Israeli leaders are currently preparing for their invasion of Gaza even as the casualties on both sides are continuously increasing, reaching its peak.
Each side has their own story to tell which differ significantly. The war between Gaza and Israel is almost as similar to the bloodshed we have witnessed in the West Bank city of Jenin back in 200; Palestinians consider it as a massacre, while Israelis claim it was a battle.
One thing is clear, though, the army of Israel laid a siege over the Shujaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza on a Saturday night all throughout the wee hours on Sunday. They shelled it with artilleries, as well as air strikes and various helicopter fires. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) went on foot as well; they even had heavy gunfire exchanges with the Hamas militants. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, there were at least 501 Palestinians who died during that encounter. Meanwhile, the IDF also said that they have lost 13 soldiers during the battle.
According to Jalal Ghouleh, 47 years of age, it was one of the worst nights of his life. Apparently, he has been receiving messages from the army to leave Gaza for days, but he doesn’t have any idea where to go.
By midmorning, Palestinians were evacuated to a certain UN school, where there was almost no space for others to stay. When a cease-fire was called by 1:30, Ghouleh went back to their building to get a few of his important belongings. He returned to the shelter and saw how devastated the buildings and other properties were after the fighting.
On the other hand, regional leaders arranged to meet in Doha on Sunday to conduct talks on possible cease-fire. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas discussed these possibilities with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal and the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,
One of the most awkward moments that a girl can have in her life is to accidentally send sweet messages intended for her boyfriend to her dad. This would be a truly alarming scenario. It would definitely be hard to divert his attention from it, and it probably would take years for him to forget. But the worst case that a girl can experience is to accidentally send her nude selfie pic to her dad!
Recently, a girl with a name “nyyy nyyy @dearfashion” on Twitter posted about sending her naked pic to her dad accidentally. Her pose went like this: “I just sent a nude to my dad…” It was then followed by another tweet: “OMG HOW DO YOU CANCEL A TEXT MESSAGE!!” Another one said, “I wish yall could hear the voicemail my dad left me.”
This girl was left horrified by what she did. She was actually meaning to send her nude pic to her boyfriend while they were allegedly “sexting” but accidentally sent it to the wrong person – her dad. Well, double checking must really be considered as text messages, and even pictures can’t be cancelled once already sent.
The moment her father received her picture message, he sent an angry message to her daughter, saying: “Did you mean to send this to me? Answer your phone NOW.” This was followed by “Are you serious? Is this what you do while you are at school?”
Such text messages were followed by another one, which made the girl so worried and embarrassed of what she did: “I am very disappointed that you aren’t answering my calls. I spoke with your mother and she’s disappointed as well. I’ll be at your house as soon as I get off so answer the door.”
To express her feelings, she added tweets, saying, “this is so embarrassing…” “I honestly meant to send it to Daquan, not daddy,” and “I shoulda sent the nude on snapchat with a sad face.”
People responded to her tweets, some telling her to post the nude pic so they can see it as well. Well, she can’t really control what other people will have to say about this, but there are some who show sympathy for her and others who just don’t care if this thing is true or not.
One lesson that we can learn from this is that we should always be careful with our actions. And, of course, never ever send a nude pic to your dad!
After the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 tragedy which happened last Thursday, killing 298 people, there are a bunch of questions that still has to be answered. However, here is a list of the things that we currently know now.
The Location of the Black Boxes
The rebel forces who are suspected to be the ones responsible for the MH17 tragedy are the ones who handed the black boxes from the airline to the Malaysian Investigators that are now in Ukraine. Early Tuesday, Aleksander Boorodai, a senior separatist leader, handed the recorder to the Malaysian delegation in Donetsk.
The Role of the UN
The United Nations Security Council, along with the support from Russia, agreed on an international investigation for the downing of the Malaysian Airline.
Aside from that, this resolution also calls for the ceasing of military activities on the crash site in East Ukraine and for Russian-backed separatists to permit international investigators to gain access to the area.
US President Obama’s Standpoint on the Investigation
On Monday, Obama called Russia to instruct pro-Russia separatists to allow international experts to gain access to the site for the crash investigation.
According to President Obama, “Families deserve to be able to lay their loved ones to rest with dignity”. He encouraged the Russian President Vladimir Putin to participate on the ongoing investigation.
The Challenges that the Investigators are facing at the Crash Site
Dutch investigators have arrived in east Ukraine on Monday and immediately started their inspection on the bodies of the victims that were loaded by separatists in refrigerated railway cars. The train, which is controlled by the Ukraine national government, carrying the bodies has left the city of Kharkiv towards Amsterdam.
According to reports last Sunday, the rebels in the area didn’t permit investigators within the crash site.
According to Liow Tiong, the Malaysian Minister of Transport, “Malaysia is very concerned that the sanctity of the crash site has been severely compromised”.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian government, as well as the separatists, decided to create a security zone around the area where the Malaysia Airlines has crashed for proper removal of the victims’ bodies.
The People On Board Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
The Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 was said to have carried 298 people in the jet, including the airline crews and pilots. According to their master list, victims actually come from 11 countries.
It was said that there were 193 Dutch, 43 Malaysians, 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians, 10 Britons, 4 Germans, 4 Belgians, 3 Filipinos, 1 Canadian, and 1 New Zealander.
We have been a victim of cheating at one time or another, especially when we were young, particularly during those times when we caught a classmate peeking at our test papers during exams. Can you imagine that this scenario is back? But now, the cheater wears Google Glass. What’s even worse is that he’s not looking for your answers but for the passwords in your iPad, laptop, and other gadgets.
An easy way to steal passwords and pins has been developed by cyber forensic experts. This works by wearing Google Glass or any video-capturing device then stealing the passwords being entered onto a certain device through the video captured. This can work even if the wearer is about ten feet away.
The algorithm that makes this possible can change the touch points to actual key characters, making the tracking very easy. This algorithm was tested on different gadgets like iPhone 5.
Though other people may think this is just a little problem, this should be paid attention to as people who would intend to use it for a criminal purpose can get the most private information you are keeping through your passwords and pins. Even worse, your bank account may be opened.
The said software works on different video-capturing devices. This was proven when researchers installed it in Google Glass, a camcorder, and a webcam. The result showed that it worked on a camcorder even over a hundred feet away.
Wiser criminals won’t use a camcorder because people may notice it easily. But with a wearable device like Google Glass, no one can notice a person stealing your password or pin. But the good thing is that according to Google, they have made Google Glass with the principle of privacy in mind. So whenever the device is used for capturing a video, it will give other people a signal.
Researchers are now trying to make sure that this won’t happen. What we can just do now is to be very vigilant about this possibility.
A lot of people nowadays aspire to become an entrepreneur. It may sound as easy as buying and selling stuff; however, it is not. In order to be successful in this field, you need to have more than just a desire to earn lots of money and be your own boss. Thus, you need to have certain qualities.
- You need to have a clear vision.
Having a clear vision for your business will serve as its basic foundation. This vision may be based on the product or the service you want to give to your customers. Basically, this is the reason for your endeavor. Thus, all the activities you will do for your business should be in accordance with what you wish to see in the future. Note, however, that this vision may change over time depending on the course of your business.
- You need to have marketing abilities.
Marketing can be pretty easy if you have a straightforward kind of business, such as selling cars or repairing houses. But, there are some products and services that are too technical or, even, abstract; however abstract your business may be, you need to be able to describe it in brief sentences or phrases to describe it to potential customers and investors.
- The value of persistence.
A lot of successful entrepreneurs in history came to a point where their businesses failed at first. Many business ventures experience failure or setback; however, this should not be a reason for you to try again. Try again until you have devised a solution that will surely work. Remember, you don’t get paid if you don’t try.
- You should have focus.
You need to be able to overcome anything that may distract you from focusing on your business. It is always helpful to prioritize, set schedules, and meet deadlines.
Typhoon Neoguri, considered to be the strongest typhoon so far in the 2014 Western Pacific season, is heading the north towards mainland Japan after it hit the Ryukyu Island chain of southern Japan, including Okinawa. The said typhoon will be staying in the area of responsibility for the next 48 hours.
According to various reports by the Associated Press, one man is missing after his boat was hit by the big waves brought about by Neoguri as it storms off Kyushu main island. In Okinawa Prefecture, there were 25 injuries reported as of 7 pm Tuesday, local time. The said umber of casualties was reported in the newspaper Ryukyu Shimpo.
As the storm raged on towards Okinawa Prefecture, around 540 residents were advised to move out and evacuate to a safer place. This advice was publicized by the public broadcaster NHK. The total number of evacuees was about one-third of the population of the residents in Okinawa Prefecture, which is about 1.4 million people scattered across the islands.
The NHK said that early Wednesday, there were 75,400 residents who already experienced electricity loss due to the typhoon. And another 15,000 residents in Amami islands, which is situated in the northern part of Okinawa, were reported to have also suffered the same problem.
According to the official weather observations at the base, the peak of wind was measured at 101 mph on Tuesday and the sustained wind calculated at 74 mph. The base that has been installed in Okinawa is the Kadena Air Base, which is a US military troop. This US air base is the biggest so far in Asia.
The typhoon is considered to be a threat to the resident’s safety. Thus, everyone is advised to be vigilant enough to observe their surroundings and listen to any updates coming from the authorities so as to ensure their safety. The typhoon is still in the area of responsibility of Japan mainland.
The government of Japan ensures that they will reach out to every resident who needs their help. Those who have been affected by the typhoon and were advised to evacuate were assured that they will be given whatever they need in order to prevent any further problems.
An accident took place in Santa Clarita, California, involving a roller coaster that hit a branch of a tree. The incident happened in Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park. The authorities said that the cause of the accident was the dislodging of the front car of the roller coaster and then hitting a tree.
According to the report, there were no fatal injuries suffered by any of the passengers, but four individuals had minor injuries, and about twenty passengers had been stranded for hours in midair, which is about 20 feet high. According to Michael Pittman, the Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatch supervisor, the Ninja coaster hit the branch at around 5:30 PM and then it stopped.
In a televised news report, it was shown that one of the coaster cars was derailed at the front. Firefighters and park maintenance workers were seen in the area, equipped with harnesses and other tools used in helping stranded passengers out from being suspended in the 20-feet high location. Riders patiently waited for the rescuers. Some were simply talking with each other while waiting, while others were taking some rest with their eyes closed every now and then. It is said that there were passengers who waited for as long as three hours before being rescued. There were 22 people who were riding in the coaster when the incident happened. The coaster actually can hold up to 28 riders.
The Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park is situated in Valencia area of Santa Clarita. It is about 25 miles north of Los Angeles California.
After several hours from the time of the incident, the Associated Press can no longer reach the Magic Mountain amusement park representatives.
Nevertheless, at the end of the day, everyone is just thankful enough that no one was fatally injured in the said accident.
During NBA free agency, there will always be a team who wins a player and another one that loses. Will the decision they make be very wise for their team? Here is a list of the winners for this year’s free agency.
All of us will agree that whichever team will be able to sign up LeBron James, that team is definitely among the winners. LeBron’s return to the Cavaliers gives the team a very big chance in contending for the Eastern Conference championship. Although James had never kept his desire to return to the Cavs a secret, it gave the team credit for ensuring that the issues in the past were resolved and are now behind them.
The Cavaliers also made deals with two of the Heat forwards, Mike Miller and James Jones. This gives the team a depth with their three-point shooting skills and experience; hence, they can be very beneficial for the team.
Lastly, Cavaliers also expressed interest in Kevin Love, a Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward.
The Washington Wizards’ GM Ernie Grunfield, signed up forward Paul Pierce and big man Kris Humphries. These moves help in solidifying the team’s rotation.
San Antonio Spurs
Although Spurs missed out on Pau Gasol, they are still one of the favorites for the next NBA season. Tim Duncan immediately ended the talk of his impending retirement by choosing his player option. The team maintained their depth and versatility through re-signing their forward Boris Diaw and point guard Patty Mills.
The Dallas Mavericks signed up Dirk Nowitzki as a free agent through a 3-year $25 million deal. This deal softens the setback of adding Parsons on an inflated contract. This left more room for flexibility. In addition, it gave Dallas this line-up: Raymond Felton, Monta Ellis, Parsons, Nowitzki, and Tyson Chandler. Rumor has it, they’d be even tougher than the last season when they gave Spurs a difficult playoffs.
The Bulls have strengthened their front court significantly by signing up the forward-center Pau Gasol, as well as the stretch forward Nikola Mirotic from Spain. Along with Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson, the Bulls are one of the teams that have the best big men rotations in the league next season.
With these big moves and decisions various teams made, an action-packed and eye-popping NBA 2015 will surely be in store for us. I bet you now have an idea on which team to look out for during the conference!
Right after the initial meeting concerning border crisis together with the President’s so-called toughest critics, there was no major disagreement between President Barack Obama and Governor Ricky Perry of R-Texas with regard to addressing the problem; the real challenge is the Congress, said the President himself.
Obama told reporters, “The problem here is not a major disagreement around the actions that could be helpful in dealing with the problem. The challenge is, is Congress willing to act to get this done?” “The question is are we more interested in politics or are we more interested in solving the problem?” he added.
Due to these issues, the President advised Republicans to set aside politics and focus on the problem and try to act on his request for a $3.7 emergency funding to address the problem of minor invasion across the borderline.
The President also said that Congress has the power and resources that could help find a solution to the problem and the request for a budget would certainly supplement whatever it is that needs to done in order to address the problem the soonest.
Almost half of the budget that would be released will be given to the Department of Health and Human Services in order to provide care for those minors who are crossing the border, and this need includes an additional bed.
Some of the remaining budget would be split to various agencies. The Department of Homeland Security and Justice will be given $1.6 billion, and $300 million will go to the State Department. This money will be used to boost the law enforcement at the Southwest border for additional immigration judge teams, to tackle the root causes of this crisis, and to send a clear message to countries to never send children to the US illegally.
Obama also finds other scopes that correspond to the current law so as to speed up the deportation process of those minor children who are mostly from Central America.
Because of this problem, Governor Perry had urged the President to visit Rio Grande Valley, but he declined to greet the President personally unless his Excellency will sit for a substantial talk with him. The Governor has publicly criticized Obama for his way of handling the crisis. He is blaming the President with the rising number of unaccompanied minors who are crossing the borders and even saying that the President might have something to do with all of these.
However, despite the problem, the President is focused on finding a fast solution to the problem.
To protect the pregnant employees from discrimination, the Delaware House of Representatives agreed with the Delaware Senate to pass a bill that would address this issue. Right now, they are still waiting for the signature of Delaware Governor Jack Markell.
Previously, President Barrack Obama tried to press the federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act during the White House Summit on Working Families; after a week, the bill was passed by the state’s House of Representatives.
According to President Obama, there is a great possibility for pregnant women to be fired from work by a boss who has never experienced being pregnant or forced to leave because of taking too many breaks to the restroom to pee. This makes no sense at all, he explained.
But with the Delaware Law, pregnant employees are now protected from this discriminating situation. Proper accommodations according to pregnant workers’ needs must be applied, such as allowing them to continue to work, assigning them to lighter jobs, allowing them to drink water, and many more. Unpaid leave will also be prohibited.
In 1978, the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) was passed, protecting pregnant employees by prohibiting any act of discrimination such as firing them by reason of their pregnancy and by providing better terms with regard to their hiring, payment of their salary, the kind of job they are to perform, the development of their career, appropriate benefits, and the likes.
Unfortunately, however, not all employers follow this law. A report from the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) that came out last summer states that there is still a huge number of pregnant women at work who are not treated the way they must be. Also, women who were held to perform men’s jobs before they became pregnant were forced to leave without pay.
It is not easy to work while pregnant, so the bill that was passed is a great help for working women. It will prevent discrimination against them and enhance their worth as employees.
For the second time around, Robert Downey Jr. has once again been named as the highest paid Hollywood actor of the year; earning $75million last year.
The 49-year-old actor has topped Forbes’ list of top earning actors. With his lead role in Iron Man 3 which earned about $1.2 billion at the global box office, Downey surely will be the top of that list.
According to Forbes, his major role in the Marvel blockbusters was very essential to the franchise. In addition, it would be impossible to make Iron Man and Avengers films without him.
The second highest paid actor in Hollywood is Dwayne Johnson, also known as “The Rock”. He earned about $52 million last year. His earning was said to be attributed to his role in the Fast and Furious franchise which is also a global hit.
Bradley Cooper, on the other hand, came in third in Forbes’ list of highest paid actors in Hollywood. Cooper is said to have earned $46 million for the last year with a mixture of a number of blockbuster and award-winning movies. These include The Hangover franchise, as well as the Bafta-winning American Hustle movie.
Meanwhile, the fifth highest paid Hollywood actor according to Forbes is Leonardo DiCaprio. His estimated earnings for last year $39 million; all thanks to the box office films The Great Gatsby and The Wolf of Wall Street which performed really well with combined earnings of $743 million in the global box office.
According to Forbes, “DiCaprio is the rare actor who can earn $15 million and up for the kind of adult films that studios don’t often make anymore.”
The information about the estimated earnings of various Hollywood actors where taken by Forbes through talking to their managers, producers, and agents; thus, the rankings are based on the information that was given away by these people. The earnings were measured from June last year until June this year.
New documents have shown that a police officer in Salt Lake City who killed his family (his wife, two children, mother-in-law) and himself just a few hours before the incident received text messages from his wife telling him about leaving him and taking the kids away. Apart from that, confronting him about raping her was also seen in the text messages.
Joshua Boren and his wife Kelly Boren sent heated messages to each other the night before the killing, according to the Spanish Fork Police. According to Joshua’s therapist, he videotaped his wife after drugging her. The tapes showed that she was sexually forced.
Because Kelly didn’t want his husband to have any trouble with his career of being a police officer, she didn’t report the assault to the authorities but just told her friends about it. It was in 2013 when she learned about the videotapes and decided to keep quiet.
“I hate my life because of you” and “You killed a part of me” were the text messages sent by Kelly to her husband the night before she was killed. Another text was written on January 22, 2014, saying, "I don’t want to live in fear and hate and anger.” The next day, she sent a text message saying that she would take away the kids, forcing Joshua to reply with a text message saying, "Don’t involve the kids, they are innocent."
Joshua had been abused sexually by his stepfather when he was young and was addicted to drugs and pornography. He hated his mother so much because he felt she didn’t protect him from his stepfather, according to reports made by his sister. He had also seen his mother use drugs and meet several men.
He used his service weapon to kill his family and himself. But many reports and statements were given that Joshua had been a good father to his kids.
A few days after the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a missile over the eastern Ukraine airfield, the airline along with other major airlines that are currently flying over various war zones.
Various airlines now have a discretion as to what their flight routes will be; taking into consideration that they take airspaces in which they think they’re safe. However, they still rely on governments to caution them in the event that the airspace may be dangerous.
On Monday, the leading global air security organization conducted an immediate review of the procedures used by various aviation regulators in warning carriers as to the potential air hazards in flying over war zones. The Flight Safety Foundation tapped the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to conduct a meeting regarding “the systems in place to warn airlines of hostile airspace”.
Last April, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has encouraged various American carriers to practice extreme caution when they fly over the war zones in Ukraine. According to Anthony Foxx, the US Transportation Secretary, the FAA also barred the airline carriers from having operations in the Crimea peninsula.
The guidelines that were provided to the airlines by various air safety regulators before the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a ground-fired missile is now being scrutinized by experts. Malaysia Airlines along with a global trade body, known as the International Air Transport Association, claim that the airspace the doomed flight took wasn’t restricted. In fact, there are hundreds of jets that were crossing over it every day.
In the aftermath of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, other airlienes are now planning flight routes with an increased level of caution. Emirates Airline, in fact, have plans on suspending their flights to Kiev and ceased flights to Libya right before their government closed the airspace due to the war in Tripoli.