Thousands gathered in Manchester city centre last night to hold a vigil in honour of the victims of Monday's suicide bombing, which killed 22 people and injured 64. Mancunians of all faiths came together less than 24 hours after the attack took place at Manchester Arena. The city's Lord Mayer, Eddy Newman, began the vigil by denouncing the attack and paying tribute to those killed and the emergency services. Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins also spoke. "As a father, I cannot begin to imagine how anyone can carry out such an unthinkable act — murdering 22 people and injuring 59," he said. "My thoughts and those of my colleagues are very much with their families at this incredibly
Walsh’s poem “This is the Place”, which was recited to thousands of people attending a vigil for the victims of the massacre in Manchester, highlights the democratic power of poetry. Almost 200 years ago – when another atrocity, the Peterloo massacre, robbed Manchester of peaceful people who had gathered together in a protest, demanding the right to vote – poetry became a way of channelling the anger and grief that people felt. The compression of rage in Percy Shelley’s poem “England in 1819” where he sides with a “people starved and stabbed on the untilled field” is still rousing and, although without the searing anger, Walsh’s poem is also there with the people.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Russia is set to reclaim the spot on the FIFA Council stripped from the country's deputy prime minister. UEFA said Wednesday that 2018 World Cup organizing committee CEO Alexei Sorokin is the only applicant to fill a seat left vacant by Vitaly Mutko. Sorokin must pass an eligibility test by a FIFA review panel to be accepted as a candidate and have a clear run at the Sept. 20 election. UEFA member federations will vote at a meeting in Geneva. Mutko, who is also the chairman of the World Cup organizing committee, was blocked by the FIFA panel in March because of a conflict with his government duties. However, a seat on the 37-member FIFA Council stayed vacant at UEFA's