IRAQ: ‘ RAF Tornados Second Air-Strikes in Iraq ‘


#AceNewsServices – IRAQ – October 01 – Tornado GR4 aircraft from RAF Akrotiri have completed a second round of air strikes in Iraq overnight.

Following yesterday’s strikes on the ISIL terrorist organisation, Royal Air Force aircraft have seen further action overnight.

Two Tornado GR4s from RAF Akrotiri, conducted an armed reconnaissance mission in support of Iraqi government forces west of Baghdad.

They were tasked to examine a location suspected of being used as an ISIL command and control position.

At the scene they were able to identify ISIL activity and two vehicles, one of which was an armed pick up truck.

Four Brimstone missiles were used to conduct a precision attack on the vehicles.

Initial analysis indicates that the strikes were successful.

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DETROIT: ‘ Eleventh Fire Damages Heidelberg Project this Time the Birthday Cake House is Set Alight ‘


#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (Detroit) – October 01 – Another house in the arson-plagued Heidelberg Project has caught fire.

A spokeswoman confirmed today that the house, known as Cake House or Birthday Cake House because of the many colourful painted cakes on its exterior, was a part of the famed outdoor art installation. Marketing Manager Katie Hearn noted, however, that the house is considered to be a periphery piece of the project.

The blaze marks the 11th suspicious fire at the Heidelberg Project or neighboring art installations since last year, Hearn said, noting that the organization is asking anyone with information on the fires to report it.

“At this point we’re really reliant on the ATF to work their magic,” she said. “We’re hopeful something can come of that.”

Firefighters were called to the blaze in the 3400 block of Heidelberg Street about 5:16 a.m. today, according to Detroit Fire Department Lt. Dereck Tharp. The house on Detroit’s east side remains standing, but fire damage is evident, especially along the side and around the front door.

Most of the windows on the house are missing, too.

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DETROIT: ‘ Judge Rules he Lacks Authority to Stop Water Shut-Offs Over Delinquent Bills ‘


#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES(Detroit) – Detroit’s bankruptcy judge today said he lacked the authority to issue a restraining order to stop water shut-offs over delinquent bills, saying that there is no constitutional right to water and a moratorium would be a financial hit to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.

“Chapter 9 strictly limits the courts’ power in a bankruptcy case,” U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes said as he read a ruling from the bench this morning.

While Rhodes’ ruling made it clear he understood the scope of the problem of water shutoffs in a city with deep poverty, he said the plaintiffs in the case — advocates including Moratorium Now, the Peoples Water Board and the National Action Network — did not make the case that a six-month moratorium was necessary or within his powers.

He also noted that Detroit and Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties are in the process of approving a new Great Lakes Water Authority under which Detroit would maintain ownership of the region’s water and sewer system but lease the pipes that largely serve the suburbs, in exchange for $50 million a year for 40 years dedicated to fixing ageing water and sewer lines. #ANS2014

WAYNE COUNTY: ‘ Judge Issues Gag Order on County Jail Construction Hearing ‘


#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (Wayne County) – October 01 – A judge issued a gag order at a preliminary hearing this morning on issues surrounding the case of two people charged with wrongdoing in the Wayne County Jail construction process.

' Steven Collins, 52, right, stands with his attorney James Thomas at a hearing Sept. 23, 2014, at Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit. Collins, Wayne County assistant corporation counsel, is charged with two counts of misconduct in office and two counts of willful neglect of duty as a public officer.(Photo: Regina H. Boone Detroit Free Press) '

‘ Steven Collins, 52, right, stands with his attorney James Thomas at a hearing Sept. 23, 2014, at Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit. Collins, Wayne County assistant corporation counsel, is charged with two counts of misconduct in office and two counts of willful neglect of duty as a public officer.(Photo: Regina H. Boone Detroit Free Press) ‘

In issuing her gag order, Evans ordered that defendants, their attorneys and prosecutors not talk to the media.

Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Vonda Evans also scheduled the next meeting on the case for Oct. 31.

Carla Sledge, the county’s former chief financial officer, and assistant Corporation Counsel Steven Collins are charged with two counts each of misconduct in office and two counts each of willful neglect of duty as a public officer.

Sledge, 62, now lives in Bonita Springs, Fla. She retired from the county about a year ago.

Collins, 52, of Grosse Pointe Park, is on paid administrative leave from his job.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ White House Urges Secret Services to Release More Information About Fence-Jumper ‘


#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – September 30 – The White House on Tuesday urged the Secret Service to release “as soon as possible” information about the incident involving a fence-jumper who entered the executive mansion, as troubling details about the security breach began to leak out.

“It is my view that it is in the interest of the agency in question and all of you for the information to be accurate and released as soon as possible,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.

“There is legitimate public interest in this matter because it relates to the safety and security of the commander in chief.”

The statement suggested waning patience within the West Wing for the press operation at the Secret Service.

In a pair of reports this week, the Washington Post revealed that Omar Gonzalez, a 42-year-old Iraq war veteran with a folding knife in his pocket, was able to get farther into the White House than previously thought.

Gonzalez apparently overpowered a female agent, ran through the main foyer and past a staircase leading to the private residence, and entered the East Room — a large space regularly used for public events and speeches. He was then tackled by an off-duty agent on the security detail for the president’s daughter. The agent was leaving work when he came upon the intruder, individuals familiar with the incident told the paper.

That account differed from public statements made by the Secret Service to reporters after the incident that misstated the extent of the security breach.

Associated Press White House correspondent Josh Lederman tweeted that the agency told him that Gonzalez was apprehended “just inside the North Portico doors.” NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith also noted that the Secret Service had originally described Gonzalez as unarmed.

Earnest sidestepped questions about whether he believed the Secret Service had deliberately misled reporters, saying the contradictions likely reflected the “chaotic” aftermath of the incident.

But Earnest added that such situations were precisely why he has so far declined to confirm any specifics about the incident until the release of a final report detailing what occurred.

By Justin Sink @ The Hill 

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INDIA: ‘ Narendra Modi’s Visit to US Opens Door to India for Business ‘


#AceNewsServices (Sponsored) – INDIA – September 30 – Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States has provided an extraordinary opportunity that deserves our attention.  At a time when the world seems beset by troubles, we have the chance to elevate relations between the U.S. and India to a new level – a new level that can benefit the citizens of both nations for decades to come.

The Modi government came into office this spring with the overwhelming support of Indian voters and the promise of job creation and economic growth – of less government and more governance. The information technology sectors of the U.S. and India have already demonstrated how both nations can benefit from collaboration and the exchange of products, services and intellectual talent. Today, 10 of the top 15 tech companies operating in India are American. And many of those companies are working to train and mentor people to become future entrepreneurs, IT professionals and students in STEM education programs.

To provide vital operational support to 96 percent of Fortune 500 companies and thousands of other American businesses, India-based IT services companies have invested more than $5 billion, created more than 280,000 jobs for Americans, and paid $15 billion in taxes to the U.S. Treasury in the last five years.  High-skilled IT professionals on temporary visas often augment the permanent U.S. employees of global IT service companies to support their customers’ in-house IT staff and management on major initiatives.  This gives U.S. businesses the specific type of support they require – where, when and only for as long as they need it – helping them innovate, enter markets, grow and create more American jobs.

No wonder that Secretary of State John Kerry commented in July, before the 2014 U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue, that “the dynamism and the entrepreneurial spirit of Mumbai and Bangalore, of Silicon Valley and of Boston – that is precisely what is required in order to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.”

Initial steps taken by Prime Minister Modi’s new government make this clear: India is open for business.  In the Strategic Dialogue, senior representatives of the U.S. and Indian government pledge to work together to address remaining issues such as taxation, intellectual property rights protection, FDI reforms, investment in infrastructure and manufacturing, and  the ease of doing business in India.  These talks have also produced encouraging signals for strategic cooperation in defence and other areas. 

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By Diane Farrell, Acting President U.S.-India Business Council – 09/29/14 02:49 PM EDT

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‘ Russia and France May Sign an Act on Transferring French-Built Mistral War Ship ‘


AceWorldNews – KRASNOARMEISK – September 30 – Russia and France may sign an act on transferring first French-built Mistral class amphibious assault ship to Russia in late October or early November, Igor Sevastyanov, a deputy director general of Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, said Tuesday (RIA Novosti) reported.  

“If France fulfills its obligations, then the transfer act will be signed in late October or early November,” Sevastyanov said.

Earlier on September 25, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said that the delivery of the Mistral helicopter carriers was expected as scheduled, with the first one, the Vladivostok, arriving this fall.

The second ship, the Sevastopol, is expected in 2015.

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