What date was the Battle of Trafalgar and how is Trafalgar Day celebrated? – The Sun

AT the Battle of Trafalgar 200 years ago, Britain's Royal Navy defeated Spain and France – and it is still remembered today.

Members of the public still gather to watch the armed forces and celebrate this historic victory each year.

When is Trafalgar Day?

Trafalgar Day is every year on October 21, the day of the battle of Trafalgar.

While celebrations take place across the country, the main even is in the capital with the Trafalgar Day Parade taking place in London.

A ceremony also takes place in Portsmouth, on board the warship HMS Victory, Lord Horatio Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar.

The ship's ceremony takes place on the day itself – while London's parade is on the closest Sunday.

The ceremony on board Victory is also an act of remembrance both for Lord Nelson and the men that lost their lives in the famous battle.

The day starts on the ship with the raising of the White Ensign of the Royal Navy and the Union Jack.

Following that the flag sequence of Nelson's famous message to the fleet is also raised: "England expects that every man will do his duty."

When was the Battle of Trafalgar?

The Battle of Trafalgar took place on October 21, 1805 with the British ships taking on both the French and Spanish fleets off the Cape of Trafalgar.

It was our Navy's most famous victory – and confirmed our reign on the seas.

The date also marks Lord Nelson's death, as he was fatally injured in the battle.

During the battle Nelson was shot by a Frenchman's musket ball as he was on Victory's quarterdeck.

He's regarded as the greatest officer in the history of the Royal Navy with Trafalgar seen has his greatest victory.

Where is the Trafalgar Day parade?

The main Trafalgar Day parade takes place in central London on Sunday – between 10.30am and 1pm. It's free to attend.

The parade passes from Horse Guards Parade, in Westminster, past Buckingham Palace and down The Mall – before arriving in Trafalgar Square.

Some 400 Sea Cadets from the UK, aged 10-18, will march on behalf of the Royal Navy – a tradition which spans more than a century.

Expect to see the first of the cadets pass Admiralty Arch at around 10.45am.

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Kremlin: Turkey's Syria operation should not damage political process

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Turkey’s military operation in northeast Syria should not to damage the political process in the country and that Ankara’s actions there should be proportional.

Speaking to reporters on a conference call, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, however, that Moscow respected Turkey’s right to defend itself. Russia is a close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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‘Panther’ spotted prowling Brit woods moments after Rottweiler cross is mauled

Dog owners claim their Rottweiler cross was attacked by a black panther as they innocently ambled through a Brit woodland.

The big cat “swiped” at the dog in Wakerley Woods in Corby, Northamptonshire.

The incident was reported to police at 4.45pm last Sunday, October 13.

A spokeswoman for Northamptonshire Police told Daily Star Online that the witnesses said the beast was “bigger than their dog”.

She said: “We had reports of a Rottweiler cross Labrador dog being attacked by a large black cat in Wakerley Woods, opposite Finshade Woods.

“On finding the dog, their owners noticed it was looking up into a tree and when they looked, they describe seeing a puma/panther type cat which was bigger than their dog.

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“The dog received a claw injury to the face.

“We have made the Forestry Commission aware as it is their land.”

The bizarre news has already spread on Twitter, with locals not sure how to take it.

Stapleford Railway tweeted: “There was an attack on a large dog in Wakerley woods nr Mick Geirge quarry last night.

“Dog was off its lead and the panther swiped it in defence. Dog is ok but shaken as are owners who reported to police.

“Please keep dogs close or on leads in woods. “There was also sighting Greetham.”

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David Parker replied: “Is this legit??”

“I thought those sightings were long gone,” Peter Crossland wrote.

There have been numerous reports of black panthers prowling through British parks over the decades.

But a black panther is not a separate species of big cat but a highly-pigmented leopard or jaguar.

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When a black panther breeds the cubs tend to have a typical golden colour with dark spots — but these don’t make up the majority of alleged sightings in Britain.

Experts say the black cats seen are normally just regular house cats which, viewed at a distance, look bigger than they are.

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Four detained in Bulgaria over racist chants at England game

(Reuters) – Bulgarian police have detained four people in connection with the racist abuse faced by England’s black players during a Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia with more arrests likely, the country’s interior ministry said on Wednesday.

England thrashed Bulgaria 6-0 on Monday to hand the hosts their heaviest ever home defeat but the match was marred by a section of home supporters taunting the visiting players with Nazi salutes and monkey chants.

“An operation… is underway to identify and act on people who have committed indecent acts during a football match between the national teams of Bulgaria and England,” Bulgaria’s Ministry of Interior said on its website.

“So far, four have been detained by the police, whose involvement in the incident is being clarified. Work is still ongoing to identify other participants in the incident. The collected materials will be reported to the prosecutor’s office.”

More arrests were expected on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the interior ministry said.

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Florida man arrested in sex assault of girl met on Snapchat

A Florida man is accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl he met on Snapchat.

News outlets report 22-year-old Austin Wyatt Altman was arrested Saturday on charges including sexual battery on a child and violating probation. Pasco County deputies say Altman picked her up from her house on Saturday and brought her back to his Spring Hill home, where he assaulted her.

Hernando County deputies investigating a missing child report tracked the girl to Altman’s home, where they say she was found in his bedroom. An arrest report says the girl told authorities that Altman forced her to have sex. It says Altman admitted to sex with her.

Altman was on probation at the time for a felony charge of forced entry. It’s unclear where he has a lawyer.

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South China Sea: Vietnam vows to ‘fight’ for its territory in severe blow to Xi Jinping

The two states have experienced a crisis point in their diplomatic ties following Beijing’s institution of its nine-dash line policy. Under the nine-dash line policy, China lays claim to several territories that are currently contested with multiple neighbouring nations.

Such has been the territorial dispute, that China has clashed with the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.

In July tensions between Vietnam and China reached a high point when Beijing dispatched a research ship to conduct surveying missions in waters controlled by Vietnam.

Both countries claimed that they were merely exercising their own sovereign rights.

More recently, Vietnam’s President and Communist Party chief, Nguyen Phu Trong has insisted that his country is prepared to defend itself at any cost in a recent government statement.

Although he did admit that Vietnam had good relations with China, the President also stated that the country will never give its territory.

Mr Trong said: “We will resolutely and persistently maintain independence while fighting for the protection of our sovereignty, but we must maintain a peaceful environment for development.

“What belongs to our independence and national sovereignty, we will never give up.

“We are determined to fight and win.”

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The recent Haiyan Dizhi 8 vessel was still continuing its survey mission through the territorial waters on Tuesday.

According to shipping data, the vessel was being escorted by two other Chinese ships as it passed through the waters.

Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said on the ship: “The Chinese survey vessel Haiyang Dizhi 8 and its escort vessels continue, and expand their operations within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, thus seriously violating Vietnam’s sovereign rights.

“Once again, Vietnam demands that China immediately cease its serious violations, withdraw all of its vessels from Vietnam’s maritime zones and desist from repeating similar violations.”


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In other news relating to the relations between the two countries, Vietnam recently pulled the DreamWorks film, Abominable from its cinemas.

The reason being for the decision was that in one scene where there was a map declaring China’s nine-dash line policy.

Due to its implementation of the nine-dash line policy, China has become increasingly visible in the region.

As well as vessels passing through contested water, artificial islands have also been built.

Such is the increased presence of Chinese vessels that both the UK and US have sent warships to help police certain areas of the region.

Recently, the UK send the new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth to the region.

China hit back at the news of the European nations ordering key ships in their fleets to sail to the disputed sea area.

Major General Su Guanghui, China’s defence attaché to Britain said earlier this month: “If the US and UK join hands in a challenge or violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China, that would be hostile action.”

This followed France’s announcement it had sent its Frigate, Dixmude, to the Spratly Islands, which are a contested group of islands within the nine-dash line.

Due to the clash between the Philippines and China a tribunal court was forced to intervene and voted that China had no evidence for historical claims on the territory.

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California oil facility fire prompts hazmat emergency affecting thousands of people

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A fire at an oil storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area prompted authorities to warn about 12,000 residents to stay inside with all windows and doors closed Tuesday due to hazardous particulates in the air.

The fire broke out at around 2 p.m. in two tanks at the Nustar oil and refined products storage facility in Crockett, Calif., about 30 miles northeast of San Francisco. A Contra Costa County Fire Department spokesperson said the fire had spread to a third tank, causing grassfires in the surrounding areas.

The Contra Costa Health Department announced a “hazardous materials emergency” affecting Crockett, who number about 3,100 and nearby Rodeo, population 8,700. The department urged residents to stay indoors with windows and doors sealed and to turn off heaters, air conditioners and fans.

“Cover any cracks around doors or windows with tape or damp towels," the department said. "Stay off the phone unless you need to report a life-threatening emergency at your location."

"This is a very dynamic, rapidly evolving situation," said Capt. George Laing of the Contra Costa Fire Department. He said authorities received numerous reports of explosions before the fire and the flaming tanks “are releasing chemicals that are still burning."


Contra Costa Fire Department spokesman Steve Hill said the tanks held varying amounts of ethanol. One tank alone contained around 167,000 gallons of the flammable substance.

(Henry Wofford/Napa County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Approximately 200 firefighters were battling the blazes using foam on the flames and water to cool adjacent tanks to prevent them from catching fire.

Officials closed Interstate 80, one of the busiest in the Bay Area at the peak of rush hour, causing major traffic jams. The California Highway Patrol said the closure was expected to last at least until midnight.

One Rodeo resident, Gabriel Iturbe, told The Associated Press he was sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic trying to get home to his teenage son. His son had called him to say he heard a loud explosion.

“It literally rocked the house and then soon after, he heard what sounded like a jet plane," said Iturbe, speaking from his cellphone as his car inched forward in traffic. He said he could see “thick, black smoke” and was trying to take his son to a less smoky location.

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Nustar said the burning tanks accounted for less than 1 percent of their capacity.


Officials said they did not immediately know the cause of the fire and whether there was any connection to a 4.5-magnitude earthquake Monday night centered in the East Bay city of Pleasant Hill, north of Oakland.

That quake caused malfunctions at two nearby oil refineries operated by Shell and Marathon oil, Randy Sawyer, Contra Costa County's chief environmental health and hazardous materials officer, told KQED News. Some equipment at the Shell refinery was temporarily affected by the quake, spokesman Ray Fisher said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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U.S. House passes legislation taking hard line on China over Hong Kong, Huawei

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed four pieces of legislation taking a hard line on China, three related to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong and one commending Canada’s government in a dispute over the extradition of an executive from Huawei Technologies.

All four measures passed by unanimous voice vote, as members of Congress – Democrats and Republicans – said they wanted to take an aggressive stance on China and show support for Hong Kong following four months of unrest in the city.

The measures come despite delicate U.S.-China trade talks.

One of the measures, the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, would require the U.S. secretary of state to certify every year that Hong Kong was retaining its autonomy in order to keep receiving the special treatment that has allowed it to be a major financial center.

A second, the Protect Hong Kong Act, would bar commercial exports of military and crowd control items that Hong Kong policy could use against demonstrators.

The Senate has not yet scheduled votes on the legislation, which would send the measures to the White House for Trump to sign into law – or veto. However, a Foreign Relations Committee aide said votes on Hong Kong-related measures were expected in the chamber in the coming weeks.

The third measure passed by the House is a non-binding resolution recognizing Hong Kong’s relationship to the United States, condemning Beijing’s “interference” in its affairs, and supporting the right of the city’s residents to protest.

The fourth was another non-binding House resolution commending Canada for its actions related to a U.S. request to extradite Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested in Canada in December.

Meng is charged in the United States with bank fraud and is accused of misleading HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA.L) about Huawei’s business in Iran, which is under U.S. sanctions. Meng has said she is innocent and is fighting extradition.

The United States has accused Huawei of stealing American intellectual property and violating Iran sanctions. Many Republican and Democratic members of Congress say they view the company as a security threat.

Hong Kong has been rocked by massive marches and at times violent protests involving teargas, petrol bombs and live rounds, over concerns Beijing is tightening its grip on the city and eroding democratic rights.

Beijing rejects the charge and accuses Western countries, like the United States and Britain, of stirring up trouble.

The unrest poses the biggest popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012. He has warned that any attempt to divide China would be crushed.

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Thousands of children have been caught carrying weapons in school including some as young as FOUR – The Sun

THOUSANDS of pupils have been caught carrying weapons in school — including some as young as four.

A 14-year-old was found with a sword, while knives, knuckle-dusters, a hammer and a Taser have also been seized by cops, Freedom of Information data reveals.

There were 1,072 incidents in the last financial year and 311 more between April and August.

But the true figure will be much higher with many forces including London’s Met — the UK’s biggest — not providing data.

School leaders said the figures were "grim but unsurprising", reflecting an issue in society as a whole that schools cannot solve alone.

Police chiefs warned that violence is a growing problem among young people, and forces are working with schools to educate youngsters and explain why they should not carry weapons.

The rate of knife crime in other parts of the country is rising quicker than certain London boroughsInformation from 29 police forces in England and Wales with relevant data showed there were 1,072 incidents in the last financial year, up from 831 in the previous 12 months.

Knives, including lock-knives, pen knives and craft knives, were involved in 1,260 incidents across between April 2017 and summer 2019 – more than half of the incidents reported overall.

In one case, Dyfed Powys recorded an unidentified four-year-old who is said to have been in possession of an unnamed weapon. They were unable to provide further details about the incident.

Lucy Martindale, a youth worker from south London who lost 11 family and friends to murder, gun and knife crime during a seven-year period, said: "The situation is getting worse, even just this year.

"Some young people I speak to say before they leave the house – where most people check they have picked up their keys and wallet or purse – they check they have their knives with them.

"There needs to be more collaborative action."

Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney, National Police Chiefs' Council lead for children and young people, said that although incidents are rare, forces are seeing a small number of offences on school premises involving weapons.

"Serious violence is a growing problem amongst young people and we continue to work closely with partners to address this," she said.

Knife crimes per 10,000 people

Manchester 24.6

Liverpool 16.3

Slough 15.6

Nottingham 15.2

Birmingham 15.1

Blackpool 14.3

Leeds 13.6

Reading 12.9

Preston 11.9

Stoke 11.8

Middlesbrough 11.2

Norwich 10

Coventry 9.7

Bristol 8.9

Sheffield 8.6

Newcastle 8.6

Cardiff 8.6

Oxford 8.6

Peterborough 7.4

Cambridge 5.9

Wrexham 5.8

Canterbury 4

Plymouth 4

Exeter 3.2

"Police involvement in schools, whether it be officers delivering talks and interactive sessions or based in schools themselves as part of the Safer Schools Partnership, helps us to educate young people and explain why carrying a weapon is never the right choice."

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, argued that cuts to policing and local support services are fuelling problems with weapons in society.

He said: "These figures are grim but unsurprising and reflect a growing problem over the prevalence of weapons in wider society."


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