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When it comes to matters of history, Japan and South Korea can never seem to be on the same page.

Three days ago, South Korea said that it would not roll back a 2015 agreement over Korean women turned into sex slaves (usually called comfort women) by Japanese soldiers during World War II. Last Friday, Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, would not accept any more additions to this agreement.

This disagreement over the accord could even threaten Abe’s attendance at the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics next month.

Abe told reporters that there is no way that he is going to accept South Korea’s request for additions to the accord about the so-called sex slaves.

Moon Jae-In, the president of South Korea, wants a sincere apology regarding the accord., but it looks he is not getting one at this time.

Abe believes that the Japan-South Korea regarding the sex slaves was a promise made between Japan and South Korea. Based on global and universal principle, he is not going to keep it.

The issue of the sex slaves is a wound that has existed for a long time between the two countries. Critics from each country have accused each other of drastically changing or whitewashing history. This latest disagreement comes at an inopportune time as the South Korea and Japan are facing an ongoing nuclear crisis with North Korea.

Abe had signed the accord about sex slaves with Park Geun-hye, the Korean President in 2005. This accord was supposed to be a final resolution of this issue.

What was part of this deal? An apology from Japan and an $8,8 million fund to give healthcare to the surviving sex slaves.

This deal was almost immediately criticized by South Korea as they deemed it insufficient.

The new president, Moon, promised to review the deal. The South Korean review panel cam to the conclusion that South Korea had failed to do what these sex slaves wanted. The South Korean comfort women wanted Japan to be legally responsible for what happened and get official reparations.

Now, Moon’s government announced recently that it would not change the deal, but on a Tuesday, Kang Kyung, Moon’s foreign minister, said the 2015 settlement will not be the final solution to the comfort women issue. In addition, she said that South Korea would set up a $8,8 million fund for the sex slaves. They have spoken with Japan about this fund.

On a Wednesday, Moon wants Japan to sincerely apologize to the South Korean comfort women and that Japan should learn from this situation so something like this will not happen again.

Abe will not apologize as he thinks that it is unacceptable and might even protest having to make the apology by boycotting the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Abe is still deciding whether he should go or not. One reason that he might not go because he would have to stay for the parliamentary session as it says Jan. 22nd. He did attend the 2014 Olympics despite the fact that parliament was in session.

The Japanese have taken Ave’s side and have supported his pushback against South Korea’s demand regarding the comfort women testimonies. The left-wing newspaper, Asahi Shimbun is believes that South Korea is not being consistent with what it has said in the past. This newspaper also things that Japan should maintain the agreement and should not be bullied by South Korea into changing the agreement regarding comfort women stories.

Several people have agreed that Japan has already apologized regarding the Korean comfort women in a landmark announcement made 25 years ago. Yohei Kono, a chief cabinet secretary at that time, had said that Japanese soldiers had forced Korean women to become their sex slaves.

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How Many More People Have to Be Killed or Hurt Before This Madness Stops?

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The latest crime involves a 17-year-old Nicaragua migrant boy who was stabbed in the back in front of shocked tourists on 42nd Street near 8th Avenue. The attack took place at 5:30 pm/  Police are now hunting for 16 suspects all part of a gang that has infiltrated Manhattan. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital by EMS, and is listed in stable condition.

The police have five of the alleged attackers some more migrant teens. Michael Colome, 22, of Queens, has been arrested and charged with gang assault, assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Three are 16 and one is just 14-year-old boy. There names are not being released because they are underage. Two are believed to be migrants from Venezuela.

This was on the same block where a group of migrants brutally attacked cops last month. Venezuelan Darwin Andres Gomez-Izquiel, 19 was let go after the mob attack, but got arrested again on new charges. He allegedly participating in a coordinated robbery at a Macy’s store in Queens. Hopefully District Attorney Melinda Katz will make sure this teen criminal stays in jail since Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg seems to let this teenagers out with just a slap on the hand.

Bragg, doesn’t care that these teens do not have permanent address or community ties or are flight risks. Thank-God when it came to Alejandro Rivas-Figueroa, another migrant teen, who has since been charged as an adult, is being held at Rikers for allegedly shooting a tourist during an attempted robbery in Times Square. This kid also has priors.

And here is why this is happening….Yohenry Brito 24 who is accused of instigating the group assault on two NYPD officers in Times Square, was in court a second time for different charges. He’s being held on a $15,000 bail and a Brooklyn pastor paid that sum to set him free. More than a dozen immigration advocates also showed up to support this alleged criminal with a rap sheet. He is the main ringleader of this gang assault on our police officers. He has been arrested multiple times, has at least two open cases for shoplifting and pleaded guilty last year to disorderly conduct. Why do these people want this man free? What if it was one of their own family members who was shot? Will they change their bleeding heart’s if their own are attacked? When does this madness stop?

 

 

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Public Invited to Provide Comments Online, by Email, Mail, Phone and Fax Tomorrow Through March 11

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced details of a public comment period of the tolling structure that has been proposed for Central Business District Tolling, New York’s congestion pricing program. The agency will accept written and audio comments starting tomorrow and will hold four hybrid virtual/in-person public hearings in February and March.

The proposed tolling structure is available online. It is modeled on recommendations made by the Traffic Mobility Review Board on Nov. 30.

Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2023, and continuing for 76 days through Monday, March 11, 2024, members of the public may submit written comments online and by email, mail and fax, and may submit audio comments by leaving a voicemail message. All comments will be recorded and submitted for review.

Online: https://contact.mta.info/s/forms/CBDTP
Email: cbdtp.feedback@mtabt.org
Mail: CBD Tolling Program, 2 Broadway, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10004
Phone: 646-252-7440
Fax: Send to (212) 504-3148 with Attention to CBDTP Team.

The hearings begin on Thursday, Feb. 29, and conclude on Monday, March 4. Members of the public who wish to speak at the hearings are required to register in advance online, by calling the Public Hearing Hotline at (646) 252-6777, or in person. Registration will open one week before the start time of each hearing and will close 30 minutes after the beginning of the hearing. Speakers will be provided two minutes to speak. The hearings will be hosted in person at 2 Broadway, New York, NY 10004 in the William J. Ronan 20th Floor Board Room. People may also register to participate remotely via Zoom or telephone.

The hearings will be accessible online at mta.info/CBDTP at these dates and times:

  • Thursday, Feb. 29, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 1, at 10:00 a.m.
  • Monday, March 4, at 10:00 a.m.
  • Monday, March 4, at 6:00 p.m.

Each public hearing will be livestreamed on the MTA YouTube channel at youtube.com/@mta-live and on the project website: mta.info/CBDTP.

Next Steps

The Central Business District Tolling Program was mandated by the State of New York in April 2019 and modeled on urban congestion pricing programs around the world to reduce traffic congestion and raise needed revenue to improve public transportation. Other cities around the world that have similar programs have also experienced improved air quality.

Following the public comment period, MTA Bridges and Tunnels (known legally as the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority) will review the public comments. Then its Board, which is coterminous with the MTA Board, will consider adopting a ratemaking regulation that includes any updates that may follow the public comment period.

As with any proposed toll ratemaking, this  public comment period is being conducted in accordance with the State Administrative Procedure Act.

Accessibility and Interpreter Services

At the public hearings, American Sign Language and CART Captioning Services will be available.

Members of the public who are deaf or hard of hearing can use their preferred relay service or the free 711 relay service, and then ask to be connected to the Public Hearing Hotline at (646) 252-6777 to speak with an agent.

Members of the public who do not have access to a computer or who do not have access to the Internet can listen to each of the hearings by calling the Zoom meeting via a telephone number which will be provided at a later date.

If language assistance or any other accommodations are required, please submit a request at least five (5) business days before the scheduled hearing date in one of the following ways: e-mailing cbdtp.feedback@mtabt.org, calling the Public Hearing Hotline at (646) 252-6777, or by sending a letter to MTA Government & Community Relations, Attn: Central Business District Tolling Program Hearings, 2 Broadway, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10004.

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My View: Carole J. Bufford…”You Don’t Know Me”. ( Now We Do)

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Her show is titled “You Don’t Own Me” and if anyone in the Palm Beach audience didn’t know Carole J. Bufford before, they certainly do now after her exciting performance last night at Cafe Centro.

Carole J. Bufford, award-winning cabaret star and powerhouse vocalist, returned to Cafe Centro last night with a tribute to the fearless, fabulous females of the 1960s. With the music made famous by Janis Joplin, Tina Turner, Carole King, Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, Nancy Sinatra, Cher, and more, Carole and her quartet put their own inimitable spin on those great song classics in her show You Don’t Own Me. Her electrifying  musical tour de force celebrated a time of great change and transition in America and across the pond.

As Carole noted, the musical and cultural landscape was never the same after these bold and daring women planted their flags and ensured their voices were heard.  Well, Carole Bufford’s voice was authoritatively heard in West Palm Beach last night as she took charge of each song and brought the music of the 60’s back to life.  The moveable spot in the club illuminated this dynamic entertainer thrilling each table in a room filled with her Palm Beach fans.

Ms. Bufford’s good friend and co-producer of the evening Sandy Fisher introduced Carole to the enthusiastic Cafe Centro audience.

Next up in the Fisher/Sorokoff Cabaret series is Dawn Derrow on March 12, and on April 24th one of the hottest acts in show business “The New Belters” Seth Sikes & Nicolas King will be bringing their music to  Cafe Centro.

CAROLE J. BUFFORD

HERE’S CAROLE!

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CAROLE J. BUFFORD & SANFORD FISHER

STEPHEN SOROKOFF & CAROLE J. BUFFORD

EDA SOROKOFF, GIO MOLLA, RON ABEL, SANFORD FISHER

ROB RUSSELL, CAROLE J. BUFFORD, RON ABEL

DAWN DEROW & CAROLE J. BUFFORD

JEFF LEIBOWITZ & ROB RUSSELL

SANFORD FISHER & ISANNE FISHER

PETER CALO

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Each Migrant In NYC Wins A $10,000 Lottery….And New Yorkers Foot The Bill

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New York City gave a uncontested contracted to Mobility Capital Finance (MoCaFi) to whom will receive a fee of $53 million. MoCaFi does not have any kind of experience running this kind of program. They normally give the pre-paid business to third-party debit cards and bank accounts which are marketed to minorities.

Each illegal migrant is about to get to $10,000 in NYC with no ID check or fraud control. This will cost New Yorkers $2.5 billion.

Mayor Eric Adams will start with the 500 families staying at The Roosevelt Hotel and claims it will save New Yorkers money. What if we just spend the money to fly them back home? Isn’t that a lot cheaper? By the way Adams stated earlier that he met MoCaFi’s founder, former JPMorgan Chase managing director Wole Coaxum, on the campaign trail. Isn’t that a conflict of interest?

More than 170,000 migrants have arrived in the city since May of 2022 when Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Adams flew them into Westchester when this influx begin…..want to know how?……They flew them here in the dead of night.

Don’t believe me watch.

Why aren’t we taken care of Americans? What about our Veterans? What about our citizens who are homeless and starving? When do we get a break?

In the meantime the illegal migrant gangs are robbing us, killing us and shooting our Police Officers and our DA’s and judges are letting them free with slaps on the hands.

If you have read or watched the recent news Chinese, Syria and Turkey migrants at the boarder have stated “they’re here to take the money”.

When are we going to get mad as hell and ask our Congress, Senators, and the people who are suppose to take care of us, when are they going to care about American’s.

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My View: Direct From Florida..The King’s Academy Jazz Ensemble Heats Up 54 Below

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Spectacular, awe-inspiring, and sensational were all words being uttered by the audience after The King’s Academy Jazz Ensemble’s high-energy, horn-powered, Big Apple style weekend performance at the iconic 54 Below Club. In that intimate and elegant room, these students matched the part with their classy black suits and stunning stylish dresses. Their debut show in New York City called “Students of the Songbook” gifted listeners with a youthful and reimagined spin on many jazz favorites. TKA Jazz performed with a level of confidence and excellence often reserved for season veterans.

Band Leader Wes Lowe hosted the night of jazz. Due to the limited space on the stage, Mr. Lowe introduced the songs and players stage right. He would then step off stage allowing his band of twenty high school and middle school students to masterfully make their instruments sing as he trusted them to navigate the night musically under their own direction.

Between lead trombonist Julia Basile who wowed the audience with her rendition of Black Orpheus, Julia Drahos on lead trumpet, and Stephen Boylan on lead alto sax, the lead horns kept a tight energetic performance all night. The rhythm section of drummer Ashton Horne, bassist Hadiya Stewart, and pianist Breck Dorow played in the pocket behind the horns in absolute perfection. Early on I noticed how young middle school trumpeter William Smith phrased like Louis Armstrong, letting his solo melodies breathe as they also swung. Soon however, I realized that they all did this as well. This young band of instrumentalists and soloists play well beyond their years.

Changing up the mood, Wes Lowe called upon several beautiful and talented ladies to add their vocal talents to the night. Ella Garcia, although new to the group, sang classics such as “It Had to Be You” with a soulful tone. Current Young Artist Award Winner from the Society for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook, Maddie Begin, sang show-stopping numbers such as “Feeling Good” and “But The World Goes Round.” She is a name to remember with a powerhouse voice you won’t forget. And making a surprise appearance, TKA Jazz alumni Annie Matot graced the stage singing the classic “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm.” These young women took the audience from sing-along moments to complete moments of absolute awe.

In addition to TKA Director of Instrumental Arts and Band Leader Wes Lowe entertaining skillfully as the host, his colleague, Associate Director of Instrumental Arts, Mickey Smith Jr. also played the hottest solo of the night with his rendition of the Bill Wither’s classic “Just the Two of Us” on the alto sax. With that being said, everyone’s solos packed melodic invention in a confident swagger. Even more fun were the breathtaking syncopated conversations when the horns all played full force. The energy in the room was palpable for the entire evening. This was a hot performance on a cold night in New York City at 54 Below that was above and beyond anything anyone could have expected.

WES LOWE, DIRECTOR

THE KING’S ACADEMY JAZZ ENSEMBLE.   

MICKEY SMITH JR.

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MADDIE BEGIN

ANNIE MATOT

JULIA BASILE

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