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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How To Save Money On Bangkok Airport Transfer

People rent vehicles for different reasons. There are those who take Bangkok Airport Transfer in order to arrive on time for an important meeting, attend a special occasion or just to take tours and have fun in the City of Bangkok and its surrounding area. Whatever the reason may be, it is incontestable that getting a car to take you from the airport down to the venue would cost some money. The amount of rental will vary depending on the type of car and the length of car usage. While it is a fact that you will spend some amount for the airport transfer, you actually do not have to spend a lot because there are ways to lower down your vehicle expenses. Here are some tips:

Only include your needs

A fully stocked bar with full food service may sound nice and it may something that you want but is it what you need? Take note that these minor details on your rented car also add up to the overall cost and if you would just be travelling for less than an hour from the airport down to your hotel or destination, there is no practical need for you to have these included on your booking.

Rent your needed car size

For Bangkok Airport Transfer, size matters. If you would be travelling on your own and there is no need for you to rent a bigger car, you can opt for a standard vehicle size. There are different car types that you can choose from. If you are travelling in group and you can fit in a four-sitter limousine, why rent a big car which can cost so much more? In other words, find a car to rent that is only suitable to your group size.

Choose an older model

The latest car models for Bangkok Airport Transfer are more expensive to rent than those older versions. Car rentals would usually offer the latest limousine or car models and if you are up for something less pricey, ask for models that are older but in perfect condition.

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Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Wins 2016 America’s Best Restroom Award

In 2007, the bathrooms of Minneapolis-St. Paul international airport made the headlines due to a controversy involving a US senator. Now, the airport is the subject of positive news; the first batch of the renovated bathrooms at the MSP airport is the 2016 winners of the 15th annual America’s Best Restroom Contest.

The contest was hosted by Cintas, a Cincinnati-based company that provides cleaning services and cleaning supplies for public bathrooms. The public was asked to vote on the 10 finalists that pitted the lavatories of MSP airport to the likes of a Doctor Who-themed Tardis bathroom of a bar located in Brooklyn, New York and a bathroom in St. Louis that is papered by classic books. The restroom of Coca – Cola Park in Allenton, PA with the hands-free, motion-control urinal gaming system is also among the contestants.

MSP airport restrooms were the subject of a terminal-wide restroom rehabilitation plan that started in 2009. The project will continue through 2025 to encompass more than 100 public restrooms in the airport. The restroom is usually the first place that is visited upon arrival and the last stop before departure. Allan Howell of Metropolitan Airports Commission is very happy with the award. It was a reward for all the efforts made at enhancing the aesthetics of airport bathrooms to provide the customer with a memorable experience.

Aside from the restroom overhaul, the airport added features like stalls with out-swinging doors, niches for rolling luggage, baby changing stations with sinks and diaper dispensers and shallow trough sinks to reduce splashing. Customers were also given easy access to touch-less faucets and soap dispensers. Mosaic art with a Minnesota theme can be found at the entrance of the restroom with each set created by different artists. The mosaic art easily catches attention and it showed that the airport is supporting local artists.

When a bathroom has proper furniture, everything will be within easy reach. If you are looking the right type of bathroom furniture that enhances aesthetics and improves functionality, your best choice is Oak Vanity Units. Oak furniture will complement any type of bathroom design whether traditional or contemporary.

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Asia on a Small Budget: Best Destinations Having Low-Cost Hotels

Agoda, a Singapore-based hotel booking site, gave AFP its professional advice on the best locations to enjoy Southeast Asia’s blue waters without spending too much.

Vietnam

According to Agoda, Da Nang is a great beach destination in Vietnam. In this coastal city, a room at a hotel costs Rs 500 per night. On the other hand, their luxury hotel rooms can go as much as Rs 269,420! The booking experts suggest going to Phu Quoc, a must-see in the country. Travellers can secure hotel rooms lesser than Rs 6700 a night.

Myanmar

After going through a period of isolation, Myanmar is becoming a fashionable destination in Asia. Their beautiful beaches are found in Chaungtha, Ngwe Saung and Ngapali. No doubt, Chaungtha is the cheapest choice for travellers, where Agoda lists hotel room for less than Rs 3000 per night, 50% lesser than the other two destinations.

Cambodia

Cambodia still has well-hidden gems like Koh Rong Samloem and Koh Rong. Koh Rong, the 2nd biggest Cambodian island, is set to be a famous tourist destination in the next couple of years, according to Agoda. There is no better time to visit especially since a hotel room now costs less than Rs 3000 a night on average.

Malaysia

Travellers need not pay higher rates to stay near the country’s famous beaches. Penang, Langkawi and Tioman Island, Malyasia’s three desired beach destinations, all have fairly priced accommodations, with hotel rooms costing not greater than Rs 4700 per night on average.

Indonesia

Travellers can surely count on paying about Rs 6700 a night in one of the beachside destinations in Indonesia. Lower prices are offered in Bangka and Banyuwangi, with rooms under Rs 2600 per night. For an all-inclusive accommodation, with sea view and breakfast, Raja Ampat islands have rooms under Rs 8700 a night.

Thailand

To find the cheapest prices in Thailand, travellers must avoid its frequented tourist hotspots. Holidaymakers can get rooms costing Rs 3000 a night on average at a beach resort in Chanthaburi, located in the east. This town is 240 km (143 miles) away from Bangkok. Agoda suggests Koh Kood, Koh Mak, Koh Tao or Kamala beach for those that prefer staying near the beaten track.

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Foreign Weddings In Thai Destinations

Weddings and honeymoons comprise the billion-dollar earners in the tourism industry of Asia. Furthermore, Thailand is a top spot in the region for weddings.

The “Amazing Thailand Romance Trade Meets” event

There were 73 buyers coming from 15 countries that met with about 116 local operators in Thailand, promoting the wedding business with an aim of making the country part of the best international destinations for this sector.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand organised the “Amazing Thailand Romance Trade Meets” events last May in Bangkok and Krabi. They aimed to advocate the country as a major wedding and honeymoon destination for couples, according to TAT’s deputy governor for International Marketing Juthaporn Rerngronasa. According to her, the country is already at the 6th place for this market and also the most desired destination in Asia, and an upcoming destination for the African and Middle Eastern markets.

She added that there is a solid record from markets like the United States, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, France, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia.

The representatives from these countries joined business and networking sessions alongside 64 local sellers at the event in Bangkok, representing destination management companies, event planners, resorts and hotels based in the country.

At the event held in Krabi, they met with local Thai sellers coming from 52 companies – primarily resorts from the South. The operators that focused on the Indian market were not in attendance at the events since they had other agendas and plans, according to Juthaporn.

Wedding business in Thailand

As mentioned by TAT, the wedding business in the world values at $298 billion, $80 million comes from the overseas weddings.

Amnart Laosirimongkol, Nakamanda Resort and Spa Krabi’s director of operations said that their property was developed specifically to serve weddings and honeymoons.

Conclusion

This event was just the start. The TAT’s efforts will surely attract couples to either a wedding hotel in Bangkok or a honeymoon resort in Krabi. As a result, the country will evolve to be a top destination in the world for weddings and honeymoons.

 

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Officials Warn About Bed Bugs

The Comanche County Health Department announced that bed bugs are crawling in the area. The experts warned residents of ways in preventing them from spreading. The bed bugs are tiny, flat, and about an apple seed’s size. They are reddish-brown in color. They have 6 legs. They don’t fly or jump, but they are hitchhikers and fast runners.

Travel season spreads bed bugs

According to the experts, the problem is a seasonal one. Additionally, it gets worse especially during the holiday travel season. The Comanche County Health Department gets bed bug complaints every time. Now, they are getting 2 – 3 calls per day. The approaching holidays are the most hectic time in the year due to travels. Bed bugs can enter a coat, purse or luggage.

According to Zachary Foley, a health specialist, preparation is a way to prevent these bugs from getting on people and from getting taken to homes. Foley said that it is good to bring a flashlight when getting inside a hotel room so all nooks and crannies, and mattresses can be checked. If these bugs get to a home, they can go anywhere and hide. They are also visible to the human eyes.

Getting rid of bed bugs

Bed bugs thirst for blood. However, they can resist doing so for around nine months, and they can also live to a year. Scott Brown, an Environmental Pest Control Technician, indicated that when they reproduce, they’ll carry big problems.

According to Brown, a way on how to get rid of bed bugs is to kill them with heat. He added that there are professional heat treatments, and it usually takes around 8 – 12 hours.

Brown said that the process starts with them setting up equipment. The temperatures will range from 120 – 140 degrees, and this is lethal for every stage of bed bugs, from eggs to adults. Then, they will set up fans to create a tornado-like effect. This is to penetrate to the chairs, couches, mattresses, walls, carpets and more.

He also suggested that a follow-up be done after a month to recheck that no bugs have returned.

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Reducing The Prevalence Of Cash Bail For Poor Defendants

The merits of cash bail have been under close scrutiny for decades because according to critics, a poor defendant has to stay in jail prior to a trial because they can make bail. Thos who have the money go scot free. Lawyers and advocates have been pushing for reforms pointing out the shrinking space in jails, costs and the reversal of racially-biased sentencing practices.

In Maryland, some judges have decided to significantly cut back on setting bail for defendants. According to Richard Jones, one of the state’s leading bail bondsmen, business has dropped by about 75% since the District Court Chief Judge John P. Morrissey has advised judges and commissioners last month to impose a lesser onerous condition on the defendants who cannot be released according to their own recognizance. Morrissey was reacting to the state’s Attorney General Brian E. Frosh recent opinion that cash bail could be considered as discriminatory and unconstitutional.

Richard Jones has been active in thwarting past efforts of the legislative department towards the reduction on the prevalence of cash bail. Normally, Jones would have about 70 bonds during a 3-day period but after Morrissey’s advice, the bondsman only had eight bonds.

According to prosecutors and defense lawyers, the change was not actually drastic although they concur that judges are releasing more poor defendants including some which the prosecutors consider as flight risk. On the other hand, Paul DeWolfe, the head of the state’s Office of the Public Defender, supports the major overhaul in the bail system. He commented that reduced use of bail is a step towards the right direction. Thousands of non-violent and non-felony defendants are languishing in jails not because they were found out to be guilty of a crime or pose a flight risk; they do not have money to pay for bail.

However, there are defendants that are too dangerous to be released without bail. There is concern over public safety and failure to appear on court. Securing the release of a friend of member of the family can be daunting but bail bonds Fresno will relieve the stress and confusion by guiding you through the stressful process.

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