US National Guard Arrested for Scheming to Join ISIS

The Department of Justice announced that a US soldier along with his cousin have been arrested and are currently facing charges in conspiring to support the terrorist group Islamic State or ISIS.

The 22 year old US National Guard soldier and his cousin are allegedly found to be discussing on how to attack a military facility in Illinois. They discussed these plots while in the army uniforms. The soldier also expressed his plans to travel to the Middle East in order to fight alongside with the Islamic State.

The prosecutors were successful in their case and the felons were charged with trying to give support to the condemned terrorist group.

On Wednesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested the 22 year old at the Chicago Midway International Airport. It was reported that he was attempting to fly out of the country heading for Cairo, Egypt. His 29 year old cousin was also arrested the same day in his suburban home.

Both have been charged with one count of scheming to provide material resources and support to a terrorist organization. When found guilty they will face 15 years of imprisonment and a fine worth $250,000.

The National Guard Army Specialist Hasan Edmonds first came under the radar of the FBI last year. This information was relayed by the Justice Department. Seasoned investigators have hard evidence to prove that Edmonds and his cousin were plotting to travel to the Middle East in hopes of joining the ISIS.

Both men have also been conspiring to attack a military outpost in northern Illinois. This was the military facility where Hasan Edmonds was training. The cousins spilled their plans to an undercover FBI agent. They said that they would use the military uniform of Hasan to access the military facility.

They were determined to carry out their plan in that Hasan Edmonds already booked tickets that would depart from Chicago on Wednesday. He would have arrived in Egypt the following day after connecting flights in Detroit and Netherlands.

This news is no surprise for the Western nations. As the ISIS fight has become increasingly popular, many Westerners are enticed to leave behind the comforts of home and fight alongside the terrorists.

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4 Reasons To Choose Personalized Gifts

4 Reasons To Choose Personalized Gifts

Probably one of the most stressful things that a person can do is finding the perfect gift to give during special occasions. If you want to find the right gift you would need to give ample amount of time along with extensive efforts. You need to do this because you wouldn’t want to give a gift that the recipient wouldn’t appreciate. Most people nowadays do not give enough thought about gift giving. They do not understand that with gift giving, it’s the thought that really counts. Dedicating time and effort makes gifts even more special and that is what people truly appreciate and not the gift itself.

Now if you think finding a gift for someone you are close to is hard, what more for someone you don’t really know that well? Through personalization, you would be able to make any gift special. Here are 4 reasons why you should choose personalized gifts.

  1. You Add Your Own Touch. Through personalization, you add your own personal touch to the gift which makes it even more special. Personalization teaches you how to be creative as it is up to you how you can personalize the gift, whether you want to go with simple monograms or engrave meaningful messages onto the item. Just remember, with personalization, you can make the gift your own and can serve as a reminder as to how you have taken the time to give such a special gift.
  2. You Can Use Them For Any Occasion. One of the best things about personalized gifts is that you can basically use them for any occasion you like. Remember almost every item can be personalized and this means that finding one that is suited for an occasion will be easy.
  3. You Will Be Able To Save. Personalized gifts are cost effective. They don’t really cost that much whether you’re buying monogrammed baby gifts or engraving images on a shirt. Personalized gifts are perfect for a tight budget.
  4. The Gift Has More Sentimental Value. Personalization can definitely make any item more special. Giving a ring to your better half is truly a thoughtful thing and shows just how much you care. Now think about that ring with both of your initials engraved in it?


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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 To Mainly Focus On The Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 To Mainly Focus On The Turtles

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been around for over three decades now and there is without a doubt that they are one of the most recognizable characters in the world today. The longevity of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles means that almost anyone from any age knows or is familiar with the brand and the characters. From your 6-year old neighbour to your 60 year old grandfather that you often visit, you can expect them to know about the famed humanoid turtles. Every avid fan would be able to recognize the turtles from a mile away, recite their iconic names like a prayer and even describe the personalities of each. But if you have been living under a rock for the past three decades and don’t know who the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are, don’t you worry because the recently released trailer for the sequel to the 2014 film will definitely help you out.

In the trailer, you will see Michelangelo (Noel Fisher) introduce the members of his iconic team namely himself, Donatello (Jeremy Howard), Raphael (Alan Ritchson), and their leader Leonardo (Pete Ploszek), all four being named after famous renaissance artists.

But the question is really not about who the turtles are because even those who’re not fans of the show still know the names of the four main characters that is why they should be introducing the other casts instead.

Now that the cast seem to be growing in number, it can be quite difficult to stay on track with the cast. Of course, those who have watched the 2014 film would be familiar with April O’Neil (played by Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) and Splinter (Danny Woodburn/Tony Shalhoub). This new film will introduce the likes of Casey Jones (played by Arrows’ star, Stephen Amell), Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry), Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams), Rocksteady (Stephen Farrelly) and super villain Krang (Fred Armisen).

The reintroduction of the film’s main protagonist is evidence as to how the film will be focusing mainly on the crime fighting quartet as their comedy and their chemistry is what had worked the first time and focusing away from the human characters. All in all, people can’t wait until TMNT 2 hits the theatres this coming June

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Why Napa Valley Is Gaining The Attention Of French Vintners

Why Napa Valley Is Gaining The Attention Of French Vintners

It looks like the lush Napa Valley in California is gaining the attention of French winemakers. According to Bloomberg Business, winemakers from Bordeaux, France are moving west to invest in vineyards. One of the vintners is Alfred Tesseron an owner of a Bordeaux chateau who searched for a perfect property for years before he finally found Robin William’s 640-acre villa on Mount Veeder. Tesseron’s family purchased Robin William’s Villa Sorriso for $18.1 million; the original price was $35 million.

Global warming has many negative effects on the planet Earth but surprisingly, it is improving the taste of French wines. Over the past few years, there has been a sudden increase in interest from Bordeaux vintners to expand their business in California. A Hong Kong businessman, Pan Sutong, who owns several chateaus in Bordeaux, bought the Sloan property for $40 million in 2011. Araujo Estate that is considered as a “jewel” estate because of its rich history and outstanding reputation was purchased by Francois Pinault of Chateau Lahor. Sales of vineyards have substantially increased in the following years even with the recent wild fires that have negatively impacted on California’s wine industry.

Why are the Frenchmen so interested in investing in Napa Valley? Bordeaux vintners wanted to diversify their investment that is why they are moving to Napa Valley. Many wine collectors are moving to burgundy wines in place of Bordeaux wines due to high prices and their not so stellar vintages. Napa wines particularly cabernets are gaining popularity with sales increasing over the past years. Napa Valley’s global wine brands have also achieved a reputation of producing very fine wines. In the coming years, the more Napa vintners retire from wine making, the more properties will be offered in the market. This is bound to bring more French investors to the Napa Valley. This could result into wines that focus more on elegance and refinement.

An Illustrated Map of Napa Valley, California can easily be commissioned from map illustrators who understand the need to capture more than just geographical information. A map illustration can convey a message from a human’s point of view.

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Red Dot Best Of The Best In Design Category

Red Dot Best Of The Best In Design Category

Best of the Best design status by Red Dot jury was awarded to two supercars and one practical sedan. The two supercars were Ferrari 488 GTB and McLaren 570S while the practical sedan was Kia Optima. Every time that Ferrari launches a new car it tends to win the Red Dot best of the best award. However, for McLaren which has just been in the business last 2010, the award is certainly a great achievement. Both supercars Ferrari 488 GTB and McLaren 570S were given the Best of the Best honors in product design category but which among the two supercars is the best from your perspective?

The jury of experts that were given the responsibility to decide on the annual Dot awards can’t decide on the best of the best in design category. For the very first time, the jury included legendary automotive designer Chis Bangle on its panel. The McLaren 570S has enjoyed a fantastic reception ever since it was launched last year. According to the car’s chief designer, Rob Melville to be recognized by Red Dot as Best of the Best is a real honor even if it was shared with Ferrari 488 GTB.

Surprisingly, the two mid-engine turbocharged V8 200mph+ super cars were joined this year by Kia Optima that is a practical, comfortable and affordable four-door sedan. Unlike the desirable and innovative aesthetics of the two supercars, Kia Optima has visual appeal. The international design team based in the United States, Korea and Germany has every reason to be exceptionally proud of the car for being considered for the Best of the Best honors in design category.

There were actually 5,200 items that were entered for the product design category for Red Dot’s Design Awards. Items ranged from smart thermostats to stylish chairs, designer sunglasses and luxury pens but only 79 entries were considered for product design category.

Ferrari 488 price was officially made known to the world at the Geneva motor show. The price is about $275,000. The fact that Ferrari 488 GTB is a racing car is not supposed to discourage non-professional drivers who want to experience the driving sensation it offers.

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The eight athletes competing in the 2016 Ultimate Waterman event, being held in New Zealand, spent today the 19 March  participating in the Longboard Surfing discipline, event 5 of 7 held at Aucklands West Coast Beach of North Piha. Hawaii's Zane Schweitzer won the event by 0.1 of a point over Kiwi and 2015 Champion Daniel Kereopa. Zane now takes the lead in the overall standings.

Hawaiian Athlete Wins The 2016 Ultimate Waterman

Some of the world’s well renowned surfers battled it out for the 2016 Ultimate Waterman at Piha Beach. Hawaiian athlete Zane Schweitzer won the prone paddle board race after he beat out 7 of the invited contestants by 2 minutes and 36 seconds to finish a 6-kilometer course within 4 minutes and 58 seconds. Schweitzer is the most consistent surfer of the event by winning three of the seven disciplines contested.

According to Schweitzer, the race was really different for all the contestants because nobody has specialized on the discipline. At first Mark Visser from Australia was leading the pack for most of the race but Schweitzer pulled away to win the event. Danny Ching won the first event, an outrigger canoe race held at Takapuna Beach but Schweitzer has placed third on the 16-kilometer Standup Paddle Board Race that is why he was able to clinch the title over runner-up Ching.

Schweitzer has been training for the event all his life without even knowing about it however, last year he was not able to participate on the event. This year, he received a late call up a couple weeks before it started but Schweitzer was able to prove that he deserved being called. There were a lot of athletes on the event because it broadens their horizons beyond what they are used to. In fact, seven of the eight athletes have not tried out on the Dolphin Surf Craft Boards until 30 minutes of the race. They had to step out of their comfort zones and try something new.

The Ultimate Waterman is held at different locations on the country with shortboard, longboard, stand up paddle board surfing and big wave surfing disciplines among the water sports activities. Piha prone paddleboard results are as follows: Zane Schweitzer 41:58, Mark Visser 44.34, Danny Ching 45.02, Caio Vaz 45.59, Daniel Kereopa 46.01, Manoa Drollet 46.07, Connor Baxter 52.25 and Kala Alexander 57.14.

Best Stand up paddle board is manufactured from the best materials that are stiffest and strongest in the market. The paddle boards can be enjoyed anywhere there is water whether it a sea or a river.

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The Concept Of Merged Mining For Multiple Cryptocurrency Networks

Bitcoin mining has started the cryptocurrency revolution. If you have never heard of bitcoin, it is the new digital currency that was introduced in 2009. Because of the popularity of bitcoin, many alternative cryptocurrencies were introduced. These alternate cryptocurrencies are now known as Altcoins. However, in spite of the presence of Altcoins, bitcoins remain as the leader in terms of both market capitalization and network size.

The hashing power of bitcoin miners is greater than all cryptocurrencies to date. The Bitcoin mining community has aggregated into a mining community with considerable influence and power than a single network. Processing power is contributed to be able to sustain a bitcoin network. With the necessary processing power from the contributions of miners, they are able to solve the complex cryptographic equations to find new blocks and confirm validity of transactions over a certain platform at the same time.

Most of the alternative cryptocurrencies to date have similarities with bitcoin particularly with the block chain aspect. There are different encryption protocols but when multiple cryptocurrencies are used on the same encryption protocol and share similarities, they can be mined together. This is referred to as merged mining. The concept of merged mining is not new because it was the creator of Bitcoin himself who was largely responsible for the concept.

Merged mining is being used today to be able to maintain multiple cryptocurrency networks more economically. The hashing power required for bitcoin mining is rather high but with merged mining, altcoins will gain much more mining power. Merged mining can supplement gains from bitcoin mining so that miners can get more than what they could take from just bitcoin mining. However, the security and stability of bitcoin mining is higher than any other cryptocurrency platform but if it is combined with merged mining, it can be used for multiple cryptocurrencies for different purposes aside from monetary transactions.

Another option is bitcoin cloud mining that allows user to buy their mining power from data centers located in remote locations. You avoid the hassle of managing of your own hardware because you can use the cloud to earn your bitcoin.

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