How the moon got its shape

first_imgFrom here on Earth, the moon looks like a perfect orb. But new data gathered by spacecraft zipping around our celestial companion reveal that it’s actually squished and slightly elongated, with the thickest portions of its crust on the areas nearest and farthest from Earth. The reason for this less-than-perfect shape? For 200 million years after the moon formed, its crust was weak and the underlying rocks were molten, which made it easy for tides caused by the gravitational pull of Earth to distort it. As the moon cooled, its warped shape froze into place, forming a “fossil bulge” that largely defines the moon’s current topography, scientists report online today in Nature. Later, episodes of large-scale volcanism—which previous studies suggest started about 4 billion years ago and lasted until about 2 billion years—gave the moon an off-center distribution of mass. Earth’s gravity tugging on this evolving lopsidedness gradually triggered a shift in the moon’s polar axis, the researchers say. The moon’s north pole is now stable, but prior to the density-shifting volcanism, the moon’s north pole was located about 36° away from where it is now. The paleopole now sits at a latitude of 54°N, on the edge of a feature called Oceanus Procellarum (the “Ocean of Storms”), a broad dark area maybe better recognized as the Man in the Moon’s right eye.last_img read more

Malaysia football coach puts premium on chemistry as SEA Games near

first_imgTwo more over-aged players will also be added to the squad.Kim Swee has axed five players from his first batch and is now looking to use the next six days to strengthen the team’s chemistry.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceHe worked with the first batch of players for two weeks and was happy to see their fitness level rise day-by-day. They also understand his style of play. But, with the new additions, chemistry has become important.Thus, the former Harimau Muda coach Kim Swee is looking to work on it. “It has been going smoothly so far. The first batch trained with us for two weeks, while the six Under-19 boys who played in the AFC Under-19 qualifiers have joined us now for four days, ” he said.“They are blending well and fitness levels are improving.“My assistant (Malaysia Under-19 coach Brad Maloney) trained them, and we both share the same philosophy. So, there is no issue with the style of play. Right now, they just need to gel together with the older boys.”Kim Swee said the Under-19 players have shown some positives during training sessions and he rates them highly as they weren’t among the five dropped.On Saturday, five players – Ariff Ar-Rasyid Ariffin (PKNS FC), Amirul Ashraf Ariffin (Selangor), A Shivan Pillay (PKNS FC), Nik Azli Nik Alias (Kelantan) dan Haziq Subri (Perak) – were left out of the training squad.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Malaysian teen tops PH star Alberto Lim in KL ahead of SEA Games View comments Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Coach Ong Kim Swee (second from right) instructing his players during training at Wisma FAM for the upcoming SEA Games. (Bernama/The Star)With just six days to go before the national Under-23 team leave for the Philippines SEA Games, head coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee is working on the team’s chemistry.He has had to work with his first batch of 20 players with another six from the national Under-19 squad, who won the AFC Under-19 Championships qualifiers in Cambodia and will have another six coming in from the national team.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’center_img The decision was made after the team’s 4-0 victory against Super League side Petaling Jaya City in a friendly at the MPSJ Stadium on Friday.Kim Swee said another friendly would be held once the national players aged below 23 – Haziq Nadzli, Akhyar Rashid, Safawi Rasid, Syamer Kutty Abba, Daniel Amier Norhisham and Dominic Tan – join the squad on Wednesday.As for overaged players, Kim Swee has listed Irfan Zakaria as one of the two players for Manila. One more player will be finalised before they fly to Manila on Nov 23.“Chemistry is the main thing we have to work on and we will look to improve on that once the national players join the training squad after the game against Indonesia tomorrow.”Malaysia are drawn in a relatively easy Group A with hosts the Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia and Timor Leste.At the Kuala Lumpur Games two years ago, Malaysia finished runners-up following a 1-0 loss to Thailand in the final.In 2011, Kim Swee led the team to the gold medal after beating Indonesia 4-3 on penalties. Both sides were tied 1-1 after extra-time at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games MOST READ Rice industry paralysis Priority legislation in the 18th Congress LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

India vs England, 3rd Test: Kohli, Rahane highlight strong Day 1 for India

first_imgVirat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane scored fifties as India posted 307/6 on day one of the third Test against England, on Saturday.With England 2-0 ahead in the five-match series, Joe Root decided to launch another assault on India’s brittle top order after winning the toss and Chris Woakes obliged with three wickets in the morning session to reduce the tourists to 82-3.Yet Kohli, who has shone amid his side’s batting ruins, once again dug deep and, ably assisted by Rahane in a superb 159-run fourth-wicket partnership, led his side out of another perilous situation.England vs India 3rd Test, Day 1: HighlightsThe pair batted throughout the afternoon session when the ball stopped jagging around, compiling by far India’s best partnership of the series until Rahane was snapped up after tea for 81 by Stuart Broad, courtesy of Alastair Cook’s dazzling left-handed slip catch.Kohli, having compiled his 18th Test fifty, carried on confidently and looked set for his 23rd Test hundred, and second of the series, until tempted to drive at a rare Rashid turner which Ben Stokes gobbled up at slip.It was Stokes’s major contribution on his return to the side four days after being cleared of affray. He had been given a ripple of applause as he came on to bowl in the morning but, not at his best, delivered 15 wicketless overs for 54 runs.Instead it was England’s less heralded all-rounder Woakes, centurion and man of the match in the second test win at Lord’s, who took centre stage.advertisementVirat Kohli misses hundred by 3 runs but sets another record in Test cricketShikhar Dhawan, restored to the side in place of Murali Vijay, and Lokesh Rahul had started well enough with India’s highest partnership of the series — 60 — until the Kohli-Rahane link-up as England’s pacemen failed to make a breakthrough.Woakes looked the potential game-changer again, having Dhawan caught at slip for 35, trapping Rahul lbw for 23 and tempting Cheteshwar Pujara (14) into a hook on the stroke of lunch which went straight into the hands of Rashid on the boundary.Rishabh Pant creates history on Test debut at Trent BridgeKohli was doubtless unimpressed as he faced the prospect of having to bail out a sinking ship again but he found an assured partner in 30-year-old Rahane.After Kohli’s 152-ball stay, 20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant made an assured unbeaten 22 on debut alongside Hardik Pandya, who became James Anderson’s 100th Indian Test victim to leave the match delicately poised.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

10 months agoBournemouth boss Howe pleased with Mousset, Boruc in Cup defeat

first_imgBournemouth boss Howe pleased with Mousset, Boruc in Cup defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe praised Lys Mousset and Artur Boruc after their Carabao Cup quarterfinal defeat to Chelsea.Substitute Eden Hazard struck in the 84th minute for Chelsea’s winner.Howe said, “One of the positives is our squad, there were players who hadn’t played regularly who did really well and it shows the strength in the squad.”I thought Lys Mousset did very well and that was his best performance for the club. Technically he reached a very high level and he’s a big part of our future.”Artur Boruc was outstanding, it doesn’t surprise me as he’s a player who always rises to the occasion and he thrives on the sternest tests.”He made a number of great saves and I don’t know how he saved the effort at the end [from Olivier Giroud].”He’s been a real professional off the pitch and has been a real support for Asmir.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoPSG ready to beat Man Utd to Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld

first_imgPSG ready to beat Man Utd to Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireldby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG are eyeing Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld.Despite Spurs recently taking up a 12-month option in the player’s contract, PSG remain keen on Alderweireld.The Belgium international’s deal carries a €28m buyout clause – which suits PSG.Alderweireld is also being linked with Manchester United this season.However, United’s transfer plans are in flux after the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to replace Jose Mourinho.The Telegraph says PSG could seek to immediately trigger Alderweireld’s clause this month. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Neymar urged to stay at PSG by Marquinhos

first_imgMarquinhos insists he wants Neymar to remain with Paris Saint-Germain amid claims the Brazilian is desperate to return to Barcelona.The 27-year-old frontman endured a difficult second season in the French capital and, according to reports in Spain, has told club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi of his desire to re-join the Catalan Giants.Neymar signed for the Parc des Princes club in 2017 in a world record €222m (£200m/$249m) transfer but is now reportedly keen to link up with Lionel Messi and Co once more. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? However, compatriot Marquinhos is urging his friend, who has been ruled out of Brazil’s Copa America campaign due to an ankle ligament injury, to stay as PSG target Champions League glory having dominated domestically.The defender spoke to the media following Brazil’s 0-0 draw with Venezuela in the Copa America late on Tuesday night and said: “A player of Neymar’s calibre, the differences he makes … as a team-mate, friend and fan of Neymar, I want him to stay at PSG.”The centre-back, who himself has been linked with a possible move to Juventus under new coach Maurizio Sarri, admits he has not discussed Neymar’s future plans with him.“I did not speak with him,” he added. “I totally focus on the selection. He knows what he has to do, our president too. I am not aware of the discussions they had.”Despite the vast outlay spent to land Neymar, reports have claimed that PSG would be willing to allow him to leave for the right price, with Real Madrid also still interested in signing the attacker.Speaking to France Football, PSG president Al-Khelaifi revealed: “I want players willing to give everything to defend the honour of the jersey and to join the club project”Those who do not want that, or do not understand, we will meet and we will talk to each other.”Nobody forced him to sign here. Nobody pushed him.”He came knowingly to join a project.”Struggling with injuries and suspension for the vast majority of the 2018-19 campaign, Neymar managed just 17 appearances in Ligue 1, scoring 15 times.last_img read more

‘He won’t make a decision until given medical all-clear’ – Casillas’ agent reveals future plans

first_imgIker Casillas is awaiting medical clearance before making a decision on his future, according to the goalkeeper’s agent Carlo Cutropia.The Real Madrid and Spain great was welcomed back to Porto’s training ground on Monday, exactly two months on from undergoing emergency surgery after suffering a heart attack during training.He returned home five days later and is now on the mend, but Casillas remains unable to take part in training and is waiting on clearance from his doctors before returning to action. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “Casillas is still on medical leave and neither the club nor Iker are in a hurry to make a decision [about his future],” Cutropia told ESPN.”No decision regarding his future will be made until Iker is given the all-clear by doctors.”The former Spain international has been the subject of retirement rumours since suffering his heart attack, and he moved to quieten such whispers himself shortly after the incident, writing on Twitter: “Retire? There’ll come a day when I have to retire. “Let me announce that news when the moment comes.”Vuelta al trabajo. Primer día. @FCPorto— Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) July 1, 2019It was reported in the Portuguese media that Casillas has been offered a fee to terminate his contract a year early and join Porto’s board of directors, but Cutropia insisted those rumours are wide of the mark.”Reports in the media are not true,” he added.”Porto are treating Iker wonderfully.”Casillas played 725 times for Real Madrid in all competitions prior to joining Porto in 2015, lifting five La Liga titles and three Champions League titles among a whole host of accolades.The 38-year-old also tasted success on the international stage during Spain’s period of dominance 10 years ago, lifting the 2010 World Cup as well as two European Championships in 2008 and 2012.He earned 167 caps for his country during a 16-year spell in the senior squad, making him Spain’s most capped player of all-time with former team-mate Sergio Ramos two caps behind him.The stopper won the Primeira Liga with Porto in 2018 and made 31 appearances for the club in the league last season, keeping 18 clean sheets in total.last_img read more

World Weightlifting Championship: Mirabai Chanu betters own national record but misses podium

first_imgWorld Weightlifting Championship: Mirabai Chanu betters own national record but misses podiumFormer world champion Mirabai Chanu lifted a total of 201kg, bettering her own national record of 199kg but finished fourth in the women’s 49kg event at World Weightlifting Championship.  Press Trust of India PattayaSeptember 19, 2019UPDATED: September 19, 2019 19:27 IST Mirabai Chanu finished 4th on Thursday (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSMirabai Chanu finished 4th in the 49kg event Chanu lifted a total of 201kg, 114kg in clean and jerk and 87kg in snatchÇhanu had missed last year’s World Championships due to injuryFormer champion Mirabai Chanu bettered her own national record but missed out on a podium, finishing a creditable fourth, in the women’s 49kg event at the World Weightlifting Championship in Pattaya, Thailand on Thursday.The 25-year-old Mirabai lifted a personal best in all the three sections. In snatch she lifted 87kg followed by 114kg in clean and jerk for a total of 201kg.Mirabai’s earlier national record was 199kg (88kg+111kg) which she recorded in the Asian Weightlifting Championship in China in April.The gold medal went to Jiang Huihua of China who set a new world record with an effort 212kg (94kg+118kg). The earlier record was held by Hou Zhihui of China, who had lifted 210kg.Incidentally Zhihui clinched the silver medal, lifting211kg (94kg+117kg) in the gold level Olympic qualifier. North Korea’s Ri Song Gum claimed the final spot on the podium by lifting 204kg (89kg+115kg).After clearing 87kg in snatch, Mirabai began her clean and jerk with a 110kg and then lifted 114kg.But in her third attempt, the Manipuri could not lift 118kg and that cost her dear. Had she been successful, she would have won an overall bronze medal with a total of 205kg. She would have also won a silver in the clean and jerk section.In World Championships and continental championships, medals are awarded separately for snatch, clean and jerk, and total lift. But in the Olympics, medals are awarded only for total lift.This was Mirabai’s fourth international competition in this category after the International Weightlifting Federation re-jigged the weight categories last year.advertisementShe was earlier competing in 48kg.Mirabai, who had won 48kg gold at the 2017 edition in Anaheim, USA with an overall effort of 194kgs, returned to action in February following a lower-back injury.She had missed the World Championships last year owing to a back injury which had also forced her out of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.Mirabai had also clinched the gold medal in 49kg at the EGAT Cup, which was the first of the six Olympic qualifying events for her.The other Indian in the fray, Sneha Soren finished second in group D of the women’s 55kg event.The 18-year-old lifted a 173kg (72kg+101kg) to be placed at the second spot in the eight-woman field of the easiest group competition.In the snatch section, Sneha finished fifth after lifting 72 kgs. However, she was ranked one in the clean and jerk category for her effort of 101kg. Her final standing will be determined after the end of the group A proceedings.Also Read | How Bajrang Punia’s heartbreak in World Championships semi-final unfoldedAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Mirabai ChanuFollow World Weightlifting ChampionshipFollow Sneha Soren Nextlast_img read more

Fit-again Neeraj Chopra all set for National Open Athletics Championship

first_imgFit-again Neeraj Chopra all set for National Open Athletics ChampionshipStar javelin thrower and Commonwealth Gold medallits Neeraj Chopra has not taken part in any competition in more than a year since throwing 83.90m at the Services Athletics Championships in Jalahalli on September 19 last year.advertisement Press Trust of India RanchiOctober 9, 2019UPDATED: October 9, 2019 18:06 IST Neeraj Chopra in action at IAAF Athletics Diamond League meeting. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNeeraj Chopra has been out of action since more than a year due to an injuryThe star javelin thrower underwent elbow surgery in May last yearNeeraj will return to action at National Open Athletics ChampionshipStar javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra will return to action after a year-long injury lay-off when the 59th National Open Athletics Championships begins here on Thursday.Neeraj, who had clinched gold medals at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Jakarta Asian Games, has not taken part in any competition in more than a year since throwing 83.90m at the Services Athletics Championships in Jalahalli on September 19 last year.The 21-year-old was training in Potchefstroom, South Africa when it was diagnosed that his elbow injury needed surgery in May last year.With the Tokyo Olympic Games less than 10 months away, Neeraj will be keen to show that his rehabilitation has progressed on expected lines.”I really want to get back to the competition mode and since this is the last competition of the season, I want to use this event to get into the feeling of competition. I had spoken to my doctors and they have said I am okay to compete,” he said.”I am feeling good. Much better now. I started training in Patiala few weeks back and throws are going well in training.”The meet will be an opportunity for Indian athletes to not only perform well and secure ranking points but also try and match the stiff qualification standards set by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).Besides Neeraj, the focus will also be on sprinters Muhammed Anas Yahiya and VK Vismaya, long jumper Sreeshankar, metric miler Jinson Johnson, woman javelin thrower Annu Rani, sprinter Dutee Chand as well as shot putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor, to name a few.advertisementMen’s 400m national record holder Muhammed Anas and woman quartermiler Vismaya were part of the 4x400m relay men’s and women’s teams which failed to reach the finals at the recently-concluded World Championships in Doha.Annu Rani had broken the national record and entered the women’s javelin throw final at the Worlds and will be eagar to produce another superlative performance.Dutee had finished seventh in the women’s 100m heats at the World Athletics Championships and will hope to do better here.The event will also provide chance to others who are trying to get into the National squad.Meanwhile, the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has rejected the entries of 46 athletes, including 37 men and nine women, who were seeking to represent Manipur despite not belonging to the state.At its annual general meeting in Agra earlier this year, the Federation had warned all states units not to encourage such practices.Besides, a number of athletes from Karnataka have been accommodated as AFI entries since the Federation had decided to suspend the Karnataka Athletics Association for delaying the intimation to not host the National Open in Bengaluru due to non-availability of the Sree Kanteerava Stadium.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Nextlast_img read more

European Parliament Committee Backs EUCanada Trade Deal

first_imgzoom The EU-Canada free trade agreement (CETA), considered by many observers as the most advanced and comprehensive free trade agreement in recent history, has received the supprt of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee.“Today’s vote on the EU-Canada Free Trade Agreement (CETA) in the Environment Committee has a showed that the pro-trade coalition in the European Parliament is on a solid footing,” the Danish Shipowners’ Association said.While the Rapporteur Bart Staes (Greens EFA, Belgium) has opposed any support for CETA, a wide coalition of the four party groups – EPP, ECR, ALDE and S&D has maintained that CETA is “the most modern and progressive trade agreement the EU has ever negotiated and voted to support to agreement.”“Discussions in the European Parliament have been very intense, especially on the environmental chapter where the criticism has been largely unfounded. In our opinion, CETA will not only secure that we uphold high European standards, but also show continued commitment to a constructive and mutually beneficiating trade policy between two large trading partners,” Simon C. Bergulf, Director EU Affairs for the Danish Shipowners’ Association, said.“Specifically, the Danish Shipowners are pleased with the ambitious maritime chapter included in the agreement. This will open new opportunities for Danish export companies in Canada,” Bergulf added.The agreement will now have to be adopted in the International Trade committee (INTA) on the January 24. A final vote at the plenary is expected in February.If endorsed, CETA can be provisionally applied, with some of the contentious elements, including the investment court system, to enter into force only once all Member States finish their ratification process.last_img read more

Government Funds Municipal Infrastructure Improvements

first_imgMunicipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill announced funding to support seven high-priority municipal infrastructure projects across the province today, Aug. 21. Government is investing more than $700,000 under the Provincial Capital Assistance Program. “The cost of undertaking water and wastewater projects can place substantial costs on municipal governments and their citizens,” said Mr. Churchill. “This funding is intended to ease the burden so these capital improvements can be completed sooner.” Funding under the program is limited and ranked according to specific criteria. Projects that eliminate serious environmental and health problems get priority. Mahone Bay is receiving $59,444 to carry out storm water separation on Main Street. “We are delighted that the province has agreed to participate in this project with the town,” said David Devenne, deputy mayor of Mahone Bay. “This project is a win-win for the town, its citizens and the province. It will result in major environmental improvements for the town, save power pumping costs and enable development of 16 to 20 dwelling units.” Another $2.3 million is being invested this year in two ongoing major infrastructure projects. Funding was pre-committed to Halifax Regional Municipality for Halifax Harbour Solutions and the Municipality of the District of Guysborough for infrastructure upgrades in Canso. The total program budget is $3.05 million.last_img read more

Javadekar takes charge of IB invokes Emergency to highlight importance of press

first_imgNew Delhi: Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday invoked the curtailment of press freedom during the Emergency under the Congress rule to assert that media freedom is the essence of democracy. Speaking to the media after taking charge of the ministry, Javadekar said the government not only recognises freedom of press, but cherishes it. “Press freedom is the essence of democracy and we not only recognise it, we cherish it. In the history of free India, only once this freedom of press was curtailed and that was in 1975 during Emergency brought by the then Congress government,” he said. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist “That was the black period for the media, there was everyday censorship and complete curtailment of press freedom. We fought against it under the leadership of Jayaprakash Narayan, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Advani ji,” Javadekar said. He said the leaders fought on two-three main issues during Emergency and press freedom was one of them. “I am very happy that it was restored after our struggle was successful. I also fought and went to jail for 16 months. So for us press freedom is the basic essence of democracy,” he said. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Asserting that with freedom comes responsibility, Javadekar said media already works in this responsible atmosphere and will continue to do so in the days to come. “That will strengthen democracy. Therefore I am very happy to take charge. We all will work together hand in hand to take this mission to inform people forward,” he said. Javadekar also hailed the work done by Rajyavardhan Rathore, M Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley, who were in-charge of the ministry earlier. The 68-year-old, who also has the charge of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change Ministry, held several portfolios in the first Narendra Modi government.last_img read more

Footballers praise Stimacs effort to improve fitness

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian senior football players, who assembled in Mumbai on Monday for the preparatory camp for the forthcoming Intercontinental Cup, reflected that their daily routine in the 14-day break included regular sessions to improve their fitness and ball play. “Coach (Igor) Stimac and his support staff had drawn up a schedule for every individual player. It was a kind of an off-season, but we had to follow it as a kind of pre-season for the camp,” defender Pritam Kotal said. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevCentral defender Sandesh Jhingan maintained the “bonus” stayed the fact that the schedule came from the ‘professor’ (Luka Radman) — the team’s conditioning coach. “Professor was very categorical. He highlighted what a player needed to do when he is away from his club, and national team set-up,” Jhingan explained. “Now everyone will come back fitter. The coach can work on technical aspects, and on the system, on how we want to play.” The Blue Tigers will be camping in Mumbai before proceeding to Ahmedabad for the Intercontinental Cup which kicks-off on July 7 at the EKA Arena. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsIndia play Tajikistan on the opening day, with North Korea and Syria being the other two teams. Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu admitted: “I did see my family, but haven’t taken a break after the King’s Cup. I have been working day in day out to stay fitter,” he smiled. “The camp will be a different one. All are fresh, and ready to carry on the momentum of learning the new system, and implement it on the pitch,” he added. When asked if it was a bit tough, especially with not being able to devote much time for the family, Pritam said: “Not at all. I enjoyed the break, spent quality time with my family, stayed with them. But I never compromised on my fitness schedule. In fact, I did more. The awareness levels were higher.”last_img read more

InFocus The Right to Be Cold

first_imgAPTN InFocus with Cheryl McKenzie:In this edition, Inuk and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Sheila Watt-Cloutier shares why climate change is eroding Inuit culture with her new book, The Right to Be Cold.We also bring you highlights from The Walrus Talks – Arctic.Watch Inuk artists, Tanya Tagaq and Ruben Anton Komangapik share their perspective on the Arctic and what motivates them to keep creating new and vibrant works of art through the land and sound.last_img

Federal government and First Nations to approve BC fish farms province

first_imgVICTORIA – Fish farmers in British Columbia have four years to show their open-net operations don’t harm wild salmon and to get approval from First Nations to locate them in their territories as part of new rules introduced Wednesday.Agriculture Minister Lana Popham said the government is setting new standards for the renewal of fish farm operating tenures to protect wild salmon stocks and support reconciliation efforts with Indigenous Peoples.“Fish farms are unique, with impacts that are very difficult to contain,” Popham told a news conference. “We acknowledge that many factors are affecting wild salmon, and one of them is fish farms. Wild Salmon are critical to the culture and well-being of many B.C. First Nations.”Popham announced the new policies as tenures expired for 20 fish farms operating around the Broughton Archipelago off Vancouver Island.Opponents to open-net pen fish farms in the Broughton Archipelago have conducted protests and occupations on some of the farms, which they say pose a threat to wild salmon stocks by spreading viruses, diseases and sea lice.Popham said talks between Broughton-area First Nations and the government about the future of the tenures are ongoing though she wouldn’t comment on their status. She said the tenures for those fish farms will now continue on a month-to-month basis until some form of agreement is reached.British Columbia’s 120 fish farm sites are located on Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and the Central Coast.A court ruling in 2009 clarified that the federal government had jurisdiction over regulating the farms, and B.C. will look to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to determine under what conditions the farms can operate without threatening wild salmon, Popham said.She said the four-year limit aligns with the 2022 renewal of licences for most of the fish farms currently operating in B.C.“B.C. is very aware that thousands of jobs depend on maintaining healthy marine environments, along with the livelihoods and economic prosperity of coastal communities and First Nations,” Popham said. “The challenges that face our wild salmon have been ignored for too long.”Chief Bob Chamberlin of the Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation, who is part of the group of Indigenous nations negotiating the Broughton Archipelago tenures, said he’s pleased the government has expressed its commitment to protect and rehabilitate wild salmon populations.He said he’s also enthused salmon farm operators must demonstrate they have reached agreements with First Nations to locate in their territory.But the 2022 deadline is too far away, Chamberlin said, adding the First Nations in the Broughton Archipelago area have been negotiating with the B.C. government since January on how to address the expired fish farm tenures.“We just have to dot one more I and debate a comma and then we’ll be ready to sign this process document,” said Chamberlin. “But the opinion I express on behalf of our First Nation and the group at the table is 2022 is too long.”B.C. Salmon Farmers Association spokesman Shawn Hall said the government has introduced significant changes to rules overseeing the approval process for fish farms and the industry will rely on the relationships it has built with First Nations.Salmon farms generate $1.5 billion annually in the B.C. economy and employ 6,600 people, he said.Green party MLA Adam Olsen said in a statement the new policy puts wild salmon at risk and does not address First Nations concerns.The BC Liberals said the government’s new tenure policy sends the wrong message about economic stability in the province.Resource opportunities critic Ellis Ross said in a statement the government has ignored the thousands of Indigenous people employed in the fish-farm industry.Last week, the government announced a 14-member advisory council, established to help restore and preserve B.C.’s wild salmon populations.last_img read more

Bangladesh UN agency seeks solution for 6000 Myanmar refugees facing eviction

The United Nations refugee agency is working with the Bangladeshi government, donors and partners to find more permanent housing for some 6,000 Muslim refugees from Myanmar whose riverbed settlement is threatened by a crackdown on illegal structures. “These people are of concern to us and we want to help them,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) country representative Pia Prytz Phiri said of the settlement, which perches perilously beside a busy road in Teknaf, 75 kilometres south of Cox’s Bazar in south-east Bangladesh. “It is hard to imagine human beings living in much more deplorable conditions than those in Teknaf. We understand why the government doesn’t want them living there, but to move them without having prepared any solution in advance is not very humane,” she added. The refugees, regarded by the Government as illegal migrants rather than legitimate refugees, set up the camp in October 2004, nearly two years after they had been evicted from rented homes in nearby villages in an earlier crackdown, “simply because we are Myanmarese,” according to one camp dweller. UNHCR has not been allowed to help them, except to distribute some plastic sheeting last year. The medical non-governmental organization (NGO), Médecins Sans Frontières-Holland, was recently allowed to open a health clinic there. The refugees’ homes are flimsy structures of bamboo, plastic sheets and flattened cement bags on muddy ground, where as many as 16 people crowd together in a room slightly larger than a garden shed. For fully half of each month, the refugees said, high tides flood nearly all shacks, bring disease, and some children have even drowned. Women spend much of their time repairing the mud foundations of the huts. Ms. Phiri said a solution needed to be found but “what we don’t want to do is to set up a formal camp.” UNHCR agency already runs two official camps south of Cox’s Bazar housing some 26,000 refugees and UNHCR sub-office head Jim Worrall suggested that the simplest step would be to allow the Teknaf refugees “just to go back to the villages where they were living peacefully with local people before 2004.” 8 March 2007The United Nations refugee agency is working with the Bangladeshi government, donors and partners to find more permanent housing for some 6,000 Muslim refugees from Myanmar whose riverbed settlement is threatened by a crackdown on illegal structures. read more

Sri Lanka UN tsunami envoy Clinton hopes assassination will not renew fighting

“I am shocked and personally saddened by the assassination of Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar,” Mr. Clinton said in a statement. “Since December 26, 2004, the people of Sri Lanka have demonstrated enormous courage and determination in their efforts to promote recovery in the aftermath of the tsunami,” he added. “The ceasefire in Sri Lanka has helped foster an environment conducive to reconstruction, and I hope that the people of Sri Lanka will persevere in their efforts to avoid a renewal of hostilities.” Two months ago, Mr. Clinton voiced the hope that the disaster would usher in a new chapter in the peace process in Sri Lanka, where the Government and Tamil separatists have waged a decades-old war, thereby making it easier for aid to be distributed and reconstruction to take place. read more

With world at epic crossroads UN seems like its on silent mode

“It’s time to break the silence and start finding answers. In doing so, we can unleash a global current that carries our common humanity to safer shores,” said the 23-year-old Crown Prince, addressing the General Assembly two years after he chaired a Security Council meeting which adopted an historic resolution on ‘youth, peace and security,’ aimed at empowering young people to participate in peace efforts.“Today, I stand before you […] as a member of the largest generation of young people in history [with] the world at an epic intersection, driven by the confluence of deepened globalization and disruptive technologies,” he said, and amid such seismic changes, young people are asking, among other questions: In which direction does our collective moral compass point, and can it guide us safely to justice, prosperity and peace for all?Drawing on the experience of his own country to explore those issues, he noted that Jordan has been affected by border conflicts, as well as by the global financial crisis and the energy crisis. Speaking about the direct cost of the Syria crisis on his country, which has been hosting 1.3 million Syrian refugees, he said that crisis is now consuming more than a quarter of the Jordan’s budget.“Housing, food, energy, healthcare, education, jobs: all are under pressure,” he added, underlining that the country is not turning its back on people in need, but needs answers for its youth.“How can it be that a country as small as ours struggles in the face of such crushing adversity, only to be told that its friends are suffering from donor fatigue? Financial institutions often remind us that on a per capita basis, we are a top recipient of aid. Yet, on a per capita basis, few countries have endured as many external shocks or contributed to global peace and security as Jordan has,” he said.The sad reality is that war economies are thriving to the benefit of a few, while real economies are suffering to the detriment of all. “It just doesn’t add up,” he said, calling on the international community to start asking tough questions, work harder to involve young people in finding the answers to bolster the values that anchor global citizenship today.Full statement available here read more

Vigil and memorial fund being organized for slain student

A vigil will be held on the Brock University campus Friday, Dec. 8 to honour first-year Medical Sciences student Yosif Al-Hasnawi, who was killed in Hamilton on Saturday night while trying to stop an altercation.A memorial fund is also being organized to create a scholarship in Al-Hasnawi’s name to remember the 19-year-old Hamilton resident.“Yosif’s death devastated us, but we plan to look further into it and make sure his death is not forgotten, which is why this vigil and his memorial fund are so important to us,” said Student Justice Centre Supervisor Zanab Jafry, a fourth-year Brock student.She said the Student Justice Centre is concerned with the witness reports of Al-Hasnawi not being treated well by paramedics.“The devastation is two-fold. One because he was killed, but also because he didn’t get the treatment he needed,” she said. “We want to make sure what happened to Yosif is not just remembered, but that it’s corrected and that our society learns from this in future.”Jafry, who is in the same Medical Sciences program as Al-Hasnawi, said Brock faculty, staff and students, as well as some of Yosif’s family members and spiritual leaders, will take part in the Friday vigil.The service will take place at 3 p.m. in Academic South Room 216. More information can be found on the Student Justice Centre Facebook page.“Yosif wanted to help people. He lived his life that way and it seems that’s also how he died — in the service of others,” Jafry said.In addition, donations are now being collected to establish the Yosif Al-Hasnawi Memorial Fund, which will be used to establish a scholarship in his name. Donations can be made online at or by phone at 905-688-5550 x4190.Cheques payable to “Brock University” with “In memory of Yosif Al-Hasnawi” in the reference line can be mailed to Development and Alumni Relations, Brock University, 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way, St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1. read more

Live Manchester attack latest Two more men arrested and controlled explosion carried

first_imgDetectives have made “immense” progress in the investigation into the Manchester bombing and are confident they have arrested some “key players”, Britain’s top counter-terror officer has said.Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said police have made “significant” arrests and “finds” and have got hold of a “large part of the network” being sought over the atrocity.Mr Rowley said: “They are very significant, these arrests.”We are very happy we’ve got our hands around some of the key players that we are concerned about but there’s still a little bit more to do.” A relative of the 22-year-old said he had felt increasing frustration at his treatment in the UK, heightened after a friend was fatally knifed in what he perceived to be a religious hate crime.She added that the British-born bomber began referring to others in the country as “infidels” who were “unjust to Arabs”.Libyan authorities, who are questioning Abedi’s parents and siblings, claimed he made a final phone call to his mother on the eve of the attack, in which he said: “Forgive me.”Music fans were targeted at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in the worst terrorist attack on British soil since the July 7 bombing in London in 2005.As Abedi’s route to mass murder continued to be probed:Downing Street announced the Government’s emergency Cobra committee will meet in Whitehall on Friday morning to discuss the latest developments, chaired by the Home Secretary.Officers also carried out searches at properties in Manchester, Wigan and Nuneaton. A bomb disposal unit returned to the Wigan address on Thursday night so experts could examine “potentially suspicious items”.British investigative efforts remained focused on smashing the potential terror ring which may have assisted Abedi, despite the belief of Libyan authorities that he acted alone.Twenty-three people remained in critical care across eight hospitals. They included five children at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.British Transport Police announced that specialist firearms officers are to patrol on trains nationwide for the first time.NHS England warned health organisations to “ensure care is in place should it be needed” as Britain remained on high alert in the run-up to the bank holiday weekend.A man and a woman arrested as part of the probe were released without charge.At the Nato summit in Brussels, Theresa May confronted Donald Trump with her concerns about security lapses which allowed crucial evidence to be handed to US journalists by his officials.He vowed to investigate, calling the leaks “deeply troubling” and warning the sources of the security lapse could be prosecuted. In St Ann’s Square, boxer Khan said: “I just wanted to come here and show my respects.”Obviously it’s a very sad time for Manchester. I have to say, the people of Manchester are very brave and we all have to stick together and get through things like this.”I believe in the people of Manchester, they’re very strong and we just have to all stick together.”I’ve come here to show my respects and I can’t believe the amount of people I have met here who are here for the same reason as me, showing their respects and laying flowers down.” Jeremy Corbyn delivers his speech on Friday morningCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA We stand with the UK. We know this kind of attacks. We will do everything we can to increase cooperation against terrorism. @theresa_may— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) May 26, 2017 It is now believed that Salman Abedi built the bomb himselfCredit:AP  A detective removes items from a barbers shop in Moss Side 4:32PMMassive security review for Bank Holiday weekend Meanwhile, with the General Election campaign resuming, Jeremy Corbyn’s suggestion that Britain’s involvement in military action abroad is linked to the Manchester attack has been condemned as “twisted reasoning” by the Security Minister. Meanwhile, it is has emerged that police fear the Manchester bomber might have built a second device that is now in the hands of fellow jihadists.Officers who raided the home of Salman Abedi discovered a working bomb factory with a huge stash of explosive chemicals and other components.Security sources now believe that Abedi assembled the bomb himself after learning his trade in Libya.But the amount of material in his home has led to fears that he could have built more than one device and and distributed them to other British-based extremists. 10:45AMMore details of those arrested released by police 3:07PM#ForManchester posters at Manchester Central Park Mosque 1:51PMGreat City Games and Great Manchester run to go ahead despite terror threat Hundreds of tourists have watched the Changing of the Guard ceremonies at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.The popular events were cancelled on Wednesday in the wake of the Manchester attack to allow police officers, who would have been controlling road closures, to be re-deployed.But a Ministry of Defence spokeswoman said the colourful spectacles, that attract large crowds to the Queen’s official London home and her Berkshire castle, would go ahead as scheduled.In bright summer sunshine, visitors to the capital watched as F Company the Scots Guards marched to replace the Buckingham Palace old guard of the Queen’s Colour Squadron, RAF. After yesterday’s transatlantic row over Manchester security leaks in America, US secretary of state Rex Tillerson is making his first official visit to the UK today for talks with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson from 11am.The Foreign Office said the visit was “an expression of UK-US solidarity” following the terrorist attack in ManchesterThe pair will write messages of condolence for the victims and hold talks on a range of foreign policy issues.However, the visit will be seen as an attempt to repair the rift that opened up over the intelligence leaks. Salman Abedi Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the fallout for the Manchester Arena bombing.We’ve been hearing overnight that counter-terror police have carried out new raids in connection with the attack, searching addresses in Manchester and Merseyside.One man was arrested in the Moss Side area of Manchester in the early hours of Friday morning and detectives searched a property in St Helens.Eight men are in custody in connection with Monday’s atrocity, with police and security agencies working at pace amid fears of further attacks. Meanwhile, with the General Election campaign due to resume on Friday, Jeremy Corbyn has signalled his intention to bring the issue of terrorism into the political arena.The Labour leader is expected to make a veiled attack on the Conservatives for underfunding the police service at a time of heightened threat, while linking Britain’s overseas military campaigns with terrorism at home.On Thursday, UK police resumed “working closely” with US authorities on the probe after a tense showdown between the allies over leaked intelligence.With Britain on critical alert, a huge operation is under way to dismantle a suspected “network” linked to suicide Abedi, who killed 22 people – seven of them under 18. 5:14PM’A lot of the risk contained, but still some uncertainty’ Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley discloses that police have reviewed security at more than 1,300 events around the country ahead of the bank holiday weekend.But he issued a message of reassurance to the public.”Go out as you planned. Enjoy yourselves and be reassured by the greater policing presence you will see.”We can’t let the terrorists win by dissuading us from going about our normal business.” Speaking after chairing a meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra committee, Home Secretary Amber Rudd disclosed that the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has assessed that the terror threat level should remain at critical while the “live” police operation continues.The rating was raised to critical, the highest level, for the first time in a decade in the wake of the Manchester outrage. It indicates that an attack may be imminent. The “I Love MCR” signs have been popping up at sites across Manchester. Here they are seen adorning a pillar as worshippers attend Friday Prayers at Manchester Central Park Mosque. Armed officers on board a Virgin train as British Transport Police with weapons begin patrolling the railway networkCredit: Yui Mok/PA Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi West Indian-born Byron Gibbs, 79, who has run Gibbs Hardware for the past 33 years, said that the shop next door had opened about 12 months ago.He said a number of men appeared to work there but had never come into his shop to buy anything.He said: “I never go there to talk to them, I don’t have my hair cut there. Everyone round here has noticed that the shop has not opened since Monday and they usually open every day, including Sundays.”Mr Gibbs said he had recognised the face of suicide bomber Abedi from the television. 12-volt battery that was a possible power source of the Manchester bomb 2:52PMTwenty-three Manchester victims remain critically ill The Foreign Secretary was pictured killing time for the US Secretary of StateCredit:ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP Police officers tie up cordon tape outside the barber’s shopCredit:DARREN STAPLES/Reuters Flowers for the victims of Monday’s bombing at St Ann’s Square in central ManchesterCredit:Emilio Morenatti/Ap A detective removes items from a barbers shop in Moss SideCredit:Christopher Furlong/Getty A spike in hate crime has hit Manchester in the wake of Monday’s suicide bombing, Greater Manchester Police say.A total of 56 hate crimes were recorded by the force on Wednesday, a significant rise on the 28 reported on Monday.Chief constable  Ian Hopkins said: “Whilst we can’t directly link this to the events of Monday night, we are continuing to monitor the situation and support our communities.””Manchester has come together this week, the public has seen that, they have seen that compassion.”But it is important that we continue to stand together here, in Greater Manchester.”Particularly standing together against some of the hateful views that we have seen from a very small minority of the community that have no place here in Greater Manchester.”He added: “I have sent a personal message out to all the faith leaders and places of worship today and have thanked them for the support they have shown and stressed that hate crime will not be tolerated.” Najma Khalid came to lay flowers with members of the Women’s Chai Project.She said: “We just want to stand together and tell Manchester we love them and we are praying for the victims. This is not going to divide us. Life carries on and we’re standing united.”  A police cordon is in place around the Fade Away barbershop in Princess Road, Moss Side, after a police raid early today.The shutters were down on the shop but part of it appeared to have been smashed open to gain access to the front door. A cordon was then placed around the building at 6am, which stretches to an adjoining chemist, cafe and upstairs flats.A marked police van is parked outside the store next to a bus stop with a number of officers guarding the cordon. People stand next to flowers for the victims of Monday’s bombing at St Ann’s SquareCredit:Emilio Morenatti/AP St HelensGreater Manchester Police said officers have been carrying out searches at an address in the St Helens area of Merseyside this morning.A spokesman said: “These searches are connected to Monday’s attack on the Manchester Arena, but this is a fast moving investigation and we are keeping an open mind at this stage.”Moss SideOfficers are also searching an address at a property in Moss Side in connection with the attack on the Manchester Arena on Monday.The search is being carried out at a separate property to the address where a man was arrested earlier this morning.A police spokesman said: “As it stands ten people in total have been arrested in connection with the investigation, of which a man and a woman have since been released without charge. Eight men remain in custody for questioning.” 7:17AMRecap: Everything you need to know on Friday morning 2:41PMAmir Khan leaves floral tributes to Manchester victims  Remnants of a backpack used to carry the Manchester bomb  Tourists watch the Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace on FridayCredit:John Stillwell/PA Tourists watch the start of the Changing the Guard ceremony A police officer is reflected in the window of a barber’s shop in Moss Side as plain clothes officers search insideCredit:DARREN STAPLES/Reuters 1:20PMTillerson: The special relationship will withstand Manchester leaks Boris Johnson is left scratching his head as he waits for Rex TillersonCredit:ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP It comes amid fears the attacker might have built a second device that is now in the hands of fellow jihadists.Security sources now believe he assembled the bomb himself after learning his trade in Libya. But the amount of material in his home has led to fears that he could have built more than one device and and distributed them to other British-based extremists.A security source told the Telegraph: “The worry is there was enough to build two or three bombs and we can’t rule that out.” Danielle Anderson, 36, who came to lay flowers with sister Simone Anderson, 32, said the city seemed busier on Friday than it was earlier in the week.She said: “We came to town yesterday and it was the weirdest atmosphere, nobody was talking, everybody looked sad and everybody was quiet. It didn’t feel right.”Today it does feel different, it’s a lot busier. Yesterday, you could hear a pin drop.” 9:14AMJeremy Corbyn condemned over ‘crass’ speech linking UK military action to terrorism 11:08AMMore armed police at Wembley and Twickenham this weekend The 22 Manchester attack victims – including seven children Hopkins hosted a weekly show every Sunday on the station. He said: “I have seen him a few times just walking past in the street. I don’t know if he used this barbershop or he is involved with anyone there.”We’re all shocked around here about what happened on Monday and how close we are to all this. You don’t know who these people are.”Earlier, Greater Manchester Police said they were searching a property in Moss Side in connection with Monday’s attack and had also arrested a man in the area.A spokesman said: “The search is being carried out at a separate property to the address where a man was arrested earlier this morning.” Amber Rudd failed to convince audience member that 20,000 fewer police has no bearing on terrorism #BBCQT #GE2017— Scott Nelson (@SocialistVoice) May 25, 2017 Armed British Transport Police Specialist Operations officers on board a Virgin train to Birmingham New Street at Euston  Boris Johnson and Rex Tillerson attend a joint press conferenceCredit:ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP 7:46AMWhere the new searches are taking place 12:46PMIsil calls for more attacks on West at start of Ramadan 12-volt battery that was possible power source Manchester bomb Liam Gallagher has announced his first ever solo gig in Manchester – with all profits to be donated to the families of the terror attack victims.The former Oasis singer announced the string of solo shows on his Twitter account, with tickets available from 9am on Friday morning. 9:34AMLiam Gallagher announces first ever solo gig to raise funds for Manchester attack appeal Morning – on way to Manchester to pay my respects to the Victims of Manchester 🙏❤️— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) May 26, 2017 12:30PMTerror threat level to remain at critical amid ‘live’ police operation The owner of a shop next door to a barbershop raided by armed police overnight in Moss Side said the premises involved has not opened since Monday’s suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena.It is understood that an armed response unit arrived at the Fade Away shop in Princess Road in the early hours of Friday and that the shutter to the barbershop was cut open at about 5.15am to gain access to the front door.A cordon was then placed around the building at 6am and stretched to an adjoining chemist, cafe and upstairs flats. The cordon was lifted at 10.40am.A marked police van is parked outside the store next to a bus stop with a number of uniformed officers guarding the cordon. 11:52AM Jeremy Corbyn: It’s not unpatriotic to question British foreign wars after Manchester attack Jeremy Corbyn has denied he is being unpatriotic by claiming that the deployment of British troops overseas is linked to the suicide bombing of a pop concert in Manchester, reports Christopher Hope and Laura Hughes. Ben Wallace, the Security MinisterCredit:JULIAN SIMMONDS for The Telegraph Police officers tie up cordon tape outside a barber's shop The Labour leader said in a speech this morning:“We cannot carry on as though nothing happened in Manchester this week. “So, let the quality of our debate, over the next fortnight, be worthy of the country we are proud to defend. “Let’s have our arguments without impugning anyone’s patriotism and without diluting the unity with which we stand against terror.” Mr Corbyn also said that as Prime Minister he would only deploy British troops in the world’s trouble sports when he knows that the outcome will “deliver lasting peace”.Click here for more details. An Islamist jihadist then stabbed a police officer and his wife in a Paris suburb in front of their son. The killer explicitly claimed in a live broadcast of the murder that he was responding to Adnani’s call.Later that month, three Isil suicide bombers opened fire then blew themselves up at Istanbul’s main airport, killing 45 and wounding more than 250.The final global body count after the month-long rampage was 421 dead and 729 wounded.Hitting multiple targets in many different countries is designed to send the message that no person on earth is safe or can be protected from terrorism. Here’s Boris Johnson meeting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson a few moments ago.The pair are holding talks after a tense showdown between the US and British authorities over leaked Manchester intelligence.After Theresa May warned the transatlantic row risked hampering the “special relationship” between the UK and America, it was announced Mr Tillerson would make his first official trip to Britain. Friday Prayers at Manchester Central Park MosqueCredit:OLI SCARFF/AFP in the Withington area overnight 9:36AM’We stand with the UK’: Emmanuel Macron offers support to Theresa May European security services are bracing for more attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan beginning tomorrow, after Islamic State called on its followers to rise up in an “all-out war” on “infidels” in the West, reports Middle East Correspondent Josie Ensor in Beirut.Saturday marks the start of a 30-day period of fasting and reflection in the Islamic world, which has in recent years seen a large uptick in Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) terror attacks.“Muslim brothers in Europe who can’t reach the Islamic State lands, attack them in their homes, their markets, their roads and their forums,” the jihadist group said in a message entitled Where are the lions of war? and published on YouTube.Defending themselves after the suicide attack on Manchester Arena, which left 22 mostly children and teenagers dead, the group said: “Do not despise the work. Your targeting of the so-called innocents and civilians is beloved by us and the most effective, so go forth and may you get a great reward or martyrdom in Ramadan.”Last year, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, the late Isil spokesman, issued a call to arms to followers to carry out lone wolf attacks during the holy month. It was the bloodiest Ramadan month on record.Isil took credit for a lone jihadist gunman, an Afghan American who perpetrated America’s deadliest mass shooting in history and worst terrorism on US soil since 9/11 during early morning hours of June 12 at an Orlando gay nightclub, killing 49 and wounding 53. British police have resumed “working closely” with US authorities on the probe after a tense showdown between the allies over leaked intelligence.After Theresa May warned the transatlantic row risked hampering the “special relationship” between the UK and America, US Secretary of State is making his first official trip to Britain today.With Britain on critical alert, stay with us for the latest updates today amid the huge operation to dismantle a suspected “network” linked to Abedi. ‘Large part of network’ linked to bombing held, police sayFresh raids on Manchester barbershop and takeawayPolice reveal eight men as young as 18 held in custodyIsil calls on followers to rise up in ‘war’ on infidels in WestOfficers fear bomber could have distributed other devicesCorbyn speech linking UK wars to attack declared ‘crass’Rex Tillerson visits UK for talks after security leaks angerSalman Abedi: Who is uni dropout who turned to terror?The victims: Seven children among 22 people killedEverything we know about attack at Ariana Grande gig With two big sporting events tomorrow, sports fans can expect to see more armed police on patrol.The Metropolitan Police said extra officers will be on duty for the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday and the Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham. Possible detonator of Manchester bomb in a picture released as part of US leaks Boris Johnson greets US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson outside Carlton Gardens in London on Friday morning Boris Johnson greets US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson outside Carlton Gardens in London on Friday morningCredit:ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP Fresh raids were carried earlier today as security services brace for more attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan beginning tomorrow. The Foreign Secretary was pictured killing time for the US Secretary of State Enhanced policing and security will also be in place for Saturday’s Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park in Glasgow.Police Scotland are asking ticket holders for the match between Celtic and Aberdeen to arrive early to allow for checks, and to not take bags into the stadium.Superintendent Mark Hargreaves, match commander for the event, said: “Whilst I understand that some people may be inconvenienced by the increased security, public safety is our priority and I am sure everyone in Scotland will co-operate with us and support this.”There is no specific threat against Scotland, or the Scottish Cup Final; however, people should remain calm but vigilant and report anything suspicious to police.” Tourists gather for the Changing the Guard ceremonyCredit:John Stillwell/PA 11:05AMBarbershop raided by police ‘has not opened since Arena bombing’ 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. Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I’m sitting here in Manchester, a place where 21 years ago the IRA detonated a bomb that injured 212 people.“That was the last terrorist act in Manchester. They are all terrorists. We have to be unequivocal that no amount of excuses, no amount of twisted reasoning about a foreign policy here or a foreign policy there can be an excuse.“The reality is these people hate our values. You only have to look at their propaganda to realise.” 9:00AMPictures: Police raid barbershop after smashing open shutters Jeremy Corbyn’s suggestion that Britain’s involvement in military action abroad is linked to terror attacks like the Manchester suicide bomb has been condemned as “twisted reasoning” by the Government’s Security Minister.Mr Corbyn will deliver a speech in London this morning in which he will point to “the connections between wars the Government has supported or fought in other countries and terrorism here at home”.But Ben Wallace said the timing of Mr Corbyn’s speech is “appalling” and “crass” as he rejected the idea that there is a link between UK foreign policy and terror. At last! The pair shake hands outside Carlton GardensCredit:ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP At a bilateral meeting with new French President, Mrs May thanked him for the solidarity shown by the French following the Manchester attack.”Of course France itself knows what it is like to suffer from terrorist attacks. And these incidents show us why it is so important for us to work together in defeating terrorism,” she said. Boris Johnson (L) and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attend a joint press conference 5:37PMRise in local hate crime since attack LBC and Katie Hopkins have agreed that Katie will leave LBC effective immediately.— LBC (@LBC) May 26, 2017 Possible detonator located in suspect’s left hand Manchester bomb  Greater Manchester Police have provided the first full breakdown of the arrests made in the huge investigation to establish whether there was a “network” behind Salman Abedi’s suicide attack.Counter-terror detectives have revealed eight suspects aged between 18 and 38 are in custody in connection with the Manchester bombing.In total 10 individuals were detained between Tuesday and Friday. All were held “on suspicion of offences contrary to the Terrorism Act”.A 16-year-old boy arrested in Withington on Thursday and a 34-year-old woman arrested In Blackley on Wednesday have been released without charge. Salman Abedi The 22 Manchester victims There are road closures in place ahead of the @Great_Run on Sunday. Check our travel advice & plan ahead:— TfGM (@OfficialTfGM) May 26, 2017 flowers for the victims of Monday's bombing at St Ann's Square in central Manchester 9:58AM’The time for rhetoric is over’: BBC’s Andrew Neil demands action Meanwhile, Merseyside Police said a search of a property – believed to be leased to a pizza takeaway – in St Helens is complete.A spokesman said: “This phase of the operation is still in its infancy. There is currently no specific threat to Merseyside.” Superintendent Louise Harrison said:”I understand that this kind of activity can cause concern for people living in nearby communities and would like to thank them for their understanding and patience.  “As a result of today’s operation, Merseyside Police is working very closely with community groups, community leaders, partner agencies and individuals to make sure concerns are addressed and that we provide the best possible service to local people.  “Over the coming days and weeks we will be continuing to work with our local communities to address any concerns they may have. We always need the public’s help to defeat terrorism by being extra vigilant and letting us know of any suspicious behaviour or activity.”“Terrorists want to create discord in our communities, but Merseyside has a long history of our communities living and working together. This is a time for us all to work closely together and unite against those who seek, through violence and extremism, to divide us.  “Public safety is the paramount concern for the police and will continue to be our top priority and we have a duty to act and protect the public. We cannot be complacent and cannot take chances in situations such as this and police and the security services must act on information received.”  The developments followed a fraught day in which Greater Manchester Police severed intelligence-sharing ties with the US due to evidence being repeatedly passed to journalists without permission.”While we do not usually comment on information-sharing arrangements with international law enforcement organisations, we want to emphasise that, having received fresh assurances, we are now working closely with our key partners around the world including all those in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance,” Mr Rowley said.Abedi, who was known to security services for his radical views, was said to have been in close contact with family members moments before slaughtering concert-goers on Monday.  But, as these pictures show, he kept Mr Johnson waiting… Salman Abedi, pictured left putting his bins out and right in CCTV footage shortly before the attack, is now thought to have assembled the bomb himself after learning his trade in Libya Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi 11:37AMRex Tillerson meets Boris Johnson… after keeping him waiting Pulse Orlando nightclub in Orlando Tickets on sale fill your boots LG x— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) May 26, 2017 The money raised from the Manchester show, at the O2 Ritz on May 30, will be donated to the Manchester Evening News’ British Red Cross appeal, which was set up to help relatives of those affected by the tragedy.Speaking to the paper about his decision, he said: “I just knew I had to. I’m not in it for the money. The gig was going to happen anyway and we all have to do what we can. I want to try and help pick people up. People like me, doing what we do, it’s our duty to give people a good time.”Click here for more details. The spokeswoman said a rehearsal for Trooping the Colour – also known as the Queen’s Birthday Parade – which was due to be held today had been moved to next Wednesday.She said: “This decision has been taken by General Officer Commanding London District as preparations were ahead of schedule.”We take these rehearsals for Queen’s Birthday Parade very seriously to ensure we are able to equal and even exceed the standards of excellence expected for this important and high-profile annual event.”In January, it was confirmed Changing the Guard was switching to fixed days in the autumn and winter after security was stepped up in the wake of the Berlin terror attack. Speaking on his first official visit to the UK, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the US took “full responsibility” for and “regrets” the leaking of information from the Manchester bombing.A row erupted between the US and British authorities after a host of sensitive information, including photographs from the scene of the attack, was leaked to American news outlets in the wake of Monday’s attack.Mr Tillerson said: “This special relationship that exists between our two countries will certainly withstand this particular unfortunate event.” People stand next to flowers for the victims of Monday's bombing at St Ann's Square Islamic State has called on its followers to rise up in an “all-out war” on “infidels” in the West. Saturday marks the start of a 30-day period of fasting and reflection in the Islamic world, which has in recent years seen a large increase in terror attacks.As detectives revealed the youngest man in custody over the Manchester attack is 18, early-hours searches were on Friday launched at a Manchester barbershop and a takeaway on Merseyside.Officers who earlier raided terrorist Salman Abedi’s home discovered a working bomb factory with a huge stash of explosive chemicals and other components. 2:25PMChanging of the Guard attracts crowds again after it is halted due to Manchester bombing France will  to “do everything we can” to help Britain fight terror, President Emmanuel Macron has told Theresa May as he met her at the G7 summit this morning. A former independent terror watchdog has said it was a “grave mistake” to abolish control orders to monitor terrorism suspects.Lord Carlile said the sweeping powers “may have saved dozens of lives” between 2005 and 2011.The independent peer and top QC also urged Theresa May to use their replacements “to their full effect now”, with just a handful of people currently subject to terrorism prevention and investigation measures (TPIMs).Control orders restricted the freedom of terrorism suspects and could be used to force people to move or restrict their use of phones and computers.But they were abolished by the coalition government in 2012 amid concerns over their impact on civil liberties. Lord Carlile told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:”In my view control orders worked very well in the period between 2005 and 2011. Although they were criticised for breaching civil liberties, in fact they were upheld by the courts, every control order was subject to automatic review by senior judges.”Fifty-three people were placed on control orders, 23 of them with relocation requirements and restrictions on their use of the internet and so on.”I believe that may have saved dozens of lives and my view is that it was a grave mistake by the coalition government to remove control orders and to produce something more dilute. I do wish at least that TPIMs would be used to their full effect now.”TPIMs place restrictions on those suspected of being involved in terrorism, but where there is not enough evidence to charge or deport them.Just seven people are subject to TPIMs at the moment, Lord Carlile said, adding that they were “better than nothing”.Lord Carlile was previously a Liberal Democrat peer but quit the party given its stance on security issues. A police officer outside a barber’s shop in Moss Side that was raided by officers in ManchesterCredit:DARREN STAPLES/Reuters Chief Superintendent Jon Williams, from the Metropolitan Police, said:”We are working closely with both the Football Association (FA) and Wembley to ensure this weekend’s iconic football matches pass off without incident. “Together we have a long history of delivering safe and secure major sporting events. The focus is the safety and security of fans. “Anyone coming to the FA Cup Final or the other play off matches over the weekend will see an increase in police numbers in and around the stadium.“This will include extra armed officers on foot patrol around the environs of the Stadium, and the deployment of police armoured vehicles to support road closures.“At Twickenham rugby fans will see more armed officers on foot around the stadium.“If you have a ticket for any of the matches please help us out. Arrive earlier as there will be additional security and entry searches which may take a bit longer than fans are used to.“Our operations will include a range of highly visible but also covert and discrete tactics and this will run far beyond the final whistle and away from specific stadia. This will also apply right throughout the transport network.” A police officer stands outside a barber's shop in Moss Side which was raided by officers in Manchester Assistant Commissioner Rowley outlined a number of strands of the investigation into the attack:Finances – Officers are mounting a large-scale financial investigation, with Mr Rowley saying: “We are interested in equipment people have bought bearing in mind a bomb was constructed.” Communications – Police are looking back at communications and working closely with technology firms. Exhibits – Investigators have seized large volumes of material during searches of a number of properties and expect to amass hundreds of electronic devices.CCTV – Police are trawling through footage on local cameras to establish movements and patterns of activity in the lead up to the attack. Witnesses – Officers are working to “triage” hundreds of statements from those caught up in the bombing. International inquiries – Detectives are probing links to Libya as well as liaising with counterparts across Europe and elsewhere. A police officer is reflected in the window of a barber's shop in Moss Side as plain clothes officers search inside in Manchester Andrew Neil’s done it again. After stirring speeches following the Westminster and Paris attacks, Andrew Neil’s monologue on This Week concerning the Manchester terror attack has been praised online.The BBC presenter called for a “national conversation”, saying that the “time for rhetoric is over” in his latest, stirring monologue. NHS England have given an update on the condition of those injured in the Manchester attack.A total of 66 people are now being treated across eight hospitals, including 23 patients in critical care, after Monday’s attack. In the years leading up to Monday’s attack, it was said Abedi was known to security services, but his risk to the public remained “subject to review” and MI5 considered him a “former subject of interest”, a Whitehall source said.Police hunting the “network” behind his attack said they had made “significant” arrests and seized “very important” items in raids.Emergency services on the night and aftermath of the Manchester attack were criticised by the widower of one victim, who accused them of leaving families in the dark.Steve Howe, whose wife Alison, 45, died as she was waiting to collect their daughter from the concert, told Channel 4 News: “I gave them all the details, all the information from security in the arena, no-one has rang us… I was so frustrated.” 10:18AMKatie Hopkins to leave LBC after calling for ‘final solution’ over Manchester attack 8:13AMWhat do we know about the bomb used in the Manchester attack Ben Wallace, the Security Minister Scene of the Pulse nightclub attack in OrlandoCredit:Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Manchester is hosting the Great City Games and Great Manchester run this weekend, putting pressure on the local police force.Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “There are no military personnel patrolling Manchester but we are therefore able to receive additional armed policing support because of this plan.”We are using this to help in our efforts enable the Manchester Games and Manchester 10k to go ahead.”We are working with event organisers and Manchester City Council to review and enhance our safety and security.”The athletics event will go ahead as planned on Friday afternoon and evening. Events start from 4.45pm and run until 7.20pm. Remnants of backpack Manchester bomb   Tourists watch the Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace in London At last! The pair shake hands outside Carlton Gardens 9:06AMEnd of control orders to monitor terror suspects a ‘grave mistake’ Cameras aloft, tourists crowd around The MallCredit:John Stillwell/PA 5:16PMSix elements in investigation 10:27AMEight suspects held in Manchester bomb probe as young as 18 Here’s more from our Crime Correspondent Martin Evans on what we know about the bomb used by Salman Abedi – and the fears of a second device:Abedi arrived back in Manchester from Libya on Thursday, travelling via Istanbul and Dusseldorf. The following day he visited the Arndale shopping centre in Manchester, where he was caught on CCTV buying a Karrimor rucksack.It is believed he then spent the weekend putting together the main components of the device, including the detonator.On Monday he then travelled the three miles from his home in Elsmore Road in the Fallowfield district to a rented apartment in Granby Row on the edge of Manchester’s Gay Village.The building was raided by special forces at lunchtime on Wednesdayand specialist forensics teams and bomb squad operatives were still at the building on Thursday.Sources believe Abedi may have used the £75 a night apartment to put all the components of the device together, before heading off late on Monday evening to make his way to the Manchester Arena where he killed 22 people.The use of two addresses to assemble the device was a tactic used by the 7/7 bombers who also spent months learning how to build a bomb at a training camp in Pakistan.Former Metropolitan Police officer, David Videcette, who helped investigate the tube bombings said it was likely Abedi had spent many months abroad practising how to assemble a device before returning to the UK.He said: “This is not something you can just put together by reading a book or watching a YouTube video. He will have spent time at a camp somewhere, possibly in Libya, being shown how to do it. “But once you have the skills and the materials, assembling the device itself can be done fairly quickly.”Click here for more. Friday Prayers at Manchester Central Park Mosque Jeremy Corbyn delivers a speech Latest update— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 26, 2017 Police raided a house in the Withington area Credit:David Rose for The Telegraph 1:56PMExtra police at Scottish Cup Final in Glasgow Katie Hopkins, the controversial broadcaster, and LBC “have agreed” that she will leave the radio station “immediately”.They have parted company in the same week that she called for a “final solution” following the Manchester attack. 8:00AMRex Tillerson visiting UK in bid to repair intelligence rift More from Assistant Commissioner Rowley:”Having made enormous progress and made some significant arrests and had some significant finds, there still remain important lines of inquiry for us to pursue.”We’ve got to try to understand everything we can about the dead terrorist, his associates.”We need to understand the whole network and how they acquired and built the bomb that exploded on Monday night.”It’s going to take a little more time to close down those gaps in our understanding.”We are working as fast as we can do because everyone wants answers to this.””We’ve got a lot of the risk contained but we still have some uncertainty.”As we chase down those lines of inquiry we will keep this strong policing presence.”We need to grow our confidence that we have got every component of the network and we have got as full an understanding as possible about how the device was constructed and whether there’s any remaining risk.”Clearly we haven’t covered all the territory we want to but we have covered a large part of it.”Our confidence has been increasing over recent days but there’s still more to do to get to the degree of confidence we want.” Mark Rowley, the UK’s most senior counter-terrorism officer, confirmed British chiefs had “received fresh assurances” from their overseas counterparts that they could be trusted with confidential material.Home Secretary Amber Rudd said she expected the “critical” assessment of the terror threat – suggesting a fresh attack may be imminent – to remain in place in the coming days.Ms Rudd told BBC1’s Question Time: “During this period of ‘critical’, which we hope will only last for a few days – it could be longer, it will depend on the operation – we’ve pulled out additional support from the Army so we can go about our normal life.” Cameras aloft, tourists crowd around The Mall Police today revealed that the eight men in custody “on suspicion of offences contrary to the Terrorism Act” in connection with Monday’s atrocity, which killed 22 people – including seven children – are aged between 18 and 38. The half marathon and 10km events will take place in Manchester city centre on Sunday 28 May. Boris Amir Khan, the boxer, is among those who travelled to Manchester today to leave floral tributes to the victims under the watch of armed police officers.Manchester Cathedral, within the cordon since Monday evening, reopened on Thursday and is offering visitors the chance to sign a book of condolence and light a candle in memory of those who died.last_img read more