leading industrial sales and marketing experts and organizations that are growing in today's challenging environment.

Commence offers industrial companies complete "Freedom Of Choice" to select the solutions and platform that best meets the business requirements of manufacturers and distributors. The comprehensive CRM Industrial application suite is available for use on premise or on-demand as a hosted service. Industrial leaders often build departmental CRM solutions with the award winning Commence Industrial CRM Framework. These choices are why so many industrial companies choose Commence as the solution for managing customer relationships. All Commence Industrial solutions support mobile or wireless connectivity and integration to back-office accounting and ERP systems.

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/release-10207.htm

Media Relations Contact

Larry Caretsky
President
Commence
Telephone: 732-380-9100
Email: Click to Email Larry Caretsky
Web: http://www.commence.com/mfg/


          Industrial CRM Focuses on Sales   

Industrial CRM Focuses on Sales

Tinton Falls, NJ -- (ReleaseWire) -- 01/12/2007 -- The CRM industry has been plagued by vendors offering overly complex solutions to solve basic business problems. This has resulted in a low adoption rate and failed customer expectations. The concern for most businesses today is not a lack of technology, but rather how they can leverage technology to improve their internal processes and ultimately their bottom line.

According to Larry Caretsky, President of Commence Corporation (www.commence.com/mfg/), "Contrary to popular belief all CRM solutions are not alike. Manufacturers and distributors are beginning to realize that they don't' need overly complex or costly solutions to efficiently manage customer relationships. These organizations are beginning to turn their attention to more affordable, easier to use solutions that address their industry specific business requirements."

Commence offers a customer relationship management solution that is focused on solving the issues facing today's manufacturers and distributors.

The Commence solution is designed to meet the following objectives:

• Streamline internal business processes
• Execution of a structured approach for optimizing the sales process
• Delight your customers with world-class customer service

Commence has taken a unique approach to meeting these objectives beginning with the fundamental knowledge that most small to mid-size manufacturers and distributors must first address the problem of data capture, data consolidation and data sharing. The issue they face is that vital customer information is spread throughout their organization in contact managers, back office systems and excel spreadsheets and is often difficult to attain. Employees spend a significant amount of time trying to determine where or who in the organization has the information they need to address customer inquiries. This robs sales and service people of precious time during their day.

Caretsky assures that "Industrial management recognizes this problem and realizes that in order to become a more efficient sales and service organization they must get the right information in the hands of the right people at the right time."

Commence offers lean industrial companies complete "Freedom Of Choice" to select the solutions and platform that best meets the business requirements of manufacturers and distributors. The comprehensive CRM Industrial application suite is available for use on premise or on-demand as a hosted service. Industrial leaders often build departmental lean CRM solutions with the award winning Commence Lean Industrial CRM Framework. These choices are why so many industrial companies choose Commence as the solution for managing customer relationships. All Commence Industrial solutions support mobile or wireless connectivity and integration to back-office accounting and ERP systems.

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/release-9988.htm

Media Relations Contact

Larry Caretsky
President
Commence
Telephone: 732-380-9100
Email: Click to Email Larry Caretsky
Web: http://www.commence.com/mfg/


          Distributors and Manufacturers Share CRM Concerns   

Distributors and Manufacturers Share CRM Concerns

Tinton Falls, NJ -- (ReleaseWire) -- 12/27/2006 -- The role of manufacturing and distribution continue to meld. The common element is the need to customize and expand its system as business challenges require.

"Companies experiencing rapid growth in distribution are seeking a well structured system that enables the company to manage the many precise details of their business. Commence CRM for manufacturing and distribution enables expanded industry-specific customizations and material tracking capabilities," according to CEO Larry Caretsky.

There are so many players in the process before manufacturers and distributors ultimately make the sale. ACT! can only take an organization so far and there is often a natural progression to continue driving business growth. Caretsky notes, "Data in the Commence CRM system allows clients to achieve instant credibility with customers, and manage the many variables involved with samples, materials and partners efficiently."

Hundreds of employees or a handful must be able to effectively manage the full scope of customer relationships, including lead generation, sales opportunity management, support and accounting.

Leading Commence CRM clients suggest that while a variety of people use the CRM system, there are automated aspects that run once a parameter is set. Previously MIS personnel had to run the routines; now, the Commence introduces a sophisticated level of efficiency to handle many of these tasks. At the end of the process the goal is simple," according to Caretsky; "To manage margins by being more efficient, in most cases though effective CRM technology."

Commence (www.commence.com/mfg) offers lean industrial companies complete "Freedom Of Choice" to select the solutions and platform that best meets the business requirements of manufacturers and distributors. The comprehensive CRM Industrial application suite is available for use on premise or on-demand as a hosted service. Industrial leaders often build departmental lean CRM solutions with the award winning Commence Lean Industrial CRM Framework. These choices are why so many industrial companies choose Commence as the solution for managing customer relationships. All Commence Industrial solutions support mobile or wireless connectivity and integration to back-office accounting and ERP systems.

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/release-9830.htm

Media Relations Contact

Larry Caretsky
President
Commence
Telephone: 732-380-9100
Email: Click to Email Larry Caretsky
Web: http://www.commence.com/mfg/


          Commence Industrial CRM Achieves Sales Optimization   

Commence Industrial CRM Achieves Sales Optimization

Tinton Falls, NJ -- (ReleaseWire) -- 12/21/2006 -- Commence offers a customer relationship management solution that is focused on solving the issues facing today's manufacturers and distributors.

The Commence solution is designed to meet the following objectives:

• Streamline internal business processes
• Execution of a structured approach for optimizing the sales process
• Delight your customers with world-class customer service

According to Larry Caretsky, President of Commence Corporation (www.commence.com/mfg/), "Contrary to popular belief all CRM solutions are not alike. Manufacturers and distributors are beginning to realize that they don't' need overly complex or costly solutions to efficiently manage customer relationships. These organizations are beginning to turn their attention to more affordable, easier to use solutions that address their industry specific business requirements."

The CRM industry has been plagued by vendors offering overly complex solutions to solve basic business problems. This has resulted in a low adoption rate and failed customer expectations. The concern for most businesses today is not a lack of technology, but rather how they can leverage technology to improve their internal processes and ultimately their bottom line.

Commence has taken a unique approach to meeting these objectives beginning with the fundamental knowledge that most small to mid-size manufacturers and distributors must first address the problem of data capture, data consolidation and data sharing. The issue they face is that vital customer information is spread throughout their organization in contact managers, back office systems and excel spreadsheets and is often difficult to attain. Employees spend a significant amount of time trying to determine where or who in the organization has the information they need to address customer inquiries. This robs sales and service people of precious time during their day.

Caretsky assures that "Industrial management recognizes this problem and realizes that in order to become a more efficient sales and service organization they must get the right information in the hands of the right people at the right time."

Commence offers lean industrial companies complete "Freedom Of Choice" to select the solutions and platform that best meets the business requirements of manufacturers and distributors. The comprehensive CRM Industrial application suite is available for use on premise or on-demand as a hosted service. Industrial leaders often build departmental lean CRM solutions with the award winning Commence Lean Industrial CRM Framework. These choices are why so many industrial companies choose Commence as the solution for managing customer relationships. All Commence Industrial solutions support mobile or wireless connectivity and integration to back-office accounting and ERP systems.

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/release-9742.htm

Media Relations Contact

Larry Caretsky
President
Commence
Telephone: 732-380-9100
Email: Click to Email Larry Caretsky
Web: http://www.commence.com/mfg/


          Customer Relationship Management Leader Larry Caretsky Profiled   

Customer Relationship Management Leader Larry Caretsky Profiled

Tinton Falls, NJ -- (ReleaseWire) -- 12/19/2006 -- For the past ten years the role of maximizing lifetime value of customers has dramatically changed with the implementation and utilization of CRM. Generic CRM solutions have failed, and core issues of leveraging technology to improve internal processes and ultimately the bottom line, are still at the forefront of the CRM efficacy discussion. Larry Caretsky, CEO of Commence Corporation, a leading CRM provider, is the software executive profiled in The Software Professional Journal by manufacturing Journalist TR Cutler. The entire feature can be read at http://www.softwareprofessionalpeople.com/article1.htm.

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems allow businesses to capture, track, and manage vital customer information. The explosive growth of CRM technology has attracted numerous companies, however the industry has been plagued by vendors offering overly complex solutions to solve basic business problems. "This has resulted in a low adoption rate and failed customer expectations" says Larry Caretsky, CEO of Commence Corporation. "The concern of most businesses today is not the lack of technology, but rather how they can leverage technology to improve their internal processes and ultimately their bottom line."

Caretsky's company has been providing software solutions to growing businesses for seventeen years and has witnessed all the trends in CRM. With this vast experience, Caretsky discovered long ago that rapidly deployable, cost effective solutions were the only way for customers to quickly and affordably reap the benefits of their investment.

Few CRM firms have taken the unique approach to meeting the key objectives businesses by streamlining internal business processes, improving sales processes, and delighting customers. Caretsky refers to this proven implementation methodology as S.T.E.P., the System Technology Execution Process. S.T.E.P begins with the fundamental knowledge that most customers must first deal with the problem of data capture, data consolidation and data management. Typically, vital customer data is spread throughout the organization in contact managers, back office systems and spreadsheets. Employees spend a significant amount of time trying to determine where or who in the organization has the information they need to address customer inquiries. The inability to gain access to a complete customer profile only serves to rob people of precious time that should be spent selling to or servicing customers. Management is clearly aware of this and they realize that in order to become a more efficient sales and service organization they must get the right information in the hands of the right people at the right time.

"Many companies are entering the CRM market with generic solutions designed under a one-size fits all approach," says Caretsky. "Their business model is to try and sell the same solution to as many companies as possible regardless of the industry their in. This may have worked ten years ago, but it won't today. You simply cannot expect to sell your solution to a bank then walk across the street and sell it to an insurance company. You have to respect the complexity of their businesses and be prepared to understand and address their unique business requirements."

Commence has taken a unique approach to meeting these objectives beginning with the fundamental knowledge that most small to mid-size manufacturers and distributors must first address the problem of data capture, data consolidation and data sharing. The issue they face is that vital customer information is spread throughout their organization in contact managers, back office systems and excel spreadsheets and is often difficult to attain. Employees spend a significant amount of time trying to determine where or who in the organization has the information they need to address customer inquiries. This robs sales and service people of precious time during their day.

Commence offers lean industrial companies complete "Freedom Of Choice" to select the solutions and platform that best meets the business requirements of manufacturers and distributors. The comprehensive CRM Industrial application suite is available for use on premise or on-demand as a hosted service. Industrial leaders often build departmental lean CRM solutions with the award winning Commence Lean Industrial CRM Framework. These choices are why so many industrial companies choose Commence as the solution for managing customer relationships. All Commence Industrial solutions support mobile or wireless connectivity and integration to back-office accounting and ERP systems.

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/release-9654.htm

Media Relations Contact

Larry Caretsky
President
Commence
Telephone: 732-380-9100
Email: Click to Email Larry Caretsky
Web: http://www.commence.com/mfg/


          Strategic Targeted Execution Process for Industrial Customer   

Strategic Targeted Execution Process for Industrial Customer Relationship Management

Tinton Falls, NJ -- (ReleaseWire) -- 12/15/2006 -- The deployment of any CRM system takes proper planning. In order to assist customers during this process, Commence has developed S.T.E.P., (Strategic Targeted Execution Process). a proven methodology for the successful implementation of the Commence CRM solution.

S.T.E.P is the result of more than a decade of experience in providing high quality business solutions to small and mid-size businesses. By working with hundreds of companies around the world, the company acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to design and deliver business solutions that are easy to implement and easy to use. This has allowed customers to realize the maximum value from products and an immediate return on their investment.

S.T.E.P outlines the key areas of responsibility, resource requirements and timeframes for implementation. This helps the implementation team guarantee a timely, cost effective and successful installation process.

Outlined below is a brief overview of S.T.E.P

STEP I: Needs Analysis

Before the process begins it imperative to review the strategic objectives of the CRM implementation and to gain management acceptance and commitment to begin the project. During this phase we clearly define the policies and procedures for managing customer interaction and discuss how the system will automate this workflow.

STEP II: Project Planning

A detailed implementation plan will be created and finalized during this phase. It will outline the responsibilities of the implementation team and those of in-house personnel. A system administrator will be selected, as well as team members from each department, who will work in conjunction with the vendor or system integrator managing the implementation process.

STEP III: Implementation

It is during this phase that the software implementation will begin. System configuration and administration will be completed such as setting up security profiles, e-mail accounts, data entry for drop down menus and data migration from disparate systems. Administrative training will also begin at this time.

STEP IV: Testing & Quality Assurance

An operational prototype of the system is up and running at this time. Operational issues are identified and resolved and basic modifications will be made to tune the solution to the customers' specific requirements.

STEP V: Deployment & Training

During this phase the CRM system will be completely operational. Training will begin for all end users. Ongoing support will be provided by the system administrator with assistance from Commence Corporations support staff.

Commence offers lean industrial companies complete "Freedom Of Choice" to select the solutions and platform that best meets the business requirements of manufacturers and distributors. The comprehensive CRM Industrial application suite is available for use on premise or on-demand as a hosted service. Industrial leaders often build departmental lean CRM solutions with the award winning Commence Lean Industrial CRM Framework. These choices are why so many industrial companies choose Commence as the solution for managing customer relationships. All Commence Industrial solutions support mobile or wireless connectivity and integration to back-office accounting and ERP systems.

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/release-9649.htm

Media Relations Contact

Larry Caretsky
President
Commence
Telephone: 732-380-9100
Email: Click to Email Larry Caretsky
Web: http://www.commence.com/mfg/


          Commence Industrial CRM Profiled by leading Manufacturing Journalist   

Commence Industrial CRM Profiled by leading Manufacturing Journalist

Tinton Falls, NJ -- (ReleaseWire) -- 12/14/2006 -- According to Larry Caretsky, President of Commence Corporation (www.commence.com/mfg./), "There is rarely one central database of customer information that can be accessed and shared among the people who need it to efficiently do their jobs. As a result, acting less like a team, these people act independently when conducting business and are far less effective.

Caretsky, noted in the feature article that "CEOs of these companies often share how their new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system provides them all the information they need, but fail to recognize that ERP systems provide information after the sale, not before or during the sales process. ERP systems provide no value for improving the efficiency of how to sell and service customers. This is one reason that forecast reports are always inaccurate."

According to Thomas R. Cutler, Manufacturing Journalist in a recent issue of Industrial Focus, "The foundation of any quality sales organization starts with the implementation and management of a sales process. These are the steps required by the sales representative to move the prospect from the initial introduction stage to the closing stage. Few industrial CRM systems provide manufacturers with a structured proven sales process or methodology for evaluating and managing each stage of the sales cycle. A pro-active approach to managing the sales process allows the sales manager to monitor and provide guidance during the cycle, as well as help sales representatives focus on the best opportunities." The article may be read in its entirety at http://www.trcutlerinc.com/54-55.pdf.

Commence offers industrial companies complete "Freedom Of Choice" to select the solutions and platform that best meets the business requirements of manufacturers and distributors. The comprehensive CRM Industrial application suite is available for use on premise or on-demand as a hosted service. Industrial leaders often build departmental CRM solutions with the award winning Commence Industrial CRM Framework. These choices are why so many industrial companies choose Commence as the solution for managing customer relationships. All Commence Industrial solutions support mobile or wireless connectivity and integration to back-office accounting and ERP systems.

In an effort to help industrial distributors and manufacturers thrive, Commence Corporation presents Practices That Pay: Leveraging Information to Achieve Industrial Selling Results, a compendium of smart practices from the leading industrial sales and marketing experts and organizations that are growing in today's challenging environment.

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/release-9644.htm

Media Relations Contact

Larry Caretsky
President
Commence
Telephone: 732-380-9100
Email: Click to Email Larry Caretsky
Web: http://www.commence.com/mfg/


          Industrial CRM Is Not Generic CRM   

Industrial CRM Is Not Generic CRM

Tinton Falls, NJ -- (ReleaseWire) -- 12/18/2006 -- Commence offers lean industrial companies complete Freedom Of Choice to select the solutions and platform that best meets the business requirements of manufacturers and distributors. The comprehensive CRM Industrial application suite is available for use on premise or on-demand as a hosted service. Industrial leaders often build departmental lean CRM solutions with the award winning Commence Lean Industrial CRM Framework. These choices are why so many industrial companies choose Commence as the solution for managing customer relationships. All Commence Industrial solutions support mobile or wireless connectivity and integration to back-office accounting and ERP systems.

Unlike generic CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software solutions, The Commence Contact Management module is designed to increase employee productivity by enabling them to capture, track, manage and share all client specific or prospect specific information. The information is stored in a single unified database where is it immediately accessible to all authorized employees without having to move from system to system. This results in a manufacturer's ability to significantly improve the process of marketing, selling and servicing customers.

Key Features according the Commence President & CEO, Larry Caretsky, include the following:

• Account/Contact Management Capture, manage and share a complete account and contact
• profile including history with others throughout the organization.
• Calendar & Activity Management (Notes, History, Attachments)

Synchronize calendars and address books, manage activity remotely. (personal & groups)

• Time Management View pending appointments and to-dos by due date and action type. Receive reminders when appointments and to-dos are due.
• Advanced Desktop Integration MS Outlook/Word/Excel Utilize desktop tools to help manage your daily business, e-mails, e-mail logging, letter templates, proposals, quotes and contracts.
• Activity Tracking Associate all correspondence including, calls, meetings, emails, and service history with the account, contact and responsible employee.
• File Attachments Track external documents and files associated with an account, contact, opportunity, and service ticket.
• Mail merges /Letter Templates Create email, printed, or fax mailings to select contacts or a list of accounts.
• Business Process Automation Automate specific business task and functions based on selected criteria.
• Business Alerts/Alarms/Notification Automatically receive notification when specific business conditions are met.
• Mobile Stay in touch and manage activity while away from the office. Synchronize and work off-line.

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/release-9653.htm

Media Relations Contact

Larry Caretsky
President
Commence
Telephone: 732-380-9100
Email: Click to Email Larry Caretsky
Web: http://www.commence.com/mfg/


          SaaS for Industrial CRM Lead by Commence   

SaaS for Industrial CRM Lead by Commence

Tinton Falls, NJ -- (ReleaseWire) -- 12/08/2006 -- Commence CRM On-Demand is delivered over the Internet at a fixed monthly fee per user and requires no upfront IT infrastructure cost.

Commence CRM On-Demand is a web-based CRM solution that enables businesses to manage customer relationships in an organized and efficient manner. An intuitive set of ready to use applications automates the customer facing aspects of manufacturing that directly impacts sales execution and customer service. Commence On-Demand is customizable and offers extensive reporting and graphical analysis.

Solutions are available for the following:

Contact Management
Sales Force Automation
Marketing and Campaign Management
Customer Service/Support
Project Management Accounting

Commence offers lean industrial companies complete "Freedom Of Choice" to select the solutions and platform that best meets the business requirements of manufacturers and distributors. The comprehensive CRM Industrial application suite is available for use on premise or on-demand as a hosted service. Industrial leaders often build departmental lean CRM solutions with the award winning Commence Lean Industrial CRM Framework. These choices are why so many industrial companies choose Commence as the solution for managing customer relationships. All Commence Industrial solutions support mobile or wireless connectivity and integration to back-office accounting and ERP systems.

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/release-9547.htm

Media Relations Contact

Larry Caretsky
President
Commence
Telephone: 732-380-9100
Email: Click to Email Larry Caretsky
Web: http://www.commence.com/mfg/


          Industrial CRM by Commence Spells out Competitive Advantages   

Industrial CRM by Commence Spells out Competitive Advantages

Tinton Falls, NJ -- (ReleaseWire) -- 12/01/2006 -- Key Industrial CRM features according the Commence President & CEO, Larry Caretsky, include the following:

Account/Contact Management Capture, manage and share a complete account and contact profile including history with others throughout the organization.

Calendar & Activity Management (Notes, History, Attachments) Synchronize calendars and address books, manage activity remotely. (personal & groups)

Time Management View pending appointments and to-dos by due date and action type. Receive reminders when appointments and to-dos are due.

Advanced Desktop Integration MS Outlook/Word/Excel Utilize desktop tools to help manage your daily business, e-mails, e-mail logging, letter templates, proposals, quotes and contracts.

Activity Tracking Associate all correspondence including, calls, meetings, emails, and service history with the account, contact and responsible employee.

File Attachments Track external documents and files associated with an account, contact, opportunity, and service ticket.

Mail merges /Letter Templates Create email, printed, or fax mailings to select contacts or a list of accounts.

Business Process Automation Automate specific business task and functions based on selected criteria.

Business Alerts/Alarms/Notification Automatically receive notification when specific business conditions are met.

Mobile Stay in touch and manage activity while away from the office.

Synchronize and work off-line.
Unlike generic CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software solutions, The Commence Contact Management module is designed to increase employee productivity by enabling them to capture, track, manage and share all client specific or prospect specific information. The information is stored in a single unified database where it is immediately accessible to all authorized employees without having to move from system to system. This results in a manufacturer's ability to significantly improve the process of marketing, selling and servicing customers.

Commence offers lean industrial companies complete "Freedom Of Choice" to select the solutions and platform that best meets the business requirements of manufacturers and distributors. The comprehensive CRM Industrial application suite is available for use on premise or on-demand as a hosted service. Industrial leaders often build departmental lean CRM solutions with the award winning Commence Lean Industrial CRM Framework. These choices are why so many industrial companies choose Commence as the solution for managing customer relationships. All Commence Industrial solutions support mobile or wireless connectivity and integration to back-office accounting and ERP systems.

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/release-9408.htm

Media Relations Contact

Larry Caretsky
President
Commence
Telephone: 732-380-9100
Email: Click to Email Larry Caretsky
Web: http://www.commence.com/mfg/


          Industrial CRM via the STEP System   

Industrial CRM via the STEP System

Tinton Falls, NJ -- (ReleaseWire) -- 11/30/2006 -- Commence offers lean industrial companies complete "Freedom Of Choice" to select the solutions and platform that best meets the business requirements of manufacturers and distributors. The comprehensive CRM Industrial application suite is available for use on premise or on-demand as a hosted service. Industrial leaders often build departmental lean CRM solutions with the award winning Commence Lean Industrial CRM Framework. These choices are why so many industrial companies choose Commence as the solution for managing customer relationships. All Commence Industrial solutions support mobile or wireless connectivity and integration to back-office accounting and ERP systems. The deployment of any CRM system takes proper planning. In order to assist customers during this process, Commence has developed S.T.E.P., (Strategic Targeted Execution Process). a proven methodology for the successful implementation of the Commence CRM solution.

S.T.E.P is the result of more than a decade of experience in providing high quality business solutions to small and mid-size businesses. By working with hundreds of companies around the world, the company acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to design and deliver business solutions that are easy to implement and easy to use. This has allowed customers to realize the maximum value from products and an immediate return on their investment.

S.T.E.P outlines the key areas of responsibility, resource requirements and timeframes for implementation. This helps the implementation team guarantee a timely, cost effective and successful installation process.

Outlined below is a brief overview of S.T.E.P

STEP I: Needs Analysis

Before the process begins it imperative to review the strategic objectives of the CRM implementation and to gain management acceptance and commitment to begin the project. During this phase we clearly define the policies and procedures for managing customer interaction and discuss how the system will automate this workflow.

STEP II: Project Planning

A detailed implementation plan will be created and finalized during this phase. It will outline the responsibilities of the implementation team and those of in-house personnel. A system administrator will be selected, as well as team members from each department, who will work in conjunction with the vendor or system integrator managing the implementation process.

STEP III: Implementation

It is during this phase that the software implementation will begin. System configuration and administration will be completed such as setting up security profiles, e-mail accounts, data entry for drop down menus and data migration from disparate systems. Administrative training will also begin at this time.

STEP IV: Testing & Quality Assurance

An operational prototype of the system is up and running at this time. Operational issues are identified and resolved and basic modifications will be made to tune the solution to the customers specific requirements.

STEP V: Deployment & Training

During this phase the CRM system will be completely operational. Training will begin for all end users. Ongoing support will be provided by the system administrator with assistance from Commence Corporations support staff.

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/release-9402.htm

Media Relations Contact

Larry Caretsky
President
Commence
Telephone: 732-380-9100
Email: Click to Email Larry Caretsky
Web: http://www.commence.com/mfg/


          Commence Industrial CRM Profiled by Manufacturing Journalist Thomas R. Cutler   

Commence Industrial CRM Profiled by Manufacturing Journalist Thomas R. Cutler

Tinton Falls, NJ -- (ReleaseWire) -- 11/29/2006 -- According to Thomas R. Cutler, Manufacturing Journalist in a recent issue of Industrial Focus, "The foundation of any quality sales organization starts with the implementation and management of a sales process. These are the steps required by the sales representative to move the prospect from the initial introduction stage to the closing stage. Few industrial CRM systems provide manufacturers with a structured proven sales process or methodology for evaluating and managing each stage of the sales cycle. A pro-active approach to managing the sales process allows the sales manager to monitor and provide guidance during the cycle, as well as help sales representatives focus on the best opportunities." The article may be read in its entirety at http://www.trcutlerinc.com/54-55.pdf.

According to Larry Caretsky, President of Commence Corporation (www.commence.com/mfg./), "There is rarely one central database of customer information that can be accessed and shared among the people who need it to efficiently do their jobs. As a result, acting less like a team, these people act independently when conducting business and are far less effective.

Caretsky, noted in the feature article that "CEOs of these companies often share how their new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system provides them all the information they need, but fail to recognize that ERP systems provide information after the sale, not before or during the sales process. ERP systems provide no value for improving the efficiency of how to sell and service customers. This is one reason that forecast reports are always inaccurate."

Commence offers industrial companies complete "Freedom Of Choice" to select the solutions and platform that best meets the business requirements of manufacturers and distributors. The comprehensive CRM Industrial application suite is available for use on premise or on-demand as a hosted service. Industrial leaders often build departmental CRM solutions with the award winning Commence Industrial CRM Framework. These choices are why so many industrial companies choose Commence as the solution for managing customer relationships. All Commence Industrial solutions support mobile or wireless connectivity and integration to back-office accounting and ERP systems.

In an effort to help industrial distributors and manufacturers thrive, Commence Corporation presents Practices That Pay: Leveraging Information to Achieve Industrial Selling Results, a compendium of smart practices from the leading industrial sales and marketing experts and organizations that are growing in today's challenging environment.

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/release-9346.htm

Media Relations Contact

Larry Caretsky
President
Commence
Telephone: 732-380-9100
Email: Click to Email Larry Caretsky
Web: http://www.commence.com/mfg/


          Commence Industrial CRM Profiled by Manufacturing Journalist TR Cutler in Manufacturing & Logistics IT   

Commence Industrial CRM Profiled by Manufacturing Journalist TR Cutler in Manufacturing & Logistics IT

Tinton Falls, NJ -- (ReleaseWire) -- 11/27/2006 -- According to Thomas R. Cutler, Manufacturing Journalist, in a recent issue of Manufacturing and Logistics IT, Industrial CRM is experiencing huge growth. The article may be read in its entirety at http://www.logisticsit.com/absolutenm/templates/article-manufacturing.aspx?articleid=2428&zoneid=2.

Commence offers industrial companies complete "Freedom Of Choice" to select the solutions and platform that best meets the business requirements of manufacturers and distributors. The comprehensive CRM Industrial application suite is available for use on premise or on-demand as a hosted service. Industrial leaders often build departmental CRM solutions with the award winning Commence Industrial CRM Framework. These choices are why so many industrial companies choose Commence as the solution for managing customer relationships. All Commence Industrial solutions support mobile or wireless connectivity and integration to back-office accounting and ERP systems.

According to Larry Caretsky, CEO of Commence Corporation, "CRM for manufacturers must streamline sales processes by ensuring sales opportunities are tracked and closed consistently and efficiently with customizable workflow rules that automate stages in the selling process." As part of the lean manufacturing initiative, effective industrial CRM solutions will reduce errors by creating and modifying accurate quotes for prospects and existing clients using a full-featured product catalog that supports complex pricing levels, units of measure and discounts. The technology must allow quotes to be converted to orders, as well as modifying and saving orders until they are ready to be billed as invoices.

Caretsky suggested that another advantage of sector specific CRM is, "The ability improve demand management with sales pipeline visibility allows manufacturers to implement a sales forecasting process that delivers objective insights on sales activity, rather than subjective guessing."

Decreased client response times are also achieved when there is heightened visibility to manufacturing order status, inventory quantities, and current pricing; this empowers customer service staff with critical customer information.

Aftermarket sales are driving significant industrial CRM technology solutions because manufacturers recognize the value-added profit opportunities available with increased service and aftermarket sales. Only when the minutia of industrial customers' content is detailed in a CRM system can aftermarket sales opportunities be effectively exploited.
Understanding the idiosyncratic nature of manufacturing processes, industrial enterprises, and lean manufacturing principles mandates that CRM technology solutions recognize these unique sector traits to realize optimal benefits.

In an effort to help industrial distributors and manufacturers thrive, Commence Corporation presents Practices That Pay: Leveraging Information to Achieve Industrial Selling Results, a compendium of smart practices from the leading industrial sales and marketing experts and organizations that are growing in today's challenging environment.

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/release-9331.htm

Media Relations Contact

Larry Caretsky
President
Commence
Telephone: 732-380-9100
Email: Click to Email Larry Caretsky
Web: http://www.commence.com/mfg/


          Commence Lean Industrial CRM Teaches Methods to Avoid Dirty Data   

Commence Lean Industrial CRM Teaches Methods to Avoid Dirty Data

Tinton Falls, NJ -- (ReleaseWire) -- 11/22/2006 -- In an effort to help industrial distributors and manufacturers thrive, Commence Corporation presents Practices That Pay: Leveraging Information to Achieve Industrial Selling Results, a compendium of smart practices from the leading industrial sales and marketing experts and organizations that are growing in today's challenging environment.

According to Larry Caretsky, President of Commence Corporation (www.commence.com/mfg./), "One of the most important things you can do when you decide to automate sales is to have one person responsible for the administration of your database. Unless you have a particularly business savvy IT department with hours to spare, you should probably look for an employee within your marketing and sales team. This person would maintain the data quality, reviewing new data that your team enters, and adjusting it as necessary. These people typically become experts at other valuable skills, such as creating reports, making minor customizations, and can be great at training new employees to use the system."

Caretsky suggests that Lean CRM is has many important variables. "With unreliable data, industrial distributors and manufacturers have reported they were unable to reap most of the benefits of a sales and marketing database. Salespeople will quickly realize the data is inaccurate, and revert to old habits to make sure they have the information they need to service customers. Another potential downfall is reduced customer service. The last thing you want is for customers to feel like you don't know them, especially if you've been doing business with them for years. But this is exactly what can happen if customer data is entered incorrectly, out of date, or mismanaged. This is problem is exacerbated by the prevalence of legacy systems in industrial organizations with decades of "dirty data". "

Commence offers lean industrial companies complete "Freedom Of Choice" to select the solutions and platform that best meets the business requirements of manufacturers and distributors. The comprehensive CRM Industrial application suite is available for use on premise or on-demand as a hosted service. Industrial leaders often build departmental lean CRM solutions with the award winning Commence Lean Industrial CRM Framework. These choices are why so many industrial companies choose Commence as the solution for managing customer relationships. All Commence Industrial solutions support mobile or wireless connectivity and integration to back-office accounting and ERP systems.

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/release-9095.htm

Media Relations Contact

Larry Caretsky
President
Commence
Telephone: 732-380-9100
Email: Click to Email Larry Caretsky
Web: http://www.commence.com/mfg/


          CRM on Demand Provides Unique Platform Benefits   

CRM on Demand Provides Unique Platform Benefits

Tinton Falls, NJ -- (ReleaseWire) -- 11/13/2006 -- Commence CRM On-Demand provides breakthrough technology for Manufacturers and distributors with greater functionality and flexibility than traditional application service offerings. Using the industrial strength JAVA (J2EE) platform, Commence CRM On-Demand offers robust functionality, ease of use and limitless scalability. Customization capabilities allow user-defined fields, custom reports, queries, filters; even personalized desktop settings.

Platform Highlights

Enterprise Class Platform
Encrypted Database Security
Automated Processes
One-to-Many Data Relationships
Remote Synchronization
Built-in Report Writer
Multi-level Security
Centralized File management
Mail Merge with MS Office
Web E-Mail Client
Global Search
On-Line Help and Knowledgebase Facility
Support for Handheld Devices
Project Tracking
Group Calendar & Scheduling
E-mail Integration
Web Integration
Application Programming Interface (API)

Platform Benefits include:

Scalable enterprise class platform Flexible architecture that promotes customization and add-on functionality. Operate quickly without IT infrastructure cost. Customizable without the headaches of traditional On-Demand offerings. Integrate people, processes and technology for improved performance and agility.

Commence CRM On-Demand allows manufacturers and distributors to focus on sales efficiency and customer service, monitor and improve business performance and drive higher profits by bringing down cost through streamlining processes.

Commence offers lean industrial companies complete "Freedom Of Choice" to select the solutions and platform that best meets the business requirements of manufacturers and distributors. The comprehensive CRM Industrial application suite is available for use on premise or on-demand as a hosted service. Industrial leaders often build departmental lean CRM solutions with the award winning Commence Lean Industrial CRM Framework. These choices are why so many industrial companies choose Commence as the solution for managing customer relationships. All Commence Industrial solutions support mobile or wireless connectivity and integration to back-office accounting and ERP systems.

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/release-9090.htm

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Larry Caretsky
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Commence
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          S.T.E.P. Formula Changes Industrial CRM Efficiency   

S.T.E.P. Formula Changes Industrial CRM Efficiency

Tinton Falls, NJ -- (ReleaseWire) -- 11/10/2006 -- The deployment of any CRM system takes proper planning. In order to Assist customers during this process, Commence has developed S.T.E.P., (Strategic Targeted Execution Process). A proven methodology for the successful implementation of the Commence CRM solution.

S.T.E.P is the result of more than a decade of experience in providing High quality business solutions to small and mid-size businesses. By Working with hundreds of companies around the world, the company Acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to design and deliver Business solutions that are easy to implement and easy to use. This Has allowed customers to realize the maximum value from products and An immediate return on their investment.

S.T.E.P outlines the key areas of responsibility, resource Requirements and timeframes for implementation. This helps the Implementation team guarantee a timely, cost effective and successful Installation process.

Outlined below is a brief overview of S.T.E.P

STEP I: Needs Analysis

Before the process begins it imperative to review the strategic Objectives of the CRM implementation and to gain management acceptance And commitment to begin the project. During this phase we clearly Define the policies and procedures for managing customer interaction And discuss how the system will automate this workflow.

STEP II: Project Planning

A detailed implementation plan will be created and finalized during This phase. It will outline the responsibilities of the Implementation team and those of in-house personnel. A system Administrator will be selected, as well as team members from each Department, who will work in conjunction with the vendor or system Integrator managing the implementation process.

STEP III: Implementation

It is during this phase that the software implementation will begin. System configuration and administration will be completed such as Setting up security profiles, e-mail accounts, data entry for drop Down menus and data migration from disparate systems. Administrative Training will also begin at this time.

STEP IV: Testing & Quality Assurance

An operational prototype of the system is up and running at this time. Operational issues are identified and resolved and basic modifications Will be made to tune the solution to the customers specific Requirements.

STEP V: Deployment & Training

During this phase the CRM system will be completely operational. Training will begin for all end users. Ongoing support will be Provided by the system administrator with assistance from Commence Corporations support staff.

Commence offers lean industrial companies complete "Freedom Of Choice" To select the solutions and platform that best meets the business Requirements of manufacturers and distributors. The comprehensive CRM Industrial application suite is available for use on premise or On-demand as a hosted service. Industrial leaders often build Departmental lean CRM solutions with the award winning Commence Lean Industrial CRM Framework. These choices are why so many industrial Companies choose Commence as the solution for managing customer Relationships. All Commence Industrial solutions support mobile or Wireless connectivity and integration to back-office accounting and ERP systems.

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/release-9020.htm

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          Informing Business Decisions with Lean CRM   

Informing Business Decisions with Lean CRM

Tinton Falls, NJ -- (ReleaseWire) -- 11/08/2006 -- According to Larry Caretsky, President of Commence Corporation (www.commence.com/mfg./), "Analyze and review the data to inform business decisions is critical for Industrial executives. It is one of the most valuable parts of lean CRM sales automation system is the data accumulated after a few months of use."

To mine this data, smart industrial distributors and manufacturers have followed these steps.

1. Identify the business problem.
2. Mine data to transform data into actionable information.
3. Act on the information.
4. Measure the results.

Caretsky cites an example: A sales manager at an electrical distributor instinctively knew that some customers were getting too much service based on their volume of annual sales. To verify his gut feeling, he mined data in his sales and marketing database to see the number of quotes, calls, and service tickets for each customer and compared it to the total volume of sales in the previous 12 months. A list of 25 customers were obviously taking a lot of the sales team's effort, but delivering comparably little revenue. The sales manager then worked with each account's sales rep to come up with a plan to either increase the revenue from these customers or reduce the time spent servicing them. After 3 months of their efforts, he reviewed the data, and found that significant profitability improvements had been made.

In an effort to help industrial distributors and manufacturers thrive, Commence Corporation presents Practices That Pay: Leveraging Information to Achieve Industrial Selling Results, a compendium of smart practices from the leading industrial sales and marketing experts and organizations that are growing in today's challenging environment.

Commence offers lean industrial companies complete "Freedom Of Choice" to select the solutions and platform that best meets the business requirements of manufacturers and distributors. The comprehensive CRM Industrial application suite is available for use on premise or on-demand as a hosted service. Industrial leaders often build departmental lean CRM solutions with the award winning Commence Lean Industrial CRM Framework. These choices are why so many industrial companies choose Commence as the solution for managing customer relationships. All Commence Industrial solutions support mobile or wireless connectivity and integration to back-office accounting and ERP systems.

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/release-9010.htm

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Larry Caretsky
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Commence
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          Manufacturers Admit Need for Sales Process   

Manufacturers Admit Need for Sales Process

Tinton Falls, NJ -- (ReleaseWire) -- 11/06/2006 -- Commence offers industrial companies complete "Freedom Of Choice" to select the solutions and platform that best meets the business requirements of manufacturers and distributors. The comprehensive CRM Industrial application suite is available for use on premise or on-demand as a hosted service. Industrial leaders often build departmental CRM solutions with the award winning Commence Industrial CRM Framework. These choices are why so many industrial companies choose Commence as the solution for managing customer relationships. All Commence Industrial solutions support mobile or wireless connectivity and integration to back-office accounting and ERP systems.

According to Larry Caretsky, President of Commence Corporation (www.commence.com/mfg./) "Countless experts and industrial executives have discussed the reasons for the recent changes in industrial sales – increased price pressure, global competition, and reverse auctions, to name a few. Some blame the Internet and its wealth of information, others blame cheap labor and the associated exodus to China and other countries. Instead of focusing on blame, the smartest industrial distributors and manufacturers view the current climate as a business challenge and focus on how to remedy the problem. And the solution is clear to leading industrial distributors and manufacturers, industrial consultants, and sales trainers: get a sales process."

Industrial distributors and manufacturers are not strangers to processes, reengineering, and systems. Plants and warehouses could not operate profitably without them. Manufacturers would not let accounting and purchasing departments improvise. Caretsky insists, "The more important and complex the task, the more likely that the effective principles and processes for successfully completing that task have been defined and codified. Yet, few have systematized their sales departments. Eighty-eight percent of distributor respondents to The Growth Portfolio Study, conducted by Sales Effectiveness Inc. and the YPS Group, do not have a documented, formal sales process. "

In an effort to help industrial distributors and manufacturers thrive, Commence Corporation presents Practices That Pay: Leveraging Information to Achieve Industrial Selling Results, a compendium of smart practices from the leading industrial sales and marketing experts and organizations that are growing in today's challenging environment.

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/release-8996.htm

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Larry Caretsky
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Commence
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Web: http://www.commence.com/mfg/


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          Lean CRM Functionality in Automation.com Features Commence Corporation   

Lean CRM Functionality in Automation.com Features Commence Corporation

Tinton Falls, NJ -- (ReleaseWire) -- 10/24/2006 -- Larry Caretsky, President of New Jersey-based Commence, (www.commence.com/mfg) developers of a stand alone industrial CRM solution, suggested that most ERP companies offering CRM have short-falls. According to Caretsky, "Managing the sales cycle and sales representative performance, marketing campaign management and integration with customer support are not provided by ERP tools."

According to Caretsky, "Smart industrial organizations gather several key data points during customer research, which all helps to define a CRM profile.

• How clearly can customers articulate your value proposition?
• How well do customers know products or services?
• What is the customers preferred method of purchasing products and services supplied?
• Who do customers consider to be the preferred supplier products and services?
• When do customers typically purchase products and services?
• Why do customers typically purchase products and services?
• How do customers use products and services?
• Who is the decision maker? Who else influences the purchase?
• How do customers evaluate suppliers?

According to the leading manufacturing journalist, Thomas R. Cutler at Automation.com Lean Industrial CRM is the fastest technology growth element in the manufacturing sector. Cutler asserts, "With up to ten years of continued process improvements on the plant floor, back office, and distribution operations, manufacturers have finally arrived at the front door of customer relationship management (CRM). Still engineering and operations focused, many senior manufacturing executives are strongly resistant and visibly uncomfortable in approaching lean CRM."

Commence offers industrial companies complete "Freedom of Choice" to select the solutions and platform that best meets the business requirements of manufacturers and distributors. The comprehensive CRM Industrial application suite is available for use on premise or on-demand as a hosted service. Industrial leaders often build departmental CRM solutions with the award winning Commence Industrial CRM Framework. These choices are why so many industrial companies choose Commence as the solution for managing customer relationships. All Commence Industrial solutions support mobile or wireless connectivity and integration to back-office accounting and ERP systems.

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/release-8756.htm

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Larry Caretsky
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Commence
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Web: http://www.commence.com/mfg/


          Lean Industrial CRM Data Integration Lean by Commence Corporation   

Lean Industrial CRM Data Integration Lean by Commence Corporation

Tinton Falls, NJ -- (ReleaseWire) -- 10/23/2006 -- According to Larry Caretsky, President of Commence Corporation (www.commence.com/mfg./), "Integration is a word many vendors are afraid of, and with good reason if their software can't support it. But industrial distributors and manufacturers need to carefully think about integration before they write it off as a "nice-to-have". Depending on your functional requirements, integration may be a necessity."

There are two main kinds of integration to consider: back-end and contact management. If manufacturers choose to integrate sales and marketing database with back-end accounting, ERP, or manufacturing software, then the ability to provide the sales team with a complete view of the customer, potentially including order history, pricing requests, and ship dates. Integration can also significantly help with quote entry, follow-up, and tracking. By increasing the availability of product and pricing information, important tools are given to an industrial sales force to serve customers while gaining efficiencies. Once a manufacturers has a significant volume of reliable data, it can start to feed the data entered in the sales system to the back-end system to facilitate improved purchasing and manufacturing forecasting.

Caretsky suggests that Lean CRM is has many important variables. "If you choose to integrate contact management, then all relevant contact-related data, including calendar, will be available in software such as Microsoft Outlook and able to synchronize to the sales team's PDAs or Pocket PCs. The main driver behind contact management integration is to make sure users don't have to type the same piece of data more than once, an obvious waste of time, and something that most sales people are unlikely to actually do. "

In an effort to help industrial distributors and manufacturers thrive, Commence Corporation presents Practices That Pay: Leveraging Information to Achieve Industrial Selling Results, a compendium of smart practices from the leading industrial sales and marketing experts and organizations that are growing in today's challenging environment.

Commence offers lean industrial companies complete "Freedom Of Choice" to select the solutions and platform that best meets the business requirements of manufacturers and distributors. The comprehensive CRM Industrial application suite is available for use on premise or on-demand as a hosted service. Industrial leaders often build departmental lean CRM solutions with the award winning Commence Lean Industrial CRM Framework. These choices are why so many industrial companies choose Commence as the solution for managing customer relationships. All Commence Industrial solutions support mobile or wireless connectivity and integration to back-office accounting and ERP systems.

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/release-8736.htm

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Larry Caretsky
President
Commence
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Web: http://www.commence.com/mfg/


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          Lean Industrial Selling Results Offered by Commence   

Lean Industrial Selling Results Offered by Commence

Tinton Falls, New Jersey -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/22/2006 -- Four key elements – marketing, selling, sales management, sales automation - are touted as the key to a "high-performance sales culture". All four are critical to success, and therefore all four are addressed in this compendium including specific examples of smart practices from twelve of leading industrial distributors and manufacturers.

In an effort to help industrial distributors and manufacturers thrive, Commence Corporation presents Practices That Pay: Leveraging Information to Achieve Industrial Selling Results, a compendium of smart practices from the leading industrial sales and marketing experts and organizations that are growing in today's challenging environment.

According to Larry Caretsky, President of Commence Corporation (www.commence.com/mfg./) "In order to thrive in today's industrial environment, characterized by intense competition, strategic sourcing contracts, customers' pressuring for self-service, and the ongoing debate on fee-based services, industrial distributors and manufacturers need more than leading technological products or an efficient warehouse or plant to achieve long-term growth. Leading industrial organizations are looking outside of their four walls to the customer for growth ideas. Differentiating sales and marketing, the business customer-facing part of any company, is viewed as the way to achieve a competitive advantage. "

Commence offers industrial companies complete "Freedom Of Choice" to select the solutions and platform that best meets the business requirements of manufacturers and distributors. The comprehensive CRM Industrial application suite is available for use on premise or on-demand as a hosted service. Industrial leaders often build departmental lean CRM solutions with the award winning Commence Lean Industrial CRM Framework. These choices are why so many industrial companies choose Commence as the solution for managing customer relationships. All Commence Industrial solutions support mobile or wireless connectivity and integration to back-office accounting and ERP systems.

Commence Corporation
www.commence.com/mfg/
Larry Caretsky
Marketing@commence.com
732-380-9100

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          Commence Corporation Profiles Lean Change Management Plan   

Commence Corporation Profiles Lean Change Management Plan

Tinton Falls, NJ -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/18/2006 -- According to Larry Caretsky, President of Commence Corporation (www.commence.com/mfg./), "By implementing a formalized sales process, distributors and manufacturers are fundamentally changing the way people do their jobs on a daily basis. There will be natural resistance." Caretsky suggests to develop a lean change management plan; the following questions should be answered:

• What motivation do sales people have to use the new system?
• What potential barriers are there to implementation?
• How can I overcome those barriers?
• How will I know if the implementation is successful?
• What do I expect during the transition?
• Who can people go to if they have questions?

One of the best ways that industrial organizations have found to make sure implementations "stick" is to have the management involved. When sales training is reinforced by management, the sales skills taught during training produced a 15% permanent increase in productivity.

Management needs to be involved in more than a cosmetic fashion. A senior member of the management team needs to attend the training, and this same manager should inspect the sales activities for a period of time to make sure they continuously are consistent with the new sales skills introduced during the training.

In an effort to help industrial distributors and manufacturers thrive, Commence Corporation presents Practices That Pay: Leveraging Information to Achieve Industrial Selling Results, a compendium of smart practices from the leading industrial sales and marketing experts and organizations that are growing in today's challenging environment.

Commence offers industrial companies complete "Freedom Of Choice" to select the solutions and platform that best meets the business requirements of manufacturers and distributors. The comprehensive CRM Industrial application suite is available for use on premise or on-demand as a hosted service. Industrial leaders often build departmental CRM solutions with the award winning Commence Industrial CRM Framework. These choices are why so many industrial companies choose Commence as the solution for managing customer relationships. All Commence Industrial solutions support mobile or wireless connectivity and integration to back-office accounting and ERP systems.

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/release-8147.htm

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Larry Caretsky
President
Commence
Telephone: 732-380-9100
Email: Click to Email Larry Caretsky
Web: http://www.commence.com/mfg/


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          Aumentan 20% los salarios de las Fuerzas de Seguridad   
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El aumento será similar al que el Gobierno acordó con el gremio estatal UPCN para los empleados públicos, aunque éstos lo perciben en tres tramos (junio, julio y agosto).

El Gobierno fijó un aumento salarial del 20% en dos cuotas para los haberes de julio y agosto que perciben los integrantes de las Fuerzas de Seguridad.

El incremento para los efectivos de la Gendarmería, Prefectura, Policía Federal y Policía de Seguridad Aeroportuaria se formalizó a través del decreto 463 publicado este viernes en el Boletín Oficial.

El aumento será similar al que el Gobierno acordó con el gremio estatal UPCN para los empleados públicos, aunque éstos lo perciben en tres tramos (junio, julio y agosto).

La primera cuota se verá reflejada en los salarios de julio, que se cobran en los primeros días de agosto; y la segunda, en los salarios de agosto, que se cobran en los primeros días de setiembre.

En la norma, firmada por el presidente Mauricio Macri, se explicó que la medida tiene "el propósito del Gobierno Nacional de reconocer y mantener una adecuada jerarquización en relación con la capacidad, responsabilidad y dedicación que la correcta ejecución de la actividad de los integrantes de las Fuerzas de Seguridad".

El aumento en todas las jerarquías de oficiales y suboficiales de las instituciones de seguridad se aplicará en una primera cuota al 1 de julio y la segunda correspondiente al 1 de agosto.

Además, los incrementos abarcarán los suplementos que perciben los efectivos, como "cumplimiento de tareas específicas de seguridad", "mayor exigencia del servicio", "disponibilidad permanente para el cargo", entre otros.

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          La candidata de Cristina ya tiene una denuncia en la justicia federal   
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Fernanda Vallejos, la candidata de CFK para reforzar la crítica a la economía de Mauricio Macri.

Una ONG denunció este viernes a la candidata kirchnerista Fernanda Vallejos por haber acumulado 3 contratos simultáneos con el Estado a pesar de que está prohibido. La presentación fue realizada Ciudadanos Libres por la Calidad Institucional y recayó en el juzgado de Rodolfo Canicoba Corral.

La ONG denunció a Vallejos, primera candidata a diputada nacional de Unidad Ciudadana en la provincia de Buenos Aires, a partir de un artículo publicado en el portal Border Periodismo que reveló que la economista llegó a ser asesora de una senadora, figurar en planta de la Cámara Baja y tener un puesto en el ministerio de Economía.

De acuerdo a la nota, Vallejos logró acumular los 3 cargos porque omitió informar sobre los otros en una declaración juradas. Por esto, la denuncia impulsada por el abogado Josè Mangiocalda denunció a la candidata kirchnerista por "falsedad ideológica", es decir, adulteración de documentos públicos.

Vallejos tomó relevancia pública días atrás luego de que sus primeras declaraciones públicas tras la confirmación de su candidatura fueran una defensa de Amado Boudou, que deberá enfrentar un juicio oral por un resonado caso de corrupción, y la afirmación de que las denuncias sobre la malversación de los recursos públicos "son un invento de los medios".

La nota de Border Periodismo:

"Pero, ¿por qué Vallejos no quiso o no supo tomar distancia de Boudou, en su primera aparición como candidata? Las lealtades, a veces, juegan malas pasadas. La candidata es economista y formó parte de La Gran Makro, una agrupación política creada en 2011 por el ex vicepresidente -entonces con aspiraciones porteñas- y su entonces viceministro en Economía, Roberto Feletti. En esa usina de colegas K, también abrevó Alejandro Robba, ex subsecretario de Coordinación Económica y, según la gacetilla que presentaba el espacio, “enlace entre La Gran Makro y el equipo económico” que comandaba Boudou desde el Ministerio. Vallejos había ingresado en 2010 a la gestión pública K, como asesora de Robba -que dependía de Feletti y, por jerarquía de Boudou-, trabajó en la Dirección de Cuentas Nacionales y se mantuvo hasta 2015, ya bajo la gestión de Axel Kicillof, quien fuera su profesor en la UBA.

Es que Vallejos llegó a contar con tres empleos públicos a la vez, al menos en 2014, lo que las normativas de empleo público prohíben. El segundo trabajo también llegó con la firma de Boudou: fue designada como asesora en el despacho de la entonces senadora por La Pampa, María de los Ángeles Higonet.

El alta de Vallejos en el Senado se hizo mediante un contrato de locación de servicios, “a partir del día 01 de octubre de 2013 y hasta el día 31 de diciembre de 2013, siendo el monto de la cuota mensual a percibir de PESOS SIETE MIL ($ 7.000)”, según reza el decreto 1404/13 de la Presidencia del Senado, con la rúbrica del ex vicepresidente. La designación se renovó con el mismo tipo de contratación y honorarios con los sucesivos decretos 328/14, 853/14, 2017/14 y 985/15, todos contratos semestrales, salvo el último que terminó el 31 de noviembre de 2015, ya veremos, no por casualidad.

La senadora Higonet auspició varias charlas de Vallejos en distintos municipios pampeanos, como su disertación en el “Encuentro Nacional de Mujeres de la línea Compromiso Peronista”, a mediados de 2013, en Toay; u otra titulada “La Economía en el proyecto nacional: Análisis de la coyuntura, Soberanía, Desendeudamiento y holdouts”, en Realicó, en agosto de 2014.

[...]

Higonet cumplió su mandato a fines de 2015 pero generó polémica cuando intentó perpetuarse en el Senado, al lograr que Boudou le creara una dirección especial y a medida: fue designada al frente de la “Unidad de Coordinación con la OIT-Delegación Parlamentaria Argentina ante la OIT” y pudo nombrar su staff, incluso mientras aún cumplía su mandato legislativo. Pero el decreto que perpetuaba a la senadora en la estructura del Senado fue derogado cuando asumió Gabriela Michetti.

Fue curioso que Vallejos no figurara entre los empleados elegidos por Higonet para acompañarla. La economista, sin embargo, tenía una salida mejor: en noviembre de 2015 la nombraron en planta permanente en Diputados. La hoy candidata K había ingresado a la Cámara Baja del Congreso en septiembre de 2014, contratada como planta transitoria y fue traspasada justo antes del cambio de Gobierno. Hasta el día de hoy figura nombrada en la Dirección de Comisiones de la Secretaría Parlamentaria, con la categoría A3 que, según la escala oficial del Congreso, representa un sueldo bruto de 48 mil pesos (37 mil, de bolsillo).

En su Linkedin, Vallejos admite la superposición de dos cargos. No menciona el Senado.

Tanto la legislación sobre empleo público como las normas que comunica la Oficina Anticorrupción prohíben la acumulación de cargos. Vallejos siempre contó con al menos dos, primero en Economía y el Senado, y luego en el ministerio y la Cámara de Diputados, llegando a la paradoja de contar con los tres cargos públicos en 2014. Allí puede explicarse que su método de contratación en el Senado fuera un “contrato de locación de servicio”, tal vez una vía para disimular la superposición. Sin embargo, cuando un empleado asume un puesto en el Estado debe completar una declaración jurada en la que está obligado a explicitar todos sus trabajos, para detectar incompatibilidades.

#BORDER accedió a la DDJJ que Vallejos presentó ante el Senado en 2014. El formulario está en blanco y lleva su firma y la de su jefa, la senadora Higonet. La economista omitió informar su vínculo tanto con Economía como con la Cámara de Diputados. Las declaraciones juradas son documentos públicos y mentir en ellos puede significar un delito".

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          Campaña: Cristina habló con el panadero que le cantó una canción de amor   
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Cristina compartió un video en el que habla, vía Skype, con un panadero.

Si bien la campaña electoral aún no comenzó oficialmente, en la práctica los precandidatos ya arrancaron hace rato. Cristina Fernández, siempre activa en las redes sociales, parece estar intentando renovar su imagen y este viernes (30/06) utilizó el mismo recurso que Mauricio Macri: filmó la charla que mantuvo, vía Skype, con un 'hombre corriente'.

La ex mandataria publicó un video en HD (alta definición) con la videollamada realizó con Gabriel Etcheverry, un panadero santiagueño que trascendió en las redes por su interpretación de "No hay nada más difícil que vivir sin ti", uno de los temas más populares de Marco Antonio Solís, dedicado a Cristina.

"Te vi, medio país me habló de vos", aseguró la ex Presidente desde el living de su departamento de Recoleta, al iniciar la videollamada.

"Veníamos creciendo y de pronto: ¡pump! Se cayó todo. Aumentó la harina, la luz, el gas. ¿Por qué pensás que te quiero tanto? Vos representás a todos. Vos sos la única que ha venido y le ha puesto un precio al aceite y nadie más lo puede remarcar", recordó el panadero, entre otras cosas.

El video concluye con una especie de reflexión de Cristina al finalizar la comunicación, y visiblemente emocionada dice:"¡Guau! Estas son las cosas que me manda él".

 Para Gabriel, que amasa facturas con amor y con fe, y para su familia, gracias de corazón. pic.twitter.com/ADL65E98f6

 

El video del panadero que se viralizó en las redes:


Cabe recordar que hace dos semanas, Mauricio Macri había realizado algo similar: publicó en su cuenta oficial de Facebook un video en el que se lo ve hablando por teléfono con un hombre que le había enviado una carta planteándole la problemática de los precios por la inflación. En la charla telefónica, ambos dialogaron sobre el tema del consumo de los argentinos, y el Presidente instó a los “empresarios y gremios a que trabajen juntos para que las cosas se produzcan por menor valor”.

 

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Siempre activa en las redes sociales, Cristina Fernández arrancó la campaña intentando renovar su imagen. Y para ello, emuló a Mauricio Macri y compartió en las redes sociales una videollamada que realizó con un panadero santiagueño, quien se hizo conocido por su interpretación de "No hay nada más difícil que vivir sin ti" dedicado a la ex presidente. Hace 2 semanas, Macri había pubicado un video en el que se lo veía hablando por teléfono con un hombre que le había mandado una carta.
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          Ricos & Corruptos, así encasilló Massa a sus contrincantes   
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Cristina, Massa y Macri.
 
 
 
El precandidato a senador nacional por la provincia de Buenos Aires del frente '1País', Sergio Massa, minimizó hoy las chances de triunfo de la ex presidenta Cristina Fernández en los comicios legislativos, al afirmar que la gente no votará "un gobierno para ricos" ni uno "de corruptos".
 
En ese marco, volvió a mostrarse como una "alternativa" junto a Margarita Stolbizer, y dijo que la responsabilidad es "construir una cosa distinta de lo que puedan plantear unos y otros".
 
"Estoy convencido de que la gente no va a votar ni un gobierno para ricos ni un gobierno de corruptos. Va a votar una alternativa", resaltó.
 
En declaraciones a radio 'Con Vos', Massa sostuvo que "esa alternativa" la está construyendo "junto a Margarita Stolbizer, y en octubre la gente no va a quedar rehén de la trampa". "Me genera la responsabilidad de construir una cosa distinta a lo que pueden plantear unos y otros", añadió.
 
El ex jefe de Gabinete durante el primer gobierno de Cristina Fernández evitó además responderle a Florencio Randazzo, quien ayer lo tildó de "oportunista" al lanzar su precandidatura a senador nacional.
 
"Si hay algo que no necesita esta campaña, y la gente, es que entremos en el juego de la simple descalificación". 
 
Hay que aprovechar estos meses para contar qué es lo que queremos hacer. Parte de lo que hoy se denomina la grieta es que no se discuten las cuestiones de fondo y terminan siendo discusión banal sobre descalificaciones y cuestiones de vanidad", subrayó.
 
Por otro lado, se mostró abierto a discutir la importancia de las PASO, tal como planteó el jefe de Gabinete, Marcos Peña, ya que "la discusión interna quita la energía y la posibilidad de contarle a la gente cómo resolver los problemas", aunque pidió que el debate "sea en el Congreso y no a través de los medios".
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"La gente no va a votar ni a un gobierno para ricos, ni uno de corruptos", dijo el precandidato a senador nacional por la provincia de Buenos Aires, Sergio Massa, quien volvió a mostrarse como una "alternativa" junto a Margarita Stolbizer, y dijo que la responsabilidad es "construir una cosa distinta de lo que puedan plantear unos y otros". Se refirió a la "grieta" y evitó responderle a Florencio Randazzo, quien lo tildó ayer de "oportunista".
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          Randazzo: “Cristina es funcional al Gobierno y la gestión de Scioli fue un desastre”   
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Randazzo, concedió una entrevista después de 2 años

Hacía dos años que Florencio Randazzo no brindaba entrevistas a medios periodísticos. Lo hizo este viernes (30/6) a periodista Marcelo Longobardi en Radio Mitre. Allí, contó cómo fue la reunión que mantuvo con la expresidenta Cristina Fernández antes del cierre de las listas de candidatos y qué le ofrecieron para abandonar su postulación. También criticó con dureza la gestión de Daniel Scioli.

Randazzo dijo que "la decisión que tomó Cristina" de postularse en las próximas elecciones es "funcional al gobierno" de Mauricio Macri y“pone en discusión el pasado, y tenemos que ver qué errores cometimos y ver el futuro".

"Me preocupa que algunos intendentes hayan adherido a la candidatura de Cristina", señaló el precandidato bonaerense del Frente Justicialista.

Además, advirtió que en el sector que lidera la expresidenta "ya habían tomado la decisión de formar un frente y sacar al peronismo para que no participemos" de una primaria.

Por otra parte, cuestionó el "oportunismo" de dirigentes peronistas que, según consideró, estuvieron muy cerca de la expresidenta pero ahora la critican.

Randazzo dio detalles del encuentro reservado con la exjefa de Estado y justificó el desacuerdo con la expresidenta porque las "diferencias eran incompatibles con la posibilidad de acompañarla" en las listas de Unidad Ciudadana, y confirmó que el kirchnerismo le ofreció la postulación como segundo precandidato a senador o como cabeza de la lista de diputados. "Sabía que había muy pocas posibilidades de reparar lo que estaba roto, fundamentalmente por la decisión nuestra de participar en una PASO. La reunión fue muy amable pero yo no estoy de acuerdo con que los candidatos se elijan por el dedo", dijo el exfuncionario.

Por otro lado, definió como "un desastre" la gestión de Daniel Scioli como gobernador y cuestionó al Gobierno nacional porque, según consideró, "agravó los problemas que ya existían y tiene grandes problemas a la hora gestionar".

"La ilusión se transformó en dolor y desilusión", señaló, con respecto a la gestión de Cambiemos, a la vez que evaluó que "el endeudamiento que está haciendo este Gobierno va a hipotecar el futuro".

Para el exministro de Interior, "Macri tiene que tener una actitud diferente con una mirada al futuro" y "no remitirse siempre hacia el pasado".

También se diferenció de la gobernadora María Eugenia Vidal y dijo tener "una visión muy diferente a la que a diario quieren transmitir".

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El precandidato a Senador Nacional por Cumplir Florencio Randazzo, brindó este viernes (30/6) su primera entrevista a un medio de comunicación después de dos años. En declaraciones a Radio Mitre contó cómo fue la reunión que mantuvo con Cristina Fernández antes del cierre de listas y calificó como “desastre” la gestión de Daniel Scioli en la provincia de Buenos Aires. "La decisión que tomó Cristina" de postularse para las próximas elecciones es "funcional al gobierno" de Mauricio Macri, opinó el exministro de Transporte a la vez que reveló que el kirchnerismo le había ofrecido la postulación como segundo precandidato a senador o como cabeza de la lista de diputados pero que rechazó las propuestas porque las "diferencias eran incompatibles con la posibilidad de acompañarla (a Cristina)".
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          Allanaron el supuesto hotel porteño de Cristina, que funcionaría para lavar dinero   
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La expresidente Cristina Fernández.
 
La Policía de Seguridad Aeroportuaria allanó el hotel Waldorf para secuestrar los libros de registro de huéspedes del establecimiento luego de que la diputada Margarita Stolbizer atribuyera el inmueble a Cristina Fernández y denunciara que el lugar funciona como una pantalla para lavar dinero.
 
En su presentación, la legisladora del GEN sostuvo que la familiar Kirchner usó a Osvaldo Sanfelice para comprar el Waldorf sin que su nombre figurara y así utilizar el inmueble "como fachada para diversas operaciones de dinero".
 
En otro escrito que acercó a Comodoro Py, Stolbizer y su abogada Silvina Martinez aportaron elementos que a su juicio podrían revelar una de las vías mediante las cuales "se canalizaban el pago de las coimas a funcionarios públicos por parte de la firma Constructora Norberto Odebrecht S.A". 
 
En concreto, Stolbizer detectó que los asientos del libro IVA Ventas del hotel dan cuenta de habitaciones que comenzaron a ser facturadas a la constructora brasileña luego de que Sanfelice adquiriera el inmueble en 2009.
 
Por pedido del fiscal Federico Delgado, titular de la Fiscalía Federal Nº 6, el juez Sebastián Casanello autorizó el allanamiento del hotel, ubicado en Paraguay 450. Actuó en el operativo la Unidad Operacional Control del Narcotráfico y Delito Complejo de la Unidad Regional I Este de la Policía de Seguridad Aeroportuaria.
 
Stolbizer señaló que a partir de 2012 los pagos realizados por Odebrecht aumentaron considerablemente. Hay períodos en los que el hotel emitió una factura diaria durante meses enteros a la firma brasileña. Esto ocurrió en julio y agosto de 2012; también en mayo, junio y septiembre de 2014. Si se suma la facturación del hotel de Sanfelice, supera la capacidad del establecimiento.
 
Además, la legisladora destacó que el patrimonio de Sanfelice creció en forma injustificada a partir de su vínculo con la familia Kirchner. En este sentido, en 2007 declaró bienes por 1.265.837 pesos. En 2008 los duplicó, al llevarlos a 3.245.081 pesos. Y en 2009 compró el Hotel Waldorf por 6.335.000 pesos, casi el doble de su patrimonio declarado.
 
El Waldorf tuvo un ejercicio negativo en 2009. Pero en 2010 el saldo positivo ascendió a 879 mil pesos. Ya en 2012 ganó un millón de pesos. Según los balances, la facturación creció de manera sostenida. Fueron cuatro millones y medio de pesos en 2009, más de 6 millones de pesos en 2010, casi 8 millones de pesos en 2011 y casi 9 millones de pesos durante 2013.
 
El del miércoles fue el segundo operativo que se llevó a cabo en el hotel atribuido a la ex presidente. 
 
Semanas atrás, personal de la Administración Federal de Ingresos Públicos (AFIP) encabezó un operativo en busca de "documentación respaldatoria" para la investigación de "la emisión de facturas truchas y elementos que respalden la teoría de la evasión".
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Tras la denuncia de la diputada Margarita Stolbizer y el pedido del fiscal Federico Delgado, el juez Sebastián Casanello autorizó el allanamiento del hotel Waldorf para secuestrar registros de huéspedes del inmueble que habría sido utilizado por los Kirchner "como fachada para diversas operaciones de dinero", entre ellas "el pago de coimas por parte de Odebrecht".
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          Tras el incidente con el auto, echaron a los custodios de Casa Rosada   
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Este jueves 29/6, el Gobierno pasó a disponibilidad a todos los policías que estuvieron la noche del 21/6 cuando una persona con trastornos psiquiátricos a bordo de un Renault 19 gris ingresó a la calle Balcarce y chocó frente a las rejas de la Casa Rosada, poniendo en alerta la zona de seguridad presidencial.

Pero pasarlos a disponibilidad no será el único acto a realizar, ya que se elabora un plan para reforzar la seguridad en todo el predio del edificio situado en Balcarce 50. "Se están analizando todas las alternativas posibles para reforzar las medidas de seguridad y de inmediato se evaluarán los pasos a seguir con las herramientas más convenientes", dijo un funcionario cercano al jefe de Estado a diversos medios.

Se evalúan varias medidas: reforzar la cantidad de efectivos, la posibilidad de aumentar los vallados, eliminar la circulación peatonal por la calle Balcarce frente a la Casa Rosada o reforzar las rejas. Pero hasta ahora no se definió nada. También se supo que hoy había mucho malestar en la Casa Rosada por el accionar lento y tardío que se vio por parte de la Policía Federal esa noche, que quedó reflejado en un video que se conoció este jueves 29/6. Además, el juez federal Sergio Torres le pidió al general José Luis Yofre, a cargo de la Casa Militar, la repartición que se ocupa de la seguridad en la Casa Rosada, que establezca un plan a "corto, mediano y largo plazo" para mejorar y reforzar la protección de la Casa de Gobierno.

La cercanía de la cumbre de la OMC en Buenos Aires y la realización de la cumbre de presidentes del G20 en la Argentina el año que viene obligarán también a reforzar medidas de seguridad en edificios públicos, según dijeron fuentes oficiales.

No es la primera vez que la seguridad presidencial se vio afectada. En otros momentos hubo ataques a Macri durante giras y actos que hizo por el interior del país, lo que también generó una fuerte alerta en el Gobierno.

El juez Torres hizo el pedido luego de que el 21/6 sucediera un hecho que no pasó a mayores pero que pudo haber sido gravísimo y que mostró algunas falencias de seguridad en la Casa Rosada. A las 2:44 del miércoles 21 de junio un Renault 19 gris del año 1997 ingresó a la calle Balcarce, que pasa por el frente de la Casa Rosada y está –desde hace años– restringida al tránsito. Se detuvo frente a las rejas ubicadas delante de la entrada principal en Balcarce 50. Allí no había nadie. Chocó con el auto contra las rejas dos o tres veces hasta que venció la resistencia del metal y enfiló hacia adentro de la Casa Rosada por una especie de pasillo delimitado por vallas. A poca velocidad chocó contra el umbral de mármol que hay que pisar para acceder a la mismísima Casa Rosada. Y ahí se detuvo.

El viejo Renault 19 quedó allí, a centímetros de ingresar a la Casa de Gobierno. El conductor bajó del auto. Estaba en estado de shock. Gritaba. Se le acercó un policía, quien ante la extraña situación pidió refuerzos. Mientras llegaban otros efectivos, del Renault 19 descendió en ayuda de su dueño un perro Pitbull bayo atigrado de cuatro años.

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La seguridad presidencial vuelve a estar en discusión. Ocurre que, tras conocerse este jueves 29/6 las imágenes de un auto irrumpiendo en Casa Rosada, el secretario General de Presidencia Fernando de Andreis, decidió desplazar a los uniformados que debían estar en las garitas de ingreso al edificio la noche del choque. El funcionario también pidió que se refuerce la custodia del perímetro de la Casa Rosada.
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          CFK se mostró en una fábrica para remontar una campaña que comenzó complicada   
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Cristina Fernández, en San Martín, un distrito que se plegó al randazzismo.

Cristina Fernández encabezó este jueves una visita a una fábrica de artículos de cuero, lo que se convirtió en su 1er acto de campaña tras la confirmación de su candidatura a senadora nacional, el sábado último.

Junto a su compañero de fórmula, Jorge Taiana, la exPresidente visitó la fábrica Cuero Flex, una cooperativa instalada en el municipio de San Martín y que desde el kirchnerismo describieron como "otra de las víctimas del tarifazo".

"Cuero Flex pagaba $50.000 de luz y ahora $500.000. Pagaba $18.000 de gas y ahora $170.000 por medidor", agregan en la cuenta oficial de Unidad Ciudadana, que comparte fotos y videos de la visita de Cristina. Además, aseguran que en los últimos meses la producción de la cooperativa cayó alrededor de un 30% y denuncian la situación con el hashtag #AsíNoSePuedeSeguir.

El lugar elegido no parece inocente: San Martín es el partido que gobierna Gabriel Katopodis que resistió la tentación de saltar a Unidad Ciudadana, el frente K, para quedarse con Florencio Randazzo. La difusión del recorrido de la exPresidente coincidía con el momento de la conferencia de prensa que el exministro brindaba en el centro porteño. Katopodis estaba allí.

Cristina se mostró acompañada además por Hernán Letcher, primer candidato a concejal por su espacio y director del CEPA, uno de los centros de estudios económicos referenciados en el kirchnerismo.

La exPresidente comienza a darle el perfil deseado a su proselitismo -con centralidad en ella y hablando de "los agredidos" del modelo macrista- luego de un comienzo que pareció complicar la campaña, si es que se trata de buscar los votos que faltan.

Las expresiones de Fernanda Vallejos, quien encabeza la lista de Diputados de Unidad Ciudadana, defendiendo a Amado Boudou y asegurando que los casos de corrupción "son un invento de los medios"; el piquete realizado en la 9 de julio por organizaciones identificadas con el kirchnerismo, con militantes capuchas y palos, neumáticos incendiados y una Hebe de Bonafini justificandolo; y el muy viralizado pero conceptualmente pobre episodio de la foto del supermercado La Ánonima marcaron un inicio de campaña poco proclive a cautivar a un electorado que vaya más allá de la base fiel de la exPresidente.

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La exPresidente y su compañero de fórmula, Jorge Taiana, recorrieron una fábrica de artículos de cuero en el partido de San Martín. La exPresidente comienza a darle el perfil deseado a su proselitismo luego de un comienzo que pareció complicar la campaña si se trata de buscar los votos que faltan.
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          Habló Randazzo: Críticas a Macri, a CFK y un curioso fallido (Video)   
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Florencio Randazzo en la conferencia de prensa que dio este jueves para impulsar su candidatura.

El exministro Florencio Randazzo dio el puntapié inicial a su campaña con una conferencia de prensa en las que dio sus primeras definiciones políticas tras confirmarse su precandidatura a senador nacional.

En el inicio de su alocusión, acompañado de los dirigentes que respaldan su proyecto en el hotel porteño NH Bolivar, el exministro de Transporte calificó de "insensible" al gobierno de Mauricio Macri en términos sociales

"Esa ilusión que había hace 16 meses se transformó en decepción, y la esperanza se transformó en dolor", dijo.

“En un país caracterizado por la enorme desigualdad, cuando el Estado asume un rol secundario abandona los derechos de los que menos tienen”, dijo.

“Estamos en las antípodas de ese pensamiento, pero si hay algo que es imperdonable de este gobierno es que no cumplió ninguna de las promesas de campaña, y no se hace cargo de nada, se comporta como un chico malcriado”, arremetió.

"Queremos conformar una oposición firme, amplia, pretendemos ser una alternativa electoral que le ponga un límite a Macri, sin oportunismo, sin soberbia”.

En cuanto a la postulación de Cristina Fernández, Randazzo sostuvo que la expresidente "cumplió una etapa". "Se privilegió el dedo, la decisión unilateral, creíamos que era necesario hacer una profunda lectura de lo que nos había pasado, pero fue imposible”, dijo sobre la frustrada interna dentro del PJ.

Evaluó que la expresidenta "como todo dirigente político tiene una enorme responsabilidad" y señaló que "puso por encima de un interés colectivo su interés individual de ser candidata".

“Vamos a caminar la provincia cargada de sueños con una propuesta sencilla: mayor sentido común, mayor coherencia y menos marketing”, dijo.

Una perla que dejó la conferencia de prensa fue un acto fallido. El espacio de Randazzo se llama Cumplir, y sobre esa consigna giró su discurso. Pero en un momento, el candidato casi dijo que el representa "la cara del incumplimiento". O sea, todo lo contrario.

"Hay opositores que prometen cosas de imposible cumplimiento. Nosotros somos la cara... perdón, la contra cara del incumplimiento", dijo (video).

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El exministro, que lanzó su candidatura, ofrecio una conferencia de prensa en la que acusó al gobierno de Mauricio Macri de ser "insensible" y no cumplir "promesas de campaña". Además, dijo que la exPresidente "cumplió una etapa". Tuvo un acto fallido cuando criticó a "opositores que prometen cosas de imposible cumplimiento".
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          Chicago Police, Feds Team Up On New Effort To Curb Violence   

Chicago police, federal agents and prosecutors are launching a new initiative Friday to stem the flow of illegal firearms in the city as part of efforts to curb rampant gun violence that President Donald Trump says is at “epidemic proportions.” Trump’s remark on Twitter came ahead of an announcement by Chicago police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives about the formation of the Chicago Crime Gun Strike Force. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office acknowledged that an additional 20 ATF agents have been sent to Chicago. State police, intelligence analysts and state and federal prosecutors will target illegal guns and repeat gun offenders, Chicago police said. Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a statement Thursday night that “we are foundationally changing the way we fight crime in Chicago.” Trump tweeted Friday morning that “Crime and killings in Chicago have reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help.” In January, he warned Chicago about its high number of homicides, saying on Twitter that he is ready to “send in the Feds.” Adam Collins, spokesman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, said the city wants federal help. “Six months ago we made it clear that we would welcome additional federal support, and six months later we appreciate the 20 new ATF agents that are now arriving,” Collins said in an email. But as the police department released figures that show the number of homicides, shooting incidents and shooting victims has dropped, Collins said “the progress CPD has made this year has happened without any of the new resources from the federal government we requested.” In fact, earlier this week, officials announced that the ATF had loaned the city a van outfitted with ballistic testing equipment to help police more quickly solve gun crimes. Trump’s latest tweet said there have been 1,714 shootings in Chicago this year. According to the police department, there have been 1,703 shooting victims. There were 1,935 shooting victims in the city during the same period last year. Also, there have been 1,360 shooting incidents so far this year — 224 less than were reported during the same period in 2016. So far this year, there have been 320 homicides compared to 322 by this time last year, according to the police department. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, speaking Friday on the Fox News Channel’s morning show, “Fox & Friends,” said the Justice Department is “sending in additional gun investigators” to Chicago and that he has urged the U.S. attorney’s office to prosecute gun cases aggressively. “The police have been demoralized in many ways,” he said. “In many ways, the policies in Chicago have not been working. Murders are way, way too high. It is critical for the people of Chicago’s public safety that we begin to work together here and deport violent criminals that have been convicted. They need to not be a sanctuary city, they need to be protecting the people of Chicago from violent criminals.” Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement late Thursday that federal and Cook County prosecutors plan to develop new strategies to prosecute gun crimes and offenders. Sessions last week pledged federal assistance to 12 cities to help them develop individualized, long-term strategies to fight violence. But Chicago was not among them. The Justice Department said that’s because Chicago was already […]

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          Trump Urges GOP To Repeal Obama Law Now, Replace Later   

President Donald Trump urged divided congressional Republicans on Friday to break their logjam over dismantling President Barack Obama’s health care law by “immediately” repealing it and replacing it later, a formula that GOP leaders dismissed months ago as politically unwise. Trump’s early-morning tweet embraced a sequential approach favored by only a handful of conservatives eager to take quick action on one of the party’s foremost priorities — repealing Obamacare, something Republicans have long promised to do. But his suggestion threatened to sharpen divisions between conservatives and moderates, who are leery of stripping coverage from millions of constituents without something to substitute for it. “If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!” Trump tweeted. Supporters of that idea include Sens. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., and Rand Paul, R-Ky. House and Senate leaders long ago abandoned initial thoughts of first erasing Obama’s law, and then replacing it. Such a step-by-step approach would leave Republicans vulnerable to Democratic accusations that they were simply tossing people off coverage without helping them obtain medical care. It could also roil insurance markets by prompting insurers to flee or boost premiums because of worries over whether, when and how Congress would replace the statute. And the idea would leave unresolved the quandary stumping lawmakers today — how to replace Obama’s system of online insurance markets, tax subsidies and an expanded Medicaid with something that will get enough Republican votes to pass Congress. A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., declined to comment on Trump’s tweet. Underscoring the fissures within the GOP, conservative group leaders welcomed Trump’s suggestion but said it didn’t go far enough because it could open the door to a subsequent bipartisan compromise to replace Obama’s law. They accused McConnell of not wanting to go far enough and protecting GOP moderates who want to keep parts of the statute, such as insurance coverage requirements. “It’s distressing to see so many Republicans who’ve lied about their commitment to repeal. Mitch McConnell wants to amend Obamacare,” Ken Cuccinelli, president of the Senate Conservatives Fund, said in a conference call. Mimicking a southern accent, the New Jersey-born Cuccinelli said, “Root and branch, root and branch,” repeating an expression McConnell once used about how thoroughly he wanted to repeal the Obama law. On Thursday, Senate Republicans were considering breaking a stalemate over what their replacement bill should do by preserving a tax boost Obama’s law imposed on high earners. Keeping that tax increase in place was a bid to woo party moderates and rescue their sputtering push to repeal his health care overhaul. The break from dogma by a party that has long reviled tax boosts — and most things achieved by Obama — underscores McConnell’s feverish effort to rescue the Senate legislation from the brink of possible defeat. The money from the tax boost would instead be used to bolster proposed health care subsidies for lower-income people. The change, proposed by Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., would give a more populist flavor to the bill. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says that as the legislation now is written, it would boost out-of-pocket costs for many poor consumers and produce 22 million uninsured people while cutting around $700 billion in taxes over a […]

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          Global Cyberattack Seems Intent On Havoc, Not Extortion   

A cyberattack that caused indiscriminate economic damage around the world was apparently designed to create maximum havoc in Russia’s neighbor and adversary Ukraine, security researchers said. While the rogue software used in the attack was configured as extortionate “ransomware,” that may have just been a ruse. “It is clear that this was targeted indiscriminately at Ukrainian businesses, and the Ukrainian government,” Jake Williams, president of the security firm Rendition Infosec and a former member of the U.S. National Security Agency’s elite cyberwarfare group, told The Associated Press in an online chat. “The ‘ransomware’ component is just a smokescreen (and a bad one).” UKRAINE IN PAIN Although the attack was global in its reach, Ukraine bore the brunt. Computers were disabled at banks, government agencies, energy companies, supermarkets, railways and telecommunications providers. Many of these organizations said they had recovered by Thursday, although some experts suspected that work was incomplete. “There is still a lot of damage, especially in banks,” said Victor Zhora, CEO of the Kiev cybersecurity firm InfoSafe. “ATMs are working (again) but some bank operations are still limited.” He estimated damage in “the millions of dollars, perhaps tens of millions.” And that’s just in Ukraine. Microsoft said the malware hit at least 64 nations, including Russia, Germany and the United States. “I expect that we will see additional fallout from this is the coming days,” said Williams. In Ukraine, suspicion immediately fell on hackers affiliated with Vladimir Putin’s regime, although there is no direct, public evidence tying Russia to the attack. Relations between the two nations have been tense since Moscow annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014. Pro-Russian fighters are still battling the government in eastern Ukraine. Experts have also blamed pro-Russian hackers for major cyberattacks on the Ukrainian power grid in 2015 and 2016, assaults that have turned the eastern European nation into the world’s leading cyberwarfare testing ground. A disruptive attack on the nation’s voting system ahead of 2014 national elections is also attributed to Russia. THE MOSCOW CONNECTION The malicious program, which researchers are calling NotPetya, initially appeared to be ransomware. Such malware locks up victims’ files by encrypting them, then holds them hostage while demanding payment — usually in bitcoin, the hard-to-trace digital currency. But researchers said the culprits would have been hard-pressed to make money off the scheme. They appear to have relied on a single email address that was blocked almost immediately and a single bitcoin account that collected the relatively puny sum of $10,000. Firms including Russia’s anti-virus Kaspersky Lab, said clues in the code indicate that the program’s authors would have been incapable of decrypting the data, further evidence that the ransom demands were a smoke screen. The timing was intriguing, too. The attack came the same day as the assassination of a senior Ukrainian military intelligence officer and a day before a national holiday celebrating the new Ukrainian constitution signed after the breakup of the Soviet Union. “Everything being said so far does point to Russia being a leading candidate for a suspect in this attack,” said Robert M. Lee, CEO of Dragos Inc. an expert who has studied the attacks on Ukraine’s power grid. What’s most worrisome and reprehensible, said Lee, is that whoever was behind the attack was unconcerned about the indiscriminate, collateral damage it […]

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          Sessions Hopes Russia Probe Ends ‘Sooner Rather Than Later’   

Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave a vote of confidence Friday to former FBI director Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading an investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign, but he also said he hoped the investigation could “move forward and come to an end sooner rather than later.” The attorney general’s comments during a “Fox & Friends” interview were his most expansive to date on the Justice Department’s appointment last month of Mueller to run the investigation. “Mr. Mueller is someone I’ve known a long time, and I’ve had confidence in him over the years,” said Sessions, an Alabama Republican who served for years on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the panel that oversees the FBI. Those remarks stand in contrast to a drumbeat of Republican criticism of the special counsel’s investigation, including from President Donald Trump, who on the same show last week contended that Mueller was “very, very good friends” with fired FBI director James Comey and characterized that relationship as “very bothersome.” Republicans have also raised conflict-of-interest concerns by noting that some lawyers on Mueller’s investigative team have previously contributed to Democratic candidates, though federal law and department policy does not permit the special counsel to take into consideration the political affiliations of a potential hire. Sessions said he was hopeful the investigation would conclude sooner than later, a point White House staff has repeatedly made, and he did suggest that questions about the composition of Mueller’s staff could be fair game. “We expect integrity from every person involved in this investigation. Mr. Mueller is entitled, lawfully, I guess, at this point, to hire who he desires,” Sessions said, “but I think he should look for people who have strength and credibility by all people.” Mueller was appointed FBI director by Republican President George W. Bush and held the position for 12 years. (AP)

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           Tight security in Hong Kong as Xi leads celebrations    
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          US Blacklists China Bank, Revving Up Pressure Over NKorea   

The United States has blacklisted a small Chinese bank accused of illicit dealings with North Korea, escalating the pressure on Beijing to rein in its wayward ally amid increased signs of frustration among President Donald Trump and his top advisers with China’s diplomatic efforts. The Treasury Department on Thursday declared the Bank of Dandong a “primary money-laundering concern,” proposing to sever it entirely from the U.S. financial system, pending a 60-day review period. Although Trump’s treasury secretary said the move didn’t target China, it comes a week after the president lamented that China’s promise to help with North Korea “has not worked out.” Calls to Bank of Dandong rang unanswered on Friday. Beijing, however, criticized Washington’s action, saying that unilateral sanctions outside the U.N. Security Council were inappropriate. “We also firmly oppose any individual country to exercise long-arm jurisdiction under its own domestic law,” said Lu Kang, spokesman for China’s foreign ministry. Lu added that Beijing will investigate possible wrongdoings by Chinese individuals and entities under Chinese laws. Trump had been leaning on President Xi Jinping to help stop the North’s development of nuclear weapons before they can threaten the U.S. homeland. A main focus of the coordination has been getting China to fully enforce international sanctions intended to starve North Korea of revenue for its nuclear and missile programs. The U.S. action is likely to anger China, which handles about 90 percent of North Korea’s external trade, and whose banks and companies are said to provide Pyongyang access to the U.S.-dominated international financial system. The sanctions bar Americans from doing business with Bank of Dandong, which is based in a northeastern Chinese city on the North Korean border that serves as a gateway for trade with the isolated nation. The U.S. also slapped sanctions Thursday on a Chinese shipping company and two Chinese people that it said have facilitated illegal activities by North Korea. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the U.S. still wants to work with Beijing on combating the North Korean threat. “We are in no way targeting China with these actions,” Mnuchin told a White House news briefing. The punitive steps were presaged by a tweet from Trump last week reflecting dissatisfaction with Beijing’s efforts. “While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!” Trump tweeted on June 20. The Trump administration may be struggling to maintain international pressure on Pyongyang. The president was to meet for the first time Thursday with South Korea’s new leader, President Moon Jae-in, who has long advocated outreach to North Korea. His predecessor had staunchly backed Trump’s harder line. Mnuchin said the Bank of Dandong has facilitated millions of dollars of transactions for companies involved in North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs. Anthony Ruggiero, a sanctions expert and former Treasury Department official, described it as a small Chinese bank “sitting at the heart” of trade between North Korea and China. “This is a strong message to Chinese leaders that the Trump administration will act against North Korea’s sanctions evasion in China,” he said. The other targeted Chinese entities are: —Dalian Global Unity Shipping Co., which Treasury accused of transporting 700,000 tons of freight annually, including coal and steel products, […]

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          Sörjer presidentens bortgång: ”Chockad”   

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          Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe Under Federal Investigation   
This DIMocrat in disguise should at the least RESIGN or Trump needs to fire him ASAP. Do you think President Trump below is reason enough? STOP your freaking Tweeting all hours of the morning and start doing what you got … Continue reading
           Trump, South Korea's Moon discuss North Korea, trade at White House    
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          CNN Boss Jeff Zucker Flees Like a Coward When Confronted by James O’Keefe (VIDEO)   
  Cristina Laila / The Gateway Pundit Jun 29th, 2017  New York – Project Veritas President, James O’Keefe confronted CNN boss, Jeff Zucker Thursday morning over the recent bombshell undercover videos which exposed CNN for pushing the Trump-Russia story for … Continue reading
           Brazil unions protest Temer's reforms; turnout drops    
By Pedro FonsecaRIO DE JANEIRO, June 30 (Reuters) - Brazilian labor unions staged peaceful nationwide demonstrations against scandal-hit President Michel...
           France's Macron due in Mali to back Sahel anti-jihad force    
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          Dopo Equitalia il Fisco stesso   
Dopo la soppressione di Equitalia, è il Fisco stesso che diventa Agente di Riscossione delle tasse.
Sulla Gazzetta Ufficiale di ieri, la n. 150, è stato pubblicato:

DECRETO DEL PRESIDENTE DEL CONSIGLIO DEI MINISTRI 5 giugno 2017
 Approvazione dello Statuto dell'Agenzia delle entrate-Riscossione.

Qui sotto il decreto in formato grafico.






           TV hosts charge Trump is unstable, accuse him of blackmail    
By Doina ChiacuWASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) - Two television hosts attacked by U.S. President Donald Trump questioned the Republican leader's mental...
          Make our mental health laws fit for purpose | Letters   
Leading figures involved in the law, mental health and social work call on the government to ensure the detention of people with mental health problems is central to its promised review of current legislation

The increasing use of powers to detain patients with mental health problems is deeply disturbing. Reform of mental health legislation – announced in the Queen’s speech – must ensure respect for people’s rights and dignity. It must also incorporate robust, independent research into why rates of detention are increasing so rapidly and why people from some minority ethnic groups are so disproportionately the subject of detention measures. Too few people are able to access quality treatment and support when and where they need it. The root causes of the current mental health crisis – including societal factors such as poverty, addiction and austerity – must be properly investigated if we are to develop new legislation fit for our times.

The views of mental health service users and patients, their families, professionals and carers alongside a comprehensive assessment of community support and treatment options must be central to a credible review. Mental health underpins national social and economic wellbeing – we are glad the government has committed to giving it the urgent attention it deserves.
Robert Bourns President of the Law Society of England and Wales, Paul Farmer Chief executive, MindMark Winstanley Chief executive, Rethink Mental Illness, Wendy Burn President-elect, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Dr Ruth Allen Chief executive, British Association of Social Workers

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          Mind of Sabol: Coaching   

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          Cubanos impedidos de asistir a evento en México tendrán voz a pesar de las prohibiciones   
Cubanos impedidos de asistir a evento en México tendrán voz a pesar de
las prohibiciones
junio 29, 2017

Una representación de activistas cubanos que no pudieron asistir a un
evento organizado en Cancún esta semana podrán hacerlo este jueves vía
telefónica.
El IV encuentro "Caminos para una Cuba Democrática" organizado por la
Fundación Konrad Adenauer (KAS) y la Mesa de Unidad de Acción
Democrática (MUAD) se celebra esta semana en Cancún, México a pesar de
la ausencia de más de 20 activistas cubanos a quienes las autoridades
impidieron viajar el lunes para asistir al evento.

"No nos vamos a dejar intimidar por las acciones de ellos, que la
voluntad de seguir trabajando por el bien de Cuba es firme y no podrá
ser coaccionada con injustas medidas", dijo a Martí Noticias el
activista exiliado Siro del Castillo, secretario ejecutivo de
Solidaridad de Trabajadores Cubanos.

El activista explicó que "en solidaridad con los que no pudieron asistir
este jueves, buscarán opciones telefónicas o vía Skype para darles
participación desde la isla".

Otras expresiones de solidaridad con Cuba

Del Castillo dijo que el expresidente de México, el Dr. Felipe Calderón
Hinojosa, presente en el IV Encuentro en el día de ayer, dictó una
conferencia y expresó que estaba unido "con la causa de la Cuba
democrática" que los cubanos están buscando.

El expresidente mexicano expresó su interés en saber que es lo "que
podía hacer para contribuir a esa causa".

También la solidaridad y el apoyo a los presentes lo dio con su
presencia el Senador Jorge Ocejo, vicepresidente de la Organización
Demócrata Cristiana de América (ODCA), quien fuera en el 2014, uno de
los principales promotores de la celebración de estos eventos, donde
surgió la MUAD, precisó Del Castillo.

Las sinrazones de la ausencia de los cubanos

Varios cubanos invitados a participar en el evento denunciaron las
acciones policiales contra ellos en el Aeropuerto Internacional José
Martí, de La Habana, cuando se disponían a abordar el vuelo que los
llevaría a Cancún, el pasado 26 de junio.

Las autoridades de migración informaron a las activistas Lía Villares,
Kirenia Yalil Núñez, María lena Mir Marrero y Regina Coyula que sus
casos estaban "regulados", un término que implica la negativa de viaje
fuera del país, sobre la que los oficiales no dan explicación, ni razones.

El portal digital 14yMedio informó que tampoco pudieron abordar el avión
hacia México los activistas Rafael León Rodríguez, Hildebrando Chaviano,
Wilfredo Vallín, Amado Calixto Gammalame, Erick Álvarez, y Alexei Gámez.

(Redactado por Idolidia Darias, con reporte de Ivette Pacheco)

Source: Cubanos impedidos de asistir a evento en México tendrán voz a
pesar de las prohibiciones -
https://www.martinoticias.com/a/cuba-opositores-prohibicion-viaje-evento-mexico/147867.html
          Cuba tolera controvertido grafiti sobre Trump, pero encarcela a opositores por imágenes críticas   
Cuba tolera controvertido grafiti sobre Trump, pero encarcela a
opositores por imágenes críticas
junio 29, 2017

Un grafiti del presidente estadounidense decapitado permanece a la vista
de locales y turistas en una transitada calle de La Habana, la misma
ciudad en la que un disidente fue a la cárcel por un letrero
antigubernamental.
Un grafiti de un encapuchado que sostiene la cabeza decapitada del
presidente estadounidense, Donald Trump, apareció esta semana en una
pared de una transitada calle de La Habana Vieja, días después de que el
mandatario anunciara un endurecimiento en la política de EEUU hacia Cuba.

Firmado con el seudónimo "2+2=5", el dibujo puede verse en la esquina de
las calles Muralla y Bernaza, a pocos metros del Capitolio cubano y en
una zona muy visitada por turistas y locales, que consideran "polémico"
el dibujo por el fuerte mensaje de violencia que transmite, dijo a Efe
Robert, un joven habanero.

Robert confesó que siente curiosidad sobre el significado de la pintada,
que muestra a un encapuchado de raza negra sosteniendo la cabeza de
Trump, reconocible por su característico peinado y su expresión.

Sobre el encapuchado aparece un pensamiento en forma de globo con lo que
parece ser un huevo frito en su interior, y un signo de interrogación.

Mientras, sobre la cabeza de Trump el autor ha plasmado esa misma
ilustración, pero el huevo frito está tachado por una línea en diagonal,
un icono universal empleado para transmitir la idea de prohibición.

El grafiti también recuerda a la polémica fotografía de la humorista
estadounidense Kathy Griffin, en la que aparecía sujetando una cabeza
falsa de Trump, simulando una decapitación, y que suscitó fuertes
críticas tras su publicación.

Robert, que regenta una tienda de artículos religiosos frente a la pared
en la que apareció el dibujo, aseguró a Efe que no vio al artista
responsable de la pintura, que ha "atraído la atención de todo el que pasa".

El pasado 16 de junio Trump firmó en Miami una orden ejecutiva para
limitar los viajes individuales de estadounidenses a Cuba y vetar los
negocios con empresas controladas por las Fuerzas Armadas, además de
condicionar el diálogo bilateral a "pasos concretos" como la celebración
de elecciones libres en la isla, entre otros.

A pesar de que este giro en el "deshielo" bilateral puede afectar a la
normalización entre los dos países -que restablecieron vínculos
diplomáticos en julio de 2015-, el mensaje del grafiti "está un poco
fuerte" por la violencia que trasmite, insiste Odania, de visita en la
Habana desde Santiago de Cuba.

"Nosotros hallamos la actitud de Trump un poco agresiva, pero debemos
llegar a una comprensión entre Estado y Estado, para ver si hay una
mejor comunicación", dijo.

Iván de la Flor, un conductor de bicitaxis en La Habana Vieja, opinó que
la pintada sirve para "reflexionar" porque "cada cual puede hacer su
lectura".

"Ahí nunca había habido un grafiti y a la gente le llama mucho la
atención, porque estamos viviendo la época de la nueva Administración
del presidente de EEUU y su apoyo al 'bloqueo' (embargo) a Cuba", explica.

Coincide en que es "violento, porque nadie le debe arrancar la cabeza a
nadie", aunque reconoce que la decisión de Trump de limitar la llegada
de estadounidenses a la isla "afecta a la economía, al Gobierno, al
pueblo" porque "todo el que tiene que trabajar directamente con el
turismo se ve afectado".

"(El expresidente Barack) Obama flexibilizó los viajes, y el pueblo de
Cuba tenía una esperanza de que el 'bloqueo' se quitara. He hablado con
muchos turistas americanos (...) Incluso llegué a hablar con una
senadora que vino de visita y me aseguró que el 'bloqueo' lo iban a
quitar. Todavía lo estoy esperando", agregó.

"2+2=5" es una expresión usada en la novela distópica "1984" de George
Orwell, para criticar los dogmas falsos y el autoritarismo del "Gran
Hermano".

Varios grafiti con esa firma pueden verse en La Habana, en convivencia
con los profusos carteles con mensajes afines a la Revolución y donde
una pintada con un mensaje opositor al Gobierno puede llevar a la cárcel
a su autor, como fue el caso de Danilo Maldonado, conocido como "El Sexto".

"El Sexto" fue liberado en enero pasado de una prisión de máxima
seguridad en las afueras de La Habana, donde fue encerrado días después
de su detención la noche de la muerte del expresidente cubano Fidel
Castro, el 25 de noviembre de 2016, por pintar "Se fue" en las fachadas
de edificios del centro de la capital cubana.

En 2014, el grafitero intentó realizar una presentación en un parque de
La Habana con dos cerdos pintados de verde con los nombres Fidel y Raúl,
una obra inspirada en "Rebelión en la Granja" de George Orwell y fue
detenido antes de llegar al parque donde realizaría el performance.

En esa etapa estuvo 10 meses en prisión y tampoco fue llevado a juicio.
Lo liberaron sin cargos, gracias, en su opinión, a la presión ejercida a
través de las redes sociales.

Poner carteles contra el comunismo en Cuba y atreverse a contarlo

Source: Cuba tolera controvertido grafiti sobre Trump, pero encarcela a
opositores por imágenes críticas -
https://www.martinoticias.com/a/cuba-graffiti-trump-encarcela-opositores-imagenes-criticas/147865.html
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          Las grandes ambiciones de Plus-Ultra con Cuba   
Las grandes ambiciones de Plus-Ultra con Cuba
Por Rafa -Junio 30, 2017

Barcelona, 29 jun (EFE).- La aerolínea española Plus Ultra prevé
transportar unos 10.000 pasajeros al año con su vuelo directo
Barcelona-La Habana, que empezará a funcionar a partir del próximo
sábado 1 de julio.

En la presentación de la nueva ruta, el vicepresidente de Plus Ultra
Líneas Aéreas, Julio Martínez, ha explicado hoy que la aerolínea espera
que los vuelos alcancen una ocupación del 65% en su primer año de
funcionamiento, en el que hay previstos 52 vuelos.

El directivo ha destacado que la aerolínea espera poder empezar a operar
este invierno un segundo vuelo que conecte El Prat con Cuba a través de
Santiago de Cuba, donde realizaría una "parada técnica".

Plus Ultra viajará a La Habana en código compartido con la estatal
Cubana de Aviación y operará esta conexión con una flota de aviones
Airbus A340-300.

Por su parte, el gerente de Cubana de Aviación para España y Portugal,
Ernesto González, ha remarcado la "ilusión" de conectar de nuevo estas
dos ciudades, puesto que ha recordado que este vuelo dejó de operar hace
18 años.

Además, González ha enfatizado que desde Cataluña se transporta una
elevada carga comercial a Cuba y que por ello esta conexión será
beneficiosa para el tejido económico ambas partes.

Los cubanos residentes en Cataluña también son un público que "necesita"
esta conexión directa, según el gerente de Cubana de Aviación.

El vuelo inaugural de la nueva ruta será este sábado 1 de julio, cuando
desde la capital catalana saldrá una aeronave que realizará el trayecto
inverso al día siguiente.

La compañía española ha apostado desde su puesta en marcha por las
conexiones con Latinoamérica, y en la actualidad opera las rutas de
España a Lima (Perú) y Santiago de Chile, a las que ahora se suma La Habana.

Según datos difundidos en 2016, desde julio del 2015 la aerolínea,
fundada por el antiguo propietario y presidente de Air Madrid, Fernando
González, ha transportado 159.000 pasajeros en su operación regular y
chárter.

La compañía será la cuarta aerolínea española en volar a Cuba, destino
que ya operan con rutas regulares Iberia, Air Europa y Evelop, y la
primera en hacerlo desde Barcelona.

Cuba ha experimentado en los últimos años un auge turístico que se
tradujo en récord en 2016, cuando la isla registró por primera vez en su
historia la cifra de 4 millones de visitantes foráneos.

Para 2017, el país caribeño espera llegar a 4,2 millones de turistas y,
en lo que va de año, según datos del Ministerio cubano de Turismo, la
llegada de españoles ha aumentado en un 16 %, hasta alcanzar más de
69.500 visitantes procedentes de España. EFE

Source: Las grandes ambiciones de Plus-Ultra con Cuba – Diario de la
Marina -
https://eldiariodelamarina.com/las-grandes-ambiciones-plus-ultra-cuba/
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          Gobierno cubano amplía a 20 años la posesión de tierras en usufructo   
Gobierno cubano amplía a 20 años la posesión de tierras en usufructo
Éstas significan un 31 % de la superficie agrícola del país
Viernes, junio 30, 2017 | Agencias

LA HABANA, Cuba.- El Consejo de Ministros de Cuba aprobó extender de 10
a 20 años el periodo de posesión de las tierras entregadas en usufructo
a personas naturales, que hasta septiembre pasado sumaban más de 1,9
millones de hectáreas, un 31 % de la superficie agrícola del país,
informan hoy medios oficiales cubanos.

La vigencia del usufructo será prorrogable y, como nuevo requisito, los
beneficiarios deberán trabajar y administrar de forma directa las
"tierras ociosas" entregadas por el Estado cubano, según determinó el
Consejo de Ministros en una reunión celebrada el jueves y encabezada por
Raúl Castro.

El encuentro ministerial tuvo por objeto analizar "el desempeño de la
economía cubana" en el primer semestre del año, según publican este
viernes los diarios Granma y Juventud Rebelde.
El vicepresidente Marino Murillo, exministro de Economía y actual jefe
de la Comisión Permanente para la Implementación y Desarrollo, destacó
que en la actualidad la solicitud de tierras, una medida que se puso en
práctica en 2008, es limitada.

Esto se debe, explicó, a que los terrenos aún disponibles son menos
productivos por causas como la infestación de marabú (una planta no
endémica e invasiva), la lejanía de los asentamientos poblacionales y
servicios básicos o las dificultades para acceder a las fuentes de agua.

También se ratificó "que las tierras otorgadas en usufructo son
propiedad intransferible del Estado y deben mantenerse en explotación,
evitando un mal uso del suelo y la pérdida de su productividad".

Otras novedades son que el usufructo de las tierras se cancelará si se
detecta el empleo de financiación ilícita para su explotación y que se
empezará a aplicar gradualmente el pago de impuestos previsto en la Ley
por "uso, posesión y ociosidad de la tierra".

El Consejo de Ministros aprobó además nuevas medidas que serán
divulgadas próximamente por la prensa oficial para "mejorar la
organización y el control" del trabajo por cuenta propia, ejercido en la
isla por más de medio millón de personas.

La nota de Granma menciona que se han detectado "desviaciones" en ese
sector como "la utilización de materias primas, materiales y equipos de
procedencia ilícita", incumplimientos tributarios e "imprecisiones e
insuficiencias en el control", entre otros.

El trabajo autónomo, aseguró Murillo, "confirma su validez como fuente
de empleo, al tiempo que incrementa la oferta de bienes y servicios, con
niveles aceptables de calidad".

El Gobierno cubano estudió asimismo una actualización de la política de
funcionamiento de las cooperativas en sectores no agropecuarios, otra de
las formas de gestión no estatal impulsadas en los últimos años como
parte de las reformas económicas que abandera Raúl Castro para
actualizar el modelo socialista de la isla.

La prioridad será "consolidar las 429 cooperativas ya constituidas", una
vez que ratificado que este modelo de gestión constituye "una
alternativa para liberar al Estado de la administración de actividades
económicas, productivas y de servicios que no se consideren principales".

Sin embargo, se ha comprobado que en las cooperativas privadas se dan
también "desviaciones de la idea original para las cuales fueron
creadas, así como falta de rigor y exigencia en el seguimiento, control
y fiscalización y tendencia al incremento de los precios".

Esas cooperativas se concentran en los sectores de comercio, gastronomía
y servicios técnicos y personales, construcción, transporte e industria.

El informe económico sobre el primer semestre del año aprobado por el
Consejo de Ministros de Cuba será presentado en la Asamblea Nacional del
Poder Popular (Parlamento unicameral) el próximo 14 de julio, en la
primera de las dos sesiones anuales que celebra ese organismo.

Cuba entró en recesión el año pasado al decrecer un 0,9 % su economía,
lastrada por la crisis en Venezuela, país que envía petróleo subsidiado
a la isla a la vez que compra servicios profesionales, fundamentalmente
médicos y docentes.

También afectaron al país caribeño la caída de los precios de las
materias primas en los mercados internacionales y la insuficiencia de
las inversiones extranjeras, que no alcanzan el porcentaje requerido por
el país caribeño para impulsar su economía nacional.

(EFE)

Source: Gobierno cubano amplía a 20 años la posesión de tierras en
usufructo CubanetCubanet -
https://www.cubanet.org/noticias/gobierno-cubano-amplia-20-anos-la-posesion-de-tierras-en-usufructo/
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          La masonería no tiene nada que ver con la revolución   
'La masonería no tiene nada que ver con la revolución'
La Seguridad del Estado ha impedido que Eduardo Noda ingrese a la
sociedad fraternal
Viernes, junio 30, 2017

MIAMI, Estados Unidos.- El creador de la única estatua en el mundo de
Franklin Delano Roosevelt en su condición de masón, es vetado por la
policía para ingresar a la masonería.

"Como la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre es la patrona de Cuba, Franklin
Delano Roosevelt es benemérito de la masonería cubana". Este es el credo
que repite Eduardo Leal Noda, creador del Monumento Memorial Masónico
cubano dedicado a la figura de Roosevelt.

No es difícil llegar hasta la única estatua de bronce que existe en el
mundo del exgobernante estadounidense vestido de masón. La figura, a
escala real, es exhibida entre las columnas del portal de la casa
Eduardo Leal, en el poblado de Santiago de las Vegas. Lo difícil es el
camino lleno de obstáculos y represalias que aún recorre Eduardo para
defender el derecho de honrar al expresidente estadounidense.

"Yo no inauguré nada", dice Leal en entrevista concedida a CubaNet.
"Simplemente mandé hacer la estatua y esperé décadas, hasta que un día
hicieron (el Gobierno cubano) relaciones con los americanos. Como
Franklin es norteamericano busqué al agregado cultural de la embajada y
lo invite a la inauguración", añade.

Leal es descendiente de maestros de la masonería cubana, lo que le
permitió heredar documentación y objetos de personalidades históricas
que ahora muestra en un pequeño museo que abriga el Monumento Memorial
Masónico. Entre los valores que posee se encuentra el documento oficial
del 4 de julio de 1947 donde Roosevelt es declarado masón benemérito,
firmado por figuras como Fernando Ortiz, como orador, y el miembro del
Partido Comunista Raúl Roa, invitado a la honra por el presidente Grau
San Martín.

El portal, que hoy es reconocido por autoridades de La Habana como
"Patrimonio Cultural", fue parte de un episodio represivo difícil de
borrar de la memoria de su víctima.

La pasión temprana por la masonería hizo que, en 1982, Eduardo Leal
pusiera una placa de mármol en el portal de la misma casa donde hoy está
la estatua de bronce.

La intención de honrar a un presidente estadounidense provocó que fuera
acusado de "diversionismo ideológico" y expulsado de la Universidad de
La Habana cuando cursaba el cuarto año de Medicina. La perseverancia del
estudiante en la defensa de sus derechos logró que fuera readmitido en
un centro de estudios universitarios, aunque bajo insultantes
condiciones. Debía y recalificar las asignaturas de contenido político
y ya no estudiaría para médico, sino que comenzaría la especialidad de
Biología desde el primer año.

Leal culminó sus estudios universitarios en 1985. Nunca encontró empleo
como biólogo, quizás porque nunca arrancó del portal de su casa la placa
dedicada al masón estadounidense.

"Tú vas a entrar en la masonería en un templo donde hay personas
contrarrevolucionarias y nosotros queremos saber las cosas que suceden
allí", cuenta Leal que le dijeron dos oficiales del Departamento de
Seguridad del Estado cuando realizó su primera solicitud para ingresar
en la masonería.

"Les dije rotundamente que no. Me contestaron que si esa era mi
respuesta yo nunca ingresaría a la masonería, lo dijeron con estas
palabras: 'Siempre que te apuntes en cualquier lado, vas a tener bolas
negras'. Lo dijeron y así ha sido", relata Leal. Las bolas blancas y
negras son utilizadas para el voto masónico, siendo las negras el negativo.

"Por ejemplo, en la Logia de Bejucal hay un policía encubierto llamado
Román Hernández que se encuentra en prisión domiciliaria por vender
explosivos. Él fue como diputado de su distrito y vetó mi entrada en la
masonería (…) Yo soy masón de corazón, a mí me reconocen los que son
verdaderos masones, no esos que son mandados a no reconocerme", dice.

Un candidato con ideas incómodas

Leal no condiciona su palabra al ingreso a la masonería o su estancia en
ella. "Me duele lo que ha sucedido y sucede con la masonería cubana, me
duele que el edificio de la Gran Logia Masónica esté destruido, que se
hayan perdido cuadros de Valdés Ramas, Menocal, Arche, y otros estén
mohosos. El Museo de la Masonería se inunda, el Gobierno mantiene
confiscados los pisos 6, 7 y 8, el sótano, la tienda masónica, la
imprenta (…) Para que tengas una idea de lo que ha sucedido, los masones
tenían un depósito de 38 millones de pesos en el Banco de los Colonos:
se perdieron, como se perdió la propiedad del edificio", relata Leal.

Para quien le resulte difícil encontrar la lógica de tanta intolerancia
ante una simple honra masónica, la respuesta está en las ideas que
representa la figura de Roosevelt, que a decir de Eduardo siempre lo
inspiraron: "Yo creo en la libertad y la democracia (…) La estatua de
Franklin vestido de masón encierra todo un simbolismo, las
características de Franklin, el respeto de un país a las cuatro
libertades… esa es la principal causa que me motivó desde siempre".

Source: 'La masonería no tiene nada que ver con la revolución'
CubanetCubanet -
https://www.cubanet.org/actualidad-destacados/la-masoneria-no-tiene-nada-que-ver-con-la-revolucion/
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          User Review: Better than anything AT&T can give you   

someguy805 submitted this review of the Nokia N73:

Overall rating: 4.5 (out of 5)

Many moons ago, I bought a W810i. It was brilliant. It also got dropped in water. Insurance sent me various flavors of braindead and broken phones (Pearl 8100, Samsung SGH-a707, W580i, LG Shine CU720) before office of the President stepped in and gave me $200 to buy this phone. It beats them all.

PROS:
It runs a real smartphone OS, which means real applications and real PDA functionality.

The camera is fantastic. Pictures are crisp and vibrant. Video could be passed off as coming from one of those "Flip Video" sort of cameras.

The media player flat-out makes sense. It's easy to use, lets you send it to the background, and holding a button (with the most recent firmware) immediately brings up the 'Now Playing'.

Battery life has not been a problem. It's not quite the ten days my old
W810i managed, but it's by no means bad. I use it moderately and charge it every third day. Charging is incredibly quick.

At the maximum brightness the screen is uncomfortably bright, which is a very good thing.

In the Nokia tradition, RF, signal acquisition and holding, and voice quality are stellar. Calls are loud and clear, and my mom can't be convinced I'm not on a landline. The speakers on the top are loud and clear.

CONS:
The keyboard is a bit cramped, but I'm used to that sort of thing. The joystick is a bit low-rent.

The front camera is dreadful, but you already knew that.

It uses Nokia's smaller, spindlier charging connector (but comes with an adapter - don't bin that old charger just yet) and Pop-Port. They're not flawed, but a 3.5mm headset jack and miniUSB are better at this sort of thing.

It is quite thick.

Symbian OS v9.1 requires applications to be signed. There is no surefire workaround for this. It's occasionally slow.

No SDHC support means you're limited to 2GB, and miniSD means yet another adapter.

(Follow link to rate this review or report it to us as inappropriate.)


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          Gildan Releases Its 2016 CSR Report    

(Marketwire) Gildan Activewear Inc. (GIL; TSX and NYSE) has released its 2016 corporate, social and environmental responsibility (CSR) report on the Company’s dedicated CSR website genuinegildan.com. The report is aligned with the new Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards, offering a comprehensive online review on the progress of Gildan’s commitments to its people, communities, the environment and products. 

“As one of the world’s largest manufacturers of apparel and socks, we understand that operating responsibly and integrating sustainable solutions drives our success and enables our future growth,” said Glenn Chamandy, President and CEO, Gildan. “Providing good working conditions for our employees, improving the communities where we operate and pursuing continuous improvements to reduce our impacts on future generations is at the foundation of our commitment.”

Making Apparel Better™

As a large scale vertically-integrated manufacturer, Gildan is able to maintain strict control over the conditions under which its products are manufactured. Close to 90% of Gildan’s revenues are derived from products that are manufactured in Company-owned and operated facilities. “Gildan was founded on the vision that owning its factories, investing in technology and pursuing continuous improvements was the best way to operate and to make better products,” said Glenn Chamandy. “Our continued investments in our vertical integration are at the foundation of our business strategy and the key to our ability to positively influence every part of the overall production process including all activities across our four CSR pillars: People, Environment, Community and Product,” he added.

Navigating the road towards Gildan’s 2020 environmental goals

In 2016, Gildan demonstrated good progress towards its 2020 environmental goals which call for a 10% reduction in energy, water, GHG emissions and landfill waste intensity, per kg of product, from owned operations, when compared to the 2015 baseline year.

In 2016, Gildan’s efficiency initiatives resulted in a reduction of its energy intensity by 10% and water intensity by 5%. The Company increased its industrial and domestic recycling programs globally to now recycle or repurpose 86% of total waste. Additionally, the Company powered 32% of its energy needs by renewable resources.

The Company is continuing to integrate manufacturing capacity from recent acquisitions and is firmly committed to meeting its 2020 GHG goal, by pursuing various initiatives including increasing its use of renewable resources such as biomass. The Company has a number of projects in research and development that hold promise to help meet its 2020 goals, and propel it along the next phase of its environmental journey.

Investments in Local Communities

As part of its commitment to Making Apparel BetterTM, Gildan has contributed close to $2 million towards projects in local communities in the U.S., Canada and Latin America in 2016. Some of these projects include:

  • The construction of a new infant ward for the Mario Catarino Rivas Hospital in Honduras which provides care and services to more than 3,000 infants annually. The newly expanded ward will not only reduce overcrowding at the hospital, but also help to lower mortality rates.

  • A partnership with World Vision Honduras for the “Building Safe and Healthy Environments for Children” program. In addition, Gildan made a commitment with the Ministry of Education to fully sponsor renovation projects for 10 schools in the Sula Valley, improving the school conditions for approximately 4,000 children.

  • Over 450 scholarships awarded to Gildan employees and community members to attend professional and vocational schools in Canada, the U.S. and Latin America.

  • Relief to communities in need due to several weather-related disasters that created difficult situations for residents:

    • Gildan donated to UNICEF and Americares for the relief efforts in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew, as well as provided food and water kits to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
    • During the Fort McMurray, Alberta wildfires, the Company donated clothing items, including sweatshirts, t-shirts, underwear and socks to the over 88,000 evacuees. 
    • Gildan responded to the call for basic necessities for the families displaced by the Louisiana, USA floods, with the distribution of products including t-shirts, socks and underwear though the St. Vincent of Paul Society.

Recognition and Awards

In recognition of Gildan’s efforts to distinguish itself in the apparel industry through its CSR efforts, Gildan was again included on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World Index) for the fourth consecutive year.  The Company remains the only North American company in the Textiles, Apparel and Luxury Goods industry group listed in the DJSI World Index. 

In Latin America, Gildan was recognized with a Distintivo ESR 2016 award for the first time, presented by the Mexican Center for Philanthropy (Cemefi) and the Alliance for Corporate Social Responsibility (Aliarse).  This award is presented to companies that are considered leaders in their corporate social responsibility efforts.   

Contacts:
Investor inquiries:
Sophie Argiriou
Vice President, Investor Communications
(514) 343-8815
sargiriou@gildan.com

Media inquiries:
Garry Bell
Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Communications
(514) 744-8600
gbell@gildan.com
www.gildancorp.com


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México despide hoy a García Márquez con un homenaje abierto que contará con los presidentes de México y Colombia
          Okorie Ramsey Named President Of CalCPA Education Foundation   

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          New Research Highlights Strategies to Drive Industry Cluster Growth   

JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) released a new report providing actionable insights for city leaders looking to leverage their area’s competitive industries to build stronger urban economies. 

Clusters represent interrelated industries in a specific geography—think of the Automotive cluster in Detroit or the Oil and Gas cluster in Houston. “While more and more cities are thinking about clusters as a key to their economic development plans, city leaders are not always equipped with the strategies to maximize their impact, including targeted growth in inner cities,” said Kim Zeuli, Director of Research and Senior Vice President, ICIC. “Whether your city is beginning to look at cluster strategies, or hoping to spur the growth of targeted clusters, the report offers important takeaways.” 

The report, Building Strong Clusters for Strong Urban Economies, profiles cluster building efforts in four U.S. cities—San Diego, St. Louis, Chicago, and New Orleans—and offers six recommendations for designing high-impact clusters.

The San Diego Regional Innovation Cluster and BioSTL (St. Louis) cases offer important strategies for creating successful cluster initiatives. They are spurring growth in the Advanced Defense Technology and Biosciences clusters, respectively. The Chicago Regional Growth Initiative and ProsperityNOLA (New Orleans) cases point to important lessons for creating sustainable cluster-oriented economic development plans, whether within a metropolitan region or city. 

The report’s insights were informed by cluster theory and practice, and an in-depth analysis of cluster strategies across the U.S. Recommendations include choosing the right cluster(s), identifying appropriate cluster interventions, being flexible about geography, ensuring leadership has relevant industry expertise, establishing strong public-private partnerships, and identifying a sustainable business model.

The new report was announced by JPMorgan Chase and ICIC on Wednesday in St. Louis at an event hosted by BioSTL. The event, the GlobalSTL Health Innovation Summit, represents a key cluster-building activity of BioSTL’s international attraction initiative, bringing together some of St. Louis’ top hospitals, companies, and investors and a delegation of 14 leading digital health companies from Israel and Ireland looking to set up U.S. headquarters in St. Louis. “BioSTL is proud to earn this distinction for helping to orchestrate a successful bioscience cluster built upon St. Louis’ strengths in medical and plant science,” said Donn Rubin, President and CEO of BioSTL. “It didn’t happen overnight. Our deliberate approach over the past 15 years has put in place the people, ideas, capital, and infrastructure to create a vibrant cluster to spur economic growth. To be recognized by JPMorgan Chase and ICIC as the model bioscience cluster for other U.S. cities is a privilege for the St. Louis region.” 

This research was made possible by JPMorgan Chase & Co. through its Small Business Forward initiative, a $75 million, multi-year global effort to connect underserved small businesses to experts and critical resources that help them grow faster, create jobs and strengthen local economies.

The full report can be found online at http://icic.org.

About the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City

ICIC is a national, nonprofit research and advisory organization founded in 1994. Its mission is to drive economic prosperity in America’s inner cities through private sector investment that leads to jobs, income and wealth creation for local residents. More information about ICIC is available at www.icic.org.


          Путин и Эрдоган обсудили по телефону обстановку в Сирии    

Президент России Владимир Путин в ходе телефонного разговора обсудил со своим турецким коллегой Реджепом Тайипом Эрдоганом ситуацию в Сирии. Об этом 30 июня сообщила пресс-служба Кремля.

«Продолжено обсуждение ключевых аспектов урегулирования сирийского кризиса с учетом созываемой под эгидой России, Турции и Ирана в начале июля пятой международной встречи по Сирии в Астане», — говорится в сообщении.

Стороны также договорились о дальнейших контактах в ближайшей перспективе.

В ходе телефонного разговора, который состоялся 5 июня, Путин обсудил с Эрдоганом сложившуюся вокруг Катара ситуацию и вопросы двустороннего сотрудничества. Кроме того, был поднят вопрос о зонах деэскалации в Сирийской Арабской Республике.


          Куда потекут миграционные потоки    

Министерство внутренних дел подготовило Концепцию миграционной политики на 2018–2020 годы. Документ предполагает передачу МВД права на адаптацию мигрантов, а миграционные потоки перенаправляются на Дальний Восток. Впрочем, у проекта МВД есть и противники, пишет в пятницу «Коммерсантъ».

Полномочия в области миграции были переданы МВД в 2016 году, после того как была упразднена Федеральная миграционная служба. Разработанная в МВД концепция должна прийти на замену действующей, которая принята в 2012 году и рассчитана до 2025 года.

В МВД считают, что концепцию необходимо обновить из-за политической нестабильности в различных регионах мира, которая «усиливает миграционную подвижность» населения.

В разработанном МВД документе говорится, что необходимо создать «условия для привлечения россиян в приграничные, стратегически важные и трудонедостаточные регионы». Одной из важных целей МВД считает «обеспечение миграционного потока на территорию Дальнего Востока и Байкальского региона России». Для приезжающих предлагается создать инфраструктуру, упростить допуск к образовательным, медицинским и социальным услугам, увеличить подъемные для россиян до миллиона рублей. При этом, по данным МВД, в 2012–2016 годах количество мигрантов в России удвоилось по сравнению с 2007–2011 годами, доля внутренних мигрантов составила 88%, а внешних — 12%.

 
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Авторы концепции уверены, что необходимо дифференцированно относиться к обычным иммигрантам и тем, кто прибыл в Россию из стран «с нестабильной политической ситуацией». При этом что именно имеется в виду пока не раскрывается.

Предлагается стимулировать «студенческую и академическую иммиграцию», «изменить систему» выдачи иммигрантам разрешений на временное проживание, вида на жительство и гражданства.

В рамках программы адаптации мигрантов МВД предлагает содействовать «развитию культуры межнациональных и межрелигиозных отношений, формированию у иммигрантов и принимающего общества навыков межкультурного общения», противодействовать «ксенофобии, национальной и расовой нетерпимости». Для придется создать «центры информационной и правовой поддержки иммигрантов», проводить курсы изучения русского языка, истории и культуры, а также создать специальный телеканал.

При этом интересно, что миграционной политикой собирается заниматься не только МВД: Федеральное агентство по делам национальностей (ФАДН) уже успело включить этот вопрос в государственную программу «Реализация госнацполитики на период 2017–2025 годов». Однако разработанный еще в апреле проект указа о назначении ФАДН уполномоченным органом власти в сфере адаптации мигрантов еще не подписан, проблема, судя по всему, в ресурсах. «Минэкономики и Минфин не против передачи агентству этих функций, но не обещают денег и людей. Нам дали дополнительно пять штатных единиц, но этого недостаточно, мы вообще просили 30 человек, чтобы создать управление», — отметил источник «Коммерсанта» В ФАДН.

 
Работник миграционной службы / wikipedia.org

В результате, как сообщает другой источник издания, близкий к АП, сейчас «идут разговоры о необходимости вновь создать миграционную службу». «Стало понятно, что проблемы, которые во всем мире создают иммигранты, требуют комплексного решения, в том числе в области адаптации», — пояснил собеседник издания.


          Rajoy augura que se crearán medio millón de trabajos en este año   
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          Like Many, Cubs Were Confused About Dan Gilbert Ending Up Amid Their Oval Office Visit   
Gilbert was at the White House to talk business with President Donald Trump, who then invited him into the Cubs' proceedings.
          Ana Pastor nega a Puigdemont la possibilitat que comparegui al Congrés sense que es voti la seva proposta   
La presidenta del Congrés dels Diputats escriu al president català per dir que només pot anar a explicar-se a la cambra baixa mitjançant la presentació d'una proposició de llei, i que "fora d'aquest procediment, el reglament no contempla cap possibilitat de debat en sessió plenària".
          Joe Maddon, Some Cubs Visit White House   
The Cubs gave Donald Trump a team jersey printed with "45" in recognition of his status as the 45th U.S. president.
          Maduro participa en el encuentro Interregional Convite de Conucos Escolares en Miranda   
El presidente de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, realizó este viernes un recorrido por los diferentes stands que forman parte del encuentro Interregional Convite de Conucos Escolares, que se lleva a cabo en el Parque Vinicio Adames, en el estado Miranda. “Esta es una jornada de cierre de año escolar y lo vamos […]
          Ejecutivo repudia acusación del Ministerio Público contra Gustavo González López y Antonio Benavides Torres   
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          Comando Zamora crea estructura de movilización estadal y municipal para la constituyente   
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          Gobierno Nacional inaugura empresa mixta Perforosven en Anzoátegui   
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          Trump’s voter fraud task force wants personal information of Colorado voters   
A new task force created by President Donald Trump to investigate voter fraud has asked Colorado’s secretary of state to turn over personal information about the […]
          Huelga en Brasil pide renuncia de Temer y anulación de reformas   
Sindicatos y organizaciones sociales de Brasil iniciaron la mañana de este viernes una jornada de protestas y paralizaciones contra las reformas laboral y de seguridad social del gobierno del presidente Michel Temer. La jornada de protestas fue organizada en forma unificada por todas las centrales sindicales, incluidas las mayores, entre ellas la Central Única de […]
          Pdvsa produce 50 mil barriles diarios de gas licuado para uso doméstico   
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          La queja de una jubilada que votó a Macri: “Estamos peor que antes”   
El malestar por la quita de pensiones a la discapacidad y luego a la viudez aún genera rechazo. Una jubilada que reconoció haber votado a Cambiemos aseguró que hoy está “peor que antes” y denunció que el presidente Mauricio Macri está “jugando con la gente mayor”. “Tengo acá todos los documentos, tengo las dos piernas […]
          Gobierno Nacional entrega financiamiento a más de mil empresarios del motor agroalimentario   
El vicepresidente del Área Económica, Ramón Lobo, también comunicó que el Ejecutivo entregó 227 créditos direccionados para la reparación de comercios afectados por actos vandálicos, que ha promovido la derecha en el país durante casi tres meses de violencia burguesa
          Candidata Vanessa Prieto: La Constituyente demuestra la profunda confianza del presidente Maduro en el pueblo   
La candidata territorial a la Asamblea Nacional Constituyente (ANC), María Vanessa Prieto, destacó este viernes que la convocatoria realizada por el presidente de la República, Nicolás Maduro, el pasado 1° de mayo, significa la profunda confianza en el pueblo venezolano. “Hay que recordar que el Poder Constituyente es toda la nación, todos y todas estamos […]
          Enojo del jefe de asesores de Macri: “El kirchnerismo nos demanda por tomar deuda a 100 años cuando es algo muy positivo”   
José Torello, jefe de Asesores del Presidente y primer suplente en la lista de precandidatos al Senado de Cambiemos, mostró su enojo con el espacio que conduce Cristina Kirchner por las criticas a la emisión de deuda a 100 años que realizó el ministerio de Finanzas. “El kirchnerismo nos demanda por tomar deuda por 100 […]
          MSNBC 'Morning Joe' hosts fire back at Trump Twitter blasts   
NEW YORK (AP) -- &quot;Morning Joe&quot; hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski said Friday that President Donald Trump lied about their December encounter in a tweet and that his &quot;unhealthy obsession&quot; with their program doesn&apos;t serve his mental health or the country well....
          Trump shifts from provoking to engaging to pressuring China   
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Less than three months after President Donald Trump and China&apos;s leader strolled the manicured lawns at Mar-a-Lago, the White House is suddenly engaged in a multipronged pressure campaign against Beijing, born of frustration with the limited results of their much-touted cooperation on ending North Korea&apos;s nuclear threat....
          Measure forces Congress to examine post-9/11 war powers role   
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A stunning move this week by a House panel to force a debate on new presidential war powers revealed mounting frustration that Congress has for too long dodged one of its most important responsibilities: to decide whether to send American fighting forces into harm&apos;s way....
          Silence over dad's tweets speak to Ivanka Trump's tight spot   
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ivanka Trump has been vocal in using her White House role to advocate for women. But when President Donald Trump lobbed a demeaning attack on a female TV host on Twitter this week, his daughter and senior adviser kept quiet....
          Ivanka works for free, but Trump White House can pay well   
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than 40 percent of White House staffers earn in excess of $100,000 a year, according to new salary details released Friday. And some of the wealthiest aides to President Donald Trump aren&apos;t paid at all....
          The Latest: SKorea says prisoner releases might spur talks   
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump&apos;s meetings with the South Korean president (all times local):...
          6/30/2017: FRONT PAGE: Trump’s sexist rant ignites storm of backlash   
WASHINGTON— Over his four decades as a celebrity businessman, Donald Trump called various prominent women ugly, stupid, crazy, and desperate for his affection. On Thursday, as president of the United States, he called one woman all four. In a coarse...
          6/30/2017: FRONT PAGE: Shree Paradkar   
With this president, how do you dissect so many levels of wrong?
          6/30/2017: WORLD: Chinese president’s visit sparks protests   

HONG KONG— Chinese President Xi Jinping landed in Hong Kong Thursday to mark the 20th anniversary of Beijing taking control of the former British colony, accompanied by a formidable layer of security as authorities showed little patience for...
          6/30/2017: WORLD: Trump to have first in-person meeting with Putin at next week’s G20 summit   
WASHINGTON— U.S. President Donald Trump will convene a high-stakes meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the summit of industrial and emerging-market nations in Germany next week, the White House said Thursday. National security adviser...
          6/30/2017: WORLD: Revised U.S. travel ban takes effect   

WASHINGTON— A scaled-back version of U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban took effect Thursday evening, stripped of provisions that brought protests and chaos at airports worldwide in January yet still likely to generate a new round of court...
          6/30/2017: WORLD: Trump approves a pipeline to Mexico ‘that’ll go right under the wall’   
WASHINGTON— U.S. President Donald Trump wants to build that wall, and then he wants to dig a pipeline right under it. Trump said in a speech at the Department of Energy that his administration has approved construction of a new oil pipeline to Mexico....
          Keidel: So Long, Phil, Thanks For Nothing   
Phil Jackson addresses the media during his introductory press conference as President of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 18, 2014 in New York City.Phil Jackson's stint as the New York Knicks' president was a complete failure, a shameless money grab that leaves the team worse off.
          6/30/2017: NEWS: A Canadian fan of Donald Trump   
Bob Hepburn can go ahead and publish my name as a Canadian supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump. Shocking as it may seem to many Canadians, I support much of the Trump agenda. If crude and rude behaviour should disqualify Trump from the U.S....
          Chinese Ways of Empire, Then and Now – New York Times   
New York Times Chinese Ways of Empire, Then and NowNew York TimesPresident Xi Jinping of China gave a speech shortly after his arrival in Hong Kong yesterday. Credit Sheng Jiapeng/China News Service, via Vcg, via Getty Images. This July 1 … Continue reading
          The Latest: Trump accepts invitation to visit South Korea – Economic Times   
Fortune The Latest: Trump accepts invitation to visit South KoreaEconomic TimesWASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's meetings with the South Korean president (all times local):. 12:10 p.m.. President Donald Trump has accepted an invitation to visit South … Continue reading
          Trump floats repealing Obamacare now and replacing it later – The Boston Globe   
The Boston Globe Trump floats repealing Obamacare now and replacing it laterThe Boston Globe(Bloomberg) — President Donald Trump on Friday said that if Republican senators can't strike a deal on their health bill, they should immediately repeal Obamacare and then … Continue reading
          House Passes Kate’s Law Along With Anti-Sanctuary City Bill On Mostly Party Line Votes   
Unsurprisingly, most Democrats voted against both bills (CNN) House Republicans joined President Donald Trump on Thursday afternoon in declaring war on sanctuary cities — passing legislation targeting the cities’ funding while hammering a message of the dangers posed by undocumented immigrants. “Kate’s Law” is named for Kate Steinle, a young woman murdered on a busy […]
          Trump urges Republicans to repeal Obamacare now and replace it later   

President Donald Trump barged into Senate Republicans' delicate health care negotiations Friday, declaring that if lawmakers can't reach a deal they should simply repeal "Obamacare" right away and then replace it later on.

Trump's tweet revives an approach that GOP leaders and the president himself...


          Trump's voter fraud panel gets pushback after asking states for election data   

President Donald Trump's voting commission stumbled into public view this week, issuing a sweeping request for nationwide voter data that drew sharp condemnation from election experts and resistance from at least 19 states that said they cannot or will not hand over all of the data.

The immediate...


          MSNBC hosts say National Enquirer article a weapon in Trump feud   

"Morning Joe" hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, a couple onscreen and off, say the White House told them a damaging National Enquirer story about their relationship would "go away" if they called the president and apologized for harsh commentary.

President Donald Trump and Scarborough...


          More court challenges expected for Trump's scaled-back travel ban   

A scaled-back version of President Donald Trump's travel ban is now in force, stripped of provisions that brought protests and chaos at airports worldwide in January yet still likely to generate a new round of court fights.

The new rules, the product of months of legal wrangling, aren't so much...


          U.S.-South Korea summit exposes spat on trade, resolve on North Korea   

President Donald Trump took South Korea to task over its trade surplus with the United States on Friday, demanding renegotiation of a bilateral pact, even as the close security allies voiced joint resolve against the nuclear weapons threat from North Korea.

Trump talked tough on North Korea, vowing...


          President Trump attacks 'psycho' Joe Scarborough, 'crazy' Mika Brzezinski on Twitter   

President Donald Trump ridiculed the looks and temperament of a female cable television host whose show he says he has stopped watching. In a series of tweets Thursday morning, the president went after Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, who have criticized Trump on their MSNBC show "Morning Joe."


          Trump trashes media, cheers wins at $10 million fundraiser   

Pedestrians walk by the security fence in front of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. President Donald Trump will attend a fund raiser at the hotel this evening.


          Bridges takes chilled approach in heated political rhetoric   

In this Feb. 22, 2017 file photo, Jeff Bridges attends the Global Green USA 14th Annual Pre-Oscar Party in Los Angeles. Bridges has played a president in the movies.


          House GOP backs bills to crack down on illegal immigration; Trump hails passage   

Warning of threats to public safety and national security, the Republican-led House on Thursday approved two bills to crack down on illegal immigration, a key priority for President Donald Trump.

One bill would strip federal dollars from self-proclaimed "sanctuary" cities that shield residents...


          House spending bill would scrap military authorization in rebuke to Trump on Syria, ISIS   

House appropriators set in motion Thursday a repeal of the congressional authorization underpinning the U.S. military effort against the Islamic State and recent strikes in Syria, a move that serves as a rebuke of President Donald Trump's foreign policy and a demand that he present Congress with...


          The NRA recruitment video that is even upsetting gun owners   

"They use their media to assassinate real news," the woman's voice says scornfully. "They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again."

It may sound...


          Trump picks Indiana health commissioner to be surgeon general   

President Donald Trump on Thursday nominated Indiana Health Commissioner Jerome Adams to become the next U.S. surgeon general, a move that would place Adams in the symbolically important post while the president's bid to replace the Affordable Care Act tops his agenda.

Adams would succeed Vivek...


          White House: Trump to meet Putin at G-20 summit   

President Donald Trump will convene a high-stakes meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the summit of industrial and emerging-market nations in Germany next week, the White House said Thursday, amid swirling allegations about Moscow's role in the 2016 elections.

National security adviser...


          Hopes fade for Friday revise of Senate Republican health care bill   

Senate Republicans appeared unlikely to hit a self-imposed Friday deadline for revising their health care bill, as negotiators considered scaling back promised tax cuts for the wealthy in order to provide more insurance assistance to the poor.

Vice President Mike Pence led a White House push by...


          Prime Minister to Attend Nepad, Arei Meetings in Ethiopia   
[New Era] Windhoek -Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila will lead a delegation of cabinet ministers and senior government officials to the 29th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Assembly in Ethiopia, the presidential spokesperson Albertus Aochamub confirmed yesterday.
          The Polish example   
This speech in Poland by the God-Emperor sounds promising.
President Trump will ask other European nations to “take inspiration” from Poland, which has rejected refugee resettlement, in a speech later this week.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters Thursday that President Trump will deliver a speech in Warsaw’s Krasinski Square, which symbolizes Polish heroism. He is flying to Poland next Wednesday and stopping there before he attends the G20 summit in Hamburg.

McMaster said that Trump will deliver a “major speech” in which he will “praise Polish courage” and its “emergence as a European power.” The nation is currently ruled by a nationalist Christian party that has rejected refugee resettlement and mass immigration.
Of course, the President's message would be more meaningful if he would follow the Polish example and reject refugee resettlement and mass immigration in the USA too.

The Czech example isn't bad either:
The Czech parliament is working to liberalize the country’s gun laws, allowing people to better defend themselves. The reason for this new policy is safety, as well as practicality; in light of recent attacks in neighboring countries, the Czech government recognizes that disarming people puts them in danger, and that broad European gun control policies are ineffective. The Interior Minister said it best when he asked parliament to “show [him] a single terrorist attack in Europe perpetrated using a legally-owned weapon”.

          Trump plans FCC nomination, providing crucial vote to reverse net neutrality rules   

President Trump intends to nominate Brendan Carr, a former aide to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, to fill the final open seat at the agency and provide a crucial vote to reverse tough net neutrality rules.

Carr, currently the FCC’s general counsel, would fill a Republican...


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          Staying Rational in a World of Tweets, Fake News, Alternative Facts and Sound Bites   
by William P. Hall william-hall@bigpond.com http://www.orgs-evolution-knowledge.net  ( based on a presentation at Vic Skeptics Café, 19 June 2017 at the Clyde Hotel, Carlton, Vic) Today we are living in a world of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and blogs where anyone (even President Trump) can instantly post their ideas to the world for essentially no cost. We are […]
          Obama returns to Indonesia for family vacation   
Indonesian President Joko Widodo chatting with former US president Barack Obama at the presidential palace in Bogor.
          Russian Intelligence Moves Back into Cuba   
NoisyRoom.net Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (left) hugs Cuba’s President Raul Castro after a meeting at the Revolution Palace in Havana last week. This week, I listened to certain talk show hosts knock the Monroe Doctrine… saying that much of the trouble in South and Central America was due to our interventionism. What horsepucky. The Monroe […]
          Gotta Hand it to Ann Coulter, Skewering CastrObama   
I disagreed vehemently with Ms. Coulter’s participation in the propaganda campaign against independent-thinking conservative, turned wayward transnationalist, turned distinctively pro-sovereignty, Newt Gingrich and her support instead of the central bankster cartel’s man for the GOP’s presidential nomination, Mitt Romney. We see how nicely that turned out. But, we can all make mistakes. Her excellent efforts […]
          Must Read! ‘Obama’s 2nd-term Assault on U.S. Military’   
New Zeal Most American’s fail to realize that the number one goal of both the international and American left, is the destruction of the US military – to be followed by the destruction, physically or politically, of the United States itself. President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, the Center for American Progress and […]
          Obama Excuses Chavez While American Rots in Cuba   
Accuracy in Media Except for some innuendo in the mainstream press that the Republicans are “desperate” for an issue to use in the presidential campaign, Obama’s mind-boggling statement about Marxist Hugo Chavez of Venezuela not having “a serious national security impact” on the United States is getting little national media attention. But like the private […]
          The Communists Killed Kennedy   
Accuracy in Media Former CIA officer Brian Latell’s new book, Castro’s Secrets, includes the revelation that Fidel Castro knew Lee Harvey Oswald was going to kill President Kennedy. The book deserves far more attention that it has received and adds to an existing body of evidence that Castro not only had foreknowledge of the plot […]
          Communist Belorussia Wants Bases in Venezuela   
New Zeal The encirclement of the US continues as neo-communist Belorussia cozies up the Cuba and Venezuela. From Cuba’s Granma: PRESIDENT Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus stated at the end of an official visit to Cuba that his stay had been a highly positive one, while emphasizing his government’s major prospects in terms of relations with […]
          Media Protect Elizabeth Warren in Senate Race   
Accuracy in Media Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren has picked up the endorsement and fundraising support of entertainer Harry Belafonte, whose reputation as a calypso singer has been superseded by his service to international Marxism. During the Cold War, Belafonte sang at a “Concert for Peace” in communist East Germany, where he attacked President […]
          Justiça reconhece José Wellington Júnior como novo presidente da CGADB   
José Wellington JúniorDecisão judicial reconhece validade da eleição e data para a posse da mesa diretora já foi marcada
          Fortiva’s SVP Marketing, Teresa Caro, Highlights Second Look Financing...   

The Senior Vice President of Marketing for Fortiva, the nation’s leading second look financing program, has been featured in a new “CMO Insights” interview sponsored by the Pedowitz Group, a Revenue...

(PRWeb June 30, 2017)

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          Keidel: So Long, Phil, Thanks For Nothing   
Phil Jackson addresses the media during his introductory press conference as President of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 18, 2014 in New York City.Phil Jackson's stint as the New York Knicks' president was a complete failure, a shameless money grab that leaves the team worse off.
          NightSide – Trump’s Tweets Under Fire Again   
BOSTON (CBS) – President Trump has said all along that he did not plan on dialing back his Twitter activity once he was sworn in as President. He has taken some criticism over tweets in […]
          Kentucky Secretary Of State Denies White House Request For Voter Information   
NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic secretary of state for Kentucky, about resisting the Presidential Election Commission's requests for voter data from the states.
          On 'Fox & Friends,' Ivanka Trump Squashes Progressive Hopes   
When Ivanka Trump quit her position at the helm of her company for an unpaid post within her father's White House, it raised eyebrows — cries of nepotism — and for many progressive women, it was proof, that someone would be on their side. Some saw her as a potentially moderating force within the new Republican administration. NPR checks in on the president's special adviser five months into the presidency.
          Body Language Analysis No. 3983: Female Kurdish sniper fighting IS narrowly cheats death - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)   



This sniper, fighting in Raqqa, is a member of a Kurdish YPJ (Women's Protection Unit). Incredibly, less than a second after she pulls her trigger - another bullet (fired by her enemy, the Islamic State, aka IS) narrowly misses her head.

































For a split second afterwards, the female sniper's eyes open very widely. This action is secondary to the adrenaline surge of her near death experience.

Notice also how her tongue rapidly sticks outward. This is known as a "Tongue Jut" - and more specifically, this variation is a "Loose Tongue Jut". A loose tongue jut is an example of nonverbal self-deprecating behavior. It's a way of calling one's self out after a mistake - as if to say, "I've done a foolish thing" or "I've (almost) been caught".

Why did the sniper laugh - and so quickly - after almost being killed?

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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 3982: Bangkok Police Officer's De-Escalation Genius

Body Language Analysis No. 3979: Ivanka Trump, "I Try to Stay Out of Politics"

Body Language Analysis No. 3977: Anthony Kennedy - One Signal You Never Want to See From a Judge During Your Testimony

Body Language Analysis No. 3975: Travis Kalanick and Sheryl Sandberg - and Uber's Need for Empathy, Sincerity, and Emotional Intelligence

Body Language Analysis No. 3973: Alex Jones, Megyn Kelly, and a Fundamental Insincerity Tell

Body Language Analysis No. 3939: The Russians are Confident - Sergey Lavrov, Rex Tillerson, and Donald Trump

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3897: Roger Stone, Donald Trump, Body Language and Emotional Intelligence

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3843: 84 Lumber Super Bowl Ad - "The Entire Journey"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3707: The Presidential Debates Part III - Donald Trump v. Hillary Clinton and Sniffing


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          Trump Suggests Repealing Health Law Now and Replacing It Later   
Months ago, President Trump said that approach to the Affordable Care Act was unacceptable. Now, as Republicans struggle to reach a new agreement, that old idea has appeal.
          Trump Backers ‘Furious’ That Senator Stood Against Health Care Bill   
Dean Heller, the Nevada senator who broke with President Trump on health care, now faces the wrath of Las Vegas’s biggest titans and the Republican rank and file.
          Health Care Is Complicated. Trump’s Pitch? Not So Much.   
If your only source of information were President Trump, this is what you would know about the American Health Care Act, the Republican legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare.
          On the Runway: Emmanuel Macron Raises the Presidential Portrait Stakes   
Never, it seems, has a politician been so transparent about the calculation behind an image
          Trump Nominates Indiana Health Commissioner as Surgeon General   
Dr. Jerome M. Adams was appointed health commissioner by Vice President Mike Pence when he was governor, and helped address an H.I.V. outbreak there.
          Trump, continuano le polemiche per i tweet del presidente Usa   

L'attacco ai conduttori di un programma della Msnbc scatena un putiferio ed enfatizza ancora la mancata attitudine alla presidenza

The post Trump, continuano le polemiche per i tweet del presidente Usa appeared first on Wired.


          Re: Lindsey Graham calls Trump tweet 'beneath the office,' Tim Scott tells president not to be distracted   
tupper - off subject - why do you call Tim Scott by his last name and Lindsey Graham by his first? In other situations that might be considered prejudicial treatment.
Posted by Ima Oldman
          Re: Lindsey Graham calls Trump tweet 'beneath the office,' Tim Scott tells president not to be distracted   
Scott is proving what he is.....a willing ostrich.....making him complicit with the antics of trump. Scott is unable to think for himself so he lets the rich, white elite do it for him - and it shows.
Posted by tupper29406
          Re: Lindsey Graham calls Trump tweet 'beneath the office,' Tim Scott tells president not to be distracted   
Why not? Tim Scott is forever distracted by the shiny sparkle of his beloved supreme ruler, Donnie Trump.
Posted by Karen Turpin Morgan
          9 Times Donald Trump Said Things To Women He Wouldn’t Have The Guts To Say To A Man   
You probably heard this this week that instead of worrying about some of the more pressing matters going on, including the GOP health care plan or focusing on his Friday meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Donald Trump was going after one of the hosts of MSNBCsMorning Joe. No, not Joe Scarborough, but MikaBrzezinski []
          Lion Street Inc. Names Karyn Hamilton as Vice President of Marketing   

Karyn Hamilton Named Vice President, Marketing for Lion Street Inc.

(PRWeb June 30, 2017)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/06/prweb14463157.htm


          On the Move: This Week’s Comings and Goings   

Hard Rock International has appointed three executives: Jon Lucas as chief operating officer, Dale Hipsh as senior vice president, and Sean Caffery as senior vice president of casino development. Lucas will oversee operations and help Hard Rock expand to the western U.S. Hipsh will manage the company’s hotel portfolio and Caffery will find new development locations and business partners. Here’s a look at other notable comings and goings that took place this week: Don Jacinto ...

The post On the Move: This Week’s Comings and Goings appeared first on Lodging.


          Will buy AI only if profitable for us: IndiGo president   
"Let me be very clear that if it is not profitable and does not add value to our employees, customers and shareholders, we will not embark on this journey," IndiGo president Aditya Ghosh wrote in a mail to staff on Air India acquisition bid.
          Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: New York Knicks Still Trying To Trade Anthony, Will Not Buy Out Contract   

Carmelo Anthony Leading New York Knicks Against Cavs

Carmelo Anthony trade rumors haven’t stopped, despite the New York Knicks moving on without team president Phil Jackson at the helm. This seems to hint that the Knicks are ready to move on as a franchise and that the front office is still hoping Anthony will waive his no-trade clause. A report by the New York Post just came out that reveals Anthony is still on the trade block. The report also confirms that the Knicks aren’t willing to offer Anthony a contract buyout to part ways with the All-Star forward.

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          Buhari, el-Rufai, Lai Mohammed, others against Nigeria’s restructuring – Afenifere   

The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has said that a census of Nigerians against restructuring to quell the various agitations and correct the marginalisation in the country are “President Buhari, el-Rufai, Ango Abdullahi, Lai Mohammed and Tanko Yakassai.”

The post Buhari, el-Rufai, Lai Mohammed, others against Nigeria’s restructuring – Afenifere appeared first on Vanguard News.


          Osinbajo appoints 14 Resident Electoral Commissioners   

The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has approved the appointment of 14 new Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The post Osinbajo appoints 14 Resident Electoral Commissioners appeared first on Vanguard News.


          M: Hitler, il partito nazista e la storia di Herbert Hentsch   

Herbert Hentsch

La seconda puntata di M si apre con le parole di Adolf Hitler e la sua concezione del partito: "All'inizio il mio partito contava solo sette membri, ma ognuno pensava di essere il leader. Rischiavamo di perderci in sterili lotte interne. Così quando fui nominato Presidente stabilii che ogni cosa dovesse essere ricondotta a me. Io affidavo gli incarichi. Io li revocavo. Chi non ha obiettivi veramente alti non può capirlo, ma chi ha una meta da raggiungere sa che il partito deve essere uno soltanto, e che uno deve essere il suo capo politico E che a lui la cieca obbedienza della moltitudine attribuirà una forza immensa. E se qualcuno cerca di ostacolare il capo nel suo cammino deve essere considerato un peso morto, e i pesi morti vanno espulsi".
Su queste parole che evocano la violenza entra in scena Katarina, madre di Herbert Hentsch.

Chi è Herbert Hentsch

Katarina è la madre di Herbert, giovane recluta del partito nazionalsocialista di Dreda che scomparve nella notte del 4 novembre 1933. Katarina lancia un'invettiva contro Hitler, accusandolo per la morte del figlio: "Povero Herbert, povero figlio mio. Le squadracce l’hanno ucciso a bastonate come un cane. Gridavano “Heil Hitler!” Era scomparso. Sono andata a chiedere spiegazioni al partito, ma la risposta era sempre la stessa: “Il camerata Hentsch è impegnato in una missione speciale”. Lo trovarono in un sacco, sul fondo di un lago, con delle pietre legate al collo. Lo avevano fatto a pezzi, e quei pezzi erano pieni di lividi.

L'articolo M: Hitler, il partito nazista e la storia di Herbert Hentsch proviene da Servizio Pubblico.


          Hitler: “Non fui io a dire ai tedeschi di odiare gli ebrei”. La storia di Leo Baeck   

Leo Baeck

Adolf Hitler, interpretato da Andrea Tidona nella seconda puntata di M, racconta la sua come è nata la guerra agli ebrei che ha portato al dramma dell'Olocausto: "Quando dissi che avrei preso in mano la direzione dello Stato gli ebrei accolsero con una risata la mia profezia. Poi la risata si è spenta nelle loro gole. Ma non sono io che ho costretto i tedeschi a odiare gli ebrei. I cristiani li identificavano con Giuda, il traditore. E cosa ha detto Gesù Cristo di Giuda? “Meglio che quest’uomo non fosse mai nato”. Mi sono limitato a dire Goering di studiare un piano per sgombrarli dal nostro territorio. Ma non ho mai dato l’ordine di sterminarli e non ho mai visto un campo di sterminio. Erano il nemico interno della Germania e se lotti contro un nemico devi dire: “Ti distruggerò!”. Devi operare per metterlo in un angolo in modo che non possa reagire e poi colpirlo dritto al cuore". Il suo racconto viene interrotto dall'apparizione sulla scena di Leo Baeck, rabbino e filosofo che fu presidente del Reichsvertretung der e capo onorario del Consiglio degli Anziani a Theresienstadt, insieme alla sua governante Helga.

La deportazione di Leo Baeck

Fino al momento della sua deportazione Leo Baeck ricevette da molte istituzioni americane offerte di aiuto per sfuggire alla guerra ed emigrare negli Stati Uniti. Leo Baeck si rifiutò di abbandonare la sua comunità e respinse tali offerte. Riuscì a sopravvivere l'Olocausto ma perse tre sorelle nel ghetto.

L'articolo Hitler: “Non fui io a dire ai tedeschi di odiare gli ebrei”. La storia di Leo Baeck proviene da Servizio Pubblico.


             
A picture named lostCause.jpgA question for the President and his supporters. How's the search for Osama bin Laden going? When should we expect him to be captured and put on trial? Is that still the plan? In what way is the war in Iraq helping or hurting the attempt to disable al Qaeda?
             
Another question for George Bush: How many times have you been arrested? Usually you wouldn't ask a sitting President a shameful question like this. But then a sitting President wouldn't challenge the honor of an opponent who risked his life for his country, while he used his daddy's influence to save his. As I've said before, during Vietnam, getting out of the draft was one of the things people were doing, it's not something to be ashamed of (that's why it's wrong for the Democrats to use this as a negative against Bush). But it's much worse to take shots at people who fought in Vietnam. This was one of the shames of the Vietnam era, that we didn't separate the failed war from the honor of the soldiers who did their duty. They came home to face a shame that wasn't theirs, it belonged to LBJ and Nixon, and the other leaders who got us into the quagmire. Today, Bush and his cronies perpetuate that shame. So he deserves to be asked shameful questions, and if he doesn't want to be asked then, he should be more careful about shaming Kerry.
             
A picture named peasInAPod.jpgBTW, the basic reason to vote against Bush: His is a failed Presidency. That's going to become painfully obvious when they try to hold elections in Iraq in January. The people holding the elections will control none of the country. Meanwhile, the US deficit grows to fund this miserable no-win war, jobs move overseas, the US economy is serving the upper class more and more, and the people who voted for Bush on the ridiculous promise that they too could be part of the upper class, will feel like they screwed themselves. They will have screwed the rest of us too. Never has a ticket had so little to offer as George Bush and Dick Cheney do. They're the shame of this country, and if we re-elect them we totally deserve what we get. IMHO.
             
Another one. Bush disavows any connection with the Swift Boat guys, even though Karl Rove's friends put it together. But how does he explain that Zell Miller made a campaign appearance with the President in West Virginia today. Hard to disavow that.
          Cardinals promote Mozeliak and Girsch   
The St. Louis Cardinals have promoted John Mozeliak from general manager to president of baseball operations and Mike Girsch from assistant general manager to general manager, the club announced during a news conference on Friday.
          Milano - Arcisate Stabio: Maroni e Brianza incontrano il presidente del Ticino - Canton Ticino - Varese News   
Mercoledì 5 luglio, alle 14, nella sede della Regio Insubrica, si terrà un incontro tra il presidente di Regione Lombardia Maroni e il presidente del Canton Ticino Bertoli
          Milano - Arcisate Stabio, Cattaneo: «L’opera non è a rischio» - Canton Ticino - Varese News   
Il presidente del Consiglio regionale interviene per chiarire la situazione della linea e dice: «Sorte e Brianza convochino un tavolo per gli enti locali»
          Comentário sobre Câmara quer contratar mais um assessor para cada vereador e custo anual aumentará em R$ 1 milhão por Fabrizio de Oliverira Jr   
Sr. Presidente e demais legisladores. A grossos cálculos de matemática básica: R$1.000.000,00 por ano /12 meses = R$83.333,00 R$83.333,00 / 17 vereadores = R$4.901,00. Onde na atual situação de recessão financeira o Brasil passa; o Sr´s acham que seja correto??? Sejamos mais realista. Att. Fabrizio
          Albert Rivera: 'Si seguimos trabajando duro y estamos unidos, somos imparables'   

Viernes, 30 de junio de 2017 - En España

El presidente de Ciudadanos (Cs), Albert Rivera, ha afirmado que “nadie nos ha regalado nada, y sabemos que, si seguimos trabajando duro y estamos unidos, somos imparables”.


          Albert Rivera: 'Ciudadanos ha demostrado esta semana que somos un partido decisivo y con capacidad de diálogo'   

Viernes, 30 de junio de 2017 - En España

El presidente de Ciudadanos (Cs), Albert Rivera, ha afirmado que “Ciudadanos ha demostrado esta semana que somos un partido decisivo y con capacidad de diálogo”, y ha explicado que “los españoles han escogido matices en el mapa político porque ya no creen que haya que elegir entre rojos y azules”.


          El CPFF aprueba los objetivos de déficit y deuda de las CCAA para el periodo 2018-2020   

Viernes, 30 de junio de 2017 - En España

El ministro de Hacienda y Función Pública, Cristóbal Montoro, que ha presidido junto a la vicepresidenta Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría la reunión del Consejo de Política Fiscal y Financiera (CPFF), ha presentado los objetivos de estabilidad presupuestaria y de deuda pública para el trienio 2018-2020. La senda aprobada para las Comunidades Autónomas correspondiente a este periodo es la...


          Mariano Rajoy asiste a la XII Cumbre Polaco-Española   

Jueves, 29 de junio de 2017 - En España

El próximo viernes, 30 de junio tendrá lugar la XII Cumbre bilateral entre Polonia y España en Varsovia. El presidente del Gobierno, Mariano Rajoy, y la primera ministra de la República de Polonia, Beata Szydlo, presidirán las delegaciones de ambos países.


          6/30/2017: Labour group delighted to see NDP in power   
B.C. premier-designate John Horgan now begins the challenging task of fulfilling key campaign promises to make B.C. better for workers and industry. Irene Lanzinger, president of the B.C. Federation of Labour, said late Thursday that her federation...
          Beware of Tax Preparers Who Promise Large Refunds But Won’t Sign Your Tax Return   
In my experience as President of SmartServ Solutions, I come across many new clients each year. Most new come to us as a result of my snazzy advertising or through a referral from one of our existing clients. Still others come because they are looking to get a bigger tax refund. I am all for […]
          StubHub Names Olivier Ropars Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer   

 (PRNewsfoto/StubHub)SAN FRANCISCO, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- StubHub, the world's largest ticket marketplace, named Olivier Ropars vice president and chief marketing officer, effective immediately. Ropars joins StubHub with extensive global marketing experience after spending six years at eBay. Most...



          Where Should Foundations Put Their Money? - The Atlantic   
Where Should Foundations Put Their Money? - The Atlantic:

Charitable Giving Is Only a Small Part of What Foundations Do With Their Money
Most of their capital doesn’t wind up in grants, but in investments. Is the latter the key to maximum impact?


Foundations make up a big part—about a sixth—of all the charitable giving that happens in the U.S. But some would argue that their biggest impact comes not from the money they give away, but from the far larger pile of assets they hold.
Most of the attention foundations receive is for the grants they make. U.S. law requires most foundations to pay out at least five percent of their net assets to charitable causes every year. That often leaves 95 percent of their holdings: a collection of assets that attracts much less attention. In 2012, a little over $300 billion was given away in total in the U.S.—that’s everything from foundation grants to money people gave at church. That year, foundations reported more than $700 billion in assets.
Typically, that heap of assets is managed like any other, to maximize its financial value. One set of people in a foundation would manage it, and another set would manage the grant-funded programs the foundation oversees. But a growing number of foundations are exploring impact investing with their portfolios—seeking not just financial returns, but social benefits.
Few foundations have gone further in this direction than the F.B. Heron Foundation, which aims to alleviate poverty and is based in New York. A few years ago, Heron announced that it was going to stop thinking of its capital in two parts—assets and programs. Instead, wrote Clara Miller, Heron’s president, “Our fundamental question for deployment of all capital will be, ‘What is the highest and best use of this asset for furthering our mission?’ Financial returns to our own portfolio will be a necessary part of answering that question, but so will returns toWhere Should Foundations Put Their Money? - The Atlantic: 



          Trump’s proposed cuts to education funding creates friction in charter school community | EdSource   
Trump’s proposed cuts to education funding creates friction in charter school community | EdSource:

Trump's proposed cuts to education funding creates friction in charter school community


his should be a time of celebration for charter school advocates. Both President Donald Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos have focused their education agenda on providing parents with more choices, which include charter schools. The number of charter schools continues to grow, with nearly 3,000 charter schools enrolling nearly 3 million students nationally.
But instead, Trump’s and DeVos’ endorsement of charter schools is driving a wedge between traditional allies and is threatening to undermine the bipartisan support charter schools have received almost throughout the quarter century since they emerged on the education landscape.
In a remarkably frank speech earlier this month, Nina Rees, president of the National Alliance of Charter Schools, acknowledged at her organization’s annual conference in Washington D.C. that “the Trump administration’s policies have put us in a difficult spot.”
The difficulty, she explained, is that the Trump administration is proposing a $168 million increase in funding for the Charter Schools Program, on top of the current level of $333 million, while at the same time cutting other education funding. Most of the charter program funds are used to help new charter schools get off the ground.  Trump is also proposing adding $1 billion to the Title 1 program for low-income students to allow parents to send their children to any public school of their choice, which could include charter schools.
However, Trump’s budget also includes massive cuts to federal education programs — some $9.2 billion from the current level of $68 billion in federal K-12 education Trump’s proposed cuts to education funding creates friction in charter school community | EdSource:


          El encuentro entre Trump y Modi: el silencio mantenido con respecto a los cristianos ...   

El presidente de los EEUU se comprometió a erradicar el extremismo islámico. La India es la mayor democracia del mundo. Sajan K George: “No somos todos iguales. Minorías, tribales y dalits no gozan de la misma igualdad que la mayoría”.  


          Silicon Valley's Influence on Public Education | Truth in American Education   
Silicon Valley's Influence on Public Education | Truth in American Education:

Silicon Valley's Influence on Public Education 



The New York Times published an interesting article about how Silicon Valley companies have pushed coding into public schools.
Natasha Singer writes:
At a White House gathering of tech titans last week, Timothy D. Cook, the chief executive of Apple, delivered a blunt message to President Trump on how public schools could better serve the nation’s needs. To help solve a “huge deficit in the skills that we need today,” Mr. Cook said, the government should do its part to make sure students learn computer programming.
“Coding,” Mr. Cook told the president, “should be a requirement in every public school.”
The Apple chief’s education mandate was just the latest tech company push for coding courses in schools. But even without Mr. Trump’s support, Silicon Valley is already advancing that agenda — thanks largely to the marketing prowess of Code.org, an industry-backed nonprofit group.
This push coincides with corporations’ interest in public education and a shift to a focus onSilicon Valley's Influence on Public Education | Truth in American Education: 

          Trump vende armas por 1,42 millardos de dólares a Taiwán. La ira de Beijing   

Creciente tensión entre el presidente de los Estados Unidos y Xi Jinping, a una semana de la reunión del G-20 en Hamburgo. EEUU está presionando a China para lograr el aislamiento de Corea del Norte. A su vez Beijing trabaja por el aislamiento diplomático de Taiwán. Los Estados Unidos venden armas a Taipéi desde 1979. El último contrato fue firmado por Barack Obama en 2015. ...

          This Week in Education Organizing - June 30, 2017 | Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools   
This Week in Education Organizing - June 30, 2017 | Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools:

This Week in Education Organizing - June 30, 2017



Welcome to the Fight-Back!
For the next few weeks, in addition to our usual news and organizing round-up, the AROS NewsBlast will feature information about our new initiative to fight the Trump/DeVos budget proposal and privatization agenda.  Please watch the NewsBlast for information about upcoming opportunities for local action!
MOST VOTERS OPPOSE TRUMP'S EDUCATION BUDGET, AFT POLL FINDS:
Nearly three quarters of voters oppose the Trump administration's proposal to cut education funding by more than 13 percent, according to a poll commissioned by the American Federation of Teachers. The poll found that 74 percent of respondents oppose the budget proposal, with more than half of them - 54 percent - strongly opposed. The poll also found that nearly half of Trump voters (48 percent) opposed the proposal.
PHILADELPHIA STUDENT UNION CONTINUES TO PRESS FOR STRONGER SCHOOL POLICE COMPLAINT PROCESS
As reported in an earlier NewsBlast, members of the Philadelphia Student Union (PSU) have been fighting for a school police complaint process within the Philadelphia public school system.  Since PSU member Brian Burney was allegedly attacked at Ben Franklin high school in 2016, the group has been demanding a formal complaints process. The District Superintendent William Hite created a task force to develop such a process—but did not include any PSU members on it.  A complaint system was launched in early April. PSU has hailed the victory, but is arguing that the process does not go far enough. With the backing of the ACLU and Education Law Center, PSU is demanding additional components to strengthen the process, including a community review board. On June 6th, PSU presented their recommendations to the members of the Superintendent’s task force, which has agreed to another meeting to iron our final language. Read more here.
INDIANAPOLIS AROS TABLE FIGHTS SCHOOL CLOSURES  This Week in Education Organizing - June 30, 2017 | Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools:

          Trump jumps the shark on Twitter   
Yes, this is a tweeticle, but what else are we supposed to do when the President of the United States makes policy statements and also insults newspeople using Twitter? I’m starting to believe the man has a diagnosable case of narcissism. He has no idea how a President should comport himself, and that’s most easily […]
          Fuerzas de Tarea del Mingob participan en Desfile del Ejército   
Ante el buen trabajo que han llevado a cabo el Ejército de Guatemala y el Ministerio de Gobernación este día participaron las Fuerzas de Tarea Terrestres del Quinto Viceministerio Antinarcótico en el 146 desfile de aniversario castrense se llevó a cabo en el Departamento de Quetzaltenango. Al acto asistió el Presidente Jimny Morales el Vicepresidente […]
          Nombran Director Ejecutivo de RENAP 2017 – 2022   
Los integrantes del Directorio del Registro Nacional de Personas –RENAP– dieron a conocer el nombre del nuevo Director Ejecutivo de la institución para el período 2017 – 2022.  Por parte del Directorio participaron el Ministro de Gobernación, Francisco Rivas Lara; Jorge Mario Valenzuela como miembro suplente y Rudy Marlon Pineda, Presidente. Según informaron las autoridades […]
          Have the 'Food Evolution' Filmmakers Mistreated Moms?   
The documentary negatively portrays the entire organic food movement.

The trailer of the new documentary "Food Evolution," which negatively portrays both me and the organic food movement, fails to acknowledge the reality of American mothers. Our families are sick and struggling. And yet, when we remove GMOs and related toxins from our diet, we get better. The trailer implies that the movie will focus on the so-called noble promises of GMOs, yet fails to present reality in a noble manner.

In the last paragraph of the description of the film on its website, filmmakers Trace Sheehan and Scott Kennedy say, "And as we take in the scientific process at work, let's do our best to put aside bias so we can have more productive conversations and make the most informed decisions we can."  

Yet, in the trailer—before the movie is even out—they take my words out of context, misrepresenting what I say with heavy editing and belittling the experiences of thousands of American families. That doesn't look like putting bias aside; it looks like an advertisement for GMOs.

In fact, Scott Kennedy’s crew misrepresented their intentions in order to interview food movement proponents Jeffrey Smith, Vani Hari and myself. Claiming that the film would be a balanced representation of both sides of the food movement was misleading and ignoble.

Vani Hari told me she did not grant permission for her image to be used in the film, yet it was used anyway. Jeffrey Smith and I granted permission for one interview with first right of refusal. The filmmakers failed to honor that agreement and never showed us the first cut. Marion Nestle and I have asked for our interviews to be removed from the film, with no response.

A few months after the interview with Jeffrey Smith and Vani Hari, I was surrounded by GMO proponents Kavin Senapathy and Karl Haro Von Mogel at the March Against Monsanto in Chicago. They shouted at me in order to try to antagonize me into appearing like a hysterical activist. I told them they did not have my permission to use my image, but they did anyway. The filmmakers are more interested in appeasing the chemical companies that sell GMOs and pesticides than of accurately portraying concerned Americans.

In the film they edited my interview in order to make it look like I said, “I trust social media more than scientists.” What I actually said was that I trust the mothers who are seeing their children get sick after consuming GMOs and related toxins and are courageously sharing their new reality on social media, more than the scientists who are conducting isolated experiments funded by Big Ag.

I said that when I see my child get sick after consuming GMOs and toxins, and then see him get better when he eats organic foods, I don’t need another scientific study to tell me we should avoid GMOs and toxins. Thousands of moms agree with me and they are sharing their experiences as well. I trust the moms who are sharing their truth. Apparently Scott Kennedy does not.

This film is not only blatantly pro-GMO, it is patronizing. The filmmakers are trying to make the issue look like it’s an issue of emotional moms vs. science. The fact is, GMO proponents are nervous because we have the truth and we have sound science to back us up. The filmmakers would not be trying to invalidate us if we did not have something valid to say.

The film attempts to discredit the organic food movement by belittling the power of social media, but the world knows that social media is now the dominant way to reach people with a message. (Just ask President Trump.) Social media is filled with honest stories of sick children, desperate families and skyrocketing medical costs. Unfortunately, pro-GMO proponents are pushing cherry-picked scientific data from short-term studies, while failing to disclose their funding.  

Their perspectives are limited by their lack of real-world experience and their motivations are questionable. It’s no coincidence that the point the film is trying to make aligns with huge profits for chemical companies.

In the New York Times review of the film, the reviewer writes that while it's true there is an increased use of pesticides with GMOs, "those pesticides are far less toxic."  

What degree of food toxicity is acceptable for you to give to your children? Maybe science doesn't know the answer to that question, but mothers do.

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          Stone's Cove Kitbar closes in Bel Air   

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          Republicans grow increasingly anxious about heading home without a health plan - Washington Post   

Washington Post

Republicans grow increasingly anxious about heading home without a health plan
Washington Post
The dispute within the Republican Party over health care widened further Friday as President Trump joined with two conservative senators in calling for an outright repeal of the Affordable Care Act if the party fails to agree on an alternative plan by ...