The Senate 's first joint committee hearing on the Capitol attack on Tuesday featured testimony from Capitol security officials, including former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, who resigned in January. Sund and others recounted the turbulence of January 6 in detail, including delays at the Pentagon after multiple requests for backup as well as what senators called "intelligence failures." The ex-chief defended the U.S. Capitol Police, blaming the pandemonium on a lack of "accurate and complete intelligence" across federal agencies. The Claim Mention of Antifa, a frequent scapegoat of President Donald Trump and his supporters for the Capitol riot, also made it into Sund's testimony. Conservative activist Jack Posobiec asked why no one was discussing Sund's alleged testimony that the Capitol Police "had intel that Antifa was part of the Jan 6 attack." He tweeted: "Are we just not going to talk about the fact Capitol Police Chief Sund said he had intel that Antifa was … [Read more...] about Fact Check: Did Ex-Capitol Chief Testify He Had Intel that Antifa Would Attack Capitol?
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There has been widespread speculation on the death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, whose death ignited an outpouring of emotion from Americans after he died following the January 6 Capitol riot. Sicknick, 42, joined the Capitol police in 2008. He was an Air Force veteran who served in the New Jersey Air National Guard before becoming a police officer. The Claim Social media users have issued different claims about Sicknick's death while some wonder whether he was killed by rioters or not amid conflicting reports. "Brian Sicknick was the capital police officer killed by rioters with a fire extinguisher," one user tweeted February 19. "Learned today that the police officer 'killed' by the rioters at the US Capitol building on January 6, actually wasn't..." another user wrote on February 23. "Narrative: Sicknick was beat to death Reality: He died of a stroke," another user claimed differently on February 23. The Facts The U.S. Capitol Police announced that … [Read more...] about Fact Check: Was Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick Killed By Rioters?
Apricot blossoms in Mu Nau Valley of Son La Province, northern Vietnam. Mu Nau Valley lies in sub-zone 13 of Moc Chau Town in Son La Province. Two kilometers south of Moc Chau center, the valley spans 200 hectares and comprises a 40-year-old apricot forest, a 25-year-old plum forest, and an old-growth forest. The route from the town to the valley is short but steep and requires excellent driving skills, often scaring first-timers. Leaving Moc Chau around 5 p.m, I was accompanied by Duy, owner of Pho Nui Tinh Yeu Homestay, to Mu Nau. He picked me up at the intersection near town and advised me to mentally prepare myself for the ride, an effort that would prove futile as soon as we hit the road. The higher we got, the more Duy revved his engine, with the slope becoming increasingly uncooperative. I was not in the least comforted by the fact I was on the back of a local's bike. At one point, I was shaking with my eyes closed shut out of fear the vehicle would flip over. As we … [Read more...] about Experience seasonal rebirth as spring descends on Moc Chau valley
The Hanoitimes - In this year's state budget plan, revenue from crude oil is predicted at VND35.2 trillion (US$1.5 billion), accounting for 2.3% of the total. As revenue from crude oil only accounts for 3% of Vietnam's state budget collection, a sharp decline in global oil prices has little effect on the country’s revenue, according to Vo Thanh Hung, director general of the State Budget Department under the Ministry of Finance (MoF). Vo Thanh Hung, director general of the State Budget Department under the Ministry of Finance (MoF). Source: MoF. However, as the state budget plan is based on oil prices projected at US$60 per barrel, a plunge in oil prices would no doubt negatively affect budget revenue, said Hung. According to the official Hung, there has been a significant change in Vietnam’s structure of budget revenue. While revenue from crude oil accounted for 13% of total budget revenue in the 2011 – 2015 period, the rate fell to 4% in 2016 – 2018 and … [Read more...] about Global oil crash exerts little impact on Vietnam’s budget revenue
Mercedes is allegedly cooking up a CLC four-door coupe, so we decided to share a render that could be related to some extent to the real deal. Mercedes is allegedly cooking up a CLC four-door coupe, so we decided to share a render that could be related to some extent to the real deal. Daimler considers there’s still room for expansion in the three-pointed star’s lineup which is why a rumor from last October suggested the C Class family will eventually gain a four-door coupe model. It will reportedly be out by the end of the decade and could be based on the long-wheelbase C Class sold in China. If the reports are valid, the model will act as a direct adversary for the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. Taking into account it won’t be out in the next couple of years, chances are it will in fact be based on the facelifted C-Class. It’s not really that hard to imagine how the CLC will look like, since it’s basically going to be a baby CLS. It will lose some of the … [Read more...] about Rumored Mercedes CLC four-door coupe speculatively rendered