One dead as van rams pedestrians near London mosque

A man has died and eight people have been injured after a van ploughed into pedestrians near a north London mosqueA van ploughed into worshippers leaving a London mosque on Monday, killing at least one person and injuring eight other people in what Britain's largest Muslim organisation said was a deliberate act of Islamophobia.The van mounted the pavement and struck a group of people just after midnight as they were leaving Finsbury Park Mosque in Seven Sisters Road, one of the biggest in the country, the Muslim Council of Britain said. The attack comes during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when people attend prayers at night.The 48-year-old driver of the van was detained by members of the public and then arrested by police. He would undergo a mental health assessment in due course, police said.British Prime Minister Theresa May said police had confirmed it was being treated as a potential terrorist attack and said she would chair an emergency response meeting later on Monday. "All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and the emergency services on the scene," she said.Police said one man was pronounced dead at the scene.The London Ambulance Service said it had taken eight people to hospital, while two were treated at the scene.The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said extra police had been deployed to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan, describing the attack as "an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect".The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, said he was "totally shocked".The incident comes just over two weeks after three Islamist militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars, killing eight.The Muslim Council said Monday's attack was the most violent manifestation of Islamophobia in Britain in recent months and called for extra security at places of worship. "It appears that a white man in a van intentionally ploughed into a group of worshippers who were already tending to someone who had been taken ill," the council said in a statement.

Source:Libya Today

June 19, 2017 05:03 UTC

Confederations Cup | Portugal 2 – Mexico 2

Cristiano Ronaldo could not inspire Portugal to victory on their Confederations Cup debut as they drew 2-2 with Mexico on Sunday thanks to Hector Moreno's late goal. Portugal were slow to find their feet, taking 20 minutes to get Ronaldo involved with a free-kick struck into the wall, the Madrid man then cannoning a fine left-footed effort off the crossbar when the ball broke his way again following a half-cleared cross.With Mexico still scrambling at the back, another delivery from the right was flicked into the bottom-left corner by Nani, but the referee - assisted by the VAR - disallowed the goal for offside.Santos' side improved from there, though, and when Carlos Salcedo allowed Ronaldo in on goal on the left, the forward quickly adjusted to an uncharacteristic stumble to slip a pass into the box for Quaresma, who coolly rounded Guillermo Ochoa to prod into the net.Hernandez nodded straight at Rui Patricio with his first real chance at the other end, but Mexico's record goalscorer soon made amends and crashed a header into the bottom-right corner from Carlos Vela's cushioned centre after Guerreiro had failed to clear the preceding cross.Quaresma had missed an opportunity to double his tally moments earlier and there was then time for Hernandez to squander a second opening of his own before the break as he blazed over.A frantic end to the first half gave way to a dull second as both sides were found wanting with their final ball, with Ronaldo - isolated after Nani's withdrawal - unable to influence the game.But the Portugal captain created another shooting opportunity for Quaresma with 10 minutes remaining and, although Ochoa saved comfortably, they continued to pile late pressure on Mexico.Ochoa saved well from Andre Silva, but he could do little as Cedric ran onto Gelson Martins' square cross from the right to fortuitously divert the ball into the far corner.Martins wasted an opportunity to make the game safe as he fired narrowly wide on the spin and, just as Portugal thought they had clinched the points, Moreno flicked a corner in off the far post to leave the European champions frustrated.

Source:Libya Today

June 18, 2017 17:15 UTC

Social Welfare Foundation chief denounces PN MEPs as ‘traitors’

Alfred Grixti urges Archbishop to condemn PN MEPs Roberta Metsola and David Casa as 'the traitors that they are'The chief executive of the Social Welfare Foundation Services has denounced PN MEPS Roberta Metsola and David Casa as “traitors” for having criticised Joseph Muscat at the European Parliament.In a Facebook post, Alfred Grixti – a former PL official and Haz-Zebbug mayor – stood up for former GWU secretary general Tony Zarb after his criticism against the PN MEPs was decried as hate speech by Archbishop Charles Scicluna.“With all due respect, Mons. Archbishop…if you want to be credible and coherent, then you must first call out those bad losers who are trying to harm our country at the European Parliament as the traitors that they are, before condemning our friend Tony Zarb.”Grixti also urged Scicluna to condemn whole-heartedly “those people who spew poison and hated against everyone who isn’t a Nationalist through supposed investigative writing online”.“Until you start doing this, then you have no religious, spiritual or moral authority to condemn anyone because what you are currently doing clearly shows that you are part of the coalition of confusion that can only see wrong in the Labour Party and its supporters. Now we are starting to understand the reasons behind the conspiracy to oust your predecessor [Paul Cremona].”Tony Zarb recently drew criticism from the Nationalist Party after he denounced Metsola and Casa as “traitors of Malta” and said that they should receive a “traitors’ welcome” when they touch down in their home country.He was commenting after the two MEPs pledged to continue flagging government corruption at the European Parliament during a debate last week on the rule of law in Malta. Metsola responded by accusing Zarb of using antiquated hate speech, while Casa said that the former GWU boss is defending corruption.Requested by the Times of Malta to comment on Zarb’s invective, Archbishop Scicluna said that character assassination and attempts at intimidation have no place in a democracy.“Hate speech, wherever it comes from, is unbecoming of grownups debating issues of national importance. Democracy will never be served by attempts at character assassination and intimidation of the other.”

Source:Libya Today

June 18, 2017 15:00 UTC

Greens’ Cacopardo warns ‘failed’ PN-PD deal will hinder future coalition attempts

AD deputy chairperson Carmel Cacopardo says that PN-PD coalition had repelled disgruntled PL voters and sent most of them back to LabourAlternattiva Demokratika’s deputy chairperson Carmel Cacopardo has ripped into the pre-electoral coalition between the PN and the Partit Demokratiku, lambasting it as a “failed experiment” that will hinder any future coalition-building attempts”.Writing in the Malta Independent, Cacopardo said that the PN-PD coalition – which saw PD candidates run on the PN ticket – was based solely on pragmatism and convenience rather than on principles and an agreed shared vision.“The National Front was a pragmatic exercise to the extent that an analysis of the actual votes cast clearly shows tat the PD link with the PN resulted in no votes being added to the PN by the PD,” he said. “The PN/PD alliance failed in its major arithmetical objective as it is clear that it failed to attract a significant number of disgruntled voters.“Actually, it rather repelled them with its continuous negative messages and sent most of them back to Labour. Unfortunately, this failed attempt will dissuade any other attempt at alliance-building in the immediate future, as no political party enjoys being taken for a ride, as was Simon Busuttil’s party.”Although AD lost around half of the votes it had obtained in the 2013 election, Cacopardo argued that his party was correct in rejecting the PN’s invitation to join the National Front.“Listening to ‘independent’ journalists and self-centred intellectuals advocating the Busuttil/Farrugia National Front was a very sad experience, as these were the same people who should have taken the PN itself to task for its internal contradictions on issues of good governance,” he said. “By endorsing the PN-led National Front, they ended up endorsing the PN’s misdemeanors when they should have been at the forefront of those insisting that the PN clean up its act before claiming any right to wear the suit of shining armour.”

Source:Libya Today

June 18, 2017 11:03 UTC