PerezHilton
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KyivPost
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And it is important for the United States to stand up for the basic principle that big countries dont go around and invade and bully smaller countries. I’ve said before, I expect Russia and Ukraine to have a strong relationship. They are historically bound together in all sorts of cultural and social ways, but Ukraine is an independent country and this is a good example of the vital role that America has to continue to play, around the world, in preserving basic norms and values.” The post Obama’s final press conference: ‘Russian continues to occupy Ukrainian territory and meddleappeared first on KyivPost .
The Huffington Post
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More on that below. Another problem with that first sentence is the phrase current vacancy. Yes, there is a vacancy on the Court, but there shouldnt be. It is a longtime vacancy, nearly a year old. It exists only because Senate Republicans took the unprecedented step of refusing to consider President Obamas nominee, D.C. Circuit Chief Judge Merrick Garland. The GOP did not even hold a hearing for him, as month after month after month went by. Judge Garland should have had a confirmation vote long ago, and since President Obama went out of his way to choose a consensus nominee, Garland likely would have been confirmed with overwhelming bipartisan support. So Trump is in an unusual situation: Most presidents dont take office with a Supreme Court nomination among the first items on their plate. But Trump has one only because the situation was manufactured by Mitch McConnell to deny President Obama the ability to fill the vacancy and allow Trump instead to fill it with someone on the far-rights wish list.
The Huffington Post
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And this bountiful decade happened to be the same decade in which organized labor hit its all-time peak, with close to 35% of all U.S. workers belonging to unions. Moreover, those impressive figures don't even take into account the "free-riders" who benefited from employers who provided them with union-quality wages, benefits and working conditions in order to keep the union out. Compare that to the pitiful state of affairs we find today, where barely 6% of private sector jobs are unionized. In truth, one can barely grasp--can barely wrap their mind around--the tremendous influence labor was able to exert fully half a century ago (even despite passage of the toxic Taft-Hartley Act, in 1947). The notion of working men and women having that much raw power seems like a fantasy today. Which brings us to feminism. In the history of the U.S., going back all the way to 1920, the year adult females were finally given the right to vote, the only jobs that absolutely, positively guaranteed that women doing the same work as men would receive the same pay as men were union jobs.
Mashable
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Kickstarter projects are having real impact, according to a new study. The success of crowdfunding platforms and projects completed through those platforms has helped to expand investment by venture capitalists outside Silicon Valley, University of California Berkeley researchers found . When Kickstarter projects in areas of the country that don't see interest from venture capitalists succeed, investors seem to become more interested in those parts of the country. Successful crowdfunding campaigns attract VC interest both to the people running campaigns outside major tech hubs and to those parts of the country in general. Read more... More about Uc Berkeley , Investor , Venture Funding , Venture Capital , and Kickstarter
KyivPost
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” “Again in December, against the advice of the (international financial institutions) community, the government went ahead full speed, directly towards the wall, and hit the wall,” Malige said. “Twice in one year.” Need for ‘re-launchThe government is seeking to sell off its stakes in some 300 enterprises by 2018, including six power distributors and a power generator, which the State Property Fund featured amid its top 10 companies for privatization. Malige said the government needs to move away from energy and look to privatize other industries, such as agriculture, first. “The whole privatization program needs a re-launch,” he said. “You want a demonstrational effect of successful privatizations in Ukraine and, maybe, you dont start with companies in over-regulated industries,” the EBRD director added. “You save them for later because they are the most difficult to privatize.
BBC News 24
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He served two prison sentences in the Irish Republic and was also convicted of IRA membership. He openly attended IRA events, he denied he was the IRA chief of staff but said he regarded it as a compliment. We don't believe that winning elections or any amount of votes will bring freedom to Ireland.
BBC Four
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We don't really know whether it will lay out his priorities. According to Mr Spicer it is about what it means to be an American, this is a member of Congress, and what it means to be a citizen at this point of time.
KyivPost
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“Unlike other corporations, we’re not looking for startups we can buy something from,” said the head of IoT Lab Sergii Poplavskyy. “Our interest is that all startups we accelerate use Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform. The more clients the startup has, the better for us.” Same as Kyivstar and most corporate accelerators around the world, IoT Lab takes no equity in startups. The participants receive free access to all Microsoft’s products, as well as a subscription to the Azure platform for the duration of the program. In addition to that, Microsoft purchases equipment the teams need to work and covers costs of travelling to and exhibiting at different conferences. “Our goal as a platform company is to accelerate startups that create ready-made solutions based on Azure,” Poplavskyy said. “When we come to our customers and sell the cloud, we dont even mention the wordAzurem’ but offer the solutions from startups.
The Huffington Post
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S. if steps are taken that damage EU interests? It's not at all clear, and I've pressed numerous current and former European diplomats on this point during private conversations over the past two months. Without fail, each of them has shrugged and conceded that if push comes to shove, the alliance with Washington is more important than their relations with Tehran. Europe knows it, Iran knows it, and the incoming Trump administration knows it. Frankly, this knowledge was the linchpin of U.S. policy toward Iran under George W. Bush and first-term Barack Obama: You can do business with Washington or Tehran, but not both. The EU relented. If Trump pursues identical measures, why should we believe that Europe's response would be any different? Thus far, he has openly dismissed EU interests when they don't align with Washington's, and the backbone of his campaign was putting "America First.
The Huffington Post
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If you're into that sort of thing. Here are 4 approaches you can take right now to offer in the new. A New Marketplace Do you have a target market? If so, great! It may be time to focus on another marketplace. If you don't have one, this may be the time to discover, establish, or create a new pond to fish in. Who do you serve best and therefore wish to serve most? Or who should you serve best and therefore serve most? Be specific! What industry, profession, marketplace, niche, dynamic, demographic, and geography needs your services? Wouldn't it be exciting to find out? When you do, meet the right people in that market. Go to their meetings. Learn about their successes and challenges. Become an expert in their field. A New Business Group Chambers, networking groups, professional associations, regional groups, industry meetings, and service clubs.
BBC News 24
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I am not sure what we can take from that. It will be quite short, we think. He has not finished writing it as couple of hours ago. We don't standing down due to illness.
The Huffington Post
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First make a sign. The sign should be hung outside the bathroom door whenever you go into use the facility. The sign should say, mom is in the laundry room folding towels & cleaning up all your toys. All kidding aside, it is really important to teach children how to respect your privacy and your time. It is also so important for children to understand that sometimes they need to wait for things and that you will address their needs as soon as you have a moment. One of the first things you can do is sit down with your child and talk about some of the things that make you sad and happy. For example, "It makes me sad when I am talking with daddy and you don't allow us to finish our conversation. It makes me happy when you wait until I am done speaking, to ask your question." Providing your children with strategies is also very helpful. "If you see that I am on the phone or in the bathroom, just knock once, or sit quietly near me, so that as soon as I am done I know to help you right away.
KyivPost
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Prior to that, from April 2014, there was a customs-free export regime for Ukrainian exporters to the EU, while EU exporters to Ukraine paid duty as usual. Ukrainian producers can trade duty-free with the bloc within quotas on 36 commodity groups. Ukrainian honey exporters, however, say their quota is too low. It is set to increase, but only by another 800 tons by 2020. Once the quota has been used up, the 17 percent customs duty kicks in, leaving many disappointed. Even bigger producers say they dont see much benefit from the new trade deal from the EU. Honey producer Bartnik is a Ukrainian company that can afford to pay the export duty. But its marketing director Vadym Bankovsky says he hasnt noticed any benefit from the EU trade deal yet. “Nothing has changed at all,” he says. Others in the industry agree. “Nothing at all,” says Dariia Hrytsenko, an expert at Ukrainian Agribusiness Club.
Variety
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You dont have to be in the nations capital to take part in this years inaugural activities. Donald Trumps Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration kicks off Thursday at 4:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ABC News Youtube channel. KPLC 7 has also said it will air the concert via live-stream. The event will... Read more »
The Truth About Cars
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Mental Floss
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No, they don't make everything from scratch.
BBC One Scotland
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They have to travel to a nearby town to do their shopping. But they don't have a car, they have to go by bus. But what if there isn't a bus to catch. Banton is away from the main road and this bus, which goes through the village, may not come here in future.
KyivPost
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They’ve done so partly because of the European Union’s low duty-free quotas in its agreement with Ukraine. EU quotas In the first two weeks of 2017, sugar exporters exhausted 64 percent of this year’s white-sugar quota to the EU, which totals 20,000 tons. In 2016, the EU quotas for sugar, as well as honey, chicken, corn and other grains, were used up. However, given that Ukraine has the capacity to produce 2 million tons of sugar per year, the duty-free quotas cover a tiny share of output. “We were promised the boundless horizons of the European market, but unfortunately we couldnt obtain (bigger quotas),” said Andriy Dykun, the head of the country’s sugar association Ukrsugar. “The Europeans dont want to see Ukrainian sugar on their shelves, because they’re afraid, as they know perfectly well that Ukraine can make better (products).” More than half of the EU export quota was used by Astarta last year, said Kovalskiy, and once the quota is used up, it’s no longer profitable to sell Ukrainian sugar in the EU.
BBC One Scotland
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They are talking about taking the Falkirk won out as well. It is not fair on people who don't drive. This shop" back, presenting a problem for many of the people who live here.
The Huffington Post
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My son and I recently attended indie rock trio BETTY's annual holiday show at City Winery, which included a powerful spoken word performance by feminist icon Gloria Steinem. Loyal fans and followers filled the New York City venue, and conversation was buzzing about the election, women's equality, and what the results meant for women's rights. By the time we left for the evening, my son and I had been deeply moved by a message from the show and its messengers: The future will be much more impacted by how women respond to the election results instead of the results themselves. Look at Each Other As we've heard President Obama do in recent days Steinem and BETTY song after song challenged us to rise, and acknowledge that the power is in the people. "Look at each other. Don't look up or around, look at each other," challenged Steinem. As millions of women prepare to march around the nation in solidarity with Women's March for Equality in Washington D.
Cnet
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The BeeLine is a simple, compass-like wearable for cyclists, walkers and explorers who want to know where they're going, even when they don't.
Sky News
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When the UK comes out of the single market there will be a barrier there that wasn't there before. Someone will have to fill in paperwork and deal with that cost. Which is why Theresa May says she wants to remain an associate member of the customs union, is that practical? We don't know. Until the Europeans come to the negotiating table, then we will really know.
Washington Free Beacon
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Is it fair to say without prejudice that this made me uncomfortable? I dont blame the gentleman for admiring my little boogie there, but there are limits to what I am willing to do for journalism’s sake, one of which is “Dancing with guys who look like they could beat me up and probably would if they knew who I was.” Really it’s my fault for leaving the press badge in my bag at the bar and attending the event incognito. It’s always a tough call—do you want to get as close to the action as possible, as I usually do, or do you want to maintain a certain journalistic distance and avoid compromising situations like this one and the need to offer outrageous lies about what brought you there? Deep matters, these, and I had plenty of time to ponder them while thumbing my glow sticks as I rode in an empty Red Line train back to friends and cold beer. The post Matthew Walther’s Second Inauguration Diary appeared first on Washington Free Beacon .