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US President On A Go To Restore Tariffs On Steel And Aluminium Imports

US President Donald Trump announced that he will restore tariffs on all steel and aluminium imports from Brazil and Argentina.

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“Brazil and Argentina have been presiding over a massive devaluation of their currencies. which is not good for our farmers. Therefore, effective immediately, I will restore the Tariffs on all Steel & Aluminum that is shipped into the U.S. from those countries,” Trump tweeted early Monday morning from Washington.

Donald Trump (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Both countries have benefited from warmer trade relations with the US under Trump as a result of the US-China trade war, but the two countries have recently seen the values of their currencies drop and this has also affected American farmers.

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro and Argentine production minister Dante Sica said said he would seek talks with Mr Trump and he too would request a conversation with his US counterparts, respectively.

Devaluation of the Brazilian and Argentina currency has increased, The Brazilian real is down more than 8% against the dollar this year, and the Argentine peso is down 37%.

US authorities have frozen about $14.2 million fraud linked to CEO of Air Peace Limited

Source: Premium Times
United States authorities have frozen about $14.2 million in bank accounts linked to companies registered by the Allen Onyema, the founder of Air Peace.

Founder/CEO of Air Peace Limited, Allen Onyema. [PHOTO CREDIT: Wikipupils]

Mr Onyema and Ejiroghene Eghagha, Air Peace’s head of finance and administration, were recently indicted for alleged money laundering and bank fraud in the United States.

Both suspects strongly deny the allegations and said they looked forward to proving their innocence in court.

The charges were first made public by the United States Department of Justice on Friday night. Shortly after the announcement, PREMIUM TIMES exclusively obtained the full detail of Mr Onyema’s indictment, which was not made public by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The charges said Mr Onyema used several companies he set up in the U.S. to launder funds and commit bank fraud through issuance of counterfeit letters of credit.

Some of the companies’ bank accounts in the U.S. and Canada had been frozen with their substantial balances as part of the investigation, court documents showed.

The documents showed that $4,017,852.51 was seized from JP Morgan Chase Bank account number ending in 5512 held in the name of Springfield Aviation Company, LLC.

Another $4,593,842.05 held in Bank of Montreal with account number ending 7523 in the name of Springfield Aviation Inc. was also seized.

American government also traced and seized $5,634,842.04 held in Bank of Montreal with account number ending in 515 in the name of Bluestream Aero Services, Inc.

American law enforcement authorities indicated in the charge document that efforts had commenced to secure final forfeitures of the funds.

In an earlier statement Saturday, Mr Onyema said he was innocent.

As the press statement clearly stated, these are indictment (sic) that only contains charges,” the statement said.

“I am innocent of all charges and the US government will find no dirt on me because I have never conducted business with any illegalities.

“Be rest assured that I also have my lawyers on this and these mere allegations will be refuted. I never laundered money in my life, neither have I committed bank fraud anywhere in the world. Every Kobo I transferred to the US for aircraft purchase went through the Central Bank of Nigeria LC regime and all were used for the same purpose.

The American companies that received the funds are still in business. I never took a penny from any US bank or Nigerian bank. I am willing to defend my innocence in the US courts,” the AirPeace CEO stated

Columbus Day

Columbus Day is a national holiday in many countries of the Americas and elsewhere which officially celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492 (Julian Calendar; it would have been October 21, 1492 on the Gregorian Proleptic Calendar, which extends the Gregorian Calendar to dates prior to its adoption in 1582).

Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer who set sail across the Atlantic Ocean in search of a faster route to the Far East only to land at the New World. His first voyage to the New World on the Spanish ships Santa María, Niña, and La Pinta took approximately three months. Columbus and his crew’s arrival to the New World initiated the Columbian Exchange which introduced the transfer of plants, animals, culture, human populations, and technology (but also invasive species, including communicable diseases) between the new world and the old.

The landing is celebrated as “Columbus Day” in the United States but the name varies on the international spectrum. In some Latin American countries, October 12 is known as “Día de la Raza” or (Day of the Race). This is the case for Mexico, which inspired Jose Vasconcelos’s book celebrating the Day of the Iberoamerican Race. Some countries such as Spain refer the holiday as “Día de la Hispanidad” and “Fiesta Nacional de España” where it is also the religious festivity of la Virgen del Pilar. Peru celebrates since 2009 the “Day of the original peoples and intercultural dialogue”.

Belize and Uruguay celebrate it as Día de las Américas (Day of the Americas). Since Argentina’s former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner officially adopted “Día del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural” (Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity) November 3, 2010. “Giornata Nazionale di Cristoforo Colombo or Festa Nazionale di Cristoforo Colombo” is the formal name of Italy’s celebration as well as in Little Italys around the world.

The September 11 attacks (9/11)

The September 11 attacks (also referred to as 9/11) were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The attacks killed 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage. Additional people have died of 9/11-related cancer and respiratory diseases in the months and years following the attacks.

Deaths

2,996 (2,977 victims + 19 hijackers)

Injuries
6,000+

Four passenger airliners operated by two major U.S. passenger air carriers (United Airlines and American Airlines) all of which departed from airports in northeastern United States bound for San Francisco and Los Angeles were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists. Two of the planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the North and South towers, respectively, of the World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan. Within an hour and 42 minutes, both 110-story towers collapsed. Debris and the resulting fires caused a partial or complete collapse of all other buildings in the World Trade Center complex, including the 47-story 7 World Trade Center tower, as well as significant damage to ten other large surrounding structures. A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was crashed into the Pentagon (the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense) in Arlington County, Virginia, which led to a partial collapse of the building’s west side. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was initially flown toward Washington, D.C., but crashed into a field in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after its passengers thwarted the hijackers. 9/11 is the single deadliest terrorist attack in human history and the single deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers[7] in the history of the United States, with 343 and 72 killed, respectively.

Suspicion quickly fell on al-Qaeda. The United States responded by launching the War on Terror and invading Afghanistan to depose the Taliban, which had failed to comply with U.S. demands to extradite Osama bin Laden and expel al-Qaeda from Afghanistan. Many countries strengthened their anti-terrorism legislation and expanded the powers of law enforcement and intelligence agencies to prevent terrorist attacks. Although Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda’s leader, initially denied any involvement, in 2004 he claimed responsibility for the attacks.[1] Al-Qaeda and bin Laden cited U.S. support of Israel, the presence of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, and sanctions against Iraq as motives. After evading capture for almost a decade, bin Laden was located in Pakistan and killed by SEAL Team Six of the U.S. Navy in May 2011.
The destruction of the World Trade Center and nearby infrastructure seriously harmed the economy of Lower Manhattan and had a significant effect on global markets, which resulted in the closing of Wall Street until September 17 and the civilian airspace in the U.S. and Canada until September 13. Many closings, evacuations, and cancellations followed, out of respect or fear of further attacks. Cleanup of the World Trade Center site was completed in May 2002, and the Pentagon was repaired within a year. On November 18, 2006, construction of One World Trade Center began at the World Trade Center site. The building opened on November 3, 2014.

Numerous memorials have been constructed, including the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City, the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington County, Virginia, and the Flight 93 National Memorial in a field in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Although not confirmed, there is evidence of alleged Saudi Arabian involvement in the attacks. Given as main evidence in these charges are the contents of the 28 redacted pages of the December 2002 Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities before and after the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 conducted by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. These 28 pages contain information regarding the material and financial assistance given to the hijackers and their affiliates leading up to the attacks by the Saudi Arabian government.
As a consequence of the attacks, the United States has been in a state of national emergency ever since 2001.

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National Ice Cream Day 🍨

National Ice Cream Month is celebrated each year in July and National Ice Cream Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in July, in the United States.

Unlike burgers or caviar (National Caviar Day was last Tuesday in US, ice cream is cheap enough that restaurants are willing to hook you up.

National Ice Cream Day arrives on Sunday, July 21, and there’s more free ice cream that a person can put down in a single day.

Most people are making all kinds of ice cream today, you won’t be optional, learn different ice cream recipe on this site.

How To Celebrate Independence (US) In A Special Way

In the United States, Independence Day or the Fourth of July is a national holiday that marks the anniversary the country’s independence from Great Britain. Traditionally, many people celebrate this day with picnics, parades, and fireworks, and you can join in the celebrations anyway you’d like.

Summer is always just around the corner, which means you need to get ready for your Independence Day celebrations.

1. Visit the nation’s capital for the National Independence Day Parade.

Every year on July 4th, Washington DC has a big parade that anyone can attend. If you go, you’ll see military demonstrations, floats, bands, and more. Usually, the parade is held at 11:45 am.
In the evening, you can also attend a free concert at the Capitol fields with fireworks afterwards, this concert, “A Capitol Fourth”, is aired nationally on PBS.
While you’re in DC, you can visit some of the major landmarks, such as the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. You could also visit the Smithsonian or the National Gallery.

2. Watch local fireworks or shoot your own fireworks 🎆

Most cities have free or cheap fireworks displays.
Check your local paper or online for the location of local displays. There will usually be designated areas to watch both, though you’ll likely be able to see the fireworks from many parts of the city, or just shoot your own fireworks.

Be safe. Before shooting fireworks, clear out a fire-safe area by removing any flammable materials, such as dead leaves or grass. You can also water down the area to help prevent it from catching fire.
Make sure to have a fire extinguisher on hand, and use longer lighting devices (such as a grill lighter or fireplace matches).

Most states have laws against fireworks for personal use depending on the type or size. Some states also have laws about when you’re allowed to pop fireworks; for example, most states require you to stop fireworks by midnight or 1 am.
Many of the national firework displays are shown on television, so if you don’t want to shoot off your own fireworks, turn the television on.

3. Go to a concert.

Early 4th of July celebrations included concerts, and today is no different. Many local orchestras and bands will put on concerts, and well-known rockstars and bands often play on the 4th of July, as well.
Check with your local concert venues to see what concerts are planned. You can also contact organizations that might be having concerts, such as military bases or your local orchestra. The parks and rec department might also host some concerts in parks.

4. Eat at a community picnic.

Many organizations host community picnics and cookouts on the 4th of July, including churches, companies, and military bases. Find one in your area to join the fun. You’ll be able to enjoy typical 4th of July food, such as burgers, hot dogs, BBQ, corn on the cob, baked beans, watermelon, salads, and patriotic desserts.
Many events will have activities such as dancing, water gun fights, watermelon-seed spitting contests, and food-eating contests. Jump in there, and enjoy the fun!

5. Show symbols of American pride.

Because the day celebrates America’s independence from Britain, displaying and wearing American symbols is a great way to celebrate. Fly American flags, dress in red, white, and blue, and plaster the walls with stars and stripes.

6. Enjoy some crafts at home.

If you have children (or even if you don’t!), celebrate the day by making some patriotic crafts. Any American-themed craft is fair game on Independence Day, so reach for the red, white, and blue.
Make an American flag lapel pin.
Create a homemade paperweight, and paint it with patriotic designs and colors.
Design a greeting card using a patriotic theme.
Make a yarn wreath using patriotic yarn colors.
Craft a glowing star lamp in patriotic colors, and hang it up at your celebratory party.

7. Hold your own cookout.

A great way to celebrate at home is to invite friends and family over for a cookout. Make it a potluck to take some of the stress off yourself, and include some fun games to stay cool, such as water-gun or water-balloon fights.

  • We have loads of recipes for the Independence day in the food category in this blog.

Some traditional 4th of July foods include burgers, hot dogs, and BBQ. Finger-foods, such as corn on the cob and watermelon slices, are always a good choice. You could also make red, white, and blue foods, such as a strawberry, blueberry, and marshmallow salad. Desserts are a great place to show your patriotism. You could make a cake with whipped cream frosting, decorated with blueberries and strawberries, or you could make cookies with stripes of red, white, and blue frosting.

8. Visit Philadelphia for historic re-enactments.

In Philadelphia, you can visit Independence Hall, where you’ll see historical scenes acted out. You can also listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence.Go view the Liberty Bell while in Philadelphia.

Independence of the United States( July 4)

Independence Day (colloquial: the Fourth of July) is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776.

The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject (and subordinate) to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free, and independent states. The Congress had voted to declare independence two days earlier, on July 2, but it was not declared until July 4.

Independence Day is a national holiday marked by patriotic displays. Similar to other summer-themed events, Independence Day celebrations often take place outdoors.

According to 5 U.S.C. § 6103, Independence Day is a federal holiday, so all non-essential federal institutions (such as the postal service and federal courts) are closed on that day. Many politicians make it a point on this day to appear at a public event to praise the nation’s heritage, laws, history, society, and people.

Families often celebrate Independence Day by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue; many take advantage of the day off and, in some years, a long weekend to gather with relatives or friends. Decorations (e.g., streamers, balloons, and clothing) are generally colored red, white, and blue, the colors of the American flag. Parades are often held in the morning, before family get-togethers, while fireworks displays occur in the evening after dark at such places as parks, fairgrounds, or town squares.

The night before the Fourth was once the focal point of celebrations, marked by raucous gatherings often incorporating bonfires as their centerpiece. In New England, towns competed to build towering pyramids, assembled from barrels and casks. They were lit at nightfall to usher in the celebration. The highest were in Salem, Massachusetts, with pyramids composed of as many as forty tiers of barrels. These made the tallest bonfires ever recorded. The custom flourished in the 19th and 20th centuries and is still practiced in some New England towns.

Independence Day fireworks are often accompanied by patriotic songs such as the national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”; “God Bless America”; “America the Beautiful”; “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”; “This Land Is Your Land”; “Stars and Stripes Forever”; and, regionally, “Yankee Doodle” in northeastern states and “Dixie” in southern states.

Firework shows are held in many states, and many fireworks are sold for personal use or as an alternative to a public show. Safety concerns have led some states to ban fireworks or limit the sizes and types allowed. In addition, local and regional weather conditions may dictate whether the sale or use of fireworks in an area will be allowed.

Donald John Trump

President of the United States(Net worth US$3.1 billion (March 2019)

Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is the 45th and current president of the United States. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality.

Donald John Trump was born on June 14, 1946, at the Jamaica Hospital in the borough of Queens, New York City. His parents were Frederick Christ Trump, a real estate developer, and Scottish-born housewife Mary Anne MacLeod. Trump grew up in the Jamaica Estates neighborhood of Queens.

Trump grew up with three elder siblings Maryanne, Fred Jr., and Elizabeth as well as a younger brother named Robert. Maryanne was a Federal Appeals Court judge on the Third Circuit, inactive since February 2017; she retired in February 2019, rendering moot a judicial conduct investigation into her alleged participation in fraudulent tax schemes with her siblings.

Trump has five children by three marriages, as well as nine grandchildren. In 1977, Trump married Czech model Ivana Winklmayr (née Zelníčková), at Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan, in a ceremony performed by the Reverend Norman Vincent Peale. They had three children: Donald Jr. (b. 1977), Ivanka (b. 1981), and Eric (b. 1984). Ivana became a naturalized United States citizen in 1988. The couple divorced in 1992, following Trump’s affair with actress Marla Maples. In October 1993, Maples gave birth to Trump’s daughter, who was named Tiffany in honor of high-end retailer Tiffany & Company. Maples and Trump were married two months later in December 1993 in Manhattan’s Trump-owned (at that time) Plaza Hotel. They divorced in 1999, and Tiffany was raised by Marla in California.

In 1998, Trump met Slovenian model Melania Knauss. She became his third wife when they married in 2005 at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Florida. In 2006, she gained United States citizenship and gave birth to a son, Barron. Melania became First Lady when Trump took office as president in January 2017.

Religion

Trump is a Presbyterian. His ancestors were Lutheran on his paternal grandfather’s side in Germany and Presbyterian on his mother’s side in Scotland. His parents married in a Presbyterian church in Manhattan in 1936. As a child, he attended the First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, Queens, where he had his confirmation. In the 1970s, his parents joined the Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan, part of the Reformed Church.

Donald Trump’s Wealth

In 1982, Trump was listed on the initial Forbes List of wealthy individuals as having a share of his family’s estimated $200 million net worth. His financial losses in the 1980s caused him to be dropped from the list between 1990 and 1995, and reportedly obliged him to borrow from his siblings’ trusts in 1993. In its 2019 billionaires ranking, Forbes estimated Trump’s net worth at $3.1 billion[a] (715th in the world, 259th in the U.S.) making him one of the richest politicians in American history and the first billionaire American president.

Occupation

  • Politician
  • Businessman
  • Real estate developer
  • Television personality

Research shows that use of certain drugs may increase dementia risk

United Kingdom has analyzed the link between a certain class of drugs and the risk of dementia called anticholinergics.

Their effect is to help relax or contract muscles, and doctors can prescribe them to help treat bladder conditions, gastrointestinal problems, and some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

In their new study, which looked at data from tens of thousands of participants, the researchers concluded that anticholinergics may increase a person’s risk of developing dementia.

The National Institute for Health Research funded this study, and the scientists published their findings yesterday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

An almost 50% increase in risk
For their study, lead researcher Prof. Carol Coupland and team analyzed the medical records of 58,769 people with dementia and 225,574 people without dementia. They were all 55 years old or above at baseline.

Among those with dementia, 63% were women and the average age was 82. For each person with dementia, the researchers found five control matches of the same age and sex and who attended the same general practice to receive medical care.

Prof. Coupland and colleagues sourced the data from the QResearch database and looked at medical records from between January 1, 2004 and January 31, 2016.

The researchers found that anticholinergic drugs in general were associated with a higher risk of dementia. More specifically, however, anticholinergic antidepressants, antipsychotic drugs, anti-Parkinson’s drugs, bladder drugs, and epilepsy drugs were associated with the highest increase in risk.

Among these, the most frequently prescribed drugs were antidepressants, anti-vertigo drugs, and bladder antimuscarinic drugs (for the treatment of overactive bladders).

These results remained even after the researchers controlled for confounding variables (or known risk factors for dementia), including body mass index (BMI), smoking status, alcohol use, cardiovascular problems, and the use of other medication, such as antihypertensive drugs.

All in all, the researchers concluded that people aged 55 or over who had taken strong anticholinergics on a daily basis for at least 3 years had an almost 50% higher chance of developing dementia than people who had not used this type of medication.

“This study provides further evidence that doctors should be careful when prescribing certain drugs that have anticholinergic properties,” explains study co-author Prof. Tom Dening.

“However,” he warns, “it’s important that [people] taking medications of this kind don’t just stop them abruptly, as this may be much more harmful. If [people] have concerns, then they should discuss them with their doctor to consider the pros and cons of the treatment they are receiving.”

However, they note that this is an observational study, so they cannot confirm whether the drugs are directly responsible for the increased risk of dementia.

The researchers add that doctors may have prescribed some of these drugs to their patients precisely for the treatment of very early dementia symptoms.

Anticholinergics Drugs

An anticholinergic agent is a substance that blocks the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the central and the peripheral nervous system. These agents inhibit parasympathetic nerve impulses by selectively blocking the binding of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine to its receptor in nerve cells. The nerve fibers of the parasympathetic system are responsible for the involuntary movement of smooth muscles present in the gastrointestinal tract, urinary tract, lungs, and many other parts of the body. Anticholinergics are divided into three categories in accordance with their specific targets in the central and peripheral nervous system: antimuscarinic agents, ganglionic blockers, and neuromuscular blockers.

United States: Toys ‘R’ Us stores re-opens for the holidays

Toys ‘R’ Us stores reopens for business

After breaking everyone’s hearts with its store closures in 2018, Toys ‘R’ Us will reportedly re-open for business (albeit in a much smaller capacity) for the 2019 holiday season, reports Bloomberg.

Inc. CEO Richard Barry, who used to be an executive at Toys ‘R’ Us, plans to open a half-dozen stores in the U.S. by the end of the year. A new online store is also expected to arrive as well.

The new Toys ‘R’ Us stores he’s pitching are said to be about 10,000 square feet, which would be about a third of the size of the closed ones.

In addition to selling toys, the stores will reportedly “have more experiences, like play areas.” It’s unclear what exactly this means.

Previous Toys ‘R’ Us stores used to have different play areas such as the “R Zone,” which not only stocked new video games, but also had kiosks for visitors to demo new devices and games.

Toys ‘R’ Us’ return has been in the works since earlier in 2019. After being absorbed by Tru Kids Inc., Barry said in February there was a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to write the next chapter of Toys ‘R’ Us.”

“We have an incredible team focused on bringing Toys ‘R’ Us and Babies ‘R’ Us back in a completely new and reimagined way, so the U.S. doesn’t have to go through another holiday without these beloved brands,” said Barry.

Raising Toys ‘R’ Us from the dead won’t be an easy challenge. Since the closure of its 700 stores in 2018, competing retailers such as Target and Walmart have ramped up efforts to court toy buyers.

The biggest threat will of course be Amazon. The e-commerce juggernaut released its own printed toy catalog and mailed them out customers as a clear attempt to replace Toys ‘R’ Us’ yearly catalog.

Business aside, we’re stoked for Toys ‘R’ Us to return because as convenient as online shopping is, nothing beats going into a real store and seeing aisles and aisles of toys (and then inevitably being told by your parents you can only buy one thing).

7 motorcyclists dead after collision with a pickup truck(Photos)

Seven motorcyclists were killed and three others injured when they collided with a pickup truck that was going the opposite direction in New Hampshire, police said.

Authorities received a call around 6:30 p.m. Friday about a motor vehicle crash on Route 2 in Randolph, New Hampshire State Police Capt. Chris Vetter said.

The pickup truck, a 2016 Dodge 2500, was traveling west on Route 2 while the motorcyclists were traveling east, police said.

Seven people died on Friday in a motor vehicle crash on Route 2 in New Hampshire.
Seven people died on Friday in a motor vehicle crash on Route 2 in New Hampshire.

The driver of the pickup truck has been identified as Volodoymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, Coos County Attorney John McCormick said at a news conference Saturday.

Zhukovskyy was working as a driver for a transportation company based in Springfield, Massachusetts, at the time of the accident and was the sole occupant of the pickup, McCormick said. CNN affiliate WMUR said the company was Westfield Transport Inc.

There have been no arrests made in the incident, and it is still under investigation, McCormick said.

When asked whether the driver of the pickup truck fled the scene, or whether drugs or alcohol were involved, New Hampshire Deputy Attorney General Jane Young declined to comment, citing an ongoing investigation.

Of the three motorcyclists injured, two have been treated and released from area hospitals. One motorcyclist who was transported by air after the accident remains hospitalized, according to New Hampshire State Police Col. Chris Wagner.

Young said the bodies of the seven victimes were taken to the medical examiner’s office in Concord. The identities of the crash victims will not be released until all families are notified, Young said.

State police collision analysis and reconstruction teams are investigating the crash, along with local police and the Coos County Attorney’s Office.

The scene is pretty large and there’s a lot of work to be done,” Vetter said. “I don’t know that I have ever seen a crash with this much loss of life. It was a pretty significant accident.”

The National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday on Twitter it will send a team to conduct a safety investigation.

Route 2 was reopened to traffic on Saturday, according to WMUR.

‘Motorcycles dumped all over the road’
Miranda Thompson told WMUR she was a few cars behind the crash and saw “motorcycles dumped all over the road.”

You could see people on the phone frantically calling, people pacing back and forth and just, they were lost,” she told the affiliate.”Everybody got out of their car and helped, got blankets and first-aid kits. Everyone went into action and just helped.”

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu shared his condolences Friday night.

‘”Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and first responders who answered the call. State officials are on the scene and assisting as the situation develops,” he tweeted.

The state has no laws requiring motorcycle helmets.

“At this point there’s no evidence given the horrific significance of what happened, whether it was helmet or no helmet, was going to provide survivability,” Sununu said. “The no-helmet issue has been something the state has been dealing with for ages.”

Iran attacks US surveillance drone in ‘unprovoked attack’

U.S.-Iranian tensions heightened Thursday when a U.S. surveillance drone was shot down by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard in a strike it said sent a “clear message” that the Persian nation was ready to defend itself from Western aggression.

U.S. Defense officials and Iranian authorities provided alternative details on the incident, with Iran saying the drone was brought down over the southern coast of its Hormozgan Province. The Pentagon said the incident happened in international waters over the Strait of Hormuz.

U.S. Central Command can confirm that a U.S. Navy Broad Area Maritime Surveillance ISR aircraft was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile system while operating in international airspace,” said Navy Capt. Bill Urban, spokesman for U.S. Central Command. “Iranian reports that the aircraft was over Iran are false.”
Urban called the strike an “unprovoked attack on a U.S. surveillance asset.”

The Iranian Guard said the drone was shot down by its air force and its Third of Khordad air defense system. The guard said the drone fell in the Kouh-e Mobarak region in the Central district of Jask, some 750 miles southeast of Tehran, after the aircraft violated Iran’s airspace.
Guard Commander Major General Hossein Salami said Iran does not want war, but that the incident should serve as a warning to the U.S. to stay away.

“The downing of the U.S. drone had an explicit, decisive and clear message that defenders of the Islamic Iran’s borders will show decisive and knockout reactions to aggression against this territory,” Salami said at a news conference in Kurdistan Province. “Borders are our redline, and any enemy violating these borders will not go back.”

The two countries have escalated their rhetoric since two oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman last week. The United States blames Iran for the attacks, but Tehran denies responsibility.

The U.S. military previously accused Iran of firing a missile at another drone last week that was responding to the attack on the oil tankers. In recent weeks the U.S. has sent an aircraft carrier to the Mideast and deployed additional troops to join tens of thousands already in the region.

Relations between the U.S. and Iran have been steadily deteriorating since President Donald Trump took office. Trump pulled the U.S. out of a global nuclear deal with Tehran a year ago. Iran’s nuclear agency warned this week that the country was 10 days away from breaking its uranium stockpile limit set under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, more commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal.

Source: US TODAY

Memorial Day(United States)

Memorial Day (or Decoration Day) is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering and honoring people who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The holiday is observed on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day was observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1971.

Official name Memorial Day

Observed by Americans

Type National

Observances Remembrance of American service members who have died in armed conflicts or served

Date Last Monday in May
2018 date May 28
2019 date May 27
2020 date May 25
2021 date May 31

Frequency Annual

Memorial Day is considered the unofficial start of the summer vacation season in the United States, while Labor Day marks its end on the first Monday of September.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day, particularly to honor those who died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
Two other days celebrate those who serve or have served in the U.S. military: Veterans Day, which celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans; and Armed Forces Day, a minor U.S. remembrance celebrated earlier in May, specifically honoring those currently serving in the U.S. military.
In 2019, Memorial Day falls on May 27, 2019.

US blocks China Mobile bid to provide telecom services

US regulators on Thursday denied a request by China Mobile to operate in the US market and provide international telecommunications services, saying links to the Chinese government pose a national security risk.

The Federal Communications Commission said that because of China Mobile USA’s ownership and control by the Chinese government, allowing it into the US market “would raise substantial and serious national security and law enforcement risks.”
The decision brings the Chinese telecoms giant’s eight-year effort to crack the US market to an end.

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North Carolina residents flee airborne acid after zinc plant fire

North Carolina residents flee airborne acid after zinc plant fire

Flames from the fire rose over 75ft high (23 meters)
Authorities in North Carolina have ordered mandatory evacuations after a massive fire at a metal recycling plant led to air quality warnings.

Firefighters were called to the American Zinc Products facility on Sunday around 20:00 (01:00 GMT on Monday) in the town of Mooresboro.

At some moments, the fire’s flames rose over 75ft (23 meters), officials say.

A mandatory evacuation zone has been established within a half mile (0.8 km) of the fire due to the poisoned air.

Fire crews had isolated the flames to one part of the facility, but were required to pull back after their equipment tested positive for hazardous materials, according to local news affiliate WSOC.

According to the Associated Press, the inferno may have released harmful sulphuric acid into the air.

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Currently Rutherford County has issued a 1/2 mile radius evacuation of the Zinc plant, due to the air quality,” the Chesnee Community Fire Department Inc informed the public on Facebook on Sunday night.

Subsequent posts called for “prayers” for firefighters, at least 100 of whom were called to tackle the blaze.

In a late-night Facebook post, the Rutherford County Government said that sheriff deputies had gone door-to-door to inform residents of the evacuation order.

An emergency shelter has been temporarily set up at the Chase Middle School’s gym, although classes will proceed as normal on Monday school principal Jason Byrd told WSPA-TV.

By 07:15 local time on Monday, the blaze had been extinguished, but air quality testing continued.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

According to American Zinc Recycling’s website, the Mooresboro facility removes and refines metals to make “special high-grade (SHG) zinc and continuous-galvanizing grade (CGG)”.
Source;BBC