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Paul Pogba will return for Manchester United for Sunday’s home game against Crystal Palace after missing the last two matches due to the death of his father, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday.The Portuguese is focusing on next Wednesday’s Europa League final against Dutch side Ajax and is set to field a youthful team for the largely meaningless final game of the Premier League season.With United sixth in the domestic league and unable to finish in the top four, the Europa League is Mourinho’s only hope of securing Champions League football next season.But he told reporters that midfielder Pogba, the world’s most expensive player, would feature at Old Trafford.”Paul Pogba is fine. Strong guy. Strong mentality. He needs to play on Sunday because he has not trained or played for a while,” Mourinho said after the Frenchman joined the players at an open training session.The manager said he did not know whether England striker Wayne Rooney would feature.Chris Smalling would be absent, and missed training on Friday, but is expected to be fit for Wednesday while Marouane Fellaini was “a question mark” with United waiting on a scan after he suffered a hamstring injury.”Tim Fosu-Mensah plays Sunday and if the reaction is good and if he manages to play the game without problems, then he’s an option for us for the final,” said Mourinho.
The gloves are off and the fight is on between Formula One title rivals Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.Sunday’s explosive Azerbaijan Grand Prix more than made up for last year’s dull race in Baku, bursting the budding ‘bromance’ and replacing it with something much more heavyweight. (Formula 1: Daniel Ricciardo wins chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix)Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said as much after a crazy afternoon that saw mutual respect and camaraderie tossed aside amid angry accusations.”Nobody wanted to see the schmoozing anyway, so now the gloves are off,” the Austrian told Sky Sports television after Hamilton had dubbed the Ferrari driver a “disgrace” and suggested they sort things out “face to face”. (Azerbaijan GP: Record-breaker Lance Stroll realises Formula One dream)”The sport needs the rivalry. What we have seen today is the ingredient of a great championship,” said Wolff.The most memorable seasons have been fuelled by controversy, passion and a fierce rivalry sometimes spilling into outright enmity.Baku, with the championship favourites colliding and a podium of drivers who could scarcely believe their luck, provided enough drama to keep the championship bubbling away for months to come.In Spain last May, Hamilton had spoken about how enjoyable it was to be battling a rival who was not a team mate — his main opponent for the past three seasons — and the admiration he felt for Vettel’s speed and consistency.The Briton had warned then, however, that it might not last and on Sunday he was proven right.advertisementBATTLE LINESThe battle lines were drawn the moment Vettel went into the back of Hamilton’s Mercedes during the second of three safety car periods, the German shaking his fists and pulling alongside to bang wheels in a gesture that looked a lot like ‘road rage’.The frustrated and angry man of 2016, who raged at rivals and had to apologise to race director Charlie Whiting in Mexico last November after an expletive-laden radio rant, was back.The stewards were clear in apportioning blame, imposing a 10 second stop-and-go penalty on the German for steering into Hamilton.The championship leader, now 14 points clear of Hamilton after finishing fourth to the Briton’s fifth, was also given three penalty points which could prove significant.They bring Vettel’s tally in the last 12 months to nine and means another such sanction in Austria in two weeks’ time would trigger an automatic race ban for the following round at Silverstone.There were some who felt such a penalty should have been applied already, even if the moment of madness ultimately cost Vettel a victory that would have fallen into his lap after Hamilton had to pit to fix a loose head rest.”Deliberately driving into another driver and getting away pretty much scot-free as he still came fourth, I think that’s a disgrace. I think he disgraced himself today,” said triple champion Hamilton.”Imagine all the young kids that are watching Formula One today and see that kind of behaviour from a four-time world champion. I think that says it all.”Vettel’s assertion that Hamilton had ‘brake-tested’ him, by slowing so suddenly that the Ferrari ran into the back of the Mercedes, was also undermined by the evidence.The governing FIA confirmed that Hamilton’s car data showed he “maintained a consistent speed and behaved in the same manner on that occasion as in all the other re-starts during the race”.Mercedes non-executive director and retired triple champion Niki Lauda said he had never seen anything like it.”Vettel is a decent guy normally. This I don’t understand. He is crazy. Lewis will hit him one day. Not with the car but with his fist,” he said.
The legendary MC Mary Kom remained on course for an unprecedented sixth gold after beating North Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi to reach the 48kg final in the Women’s World Boxing Championship in New Delhi on Thursday.The 35-year-old five-time world champion beat her North Korean opponent in the semifinals.Mary Kom drew her strength from the vast reservoir of nearly two decades of boxing while the North Korean’s USP was her aggression and quick movement which was witnessed on Tuesday when she pummelled her South Korean opponent Chorong Bak.Also Read – Former world champion boxer Petrova reprimanded for accusing judges of corruptionAlready assured of a record seventh medal, Mary Kom is, without a doubt, one of the most successful woman pugilists in the event’s history.Mary Kom had entered the event with a remarkable tally of five gold medals and a silver to her credit. She last won a world championship medal in 2010 — a 48kg category gold.Also read – Women’s World Championships: Mary Kom and three others enter semis, assure medalsMary Kom’s team of support! @MangteC celebrates her SF win with her team of coaches (L-R: physio, coaches Chotala and Ali Qamar.) Indeed a proud moment for all of them to attain this success! #PunchMeinHainDum #AIBA #boxing pic.twitter.com/8VWHley1lYBoxing Federation (@BFI_official) November 22, 2018Before this World Championships, the Manipuri was tied with Irish legend Katie Taylor (five gold and a bronze) on the number of medals won. Taylor now plies her trade in the professional circuit.advertisementThe ‘Magnificent Mary’ had already beaten Kim in their last meeting at the summit clash of the Asian Championships last year and the Manipuri veteran sounded confident of a win again.Meanwhile, there was disappointment in store for another Indian pugilist as Lovlina Borgohain settled for the bronze medal after losing her semi-final bout against Chen Nien-Chin of Taiwan in the 69gk category.Two other Indians in fray, Sonia (57kg) and Simranjit Kaur (64kg) will turn out in their semifinals on Friday, and both were prepared for their respective bouts.(With IANS inputs)Also Watch – India start tour of Australia with four-wicket loss in first T20I
Highly-rated Australia batsman Will Pucovski, who will turn 21 on Saturday, has been released from the Test squad playing Sri Lanka due to mental health concerns, the country’s cricket board said on Friday.Pucovski played just eight first-class matches but scored 243 for Victoria earlier this season before he opted to take a break from the game to receive treatment for a mental health-related illness.”Will Pucovski has been released from the men’s Test squad and will return home to Melbourne to continue managing his wellbeing,” Cricket Australia Doctor Richard Saw said in a statement from the board.”He reported some challenges over the past few days, and the decision has been made that the best thing for Will’s welfare is for him to return home to Melbourne.”Will has been proactive in this process and while he has made significant progress, he feels this is the best course of action to get ready to play cricket for Victoria.”Pucovski consulted his family and Cricket Victoria before arriving at the decision, the board said.”Will’s decision to speak up and continue to ask for assistance in managing his ongoing mental health is extremely positive,” Saw added.”Cricket Australia and Cricket Victoria will continue to support Will, and we kindly ask that Will’s privacy is respected so he can continue working towards a return to Premier Cricket and the next round of First Class cricket.”Pucovski did not make the team for Australia’s first-Test victory in Brisbane and was also overlooked for the ongoing second and final Test against Sri Lanka at the Manuka Oval.advertisementAlso Watch:
Yuzvendra Chahal has forged a formidable wrist-spin partnership for India with Kuldeep Yadav and the leg-spinner believes their success, to a large extent, is due to their freedom to attack relentlessly even when bleeding runs.The duo have emerged as India’s frontline spinners who hunt in tandem as was displayed in India’s 4-1 one-day series victory in New Zealand where they shared 17 wickets even though Yadav was rested in the final match.Known for his guile and control, Chahal said he and Yadav enjoyed freedom from the team management to keep attacking at every stage of a game.”Both Kuldeep and I are wicket-taking bowlers,” the 28 year-old Chahal, who along with left-arm unorthodox spinner Yadav is set to spearhead India’s spin challenge in World Cup, told the Hindustan Times daily.”We possess a lot of variations between us. Even when we are going for runs, the mandate is that we have to go for wickets as that can dent the opposition.”We have the freedom to go for wickets and always go for them. In the middle overs, if you keep chipping in with wickets you can cover even if you have gone for runs early on.”The wrist-spinners appear to have addressed India’s slow bowling worries in recent times but Chahal said spin all-rounder Kedar Jadhav could also play an important role.”… someone like Kedar is important. He can give you the sixth bowler’s option, can fill in overs if someone is going for runs and can also be given full quota if need arises,” Chahal said.advertisement”He has a different action and has a lot of variations. His deliveries stay low and are difficult to score of as the batsmen can’t get underneath them.”Also Read | Hardik Pandya ruled out of Australia series due to back injuryAlso Read | Let India beat Pakistan and ensure they don’t advance in World Cup: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | India’s strength at the World Cup lies in their fast bowling unit: Zaheer KhanAlso Read | Keep Pakistan out of Cricket World Cup, BCCI to tell ICC in wake of Pulwama terror attack
Photo Attribution: Icon SMIAh, it’s an easy narrative for all 870 Heisman voters plus the 54 former winners who have a vote (or 53, that Reggie Bush ballot probably gets a little awkward this time of year).That narrative is: uber-talented dual-threat QB rises from the ashes in Waco, Texas to drag one of the country’s worst football programs back to prominence.In fact, it’s almost too easy. But is it really that simple?The nation is drooling over #10 right now and what he’s done for what used to be a horrendous football program, but does he deserve the Heisman? Let’s take a closer look.Nolan sent me this email the other day:QB #1: 273/404 (67.6%) for 3,105 YDS, 33 TDs, 9 wins (6-2 in conference)QB #2: 245/336 (72.9%) for 3,572 YDS, 33 TDs, 7 wins (4-3 in conference)QB #3: 241/343 (70.3%) for 2,937 YDS, 31 TDs, 10 wins (8-1 in conference)QB #4: 355/486 (73.0%) for 4,111 YDS, 34 TDs, 10 wins (7-1 in conference)Those quarterbacks in order are: Matt Barkley, Robert Griffin, Andrew Luck, and Brandon Weeden. And somehow, inexplicably, the one with the worst stats and worst record is being lauded as the country’s best.To be fair, Griffin has 550 yards rushing and 5 TD and has a pair of Heisman moments. I’m not saying he’s not good (because he is), but how quickly we forget about who the frontrunner was just five days ago purchasing his plane ticket to JFK International (and such is the epic trolling of bloggers and sites everywhere).A few points to accentuate why Weeden shouldn’t be forgotten.1. If you’re a national pundit and you say OSU’s defense has sucked all year (and if you’re a national pundit, you have said this all year), then you also have to have a reason for their 10-1 record. What is it?2. Weeden has had two Heisman second halves that have been overshadowed by other stories. He put up a school record in passing yards with 2 TDs and 3 breathtaking drives in College Station which all got overshadowed by the fact that A&M fell apart. He also buried Kansas State repeatedly with an absurd 16-19 for 252 and 2 line in the second half, but 90% of the country was watching a punt, pass, and kick contest down in Tuscaloosa.3. If Griffin and Weeden switched teams, what would their respective records be? Serious question there.4. How about the fact that Weeden has more passing yards, more passing TD, a higher completion percentage, more wins, and embarrassed Griffin when they went head-to-head? Oh, but that was luck, right? And I’m not talking about Andrew…Granted, we’re still two weeks out and nobody knows what’s going to happen. But if OSU beats OU and Weeden has a great game, there’s nothing you can do to convince me that Griffin deserves to go to NYC over him. Nothing.And while we’re here – how about nobody really mentioning how much the plane crash played into OSU falling on Friday night? It’s not an excuse (and shouldn’t be used as one), but it seems like everybody just glazed over the fact that four people (two of which everybody on the football team probably knew) died the morning of what, to that point, was the biggest game of the year.Obviously death, and this situation, shouldn’t be used as a crutch (and should never be put on the same plane as winning a stupid bronze trophy), but I also don’t understand why people seem to separate those two events, as if they aren’t inextricably intertwined.I know the Heisman is very much a visceral award, often given to the nation’s most exciting player and that Weeden is not as exciting as Griffin. But he’s taken shot after shot this season and answered the bell every week until that perfect storm in Ames last Friday. He might not elicit the hyperbole in the blogosphere and Twittersphere that Griffin does, but he’s definitely every bit as worthy of the Heisman trophy.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Willie Mullins and jockey Paul Townend with the Gold Cup. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Better by far to savour the moment, if or when it finally arrived, and this success was a testament, too, to Mullins’s loyalty to his jockey. Townend and Al Boum Photo were involved in a bizarre incident at Punchestown last spring where horse and jockey suddenly veered off at the final fence with a Grade One race seemingly at their mercy. There was never any question, however, that Townend, the long-standing number two to Ruby Walsh at the stable, would keep the ride.“The early [Gold Cups] were probably disappointing but you get used to it,” Mullins said. “I had probably resigned myself to never winning a Gold Cup, so I didn’t really obsess about it or get too disappointed about it. Racing has been very good to me. I have a fantastic life in racing and I resigned myself to thinking, ‘If I never win, so be it.’ You only get one chance to win it each year and, when three of them were gone, I thought it was another year like that and so I probably had all my disappointment out of me early in the race.” Read more Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest With a circuit of Cheltenham still to run here on Friday Willie Mullins’s hopes of filling the infuriating, Gold Cup-shaped hole in his record-breaking career at the Festival were hanging by a thread. Three of his four runners in this season’s race, the latest of more than two dozen Mullins had sent to the start over the years, were already out of the running. Kemboy, the best of them according to the betting, got no further than the first.Having saddled the runner-up no fewer than six times, Mullins feared the worst. But when he trained his binoculars to Al Boum Photo, the last member of his squad still standing, he quickly realised that 2019 might finally be his year after all. Willie Mullins Share on Messenger Cheltenham Festival 2019 Two fatalities on Gold Cup day dampen spirits at Cheltenham Festival View gallery “With three of them out before the first circuit had finished I was just thinking, another year of disappointment,” the trainer said afterwards. “But looking at the field, every time I came to Paul [Townend], I realised he was so well-balanced on the horse, with a loose rein and the horse just going along in a rhythm, fence by fence. I thought, we have a life here.”There was still a good deal of ground to cover. Native River, last year’s front-running winner, was at the head of the field once again and apparently still full of running. Clan Des Obeaux, the King George winner, was hugging the rail under Harry Cobden and tracking the leaders going well, while Presenting Percy, the favourite, was still close enough to make an impression if he could find his Festival-winning form from 12 months ago.Yet Al Boum Photo, unraced since winning at tiny Tramore on New Year’s Day, was going best of all. “About the fourth or fifth last he needed a jump,” Mullins said. “You could see a long stride coming and Paul asked for it, and he got it. I thought, wow, there’s plenty of petrol left in his tank. And I know Paul’s body language, so I knew he hadn’t at all gone for anything and he still thought he had plenty left.” Cheltenham Festival Share on LinkedIn There was so much left that Al Boum Photo hit the front turning in and quickly opened a useful lead. Native River dropped away while Clan Des Obeaux could find no more inside the final quarter-mile and another Irish-trained runner, Anibale Fly, was the only danger at the last. He stayed on strongly up the hill but, while the gap was slowly closing, Al Boum Photo had more than enough left to get home by two and a half lengths.“He met the last perfectly and I looked up at winning post and what was behind,” Mullins said. “I knew that 99 times out of 100 he was going to make it this year.”He did, and two decades of disappointment and frustration for Mullins melted away in a moment. His first runner in the race, Florida Pearl, was the 5-2 favourite in 1999 but finished only third. A year later he was the first of the trainer’s famous half-dozen runners-up while in 2014 the agony was played out over the course of a 15-minute stewards’ inquiry after On His Own was short-headed by Lord Windermere, who had impeded the second on the run-in. The stewards, in what must have been a marginal decision, allowed the result to stand. Mullins, ever the sportsman, did not press the owners to appeal. 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Bellshill, whom the trainer expected before the race to “take a lot of beating”, was pulled up but uninjured, while Kemboy unseated Danny Mullins, the trainer’s nephew.Al Boum Photo’s victory came 33 years after Dawn Run, trained by Mullins’s father Paddy, recorded one of the most famous Gold Cup victories of all. “I didn’t get home for three or four days after that,” Mullins said. “It might take a bit longer this time.” Share on Facebook Facebook Cheltenham Gold Cup Reuse this content
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp cannot wait for his team’s star men to return to the fold at Anfield as the Reds’ ‘strange’ pre-season came to an end with another defeat on Sunday against Napoli.The 3-0 to reverse to the Serie A club at a sold out Murrayfield in Edinburgh made it four winless friendlies in a row for a Reds side missing several vital pieces.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Alisson are all missing because of extended holidays after international commitments. Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita have been absent through injury. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The German coach admitted that being without those players had caused problems for pre-season but did find a silver lining.“Finally, this period is over,” the 52-year-old told LFCTV after the game.“I never had a preseason like this, without six players missing a complete pre-season. It’s just strange.“Tomorrow a couple of them come back, it would be better if they had come earlier, but that’s how it is.“The best news is [Manchester] City have no idea who they face next week because we will surprise ourselves probably!”Klopp’s side face City in the Community Shield at Wembley on August 4.The traditional curtain-raiser to the English season will be a chance for the Merseyside club to make a statement against the side that beat them to the Premier League title by one point last season.They are expected to welcome back five of the six absentees this week, with only Mane, who helped guide Senegal to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations, remaining away from the group.Keita and Shaqiri have resumed training and may play a part in Liverpool’s final warm-up game on Wednesday against Ligue 1 side Lyon.“Shaqiri and Keita as well, they trained already with us once, one session. They will come tomorrow and they should be a step further,” Klopp said.“We will see, hopefully they can play a couple of minutes on Wednesday. Five of six back, which is good.”After the Community Shield, Liverpool open the Premier League season with a game against newly promoted Norwich City on August 9. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
MONTEGO BAY – The Roaring River Early Childhood Institution has been selected as the Westmoreland parish project for Labour Day 2013.The school will see major upgrading of its bathroom facilities, ceiling, as well as the painting of walls and other refurbishing work.Mayor of Savanna-la-Mar, Councillor Bertel Moore, in welcoming the project, told JIS News that he is expecting to see a large turnout of persons giving valuable service to the school and their community on Labour Day.For her part, Principal, Lucretia Burt, expressed gratitude that her school was chosen as the parish project, noting that the refurbishing work will lift the morale of the teachers and make learning easier for the 30 students in attendance.“We are looking forward to have the improvement done on the school, and we are happy that it is the Labour Day project for the parish. It is very important to have a school like this in the community. It is the only school in the community that hosts so many children and the parents are part of the school’s work in progress and their input will be greatly appreciated,” Ms. Burt said.In the meantime, Mayor Moore informed that there has been a steady stream of persons and organisations who have been registering Labour Day projects with the Westmoreland Parish Council.The Mayor said that several pedestrian crossings will be painted throughout the parish. This, he said, will aid in the safety of children and other persons on the roadways.He further informed that a bus shed will be erected on the Llandilo road, in front of the School of Hope, and the team will finish one that was erected last year at the Sheffield All Age School.“I want to encourage all the residents in the areas that we are doing projects to come out and get involved,” he urged.“Wherever we do a project, it is for the people of the community, so we want all the communities to get involved wherever we are working on Labour Day,” the Mayor said.He explained that the projects are geared towards protecting the most vulnerable in the various communities. The theme for Labour Day 2013 is “Lend a Hand…Build our Land.CONTACT: GARFIELD L. ANGUS
zoom The Chinese government has issued a list of companies involved in offshore shipbuilding that made it to the so called “White List”, local media report.The companies that make it to the list have a better chance of receiving financial loans from Chinese banks.In the first batch, the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) selected seven shipyards, all state-owned, those being: CIMC Raffles, China Merchants Heavy Industry, Cosco Qidong Shipyard, Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding, Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company, Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Offshore, and Cosco Nantong Shipyard.The announcement follows a period of revision of the shipbuilders’ applications that was launched in July this year.Previously, the Chinese government said that the list would aim at consolidation of offshore businesses, along with encouraging of technological progress and innovation. The specific benefits that offshore shipyards that make it to the list would enjoy are yet to be disclosed.The list is similar to that of China’s “White List” of conventional shipyards that were made eligible for restructuring within China’s reform of the sector aimed at boosting competitiveness by cutting overcapacity.The ‘White List’ was announced in 2014 by China’s government, as an additional incentive for shipyards which comply with the country’s requirements in areas such as ship emissions, offering the rule-abiding shipyards benefits such as tax rebates and bank credits.World Maritime News Staff
Kent DriscollAPTN NewsIqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern will not run for another term in the Nunavut capital’s upcoming election this fall.The outgoing mayor made the announcement Tuesday at a council meeting and then posted her statement to social media.She referenced Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo’s fall from power as a Liberal cabinet minister to an independent MP as one of the big challenges she and her city faced, saying she had to learn to lobby the federal government herself.For much of her time as mayor Redfern has been the only woman on council.In her message to council and to her constituents on Tuesday, she urged more women to run for public office.“Our views matter,” she told APTN News. “We have a lot of very smart, capable Inuit and especially a lot of very smart capable, educated Inuit women, that should feel confident and comfortable being able to step up.“We need to make sure that this is a safe place — as well that you’re not going to come into this room and be bullied…or receive sexist or misogynistic type of comments.”firstname.lastname@example.org@KentDriscoll
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A New York City man has pleaded guilty to his role in a scheme that sold $20 million worth of counterfeit Chinese-made clothing and uniforms to the U.S. military and government in violation of federal law.The U.S. attorney for Rhode Island announced that 49-year-old Ramin Kohanbash pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and trafficking in counterfeit goods.Authorities say Kohanbash and others had phoney reproductions made in China that were then distributed to suppliers that sold them to the U.S. government as American-made products.The clothing included phoney brand name labels and tags that falsely represented the clothing’s abilities.That included parkas falsely represented to be made of a fabric that made them difficult to detect with night-vision goggles.Kohanbash faces 15 years at prison at sentencing Jan. 17.The Associated Press
In a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York, the Secretary-General welcomed the Agreement on the Reunification of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) signed on 21 January by the South Sudanese parties. “He calls for its immediate implementation, particularly the recommitment of President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar to respect the cessation of hostilities agreement, and encourages the signatories to resolve the leadership issues of the SPLM,” said the statement.Political in-fighting between President Kiir and Mr. Machar, his former deputy, started in mid-December 2013 and subsequently turned into a full-fledged conflict that has sent nearly 100,000 civilians fleeing to bases around the country protected by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The crisis has uprooted an estimated 1.9 million people and placed more than 7 million at risk of hunger and disease. Though fighting has continued, an initial ceasefire was agreed on 23 January 2014 between the two sides in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. That deal was reaffirmed in early May. According to media reports, under the deal signed yesterday, the parties agreed to ‘reunify and reconcile’ the three factions within the SPLM.In his statement, the UN chief reminded the parties that ‘time is running out,’ and urged them to use the opportunity of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Summit, set for later this year, to reach a final agreement on the end to the conflict, including a power-sharing formula and measures to address its root causes and ensure accountability.
At least two people have died after a knifeman brought terror to the heart of Westminster, mowing down pedestrians then stabbing a policeman before being shot by armed officers.Eyewitnesses described scenes of terror as the attacker was shot several times as he approached a second officer within yards of the Houses of Parliament.Paramedics fought to save his life and that of his victim on the floor of the cobbled courtyard in front of Parliament with Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood among those who rushed to help.Eyewitness Rick Longley described the attack. “We were just walking up to the station and there was a loud bang and a guy, someone, crashed a car and took some pedestrians out.”They were just laying there and then the whole crowd just surged around the corner by the gates just opposite Big Ben.”A guy came past my right shoulder with a big knife and just started plunging it into the policeman.”I have never seen anything like that. I just can’t believe what I just saw.” 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.
A Corentyne man, who late last month reportedly stole a gun and ammunition then allegedly discharged the rounds at an elderly woman and her grandchild, was on Tuesday brought before the Whim Magistrate’s Court.Suraj SinghSuraj Singh, 26, of Number 72 Village, Corentyne Coast appeared before Magistrate Charlyn Artiga and denied the allegations brought against him.He pleaded not guilty to the first charge which alleged that between November 22-23, 2017, he stole one gun and ammunition property of Booraj Surajbally.Singh also denied discharging rounds with intention to cause injuries to 5-year-old Renuka Singh and Savitree Hassan, her grandmother.According to the Police Prosecutions facts, on the day of the incident, a loud explosion was heard and when inspections were made, the child who was at the time screaming and her grandmother were both attacked while sleeping and were found to have received injuries.The two were rushed to the Skeldon Hospital where they were treated for gunshot injuries.Singh, according to the Police, was seen escaping from the scene of the crime.Despite his not guilty plea, the accused when questioned, told the Court that he carried out the act because of a previous incident involving the husband of the elderly woman who he is accusing of raping his relative.He was remanded to prison to return on January 4, 2018, at the Springlands Magistrate’s Courts.Police, this publication was informed, are investigating the allegation made by Singh against the husband of the elderly woman. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan remanded after caught with illegal gun, ammo – says weapon is for ‘protection’September 20, 2016In “Court”Licenced ‘Granny’ charged with discharging loaded firearm, gets $100,000 bailMarch 31, 2017In “Court”‘Popcorn’ Shooting: Ammo, mask among items recovered by PoliceApril 7, 2014In “Crime”
EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head out the door.1. #DRUG DEAL: The Department of Health says it has concluded talks on a deal with the HSE and the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association which will shave a considerable amount off the state’s drugs bill. James Reilly says the deal will save Ireland over €400 million in the next three years.2. #CROKE PARK: The government’s also insisted that the Troika have no concerns over the amount Ireland is saving under the Croke Park deal. The Department of Public Expenditure said it had checked with the Troika, who – contrary to a newspaper report this morning – had no unease about the savings made under the deal.3. #COURTS: A Co Leitrim teenager has been given six years in jail for the manslaughter of a 73-year-old man two years ago. RTÉ News reports Brendan McGovern was convicted of killing John Golden at his home in Killeshandra, after the teenager claimed he had been sexually assaulted and taunted by the victim. Four years of the sentence were suspended.4. #FIREFIGHTERS: Three units from Dublin Fire Brigade came under attack as the responded to reports of a fire in north Dublin. Bottles and rockets were aimed at the firefighters as they attended the scene for what was the third time the firefighters had been called to the area that day. The events come only two weeks after the Dáil voted down a plan to impose minimum five-year jail terms on anyone caught assaulting an emergency worker.5. #LIFE ASSURANCE: Lifestyle ‘vices’ like smoking, alcohol and heavy eating are pushing up the cost of life assurance plans, insurer Caledonian Life has said. The insurer has cited research from the Irish Heart Foundation which says a quarter of Irish adults are obese – figures which in turn mean it costs extra to insure them.
SURVIVORS OF SYMPHYSIOTOMY are to meet with the Minister for Health today as the government tries to fulfill a promise to bring closure for the victims to the barbaric practice.James Reilly will meet with the advocacy group, which represents up to 200 women, following a Cabinet briefing where he will raise the issue.Chairperson Marie O’Connor has been critical of the government’s lack of action so far and hit out today for the short notice of 18 hours given ahead of today’s lunchtime meeting.She said that many of the members of the National Excecutive are not from Dublin and have health issues.“We have no idea what proposals the Minister is bringing to Cabinet this morning. We hope today’s meeting is not a box-ticking exercise, and, despite the eleventh hour notice, we will do everything we can to have a constructive engagement with the Minister,” she added.The survivors are represented by a number of different support groups as they differ on preferred outcomes.Likening their treatment to that of the Magdalene survivors, members of SOS rejected the mediation scheme which was suggested to replace going to the courts for redress. The organisation said they did not want to be involved in it because it was exploitative.They also rejected a finding of the draft Walsh Report that stated the operations could be “medically acceptable”.Symphysiotomies were surgical procedures were performed during the 1980s in Irish hospitals, long after they were discontinued by other jurisdictions. The operation involved unhinging the woman’s pelvis and widening it by up to 3.5 cm during childbirth. It was often used in Ireland as an alternative to the Caesarean Section as it was believed to facilitate future births.Read: Minister does not want legal firms to benefit from symphysiotomy settlementMore: Symphysiotomy survivors gather to recount stories of tortureInterview: ‘I didn’t know if my baby was dead or alive for two days’
A fire late last month in the North Hearthwood neighborhood was most likely caused by improperly discarding smoking materials, according to Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli.Fire officials were called at 9:44 a.m. Sept. 29 to 1400 N.E. 139th Ave. for a garage fire that had reached into the house. The fire caused an estimated $134,000 damage, Scarpelli said.Scarpelli said that many of the fires that result in multimillion-dollar losses are started this way.“These types of fires can be prevented,” Scarpelli said. “It’s really important to discard smoking material in some kind of noncombustible vessel with either water or sand in it.”
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are currently searching for a thief caught on camera stealing a lawnmower in Northwest Miami-Dade.Surveillance video from a home along Northwest 168th Terrace and Northwest 29th Avenue shows how the robbery unfolded.A man broke into a carport and took off with the lawnmower.The crime hit a little too close to home for the residents, who were all asleep inside.“The lawnmower is not disturbing,” said homeowner Julio Perez. “It’s that someone came onto my property and just walking in like they own your property. You feel violated. It’s not a good feeling.”If you have any information on this intruder, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
A rockslide closed the Seward Highway in both directions for about two hours Thursday morning.Download Audio The slide pushed debris and at least one huge boulder onto the highway just before seven o’clock this morning. State Department of Transportation spokesperson Shannon McCarthy says an SUV hit the boulder, which alerted officials to the incident. McCarthy says local weather conditions could have triggered the slide.“Anything that causes a freeze – thaw cycle can loosen material,” McCarthy said.McCarthy says slides are not unusual in the area, just south of Anchorage.“This area, from Potter weigh station down to Indian, we do monitor throughout the year, but particularly in springtime, and other times, such as like after a seismic event or after high winds, for any material that may have become loose and may have fallen on to the roadway,” McCarthy said.Highway crews cleared the rocks away, and the highway opened up by nine a.m. According to Anchorage Police Department there were no injuries reported in the incident.