Monthly Archive: August 2015

REVIEW: Raz, Assembly George Square Studios

Raz Assembly George Square Studios Four stars In the 1980s and 1990s, Jim Cartwright won acclaim for plays depicting Lancashire lives such as Road and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. He has returned to this world for his new one-man play, RAZ, capturing the energy and desperate drive of a lads night-out in Bolton. It is told through Shane, a young truck driver who lives for the weekend when he can dose up on beer and drugs and try to forget about his lowly paid job and ex-girlfriend. James Cartwright (who happens to be the playwright s son) holds your attention from the start, appearing on stage in just goggles and a pair of Superman underpants as he primes himself for the evening ahead with a nine-minute blaster in The Tanning Shop. We see him go through the rituals of preparing for a Friday night on the raz as he marshals his mates Robo, Micksy, Sparky and Staunton over the phone for a night of pubs, clubs, beers and recreational drugs. In a high-powered, bravura performance, Cartwright brings us these characters and more, under the sharp, precise direction of Anthony Banks. With its rugged, vernacular poetry, the play provides no clear solutions or resolutions, leaving us with the sense that this merry-go-round of decadent nights out will continue every weekend for Shane and his friends, presumably until they finally meet a girl and settle down. Stumbling upon an open-mic night at one pub, Shane takes to the stage, ranting about government and how it has created a generation that got forgot . But he also talks of the Friday night rave-up as a continuation of what his parents went through as well as an experience that, in different forms, dates back to the Stone Age. But, social commentary aside, RAZ takes us on an entertaining rollercoaster of a ride through the joys, frustrations and heartache of the kind of night-out that happens every weekend not just in Lancashire but in towns and cities around Britain. About Mark Ludmon Mark Ludmon has been a journalist for 20 years, specialising in writing about theatre, television and the arts as well as bars, pubs and drink. He has been on the theatre judging panel for London s Olivier Awards and has a Masters in English literature, specialising in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. He can be spotted tweeting about theatre as @DramaScene.

Off-Duty Philadelphia Police Officer Dies in Hit-&-Run Crash

UPDATE : On Monday, Philadelphia Police charged [1] Louis John Vogwill with homicide by vehicle and related counts. Philadelphia Police are mourning one of their own after an off-duty officer was struck and killed in a hit-and-run crash Sunday afternoon. Lamar Poole, a 42-year-old 12th district officer who recently entered his 19th year on the police force, was riding a 2005 Honda motorcycle west on Devereaux Avenue at Roosevelt Boulevard at 4:10 p.m. As he was riding he was suddenly struck by a Toyota Corolla traveling east on Devereaux. The car turned left in front of the motorcycle which hit the side of the vehicle. Philly Police Mourn Officer Killed in Hit-and-Run Philadelphia Police are mourning an off-duty officer who was killed in a hit-and-run crash Sunday. NBC10’s Doug Shimell has the details. (Published Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015) Officer Poole, who police say was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from his motorcycle and fell to the ground. Witnesses told police the driver, who investigators say is a 58-year-old Philadelphia man, briefly got out of his car and looked at Poole. He then allegedly went back into his car and continued driving north on the Boulevard. A tow truck driver who witnessed the crash then followed the driver, investigators said. “Fortunately we had a couple of witnesses, one being a tow truck driver, who followed the vehicle and really helped out big time,” said Philadelphia Police Captain John Wilczynski. “He followed the car, pinned the car in and called police.” Responding officers apprehended the driver and took him into custody. In addition to the hit-and-run, police say the man is suspected of driving under the influence based on a blood test. He has not yet been officially charged. Poole, who suffered head injuries and internal injuries, was taken to Frankford Torresdale Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:02 p.m. A procession for Officer Poole began around 7:30 p.m. An escort traveled down I-95 to I-676 to I-76 to take the officer’s body from the hospital to the Medical Examiner’s Office on South University Avenue in University City. Officers saluted Poole as the procession arrived. #BREAKING : Police escorting body of officer killed in hit-and-run to Medical Examiner: http://t.co/6ac2HhIcMB https://t.co/YYAp7rY7BJ [2] [3] [4] NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) August 31, 2015 [5] The crash was the 9th deadly hit-and-run in Philadelphia since January 1, 2014, according to police data. The fatal crash also happened a little over a week after Philadelphia Police Sergeant Rafael Ali was killed when his pick-up truck slammed into a tree. [6] “This is two in one week where we’ve lost one of our own,” Captain Wilczynski said. “Everyone’s a little bit heartbroken about it.” Published at 5:14 PM EDT on Aug 30, 2015 References ^ Philadelphia Police charged (www.nbcphiladelphia.com) ^ #BREAKING (twitter.com) ^ http://t.co/6ac2HhIcMB (t.co) ^ https://t.co/YYAp7rY7BJ (t.co) ^ August 31, 2015 (twitter.com) ^ Philadelphia Police Sergeant Rafael Ali was killed when his pick-up truck slammed into a tree. (www.nbcphiladelphia.com)

Truck Rolls Over, Spilling Cabbage Onto Route 490

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A major traffic issue for Monday morning commuters. Earlier, hundreds of commuters were impacted when a tractor trailer rolled over dumping its load across the highway. But now, most of the cabbage is cleaned up along route 490 in downtown Rochester. The crash happened around 6:45 Monday morning on 490-East around the 40 mph curve through the city just before the Goodman Street exit. A front loader was brought in to clean up this mess after a truck hauling thousands of heads of freshly picked cabbage tipped on its side. It’s unclear how and why the driver lost control of the rig. State police said that the truck driver was taken to Strong memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. They do not know where the truck was coming from or where it was headed. This cabbage spill has had plenty of people out on the expressway overpass taking a closer look. “It took me an hour and 15 minutes to get into work today. I don’t know the city and I come in from Holley. So it was quite a ride,” said Kelly Quaranto. All commuters could do was really drive by, take a look and maybe take a whiff.

Cumbria pensioner killed his dementia suffering wife then took his own life

Pensioner needed care home bed for his wife while he had an operation He found her a place, but she was sent home when bosses ‘couldn’t cope’ The 81-year-old killed her the next day and was charged with murder When told his wife could have stayed in hospital while he was away, he said: ‘So I need not have done all this?’ Before his case came to court, he was found dead near a river A retired lecturer killed his dementia suffering wife when he was unable to find her a care home bed before taking own life after he was charged with murder. John Michael Parry, 81, had been desperately ringing around to find a emergency place for his wife Meryl, 80, to stay while he underwent an operation. Mrs Parry was forced out of one care home the day before her husband was due to go into hospital and she was later found suffocated and drugged at their home in the Eden Valley, Cumbria. Mr Parry was charged with murder but was found dead near the River Eden before the case came before a court. John Michael Parry suffocated his wife, Meryl, after struggling to find her a care home bed. He then took his own life after he was charged with murder An inquest this week heard that on September 1 last year – the day before Mrs Parry died – Mr Parry arranged for his wife to go to a north Cumbrian care home. He was due to have an operation and wanted to make sure his wife was being properly cared for in his absence. Mrs Parry, a retired teacher, had been suffering from dementia for six years and was prone to wandering off. The coroner was told that, on the same day she was placed in the home, she wandered off and was returned to Mr Parry ‘like a farm animal’ because bosses felt they could not cope with her. Mr Parry is then understood to have made numerous calls searching for an emergency bed in another home, but to no avail. On the next day, September 2, Mr Parry dialled 999, telling the operator his wife was dead. Police and paramedics went to their home found Mrs Parry’s body in her bed. She had been suffocated. Mrs Parry, a former teacher, had been suffering with dementia for six years and was prone to walking off. Care home staff sent her home the day before her death saying they could not cope with her Home Office Pathologist Dr Alison Armour ruled that she died from asphyxia, but tests showed that she had been given a large – though not lethal – dose of sleeping pills in a cup of hot chocolate. On the couple’s kitchen table was a letter to North Cumbria’s Coroner, and police found evidence that Mr Parry had tried take his own life. PC Ian Carrick told the inquest he was one of the first on the scene and found Mr Parry sitting in the kitchen. The officer said the Mr Parry told him: ‘I gave her a massive dose of sleeping pills. I put it in her cocoa.’ Later Mr Parry told him: ‘I’m amazed I could do it. I don’t regret it. I definitely don’t regret it.’ PC Ruth Coates wept as she gave some of her evidence, saying it was hard not to be moved by the events that day. The officer explained: ‘He told me he’d taken her to this care home the day before. He said she’d been returned like a farm animal.’ She said that on that day, Mr Parry had clearly felt that had no other options. Paramedic Angela Wilson talked to Mr Parry before police arrested him and told the hearing: ‘Mr Parry said he should not have been there. He’d tried to kill himself. ‘He said that Meryl had been brought back early the previous evening because she had gone missing from the home. ‘He related unsuccessfully attempting to call several local care homes to obtain a placement for his wife. I asked if he had called the out of hours doctor. He said he hadn’t because she wasn’t ill.’ She said she explained to Mr Parry that he could have asked the doctor to have his wife admitted to hospital as a place of safety. ‘He said “So I need not have done all this?” I took this to mean that he need not have killed his wife and attempted to take his own life. The whole thing appears to me to be a tragedy.’ Sergeant Claire Sampson, of Cumbria Police, recalled how she spoke to Mr Parry a few months before Mrs Parry’s death, when his wife had last gone missing from home. Isolated: The couple’s farmhouse on the edge of the Lake District where Meryl Parry was found suffocated and drugged at their home Police at the couple’s home last year. An officer wept as she told Mr Parry’s inquest how she had spoken to him on the day of his wife’s death Sgt Sampson said: ‘He became tearful as I made him a cup of tea. He said it had been a long time since anybody had done this for him.’ Mr Parry said he had no support and spoke of the impact of Alzheimer’s on his wife, whom he clearly cared for deeply. The officer said: ‘He reminisced about when she was well and a teacher. He said how saddened he was by his wife’s disease; how it had taken her away; and how overwhelmed he felt about the cruelty of the illness that his wife was suffering.’ She described how Mr Parry behaved when his wife was brought back home by her rescuers. She said: ‘She came into the kitchen and he was immediately at her side. He sat down and cared for her, checking her for injuries, removing her wet socks and debris from her hair.’ A murder case against Mr Parry was dropped after he was found dead just before last Christmas. Mr Parry charged with one count of murder but he disappeared while on bail before his first appearance at Carlisle Crown Court. Cumbria Police confirmed his body was later found at the River Eden near Little Salkeld. The inquest hearing, which is expected to last for four days, continues. For confidential support call the Samaritans in the UK on 08457 90 90 90, visit a local Samaritans branch or click here [1] for details. Read more: References ^ here (www.samaritans.org)

Pizza Pizza is Ready to Go Back to School

By Marketwired . [1] Article Rating: August 31, 2015 03:33 PM EDT TORONTO, ONTARIO — (Marketwired) — 08/31/15 — Pizza Pizza, Canada’s leading pizza chain, is kicking off its third annual Campus Tour on August 31, and making stops at 10 university campuses across Ontario and Quebec. Pizza Pizza’s ambassadors and food truck will be decked out in a festive pepperoni pizza print and spreading their love for all things pizza. The team will be giving away samples of pizza, featuring Pizza Pizza’s new and improved recipe — now made on a thinner crust, dusted with durum semolina flour and home-style sauce made from 100 per cent GMO-free, vine ripened tomatoes. The new recipe is rolling out across the country and these students will be among the first to give it a taste. Students will be able to join in Pizza Pizza’s new #ShareTheMoment campaign and win prizes by taking a photo in the pepperoni pizza photo booth and posting on social. Last year, over 16,000 slices of pizza were given away during the school visits. “Students love pizza – it’s delicious and convenient,” said Pat Finelli, Chief Marketing Officer for Pizza Pizza. “Our new pizza recipe is hot and fresh and packed with flavour. We know they’re going to love it.” Pizza Pizza’s Campus Tour takes place August 31 to September 15 and will be making stops at the following schools: Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario – August 31 McGill University in Montreal, Quebec – September 4 Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec – September 4 University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario – September 6 Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario – September 8 Laurier University in Kitchener, Ontario – September 9 McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario – September 10 Western University in London, Ontario – September 11 Windsor University in Windsor, Ontario – September 15 About Pizza Pizza Limited With over 730 locations spread across seven provinces, Pizza Pizza Limited is Canada’s pizza pioneer and a quick-service restaurant leader. The company owns and operates two banners, Pizza Pizza and Pizza 73, which deliver quality food choices, diverse menus and exciting promotions for all tastes, lifestyles and budgets. Since 1967, Pizza Pizza has been guided by a vision to provide the “best food, made especially for you” with a focus on quality ingredients, customer service, continuous innovation and community involvement. Visit www.pizzapizza.ca [2] and www.pizza73.com [3] for more information. A photo associated with this press release is available here: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/PizzaPizza0831.jpg [4] . Copyright 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user’s personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form. 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For example, a community water dam that needs to release water can leverage embedded critical communications logic to alert the appropriate individuals, on the right device, as… Aug. 31, 2015 12:00 PM EDT By Pat Romanski Everyone talks about continuous integration and continuous delivery but those are just two ends of the pipeline. In the middle of DevOps is continuous testing (CT), and many organizations are struggling to implement continuous testing effectively. After all, without continuous testing there is no delivery. And Lab-As-A-Service (LaaS) enhances the CT with dynamic on-demand self-serve test topologies. CT together with LAAS make a powerful combination that perfectly serves complex software developm… Aug. 31, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 200 References ^ Marketwired . (marketwired.sys-con.com) ^ www.pizzapizza.ca (www.pizzapizza.ca) ^ www.pizza73.com (www.pizza73.com) ^ http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/PizzaPizza0831.jpg (media3.marketwire.com)

Hundreds Feared Dead As Migrant Boat Sinks

Hundreds of people are feared to have died after two boats carrying migrants capsized off the Libyan coast, officials have said. The first boat, which had about 50 people on board, had signalled for help on Thursday. The second boat, with about 400 passengers, capsized later. The Libyan coast guard rescued around 200 people, many of whom were later taken to a detention facility in Sabratha, west of Tripoli, the official said. Eighty-two bodies had been recovered by 11am UK time. Play video “Migrants Walk The Hungarian Border” Video: Migrants Walk The Hungarian Border The recovery operation continued as the UNHCR announced that the number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe had passed 300,000 this year. In 2014, it was 219,000 in the whole year. The migrants on board the boats that sank were from sub-Saharan Africa, Pakistan, Syria, Morocco and Bangladesh, the authorities said. Earlier, the Swedish navy ship Poseidon found the bodies of 51 migrants found suffocated below deck of a boat off Libya’s coast. Play video “The European Path Taken By Refugees” Video: The European Path Taken By Refugees Poseidon was already rescuing 130 migrants from a raft when it got a call to assist a nearby wooden vessel, authorities said. Zuwara, Libya’s most western town located near the Tunisian border, is a major launchpad for smugglers shipping migrants fleeing conflict and poverty to Italy. Cross-border smuggler networks exploit the country’s lawlessness and chaos to bring Syrians into Libya via Egypt or nationals of sub-Saharan countries via Niger, Sudan and Chad. More than 2,300 people have died so far this year in attempts to reach Europe by sea, compared with 3,279 in the past 12 months, according to the International Organisation for Migration. Play video “An Evil Trader In Human Misery” Video: An Evil Trader In Human Misery Thousands of migrants and refugees a day are travelling between Greece to Hungary as they seek a better life in the European Union. They are taking the perilous “Balkan Corridor”, with many of the countries on the way feeling the strain of so many people passing through. [1] Hungary has told Sky News that “swift action” must be taken in order to tackle the crisis. [2] While many have said they are heading to Germany, and some to the UK, a large number claim they are on their way to Sweden where the country’s tolerant approach to immigration is being put under strain. [3] References ^ the perilous “Balkan Corridor”, with many of the countries on the way feeling the strain of so many people passing through. (news.sky.com) ^ Hungary has told Sky News that “swift action” must be taken in order to tackle the crisis. (news.sky.com) ^ Sweden where the country’s tolerant approach to immigration is being put under strain. (news.sky.com)

EU must defend migrants’ ‘dignity&rsquol say leaders ahead of talks

World Posted on August 31, 2015 12:38:46 PM | BREAKING NEWS European Union leaders on Sunday called for action to defend the “dignity” of migrants ahead of fresh emergency talks, as tensions flared on the bloc’s eastern borders over the escalating crisis. Home affairs ministers will meet on September 14 in Brussels to try and “strengthen the European response” to the influx, said Luxembourg, which holds the rotating EU presidency. “Europe needs to stop being moved and start moving,” Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said, calling again for a fairer distribution of migrants among the European Union’s 28 members. Europe has been struggling to cope with the record numbers of people flooding across its borders — some 300,000 this year alone, according to the UN — in a crisis which has exposed deep divisions within the bloc. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Sunday said it was “scandalous” some Eastern European countries were refusing to accept more migrants and said Hungary’s construction of a barrier to stop new arrivals “did not respect Europe’s common values” — drawing an angry response from Budapest. The discovery of 71 decomposing corpses in an abandoned truck on an Austrian motorway last week has served as a chilling reminder of Europe’s failure to help those fleeing persecution in the Middle East and Africa. Some 2,500 have died trying to make the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean Sea in rickety boats — the latest shipwreck claiming 111 lives — while many more have poured in through the bloc’s eastern borders. Hungarian police said a fifth suspected human trafficker had been arrested over Thursday’s gruesome discovery in the truck, even as Austrian police said three children rescued from another van had “vanished” from hospital. People “fleeing war, persecution, torture, oppression, must be welcomed” and treated with “dignity,” said French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, while Pope Francis meanwhile called for “effective cooperation” against “crimes that are an offence to the whole of humanity”. – ‘Peace be with you’ – The migrants crossing the Mediterranean head either for Italy, where another 513 arrived on Sunday, adding to some 108,000 this year, or Greece, which many also reach overland via Turkey. Many then try to come north, in the case of Greece trekking up through the western Balkans bound for EU member Hungary. The journey is exhausting, and expensive. “We can’t afford this at all, and every step of the way we have to pay,” Samar, a 40-year-old from Damascus, told AFP as she waited in the sun for hours at a filthy reception camp in Presevo, Serbia. “We are in a labyrinth, going from queue to queue, and here in Serbia, the police are shouting at us like we are animals,” the mother of two teenage boys said, tears welling in her eyes. The surge of new arrivals has created a crisis in Eastern Europe — Macedonia declared a state of emergency two weeks ago while Hungary, which recorded 50,000 new arrivals this month, on Saturday finished setting up a barrier of NATO-standard razor wire along its border with Serbia. Budapest is also building a four-metre (13 feet) high fence along the 175-kilometre (110-mile) stretch, which is patrolled by border police with dogs and 4x4s, and wants to stiffen penalties for people entering illegally. Right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government hit back at Fabius’ criticism of the plan on Sunday as “shocking and groundless” and said it would summon a French Embassy representative over the comments. The fence is not proving much use in any case, with police saying that 3,080 migrants crossed over on Saturday, the second-highest daily total. On Sunday, AFP witnessed a group of about 200 migrants passing through carrying plastic bags, rucksacks and bottles of water, who called out a greeting of “salam alaikum” — “peace be with you” in Arabic. – New arrest – Many of the new arrivals in Europe are smuggled in by gangs who charge huge sums to move people across the border, among them the five people now in custody in Hungary over the Austrian lorry. The three Bulgarians and one Afghan already in detention on Saturday said they were innocent as a court in Hungary remanded them in custody until September 29. A fourth Bulgarian has also been arrested but has yet to enter a plea. The 7.5-tonne truck with Hungarian number plates found in Austria contained the decomposing bodies of 59 men, eight women, a toddler and three young boys, provoking international revulsion. The dead were thought to be Syrians and police believe they had been dead for up to two days before the truck was discovered by motorway maintenance workers with decomposing body fluids dripping from the vehicle. Hungarian news portal Index.hu on Sunday quoted the Hungarian driver of another vehicle as saying that he saw the driver of the truck running away from the back doors in panic and being picked up in a car that then sped off. Three Syrian children rescued with severe dehydration from another van packed with migrants were taken out of hospital by their parents on Friday and “vanished”, most likely to Germany, Austrian police said. “The van was driven by a Romanian and had Spanish number plates and arrived from Hungary,” spokesman David Furtner told AFP said Sunday, adding that while they have arrested 93 people in Upper Austria state alone most still escape. — AFP

EU officials meet in Calais as Europe splinters over migration

Some rescued migrantsThe French prime minister was set to meet EU officials in the refugee pinch point of Calais on Monday as increasingly urgent efforts to deal with migration into Europe exposed divisions across the continent. France is expecting several million euros more in aid from Brussels, a government source said, to help deal with the thousands of migrants and refugees camped out in The Jungle around the northern port, hoping to reach Britain. But Calais is only a footnote in the ever-growing efforts to manage the biggest movement of people since World War II, with more than 300,000 arriving in Europe this year thanks largely to a rash of conflicts in the Middle East. Europe is mobilising, Manuel Valls said as he arrived in Calais, countering comments made Sunday by Italy s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi that Europe needs to stop being moved and start moving . Home affairs ministers will meet on September 14 in Brussels to try and strengthen the European response . But deep divisions have emerged among the EU s 28 members. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Sunday said it was scandalous that some Eastern European countries were refusing to accept more migrants and added Hungary s construction of a barrier to stop new arrivals did not respect Europe s common values . The discovery last week of 71 decomposing corpses in an abandoned truck on an Austrian motorway once again highlighted the horrific dangers to which migrants and refugees are exposed, while some 2,500 have died trying to make the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean Sea in rickety boats. In a labyrinth Most migrants land in Italy or Greece, then try to head towards the wealthier countries of northern Europe, though many obstacles lie in their way. We can t afford this at all, and every step of the way we have to pay, Samar, 40, from Damascus, told AFP as she waited with her two teenage boys for hours in the sun at a filthy reception camp in Presevo, Serbia. We are in a labyrinth, going from queue to queue, and here in Serbia, the police are shouting at us like we are animals, she said, tears welling in her eyes. Eastern Europe is struggling to cope. Macedonia declared a state of emergency two weeks ago. The right-wing government in Hungary, which has seen 50,000 new arrivals this month, has responded controversially by laying NATO-standard razor wire along its border with Serbia, to be bolstered by a four-metre (13 feet) high fence, border guards and sniffer dogs, as well as stiffer penalties for those crossing without papers. It said criticism by France s foreign minister was shocking and groundless and that it would summon a French embassy representative over the comments. The fence is not proving much use in any case, with police saying that 3,080 migrants crossed over on Saturday, the second-highest daily total. A Palestinian-Syrian woman, travelling with her four-year-old daughter and other relatives, was unfazed by Hungary s tough stance. I just don t care who detains me now, I ve already seen the worst, she told AFP. We were detained by the (Kurdish) People s Protection Units, the Islamic State group and Al-Nusra Front as we travelled westwards towards Turkey. It s a miracle we survived all that. British Interior Minister Theresa May ignored the plight of refugees in an article in the Sunday Times, focusing instead on how to reduce legal immigration from other EU countries. To say we should not control and, critically, reduce net migration is defeatist and wrong, she wrote. Arrests over Austria tragedy Five people four Bulgarians and an Afghan have been arrested in Hungary over the lorry incident in neighbouring Austria. Four have already pleaded innocent. The truck, carrying Hungarian plates, was found with the decomposing bodies of 59 men, eight women, a toddler and three young boys, all thought to be Syrians. Police said they may have been dead for up to two days before it was found by motorway maintenance workers with decomposing body fluids dripping from the vehicle. A passer-by told Hungarian news portal Index.hu that he saw the truck s driver running away from the back doors in panic and being picked up in another car before speeding off. Three Syrian children rescued with severe dehydration from another van packed with migrants were taken out of hospital by their parents on Friday and vanished , most likely to Germany, Austrian police said. The van was driven by a Romanian and had Spanish number plates and arrived from Hungary, spokesman David Furtner told AFP Sunday, adding that while they have arrested 93 alleged people traffickers this year in Upper Austria state alone, most still escape.