Captain Virat Kohli happy to let deputy Rohit Sharma take World Cup

first_imgManchester: He has always been a quintessential hero of Indian batting line-up but skipper Virat Kohli is happily playing a protagonist, who does not mind letting his deputy Rohit Sharma take the World Cup centre-stage. While Kohli’s five half centuries have been effortless, Rohit has overshadowed everyone with record five hundreds. The Indian skipper is so used to getting one ton after another, it is a surprise for his legion of fans to watch him go century-less for eight games in a row. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in JammuAsked if it bothers him, the ‘run-machine’ emphatically said: “not at all.” “It’s been a different kind of role that I’ve had to play in this World Cup and as the captain of the team, I have been open to playing any kind of role that the team wants me to,” the skipper said. Rohit’s dominance is giving him and others a chance to control the middle-over phase. “It’s great that Rohit is scoring so consistently. It means that coming in the latter half of the innings, you have to play a different role, which is controlling the middle overs and letting guys like Hardik, Kedar, MS in the past few games, and now Rishabh, come out and express themselves.” Also Read – Shashi Tharoor writes to PM Modi: Don’t let your ‘mann ki baat’ become ‘maun ki baat’Kohli the aggressor is now playing the role of sheet anchor and he is perfectly happy with it. “So I have understood that roles can vary a lot in One-day cricket, depending on the time you step into bat. I have been very happy with holding one end and letting guys express themselves striking at 150, 160 or 200 if the team needs and I can accelerate in the end.” The skipper feels that this World Cup has actually given him a chance to rediscover some of the other facets of ODI batting. He has often played at number four and that has also helped him analyse situations.last_img read more

Nasheed arrives in Sri Lanka days ahead of return home from exile

Nasheed, who was jailed to 13 years in March 2015, was granted political asylum in the UK in January 2016 after being allowed to travel there for medical purposes. He ended the talk by thanking SSAI, as well as United Kingdom, ‘for being such good hosts.’“I would like to thank you for having me, and for being such good hosts. But now I must take my leave, it is time for me to go home. Because, far away, across the Indian Ocean and over the Maldives, the sun is shining,” he said. Former President Mohamed Nasheed arrived in Sri Lanka on Monday afternoon, Raajje TV reported.He traveled to Colombo from the United Kingdom, where he spoke at an event at the SOAS South Asia Institute (SSAI) this past weekend. Speaking at the ‘Defending Democracy from Exile: The Maldives Opposition 2012-2018’ on Friday, Nasheed emphasized his various work, along with other self-exiled Maldivian politicians, for the country. The former president has announced that he will return to Maldives on November 1, despite the jail sentence and ‘come what may’.He is expected to fly to Maldives from Colombo. (Colombo Gazette) read more

GM government safety agency face Congress about recalls

GM, government safety agency face Congress about recalls File-This photo taken Jan. 23, 2014, shows General Motors CEO Mary Barra addressing the media during a roundtable meeting with journalists in Detroit. Barra will be asked by two Congressional subcommittees why it took GM a decade to recall cars with faulty ignition switches that the company says are now linked to 13 deaths. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press Posted Apr 1, 2014 5:28 am MDT DETROIT – General Motors’ new CEO and the head of the nation’s auto safety watchdog are headed to Congress to testify about a defect in small cars that is linked to 13 deaths.In written testimony released ahead of a Tuesday House subcommittee hearing, acting National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief David Friedman says GM had information connecting defective ignition switches to the non-deployment of air bags, but didn’t share it until last month.GM CEO Mary Barra will also testify. Committee members will press Barra and Friedman to explain why neither the company nor the safety agency moved to recall millions of small cars with a defective ignition switch, even though GM knew of the problem as early as 2001.“Sitting here today, I cannot tell you why it took years for a safety defect to be announced in (the small car) program, but I can tell you that we will find out,” Barra said in prepared testimony submitted to the subcommittee.GM has recalled 2.6 million cars for the faulty switch. That recall prompted GM to name a new safety chief and review its recall processes.GM continued its efforts to show regulators and consumers that it is more focused on safety, announcing the recall of 1.5 million more vehicles on Monday for a power steering problem.With Monday’s recall, GM has now recalled 6.3 million vehicles since February. GM estimates the actions will cost it $750 million.The House hearing — and a separate one Wednesday before a Senate subcommittee — will likely be tense and emotional. At least a dozen family members of victims will attend, wearing blue shirts featuring a photo of 16-year-old Amber Marie Rose, who was killed in a 2005 Cobalt crash, and the words “Protect Our Children.”Barra will apologize for the loss of life, but may try to limit her answers to Congress, citing an ongoing internal review and government investigations.“When we have answers, we will be fully transparent with you, with our regulators, and with our customers,” she said in the prepared testimony.Barra met with families of some of the victims on Monday, GM spokespeople said.That could test the patience of committee members, who will want to know immediately why GM failed to protect its customers in this case.Congress also wants to know if it needs to strengthen a 2000 law intended to improve communication between automakers and the government.Here are some questions lawmakers are likely to ask Barra and Friedman, and why:GMQ: Why did it take so long to recall these vehicles?GM’s own timeline, provided to the government, indicates that it knew as early as 2001 that there were problems with the ignition switch in the Saturn Ion. That switch was later used in the Cobalt and other cars. GM eventually learned of accidents and fatalities linked to the switch, and conducted multiple reviews. Yet the cars were only recalled this year. Barra will need to explain why GM didn’t act sooner.Q: Why was a proposed fix never implemented?According to a timeline prepared by the House subcommittee, GM engineers developed a fix for the switch in 2004, but it was cancelled in 2005 because of its long lead time and cost. Engineers also devised a new key design that would prevent the key from falling out of the ignition, which caused the engine to stall. The fix was approved but later cancelled. Lawmakers will want to know why, and who was involved. Barra may not be willing to name names at this point. She has said she only learned of the problem last December, shortly after being named CEO.— Q. Shouldn’t GM tell owners to stop driving the recalled cars until they are fixed?GM insists that the cars are safe as long as owners remove anything extra from their key chains, to avoid weighing down the ignition switch. And dealers have permission to give loaner cars to concerned customers until GM can fix their cars. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, who sits on the Senate subcommittee, is among those calling for GM to make a stronger statement and tell owners to stop driving their cars immediately.NHTSA— Q. Why didn’t NHTSA open an investigation, which is often the first step toward a recall?As early as 2005, the agency had numerous consumer complaints, service bulletins GM sent to dealers describing the ignition problems and data from a fatal crash in Maryland. And in late 2007, one official recommended investigating reports that air bags in the cars weren’t deploying. An agency panel decided against that because it said a trend wasn’t evident.— Q. Did NHTSA get enough information from GM?Safety regulators have sent GM a special order to get more information on the recall, but the automaker’s response isn’t due until Thursday.In his remarks, Friedman says the agency would have ordered the recall if it had the information GM provided only recently. But safety experts say there was other available information at the time that warranted a recall.— Q. Does NHTSA have the staff and expertise to deal with the volume of data it’s getting?After the Ford-Firestone tire recall in the late 1990s, Congress required automakers to report more information to the government about possible defects. NHTSA also gets more than 40,000 complaints per year from drivers. Lawmakers want to know if they agency has the resources to do its job.___Associated Press writer Marcy Gordon contributed from Washington. read more

TransCanada seeking more Keystone XL shippers as oilsands growth slows

(Photo by Chelsey Harms/660 NEWS) TransCanada seeking more Keystone XL shippers as oilsands growth slows by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 27, 2017 11:45 am MDT Last Updated Jul 27, 2017 at 12:16 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – TransCanada Corp. said Thursday that it’s looking for more oil shipment commitments for its Keystone system, as expected oilsands growth slows and major international players continue to retreat from the region.Company spokeswoman Jacquelynn Benson said the company is looking for 225,000 barrels a day of commitments on the controversial Keystone XL project, which would have capacity to ship about 830,000 barrels a day from Hardisty, Alta., to markets in Cushing, Okla., and the U.S. Gulf Coast.She says TransCanada launched the open season on Keystone XL, which continues to work through the regulatory process in Nebraska, because it believes it has core support for the project.The chief executives of both Suncor Energy and Cenovus Energy said Thursday that they remain supporters of the proposed pipeline, though Cenovus CEO Brian Ferguson said the company has alternatives for exporting oil if Keystone XL doesn’t go ahead.TransCanada has been working to reconfirm shipper interest since U.S. President Donald Trump approved the pipeline in March, reviving a project thought dead after former president Barack Obama rejected it in 2015.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers’ production forecast for Western Canada has, however, changed significantly in recent years after companies cancelled or scaled back on major growth projects, with the association now expecting about 1.5 million fewer barrels a day being produced by 2030 than it had in its 2014 forecast. read more

UKbuilt MINI debut for Motor Show

MINI is to unveil the most powerful, production MINI ever; the MINI GP (MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP kit) at the British International Motor Show.  There will only be 444 GPs available in the UK and number 001 will be on display at ExCeL London in July. In addition to all these, the British International Motor Show will also see the UK debut of the MINI Concept that hints at a third MINI model which is confirmed for production at Plant Oxford. The concept, unveiled at the 2006 Geneva motor show, celebrates Paddy Hopkirk’s famous 1964 Monte Carlo victory. The BMW Group Plaza, consisting of BMW, MINI, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, will line-up in an 11,000 square metre area directly in front of the ExCeL entrance alongside the Royal Victoria Dock. As part of the Plaza, MINI owners will be invited onto the MINI BARge, a purpose-built floating hospitality venue dedicated to all things MINI. Owners will enjoy a MINI Fake Invaders game where they battle against fake MINIs from inside a real MINI. Andy Hearn, MINI UK’s General Manager said, ‘At the NEC in 2002 and 2004 we presented MINI Adventure Live and MINI Open Air Theatre and introduced a new and exciting concept for motor shows. Just what MINI fans expected. It was always going to be a tough act to follow, but I am sure this year’s show-goers will get a great buzz from visiting MINI. They may even get to destroy a few aliens.’ Since July 2001, when the first MINI One and MINI Cooper cars took to the roads, almost 190,000 MINIs have been sold in the UK. The MINI family now consists of: MINI One, Cooper and Cooper S; MINI One D; MINI One, Cooper and Cooper S Convertible; MINI One Seven, MINI Cooper Park Lane and MINI Cooper S Checkmate; MINI GP. More from http://www.britishmotorshow.co.uk/ Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Sunday Morning Quarterback Evaluating Ohio State footballs 2915 win against UAB

Ohio State wrapped up its non-conference schedule with a 29-15 win against  University of Alabama-Birmingham. Here’s what we learned about the Buckeyes in their closer-than-expected battle with the Blazers, as well as observations from the first third of the season. The “freak show” was upstaged There was plenty of excitement surrounding OSU’s special teams unit this season, and for good reason. Meyer’s Gators blocked 21 punts, eight field goals and three extra points during the coach’s six seasons at University of Florida. The coach hoped to bring that success to Columbus, featuring a punt-blocking subunit called “the freak show.” But the stage on Saturday belonged to UAB’s special teams, who returned a blocked punt for the game’s first touchdown and later caught the Buckeyes unaware while recovering an onside kick. OSU’s special teams were woeful last season, most noticeably against Purdue when a blocked extra point cost them the game. It seems that even with Meyer in helm, the Buckeyes have a long way to go before the “freak show” is a featured act in Columbus. This is an imperfect team in a less-perfect conference OSU is not amongst the nation’s elite college football teams this year. This is less of an observation from one game, and more about the team’s performance through non-conference play. In the first four games of their season, OSU struggled to put away two teams from Conference USA and barely evaded an upset bid from a Cal team that is now 1-3. The young offense has been prolific yet inconsistent and occasionally inept. This was on perfect display against UAB, as the Buckeyes were held scoreless for the first third of the game, and then rattled off 21-unanswered points in a matter of 5:29. The offense followed up their scoring barrage by reverting back to lethargy, punting three times in three possessions as the Blazers crawled back into contention. Once victory was again in doubt, Miller drove the Buckeyes 71 yards on a 10-play touchdown drive to put the game away. In all, the Buckeyes put up 29 points and 347 yards against a defense that had allowed an average of 44 points and 477 yards through their first two games. Despite their most evident flaws the Buckeyes are still 4-0, preparing to play in a conference that has looked even more suspect. The Big Ten’s early season favorites – Wisconsin, Michigan State and Michigan – have all been beaten, and to various degrees embarrassed, in non-conference play. OSU will compete for the conference title that they are sanctioned from winning this season, just don’t confuse conference dominance with national prominence. Give an extra helmet sticker to… Jordan Hall. In his second game back from injury, the senior running back rushed for a career-high 105 yards on 17 carries. He also caught two passes for 21 yards. More importantly, Hall’s presence has allowed the Buckeyes to be less dependent on Miller as a rusher. In the two games without Hall, Miller carried the ball 17 and 27 times. In games with Hall, Miller’s workload decreased significantly, as he received 12 and 11 carries. Less carries means less hits for Miller, which will be important heading into conference play against the physical Big Ten defenses. read more

Teck Cominco to acquire Global Copper

first_imgGlobal Copper and Teck Cominco have entered into an agreement for Teck to acquire Global by way of an arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia).  Global’s principal asset is the Relincho copper/molybdenum deposit located in northern Chile, approximately 660 km north of Santiago.  Under the arrangement, Global shareholders will receive C$12 or 0.26667 of a Teck Class B subordinate voting share per Global common share, subject to pro-ration, and one share of a new company, to be named Lumina Copper Corp.  Lumina Copper will hold all assets of Global other than the Relincho project, including Global’s interest in the Taca Taca and San Jorge properties in Argentina, $10 million in cash and a 1.5% net smelter return royalty in respect of the Relincho project, payable commencing in the fifth year after the start of commercial production.The transaction effectively values the Relincho project at a minimum of $415 million.  The $12.00 minimum consideration payable by Teck represents a premium of 29% to the 20 day volume weighted average price of Global common shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange as at April 11, 2008, excluding the value of the Lumina shares to be received by Global shareholders. Ross Beaty, Chairman of Global said, “I am very pleased with Teck’s excellent offer to acquire our company. I know Teck well – it is an outstanding diversified mining company with extensive copper operations in Chile and is fully capable of developing Relincho into a major mine. Global shareholders will retain exposure to Relincho’s futuredevelopment through the Relincho royalty, and plenty of exposure to copper and exploration potential through the assets in our new company once this deal closes. I encourage all Global shareholders to vote in favour of this transaction.”Don Lindsay, President and Chief Executive Officer of Teck, said, “We are very pleased to be able to make this substantial addition to our Chilean copper portfolio, which already includes two operating mines with excellent near-term potential for further development and the largest foreign-owned portfolio of exploration lands in the country. Based on Global’s published resource estimate for Relincho, this acquisition will increase Teck Cominco’s measured and indicated copper resources by approximately 25% on a contained copper basis.”The Relincho project is located in Region III, Chile approximately 54 km northeast of the town of Vallenar. It consists of a large ‘Andean style’ copper/molybdenum porphyry system.  Global has been exploring and developing the Relincho project since June 2006. About Lumina Copper CorpLumina Copper will own the Taca Taca copper/gold project located in northern Argentina.  In January 2008, Global granted an option to Rio Tinto to earn a 75% interest in Taca Taca and Rio Tinto is currently engaged in an exploration drilling campaign. As well, the company will own the San Jorge copper/gold project located in centralArgentina.   In May 2006, Global granted Coro Mining an option to earn a 100% interest in the San Jorge project, subject to Coro making share and cash payments to Global based on the contained copper reserves in the feasibility study under preparation.last_img read more

Proposed Mustafa Kemal statue causes ire

first_imgMayor Adem Atmaca and councillors,As an Australian genocide scholar, I write to you regarding the statue of Mustafa Kemal (also known as Atatürk) proposed for your city. In brief, Mustafa Kemal is not a suitable subject for commemoration in modern Australia.Beyond Kemal’s role in the killing of Anzacs on the Gallipoli peninsula, he is an inappropriate subject for such an honour given the inspiration he provided to Adolf Hitler and his National Socialists (Nazis). In his landmark book Atatürk in the Nazi Imagination, Dr Stefan Ihrig, Polonsky Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute in Israel, demonstrates why Hitler called Kemal his “shining star”.Between 1919 and 1924 Mustafa Kemal was responsible for the second phase of the genocides of the indigenous Armenians, Assyrians and Hellenes of Anatolia (modern Asiatic Turkey). This included systematic massacres of genocide survivors returning home after World War One.Kemal’s responsibility culminated with the state-sanctioned destruction of the city of Smyrne (Izmir) in September 1922, and the subsequent expulsion order Kemal issued: all non-Muslims were deported from the territory controlled by his forces.The Nazi-affiliated Heimatland newspaper gave one-eighth of its space each week, from 1 September to 15 October of 1923, to features on Kemal. Papers throughout the country would refer to Kemal’s Turkey as Germany’s “role model.”“If we want to be free, then we will have no choice but to follow the Turkish example in one way or another,” the right-wing military man and journalist Hans Tröbst announced in Heimatland.Those “bloodsuckers and parasites,” Hellenes, Assyrians and Armenians, had been “eradicated” by the Turks, Tröbst explained in Heimatland. “Gentle measures – that history has always shown – will not do in such cases.” The Turks had achieved “the purification of a nation of its foreign elements on a grand scale.” He added that “almost all of those of foreign background in the area of combat had to die; their number is not put too low with 500,000.” Shortly after his articles appeared, Hitler invited Tröbst to give a speech on Turkey to the Nazi militia, the SA.From 1923 on, Hitler consistently praised Kemal in his own speeches as well. Berlin, like Constantinople, was cosmopolitan and decadent. Munich, the site of Hitler’s beer-hall putsch, was the place for a German “Ankara government.”Having completed the destruction of the indigenous non-Muslim population, Kemal turned his sights on other non-Turks. In the late 1920s, Kemal’s government conducted the massacre of Alewites/Alevis in the Dersim district.In 1934, Kemal’s government organised and conducted a pogrom against the remaining Jewish community of eastern Thrace (European Turkey), known as the Trakya incidents.When Hitler seized power in 1933, the official Nazi party newspaper Völkischer Beobachter cited Kemal’s victory as the “star in the darkness” that had shone for the beleaguered Nazis in 1923, after the putsch’s failure. Turkey was “proof of what a real man could do” – a man like Mustafa Kemal or Adolf Hitler.For the above and many other reasons, any monument to Australian-Turkish friendship cannot include any reference to Kemal.Councillors, far more preferable would be a monument to the Anzac prisoners of war held in captivity across the Ottoman Empire during World War One or to the anonymous migrants from across Anatolia who settled in the City of Hume following the abolition of the White Australia Policy in the late 1960s.*Dr Panayiotis Diamadis is a lecturer of genocide studies at the University of Technology, Sydney. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Its Happening The Avengers Infinity War Trailer Is Here

first_imgThank you to the best fans in the universe! Marvel Studios’ “@Avengers: #InfinityWar” Trailer TOMORROW. pic.twitter.com/BkkDEtyk9k— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) November 28, 2017Setting aside the fact that I despise the very notion of trailers for trailers, maybe wait until you finish the thing before patting yourself on the back so hard. You know? Make sure the ball crosses the plane before you run your victory lap (yay, mixed sports metaphor.) Even the Lord of the Rings movies knew the overlong, self-congratulating clip show goes at the end of the final movie, not in a promo video six months before it. I would be even more turned off by this clip if not for the fact that the parts where it shows clips of the big MCU movies are all pretty great. The studio has given us some great moments over the last 10 years. I like being reminded of that almost enough to put up with footage of YouTubers overreacting to marketing materials.Plus, the actual trailer really was that amazing. I’ll forgive almost anything after that. Remember when footage from Avengers: Infinity War was shown at San Diego Comic Con and nobody saw it but the people who were physically there? That seems so long ago. Ever since that day, fans have been wondering when we’d finally see any footage from the movie. Finally, we have an answer: RIGHT F-ING NOW! After two days of the Russo brothers teasing us with no-contexts countdown posts, the first trailer for the movie is here.You know what, Marvel? All is forgiven. The frustratingly exclusive Comic Con footage, the long wait with absolutely no information… that trailer was well worth it. Marvel has said that Avengers: Infinity War would be their biggest movie yet, and boy are they living up to that promise so far. Bringing together every story they’ve told over the past ten years is a gigantic feat, and after this trailer, I’m even more excited to see how they pull it off. It’s something movies haven’t done before, and that’s worth seeing even if you’re feeling a bit of superhero fatigue at this point.I especially love that the Guardians of the Galaxy are being brought into things with this one. Though Thanos played a fairly significant role in their first movie, the Guardians have mostly existed off to the side, in another corner of the universe. That’s probably one reason their movies are so popular. They’re doing their own thing and you don’t necessarily have to be caught up on the MCU to appreciate the story. From the looks of things, though, they’re in it now. As much as I’ve enjoyed the separated nature of their first two movies, it’s about time they met up with the rest of their Marvel brethren. I especially want to see how Iron Man and Captain America bounce off of someone like Star Lord.Avengers: Infinity War is a huge accomplishment, and it deserves to be celebrated. But Marvel… can you wait until you actually put the thing out before you start patting yourselves on the back? Yesterday, the studio announced the trailer’s imminent release with this tweet. Stay on targetcenter_img ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Director Says This One Scene Made Him CryDid Cate Blanchett Wear the Infinity Stones to the BAFTA Awards? last_img read more

Roman Reigns at Georgia Tech game Hacksaw Jim Duggan discharged from hospital

Roman Reigns at Georgia Tech game Hacksaw Jim Duggan discharged from hospital

first_img Was Vince McMahon Reluctant To Let AJ Styles Join WWE? Roman Reigns Wrestleview Weekly: Strange theories about Roman Reigns and his leukemia battle Facebook Google+ Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Announces Roman Reigns’ RetirementVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next WWE’s Sasha Banks Confirms “No One KNew” About Roman Reigns’ Leukemia Pinterest Twitter WWE star Roman Reigns was on the sidelines of yesterday’s Georgia Tech vs. Georgia football game on Saturday and gave a quick shout out to his former team.Reigns, who has remained quiet publicly since announcing his leukemia diagnosis back in October, played for Georgia Tech as a three-year starter.USA Today also picked up the story of Reigns being in attendance..@WWERomanReigns knows the GOOD WORD!!! #THWG pic.twitter.com/bKxJF1mRtp— Georgia Tech Football (@GeorgiaTechFB) November 24, 2018“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan discharged from hospitalWWE Hall of Famer “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan has been officially discharged from the hospital as of this weekend. Duggan was admitted to the ICU over the weekend. Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jim Cornette will be color commentator for brand new NWA studio wrestling series Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns WWE Announces Roman Reigns’ Retirement Videos Articles Roman Reigns on being able to inspire other cancer patients after his return Kurt Angle Shares Message In Support Of Roman Reignslast_img read more

Congress to pass aid Ukraine sanction Russia

first_imgWASHINGTON — Congress was near passage Tuesday of a bill to provide $1 billion in loan guarantees to cash-poor Ukraine and take punitive measures against Russia for its brazen annexation of part of the former Soviet satellite nation. Once passed by the House, it would be sent to President Barack Obama.Russia’s incursion into Crimea has forged a deep rift between Moscow and Washington and the bill, which has bipartisan support, is a way for Congress to denounce Russia’s aggressive move and express support for Kiev.If signed into law, the loan guarantees would help stabilize Ukraine’s economy. The bill authorizes $50 million to improve democratic governance and rule of law and fight corruption; support fair elections; and bolster civil society organizations.The bill authorizes an additional $100 million to beef up security cooperation among the United States, European Union and countries in central and eastern Europe and further authorizes the president to provide defense help and additional security assistance to Ukraine and other countries in the region.Targeting Russia, the bill would supplement sanctions the Obama administration has already taken by freezing assets and revoking visas of Russian officials and their associates who are complicit in or responsible for significant corruption in Ukraine. The measure also would sanction those who are responsible for human rights abuses against anti-government protesters and the undermining of the peace and sovereignty of Ukraine.last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday February 10 2019

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday February 10 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Sunday, February 10, 2019:#1) Ceremony To Honor Late Superintendent Joanne Benton The naming of the Wilmington High School auditorium in honor of Joanne Benton, former Superintendent of Wilmington Public Schools, is scheduled for 2pm at Wilmington High School. The event will present the talents of Wilmington’s students and faculty to provide a fitting tribute to Mrs. Benton, culminating in the unveiling of a commemorative plaque at the entrance to the auditorium. All members of the Wilmington community are cordially invited to attend.#2) Motorcycle Expo At Shriners AuditoriumThe 19th Annual Northeast Motorcycle Expo is proud to return to the Shiners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road, Wilmington) on Saturday, 10am-5pm, and Sunday, 10am-5pm. Come browse the custom bike show, visit the motorcycle dealers, chat with custom bike builders, and see hundreds of new and used motorcycles. Explore motorcycle paraphernalia including riding gear on display from dozens of retailers from around the area and more. This is a one-stop motorcycle shopping for all. Don’t forget to pick your favorite custom bike or simply have a drink, listen to the live band and enjoy the day. Join thousands of motorcycle enthusiast enjoying 40,000 square feet of everything motorcycles. Admission costs $15.00 per person, children ages 6 to 12 years old $7.00 with accompanied with an adult, and children 5 and under are free accompanied with an adult.#3) Wilmington Dance Academy’s ‘Sweetheart Ball’Girls and boys through Grade 3, and their special adult, are invited to the Sweetheart Ball at the Wilmington Dance Academy (335 Main Street) from 2pm to 4pm. Enjoy music, dancing, crafts and refreshments while on your special Valentine’s Day date. Tickets cost $30 per couple, with $10 for each additional child. Please RSVP to the Wilmington Dance Academy at 978-253-4598.#4) Middlesex Canal Museum Public MeetingThe Middlesex Canal Association is hosting a public meeting at 1pm at the Middlesex Canal Museum (71 Faulkner Street, Billerica). Bill Kuttner will speak on “Concrete in Boston: Revolution and Evolution,” building on his talk in 2017, “History in Modern Surroundings,” to make what would be a subject for specialists interesting for a general audience. Kuttner is a director of the Shirley-Eustis House and Boston’s West End Museum.#5) Food ShoppingFood shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, August 10, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, August 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, August 9, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Backblaze Personal Backup review

Backblaze Personal Backup review

first_imgBackblaze Personal Backup review by Martin Brinkmann on August 24, 2017 in Software – Last Update: September 10, 2017 – 10 commentsBackblaze Personal Backup is a $5 per month online backup plan that promises unlimited storage, no file size and unrestricted bandwidth.The California based company Backblaze has been in business since 2007. It offers three core plans that cater to different audiences:Personal Backup — intended for home users. Offers unlimited storage, unrestricted bandwidth for $5 per month (discount available if you pay by year or two-years ($50 or $95)) for a single computer.Business Backup — intended for business use. Has the same benefits as Personal Backup, and costs $50 per year per computer.B2 Cloud Storage — intended for large organizations and Enterprise use. May use Backblaze’s storage pods do build in-house backup servers. Cost is $0.005 per GB per month for storage and download after the first 10 GB.We signed up for a Personal Backup plan at Backblaze, and this review is about our experience with the process, the software, and the service in general.Backblaze Personal Backup reviewBackblaze offers software programs for Windows and Mac, Android and iOS applications, and a web interface that customers may use to manage backed up files and restore them.The sign up process is straightforward, and you are asked to pick a plan and use either a credit card or a gift card as the payment method. Other payment options, PayPal for instance, are not supported.You may download the client for Windows or Mac then. We have downloaded the Windows client and used it for the test on a Windows 10 Pro machine.The Windows client is 32-bit and 64-bit, and needs to be installed. If you use a very restrictive firewall, you need to allow bztransmit64.exe and bztransmit.exe as the programs are used for file transfers.The application itself is basic. This may appeal to some users who just want their files to be uploaded to online storage for safe keeping, but it may not be enough for tech-savvy users who prefer more control over the programs they run.Basically, what happens when you start the program is that BackBlaze runs an inventory scan on all available drives to upload files to the company’s cloud servers.Tip: I suggest you hit Pause Backup and open the Settings before any file transfers. There you may enable or disable entire drives, add or remove exclusions, and enable the private encryption key for that extra bit of security.The program lists the files and the total size that it has selected for backup, the remaining files and their size, and the backup status in the interface.This is an automated process that you can pause at any time. The software does not display transfer speeds or an estimation of the remaining transfer time directly.You can check the last file transfer speed under Settings > Performance. There you find an estimate on the Gigabytes that the client will transfer per day which seems to be based on that. It is not an overly accurate estimate though.The first backup may take a long time as most files that are on the computer are transferred to Backblaze. Future backup jobs only transfer changed or new files, and will complete faster because of that.Note: The list of folder and file type exclusions is large. Backblaze’s client won’t transfer files inside the program files or windows folder for instance, or ISO, EXE or MSI file types. You may remove these restrictions under Preferences > Exclusions, or add new restrictions. If you don’t want a folder and its content to be synced, this is the place to add it before you start the first transfer of data.The Backblaze client on Windows uses a light footprint, and transfers don’t tax computer resources by much either. In fact, if you run a fairly modern PC, you probably never know that the client is running or transferring files as it has little impact on the device’s resources.The upload transfer speed depends on numerous factors. While you may not be able to transfer files using the device’s maximum upload speed, transfer speeds are not artificially limited either.Backblaze uses 256-AES encryption and SSL during transfers, and stores files with 128-AES on the company’s servers.Backblaze SettingsThe Settings are linked directly from the main program window (called the control panel). The settings window itself is divided into multiple tabs:Settings — Select the hard drives you want files to be backed up from, change the computer name, and set a temporary data drive.Performance — Displays performance information, options to enable/disable threading and throttling, and battery power back ups.Schedule — Set when backup jobs should be run. The default is set to continuously, but you may change that to once per day or manual.Exclusions — Manage folder and file type exclusions. Backblaze blocks a lot of file types and folders by default. Also, set a maximum file size for backup files.Security — Add a private encryption key for added security. This key is then required to restore data backed up by Backblaze.Files scheduled for backup — list of files in the processing queue.Reports — Statistics about the files that are selected for backup (mostly type of file, e,g. bookmarks, photos, documents).Issues — Lists files that could not be transferred, and the reason why.I suggest you set up a personal private encryption key to protect your data further. You may also need to add or remove exclusions. This is useful if you don’t want specific data to be backed up by the service. For instance, you may not want temporary folders such as temp or the browser cache to be transferred.The client offers no option to prioritize files or folders over others. You have no control over the queue which means that lesser important files may be transferred before important files.An option to use a whitelist instead of a list of exclusions is not available as well. If you know exactly what you want to back up, a whitelist approach would make a lot more sense in this case.File restorationBackblaze offers three options when it comes to restoring files. While you find a restore button attached to the backup client, it only highlights the options to you. This means that you cannot use the client to restore files.The three options that you have are to use the web interface, to have Backblaze sent you a USB Flash Drive or USB Hard Drive with your data, or to use the mobile application for Android or iOS.The web interface lists the backed up files and you may select the folders or files you want to restore. You may use a search and some filters that are displayed at the top for that as well.Downloads are provided as zip files if you select that option. These zip files include folders and files as they use the same structure as during the backup job.The two USB options are available for $99 for a 128 GB Flash drive, and $189 for a 4TB USB hard drive.  Customers may keep the restore drives, or send it back to Backblaze to receive a refund.The mobile applications are good for downloading individual files that were backed up before on Windows or Mac computers connected to the Backblaze account. It provides you direct access to the backed up files.The Backblaze Web InterfaceThe Web interface lists backup and account related information and provides access to settings as well.The interface separates computer backup from account. Computer backup lists information on the backups, provides restore options, a “locate my computer option”, and some preferences.Locate my Computer is enabled by default. It records the computer’s IP address, last time online, and provides links to additional information (on the ISP linked to the IP address, and to display the files backed up in the last 24 hours). You may turn mapping off there.Probably the most important setting under account is two-factor authentication. This feature is disabled by default, and you may enable it to protect account sign ins with another layer of security.The web interface offers no option to back up files directly by uploading them to the service.SupportBackblaze offers a comprehensive online help and knowledge base. It helped me figure out how to configure the firewall to allow transfers to the service for instance.The company offers chat support and a ticketing system, but no option to call support directly. This may be different for the business plans, but as a home user you are stuck with those two options. Chat is also only available Monday to Friday between 9 am – 12 pm, and 1 pm to 5 pm PST.Backblaze Pro and ConPositiveNegativeUnlimited StorageNo Linux versionNo Bandwidth RestrictionsNo drive imagesNo file size restrictionsNetwork drives not supportedLow Resource ClientLocal backup not supportedExternal drive backupsNo SyncFile VersioningNo transfer prioritizationFolder and file exclusionsLimited Support windowTwo-factor authenticationUSB Drive Restore optionClosing WordsBackblaze offers a simple to use file backup service at a compelling price point. While it is really, really simple to get started using the service, you pay for that with a lack of control.For instance, most files will get transferred to Backblaze by default. This may include a lot of files that are not important. While you may go through the lengthy process of adding folders to the list of exclusions, a more convenient whitelist approach or folder prioritization is missing.The client is good only for backing up data, but it cannot be used to restore files. You need to use the web interface or a mobile application (limited) for that.Backblaze offers an interesting service that should appeal to many Windows and Mac users thanks to price and ease of use.Now You: Do you use an online backup service?SummaryReviewerMartin BrinkmannReview Date 2017-08-24Reviewed Item Backblaze Personal BackupAuthor Rating 4 Advertisementlast_img read more

Three Palm Software Releases WorkstationOne Version 188

Three Palm Software Releases WorkstationOne Version 188

first_img June 12, 2019 — Three Palm Software announced the release of the 1.8.8 version of its breast imaging workstation, WorkstationOne. This release builds on the existing comprehensive support for mammography, with enhancements in several areas. An emphasis of this release is expanded custom display mechanisms for new mammography computer-aided detection (CAD) systems, decision support and breast density reports. This includes customized report display for approximately 20 different vendors (not all of which are available for clinical use yet).Tomosynthesis CAD from vendors such as iCAD and ScreenPoint, and interactive decision support for ScreenPoint’s Transpara products, are all supported. The system can also automatically extract and display scoring information from the received reports and include that in the user’s reading worklist in order to prioritize reading order. Similarly, breast density information from vendors such as Volpara, Densitas and iCAD is extracted and displayed with the images, and can be used to set the initial state for reported breast density.For more information: www.threepalmsoft.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Related Content Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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Rep Coles rural roots play vital role in House GOP Action Plan

Rep Coles rural roots play vital role in House GOP Action Plan

first_img State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona participated in a Capitol news conference this week announcing the release of House Republican Action Plan. The Action Plan provides an in-depth list of several key policy initiatives that will strengthen Michigan’s economy and provide tremendous opportunities for job creation.“The Action Plan presents an all-encompassing framework that forms a complete picture for the future of Michigan,” Cole said. “Agriculture is a driving force in northern Michigan, which leads right into tourism, which leads right back to the small businesses in which our Michigan families rely on.”In November, Cole was selected to help chart the course for the plan on the caucus’ Policy Development Workgroup, where his 15 years working in the hunting guide industry, his background as an outdoor enthusiast and his experience as an agricultural entrepreneur was beneficial.Cole also has been instrumental in formulating a plan to grow Michigan’s industries and advance agricultural assets as vice chair of the agriculture committee.Cole represents the 105th District including Antrim, Ostego, Charlevoix, Montmorency, and Oscada counties. He also serves on the following committees: Energy Policy, Judiciary, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation, Transportation and Infrastructure.The GOP’s Action Plan for the new legislative session can be viewed at gophouse.org##### Tags: #SB Categories: Cole News,Newscenter_img 06Feb Rep. Cole’s rural roots play vital role in House GOP ‘Action Plan’last_img read more

Rep Kesto property rights legislation signed by Gov Snyder

Rep Kesto property rights legislation signed by Gov Snyder

first_img Gov. Rick Snyder today signed bipartisan legislation strengthening Michigan’s asset forfeiture laws through higher evidentiary standards, greater transparency and increased accountability.State Rep. Klint Kesto, R-Commerce, was the sponsor of one bill in the package of eight designed to address growing concerns with Michigan’s civil asset forfeiture laws. Rep. Kesto also serves as chair of the House Judiciary Committee and lead the charge for greater clarity in the law and necessary procedural reforms.“We’ve heard stories across the nation of property unjustly seized and sold,” Rep. Kesto said. “We want to make sure that doesn’t happen in our state. We’ve set a high floor for an individual’s personal and property rights. Law enforcement, on the other side, has a set of clear standards when it comes to utilizing asset forfeiture.”Rep. Kesto’s House Bill 4504, now Public Act # of 2015, creates the Uniform Forfeiture Reporting Act, establishing a standard of annual reports from polices agencies, including inventory and total worth of seized property, as well as crimes to which seized properties are specifically connected. Rep. Kesto’s bill received a Senate substitute specifying that the Michigan State Police would create a standard reporting form, which the House later adopted in a concurrence vote.“As the state’s top law enforcement, the MSP will have the necessary oversight of the asset forfeiture process,” Rep. Kesto said. “We’re making sure nothing slips through the cracks.”“Today we set the bar for ethical excellence,” said Rep. Kesto. “Michigan residents will be protected. Public safety will be empowered.”##### Categories: Kesto News 20Oct Rep. Kesto property rights legislation signed by Gov. Snyderlast_img read more

Rep Chatfield announces February office hours

Rep Chatfield announces February office hours

first_img Categories: Chatfield News State Representative Lee Chatfield invites residents of the 107th House District to join him during local office hours for the month of February.“It’s important for me to meet with concerned individuals in person to really discover their needs and find ways to better serve them in Lansing,” said Chatfield. “My staff and I have held monthly office hours in every county I represent for 25 consecutive months for this very reason.”His February office hours schedule is:Monday, Feb. 20Emmet CountySmall Town Grill182 Stimpson St.Pellston, MI 497699-10 a.m.Cheboygan CountyPurple Tree Books & Coffee334 N Main St.Cheboygan, MI 4972111 a.m.-NoonMackinac CountyAng-Gio’s232 S M 134Cedarville, MI 497192-3 p.m.Chippewa CountyPickford Community Library230 E Main St.Pickford, MI 497744-5 p.m.No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Anyone unable to attend may contact Rep. Chatfield’s office by calling (517) 373-2629, via email at leechatfield@house.mi.gov or through his website at www.RepChatfield.com.### 09Feb Rep. Chatfield announces February office hourslast_img read more

Rep Schroeder supports plan to combat state psych worker shortages

Rep Schroeder supports plan to combat state psych worker shortages

first_img Categories: Schroeder News Plan allows retired employees to return to work and keep pensionsState Rep. Andrea Schroeder today voted in support of a House plan to combat the ongoing shortage of behavioral health professionals in Michigan.The plan allows certain retired mental health professionals to come back to work with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) without forfeiting their pension benefits.The issue was brought to the Legislature’s attention last term during the House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force statewide tour, which aimed to find ways to improve Michigan’s mental health system by listening to mental health experts, families of patients and law enforcement officials.“A lack of psychiatric professionals means a lack of available care for Michigan’s vulnerable residents,” said Schroeder, of Independence Township. “This plan ensures people receive the care they need in a timely fashion from experienced and qualified individuals.”The state already allows retired psychiatrists to continue to keep their pensions during reemployment with the state. Schroeder contends the state should extend that same opportunity to other mental health care professionals such as physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, counselors and therapists to combat serious shortages in such roles.House Bill 4156 was approved unanimous, bipartisan support and now moves to be considered by the state Senate. 16Apr Rep. Schroeder supports plan to combat state psych worker shortageslast_img read more

City Rescinds CDBG Grants Already Made NonprofitGovernment Link 1

City Rescinds CDBG Grants Already Made NonprofitGovernment Link 1

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesSeptember 4, 2014; The RecordTwo different stories from the Northeast illustrate the important close relationship between local government and community-based nonprofits and philanthropists. In one case, local charities in New Jersey were thrown for a loop when a city changed its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding formula. And in Maryland, when a local government refused to take private donations, a group of activists went out and formed their own organization to do so.In Paterson, N.J., a suburb of New York City, local city officials plan to rescind more than $800,000 in grants awarded earlier this year to 12 different nonprofit groups for various community programs, instead earmarking the money for street repairs. The North Jersey Media Group’s website says that nonprofits learned of the plan to reprogram the federal funds in letters mailed out two weeks ago.“It’s an unexpected loss of funds for us,” the director of the New Jersey Community Development Corporation told the news site. The NJCDC will lose $68,000 of federal funding that it had had been receiving for the past several years through the city to provide social services for mentally ill residents. Similarly, the Grandparent Relatives Care Resource Center said the loss of its $50,000 grant through the city could result in the program’s shutdown. Other nonprofits will also be impacted.The pulling of the grants results from the change in administration at City Hall. Paterson’s original plan for spending the CDBG funds had been crafted under the former mayor and was approved by the City Council, said the article. But after Jose “Joey” Torres took office as mayor this summer, his appointees decided that their predecessors were setting aside too great a share of the funds for “public service activities,” instead of on infrastructure improvement projects.The city’s Community Development Director blamed the rescission on the fact it was using an outdated formula for distributing the funds—the city’s CDBG funding declined from $4 million to $2.3 million, but no one made any adjustments in the amount of money allocated for public service programs.Under the proposed change, the new mayor wants to rescind about $825,000 of the public service grants and keep in place another $576,000 awarded to other groups, partly based on their track records of spending the money in timely fashion or to avoid the duplication of services. The changes in the CDBG grants still must be approved by the City Council.The Community Development Director told the news site that redistributing the public service grants towards infrastructure needs was one way to prevent additional funding from being at risk. But HUD officials said they had signed off on Paterson’s original grant awards and had no problem with the amount of money that had been earmarked for public service activities.This story and “City Rejects Philanthropic Help” point to the close relationship between local government and community-based nonprofits and why it is essential for nonprofit leaders to be engaged with their communities’ political leadership. Often it’s about funding, as in the N.J. case, but sometimes it’s about public policy, as in Maryland. In any event, what local government does or doesn’t do can have an impact on local charities and their clients. It is important for nonprofit leaders to understand that and be ready to advocate on behalf of their causes.—Larry KaplanShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

The AntiBDS Effort of Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban Gets Caught in

The AntiBDS Effort of Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban Gets Caught in

first_imgShare8TweetShare4Email12 SharesSeptember 30, 2015; ForwardNathan Guttman reports for the Forward that the alliance between Republican political financier and Nevada gambling magnate Sheldon Adelson and Democratic donor and Hollywood power broker Haim Saban seems to have come to an end. Despite Adelson’s backing of all kinds of conservative presidential candidates in the 2012 and current primaries, and Saban’s close allegiance to Bill and Hillary Clinton, they had come together despite political differences to combat efforts like the Boycott Divest Sanctions (BDS) movement that they felt were isolating Israel both in the U.S. and internationally.The reasons for the Adelson/Saban split, apparently Saban’s initiative, haven’t been publicly revealed by Saban, but the possibilities include Adelson’s focus on what one person called “a right wing echo-chamber,” pretty difficult for a moderate Dem like Saban to accept, or simply that during an election where Hillary Clinton is the Democratic frontrunner, it doesn’t look good for one of Clinton’s top donors to be too close to the likes of someone on the right wing of the Republican establishment like Adelson.The primary focus of attention for the split appears to be around the anti-BDS group known as the Campus Maccabees, funded lavishly by Adelson. One area of concern might have been the hiring of David Brog to head the Maccabees. According to Guttman, Brog formerly directed Christians United for Israel, a group founded (or recreated from a defunct organization with the same name) by the controversial conservative evangelical pastor, John Hagee. Christians United for Israel calls itself the largest pro-Israel group in the U.S. and claims to have more than two million members. The Pentecostal Hagee has been known for some untoward attitudes toward Palestinians, Muslims in general, Catholics, and, despite CUFI, Jews themselves.If Saban is distancing himself from the Maccabees, it isn’t like he is leaving the pro-Israel field. For example, he has been a generous funder of the American Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC). According to a statement issued by a Saban spokesman, Saban will be “concentrating on the Friends of the IDF” and his longstanding commitment to the Saban Leadership Seminar that has trained 10,000 pro-Israel student leaders. He also hosts the annual Saban Forum to discuss U.S.-Israel relations, with Bill and Hillary Clinton as regular participants.However, the gap between Adelson and Saban shows up significantly in another pro-Israel organization, the Israeli American Council, a nonprofit representing Israeli expatriates (like Saban himself) living in the United States. With Adelson’s support, they made the IAC into a national operation. However, Adelson’s donations to the IAC seem to have dwarfed Saban’s over time, which ended up pushing the IAC toward Adelson’s right-wing political positions. For example, the IAC came out against the U.S. nuclear weapons treaty with Iran, a core touchpoint of every Republican presidential candidate, while Saban, though not necessarily a supporter of the agreement, views it as a done deal.Lessons for nonprofits? While Adelson and Saban clearly shared plenty when it came to their support for Israel and their opposition to the BDS efforts, it seems that partisan politics overcame their ideological comity. Even within the pro-Israel, anti-Palestinian movement, being a right-wing Republican and a moderate Democrat is too much political distance to maintain, especially when the Republicans and Democrats in question happen to be billionaire political donors.—Rick CohenShare8TweetShare4Email12 Shareslast_img read more