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  • Terrorists Release Attack Techniques for the Olympics − Lone Wolves are Biggest Concern

    first_imgBy Marcos Ommati/Diálogo July 22, 2016 Attacking airports andpublic transportation vehicles, stabbings, poisoning, taking hostages, and placingfalse threats. These are some of the techniques cited by 10 Brazilian jihadistsarrested by Brazil’s Federal Police (PF) on July 21st for incitingand planning possible attacks during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Theyalso called upon “lone wolves” (people who act alone in terrorist attacks) to goto Brazil. The arrests are part of Operation Hashtag, which monitors otherpeople with possible links to extremist groups. The extremists usedSocial Media to publish 17 techniques to carry out terrorist attacks during the2016 Rio Olympic Games, which start on August 5th. They evenrevealed a schedule of terrorist acts. At the same time, Brazilian authorities hadbeen monitoring a group of about 100 terrorist supporters; the 10 detaineeswere among them. According to theBrazilian Minister of Justice, Alexandre de Moraes, who also heads the FederalPolice, the group communicated through the very popular instant message applicationsWhatsApp and Telegram, and began to draw the attention of the federal agentsthat investigate these cases after “making an oath to the Islamic State” (ISIS,also called Daesh) through the Internet. They had created a channel on Telegramwith the name “Ansar al-Khilafah Brazil,” representing the first time that anative South American openly claims their supposed alliance with ISIS. Even thoughinvestigations have not yet found a direct link between the suspects and ISIS, theirconversations show that they started to “feel part” of the faction, in additionto showing evidence that the attacks could potentially be carried out. “There were a series ofpreparatory acts and, at a given moment, the group showed that Brazil is nolonger a neutral country. In virtue of the Olympics and the arrival of touristsof diverse nationalities, Brazil could become a target,” explained MinisterMoraes at a press conference. According to him, there was a real risk ofsuffering an attack such as the one on Club Pulse, in Orlando, Florida, on June12th, in which 50 people died, could be repeated in Rio de Janeiro. One of the individualsbeing investigated contacted a supplier of illegal weapons in Paraguay, requestingto buy an AK-47 rifle by email. The messages between the Islamic Statesympathizer and the arms supplier are being in the hands of researchers,according to a report in VEJAmagazine, one of the biggest and most important media outlets in Brazil. InJune, VEJA revealed the existence ofa confidential report in which the Brazilian Intelligence Agency (ABIN) definedthe level of terrorist threat for Brazil during the Olympic Games in Rio at 4,on a scale of 1 to 5. Coincidentally, a week beforethe arrests, Brazil deported a French-Algerian nuclear physicist convicted by aParis court in 2012 for his involvement in plotting an attack in France in 2009with an al Qaeda militant in Algeria. Although the Brazilian jihadists may beunrelated to this incident, it is clear that ISIS or ISIS-friendly activities arebeginning to brew in Latin America. Following the latest terroristattack perpetrated by ISIS supporters in Nice, France, on July 14th,Brazilian authorities said they would step up security measures for the Gamesby adding further roadblocks, cordons, and frisking more visitors in Rio deJaneiro. Still, Brazilian authorities insist the country is well-prepared torespond to any kind of threats during the Rio Olympics. Some 85,000 soldiersand police will be on patrol in a bid to secure Rio de Janeiro for the 10,000athletes and the 350,000 to 500,000 foreigner spectators expected to arrive forthe Games. That’s roughly twice the security contingent deployed at the 2012Summer Games in London. As the latestdevelopments show, activities that Brazilian authorities could have considereda mere exaggeration until now prove that the presence of Islamist terrorists inBrazilian territory is now confirmed, so authorities cannot be too careful.last_img read more

  • Energy Emergency Declared In Wake Of Propane Shortage

    first_imgGovernor Pence has declared an energy emergency due to the nationwide propane.shortageNormally propane is $2.50 a gallon but a shortage fueled by pipeline issues, more exports and extremely cold temperatures have led to difficult times for many in the nation.Indiana Governor Mike Pence has declared an energy emergency over the propane shortage and offered steps to help Hoosiers stay warm.He announced Wednesday that the state will provide support for low income families facing increased energy prices.A proclamation from earlier this month easing restrictions on hours of service for suppliers and transporters has been extended until March.Pence wants to energy saving measures by Indiana households.“We want to urge every Hoosier to do what you can to conserve your use of propane energy,” Pence said. “Turn down the thermostat if you’re away from home, turn it down a little bit more than you usually would.”Also Pence asked those that have any unused propane to return it to their suppliers.Oldenburg Senator Jean Leising said propane woes have impacted some in Southeastern Indiana, as one Fayette County supplier contacted her because the company was completely out of the gas.“I connected them with the [Indiana Propane Gas Association] in hopes they might find him a supply,” Sen. Leising said.The combination of cold weather and pipeline issues this winter has slowed down delivery of propane.“There’s literally trucks driving from Texas, from Kansas, from Georgia,” Leising explained.During the shortage, Hoosiers who feel subjected to price gouging can contact the Indiana Attorney Generals Office at 1-866-241-9753.last_img read more

  • Stats reveal the chance every team has of winning Premier League this season

    first_img changes Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 5. Arsenal – three per cent chance of winning the Premier League4. Tottenham – four per cent chance of winning the Premier League Most read in Premier League revealed huge blow latest Spurs have a small chance to end their trophy drought 3. Chelsea – 10 per cent chance of winning the Premier League2. Liverpool – 28 per cent chance of winning the Premier League1. Manchester City – 54 per cent chance of winning the Premier League tense whoops The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 4 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT TOP WORK getty Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury predicted Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? gameday cracker 4 But which teams are the most likely to secure the famous Premier League trophy?Though many consider predictions nothing more than guesswork, the stats experts at FiveThirtyEight have built a model which calculates the percentage chance every side has of winning silverware.Using their data, we present the chance all 20 Premier League teams have of winning the 2018/19 title. You can see the results below…=6. Cardiff, Huddersfield, Burnley, Fulham, Newcastle, Southampton, Brighton, Crystal Palace, West Ham, Everton, Watford, Wolves, Leicester, Bournemouth, Manchester United – less than one per cent chance of winning the Premier League It appears we will have a true title race for the first time in years, with Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool all joint top after eight matches, and Arsenal and Spurs just two points behind.These five sides can all be considered realistic contenders for silverware – even if City and Liverpool are the two favourites – while Manchester United, down in eighth, are surely too far off the leaders to challenge for the title. Man City are heavily backed to win a second successive Premier League title The Premier League season is now 80 games old as we enjoy a breather for the international break.The season so far has been rather thrilling, and it’s shaping up to continue in the same fashion. How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Premier League success for Man United already looks like an impossible task 4 4 SORRY Who will be getting their hands on this old thing at the end of the season? last_img read more