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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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#AceNewsReport – Aug.12: Burqinis banned from Cannes beaches for showing ‘allegiance to terrorists’ – French official
Preview Cannes Mayor David Lisnard has ruled that burqinis, a special Muslim swimsuit that covers the entire body, should be banned on the city’s beaches….

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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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#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.

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#innocents, #martyrs, #protest, #slaughtered