#AceNewsReport – Jan.25: According to the Dumskaya correspondent, tonight the second US Air Force Boeing-747 landed at the Borispol airport in the capital. .
#AceDailyNews says according to local Ukraine News Report: The military transport aviation of the United States and Great Britain continues to support the air bridge , through which modern weapons are supplied to Ukraine in unprecedented volumes: Published: January. 23, 2022
According to journalist Yuri Butusov, the weapons delivered on board also came from the stocks of the Redstone arsenal.
In addition to the already familiar high-precision Javelin anti-tank missiles, we were the first to receive BDM grenade launchers with an M-141 vacuum grenade. This is an analogue of the Soviet “Bumblebee”.
It is used against infantry that has settled in buildings and fortifications. It can also hit light armored vehicles such as infantry fighting vehicles, infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers, destroying everything inside.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.31: The yellow weather warning is also in place for , where the global Cop26 climate conference is due to begin on Sunday: The Met Office has said ‘damaging winds’ of up to 60mph to 70mph are possible on Sunday, particularly along the south coast, due to a ‘deep Atlantic low pressure system’ arriving from the west: Steven Keats, meteorologist at the Met Office, said conditions would begin ‘going downhill’ on Sunday.
#AceWeatherDesk says according to MailOnline Today Sunday Report: Britain to be battered by 50mph winds and heavy rain as weather ‘goes downhill’ as Strong gusts coming from the west will bring a ‘wild start’, with potential for further disruption and wet weather going into the first week of November, according to the .
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He added: ‘Further West heavy rain will be picking up and there’ll be some heavy rain coming in from the Atlantic.
‘That will dominate the weather into tomorrow.
‘Heavy rain will push across into…western parts of England and Wales and be accompanied by some pretty strong and gusty winds.’
He continued: ‘Given the fact that trees are in full leaf and the ground is pretty saturated in many areas, you could get one or trees coming down.
‘It’s going to be very unsettled.’
One resident in Amesbury, Wiltshire, thought they had witnessed a ‘hurricane’ hit the area after spotting bins flying and trees breaking due to the powerful winds.
Infectious disease ecologist Dr Emma Gillingham tweeted: ‘Did a hurricane just hit Amesbury, Wiltshire? Incredible wind suddenly from nowhere, trees breaking, wheelie bins flying and all calm again now.’
However, the Met Office said it believed the ‘hurricane’ was in fact a ‘squall’, the name for a ‘sudden, sharp increase in wind speed lasting minutes’.
It comes as three people are feared to have drowned and another is fighting for their life after they were swept off their paddleboards when a sudden storm turned a flooded river into a torrent on Saturday night.
The three, part of an organised outing, had been in the water only minutes when they were hit by a deluge of rushing water as they paddled near a weir on the swollen river in Pembrokeshire.
They were swept from their boards and seen ‘in distress’ in the River Cleddau, near the town centre of Haverfordwest.
Air support was provided by both the National Police Air Service (NPAS) and Wales Air Ambulance.
Mr Keats said declining temperatures throughout next week would bring a ‘seasonal’ feel and that weather would remain ‘unsettled’, though risks of ‘hefty downpours’ remained.
‘The most disruptive potential from the weather will be in the next 24 to 36 hours’, he said.
Train journeys were significantly disrupted on Sunday after 80mph winds and heavy rain brought trees down onto the tracks.
Cop26 delegates heading to Glasgow were among those caught up in the travel chaos, with several trains between London and the Scottish city cancelled due to the problems.
The Met Office said parts of the UK may have even seen tornadoes in recent days as a spate of bad weather continues to cause flooding and other issues.
More rain and wind is expected into the start of the week, with 14 flood warnings and 70 flood alerts already in place.
Avanti west Coast Services have been cancelled or delayed due to tree getting caught in the overhead wires at Milton Keynes.
Customers are being advised not to travel on services heading north of London. Tickets will be valid for tomorrow instead.
The company has been trying to boost its climate credentials in recent days – hosting a ‘Climate Train’ to Glasgow, with Greta Thunberg on board.
Delegates attending the conference had been urged to travel using more environmentally friendly means but may now be forced onto planes to complete their journeys to the summit.
Environment minister Zac Goldsmith is reportedly on board a train which is being forced to turn around and return to London, with several journalists, scientists and officials on board.
The East Coast line, which runs to Edinburgh, is also experiencing problems.
Brits work to heavy rain on Halloween and yellow warnings for wind and rain are in place over large parts of the west and elsewhere.
Meteorologist Tom Morgan said: ‘We’ve got a deep Atlantic area of low pressure that’s bringing a very heavy band of rain and squalling winds across the whole of the country, but particularly in the south of England.
‘We’ve seen some very strong gusts of wind on the south coast… and a few reports of damage from the winds.
‘It’s not out of the question that there will have been some localised, brief funnel clouds or tornadoes.
‘In the last couple of days we have seen some reports and seen some photos of funnel clouds and water spouts, which are similar to tornadoes.’
#AceNewsReport – Sept.09: Experts from the British Dragonfly Society say it’s an indicator of the effects of climate change……
#AceDailyNews says that according to BBC Environment Correspondent due to Climate Change Dragonflies spread north in warming world as the world experiences ‘Global Warming’ with more than 40% of species having increased their distribution since 1970, while only about 10% have declined, according to a new report.
There is concern over the loss of populations of insects due to factors such as pollution and habitat loss.
Conservation officer Eleanor Colver said while their data can determine where dragonflies are, it cannot determine exactly how many there are – and whether numbers have increased overall.
“Factors such as the use of pesticides (reducing their flying insect prey), water pollution and habitat loss continue to threaten the health of dragonfly populations within species’ existing ranges,” she said.
Dave SmallshireThe small red-eyed damselfly: Now found from Cornwall to County Durham
The report, State of Dragonflies 2021, incorporates 1.4 million records from 17,000 recorders gathered from 1970 onwards.
It assesses the fortunes of 46 species of dragonflies and their close relative – the damselflies – across Britain and Ireland.
Since 1995, several species have reached Britain from southern Europe for the first time – and at least two more have reappeared after long absences.
Species expanding their range include the emperor dragonfly, migrant hawker, ruddy darter, black-tailed skimmer and small red-eyed damselfly.
In contrast, some upland and northern dragonflies are in retreat, including the common hawker and black darter, perhaps because of the loss of peatbogs or extreme droughts.
“The increase in many species, if not all, we can put down to a combination of climate warming and more or better wetland habitats such as an increase in the number of ponds, lakes, gravel-pits and reservoirs in recent decades,” said Dave Smallshire, co-editor of the report.
But people should not get the message that all is “tickety-boo with dragonflies”, he added.
“The overwhelming message is that global climate change – and in the case of Britain and Ireland – significant climate warming is likely to have had an over-riding effect on many of these changes,” he said.
Iain H LeachBlack darter: With a home in upland bogs, this species is in decline
Dragonflies are fast-flying, four-winged insects with long bodies and large eyes. They were some of the first winged insects to evolve, some 300 million years ago.
Scientists are increasingly concerned about the decline of some populations of insects.
One scientific review of insect numbers in 2019 pointed to 40% of species undergoing “dramatic rates of decline” around the world.
The study said bees, ants and beetles were disappearing eight times faster than mammals, birds or reptiles, while other species, such as houseflies and cockroaches, were likely to boom.
#AceNewsReport – Apr.17: He added, “Syria and many other countries have acknowledged that the states which supported and funded armed terrorist groups in Syria, particularly the United States, France, Germany and Britain, will use the Syrian chemical file and the OPCW to achieve their hostile goals against Syria.”
FM Mekdad: US, allies have turned OPCW into a tool to pursue anti-Syria objectives: BUT Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Faisal Mekdad has categorically dismissed the new report by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), stating that the United States and its allies have turned the international watchdog into a tool to pursue their political goals against Damascus’
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Mekdad noted that Syrian government forces continue to score remarkable victories in their battles against the Takfiri terrorist groups, emphasizing that the troops have never used chemical warfare even in toughest operations against the foreign-sponsored militants.
He went on to say that certain Western countries have established the OPCW’s so-called Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) in order to produce reports, which best suit their anti-Syria agenda.
“The French-Western draft resolution, which is to be presented at the 25th meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons later this year, is a new chapter in the series of conspiracies against Syria,” Mekdad pointed out.
The top Syrian diplomat finally called on the OPCW member states to support Damascus and counter the politicization of the organization’s activities by some Western countries.
A report by the OPCW’s so-called investigative arm claimed on Monday that Syria’s air force had dropped a chlorine bomb on a residential neighborhood in the terrorist-controlled Idlib region.
The report further asserted no one was killed when the cylinder of chlorine gas, delivered in a barrel bomb, hit the al-Talil neighborhood in the city of Saraqib in February 2018.
The Syrian foreign ministry, in a statement published on Wednesday, said the OPCW’s “misleading report,” written by “an illegitimate and incredible team,” fabricates “facts” to incriminate the Damascus government.
“This report has included false and fabricated conclusion which represents another scandal for the OPCW and the inquiry teams that will be added to the scandal of the reports of Douma incident in 2018, and Ltamenah in 2017,” it said.
Moscow and Damascus have on many occasions said members of the so-called White Helmets civil defense group stage gas attacks in a bid to falsely incriminate Syrian government forces and fabricate pretexts for military strikes by the US-led military coalition.
The group claims to be a humanitarian NGO but has long been accused of collaborating with anti-Damascus militants.
On April 14, 2018, the US, Britain and France carried out a string of airstrikes against Syria over a suspected chemical weapons attack on the city of Douma, located about 10 kilometers northeast of the capital Damascus.
Washington and its allies blamed Damascus for the Douma attack, a charge the Syrian government rejected.
Western governments and their allies have never stopped pointing the finger at Damascus whenever an apparent chemical attack takes place.
This is while Syria surrendered its stockpile of chemical weapons in 2014 to a joint mission led by the United States and the OPCW, which oversaw the destruction of the weaponry. It has consistently denied using chemical weapons.
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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain has pulled out agents from live operations in “hostile countries” after Russia and China cracked top-secret information contained in files leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, the Sunday Times reported.
Security service MI6, which operates overseas and is tasked with defending British interests, has removed agents from certain countries, the newspaper said, citing unnamed officials at the office of British Prime Minister David Cameron, the Home Office (interior ministry) and security services.
Snowden downloaded more than 1.7 million secret files from security agencies in the United States and Britain in 2013, and leaked details about…
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 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.
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.
She said it had been clear for some time that victims did not have confidence in her, adding that it was time to “get out of the way”.
Victims’ groups earlier told government officials they were “unanimous” she should quit, citing her social links with ex-Home Secretary Lord Brittan.
Home Secretary Theresa May said she had accepted her decision “with regret”.
“I believe she would have carried out her duties with integrity, impartiality and to the highest standard,” she said in a statement.
Mrs May said she would make a further statement to Parliament about the inquiry on Monday.
However, Labour said the home secretary had “serious questions to answer” over her handling of the inquiry.
Prime Minister David Cameron had previously given Mrs Woolf his public backing.
‘Brewing for some time’
Mrs Woolf’s resignation comes after the first person appointed to lead the inquiry – Baroness Butler-Sloss – stepped down in July when concerns were raised about the fact that her late brother was attorney general during the 1980’s.
The independent inquirywas set up to look at how public bodies dealt with historic allegations of child sex abuse, however, victims’ groups have called for a statutory inquiry.
It follows claims over many years about paedophiles in powerful places and alleged establishment attempts to cover up their actions.
#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN – October 23 – I was listening to the Radio 4 yesterday morning over the proposal to pay GP’s, £55.00 for each person with dementia, referred to specialists.
Now as some of you know l have an ailing mother who l have looked after for 5 years, and she has dementia. Oh its mild, but even mild dementia can cause such problems for the carer, in this case that is me. Now l do not get paid to look after my mothers dementia, l do not get referral fees for caring, l cannot due to changes in this governments benefits system, even get carers allowance. The reason is l got all the benefits my mother was entitled to receive, so unless l want a portion of that taken off her, to pay me, l do not qualify.
#AceWorldNews – BRITAIN (London) – October 23 – A British fraudster who pretended to be quadriplegic and sometimes comatose for two years to avoid prosecution has been convicted after police caught him on camera driving and strolling around supermarkets.
In this image made available by South Wales Police shows a video image Alan Knight,of Swansea south Wales, right, in a supermarket in Bishopís Cleeve in western England in June 2014. Alan Knight a fraudster who pretended to be quadriplegic and sometimes comatose for two years to avoid prosecution has been convicted after police caught him on camera driving and strolling around supermarkets. Alan Knight of Swansea, Wales, stole more than 40,000 pounds ($64,000) from the bank account of an elderly neighbor with Alzheimer’s disease, prosecutors said. (AP Photo/South Wales Police)
IN A STATEMENT IT WAS SAID: He might have got away with it if it hadn’t been for his supermarket loyalty card.
Alan Knight of Swansea, Wales, stole more than 40,000 pounds ($64,000) from the bank account of an elderly neighbor with Alzheimer’s disease, prosecutors said.
When police began investigating, the 47-year-old Knight claimed to be quadriplegic and so sick he sometimes fell into a coma.
He checked himself into a hospital to avoid court appearances, saying he was having seizures.
The South Wales Evening Post reported Wednesday that the suspect’s wife, Helen Knight, had written to the newspaper saying her husband had obtained a doctor’s letter certifying he was “quadriplegic and in a comatose condition, bed-bound at home” after a neck injury.
“We’ve been through absolute hell and we’re still going through hell,” she wrote, according to the newspaper.
Knight’s deceit was uncovered when police tracked the use of his supermarket card, and produced surveillance camera footage of him walking and driving.
Warned that the trial would go ahead whether he was present or not, Knight arrived at Swansea Crown Court Tuesday in a wheelchair and neck brace. Faced with the video evidence, he pleaded guilty to 19 counts of forgery, fraud and theft.
His wife has not been charged with any offense.
Judge Paul Thomas said Knight was “a very accomplished and determined actor … and the conditions he claims to be suffering from are simply nonexistent.”
AceWorldNews – BRITAIN (London) – October 18 – The Daily Telegraph last week revealed in an interview with Mayor Boris Johnson that he said Britain’s counter-terrorism forces are monitoring “thousands” of potential extremists in the metropolitan area.
The Daily Telegraph newspaper last Saturday quoted Johnson as saying the security forces in the London area are involved in “thousands of operations” every day. He said the number of people being watched is in the low thousands.
Government sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, have said the men arrested this week include one who recently returned from Syria and police are probing possible ties to the Islamic State group operating there.
#AceNewsServices (Opinion) – BRITAIN – October 16 – A MAJOR issue being debated in Britain today concerns the Muslims — men and women.
It is what is termed the radicalisation of their youth.
Concerns were sparked off by the Islamic State (formerly Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) when its militants beheaded James Foley, an American journalist covering the war in Syria, and circulated a video of the bestial act.
Even before this incident grabbed the headlines, media reports had been suggesting that authorities in London believed that as many as 500 Muslim men with British nationality had left the UK to join the IS ‘jihad’.
The last straw came when Foley’s killer was identified from his speech and accent as British. Writing for The Sunday Times, the foreign secretary summed up the widely felt sentiments:
“It is horrifying to think that the perpetrator of this heinous act could have been brought up in Britain.”
Since then the police have been empowered to seize the passports of people if need be. The move has come too late in the day and two more hostages have been murdered since and one more is under threat.
Many young Muslims draw inspiration from websites with extremist content.
One had hardly got over the shock when came another bombshell. A couple having Pakistani roots made public their dismay at their daughter’s decision to leave home to join IS jihadis.
In a statement released to the Glasgow press, they described her as a “bedroom radical” and termed her action as a betrayal of her family, her community and the people of Scotland. It would be upsetting for them as many migrate from Pakistan to give their children a better future, so bleak has life become for the youth in our own country.
Against the backdrop of these horrifying events is the fact that a number of young Muslims are drawing inspiration from websites notorious for their extremist content.
At the same time, there have been reports in Britain as also other Western countries of an increase in racism and hate crimes against Muslims in the wake of 9/11.
Publications such as Maybe we are hated: The experience and impact of anti-Muslim hate on British Muslim women by the University of Birmingham are cited in support of the claim that Muslims are being victimised for their beliefs.
As the UK’s first secret terror trial opened at the Old Bailey, the jury was told that when defendant Erol Incedal, 26, was stopped by police last year, he was in possession of a piece of paper hidden in a white Versace glasses case containing the Blairs’ address.
Erol Incedal (centre), was formerly referred to as AB in the trial (PA)
Richard Whittam QC, prosecuting, said that although Incedal had not decided on a particular target or methodology, the address may “have some significance”.
Also found in his black Mercedes was an Acer computer, a notebook, the glasses case and a USB dongle, the court heard.
As the car was searched, a listening device was placed in the car, transcripts from which will later be heard in court.
When Incedal was arrested the following month, a secure digital card was found “hidden” in an iPhone case contained three files relating to “Bomb Making”, it was claimed.
Mr Whittam told the jury that much of the “exceptional” case would be heard in private.
Only a small group of accredited journalists, including one from The Telegraph, will be granted access to much of the trial but will not be able to report on proceedings.
The jury has been told that some of the evidence they hear will never be made public.
Mr Whittham said Incedal was engaged in an act of terrorism either against a limited number of individuals, an “individual of significance” or a more indiscriminate attack such as the one in Mumbai in 2008.
#AceBreakingNews – LONDON – October 13 – British Prime Minister David Cameron will not take part in a parliamentary vote on whether the government should recognise Palestine as a state, his spokesman said on Monday ahead of a debate designed to raise the political profile of the issue.
Following a debate, members of parliament will vote on whether to support the motion calling for the recognition of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.
The spokesman said the vote, called by an opposition lawmaker, would not change Britain’s diplomatic stance.
Britain does not classify Palestine as a state, but says it could do so at any time if it believed it would help peace efforts between the Palestinians and Israel.
Nevertheless, the vote will have symbolic value and is being closely watched by Palestinian and Israeli authorities as a barometer for European readiness to act on Palestinian hopes for unilateral recognition by UN member states.