Share Tweet Email2 Mar 15th 2017, 6:30 AM 432 Views http://jrnl.ie/3286791 By Antoine Bakhash 36 Comments Antoine Bakhash Wednesday 15 Mar 2017, 6:30 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article TODAY MARKS SIX years since Syria first broke out in civil war.Six long years since this protracted conflict of indiscriminate killings and unspeakable atrocities first began to ravage my country.For far too long, my home city of Aleppo dominated the headlines with its crumbling buildings, its mass exodus, and the sheer overwhelming weight of human suffering that festered there. But this was not the Aleppo I had known.I was only 14 when Syria changed foreverAt times, I feel that the war is part of me. At times, it almost feels like we grew up together. Still, my Aleppo was not a place of war.My Aleppo was a friendly city of busy streets. A city where Muslims and Christians would mostly live apart, but in peace. An ancient and prosperous city, where people would come from miles around to ply their trade.By the time I left nearly two years ago, this Syria was already long gone. Yet now that I am safe and sound over 3,000 kilometres away, I find myself confronted with a whole new Syria.It is an image of my country that seems both familiar and alien, one that is brought up again and again in newspapers, on television, even in political debates. It is an image that seldom corresponds with reality.How our media tells its stories Source: Shutterstock/Slawomir KowalewskiIn an age where words like “alternative facts” and “fake news” have become a veritable phenomenon, it is time to re-evaluate how our media tells its stories.All too often, the Syria that was, the Syria that I choose to remember, is left behind by today’s discourse, obscuring the dignity to which Syrians everywhere are entitled.The war has become fodder for armchair analysts, many of whom know next to nothing of the reality on the ground. While US presidential hopeful Gary Johnson’s total cluelessness on the topic was widely derided in the press (“What is Aleppo?” he asked, perplexed, during an interview), his ignorance is by no means unique.In fact, it is almost typical. Even while chastising Johnson, the New York Times misidentified Aleppo as the de facto capital of the so-called Islamic State, only to misidentify it again as the capital of Syria in a later correction.The correct answers are, of course, Raqqa and Damascus, respectively.Black-and-white interpretations of an intricate and complex warSetting aside these major inconsistencies and shortcomings, the sad truth is that most coverage of this conflict boils down to black-and-white interpretations of an extremely intricate and complex situation.Heroic rebels fighting for democracy against an oppressive regime, a besieged government standing firm against violent fanatics, a sectarian conflict that was centuries in the making, the democratic opening of a progressive civil society, all these narratives hide more than they reveal.At best, they lead to the propagation of misleading half-truths. At worst, they lead to the dissemination of misinformation among citizens and decision-makers in countries that hold a huge amount of say over the Syria that will eventually emerge from this bloody crucible.Portrayal of siege of AleppoTake, for example, the depiction of the protracted siege of Aleppo. Although the city had been the site of unrest since 2012, coverage of the battles in and around Aleppo intensified alongside the siege itself, only taking headlines as government troops poised to retake the city.Countless articles, editorials, and opinion pieces lamented the supposed “failure” of the international community to stop the slaughter. Yet if there was any humanitarian failure, it lies more on what was done, than on what wasn’t.Former US ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power garnered widespread praise for lambasting Russian and Iranian involvement in Syria last December. “Are you truly incapable of shame? Is there literally nothing that can shame you?” she implored.While she was certainly right to hold a mirror up to the atrocities committed by Assad and his enablers, it was underscored by a conspicuous self-serving myopia. There was no acknowledgment of the countless civilians killed in US air strikes, of the abuses perpetrated by their own proxy forces, of the Western weapons that have ended up in the hands of extremists.There was no admonition of the shameless meddling of Saudi Arabia and Turkey, of their own egregious atrocities.Western involvement just as destabilising as that of Russia Source: Shutterstock/OrlokIn fact, Western involvement in Syria has been every bit as destabilising as that of Russia or Iran. The groups that have received aid and tactical support under their calamitous intervention run the ideological gamut from democratic socialists to radical Islamists.The result is a fractured opposition, beset by infighting, and incapable of mounting a coherent, wide-reaching resistance to both the repression of the Assad regime and the unbridled barbarity of the IS.This is a narrative that has seldom found its voice in mainstream interpretations across the West.Yet, it is also a view that resonates strongly across Syria. Since colonising French troops left in 1946, Syria never had any strong political affiliation with America or Europe. Instead, for much of its history Syria looked to the Arab world, seeking to build stronger regional ties under the banner of pan-Arabism.In the streets of Aleppo there were no McDonalds, no Apple stores, no Domino’s. For many Syrians, to suddenly become the target of intense political wrangling from the West is jarring, disconcerting, and suspicious.Belying all this is an uncomfortable truth that is rarely acknowledgedThough Western forces claim to be championing democracy in the region, the prospect that either Assad or a member of his entourage could win democratic recognition seems to be off the table.The photos and videos that emerged from Aleppo during the closing days of the siege depicted the thousands of people fleeing what they saw as the fall of their city.This was often the only story that was told. What was not shown however, were the thousands who welcomed government forces with open arms, overjoyed at what they considered to be their liberation.Enduring popularity of AssadTo underestimate the enduring popularity of the Assad regime is to seriously misjudge the dynamics of Syria’s current political situation. Successive opinion polls have consistently shown that Assad still holds a cosy lead of popular support over all other alternatives.In my own neighbourhood in central Aleppo, Bashar al-Assad’s face could often be seen, proudly emblazoned across car and shop windows. In fact, the funding of such ostensibly pro-democracy rebels may be backfiring.With the war continuing to drag on, and with no coherent and visible leader for the opposition to rally around, many Syrians are increasingly likely to opt for a strongman like Assad, for someone who seems capable of finally bringing stability to this beleaguered country, no matter the cost.Narratives that have been marginalised and overlookedThese are all narratives that have been marginalised and overlooked, but that does not make them any less valid or any less vital to bringing a fair and dignified end to this terrible war.It has been years since Syrians have been in control of their own destiny, and they may not be again for many years to come, but this does not mean that they cannot, and should not be in control of their own stories.This six-year-long war is complex and multifaceted. It is tortuous and often inscrutable. It is an awful, messy conflict that defies tidy explanations and neat summaries.Although it may be difficult, our interpretations of it need to reflect this uncomfortable reality. To do any less is to tell only half the stories.Antoine Bakhash is a Syrian student, currently living in Leuven, Belgium. He has volunteered with Caritas Athens Refugee Programme in Greece. Eimhin O’Reilly is a writer and activist from Dublin, specialising in issues relating to the Global South. He helped Antoine tell his story.Zoo deaths: ‘In the wild, gorillas don’t eat their own vomit and pull out their hair in frustration’>Opinion: ‘Tax isn’t just an expense, it’s a societal good and an investment in all our futures’> ‘Syrians are increasingly likely to opt for a strongman like Assad, capable of bringing stability’ Assad’s popularity is a narrative that has been marginalised in the West, but that doesn’t make it any less vital to bringing an end to the terrible war in my country, writes Antoine Bakhash with the help of Eimhin O’Reilly. Short URL
The lack of young Greek folk on the 2011 Young Rich list is obviously clear. And while Adelaide developer Ross Makris used to top the list, now at 41-years-old, he is no longer eligible as a youngster. Topping the list is Queensland coal baron Nathan Tinkler, with a cool $1.13 billion proving that a kid obsessed with taking a risk on the share market paid off. His first $1 million punt on a coal mine returned $442 million, and the rest is history. London-based hedge-funder Greg Coffey came in second with $743 million and first-timer in the rich list Steven Kalmin third with a nice $458 million. Sports stars Harry Kewell, Mark Webber, Mark Viduka, Lleyton Hewitt and Pat Rafter were some of the famous names on the list with pop sensation Darren Hayes, formerly of Savage Garden fame, in the list too. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
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Pinterest Twitter Facebook WWE posted the following highlights from last night’s episode of “Total Bellas” on E!. Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Preview for Upcoming “Miz and Mrs.” Reality SeriesWWE posted the following preview on Sunday night for the upcoming “Miz and Mrs.” reality series featuring The Miz and Maryse that will air on USA Network beginning on July 24.It’s all about MIZ-CHIEF, MIZ-TAKES, and the occasional MIZ-UNDERSTANDING on #MizAndMrs, premiering July 24 on @USA_Network! pic.twitter.com/LXzgs9ZxzN— WWE (@WWE) June 17, 2018 11 matches scheduled for WWE Clash of Champions tonight in Charlotte, Live Post-Show WhatsApp Miz and Mrs. Season One coming to the WWE Network Friday, September 20 9/13 Impact Highlights: oVe vs. Blanchard and Dreamer in Street Fight Main Event
A City Council committee to consider regulatory proposal for dockless scooters February 20, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: February 20, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council’s Active Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will meet Wednesday on regulations for dockless electric scooters and bicycles as well as the companies that own them.Mayor Kevin Faulconer proposed the regulations last week after months of pressure from residents concerned about public safety and from transportation advocates who didn’t want the scooters banned outright. Faulconer’s office originally proposed a set of regulatory concepts in October, which the council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee approved while requesting a fleshed-out version.Scooter riders would be banned from parking scooters and bicycles in hospital and school zones, beach area boardwalks, the perimeter of Petco Park and the north and south legs of the Embarcadero. Riders and scooter company employees would also only be able to park scooters in groups of four, with at least 40 feet between groups.Scooter speeds, currently a maximum of 15 mph, would be slowed to 8 mph in high-traffic areas like Spanish Landing, Petco Park and Balboa Park, and 3 mph on the Embarcadero and the Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade. Scooter companies would use geofencing technology to limit parking abilities and speeds in specific areas, technology that Bird already uses in areas like the Santa Monica Beach Bike Path.The city would also require scooter companies to apply for a six-month operational permit and pay $150 per scooter or bike each year. Scooter companies could only renew permits in January or June, at which time they could negotiate variables like fleet size.The committee is scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the City Administration Building’s 12th floor Council Chambers at 202 C St. City Council members Mark Kersey, Chris Ward, Chris Cate and Vivian Moreno sit on the committee. Updated: 9:27 AM KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom
Facebook514TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享With temperatures expected to remain below freezing through Christmas Day, Alaskan travelers are urged to prepare a simple winter safety kit for holiday road trips. Megan Peters with the Alaska State Troopers says when the weather is bad, a simple situation can escalate quickly. Peters:“You should always have emergency provision in your vehicle, food, water, extra winter gear, I keep extra winter gear for me and my kids in my car even if we’re staying around the Anchorage area, if we go on longer trips I’ll put more food in the vehicle, I mean in the winter time when the temperatures plummet getting stuck on the side of the road is a potential life or death situation.” Other important items to have in an emergency car kit include:a shovelwindshield scraper and small broomflashlight with extra batteriesbattery powered radiowatersnack food including energy barsraisins and mini candy barsmatches and small candlesextra hats, socks and mittensFirst aid kit with pocket knifeNecessary medicationsblankets or sleeping bagtow chain or roperoad salt, sand, or cat litter for tractionbooster cablesemergency flares and reflectorsfluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attentionCell phone adapter to plug into lighterStore items in the passenger compartment in case the trunk is jammed or frozen shut.
Time4,000,0003,250,0003,250,000 Both sources say that the magazine is considering slashing up to 1.6 million copies from Newsweek’s current rate base of 2.6 million, which would put the magazine’s rate base at 1 million.Newsweek declined to comment. “A million [rate base] was the extreme,” said the source. But, as the year wore on, and the economic crisis worsened, “[they] didn’t see a recovery.”‘Thought Leader’Aside from the cost of maintaining such a high circulation, Newsweek would like to transition from newsmagazine to “thought leader,” something more akin to the Economist. “[Editor Jon] Meacham and [Time editorial director Richard] Stengel are both infatuated with the Economist,” the source said. “To get that ‘thought leader’ position, a million is the sweet spot.” The Economist’s rate base in North America is 714,000.Such a drop in guaranteed circulation is not uncommon, particularly in the newsweekly category. Time cut its rate base by 750,000 copies in January 2007. Newsweek followed suit, dropping 500,000 copies from its circulation in November of that year. [SEE RELATED: Newsweeklies Continue Long, Slow Print Goodbye] But a cut of this size is nonetheless risky. “To make that jump, you better increase your CPM dramatically,” noted the source, “or you’ll lose millions.”There’s also public perception, and the risk of looking weak in the eyes of readers and advertisers. “One of the worries is they don’t want to be seen as a U.S. News,” said the source. Circ StrugglesBut such a cut may be inevitable, said newsstand consultant Baird Davis.“As we all know by now U.S. magazine circulation has been greatly expanded over the last 20 years to meet rising advertising opportunities,” Davis said. “This growth has been achieved largely by acquiring a much greater percentage of ‘non-renewable circ’ than publishers had previously employed.” The expansion of non-renewable circ, combined with reduced reader demand has lowered circulation profitability and “reduced ‘reader quality’ for nearly all U.S. magazines.” [SEE RELATED POST: Why it Makes Sense]“The effects of these rather dramatic changes were partially camouflaged by a strong advertising climate,” Davis said. “When the advertising bubble burst in ’08—coupled with a steep increase in paper and postal expense—the industry’s circ weaknesses were starkly exposed.”Another concern is Newsweek’s newsstand sales (“a good barometer of reader demand,” Davis said) which have fallen to 83,000 from 147,000 in 2004, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Time’s newsstand circulation has also fallen to 96,000, down from 163,000 four years ago.“The question now facing many publishers is to find circ levels that are more commensurate with reader demand.”Paring Down, Ticking Up RATE BASE200620072008 Newsweek3,100,0003,100,0002,600,000 UPDATE: Staff to Be Cut at Newsweek, Too Facing increased costs of postage and maintaining its circulation, Newsweek has been quietly considering a drop its circulation guarantee by a million copies or more, FOLIO: has learned.Executives at Newsweek began discussing a rate base rollback as early as this summer, according to a pair of sources familiar with these discussions. Economist532,000595,000714,000 SOURCE: ABC, June publisher’s statements
The Missile Defense Agency has awarded a contract of nearly $800 million to Lockheed Martin to install a sophisticated radar system at Clear Air Station, in the Interior.The system, called Long Range Discrimination Radar, is intended to support the ground-based missile defense capabilities of Fort Greely.According to Alaska’s congressional delegation, Alaska can expect to see nearly $300 million in military construction from that contract, with much of the work taking place at a Lockheed facility in New Jersey.
A Chinese pagoda towers over the old town in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, on 23 March 2017. — ReutersUnited Nations human rights experts voiced concern on Thursday over alleged Chinese political “re-education camps” for Muslim Uighurs, and called for the immediate release of those detained on the “pretext of countering terrorism”.The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination cited estimates that “from tens of thousands to upwards of a million Uighurs” may be detained in the far western Xinjiang province.Its findings were issued after a two-day review of China’s record, the first since 2009, earlier this month.China’s foreign ministry rejected the allegations at the time, and said that anti-China forces were behind criticism of policies in Xinjiang.China has said that Xinjiang faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists who plot attacks and stir up tensions between the mostly Muslim Uighur minority and the ethnic Han Chinese majority.The independent experts said during the review that the panel had received many credible reports that a million ethnic Uighurs are held in what resembles a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy”. Panel expert Gay McDougall described it at the time as a “no-rights zone”.In its conclusions, the panel said it was alarmed by: “Numerous reports of detention of large numbers of ethnic Uighurs and other Muslim minorities held incommunicado and often for long periods, without being charged or tried, under the pretext of countering terrorism and religious extremism.”It regretted that there was no official data on those detained “for even non-threatening expressions of Muslim ethno-religious culture like daily greetings”.The panel decried “reports of mass surveillance disproportionately targeting ethnic Uighurs, including through frequent baseless police stops and the scanning of mobile phones at police checkpoint stations”.There were reports that “many Uighurs abroad who left China have allegedly been returned to the country against their will”, it said, calling on China to disclose the current location and status of students and asylum seekers who went back.The panel also urged China to allow Tibetans access to passports for foreign travel and to promote the use of the Tibetan language in education, the judicial system, and media.
Share Dave Fehling | HPMThe plan calls for ringing the site with a temporary dam and digging up 212,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediments.The Environmental Protection Agency ordered two companies on Thursday to make more extensive repairs to stabilize the area around a Superfund toxic waste site near Houston following Hurricane Harvey.EPA said a survey of the area near the San Jacinto River Waste Pits found erosion of the river bottom up to 12 feet deep in a 20,000-square-foot area adjacent to a fabric and stone cap intended to keep highly contaminated sediments from washing away.EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has ordered International Paper and a subsidiary of Waste Management Inc. to underwrite a $115 million cleanup at the 16-acre site, a low-lying island in the middle of the river where contaminated pulp from a paper mill was disposed of during the 1960s. Sampling by an agency dive team in the days after the historic storm revealed exposed sediments containing dioxin levels at 70,000 nanograms per kilogram — more than 2,300 times the level set to trigger a cleanup.The companies are opposed to the expensive cleanup. EPA’s plan calls for ringing the site with a temporary dam and digging up 212,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediments, enough to fill about 16,000 dump trucks. The companies contend the protection offered by the cap now covering the site is sufficient.In a statement issued Thursday, they said additional sampling by a private contractor found no evidence that contamination from the site was spread by the storm.EPA said those results, which still included a sample containing dioxins slightly above the mandated cleanup level, are preliminary. A final analysis should be completed in about two weeks, the agency said.Pruitt’s cleanup order triggers the beginning of what could be months of negotiations between EPA and the two companies to reach a settlement. If the companies refuse to comply with Pruitt’s order, EPA could sue in federal court to require compliance.The Associated Press reported Sept. 2 about the risks from flooding at Houston-area Superfund sites, highlighting six prior occasions where the cap at the waste pits required significant repairs. Journalists surveyed seven flooded Superfund sites in and around Houston by boat, vehicle and on foot, including San Jacinto.The EPA said at the time it was too unsafe for its personnel to visit the sites, and accused the AP in a statement of engaging in “yellow journalism” and creating panic. Nearly one month later, however, the agency confirmed that contaminated sediments at San Jacinto had, in fact, been uncovered by the storm.The San Jacinto River empties into Galveston Bay, where state health officials have long advised against regularly consuming fish and shellfish due to contamination from dioxins and PCBs.
In a day like few others in Senate history, California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford quietly recounted her “100 percent” certainty Thursday that President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court had sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers — and then Brett Kavanaugh defiantly testified he was “100 percent certain” he did no such thing.That left senators to decide whether the long day of testimony tipped their confirmation votes for or against Trump’s nominee in a deeply partisan fight with the future of the high court and possibly control of Congress in the balance.Showing their own certainty, Republicans quickly scheduled a recommendation vote for Friday morning in the Senate Judiciary Committee, where they hold an 11-10 majority. They’re hoping for a final Senate roll call next week, seating Kavanaugh on the court shortly after the Oct. start of its new term.In the committee’s packed hearing room for hour upon hour Thursday, both Kavanaugh and Ford said the alleged assault and the storm of controversy that has erupted 36 years later had altered their lives forever and for the worse — perhaps the only thing they agreed on during their separate testimony marked by a stark contrast of tone and substance.Ford recounted for the senators and a nationwide TV audience her long-held secret of the alleged assault in a locked room at a gathering of friends when she was just 15. The memory — and Kavanaugh’s laughter during the act — was “locked” in her brain, she said. Ford delivered her testimony with deliberate certitude, though admitting gaps in her memory as she choked back tears at some points and said she “believed he was going to rape me.”Hours later, Kavanaugh entered the hearing room fuming. He angrily denied her allegation, alternating a loud, defiant tone with near tears of his own, particularly when discussing his family. He decried his confirmation opposition as a “national disgrace.” He interrupted senators and dismissed some questions with a flippant “whatever.”“You have replaced ‘advice and consent’ with ‘search and destroy,’” he said, referring to the Constitution’s charge to senators’ duties in confirming high officials.Democrats pressed the judge to call for an FBI investigation into the claims, but he would say only, “I welcome whatever the committee wants to do.”Republicans are concerned, among other reasons, that further investigations could push a vote past the November elections that may switch Senate control back to the Democrats and make consideration of any Trump nominee more difficult.Trump made his feelings newly clear that he was sticking by his choice. “His testimony was powerful, honest and riveting,” he tweeted. “The Senate must vote!”Trump nominated the conservative jurist in what was supposed to be an election year capstone to the GOP agenda, locking in the court’s majority for years to come. Instead Kavanaugh has seemed in peril and on Thursday he faced the Senate hearing amid a national reckoning over sexual misconduct at the top of powerful institutions.The day opened with Ford, now a 51-year-old college professor in California, raising her right hand to swear under oath about the allegations she said she never expected to share publicly until they leaked in the media two weeks ago and reporters started staking out her home and work.As Anita Hill did more two decades ago when she alleged sexual misconduct by Clarence Thomas, the mom of two testified before a committee with only male senators on the Republican side of the dais.The psychology professor described what she says was a harrowing assault in the summer of 1982: How an inebriated Kavanaugh and another teen, Mark Judge, locked her in a room at a house party as Kavanaugh was grinding and groping her. She said he put his hand over her mouth to muffle her screams. Judge has said does not recall the incident.When the committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, asked Ford how she could be sure that Kavanaugh was the attacker, Ford said, “The same way I’m sure I’m talking to you right now.” Later, she said her certainty was “100 percent.”Her strongest memory of the alleged incident, Ford said, was the two boys’ laughter.“Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter,” said Ford, who is a research psychologist, “the uproarious laughter between the two.”Republican strategists were privately hand-wringing after Ford’s testimony. The GOP special counsel Rachel Mitchell, a Phoenix sex crimes prosecutor, who Republicans had hired to avoid the optics of their all-male line up questioning Ford, left Republicans disappointed.Mitchell’s attempt to draw out a counter-narrative — mainly that Ford was coordinating with Democrats — was disrupted by the panel’s decision to allow alternating five-minute rounds of questions from Democratic senators.During a lunch break, even typically talkative GOP senators on the panel were without words.John Kennedy of Louisiana said he had no comment. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said he was “just listening.”Then Kavanaugh strode into the committee room, arranged his nameplate, and with anger on his face started to testify with a statement he said he had shown only one other person. Almost immediately he choked up. “My family and my name have been totally and permanently destroyed,” he said.He lashed out over the time it took the committee to convene the hearing after Ford’s allegations emerged, singling out the Democrats for “unleashing” forces against him. He mocked Ford’s allegations — and several others since — that have accused him of sexual impropriety.Even if senators vote down his confirmation, he said, “you’ll never get me to quit.”Kavanaugh, who has two daughters, said one of his girls said they should “pray for the woman” making the allegations against him, referring to Ford. “That’s a lot of wisdom from a 10-year-old,” he said choking up. “We mean no ill will.”The judge repeatedly refused to answer senators’ questions about the hard-party atmosphere that has been described from his peer group at Georgetown Prep and Yale, treating them dismissively.“Sometimes I had too many beers,” he acknowledged. “I liked beer. I still like beer. But I never drank beer to the point of blacking out, and I never sexually assaulted anyone. “When Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., pressed if he ever drank so much he blacked out, he replied, “Have you?” After a break in the proceedings, he came back and apologized to Klobuchar. She said her father was an alcoholic.Behind him in the audience as he testified, his wife, Ashley, sat looking stricken.Republicans who had been scheduled to vote as soon as Friday at the committee — and early next week in the full Senate — alternated between their own anger and frustration at the allegations and the process.“You’re right to be angry,” said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.Sen. Lindsey Graham, his voice rising in anger, called the hearing the “most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics.”___Associated Press writers Kevin Freking, Mary Clare Jalonick, Padmananda Rama, Matthew Daly, Julie Pace, Laurie Kellman and AP photographers J. Scott Applewhite and Carolyn Kaster contributed to this report.___This story has been corrected to say Kavanaugh would take his seat shortly after the start of the new court term. Share
It’s time to find out if Dak Prescott can carry the CowboysDak Prescott has gone from late round draft pick to franchise quarterback in a little over a year, but has had the benefit of relying on a dominant offensive line and Ezekiel Elliott to run the ball since being named the starter.With Elliott beginning to serve his suspension this week, Colin thinks now is the time we will find out if Dak can lead Dallas to the playoffs without having the luxury of leaning on Elliott and the running game.This is when we find out if Dak belongs in the top tier of quarterbacks that put their franchises on their back, or if he’s just a really good quarterback in the perfect situation. Russell Westbrook is better alone than trying to fit in with a Big 3The Thunder and there new Big 3 are off to a slow start, and unlike Cleveland, who’s missing one of their key pieces in Isaiah Thomas, OKC is at full strength. It’s not working now, and based on what he’s seen, Colin isn’t sure they will ever develop into a serious contender in the West.Some people are better as solo acts, instead of part of a group, and with Westbrook, he’s more effective when he’s unleashed as a force of nature, rather than trying to go out of his way to make sure Carmelo and Paul George are happy. Guests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio talking about OkC’s chemistry problems; if the Thunder would consider trading Paul George if they can’t get it together; and Lonzo’s scoring struggles; andMike Shanahan – Former NFL Head Coach is in-studio to talk John Elway’s success in Denver; and his son taking over in San Francisco; and if he would consider coaching again.Bruce Feldman – Fox Sports College Football Analyst talking college football playoffs; why he thinks Notre Dame has a good chance to get in; his current Final Four; and if there’s any reason for long-term concern for Ohio State.
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by Dan Gelston, The Associated Press Posted May 25, 2018 11:24 am PDT Last Updated May 25, 2018 at 12:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Hall & Oates still play faves, but Oates has new music, too PHILADELPHIA – Daryl Hall and John Oates can still pack arenas with fans who can sing along to the entire set list.“I’m very appreciative and surprised and thrilled that after all these years this is actually happening and that there’s an audience out there for what is predominantly older music we’ve created,” said Oates, who is on a summer tour with Hall across the United States.They’re also still creating new music. They recently put out the single “Philly Forget Me Not” as a tribute to Philadelphia; Oates is from its suburbs (they will also play that city on Saturday). It’s the first new music they’ve made in 16 years.But Oates has also carved a path as a solo artist, and his latest album, “Arkansas,” is a tribute to Mississippi John Hurt that includes a dash of Dixieland, bluegrass and ragtime tunes, as well as original songs. Oates says the music has marked a reawakening for him.Oates recently went one on one with The Associated Press about what keeps Hall & Oates songs fresh; his recent solo album, “Arkansas”; and why you give the audiences what they want.AP: You’ve lived in Nashville for a few years now. Why devote a solo album to blues and folk music?Oates: I was a folk musician, I was a blues musician. I played a lot of the same music as a kid before I met Daryl and before we started on our career. … I felt like I needed to go back to that in some way. I had the support system in Nashville to do that. Great players who understood the music, knew the music and could play and really make it happen. I thought I had never heard some of these songs performed by a band. Most of them are associated with a solo guitar and voice. I put together this very eclectic band with friends and some amazing musicians and the songs just took on a life of their own.AP: How do you define if an album is successful now compared with your 1980s heyday?Oates: I think it’s defined by whether a core group of fans like it, at this point. Making an album at this point is almost like a musical business card. It just proves that you’re out there, you’re being creative, you’re real, you care about music and you’re making music. The people who buy it, it’s a very small group of people who buy it. The world of streaming has basically taken over and become the commercial norm for music. I don’t try to fight it, just try to work within it. I made this record specifically to be made on vinyl.AP: Do you ever get tired of playing the same Hall & Oates songs?Oates: It’s a professional technique. I have great respect for being a professional. When you’re a professional, you do your job. Luckily for us, and obviously for the fans, the music has stood the test of time. It’s not hard to play these songs. It’s not a groan, ‘Here we go again, here’s “Maneater” again.’ The songs sound good and they’re actually fun to play. They’re not too hard to do, and at the same time I’m fully aware of what it is we’re doing.AP: Which is what?Oates: Giving people what they want to hear. I think any artist has a professional responsibility for playing the music that has brought them to wherever it is that they are. You have to give the audience the experience that they are paying a lot of money for, and, in a sense, expecting.___Online:http://www.hallandoates.com/ FILE – In this July 17, 2017 file photo, John Oates performs at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz. Oates has also carved a path as a solo artist, and his latest album “Arkansas,” is a tribute to Mississippi John Hurt that includes a dash of Dixieland, bluegrass and ragtime tunes, as well as original songs. (Photo by Rick Scuteri]/Invision/AP, File)
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