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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Singapore – Haven For Real Estate Investors Rather Than Stocks

Singapore – Haven For Real Estate Investors Rather Than Stocks

Majority of the countries all over the globe sees real estate as a great way to come in contact with unknown riches. All you have to do is pay the down payment requires, live in the property for a number of decades, pay the remaining mortgage and then you can consider yourself rich.

There is lot of riches that can be found when venturing with real estate. In majority of the markets though, many people recognize that stock market is much more profitable.

It does not mean that it is not recommended to buy your own house because a place to live in is a staple and it is better than renting in most parts of the world.

Many people are attracted to buying a property because of various factors such as rental income, tax incentives as well as a low interest rate. When thinking about the long term, there is a smaller chance that real estate will be able to outdo the stocks market.

There is a recently published comparison chart of real estate and stock markets in three countries – United States, Singapore and Hong Kong. The data is from the year 1975 which shows a nominal return from real estate while stock markets exclude the dividends.

When it comes to stock markets, it performs better in both Hong Kong and United States compared to real estate and the difference is quite huge. In Singapore, however, real estate market is more dominant compared to stocks in the long term data recorded. The S&P 500 of Singapore is quite hard to outperform.

Ever since the year 1975, the stock market is faring better compared to the residential real estate market in the United States and it is evident in every decade recorded thereafter.

In Singapore, the returns for the real estate are at an average of 6.4 per cent while the stock market is only averaging at 5.2 per cent each year.

If you are in Thailand and looking for a new property to invest in, check out Find Thai Property for a comprehensive list.

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Goa Will Be Hosting Photography Festival

Goa Will Be Hosting Photography Festival

There will be a seminar in wedding photography as well as workshop festival happening this October 4 to 7 in India. The festival is entitled Silk Inspire 2016 and this will give enthusiast an insight into what wedding photography is all about.

Silk Inspire will be accepting amateur wedding photographers alongside with professionals in the field. All of them will be able to learn together, interact with one another and create a network. During the festival, eight of the best wedding photographers that are known all over the world will come together and will serve as the photography instructors for the said event.

The organizer of the festival is none other than Silk photos, a boutique showcasing a photo-agency that is known to be a representative of the selected group of wedding photographers either in the field of stills or motion. They are specialists when it comes to Indian weddings and they are also catering destination wedding photography.

According to a statement made by the owner of Silk Photos, Sephi Bergerson, these types of events are known to be popular in places such as United States and Europe. He is proud that there are initiatives in making change in India with regards the industry of wedding photography. He is also excited that after being in the industry for 30 years, he will be able to try something new as well as inspire others at the same time.

During the first two days of the festival, the participants will have sessions with each of the instructor. They will discuss topics such as overall style and the tips and techniques that they could use in starting their journey in the field of photography.

During the third and fourth day of the event, they will focus on giving master classes for the photographers and they will also get to see them photographing in action while learning in a limited group.

Among the photographers, six will be coming from other parts of the world while two are from India. This will be a great chance for new photographers to learn different styles as well as enhance their wedding photography skills.

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The Pop Culture Of Things Geek And Nerdy: Is It On Its Peak?

Science fantasy and fiction alongside superhero based plots take over the American pop culture. These genre which were once called geeky and weird have now become mainstream and an inspiration for most blockbuster movies and television shows. This pop culture has become an everyday thing which is widely accepted.

The evolution is evident in the yearly Comic-Con International held at San Diego in California. This event celebrates science fiction, fantasy and comic books. This three day event first started in 1970 with about 300 people in attendance. Today, there are thousands of participants who come dressed in TV or Movie Costumes and so on. They come to see studios like Warner Bros. and Disney, TV Networks like AMC and CBS, etc. presenting their projects.

As to how this all started, one film defined everything: a 1977 plot about a galaxy. Before Star Wars, science fiction was not something the public would be fascinated in. The same is said for comic book based adaptations. Today, those called nerdy domains have acquired a cool vibe to them. The lovers of this genre become welcomed into the mainstream.

There are drawbacks to the increasing crowd that go to San Diego during summer. The convention has turned too commercial. It is now becoming an industry show and not a fan show.

Avid con-goers think it is better when more are involved. With the new found affair with things geek, the pop culture has lasting power. This is evident with major studios. Marvel Studios have movies until 2019 scheduled. Suicide Squad from Warner Bros. is set to release next month. At Comic-Con, it was revealed that there are new superhero TV shows like Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Gotham, Flash and Green Arrow also continues with its new seasons. New multiple Star Wars films and its spin offs are also planned. A new and different series which is set in Harry Potter world is due to be released this year too.

Whether or not the audiences will get tired of this pop culture are still to be seen but science fiction and fantasy are here to remain.

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Protest Over Cutting Of Southern Rail Services

Passengers that make use of the southern train conducted a protest today at the Victoria station in London. This is because of the announcement of the operator that there are still cancelled trips as well as delays in the operation despite the newly devised timetable.

The company that is responsible in the operation of the trains that are travelling to and fro London and the southern part is already facing a lot of criticism in the last three months. This is due to the fact that hundreds of passengers riding the train are experiencing delays on a daily basis.
There are passengers that are complaining about not being able to go home as soon as work has ended because of the unreliable service. As a consequence, many parents are not able to see their kids after work and in some cases, workers have lost their employment. In a solution to the problems they are facing, the Southern has released a newly revised timetable only last week and the new schedule will be in operation starting on Monday.

There has been a protest that was conducted at the concourse of the London Victoria in an attempt to demonstrate for the operator the failed rush hour service they are providing. There are about 150 passengers with protesters wearing cow and devils masks that came together during the protest. They gathered at the Gatwick Express platform in order to shout that the Southern for their fail.
There are also chants regarding as to what the people want and they answer trains in unison. Followed by the question when do we want them and they answered on time. The station is filled with applause after the chant. Many of the protesters have banners and one of them says commuter hell.

The photo of the rail minister, Claire Perry, was also handed out as posters with the words urgent appeal on it. It also contains a message which expresses the concern of the people for Claire since she has stopped answering tweets, absent from public meetings and is showing no support to the passengers. Those who want to experience the train system in Vietnam, check out the Hanoi to Sapa train.

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Start Shopping On Mondays When Items Are Cheaper

A recent research study has shown that items can be cheaper up to 18 percent during Mondays than on any other day or for the rest of the week.

Shoppers go on hours hunting for the best deals and discounts. They search for great finds anywhere from clothing to gadgets to home furniture and so on. Clothing, Tech, TV Store Online or any other online stores capitalize on the accessibility of shopping done online by consumers. Even for online stores, this method of shopping online for products and services is beneficial for them not having to invest in physical stores to put in malls and other areas. Not everyone has the time to look for what they need by physically going to shops or boutiques.

But, the results of the research is more beneficial to consumers and buyers than to online stores or retailers. For online shoppers, buying on Mondays means more money being saved. Hundreds can be saved simply by shopping on a Monday than on any other days of the week especially during the weekends. Demands are greater on Fridays to Sundays since more shoppers are free on these days. They have more time to spend in searching and browsing the web. With this, retailers push prices up to take advantage of shoppers’ shopping days. Online retailers have the ability to change their prices every day and every hour depending on several factors that include demand, competition and current weather. They do this over software or even manually to monitor sales.

Over the course of over a few months, some 7 thousand products in different categories were analyzed. The costs were examined. Categories like games, eyewear, bags, fitness trackers, tents, trampolines, consoles, shoes and so on were looked into. The research mostly focused into leisure items. They found out that board games are cheaper on Monday, and these are the most expensive on Friday. Other items like tents and fitness/activity trackers were also cheaper on Monday. The company that made the study did not however show cash amounts or figures. The findings just suggested that weekend shoppers are paying more in a span of a year.

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Will Bitcoin Mining Still Remain To Be Worth The Cost?

A research on blockchain technology was made by University College London and it revealed that bitcoin’s present proof of work (PoW) mining cost is necessary to ensure the network’s trustless and decentralized nature. Tomaso Aste, director of UCL’s Center for Blockchain Technologies, offers a rough estimation of the equilibrium fair cost of bitcoin’s PoW system. The fair cost per block is roughly $10,000 which is less than the current amount that will be earned if you discover a block today.

There has been a long standing debate over bitcoin’s use of mining for transaction verification that many consider the process to be excessively wasteful and an unnecessary process of the system’s structure. However, according to Aste, that amount of money being spent per block can be justified if it maintains a distributed transaction network.

At present, a block reward of 25 BTC will allow miners or distributed members of a mining pool to net more or less $15,600 but with the eventual halving that may occur anytime this July, the subsidy will fall to 12.5 BTC. Will bitcoin mining generate more money than what will be paid for electricity? If power is cheap, the bigger will be the mine and the more bitcoins will be generated. However, according to Aste, very small margins of profit will be left behind if the standard $8,333 in power per block is halved.

In order to ensure profitability in a double –spend attack, it is important for the transactions to be confirmed at least 6 times on the network. Aste has arrived at an estimate for fair cost of proof of work through a double-spend attack with a value of about $1 million as an example. However, it is unrealistic for a double-spend to go unnoticed, the equilibrium fair cost of Bitcoin’s PoW will be equal to the duplicated fraction of the block’s value to be divided by the number of blocks required to settle which in this case is six.

Bitcoin miners are certainly eager to know what will happen with bitcoin halving. Bitcoin prices remain volatile at $600 because participants are taking action in anticipation of the halving.

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