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Dear Readers ALL, Hoping that you have a happy and wonderful thanksgiving and may l wish you …….
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in Canada, the United States, some of the Caribbean islands, and Liberia. It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Similarly named festival holidays occur in Germany and Japan. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States, and around the same part of the year in other places. Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated as a secular holiday as well.
Thanksgiving (United States)Jennie Augusta BrownscombeThe First Thanksgiving at Plymouth, 1914, Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, MassachusettsPilgrims and Puritans who emigrated from England in the 1620s and 1630s carried the tradition of Days of Fasting and Days of Thanksgiving with them to New England. The modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is traced to a well-recorded 1619 event in Virginia and a sparsely documented 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. The 1619 arrival of 38 English settlers at Berkeley Hundred in Charles City County, Virginia, concluded with a religious celebration as dictated by the group’s charter from the London Company, which specifically required “that the day of our ships arrival at the place assigned … in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God.” The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest.[7][8]Several days of Thanksgiving were held in early New England history that have been identified as the “First Thanksgiving”, including Pilgrim holidays in Plymouth in 1621 and 1623, and a Puritan holiday in Boston in 1631.[9][10] According to historian Jeremy Bangs, director of the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum, the Pilgrims may have been influenced by watching the annual services of Thanksgiving for the relief of the siege of Leiden in 1574, while they were staying in Leiden.[11] Now called Oktober Feesten, Leiden’s autumn thanksgiving celebration in 1617 was the occasion for sectarian disturbance that appears to have accelerated the pilgrims’ plans to emigrate to America.[12] Later in Massachusetts, religious thanksgiving services were declared by civil leaders such as Governor Bradford, who planned the colony’s thanksgiving celebration and fast in 1623.[13][14][15] The practice of holding an annual harvest festival did not become a regular affair in New England until the late 1660s.[16]Thanksgiving proclamations were made mostly by church leaders in New England up until 1682, and then by both state and church leaders until after the American Revolution. During the revolutionary period, political influences affected the issuance of Thanksgiving proclamations. Various proclamations were made by royal governors, John Hancock, General George Washington, and the Continental Congress,[17] each giving thanks to God for events favorable to their causes.[18] As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God”.[19]Debate about the nation’s first celebrations
Shrine of the first U.S. Thanksgiving in 1619 at Berkeley Hundred in Charles City County, Virginia

The question of where the first Thanksgiving was held in the United States has been a subject of debate, primarily between New England and Virginia, complicated by the concept of Thanksgiving as a holiday celebration versus a religious service. James Baker maintains, “The American holiday’s true origin was the New England Calvinist Thanksgiving. Never coupled with a Sabbath meeting, the Puritan observances were special days set aside during the week for thanksgiving and praise in response to God’s providence.”[9] Baker calls the debate a “tempest in a beanpot” and “marvelous nonsense” based on regional claims.[9] However, the day for Thanksgiving services specifically codified in the founding charter of Berkeley Hundred in 1619 was instrumental in President John F. Kennedy’s attempt to strike a compromise between the regional claims, by issuing Proclamation 3560 on November 5, 1963, stating, “Over three centuries ago, our forefathers in Virginia and in Massachusetts, far from home in a lonely wilderness, set aside a time of thanksgiving. On the appointed day, they gave reverent thanks for their safety, for the health of their children, for the fertility of their fields, for the love which bound them together, and for the faith which united them with their God.

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VIDEO: ' CIA TORTURE REPORT AND SEVEN MEN BEHIND COMPANY Y '

#AceNewsServices – Featured Posts:WASHINGTON:Dec.30:The US Senate report on the CIA’s so-called enhanced interrogation techniques that was released on Tuesday said a firm identified only as "Company Y" was responsible for developing many of the tactics used during the questioning of terrorism suspects after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

After the release of the details of the Senate investigation, NBC News reported the company that worked to develop these techniques and received more than $80 million from the government for its work was a firm based in Spokane, Washington, called Mitchell, Jessen & Associates.

While much of the attention on Mitchell, Jessen & Associates has focused on the two owners of the company who gave it its name, the firm had seven co-owners. Documents exclusively obtained by Business Insider on Wednesday confirmed the names of these seven people as well as their roles at the company. The records also detailed when Mitchell, Jessen & Associates was first established.

According to a document filed with the state of Washington in 2008, the seven owners of Mitchell, Jessen & Associates were James Mitchell, John Bruce Jessen, David Ayers, Randall Spivey, James Sporleder, Joseph Matarazzo, and Roger Aldrich.

Records show Mitchell, Jessen & Associates became inactive in October 2009. However, four of the company’s owners appear to work at other firms that currently consult with the US government. Three of them — Spivey, Sporleder, and Aldrich — are still working together at a company called the Center For Personal Protection & Safety, which counts both the Department of Defense and the FBI among its clients.

Their company reportedly developed interrogation techniques the Senate report described as "brutal," including forced rectal feedings, waterboarding, sleep deprivation, mock executions, and intense psychological manipulation. Late Wednesday evening, a CIA representative said the agency would not be able to comment on this story until the following morning, at the earliest.

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#ANS2014

#central-intelligence-agencycia, #torture, #washington

VIDEO:' COURT IN PAKISTAN GRANTS BAIL TO MASTERMIND OF 2008 MUMBAI TERRORIST ATTACKS '

#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN:Dec.29:A court in Pakistan has suspended a detention order against the alleged mastermind of the Mumbai terrorist attacks in 2008, reported by New York Times. Mr. Shah, the technology chief of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistani terror group, and fellow conspirators used Google Earth to show militants the routes to their targets in the city. He set up an Internet phone system to disguise his location by routing his calls through New Jersey.

​Mr Lakhvi has been in Pakistani custody since 2008.

Shortly before an assault that would kill 166 people, including six Americans, Mr. Shah searched online for a Jewish hostel and two luxury hotels, all sites of the eventual carnage.

Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakvi is being held in prison, while bail is posted, though he could possibly be released according to a local prosecutor – a move, which would infuriate neighbouring India.

The court said there was not enough evidence to keep Lakvi behind bars, AP reported.

Another hearing has been set for January 15 and if the Interior Ministry comes up with new evidence, the judge in the case says he could reverse his decision.

#ANS2014

#acenewsservices, #bail, #pakistan

' CITY LINK COST £1.00, ENTERS ADMINISTRATION AND OWNER GETS UK TAXPAYERS TO PICK UP REDUNDANCY BILL '

#AceNewsServices – Editors Featured Post:BRITAIN:Dec.29: On Christmas Eve just after all the shops have closed and people have bought all their Christmas Food & Fayre. The parcel and delivery firm City Link announces it is going into, administration putting 2,000 peoples jobs at risk.

The Guardian reports today that the founder of City Link’s parent company has denied the firm’s collapse was mishandled and apologised to more than 2,000 workers who found out on Christmas Day that they would lose their jobs. Jon Moulton said the directors of Better Capital, which owns the parcel delivery firm, were very sorry about its collapse and the fallout for its workforce.

The veteran venture capitalist claimed that taxpayers would not foot much of a bill for redundancy payments for the firm’s staff as City Link had “paid a fortune” in taxes since it was taken over by Better Capital in April 2013. More than 2,000 City Link staff are facing redundancy on New Year’s Eve and company administrators EY have been unable to reach a deal with trade union bosses desperate to save the jobs.

The RMT union has urged the business secretary, Vince Cable, to rescue the company but Moulton said the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills was aware of City Link’s collapse before Christmas and did not request a meeting.

Government Press Release:

The administrators for the delivery firm City Link have confirmed they anticipate a substantial number of redundancies in the coming days.The administrators will have the opportunity to consult employee representatives about redundancies.

There are special arrangements for employees dismissed on the insolvency of their employer which guarantees a basic minimum of payments from the National Insurance Fund (NIF), administered by the Redundancy Payments Service in the Insolvency Service.

This covers redundancy and other contractual payments, within limits, and aims to pays 80% of claims within 3 weeks after the claim is received. The payments are made from the National Insurance Fund under provisions contained in the Employment Rights Act 1996. All payments are subject to legal limits in both the period that they can be paid and the maximum weekly amount – currently £464.00 per week.

Thought the statutory scheme does not cover payments due to self-employed contractors or agency workers. City Link employees and contractors (as creditors) should contact the administrators, Ernst and Young in the first instance. Agency workers should contact their respective agencies.

The sale by pest control company Rentokil Initial to Better Capital took place in April 2013 when it sold its parcel delivery firm City Link for £1, after years of losses.

Rentokil acquired City Link in 2006, but City Link has lost money since 2007, including £26m in 2012.

It has struggled in the face of weakening demand for its services from small businesses.

It is now being offloaded to restructuring specialist Better Capital, who are expected to invest £40m into the business.

Better Capital has recently invested in fashion retailer Jaeger and double-glazing firm Everest.

City Link will continue to be run by its existing management team, Rentokil said in a statement.

Rentokil chief executive Alan Brown said: "I believe City Link has now turned the corner after five years of substantial losses."

Mr Moulton, founder of investment business Better Capital, told Radio 4’s Today programme: "We chased every possible way to save this company." and have invested £40 million but keeping it open any longer is illegal and in breach of insolvency rules.

Editors Comment:

Well what a great bit of jiggery pokery as investing just £40 million was barely enough to keep it going and closing it now with it there still being about 40,000 parcels at City Link depots across the country, to be collected by customers, will help to offset loses and as it was purchased show a debt-book able to offset these against future investments.

#ANS2014

#administration, #britain, #city-link, #redundancy

NORTH KOREA: CYBER-HACKS AND CYBER-WARFARE THOUGH WHAT DO WE REALLY KNOW ABOUT THE FUTURE ?

#AceNewsServices – NORTH KOREA:Editors Post:Dec.28 – Recently l posted news and reported on the cyber-hacks and attacks on Sony Pictures and how it has put North Korea’s cyberwarfare program in the spotlight.

Though what do we really know about the internal workings of the country, as not much is known, other than snippets of information have come out over the years, often through defectors and intelligence leaks.Here’s a summary of what we know:The Cyber Units of North Korea’s governing structure is split between the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) and the National Defence Commission (NDC).North Korea’s main cyber-operations run under the Reconnaissance General Bureau (RGB), which itself falls under the Ministry of People’s Armed Forces that is in turn part of the NDC. The RGB has been operational for years in traditional espionage and clandestine operations and formed two cyber-divisions several years ago called Unit 121 and Office 91.

In 2004, Unit 121 was said to have gained access to 33 of the 80 wireless communications networks used by the South Korean military. The attack coincided with the timing of a military exercise held with U.S. military forces.

North Korea likes to launch its cyber attacks on important dates. On the Fourth of July in 2009, North Korea launched an attack, which included a denial-of-service operation against media and government websites in South Korea and the U.S. The attack included malware that wipes data from the hard drives of targeted machines. A similar attack was carried out by what researchers at Symantec have branded the “DarkSeoul gang,” thought to be working for North Korea, which attacked South Korean banks and TV networks in 2011 and 2013. The attacks in 2013 froze ATM networks in South Korea and prevented people from taking money out of their accounts. They also coincided with North Korea’s cutting of the official communications link between it and South Korea. Further cyber attacks since then have often coincided with the anniversary of the start of the Korean War and other notable dates.

North Korea sees on-line games as a theater of cyber warfare operations. In 2011, South Korean police arrested five people and accused them of collaborating with operators in North Korea. They were alleged to have used “auto-players” in the on-line game Lineage to level up in the game and then use its in-game marketplace to obtain real money. In 2013, the South Korean government said hackers from North Korea released malware that infected 100,000 computers which were then hijacked and used to launch a distributed denial of service attack on computers at the Inchon Airport. It had little effect, but the attack was considered a “clever tactic” for using an online game as what military planners call a “force multiplier.”

North Korea also has the ability to jam signals from GPS satellites and to inject false coordinates into GPS signals. It demonstrated this capability during joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises in 2011.

North Korean hackers get some of their training in China and in Russia. In 2012, North
Korea also signed an agreement with Iran to cooperate in combating “common enemies in cyberspace.” One motivating factor for their alliance was the appearance of Stuxnet, a cyber weapon created by the U.S. and Israel and used to attack Iran’s nuclear research facilities.

Editors Comment:

So concluding the next battle will not be fought with conventional military hardware but computer controlled drones, cyber-machines and computer software, all geared to create massive infrastructure damage on countries economies. So as the power of the pound, dollar and euro will decline, the power of control over peoples lives will evolve, as news and social media, take greater and greater control over our everyday lives.

The next war will not be of ‘ guts and glory ‘ or men of honour ‘ fighting for a worthy cause ‘ but of little men with big ideas sitting in ivory towers ‘ Playing at being God ‘ but as with all little men who are really ‘children at heart ‘, there is a stronger and more ‘ Powerful Father ‘ who has watched over us and waits until all things have past, before he comes.

Then NO computer or Cyberattack be it hacker or not will stop his coming, because by then it will be truly too late, because as with life every ‘ Second Counts’ and before you can say it – it will have surely happened and it will be history.

#ANS2014

#cyber-attack, #north-korea

‘ TWELVE TURKISH NATIONALISTS DETAINED AFTER ATTACK ON US SAILORS IN ISTANBUL ‘

#AceNewsServices – TURKEY – Nov.13 – Twelve Turkish nationalists detained after an attack on US sailors in Istanbul were released on Thursday, Reuters said.

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The group, which comprised members of the nationalist Turkish Youth Union, assaulted the three sailors on a crowded street in Istanbul on Wednesday, shouting “Yankee go home.”

“We want you to get lost and we are using our right to protest” and “Down with US Imperialism,” the group was heard saying.

Other members of the youth movement tried to force sacks on the heads of the Americans in an apparent tip of the hat to a 2003 incident in which US forces arrested Turkish soldiers in northern Iraq and subjected them to similar treatment.

In a statement published in Turkish and translated by the New York Times, the union said Wednesday that the protest was staged in dedication to our martyrs and to the millions of innocent people slaughtered by the imperialism in the Middle East.”

Screenshot from YouTube user TGBİnternet Bürosu

Screenshot from YouTube user TGBİnternet Bürosu

“We find it ugly and disturbing. We condemn that attack,” US military spokesman Colonel Steven Warren told reporters in Washington.

“We have enjoyed a strong relationship with Turkey for many years,” the Navy said in a statement. “Turkish ports have long been very popular destinations for US Navy ships, and our sailors have enjoyed the warm hospitality that has traditionally been extended.”

Over Twitter, the US Embassy in Turkey said they found the incident “appalling,” adding, “While we respect the right to peaceful protest and freedom of expression, we condemn today’s attack in Istanbul, and have no doubt that the vast majority of Turks would join us in rejecting an action that so disrespects Turkey’s reputation for hospitality.”

Ozgur Unluhisarcikli, the director of the German Marshall Fundof the United States office in Ankara, described the youth brigade to the Times as a “fringe group” and said that while he believes the protest to be marginal, it nevertheless “will appeal to the wider public because it resonates with the national pride of Turks.” According to the German Marshall Fund, a nonpartisan American-based think tank, 64 percent of Turks hold an unfavourable opinion of the US.

“It will be interesting to see what the Turkish government’s reaction is to this incident and whether they condemn it,” Turkish expert and Foreign Policy Interrupted co-founder Elmira Bayrasli added to the Times. “If they skirt around the issue I fear that more attacks like this will be repeated.”

NTV television reported that a dozen people were subsequently arrested over their alleged involvement. Meanwhile, US Vice President Joe Biden remains slated to arrive in Istanbul late next week for meetings with officials representing Turkey, a NATO ally, which AFP said is intended to ease tensions between the countries as the Pentagon further pursues efforts to gain Turkish support in the multi-national campaign against the so-called Islamic State group in neighboring Iraq and Syria. Last month, Biden called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after alleging during a speech that Istanbul has been complicit in the Islamic State’s campaign by letting fighters use its border to enter Syria.

“If Biden told these words, then he will be history to me. I never uttered such remarks, Erdogan fired back. “He should apologize. I’m saying this clearly. And we won’t accept slender, indirect explanations. Later, Biden “apologized for any implication that Turkey or other allies and partners in the region had intentionally supplied or facilitated the growth of ISIL (IS, ISIS) or other violent extremists in Syria,” the White House explained.

The nationalists faced possible charges of insult, injury and breaching laws on public protests before being released from court by the prosecutor, the Dogan news agency said.

#ANS2014 

#innocents, #martyrs, #protest, #slaughtered

‘ MAJORITY OF AMERICAN’S BACK REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS AFTER MIDTERMS ‘

AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – Nov.12 – A new Gallup poll shows that the majority of Americans don’t want President Barack Obama calling all the shots any more mail on-line reported.  

'Nation backs Republican agenda in new poll: Majority want lame duck Obama to play second fiddle to GOP-run Congress after Democrats lose midterm elections '

‘Nation backs Republican agenda in new poll: Majority want lame duck Obama to play second fiddle to GOP-run Congress after Democrats lose midterm elections ‘

Americans say by a large margin that they’d rather Obama back off and let Republicans take the lead in the new Congress than the other way around.

The poll supports Republican claims that last week’s midterm elections were in fact a referendum on the president – an assessment the White House has forcibly denied both before and after the president’s party was walloped at the ballot box.

Even before last week’s midterm elections the White House had been spinning expected Democratic loses as mostly unrelated to Obama, saying individual candidates, not the nation’s leader, were on the ballot this year.  

After his party’s candidates were demolished in the off-year elections and exit polls showed that a third of voters came out to send the president a message of opposition – compared to just 19 percent who said they were voting that day to support Obama – the president still vowed to forge ahead with his agenda, regardless of anyone else’s opinion on the matter.

‘My job over the next couple of years is to do some practical, concrete things as much as possible with Congress,’ Obama said during a post-election press conference last Wednesday.

‘Where it’s not possible with Congress,’ he said, I’ll do it ‘on my own, to show people why we should be confident and to give people a sense of progress and a sense of hope.’

But just 36 percent of respondents to Gallup’s latest survey said they wanted Obama to set the agenda moving forward. More than half, 53 percent, said they thought Republicans’ plans should be given more weight than the presidents.

The poll, taken after the election from Nov. 6-9, indicates that voters did indeed mean the midterm elections to be a realignment of leadership and priorities. 

#ANS2014 

 

#acenewsservices, #gallup-poll, #survey

FLORIDA: ‘ FLU VACCINE PARALYSES 10-YEAR OLD HEALTHY CHILD ‘

AceNewsServices – FLORIDA – Nov.11 – Sure, vaccines are safe — except when they randomly trigger extreme brain inflammation that leads to vision loss, paralysis and an inability to speak.

This is what happened to now-10-year-old Marysue Grivna of Tampa, Florida, just four days after she received a flu vaccine, which left her completely debilitated with a serious brain disease known as acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, or ADEM.  

It all began on November 22, 2013, when young Marysue was taken in to get a seasonal flu vaccine. Just days later, the child began to get sick and quickly developed symptoms of paralysis.

Worried, her parents took her in for an evaluation and it was determined that she had succumbed to an immune disorder caused by inflammation of the brain. 

Similar to multiple sclerosis, ADEM manifests as an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks itself, in this case targeting the protective coverings surrounding nerve fibres. Known as myelin, these coverings are meant to protect nerves in the brain and spinal cord, for instance, from being harmed. In their absence, symptoms like loss of vision and paralysis can occur.

“Her father Steven and I are certain, due to all our research, that this was what caused Marysue’s condition,” stated the girl’s mother, Carla, during a recent interview with Fox & Friends. “The doctors won’t confirm it or deny it… [but] she was a happy, healthy, running, and playing nine-year-old.

Then this happened read more here …….. Source: 

#ANS2014 

#acenewsservices, #adem, #brain, #flu, #vaccine

TRIBUTE: ‘ AT 11.11 ON 11th DAY OF THE 11th MONTH THE WORLD REMEMBERS ‘

#AceNewsServices – November 11 – Tributes have been paid to servicemen and women who died in conflicts since the start of World War One.

' At 11.11 on the 11/11/2014 we shall Remember '

‘ At 11.11 on the 11/11/2014 we shall Remember ‘

Ceremonies took place around the UK and further afield to mark the anniversary of the WW1 armistice.

Tower of London Poppy display wins the hearts of millions

' Tower of London Ceramic Poppy Display '

‘ Tower of London Ceramic Poppy Display ‘

Nearly four million people are expected to have visited the Tower of London poppy art exhibition by 12 November.

In London, a 13-year-old army cadet planted the final symbolic ceramic poppy in the art installation at the Tower of London.

Services were held in military bases, churches and schools, and a two-minute silence was observed at 11:00 GMT.

In London, remembrance ceremonies took place at Westminster Abbey, the Cenotaph and Trafalgar Square. Among the commemorations elsewhere:

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, 70 years since the D-Day landings and the end of Britain’s conflict in Afghanistan.

Since last year’s Armistice Day, another seven members of the British armed forces have died in service – including five who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in April.

Stephen Clarke, head of remembrance for the British Legion, said: “This year it feels like there are more poppies out in the streets and a lot of different styles of poppy, because remembrance is very personal.”

Richard Hughes of the Western Front Association, which organises the Annual Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph, said this year’s commemorations were not just about the end of World War One.

“We have got the modern version here with us stepping back from Afghanistan,” he said. “That itself has tremendous resonance.”

Brigadier Rob Thomson laying a wreath during an Armistice Day ceremony at Kandahar airfield, Afghanistan.

Brigadier Rob Thomson laid a wreath at an Armistice Day ceremony at Kandahar airfield, Afghanistan

The scene in Liverpool City Centre following the observation of two minutes silence at 11am to mark Armistice Day.

Balloons and confetti were released in Liverpool City Centre

Staff at York Station on Armistice Day

Staff at York Station observed a two minute silence

Staff and shoppers at a shopping centre in Bristol during the two minute silence.

Staff and shoppers at a shopping centre in Bristol stopped to pay their respects at 11am

A lady throws poppies in to the fountain in Trafalgar Square on Armistice Day 11 November 2014

The Royal British Legion’s Silence in the Square event took place in Trafalgar Square

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Military cadet Harry Alexander Hayes places the last ceramic poppy in the moat of the Tower of London to mark Armistice Day on 11 November 2014

Hayes had the honour of placing the last poppy at the Tower of London’s installation

Armistice Day 2014 service at the Menin Gate memorial in Ypres, Belgium.

The Armistice Day service in Ypres, Belgium, took place at the Menin Gate memorial

Australian Army Warrant Officer Stephen Chiesa observes a minute's silence at the Cenotaph national war memorial to pay tribute to the Commonwealth war dead on Armistice Day in Sydney on 11 November  2014

Services were held in various countries, including Australia

The England football squad observe a two-minute silence while training

Villages, towns and cities came to a standstill at 11:00 GMT, as did the England football team

Lloyd's of London holds two-minute silence on 11 November 2014

The silence was observed at Lloyd’s of London

French President Francois Hollande lays a wreath on Armistice Day 2014 in Paris

French President Francois Hollande laid a wreath in Paris

The cadet, from Reading Blue Coat School in Berkshire, was watched by thousands as he placed the last of 888,246 ceramic flowers in the moat of the Tower of the London.

Cadet Harry Hayes (l) with artist Paul Cummins (r)

The last poppy was planted by cadet Harry Hayes, 13, from Reading Blue Coat School

Each poppy represents an individual who didn’t grow old.

Read more from Peter on his correspondent page

His great-great-great uncle, Private Patrick Kelly of the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards, was killed just weeks before the end of the war on September 27 1918.

Cadet Hayes admitted he was nervous, but said “It is an amazing honour, seeing all these poppies and I managed to plant the last one.

Americans marked Veterans Day on Tuesday with parades, speeches and military discounts, while in Europe the holiday known as Armistice Day held special meaning in the centennial year of the start of World War I.

New York City’s Veterans Day Parade up Fifth Avenue was to feature a float with rapper Ice-T plus six military dogs and their handlers, all of whom have served in the U.S. armed forces. 

ARMISTICE DAY

Europe marked Armistice Day with ceremonies and moments of silence as France opened an international memorial on a former battlefield. The events had special significance because this year is the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. Tuesday was the 96th anniversary of the armistice that ended the war on Nov. 11, 1918.

French President Francois Hollande placed a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier under Paris’ Arc de Triomphe. Later, he was to head to northern France to inaugurate an international war memorial at Notre-Dame-de-Lorette in the presence of German, British and Belgian officials.

The Ring of Memory carries the names of 600,000 soldiers who died in the region during the war. 

#ANS2014 

#memories

BAGHDAD: ‘ IRAQI ARMY RECAPTURES REFINERY IN BEIJI FROM ISLAMIC STATE ‘

#AceNewsServices – BAGHDAD – Nov.09 – Iraqi soldiers battling the Islamic State group recaptured the heart and outlying districts of the town of Beiji, home to the country’s largest oil refinery, state television and a provincial governor said Tuesday AP reported.

Retaking Beiji, 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, could allow Iraqi forces a base to attack neighboring Tikrit, taken by the extremists in their lightning advance this summer.

But troops backed by Shiite militias faced pockets of stiff resistance around Beiji, hindering their advance.

The top army commander in Beiji, General Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, was quoted by state television as saying that troops had recaptured the city’s local government and police headquarters.

The town is home to the country’s largest oil refinery. Retaking Beiji could allow Iraqi forces to use it as a base to attack neighbouring Tikrit, which was taken by the extremists this summer.

It’s also a morale boost for Iraq’s security forces.

#ANS2014 

#attack, #beiji, #shiite, #soldiers

11.11.11: ‘ ‘ SIGN OF THE ANTI-CHRIST OR CALLING THE MESSIAH TO REPLY ? ‘

#AceNewsServices – WHITE HOUSE – Nov.11 – I received this link from a source at 11.11.11 and as you know l am only interested in the truth. This is what l found when tracking back:

Extract from video provider David Vose: This is the official white house tweet where the White house tweets a Picture of Barack Obama having the AntiChrist, or the Islamic Mahdi, Crown, and Bow.

There is no way to misunderstand this? Or is there?   

He is a WORLD leader and everyone knows, in this present world, the man who wears that crown, is the AntiChrist. Islam’s Mahdi!

' SIGN OF THE ANTI-CHRIST OR CALLING THE MESSIAH TO REPLY '

‘ SIGN OF THE ANTI-CHRIST OR CALLING THE MESSIAH TO REPLY ‘

IF this Picture was a mistake, Obama should come out now and recall this, and apologize for it and explain why it was tweeted.

If Obama remains silent, he is declaring that he believes he is the AntiChrist.

Or, worse yet, He believes he is the Messiah!

Both of these means he declares himself AntiChrist OR does IT?  

Ace News Services: Your comments and opinions please – appreciated. I will leave this on as a sticky post for 6 days. The time it took God to create the earth. Thanks Editor.  

#ANS2014 

#antichrist-v-messiah

UNITED STATES: ‘ DETERGENT PODS CAN POISON OR KILL A CHILD SAYS NEW REPORT ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – Nov.10 – U.S. poison control centres received more than 17,000 calls – or about one per hour – about children who’d been exposed to chemicals in laundry detergent pods in 2012 and 2013, a new study found. 

Over 700 of the children were hospitalized, and one child died, researchers said.

“This caught us by surprise,” said Dr. Gary Smith, the study’s lead author from the Centre for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

“I’ve seen these cases come through the hospital’s emergency department,” he said. “I was aware of the case reports, but I haven’t seen anyone pull together the numbers.”

Laundry detergent pods were introduced to the U.S. market in 2012. The all-in-one packets contain detergent that’s released in the wash, so users don’t have to measure detergent in a cup.

Smith and his colleagues write in the journal Pediatrics that doctors have previously reported on kids who’ve eaten or burst the pods with serious consequences, such as being hospitalized and put on a ventilator for several days.

To get a better understanding of how many children are being exposed and possibly harmed by the pods, the researchers analyzed data from 2012 and 2013 from the National Poison Data System, which catalogs calls made to U.S. poison control centers.

Overall, the centres received 17,230 calls about children younger than six who were somehow exposed to the liquid in laundry detergent pods.

That’s roughly four calls per 10,000 children in that age group, according to the researchers.

About a third of the calls involved children between the ages of one and two years.

“This is an age group that has newfound mobility,” Smith said. “They’re curious and they don’t sense danger.” Children may think the colourful pods are candy or filled with juice, he said.

About 80 percent of all calls involved children swallowing the pods or their liquids.

In 2012, for example, Tide said it would add a safety latch to its detergent pods, after a child was hospitalized for swallowing the contents. (See Reuters story of May 25, 2012, here:reut.rs/1sua9AJ.)

Smith does not think any current packaging is truly child resistant, however.

“These are continuing examples of a systemic problem we have in this country,” he said. “It’s that our products are designed by adults for the use and convenience of adults.”

SOURCES: bit.ly/uFc4g2 Pediatrics, online November 11, 2014, and bit.ly/1uQ1I8J Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, October 2014.

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#children, #hospitalised, #laundry, #poison-control-centres

ISRAEL: ‘ NETANYAHU JUSTIFIES POLICE SHOOTING OF MAN WHO ATTACKED POLICE CAR WITH A KNIFE ‘

#AceNewsServices – Nov.10 –  The police shot and killed a 22-year-old man from the northern Arab village of Kafr Kana in the early hours of Saturday morning, after he allegedly attacked a police car with a knife.

However, CCTV footage may contradict the officers’ statement that a warning shot was fired in the air before the man was fatally wounded you can judge for yourselves. 

A large protest was held in the Galilee village on Saturday to protest the shooting.

At its climax, clashes erupted between stone throwers and the large police force stationed nearby. A general strike among Israeli Arabs was announced by The Higher Arab Monitoring Committee, which called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to fire Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch.

However, Netanyahu backed the officers and harshly criticized the protesters in Kafr Kana. “Israel is a state of law,” he said. “We won’t tolerate disturbances and riots.We will take action against stone throwers, those who block traffic arteries, and those who call for establishing a Palestinian state in place of the State of Israel.

Whoever does not respect Israeli law will be punished to the fullest extent.

I will direct the interior minister to consider stripping the citizenship of those who call for the destruction of the State of Israel.”

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#galilee, #israel, #killed, #knife, #shot

MEXICO CITY: ‘ PROTESTERS STORM NATIONAL PALACE OVER ABDUCTION AND MURDER OF 43 STUDENTS ‘

#AceNewsServices – MEXICO CITY – Nov.09 – This is a follow-up from my post yesterday and thanks to RT and their team: A group of protesters in Mexico City have tried to break into the National Palace and have set its front doors on fire in response to government’s alleged role in the abduction and murder of 43 students who went missing in September.

The rally’s participants used a metal police barricade as a battering ram, trying to storm the National Palace in Mexico City, which is mostly used for ceremonies involving President Enrique Pena Nieto.

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Having failed to break into the National Palace, protesters set its front doors on fire. They managed to damage the entrance to the building, but were unable to get inside and were eventually driven away by police.

As the demonstrators were trying to forcefully break into the National Palace, another large crowd was protesting in front of the attorney general’s office.

There have been reports of injuries and arrests, as police dispersed the raging crowds in Mexico City.

The storming of the National Palace came as the climax of Saturday’s mass rally which was inspired by Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam’s revelation Friday that three Guerreros Unidos gang members in custody had confessed to killing the students and incinerating their bodies, and had claimed that the young men were handed over to them by the police.

Infuriated by alleged police involvement in the abduction of students, hundreds of protesters on Saturday set cars on fire, painted graffiti and threw rocks at government offices.

“We are asking the same thing as usual. We want to see our comrades alive,” a masked student told AFP as others chanted, “They took them alive, we want them back alive.” The students went missing on September 26, when they clashed with police during a protest in the southwestern town of Iguala. After police detained them and took them away, the students were not seen again.

Protesters wearing masks outside the Guerrero state building in Chilpancingo tossed firebombs and torched around a dozen vehicles, including trucks and a federal police vehicle.

Besides the allegations that the students were led to their eventual deaths by law enforcement agents, Mexicans were furious with the Attorney General’s remarks during the press conference. After an hour of fielding questions, Jesus Murillo Karam abruptly signaled for an end to the press conference by turning away from reporters and saying, “Ya me canse” or “I’ve had enough.”

The phrase immediately exploded on social networks while protesters used the phrase to draw graffiti as a sign of dissent. “Enough, I’m tired of Murillo Karam,” says one. Another asks, “If you’re tired, why don’t you resign?”

Others vented their frustration with messages such as “Enough, I’m tired of living in a narco state” or “Enough, I’m tired of corrupt politicians.”

In taped confessions, gang members said they took students to a landfill in the town of Cocula aboard two trucks, where they killed them and spent 14 hours burning their bodies and belongings.

In connection with the massacre, authorities said they have already arrested 74 people, including the ousted mayor, Jose Luis Abarca, his wife Maria de los Angeles Pineda, 36 police officers and several Guerreros Unidos gang members.

Meanwhile, the parents of the missing students say they will not accept they are dead until independent Argentine forensic experts deliver DNA results. An Austrian university is helping identify the remains through a DNA test, but the chief prosecutor added that there was “a lot of evidence… that could indicate it was them.”

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#abduction, #mexico-city, #missing, #murder

‘ BRITAIN PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE FALLEN WHILE ON HIGH ALERT AGAINST SUSPECTED TERROR PLOT ‘

#AceNewsServices – LONDON – Nov.09 – The Queen will lead commemorations later to honour members of the armed forces killed in conflict.

' Harry Patch Last Survivor of World War One '

‘ Harry Patch Last Survivor of World War One ‘

She will be joined by political leaders and veterans for a ceremony at the Cenotaph in London – the focal point of the UK’s Remembrance Sunday services.

Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast will be among the places paying their respects.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, 70 years since the D-Day landings and the end of Britain’s conflict in Afghanistan.

David Cameron said the anniversaries made the commemorations “particularly poignant”.

Scotland Yard said there would be “appropriate and proportionate” policing at the Cenotaph after four men were arrested on Thursday in west London and High Wycombe in connection with an alleged Islamist terror plot on British soil.

World War One Centenary

A poppy on a grave

In Glasgow, a two-minute silence will be observed at the cenotaph in George Square, while in Edinburgh a parade will take place from the castle esplanade to the city’s stone of remembrance.

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond will be among those laying wreaths, and a ceremonial gun will be fired.

World War One Centenary

Picture of Private James Beaney
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Meanwhile, the National Secular Society has written to the government asking it to review the role of the Church of England at the national ceremony of remembrance, which it argues should be equally inclusive of all citizens, regardless of religion and belief.

The society believes the commemoration should be redesigned to make it an inclusive national event, not led by a single Christian denomination.

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#fallen, #terror

‘ PROTESTERS CLASH WITH POLICE OVER DAILY INJUSTICE’S IN THE MILLION MASK MARCH ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON D.C – Nov.08 – An intense video highlights the level of unrest among a growing group of Americans and the divide between them and the police.

Hundreds of protesters stormed the capital Tuesday in an effort to voice their concerns about the encroaching police state. Some protesters were captured on video raiding the FBI building and backing police into a corner. 

According to News2Share who took the video below:

Police clashed with rioters Tuesday participating in the “Million Mask March” in Washington DC.

In one incident at the Reagen Building, a protester had a scuffle with a police officer, which ended up with him being tased onto the ground.

A friend of his then tried to get away, and was also tased, but he managed to escape the taser and sprint across the street before officers on foot and from a vehicle were able to surround him. When other protesters surrounded the arresting officer, he threatened them with pepper spray while bringing the suspect into custody.

Note: Video Filmed and edited by Ford Fischer, with a short clip of the initial scuffle submitted by Ben Cutler.

The people in the US are becoming fed up with the daily injustices.

As the ruling class grabs more power, wealth, and privilege, more and more Americans are taking to the streets. 

#washington

DISGRACEFUL: ‘ FLORIDA POLICE HOUND 90 YEAR-OLD CHEF WHO FEEDS THE HOMELESS ‘

#AceNewsServices – FLORIDA – Nov.08 – This is a story l covered last week over a change of law in Florida: About a 90-year-old chef called Arnold Abbott who has hauled pans filled with roast chicken and cheese-covered potatoes onto a south Florida beach park to feed hundreds of homeless people.

Arnold P. Abbott, president of the Maureen A. Abbott Love Thy Neighbor Fund, Inc., and culinary skills training program, organisations that feed and educate the homeless, poses in the office area of More... Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity

Arnold P. Abbott, president of the Maureen A. Abbott Love Thy Neighbor Fund, Inc., and culinary skills training program, organisations that feed and educate the homeless, poses in the office area of More…
Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity

For his good deeds, Abbott finds himself facing up to two months in jail and hundreds of dollars in fines after new laws that restrict public feeding of the homeless went into effect in Fort Lauderdale earlier this year.

“I’ve been fighting for the underdog all my life, so this is nothing new,” Abbott said.

He was first cited last Sunday, along with two clergymen and a volunteer from his nonprofit, Love Thy Neighbor.

On Wednesday, several police cars waited for Abbott at a downtown Fort Lauderdale park, and officers pulled aside the frail man, clad in a white chef’s coat, soon after the first plates were ready to be served.

“The ordinance does not prohibit feeding the homeless; it regulates the activity in order to ensure it is carried out in an appropriate, organized, clean and healthy manner,” Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. Seiler said in a statement.

Abbott moved to Florida from Massachusetts in 1970 and was a civil rights activist and wholesale jewelry salesman. He and his wife first began feeding the homeless on their own in 1979.

He started the foundation and feeding full time in 1991 after his wife died, in a tribute to her memory.

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#chef, #feed, #homeless

MOSCOW: ‘ TWO SUSPECTS ACCUSED OF EMBEZZINGLING GLONASS FUNDS ARE DETAINED ‘

#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW – Nov.08 – Two suspects of embezzling funds of the GLONASS (Global Satellite Navigation System) federal target programme have been detained, the Izvestia daily writes on Saturday.

' GLONASS '

‘ GLONASS ‘

The embezzlement sum is worth 460 million roubles ($9.85 million).

According to the publication, the first detainee Roman Martynenko, director of the SpetsMonolit company that performed the work for the construction of the GLONASS system control centre in Korolev outside Moscow was charged with fraud in an  organised group under Article 159 part 4 of the Russian Criminal Code.

The second detainee is owner of the Verny Consulting firm Dmitry Belitsky. He is charged with legalisation of criminal proceeds (Article 174 part 2 of the Russian Criminal Code).

According to the newspaper, the suspects were detained on Thursday, November 6 for 48 hours.

The investigation has requested their arrest and placement into custody.

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#embezzelment, #glonass

‘ THE REAL UNSUNG HEROES OF KOBANI A WOMAN’S STORY OF FIGHTING AND DYING ‘

#AceNewsServices – TURKEY – Nov.08 – It was an easy decision to make: Barely out of school, Perwin Mustafa Dihap wanted to follow in the footsteps of three of her older siblings and go to war.

Before long, she was on the front line in the Kurdish Syrian city of Kobani, her hometown on the Turkish border besieged on three sides by extremists from the Islamic State group.

Just two months later, the 19-year-old lay dying in a hospital across the border in Turkey, wounded in an Oct. 6 mortar attack on her position in the city.

The doctor told her family the young woman’s chances were slim, despite her surviving a five-hour operation. Yet Dihap still held out hope.

“We went to the hospital … and I asked her how she was doing, and she said: `Don’t worry about me. If I get better, I will go back to fight again,'” said her 34-year-old brother, Kemal Mustafa Dihap.

But she didn’t get better. As her condition deteriorated, doctors transferred her to two other hospitals in larger Turkish towns in an effort to save her. In the last two days, she was too weak to speak.

Dihap died in the early hours of Nov. 5.

“Even though she was really young, she was really brave and strong,” her brother said, swallowing hard to keep his emotions in check as he stood outside the morgue in the Turkish border town of Suruc.

Read More: Mohammed Rasool in Suruc, Turkey, contributed. LInk:

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#kobani