(LONDON) MET Statement from Commander Stuart Cundy: GRENFELL TOWER PUBLIC INQUIRY PHASE 1: Today’s publication into the events of 14 June 2017 is a milestone for all those affected by the tragedy: #AceNewsDe sk says …………Thoughts with Bereaved Families in Our 🙏’s

#AceNewsReport – Oct.30: thoughts today are very much with the bereaved families and survivors of the fire as well as the wider Grenfell community. We remember with much sadness all those who lost their lives.

The Metropolitan Police was part of the emergency services’ response to the fire with officers and staff from across the Met involved in many different ways: On the ground more than 200 officers supported the work of the London Fire Brigade; some escorted residents from the tower, others maintained cordons to keep everyone outside the building safe. Territorial Support Group officers used their equipment to shield firefighters from burning debris as they entered the tower. In the control room our call handlers and operators responded to a number of calls, including speaking with people who were trapped.

The Met’s criminal investigation into the fire began immediately following the tragedy: It remains a hugely complex and detailed investigation and at any one time we have 160-180 dedicated police officers and staff working on it.

Today’s report is the culmination of several months of public hearings into the events of that night and the response of all the emergency services: We supported the inquiry with officers and staff giving written and oral evidence. The public hearings and the report are important steps in establishing a full picture of events and identifying what can be done to prevent such a tragedy in the future.

We were present throughout the inquiry hearings and heard first-hand the evidence presented: However, it is only right we fully read and assess the report to ensure any issues of relevance are identified and fed into our investigation. As you would expect, we will do this in a thorough and considered fashion and, given the length and detailed nature of the report, it will take some time.

The report makes a number of observations about the Met’s response that night: It highlights the leadership shown by officers and the sensitive policing approach. Many police officers at the tower risked their own lives to help others………………. I am incredibly proud of the bravery and professionalism shown by all our officers and staff that night in such difficult and challenging circumstances……………….The report also identifies how the emergency services can improve their response and work together more effectively. It recommends changes to our joint protocols to make clearer the lines of communication to be set up during a major incident…………………..We will work with colleagues in London and nationally to review the protocols and make any necessary improvements……………………..The report recommends the Met, alongside the LFB, London Ambulance Service and local authorities, considers ways to improve how information is collected about survivors and is given more quickly to their families……………………. I recognise the fire and its aftermath was an incredibly difficult and worrying time for those seeking information about loved ones. We want to do all we can to help those in such awful situations and will take this forward with other services and organisations.

There is a further recommendation that the Met and LAS review protocols and policies to ensure police call operators can identify ‘fire survival guidance’ calls from those seeking advice in life-threatening situations and pass them to the LFB as soon as possible: We will review and improve our training and policies to ensure our call handlers are better aware of such calls and take the appropriate action.

The year 2017 saw the Met and other emergency services respond to Grenfell Tower and a number of terrorist attacks: After every major incident we review our response and we have already taken a number of steps to improve how we work.

These include more training for frontline officers in responding to a major incident at the scene, and how we work alongside the other emergency services: We have also enhanced training for senior officers leading the police response from our operations room to ensure they are familiar with the latest practice. We have created a new rota of inspectors available 24 hours a day who are specifically trained in co-ordinating the casualty response to a major incident in terms of liaising with hospitals and setting up survivor reception centres.

In the light of today’s report we will revisit those improvements to ensure any further learning is implemented: There will always be learning from every incident but we are committed to providing the best possible response in challenging and tragic circumstances.

Today’s report, whilst a milestone, will undoubtedly be difficult reading for many. We remember all those so deeply affected by the tragedy.

#AceNewsDesk reports ……………..Published: Oct.30: 2019:

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(LONDON) #BrexitElection LATEST: After MPs vote By a margin of 438 votes to 20, the House of Commons approved legislation paving the way for the first December election since 1923: He readmits 10-of-21 lawmakers who were whipped back to the party as they prepare for polling to lead the country with a majority to rule under the banner #GetBrexitDone #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.29: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has readmitted 10 of the 21 Conservative lawmakers he expelled from his parliamentary party last month, a spokesman for the governing party said on Tuesday: The spokesman said Johnson met the 10 in his office in Britain’s House of Commons: Among their number was former business minister Greg Clark and Nicholas Soames, grandson of British wartime leader Winston Churchill.

BBC News reports ……. Some of them have already said they will stand down at the next election: “The expectation of all Tory (Conservative) MPs (members of parliament) and candidates standing for an election will be that when we come back we get this (Brexit) deal passed,” said the spokesman.

#AceNewsDesk reports ………….Published: Oct.29: 2019: Reuters: Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; editing by William James

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(WASHINGTON) JUST IN: White House Press Conference: President Trump announces IS Leader dead in raid: POTUS said that al-Baghdadi ignited a suicide vest, killing himself and three children after he was cornered in a tunnel #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – OCt.27: President Trump announced Sunday that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed in a U.S. military raid: “Last night, the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice,” Trump said in remarks from the East Room of the White House. “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead.”

Remarks by President Trump on the Situation in Northern Syria | The White House: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-situation-northern-syria/

Baghdadi’s death represents a significant symbolic victory in the battle against ISIS and marks the end of a years-long effort to track down the elusive ISIS leader, who has been reported killed multiple times in the past: The announcement will serve as a boost for Trump, who has faced scrutiny in recent weeks for his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria – a move his critics argue greenlit a Turkish military operation against U.S.-allied Kurds. Many have worried that ISIS could resurge in the region following the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

Reports began to surface late Saturday that U.S. forces had carried out a raid in northwest Syria targeting Baghdadi and that the militant leader was believed to have been killed: Trump also teased a major announcement, writing on Twitter: “Something very big has just happened!”

–This breaking news report will be updated.

IS Leader dead in raid. POTUS said that al-Baghdadi ignited a suicide vest, killing himself and three children after he was cornered in a tunnel. https://t.co/F9qoAWHEyq https://t.co/4PC8NrgKES October 27, 2019 at 01:40PM: https://t.me/acenewsgroup/9982#AceNewsDesk reports, [Oct 27, 2019 at 13:53] https://publicpool.kinja.com/subject-statement-from-the-president-on-the-death-of-a-1839395357

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(EDMONTON, Alberta.) Court Report: Somali immigrant Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, 32, had denied the charges in connection with the incident on Sept. 30, 2017 and ran down a Canadian police officer and then stabbed him repeatedly has been found guilty on Friday #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.26: A Somali immigrant who ran down a Canadian police officer with a truck and then stabbed him repeatedly was found guilty on Friday of attempted murder, the Crown prosecutor’s office said: Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, 32, had denied the charges in connection with the incident in Edmonton, Alberta, on Sept. 30, 2017, when authorities say he attacked the officer then struck four pedestrians while trying to flee in a U-Haul truck.

FILE PHOTO: Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, 30, a Somali immigrant, is shown in this police booking photo provided in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, October 2, 2017. Edmonton Police Department/Handout via REUTERS

Police said they found a flag of the Islamic State militant group in the truck driven by Sharif, but no charges of terrorism were filed: He is due to be sentenced on 11 offences, including five counts of attempted murder, on Dec. 12-13.

All his victims suffered broken bones and head injuries, while the policeman – Constable Mike Chernyk – was also stabbed in the chest and neck, authorities said.

According to U.S. officials, Sharif spent several months in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement before being deported from the United States in 2011: The Canadian government said Sharif was given refugee status the following year after he made a claim at the border.

During the trial that concluded on Friday, Sharif declined legal representation or to represent himself in court, said Greg Lazin, an amicus lawyer who was present for the case: “Every opportunity was given to Mr. Sharif to avail himself of the (legal) safeguards: The court can do no more than that,” Lazin told reporters outside the Edmonton courthouse……………….Shelley Bykewich, chief Crown prosecutor in Edmonton, thanked the jury for their deliberation and the Edmonton police for their handling of the case………………….She told reporters she hoped the victims and community could now find “some solace and closure.”

#AceNewsDesk reports …………..Published: Oct.26: 2019: Reuters: Reporting by Moira Warburton in Toronto; Editing by Daniel Wallis

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(PHOENIX, Ariz.) Court Report: Chinese national Tao Li sentenced to 40 months in prison for conspiring to illegally export military and space-grade technology from the US to China including the People’s Republic of China without a license in violation of the IEEP Act discovered in an investigation led by ICE/HSI assisted by the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.24: On Oct. 16, United States District Judge Diane J. Humetewa sentenced Tao Li, a 39-year-old Chinese national, to 40 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release: Li had previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to export military- and space-grade technology to the People’s Republic of China without a license in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act discovered in an investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) assisted by the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS).

Between December 2016 and January 2018: Li worked with other individuals in China to purchase radiation-hardened power amplifiers and supervisory circuits and illegally export them from the United States to China. The electronic components sought by Li are capable of withstanding significant levels of radiation and extreme heat, and as a result, are primarily used for military and space applications. Due to the technological capabilities of the electronic components sought by Li and the significant contribution that the components could make to a foreign country’s military and space programs, both parts required an export license from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, prior to being sent out of the United States. Notwithstanding the licensing requirement, the Department of Commerce has a policy of denial to export these types of electronic components to the People’s Republic of China.

“This sentence is well deserved and further demonstrates the lengths of criminal activity by those who seek to engage in illegally obtaining sophisticated materials,” said Scott Brown, special agent in charge for HSI Phoenix. “One of HSI’s top priorities is preventing U.S. military products and sensitive technology from falling into the hands of those who might seek to harm America or its interests. We will continue to aggressively pursue violators wherever they may be.”

Between December 2016 and January 2018: Li, who resided in China, used multiple aliases to contact individuals in the United States, including representatives of United States-based private companies, to try to obtain the electronic components. Additionally, Li and his coconspirators agreed to pay a “risk fee” to illegally export the electronic components to China. In furtherance of his request, Li wired money from a bank account in China to a bank account in Arizona. Li was arrested in September 2018 at Los Angeles International Airport, as Li attempted to travel from China to Arizona to meet with one of the undercover agents.

“This case is one of many involving illegal attempts to take U.S. technology to China: Li attempted to procure highly sensitive U.S. military technology in violation of our export control laws. Such laws are in place to protect our national security, and the Department of Justice will continue to vigorously enforce them,” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers. “We don’t take these crimes lightly and we will continue to pursue them.”

“If you steal our military and space technology, you should expect to go to prison,” said Michael Bailey, United States Attorney for the District of Arizona. “But for the diligent work of HSI and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, our nation’s security would’ve been damaged by Mr. Li.”

“Li’s sentencing was the result of a highly successful joint investigative effort with our law enforcement partners and the U.S. Attorney’s Office that prevented U.S. military technology from falling into the wrong hands,” said Bryan D. Denny, special agent in charge of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Western Field Office. “It also reaffirms our commitment to protecting America from this type of activity and, equally so, serves as a warning to those intent on illegally exporting our technologies that the DCIS and its partners will pursue these crimes relentlessly.”

#AceNewsDesk reports …………….Published: Oct.24: 2019:

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(SILICONE VALLEY, Calif.) Transparency by ‘ Tech Companies ‘ are ‘ NOT ORDER OF THE DAY ‘ when Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google ‘ DECLINE TO SHARE ‘ the #Truth o nline about attack ‘ including ‘ Halle Germany Shooting ‘ and now some states in Ger many are electing to pay for their own private armies to protect ‘ Jewish communities from ‘ Hate & Terrorist Attacks ‘ #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.23: Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google decline to release figures despite pledge in wake of Christchurch attack: US tech companies have declined to release data on the online spread of footage of last week’s shooting in Halle, Germany, despite pledging greater transparency as part of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s “Christchurch Call”………………….Companies including Facebook and Twitter committed in May to take “transparent, specific measures” to prevent the amplification of violent content, after the killing of 51 people in Christchurch, New Zealand was livestreamed on Facebook. Germany shooting: data on online spread of livestreamed attack kept secret // Twitter | The Guardian : 

Some German states are now moving to ensure that situation isn’t repeated: In the eastern state of Thuringia, authorities have agreed to post armed officers outside synagogues during services, Der Speigel reported. In Hesse, security will be provided at every synagogue and Jewish institution during Jewish holidays, a police spokesman said. And in Bavaria, synagogues were added as stops to routine police patrols following the attack.

At the federal level, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said that police will “have to take a closer look at the gamers’ scene,” a reference to the shooter’s frequent use of online gaming platforms: That comment sparked protests by German gamers, who fear an invasion of their privacy based on what they call a false generalisation: German Jewry’s Values Initiative, a nonprofit that has positioned itself as a mainstream think tank for German Jewish communities, has proposed a seven-point plan for improving security for German Jews, including better real-time monitoring of video streaming platforms like the ones that the Halle gunman used to broadcast his assault for about 30 minutes.

After the synagogue attack, the group called for police protection of “all synagogues, Jewish and Israeli institutions in Germany,” charging that police had “misjudged” the threat facing smaller communities like Halle: It also recommended improving police response time, noting that it took 16 minutes for officers to confront the shooter………………..“It is time that Germany decides how it deals with hatred of Jews and other inhuman hatred forms,” Elio Adler, the group’s chairman, wrote. “The previous methods are clearly not enough.”

German officials seem to agree: They were quick to condemn the Oct. 9 attack and reassure the Jewish community of their support. Chancellor Angela Merkel attended a vigil in Berlin that day and told Jews in Halle that her government was committed “to do everything possible so that you can live safely.”…………….Merkel said the attack “shows us that this is not so simple and that we must do even more,” though she did not specify what further action she envisaged.

Police protection is absent currently from many German synagogues and Jewish institutions, said Ophir Revach, director of the European Jewish Congress’ Security and Crisis Center: “In Germany’s larger cities, Jewish communities get police protection and hire security firms additionally. But small communities like Halle have neither, leaving them exposed,” he said.

In Frankfurt, the Jewish community of 6,600 members pays about $1.2 million a year for private security to supplement the protection provided by police, Leo Latasch, the head of security for the community, told Der Spiegel last week: In Berlin, the Jewish community and the government split the cost of private security firms, according to Sergey Lagodinsky, a European Parliament lawmaker and a former Jewish community leader in the city.

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#AceNewsDesk reports ………………Published: Oct.23: 2019: https://t.me/acenewsgroup/979811 – Oct 11, 2019 at 22:01:

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(SANTA ROSA) JUST IN: SUSPECT FOUND: But weapon used still not located @Breaking911 Ridgeway High School and Junior College on ‘ lockdown ‘ after a shooting and one person hurt at HS according to KRON4 #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.22: Police are responding to a shooting at Ridgway High School Tuesday morning: Right now the suspect remains at large, according to police.

Ridgway High School and Santa Rosa High School and Santa Rosa Junior College are currently on lockdown.

Other details available………….UPDATE: Possible suspect detained. Search is ongoing for the weapon. https://t.co/2ZInoGNVo

#AceNewsDesk reports …………….Published: Oct.22: 2019: // KRON4 This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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