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March 15 2015

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Queen's swans could be moved from Kempton Park Racecourse



Two of the Queen's favourite animals have gone head to head after a bevy of swans moved in at a Surrey racecourse.

Dozens of the birds have set up home at Kempton Park Racecourse and may be moved on amid safety fears for them and race horses.

Thought to have been attracted by the open water around the track, the birds moved in and, despite their numbers dwindling slightly, show no signs of leaving.

Last year a jockey was thrown from a horse during a race when a swan and two cygnets went onto the track.

No harm was done to the birds or horses but it brought about safety fears for the racecourse owners.

Discussions have taken place between course officials, Natural England and representatives of the Queen, who retains the ownership of all unmarked swans in England and Wales.

Officers from Natural England, the government's adviser on the natural environment, are looking at what can be done to 'alleviate the issue the birds are causing', with one option being moving the swans.

Her majesty's Swan Marker David Barber told the Surrey Advertiser Buckingham Palace would not object if Natural England applied for a licence to move the swans.

"We have to look after the safety of the swans and horses, as well as the riders," he said. "It's about getting some sort of compromise.

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"There doesn't seem to have been any injuries to the swans but we need to try to resolve the situation.

"There's many instances like this, there's all sorts of different problems with wildlife. It goes on all the time. Its not unusual.

"There's a lot of open water at Kempton Park and a lot of swans in the area so they have started liking it there. If you have just one breeding pair then it allows them to keep other swans away. I think that's what we will end up with."

A spokesman for Natural England said an adviser has visited Kempton Park to assess the problem.

She said: "A number of management measures to alleviate the issues which the birds are causing are being discussed. There are various non-licensed options which should be tried first.

"Ultimately options may need to be licensed under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, although no licence has been issued as yet."

Kempton's clerk of the course, Barney Clifford, confirmed options were being looked at.

"We are now waiting on a decision and input from Natural England as to how we resolve this matter going forward," he said.

http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/queens-swans-could-moved-kempton-8840885

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A way home for jihadis: Denmark's radical approach to Islamic extremism



As growing numbers of disaffected young Muslims travel from Scandinavian countries to join jihadi groups abroad, the debate on how to counter radicalisation is becoming more urgent.

According to police and intelligence agencies, as many as 300 Swedes, at least 70 Norwegians and 100 Danes may be fighting for Isis in Syria and Iraq.

But radical Muslims are not just motivated by the war in the Middle East.

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Mohamed travelled from Denmark to Somalia where he carried out a suicide attack during a graduation ceremony in Mogadishu in December 2009, killing 25 and injuring more than 60.

Denmark - which has produced more fighters per head of population since 2012 than any other western European country except Belgium - has been at the forefront of exploring new models for preventing extremism.

The so-called Aarhus model aims to create trust between the authorities and the social circles in which radicals operate, helping them find a way back into society. The fatal shootings in Copenhagen last weekend show that the approach is by no means infallible. But police commissioner Jørgen Ilum, who helped set up the deradicalisation programme in Aarhus, Denmark's second city, said the Copenhagen attacks made it more important than ever to make and maintain contact with Da

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/23/home-jihadi-denmark-radical-islamic-extremism-aarhus-model-scandinavia
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Revealed: Three new tower blocks proposed as part of Tolworth Tower regeneration



First published in News Surrey Comet: Photograph of the Author by Jon Sharman, Senior reporter - Surbiton + Chessington - 020 8722 6313

This is how Tolworth Tower could look in years to come, according to developers CNM Estates.

The company has released images that show three new residential towers plus landscaping.

Surrey Comet:

The new buildings would see the current units occupied by Broadway Bar, Garner's funeral directors, PMG Schoolwear, Costa and Boots demolished

The plans would see the building currently home to the Broadway Bar, Garner's funeral directors, PMG Schoolwear, Costa and Boots demolished to make way for the new buildings, which would have commercial space on the ground floor.

Anil Jasani, who runs the Broadway Bar, said CNM chairman Wahid Samady had promised to meet him to discuss the development.

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He said: "The concern is, what's going to happen to where [the bar] is? What's happening to this property and how long is this whole project going to take, and within what timescale are we going to know where we're going?"

The lease on the independent bar runs until 2038.

But Mr Jasani, a resident of the area since 1979, added: "I've always approved of development on the Tolworth Broadway. I'm up for development to bring some life into Tolworth."

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Concerns were also raised at a public exhibition of the designs over a potential increase in traffic from a total of 400 new homes plus 60 serviced apartments.

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The revamped Tolworth Tower, complete with Travelodge and MS, as could seen from Ewell Road 

One resident said: "The thing looks lovely, no doubt about that. What concerns us is the traffic that is going to come with it. It is total chaos coming off the A3 at Red Lion Road."

Mr Samady said traffic modelling showed weight of traffic would decrease, particularly at peak times, because of the conversion from office space to homes.

However, several floors of offices would be retained, and may include space for start-up businesses.

Of the plans as a whole Mr Samady said: "People say, 'Why are you doing this in Tolworth?' and I say I'm proud we are doing it in Tolworth. This building is a gateway."

Surrey Comet:

CNM Estates chairman Wahid Samady said he was "proud" of the Tolworth Tower plans 

He added: "There is definitely room, in my mind, for a bar [or] restaurant in this development."

What do you think? Email letters@surreycomet.co.uk or leave a comment below. 

http://www.surreycomet.co.uk/news/11855317.Revealed__Three_new_tower_blocks_proposed_as_part_of_Tolworth_Tower_regeneration/?ref=rss

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Deportation of Chinese grandfather prompts legislative review



Minister of the Interior Päivi Räsänen (Christian Democrats) has announced her intention to request an inquiry from the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) following the deportation of a Chinese grandfather from Finland on Wednesday.

She wants to determine whether the legislation should be revised in cases where an employment-based residence permit is applied for a close relative.

"In the case [of the grandfather], even the administrative court agreed with the Immigration Service. It raises the question of should we revise the regulations," Räsänen said on Friday. She considers it important that foreign grandparents can participate in the lives of their grandchildren in Finland.

Helsingin Sanomat wrote about the case of the grandfather on Thursday. The 62-year-old grandfather, He Zhijian, had applied for an employment-based residence permit to be able to work as a childminder for his daughter's Chinese-Finnish family in Riihimäki in exchange for monetary compensation from the family's father.

Migri turned down his permit application, estimating that He was trying to circumvent entry regulations with a made-up job. He was consequently prohibited from entering Finland and the Schengen Area for two years.

The 62-year-old pensioner was escorted out of the country on Wednesday by police officers.

Räsänen on Friday emphasised that the inquiry does not concern the case of He specifically but the state of the legislation in general. "My knowledge of this particular case is limited to what I've read in Helsingin Sanomat. Neither the ministry nor the minister have the authority to intervene in a single case."

She also declined to criticise the deportation decision.

She did, however, express her puzzlement with the fact that the decision of Migri appears to have been influenced by He's lack of qualifications and work experience in child care. "Grandparents are typically capable of taking care of their grandchildren. If you are considering visiting Europe the following link has detailed information on Discounted Child Friendly Geneva Hotels.Their capability is not contingent on their education," she stated.

In addition, she voiced her puzzlement with the fact that Migri turned down the permit application after the Employment and Economic Development Office (TE Office) of Pirkanmaa had expressed its backing for the application.

"TE Offices usually scrutinise such matters more thoroughly than the Immigration Service," she pointed out.

Räsänen revealed that she is set to file the inquiry request early this week and expects Migri to respond to it by late March.

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Aleksi Teivainen - HT

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Photo: Rio Gandara / HS

http://www.helsinkitimes.fi/finland/finland-news/domestic/13273-deportation-of-chinese-grandfather-prompts-legislative-review.html
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Hepatitis A case confirmed at Fleet school



A case of hepatitis A is being investigated at a school in Fleet, with children and staff who have come into contact with the infected person being recommended to receive vaccinations to prevent further spread of the viral infection.

Public Health England (PHE) announced the news on Wednesday (March 11).

The government body said the likelihood of the infection spreading in the school environment was low but as a precaution, all parents have been advised of the signs and symptoms of hepatitis A and asked to contact their GP if they have concerns.

The school has not been named.

PHE added the infection, which is very uncommon in England, is often associated with foreign travel and can cause a range of illness from mild, non-specific nausea and vomiting through to hepatitis (liver inflammation, jaundice, or icterus) and in rare cases liver failure.

PHE said the illness in young children may often be very mild or they may not show any symptoms at all but can pass the infection to others.

Dr Anand Fernandes, consultant in health protection at PHE Wessex, said: "We are working closely with colleagues in the local NHS, Hampshire County Council and Hart District Council environmental health to manage the low risk of spread of this illness.

"It is an infection that can be passed from person to person especially within households.

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"We have reviewed the risk posed by this infection and have recommended the vaccination of all children and staff in specific classes as a precautionary measure.

"The vaccine is not recommended for other children, staff or visitors to the school at this time as the risk of exposure to them is very low. However, we are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to review the need to extend vaccination."

Dr Fernandes said PHE wanted to stress the importance of good hand hygiene to prevent the spread of the infection.

"Wash hands thoroughly using soap and water after using the toilet and before and after handling food," he said.

"Small children should be supervised in washing their hands."

PHE said it and local authorities routinely investigate all cases of hepatitis A infection, aiming to identify the source and take any necessary actions to protect the public's health.

All close contacts are being followed up and letters have also been sent to local GPs, alerting them to the possibility of infection and asking that they report any possible cases.

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http://www.gethampshire.co.uk/news/local-news/hepatitis-case-confirmed-fleet-school-8822422

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Dutch prisoners sue government over deal for Norwegian convicts to take their cells



A member of prison staff stands outside a cell at Norgerhaven prison in Veenhuizen, The Netherlands.

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Dutch prisoners who currently enjoy countryside views and can cook their own food are suing the government over a deal for Norwegian convicts to take over their "luxury" cells.

The agreement, signed by Dutch deputy justice minister Fred Teeven on Monday, is aimed at alleviating waiting times for convicted criminals in Norway, where prisons are almost filled to capacity.

Relatives of the Norwegian inmates are also angry at the multi-million euro deal for 242 of them to be transferred to another country hundreds of kilometres away.

Inmates at the Norgerhaven prison near Assen in the northern Netherlands would have to forfeit the privileges of long-term prisoners if they are transferred.

They can currently grow vegetables, keep chickens, cook their own food, gaze at the scenic Dutch countryside and have a generous daily exercise regime. Dutch media have labelled them "luxury" cells.

The prisoners also have their own "hobby space", can choose what colour to paint a wall of their cells and have private 55-channel television, Dutch media reported.

Now, at least 17 long-term prisoners, serving sentences of between 10 years to life for crimes including murder, have taken the Dutch justice ministry to court, their lawyer Hettie Cremers told AFP.

"They do not want to be moved from one place to the other," said Cremers, who expects a Dutch court to rule on the matter on Friday.

Of particular importance is the prison's countryside view, which "can make a huge difference between keeping or cutting off a small connection with the outside world, especially when serving a life sentence," Cremers said.

In Norway, prisoners and the wardens' union are also opposed to the move.

"We're very sceptical about the agreement because it violates several fundamental principles, primarily family proximity to the prisoner during detention," said Hanne Hamsund, who heads an organisation representing Norwegian prisoners' families.

"The agreement undermines families' ability and capacity to maintain regular contact with the prisoner," she said, although the deal should exclude prisoners with children.

Norwegian authorities have pointed out that the distance from Oslo to the north of the country is greater than to the Netherlands.

"Not everyone lives in Oslo," said Hamsund.

"So when a family member is detained in the Netherlands, you have to go to Oslo, then get a plane to Amsterdam then take a three-hour bus journey.

"This represents a considerable cost and forces loved ones to leave work for a few days just to make a prison visit."

Dutch justice ministry spokesman Jaap Oosterveer told AFP the EUR25m ($28 million) deal would pay the wages of around 240 prison officials.

The Netherlands has predicted that around 700 of its prison cells will become vacant over the next five years and has housed 550 Belgian convicts in southern city Tilburg since February 2010.

The Netherlands-Norway deal still needs to be approved by both countries' parliaments and hopes to see the first Norwegian convicts move in on 1 September.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/03/dutch-prisoners-sue-government-over-deal-for-norweigan-convicts-to-take-their-cells
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Weybridge fire: 'Shock' at junior school construction site blaze



Explosions at a school building site left residents feeling "terrified" as thick plumes of black smoke billowed out across Weybridge.

The fire started at around 12.20pm on Friday at a construction site at St George's Junior School in Thames Street.

Nobody was injured in the blaze, however witnesses described hearing "very, very nasty bangs" and the "horrible" smell of the smoke.

Tamsin Blakeney - who runs Piglets Play Centre in Hersham, which is used by a number of St George's Junior School pupils - was driving her daughter to Weybridge Hospital when she witnessed the start of the blaze.

She told Get Surrey: "I saw huge plumes of smoke, I have never seen anything like it.

"I didn't see any emergency services at that point but did see children being evacuated [from the school] and holding hands with adults who looked calm, but there were a few people panicking - it was awful, terrifying.

"The whole area was just covered with a smog. It smelt like some kind of cable fire, not a bonfire, but like chemicals - it is just horrible."

St George's confirmed the blaze was on the roof at the partially-completed building, but said it was on a site under the control of its building contractor with no children or staff nearby.

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Youngsters returned to their classrooms after the fire was put out and continued with their normal Friday afternoon timetable, although parents were allowed to collect them early if they wanted to.

Older pupils also had an assembly, led by headmaster Antony Hudson and the chief fire officer.

Fire at St George's Junior School, Weybridge VIEW GALLERY

Mr Hudson said: "While this has come as a great shock, I am very relieved that not a single person was hurt in any way and I am particularly grateful to my colleagues and the emergency services for dealing with the situation so professionally.

"All the children have returned to class and we very much look forward to seeing them again on Monday morning for business as usual."

One father who picked his son up from school said some children heard the bang while others didn't.

Harry Bacon, who lives in nearby Jessamy Road, said: "It was about 12.30pm and I just heard someone shout 'fire, fire, fire' - but I thought it must just be a small fire in the neighbour's house next door.

"On the site there is scaffolding all over three floors but it was only the top floor that was on fire the whole time.

"At one point some debris started falling onto the second floor so I became really worried. The top floor was really raging.

"It is really not something you expect to see happen. The fire was continuously blowing for around half-an-hour after the fire crews turned up and must have lasted for an hour overall. You began to feel it on your lungs because of the smoke."

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service sent eight engines and around 40 firefighters who had the blaze under control within an hour of arriving.

A spokesman said: "We can confirm everyone has been evacuated from the building and is safe. There are no injuries to report."

Neil Davison, general manager of Weybridge Heath Club in Walton Lane near the site, said the fire appeared to escalate very quickly.

"Within two or three minutes the flames got really big. There was an explosion and the contractors were seen trying to tackle small flames but then things escalated," he said.

Clive Hurst, who lives in Portmore Park Road opposite the school, said: "We heard a big bang at about 12.40pm and shortly after that big plumes of black smoke and then about 10 or 15 minutes later the fire service arrived."

He also described gridlock caused by vehicles being allowed to drive close to the site, which he said would be especially bad if there had been another explosion, as police did not turn cars away from further back until around 1.30pm.

A Surrey Police spokesman said: "All pupils have been accounted for and are being looked after by school staff."

Work on St George's Junior School's new build began in July last year and is intended to be mainly for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

The school says it will contain classrooms, an assembly room and a dedicated IT suite.

St George's said the building was designed to be "very environmentally friendly with energy efficiency and sustainability in mind".

Work was due to be completed in January next year.

A South East Coast Ambulance Service spokesman said its hazardous area response team was sent to the scene to support firefighters but there were no reported casualties.

http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/weybridge-fire-shock-junior-school-8836359

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Godard still follows his own experimental path



Fabrice Aragno (left) and Jean-Luc Godard during the filming of Adieu au langage (Keystone)

Fabrice Aragno (left) and Jean-Luc Godard during the filming of "Adieu au langage"

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swissinfo.ch : For over ten years you have been working with Jean-Luc Godard. How did this collaboration start? Were you a big fan of his films?

Fabrice Aragno : It all started with a message on my answering machine. Ruth Waldburger, Godard's producer, asked me, after we had done some work together, if I would be interested in working with Jean-Luc. Of course! I said. Then one day I got a message from Jean-Luc on my machine asking me to call him back.

It was funny. I come from the Italian cinema tradition - Fellini, Taviani, Olmi and most of all Antonioni. Godard was not my favourite director. I had only seen some of his films, the best-known ones. So, in a sort of panic, I went around looking for videos of his films, and devoured them in a matter of a few days. It was stupid, really. I was afraid he might start asking me things and I would look like a fool... knowing all the rumours about him being hard to get along with. 

So then, one Sunday morning, I went to his studio, feeling a bit intimidated. Even before I went in, I could smell his cigar smoke and realised that this was the lair of a wild animal! In through the glass door, I saw a figure against the light. The atmosphere was peaceful. All of a sudden I forgot all my fears.

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swissinfo.ch : How would you describe your relationship?

F.A.: We do not have a particular relationship. We are what we are, both a bit shy. We communicate in our own way. In general we don't talk all that much, which is partly due to the fact that I am not much of a talker.

Godard takes people as they are, and that is something I appreciate. He puts me at ease, and that means I can experiment without having any worries. I enjoy playing with the technical side, I really get into it. And the fact that I don't have a technical background, but one as a filmmaker, gives me more freedom.

The same thing goes for the actors. Jean-Luc films a dog, a tree, or an actress all in the same way, just because what he is looking for is their essence - he wants to get to the heart of things. At times the actors' egos can feel bruised by this, but from my point of view it's a compliment. Anyway, that is my vision of Jean-Luc, a vision that is necessarily subjective, because I don't believe that objectivity really exists. 

swissinfo.ch : After "Film Socialisme", Godard asked you to work on a project involving a film in 3D. How did the idea develop?

F.A.: Jean-Luc asked me if I felt like experimenting a bit with 3D, on my own. That's his way of starting a new project. For "Film Socialisme", the first time we were going to film on the cruise ship, just two days before, he announced he wasn't coming. "If I was there with you, you would be trying to keep me happy and nothing would come of it. So just feel free." And so we went off on an adventure.

swissinfo.ch : He gives you freedom of action, then.

F.A.: In reality, it's not that he gives me a lot of freedom, but that he never took it away from me in the first place. 

swissinfo.ch : In "Adieu au langage", the use of 3D is surprising and at the same time poetic. How did you arrive at this innovative result?

F.A.: Those were the "Avatar" years and everybody was talking about 3D. In reality, however, that film is flat and disappointing, like all cinema in 3D. The narration doesn't change and the effects are minimal. So what's the point of it? We wanted to make a film that could stand alone in 3D, to make use of this technique to express something new.

The 3D technique is really very simple, despite what the film industry tries to tell us. It involves one image for the right eye and one for the left. Starting from there, we tried to reproduce that effect, building a special environment and using different sorts of equipment: photo cameras, videocameras and smartphones. I had fun playing with the grain of the image, and overlay, and the "flip flop" effect, which allows you to see two different actions by closing one eye, then the other.

I work in an intuitive way, without thinking of whether what I am doing will be part of the film - though it does make me happy when I see that there was a shot he liked. But frankly, what makes these effects special is what Jean-Luc manages to do with them, the way he uses them. He has the ability to create a work of art from the most ordinary images. 

swissinfo.ch: The plot synopsis for this film sounds very simple, and it starts like this: "A married woman and an unattached man meet. They fall in love, they quarrel. A dog wanders between the city and the countryside..." How does a Godard film take shape?

F.A.: A film by Jean-Luc is a bit like rock candy on a stick. He crystallises the ideas he has at the moment and shapes them around the film. The quotes in "Adieu au langage", for example, were all in his head. Roxy the dog is actually his own. He was two years old at the time. Jean-Luc had noticed that whenever he took the dog for a walk, people suddenly started talking to him. That provided the idea of a dog that makes it possible for a relationship to keep existing.  

swissinfo.ch : The films of Godard are often sensitive and subliminal journeys, where a great deal is left to the interpretation of the viewer. Is this a way of keeping a distance from the more commercial type of cinema?

F.A.: I would not put it in terms of interpretation, but feeling. Because, is it always really necessary to interpret everything? Beside a painting you don't see a written explanation of what it means. The same goes for Jean-Luc's films: they speak to each person in a different way, like a work of art.

In today's cinema we keep getting the same stories, told using the same format. Jean-Luc's films are complex, admittedly. But there can be a freer cinema, a less ordinary one, even if it's done a different way. We need to open the public's eyes.

That said, I don't really believe that just because today's cinema is the way it is, Jean-Luc decided to do the exact opposite. He doesn't work in opposition to others, but to himself. And yet it's sad to see that nine-tenths of the directors don't take advantage of the freedom they really have.

Cinema isn't dead, as we so often hear. We are only at the beginning, and there are so many things to explore. It is enough just to get off the beaten path.

Fabrice Aragno

Born 1970 in Neuchâtel, Fabrice Aragno trained in architectural draughtsmanship, directing and lighting techniques for the theatre, and film directing.

For a number of years he worked in the field of puppet theatre, but in other areas too. "Dimanche", the short film he made for his diploma at the Lausanne Art School (ECAL) was nominated at Cannes in 1999. Since then, Aragno has made shorts and longer films and documentaries. He started the Casa Azul production firm together with some former fellow-students.

Since 2002 he has been working with Jean-Luc Godard, on "Notre musique" (2004), "Film socialisme" (2010) and "Adieu au langage" (2014). Made in 3D, this latter film won the jury prize at last year's Cannes Festival. 

Translated from Italian by Terence MacNamee, swissinfo.ch

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/swiss-film-award_godard-still-follows-his-own-experimental-path/41317446?rss=true

March 05 2015

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Cristiano Ronaldo confirms his relationship with girlfriend Irina Shayk is over



The couple, both 29, have had huge international success and their relationship has featured in newspapers and magazines worldwide. They were not believed to be living together, as Ronaldo was based in the Spanish capital while Shayk travelled extensively.

Ronaldo recently picked up the Ballon d'Or after being voted the world's best player, but Shayk did not accompany him to the ceremony in Zurich.

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Ronaldo retained football's highest individual honour after scoring 61 goals last year. His record tally of 17 in a Champions League season helped Madrid win an unprecedented 10th European Cup title.

Born in the Portuguese island of Madeira, Ronaldo played as a teenager for Sporting Lisbon before moving to Manchester United in 2003. He transferred to Real Madrid in 2009, building his reputation and his wealth through endorsements and sponsorships. He has millions of followers on social media.

Ronaldo has a four-year-old son, called Cristiano Junior, but he has never disclosed the mother's identity.

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Vienna festival ballet 35th Anniversary Gala - Exeter Corn Exchange



Vienna festival ballet 35th Anniversary Gala - Exeter Corn Exchange

First published in News

VIENNE Festival Ballet is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a Gala Performance Exeter Corn Exchange on Friday, March 13.

The evening will feature the world's most beloved Tchaikovsky ballets which have been performed by the company worldwide for the last three and a half decades.

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Highlights will include the moment when the Swan Queen meets her prince in Act 2 of Swan Lake, the Dance of the Cygnets, Clara's journey to a glittering land of snow in The Nutcracker and the famous Rose Adagio from Sleeping Beauty where Princess Aurora is introduced to four princes.

This is a showcase of some of the best ballets ever produced and is intended to delight seasoned ballet fans and also act as the perfect introduction to the one of the world's great art forms.

Tickets, priced £21 (£15 for under 16s), are on sale from the venue box office on 01392 665938 or online at exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange

http://www.middevonstar.co.uk/news/11830637.Vienna_festival_ballet_35th_Anniversary_Gala_____Exeter_Corn_Exchange/?ref=rss

March 02 2015

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Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Full time Full Time Match ends, Chelsea 2, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

90:00 +4:33 Full time Full Time Second Half ends, Chelsea 2, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

90:00 +3:28

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

90:00 +2:36 Substitution Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Didier Drogba replaces Diego Costa.

90:00 +0:43

Attempt missed. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross following a corner.

90:00 +0:32

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

88:15

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Branislav Ivanovic.

87:44 Substitution Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Oscar replaces Cesc Fàbregas.

86:33

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by John Terry.

86:32

Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Roberto Soldado.

84:55 Booking Booking Juan Cuadrado (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

84:51

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

84:51

Foul by Juan Cuadrado (Chelsea).

84:01

Foul by Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur).

84:01

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:31

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:31

Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).

82:42

Foul by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).

82:42

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:10 Substitution Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Roberto Soldado replaces Nacer Chadli.

77:23 Booking Booking Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

77:21

Foul by Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur).

77:21

Juan Cuadrado (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:46

Attempt missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross following a corner.

75:22 Substitution Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Juan Cuadrado replaces Willian.

74:46

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Branislav Ivanovic.

74:34

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:34

Foul by Ramires (Chelsea).

73:42

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

73:20

Delay in match César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) because of an injury.

72:34

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Christian Eriksen tries a through ball, but Eric Dier is caught offside.

71:39 Booking Booking Gary Cahill (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.

71:36

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:36

Foul by Gary Cahill (Chelsea).

71:02

Offside, Chelsea. Kurt Zouma tries a through ball, but Diego Costa is caught offside.

70:12 Substitution Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Erik Lamela replaces Ryan Mason.

69:50 Booking Booking Willian (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

69:40

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:40

Foul by Willian (Chelsea).

69:22

Attempt blocked. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

68:47

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:47

Foul by Willian (Chelsea).

68:21

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:21

Foul by Ramires (Chelsea).

67:56

Offside, Chelsea. César Azpilicueta tries a through ball, but Eden Hazard is caught offside.

66:31

Attempt missed. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

65:52

Foul by Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur).

65:52

Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

65:35

Attempt blocked. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

64:54

Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

64:54

Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:42

Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Willian following a corner.

62:55

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jan Vertonghen.

61:06 Substitution Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Mousa Dembélé replaces Andros Townsend.

60:43

Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:43

Foul by Diego Costa (Chelsea).

59:06

Attempt missed. Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Andros Townsend.

57:25

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:25

Foul by Gary Cahill (Chelsea).

55:39 Goal scored Goal! Own Goal by Kyle Walker, Tottenham Hotspur. Chelsea 2, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

55:37

Attempt missed. Diego Costa (Chelsea) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

54:03

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

54:03

Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:44

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:44

Foul by Gary Cahill (Chelsea).

51:49

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Jan Vertonghen tries a through ball, but Harry Kane is caught offside.

51:15

Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:15

Foul by Ramires (Chelsea).

50:04

Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:04

Foul by Kurt Zouma (Chelsea).

49:20

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Nabil Bentaleb tries a through ball, but Nacer Chadli is caught offside.

48:49

Attempt saved. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Branislav Ivanovic.

46:34

Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:34

Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).

45:00 Second Half begins Chelsea 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

45:00 +2:06 Half time Half Time First Half ends, Chelsea 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

45:00 +1:16

Attempt saved. Gary Cahill (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Branislav Ivanovic with a headed pass.

45:00 +0:51

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Nabil Bentaleb.

44:07 Goal scored Goal! Goal! Chelsea 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0. John Terry (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kurt Zouma following a set piece situation.

43:20

Foul by Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur).

43:20

Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

41:25

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

39:58

Delay in match Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

39:44

Attempt missed. Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Nacer Chadli.

37:39

Attempt missed. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Andros Townsend.

35:15

Attempt saved. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Danny Rose.

33:55

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Willian.

30:48 Booking Booking Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

30:45

Foul by Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur).

30:45

Diego Costa (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:16

Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:16

Foul by Diego Costa (Chelsea).

29:50

Foul by Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

29:50

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:56

Foul by Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

27:56

Diego Costa (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

26:03

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

26:03

Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:48

Attempt blocked. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.

20:43

Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:43

Foul by Ramires (Chelsea).

19:29

Attempt missed. Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Hugo Lloris.

18:13

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:13

Foul by Gary Cahill (Chelsea).

18:07

Attempt blocked. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

17:54

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

17:12

Delay in match Eden Hazard (Chelsea) because of an injury.

16:38

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

16:38

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:44

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:44

Foul by Ramires (Chelsea).

12:44

Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Diego Costa.

12:26

Attempt blocked. Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

12:24

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kyle Walker.

10:34

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

9:10

Attempt missed. Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

9:05

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

8:03

Foul by Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea).

8:03

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:15

Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).

7:15

Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:55

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Hugo Lloris.

6:26

Ramires (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

6:26

Foul by Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur).

5:39

Attempt missed. Kurt Zouma (Chelsea) header from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas with a cross following a corner.

5:03

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Eric Dier.

4:44

Attempt blocked. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diego Costa.

3:15

Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:15

Foul by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).

2:03

Offside, Chelsea. Cesc Fàbregas tries a through ball, but Diego Costa is caught offside.

1:03

Attempt missed. John Terry (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Willian with a cross following a set piece situation.

0:37

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:37

Foul by Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur).

0:00 First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/31572594

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Boston plans for an underwater future



By 2100, 30% of Boston could be under water. Photograph: Alamy

The best city stories from around the web this week look at Boston's plans to prepare itself for the impact of climate change, reveal Amsterdam's floating islands for cycle parking, find bees at urban airports and share photographs from Tokyo and Delhi.

We'd love to hear your responses to these stories and any others you've read recently, both at Guardian Cities and elsewhere: share your thoughts in the comments below.

Plans for Boston - submerged

Boston may have been inundated by snow recently, but that's not all it will need to cope with in future. By 2100, it's predicted that water levels will have risen by five to six feet in Boston's Harbour area, meaning that 30% of the city could be under water. Cue the competition Boston Living With Water, organised by the city authority, to encourage creative solutions to this anticipated environmental transformation. As Fast Co Exist discusses, designs include floating parks, inlets waterways and "hydrokinetic canals" that generate electricity when the water flows in and out. If you are thinking of visiting Europe the following link has lots of information on Discounted Child Friendly Frankfurt Hotels.Tidal marshes, "living levees" and "floodable spaces" are also proposed.

Finding space in Tokyo

32 million: that's the size of the Tokyo metropolitan region. It's also the title of photographer Andreas Meichsner's project documenting the city. "When I came to Japan in 2002, I was shocked by the narrowness and the endlessness of the built space," he recalls in Uncube magazine.

"My first train ride from Osaka airport to Hiroshima went through an endless sea of houses without any noticeable interruption between the cities ... it [later] became apparent that I needed to address these spaces since they are representative not only of this kind of agglomeration, but also for the worldwide process of urbanisation." From homes under railways to overcrowded public transport, his images explore the tightness of space in Tokyo and its impact on the people who live there.

Airport buzz

City airports around the world are harbouring some very unusual communities: hives of bees. As the New York Times explains, beehives in an empty field of Montreal's Mirabel airport are the latest in what is becoming a common undertaking among urban airports - including Hamburg and Chicago. When Copenhagen's plans to expand its airport fell flat, bees found a new home in the newly purchased land.

"For airports, beehives can be an easy way to flaunt green credentials while putting space to work in fields that legally cannot be built on. The relationship is a symbiotic one: urban beekeepers need more space, and airports have space to spare."

Islands for bikes

It's official: Amsterdam has too many bikes. Despite the city providing 2,500 cycle parking spaces, it is still not enough - and space has run out to build more. CityLab reports that as a result, Amsterdam is coming up with a plan to create more parking for bikes in some unexpected places: under - and over - water. The proposals involve excavating a 7,000-space bicycle garage under the city's IJ lake, as well as creating two new floating islands with space for 2,000 bikes each.

In other Dutch cycling news over on Next City, plans are being explored to provide a 30km-long intercity cycling "highway" between the cities of Assen and Groningen, to become a fast commuting route for cyclists.

The nooks of urban India

Scroll shares this beautiful photo essay exploring the "vanishing old nooks" of Delhi, Bhopal, Ahmedabad and Mumbai - and the characters photographer Diba Siddiqi came across there. Siddiqi discovers stories and history in the small streets, doorways and courtyards of these cities: "It is here that there are glimpses of the story of a place. These are themes that revealed themselves as I walked and found my pictures: spaces and the human presences they harbour, the worlds of long ago speaking in the present."

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/feb/27/boston-flooding-underwater-future-climate-change

February 28 2015

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Mohammed Emwazi's university refuses to cancel hardline preacher talk



The University of Westminster's Cavendish campus in central London. Photograph: Jack Taylor/AFP/Getty Images

The university attended by Mohammed Emwazi, the Islamic State extremist known as "Jihadi John", has suspended any student union event deemed "sensitive" a day after his identity was revealed.

The University of Westminster's decision came amid confusion over when and if an event entitled Who is Muhammad? - originally scheduled for Thursday night and due to feature a controversial Islamic preacher - would go ahead.

A campaign to ban Sheikh Haitham al-Haddad from speaking was launched after allegations were made that he has described homosexuality as a "scourge" and "criminal act".

More than 3,000 people signed a petition to stop him speaking at the event, but he insisted he should be allowed to on the grounds the event was not focused on sexuality.

The university's Islamic society was forced to postpone the event over security concerns on Thursday afternoon after Emwazi, 26, was identified.

On Friday sources close to the university's Islamic Society suggested it had been rescheduled for Monday.

However, the university released a statement late on Friday contradicting that and clarifying that "any events that have been deemed sensitive have been suspended".

Controversy over the event came as the university confirmed that Emwazi graduated from a three-year course in information systems and business management in 2009.

Haddad said the campaign against him, led by the university's LGBTI society, was "completely misplaced" because his views on sexuality were not the focus of the discussion.

"In the religion of Islam, it is clear-cut that homosexual acts are a sin and are unlawful in sharia. Trying to censor lawful speech does not change this fact," he said.

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Haddad said his views were similar to "those of orthodox Christian or Jewish religious leaders" and that denying him a platform was to deny him his right to free speech.

The university's Islamic society defended him, reiterating that sexuality was not the focus of the debate.

In a statement, the society said that inviting Haddad was not intended to cause any offence, but was motivated solely by his standing among religious leaders.

Peter Tatchell, the prominent gay rights activist, said members of University of Westminster's LGBTI society and women's rights campaigners had for years been targeted by hardline Islamist students.

"The atmosphere is intimidatory towards gay and women's rights campaigners and towards fellow Muslims who don't share their hardline interpretation of Islam," he told the Guardian.

Sheikh Haitham al-Haddad (right).

Sheikh Haitham al-Haddad (right). Photograph: Marcel Antonisse/AFP/Getty Images

Tatchell, who has given talks at the university and has close links to its LGBTI society, said the group's posters had been torn down and defaced as recently as last year.

"Gay and women students have also told me that they are too frightened to challenge Islamists on campus because they fear retribution," he said.

A senior lecturer, who declined to be named publicly, said the overwhelming majority of Muslim students at the university were moderate in their beliefs and were upset that preachers such as Haddad were invited to talk at the Islamic society event.

He said the society was run by extreme figures between 2008 and 2011 but that they had all graduated.

There was now only a small number of hardline Wahabi Muslims who could cause problems, he said, citing the example of a Saudi Arabian student complaining six months ago that she was being "shouted at by other Muslim students simply because she was Saudi".

Security on the university's four campuses has been increased in recent years, with spot checks on students and restrictions on visitors. A sign at the university warns that the security alert status has been raised to amber due to a "heightened state of awareness of potential security problems or threats".

The university has attempted to distance itself from Emwazi, saying in a statement that it was "shocked and sickened" by the news.

Asked about the allegations concerning LGBT students being targeted, a university spokeswoman said it "condemns the promotion of radicalisation, terrorism and violence or threats against any member of our community" and that any student found to be engaging in radicalised activity or intimidating others would be referred to disciplinary procedures.

In a separate statement, the university's Islamic society said it has "nothing to do with" Emwazi and added: "It is not associated with any extremist organisations and that should be obvious and not need stating, but given the climate, it has become necessary to clarify such things in statements such as this."

The general thing is it's not a crazy extremist university. Not at all. Everyone I know is condemning this Jihadi John

Naj, student

Since March 2012, the university's Islamic society is estimated to have hosted 22 events featuring speakers with a history of radical Islamist views, according to the Henry Jackson Society thinktank.

Previous speakers have included Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaida leader killed by a US drone strike in Yemen in September 2011; Hizb ut-Tahrir member Jamal Harwood; and Dr Khalid Fikry, who has given speeches in which he appears to suggest that Shia Muslims believe "raping a Sunni woman is a matter that pleases Allah".

Former Westminster university student Yassin Nassari was jailed in 2007 for carrying blueprints for a rocket in his luggage when stopped by police at Luton airport.

It is not known whether Nassari was radicalised at the university, but his Old Bailey trial heard that, after taking a break from his studies, he reappeared wearing long robes and referring to himself as "emir" of the student's Islamic society.

In 2011, the university was in the spotlight after it emerged that the then-president and a vice-president of its students' union had links to the extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, which has long called for the establishment of an Islamic state.

In 2012, a series of jihadist videos were posted on the Islamic society's Facebook page in support of al-Shabaab, the Somali Islamist terrorist group that on 21 February this year called for attacks on US, UK and Canadian shopping malls.

Several students spoken to by the Guardian on Friday insisted that the university was not a hotbed of radical Islamism.

"I don't want to use the word 'extreme': it's a volatile word. There's different scales. I'm a Muslim myself and there are liberal moderates and more conservative," said Naj, 20, a second-year law student.

"The general thing is it's not a crazy extremist university. Not at all. Everyone I know is condemning this Jihadi John. I don't like how the media is painting this uni to be a hub of extremism."

Recent graduate Haleema Abdullahi, 22, said the university stood out due to its "large Muslim population" and because many students chose to wear traditional Islamic dress.

"People say we're extremist - the University of Westminster is very active with lots of events open to everyone and many sisters there are active. People say they are conservative as many wear abaya and hijab," she said.

Abdullahi said she was sickened by Emwazi's actions, but that was not fair to link him to the university because he graduated six years ago. She added: "Other extremists went to other unis - it happens."

Speaking at the university's Regent Street campus, a language masters student who declined to be named said the university may have a hardline reputation because some campuses had many Muslims.

"I've been here for four years and I haven't seen any radicalisation and the university Islamic society has made efforts to include people and invite non-Muslims to events, too," she said.

However, another student said the university was segregated between Muslims and non-Muslims. "If you're not a Muslim, you won't know what happens in that separate community," she said.

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/feb/27/mohammed-emwazi-university-westminster-refuses-to-cancel-preacher-talk-islamic-society

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2 Swiss trains collide, overturning train carriages and injuring passengers, police say - @AFP



20 February 2015 - 08H33

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Two trains slammed into each other in the Swiss town of Rafz north of Zurich early on Friday, leaving passengers injured and train carriages upturned, police and media said.

"There was an accident this morning, it's serious, there are injured," a police spokeswoman told AFP, without providing other details.

The collision occurred at the train station at Rafz, a town some 30 kilometres (19 miles) north of Zurich, overturning train carriages, local media reported.

Ambulances have rushed to the scene and service on the train line between the towns of Bulach and Schaffhouse has been suspended.

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http://www.france24.com/en/20150220-passengers-injured-swiss-train-collision/

February 26 2015

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Investigation continues into baby 'neglect' at McDonald's in Asda



AN investigation continues today into claims a baby was "neglected" at a Hampshire supermarket.

It comes after worried shoppers raised the alarm claiming the infant was being "manhandled".

Witnesses said the baby was "thrown" into its pram and hit its head while in Asda in Totton.

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The incident took place in the McDonalds restaurant area of the supermarket.

Customers in the store were so concerned they initially called the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) The child welfare charity then called in Hampshire Police.

Both the fast food company and the store said they would release any CCTV footage of the incident to police.

One witness who claimed to see the drama said it involved a six to eight week-old baby.

The woman said it appeared the child was with a female relative and was being shouted at and "manhandling".

The witness claimed she saw her "practically throw" the baby into its carrier which resulted in it hitting its head on the way in.

It is claimed the woman then ignored the baby's cries, and carried on eating a burger.

She said it happened on February 23, between 3.50pm and 5pm.

A statement from Hampshire Police, said: "We received a report from the NSPCC after they were contacted by a member of the public who witnessed what she regarded as a woman neglecting a baby in McDonalds in Asda, Totton.

"The matter in being looked in to."

The restaurant is managed by ASDA but McDonalds confirmed they are working with the store to ensure police have access to CCTV for any investigation.

A McDondalds spokesman would not be drawn on the details of the incident but told the Daily Echo: "We are aware of the incident and are supporting police with their inquiries."

Meanwhile ASDA also said they are also assisting police with enquiries, including the hand-over of any CCTV footage.

Head of NSPCC child protection operations John Cameron said they could not comment on the specific incident.

But he confirmed that their helpline did make a referral to Hampshire Police Force.

Mt Cameron also urged anyone worried about a child, even if they are unsure, to contact the NSPCC's helpline (24/7) for help, advice and support on 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/11818158.Investigation_continues_into_baby__neglect__at_McDonald_s_in_Asda/?ref=rss

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Greece draws up EUR7.3bn tax hit list aimed at oligarchs and criminals - report



Tourists on Acropolis hill in Athens on Sunday.

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Greece has drawn up a EUR7.3bn tax hit list aimed at the country's oligarchs and lucrative smuggling industry, a German newspaper said, as part of reform proposals due to its creditors.

European finance ministers on Friday gave Athens just over three days to draw up a list acceptable to its international creditors in exchange for a four-month extension of its debt bailout.

The German tabloid Bild reported that the Greek government hopes to garner EUR2.5bn in tax receipts from the fortunes of powerful Greek tycoons, citing sources close to the hard-left Syriza government.

Related: Greece scrambles to finalise fiscal reform list

A similar amount would be drawn from back taxes owed to the state by individuals and businesses, Bild said.

The report said an additional crackdown on illegal smuggling of petrol and cigarettes would yield another EUR2.3bn for the government coffers.

Greece's government is walking a tightrope between its commitments to European creditors and its electoral pledges to end austerity in a country struggling to recover from severe economic crisis.

Two previous rounds of talks ended in acrimony with Greece accusing Germany and other hardline EU member states of sabotaging a deal.

To win Friday's hard-fought deal, Athens pledged to refrain from one-sided measures that could compromise its fiscal targets and had to abandon plans to use some EUR11bn in leftover European bank support funds to help restart the Greek economy.

"Europe has some breathing space, nothing more, and certainly not a resolution. Now it's up to Athens," German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told Bild.

"The fundamentals - namely assistance in exchange for reform - must remain the same."

On Tuesday, Greece's creditors will decide whether to proceed with Friday's agreement after considering the proposals, with the chance that the compromise could be scrapped if they are not satisfied.

If Athens sticks to its commitments, it stands to receive up to EUR7.2bn in funds still left in its EUR240bn bailout from the EU and the International Monetary Fund.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/23/greece-draws-up-73bn-tax-hit-list-aimed-at-oligarchs-and-criminals-report

February 24 2015

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Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

Full time Full Time Match ends, Southampton 0, Liverpool 2.

90:00 +4:10 Full time Full Time Second Half ends, Southampton 0, Liverpool 2.

90:00 +1:47

Attempt saved. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Henderson with a headed pass.

90:00 +0:35 Booking Booking Eljero Elia (Southampton) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +0:26

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Jose Fonte.

90:00 +0:24

Attempt blocked. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

89:33

Attempt saved. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Victor Wanyama with a cross.

89:24

Attempt blocked. Maya Yoshida (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

89:21

Attempt blocked. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

88:41

Sadio Mané (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:41

Foul by Joe Allen (Liverpool).

86:43

Offside, Southampton. Matt Targett tries a through ball, but Graziano Pellè is caught offside.

86:14

Attempt saved. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Emre Can.

84:41

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

84:41

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:45 Booking Booking Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

83:42

Eljero Elia (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

83:42

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

83:31

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

83:00

Delay in match Glen Johnson (Liverpool) because of an injury.

78:01

Attempt saved. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

77:02 Booking Booking Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

76:44

Sadio Mané (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:44

Foul by Alberto Moreno (Liverpool).

76:14

Attempt blocked. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

75:29

Dusan Tadic (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

75:29

Foul by Joe Allen (Liverpool).

74:19 Substitution Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Dusan Tadic replaces Filip Djuricic.

74:13 Substitution Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Glen Johnson replaces Jordon Ibe.

72:53 Goal scored Goal! Goal! Southampton 0, Liverpool 2. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

70:20

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

70:20

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

68:07

Sadio Mané (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:07

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

66:00

Graziano Pellè (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:00

Foul by Dejan Lovren (Liverpool).

65:34

Attempt missed. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alberto Moreno.

62:55 Booking Booking Victor Wanyama (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

62:49

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

62:49

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:59 Substitution Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge replaces Adam Lallana.

59:51

Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:51

Foul by Emre Can (Liverpool).

59:12

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Martin Skrtel.

59:10

Attempt blocked. Sadio Mané (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Maya Yoshida.

57:46

Foul by Matt Targett (Southampton).

57:46

Jordon Ibe (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:08 Substitution Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Sadio Mané replaces James Ward-Prowse.

53:48

Offside, Liverpool. Philippe Coutinho tries a through ball, but Raheem Sterling is caught offside.

53:26

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

53:26

Joe Allen (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:24

Victor Wanyama (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:24

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

51:56

Offside, Liverpool. Jordan Henderson tries a through ball, but Raheem Sterling is caught offside.

49:55

Attempt missed. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse.

48:46

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Alberto Moreno.

45:00 Second Half begins Southampton 0, Liverpool 1.

45:00 Substitution Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Morgan Schneiderlin replaces Steven Davis because of an injury.

45:00 Substitution Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Alberto Moreno replaces Lazar Markovic.

45:00 +1:14 Half time Half Time First Half ends, Southampton 0, Liverpool 1.

45:00 +0:48

Attempt saved. Filip Djuricic (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

44:59

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Jordon Ibe.

44:15

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Dejan Lovren.

43:44

Attempt saved. Eljero Elia (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne.

42:44 Booking Booking Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

42:40

James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:40

Foul by Dejan Lovren (Liverpool).

41:24

Matt Targett (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

41:24

Foul by Adam Lallana (Liverpool).

40:04

Foul by Eljero Elia (Southampton).

40:04

Jordon Ibe (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

36:26

Foul by Filip Djuricic (Southampton).

36:26

Lazar Markovic (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:35

James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

35:35

Foul by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool).

30:19

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

30:19

Adam Lallana (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:24

Filip Djuricic (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

27:24

Foul by Joe Allen (Liverpool).

23:42

Foul by Filip Djuricic (Southampton).

23:42

Emre Can (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:24

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

22:24

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:08

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Adam Lallana.

12:49

Steven Davis (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:49

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

10:14

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:14

Foul by Lazar Markovic (Liverpool).

7:40

Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Graziano Pellè.

5:04

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:04

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

4:35

Attempt blocked. Maya Yoshida (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

4:33

Attempt missed. Maya Yoshida (Southampton) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Targett with a cross following a corner.

3:40

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Simon Mignolet.

3:37

Attempt saved. Eljero Elia (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Filip Djuricic.

2:34 Goal scored Goal! Goal! Southampton 0, Liverpool 1. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Lazar Markovic.

0:00 First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/31476003

February 23 2015

chloayhsifot

The real problem with whistleblowing



HSBC Geneva

HSBC Geneva - Copyright Elena Duvernay

The recent chapter in the drama of the HSBC Geneva Swissleaks saga has brought whistle blowing back into the news. In this article Yasmine Motarjemi explains the real problem and what the world should focus on.

The Council of Europe defines a "whistleblower" as anyone who reports or discloses information on a threat or harm to the public interest in the context of a work-based relationship, whether in the public or private sector (see Recommendations on the Protection of Whistleblowers, document CM/Rec (2014) 7 (adopted April 2014). Although not explicitly mentioned, it is assumed that the information is reported in good faith.

In my experience, most cases of whistleblowing fall into two main categories. In the first, employees remain with their employers and act in conformity with the law and internal policies. Which is to say that they report the fraud, threat or wrongdoing first to management and then, only if necessary, to regulatory authorities or possibly the general public.

Experience also shows that this approach, even modified by the proposed draft Swiss law currently under review, fails to work properly, especially when management is behind the practices being denounced. The reasons are threefold:

1. If employees are "lucky", they are dismissed or laid off, and end up losing their jobs. But before that happens they can be subjected to psychological harassment until they are broken and discredited. Some individuals are even pushed to the point of suicide, with any evidence of wrongdoing disappearing with them.

2. Assuming they decide to seek redress in court, employees face another nightmare. Giant corporations have unlimited resources to buy witnesses, delay the legal process, and exert political pressure. Meanwhile employees are obliged to spend their meagre resources and made to wait in anguish for years for an uncertain outcome. Under the circumstances, finding a new job might well be impossible.

3. As for the authorities, only rarely are they interested enough to open an enquiry. The media and general public often fail to support discredited employees, while the offending company and its unscrupulous managers get off scot-free.

Whistleblower This situation favours the emergence of a second approach called "wild whistleblowing", which describes extra-legal, even illegal, approaches to reporting or disclosing information. The case of Edward Snowden comes easily to mind. However, such cases are far from risk-free since the whistleblower runs the risk of being pursued and sanctioned by the courts.

There are other instances where the information is reported not so much in the public interest as for personal gain, for instance to reduce a prison term or obtain a financial reward. Bradley Birkenfeld reportedly received $104 million compensation for revealing the names of UBS clients suspected of evading US income tax.

In the case of HSBC, whatever the nature of the whistleblowing and the motivation behind it, the information disclosed by the media goes beyond what is legitimately in the public interest.

What business is it of ours that messages prepared by bank staff were rife with spelling and grammatical errors?

What business is it of ours to learn about staff/customer relations, the intimate and, by definition, private details of their lives? Publication by the media is an act of sheer voyeurism.

In fact, the recent revelations about HSBC only confirm what we already knew or had reason to suspect. It would have been enough to open enquiries or, better still, monitor banks to obtain information legally.

What the HSBC scandal reveals are the inherent deficiencies in our regulations, and the existing system of whistleblowing and social justice. This is true not only in Switzerland but also globally, given that multinational corporations make the most of national laws to ensure they get the best deal.

What is urgently needed is international consensus on whistleblowing and national laws that genuinely protect whistleblowers. See also a related Le News article from 9 October 2014.

By Yasmine Motarjemi

Former Corporate Food Safety Manger, Nestlé S.A. and former Senior Scientist, World Health Organization

Originally published in Le Temps, SwissLeaks: l'avenir reste sombre pour les lanceurs d'alerte, on 19 February 2015

The author gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Mr James Akré.

The International Festival of Films on Human Rights will take place in Geneva from 27 February to 8 March 2015. On 27 February there will be a showing of the Film Tigers about a whistleblower. If you are thinking of visiting Europe the following link has lots of information on Cheap Pet Friendly Hotels in Malta.This will be followed by a public debate. Click here for more information on this event.

http://lenews.ch/2015/02/19/the-real-problem-with-whistleblowing/
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