On this Day: Nixon and Khrushchev have a “kitchen debate”

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply During the grand opening ceremony of the American National Exhibition in Moscow, Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev engage in a heated debate about capitalism and communism in the middle of a model kitchen set up for the fair. The so-called “kitchen debate” became one of the most famous episodes of the Cold War.In late 1958, the Soviet Union and the United States agreed to set up national exhibitions in each other’s nation as part of their new emphasis on cultural exchanges. The Soviet exhibition opened in New York City in June 1959; the U.S. exhibition opened in Sokolniki Park in Moscow in July. On July 24, before the Moscow exhibition was officially opened to the public, Vice President Nixon served as a host for a visit by Soviet leader Khrushchev. As Nixon led Khrushchev through the American exhibition, the Soviet leader’s famous temper began to flare. When Nixon demonstrated some new American color television sets, Khrushchev launched into an attack on the so-called “Captive Nations Resolution” passed by the U.S. Congress just days before. The resolution condemned the Soviet control of the “captive” peoples of Eastern Europe and asked all Americans to pray for their deliverance. After denouncing the resolution, Khrushchev then sneered at the U.S. technology on display, proclaiming that the Soviet Union would have the same sort of gadgets and appliances within a few years. Nixon, never one to shy away from a debate, goaded Khrushchev by stating that the Russian leader should “not be afraid of ideas. After all, you don’t know everything.” The Soviet leader snapped at Nixon, “You don’t know anything about communism–except fear of it.”With a small army of reporters and photographers following them, Nixon and Khrushchev continued their argument in the kitchen of a model home built in the exhibition. With their voices rising and fingers pointing, the two men went at each other. Nixon suggested that Khrushchev’s constant threats of using nuclear missiles could lead to war, and he chided the Soviet for constantly interrupting him while he was speaking. Taking these words as a threat, Khrushchev warned of “very bad consequences.” Perhaps feeling that the exchange had gone too far, the Soviet leader then noted that he simply wanted “peace with all other nations, especially America.” Nixon rather sheepishly stated that he had not “been a very good host.”The “kitchen debate” was front-page news in the United States the next day. For a few moments, in the confines of a “modern” kitchen, the diplomatic gloves had come off and America and the Soviet Union had verbally jousted over which system was superior–communism or capitalism. As with so many Cold War battles, however, there was no clear winner–except perhaps for the U.S. media, which had a field day with the dramatic encounter. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom center_img TAGSHistory ChannelKitchen DebateRichard Nixon Previous articleMan shot in South ApopkaNext articleAmusing Ourselves to Death Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR On this Day in History: July 24th, 1996From The History Channel Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Europe’s biggest pension fund to cut €3.3bn of tobacco, nuclear assets

first_imgDutch civil service scheme ABP has announced that it will divest its entire holdings in tobacco and nuclear weapons – worth an estimated €3.3bn – as part of a new assessment framework for sustainable and responsible investment.The divestment will affect its stakes in manufacturers, associates and producers elsewhere in the production chains for such products, it said.According to the €405bn pension fund, it reached the decision after extensive consultations at board level, based on the views of its participants, affiliated employers and various special interest organisations.Last summer ABP came under pressure from a group of university medical centres to exit from tobacco-related investments. In 2015 the scheme came under pressure concerning its exposure to nuclear weapons development. ABP made clear that it intended to sell its entire stake in tobacco and nuclear arms – estimated at €3.3bn – within a year.It said the assessment framework was to serve as a new instrument for its board to review its investments, and was meant to offer additional criteria for investment exclusion.The new rules provided for divestment if a product was by definition harmful to humans, and if ABP’s influence as a shareholder couldn’t change anything about this.The scheme would also divest if the absence of a product would have no harmful effect, as well in case of the existence of a worldwide treaty aimed at eliminating a product.In ABP’s opinion, these criteria would enable a uniform and consistent assessment of all products.It said that tobacco and nuclear arms had yielded “healthy returns” in the past, but believed that the outlook had changed and there were options for strong returns on other investments.“Therefore we expect that missed profits, if any at all, as a result of this decision, will be very limited,” the scheme said.Several other large Dutch funds – including PGB, PFZW, SPH, SPMS and PME – have cut tobacco from their investment universes in recent years.Renowned pension fund consultant Keith Ambachtsheer last year urged asset owners to consider removing tobacco from their portfolios, arguing that such assets were unethical and financially risky.This is despite both Norway’s sovereign wealth fund and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System reporting that divestment from the sector had meant they missed out on investment gains.last_img read more

Freeholders Discuss Restaurant Openings, School Programs

first_imgThe article originally appeared in the June 18-24, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. A day after the press conference, June 12, Murphy announced that the restriction on such programs will be lifted July 6. He suggested that the state allow restaurants to reopen for indoor dining and allow at least 50 percent capacity “if we want them to survive,” he said. Restaurateurs have been demanding that the state allow limited indoor dining for several weeks, including during a press conference May 29 attended by at least 60 local restaurant owners. Monday marked the long-anticipated reopening of outdoor dining at restaurants, nonessential in-person retail shopping and childcare centers, with salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors and others to follow June 22. But because Monmouth County business owners and residents have already seen a “big impact” from the closures, the freeholders urged the state to take further steps. YOUTUBE/MONMOUTH COUNTY GOVERNMENT Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone spoke about restaurant openings and more during a press conference June 11. Outside the restaurant world, and unlike most in-person activities permitted thus far this summer, beaches have been open since Memorial Day weekend. The turnout has been “extremely active,” said Arnone, suggesting that the best way to address the crowding is to reopen other recreation spaces. That could mean reopening parks to allow for full capacity, he said, or other areas for people to go to. “The governor has said many times that he commends New Jersey residents for doing the right thing and taking the right precautions, so let these restaurant owners do just that,” said Arnone. “They understand they’re going to need changes, but at the end of the day, they welcome the changes as long as they can open their doors. And I’m going to be a big proponent of it.” “For nearly three months, these children have been without these programs that are essential to their well-being,” said Arnone, a board member of the Monmouth Ocean Foundation for Children. “These extended school year programs are instrumental in helping these children maintain structure and routine in their lives,” Arnone said. “While I am glad that restaurants will be permitted to open for outdoor dining next week, we cannot ignore the fact that this isn’t enough,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “There will be days when it is raining or too hot to eat outdoors. Additionally, Arnone stressed the impor tance of in-person education for the special needs community. The at-home instruction with limited resources has been “totally devastating” to moving their lives and education for ward, he said. center_img “I understand that this is extremely important for our special needs community and their families. The setback is detrimental to the progress they have made,” he added. By Allison Perrine “We have to look at some of our indoor recreation facilities and find ways to work with those owners and make it work because they’re struggling they’re struggling hard.” MONMOUTH COUNTY – Monmouth County is getting back up on its feet. Many businesses are reopening under new regulations for the first time in months amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the freeholders announced June 11 in a press conference. According to Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley, over 75,000 Monmouth County residents have filed for unemployment since March 21 at the beginning of the pandemic in New Jersey. With help from the county’s financial hub they have been able to help those unemployed residents with job training, childcare, financial coaching and more to get them back to work. We are already seeing thousands of restaurants throughout the state close, which is completely unacceptable.” “We are currently waiting for direction from HUD about how these awarded grant funds can be distributed and who is eligible to receive this assistance in Monmouth County,” said Kiley. “As of right now, we know that these grants are designated to assist vulnerable populations who have been impacted by the pandemic.” The county has also received notice of impending grants from the state Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for $1.5 million from the Community Development Block Grant and $2.5 million from the Emergency Service Grant, she said during the press conference. last_img read more

Tickets in high demand for Wolfe Tones Christmas concert in Letterkenny

first_imgLegendary balladeers The Wolfe Tones are on their way back to Donegal for a highly-anticipated show in the Mount Errigal Hotel Letterkenny.The band has announced a Christmas gig in the Mount Errigal on Monday 30th December 2019 and tickets are already in demand.After 56 years on the road, the performance of arguably Ireland’s greatest ballad singer, Tommy Byrne, will once again be a memorable experience – Joe McDonnell, Kevin Barry, The Ballad of James Connolly, Grace, Streets of New York, as well as many other ballads, will provide a not to be missed Wolfe Tones experience. Tickets are £26 – €29.50 and available from the Mount Errigal Hotel reception, Ticketmaster.ie and Eventbrite.The Wolfe Tones have entered an unprecedented 56 years on the road.  Starting off in Dublin in 1963, the group continue to tour and pack venues across the World. Emerging from the ballad boom of the early 1960’s, The Wolfe Tones started out on a career which has taken them to the heights of not just Irish, but international entertainment.  They’ve received numerous international honours, including the freedom of both New York and Los Angeles, as well as the City of Philadelphia’s greatest honour, The Liberty Bell. The Wolfe Tones have in their ranks arguably Ireland’s most prolific song writer and composer of his generation, Brian Warfield.  Brian has written songs that have become standards with Irish groups across the World, his ballads are sung from concerts to sports stadiums across the globe.  From Celtic Symphony to Rock On Rockall, join the Wolfe tones for a Christmas concert in the Mount Errigal Hotel Letterkenny on Monday 30th December The Wolfe Tones are iconic, they have been the soundtrack to generations of Irish across the World for the last 56 years. Their journey continues, Brian Warfield, Noel Nagle and Tommy Byrne make up The Wolfe Tones, and they remain a ‘must see’ Irish group. One thing is for sure, The Wolfe Tones will once again make the rafters ring in their own inimitable style.  Wolfe Tones’ shows sell out, as always, early booking is advised to experience a night to remember in the company of true legends of Irish music.Tickets are £26 – €29.50 and available from the Mount Errigal Hotel reception, Ticketmaster.ie and Eventbrite.Tickets in high demand for Wolfe Tones Christmas concert in Letterkenny was last modified: December 18th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:concertletterkennywolfe toneslast_img read more

Why Kevin Durant not impressed with Knicks billboards

first_imgNEW YORK – The sign will greet Kevin Durant when the Warriors’ star enters a building that he holds dear. Just outside of Madison Square Garden, which will hold Friday’s game the Warriors (4-1) playing the New York Knicks (1-4), a billboard features a likeness of Durant along with a plea.“Can you make NY Sports Great again?” the sign reads along with Durant and Kristaps Porzingis wearing Knicks-colored jerseys and holding a Larry O’Brien trophy. Durant admitted he has seen the sign. But …last_img read more

Encrypting Your Data May Be Moot Thanks To Government Pressure

first_imgNot content with setting up shop within major Internet companies to pull surveillance data from servers using blanket FISA warrants, U.S. government agencies such as the FBI and NSA are also putting the screws to Internet companies in order to acquire the master encryption keys used to protect that data.With such keys, even the most obfuscated information could be read as plain as day.CNET has the story, and it’s a doozy.“The government is definitely demanding SSL keys from providers,” said one person who has responded to government attempts to obtain encryption keys. The source spoke with CNET on condition of anonymity.The person said large Internet companies have resisted the requests on the grounds that they go beyond what the law permits, but voiced concern that smaller companies without well-staffed legal departments might be less willing to put up a fight.SSL keys refers to the Secure Socket Layer protocol used to lock down transmissions between web servers and browsers. When used properly, it encrypts data going back and forth between the end user and the server so that even if it is intercepted, the data is unreadable. If you are visiting a web site and see an “https” at the beginning of the web site address (instead of “http”), that site is using SSL.With the keys to the encryption, however, any data gathered at either end of the site-user interaction—or intercepted in the middle—can be decrypted.If these allegations are true, then cloud service users could be at serious risk to have their data analyzed or monitored. Microsoft and Google, responding to the CNET story, have already denied handing over encryption keys. Facebook, Apple and Yahoo were among many companies who declined to respond to questions about the alleged practice.FBI headquarters image courtesy of Wikimedia. readwrite Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Tags:#Apple#encryption#Facebook#FBI#Google#Microsoft#now#nsa#Prism#Yahoo center_img Related Posts How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for …last_img read more

Odisha govt. to bring back body of Kalpana Dash

first_imgThe Odisha government is working to bring home the body of Kalpana Dash, the first woman from the State to summit the peak. She had first scaled the mountain in 2008. Ms. Dash had complained of breathlessness during the descent this year. “Kalpana Dash had repeatedly brought accolades to the State. We are committed to bring her mortal remains back to her State. It is reported to be at the Balcony, at an altitude of approximately 8,600 metres,” said Vishal K. Dev, Sports Secretary.last_img

CESC carries out restructuring, demerges into four cos

first_imgKolkata, May 18 (PTI) RP Sanjiv Goenka Group today announced restructuring of its flagship company Cesc Ltd by splitting it into four companies.Group chairman Sanjiv Goenka said CESC is being spilt into four companies by way of mirror image demerger for value unlocking and focused management into each of the verticals.He said all power distribution business of the group will be under CESC Ltd, all generation activity will be housed in CESC Generation, the retail business Spencers will be a sperate company and all non-power and retail will be under CESC Ventures.BPO company Firstsource, sports, FMCG and real estate will be bought under CESC Ventures.All these four entities will be listed and the effective date will be October 1.Goenka said, “The paid up capital of CESC Ltd is Rs 132 crore but it has been increased to Rs 198 crore by way of gift or similar to bonus but cannot be termed as bonus. Shareholders will get additional value worth Rs 66 crore when they get fresh shares of the four demerged entities.”For each 10 shares of CESC Ltd, a shareholder will get five shares of Rs 10 each in generation, distribution, two shares in CESC Ventures and six shares in Spencers (face value of Rs 5 each). PTI BSM KK KKlast_img read more