Swastikas drawn on Polish embassy in Israel
- Jerusalem (CNN) - Poland's embassy in Tel Aviv was daubed with swastikas on Sunday, a day after Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki caused outrage by claiming Jews were among the perpetrators of the Holocaust.
- The law, which, which makes it illegal to accuse the Polish nation of complicity in crimes committed by Nazi Germany, including the Holocaust, also bans the use of terms such as "Polish death camps" in relation to Auschwitz and other such camps located in Nazi-occupied Poland.
- Poland was the center of Ashkenazi Jewry before the Holocaust, with around 3.5 million Jews living in the country before the outbreak of World War II in 1939.
- According to Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem, between 30,000 and 35,000 Polish Jews were saved with the help of non-Jewish Polish citizens.
Guitar company Gibson reportedly facing bankruptcy
- Gibson's Chief Financial Officer Bill Lawrence recently left the firm just six months before $375 million of senior secured notes were due to mature, according to a report by the Nashville Post earlier this month.
- Gibson, which has annual revenues of more than $1 billion, has another $145 million in bank loans that will be due immediately if those senior secured notes are not refinanced by mid-July, the report said.
- The U.S.-based company has hired investment bank Jeffries to help with its current financial situation.
- On Thursday, Gibson issued a statement that said an ongoing streamlining strategy would soon help it record the "best financial results the company has seen in its history within the next year." It also said the firm would have the ability to pay back the company's debt in whole within seven years.
Reinventure backs verification platform Everproof, which aims to banish fake CVs
- Westpac-backed venture capital fund Reinventure has invested in a start-up that promises to allow businesses to verify identities and qualifications of individuals, and lets people build an online register of their credentials.
- Everproof made its name initially with verifying Working with Children checks, and is looking to use its new $1.5 million funding to expand its services to a range of qualifications and certifications including visa checks and employment and education histories.
- Chief executive Nathan Merzvinskis said the business wanted to bring enhanced transparency to the financial services industry and its software could be used for a range of purposes, including enabling financial planners to securely prove to clients that their licences and qualifications were valid.
- Ms Frederick, who has joined the Everproof board, said the fund had decided to invest in the start-up because it saw the digital identity and verification market being increasingly important in the context of an open banking scheme.
2 Gazans killed in Israeli airstrike after bomb injures 4 Israeli soldiers
- Jerusalem (CNN) - Two Palestinians in Gaza were killed Saturday night in Israeli airstrikes after four Israeli soldiers were wounded by an explosive device along the Gaza border.
- Salem Sabah and Abdallah Abu Sheikha, both 17 years old, were killed Saturday night when the Israeli military carried out a series of air and tank strikes across Gaza, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health and the Palestinian news agency WAFA.
- The strikes hit 18 Hamas targets, including what the Israeli military called an "offensive terror tunnel" in Zaytun in southern Gaza, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said.
- The strikes were carried out in response to an explosive device that detonated on the Gaza border earlier Saturday, injuring 4 soldiers.
- Conricus said the flag was placed along the border during Friday demonstrations, which have been common along the fence separating Gaza from Israel.
Sportswear start-up 13-One wants to suit you up in material used by NASA
- A new start-up is making jackets out of the material used in spacesuits.
- The start-up, called 13-One, has jackets lined with a radiant barrier developed by NASA scientists to protect astronauts from extreme temperatures.
- After discovering that no apparel company sold sportswear made with this material, Nambiar decided to design her own.
- Headquartered in Larchmont, New York, 13-One launched in June of 2016, and has sold more than 800 units so far, primarily through a Kickstarter campaign and on the company's website.
- The company's apparel is available in two unisex styles and one trench style for women.
- Nambiar also stated that while 13-One's target customers are 35 to 60 year olds, the jackets seem to appeal to a younger demographic as well.
- Nambiar said she is currently exploring opportunities to expand her business — including breaking into the pet market.
Inside Vancouver's Brock Commons, World's Tallest Mass Timber Building (2017)
- Owing to meticulous planning and the efficient integration of construction and design processes, Brock Commons was completed within a mere 70 days after the prefabricated components were ready for assembly – considerably shorter than the amount of time it would have taken to complete a concrete building of the same size.
- The 18 story building, designed by Acton Ostry Architects, began construction in November 2015 and has since opened the floodgates for a new wave of mass timber towers.
'We know it's bigger than us': LeBron James expands on why he feels compelled to speak on social issues after criticism from Laura Ingraham
- While speaking with media on Saturday of All-Star Weekend, James responded even more directly to Ingraham's comments.
- The drama started when Ingraham devoted a segment of her show to criticizing James for comments he made on a video published on Uninterrupted.
- In the video, James and fellow NBA All Star Kevin Durant spoke with ESPN's Cari Champion about a range of subjects, including President Donald Trump and the current state of politics in the country.
- Ingraham concluded the segment by saying James should stay out of political matters and instead, "Shut up and dribble," a reference to her book, "Shut Up and Sing," and a common construction she has used to criticize various people including actors, comedians, and athletes who make headlines for veering into the political realm.
Please don't sanitize Meghan Markle
- And it will fall in an identical accent to this line -- fed to Eliza Doolittle by Henry Higgins during her elocution lessons in My Fair Lady -- if Buckingham Palace gets its hands on the larynx of Meghan Markle.
- The royal bride-to-be is, according to reports in the British tabloids earlier this week, undergoing elocution and etiquette lessons.
- It could be that the Palace balked at the first American accent to grace their grounds since the problematic Wallis Simpson.
- That was during a time when accents were thought to denote character traits, including intelligence and articulateness.
- But as access to education opened, a linguistic phenomenon flourished: eloquence without elocution.
- We hear eloquence in all accents, patois from every corner.
- A diversity of accents within the Monarchy, and wider society, reveals that education and eloquence aren't owned by the British aristocracy.
VA secretary: White House didn't ask me to resign
- Washington (CNN) - Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin says he has no plans to resign -- and that during a roughly half-hour conversation with White House chief of staff John Kelly on Thursday, he was not asked to resign and did not offer his resignation.
- The same White House official said that some White House staffers felt that Shulkin had not given them a realistic view of the blistering report released by the VA's inspector general earlier in the week.
- The New York Times reported on Thursday that some Trump administration officials were trying to replace him.
- On Friday, the VA announced that Peter O'Rourke would replace Wright Simpson as chief of staff, effective immediately.
- O'Rourke's job will be "ensuring that the department works closely with the White House going forward," according to a statement from VA Press Secretary Curt Cashour.
Russians Staged Rallies For and Against Trump to Promote Discord, Indictment Says
- Russians accused of conspiring to help elect U.S. President Donald Trump allegedly staged rallies in key states to support him, including one in Florida in which someone was paid to portray Hillary Clinton in a prison uniform while standing in a cage built on a flatbed truck.
- The Russians were also accused of promoting discord after the election by simultaneously holding New York rallies, one in support of Trump’s victory and another under the name “Trump is NOT my President!” according to an indictment released Friday by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
- Members of the Trump campaign unwittingly aided the Russians for some of their pre-election events, including by providing signs, after the defendants posed as Americans and contacted the campaign through bogus social-media accounts, according to the indictment.