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Date Submitted Fri. Mar. 22nd, 2013 9:36 AM
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The Marine, who lost booth his legs to an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, was traveling through Phoenix after a weekend of watching baseball as part of a charity event.
The claims were made by volunteer escort Jim Philips who took a group of Marines to Phoenix for spring training. Phillips said a Looked like this iPod harlem shake definitely scary TSA screener asked the Marine to get out of his wheelchair and walk, then asked the him to remove his prosthetic legs.
¡°He cannot stand up by himself, and I tried to explain that and they don¡¯t want to hear it,¡± Phillips said. ¡°Then, I said I¡¯m sorry that has to happen to you and he just goes ¡®you know what, get me the f outta here.¡¯¡±
TSA will not release the video to protect the privacy of the Marine, who is still active duty, but they said the video clearly shows their officers followed procedure and that the marine stood up on his own. And they say the Marine never removed his prosthetics and never filed a complaint.
The allegations came to light Tuesday after Congressman Duncan Hunter, fired off a letter to the head of TSA John Pistole.
¡°While I recognize the necessity to appropriately screen passengers I am concerned by the lack of situational awareness and respect among TSA officers,¡± Hunter wrote.
TSA has a program specifically to address how wounded warriors are treated at security checkpoints. It¡¯s meant to make sure disabled military men and women are treated with dignity and respect. TSA representatives confirm that both their officers involved in the incident are retired military servicemen, one from Marines the other Airforce.
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The pope arrived among the faithful gathered below the soaring facade of St. Peter¡¯s Basilica, standing in the rear of an open-air vehicle rather than a covered version of the popemobile.
As he toured St. Peter¡¯s Square, the pope ¡ª who has projected himself since his election last week as a figure of humility and frugality ¡ª wore simple white robes, halted to kiss a baby in the crowd and walked among the faithful. At one point, the pope gave supporters a thumbs-up sign, drawing laughter. You want to do something attached to door camera split,He stopped, too, to kiss a disabled man in the crowd and people in the huge piazza said he seemed informal and relaxed. Many cried ¡°Viva il Papa¡± ¡ª ¡°Long live the pope.¡±

Security officers flanked his vehicle and a strong contingent of Italian police mingled with the crowd. ¡°In just a few days, he has conquered our hearts,¡± said Anna Di Renzo, an artist. As bells pealed over the square, Francis entered the basilica to prepare for the two-hour installation Mass.

The Vatican said on Monday that representatives of 132 countries and international organizations were expected to attend the Mass. One who is raising eyebrows is Robert G. Mugabe, the autocratic president of Zimbabwe. He is the subject of a travel ban by European countries because of Zimbabwe¡¯s human rights record, but exemptions allow him to travel to Vatican City, which is encircled by Italian territory, and to United Nations gatherings.

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the Vatican does not issue invitations. ¡°Those who wish to come, can,¡± he said. ¡°No one is refused. No one is invited. We welcome those who want to come.¡±

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who is Catholic, will represent the United States at the Mass. The delegation also includes Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico; Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leader in the House; and John J. DeGioia, the president of Georgetown University, a Jesuit institution.

Francis is the first Jesuit pope and the first pope from Latin America.

At the installation Mass, on the china deals and Francis is expected to receive the fisherman¡¯s ring, which recalls how St. Peter fished for food and later for souls, and the pallium, a white woolen vestment that symbolizes the role of the pope as a good shepherd. The ring was made from gold-plated silver by an Italian jeweler, Enrico Manfrini.
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It has been just over a month now since North Korea gloated about it's successful nuclear weapon test. A test which prompted the imposition of new UN sanctions against Pyongyang, and if the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) which acts as a state mouthpiece for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is to be believed, it has also prompted "intensive and persistent" cyber-attacks. Attacks, according to the North Koreans, which have been jointly launched by South Korea and the United States. when you also like the phone ampe a78 and possibly using it in a project.
The KCNA claims that the attacks, which are believed to have taken down official state websites such as KCNA itself, were targeted to coincide with the military drills by the US and South Korea. Calling the attack cowardly and despicable, KCNA went on to insist that the "US and South Korean puppet regime are massively bolstering up cyber forces in a bid to intensify the subversive activities and sabotages against the DPRK". The KCNA statement went on to claim that "intensive and persistent virus attacks are being made every day on Internet servers operated by the DPRK".
It's not only the KCNA which is reporting that cyber attacks have been launched against the North Korean state. In Russia, the Ita-Tass news agency has also claimed that some official North Korean websites were disabled after servers were brought down during a "powerful hacker attack".
Of course, it is perhaps a little hypocritical that North Korea should be complaining about being the victim of state sponsored cyber attack when it has long been thought to be engaging in exactly the same thing itself. Not only have defectors to the South insisted that North Korea has recruited thousands of hackers to become part of a 'cyber warfare unit' similar to the Third Department of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) which is thought to have a specialist hacker section known as the 'Comment Crew'. Indeed, back in 2011 The Economist magazine reported how North Korea had hired out 30 elite programmers to a criminal group working out of China in order to steal millions of dollars from South Korean online gaming companies. This kind of state sponsored corporate crime is different to the normal cyber-warfare disruption tactic, and is designed purely to make money.
According the The Economist the hackers netted some $6m, and this "is understood to have gone ultimately to the so-called Office 39, a department of the North Korean government responsible for earning foreign currency through illicit means, including drug trafficking" in order to get around the international sanctions which have made it so hard for North Korea to earn foreign currency. Not that the North Koreans are ignoring traditional cyber-warfare tactics, with that same report recounting how South Korean government websites have been crippled by DDoS attacks. you will going to buy it on the china wholesale.
Jarno Limnell, a doctor in military science and also director of cyber-security for Stonesoft, warns "It¡¯s an increasingly tense situation, and from a regional security point of view it¡¯s important for America to be seen to be flexing its muscles. In cyber warfare, offense is typically a step or two ahead of defence. There is no such thing as a cast iron defence strategy when new threats and exploits emerge continually. As such, it is essential that sometimes the U.S. candidly communicates the power of its offensive capabilities as a deterrent. Akin to the scenario of mutually assured destruction at the hands of nuclear weapons during the cold war, the threat of vastly destructive retaliatory cyber capabilities is a powerful deterrent for prospective enemies and rogue states."
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In an effort to diversify its economy, the government of Zimbabwe is advancing a law which would require diamonds exported from the country to already have had value added to them from a locally-performed beneficiation if you want to get spinning toys process, Rough and Polished reports. Any diamonds exported from the country in their roughest form will be hit with significant tax hikes.
Mines Minister Obert Mpofu announced the proposed legislation, saying that all diamonds exported from Zimbabwe will be subjected to a grading system consisting of several levels. According to this system, the more processes that have been performed on a diamond before it has been exported, the lower the royalty rate that the state will tack onto it.
Polished diamonds sell for far more than rough diamonds, and Zimbabwe is keen to increase the tax revenues it earns from diamond sales. The country's current mining royalty rate for diamonds is 15%, according to Rough and Polished.Venezuelan opposition TV channel Globovision said on Monday it had accepted a buyout offer, calling its operations financially and politically unfeasible after rows with the government and high inflation.
The sale of Globovision, the only openly anti-government media channel, will occur after an Aprilpresidential election. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Globovision's majority owner, Guillermo Zuloaga, said the group buying the channel was led by Juan Domingo Cordero, who runs an insurance company and is a former head of the local stock exchange.
"We are economically inviable, because our revenues no longer cover our cash needs," Zuloaga said in a statement.
"We are politically unfeasible, because we are in a totally polarized country and against a powerfulgovernment that wants to see us fail."
Zuloaga said the company was suffering from a revenue shortfall, rising prices, and costly efforts to try to help the opposition win last year's presidential election.
Opposition candidate Henrique Capriles narrowly lost to Hugo Chavez in October. Chavez led a self-styled socialist revolution for 14 years in the South American OPEC nation until his death last week from cancer. when you need cheap mobile phones.
Capriles, the centrist governor of Miranda state, has since announced another bid. He will face Chavez's preferred successor, acting President Nicolas Maduro, in an election on April 14. Zuloaga added that there were also doubts about whether it could get its concession renewed after legal tangles with the government.
In 2007, the government declined to renew the license for another opposition channel, RCTV, prompting widespread criticism.
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China¡¯s industrial output had the weakest start to a year since 2009 and lending and retail sales growth slowed, toughening challenges for a new leadership that wants to narrow the gap between rich and poor.
Production increased 9.9 percent in the first two months and retail sales rose 12.3 percent, government data showed March 9, trailing economists¡¯ estimates. New local-currency loans in February fell to 620 billion yuan ($99.6 billion), the People¡¯s chuwi v17 review on the new site Bank of China said yesterday, lower than the estimates of 27 out of 28 analysts in a Bloomberg News survey.
Strengthening U.S. demand after the unemployment rate fell to a four-year low may help incoming Premier Li Keqiang achieve the 7.5 percent expansion in gross domestic product sought by policy makers entering the final week of their meeting at the National People¡¯s Congress in Beijing. China¡¯s exports had their biggest January-February gain since 2010 even as a measure of economy-wide financing fell to a seven-month low.
¡°Exports are still an important growth driver for China so the pickup should make policy makers less concerned about the disappointment in some of the other indicators,¡± said Louis Kuijs, chief China economist at Royal Bank of Scotland Plc in Hong Kong. ¡°When push comes to shove, they know the recipe to kick-start growth, so if things do slow down to a rate they aren¡¯t comfortable with, they can encourage investment.¡±
At the same time, February credit data indicate the central bank may be working to contain the expansion in lending and aggregate financing that started last year, said Kuijs, who previously worked as an economist for the World Bank in Beijing.
Increasing Optimism
New local-currency loans in February trailed the 700 billion yuan median estimate in a Bloomberg survey and were lower than the 710.7 billion yuan in the same month last year and the 1.07 trillion yuan figure in January. Aggregate financing, a broader measure of credit, fell to 1.07 trillion yuan last month from a record 2.54 trillion yuan the previous month, PBOC data showed.
U.S. stocks have risen 8.8 percent this year, compared with a 2.2 percent gain in the Chinese benchmark index through March 8, as optimism increases that the world¡¯s biggest economy is responding to an unprecedented monetary stimulus. In China, the decline in four February purchasing managers¡¯ indexes, and official data released over the past week, are raising concerns that a recovery that started in the fourth quarter may be peaking even as house-price gains accelerate and inflation risks increase.
The Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.4 percent as of 9:33 a.m. local time.
Income Gap
China¡¯s Gini coefficient, a measure of income differences, was 0.474 last year, according to the government, higher than the 0.4 level that analysts say signals potential for social unrest.
The growth in January-February retail sales was below the lowest economist projection of 13.8 percent and was the smallest for that period since 2004. The moderation follows a crackdown by new Communist Party chief Xi Jinping on lavish spending by government officials and state-owned companies, part of efforts to curb corruption and waste.
Shares of Kweichow Moutai Co. (600519), maker of the eponymous high- end white spirit, have dropped 19 percent since Xi took power on Nov. 15, compared with a 14 percent gain in the Shanghai Composite Index.
The increase in factory output compared with the 10.6 percent median estimate in a Bloomberg survey. The statistics bureau doesn¡¯t break out figures for January and February retail sales and industrial output in an attempt to smooth distortions caused by the timing of the Lunar New Year holiday.
Investment Pickup
Fixed-asset investment excluding rural areas in the first two months of the year rose 21.2 percent, against a median economist estimate of 20.7 percent and a 20.6 percent pace for the whole of 2012.
Consumer prices climbed a more-than-estimated 3.2 percent in February from a year earlier. Standard Chartered Plc estimates inflation will average 4 percent this year, compared with the government¡¯s target of 3.5 percent. you will going to buy it on the china wholesale
¡°From a monetary policy perspective, by mid-2013, the inflation issue should begin to move up policy makers¡¯ list of things to worry about,¡± Li Wei, a Shanghai-based economist with Standard Chartered, said in March 9 note. Li forecasts the central bank will raise benchmark interest rates once in the fourth quarter by 25 basis points as the CPI rises above 5 percent.
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Venezuela's Hugo Chavez will be embalmed and put on display "for eternity" at a military museum after a state funeral and an extended period of lying in state, acting PresidentNicolas Maduro said on Thursday.
Huge crowds are still waiting to pay their respects to Chavez after his death this week, and Maduro said the move - reminiscent of the treatment of Communist leaders Lenin, Stalin and Mao after their deaths - would help keep the late president's self-declared socialist revolution alive. when you also like the phone ampe a78 and possibly using it in a project.
"It has been decided that the body of the comandante will be embalmed so that it remains eternally on view for the people at the museum," Maduro told state TV.
Chavez, a former paratrooper, died on Tuesday aged 58 after a two-year battle with cancer. He was president for 14 years and is now lying in state at a military academy where the government says more than 2 million supporters have viewed it since Wednesday.
Maduro said Chavez's official funeral would go ahead on Friday, attended by about 30 leaders from around the world and that his body would then lie in state for a further seven days.
Huge lines snaked around the academy on Thursday as tens of thousands of Venezuelans shuffled forward to salute, raise clenched fists or make the sign of the cross over Chavez's casket.
From soldiers in fatigues to officers in ceremonial dress, to residents of the slums where Chavez was most loved, those in line vowed to defend his legacy and back Maduro, his preferred heir, in a new election.
"I arrived in the early hours to see Chavez. He is my personal idol," said Henry Acosta, 56.
A sobbing Berta Colmenares, 77, said "Chavistas" must throw their weight behind Maduro to carry on the revolution.
"I will vote for Maduro, who else? He is the one who Chavez chose and we have to follow his wish."
Chavez was dressed in an army uniform and a signature red beret like the one he wore in a 1992 speech to the nation that launched his political career after he led a failed coup.
People were given just a few seconds to glance at his body inside the relatively simple wooden coffin, which has a glass top and was draped in flowers and a Venezuelan flag.
One government source told Reuters that Chavez slipped into a coma on Monday and died the next day of respiratory failure after a rapid deterioration from the weekend, when he had held a five-hour meeting with ministers at his bedside.
The cancer had spread to his lungs, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
There is uncertainty over exactly when a presidential vote will be held in the South American OPEC country, which has the world's largest oil reserves and 29 million residents.
The constitution stipulates a poll must be called within 30 days, but politicians say election authorities may not be ready in time and there is talk of a possible delay. Chavez ruled for 14 years and won four presidential elections.
Maduro, 50, a former union leader who ended his education at high school before plunging into politics, looks certain to face opposition leader Henrique Capriles, 40, the centrist governor of Miranda state who lost to Chavez in last year's election.
Members of the opposition have kept a low profile and offered condolences during the enormous show of support for Chavez, one of Latin America's most popular leaders.
But some expressed relief at the demise of a man they saw as a dictator who trampled on opponents and ruined their economy.
"I wanted his mandate to end. Power made him lose perspective," said Israel Nogales, 43, a university administrator walking in a Caracas park.
"He polarized the country and families like mine. ... He is going to be treated like a martyr and that is wrong."
On Wednesday, opposition sources told Reuters they have again agreed to back Capriles, whose 44-percent vote share in 2012 was the best performance by any candidate against Chavez.
One recent opinion poll gave Maduro a strong lead, and both international markets and foreign diplomats are factoring in a probable win for him and a continuation of "Chavista" policies, at least in the short term.
The tall and hefty Maduro, who lacks Chavez's man-of-the-people charisma, served as his foreign minister for six years before being named vice president in late 2012.
He has pledged to adhere to Chavez's brand of ferociously nationalist politics and controversial economic policies that included regular seizures of private businesses as well as wildly popular social welfare programs.
Some analysts believe Maduro might eventually try to ease tensions with Western investors and the United States. But just hours before Chavez's death, Maduro was accusing "imperialist" enemies of infecting the president with cancer and he expelled two American diplomats for alleged conspiracies.
Maduro is expected to continue bashing Washington, at least until the election. He may have to step down from his role as caretaker president to launch his candidacy and one official source told Reuters that Chavez's son-in-law, Science Minister Jorge Arreaza, might step into that role.
Capriles, an athletic career politician and lawyer from a wealthy family, wants Venezuela to follow Brazil's softer center-left model.
Venezuela's heavily traded global bonds, which gained before Chavez's death, were down for a second straight day on Thursday as investors realized his economic model of government control could persist for years. Yields for the 2027 bond spiked to nearly 9.5 percent as prices continued to fall. was hooked. you will know the thing on thechina deals.
State media have been airing old Chavez speeches and songs over and over in lengthy tributes.
Foreign Minister Elias Jaua urged private Venezuelan media outlets to let "Chavistas" mourn and refrain from provoking opponents to hold rallies against the government.
Authorities blame TV channels aligned with the opposition for helping incite a 2002 coup that briefly toppled Chavez.
At the wake, Venezuelans strained for a glimpse of Chavez, many welling up in tears as they reached his casket.
"I told him 'don't worry, Nicolas Maduro will be the new president as you asked'," said nurse Maria Fernandez, 51, after filing past the coffin.
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Vice President Nicolas Maduro is taking over leadership of Hugo Chavez's political movement after the socialist leader died Tuesday at age 58 following a nearly two-year bout with cancer. Maduro now faces the daunting task of rallying support in a deeply divided country while maintaining unity within his party's ranks. The better cell phone holder for desk you can get
Maduro decidedly lacks the vibrant personality that made Chavez a one-man political phenomenon in Venezuela, but he has the advantage of being Chavez's hand-picked successor.
The mustachioed 50-year-old former bus driver won Chavez's trust as a loyal spokesman who echoed the president's stances. How Maduro will lead in Chavez's absence remains to be seen, although he's widely known as both a skilled negotiator and a leader who views upholding his mentor's legacy as his personal crusade and responsibility.
One of the biggest tasks Maduro will likely face is attempting to hold together a diverse movement that includes radical leftists, moderates and many current and former military officers.
Analysts have speculated that differences might emerge between factions led by Maduro and Diosdado Cabello, the influential National Assembly president who is thought to wield power within the military. But thus far both men have denied such divisions and vowed to remain united.
After Chavez's Dec. 11 cancer surgery, Maduro stepped up his public appearances to fill the void, providing regular updates on the president's condition, calling for unity among allies and lambasting the opposition.
Maduro also showed how he could attempt to continue Chavez's socialist-inspired project. Speaking at one December rally, he vowed in vague terms to maintain policies that have angered the country's leading business federation, Fedecamaras, which was long at odds with the president.
"We aren't going to give dollars to Fedecamaras. What we're going to give them is pains, headaches with this Bolivarian Revolution," Maduro shouted, his voice hoarse. "I swear to you ... we're never going to betray the people of Venezuela!"
Chavez's deteriorating health led him on Dec. 8 to announce Maduro as his chosen successor. He said that if his illness prevented him from being sworn in on Jan. 10, government supporters should rally around Maduro and elect him president.
Maduro is expected to keep promoting programs such as free medical clinics staffed by Cuban doctors and subsidized food stores, which have endeared the president with the country's vast numbers of poor. Maduro has vowed to block a return to past policies that he said had benefited the wealthy.
"Our people will never again see the bourgeoisie plundering this country," Maduro said, adding, "Better to be dead than traitors to the people and to Chavez!"
That loyalty made Maduro a logical choice, political observers said.
"Maduro combines two characteristics that influenced Chavez in his decision to designate him as successor: first, his loyalty to the party leadership, and second, his positions in favor of popular measures," such as social programs for the poor, said Steve Ellner, a political scientist at Venezuela's University of Oriente.
In his youth, Maduro drove a bus for the Caracas Metro transit system and later became a union leader.
It's unclear when Maduro and Chavez first met. But Chavez is thought to have first gotten to know Maduro in the 1980s, when Chavez was a lieutenant colonel and began a clandestine movement of disgruntled military officers that eventually carried out a failed coup attempt in 1992. Chavez was jailed on military rebellion charges and then released in 1994 when he was pardoned.
Maduro went on to become a leading member of Chavez's nascent political movement, growing closer to the budding politician and also getting to know Cilia Flores, who is now attorney general and was Chavez's defense attorney following his arrest for the 1992 coup attempt.
After Chavez was elected president in 1998, Maduro was selected to join a special assembly to draft a new constitution. He was later elected to the National Assembly and then became president of the legislature.
Maduro was named foreign minister in 2006 and oversaw international efforts such as consolidating the regional diplomatic blocs ALBA and Unasur, strengthening relations with countries such as Russia, Iran and China, and overseeing a rapprochement with U.S.-allied Colombia. He is thought to maintain close ties with Cuba's government.
Maduro "is perceived by Chavez as a negotiator with diplomatic skills who could potentially gather the support of the different factions and keep it united in the difficult months ahead," said Diego Moya-Ocampos, an analyst with the London-based consulting firm IHS Global Insight.
"Nevertheless, he is not necessarily perceived as such within all the top ranks of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela and the armed forces," Moya-Ocampos added.
Jennifer McCoy, a political science professor at Georgia State University, described Maduro as an easygoing man who has shown a willingness to talk with government opponents. you will going to buy it on the china wholesale.
"He's always been someone who is easy to talk to," said McCoy, director of the Americas program at the Carter Center, which helped the Organization of American States facilitate dialogue between the government and opposition after a 2002 coup that briefly ousted Chavez.
Maduro was always willing "to discuss the issues, and I think that's really important going forward for Venezuela," McCoy said.
Before Chavez underwent his latest operation in December, he explained why he had chosen Maduro:
"He's one of the young leaders with the greatest ability to continue, if I'm unable to ¡ª God knows what he does ¡ª if I'm unable to, to continue with his firm hand, with his gaze, with his heart of a man of the people, with his gift for people, with his intelligence, with the international recognition he's earned, with his leadership, leading the presidency."
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The WNBA started playing games in 1997. Since then, discussion about the league has barely progressed. The majority of NBA-leaning basketball fans make the same comments about the lack of dunks, the league being boring, and the form of basketball generally holding no points of interest for holders of the XY chromosomes. All this despite the fact that many of these people have never attempted to watch a full game.
At least one team is tired of these terms of argument and ready to do something to change men's minds. Ben York, a writer for the official site of the Phoenix Mercury, wants men to give the WNBA an honest chance, when you also like the phone ampe a78 and possibly using it in a project.
There it is in plain language: if you think the WNBA stinks and have the ability to get to a Mercury game, try it out in person and see if your opinion holds up. Maybe you'll see something you didn't know existed and adjust your conceptions of what the league is and can be.
I would not call myself a WNBA superfan by any definition, but I do occasionally watch and enjoy games during the summer when the NBA world grinds to a relative halt. The key to liking the league, I think, is to not assume that the sport is the NBA in a lesser and diminished form. Professional female basketball players are not as explosively athletic as their male counterparts, and that shows in the WNBA. But they're not unathletic, and the game holds a lot of value for anyone looking to beyond superficial markers of ability. For instance, WNBA teams are more likely to experiment with eccentric systems or mess with traditional positional roles ¡ª consider 6-5 Seattle Storm pivot Lauren Jackson, who facilitates the offense more than any big man in the NBA (though she will unfortunately miss this upcoming season due to injury). Teams do interesting things with their spacing, proving that there is the same kind of intellectual interest that drives more advanced discussion of the NBA. And, on a more visceral level, players like Candace Parker, Maya Moore, and Diana Taurasi are capable of taking over a game.
The point here isn't that the WNBA is just as good as the NBA, because that judgment depends on subjective taste. However, looking at the WNBA with an open mind can be a profound experience. There's a lot to like, even if it's not the same. To put it another way, should we consider college basketball lacking in value because it's not the same as the NBA, or should we consider the rewards specific to its form? The same holds true of women's basketball. you will know the thing on the china deals.
So, even if you can't make it to Phoenix, I suggest you tune in for a full WNBA game this summer. You might find something you didn't know existed. Or, at the very least, you won't need to trot out the same tired clich¨¦s the next time someone asks you to explain why you don't care for the sport.
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Renewed international efforts to negotiate curbs on Iran's disputed nuclear program have backfired by giving it more time to work on building a bomb, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.
His remarks on the inconclusive February 26-27 meeting between Iran and six world powers signaled impatience by Israel, which has threatened to launch preemptive war on its arch-foe, possibly in the coming months, if it deemschuwi v17 review on the new site diplomacy a dead end.
Senior U.S. diplomat Wendy Sherman flew in to brief Israel about the Kazakh-hosted talks, in which Tehran, which denies seeking nuclear arms, was offered modest relief from sanctions in return for halting mid-level uranium enrichment.
There was no breakthrough. The sides will reconvene in Almaty on April 5-6 after holding technical talks in Istanbul.
"My impression from these talks is that the only thing that is gained from them is a buying of time, and through this time-buying Iran intends to continue enriching nuclear material for an atomic bomb and is indeed getting closer to this goal," Netanyahu told his Cabinet in remarks aired by Israeli media.
Extrapolating from U.N. reports on Iran's enrichment of uranium to 20 percent fissile purity, a short technical step from weapons-grade, Netanyahu has set a mid-2013 "red line" for denying the Islamic republic the fuel needed for a first bomb.
Iranian media reported on Sunday the country was building around 3,000 new advanced enrichment centrifuges, a development that could accelerate the nuclear project.
The prospect of unilateral Israeli strikes, and the likely wide-ranging reprisals by Iran and its regional allies, worries Washington, which wants to pursue diplomacy as it winds down costly military commitments abroad.
In an attempt to make their proposals more palatable to Tehran, the United States and five other world powers appeared to have softened previous demands in Almaty - for example regarding their requirement that the Iranians ship out their stockpile of the higher-grade uranium.
A senior Israeli official said that while the Netanyahu government had hoped for a tougher line by the so-called P5+1, it was resigned to awaiting the results of this round of talks.
"At the end of the day, what matters is that the Iranians end their enrichment, whether it's through shutting down their facilities or through more nuanced technical safeguards," the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters.
The official would not comment on how or if the latest diplomacy had affected the readiness of Israel, which is widely assumed to have the region's only nuclear arsenal, to go to war.
Iran may have warded off that threat by turning some of its 20 percent-pure uranium into fuel rods for a research reactor.
The international standoff and shifting timelines are expected to dominate U.S. President Barack Obama's trip to Israel later this month. The Israelis urge a tougher posture on Iran from their ally, which has a hefty military presence in the Gulf and says it is poised to use force as a last resort.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, in a speech in Washington to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, echoed Netanyahu in voicing doubt that diplomacy would stop Iran's nuclear ambitions.
"Therefore, all options must remain on the table," he told the pro-Israel lobby group. "We expect all those who say it to mean it. We mean it."
Israel's dovish president, Shimon Peres, sounded more upbeat after meeting Sherman last Thursday. Peres said he had "total faith in the Obama administration, in its commitment and its actions in preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons".
Obama's Israel visit has been overshadowed by local politics too, given the rightist Netanyahu's failure so far you will know the thing on the china deals to build a new coalition government after he narrowly won a January 22 ballot.
Appealing to potential party allies to rally to him in the name of national security, Netanyahu told his cabinet: "To my regret this is not happening, and in the coming days I will continue my efforts to unify and galvanize forces ahead of the major national and international challenges that we face."
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Group on Inc. founder Andrew Mason sent a memo to employees after he was fired Thursday. Here's the text of his letter:
People of Group on,
After four and a half intense and wonderful years as CEO of Group on, I've decided that I'd like to spend more time Tries to not just in one piece sex with my family. Just kidding ¡ª I was fired today. If you're wondering why. you haven't been paying attention. From controversial metrics in our S1 to our material weakness to two quarters of missing our own expectations and a stock price that's hovering around one quarter of our listing price, the events of the last year and a half speak for themselves. As CEO, I am accountable.
You are doing amazing things at Groupon, and you deserve the outside world to give you a second chance. I'm getting in the way of that. A fresh CEO earns you that chance. The board is aligned behind the strategy we've shared over the last few months, and I've never seen you working together more effectively as a global company ¡ª it's time to give Groupon a relief valve from the public noise.
For those who are concerned about me, please don't be ¡ª I love Groupon, and I'm terribly proud of what we've created. I'm OK with having failed at this part of the journey. If Groupon was Battletoads, it would be like I made it all the way to the Terra Tubes without dying on my first ever play through. I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to take the company this far with all of you. I'll now take some time to decompress (FYI I'm looking for a good fat camp to lose my Groupon 40, if anyone has a suggestion), and then maybe I'll figure out how to channel this experience into something productive. The virus, which belongs to the same family as viruses that cause the common cold and the one that caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), emerged in the Middle East last year and has so far killed seven of the 13 people it is known to have infected worldwide.
Of those, six have been in Saudi Arabia, two in Jordan, and others in Britain and Germany linked to travel in the Middle East or to family clusters. you will going to buy it on the china wholesale
"What we know really concerns me, but what we don't know really scares me," said Michael Osterholm, director of the U.S.-based Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy and a professor at the University of Minnesota.
If there's one piece of wisdom that this simple pilgrim would like to impart upon you: have the courage to start with the customer. My biggest regrets are the moments that I let a lack of data override my intuition on what's best for our customers. This leadership change gives you some breathing room to break bad habits and deliver sustainable customer happiness ¡ª don't
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