Heroic police officers who stopped the alleged Christchurch gunman by ramming his car have been given bravery awards. The police officers put their lives in danger when they dragged Brenton Tarrant from the vehicle, which was allegedly loaded with bombs in the back, and arrested him in Brougham Street on March 15. The two men, who cannot legally be identified, had been chasing the alleged gunman after two mosques had been shot up - leaving 51 people dead. Tarrant (pictured) was arrested on the sidewalk by two police officers after he allegedly shot and killed 51 Muslim worshipers The pair, who have known each other for years and even played rugby together, had spotted the gold Subaru driving erratically through the streets with hazard lights on 18 minutes after the emergency call was made. The registration number matched the one that had been identified in the alleged shooter's video, where the the alleged gunman had been seen grabbing a rifle from the boot. … [Read more...] about Hero police officers who arrested accused Christchurch gunman and ended ruthless massacre that left 51 dead are given bravery awards
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Catalan officials have claimed that preliminary results of its referendum have shown 90% in favour of independence in the vote vehemently opposed by Spain. Jordi Turull, the Catalan regional government spokesman, told reporters early on Monday morning that 90% of the 2.26 million Catalans who voted Sunday chose yes. He said nearly 8% of voters rejected independence and the rest of the ballots were blank or void. He said 15,000 votes were still being counted.The region has 5.3 million registered voters. Turull said the number of ballots did not include those confiscated by Spanish police during violent raids which resulted in hundreds of people being injured. At least 844 people and 33 police were reported to have been hurt, including at least two people who were thought to have been seriously injured. Catalonia’s regional leader, Carles Puigdemont, spoke out against the violence with a pointed address: “On this day of hope and suffering, Catalonia’s citizens have … [Read more...] about Catalan referendum: preliminary results show 90% in favour of independence
American troops raising a flag on Iwo Jima and a mushroom cloud over Hiroshima after it was bombed by the US Air Force, the most enduring images of the Pacific Theatre during the World War Two involve American forces. But they were not the only ones to lay down their lives fighting against the Japanese, in fact tens of thousands of British troops were also sent to fight in the Pacific, including aboard aircraft carriers. These fascinating images chart the experience of some of those soldiers, the airmen of 5th Fighter Wing which was stationed aboard HMS Indomitable which joined the conflict from 1944 until it ended in 1945. American troops are mostly closely associated with the Pacific Theatre during the Second World War, but in fact thousands of British troops fought alongside them, including the men of 5th Fighter Wing aboard HMS Indomitable (pictured, Hellcat fighters and Avenger bombers on board the aircraft carrier) The men of Indomitable fought alongside the Americans, … [Read more...] about Britain’s war in the Pacific: Rare images capture the experience of thousands of gallant Royal Navy airmen who fought against the Japanese during the Second World War
A rout initiated by David Silva after 52 seconds showed one way Manchester City can negotiate having Aymeric Laporte and John Stones missing because of injury: simply make it 5-0 inside 18 minutes and so nullify any concerns regarding being weakened in central defence. Pep Guardiola’s side will, of course, have tougher challenges than bottom-placed Watford, who are yet to win this season. But most teams will struggle to contain the champions of the past two campaigns when they are in this imperious mood, and City ended with a record league victory under the manager. After Silva’s opener, Sergio Agüero (who has now scored in the opening six league games), Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva and Nicolás Otamendi all placed their name on the scoresheet in a start to the first half that will be recalled for a while. After the break Bernardo Silva scored twice more to make it 7-0 and Kevin De Bruyne hit a rocket past Ben Foster near the end, to make it a 35-3 aggregate to … [Read more...] about Manchester City hit eight past Watford as Bernardo Silva scores hat-trick
37. 11’09”01 September 11 (segment “United Kingdom”) (2002) Ken Loach’s contribution to this short-film package of film-makers’ responses to 9/11 is a perfectly serviceable account of a different September 11: an activist’s letter to America about the coup against President Salvador Allende in Chile in 1973. At the time it seemed jarring, and in retrospect very much not what was needed; but it’s not the worst of the bunch – González Iñárritu gets nul points for incorporating footage of people jumping from the collapsing World Trade Center in a sound/image collage. 36. The End of Arthur’s Marriage (1965) A somewhat supercilious satire on the property-owning middle classes that Loach later admitted he was the wrong director for: a little bit Fassbinder, a little bit Gurney Slade. It played into Loach’s favourite theme – the little man against the system – but the director’s instincts are … [Read more...] about Ken Loach – all his films ranked!