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17 января, 13:11

Notting Hill carnival risks Hillsborough-scale tragedy, report warns

London assembly says alarm bells are ringing over two-day street festival, with a rise in overcrowding and violent crimesThe Notting Hill carnival must change if it is to avoid a “Hillsborough-scale tragedy”, according to a report by the London assembly that found the event has become a serious risk to public safety and is beset by rising levels of violent crime. Related: Police officers call for Notting Hill carnival review after record arrests Continue reading...

17 января, 12:00

Democrats Are Unprepared for the Trump Era

After an unexpected loss in November, Democrats are nowhere near ready to take on the president-elect.

17 января, 03:56

Trump’s Plan To Neuter The White House Press Corps And Neuter Our Democracy

Tyrants don’t allow open questioning, and they hate the free press. They want total control. That’s why, according to three senior officials on the transition team, the incoming Trump administration is considering evicting the White House press corps from the press room inside the White House and moving them – and news conferences – to a conference center or to the Old Executive Office Building. This may sound like a small logistic matter. It’s not. The White House “press room” contains work stations and broadcast booths, and the briefing area for presidential news conferences. Reporters have had workspace at the White House since Teddy Roosevelt was president, in 1901.  But we’re in a new era, the reign of King Trump. Sean Spicer, Trump’s press secretary, acknowledges “there has been some discussion about how” to move the press out of the White House. Spicer says it’s because the new administration would like a larger room to allow more members of the press to attend press conferences. Rubbish. It’s because a larger room would allow the administration to fill seats with “alt-right” fringe journalists, rightwing social media, Trump supporters and paid staffers. They’d be there to ask the questions Trump wants to answer, and to jeer at reporters who ask critical questions and applaud Trump’s answers. The move would allow Trump to play the crowd. That’s exactly what happened at Trump’s so-called “news conference” on January 11 – the first he’s held in six months. It wasn’t really a press conference at all, and shouldn’t have been characterized as one. It was a fake news conference that took place in a large auditorium.  In the audience were paid staffers who jeered and snickered when reporters asked critical questions, and cheered every time Trump delivered one of his campaign zingers. It could easily have been one of his rallies.   In this carnival atmosphere it was easy for Trump to refuse to answer questions from reporters who have run stories he doesn’t like, and from news outlets that have criticized him. He slammed CNN for dispensing “fake news,” called Buzzfeed “a pile of garbage,” and sarcastically called the BBC “another beauty.” The audience loved it.  Just as he did in his rallies, Trump continued calling the press “dishonest” – part of his ongoing effort to discredit the press and to reduce public confidence in it.  And he repeatedly lied. But the media in attendance weren’t allowed to follow up or to question him on his lies. For example, Trump wrongly stated that “the Democratic National Committee was totally open to be hacked. They did a very poor job. … And they tried to hack the Republican National Committee, and they were unable to break through.”  Baloney.FBI Director James B. Comey said there was evidence that Republican National Committee computers were also targeted. The critical difference, according to Comey, was that none of the information obtained from the RNC was leaked. Also, according to Comey, the Russians “got far deeper and wider into the [DNC] than the RNC,” adding that “similar techniques were used in both cases.” Trump further asserted at his fake news conference that “I have no deals that could happen in Russia, because we’ve stayed away. And I have no loans with Russia.” Wrong again. Trump repeatedly sought deals in Russia. In a2008 speech, Donald Trump Jr. said “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” and “we see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.” Trump’s statements at his fake news conference were, and are, big lies. They influence public understanding and opinion about two critically important issues: Did the Russians help Trump win the election, and, if so, why might they have done so? At the very least, they should have been followed up with questions from the White House press corps. That would have happened at a real news conference in the White House press room, holding 45 correspondents from major media outlets who are assigned full-time to report on the president.   Which is the danger of evicting the press from the White House and putting press conferences into a large auditorium: Trump won’t be called on his lies, and the White House press corps will lose the leverage they have by being together in one rather small room.   And that’s precisely why Trump wants to evict the press from the White House.  A senior official admitted the move was a reaction to hostile press coverage. The view at the highest reaches of the incoming administration is that the press is the enemy. “They are the opposition party,” said the senior official. “I want ‘em out of the building. We are taking back the press room.” The incoming Trump administration is intent on neutering the White House press corps. If it happens it will be another step toward neutering our  democracy. Originally published at RobertReich.org. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=587b8dfee4b0e58057ff46e3,586d3170e4b0eb58648b817b -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

16 января, 13:43

Carnival Unveils Seabourn Encore: First of 3 New Ships in '17

Carnival Corporation (CCL) recently announced the launch of Seabourn Encore - the first of its three new ships - that will come into service in 2017, across three of its 10 global cruise brands.

14 января, 04:59

Avoid a Layoff: 25 Best Employers for Job Security

Hoping to avoid a layoff? Try finding a job with one of these organizations, the best employers in the U.S. for job security, according to Indeed.com.

14 января, 00:44

What can we learn by looking at a carnival, a casino, and the stock market as simple-closed systems?

Gambling with cards or dice or stock is all one thing.It’s getting money without giving an equivalent for it. -Henry Ward Beecher   What can we learn by looking at a carnival, a casino, and the stock market as simple-closed systems? For our purposes, at its most basic economic level, a carnival has as its economic input the sum total of money that we marks spend on buying tickets.  We will call this amount, "SALES."   We will call the sum of money spent by the carnys on the giant stuffed animals and glow-in-the-dark necklaces that we marks win and get to take home from the carnival, "WINNINGS." We will refer to as, "OVERHEAD," the total amount of money the carnival pays for all other expenses, such as roller-coaster loan payments, payroll for the carnys, clowns, and sideshow acts, electricity, gasoline, reptile feed, bribes to government officials, and snowcone syrup. SALES - (WINNINGS+OVERHEAD) = PROFIT (or LOSS) Nothing odd about that.  We go to the carnival to have fun.  It is entertainment, not an investment.  We don't expect a return on our money. What is the con?  The con is that the milk bottles are made of lead and much harder to knock over than you imagine, and the carny's basketball hoop is half size. Is it any different for a casino, if we leave out the hospitality aspects of the business for simplicity's sake? SALES is the total sum of money which we marks spend on buying chips.  WINNINGS is the sum of money that we marks get to take home from the casino when we cash in our chips. We will refer to as, "OVERHEAD," the total amount of money the casino pays for all other expenses, such as construction loan payments, payroll for the dealers, electricity,  white tiger feed, bribes to government officials, and slot machine repairs. SALES - (WINNINGS+OVERHEAD) = PROFIT (or LOSS) Nothing odd about that.  We go to the casino to have fun.  It is entertainment, not an investment.  We don't expect a return on our gambling, except maybe if you are a gambling addict.  We understand that the house always wins in the long run.  We understand that someone is paying for those giant water fountains in the desert, and Steve Wynn's art collection.  We understand that the someone is us, because the odds are always against us. What is the con?  The con is the hope that luck trumps math.  Maybe once.  Maybe twice.  Maybe thrice.  Beginners luck.  But not in the long run.   Is it any different for the stock market? SALES is the total sum of money which we marks spend on buying stocks from the broker/dealers.  WINNINGS is the sum of money that we marks get to keep when we sell our stocks to the broker/dealers. We will refer to as, "OVERHEAD," the total amount of money the broker/dealers pay for all other expenses, such as interest payments on debt, payroll for the licensed broker/dealers, traders, analysts, and software developers, electricity, coffee, cocaine, hookers, campaign contributions to government officials, CNBC advertising, and exchange fees. SALES - (WINNINGS+OVERHEAD) = PROFIT (or LOSS) There is something odd about that.  What is it?  We understand that Wall Street does everything to maximize its PROFIT, thus minimizing our WINNINGS.  Or do we?  We don't invest in the stock market to have fun.  Or do we?  It is an investment, not entertainment.  Or is it?  We expect a return on our investing.  We fail to understand that the house always wins in the long run.  We fail to understand that someone is paying for those solid gold toilets on Wall Street, and Steven Cohen's art collection.  We fail to understand that the someone is us, because the odds are always against us as individual investors.  We fail to understand that if it really is such a great investment, then they damn sure wouldn't be selling it to us, or to anyone else.   We are stupid marks. What is the con?  The con is that economic growth is both good and real.  It is most often neither  The long con is nominal returns versus real returns.  What keeps the con going?  Apart from greed?  Money printing.   Please, understand that if the amount of money in a closed system doubles, the value of each monetary unit halves, and the price of everything, including stocks, increases 100%.   "You Gotta Be Johnny On The spot With The Ammo, got it? Or We're Dead." I realize this is all an over simplification.  That doesn't mean it isn't true, because it is true.   We can learn something from this.  TANSTAAFL! Peace, prosperity, and liberty, h_h

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13 января, 16:43

Should You Get Rid of Shoe Carnival (SCVL) Now?

Shoe Carnival (SCVL), has witnessed a significant price decline and negative trend in earnings estimate revisions

13 января, 12:00

Magic Lantern festival and Prevenge: top things to do in the UK this week

From the UK’s answer to China’s carnival of lights to Alice Lowe’s ‘pregnancy horror’ film: your at-a-glance guide to the best in culture across the UKMagic Lantern festivalLights! Camera! Instagram filter! The UK’s answer to China’s New Year’s lantern festival returns, this time to Chiswick House Gardens, with more than 50 glowing installations on a Silk Road theme (not the drugs darknet; the original one, the ancient trade network linking Asia to the west). Expect plenty of animals (including pandas) and the odd admiral’s ship.At Chiswick House Gardens, W4, from Thursday 19 Jan to Sunday 26 Feb Continue reading...

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12 января, 12:00

Wayne Coyne on Miley Cyrus: 'She sends me pictures of herself peeing'

The eccentric psychedelic rocker is back with a new Flaming Lips album, this time with help from the former Disney star and a newfound love of A$AP RockyIt’s almost a surprise that Wayne Coyne doesn’t roll up to our interview in his giant hamster ball. The Flaming Lips frontman is so defined in his Wayne Coyne-ness that, waiting around, it’s hard not to picture him as he appears onstage: an intergalactic pirate smothered with fake blood and confetti, flanked by dancing pandas, his boulder-sized fists raised aloft to shoot green lasers into the sky. This is a man whose life is such a carnival of oddness that he’ll sometimes forget he’s carrying a solid gold hand grenade, which didn’t go over well when he took it through customs at Oklahoma City’s airport back in 2012. When he wanders into the lounge of his Clerkenwell hotel engulfed in a baggy hoodie, he can’t help but seem down to earth measured against his reputation. Despite the glitter in his snowy ringlets and the glue-on plastic diamonds studded around his right eye, he’s human after all. Related: The Flaming Lips – 10 of the best Continue reading...

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08 января, 15:00

Carnival Cruises Will Track Customers With 'Smart Medallions' And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

05 января, 18:10

Company News for January 05, 2017

Companies In The News are: ONCE,CCL,SHAK,AMZN,CC

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04 января, 16:17

Carnival's new wearable rethinks the cruise ship vacation

Carnival is taking a page out of Disney's playbook.

30 декабря 2016, 14:49

Yury Grigorovich, a living symbol of the Bolshoi

Throughout the second half of the 20th century, the name Yury Grigorovich was synonymous with the Bolshoi Theater. That association remains still: The Bolshoi Theater will devote January and February 2017 to commemorating Grigorovich. Russia's main theater will present a complete collection of the great choreographer's ballets on its Historic Stage. For his part, the indefatigable Grigorovich opened this season with a revival of Shostakovich’s The Golden Age at the Bolshoi, followed by Prokofiev’s The Stone Flower at the Mariinsky, and the Aram Khachaturian ballet Spartacus in Munich and Antwerp. Where does the 90-year-old choreographer get the energy for all this? From Leningrad to Moscow Yury Grigorovich moved to Moscow in 1964. The nephew of Georgy Rozai, a celebrated dancer with the Mariinsky Theater and Diaghilev's Ballet Russes, he graduated from the Leningrad Choreographic School and became a lead dancer at the Kirov Ballet (now the Mariinsky). In 1957, Grigorovich became famous overnight after staging the ballet The Stone Flower, based on folk fairy tales from the Urals. That production was seen as ground-breaking: It rejected the outdated laws of choreodrama that sought to turn ballet into a novel of everyday life and manners interspersed with dances and considered classical pointe choreography to be the main means of expression. The Nutcracker: 10 facts about Russia’s most magical ballet Grigorovich did not limit himself to narrating a fairy tale. He belonged to a generation of artists who were rethinking the place that art should play in life. His stonecutter Danilo in The Stone Flower, who wants to capture the beauty of a fresh flower in stone, isplunged into a world of beautiful ideas that open up to him in the realm of the Mistress of the Copper Mountain, the ruler of Ural precious stones. In the next scene, he returns to his village with its ordinary everyday life, interrupted by a carnival with folk dances, gypsies and a tame bear. Having discovered a world of great art, Danilo returns to his people in order to bring beauty into their lives. Grigorovich worked on the choreography for that ballet in his free time. The Stone Flower propelled to fame a whole generation of dancers, who later became leading stars. Two years later, the production was transferred to the Bolshoi, where it became one of the first works of the legendary Ekaterina Maximova and Vladimir Vasiliev. Two years later, Grigorovich presented a ballet called The Legend of Love, based on the famous Persian tale of Farhad and Shirin. In it, he explored a new form that he and stage designer Simon Virsaladze had found, that of a parable in which characters' monologues are interspersed with grand ensemble pieces. Leader of his generation These productions brought him acclaim and in 1964 Grigorovich became head of the Bolshoi Ballet. His first production in the new capacity was a new version of The Nutcracker, which transformed what was considered a children's ballet into a philosophical parable. On the first night, the leading parts were performed by Maximova and Vasiliev, with Natalia Bessmertnova and Mikhail Lavrovsky as understudies. All those dancers became known as "the Grigorovich generation." They took classical ballet to a new level of virtuosity, while the choreographer found an ideal form for it, in which technical accomplishments became artistic revelations. The pinnacle of their collaboration was Spartacus. Grigorovich – to the composer's displeasure – completely rearranged and cut the score and wrote a new libretto. He created a ballet aboutthe confrontation between two arch-opponents, a rebellious slave and a noble-born warrior. The ballet’s acrobatic leaps and breathtaking lifts set his production of Spartacuson a level with the highest sporting achievements, while the scene of Spartacus's death and requiem contained allusions to Michelangelo's murals at the Vatican and to Bach's masses. Departure and comeback His art, sophisticated and at the same time accessible, in time turned into one of the main symbols of Soviethigh culture. Spartacus was followed by Ivan the Terrible and later The Golden Age, which celebrated the first years after the establishment of the USSR. Secrets of the Bolshoi: The life and times of a Soviet claque However, with time, the choreographer, whose first productions earned him a reputation as an indefatigable inventor, lost his yearning for experimentation. His productions turned into formulas – grand but lacking a beating heart. In the meantime, the Bolshoi continued to stage his ballets, leaving little room for any alternative. Gradually, Grigorovich himself preferred to focus on reinterpreting the classics of legendary ballet master and choreographer Marius Petipa– The Sleeping Beauty and others. Thirty years after his triumphal enthronement at the Bolshoi, in 1995 Grigorovich was forced to leave the theater whose symbol he had become. However, after many years during which the Bolshoi and the master led separate lives, they once again felt a need for each other, and he rejoined the company in 2001 as staff choreographer. After all, no matter what ballet the Bolshoi’sdancers are performing, their energy and striking virtuosity are what Grigorovich always sought to instill in them.

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30 декабря 2016, 13:00

Homelessness: no laughing matter for Hogarth – nor for us

Centuries after William Hogarth created probably the first image of homelessness in British art in 1736’s Four Times of the Day, the image of people sleeping rough is one that is still all too depressingly familiarIn 1736, an impressario called Jonathan Tyers commissioned William Hogarth to paint four scenes to decorate his pleasure park Vauxhall Gardens, where Londoners, some of them posh and some just wearing posh clothes, listened to music, intrigued and seduced each other in the “dark walks” under the trees. Hogarth had the idea to capture the comedy and sadness, crowds and chaos of life in 18th-century London in four paintings that translate an old artistic theme, Four Times of the Day, from pastoral settings to a city that was fast becoming the first modern metropolis. In 1738, he published a set of prints of these paintings to make them accessible to the ordinary urbanites they portray. Even if you were too poor to buy a print by Hogarth, you could still see his work for free in print-shop windows that served as the street art galleries of their time.Hogarth’s Four Times of the Day portrays the London of nearly 300 years ago as a rollicking carnival of collisions between rich and poor, the respectable and the raunchy, the pious and the outcast. Yet one detail upset me when I noticed it earlier this year. Continue reading...

30 декабря 2016, 10:05

5 popular Soviet ornaments

1. The cosmonaut  Release date: 1960s  Yuri Gagarin's flight into space is one of the key events in the history of the Soviet Union, so it should come as no surprise that in the 1960s, space themes dominated the country’s culture. A series of popular songs by Pakhmutova and Dobronravov were released including: "Choir leader of stellar roads," "How Yura sent us off to space" and "The Gagarin Constellation." In 1972, film director Daniil Khrabrovsky shot Taming of the Fire about the development of the Soviet space industry. The space theme also was reflected in holiday tree ornaments. After the space flight, satellite, rocket and cosmonaut ornaments were mass produced. 2. The clock from “Carnival Night”  Release date: 1956-1960s  The film Carnival Night (1956) had a great effect on Soviet society. The comedy by director Eldar Ryazanov  involves a New Year celebration at an economics institute. After the film's release, trees were decorated with crackers, colored pinecones, rain and bonbonnieres, just like in the film. But the film's main symbol is the clock that shows it is five minutes to midnight. It became an inseparable element of the Soviet spruce and later inspired a pop song. 3. The Soviet airship Release date: 1950-1954  On Oct. 4, 1937 the "USSR-V6" airship set a record for the longest duration of uninterrupted stay in the air: 130 hours and 27 minutes. Despite the difficulties related to the weather conditions, the 16-man crew heroically continued their flight and in the end beat the record held by the German Zeppelin LZ-127. Mass production of airship ornament began in the 1950s. 4. Doctor Aibolit  Release date: 1950s In 1949, the Soviet Union celebrated the 150th birthday of poet Alexander Pushkin. As a result, figures from his fairytales began to appear in stores including the Golden Fish and the Golden Cockerel. Later, other fairytale characters were added to this colleciton, including Doctor Aibolit, who was one of the most beloved figures from children’s stories, Little Red Riding Hood, Little Hunchbacked Horse, Baba Yaga’s hut and others. Later, there were ornaments of popular characters from Soviet cartoons, including Crocodile Gena, Cheburashka, Parrot and Lion. 5. Star tree topper Release date: 1930s  The red star with the hammer and sickle was both the primary Soviet symbol and the only ornament appropriate for the top of a New Year tree.  In the manual "Holiday Tree in the Kindergarten" distributed by the Soviet Education Ministry, the instructions for decorating a school tree included: "First of all, it is necessary to decorate the central highest part of the tree with a shinny red or silver five-pointed star, corresponding to the size of the spruce. This star can be obtained in the assortment of ready-made tree decorations." In 1937, the government released round ornaments with portraits of Lenin and Stalin, as well as a collection of smaller globes depicting all the members of the Politburo. However, these ornaments were very expensive and not produced on a mass scale. Subscribe to get the hand picked best stories every week

30 декабря 2016, 02:06

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts: Rhoda Mae Kerr – Member, National Infrastructure Advisory Council Carl Newman – Member, National Infrastructure Advisory Council     Ellen Ochoa – Member, National Science Board, National Science Foundation Walter Ray Allen Jr. – Member, United States Holocaust Memorial Council Deborah A. Oppenheimer – Member, United States Holocaust Memorial Council Scott Straus – Member, United States Holocaust Memorial Council Jeremy M. Weinstein – Member, United States Holocaust Memorial Council   President Obama also announced his intent to designate the following individuals to key Administration posts: Bridget Altenburg – Member, Board of Visitors to the United States Military Academy Brenda S. “Sue” Fulton – Member, Board of Visitors to the United States Military Academy   Soudarak “Sue” Hoppin – Member, Board of Visitors to the United States Air Force Academy   President Obama said, “I am honored that these talented individuals have decided to serve our country.  They bring their years of experience and expertise to their roles, and I know they will serve the American people well.” President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts: Rhoda Mae Kerr, Appointee for Member, National Infrastructure Advisory Council    Rhoda Mae Kerr is Fire Chief of the Austin, Texas Fire Department, a position she has held since 2009.  Previously, Chief Kerr served as Fire Chief of the Little Rock, Arkansas Fire Department from 2004 to 2009.  From 1983 to 2003, she served at Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue as a firefighter and in leadership roles including Deputy Fire Chief and Division Chief.  Prior to entering the fire service, Chief Kerr was a coach and physical education teacher at the high school level from 1970 to 1983.  Chief Kerr served as President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and President of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association from 2015 to 2016.  Chief Kerr received an A.S. from Broward Community College, a B.A. from William Paterson University, and an M.P.A. from Florida International University. Carl Newman, Appointee for Member, National Infrastructure Advisory Council     Carl Newman is CEO of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority in Mississippi, a position he has held since 2015.  Mr. Newman was General Manager of George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas from 2012 to 2015.  Prior to that, he worked at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, Arizona from 1980 to 2012, including as its Assistant Aviation Director, Deputy Aviation Director, and Aviation Maintenance Superintendent.  He is currently the Chair of the American Association of Airport Executives.  Mr. Newman received a B.S. from the University of Arizona and an M.S.A. from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Dr. Ellen Ochoa, Appointee for Member, National Science Board, National Science Foundation Dr. Ellen Ochoa serves as the Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, a position she has held since 2013.  Previously, Dr. Ochoa served as Deputy Director of the Johnson Space Center from 2007 to 2012.  Prior to that, she was the Deputy Director and Director of Flight Crew Operations for the Johnson Space Center from 2002 to 2007.  From 1990 to 2007, Dr. Ochoa was an Astronaut at the Johnson Space Center and was the first Latina to travel to space.  She also served as a Branch Chief and Group Lead at the NASA Ames Research Center from 1988 to 1990.  Dr. Ochoa began her career as a member of the technical staff for Sandia National Laboratories from 1985 to 1988.  She served as a member on the Stanford University Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2009.  Dr. Ochoa holds a B.S. from San Diego State University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. Walter Ray Allen Jr., Appointee for Member, United States Holocaust Memorial Council Walter Ray Allen Jr. is a retired professional basketball player.  Mr. Allen played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for 18 seasons with four teams from 1996 to 2014.  He most recently played with the Miami Heat from 2012 to 2014.  Mr. Allen played for the Boston Celtics from 2007 to 2012, the Seattle SuperSonics from 2003 to 2007, and the Milwaukee Bucks from 1996 to 2003.  He is a 10-time NBA All-Star, won two NBA Championships in 2013 and 2008, and received an Olympic gold medal as a member of the 2000 United States Men's Basketball Team.  Mr. Allen was named USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year in 1995.  Mr. Allen founded the Ray of Hope Foundation in 1997. Deborah A. Oppenheimer, Appointee for Member, United States Holocaust Memorial Council Deborah A. Oppenheimer is an independent film producer.  Ms. Oppenheimer is a Production Consultant for the BBC series, Downton Abbey, a position she has held since 2010‎.  She was Executive Vice President at Carnival Film & Television from 2012 to 2014, Executive Vice President of International Television Production at NBCUniversal International Television from 2010 to 2012, President of Mohawk Productions at Warner Bros. from 1995 to 2009, and a Producer, Development Executive, and Production Executive at Lorimar from 1984 to 1993.  Ms. Oppenheimer conceived and produced the feature documentary, "Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport,” for which she received an Academy Award in 2001.  She is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Television and Film Arts Strategic Council at the State University College of New York at Buffalo.  Ms. Oppenheimer was first appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council in 2012.  Ms. Oppenheimer received a B.A. from the State University College of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Scott Straus, Appointee for Member, United States Holocaust Memorial Council Dr. Scott Straus is Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies of Political Science and Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he has worked since 2004.  Dr. Straus previously worked as a freelance journalist based in Africa from 1995 to 1998.  He was awarded the Winnick Fellowship at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide in 2011 and the William Kiekhofer Distinguished Teaching Award in 2009.  Dr. Straus received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Jeremy M. Weinstein, Appointee for Member, United States Holocaust Memorial Council Dr. Jeremy M. Weinstein is a Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, a position he has held since 2015.  Dr. Weinstein is also a Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, a role he has held since 2011.  He served as Deputy and Chief of Staff to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from 2014 to 2015 and 2013 to 2014, respectively.  Dr. Weinstein has held various roles at Stanford University including Associate Professor of Political Science from 2009 to 2015, Director of the Center for African Studies from 2007 to 2008 and 2011 to 2013, and Assistant Professor of Political Science from 2004 to 2009.  He was Director for Development and Democracy for the National Security Council from 2009 to 2011.  Dr. Weinstein is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Global Development.  Dr. Weinstein received a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. President Obama also announced his intent to designate the following individuals to key Administration posts: Bridget Altenburg, Designee for Member, Board of Visitors to the United States Military Academy   Bridget Altenburg has served since 2013 as the Chief Operating Officer of the National Able Network, a nonprofit specializing in workforce development training.  Ms. Altenburg was the Executive Director of Chicago Cares from 2011 to 2013 and was the Director of Development for the Academy for Urban School Leadership from 2008 to 2011.  Previously, she held several management positions at Bally Total Fitness from 2002 to 2006 and served as a Captain in the United States Army.  Ms. Altenburg received a B.S. from the United States Military Academy and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. Brenda S. “Sue” Fulton, Designee for Member, Board of Visitors to the United States Military Academy   Brenda S. “Sue” Fulton is the Director for Disruptive Channels at Pfizer Consumer Health, a position she has held since March 2016.  Ms. Fulton has worked at Pfizer since 2012, serving as a Franchise Lead and Director for Consumer Healthcare from 2012 to 2016.  Since 2013, she has served as a member of the Board of Directors of SPART*A, an organization of LGBT service members and veterans.  Since 2011, she has also served as a member of the Board of Visitors to the United States Military Academy and was elected as Chair of the Board in 2015.  Ms. Fulton is a founding member of the Board of Directors for OutServe, an association of LGBT active duty service members, and was the organization’s Communications Director from 2010 to 2012.  In 2009, she co-founded Knights Out, an organization of LGBT West Point graduates and allies, and served as the organization’s Executive Director from 2010 to 2012.  Earlier in her career, Ms. Fulton held product management roles at Schering-Plough/Merck from 1997 to 2011.  In 1980, she was commissioned in the Army Signal Corps and served for five years in Germany, where she commanded a military intelligence company.  For her service, Ms. Fulton was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and a Meritorious Service Medal.  She was honorably discharged from the Army with the rank of Captain in 1986.  Ms. Fulton received a B.S. from the United States Military Academy. Soudarak “Sue” Hoppin, Designee for Member, Board of Visitors to the United States Air Force Academy   Soudarak “Sue” Hoppin is President of the National Military Spouse Network, an organization she founded in 2010.  Ms. Hoppin has served on the Board of Visitors to the United States Air Force Academy since 2012.  From 2007 to 2016, she was a member of the Air Force Charity Ball Committee and served as its Publicity Chair from 2008 to 2016.  From 2010 to 2013, Ms. Hoppin served on the Board of Directors of Blue Star Families.  She was also the Military Family Liaison to the Fairfax County School Superintendent’s Business and Community Advisory Council from 2009 to 2012.  In 2005, she joined the Military Officers Association of America as a Benefits Associate, and rose to become Deputy Director for Spouse Outreach by 2010.  Ms. Hoppin received a B.A. from the University of Denver and an M.A. from the University of Oklahoma.

28 декабря 2016, 23:48

Moral Squalidness Besmirches United Nations

On December 23, 2016, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2334 by a vote of 14-0 with the United States abstaining. The number of the resolution was antiseptic, like the serial numbers tattooed on Jews herded into the Auschwitz extermination camp. The resolution itself was morally squalid, giving new meaning to the definition of double standards. It chastised Israel for imitating the United States, Russia, China, Great Britain, France, and every nation since the beginning of time that has drawn its borders based on sheer power -- not justice. As Thucydides wrote in The History of the Peloponnesian War, the iron law of the universe is that the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must. That is how national borders have been made and re-made throughout history. The process never ceases. Among other things, Resolution 2334 lectures Israel about the "inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force." The lecture is peculiarly unpersuasive coming from the lips of the UNSC, all of which nations reflect the acquisition of territory by force. The United States, for example, acquired vast territories by force from Native American Indians. It acquired additional territories by force, including California, Arizona, and New Mexico, in the Mexican-American War. In his War Memoirs, U.S. Grant reprehends the war "as one of the most unjust ever waged by a stronger against a weaker nation. It was an instance of a republic following the bad example of European monarchies, in not considering justice in their desire to acquire additional territory." The United States acquired the Panama Canal Zone by force. It acquired Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and Guantanamo Bay Naval Base by force. The United States is the least of the territorial thieves sitting as permanent members of the Security Council. Russia, China, Great Britain, and France have worse records of resort to wars to acquire territory by force. The latter two fought each other across the English Channel for four centuries during which their boundaries changed like an accordion. The United Nation's injunction against the acquisition of territory by force rewards the biggest territorial thieves historically and punishes the smallest--turning moral justice on its head. It is like strumpets agreeing to prohibit any new competitors in the name of a new morality. In any event, the U.N. ignores its own commandment. Russia, for instance, acquired Crimea by force in 2015. The territory of the entire nation of Kosovo was acquired by force unleashed by the United States against Serbia in 1999. Resolution 2334 absurdly denounces Israel's settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as having "no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law...." But the settlements are every bit as valid as Russians residing in Crimea, Kosovars residing in Kosovo, the British residing in Northern Ireland, or the French residing in Corsica. To repeat, international law is nothing more than the granular application of the principle that the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must. The United States should withdraw from the United Nations. It is a carnival of moral hypocrisy unable to satisfy even indulgent thresholds of usefulness. The United States should return to conducting diplomacy ad hoc as it did for more than 170 years before the U.N. was born in 1945. Our problems in the international arena will not diminish by our withdrawal. But at least we will be free of the handicap of marriage to a moral reprobate. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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23 декабря 2016, 12:35

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22 декабря 2016, 12:01

Lorena Bobbitt Is Done Being Your Punchline

HAYMARKET, VIRGINIA ― On a recent trip to Target, Lorena Bobbitt struggled to use the computer at the digital photo center. She was trying, unsuccessfully, to put her 11-year-old daughter’s picture on a Christmas card. A young male employee came over to help. When they were done and she was typing in her first name for payment, he audibly gasped. “I thought the machine must be broken,” she recalled. “But he said, ‘I know who you are!’” These days, getting recognized by strangers happens far less often. Her long hair is now a shimmery pale blonde (as a licensed cosmetologist, she sometimes highlights it herself), and 23 years have passed since her face was plastered on the front of major newspapers and magazines across the country. Still, each new acquaintance she makes eventually puts two and two together, even when she uses her maiden name, Gallo. It is an inescapable part of her life, a fact she has accepted with remarkable poise. She grew used to the guffaws and the stares a long time ago. “All the jokes, it hurt at first,” she said. “Now, I don’t care. I laugh, too.” According to her telling of the story, in the early hours of June 23, 1993, her husband, former Marine John Wayne Bobbitt, came home drunk and raped her. He was frequently violent with her, she said, and forced her into sex whenever he liked. (John Wayne denies raping her, and he was acquitted of marital sexual assault in a separate trial in November 1993.) Something in her broke that morning, Lorena said. She grabbed a knife from the kitchen and sliced off her husband’s penis as he slept. Then she fled the apartment, tossing his penis out the car window as she drove away. (It was later recovered by police and reattached in an operation lasting nine and a half hours.) Almost overnight, the case became an international sensation. It was the original clickbait: An amputated penis. A young and pretty Latina woman. An all-American husband. Accusations of rape and assault. Love, sex and violence. The names, too, were gold. “John Wayne,” the archetypal alpha male, and the all-too-evocative “Bobbitt.” In 1993, the country was still one year away from the O.J. Simpson case and the passage of the Violence Against Women Act. There had not yet been a national conversation about domestic violence, even though the leaders of the women’s rights movement were trying hard to launch one. In an alternate version of history, the sad and horrible story of Lorena and John Wayne Bobbitt would have served as the perfect opportunity to start the dialogue. That year, an estimated 2,160 women were killed by their intimate partners, according to data collected by James Alan Fox, a criminology professor at Northeastern University. There was a desperate need to improve services for victims, to raise funds and, crucially, to change the culture that enabled abusers to beat their families in private with impunity. Instead, the story descended into a joke, with Lorena Bobbitt as the punchline.  “They wanted to talk about his penis, not my story,” she said with a shrug. “Maybe it looked like a reality show from the outside, but we were not in a cast. It was real life.” On a recent December morning, Lorena Bobbitt, now 47, was organizing Christmas presents inside her home in a gated community in suburban Virginia, as her dog Ringo, a 12-year-old bichon with thinning white hair, scampered under foot. She lives with her longtime partner, Dave Bellinger, and their only child. As she does each year, Bobbitt had collected gifts for children in domestic violence shelters around the state. Board games, dolls and stuffed animals in various stages of gift-wrapping were scattered across a long table in her living room. Some were marked with the ages and genders of prospective recipients. For kids living in a shelter, Bobbitt explained, the holidays can be especially hard. They may not have a Christmas tree or get to share a special meal with their extended family. But at least they would have a present to open. She didn’t know about shelters back when she was married to John Wayne. It wasn’t until she went to trial that she learned there was any help available for people like her. These days, Bobbitt lives a 20-minute drive from the two-story brick courthouse in downtown Manassas, Virginia, where she stood trial all those years ago. She never left the county, let alone the country. Why would she? “I would have been recognized anywhere, and I liked it here,” she said. Bobbitt, who was born in Ecuador and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, said she fell in love with Virginia when she first visited as a teenager. After graduating from high school, she moved to the U.S. and took classes at a community college. She thought perhaps she would become a dentist, like her father. To support herself while in school, she took a job as a nanny. Later, she trained to be a manicurist and worked in a salon. As she describes it, her aspirations were simple: She wanted to marry and start a family. She met John Wayne at a bar on the Quantico Marine Corps base. Her English wasn’t great, so they danced more than they talked. He became her first boyfriend, she said, and she enjoyed the courtship. They would see movies, go out to dinner and eat ice cream at Friendly’s, always with a chaperone. She was a bit naive, she admits now. “I was 19, but I was a young 19,” she said. When she was 20, they married and moved in together. She was a virgin, she said. Not long after, she said, the violence started. First, it was just verbal abuse, ugly name-calling and yelling. Then, she said, her husband began to hit, push and strangle her. It’s worth noting that strangulation, a common and frightening tactic used by abusers, is considered a serious risk factor for future lethal violence and is now treated as a felony offense in many states. Prince William County police told ABC’s “20/20” that they responded to complaints of domestic violence at the Bobbitt residence half a dozen times, arresting John Wayne on one occasion for hitting Lorena in the face. After four years of marriage, the couple were planning to divorce. Their story ― an average tale of abuse, awfully familiar to many ― would have remained within their personal circles. Except that on the night of June 23, 1993, she cut off John Wayne’s penis. Honestly, the way I see it, it happened to all of us … all women who were abused. Lorena Bobbitt Bobbitt was charged with malicious wounding, which carried a possible 20-year sentence. During the eight-day trial in January 1994, her defense attorneys argued that she was driven into a temporary fit of insanity after suffering years of rape and physical violence by her husband. A parade of witnesses supported her story of domestic abuse, saying they had observed her with bruises on her wrists, arms, shoulders and head. Others recalled seeing him hit and shove her for minor transgressions, such as how she cooked. An educational pamphlet on rape, given to her by her neighbor shortly before the incident, was discovered on the couple’s dresser by police. She doesn’t like to dwell on the details of the battering now, but Bobbitt said she is surprised that she made it out. “I don’t know how I survived,” she said. In photos and video from that time, she is a whisper of a person, painfully thin, with dark hair framing her lean face. The scene outside the courthouse, with one radio station giving away Slice soda and cocktail wienies, was macabre. Baltimore Sun reporter Wiley Hall described it as a “grotesque carnival” and expressed shock at the crowd’s overt hostility toward Bobbitt and women in general. The public was transfixed by the case. As the cover of People magazine declared, it was “the cut felt around the world.” A Newsweek poll found that 60 percent of the country followed her trial. CNN provided live coverage to spellbound viewers, while NBC and ABC televised live reports every night. Gay Talese was there too, on assignment for The New Yorker and would later chronicle the experience in his book A Writer’s Life. Much of the media portrayed Bobbitt as a crazed, vengeful woman who had perpetrated every man’s worst nightmare. Details of the incident became fodder for late-night comedians. The public made up their own jokes and songs about the sordid circumstances. It didn’t matter there was overwhelming evidence that John Wayne was abusive, with even the prosecution’s own experts concluding that he had beaten and raped her. (In the years since, John Wayne has been arrested five times and convicted twice for domestic violence offenses involving two different women.) Kim Gandy, then-executive vice president of the National Organization for Women, recalled the media circus eclipsing any meaningful examination of violence against women. “Domestic violence organizations tried to have the conversation, women’s organizations tried to have the conversation, but the media wasn’t having any of it,” Gandy said. “I just remember feeling that there wasn’t any traction on the domestic violence part of it.” The nature of the act Bobbitt committed ― cutting off a penis ― took over the discourse completely, said Jackson Katz, an activist who was working to engage men in preventing gender-based violence at the time. “The fact that she was a victim of marital rape or domestic violence was a secondary aspect to the story,” he said. “It immediately became a story about his victimization at her hands.” The jury deliberated for just over six hours before acquitting Bobbitt by reason of temporary insanity. In a statement read aloud by the owner of the nail salon where she had worked, Bobbitt encouraged other abused women to seek help. “She did once and will again seek her American dream when she is able, and if the publicity of her abuse can help one person find freedom, then all of this is not in vain,” the statement said. Before she could go home, she was required to spend 45 days in a psychiatric hospital for evaluation. It wasn’t a nice place, she said, but it felt good to ditch the media who were tailing her every move. Finally, it was quiet.  If there’s one mantra that Bobbitt adheres to, it is “stay positive.” She is relentlessly optimistic and has an aversion to lingering long in the past. “In the beginning, I’d say, ‘Why me?’” she said. “But honestly, the way I see it, it happened to all of us … all women who were abused. I just happened to be the Lorena, but I’m not in the fight by myself. I’m in it for all women who have been victimized or will be victimized.” In the years since her acquittal, she has worked quietly to help other victims of domestic violence. Around nine years ago, she launched Lorena’s Red Wagon, a charity to help domestic violence victims and their children. When I met with her, she was busy planning a toy drive at a local restaurant. Patrons could drop off gifts for kids throughout the month of December. For one evening, a percentage of all restaurant sales would also be donated to domestic violence victims. “I realized I may as well make a good thing out of a bad thing,” she said. Bobbitt has trained to be a domestic violence advocate, occasionally helping to facilitate a 15-week educational and support group with abused women in her county. Once in a while, she appears on television to talk about her notorious case. She has made a shrewd calculation: The host may tell jokes at her expense, but she’ll get the chance to raise awareness about domestic violence. It’s a sacrifice she is willing to make. “Trust me, this skin is very strong,” she said and then added, “That doesn’t mean I’m a woman of steel or anything.” Three times a week, Bobbitt takes a Zumba class. It’s a Latin-inspired cardio-dance workout, incorporating moves from hip hop, salsa, merengue, samba and mambo, and it’s her favorite form of exercise. At the studio near her home recently, she greeted her Zumba classmates, mostly older women, with a characteristically warm smile, and they smiled back. They were all clearly regulars. For an hour, she bopped, shimmied, bounced and jived in royal blue leggings. She rolled her hips, tapped her feet. Her hair, pulled high into a ponytail, flew around her face as she spun with abandon. She was happy. “I am fine. I am very well aware of who I am. I accept myself,” Bobbitt said. “I believe I have a purpose in life. I won’t be stuck in the past.” ______ Melissa Jeltsen covers domestic violence and other issues related to women’s health, safety and security. Tips? Feedback? Send an email or follow her on Twitter. ______ Related stories: This Is Not A Love Story: Examining A Month Of Deadly Domestic Violence In America Trump’s Election Raises Fears Of Increased Violence Against Women The Children Who Saw Too Much Behind The Photos That Changed How America Saw Domestic Violence We’re Missing The Big Picture On Mass Shootings Woman Accused Of Murdering Her Abusive Ex Goes Free After Almost 3 Years Behind Bars She Was Leaving Her Emotionally Abusive Husband. Now The Whole Family Is Dead. 14-Year-Old Girl Accused Of Killing Her Allegedly Abusive Father  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. 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21 декабря 2016, 21:00

Квартальная прибыль Carnival превысила прогнозы аналитиков

Во вторник, 20 декабря, крупнейший в мире круизный оператор Carnival представил отчет по квартальным финансовым результатам. Так, в четвертом фискальном квартале с окончанием в ноябре чистая прибыль компании выросла с $270 млн или 35 центов на акцию годом ранее до $609 млн или 83 центов на акцию. Без учета некоторых статей прибыль составила 67 центов на бумагу при средних прогнозах аналитиков на уровне 58 центов на бумагу. Выручка в рассматриваемом периоде увеличилась на 6% г/г до $3,94 млрд. Компания ожидает, что в фискальном году с окончанием в ноябре 2017 г. прибыль на акцию окажется в диапазоне $3,30-3,60, в то время как аналитики в среднем ожидают $3,69 на одну бумагу.