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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Myanmar Introduced Their Latest Investment Law

Myanmar recently announced its new investment law and many international lawyers are happy about the news. According to them, it will improve the investment environment in the country which will positively impact investors coming from the local and foreign sector once the law is passed.

Based on a statement by the managing partner of Baker & McKenzie Myanmar, Jo Daniels, the law could play a big role in legal reforms of the country once it is given the go signal by the parliament. She was all praise regarding the decision but she thinks that much of the enforcement will still depend on the effort that will be exerted by the Myanmar Investment Commission.

The new investment law will be a combination of the current Myanmar Citizen Investment Law together with the Foreign Investment Law. Under the law, there will be a new form required for approval which will be referred to as the MIC Endorsement. This is in addition to the requirement for MIC permits.

It states that if the business activities of a certain company are not covered by any restrictions then it will no longer need to get an MIC permit in order to operate in Myanmar. Rather, the business will be required to get an MIC Endorsement which is equivalent to the benefits provided by a MIC permit including tax incentives and long-term lease.

According to Daniels, it is one of the major changes that are included in the new investment law. They are also assuming that the process required in acquiring an MIC endorsement will be less complicated compared to applying for a MIC permit but it is still not a sure thing.

The draft law will cover the revoking of the tax exemption that is automatically bestowed to businesses. The endowment of the tax exemptions will then be decided entirely by the MIC. Tax exemption may be given to a period of a maximum of seven years. In the current law, the tax exemption is only valid for up to three years. If you are planning to do business in Myanmar, contact International Lawyers in Thailand to know more about your options.

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Firemen Fighting Brush Fire

How To Defend The Property Against Wild Fires

It is easier for firefighters to protect your home during a wild fire if your gutters are cleared of dried leaves and pine needles. Your first line of defense during a wild fire is a clean yard. All dead and dying vegetation must be removed 30 feet immediately around the home with grass mowed short and tree branches pruned away from the roof and chimney. If you are storing firewood make sure that it is moved 30 feet away from the home with horizontal separation from trees and bushes.

Ground fires can be prevented from climbing the trees if grass and weeds are mowed to a maximum of 4 inches high with horizontal and vertical spacing between trees and shrubs. It is important for homeowners to defend their space and protect their homes by ensuring its fire resistance.

The roof is the most vulnerable part of your home during a wild fire. Homes with wood and shingle roofs are high risk which requires re-roofing with materials such as composition, metal or tile. Flying embers can easily ignite debris in the gutters even if the wildfire is miles away from your home. Gutter maintenance will ensure that your gutters are resistant to flying embers.

Vents are openings that are also vulnerable to flying embers. Vent openings can be covered with 1/8-inch or ¼-inch metal mesh, not plastic or fiberglass mesh that can easily melt and burn. If you think metal mesh is not enough to block embers, vents in eaves and cornices can be protected by baffles.

Since the exterior living space is highly vulnerable to embers, make sure that decks and patio are made from fire-resistant and non-combustible materials. All combustible items must also be removed from the deck and patio whenever there is news of wild fire. Make sure to prepare water hoses long enough to reach all areas of the home.

It is better to leave gutter cleaning to professionals than risk your life climbing ladders to the roof. A team from gutter replacement in Perth WA is capable of undertaking cleaning and inspections to determine whether the gutter requires repairs. In the event that the gutter is beyond repair, replacement will be suggested.

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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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