Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi reported to have been Killed
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Reuters on Tuesday that it had “confirmed information” that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed.
Russia’s Defence Ministry said in June that it might have killed Baghdadi when one of its air strikes hit a gathering of Islamic State commanders on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Raqqa, but Washington said it could not corroborate the death and Western and Iraqi officials have been skeptical.
Reuters could not independently verify Baghdadi’s death.
“(We have) confirmed information from leaders, including one of the first rank, in the Islamic State in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zor,” the director of the British-based war monitoring group Rami Abdulrahman told Reuters.
Baghdadi’s death had been announced many times before but the Observatory has a track record of credible reporting on Syria’s civil war.
Abdulrahman said Observatory sources in Syria’s eastern town of Deir al-Zor had been told by Islamic State sources that Baghdadi had died “but they did not specify when”.
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Pentagon: No information to corroborate Islamic State chief’s death
Iraqi and Kurdish officials did not confirm his death. The U.S. Department of Defence said it had no immediate information corroborate Baghdadi’s death.
Islamic State-affiliated websites and social media feeds have not carried any news regarding the leader’s possible death.
The death of Baghdadi, who declared a caliphate from a mosque in the Iraqi city of Mosul in 2014, would be one of the biggest blows yet to the jihadist group, which is trying to defend shrinking territory in Syria and Iraq.
(Reporting by Lisa Barrington in Cairo and Ellen Francis in Beirut; Additional reporting by Omar Fahmy in Cairo and Phillip Stewart in Washington; Writing by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
Southwest to begin $99 one way flights between Tampa and San Diego!
TPA lands nonstop daily Southwest service to San Diego
(June 22, 2017) San Diego, here we come! Today, Tampa International Airport’s largest carrier, Southwest Airlines, announced it will launch daily nonstop flights to San Diego beginning Jan. 8, 2018.
The new service is a major win for the Airport and the Tampa Bay region, especially for the business community. TPA research shows that traffic between the two markets is heavily driven by business passengers, with strong links between our defense, aerospace and medical industries.
“This service is going to be a game-changer for us,” TPA CEO Joe Lopano said. “Southwest is very committed to this market and this new flight to San Diego furthers that commitment even more.”
This will be Southwest’s 38th nonstop destination from Tampa International and its first on the West Coast. Mondays through Fridays, the flight will depart TPA at 9:40 a.m. and arrive in San Diego at 11:55 a.m., then depart San Diego at 12:45 p.m., arriving at TPA at 8 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, the flight will depart San Diego at 9:05 a.m. to arrive at TPA at 4:30 p.m., then depart TPA at 4:50 p.m. and arrive in San Diego at 7 p.m.
San Diego was one of three domestic targets presented to the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority Board in November 2016 as part of TPA’s five-year Air Service Development strategy. In less than eight months, TPA has secured service to two of the three on that list – San Diego and Salt Lake City – with service to Salt Lake beginning Dec. 18. Portland is the remaining domestic target market.
“This really is keeping Tampa on the grid, so to speak,” Lopano said. “It’s really important for us to be connected to these West Coast destinations as we grow.”
Internationally, TPA is targeting Mexico City, Lima, Bogota, Amsterdam, Manchester and Dublin.
The San Diego announcement comes as the Airport is experiencing record passenger numbers, including the busiest March and April on record with nearly 3.8 million passengers passing through our gates. Book your West Coast getaway to San Diego today at Southwest.com
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“We’ve talked about crazy trends many times on the show, but this next one may just take the cake,” says ER Physician Dr. Travis Stork. “This does not seem like a good idea!”
Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Kourosh Maddahi says it’s a terrible idea. “Teeth are not hard to move at all,” he notes – in fact, you can move your teeth over time just by pushing them with your tongue. This is why braces are effective, but it also means that if you move your teeth without knowing what you’re doing you can cause big problems
Teeth moved of out alignment throw off your bite, explains Dr. Maddahi. “You’re going to have gum recession or bone loss. Teeth become loose, and over time you can lose those teeth.”
Professional orthodontic appliances are designed to never go below the gums, because otherwise the gums could become inflamed and start overgrowing. But rubber bands easily slip under the gum and can cause enormous damage.
Dr. Stork notes that there are new options for moving misaligned teeth – you don’t have to choose traditional braces. “Please, in this case, do NOT do it yourself! Seek a professional’s help,” he pleads.
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I can not tell you how honored I have been by the hundreds of people who have encouraged me to run for Governor. Your kind words and offers of support inspired me throughout this process and I am forever grateful for your willingness to join me on this journey.
That being said, I am not planning to be a candidate for Governor in 2018. While I absolutely believe that the State of Florida needs a course correction and a new direction, the timing for me and my family would be a challenge. As the father of two daughters who are 15 and 11, the all consuming task of running for Governor would cause me to miss the milestones in their lives that I could never get back.
Furthermore, I have a job that I love. A job unlike many jobs in politics requires that I show up and do what I was hired to do. As the CEO of 4400 great city employees, we are focused on furthering the amazing transformation of Tampa that has occurred over the last 6 years. It is a job that I trained for, aspired to and am eternally grateful to the citizens of Tampa who gave me this opportunity.
For me, finishing Tampa’s next chapter is more important than starting mine. Absent extenuating circumstances, I intend to finish the job I was hired to do and prepare Tampa for the great things that are about to occur.
I am confident that there will be a number of good candidates on the Democratic side that can speak to the hopes and aspirations of our fellow Floridians. This is a pivotal election for our state and I stand ready to lend my voice to those who would articulate a message that would unite us as a state behind a common vision that ensures that we leave Florida to our children, not a state of diminished possibilities, but a state of unlimited opportunities.