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Virgin America US will disappear in 2019


The company was acquired last year by Alaska Air which decided to dilute the brand; After the purchase, the group became the fifth largest line in the country.

It was the first firm to offer Wi-Fi on board on all flights, satellite TV and plugs in each seat. But soon, everything will stop being part of the identity of Virgin America, because the airline, considered the best in the US, will disappear from airports in 2019.

Last year, Alaska Air acquired the company for a total of $ 2.6 billion, making it the fifth largest airline in the US, with 1,200 daily flights and a fleet of 300 aircraft. So far, Alaska Air had maintained the brand, but this week they announced that the parent company will absorb Virgin.

London attacker, Khalid Masood a delinquent with jihadist ties


Before he killed four people in the deadliest attack in the United Kingdom since the bombs that exploded in London in 2005, British intelligence officials regarded Khalid Masood as a delinquent who did not pose a serious threat.

Masood, who was born in the United Kingdom and later became a Muslim, had figured on the periphery of previous terrorism investigations, placing him under the radar of the British intelligence agency MI5.

However, the 52-year-old man was not being investigated as he drove Wednesday at high speed across the Westminster Bridge, lashing out at pedestrians with a rented vehicle before heading to the outskirts of Parliament, where he was shot down after stabbing a police officer disarmed.

Although among the people with whom he had a relationship there were suspected of becoming jihadist fighters abroad, Masood “never did,” said a US government source who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.

The Islamic state claimed Masood’s attack, but it is unclear what links – if any – to the extremist group. Police said there was no previous intelligence on their intentions to carry out an attack.

Born in Kent, southeast of London, on Christmas Day 1964, Adrian Russell Ajao – his original name – moved several times and had recently lived in Birmingham, central England.

Known by several aliases, Masood dragged a series of condemnations, but none related with terrorism, and it is not clear what was his professional occupation. In November 1983 the authorities turned their attention to him for the first time, after being convicted of vandalism, while his last conviction dates back to December 2003, for possession of a knife.

Few details have been officially given about this man and what could have prompted him to carry out the attack on Wednesday, the deadliest in Britain since the 2005 suicide bombing perpetrated by four young British jihadists, Life of 52 people.

“Our working hypothesis is that it was inspired by international terrorism,” Mark Rowley, head of the British police’s counterterrorism unit, told reporters, adding that the detectives were interrogating nine people under arrest after making two further arrests “Significant” in central and northwestern England.

Masood could have rented an apartment in the vicinity of the Edgbaston area in Birmingham, Not far from the Enterprise offices. This is one of the properties that were registered by armed agents.

On the eve of the attack, Masood spent his last night in a cheap hotel in Brighton – on the south coast of the country – where he ordered a kebab to take away, the Sun newspaper said.

World Happiness Report 2017: Norway is Happiest Country in the World, US is #14


If you do not care about the cold but look for a sense of community, faith in society, trust in your government, low inequality and economic prosperity – but not too exaggerated – go to Norway, the happiest country in the world.

This was determined by the new World Happiness Report 2017, which analyzed the situation in 155 countries . The report, compiled by the Sustainable Network Solutions Development (SDSN), was released by the UN on Monday.

Norway, with an index of happiness of 7.54 points, moved from the first place to Denmark , the other of four Nordic countries that occupy the first five positions. Switzerland ranks fourth. The ranking of the 10 happiest nations is completed by Finland , the Netherlands , Canada , New Zealand , Australia and Sweden .

The United States , meanwhile, dropped one position to 14th place.

This shows that per capita income is not the determining factor when it comes to measuring the emotional well-being of the population, according to the parameters used by the SDSN.

According to the report, Americans’ happiness score fell 5% to 6.99 points in the last decade.

The SDSN report was based on six factors to develop the ranking : per capita income, health and life expectancy, freedom, generosity, and social support in an environment of minimal corruption in private and government institutions.

The wealth of a country, although important, is not a prime factor in the measure of happiness , says the report. As evidence, it stands out that US income Rose during the last decade but the rates of happiness fell.

“Happy countries are those who have a healthy balance of prosperity, conventionally measured, and social capital, which means a high degree of faith in society, low inequality and confidence in government,” Jeffery Sachs, Director of the SDSN and special adviser of the Secretary General of the UN.

Not in vain do many Nordic countries, which promote a solid social security , occupy the top ten positions on the list. In these countries a sense of community and an understanding of aspiring for the common good is recognized.

The United States, for its part, fell in the ranking due to inequality, mistrust and corruption, Sachs said.

Extreme selfies have become a dangerous fashion in Russia


Alexander has a camera tied to the head and staggers on the precipice of a roof in a block of apartments of nine floors in Siberia.

“Are you recording?” She asks, just as her friend hands her a torch.

The orange flames devour her legs and suddenly leap in the air, like a broken warplane, shortly before landing with a blow in a deep pile of snow.

Surprisingly, he comes out unscathed (although it is difficult for him to breathe) .

The police tell the crowd of spectators that he has gathered around him to stop filming.

But, within a few hours, the images of his potentially deadly leap become viral. Several videos of the feat, filmed from different angles, achieve millions of views on YouTube.

Many are disbelieving. Others, angry. “Is this the stupidest antics ever made?” Says a headline.

In fact, the growing number of deaths and injuries suffered by Russians – after falling from buildings or jumping from trains running while taking pictures – urged the Interior Ministry to launch a national campaign to explain to people how to take “safe selfies . ”

Despite the deadly danger, those who risk taking these “extreme selfities” are attracted to fame and the possibility of becoming social networking stars. In many places in Russia, tall buildings are fairly accessible and the fines for trespassing are small or even non-existent.

How the Attack in Westminster Happened


At 14:40 local time on Wednesday, Khalid Masood, the man believed by police to carry out the attack in London, was driving a rental car in an office in Birmingham on Westminster Bridge near the British Parliament.

One witness said the subject sped up , set off on the sidewalk and began beating pedestrians indiscriminately. Two people, Aysha Frade and American tourist Kurt Cochran, were killed on the scene and dozens injured. A 75-year-old man, Leslie Rhodes, from South London, died the next day.

Witnesses reported seeing people lying on the sidewalk. One man pointed out that he saw a sports shoe on one side of the street and a body on the other side. The car subsequently crashed into the parliamentary lattice. Masood, armed with a gun, left his car and ran to the Parliament, where he was confronted by police. Police Keith Palmer, who was not armed, was stabbed and killed. Armed police officers then shot Masood.

US Toughens Grant of Visas After First Attempt


Following the immigration veto of six Muslim-majority countries, the Trump administration has ordered tightening the granting of visas for security reasons. In a series of diplomatic instructions sent by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, consular services are required to increase scrutiny and review applicants’ past, including their history on social networks if they come from territory that has ever been Controlled by ISIS (Islamic State) terrorists.

The measure, according to US media, will apply to almost all of Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. The 38 countries included in the visa grant program, which includes the European Union, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia and Chile, are excluded.

The order is framed by President Donald Trump’s obsession with securing its borders and minimizing overseas exposure. A move that has led him to make such controversial decisions as ordering the construction of a wall with Mexico, vetoing citizens of six Muslim majority countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen) or the ban on flying from 10 airports in Muslim and North African countries carrying electronic devices larger than a cell phone, such as laptops or cameras.

“Consular officials should not hesitate to reject any case that gives rise to security concerns. Any decision on a visa is a national security decision,” says Tillerson.

The scrutiny goes so far as to suggest that the interviews to grant the visa request the history of travel, addresses and employment of the last 15 years, as well as the emails, phone numbers and social networks used in the previous five years. This measure is awaiting further confirmation.

The memoranda provide instructions to implement Trump’s revised executive order of March 6 that temporarily prohibits the entry of citizens from six Muslim-majority countries and all refugees.

Immigration lawyers argue that such instructions could lead to visa applicants being examined on the basis of their nationality or religion and not because they actually represent a threat to the United States.

Ryancare was a Bad Mistake


How bad was Friday’s defeat of President Donald Trump’s health reform bill in the US House of Representatives? Very bad.

For the first time in 11 years, Republicans took control of the presidency of the country and the two chambers of Congress. Republicans outnumber Democrats in the House of Representatives by 44. For seven years, Republicans have openly called for the repeal of Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms during his presidency, known as Obamacare.

It wasn’t what Trump wanted in the possible new healthcare bill, but he at first, tried to push it to a vote anyways. Paul Ryan is entirely responsible for this first attempt to replace Obamacare.

Although after a tumultuous week in Washington, it is good to take a step back to see everything with a little perspective.

So the Health Reform bill had become something more than the first piece of important legislation driven by a White House and a Republican-controlled Congress. The reform was also a first key political test that came just when Trump should be at the strongest and strongest point in the exercise of power and as a cohesive agent of his party.

But even so, neither Trump nor Paul Ryan nor the Republicans who have taken over the reins of Washington were able to carry out the mission. President Trump needs to focus on what he promised and apply those principles that got him the votes to be the 45th President of the United States.