The Time to Study the Holocaust is Now – and Always

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_img2018 saw the most horrific – and deadliest – attack on Jews in US history when, on October 27, Robert Bowers killed eleven congregants at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. When police took Bowers into custody, he explained, “All these Jews have to die.”Shortly after Bowers’ attack, 2017 FBI crime data was released that showed hate crimes against Jews had increased 37 percent from 2016. This marked the third year in a row in which the percentage of anti-Jewish hate crimes had risen. Though they comprise around 2.2 percent of the population, in 2017, Jewish people and Jewish institutions were the targets of 58.1 percent of hate crimes whose basis was religion.It will be another year before we learn whether anti-Jewish hate crimes increased or decreased in 2018, but a quick look at headlines from the past months provides little good news.-In the past weeks, swastikas and other anti-Semitic graffiti have been discovered on the home of a Jewish woman living in West Seattle; at the playground of Bel Aire Elementary School in Tiburon, California; across the faces of female leaders in the Black Panthers movement portrayed in black history murals on Crenshaw Avenue in Los Angeles; at three schools in Union County, New Jersey; at Goucher College in Maryland; and inside the office of a Jewish professor and Holocaust scholar at Columbia University.-On November 1, former Democratic volunteer James Polite set seven fires at Williamsburg shuls and yeshivas and defaced Brooklyn’s Union Temple with graffiti threats and anti-Semitic slurs.-On November 30, Mohammad Mohammad used his vehicle in an attempt to run over men in Orthodox Jewish dress who were leaving a Los Angeles shul. After reversing and trying again to hit the men, Mohammad shouted anti-Semitic slurs from his car until, distracted, he ran through a stop sign and hit another car.-On December 1, a demonstration was held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in which protestors placed signs outside a synagogue during Shabbat services. The largest sign showed the crossed-out flag of Israel, while another read “Israel: No Right To Exist.”In the face of these incidents, some seek to blame President Donald Trump and his supporters for increasing anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic attacks in America. A poll from the Public Religion Research Institute found that 54 percent of polled individuals believed “Trump’s decisions and behavior have empowered white supremacist groups.” This perception cannot explain the rise in either the sentiment or the attacks, as both have been perpetrated by individuals from a variety of political and other backgrounds.According to professor of Holocaust history Deborah E. Lipstadt, anti-Semitism is akin to a “herpes infection” in that it “lies dormant and re-emerges at times of stress. It does not go away.” Perhaps this re-emergence, then, is a product of all the hate that Americans have been flinging at one another since 2016.Unfortunately, because our understanding of the realities of the Holocaust is dwindling, it will only become easier for politicians to mobilize the masses with misapplied, piecemeal “facts.” According to the findings of a study commissioned by The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, as of early 2018, “11 percent of U.S. adults and more than one-fifth of millennials either haven’t heard of, or are not sure they have heard of, the Holocaust.” Forty-nine percent of millennials could not name one of the over 40,000 concentration camps and ghettos that existed during the Holocaust. Thirty-one percent of adults and 41 percent of millennials believe that only two million or fewer Jews were killed during the Holocaust. The real figure? Six million.We can expect that, if we do not address the problem of growing ignorance of the Holocaust, politicians will continue to latch on to factotums taken out of context and weaponize the most gruesome events of the 20th century for the gain of their parties.We can expect that, if we do not remember, we are bound to forget.It is imperative that we act now – before the Jewish population of America feels as unsafe in their own country as do Jews in European countries like France, where more than ten percent of the Jewish population has emigrated, or Germany, where two-thirds of the Jewish population does not feel “part of German society.”The world will mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, 2019. With anti-Semitism on the rise around the world, this year’s commemoration may be more important than ever before.In pursuit of making a swift and meaningful course correction, the Detroit chapter of America’s Future Foundation will host a tour of the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills on Monday, January 14,at 6:30 pm. Following the tour at a neighboring brewpub, we will have an informal discussion of ways in which we can all stand up against hate and devote ourselves to learning about, and speaking about, the Holocaust in our daily lives.We hope that you will join us, if not in person, then by making a plan to honor Holocaust Remembrance Day in your own way. You could gather friends to tour a local Holocaust museum, watch a documentary or film about the time period, or discuss of a work of nonfiction like The Sunflower, by Simon Wiesenthal, or Night, by Elie and Marion Wiesel. At any time, you can head to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s website to brush up on the facts by reading their comprehensive articles, which include a detailed timeline of events that starts years before the disenfranchisement and segregation of Jews, follows the machinations that led to the genocide of six million Jews and five million political “undesirables,” and continues on to detail genocides that have occurred throughout the world in the past two decades.Studying the Holocaust is not a lighthearted activity. It can be draining, emotional, and tense. But we cannot afford to turn away from that history simply because it is difficult and gruesome. We must understand the context that allowed the genocide to occur, the language of hatred, and the development of the Nazi’s systematic approach to slaughter. If we fail to do so, then “Never Again” can become “Now.”last_img read more


Mumbai Hockey Association administrator Raju passes away

Posted On Nov 19 2019 by

first_imgMumbai, Apr 10 (PTI) Long-time hockey administrator G R Reddy, fondly known as Raju among the sports fraternity in the city, breathed his last while undergoing treatment for throat cancer at a hospital here yesterday.Raju, who died aged 70, is survived by his wife, daughter and son, a release from the Mumbai Hockey Association Limited with which he was associated since 1971, said today.Raju was also the honorary secretary of the Thane District Hockey Association and the Dadra and Nagar Haveli Hockey Association.MHAL President, Mangha Singh Bakshi, secretary, Ram Singh Rathor, along with the other Executive Committee and Managing Committee members condoled Raju?s death.”Raju served Mumbai hockey for over 46 years. His death is a great loss for the association and Mumbai hockey,” said Bakshi.”He was like the encyclopedia of the Mumbai Hockey Association,” said Rathor. PTI SSR NRBlast_img read more


Revised NTL format as NRL Touch Premiership expands

Posted On Nov 7 2019 by

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) will be expanding the NRL Touch Premiership for 2019, with two additional clubs and significantly more rounds.While the Premiership (NRLTP) involved six NRL clubs in 2018, its inaugural year, it will expand to eight clubs in 2019 – each club fielding a Men’s team and a Women’s team.It was recently announced that the New Zealand Warriors will enter the NRLTP. They will join the six existing clubs: the Wests Tigers, the Parramatta Eels, the Newcastle Knights, the Gold Coast Titans, the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys. The eighth club to join the NRLTP will be announced shortly.While the 2018 NRLTP only consisted of six game days plus the grand final, the 2019 tournament will expand significantly.Due to this significant expansion, TFA undertook an extensive, consultative review of the format for the National Touch League (NTL) for at least the next two-year period (2019-2020). One of the decisions made as part of this review process was to remove Elite 8s.This decision was based on a large variety of factors, including but not limited to protecting athletes, coaches and referees from burnout.There was also consistent support for a change from T-League to an Opens Division (with introduction of a minimum age of 16) at NTL.The following divisions will be offered for the 2019 and 2020 NTL:Opens: Men’s, Women’s, MixedSeniors: Men’s 30s, Women’s 30s, Mixed 30sMasters: Men’s 40s, Women’s 40s, Mixed 40s, Men’s 45s, Women’s 45sVeterans: Men’s 50s, Men’s 55s, Men’s 60sTFA plans for All-Abilities Specialised to be incorporated into NTL from 2020. In the meantime TFA will work with Touch Football Specialised on including All-Abilities Specialised divisions in state and regional events before incorporating into NTL.For more information on NTL 2019, contact your NTL Tour Leader.Stay tuned for the eighth NRLTP club announcement.last_img read more


10 months agoTottenham ace Son welcomes Borussia Dortmund draw: I’ve a few goals against them!

Posted On Oct 28 2019 by

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham ace Son welcomes Borussia Dortmund draw: I’ve a few goals against them!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham ace Heung Min-Son has welcomed their Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund.Son has scored eight goals in nine appearances against Dortmund for Hamburg, Bayer Leverkusen and Spurs.”There’s no secret,” he said. “I’ve scored a few times against Dortmund and I just want to help my team-mates again. Without my team-mates, I won’t score against them. I hope to score again!”Son also stated: “The players were talking about who we might draw before training. I had a feeling we’d get Dortmund. I think it’s a good draw. It’s a difficult opponent but I think we can win this game. We have good memories from last season’s Champions League campaign and we will face them with positive energy.”We have to go into the tie with confidence. We have to believe. Remember last season, we played so well (in the last 16) against Juventus but still didn’t qualify for the quarter-finals. We want to make the quarter-finals, semi-finals or even more than that. This is our dream and we have to believe in it.” last_img read more


Fed minutes Another rate hike likely soon

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgWASHINGTON – Federal Reserve officials earlier this month suggested that another rate hike was on the way soon, while also noting several risks facing the economy, ranging from rising wage pressures to potential harm from the Trump administration’s trade policies.The minutes of the Fed’s May 1-2 meeting released Wednesday showed that officials were generally upbeat about the prospects for the economy and said that the next rate hike would “likely soon be appropriate.” Many economists expect that hike to happen at the next meeting in mid-June.Officials expressed optimism about prospects for growth and further employment gains this year. But they also talked about “a number of risks and uncertainties,” including fallout from the administration’s get-tough trade policies, the minutes showed.The Fed left its key policy rate unchanged at the May meeting. The Fed last raised rates in March. At that meeting, officials indicated they expected to raise rates a total of three times this year, matching the number of rate hikes in 2017.Some economists have begun to forecast that the Fed will end up raising rates a total of four times this year. These analysts believe that faster economic growth — fueled by $1.5 trillion in tax cuts approved by Congress in December — and steadily falling unemployment will put upward pressure on inflation.But other analysts viewed the minutes as striking a more balanced tone about how many rate hikes will be needed this year. They suggest that, even with a rate hike in June, the Fed may be content with only three for the entire year.“Nothing in the minutes suggests that anything other than the gradual pace of policy tightening will continue,” said Ellen Zentner, chief economist at Morgan Stanley.The Fed noted that inflation, by its preferred gauge, had in March finally hit the central bank’s goal of annual increases of 2 per cent, the minutes showed. The minutes called this a “symmetric target,” the phrase officials have been using to indicate that they would be comfortable letting inflation run above that 2 per cent level for a time, given the number of years the Fed has failed to achieve its target.The minutes noted that business contacts in a number of Fed districts were expressing “concern about the possible adverse effects of tariffs and trade restrictions.” The worries included a possible postponement of capital spending plans by companies concerned about how a trade war might affect their businesses.The Trump administration has imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and has also threatened to impose tariffs on up to $150 billion in Chinese products. Beijing has threatened to retaliate with tariffs on U.S. goods, including farm products such as soybeans.President Donald Trump has sought to stake out a tougher approach on trade in an effort to achieve his goal of dramatically shrinking America’s huge trade deficits, which he has blamed for the loss of millions of U.S. factory jobs.“It was noted that the potential for higher Chinese tariffs on key agriculture products could, in the longer run, hurt U.S. competitiveness,” the minutes said.The minutes were released with the usual three-week delay. The next meeting will take place on June 12-13.last_img read more


Laughable allegations, ‘jumlas’ raining this election season, says Ahmed Patel

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgNew Delhi: Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Friday hit out at the Modi government over the Enforcement Directorate charge sheet in the controversial Agusta Westland chopper case and said “baseless and laughable” allegations and “jumlas” are raining this election season.Taking to Twitter, Patel, without directly referring to any charges against him, said he has full faith in the judiciary and the truth shall prevail. “A thief sees a thief in everyone,” he said in an apparent swipe at the prime minister. The Rajya Sabha MP said it seems the probe agency has become an “important part” of the NDA alliance. The ED, in the supplementary charge sheet filed before a court on Thursday, said Christian Michel, the alleged middleman arrested in the case, has identified the initials “AP”, mentioned in a “budget sheet”, as Ahmed Patel. The budget sheet contains the details of payments made to various people, including politicians, in connection with the deal. The identity of the said Ahmed Patel is not clear. On Friday, a day after the ED filed the charge sheet, the Congress leader said “such antics” would not work as the public is demanding answers to unemployment, farm distress and sagging economy. And, he said, these issues reflected the “defeat of Modi government”. “In this election season, it is pouring ‘jumlas’ (rhetoric). Baseless and laughable charges are raining. “We have full faith in the judiciary and the truth can never be hidden and shall prevail. It looks like that the ED has become an important part of the NDA,” he said in a tweet in Hindi. “The chowkidar and his cronies have targeted the wrong place without evidence. The ‘dalals’ (middlemen) of Noteban and Rafale cannot escape now. The people will teach them a lesson. But, you must have heard the saying that a thief sees a thief in everyone,” Patel also said. Patel, who hails from Gujarat, has been former Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s political adviser and is currently the Congress treasurer. Meanwhile, journalist Shekhar Gupta whose name also features in the chargesheet called it “laughable and utterly preposterous”. “The claim in the Enforcement Directorate chargesheet against Christian Michel, a key suspect in the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal scam, that Michel had admitted to hiring the services of a person named Guy Douglas to influence Shekhar Gupta to tone down an article in The Indian Express, is 100% untruth,” he said. “The truth is the exact opposite. The Indian Express, under the leadership of Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta, broke the story first, was at the forefront of the media investigation into the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal scam and was widely commended for its coverage,” he added. “The timing of the lie by an alleged middleman, extradited into the custody of government agencies as an eventual outcome of the media investigation, raises deep suspicions about its motive.” Another journalist named in the chargesheet, Manu Pubby said his reports between 2012-’14 are the “backbone of the CBI/ED chargesheet in the Agusta case”. The Enforcement Directorate in its chargesheet mentioned that Michel said Pubby “toned down” his articles on the case. With Agenciy inputslast_img read more


‘London, Dublin bid to restore N Ireland govt’

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgBelfast: London and Dublin were set to announce a fresh attempt to revive Northern Ireland’s power-sharing devolved administration, reports said Friday, following the killing of a journalist by nationalist paramilitaries. Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom, has been without its semi-autonomous government since January 2017 following a breakdown in trust between the main parties. In a rare joint statement, politicians from Northern Ireland’s six biggest parties united to condemn the killing of 29-year-old Lyra McKee, shot dead on April 18 while reporting on riots in the second city of Londonderry. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHer death has triggered a renewed attempt to mend the fences between the main parties representing the British unionist and Irish nationalist communities. The New IRA (Irish Republican Army) paramilitary splinter group, which violently opposes the peace process in Northern Ireland, admitted responsibility for McKee’s killing, saying she was unintentionally shot as they attacked “enemy” police officers. At her funeral on Wednesday, Father Martin Magill commended Northern Ireland’s political leaders for joining together at her funeral, but asked, to a standing ovation: “Why in God’s name does it take the death of a 29-year-old woman with her whole life in front of her to get us to this point?'” It is expected that the talks could take place following the May 2 local elections in Northern Ireland. Britain’s N Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley and Ireland’s Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney are expected to hold a press conference later on Friday in Belfast. The two largest parties, the pro-British Democratic Unionists and Irish republican Sinn Fein, are at loggerheads over several issues.last_img read more


An American Will Play For The World Chess Championship

Posted On Sep 28 2019 by

For the first time since Bobby Fischer captivated the country, a U.S. grandmaster has a shot at becoming the undisputed world chess champion.1In 1996, American Gata Kamsky played in the finals of the FIDE world championship (and lost), but the world championship was divided because Garry Kasparov, the world’s strongest player, had split from FIDE and played in championships under the banner of the Professional Chess Association. Fabiano Caruana, the current world No. 3 and the top American chess grandmaster, won the right today to play for the game’s most coveted prize. He’ll face the reigning world champion, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, in a 12-game, one-on-one match in London in November. It won’t be easy. Carlsen, the current world No. 1, has been champion since 2013 and became a grandmaster when he was 13 years old. He most recently defended his title in 2016 in New York City.Caruana earned his challenge bid by winning the Candidates Tournament, a 14-game tournament featuring eight of the world’s top players, held over the past three weeks in Berlin. For much of the Candidates, Caruana seemed like he might cruise to a relatively painless victory. He notched some early victories and fended off other top rivals with exacting draws. But he stumbled in Game 12, losing to the Russian grandmaster Sergey Karjakin in 48 moves. That created a formidable and complex thicket at the top of the standings — going into the tournament’s final day, four of the eight grandmasters had a chance to win. But in the 14th and final game, held today, Caruana fought Alexander Grischuk of Russia for 69 moves and over six hours, winning the game and securing the tournament.Caruana has been to the world championships before — but only as a spectator. While Carlsen was winning his championship in New York in 2016, Caruana could be found playing speed chess amid throngs of onlookers at a New York chess club. He told me at the time that he was staying up late at night analyzing the championship games. Now he’ll have a chance to put his analysis to use.It’s been a long road to the championship for Caruana. His family moved to Brooklyn from Miami when he was 4 years old, and he began playing chess at age 5 at a synagogue’s after-school program. Within a few months, he was playing in tournaments around the city. Fischer, whose own family moved to Brooklyn when he was young, learned the game 50 years earlier in an apartment about a mile away from the synagogue.Despite these roots in the U.S., Caruana is one of a couple super-strong players who have transferred to the American team from other countries’ teams. Caruana had been a member of the Italian team, having moved to Europe to take advantage of its strong coaches and tournaments. He rejoined the American team in 2015.But there’s still one steep hill to climb. Caruana and Carlsen have played 31 times before in the lengthy sort of games that will be played at the world championship, according to Chessgames.com, a website that collects top players’ games. Carlsen leads their series 9 wins to 5, and there have been 17 draws. A simple simulation of the match2I simulated 100,000 instances of the championship match and its potential tie-breakers, using the players’ live ratings from 2700chess.com and assuming a draw rate of 30 percent, similar to what I’ve done before previous world championships. using the players’ current Elo ratings puts Caruana’s chances of upending Carlsen’s reign — and claiming the first American title since Fischer — at about 30 percent. read more


Gennaro Gattuso looking to the future with Milan

Posted On Sep 18 2019 by

first_imgThe current Rossoneri manager Gattuso is now preparing his squad for next season after another disappointing year for the club last term.Gattuso was speaking at AC Milan’s first press conference ahead of the new Serie A season in August and he addressed a number of issues surrounding his underachieving side. ? Gattuso & Mirabelli LIVE! ? Follow our first press conference of the season from Milanello ?? https://t.co/quwGy0A1Ut Segui su Facebook la prima conferenza stampa della stagione 2018/19 ?? https://t.co/cl3QZUqahv#TheDevilsareBack ? pic.twitter.com/OZyhNVaYsT— AC Milan (@acmilan) July 9, 2018“We’ve talked about football and prepared training in that time. That’s how anxieties pass.” the former Rangers midfielder said, as reported by Football Italia.“We must look to the future, we’ve not changed much, but I’m sure some more players will come in.”“We must start again with great enthusiasm and belief in everything we do. We’ll put excuses and problems to one side.”“I feel the pressure but I like it, it doesn’t scare me: I’m the first Milan fan, as well as being the Coach, but I know that alone I can do very little.”Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.AC Milan finished 6th in the league last year and suffered a quarter-final exit in the Europa League at the hands of Premier League giants Arsenal.Gattuso went on to talk about what is needed tactically and in the transfer market to strengthen the team over the summer.“Right now, we have to honour this club and give everything to make it work better.” he continued.“We need a winger, a mezz’ala with the same characteristics as Kessie and a centre-forward. To date, no-one has asked to leave.”“Halilovic the winger we were looking for? I can also see him in the middle. We’re working on it…”“We’re preparing with Europe in our minds: until July 19, when CAS makes a decision, we must think about playing the Europa League.”“New tactical solutions? We’ll start again with 4-3-3. The three in midfield will be certain, but I’m working on something new, maybe during a game: [you can] expect to see a back three.”last_img read more


We did not deserve to lose against Napoli – Genoa Coach

Posted On Sep 18 2019 by

first_imgGenoa head coach Ivan Juric is insisting that his side did not deserve to lose the match against Napoli, adding that It really hurts to lose with an own goal at the end.During the match, Ivorian star Christian Kouame had put the hosts up front with a header on Romulo’s cross, however, the play came to a standstill at the 13 minutes as a result of a waterlogged pitch.But when the game resumed, Fabian Ruiz equalised as well as Mario Rui’s free-kick got deflected by Davide Biraschi.“We did not deserve to lose, as we gave everything we had,” Juric told DAZN after the 2-1 result, according to Football Italia.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“It’s so disappointing to suffer another defeat after playing really well, just like we did against Milan. Victories give confidence, so even if the performances have been positive, we are left deflated.”“It really hurts to lose with an own goal at the end. We had prepared to hurt Napoli on the counter-attack and we did well until the equaliser, then became more inconsistent.”“Obviously, you’re never going to dominate a game with Napoli, but the team is improving.”last_img read more