Israel Becomes the First Country Ever to Ban Fur

Israel Becomes the First Country Ever to Ban Fur

More proof that PETA could bring about the end of the fur industry: After years of persistent campaigning by the organization and local activists, Israel has banned the sale of fur, making it the first country in the world to do so.

The historic ban represents a victory for so many. PETA Senior Vice President of Campaigns Dan Mathews and PETA Honorary Director Pamela Anderson personally lobbied government officials in Tel Aviv and appealed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to support a ban on fur. Local activists have campaigned for years to achieve such a ban. Israel Minister of Environmental Protection Gila Gamliel signed the bill into law today after an overwhelming 86% of Israelis showed support for the proposal. Most importantly, this victory belongs to animals—the rabbits, minks, foxes, and other vulnerable species who suffer and are killed for human vanity.

Pamela Anderson has been speaking out against the fur industry for years—the PETA honorary director was among the first to bare all for PETA’s “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign.

I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur

For decades, PETA and our international affiliates have exposed horrific cruelty on fur farms, demonstrating that animals spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy wire cages. Fur farmers use the cheapest killing methods available, including neck-breaking, suffocation, poisoning, and genital electrocution. Numerous video investigations have revealed minks being gassed en masse, foxes being electrocuted, rabbits screaming in pain as they’re shocked with electrical devices, and numerous animals being skinned alive.

There’s another reason every country should follow in Israel’s footsteps: Cramming sick and stressed animals together in unsanitary conditions on fur farms creates the perfect breeding ground for deadly diseases. The novel coronavirus has been found on mink fur farms in a dozen countries—Canada, Denmark (where a variant of the disease in minks infected humans), France, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the U.S.—resulting in the emergency mass slaughter of tens of millions of animals.

The momentum against fur continues to grow around the world.

Israel is in good company: California banned the sale of new fur statewide in 2019, and numerous top designers and retailers—including Macy’sNordstrom, Burberry, GucciVersaceMichael Kors, Jimmy Choo, and Giorgio Armani—have banned fur. Humane options—such as faux fur made from hemp, frayed denim, and even recycled plastic bottles—continue to advance and are in higher demand than ever before.

Join PETA in Urging Others to Ban Fur, Too

Israel—an entire country—has banned fur. Meanwhile, Canada Goose is still selling fur from loyal, sensitive coyotes caught in painful steel traps before being shot, bludgeoned, or killed in some other violent way. Click below to urge the retailer to ditch fur now!

Is my golf club membership a tax write off?

Is my golf club membership a tax write off?

Christopher J. Fitzsimmons CPA: That’s a good question. Unfortunately, golf club dues are never deductible. However, you may be able to deduct the cost of entertaining clients at your golf club. Only union dues or dues paid to professional organizations and Chambers of Commerce (if work related) are deductible. They fall into a group called ‘miscellaneous itemized deductions,’ which are limited so you won’t get a full deduction. Caution – these deductions have been eliminated effective 1/1/18.
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Who is Dana Lewis?

Who is Dana Lewis?

From Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Dana Lewis is a TV News Correspondent based out of London. Dana is the host of the podcast BACK STORY. He was formerly with Fox News, NBC News, CBS News, CBC News, and CTV National News. He was also a contributor to Al Jazeera America reporting on the Paris attacks, the Ukraine election, the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and current developments in Iraq. He is currently the Senior News Correspondent, freelance, for INSIGHT on TRT WORLD. Based in London, he is entirely independent. He has completed half-hour shows in-depth reports as a host and reporter on such complex issues as BREXIT, Nuclear issues, and American Foreign Policy.

Lewis has covered the World, including the current war in the Middle East, the hotel suicide bombings in Amman, Jordan, and updates following the London terrorist attacks. In 2003 Lewis was an embedded reporter with the 101st Airborne in Iraq; he was also embedded with U.S. forces along the Pakistan border. In Helmand, Province, Lewis is considered an expert on Russia, having lived there for 12 years, although he no longer lives there. He has covered China, the Middle East, and Central and Eastern Europe. He speaks English and Russian.

History
Lewis was born in Toronto, Ontario. He attended York University and the Fanshawe College Broadcast Journalism program. He is a graduate of The Fanshawe College Journalism program.

Before joining Al Jazeera and Fox News, Lewis worked for several different news programs and networks, including NBC Nightly News, CTV News, and CBC News, and was a crime reporter for CFTR/CHFI Radio in Toronto.

Dana anchored the CTV National News and was Prime Time anchor of the 24 hour News Channel. He was also the main six o clock anchor for CBC News Edmonton. Later he became a National News Report in Canada for CTV, first based in Edmonton, then Toronto, and overseas.

During the 1990s, Lewis was the Jerusalem-based Middle East Bureau Chief/Correspondent for CTV. He was based in Jerusalem for six full years. Later while working for NBC, he came under fire while in a car in Ramallah during the Israeli siege of Yasser Arafat’s compound and narrowly escaped injury. He also covered the invasion of Somalia by U.S. forces and the first Gulf War.

He was embedded with the 101st Airborne Division during the Iraq invasion in 2003, reporting for NBC News and DateLine NBC and MSNBC.

Lewis was one of the first reporters to enter Afghanistan after September 11 and has been embedded with the 82nd Airborne and 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan, the 101st Airborne, and U.S. Marines there.

Dana Lewis has an Emmy nomination for a story on Russian orphans and the prestigious Overseas Press Club award for War in Kosovo. He also holds various RTNDA awards. And he was honored for his coverage of the Kursk Submarine disaster in Russia.

He is featured in Robin Moore’s (French Connection) new book Hunting Down Saddam”.

He also was a guest lecturer at the Prestigious U.S. Naval War College on media affairs. Lewis was one of the first reporters to interview General David Petraeus (Later Director of the CIA) and followed him through the Iraq War’s early days.

Lewis has interviewed President Putin and is one of the longest-serving western reporters to be based in Russia. (12 years)

He also interviewed, among others King Hussein of Jordan, Israeli leader Netanyahu, and Shimon Peres.

Dana Lewis has a wife (Victoria) and two sons (Aleksander and Daniel).

Awards
Lewis has earned recognition for several different stories he has covered in his career, including Overseas Press Club awards for his coverage of the war in Kosovo and the Kursk submarine disaster in Russia. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for Russian Orphans content and has also received various RTNDA awards for spot news coverage. The Dana Lewis Front Line Award is annually presented to graduating journalism students.

Lewis also personally sponsors an award for Broadcast Journalism students from Fanshawe College. It is called the “Front Line’ award and is presented annually to the student who delivers the best breaking news story.

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The damage of divorce in our kids

The damage of divorce in our kids

The resolution to end a bond can be traumatic, confused, turbulent, disordered, chaotic, and packed with conflicting sentiments. 

There are also distinct emotions, feelings, attitudes, stances, and dynamics connected with whether one is in the initiator’s character or the recipient of the determination to break up. For example, it is not uncommon for the initiator to experience anxiety, nervousness, fear, relief, distance, impatience, resentment, doubt, and guilt. Besides, when a party has not started the split, they may feel upset, shocked, appalled, betrayed, lose control, victimization, decreased self-esteem, insecurity, anger, a desire to “get even,” and wishes to reconcile.

Divorce generates fiery turbulence for the entire family and closed friends, but for children, the circumstance can be wholly scary, challenging, complexed, difficulted, disturbed, confusing, and frustrating:

Young children often strive to learn why they must go between two homes, two cities, two countries. They may suffer that if their parents can quit cherishing one another, their parents may cease admiring them someday.

Elementary school children may suffer that divorce is their responsibility. They may dread they failed or may think they did something sinful.

Adolescents may grow quite bitter about the divorce and the shifts it produces. They may condemn one parent for the end of the union or begrudge one or both parents for the family’s explosion.

Of course, each case is unique. A child may appear comforted by the parting in severe episodes — if a divorce implies fewer conflicts, struggles, disputes, and less stress.

Roberts & Ryan Welcomes Daniel Rice, Veteran US Army Officer

Roberts & Ryan Welcomes Daniel Rice, Veteran US Army Officer

NEW YORK, April 23, 2020 (Newswire.com) -​​​Roberts & Ryan Investments, Inc., one of America’s first Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVO) FINRA-registered broker-dealer, is pleased to announce that Daniel Rice, veteran U.S. Army officer, has joined the firm’s advisory board. Rice will assist Roberts & Ryan in expanding the firm’s offerings and engagements to corporations and institutional investors committed to enhancing opportunities and economic independence to veterans, disabled veterans, and their families.

Rice is President and one of the co-founders of Thayer Leadership Development Group (TLDG) at West Point. TLDG is one of the Top 40 ranked executive leader development companies globally as classified by Training Industry. TLDG works with Fortune 1000 companies to help build leaders of character using a proprietary method of developing leaders based on military leadership principles. In 10 years, TLDG has trained over 100,000 executives.

Under his vision and leadership, TLDG partnered with the Chief Executive magazine to create the Patriots in Business Awards to recognize corporations that go above and beyond to support our military, veterans and their families.

Rice is the publisher and co-author of the award-winning book “West Point Leadership: Profiles of Courage” and has been published several times in The Wall Street Journal, Chief Executive Magazine and Small Wars Journal. He has appeared on CNN, TODAY SHOW, FOX & FRIENDS, Bloomberg, MSNBC, NBC and other networks speaking on various national security and veterans’ issues.

“Dan is a tremendous addition to our team with his character, energy and his extensive corporate and financial network,” said Brian Rathjen, President of Roberts & Ryan Investments, Inc. “Dan is known nationally as a tireless supporter of U.S. national security and veteran issues, having served three times in the Army, recipient of the Purple Heart, and having helped educate thousands of American executives on the lessons that corporate leaders can learn from the military through his writings, speeches and advocacy.”

Dan is a graduate of West Point with a B.S. in National Security, holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University and an M.S. in Marketing from Medill Graduate School at Northwestern University, and will receive an M.S.Ed. in Learning from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2020. He is also a doctoral candidate in the University of Pennsylvania Chief Learning Officer program.

In 2004, he volunteered to rejoin the Army after over a decade out of uniform and deployed to Iraq as an infantry officer based in Tikrit for over a year. In 2008, he served on the congressionally funded “Project for National Security Reform.” He has been awarded the Purple Heart, Ranger Tab, Combat Action Badge, Airborne Badge and other awards.

“It’s an honor to serve on the Roberts & Ryan team. Brian Rathjen has built a team of professional traders, many veterans themselves, each with considerable experience and expertise in their respective fields,” said Rice. “However, I’m most impressed with the incredible philanthropic support that Roberts & Ryan provide to veteran philanthropies that is unmatched by any other firm. I look forward to helping grow the firm and increasing philanthropic giving exponentially.”

If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking. George S. Patton

If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking. George S. Patton

“Do more than is required of you.” – General Patton

George Smith Patton Jr. (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945) was a general of the United States Army who commanded the U.S. Seventh Army in the Mediterranean theater of World War II, and the U.S. Third Army in France and Germany after the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944.

Born in 1885 to a family whose members had served in the United States and Confederate States armies, Patton attended the Virginia Military Institute and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He studied fencing and designed the M1913 Cavalry Saber, more commonly known as the “Patton Saber”, and competed in modern pentathlon in the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden.

Patton first saw combat during 1916’s Pancho Villa Expedition, America’s first military action using motor vehicles. He saw action in World War I as part of the new United States Tank Corps of the American Expeditionary Forces: he commanded the U.S. tank school in France, then led tanks into combat and was wounded near the end of the war. In the interwar period, Patton became a central figure in the development of the Army’s armored warfare doctrine, serving in numerous staff positions throughout the country. At the American entry into World War II, he commanded the 2nd Armored Division.

Patton led U.S. troops into the Mediterranean theater with an invasion of Casablanca during Operation Torch in 1942 and soon established himself as an effective commander by rapidly rehabilitating the demoralized U.S. II Corps. He commanded the U.S. Seventh Army during the Allied invasion of Sicily, where he was the first Allied commander to reach Messina. There he was embroiled in controversy after he slapped two shell-shocked soldiers, and was temporarily removed from battlefield command. He then was assigned a key role in Operation Fortitude, the Allies’ disinformation campaign for Operation Overlord. At the start of the Western Allied invasion of France, Patton was given command of the Third Army, which conducted a highly successful rapid armored drive across France. Under his decisive leadership, the Third Army took the lead in relieving beleaguered American troops at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, after which his forces drove deep into Nazi Germany by the end of the war.

During the Allied occupation of Germany, Patton was named military governor of Bavaria but was relieved for making aggressive statements towards the Soviet Union and trivializing denazification. He commanded the United States Fifteenth Army for slightly more than two months. Severely injured in an auto accident, he died in Germany twelve days later, on December 21, 1945.

Patton’s colorful image, hard-driving personality, and success as a commander were at times overshadowed by his controversial public statements. His philosophy of leading from the front, and his ability to inspire troops with attention-getting, vulgarity-ridden speeches, such as his famous address to the Third Army, was met favorably by his troops, but much less so by a sharply divided Allied high command. His emphasis on rapid and aggressive offensive action proved effective, and he was regarded highly by his opponents in the German High Command. An award-winning biographical film released in 1970, Patton, helped solidify his image as an American folk hero.

Patton’s colorful personality, hard-driving leadership style, and success as a commander, combined with his frequent political missteps, produced a mixed and often contradictory image. Patton’s great oratory skill is seen as integral to his ability to inspire troops under his command. Historian Terry Brighton concluded that Patton was “arrogant, publicity-seeking and personally flawed, but … among the greatest generals of the war”. Patton’s impact on armored warfare and leadership were substantial, with the U.S. Army’s adopting many of Patton’s aggressive strategies for its training programs following his death. Many military officers claim inspiration from his legacy. The first American tank designed after the war became the M46 Patton.

Several actors have portrayed Patton on screen, the most famous being George C. Scott in the 1970 film Patton. Scott’s iconic depiction of Patton earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor, and it was instrumental in bringing Patton into popular culture as a folk hero. He would reprise the role in 1986 in the made-for-television film The Last Days of Patton. Other actors who have portrayed Patton include Stephen McNally in the 1957 episode “The Patton Prayer” of the ABC religion anthology series, Crossroads, John Larch in the 1963 film Miracle of the White Stallions, Kirk Douglas in the 1966 film Is Paris Burning?, George Kennedy in the 1978 film Brass Target, Darren McGavin in the 1979 miniseries Ike, Robert Prentiss in the 1988 film Pancho Barnes, Mitchell Ryan in the 1989 film Double Exposure: The Story of Margaret Bourke-White, Lawrence Dobkin in a 1989 episode of the miniseries War and Remembrance, Edward Asner in the 1997 film The Long Way Home, Gerald McRaney in the 2004 miniseries Ike: Countdown to D-Day, Dan Higgins in a 2006 episode of the miniseries Man, Moment, Machine, and Kelsey Grammer in the 2008 film An American Carol.