Author: CNN ‘Skin and blood everywhere’: Witness describes chaos in Manchester Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. MANCHESTER, England (CNN) Singer Ariana Grande had just performed her last song, “Dangerous Woman,” to delighted fans, and the lights had just come on.As the crowd began to move, many of them children wearing bunny ears like their idol, eyewitnesses at Monday’s concert at the Manchester Arena described a loud, sharp bang, and then chaos broke out.“Ariana had just finished her last song. We were getting ready to leave the arena and the next minute we heard a mighty bang coming from the left-hand side of the arena,” Carole Long, who was at the concert with her 10-year-old daughter Robin, told CNN.“Everyone went crazy and was running and screaming and trying to get out and jumping over seats. How we weren’t crushed to death is amazing. People were just pushing and pushing and pushing. The stewards were screaming at people to get out.”Other witnesses say the sound of what police believe was an improvised explosive device — detonated by one man who was killed in the blast — was short and sharp like a gun shot, and then the air was filled with smoke.Twenty two people have been conformed dead, some of them children, and dozens others injured in the worst terror attack in Britain for 12 years.The crowd was made up of mainly young people who had come to see Grande in her first of three scheduled concerts in the UK, on her European and Latin American tour.Abby Mullen, who had traveled down from Scotland for the gig, posted her recollection of the horrific attack on Facebook from her hotel room.“I thought we would leave seconds before the last song finished … to get home quicker instead of waiting longer for a taxi. As we were leaving a bomb or explosion went off meters in front of me”, she wrote.“Peoples skin, blood and faeces where (sic) everywhere including in my hair & on my bag. I’m still finding bits of god knows what in my hair.”Andy James had taken his nine-year-old brother to what was his first ever pop concert. He said the explosion happened at around 10:40 p.m. as they were walking up the stairs to leave.“It must have been about 40 feet from where we were. We heard the explosion and the boom rattled in my chest. You could just feel it on the ground.“We left to go in the opposite direction of where the explosion happened. There was a stampede of people, I was trying to help people up as we were leaving.James said that as he ushered his little brother out, “I had my hand on his chest and his heart was beating so fast.”‘Bodies scattered’“There was just bodies scattered about everywhere … it was just chaos,” Kiera Dawber told CNN. “There was at least 20 or 30 people on the floor, some that you could see straight off were just … just dead.”Dawber said she saw a man holding his wife. “She wasn’t in a very good state,” Dawber said.“The injuries I saw … it didn’t look like the sort of injuries that people get from tripping over people in a hurry,” said Joel Goodman, a freelance photographer on the scene.Parents shouting out and yelling namesIvo Delgado, another witness, recalled hearing one explosion before he saw people running.“It was more a moment of confusion, but still the bang was really great, really massive,” he said. “I saw at least 3 people on the floor injured.”“There was a lot of little girls running out, and parents shouting out and yelling names,” Delgado said.Sam Ward, who lives by the arena, said the loud bang sounded “really nothing like I have ever heard in the city center before.”“Initially after the first wave of sirens and the initial evacuation, it was filled with cars. The roads were actually bedlam. People actually going through red lights,” he said.Search for the missingMeanwhile the search goes on for those still missing, including Charlotte Campbell’s 15-year-old daughter Olivia, who had gone to the concert with her friend Adam to celebrate his birthday.Campbell had spoken to her daughter just before 10 p.m. but hasn’t heard from her since.“We’ve tried everything we can. They’re telling us to wait by the phones,” Campbell told CNN. “Her dad is out looking … It’s the most horrible feeling ever, to know your daughter is there and you don’t know whether she’s dead or alive.“I want her home and I want her safe … I just want her to walk through the door.”Her daughter has been registered as a missing person. Published: May 23, 2017 2:40 PM EDT SHARE
Efforts to open up South Korea to international law firms are still facing obstruction, an IBA session on free trade agreements and crossborder legal services heard.The Republic of Korea undertook to open its legal services market under free trade agreements with the EU in 2011 and the US in 2012, Chunghwan Choi (pictured), senior partner at Seoul firm Lee & Ko, said. Since then, 26 firms have opened up in Korea. However moves under the country’s Foreign Legal Consultant Act to allow them to set up joint ventures with Korean firms are still being blocked by parliament.Choi described the government’s position as ‘very conservative’. A draft bill barred foreign firms from acquiring majority stakes in Korean firms and restricted the areas of practice open to foreign lawyers. These included patent and public law. ‘There were strong objections even from Korean firms,’ Choi said. However he described the situation as ‘still evolving’.The session also heard how liberalisation from 2000 had changed the legal landscape in Japan.Akira Kawamura, partner at Tokyo firm Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, said: ‘The profession was very traditional, conservative, court-oriented, but as a result [of liberalisation] it was transformed into one of internationally competitive law firms.’ In 2000 the country’s largest firm had 55 lawyers; in 2015 it had 510.He described the outcome as ‘reasonably successful’ but warned of ‘unfair asymmetries’ when international giants are given access to new markets.
OVER 15000 passengers rode Houston’s 12 km Main Street light rail line in the 4h following the official dedication ceremonies on January 1, which also marked the 25th anniversary of the MTA.The first car was driven through a banner at the Fannin South Park & Ride terminal by former Mayor Lee Brown, a strong advocate of the $324m light rail project. Other VIPs on board the Siemens Avanto LRV included Houston Metro Chairman Arthur Schechter and President & CEO Shirley DeLibero. The official opening ceremony was held at the UH Downtown campus. Other speakers included APTA President William Millar, Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and Siemens (US) President & CEO Oliver Hauck. After a weekend of free rides, revenue services began on January 5.
[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Valdez suits up for Creamline in V-League semis ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – Creamline Cool Smashers got a much-needed boost ahead of its 2017 Premier V-League Open Conference semifinals clash with Bali Pure Water Defenders this weekend with star Alyssa Valdez given the green light to play.Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI) acting president Peter Cayco said Valdez has been allowed by the national women’s volleyball team to play in Games 1 and 2 of the semifinals series scheduled today and tomorrow.The request for Valdez to play in V-League was granted following a letter from Cool Smashers’ mother team Rebisco, which backed the Southeast Asian Games-bound national team.“At this point, we believe we have left no room for doubt on our commitment and support for the national team,” Rebisco wrote to LVPI. “We do not think that three games dates are too much to ask for the services of our player.”Cayco, however, said even if Valdez is playing for the Cool Smashers, she still has to attend the national women’s volleyball team practices and has to sleep at their billeting hotel in Pasay City.Also, the three-time UAAP MVP awardee must play for the Francis Vicente-mentored national team when they compete in the Asian Seniors Volleyball tournament to be held in Muntinlupa City next week.“She still has to train and join the team in its hotel,” Cayco said in a statement. “Si coach Francis na ang bahalang mag-manage ng schedule niya. They have to discuss about it.”Valdez, who already missed three games for Cool Smashers due to her national team duty, remained hopeful that she would be allowed by national team mentor Francis Vicente to suit up.Valdez is the only national women’s volleyball team member whose team has reached all the way to the PVL semifinals after finishing the eliminations round with an unbeaten record./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]
Dean Holden looks ahead to City’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Millwall.
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