Rabat – In an interview with AFP, Lyautey high school history teacher Jean-Pierre Riera spoke about the bravery of Moroccan soldiers during the first world war.He said that Moroccan soldiers represented seven percent of the colonial troops involved alongside France.The professor mentioned in his interview two types of Moroccan soldiers: skirmishers and the regiments. Riera said in his interview with AFP, “There was no military service in Morocco at the time, so these [were] voluntary commitments at first.”He said that the volunteers were mostly young men from the countryside.The expert said that the contributors did not know what to expect like all other soldiers participating in the war.The historian said that Moroccans had participated in all the major battles of the first World War. Moroccans were involved as early as the Race to the Sea battle, fought between 17 and October 19, 1914.The French expert said that Moroccan soldiers also participated in two major battles in 1915: the Artois and Champagne battles.They also participated in the the battle of Verdun in 1916 and the famous Battle of the Aisne in 1917. In 1918, Moroccan skirmishers helped to “limit the damage when the Germans [began] to advance towards Paris.” Riera then said that Moroccan troops then participated in the battles that liberated the territory, which was occupied by the Germans.Twenty-six percent of Moroccan soldiers were wounded, missing, or killed, higher than the 24 percent of French soldiers wounded, missing, or killed, said the French expert.The interview came in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I on November 11, 2918. World leaders, including King Mohammed VI, gathered in Paris Sunday to mark the commemoration.The King was accompanied by Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan.The event aimed to pay tribute to those who fought in the Great War.On Tuesday, Rabat will host a study day under the theme “Moroccan Soldiers During the First World War.”The event will be hosted in coordination between Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the French embassy in Rabat. It aims to pay homage to the commitment of Moroccan soldiers alongside France.
3 November 2008The United Nations refugee agency said today that some 276,700 Afghans returned to their homeland this year through its voluntary repatriation programme, 99 per cent of them coming from neighbouring Pakistan. The remaining 1 per cent of returnees came from Iran and other countries, Ewen MacLeod, Acting Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Afghanistan, told a news conference in Kabul.He attributed this year’s numbers to three main factors: the high prices of food and fuel which have strongly impacted Pakistan’s economy, the closure of the large Jalozai refugee camp in the Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP), and the “changing” security situation in Pakistan, particularly in NWFP, where the majority of Afghan refugees live. Mr. MacLeod noted that over 5 million people have returned to Afghanistan since 2002, representing a 20 per cent increase in the country’s overall population. Some 4.3 million of them were assisted through UNHCR’s voluntary repatriation programme for Afghan refugees, the world’s largest for the past six years. “I think it is very clear to everybody that an increase in a population with a refugee return programme of that dimension would represent a very sharp challenge for even a Western industrialized country. We are certainly not aware, in recent history, of any country that has absorbed so many people in such a short time.“The solidarity demonstrated by the Afghan population in reabsorbing these huge figures is remarkable and without precedent anywhere else,” he added.He said it is clear that return and reintegration in Afghanistan will become more challenging. The returnees face many difficulties, including lack of job opportunities, shelter and basic services such as health care and education. “In order to create sufficient employment opportunities the economy has to grow at a quicker pace to absorb more workers in labour markets,” he stated.Future challenges will be among the issues discussed at an international conference on return and reintegration, organized by the Afghan Government and UNHCR, which will be held in Kabul on 19 November.UNHCR’s Afghan repatriation programme has now been suspended for the winter and will resume next March. The agency estimates there are still 2.8 million registered Afghans living in Pakistan and Iran.
According to UN officials, Mr. Brahimi was on hand as the former monarch disembarked from a C-130 aircraft assisted by aides. As Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, Mr. Brahimi heads the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). A small group of girls and young women wearing traditional costumes were present to greet the King and presented him with flowers. No speeches were made during the brief ceremony.
Suncor first-quarter results beat estimates; production down on plant outage by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 30, 2012 10:59 pm MDT CALGARY – Suncor Energy Inc. delivered first-quarter earnings Monday that beat analyst expectations and reported a drop in oilsands production due to a month-long unplanned upgrader outage.Canada’s largest energy company booked operating earnings, which are adjusted for one-time items, of $1.33 billion, or 85 cents per share — beating the average estimate of 81 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.During the same 2011 quarter, Canada’s largest energy company earned $1.48 billion, or 94 cents per share.Oilsands production, excluding its share of the Syncrude oilsands mine, contributed an average of 305,700 barrels per day during the first three months of the year, compared to 322,100 barrels a year ago.In March, Suncor took down one of its upgraders for unplanned repairs for about four weeks. The outage was not expected to affect its annual production targets.Upgraders process heavy, impure oilsands crude into a type of oil refineries can more easily handle.“The mid-March through mid-April unplanned shutdown of Upgrader 2 was a disappointing setback after so many consecutive quarters of steadily improved operational performance and record-setting production levels,” said chief operating officer Steve Williams, who will become CEO at Suncor’s annual general meeting on Tuesday.“Be assured that we will learn from this experience as we continue our journey towards operational excellence.”Total upstream production averaged 562,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, compared to 601,300 barrels per day in the year-ago period.First-quarter net earnings were $1.46 billion, or 93 cents per share, up from $1.03 billion, or 65 cents per share, during the same period of 2011.Revenues were $9.76 billion, compared to $9.08 billion a year earlier.Cash flow from operations was $2.43 billion, compared to $2.39 billion a year earlier.Also Monday, Suncor raised its quarterly dividend by two cents to 13 cents.After more than two decades at the helm of Suncor, CEO Rick George is set to hand the reins to Williams at Tuesday’s annual general meeting.One of the biggest milestones of George’s tenure was the 2009 takeover of former Crown corporation Petro-Canada, which transformed Suncor into Canada’s largest energy company.“While it’s hard to leave all my friends and colleagues, I do so with a tremendous amount of pride in what we have built together over the past two decades and a sense of excitement about the future of this great company,” said George.“Steve and his leadership team know this company, and this industry, from the inside out, and I can’t think of a team better equipped to face both the challenges and tremendous opportunities that lie ahead. They also have the support of dedicated employees who continue to serve Suncor and its shareholders extremely well.”Suncor is the largest operator in the oilsands, with huge mining operations north of Fort McMurray, a 12 per cent interest in the Syncrude Canada Ltd. mine, a 41 per cent stake in the yet-to-be-developed Fort Hills mine and steam-driven operations at Firebag and Mackay river.In December 2010, Suncor inked a $1.75-billion deal with the Canadian division of France’s Total SA to work together in the oilsands.It also has refineries in Edmonton, Montreal, Sarnia, Ont. and Commerce City, Colo., which cushioned the company against volatility in crude oil prices during the quarter.“Lower prices experienced in our oilsands segment have been largely recovered through lower input costs in our refining and marketing segment,” said Williams.Through the Petro-Canada transaction, Suncor inherited oil assets in Libya and Syria. As conflict broke out in Libya in February 2011, Suncor pulled its employees out of the North African country.Its Libyan joint-venture partner, Harouge Oil Operations BV, has restarted production in all major fields in Libya, averaging 39,200 barrels per day during the first quarter, Suncor said.In December, Suncor pulled its employees out of Syria in order to comply with sanctions aimed at isolating the regime of President Bashar Assad, condemned internationally for his government’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protests. No production was recorded in Syria during the quarter.Suncor, which reported its results after markets closed, were at $32.63 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday, an increase of more than three per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Most people have had the best of intentions when setting up fundraising campaignsCredit:Jeff J Mitchell /Getty Greater Manchester Police and Action Fraud, the fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, have both moved to warn people about false accounts.The police force tweeted: “Please be aware of fraudulent fund raising pages on the internet.”Lydia Fairman, of The Mount, York, set up a fundraising page to help the families of the victims pay bills. She hit out at the con artists who set up the fake pages and said: “It’s appalling and a heinous crime. It’s exploiting somebody’s loss.”I hope they are investigated and they are found.”She said she has been contacted by GoFundMe and informed that anyone who set up an account for the victims of the attack will not be able to withdraw funds.They now have the option of keeping the page open or transferring the cash to an appeal set up by the Manchester Evening News, which has so far raised £1.5 million. “If we spot any suspicious activity on GoFundMe we immediately suspend the campaign and contact the campaign organiser. This has happened just a handful of times this week.” “We do this by contacting organisers, making sure they are who they say they are and that they have a clear way of getting the money to the intended recipient.”If they’re not clear on that, we’ll help them make that connection, but they won’t be able to withdraw any donations. If we can’t make that clear, the account will be suspended. 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. Manchester attack: Ensuring donations get to victims https://t.co/81EnfU4NIG— GoFundMeUK (@GoFundMeUK) May 25, 2017 Fake fundraising pages for the Manchester bombing are attempting to dupe well-wishers into handing over money to fraudsters, police have warned.Dozens of appeals were launched in the wake of Monday’s terror attack to support the families of the 22 people who were killed.But fundraising site GoFundMe said it has been forced to suspend two accounts over fears they are fraudulent. The company confirmed it is investigating a number of pages and has vowed to refund anyone it believes has been tricked. It is not yet clear which appeals have been affected.A spokesman for GoFundMe said: “Since the attacks on Monday, we’ve had people monitoring related campaigns around the clock.”The overwhelming majority of campaigns which have been started have been started with the very best intentions by kind people trying to do their bit for others.”In situations like this one GoFundMe engages our emergency procedure – vetting every single campaign to check that they’re safe for donors to give to.
Here’s how you can support those affected by the fire in West London: https://t.co/vcXUvic1aR pic.twitter.com/3zcYKjl7mz— JustGiving (@JustGiving) June 14, 2017 A demonstrator shouts during a protest outside Kensington Town HallCredit: REUTERS 5:49PMSteven Swinford reports Theresa May’s speech from church Theresa May leaves the Chelsea and Westminster HospitalCredit:M WRIGHT/BACKGRID He told BBC’s This Week: “She met in private with the emergency services, a good thing to do no doubt, but she should have been there with the residents, which is what Jeremy Corbyn was.”She wanted an entirely controlled situation in which she didn’t use her humanity.”The Prime Minister would have been shouted at by the residents, but she should have been willing to take that.” However, the protest quickly grew more raucous, as a small section of the crowd moved towards the main reception and attempted to gain entrance to the building.With many RBKC staff members reassigned to moving large quantities of aid and food for the displaced Grenfell evacuees earlier today, the Council was forced to suspend their efforts while protestors attempted to make their way into the building.Protesters soon managed to force their way in to the main building, with hundreds pouring in and occupying the reception foyer. The Queen and Prince Philip arrive at the Westway Sports CentreCredit:David Mirzoeff/PA 2:48PMLatest pictures from search operation as crews reach top of tower Later in the evening, west London came together in grief with a candlelit vigil.Many wept openly as a sea of candles softly illuminated the road outside the Latymer Christian Centre, just yards from the site of the blaze. https://t.co/6OUWYPHnHB— lily #labourtine🎈 (@lilyallen) June 16, 2017 Grenfell Tower protest currently ongoing outside the Home Office. pic.twitter.com/U30C5CBjyP— Jack Maidment (@jrmaidment) June 16, 2017 People hold candles aloft during a vigil outside Latymer ChurchCredit:PA 7:04PMProtesters march towards Notting Hill 8:12PMSit-down protest in Oxford Street The poster repeats claims made on the front page of The Times this morning. People storm the Kensington & Chelsea town hall to protest for the #GrenfellTower fire. These are their demands pic.twitter.com/QzLv6m9mpg— Evdoxia Lymperi (@EvdoxiaL) June 16, 2017 Council statement being read out by protest organisers outside Kensington and Chelsea town hall, cries of ‘not good enough’ pic.twitter.com/XRmGEytFon— Jack Gevertz🏳️🌈 (@jackgevertz) June 16, 2017 People light candles as they observe a vigil outside Notting hill Methodist Church following the blaze at Grenfell TowerCredit:AFP The protest, and his words, were described by people at the scene as “angry but peaceful”.Here is something he wrote on Facebook earlier today:PUBLIC DONATIONS SO FAR: £5m+ COUNCIL FUNDS SO FAR: £0Here are only those published on justgiving: 1. Evening Standard £1.3m 2. The London Community Foundation £0.6m 3. Haley Yearwood (individual) £1.06m 4. Karolina Hanusova (individual) £0.37m 5. Family Action £0.12m 6. Evening Standard £47k 7. Anass Boudarka (individual) £42k 8. The Metro £100kThis extraordinary generosity of our people. I have only been able to capture crowed funds and those published online. Please remember MOST donations are going through hotlines directly to charities and not published online.How much did the council of Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea commit so far in public!? £0How much did the developers who took £10m to renovate this building commit so far in public? £0My point is, you are amazing. Our government sucks! The latest figures from NHS England show that 24 people are still being treated in hospitals across London, of whom 12 remain in critical care. Lovely thank you letter received by crews at #GrenfellTower. The support we have received from all over the world has been overwhelming. pic.twitter.com/gnlPNu8j6t— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) June 15, 2017 Residents who have lost their homes in the Grenfell Tower disaster might be rehoused in other areas of London.Kensington and Chelsea Council said 110 households had been given temporary accommodation by Friday morning, adding that it is working to find more permanent homes.But the authority’s latest statement said: “While we will try do our upmost (sic) to ensure those affected remain in or near the borough, given the number of households involved, it is possible the council will have to explore housing options that may become available in other parts of the capital.”The households include people living in nearby blocks which have been evacuated because of the disaster.Housing Minister Alok Sharma told MPs on Thursday that the Government guaranteed “that every single family” from the Tower will be rehoused in the local area. EXCLUSIVE: @SimonCowell reveals his plans to make a charity single for the victims of the #GrenfellTowerfire ❤️ pic.twitter.com/EeAFjptoIs— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) June 16, 2017 People hold candles aloft during a vigil outside Latymer Church, close to Grenfell TowerCredit:PA 9:12PMTheresa May called ‘a coward’ after meeting Grenfell fire victims She did not address the crowd, but quickly left amid shouts of “coward”. A public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire should be split into two parts to give families answers more quickly, a former housing minister has suggested.Mark Prisk said an inquiry was needed to ensure “that we have the evidence on this issue”. Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he recommended the first part of the inquiry take place over the summer and “perhaps into the early autumn”. He said: “Inspections can take place whilst an inquiry is in hand and they should and I think ministers are doing that, but I think we need to have a full public inquiry because at the moment we’re all speculating.”I want to see a two part inquiry, one looking at what are the specifics in this instance, but not too long so that families aren’t left hanging out, wanting to know what’s actually happened, then looking at the wider implications for the rest of the building stock.”We need to be willing to address the picture in the round and not just say this is an isolated incident, if the evidence shows there are wider implications we need to face up to that.” Sky reports that there has been an arrest at the protest.Their correspondent, Enda Brady, told viewers he was moving away from the scene for his own safety.This is because the atmosphere was reportedly growing hostile towards the media. Prime Minister Theresa May faces cries of “coward”, “help us” and “shame on you” as she leaves St Clement’s Church after meeting survivors of the Grenfell Tower disaster, but the Prime Minister says she is doing everything she can to offer assistance to those affected. Hundreds of protesters also marched on Whitehall, central London, to voice their frustration at the Government’s response to the fire, which ripped through the tower block in north Kensington on Wednesday morning.The crowd later began marching towards Kensington High Street, chanting “no justice, no peace”. Theresa May has just arrived at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, which has a specialist burns unit, and took in most of the injured on the day of the tower block blaze. She ignored questions about why it had taken her so long to meet victims as she arrived: Megan Hession, of Kensington and Chelsea Council, said: “We had less than 10 who overnighted here.”Everybody has been rehomed except people choosing to stay here – one large family are all together in one place and are comfortable here.”Everybody has been put into hotels, B&Bs or in flats. By the weekend everyone will be rehomed in new flats.” The Government has promised to rehome victims within three weeks at the latest.They also are aiming to rehome people close enough to access their local schools and GPs – so within the borough and if not, a neighboring borough.Number 10 is also meeting the cost of temporary housing for the victims. The Government is also providing financial assistance for those who are rehoused so there are no costs for parents taking their children to school.The Treasury is also going to make sure people who lost their bank cards in the blaze will have access to their accounts, and the DWP is making sure they have access to benefits and pensions as normal. Jeremy Corbyn comforts a local resident at ST Clement’s Church during a visitCredit:PA Chris Imafidon, whose home overlooks Grenfell Tower, gave an emotional address to the crowd, holding a poster for one of the young children missing in one hand and a scorched piece of cladding in the other. He said: “I’m not here because I support the Tories, Labour or Liberals.”I’m here because this child … on Tuesday went to bed and now nobody knows where this child is.”I was in front of the block of flats that went up in flames and here (the cladding) is the evidence.” Ellie Steafel says:Mrs May is expected to meet volunteers and some families of missing people on her visit this afternoon. The crowd is growing increasingly hostile. One woman is shouting at the police: “Why have you brought her down here where there are no families? You brought her to this tiny church! “This is a PR stunt. If she cared she would have come here yesterday!”Mrs May was criticised yesterday for only visiting the scene of Tuesday’s fire for 15 minutes. So far this afternoon she has been inside St Clements Church for half an hour. Huge piles of boxes are stacked outside the church in Latimer Road, close to the remains of the Grenfell Tower block.Mr Wilson said: “There is just confusion, the council doesn’t know what they are doing. We are afraid that these things would be taken away and just dumped, stored…”Mr Wilson said companies volunteered to collect the goods and store them in a large warehouse which could be visited by survivors. His team has also sent supplies to the residents they found in Earl’s Court. Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has posted on Twitter a letter he has sent to Theresa May in which he demands “answers, action and justice” for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. #JusticeForGrenfell occupy Oxford Circuspic.twitter.com/0p9pqN1v3g#GrenfellTower #Grenfell #Inquest4Grenfell #Corbyn #ToriesOut #tories #May— ➊AlexCam ⏩ (@1alexcam) June 16, 2017 8:59AM’It sent chills through me’: Simon Cowell spurred to release charity single by ‘heartbreaking’ reports 4:38PMShouts of “we want justice” outside the town hall 2:59PMUpdate on checks to high-rise tower blocks after disaster 12:27PM’Nothing to suggest fire was started deliberately’ Sidani Atmani, 41, said his neighbour on the 15th floor, a man he knew as Stephen, died because he had followed fire brigade instructions to stay in his flat.“A lot of people died because of what they were told to do,” he said. “It was horrible.”If there were a lack of fire doors that might also help to explain why the fire spread so rapidly through the building rather than being ‘compartmentalised’. RBKC declined to comment as did the management company.Information released by Kensington and Chelsea Council under a previous Freedom of Information request also suggests that Grenfell tower may not have had a full Fire Risk Assesment since December 2015, despite undergoing a full refurbishment completed in May last year. Experts have been raising concerns for the last 30 years that building regulations concerning fire are not sufficient, especially surrounding fire escapes and the use of cladding to make buildings more energy efficient. Sadiq Khan is confronted by seven-year-old Kai RamosCredit:Yui Mok/PA Protesters marched north from Kensington to Notting Hill, the numbers swelling as they progressed.Traffic was forced to grind to a halt as the crowd pooled in the middle of Bayswater Road. As they walked, they chanted for justice, with tempers among pockets of the group at times threatening to boil over. 9:21AM’Hero of Grenfell Tower’ caught girl, 4, ‘like a rugby ball’ after she was thrown from building Downing Street announced a £5 million fund for emergency supplies, food and clothing for victims amid fears the death toll will rise, with more than 70 people in total still believed to be unaccounted for.There was a large police presence as Mrs May met a group of victims, residents, volunteers and community leaders at St Clement’s Church close to the scene of the horrific blaze on Friday afternoon. 6:42PMAn estimated 1,000 protesters in central London Lily Allen said: “I think there’s a lot of anger here towards the council, how they’ve dealt with people’s concerns building up to this event and how they have dealt with things after the event as well.”The singer added that the humanitarian effort was being led by community leaders rather than the council, saying: “It is chaotic, they don’t have any experience of it and I think it’s actually playing into the hands of the Government because once these people’s hope turns to anger, they have got a real problem on their hands.”I feel like the Government is trying to micromanage people’s grieving here.” I’m inside Kensington town hall. Police are holding an angry crowd back. Protesters who got inside 1st line turned back and asked for calm.. pic.twitter.com/HGC5xa0WdT— Great Editor (@simonchilds13) June 16, 2017 As dusk approached, the protesters were greeted by the shell of Grenfell Tower on the horizon, the charred edifice a stark sight against the bright skyline. Throughout the march chants of “justice” had rippled up the crowd.”We are here today because you must look at that building with tears streaming down your face,” one woman told the group as they neared the foot of the tower.Pausing, the hundreds fell silent for a moment before breaking into applause and cheers for those killed.”We need answers and we need answers now,” another man said through a megaphone.”This should not be happening in the United Kingdom, this should never happen.” A woman, who wiped away tears of frustration as she moved away from St Clement’s Church, said: “Everyone has lost everything and no one is doing nothing. This is our town.”Another man, who did not give his name, told police: “It’s not your fault, she shouldn’t have come. “There were only around a dozen people there and I thought, ‘I need to do something on a bigger scale’, so I went home and organised this.” May you rest in peace Khadija Saye. God bless your beautiful soul. My heart breaks today. I mourn the tragic loss of a wonderful young woman pic.twitter.com/KdIPs34FvA— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) June 16, 2017 6:39PM’The tower block is more strong and stable than that woman’s government’ 11:38AMVideo: Queen tours refuge centre where families have spent night 7:22AMSorrow turns to anger as residents of burnt-out block demand answers A Cabinet minister has said he would not feel safe if his children were sleeping in a 1970s tower block, as he suggested thousands of buildings could be overhauled of even knocked down, reports Deputy Political Editor Steven Swinford.Sajid Javid, the communities and local government secretary, has announced an emergency review into the safety of 4,000 tower blocks and said there can be “no short cuts” in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster.He was asked on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Would you sleep easily tonight if you lived in the sort of Grenfell Tower building that exists all over the country. Would you put your children to bed thinking I wonder if they will be safe tonight?” 6:24PM’£400m…for Buckingham Palace but no money for poor people’s fire alarms’ The small building has become the hub of a relief effort, co-ordinating aid and providing support for those displaced.The hundreds gathered on Bramley Road joined in with renditions of Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds, as well as Amazing Grace, during the short service.Then the crowd were asked to raise candles or torches in the air as they observed two minutes of silence for the dead.A painstaking recovery effort has been taking place at the gutted tower, with authorities predicting the death toll is likely to rise considerably. Around 123,000 people have now signed a petition demanding government action on fire safety in tower blocks.Campaign organisation 38 Degrees launched the petition calling for improved fire safety regulations in the wake of the the Grenfell Tower disaster. Campaigner Gordon Maloney said:“This huge petition proves that the British public isn’t just devastated by the fire in Grenfell Tower – we’re outraged. “This shocking tragedy is made all the more heartbreaking because it was avoidable. The government were warned time and time again of the fire risks in blocks of flats like this. But these warnings were ignored.“This is one of the richest cities in one of the richest countries in the world, and it is a disgrace that this could ever have happened. Now the government needs to listen to the tens of thousands of people demanding action, and make sure this can never happen again.” Harry Yorke reportsStarting shortly after 3.30pm, hundreds of protestors congregated outside of Kensington Town Hall, amid cries for “justice, justice now.”Bearing banners calling for a “public inquest now”, the protestors were joined by singer Lily Allen, who criticised the Council’s announcement earlier today that it may not be able to rehouse all Grenfell Tower residents in the area. Theresa May: ‘People have been left with nothing – one woman told me she escaped in only her top and underwear’ #GrenfellTower— Steven Swinford (@Steven_Swinford) June 16, 2017 Along with a bulk of other commitments: Lily Allen attended the protestCredit:REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth A man who posted pictures on Facebook of the body of someone believed to have leapt to his death from the Grenfell Tower fire has been jailed for three months.Omega Mwaikambo, 43, posted one video and two pictures of the body bag with the man inside and then later five pictures of the victim’s face and body after opening it to look inside.He pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates Court to two counts of sending by a public communications network an offending, indecent or obscene matter. May is leaving to shouts of “Coward” pic.twitter.com/6w0ijiDpZy— Hannah Al-Othman 🐝 (@HannahAlOthman) June 16, 2017 7:05PMChants of ‘Tories out!’ at central London protest 1:04PMSecond victim of disaster named as 24-year-old artist The Grenfell Tower neighbourhood has begun to resemble Notting Hill Carnival due to crowds of tourists visiting since the fire, a community leader has warned, PA reports.Brenda Mercer, 64, a member of the area’s residents’ association, said the community is struggling to grieve under the glare of the world spotlight.Speaking on the eve of a vigil for those killed in the disaster, she said they would welcome the demolition of the charred tower as a chance to move on.As darkness fell almost three days since the fire started, the roads of west London were still packed.Food stalls lined the roads and cars struggle to move. “THERESA MAY…””MUST GO”The current chant at Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall #GrenfellTower pic.twitter.com/dHABZUc8NS— Paul McNamara (@PGMcNamara) June 16, 2017 They are shouting “WE DEMAND A REGISTER” over the man announcing what the council responded to their questions. 6:31PMProtesters march to No 10 Probably a couple of hundred of #GlenfellTower protestors outside the Home Office. pic.twitter.com/XA3Tfa3DQG— Jack Maidment (@jrmaidment) June 16, 2017 6:01PMJack Maidment is at the Westminster protest Sandra Ruiz, who is 12 year old Jessica Urbano’s aunt tells Camilla Turner about relatives’ anger that hospitals are refusing to let relatives into wards to identify children:”People have lost family members and we don’t know if they’re alive or dead,” said Ms Ruiz, a 45-year-old business manager.”We have spent days going round and round hospitals and getting absolutely nowhere. No one helps.”Why don’t they let us walk down the wards and see for ourselves? These people don’t know them. Let us walk through the wards and find our children ourselves.” Syrian refugee Mohammed Alhajali, 23, was also killed in the fire. Click here to read more. 5:24PMCries of “get her out” aimed at Theresa May outside church 7:57PM’You misread the public mood’ Particular concerns have been raised about the cladding on the outside of buildings for a number of years, which experts say may have accelerated the inferno which consumed the 24-storey Kensington block in just 15 minutes.It has since emerged that the United States had banned the type of cladding thought to have been used on Grenfell Tower. The material used on Grenfell Tower was sold under the brand Reynobond which comes in three different varieties: one with a flammable plastic core and two with fire-resistant cores and the cheaper, more combustible, version was banned in the United States in buildings taller than 40 feet. It is thought that Grenfell’s exterior cladding, added in 2015, had a polyethylene – or plastic – core but conforms to UK standards.Reynobond’s fire-resistant panel sells for £24 per square metre; £2 more expensive than the standard version.Theresa May has ordered a public inquiry into the fire as she promised that all residents would be rehoused locally. It came as police admitted that the death toll could reach 100 and senior officers conceded the true scale of the disaster may never be known. A strong campaigner on mental health, William said it was important that those affected talked about the trauma they had witnessed.Loubna Aghzafi, 42, a local resident, told William that many people she had spoken to were not yet able to share their experiences.He replied: “They may want to eventually. They must talk about it.” The town hall has been closed – the following message is on the official website:The town hall has been closed following damage caused during a protest. Volunteers planning to attend tomorrow and Sunday to help sort donations should not come until further notice. Please check this website for further updates. 7:43AMTheresa May ‘didn’t use her humanity’ in Grenfell Tower visit Locals have been writing hundreds of messages of condolence on a wall near Latymer ChurchCredit: Paul Grover for the Telegraph Our reporter at the scene has said the crowd chased Theresa May’s car as she left.The Prime Minister left the church by a side entrance and did not address the crowd. The Queen heard how the community had rallied in the wake of the fire and praised those who had come together, adding their response had “come over very strongly”.Harrowing cries could be heard inside the main hall of the rest centre, where evacuated families and locals have been gathering, as a group of residents consoled one another.A short distance away, the Queen and Duke of Cambridge met helpers from the Red Cross and its chief executive Mike Adamson. 5:39PMAngry crowd chases Theresa May’s car 11:02PMHundreds gather for candlelit vigil 5:29PMPicture of Theresa May entering the church Theresa May spent almost an hour speaking to patients and staff at London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on Friday, a day after visiting the scene of the blaze in west London to talk to firefighters, police and other emergency workers – but not residents.Cabinet minister Andrea Leadsom was confronted by an angry local man at a community centre near the site of the disaster, as she rejected allegations that the PM had shown a lack of “humanity” in her response.Local people have contrasted the style of Mrs May’s private visit with those of London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who was seen with his arm round the shoulders of people affected by the disaster.But Mrs Leadsom, who visited the area in her role as Leader of the Commons, rejected criticisms, insisting that Mrs May was “absolutely heartbroken” by the blaze and was simply trying to make sure the Government did everything it could to deal with its aftermath. It follows warnings the inquiry may take years to conclude and may never establish the truth of what happened.Mrs May announced on Thursday she was ordering a judge-led inquiry to ensure the events at the 24-storey block were “properly investigated”.As she met a group of victims, residents, volunteers and community leaders at St Clement’s Church close to the scene of the tragedy, No 10 said the Prime Minister told survivors they will be consulted on the terms of reference for the inquiry, which will allow them to shape the way it is run so they can get the answers they are seeking. People appear to be asking for Theresa May to resign outside the church in which she is meeting families. One simply said: “Missing: Marjorie Vital” with a picture of a woman in a white hat.Smoke could be seen billowing from the charred remains on Thursday and pockets of flames were still burning onFriday morning. Click hereto read more about the victims we know about. Around 2,700 people have now said they are attending a rally in three hours to demand “justice” for those caught up in the fire.After a string of politicians have been heckled by angry locals demanding answers, there are fears that tensions could boil over at the event.A Facebook event, Justice for Grenfell!, has been listed as taking place at 6pm outside the Department for Communities and Local Government. 5:21PMMeanwhile, there has allegedly been an arrest at the Kensington Town Hall protest 1:17PMAndrea Leadsom confronted by angry local as she defends Theresa May Theresa May: ‘The stories I heard at the hospital were horrific. People have been left with nothing’ #GrenfellTower— Steven Swinford (@Steven_Swinford) June 16, 2017 “What did she expect was going to happen.”He added: “What did she bring, what useful things did she bring? The tower block is more strong and stable than that woman’s government.” The Queen and William signed a book of condolence in front of a wall plastered with missing posters describing those feared lost in the fire.Outside, crowds applauded members of the London Fire Brigade, Metropolitan Police and London Ambulance Service as they lined up to be thanked for their bravery by the royal visitors. As she spoke to Sky News at the site of the fire in west London, Mrs Leadsom was confronted by a local resident, who said opportunities had been missed to make the 24-storey block safe following a report into the 2009 Lakanal House fire in Camberwell, south London.The man said: “Why are Sadiq Khan and Corbyn coming down here to speak to people and Theresa May is coming here with police, walking around, not meeting no-one, not meeting families?”This fire could have been stopped a long, long time ago … There’s not even sprinklers in there.”In 2009, the last block was on fire. What has changed since then? Nothing. Enough is enough, I have got friends in that tower. I have a right to be angry. Because of people saving money, people are dying.” Mrs Leadsom said:”The Prime Minister came yesterday to look at the operation, to try to make sure that everything that can be done by the Government is done.”The Prime Minister is absolutely heartbroken … The whole sense in the House of Commons is absolute horror and shock. I don’t really think it is appropriate to be talking about whether people have humanity or not.”Understandably, people are desperately traumatised and, yes, people are angry and that is totally understandable.”What we need to do is to get a grip of this and make sure we are meeting their immediate needs as well as their ongoing needs and that is really the priority for Government.”Asked if Mrs May would visit the scene again to meet those affected, Mrs Leadsom said: “The Prime Minister is doing everything she can. I’m sure if it is felt that that would be helpful, then she will do that.” Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has accused Labour of “political game playing” after the London fire, saying: “I find it unbelievable that Labour are suggesting that this tragedy was somehow caused by fire service cuts.”He added: “Any attack on emergency services performance is outrageous politicking by Labour.”Here’s his full statement: They are carrying Socialist Worker signs which read: “Homes for people not for profit”. Police have removed council workers from the building during the protest. 11:57PM’I needed to do something’ The Queen looks close to tears as she meets residents affected by the Grenfell Tower fireCredit: FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA Jack Maidment reports:A crowd numbering in the hundreds has gathered in front of the Home Office.Many people are carrying socialist worker placards which read “Tories have blood on their hands. Justice for Grenfell.”Other placards read “blame the market, not migrants, homes for people not for profit”.A man wearing a West Ham shirt addresses the crowd and says: “We are being treated like rubbish. Our people are being murdered. Look what they are doing to us.”He then says the Tories “murdered those children” as he attacks Theresa May for failing to meet with residents. He calls for the protestors to head to Downing Street as he says Mrs May “is not fit to be prime minister”. 8:32PM’Let us walk through the wards and find our children ourselves’ Lord Porter, Chairman of the Local Government Association, has released a statement on the checks being made in areas with tower blocks:“Following the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower, councils with tower blocks in their local area have been working with their local fire service, and undertaking urgent reviews of their high-rise buildings.“Fire risk assessments and the construction of buildings are being reviewed and double checks are being made to ensure remedial work recommended under previous assessments have been carried out. Councils are also working closely with tenants to review and offer fire safety advice.“Councils take the safety of residents extremely seriously. We need to know with certainty how this fire started and why it spread so quickly so that councils can start to take any action needed.“The LGA continues to work closely with councils, the Government and fire chiefs to help coordinate national efforts in response to this dreadful disaster.”The thoughts of the whole local government family remain with the victims and families affected by this devastating fire, the local community and the emergency services.” Protestors now heading for Number 10. They are chanting: “No justice! No peace!” pic.twitter.com/7OrendvEOg— Jack Maidment (@jrmaidment) June 16, 2017 6:08PMMeanwhile in Kensington there are chants of ‘Theresa May must go’ BuzzFeed correspondent Hannah al-Othman who is at the scene said: “I think the prime minister might be trapped in a church.” 5:54PMWatch: Moment Grenfell fire protesters storm Kensington and Chelsea town hall 5:16PMLily Allen filmed the protest Volunteers organise boxes of donations following the Grenfell Tower fireCredit:David Mirzoeff/PA “You misread the public mood.” PM Theresa May challenged over her response to the #GrenfellTower fire https://t.co/K5yPkMVhVN pic.twitter.com/0kOiqcGujF— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) June 16, 2017 Nadia Choucair is among the missingCredit:Nadia Choucair 2:12PMBoris Johnson: Attack on emergency services is outrageous politicking 6:07PMEstimated two hundred people gathered for march outside Home Office More chants of “Tories out!”Pretty striking scene this. pic.twitter.com/MYl5ToqbbL— Jack Maidment (@jrmaidment) June 16, 2017 After widespread criticism for not meeting residents at the scene of the Grenfell Tower fire, Theresa May is this morning making a private visit to speak to survivors at one of the London hospitals where they are being treated.Following the visit, the Prime Minister will chair a cross-Whitehall meeting on how the authorities can help affected communities and victims recover. 5:14PM’I hope they see this on TV – it’s a disgrace’ Several hundred now gathered outside Kensington and Chelsea town hall for the #GlenfellTower demo pic.twitter.com/Setz6AmaGh— Damien Gayle (@damiengayle) June 16, 2017 4:29PMPosters stuck up near tower say “the buck is about to be passed” 6:12PM’We are being treated like rubbish. Our people are being murdered.’: Scene at Westminster 6:57PMMan jailed for sharing photo of dead Grenfell Tower fire victim on Facebook These posters have appeared near the tower pic.twitter.com/uSoI4Pny03— Hannah Al-Othman 🐝 (@HannahAlOthman) June 16, 2017 Emergency services personnel on top of Grenfell TowerCredit:Rick Findler/PA 4:26PMProtests break out in London The family was named as mother Nadia Choucair and daughters Mierna, 13, Fatima, 11, and Zeinab, three.”Fathia Alsanonse MISSING. People still can’t get through to her. Please keep an eye out,” another said, next to a picture of a smiling woman. 5:43PMNumber 10 promises £5million for Grenfell victims 6:12PMPolice hold protesters back at Kensington Town Hall 12:09PMTheresa May arrives at hospital to meet blaze victims People are planning a rally in Westminster on Friday night to call for “justice” for those caught up in the Grenfell Tower fire.A Facebook event, Justice for Grenfell!, has been listed as taking place at 6pm on Friday outside the Department for Communities and Local Government in Marsham Street, with more than 1,800 people said to be attending. Sky News suggested that “political opportunists” could be among the crowds at the scene after a press conference was punctuated by residents shouting support for Mr Corbyn. The public anger was fuelled by an emerging picture of failings surrounding the safety in the building, including allegations that fire doors had not been fitted, which the police and fire brigade said would form part of their investigation. Two separate sources have told The Telegraph that not all the front doors in the tower block were fire-proofed. This is hugely significant because official fire brigade advice to stay put in the event of a fire is based on fire doors offering protection to residents told not to leave the building. Speaking on Radio 2 at the final of a children’s writing competition, the Duchess of Cornwall paid tribute to those who have lost their lives in the fire.She said: “I’m sure all of you here today would like to join me in sending our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the victims, their families and friends, who were so tragically involved in the horrific fire in North Kensington.” 11:51PMKensington town hall closed following earlier protests 4:39PMVideo of scale of protest Cowell said he had already been in touch with record label chiefs about recording the track over the weekend, but had yet to decide on a song or which artists to involve.Cowell is known for his support of various causes and charities, including being a patron of Together For Short Lives, a charity for children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions.In 2010 he produced a charity single, Everybody Hurts, for the victims of the Haiti earthquake. 10:24AMSon carried disabled mother down 24 flights of stairs – but father missing Many pooled around the tribute wall which has sprung up on the side of the Latymer Christian Centre, taking photos and leaving flowers and messages.Ms Mercer told the Press Association: “It is wonderful but it is making the grieving hard because it feels like Notting Hill Carnival at the moment.”I think the community itself is, we are sort of wanting it to stay in the W10, W11, Notting Hill area.”If people want to make a donation or to show they are thinking about us that’s fine, but to stay around, some start to treat it like a tourist attraction.”For people here in the community, we cannot wait for the tower to be pulled down, it is a constant reminder.”The focus for us at the moment is what happened to these missing people, not what happened to the building, people are more important.” She declined to speak to anyone outside the meeting where an angry crowd had gathered and police broke up a scuffle among the group as Mrs May’s car drove off. 8:50AMThe safety features that were at Grenfell Tower… and those that weren’t Huge plumes of smoke pour from Grenfell Tower as the blaze ragesCredit:JEREMY SELWYN/Eyevine Search crews at the top of Grenfell TowerCredit:Rick Findler/PA Mohammed ‘Saber’ Neda, 57 with his wife Shakila, 45, and 24-year-old son FarhadCredit:SWNS The Queen and Duke were greeted by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, Ken Olisa, with the shell of the tower block visible in the distance behind them.The Queen, dressed in blue, stopped to speak to local residents who had gathered outside. At one point, she looked close to tears.The pair met with volunteers who have coordinated the effort at the centre, in front of tables stacked with donated goods.William commented to one volunteer, who spoke about the fire: “Things like that you never want to see.”The Duke told another volunteer: “That’s one of the most terrible things I have ever seen.” 5:32PMTheresa May leaves church to shouts of “coward” “We are here today because you must look at that building with tears streaming down your face,” one woman said as they neared the foot of the tower.”We need answers and we need answers now,” another man said through a megaphone.”This should not be happening in the United Kingdom, this should never happen.” 7:30PM’I’m here because of this child’ Theresa May sweeps into St Clements Church close to Grenfell House without speaking to public pic.twitter.com/K1xi6obu0O— David Brown (@DavidhBrown) June 16, 2017 Shocking scenes as Theresa May bundled into a car by police amid fury from the pushing crowd— Krishnan Guru-Murthy (@krishgm) June 16, 2017 Donations to help those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy have surpassed £2million in just two days.Several charity and fundraising campaigns were set up following the blaze. Haley Yearwood, a teacher at a school in the borough, started a JustGiving page which alone has helped raise more than £1m.Another campaign on behalf of Grenfell Tower residents has also surpassed £1m.Ms Yearwood said she was “humbled” by the “absolutely amazing response” from members of the public who have donated.“Wow! We’ve got a million pounds,” she said. “I’ve raised the target again and no doubt it may have to be raised again. Thank you all so much. Brenda Mercer, 64, who organised the vigil, has been instrumental in helping the relief effort from the Latymer centre.The 64-year-old said: “Last night I came to the wall to lay some flowers and I was overwhelmed because of how people were actually supporting each other, hugging each other. No10 package for Grenfell: pic.twitter.com/3P4A0AotkK— Harry Cole (@MrHarryCole) June 16, 2017 10:14PMGrenfell Tower neighbourhood ‘beginning to resemble carnival’, community leader warns A woman touches a missing poster for 12-year-old Jessica Urbano on a tribute wall after laying flowers as a boy and a man look at messages on the side of Latymer Community Church next to the fire-gutted Grenfell TowerCredit:AP 8:16AMSajid Javid seeks to reassure people living in high-rise blocks In contrast Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Leader, hugged relatives of the missing as at the scene and called for the empty homes of rich people in Kensington to be seized for residents made homeless by the fire.Mrs May is struggling to recover her authority and form a Government in the wake of the Conservative’s disastrous election performance. Nick Robinson, the BBC presenter, suggested that the fire represented the “biggest political risk” facing the Prime Minister and compared it to the situation George Bush Jnr faced in the aftermath of Hurricane Katerina. John McDonnell, the shadow Chancellor, urged the unions to mobilise more than a million protestors to put pressure on Mrs May to stand down in a march on July 1. 4:59PMDemands of protesters Prime Minister Theresa May has been pictured leaving London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.She had spent almost an hour speaking to patients and staff at the hospital, which has a specialist burns unit and has been treating eight survivors.Mrs May was heading to Whitehall to chair a meeting about the Government’s response to the tragedy this afternoon. 11:01AMQueen and Prince William visit people affected by Grenfell disaster Andrea Leadsom is questioned by an angered member of the public outside Grenfell TowerCredit:Butterworth/Splash News My letter to the Prime Minister, demanding answers, action and justice for those affected by the #GrenfellTower fire https://t.co/SmY1JCjftb pic.twitter.com/Ii1zRd2i5W— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) June 16, 2017 There is a march scheduled for 6pm, where protesters plan to demand justice.Now, protesters including, it is thought, survivors of the blaze have staged a sit-in at Kensington Borough Council. The protesters have demanded:A written commitment from the council on immediate rehousing of Grenfell Tower Fire, within the boroughImmediate release of funds to cover welfare and all losses suffered by the victimsCommission investigation into the recent refurbishment of the towerRelease full list of victims so families can bereave the deadCommission investigation into all similar buildings in the borough to identify fire, health and safety risks and put in place immediate control measures.They have said they will not leave the town hall until demands are met. 1:55PMSadiq Khan writes open letter to Theresa May demanding ‘action, answers, justice’ She said that some nurses have taken pity on relatives and allowed them into the wards, who have gone on to discover their children. “It works, so why isn’t everyone else allowed to do it? The children are out there and they’re without their mummies and daddies,” she told The Telegraph. “The authorities don’t help us, they don’t cooperate. Their elusiveness only results in our anger.”Ms Ruiz said that tensions were running high on Friday night, with many angry at the police and emergency services for preventing them from going into Grenfell Tower to rescue their friends or family during the blaze.”They were stopping strong young men from going into the building to help,” she said. “That’s why they’re angry. They wanted to help, they knew the risk, but they were hindered.”Jessica Urbano is one of the many children who are missing from Grenfell Tower. Her mother, Adriana Urbano, was returning from her job as an office cleaner late when her daughter Jessica rang her to say there was a fire in their building.Mrs Urbano said: “Jessica had been asleep in our flat when something woke her – I don’t know if it was the smoke or a fire alarm – so she rang me at 1.39am as I was on my way home from work.She said ‘Mum where are you? Mummy come and get me’.”Mrs Urbano said she urged Jessica to run down the stairs of the tower block and try to find a fire fighter to lead her to safety.”I told her to get out of there as quickly as she could. I said ‘run as fast as you can’, but then the line cut out.” The posting said: “At least 12 people have died in the fire at Grenfell Tower. They deserve justice. We demand answers. Solidarity with the residents of Grenfell Tower.” 7:47AMFirefighters ‘overwhelmed’ by public’s support The latest police update came as a second victim of the disaster was named as 24-year-old artist Khadija Saye.Ms Saye was in her flat on the 20th floor when the fire struck, with her mother Mary Mendy, who is thought to be in her 50s.Tottenham MP David Lammy confirmed the news on Twitter: 12:53PMQueen appears close to tears as she meets residents affected by fire 6:40PMTheresa May: This has been an ‘absolutely horrendous tragedy’ 8:40AMEx-minister urges inquiry to be split into two parts to give families quick answers 6:23PMTheresa May: Grenfell victims to be consulted on public inquiry Meanwhile, the protest at the Town Hall appears to be relatively calm. 10:08AM£2m raised for Grenfell fire victims after ‘absolutely amazing response’ Mrs May said: “We need to know what happened; we need to have an explanation of this, we owe that to the families. To the people who have lost loved ones, friends, and the homes in which they lived.”However she faced criticism over why she didn’t meet residents when she visited the scene and instead attended a briefing with emergency services. She later defended her actions, saying: “I wanted a briefing from the emergency services.”Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, was heckled by residents as he praised the emergency services. He tried to shake the hand of seven-year-old Kai Ramos, who instead asked: “How many children died? What are you going to do about it?” 10:45AMVideo: Theresa May’s chief of staff refuses to answer questions about fire People are asking questions about how the tower was allowed to become so unsafe. At least 30 people have died in the Grenfell Tower fire, Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said.”Sadly, that figure will rise,” he said, adding: “Sadly we do not expect to find any survivors.”Mr Cundy said 24 people are being treated in hospital and 12 of them remain in critical care. One speaker at the event, whose family friend, Rania Ibrahim and her two young children have not been seen since the blaze, said police instigated the disorder. Mustafa Almansur addressed the crowd just seconds before they charged for the doors of the town hall, PA reports.The mother, who is friends with Mr Almansur’s wife, live-streamed a video to Facebook from her 23rd-floor flat as the fire rose through the tower. When her battery ran out, the video cut, and she has not been heard from since.Speaking as crowds remained gathered at the entrance of the building, Mr Almansur said: “The people aren’t satisfied with this so the protests are going to continue.”He added: “The reason for the protest is so far in the last three days the general public have done everything from raising money to actually going out there on the streets, helping people, finding the victims of the tragedy, going to the community centres, the churches and the mosques with donations and in cash.”To this day the council has failed to do anything in public, they have not made a public statement or any public comment.”The statement they made today was just a fluffy statement, open ended promises with no concrete numbers of what they are going to be able to do for the people.”Protesters ran into the town hall after Mr Almansur read the council’s statement to the crowd.”The people didn’t storm the building, they walked into the building after I read out the statement, unhappy with what they heard,” he continued”So they said let’s go into the building and get the senior executives to come down, but the police were inside the building already not allowing anybody to go up the stairs.”The people stood there and they were speaking in the microphone making their demands be known.”Then we had about 20 police officers in high-vis jackets storming into the building trying to create a barricade and that created a rush of young people clashing with the police.”When the police came in and that’s when the pushing and shoving started and things got out of hand.” Mr Javid replied: “I think any human being would be worried. From the moment they heard about that fire, waking up that morning, they would be immediately worried about their families.”Asked whether 1970s tower blocks should be knocked down because they are “inherently unsafe”, he said: “We need to act immediately, we need to do whatever it takes to make the properties safe.” Click here to read more. 11:45AMTower blocks could be knocked down in wake of Grenfell fire Here’s video footage of the Queen touring the Westway Sports Centre, where residents left homeless by the blaze have spent a second night. 1:51PMPeople who lost homes in Grenfell Tower might be rehoused in other boroughs Harry Yorke reports from the scenePeaky Saku , 22, of Winstable house, Grenfell road, said that he attended the protest outside of Kensington Town Hall to “hold power account” and to ensure that the residents of Grenfell Tower “had their voices heard.””I’m here because if we don’t do this, then who listens to us – no one.”They need to end the regeneration plans in our neighbourhood, and the buildings around London clad in that flammable plastic need to be evacuated and replaced immediately.”The councillors that need to answer our questions have already run home apparently. But they should be here to see this.”I hope they see this on TV and take notice, because this is a disgrace. It can’t happen again.” The Queen and Prince William have arrived at a rest centre helping those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.The royal visitors are expected to meet volunteers, local residents and community representatives while visiting Westway Sports Centre, near the charred remains of the building in west London. 10:51AMTheresa May visiting fire victims in hospital Until 1986 all buildings in London fell under the London Building Acts which ensured that external walls must have at least one hour of fire resistance to prevent flames from spreading between flats or entering inside.But that stipulation was scrapped and from the mid 80s materials on outer walls did not have to be non-combustible, allowing builders to start installing dangerous cladding despite warnings from fire safety chiefs.Nearly 20 years ago, following a fire at a tower block in Irvine in Ayrshire, MPs were warned by the Fire Safety Development Group that cladding can: ‘contribute to the fire, release toxic chemicals and drip plastic on people trying to fight the fire.’Ronnie King, secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Fire Safety & Rescue Group said: “We have been saying for years that the regulations need to be changed. But there has been no effort to improve anything because everyone believes there are less fires nowadays, so there was no will. Why would you increase the burden of regulation? 9:40AMDuchess of Cornwall sends ‘heartfelt thoughts and prayers’ to victims 8:35PMThe protests have now moved to the BBC HQ The PM had earlier visited Chelsea and Westminster Hospital to meet staff and patients who were caught up in the fire.After her visit, Mrs May said: “Everyone affected by this tragedy needs reassurance that the Government is there for them at this terrible time – and that is what I am determined to provide.”The Queen and Duke of Cambridge went to temporary relief centres where they met volunteers and residents who had lost everything. #GrenfellTower protest at Kensington and Chelsea town hall. pic.twitter.com/lPSSY9vuPM— Michael Gravesande (@OldBlackHack) June 16, 2017 A man who was liasing between the Council and the protesters has asked protesters to move away from the town hall entrance and to come outside and listen to him.He read out the Council’s answers to his questions.The protesters have asked for those displaced to be immediately rehomed within the borough.They also asked for more welfare payments for those who lost their belongings and homes in the blaze. Grenfell Tower: Could blocks like it be torn down?Credit:TOLGA AKMEN/AFP Protesters walk towards the Grenfell Tower, during a demonstration following the fire that engulfed the 24-storey buildingCredit:AP Protest organiser Mustafa Mansour outlines council responses to demands made on behalf of those affected by #GrenfellTower fire pic.twitter.com/ljognGESgl— Sky News (@SkyNews) June 16, 2017 Emergency workers search debris that fell at the base of the fire-gutted Grenfell Tower Credit:Matt Dunham/AP Picture taken inside a guted Grenfell Tower flat on Thursday shows the extent of the damageCredit:HANDOUT 3:08PM2,700 people set to attend ‘justice’ rally from 6pm 9:41AMTwelve people remain critically ill after fire 3:32PMMore than 100,000 sign petition demanding tower block safety action 5:17PMHostile crowd waits for Theresa May outside church 12:22PMBreaking: Police say 30 people confirmed as dead A protest is taking place outside Kensington Town Hall following the #GrenfellTower fire pic.twitter.com/31P1gvXCq8— Sky News (@SkyNews) June 16, 2017 5:03PMThe protest leader is named as Mustafa Mansour Pat holds the girl after catching her ‘like a rugby ball tucked in his chest’Credit:Guilhem Baker/LNP 4:55PMDispatch from the protest Simon Cowell has said that watching “chilling” footage from the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire moved him to add his support by releasing a charity single.The music mogul has pledged to record a new track within the next few days to help raise funds for those affected.He told Good Morning Britain he felt he could not “do nothing”.”It sent chills through me,” he said. “For me, in my position, to not do something would be appalling.”I think the thing that really hit home to me was seeing that wall with all those messages written on, and then how residents turned up with water and clothes.” His uncle Aref, 54, told The Sun about how the Mrs Neda, who suffers from a muscle disease, collapsed from the smoke that was entering their home.He said: “Shekeb needed to get her out quickly. He took her arms, put them around his neck and carried her over his back down all 24 floors.”Flora was still in a coma in hospital last night, and Mr Neda is in hospital too. Friends said he is awake and “getting better”. Click here to read more. 1:47PMTheresa May pictured leaving hospital after meeting survivors These are the latest images reaching us from Grenfell Tower as crews reach the top of 24-storey building amid the ongoing search operation. Police officers protect the entourage carrying Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May from a crowd of people after she visited a church following the fire that destroyed The Grenfell Tower blockCredit:Reuters Quite the crowd outside the church. pic.twitter.com/88Jxze6vtk— Hannah Al-Othman 🐝 (@HannahAlOthman) June 16, 2017 Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid tried to reassure people living in similar high-rise blocks who fear they may be at risk or are living in a building which is covered in flammable cladding.He told BBC Breakfast: “There are about 4,000 high-rise buildings in the country but not all of them have been re-cladded but also let’s not just make the assumption that it is all about cladding.”We need to be led by the experts and as soon as we have more information from the experts, which we expect either later today or certainly over the weekend that is what I think should be used to do these emergency inspections.”He also defended Mrs May who went on a private visit to the scene and left without talking to any of the community who had been affected by the blaze but spoke to the emergency service workers.Mr Javid told BBC Breakfast it was “absolutely right” for her to go “as quickly as she could to learn about the operation and to discover if there is anything more that the Government could be doing to help with the operation”. A protester stands with a placard demanding “Theresa May, just quit already! We’ve had enough!!!” outside the Department for Communities and Local Government in central London on June 16, 2017Credit:AFP A growing number of frantic families are desperately appealing for news about missing loved ones after the Grenfell Tower fire.The streets around the high rise block in north Kensington were plastered with posters begging for information about those who were in the building.More appeals were put up overnight on Thursday as relatives became increasingly distraught about their loved ones. 8:01AMDesperate families post appeals over relatives missing since blaze They are asking for answers and justice following the loss of life and destruction of homes.Angry protesters are shouting outside the town hall and council offices. People are explaining their grievances and asking to know who is responsible.They are asking council officers to come outside. Dozens of residents have not been seen since the tragedy, many of them young families and children.One appeal read: “Since a deadly fire broke out in their home in Latimer, no one has heard from 16 year old Nurhuda El-Wahabi, 21 year old Yasmin El-Wahabi and their family.”They live on the 21st floor. Please spread this round and keep a look out for their family.”Another asked for information about “Amal and daughter” with a photo of a young woman with curly dark hair and a little girl.A whole family were reported missing on one poster, which said: “The Choucair family is missing in the Grenfell Tower fire. They lived on the 22nd floor, in flat 193.” 7:54PMProtesters reach Grenfell Tower 4:47PMStatement from the Radical Housing Network, who are supporting the protest 7:36AMMore than 1,800 plan Westminster ‘justice’ rally He added that there is “nothing to suggest the fire was started deliberately”.Mr Cundy said the conditions at the scene are “particularly hazardous” and the search will take some time.He said the investigation is now being led by police, emphasising that charges will be brought if criminal acts are established. Gavin Barwell, Theresa May’s new chief of staff and former housing minister, refused to answer reporters’ questions about the Grenfell Tower fire this morning as he arrived at Downing Street.Reporters asked him questions about his role in a delayed fire safety review that he was accused of “sitting on” and asked when we can expect it to be released.But he walked straight past, not acknowledging that he had been asked the questions at all. 6:19PM’The people aren’t satisfied with this so the protests are going to continue’ Demonstrators stormed the offices of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) over its handling of the crisis amid concerns that earlier renovation work was linked to the dramatic spread of the blaze. Prime Minister Theresa May is facing more criticism for failing to meet survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy when she visited the scene of the blaze.Mrs May met police and firefighters dealing with the aftermath of the disaster during a private visit to the west London site, but unlike Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and London Mayor Sadiq Khan, she was not seen to speak to families and residents. Downing Street aides said that the purpose of Mrs May’s visit was to get a briefing from emergency services and ensure that they had the resources they needed.She later appeared on TV to announce a public inquiry into the fire and promise that those left homeless would be rehoused nearby.But former cabinet minister Michael Portillo said the Prime Minister “didn’t use her humanity”. Grief turning to anger even on the wall of messages. One reads ‘£400m…for Buckingham Palace but no money for poor people’s fire alarms’ pic.twitter.com/ykV2y4Q8ic— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) June 16, 2017 5:13PMCouncil employees evacuated from building Protesters storm Kensington Town HallCredit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images The Grenfell protest makes its way towards Downing Street. pic.twitter.com/airgp1HKWm— Jack Maidment (@jrmaidment) June 16, 2017 4:34PMProtesters demand a register of victims Theresa May speaking to fire crews at Grenfell Tower. She has been criticised for not meeting residentsCredit:Dan Kitwood/Getty The organisation is staging another protest at the Town Hall tomorrow.”The fire at Grenfell is a horrific, preventable tragedy for which authorities and politicians must be held to account. Grenfell’s council tenants are not second class citizens – yet they are facing a disaster unimaginable in Kensington’s richer neighbourhoods.“This Government, and many before it, have neglected council housing, and disregarded its tenants as if they were second class. Nationally and locally, politicians have subjected public housing to decades of systematic disinvestment – leaving properties in a state of disrepair, and open to privatisation. Regeneration, when it has come, has been for the benefit of developers and buy-to-let landlords, who profit from luxury flats built in place of affordable homes. Across London, regeneration has meant evictions, poor quality building work, and has left tenants with little influence over the future of their estates.“The chronic underinvestment in council housing and contempt for tenants must stop. It is an outrage that in 21st Britain, authorities cannot be trusted to provide safe housing, and that people in council properties cannot put children safely to bed at night.“We support demands for a public inquiry into this disaster – there must be Justice for Grenfell. We call for the immediate resignation of Gavin Barwell, Theresa May’s Chief of Staff, alongside anyone else whose negligence has contributed to this tragedy.” Victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster will be asked how the public inquiry into the fire should be carried out, Theresa May has announced.Survivors and the families of those who died in the devastating blaze will also be given state funding for legal representation at the probe, the Prime Minister told residents during a visit to a nearby church. Good morning and welcome to our continuing live coverage of the fallout following the Grenfell Tower blaze.Grief and sorrow at the inferno have given way to anger as residents of the gutted block demanded answers over the litany of failings that led to the disaster, reports Hayley Dixon, Sarah Knapton and Steven Swinford.As fears mounted that the death toll could rise above 100, senior politicians who visited the scene were asked to explain why a series of loopholes had left the inhabitants vulnerable, despite repeated warnings over the last 30 years.It emerged that there have been no updates to Britain’s building fire safety regulations for more than a decade, even though a number of fires abroad suggested they are out of date. Illuminated by candlelight, west London came together in grief.Nearly three days since a fire ravaged Grenfell Tower, killing at least 30, hundreds of mourners stood arm in arm at a vigil.Many wept openly as a sea of candles softly illuminated the road outside the Latymer Christian Centre, just yards from the site of the blaze. 4:02PMSome Grenfell homeless lack even toothbruth despite donations, pastor claims On Thursday the Queen paid tribute to the “bravery” of firefighters who battled the fire and praised the “incredible generosity” of volunteers offering their support. London Fire Brigade has described support given to its staff following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire as “overwhelming”.More than 200 firefighters were called to the blaze in the early hours of Wednesday and commissioner Dany Cotton said crews would remain at the scene for many days.Search and rescue dogs have been used on the site in west London as investigations and searches continue.The service shared a picture on social media of a card which had been handed to crews in north Kensington.Written by someone called Derin to all the emergency services, the card said: “Thank you all by saving people’s lives.” A number of residents left homeless by the Grenfell Tower fire have not even been given a toothbrush despite the volume of items donated following the tragedy, a pastor has claimed.Derrick Wilson, from the Tabernacle Christian Centre, one of the many which collected donations after Wednesday’s disaster, said he had heard harrowing stories of people still without aid.Mr Wilson criticised a lack of co-ordination from the council and said his team had been forced to deliver items directly to those affected.He said that volunteers found around 60 residents, evacuated from the block to accommodation in Earl’s Court, who still had nothing.The 53-year-old said: “We have just heard some harrowing stories because of the lack of co-ordination.”We sent out people to find out where these residents are and at Earl’s Court we just found out a number of residents had not received even a toothbrush. They are very angry but they are not really saying much.”He added: “Some of them, they haven’t received anything, they haven’t got any money.”They are only being given bed, breakfast and dinner – nothing in between. So what we are doing now is setting up everything from here.” Resident Kadelia Woods, 20, told The Sun: “The mum had the little girl’s head wrapped in a towel and was holding her out of the window and was screaming for help. The fire was raging like crazy. It was about 2am and the flat was filled with smoke.“My neighbour Pat, who’s in his 40s, was calling up to her shouting, ‘Drop her, don’t worry I’ll catch her’. The mum was screaming, ‘No, no, I can’t, I can’t’.“Pat kept reassuring her and then the girl just dropped. Everyone’s hearts stopped as she fell. We were all fearing the worst.“But Pat managed to catch her like a rugby ball tucked in his chest and he just clung on to her.“She had a pink dressing gown on and she was just screaming hysterically for her mum. The paramedics were trying to put an oxygen mask on her but she was just screaming and screaming. I don’t think her mum survived. When I looked up again the whole floor was on fire.” As the days pass after the Grenfell Tower blaze, incredible tales of bravery are continuing to emerge.Pictures have emerged of a four-year-old girl being saved when a man known only as Pat caught her “like a rugby ball tucked in his chest” when she was thrown from the fifth floor.But witnesses fear the worst for her mother as the flat was engulfed in flames seconds after the small child was thrown out. Grenfell protest: Fists raised for a minute’s silence outside the BBC pic.twitter.com/fdww6Kvaj1— Tara Mulholland (@tara_mulholland) June 16, 2017 The shell of Grenfell Tower hangs over protesters gathering at Notting Hill Methodist ChurchCredit:AFP A 24-year-old man carried his disabled mother to safety down 24 flights of stairs during the Grenfell blaze, reports Helena Horton.Graduate Shekeb Neda, carried Flora, 55, on his back through smoke down the staircase. But his father, Mohammed ‘Saber’ Neda, remained in the flat and is missing. The 57-year-old was last heard from at 2.20am when he made a frantic phone call to a relative to say that the building was burning and that there was “no help”.His parents are from Afghanistan and he recently graduated from Kingston university with a degree in mechanical engineering. Speaking to the BBC, the Prime Minister said:This is not just about finding out what happened, it’s about providing that support. 4:32PMSigns say Grenfell Tower was “corporate murder of poor” Protesters gather at foot of Grenfell TowerCentral London protesters march on Downing StreetTheresa May goes to church to meet families of lost – and is greeted by angry protestersNumber 10 promises £5million relief fund for victims30 confirmed killed, but death toll could rise above 10024 still in hospital as police do not expect more survivorsQueen and Prince William meet residents affected by blazeThe missing: From babies to whole families feared deadHero “caught girl like rugby ball” after she was thrownWhat caused the blaze? The theories fire chiefs will examine Grief over the Grenfell Tower disaster turned into angry protests on Friday as the official death toll rose to at least 30 and dozens more deaths were feared.Prime Minister Theresa May faced cries of “coward” and “shame on you” as she returned to the site of the devastating fire in west London after being criticised for not meeting victims in the wake of the tragedy. “There hasn’t been a review for 11 years, and since then we have had significant fires both in Britain and abroad, which have been caused by new building materials and lack of risk assessments. “Not only has the government not completed a review as we asked they haven’t even started one.” Nick Hurd, the fire minister, said that the judge-led public inquiry will leave “no stone unturned”. Those questioned could include Gavin Barwell, Mrs May’s chief of staff, who has been accused of “sitting on” a review into building regulations in the wake of previous tower fires in 2009. 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Bechtel has turned over the Oak Creek power plant expansion project in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA to the plant operator, Wisconsin Electric Power Co. The move signals the completion of the plant, which is now one of the most efficient coal-fired power plants in the United States. The expansion, which broke ground in 2005, involved the construction of two 615-MW coal-fired generating units. “This is a tremendous achievement that was the result of a collaborative effort,” said Alasdair Cathcart, President of Bechtel’s Power business unit. “The successful completion of this megaproject is a testimony to the dedication and commitment of everyone, including the engineering, procurement, construction, and startup team members, who worked tirelessly on it.”Unit 1 was turned over on February 2, 2010; Unit 2 was turned over January 12, 2011.
Using CSIRO’s Maia detector for x-ray elemental imaging at the Australian Synchrotron, the research team was able to locate and see the gold in the leaves. The Synchrotron produced images depicting the gold, which would otherwise have been untraceable.“Our advanced X-ray imaging enabled the researchers to examine the leaves and produce clear images of the traces of gold and other metals, nestled within their structure,” Principal Scientist at the Australian Synchrotron Dr David Paterson said.“Before enthusiasts rush to prospect this gold from the trees or even the leaf litter, you need to know that these are tiny nuggets, which are about one-fifth the diameter of a human hair and generally invisible by other techniques and equipment.”CSIRO research using natural materials, such as calcrete and laterite in soils, for mineral exploration has led to many successful ore deposit discoveries in regional Australia. The outcomes of the research provide a direct boost to the national economy. Eucalyptus trees in the Kalgoorlie region of Western Australia are drawing up gold particles from the earth via their root system and depositing it their leaves and branches. Scientists from CSIRO made the discovery and have published their findings in the journal Nature Communications. “The eucalypt acts as a hydraulic pump – its roots extend tens of metres into the ground and draw up water containing the gold. “As the gold is likely to be toxic to the plant, it’s moved to the leaves and branches where it can be released or shed to the ground,” CSIRO geochemist Dr Mel Lintern said.The discovery is unlikely to start an old-time gold rush – the nuggets are about one-fifth the diameter of a human hair. However, it could provide a golden opportunity for mineral exploration, as the leaves or soil underneath the trees could indicate gold ore deposits buried up to tens of metres underground and under sediments that are up to 60 million years old.“The leaves could be used in combination with other tools as a more cost effective and environmentally friendly exploration technique,” Lintern said. “By sampling and analysing vegetation for traces of minerals, we may get an idea of what’s happening below the surface without the need to drill. It’s a more targeted way of searching for minerals that reduces costs and impact on the environment.“Eucalyptus trees are so common that this technique could be widely applied across Australia. It could also be used to find other metals such as zinc and copper.”
Sony customers the world over are already angry about last month’s security breaches, that much is clear. However, none may be quite as angry as 21-year-old Natasha Maksimovic, who along with a Toronto law firm, have dropped a lawsuit on Sony Japan, Sony USA, Sony Canada, and other Sony subsidiaries to the tune of $1 billion.Maksimovic, who lives outside of Toronto and is being represented by Toronto law firm McPhadden Samac Tuovi LLP, said flat out, “If you can’t trust a huge multi-national corporation like Sony to protect your private information, who can you trust?”She has a point – the news has gone from bad to worse for Sony in recent weeks, starting with the initial security breach at the PlayStation Network (PSN) and the subsequent eerie silence from the company about what was going on and what they were planning to do about it. Sony eventually apologized and offered gamers 30 days of free service, and day-for-day compensation for their downtime.Then, earlier this week, Sony discovered that the intrusion had extended to their PC gaming and MMO branch, Sony Online Entertainment (SOE,) with up to 23,000 credit cards, names, addresses, and passwords stolen in that attack. Sony has been working with law enforcement agencies to get to the bottom of the matter, but in the interim, virtually all of Sony’s online gaming properties are offline and unavailable.The lawsuit, for its part, claims damages in excess of $1 billion, some of which Maksimovic wants to see go to pay for 2 years of credit monitoring services and fraud insurance coverage for PSN and SOE customers. Sony hasn’t commented on the filing. Maksimovic also blasted Sony for the way it has approached the security breaches, saying “It appears to me that Sony focuses more on protecting its games than its PlayStation users.”via CTV.ca and GamaSutra
E-readers have so far fallen into two camps: those with E Ink displays like the Kindle, and those with LCDs like the iPad. Using E Ink brings you long battery life and the ability to read a paper-like screen in direct sunlight. On the other hand an LCD means you can continue reading in low-level lighting conditions. A compromise between the two may have finally arrived that adds battery-friendly lighting to an E Ink display.The development comes from Flex Lighting, a Chicago company that has developed a very thin front-light film for E Ink screens. Using just one or two LEDs, the film layer is laminated to device screens during the manufacturing process. The layer then spreads the LED’s light evenly across the screen, providing “a soft glow for the reader.” When the light is off, it’s completely invisible, so the ability to read under natural sunlight remains unchanged.The component is only 50 microns thick and consumes very little power, thanks to the LEDs, so it creates the potential for a future Kindle that looks the same but integrates a light switch that users could turn on and off at will. All other aspects of the display should remain the same.Interestingly, the company claims that it makes color e-paper displays “appear more vivid,” which could make a big difference if you are viewing images or reading a graphic novel, for example.Flex Lighting now has prototype devices produced but refuses to show them publicly. Perhaps this is because it is in negotiations to get the lighting solution into a commercial e-reader, and no doubt whoever it is wants the light to be seen first in their device.Read more at The eBook Reader
A former Battle Ground man accused of repeatedly choking his wife was acquitted Thursday of second-degree domestic violence assault after a judge found him not guilty by reason of insanity.Clark County Superior Court Judge Derek Vanderwood ruled that Rodman A. Widing, 38, was experiencing a psychotic episode at the time of the June 2015 attack, and therefore could not distinguish right from wrong.Vanderwood said the circumstances of the case are tragic on many levels.On June 14, 2015, Widing’s wife called 911 twice at about 12:30 a.m. and hung up. Emergency dispatchers called her back, and she whispered for help. About 15 minutes later, she called 911 again from a neighbor’s house and said she had been assaulted by her husband. She said Widing was running around naked looking for her and her children, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Superior Court.Responding Clark County sheriff’s deputies arrived at the couple’s home, 30214 N.E. Lewisville Highway, where they found Widing being uncooperative. They said it appeared he was high on some type of drug, and he started running at a deputy saying, “Kill me, kill me,” the affidavit said. He then ran back toward the house, got on the ground, and started eating dirt and grass, court records state.Deputies eventually detained Widing and took him to a hospital, where he was medicated for his aggressive behavior, according to court documents.His wife also was taken to a hospital for her injuries. The prosecution said early in the case that the victim’s injuries were disturbing and that she was lucky to be alive.
A man died Sunday after being pulled from the waters of Salmon Bay near Ballard, the Seattle Fire Department said.At 4:35 p.m., Seattle Police Harbor Patrol responded to a call about a man who was missing at Lockhaven Marina, according to Seattle Fire spokeswoman Kristin Tinsley. Divers pulled out the man, who was about 55 years old, shortly after. Rescuers attempted lifesaving efforts on the man for more than 20 minutes, but the attempts were unsuccessful, she said.The man was exercising his two dogs at Lockhaven Marina when the incident occurred, Tinsley said. It was unclear immediately how the man ended up in the water, though foul play is not suspected, she added.One of the man’s dogs also died Sunday.The man owned a boat moored at the marina, which is near the Ballard Locks, Tinsley said. People accompanying the man before he left for the marina called authorities Sunday afternoon, saying they were concerned that he might be missing. He had been gone for about an hour and a half at that time, she said.Divers found the man in the water near his boat, and pulled him aboard the boat to attempt to save his life. The water is about 17 feet deep at that part of the marina.
Everton defender Seamus Coleman believes the club is heading in the right direction after they bounced back from losing 6-2 to Spurs and win 5-1 at Burnley.Everton’s 5-1 win at Burnley was their first victory in six matches, putting last weekend’s humiliating 6-2 home defeat to Spurs behind them.Coleman was encouraged by their performance at Turf Moor as they steamrolled a hapless Burnley side.“We wanted to bounce back after that very disappointing defeat to Tottenham,” Coleman told Sky Sports.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We knew it was going to be tough because they [Burnley] cause a lot of problems for teams with their style of play.“Our three centre-halves dealt with it brilliantly throughout the game. Then we had that little bit of talent in the forward positions to cause them trouble so we’re very happy with the win.“The confidence was there. The manager keeps telling us to believe in ourselves, to keep playing with a smile on our faces. At times we did that.“I thought there were periods in the game where we were very good, periods where we weren’t so good but it’s a work in progress and we want to keep getting better throughout the season.”
The Risk Management Agency announced changes to cover crop termination rules in eight states.According to the May 28 Manager’s Bulletin, “Producers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin have been severely affected by wet weather and muddy field conditions. Additionally, many acres of failed fall-seeded crops, like winter wheat and barley, have been appraised and released for termination. However, the excess moisture has delayed the normal and customary timeframe for mechanical or chemical termination of the crops. In some situations, producers are unable to fully terminate the fall-seeded crops prior to the onset of some of the plants reaching the headed or budded stage. If not for the wet weather, producers would have been able to terminate the crops timely in the normal and customary timeframes.”RMA announced that for the 2019 crop year, insurance may attach to spring-planted crops following a crop even though some plants may have reached the headed or budded stage, provided producers take adequate and appropriate measures to terminate the crops no later than June 5, 2019. Farmers should contact their crop insurance agents for further information.
Six Southwest Washington waters have been stocked recently with either large broodstock or catchable-size rainbow trout.Klineline Pond at Salmon Creek Park received 3,000 catchable-size rainbows, Battle Ground Lake got 1,500 rainbow.In Skamania County, Icehouse Lake got 42 broodstock rainbow, while Kidney Lake got 55, Little Ash Lake got 42 and Tunnel Lake got 71.Sturgeon fishing in the Bonneville pool improved a bit last weekend, but still is far from hot.Trollers continue to scratch out a few kokanee at Merwin Reservoir.Angler checks from the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) departments of Fish and Wildlife:Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, 69 boaters with seven legal sturgeon kept plus two legal and 251 sublegal sturgeon released; 49 bank rods with 16 sublegal sturgeon released; two boaters with two wild steelhead released; three boaters with no walleye. (WDFW)The Dalles pool, 23 boaters with two legal sturgeon kept plus three oversize and 25 sublegals released; 11 bank rods with no sturgeon; seven boaters with two walleye kept and one released; six boaters with two wild steelhead released; 13 bank rods with no steelhead. (WDFW)John Day pool, 10 boaters with one steelhead kept and nine wild steelhead released; 13 bank rods with no steelhead; 32 boaters with 14 sublegal sturgeon released; 33 bank rods with one oversize and one sublegal sturgeon released; eight boaters with eight walleye kept and two released. (WDFW, ODFW)Cowlitz — Thirty-five bank rods with three steelhead kept. Sixty-eight winter steelhead returned to the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery last week in four days of operation.Water clarity in the river is nine feet. (WDFW)Klineline Pond — Twenty-one bank anglers with 14 rainbow trout. (WDFW)
A screen grab of Al Qaeda’s video statement on KashmirTwitterAl-Qaeda’s affiliate Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind (AGH) has named Hameed Lalhari alias Haroon Abbas as the successor of Zakir Musa in Jammu and Kashmir. In its latest audio statement released after Zakir Musa’s killing, the Kabul-based outfit praised Kashmir’s top militant commanders Burhan Wani, Zakir Musa and Afghan war veteran Ghazi Baba who carried out the attack on Parliament in 2001. It also warned of fresh attacks on the Indian Army and police in the valley.The Al-Qaeda also released a video in which its spokesperson, Faisal Bhat, who is also believed to be a Kashmiri, praised Zakir Musa who “stood by the message of Shariah” and likened him to Osama Bin Laden and Ghazi Baba. The outfit called Zakir Musa “as a righteous leader” and asked the Kashmiri Muslim youth to join his cause.The Al-Qaeda also praised Burhan Wani, the Hizbul Mujahideen commander, and Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. The Al-Qaeda spokesperson laid out its strategy in fighting the Indian armed forces in Kashmir by naming Zakir Musa’s successor and his two associates who will head the operations in Kashmir.The outfit called its militants “the soldiers of the Battle of Hind” who will soon be joined many Al-Qaeda associates from Afghanistan, according to the statement. “The Mujahideen & leaders of AQIS are eager to meet their brethren in #Kashmir… soon they would join them & launch attacks on oppressive army & police,” the statement said.The Al-Qaeda also criticised Pakistan for waging a “proxy war” in Kashmir which is not in alignment with the Islamic rule of law. It said that many militants who had crossed over to Pakistan for arms training were disappointed with the conduct of the authorities there and instead sought refuge in Al-Qaeda’s ideology.Faisal Bhat, who is from Srinagar, had crossed over to Pakistan and was trained by Gazi Baba. He said that Baba had trained many youth from Kashmir valley in Pakistan to fight Indian forces. Gazi is believed to be one of the masterminds of the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 that led to an escalation of tensions between India and Pakistan. Abdul Hameed Lalhari, alias Haroon abbas has been named as the head of Ansar Gazwat ul Hind in KashmirTwitterAl-Qaeda group in Kashmir will now be headed by Abdul Hameed Lelhari, alias Haroon Abbas, who is also from Pulwama, South Kashmir. His two deputies have been named as Abu Ubaida and Gazi Ibrahim Khalid. The 30-year-old Al-Qaeda chief in Kashmir had previously been assisting Zakir Musa in his operations.
Renewed fears of a clamp down on the misuse of H-1B visas that is likely to raise costs for Indian IT software services companies hit Infosys, Wipro, TCS and Tech Mahindra stocks on Friday. Most of the IT companies closed with a fall of two to five percent, though the BSE Sensex declined 0.44 percent.The proposed legislation — Protect and Grow American Jobs Act — seeks to provide for a minimum salary of $1,00,000 from the current $60,000 to H-1B visa holders, in an indirect bid to encourage local hiring.The proposed Bill is part of the efforts by United States President-elect Donald Trump to ensure that locals do not lose out to outsiders when it comes to jobs.However, fears of a spike in costs for Indian IT companies seem to be misplaced, according to an analyst.”The proposed Bill to hike the minimum wage for foreign workers in the US who hold H1B visa from $60,000 to $100,000 may not have a significant impact as they already pay between $75,000-80,000 to the employees with 0-2 years experience and for manager level with more than five years of experience the wage is usually above $100,000,” Pareek Jain, head of HfS Research India, told the Business Standard.Infosys closed 2.50 percent lower at Rs 971, Wipro lost 2.18 percent to end at Rs 469 and TCS dropped 2.18 percent to Rs 2,283. The BSE Information Technology index closed 2.54 percent lower.Protect and Grow American Jobs ActThe legislation, introduced by Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) with the help of Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA), is aimed at what could be described as America’s way of going swadeshi and shun globalisation.Besides raising the minimum annual salary payable to those holding H-1B visa holders, the Bill also seeks to remove the Masters Degree exemption, both aimed at reducing the “abuse” of the work permit by foreign companies. Indian IT companies accounted for about 70 percent of all H-1B visas issued by the US in 2015.Indians corner lion’s shareIn fiscal 2015 (October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015), Indians got almost three-fourths of all H-1B visas issued by the US government.”Indian citizens receive almost 70 percent of all the H-1B visas issued worldwide. Overwhelmingly, Indian applicants are the ones who are successful in qualifying for these visas,” the IANS quoted Michele Bond, US Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, as saying in August last year.
Bangladesh BankCertain unusual transactions that create suspicions have increased in the countrys financial system in recent times, says an annual report of Bangladesh Banks financial intelligence unit (BFIU).The allegations that corruption, illegal money transfer, and loan forgery and scams have increased over the past several years, have now been reflected in this official report.The report referred to as many as 2,357 dubious transactions in 2016-17 financial year. The number of such transactions was 1,687 the previous year.The financial intelligence unit in 2016-17 fiscal year investigated only 121 transactions, which consist only five per cent of the suspicious transactions, and asked the authorities concerned to take actions.Stakeholders say most of the crimes relating to dubious transactions remained in the dark as they are not properly investigated.Former Bangladesh Bank deputy governor Ibrahim Khaled said financial transactions are increasing and so is corruption.“Its very little if only five per cent of the complaints are investigated. It can’t depict the whole picture,” Ibrahim Khaled told Prothom Alo.The unit has just started functioning recently and it lacks manpower and that is not trained either, he said and insisted that as such a separate unit has been launched as part of international practice, it has to be strengthened with manpower and necessary training facilities.Ibrahim Khaled further observed that the activities of the unit might be hampered due to pampering of bank owners by the government.The law relating to money laundering deals with the money that is earned through bribery and other forms of corruption, human trafficking, smuggling, financing for militancy or terrorism, making fake currency notes, and any such illegal transactions.If any suspicious transaction is made through banks and other financial institutions, the authorities are supposed to report to the central banks financial intelligence unit. Such reports are called suspicious transaction reports (STRs). Afterwards, the unit investigates into the matter further.“We consider every report of the suspicious transaction. We’ve sent five per cent of such reports to the authorities concerned after investigation,” said the unit chief and central bank’s deputy governor, Abu Hena Mohammad Raji Hassan.“Other countries investigate only 2-3 per cent such types of accusations. We’re investigating more than any other nation does,” he claimed.According to the units annual report, the government agency responsible for investigating money laundering and suspicious transactions prepared a total of 69 reports of corruption, 47 of fraudulence, 11 of embezzlement of money and 11 other reports of financing terrorism or militancy in the 2016-17 fiscal.The agency also froze some 20 bank accounts for financing terrorism and militancy, according to the annual report.As stated in the annual report, suspicious transaction of Tk 2.5 billion was carried out during January and February of 2017 when Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL) saw a changeover in its ownership.Of the suspicious transactions, a total of 1,633 complaints came through the country’s banks, 644 from mobile banking institutions in allocating remittance, 42 by other financial institutions and 8 through stock market related organisations.The number of money laundering complaints has also increased. A total of 301 such complaints were lodged in 2016-17 as against 209 in 2015-16. Of the complaints, 109 came from the police, 71 from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), 14 from the media houses and 11 from individuals and 96 from other sources.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam and Imam Hossain.
(PhysOrg.com) — For the first time, researchers have demonstrated that an LED can emit more optical power than the electrical power it consumes. Although scientifically intriguing, the results won’t immediately result in ultra-efficient commercial LEDs since the demonstration works only for LEDs with very low input power that produce very small amounts of light. More information: Parthiban Santhanam, et al. “Thermoelectrically Pumped Light-Emitting Diodes Operating above Unity Efficiency.” Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 097403 (2012). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.097403Physics Synopsis © 2011 PhysOrg.com Darpa seeks new power dynamic for continuation of Moore’s Law An LED’s power conversion (wall-plug) efficiency varies inversely with its optical output power. Wall-plug efficiency can exceed 100%, the unity efficiency, at low applied voltages and high temperatures. Image credit: Santhanam, et al. ©2012 American Physical Society Journal information: Physical Review Letters The researchers, Parthiban Santhanam and coauthors from MIT, have published their study in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.As the researchers explain in their study, the key to achieving a power conversion efficiency above 100%, i.e., “unity efficiency,” is to greatly decrease the applied voltage. According to their calculations, as the voltage is halved, the input power is decreased by a factor of 4, while the emitted light power scales linearly with voltage so that it’s also only halved. In other words, an LED’s efficiency increases as its output power decreases. (The inverse of this relationship – that LED efficiency decreases as its output power increases – is one of the biggest hurdles in designing bright, efficient LED lights.)In their experiments, the researchers reduced the LED’s input power to just 30 picowatts and measured an output of 69 picowatts of light – an efficiency of 230%. The physical mechanisms worked the same as with any LED: when excited by the applied voltage, electrons and holes have a certain probability of generating photons. The researchers didn’t try to increase this probability, as some previous research has focused on, but instead took advantage of small amounts of excess heat to emit more power than consumed. This heat arises from vibrations in the device’s atomic lattice, which occur due to entropy.This light-emitting process cools the LED slightly, making it operate similar to a thermoelectric cooler. Although the cooling is insufficient to provide practical cooling at room temperature, it could potentially be used for designing lights that don’t generate heat. When used as a heat pump, the device might be useful for solid-state cooling applications or even power generation.Theoretically, this low-voltage strategy allows for an arbitrarily efficient generation of photons at low voltages. For this reason, the researchers hope that the technique could offer a new way to test the limits of energy-efficiency electromagnetic communication. Explore further Citation: LED’s efficiency exceeds 100% (2012, March 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-03-efficiency.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Kolkata: The state Disaster Management and Civil Defence department has decided to give satellite phones to district authorities, to ensure uninterrupted communication even during natural calamities and other emergency situations.According to a senior official of the state Disaster Management and Civil Defence department, it has often been found that mobile phones lose network connection when there is a natural calamity.In a bid to ensure that inter-district communication and communication with the state government headquarters stay uninterrupted at the time of an emergency, the district authorities will be provided with satellite phones. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSources said that initially, 16 satellite phones will be distributed among the districts and gradually, connectivity using satellite phones will be established with all the districts.The officials from districts have also been provided with all sorts of training necessary to operate satellite phones. It will ensure uninterrupted connectivity with the districts, even during an emergency.It may be mentioned that the state Disaster Management and Civil Defence department has also planned to set up Quick Response Teams (QRT) for each district, to ensure better help to people during an emergency situation. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe decision to set up QRTs was taken after a District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) came into existence in each district.Civil Defence Volunteers will be part of the QRTs and the number of volunteers in each team will be depending on the number of sub-divisions in the district. There will be around 25 volunteers for each sub-division. This comes at the time when the department has become immensely successful in reducing the number of deaths due to lightning, by introducing a system in which people get alerted at least 45 minutes before lightning strikes an area. It is helping people to reach a safe place in the time they are getting after receiving the alert.