The White Stripes Continue Their Battle Against Donald Trump With “Icky Trump” T-Shirt

first_imgThe White Stripes are pissed. Just two days ago, former band members Jack White and Meg White made a rare joint statement to denounce presidential candidate and all-around terrifying human being Donald Trump‘s use of their song “Seven Nation Army” at his campaign rallies. Jack White is a very vocal member of the music community, while Meg White has faded into recluse since they disbanded, so Trump’s use of their song must have really struck a nerve if she was involved in a public statement. The Stripes did not mince words, making their feelings perfectly clear on the matter, as you can see below.Well, the Stripes’ outrage continues, as they have now released an anti-Trump t-shirt for sale on the website for Jack White’s Third Man Records. The shirt says “Icky Trump” on the front, a play on their hit single “Icky Thump”, with a verse of lyrics from the song on the back of the shirt that perfectly matches their anti-Trump sentiment. The verse reads:White Americans? What?Nothing better to do?Why don’t you kick yourself out?You’re an immigrant too.Who’s using who?What should we do?Well, you can’t be a pimpAnd a prostitute too.Pretty powerful and spot on stuff. You can purchase the “Icky Trump” t-shirt for $25 at this link.last_img read more

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SMC and Notre Dame couple to open pretzel store in South Bend

first_imgStudents will have an additional food option this spring with the opening of a Philly Pretzel Factory location in South Bend.Maryse Naman, a Saint Mary’s 1996 graduate, said she and her husband decided to open a franchise in South Bend because they wanted to bring a slice of their home in New England back to Notre Dame.“Being from New Jersey, I loved the product because we were around it a lot,” she said. “So we wanted to bring something new, but also something which we consider home … out to the Midwest. Because the company is not this far out west yet.”Mark Naman, Notre Dame class of 1996 and a former member of the office of development, said the low cost for a Philly Pretzel Factory product sets the franchise apart from other pretzel companies.“You go to an Auntie Anne’s or a Ben’s Pretzel, it’s a little bit of a different experience where you’re going to buy a pretzel and pay $3.50, or whatever it is,” he said. “The Philly Pretzel is designed more to be a mass pretzel purchase that you can share with a lot of people. … The idea is, for a very low cost, you get a lot of these high-quality bread pretzels to share with your friends, which is a huge benefit, I think, and it’s great for students.”In addition to products ranging from traditional pretzels to Philly cheesesteak pretzels, Mark Naman said, the Philly Pretzel Factory offers pretzel trays and catering for events such as tailgates.“We expect that, locally, our biggest days of the year are going to be when we have home football games,” he said. “So we do plan to have ways for people to pick up their pretzel trays for their tailgate, as well.”The Namans also plan on getting students from the Notre Dame community involved with distribution, Maryse Naman said.“We have a lot of aspirations in terms of expanding and involving [students] all throughout the course of the year,” she said. “But, specifically, I would say the highest volume you get on campus in one day would be football season. And we do have some ideas in our heads as to how to get the student body involved on a football Saturday, early in the morning.”Mark Naman said the franchise could also provide fundraising opportunities for students.“Part of the appeal of the product for us is it’s not just going to be sold in our store,” he said. “We do wholesale deals and other things where, for example, we could sell them at a pretty deep discount to the dorms for their ability to sell them and make money off them. So if a dorm wants to buy … a couple hundred pretzels for a given day and sell them, they get to keep the profits for their dorm.”Mark Naman said he and his wife will reach out to various student groups in the Notre Dame community to contribute to any fundraising efforts.“We will plan to do some outreach from that perspective,” he said. “Hopefully to the … Hall Presidents Council [and] hopefully some other groups on campus. Even just student groups who want to do fundraising — if they want to sell pretzels to make money, that’s a possibility and that’s definitely part of what we do with the product.”Mark Naman said, as of now, students can expect the location to open before the end of the spring semester.“Early to mid-April is the target right now,” he said. “Maybe a little bit before, a little bit after, [but] we’d love to be open before the Blue and Gold game, and before the students leave campus in early May.”The Namans are also hoping to allow students to use Domer Dollars at their location, which will be across from The Linebacker Lounge in Edison Plaza, Mark Naman said.“I’ve started the conversation to figure out what it would take to get Domer Dollars,” he said. “We’re not all the way in yet on an answer on it, but we want to accept Domer Dollars and I’m pretty certain it’s going to be fairly easy to do.”The Namans’ ultimate goal, Maryse Naman said, is to provide quality products for the Notre Dame and South Bend communities.“Being that we both went to Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame … the biggest relationship that we can have with Notre Dame and the students, the better,” she said. “We were both students there, so we want them to be very happy with the product.”Tags: Naman, Philly Pretzel Factor, Pretzelslast_img read more

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Colombia Revamps War Plan Against Guerrillas

first_imgBy Dialogo February 22, 2012 Helped by billions of dollars in U.S. aid during the last decade, Colombia’s armed forces have used better intelligence and mobility to batter guerrilla armies, pushing their fighters into ever more remote hideouts. The largest group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, has adjusted its tactics, however, by returning to its guerrilla roots and using smaller units – in contrast to the 1990s when it seized swathes of territory. So while the army has killed top FARC commanders such as Raul Reyes in 2008, Mono Jojoy in 2010 and Alfonso Cano in 2011, the war goes on. Military and civilian sources familiar with the new strategy say the main change is to increase the focus on the FARC’s logistics and financial operations, as well as its main fighting units. “The strategic center of gravity for the FARC isn’t their leaders, it’s their structures,” a local military source said. “Mono Jojoy died and nothing happened, the FARC continued. Cano died and nothing happened either. There was demoralization and a weakening, but the rebels aren’t finished.” The new task forces will aim to destroy key rebel “fronts”, which are similar to battalions and combine to make up bigger regional “blocks” resembling army divisions. Some blocks are led by leaders from the FARC’s ruling seven-member secretariat. The revamped strategy is to dismantle the fronts involved in cocaine smuggling, arms trafficking, the manufacture of bombs and illegal mineral mining, as well as specialist combat units such as the feared Teofilo Forero mobile front, the sources said. Colombia has activated a total of seven task forces, and plans to add at least five more. Made up mostly of personnel from army units, they operate autonomously and are under the direct control of the head of the armed forces. The largest of the task forces so far is “Omega”, which has around 25,000 men with air, artillery and marine support. In an apparent early victory, the military said it was Omega troops who killed the head of the FARC’s “62nd front” in the oil-producing Meta province this week. He was not part of the FARC’s secretariat, but had been a vital coordinator between its southern and eastern blocks. Security is vastly better than a decade ago and that has helped attract record levels of investment, mainly in oil and mining. Colombia expects to see foreign investment of $16 billion this year, compared with about $2.1 billion in 2002. The military’s new strategy will focus mainly on the FARC, but also on the smaller ELN insurgent group and on new criminal gangs that include former drug-smuggling groups and right-wing paramilitaries who laid down their weapons in 2003-2006.last_img read more

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Equifax data breach: What to do now to safeguard your information and avoid being scammed

first_imgEquifax has been breached and it’s said that 143 million U.S. consumers could be affected.  Cybercrime is becoming more prolific and you need to protect yourself.  We strongly suggest that you consider freezing your credit as a precaution.  Contact each of the credit reporting agencies individually. Their contact information is:Equifax — 1-800-349-9960 or https://www.freeze.equifax.com/Freeze/jsp/SFF_PersonalIDInfo.jspExperian — 1-888-397-3742 or https://www.experian.com/freeze/center.htmlTransUnion — 1-888-909-8872 or https://www.transunion.com/freezeYou’ll have to provide your personal information and pay a small fee, except from Equifax who is providing the freeze for free since they were breached.After they receive your freeze request, each agency will send you a confirmation letter containing a unique PIN (personal identification number) or password. Keep the PIN or password in a safe place as you will need it if you choose to lift the freeze, for example, to refinance your mortgage or take out an auto loan, etc.By freezing your credit, you will block anyone from accessing your credit, which should prevent thieves from taking out credit cards in your name. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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The toll over the Krk bridge is abolished

first_imgHvatske autoceste and Autocesta Rijeka – Zagreb, two state-owned companies that manage 1112 kilometers of motorways, will merge into one company, and a decision on that should be made at a government session this or next week. And with this merger, the toll collection over the Krk bridge, which is currently managed by ARZ, will be abolished, reports Vecernji list. Photo: Krk Tourist Board Marko Boras Mandić from the I want the same rights initiative, also confirms that the toll is abolished, but that an official decision is awaited: “It seems that we have succeeded, but I will believe only when I see that there are no toll booths ”. The Ministry states that the unification of the management of state-owned motorways will, among other things, facilitate the introduction of a new toll collection system.  Following the launch of the “I Want the Same Rights” Initiative to abolish tolls or tolls across the Krk Bridge and various protests, in early February this year, a collection of signatures was launched through a petition in support. In two weeks, 11.559 signatures were collected to abolish the collection, which were submitted to the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure. center_img Until now (and still is), the Krk Bridge has remained the only bridge in Croatia where tolls are collected, although the profit from the collection has already paid off many times the funds invested in its construction and maintenance. Interesting information is that the construction contract and the social agreement should have abolished the toll when the construction costs are repaid. The crossing over the Krk bridge for personal vehicles out of season is 35 kuna, and the summer tariff, as on the entire highway, is 10 percent more expensive. As they point out on the FB page I want the same rights which was the central communication point of the initiative for the abolition of tolls is just waiting for the official decision of the Ministry. “The petition was successful! Thanks to everyone who participated. “last_img read more

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Festival turns to art, culture to urge youth dialogue on Indonesia’s human rights history

first_imgAs part of a multi-faceted effort to highlight oft-overlooked perspectives on unresolved human rights violations in Indonesia through intergenerational dialogue, the Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR) non-profit has organized the 2020 Humanity Youth Festival in collaboration with local volunteers, activists and artists.The online festival, which runs for three weeks from July 12 to Aug. 2, aims to preserve the recollections of people who have survived human rights atrocities, as well as the aspirations of marginalized groups in the country, including the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.AJAR Indonesia program director Dodi Yuniar said he expected the event to be a platform where young people could connect with each other and discuss the country’s history of impunity and violence in the human rights context. “This project will be developed further to reach more people. All online materials on the website will be [distributed] directly to survivors, since some of them still do not have internet access,” Dodi said during the festival’s opening ceremony on Sunday.He said that 18 university students from across the archipelago had volunteered to gather survivors’ stories in an AJAR-sponsored program. The Humanity Youth Festival also sheds light on the “Labarik Lakon” (stolen children) community in East Timor (present-day Timor-Leste) under Indonesian occupation from 1975 to 1999.Thousands of East Timorese children were taken to Indonesia during that period without their families’ consent. Many of these “stolen children” would later question their identity and face stigmatization, according to a report commissioned by the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (CAVR) in East Timor.Coordinator Fatia Maulidiyanti of Indonesia’s Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) said that the survivors’ stories could be preserved only by open-minded youth who were willing to speak truth to power.“The youth are positioned as both an object and subject of history. There has been a renewed sense of skepticism among young people regarding the widely accepted version of history,” she said.Festival curator Ika Vantiani said that the event emphasized the intersection of art and politics to counteract decades of state indoctrination through cultural products, including film and music.“My hope is that, from this day on, young people won’t regard human rights issues as a ‘heavy’ subject matter,” she said.The festival showcases a series of short documentaries offering alternative perspectives on past rights violations, such as Kacamata ‘65 (‘65 Lens) and Jarak (Distance), which can be viewed on the website.At the opening ceremony, musician and activist Ananda Badudu said that art could motivate youth to contribute in bringing about structural change, and that culture was therefore a vital component of change.“Art exists within the domain of moral politics. It is inseparable from education,” he said.Topics :center_img Among the focal issues of the festival is the 1965-66 persecution and massacre of hundreds of thousands of alleged sympathizers of the now-defunct Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) in nationwide anti-communism operations.To this day, survivors of the so-called communist purge are still haunted by the atrocities that occurred then, and even more so by the fact that many officials involved in the mass killings have never been brought to justice.last_img read more

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Robeco scheme picks NN IP as fiduciary

first_imgTom Steenkamp, the scheme’s chair, said these investments will remain intact “for the time being”.Until now, selection and monitoring of asset managers has been carried out by Swiss-based firm Corestone, owned by Robeco until the end of 2018.This service is to move to Altis, NN IP’s subsidiary for manager selection, which is also based in Switzerland.According to Steenkamp,NN IP’s “alertness when answering questions” during the selection process was one of the key elements that sealed the deal.The fund’s annual report showed that Robeco had charged €565,000 for fiduciary services for 2018. Steenkamp confirmed the scheme will pay NN IP a slightly lower fee.Robeco announced in September it would cease its fiduciary management, after its largest client – the €33bn sector scheme for road transport and inland shipping (Vervoer) – switched to Achmea Asset Management.Last month, Robeco said it would transfer its administrative services for additional defined contribution (DC) plans to ABN Amro Pension Services.Earlier, it also transferred its low cost DC vehicle (PPI) to ABN Amro. The €700m company scheme for asset manager Robeco has outsourced its fiduciary management to NN Investment Partners, after its sponsor ceased offering these services.It said that NN IP will take over strategic advice about the scheme’s investment portfolio, as well as currency hedging and operational matters, including reporting.Robeco will continue to provide interest hedging, it added.The pension fund also stated that it plans to transfer its entire investment portfolio – largely invested in Robeco funds – to NN IP.last_img read more

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Will Greek election boost bailout?

first_imgUganda’s election monitoring app Tsipras resigned on Thursday, hoping to strengthen his hold on power in snap elections after seven months in office in which he fought Greece’s creditors for a better bailout deal but had to cave in.Greece’s Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras has handed his resignation to the Greek president, while the main opposition party leader said he would contact leaders of other parties to try to form a government.Tsipras however remains popular among his supporters for trying to stand up to the foreign creditors. And with the opposition in disarray, he is widely expected to return to power. Take a look at what experts are saying about his resignation. (Live Updates) French Presidential Election 2017 How did fake news impact Kenya’s election? Relatedlast_img read more

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Martinique leads the world in prostate cancer rates

first_img 308 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! Share HealthLifestyleNewsRegional Martinique leads the world in prostate cancer rates by: OZY – October 28, 2015center_img Share FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique – From the outside, the French Caribbean island of Martinique looks like a paradise: turquoise waters beneath colorful wooden homes that climb up lush green slopes of banana leaves.Life seems pretty laid-back — no one expects Martinique to lead the world in any rankings. But this Caribbean island does lead the world in one dark, tragic metric: prostate cancer rates. According to the World Cancer Research Fund International, in Martinique: For every 100,000 men, 227 have prostate cancer.That number is almost twice the rate of the second country on the list: Norway (129). The United States, by comparison, comes in at No. 14, with 98 incidents per 100,000. And Martinique’s is an outlier result that looks even more eyebrow-raising when you run comparisons to figure out why.Maybe it’s the geography? Maybe something about this little pocket of the Caribbean causes the cancer rates to spike? If so, the neighboring islands of Dominica, or even Puerto Rico, should also show those rates. They don’t. While Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados are also in the top five, Martinique’s rates are still double. Maybe it’s the genetics? The island is a French colony, but if French genetics are the problem, then the French should have just as high rates. They don’t. Though their rates are the third-highest on the list, they are still half that of Martinique’s. And as a 2009 paper from the International Journal of Oncology found, “the growth curves of incidence rates” for Martinique and metropolitan France have been “significantly diverging since 1983.”But some doctors have come up with a damning diagnosis: those green slopes of banana leaves. Turns out, they’re a little too green. The high cancer rate in Martinique is being linked to pesticides, primarily used in banana plantations to combat weevils. According to the 2009 paper, researchers found that the islanders’ connective tissue was being contaminated by “extremely high levels” of a nasty cocktail of “DDT, DDE, alpha, beta and gamma HCH, aldrin and dieldrin.” The paper concludes that environmental factors such as the “intensive and prolonged exposure to carcinogenic, mutagenic and reproductive toxin pesticides” may be the culprit.One of the lead authors of that paper, Dr. Dominique Belpomme, professor in clinical oncology at the Paris University René Descartes, was asked in 2007 by politicians in Martinique to give advice on the health effects of chlordecone pollution — also called kepone, a colorless pesticide related to DDT. It is so toxic that in 2011, it was banned globally by the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. “But today, unfortunately, chlordecone was replaced by the use of other toxic pesticides,” he tells OZY, “so there is no end to pollution.” Now, concerned citizens of Martinique believe the chemicals have poisoned their entire food chain, plus their rivers and coasts.For its part, the government of Martinique, which declined to comment to OZY, has launched an investigation into the issue, through the country’s public-health prosecutors. Indeed, the rate has drawn some attention, with locals protesting and mainland France contributing aid to research and monitoring. But the results of these changes may not be evident for years. And that’s got not just the young men of Martinique worried. As Dr. Belpomme points out, the pesticides might also be linked to “women with breast cancer and children with congenital malformations.” (OZY) Sharelast_img read more

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Djokovic may dump tennis over compulsory vaccination talks

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalTop 8 Most Fun Sylvester Stallone MoviesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Movies Where A Car Plays A Key Role6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Novak Djokovic is worried that his stance over a potential coronavirus vaccination could signal the end of his record-breaking tennis career. The ongoing pandemic has already taken thousands of lives across the globe, leaving the return of professional sport in limbo with focus placed on the safety of athletes, staff and spectators. There have been growing hopes in recent weeks that a vaccine would allow life to get back to relative normality later this year, but that is something that has evoked mixed emotions from the Serbian. Djokovic opposed to compulsory vaccination over covid-19 Ditto many others who fear hidden motive “Personally I am opposed to vaccination and I wouldn’t want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel,” he said in a live Facebook chat on Sunday. “But if it becomes compulsory, what will happen? I will have to make a decision.Advertisementcenter_img “I have my own thoughts about the matter and whether those thoughts will change at some point, I don’t know. “Hypothetically, if the season was to resume in July, August or September, though unlikely, I understand that a vaccine will become a requirement straight after we are out of strict quarantine and there is no vaccine yet.” Djokovic has won five of the last seven Grand Slam finals on his way to 17 major titles, sitting just three behind Roger Federer’s all time record of 20. The Serbian had received praise last week for trying to put together a fund to help lower-ranked players receive income, with both Federer and Rafael Nadal also involved. Read AlsoDjokovic donates €1m to help Serbia combat coronavirus Djokovic is however not the only one suspicious of the vaccine talk a cross section of Africans have already vowed to resist any attempt to force them to take any vaccine at a time when it has become difficult to trust some govts, vaccinators and their intensions. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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