Authorities in Gibraltar said they intercepted Thursday a super tanker believed to be breaching European Union sanctions by carrying a shipment of Iranian crude oil to war-ravaged Syria, while a senior Spanish official said the operation was requested by the United States. Gibraltar port and law enforcement agencies, assisted by Britain's Royal Marines, boarded the Grace 1 early Thursday, authorities on the British overseas territory at the tip of Spain said in a statement. It added that the vessel was believed to be headed to the Baniyas Refinery in Syria, which is a government-owned facility under the control of Syrian President Bashar Assad and subject to the EU's Syrian Sanctions Regime. The EU, and others, has imposed sanctions on Assad's government over its continued crackdown against civilians. They currently target 270 people and 70 entities. Spain's caretaker foreign minister said the tanker was stopped by British authorities after a request from the United States. Josep Borrell told reporters in Madrid that Spain is assessing the implications of the operation because the detention took place in waters it considers its own. Britain insists Gibraltar is part of the United Kingdom but Spain argues that it is not, and the tanker operation risks offending the Spanish. "We're looking into how this (operation) affects our sovereignty," said Borrell, who was nominated earlier this week to become the EU's foreign policy chief. The Spanish claim that the U.S. requested the operation switched attention to whether the tanker was carrying Iranian crude. The Gibraltar authorities didn't confirm the origin of the ship's cargo but Lloyd's List, a publication specialized in maritime affairs, reported this week that the Panama-flagged large carrier was laden with Iranian oil. Experts were said to have concluded that it carried oil from Iran because the tanker wasn't sending geographic information while in Iranian waters. According to a U.N. list, the ship is owned by the Singapore-based Grace Tankers Ltd. According to the data firm Refinitv, the vessel likely carried just over 2 million barrels of Iranian crude oil. Tracking data showed that the tanker made a slow trip around the southern tip of Africa before reaching the Mediterranean. The tanker's detention comes at a particularly sensitive time as tensions between the U.S. and Iran grow over the unraveling of a 2015 nuclear deal, which President Donald Trump withdrew from last year. Trump has also slapped sanctions onto Iran and recently approved the passage of a carrier group, bombers and fighter jets to the Persian Gulf. In recent days, Iran has broken through the limit the deal put on its stockpile of low-enriched uranium and plans on Sunday to boost its enrichment. Meanwhile, oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz have been targeted in mysterious attacks as Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen launch bomb-laden drones into Saudi Arabia. The U.S. has rushed thousands of additional troops, an aircraft carrier, B-52 bombers and F-22 fighters to the region, raising fears of a miscalculation sparking a wider conflict. Last month Iran shot down a U.S. surveillance drone, further stoking those fears. Iran's intelligence minister said Thursday that any negotiations with the U.S. would have to be approved by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and would require the lifting of U.S. sanctions. Khamenei has until now ruled out talks with the U.S., saying that Washington cannot be trusted. On Thursday, the official IRNA news agency quoted Information Minister Mahmoud Alavi as saying "if the supreme leader permits, negotiations between Iran and the United States will be held." He added, however, that Tehran would not negotiate under pressure. There was no immediate reaction to the tanker's detention from Syria, which has suffered severe fuel shortages as a result of the civil war and Western sanctions that have crippled the country's oil industry, once the source of 20 percent of government revenues. Iran, which has provided vital military support to Assad, extended a $3 billion credit line for oil supplies beginning in 2013 but the Iranian aid dwindled as Washington restored tough sanctions. In November, the U.S. Treasury Department added a network of Russian and Iranian companies to its blacklist for shipping oil to Syria and warned of "significant risks" for those violating the sanctions. Fabian Picardo, Chief Minister of Gibraltar, which has in the past been a transit port for energy shipments without known buyers, said he has informed the EU about developments. In a statement, the British government welcomed the "firm action" by authorities in Gibraltar.

Photo: In this June 3, 2019 file photo, a pilot speaks to a crew member by an F/A-18 fighter jet on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier in the Arabian Sea.  By Thursday, June 27, 2019, Iran says it will have over 300 kilograms of low-enriched uranium in its possession, which would mean it had broken out of the atomic accord. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

Iran's president warned European partners in its faltering nuclear deal on Wednesday that Tehran will increase its enrichment of uranium to "any amount that we want" beginning on Sunday, putting pressure on them to offer a way around intense U.S. sanctions targeting the country. The comments by President Hassan Rouhani come as tensions remain high between Iran and the U.S. over the deal, which President Donald Trump pulled America from over a year ago. Authorities on Monday acknowledged Iran broke through a limit placed on its stockpile of low-enriched uranium. An increasing stockpile and higher enrichment closes the estimated one-year window Iran would need to produce enough material for a nuclear bomb, something Iran denies it wants but the nuclear deal sought to prevent. Meanwhile, the U.S. has rushed an aircraft carrier, B-52 bombers and F-22 fighters to the region and Iran recently shot down a U.S. military surveillance drone. On Wednesday, Iran marked the shootdown by the U.S. Navy of an Iranian passenger jet in 1988, a mistake that killed 290 people and shows the danger of miscalculation in the current crisis. Speaking at a Cabinet meeting in Tehran, Rouhani's comments seemed to signal that Europe has yet to offer Iran anything to alleviate the pain of the renewed U.S. sanctions targeting its oil industry and top officials. Iran's nuclear deal currently bars it from enriching uranium above 3.67%, which is enough for nuclear power plants but far below the 90% needed for weapons. "In any amount that we want, any amount that is required, we will take over 3.67," Rouhani said. "Our advice to Europe and the United States is to go back to logic and to the negotiating table," Rouhani added. "Go back to understanding, to respecting the law and resolutions of the U.N. Security Council. Under those conditions, all of us can abide by the nuclear deal." There was no immediate reaction in Europe, where the European Union just the day before finalized nominations to take over the bloc's top posts. On Tuesday, European powers separately issued a statement over Iran breaking through its stockpile limit, calling on Tehran "to reverse this step and to refrain from further measures that undermine the nuclear deal." Under the nuclear deal, Iran agreed to have less than 300 kilograms (661 pounds) of uranium enriched to a maximum of 3.67%. Both Iran and the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog agency confirmed Monday that Tehran had breached that limit. While that represents Iran's first major departure from the accord, it still remains likely a year away from having enough material for a nuclear weapon. Iran insists its program is for peaceful purposes, but the West fears it could allow Iran to build a bomb. Meanwhile on Wednesday, relatives of those killed in the 1988 downing of the Iranian passenger jet threw flowers into the Strait of Hormuz in mourning. The downing of Iran Air flight 655 by the U.S. Navy remains one of the moments the Iranian government points to in its decades-long distrust of America. They rank it alongside the 1953 CIA-backed coup that toppled Iran's elected prime minister and secured Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi's absolute power until he abdicated the throne before the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Just after dawn on July 3, 1988, the USS Vincennes sent a helicopter to hover over Iranian speedboats the Navy described as harassing commercial ships. The Iranians allegedly fired on the helicopter and the Vincennes gave chase, the Navy said. Unacknowledged for years afterward by the Navy though, the Vincennes had crossed into Iranian territorial waters in pursuit. It began firing at the Iranian ships there. The Vincennes then mistook Iran Air flight 655, which had taken off from Bandar Abbas, Iran, heading for Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, for an Iranian fighter jet. It fired missiles, killing all 290 people on board. The U.S. later would give USS Vincennes Capt. William C. Rogers the country's Legion of Merit award, further angering Iran. Iranian state television aired footage Wednesday of mourners in the strait, as armed Iranian Revolutionary Guard fast boats patrolled around them. They tossed gladiolas into the strait as some wept.


How much is too much for streaming video? A dramatic slowdown in worldwide growth at Netflix — including the first quarterly drop in its U.S. subscribers since 2011 — is raising questions about just how much are people willing to pay for streaming services. Especially with a host of new ones from Disney, Apple and others on their way. A recent price increaseseems to have spookedNetflix subscribers. The company lost 126,000 subscribers in the U.S., less than 1% of its 60.1 million paid U.S. subscriptions, during the April-June period. Its most popular plan rose from $11 to $13 in a U.S. price hikeannounced in Januaryand rolled out for many subscribers during the second quarter. Worldwide, the service picked up 2.7 million worldwide subscribers, far below Netflix's forecast of 5 million. "Netflix raising prices prompted people to think about whether they were getting value for money," Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter said. While people are willing to shell out for several services to meet their streaming needs, he said, they're also willing to cancel if they're not using it enough, just as they would with a gym membership or a subscription to the New Yorker magazine. Streaming services preparing to compete with Netflix appear to be taking note. Disney Plus, set to debut in November, will already be cheaper than Netflix at $8 a month, though Disney Plus will also have a smaller video library. Hulu has cut prices to $6 from $8 for its main, ad-supported service. Services from Apple, due out this year, and WarnerMedia and NBCUniversal, out in 2020, don't have announced prices yet, although the NBCUniversal service will be free and ad-supported for traditional cable TV subscribers. Of course, even if these individual services are cheaper than Netflix, it's not clear how many consumers will be willing to pay for. One way to make a service appealing is not through better prices but through exclusive shows and deep libraries, including shows that Netflix will be losing. Netflix's two most popular shows, "Friends" and "The Office," will be departing in the coming months for rival services. Group M analyst Brian Weiser said that for now, other services shouldn't be overly concerned by a weak quarter or two at Netflix. He said streaming content consumption is still growing rapidly, so the overall market has plenty of room for competitors. And the streaming arena is a growth area in the much bigger and more mature entertainment industry. "I don't think it follows that if Netflix has an underperforming quarter that tells you about others," he said. Some analysts also believe Netflix's trouble is temporary. Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Graham said the subscriber numbers will likely hit the stock in the short term — the stock was down 11% in midday trading Thursday — but overall the company's growth remains on track, particularly overseas. "We still see a strong content strategy and room to add large numbers of international subscriptions as key strengths going forward," he wrote in a note to investors. Similarly, Pivotal Research Group analyst Jeffrey Wlodarczak said investors shouldn't make a "mountain out of a molehill," with the most recent quarterly figures. The spring quarter is typically sluggish for the streaming service, and Netflix acknowledged a weak content slate could have been partly responsible for the drop. It expects to regain some momentum this summer, projecting that it will add 7 million subscribers from July through September. The optimism stems in part from the immense popularity of "Stranger Things," whose third season attracted record viewership after its July 4 release. Netflix has said it welcomes the competition. It ended June with 151.6 million worldwide subscribers, far more than a current crop of video streaming rivals that includes Amazon and Hulu.

Netflix's video streaming service suffered a dramatic slowdown in growth during its traditionally sluggish spring season, a drop-off coming as the company boosts its prices and girds for even stiffer competition. The service picked up 2.7 million worldwide subscribers for the April-June period. That's far below Netflix's forecast of 5 million subscribers. The second-quarter letdown announced Wednesday comes after Netflix attractednearly 10 million subscribers during the first three months of the year, more than any other quarter since the debut of its video streaming service 12 years ago. The slowdown rattled investors already wondering how Netflix might fare against a new wave of competition coming this fall when both Walt Disney Co. and Apple plan to launch their own video streaming services. After the second-quarter numbers came out, Netflix's stock plunged 12% in extending trading. If that sell-off is replicated in Thursday's regular trading session, it will be the largest decline in Netflix's stock price in three years and wipe out $18 billion in shareholder wealth. Netflix ended June with 151.6 million worldwide subscribers, far more than a current crop of video streaming rivals that includes as Amazon and Hulu. Signalling it expects to regain some momentum this summer, the company projected it will add 7 million subscribers from July through September. The optimism stems in part from the immense popularity of "Stranger Things,"whose third season attracted record viewershipafter its July 4 release. But the battle for viewers' attention and dollars is about to get much tougher. Besides the Disney and Apple, AT&T will also join the fray next year with HBO Max and NBC is expanding into video streaming, too. "I think our position is excellent," Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said during a Wednesday webcast. "We're building amazing capacity for content. Our product has never been in better shape." Netflix traced the second-quarter's slow subscriber growth primarily to a recent round of prices increase, including hikes of 13% to 18% in its biggest market, in the U.S. That pushed the price of its most popular U.S. plan to $13 per month, testing the bounds of how much some consumers are willing to pay for a service that started out at $8 per month for the same level of service. Disney is already planning to undercut Netflixby charging just $7 per month for its new service. Some U.S. households decided Netflix is no longer worth it at the higher price, causing the company to end June with 120,000 fewer subscribers in the country than it had at the end of March. Hastings brushed off the disappointing second quarter as an aberration and predicted Netflix's subscriber growth this year will surpass the 28.6 million customers who were added last year. But the increasingly crowded video streaming field has led to questions whether Netflix will be able to maintain the rapid rate of subscriber growth that has made its stock as one of Wall Street's premier performers during the past decade. A $10,000 investment in Netflix at the end of 2009 would have been worth $460,000 at the end of Wednesday's regular trading session. Netflix also needs more customers to help cover the costs of all the exclusive TV series and movies that it keeps adding to its line-up to stand out for the rest of the crowd. The Los Gatos, California, company so far has been borrowing heavily to finance a highly acclaimed slate of programming that garnered 117 Emmy nominations,second only to HBO's 137 nominationsamong all networks. Selling ads would help Netflix bring in more revenue, but the company's management on Wednesday reiterated the service will continue to remain commercial-free. For now, Netflix is still burning through more cash than it is bringing in. In the second quarter, it registered a negative cash flow of $594 million and expects to accumulate a negative cash flow of $3.5 billion for the entire year. Part of that outgoing money will go toward the development of more original shows to replace some of the programmings that it has been licensing from Disney, AT&T and NBC, all of which are reclaiming the rights for their own streaming services. The lossesinclude "Friends" and "The Office,"long-defunct series that still remain among the most-watched shows on Netflix. But Netflix still posts profits due to the way entertainment companies are allowed to account for their programming costs. In the most recent quarter, Netflix earned nearly $271 million, a 30% drop from the same time last year. Revenue climbed 26% from last year to $4.9 billion.


Frank Comito, Director General and President of the CHTA

TheCaribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is calling a decision by Booking.comto charge hotels commissions on resort fees on top of a hotel’s base rate asgrossly unfair. In a release, the CHTA said it has called for the immediate discontinuance of the policy which was expected to be rolled out since June. The trade organisation wrote a letter to Booking.com,citing"a strong negative backlash" from members particularly how it cuts into employee tips and gratuities. CHTA pointed to a recent survey of its 33 national hotel and tourism federation associations, and hotels which revealed a belief the commission policy was "regressive and punitive" adding to Booking.com's revenue while reducing the profitability of the Caribbean tourism industry, hotel operations and the earnings of many of the region's employees. CHTA said more than 60 percent of hotels reported the Booking.com commission policy will result in changes in how they assess and/or cover these charges, which survey respondents indicated included:increasing rates; deducting the commission from the tip/gratuity amount paid to employees; no longer accepting bookings from Booking.com; or reconsidering the discounted percentage offered to Booking.com. Among the actions CHTA said a number of the region's hotels considered takingincludeapplying a Booking.com Fee Surchargeto customer billings to recover the added costand using other booking platforms. CHTA's CEO and Director General Frank Comito added the commissions would directly affect travelers because some of the higher costs associated with additional payments to Booking.com will need to be shared by the traveling public, as some hotels seek to recoup losses by raising prices. "In a region where consumer price sensitivity and high operating costs are an ongoing challenge, this presents the industry with an added predicament," Comito stated. He also cautioned the commissions would be a short term profit for Booking.com which could eventually be a significant long term loss for the company as 84 percent of hotels surveyed are reconsidering using Booking.com as a result of the new policy.

Photo: Evseenkov Igor, 48, from Russia, and 23-year-old Idiiatullin Danil, were reported missing after leaving the French territory of Saint-Martin in June 2019. The pair was last seen in Grenada in early July. Photo courtesy Andrey Khokhlov/Facebook.

Update July 19, 2019: A missing yacht which was last seen in Grenada has been found. According to updates received from the vessel and relayed by friends, the 'Arawak' which was due to arrive in Trinidad and Tobago this month, instead changed course and arrived in the Canaries, St Lucia. The skipper, 48-year-old Evseenkov Igor and his friend 23-year-old Idiiatullin Danil, had allegedly not notified anyone of their change in destination. The Arawak was last seen in Tyrell Bay, Carriacou, about three weeks ago. Friends became concerned after the vessel did not arrive in Trinidad and shared requests for information via social media. Original story: The public is being asked for help in providing any information on a yacht which left Saint-Martin in June and was due to arrive in Trinidad but has not yet arrived. Facebook user Andrey Khokhlov shared a Facebook post on July 13, 2019, asking if anyone had seen them after they left the French territory of Saint-Martin, allegedly bound for Trinidad and Tobago. Khokhlov expressed concern that perhaps the boat may have been attacked by pirates while in waters between Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago. They left St Martin on June 16, 2019 and were last seen at Tyrell Bay,Carriacou three weeks ago, but have not been seen since, he said. "We are looking for our friends.They left from St Martin, Marigot bay to destination of Trinidad and Tobago 16.06.2019.The sailboat is a white ketch, with two masts, it’s a F&C 44, name of the boat ARAWAK, registered in Sweden." The two sailors onboard are 48-year-old Evseenkov Igor, 48, from Russia and 23-year-old Idiiatullin Danil, from Ukraine, according to the Facebook post. Khokhlov, who is a friend of the men, said he is communicating with their families who are very anxious. He said the French Coast Guard has been active in searching for them but so far nothing has been found. Head of the Trinidad and Tobago Yacht Association, Tommy Johnson, said it's possible the men are still up the islands. He emphasised that there were no recorded incidents of piracy in Trinidad and Tobago waters since April 2019. Johnson said the association is trying to counteract fearmongering from some quarters over piracy attacks in Trinidad and Tobago's waters. He said that mariners leaving Grenada for Trinidadare being warned of piracy attacks which is causing undue panic. Anyone with information on the missing boat is urged to contact the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard immediately on 1-868-634-4439, or email Khokhlov onodiss@bk.ru. LoopTT has reached out to the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard for further information. Italian sailor missing after leaving Saint-Martin, headed for Colombia In a separate incident, another boat was reported as missing while sailing from St Martin to Colombia in June 2019. According to Boat Watch Net,Rocco Acocella, skipper of the Trinavis, was recorded as missing, his last signal was sent June 23, 2019. He was expected to arrive in Baranquilla, Colombia, on June 29, but never arrived. The site said the Colombian coast guard was engaged in the search but was unsuccessful.


Chris Paul (left) and James Harden.

James Harden insists there is no bad blood between him and Chris Paul. The Houston Rockets star was rumoured to have had enough ofPaul following theirsecond-round playoff exit at the hands of the Golden StateWarriors in May. Some reports stated Harden would notanswer Paul's phone calls after last seasonand claimedthe duo's relationship was "unsalvageable." Paul has since been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, with Russell Westbrook coming the other way in a blockbuster deal. However,Harden told reporters onSaturday that speculation of friction between him and Paul was not accurate. "It was a lot of false talk," Harden said. "Obviously as team-mates, ascompetitors we argue on the court. You have your disagreements on the court. Your arguments on the court. But that's just part of basketball. Everybody has that. No matter what level of basketball you're in. "All the negative media stuff and all the stuff that was running, it wasn't true. Me and Chris had constant communication and you know, we're good." With Paul now out of the picture, Harden is set for a reunion with Westbrook, who he played alongside inOklahoma City from 2009-12 before being traded to the Rockets. Harden led the NBA in scoring with 36.1 points per game while Westbrook averaged a triple-double for a third straight year in 2018-19. "I'm excited for this opportunity," Harden said. "It's a new chapter, but I know he's [Westbrook]excited."

West Indies A registered their first win of the five-match unofficial One-Day International (ODI) series on Fridayas they defeated India A by five runs in a nail-biting contest at the Coolidge Cricket Ground inAntigua. Captain Roston Chase set the stage for West Indies A victory.He hitfour fours and two sixes in the top score of 84 from 100 as West Indies A scored 298 for nine from their allocation of 50. Hometown star Devon Thomassupported with 70 from 95 balls, left-hander Jonathan Cartermade 50 from 43 balls and opener Sunil Ambrishit 34 in the home team’s best batting performance of the series. Chasing a victory target of 298, India A were restricted to 293 for nine from their 50 overs. The West Indies “A” bowlers worked their way through the visitors’ batting, leaving the Indians 160 for six in the 32nd over before Axar Patel anchored two successive half-century stands to inch them close. Three successive half-century stands were at the heart of the turnaround in the West Indies Abatting performance. Ambris shared 73 with Thomas for the second wicket before he departed in the 15th over, when Chase came to the crease to put on 81 for the third wicket with Thomas. After Thomas fell in the 33rd over, Chase and left-handed compatriot Carter advanced the scoring with a stand of 97 for the fourth wicket. When Chase became the second of four wickets for Syed Khaleel Ahmed in the 45th over, there was little resistance from the rest of the batting, as the home team lost six wickets for 39 in the space of 29 balls. A sharp bit of fielding gave West Indies Aan early breakthrough when India Astarted their chase and they continued to take wickets at regular intervals to leave the visitors on the backfoot. But Patel smashed eight fours and one six in 81 not out from 63 balls, sharing stands of 60 for the seventh wicket with Washington Sundar and 69 for the eighth wicket with Ahmedto give the Indians hope of a successful run chase. But Chase’s side held itsnerve to clinch the victory. West Indies A now trail 3-1with the final contest taking place on Sunday at the same venue. SCOREBOARD WEST INDIES A *S Ambris c Navdeep Saini b Pandya 46 K Ottley c wkp Kishan b Khaleel Ahmed 1 +D Thomas c Avesh Khan b Sundar 70 R Chase c Pandey b Khaleel Ahmed 84 J Carter c Pandey b Khaleel Ahmed 50 R Powell c Pandya b Avesh Khan 1 S Rutherford c Axar Patel b Khaleel Ahmed 2 K Paul c Pandey b Avesh Khan 11 R Reifer c wkp Kishan b Avesh Khan 0 R Shepherd not out 21 K Pierre not out 1 Extras(lb4, w5, nb2) 11 TOTAL(9 wkts, 50 overs) 298 Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-76, 3-157, 4-254, 5-263, 6-263, 7-265, 8-274, 9-289. Bowling: Khaleel Ahmed 10-0-67-4, Navdeep Saini 7-0-42-0, Avesh Khan 8-1-62-3, Krunal Pandya 9-0-33-1, Axar Patel 9-1-36-0, Sundar 7-0-54-1. INDIA A R Gaikwad c wkp Thomas b Paul 20 Anmolpreet Singh run out 11 H Vihari c Rutherford b Chase 20 K Pandya c Carter b Pierre 45 *M Pandey c & b Powell 24 +Ishan Kishan c Reifer b Paul 14 W Sundar c Shepherd b Powell 45 Axar Patel not out 81 Khaleel Ahmed c Rutherford b Reifer 15 Navdeep Saini run out 0 Avesh Khan not out 1 Extras(b2, lb2, w11, nb2) 17 TOTAL(9 wkts, 50 overs) 293 Fall of wickets: 1-32, 2-36, 3-82, 4-123, 5-127, 6-160, 7-220, 8-289, 9-291. Bowling: Shepherd 4-0-34-0, Paul 10-1-61-2, Pierre 10-0-41-1, Chase 10-0-42-1, Reifer 9-1-64-1, Powell 7-0-47-2. Result:West Indies A won by five runs. Series:India A lead five-match series 3-1. Toss: India A. Umpires:G Brathwaite, N Duguid.


Stanley Okinyi's day starts early as he sets off to take his young daughter to school. Okinyi is keen to ensure the child has access to therapists there. His daughter Happy Bosibori was born wihtout disabilities, but at the age of three she had meningitis. Since then Happy has been without movement, or speech. He researched the schools to find one which would be able to offer his daughter the therapy she needed. Children with disabilities are less likely to get even a basic education, accessing anything for them is difficult especially here in Kibera, a slum in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Now Okinyi goes around the slum collecting other disabled children to take them to school, but it's not always an easy task. "There are a lot of challenges in these children. There are some you find they are hitting each other some are hitting the window panes, another one might hit themself until you wonder what is wrong with the child so I am forced to stop by the roadside so as to control the kids and continue with the journey," says Okinyi. Here at the Mary Rice Centre the children are able to socialize with each other and get the care and attention they need. The school specialises in helping children with disabilities and the basic education is free. It relies on foreign aid to run it's operations. Okinyi's kindness to the children is appreciated by the school. Director Gerald Mgalula says: "Through Stanley we have been able to reach more children with special needs especially those with physical challenges coming from Kibera slum because previous we were using wheelchair and the wheelchair has been difficult because of the terrain which is available in Kibera slum. Parents find it difficult to manoeuvre using the wheelchair and some of them did not have wheelchair they were carrying those children and the children were very heavy most of them to bring them to the centre. Because they do not come from near the centre they come from as far as Silanga and Highrise (referring to some villages inside the slum). So to come all the way was very difficult for most parents to bring those children." Okinyi makes two trips - one in the morning and another in the afternoon to make sure that the children get home safely after school. Forty youngsters rely on the transport he provides. Okinyi says he started taking all the children after seeing the pain and struggle their parents were going through. One of those parents is Lorna Naliaka. She struggles to carry her disabled daughter Trizah Nanjala on her back and push her in a wheelchair. "The challenges I go through with Trizah (referring to her daughter) is that nowadays Trizah is grown up. She is too heavy for me, I can't carry her. I used to carry her on my back to school and then it reached a time when she was too heavy for me, I even decided to leave her at home but suddenly we got Stanley. Stanley helped us with a car, to carry the children to school," says Naliaka. Without Okinyi most parents would be forced to carry their children on their backs because is almost impossible to push a wheelchair through the unpaved, labyrinthine alleyways. Most schools in the slum lack a transport. Okinyi's van is not wheelchair accessible and lacks basic security features such as seat-belts. The van has seen better days and is also prone to breaking down, sometimes it has to be repaired with the children still inside. Okinyi rarely charges the parents, he uses his own money to maintain and fuel the van as most children come from families that can't afford transport. Research on children like these has been done by the National Coordinating Agency for population and Development and The Kenya National Bureau of statistics. In 2008 they found that only 67 percent of disabled children get a primary education, less than a fifth, 19 percent actually complete their secondary education. Access to schools is the main reason students fails to complete their education. Prisca Akumu works as a coordinator for The Action Foundation. She's also disabled and was born and raised in Kibera. She says: "I have worked with children with disabilities for seven years. The challenges that children living with disabilities go through for example myself I went to school in Kibera and the challenges that I had by then were when it it came time for going to school, most schools were not allowing children with disabilities because I went to special school from nursery to class one, and when I got to class two, I went to a normal school. So the challenges were when it came time for going to school many times I used to fall going through the bad roads in the slum. So those are the challenges that made me not attain a better education because most of the time I was returning home." In Kibera Stanley Okinyi is single handedly making a big difference in the lives of both students and parents. With a proper education these children can hope to get work and become independent in the future.

A female suicide bomber struck outside a hospital in Pakistan on Sunday as the wounded were being brought in from an earlier shooting against police, in a complex assault claimed by the Pakistani Taliban that killed a total of nine people and wounded another 30. Salim Riaz Khan, a senior police officer in Dera Ismail Khan, said gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on police in a residential area, killing two. He says the bomber then struck at the entrance to the hospital, killing another four police and three civilians who were visiting their relatives. He said eight police were among the wounded, and that many of the wounded were in critical condition. Inayat Ullah, a local forensics expert, said the female attacker set off 7 kilograms (15 pounds) of explosives packed with nails and ball-bearings. The blast damaged the emergency room and forced it to shut down, according to a hospital official, who said the wounded were taken to a military hospital. The official spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal. The Pakistani Taliban claimed the attack but did not acknowledge that the bomber was a woman. The group has launched scores of attacks going back nearly two decades, but almost all of them were carried out by men. Pakistan's military has carried out several major operations in recent years against the Pakistani Taliban and other militants in areas along the porous border with Afghanistan. The violence has declined, but the militants still make their presence known through occasional attacks, mainly targeting security forces and religious minorities. Later on Sunday, police said they had arrested 16 suspects in the attack, all of whom belong to banned organizations. Police officer Habib Ahmed said authorities also seized weapons during the manhunt.