Sydney, Nov 22 (PTI) Former Australia coach Darren Lehmann has suggested that rookie opener Marcus Harris, who has been picked in the 14-man Australia squad for the first two Tests against India, should be in playing XI for the first game in Adelaide on December 6. “He (Harris) is the in-form player of the competition and has an outstanding record over the last two years. I would have liked to have got (Matt) Renshaw in there, but he hasn’t scored enough runs,” Lehmann told Macquarie Sports Radio. Lehmann then dissected what could possibly be Australian strategy looking at the Indian squad. Comeback man Peter Handscomb is his best bet for countering Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. “If Ashwin plays, then I am playing (Peter) Handscomb as he helps negate Ashwin,” Lehmann said. According to the former coach, the three pacers, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc are automatic choices with Nathan Lyon as the only spinner in the playing XI. “It’s the toughest job selecting the first Test of the summer but whoever we pick we have to back 100 percent,” the former Aussie all-rounder said. PTI KHS KHSKHS
To answer everyone’s questions I will not be declaring early for the draft! #gopokes— Emmanuel Ogbah (@EmanOgbah) January 8, 2015Emmanuel Ogbah tweeted this on Thursday afternoon which is big news for the Pokes.Ogbah was eligible for the draft because he redshirted in 2012 and has been out of high school for three years.I’m not sure I ever thought he was going to leave but to get him back provides an anchor for what should be a much better defense in 2015.As David Ubben pointed out the other day, Ogbah has a legitimate chance to be Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year if the Pokes contend for the Big 12 crown.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!
“I believe the sky will be the limit in the way I perform. I have said before that anyone that tries to compare themselves to my father, it is hard to, it is very hard to,” Sanders told the Tulsa World when he decided to transfer.“As much as I think that, I have some of his moves that doesn’t compare to what he was able to do over a long period of time. That is what made him so great. I hope to replicate that as much as I can but this is reality.”Good on him for properly setting expectations. Although I admit it will be difficult to not think of his pops when he throws on those threads come September.Robert Allen had a (sort of) update on BJS a few weeks ago when he finally got to Stillwater.Barry J. Sanders looked good and talking to him casually beforehand, he is excited. Having just arrived about a week and a half ago, one of his observations was that the summer workload at OSU is harder than he was used to at Stanford. Sanders admit[ed] he will get in better shape as he dives into the OSU work program.I’d hope so. OSU will need him.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! Chris Knox is back at it. Working his magic with what will be an amazing combo for the upcoming year (side note: I can’t be the only person who keeps forgetting OSU has new threads, can I?)Anyway, this is sweet, isn’t it?I might be just a bit excited to see Barry J. in an #okstate uniform. @BarryJSanders26 @pistolsguy @Pokes_State pic.twitter.com/zYrg96JRCW— Chris Knox (@cknoxdesign) July 6, 2016
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama’s employee pension fund has become sole owner of one of the largest chains of local U.S. newspapers.CHNI LLC has been acquired by the Retirement Systems of Alabama. The company includes 68 daily newspapers and more than 40 non-dailies plus websites in 22 states.The Montgomery, Alabama-based newspaper group is being spun off Raycom Media Inc., which is being purchased by the Atlanta-based Gray Television Inc. Raycom was owned by the retirement system.CNHI previously operated with the state retirement system as its creditor. CNHI chief executive Donna Barrett says in a statement the acquisition will provide stability for the newspaper group.Financial details weren’t announced.Alabama’s pension fund has other non-traditional investments including golf courses, airliners and the largest office building in New York City.The Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Greg Risling, The Associated Press Posted Dec 26, 2012 8:25 pm MDT Settlement worth more than $1 billion reached in case involving Toyotas’ sudden acceleration LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it has reached a settlement worth more than $1 billion in a case involving unintended acceleration problems in its vehicles.The company said the deal will resolve hundreds of lawsuits from Toyota owners who said the value of their cars and trucks plummeted after a series of recalls stemming from claims that Toyota vehicles accelerated unintentionally.Steve Berman, a lawyer representing Toyota owners, said the settlement is the largest in U.S. history involving automobile defects.“We kept fighting and fighting and we secured what we think was a good settlement given the risks of this litigation,” Berman told The Associated Press.The proposed deal was filed Wednesday and must receive the approval of U.S. District Judge James Selna, who was expected to review the settlement Friday.Toyota said it will take a one-time, $1.1 billion pre-tax charge against earnings to cover the estimated costs of the settlement. Berman said the total value of the deal is between $1.2 billion and $1.4 billion.Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against Toyota since 2009, when the Japanese automaker started receiving numerous complaints that its cars accelerated on their own, causing crashes, injuries and even deaths.The cases were consolidated in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana and divided into two categories: economic loss and wrongful death. Claims by people who seek compensation for injury and death due to sudden acceleration are not part of the settlement; the first trial involving those suits is scheduled for February.As part of the economic loss settlement, Toyota will offer cash payments from a pool of about $250 million to eligible customers who sold vehicles or turned in leased vehicles between September 2009 and December 2010.The company also will launch a $250 million program for 16 million current owners to provide supplemental warranty coverage for certain vehicle components, and it will retrofit about 3.2 million vehicles with a brake override system. An override system is designed to ensure a car will stop when the brakes are applied, even if the accelerator pedal is depressed.The settlement would also establish additional driver education programs and fund new research into advanced safety technologies.“In keeping with our core principles, we have structured this agreement in ways that work to put our customers first and demonstrate that they can count on Toyota to stand behind our vehicles,” said Christopher Reynolds, Toyota vice-president and general counsel.Current and former Toyota owners are expected to receive more information about the settlement in the coming months. Some information is also available at http://www.ToyotaELsettlement.com , a website created for Toyota owners affected by the settlement.“We are extraordinarily proud of how we were able to represent the interests of Toyota owners, and believe this settlement is both comprehensive in its scope and fair in compensation,” Berman said.Toyota has recalled more than 14 million vehicles worldwide due to acceleration problems in several models and brake defects with the Prius hybrid. The automaker has blamed driver error, faulty floor mats and stuck accelerator pedals for the problems.Plaintiffs’ attorneys have spent the past two years deposing Toyota employees, poring over thousands of documents and reviewing software code, but the company maintains those lawyers have been unable to prove that a design defect — namely Toyota’s electronic throttle control system — was responsible for vehicles surging unexpectedly.Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and NASA were unable to find any defects in Toyota’s source code that could cause problems.The company has been dogged by fines for not reporting problems in a timely manner.Earlier this month, NHTSA doled out a record $17.4 million fine to Toyota for failing to quickly report floor mat problems with some of its Lexus models. Toyota paid a total of $48.8 million in fines for three violations in 2010.Toyota President Akio Toyoda appeared before Congress last year and pledged to strengthen quality control. Recent sales figures show the company appears to have rebounded following its safety issues.
Toronto stock market little changed; BlackBerry reports surprise $23M Q1 profit AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 19, 2014 6:31 am MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market was barely changed Thursday as traders continued to digest the latest policy announcements from the U.S. Federal Reserve.The S&P/TSX composite index inched up 2.97 points to settle at 15,112.22, adding to its record close on Wednesday which came six years to the day of the previous record set in June 2008, just before the Great Recession sent stocks tumbling. The loonie gained 0.23 of a cent to 92.40 cents US.Wall Street was also muted as markets assessed Wednesday’s Fed statement, which hinted that the central bank wasn’t too worried about inflation but gave no signs on when it might start raising interest rates. The Dow Jones industrials rose 14.84 points to 16,921.46, the Nasdaq dipped 3.51 points to 4,359.33, while the S&P 500 index added 2.50 points to 1,959.48.Andrew Pyle, senior wealth adviser at Scotia McLeod in Peterborough, Ont., said both Bay Street and Wall Street seem to be pulling back a bit as traders realize that the Fed statement did not necessarily warrant sending stocks higher.“The reaction to the Fed announcement was a knee-jerk reaction,” Pyle said. “If we look at what the Fed is producing in terms of material behind its decision, the markets should not have rallied to the extent that it did. The fed officials are still looking at tightening policy, they’re still tapering, quantitative easing and, going into 2015, there is going to be less stimulation for stock markets.”As expected, the Fed also announced it would continue to reduce its monthly bond buyback program by US$10 billion to US$35 billion a month starting in July, on signs of a steadily growing U.S. economy.On Thursday, the Conference Board said its index of leading indicators for the American economy increased 0.5 per cent last month, the fourth consecutively monthly increase for the measure, which attempts to gauge the economy’s future health.In corporate news, BlackBerry (TSX:BB) posted a surprise US$23-million profit in its first quarter, which beat analyst expectations and showed that efforts the company has made to revamp its smartphone business are making headway.BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the Waterloo, Ont., company plans on launching a new keyboard smartphone called the BlackBerry Passport in September. It will also continue to dedicate more resources to serving business and public sector customers after a failed attempt to compete with Apple’s iPhone in the consumer market. Shares in BlackBerry gained more than nine per cent or 84 cents to close at C$9.84 in Toronto.Meanwhile, commodity markets were higher amid growing geopolitical instability. Traders bought into gold, sending the price of August bullion up $41.40 to US$1,314.10 an ounce.Pyle said traders are moving into the precious metal as many expect continued volatility in the stock markets going into the summer due to fighting in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian insurgents and government forces and the situation in Iraq.U.S. President Barack Obama said he was dispatching up to 300 U.S. military advisers to help quell the insurgency in Iraq. Though not specifically mentioning airstrikes, Obama also said he was leaving open the possibility of “targeted and precise military action” in the future.The July crude contract added 46 cents to US$106.05 a barrel while July copper added two cents to US$3.08 a pound.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.
Austria42410-5.35.915.9 10South Korea4823.4+11.4 17Slovakia1320.3+3.3 CountryGoldSilverBronzeTotalvs. Exp.REMAININGFinal Sources: Sports-Reference.com, International Olympic Committee Kazakhstan010.30.2+1.2 Austria410-5.35.9+15.9 Sources: Sports-Reference.com, International Olympic Committee That shortfall is easily the worst gap for any country that has won at least one medal in Pyeongchang — and the U.S. doesn’t have a lot of time left to turn things around.Lindsey Vonn, a favorite in the women’s downhill skiing race, and both the women’s and men’s hockey teams have a chance to provide the U.S. with some measure of redemption. And if all else fails, there are still a few more snowboarding events on the schedule. But even if the Americans pick up the pace and play to their historical form for the rest of the games, our formula puts their total medal count at 26, which would barely clear Team USA’s uneven performance at the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy.And considering what we’ve seen in Pyeongchang so far, 14 more medals seems like a stretch. Through Tuesday’s action, 67 percent of this year’s medals have been awarded, meaning that the U.S. is technically on pace (based simply on how many they’ve won to this point this games) for about 18 medals total. That would be the fewest that U.S. athletes have earned in a winter games since they nabbed 13 at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan.No matter how you slice the numbers, this continues to be a highly disappointing showing for the U.S. in South Korea. 6United States53412-10.814.026.0 7Olympic athletes from Russia03811-1.95.316.3 6United States512-10.814+26.0 20Spain0220+2.0 China07-0.63.9+10.9 Ukraine1001+0.00.21.2 Italy2248+0.43.311.3 Finland0033-18.104.22.168 5France54413+2.74.417.4 12Sweden470.24.7+11.7 Belarus1102-0.91.03.0 16Great Britain1034+22.214.171.124 Australia0213+0.61.24.2 Slovenia01-1.20.8+1.8 20Spain0022+2.00.02.0 Who’s ahead of pace — or falling behind — in Pyeongchang?Actual and expected medal counts by country in the 2018 Winter Olympics 17Slovakia1203+2.00.33.3 Latvia01-0.50.2+1.2 Kazakhstan0011+0.30.21.2 23Liechtenstein0110+1.0 10South Korea4228+2.03.411.4 3Canada85619+2.711.930.9 4Netherlands65314+4.35.419.4 2Germany117523-2.99.432.4 Switzerland27-1.25.7+12.7 5France5132.74.4+17.4 1Norway11299.38.1+37.1 2Germany1123-2.99.4+32.4 Italy280.43.3+11.3 Poland1012-126.96.36.199 Latvia0011-0.50.21.2 Australia030.61.2+4.2 8Japan25310+4.91.811.8 It’s now clear that the United States is destined for a very subpar Winter Olympics. With just 12 total medals in the games so far, the Americans are currently sitting sixth in the medal count — a whopping 17 medals behind Norway, the overall leader.According to the simple medal tracker we introduced over the weekend, the U.S.’s tally is 10.8 fewer than we’d expect at this point in the Olympics. (Our analysis is based on how countries have done historically in the various Olympic sports.) CountryGoldTotalvs. Exp.REMAININGFinal Who’s ahead of pace — or falling behind — in Pyeongchang?Actual and expected medal counts by country in the 2018 Winter Olympics 3Canada8192.711.9+30.9 4Netherlands6144.35.4+19.4 16Great Britain142.40.9+4.9 Slovenia0101-188.8.131.52 12Sweden4307+0.24.711.7 Belarus12-0.91+3.0 Expected Medals 8Japan2104.91.8+11.8 Finland03-2.93.5+6.5 China0527-0.63.910.9 23Liechtenstein0011+1.00.01.0 Poland12-1.10.7+2.7 1Norway1110829+184.108.40.206 7Olympic athletes from Russia011-1.95.3+16.3 Ukraine1100.2+1.2 Switzerland2417-1.25.712.7 15Czech Republic1236+2.32.08.0 Expected Medals 15Czech Republic162.32+8.0
Sophomore guard Ameryst Alston sets up for a free throw during a game against Penn State Feb. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 71-62.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorThe Ohio State women’s basketball team came into Indianapolis having never lost a first round game in the Big Ten tournament.That trend continued with an impressive 86-77 victory against the No. 9 seed Northwestern Wildcats (15-15, 5-11) Thursday.The Buckeyes (16-17, 5-11) were once again led by first team All-Big Ten sophomore guard Ameryst Alston, who poured in a game-high 30 points. It was the fourth time she has reached the 30-point mark this season and the second time she has done so against the Wildcats — the other being during a 71-62 victory Feb. 23.OSU coach Kevin McGuff, whose career record improved to 18-7 in conference tournaments, had plenty of praise to give his star guard.“She is a really special player and a great kid and she was just so aggressive,” McGuff said in a post-game interview with the Big Ten Network’s Shelley Tills. “She is really hard to contain off the dribble and got to the rim all night.”Alston, who scored 20 of her 30 points in the second half, said it wasn’t just her doing.“I have to thank my teammates for that,” Alston said to the Big Ten Network’s Katie Witham on her 30-point performance. “They gave me the ball at the right times and the right places.”OSU also received two double-double performances from senior center Darryce Moore and senior forward Martina Ellerbe. Moore, despite fouling out, finished one point shy of her career-high as she recorded 19 points and 10 rebounds. Ellerbe tallied a career-high in rebounds, pulling down 13 boards to go along with 16 points.“Our players stayed relentless,” McGuff said. “We were really aggressive, especially in the second half.”The Buckeyes jumped out to an early lead before the Wildcats ended the first half on a 16-0 run to take a 39-35 lead into the half, culminated by a buzzer-beating 3-point shot by freshman forward Nia Coffey.Northwestern coach Jim McKeown said at the half he was happy with the way his team was playing.“We played better defense, we got out and ran and got better shots,” McKeown said.The Wildcats had four players score in double-figures, including 17 from Coffey, who also grabbed 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Maggie Lyon recorded a team-high 23 points, on 6-18 shooting for the Wildcats in the loss.The Buckeyes will now turn their attention to the No. 1-seeded and regular season Big Ten conference champion Penn State Nittany Lions (22-6, 13-3) who defeated OSU in both regular season meetings — outscoring the Buckeyes 140-96 in the two games combined.Although OSU has not had success against the Nittany Lions this season, McGuff said his team will be ready to go Friday afternoon.“I am happy we won this one but we are going to quickly turn the page to Penn State,” McGuff said. “They have a great team, they are very well-coached, so we will have to be on our A-game tomorrow, but we are going to show up ready to play.”In order to pull the upset against Penn State, Alston said the Buckeyes will need to come out with the same intensity they had against the Wildcats.“We are going to take the energy from this game and take it to the next game,” Alston said. “We have to win the boards and that is what happened today, getting second chance shots.”“We don’t want to go home.”The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are scheduled for a noon tipoff Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
He told The Telegraph: “My sister called me to say there was a fire in the tower. I told her to leave by the stairs but she said she had been told to stay inside her flat. That was in the early hours of today and I’ve not heard from her since. I fear the worst.”Mr Dean, who works for a distribution firm, said that at one stage a fire fighter borrowed his phone and spoke to Zainab. I spoke to Hesham Rahman’s sister yesterday. She was missing three loved ones. pic.twitter.com/6uulVLVldz— Hannah Al-Othman 🐝 (@HannahAlOthman) June 15, 2017 She lived on the ninth floor and told him to leave. She said: “I told him to leave. He said he was going to come. Then I called him and he said there was too much smoke.” “His wife and child are OK. I have talked briefly to his son. My auntie and him are in different hospitals from each other in a stable condition.”We just hope that they will find him.”Briket and Buroke HaftomBriket Haftom kindly let missing 12-year-old Jessica Urbano call her mother as she tried to get her neighbour down the stairs. Nadia Choucair This man lives inside #GrenfellTower, which caught fire overnight. He rescued a little girl from the west London tower block pic.twitter.com/TPBUJTXDGz— Sky News (@SkyNews) June 14, 2017 She said Jessica may have been seen getting into an ambulance, and has been checking with local hospitals.Sandra told The Mirror: “We haven’t heard from her. Somebody gave her a phone and she rang her mum at 1.29am and at 1.39am.”She was with a group of people in the fire escape, in the fire stairs, they live on the 20th floor and my sister-in-law was just coming back from work, as was my older niece.”Jessica called her to say this has happened and she was only a few minutes away.”That’s the last they’ve heard of her.”Sandra added: “She will be 13 next month so we’re desperately worried. Nurhuda El-Wahabi has gone missing during the Grenfell Tower fire. Please retweet. Contact me if you know of anything. pic.twitter.com/Df6tIuquWH— babyface (@malixbs) June 14, 2017 “He told her to keep calm and that they were coming to get her. He kept saying that to her again and again,” he said. “But then he handed me the phone and said to me ‘Tell her you love her’. I knew then to fear the worst. The phone went dead and I couldn’t talk to her.”Mr Dean said: “I don’t understand why she was told to stay where she was. I was urging her to escape by the stairs.”I’m so upset. Jeremiah was a wonderful boy, always happy, always smiling. He loved playing football with me.”Others also told how their loved ones had been instructed to remain in their flats.Jamal Ali, 28, said his aunt, Zainab Ali, had been told by police to stay in her flat but she had ignored them, fleeing to safety with her five children down the stairs. “Now we don’t know where she is or if she’s dead or alive.”Mrs Yussuf said a teaching assistant from Avondale Primary School called Nadia was also missing, along with her husband and mother in law.”They lived on the 22nd floor. I don’t know what’s happened to them. It’s so horrible,” she said.Ligaya Moore Fathaya Alsanousi Missing Isaac There were unconfirmed reports on social media of residents using bedsheets as makeshift ropes while others were reportedly seen jumping for their lives. Credit:Camilla Turner Hulya claimed the tragedy had been exacerbated by recent development work, which she said had blocked off escape routes from the burning building.She said the building of a new academy on the site of a car park next to Grenfell Tower had also potentially made things worse by preventing emergency vehicles getting closer to the burning building.”They’ve been blocking off walkways and paths that people used to go down. It’s a scandal and it needs to be investigated,” she said. “I’m 100 per cent sure the number of fatalities could have been fewer. Look at the way that cladding went up so quickly.”Mo Tuccu Genet Shawo and her husband Paulos Petakle were trying to escape the fire, fighting their way through thick, black smoke.They were making their way to safety with children Luca, 3, and Isaac, 5. However, in the confusion, Isaac, who was holding a neighbour’s hand, got lost in the smoke and hasn’t been heard from since.Choking back tears, Mrs Shawo told the Evening Standard: “I will not fear the worse, I am still hoping and praying for him. He is a beautiful boy.“He told us during the fire that he didn’t want us to die.”“My neighbour said he would hold him and bring him down. But when I got outside I realised Isaac wasn’t there.“I have been to all the emergency centres, all the hospitals and there is no news of him. An elderly woman, in her 70s, was stuck in her 23rd floor flat along with son Abu Feras, 38, and daughter Esra Ibrahim, 35. Abufars Ibrahim has been confirmed as dead by the coroner, but his mother and sister are still missing. Have you seen these children in area or hospital? Lived on 20th floorContact 07958599922 or @SolidaritySport #GrenfellTowerPLEASE SHARE pic.twitter.com/QsEV1nUtba— Charles B. Anthony (@CharlesBAnthony) June 15, 2017 Khadija KhalloufiA retired lecturer lost his wife in the blaze.Sabah Abdullah, 72, was leading his wife, Khadija Khalloufi, 52, down the smoke-filled stairs when he lost her in the stampede.He told the Mail: “I feel lost. I don’t know what’s going on. I just want my wife back”.They lived on the 17th floor.Bangladeshi familyBangladeshi newspaper the Dhaka Tribune has raised concerns about a missing family.Komru Miah, 82, his wife Razia Begum, 65, and their children, Abdul Hanif, 29, Abdul Hamid, 26, and Hosna Begum Tanima, 22, lived on the 16th floor.A family friend said: “We are all just waiting and praying for some good news.”Sakineh Afraseiabi and Fatima Afraseiabi “He was in the flat on the 23rd floor on his own, he was overcome.”Abdel was a nice guy, quite a short old man with a long beard.”He used to visit the mosque and was well known in the community.”Family ‘lost in blaze’Relatives of a family of five fear they were all wiped out in the blaze after being stuck on the 21st floor during the Grenfell Tower fire.Abdul Aziz el-Wahabi, 52, his wife Faouzia el-Wahabi, 42, and their three children, Yasin, 21, Nurhuda, 15, and Mehdi, eight, have not been heard from and they appear to have died after being told to stay in their house by the fire brigade.Otman Boujettif, 42, a cousin, said: “We spoke to them at about 1.30am but they’d been told by the fire brigade to stay in their flat, put towels down, wet the floors and wait.” Rania Ibrahim and her two daughters, Fathia, five, and Hania, three, have not been seen since the fire. They were last seen in a Facebook Live in which she she desperately sought help in the smoke-filled corridor before going out to a balcony. They lived on the 23rd floor.Family member Ali Ahmed said: “My brother hasn’t seen his wife and two daughters.”No-one has seen them – we just came back from the hospital.”Maria Del Pilar Burton Zainab Dean “We’ve been to all the hospitals to look for them. Marjorie has been living in the flat almost since it was built. She moved over here from Dominica when she was a girl. She is well known in the community.”Ms Delson said that her children were classmates with lots of children from Grenfell Tower, at Kensington Academy. “My children have lost a lot of their friends,” she said. Nura Jamal and young familyA young family who lived on the 20th floor is missing. One commenter on another post seeking Mr Murphy wrote: “I’ve been around asking everyone, going to the centres, no one’s seen him.”Mohamed Neda Hamid Ali Jafari said that his 82-year-old father Ali Yawar Jafari had not been seen since the early hours of the morning as the family were trying to escape the blaze. He said: “He was with my mother and sister in the lift and she said the lift stopped on the tenth floor and he said there was too much smoke and he couldn’t breathe and he got out of the lift and then the doors shut and it didn’t stop again till the ground floor.”Mr Jafari, who rushed to the scene from his home in Camden when he heard there was a fire, had tried to get in to find him but had been blocked by the emergency services. They had not be able to find him at any of the hospitals. Hamid Kani Still no news on my niece Jessica Urbano aged 12 have searched a number of hospitals and can’t find her #GrenfellTowerFire pic.twitter.com/YhNgOTFPl2— Ana Ospina (@MakeupAna) June 14, 2017 Raina Ibrahim and her two daughtersCredit:Facebook Other missing people – and the terror residents facedA woman named Suha told LBC that she had an elderly relative missing. The family of an “injured” dad who told his wife and son to flee the burning Grenfell Tower while he stayed behind have issued a desperate appeal to find him.Saber Neda who lived in a top-floor flat, is feared dead after the fire ripped through the 24-storey building. The London Fire Brigade has confirmed that there have been at least 17 fatalities in the Grenfell Tower fire, which consumed the block in west London in the early hours of the morning.People have been desperately searching for their loved ones who live in the building as people appeared to be trapped inside.The leader of Kensington and Chelsea Borough Nick Paget-Brown said “several hundred” people would have been in the block when the fire broke out. Fathaya Alsanousi Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Karim Musilly spoke to his uncle Hesham Rahmen, 57, on the phone at 1.30am. He lives on the 19th floor and has not been heard from since.”He said there is a fire in the building, he had phoned the police who said stay in your flat and put a wet towel under the door. He was getting really worried because the smoke was coming in. Then the phone went dead.” Raymond “Moses” Bernard “There’s a lot of smoke but don’t worry, we’re waiting for the rescuers. We opened the front door but there was too much smoke to be able to leave. The lifts are blocked,” Mr Gottardi told his father, Giannino, at around 2am UK time.Giannino Gottardi told the Italian press: “In the first call they told us to be calm, that everything was under control. But in the second call – and I cannot get this out of my head – he told me that there was smoke, that a lot of smoke was rising up. NurhudaCredit:Supplied “We’re just desperate to find her.”Her sister Melanie said the family received a call at about 4am from somebody to say they had seen her being put into an ambulance.But Melanie said they have not heard any more news since the call.She said: “We heard a couple of hours ago that she was seen in the area and that she was getting into an ambulance.”Someone in the area saw her.”Melanie said the hospital has not been able to confirm whether Jessica was taken there.She said: “They don’t know anything. They don’t have lists or anything like that.”Melanie does not live in the flats, where Jessica was staying in the 20th floor when the fire started, but said she went there at about 1.15am, shortly after the fire broke out.She said: “I came at like 1.15am when the fire was starting and they evacuated everyone. I had to tell them my sister was gone.”She said some of the family is now waiting at the hospital, where many of the injured people have been taken.Melanie said: “My dad was in the building on the sixth floor. The fire was pretty much coming through his window. Raina Ibrahim and two daughters If anyone sees Jessica she should come to The Harrow Centre where the family are waiting for her. Or speak to any police officer to guide he— Sandra (@Sandragr372) June 14, 2017 Credit:Facebook My 13 year old niece Jessie has become seperated with her family in the #GrenfellTower Fire please if you see her get in touch ASAP RT Pls pic.twitter.com/xNk5TEQR89— Ana Ospina (@MakeupAna) June 14, 2017 The family has asked for information The 61-year-old Iranian lived on the 15th floor of the tower block.Saber Neda The worried husband of a 65-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s woke up in hospital after escaping the blaze.His wife was not with him but he is certain she escaped.He has put out an appeal, hoping someone has seen her.Simon, a resident who helped the pensioner outside the burning building, said: “We were helping downstairs in the building to get people out.”Nicholas does not know where Maria is and she has Alzheimer’s, but we know she got out. He’s desperate to find her.”Lucas JamesA tearful teenager who fears her younger brother may have died in the Grenfell Tower blaze has thanked the community for their overwhelming support.The 16-year-old, who did not wish to be named, is desperately trying to find her brother Lucas James, 12, who was staying with a friend on the 17th floor of the block.The girl, who also lived in Grenfell Tower with her mother on the eighth floor is currently staying at Westway Sports Centre – which has thrown open its doors to hundreds of people left without a home.Recalling the events of Wednesday morning she said: ”My mum heard some shouting, she heard people screaming help help help.”She looked out the window and saw the fire coming round to our side. The young woman is missing “The police were telling her to stay inside, but she ran down the stairs with her kids and managed to get away – otherwise she’d be dead.”Mr Ali also said other relatives in the block had told him the fire alarm had only begun to sound 30 minutes after the fire started.Jessica UrbanoAna Ospina said her 12-year-old niece Jessica was missing in the fire. Jessica’s other aunt, Sandra, wrote: “If anyone sees Jessica she should come to The Harrow Centre where the family are waiting for her. Or speak to any police officer to guide her”. Yasin el-WahabiCredit:Supplied A friend of missing Mohamed Neda, Ariana Neumann Rodger, posted on Facebook that “his family are severely injured and in hospital and desperate to find out where he is”.Zia Popal, who described Mr Neda as his uncle, also posted on the social network and said: “He was on the top floor of the building trying to help (people) and went missing since.”If anyone has links with emergency services please take a look at his photos and pass them on just in case anyone has spotted him.”We have already been to all (the five) major hospitals but they do not have him registered.”Farah Hamdan, Omar Belkadi and their 6 month baby missing Ali Yawar Jafari The firm Red Consultancy tweeted to appeal for news on their staff member Mo Tuccu Firdaws Kidir, 11, and Yahya Kidir, 13, are missing along with their brother Yaqub, 6, their mother Nura Jamal and father Hashim Kidir.Mother of three Nura Jamal rang a friend while trapped in the Grenfell Tower blaze to tell her she feared she was about to die, it emerged on Wednesday.The woman, named locally as Nura Jamal, called her friend at around 2am and said: “Forgive me, the fire is here, I’m dying.”One of her children, a daughter, is understood to have escaped from the fire and is now being treated in hospital.Hibo Yussuf, 35, a friend of the missing woman, told The Telegraph: “We’ve heard that Nura’s daughter is in hospital but hasn’t been able to get hold of her mum. Nura called one of her friends to say ‘Forgive me, the fire is here, I’m dying.’ A friend wrote: “We believe they were all together whilst trying to evacuate Grenfell. If anyone has seen or heard any info regarding them please get in touch. Does anyone recall seeing them being led out of the building or into an ambulance? Both children are 12 years old. Praying that all 3 are found safe!”They lived on the 18th floor.Ms Haftom’s sister Selam told the Evening Standard: “I don’t know what to think any more, what can I think? There is no news at the hospitals, at the community centres.”No-one has information to give me, they just say they don’t have anyone with their names. I’m so worried.”Buroke’s teacher Mengs Berhane added: “This boy is an academic star, really going places. I teach him science he is wonderful. I am doing all I can to find news, this is a tragedy.” Friends and family of Mariem Elgwahry are searching for her after she went missing.She last spoke to her mother at 2.30am and has not been heard from since.Her loved ones are scouring hospitals and community centres to find her.Her friend said: “Please let me know if you see Mariem Elgwahry. She was on the 19th floor Grenfell tower. Last someone heard from her was 2.30AM she was with her mum!! Please let anyone know if she has been located thank you for all your help please share!! I’ve been to the rugby club, harrow club Laymer Christian church with no luck yet.”Her mother Suhar is also believed to be missing.Abdel Salam75-year-old Abdel Salam was in his flat on the 22nd floor when he called his sons, who were coming back from a nearby mosque when they noticed the blaze.Mohammed Lariche, 44, a friend of Abdel’s, told The Sun: “His sons had been to the mosque and they had seen the fire at about 1.30am.”They called Abdel and he said to them, ‘I can’t breathe, I can’t move’. Farah Hamdan and Omar Belkadi as well as their 6 month baby girl are missing.Their young daughters Tazmin and Malek were found by family searching the hospitals.Farah’s mother Rakia Hamdan told The Sun: “We can’t find them. We’ve been to all the hospitals and we’ve been searching all day but we still haven’t found them. We just want to know they are safe.” The elderly man is missing Siar Naqshabandi told The Guardian he lives on the third floor and said his brother, who was in the building, heard no fire alarms. “I came back at about 1.45am and saw the building was on fire. I rang him [his brother] and said, get out.”He has more family living on the 23rd floor and an uncle is still missing. “They were telling people not to leave the building,” he said. “I told them to get down. They said we’re not allowed to get out.” ”Firemen helped us out, but my brother was visiting a friend on the 17th floor and he did not get out. We cannot find him, we have been going round hospitals.”The girl, who was clutching a carrier bag stuffed with clothes, thanked the public for their support.She added: ”It’s so generous, in the bible God’s will is to help people and that is what the community are doing.”I think it’s so nice that people are helping and giving.”5-year-old Isaac Shawo The family of an ‘injured’ dad who told his wife and son to flee the burning Grenfell Tower while he stayed behind have issued a desperate appeal to find himCredit: SWNS.com Ahmed Chellat told Good Morning Britain that he has five family members unaccounted for after they were told to stay inside their homes in the burning building.He said: “When I saw the fire from my window, I rushed downstairs, I phoned my sister who lives in the same block, she was safe with her children.”I phoned her and she spoke to me and said they were advised not to come out of the place and put white towels under the doors.”Ten minutes later I phoned back and she said the smoke was getting into them very bad…and that was the last time I spoke to them”. 84-year-old Sheila Smith hasn’t been seen since the fire. Her son Adam Smith appealed for information about his mother. Sheila is believed to have been living at flat 132 in the building.Zainab Dean While his wife Shakila, 45, and son Farhad, 24, fled the blaze, but Saber’s family say he stayed behind because he was injured.The 57-year-old was last heard from at 2.20am when he made a frantic phone call to a relative to say that the building was burning and that there was “no help”.Saber, whose birth name is Mohamed, is understood to have parted with Shakila and university graduate Farhad at 3.30am but hasn’t been seen since.The father-of-one’s nephew Reshad Habib, who lives in the Netherlands, said: “We are all trying to find him.”He was last heard from at 3.30am when he told his wife and son to leave him. He said that they had to get out.”He said they should go and he would follow.”We all don’t know the exact reason why he waited behind, but we think he was injured or something.”They were both taken to hospital. We don’t know how they are.”We haven’t heard anything from my uncle since.”They had been living for 20 years in that flat and they lived on the very top floor of the building.”We got a call when the fire started. He said there was a big fire at the flat and that there was no help at the moment. That was at 2.20am. The firm Red Consultancy tweeted to appeal for news on their staff member Mo Tuccu, who is lost after the blaze.The British national, whose family are from Eritrea, is lost along with his wife Amalahmedin and three-year-old daughter Amayah.They were visiting relatives in Grenfell Tower.Mr Tuccu’s manager, chief executive of Red Consultancy Mike Morgan, told Sky News: “Mo is a part of the family. He will have been with us for 10 years next month and is due to be awarded his decade milestone. We all just want to hear that he is OK.” Stevan Racz shared a post seeking information about his uncle Dennis Murphy, whom he said had called while trapped on the 14th floor of the building.”We haven’t heard anything since. Can anyone with any information contact me please,” he said. “She would have been in her bed clothes and she will be very, very, very scared. Mimi Delson said that her 67-year-old aunt Marjorie Vital and her cousin Ernie, 43, were both missing. “Ernie was staying with his mother, they were on the 16th floor,” said Ms Delson, 45, who lives locally. 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. “My mum was not there, she came running as well.” It appears she has been found! A reader tells The Telegraph: “My aunt and uncle were trapped in the Grenfell Tower inferno on the 16th floor but managed to make it downstairs themselves. They were taken to the hospital in Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, and stayed there for 2 days. Next to them was Maria Del Pilar Burton (65), she was all alone.”She had alzheimer so she kept forgetting what had happened. I personally spoke to her and she kept telling me that she bought her flat. I am writing to inform you that she is safe and was in hospital next to my aunt and uncle.”She is not missing, she was in the same hospital as my family.” “The last time I saw him they were waving out the window. The last time I spoke to his wife, he was on the phone to the fire brigade.”A family member told the Evening Standard: “We fear they have all been wiped out.”Ahmed Chellat, 60, is the brother-in-law of Faouzia el-Wahabi and is waiting for news.Mr Chellat said: “I was on the phone to her saying, ‘get out’. But she said they had been told to stick towels under the door, stay inside and wait to be rescued.“She said, ‘Smoke is coming under the doors’, then I got cut off. That is the last time I heard from her.”Sheila Smith Ms Moore was on the 21st floor when she was last heard from.The embassy of the Philippines in London has appealed for information about the 79-year-old.Her grandson Nico Purificación said: “Our family loves her so much. She’s very fun to be with. So innocent yet very straightforward. She’s been in London for a very long time. She visits us here in the Philippines once in a while.” Nadia Choucair A family friend confirmed to the Press Association that Raymond Bernard, known to friends as Moses, remained missing after the fire.Dennis Murphy Children are believed to be among those missing, as school students search for their friends.There were reports that fire alarms in the main building did not go off, and residents were woken up and saved by neighbours banging on their doors, as well as screams of terror from others who lived in the building. 14 year old boy on BBC saying some of his classmates are “missing.” Heartbreaking. #Grenfelltower— Carl Hendrick (@C_Hendrick) June 14, 2017 “I just want help, anyone who has any information can they please come forward.”Mariem Elgwahry Hesham Rahmen He continued, saying that relatives had been round rescue centres and emergency wards while hunting for the family.The top floors of the 24-story tower block have not been checked for bodies, and fire officers told the family to “expect the worst”.Hanan el-Wahabi, the sister of Abdul el-Wahabi, managed to escape the fire. Ahmed Chellat tells @GMB he has five family members unaccounted for who were told to remain inside their homes at #GrenfellTower pic.twitter.com/rpAB9cPDyY— ITV News (@itvnews) June 14, 2017 A number of residents may have perished in the fire after being told to stay inside their flats by the emergency services.Francis Dean, 47, said his sister Zainab told him on the phone she had been instructed to remain in her 14th floor flat with her two year old son Jeremiah by fire fighters. Farah Hamdan, left, is still missing along with her baby. Her two children, one of whom is pictured on the right, were found in hospital #GrenfellTower My Mum is missing – Sheila, 84 years old,16th floor Grenfell Tower (number 132). If anyone has seen her please LMK pic.twitter.com/gzJt0QBurs— Adam Smith (@adam_westbay) June 14, 2017 Gloria Trevisan and Marco Gottardi Zainab Dean’s son Andy Manfrego, who lives yards away, was desperately searching for a relative trapped inside at 3am.He told the Evening Standard: “It went up in seconds. It’s been burning for nearly two hours and you can see people at the top still in there.”Bits of the building keep dropping off it’s awful. Everyone’s waiting at the cordon trying to call their family members who could still be in there.” Two Italians are missing in the disaster – Marco Gottardi and his girlfriend Gloria Trevisan – both architects from the Veneto region of northern Italy.A family lawyer believes there is no hope they are alive. “I heard the recording of Gloria’s phone call to her mum,” lawyer Maria Cristina Sandrin told the Ansa news agency. “She says thanks for what she did for her. They were saying goodbye. There are no grounds to hope that Gloria and Marco are still alive.” “Gloria graduated in October and went to London because there are no professional opportunities here (in Italy), not even for those who graduate with top marks,” said Ms Sandrin.The 26-year-olds lived in a flat on the 23rd floor and both spoke to their parents as the fire took hold of the apartment block. Credit:Facebook “There’s nothing more we can do than wait for a miracle,” he said.The couple graduated together last year from an architecture institute and came to London, like hundreds of thousands of young Italians, in the hope of learning English and kick-starting their careers.Gloria’s mother, Emanuela, said: “Gloria told us that all the elevators were blocked, I think they tried to use the stairs.”The couple have not been heard of since. Our house destroyed, luckily my wife got out from the 22nd floor. Completely avoidable, our concerns ignored #GrenfellTower— Lee (@leejc223) June 14, 2017 She said: “I can hear the screaming of people, I can hear them, and my neighbours all around got woken up by the screams.”I have a relative who lives in the building, she lives on the 20th floor, and we don’t know whether she is out or not. We have been here since it started.” Credit: PA Suha has an elderly relative missing, who lives on the 20th floor of the Grenfell Tower @LBC pic.twitter.com/uDRzWNRuDT— Rachael Venables (@rachaelvenables) June 14, 2017 Steve PowerStudent Rebecca Ross, wrote on social media that she feared her father may be among the victims.The 22-year-old said she was “distraught” after being unable to contact 63-year-old Steve Power.Mr Power’s sons told The Telegraph they are looking for their father. Nurhuda El-Wahabi and her brother, YasinWorried friends and family have tweeted about these two, who council records show lived at flat 182. The pair lived on floor 18.A concerned friend wrote on Facebook: “Friend from my work hasn’t heard anything from her mum and aunty pictured below who both lived in Grenfell Tower.”And another said: “Please share this. We are missing two aunties. If anyone has any news please contact me. Thanks”Marjorie and Ernie Vital The daughter of teaching assistant Nadia Choucair rang a friend to say she thought she was going to die. A resident called Hulya, who lives close to the scene of the blaze, said on Wednesday: “Nadia’s daughter rang a friend saying: ‘I don’t think I’m going to make it.’ It’s heartbreaking.”Nadia Choucair, a teaching assistant at Avondale Park Primary School, is understood to have lived on one of the top floors of the tower with her husband, her three daughters and her mother in law.
A father of two young children was stabbed to death during a suspected gang fight on a residential London street, bringing the number of violent deaths in the capital to five in less than a week.The man, in his 30s, died when two groups of men confronted each other in east Barnet armed with knives, chains and broom handles in what witnesses described as a “full on” battle.As paramedics fought in vain to save his life a woman was seen racing to the scene screaming: “It’s my son, it’s my son.”The murder comes at a time when the Metropolitan Police, and the capital’s Mayor Sadiq Khan, are already under increasing pressure to contain the spike in violence on London’s streets.Scotland Yard said it had stepped up activity by its Violent Crime Taskforce by increasing patrols and searches in a number of known hotspots.Khan said: “I am deeply saddened by the fatal stabbing in Barnet last night. This horrific violence has absolutely no place on London’s streets. The City Hall-funded Violent Crime Taskforce is out in communities catching offenders and removing weapons, and our Violence Reduction Unit is tackling the root causes of crime.”In the latest incident, which broke out in the tree-lined avenue just before 11pm on Tuesday night, two other men needed hospital treatment after suffering stab wounds. A 17-year-old boy was also left fighting for his life after he was shot on the Tulse Hill Estate, south west London, at around 9.40pm on Sunday.Another man, aged 28, was shot shortly after 11.30am on Monday in Leytonstone, east London, but his injuries were non-life threatening or changing.Mohamed Nadir Dafallah, 18, from Wandsworth, and a 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have been charged with Cheyon’s murder and are due to appear at the Old Bailey on Wednesday. The murder scene in BarnetCredit:Gavin Rodgers/Pixel8000 One neighbour, who ran outside with bandages to treat the injured, said: “There were three of them on the floor and blood everywhere. One had a hole in his arm like a dog had ripped it.”There was a knife sheath on the ground and a chain nearby. It was a full-on battle.”The ones who attacked them came around the back of the victim’s house, they must have known him. They chase them onto the street. There was blood even on the cars. It was brutal.” “It was like something out of a film. There is a warren of alleys around the back of the houses where the stabbing took place.”Police searched nearby gardens where it is believed those involved in the stabbing had briefly sought refuge.London’s latest murder spree began on Friday and continued with 55 hours of mayhem that saw four murders in four days and at least seven other stabbings and shootings.The killing comes after a Lithuanian national, Giedrius Juskauskas, 42, was stabbed to death in Whalebone Lane, Stratford, in the early hours of Monday.That followed three suspected murders in the space of 24 hours, including the deaths of two teenagers who were attacked on Friday. 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 mother of two, told The London Evening Standard: “Later a woman arrived and was shouting ‘It’s my son, it’s my son’. She was standing over a man who had been stabbed as paramedics worked on him.”She was in distress. It was horrific to hear the screams of a mum watching her child die.”She added: “It’s not what you expect in Barnet. It’s a family area we are all very upset by this. We have kids, it seems nowhere is safe.”Another witness described seeing two men vaulting garden fences while a police helicopter hovered above.The witness said: “There were two jumping over garden fences they looked petrified. The police helicopter was overhead, they looked hunted and scared. They were looking this way and that. Officers in BarnetCredit:Gavin Rodgers/Pixel8000 Cheyon Evans, 18, a painting and decorating student at Lambeth College, was found stabbed on Deeside Road in Wandsworth, south-west London, at 4.42pm on Friday, and died at the scene.Just 20 minutes later Eniola Aluko, 19, from Thamesmead, south-east London, was shot dead in Hartville Road, Plumstead.At 2pm the following day, Gleb Stanislavovitch Zhebrovsky, 34, the boss of a building firm, was fatally knifed in a field next to a nursery and a mosque in Albion Street, Poplar.As well as the violent deaths, another victim, 45, was left in a critical condition when he was stabbed in Enfield at about 3.30pm on Saturday.
AS MANY AS 10,000 people are believed dead in one Philippine city alone when one of the worst storms on record sent giant sea waves washing away homes, schools and airport buildings, officials said.Ferocious winds ravaged several central islands, burying people under tons of debris and leaving corpses hanging from trees.The typhoon hit the eastern seaboard of the Philippine archipelago Friday and barreled through six eastern and central islands before exiting into the South China Sea, packing ferocious winds of 235 kilometers per hour (147 miles per hour) and gusts of 275 kph (170 mph).On Leyte Island, regional police chief Elmer Soria said he was told by Governor Dominic Petilla that there were about 10,000 deaths in the province, mostly by drowning and from collapsed buildings. The figure was based on reports from village officials.On Samar, the island facing Tacloban, Leo Dacaynos of the provincial disaster office said that 300 people were confirmed dead in Basey town and another 2,000 are missing.He said that the storm surge caused sea waters to rise 6 meters (20 feet).There are still other towns on Samar that have not been reached, he said, and appealed for food and water. Power was knocked out and there was no cellphone signal, making communication possible only by radio.Apart from Leyte and Samar, reports from the other four islands were still coming in, so far with dozens of fatalities.The typhoon weakened today to 166 kph (103 mph) with stronger gusts and was forecast to lose strength further when it hits northern Vietnam’s Thanh Hoa province early Monday morning.Read: Over 100 people confirmed dead in Philippines typhoon, death toll could reach 1,000
There are a lot of people concerned about the camera on Google Glass, and how it could maybe be used if the wearer was in any way malevolent. To address this possible concern, one Glass Explorer has made a 3D-printed privacy shield for the headset.You’d probably be the worst spy ever if you tried to stalk someone with Glass on, but that doesn’t stop a vocal minority from expressing concerns about a camera mounted to the right of one’s head. To their point, there’s no notification light when you are recording, aside from the “Terminator” glow that the prism gives off whenever you are using it. No one knows when you are taking pictures or recording, so those around you either assume you’re never recording or assume you’re always recording.As a result, the list of places Glass is banned from seems to be growing at a fairly constant rate. The easiest way to get rid of concerns would be to hide the camera and cover up the display. Thanks to Glass Explorer Ryan Weaving, all you need is a 3D printer to make that happen.Shortly after our discussion on the social implications of Glass, a conversation arose about how exactly you could block out the camera on Glass. That’s the big issue here — the camera and the light from the prism are unnerving to some. Fortunately, those two pieces are right next to one another, and connected to the same flexible arm at the end of every Glass unit.In order to make something that would cover both of these things, Weaving tried out a few ideas in 3D modeling and came up with a cap that went over Glass. The end of the cap covers the camera, while the box-shaped end encapsulates the prism without actually touching it. Not only is the camera gone, but you could be staring into the sun and the projector on Glass would be clear as day to you now.While it is true that you lose the ability to see through the prism, it’s likely that there will be versions of this cap that allow for just the camera to be covered, or to have the back of the prism cover open so the break in your field of vision would be lessened. It’s a good solution for those that feel they would be in situations where people would assume Glass wearers are up to no good.Weaving has shared this design on Thingiverse for anyone to use and enjoy.
By Karen Straughan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Sunday 19 Mar 2017, 8:45 AM 161 Comments 5,311 Views HeForShe: Emma Watson’s empty promise that when women’s problems are solved, men will be free too Emma Watson made an empty promise to young men that if only they do as men have always been expected to do—sacrifice and serve—they will eventually be liberated, writes Karen Straughan. AS THE ABORTION debate heats up and it seems like the mass media can hardly go a day without publishing an article decrying the problems facing women in modern society, feminism in Ireland is coming under more scrutiny than it ever has before.There are many questions that can be asked, and should be asked, about feminism in Ireland today, questions about its origins, its goals, what it really stands for and the direction it’s taking. With vocal feminists on both sides of the abortion line, clarity is something in short supply when it’s needed more than ever.Rather than asking these questions sotto voce with furtive glances over the shoulder, Irish feminism needs to join international feminism under the spotlight of public interest, especially given its extraordinary and unelected influence at high levels of the Irish government.Emma Watson backlashAnd there are few figures who could be considered more international than Emma Watson, an actress beloved by many for her role in the popular Harry Potter movies, especially among Irish women.Actress Emma Watson, UN Women’s current Goodwill Ambassador, made headlines last week when she divulged that the backlash against her “HeforShe” campaign had her so depressed and despondent that she could barely get out of bed.Interestingly enough, most of the backlash she describes as leaving her so discouraged as to be bedridden came from feminists themselves, who largely criticised her for being a privileged, wealthy, white, dabbling elitist, exploiting her substantial platform to presume to speak on behalf of women whose lives and struggles she could never truly understand.Finding relatable spokespeopleAs a daughter of working class parents, the former wife of a working class man, who raised three children and two stepchildren while living well under the poverty line and burying one of them along the way… I have to admit that I don’t disagree with that sentiment.The dilemma advocacy organisations like UN Women face is in finding spokespeople who are both relatable and recognisable, when the reality is that you can have the one or the other.More interesting, however, to me anyway, was the absence of any mention in the mainstream press of the male backlash against Watson’s campaign, a backlash in which I eagerly took part.If HeforShe was divorced from the daily reality of 90% of ordinary women, who are more concerned with the business of surviving, than with whether the wealthiest women on earth get paid less than the wealthiest men, it existed in another universe entirely from the one inhabited by the vast majority of men.Divorced from men’s realityImagine, if you will, a queen arrayed in an outfit that costs the average annual salary of the average working class schlub, an outfit she’ll wear only once because it would be gauche to wear it twice, pretending to speak for the experiences and struggles of the common woman. Ridiculous.Now imagine this queen appealing to a group of people who are underrepresented in nearly every single metric of social wellbeing and success, from having a fixed address to being employed to finishing school, to pledge their efforts towards preventing girls from being called “bossy” and speaking up for young women in sports.Imagine her telling these young men that once all women and girls are liberated from the shackles of gendered oppression, their lives will magically improve too. Just by osmosis, or something.That appeal ventures beyond the ridiculous, beyond the sublimeIt is emotional abuse on an epic scale. It is an empty promise to young men that if only they do as men have always been expected to do—sacrifice and serve—they will eventually be liberated from the constraints of male sacrifice and service. Sure, it looks a lot like old-fashioned chivalry, but please be assured, it’s not. It’s HeforShe. It’s feminism.Men pledging to stand up for women and girls, to protect them from harm, difficulty and exploitation, that’s equality, don’t you know. HeforShe. It’s a completely novel idea. Never been tried before. It might not work, but we’re willing to run with it.But don’t expect a cookie or a pat on the head, lads. You don’t deserve a “thank you” for being a decent human being, after all. A good deed is its own reward, no matter what it costs you. And don’t forget to check your male privilege.Feminism promises but doesn’t deliverIt’s little wonder that Ms Watson has expressed no real interest in addressing any of these concerns, even though she leveraged the dire state of men in the western world as bait to recruit them as foot soldiers in her mission. How could she possibly answer for it?Years ago, someone on a message board called me the woman feminism promised and never delivered. Every day, and with every effort I make, those words remind me of the incredible responsibility I have taken on.Women do not lack for Lancelots, Arthurs or Quixotes. They have an endless pool of candidates prepared to tilt on their behalf. And what do men have?Emma Watson’s promise that one day, when all of women’s problems have been solved and all women have been liberated from hardship, men will be free to be “vulnerable and human too.”Karen Straughan is owner of the YouTube channel GirlWritesWhat, co-founder of Honey Badger Radio, gender counter-theorist, and a men’s rights advocate.‘Syrians are increasingly likely to opt for a strongman like Assad, capable of bringing stability’>Zoo deaths: ‘In the wild, gorillas don’t eat their own vomit and pull out their hair in frustration’> Karen Straughan http://jrnl.ie/3288855 Share Tweet Email3 Mar 19th 2017, 8:45 AM
By Órla Ryan 30,725 Views Short URL Prime Minister Theresa May Source: House of Commons/PA Wire/PA ImagesMEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT in the British House of Commons have overwhelmingly backed a proposal that could allow Brexit to be delayed. The motion, put forward by Labour MP Yvette Cooper, was passed by 502 votes to 20.Essentially, MPs were voting on plans Prime Minister Theresa May proposed yesterday in relation to a series of Brexit-related votes being held next month. They have now formally backed the holding of a series of meaningful votes in the coming weeks to decide what form Brexit will take, including a potential vote on whether to seek to extend Article 50 and delay leaving the EU.Twenty Conservative Party MPs voted against the proposal. Share244 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4516704 Wednesday 27 Feb 2019, 9:24 PM 27 Comments We will also continue to push for the other available options to prevent those outcomes, including a close economic relationship based on our credible alternative plan or a general election.May faces an uphill battle to get a Brexit deal over the line. The draft Withdrawal Agreement struck between her government and the EU was rejected by the House of Commons by 432 votes to 202 last month.She is seeking reassurances on certain elements of the deal, in particular the backstop related to Northern Ireland. European leaders have repeatedly said the deal cannot be renegotiated. Many politicians have raised concerns about the backstop element of the deal, which aims to avoid a hard border between the Republic and Northern Ireland and could see the North stay aligned to some EU rules.The Democratic Unionist Party, which campaigned in favour of Brexit and props up May’s minority government, believes the backstop threatens the United Kingdom and could lead to a trade border in the Irish Sea.Seeking a delay If May fails to get the House of Commons to back a deal, MPs are expected to vote on 13 and 14 March on whether to leave the EU with no deal, or to seek a delay.“The government’s policy is to get the legally binding changes so a deal can be brought back to this house … and we can leave on March 29 with a deal,” May said ahead of the vote.Any delay must be approved by the other 27 EU member states. Some of the bloc’s leaders have questioned whether a short delay would achieve much. “We don’t need more time: what we need most of all is a decision,” French President Emmanuel Macron said after meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris.“If Britain needs more time, then clearly we shall not refuse,” added Merkel, without mentioning conditions.In Madrid, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said: “Although Spain will not oppose granting a possible extension, this must have an assured perspective of resolution.”EU citizens’ rights May has repeatedly ruled out delaying Brexit, even after her deal was overwhelmingly rejected by MPs in January.Her u-turn yesterday prompted outrage among Tory hardliners, with Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg warning that “any delay to Brexit is a plot to stop Brexit”.However, May’s change of plan averted a rebellion by pro-Europeans who fear economic chaos if Britain ends its 46-year-old relationship with the EU without a deal.In a rare moment of unity, MPs approved without a vote an amendment seeking to protect the rights of 3.6 million Europeans living in Britain, and more than one million Britons living in EU countries.It calls on the government to make efforts to preserve the rights of those expats set out in the divorce agreement, even in a no-deal scenario.Conservative MP Alberto Costa said his amendment “does not deal in goods or services, backstops or borders, but people, living and breathing, skin and bone”. Costa was forced to quit as a junior minister because he was not technically allowed to put forward the amendment.MPs also rejected a Scottish National Party motion which stated that the UK should not leave the EU without a deal “under any circumstances” – by 324 votes to 288.Contains reporting from © AFP 2019 20 Tory MPs who voted against Cooper amendmentAllanBaronBlackmanCashChishtiDavid T.C. DaviesPhilip DaviesDraxHolloboneG. JohnsonMcVeyMillsMarie MorrisPrusgloveHenry SmithBob StewartSwayneSymsTomlinsonVickers— Alex Wickham (@alexwickham) February 27, 2019 MPs overwhelmingly back delaying Brexit if needed, as Labour says it will support second referendum Unless Article 50 is extended, Theresa May has just one month to get a deal over the line. In an earlier vote Labour’s Brexit proposals – which called for a new customs union with the EU and close alignment with the bloc’s single market – were defeated by 323 votes to 240.Afterwards, party leader Jeremy Corbyn said Labour would back a second referendum on Brexit “in order to prevent a damaging Tory Brexit or a disastrous no-deal outcome”. Feb 27th 2019, 9:24 PM As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Alex Wickham/Twitter
Cleaner ‘snapped’ and slapped 11 -year-old girl after drink poured on his wife Redas Jonka (43) was spared conviction over the incident at SkyCourt shopping centre in Shannon. By Gordon Deegan Thursday 12 Sep 2019, 7:58 PM Ennis District Court Image: Shutterstock/shutterupeire https://jrnl.ie/4806929 Share31 Tweet Email1 Image: Shutterstock/shutterupeire Thu 7:59 PM 91,182 Views 44 Comments Ennis District Court Short URL A 43-YEAR old cleaner who “snapped” when slapping an 11-year-old girl across the face with his open hand after he saw the child pour liquid over his distressed wife has escaped a conviction.In the case at Ennis District Court, father of one, Redas Jokna of Ballycasey Crescent, Shannon pleaded guilty to the assault of the local child on September 8th 2018 at the SkyCourt shopping centre in Shannon.However, Judge John King didn’t convict Mr Jokna and instead imposed the Probation Act and ordered him pay €500 to the Poor Box.This was after gardaí confirmed that there was provocation before the assault and a number of businesses at the SkyCourt shopping centre provided letters of support for the Lithuanian.Judge King told the court: “You can’t hit an 11-year-old child no matter what.”Both Mr Jokna and his wife work as cleaners for a cleaning firm at SkyCourt and solicitor for Mr Jokna, Tara Godfrey said that her client was subject “to severe provocation” while at work and “snapped” when slapping the then 11-year-old girl.‘Consistent bullying’Ms Godfrey said that there “had been a constant and consistent bullying of my client’s partner” by a group of youngsters frequenting SkyCourt and Mr Jokna took a distressed call on 8 September last year from his wife.In a statement to gardaí, Mr Jokna said that his wife was crying and distressed over the phone concerning a group of children and she told him “they are still abusing me”.Mr Jokna said that he arrived near the food-court where he saw a girl pour water from a drink container on his wife’s head.He said: “I asked them to leave and they said ‘you Polish* bastard, do you want some juice too?’” I got so angry I could barely remember anything.”Mr Jokna said after the incident, one of the children started crying and they all walked out.Mr Jokna told gardaí that his wife had juice on her chest and she had bits of pizza on her pants.Ms Godfrey said that the provocation is continuing. She said that in an incident in June “inflated condoms were being thrown at Mr Jokna, words are being expressed to him and he was still then suffering quite an amount of abuse”.She said that the 11-year-old injured party in the case this week at Lidl in Shannon jostled the shopping basket of Mr Jokna’s partner.Sgt Aiden Lonergan said that the 11-year-old girl has opted not provide a victim impact statement and the sergeant confirmed that there had been extreme provocation in the case.‘Sincere regrets’Ms Godfrey said: “My client sincerely regrets what he did. He shouldn’t have done what he did. He knows absolutely what he did was wrong.”Ms Godfrey said that a number of businesses at SkyCourt have provided references for Mr Jokna.Ms Godfrey quoted one retailer who said in a letter: “I do not agree that Mr Jokna’s course of action was right or proper, however, I do know that there is a constant issue with young teenagers misbehaving in the centre being abusive to cleaning staff and security staff.”Another retailer wrote to say: “We see Redas working incredibly hard despite sometimes having to deal with many challenging situations on a daily-weekly basis – abusive behaviour from young members of the public and people leaving the toilet in deplorable conditions.“I have witnessed on a regular basis the abuse that young members of the public give to other SkyCourt traders and the tremendous stress this puts us all under. Nobody should have to deal with this in their lives.”Another reference described Mr Jokna as ‘very dependable, courteous and a diligent worker’.The letter stated that these young people have been troublesome and a constant nuisance to the centre for some time and were barred from the centre at the time of the incident in September last year.Concerning the assault on the 11-year-old, Mr Jokna told Gardaí: “I regret my actions, I am not proud of them.”Ms Godfrey said that Mr Jokna has lived here for eight years and has no previous convictions and he and his partner have a ten-year-old child.Ms Godfrey said that after the incident, the man informed his bosses but he didn’t lose his job. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match J™ Google+ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR I’d like to see Y2J, SR and KO inside Hell in a Cell for the title… 1 COMMENT NEXT WEEK: Can @WWECesaro & @WWESheamus co-exist against #TheNewDay in tag team action on #RAW? pic.twitter.com/bZ0n19Xibl— WWE (@WWE) October 18, 2016 Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWill Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Paul Heyman WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Tallahassee Police find Chris Jericho’s stolen AEW Championship on the side of the road Videos Articles Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship Now Playing Up Next Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter It was revealed during last night’s 10/17 WWE RAW in Denver that Brock Lesnar will return next Monday night in Minneapolis (October 24) to respond to Bill Goldberg after Goldberg officially accepted the challenge from Paul Heyman for a fight.Also announced for next week’s RAW is WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins vs. Chris Jericho in a triple threat non-title match and WWE RAW Tag Team Champions The New Day vs. Sheamus and Cesaro in a non-title match.ALSO NEXT WEEK: @WWE #UniversalChampion @FightOwensFight, @WWERollins & @IAmJericho collide in a #TripleThreat Match on #RAW! pic.twitter.com/ZEunmUOBXI— WWE (@WWE) October 18, 2016 Facebook Now Playing Up Next Bobby Lashley Tony Khan talks to the media after All Out, addresses Jon Moxley, Chris Jericho and more Now Playing Up Next Brock Lesnar Videos Articles Videos Articles WrestleMania 36 Will Be In Tampa October 18, 2016 at 5:21 am Chris Jericho to defend the AEW World Championship against Cody at Full Gear PPV Comments are closed.
Police are searching for a man who allegedly exposed himself to a bikini barista Monday in Kalama. According to Kalama police, the man rolled up to Twin Perks Bikini Espresso, 1230 North Hendrickson Drive, in a red Nissan Frontier truck and exposed himself to a female barista, who was the only employee at the coffee stand when the incident occurred. Video of the man was captured by a surveillance camera.The man is described as white and in his late 30s or early 40s. His truck is described as a newer Frontier with a matching red canopy. The vehicle had a bicycle rack on the back and a storage compartment on the roof.Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call 911 or the Kalama Police Department at 360-673-2165. Kalama Police are searching for this man, who allegedly exposed himself to a bikini barista on Monday in Kalama.
MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A day of family fitness and fun got kids active and moving in Miami Gardens, Saturday.The sixth annual Orange Bowl Family Fun & Fit Day took place at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex in Miami Gardens.The event featured football drills, music, games, raffles, bounce houses and a whole lot more.Children were also able to get free haircuts and free backpacks filled with school supplies, so they’re prepared for the upcoming school year.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
13 Photos Sci-Tech Internet Services “First 60 @SpaceX Starlink satellites loaded into Falcon fairing. Tight fit,” he wrote.The company is hoping to launch on Tuesday or Wednesday, but Musk also warned that “much will likely go wrong” with this first mission and that the company will need to make six more launches of 60 satellites required for minor coverage and double that for moderate.Musk highlighted that these satellites are “production design,” unlike February 2018’s proof of concept Tintin launch. Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX’s president and chief operating officer, said last week that these are still only scaled-down test models — the company will start launching satellites for actual service later in 2019, according to Space News. Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 4:34 Comment SpaceX’s Starlink satellites will go to space on a Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceX Elon Musk gave us a look at his company’s Starlink internet satellites ahead their trip beyond our world in a Falcon 9 rocket.The SpaceX boss tweeted a shot of the satellites flat-packed in the rocket’s nose cone. Meet the SpaceX Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket 1 Tags First 60 @SpaceX Starlink satellites loaded into Falcon fairing. Tight fit. pic.twitter.com/gZq8gHg9uK— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 12, 2019 SpaceX ultimately plans to launch a constellation of nearly 12,000 satellites, according to Federal Communications Commission filings from March and November 2018.Musk reportedly fired at least seven senior managers over disagreements about the program’s pace last June.First published at 4:21 a.m. PT.Updated at 5:05 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Watch SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket nail an historic landing Elon Musk Space SpaceX