24 Dec


first_imgPeople rush to the scene of the helicopter crash at the Glasgow pub.LATEST: Dozens have people have been injured after a police helicopter crashed into the roof of a busy pub in Glasgow City Centre.People at the scene say there are people still trapped in the venue and emergency services have been dragging customers out of the premises.There are reports of nine people being treated in hospital for serious injuries with other reports of at least three fatalities. Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond had tweeted that the country should prepare itself for fatalities.The aircraft hit The Clutha on Stockwell Street, which faces onto the river Clyde.The bar is very popular with Donegal people living and visiting the city.Reports say around 200 people have been taken to a nearby Holiday Inn for treatment. The emergency services have also been trying to get onto the roof to get access into the pub. Two police officers and a civilian pilot were in the chopper.A picture posted on social media clearly shows it was a Police Helicopter, with a distinct logo on the sign.The bar is popular with Celtic fans.Grace MacLean who was inside the pub described the roof coming in.“There was not a bang that I heard anyway, the roof gradually caved in,” she told Sky News. “There were a few jokes about the band bringing the house down and then there was this dust and I was choking on the dust.“We ran outside and the roof was coming down more. I don’t think the helicopter slammed into the roof.”Claire Morris, who lives near the Clutha bar, told BBC News: ‘We heard this bang. We didn’t really know what had happened and then we heard people coming out and screaming.”Labour MP Jim Murphy was driving nearby when he saw the aftermath. His voice shaking with emotion, Mr Murphy told Sky News that the scene was “absolutely dreadful.”He had gone to help evacuate the injured and his shirt was covered in blood.“Someone told me a helicopter crashed into the pub and as I was there everyone was working hard because we thought there might be an explosion,” he said.Another local MP Anas Sarwar urged anyone who was able to leave the pub to call loved ones to let them know they are ok.Irishman Brendan Riordan, who was in the pub, told the BBC that there were many people injured.BREAKING NEWS: CHAOS AS HELICOPTER CRASHES INTO GLASGOW PUB was last modified: November 30th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:crashdonegalGlasgowhelicopterTHE CLUATHA BARlast_img read more

18 Dec

SA’s proud Dakar record enhanced

first_imgThree stages after their mishap, on the sixth race day, they were called upon to stop and help Brazilians Mauricio Neves and Clecio Maestrelli after they were involved in a multiple rollover in the fifth factory Race Touareg. Neves suffered several broken ribs and De Villiers waited until medical help arrived. “This was a Dakar where nothing went right for us – we had eight punctures on top of everything else – but we look ahead to the next Dakar and will be putting everything we can into preparing ourselves for the new challenges that lie ahead.” It was also the closest finish ever in the car category, with the 2 minute 48 seconds gap between Sainz and Al-Attiyah equivalent to a distance of just 3.73 kilometres. It was a fast Dakar with Sainz recording an average speed of 101.8 km/h for the 4 800 km of special stages. “While we are proud to be members of the winning Volkswagen team, we are naturally very disappointed,” said the 37-year-old from Stellenbosch. “All the training and preparation over the past 12 months, including my successful recuperation from back surgery, was not rewarded with the success we had worked so hard to achieve. Nasser-Al Attiyah of Qatar and German co-driver Timo Gottschalk were second in the closest finish yet seen in the car category of the Dakar – 2 minutes and 12 seconds behind their Volkswagen team-mates. Miller and Pitchford were 32 minutes and 51 seconds in arrears at the finish. Disappointed but pleased“We were disappointed to finish third, but pleased for Volkswagen,” said the 47-year-old Pitchford, who hails from Woodmead in Gauteng. “1-2-3 is an awesome result that Volkswagen richly deserves. SAinfo reporter “This is a great team with a lot of motivated and talented people. Congratulations to Carlos and Nasser. They were in a class of their own this time.” Defending champions’ problemsDefending champions De Villiers and Von Zitzewitz lost all chance of repeating their 2009 triumph when they experienced electrical problems on their Race Touareg on the third race day and had to wait almost three hours for assistance from their support truck. From then on they were required to play a support role to their team-mates, carrying additional spares and having to stop and render assistance when needed. The disappointment of defeatIt was a race in which the South African off road champion of 2001 once again had to deal with the disappointment of defeat as he had done in Dakar 2007 in Africa when he was stopped by an under-bonnet fire while comfortably leading. Volkswagen claimed an historic and emphatic 1-2-3 finish and a second consecutive victory after the success of De Villiers and German co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz in last year’s event. Miller and Pitchford were second in 2009. WinnersSpain’s Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz won their first Dakar Rally after 14 days and over 9 000 km of driving, completing the 14 special stages and 4 800 km of racing in a time of 47 hours and 10 minutes. center_img ‘Water carriers’“From special stage four until the finish we were the ‘water carriers’. Our job was to assist our team-mates still in with a chance of winning the race and we carried lots of spares, making us around 150 kilograms heavier than the others. South Africa’s proud record in the Dakar Rally, the world’s toughest motor sport event, was enhanced in Argentina and Chile in 2010 by Ralph Pitchford and Giniel de Villiers. Another South African, Alfie Cox – for many years a leading challenger in the motorcyle category – saw his race end early when he crashed into a ravine in his Nissan Navara on 7 January. Volkswagen’s dominance was illustrated by the fact that their closest challengers were the French pairing of nine-time Dakar champion Stephane Peterhansel (six wins on motorcycles and three in cars) and Jean-Paul Cottret in a BMW X3, who completed the marathon race two hours, 17 minutes and 21 seconds behind the winners. “It was hard to maintain our motivation under these circumstances and we certainly felt disheartened at times. But that is how it works. We were part of a team, the best team in the Dakar for the second year in a row, and it was our turn to assist as others did for us in 2009. Stage winsFor the record, Volkswagen won the most stages (seven) with Al-Attiyah taking four, Sainz two and Miller one. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 19 January 2010 They eventually finished a creditable seventh, 5 hours 10 minutes 19 seconds behind Sainz and Cruz. Pitchford, the 2009 South African off road champion co-driver, served as American Mark Miller’s navigator as they placed third overall in their Volkswagen Race Touareg in the 32nd edition of the famous race on the weekend. True to form, he dealt with the disappointment with the same grace and humility with which he handled his historic win last year, the first by a South African in this famous race.last_img read more

1 Dec

Congress divided in Maharashtra

first_imgAmid the political uncertainty in Maharashtra, the newly elected Congress MLAs from the State, staying at a luxury resort, near here, on Sunday authorised party president Sonia Gandhi to nominate the leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP).The party declared that it had accepted the mandate to sit in the Opposition.Senior Congress leader and former Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde arrived in the evening to convey Ms. Gandhi’s message to the MLAs and interact with them to get their views on the party’s stand on the formation of a government.Chavan standSenior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, who is in Jaipur, however, said the party had “not yet decided anything”.“We are keeping an eye on the recent developments. We are discussing all the options before us. We have not decided anything yet,” Mr. Chavan told ANI over the phone.He said the Congress wanted a stable government and not President’s Rule.The party’s Maharashtra in-charge, Mallikarjun Kharge, who met the MLAs, told presspersons that people had given the Congress the mandate to sit in the Opposition, which the party had accepted.The party’s core committee met twice on Sunday to discuss the Governor’s invitation to the BJP to form a government in the State.Considering the threat of “poaching” amid a political impasse in Maharashtra, the Congress shifted its 44 MLAs-elect on Friday and Saturday to the resort on the Jaipur-Delhi National Highway, about 20 km from the city. They include the senior leaders Ashok Chavan, Prithviraj Chavan and Balasaheb Thorat.At the CLP meeting in the resort, the MLAs passed a brief resolution favouring the continuation of the alliance with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), and authorised Ms. Gandhi to nominate the CLP leader. After the meeting, several of them left for places of worship in Ajmer and Pushkar.“Now, it is for the Congress high command to take a decision… There is no truth in the [purported] statements about supporting Shiv Sena. Those who have the mandate should form the government,” he said.Mr. Kharge said the Congress, along with the NCP, was willing to play the role of a responsible Opposition and raise people’s issues in the Assembly.The MLAs are likely to stay in the resort until the perceived threat of poaching subsides and a clear picture emerges on the government formation. The Congress had earlier alleged that its legislators were being “threatened and enticed” in Mumbai and huge amounts of money were being offered to them for defection. (With inputs from agencies)last_img read more

27 Nov

New national team talents excite PH skipper Schrock

first_imgPhilippines captain Stephan Schrock sees plenty of promise from the Azkals’ latest recruits, whom he said look “hungry, fresh and excited” to help the country in the next cycle of the World Cup qualifiers starting September.Speaking to the Inquirer before the Azkals left for Guangzhou, China, on Tuesday night, the country’s only Asian Cup goal scorer believes the likes of newcomers Michael Kempter, Diego Bardanca and Pancho Fernandez can bring “positive vibes and energy” in their upcoming training camp and in future tournaments.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DQ’d Ochoa settles for bronze LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ In fact, the new talents have made Schrock put his international retirement plans on hold.“There are so many reasons to quit and really just a few to stay and continue,” said the 33-year-old Schrock. “This is for the country. I feel like I can still help on the pitch than somewhere else. If they find players much better than me, then I’ll be happy to step away.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAzkals coach Scott Cooper has brought 24 players for the China camp, but only 17 will be eligible for the match against the Chinese national team on Friday.Midfielder Christian Rontini of Italian side Sangiovannesse and goalkeeper Bernd Schipmann of German club Rot Weiss Ahlen are eligible to play against China. Kempter, Bardanca, Fernandez, Kainoa Bailey, Enrique Bernal, Kevin Guerra and Kristoffer Strickler are only invitees to the camp as they are still trying to secure the necessary requirements to play for the country. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Kempter, a defender, needs to secure a change in sporting nationality from the Fifa Player Status committee since he played for Switzerland at the youth level, while the Poland-based Bardanca, who has Filipino lineage through one of his grandparents, is still in the process of securing his passport.Fernandez grew up in Toronto, Canada, but plays in the second division in Chile. Both of his parents are Filipino as he traces his roots in Bacolod City and Manila.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

17 Oct

RCMP appeal for tips dashcam footage in German tourist shooting west of

first_imgAIRDRIE, Alta. – RCMP say investigators are open to the possibility that road rage or mistaken identity played a role in the shooting of a German tourist earlier this month west of Calgary.Police handed out photos Thursday of the black Dodge Durango the 60-year-old man was driving with his family near Morley, Alta., on Aug. 2. They’re looking for tips or dashcam footage from anyone who saw the SUV between 11 a.m. and noon that day.“It’s our hope that seeing these images will help to bring additional witnesses forward who can assist us with the investigation,” Cpl. Curtis Peters said.The Durango crashed into the ditch after the shooting near the Goodstoney Rodeo Centre on the Stoney Nakoda Nation. Three family members who were passengers suffered minor injuries.The man survived the shot to the head, but the German consulate says he can’t talk or move his right side as a result of the injury. He and his family have returned to Germany.Peters said it’s believed the truck was travelling eastbound from Banff when the shooting occurred — not westbound, as previously stated.He said the suspect vehicle, thought to be a dark-coloured older-model sedan, was also travelling eastward and was passing the Durango when a shot was fired through the passenger window.Investigators have determined the victim drove to the Nakoda Lodge and down an unmarked gravel road known as Branch Road before the shooting.Mistaken identity is one possibility investigators are considering.“Without a doubt, the shot was intentionally fired. Whether or not the victim was the intended person, we don’t know at this point,” said Peters.“We believe there was an intent to cause death or serious injury to the driver of the vehicle.”Investigators are open to the possibility of road rage as a motive, a theory that had previously been discounted.“We haven’t unearthed anything in the investigation that suggests there was a conflict that took place leading up to the shooting,” Peters said.“All investigation avenues are still open, although there’s nothing to signify or point solidly in that direction.”Peters confirmed that neither a man they previously detained, nor a Chrysler Sebring they seized, had anything to do with the shooting.He thanked members of the Stoney Nakoda Nation for helping with the investigation.last_img read more