Turkey’s deadliest day in Syria worsens ties with Russia

first_imgAt stake is not only Turkey’s national security but also millions of Syrians who are likely to seek refuge in Turkey and in Europe as they escape Idlib, the last rebel stronghold in Syria. The latest attack makes it even more difficult for Turkey to prevent Syrian migrants from seeking refuge elsewhere, a senior Erdogan ally said, signaling growing frustration with European inaction.“Major escalation,” Tim Ash, a strategist at BlueBay Asset Management in London, said after Thursday’s clashes. “Turkey and Russia could be on the brink of actual war. It has been coming for a while. Where is NATO?”Crisis meetingErdogan met with his Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and top security officials from the military and intelligence agency for two hours following the clashes. Earlier in the day, Turkey said the rebels it supports retook the town of Saraqib from Syrian regime forces. After the meeting, Akar and the military’s top brass traveled to the Syrian border, NTV said. Turkish soldiers were stationed at several outposts in Idlib under a 2017 agreement with Russia and Iran to monitor a combat-free zone. Al-Assad’s forces have intensified attacks on rebel positions in the province in recent weeks, with some Turkish posts having been encircled.Erdogan has pledged to push back Syrian forces should they fail to lift their siege on Turkish posts by the end of this month and lobbied U.S and European powers to bring pressure to bear on both Syria and Russia. Turkey has asked the US to deploy Patriot missiles on the border with Syria to deter Russian air forces operating around Idlib, though Erdogan has already acknowledged that his request from the US isn’t likely to be fulfilled.Refugee exodusThursday’s attack — the single deadliest incident suffered by Turkey, which maintains NATO’s second-largest army, in the course of its campaign in Syria — raises the stakes significantly.Since the US withdrew its forces in October, war-torn Syria has become a big-power struggle between Russia and Turkey.Turkey, already the biggest host of refugees with more than 3.5 million Syrians accepted, says it can’t take any more if the Russian-backed attacks in Idlib unleash another wave. Hundreds of thousands are already on the move toward Turkey and the total number could exceed 2 million, Erdogan has said.Europe, and Germany in particular, will be watching developments with growing alarm. The prospect of Turkey waving through a flood of Syrian refugees through its borders is precisely what Chancellor Angela Merkel had hoped to avert and will further stoke anti-immigrant populist sentiment across the continent.Her open-door policy to Syria refugees back in 2015 fatally weakened her 15-year hold on power and unleashed the country’s far-right forces. Germany is now in the throes of a political battle where the pressure is building to take the country in a more conservative direction.Within hours of Thursday’s attack, spokesman of Erdogan’s ruling party Omer Celik said Turkey’s policy on Syrian refugees remains unchanged but that it’s getting increasingly difficult to “hold” them. Turkey and Russia are inching toward direct confrontation in Syria after an attack on Turkish positions in the war-torn nation killed at least 33 Turkish soldiers on Thursday.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a crisis meeting with his top security officials after Turkey’s military suffered its biggest single-day losses in an airstrike on their forces in Syria. Turkey will hit “all regime targets” using ground and air forces in retaliation, Erdogan’s office said after the meeting. As the toll of soldiers killed in the ambush rose, 32 others were wounded NTV reported on Friday, citing Rahmi Dogan, governor of Turkish border city Hatay.Turkey repeated calls upon Western allies for backing in the wake of Thursday’s clashes, with Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaking to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. Turkey has urged the US and EU powers to increase their support in the face of attacks on Turkish soldiers by Syrian forces operating under Russian air cover. But Erdogan’s efforts to drum up aid from his NATO partners that could strengthen his position have come to naught as he’s tried to persuade Russia’s Vladimir Putin to drop support for the regime in Damascus.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Investree expansion to Thailand, Philippines on track this year

first_imgFinancial technology (fintech) platform PT Investree Radhika Jaya has announced that its plans to expand its market to Thailand and the Philippines through joint ventures are on track despite the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.Investree cofounder and CEO Adrian Gunadi said on Wednesday that the company expected to complete the expansion by the second or third quarter of this year.“We are in the process of obtaining a license in the Philippines while we are in the final stages of licensing in Thailand. So, there is no change of plans,” he told the press through a video conference. “We are also in talks with other potential investors, so we can expect the value to be higher,” Adrian said.He added that the peer-to-peer (P2P) lending company had exceeded its first-quarter loan disbursement target to 104 percent. The company has disbursed Rp 588 billion ($36.24 million) in loans so far this year.He also predicted an increase in working capital for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), especially from vendors supplying health necessities such as hospital beds and gloves, adding that the company would focus on funding SMEs in the healthcare industry in the second quarter this year.“I believe Investree can be resilient during this pandemic because we are well-capitalized,” he said.Previously, Investree partnered with private lender PT Bank Danamon Indonesia to allow SMEs to borrow loans worth between Rp 200 million and Rp 2 billion.P2P platforms have contributed Rp 60 trillion to the country’s GDP as of June 2019, primarily through SMEs, according to a study by think thank Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) and the Indonesian Fintech Lenders Association (AFPI).Topics : He went on to say that the licensing process in the Philippines might take longer than planned as a result of a nationwide lockdown to curb COVID-19 implemented on March 16. However, Adrian said he was optimistic that it could be completed by September.Read also: P2P lending firms upbeat SMEs can repay loan on time during pandemicThe expansion was made possible, he added, by the first trench of series C funding worth US$23.5 million the company closed in mid-March. The funds will also be used to expand Investree’s business in Indonesia, including in e-procurement and electronic invoicing.The investment was led by MUIP, the corporate venture arm of Japan’s Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) and Indonesia’s BRI Ventures.last_img read more

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Local Business Donates Oil Changes to Help Seniors for the Holiday

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis“This is our way, and hopefully it takes off,” those are the encouraging words, Mike Newberry uses day in and day out at his shop.When it comes to hard times seniors often get overlooked. Wanting to make a change, Newberry is joining the Alpena Senior Citizens Center to dig a little deeper for the holidays to try to help pay some bills donating all oil changes to the seniors in the area.“I hear a lot of the seniors come in and they can’t afford some of the things that their insurance won’t cover. It’s unfortunate; we need to help. The seniors it seems like they are forgotten about. They’ve put their time in a whole lot and it’s time to give them a little respect,” Newberry said.The senior center has created a method for the program due to the mass volume of needs.“We’ve developed an application process along with the application of course for seniors that are need such as co–pays, we’ve got one senior that needs help with getting an ID bracelet that has Alzheimer’s, we have request for someone to help when the snow starts coming. So this isn’t just monetary, it’s also people developing their time,” Center Manager, B.J. Sander said.Newberry and the senior center hope to make this a permanent foundation in 2018.“He sees the need out there and it makes me so happy to know that there are so many compassionate people in this community that are willing to help our seniors. After all we are a retirement community and we have tons of seniors out there that do need help,” Sander said.    AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Worldwide Candle LightingNext Experts Share Tips on How to Stay Safe During the Holidayslast_img read more

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Kristy Paddock arrested on felony count of aggravated interference with parental custody

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said this morning that Kristy Paddock, 30, of Wellington is currently in custody in Oklahoma and has been arrested on one count of aggravated interference with parental custody, a level 7 felony. Paddock is accused of taking her son, 10-year-old Zachary Scott Paddock, last week without permission from his father’s home in Wellington and taking him to Oklahoma thus sparking an area manhunt amongst law enforcement and citizens.Kristy PaddockHeath said Zachary has been reunited with his father Victor, who lives in Wellington. He was unharmed, Heath said. Zachary was found Friday evening in Harrah, Okla., which is northeast of Oklahoma City.Kristy has been arrested on a Kansas warrant and will face an Oklahoma judge, who is expected to give orders for her extradition. She will probably then face formal charges by the Sumner County Attorney’s office, Heath said.Kristy is accused of creating a manhunt after her former husband came home to find both her and Zachary gone, along with her personal belongings on Wednesday evening. She had come back in the picture and started living with them again a few months earlier in Wellington.Heath said through WPD Detective interviews and cooperative help from Oklahoma agencies, they were able to pinpoint his location.Heath said he has not determined the exact motive of why she took Zachary but plans on having two WPD detectives travel to Oklahoma to interview her.Several people have asked Sumner Newscow why an Amber Alert was not issued when Zachary was found missing.“There are strict requirements when it comes to the Amber Alert,” Heath said. “We did not think this particular situation fell under the guidelines of the Amber Alert.”According to the Kansas Amber Alert website an Amber Alert is only issued when:•The child is under 17 years of age or younger or have a proven mental or physical disability;•Law enforcement must believe the child is in danger of serious bodily harm or death;•There is information to disseminate to the general public which could assist the recovery of the victim, or the apprehension of the suspect.Heath said in this case, law enforcement knew that he was with his mother and that there was no evidence that the boy was in physical danger.The Amber Alert website emphatically states in the opening paragraph: “It is very important that the AMBER Plan not be overused. Too many notifications take the urgency out of an alert. Therefore strict guidelines have been set-up to ensure the importance of the AMBER Alert remains intact.”Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down michelle · 243 weeks ago I understand stand guidelines on Amber alert but what is to say that child could be in danger and something would happen again cause no one step up if u can’t use Amber alert fb it media on the day it happen not two days after the fact and I’m glad the mom is getting punish Report Reply 0 replies · active 243 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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Neva Wedel, 92, Wellington: Nov. 21, 1923 – Dec. 26, 2015

first_imgNeva WedalNeva Wedel of Wellington died Saturday, December 26, 2015 at Sumner Regional Medical Center. She was 92. Neva Belle Parker was born the fourth of five children on November 21, 1923 near Fairview, OK. Her parents, Earnest and Christiana (Ewbank) Parker were homestead farmers who came to Oklahoma from Ireland and England. The Parker family survived the hardships of the Depression and the Dust Bowl, and Neva learned early how to face challenges and work hard, helping her mom out at home and even herding sheep. Neva was the valedictorian of her senior class, and she married shortly after high school. Her first child, Sharon, died at two months old. During the war Neva worked at the Army Post in Fort Knox, Tenn.  Neva was a single mother of two when she met Gerald Wedel in Fairview, and they were married on August 7, 1953.  Together they celebrated 56 years of marriage – until Gerald’s death in 2010.In October 1958 Gerald and Neva moved the family from Fairview to Wellington where he worked as an engineer for the Santa Fe. Neva served many years as a Sunday-school teacher in the Methodist Church. She worked as a billing clerk at Sumner-Cowley Electric Cooperative from 1969 to 1981. When retirement came, Neva and Gerald enjoyed yearly trips to their favorite campground in Creede, Colorado. After Gerald’s death, Neva was a resident of Sterling House and Spring View Manor in Conway Springs. Neva was an excellent cook, seamstress and strong Christian woman who loved her family. She said her children were “wonderful, loving, each special, each unique; they have brought much joy to us. We thank God that we have truly been blessed in our children.” Her prayers and sweet spirit will be greatly missed. Survivors include her children; Mack R. Wedel (Sue) Edmond, Oklahoma, Beverly MacQueen of Dudley, North Carolina, Carol Snell (John) of McPherson, Kansas, Patti Zeka (Marty) of Wellington, Kansas, Susan Patterson (Joe) of Kansas City, Kansas; grandchildren: Kent, Greg, Jeff and Todd Wedel; David and Kevin MacQueen, Sherry Donaldson, Tracy Bass, Jason Roenne, Brenda Ring, Christiana Roenne, Sam, Jacob, and Russell Zeka and Amanda Zeka-Ramos, Parker Patterson, DeAnn Turley, 30 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Greeting her in heaven: her husband, Gerald, her parents, two sisters, Rena Parkins and Ernestine Bullard, two brothers, Rufus Parker and Joe Parker, son-in-law, Jeff MacQueen and her daughter, Sharon Sue who died in 1943.Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, December 28, 2015. The family will be present from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Funeral Services for Neva will begin at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 29, 2015 in the First United Methodist Church, Wellington, Kansas. Memorials may be given in her name and loving memory to the First United Methodist Church or the Bryce Day Memorial Foundation. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home. To share a memory or to leave condolences, please visit www.cornejodayfuneralhome.com.Arrangements by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, 1030 Mission Road, Wellington, Kansas.Âlast_img read more

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REVEALED: COPS HID SECRET RECORDING OF BOMBER WHO KILLED BUNCRANA BOYS IN OMAGH BLAST

first_imgBRITISH spymasters never told detectives investigating the Omagh bomb that they had a secret recording of one of the killers confessing to his part in the 29 murders, it has been revealed today.Three schoolboys from Buncrana – and two Spanish students visiting the Co Donegal town – were among those killed when Real IRA terrorists planted a bomb in the centre of the Tyrone town in August 1998.Oran Doherty, who was just 8 and is pictured here and Sean McLaughlin (12) and James Barker (12) died in the outrage. Spanish student Fernando Blasco Baselga (12) and Rocio Abad Ramos, a group leader who were staying with local families in Buncrana at the time, also died. The news website Belfast Daily is reporting today that Special Branch chiefs in Belfast have a secret telephone tape of the Omagh bomb-maker saying: “I’m sorry. I didn’t know this was going to happen.”Police have never disclosed the existence of the tape to CID detectives hunting the RIRA killers or the families of 29 victims murdered on August 15, 1998.Belfast Daily says that the Real IRA bombmaker’s landline and mobile phone numbers were being secretly monitored by the British Government’s massive GCHQ listening post in Cheltenham, England in the hours and days after the attack.The news site names those targeted for electronic surveillance as Michael McKevitt, Liam Campbell and Seamus Daly. A fourth man – Suspect A – was known to both RUC and Garda Special Branch as being a key member of the Real IRA’s bomb making department.The full investigation is here:www.belfastdaily.co.uk REVEALED: COPS HID SECRET RECORDING OF BOMBER WHO KILLED BUNCRANA BOYS IN OMAGH BLAST was last modified: October 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:REVEALED: COPS HID SECRET RECORDING OF BOMBER WHO KILLED BUNCRANA BOYS IN OMAGH BLASTlast_img read more

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SA puts rhino on CITES agenda

first_img6 March 2013 South Africa is one of 178 countries gathered in Bangkok this week to decide how to improve the world’s wildlife trade regime, and to ensure the survival of threatened species. More than 2 000 delegates are attending the 16th Conference of Parties of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) which started in Thailand’s capital on Monday. The CITES parties meet every three years to consider amendments to the appendices of the convention, to assess its implementation, and to make recommendations to improve its effectiveness. South Africa is hosting and participating in a number of side events during the conference, three of which will focus on rhino matters, including conservation, safety and security, and rhino economics and trade. The Department of Environmental Affairs said that among the tabled proposals at the conference is a proposal to up-list the rhino due to poaching, from which several countries have suffered, including South Africa. “This would have widespread implications for South Africa’s white rhino population including the creation of disincentives for the private sector,” the department said. It said that central to South Africa’s conservation model was an “undisputed record” of having brought species populations to healthy recovery. Among these were the white and black rhino, which had come close to extinction almost a century ago. Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said last week that efforts to protect the country’s rhino population were aimed not just at protecting a species from extinction, but at securing and conserving all South Africa’s natural resources. “The fact that the criminal syndicates involved in rhino poaching also undertake other crimes means that this current situation can be considered a national security risk. “It is therefore imperative that the national response be comprehensive, as it threatens not only the sustainable development path of the country, but also the heritage of future generations.” Ahead of the conference, Molewa met with representatives of the Chinese and Vietnamese delegations to discuss issues of mutual cooperation in the field of biodiversity, particularly the continued illegal trade in rhino horn. The department said the discussions had “confirmed the two countries’ willingness to continue to cooperate with South Africa in the areas of law enforcement in relation to illegal trade in wildlife species”. The talks with Vietnam established that the implementation plan stemming from the Memorandum of Understanding relating to Biodiversity conservation, signed between the two countries in December, would be signed and rolled out during the visit of a high-level Vietnamese delegation to South Africa in April. Discussions with China had centred on the finalisation of a memorandum of understanding, also to be signed in April. The Memorandum on Biodiversity Conservation also deals with illegal rhino hunting and will also be followed by an implementation plan, similar to that concluded with Vietnam. The department said it was also agreed that China and South Africa would ensure the immediate roll-out of technological innovations in the fight against wildlife crimes. The matter will also be further discussed within the Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa (BRICS) member countries at bilateral and multilateral levels. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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10 months ago​Crystal Palace defender Souare undergoes surgery

first_img​Crystal Palace defender Souare undergoes surgeryby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace defender Pape Souare has gone through with an operation on his dislocated shoulder.The Senegalese international was injured against Grimsby in the FA Cup over the weekend.There is hope that he will be back soon, but it is not a major loss for Palace. Souare had only played in four games this season prior to his injury.Souare took to Twitter to say: “Quick minor op, and it went great can’t wait to get back doing what I love.”I wanna thank everyone for their ongoing support. See you soon.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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a month agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer hints Greenwood set to sign new deal

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer hints Greenwood set to sign new dealby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted Mason Greenwood is set to sign a new deal.The teen proved the matchwinner for their Europa League victory over Astana.”We are always in talks with the boys, about how we look at their future, and Mason is obviously one we want to keep with us,” said Solskjaer afterwards.”It is natural for Mason to play football, score goals and be in and around the box. He knows how to finish. “He showed glimpses today of what he can become.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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