miercuri, 27 aprilie 2016

Azi, in Romania...

Ministrul Culturii, Vlad Alexandrescu, a demisionat din functie printr-un mesaj pe facebook, dupa ce premierul Dacian Ciolos i-a cerut demisia, la insistentele presedintelui Klaus Iohannis. Din cauza scandalului de la Opera.
Un copil din Arges a murit dupa ce a stat aproape trei luni in coma dupa ce a fost lovit cu o piatra in cap de un alt copil, la scoala, unde se dusese sa ia un corn de la sora lui. Nimeni nu e vinovat de acest deces...

marți, 26 aprilie 2016

Hillsborough justice for the 96

Hillsborough inquests: Fans unlawfully killed, jury concludes

  • 18 minutes ago
  • From the sectionLiverpool
Media captionThe families of many of those killed sang "You'll Never Walk Alone" outside court
Ninety-six football fans who died as a result of a crush in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster were unlawfully killed, the inquests have concluded.
The jury found match commander Ch Supt David Duckenfield was "responsible for manslaughter by gross negligence" due to a breach of his duty of care.
Police errors also added to a dangerous situation at the FA Cup semi-final.
The prime minister said the inquests had provided "official confirmation" fans were "utterly blameless".
After a 27-year campaign by victims' families, the behaviour of Liverpool fans was exonerated.
The jury found they did not contribute to the danger unfolding at the turnstiles at the Leppings Lane end of Sheffield Wednesday's ground on 15 April 1989.
Nine jurors reached unanimous decisions on all but one of the 14 questions at the inquests into Britain's worst sporting disaster.
The coroner Sir John Goldring said he would accept a majority decision about whether the fans were unlawfully killed - seven jurors agreed they were.
When the conclusion of the unlawful killing was revealed, families were seen hugging each other in the public gallery and some punched the air.
Media captionChief Constable David Crompton says the police "unequivocally accept" the findings
Margaret Aspinall reacts outside courtImage copyrightEPA
Image captionProminent campaigner Margaret Aspinall reacted outside court
Hillsborough familiesImage copyrightReuters
Image captionRelatives of the victims embraced following the unlawful killing conclusion
When considering how each of the 96 victims died the jury concluded many died well after 15:15 on the day of the match.
The coroner at the original inquest, Dr Stefan Popper, said he would not hear any evidence relating to deaths beyond that time because he believed all the victims had died, or suffered fatal injuries, by then.
The new inquests jury found the direct medical cause of death was compression asphyxia in all but three of the victims.
The earliest time of death was estimated at 14:57 and the last up to 17:00.
Tony Bland, the 96th victim, died in 1993 after being left brain damaged, due to or as a consequence of compression asphyxia.

The jury also concluded:

  • Police errors caused a dangerous situation at the turnstiles
  • Failures by commanding officers caused a crush on the terraces
  • There were mistakes in the police control box over the order to open the Leppings Lane end exit gates
  • Defects at the stadium contributed to the disaster
  • There was an error in the safety certification of the Hillsborough stadium
  • South Yorkshire Police (SYP) and South Yorkshire Ambulance Service (SYAS) delayed declaring a major incident
  • The emergency response was therefore delayed
  • Sheffield Wednesday failed to approve the plans for dedicated turnstiles for each pen
  • There was inadequate signage at the club and misleading information on match tickets
  • Club officials should have requested a delay in kick off as they were aware of a huge number of fans outside shortly before the game was due to start

At the scene: Judith Moritz, BBC News

Relatives sing following conclusionsImage copyrightReuters
The families clapped as the jury left the Hillsborough inquests in Warrington. One woman shouted "God bless the jury."
There were lots of tears as lawyers hugged the families and the shadow home secretary Andy Burnham hugged the families in court.
There were lawyers crying, Andy Burnham was crying and the families were hugging. People said they couldn't take in the enormity of it all.
Trevor Hicks, whose daughters Sarah and Vicky died, told me: "We've done it."
A spontaneous chorus of "You'll Never Walk Alone" was sung outside the courtroom as people raised Liverpool flags above their heads.

Hillsborough familiesImage copyrightReuters
Image captionMany family members and supporters reacted with jubilation
Leading campaigners Margaret Aspinall and Trevor Hicks were seen hugging each other in tears.
Ms Aspinall, whose 18-year-old son James died in the disaster, said: "I think we have changed a part of history now - I think that's the legacy the 96 have left."
Barry Devonside, father of Christopher who died aged 18, said: "I never thought in my wildest dreams that we would get this decision.
"We did our best - we couldn't do any more."
A statement on behalf of all of the families said the jury's conclusions "completely vindicate" the long fight for justice.
It added it has brought "significant progress on the journey... and sense of closure to the bereaved".
Prime Minister David Cameron called it a "landmark day" and said the inquests "provide long overdue justice".
He said: "All the families and survivors now have official confirmation of what they knew to be the case - that the Liverpool fans were utterly blameless in the disaster that unfolded at Hillsborough."
Relative reacts to Hillsborough conclusionsImage copyrightReuters
Image captionThere were emotional scenes outside the courtroom following the conclusions
Current SYP Chief Constable David Crompton said the force "got the policing... catastrophically wrong".
He said his force "unequivocally" accepts the conclusions of unlawful killing and the wider findings.
"As I have said before, I want to apologise unreservedly to the families and all those affected."
At a later press conference, the Hillsborough Justice Campaign - which is made up of 22 of the bereaved families - called for Mr Crompton's "immediate resignation".
Stephen Wright - whose brother Graham died in the disaster - said: "The five South Yorkshire Police legal teams simply pursued the denials of the past, blaming mythical late, drunken, ticketless fans for the deaths of our loved ones.
He added: "Mr Crompton has not only let the police force down but also the general public. He has also let down rank and file police officers, many of whom did their best on the day of the disaster and were themselves traumatised."
Elkan Abrahamson, one of the Hillsborough families' solicitors, said it was "shameful" that SYP and the ambulance service had fought "tooth and nail to avoid adverse findings by the jury" adding, "this turned the inquests into an adversarial battle that took twice as long as it should have done".
Hillsborough relativeImage copyrightPA
Image captionA relative holds up a photo of Keith McGrath, who died in the Hillsborough disaster, outside the Hillsborough inquests in Warrington
The police response to the increasing crowd outside the Leppings Lane turnstiles at Liverpool's match against Nottingham Forest was "slow and uncoordinated", the inquests in Warrington, Cheshire, heard.
The road closure "exacerbated" the situation and there were no filter cordons in place to regulate the movement of spectators.
Attempts to close the perimeter gates were made too late and there were no contingency plans for the "sudden arrival" of a large number of fans, the jury said.
Jurors concluded the commanding officers should have ordered the closing of the tunnel which led directly to the central pens where the fatal crush occurred.
The SYAS failed to establish the nature of the problem at the Leppings Lane end, the inquests heard.
The jury said the failure to recognise and call a major incident led to delays in the emergency response.
Jurors concluded those mistakes contributed to the loss of lives.
In addition, faults with the design and layout of crush barriers within the stadium were highlighted.
There was a lack of dedicated turnstiles for individual pens and there were too few for a capacity crowd, the inquests were told.


Clive Coleman, BBC legal correspondent

"A lot of evidence has come to light here and in the police investigation. The inquest has done its job and now the criminal justice system takes over.
"They [Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)] are looking at both organisations and individuals. The unlawful killing conclusion that we have had today the route to it was considering the actions of match commander David Duckenfield.
"The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) can consider a prosecution against David Duckenfield."

The CPS said it would "formally consider whether any criminal charges should be brought against any individual or corporate body based upon all the available evidence".
A criminal investigation into the disaster, Operation Resolve, is being led by Assistant Commissioner Jon Stoddart.
Jenny Hicks, whose teenage daughters Sarah and Vicky died in the disaster, said: "I hope this is an opportunity for John Stoddart and his team, the IPCC and the CPS to look at the results of this inquest and take it as an opportunity to move it forward onto some kind of accountability.
"That's what I'd like to see [because] you can't have, to me, conclusions like this and not have some kind of accountability for those 96 innocent deaths."

Who were the 96 victims?

Media captionHillsborough: Remembering the 96 victims

sâmbătă, 23 aprilie 2016

Printii William si George si Obama

Prince George stays up late to meet President Barack Obama and wife Michelle

Prince George was delighted to meet the US President CREDIT: KENSINGTON PALACE/PETE SOUZA
Gordon Rayner, chief reporter 22 APRIL 2016 • 10:33PMPThe rocking horse was a gift for the young Prince's first birthday CREDIT: KENSINGTON PALACEObamas visit Windsor Castle for lunch with Queen
Play!01:02The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh greet the Obamas CREDIT: JIM WATSON/AFPQueen and Duke welcome Obamas to Windsor Castle
Play!01:20Prince Philip drives the Obamas into Windsor Castle CREDIT: GEOFF PUGHThe Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh pose at Windsor Castle with the Obamas CREDIT:JOHN STILLWELL/PA

rince George took on the biggest diplomatic challenge of his young life last night when he was allowed to stay up late to meet the leader of the free world.

The two-year-old, in his pyjamas and dressing gown, was waiting for President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle when they arrived at Kensington Palace for dinner.

And he immediately charmed them by playing on a rocking horse given to him by the Obamas for his first birthday, and with a cuddly toy dog they had sent him as a gift when Princess Charlotte was born.

Mrs Obama is reported to have asked if she could meet George and Charlotte during the couple’s current visit, and while Palace staff said they were unaware of such a request, the Obamas’ meeting with the future king was clearly a highlight of their trip.

Prince George politely shook hands with the President as he and Mrs Obama fussed over him, then boarded the handmade rocking horse, which has the presidential seal on its saddle, to show the American guests how much he loved it.

Unfortunately if was past Princess Charlotte’s bed time, so she was already asleep by the time the Obamas arrived, but George appeared to be doing just fine on his own as his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, clapped her hands with delight at his perfect performance.

Earlier Mr and Mrs Obama had lunched with the Queen at Windsor Castle, after which the President described Her Majesty as “a real jewel to the world”.

Mr Obama found himself being chauffeured by the 94-year-old Duke of Edinburgh when he arrived for lunch at Windsor Castle.

Unaccompanied by any body guards, the Queen, the Duke, the President and the First Lady made the shortest of road trips from Mr Obama’s helicopter to the Castle doorway.

It was, as far as Mr Obama was concerned, a moment that encapsulated the famous but sometimes indefinable “special relationship” between the two countries, because the Queen, he said, is what makes it so special.

“She is an astonishing person and a real jewel to the world, not just to the United Kingdom,” the President said later in the day, during a press conference with David Cameron.

“She is truly one of my favourite people, and should we be fortunate enough to reach 90, may we be as vibrant as she is.”

He added that “the Queen has been a source of inspiration like so many people around the world”.

The Obamas have undoubtedly taken the Queen to their hearts ever since their first meeting in 2009, when Michelle Obama and Her Majesty famously put their arms around each other.

There was little protocol on display yesterday either, as the President and First Lady shook hands with the Queen and Prince Philip without feeling the need to bow or curtsy.

If anything, though, the President appeared to have more admiration for the Queen than ever. As he comes to the end of his maximum two terms in office, a mere eight years, the Queen carries on, ready to welcome the 13th US President of her reign, whoever he or she may be.

He made his own rather quirky attempt to define the special relationship, saying: “I have a staff member who will not be named, because it might embarrass her a little bit, who generally on staff trips will not leave the hotel, or the staff room, because she is constantly doing work making this happen.

“She has had one request the entire time that I have been President and that is could she accompany me to Windsor, on the off-chance that she might get a peek at Her Majesty, the Queen.

“And gracious as she is, Her Majesty actually had this person, along with a couple of others, lined up so that as we emerged from lunch they could say hello.

“And this staff person, who as tough as they come, almost fainted. I'm glad she didn't because it would have caused an incident.

“That's the Special Relationship. We are so bound together that's nothing's going impact the emotional culture and intellectual affinities between our two countries.”

The Obamas had flown to Windsor from Winfield House in Regent's Park, home of the US ambassador Matthew Barzun.

His personal helicopter, Marine One, landed on the golf course of the 16,000 acre estate next to the castle walls, shortly after two other choppers carrying the US media and the presidential entourage and security detail.

As the blades of the President's helicopter stopped, the Duke pulled his navy blue Range Rover forward so he and the Queen could welcome their guests.

A bodyguard then jumped behind the wheel and turned the car around ready for the Duke to make the return journey.

In keeping with the informality of the occasion, the Queen was wearing a headscarf rather than a hat.

Then, as the American guests were led to the car, the President seemed completely bemused by the seating arrangements.

He first tried to get into the back seat, where he is used to sitting, before being told by the Queen's personal protection officers that Her Majesty was going to sit there.

Finally, with a huge smile, he got into the front passenger seat, where he found the Duke next to him at the wheel.

Once the Queen and Michelle Obama - wearing Oscar de la Renta - had settled into the rear seats so they could chat to each other, the Duke was off, driving the foursome around 400 yards into the castle itself.

It was a rare opportunity for both the royal couple and the Obamas to enjoy a private, if brief, drive together without the bodyguards, staff and backup vehicles that normally accompany them.

“I have to say I have never been driven by a Duke of Edinburgh before,” the President later remarked, “and I can report that it was very smooth riding.”

Mr Obama was not the only one who was confused by the episode. Members of the US media were open-mouthed as the President got into the front, saying in disbelief: "Is Obama driving?" They were then reminded that in Britain the driver sits on the right.

The Duke looked relaxed at the wheel of the Range Rover as it made its way around the castle's quadrangle and stopped outside the Sovereign's Entrance.

After posing for pictures in the Oak Room, where the Queen has recorded some of her recent Christmas broadcasts, the foursome went to the Queen’s private dining room for a very private lunch.

At their lunch, the President gave the Queen a 90th birthday gift of a photograph album chronicling her meetings with US Presidents and First Ladies.

Her Majesty’s first visit to the United States was in 1951 as Princess Elizabeth, when she toured George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and met President Harry S. Truman. Her first visit to the United States as Queen was in 1957, during which she met both President Dwight D. Eisenhower and former President Herbert Hoover.

He later said he had returned to the UK to "wish her Majesty, the Queen, a very happy 90th birthday".

He added: "Earlier today Michelle and I had the honour to join her Majesty and his Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh, as their guests at Windsor Castle, where we conveyed the good wishes of the American people."

The Queen is well used to hosting American leaders - Mr Obama is the 12th US president of her reign and the Queen has met all of them, except one - Lyndon B Johnson.

The lunch lasted around an hour before the Queen and the Duke said goodbye to the outgoing US leader and his wife.

The President's car Cadillac One, known as The Beast, was waiting in a line-up of 11 vehicles, ready to transport him to Downing Street.

Following his press conference with David Cameron, the President was back on royal duties, as he and Mrs Obama went to Kensington Palace for a private dinner with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

They had all met each other before, but waiting in the hallway of Apartment 1A, the Duke and Duchess’s London home, was one member of the Royal family the Obamas have never met - Prince George.

The two-year-old stood waiting, twiddling his fingers in his waistband.

“Hello! There you are!” bellowed the President as he and Mrs Obama got out of their car in the courtyard of the Palace, seeing the three hosts standing in the rain.

Mr Obama tried to give his umbrella to the Duchess, who was wearing LK Bennett, but she politely declined.

“Sorry about the weather,” the Duke said as they posed for pictures. “You’ve had a long day.”

“We’ve thoroughly enjoyed it,” said the President.

Off camera, the President and First Lady met Prince George, who had “stayed up for a few minutes” to meet them, according to a Palace source, though Princess Charlotte, aged 11 months, was already in bed.

Inside, there was one more photo call to get through before dinner, pictures in the Duke and Duchess’s living room, where Prince Harry sat on one side chatting to the Duchess and Mrs Obama, while the Duke sat on the opposite side of the room with Mr Obama.

In one corner stood a grand piano, covered in family photographs and with a vase of flowers on its lid.

Carefully-placed in the foreground was a cuddly toy dog, a gift sent to London by the Obamas for Prince George, another symbol of the special relationship.

A Palace source said the Obamas had chosen the cuddly toy because it looks like their own dog, Bo, a Portuguese Water Dog.

With Prince George having his chance to thank them for his gift in person, the relationship may be just that little bit more special after last night.

joi, 21 aprilie 2016

A murit si Prince! Cum, "care prinț"? Ala cu Purple Rain

Prince, singer and superstar, dies at 57 at Paisley Park

Media captionPrince released new material nearly every year since 1978 - Purple Rain and Cream were just two of his biggest hits
The hugely popular, acclaimed and influential musician Prince has died at his home in Minnesota at the age of 57.
Police were called to a medical emergency at his Paisley Park estate earlier on Thursday, US media reported. An investigation is underway.
Prince became a global superstar in the 1980s, with albums such as 1999, Purple Rain and Sign O' the Times.
His innovative music spanned rock, funk, and jazz, and selling more than 100 million records during his career.
Born Prince Rogers Nelson in 1958, he was a prolific writer and performer from a young age.
A singer, songwriter, arranger and multi-instrumentalist, Prince recorded more than 30 albums. His best known hits include Let's Go Crazy and When Doves Cry.
He also built a reputation for secrecy and eccentricity, once changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol.
In 2004, Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which said he "rewrote the rulebook".
His latest album, HITnRUN Phase Two, was released last year and he had been touring as recently as last week.
On 15 April he was rushed to hospital hours after performing on stage, but was soon released. At the time he reassured fans he was feeling much better and was resting at home.

'A joy to watch': By Mark Savage, BBC Entertainment Reporter

Musician Prince performing at the 2007 Super BowlImage copyrightAFP
Image captionPrince was in his element as a live performer, like here at the 2007 Super Bowl
A musical prodigy from a broken home, Prince famously wrote, arranged, produced and played almost all of his hit records.
But the Purple man's purple patch really came with his first band The Revolution.
With them by his side, he wrote more than two dozen rock classics in a five-year flurry.
Purple Rain, Little Red Corvette, 1999, Raspberry Beret, When Doves Cry, Kiss... At the same time, he dashed off Manic Monday for The Bangles and Nothing Compares 2U, made famous by Sinead O'Connor.
In the studio, he was unstoppable. But the magic really happened on stage. He would vamp, preen and tease an audience into a frenzy, then slay them with a quiet moment of crystalline beauty. He was a joy to watch.

Tributes have been pouring in on social media and fans have been gathering at Paisley Park.
Chic guitarist Nile Rogers said there were "tears and love on our tour bus". Pop star Katy Perry said "the world lost a lot of magic". Director Spike Lee said: "I Miss My Brother. Prince Was A Funny Cat. Great Sense Of Humour."
"Numb. Stunned. This can't be real," wrote Justin Timberlake, while Boy George said: "Today is the worst day ever. Prince R.I.P I am crying!"

Double rainbow

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