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Celebrations as the world ushers in New Year

From Sydney to Hong Kong, celebrations have begun around the world to bid farewell to a tumultuous 2016 and welcome the New Year.
Major cities have heightened security for the New Year celebrations following the deadly terror attacks in Berlin and Nice…

Truck drivers want their jobs Saudized

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By Hatim Al-Rihaili

MADINAH — Miffed over expatriates gaining control over the truck drivers’ job market, about 400 Saudis on Friday demanded Saudization of their profession.

Mohammad Al-Thahri said about 400 drivers gathered in the sports stadium on Friday to demand Saudization of their profession.

“We demand to meet the officials of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development. We need a solution for our problem. We cannot get a job as truck drivers. All the jobs are taken by expatriates. We have a right to have the job market available to us,” said Al-Thahri.

He also said expatriates should not be allowed to work in this job market and anyone who would allow an expatriate to work as a truck driver must be penalized.

“Most of us rely on this job to feed our families. We show up every day at the parking lot braving the scorching sun and wait for work. The expatriates lure away all the customers offering lesser charges. They are also mostly illegals,” said Al-Thahri.

Mohammad Al-Rashidi, another driver, said he is responsible for the support of three families and he can hardly get a job.

“Since around five months ago, we noticed a surge of expatriates intruding into the market. They would contract customers on a regular basis and charge them a high price reaching up to SR5,000. What these expatriates are doing is illegal and they must be penalized,” said Al-Rashidi.

He also said there are over 300 expatriates in the truck driving market at the moment.

“We need the municipality to interfere quickly and find solutions. We have no other way of making an income. We also have to pay installments for our vehicles,” said Al-Rashidi.

48 refugees discovered in lorry at Romania border crossing

By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online[1]    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Budapest (dpa) – Romanian border police discovered 48 refugees from Iraq in the back of a lorry at the Giurgiu crossing with Bulgaria, Mediafax news agency reported on Saturday, citing the police.

The vehicle, travelling from Bulgaria with a load of chocolate, also had 22 men, nine women and 17 minors on board, Mediafax reported.

The lorry was on its way to Hungary.

The discovery was made on Friday evening.

The Bulgarian driver and the refugees were handed over to Bulgarian border police.

References

  1. ^ Europe Online (en.europeonline-magazine.eu)

48 refugees discovered in lorry at Romania border

By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online[1]    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Budapest (dpa) – Romanian border police discovered 48 refugees from Iraq in the back of a lorry at the Giurgiu crossing with Bulgaria, Mediafax news agency reported on Saturday, citing the police.

The vehicle, travelling from Bulgaria with a load of chocolate, also had 22 men, nine women and 17 minors on board, Mediafax reported.

The lorry was on its way to Hungary.

The discovery was made on Friday evening.

The Bulgarian driver and the refugees were handed over to Bulgarian border police.

References

  1. ^ Europe Online (en.europeonline-magazine.eu)

NYE crowds gather in London amid tight security

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has moved to reassure New Year revellers amid a massive security operation surrounding the capital’s celebrations.

The extra security measures are in place due to fears of a lorry attack similar to that seen at a Christmas market in Berlin[1] earlier this month.

As revellers started flocking to the banks of the River Thames for the capital’s sold-out fireworks display, a huge police presence was on the streets.

Armed police will be deployed on London Underground trains for the first time on New Year’s Eve, and a record number of concrete bollards have been placed at junctions in central London to keep vehicles away from the crowds.

British Transport Police said officers would work extended hours on New Year’s Eve for the second year in a row.

Concrete bollards will block traffic from crowds, while armed police will be on London tube trains for the first time. Image Caption: Concrete bollards will block traffic from crowds, while armed police will be on Tube trains for the first time

Mr Khan said the fireworks would be “the best any city in the world is having tonight”, adding he had seen “no evidence” that Londoners and visitors to the city had been discouraged from celebrating the start of 2017 due to recent terror attacks.

:: New Year celebrations around the world[2]

He said the display would pay tribute to some of the artists who died in 2016.

Mr Khan told Sky News: “Our police and security services do an amazing job learning the lessons from some horrific incidents in other cities around the world – Berlin recently, Nice earlier this year, Paris last year.

“We adapt to make sure we preserve our way of life but keep our citizens and those visiting safe.

Superintendent Phil Langworthy of the Metropolitan Police discusses heightened security around New Year celebrations

Video: Met Police on heightened NYE security

“We will have more than 3,000 visible police officers on the streets of London and at stations, but also we don’t want to stop people having a good time.

“We’ve got to make sure we don’t allow terrorist or people who want to destroy our way of life to stop us enjoying what’s going to be a great night.”

Barriers are put in place closing off Whitehall and surrounding roads as security is stepped-up across London ahead of New Year's celebrations on December 31, 2016 in London, England Image Caption: Barriers have been put in place closing off Whitehall and surrounding roads

And forces across the country are also on alert.

West Midlands Police said: “While the security status remains at severe we have further resources in place should they be needed.”

In Scotland, some 80,000 people are expected to pack into Edinburgh city centre to celebrate Hogmanay.

Police Scotland said it had “reviewed” safety plans following the recent truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin.

Chief Superintendent Kenny MacDonald said: “We are absolutely confident that the plans that we have in place are proportionate and appropriate, and we will make sure that we deliver a safe event.”

The celebrations in Hull will focus on New Year’s Day when the city kicks off its tenure as City of Culture with a huge fireworks display it says will rival London’s New Year’s Eve party.

UK authorities say they are not responding to any specific intelligence of a threat[3], but are taking precautions after recent events in Europe.

Armed police officers are patrolling central London Image Caption: Armed police officers are patrolling central London today

In July, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel killed 86 people when he drove a 19-tonne lorry into crowds on Nice’s seafront promenade.

Earlier this month, Anis Amri killed 12 people when he drove a hijacked lorry into a Berlin Christmas market.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe told Sky News: “One of the things we’ve had to consider are the attacks in Nice and Berlin which used vehicles, so we’ve done our best to anticipate that and put measures in place that will keep people safe.

“It’s impossible to guarantee everything and I think everybody understands that.

“But we can take reasonable measures and I’m sure that’s what we’ve done tonight.

“I just hope we have a great night in London – that’s what usually happens every year, no reason to suspect that it won’t, but of course we’d be professionally negligent if we didn’t take reasonable steps – and that’s what we’ve done.”

New Year’s Eve: Armed police deployed in London amid tight security

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has moved to reassure New Year revellers amid a massive security operation surrounding the capital’s celebrations.

The extra security measures are in place due to fears of a lorry attack similar to that seen at a Christmas market in Berlin[1] earlier this month.

As revellers started flocking to the banks of the River Thames for the capital’s sold-out fireworks display, a huge police presence was on the streets.

Armed police will be deployed on London Underground trains for the first time on New Year’s Eve, and a record number of concrete bollards have been placed at junctions in central London to keep vehicles away from the crowds.

British Transport Police said officers would work extended hours on New Year’s Eve for the second year in a row.

Mr Khan said the fireworks would be “the best any city in the world is having tonight”, adding he had seen “no evidence” that Londoners and visitors to the city had been discouraged from celebrating the start of 2017 due to recent terror attacks.

:: New Year celebrations around the world[2]

He said the display would pay tribute to some of the artists who died in 2016.

Mr Khan told Sky News: “Our police and security services do an amazing job learning the lessons from some horrific incidents in other cities around the world – Berlin recently, Nice earlier this year, Paris last year.

“We adapt to make sure we preserve our way of life but keep our citizens and those visiting safe.

“We will have more than 3,000 visible police officers on the streets of London and at stations, but also we don’t want to stop people having a good time.

“We’ve got to make sure we don’t allow terrorist or people who want to destroy our way of life to stop us enjoying what’s going to be a great night.”

And forces across the country are also on alert.

West Midlands Police said: “While the security status remains at severe we have further resources in place should they be needed.”

In Scotland, some 80,000 people are expected to pack into Edinburgh city centre to celebrate Hogmanay.

Police Scotland said it had “reviewed” safety plans following the recent truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin.

Chief Superintendent Kenny MacDonald said: “We are absolutely confident that the plans that we have in place are proportionate and appropriate, and we will make sure that we deliver a safe event.”

The celebrations in Hull will focus on New Year’s Day when the city kicks off its tenure as City of Culture with a huge fireworks display it says will rival London’s New Year’s Eve party.

UK authorities say they are not responding to any specific intelligence of a threat[3], but are taking precautions after recent events in Europe.

In July, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel killed 86 people when he drove a 19-tonne lorry into crowds on Nice’s seafront promenade.

Earlier this month, Anis Amri killed 12 people when he drove a hijacked lorry into a Berlin Christmas market.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe told Sky News: “One of the things we’ve had to consider are the attacks in Nice and Berlin which used vehicles, so we’ve done our best to anticipate that and put measures in place that will keep people safe.

“It’s impossible to guarantee everything and I think everybody understands that.

“But we can take reasonable measures and I’m sure that’s what we’ve done tonight.

“I just hope we have a great night in London – that’s what usually happens every year, no reason to suspect that it won’t, but of course we’d be professionally negligent if we didn’t take reasonable steps – and that’s what we’ve done.”

Concrete bollards used to prevent New Year’s Eve lorry attack in London

Police have erected concrete barriers in Central London this evening to prevent a potential New Year’s Eve lorry attack, as celebrations commence in the capital.

Concrete bollards have been placed at junctions to block traffic from crowds, as 100,000 people are expected to flock to the banks of the River Thames to watch the annual fireworks display.

Armed police will also be deployed on Tube trains for the first time on New Year’s Eve as security is heightened following a police review.

The extra security measures were taken after Anis Amri ploughed a lorry into a gathering at a Berlin Christmas market[1] earlier this month, killing 12 people.

In July, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel[2] killed 86 people when he drove a 19-tonne lorry into crowds on Nice’s seafront promenade.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed security plans for the capital’s New Year’s Eve celebrations had been “adjusted” in the last few days including both overt and covert” measures, to avoid a copycat attack, but confirmed that police are not responding to any specific intelligence of a threat.

Superintendent Phil Langworthy told Sky News[3]: “Clearly we have been looking at what has happened around the world in terms of Berlin, Nice etc … and have adjusted our plans and continue to adjust our plans.”

3,000 officers are already mobilized in the city and will be supported by additional patrols, with British Transport Police working extended hours on New Year’s Eve for the second year in a row.

Regional forces are also on alert as celebrations take place across the country. West Midlands Police said: “While the security status remains at severe we have further resources in place should they be needed.”

In Scotland, some 80,000 people are expected to gather in Edinburgh’s city centre to celebrate Hogmanay.

Police Scotland said it has also “reviewed” safety plans following the truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin.

Chief Superintendent Kenny MacDonald said: “We are absolutely confident that the plans that we have in place are proportionate and appropriate, and we will make sure that we deliver a safe event.”

Read more => Concrete bollards used to prevent New Year’s Eve lorry attack in London[4]