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14 января, 04:29

Speeding Ticket? 15 States Where Your Insurance Rate Will Spike the Most

Getting a speeding ticket can make your auto insurance rate spike, but only in certain states. The spikes can be quite dramatic, however.

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09 января, 17:46

Police name twins found dead at base of cliffs near Dover

Officers appeal for help in tracing final movements of Muriel and Bernard Burgess, 59, from CheshirePolice have named the twin brother and sister whose bodies were found at the base of cliffs on New Year’s Day.Muriel and Bernard Burgess, 59, from the village of Elton in Cheshire, were discovered at the foot of Langdon cliffs outside Dover, Kent, during a search for another man’s body. Continue reading...

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05 января, 00:55

Remarks by the President at Armed Forces Full Honor Review Farewell Ceremony

Joint Base Myer-Henderson Fort Myer, Virginia 3:21 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Please be seated.   Well, good afternoon.  It turns out these are easier when you're talking about somebody else.  (Laughter.)  At a moment like this, I think of all the times I’ve stood before our men and women in uniform.  Commissioning our newest officers.  Presiding over promotions.  Presenting the Commander-in Chief’s Trophy to -- the best football team in the military.  I will let you argue over that one.  (Laughter.)  I have never taken sides. Secretary Carter, I could not be more grateful for your gracious words, but more importantly, for your outstanding leadership, across, as you noted, more than three decades and nearly all of my presidency.  You have always given me, Ash, your best strategic counsel.  You’ve made sure that we were investing in innovation for the long term and a strong Force of the Future.  As a physicist, Ash is also one of the few people who actually understands how our defense systems work.  And I know that our troops and their families are immensely grateful for the compassion that you and Stephanie have shown them over the years.  So to you and your family, on behalf of all of us, thank you for your outstanding service.  (Applause.)   General Dunford, we’ve relied on you as Commandant of the Marine Corps, as our commander in Afghanistan, and now, as our nation’s highest-ranking military officer.  I thank you, and General Selva and the entire Joint Chiefs for the unvarnished military advice that you’ve always provided to me, for your dedication, for your professionalism, for you integrity.  Because of you, because of this team, our Armed Forces are more integrated and better prepared across domains -- a truly Joint Force.  Which is why, as a White Sox fan, I can overlook the fact that you love the Red Sox.  (Laughter.)  Moreover, on a personal note, outside of your professional qualities, you are a good man, and I am grateful to have worked with you.  And thank Ellyn for allowing you to do this.  (Applause.)     To members of Congress; Vice President Biden -- who, along with Jill, has known the love and the pride and the sacrifice of a military family.  To Deputy Secretary Work; service secretaries; distinguished guests; dedicated civilians from across the Defense Department; my national security team; most of all, our men and women in uniform.  I thank you for this honor, and for the warmth and respect that you’ve always shown me, the support that you’ve shown Michelle and our daughters during these past eight years.   And so, although I recognize that the formalities require me listening to praise directed in large part to me, I want to turn the tables -- I am still Commander-in-Chief, so I get to do what I want to do -- and I want to thank you.  Of all the privileges of this office -- and there are many -- I will miss Air Force One, I will miss Marine One -- (laughter) -- but I can stand before you today and say that there has been no greater privilege, and no greater honor, than serving as the Commander-in-Chief of the greatest military in the history of the world.  (Applause.)         When I took office, I noted that Presidents and those of you in uniform swear a similar oath -- to protect and defend this country and the Constitution that we cherish.  By stepping forward and volunteering, by raising your right hand and taking that oath, each of you made a solemn pledge.  You committed yourself to a life of service and of sacrifice.  And I, in turn, made a promise to you, which, to the best of my abilities, I've  tried to uphold every single day since, that I would only send you into harm's way when it is absolutely necessary, with the strategy, the well-defined goals, with the equipment and the support that you needed to get the job done.  Because that’s what you rightfully expect and that is what you rightfully deserve. I made that pledge at a time when less than one percent of Americans wear the uniform.  Fewer Americans know someone who serves.  And as a result, a lot of Americans don’t see the sacrifices you make on our behalf.  But as Commander-in-Chief, I do.  I’ve seen it when I looked into the eyes of young cadets, knowing that my decisions could very well send them into harm’s way.  I’ve seen it when I’ve visited the field -- at Bagram and Baghdad -- far from your families, risking your lives so that we can live ours safely and in freedom.  And so you’ve inspired me, and I have been humbled by you consistently.  And I want every American to know what I know -- through year after year after year of continuous military operations -- you have earned your place among the greatest generations. The list of accomplishments that Joe and Ash so generously mentioned, they’re because of you.  It's what I tell my staff -- I'm the front man, but you're the ones doing the work.  Because of you, our alliances are stronger, from Europe to the Asia Pacific.  Because of you, we surged in Afghanistan, trained Afghan forces to defend their country, while bringing most of our troops home.  Today our forces serve there on a more limited mission -- because we must never again allow Afghanistan to be used for a safe haven in attacks against our nation. It's because of you -- particularly our remarkable Special Forces -- that the core al Qaeda leadership that attacked us on 9/11 has been decimated.  Countless terrorist leaders, including Osama bin Laden, are gone.  From South Asia to Africa, we have forged partnerships to go after terrorists that threaten us.  Because of you, we are leading a global coalition against ISIL.  These terrorists have lost about half of their territory.  They are losing their leaders.  Towns and cities are being liberated.  And I have no doubt this barbaric terrorist group will be destroyed -- because of you. You've shown that when it comes to fighting terrorism, we can be strong and we can be smart.  Not by letting our forces get dragged into sectarian conflicts and civil wars, but with smart, sustainable, principled partnerships.  That’s how we’ve brought most of our troops home -- nearly 180,000 troops in Iraq and Afghanistan down to 15,000 today.  That’s how, even as we’ve suffered terrible attacks here at home, from Boston to Orlando, no foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland these past eight years.     Because of you, the world has seen the awesome reach of American Armed Forces.  In some of the first few weeks of my job, when Somali pirates took Captain Phillips, later on, when they kidnapped Jessica Buchanan, it was you that went in and you that risked everything, and you that brought these Americans home to their families.   The world has seen your compassion -- the help you deliver in times of crisis, from an earthquake in Haiti to the tsunami in Japan.  Think of Ebola and the countless lives this Armed Forces saved in West Africa.  It was you that set up the architecture and set the example for the world's response.  One woman in West Africa said, “We thanked God first and then we thanked America second for caring about us.”  That’s the difference you make -- you continue to make -- in the lives of people around the world. As you know well, with service comes great sacrifice.  And after 15 years of war, our wounded warriors bear the scars -- both seen and unseen.  In my visits to their bedsides and rehab centers, I have been in awe, watching a wounded warrior grab his walker and pull himself up and, and through excruciating pain, take a step, and then another.  Or hearing troops describe how they grappled with post-traumatic stress but summoned the strength to ask for help.  As a military and as a nation, we have to keep supporting our resilient and incredibly strong wounded warriors as they learn to walk and run and heal.  As they find new ways to keep serving our nation, they need to know that we still need your incredible talents.  You've given so much to America, and I know you have more to give.  And then you have not seen the depths of true love and true patriotism until you’ve been to Dover, when our troops receive our fallen heroes on their final journey home; until you have grieved with our Gold Star families who’ve given a piece of their heart to our nation -- a son or a daughter, a father or mother, a husband or wife, a brother or a sister.  Every one a patriot.  Every single one of these American families deserves the everlasting gratitude and support of our entire nation.         Today, after two major ground wars, our Armed Forces have drawn down, and that is natural and it is necessary.  And after reckless budget cuts of sequester, we need to keep improving the readiness, and the training, and modernizing our forces.  So let me take this opportunity, while I still have it, to appeal to our friends from Congress who are here:  We cannot go back to sequestration.  There is a responsible way forward -- investing in America’s strengths, our national security and our economic security.  Investing in the reform and the equipment and support that our troops need, including the pay and the benefits, and the quality of life, and the education and the jobs that our troops and our veterans and all of your families deserve.       But make no mistake, even with the challenges of recent years -- and there have been challenges-- our allies and adversaries alike understand America’s military remains, by far, the most capable fighting force on the face of the Earth.  Our Army, tested by years of combat, is the best-trained and best-equipped land force on the planet.  Our Navy is the largest and most lethal in the world -- on track to surpass 300 ships.  Our Air Force, with its precision and reach, is unmatched.  Our Marine Corps is the world’s only truly expeditionary force.  Our Coast Guard is the finest in the world.   And we’re also the best because this military has come to welcome the talents of more of our fellow Americans.  Service members can now serve the country they love without hiding who they are or who they love.  All combat positions in our military are now open to women.  And Joe Biden and I know that women are at least as strong as men.  We’re stronger for it.  It’s one of the reasons that our military stands apart as the most respected institution in our nation by a mile.  (Applause.)  The American people look up to you and your devotion to duty, and your integrity, and your sense of honor, and your commitment to each other.   One of my proudest achievements is that I have been able to, I think, communicate through the constant partisan haze, along with so many others, how special this institution is, and the esteem in which our military is held has held steady and constant and high throughout my presidency.  And I’m very grateful for that.  Because you remind us that we are united as one team.  At times of division, you’ve shown what it means to pull together. So my days as your Commander-in-Chief are coming to an end, and as I reflect on the challenges we have faced together and on those to come, I believe that one of the greatest tasks before our Armed Forces is to retain the high confidence that the American people rightly place in you.  This is a responsibility not simply for those of you in uniform, but for those who lead you.  It’s the responsibility of our entire nation. And so we are called to remember core principles:  That we must never hesitate to act when necessary to defend our nation, but we must also never rush into war -- because sending you into harm’s way should be a last and not first resort.  It should be compelled by the needs of our security and not our politics.  We need to remember that we must not give in to the false illusion of isolationism, because in this dangerous time, oceans alone will not protect us, and the world still seeks and needs our leadership as the one indispensable nation.   We have to remember that our military has to be prepared for the full spectrum of threats, conventional and unconventional, from 20th century-style aggression to 21st century-style cyber threats.  And when we do go to war, we have to hold ourselves to high standards and do everything in our power to prevent the loss of innocent life, because that’s what we stand for.  That’s what we should stand for.  We have to remember that as we meet the threats of our time, we cannot sacrifice our values or our way of life -- the rule of law and openness and tolerance that defines us as Americans, that is our greatest strength and makes us a beacon to the world.  We cannot sacrifice the very freedoms that we’re fighting for. And finally, in our democracy, the continued strength of our all-volunteer force also rests on something else -- a strong bond of respect and trust between those in uniform and the citizens that you protect and defend.  At a time when too few Americans truly understand the realities or sacrifices of military service, at a time when many political leaders have not served, if some in the military begin to feel as though somehow they are apart from the larger society they serve those bonds can fray.   As every generation learns anew, freedom is not free.  And so while less than 1 percent of Americans may be fighting our wars, 100 percent of Americans can do their parts -- at the very least -- to support you and your families.  Everybody can do something -- every business, every profession, every school, every community, every state -- to reach out and to give back, and to let you know that we care, to help make the lives of our troops and your families just a little bit easier.  Everybody can do something.   And that’s why Michelle and Jill Biden have mobilized more Americans to honor and support you and your families through Joining Forces.  And that’s why, even after we leave the White House, Michelle and I intend to keep on looking for ways to help rally more of our fellow citizens to be there for you, just like you’ve always been there for us.   So we can’t say it enough and we can’t show it enough.  Thank you for your patriotism.  Thank you for your professionalism.  Thank you for your character in representing the very best of the American spirit.  Our nation endures -- we live free under the red, white and blue -- because of patriots like you.   It has been a privilege of a lifetime to serve with you.  I have learned much from you.  I’m a better man having worked with you.  I’m confident that the United States and our Armed Forces will remain the greatest force for freedom and security that the world has ever known.   God bless you and your families.  And God bless the United States of America.  (Applause.)   END 3:44 P.M. 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03 января, 15:48

Siblings found dead at foot of Dover cliffs were twins, police say

Bodies of brother and sister, who were 59 and from Elton in Cheshire, were discovered on New Year’s DayThe siblings who were found dead at the foot of Dover cliffs on New Year’s Day were twins, police have said. The pair, who have not been formally identified, were aged 59 and from the Elton area of Cheshire. Continue reading...

02 января, 17:08

Two bodies found at foot of Dover cliffs were siblings, say police

Pair, who have not been formally identified, were in their 60s and are believed to be brother and sisterPolice believe that two of three people whose bodies were found at the bottom of cliffs on New Year’s Day were a brother and sister.The pair, who have not been formally identified but were in their 60s and from Cheshire, were discovered at the base of Langdon Cliffs in Dover, Kent. Their bodies were spotted by rescue teams as they searched for another man after police were alerted to concern for his welfare on the afternoon of New Year’s Day. Continue reading...

02 января, 12:00

Fashion's my profession: 7 Russian graduates of Central Saint Martins

1) Lotta Volkova Every Lotta Volkova's (L) outfit is a sensation. Source: Getty Images Family legend has it that Volkova, born in 1985, was named after the Led Zeppelin song “Whole Lotta Love,” a favorite of her mother, who taught physics at a university in Vladivostok. Lotta says she owes her love of fashion to her father, a cargo ship captain, who brought her many gifts from his voyages. Although Lotta Volkova earned her degree at Central Saint Martins (CSM) in art and photography, she made a name for herself in the world of fashion. During her student days, Volkova impressed her classmates and professors with her extravagant way of dressing and the wild parties she organized in church crypts in London. In 2003, Volkova launched her own clothing brand, Lotta Skeletrix. It featured punk-style street fashion for herself and her partying friends. “I wanted the name to sound as if we were a music band,” she said in an interview.   A photo posted by Lotta Volkova (@lottavolkova) on Dec 11, 2016 at 6:30am PST Volkova’s t-shirts and jeans were sold at London’s Dover Street Market, where they caught the eye of Rei Kawakubo, the famous Japanese fashion designer. Or, rather, it was Volkova herself who caught the designer’s eye. Kawakubo was so impressed that she invited Volkova to sell her designs at Kawakubo’s store. A few years later, Volkova moved from London to Paris, where she became a stylist with Vetements, a brand famous for revolutionizing street fashion. Volkova first won international fame as a stylist, and leading celebrity fashion photographers were eager to work with her. This year, Volkova was included into the list of the world’s 500 most influential fashion figures produced by the London-based publication Business of Fashion. 2) David Komakhidze (David Koma)   A photo posted by David Koma (@davidkomalondon) on Oct 19, 2016 at 2:19am PDT Born in St. Petersburg, David Komakhidze drew his first fashion designs at the age of eight, and at 13 began to take part in fashion competitions. Prior to attending Central Saint Martins, Komakhidze spent two years studying at St. Petersburg’s Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design, popularly known as “Mukha.” He became a star almost immediately after arriving at CSM. Komakhidze’s undergraduate collection was the best in his year, and his graduate collection won two grants. One, from the famous London’s department store Harrods, included a cash prize and an opportunity to sell his designs in the store. The second grant, from Fashion Scout, a British platform to support young designers, came with £25,000 and a deal with Brown’s, the same store that bought John Galliano’s first collections. He followed up on these successes with a limited collection for Topshop and many other deals. The brand David Koma was launched in 2009. The young designer’s style can be summed up as hyperfemininity. All his creations are targeted at strong, sexy and confident women. The brand became an instant hit with top models and actresses. Megan Fox, Lady Gaga and Cheryl Cole all have his designs, and Beyonce wore a David Koma dress to an MTV Awards ceremony.   A photo posted by David Koma (@davidkomalondon) on Aug 1, 2016 at 6:12am PDT In 2013, Komakhidze became the creative director of the Paris fashion house Mugler, with the task of reviving the brand. Komakhidze was a longtime admirer of the brand, and so far he has retained the its trademark features – geometric and clear lines – but ditched its outdated sex appeal. 3) Leonid Alexeev   A photo posted by Leo Alexeev (@leonidalexeev) on Mar 9, 2015 at 7:27am PDT Another St. Petersburg native, Leonid Alexeev, entered CSM the same year as David Komakhidze. During the summer vacation after his first year in London, Alexeev rented an office, bought equipment, hired people and started working. By the time he graduated, Alexeev already had his own design studio in St. Petersburg. Alexeev has turned out to be more entrepreneurial than many of his colleagues: from the beginning, he did not focus on haute couture but ready-to-wear, targeting the mass market, and has released two collections each season: men’s and women’s. Alexeev set up his own fashion school in St. Petersburg; collaborated with the Zenit football club to creating the first fashion collection for Zenit fans; and assisted the Erarta museum of contemporary art in setting up a fashion museum. He has also designed costumes for productions by two Moscow theaters — the Pushkin and the MKhaT. In 2014, Alexeev disappeared from the fashion scene. Later he told Forbes magazine that he had been invited to establish a design bureau for the Russian Defense Ministry by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu himself. The designer was given the ambitious task of making military service popular. His work with the Defense Ministry culminated in a collection that was presented at last year’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia 2015. Source: Kommersant The collection was devoted to the Russian operation in Crimea, which was carried out by operatives known as “polite people.” It featured balaclavas, patent leather military boots, sweatshirts and sweaters with captions like “Polite” and “Politeness captures cities.” The audience responded well to the designs, but the critics did not. Alexeev now teaches at the St. Petersburg Fashion Business Academy and is back designing men’s fashions. Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, or simply CSM, is the world’s No. 1 school for designers, according to numerous ratings, including that of the influential magazine Business of Fashion. Even before it rose to the top of the league table, the list of CSM graduates include such renowned designers as Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen and John Galliano. 4) Tigran Avetisyan   A photo posted by Tigran Avetisyan (@tigran.avetisyan) on Mar 18, 2015 at 8:59am PDT Yet another native of St. Petersburg, Tigran Avetisyan, had no intention of going into fashion: at first, he studied industrial design at Central Saint Martins since he wanted to learn how to make furniture. He soon felt that learning how to make tables and chairs was too utilitarian, and without telling his parents, who were paying his tuition, transferred to men’s fashion design. In interviews, Avetisyan has said that Central Saint Martins hardly taught him anything. Yet his name appeared in fashion magazines, including Vogue, as well as in The New York Times, The Telegraph and Dazed, thanks to his CSM graduation collection in 2012. Critics loved his unconventional collection made of cheap fabrics with baggy jackets, trenches and tunics with depressing captions chalked on them, such as "Too much pressure," "No jobs," and "Nothing more to say."   A photo posted by Tigran Avetisyan (@tigran.avetisyan) on Jul 2, 2016 at 12:35pm PDT Once back in Moscow, Avetisyan struggled. "I remember, I came to Moscow after studies at Saint Martins, made a collection and realized that nothing was happening. And unless I made myself noticed there and then, I would have to just shut down the brand before even launching it properly,” Avetisyan told Afisha magazine in an interview. To ‘make himself noticed,’ Avetisyan and his team staged a stunt: they glued Avetisyan’s promotional leaflets on top of advertising spreads by Dior, Ralph Lauren and Gucci in magazines on sale in Moscow and St. Petersburg, and filmed themselves doing it. The stunt was a great success, and Avetisyan became famous on the Moscow fashion scene. Now he creates collections inspired by everyday Moscow life, breaking fashion taboos. In addition to his store at 20 Kuznetsky Most in Moscow, Avetisyan’s collections are sold in more than 20 stores all over the world. 5) Yulia Kondranina   A photo posted by YULIA KONDRANINA (@yuliakondranina) on Aug 6, 2016 at 12:06pm PDT Before attending graduate school at CSM, Moscow-born Yulia Kondranina graduated from the Kosygin Moscow State Textile University with a degree in women’s fashion design and worked for three years as a designer for the Savage brand. At the time, Kondranina did not even think of having a brand of her own. She was interested in spending some time abroad and getting some experience working in a foreign firm. While she was still at school, Kondranina was offered an internship at Yves Saint Laurent and an opportunity to work as a junior designer at Givenchy. However, after her graduation collection was rated one of the top 10 of her year and shown at London Fashion Week, she no longer considered those offers. Kondranina’s collection was noticed by Lady Gaga and Rita Ora, and she decided to create her own brand. Fashion Scout helped her with her first independent collection, and then presented her with a Merit Award. The grant covered all the costs of shows at the London and Paris fashion weeks as well as £25,000 for creating her own brand.   A photo posted by YULIA KONDRANINA (@yuliakondranina) on Sep 22, 2015 at 7:15am PDT The designer quickly became famous for her bold experiments with form, fabrics and minimalist patterns. After her first show in Paris, Kondranina won a commission from the leading Hong Kong fashion house, Joyce. She also collaborated with New York’s Opening Ceremony and Dover Street Market; and had a display at Selfridges in Oxford Street. 6) Timur Kim Fashion designer Timur Kim after the show of his collection during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia at the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall. Source: Vladimir Vyatkin/RIA Novosti Timur Kim only recently graduated from Central Saint Martins. He entered CSM straight from high school, in 2007, to study women’s fashion design. By the age of 23, he had completed both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. While he was a student, Kim secured an internship at the Alexander McQueen fashion house, won some prestigious awards and, upon graduation, set up his own successful brand. Kim works in a minimalist style, mainly with denim and corduroy, creating midi dresses, vests and jackets. He is also experimenting with knitted fabrics. Kim finds his inspiration in Russian culture, transferring to the catwalk Malevich’s paintings, Russian laces, ‘rug’ prints and elements of the habits of Russian Orthodox monks.   A photo posted by TIMUR KIM (@timurkimstudio) on Sep 4, 2014 at 4:49am PDT Kim has shown his collections in Milan, London and Paris. He also showed them in Moscow, but unfortunately minimalism, which is all the rage in the West, failed to win over Russian fashionistas. This year, Kim is conquering the United States, where his capsule collection of t-shirts has already been met with success. 7) Alexandra Gordienko (Marfa Journal)   A photo posted by @alexandragordienko on Dec 19, 2016 at 1:46pm PST After working as a creative consultant to Kanye West, Alexandra Gordienko, a native of Yekaterinburg, went to study at CSM. Her bachelor’s degree is not in fashion design, but in journalism, which has not prevented her from making it to the top 500 most influential fashion figures. That was due in part to Marfa Journal, an influential publication about art and fashion. The 300-page journal, named after the small Texan town of Marfa, was Gordienko’s graduation project at Saint Martins. She was its editor-in-chief, publisher and photographer. In effect, it is a fanzine, a deliberately amateur and informal publication full of photographs. Gordienko’s magazine created quite a stir in the fashion industry: for instance, pictures of French actress Chloe Sevigny with a lobster on her crotch competed in popularity with the viral photo of Kim Kardashian and champagne. The magazine became, effectively, a fashion manifesto, a trendbook and a source of inspiration for stylists, designers and fashion houses. Appearing on the cover of Marfa Journal is now as prestigious in some circles as appearing on the cover of Vogue.   A photo posted by @alexandragordienko on Oct 12, 2016 at 2:10pm PDT Marfa Journal is now sold in bookstores and press stalls practically all over the world and is considered one of the most influential fashion publications in Europe. First published in Russian by Kommersant-Dengi magazine. Read more: Velondonista: Bringing cycling and fashion together in London Subscribe to get the hand picked best stories every week

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01 января, 20:11

Bodies of two men and a woman found near white cliffs of Dover

Coastguard finds bodies of second man and woman following police discovery of man’s body at base of Langdon CliffsThe bodies of two men and a woman have been found near the white cliffs of Dover in Kent, police have said.Officers were alerted to concern for the welfare of a man at Langdon Cliffs and found a body at the base of the cliffs. Continue reading...

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27 декабря 2016, 09:41

Comme des Garçons сшил одежду для геев и фетишистов

Японский бренд Comme des Garçons совместно с маркой Vetements представили совместную коллекцию одежды. Линейка посвящена представителям ЛГБТ-сообщества и разного рода фетишистам. В продажу вещи поступят ограниченным тиражом и будут продаваться только в лондонском универмаге Dover Street Market.

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22 декабря 2016, 13:35

Gucci украсил толстовку за 2200 долларов пылающей кошкой

Креативный директор итальянского модного дома Gucci Алессандро Микеле создал капсульную коллекцию для люксового ретейлера Dover Street Market. В нее вошли толстовка, украшенная изображением кошки в языках пламени, и джинсовая куртка с вышитыми на спине пекинесами и римскими цифрами XXV.

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15 декабря 2016, 19:09

Hillary Clinton's Loss In Michigan, And How Leadership Teams Fail

Forget the politics or the candidates. Hillary Clinton's loss in Michigan, as detailed by Isaac Dovere in Politico, is a case study in how leadership teams fail the organizations they lead. Here are four lessons from the Clinton loss for leaders in any type of organization.

15 декабря 2016, 04:54

Праздник тщеславия: "Кузнецов" принял МиГи и бомбит ИГИЛ

Первая запись, касающаяся новой смешанной авиагруппы (с МиГами) в моём журнале датирована 16.05.2015 . Приурочена она была к крайней постановке авианосца в док (ПД-50) 82 СРЗ и носила, скорее, эмоциональный, нежели практический характер, ибо 14 МиГ-29К(УБ) уже были в наличии, чего нельзя было сказать о лётном опыте их пилотов, если не предположить, что пилотировать их будут лётчики-испытатели. Но мечта на то и мечта...

13 декабря 2016, 17:01

Dover Expands in Global Retail Fueling with Wayne Buyout

Dover Corporation (DOV) has completed the acquisition of Wayne Fueling Systems Ltd.

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09 декабря 2016, 19:30

Let’s move to Dover, Kent: ‘It’s been overlooked for years’

It needs attention, despite the famous white cliffs and some beautiful Regency terracesWhat’s going for it? Britain’s gatehouse, thanks to Brexit, may be about to resume the role it has held for a millennium or two. The past few decades have not been kind to Dover: bombed to smithereens in the second world war, rebuilt – vigorously, if we’re being generous – in the 1960s and on its uppers since airports and the Channel tunnel snatched away its historic role. Maybe the future will be kinder. The hefty chunks of the past that have survived hint at a more prosperous incarnation: the castle, of course, none sturdier in the country, and the beautiful Regency terraces along the waterfront. Combined with its dramatic geography, squished into a cleft where the North Downs hammer into the sea, this should make for a spirited town, as impressive as its famous white cliffs, our “glittering breastplate”, as Carol Ann Duffy called them. What it needs is attention, money and a new confidence.The case against An air of despondency from years of being overlooked. How will Dover respond to Brexit? Customs strikes and 14-hour queues this year are a worrying augury. The waterfront needs serious work. Will the St James retail park, opening next year, liven things up? Continue reading...

09 декабря 2016, 01:11

10 States Where the Number of Immigrants Is Growing Fastest

The United States is a nation of immigrants, but new arrivals to the country are more likely to flock to some states than others.

07 декабря 2016, 16:11

Trumpsition Day 28: The consequences of elections edition

A tough truth for Democrats: Come January, Republicans will control the White House, the House and the Senate, leaving Democrats largely helpless to block a rightward lurch in American policy.

07 декабря 2016, 01:40

Remarks by the President on the Administration's Approach to Counterterrorism

MacDill Air Force Base Tampa, Florida 3:56 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you so much!  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you so much, everybody.  Thank you.  Everybody, please have a seat.  Have a seat.  Well, thank you so much. Good afternoon, everybody.  I was just told that was going to be the last "Hail to the Chief" on the road, and it got me kind of sentimental.  I want to first and foremost say thanks to all of you.  Just before I came here, I was able to visit with some of the men and women from MacDill Air Force Base, Central Command, our Special Operations Command to thank them for their extraordinary service.  And so to you and your families, and to the extended family of American servicemembers, let me say that our nation owes you an unbelievable debt of gratitude.  We are grateful for you, and will be praying for you over the holidays.  (Applause.)   As you know all too well, your mission -- and the course of history -- was changed after the 9/11 attacks.  By the time I took office, the United States had been at war for seven years.  For eight years that I've been in office, there has not been a day when a terrorist organization or some radicalized individual was not plotting to kill Americans.  And on January 20th, I will become the first President of the United States to serve two full terms during a time of war.  (Applause.)  Now, we did not choose this fight, but once it came to us, the world saw the measure of our resolve. The most solemn responsibility for any President is keeping the American people safe.  In carrying out that duty, I have sent men and women into harm’s way.  I've visited troops around the globe.  I have met our wounded warriors, and I've grieved with Gold Star families.  I know better than most that it is because of your service and your sacrifice that we have been able, during these eight years, to protect our homeland, to strike crippling blows against terrorist networks, and fortify our friends and our allies.  So today, I’d like to reflect on that work, and talk about the foundation that we will leave for the next administration. I came to this office with a set of core convictions that have guided me as Commander-in-Chief.  I believe that the United States military can achieve any mission; that we are, and must remain, the strongest fighting force the world has ever known.  (Applause.)  I believe that we must never hesitate to act when necessary, including unilaterally when necessary, against any imminent threats to our people.  But I have also insisted that it is unwise and unsustainable to ask our military to build nations on the other side of the world, or resolve their internal conflicts, particularly in places where our forces become a magnet for terrorists and insurgencies.  Instead, it has been my conviction that even as we focus relentlessly on dismantling terrorist networks like al Qaeda and ISIL, we should ask allies to do their share in the fight, and we should strengthen local partners who can provide lasting security. And these convictions guided the policies we pursued both in Iraq and Afghanistan.  When I took office, the United States was focused overwhelmingly on Iraq, where nearly 150,000 American troops had spent years fighting an insurgency and helping to build a democratic government.  Meanwhile, al Qaeda had regrouped in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and was actively planning attacks against our homeland.  So we brought nearly 150,000 troops home from Iraq, consistent with the Status of Forces Agreement negotiated by the previous administration, and we surged our efforts along with our allies in Afghanistan, which allowed us to focus on dismantling al Qaeda and give the Afghan government the opportunity to succeed. And this focus on al Qaeda -- the most dangerous threat to the United States at the time -- paid dividends.  Today, by any measure, core al Qaeda -- the organization that hit us on 9/11 -- is a shadow of its former self.  (Applause.)  Plots directed from within Afghanistan and Pakistan have been consistently disrupted.  Its leadership has been decimated.  Dozens of terrorist leaders have been killed.  Osama bin Laden is dead.  (Applause.)  And, importantly, we have built a counterterrorism capability that can sustain this pressure against any terrorist network in South Asia that might threaten the United States of America.  That was because of the work of our outstanding servicemembers. Moreover, that early decision to strengthen our efforts in Afghanistan allowed us to build the capacity of Afghans to secure and defend their own country.  So today, there are less than 10,000 American troops in Afghanistan.  Instead of being in the lead against the Taliban, Americans are now supporting 320,000 Afghan security forces who are defending their communities and supporting our counterterrorism efforts.   Now, I don’t want to paint too rosy a picture.  The situation in Afghanistan is still tough.  War has been a part of life in Afghanistan for over 30 years, and the United States cannot eliminate the Taliban or end violence in that country.  But what we can do is deny al Qaeda a safe haven, and what we can do is support Afghans who want a better future, which is why we have worked not only with their military, but we’ve backed a unity government in Kabul.  We’ve helped Afghan girls go to school.  We’ve supported investments in health care and electricity and education.  You have made a difference in Afghanistan, and America is safer for it.  (Applause.)    Of course, the terrorist threat was never restricted to South Asia, or to Afghanistan, or Pakistan.  Even as al Qaeda has been decimated in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the threat from terrorists metastasized in other parts of the Middle East and North Africa.  And most dangerously, we saw the emergence of ISIL, the successor to al Qaeda in Iraq, which fights as both a terrorist network and an insurgency.  There’s been a debate about ISIL that’s focused on whether a continued U.S. troop presence in Iraq back in 2011 could have stopped the threat of ISIL from growing.  And as a practical matter, this was not an option.  By 2011, Iraqis wanted our military presence to end, and they were unwilling to sign a new Status of Forces Agreement to protect our troops from prosecution if they were trying to defend themselves in Iraq.   In addition, maintaining American troops in Iraq at the time could not have reversed the forces that contributed to ISIL’s rise -- a government in Baghdad that pursued a sectarian agenda, a brutal dictator in Syria who lost control of large parts of the country, social media that reached a global pool of recruits, and a hollowing out of Iraq’s security forces, which were ultimately overrun in Mosul in 2014.  In fact, American troops, had they stayed there, would have lacked legal protections and faced a choice between remaining on bases or being drawn back into a sectarian conflict against the will of Iraq’s elected government or Iraq’s local populations.  But circumstances changed.  When ISIL made substantial gains first in Mosul and then in other parts of the country, then suddenly Iraqis reached out once again for help.  And in shaping our response, we refused to repeat some of the mistakes of the 2003 invasion that have helped to give rise to the organization that became ISIL in the first place.  We conditioned our help on the emergence of a new Iraqi government and prime minister that was committed to national unity, and committed to working with us.  We built an international coalition of nearly 70 nations, including some of Iraq’s neighbors.  We surged our intelligence resources so that we could better understand the enemy.  And then we took the fight to ISIL in both Iraq and Syria, not with American battalions but with local forces backed by our equipment and our advisors and, importantly, our Special Forces.  In that campaign, we have now hit ISIL with over 16,000 airstrikes.  We have equipped and trained tens of thousands of partners on the ground.  And today, the results are clear:  ISIL has lost more than half its territory.  ISIL has lost control of major population centers.  Its morale is plummeting.  Its recruitment is drying up.  Its commanders and external plotters are being taken out, and local populations are turning against it.  (Applause.)   As we speak, ISIL faces an offensive on Mosul from Iraqi troops and coalition support.  That’s the largest remaining city that it controls.  Meanwhile, in Syria, ISIL’s self-declared capital in Raqqa is being squeezed.  We have attacked ISIL’s financial lifeline, destroying hundreds of millions of dollars of oil and cash reserves.  The bottom line is we are breaking the back of ISIL.  We’re taking away its safe havens.  (Applause.)  And we’ve accomplished all this at a cost of $10 billion over two years, which is the same amount that we used to spend in one month at the height of the Iraq War.  (Applause.)    So the campaign against ISIL has been relentless.  It has been sustainable.  It has been multilateral.  And it demonstrates a shift in how we’ve taken the fight to terrorists everywhere from South Asia to the Sahel.  Instead of pushing all of the burden onto American ground troops, instead of trying to mount invasions wherever terrorists appear, we’ve built a network of partners.   In Libya, where U.S. airpower has helped local militias dislodge a dangerous ISIL cell.  In Mali, where U.S. logistics and intelligence support helped our French allies roll back al Qaeda branches there.  In Somalia, where U.S. operations support an African Union-led force and international peacekeepers.  And in Yemen, where years of targeted strikes have degraded al Qaeda in the Peninsula.  And these offensive efforts have buttressed a global effort to make it harder for terrorist networks to breach our defenses and spread their violent ideologies.  Working with European allies who have suffered terrible attacks, we’ve strengthened intelligence-sharing and cut in half the flow of foreign fighters to ISIL.  We’ve worked with our tech sector to supports efforts to push back on terrorist messages on social media that motivate people to kill.  A recent study shows that ISIL’s propaganda has been cut in half.  We’ve launched a Global Engagement Center to empower voices that are countering ISIL’s perversion of Islam, and we’re working closely with Muslim-majority partners from the Gulf to Southeast Asia.  This is your work.  We should take great pride in the progress that we’ve made over the last eight years.  That's the bottom line.   No foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland.  (Applause.)  And it’s not because they didn't try.  Plots have been disrupted.  Terrorists have been taken off the battlefield.  And we've done this even as we drew down nearly 180,000 troops in harm’s way in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Today there are just 15,000. New partnerships have been built.  We’ve respected the rule of law.  We've enlisted our values in this fight.  And all of this progress is due to the service of millions of Americans like you -- in intelligence and in law enforcement, in homeland security, in diplomacy, in the armed services of the United States of America.  It’s thanks to you -- (applause) -- thanks to you.    Now, to say that we've made progress is not to say that the job is done.  We know that a deadly threat persists.  We know that in some form this violent extremism will be with us for years to come.  In too many parts of the world, especially in the Middle East, there has been a breakdown of order that's been building for decades, and it’s unleashed forces that are going to take a generation to resolve.  Long-term corruption has rotted too many nation-states from within.  Governance is collapsing.  Sectarian conflicts rage.  A changing climate is increasing competition for food and water.  (Applause.)  And false prophets are peddling a vision of Islam that is irreconcilable with tolerance and modernity and basic science.  And in fact, every one of these trends is at play inside of Syria today.  And what complicates the challenge even more is the fact that for all of our necessary focus on fighting terrorists overseas, the most deadly attacks on the homeland over the last eight years have not been carried out by operatives with sophisticated networks or equipment, directed from abroad.  They’ve been carried out by homegrown and largely isolated individuals who were radicalized online. These deranged killers can’t inflict the sort of mass casualties that we saw on 9/11, but the pain of those who lost loved ones in Boston, in San Bernardino, in Fort Hood and Orlando, that pain continues to this day.  And in some cases, it has stirred fear in our populations and threatens to change how we think about ourselves and our lives.  So while we’ve made it much more difficult -- you have made it much more difficult -- to carry out an attack approaching the scale of 9/11, the threat will endure.  We will not achieve the kind of clearly defined victory comparable to those that we won in previous wars against nations.  We won’t have a scene of the Emperor of Japan and Douglas MacArthur in a surrender.  And the reason we won’t have that is because technology makes it impossible to completely shield impressionable minds from violent ideologies.  And somebody who is trying to kill and willing to be killed is dangerous, particularly when we live in a country where it’s very easy for that person to buy a very powerful weapon. So rather than offer false promises that we can eliminate terrorism by dropping more bombs, or deploying more and more troops, or fencing ourselves off from the rest of the world, we have to take a long view of the terrorist threat, and we have to pursue a smart strategy that can be sustained.  In the time remaining, let me suggest what I think should guide this approach.  First of all, a sustainable counterterrorism strategy depends on keeping the threat in perspective.  The terrorist threat is real and it is dangerous.  But these terrorists want to cast themselves as the vanguard of a new world order.  They are not.  They are thugs and they are murderers, and they should be treated that way.  (Applause.)   Fascism threatened to overrun the entire world -- and we had to wage total war in response.  Communism threatened not only to overturn a world order, but threatened nuclear holocaust -- so we had to build armaments and alliances to contain it.  Today’s terrorists can kill innocent people, but they don't pose an existential threat to our nation, and we must not make the mistake of elevating them as if they do.  That does their job for them.  It makes them more important and helps them with recruitment.  A second and related point is that we cannot follow the path of previous great powers who sometimes defeated themselves through over-reach.  By protecting our homeland while drawing down the number of troops serving in harm’s way overseas, we helped save resources, but more importantly, we saved lives.  I can tell you, during the course of my eight years, that I have never shied away from sending men and women into danger where necessary.  It's always the hardest decision I make, but it's one that I've made where the security of the American people is at stake.  And I've seen the costs.  I've held the hands of our wounded warriors at Walter Reed.  I've met the caskets of the fallen at Dover.  And that's why I make no apologies for only sending our troops into harm’s way when there is a clear mission that is achievable and when it is absolutely necessary. Number three, we need the wisdom to see that upholding our values and adhering to the rule of law is not a weakness; in the long term, it is our greatest strength.  (Applause.)  The whole objective of these terrorists is to scare us into changing the nature of who we are and our democracy.  And the fact is, people and nations do not make good decisions when they are driven by fear.  These terrorists can never directly destroy our way of life, but we can do it for them if we lose track of who we are and the values that this nation was founded upon.  (Applause.)   And I always remind myself that as Commander-in-Chief, I must protect our people, but I also swore an oath to defend our Constitution.  And over these last eight years, we have demonstrated that staying true to our traditions as a nation of laws advances our security as well as our values. We prohibited torture, everywhere, at all times -- and that includes tactics like waterboarding.  And at no time has anybody who has worked with me told me that doing so has cost us good intelligence.  (Applause.)  When we do capture terrorists, despite all the political rhetoric about the need to strip terrorists of their rights, our interrogation teams have obtained valuable information from terrorists without resorting to torture, without operating outside the law.  Our Article III courts have delivered justice faster than military trials.  And our prisons have proven more than capable of holding the most dangerous terrorists. Consider the terrorists who have been captured, lawfully interrogated, and prosecuted in civilian courts.  Faisal Shahzad, who tried to set off a car bomb in Times Square.  Dzohkar Tsarneyev, the Boston Marathon bomber.  Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the so-called “underwear bomber.”  American juries and judges have determined that none of these people will know freedom again.  But we did it lawfully.  And the wheels of justice right now are turning for others -- terrorists like Ahmed Warsame, an al-Shabaab commander, and Abu Khatalla, accused leader of the Benghazi attacks.  We can get these terrorists and stay true to who we are. And, in fact, our success in dealing with terrorists through our justice system reinforces why it is past time to shut down the detention facility at Guantanamo.  (Applause.)  This is not just my opinion, it's the opinion of many military leaders.  During my administration, we have responsibly transferred over 175 detainees to foreign governments, with safeguards to reduce the risk of them returning to the battlefield.  And we've cut the population in Gitmo from 242 to 59.  The politics of fear has led Congress to prevent any detainees from being transferred to prisons in the United States -- even though, as we speak, we imprison dangerous terrorists in our prisons, and we have even more dangerous criminals in all of our prisons across the country; even though our allies oftentimes will not turn over a terrorist if they think that terrorist could end up in Gitmo; even though groups like ISIL use Gitmo in their propaganda.  So we're wasting hundreds of millions of dollars to keep fewer than 60 people in a detention facility in Cuba.  That’s not strength.  Until Congress changes course, it will be judged harshly by history, and I will continue to do all that I can to remove this blot on our national honor.  (Applause.)    Number four, we have to fight terrorists in a way that does not create more terrorists.  For example, in a dangerous world, terrorists seek out places where it’s often impossible to capture them, or to count on local governments to do so.  And that means the best option for us to get those terrorists becomes a targeted strike.  So we have taken action under my command, including with drones, to remove terrorists from the battlefield, which protects our troops and has prevented real threats to the American people.  (Applause.)   Now, under rules that I put in place and that I made public, before any strike is taken outside of a warzone, there must be near certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured.  And while nothing is certain in any strike, and we have acknowledged that there are tragic instances where innocents have been killed by our strikes, this is the highest standard that we can set.  Nevertheless, we still have critics who suggest that these strikes are wrong.  And I say to them, you have to weigh the alternatives.  Drone strikes allow us to deny terrorists a safe haven without airstrikes, which are less precise, or invasions that are much more likely to kill innocent civilians as well as American servicemembers.  So the actions that we’ve taken have saved lives at home and abroad.  But the point is, is that we do have to be careful to make sure that when we take actions, we’re not alienating local populations, because that will serve as recruitment for new terrorists.    Number five, transparency and accountability serve our national security not just in times of peace, but, more importantly, in times of conflict.  And that’s why we’ve made public information about which terrorist organizations we’re fighting and why we’re fighting them.  We’ve released assessments of non-combatants killed in our operations, taken responsibility when mistakes are made.  We've declassified information about interrogation methods that were wrong so we learn from past mistakes.  And yesterday, I directed our government for the first time to release a full description of the legal and policy frameworks that guide our military operations around the world.  This public information allows for a more informed public debate, and it provides a potential check on unfettered executive power.  The power of the presidency is awesome, but it is supposed to be bound by you, our citizens.  (Applause.)  But here’s the thing:  That information doesn’t mean anything, it doesn’t work if the people’s representatives in Congress don’t do their jobs, if they’re not paying attention.  (Applause.)   Right now, we are waging war under authorities provided by Congress over 15 years ago -- 15 years ago.  I had no gray hair 15 years ago.  (Laughter.)  Two years ago, I asked Congress, let’s update the authorization, provide us a new authorization for the war against ISIL, reflecting the changing nature of the threats, reflecting the lessons that we’ve learned from the last decade.  So far, Congress has refused to take a vote.   Democracies should not operate in a state of permanently authorized war.  (Applause.)  That’s not good for our military, it’s not good for our democracy.  And, by the way, part of the reason that’s dangerous is because today, with our outstanding, all-volunteer force, only one percent of the population is actually fighting.  (Applause.)  Which means that you are carrying the burden.  Which means that it is important for us to know what it is that we’re doing and have to explain what we are doing to the public, because it becomes too easy to just send one percent of the population out to do things even if they’re not well thought through.   If a threat is serious enough to require the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, then members of Congress should at least have the courage to make clear where they stand -– not on the sidelines -- (applause) -- not on cable TV shows, but by fulfilling their constitutional duty and authorizing the use of force against the threats that we face today.  That’s how democracies are supposed to work. Number six, alongside our outstanding military work, we have to draw upon the strength of our diplomacy.  Terrorists would love to see us walk away from the type of work that builds international coalitions, and ends conflicts, and stops the spread of deadly weapons.  It would make life easier for them; it would be a tragic mistake for us.   Just think about what we’ve done these last eight years without firing a shot.  We’ve rolled back Iran’s nuclear program.  That’s not just my assessment, that’s the assessment of Israeli intelligence, even though they were opposed to the deal.  We’ve secured nuclear materials around the globe, reducing the risk that they fall into the hands of terrorists.  We’ve eliminated Syria’s declared chemical weapons program.  All of these steps have helped keep us safe and helped keep our troops safe.  Those are the result of diplomacy.  And sustained diplomatic efforts, no matter how frustrating or difficult they sometimes appear, are going to be required to resolve the conflicts roiling the in Middle East, from Yemen, to Syria, to Israel and Palestine.  And if we don’t have strong efforts there, the more you will be called upon to clean up after the failure of diplomacy. Similarly, any long-term strategy to reduce the threat of terrorism depends on investments that strengthen some of these fragile societies.  Our generals, our commanders understand this.  This is not charity.  It’s fundamental to our national security.  A dollar spent on development is worth a lot more than a dollar spent fighting a war.  (Applause.)  This is how we prevent conflicts from starting in the first place.  This is how we can ensure that peace is lasting -- after we've fought.  It’s how we stop people from falling prey to extremism -- because children are going to school and they can think for themselves, and families can feed themselves and aren’t desperate, and communities are not ravaged by diseases, and countries are not devastated by climate changes. As Americans, we have to see the value of empowering civil societies so that there are outlets for people’s frustrations, and we have to support entrepreneurs who want to build businesses instead of destroying.  We have to invest in young people because the areas that are generating terrorists are typically having a huge youth bulge, which makes them more dangerous.  And there are times where we need to help refugees who have escaped the horrors of war in search of a better life.   (Applause.)  Our military recognizes that these issues of governance and human dignity and development are vital to our security.  It’s central to our plans in places like Afghanistan and Iraq.  Let’s make sure that this wisdom is reflected in our budgets, as well.  And finally, in this fight, we have to uphold the civil liberties that define us.  Terrorists want us to turn on one another.  And while defeating them requires us to draw upon the enormous capabilities of all of our government, we have make sure changes in how we address terrorists are not abused.  This is why, for example, we’ve made extensive reforms in how we gather intelligence around the world, increasing oversight, placing new restrictions on the government’s ability to retain and search and use certain communications so that people trust us, and that way they cooperate and work with us. We don’t use our power to indiscriminately read emails or listen to phone calls just targeted at folks who might be trying to do us harm.  We use it to save lives.  And by doing so, by maintaining these civil liberties, we sustain the confidence of the American people and we get the cooperation of our allies more readily.  Protecting liberty -- that's something we do for all Americans, and not just some.  (Applause.)  We are fighting terrorists who claim to fight on behalf of Islam.  But they do not speak for over a billion Muslims around the world, and they do not speak for American Muslims, including many who wear the uniform of the United States of America’s military.  (Applause.)  If we stigmatize good, patriotic Muslims, that just feeds the terrorists’ narrative.  It fuels the same false grievances that they use to motivate people to kill.  If we act like this is a war between the United States and Islam, we're not just going to lose more Americans to terrorist attacks, but we’ll also lose sight of the very principles we claim to defend. So let my final words to you as your Commander-in-Chief be a reminder of what it is that you're fighting for, what it is that we are fighting for.  The United States of America is not a country that imposes religious tests as a price for freedom.  We're a country that was founded so that people could practice their faiths as they choose.  The United States of America is not a place where some citizens have to withstand greater scrutiny, or carry a special ID card, or prove that they’re not an enemy from within.  We’re a country that has bled and struggled and sacrificed against that kind of discrimination and arbitrary rule, here in our own country and around the world.  We’re a nation that believes freedom can never be taken for granted and that each of us has a responsibility to sustain it.  The universal right to speak your mind and to protest against authority, to live in a society that’s open and free, that can criticize a President without retribution -- (applause) -- a country where you're judged by the content of your character rather than what you look like, or how you worship, or what your last name is, or where your family came from -- that's what separates us from tyrants and terrorists. We are a nation that stands for the rule of law, and strengthen the laws of war.  When the Nazis were defeated, we put them on trial.  Some couldn’t understand that; it had never happened before.  But as one of the American lawyers who was at Nuremberg says, “I was trying to prove that the rule of law should govern human behavior.”  And by doing so, we broadened the scope and reach of justice around the world.  We held ourselves out as a beacon and an example for others.   We are a nation that won World Wars without grabbing the resources of those we defeated.  We helped them rebuild.  We didn't hold on to territory, other than the cemeteries where we buried our dead.  Our Greatest Generation fought and bled and died to build an international order of laws and institutions that could preserve the peace, and extend prosperity, and promote cooperation among nations.  And for all of its imperfections, we depend on that international order to protect our own freedom.  In other words, we are a nation that at our best has been defined by hope, and not fear.  A country that went through the crucible of a Civil War to offer a new birth of freedom; that stormed the beaches of Normandy, climbed the hills of Iwo Jima; that saw ordinary people mobilize to extend the meaning of civil rights.  That's who we are.  That's what makes us stronger than any act of terror.  Remember that history.  Remember what that flag stands for.  For we depend upon you -- the heirs to that legacy -- our men and women in uniform, and the citizens who support you, to carry forward what is best in us -- that commitment to a common creed.  The confidence that right makes might, not the other way around.  (Applause.)   That’s how we can sustain this long struggle.  That's how we’ll protect this country.  That's how we’ll protect our Constitution against all threats, foreign and domestic.  I trust that you will fulfill that mission, as you have fulfilled all others.  It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as your Commander-in-Chief.  I thank you for all that you've done, and all that you will do in the future.  May God bless you.  May God bless our troops, and may God bless the United States of America.  (Applause.)  END 4:40 P.M. 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06 декабря 2016, 14:56

Russia’s large anti-submarine warfare ship enters English Channel

The Russian Northern Fleet’s large anti-submarine warfare ship Vice-Admiral Kulakov has passed the Strait of Dover, which is the narrowest part of the English Channel, to sail to the northeast Atlantic, the fleet’s press office reported on Dec. 6. "The large anti-submarine warfare ship Vice-Admiral Kulakov has entered the English Channel… While passing the Iberian Atlantic, the Vice-Admiral Kulakov crew performed a number of combat training drills, held an exercise to ensure the ship’s air and anti-submarine warfare defense and a number of exercises to practice rescue operations using deck-based aviation - Kamov Ka-27 helicopters," the press office said. Russian Navy brings the big guns to the Mediterranean The Vice-Admiral Kulakov completed performing missions as part of Russia’s permanent naval grouping in the Mediterranean on Nov. 30. The ship’s crew provided assistance on Nov. 24 to a Ukrainian fishing vessel in distress in the Mediterranean. As the fleet’s press office reported, during its voyage in distant waters that started on Oct. 15 with its departure from the Northern Fleet’s main base, the large anti-submarine warfare ship Vice-Admiral Kulakov covered a distance of over 12,000 nautical miles. The warship’s crew will continue performing missions in the northeast Atlantic in the imminent future in compliance with its voyage schedule. Source: TASS