Varsity coach in major road accident

first_img44 students travelling to France on the annual Oxford and Cambridge Varsity ski trip were involved in a road accident on the M25 last night.The coach, which left Oxford late on Friday night, was involved in a head-on collision with a lorry at approximately 2 o’clock on Saturday morning, when the treacherous weather conditions forced the lorry to skid into the opposite lane.Almost all passengers on the coach suffered cuts and bruising, and several were taken to hospital for further treatment.This morning all students were said to be in a stable condition, although the driver of the coach was still in hospital with a broken leg and a broken wrist.The collision occurred at Clacket Lane, near Croydon.Caspar Eliot, a New College third year, said, “most people were already asleep when it happened. We woke up when there was a huge bang and a jolt. It was very dark, but we could see a lorry pressed up against the left side of the coach.“Lots of people were bleeding and hurt, but there was a strong smell of diesel so we left everything and got off onto the motorway through the emergency exit.”Christian Allen, a New College first year, opened the emergency exit for his fellow passengers despite having badly injured his leg. He said, “it was very scary: the lights went off and everything felt like slow motion. I didn’t even notice how hurt I was until we got inside.”Adam Sriskandan, a third year who received a deep cut to his nose at the point of collision, said, “the worst part was having to jump off the coach when we could see the oncoming traffic coming towards us. It was hard to know whether it could see us and would slow down.”The crash occurred whilst it was snowing heavily and students were forced to leave the site of the accident for the freezing conditions outside. The students were extremely lucky that the incident happened only a half a mile away from one of the only service stations on the M25. They were marshalled into the station, where they were assessed by ambulance crews and interviewed by police for three hours.The service station’s hotel provided students with rooms until 10am this morning. They were then transferred to a new coach to continue their journey to Val Thorens in the French Alps.A number of students expressed their thanks to the coach driver, whose quick braking prevented the accident from being potentially far worse.last_img read more

Holocaust memorial sites fight new threat from far right

first_img“There have always been incidents at memorial sites, but we have noticed an escalation due to the far right’s breaching of language taboos,” he said. At Buchenwald, where 56,000 people died between 1937 and 1945, the number of reported incidents has doubled since 2015.Right-wing extremists have also been known to take smiling selfies in front of furnaces used to cremate victims and leave stickers glorifying their fellow revisionists, Knigge said.More recently, a growing number of tour guides have been interrupted by extremists propagating revisionist theories.  Topics : Remembrance culture This year marks 75 years since the liberation of most of the Nazi death camps in Europe.The rise in incidents at memorial sites also comes as the generation of Germans who lived through World War II is beginning to die out and attention is shifting to making sure that the horrors of the Holocaust, in which six million Jews were systematically murdered, are not forgotten.But recent years have seen the anti-immigrant AfD party establish itself as the most electorally successful far-right movement in Germany’s post-war history.Founded in 2013, the AfD is now the largest opposition party in Germany’s parliament, and many of its key figures have attacked the long-standing culture of atonement for Nazi crimes. Regional leader Bjoern Hoecke has called for a “180 degree reversal” in German remembrance culture, and labeled the Berlin Holocaust memorial a “monument of shame”.Former AfD chairman Alexander Gauland has dismissed the Nazi dictatorship as a “speck of bird shit” in German history, and called on citizens to be proud of soldiers who fought for the Nazi Wehrmacht, or army. “The far right and the AfD always adopt a strategy of pushing boundaries in order to normalize their thought,” said Bianca Klose, of the Berlin-based organization Mobile Counseling against Right-wing Extremism (MBR).Since the party won seats in all of Germany’s regional parliaments, several AfD MPs have also tried to influence the cultural-historical programs of memorial sites, she added.”They question the pedagogical choices and attempt to erase certain historical aspects. Even worse, they intimidate people by demanding information about their private life or political orientation,” Klose told AFP. From swastikas sprayed on the walls to Hitler salute selfies, far-right provocations are a growing problem at the sites of former Nazi concentration camps in Germany.Museum directors have sounded the alarm over a spike in incidents, which include visitors writing messages of Holocaust denial in the guestbook and challenging tour guides on the facts of the genocide.”Messages glorifying Nazism or demanding the camps be reopened for foreigners have become more common,” Volkhard Knigge, museum director at the former Buchenwald concentration camp in eastern Germany, told AFP.center_img Security measures There are 15 former concentration camps on German soil, which have been turned into memorial sites.The most well-known among them, Dachau, Sachsenhausen, Neuengamme, Bergen-Belsen, Ravensbrueck and Buchenwald, received almost three million visitors in 2018.But faced with the new challenge from the far right, many of the sites have been forced to adapt. In Berlin, Neumaerker allows his tour guides to choose themselves whether or not to accept groups from the AfD, and has provided staff with special training in how to react to provocations. Like his colleague Knigge at Buchenwald, he has blacklisted certain members of the AfD. At Neuengamme, any delegations from the AfD are accompanied by extra tour guides.Certain sites have also introduced a so-called “extremist clause”, prohibiting access to anyone wearing clothes, which reference the Third Reich. Yet financing CCTV cameras and security personnel diverts funds, which “would be more useful in education… especially for younger people,” said Knigge. The Buchenwald director also said he regretted that schools had cut back on lessons dedicated solely to teaching the history of Nazism in their busy timetables, an issue that has provoked concern in Germany and a parliamentary study two years ago. “The memorials can’t compensate for what schools are no longer doing,” he said. Uwe Neumaerker, director of Berlin’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, said that his museum faced similar problems. “Visitors are questioning the truth of the genocide. That is something which we didn’t experience even a few years ago.”last_img read more

Ex-Real Madrid president tells talkSPORT Zinedine Zidane is set to replace Rafa Benitez

first_imgZinedine Zidane is in line to replace Rafael Benitez as Real Madrid boss, the club’s former president Ramon Calderon has told talkSPORT.Benitez has endured a difficult start to his Bernabeu reign after replacing Carlo Ancelotti in the summer.He has overseen a humiliating defeat at the hands of bitter rivals Barcelona and Real are currently five points adrift of the La Liga leaders.President Florentino Perez is reportedly weighing up whether to ditch the ex-Liverpool boss and Calderon says, should he do so, then Zidane will almost certainly be his successor.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “Benitez is having problems. “Ancelotti was doing well and the players were backing him. Now with results not as expected people are starting to get fed up [under Benitez] and the players seem not to be very happy.“Having Benitez from the beginning was a problem. We knew this could happen if the results weren’t right. If he leaves, the man who will come in will be Zidane.”One of the club’s greatest ever players, Zidane’s appointment would be popular with the Bernabeu faithful.But Calderon believes Spain boss Vicente del Bosque, who enjoyed great success in charge of Real from 1999 to 2003, should be Perez’s top target.“Del Bosque proved to be a fantastic coach. He was with us all his life as a player and a coach. He won two Champions Leagues, he won the World Cup and the European Championship with the national team, so he would be the perfect manager,” he insisted.“I know the president doesn’t like him but, for me, he would be the right one. He knows the club well, he knows how things work. He did perfect at the time he was with us. He would be the right manager, no doubt.“It is too early [for Zidane]. He has been coaching the second team in the second division – he lacks experience. But it seems that the president has decided to have him on the bench if Benitez leaves.”last_img read more

Warriors mailbag: Besides Paschall, which youngsters are long-term fits?

first_imgNew season. New arena. New beat writer.In lieu of a drawn-out introduction, let me use this mailbag to extend an olive branch. You’ve seen my byline all season, but this is the first time I’ve interacted with readers in this space.This is my first year on the beat, taking over for the incomparable Mark Medina (now with USA Today). A quick bio: A South Florida native, I moved to the Bay Area six years ago after graduating with a journalism degree from UCF (miss me with your 2017 national …last_img read more

Lisa Haydon turns Sanjay Dutt’s item girl for Bollywood stardom

first_imgWhen everything else fails, do an item dance. This is an age-old Bollywood mantra that starlets still swear by. So it’s no wonder that hotshot model Lisa Haydon too has taken recourse to this formula, what with her career in Hindi films headed nowhere.After a dud debut in last year’s Aisha, Lisa will be seen shaking her booty with Sanjay Dutt in the song Shake it Saiyaan in David Dhawan’s upcoming slapstick, Rascals. The number, aired in the early promos of the film, has already generated substantial buzz.Although Lisa also has a small role in Rascals, the entire limelight so far has been hijacked by the film’s heavy duty cast comprising Dutt, Ajay Devgn, Kangna Ranaut and Arjun Rampal, leaving no room for her in the publicity campaign of this year’s big Dusshera release.Beyond Ajay and Sanjay’s comic chemistry in the trailers, Rascals has mostly been in the news for Kangna’s scorching bikini sequence in the film. “Lisa would have gone unnoticed in the promos but for the item dance. She has a role in the film too, although the makers are not willing to give out details yet,” said a source.Lisa, born to a Malayali father and an Australian mother, made waves with her supporting act in Aisha, despite the film tanking at the box-office. She now hopes Shake it Saiyaan creates some magic in her career.Rascals , opening on October 6, marks the return of David Dhawan as director after his 2009 dud, Do Knot Disturb. Rumours suggest the film is based on the Hollywood hit, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which has already been rehashed in Bollywood by way of Rakesh Roshan’s Khel in 1992.While on Lisa, she made her mark scorching the ramp at various fashion weeks besides modelling for a leading cosmetics brand. She has also been featured as cover girl for major magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Verve, Elle and FHM. She is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer who has also trained with Shiamak Davar for five years.advertisementlast_img read more

How leaked song from Vijays Bigil silenced the critics of AR Rahman

Vijay has lent his voice for a song in Atlee Kumar-directorial Bigil.PR HandoutA song from Vijay’s upcoming movie Bigil was leaked online on Tuesday, 16 July. The track, which is believed to be sung by AR Rahman, hit the internet through backdoors, leaving the makers in a state of a shock.Reportedly, the number titled Singa Penne was recorded at a shooting spot and the makers are yet to react to the issue although they have initiated the process of removing pirated links from the internet. It is believed that the team is investigating the issue and finding out about the lapse in the security.On the other hand, the fans of Vijay have expressed their solidarity with the makers by trending a topic on Twitter, using the hash tag – #DontWorryTeamBigil. However, what has turned into a blessing in disguise is the unanimous positive reviews for the leaked track.In fact, the track has silenced the critics of AR Rahman. The critics had written off the two-time Oscar Award winner after a few of his recent albums failed to strike the chord with the audience. Notably, his songs in Vijay’s previous film Sarkar had not lived up to the expectations and his experimentations did not go well with a section of people.”#Bigil has started to answer the doubters of ARR. Those who were sceptical of his casting in Bigil for music, this album will be the answer. Let’s enjoy once everything comes out officially. #ARRahman. [sic]” a Vijay fan tweeted.There was a belief among the people that AR Rahman had past his prime and struggling to churn memorable songs like before. Another section felt that the musician had lost the touch after he started working on international projects.As a result, the leak has come as a positive development for Bigil and the expectations are now high. People are now hoping that the track will be officially unveiled soon.Atlee Kumar’s sports-drama has Nayanthara in the female lead. The album is expected to be out in September. The movie will see the light of the day in October. read more