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The cease-fire, announced by the U.S. and the U.N. hours earlier, took effect at 8:00 a.m. (0500 GMT) Friday. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned there were canada goose jacket sale in buffalo “no guarantees” that the lull would bring an end to the Gaza war, now in its fourth week.Israel and Hamas both said they would respect the cease-fire but would respond to attacks.

At least four short humanitarian cease-fires have been announced since the conflict began, but each has been broken within a few hours by renewed fighting.Hours before the boxing day sale canada goose jackets cease-fire was to take effect, 17 Palestinians were killed in Israeli strikes, including 10 people from the same family, said Ashraf al-Kidra, a Gaza health official. He said the family members were killed in an airstrike on their home in the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis.

Israel’s military said five of its soldiers were killed along the Gaza border Thursday evening when a mortar round was fired at them.More than 1,450 Palestinians have been wholesale canada goose jackets killed since hostilities began July 8, according to Palestinian officials. Israel says 61 of its soldiers and three civilians in Israel have been killed.

In the hours before the cease-fire took effect Friday, Gaza police reported heavy Israeli tank shelling in northern and eastern Gaza, and the loud exchange of fire between Israeli troops and militants was audible throughout Gaza City. Tank shells landed on homes in the city, setting homes and shops ablaze.

Hamas fighters hit an Israeli tank with an anti-tank missile, Gaza police said, and then attacked Israeli troops who came to evacuate the tank crew. Clashes continued into the early morning hours, police said.The Israeli military said it was looking into the matter.

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A new Palestinian national unity government, announced on June 2, 2014, accepted those identical conditions. However, ambiguity about Hamas’ role in the canada goose jacket sale in buffalo new unity government has led the media and some members of Congress to assume that the United States remains barred from negotiation with Hamas.

Meanwhile, the Israeli government and Hamas are at an impasse over Hamas’ status. Hamas is the democratically elected, legitimate representative of the boxing day sale canada goose jackets Palestinian people. Failure to accept the election which brought Hamas to leadership closes a path toward resolution of the current crisis and violates the civil and political rights of Palestinians, who are protected by international law, to elect the representatives of their choice.

In Gaza, civilian deaths in a situation of apartheid occupation, characterized by complete power asymmetry, can be described as a crime wholesale canada goose jackets against humanity. As of today, over 1,262 Palestinians, and three Israelis have lost their lives. More than 240 Palestinian children have been killed. In the early hours of this morning, while a ceasefire was being negotiated, Israel hit a UN girls’ school, killing 20 refugees.

The US, given its longstanding support of Israel and its $3.2 billion annual aid ($8.5 million per day, $114 billion since 1949), including provision of military weapons, is in a singular position to put an end to the slaughter through openly entering into negotiations with Hamas.

Congress must clarify S.2370, Section 9, amending it to direct the Administration to enter into such negotiations with Hamas, as to assure recognition of Israel’s right to exist, renunciation of aggression and those other concerns which Congress has delineated in its legislative enactments.

Any negotiations must countenance, among other essential points, the concerns of Palestinians that Israel equally recognize the Palestinians’ right to exist and to live free of forced poverty and ill health; end the occupation; stop the blockade; end the boycott; cease the illegal settlement building and secure Palestinian rights to their own land and to their natural resources such as water and natural gas supplies.

If the US is prevented by law from negotiating with Hamas, or fails to intervene to secure Palestinian rights, or stands by as the Israeli government escalates the killing of thousands more Palestinians, the conflict and its consequences may soon beyond our ability to control. There is a need for a breakthrough.

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To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the last increase in the federal minimum wage and to call attention to the fact that the federal wage floor has not risen in five years, the US Department of Labor has declared July 24th to be a “Day of Action.”Coincidentally, a new book sample sale canada goose surveying the scholarly literature on the effects of the minimum wage, What Does the Minimum Wage Do? came out earlier this month, written by Dale Belman and Paul Wolfson. Below, I interview Mr. Wolfson (who’s an old friend, btw).

JB: What does your work suggest about the Fair Minimum Wage Act (FMWA): the proposal to raise the federal minimum wage from its current value of $7.25 to $10.10 in three annual steps and then index it to inflation?PW: First, our work: in our book, we surveyed more than 70 analyses of the effect of the minimum wage on employment. By and large, the strongest studies in terms of statistical rigor reported an effect on employment that ranged between negligible and none.

In addition, we performed our own meta-analysis, a procedure that combines the results of different studies in a statistically rigorous way, and this confirmed the black friday sale canada goose result of “negligible to none.”How does this relate to the FMWA? The proposal would increase the federal minimum in three $0.95 steps of 13%, 12% and 10% each. In the last 35 years, increases in the Federal Minimum Wage have ranged between 7% and 14%, with an average increase of 11%-12%. Thus, the proposed increases are quite typical of historical experience, and this suggests that if there is any effect on employment it will be too small to be detectible.

JB: At least as interesting as the question of the minimum wage and employment is “What is the effect of the minimum wage on low income families?” What can you say about this?PW: We discovered in the course of writing the book that there’s actually little useful work that addresses this issue. Nearly all of the studies in this area instead ask whether the minimum wage has reduced the percentage of families whose income places them below the poverty line. For several reasons, this turns out not to be an interesting question.

First, the poverty line was developed about a half century ago and is widely regarded as an out-of-date measure of economic well-being. Second, it leaves out a variety of authentic canada goose sale government programs that effectively increase family income.A more interesting question asks whether the minimum wage has a noticeable effect on the incomes of low income families, some of whom are officially poor, some of whom are not.

Economist Arin Dube of the University of Massachussetts-Amherst recently completed a statistically sophisticated analysis of the effect of the minimum wage on different parts of the income distribution, from the incomes of very poor families all the way up to those we might call the lower middle class or solidly middle class. He reports that “the evidence clearly points to moderate income gains for low income families as a result of minimum wage increases.”

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Part of Liberia’s Health Ministry was destroyed on Wednesday when Monrovia resident Edward Deline set fire to the building in protest over the death of his 14-year-old brother from canada goose sale online review Ebola.”The health (workers) here are not doing enough to fight this virus. They are taking this to be a money making thing while our people are dying,” Deline told journalists after he was arrested by police.

Local and international health workers face a combination of fear, suspicion and local traditions for burying the dead as they try to prevent Ebola spreading further.During a Reuters visit to the canada goose sale online uk Kenema treatment center in eastern Sierra Leone in late June, Khan said he had installed a mirror in his office, which he called his “policeman”, to check for holes in his protective clothing before entering an isolation ward.

Nevertheless, Khan said he feared Ebola. “I am afraid for my life, I must say, because I cherish my life,” he said in an interview, showing no signs of ill health at the time. “Health workers are prone to the disease because we are the first port of call for somebody who is sickened by disease. Even with the full protective clothing you put on, you are at risk.”(Additional reporting by Clair MacDougall, Alphonso Toweh and David Lewis; Writing by David Lewis and Emma Farge; Editing by Daniel Flynn and Alison Williams)

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The first response I can tolerate, because it is true. I do work with them, I am good with them and I do have four younger siblings.It’s the second response that irks me to canada goose jacket sale sporting life no end. Yes, maybe I will change my mind. Maybe I will fall in love and want to give that man a child. Maybe I will become pregnant unexpectedly and take that leap of faith. I have no doubt I would love a child if I had one.

But for someone to simply tell me what will happen, that I will definitely change my mind because women give birth and that is just how it always has been and always will be… that doesn’t sit well.Of course I’ve thought about changing my mind, thought about it in the canada goose sale mens fleeting, maybe-this-is-how-my-life-will-be-someday way which 20-somethings have perfected. I think about it when I realize how much I love working at a daycare. I think about it when I hold a baby and am amazed by their intricate features and little cooing noises. I’m not heartless.

But when I actually think about holding a newborn, my newborn, knowing that I have to be responsible for that little person’s safety and well being for at least the canada goose sale mississauga next 18 years… that is terrifying. I immediately lose any desire I had gained for a child of my own.I shouldn’t feel like I have to justify my reasoning, but I am, do and I am going to.

I just don’t think that loving kids and fostering the ability to create them, carry them and care for them necessarily means I am cut out to be a mom. I don’t want to canada goose sale montebello pour time and commitment into another person, give them my best, only to risk not being everything they deserve.That being said, I adore my mom — she is my best friend, and I appreciate everything that sacrificed to raise us as a stay-at-home mom. She did everything right and in all honestly, I don’t think I could ever live up to that.

In a screwed up way, it is because of my blessed upbringing that I don’t want to be a mother. I had everything I could have wanted while growing up and I would constantly be comparing my parenting efforts to my experience being parented. I would feel pressured to stop working in order to be a better mother, and I know I would never forgive myself for that.

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 Israeli troops pushed deeper into Gaza on Friday in a ground offensive that officials said could last up to two weeks as the prime minister ordered the military to do canada goose jackets ever go on sale prepare for a “significantly” wider campaign.The assault raised risks of a bloodier conflict amid escalating Palestinian civilian casualties and the first Israeli military death — and brought questions of how far Israel will go to cripple Gaza’s Hamas rulers.

Officially, the goal remains to destroy a network of tunnels militants use to infiltrate Israel and attack civilians. In its first day on the ground in Gaza, the military said it took up canada goose jackets uk sale positions beyond the border, encountered little resistance from Hamas fighters and made steady progress in destroying the tunnels. Military officials said the quick work means that within a day or two, Israeli leaders may already have to decide whether to expand the operation.

With calls from Israeli hard-liners to completely crush Hamas, it remains unclear how far Israel will go in an operation that has already seen 299 Palestinians killed in womens canada goose jackets on sale 11 days of intense Israeli bombardment of the densely populated coastal strip, a fifth of them children.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had ordered the military to prepare for a “significant expansion” of the ground offensive.

“It is not possible to deal with tunnels only from the air. It needs to be done also from the ground,” he told a special Cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv. “We chose to begin this canada goose sale kensington operation after the other options were exhausted and with the understanding that without the operation, the price we will pay can be very high.”

Frustrated by Hamas’ refusal to accept an Egyptian-brokered truce agreement and the failure of a 10-day campaign of more than 2,000 airstrikes to halt relentless rocket fire on Israeli cities, Israel launched a ground offensive it had previously been reticent to undertake to further weaken Hamas militarily.

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Whom among us hasn’t sent a regrettable email, either a too harshly worded note to a friend or an accidental “reply all” on some snarky comment that was definitely not intended for the canada goose parka xl whole book club? And there’s nothing like the rush of blood to the head, quivering of the hands, tightness in the chest and needles to the belly that accompany the realization that you’ve sent an email talking shit about your boss toyour boss.

I’ve hit “send” so many times in the heat of passion that I finally went to Willie at Brooklyn Tattoo to ink the word WAIT on my trigger finger. He argued that ink on canada goose parka small fingers doesn’t last, and I argued back that fingers too often type mistakes which last forever. The pain of Willie’s needle is minuscule compared to the suffering that can flare up in the wake of an ill-advised e-missive, so casually shot off and yet so often (and sometimes so immediately) regretted.

Through our lives we’ve learned techniques for returning to our senses in moments of intensity: taking a breath, counting to ten, leaving the room, primal screaming, pacing. I got the WAIT finger tattoo in order to apply this same idea to my e-communications. While it may seem like canada goose parka xxl an extreme solution, trust me it was in response an extreme problem. The tattoo reminds me every second that a waiting period (just like at the gun show, folks) is what I need to sort out whether what I’ve put in writing is really about to serve the greater good.

I’m the last one to point fingers (so to speak) but take it from an old pro at creating cataclysmic screw ups. If you’re angry-emailing, composing a coarse text to a loved one or thinking about drunk tweeting some poetry, remember that once you hit “send,” it’s out there for good. “Save as draft” is a beautiful thing. It’s not sexy, but it’s a feature that gives you a precious moment to ask whether the content of your letter is really going to benefit you and those around you or simply give you some momentary satisfaction while making you look and feel like a jerk in the long run. So in a way “save as draft”is sexy because, let’s face it, what’s sexier than peace of mind?

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Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, whose nation borders Russia, said the EU had to get tougher with Moscow “because if Putin’s aggressive policy isn’t stopped, he will go further.”

The targets of the U.S. sanctions include two major Russian energy firms: Novatek, the country’s largest independent natural gas producer, and Rosneft, Russia’s largest canada goose jackets store petroleum company and third largest gas producer. The penalties bar both from getting long-term loans from U.S. entities.

Also targeted were leading Russian financial institutions, the Russian development bank VEB and Gazprombank, banking arm of Russia’s state energy behemoth Gazprom. The sanctions restrict their ability to access U.S. capital markets.

Steven Pifer, the former U.S. ambassador to canada goose jackets sales online shop, said the American sanctions will add uncertainty to a Russian economy that has already been showing signs of weakness.

“These are serious sanctions. They target major Russian energy companies and financial institutions,” said Pifer, who currently works as an analyst at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

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It’s pretty rare that members of Congress and all the witnesses they’ve called will declare out loud that Americans are just too ignorant to be given a piece of information, but that was canada goose outlet stores a key conclusion of a session of the House Agriculture Committee this week.

The issue was genetically modified organisms, or GMOs as they’re often known in the food industry. And members of the subcommittee on canada goose online retailers Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture, as well as their four experts, agreed that the genetic engineering of food crops has been a thorough success responsible for feeding the hungry, improving nutrition and reducing the use of pesticides.

People who oppose GMOs or want them labeled so that consumers can know what they’re eating are alarmists who thrive on fear and ignorance, the panel agreed. Labeling GMO foods would only stoke those fears, and harm a beneficial thing, so it should not be allowed, the lawmakers and witnesses agreed.

“I really worry that labeling does more harm than good, that it leads too many people away from it and it diminishes the market for GMOs that are the solution to a lot of the canada goose online shopping problems we face,” said David Just, a professor at Cornell University and co-director of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs.

Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) agreed with Just and asked him, “What is the biggest drawback? Is it the ignorance of what the product is, just from a lack of education?””It is ignorance of the product, and it’s a general skepticism of anything they eat that is too processed or treated in some way that they don’t quite understand,” Just said.”Even using long scientific-sounding words make it sound like it’s been grown in a test tube, and people get scared of it,” Just added.

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In the worst crisis between the West and Russia since the Cold War, Moscow has denied accusations of fanning separatism in Ukraine’s east and allowing military equipment and fighters to cross into canada goose kensington parka sale Ukraine to support the separatists.Though Borodai said in his interview that he had been in “consultations” in Russia, many rebels now reproach President Vladimir Putin’s administration in Moscow, which is under threat from further Western sanctions, for giving them too little help.

The Ukrainian army’s victory in Slaviansk has pushed peace talks involving separatist leaders off the agenda. A meeting of an informal “contact group” involving envoys from canada goose kensington parka small white Kiev and Moscow had been planned for the weekend, under an agreement in Berlin last week, to discuss conditions for a truce.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe website said “high representatives” from Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE did in fact meet in Kiev on canada goose kensington parka for women Sunday, though separatist leaders did not appear to have attended.
The group had been given the task of working out the basis for an effective ceasefire observed by both sides. But the new defense minister, Valery Heletey, in remarks reported on Tuesday, said there could be no fresh talk of a ceasefire until the rebels had laid down their arms.

“The president of Ukraine was categoric on this,” he was quoted as saying by his ministry. “Now negotiations can be possible only after the fighters have definitively surrendered their arms.” (Additional reporting by Thomas Grove and Natalia Zinets in Kiev and Maria Tsvetkova in Donetsk; Editing by Alastair Macdonald)