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NJ man who said he wanted to ‘bomb Trump Tower’ arrested on charges of providing support to Hamas

first_imgaluxum/iStock(NEW YORK) — A New Jersey man who threatened to shoot everyone at a pro-Israel rally and said he wanted to “bomb Trump Tower,” was arrested Wednesday on charges of trying to provide support to Hamas.Jonathan Xie, 20, of Basking Ridge, allegedly had social media accounts loaded with terror propaganda, according to the FBI. The agency said he had also declared support for Syrian leader Bashar al Assad, former Iraq leader Saddam Hussein and North Korea.In April, Xie allegedly appeared in an Instagram Live video in which he said he was against Zionism and the neo-liberal establishment. In the same video he displayed a Hamas flag, retrieved a handgun and stated “I’m gonna go to the [expletive] pro-Israel march and I’m going to shoot everybody.”In another Instagram post quoted in court documents, Xie said, “I want to shoot the pro-Israel demonstrators…you can get a gun and shoot your way through or use a vehicle and ram people…all you need is a gun or a vehicle to go on a rampage.”FBI surveillance observed Xie outside of the Trump Tower building in New York City around April 20 of this year. Shortly thereafter, Xie posted two photos to his Instagram account, according to Instagram records.One photo had the words “I want to bomb Trump Tower” imposed over the building image, and the other photo had the words “[S]hould I bomb Trump Tower,” a “Yes/No” poll, and an emoji of a bomb imposed over an image of the Trump Tower building.Xie subsequently posted on Instagram, “Okay, so I went to NYC today and passed by Trump Tower and then I started laughing hysterically…I forgot to visit the Israeli embassy in NYC…i want to bomb this place along with trump tower.”He was arrested without incident on Wednesday morning, and is due to make an initial appearance in federal court in Newark in the afternoon.This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Behaviour affects local-scale distributions of Antarctic krill around South Georgia

first_imgAntarctic krill Euphausia superba are key to most Antarctic ecosystems, particularly at South Georgia, where penguins and seals rely on them for their breeding success each summer. Changes in krill behaviour and local-scale distribution during this time can have large consequences for these predators; however, we currently have little understanding of the behaviour of Antarctic krill in response to changing conditions of predation and food. We used a stochastic dynamic programming model to investigate the behaviour of krill within a region close to South Georgia that is known to be heavily foraged by penguins and seals. In the model, krill responded to changing conditions by adjusting their depth, density of swarm and swimming behaviour. We have shown the optimal behaviour of krill in 3 biologically distinct regions: the on-shelf region, shelf-break region and off-shelf region. We predict significantly higher concentrations of krill will result at the shelf-break region from krill choosing to swim slower and turn more often in a favourable zone. In addition, we predict a diel pattern in swarm density in most conditions of the model, with small krill generally forming lower density swarms than large krill, particularly on-shelf. This work is the first prediction of the effects of krill swarming and swimming behaviour on local-scale distribution.last_img read more

Shell and Ocean Infinity collaborate to provide uncrewed seep hunting capability

first_imgThe combination of Shell’s specialist seep hunting expertise and Ocean Infinity’s ‘Armada’ fleet of robotic ships, will provide effective location targeting and wide scale coverage Shell and Ocean Infinity collaborate to provide uncrewed seep hunting capability. (Credit: Ocean Infinity) Shell and offshore robotic ship operator Ocean Infinity have signed a joint development agreement to combine expertise and assets to execute multiclient seep hunter projects.The combination of Shell’s specialist seep hunting expertise and Ocean Infinity’s ‘Armada’ fleet of robotic ships, will provide effective location targeting and wide scale coverage. In turn this will culminate in more reliable results, improving the focus of exploration work with fewer risks and environmental impacts.Ocean Infinity’s Armada fleet, which will become operational next year, is equipped with autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) offering deep-water coverage on a uniquely large scale.The Armada fleet will truly transform the way the global maritime community operates. With zero people required at sea, operations conducted by the fleet are set to be the safest the industry has seen as well as the most sustainable.“Historically the most fruitful and successful collaborations are formed during the most challenging times. Ocean Infinity is very excited to begin our new multiclient data chapter, and we are especially delighted to commence this endeavour with Shell”, said Katya Krylova, VP Business Development Oil & Gas Exploration Services, Ocean Infinity.“The deployment of the Armada fleet will mark a major technological advance in the industry and redefine traditional ways of working. Refining our ability to conduct tasks such as seep hunting using uncrewed technology opens up possibilities in so many other areas; the experience gained as a result of this collaboration could prove transferable to other offshore tasks such as carbon capture storage (CCS) monitoring”, she continued. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Starbucks pays £5m in tax

first_imgStarbucks, the global coffee chain, has paid £5m in corporation tax in the UK, it was revealed at the weekend.It is the company’s first such tax payment since 2009 and a spokeswoman said it had listened to its customers and would pay another £5m later this year.The move follows pressure from politicians and campaigners after it was revealed that Starbucks has only reported taxable profit once in 15 years in the UK.Starbucks said: “We listened to our customers in December and so decided to forgo certain deductions, which would make us liable to pay £10m in corporation tax this year and a further £10m in 2014.”Read our special report on Starbucks here: read more

Reed: Talking, Understanding Crucial To Combating Country’s Racial Divide

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Tom Reed your party is the singular point of racist polarization and has been since 1964 when Strom Thurmond declared the GOP is the party of KKK and still is today because you uphold thier ideals, which are the same as IsIs so really wtf? Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now.CORNING – Several communities around the country are discussing if and how they’ll undergo reform with their local law enforcement agencies in the wake of the murder of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis last month.History, like the Crusades and the uprising of ISIS, suggests that racism will still exist even after police experience change because an idea can’t be completely eradicated from a person’s mind. WNYNewsNow brought that very point up Tuesday with Congressman Tom Reed during his weekly conference call with reporters.Reed explains that the best way to combat the racial divide is for leaders and citizens to talk to each other and listen to what everyone is feeling and experiencing.“You do what I think true leaders have been doing and continue to do and do what Martin Luther King inspired,” Reed said. “We have all races come together, that we force some of the dialogue.” Reed says the Problem Solvers Caucus recently met with the Congressional Black Caucus to hold what he says is the “most passionate” conversation he’s participated in while serving in Congress.“We each come from these issues, from our own perspective,” Reed said. “We don’t walk in other people’s shoes, other people have a view and an experience that is unique to them. But what we can try to do is, each and every day, challenge ourselves by truly listening and trying to walk in another person’s shoes, knowing we’ll never be able to walk in their footsteps, but we can do the best we can to try to understand that perspective and where that is coming from.”Reed adds he attended a protest in Elmira last week. He says between 30-40 people in attendance were against “what I am supposedly am as an elected official.”“Because I stood and had the conversation with them, I think it hopefully set the tone, especially with one young man from SUNY Binghamton, that, you know what, you don’t have to prejudge each and every person,” Reed stated. “Take the time to actually listen and talk to each other. That’s going to take 24/7, 365 commitment from leaders that are going to bring people together and really try to understand that each of us comes to this from a different perspective.”“Once you start acknowledging those shortcomings, as well as the positive things you can bring to the conversation, the stronger we will be, and the sooner that this divide will be healed and we will be unified as a country.”last_img read more

Venezuela: A Narco’s Dream

first_imgBy Andres Arce/Diálogo May 01, 2020 Since the 1980s, drug cartels have always dreamed of operating in a narco-state. From Pablo Escobar and his murderous Medellín Cartel to Joaquin Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel, different cartels have searched for ways to hold absolute power over their governments, said former President of Colombia Andrés Pastrana in an interview with El Nuevo Herald in October 2018.According to an article published in December 2018 by the Spanish newspaper El Independiente “during the 1982 parliamentary election in Colombia, Pablo Escobar managed to be elected as an alternate member of the Chamber of Representatives. He leveraged this position to gain popular support, overseeing the construction of community projects such as soccer fields, parks, and housing projects for local communities.”This same thirst for power was replicated at a larger scale in Venezuela. “What [Hugo] Chávez did was create drug corridors, which facilitated the export of illicit drugs to Europe,” Pastrana, said. Chávez also “gave the Colombian guerrillas safe havens in Venezuela,” he added in an interview with Mundo in October 2018.According to a Voice of America article published in March 2020, this relationship flourished as trust was established between drug trafficking organizations and the Chávez government, where Chávez would authorize the exchange of military-grade weapons for cocaine. The illicit substance was then loaded onto aircraft that took off from clandestine airstrips in the Venezuelan jungle en route to the United States, refueling in Honduras and Caribbean islands.”In another report published in March of this year, the Colombian daily El Espectador said Chávez was “instrumental to the implementation of the Cartel of the Suns. “Not only did he create safe havens for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia [FARC, in Spanish],” but “his charismatic and energetic personality gave hope to those Venezuelans who like him were brought up in the working class.” Chávez was able to spread a sense of belonging to those communities who “felt forgotten by the system,” he understood the power of the people and abused their trust to create a “narco empire” in Venezuela,” the article added.Moreover in March 2020, a Washington Post article also mentions that this “empire” was then transferred from Chávez to Nicolás Maduro in 2013 after Chávez died. According to the March 26, 2020 U.S. Department of Justice indictment Maduro “helped manage and, ultimately, lead the Cartel of the Suns as he gained power in Venezuela […] While pursuing these and other objectives, Nicolás Maduro Moros negotiated multi-ton shipments of FARC-produced cocaine.”To bring these criminals to justice and assist partner nations in the region, U.S. Southern Command is currently enhancing counter-narcotics operations in Latin America and the Caribbean.last_img read more

Five summer 2016 security threats

first_imgCyberthreats do not take a summer break. With understaffed offices and more unsuspecting victims working from remote locations, the risk of data breach incidents, ransomware attacks and virus infiltration is likely to increase.Cybercrime is a business, Usman Choudhary, chief product officer at the Reston, Va.-based ThreatTrack Security, said.“They are data thieves, specializing in certain specific skills,” he said. “They have an operational team. They develop spear phishing campaigns. They also sell the data on the black market on the Dark Net.” continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

On Compliance: Field of membership rule changes

first_img continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In late October the National Credit Union Administration finalized changes to part 701 its rules and regulations that broaden field of membership definitions for federally insured credit unions. The agency announced that, as a result, more Americans will become eligible for credit union products and services effective Feb. 6, 2017.The change had the added benefit of re-naming NCUA’s consumer office to clarify its function and role in promoting consumer access to affordable financial services. NCUA Acting Chairman and prior Board Member J. Mark McWatters noted that the change would enhance consumer access to credit by sensibly and reasonably updating NCUA’s rules.” He further noted that the “… field-of-membership final rule is consistent with both the letter and spirit of the law.”The shift was one of the biggest regulatory moves for credit unions of 2016. Banks and other large financial institutions see it as a threat because it could have a substantial positive impact on credit union membership growth. Opponents of the change have threatened lawsuits challenging credit unions’ not-for-profit status.last_img read more

Ma Pau Entertainment opened today

first_img Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! EntertainmentLocalNews Ma Pau Entertainment opened today by: – April 20, 2012center_img 66 Views   2 comments Photo credit: iaapa.orgThe first gaming company to establish business in Dominica, Ma Pau Entertainment, will officially open its doors to the public today.While the public has been patronizing the services offered by the company, the facility which is housed at the Krazy Kokonuts in Castle Comfort has not yet been officially opened.Manager of Ma Pau Teleca Braithwaite said most of the employees are Dominicans.“You can expect a lot from Ma Pau in the coming year and in the years to come. So far it has been greatly appreciated by the locals and also the tourists. It is a big difference because we never had something like that here before,” she said.According to Braithwaite, the new initiative is expected to help boost the country’s tourism sector.The gaming center will be officially opened at 5 o’clock today.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

City to decide on Toure future

first_img Toure has also been linked regularly with other clubs, including Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain, and Pellegrini now concedes the player’s future will be discussed this summer. Asked about Toure, Pellegrini said: “Same as James Milner – we have to analyse the whole squad at the end of the season and then we will see which is the best for the club and the player.” The future of fellow midfielder Milner is another pressing issue for City. The England international is out of contract at the end of the campaign and has so far held off signing a new deal. It is not thought the 29-year-old has any issue with the terms being presented – and City even tabled an improved offer this week – but it is a matter of playing time. With Milner’s decision possibly representing the last major move or contract of his career, he wants to be sure of regular first-team action. Pellegrini said: “James must decide what he wants to do for his future. That just belongs to him. He asked the club to allow him to take the decision at the end of the season. He will do it in the right moment.” Pellegrini claims no plans have yet been made for summer recruitment or over a possible replacement for Milner. He said: “There are a lot of things we must think about for the future. We will try to do it as well as we can.” Press Association Pellegrini has previously insisted the midfielder would be staying at the Etihad Stadium despite recurring, outspoken comments from the player’s controversial agent Dimitri Seluk. Seluk recently said his client, who has two years remaining on his contract, was “90 per cent certain” to leave City this summer. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted a decision will have to be made about the future of Yaya Toure. The Chilean, speaking to media to preview Sunday’s final game of the season against Southampton, would not be drawn into commenting on the Raheem Sterling saga at Liverpool. Sterling is unsettled at Anfield and City have been linked but, as in previous weeks, Pellegrini was non-committal. He said: “Same answer that I gave you last week – I don’t talk about rumours. “There are a lot of very important players that maybe all the teams are wanting. I don’t know what happens with Sterling or all the other players. “We finish the season on Sunday. After that we will see what we need and which players can come here.” One player heading out of City after this weekend is veteran former England midfielder Frank Lampard, who will join up with sister club New York City in Major League Soccer. The 36-year-old former Chelsea and West Ham star will leave as one of the Premier League greats having made 608 appearances in the competition and scored 176 times in a glittering 19-year career. Pellegrini has been impressed by Lampard’s attitude and professionalism during his one-year spell with City. He said: “I am very pleased because I think Frank is one of the most important players who have played here in the Premier League. “His career is brilliant, he is a great professional and we are proud at this team to have had him playing here this season. “I am sure he will have an important impact for New York City. They have a very good player with a lot of experience and more than that a very good professional, who will involve all the team in the targets that club needs.” Another player to have left is winger Scott Sinclair, whose loan to Aston Villa is set to become a £2.5million permanent deal over the summer. Sinclair, 26, failed to establish himself at City after a £6.2million move from Swansea in 2012. Pellegrini said: “It is difficult for players to arrive to big teams, always. It is not easy when you have competition with players in your position. “That just depends on the personality of all the players. Maybe the stronger the team, the more difficult (it is). “I don’t know what will happen for him in the future but I suppose one day he will demonstrate why he was a player here in this team.” last_img read more