Long Island Man’s Alleged al Qaeda Recruiters Charged

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Federal prosecutors Tuesday unsealed a five-year-old criminal complaint accusing two Yemeni nationals of fighting for al Qaeda and helping Long Island-native Bryant Neal Vinas join the terrorist group in 2008.Saddiq Al-Abbadi, also known as Sufiyan al-Yemeni, and Ali Alivi, who also goes by the name Issa al-Yemeni, were both charged with conspiracy to murder United States nationals abroad and providing material support to al Qaeda. The federal complaint has been sealed since April 15, 2009.“There’s no escape from the reach of our law for violent terrorists, especially if they target our military,” Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said in a statement.The pair was arrested in Saudi Arabia and brought to the US for trial, but the details of their apprehension and extradition were not available. Alvi appeared in federal court in Brooklyn on Sunday. Al-Abbadi’s first appearance is scheduled for Tuesday.Al-Abbadi and Alivi were both members of al Qaeda when they fought U.S. military forces stationed in Afghanistan, according to the court documents. In March 2008, the men traveled to the tribal areas of Pakistan, where they hoped to train and fight with al Qaeda, according to the federal complaint. It was during that time that they met Vinas and helped him join al Qaeda, court documents state.Credit: Federal Detention LetterVinas, who was raised Roman Catholic in Patchogue, was arrested by Pakistani police in 2008 and brought back to the United States. He has since pleaded guilty to helping the group plan an attack on the Long Island Rail Road. Vinas is one of four Long Islanders federal authorities have linked to al Qaeda: two were arrested before traveling abroad, and another, Samir Khan, was never indicted but he was killed in a drone strike in Yemen.It has been widely reported that Vinas, who still has yet to be sentenced, has been cooperating with authorities since 2008. The federal complaint is largely built on testimony from an unnamed cooperating witness who traveled to Pakistan in 2007 intending to join al Qaeda but was initially rebuffed by the organization. But Vinas is named in a federal detention letter associated with the case.In December 2007, the unnamed witness was taken to an al-Qaeda safe house in South Waziristan and vetted for admission, according to court documents. Alvi was also in attendance. An al-Qaeda leader suspected that the witness was a spy and refused his request to join the group.In March 2008, the federal government’s witness was staying at the same house with both Alvi and Al-Abbadi and learned that they were both members of al Qaeda, according to court documents. Al-Abbadi allegedly boasted about his time on the battlefield to the witness, displaying a scar and playing a video that showed him celebrating along with other fighters after a “successful attack,” the documents state.The two men and the witness apparently bonded. With the pair’s help, the witness had gained entry into al Qaeda, according to court documents. Vinas is the only American named in court documents who joined al Qaeda.During this time, Al-Abbadi and Alvi traveled from Pakistan to Afghanistan to conduct attacks against US military personnel, according to the complaint. Al-Abbadi is accused of leading a battle against US forces in Paktya Province in May 2008. A U.S. Army Ranger was killed and several others were wounded in the battle.Alvi eventually grew dissatisfied with al Qaeda senior leadership and left to join the Taliban. The facts of their arrest are still unclear.last_img read more

EPA finds E coli , coliform in airplane water tests

first_img EPA announcement [News release] Flights in Virginia, Georgia, Texa, and California were tested in August and September. Repeat tests on 11 aircraft indicated eight planes still didn’t meet EPA’s water-quality standards. Sep 27, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – More than 12% of passenger aircraft contained Escherichia coli or coliform bacteria in a recent round of testing, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found. The Air Transport Association (ATA) said that about 90% of member aircraft could be traveling internationally and loading water from sources not subject to EPA standards. Drinking water aboard 158 randomly selected passenger planes was tested. While 87.4% of the planes met EPA drinking-water quality standards, 12.6% did not. Initial testing showed 20 planes had positive results for total coliform bacteria; two of them also tested positive for E coli. Both of those contaminants are indicators that the water could contain other disease-causing organisms. See alsocenter_img EPA had begun a review of rules and guidelines in 2002 but is speeding up the process in light of the aircraft test results, the agency announced. The agency is placing specific emphasis on preventive measures, adequate monitoring, and sound maintenance practices such as flushing and disinfection of aircraft water systems. EPA and ATA are collaborating to reach agreement on how airlines will bring drinking water up to acceptable standards, a news release said, but added that if they cannot agree, EPA will exercise its enforcement authorities. Passengers with compromised immune systems may want to request canned or bottled beverages, EPA suggested in a Sep 20 news release. EPA answers to frequently asked questions about airline water safety [FAQ]last_img read more

OECS and CDEMA Partner to Launch a Webinar on Shelter Management

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweet LifestyleLocalNewsRegional OECS and CDEMA Partner to Launch a Webinar on Shelter Management by: – June 29, 2020 Sharecenter_img 25 Views   no discussions Share The OECS Environmental Sustainability Cluster and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) partner to launch a webinar on “Shelter Management: Best Practices and Tools for Preparedness” on June 30, 2020. The general public is invited to register in advance and to join the online discussions.Emergency shelters provide vital spaces for impacted, vulnerable or unhoused members of the community prior to, or post a hazard event. The management of disaster shelters is evolving as managers and practitioners integrate learning and upgrades from research, experience and technology.In CDEMA Participating States, including OECS Member States, many existing emergency shelters, in particular in smaller and more remote communities, were not originally designed as shelters, thus presenting functional and operational challenges and constraints.The current COVID-19 pandemic also presents an additional layer of issues, constraints and protocols for consideration and adaptation for relevant authorities, agencies and communities.The webinar will enable participants to explore the intricacies and challenges of developing and coordinating an effective emergency shelter management programme within communities in the Member States of the Eastern Caribbean. The Webinar will pursue four main objectives, namely:identifying key policy recommendations and protocols for undertaking sheltering including in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak;sharing experiences on implementing successful Shelter Management Programmes and addressing potential challenges;highlighting best practices (tools and tips) that may assist with the enhancement or the expansion of OECS Member States’ Shelter Management Programmes and the involvement of communities in this process; andproviding an orientation to guidelines for sheltering during the 2020 hurricane season.The following speakers will provide insights on shelter management during the 2020 hurricane season, recognizing the multi-hazard environment:Denisse Solis, Emergency Shelter Senior Officer America’s Regional Office, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC);Captain Robert Harewood, Senior Programme Officer, Preparedness & Response, CDEMA; andMs. Audrey Mullings, Disaster Risk Management Specialist, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)The general public is invited to participate in the webinar.Registration link of the webinar  Theme: Shelter Management, Best Practices and Tools for PreparednessDate and time: June 30, 2020 10:00 a.m.Registration link: https://oecscommission.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eEWMsJkDTZGUuTWDMKBxFglast_img read more

Ministry of Health Issues Health Alert

first_imgLimit outdoor activity; 118 Views   no discussions A thick plume of Saharan dust haze will continue to blanket the island chain over the next few days resulting in reduced visibility. People with respiratory illnesses should take the necessary precautions to minimize complications: Health Alert Clean surfaces in living areas frequently with a wet cloth; Share And drink the recommended 8 to 10 glasses of water per day. Tweetcenter_img Continue to use face masks as you have been doing for COVID-19; Sharing is caring! LifestyleLocalNews Ministry of Health Issues Health Alert by: – June 22, 2020 Ensure you have a sufficient supply of your medications for respiratory conditions; Share Sharelast_img read more

DGS records success in sports; other inter-school competitions

first_img Share Sharing is caring! EducationLocalNewsSecondary DGS records success in sports; other inter-school competitions by: – March 27, 2012 Share 185 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Share Sports Teacher Neshara Sorhaindo during Phys Ed class at the DGSRoseau, Dominica – The Dominica Grammar School (DGS) is riding a wave of success in inter-school competitions held recently. The DGS recorded impressive wins in the Secondary Schools Athletics Championships held last week, capturing 25 gold medals, 17 silver medals and 6 bronze medals to take the top spot as overall champions.The U-14 netball team also defeated the Portsmouth Secondary School in the finals, 18-7, and the school is also the current volleyball champions after defeating the Dominica State College 3-2 sets earlier this month.The DGS is also the reigning U-15 Boys Football champion.Sports Teacher, Neshara Sorhaindo said these performances prove that there are hardworking students at the DGS who are striving to overcome the challenges posed by anti-social behaviour at their school.Winners of the Rotaract Club Literacy Competition with Literature teacher at the DGS Giselle Mondesire“The children have been working tirelessly to achieve their goals. I think this is a boost after all the negativity that has been attached to the school recently. The majority of students are very optimistic and are doing their best to excel in all disciplines,” she said.Sorhaindo said the DGS has also experienced success in disciplines other than sport.Earlier this month, Ashner De Jean and Dilano Miller won the literacy competition organised by the Rotaract Club and Cleopatra Christopher and Joanne Jno Baptiste competed in the semi finals of the Kiwanis Club Debating Competition.Last Friday Dimitri Raphael won the quiz competition organised by the Allaince Francaise de la Dominique as part of French Day activities and Kellin Juliana, Angel Joseph and Bernika Samuel won the song competition.Also, at the recently held Youth Parliament to mark Commonwealth Day 2012, Peaches Green was adjudged Best Role Player. By: Dionne DurandPublic Relations Specialist, Ministry of Education and Human Resource Developmentlast_img read more

Thanksgiving

first_imgAhhhhh, Thanksgiving!  A sport-loving man’s favorite day!  What could be better–a hardy meal with 5 or 6 football games to watch after you stuff yourself with turkey and all the trimmings?  This is great, right?  Oh, you are the lady of the house, and you don’t see it quite the same as your husband!  Just maybe he could take the kids outside and run some energy off of them while you clean up after the meal.  Or better yet, he and the kids could help mom clean up so that all can sit down and relax or go out and have some fun.  If you are the mom, you might even say “how about dad and the kids cleaning up this one time?”  Oh, come on, we all know that on Thanksgiving everybody likes the turkey and all of its trimmings, and I suppose, most people don’t begrudge watching a game or maybe two.  I do find it hard, however, even as much as I like sports, to believe that the TV is the man’s possession and the kitchen is his wife’s.  Come on, guys, give your wife a break.  Happy Thanksgiving!last_img read more

Perseid Meteor Shower to peak this weekend

first_imgBatesville, In. — Scientists say the 2017 Perseid Meteor Shower will be most active on the Mornings of August 11, 12 and 13.This year activity could be more difficult to see due to the presence of the moon, which will be three-quarters full and will rise shortly before the shower hits its peak around midnight local time.Until August 24 the earth will be passing through the “Comet Swift-Tuttle. The densest and dustiest period is estimated to be on August 12. NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke says that should mean there will be more activity in the sky. Regardless, he says activity will be visible before and after that time.No special equipment, other than insect repellent is required to view the Perseid Meteor Shower.last_img read more

Vela signs Sociedad deal until 2018

first_imgReal Sociedad have secured the services of Carlos Vela until 2018 after Arsenal opted not to take up their option to re-sign the Mexico striker, with the Gunners set to receive up to 15million euros from the deal. The 25-year-old Mexico international initially joined Sociedad on loan from Arsenal in 2011 before making the switch permanent in 2012, with the Gunners retaining the option to buy the player back. Arsenal have now decided against bringing Vela back to London and have agreed a deal with the Spanish club understood to be worth up to 15million euros (£12million) for Vela to become Sociedad’s player exclusively. A statement on www.realsociedad.com read: “Real Sociedad have reached an agreement with Arsenal for Carlos Vela to continue at the txuri urdin club. “Real Sociedad have also reached an agreement with Carlos Vela to renew his contract for the next four seasons. The previous agreement finished in 2016. The Mexican striker has already signed his new contract.” Vela has scored 47 goals in 126 matches for Sociedad, helping them finish fourth in La Liga in 2013 and seventh last term. Vela said: “I’ve also said that this is my home, I’m very well in San Sebastian, which is what I told the president when he asked my about my intentions. “We knew it wouldn’t be easy, but fortunately things have turned out well and all parties are happy. “This club, this team, have the ambition to carry on improving and I’m convinced we’re going to have an exciting year. Now I’m going to enjoy the last few days of holiday with my family and then be able to prepare for the season in the best fashion.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

An Exclusive Day of Fishing for Kids

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis If you’re looking for something fun for your kids to do this summer, tomorrow is your chance. They’ll be able to enjoy a day of fishing exclusively for kids!Alpena’s Optimist Club is hosting an event just for kids, and allowing them to reel in some big ones.“We put about 400 fish in there and there’s some browns and there’s some bruck trout,” said Jim Seguin, Optimist Club VP.For over twenty years the club has hosted the free event, giving kids the opportunity to enjoy a safe day of fishing.“We really felt that there was a need for activities for the children and that’s what our main goal is to do stuff for the children and we thought what a great way to do this than to introduce the kids to fishing,” said Seguin.Guests won’t have to worry about bringing any fishing poles or bait, just their children!“There’s nothing better than to see a big smile on children’s face you know what I mean and they’re just so happy to get that fish,” said Seguin.The event will take place tomorrow at Culligan Plaza from 10am until 2pm. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Trial Date Set for Ossineke Twp. Clerk Accused of Sexually Assaulting GrandchildNext Suspect Identified in String of Vehicle Thefts Around Rogers Citylast_img read more

Angels outfielders Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout get first looks at lower right-field fence

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros It means there are likely to be a good many more home runs that used to go for extra base hits in past seasons. It could mean video replays might be needed more often than in the past in order to determine whether a ball cleared the yellow line or not.Pitchers might come to loathe it.Calhoun, a left-handed hitter, and Trout, a prolific chaser of balls at the top of the fence in center and left-center, each said it would benefit them at the plate and in the field. They agreed it would take some getting used to, though, starting Sunday.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ANAHEIM — There was no ribbon-cutting ceremony or red-white-and-blue bunting or marching band Sunday. The Angels unveiled their new right fence at Angel Stadium without any fanfare before their Freeway Series opening against the Dodgers.It didn’t not go without notice for Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun and center fielder Mike Trout, the two players most impacted by the change. They got a sneak peek at how the lowered fence plays during a batting practice session Saturday before they tried it for real in Sunday’s exhibition.As part of the Big A’s offseason scoreboard and sound system renovations, the Angels installed a new out-of-town scoreboard on the right-field wall and lowered the height for a home run from 18 feet to 8, making it a standard height from the old bullpen gate in right to the one in left.A yellow line now serves as a home-run line of demarcation.center_img “Learning as we go, really,” said a shrugging Calhoun, who along with designated hitter Luis Valbuena were the only left-handed hitters in the Angels’ starting lineup Sunday against Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda, a right-hander.Trout said the change was “going to be weird, but it’s going to be pretty cool.” Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Neither planned to change his approach at the plate. The biggest change for them will be in the field, where they can try more leaping and catching at the fence than before, when they played balls hit off the high wall more conservatively. New padding on the fence will aid their attempts, too.“It’s way different,” Trout said of the makeup of the fence, which is made of a different material than the high wall. “You can run full speed into it. You run full speed into it last year and you were going to hurting. I’ll definitely try to get after a few more balls year.”Said Calhoun: “I’m going to go try and catch it. It’ll change the way some games end up. We’ll just have to see how it plays out, really. I have no idea (why there was a change in the height of the fence). It wasn’t my decision.”UNANSWERED QUESTIONSManager Mike Scioscia wouldn’t name his opening-day starter, although it’s assumed Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs will take the mound for the first two regular-season games Thursday and Friday at Oakland. There was no firm date for Shohei Ohtani’s major league debut.Scioscia was equally vague about the makeup of the Angels’ bullpen. He declined to name a closer, for instance. Bud Norris led the Angels with 19 saves last season, and Blake Parker had eight after inheriting the closer’s role last in 2017. Norris joined the St. Louis Cardinals in the offseason.Parker could get the job again to start this season.“There are some things we’re fine-tuning the last couple of days,” Scioscia said. “Much like last year, these guys understand what their job is when they get the ball and that’s to get outs. If roles develop, great. We definitely need a group of guys who can pitch and hold leads.”Asked specifically if he had a closer in mind, Scioscia said, “You mean a closer, like, one guy designated for the whole year? We have a number of guys we feel can pitch in the ninth inning with a lead. We’ll wait to see how the game plays out on the back end.” Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone last_img read more