Kata Sarka made the claim about the 2013 encounter last May on Kasza Taxi, an interview show in the style of “Carpool Karaoke.”
Kata Sarka made the claim about the 2013 encounter last May on Kasza Taxi, an interview show in the style of “Carpool Karaoke.”
It might come as a surprise to some that France is the world’s biggest tourist destination in the world! Receiving nearly 20 Million more visitors annually than the runner up, USA. Doubly impressive when you consider that the US is over fifteen times the size of France.
SCOTLAND has so many eastern European criminal suspects that the Polish military has been called in to fly them home, the Sunday Express has learned.
Hundreds of overseas fugitives are being caught here and sent home every year with majority coming from Poland, South Africa and the USA.
Earlier this year, there were close to 400 live cases involving 62 different countries – either Scots who had fled abroad or foreign nationals wanted for often serious crimes.
The military flights from Edinburgh Airport – dubbed Con Air after the Hollywood movie – were introduced to keep costs down and cope with the soaring demand.
A Scottish Government report on international criminals, seen by the Sunday Express, states: “To facilitate the increasing number of extraditions to Poland and to reduce costs involved, arrangements have been made for Polish military flights to land at Edinburgh airport.”
Following the introduction of the European Arrest Warrant in 2004, thousands of foreign suspects are being caught and sent home from Britain every year.
Four years ago, the Polish authorities also introduced regular military flights from Biggin Hill airport in Kent to cope with a peak in demand.
An 80-seater Polish military twin-propeller aircraft was sometimes making two flights a week to Warsaw, extraditing suspects in crimes ranging from murder to theft of a chicken. Many of those extradited were returning to Britain within days.
Last night the Scottish Conservatives said it was right for the Polish authorities to foot the bill for the removal of wanted criminals.
Alex Johnstone MSP added: “It stands to reason that the more foreign people who come to live in the UK, the more there are going to be in prison settings.
“The vast majority of Polish migrant workers have been an asset to Scotland, taking jobs many people here have no interest in pursuing.
“But it is important that when crimes are committed, taxpayers shouldn’t have to foot the bill of keeping them in jail and they should serve their sentences in their native country where possible.”
However, the need for military extradition flights reveals the worrying level of international offenders in Scotland.
The Sunday Express can also reveal details of a new Home Office operation to catch foreign offenders who have committed a crime on these shores.
Operation Nexus was introduced by the Metropolitan Police in London and has since been rolled out to Birmingham, Manchester and now north of the Border.
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “We liaised closely with the Metropolitan Police prior to the roll out of this operation in Scotland in May 2014, to learn from their considerable experience when dealing with offenders who are foreign nationals.
“Police Scotland, in partnership with Home Office Immigration Enforcement Officers, have successfully removed a number of foreign nationals as a direct result of Operation Nexus. There are also a number of pending cases.”
A Scottish Government spokeswoman said it was an operational matter for the Home Office. The Home Office insisted the flights were under the remit of the National Crime Agency.
The news follows a damning report last week which exposed a staggering failure to deal with the soaring numbers of foreign criminals in Britain.
Home Office officials have lost track of 760 of the 4,200 offenders who had been freed back on to our streets by the end of March 2014 pending their removal.
The report by the National Audit Office said this figure included 58 ‘high harm’ individuals, a category that includes rapists, killers and drug dealers.
Prime Minister David Cameron blamed “obstacles” such as EU legislation on human rights and free movement.
His comments came as the family of murdered schoolgirl Alice Gross gathered for her funeral.
The 14-year-old went missing from her home in Hanwell, west London, in August and her body was found hidden in the River Brent about a month later.
Her suspected killer, Latvian national Arnis Zalkalns, now dead, was a convicted murderer who came to the UK in 2007.
Mihir Garh, Rajasthan
“The fort sits in splendid isolation amid the Thar Desert near Jodhpur. It looks like an enormous sandcastle, a mirage, and is not just a unique place to stay; it’s a shrine to the artistic and architectural traditions of Rajasthan in general and Jodhpur in particular.”
Planet Baobab, Botswana
“Botswana’s Makgadigadi Pan comprises the world’s largest network of salt pans – a thirsty, mirage-inducing landscape of flat, shimmering expanses under hard blue skies. Halfway along the sole tarred road through this arid moonscape, a statue of an anteater towers at the dusty verge. It is a surreal sight, and an appropriate signpost for the distinctive Planet Baobab.”
Prendiparte B&B, Bologna, Italy
“A medieval high-rise turned romantic hideaway, the Torre Prendiparte is unlike anywhere else you’ll ever stay. The living area is on the first two floors and comprises a snug, classically-furnished living room, mezzanine bedroom, and kitchen. Above this is the former jail where you can still see graffiti left by prisoners on the 2m-thick walls.”
Qasr al Sarab, UAE
“Rising from the shifting sands, Qasr Al Sarab appears like a mirage on the edge of the vast Empty Quarter desert. Outside high crenellated walls echo fortresses of old. Inside rooms continue the dream of Arabian Nights with sumptuous fabrics, carved Islamic designs, woven rugs, wooden doors and metalwork lanterns.”
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, Tasmania, Australia
“A stay at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge plunges you into the heart of Tasmania’s wilderness, with luxury that feels as organic as your surrounds. The cabins are nestled privately in the bushland, with wallabies bounding past the windows and wombats shuffling amid the trees.”
Free Spirit Spheres, British Columbia, Canada
“Suspended in the trees on sturdy guide ropes, Vancouver Island’s Free Spirit Spheres look like giant eyeballs peering deep into the British Columbia woodlands. Step inside and the handmade orbs – accessed via spiral rope staircases or slender steel bridges – are lined like comfy boat cabins with built-in beds and cabinets.”
Taskonak Hotel, Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey
“Göreme has dozens of beautiful cave-hotels but Taşkonak manages to dish up the cave-suites and stupendous views Cappadocia is famous for without breaking your budget.”
Thonga Beach Lodge, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa
“One of few such lodges within the extraordinary 328,000 hectare iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a Unesco world heritage site.”
Saugerties Lighthouse, New York state, USA
“Saugerties Lighthouse is a historic 1869 landmark that makes a wonderful base for exploring the scenic Hudson valley. It is 100 miles north of New York City, and the red brick building has played a pivotal role in safely guiding steamboats, barges and other vessels safely along the Hudson river over the years. More recently (in the mid 1990s), the lighthouse was transformed into a two-room B&B, providing safe haven of a different sort.”
The Gibbon Experience Treehouse, Bokeo Reserve, Laos
“The tree houses erected by conservation group Animo are a thing of architectural wonder, straddling the giant trunks of strangler fig trees. But more extraordinary still is that to reach these vertiginous eyries you’ll have to trek through the fecund realm of the tiger, then catch a series of exhilarating zip lines strung across the forest canopy, before flying into your night’s accommodation.”
UFO enthusiasts and researchers are claiming that a set of U.S. Navy photos taken in the Arctic region in 1971 show a large alien UFO flying over Arctic waters.
The emergence of the set of photos has generated some excitement in online alien and UFO forums, with many declaring that this could be the definitive proof of alien UFO presence on Earth.
The images shown below are believed to have been taken in March, 1971, from USS Trepang SSN 674 submarine, during a voyage from Iceland to Jan Mayen Island in Norway.
It is unclear whether the images are of the same UFO, but alien and UFO enthusiasts believe that they are evidence of alien presence in the Arctic region at the time. Some UFOlogists have speculated that the aliens were probably hunting for oil in the region.
However, some experts believe that the photos only give evidence that the U.S. military was secretly testing aircraft in the region. Some commenters have pointed out that the supposed cigar-shaped UFO looks remarkably like the Aereon 26, an experimental aircraft that was being tested in the early 1970s.
But others dispute the claim.
According to Black Vault, Alex Mistretta, a paranormal investigator, saw the images after they were first published by Top Secret, a French paranormal magazine.
Mistretta said he obtained information from privileged sources that the pictures were taken from the U.S. Navy submarine USS Trepang SSN 674 in 1971, and that the commanding officer of the submarine at the time was Dean Reynolds.
Express notes that U.S. Navy records confirm that USS Trepang was, indeed, in the Arctic region at the time, and that Rear Admiral Dean Reynolds Sackett, Jr., a native of Beatrice, Nebraska, commanded the ship from August, 1970, to December, 1973. The photos were classified “Top Secret” at the time they were taken.
According to Mistretta, one of the photos was inscribed with the words, “Official Photograph. Not to be Released. CT.” An online debate ensued whether all the photos were of the same UFO, and at least one UFO enthusiast proposed that the images were of a single shape-shifting object.
“These look like the real deal. Possibly a shape changer which accounts for so many, yet actually a single object. Some UFOs can function through and under water quite well. Makes sense I still put money on fracking connected to them.”
Commenting on the images, a UFO expert, Nigel Watson, author of UFO Investigations Manual, noted that “airship” or cigar-shaped UFOs have been spotted in many parts of the world since the late 19th century. One of the earliest notable sightings was during a polar expedition in 1908.
According to Watson, the frequency of sightings in the Arctic has led to speculations that aliens have a UFO base in the Arctic region.
“They are an odd selection of pictures that feature types of UFOs that have been regularly spotted by witnesses in all parts of the world.
Airship or cigar-shaped type craft have been reported since 1896 when there was a great wave of ‘phantom airship’ sightings throughout the USA.”
[Images via Black Vault, U.S. Navy]
For a fourth-grader in Italy, school lunch might include a caprese salad, local fish on a bed of arugula, pasta, and a baguette.
A school cafeteria in France might serve steak, brie, and a plentiful helping of fruits and vegetables. In comparison, a typical school lunch in the U.S. looks fairly embarrassing: Some fried chicken, congealed fruit salad, and a giant cookie.
These images are all from a recent photo series, created by the salad chain Sweetgreen, showing what school lunches look like around the world. Each plate is meant to be representative of a typical lunch and was put together by intepreting local government standards and studying Tumblr photos taken by elementary students.
“We wanted to look at how kids are eating around the world—not in a literal way, not that this is exactly how every plate looks, but as a way to relate to how we eat in this country,” says Sweetgreen‘s co-founder Nic Jammet, who started the company with his friends while in college because they were sick of their school’s own mediocre cafeteria food.
The company says that the photos illustrate the basic fact that we shouldn’t necessarily be eating the same thing in every location. “You should be eating what grows around you,” says Jammet. But they also show how far the U.S. has to go to give kids anything approaching a balanced diet.
Thirty-two million students in the U.S. eat cafeteria food each day. Compared to their peers who bring lunch from home, they’re fatter, eat fewer vegetables, and have higher cholesterol. Only 2% of middle school students actually attend schools that fully meet theUSDA‘s nutritional guidelines.
Sweetgreen, which operates a healthy eating education program in schools, argues that part of the solution is education. “Kids have been marketed unhealthy food in a really big way over the years,” says Jammett. “I think it’s time for healthy food to use the same tools.”
The US continues to hold the indisputable top spot in defense spending, designating more than the combined expenditures of the top 15 nations according to an annual report from the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
The IISS’ Military Balance, published earlier this month, assesses the military capabilities and national trends in defense spending of 171 countries.
According to the report, America allocated a cool $581 billion in 2014, surpassing the total combined Chinese, Saudi Arabian, Russian, British, French, German, Japanese, Indian, and South Korean military budgets by $15 billion.
China is the closest nation to follow the US at $129 billion — which is only 22% of America’s overall spending. The remaining 156 surveyed nations account for $342 billion or 21% of the world’s defense spending.