2nd Man Linked to Long Island al Qaeda Recruit Pleads Guilty

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A second Yemeni national has been burned by a Long Island-bred terror suspect who he helped join al Qaeda.Ali Alvi al Hamidi, who was brought to the US last year for trial, pleaded guilty in federal court in Brooklyn Tuesday to conspiring to murder US nationals abroad, conspiring to provide material support to al-Qaeda, and receiving military-type training from the notorious terror group.“Today’s significant guilty plea demonstrates this office’s unwavering commitment to bring to justice those who fight against US forces or assist al-Qaeda and others in their efforts to kill Americans at home or abroad,” Robert Capers, US Attorney for the Eastern District of the United States, said in a statement.Alvi and another Yemeni man, Saddiq al-Abbadi, had been charged in a federal complaint in April 2009 in connection with their link to al Qaeda. They were both arrested in Saudi Arabia and subsequently extradited to the United States. The complaint had been kept under seal for nearly five years until the pair was publicly indicted last January. Al Abbadi pleaded guilty to similar charges last May.Alvi reportedly faces up to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced.Federal authorities say Alvi traveled to tribal areas of Pakistan in March 2008 with the intention of fighting alongside al Qaeda. After growing dissatisfied with al Qaeda leadership, he found his way to Afghanistan, where he fought with the Taliban against coalition forces, according to court documents.Prosecutors said Alvi used his connections within al Qaeda to facilitate Bryant Neal Vinas’ quest to join the terror group.Vinas was raised in Roman Catholic in Patchogue. He was arrested by Pakistani authorities in 2008 and has since pleaded guilty. He has yet to be sentenced.Vinas, authorites said, participated in al Qaeda military training exercises and allegedly plotted with al Qaeda to bomb the Long Island Rail Road.The federal complaint against both men was largely built on testimony from Vinas, who was identified in corresponding court documents as a cooperating witness.“Vinas will testify to Alvi’s violent activities on behalf of al Qaeda and to Alvi’s desire to attack US forces stationed in Afghanistan,” prosecutors said in court documents last year.Vinas is one of four Long Islanders authorities have linked to al Qaeda. Two other men were arrested before actually joining any terror groups and another man, Samir Khan, was killed in a US drone strike in Yemen. Khan served as an editor for al Qaeda’s English-language magazine, Inspire.last_img read more

Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: ‘My little brother needs medicine’

first_img– Advertisement – The regional government has also heavily restricted road travel within Tigray, as fighting takes place, according to the UN, in eight locations, including in the sesame-growing area of Humera, where farmers are usually harvesting crops at this time of the year, helped by workers from the neighbouring region of Amhara, in a sign of how the fate of Ethiopians of all ethnic groups is intertwined. last_img

Call centre sale raises £14.1m for St Modwen

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Governor Wolf Signs New Legislation to Support Low-Cost, Clean Energy Technology in Pennsylvania

first_img June 12, 2018 Economy,  Energy,  Environment,  Infrastructure,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 234, establishing Pennsylvania’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, a financing mechanism that enables low-cost, long-term funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation upgrades to commercial or industrial properties. This legislation represents a triple win, for small businesses who will save money on their electricity and water bills, for Pennsylvania’s economy through the creation of new good paying clean energy jobs, and for cleaner air and water as new clean energy sources are added to our diverse energy mix.“This innovative financing mechanism will support the creation of new clean energy and energy efficiency projects throughout the commonwealth, while also enhancing property values and employment opportunities, while lowering the costs of doing business,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “The implementation of this economic development tool in Pennsylvania is yet another example of the bipartisan work that can come out of Harrisburg when we work together on common sense legislation.”Currently the upfront cost of installing energy-efficient or clean energy technology can be prohibitive for many small business owners. This legislation provides a common sense, market-driven, and voluntary solution to this problem without requiring any public funds.This legislation provides a new option for local governments, who may choose to develop or participate in a PACE program. Once established, private lenders provide financing to building owners for energy-efficiency and clean energy technology upgrades. Then the local community simply collects an assessment on the improved building over a period of years and remits the payment to the lender to pay for the retrofit. In many cases, these upgrades can save the building owner more than the cost of the assessment, meaning they begin saving money immediately.“The PACE program is a voluntary market-driven initiative which will create jobs and enhance Pennsylvania’s clean energy portfolio,” Senator John Blake said. “I have enjoyed working with my colleague Senator Guy Reschenthaler and wish to thank Governor Wolf for signing this bipartisan legislation into law and I look forward to working with our communities to begin implementing PACE in Pennsylvania.”“We thank Governor Wolf for his leadership growing and sustaining good jobs in our state and protecting the environment and the leaders in the legislature that made this idea a reality,” said Khari Mosley, Regional Program Manager for the BlueGreen Alliance. “The Blue Green Alliance strongly supports commercial PACE because it will help our state by creating good jobs, boosting energy and water efficiency efforts, and make our state more competitive in the increasingly global marketplace.”“This is an important victory in the effort to promote clean energy in Pennsylvania,” noted PennEnvironment Executive Director David Masur. “It’s impressive when Democrats and Republicans, environmentalists and labor unions, and business leaders can all come together to pass a critical clean energy policy like this.”“We’re excited for the potential of PACE to attract investment and boost economic development here in Pennsylvania. PACE financing will help our contractors provide needed energy solutions for their commercial and industrial customers while putting electricians to work,” said Jeffrey Scarpello, Executive Director of the Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association.“The signing of SB 234 marks a major step forward for Pennsylvania’s energy efficiency industry,” said Matt Elliott, executive director for the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA). “With PACE financing for commercial properties coming to Pennsylvania, we’re going to see more investment in energy efficiency, more energy savings for Pennsylvania businesses, and more energy efficiency jobs. The commonwealth’s existing energy efficiency programs now employ more than 62,000 Pennsylvanians in fields ranging from construction to engineering to manufacturing. The establishment of PACE financing will help further grow this important local jobs market.”PACE loans can be used to pay for clean energy upgrades such as new heating and cooling systems, lighting improvements, solar panels, water pumps, and insulation.Currently, 33 states plus the District of Columbia authorize PACE financing for clean energy and energy efficiency projects; this includes a diverse group of states such as Alabama, California, Georgia, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Texas.Today, the governor also signed House Bill 566, House Bill 1793, House bill 1952, and Senate Bill 880. Governor Wolf Signs New Legislation to Support Low-Cost, Clean Energy Technology in Pennsylvaniacenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Ørsted Gets Positive Feedback on Hornsea Two OSS Application

first_imgUK governmental agencies, conservation organisations and companies have responded positively to Ørsted’s application to reduce the number of offshore substations and increase the size of the topsides on the Hornsea Project Two offshore wind project.Following the review, the application received no objections from the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, The Crown Estate, National Federation of Fishermen Organisation, Trinity House, Natural England, Historic England, and Anglian Water.In February 2018, Optimus Wind Limited and Breesea Limited sent the application on behalf of Ørsted to the UK’s Planning Inspectorate to reduce the maximum number of offshore HVAC collector substations on the Hornsea Two from six to three.The width of the offshore substations would be increased from up to 60 metres to up to 90 metres, and the length from up to 60 metres to up to 70 metres. The maximum area would be increased from up to 3,600 square metres to up to 6,300 square metres.The changes would not result in an increase in the footprint of the supporting structures’ impact on the seabed, and the number of legs and piles on the jacket foundations supporting the topsides will remain the same as allowed in the existing Development Consent Order (DCO), according to the developer.In September 2017, the Hornsea Project Two received a Contract for Difference for 1,386MW. The wind farm will feature Siemens Gamesa 8MW turbines installed some 89 kilometres from the Yorkshire coast.Once operational in 2022, it will be the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, leapfrogging the 1.2GW Hornsea Project One, also being developed by Ørsted. Similarly to the Hornsea Project One, the electricity generated on Hornsea Project Two will be collected and delivered to the grid via three offshore collector substations and one reactive compensation substation.last_img read more

Caribbean tourism chief warns region against ‘political stupidity’

first_img 28 Views   no discussions Share Tweet NewsRegional Caribbean tourism chief warns region against ‘political stupidity’ by: – December 5, 2011 Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Richard Skerritt. Image via: nevispages.comBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) — Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), Sen. Richard Skerritt has warned the region not to allow local political partisan interests to undermine the Caribbean’s main income earner.Skerritt, who is also Minister of Tourism and International Transport in St Kitts and Nevis, said given the challenges of the current world economy, there is an urgent need for all sectors in each island to work closer together.Speaking at a tourism seminar in Grenada, he said local politicians must put aside their own partisan interests to ensure that the region’s tourism sector survives these times.“Our tourism must be protected from the partisan tribalism that often divides us in these islands. We don’t have to like each other to work together in the national interest,” Skerritt explained.“We just need to like what we do and love our country. We don’t have to agree on everything in order to improve our product standards and island experience for our visitors.”The St Kitts and Nevis tourism minister said the common national interest of preserving the crucial tourism sector must trump all other considerations.Skerritt said an eminent danger to regional tourism is what he called local “political stupidity.”“We don’t have to vote for the same party in order to recognise the value of tourism expenditure in our economy,” he said.“We must therefore not allow the vital needs of tourism to be compromised by shortsighted political stupidity. Political stupidity is prevalent across our region.”The CTO chairman also warned about the eagerness to cut back spending on market competitiveness because of the crisis.He said what the industry needs now in a time of crisis are wise investments.“And while we have to be prudent in our own expenditure we must not allow overly obsessed cost cutters in our businesses and government to ignore the need for people development or in market competitiveness,” said the tourism minister.“We should have passed the stage of debating this but across the region you will be surprised how many people do not understand this. You will be surprised at how many leaders in our industry, government and private sector do not understand that tourism wealth actually alleviates poverty,” said Skerritt in a CMC report by Rawle Titus in Grenada.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Manufacturers Association Launches Insurance Trust

first_imgThe Indiana Manufacturers Association is creating a group insurance trust through which members with two to 50 employees can offer health insurance and drug coverage to their workers.The Trust will be administered with the help of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The non profit group insurance trust will be governed by a board of trustees made up of presidents and CEO’s of Indiana Manufacturers Association members.IMA President Patrick J. Kiely stated in the announcement, “We’re extremely pleased to partner with Anthem to provide our membership with a private-sector solution to their healthcare needs. We offer simple plan administration, discounts through Anthem’s robust networks, and flexible plan design to meet each company’s benefit package goals.”last_img read more

Quick thinking crew, dominant car help King rule Kent Lewis Classic

first_imgWilliam Reed, Trey Burke and Jacob Harris completed the top five.  The win came in King’s first start of the season and more than made up for his 18th place showing in the 2019 classic.  King led all 25 laps of the Southern United Sprints opener and seventh annual classic, with a bungee cord used to keep his IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car in gear. Defending race winner Trey Schmidt was second. CLEVELAND, Texas (June 6) – Quick-thinking by his crew and a dominant car made Daniel King a two-time Kent Lewis Classic feature winner Saturday night at 105 Speedway.  “It feels fantastic, with Kent being my mentor and the guy who got me into a Sprint Car,” said King, also winner of the inaugural event. “It’s special to win this race, especially twice.”  King plans to display both Kent Lewis Classic trophies side-by-side at his shop. The nine-year veteran of the division chases a career fourth series championship this season. Also battling brake issues, King was smooth on the high side and ran much of the way in lapped traffic. The final caution came with five circuits to go and he was catching the back of the field at the checkers. center_img “I knew they were right there behind me but we had a super downright dominant car,” King said.  Feature results – 1. Daniel King; 2. Trey Schmidt; 3. William Reed; 4. Trey Burke; 5. Jacob Har­ris; 6. Rod Craddock; 7. Caleb Padgett; 8. J.J. Whitworth; 9. Kent Lewis Sr.; 10. Theresa Waller; 11. Tyler Harris; 12. Mark Harris; 13. Michael Oliver; 14. Steve Leggio; 15. Mike Gabriel; 16. Doug­las Roberts; 17. Laine Holsten; 18. Dustyn Welch; 19. Billy Cramer; 20. Isaiah Garcia; 21. Austin Smith; 22. Aiden Welch; 23. Gordon Taylor; 24. Curtis Gabriel; 25. Les Leaton. Daniel King won the Kent Lewis Classic for the second time, topping the 2020 Southern United Sprint season-opening event at 105 Speedway. (Photo by Ron Skinner) Lewis, a long-time driver and Sprint Car supporter in the Houston area, finished ninth at the event held in his honor. “We struggled with chassis issues a lot last year. We got our original Triple X Chassis back and got back to more consistent times,” he explained.last_img read more

Michigan’s I-96 opens Friday with $1,196 to win IMCA Ice Breaker

first_imgLAKE ODESSA, Mich. – I-96 Speedway opens this Friday, May 6 with the $1,196 to win Ice Breaker special for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds.The 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier pays a minimum of $125 to start. All applicable points, including local track points, will be awarded. There is no entry fee.Top two finishers in each Modified heat will be entered in the $500 to win dash for cash.Pit gates at Lake Odessa open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 8 p.m. Spectator admission is $12 for adults, $8 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under.More information about the Ice Breaker is available from promoter Mike Mouch at 616 642-0555, on Facebook and at the www.I96speedway.com website.last_img read more

Joanna Joyce Girod

first_imgJoanna Joyce Girod, age 3 years old, of Allensville, Indiana, entered this life on September 13, 2016 at their home in Allensville, Indiana. She was raised in Allensville, Indiana and was the loving daughter of, Samuel D. and Polly L. (Bontrager) Girod. Joanna was a member of the Hope Baptist Church in Dillsboro, Indiana. Joanna enjoyed playing outside, listening to nursery and Sunday school songs, going to church, sitting in her chair coloring and playing with her siblings. Joanna went to be with her Lord and Savior at 12:01 p.m, Friday, December 27, 2019 at her residence.Joanna will be missed by her heartbroken parents, Samuel D. and Polly L. (Bontrager) Girod of Allensville, Indiana; her siblings, Rebecca Rose Girod, Malachi August Girod, Loretta Lovina Girod, Jethro George Girod and Deborah Dawn Girod all of Allensville, Indiana; her paternal-grandparents, Daniel and Miriam Girod of Pleasant, Indiana; her maternal-grandparents, Leroy and Katie Bontrager of Minnesota; her paternal-great-grandparents, August Girod of Owensville, Kentucky and Salome Eicher of Reading, Michigan; her maternal-great-grandmother, Esther Bontrager of Lagrange, Indiana and her numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.She was preceded in death by her paternal-great-grandparents, Elnora Girod and Jacob Eicher and her maternal-great-grandparents, Joe Bontrager, David and Polly Borntrager.Friends may call 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Monday, December 30, 2019, at the Hope Baptist Church, 15593 US-50 Dillsboro, Indiana 47018.Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, December 31, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., by Pastor Tom Holt, at the Hope Baptist Church, 15593 US-50 Dillsboro, Indiana 47018.Interment will follow in the Lee Cemetery, on Nell Lee Road, Fairview, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be made to Joanna Joyce Girod Memorial Fund c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more