Detailed look at the India vs Pakistan World Cup semi-final

first_imgThe India versus Pakistan World Cup match on Wednesday is being billed as the final before the final, having gained elevated status among the billion-plus people in these cricket-obsessed countries. A peek into the numbers -It was already the most discussed match in the World Cup, but it will no longer be just about years of intense rivalry or Sachin Tendulkar’s hundredth international century.Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani will attend after a direct invitation from his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh, giving the match a new diplomatic significance.In a cricket sense alone both sides will be under massive pressure. It is the first time they have met in the semifinal of the World Cup, though they met in the 1996 quarterfinal in Bangalore, which India won by 39 runs.This is the first head-to-head match since July 2008 which has taken place on the home soil of one of the teams. On that occasion Pakistan beat India by eight wickets in Karachi in the Asia Cup.Mohali is the border state of Punjab and this will be the closest Pakistan have been to a home game since March 2009, when the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team’s convey en route to a test match at Lahore led to the end of teams touring Pakistan for the foreseeable future.Master Blaster Sachin TendulkarThe teams have only met four times in nine previous World Cups and India have won all four games convincingly. Sachin Tendulkar has played in all four of these encounters, scoring 54 not out, 31, 45 and 98.In 1992 in Sydney, India won by 43 runs after Pakistan lost their last eight wickets for 68 runs. In a highly-charged match Indian wicketkeeper Kiran More made a frenzied appeal for a legside catch off Javed Miandad – Javed mocked him by leaping up and down. Tendulkar was man of the match for an unbeaten 54 and 1-37.advertisementIn 1996 in Bangalore India won the quarterfinal by 39 runs. Navjot Singh Sidhu made 93 out of 287-8. In Pakistan, crowds burned an effigy of Wasim Akram even though had not played in the game because of injury. It was Miandad’s final match. While announcing his retirement he took the opportunity to denounce the team management.In 1999 India won the Super Six match by 47 runs at Old Trafford amid high security because of the tense situation in Kashmir. India scored 227-6. Pakistan made 180 off 45.3 overs with Venkatesh Prasad taking 5-27.In 2003 India won by six wickets at Centurion. Pakistan made 273-7, with Saeed Anwar scoring 101. India reached 276-4 in 45.4 overs and Tendulkar was man-of-the-match for his 98 off 75 balls, laying into Shoaib Akhtar’s bowling despite struggling with cramp.HEAD TO HEAD ODIs: Played 119; India 46, Pakistan 69, NR 4In India: Played 26; India 9, Pakistan 17In World Cup: Played 4; India 4, Pakistan 0At Mohali: Played 2; Pakistan 2– In April 1999 Pakistan won by seven wickets in Mohali after bowling India out for 196. It was Virender Sehwag’s debut match and he batted at No. 7. Saqlain Mushtaq took 3-49 and Shoaib 2-18. From 34-3 Ijaz Ahmed and Inzamam-ul-Haq added an unbeaten 163 after Prasad had dismissed the top three batsmen.– On Nov. 8, 2007, Pakistan won by four wickets. India made 321-9, with Tendulkar out for 99 after edging Umar Gul to the keeper. Pakistan overhauled India’s total with a ball to spare with Younis Khan making 117 and Shahid Afridi hitting the winning run. The 322-6 is still Pakistan’s highest score batting second to win an ODI.– India have played nine games at the Punjab Cricket Association ground at Mohali, winning five and losing four, including two to Pakistan. Of the eight floodlit games, India has won four and lost four.– Pakistan has played six games here, all under lights, won two and lost four. Pakistan has batted second every time. Afridi has played in all six matches, spanning more than 10 years.– Overall 18 ODI’s have been staged at the PCA Ground. Of the fifteen that were floodlit matches, 10 have been won by the side batting first and the average first innings score is 253.– The two matches played here in this World Cup were both day games and the results went to form with South Africa beating the Netherlands and West Indies beating Ireland.– Once again all eyes will be on Sachin. He scored 53 in the quarterfinal win over Australia as a nation watched hoping he would reach his 100th international hundred. Will he make it against Pakistan? He has 32,710 international runs at 49.71 from 629 matches, with 99 hundreds, 153 fifties and 34 ducks.– He is the first batsman to cross the 18,000 run barrier, his 18,008 coming at 45.13 with 48 centuries and 94 half centuries. His average against Pakistan is lower at 39.16 and he has five hundreds and five ducks against them.advertisement– Afridi is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 21 at 10.71, including two five-wicket hauls. He has taken a wicket every 18 balls and his economy rate is 3.49 in his seven matches. Afridi has 313 ODI wickets and is the third leading wicket-taker for Pakistan. This will be his 300th ODI innings and he will become the ninth player to pass that mark, the second for Pakistan after Inzamam-ul-Haq. His batting has been a disappointment in this tournament, with just 65 runs off 50 balls in six innings, with a top score of 20 against Canada.– India have asked for eleven umpire decision referrals, resulting in two decisions being changed. Pakistan have asked for 19 reviews, seven of which were lbw appeals by Afridi. In total five of the 19 were successfully overturned, including two in Afridi’s favour. Simon Taufel and Ian Gould are the on-field umpires. Taufel has changed one of his seven decisions that were referred to the TV umpire, whereas Gould has had all six confirmed on review.STAT ATTACK India opener Virender SehwagVirender Sehwag needs two for 1,000 runs against Pakistan.Mahendra Singh Dhoni needs 24 for 1,000 runs against Pakistan and 67 for 6,000 runs.Gautam Gambhir needs 51 for 4,000 runs.Kamran Akmal needs 95 for 3,000 runs.Misbah-ul-Haq needs 51 for 2,000.Saeed Ajmal needs three wickets for 50 and Shoaib Akhtar needs three wickets for 250.Glenn McGrath holds the record for most wickets in a tournament with 26 in 2006-07. In this tournament Shahid Afridi has 21 and Zaheer Khan 17.last_img read more


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Dhyan Chand should have got Bharat Ratna before Sachin Tendulkar, say former hockey greats

first_imgFormer hockey players have revived the longstanding demand for Bharat Ratna to late hockey legend Dhyan Chand with some saying the “wizard” should have been given the honour ahead of cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar.Former captains Ajit Pal Singh, Zafar Iqbal, Dilip Tirkey and Dhyan Chand’s son Ashok Kumar on Sunday gathered at Jantar Mantar with other former players in the hope that the government will fulfill their demand and confer Bharat Ratna to the legend who guided India to Olympic gold medals in 1928, 1932 and 1936. (Former hockey players demand Bharat Ratna for Dhyan Chand)”We have all gathered here in the hope that dada Dhyan Chand gets the honour which is long overdue. But we can only hope that he gets it. It is the political will that matters. The same was the case when Sachin Tendulkar was conferred with the honour (in 2014). It makes no difference to his stature, whether dada gets the award or not. But he should get it as he is most deserving for the recognition,” Iqbal told PTI.The clamour for the award to Dhyan Chand has resurfaced after he missed out on the honour in 2013 when Tendulkar was chosen for the country’s highest civilian honour ahead of the hockey legend. Even the sports and home ministry recommending Dhyan Chand for Bharat Ratna did not prove to be enough when UPA was in power.Ajit Pal, who captained India to victory in 1975 World Cup, said Dhyan Chand should have been the first sportsperson to get the honour.advertisement”People world over know him. He is known as a wizard of hockey and we have heard so many stories about him. If any sportsperson deserves the honour, it is him. He should have been the first one to get it. He played and won gold medals when India used to travel on bullock carts, there was extreme poverty. His sacrifice for the game is huge. The earlier governments erred in not giving him the award. I hope this government rectifies this mistake,” said Pal.On Tendulkar getting the recognition ahead of Dhyan Chand, Pal added: “I don’t want to compare any sportsperson with him. Dhyan Chand played when we were still under British rule. The rewards that you see nowadays for winning medals were not there at that time.”It was an era where one played for the applause and not for monetary benefits because there were none. I hope he is not disrespected anymore and gets what is long overdue.”Dhyan Chand’s son Ashok Kumar said it is sad that hockey fraternity has been forced to repeatedly remind the government.”He has been a father figure for us in hockey. Countless have picked up the game after being inspired by him and gone on to bring laurels for India. They looked up to the era of 1928, 1932 and 1936 and it is still binding the game. It is not a good feeling that we have all gathered here to demand Bharat Ratna for him. The government should have decided on it long ago,” he said.”I don’t want to go into who got it before Dhyan Chand Ji. All we care about is that he should be bestowed with the honour. It is long overdue. Hopefully this central government will pay heed to our demand. If they don’t want to give, they should make it clear once and for all. We don’t want to be kept in the dark anymore,” Ashok Kumar added.Former captain Tirkey said Dhyan Chand not getting his due is a classic case of discriminatory attitude towards sports.”It is sad that we discriminate between sports. It is even sadder that we are demanding an award for him. He played when there was no recognition, no media. All I want to say is that we request the government to do the needful as soon as possible,” Tirkey said.Other former players in attendance were Ashish Ballal, AB Subbaiah and Mohammed Riaz.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

iPhone 8 schematics point towards an all screen bezel-less design

first_imgR.I.P Bezels. 2017 will be remembered as the year when smartphone design underwent a fundamental shift with near bezel-less designs becoming the norm amongst flagship smartphones. After the breathtaking Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6, the iPhone 8 is set to join the party with an all new bezel-less design.2017 marks the tenth anniversary of the iPhone. To commemorate the occasion, Apple is expected to launch a greatly improved device which is set to be a massive improvement over the iPhone 7. The iPhone 8 is set to come with an all new design, wireless charging, an OLED display and more.A new leak now gives us a greater insight into the design of Apple’s upcoming flagship smartphone. Shared by prolific leakster KK Leaks on Twitter, the schematics and renders point towards an all new ‘all-screen’ design with very thin side bezels. According to the schematics, the iPhone will measure in at 137.54mm tall and 67.54mm wide.Also Read: iPhone 8 rumour roundup: True Tone OLED display, wireless charging and moreThe schematics also point towards the device sporting a 5.768 display which is bigger than the iPhone 7 Plus’s 5.5-inch panel. The 2.5D display is rumoured to cover the entire front panel with the side bezels measuring as low as 4mm at their thinnest point.As expected, the iPhone 8 shown in the schematics is bereft of a physical home button. Apple is widely expected to embed the fingerprint sensor underneath the display in order to free up space for the new display.However, according to analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company, the company is apparently facing a lot of issues in ramping up yield rates of the new sensor and because of that it might be forced to abandon the radical approach and make do with a more traditional fingerprint sensor instead.advertisementHere we go #iphone8 #iphonex or #iphoneedition KK Sneak Leaks (@kksneakleaks) April 17, 2017At the back, we can see a vertically mounted dual camera setup. This design has been doing the rounds of the internet lately and seems to be more or less a given now. According to Ben Bajarin, the position of the LED flash in between the two camera lenses is supposedly to help facilitate 3D features and augmented reality.Apple is set to release three new iPhones in 2017 – updates to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in the shape of the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus and also a ‘halo’ tenth anniversary model called the iPhone 8/iPhone Edition.All three models are reportedly set to come with come with 3GB of RAM. While the iPhone 7s and 7s is expected to be offered in three storage configurations – 32GB, 128GB and 256GB, the iPhone 8 will only be offered in 64GB and 256GB.Past leaks and rumours indicate that the iPhone 8 will come with an OLED display, an Iris Scanner like the one found on the Samsung Galaxy S8, IP68 dust and water resistance, 3D cameras and a Smart connector for accessories such as a VR headset.Also Read: Nokia 9: Carl Zeiss cameras, Snapdragon 835 and everything else we know so farlast_img read more

World Athletics Championships: Yang Jiayu takes 20km walk gold in dramatic finish on Mall

first_imgYang Jiayu raced to gold in a thrilling finish to the 20km walk at the World Athletics Championships on Sunday but her compatriot Lyu Xiuzhi learned she had been dramatically disqualified when metres away from winning the bronze medal.Yang upped the pace over the last 100 metres on the Mall to power away from Mexico’s Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez and finish a mere one second clear in 1 hour 26 minutes 18 seconds, a superb triumph for the 21-year-old in her maiden senior championship.Yet Lyu, perhaps favourite for the title, did not realise she had already received a third red card for a late infringement — meaning automatic disqualification — as she was still racing home just behind Gonzalez.As she was less than 20 metres from the line believing the bronze medal was in her grasp, a senior official stepped out in front of her to confirm her disqualification.It meant that Antonella Palmisano, who had been broken by the leading trio just as they started the last of the 10 two kilometre loops between Admiralty Arch and Buckingham Palace on The Mall came home for the bronze in 1:26.36, Italy’s first medal of the championships.”I feel really excited,” said Yang. “I started race walking at the age of 14. Now I hope to be the future of race walking in China.”Yet she had time to spare a thought for her disqualified team mate. “I feel sorry for Lyu. Maybe she’ll get to win a competition soon,” she said.The result was also tough on former boxer Gonzalez, who had also missed out on gold at last year’s Rio Olympics by just two seconds. Her consolation was in becoming only the second Mexican woman to medal at the world championships after Ana Guevara, the former 400 metres champion.advertisement”I did all I could but the Chinese athlete was better in the final part. It was very close but we made it a fight to the line.”She, too, spared a thought for Lyu. “She is an excellent race walker who continues to work hard. It is a difficult moment for her but she’ll be ready and stronger in the next few years.”Palmisano, who was fourth at last year’s Olympics, was delighted to this time make the podium in unexpected fashion.”I was only concentrated on myself. I feel sorry for Lyu but I wanted that medal and now I have it,” she said.last_img read more

Today is National Donut Day and There’s More to It than You Think

first_img What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Photo by Marisa Morton on UnsplashPull up any calendar on the internet and you’ll be inundated with holidays for foods and drinks (we’ve covered most of them—we’re not above celebrating a made-up holiday if it gives us an excuse to eat or drink something on a given day). That’s why it surprised us to learn that an upcoming holiday, National Donut Day (yes, spelled as such and not ‘doughnut’) is actually rooted in history.National Donut Day—an ode to our favorite sweet and round breakfast item that is celebrated on the first Friday of June every year—was started in 1938 by the Salvation Army in Chicago as a way to honor the Salvation Army Donut Lassies (sometimes also referred to as the Donut Girls) who served up circular goodness to soldiers on the front lines of World War I.According to the Salvation Army of Indiana, the Donut Lassies were started in 1917 when:Helen Purviance, an ensign in the Salvation Army, was sent to France to work with the American First Division. Putting her Hoosier ingenuity to work, she and a fellow officer, Ensign Margaret Sheldon, patted the first dough into shape by hand, but soon employed an ordinary wine bottle as a rolling pin.Wikimedia CommonsOn their first day, the women made and served 150 donuts to eager doughboys. The next day, they doubled the amount, eventually serving between 2,500 and 9,000 treats per day. Other Lassies took up the cause, serving donuts elsewhere along the front lines. The donuts offered a small comfort to the soldiers—a comfort that continues through to this day.(Yeah, we were surprised, too. We thought this was just dreamed up by Big Donut, but no.We have to admit, too, that this is more surprising than the historical roots of National Waffle Day.)Today, the donut is used as a symbol of hope by the Salvation Army and a way to represent the aid the Salvation Army gives to over 23 million people every year.This year, the Salvation Army will engage in a variety of National Donut Day activities across the country, including:With the help of Entenmann’s, The Salvation Army will host 40 “Do Good Donut Parties” across the country, serving free donuts to more than 8,500 veterans.The Salvation Army in Denver, Colorado, in partnership with LaMar’s Donuts, has put on a week-long scavenger hunt leading up to National Donut Day and will use an Emergency Disaster Services canteen, or “Emergency Donut Vehicle,” to deliver free donuts to first responders on the day of, with the help of Donut Lassies.In Los Angeles, The Salvation Army and BakeMark will host the second annual Donut Eating Championship at the iconic Hollywood landmark TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.Continuing their annual celebration, The Salvation Army in Cincinnati, Ohio, will host an event in Fountain Square where free donuts will be provided by local donut shops.In partnership with Disabled American Veterans, The Salvation Army in Honolulu will serve free donuts to veteran patients at Tripler Army Medical Center.Lastly, both Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts will be giving away free donuts all day on June 1 (details for each in their respective links). If you’ve got a local donut place as well, check with them as they might be getting in on the sweet action, too. The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Chretien ignores lobbyist registrars inquiry on meeting with NS premier

first_imgHALIFAX – Jean Chretien has ignored a letter from Nova Scotia’s lobbyist registrar asking if he lobbied the premier about a port proposal during a recent closed-door session that drew a citizen complaint.The registrar of lobbyists, Hayley Clarke, asked the former prime minister about a March 21 meeting in Halifax with Premier Stephen McNeil and Transport Minister Geoff MacLellan.Chretien is an international adviser to Sydney Harbour Investment Partners, which has been seeking investor support for the Cape Breton container port project. Chretien is not a registered lobbyist in Nova Scotia, and both McNeil and MacLellan denied he lobbied them or discussed the port project.Following a complaint from a retired union activist, Clarke sent Chretien a letter providing information about the province’s lobbying act, and asked for a response by the end of April.“We ask they (Chretien) review their activities to ensure compliance and provide a response advising as to the results of their review within 30 days,” says a March 29 letter to the complainant, John McCracken.No response came, Clarke’s spokesperson told The Canadian Press.“There has been no response to the Nova Scotia’s Registrar of Lobbyists inquiry of the Hon. Jean Chretien following a complaint received from a member of the public,” Marla MacInnis said.The Canadian Press sent written requests to Chretien and to an associate who often arranges media interviews but received no response.Duff Conacher, the co-founder of Democracy Watch, said Chretien needs to clear up the issue before he resumes conversations with politicians in the province.“He should be showing and documenting that he has not crossed the line that the law establishes that requires registration. If he’s not going to show the registrar, then the police should give him a call,” said Conacher.McCracken said Chretien’s lack of response demonstrates that Nova Scotia’s lobbying law is “toothless.”He said his only option now would be to take his complaint about Chretien to the police, a move that he’s contemplating.“It confirms everything I predicted at the time when I got my response from the registrar, which was that they (the registrar) were going to contact him and he (Chretien) was going to laugh in their face,” he said in an interview.The day before the meeting, Chretien had attended a conference in Sydney and told reporters about his role as an international adviser to Sydney Harbour Investment Partners.When a Cape Breton Post reporter asked Chretien how he’d market the Sydney container port to the premier, the former prime minister said he felt the premier would be in favour of a provincewide approach to container ports.“He (McNeil) said, ‘He’s for the development and he wants development in Nova Scotia,’ and he’s the premier of all Nova Scotia. And there always competition between one city and another. But all the cities in Nova Scotia are in Nova Scotia, but he is the premier of Nova Scotia.”The provincial Liberal government has been cautious about the Sydney proposal, as a 2016 study prepared for the province and the federal Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency recommended against public money for a terminal that would compete against the Halifax port.As the interview continued, Chretien was asked if the province should invest money in the container port proposal, and he replied: “I hope so.”When asked about another project along the Strait of Canso trying to develop a port, Chretien replied, “So what? I’m working for Sydney. I’m not working for them.”Clarke has previously made clear there was little she could do to probe what had occurred.“The role of the Registrar of Lobbyists is to administer the Registry of Lobbyists. The Registrar is not an enforcement agent,” MacInnis confirmed in an email to The Canadian Press.A number of other provincial jurisdictions, including Ontario, and the federal commissioner of lobbying can probe citizen complaints and recommend police investigations.Conacher said in an interview that he’d encourage McCracken to bring the media reports regarding Chretien’s actions to the attention of police.“He can say ‘There’s this story, and there’s this law, can you please check into what the (former) prime minister’s been doing,’” he said.Conacher said in most jurisdictions, commissioners do an investigation and bring the matter to police if it’s considered a crime was potentially committed. He said Nova Scotia should set up a similar system.“They often do the front-line investigation that police don’t have time to do,” he said.Nova Scotia legislation provides for a fine of not more than $25,000 for anyone who lobbies without registering first.McCracken said he would have been content had Chretien registered as a lobbyist after his complaint, and agreed to follow the rules of lobbyists going forward.These include requirements such as documenting if he has lobbied provincial politicians or government agencies on behalf of his client.Nova Scotia’s lobbyist registration law says lobbying includes communicating with a public servant “in an attempt to influence” the awarding of a contribution on behalf of government.One of the definitions of a lobbyist under the Nova Scotia law is “an individual paid to lobby on behalf of a client.”A person who does this is required to disclose their name, address and the name of the company they’re lobbying on behalf of, and the “subject matter” of their lobbying and who they’ve contacted.last_img read more

RIDE Dance For Freedom Honoring Carrie Ann Inaba

first_imgRIDE Foundation (Robyn & Italo Dance Events), formed by Pro-Am ballroom dance partners, Robyn Shreiber and Italo Elgueta, has announced that its 2nd annual gala event, DANCE FOR FREEDOM, will benefit two of Los Angeles’ leading organizations who are dedicated to fighting human trafficking – CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking), and Journey Out.RIDE was established in 2016 to create one-of-a-kind dance events for difference-making charities, encompassing humane and ecological causes and featuring the talents of compassionate stars of the dance world. Dance For Freedom will be held at 6PM, at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, with a program featuring top dance and vocal performances produced by Tony Award-winning producer Scott Mauro.“We are thrilled to have both CAST and Journey Out as the beneficiaries of our 2nd annual gala event,” say Robyn and Italo in a joint statement. “CAST CEO Kay Buck, and Journey Out Executive Director Dr. Stephany Powell, are two incredible women whose tireless work and unwavering advocacy has saved the lives of many women, children and men. We both had learned so much from Kay and Stephany about this horrendous crime, and had the opportunity to experience the work that both organizations do to fight human trafficking. We are truly honored to honor them with the RIDE Champion Award,” they add.“Survivors of human trafficking are some of the most resilient individuals I have ever met- resilience that is strengthened by healing arts programs. Trafficked from over 59 countries to Los Angeles, CAST uses dance and music therapy modalities to bring healing and rehabilitation to survivors, and helps them build a community among each other. Dance is one of the unique languages that everyone can speak at our shelter, and demonstrates the extraordinary power of dance to support survivors in their journeys to heal and rebuild their lives, ” says Kay Buck. “There is so much more critical work that must be done to stop human trafficking, and help those who have been victimized. We are incredibly grateful to Robyn, Italo and everyone at the RIDE Foundation for choosing CAST as a beneficiary of Dance for Freedom,” she adds.“Journey Out provides girls and women the critical tools and support necessary to help them break free from commercial sexual exploitation and to rebuild their lives,” says Dr. Stephany Powell. “Each individual we help, is one step forward in ending the sexual exploitation and trafficking of girls and women. We are grateful to the RIDE Foundation for supporting our mission and choosing Journey Out as a beneficiary of Dance For Freedom.”Brooke Burke is Dance for Freedom’s emcee. Dancing with the Stars’ Cheryl Burke and actress Kate Bosworth are presenters. This year, RIDE will present Carrie Ann Inaba with its inaugural Artistic Integrity Award. The RIDE Artistic Integrity Award celebrates members of the entertainment industry for their outstanding professional accomplishments in dance and choreography, and for their heartfelt humanity that has made a difference for a multitude of worthy causes. Inaba, a veteran choreographer most recognized as a judge on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning “Dancing with the Stars,” as well as for her work on such popular series as “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” is a spokesperson and advocate for many causes, including Drea’s Dream, a national program that raises funds for dance therapy for pediatric cancer patients, as well as The Animal Project Foundation and Best Friends Animal Shelter, for which she serves as a celebrity ambassador. Actress Constance Marie will present the Award to Ms. Inaba.Dance for Freedom sponsors include Tito’s Handmade Vodka, LeNique exclusive designer dancewear, and doTERRA Wellness Advocates. Los Angeles magazine is Dance for Freedom’s media partner.In 2017, RIDE held its inaugural gala event, Dance for Africa. The star-studded event raised funds for the African Wildlife Foundation, whose mission is to ensure that wildlife and wild lands thrive in a modern Africa.Tickets to Dance For Freedom can be purchased online at read more

UN peacekeepers face armed groups and street gangs in Haitian capital

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Haiti, Juan Gabriel Valdés, told UN Radio last night that he met again with interim Prime Minister Gerard Latortue and other senior officials to discuss how to better control the situation.”I am more optimistic now on how we will manage in the future to ensure more efficiently the protection of civilians,” Mr. Valdés said in an interview given in French. But he warned that the situation remains volatile, especially as the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has deployed only 40 per cent of its troop numbers so far.Later this month, contingents from China and Pakistan are expected to bolster the international police force in Haiti, while military contingents from Morocco, Spain and Ecuador are scheduled to arrive by the middle of November.Mr. Valdés said political reconciliation between the major forces, dialogue with the former military and the disarmament of armed gangs were essential if Haiti, already battered by dire poverty, instability and the deadly effects of Tropical Storm Jeanne last month, is to overcome its latest problems.Last Thursday several police officers were killed during violent protests by supporters of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Four leaders of his Fanmi Lavalas political party were arrested by police at the weekend.Mr. Valdés stressed that MINUSTAH will do its utmost to establish constructive dialogue between the interim Government and the armed groups and to encourage economic opportunities across the country. read more

Energy Saving Trust research reveals the biggest environmental villain

According to Energy Saving Trust research, 27% of national carbon dioxide emissions come from the power we use to heat and light our homes, compared to 15% from transport. Of that 27%, around half comes from the home’s boiler and in one year each household produces around six tonnes CO2. That’s more than double the amount emitted from the tailpipe of an average car. The calculations show that swapping an old boiler for a new one will save more CO2 than swapping a 4×4 for a hybrid vehicle. It estimates a saving of 1.6 tonnes CO2 per year for each replacement boiler, but swapping a 4×4 (producing 194 g CO2/km) for a hybrid vehicle (producing 104 g/km) will save only 1.4 tonnes CO2 based on 16,000 kms annual mileage. New car carbon dioxide emissions – among other tailpipe emissions – are falling year-on-year, in every segment of the market, from superminis to luxury cars. 4x4s have made the best reduction in CO2 between 2006 and 2007, falling 2.7%, and since 1997 figures fell by an impressive 20% – which equates to nearly 60 g/km.  Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Performance will teach about workplace violence

A performance in Pond Inlet tomorrow will teach people about workplace violence and how to prevent it.Mirror Theatre will present “dis”Positions, a number of challenging scenes meant to explore issues of power and privilege in the workplace. The theatrical presentation is directed and facilitated by Dramatic Arts professor Joe Norris and will be performed by Brock staff and students.With new legislation around workplace violence, it is a topical subject, said Val Wolfe, manager of Health and Safety. The performance will deal with power and privilege and how it impacts other people’s perceptions.“The goal is to raise awareness of workplace violence in a new and different way,” she said.The event starts at 8:30 with registration and a light breakfast. The live performance is at 9 a.m., followed by discussion and audience interaction. It will close at 11:15 with a brief workplace violence prevention policy review.Norris is the author of Playbuilding as qualitative research: A participatory arts-based approach, which was released last year. The book just received the Outstanding Book Award of the American Educational Research Association.Spots are still available. For more information and to register, check out read more

Urban Meyer Indiana shouldve beat Michigan State

While Ohio State’s football team will be playing under the lights for a second week in a row, the mood surrounding Saturday’s game against Indiana might differ from the one that resonated during last weekend’s 63-38 win against Nebraska. After back-to-back wins against ranked Big Ten competition vaulted the Buckeyes to No. 8 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, coach Urban Meyer said he’s concerned that his team might overlook an unranked Hoosiers squad. It’s an issue that Meyer addressed as a “huge concern” Wednesday night. “(Indiana) has played better,” Meyer said. “This team took – should’ve – beat Michigan State.” OSU, which matched its six wins from 2011 last Saturday, will travel to Bloomington, Ind., in just its second road game of the year for an 8 p.m. tilt with the 2-3 Hoosiers. Making it to 7-0, though, might not come as easily as some have suggested. Junior running back Carlos Hyde said it’s easy to forget that Indiana nearly beat Michigan State a week after the Buckeyes defeated the Spartans in East Lansing, Mich. “I don’t try to take any team lightly,” Hyde said. “I mean, you just can’t overlook them. Indiana is a good team. They played Michigan State great, they came out strong against Michigan State, and, you know, we beat Michigan State by a point, you know, they was beating Michigan State all the way into the fourth quarter.” Likewise, redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby said the Buckeyes aren’t going to overlook the Hoosiers. “(Indiana) is a better team than last year and last year we were losing to them for a little while,” Roby said. “We’re not going to take them for granted, we’re gonna go in and gonna make sure we try to make as many plays as early as possible to shut down any momentum they might be able to get.” OSU beat Indiana 34-20 at Ohio Stadium last season. Sometimes, Meyer said, wins can be taken for granted and the first-year coach said he’s been guilty of such a charge before. “It happened with me,” he said, “and it won’t happen again.” Hall likely out, Barnett back Meyer said senior running back and captain Jordan Hall likely won’t play in the Buckeyes’ game against Indiana. “He’s just not full speed,” Meyer said. “(He’s) doubtful for this week.” Junior safety C.J. Barnett, however, will play, Meyer said. “(He’s) about full speed,” Meyer said. “He’s playing.” Replacing Sabino After redshirt senior linebacker and captain Etienne Sabino left last Saturday’s game against Nebraska with a broken right fibula, Meyer said OSU hasn’t finalized anything yet as to who will be stepping into the vacancy left by the the Miami, Fla., native. Meyer, though, said freshman linebacker Joshua Perry, who saw substantial action Saturday, is getting better, as is fellow freshman linebacker David Perkins and senior linebacker Storm Klein. The coach said he went back and “did homework” on the recruitment of linebackers and noticed “out of the last 10 guys (recruited), only two are really playing.” The depth of OSU’s linebackers, Meyer said, is a concern. “We got to get some guys going, they got to get going,” he said. “That position is not Ohio State standard right now, not depth-wise.” Hyde ready for more touches After toting the ball 28 times for 140 rushing yards and four touchdowns against the Cornhuskers, Hyde said he’s fine carrying a load for the Buckeyes’ offense. “That’s part of being a running back carrying the ball that many times,” Hyde said. “I’m ready and excited for that.” read more

Islamic State recruiting child refugees as they head to Europe

first_imgHundreds of asylum-seeking young people are going missing from care once they arrive in Britain, amid concerns they have been targeted for radicalisation by extremist groups during their journey to the UK, a think tank report has warned.Militant groups such as Islamic State are deliberately preying on vulnerable young people for recruitment, as they make the perilous journey across the Middle East and north Africa, to Europe.Extremists try to “buy” the allegiance of migrants and make them feel indebted, by working with people traffickers and funding their travel, the research by the Quilliam Foundation found. Hundreds of young people are then dropping out of the asylum system when they arrive in the UK because they fear they will be sent home. Once beyond sight of the authorities, they may then regain contact with the smuggling networks and extremists they met on their way.Nikita Malik, lead author of the report and a senior researcher with the counter extremism think tank, said young people risked “falling back into the hands of traffickers and extremists who have helped them. It’s almost a sense of debt.”More than 340 unaccompanied asylum seeking children went missing in the first nine months of 2015, double the number from a year earlier. By the end of 2015, 132 were still missing.Young people are being targeted in refugee camps in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, and also as they pass through Libya. The report found Islamic State was offering free passage for those crossing the Libyan deserts, if they pledged allegiance.It found: “Though a particular individual may refuse to join the organisation’s ranks at previous stages, exhaustion, insecurity and an increasing sense of physical and financial difficulty as a result of the journey may encourage refugees to join at a later date.”Once at the Mediterranean coast, Islamic State offers up to £800 to join up.The report found: “For many refugees, joining Islamic State is a more certain source of income compared to attempting to obtain a job after reaching the EU by way of crossing international borders.”Islamic States is “clearly aware of the value of these refugee routes for the purposes of recruitment and for exporting their operatives into Europe”.The research found children and young people, sometimes travelling alone and often uneducated, are particularly prone to propaganda.Islamic State sees children it has recruited and indoctrinated “as an important resource”.The researchers found “Children are easier to indoctrinate, intimidate, and mould, requiring less by way of resources and money.”“Young people, whose daily lives are significantly disrupted by conflict, can also at times gravitate towards violent groups to attain greater status within their families, searching for a sense of usefulness within their family unit in the face of a potential feeling of being a burden.” Refugees and migrants are being paid 3850 to join Islamic State once they reach the Libyan coast, the Quilliam Foundation reportsCredit:Santi Palacios/AP In this photo taken on Saturday Sept. 10, 2016, African refugees and migrants wait aboard a partially punctured rubber boat to be assisted, during a rescue operation on the Mediterranean Sea, about 13 miles North of Sabratha, Libya Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Westminster terror attack Driver arrested after car mows down cyclists and ploughs into

A terror suspect arrested after a car crashed into a barrier at the Houses of Parliament at high speed is not believed to be known to the security services, police have said.At least three people were injured when the silver Ford Fiesta hit a group of cyclists and pedestrians waiting for traffic lights to change. Rooftop camera footage shows the car mounting a pavement on the wrong side of the road before, witnesses said, it travelled at up to 50mph for around 40 metres (130ft) and hit a bollard.Scotland Yard said a man in his late 20s was arrested after the incident at around 7.30am on Tuesday. The suspect was taken to a south London police station, where he remains on suspicion of terrorism offences. He is not co-operating with officers.Meanwhile, as Theresa May warned of the “severe” threat facing Britain, new figures showed a sharp rise in terrorism investigations, with the number of live cases of suspected plots rising from more than 500 in March to 676 by the end of June.The Met’s counter-terrorism command is leading the investigation into the latest attack. Officers are seeking to formally identify the suspect, but “don’t believe this person is known to either MI5 or counter-terrorism police”.The suspect is reported to be from the Midlands and it is believed that he might have travelled to London from Birmingham. Metropolitan Police statement as man arrestedThe man arrested over the Westminster car crash is in his 20s and is being held on suspicion of terrorist offences, Scotland Yard said. It said in a statement: “At 07:37hrs on Tuesday 14 August, a silver Ford Fiesta collided with a number of cyclists and pedestrians, before crashing into barriers outside the Houses of Parliament.”The driver of the car, a man in his late 20s, was arrested at the scene by armed officers. He has been taken to a south London police station where he remains in police custody.”He was arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences.”There was nobody else in the vehicle, which remains at the scene and is being searched. No weapons have been recovered at this stage.” Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood, who was branded a hero after stepping in to help emergency services in the wake of the 2017 attack outside Parliament, said today’s incident was a “stark reminder of the threats we continue to face”. He wrote on Twitter: 11:54AMPolice ‘don’t believe suspect is known to counter-terror officers or MI5’ 2:05PMUS ambassador: America’s prayers are with all the innocent people hurt Scotland Yard said in a new statement: “At 07:37hrs on Tuesday 14 August, a silver Ford Fiesta collided with a number of cyclists and pedestrians, before crashing into barriers outside the Houses of Parliament.”The driver of the car, a man in his late 20s, was arrested at the scene by armed officers. He has been taken to a south London police station where he remains in police custody.”He was arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences. There was nobody else in the vehicle, which remains at the scene and is being searched. No weapons have been recovered at this stage.” Witness Kirsty Moseley, 31, was sitting in a car behind the cyclists at the traffic lights.She said: “The first thing we noticed was his car driving at high speed into the cyclists. Then he went straight through them and rather than continuing and hitting us he swerved and went over the central reservation. “The cyclists were scattered everywhere and then we just heard this huge bang. That’s when we looked round and he had driven into the barriers. One cyclist got up and started screaming at him to come back. We were all in shock at that point.“There was an ambulance that happened to be driving past at that very moment, so it was there to help the injured within seconds. Then the police were there so quickly and there were so many of them.” The car, circled, drives past Westminster Abbey Armed police surround the driver outside the Houses of ParliamentCredit:ITV supplied by Pixel8000  Westminster 3 And a television cameraman who happened to be on the scene described the dramatic moment armed police swooped on the car, reports Patrick Sawer.Donovan Parsons, who was filming for ITN nearby, said: “We saw people running away from the crash and quickly realised it was more than just an accident.“As I got there I saw a silver car smoking against the barrier at the entrance to Westminster Palace and armed police scouting the area.“Then four 4×4 police vehicles turned up and armed cops jumped out and pointed their guns inside the car. They then dragged this guy out and I could see them pointing their guns inside the car. That’s when we got pushed back behind the cordons.”Video: ITN cameraman on what he saw unfold Police recover the car driven by a 29-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of preparing an act of terror in WestminsterCredit:PA Aerial circled Armed police outside St Thomas's hospital in Westminster after a car crashed into a security barrier in Parliament Square And Vince Cable, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “Thank goodness the barriers are in place and worked.” Meanwhile, Westminster Tube station has reopened and the Met Police said: “We are now in the process of removing our wider cordons, thanks for your patience and understanding.”The immediate scene, Abingdon Street, between Parliament Square and Horseferry Road, j/w Lambeth Bridge, will remain cordoned off for some time.” Parliament Square was evacuated as a large number of police cars descended on the heart of Westminster, which has seen heightened security since the Westminster Bridge attack in March 2017. Streets around Parliament Square, Millbank and Victoria Tower Gardens were also cordoned off as dozens of armed police swooped on the scene.A series of ambulances had been sent to the scene and the London Ambulance Service said two people were treated for injuries that are not thought to be serious and taken to hospital. A third person was assessed for minor injuries at the scene.’It looked deliberate… he hit bollard at 50mph’Local businessman Jason Williams was walking to work when he saw the crash unfold.The 45-year-old, from Kennington, south London, said: “He had driven it at speed – more than 40 mph. There was smoke coming out of the car.”He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: “I have seen people on the ground, lying on the road. I don’t know if they have actually been hit by the vehicle or not. I saw at least 10 people lying down.”I was told basically to move away, to run. I have run for my life.” The Houses of Parliament are surrounded with security barriers of steel and concrete.The measures were extended in the wake of the Westminster Bridge attack in March 2017, when Khalid Masood ploughed a car into crowds on Westminster Bridge, killing four people.Masood abandoned his car then stabbed and killed unarmed Pc Keith Palmer before he was shot by armed police in a courtyard outside Parliament.  Streets around Westminster were cordoned off amid the police operationCredit:Sam Lister /PA A police officer jumps a barrier as the car approaches Terrible events at Westminster. America’s prayers are with all the innocent people hurt this morning. As the investigation continues, one thing is clear: the police, the paramedics, the ambulance drivers – they ALWAYS do this country proud.— Ambassador Johnson (@USAmbUK) August 14, 2018 Scores of commuters on foot and cycling arrived at the police tape trying to get to work.Workers at Portcullis House have been allowed through the extended cordon and were seen queuing to get into the building. Westminster 5 Mr Williams told Good Morning Britain: “I saw a car going at high speed towards Parliament. It hit a bollard.”He added: “It looked deliberate. It didn’t look like an accident. How do you do that by accident? It was a loud bang.”Mr Williams added: “He’s obviously gone into the bollard at high speed.”It seemed it was about 40-50mph, there wasn’t any shouting or anything – I’ve seen smoke coming from the vehicle.”He did get out [of the car], I was behind and I did hear a loud bang and I’m seeing what’s going on, but I couldn’t hear if the police asked him to get out. The specialists came soon after, I’d say within 5-9 minutes.”He said the suspect was quiet when he was taken away by the police. 1:40PMFiesta remains near Parliament as forensics officers work at scene A circled aerial image shows where the car ended up after the attackCredit:pixel GRG Armed police surround the driver outside the Houses of Parliament US President Donald Trump, referring to the Westminster car attack said “these animals are crazy”. Mr Trump wrote on Twitter: Westminster arrest 10:37AMPolice treating Westminster car crash as terror attack A bicycle lies on the ground after the Westminster attack Police forensics officers surround the car where it crashed on Tuesday morning Armed police in Parliament Square Meanwhile, witness Ewelina Ochab said the vehicle did not appear to have a front registration plate when it crashed, adding: “The person driving did not go out.”She said: “I think it looked intentional – the car drove at speed and towards the barriers.”I was walking on the other side [of the road]. I heard some noise and someone screamed. I turned around and I saw a silver car driving very fast close to the railings, maybe even on the pavement.””The person driving did not go out” of the vehicle, she said. The remaining patient being treated by medics is at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London, a spokeswoman for Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has said.A statement added: “We can confirm that we have received one patient from this morning’s incident in Westminster Witness Barry Williams said the car had accelerated towards the barrier after hitting the cyclists.”I turned round to see a silver car heading towards the cyclists on the wrong side of the road, they were parked waiting for the lights to change,” he told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. “He hit the cyclists then swerved over towards where the safety barrier is…. and accelerated and hit it at quite a high speed.”I wasn’t sure whether he meant to hit the cyclists, they might have just been in the way, but once he did, he accelerated towards the barrier. Assistant Director of Operations Peter Rhodes said: “We were called at 7.40am today (14 August) to reports of an incident on St Margaret Street, SW1. “We sent a number of resources to the scene including three ambulance crews, responders in cars and an incident response officer.”We have treated two people at the scene for injuries that are not believed to be serious and have taken them to hospital.” Westminster Injured pedestrians can be seen at the top of the shot - around 40 metres from where the car crashed into a barrier The force spokesman added: “At this stage, we are treating this as a terrorist incident and the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command is now leading the investigation.”Ambulance service: Three injured people treatedTwo people were treated at the scene in Westminster for injuries that are not thought to be serious, London Ambulance Service said.A third person was assessed for minor injuries but not taken to hospital. 3:28PM’Cyclists were scattered everywhere… then we heard this huge bang’ 2:50PMVideo: Minute-by-minute – how the crash unfolded Injured cyclists on the ground after the car crashed into them Bicycles lie on the ground at the scene of the crash outside the Houses of Parliament  1:51PMPolice have stopped 17 terror plots in 18 months A meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra committee will be held at 2pm to discuss the crash outside Parliament.Meanwhile, we are expected to hear from Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Specialist Operations Neil Basu outside New Scotland Yard shortly. No one else was in the car and police said no weapons had been recovered from the scene.Speaking outside New Scotland Yard, Neil Basu, the Met’s Assistant Commissioner for counter-terrorism, said police and the intelligence services were working to establish if the suspect was part of a wider terror cell and if he had received assistance from others in planning the attack.Mr Basu said: “It appears to have been a deliberate act, but what the motive was we can’t answer at the moment. We haven’t formally identified the suspect, but we don’t believe he’s known to MI5.”He added the attacker was not been pursued by police before he struck the entrance to the Palace of Westminster and that the blue lights seen behind him in footage of the incident were those of an ambulance coincidentally answering a separate emergency call. 2:44PMWestminster council leader: Our democracy, and our way of life, will continue to defy those who try to undermine it Armed police surround the car outside the Houses of Parliament A police officer in a forensics suit next to the car used in the attackCredit:HENRY NICHOLLS /Reuters 9:38AMMet’s counter-terror command now leading investigation 1:06PMDonald Trump: Terrorist ‘animals are crazy… and must be dealt with through toughness’ Police forensics officers surround the car where it crashed on Tuesday morningCredit:Victoria Jones /PA Armed police outside St Thomas’s hospital in Westminster after a car crashed into a security barrier in Parliament SquareCredit:Rob Pinney/LNP  Armed police point a gun at the male driver as they surround the car outside the Houses of ParliamentCredit:ITV WESTMINSTER INCIDENT:A stark reminder of the threats we continue to face, the need to remain vigilant and the professionalism of @metpoliceuk in once again swiftly and courageously responding to what looks like a crude and deliberate attack on Parliament.#westminster— Tobias Ellwood (@Tobias_Ellwood) August 14, 2018 The force spokesman added: “At this stage, we are treating this as a terrorist incident and the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command is now leading the investigation.” He added: “The police were very fast, they vaulted over the safety barrier and headed towards the car.”What also happened was the police started to head away to block off people heading towards us. The cyclists…there was a few on the ground, some were holding their arms, there was bikes everywhere. It was frightening.”Mr Williams added: “There was about 10 cyclists waiting for the lights to change… he hit about four or five – one of the cyclists got up and was about to chase the car.” On the driver, she said: “I saw him drive past. He wasn’t shouting and he just had two hands on the wheel. He was just staring straight ahead. He looked quite sure. He was just peering over the steering wheel. He knew what he was doing and he was focused on what was in front of him rather than being erratic or shouting. “After seeing how he drove into them, we are amazed that only one woman has been seriously injured.”Miss Moseley was on her way to work in Oxford Circus with her husband, Patrick Moseley, 34, from their Brixton home. “We don’t usually drive,” she said. “We usually cycle, but for some reason we decided to drive this morning.” Responding to the attack, Nickie Aiken, the leader of Westminster City Council, said: “Our thoughts are with those hurt and our thanks to the brilliant emergency services who were so quickly at the scene.  “The House of Commons was targeted again today – as it was last year – but our democracy, and our way of life, will continue to defy those who try to undermine it.“The safety of the people who live, work and visit in Westminster remains our priority and we will work to ensure our capital remains a welcoming city.” 12:34PMRemaining patient treated at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington Neil Basu, Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and counter-terrorism head, is giving an update outside New Scotland Yard. He has said: One woman is being treated for serious but not life-threatening injuries. Another person has been discharged The arrested man is in his late 20s “Given that this appears to be a deliberate act, the method and the iconic site… this is being treated as a terrorist attack” No other suspects have been identified and there is “no intelligence at this time of further danger” to Londoners or the rest of the UK connected to this incident The vehicle is vehicle is being searched. No weapons have been found Police are seeking to identify the suspect and “his motivation if possible” Mr Basu added that the suspect was not co-operating with police and had not yet been formally identified But on the basis of the information known so far, “we don’t believe this person is known to either MI5 or counter terrorism police,” he added. The man being taken away by armed police was arrested on suspicion of terror offencesCredit:Sky News Armed police in Parliament Square as the heart of Westminster is in lockdownCredit:HANNAH MCKAY /Reuters The terrorist threat against the UK is seen as unprecedented. In addition to five attacks last year, authorities say they have stopped 13 Islamist and four extreme right-wing plots since the Westminster atrocity in March 2017.Police and MI5 are running at least 500 live operations involving roughly 3,000 active “subjects of interest” at any one time – while there is also a wider pool of more than 20,000 individuals who have previously featured in investigations whose threat must be kept under review.Earlier this year, the Government unveiled a refreshed counter-terror strategy. Under the blueprint, MI5 intelligence will be shared with bodies outside the security community in an attempt to stop suspects before attack plots can crystallise, while anti-terror laws are to be strengthened to allow earlier interventions. British Transport Police (BTP) said it would be putting extra officers on patrols in England, Scotland and Wales on Tuesday afternoon and into the evening following the Westminster terror attack.Superintendent Chris Horton from BTP said: “We know incidents such as this are likely to cause concern, so our officers will be highly visible both on board trains and at stations.”We are there to reassure the travelling public, so please don’t be alarmed if you see our officers, including firearms officers, on your journey.” 11:43AMPoliticians praise emergency services for bravery that ‘keeps us safe day in, day out’ Our thoughts are with those who have been injured in the incident outside the Houses of Parliament this morning, and our thanks go out to the quick and effective response of our police and medical services. Thank goodness the barriers are in place and worked.— Vince Cable (@vincecable) August 14, 2018 10:09AMCounter-terror expert: Chances of getting through barrier are very slim Chris Phillips, the former head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, said: “It looks a bit like a copycat of the incident from the other occasion, but however may be this is someone who has fallen asleep at the wheel, we don’t know as yet, so this is what the officers will be trying to ascertain.”I think the key point is the barriers around that building are designed to stop a vehicle travelling at 50mph, but the chances of getting through that barrier are very, very slim.”Of course, now the police officers need to make sure the vehicle itself is safe, that’s what they’ll spend most of their time doing.” Injured pedestrians can be seen at the top of the shot – around 40 metres from where the car crashed into a barrierCredit:BBC News/PA  A bicycle lies on the ground after the Westminster attackCredit:Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph  A police officer in a forensics suit next to the car used in the attack Injured cyclists on the ground after the car crashed into themCredit:Twitter Bicycles lie on the ground at the scene of the crash outside the Houses of Parliament Credit:HANNAH MCKAY /Reuters A witness, who gave his name only as James, described how he had been cycling past Parliament shortly after the incident happened.”There was a cyclist clearly injured on the floor, there was a number of cyclists off their bikes. As I went past, an ambulance turned up,” he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.”As I carried on down I was told to get off my bike by a police officer. He said there’d been an incident. As I looked up as I got off my bike, I saw there was a car in the barrier.”My natural reaction was to get away from the scene.” Westminster Armed police swoop on a car that crashed outside the Houses of ParliamentCredit:VinnyMcAv/EuronewsNBC Ambulance crews treat the wounded after the Westminster crashCredit:UK Newsflare/AP 10:32AMTheresa May thanks emergency services for ‘immediate and courageous’ response Prime Minister Theresa May said her thoughts were with those injured in the Westminster car crash and thanked the emergency services for their “immediate and courageous” response.Meanwhile, Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Huge thanks to our emergency services for  their rapid reaction to incident in Westminster this morning. My thoughts are  with those injured.”   After knocking down cyclists, the car mounts a pavement We’ve just heard that the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terror command is now leading the investigation.Scotland Yard said in a statement: “While we are keeping an open mind, the Met’s  Counter-Terrorism Command is leading the investigation into the Westminster incident.”  9:59AM’There was a cyclist clearly injured on the floor’: Witness describes scene Six hours after the crash, the silver Ford Fiesta can still be seen near the Parliament barriers.A number of officers in forensic suits are working at the scene. Westminster paramedics 11:26AMPolice set to deliver update as Cobra meeting to be held at 2pm 9:49AMSecurity extended in wake of Westminster Bridge attack   Police recover the car driven by a 29-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of preparing an act of terror in Westminster Aerial footage of the crash shows the silver Ford Fiesta coming along the road next to Parliament Square before moving to turn right towards Westminster Abbey.As an ambulance passes the car on its right-hand side, the vehicle swerves left – crossing oncoming traffic and a pavement before entering a small road and crashing into a security barrier.A police officer can be seen jumping another barrier that runs along the side of the road to get away. Westminster was in lockdown as armed police swarmed the scene. One witness said: “It looked intentional – the car drove at speed and towards the barriers.”Images showed a man being led away in handcuffs after armed police surrounded the eight-year-old car.A second image appears to show pedestrians hit by the vehicle at least 40 metres (130ft) away from where the car hit the barrier. 9:55AMSadiq Khan in close contact with Met Police chief 10:54AMExtra police officers put on patrol after Parliament crash Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn praised the emergency services in a tweet: 1:26PMTobias Ellwood: This is stark reminder of threats we continue to face Woody Johnson, US ambassador to the UK, wrote on Twitter that “America’s prayers are with all the innocent people hurt”, as he also praised the emergency services: 9:42AMCordon widened as more police arrive at scene More plain-clothed officers have arrived at the scene, as it appeared the number of armed police officers were stationed at a cordon beside Parliament were scaled back.Westminster Bridge and Tube station were both closed.The cordon was widened twice and sniffer dogs were seen scanning the area. Westminster 1 I’m in close contact with @MetPoliceUK Commissioner about the incident at Parliament Square this morning. Thank you to the first responders who were on the scene so quickly. Enquiries are continuing. Westminster tube station is currently closed. Follow @metpoliceuk for updates.— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) August 14, 2018 Another terrorist attack in London…These animals are crazy and must be dealt with through toughness and strength!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2018 My thoughts are with those hurt and injured outside Parliament this morning in what is being treated as a terrorist incident.Our thanks go to our emergency services who responded immediately. Their bravery keeps us safe day in, day out.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) August 14, 2018 Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, is in “close contact” with Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick.He thanked the emergency services at the scene in a post on Twitter:  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Squares iPad app to all set replace cash registers

first_imgSquare, a company founded by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, has been on a roll as of late. The company offers individuals and small businesses a non-traditional method to receive payments via a smartphone or tablet without the need for contracts or monthly fees. The company charges a simple 2.75% per transaction while offering the necessary mobile application and credit card reader for free. This model, which offers to greatly expand the current footprint of credit card transactions, has received support via Apple and its inclusion of the credit card reader through Apple Stores and Visa who made a strategic investment in the company.Now the company has announced the launch of new applications which promise to make cash registers all but obsolete. The first application, Square Register, works with the iPad and replaces bulky, expensive cash registers with a touch-enabled point-of-sale solution which includes the ability to send receipts digitally. In addition to processing transactions, Square Register businesses will be able to communicate with customers through a location-based Directory feature which allows them to be discovered by local customers and a Menus feature which acts as a digital sandwich board to advertise menus, prices, daily specials and popular items through a customer’s mobile phone.Many of the features within Square Register work in conjunction with the new Card Case app the company is also making available to iPhone and Android customers. The app allows customers to access the Directory and Menu features powered by Square Register in addition to opening Tabs with businesses. Tabs is similar to one-click purchases available at online stores which eliminates the need for customers to carry credit cards to make purchases. A retailer can simply access a customer’s credit card information through Square Register after verifying a customer’s identity via a stored profiled and photos. The Card Case app is activated via a text message invitation after a customer makes a credit card purchase at a participating merchant.The Square Register app is currently available for download through the App Store.Read more at the Square press release.Brian’s OpinionI believe Jack Dorsey’s Square may soon be more successful than Twitter. Unlike Twitter, there was no question how Square’s technology would be monetized out of the gate. Also, the fees charged by Square are so significantly cheaper than those charged by companies offering traditional credit card terminals it’s hard to understand why an individual or business wouldn’t look to use Square to process credit cards.Initially, my biggest concern for Square was that it was about to go up against Goliath in the form of traditional terminals. That’s big business for companies and as VeriFone has already demonstrated they are going to do whatever it takes to maintain their market share. Unfortunately for companies like VeriFone, there is two companies bigger. That would be Visa and Mastercard. We know at least one of them, Visa, already sees Square as a way to increase credit card transactions so they could really care less of VeriFone loses market share along the way.last_img read more

Rosie the Riveter vintage aircraft flyover set for Heroes Night

first_imgA Southwest Washington “Rosie the Riveter” who built B-17 Flying Fortresses during World War II and a flyover by an earlier aircraft design — three biplanes — will be part of the Heroes Night celebration on Saturday.The Community Military Appreciation Committee will present the fifth annual event from 4 to 7 p.m. at the east Vancouver Costco store, 19610 S.E. First St.The event will salute representatives from local veteran and active military organizations; first responders, including fire, law enforcement and emergency medical personnel; and four-legged friends of veterans — Battle Buddies trained service dogs and the therapeutic riding program’s War Horses with Warriors.Julie Burger, who has spent 50 years as a volunteer and staff member with the American Red Cross, will be recognized for her service to community and country.Burger’s roles have included supervising Red Cross services for military families in the region.The first responders being honored this year are Vancouver police Officer Julie Ballou and Clark County sheriff’s Deputy Albin Boyse, both for their work with area youth through the Police Activities League.last_img read more

Pedro hails Alvaro Morata

Pedro hails Alvaro Morata

first_imgThe Chelsea footballer believes Morata is in good condition and played very good against Crystal Palace in the weekendChelsea footballer Pedro has stated his very happy at how well his teammate Alvaro Morata is playing, especially after the game against Crystal Palace.“The team worked very hard and I’m very happy to score a goal and get the three points because it’s very important for us to stay near the top and to continue in this way,” Pedro told Chelsea’s official website.“The team are playing very well, moving the ball with one or two touches, creating chances and winning games. The important thing for us is getting the three points but we just need to take it step by step and game by game.”Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“We were in good condition, playing well and creating chances but a draw is different,” he added.“After, when Alvaro scored again, we controlled the game and moved the ball faster, I then scored the third and that was good.”“He’s in good condition and he had a very good performance,” Pedro added.“He has the mentality to score goals and help the team, that’s the best way for him.”last_img read more

NOW HIRING 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington Week of December 9 2018

NOW HIRING 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington Week of December 9 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are job listings previously published on Wilmington Apple during the week of December 9, 2018:Full-Time/Part-Time Assistant Store Manager at Nouria EnergyFull-Time Overnight Baker at Panera BreadPart-Time Package Handler at FedExPart-Time Driver Helper at UPSFull-Time Officer Manager at AmetekFull-Time Experienced Fleet Technician at Pepsi Co.Full-Time & Part-Time Positions at SaversFull-Time Small Engine Mechanic at Garrick Santo LandscapePart-Time Afternoon Loader & Backup Driver at Optima ShippingFull-Time CDL A & B Drivers at TransForceFull-Time Customer Service Role at Serur AgenciesFull-Time Supervisor Customer Service at Graybar Electric CompanyFull-Time Customer Complaints Quality Associate at CutisPharmaFull-Time 2nd Shift Production Technician at CutisPharmaFull-Time Local Route Delivery Driver at Gordon Food ServiceFull-Time Specialist, Quality Enterprise Systems at Charles River LabsFull-Time Awake Overnight Residential Counselor at VinfenPart-Time Babysitter For 2 Wilmington ChildrenPart-Time Nanny For 2 Wilmington ToddlersPart-Time Retail Warehouse & Production Team Member at SaversPart-Time Package Handler at UPSFull-Time Team Leader (Night Shift) at DSM Resins & Functional MaterialsFull-Time Manager 1, Enterprise Direct Sales at ComcastPart-Time Caregivers at Assisting Hands of WilmingtonPart-Time Certified Home Health Aide at Assisting Hands of WilmingtonFull-Time Inbound Sales Specialist at Parterre Flooring SystemsFull-Time Customer Service Manager at Parterre Flooring SystemsFull-Time Inside Sale Representative at D.B. RobertsFull-Time Project Manager at CutisPharma, Inc.Full-Time Administrative Assistant at Garrick-Santo Landscape Co.Full-Time Movers & Drivers at Two Men And A TruckFull-Time CMM/Mechanical Inspector at TecometFull-Time Service Technician at Cochrane VentilationFull-Time/Part-Time Store Management Positions at SaversFull-Time Operations Assistant Manager at Dollar TreePart-Time Software Engineer Intern at SymboticFull-Time Wireless Sales Associate at SprintFull-Time National Accounts Program Support Specialist at UniFirstFull-Time Entry Level Sales at Capital Carpet and Flooring SpecialistsPart-Time Residential Asleep Life Coach at NuPathFull-Time Business Account Executive at ComcastFull-Time Customer Service Representative at Serur AgenciesFull-Time Bench Worker (1st & 2nd Shift) at TecometFull-Time Chemical Mix Operator at LubrizolFull-Time Overnight Baker at Panera BreadFull-Time Sales Floor Associate at Dollar Tree StoreFull-Time Process Operator at DSM Full-Time CNC Machinist at TecometFull-Time Caregivers at Assisting Hands of WilmingtonFull-Time Senior Maintenance Technician at Charles River LabsFull-Time Biomedical Engineer at Analog DevicesFull-Time Finance Analyst at Sovos ComplianceFull-Time Bookings & Commissions Analyst at Sovos ComplianceFull-Time Laborer at Packer Sanitation ServicesFull-Time Site Manager at Packer Sanitation ServicesPart-Time Cashier at Panera BreadFull-Time Seasonal Driver Help at UPSFull-Time/Part-Time Auto Body Technician at Imperial AutoFull-Time Carpet Cleaning Technician at Response Team 1Part-Time Customer Associate at Vector MarketingPart-Time K-12 In-Home Tutors at Sylvan Learning(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 28, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

Alibaba and Foxconn Planning to Invest 500 Million in Snapdeal Report

first_imgDomestic online retailer Snapdeal is likely to see its valuation reach $5 billion, if a proposed $500 million investment in the company by Alibaba and Foxconn Technology fructifies. The Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba Group Holding and iPhone assembler Foxconn are in talks with Snapdeal to buy 10 percent stake, The Wall Street Journal said, citing sources privy to the development.  In November last year, Snapdeal received $627 million funding from Japan’s SoftBank Group, taking its valuation to $2 billion. Apart from Softbank, eBay and BlackRock are the other major investors in Snapdeal.A report by Goldman Sachs released last month said that domestic e-commerce firms such as Flipkart and Snapdeal will require another $20 billion (₹1.27 lakh crore) to sustain their current growth momentum over the next five years.Alibaba has 25 percent stake in One97 Communications, the parent company of Paytm.Paytm recently forayed into e-commerce and plans to add 1,00,000 Chinese sellers to its platform from August. The move by Patym is part of its major stakeholder Alibaba’s strategy to expand its business outside China, The Economic Times reported.Alibaba aims to garner a pie of the lucrative $6 billion (₹38,400 crore) e-commerce market in India.An investment in Snapdeal will enable Alibaba to further expand its presence in the fast growing online retail sector in India. Earlier this year, Alibaba’s talks with Snapdeal did not materialise due to differences over valuation, according to Business Standard.For Foxconn, the investment will enable it to strengthen its position in the world’s third largest smartphone market.Foxconn is also looking to shift manufacturing operations to India from China due to rising wage costs in China.last_img read more