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Israel launches 'Trump Heights' on Golan, but construction may lag
News ImageIsrael approved in principle on Sunday a new community named after U.S. President Donald Trump on a contested frontier zone with Syria - but construction looked likely to lag given Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's political stumbles. The "Trump Heights" project is intended to cement ties after Trump broke with other world powers to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the plateau in March. At a special cabinet session in Beruchim, a sparse clutch of homes just 12 km (7.5 miles) from the Golan Heights armistice line with Syria, Netanyahu unveiled a sign labeled "Trump Heights" in English and Hebrew.
Sun, 16 Jun 2019 13:51:24 -0400
Young bear was fed by humans and had many 'fans.' Officials say they had to kill it
News ImageA young black bear was shot and killed by Oregon officials after becoming so habituated to humansthat people reportedly took selfies with it.
Sun, 16 Jun 2019 17:13:55 -0400
Jon Stewart Shames Mitch McConnell for Failing 9/11 First Responders on Fox News Sunday
News ImageWe dont want to be here, Jon Stewart told the handful of lawmakers who showed up to watch him plea for an extension of the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund last week. The former host of The Daily Show likely didnt want to be on Fox News Sunday this Fathers Day either, but there he was making his case to Chris Wallace.Given the subject matter, it was an understandably serious interview. However, there was one fleeting moment of levity when Wallace noted that even if the Democratic-led House passes the full bill extending health care funding through the lives of the 9/11 first responders, then it will have to go to the Senate. Making a fearful expression, Stewart exclaimed, The Senate! Samantha Bee Reveals She Was Never in Contention to Replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show: It Was AwfulThe comedian smiled as Wallace deduced that the certain someone Stewart criticized in his congressional testimony was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Have you had problems with Senator McConnell? the Fox host asked. Yes, Stewart replied. I mean, not me personally, but in terms of getting the 9/11 bills passed, Mitch McConnell has been the white whale of this since 2010. He said its the cynicism displayed by Washington that causes him to get so emotional about this particular issue. They asked Mitch McConnell about the testimony after it was done, Stewart continued, and he said, GoshI think he used the word goshGosh, we havent looked at that in a while but we will look at it and Im sure well deal with it as compassionately as we have in the past. But I want to make it clear that this has never been dealt with compassionately by Senator McConnell, he said. He has always held out until the very last minute and only then, under intense lobbying and public shaming has he even deigned to move on it. Noting that the 9/11 first responder funding is not a Republican-Democrat issue, Stewart added later, Not all Republicans oppose this, but everyone who has opposed it is a Republican. And its unacceptable. He ultimately resisted the urge to do his impression of McConnell as a turtle. Jon Stewart Rips Congress During House Hearing on 9/11 Victims Fund, Gets Standing OvationRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Sun, 16 Jun 2019 13:50:34 -0400
US grants energy-hungry Iraq new Iran sanctions waiver: source
News ImageThe United States has granted Iraq another 90-day waiver to continue with vital energy imports from neighbouring Iran despite re-imposed sanctions, a government source said Saturday. The extension came after "long discussions" with Washington ahead of a looming deadline on a previous extension granted in December, the official, close to the negotiations, told AFP on condition of anonymity. The talks came amid spiking tensions between Iraq's two closest allies -- the US and Iran -- following a twin attack on tankers in the Gulf that US President Donald Trump has blamed on Tehran.
Sat, 15 Jun 2019 12:18:22 -0400
Father's Day 2019: Paganism, roses and how the campaign to celebrate dads was won
News ImageFather's Day, the official calendar date to honour our wonderful dads and celebrate fatherhood, is here. Recognised eachJune, the daysees children around the world present their dads with cards and gifts as a thank you for all they do. But when did the first observance ofFather's Day take placeand who helped establish the annual celebration of paternal figures? From the history behind the celebration, to the more recent commercialisation, here is everything you need to know about Father's Day. When is Father's Day 2019? Fathers Day is held every year on the third Sunday of June; this yearFathers Day fallson Sunday, June 16in the UK. Typically, fathers are showered with cards and presents on Fathers Day, with some families celebratingtogether by going on days out. Younger children also tend to make handmade gifts for their fathers at school and extracurricular clubs, includingdrawings, paintings or cards. As society and family structures have changed, some people now celebrate their stepfathers on Fathers Day. In recent yearsthere have been calls for a Stepfather's Day, however no such day has been officially discussed or introduced. Father's Day falls on June 16 this year Credit: E+ The history of Father's Day The first events in recognition of fatherhoodtook place in the US and followed Anna Jarvis' first celebration ofMother's Day in 1908, as well as theearlier observations of Mothering Sunday in the UK. Grace Golden Clayton, from Fairmont, West Virginia, was the woman behind the first event to celebrate fathers in 1908. Just over a year prior to this event, the Monongah Mining Disaster took place in December 1907, with the explosion killing 361 men. Of these fatalities, 250 were fathers. In honour of the one thousand children who lost their fathers, Clayton encouraged her pastor, Rev. Robert Thomas Webb, to hold a service at the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South. Clayton missed her own father terribly, after he passed away in 1896, so she chose to honour the lives loston July 5, 1908, the closest date to his birthday. While Clayton was responsible for the first recognition of fatherhood and the paternal bond, her work didn't directly encourage the creation of Father's Day. The memorial service was never promoted outside the town of Fairmont and the service was overshadowed by the significant Independence Day celebrations held a day beforehand. Yet the idea was also picked up on in the following year, whenSonora Smart Dodd started her quest to honour fathers in the same way as mothers. Dodd, born in Arkansas in 1882, was one of six children and at the age of seven, she moved toWashington with her family. When she was 16 years old, her mother, Ellen Victoria Cheek Smart, died after givingbirth to her sixth child, leaving her father, William Jackson Smart, a farmer and Civil War veteran, as a single parent. After listening to a Mother's Day sermon at theCentral Methodist Episcopal Church in 1909, Dodd felt thatfathers deserved equal recognition.With the local YMCA and the Ministerial Association of Spokane,Dodd began a campaign to have the day officially recognised. The first such 'Fathers Day'was held at the YMCA in Spokane on June 19, 1910, with a number of towns and cities across America later following suit. Support for Fathers Day quickly increased throughout the US and in1924President Calvin Coolidge pressured state governments to mark the celebration. President Lyndon Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honouring fathers in 1966, making the third Sunday in June Fathers Day. Six years laterPresident Richard Nixon signed it into law, establishing the day as a national holiday though in the UK it does not enjoy this status. The move came after a campaign by a number of public figures, includingSenator Margaret Chase Smith, who in 1957 wrote to Congress: Either we honour both our parents, mother and father, or let us desist from honouring either one. But to single out just one of our two parents and omit the other is the most grievous insult imaginable. Dodd's message later spread to other countries across the globe and it is thought that Britain began celebrating Father's Day after World War II. Today, the celebration of fathers has become an important commercial event for high street shops and online retailers, with promotions for the best gifts and cards appearing in the build up to the day each year. Fathers Day around the world While in the UK fathers can expect, at best,breakfast in bed andhandmade card and, at worst, the day to be completely ignored, elsewhere the festival is done a little differently. In Germany, Fathers Day is called Vatertag with it also being referred to as Mnnertag, which means mens day. The celebration falls on the Thursday 40 days after Easter. In certain regions it is traditional for groups of men to go into the woods with a wagon of beer, wines and meats. Heavy drinking is common and, according to official statistics, traffic-related accidents spike on this day. In Australia, Fathers Day falls on the first Sunday of September, which is their first Sunday of Spring, while in Croatia, they observe Roman Catholic tradition and celebrate fathers on March 19, Saint Josephs Day. In China, Fathers Day used to be celebrated onAugust 8 as the Chinese for eight is ba, while a colloquial word for father is ba-ba so the eighth day of the eighth month sounds similar to daddy. The day has since been moved to the third Sunday of June, in line with the UK and US. In France, the day was introduced in 1949 for commercial reasonsby lighter manufacturerFlaminaire. Inspired by the US' day of celebration,they created a new advert with the slogan 'Nos papas nous l'ont dit, pour la fte des pres, ils dsirent tous un Flaminaire'('Our fathers told us, for father's day, they all want a Flaminaire').Three years later an official decree was made to recognise the day. Most countries celebrate Fathers Day on the third Sunday in June including the UK, USA, Mexico, Ireland, France, Greece, China and Japan. Howevernot all countries celebrate it then. In Brazil, Fathers Day falls on the second Sunday of August and this day was chosen in honour of Saint Joachim, the patron saint of fathers.According to Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox traditions, Joachim was the father of Mary, the mother of Jesus. The ultimate films on fatherhood Father's Day tales and traditions Some paganssuggest that Father's Day is closely linked to the Pagan Sun worship, because the sun is thought to be the father of the universe and the celebration of dads falls closely to the summer solstice. Roses are the official flower of Father's Day, with people previously wearing themto church on this date. While this tradition is rarely seen today, sons and daughters used to wear either a red rosein admiration ofa living fatheror a white rosein memory of a deceased father. Sonora Smart Dodd, the founder of Father's Day, selected this flower and it is said that during the early celebrations, shehanded out roses to home-bound fathers, whileon a horse-drawn carriage ride around the city. Father's Day gifts and presents From cutesy cards, socks andtiesto luxurious watches andfantasticcar experiences, Britons present their paternal figures with an array of unique gifts on Father's Day. But,demand for the perfect Father's Day present has led to the increasing commercialisation of the day, withretailers competingto offer the best gifts andconsumers heading to their high street shops and online retailers. According to MuchNeeded, Father's Day is a popular shopping day in both the UK and US, with 75 per cent of men expected to celebrate the occasion this year. While Britons and Americans spend a significant amount on Father's Day each year, on average it only accounts forhalf the spending around Mother's Day. Is it Father's Day, Fathers' Day or Fathers Day? Ah, the age old question. The answer? Many say Father's Day is the correct version. Mother's Day (which has the apostrophe before the 's') set the precedent while Father's Day was still gaining popularity.Anna Jarvis trademarked the term 'Mother's Day' with the apostrophe before the 's' in 1912, saying the word should 'be a singular possessive, for each family to honour its own mother, not a plural possessive commemorating all mothers in the world'. President Woodrow Wilson used this spelling when he formalised Mother'sDay in 1914; this means the correct version of the word is spelled with the apostrophe before the 's'. Father's Day has followed suit, with cards on both sides of the pond including the apostrophe in the same place.
Sun, 16 Jun 2019 08:56:31 -0400
How the AH-64 Apache Became the Ultimate Attack Helicopter
News ImageEarly in the morning of January 17, 1991, eight sleek helicopters bristling with missiles swooped low over the sands of the An Nafud desert in as they soared towards the border separating Saudi Arabia from Iraq.At 2:30 a.m., the choppers fanned out and set to work in teams of two.Rocket motors flashed as Hellfire missiles streaked towards two Iraqi radars powerful enough to potentially pick up the faint signature of a stealth plane.Minutes after the radars had been reduced to rubble, Nighthawk stealth jets soared through the twenty-mile-wide radar gap, headed for Baghdad. But the Armys Apache attack helicopter aviators they had struck first to kick down the door for the Nighthawks.Nearly three decades later, the Apaches status as the worlds premier attack helicopter remains largely unchallenged, and the type continues to see extensive action in the Middle East and in demand in countries as diverse as the UK, Egypt, India and Taiwan. Undeniably, the threats faced by the $35 million armored attack helicopter, which can pack as many as sixteen tank-busting missiles under its stub wings.
Sat, 15 Jun 2019 06:00:00 -0400
United Airlines plane skids off runway after tyres burst on landing at New York airport
News ImageA United Airlines plane skidded off the runway after its tyres burst as it landed at an airport near New York.Some passengers suffered minor injuries when Flight 627 slid off the tarmac at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on Saturday afternoon.The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the Boeing 757-200s left main landing gear was stuck in a grassy area following the incident at 1pm.The aircraft will be towed off the airfield after passengers leave the aircraft via stairs, it added in a statement.No injuries were reported to the FAA but United said some passengers had refused treatment for minor injuries. The airline did not say how many people were hurt.The pilot told those on board the plane had blown two tyres as it landed, according to passenger Caroline Craddock. She said at least one person hit their head and another suffered an elbow injury.Arrivals and departures were suspended at Newark following the incident. Flights resumed after passengers were safely deplaned, the airport tweeted.The FAA said it was sending officials to the airport to begin an investigation.
Sat, 15 Jun 2019 16:48:57 -0400
Saudi crown prince accuses rival Iran of tanker attacks
News ImageSaudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in remarks published Sunday that the kingdom will not hesitate to confront Iranian threats to its security. Tensions in the Persian Gulf have escalated since the U.S. sent an aircraft carrier strike group and other military assets to the region in what it says is defensive posturing against alleged Iranian threats. The crisis takes root in the Trump Administration's decision to re-impose punishing economic sanctions on Tehran and its oil exports, after unilaterally withdrawing the U.S. from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
Sun, 16 Jun 2019 12:08:00 -0400
Ex-Tehran mayor to face trial over wife's killing
News ImageFormer Tehran mayor and prominent reformist Mohammad Ali Najafi will stand trial next month on charges of murdering his wife, the government-run Iran newspaper said Sunday. Najafi, 67, turned himself in and confessed to shooting his second wife Mitra Ostad on May 28 at their home in northern Tehran, according to Iranian media. "On July 1, the first trial session of Mohammad Ali Najafi, former Tehran mayor, will be held at Tehran's Criminal Court," the Iran daily reported.
Sun, 16 Jun 2019 13:55:49 -0400
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Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:01:00 -0400
China's FedEx probe should not be seen as retaliation - Xinhua
News ImageChina's investigation into FedEx Corp over misdirected mail should not be regarded as retaliation against the U.S. company, state news agency Xinhua said on Sunday, amid worsening relations between China and the United States. The inquiry was aimed at sending a message that any economic entity in China should abide by the country's laws and regulations, it said in a commentary. "China is willing to share the opportunities in its courier market with foreign investors.
Sun, 16 Jun 2019 05:58:29 -0400
Indiana man arrested for hitting Delta flight attendant on Paris flight, causing diversion
News ImageA federal complaint says a man struck a flight attendant in the throat during a flight from Indianapolis International Airport to Paris.
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 21:33:44 -0400
Trump Faces Many Uncomfortable Voters in 2020 Race
News ImageA flurry of opinion polls on Sunday also showed that a majority of voters think the Trump administration has gone too far on its immigration enforcement efforts, and that economic optimism has slipped from the high levels seen shortly before Trumps inauguration in 2017. In an NBC-Wall Street Journal poll, some 52% reported being very uncomfortable about Trump and an additional 10% had some reservations. The negative response about Trump was up 3 percentage points from a poll conducted in late April and early May.
Sun, 16 Jun 2019 13:09:54 -0400
Sara Netanyahu: Israeli premier's scandal-plagued wife
News ImageSara Netanyahu the wife of Israel's prime minister, who was convicted Sunday of misusing public funds, has long been the target -- with her husband -- of corruption and mismanagement allegations. Recordings of her screaming at cleaning staff in the prime minister's official Jerusalem residence reached the press, causing waves of contempt but also concern for her emotional health.
Sat, 15 Jun 2019 20:54:52 -0400
Report: Marine and Navy F-35 Pilots Need to Ration Afterburners at High Altitudes
News ImageAfter eighteen years of troubled and controversial development, the Lockheed F-35 Lightning stealth fighter may soon enter mass production, many of its bugs having been expensively squashed after delivery of an initial four-hundred low-rate-of-initial-production aircraft.However, a June 2019 scoop by Defense News journalists Valerie Insinna, David Larter and Aaron Mehta has revealed thirteen serious Category-1 flaws remain.As reported by Insinna and Larter, on two occasions late in 2011 an F-35B and F-35C flying near their maximum service ceiling of 50,000 feet damaged themselves using their afterburners to attain speeds of Mach 1.3 and 1.4.Remarkably, these eight-year-old incidents had not been previously reported to the public, despite numerous critical reports by the Government Accountability Office and Department of Testing & Evaluation.
Sat, 15 Jun 2019 04:47:00 -0400
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