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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Welcoming The Big Spenders

Following the Thailand government’s crackdown on the illegal businesses and the preparation for the recent four-year draft to address the changes in terms of travel sentiment, the country is going to have better opportunities to attract big-spending tourists, based from experts.

The need for a crackdown

However, according to Supawan Thanomkiatphum, the owner of Bangkok’s Twin Towers and also the Thai Hotels Association’s president, mentioned that it may take several years to change the country’s hospitality industry to that quality tourism destination since there are still many problems that need to be addressed.

These problems involve the illegal hotels and businesses, the zero dollar tours, and the low competitiveness, according to Supawan. However, a crackdown is going to help a lot of operators, especially in Phuket, Pattaya, Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Supawan added.

Tourism in 2017

Tourism is highly sensitive to disasters, terrorism, political issues and violence. The industry may also be influenced by tourist behaviour.

Supawan mentioned that 2017’s tourism business is going to be stable instead of it having a rapid growth since the sector is hard to foresee in a long term perspective. Based from THA, an average room rate for hotels located in Bangkok last year was $150 (Bt 5,250) each night, still lower than Hong Kong and Singapore, but better compared to Indonesia and Malaysia.

Sofitel Hotel Sukhumvit’s general manager William Haandrikman mentioned that the hotels located in Bangkok are going to bounce back following a drop for one month in Q4 2016. With the huge events that did reschedules in Bangkok hotels, the advanced bookings and the recent hotel openings, he is very confident that the tourism and hotel industry would go back to normal soon. Promotions, such as an early bird booking in Sukhumvit or a travel deal, are also going to help the tourism and hospitality sector attract more tourists.

Four-year tourism plan

The Deputy Prime Minister Tanasak Patimapragorn mentioned before that there is recent four-year tourism plan and a series of training activities for the tourism sector, which includes tour operators, tour guides and service providers.

This program aims to give training to greater than 107,020 people, with greater than 10,000 tourism operators projected to receive quality certification for Q1.

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Billboards And Digital Marketing To Boost Occupancy For Lough Erne’s Brand

William Kirby is now the new general manager of the 120-room luxury resort Lough Erne. Kirby faces the challenge of strengthening the brand of Lough Erne to boost business and occupancy. One of his first steps is to hire a sales and marketing team to work on digital marketing and billboard displays.

Kirby is quite realistic over the amount of work necessary to grow the resort’s customer base and improve the brand. About 10 years ago, Lough Erne was County Fermanagh’s high end five-star resort but four years later, business has entered administration. Lough Erne was host to G8 that brought together world leaders President Barack Obama of the United States and President Vladimir Putin of Russia in Northern Ireland.

Kirby thinks that the brand of Lough Erne is not really that strong. An international destination has to work harder, domestically, to ensure that the name becomes well known to everybody. Aside from investing in a new sales team, Kirby will be investing in the latest conference facility with plans to spend for new golf machinery. His long term goal is to revamp the hotels rooms by 2018. Millions will be invested in the resort to boost business.

When Kirby was appointed by the new American owners, Vine Avenue Advisors, he sort of knew what to expect from the staff and business levels. The owners were honest in admitting that the attractiveness of the resort was not very high and business levels have dropped. The number of staff has to be stabilized and they have to be motivated to gain confidence.

Kirby thinks that Brexit has been a positive thing for business even with the pound’s fluctuation and devaluation. Five-star prices are usually beyond the reach of many people but since prices have gone down a bit, people will realize that Lough Erne is an attractive destination.

One of Thailand’s most popular tourist destinations is a private resort in Hua Hin that is just 2 hours away from the capital city of Bangkok. The resort has 78 rooms with pool villas that are either So Arty or So Nature. It is a luxurious resort waiting to be explored.

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Top 3 Reasons To Stay In Luxury Hotel In Koh Samui

You don’t take holidays every month. At most you go on holidays twice in a year or at least once a year. Because you don’t’ go on a vacation so often and there is even a chance that you won’t return to the place especially if you have other tourist destinations in mind, there is no reason why you would skimp on your holiday. Every now and then, treat yourself to simple pleasures in life such as booking in a luxury hotel in Koh Samui.

High quality service

When you book at a luxury hotel, you can be sure that you get the best quality of service that every guest deserves. That is the promise of the amount that you have paid for and also part of the hotel’s goals. Luxury hotels strive to deliver excellent hospitality service because they understand the stiff competition among other entrants in the industry. Just to be sure that you would get the kind of service that you expect from a luxury hotel in Koh Samui, read customer reviews and find out if the hotel was awarded by prestigious travel award-giving bodies in the recent years.

Better security

Part of luxury hotels’ commitment is to secure their guests and their personal belongings at all times. Thus, you can have peace of mind that while you are enjoying your day at the beach or touring nearby islands, your valuables are safe in your hotel room. you can also sleep well at night knowing that there are 24/7 CCTVs operating in the premises and you have somebody to call at the reception if ever you need anything even in the middle of the night.

More inclusions, better value

By booking in a luxury hotel in Koh Samui, you get more inclusions in your accommodation. Most of these inclusions are money-saving such as free daily breakfasts, free WiFi, impressive toiletries, rich bathrobes and slippers and other extra services such as day tours. Take a good research on where you can get the best value for your money because luxury hotels certainly do not cheap.

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Increasing Chinese Investments In Manchester

Manchester Airport Group has recently doubled its estimate of the value of direct flights between Manchester and Beijing to the local economy. The direct flights have increased the number of visitors many of whom are interested in buying property along the area.

According to Manchester-China Forum, a group promoting commercial ties between the areas, an estimated £2.1 billion worth of development projects were associated to Chinese investors in 2016. Juwai.com, an online property portal being used by Chinese buyers revealed that the number of inquiries into Manchester properties has increased by more than 50% because of the growing enthusiasm for property investment overseas.

It is expected that within the next 10 years, the economic impact of Chinese visitors to Manchester will reach £500 million up from £250 million. The amount is only a representation of tourism spending and it does not include the effects of inward investment, infrastructure and employment.

Rhys Whalley, the executive director of Manchester-China Forum is optimistic for the outlook in 2017 because the devaluation of the pound can lead to an increase in investments in the UK. The property sector is one of the industries that has greatly benefited from the growing connectivity between the United Kingdom and China. The market was also stimulated by the visit of China’s President Xi Jinping in Manchester last October 2015.

Juwai.com also revealed that there has been a sudden increase in Chinese investor interest after the British voted to leave the European Union. Part of the reason for the growing interest is Manchester’s future growth. The city plans to add about 227,000 homes and 200,000 jobs by 2035.

One of the major deals that were signed in 2016 was made by Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG). The Chinese firm will be in charge of the construction of 2,215 rented homes in Middlewood Locks, Salwood which is worth £700 million.

Investors are also looking at investment property in Karon. The investment is more than just a luxury vacation home; it guarantees generous rental revenues considering that Karon Beach is one of the favorite tourist destinations to Thailand. Travelers all over the world want to enjoy a piece of natural paradise.

 

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Planning For New Partnerships In 2017

The Dunn Country Solid Waste & Recycling had a very busy schedule last year.

Dunn Country Solid Waste & Recycling’s highlights for 2016

In 2016, they were able to: start recycling #5 plastics and mixed rigid plastics; build another alternative to the land filling of alkaline batteries; offer other services for residents using the Sand Creek recycling site; minimize fees in recycling electronics for businesses; partner with businesses in order to recycle various materials that were previously landfilled; offer agricultural plastic film recycling at the Transfer Station & Recycling Centre and the Connorsville Area Collection Station; and, find an industry-compliant and safe process to recycle the compressed gas cylinders.

What’s in store for 2017

They are going to expand their agricultural plastic film collection in their Colfax and Ridgeland Area Collection Stations. They are going to receive one dumpster from each site, happening this year.

Once the dumpsters are already in place, the small farms are going to have the chance to recycle agricultural films conveniently at either of the sites. Farms also have an option to place their own dumpster in the location.

They started accepting freezer and fridge boxers last January 1. This opportunity helps to divert the materials from landfills and to provide their residents with other recycling opportunities.

The Dunn Country Solid Waste & Recycling also decided to change the format of the spring and fall recycling newsletters in order to give more information to their readers.

Looking for diversion

They are going to continually find better ways to recycle materials and divert waste from landfills. They are going to increase partnerships with farms and businesses to recycle the items which are now being landfilled.

Several examples of this partnerships with local businesses comprise of Advanced Dairy, Bill’s IBA Supply and ConAgra. With help from these businesses, they have found markets that recycle: plastic films, plastic syrup jugs, and big 33-gallon and 55-gallon plastic drums. They are bought to the Transfer Station, so they can recycle these for free, through a plastic drum shredder or a granulator, instead of them being landfilled.

They are excited to go to the next steps with their waste reduction efforts through the creation of new programs which help residents with recycling efforts.

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Reasons For Choosing Deet Free Mosquito Repellent

Harmful insects such as mosquitoes are not only health risks, they are also annoying. This is the reason why people keep mosquito and insect repellent handy to ward off these pests from their homes, away from their loved ones. However, the down side of these insect repellent is that they contain harmful components and one of these chemicals is deet. While deet is effective in terminating pests and insects, studies show that they have adverse effect among humans and animals. To eliminate insects without harming your family, experts advise for consumers to read labels and choose deet free mosquito repellent.

Safe for humans

To ensure that you could effectively eliminate insects at home without causing irreversible damage to you and your loved ones, be extra meticulous in choosing cleaning agents and pesticides because these are the common items at home that can secretly harm your family. When exposed to deet and other harsh ingredients, people can suffer from cancer, birth defects and memory loss. The good news is that there are mosquitos and insect repellent that is formulated without these harmful ingredients. This way, you are not only protected from insects, you and your family are also protected from the product that is protecting you.

Doesn’t harm pets

With a deet free mosquito repellent, you won’t have to worry about your pets accidentally sniffing or getting exposed to the solution because it is also formulated to be safe not just for humans but for pets as well. A deet free mosquito repellent doesn’t contain hazardous chemicals but merely contains oil and natural ingredients that effectively kill insects while remaining safe for the ones you love.

Environment-friendly

The reason why deet free mosquito repellent is safe lies on the fact that it is made from natural ingredients. It is formulated so kids can enjoy their surroundings without being threatened by harmful insects. The product is formulated with the sensitive skins of young children and the safety of adult in mind and the result is an effective, oil-based insect repellent that is proven safe and effective by experts.

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