After failing to meet its active-duty end strength goal of 483,500 soldiers for fiscal 2018, the Army now is striving to raise its end strength to 487,500, the target Congress imposed for FY 2019. Active forces stood at 476,000 as of Oct. 1. Recruitment remains the primary challenge for the service as its retention rate has reached higher-than-normal levels. The Army wanted to recruit 80,000 new personnel last year but only managed to attract 70,000 recruits, reports Army Times.Army photo by Mike Scheck Dan Cohen AUTHOR
US investment bank JP Morgan has described a Brexit as a terrible deal for the British economy, warning it could cut up to 4,000 jobs if the UK chooses to leave the European Union later this month.Speaking alongside Chancellor George Osborne in Bournemouth on Friday (3 June), JP Morgans chief executive Jamie Dimon indicated the bank may have no choice but to reorganise our business model here should the Leave campaign have its way at the 23 June referendum. Brexit could mean fewer JPMorgan jobs in the UK and more jobs in Europe, he added.The lender, the worlds sixth-largest bank by total assets, employs 18,000 people across its UK operations in Basingstoke, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Swindon and London, which serves as JP Morgans European headquarters.However, Dimon warned the workforce would suffer a drastic cull in the event of a Brexit, with up to 4,000 jobs potentially set to go.After a Brexit we cannot do it all here and we will have to start planning for that, he said. I dont know if it means 1,000 jobs, 2,000 jobs – it could be as many as 4,000, and they will be jobs all around the UK.If the EU says anybody who does business as a bank with an EU company has to be based in the EU, youre talking about 3,000-4,000 JP Morgan jobs.The American lender is the biggest private employer in Dorset and Dimon conceded that, should Britain leave the 28-country bloc, the process of reorganising its operations in the UK could begin as soon as the 24 June.At a minimum, a Brexit will result in years of uncertainty and I believe that this uncertainty will hurt the economies of both Britain and the European Union, Dimon said.In a bad scenario â€” and this is not the worst-case scenario â€” trade retaliation against Britain by countries in the European Union is possible, even though this would not be in their own self-interest.The Chancellor stressed it was time for the Leave campaign to stop telling voters that jobs would be more secure outside the EU.Today, 10 of the largest companies in our services sector […] are all telling us that there will be damage to our economy and jobs will be at risk if we leave the EU, Osborne said.Lets end this deception that somehow if you quit the EU jobs wont be at risk. Our analysis shows in the services sector alone 400,000 jobs could be at risk.However, Steve Baker MP, a spokesman for the pro-Brexit movement urged the Remain campaign to engage in a honest discussion.The British people will not be bullied into voting to hand more money and more power to Brussels by someone whose bonus would make even some eurocrats eyes water and whose bank helped crash the economy, he said.Its time for the In campaign to engage in an honest debate, not make unsubstantiated and illogical threats which are the real danger to our economy.
Experts from Geological Survey of Bangladesh and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology conducted various tests, including heat sensitive scanning, to find the ‘hidden treasure’ beneath a house at Mirpur-10, Dhaka on Thursday. Photo: CollectedThe excavation work which started on 21 July in search of ‘hidden treasure’ underneath a house of Mirpur-10 in the capital, was officially abandoned on Thursday as experts did not get any metal objects there.Experts from the Geological Survey of Bangladesh and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) visited the house along with Dhaka district executive magistrate Tazwar Akram Sakapi Ibne Sazzad on Thursday afternoon, said Mirpur police station officer-in-charge Dadan Fakir.After conducting various tests, including heat-sensitive scanning until 4:00pm, experts said they had not found any trace of the metallic object under the house, UNB reports.Later, the authorities gave up the ‘treasure hunt’, the OC added.The policemen, who were deployed after the authorities postponed the excavation work on 22 July, have been withdrawn, said Dadan Fakir.The entire operation was postponed to avert the possible risk of the building collapsing. “We’ve postponed the excavation to avert any untoward incident,” said executive magistrate Tazwar Akram.The digging started in the morning of 21 July at the house of Monirul Islam at Road 16 (Block-C) of Mirpur Section-10 in presence of executive magistrate Md Anwar Uz Zaman after the house’s owner filed a general diary with Mirpur police station in this connection on 14 July.Later, the digging was postponed around 3:30pm for the day and it was scheduled to resume on the following morning.But the digging work was postponed on 22 July as the National Housing Authority’s executive engineer said there was a possibility of the building collapsing and loss of lives if the digging continued without taking proper measure.Monirul Islam, who is claiming himself as the owner of the house, said he got information on the hidden treasure from its previous owner, a Pakistan national.
Personal letters seized in the raid that killed former Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden revealed that his son wants to carry on his murderous ideology and is bent on “avenging his dad’s death”, according to a former FBI agent.”That son today is poised to lead a stronger, larger Al Qaeda,” Ali Soufan, who was leading the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s probe of the terror group after the 11 September, 2001, attacks, told CBS News in an interview.Soufan described a letter from the son, Hamza, that was collected in the raid and now declassified.”He tells Osama (in the letter) that he remembers ‘every look… every smile you gave me, every word you told me'”.Hamza would be about 28 now and wrote the letter when he was 22 and had not seen his father in several years.Hamza also wrote this: “I consider myself to be forged in steel. The path of ‘jihad’ for the sake of God is what we live.”Hamza’s potential as a leader was recognised years ago when he was still a boy, says Soufan.The child was used in propaganda videos, sometimes holding a gun.”He was a poster kid for the Al Qaeda, and for members of Al Qaeda, who were indoctrinated with these propaganda videos, he means a lot to them,” Soufan told CBS News.The US has named Hamza a “specially designated global terrorist” — the same classification his father once held.”He even sounds like his father,” says Soufan.”His recent message that came out, he delivered the speech as if it’s his father…using sentences, terminology that was used by Osama bin Laden.”Hamza has recorded four audio messages in the last two years.Soufan believes Hamza can inspire and unite the jihadi movement, adding “Al Qaeda is stronger than ever. I don’t believe even bin Laden in his wildest dreams thought that he will have followers who command armies, troops, lands.”Osama Bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on 2 May, 2011, by US Navy SEAL Team Six.Following his death, dozens of letters written by him to his family and senior members of Al Qaeda were released.
.Two more persons were arrested from Chattogram on Friday over the gang rape of a woman of Noakhali’s Subarnachar upazila after the general election, reports UNB.The arrestees were Hasan Ali Bulu, 60, an associate of Subarnachar upazila unit Awami League publicity secretary and mastermind of the rape Ruhul Amin, and Jasim Uddin, 30, son of Motaher Hossain of Bagga village.Nizam Uddin, officer-in-charge of Charjabbar police station, said police arrested Hasan Ali from Madarbari of Chattogram city and Jasim from Nazirhat in Fatikchhari of Chattogram district in the early hours.Bulu allegedly hired miscreants at Tk 10,000 for committing the gang rape, according to police.With this, seven people have so far been arrested in connection with the gang rape of the woman.On Thursday, detectives in their separate drives arrested Ruhul Amin, also former member of Charjubli union parishad, and Bechu Miah in the early hours over the incident.A team of Detective Branch (DB) arrested Ruhul Amin from a poultry farm in Sadar upazila while Bechu Mia from a brick kiln in Senbagh upazila, the SP said.Earlier, police arrested Badshah Alam from Charbajuli on Tuesday while prime accused Sohel from Cumilla district and Md Swapan from Lakshmipur district on Wednesday.Meanwhile, local MP and district AL general secretary Ekramul Karim Chowdhury on Friday announced to take the responsibility of treatment, legal aid and rehabilitation of the victim.On behalf of the MP, an AL team went to Noakhali General Hospital in the afternoon to visit the victim and made the announcement.According to the victim’s husband, a group of hoodlums stormed their house in the early hours of Monday and tied up all the family members except his wife.They took the woman outside the house at gunpoint where they raped her in turns for casting her vote for ‘sheaf of paddy’, the victim’s husband claimed.After the rape, they also threatened the victim not to disclose the matter to anyone, saying they would kill her if otherwise, he said.With the help of neighbours, the victim was taken to hospital on Monday noon and a case was filed against nine people over the incident.
You’ll never guess how much this New York City bagel costs Share Travelweek Group Posted by NEW YORK CITY — I’ll have an everything bagel with gold flakes on top, please.This wouldn’t be your typical breakfast order but at the Westin New York hotel in Times Square, bagels aren’t just regular bagels – they come with a price tag that will make your jaw drop.The hotel has announced that it¹s bringing back its US$1,000 bagel next month for a limited time after it first appeared in 2007. WNBC-TV reports the bagel will feature Alba white truffle cream cheese, goji berry-infused Riesling jelly and golden leaf flakes.According to the hotel, white truffle is the second most expensive food in the world after caviar.Though almost laughably extravagant, all that money is being put to good use; 100% of the proceeds will go to Holy Apostle Soup Kitchen.The $1,000 bagel will be offered from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15 and must be ordered 24 hours in advance. Tags: Westin Hotels & Resorts, WTF Thursday, October 19, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>
Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: British Airways Man sues British Airways for seating him next to obese passenger Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, November 19, 2018 LONDON — British Airways is being sued by a man who says he suffered personal injury while seated next to an obese passenger.Stephen Prosser, 51 of south Wales, is suing the airline for £10,000 after being forced to endure a 12-hour flight from Bangkok to Heathrow while seated next to a man “the size of Jonah Lomu”, the late New Zealand rugby player.While in Pontypridd county court last week, the self-employed civil engineer said his requests to cabin crew to be seated elsewhere were turned down due to the fact that the Boeing 777 was fully booked. He also claimed the crew did not permit him to swap seats with another passenger.As a result, Prosser, who is 5’3”, was forced into a “position of unnatural posture”. He described the obese passenger as being 6’4” and over 300 pounds, whose body was “overspilling into my seat by some inches”.Prosser also noted that the passenger had to “force his buttocks between the arm rests of the seats” and that, due to his size, his arm would rest on Prosser’s arm rest, inadvertently turning up the volume of his audio “to an extremely loud volume each time.”More news: Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesOh, the horror.Prosser went on to say that as a result of the uncomfortable flight, which took place in January 2016, he was left with continual back spasms and in injury that caused his sacroiliac joint at the bottom of his spine to malfunction, reports The Guardian. The incident also re-aggravated a 12-year-old spine injury, prevented him from working overtime, affected his relationship with his partner, and forced him to give up mountain biking.British Airways representative Timothy Salisbury said cabin crew described the passenger as “tall but not overweight so had had encroached on the other seat”.The customer service manager onboard the flight also said in a witness statement that Prosser did not appear to be in any discomfort during the flight and was seen asleep at times.
Travelweek Group Sunwing welcomes the just-opened Riu Palace Baja California Tuesday, December 11, 2018 TORONTO — The latest brand new addition to RIU Hotels & Resorts’ lineup, in Cabo San Lucas on golden-sand shores overlooking the arch, will be well recieved by Canadian travellers, says Sunwing’s President of Tour Operations, Andrew Dawson.As reported yesterday RIU has opened its 20th resort in Mexico – and its first adults-only hotel in Los Cabos – the Riu Palace Baja California.The resort, which began welcoming guests on Dec. 1, features an innovative new architectural concept prioritizing panoramic ocean views from the bars, restaurants and common areas together with many of the rooms and suites.Along with an enviable beachfront location, the resort features expansive suites with sophisticated décor, four pools with two swim-up bars and an opulent full-service spa. Vacationers can also get reservation-free dining across five specialty restaurants such as Taj Mahal that features authentic Indian cuisine and Krystal, the resort’s fusion restaurant. Guests can also take advantage of full exchange privileges with neighbouring Riu Santa Fe and Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas. At Riu Santa Fe, vacationers will enjoy unlimited complimentary access to Splash Water World water park. The resort also features regular adults only themed pool parties hosted by the area’s best DJs, which are included at no extra charge. At Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas, guests can unwind with luxurious facilities and amenities including an expansive oceanfront pool complex with several swim-up bars and relaxing whirlpools. As the exclusive vacation provider of RIU Palace Hotels and Resorts, when customers book their vacation package with the Signature Collection by Sunwing they get a host of exclusive RIU-topia perks including welcome cocktails, unlimited reservation-free dining, spa credits and more; in addition to RIU Palace inclusions such as 24-hour room service, daily champagne breakfasts and poolside wait service.“RIU Hotels & Resorts are consistently a popular choice amongst our clientele and we are certain that this latest addition to their line up in Los Cabos will be well received,” says Dawson.He adds: “As of this coming winter, we will be offering packages to Los Cabos from 11 different airports from coast to coast; including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and – new for this season – Ottawa, making it even easier for our customers to experience this latest property.” << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: RIU Hotels & Resorts, Sunwing Posted by