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25 марта, 07:51

RAW: SAA continues pushing back Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham' militants in the vicinity of Hama

The Syrian Arab Army managed to repel opposition forces in the town of Qomhana in the countryside north of Hama, following the militants' attempt to regain control of the area by targeting the western flank. COURTESY: RT's RUPTLY video agency, NO RE-UPLOAD, NO REUSE - FOR LICENSING, PLEASE, CONTACT http://ruptly.tv RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=RussiaToday Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTnews Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/RT_com Follow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/rt Follow us on Google+ http://plus.google.com/+RT Listen to us on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rttv RT (Russia Today) is a global news network broadcasting from Moscow and Washington studios. RT is the first news channel to break the 1 billion YouTube views benchmark.

24 марта, 18:10

Russia's Eminem: Oxxxymiron brings Russian rap to the world

Miron Fyodorov, better known by his stage name Oxxxymiron, rarely gives interviews. "I dislike almost everything written about me," he tells RBTH uneasily. This reclusive nature is not hindering his growing popularity though: Posters advertising Oxxxymiron's concerts are all over the Internet and on the streets. He is known for stage antics that include an intense stare, defiantly flared nostrils, hard rhymes and - of course - for his formidable intellect. Young fans at crowded gigs recite his complex texts by heart as older listeners nod their heads approvingly. Underground roots Oxxxymiron is proud of having been born in St. Petersburg; he sports the number 1703 tattooed on his neck, the year his native city was founded. While still a child, Miron and his parents moved to Germany. It was there, aged 12 or 13 that he started writing his first rap texts. The family then moved to the UK. Miron graduated from Oxford with a degree in medieval English literature. Later, in London's East End neighborhood of Canning Town - which is known for its underground rock scene - Miron's rapping alter ego Oxxxymiron was born. In parallel with pursuing his musical hobby the young MC was helping well-off expat compatriots in London settle various issues, including problems with the law. In 2015 his London life was dramatized in the Russian television series, "Londongrad". Miron wrote the theme song, which contains a line to the effect that he had been propelled “from the underground to TV screens”. “I find ways out, I solve problems / I may not be a romanticist, but if I decide to steal something / It will be nothing less than the Queen's diamond”. New rap To a great extent Miron owes his fame to participating in U.S.-style 'Versus' rap duels which are staged in St. Petersburg clubs. Two MCs (rap performers) take turns trying to humiliate each other in the most ornate and convoluted way possible. The jury announces the winner after three rounds. YouTube videos of Miron's rap battle performances generate millions of views. The most popular one, which depicts his 2015 battle with MC Johnyboy, has been viewed nearly 33 million times. At present Oxxxymiron lives between Russia and the UK, and tours all of Europe with concerts (his 2016 tour took him to Germany, France, and Portugal, among other countries). He has released two albums. Miron's texts are not about street life, luxurious cars, diamonds and women; instead they represent a new, intellectual variety of rap. Oxxxymiron raps about spiritual poverty and existential emptiness, people's indifference to culture and the world around them, as well as about topics familiar to fans of Russian rap, such as rebellion against the authorities, criticism of corruption and excessive wealth. In City Under the Sole, for example, he says “by bringing the new generation to life we have achieved a change in the paradigm”. When Americans saw the video of the song they dubbed Miron the Russian Eminem. In a video that went viral on the Internet in 2016, a Russian schoolgirl read the text of Oxxxymiron's song Perepleteno (Entangled), allegedly misrepresenting it as having been written by prominent Russian poet Osip Mandelstam, and got the highest grade for her performance. As it transpired later, this was exactly what the class had been tasked with: Comparing classical and contemporary poetry. Miron's text, which includes the lines “Everything is entangled, there are countless threats, but / pull by a thread and you will get to the ball of it / Our world is a spindle, nothing is coincidental”, was found to contain allusions to Mandelstam's poem Silent Spindle. After that the media turned its attention to the artistic aspect of Miron's texts. Tests emerged on the Internet inviting users to guess whether certain texts had been written by the rapper himself or by poets of Russia's early 20th century Silver Age. Poetic business Honesty, which is intrinsic to rap, appears to be guiding the musician through life: He does not get along with many prominent Russian rap singers. Miron refuses to adjust to showbiz canons, and speaks his mind frankly about the quality of their texts and music. His opponents respond in kind. Sometimes these conflicts spill over into social networks at other times they take the form of song lyrics. Miron says that one rapper, who describes himself as a Russian patriot, was offended by the text of one of his songs and demanded an apology at gunpoint. Oxxxymiron is known for his intense stare, defiantly flared nostrils, hard rhymes and his intellect. Source: Vostock-Photo This does not stop Oxxxymiron from moving forward. In February 2017 press reports said that he had become the head of the Booking Machine agency, which organizes concerts and manages talent. He also became the first musician to take part in the Reebok Classic promotional campaign in Russia. Miron says he does not mind the rather heavy workload: “I have never thought of myself as a workaholic, but appetite comes with eating. I have no steady partner to spend my time on, nearly all my good friends work with me anyway, so the line between work and recreation has somehow blurred for me. I make hay while the sun shines, but try not to turn the creative process into routine.” Read more: 7 Popular Russian bands to know

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24 марта, 08:56

RAW: SAA consolidates ground in northern Hama after heavy clashes

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) managed to push back Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra, in northern Hama after losing ground to the terrorist organization. The SAA has managed to consolidate positions and currently engaged in heavy clashes with opposition forces. COURTESY: RT's RUPTLY video agency, NO RE-UPLOAD, NO REUSE - FOR LICENSING, PLEASE, CONTACT http://ruptly.tv RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=RussiaToday Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTnews Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/RT_com Follow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/rt Follow us on Google+ http://plus.google.com/+RT Listen to us on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rttv RT (Russia Today) is a global news network broadcasting from Moscow and Washington studios. RT is the first news channel to break the 1 billion YouTube views benchmark.

23 марта, 16:24

Suspect Arrested In Connection With Jewish Community Bomb Threats

A teenager has been arrested in Israel on suspicion of making the majority of threats to Jewish community centers across the U.S. since January. The suspect, a 19-year-old U.S.-Israeli citizen who currently lives in Israel, was apprehended Thursday, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told The Huffington Post. He said a motive is not yet known and that the FBI helped Israeli police with the investigation. “The investigation began in several countries at the same time, in which dozens of threatening calls were received at public places, events, synagogues and community buildings that caused panic and disrupted events and activities in various organizations,” Rosenfeld said via email. The suspect made the “bulk of the calls” that Jewish institutions have received across the country, FBI spokeswoman Samantha Shero told HuffPost. Rosenfeld said the suspect is from the Ashkelon area in southern Israel, and also made threats to several countries ― including Canada, New Zealand and Australia ― and at least one commercial flight, forcing an emergency landing. Since the new year, more than 80 Jewish community centers in the U.S. (known as JCCs) and 10 Jewish day schools have received more than 120 threats. The Anti-Defamation League has also been targeted. The threats, spread across dozens of states and several countries, have prompted many evacuations, but none resulted in an attack. Investigations reportedly opened up in several countries at the same time. The JCC Association of North America CEO Doron Krakow released a statement Thursday morning expressing disappointment that the suspect “is reportedly Jewish.” “We are troubled to learn that the individual suspected of making these threats against Jewish Community Centers, which play a central role in the Jewish community ... is reportedly Jewish,” he said. “Emblematic of the strength of JCCs and the important model they represent for acceptance, inclusion, and appreciation for diversity is the remarkable support we have received from communities and community leaders across North America.” A large chunk of the threats made in the U.S. since January have come in waves, and many of the calls came from a similar robotic voice. Authorities said the caller was using technology to disguise his voice, and Israeli police reportedly found computers, an antenna and other equipment in the suspect’s home that would allow him to make calls that are difficult to detect. “The suspect’s house was searched this morning and evidence was taken by police units as part of the ongoing investigation,” Rosenfeld said. “The suspect was arrested and brought for questioning at the international investigations unit and appeared before the Rishon Lezion court.” A gag order restricts authorities from releasing his name at this time, Rosenfeld said. The FBI and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division have investigated the threats since January. Previously, officials arrested former journalist Juan M. Thompson in connection with some threats. Thompson was accused of making eight of the threats, allegedly in an attempt to harass an ex-girlfriend. Relieved and thankful to law enforcement for arresting suspect in #bombthreats to Jewish institutions. Stay tuned for more info.— ADL (@ADL_National) March 23, 2017 This story is developing. Please check back for updates. -- 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 марта, 08:37

SAA brings reinforcement to Hama to drive back Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham offensive

Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra managed to successfully launch a full-scale offensive on positions held by government forces the previous day. Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops arrived in northern Hama to help 11th Tank Division push back oppsition forces. COURTESY: RT's RUPTLY video agency, NO RE-UPLOAD, NO REUSE - FOR LICENSING, PLEASE, CONTACT http://ruptly.tv RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=RussiaToday Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTnews Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/RT_com Follow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/rt Follow us on Google+ http://plus.google.com/+RT Listen to us on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rttv RT (Russia Today) is a global news network broadcasting from Moscow and Washington studios. RT is the first news channel to break the 1 billion YouTube views benchmark.

23 марта, 05:06

What’s Really Behind Trump’s Laptop Ban

Skeptics scoffed. But Al Qaeda has been devising ingenious ways to blow up planes for years.

22 марта, 18:25

Take a page out of Siberian merchants' books: Read, play, travel

When you come to Krasnoyarsk (4000 kilometers from Moscow) on a train from the east, you see an array of two-story wooden houses with decoratively carved window frames on the bank of the Yenisei river in front of the railway station.  This is the memorial museum and mansion of Gennady Yudin, a Siberian merchant, entrepreneur and a major Russian book collector. In the 19th century, Yudin stored his collection in this suburban mansion and lived here with his wife and children. Today, you can read books from his collection only at the U.S. Library of Congress, but let us start from the very beginning of his story. Olga Mironova, the director of the Yudin museum and mansion, says: "History is created not only by great deeds, but also by the everyday. As we speak about Yudin and his family, each visitor of the museum finds something he or she can relate to: A love for books, traveling, family history, collecting or entrepreneurship." The museum contains that pronounced romantic ambience common to Russian mansions: Walking through its halls, visitors feel as if they were merchants or noblemen and can imagine what their lives could have been like in a house like that and what their rooms would have looked like, shares Mironova.   Secret #1: Read and collect books Illustration: Elena Larionova Gennady Yudin started collecting books at the age of 14 and dedicated his entire life to this hobby. His collection includes the first edition of "The Tale of Igor's Campaign," Radishchev's "Journey from St. Petersburg to Moscow," maps of Siberia and manuscripts about the Russian exploration of America. At the end of 1905, Yudin's library included about 81,000 volumes and 500,000 documents. By number of volumes, it was the largest private book collection in the Russian Empire. "I admire his talent for living in style," says Olga, demonstrating the collector's catalog cabinet, which could easily be a door to C.S. Lewis' fairytale land of Narnia. "Yudin had everything categorized, and the collection was kept in perfect order. I presume it was very hard for him to give it up 40 years later." In 1898, Gennady Yudin made the decision to sell his library. He had several reasons for doing so: His senior age, the death of his two sons and his worsening financial situation. The hints of revolution that haunted Russia's political life at the time played their part as well. The collector made multiple attempts to find a domestic buyer; he even wrote an appeal to Nicholas II, but the collection was eventually sold overseas to the U.S. Library of Congress at a third of its real value. Around that time, the Library of Congress was filling up its Slavic department, so Yudin's collection of books on Russian history and literature was welcomed in America. The museum holds an amateur photo of this huge collection being moved from Siberia in 1907: The books were delivered to the railway station on horse-drawn carriages and then loaded in five cargo train cars and taken to Hamburg, where a steamboat to Washington awaited them.   Secret #2: Make jam, play badminton and spend your vacation at your dacha Illustration: Elena Larionova In the late 19th – early 20th century, affluent city dwellers would take a ferry or a boat to the other bank of the Yenisei to enjoy the picturesque hills, fresh air and local food. In their vegetable gardens, they grew vegetables, greens and berries, and made jam in large metal tubs  for the winter. A friend of the Yudins mentioned their dacha in her memories: The entire family would get together and dance to accordion music, caramelize hawthorn berries on a bonfire and go fishing and bathing in the Yenisei. Their favorite dacha amusements were badminton, gorodki (a Russian game similar to the game of skittles) and croquet. The museum also exhibits dacha fashion of this bygone era. You will not see any torn trousers, darned jackets or moth-eaten sweaters, which many modern Russians keep specially "for dacha" or "for gardening." The collection features exquisite frocks, hats and umbrellas: Having a suntan was not in vogue those days. Gennady Yudin's light-colored costume is the gem of the collection, along with his record player and a potbellied samovar for tea parties. Maria Yudina, the merchant's daughter, showed a profound interest in botany: She collected plants and insects, placing the latter in her insectarium, a curious object which the museum staff lovingly call bukarashnitsa, from the Russian word bukashka ("bug"). The family would joke about the girl: "We don't need any hay this evening; Maria Gennadyevna has brought enough grass to feed all the cattle."   Secret #3: Go traveling Illustration: Elena Larionova Gennady Yudin traveled a lot, not only around the Russian Empire, but also to France, Italy, Switzerland, the Middle East and Palestine, always adding to his Siberian collection. Books purchased during journeys were transported in special suitcases; each of them took two strong men to carry. These antique traveling accessories are also displayed at the museum. Traveling was an expensive hobby at the end of the 19th century. A few exhibits at the museum prove it, such as a caricature of travelers of that era buying train tickets: A corpulent gentleman loses a lot of weight after he buys his ticket, and the lady's posh outfit turns rather shabby. Another artifact is an old announcement "Looking for a traveling companion," which was a sort of the 19th-century car-sharing: Hiring a carriage on your own cost a fortune. The mansion changes people’s habitual approach to museum-visiting. You can’t rush through its halls, take a selfie and move on to Krasnoyarsk's next tourist attraction: The old house gives each traveler a warm welcome and makes you linger for a while. After telling stories from the lives of the merchants, the guides treat you to a cup of tea brewed in a samovar; then the museum rooms are filled with relaxing songs from the ancient phonograph, and even at the mansion’s exit, a tourist cannot help but pause for a game of 19th-century croquet or gorodki.

22 марта, 18:04

Hay Fever review – hate is love in Noël Coward's warped comedy

Royal Lyceum, EdinburghDominic Hill’s production of this sharply observed play is at its best when mocking the social embarrassments of polite societyNoël Coward’s silly, subversive 1925 comedy is the missing link between William Shakespeare and Edward Albee. Set in a country house on a humid and tempestuous June weekend, Hay Fever takes four singletons, subjects them to a midsummer night’s dream of misplaced desire and warped romance and, once the spell wears off, sends them home to the rational world of the city. Nobody says “Methought I was enamoured of an ass” – but the sense remains. In the roles of Oberon and Titania are the hosts from hell, David and Judith Bliss (Benny Baxter-Young and Susan Wooldridge), a pair of free-thinking narcissists whose love-hate relationship not only anticipates that of Elyot and Amanda in Coward’s Private Lives but also acts as the model for George and Martha in Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? In league with their grown-up children, Simon and Sorel, they play a callous game of sexual one-upmanship using their hapless houseguests as disposable pawns. Continue reading...

22 марта, 10:22

The Hayes Effect: How Badger Basketball's Wins Became Political Statements

Student athlete memes joke about how it’s also a lifestyle, but for Wisconsin basketball star Nigel Hayes, college basketball goes even beyond that — it’s become a political mission, too. The Badgers senior has had a stellar last three years, winning multiple honors and even flirting with the idea of leaving school after his junior year for the NBA draft before coming back for one more go-around at the collegiate level. His return, while shaky, has paid off: the Badgers narrowly upset the heavily favored overall 1 seed Villanova this weekend to advance to yet another Sweet Sixteen. But what makes Hayes so great aren’t his Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year honor this year, or the way he charmed the country in 2015 by dropping unusual words during press conferences — it’s all the ways he hasn’t. In October 2014, Hayes became one of the most notable college athletes to join a list of plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the NCAA, calling for the removal of rules that “prohibit, cap or otherwise limit remuneration and benefits” for basketball and football players, in addition to preventing the creation of new rules that ban “negotiating, offering, or providing remuneration … in compensation for their services as athletes.” He could’ve quietly added his name to the list of plaintiffs, refused to comment, and played ball like everyone expected him to. But he didn’t stop there. Two years later, when ESPN’s College GameDay showed up to Camp Randall in Madison, Hayes was there, too, holding a sign that read “Broke college athlete — anything helps” with the name of a Venmo account called brokebadger1. (The account belongs to Taurean Villolovos, a former fellow player from Hayes’ native Toledo, OH; Hayes actually intended to donate all funds to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County).  Nigel Hayes has arrived at GameDay and, of course, he has a sign. @darrenrovell pic.twitter.com/tMd5Vk4zT9— Badger Beat (@BadgerBeat) October 15, 2016 The most wild part about all of this? Even if he wins the case and the NCAA changes its rules about potential payment for athletes, Hayes won’t actually see a dime; as a senior, this is his last year of playing eligibility. He doesn’t personally stand to gain anything from a stance that has brought him all kinds of criticism, both from online trolls and commentators like Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy. He just firmly believes that it’s the right thing to do and hopes to help future college athletes. Deeply connected to his activism surrounding money matters is Hayes’ advocacy on racial issues. While fellow Badger Zach Bohannon — an intellectually-bent senior on the team who described meeting Hayes as a “wide-eyed freshman” — was the one who first introduced him to his fight for players’ rights, Hayes credits his “awakening period” to his A.A.U. coach back in Ohio, Quentin Rogers, saying, “[Rogers] gave me some books and some things to read, and it opened my eyes to things I’d never thought of or seen before.” He cites The Autobiography of Malcolm X as one of the books that led to his personal “eureka kind of wake up call.” That wake-up call has led him to tweet extensively about race issues and even call on the University of Wisconsin to make real changes for students of color on its campus. In a statement following the infamous noose incident at a football game earlier this year, Hayes tweeted, “[I]n solidarity with other students on this campus, we implore Chancellor Blank and her cabinet to take action, be visible and leave your ivory tower and speak to the students. Please create real programs, initiate meaningful change and understand that students of color deserve to thrive in this institution just like our peers.” As a student, I demand change from @UWMadison. pic.twitter.com/NZEaqBeevP— Nigel Hayes (@NIGEL_HAYES) November 8, 2016 His two causes aren’t unrelated — as Patrick Hruby, who profiled Hayes, explains, Hayes sees a key connection: “Revenue sport college athletes like him are predominantly black. Coaches and administrators are overwhelmingly white. The latter group makes the rules, and controls all of the money.” Hayes isn’t alone in his advocacy, either — as a New York Times interview with his fellow teammates Jordan Hill and Bronson Koenig noted, the Badgers’ locker room has been dubbed “college basketball’s most political” ― Hill frequently speaks up on issues like race and police brutality on Twitter, and Koenig is an active advocate for protestors of the Dakota Access Pipeline, an issue he identifies with on a personal level as a Native American himself. function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Hayes, Koenig, and Hill set a precedent for college athletes, who may fear speaking out on social issues due to the repercussions on their potential careers. It’s not a completely unfounded fear; as Kain Colter and Johnnie Vassar from fellow Big 10 school Northwestern learned, challenging institutions can lead to complete exile. The same can be said for those who dare to take a stand professionally, like Colin Kaepernick, who has admittedly played poorly recently, but also created more than his fair share of enemies with his national anthem protests. But that’s exactly what makes these three so special. They’re big names with a real shot at big futures, and every time they make big time plays, they’re turning up the volume on the mic for their political messages, too, knowing the risks full well — and the risks of not speaking out. “[A]t the end of the day, the quote I hang my hat on is, I was black before I picked up a basketball, and when I retire, I’ll still be black,” said Hayes in the New York Times. “I’ll be black more of my life than I’ll be a professional basketball player.” Rooting for Wisconsin thus isn’t just about the fun of seeing a “rebuilding” team pull off a major upset and bust everyone’s brackets. Every win now is another chance for Hayes and company to fly in the face of an increasingly divided political climate that is only united on insisting that athletes “stick to sports,” another chance for them to drive home the point that you can be a good player, and a good citizen too. Hayes, Hill, and Koenig might not have the fame or seeming invincibility of Muhammad Ali, but they have the potential to usher next generation of social justice athletes at the collegiate level, especially when one considers the example they’re setting not just for their fellow players, but for all of the kids watching them play at home. It’s more than just a game. Keep on, Nigel. On Wisconsin. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=580272bde4b06e0475953b48,5669a82ce4b0f290e5223231,55d90595e4b0a40aa3ab333e -- 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.

21 марта, 11:01

Россиянам пообещали повышение зарплат

Согласно исследованию Korn Ferry Hay Group, в 2017 году 82,8% российских компаний планируют увеличить зарплату своим сотрудникам. При этом  в среднем размер повышения составит около 7%. Как пишет «КоммерсантЪ» со ссылкой на текст документа, большая часть компаний, планирующих повышение зарплат, будут производить его точечно — пойти на индексацию зарплат всех сотрудников готовы только 17,5% опрошенных. Наибольший процент повышения планируют индустриальный сектор (8%), IT (8%), сектор биотехнологий и фармацевтики (7,9%). Самое скромное повышение ждет сотрудников компаний банковской и финансовой (5,8%), а также логистической сферы (6,1%, что, впрочем, все равно вдвое выше показателей 2016 года).

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20 марта, 22:20

Charge electric cars smartly to take pressure off national grid – minister

SSE trials ‘demand-side response’ where vehicles start charging a few hours after being plugged in, when demand is lowerElectric cars are putting increasing pressure on the UK’s power grids, making it vital they are recharged at the right time of day, a minister has said. John Hayes, transport minister, said it was important that such battery-powered cars were topped up in smart ways to avoid unduly stressing the energy system. Continue reading...

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20 марта, 21:44

President Donald J. Trump Announces Key Administration Posts

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate David J. Glawe of Iowa, to be Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security.   Mr. Glawe is a career member of the Senior Executive Service, currently serving as the Assistant Commissioner at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Intelligence.  Recently, Mr. Glawe served as acting Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the Department.  He has more than 24 years of national security and law enforcement experience, including service as Deputy National Intelligence Manager for Threat Finance and Transnational Organized Crime at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, as a Counterterrorism Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and as a Federal Agent with the United States Postal Inspection Service.  Mr. Glawe began his career as a police officer with the Houston Police Department.   Mr. Glawe received the National Intelligence Superior Service Medal for his contributions to the U.S. Intelligence Community and his meritorious actions to the betterment of national security.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa and is a graduate of the Senior Managers in Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  President Trump also announced the designation of Rear Admiral Robert P. Hayes of Connecticut, to be Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security.  Rear Admiral Hayes is a 29-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and currently serves as the Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Intelligence

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20 марта, 21:43

Baghdad car bomb kills at least 21

Another 43 people wounded in attack targeting commercial street in mainly Shia district of Iraq's capital.

20 марта, 11:43

The S&P 500 in Week 3 of March 2017

The third week of March 2017 was an up week for the S&P 500, where the index closed at 2,378.25 on Friday, 17 March 2017, just 5.65 points (0.24%) above where it closed at the end of the prior week of trading. In the middle of the week that was Week 3 of March 2017, the Fed followed through and did exactly what it had been strongly signalling that it would do over the last several weeks, and boosted short term interest rates by a quarter percent, putting the Federal Funds Rate into a range between 0.75% and 1.00%. From our perspective, both events were expected, where stock prices continued to fall within the range we first predicted two weeks ago (but didn't explain until last week). That doesn't mean however that we weren't surprised. For the Fed to have drawn such a strong focus where it would be using its influence to affect the expectations that investors have for the future, we should have seen a stronger upward movement in U.S. stock prices on Wednesday, 15 March 2017 than what the market saw. That's because nearly all the Fed's officials have been doing everything they can to set the expectation that they will be hiking U.S. interest rates again in the very near future, which would put the timing of their next hike sometime in 2017-Q2, and which would most likely be announced at the end of the FOMC's June 2017 meeting. Given where stock prices have been, since the expectations for the change in the year over year growth rates for S&P 500 dividends would place the S&P 500 higher than it currently is, for the Fed to have been successful in setting that focus would have coincided with a much larger jump in stock prices than what was recorded on Wednesday, 15 March 2017. At the very least, it should have moved to the middle of our echo-effect adjusted forecast range (indicated by the red-lined box on the chart above). We would have expected that result because we have observed exactly that kind of behavior in stock prices following previous FOMC meetings where the Fed has directed the attention of investors to focus upon specific points of time in the future. So much so that we've used the timing of the FOMC's announcements to check the calibration of our dividend futures-based forecasting model. So what gives now in Week 3 of March 2017? Why would stock prices appear to be behaving differently now than they have on the occasion of the Fed's previous announcements? Why would stock prices stay so much lower than what we would expect from even our echo-effect adjusted forecast? We think the key to understanding what's going on with stock prices came out during Janet Yellen's post-FOMC announcement press conference, where Bloomberg's Kathryn Hays asked a pointed question: KATHLEEN HAYS. Chair Yellen, Kathleen Hays. Oh excuse me, Kathleen Hays from Bloomberg. I'm going to try to take the opposite side of this because, on this question about market expectations and how the markets got things wrong, and then how you say the Fed suddenly clarified what it already said. But, for example, if the--if you look at the Atlanta Fed's latest GDP tracker for the first quarter, it's down to 0.9 percent. We had a retail sales report that was mixed, granted the, you know, upper divisions of previous months make it look better, but the consumer does not appear to be roaring in the first quarter, kind of underscoring the wait-and-see attitude you just mentioned. If you look at measures of labor compensation, you note in this statement that they're not moving up. And, in fact, they are--and if you look at average--there are so many things you can look at. And you, yourself, have said in the past that the fact that that is happening is perhaps an indication there's still slack in the labor market. I guess my question is this, in another sense, what happened between December and March? GDP is tracking very low. Measures of labor to compensation are not threatening to boost inflation any time fast. The consumer is not picking up very much. Fiscal policy--we don't know what's going to happen with Donald Trump. And, yet, you have to raise rates now. So what is the, what is the motivation here? The economy is so far from your forecast, in terms of GDP, why does the Fed have to move now? What is this signal, then, about the rest of the year? CHAIR YELLEN. So, GDP is a pretty noisy indicator. If one averages through several quarters, I would describe our economy as one that has been growing around 2 percent per year. And, as you can see from our projections, we, that's something we expect to continue over the next couple of years. Now that pace of growth has been consistent with a pace of job creation that is more rapid than what is sustainable if labor force participation begins to move down in line with what we see as its longer run trend with an aging population. Now, unemployment hasn't moved that much, in part because people have been drawn into the labor force. Labor force participation, as I mentioned in my remarks, has been about flat over the last 3 years. So, in that sense, the economy has shown, over the last several years, that it may have had more room to run than some people might have estimated, and that's been good. It’s meant we've had a great deal of job creation over these years. And there could be, there could be room left for that to play out further. In fact, look, policy remains accommodative. We expect further improvement in the labor market. We expect the unemployment rate to move down further, and to stay down for the next several years. So, we do expect that the path of policy we think is appropriate is one that is going to lead to some further strengthening in the labor market. KATHLEEN HAYS. Just quickly then, I just want to underscore. I want to ask you, so following on that, you expect it to move. What if it doesn't? What if GDP doesn't pick up? What if you don't see wage measures rising? What if you don't, what if the core PCE gets stuck at 1.7 percent, would you, is it your view, perhaps, that if there's a risk right now in the median forecast for dots, that it's fewer hikes this year rather than the consensus or more? CHAIR YELLEN. Well, look, our policy is not set in stone. It is data dependent and we're, we’re not locked into any particular policy path. Our, you know, as you said, the data have not notably strengthened. I, there's noise always in the data from quarter to quarter. But we haven't changed our view of the outlook. We think we're on the same path; not, we haven't boosted the outlook projected faster growth. We think we're moving along the same course we've been on, but it is one that involves gradual tightening in the labor market. I would describe some measures of wage growth as having moved up some. Some measures haven't moved up, but there's some evidence that wage growth is gradually moving up, which is also suggestive of a strengthening labor market. And we expect policy to remain accommodative now for some time. So we're, we’re talking about a gradual path of removing policy accommodation as the economy makes progress, moving toward neutral. But we're continuing to provide accommodation to the economy that's allowing it to grow at an above-trend pace that's consistent with further improvement in the labor market. We're kind of in a unique position in that we recognized, very early in 2017-Q1, that the Fed could get away with hiking short term interest rates as they did during Week 3 of March 2017, with almost no negative effect from shifting the forward-looking focus of investors from 2017-Q2 (where it had been focused) to the nearer term future of 2017-Q1 because the expectations for changes in the year over year growth rate of dividends per share in 2017-Q1 have been nearly identical with the expectations for 2017-Q2 for months. That similarity between those sets of expectations has meant very little impact to stock prices for investors shifting their focus back and forth between the two quarters. But that's also occurred as the lagging effects from the 2014-2016 economic slowdown have become more pronounced in the economic data, as described by Kathryn Hays in her question to Fed Chair Janet Yellen. That deterioration in the economic data is increasingly leading investors to set their attention toward 2017-Q3, which given where stock prices are today, would tend to weight them down, where investors are betting that the negative economic data will cause the Fed to back off from hiking short term interest rates again until that more distant future quarter. The result then is a split in the forward-looking focus of investors, where they would appear to now be dividing their focus between 2017-Q2 and 2017-Q3 in setting today's stock prices, with the outcome of stock prices that have been mostly moving sideways to slightly upward. In this environment however, otherwise minor news about that economic data that would ordinarily not be of much concern to investors can have an outsized impact. Good numbers on the economy will lead investors to favor 2017-Q2 for the timing of the Fed's next rate hike, with stock prices rising as a result. Bad numbers will tend to direct investors to focus on 2017-Q3, sending stock prices lower as they bet the Fed will delay its next rate hike. That dynamic is setting up just as the S&P 500 is reaching a near record period of relatively low volatility, in which it hasn't seen a decline of at least 1% during the past 108 trading days. We think that's going to change in a very noticeable way in the very near future, especially as the underlying trajectories for the basic path of future stock prices is also about to change from generally upward to generally downward (more on that next week!) Until then, get ready to hang onto your hats! The other news that stood out to us during the Week that Was Week 3 of March 2017 is linked below! Monday, 13 March 2017 Wall Street on hold before U.S. rate decision; oil at three-month lows Tuesday, 14 March 2017 Fed, in shift, may move to faster pace of rate hikes Fed to hold rate policy meeting as planned despite weather Fed expected to raise rates as U.S. economy flexes muscle Oil drops to 3-month low, U.S. erases all gains since OPEC output cut Energy drags on Wall St. as oil falls further; airlines slide Wednesday, 15 March 2017 Atlanta Fed sees U.S. GDP growth slowest in two years Oil rebounds as U.S. crude inventories ease off record high Fed to keep rate hikes slow even if U.S. inflation overshoots: Yellen Wall Street sees 2 more Fed rate hikes in 2017, at least 3 in 2018 Wall St. up as Fed raises rates but stays course Global stocks surge, dollar fades as Fed sees gradual tightening Thursday, 16 March 2017 Oil slips despite weak dollar as U.S. stockpiles remain high U.S. housing, factory data underscore economy's resilience Wall Street slips with healthcare stocks, Nasdaq flat Friday, 17 March 2017 Fed's Kashkari wants plan on balance sheet before any more rate hikes Oil prices steady, heading for modest weekly rise Wall St. flat as banks, Amgen weigh; Adobe rallies Elsewhere, Barry Ritholtz recaps the week's positives and negatives for the U.S. economy and markets.

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