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  • How Havana is collapsing, building by building

    12/03/2018 8:52:00 PM PST · by Enterprise · 55 replies
    "In Havana, some of the same architectural gems that draw tens of thousands of American tourists crash to the ground every year. Causes range from weather and neglect to faulty renovations and theft of structural beams."
  • Grandma mistakenly booked into a Miami jail as a man. Court ruling details who was to blame.

    11/30/2018 9:31:55 PM PST · by simpson96 · 36 replies
    Mimi Herald ^ | 11/30/2018 | David Ovale
    Fior Pichardo de Veloz, a grandmother arrested in Miami, suffered a serious indignity at the hands of the Miami-Dade County Corrections Department: jailers booked her as a man and she spent nearly 10 hours in a holding cell surrounded by leering inmates. Her shame was compounded when a federal judge threw out her lawsuit, saying the jail staffers were protected from a trial for negligence. But clearly disturbed by the outrageous mistake, a federal appeals court this month reinstated the lawsuit against the jail doctor and nurse who insisted jail officers book Pichardo as a man — even though a...
  • President Putin: Traditional Islam is an integral part of Russia’s spiritual life

    11/28/2018 5:03:51 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 18 replies
    President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Erdogan, Mr Abbas, members of the clergy, foreign guests, friends, Let me congratulate you from all my heart on the opening of Moscow’s rebuilt Cathedral Mosque. This is a big event for all Muslims in Russia. One of Moscow’s oldest mosques stood on this historical site and has undergone reconstruction that now makes it the biggest in Europe. It was given a magnificent modern new look worthy of the capital of our united, multi-ethnic and multi-confessional country. This new mosque is worthy of Russia, in which, I want to stress, Islam, under our country’s...
  • Indonesia says situation facing crew of doomed Lion Air jet not in flight manual

    11/19/2018 7:00:01 AM PST · by Magnatron · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12 November 2018 | Cindy Silviana, Tracy Rucinski
    Indonesian investigators said on Monday more training was needed for Boeing 737 MAX pilots after discovering the situation believed to have faced the crew of a doomed Lion Air jet was not contained in the aircraft’s flight manual. U.S. pilots were also not aware of potential risks, two U.S. pilot unions told Reuters. The comments shed further light on the areas under scrutiny as investigators prepare to publish their preliminary report on Nov. 28 or 29, one month after the Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX dived into the Java Sea, killing all 189 on board. Until now, public attention has...
  • Lion Air Crash: Jet’s Airspeed Indicator Malfunctioned on Previous 4 Flights

    11/05/2018 6:45:54 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    Indonesian investigators, the plane’s manufacturer, Boeing, and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board are formulating a more specific inspection for Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes related to the airspeed problem, Tjahjono said. “If there are urgent findings to be delivered, we will convey them to the operators and to the manufacturer,” he said. Lion Air has said a technical problem with the jet was fixed after problems with the Bali to Jakarta flight. Investigator Nurcahyo Utomo said investigators need to review maintenance records, including what problems were reported, what repairs were done including whether components were replaced, and how the...
  • Lion Air: Some are looking where to place the blame, others wonder if their pilot can fly...

    11/18/2018 1:19:55 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    CNN ^ | November 18, 2018 | Kara Fox,
    One of the Max 8's new features is an anti-stalling device, the maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS). If the MCAS detects that the plane is flying too slowly or steeply, and at risk of stalling, it can automatically lower the airplane's nose. It's meant to be a safety mechanism. But the problem, according to Lion Air and a growing chorus of international pilots, was that no one knew about that system. … Investigators are currently examining whether an angle of attack (AOA) sensor on the outside of the Lion Air plane transmitted incorrect data that could have triggered the MCAS...
  • Lion Air pilots batttled doomed jet's computerized safety. system, black box shows

    Black box data from the Lion Air jet that crashed in October reveals the pilots struggled to fight the plane's malfunctioning safety system from takeoff to the moment it nose-dived into the Java Sea, killing all 189 people on board. https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/lion-air-pilots-battled-doomed-jets-computerized-safety/story?id=59449273
  • Crash: Lion B38M near Jakarta on Oct 29th 2018, .....

    11/24/2018 8:15:34 PM PST · by the_daug · 54 replies
    The Aviation Herald ^ | Last Update: Saturday, Nov 24th 2018 22:46Z | Simon Hradecky
    On Nov 22nd 2018 the KNKT gave a presentation to Indonesia's Parliament about the findings so far. The KNKT told the parliament that the FDR contained 1790 parameters spanning 19 flights. The last two flights, the flight from Denpasar to Jakarta as well as the accident flight, were showing the same issue, the right hand speed (first officer's IAS) signficantly higher than the left hand speed (captain's speed). The captain's AoA indicated about 20 degrees higher than the first officer's AoA. As result the left stick shaker activated immediately after takeoff and operated, with a brief period where it stopped...
  • Russia Admits That It Can’t Retrofit Aircraft Carrier After Accident

    11/09/2018 8:44:28 AM PST · by Krosan · 51 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | November 09, 2018 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    Following the sinking of one of the world’s largest dry docks on October 29 in a shipyard in the far northwest part of Russia, officials have finally admitted that they are unable to continue work on Russia’s sole aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, for the time being. While Russia’s shipbuilding industry is reportedly looking into alternatives, no timely and viable solution to continue retrofitting work on the Russian Navy’s flagship has emerged to date. “We have alternatives actually for all the ships except for [the aircraft carrier] Admiral Kuznetsov. Our enterprises are in operation, [including] the Nerpa [Ship Repair Factory],”...
  • Report: New computer virus attacks Iranian 'strategic networks'

    11/01/2018 7:23:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/31/2018 | Rick Moran
    The Times of Israel is reporting that a new computer virus 'more powerful' than the Stuxnet worm that devastated the Iranian nuclear weapons program in 2010 has been unleashed on Iran's "infrastructure and strategic systems." While the extent of the damage is unknown, the new virus has been described as “more violent, more advanced and more sophisticated" than Stuxnet. That virus, jointly developed by US and Israel, is believed to have set back the Iranian nuclear weapons programs by several months to several years depending on the source. The report came hours after Israel said its Mossad intelligence agency had...
  • ISIS RETURNS: Sick terrorists take 700 hostage - Putin issues warning

    10/18/2018 7:02:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    www.express.co.uk ^ | PUBLISHED: 14:00, Thu, Oct 18, 2018 | UPDATED: 14:44, Thu, Oct 18, 2018 | By Rebecca Perring
    he Russian leader said the depraved terrorists had expanded its control in territory controlled by US and US-backed forces. ISIS issued Russia with an ultimatum promising to execute ten people every day. Speaking in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, Putin said the hostages included several US and European nationals. Putin told the Valdai discussion forum in Sochi: "They have issued ultimatums, specific demands and warned that if these ultimatums are not met they will execute 10 people every day. "The day before yesterday they executed 10 people." Putin did not specify what the militants' demands were. He said...
  • Israel, US send secret delegation to Ukraine to train against S-300 – report

    10/16/2018 4:14:18 AM PDT · by tlozo · 11 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | October 16, 2018 | Judah Ari Gross and Raoul Wootliff
    Israel and the United States sent a secret military delegation to Ukraine to test the Russian-made S-300 missile defense system, which Moscow recently provided to Syria, Hadashot TV news reported Monday, citing Syrian and Russian news outlets. There was no comment on the reports from either Israel or the US. According to the reports, members of the Ukrainian military instructed their US and Israeli counterparts on the capabilities of the system, as well as running through various possible scenarios. One Russian report said that F-15 planes are training in Ukraine against the S-300 as part of an international exercise that...
  • Facebook mega data leak: Birth dates, education history, religious preferences, details stolen

    10/13/2018 12:42:03 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 20 replies
    DNA ^ | October 13, 2018 | ANI
    Social networking giant Facebook Inc. clarified that hackers accessed personal information of accounts of almost 30 million users. Earlier, Facebook had said that a security breach had affected the accounts of as many as 50 million people. In a statement, Facebook said that hackers accessed the name, contact details and other information of the accounts of 14 million people. It added that hackers also stole information in regard to name and contact details of the accounts of another 15 million people. This also included username, gender, locale/language, relationship status, religion, hometown, self-reported current city, birthdate, device types used to access...
  • Threat by Turkey’s Erdogan to remove Kurdish mayors after election a rejection of democracy - MP

    10/10/2018 11:09:35 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    Ahval (Events) ^ | Oct 10 2018 | Burhan Ekinci
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s threat to remove any mayors chosen in local elections next March deemed to be “contaminated by terrorism” is a rejection of democracy and an attempt to scare voters away from the main pro-Kurdish party, one of its members of parliament said. Turkish authorities stepped up pressure on the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) following the breakdown of a ceasefire with Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in July 2015. The government says the HDP is, in effect, the political wing of the PKK. The crackdown gained momentum after a failed coup a year later that...
  • Mike Pompeo: Syrian Kurds are 'great partners;' We’ll ensure them a 'seat at the table'

    10/12/2018 10:48:09 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    Kurdistan24 (K24) News ^ | Laurie Mylroie
    WASHINGTON DC (Kurdistan 24) – Syria’s Kurds “have been great partners,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday evening in Washington DC, as he addressed a conference of the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA.)Pompeo affirmed that the Kurds would be party to negotiations over Syria’s political future.“We are now driving,” he said, stressing that last word, “to make sure that they have a seat at the table.”Pompeo is the most senior US official to affirm a long-term commitment to Syria’s Kurds.Previously, Amb. James Jeffrey, who was appointed Pompeo’s Representative for Syria Engagement in late August,...
  • Syrian Rebels Withdraw Heavy Weapons to Spare Idlib From Assault

    10/11/2018 9:34:38 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 2 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | October 10, 2018 | Carlotta Gall
    Syrian rebel fighters have pulled the last of their heavy weapons from front-line positions in Idlib Province, meeting the deadline for a truce negotiated by Russia and Turkey — and possibly sparing the civilian population from a bloody government offensive. It was a rare act of unity for the ordinarily fractious rebel forces, who on Monday drove trucks carrying a tank, artillery and missile batteries out of their base in this small town, as a small group of international journalists looked on. “We are now standing in the demilitarized zone,” said Saif al-Raad, a spokesman for the National Liberation Front,...
  • PM Tells Cabinet ‘Prepare for War With Gaza’

    10/09/2018 3:01:53 AM PDT · by kingattax · 27 replies
    BreakingIsraelNews ^ | 10-8-18 | Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet on Sunday that he is preparing for a military solution to the violence on the country’s southern border. “If the reality of civil distress in Gaza is diminished, that is desirable, but that is not certain to happen, and so we are preparing militarily,” Netanyahu said in the cabinet meeting. “That is not an empty statement.” The prime minister’s remarks come after the Defense Ministry ordered IDF troops to send reinforcements to the region on Thursday in preparation for a possible escalation.
  • U.S. rejects Iran's legal claim to recover $1.75 billion in frozen assets

    10/08/2018 10:18:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Al-Reuters ^ | October 8, 2018 8:14 AM | Stephanie van den Berg, Lesley Wroughton
    The United States on Monday asked judges at the International Court of Justice to throw out a claim by Iran to recover $1.75 billion (€1.5 billion) in national bank assets seized by U.S. courts. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2016 that the assets must be turned over to American families of victims of the 1983 bombing of a U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, among others. The hearings at the tribunal were separate from Iran’s claim relating to current U.S. sanctions against Tehran. Iran’s claim in both cases is based on a 1955 Amity Treaty, which was signed 24...
  • State Department: No ‘Jerusalem, Israel’ on US passports

    10/06/2018 2:47:30 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 19 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | 10/05/2018 | JNS News Service
    Despite the United States recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December and relocating its embassy from Tel Aviv in May, Americans born in Jerusalem are still unable to list “Jerusalem, Israel” on U.S. passports. “The president has made clear that the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem remain subject to final-status negotiations between the [Israelis and the Palestinians],” a State Department spokesperson told JNS. “We have not changed our practice regarding place of birth on passports or Consular Reports of Birth Abroad at this time.”
  • Russia Derangement Syndrome: Syria Edition

    10/07/2018 7:21:02 PM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies
    Wentworth Report ^ | 6 August 2018 | David Archibald
    Russia Derangement Syndrome: Syria Edition by David Archibald 6 August 2018 The road to hell is paved with good intentions. So it has been with US involvement in Syria. To provide a context to that involvement, let’s start part way through the story with the self-immolation of a Tunisian vegetable vendor on December 17, 2011, driven to despair by harassment from petty officials. That spark set off the Arab Spring. A number of Arab regimes changed; some remained resilient. That wasn’t good enough for David Cameron and Nicholas Sarkozy, the then leaders of the UK and France respectively. Their armed...