SP workers protest against BJP govt in UP allege lathicharge by police

first_imgLucknow: The Samajwadi Party on Friday claimed that police lathicharged its workers while they were protesting in several districts against the BJP government’s alleged failure in maintaining law and order in Uttar Pradesh. However, police discounted the claim of lathicharge and said only mild force was used at certain places to keep the protesters under control. “As per directions of party president Akhilesh Yadav, we held protests across the state. Partymen demonstrating peacefully were unnecessarily lathicharged by the police in Gorakhpur, Lucknow, Aligarh, Amroha and other districts,” SP chief spokesman Rajendra Chowhdury told PTI. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ He said over 12 lakh SP workers participated in the protests in 75 districts of the state on ‘Kranti Diwas’, which is observed annually on August 9 to remember the historic ‘Quit India Movement’ initiated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1942. “Police acted in an undemocratic way, but the SP will not bend before these arm-twisting tactics of the government,” Chowdhury said. During protests, SP workers gave memorandums to district magistrates regarding the present “pitiable situation in the state due to BJP’s misrule”, he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “SP workers are killed, humiliated and atrocities are committed on them. The government has failed to launch any new project in the past about two-and-a-half years of BJP rule,” the SP spokesman alleged. “The BJP government is anti-people and the SP will continue to protest against its policies on issues related to farmers, youth and women and also oppose its communal politics,” he added. In Gorakhpur, SP workers claimed that police used canes to disperse them while they were taking out a protest march against the state government. “Our members were stopped at many places in the district where more than 300 people participated in the protest march. We got permission from the district administration on Thursday around 11 am but later we were informed verbally that our permission was cancelled,” city SP chief Ziaul Islam said. “Since there was no written cancellation order, we took out the march and as soon as we reached Lahladpur, police stopped us and lathicharged on us. Our general secretary Ajay Yadav was brutally beaten up by police causing fracture in his hand,” he claimed. SSP Sunil Kumar Gupta, however, denied that police used force to disperse the protesters. “Samajwadi Party workers took out a protest march and since prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC are in force in the area, we stopped them but lathicharge was not applied. Except one or two incident of minor arguments between party workers and police, it was peaceful. Around 150 party members courted arrest in protest,” Gupta said. On cancellation of permission to protest, the SSP said, “It is the right of the district administration to cancel such requests anytime to maintain law and order.”last_img read more

Sir Chris Hoy Leads The Glasgow 2014 Queens Baton Relay

first_imgThis Wednesday, Her Majesty the Queen will launch the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay at Buckingham Palace.Sir Chris Hoy, six-time Gold Olympian, double Commonwealth Gold medallist, and recently appointed UNICEF UK Ambassador, will be the Baton’s special escort as it makes the processional journey down the Mall to receive the Queen’s message.“I am so proud to be taking part in launching the Baton,” said Sir Chris, who has supported UNICEF since 2009. “It brings together three of my life’s passions – sport, Scotland and making a difference for children.“What could be more important than UNICEF and the Glasgow 2014 Games coming together to use the immense power of sport to transform children’s lives around the Commonwealth, including at home in Scotland?”Over 248 days the Baton will cover 198,000km, starting in New Delhi and visiting all 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth until it reaches its final destination – the Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony.“The Baton beginning its journey around the Commonwealth supported by young people will be a great day – and one that I hope will signal change in a great many lives,” added Sir Chris.Source:UNICEF UKlast_img read more

Alberta move to cut fuel shipments to BC has downsides refiners say

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. — A spokesman for refiners in Western Canada says any move by the Alberta government to shut off the flow of refined fuel to British Columbia might increase prices for consumers there but it would also negatively affect Alberta’s four refineries.Brian Ahearn, regional vice-president for the Canadian Fuels Association, says about 25 per cent of the gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other products produced at the Edmonton-area refineries goes to B.C.He says the loss of that market would have “downsides,” forcing refiners to find alternative markets, accept lower prices or, in a “worse-worse case scenario,” run their operations at less than optimum capacity. Alberta introduced Bill 12 Monday, legislation that allows the energy minister to tell truckers, pipeline companies and rail operators how much of what products can be shipped when and where.As an example, the province says it could restrict shipments on the Trans Mountain pipeline from Edmonton to the Vancouver area to diluted bitumen, thus halting the refined products it carries.Ahearn says the pipeline carries about 45,000 to 50,000 barrels per day of refined products. The rest of the 80,000 to 100,000 barrels per day is sent by train or truck from Alberta to B.C.“Directionally, we are supportive of the government’s overall objective and the reason is we are a supporter of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion,” he said.“(But) if there’s curtailment all the way to the point of discontinuing that flow of product, that disruption, that utilization taken away from the refineries would have a pretty negative affect on the refineries. That’s one of the downsides we’ve been making sure the government knows about and to fully assess before they take any further steps.”B.C. Premier John Horgan has been fighting the expansion, even though the federal government approved the $7.4-billion project in November 2016.last_img read more

QRTs falter in sixth phase due to lack of state police officials

first_imgKolkata: The presence of the quick response teams (QRTs) was allegedly not felt properly in the sixth phase of elections on Sunday, when eight Lok Sabha constituencies of Bengal went to polls.In previous phases, the QRTs had moved quickly to the areas where incidents of clashes were reported. But in the sixth phase, QRTs were not as quick in their movement. Various political party leaders alleged that the QRTs failed to turn up on time when there were incidents of violence in any of the eight constituencies. In previous phases of elections, the QRTs were led by state police officers as they were well acquainted with the locations of the polling booths. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter some allegations surfaced against the state police force, the Election Commission tried to adopt a separate method to conduct the elections in a free and fair manner. Special Police Observer Vivek Dubey had decided to deploy Central Force officials to lead the QRTs, keeping the state police at bay. The QRTs had faced difficulties in identifying the polling booths where the clashes were reported from, as the Central Force commandants who were supposed to give them directions had no idea about the geographical locations of the polling booths. Most of the Central Force commandants were from other states. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAs a result of this, clashes broke out outside various polling booths and the trouble could not be quelled in time. Keeping in mind the geographical locations of the districts which were once infested with Maoists, the Election Commission decided to deploy two QRTs in each police station area. Each team comprised eight jawans. There were around 547 QRTs in the sixth phase of elections and 108 additional QRTs which were led by ad hoc commandants. According to sources in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), the election officials in the state were not convinced with the idea of deploying Central Force commandants as the head of each QRT. The Election Commission has already submitted a report to the Election Commission of India in Delhi in this regard.last_img read more

Discussion about death still a taboo for some

first_imgWhile death could be a pain-free event, people are most worried about loved ones being in pain or frightened in the final hours or minutes of life, says a poll that suggests most people know nothing about dying. One third of the public opted not to answer questions about end of life, suggesting that topic remains taboo for some, said the survey. About 60 per cent of the people feel they know little or nothing about the final hours of life, showed the survey of around 1,000 British adults. “It is striking that six in 10 people feel they know very little or nothing about what happens to a person at the end of life, despite half of people having been with someone when they died,” said Robert Lechler, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences in Britain. “Not knowing what may happen to a loved one as they die can exacerbate fears at the hardest times of our life. It may also mean that people struggle to think clearly about how best to fulfil the wishes of a dying family member or friend, let alone know what to ask doctors and nurses,” Lechler said. One third of the public opted not to answer questions about end of life, suggesting that the topic remains taboo for some, said the survey released recently. The poll also revealed that those who know at least a little about what happens at the end of life are as likely to get their information about what happens at the end of life from documentaries as they are from medical professionals. Interestingly, information from films, dramas and soaps (16 per cent) also falls in the top five sources of information.last_img read more

World Cup 2018 FIFA Unveils Official Portraits of the Moroccan Team

Rabat – The Atlas Lions and Hervé Renard are striking a pose (or several). Training aside, the national team players have taken some time to shoot their official portraits for FIFA.Mehdi Benatia VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Mehdi Benatia of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Mbarek Boussoufa  VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Mbark Boussoufa of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Mehdi Carcela-Gonzales VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Three days away from the most important football competition of the year, the Atlas Lions, who landed yesterday in Russia, agreed to do a photo series with British sports photographer Dan Mullan in the city of Voronezh, 446 km south of Moscow, where the team’s current training camp is based.Amine Harit VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Amine Harit of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Nordin Amrabat VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Nordin Amrabat of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Nabil Dirar VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Nabil Dirar of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Hamza Mendyl VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Hamza Mendyl of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)In the shots, taken on a green background, Ziyech, Harit, Ahmadi and the others are wearing the white and red official jersey designed by Adidas. The jersey was harshly criticized by Moroccan fans, disappointed by the sportswear brand.Manuel Da Costa VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Manuel Da Costa of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Hakim Ziyech VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Hakim Ziyech of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Achraf Hakimi of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)After doing solo pictures, Benatia teammates posed side by side with their coach and the staff for the official picture published by FIFA.  Sofyan Amrabat VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Sofyan Amrabat of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Karim El Ahmadi VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Karim El Ahmadi of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Faycal Fajr VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Faycal Fajr of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Romain Saiss of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)The national team will leave the training camp in Voronezh to go to Saint Petersburg, where their first match, against the Iran team, will take place on June 15.Youssef Ait Bennasser VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Youssef Ait Bennasser of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Khalid Boutaib VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Khalid Boutaib of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Yassine Bounou VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Yassine Bounou of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Younès Belhanda VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Younes Belhanda of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Mohand Mohamedi Munir VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Munir of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)After the match against Iran, Morocco, placed in Group B, will meet the Portugal team June 20 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, and will play Spain on June 25 at the Kaliningrad Stadium.Aziz Bouhaddouz VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Aziz Bouhaddouz of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Yousseff En-NesyriVORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Yousseff En-Nesyri of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Ayoub El Kaabi of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images) read more

Committee to study Brexit impact new deals with Asia

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed a committee to study the impact Brexit will have on Sri Lanka and the remedial measures the country must take, Deputy Foreign Minister, Dr. Harsha de Silva said.He said the withdrawal of Britain from the EU, popularly known as ‘Brexit’, will hurt Sri Lanka’s economy. Britain is one of Sri Lanka’s biggest export markets and the country was hoping to improve trade with the UK under the EU GSP plus trade concession. “We will strengthen trade ties with Asia. We need to expedite the proposed trade agreements with China and India,” he said. Dr. Harsha de Silva said that Sri Lanka will this week formally submit its application to regain GSP plus from the EU, but since the UK will now be out of the EU, Sri Lanka will look to sign a new free trade agreement with Britain.“We are now confident of getting back GSP plus but since UK will not be in the EU we are studying the possibility of signing a free trade agreement with the UK,” Dr. Harsha de Silva said. Sri Lanka lost the EU GSP plus trade concession when the former Government was in office over human rights related issues but the new Government which took office last year has met most conditions to regain GSP plus.Dr. Harsha de Silva said Sri Lanka needs to cushion the impact Brexit will have on the country so it will push to agree on trade deals with several Asian countries including India, China, Singapore, Pakistan, Korea and Japan. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN independent expert concerned over reports of intimidation of judges in Sri

“The recent steps taken by the executive and legislative towards impeaching the Chief Justice appear to be the culminating point of a series of attacks against the judiciary for asserting its independence,” the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, stated in a news release.According to reports received by Ms. Knaul, attacks and threats against members of the judiciary and lawyers in Sri Lanka, as well as interference in their work, have “dramatically increased” in recent months, with the procedure of impeachment of the Chief Justice of the country’s Supreme Court, Dr. Bandaranayake, launched before the Parliament on 1 November, being a particularly evident example. On 8 December, the inquiry investigating Dr. Bandaranayake found her guilty of three out of the five charges which it had pursued. “It is of high concern to me that the procedure for the removal of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is extremely politicized and characterized by lack of transparency, lack of clarity in the proceedings, as well as lack of respect for the fundamental guarantees of due process and fair trial,” Ms. Knaul said. “I urge again the authorities of Sri Lanka to reconsider the impeachment of the Chief Justice due to the lack of due process and fair trial guarantees and to ensure that the judiciary can operate free from external pressures, threats or any interference,” she added. In the Special Rapporteur’s view, according to the news release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the procedure for the removal of judges of Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court, set out in article 107 of the country’s constitution, allows the Parliament to exercise considerable control over the judiciary – and is therefore incompatible with both the principle of separation of power and article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.The UN expert urged Sri Lankan lawmakers to modify the country’s constitution in order to render it compliant to international human rights law and prevent the future political persecution of independent judges.“To be compatible with both the principle of separation of powers and international human rights law norms, disciplinary proceedings against judges should be conducted by independent commissions and guarantee full respect for due process and fair trial,” Ms. Knaul concluded. Independent experts, or special rapporteurs like Ms. Knaul, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. read more

UNESCO chief urges investigation into murder of television broadcaster in Honduras

“I condemn the murder of Reynaldo Paz Mayes,” Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said in a news release issued today in Paris. “The authorities must investigate this crime, establish its motives, and bring its perpetrators to justice. This is important for all members of Honduran society who, like people everywhere, require free, diverse and independent media to make well informed decisions,” she added. Mr. Paz Meyes – the founder of a small local television channel, RPM TV Canal 28, and the host of a news programme – was shot dead while exercising in an outdoor sports complex on 15 December. He was reported to have received anonymous death threats over a long period of time.Ms. Bokova issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s 1997 General Conference entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a webpage condemning the killing of journalists. read more

August new car preregistration figures

Today, SMMT released figures for August pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of by vehicle manufacturers in August 2013 that were defined as pre-registrations.CLICK HERE: Download the August 2013 release.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

America Loves Curling — Until It Forgets About It For Four Years

It’s tough to say for sure, but I’m concerned that our boss, FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver, may have developed a curling addiction these past few weeks: Luge38.750.50+38.25 Curling85.254.57+80.68 Figure skating79.504.97+74.53 Freestyle skiing3.750.45+3.30 Curling’s spike is even sharper in worldwide searches. Across the entire globe, curling-related search-traffic index goes up by 84 points in Olympic months, compared with non-Olympic ones. (By comparison, figure skating is only up 71 points during Olympic months worldwide.) Although gaining a passionate following during the Olympics has been a victory in itself for curling, these kinds of disparities have the sport’s leaders looking for a way to stay on people’s minds after the games end.“The Olympics have definitely driven growth and exposure, but the key for us is not to disappear between Olympics,” Patzke told ESPN. “You can get really popular for 17 days and then go away, you know?”Perhaps the next step will be for curling fanatics like Nate to keep tweeting during bonspiels that aren’t festooned with five interlocking rings everywhere you look. Alpine skiing9.502.28+7.22 (Check the timestamps on those tweets, by the way.)He’s not alone, though. Every four years, there’s a fresh volley of articles about how curling captures the attention of people around the globe — particularly Americans who tune in to the alien sport for the first time during the Olympics and get hooked. By now, writing with surprise about curling’s charms has become one of journalists’ favorite Olympic pastimes. The Cinderella run by the U.S. men’s team to Saturday’s gold-medal game has only intensified the enthusiasm.1The women’s team hasn’t quite had its medal breakthrough yet, finishing eighth in the standings at Pyeongchang.The hard numbers also support the notion of curling as America’s favorite quadrennial sports fling. If you look at nationwide Google Trends search data, you can see a massive spike in traffic related to the sport each February of a Winter Olympic year. Indeed, aside from figure skating — and occasionally other sports when they experience tragedy — curling consistently spikes highest in web searches among the Winter Olympic sports we don’t tend to think about over the rest of the calendar.2Admittedly, this is kind of an arbitrary list, but I included curling alongside sports that don’t draw much attention in the U.S. during non-Olympic years (so figure skating is in, but hockey is out) or ones that tend to rank low on subjective lists of Winter Olympic sports (cough, biathlon). Here are four examples: SportOlympic monthsOther monthsOlympic Spike Bobsled24.251.02+23.23 Ski jumping8.250.56+7.69 Skeleton8.000.05+7.95 Google’s data doesn’t go back further than 2004, but in an interview with ESPN’s Dotun Akintoye, USA Curling CEO Rick Patzke said America’s curling obsession can be traced to the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. “Salt Lake was our coming-out party in America,” he said. “NBC broadcast about 50 hours of curling. In Nagano in ’98, it was like 30 minutes.” Add in the U.S. men’s surprising bronze medal in 2006, and curling was off to the cult-sport races. Who can even say what kind of uptick in popularity the run by the U.S. men this year will bring?But for an Olympic darling like the “roaring game,” the flip side of big popularity during the games is waning interest, or generally no interest, in the 206 weeks in between Olympic sessions. According to the same Google Trends data as above, none of the sports we looked at had a bigger drop-off in its average search traffic index between months with the Winter Olympics and those without them. Biathlon8.250.17+8.08 Nordic combined1.750.00+1.75 Curling has the biggest spike in Olympic popularityDifference in average Google Trends search-traffic index between Olympic and non-Olympic months for selected Winter Olympic sports, 2004-18 Cross-country skiing9.502.38+7.12 Speedskating21.750.93+20.82 Google Trends search-traffic indices measure activity on a 0-100 scale, where the most active single month by any sport we examined is represented by a 100.Source: Google Trends Avg. Google Trends Index during … read more

Shoreham air crash Who were the victims

first_imgShoreham air crash victims (clockwise from top left) Mark Trussler, Maurice Abrahams, Dylan Archer, Richard Smith, Mark Reeves, Matt Jones, Tony Brightwell and Matthew GrimstoneCredit:PA She told him she loved him and his last words to her were, “I love you too, forever”. A motorbike and rugby fan, he was also described as a doting father.Dylan Archer, 42, and Richard Smith, 26:IT consultant Mr Archer, a father of two who lived in Brighton, and Mr Smith, who lived in Hove, were due to meet up with a third friend to head out for a cycle ride in the South Downs. His family said he was combining two favourite hobbies of riding his cherished Honda bike to take photographs at the air show.Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt, both 23:The two Worthing United footballers were travelling together in a car to a 3pm home game against Loxwood FC when they were caught up in the crash. Mark Trussler, 49, a motorcyclistCredit:PA Relatives said he was kind and generous with a “great sense of humour”. He was a private and loving family man, they added.A lifetime member of the Bluebell Railway in East Sussex, married father Mr Mallinson had recently developed an interest in photographing vintage aircraft.Mark Trussler, 54:Father-of-six Mr Trussler, a window cleaner from Worthing, had taken his motorbike for a spin on the day of the tragedy as he had also wanted to see the Vulcan flight. Daniele Polito who was killed in the Shoreham aircrash Mr Archer, who grew up in the Midlands, had a lifelong passion for bikes and cars, and rode the bike he made himself on the day he died.After going to university in Birmingham, Buckinghamshire-raised Mr Smith worked in a bicycle shop in Cosham, Portsmouth.He later moved to Hove where he worked in marketing and web development at ActSmart, a firm that specialises in providing advice to the cycle industry.Tony Brightwell, 53:Health care manager Mr Brightwell, from Hove, was indulging his twin passions of planes and cycling when tragedy struck. Matthew Grimstone and Jacob SchiltCredit: His funeral was held at St Margaret’s Church in Rottingdean, where he had driven brides to their weddings countless times. Married to Edwina, Mr Abrahams had a son, Eddie, and daughter Lizzie.James Graham Mallinson, known as Graham, 72:Retired engineer Mr Mallinson, from Newick, near Lewes, had gone to Shoreham to photograph one of the last Vulcan bomber flights. Mark Trussler, 49, a motorcyclist A grandfather, relatives described him as a “sun worshipper” who would often be seen relaxing with a cocktail in hand on holiday. Floral tributes to the victims of the plane crash at ShorehamCredit:Paul Grover Shoreham victims Dylan Archer, 42, and Richard Smith Shoreham air crash victims (clockwise from top left) Mark Trussler, Maurice Abrahams, Dylan Archer, Richard Smith, Mark Reeves, Matt Jones, Tony Brightwell and Matthew Grimstonecenter_img Mr Polito’s mother Leslye Polito said on the first anniversary of the disaster that the previous 12 months had failed to ease her loss. A keen DJ, Mr Jones had reportedly recently returned to the UK from living in Australia. Daniele Polito who was killed in the Shoreham aircrashCredit:FACEBOOK Eleven people were killed when a vintage Hawker Hunter jet failed to pull out of a loop-the-loop stunt over West Sussex on August 22, 2015.It crashed in a fireball on the busy A27, hitting vehicles and pedestrians. Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt Shoreham victims Dylan Archer, 42, and Richard SmithCredit:PA Here are profiles of the victims:Maurice Abrahams, 76:Chauffeur Mr Abrahams, from Brighton, was en route in his classic Daimler to collect bride Rebecca Sheen and take her to her wedding when the plane crashed. While in Shoreham, he texted his fiancee Giovanna Chirico telling her to get the children ready so they could take them out for lunch on his return home. Mr Grimstone’s parents Sue and Phil and brothers David and Paul called him the “kindest person you could ever meet”.Team-mates said Mr Schilt was a “tenacious midfielder” with an eye for a goal.Mr Grimstone had also worked at Brighton & Hove Albion for seven years, most recently as a groundsman at the Lancing training ground.Matt Jones, 24, and Daniele Polito, 23:Father Mr Polito, from Worthing, was travelling in the same car as personal trainer Mr Jones when tragedy struck. His fiancee Lara watched him cycle off to watch one of the last Vulcan bomber flights, “but he never came home”, she said.Mr Brightwell gained his private pilot licence at Shoreham, loved food and cooking, and admired Second World War pilots.Mark Reeves, 53:Computer-aided design technician Mr Reeves, from Seaford, near Eastbourne, had parked his motorbike to take photographs of planes when the crash happened. Floral tributes to the victims of the plane crash at Shoreham A former police officer with Hampshire Constabulary, he was an ex-member of the Grenadier Guards and Parachute Regiment, and had served in Cyprus and Bahrain with the UN.In his later years, he enjoyed working for East Sussex-based Chariots Chauffeurs as well as gardening. 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

Corporate citizen fixing bad road in Provo

first_img Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline Turks and Caicos airline, ICA, now flies to Havana Related Items:Intercaribbean Airways, provo air center, road works InterCaribbean launches Cuba flights Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 27 Jan 2015 – Road works were underway yesterday at the junction of Old Airport Road; but it is not the public works department resurfacing the strip which was filled with huge potholes. InterCaribbean Airways and the Provo Air Center took on the job to give motorists, including their customers’ relief from the craters which are made worse whenever it rains. There had been a re-routing of traffic to the opposite end of the roadway while that work is ongoing. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Habitat Fort Lauderdale church team up for bike ride

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale teamed up with Habitat for Humanity for the fifth annual Habitat for Humanity Bike to Build Ride, Saturday.Riders chose either a 25-mile scenic route or a new 50-mile route, and they were rewarded with a brunch inside the church afterward.Organizers hope to raise enough money to begin construction on a new home in Broward County.WSVN is a proud sponsor of Habitat for Humanity. If you’d like to contact them, check out the links below:Habitat for Humanity in Miami-Dade(305) 634-3628www.miamihabitat.orgHabitat for Humanity in Broward(954) 396-3030www.habitatbroward.orgCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Smoke Free Workplace Bill Passes

first_imgIt passed the Senate early this morning. Written within the bill allows local communities to opt out of the proposed law via local elections. The bill sponsored by Senator Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna) passed the House 32-7 on Saturday. The measure will ban smoking on buses and in cabs, and in places including office buildings, hotels, restaurants, bars and shops. It also restricts outdoor smoking in certain areas. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Legislature has passed a statewide smoke-free workplace bill.last_img read more

Happy Death Day 2U review Horrorcomedy keeps dying to reinvent itself

first_imgHappy Death Day 2U, in theatres now, at first aims to expand this concept by trapping bumbling science student Ryan (Phi Vu) into a new time loop, one that Tree and her new boyfriend Carter (Israel Broussard from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before) aim to stop with the help of students working in the school’s science lab. Unfortunately, the science behind the time loops of both Happy Death Day films is the least interesting part of the films. While alternate dimensions and the multiverse might add great fun to Star Trek: Discovery, Marvel movies and time-travel films like Back to the Future Part II, in Happy Death Day 2U the ideas come across like a dull, sleepy science class. That said, once the science is over, Happy Death Day 2U veers back to its core: telling a ridiculous story full of amusing death sequences and funny banter among characters, a few of whom are as cartoony as ever. As the trailers reveal, Tree gets stuck in a new time loop but with her world remixed, and the movie franchise’s genre along with it. Nearly all of the first movie’s characters return thanks to this premise. Some are totally different, others appear much the same but have different relationships. And instead of necessarily having to solve her own murder, Tree’s trying to figure out whether to restore her original life or embrace a new timeline that feels like an idealized version of her life.Film Title: Happy Death Day 2UCarter (Israel Broussard) and Tree (Jessica Rothe) hope to end the time loop that the latter has been stuck in for two movies. Universal Pictures Seeing all of the characters return and some of the first film’s sequences revisited in a slightly different setting is a plus for anyone who enjoyed the original film, but anyone hopping into 2U without watching the first film will likely lose out on these references.At first glance for fans of the original movie, each of these scenes seems like a re-creation of what was already told the first time. However, thanks to the premise, the twists and deaths keep changing. And unfortunately for Tree, this also means even more dying and reliving the same day over and over — which at this point she handles with expertise during a montage of her killing herself in a variety of ridiculous ways.The film’s third act takes one more genre-hop into becoming a heist film, and with that turn another actress, Rachel Matthews, gets to shine as Danielle, Tree’s attention-demanding frenemy. Matthews brings absurd character acting to a hilarious bait-and-switch scene that nearly steals the spotlight from the entire film.While Happy Death Day 2U can still be classified as a horror film, it clearly doesn’t want to stay in just that genre. Thanks to its lighthearted tone, it’s found a way to reinvent itself again. Should there be a Happy Death Day 3, fans will likely expect the movie to find another way to die and reinvent itself again.See GameSpot’s take on Happy Death Day 2U. 2:33 Jessica Rothe’s Tree returns to Happy Death Day 2U, and she’s still dying all over this film. Universal Pictures With the new horror-comedy Happy Death Day 2U, it’s time to die again, and again, and again, just like in the 2017 movie Happy Death Day it follows. But this time, things are a bit different.Following the Groundhog Day premise of the first movie, the wackier and funnier sequel initially seems like it’ll move the story of Tree (Jessica Rothe) forward from the literal last second of the first film. She spent that whole movie trapped in a time loop on her birthday, getting killed by her jealous college roommate and waking up having to relive the day until she solved the murder. Stream these 2019 Oscar nominees now 19 Photos Hate Valentine’s Day? Watch these streaming movies and TV shows TV and Movies Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Tags Post a comment 0 Movie reviewslast_img read more

Learning About Diversity And Deescalation Tactics Is Part of Police Training In

first_imgListen Al OrtizImmigration lawyer Silvia Mintz (right) gave a lecture to cadets from the Houston Police Department when they visited the Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center, which is located in a part of Houston where many residents are immigrants from Latin American countries, as part of HPD’s diversity tour initiative.The quality of the training of police officers in Texas has been in the spotlight recently and incidents such as the arrest of Sandra Bland in Waller County last year and the shooting of Alva Braziel in Houston this past summer have raised questions about how law enforcement deals with diversity and de-escalation tactics.One of the measures the Houston Police Department has taken recently is a tour of the city to teach cadets about its diversity.The tour makes stops in African-American, Asian, Latino and Muslim neighborhoods.“We recruit nationwide and, so, many cadets don’t really understand the history of Houston and, so, we’ll take them out to Acres Homes, we’ll take them out to Meyerland, we’ll take them out to the Fifth Ward and community members will engage them and speak with them and then they’ll take the bus tour and kind of get a cultural history of Houston,” explains Assistant Chief Charlie Vazquez, who oversees the Professional Development Command at HPD.Vazquez says learning about Houston’s diversity is useful for the cadets because they are introduced to members of the community who can help them establish trust in the groups they will be working with and that is a trust that eventually should lead to more effective policing.Cadet Egla Flores says the tour allows trainees to learn small details that will help them when they interact with the public.She gives an example of something she learned at the Islamic Society of Greater Houston when she took the tour.“If we try to shake the woman’s hand they probably wouldn’t shake our hand, they would place their hands over their chest. It’s just little things that we learn from different communities,” Flores notes.But Houston is not the only city where police officers learn about diversity.The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement requires that diversity and multiculturalism are part of the curriculum used for the basic training all police officers go through in the state.The courses are a reflection of the changing demographics in the United States because of the growth of minorities and they also teach why police officers must avoid racial profiling.There is also a class on basic Spanish due to the large Latino population of Texas.“My sense is that minimal requirements for understanding diverse peoples are probably being met adequately across the board,” comments Phillip Lyons, dean at the Criminal Justice College of Sam Houston State University.Lyons also thinks initiatives like HPD’s diversity course represent an added value for the training of its future officers.In addition to diversity, the concept of de-escalation has also become an increasingly important component of the training through the years.“I think the actions of the police have come under heightened scrutiny as it relates to how we deal with folks who have mental health problems or who are in crisis and, as a result of that, there is more attention given to training,” Lyons adds.Some of the tools police officers are instructed to use to de-escalate tense situations are prioritizing self-control and not behaving in an aggressive or condescending way, but paying attention to the nuances of non-verbal communication for certain communities can also be important.For example, officers are taught that some Latinos may prefer not to make eye contact not because they are lying, but because it is the way they show respect.Knowing how to work around personal space is relevant as well.Officer C.K. Traxler, who works for the Pasadena Police Department and teaches crisis intervention, explains that they teach cadets and police officers who go through training “to look for signs of stress in the person as you are approaching and if you see their stress level going up, you stop at that point or maybe even back up a little bit to reduce the stress that they’re already feeling.”Police officers frequently conduct traffic stops, which can present situations that turn confrontational and those are situations in which the training is useful.The protocol for police officers is that they must always say what is the reason for the stop and allow the driver to give an explanation for the traffic violation the officer deems he or she has committed, which can lower the stress of the situation. 00:00 /04:07 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Bill for Municipal Service Commission to recruit employees to be placed

first_imgKolkata: The state is moving towards recruiting employees in all the municipalities, municipal corporations, and development authorities in the state under a single umbrella.The West Bengal Municipal Service Commission (WBMSC) will carry out the recruitment process. A Bill in this regard is expected to be tabled in the state Assembly on Wednesday.A source in the state Municipal Affairs department said after implementation of this Bill, the recruitment in all the 8 municipal corporations, 115 municipalities and 18 development authorities across the state will be carried out by WBMSC. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe recruitment for the three notified areas and valuation boards that come under the aegis of the Municipal Affairs department will also be done by the Commission.Currently, the recruitment of the employees of Kolkata Municipal Corporation is done through the Commission and sometimes also for the municipal corporations. Earlier, the process of recruitment of the 115 municipalities, 18 development authorities, three notified areas and three industrial authorities among others was conducted by various agencies. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”We are hopeful that this process will usher in transparency in the recruitment process and at the same time, allegations of political interference in the recruitment process can be done away with,” a senior official of the Municipal Affairs department said.Sources in the department said the Commission will have four to five members headed by a chairman. The Chairman will preferably be a retired IAS officer.It may be mentioned that the department has found that there has been a huge number of unnecessary recruitments in various municipal bodies that the department feels is beyond requirement. Political interference has also played a role in this. “There have been litigations in various courts alleging lack of transparency in the recruitment process. The state wants to have control over the recruitment process,” the official added.last_img read more