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  2. Ether

    Parking Exemptions

    Oh I stand corrected, that’s useful given the fact quite a few FPNs are issued to military vehicles each year
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  4. Yemen: UN welcomes Houthi offer to end Saudi Arabia attacks 22 September 2019 Related TopicsGulf crisis Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC's Frank Gardner has been given access to the facility that was damaged in Saudi Arabia on 14 September The UN has welcomed a proposal from Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels to end all attacks on Saudi Arabia as part of a peace initiative. A statement said the proposal could send "a powerful message of the will to end the war". The offer comes a week after drone and missile strikes hit Saudi Arabian oil facilities. Houthi rebels have claimed to have carried out the attack, but the US and Saudi Arabia have blamed Iran. Tehran denies any involvement in the strikes. Yemen's civil war has killed 10,000 and pushed millions to the edge of starvation in what has become the world's worst man-made humanitarian disaster. Yemen crisis: Why is there a war? Yemen's conflict in 400 words The rise of Yemen's Houthi rebels Saudi Arabia and its regional allies drastically escalated the conflict in 2015 when they launched an air campaign against the Houthis, who had ousted President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and seized the capital, Sanaa. The Houthis have launched numerous drone, missile and rocket attacks on the Gulf kingdom. What have the Houthis offered? In a televised announcement, Houthi Supreme Political Council chair Mahdi al-Mashat said the group would end all strikes on Saudi Arabia, provided the kingdom and its allies did the same. "We reserve the right to return and respond in the case there is no reaction to our initiative," he said, and called on all parties in Yemen to work towards "comprehensive national reconciliation". Image copyright Reuters Image caption The announcement came as Houthi followers marked the fifth anniversary of the rebels' capture of Yemen's capital, Sanaa On Saturday, UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths welcomed the halt on strikes and the calls for a political solution. "The special envoy stresses the importance of taking advantage of this opportunity and moving forward with all necessary steps to reduce violence, military escalation and unhelpful rhetoric," a statement issued from his office read. What about the attacks on Saudi oil facilities? The Houthis have repeatedly claimed responsibility for the attacks on the Abqaiq oil facility and the Khurais oil field on 14 September which affected markets around the world. But both the Saudis and the US have laid the blame squarely on Iran. Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir on Saturday said the weapons used were Iranian and vowed to release their full findings. Speaking to reporters in Riyadh, Mr Jubeir said his government was in consultation with allies and would take "necessary measures" after its investigation was complete, without giving details of possible actions. "The kingdom calls upon the international community to assume its responsibility in condemning those that stand behind this act, and to take a firm and clear position against this reckless behaviour that threatens the global economy," he said. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSaudi Arabia says the direction of the strikes showed the missiles could not have come from Yemen The Trump administration backs the Saudi accusations. Unnamed senior officials have told US media that the evidence suggests the strikes originated in the south of Iran. Officials on Friday announced a moderate deployment of US troops to Saudi Arabia, to help boost its missile and air defences. But the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard in Iran, Maj Gen Hossein Salami, warned on Saturday that the country's "readiness to respond to any aggression is definitive". "Be careful, a limited aggression won't remain limited. We'll pursue any aggressor," he said at the opening of an exhibition of captured drones in the capital, Tehran. "We'll continue until the full destruction of any aggressor." Why Saudi Arabia and Iran are bitter rivals Who's using armed drones in the Middle East? Speaking at the same event, the head of the Guards' aerospace branch, Brig Gen Amirali Hajizadeh, said the US ought to learn from its past failures and that any attack on Iran would receive "a crushing response". The country's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) are an elite branch of Tehran's military and have been designated a terrorist organisation by the US. Iran, the regional rival of Saudi Arabia, is an opponent of the US, and tensions between the two have risen markedly this year. The US said Iran was behind attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf in June and July, as well as on another four in May - accusations rejected by Tehran. View the full article
  5. @junior_7178 You are quite right - I have had a good talk with myself and de-escalated my flustration. One of my bicycles was recently stolen so perhaps this is clouding my judgement. This was a very clumsy post, It should have been concisely about the street furniture/loops and people approaching cyclists as they are locking their bicycles. @Radman provided an excellent response which I will be reading over. In this case the original encounter with this gentleman was that he was sat directly next to my bicycle, the bike parking was full at the time - I can only liken this to a person sat on the floor blocking the driver side door necessitating a climb in the passenger side - A very odd situation - Upon seeing this Gentleman on subsequent days boldy taking up the free rings a his personal space I had to try and figure out what was going on. I now believe that the placement is completely strategic and that the bicycle parking was ancillary; The most innocent explanation I could reach for the behaviour was that they were looking to panhandle in front of the cash machine - Benefit of the doubt given to the gentleman sat on the floor propping their back up on a bicycle loop opposite the cash machine. It's the perfect intersection of 2 social nuisances, people being panhandled at a cash machine and street furniture being misused for said deliberate act. As stated though I'm more concerned about the misuse of public bicycle parking space - A jury would probably rule that the cyclist has more right to use these rings/street furniture than a chap who just wants to sit there because it is da great spot to panhandle directly opposite the cash machine - Am I being too cynical? Anyway I guess this is crossing into something that the council would address rather than any real criminality. I thank you all for you're responses, I will have a think and might post a more concise thread about the misuse of street furniture. Feel free to chime in on this clumsy thread though it raises a few questions. With Thanks
  6. navylad

    Parking Exemptions

    here is the exact wording for those who continue to say that military vehicles are not exempt from parking restrictions Traffic Management Act 2004 90 Application to Crown and visiting forces (1)This Part does not apply in relation to a vehicle that— (a)at the relevant time is used or appropriated for use for naval, military or airforce purposes, or (b)belongs to any visiting forces (within the meaning of the Visiting Forces Act 1952 (c. 67)) or is at the relevant time used or appropriated for use by any such forces. (2)The provisions of this Part apply to— (a)vehicles in the public service of the Crown that are required to be registered under the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 (c. 22) (other than those exempted by subsection (1)(a) above), and (b)persons in the public service of the Crown. (3)This Part does not apply in relation to Crown roads within the meaning of section 131 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (c. 27) (application of road traffic enactments to Crown roads) unless applied by order under that section.
  7. navylad

    Parking Exemptions

    I was replying to the OP, who was asking about military vehicles parked up and being eyed by a CEO ahead of a remembrance parade, and indeed having rather surprised by the number of responses that have stated that there is no exemption for vehicles used by HM Armed Forces, when the reality is it is clearly in the main regulation of the Traffic Management Act.
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  9. stewie_griffin

    BBC: Justin Trudeau: Canada PM in 2001 brownface yearbook photo

    The issue for most Canadians isn't one of racism. Most Canadians don't believe for one moment that Justin Trudeau was racist at the time he blacked up, nor do they think that because he blacked up 20 years ago, he's a racist now. The real issue is that Justin Trudeau, his Liberal Party and the wider liberal 'political wing' long ago decided that blacking up (however long ago you did it) was proof that you're a racist and neither context, nor the passage of time made any difference. So it's a bit hypocritical to claim, as he and the Liberal Party and much of the media are doing, that this was -simply a mistake -we should all just move on - let bygones be bygones - it was a different time - standards were different. Obviously, blacking up doesn't mean you're a racist, but you can be pretty sure that if it was a conservative politician (or you, or me), Justin Trudeau and the rest of the establishment would be demanding our heads on a plate. Canadian liberals (note the small 'l') have denounced opponents by throwing around accusations of racism, homophobia etc for so long, it's nice to see them hoisted by their own petard for once.
  10. Labour pledges to replace Ofsted with own inspection system 21 September 2019 Related TopicsLabour Party Conference Image copyright Reuters Labour will unveil plans to scrap Ofsted and replace it with a new school inspection system on day two of its party conference - but debate over its Brexit stance is set to continue. As part of a focus to "rebuild" public services, it will also pledge to scrap NHS prescription charges in England. It comes after the first day of the conference was overshadowed by a failed bid to oust deputy leader Tom Watson. He called for unity, saying the conference got off to a "bad start". Among those due to speak at the annual conference on Sunday are shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth and shadow education secretary Angela Rayner. They are expected to promise to scrap the schools watchdog Ofsted - which Labour calls "unfit for purpose" - and replace it with its own education inspection system. Under the party's plan, all schools would have regular checks by local government officials and, if concerns are raised, there will be in-depth inspections. Five things to look out for at Labour conference Labour's Watson urges unity after bid to oust him Labour pledges to stop NHS prescription charges We'll scrap education watchdog Ofsted, says Labour Meanwhile, a row has emerged over where Labour should stand on Brexit if it fights a general election. A draft policy plan has been put forward by leader Jeremy Corbyn suggesting that, if Labour wins power, it would remain neutral while negotiating a new Brexit deal before holding another referendum. But some Labour MPs believe Labour should be supporting Remain. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Angela Rayner, pictured here during a school visit in August, will pledge a school inspections overhaul Labour will also announce a promise to axe prescription charges in England if it wins power, taking it in line with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, where they are already free. In England the NHS currently charges £9 per item, although 80% of prescriptions are already issued free of charge, as those on low incomes or with some long-term conditions are not required to pay. On Saturday evening, Mr Corbyn said Labour, if in power, would try to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the UK to net-zero before 2050, which is the government's current target. Image copyright PA Media Image caption Mr Corbyn spoke on the opening day of a four-day festival which runs alongside the Labour conference Speaking at The World Transformed, a politics, arts and music festival which happens alongside the party conference, Mr Corbyn said a Labour government "will not walk hand-in-hand with Donald Trump and say 'Yes Donald, we understand the special needs of your country'. "We'll be the ones that say: 'Paris, good, go further, go faster. Reach zero emissions before 2050.'" Earlier, the party announced a plan to force large employers to provide flexible working hours to women experiencing symptoms related to the menopause. But the conference's opening day was overshadowed by an attempt to get rid of Labour deputy leader Tom Watson, by abolishing his position. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTom Watson: "We've had a bad start to our conference" The motion had been tabled by Jon Lansman, the founder of Labour grassroots group Momentum. It was later dropped, following an outcry from Labour MPs and an intervention by leader Jeremy Corbyn. Mr Watson said he was "disappointed" at the attempt, but called for the party to come together, adding: "I always forgive and forget." Divisions over Brexit Labour's stance on the UK leaving the EU will also dominate the agenda during the conference, ahead of a vote on the party's Brexit policy scheduled for Monday evening. A draft plan is to be discussed by the National Executive Committee - the party's ruling body - which would set out a plan for Labour, if it wins power, to negotiate a new Brexit deal in three months. Under the plan, the Brexit deal it reaches would then be put to the people in a referendum within six months, with the option of the deal or Remain. But the party would not decide which option it would support until a special conference after the election, meaning Labour would fight an election without saying whether it was backing Remain or Leave. Some Labour MPs are not happy at the plan to remain neutral until then. According to BBC political correspondent Nick Eardley, 80 out of 90 Brexit motions which could be discussed at the conference call on Labour to back remain. But shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, has said Labour should be clear in its support for Remain. Speaking at a rally in Brighton organised by the People's Vote campaign, which wants another referendum, Ms Thornberry said: "We must make sure that there is a second referendum and Remain is on the ballot paper and Labour campaigns for Remain - and not just that, Labour should lead the campaign." Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer told the same rally that he backed a second referendum and confirmed he would campaign for Remain. View the full article
  11. 21 September 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Labour is to announce a pledge to abolish prescription charges in England at its party conference next week. Prescriptions are already free in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. In England the NHS charges £9 per item, and earned just over £575m from fees in 2017/18 - which the government has said is a valuable source of income. More than 80% of prescriptions are already issued free of charge, as those on low incomes or with some long-term conditions are not required to pay. People on benefits including Income Support, pregnant women, children and the over-60s are among those who do not pay. There is also a list of "medical exemptions", including those who need to take insulin for type 1 and type 2 diabetes and people with an underactive thyroid. But people with many other conditions - including overactive thyroid, asthma, chronic kidney disease and rheumatoid arthritis - are not on the list, which was drawn up in 1968. Pre-payment certificates for those who do not qualify for free medication, costing £104 per year. Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth, who will announce the policy at the Labour party conference in Brighton, said: "We know that the cost of prescriptions puts people off taking the medicine they need. "Not only do people suffer illnesses and the effects of illnesses more than they need to but, in the long term, it costs the NHS more money because those people who don't take their medicines present with even more serious conditions later on." 'Unfair and outdated' Kay Boycott, chief executive of Asthma UK, which has campaigned for people with the condition to get free prescriptions, welcomed Labour's announcement. She said: "This could make a huge difference to help people with asthma stay well and reduce pressure on hard-pressed NHS services. "We are urging the leaders of the main political parties to pledge to stop unfair and outdated prescription charges for people with asthma, and shall continue to press them until this change has been implemented." Asthma UK and the Labour Party both highlighted the case of Holly Warboys, who died aged 19 after an asthma attack. Her mum Cathy said: "Holly was on a low income and struggled to pay for her asthma prescription charges. "She died suddenly from an asthma attack with just one puff left in her inhaler because she couldn't afford to buy another one." "All of the political parties should pledge to scrap unfair asthma prescription costs and stand up for people like Holly." Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "We have always been supportive of any safe and sensible measures to reduce medication costs for patients and ensure access to necessary medication is equitable, so it's encouraging to have a renewed debate around a review of prescription charges. "We fully appreciate the amount that prescription medications cost the NHS every year, and we would always encourage patients to buy over-the-counter or other widely available treatments where they can to help reduce this. "But even though many of our most vulnerable patients are already exempt from standard prescription charges, the fact that fees exist in England means there is real risk that some people might not obtain and take the medication they need." View the full article
  12. Ether

    Parking Exemptions

    Exempt tolls not parking restrictions
  13. Ether

    Parking Exemptions

    All MoD vehicles are exempt it
  14. But why? Please explain in what way.
  15. navylad

    Parking Exemptions

    Military vehicles and also vehicles being used by HM Armed Forces personnel in the pursuit of their duties to the Crown, and military vehicles of visiting forces, are exempt from CEA under Section 90 of the Traffic Management Act.
  16. Anyone who has a different opinion to you, you accuse them of being a Daily Mail reader. I do not and never have taken the Daily Mail. Sometimes I might post a link to their Web site because it is one of the easiest to access and post an article from. For your information, I do not need to be educated by you with many misquote and inaccuracies. It is not only the DM who think that the EU is both corrupt and undemocratic, but also a large number of the population, not only of the UK.
  17. Reasonable Man

    BBC: Justin Trudeau: Canada PM in 2001 brownface yearbook photo

    How does a white person look like Muhammad Ali without darkening their skin and having short black tightly curled hair? Either or both of which could be criticised as being racist.
  18. I view this as such. The Act of “blacking” is IS racist. But “blacking” up doesn’t necessarily make you a racist. In the same way as wearing a nazi World War Two uniform doesn’t make you a nazi. I don’t view what he did as racist. Ignorant and offensive it most certainly was. RM - the ethnic background of a person doesn’t define who they are for fancy dress. A non black person could still easily dress up a Muhammad Ali.
  19. Reasonable Man

    Brexit Discussion

    Christopher Barker, prospective BP parliamentary candidate for Grimsby wants, British fish, from British waters, landed on British shores and trawled and processed using British jobs. Apart from working out which are the British fish as opposed to the forrins illegally entering British waters I think he’ll get his way. At present British fishermen can fish in all EU waters and land in any EU port. Sell their catch in any of those ports for onward transport to 550M customers in 28 countries. From 1st November to sell to the EU 27 they will have to comply with the rules on this simple flowchart.
  20. Tom Watson: Labour deputy urges unity after bid to oust him 21 September 2019 Related TopicsLabour Party Conference Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTom Watson: "We've had a bad start to our conference" Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson has said he was "disappointed" at a move to oust him, but has called for unity after a "bad start" to the party conference. Speaking as he arrived in Brighton, Mr Watson said he wanted the party to come together, adding: "I always forgive and forget." The motion, which aimed to abolish the deputy leader position, was dropped. Labour MPs, opposing the motion, had warned against an "internal civil war". Labour's stance on Brexit, education and public services will also be on the agenda at the annual party conference, which opened on Saturday and runs until Wednesday. Responding to the motion, Mr Watson said: "I think it's very sad. We're supposed to be here this week to fight Boris Johnson... and I think it's been undermined on day one." Five things to look out for at Labour conference Labour must unequivocally back Remain, says deputy Menopausal women 'should get flexible work hours' He said he was "particularly disappointed" with Jon Lansman, founder of Labour grassroots group Momentum, who tabled the motion. Mr Watson, who was met by cheering supporters as he arrived at Brighton Station, said Mr Lansman had undermined the party as well as leader Jeremy Corbyn and Momentum itself. Image copyright PA Media Image caption Mr Corbyn and Mr Watson at last year's conference. He added that many Momentum members "have been in touch with me to say they were not consulted". Mr Watson said: "I want this week to be the most positive week we can have, I want us to unify, I want us to talk about what our vision for the country during and after a general election is." The seeds of the current rows overshadowing the first day of Labour conference were sown here in Brighton nearly two weeks ago Jeremy Corbyn thought he had sealed a deal on Brexit behind closed doors at the TUC conference with the big unions. The party would officially stay neutral during the election. But Tom Watson outraged many on the left less than 24 hours later when he contradicted Jeremy Corbyn and called for an unambiguous campaign to remain. Many on the left already regarded him as disloyal and for them this was the final straw. There was mutterings of disciplining him but angry words only turned in to action last night. Some of Jeremy Corbyn's closest colleagues have told me they were angry that they hadn't been told of the plot to oust him and the Labour leader himself had to call off the coup. But the incident exposes Labour's deep fault lines just ahead of an election - not just between left and right but within the left. Tom Watson's anti-Brexit stance meant that the left-led TSSA union which has campaigned for Remain, rallied to the deputy leader and not Momentum's Jon Lansman. But when the deputy leader's post is reviewed, these divisions are likely to reopen. In the short term, Labour's strategy of denouncing the Lib Dems undemocratic over Brexit and the Conservative as intolerant towards dissenters has been shattered. Mr Watson said he learned of the plot to oust him in a text message on Friday night, while in a Chinese restaurant in Manchester with his son. The move sparked a backlash from Labour backbench MPs who said the party should be focusing on unity ahead of a possible general election. Mr Corbyn later suggested the role should be reviewed instead, and his suggestion was backed by the ruling National Executive Committee. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJeremy Corbyn fields reporters' questions as he arrives at the Labour party conference Mr Watson said he was "grateful" for Mr Corbyn's statement, but said it was the chair of the NEC, Wendy Nichols, who stopped the motion. Len McCluskey, the general secretary of the Unite union, said Mr Corbyn "came in and calmed everybody down". "There is resentment because Tom, a deputy leader is supposed to support the leader in any organisation and there's a perception that Tom doesn't do that," he said. "That builds up on occasion and manifests itself in frustration, but Jeremy Corbyn came in and calmed everybody down". Differences over Brexit Meanwhile, a row has emerged over where Labour should stand on Brexit in a general election. BBC political correspondent Nick Eardley said the executive is to discuss a draft plan which would commit a Labour government to negotiating a new Brexit deal in three months - and putting it to the people in a referendum against Remain within six months. But, our correspondent added, the party would not decide its preference until after a general election - meaning Labour would go into a snap poll without saying whether it wanted to remain or leave. Image copyright PA Media Image caption Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry and shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer On Saturday, Labour frontbenchers Sir Keir Starmer and Emily Thornberry appeared at a rally for the People's Vote campaign, which supports another referendum, and confirmed they would back Remain. Speaking at the rally, Sir Keir said: "It's got to go back so the public can decide. A basic question. Are you prepared to leave on the terms on offer? Or do you want to remain? "When that time comes I will campaign for remain alongside millions people in this country." View the full article
  21. Reasonable Man

    BBC: Lib Dems pledge to cancel Brexit if they win general election

    I could use your ubiquitous confused emojis but will try to educate you. People only form opinions on the information they receive. The Mail and like have pushed anti EU stories for years, many of which have been shown to be fake. Similarly those sources stay away from any positive stories about EU membership. You Daily Mail readers then get together and tut tut about the corrupt, anti democratic, Jack boot of the EU and self confirm the falsehoods. That’s why there are still people who believe the straight bananas and plethora of CAP lies that are peddled Yellowhammer is base case scenario. The Govt changed it to ‘reasonable worst case’ when it had to be published. The worst case is ‘Black Swan’.
  22. Ether

    Self defence and security guards

    No restrictions apply to the use, carriage or application of handcuffs in the UK
  23. Ether

    Self defence and security guards

    Only sprays with noxious substances, you could argue that a self defence marker spray isn’t restricted
  24. Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson has made a call for unity, describing a plan to oust him as a "bad start" to Labour's party conference in Brighton. It comes after party leader Jeremy Corbyn quashed a motion to abolish the position of deputy. The motion had been tabled by Jon Lansman, founder of Labour grassroots group Momentum. Mr Watson accused him of undermining himself and his members. Read more: Move to abolish Labour deputy leader post ditched View the full article
  25. Saudi Arabia vows to respond to oil attacks with 'necessary measures' 21 September 2019 Related TopicsGulf crisis Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC's Frank Gardner has been given access to the damaged facility in Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia says it will respond with "necessary measures" to attacks on two oil facilities as it reiterated the accusation that Iran was behind them. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said the weapons used were Iranian and vowed to release the full findings of the investigation. Iran denies involvement in the attacks. Earlier, a senior Iranian military official said Iran was ready to destroy any aggressor after the US announced it was sending troops to Saudi Arabia. Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen have said they were responsible for the drone and missile strikes on 14 September that affected the global oil supply. Tensions between the US and Iran have escalated since US President Donald Trump abandoned a deal limiting Iran's nuclear activities last year and reinstated sanctions. Saudi Arabia: 'Take a stand' Speaking to reporters in Riyadh, Mr Jubeir said Saudi Arabia was in consultation with its allies and would take necessary and suitable measures after its investigation was complete, without giving details of possible actions. He repeated that the strikes targeting the Abqaiq oil facility and the Khurais oil field had come from the north and not from Yemen but did not give a specific location, and urged the international community to take a stand. What are Trump's options on Iran? Why would Iran attack Saudi Arabia? BBC reporter at attacked site: 'They knew what they were doing' "The kingdom calls upon the international community to assume its responsibility in condemning those that stand behind this act, and to take a firm and clear position against this reckless behaviour that threatens the global economy," he said. The kingdom's defence ministry showed off on Wednesday what it said were the remains of drones and cruise missiles proving Iranian involvement. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSaudi Arabia says the direction of the strikes showed the missiles could not have come from Yemen The US has also accused Iran of being behind the attacks, and unnamed senior officials have told US media that the evidence suggests the strikes originated in the south of Iran. On Friday, Secretary of Defence Mark Esper said the US would send a yet-to-be-decided number of troops to Saudi Arabia to boost the country's air and missile defences. President Trump then announced new sanctions against Iran, focusing on the country's central bank and its sovereign wealth fund, while signalling that he wanted to avoid military conflict. Iran: 'We'll pursue any aggressor' Earlier, the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard in Iran, Maj Gen Hossein Salami, warned that the country's "readiness to respond to any aggression is definitive". "Be careful, a limited aggression won't remain limited. We'll pursue any aggressor," he said at the opening of an exhibition of captured drones in the capital, Tehran. "We'll continue until the full destruction of any aggressor." Why Saudi Arabia and Iran are bitter rivals Who's using armed drones in the Middle East? Speaking at the same event, the head of the Guards' aerospace branch, Brig Gen Amirali Hajizadeh, said the US ought to learn from its past failures and that any attack on Iran would receive "a crushing response". Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) are an elite branch of Iran's military and have been designated a terrorist organisation by the US. A game of brinkmanship Analysis by Sebastian Usher, BBC Arab affairs editor Iranian officials - both political and military - have issued a series of fierce warnings about any potential attack on their territory. The US has adopted a less confrontational tone, but has continued with the Trump administration's policy of applying maximum pressure. New sanctions targeting Iran's national bank and the mobilisation of more US troops in the Gulf are all part of this strategy. What seems clear is that this remains a game of brinkmanship, with all sides still hoping to be able to pull back from a direct military confrontation. But the pattern of dangerous escalation over recent weeks does not bode well for this strategy. The background you need The Houthis have repeatedly launched rockets, missiles and drones at populated areas in Saudi Arabia. They are in conflict with a Saudi-led coalition which backs a president who the rebels had forced to flee when the Yemeni conflict escalated in March 2015. Iran, the regional rival of Saudi Arabia, is an opponent of the US, and tensions between the two have risen markedly this year. The US said Iran was behind attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf in June and July, as well as on another four in May - accusations rejected by Tehran. View the full article
  26. BlueBob

    Self defence and security guards

    can't se why he would be committing an offence, assuming they have followed the training they have been given. Perhaps there is exposure to civil claim if/when things go wrong and he is working outside his current roles and protections (employer's insurance)
  27. Murtaugh

    Self defence and security guards

    Does anyone know what the score is with retail security guards and handcuffs?? There is a security guard who carries rigid handcuffs. All the security guards (different companies) are on a shop link and he goes and handcuffs shoplifters that are "kicking off". It's not a requirement in his role which is mainly as a CCTV operator, he has done the handcuff training course and bought the cuffs off his own back. Is he committing an offence?
  28. What you have described is normal pattern of life here in Manchester. In fact so normal that i can't actually work out what is issue is apart from a beggar being sat near your bike and speaking to you.
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