Exxon To Pay $300 Million To Resolve U.S. Pollution Cases

ExxonMobil Corp. agreed to pay more than $300 million to resolve air pollution violations tied to eight chemical plants in Texas and Louisiana, one of a pair of environmental settlements with oil companies announced by the Trump administration on Tuesday.

Separately, Denver-based PDC Energy Inc. agreed to pay $22.2 million after storage tanks were found to be leaking smog-forming compounds.

The cases are among the most notable environmental enforcement actions by the Trump administration, with at least one target that hits close to home. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was chief executive officer at Exxon until late last year.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has vowed to get tough on corporate polluters.

(c) 2017, Bloomberg · Jennifer A. Dlouhy, David Mclaughlin

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New York, NY – NYPD Brass Praises Cop For Preventing Further Bloodshed In West Side Terror Spree

New York, NY — An NYPD officer with a record of more than 50 arrests is being hailed as a hero tonight for putting an end to the terror attack that left eight people dead and another twelve injured. Officer Ryan Nash was one of several patrolmen from the NYPD’s 1st Precinct who responded to […]


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Washington – White House: Trump Will Not Visit DMZ During Asia Trip

Washington — The White House says President Donald Trump will not visit the Demilitarized Zone during his upcoming trip to Asia — a break from many previous administrations. There’s not enough time in the president’s schedule to accommodate a visit to the heavily fortified border zone that has separated the North and South Korea for […]


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BDE: One of The Victims In NYC Terror Attack Identified As Ariel Arlich HY”D From Argentina

It is with great sadness the Matzav.com reports the passing of Ariel Arlich from Argentina.

Ariel was one of the victims of today’s terror attack in NYC, where a terrorist killed eight people in a car ramming.

Boruch Dayan Emes

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CBO: Updating, Sustaining Nuclear Arsenal Would Cost $1.2T Over 30 Years

Modernizing and maintaining the United States’ nuclear arsenal would cost $1.2 trillion over the next 30 years, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said in a Tuesday report.

The CBO found that to update or buy new versions of the land, air and sea components of the nuclear triad and sustain them would cost 50 percent more than operating and sustaining alone.

The nuclear arsenal is in the midst of a multibillion-effort to upgrade — and in some cases, completely rebuild — many of its warheads and related components, but much of the costs have been kept secret. Read more at The Hill.

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New York – You Can Stymie The iPhone X Face ID_ But It Takes Some Work

New York — Apple is offering a nifty way to unlock its new iPhone X — just stare at it. Face ID, Apple’s name for its facial-recognition technology, replaces the fingerprint sensor found on other models. How well does it work — not just technically, but in everyday use? After all, it’s much easier to […]


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New York – Countries In Manafort Indictment Known To Laundering Experts

New York — The three countries named in the indictment of former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort span three separate continents but all have something in common: They’re island nations with a legacy of relatively lax oversight of offshore entities and a known history of being a conduit for suspicious money. Special counsel Robert Mueller […]


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US To Vote Against UN Resolution Condemning Cuba Embargo

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Wednesday will vote against the U.N. resolution condemning the U.S. embargo on Cuba, the State Department announced Tuesday, reversing an Obama-era abstention.

The United States in 2016 abstained from the vote for the first time after 25 years of voting against the resolution.

Former President Obama had sought to normalize relations with Havana, one of several policies President Trump views with skepticism.

Read more at The Hill.

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New York – Foreign Ministers: 5 Argentines, 1 Belgian Dead In Bike Path Attack

New York — Argentina’s Foreign Ministry says five of the nation’s citizens were among the eight people killed in the truck attack on a New York City bike path. And the deputy prime minister and foreign affairs minister of Belgium says in a tweet one of the dead was Belgian. Belgians and Argentines also are […]


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VIDEO: Israel’s Knesset Hears Powerful Testimony On Global Anti-Semitism

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“You are our hero!”, said Chair of the chair of a special Knesset Committee on the topic of Anti-Semitism to a former student leader who tearfully recounted being arrested on campus for speaking about Israel. MK Avraham Neguise, the chairman of the Aliya, Absorption and Diaspora Committee, was responding to Becky Sebo, former President of “Bobcats for Israel” at Ohio University. She showed video of the incident and explained how pro-Israel voices were suppressed from debate by the Student Senate in the summer of 2014. Sebo was arrested and charged with a 4th degree misdemeanor which carried a fine and the possibility of 30 days in jail. Becky fought the charge and now works for global pro-Israel organization StandWithUs.

The Knesset discussion led by MK Neguise was initiated by David Ya’ari, former head of Hillel Israel and a businessman who immigrated from the United States eight years ago, together with StandWithUs. In attendance were Members of Knesset from across the political spectrum, diplomatic representatives including and heads of Jewish organizations.

The committee will focus on new anti-Semitic incidents on US campuses and will hear from students, campus activism professionals and European Ambassadors. Students will provide first hand testimony while Ambassadors will speak about their governments’ actions against the recent spike in anti-Semitism.

The meeting was attended by the ambassadors and diplomatic representatives of Germany, the UK, Austria, the European Union, and France and Russia.

Speaking to the committee, David Borowitch-Ya’ari said “Anti-Semitism should have died with the liberation of Auschwitz. Today, the sense of security felt by many Jewish communities around the world remains unstable. History has taught us that the Jewish people cannot outsource the security of our people. It is the responsibility in Israel to support our brethren who have remained in the Diaspora.

I call on the Chairman to schedule a permanent hearing be entered on the Knesset calendar on each anniversary of Kristallnacht and that our Knesset, Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Foreign Affairs commit to share knowledge and resources with our brethren in the Diaspora to strengthen security and provide the training for Jewish communities to properly defend themselves.”

Michael Dickson, Executive Director of StandWithUs Israel, told the committee: “We find ourselves in a uniquely challenging time, facing resurgent anti-Semitism on the far right and far left extremists who use this as an opportunity to further smear Zionism, perversely claiming that it is comparable to fascism and white supremacy.”

Vice-Chair of StandWithUs UK, Loretta Cash reviewed incidents of Antisemitism in the UK and Europe including in Jeremy Corbyn’s Labor Party and on campuses. She reminded the Committee that Anti-Israel activity is nearly always tinged with anti-Jewish sentiment which must be addressed. She outlined educational programs that are teaching young people in Britain about this issue and ended by saying “This week we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. Prime Minister Theresa May has said of this: “It is one of the most important letters in history. It demonstrates Britain’s vital role in creating a homeland for the Jewish people. And it is an anniversary we will be marking with pride.” That pride is indicative of the shared values that British and Israeli people share. It is an attitude we will join with others to build upon.”

Tamir Oren, a reserve IDF Company Commander, now Executive Director of StandWithUs UK showed video of him and a colleague being shouted down on the campus of Cal Poly Pamona in California. He urged those assembled to fight to allow free speech on campus when it comes to Israel.

Other speakers included Charles Small, the founder and Director of the Institute for the Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy, representatives of Israeli government ministries and Holocaust survivor, Yosef Kleiman, who had given testimony at the Eichmann trial in 1961. Kleiman told of his experience at Auschwitz to give warning of where tolerance of anti-Semitic rhetoric and violence can lead.

Representatives were also sent to the hearing from the anti-Semitism Committee at the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Absorption and the Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Information and Yad Vashem.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

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