U.S. courts reject efforts to block youth climate trial

first_img U.S. courts reject efforts to block youth climate trial Levi Draheim, a plaintiff in the lawsuit, at a 2017 rally in Washington, D.C. ROBIN LOZNAK/OUR CHILDREN’S TRUST By Julia RosenNov. 3, 2018 , 10:00 AM UPDATE: The U.S. Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday rejected government bids to block the start of the trial in the youth-led climate case, Juliana vs. United States. The trial had been scheduled to begin on 29 October. Here is our previous coverage of the case from 24 October:Next week, barring a last-minute intervention by the Supreme Court, climate change will go to trial for just the second time in U.S. history. In a federal courtroom in Eugene, Oregon, 21 young people are scheduled to face off against the U.S. government, which they accuse of endangering their future by promoting policies that have increased emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other planet warming gases. The plaintiffs aren’t asking for monetary damages. Instead, they want District Judge Ann Aiken to take the unprecedented step of ordering federal agencies to dramatically reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.Government attorneys are not expected to challenge the scientific consensus that human activities, including the burning of fossil fuels, cause global warming. But the outcome could hinge, in part, on how Aiken weighs other technical issues. Each side has recruited a roster of high-profile scientists and economists, including Nobel laureates, to bolster their argument. “It’s clearly going to be a battle of the experts,” says Michael Gerrard, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University, who is not involved in the case.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The civil trial will be a milestone in a hard-fought legal battle that began in 2015, when environmental groups joined with youth activists and retired NASA scientist James Hansen to push for climate action. The lawsuit rests on the novel argument that the government has knowingly violated the plaintiffs’ rights to a “safe” climate by taking actions—such as subsidizing fossil fuels—that cause warming. Government lawyers under both President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama have repeatedly tried and failed to have the case thrown out. Just last week, Aiken, who was appointed by former President Bill Clinton, denied a bid to stop the trial, which was set to open on 29 October. But the Supreme Court then froze the case while it considers the government’s argument that the plaintiffs’ lawsuit has fatal legal flaws.If the trial proceeds, the youths’ lawyers will have to persuade the judge that the government’s actions have helped cause climate change; that the warming exacerbated storms, droughts, and wildfires; and that individual plaintiffs have suffered injuries as a result. One expert for the plaintiffs, climate scientist Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, filed testimony based on his research that invokes principles of thermodynamics to explain how warming can amplify disasters. Hotter, dryer weather increases the risk of fires, he notes. And warmer air can hold more moisture, boosting rainfall by up to 20%—a factor he says worsened floods that affected plaintiffs living in Louisiana, Florida, and Colorado. “Once thresholds are crossed, things break, burn, or die!” he writes.Defense expert John Weyant, a management scientist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, disagrees that weather extremes can be pinned on climate change. Existing science is not precise enough to attribute individual events and injuries to climate, he writes in his testimony, and Trenberth’s method ignores confounding factors. For example, he argues, poor forest management and human-sparked blazes also cause severe fires.These confounding factors are “true but irrelevant” to whether warming contributed to a particular weather extreme, says climate scientist Drew Shindell of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. But Trenberth’s approach is controversial, notes climate scientist Friederike Otto of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. (Neither scientist is involved in the case.) Researchers can now at least partly attribute extreme events to warming, Otto says, but Trenberth’s method isn’t able to rule out whether a particular event would have occurred even without climate change.The two sides may also spar over health impacts. Some plaintiffs claim smoke from worsening wildfires has triggered their asthma attacks. Others say the ecological harm driven by warming has caused emotional distress. But doctors testifying for the defense say the plaintiffs can’t point to medical evidence for these connections. Samantha Ahdoot, a pediatrician at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Inova campus in Richmond who is not involved in the case, notes it’s often impossible to determine the cause of specific ailments. But she says large-scale studies support claims that climate impacts can harm children’s health.Even if the youth prevail on scientific questions, Gerrard says, they’ll have to persuade the judge that she can provide an effective remedy. In other recent (and so far unsuccessful) climate lawsuits, cities and allied plaintiffs have sought money from energy companies and others to help them address alleged harms. But the youth want Aiken to order the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other agencies to revamp regulations, with the goal of reducing atmospheric concentrations of CO2 to 350 parts per million (ppm), from about 410 ppm today.The two sides disagree over whether the United States can reduce emissions as fast as the plaintiffs would like. But the government may also argue that any cuts would have a limited impact, because of the global nature of climate change. Other countries now produce roughly 88% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, David Victor, a climate policy expert at the University of California, San Diego, notes in his testimony for the defense. Therefore, the solution requires international cooperation, he writes.Courts have rejected that argument as a rationale for inaction in previous cases, Gerrard says. In the only other climate lawsuit to get to the trial stage—a landmark 2007 case that challenged EPA’s refusal to regulate CO2 from vehicles—the agency claimed doing so wouldn’t matter because U.S. cars contributed just 6% of global emissions. But the Supreme Court disagreed.Perhaps the biggest question at stake, observers say, is whether judges can—and should—set climate policy. The plaintiffs think so, calling the courts their “last resort,” and Aiken appears open to the idea. “Federal courts too often have been cautious and overly deferential in the arena of environmental law, and the world has suffered for it,” she wrote in a 2016 decision. But that could make the judge “essentially the carbon regulator of the entire United States economy,” says attorney Justin Torres of King & Spalding in Washington, D.C., who handled the case as a government lawyer under Obama. That would be politically and practically unwise, he says, and the government has argued climate policy is best tackled by Congress and the White House.Such questions will likely resurface during appeals no matter how this case turns out, Gerrard says. But even if the trial is halted, it has already forced the Trump administration to give ground on climate change. The case has required “the administration to make numerous admissions,” he says, “and be much more specific in its scientific claims than it has had to be before.”last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Five key players from Switzerland

first_imgXherdan Shaqiri and Gokhan Inler will be crucial for Switzerland at the World CupPerhaps this is Switzerland’s best chance to make an impression at the World Cup.The Swiss have a talented group of mostly young players who are aiming to give veteran coach Ottmar Hitzfeld a fitting finale for his career.Here are five players to watch:XHERDAN SHAQIRIStill only 22, Xherdan Shaqiri should make many lists of potential breakout stars in Brazil.Shaqiri will be going to his second World Cup with talent has not yet been fully exposed.At Bayern Munich, the stocky wide attacker has to wait for his chance in the biggest Champions League matches behind Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Thomas Mueller. In the Bundesliga, Shaqiri is a consistent scorer and assist provider for the runaway champions.Despite tight and physical marking from opponents in Brazil, Shaqiri has strength and balance to compare with the similarly sized Lionel Messi.The poor man’s Messi? It sounds like an insult, but really isn’t.GOKHAN INLERSwitzerland fans have long looked for Gokhan Inler to step up and be “patron” of the midfield.Now captain of the “Nati,” Inler has increasingly shown the strength and creativity to dictate play. However, it is an intriguing tussle for central midfield slots among Napoli teammates Inler, Valon Behrami and Blerim Dzemaili.Behrami and Dzemaili stood out in a 1-0 win over Brazil last August. Inler was benched because he would be suspended for a subsequent World Cup qualifier, so Hitzfeld paired the other two.advertisementInler soon returned and, celebrating his 30th birthday in Brazil after the group stage ends, should be in his prime.FABIAN SCHAERSwitzerland has often seemed to lack a world-class central defender in recent years. Fabian Schaer might be the solution.The 22-year-old Schaer has impressed in only his second season with Swiss champion FC Basel and since making his international debut against Brazil.With excellent long-range passing and the composure to take penalties for his club, Schaer has also scored three times in his first three national team matches.Defensively, Schaer is still developing and has missed valuable playing time with knee and ankle injuries since December.Schaer has already been linked with Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal and a good World Cup could make him the latest big sale by Basel.STEPHAN LICHTSTEINERStephan Lichtsteiner is a modern right-back with old school qualities.The Juventus player overlaps in attack, gets crosses in, scores his share of goals and does not shirk when the game gets feisty.Indeed, Lichtsteiner was a big reason that Brazil collectively lost its cool when losing to the Swiss last August.First-half flashes down Lichtsteiner’s right flank irked Neymar and Marcelo and let Switzerland know it had got under the skin of the World Cup hosts.A big-game attitude developed with the Italian champions should serve Switzerland’s needs well.HARIS SEFEROVICCentral striker might be the one position coach Ottmar Hitzfeld is most undecided about.Haris Seferovic was the No. 9 Hitzfeld thought he had. The Real Sociedad forward earned a run of selections by scoring a 90th-minute winner against Cyprus in qualifying last June.Seferovic led the attack in the remaining qualifiers but did not add to his tally. Then he spent the night of his 22nd birthday in February in a Spanish police cell with his wife after a public disturbance.Two weeks later, Hitzfeld gave Josip Drmic another chance in a friendly against Croatia, and the Nuremberg forward scored twice.Seferovic can win back his coach’s trust by recapturing his early-season form.last_img read more

Big wins for Liverpool, City; more woe for United, Chelsea

first_imgMalasakit Center bill awaits Duterte signature It is now 14 goals this season for the defending champions after a 4-0 home win over Brighton that included a double from Sergio Aguero, who is the top scorer in the league with six goals. City’s win was marred by a first-half injury to arguably the team’s best defender, Aymeric Laporte, which according to manager Pep Guardiola could keep the center back out for “a while.”Meanwhile, pre-season predictions that this will be a transitional year for United and Chelsea under inexperienced coaches are proving to be true, with the two teams already seven points off Liverpool before September with just one win apiece so far.Both squandered leads Saturday, United failing to build on Daniel James’ early goal — his third of the season following his offseason arrival from second-tier Swansea — and drawing 1-1 at Southampton.Chelsea will be even more unhappy, surrendering a two-goal lead at home to promoted team Sheffield United and drawing 2-2.Every weekend has featured some sort of contentious issues with VAR, which is being used for the first time in the Premier League this season, and the latest dispute was at Crystal Palace’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Villa thought it had scored an equalizer in the seventh minute of stoppage time through Henri Lansbury, only for the goal to be ruled out because teammate Jack Grealish was adjudged to have dived in the build-up. Villa’s players were furious and it looked a tight call, with the video assistant referee choosing not to overturn the on-field decision of the referee.EASY FOR LIVERPOOLA touch of fortune and a defensive error helped Liverpool ease to a 13th straight win.Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross from the right glanced off the back of Burnley striker Chris Wood and span high and beyond the reach of goalkeeper Nick Pope into the far corner of the net in the 33rd.Four minutes later, Burnley defender Ben Mee passed the ball straight to Roberto Firmino in midfield and the Brazil forward played in Sadio Mane, who slotted home his finish.Firmino added the third in the 80th from a counter-attack.LAPORTE BLOWMan City’s third victory in four matches might have come at a huge cost with the right knee injury to Laporte.The French defender, who was called up by his national team on Friday for just the second time, punched the ground as soon as he made contact with Adam Webster as the Brighton center back charged down the right wing. Laporte held his hands behind his head and shook his head as he was carried off.“It doesn’t look good,” Guardiola said. “I’m waiting for the doctor to call me. He (Laporte) might be out for a while.” Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring against Burnley during the English Premier League soccer match at Turf Moor, Burnley, England, Saturday Aug. 31, 2019. (Anthony Devlin/PA via AP)A fourth straight win for Liverpool. Another big victory for Manchester City. More disappointment for Manchester United and Chelsea.Oh, and the usual dose of VAR controversy.ADVERTISEMENT Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC Jamie Vardy scored twice in Leicester’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth, West Ham beat Norwich 2-0 through goals by Sebastian Haller and Andriy Yarmolenko, while Watford collected its first point of the season by drawing 1-1 at Newcastle. Djokovic, Federer seek US Open quarters; Gauff-McNally play Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA Just a typical afternoon in this season’s Premier League.By beating Burnley 3-0 on Saturday, Liverpool achieved a club-record 13th straight league victory and stayed in first place on a maximum 12 points heading into the two-week break for internationals. No other team in England’s four professional leagues has won all its games since the start of the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotelCity is hot on Liverpool’s heels in second place, already seemingly reprising the northwest clubs’ duel for the title last season.center_img MOST READ Foot fetish: Nibbles a specialty at Indonesian restaurant Women’s football teams served just egg, kikiam and rice for breakfast Any lengthy absence for Laporte would be a major blow to City, which released long-serving captain Vincent Kompany in the offseason and has John Stones currently out injured. Fernandinho, a center midfielder, filled in as a center back off the bench against Brighton.Kevin De Bruyne and substitute Bernardo Silva were the other scorers for City.POGBA INJURYThe sight of Paul Pogba hobbling away from St. Mary’s stadium was a further blow to United after its poor display against Southampton.United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Pogba “got a bad knock on his ankle” but expected the midfielder to still turn up for international duty with France next week.James’ goal was canceled out by Jannik Vestergaard’s header in the 58th minute. Kevin Danso was handed a second yellow card for a crude, high challenge on Scott McTominay, reducing Southampton to 10 men in the 73rd, but United couldn’t capitalize.ABRAHAM’S DOUBLE DOUBLETammy Abraham has now scored two goals in consecutive games for Chelsea, cementing his place as the team’s first-choice strikerHis first-half double — after his brace against Norwich last weekend — was not enough to see off Sheffield United, which reduced the deficit through Callum Robinson less than a minute after the restart before Kurt Zouma’s own-goal in the 87th minute.OTHER RESULTS Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics NorthPort forces rubber match, blasts No. 1 NLEX PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Manila’s hidden reservoir to re-emerge as tourist draw View commentslast_img read more


first_imgRio de Janeiro, Aug 14 (PTI) The Indian contingents Rio de Janeiro, Aug 14 (PTI) The Indian contingents schedule today at the Rio Olympics here: (All in IST) ATHLETICS: Womens marathon: O P Jaisha, Kavita Raut at 1800 hrs BADMINTON: Womens Singles: Saina Nehwal v Maria Ulitina (UKR) at 1725 hrs & PV Sindhu v Michelle Lee (CAN) at 1945 hrs Mens Singles: Srikanth Kidambi v Henri Hurskainen (SWE) at 1910 hrs BOXING: Manoj Kumar v Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (UZB) at 2145 hrs GOLF: Round 4: SSP Chawrasia/Anirban Lahiri 1530 hrs onwards GYMNASTICS: Womens Vaults Final: Dipa Karmakar at 2317 hrs HOCKEY: Quarterfinals: India vs Belgium at 2100 hrs SHOOTING: 50M Rifle 3P (Qualification Round): Gagan Narang/Chain Singh) at 1730 hrs. Final Round at 2130 hrs (subject to qualification) TENNIS: Mixed doubles bronze-medal match at 2030 hrs. PTI CM CMlast_img read more

6 Ways To Turn Off A Hiring Manager

first_imgImagine that a hiring manager is interested in you for an open position; they’re looking at you online, they’re looking at your application materials like a cover letter or resume, and they may even be interviewing you. Now imagine that the hiring manager saw something that immediately put you out of the running for the position.To prevent this, consider these six ways to immediately turn off a hiring manager – and avoid them at all costs.Online & Social MediaThe ways to “mess up” your job search online are countless. Here are two of the biggest:1. Bare it allIt’s been said before, but it’s worth repeating: anything you put online is fair game for the rest of the web – including hiring managers. Don’t put anything on the web that you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see, and more importantly, keep your online and social media presence professional! Learn how to keep your pictures, updates, and discourse professional, or else learn how to use the privacy settings.2. Be nonexistentThis mistake is on the opposite end of the spectrum; if employers are looking for you online, they should be able to find you. If they search for you and nothing comes up, it could be a red flag; on the other hand, if they can search for you and see your professional social media profiles, they can learn more about you that could positively influence their decisions. That means you should have (work appropriate) social media accounts like Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook. You may also consider creating a website or online portfolio to further showcase your skills.Cover Letter & ResumeYour cover letter and resume are most likely your biggest and most important application materials – don’t let them fall victim to these two basic mistakes:3. Rely on spell-checkTurning in any application materials – like a resume or cover letter – with spelling or grammar mistakes is a huge don’t. A hiring manager will likely throw your papers into the recycling bin for simple mistakes like these because they show a lack of attention to detail.But, be careful not to rely only on your Word processor’s spell-check tool; often, it can miss errors or fail to recognize word misuse. The best approach is to have someone else proofread your materials, and to read your writing out loud to yourself.4. Take a “cookie cutter” approachBeware of mass-submitting your cover letter and resume; more likely than not, a hiring manager can spot a so-called “cookie cutter” application. Instead, tailor your application materials to each position for which you’re applying. Focus on highlighting the information and experiences that are most applicable to the job.InterviewThe interview – phone or in-person – is a big part of your job search because it’s the first time you become a “real person” to a hiring manager, rather than just a piece of paper or an online account. Make sure it goes smoothly by avoiding these slip-ups:5. Forget proper etiquetteMind your manners at an interview, or you could be out the door faster than Donald Trump can say, “You’re fired!” Proper interview etiquette means arriving on time, having the right materials, dressing appropriately, speaking politely, and the list goes on. Be sure to be at your most professional; remember, dress and act for the job you want (namely, the job for which you’re interviewing), not the job you have.6. Disregard researchPart of being prepared for an interview, whether on the phone or in person, is having done your research about the company, the position, and the interviewer (if possible). A hiring manager will definitely notice – in a bad way – if you don’t know much about the position or company, and will definitely notice – in a good way – if you do. Put in your time and do your homework before an interview, and you’ll be sure to impress the hiring manager; not to mention, you’ll be better prepared to answer interview questions.What are some other ways to turn off a hiring manager? Share your insight below.last_img read more

Quinton de Kock likely to miss IPL due to injury

first_imgSouth Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock is in doubt for the third Test against New Zealand and may miss the entire Indian Premier League because of a finger injury.Uncapped keeper Heinrich Klaasen is on standby to replace de Kock if he fails a fitness test on Friday, a day ahead of the Test at Hamilton’s Seddon Park.De Kock had an X-ray in Hamilton on Wednesday which showed his finger was not broken but that he suffered ligament damage when the injury occurred during the second Test in Wellington. South Africa won that match by eight wickets to lead the three-match series 1-0.Proteas manager and team doctor Mohammed Moosajee said “we’ll make a late call whether, with the protective strapping the physio is trying to arrange, he can bat.”But Moosajee said de Kock might need four to six weeks to recover from the injury and it was unlikely he would be able to take up his contract with the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL.”There is every likelihood he will pull out,” Moosajee said. “Every time he catches the ball, stress goes on that area. He is going to need a period of recovery.”Moosajee said de Kock might also be in doubt for the Champions Trophy which starts in England in June.Meanwhile, New Zealand swing bowler Tim Southee has been ruled out of the third Test with a hamstring injury.Southee also suffered the injury during the Wellington Test. Scans revealed a grade one tear to his left hamstring.advertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli’s hunger sets him apart from the rest: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgVirat Kohli is the man with the golden touch. Captain Kohli, today, became only the second Indian batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to score 50 international tons but this one was arguably one of the most challenging home pitches in his career.While batsmen from both teams struggled on a sizzling Kolkata pitch, Kohli stood tall and was in a different league than the rest. Kohli’s incredible knock even prompted former India captain Sourav Ganguly to say that the Indian captain is in the same league as Sunil Gavaskars, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. The President of the Cricket Association of Bengal also spoke on how crucial this innings was for India to save this Test.”If Virat would have got out today then this game could have gone either way because this wicket had enough for the seamers to get wickets even on Day 5 as Indian bowlers showed. He is a fantastic player, I have seen Gavaskar, I have seen Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid and this man (Kohli) is right up there with everyone and is just a fantastic cricketer,” Ganguly said to India Today.Kohli also became the fastest cricketer to reach the 50 international ton milestone taking only 348 innings, the great Sachin Tendulkar had taken 28 extra innings to score 50 tons. Ganguly says it is Kohli’s hunger that sets him apart.”Ability and hunger (sets Virat apart). Virat Kohli is a remarkable player. He is one player who when he gets fifty makes sure that he gets a hundred and that is the difference between him and the rest. He is a great player to watch because of his intensity. How many times have we seen Virat Kohli turn up on the cricket ground half awake? He is always ready, he is always up and he is always at the top of his game. It was a magnificent hundred and his celebrations at the end of it spoke volumes”, said the former India captain.advertisementWhile he keeps breaking records on the cricket field, after the draw Virat said that he is driven by doing well for the country than reaching milestones.”It (50 international hundreds) feels good. It hasn’t been a long journey yet. If I can step up and perform, that will give me more pleasure than thinking of the number of hundreds I have. That will remain the mindset till I play this game”, said the Indian skipper after the match.Virat also equalled Sunil Gavaskar’s record for most centuries scored by an Indian Test captain and his counter attack also saw India chasing victory only for Lankans to escape with a draw due to bad light. But the Indian captain’s onslaught has surely sent a message across to the opposition camp.”It is a good message sent to the opposition that we were a bit behind in the first innings but we can come back and beat you in the second innings. India has done this many times in the home season, if you think about England when they would get 400-500 and India would come back and win it. So it is a strong message sent to Sri Lanka for the next two Test match in Nagpur that India is a very tough side to beat and to be honest there is a big difference between the two sides.”The Sri Lankan attack has looked good because they got so much purchase from this pitch but on flat pitches this Lankan fast bowling attack will not be able to create too many impressions on the Indian batting. So this is a strong message to Sri Lanka that listen we were down and out but we can come back and beat you”, concluded Ganguly.The second Test against Sri Lanka begins on November 24 in Nagpur. India are chasing a world record-equaling ninth straight Test series victory.last_img read more

Video: Clemson Football Releases “Winter” Highlight Video Recapping Everything The Team Did

first_imgDabo Swinney gestures from the Clemson sideline.For the Clemson football program, this past winter was a busy one. The Tigers put in a ridiculous amount of work over the past couple of months, hitting the weights and working out on the field nearly everyday. They also were out in the community, doing a bunch of charity work. The training period is over now, though, as Dabo Swinney’s program has begun spring practice. Clemson hit the field for its first practice of the spring on Monday. In appreciation of their offseason work, the Tigers’ video production team released a highlight video recapping everything that was done this winter. The Tigers appear to be set for a big 2015. Clemson begins its season Sept. 5 against Wofford.last_img read more

Vineyard Vines Derby Tie for Charity

first_img The Dive Motel Brings Legit 70s-Era Swagger to Nashville The 5 Best Margarita Mixes to Stock Up On Right Now How to Thrift Like a Pro: Tips for Making the Most of Secondhand Style Editors’ Recommendations The Kentucky Derby signals the first signs of spring and a time when men shed their flannels and boots to suit up with broadcloth shirts and two-toned brogues. It’s also a time when men will ever ponder the color pink.Brothers Shep and Ian Murray, CEOs and co-founders of vineyard vines tapped into this seasonal switch by announcing a partnership with the national non-profit Bright Pink in conjunction with the Kentucky Derby. Thirty percent of the proceeds from sales of the Vineyard Vines Pink Lillies items as part of the Kentucky Derby Collection will be donated to Bright Pink.Vineyard vines’ Pink Lillies assortment as part of the vineyard vines for Kentucky Derby collection consists of a tie, bowtie, pocket square and tote bag. The Pink Lillies print was designed exclusively by vineyard vines as part of their annual Kentucky Derby collection for 2014. The design was inspired by the Pink Lily cocktail, an iconic beverage consumed on Oaks Day.“We are thrilled to be partnering with Bright Pink to donate a portion of the proceeds from sales of our Pink Lillies collection.” said Murray. “This is the first time in our four year partnership with Churchill Downs® to engage with a charitable partner in this way, and we can’t think of a more worthy cause.”Bright Pink Founder and CEO Lindsay Avner is equally excited about the collab, adding ”The critical funds raised through the sales of the vineyard vines Pink Lillies Collection will fuel our lifesaving programs and empower young women to be proactive with their breast and ovarian health. We are forever grateful for this contribution and for the opportunity to spread our message to vineyard vines shoppers throughout the country.”If you happen to be lucky enough to be at the Derby, one dollar from each Pink Lily cocktail sold on-site at the Derby will be donated to a local Louisville charity. Now there’s the perfect reasoning for a pop of pink in your sartorial summertime wardrobe! Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men Lenny Kravitz’s New Twice Toothpaste Will Make Plaque Fly Away last_img read more

Live Like Jason Statham at Vegas’ VORE Adrenaline Compound

first_imgBut, the real fun starts far off the compound. VORE’s multi-day tours let drivers cut loose on some of the most pristine desert racing trails in the world. Their Desert Tease package is a 30-mile intro tour ideal for anyone looking to get off the track and experience what real racing feels like. The Let’s Get Dirty package ups the ante with an entire half-day of tearing up the Nevada badlands. For a full-blown experience, the VORE Challenge and flagship 2-3 Day Adventures provide drivers with hundreds of miles of experience behind the wheel of VORE’s custom, $160,000 off-road racing trucks.All of VORE’s experiences include transportation to/from most hotels in the Vegas area. But, if an ordinary shuttle van just isn’t disco enough for you, upgrade to a stretched limo or a helicopter fly-in. Or, go all-in with a skydiving package that literally drops you into the compound. Once onsite, visitors can add additional bucket list-worthy packages to any experience. The most popular? Firing live machine guns (including Uzis, assault rifles, and belt-fed automatic weapons) in the desert or blowing up a full-size, explosive-loaded car with ten rounds from a Remington 700.The menu of experiences at VORE varies widely. An “intro” five-lap tour starts at $295 USD, with custom, multi-day desert adventures tours available as well. All necessary gear and insurance are included (which is nice, because you’re going to need it). Blowing up taxis, skydiving in the desert, and Baja-style truck racing through some of the harshest landscapes in the United States. It all sounds like just another day on the set of a Jason Statham movie. But, one Nevada company has sought to make all this adrenaline porn a reality for thrill-seeking travelers.Not far from downtown Las Vegas, VORE Adrenaline Compound is like a playground for adults looking to live out their adolescent “live fast, die young” fantasies (without the dying part). The company’s purpose-built truck racing track is the culmination of hundreds of hours of development to replicate the challenges and conditions of a real Pro2 Lucas Oil or TORQ course. That means no less than five substantial jumps, high-speed/high-banked corners, a 40-foot table top jump to launch drivers more than 20 feet in the air, and corners designed entirely for drifting. Drivers can choose from 5-, 10-, or 20-lap packages and experience all the thrills of legit short course racing. Vanderhall’s 2020 Carmel GT Is a Race-Ready, 3-Wheel Go-Kart Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Live Like Jason Statham at Vegas’ VORE Adrenaline Compound Close Editors’ Recommendations The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer This 1949 Barn Find Coupe Was Resurrected As a 638-Horsepower Hellraiser Take the Ultimate Desert Road Trip with Lamborghini’s Serata Dubai last_img read more

Two men dead following separate incidents in Montreal

first_imgMONTREAL – Montreal police are investigating the city’s ninth and 10th homicides of the year in different neighbourhoods.One victim died in hospital Wednesday after being stabbed during an altercation late Tuesday evening between several people at a downtown intersection (Sainte-Catherine and Mackay streets).Police say the 23-year-old man was found a short distance away from the scene of the fight.Police spokesman Raphael Bergeron says two men were detained but there was no immediate word on charges.A second man was shot and killed following a bar fight in the city’s west end that spilled into a parking lot (at Saint-Jacques St. and Cavendish Blvd.).No arrests have been made in that death but police were reportedly seeking two possible suspects. No names have been released.last_img read more

The Voice Stars To Perform At Champions Of Hope Benefit

first_imgGlobal Genes | R.A.R.E. Project has announced that Faircraft Records/Universal Republic recording artist Chris Mann and singer/songwriter Katrina Parker, both fan favorites and stars of the second season of the NBC hit television show “The Voice,” will perform at the first annual ‘RARE Tribute to Champions of Hope’ benefit on September 27, 2012, at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort in Newport Beach, CA.Global Genes | R.A.R.E. Project is the leading non-profit organization advocating for the roughly 30 million Americans and approximately 350 million people worldwide who are affected by rare and genetic diseases and disorders. In the United States, a disease is considered rare if it affects fewer than 200,000 Americans per disease. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), there are nearly 7,000 such rare diseases and an estimated 95% do not have a single approved drug treatment.“Music is a universal language that connects us all, has the power to soothe the soul and can play an important part in a patient’s healing process,” said Chris Mann. “I am honored to be able to use my gift of music to help raise awareness for the prevalence of rare and genetic diseases that affect millions of people worldwide.”“Millions of people suffer from rare diseases that are misrepresented or misunderstood by the world at large,” said Katrina Parker. “These people face unique challenges and achieve unique victories every single day. They are fighters in the truest sense of the word. I am delighted to be part of this benefit to help lead the way for more support, research, empathy and community.”In addition to musical performances by Chris Mann and Katrina Parker, “Grey’s Anatomy” star Jason George will join actors Nestor Serrano (Act of Valor, The Negotiator, The Insider, Secretariat) and Meagan Tandy (Jane By Design, 90210, CSI: NY, Dark Blue) as celebrity presenters and will introduce some of the evening’s distinguished honorees.“I became aware of rare diseases when I was starring on a medical drama series and one special episode dealt with childhood cancer,” said Jason George. “I had no idea that all childhood cancers are considered rare diseases and I was floored when a number of families whose lives had been rocked by childhood cancer reached out to me on Facebook to thank me for being part of the episode. I have young children of my own and the “what if it was my child” question landed hard, and ever since I’ve tried to support awareness for rare diseases in any way possible.”Gracie Van Brunt, a young girl battling a rare disease called Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome, will take the stage and perform a special song of hope that she wrote, which chronicles her journey as a rare disease patient. Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome is a rare congenital disorder that attacks the pancreas, making it difficult to digest food. The disease also attacks bone marrow, stunting growth.In addition to numerous award presentations, a special Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Henri Termeer, former President and CEO of Genzyme Corporation.Sponsors of the “RARE Tribute to Champions of Hope” Gala and Rare and Genetic Disease Patient Advocacy Day include: Amicus, Amylin, Alexion, Bayer, BIO, BioMarin, Burrill & Company, Centric Health Resources, EveryLife Foundation, Feinstein Keen Healthcare, Genzyme, Goldman Sachs, Hollencrest Capital, Illumina, Oprhan Europe, PatientsLikeMe, Pfizer, Shire, Sigma Tau, Synageva, Vertex, and Walgreens.Tickets to the event are available here.last_img read more

Like 2014 Delhi to witness triangular contest this time

first_imgNEW DELHI: Just like 2014, this year too Delhi will witness a triangular election. While AAP looks at the demand of full statehood, youth faces and Delhi government works, BJP and Congress kept their focuses on the loyalists.The ongoing speculation over the Congress-AAP alliance came to a pause after the Congress party on Monday announced its 6 out of 7 candidates for Delhi. The BJP on Sunday announced 4 out of 7 seats where they have given tickets to all the sitting MPs from their respective constituencies. Later on Monday, the saffron party fielded former cricketer Gautam Gambhir from the East Delhi constituency and renominated Meenakshi Lekhi from New Delhi. The AAP has already announced all the candidates months back. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIn the last election in 2014 after the 49 days government of the AAP, the BJP won from all the seven seats. This year the North East Delhi seats would become a star seat as both Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and Delhi Pradesh Congress chief former Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit will fight from this seat. Popular AAP face Dilip Pandey is also fighting from this seat. Showing its intent to take the battle seriously, Congress has thrown its entire might into the election. It has fielded three-term former chief minister Sheila Dikshit from North East Delhi. After a nearly five-year hiatus following her loss in the 2013 assembly election, Dikshit returned to the Delhi party unit as president in January this year. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsWhile, the AAP candidates are already in the field from the last seven months, the Congress and BJP will start their campaign from this week. The issues Congress will focus on are jobs and development. But due to the triangular contest, the Congress will have to raise the issues against both BJP and the AAP. However, the BJP has decided to fight the election in the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The BJP will focus on the schemes and works done by the BJP government in the Centre. The AAP will keep its focus on the full statehood demand. The AAP has combined the issues of higher education, law and order and job with the issue of the full-statehood. Meanwhile, both Congress and BJP have no local or Delhi-based issues to fight on. According to the surveys, the vote base of the AAP is of the Congress which made the Congress party lose the last Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections in Delhi. Right now, the BJP has not announced the name of candidate from North West seat. The Congress has yet not announed the name of the candidate from the South Delhi.last_img read more

UN agency opens new camps for Pakistanis fleeing fighting

Ron Redmond, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva that most of the families fled the Mingora and Char Bagh areas in Swat district to seek refuge in n Mardan, Swabi and Charsadda districts of the province. “To respond to this new influx, UNHCR, its partners and NWFP authorities have established two new camps in Charsadda and Peshawar districts. Sugar Mill camp, in Charsadda, received 400 families, or 2,400 individuals, yesterday and more people are expected to arrive today,” Mr. Redmond said.“Some families who arrived in Sugar Mill yesterday told our teams that they had been living in their basement for a month. They said they were about to run out of food when the curfew was finally lifted last Saturday and Sunday and they were told to evacuate the area. One family said they ate spinach and bread for 25 days before they were finally able to leave their home for safety,” he stated.“The displaced cited shortages of food and medicine as major problems for those who remain stranded in the conflict zone,” Mr. Redmond added.Yesterday, the UN said the number of people displaced by the conflict in NWFP has risen above 2.5 million, and a shortage of funds could cut relief services there. More than two million people have been driven from their homes by clashes between the Government and militants in the past month, in addition to the 400,000 already displaced in fighting last year. According to media reports, the Pakistani army has stepped up its offensive in the Swat Valley and other areas of the Province as part of its expanded campaign against the Taliban and Al-Qaida.Mr. Redmond said UNHCR provided relief kits for 850 families, including mats, plastic sheeting, kitchen sets, jerry cans, and blankets in the Sugar Mill camp. The local government provided tents and labour to clear the site, he said, and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is helping to install latrines. 2 June 2009The United Nations refugee agency said today it has opened two new camps in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP) to house thousands of people who took advantage of the lifting of a curfew over the weekend to flee fighting in the Swat Valley. read more

Tribal clashes uproot over 16000 civilians in northern DR Congo reports UN

6 November 2009Clashes between two tribes in northern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have caused more than 16,000 civilians to flee their homes since last week, crossing into neighbouring Republic of Congo to find safety, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. Fighting first erupted in March between the Enyele and Munzaya tribes, whose dispute is over farming and fishing rights in the village of Dongo, in DRC’s Equateur province.In that first round of clashes, over 200 houses were burned and more than 1,200 residents fled to Republic of Congo, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).This time some 60 people were killed and about 40 seriously injured, and the deadly clashes spread to surrounding villages, several of which were burned. “UNHCR is seriously concerned about the intensity of the violence and its spread to nearby villages, which have been virtually emptied of people,” said spokesperson Andrej Mahecic.The agency said the 16,100 asylum-seekers from DRC, who are mainly Munzayas, are staying in public buildings or with host communities across 11 villages alongside the Oubangui River, which they had to cross to reach the Republic of Congo. According to a team from UNHCR that visited the group, they are in need of proper shelter, food and household items such as blankets, kitchen sets and jerry cans. “Once a thorough assessment is made, we will work together with the Government to help them,” Mr. Mahecic told reporters in Geneva. “Some also need medical care, but an over-stretched mobile clinic run by a UNHCR partner cannot cope with all their needs.”Before the current influx, there were already some 9,000 refugees in northern Republic of Congo who had sought safety from the civil war in the DRC. Mr. Mahecic noted that although large numbers went home to the DRC after the war formally ended in 2003, these 9,000 preferred to settle permanently in the Republic of Congo, and UNHCR is working with the Government to find ways to make this possible. read more

TransCanada Corp sells stake in Bison Pipeline for US215 million

TransCanada Corp. sells stake in Bison Pipeline for US$215 million CALGARY – TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) said Wednesday it has signed a deal to sell its remaining 30 per cent stake in Bison Pipeline LLC to its master limited partnership, TC PipeLines LP, for US$215 million.The pipeline company holds a 28 per cent interest in TC PipeLines LP, which owns U.S. natural gas pipelines and related assets.Through the sale of the operations to the partnership, TransCanada is able to raise cash to fund its own capital spending.“The Bison transaction advances our previously stated commitment to sell the remainder of TransCanada’s U.S. natural gas pipeline assets to the partnership,” TransCanada president and chief executive Russ Girling said in a statement.“As TransCanada continues to progress our unprecedented $38 billion capital program, we intend to drop down the remainder of those assets on a more sizable, frequent basis over the coming quarters and years.”Bison is a 487-kilometre natural gas pipeline in the U.S. Rocky Mountains. by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 1, 2014 10:47 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Shonda Rhimes joins national Planned Parenthood board

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes is joining the national board of Planned Parenthood.Rhimes made the announcement in an interview with Elle magazine alongside Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards.Rhimes says she decided to join the board because “women’s health is under fire right now” and she feels “it’s important to help fight back.”Rhimes also discussed a 2015 episode of “Scandal,” which showed main character Olivia Pope having an abortion. Rhimes says she was portraying a legal medical procedure and “wasn’t going to pull any punches.”Richards says the organization is hoping to harness some of Rhimes’ “enormous creative energy and storytelling ability.”Rhimes previously served on the board of the organization’s Los Angeles chapter. by The Associated Press Posted Apr 6, 2017 12:13 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 6, 2017 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Shonda Rhimes joins national Planned Parenthood board read more

Parliament Square cars could be banned says UKs most senior police officer

Part of Parliament Square could be pedestrianised in the wake of the latest suspected Westminster terror attack, Britain’s most senior police officer has said.Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said the move to ban vehicles from the road in front of the Houses of Parliament could be made in a bid to prevent further vehicle attacks – terrorists’ “weapon of choice”.A 29-year-old UK national – named as Salih Khater, a former Sudanese migrant – remains in police custody following his arrest on suspicion of preparing an act of terror after crashing a silver Ford Fiesta. Police revealed on Wednesday that he has been further arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.Addresses in the Midlands have been searched as police investigate the crash outside the Houses of Parliament in a suspected terror attack on Tuesday morning.The Fiesta was driven from Birmingham to London late on Monday, spent almost five hours in the Tottenham Court Road area and was then driven around the Westminster area for more than 90 minutes, before it crashed into a security barrier just before 7.40am. Steel and concrete barriers surround ParliamentThe Houses of Parliament are surrounded with security barriers of steel and concrete. Salih Khater is a former Sudanese migrant who is now a UK nationalCredit:Facebook There was nobody else in the vehicle and no weapons were found, police said.The car was removed from the scene late on Tuesday night.Questions over mystery white vanOfficers are also facing questions over a mystery white van which was seen behind the Ford Fiesta driven by the suspect.Another van was seen stopping on the other side of the road in the seconds after the crash. He added that the statistics relating to inquiries are “very, very challenging for police and security services who are constantly re-prioritising their investigations”.He went on: “There’s a big challenge in community policing which needs to be turned around and I’m sure that’s on the Home Office agenda.” Mr Khan added: “So some of the things we’re keen to do, working with the Palace of Westminster, working with the council and the experts, is to part-pedestrianise that part of Parliament Square immediately outside the gates to Parliament, but at the same time making it attractive… I think there’d be all sorts of challenges with doing the whole square because it is a thoroughfare for cars, vehicles, commercial deliveries going through London.”So it’s possible to have a design solution that meets the objectives… in relation to keeping our buildings and our people as safe as we can do, but also not losing what’s wonderful about our city which is a vibrant democracy and people can walk around our city, cycle around our city, safely.”Rooftop footage shows moment car hit cyclistsFootage captured on a rooftop camera showed the car’s approach towards Parliament, where it crossed into oncoming traffic and hit a group of cyclists before entering a small road and crashing into a security barrier. The terrorist threat against the UK is seen as unprecedented. The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said there were 676 live investigations being carried out by the security services and counter-terror police at the end of June, up from more than 500 in March.Some 13 Islamist plots and four by far-right extremists have been foiled in the past 18 months, he added.There are 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 probes whose threat must be kept under review.Ex counter-terror chief: Security worked wellSir Mark Rowley, a former Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner and the UK’s national lead for counter-terrorism policing, told Radio 4’s Today programme that constantly changing tactics by terrorists requires constantly changing tactics by the police, adding that “all that physical security worked really well yesterday”. 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 He said police would be trying to understand the “ideology and the motivation behind the attack”, plus any possible associations. Police and security sources insist the driver was not being followed, however they confirmed an unmarked police van was in the area at the time of the incident.Both police and security sources insisted the suspect was not being followed, but they did not respond to questions of whom the van belonged to.’He was just deadpan’: what witnesses sawWitnesses described an emotionless driver ploughing through cyclists in what appeared to be a deliberate act. Three people suffered non-life-threatening injuries. One man was treated at the scene while another man and woman were taken to hospital but both were discharged by Tuesday evening.Images posted online showed a man wearing a black jacket being led away in handcuffs from the car as armed police officers swarmed the scene.Video: Ford Fiesta that crashed is removed from scene Workmen measure up to replace a door broken in a police raid on a flat in Peveril Street, NottinghamCredit:Caters News  She said: “You will notice that the security around Parliament both in terms of armed officers and police officers and physical barriers has been further enhanced over the last several months and there is more to come on that in further months.”Whether that area outside should be pedestrianised further, there should be further physical works done, I think is a matter that will be discussed no doubt between parliamentary authorities, us, the intelligence agencies and indeed the local authorities and the mayor.”Video: Moment terror suspect is held by armed police Police outside Brinklow Tower in BirminghamCredit:James Ward/Caters The Bunna Internet Cafe in Sparkbrook, BirminghamCredit:James Ward/Caters Injured cyclists are treated by paramedics after the crash in WestminsterCredit:AP Khater was previously an accountancy student at Coventry University, but was kicked out after failing his first year.A university spokesman said: “Salih Khater studied accountancy at Coventry University between September 2017 and May 2018. As of May 2018 he is no longer enrolled at the university.”The spokesman added: “Salih Khater failed the first year of his course, therefore his enrolment was terminated.”Mayor of London backs part-pedestrianisationSadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, backed the part-pedestrianisation of Parliament Square, saying he is an “advocate” of the move.But he stressed there would be “all sorts of challenges” with making the entire area vehicle-free.Asked if the physical security around Parliament should be strengthened, including potentially pedestrianising Parliament Square, Mr Khan said on Wednesday: “I think it should be, I’ve been an advocate for a while now of part-pedestrianising Parliament Square, but making sure we don’t lose the wonderful thing about our democracy which is people having access to parliamentarians, people being able to lobby Parliament, visitors being able to come and visit Parliament. Internet cafe He said the apparent deliberate nature of the act, the method used and the “iconic” location of Parliament led the force to treat it as a terrorist incident.Suspect migrated from Sudan, studied accountancy at Coventry University… and loved Celine DionDetails have started to emerge about the Westminster suspect, Salih Khater, a Sudanese immigrant who studied accountancy in the UK and loved Western music and football.He lived in a small flat in Birmingham and described himself as a shop manager. Birmingham Hall Green MP Roger Godsiff said it is believed the suspect had been living in his constituency.The suspect, who was said to not be co-operating with officers, was not known to security services, Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism head Neil Basu said. Video: Minute-by-minute – footage shows how crash unfolded Salih Khater Police outside Brinklow Tower in Birmingham Homes raided by counter-terror police officersCounter-terrorism officers conducted searches at two addresses in Birmingham and a residential property in Nottingham as part of the Westminster investigation.Plain-clothed police officers could be seen outside an address in Peveril Street in Nottingham on Tuesday evening, which was said by neighbours to be home to six Sudanese people.There was also a police presence near the Bunna Internet Cafe on Stratford Road in Sparkbrook, Birmingham, where Mr Khater is believed to have lived. Kirsty Moseley, of Brixton, south London, was a passenger in the first car behind the cyclists, who “were thrown everywhere” after being struck at what she estimated was 25mph.Ms Moseley, 31, added: “He (the driver) wasn’t shouting anything, he wasn’t screaming, he didn’t look crazed or out of control – he was just deadpan.” Salih Khater, who liked pop stars Celine Dion and Rihanna, is believed to have moved to the UK five years agoCredit:Facebook Jason Williams, from Kennington, was walking to work when he saw the “deliberate” crash.”It didn’t look like an accident. How do you do that by accident? It was a loud bang,” the 45-year-old said.Theresa May praises ‘formidable courage’ of policeAfter a meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra committee, Theresa May urged the country to come together and carry on as normal.In a statement the Prime Minister, who is on holiday, praised the “formidable courage” and professionalism of the emergency services who “ran towards” danger.Home SecretarySajid Javid, who also thanked the emergency services, urged people to “keep an open mind” about the incident.Referring to the suspected act of terrorism, US President Donald Trump said on Twitter “these animals are crazy”. Westminster cyclists Ms Dick praised officers’ courage as they leapt into action following the “ghastly” crash at the entrance to the House of Lords.Over the past year-and-a-half, Westminster has become a target for attack for a variety of motivations, including terrorist, Ms Dick said. Salih Khater “What I’m seeking to do, you’ve seen since last March the temporary barriers across a number of our bridges, but also you can design in ways to keep buildings safe from hostile vehicles. You’ll have seen around Whitehall barriers which don’t look like barriers because they’ve been designed in a way to look attractive and not unattractive.Video: Khan is ‘advocate’ of banning cars near Parliament Workmen measure up to replace a door broken in a police raid on a flat in Peveril Street, Nottingham 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. 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

Swarm of flying ants over England so dense it could be seen

A flying ant day usually occurs when a spell of wet weather is followed by hot humid weather.Although referred to as a day, the mating ritual can last for several weeks in high summer.By the end, billions of ants will have taken to the skies. A cloud of flying ants that hit the south coast on Wednesday was so dense it could be seen in satellite images from space.The swarm of insects hit the counties of Hampshire, West Sussex and Dorset and were captured on the Met Office’s radar. They were also spotted in East Sussex and Kent.The weather was perfect for ants to move into the “nuptial flight” phase of their reproduction, also known as “flying ant day” – where virgin queen ants are followed by male ants hoping to mate.As the queen sets off, she emits pheromones that attract the males.But when they follow her she will flee, meaning only the strongest are able to keep up and mate with her.The process helps to make sure her offspring are as fit as they can be.A Met Office spokesperson said the ants showed up on their image as a showers of rain because “the radar thinks the beams are hitting raindrops not ants”. It may have seemed like it was actually raining ants because male ants who have successfully mated shed their wings and fall to the ground where they will start new colonies.Flying ants are mostly harmless to humans, but they do have a strange effect on seagulls who can appear drunk after eating a few due to formic acid they expel. The latest view from space 📡 shows that our radar is picking up something that isn’t #precipitation along the south coast 🤔 pic.twitter.com/N4eU9n6Z6A— Met Office (@metoffice) July 17, 2019 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

Swedish political party seeks to ban foreigners from begging

first_imgTHE FAR-RIGHT Sweden Democrats party today proposed forbidding foreigners from begging in the country under penalty of jail time or expulsion.“Make begging in Sweden an offence for foreigners and impose the punishment of expulsion or an entry ban” for a certain amount of time, the party wrote in a political programme.The Sweden Democrats entered parliament for the first time in 2010 on an anti-immigration, eurosceptic platform, and the party hopes to win even more seats in September 2014 legislative elections.The latest opinion polls show the party has around 12 percent support among voters.According to the party, in a section of the programme entitled “fight against criminality”, there are two types of beggars in Sweden. The main reason beggars come to Sweden is to beg in a professional manner. We can compare them to Swedish beggars who often beg because of their homelessness or addiction to alcohol or drugs.“The Sweden Democrats think that professional begging has no place here in Sweden. We also feel that Swedish social protection must first of all be directed towards, and take care of, our fellow citizens,” according to the document.Sweden has relatively few homeless people, however their number has increased as a result of the economic crisis in Europe.The government in 2012 counted 370 homeless European Union citizens in the country, most of whom were men or Roma.- © AFP 2013.Read: Swedish riots ‘should serve as a wake-up call’ for Ireland>Read: Protest outside Dáil calls for ‘end to State racism’>last_img read more