Euro 2016: Further tragedy as Northern Ireland fan dies in Lyon

first_img Northern Ireland fans watch their country beat Ukraine 1 A Northern Ireland football fan has collapsed and died during the European Championship in Lyon, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said.The man, in his sixties, collapsed in the upper part of the ground and was treated by paramedics but they were unable to revive him.It happened during the game against Ukraine, which Northern Ireland won 2-0.Superintendent Nigel Goddard said: “Our thoughts are tragically with a second family this week mourning the devastating loss of their loved one.“We understand the man aged in his sixties collapsed during the game and was attended to by emergency services in the Stade de Lyon.“It is extremely sad that this is the second death of a Northern Ireland fan in France during the Euro 2016 games.”On Monday Darren Rodgers, 24, from Ballymena, fell eight metres off a promenade in the south coast city of Nice and died.Fans applauded his memory in tribute during the 24th minute of Thursday night’s match.Mr Goddard said the Service had been liaising with French authorities and local PSNI officers have been in touch with the man’s family in Belfast.Flags, shirts and scarves have been left at the ground in tribute to the dead man.A paramedic who treated him said: “We tried but we could not. It is very sad.”The Olympique Lyonnais ground was packed with Northern Ireland supporters who have travelled to France in their droves for Northern Ireland’s first major tournament in 30 years.last_img read more

Training starts to spot slaves

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “Right now we don’t see it a lot, but it’s difficult to get a grasp on the problem,” said Detective Keith Haight, who investigates prostitution rings for the LAPD vice division. “There’s no visual way to judge what’s going on.” And without appropriate training, officials say, many victims go unnoticed. Unlike Hollywood’s image of slavery, victims of human trafficking are rarely kept in physical bondage but rather are tied to their owners through “psychological chains.” They are lured from Asia, Africa and Latin America to the United States with promises of adoption or a movie career. They are told they can get an education or earn money to send back home to their families. Once in the United States, they are forced into slavery. More than half of the trafficked victims are children. The nation’s largest citywide effort to crack down on human trafficking began Tuesday with about 60 Los Angeles managers being trained to recognize the pervasive but often-hidden problem. Spearheaded by Councilman Tony Cardenas, the training – which eventually could extend to thousands of city workers – focuses on identifying the often fearful and silent victims of trafficking. “The goal is to dramatically proliferate the number of people looking out for trafficking,” said Steve Wagner, director of human trafficking for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “If this goes well, you will see the number of cases (prosecuted) grow.” An estimated 14,500 to 17,500 people – mostly women – are smuggled into the United States annually and forced into sexual slavery or slave labor. Many of them are believed to reside in Los Angeles but few law officials or social workers are trained to recognize the problem. And some don’t look the part. They carry cell phones, can move around freely, dress well and even marry. Some get an allowance but are still forced to be loyal to the trafficker. Recently federal officials, partnering with local community groups, have opened up a hotline to help victims. The bulk of the calls – about 200 in 2004 – come from California but are expected to increase by year’s end. Cardenas said shattering the stereotypes that many have of trafficked slaves should open the arms of more community groups and individuals to help victims come forward. “We are going to be a prototype, a model of how citizens can make a difference with such a horrendous issue.” Rachel Uranga, (818) 713-3741 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more