I spent my childhood in Christchurch, New Zealand and my reaction has been visceral to the deadly terrorist attack on Muslims in the city I love. How to reconcile what I know of this beautiful, peaceful city and its wonderful people with such an act of savagery? I listened to the words of New Zealand‘s prime minister and compared them with the rhetoric of Donald Trump, and I was both inspired and revulsed. The contrast could not be more stark. On the one hand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern emphatically condemned and rejected the ideology that fueled the attack. She passionately reminded the world of New Zealand’s values of diversity, kindness and compassion. Speaking of immigrants, she stated, “They are us.” But from the Oval Office, Trump once again refused to denounce white nationalism. Nor did he reject the attacker’s reference to him as “a symbol of renewed white identity and purpose.” Then, in defending his veto of Congress’ vote … [Read more...] about Jacinda Ardern, Donald Trump and confronting hate in New Zealand mosque attack
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World Donald Trump President Donald Trump has offered his sympathies to the people of New Zealand after a massacre took the lives of dozens of people at two mosques, but his response differed from those of many other world leaders who took the opportunity to condemn terrorism, hatred and other ideologies that reportedly fueled the attack. The suspect, who is in custody, was reportedly an Australian national who composed a 73-page manifesto expressing far-right and anti-immigrant sentiments currently thought to be behind the shooting that killed up to 49 people at the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque in the city of Christchurch. The document, laced with irony and satire, described Trump as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose." Trump did not respond to these reports, which may not have been known to him at the time. He tweeted: "My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Reacts to New Zealand Mosque Shooting by Downplaying White Nationalism Threat, Unlike Other World Leaders
Mark Phelan Detroit Free Press Published 7:00 AM EST Nov 17, 2018 I just cast my votes for the auto industry’s top awards: North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year. I’ll tell you which vehicles I voted for, and why, in a minute, but first, here’s how the awards work: After evaluating vehicles all year, ballots from the 50-plus jurors were due Nov. 15 to Deloitte accountants. To be eligible, a vehicle must be entirely new or very significantly changed. A new drivetrain or body style for an existing vehicle isn’t enough. It’s one of the highest standards among all best-vehicle awards. Jurors consider a number of factors, including value, innovation, design, safety and performance. Each juror had 25 points to divide among the semifinalists. No vehicle can get more than 10 points. Jurors must vote for at least three vehicles. You can divide your points among as many as you like. The top three in each category will be announced Nov. 28 … [Read more...] about Here’s how I voted for NACTOY awards — and why
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Day Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by Wheels ByTom Voelk Aug. 30, 2018 We often shun the ones that can help our lives the most. Maybe out of pride. Perhaps ignorance. Many of us are looking for good solid family material, yet reject prospects that are committed and generous. I am, of course, talking about minivans. If you want to know more about dating, I suggest the Modern Love column. But whether you’ve outgrown your youthful dalliances with high-maintenance coupes or you’ve always been a practical-minded hatchback owner who is now ready for true commitment, a minivan might be the ultimate symbol of adulthood. And let me tell you, as a guy who drives nearly 100 different vehicles a year, I’ll testify that minivans are magical for simplifying life. But minivans are becoming harder to find. Ford, General … [Read more...] about You Don’t Drive a Minivan? You Should. Here’s Why.
Dan D'Ambrosio Burlington Free Press Published 10:00 p.m. UTC Aug 9, 2018 The tie-dye suit definitely gets your attention. David Glickman donned the get-up for his appearance May 3, 2013, on Season 4 of ABC's Shark Tank. The suit, Glickman told the investors gathered to hear his pitch, was a symbol of freedom, a talisman signifying his escape from the "rat race" of New York City to bucolic Vermont, where he was pursuing his dream of entrepreneurial success. That dream ended last November, when Glickman and his wife filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy. They closed the business he'd pitched to the investor sharks — Vermont Butcher Block & Board Company — and left behind nearly $800,000 in unpaid debts to banks, investment funds, lawyers, accountants and suppliers. Glickman could not be reached for comment on what happened to his once-promising business, but 94-year-old Dorothy Walcoff offered her insight. Walcoff owns the building at 61 Church St., … [Read more...] about How Vermont Butcher Block went from ‘Shark Tank’ to bankruptcy