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  • Faisal Qassim The Sahara is Moroccan Algeria in the Embrace of

    Rabat – Faisal Qasim, the TV host of the popular Arabic-language talk show “The Opposing Perspective,” said the Western Sahara belongs to Morocco and that Algeria has fallen into the “embrace” of Iran – the majority-Shiite country the Arab world considers to be one of its greatest rivals. Two days after King Mohammed VI’s strong speech at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Riyadh, Qasim posted a statement on Facebook affirming that most Arab countries support Morocco in its struggle against separatists led by the Algeria-backed Polisario Front.“Most Arabs agree that the Western Sahara is the legal possession of Morocco,” he wrote. “What were the Algerian generals expecting from Arabs after they fell in the embrace of Iran.” More than 18 thousand of Qasim 9.6 million Facebook followers “liked” the post and almost 800 people had commented on it at the time of this article’s writing.Relations between Algeria and Iran have been particularly strong over the past few months, especially after the North African country refused to take part in the Islamic Alliance for Countering Terrorism, which was composed of mainly Sunni countries, at Saudi Arabia’s invitation. Algeria also refused to support the Saudi Arabia-led political opposition to Hezbollah, a Shiite-run political party in Lebanon.Algeria’s opposition to Saudi Arabia’s regional agenda is tied to the Syrian civil war as well. Morocco’s easterly neighbor decided to maintain its political relationship with Syria after the Saudi king launched a program opposing President Bashar Al-Asad’s regime. Algeria’s move sided the country with Iran, one of the major financial supporters of the murderous Syrian regime. read more

  • Sound governance crucial for water resource management UN official says

    5 July 2011Sound governance and knowledge of water management principles are crucial for sustainable water resources, a top United Nations official in the Asia-Pacific region has told the opening session of a regional conference on the issue. Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), told a meeting in Singapore of South-East Asia water ministers yesterday that “sound governance is crucial for sustainable management of water resources threatened by pollution, natural disasters and climate change,” according to an agency press statement. “To overcome challenges in the water sector, it is imperative for policy-makers, water agencies, international organizations, financing institutions, and the civil society to understand the underlying principles of sound water management policies, supported by innovative technological solutions, especially in the face of water scarcity and climate change,” Ms. Heyzer said yesterday at the opening of the five-day Singapore International Water Week. Ms. Heyzer said growing water scarcity is a constraint to inclusive and sustainable development in the subregion. Together with the impact of climate change, possible water shortages in the dry season could affect economic growth and progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Ms. Heyzer highlighted the importance of sound governance in water management in the context of recent disease outbreaks from contaminated water resources and water shortages caused by natural disasters and mismanagement. The growing competition for water resources calls for new water management practices that integrate a global approach and smooth the divide between urban and rural areas. The ESCAP chief underlined the importance of green growth and inclusive approaches, as well as the role of ESCAP as a key driver for regional cooperation in water resources management, the agency said. Ms. Heyzer said the UN regional arm also plays a vital role as a knowledge hub on water resources management for inclusive and sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific. read more

  • Former tourism official agrees to fines in gift card probe

    LAS VEGAS — The former chief marketing officer of the Las Vegas tourism agency has agreed to pay $8,700 in fines for violations stemming from the personal use of the agency’s airline gift cards.The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Thursday that a review panel determined last month there was “credible evidence” for the Nevada Commission on Ethics to pursue a complaint against Cathy Tull.Authorities say Tull used $6,000 in Southwest Airlines gift cards that were purchased by the publicly funded Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.The commission will consider next week approving the agreement with Tull.Tull’s lawyer, Mike Pavlakis, did not respond to the newspaper’s request for comment.Tull resigned from the agency in April amid investigations into the misuse of the gift cards by agency officials.___Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.comThe Associated Press read more

  • East Timor effort launched to canvass public views on constitutional issues

    “Each Commission will consist of between five and seven Commissioners, one Rapporteur – tasked with the recording of the information and preparing a report to the Transitional Administrator – and one Constitutional Advisor, who will answer questions by members of the Commission, provide analysis and answers raised by participants at the consultation,” the UN mission said in a statement issued in Dili.The data collected by the Constitutional Commissioners will be forwarded to the Constituent Assembly that will be elected on 30 August.The 72 East Timorese Commissioners, 13 Advisors and 13 Rapporteurs were sworn-in on 26 May by Acting Transitional Administrator Jean-Christian Cady and have since undergone training on constitutional issues.Chosen by an all-Timorese panel based on lists sent by each district, the Commissioners are now undergoing a preparatory phase in their sub-districts, UNTAET said. The public hearings are expected to begin on 18 June and end on 14 July. read more

  • Annan pays tribute to United Kingdoms late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

    “The Secretary-General shares the sadness of the British people at the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement issued on Saturday.“Throughout her long life her courage, kindness and unfailing good spirits, had won her a special place in the hearts of countless people, not only in Britain but throughout the world,” the statement said.The Secretary-General extended his “deep condolences” to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and to all her family on this second bereavement, which followed the death of Princess Margaret, according to the spokesman. read more

  • UN refugee agency calls on Kyrgyz Government not to forcibly return Uzbek

    The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) today repeated calls to the Kyrgyz Government not to forcibly return four refugees to Uzbekistan who fled their country after last year’s killings in the city of Andijan, saying such extraditions would violate the 1951 UN Refugee Convention. Next Tuesday, the Kyrgyz Supreme Court – which has already upheld a Kyrgyz denial of refugee status to three of the Uzbeks – will be reviewing the appeal of the last one. The four are still in detention after being arrested nearly a year ago following an extradition request from the Uzbek Government, and were part of a group of some 500 asylum seekers, all of whom were subsequently recognized as refugees. “UNHCR again calls on the Kyrgyz government to refrain from any action aimed at forcibly returning these four refugees to Uzbekistan and reiterates the importance of the principle of non-refoulement, under which no refugees should be forcibly returned to their country of origin,” UNHCR Spokesman Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva. “The extradition of recognised refugees would be a violation of the 1951 UN Refugee Convention to which Kyrgyzstan is a signatory.” All the other refugees in the group of 500 asylum seekers who fled last May’s violence in Andijan, were evacuated out of Kyrgyzstan by UNHCR in July after being accepted for urgent resettlement elsewhere and the Agency has offered a solution in other countries for the four refugees currently detained. “UNHCR stresses its appreciation for the Kyrgyz government’s commitment to asylum principles and wishes to assure the authorities of its continuing assistance,” Mr. Redmond said. Next week’s Supreme Court review will be the last legal proceeding concerning the refugees and the appeals of the three others were heard in April and May, where the negative decision with regard to their refugee status given by the Kyrgyz Department of Migration Services (DMS) was upheld. Shortly after last year’s violence in Andijan, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour expressed fears that asylum-seekers and refugees forced to return to Uzbekistan “may face an imminent risk of grave human rights violations, including torture and extra-judicial and summary executions.” The Uzbek Government claimed fewer than 200 people were killed in the unrest. However, more than 450 of the Uzbek refugees subsequently provided testimony to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) regarding the events of 13 May 2005 and an OHCHR report in July concluded that based on consistent, credible testimony, military and security forces committed grave human rights violations that day. read more

  • Increasing number of labour provisions in trade agreements dont hamper business UN

    Research from the UN International Labour Oranization (ILO) found that a trade agreement which included labour provisions raised the value of trade by 28 per cent on average, as compared with 26 per cent for a similar agreement without the labour provision. “It is increasingly common for new trade agreements to include labour provisions,” said Marva Corley, ILO Senior Economist and lead author of the report. “As of December 2015, there were 76 trade agreements in place (covering 135 economies) that include labour provisions, nearly half of which were concluded after 2008. Over 80 per cent of agreements that came into force since 2013 contain such provisions,” she added. The ILO Growth with Equity report entitled “Assessment of labour provisions in trade and investment arrangements” also found that labour provisions support labour market access, particularly for working-age women. In the future, the UN agency encourages trade negotiations to become less opaque by involving stakeholders, especially the social partners – and not just governments – in the making and implementation of labour provisions in trade agreements. read more

  • Course aims to bridge healthcare gap for youth with disabilities

    Maureen Connolly, a Faculty of Applied Health Sciences’ professor in the Department of Kinesiology, is offering her ‘Programming for Disability and at-risk Youth’ course (PEKN 4P02) in Brock’s expanding Spring/Summer curriculum.There are gaps in the current health-care system for children and youth with disabilities, and Maureen Connolly’s long history of advocacy in this area has helped to bridge them.Connolly, a Faculty of Applied Health Sciences‘ professor in the Department of Kinesiology who is also cross-appointed in the Department of Child and Youth Studies, is offering her ‘Programming for Disability and at-risk Youth’ course (PEKN 4P02) in Brock’s expanding Spring/Summer curriculum.The course is designed to help students learn to design individual movement plans for children with disabilities.Connolly has taught the course during Fall/Winter terms since 2008. This is the first time the course is being offered during Spring/Summer as part of the e-learning initiative.The course is taught as “flipped” classroom, meaning students learn online and out of the classroom before applying their knowledge in-class, six to eight times between May 5-Aug. 29.The course will focus on at-risk children and youth and then have students consider the particular issues and supports that these individuals might need in order to participate in an appropriate movement activity.For example, Connolly noted that Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a classic example of a disability that manifests differently for practically everyone who receives a diagnosis. As such, individualized movement programming is essential.The course also requires a practicum. Many students may choose to fulfill these hours in Connolly’s unpaid ASD summer movement camp.This program, hosted on site at Brock University for the past 18 years, provides a developmentally appropriate movement education-based curriculum focused on the needs of youth and teens with autism.“Offering this course in the Spring/Summer session provides a great opportunity to get students ready for the kids who are coming to camp,” Connolly said. “It’s not exactly glamorous work, but it’s absolutely necessary work.”While autism awareness is higher than ever, Connolly believes there aren’t enough programs to help teens and young adults with this pervasive developmental disorder. That’s where the Spring/Summer course – and Connolly’s camp – can help.“It’s a vital service,” Connolly said. “The more we can prepare our students for this population in terms of competence and knowledge, the better.”Registration is now open for Spring/Summer courses at Brock, and demand continues to grow as the University expands its offerings for both students and community members who wish to begin, continue or extend their education.Last year, Brock noted a 17 per cent increase in Spring/Summer enrollments from the year previous. Another 15 per cent increase is expected in 2014.Other Spring/Summer stories:Expanded spring/summer term offers many diverse courses Hybrid learning helps mature students reach education goalThe President takes his hand to teaching an online courseCondensed Spring/Summer courses pack pedagogical punchHockey course offers snapshot of Canadian culture read more

  • Significant Digits For Friday March 25 2016

    0.015 rating pointsThere are close matchups, and then there are close matchups. Tonight’s Notre Dame-Wisconsin tilt belongs in that second category, with the teams separated by just 0.015 points in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings. It’s basically as close to a coin flip as you can get — our prediction model lists the game as exactly 50-50 for both teams. []19 percentage pointsIn a Sweet 16 field largely devoid of Cinderella candidates, 10th-seeded Syracuse will have to do. According to the FiveThirtyEight model, they started the tourney with a 1 percent chance of making the Final Four; now that probability is 19 percentage points higher, the biggest gain of any team left standing. [FiveThirtyEight]1995 seasonThe University of Virginia will be looking to make its first Elite 8 appearance since the 1995 tournament when it takes on Iowa State Friday evening. By most measures — including winning percentage, the AP poll and the Simple Rating System — this year’s Cavaliers are better than the 1995 version, but they’ll have to win to prove it — the bracket doesn’t lie. []3,950 winsNorth Carolina and Indiana are two of the most storied programs in the history of college basketball, having combined for 3,950 victories in 5,728 games since 1901, and they’ll face each other in Friday’s late game. With a 73 percent chance of winning, UNC has the edge to take win No. 3,951, according to our model. []118 winsThe University of Connecticut women’s basketball team has been completely unstoppable with Breanna Stewart leading the way these past few seasons. They’ve won 118 of their last 119 games — all by double-digits, and all but 18 by 20 or more points. UConn looks to extend their run against Mississippi State Saturday morning. [FiveThirtyEight]If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news.And if you see a significant digit in the wild, send it to @WaltHickey — or to @Neil_Paine, I guess, if you feel like it. Welcome to Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. Regular host Walt Hickey is still on vacation, and NCAA basketball is still happening. As a result, I’m still here with another all-March Madness SigDig. Enjoy! read more

  • Winter Wonderland attraction branded a rip off and shambles after customers complain

    first_imgA Winter Wonderland attraction near Derby has been branded a “shambles” and shamed on social media after customers complained they were forced to walk through a muddy field only to find there was no Santa. Visitors criticised the Bakewell Winter Wonderland after discovering there were also no reindeer at the attraction when it first opened 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. Santa’s Grotto was still being built, it was alleged, while some complained of two-hour queues to meet Father Christmas when he eventually turned up. Pictures of the festive attraction, which cost up to £7 for a ticket as well as £5 for parking, showed a few stalls and fairground rides dotted around a field covered in mud.Jean Sanderson, who travelled to the Winter Wonderland from her home 13 miles away in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, described it as “horrendous”.She said: “The entrance was not fit for push chairs and disabled people and the Santa’s grotto was not even finished yet.”Some children were upset and I expected to see more stalls; there were not many. I know the weather doesn’t help but the organisation was poor. There was no atmosphere at all. Bakewell Winter Wonderland's ice rink They wrote: “Due to the weather we have experienced we have had a lot of set backs this morning due to the mini hurricane.”We can only apologise for any inconvenience caused however we cannot avoid the awful weather we have experienced!”All winter wonderland is now open including Santa’s grotto, ice rink and our reindeers.”But the attraction’s posts were met with a barrage of negative comments. Emma East wrote: “I have opened a case with PayPal. Hoping for a refund. We went on Friday and it was horrible. I know the weather doesn’t help but the organisation was poor. There was not atmosphere at allJean Sanderson “There was no Santa and they were building the grotto when we got there. Apparently Santa came later.”Miss Sanderson was later refunded by the organisers after she complained during her visit on Friday.She added: “We were really looking forward to it. I don’t blame the stall holders who were there, I actually feel sorry for them, but it’s just not fair on the public and children.”Hundreds of other visitors took to social media to brand the festive attraction a “Winter Blunderland”. Catt Haswell tweeted: “Bakewell ‘winter wonderland’ what a joke, no Santa, no Christmas cheer & had to pay £7 before we knew.”Lorraine Taylor wrote on Facebook: “Absolutely horrendous and a rip off! £7 entry fee plus £5 to park! No Christmas gift stalls like I thought there would be just loads of food stalls & fair ground rides!” Bakewell Winter Wonderland’s ice rinkCredit: She added: “It was all hyped up to be such a great event. Very disappointed don’t blame people for wanting their money back – don’t waste your time or money.”Gabby Medgyesy said the attraction was “OK if you want to eat a burger and take your kids on eight fair ground rides”. But she added that queues for Santa took an hour and said: “It is nothing like they have advertised for the past month”. The Bakewell Winter Wonderland started on Friday and ran over the weekend until Sunday. It is due to return again from December 9-11.Organisers apologised to visitors on Friday in a post on their Facebook page blaming the poor conditions on a “mini hurricane”. “No Santa, no atmosphere, hardly anything that was advertised. I feel bad for the stall holders, I am sure they paid a lot of money to have stalls in what can only be described as a shambles.”Katrina Anderson added: “I too have opened a case with PayPal. Total disappointment, not festive at all just a big fairground and 1 small marquee with stalls crammed in.”The ground is treacherous while I saw countless people having real difficulty with pushchairs and wheelchairs getting through.”Not a winter wonderland at all! I wish we’d never travelled over an hour and queued for around 40 minutes to get in. Oh and to top it all off £5 to park. Ridiculous don’t waste your money.” Bakewell winter wonderland….. don’t bother #ripoff #disgusted— Steve Hatherley (@shatherley1970) November 19, 2016 @DerbyTelegraph really disappointing night last night at Bakewell Winter Wonderland, £7 entrance fee to stand on a muddy field, not good— Maria Castrignano W (@MiaCastrignano) November 20, 2016 The Bakewell Winter Wonderland is being held at Bakewell Showground but a spokesman said they were not involved in the organisation of the event.When asked who was in charge, she said she did not know.The showground spokesman added: “The event had some initial setbacks on the Friday due to a bad storm in the early hours of the morning.”Unfortunately this delayed the arrival of some traders and resulted in damage to the grotto, which the event organiser rectified within two hours of opening.”This is the only time Santa and his reindeer were unavailable. Visitors requesting a refund during this period were given one.”last_img read more

  • Finsbury Park Mosque attack latest Theresa May vows hatred and evil will

    first_imgPolice officers attend to the scene after a vehicle collided with pedestrians in Finsbury ParkCredit:Reuters Yvette CooperCredit:Clara Molden/The Telegraph 1:10PMCouncil leader: We will not be divided by any terrorist Transport for London says the Seven Sisters Road will be “closed for some time”.  6:02PMAndy Burnham reassures Manchester’s Muslim community 2:41PMTheresa May ‘sees strength of community’ as she meets faith leaders 5:14AMPolice treating incident as ‘potential terror attack’ Pontyclun Van Hire in Pontyclun A police forensics officer examines the interior of a van Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, has reacted to the incident at Finsbury Park. Prime Minister Theresa May and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick talk to faith leaders at Finsbury Park Mosque 1:21PMTheresa May visits Finsbury Park mosque to meet community leaders Police man a cordon at Finsbury Park in north LondonCredit:PA Asked at the scene if Islamophobic terrorism has been underestimated, London mayor Sadiq Khan said: “Terrorism is terrorism.”It doesn’t matter whether you are inspired by a perverse version of Islam or whether you are inspired by other motives to terrorise others.”The intention is the same, to divide communities, to make us stop leading the lives that we do.” Theresa May has condemned the Finsbury Park terror attack as “every bit as  sickening” as other recent terrorist outrages. Mrs May said that an early assessment by police suggested the attacker “acted  alone”.  Emergency services at the scene close to Finsbury Park MosqueCredit:Thomas Van Hulle/Twitter Another appalling incident last night. Thoughts and prayers with all those affected. Tough times as a nation; we will endure.— Johnny Mercer MP (@JohnnyMercerUK) June 19, 2017 2:44AM’A lot of chaos’ A police forensics officer walks from the scene of the attack on Monday morningCredit:Carl Court/Getty I’m totally shocked at the incident at Finsbury Park tonight.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) June 19, 2017 Boxer Amir Khan LATEST on #SevenSisters Road #FinsburyPark incident. One person has died. Counter Terrorism Command investigating.— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) June 19, 2017 1:48AMVan ‘hit people on pavement’ Police officers attend to the scene after a vehicle collided with pedestrians in Finsbury Park The van used in the Finsbury Park attackCredit:Carl Court/Getty Theresa May  The quote is signed by Finsbury Park London Underground staff, British Transport Police and the emergency services. JUST IN: Video shows London police response amid reports of a vehicle colliding with pedestrians.— ABC News (@ABC) June 19, 2017 Mr Corbyn, who has represented the constituency of Islington North since 1983, said he felt the community’s “pain” and “stress”.”An attack on a mosque, an attack on a synagogue, an attack on a church is actually an attack on all of us. We have to protect each others’ faith, each others’ way of life, and that’s what makes us a strong society and community,” he added.  3:45AMCorbyn ‘shocked’ at ‘awful event’ Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has joined a vigil held in the wake of the  suspected terror attack.A vigil held outside Finsbury Park Mosque, just a stone’s throw from the place where the incident unfolded at around 12.20am, saw the surrounding streets on Monday evening engulfed by people wishing to show their support. The Finsbury Park attack is senseless barbarism. My thoughts and prayers are with all involved. Yet again the emergency services are heroes.— Tim Farron (@timfarron) June 19, 2017 9:01AMMet Police Commissioner: Another appalling attack on our city Here’s a round-up of reaction from politicians on Twitter: Sultan Ahmed, 34, whose uncle witnessed the attack said the driver shouted: “Kill all Muslims” as he ploughed into the crowd of worshippers, reports Crime Correspondent Martin Evans.He said the victim was an elderly Bangladeshi man who had just left the Muslim Welfare Mosque on Seven Sisters Road. Mr Ahmed, a charity worker, said:”My uncle had just left the mosque when an elderly man who was in front of him fell ill and collapsed on the ground.”A group of worshippers were crowding round to help him when the van drove at them and ran over the old man. There were at least two others who looked to be in a very bad way. “My uncle said the driver had shouted “I want to kill all Muslims’. There were also reports that the van had been parked over the road waiting for people to leave the mosque.”Mr Ahmed claimed that a total of three men were in the van, but two had escaped. However, police said “no other suspects at the scene have been identified or reported” to the force. Martin Evans, Anita Singh and Lyndsey Telford have  put together a detailed reconstruction of how the attack on worshippers at the Finsbury Park Mosque unfolded.A small group of men were heading home to the nearby Andover Estate when 52-year-old Markram Ali collapsed.His friends rushed to his aid and within minutes were the targets of the Britain’s latest terrorist outrage.Read more here Mrs May said police would continue to assess the security needs of mosques and would provide whatever additional resources were needed. She said: “This was an attack on Muslims near their place of worship and, like all terrorism in whatever form, it shares the same fundamental goal. It seeks to drive us apart and to break the precious bonds of solidarity and citizenship which we share in this country.”We will not let this happen. This morning we have seen a sickening attempt to destroy those freedoms and to break those bonds of citizenship that define our United Kingdom.”It is a reminder that terrorism, extremism and hatred take many forms and our determination to tackle them must be the same whoever is responsible.” 11:13AMSajid Javid speaks to concerned Finsbury Park residents Yvette Cooper Islamophobic attacks have risen by two-thirds, warned Yvette Cooper, the former shadow Home Secretary. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said the Finsbury Park incident was “quite clearly an attack on Muslims”. Police outside Pontyclun Van Hire, in PontyclunCredit:Claire Hayhurst/PA Speaking on Sky News she said there had been an increase in Islamophobia all over the country.”We have to do more to challenge Islamophobia, we have had reports of Islamophobia in schools.”Ms Cooper, who chaired the Home Affairs Select Committee in the last Parliament warned of the spread of Islamophobia on social media and urged companies, such as YouTube, to do more to police their content. 10:09AMBravery of imam who helped to calm scene is praised I am shocked and appalled by the horrific attack in Finsbury Park. The thoughts and prayers of your neighbours in Tottenham are with you.— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) June 19, 2017 3:46AMLondon mayor reacts Sajid Javid meets a member of the local community in Finsbury ParkCredit:Victoria Jones/PA Terror attack outside #FinsburyPark mosque. Police must urgently review security for all mosques #StandTogether— Diane Abbott (@HackneyAbbott) June 19, 2017 Emergency services are on the scene and investigating a major incident at Finsbury Park. Follow @Metpoliceuk and @Ldn_ambulance for details.— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) June 19, 2017 3:56PMEast London Mosque receives telephone threat Eyewitnesses have reported seeing bystanders wrestle the suspect to the ground and pin him down until officers arrived. The father-of-four suspected of mowing down a group of worshippers outside a London mosque was a “complex” and “troubled” individual known for “flipping his lid” when he drank too much, it has been claimed.He was recognised on television by stunned Welsh neighbours more used to seeing him on the school run, who rang the police to identify him.They later described him as “shouty” and “aggressive” but said they were gobsmacked to learn that he was a terror more here Suspect Mohammed Shafiq of the Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim organisation which speaks out against extremism, has issued a statement condemning the attack.”I utterly condemn the senseless and evil van attack against Muslim worshippers outside the Finsbury Park Mosque in London.”According to eyewitnesses this was a deliberate attack against innocent Muslims going about their life.”We should make clear that if this attack is confirmed as a deliberate terrorist attack then this should be classed as an act of terrorism.”The British Muslim community requires all decent people to stand with us against this evil violence.”Rampant Islamaphobia has been on the rise for a number of years and those on the far right have perpetuated hatred against Muslims.”They should be called out for their hatred.”The days ahead will be difficult, but with unity and tolerance we will prevail. We will not allow these far right extremists to divide our diverse communities.”Enough is enough, my condolences and prayers for all the victims and their families. They are in my prayers.” Here’s more from Mr Basu, who confirmed eight people are in hospital and two others were treated at the scene. All of the casualties were Muslims, he added. He said:”The attack unfolded whilst a man was receiving first aid from the public at the scene; sadly, he has died.”Any causative link between his death and the attack will form part of our investigation. It is too early to state if his death was as a result of the attack.”Mr Basu thanked members of the public who detained the driver, saying “their restraint in the circumstances was commendable”.The driver has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Police patrol the Finsbury Park area of north London  While we understand this incident to be a hoax, we still urge vigilance in our community. 2/2— East London Mosque (@elondonmosque) June 19, 2017 Commuters take pictures of the board at Finsbury Park station Mrs May’s  statement in Downing Street is already winning praise on Twitter, including from Brendan Cox, the widower of murdered MP Jo Cox: 12:42AMAmir Khan makes plea for unity  The message that summed up the community spirit in Finsbury ParkCredit:AFP Tensions run away near the police cordon early on MondayCredit:FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA 3:35AMOne person ‘stabbed’ He reportedly turned against Muslims following the London Bridge attack. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has released a statement:“London has woken up to the news of another appalling attack on our city. My thoughts are with the family of the man who has died and with all those who were injured.“My officers were on the scene almost immediately, and other uniformed and specialist officers quickly arrived to support them. They worked quickly with colleagues from the other emergency services to treat the injured.“I want to thank all those members of the public who assisted police and emergency services in our task.“There is now an ongoing investigation by our Counter Terrorism Command to establish why this attack was carried out.“London is a city of many faiths and many nationalities. An attack on one community is an attack on all of us. Terrorists will not succeed in their attempts to divide us and make us live in fear.”“Extra officers are on duty in the area to help reassure the local community. They will be there for as long as they are needed.“Communities will see additional officers patrolling across the city and at Muslim places of worship. We are working as hard as we can to protect all our communities, and we will not be defeated.” Witnesses who dragged him from the vehicle claimed he told them: “I want to kill Muslims…you deserve it…I did my bit.”Mohammed Mahmoud, the Imam of the mosque who persuaded the mob to hand him over to the police, was hailed a hero.After a meeting with security officials and ministers in the Government’s Cobra emergency committee, the Prime Minister confirmed that police believe the attacker who drove into people near Finsbury Park Mosque had acted alone.Mrs May, who later met community leaders on a visit to the mosque, condemned the attack as “every bit as sickening” as other recent terrorist outrages. 1:41AMRoad to be ‘closed for some time’ We have a number of ambulance crews & specialist teams on scene at the incident on #SevenSisters Road #FinsburyPark— London Ambulance (@Ldn_Ambulance) June 19, 2017 11:58AMBrendan Cox praises May’s ‘excellent and powerful statement’ 2:09PMSadiq Khan: ‘Terrorism is terrorism… the intention is the same’ Theresa May leaving Finsbury Park mosque A woman lays flowers in tribute outside Finsbury Park Mosque 10:53AMMPs react: Tough times as a nation; we will endure Tomorrow’s Daily Telegraph front page: Terror suspect ‘turned against Muslims’ after London attack #TomorrowsPapersToday— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) June 19, 2017 A503 Seven Sisters Rd is now closed N/B at Hornsey Rd & S/B at Rock St due to an emergency services incident. Seek alternative route.— TfL Traffic News (@TfLTrafficNews) June 18, 2017 All hell breaking loose in Finsbury park.— ben tovey (@ben_tovey) June 18, 2017 It was less than a month ago that terrorist Salman Abedi detonated a suicide bomb killing 22 people, including children, after an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. 6:09AMMayor calls for ‘calm’ The suspect is taken away by police in Finsbury ParkCredit:Sky News 1:25AMMore road closures over major incident  A police forensics officer walks from the scene The London Ambulance Service has issued an update, saying eight people have been taken to hospital following the Finsbury park incident.A number of people were also treated at the scene for injuries.  3:31AM’There were bodies around me’ 4:53AMEight patients taken to hospital 12:34PMJeremy Corbyn hails emergency services for ‘timely response’ to ‘terror on the streets’ NHS England has just updated on us on those injured in the attack – a spokesman said seven people are being treated at three hospitals – the Royal London, Whittington, and St Mary’s. A police officer helps a woman leave flowers near the scene Credit:HANNAH MCKAY/REUTERS 1:06PMShocked after van used in Finsbury Park attack hired from Welsh village Prime Minister Theresa May has described the attack on worshippers near Finsbury Park mosque as a “terrible incident”. She added:”All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene.” Theresa May arrives at Finsbury Park mosque on Friday afternoonCredit:Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph Labour’s shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, whose Hackney North and Stoke Newington constituency lies close to the scene, called for police to review security at mosques.She tweeted: “Terror attack outside £FinsburyPark mosque. Police must urgently review security for all mosques £StandTogether.” The event held at the Muslim Welfare House tonight was apparently to show unity.  More witness accounts are reaching us from people who witnessed the attack early today and its aftermath.Tunisia Hassen Hammouda, 20, was visiting north London for a holiday.”I saw this crazy man come and start killing people,” he said. “He was driving straight along the road.”Asked about the attacker’s appearance, he said: “Europe, like Europe, white. He was saying nothing.”He described seeing one Muslim man protecting people from the speeding vehicle: “A Muslim guy was protecting him.” 9:35AMPrime Minister expected to give statement in Downing Street One caller told LBC said people from a local mosque had been drinking coffee at a cafe by the mosque. He said he had seen six people on the floor.Another caller said:  “I saw police giving CPR, getting the heart going again and another guy on the floor.”  A man prays after a vehicle collided with pedestrians near a mosque in the Finsbury ParkCredit:Reuters 1:12AMIncident on Seven Sisters Road Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council, said: “This is a horrifying and appalling attack, which police are treating as terrorism. Terrorist attacks seek to divide us and sow hatred.”Finsbury Park is a diverse and open community and our mosques are a vital part of that community. We stand in solidarity with the Muslim community and will continue to stand together and support each other.”Islington is a vibrant and unified borough; this is our community and we will not be divided by any terrorist.” A victim is taken away on a stretcher by medics at Finsbury ParkCredit: James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock A victim is taken away on a stretcher by medics at Finsbury Park Pontyclun Van Hire at the East Side Cambrian Industrial Estate on June 19, 2017 in Pontyclun, Wales 5:45PMOfficers searching suspect’s home Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of the mosque at Finsbury Park, tweeted:”Our thoughts and prayers with those who got injured and effected by this cowardly attack in Finsbury Park area, many casualties in the floor.” She will have been keen to visit the area as soon as possible after the attack, following widespread criticism of a visit to Grenfell Tower last week in which she did not meet victims. 11:51AMTheresa May: Attacker believed to have acted alone We are working closely with other members of the emergency services at the scene on #SevenSisters Road #FinsburyPark— London Ambulance (@Ldn_Ambulance) June 19, 2017 12:55PMBritish Red Cross sends volunteers to help those affected by attack The British Red Cross said it had been supporting friends and relatives of those affected by the attack.Mike Adamson , the aid charity’s chief executive, said: “The British Red Cross was asked by the Metropolitan Police to provide support today at an information centre, where we sent volunteers to provide practical and emotional support to family and friends of those affected by the attack.”We are also aware that people will want to know how they can help and show their unity with one another at this time.”Donations are welcome to the UK Solidarity Fund which we launched earlier this month for victims of terror attacks in the UK, and which we will be making available to support those who have been affected by this latest horrific incident.” 6:53AMStation open 1:20AMRoad closed Jeremy Corbyn speaks to locals in Finsbury Park 8:26PMSharp rise in Islamophobic attacks warns Yvette Cooper  2:31AMLatest statement from Ambulance Service 1:56PMIvanka Trump: We must stand united against hatred and extremism We have sent a number of resources to an incident in Seven Sisters Road. More information will follow when we have it.— London Ambulance (@Ldn_Ambulance) June 18, 2017 Scotland Yard said extra officers will patrol Muslim places of worship as it pledged to continue to “assess the security needs of mosques”.Video shows a scene of chaos as people tried to help the injured. One man could be seen giving CPR to a victim in the street while another man’s head injury was treated with a makeshift dressing.People could be heard shouting and screaming amid the chaos and bloodstains were visible on the pavement. In one video, a group of men are seen holding the suspect to the ground as they call for the police. 4:13AMSome people ‘hit the suspect’ The Muslim Council of Britain has condemned the Finsbury Park van attack, calling it “the most violent manifestation” yet of Islamophobia and called for extra security around mosques.The council’s secretary general Harun Khan said the incident took place outside the Muslim Welfare House in Seven Sisters Road.”Over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia and this is the most violent manifestation to date.”Given we are approaching the end of the month of Ramadan and the celebration of Eid with many Muslims going to local mosques, we expect the authorities to increase security outside mosques as a matter of urgency.”Muslim communities have been calling for increased action to tackle the growth in hate crime for many years and transformative action must now be taken to tackle not only this incident but the hugely worrying growth in Islamophobia.Many will feel terrorised, no doubt be angry and saddened by what has taken place tonight.”We urge calm as the investigation establishes the full facts, and in these last days of Ramadan, pray for those affected and for justice.” Mr Khan also warned about indoctrination of extremists on the internet. ‘So I think that we are going through a very tough time at the moment and we all just have to stick together as this is only going to get worse as people are thinking like that.” 1:14PM’Muslims are our neighbours and I want them to know they’re not alone’ Finsbury Park 11:47AMNo other suspects and no knife involved, say police Floral tributes left to the victims of the attackCredit:KEVIN COOMBS/Reuters Local resident Abdul Abdullahi walked past the mosque minutes before the van hit pedestrians.The 18-year-old returned to the scene when he heard about the incident and said there was a “sense of confusion” as people lay on the floor.He said: “I came back and I saw people on the floor. These are the people I saw about 10 to 15 minutes ago, people – civilians – resuscitating.”Mr Abdullahi said the arrested man looked “indifferent” and “like he didn’t even care”. She said:”The terrible terrorist attack which took place last night was an evil borne out of hatred and it has devastated a community.”I am pleased to have been here today to see the strength of that community coming together, all faiths united in one desire to see extremism and hatred of all sorts driven out of our society.”There is no place for this hatred in our country today and we need to work together as one society, one community, to drive it out, this evil which is affecting so many families.” 2:18AMSuspect was ‘confronted by bystanders’ 12:10PMMay: Police will assess security needs of mosques MP Alun Cairns said: “I have this morning spoken to the Chief Constable of South Wales Police, Mr Peter Vaughan.”He has assured me that his team is fully engaged and working in partnership with the London Metropolitan Police as the investigation into the abhorrent attack at Finsbury Park gets under way.”Mr Cairns added that it was “crucial” that the authorities were given time and the space to conduct these important enquires and that his “thoughts and prayers” were with those affected.  11:17AMTube station quote of the day: ‘Tough times don’t last’ 9:28PMHow the Finsbury Park Mosque attack unfolded  9:22AMMichael Gove: ‘This was a disgusting and repellent attack’ Sajid Javid meets a member of the local community in Finsbury Park The chief constable of Greater Manchester Police has tweeted his sympathy for the community caught up in the Finsbury Park attack. Ian Hopkins wrote: 3:32AMAmbulance service issues update The suspect screamed “I’m going to kill all Muslims” before he was tackled to the floor, according to a witness. Abdulrahman Saleh Alamoudi said he was among a group of people helping an elderly worshipper who had fallen down, perhaps because of the heat, when the van swerved towards them.He told BuzzFeed News: “This big van just came and went all over us.”I think at least eight or 10 people got injured. Luckily I managed to escape. And then the guy came out of his van and I got him.”He was screaming, he was saying, ‘I’m going to kill all Muslims, I’m going to kill all Muslims’. He was throwing punches.”Then we managed to get him on the floor. Then he was saying, ‘Kill me, kill me’. I said, ‘We are not going to kill you. Why did you do that?’ He wouldn’t say anything.”Salah Alamoudi said eight people were hit.He said they had to hold the suspect on the ground for up to half an hour before police arrived.”The guy, I had to keep him at least half an hour. He was a strong guy. A big man,” he said.”It was heartbreaking. It wasn’t an accident.” The message that summed up the community spirit in Finsbury Park Police were present at the premises, which is open seven days a week, throughout Monday.Villagers from Pontyclun spoke of their shock at the apparent local connection.Shop worker Helen Edwards said: “It was a shock to see the van was from Pontyclun, it brings it close to home. When it’s so close to home it’s even scarier.”Hannah Jenkins, 23, from Talbot Green, who works in the Spar shop in Pontyclun, described it as a close-knit community.”I think everyone is in shock. This is a small village in Wales and you don’t expect something like this here,” she said. Flowers have been laid near Finsbury Park Mosque, while police officers have also arranged bouquets from members of the public inside the cordon. 2:11PMCressida Dick: ‘This was quite clearly an attack on Muslims 4:04AMTheresa May reacts to ‘terrible incident’ 11:17PMMetropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick joins Finsbury Park vigil 1:15PMNHS confirms seven people are being treated at three hospitals Police say one person was killed in the incident at Finsbury Park. The Metropolitan Police said at this stage there were no reports of any persons having suffered any knife injuries.A 48-year-old was arrested over the incident after being detained by members of the public, it said in a statement.He has been taken to hospital as a precaution, and will be taken into custody once discharged, police said. He will also be subject of a mental health assessment in due course.  Horrible to watch police officers doing cardiac massage at people on the floor, desperately trying to save them. I just hope they did.— Cynthia Vanzella (@cynthiavanzella) June 18, 2017 1:31AMLocation of incident 6:01PMManchester police say they will increase police presence around places of worship More awful news of the attack on worshippers at Finsbury Park Mosque. My thoughts are with all those affected.— Owen Smith (@OwenSmith_MP) June 19, 2017 A police forensics officer examines the interior of the vanCredit:Carl Court/Getty Environment Secretary Michael Gove said he was sure the Prime Minister would be “distraught” about the attack. He said:”This was a disgusting and repellent attack and it was aimed specifically to try and divide London and to divide communities. The fact that people who were coming from a place of worship and celebrating their faith and their culture were singled out for attack in this way, words fail me in trying to encapuslate my sense of disgust at what goes on. My heart also goes out to those who have been affected.” “There was an old man – about 60 years old – I don’t know if he’s alive or dead.”There were other people, mid-30 to 40. There are men and women.”We are shocked when we heard the news because we were just having a good time. We were praying for peace and for Grenfell Tower.”When we heard this we were actually shocked.” Finsbury Park is in the Islington constituency Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, who is pictured here meeting residents on a visit to the area this morning.  Ivanka Trump, the daughter of US President Donald, is among those to post about the Finsbury Park attack on Twitter: Jeremy Corbyn speaks to locals in Finsbury ParkCredit:Geoff Pugh for The Telegraph The van used the attack, pictured here at the scene, appears to have been hired from a company called Pontyclun in Pontypridd in South Wales.A member of staff at Pontyclun Van Hire said the company would not be issuing a statement. She said: “We are not saying anything, we don’t know anything at the moment.” Transport for London says the A503 Seven Sisters Road is closed at Fonthill Road due to an emergency services incident. 2:41AMScene on the ground British counter-terrorism police have joined regular police officers looking into an incident at a north London mosque, the Guardian and Channel 4 News report. Police were tonight searching the suburban home of Darren Osborne, 47, for clues to his attack. Osborne – who grew up in the seaside town of Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, before moving to Pentwyn, Cardiff – is believed to have hired the van for £80-a-day.Police swooped on Osborne’s terraced home in Glyn Rhosyn, Pentwyn, where neighbours were stunned by the attack. Neighbours told of their shock after seeing pictures of Osborne being arrested by police.Dave Ashford, 52, said: “Someone called me and said it was him and I said ‘It can’t be’. Then I saw the picture on the news and said ‘S***, it’s him’.”Pauline Tibbs, 48, said: “The police have been back and forwarth here all day. It’s a terrible shock. “I’ve seen him walking in the street but never spoken to him. He seemed normal enough.”He has lived here a couple of years and kept himself to himself.” Another neighbour said: “He had lived on the estate for a few years…this is really surprising.”And another man who lived near Osborne’s home said: “I arrived home from work to find the street crawling with police – it’s a complete shock.”Osborne is believed to have hired the van from Pontyclun Van Hire, 15 miles away from his home in the Welsh capital. By the police cordon on Seven Sisters Road, a woman stood with a homemade placard. Alison, pictured, a resident, had heard about the attack early in the morning and hastily made the sign before heading to the scene.“Leave Our Muslim Neighbours Alone,” it said on the front. On the back: “This is not a war. It’s just a few deranged individuals acting out their demented macho fantasies. They are not with us. We love our mixed community.”It’s a message that sums up the community spirit in Finsbury Park. The streets may be shabbier than those a mile away in Islington – where Jeremy Corbyn lives – but people are proud to live in an area known for its tolerance.Read the full report. Armed police at the Finsbury Park cordonCredit:FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA #finsburyattack such awful news. The victims & their families are very much in my thoughts and prayers.— CC Ian Hopkins (@CCIanHopkins) June 19, 2017 The man who died in the Finsbury Park incident was already receiving first aid from members of the public and it is not yet known if his death was caused by the attack, Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu said.Mr Basu said the incident is being treated as a “terrorist attack” and thanked members of the public for restraining the suspect who has been arrested  on suspicion of attempted murder.  East London Mosque has revealed that it received a telephone threat this afternoon. While it believes it to be a hoax, it shows the high alert the Muslim community is under. Just a quick recap on this as rumours are still circulating among some on social media.Some witnesses said more than one attacker might have been involved, but police said “no other suspects at the scene have been identified or reported to police”.The force also dismissed reports that the van driver produced a knife, adding: “At this stage there are no reports of any persons having suffered any knife injuries.”center_img The attacker has been named locally as father-of-four Darren Osborne, from Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset, the Daily Mirror reported.Friends said Osborne had grown up in North Somerset but currently lived in Cardiff with his partner and children.Police have reportedly been conducting searches on properties in the Cardiff area. The suspect is led into a police van by officersCredit:Sky News Finsbury Park 8:16AMWitness: ‘The van drove at them and ran over the old man’ 9:48AMSadiq Khan: We’ll be strong, we’ll stay strong and we won’t allow these people to divide us’ London Mayor Sadiq Khan told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Terrorism is terrorism, whether it’s Islamist-inspired or inspired by others.”London has been through an extremely difficult time, it’s been a tough few weeks, but I’m so confident that we’re going to come through this, we’ll be strong, we’ll stay strong and we won’t allow these people to divide us.” The United States says it “strongly condemns” an attack near a mosque in London and that the attack appears to have targeted Muslim worshippers.State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says the U.S. stands with the U.K. and is ready to provide any help that British officials would find helpful. She’s calling the incident a “terrorist attack.”A large white van driven by a man identified as 47-year-old Darren Osborne apparently swerved into a group of Muslims who were leaving evening prayers early Monday. At least nine people were injured.Nauert says the U.S. is extending sympathy to the families and communities of the victims and hopes the wounded recover quickly.She says the U.S. commends the first responders and the bystanders for their courage in apprehending the attacker until police arrived.The State Department says the U.S. and the U.K. remain committed to fighting “the plague of terrorism.” One local resident, Alison, came to the scene this morning with this placard, reports Anita Singh.”I’ve lived here for about 37 years and it’s always been lovely because it’s so mixed. That’s one of the things we love about it,” she said.”My kids grew up here. It’s a real boon having them grow up in a neighbourhood like this.”Communities change slightly over time but it is a supportive community, that’s how we want it to stay and we want everyone to feel welcome. Muslims are our neighbours and I want them to know they’re not alone.”  Sami Ali, 20, who had left the mosque just minutes before the attack, claimed the driver of the van was smiling and waving when police took him away, reports Martin Evans.He said: “He was smiling and waving when the police took him away.” After making her statement in Downing Street, Theresa May has been pictured arriving at Finsbury Park to meet community leaders.Arriving at Finsbury Park Mosque shortly after 1pm, she sat with representatives from a variety of faiths.One Muslim man told her the centre had become a place which transcended religion and was used by the whole community.”It is a sad moment to meet you in these circumstances,” he said. The man added that mosques had played a “huge” role in helping tackle extremism in the area. The Muslim Welfare House praised the bravery of its imam, Mohammed Mahmoud, who helped to calm the situation as members of the public detained the attacker.A statement posted on its website said the organisation had hosted a Great Get Together event in the memory of murdered MP Jo Cox for all faiths a few days ago and that the Muslim community in the area is “horrified” and “shocked” by Monday’s incident. It said: “We have worked very hard over decades to build a peaceful and tolerant community here in Finsbury Park and we totally condemn any act of hate that tries to drive our wonderful community apart.”We would appeal for calm at this time. It is unhelpful for there to be speculation about the incident. All of our efforts should be towards getting justice for the victims and ensuring our community stays the diverse, tolerant and welcome place we know it to be. We call on all, including the media, to act responsibly at this time.”We have already met with the police, council and our local MP, Jeremy Corbyn. We would like to thank them for their support.”Our mosque and welfare centre provides vital support to many people in north London and we will continue to do this despite this incident.”Muslim Welfare House has always welcomed the whole community. Only a few days ago we hosted a Great Get Together in memory of Jo Cox, attended by people of every faith and background.”I would like to particularly thank our imam, Mohammed Mahmoud, whose bravery and courage helped calm the immediate situation after the incident and prevented further injuries and potential loss of life.” This is Finsbury Park resident Alison, who has lived here for more than 30 years ❤️— Anita Singh (@anitathetweeter) June 19, 2017 Excellent and powerful statement from @theresa_may on #FinsburyPark— Brendan Cox (@MrBrendanCox) June 19, 2017 Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergencies committee to discuss the Seven Sisters attack at 10am, and is expected to give a statement outside 10 Downing Street afterwards. 2:08PMCommissioner says it was an ‘attack on Muslims’  Emergency services are seen near Finsbury Park as British police say there are casualtiesCredit:Reuters A man leapt out of a white van and stabbed at least one person near a North London mosque, the Evening Standard newspaper reported on Monday, citing witnesses.The incident has drawn comparisons to the London Bridge attack earlier this month when eight people were killed and 50 injured when three Islamist militants drove into pedestrians and stabbed people. Police guard the van used in the mosque attackCredit:@999London/Caters News The boxer Amir Khan has added his voice to those appealing for unity.He had voiced fears about revenge attacks following the terrorist atrocities in London and Manchester.’That could be me one day walking my daughter down the street and someone comes with a car and runs me over because I’m a Muslim,” he told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid. 9:16AMJeremy Corbyn: Attack is ‘horrific and cruel’ The suspect is led into a police van by officers 9:07AMDriver alleged to have said: ‘I did the job… I done my bit’ Boxer Amir KhanCredit:Victoria Jones/PA 6:32AMRudd: We must stand together A van hits pedestrians 5 minutes from us.Police & ambulance at the scene.— Muslim Welfare House (@Mwh_London) June 19, 2017 Cressida Dick attends a vigil outside Finsbury Park Mosque.Credit:Isabel Infantes/AFP Theresa May speaking in Downing Street 6:36AMAbbott calls for security to be reviewed at mosques Adil Rana, 24, who was outside the mosque when the van drove towards the crowd, saw blood and “people dead on the floor” in the aftermath.He said: “The van was driving towards us to try and basically hit us at speed and everyone was shocked and people were screaming. There were people on the floor.”Mr Rana, from Walthamstow, said the driver was held on the ground by some of the crowd after getting out the vehicle. 5:02AM’A mixed and tolerant community that has been left appalled’  The suspect's shirt appears to have been torn We were at the Muslim Welfare House on Friday. A mosque that caters for some of the poorest community members. Deeply distressing— TellMAMAUK (@TellMamaUK) June 19, 2017 Floral tributes Mr Rana added: “The driver jumped out and then he was pinned down to the floor and people were punching him and beating him, which was reasonable because of what he’s done.”And then the imam of the mosque actually came out and said ‘Don’t hit him, hand him over to the police, pin him down’.”Mr Rana said the driver gestured and mocked the crowds as he was taken away by police.He added: “When he got arrested, he was taunting, saying ‘I’d do it again, I’d do it again’.” 8:47AMVan used in attack hired from Welsh company 8:29AMPolice chief: Incident treated as terrorist attack; man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder As a major investigation continues into the Finsbury Park terror attack, here’s a reminder of some of the recent terror attacks involving vehicles. 1:15AMAmbulance service responding 9:42AMSuspect ‘smiling and waving’ as police took him away Finsbury Park Credit: REX/Shutterstock Prime Minister Theresa May said police were treating the van incident near  Finsbury Park “as a potential terrorist attack”, adding:”I will chair an  emergency meeting later this morning. All my thoughts are with the victims,  their families and the emergency services on the scene.”  The Guardian Abdikadar Warfa said:”I saw a man underneath the van. He was bleeding. My friend said he had to lift the van, I was busy with a man who tried to escape.”My friend said he said some words, but I didn’t hear it.”They (people who were hit) were mostly young. They are very bad.”I tried to stop him (the suspect), some people were hitting him but I said stop him and keep him until the police came.”He was trying to run away but people overpowered him. He was fighting to run away.” Credit: James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock She promised Muslim communities and mosques would be given additional police protection. Credit:James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock 1:44PMFinsbury Park suspect was not known to security services, minister reveals 2:50AMBloodstains on the pavement 11:55AMMay: Police responded within one minute and attacker was ‘bravely’ detained by civilians Credit:REX/Shutterstock 7:46AMAmber Rudd: Police treating attack as ‘terrorist incident’ Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “My thoughts are with all those affected by the appalling incident at Finsbury Park.”I am in contact with the Metropolitan Police who have confirmed it is being investigated by their Counter Terrorism Command.”We must all continue to stand together, resolute, against all those who try to divide us and spread hate and fear.” One caller told LBC her sister was at the scene when it happened.She said she described it as “something from a horror movie, everyone running everywhere”.She didn’t realise what was going until she saw people on the ground.  The incident followed a series of attacks in Britain.Eight people were killed and 50 injured on June 3 when three Islamist militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars.Two weeks earlier, a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England.On March 22, a man drove a rented car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead. His attack killed five people. Theresa May speaking in Downing Street on Monday morningCredit:Lauren Hurley/PA Transport for London said Finsbury Park station was open, but passengers should use the entrance at Station Place via Stroud Green Road, as the Seven Sisters Road entrance is closed. Friends said Osborne had grown up in North Somerset but moved to Cardiff where he lived with his partner and children.His Muslim neighbours said he had been friendly, but his attitude had changed in recent weeks.He is alleged to have hurled insults at an Asian neighbour’s 12-year-old son, in the wake of the Islamist attack in the capital earlier this month.Osborne was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning after driving a hire van into a crowd of men leaving a mosque in the Finsbury Park area of north London, almost 160 miles from his home. 1:49AMVideo shows police response  The suspect, who appears to have a black eye, being arrested at the scene in Finsbury Park 5:06PMSuspect named locally as Darren Osborne 3:27AM’This should be classed as an act of terrorism’ Pontyclun Van Hire in South WalesCredit:Matthew Horwood/Getty She praised the “bravery” of members of the public who detained the van driver – described by witnesses as a large white man – before police arrived at about 12.20am.Meanwhile Sajid Javid, the Local Government Secretary, also visited the scene and comforted a crying woman, urging her to “stay strong” in the wake of the attack.”This Government will always take a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime – including anti-Muslim hate crime – wherever we find it,” he said.Eight people were taken to hospital and two more were treated for minor injuries outside the Muslim Welfare House, yards from Finsbury Park mosque. Police said all the casualties were Muslims. Thoughts & prayers with all those affected by the horrific terrorist attack on innocent people in #FinsburyPark.— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) June 19, 2017 One woman who lives opposite the scene told the BBC:”From the window, I started hearing a lot of yelling and screeching, a lot of chaos outside. Everybody was shouting: ‘A van’s hit people, a van’s hit people’.”There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park mosque that seemed to have hit people who were coming out after prayers had finished. I didn’t see the attacker himself, although he seems to have been arrested, but I did see the van.” 4:23AM’We were praying for peace’ 7:31AMVan incident follows series of terror attacks in Britain 2:13AMIncident took place close to Muslim Welfare House 4:05AM’Cowardly attack’ Police are responding to an incident on Seven Sisters Road after reports of a vehicle hitting pedestrians.Police said officers were on the scene with other emergency services and there were a number of casualties. One person has been arrested. The Mosque received a telephone threat a short while ago. Buildings were evacuated and sweeps carried out by Police and Mosque staff. 1/2— East London Mosque (@elondonmosque) June 19, 2017 The incident reportedly happened very close to Finsbury Park Mosque. 3:53AM’Tensions running high’ The Archbishop of Canterbury has condemned the “appalling” attack in Finsbury Park. The Most Rev Justin Welby said:”The freedom to worship without fear is a right we cherish as a nation and was won at great human cost over many years.”The appalling attack on Muslims in Finsbury Park is an attack on us all and on the culture and values of our country.”At a time when we are all grieving the loss of so many precious people in London and Manchester, this brutal attack can only compound the trauma.”Violence only begets more violence – it serves only the interests of those who would terrorise others.”This wanton and cruel act can produce no good and cannot be justified or excused. In exactly the same way as previous recent attacks it is a crime against God and against humanity.” 3:09PM’We shall not be divided’: Floral tributes left at scene Counter terrorism police is investigating the incident. No other suspects at the scene have been identified or reported to police, the statement said.Police said there would be increased police presence in order to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan. Men pray after a vehicle collided with pedestrians near a mosque in the Finsbury Park neighborhood of North LondonCredit:Reuters Theresa May and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick with faith leaders at Finsbury Park mosqueCredit:Stefan Rousseau/PA Outside one section of the police cordon, flowers have been piled on a doorstep with written tributes.”This is an attack on all Londoners – and on my community,” one said. “Let us be united in grief and anger, my thoughts are with you all.”Another card read: “I was so sorry to hear the news this morning. #NotInMyName” Commuters take pictures of the board at Finsbury Park stationCredit: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu thanked members of the public for restraining the suspect as he said the attack had “all the hallmarks of terrorism”. Ratip Alsulaimen told the Press Association several people were injured when they were struck by the vehicle. He said:”I was sitting in the coffee shop just a couple of minutes away. One of our friends was reporting what was going on in the front of the mosque.”He said the car was smashing into the people getting out of the mosque, so we just ran away, all of us, and came to see what’s happening.”When I came I saw ambulance people taking people to the ambulance.”I think between eight to 10 people were taken away. 8:59AMAll of the casualties were Muslims, police confirm Police patrol the Finsbury Park area of north London Credit:AFP A man prays after a vehicle collided with pedestrians near a mosque in the Finsbury Park Sending love and prayers to the victims in #FinsburyPark London. We must stand united against hatred and extremism in all it’s ugly forms.— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 19, 2017 The incident took place just a few hundred yards from Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn’s Islington home. Mr Corbyn said in a statement:“I am shocked by this horrific and cruel attack in Finsbury Park, which is being treated as an act of terror.“I offer my condolences to the family and friends of the man who has died, and our thoughts are with the people who have been injured, their family and friends.“As the local MP, I have met with Muslim community leaders at the Muslim Welfare House alongside Islington Council Leader Richard Watts, the council’s Chief Executive Lesley Seary and the Metropolitan Police.“Richard and I will attend prayers at Finsbury Park mosque later today. I appeal for people and the media to remain calm and respectful of those affected.“In the meantime, I call on everyone to stand together against those who seek to divide us.” The Finsbury Park area has come together after the attack, reinforcing the area’s reputaion for tolerance. Anita Singh reports: The firm believed to have hired out the van used in the attack near the Finsbury Park Mosque have said they are “shocked and saddened”.Photographs of the white van involved in the incident in north London, which is being treated as terrorism, feature logos of Pontyclun Van Hire.Staff at the firm, near the village of Pontyclun in Rhondda Cynon Taf, South Wales, said they were co-operating fully with police.In a statement handed to media outside the company, they said: “We at Pontyclun Van Hire are shocked and saddened by the incident that took place at Finsbury Park last night.”We are co-operating fully with the Metropolitan Police investigation and our thoughts are with those who have been injured in this cowardly attack.”We will not be making any further statement because of the ongoing police investigation but will continue to assist the police in any way we can.” Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said the Finsbury Park incident  was “quite clearly an attack on Muslims”:  He said there has been a “spike in hate crime”, in particular Islamophobic hate crime, after the London Bridge attack. Our thoughts and prayers with those who got injured and effected by this cowardly attack in Finsbury Park area, many casualties in the floor— Mohammed Kozbar (@KozbarM) June 19, 2017 Police presence increased here at #FinsburyPark in the last half an hour. Tensions running high.— Amelia Cox (@AmeliaCoxAC) June 19, 2017 A woman lays flowers in tribute outside Finsbury Park MosqueCredit:TOLGA AKMEN/AFP Police counter terror vans have arrived – cordon being extended— Fatima Manji (@fatimamanji) June 19, 2017 10:36AMArchbishop of Canterbury: Violence only begets more violence 2:22AMFinsbury Park suspect known for ‘flipping his lid’  Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid spoke briefly to concerned residents before being led through the police cordon as he visited the scene.Mr Javid was seen comforting one woman, who was visibly shaking, outside the police cordon. He paused to speak with her as she wiped away tears with a tissue.   Click her for a full round-up of Tuesday’s front pages.   We have taken 8 patients to hospital following the incident on #SevenSisters Road in #FinsburyPark— London Ambulance (@Ldn_Ambulance) June 19, 2017 8:44PMUS condemns mosque attack Seven Sisters Road closed from Hornsey Road— Alec Wilson (@aaalec) June 18, 2017 Theresa May leaving Finsbury Park mosque on Monday afternoonCredit:Geoff Pugh for The Telegraph Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, has confirmed in an interview that police are treating the Finsbury Park attack as a “terrorist incident”. Emergency services at the scene close to Finsbury Park Mosque F Park tensions 2:34AM’Deeply distressing’ Christine Batchelor, a volunteer at Pontyclun Community Centre, said: “Pontyclun is such a little place that you never expect it to be connected to anything like this.”We are a part of the community and have had a meeting here today. It was a complete shock for everyone to hear this.”Diane Cooper, who also lives in the village, said: “You see these awful events in London and Manchester and you don’t think there’s going to be a connection with a place like Pontyclun.”I’ve lived here over 50 years and it’s not the sort of place that you feel nervous in. It’s a lovely, quiet village, and it was a shock on the television to see that van came from Pontyclun.” 1:46AM’Horrible to watch’ One resident told the Press Association he jumped out of the way as the van struck pedestrians. The man, who did not want to be named, said:”The gentleman went straight down this road, people were just conversing, talking, just doing what we’re doing.”And he just came into all of us.”There was a lot of people. We got told to move straight away.”I was shocked, shocked, shocked. There were bodies around me.”Thank God I just moved to the side, I just jumped. Everyone is hurt. Everyone is actually hurt.” As she continues to speak outside Downing Street, here’s a precis of Theresa May’s comments so far:This attack targeted the ordinary and innocent as they went about their daily lives. Hatred and evil of this kind will never succeed.The Metropolitan Police received reports a van had been driven into a crowd of people at 12.20am.Officers responded within one minute. They had declared it a terrorist incident within eight minutes.One man was pronounced dead at the scene. Eight people were taken to hospital, a further two treated at the scene.The driver was bravely detained by members of the public at the scene and then arrested. The early assessment is that the attacker acted alone.Our thoughts are with the family of the man who died and those that are injured.I want to thank the emergency services for responding with great courage.Extra resources have been deployed and we will look at increasing security at mosques.This was an attack on Muslims near their place of worship and like all terrorism, in whatever its form, it seeks to drive us apart. We will not let this happen.The government will establish a new commission for countering extremism as a statutory body Locals massing at barriers, angry at police, people confused about what has happened.— Brian Whelan (@brianwhelanhack) June 19, 2017 The Secretary of State for Wales has said South Wales Police is working with officers from London on the investigation.Images of the van showed it was rented from Pontyclun Van Hire in Pontyclun, near Cardiff.  The village is around 160 miles from Finsbury Park. A police officer helps a woman leave flowers near the scene  1:37PMBrendan Cox calls on public to ‘take on hatred’ 5:03AMOne killed in incident Horrific terrorist attack on mosque in London. We are all victims of hate crime. It divides us and makes us weaker.— Tom Tugendhat (@TomTugendhat) June 19, 2017 Muslims pray on the pavement 4:08AMSuspect screamed ‘I’m going to kill all Muslims’ Police man a cordon at Finsbury Park in north London 3:54AMMedia reaction 10:32AMJeremy Corbyn meets locals in Finsbury Park The Finsbury Park attack suspect was not known to the security services, security minister Ben Wallace has revealed. Pictures posted on social media show more than a dozen emergency vehicles near the UKCG Help Centre at the junction of Seven Sisters Road and the A503 Tollington Road. Men pray after a vehicle collided with pedestrians near a mosque in the Finsbury Park neighborhood of North London Finsbury Park 1:38AM’Six people on the floor’ Emergency services are seen near Finsbury Park as British police say there are casualties 8:00AMGreater Manchester Police chief tweets sympathy for those caught up in attack Muslims pray on the pavement near Finsbury Park mosqueCredit:DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP 11:29AMWas the van used in London attack driven 160 miles from Welsh village? 4:33AMCounter-terror police ‘on the scene’ Video posted online of the aftermath of the attack shows a scene of chaos as people tried to help the injured.One man could been seen giving CPR to a victim in the street while another man’s head injury was treated with a makeshift dressing.People could be heard shouting and screaming amid the chaos and bloodstains were visible on the pavement. The Muslim Council of Britain says: “We have been informed that a van has run over worshippers as they left #FinsburyPark Mosque. Our prayers are with the victims.”It is believed to have happened very close to the Muslim Welfare House. A series of videos have emerged on social media showing tensions are running high after the incident. 2:06AM’Like something from a horror movie’ 10:24AMWitness accounts: ‘Everyone was shocked and people were screaming… there were people on the floor’ The suspect’s shirt appears to have been tornCredit:Sky News Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has described the attack in his own constituency as “terror on the streets”.Mr Corbyn, who lives close to the scene, said he became aware of the incident very quickly as police responded early on Monday.The Leader of the Opposition praised the emergency services for their “very quick and very timely” response after the driver was arrested at the scene.Asked if the suspected terrorist attack was being treated as seriously as others, he said:”I’m treating it absolutely as seriously as any other attack. This was a van driven into a crowd of people who were tending a man who was already injured and they were coming home from night-time prayers in the mosque.”It’s Ramadan and it’s perfectly normal, and eight people have been injured, some of them I understand extremely seriously, and, as I see it, this is a terror on the streets and it’s a terror of the people on the streets, in the communities I’m very proud to represent in Parliament, and that’s why I’m here today.”Mr Corbyn said that, while he had not spoken to the Prime Minister directly, their offices had been in touch, and Theresa May “expressed her condolences for the death and also concerns about what happened last night”.He has also spoken to London Mayor Sadiq Khan and said it was important to make sure the response was “sufficient and co-ordinated” and to provide “reassurance” to the community. Police guard the van used in the mosque attack  Sadiq Khan, the London mayor, has reacted to the major incident. 3:59PMA recent history of terror attacks involving vehicles Cressida Dick attends a vigil outside Finsbury Park Mosque. The suspect, who appears to have a black eye, being arrested at the scene in Finsbury ParkCredit:Sky News All thoughts with the victims & all those affected by the terrorist attack in Finsbury Park. We must stand united against all these attacks.— Keir Starmer (@Keir_Starmer) June 19, 2017 Here’s a snapshot of  how the newspapers covered the attack. A503 Seven Sisters Rd is closed N/B at Hornsey Rd & S/B at Rock St due to a police incident. The road will be closed for some time.— TfL Traffic News (@TfLTrafficNews) June 19, 2017 Following a meeting with the chairman of the mosque, Mohammed Kozbar, Ms Dick stood with him to observe a short silence, and as he addressed the large crowd which had gathered, he praised the “great response” from the community.The vigil drew representatives of  other faiths.Rabbi Herschel Gluck said the incident hurt and was an attack on “every single Muslim in the UK and beyond”.”But really an attack on the Muslim community is an attack on every single citizen in Great Britain, because we are one nation, under one god, living together, working together, co-operating together in this country. After meeting faith leaders at the Finsbury Park Mosque, Theresa May emerged – with representatives of different religions at her side – to talk to reporters. Van driven into worshippers near Finsbury Park MosqueSuspect, 48, arrested after being detained by publicDriver said to have screamed: ‘I’m going to kill all Muslims’How the Finsbury Park Mosque attack unfolded Theresa May says ‘hatred and evil’ will never succeed’I’m worried to go back’: Leaders ask for more securityEverything we know so far about north London attackAnalysis: How radical hotbed mosque was transformedTheresa May has vowed that “hatred and evil” of the kind seen in the terror attack on a north London mosque that left one man dead and injured eight others will never succeed, as police promised to provide extra patrols during Ramadan.She made her pledge as more details emerged about the suspect in the Finsbury Park attack in which a van was rammed into worshippers helping an elderly man who had collapsed on the pavement in the early hours.Markram Ali, who was already receiving first aid, having collapsed just prior to the incident, died at the scene, while eight others were seriously injured.The attacker has been named locally as father-of-four Darren Osborne, 47, a father of four from Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset. The van used in the Finsbury Park attack Armed police Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said: “Our thoughts are with all those affected by the horrific events in London in the early hours of this morning.“I understand that our communities across Greater Manchester, particularly our Muslim communities, will be concerned and deeply affected by what’s happened in London. I want to thank Greater Manchester Police for taking swift action to provide reassurance to our communities that everything is being done to keep them safe.  “Greater Manchester has shown its strength of spirit, compassion and unity in the last few weeks and we continue to stand together with London and everyone affected by these atrocities. We will continue to work closely with our faith and community leaders and urge anyone with any concerns to speak to their local police officers.” A handwritten “quote of the day” at Finsbury Park station has been attracting attention this morning. It reads: “Tough Times Don’t Last Tough People Stick Together All Of Us”. Zoheir Cheref, who arrived on the scene around five minutes after the incident, said witnesses claimed the driver said: “I did the job” as he got out of the van, reports Crime Correspondent Martin Evans.Witness Ratip al-Sulamein described the driver as a “white guy in his mid 40s”. He said: “People grabbed him and he just said ‘I done my bit’.”Another witness, Usain Ali, described hearing a loud bang as the van ploughed into the crowd. He said: “One of the victims was in a wheelchair and could not get out of the way. It was terrible. I just ran for my life.” 4:52AM”The most violent manifestation” yet of Islamophobia London Mayor Sadiq Khan urged people to “remain calm and vigilant” as he described the incident as  a “horrific terrorist attack”.”We don’t yet know the full details, but this was clearly a deliberate attack on innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan.”While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the terrible attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect.”The situation is still unfolding and I urge all Londoners to remain calm and vigilant. Please report anything suspicious to the police, but only call 999 in an emergency.”The Met have deployed extra police to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan.” One eyewitness speaking to LBC said the van had hit people on the pavement, but had not collided with a building. “It looked like he had lost control of the van or something,” he said. Locals said they had heard shouting and a helicopter was circling overhead.  Awful to wake up and hear of another senseless and evil attack on our citizens #FinsburyPark. My thoughts and prayers are with all victims.— Andrea Leadsom MP (@andrealeadsom) June 19, 2017 Police officers have said they will be increasing their patrols around places of worship in Manchester. In a statement, Assistant Chief Constable Rob Potts, said: “First and foremost I want to extend my most sincere condolences to all those affected by the horrific events in London this morning; our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.“Although there is no specific intelligence to suggest that any places of worship will be at greater risk than other areas where large numbers of people gather, there will be an increase in police patrols close to places of worship in Greater Manchester and we will continue to work with all our communities to reassure them and provide them with security advice and support.“We will also have a significant policing plan in place ahead of the weekend so that people can enjoy the Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations in a safe and good spirited environment. “We are proud to have a diverse population in Greater Manchester, with different faiths and cultures that stand together. ” Responding to the Finsbury Park terror attack, Brendan Cox, the widower of murdered MP Jo Cox, calls on individuals to “take on hatred” in their communities: Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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  • Pakistani doctor who helped find bin Laden charged with murder and fraud

    first_imgAUTHORITIES IN NORTHWEST Pakistan have charged the doctor who helped the CIA find Osama bin Laden with murder and fraud.“A murder and fraud case was registered against Shakeel Afridi this week after a tribal woman accused him of killing her son,” a senior government official in Peshawar told AFP.Afridi’s lawyer Samiullah Afridi confirmed the charges, which come some three months after his conviction for treason was overturned.Afridi was recruited by the CIA to run a fake vaccination programme in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad in hopes of obtaining DNA samples to identify Al Qaeda chief bin Laden, although medics never managed to gain access to the family.The doctor was arrested after US troops killed bin Laden in Abbottabad in May 2011.Islamabad branded the raid a violation of sovereignty, and Pakistan’s relations with the US fell to an all-time low.Treason chargesIn 2012 Afridi was convicted of treason over alleged links to militant group Lashkar-e-Islam, under the tribal justice system of his home district of Khyber, part of Pakistan’s semi-autonomous tribal beltHe was sentenced to 33 years in jail and fined $3,500. Angry US politicians saw the sentence as retaliation for his role in bin Laden’s capture, and last year threatened to freeze millions of dollars in vital aid to Islamabad.In August, his sentence was overturned and he now faces a retrial.Afridi’s lawyer Samiullah Afridi, who shares his client’s tribal name, told AFP on Saturday that the new charges against the doctor were “strange”, as the death of which he was accused occurred six years ago.“How strange it is that authorities registered these cases after six years,” the lawyer said, adding that he will defend his client in all the cases.KillingNaseeb Gula, from the northwestern tribal district of Khyber, accuses Afridi of killing her son Sulaiman Afridi, who also shares the tribal name, in 2007.She said the doctor operated on her son three times for appendicitis, but that he died after the operation.She also accused Afridi of fraud, saying he was not authorised to operate on her son because he was not a surgeon.Under the tribal justice system, Afridi faces a life sentence if convicted in the murder case. Punishment for fraud is seven years in jail, his lawyer said.“These new charges are just delaying tactics to keep him in jail as much as possible,” Samiullah Afridi told AFP.A hearing has been fixed for 20 December in the main jail in Peshawar, Afridi’s lawyer said.It was decided to hear Afridi’s case inside a jail due to security threats, according to a letter written by officials.Lashkar-e-Islam, the militant group in Pakistan’s Khyber district that Afridi was accused of having links to, and the Taliban have both threatened to kill him.Authorities in Peshawar, where Afridi is being held away from Taliban and other terror suspects in jail, have demanded several times that he be transferred to a more secure prison.LetterAn official letter seen by AFP and sent to the prison authorities in Peshawar confirmed the registration of murder and fraud cases and asked officials to make arrangements for a hearing.“The accused (Shakeel Afridi) should not be produced in this court due to security reasons,” said the letter, sent by a top official in Khyber.“His case would be heard in Peshawar jail premises,” it added.Lashkar-e-Islam, led by warlord Mangal Bagh, is a militant organisation feared for kidnappings and extortion in Khyber, where Afridi worked for years as a doctor.Afridi is the main tribe in the Khyber district.- © AFP, 2013Read: Iraq executions top 150 this year so farRead: Top world diplomats in ‘homestretch’ for Iran nuclear deallast_img read more

  • Watch The dualscreen device thats both smartphone and eReader

    first_imgThe typical user picks up and activates their smartphone more than 150 times a day. Why? Because users worry that messages or information they need or want are hidden behind their phone’s black screen. This is a huge distraction and can impede meaningful interaction with our friends, families and colleagues. IF YOU EVER decide to release a smartphone, you either need to make it amazing or do something unique to get noticed.Russian startup Yota Devices went for the latter, launching the YotaPhone in Russia, Austria, France, Spain and Germany yesterday for €499.The phone’s unique selling point is that it has a 4.3 inch screen for each side. One is a traditional LED screen while the other is an eReader display, similar to a Kindle. Both are linked together and show the same display, but have different uses.While the traditional LED screen is used for normal smartphone activities, the eReader screen can be used to read articles or books, save maps or images, and check notifications without having to wake up your smartphone.This allows users to easily access info without putting a drain on the smartphone’s battery. The makers claim that in reading mode, the phone has 7 – 10 times the battery life of other smartphones.Speaking about the distraction of smartphones, the company’s CEO Vlad Martynov said: The startup released a demo video earlier this year, showing off what it can do.Read: 10 ways to improve your smartphone’s battery life >Read: 5 apps worth downloading this week >last_img read more

  • What does the Kindle Fire HDs 50year LTE get you

    first_imgOne of the most interesting features of the Kindle lineup since the first generation of the ebook readers has been the 3G version’s inclusion of free data. This allowed users to Whispersync their books even when out and about, and to purchase new content when not connected to WiFi. With the announcement of the Kindle Fire HD, Amazon stepped up their game to include an LTE radio in one of the models. This variant of the Kindle Fire HD includes 250MB per month of data for $50 per year. What does that LTE package actually get you?The LTE variant of the Kindle Fire HD starts at $499. While you do get an LTE radio and 16GB more internal storage, you’re still paying $200 more than a regular Kindle Fire HD. Add in the first year of service and you’re paying $549 at the checkout counter for your tablet.Once you get it in your hands, that 250MB is going to disappear pretty fast unless you are just using it to check your email and post messages on Facebook. Basically this nugget of data is really only good for keeping your tablet up to date while you are not connected to WiFi. If you try to use it to download or stream anything but a book to your Kindle, that data connection is going to get eaten up quite quickly.During the Kindle Fire presentation, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made sure to let everyone know that 8GB devices (like the Nexus 7) were dead on arrival. HD devices can’t support such tiny storage options. When he showed off the storage breakdown of an HD movie on an 8GB device, he also showed off some of the other content you can get from Amazon. A single magazine, for example, ranged from 267mb to 301mb in HD. Granted, that was to download the magazine instead of just whispersyncing it from the Amazon servers, but it helps paint a pretty clear picture of how little data 250MB really is. This is a drop in the bucket compared to the massive HD movies and games that are now available on the Kindle Fire HD.Most of the activities you will do on the Kindle Fire are less bandwidth intensive. For example, the average size of an email is 65KB, the average size of a Kindle book is about 600KB, and the average size of a song from the Amazon music store is 6MB. You’d use up your monthly allotment of data after listening to a little less than three hours of music. The Amazon Silk browser does quite a bit to be as data friendly as possible, but every website you go to still consumes bandwidth. Using any number of apps in the Amazon App Store that use data will all peck away at that data plan, especially if the apps are written to notify you of new activity like Twitter or Facebook. Don’t even bother trying to video chat with Skype, which uses anywhere from 30KB to 100KB every second.The Kindle Fire HD doesn’t offer any kind of granular notification control, or the ability to deny an app internet access unless expressly requested by the user. The more apps you have on your Kindle Fire HD that connect to the internet automatically will mean less available data just be having the device on the LTE network. You will lose that 250MB just in background data activity. Ideally, you’d want some way to allow only whispersync to function when you are connected to the LTE network, but there’s been no mention of Amazon enabling that on the Kindle Fire HD.Amazon is quick to point out that the iPad equivalent of the Kindle Fire HD is over $700, and their 250MB plan if $14.95 per month. While this is absolutely true, and in that context makes the Kindle Fire HD data plan seem very inexpensive, there’s no mention anywhere on the Kindle order page about what happens if you go over.The service taps into AT&T’s 4G LTE service, but for some reason a Kindle Fire HD owner isn’t able to pay for a larger data package like you can with the iPad. Both AT&T and Verizon Wireless offer plans as high as 5GB for the iPad, but no such offer seems to exist for the Kindle Fire. In fact, AT&T isn’t really mentioned anywhere on the Kindle Fire order form. If Amazon is acting as an MVNO for AT&T, will Kindle Fire HD customers take a backseat to AT&T’s regular customers when it comes to who gets the fastest data connection?It seems like the data package available to the Kindle Fire HD is only really suited for users who don’t already have smartphones. In a world where you can tether wirelessly to another device, the extra $150 for LTE on the Kindle Fire hardly seems worth it. Even with the high speed connection, the device is still pretty clearly geared to being a WiFi device. Amazon is able to offer prices that, on paper, are a serious blow to what Apple is trying to accomplish. The reality, however, is that Amazon’s race to the bottom alienates any potential power users that would use the Kindle Fire HD.last_img read more

  • Water main on Southeast 82nd Avenue shuts down water Christmas morning

    first_imgPORTLAND — A water main break in Southeast Portland could shut down water service to small area until Monday afternoon.Portland Water Bureau started work on repairing the damaged 8-inch cast iron pipe from 1912. The work will occur along Southeast 82nd Avenue between Southeast Ogden and Cooper streets.Four businesses and two homes are in the affected area.Water bureau crews work round-the-clock every day of the year and this one on Christmas morning is just one of about 200 main breaks a year.Drive cautiously in the area and avoid it if you can to prevent traffic delays.last_img read more

  • Werner says Germanys win was a pure joy

    first_imgTimo Werner said he was almost in tears after Toni Kroos’ 95th-minute winner restored German hopes of qualifying for the World Cup last 16.Germany was almost eliminated when Sweden took a shock lead in the Group F blockbuster in Sochi but when Marco Reus equalized and Kroos curled a stunning free-kick into the top corner for a dramatic 2-1 victory, the hope to remain at the World Cup came back alive.Speaking afterward, Germany forward Werner told reporters via Goal:“In the locker room it was pure joy.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“Some could hardly say anything. I almost had tears in my eyes on the pitch, because it was so cool. We deserve this. That could have been the turning point.“After trailing 1-0, we were facing elimination. That was a bitter moment, but the fact that we kicked on from half-time and despite the red card showed belief.”Germany are now level on three points with Sweden and three adrift of Mexico heading into Wednesday’s clash with South Korea. Progression from Group F will see Germany face either Brazil, Switzerland or Serbia in the next round.If Germany were to finish second, and Brazil were to win their group, there will be a repeat of the 2002 final in the Round of 16. Brazil won 2-0 16 years agolast_img read more

  • Students Head to Capitol Hill for Ag Policy Education

    first_imgThe three day program was packed with educational meetings and valuable networking opportunities. The students visited with staff from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), who have a direct impact on agricultural regulations. They participated in Hill visits with other representatives from their state soybean associations, and they met with a senior staff member for the Senate Ag Committee and leaders from other national organizations, including CropLife America and the Agricultural Retailers Association. In the evenings, the students also enjoyed a guided tour of the National Mall and Memorial Parks, as well as a tour of the U.S. Capitol guided by Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL). They wrapped up the week at the CropLife America offices for a communications training session on modern agriculture.For more information on the Ag Voices of the Future program, click here. A select group of 10 college students from nine different states completed the Ag Voices of the Future program this week in Washington, D.C.The program is sponsored by Valent USA and the American Soybean Association (ASA) and gives the students an inside look at how agricultural policies are made in Washington. The program also offers an education on effective advocacy and the significant legislative, trade and regulatory issues that impact farmers. Students in the program also have the chance to visit with others who work in Washington to learn more about careers related to agriculture policy. The class was held July 9-12, 2018, in conjunction with the ASA Board Meeting and Soy Issues Forum.An application process for the program was initiated in the spring, and the following students were selected to participate in this year’s Ag Voices of the Future program:Erin Chalupa, IowaAbigail George, WisconsinSarah Lehner, OhioShelby Riggs, South DakotaCameron Walls, IllinoisCamryn Clift, KentuckyCourtney Heiser, OhioMiriam (Mary Kate) Morgan, North CarolinaBenjamin (Caleb) Swears, ArkansasNathalie Yoder, Floridalast_img read more

  • Police arrest man accused of DUI manslaughter in fatal MacArthur Causeway crash

    first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A man involved in the fatal MacArthur Causeway crash last month has been arrested and charged with DUI and manslaughter.Police arrested Jose Dominguez, 26, at around 1:45 p.m., Monday.According to court records, Dominguez was found to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash on July 18, which resulted in the death of 26-year-old Dany Iglesias.Dominguez was behind the wheel of a Ford Mustang and came up to the Toyota Camry from behind and struck it as the light turned green, according to officials.In bond court Tuesday, Dominguez was granted $35,000 bond and was given house arrest with a GPS monitor. He was also ordered not to drive and to surrender his passport.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

  • Print Forecast is Bleak—But at Least Its Pretty

    first_imgIt’s not news that ad page numbers are falling, magazines are becoming thinner and at least one folds every day (today? Tennis Week).But the has figured out a way to show a spectrum of 96 magazines (a nice, round number) or the winners, losers, and even those already-folded, in a fun, interactive format.Now, they need one for newspapers.last_img

  • Columbus Day latest US debate over history race

    first_imgA demonstrator is detained by riot police during a rally against Columbus Day in downtown Santiago. ReutersShould Christopher Columbus still be honored?Coming on the heels of a growing movement to take down statues commemorating the pro-slavery Confederate Army from the civil war, it’s a question many US cities are now asking themselves.On Monday, crowds filled New York streets to recognize the so-called “man who discovered America,” even as he is increasingly denounced as embodying the genocide of indigenous Americans.Ruth Edelstein-Friedman watched from a folding camping chair while the traditional Columbus Day parade wound along a damp Fifth Avenue.“We brought our children. We wanted them to see the parade and the statues and everything before they get rid of them,” the retiree said.A government holiday in the United States, Columbus Day is named for the explorer, from what is now Italy, who landed in the present-day Bahamas in 1492.For Edelstein-Friedman and her husband Eduardo, who travelled specially from Miami, homages to Columbus could soon be a thing of the past.And the controversy has only escalated following the August clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia where a liberal protester was killed at a white supremacist rally seeking to prevent the removal of statue of General Robert E. Lee, who led the southern Confederacy during the 19th century American Civil War.However, no one has yet announced the end of the New York parade which, in good weather, draws more than a million spectators.It is as much a celebration of New York’s powerful Italian-American community, which is represented at its highest levels by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo.Both men proudly marched in Monday’s parade.President Donald Trump brushed aside criticism on Monday by describing the arrival of Columbus as “a transformative event that undeniably and fundamentally changed the course of human history and set the stage for the development of our great nation.”Unlike his predecessor Barack Obama, Trump cited no possible failings in the “discovery” of America.Dozens of US cities have already replaced Columbus Day with one honoring indigenous people, after a 1992 initiative from the leftist bastion of Berkeley, California.Over the past two years more than 50 cities across the country have followed. These include Los Angeles, the country’s second-biggest city which voted in August to honor indigenous people and not the explorer.New York’s parade continues but, even there, the fate of its Columbus statues is uncertain.One was erected in 1892 at the top of a 75-foot (23 meter) column above Columbus Circle at the foot of Central Park.‘Genocide’ or ‘revisionism’Last month somebody vandalized another Columbus monument, smaller and in the center of the park.One of its hands was covered in red paint to protest the blood that the explorer had on his own hands, while graffiti on the plinth read: “Hate will not be tolerated.”On Monday a handful of protesters, who have arrived several times, gathered in front of the Columbus Circle statue to denounce “genocide” and “slavery.”Police now guard the statue daily.Petitions and counter-petitions circulate, while the debate continues on Twitter where some denounce Columbus and seek the removal of statues but others condemn “the revisionism of history.”An electric nationwide debate over symbols of racism followed the Charlottesville violence.Heather Heyer, 32, was killed and 19 others were injured when 20-year-old James Fields allegedly drove into a crowd of protestors.New York Mayor de Blasio in August named a commission to decide on the fate of controversial monuments.It will announce its decisions in early December, a month after the municipal election in which de Blasio hopes for a second mandate.Given this, some people like Laura Scheyer and her husband Steve Cohn see the New York parade as something to be preserved.The couple were spending several days in New York after arriving from Seattle, where Columbus Day is no longer celebrated.“Every country has had problems with its history, where they suppressed people,” Cohn said.The parade “is people having fun, and we all deserve a little fun when you look at the world today, don’t you think?”last_img read more