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Press release: Record road investment in Yorkshire and the North East steps up in 2018

first_imgThe proposed upgrade of a 2.5 mile section of the A1 between Birtley (junction 65) and Coal House (junction 67) will provide additional capacity, and improve journey times and safety while supporting economic growth in the region.Extra lanes will be constructed and Allerdene Railway Bridge, which carries the A1 over the East Coast railway line, will also be replaced as part of this major project which is due to start late 2020.The consultation started on 8 February 2018 and will close on Thursday 22 March. Seven public consultation events will take place over two weeks. Information about these events can be found on the consultation page.This is one of 4 major scheme milestones which are taking place in Yorkshire and the North East in the first six months of 2018.The upgrades are funded by the Government’s £15bn investment in motorways and major A roads, and being delivered by Highways England.Highways England chief executive Jim O’Sullivan said: These upgrades in Yorkshire and the North East, will improve millions of journeys. Each of these milestones in this region is evidence of Highways England delivering major infrastructure upgrades for the whole country. In the six months to June two major schemes in Yorkshire and the North East will be completed: the improvements to the M1 junction 45 roundabout near Leeds and the upgrade of the A1 between Leeming to Barton, will improve journeys for drivers across the region. The preferred option for the improvements of the M621 key junctions in Leeds is also due to be announced.Nationwide, almost 40 projects will hit milestones over the same period, including seven schemes starting construction and four improvements opening to traffic, adding much needed extra capacity to some of the country’s busiest roads and improving journeys for millions of drivers. Others will hit crucial points – including public consultations that will help shape the proposals, and route announcements.April will mark three years since Highways England embarked on delivering the Government’s Road Investment Strategy, the biggest investment in the country’s major roads since the 1970s.The schemes reaching milestones in the first half of this year will join the 18 major projects that have already opened to traffic since April 2015. A further 16 are presently in construction. Those which have already opened in Yorkshire and the North East region include the A160/A180 Port of Immingham improvement and the A1 Coal House to Metro Centre improvement in Gateshead which helped reduce congestion and provide opportunities for development in the region. Three smart motorway schemes on the M1 in west and south Yorkshire are also fully operational.There will be consultation forms and brochures available online and at locations open to the public from 8 February 2018. These can be handed in at the events or sent to the freepost address provided on the form.Further information about the proposals and full details of the consultation brochure deposit locations are available from the scheme webpage.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.last_img read more


Life-Size Bronze Chris Cornell Statue Unveiled Outside Seattle’s Museum Of Pop Culture

first_imgIn May of last year, Chris Cornell, the famed Soundgarden and Audioslave singer, passed away, sending shockwaves through the music community. In July of this year, Chris Cornell’s wife, Vicky Cornell, announced that she was donating a life-size bronze statue of her husband to the Museum of Pop Culture in Cornell’s home city of Seattle. Over the weekend, after two months of delays, that statue, which was created by Nick Marras, was finally unveiled.As Vicky Cornell explained during the statue’s initial announcement,Even though Chris’ music touched the lives of millions around the world, there is no better place than Seattle to honor and celebrate both his contribution to music history, as well as Seattle’s unique place in popular music, with an enduring symbol of a beloved artist, father, and husband. … Our children and I are deeply moved by the continued outpouring of love, compassion, and support, and this is our gift to the Museum of Pop Culture and to Seattle – our gift back to the tight-knit community that gave him his start.Placed by the gold south entrance of the Museum of Pop Culture, Nick Marras’ sculpture depicts Chris Cornell in an iconic pose, with the singer wearing his characteristic combat boots and dog tags and playing his Gibson Memphis guitar. For the unveiling, Chris Cornell’s children did the honors, though Vicky Cornell and the Artistic Director at MoPOP, Jasen Emmons, both spoke to the late Grammy-winning singer’s influence.As Jasen Emmons noted during his remarks, “The clouds tonight somehow feel right for someone who brought us so much dark, beautiful music.”Added Vicky Cornell, “He was the voice of a generation, and an artist that continues to draw us closer together, forever.” [H/T Consequence Of Sound]last_img read more


CAF BEACH SOCCER: Supersand Eagles Defeats Libya, Ready for Tanzania …

first_imgNigeria turned back Libya 6-3 yesterday afternoon to brighten her chances of a place in the semi finals of the on-going CAF Beach Soccer Cup of Nations in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.The win came about 24 hours after the two-time African champions lost 0-2 on penalty shoot-out to Senegal, after both teams ended it 4-4 at regulation and extra time. Emeka Ogbonna, best player of the last edition of the competition held in Lagos in 2016, contributed two of the goals to add to the lone strike he secured against four-time champions Senegal on Saturday, to take his tally to three at this tournament. Abu Azeez, another star player on the Nigeria side, also netted a brace, while Emmanuel Ohwoferia and Suleiman Ogodo got one goal each as the Supersand Eagles handed the North Africans the same treatment they got in the hands of the Super Eagles in two 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in October.With the Supersand Eagles having regained their buoyancy and marksmanship, debutants Tanzania are in the firing line as they take to the sands against Nigeria today starting from 2.30pm Egypt time (1.30pm Nigeria time). Coach Audu ‘Ejo’ Adamu is likely to throw another star player Victor Tale into the fray to ensure a baptism of fire for the East Africans, while paving the Nigerians’ route to the last four. The two finalists in Sharm El Sheikh will represent Africa at the 2019 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup scheduled for Paraguay. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


Guardiola glad as Man City overcome derby ‘fear’ to beat Man Utd

first_imgThe Portuguese boss, in a separate interview with Sky Sports, added: “All three goals are our mistakes. Against a team like City, if you make mistakes you will get punished.”United scored twice in the closing five minutes to win 2-1 away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek while City continued their campaign in European club football’s elite tournament with a 6-0 thrashing of Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.Mourinho, while not blaming United’s defeat on their exertions in Italy, said: “Everybody has to agree, it is one thing to go to Juventus and play against one of the best teams in the world for 90 minutes, another thing to beat Shakhtar Donetsk at home 6-0 and be very relaxed.“We arrive in different circumstances.”Share on: WhatsApp Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said his side had to overcome early “fear” before the reigning Premier League champions returned to the top of the table with a 3-1 derby win at home to Manchester United on Sunday.Goals early in each half at the Etihad from David Silva and Sergio Aguero left City in a commanding position before an Anthony Martial penalty gave visitors United hope of a comeback.But Ilkay Gundogan put the result beyond doubt four minutes from time with a third goal that crowned a sublime 44-pass move.Victory left City two points clear of Liverpool and Guardiola told the BBC: “We deserved the victory. The first half we played a little bit with fear but football is a game and we didn’t want to lose the ball.”Asked why his team had been fearful, Guardiola replied: “We wanted to play good in front of our fans and we know how important it is to play in this game. But we did well and that goal from Sergio Aguero helped us a lot after half-time.”Defeat left United 12 points behind City just 12 games into the league season, with beaten manager Jose Mourinho accepting there was now a “gap” between the Manchester clubs.He insisted his team were united in reality as well as in name, while saying all three of City’s goals were down to mistakes by his players.“For me zero words against my players, everything is positive,” Mourinho said. “I am with them and they are with me.“There is a gap, Manchester City start playing from the beginning of the season at a certain level that allows them to get a lot of points.”last_img read more


Lancashire win the County Championship again – on points

first_img Lancashire have the English County Championship back in their grasp after a dramatic final day at Minchinhampton when they not only needed to win their match but to accumulate as many points in doing so.They did just that, overcoming Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Channel Islands 6½ – 2½ while Devon beat Leicestershire and Rutland 5½ – 3½ to finish second place.In the end both counties had two match wins so the verdict went to game points with Lancashire gaining 15½ to Devon’s 14.It is Lancashire’s 11th County Championship overall and their third in the past six years and their captain Paul Williams, in his first year as captain, was naturally delighted with his side’s success.“It has been a fantastic experience being involved with a team that’s friendly and full of spirit,” he said. “We knew what we had to do and after a tie in the foursomes so I loaded by experienced players at the back in the singles and all produced.“I wanted Haydn McCullen to show he was No.1 and he has made it a hat-trick. He won the Lancashire county and boys championships and now the English County title.“Also, Sean Towndrow holed a six foot clutch putt on the final green this morning to earn us a half. Without that we could have lost momentum so I’m really pleased for him.“But it’s been a good year for me. We‘ve won the Northern League and now this but everyone has pulled together.”After being held 1½ – 1½ in the morning foursomes, the North Region champions knew they needed as many game points as they could get from the six singles. There was little to separate the players in any of the games in the early stages but as the afternoon wore on so Lancashire gradually assumed control.Haydn McCullen gave them a great start with a 3 and 2 win over Hampshire’s Harry Ellis, who found himself 5-down after 12 holes but strung together three successive birdies to reduce the damage.Mark Young found himself behind early on to Ryan Henley but battled back to lead 2-up at the turn before taking advantage of the Hampshire man’s errors to win 5 and 3.Paul Howard and John Carroll both came through 3 and 2 over Elliot Groves and Gavin O’Neill respectively which meant that Sean Towndrow’s 4 and 2 defeat by Tom Robson hurt little.Devon made a great bid for the title. After taking the foursomes 2-1 against Leicestershire, they took command of the top singles and soon had three points on the board which assured them of victory in the match. But they needed also every point they could get.After leading early, Jimmy Mullen went 1-down to Colin Mitchell at the turn. But he pressed the accelerator on the back nine, regaining the lead with a birdie at the 12th then winning the 14th and 15th on his way to a 3 and 2 victory.Sam Edwards had two front nine birdies to Jonathan Herbert’s three but the Leicestershire man added a couple of bogeys to be out in level par to Edwards’ two under 33 for a 1-up lead.  Herbert fell 2-down with a double-bogey at ten while Edwards went further in front with a birdie at 13 before closing out a 2 and 1 success.David Blick also went out in 33 to be 3-up against Leicester’s Ashley Mason on his way to a 5 and 3 win, which ended when Mason lost his ball on the 15th and conceded. But they could only reap a half from the bottom three games, thanks to Dan Rosevear against Martin Anderson.The two bottom games went Leicestershire’s way through their long-serving campaigners, Steve Sansome, who won 4 and 3 against Dave Ashley, and David Gibson by 5 and 3 over Adam Bridgewater.Photo copyright Leaderboard Photography. 29 Sep 2013 Lancashire win the County Championship again – on points last_img read more


Jon Stewart’s Farm Sanctuary Approved By County

first_imgProcess Ruffles Some Feathers in Colts NeckBy Joseph SapiaCOLTS NECK – The Monmouth County Agriculture Development Board has unanimously approved a proposal by entertainer Jon Stewart and his wife to create an agricultural sanctuary-education center on the historic Hockhockson Farm on Route 537.On Tuesday, 10 members of the board voted to OK the application for the 45-acre farm. The farm- easily recognized by its sign, “Hockhockson Farm, A.D. 1780,” with silhouettes of seven running horses – is between Swimming River and Laird Roads.The next major step for JTS Land Trust – the entity of Stewart and his wife, Tracey – is to seek site plan approval from the township to build an 8,400-square-foot, two-story education-visitor center, among other things.The education-visitor center is not a permitted use in the township’s agriculture zone. But the board’s approval of the education-visitor center as a legitimate part of the farming operation allows the Stewarts to bypass a township variance for zoning.Colts Neck officials, however, have not liked the idea of the Stewarts going to the Agriculture Development Board, rather than to the township. Colts Neck has expressed concern about a loss of control over building the education-visitor center, along with traffic and parking issues.So, anticipating the Stewarts winning approval from Agriculture Development Board, the Colts Neck Township Committee authorized an appeal, to be used if necessary. An appeal would go to the state Department of Agriculture.Jon Stewart, left, talks to Colts Neck Deputy Mayor Michael Fitzgerald after the Monmouth County Agriculture Development Board OK’d an application by Stewart and his wife, Tracey, to operate an agricultural sanctuary-education center in Colts Neck. Photo: Joseph SapiaDeputy Mayor Michael Fitzgerald said it would have been more appropriate for the Stewarts and their co-applicant, Hockhockson Farm, to seek approval from the township and, if rejected, to use the county board for an appeal.“At the end of the day, I remain disappointed they usurped the town’s authority by coming to this board,” said Fitzgerald, speaking immediately after the vote at the county Agricultural Building in Freehold Township.But the Stewarts’ side viewed their path – that is, through the Agriculture Development Board – as acceptable.Fitzgerald also questioned whether the Stewarts actually got a “variance” from the Agricultural Development Board to bypass the township Zoning Board.Philip San Filippo, a lawyer for the Stewarts and Hockhockson Farm, disagreed, saying the next stop is the township Planning Board, not the township Zoning Board, because no variance is needed.When told about the authorized appeal, San Filippo said, “I’m hoping they’ll re-think that. I think that’s counter-productive.”Both sides expressed a willingness to work out their differences.Barring a delay through an appeal or elsewhere, the plan is to open the sanctuary-education center in about a year.“Our plan was spring 2017; we’re still going to shoot for that,” said Tracey Stewart, speaking after the vote.Hockhockson Farm now operates as a horse-boarding and vegetable-flower farm.The Stewarts, who live in Red Bank and are the contract-purchasers of the farm, plan to continue growing vegetables and flowers, retaining tenant farmer Robert Laurino. The Stewarts also plan to have cows, pigs, sheep, goats, horses and chickens.Tracey Stewart, a former veterinary technician who lived on a farm as a child, testified before the Agriculture Development Board last month the farm will not be a rescue facility, per se. Instead, it will get animals from the New York State-based Farm Sanctuary, which rescues animals.The Agriculture Development Board vote gave the Stewarts added protection via the state Right to Farm Act to, among other things, grow crops, dispose of manure on-site, continue operating the farm’s farm market and conduct education related to a commercial farm. Under Right to Farm, farmers have added protection against neighbor’s nuisance complaints, for example.The Agriculture Development Board ruled the Stewarts would not have Right to Farm protection for such things as the care and keeping of sanctuary animals and the use of animals for veterinary study – basically because these animals do not meet a commercial farm’s production requirements. The Stewarts will still be able to do these things, but without the added protection.Before the vote, Agriculture Development Board member Nancy Grbelja said, “I have no problem with it (the proposal). I think it is a good plan.“One of the keys to success (to running a farm) is being a good neighbor,” Grbelja said.After the vote, Jon Stewart, the former host of the popular “Daily Show” on Comedy Central television, told the Agriculture Development Board, “We very much appreciate your thoughtful comments. We hope to continue to use your counsel.”Township resident John Kissel told the Agriculture Development Board he hopes there are more proposals such as the Stewarts’ down the road. Otherwise, Kissel said, the land will be developed.After the meeting, Tracey Stewart said, “It’s been a long haul. It’s really exciting. We can really get things going.”The Stewarts had planned the sanctuary-education center for a 12-acre farm they own in the McClees Creek area of Middletown, Tracey Stewart said. But that farm had obstacles to running a sanctuary-education center open to the public, such as its location on an unpaved road and its small size.Tracey Stewart said the Middletown farm likely will be sold.Tracey Stewart said the Stewarts are not relocating their residence to Hockhockson Farm.John Young, a neighbor of Hockhockson Farm who had previously raised concerns about the proposal, said he was glad the Stewarts are preserving the farm. But he added he was glad the township would scrutinize the proposal.Hockhockson Farm is owned by Robert Cooke III, who lives on the farm; his sister, Claudia Machado Cooke; and the husband of their late sister.Robert Cooke testified his family has owned the farm a “couple hundred years.” Cooke had said the farm was once 290 acres, but had been downsized a few times.More from the Two River TimesStewarts’ Farm Sanctuary Proposal Takes Seed (April 7, 2016)Jon Stewart Eyes Colts Neck for Animal Sanctuary (March 31, 2016)last_img read more


Police three weeks into search for missing teen

first_imgAnyone with more information regarding the disappearance of Denny, please call the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — As of Friday, it has been three weeks since Denny Poole was last seen on Highway 97 — just over a kilometre south of the Kiskatinaw River Bridge.The RCMP says the 15-year-old and a friend were attempting to walk from Dawson Creek to Fort St. John on March 12, but Denny never arrived at his intended destination, nor did he return home. He was last seen at 7:30 that night.The two teens wandered the highway and backroads for about 20 hours, taking what they thought to be short cuts of the back roads, but the police say it appears they kept getting turned around and did not make much headway.- Advertisement -Investigators once again are turning to the public to assist them in checking any wooded areas in a wide radius from where Denny was last reported being seen.Denny is described as a First Nations, standing as approximately 5’7″ tall and weighing between 120-130 lbs with short black hair and brown eyes.He was last seen wearing a grey DGK Sweater, black jeans, Osirus running shoes, and carrying a black backpack.Advertisementlast_img read more


Body Wonders You Didn’t Know You Had

first_img(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 We have some really advanced equipment running inside us.Here are cool body facts for sharing around the water cooler. Read the links for details.Repair crew: There are cavities in your organs with immune cells at the ready for fast tissue repair, Science Daily says.A new sense: We all know about the sense of touch, and some of us have heard about the proprioceptive sense that lets us know our position in space. Current Biology tells about a “novel proprioceptive sense” due to fingertip contact area. Whenever the contact area changes, we receive informational cues about finger displacement.Another new sense: PNAS takes the sense of touch to another level. Robot designers need to think about this one: the vibrations we feel when touching an object are loaded with information.Using the human hand as a case in point, we show that during natural interactions with ordinary objects, mechanical energy originating at finger contact propagates through the whole hand, and that vibration signals that are captured remotely contain sufficient information to discriminate between gestures and between the touched objects.Milk woman: Human breast milk has unique properties. Science Daily says it helps populate the infant’s gut with healthy flora. It’s like a “miracle,” Medical Xpress says, how breast cells work like little factories to produce this amazing fluid so beneficial to the newborn in multiple ways.Epigenetic memory: The environment can trigger switches to help our bodies remember, Science Daily says. These on/off switch positions are heritable, so that the next generation can be prepared for stressful situations.Custom facial: Skeletal stem cells lay the foundation for development of the human face. “Timing is everything when it comes to the development of the vertebrate face,” Science Daily says. ‘In a new study, researchers have identified the roles of key molecular signals that control this critical timing.”Brain password: To protect the brain, there is a blood-brain barrier most substances cannot cross. There’s a molecular transporter, however, that can get things like essential lipids through with proper authentication. Another article on Science Daily describes how the gatekeeper system is becoming better understood.Night watch: Ever have trouble sleeping in a new place? That’s because half your brain is awake, New Scientist says. Some animals like dolphins and birds sleep with half their brain awake at a time to stand watch; “something similar might be going on in our brains when we’re in an unfamiliar environment.”The default mode network is involved in mind wandering and thinking about future events. It is spread across the brain, but it seems like only the part located in the left hemisphere may be acting as a “night watch”, monitoring conditions around us and alerting us to potential danger.Unmentionable essentials: Our “unbecoming” body parts are no less well designed than any other. We don’t pay them much respect till things go wrong. How does your brain know when your bladder is full? Science Daily says this “seemingly simple” process actually requires dedicated sensors, signal transduction mechanisms and specialized muscle contractions. The anus, too, is often the butt of jokes, but thank God it works to keep the crap sealed inside till it’s time to go. That anal sphincter muscle has an important job, as anyone knows who has been a caregiver for one with incontinence. A paper in Nature Communications describes the “molecular basis of the genesis of basal tone in internal anal sphincter,” meaning that the muscle needs to maintain a default tension to keep a seal, so that you smell nice in the business meeting. Control of that basal tone goes all the way down to particular molecular machines in the muscle cells. Scientists found that disrupting them either led to incontinence or impaired defecation.Maybe that last one is not a water cooler topic, but it’s good to know that every detail of our design is well thought out. The more details you know about your earthly tabernacle, the more you should be thankful. That’s a good reason right there to do scientific investigation. Thankfulness is healthy (and right). We, of all generations, having the most knowledge of God’s provisions for our bodies, should be the most grateful.last_img read more


UK will seek anti-gang ideas from US: David Cameron

first_imgPrime Minister of United Kingdom David Cameron says that Britain would seek solutions from the United States on gang violence and authorities would get strong powers to stop street mayhem from erupting again.Prime Minister of United Kingdom David Cameron said that Britain would look to the US for solutions to gang violence and authorities would get strong powers to stop street mayhem from erupting again.Prime Minister of United Kingdom David Cameron said on Thursday that Britain would look to the United States for solutions to gang violence after nights of riots and looting, and promised authorities would get strong powers to stop street mayhem from erupting again.Cameron told lawmakers he was “acting decisively to restore order on our streets,” as police raided houses to round up suspects from four nights of unrest in London and other English cities.Steve Kavanagh, the deputy assistant commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police, admitted the force initially did not deploy enough officers to control the outbreak of violence, saying “it is clear we did not have enough numbers on duty to deal.”Cameron also acknowledged that police had been overwhelmed by mobile groups of looters in the first nights of the rioting and said authorities were considering new powers, including allowing police to order thugs to remove masks or hoods, evicting troublemakers from subsidized housing and temporarily disabling cell phone instant messaging services.He said the 16,000 police deployed on London’s streets to deter rioters and reassure residents would remain through the weekend.advertisement”We will not let a violent few beat us,” Cameron said.While Britain’s streets were clear of looters for a second night in a row, the toll of the riots continued to climb. A 68-year-old man who was attacked during rioting in west London as he tried to put out a fire died late Thursday, police said in a statement.Richard Mannington Bowes had been in a coma since Monday. Police said a murder investigation has now been opened into his death.Lawmakers were summoned back from their summer vacations for an emergency session of Parliament on the riots as government and police worked to regain control, both on the streets and in the court of public opinion.During a session lasting almost three hours in which he faced 160 questions from lawmakers, Cameron promised tough measures to stop further violence and said “nothing should be off the table.” He said that included water cannon and plastic bullets – though senior police have said they don’t feel the need to use those at the moment. He also said officials would look at “whether there are tasks that the army could undertake that would free up more police for the front line.”Cameron said he would seek American advice on fighting the street gangs he blamed for helping spark Britain’s riots.He told lawmakers that he would look to cities like Boston for inspiration, and mentioned former Los Angeles, New York and Boston Police Chief William Bratton as a person who could help offer advice.Bratton said in a statement he’d be “pleased and honored” to provide services and counsel in any capacity, adding that he loves London and has worked with British police for nearly 20 years.Cameron told lawmakers he wanted to look at cities that had fought gangs “by engaging the police, the voluntary sector and local government.””I also believe we should be looking beyond our shores to learn the lessons from others who have faced similar problems,” Cameron said.He said the government, police and intelligence services were looking at whether there should be limits on the use of social media sites like Twitter and Facebook or services like BlackBerry Messenger to spread disorder.BlackBerry’s simple and largely cost free messaging service was used by rioters to coordinate their activities, Cameron’s office said.Britain’s Home Office said it planned to hold talks with police chiefs, Twitter, Facebook and Blackberry manufacturer Research In Motion Ltd.Facebook looks forward to meeting with the home secretary, the company said in a statement, adding that it has taken steps in recent days to ensure that any credible threats of violence are removed from the social networking site.Government officials said they were discussing with spy agencies and communications companies whether messaging services could be disabled in specific areas, or at specific times.Authorities are considering “whether it would be right to stop people communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality,” Cameron said.Cameron said that, in the future, police would be able to order people to remove masks, hoods or other face coverings when they suspect them of concealing their identity to carry out a crime. Currently, police must seek approval from a senior officer.advertisementCommunities Secretary Eric Pickles confirmed that powers that allow authorities to evict convicted criminals from government-subsidized housing will be strengthened. Authorities have the power to eject someone from social housing if they commit a crime, but only if the offense is in their own neighborhood.Pickles said he hoped the power would be more widely used, and that it would apply to crime committed anywhere.A program that can ban gang members from meeting together, loitering in certain places, or displaying gang insignia will also be extended, he said.Some lawmakers urged Cameron to take even tougher measures. Conservative Party lawmaker Peter Tapsell said he recalled law enforcement officers in Washington, D.C. in 1971 rounding up anti-Vietnam war demonstrators and imprisoning them in a sports stadium. Tapsell asked Cameron if London’s Wembley Stadium, the country’s showpiece soccer arena, could be used. Cameron insisted the stadium would be used only for “great sporting events.”Parliamentary authorities confirmed Thursday that a petition calling for those convicted of offenses during the riots to lose welfare payments could be debated by lawmakers. Earlier this month, Britain began an initiative under which online petitions with at least 100,000 signatures will be considered for debate in the House of Commons.Authorities said the petition crossed the threshold on Thursday – the first to do so – and would now be studied by a committee that decides on Parliament’s business.Britain’s riots began Saturday when an initially peaceful protest over a police shooting in north London turned violent. That clash triggered wider lawlessness that police struggled to halt.Across London, and then in cities throughout England, rioters set stores on fire and looted shops for sneakers, bicycles, electronics and leather goods. For the first couple of nights there were too few police on the streets to challenge them.That changed Tuesday, when 16,000 officers were deployed on London’s streets – almost three times the number of the night before.Police swooped on houses across London on Thursday, detaining suspects and retrieving stolen goods. The number of people arrested since Saturday rose to 1,009, with 464 suspects charged.Birmingham remained in focus as tensions remained high after three men were killed in a hit-and-run incident as they took to the streets to defend shops from looting. Police on Thursday arrested three more men on suspicion of murder – a 16-year-old, a 17-year-old and a 26-year old. A 32-year-old man arrested a day earlier was released on bail.Scenes of ransacked stores, torched cars and blackened buildings have frightened and outraged Britons just a year before their country is to host next summer’s Olympic Games, bringing demands for a tougher response from law enforcement and calls for the government to scrap plans to cut police budgets.Cameron’s Conservative-led government is slashing 80 billion pounds ($130 billion) from public spending by 2015 to reduce the country’s swollen budget deficit – measures that include curbing police budgets. A report last month said the cuts will mean 16,000 fewer police officers by 2015.advertisementNormality was being restored in London Thursday, although soccer authorities announced that Tottenham Hotspur’s season-opening match against Everton on Saturday was being postponed.Nine other Premier League matches due to be played this weekend across the country are due to go ahead.As authorities attempted to dispense swift justice to rioters, there were chaotic scenes at courthouses, several of which sat through the night to process scores of alleged looters and vandals, including an 11-year-old boy.The defendants, mostly young but otherwise diverse, included a teenage ballerina, a university English student from a prosperous commuter town and Natasha Reid, a 24-year-old university graduate who admitted stealing a TV from a looted electronics store in north London. Her lawyer said she had turned herself in because she could not sleep because of guilt.Also due to appear in court were several people charged with using Twitter and Facebook to incite violence.-With inputs from APlast_img read more


Delph: Guardiola is fantastic, a genius

first_imgManchester City Delph: Man City boss Guardiola is a genius Chris Burton 07:11 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Fabian Delph Pep Guardiola Manchester City Clive Brunskill Manchester City Guardiola England Premier League World Cup The versatile England international has credited his boss at the Etihad Stadium for having made him the player now preparing for World Cup 2018 duty Fabian Delph has hailed Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola as “a genius”, with the Catalan credited with having made the versatile 28-year-old a Premier League champion and World Cup performer.The 2017-18 campaign proved to be the most productive to date for the man who moved to the Etihad Stadium from Aston Villa in 2015.Delph took in 29 appearances across all competitions, with Guardiola having opted to use him as left-back cover following an unfortunate injury to Benjamin Mendy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Domestic dominance was secured with a league title and Carabao Cup success, with international recognition then achieved in time to make Gareth Southgate’s England squad heading to Russia 2018.Delph is delighted with the progress he has made, telling reporters of the role Guardiola has played: “He’s fantastic. For me, he is a genius.“He has opened my eyes to so much. I didn’t picture football like Pep does. He’s painted the pictures for me.“I stayed mentally strong, and I knew if I got my opportunity to play I could contribute and help the lads win games.“I’m a very traditional English guy who believes in hard work and dedication and giving it absolutely everything. I’m there to fight and pick up second balls, to be that old English type of player, but he has reinvented me.“Now it’s all about being calm and collected on the ball, being sensible in terms of if someone occupies my position then I need to occupy a different position.“Pep smells the danger. We’ve got so many systems the way we played. Everybody seems to think, ‘Wow, what are they doing?’ But it is very simple.“Basically we move the ball very fast, we take as few touches as possible and we stay in the positions, we utilise the spaces and distances perfectly and we have the courage to play out and build up from the back.“And we work on it daily. Every session we do there is always an aim to it, there is always a reason why we are doing a certain exercise, not just having a five-a-side for the sake of it and fitness work. Everything is geared towards the game and the team we are playing next.”Fabian Delph EnglandHard work has earned Delph further England opportunities, with the man who forged his reputation as a hard-working midfielder prepared to play wherever he is required for the Three Lions this summer as they go in search of global glory.He added on the position he considers to be his best: “I’ll give you the textbook answer – wherever the team needs me I’ll be there to give 100 per cent.“If it’s left-back, centre midfielder, defensive or attacking, I’ll give 100 per cent. If it’s in goal I’ll play there – but I will be rubbish!”last_img read more