French Connection

15 Dec 18
CBS Chicago

The city is promising a Christmas gift to bicyclists—completion of two major sections of the Navy Pier Flyover.

15 Dec 18
Sir El

Little bent

15 Dec 18
Beyond Detours

From Veraval we drove to almost a 100 km to Junagadh and first landed at Mahabbat ka Maqbara. Tomb of Wazir Bahaduddinbhai Hasainbhai Its location is quite a play on your senses – right opposite the Junagadh District Court – it has accused individuals, their distraught families, busy lawyers, the alert police force all bustling just […]

15 Dec 18
Your Northwest Forests

On Dec. 14, 2018, Pacific Northwest Regional Forester Glenn Casamassa released the following “open letter” to the communities affected by the proposed Blue Mountains revised forest plan (Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests), including those who submitted formal objections or participated in objections resolutions meetings as part of the ongoing plan revision process. See also: […]

14 Dec 18
cexranape

Definition, Usage and a list of Transition Examples in common speech and literature. Transitions are words and phrases which provide a connection between ideas In other words, transitions tell similarly), a phrase, or a sentence. Transitions can Then look in the right column of the table for examples of words or 018 Two sentences become […]

14 Dec 18
STL.News

United States – SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you all for being here with us today. Secretary Mattis and I are very pleased to welcome our Canadian counterparts, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and Minister of Defense Harjit Sajjan, to Washington. Welcome. It was a great day, and indeed, it was my honor to host this State Department […]

14 Dec 18
News about CHINA

The man that the authorities believe killed three people during a rampage near a Christmas market in Strasbourg died on Thursday in a shootout with police at the end of a two-day manhunt, authorities said. The Paris prosecutor’s office identified the man killed in the eastern French city as 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt, a Strasbourg-born man […]

14 Dec 18
SIMPLY SIMRA

Animosity towards “the Other” has long been a recurring phenomenon throughout Western countries, with the mistrust and isolation of minorities being deeply rooted in prejudice and hate. This rhetoric is built upon layers of fear — the need to control and tame the unfamiliar — a direct result of colonization, the after-effects of which still […]

14 Dec 18
jailhousemoose

  What made you choose 100 Victoria Cross Winners? Coming to prison was a major factor in how my views changed. If I wanted to change I would have to question my long-held beliefs. It was those beliefs that ultimately led to my crime and subsequent imprisonment. But perhaps the single most significant event in […]

14 Dec 18
Las Vegas Review-Journal
#gallery-1470666-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1470666-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1470666-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1470666-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ French riot police officers patrol outside the cathedral as the Christmas market reopens in Strasbourg, eastern France, Friday, Dec.14, 2018. The man authorities believe killed three people during a rampage near a Christmas market in Strasbourg died Thursday in a shootout with police at the end of a two-day manhunt, French authorities said. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) French police officers patrol outside the cathedral as the Christmas market reopens in Strasbourg, eastern France, Friday, Dec.14, 2018. The man authorities believe killed three people during a rampage near a Christmas market in Strasbourg died Thursday in a shootout with police at the end of a two-day manhunt, French authorities said. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) French police officers gather near the dead body of a man lying in the doorway of a building after a shootout with police in Strasbourg, eastern France, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. The dead man was suspected of being the gunman who killed three people near a Christmas market in Strasbourg. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said the dead man’s identity hasn’t been confirmed yet. But Castaner said the "individual corresponds to the description of the person sought since Tuesday night," 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt. (AP Photo) French police officers stand guard in Strasbourg, eastern France, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. A top French official says a suspect has been killed in a shootout with police in Strasbourg, but his identity has not yet been confirmed as the suspected gunman who killed three people near a Christmas market in the city two days earlier. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) STRASBOURG, France — French police have killed the man who they believed attacked Strasbourg’s Christmas market but investigators kept digging Friday for possible accomplices in a city known for a high concentration of potential extremists. A fourth victim of Tuesday night’s attack on the biggest Christmas market in France died Friday. The dead included a Thai tourist and a 29-year-old Italian journalist. A dozen other people were wounded. The market reopened Friday in a bid to reclaim a festive spirit after being closed for two days after the attack. French President Emmanuel Macron paid a visit, arriving after a European summit in Brussels to offer his condolences to the wounded and victims’ families and to salute security forces. He spoke with the three police officers who less than 24 hours earlier shot and killed Cherif Chekatt, the attack suspect. For three days, Macron has faced back-to-back national emergencies, dealing with the Christmas market attack and in the midst of a month of grassroots protests over the cost of living that have grown increasingly violent and have devastated parts of the French capital. The government has implored the French not to take to the streets Saturday, evoking the Strasbourg tragedy and the security situation that has strapped soldiers and police. Chekatt, the 29-year-old Strasbourg native, was killed Thursday night in a confrontation with three police officers in his childhood neighborhood after a massive manhunt. The depth of his radicalization and connections remained unclear, but his path seemed to reflect an increasingly common hybrid European extremist who moves from delinquency to sowing terror. The Islamic State group’s Amaq news agency claimed Chekatt was a “soldier” of the group but Interior Minister Christophe Castaner rejected the claim as “totally opportunistic.” Investigators are now trying to identify “eventual accomplices or co-authors who could have helped or encouraged him in preparing his move into action,” prosecutor Remy Heitz, in charge of terrorism cases in France, told reporters at a news conference Friday. He said seven people were in custody, including four of Chekatt’s family members and three in his “close entourage” — two of them detained Thursday night. “We want to reconstruct the past 48 hours in order to find out whether he got some support,” Heitz said. The Strasbourg shooting was the latest in a series of deadly attacks that have claimed more than 200 lives in France since 2015. Like other attack sites, the Christmas market was heavy with symbolism. “This Christmas market is part of our history. It’s part of our common events and belongs to all the French people,” Castaner said during a walk-through at its reopening. “And this morning, we wanted to show, as we walked down the lanes, that we always know how to get our head up again.” Macron suggested while in Brussels that authorities were working to clarify why Chekatt was not stopped beforehand. He had been on a French intelligence watch list for radicalism and was convicted 27 times for criminal offenses — the first time at age 13 — mainly in France but also in Germany and Switzerland. French police tried and failed Tuesday morning to arrest him in a case of attempted homicide. Macron told reporters Friday in Brussels that France should look at “the consequences” of any police failures and work on “what could be improved.” Extremism is not a new phenomenon in Strasbourg, where more than 200 people are on watch lists for potential radicalization or already radicalized, a Strasbourg police official told The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity and that figure could not be officially confirmed. Strasbourg’s Christmas market has been a previous target. Ten suspected Islamic militants were convicted and sentenced to prison in December 2004 for their role in a foiled plot to blow up the market on New Year’s Eve 2000. Six youths from Strasbourg have been arrested after returning home from Middle East battle zones, part of a group of 14 reported to have left to join the jihad. As early as 2012, Strasbourg had harbored Islamic militant cells planning action elsewhere in France. Heitz, the anti-terrorism prosecutor, provided more details about the police operation that led to Chekatt’s death Thursday evening. He said two crucial tips came in from residents in Strasbourg’s Neudorf neighborhood. Three officers patrolling in Neudorf then spotted a man corresponding to the suspect’s description. Noticing their marked police car, the suspect tried unsuccessfully to enter a building. When police officers identified themselves, Chekatt turned abruptly and opened fire on them.
14 Dec 18
Las Vegas Review-Journal
#gallery-1551367-2 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1551367-2 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1551367-2 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1551367-2 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ French riot police officers patrol outside the cathedral as the Christmas market reopens in Strasbourg, eastern France, Friday, Dec.14, 2018. The man authorities believe killed three people during a rampage near a Christmas market in Strasbourg died Thursday in a shootout with police at the end of a two-day manhunt, French authorities said. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) French police officers patrol outside the cathedral as the Christmas market reopens in Strasbourg, eastern France, Friday, Dec.14, 2018. The man authorities believe killed three people during a rampage near a Christmas market in Strasbourg died Thursday in a shootout with police at the end of a two-day manhunt, French authorities said. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) French police officers gather near the dead body of a man lying in the doorway of a building after a shootout with police in Strasbourg, eastern France, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. The dead man was suspected of being the gunman who killed three people near a Christmas market in Strasbourg. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said the dead man’s identity hasn’t been confirmed yet. But Castaner said the "individual corresponds to the description of the person sought since Tuesday night," 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt. (AP Photo) French police officers stand guard in Strasbourg, eastern France, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. A top French official says a suspect has been killed in a shootout with police in Strasbourg, but his identity has not yet been confirmed as the suspected gunman who killed three people near a Christmas market in the city two days earlier. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) STRASBOURG, France — French police have killed the man who they believed attacked Strasbourg’s Christmas market but investigators kept digging Friday for possible accomplices in a city known for a high concentration of potential extremists. A fourth victim of Tuesday night’s attack on the biggest Christmas market in France died Friday. The dead included a Thai tourist and a 29-year-old Italian journalist. A dozen other people were wounded. The market reopened Friday in a bid to reclaim a festive spirit after being closed for two days after the attack. French President Emmanuel Macron paid a visit, arriving after a European summit in Brussels to offer his condolences to the wounded and victims’ families and to salute security forces. He spoke with the three police officers who less than 24 hours earlier shot and killed Cherif Chekatt, the attack suspect. For three days, Macron has faced back-to-back national emergencies, dealing with the Christmas market attack and in the midst of a month of grassroots protests over the cost of living that have grown increasingly violent and have devastated parts of the French capital. The government has implored the French not to take to the streets Saturday, evoking the Strasbourg tragedy and the security situation that has strapped soldiers and police. Chekatt, the 29-year-old Strasbourg native, was killed Thursday night in a confrontation with three police officers in his childhood neighborhood after a massive manhunt. The depth of his radicalization and connections remained unclear, but his path seemed to reflect an increasingly common hybrid European extremist who moves from delinquency to sowing terror. The Islamic State group’s Amaq news agency claimed Chekatt was a “soldier” of the group but Interior Minister Christophe Castaner rejected the claim as “totally opportunistic.” Investigators are now trying to identify “eventual accomplices or co-authors who could have helped or encouraged him in preparing his move into action,” prosecutor Remy Heitz, in charge of terrorism cases in France, told reporters at a news conference Friday. He said seven people were in custody, including four of Chekatt’s family members and three in his “close entourage” — two of them detained Thursday night. “We want to reconstruct the past 48 hours in order to find out whether he got some support,” Heitz said. The Strasbourg shooting was the latest in a series of deadly attacks that have claimed more than 200 lives in France since 2015. Like other attack sites, the Christmas market was heavy with symbolism. “This Christmas market is part of our history. It’s part of our common events and belongs to all the French people,” Castaner said during a walk-through at its reopening. “And this morning, we wanted to show, as we walked down the lanes, that we always know how to get our head up again.” Macron suggested while in Brussels that authorities were working to clarify why Chekatt was not stopped beforehand. He had been on a French intelligence watch list for radicalism and was convicted 27 times for criminal offenses — the first time at age 13 — mainly in France but also in Germany and Switzerland. French police tried and failed Tuesday morning to arrest him in a case of attempted homicide. Macron told reporters Friday in Brussels that France should look at “the consequences” of any police failures and work on “what could be improved.” Extremism is not a new phenomenon in Strasbourg, where more than 200 people are on watch lists for potential radicalization or already radicalized, a Strasbourg police official told The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity and that figure could not be officially confirmed. Strasbourg’s Christmas market has been a previous target. Ten suspected Islamic militants were convicted and sentenced to prison in December 2004 for their role in a foiled plot to blow up the market on New Year’s Eve 2000. Six youths from Strasbourg have been arrested after returning home from Middle East battle zones, part of a group of 14 reported to have left to join the jihad. As early as 2012, Strasbourg had harbored Islamic militant cells planning action elsewhere in France. Heitz, the anti-terrorism prosecutor, provided more details about the police operation that led to Chekatt’s death Thursday evening. He said two crucial tips came in from residents in Strasbourg’s Neudorf neighborhood. Three officers patrolling in Neudorf then spotted a man corresponding to the suspect’s description. Noticing their marked police car, the suspect tried unsuccessfully to enter a building. When police officers identified themselves, Chekatt turned abruptly and opened fire on them.
14 Dec 18

The Africa Season

Tears pricked my eyes as I stood alone in an airport and read the first line of an email confirming my reservation at a silent retreat center in Kentucky, “The name of your cabin is Joy.”   “Yes,” I thought.  “That is what I need.  What’s what I’ve lost.” Days after arriving home in the […]

14 Dec 18

I have been pondering this question for a while. Recent posts and articles about the state of the Evangelical church two years into the Trump administration, the aging church, and issues within the megachurch world have only made the question speak louder in my mind. It’s long been the thinking of those of us in […]

14 Dec 18
News Exc Celebrity

Article and photos from hienalouca.com

French President Emmanuel Macron visited the Strasbourg Christmas market this evening to pay his respects to the victims of a jihadist gunman who was killed in a shoot-out with police last night.

The president went to the market and laid a single white rose at a nearby monument to the terrorist outrage and stood silently for over two minutes in tribute after the official re-opening of the market at 11:00am this morning. 

As he looked solemn and closed his eyes in reflection, the crowd spontaneously began singling La Marseillaise – the French national anthem – in memory of the fallen victims. 

He then hugged market stallholders, shook hands with the crowd and was handed an gift from a trader.

Macron earlier met with some members of the police involved in the hunt

14 Dec 18
Wine & Spirits Connection with R. Gregory Alonzo

Remember Mateus or Lancers? If your exposure to wine was similar to mine, these two Portuguese wines played an integral part of your earliest days of drinking wine. However, did you know that once introduced onto the world market, both wines set sales records in both Europe and the United States? Whether you know this […]