children as suicide bombers

children as suicide bombers

The majority of suicide bombers used by terror group Boko Haram to kill innocent victims are women and children, a US study reveals.

Researchers at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point and Yale University analyzed the 434 suicide bombings carried out by Nigeria based militants Boko Haram since 2011, and found that at least 244 of the 338 attacks in which the bomber’s gender could be identified were carried out by women.

Boko Haram’s use of women as bombers increased following the abduction of 276 female students aged between 16 and 18 from their school dormitories in April 2014. The Chibok Girls’ abduction prompted the global “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign.

“Almost immediately after the Chibok kidnappings . Boko Haram’s use of women suicide bombers skyrocketed,” says Jason Warner, assistant professor at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, the United States’ elite military academy.

The report suggests “that Boko Haram started using women suicide bombers after it realized the potency that gender and youth offer in raising its global profile after the Chibok kidnappings,” he says.

Youngest bomber aged just 7

As well as regularly employing women to carry deadly explosives, Boko Haram is also “at the forefront of normalizing the use of children as suicide bombers,” according to the report.

“Boko Haram has shattered demographic stereotypes as to what a suicide bomber looks like,” says Warner. “It is the first terrorist group in history to use more women suicide bombers than men, and is at the vanguard of using children as suicide bombers.”

Of the 134 suicide bombers whose age could be determined, 60% were teenagers or children. The youngest suicide bomber identified to date was just 7 years old.

Boko Haram has used four times as many young girls as it has young boys, according to the study.

They can hide explosives under their billowing clothing, or inside handbags, and in some cases have even strapped explosives on their backs with infant children.

There are also reports of men dressing as women to slip through security more easily.

The researchers also believe that women and children are more susceptible to Boko Haram’s recruitment efforts than their male counterparts, through violence, brainwashing or false promises.

Women and female children, in particular, are seen as expendable by the male terrorist leadership their vulnerability a destructive, deadly curse.

Researchers’ fieldwork for the study was limited because northeastern Nigeria where Boko Haram is based is notoriously dangerous for locals and foreigners.

“Media reports often did not report full details of the bombings,” says Warner. “Even getting approximate ages of bombers proved to be very difficult . and media accounts often did not even report the gender of the bombers.”

“In instances where age or gender was not reported, it might be reasonable to expect that the bomber was an adult man, and thus, age and gender were not newsworthy enough to report at all,” he says.

Matfess spent much of her time in the field conducting face to face interviews with former Boko Haram insurgents, victims and family members affected by Boko Haram’s reign of terror.

She said that as well as true suicide bombers, who are willing to die for a cause, Boko Haram also uses improvised explosives carried by unwilling victims and others coerced verbally, physically, materially or by violence. These are known as person borne IEDs, or PBIEDs.
children as suicide bombers

Coach Invests in New Campaign to Help Revive Ailing Brand

Coach Invests in New Campaign to Help Revive Ailing Brand

After a few rocky sales seasons, Coach is hoping to finally hit its stride this year. The brand, which started as a handbag maker 75 years ago but has been reinventing itself as a full lifestyle label, is introducing a new ad campaign to highlight Coach 1941. The new luxury line includes handbags, apparel and footwear. The push includes a 30 second spot which will begin airing in stores on Monday, ahead of the collection’s February sales debut. Print ads will roll out in February and March fashion magazines and be supported by global billboards and social media.

Campaign imagery depicts men and women dressed in bohemian, prairie like styles, such as floral prints, string bowties and flowing skirts, with a few edgy touches like leather motorcycle vests. An English bulldog puppy is also featured in some shots.

“Coach 1941 really remixes aspirational heritage with a downtown attitude modernizing and reinventing luxury and authenticity for a new generation,” explained David Duplantis, president of global marketing and digital and customer experience at Manhattan based Coach. He noted that the campaign was inspired by Coach’s September New York Fashion Week runway show the brand’s first which included a temporary glass pavilion set against the backdrop of the Big Apple. Many looks prominently display Coach’s saddle bag, which is meant to appeal to both male and female customers.

Mr. Duplantis declined to disclose Coach’s budget on the spring campaign,
Coach Invests in New Campaign to Help Revive Ailing Brand
though he did say it is at least on par with last year’s effort. The company spent $246.8 million on advertising, marketing and design costs in fiscal 2015, compared with $242.3 million in fiscal 2014, according to financial reports.

Coach, which operates about 1,000 of its own stores, has endured its share of missteps, as the brand lost value from too much time at the bargain table in off price outlets. In recent years, the company has appointed a new CEO and creative director in the hopes of turning the business around. For the most recent available quarter, Coach surpassed analyst expectations yet still reported a decline of 1% in net sales to $1.03 billion, and a 19% drop in net income to $96.4 million compared to the year earlier period. The company is also reportedly looking to sell its anchor stake in the much heralded Hudson Yards Manhattan mega project. Its stock lost about 17% of its value in 2015 and now trades near $32.

Luxury labels Gucci and Valentino have also recently debuted spring campaigns. The former has recieved acclaim for its quirky spreads in one, a model skateboards with a peacock. She joined Ad Age after a dozen years of writing for Crain’s New York Business, where she also focused on the retail industry. Neal Awards.
Coach Invests in New Campaign to Help Revive Ailing Brand

Chronic wasting disease found in Guernsey County deer

Chronic wasting disease found in Guernsey County deer

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has confirmed a case of chronic wasting disease at a Guernsey County hunting preserve. It is the second confirmed case of the disease in the state.(Photo: Michigan Department of Natural Resources)The Ohio Department of Agriculture confirmed the diseased deer was found at Dakota Outfitters, located near Quaker City. The deer was recently transferred from a captive breeding facility in Holmes County, Walnut Hollow Whitetails near Sugar Creek.

Both facilities have been placed under state quarantine and will be subject to increased monitoring. The quarantine will remain in place until the state believes the disease can no longer be transferred from either facility.

“While the confirmed case is unfortunate, this proves the necessity of testing and monitoring the health of captive deer populations in Ohio,” state veterinarian Tony Forshey said in a statement.

Chronic wasting disease is among a family of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, which includes mad cow disease. The diseases are caused by misfolded rogue proteins called prions. The disease is always fatal, but the state reports there is no evidence it can be transmitted to humans. People are still encouraged not to eat an animal diagnosed or showing signs of the disease.

Ohio’s first case of chronic wasting disease was discovered in 2014, also at a hunting preserve. In that case, the state eventually euthanized more than 500 deer at a Holmes County facilitybecause of concerns of spreading the disease. The state found a total of 19 deer with the disease in that case, including 16 found when the herd was euthanized.

Hunting preserves allow customers to pay for the right to hunt deer typically bred at what are essentially deer farms. The deer are often bred for larger antlers. Dakota Outfitters website reads in part that the facility provides “a geologically superior place to breed and manage MONSTER whitetail bucks.”

There are 29 hunting preserves in Ohio and approximately 400 breeding farms, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

The classic hunt at Dakota for a “super price for a super trophy” costs$4,500. The “Monster Hunt” for bucks scoring 261″ to 300″ costs $14,900. Larger buck hunts are offered, but prices are not listed online. Representatives from Dakota did not return a call seeking comment.

Chronic wasting disease has not been discovered in Ohio’s wild deer population. It has been found in the wild in Michigan, Illinois,Pennsylvania and numerous western states.
Chronic wasting disease found in Guernsey County deer

claims adverse possession on 3

claims adverse possession on 3

First there was the Boca squatter, the 20 something called Loki Boy who fancied himself the Norse god of mischief.

Now there the not so fanciful Jason Friedman, a father of three, who moved into a 3,400 square foot pool home in the Acreage claiming rights through the antiquated Florida law called adverse possession.

Friedman, 37, filed his adverse possession claim with the county on May 14 but had moved his family into the home on May 1. He changed the locks, cleaned up the pool, paid to have fencing put on the property and posted a note: the home had been taken under Florida statute 95.18. All said, he claims to have put about $8,000 into the home.

A Palm Beach County Sheriff deputy wasn having it. Friedman was arrested on the same day he filed the claim on charges of residential burglary, theft under $300, tampering with a victim and resisting arrest without violence.

The home in the 12000 block of 54th Street North is in foreclosure.

is not something I would ever recommend someone doing, said Friedman attorney Robert Norvell about adverse possession. legislature had created that ability for someone to take property, however, in a residential setting with a home, it is fraught with peril. to a sheriff office report, the owner of the house, Devon Anderson, found out about the infiltration from neighbors and went to the home to confront Friedman. Anderson said he felt sorry for Friedman because of his three children.

Anderson agreed to meet with Friedman, who offered him $10,000 to sign a quit claim deed to him. Anderson refused and later called the sheriff office. Palm Beach County Property records show the last purchase of the home was for $373,000 in 2009.

of our furniture and possessions are in the property, we sent in an adverse possession form notarized and filled out to the county tax appraisers office and we called the office several times to confirm the steps that we were taking were correct, Friedman said to his attorney in an email. posted no trespassing signs, told all neighbors on the block what we had done and posted the adverse possession form in the window for anyone to see. enforcement has been less lenient recently of adverse possession claims. Years ago, when the foreclosure crisis was relatively new and people were first testing the waters of the law, officers were reluctant to make arrests, saying the cases were civil in nature and needed to be handled in court.

The adverse possession law was created hundreds of years ago when hand scrawled property records could be lost or damaged. Allowing for adverse possession kept land in productive use when ownership was unclear, or, for example, the owner died with no heirs.

If the person claiming adverse possession stays in the home for seven years, paying taxes and caring for the property, he or she can take permanent ownership.

Norvell said Friedman had seen Loki Boy Boca Raton mansion takeover and thought it was a valid idea. Andre de Paula Barbosa, AKA Loki Boy, was booted from the property after only a few months when Boca Raton Police seized the home and removed his belongings.

thought he was doing the right thing in that he found the property abandoned and contacted the lender. No one wanted to work with him, Norvell said. was under the impression that once he was in the home, the lender would have to deal with him. He didn know (Anderson) was going to come and flip out on him. Follow This Story >
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China fines five phony Disney hotels

China fines five phony Disney hotels

entertainment company’s trademarks, state run Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday in the run up to the opening of a Walt Disney Co theme park in Shanghai. The hotels were located in Shanghai’s Pudong district, where the theme park is due to open next year.

Several calls to the Shenzhen Vienna Hotels Group for a comment were unsuccessful.

“Hoping to cash in on the resort and attract customers, [the hotels] not only infringed trademark rights but are also suspected of unfair competition,” the report quoted the AIC as saying.

The hotels were fined a combined 100,000 yuan ($15,656), it said.

Lin Haihan,
China fines five phony Disney hotels
director of the Shanghai AIC’s trademark office, said the administration was inspecting other hotels for possible infringements, according to Xinhua.

China has struggled for years to shake off a reputation for being a source of, and a market for, fakes, from replica handbags to knock off cars.

Disney, which is developing the $5.5 billion theme park with China’s state owned Shanghai Shendi Group, will be hoping it can tap into growth in the world’s second largest economy despite the country’s economic slowdown.

Disney earlier this year delayed the opening of the Shanghai Disneyland resort until the first half of 2016 from a previously scheduled start at the end of 2015. ($1 = 6.3875 yuan) (Reporting by John Ruwitch;
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Editing by Stephen Coates)

Coach launches online Factory outlet

Coach launches online Factory outlet

Coach has been slipping its iconic leather bags onto the arms of all aged ladies across America for years. The luxury leather goods company was established in 1941 and has been successfully in business ever since. With stores scattered across the country, Coach has also set up plenty of outlet shops to sell overstocked, discontinued and last year collections for a discounted price.

Now Coach is making it even easier to grab hold of a brand new studded handbag with their latest launch of an online factory store. The website will offer discounts up to 70% off their usual retail prices on a large collection of handbags, tech accessories, jewelry, sunglasses, shoes and fragrances.

In celebration of the online outlet, Coach is currently offering even more savings to their most coveted customers through a private web sale. Coach shoppers who are signed up on the store mailing list will receive an exclusive early bird invitation via direct mail or email to browse the online Factory store now until May 1st. Those customers will also receive an additional 20% discount off of their entire order.

The Coach Factory website will open to the public in May once the limited time private sale concludes. With enormous savings on a large assortment of classic Coach handbags and accessories, this is the perfect opportunity to get your Mother Day shopping done early this year. Visit the Coach Factory store here, and check out what kind of savings to expect in the slideshow of Coach Factory luxe goods above.
Coach launches online Factory outlet



Calvary Baptist Church, North Jones Avenue, Rock Hill: Judgment House presentation, “Behind the Family Portrait,” tonight and Sunday and Oct. 26 though 28. The eight scene walk through drama is about a father who takes his frustrations out on his family when he’s down on his luck. Sundays. For reservations, call (803) 412 1403. Donations: $5 a person. Concessions will be available. Not recommended for children younger than 10.

Friendship United Methodist Church, Neely Store Road, Rock Hill: United Methodist Women are taking orders for Thanksgiving and Christmas baked goods. Delivery dates are Nov. 17 and Dec. 15. Prices vary for items, which include pound cakes, specialty cakes, pies, fudge and cookies. To place orders or for more information, call the church, 324 0172. Wednesday. Cost is $3 for adults and $2 for children 10 and younger. Open to the public. Wednesday in the family life center. Menu: fried chicken, vegetables, biscuit, dessert, tea and lemonade. Cost for dinner is $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 and younger. Open to the community. No Wednesday supper, Oct. featuring games, costume contest, bake sale and hot dog plates. Admission is free.

St. John’s United Methodist Church, Oakland Avenue,
Rock Hill: Celebration Sunday for first through fifth graders, Sunday in Huddleston Hall. Wednesday. Oct. 27 with more than 50 vendors featuring jewelry, crafts, toys, lawn item, Christmas items, home decor and more, silent auction and bake sale. St. J’s Cafe will sell breakfast biscuits and vegetable soup, cornbread, tea and lemonade. All proceeds go to United Methodist Women’s mission projects. Oct. 27 in the family life center. Plates are $7 and include barbecue, slaw, baked beans, roll and tea. Sandwiches are $5 and pounds are $7. Dine in or take out. Orders can be faxed to 328 1933 by Tuesday. Ochoa, 366 5946. Sundays, through Oct. 31. Proceeds will go to summer mission trips.

Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill: Well known local pianists Ann Herlong, 2004 Van Cliburn international piano competition finalist, and Dr. Oct. 27. Bach, Franz Schubert, Francis Poulenc, Moritz Moszkowski and George Gershwin. The concert is the first in the annual Music at Oakland Concert series and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Class offers new angle

Class offers new angle

LEAD PILATES WELLNESSOwner: Jana DanielsonAddress: B5 3602 Taylor St. EastDESIGNS HAVE ARTISTIC LINETrish Hoffart has been designing and creating fashion jewelry since she was a little girl. Her passion for the art continues to grow.try to create beautiful jewelry for beautiful women, said Hoffart, who has opened Options By Trish Exquisite Fashion Jewelry Boutique on Eighth Street. is affordable luxury for every woman.Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Hoffart has been exposed to the artistic community. She has been designing and selling jewelry for more than 20 years, the last nine years spent in Saskatoon.Hoffart had been working out of malls, but decided to open her own retail space to have a more balanced me time to design and do retail, she said.Along with her own creations, Hoffart offers 13 different lines from around the world.The jewelry runs from everyday items to special occasions. Items range from rings to necklaces to bracelets to pendants and charms. She also carries designer handbags.
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China’s first lady sparks homegrown fashion frenzy

China’s first lady sparks homegrown fashion frenzy

In this photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and his wife Peng Liyuan, second right, are welcomed by Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, second left, and his wife Salma Kikwete, right, upon their arrival in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Sunday, March 24, 2013. Glamorous new first lady Peng has emerged as a Chinese diplomatic star, charming audiences and cutting a distinct profile from her all but invisible predecessors on her debut official trip abroad. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Lan Hongguang) NO SALES

BEIJING New Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan’s choice of attire has sparked a flurry of excitement over an independent homegrown label, an unusual phenomenon in a country where political figures are more frumpy than fashionable and wives usually shy away from the spotlight.

Images of Peng, 50, stepping off a plane arm in arm with her husband President Xi Jinping in Moscow on Friday have circulated widely on the Chinese Internet, prompting praise of her style as understated and sophisticated.

Eagle eyed fashion savvy bloggers identified the leather handbag she carried and smart, double breasted black trench coat she wore as items designed by Guangzhou based label Exception. The brand has been described as one of China’s leading independent labels whose simple but unique designs stand out in an industry dominated by Western copycats.

“First ladies are ambassadors of the culture and the design and of the soft power of a country. I’m glad that she chose to wear Chinese and take up that role of spokesperson for Chinese design here,” said Hong Huang, publisher of the fashion magazine iLook and one of the most popular microbloggers in China.

Hong said it was too early to tell if Peng’s high profile public appearance signaled that she would be playing a more significant role in Chinese politics than her predecessors, who unlike many of their Western counterparts have been largely unseen. “It’s good that finally China has a very pretty, very beautiful first lady and she can hopefully speak up for a lot more and complement whatever Xi wants to say, in a way, like all first ladies do.”

Online retailers have sought to associate their products with what news portals are terming the “Peng Liyuan style,” with searches for those key words resulting in lists of handbags and trench coats, many of which did not even resemble the items she wore. Heavy online traffic to Exception’s website has caused it to crash since Friday, with it loading only sporadically on Monday.

The impact Peng, a celebrated performer on state television, is having on fashion bears some similarity to trends sparked by Britain’s duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, who helped bring Brazilian born designer Issa to the world’s attention before her marriage to Prince William. American first lady Michelle Obama has also lent cachet to designer Jason Wu by wearing a gown he custom made to last month’s inauguration.

For its part, Exception appears to be gauging its next move. Chinese politics is a traditionally secretive world and the company risks sparking a backlash by associating itself too publicly with the wife of the head of state.

Some of the more conservative among the Communist Party might frown upon the commercialization of the first lady’s image or criticize such attention as being reflective of an excessively materialistic society.

Exception was founded in the mid nineties by a couple who shared a love of design and the rock band The Ramones, according to Hong. Chief executive Mao Jihong, one of the co founders, could not be reached on his cellphone. The label has expanded to become a high end brand with nearly 100 stores and retail counters in China.

Company spokeswoman Tan Yijia, reached in the company’s Guangzhou headquarters, said she could not immediately confirm that the pieces Peng wore on the trip were made by the label. The city’s quality supervision bureau, however, said on its official microblog site that it has confirmed that Peng’s outfit was made by Exception.

Despite Exception’s public silence, commentators in China’s fashion world are celebrating the attention on the label and, more significantly, the rise of the profile of a popular first lady.

“It’s the first time that China’s first lady appears like a modern woman. I think she dressed very well, with taste and confidence,” said Zhang Yu, editor of China’s Vogue magazine. “After so many years, we finally have a first lady who can represent us so appropriately. I think it is a landmark event.”

In this photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and his wife Peng Liyuan, second right, are welcomed by Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, second left, and his wife Salma Kikwete, right, upon their arrival in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Sunday, March 24, 2013. Glamorous new first lady Peng has emerged as a Chinese diplomatic star, charming audiences and cutting a distinct profile from her all but invisible predecessors on her debut official trip abroad. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Lan Hongguang) NO SALES

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and his wife Peng Liyuan wave upon their arrival to the government airport Vnukovo II, outside Moscow, Russia, on Friday, March 22, 2013. Russia is Xi Jinping’s first foreign destination as China’s president. Xi’s talks with Putin on Friday are set to focus on oil and gas as China seeks to secure new energy resources to fuel its growing economy. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
China's first lady sparks homegrown fashion frenzy

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