Aysha Frade the first named civilian victim of Westminster attack was picking

first_imgHe added: “This is a small town and we all know each other here.”As well as the minute’s silence, the town has also declared two days of mourning.One local said Aysha – the daughter of a Cypriot dad and Spanish mum whose birth name was Aysha Ahmet Caldelas – had been born in Britain but would often holiday in Betanzos around the time of its annual festival.The two celebrations she is thought to have attended on a regular basis both take place in August.At the festival of San Roque, a large paper balloon is launched. Later in August decorated boats sail along the Mandeo river.Tributes poured in on social media after friends learned of her death.Ramon Tombo Bastida wrote: “Wonderful lovely woman. We will all sadly miss you. RIP Aysha.”Begonia Lopez Martinez said: “There is a new angel in the sky… One amazing, extraordinary angel… Going to miss you!!! RIP lovely & wonderful Aysha.” Part of the 43 year-old's family hailed from Betanzos near the Galician city of La Coruna One of the victims of Wednesday’s London terror attack has been named as Aysha Frade, a 43-year-old British woman of Galician origin.Mrs Frade was a married mother-of-two, according to Spanish newspaper La Voz de Galicia.She was born in Britain and had a Portuguese husband called John Frade.He, according to family, has said his life has “completely fallen apart”.His cousin said: “I can’t even put it into words how he’s [my cousin] feeling. His life’s completely fallen apart because of what’s happened. They’ve got young kids”.He told the Standard: “When I heard I was just absolutely shocked. I’m still just feeling terrible, it’s a terrible thing to happen and you just don’t expect it to happen so close to home in this way”.According to reports, she was leaving work at the DLD college near Westminster Bridge where she was a department head and taught Spanish, when she lost her life in the attack. She is said to have been crossing the bridge to pick up her children, aged 8 and 11, from school.Speaking outside the family’s former house, neighbour Patricia Scotland said she had known John Frade all his life, adding that she had first met Aysha when they first started dating.She added that the couple were a “lovely family” and had two young girls together.”I’ve known them for forty years. She was such a kind lovely woman,” she said.”Now to hear this, it’s a shock I tell you. The reality sank in. “The last time I spoke to them was New Year and Christmas. I spoke to them on the phone, you know, to wish them well. “I was going to give John a call this morning. We were neighbours from when John was a little baby, I’ve known him all his life.”She was a lovely lady. I just can’t believe what I’m hearing this morning.”  Aysha Frade, one of the victims of the Westminster terror attack, was “a highly regarded and loved” member of staff at DLD College London, her principal Rachel Borland said.Mrs Borland said in a statement:  “We are all deeply shocked and saddened at the news that one of the victims yesterday was a member of our staff, Aysha Frade. All our thoughts and our deepest sympathies are with her family. We will be offering every support we can to them as they try to come to terms with their devastating loss. Aysha worked as a member of our administration team at the college. She was highly regarded and loved by our students and by her colleagues. She will be deeply missed by all of us.”She had always lived in London, La Voz reported, where her parents met.Her father was of Cypriot origin and her mother was born in Betanzos in northwestern Spain.According to La Voz the woman often spent her holidays with her family back in the town.Her elder sisters run a language academy in Betanzos and she has many other friends in the town. Twitter Part of the 43 year-old’s family hailed from Betanzos near the Galician city of La CorunaCredit:Solarpix Andres Hermida, a local councillor in Betanzos, said: “Betanzos has suffered a terrible blow because of the scourge of terrorism. “Our most sincere condolences to the family of Aysha, a woman originally form Betanzos murdered in London.”  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The victim’s two sisters were looking into getting flights to London to be with Aysha’s mother, Ana told Cope radio. People in Betzanos held a minute’s silence outside the down hall at midday in memory of Mrs Frade and other victims of the attack.Mayor Ramon Garcia said the town near the Galician city of La Coruna was “terribly shocked” at the news. Credit:Twitter A friend in Betanzos said: “She loved coming here and spending time with friends and relatives.”A cousin of Aysha Frade has told a Spanish radio station how the family in Betanzos, northwestern Spain, received the awful news of her death on Thursday evening from Silvia and Michelle, Aysha’s two sisters who live in the Galician town.“I am crushed; we never expected anything like this. Yesterday I got a call from Silvia as I was looking after one of Michelle’s children at my house. She said “something terrible has happened. Aysha has been killed’.”The news that Aysha was dead was confirmed to the family by her husband in London, John Frade.“She was run over by a car and killed, Silvia told me.”Vigi Sawdon, a former neighbour of Mrs Frade in Notting Hill where the Frade family used to live, said: “If you can imagine one of the most upstanding members of society, that was her.”She was just a wonderful mother and a lovely person.”Ms Sawdon described her as “one of the most charming” people, and said her children were “adorable”, adding: “It’s just so terribly sad.” She said she knew they had moved and that they were “very happy”.last_img read more

Almost 72m Venezuelans vote to reject Maduro

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMaduro wins disputed vote as Venezuela mulls bleak futureMay 21, 2018In “Regional”Maduro seeks second term in isolated, ruined VenezuelaMay 19, 2018In “Regional”Venezuela holds landmark vote as it seeks to end crisisOctober 13, 2017In “Regional” Opposition leader Henrique Capriles greets supporters as he arrives at the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) operations center in Chacao, Caracas to wait for the results of the opposition-organized vote to measure public support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to rewrite the constitutionon on July 16, 2017. (Photo: AFP)CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Venezuela’s opposition, encouraged by a massive turnout in a symbolic vote against President Nicolas Maduro, weighed a new strategy Monday to intensify protests and stop his plan to rewrite the constitution.The opposition coalition Democratic Unity Table (MUD) now wants to outline its final offensive in its goal to oust Maduro, after nearly four months of protests that left 96 dead.Nearly 7.2 million Venezuelans — out of 19 million possible voters — cast ballots in the symbolic poll against Maduro, university guarantors said with 95 per cent of votes counted.The result may not have been binding, but Venezuela “sent a clear message to the national executive and the world,” announced Central University of Venezuela president Cecilia Garcia Arocha, noting that 6,492,381 voted in the country and 693,789 abroad.Garcia said final results would be released Monday.“We do not want to be Cuba, we do not want to be a country without freedom,” said Julio Borges, leader of the opposition-controlled parliament.“Today, Venezuela said yes to a dignified country, a democratic country, a country where people do not have to go because they have no future. The mandate the people have given us is clear.”Political scientist John Magdaleno said the referendum was a success because it was organized largely by ordinary citizens in a short period of time, and with just 2,000 polling stations, compared to 14,000 during the last elections, in 2015, that saw the opposition sweep parliament.According to Borges, once all ballots are counted, there will be some 7.5 million votes in the latest poll, which he said would be sufficient to overturn Maduro’s mandate if there was a referendum.The central question before voters concerned Maduro’s intention to hold an election on July 30 to choose 545 members of a citizens’ body called the “Constituent Assembly” that would redo the constitution.A dry run of that election was also held Sunday, to detract from the opposition vote which the government branded “illegal.”The ruling party questioned the results in advance, noting that the process is not binding and is “illegal” because it lacks the endorsement of the National Electoral Council (CNE) — which the opposition accuses of supporting the government.– Government ‘is falling’ –Civil groups, the United Nations, the Organization of American States, the United States and several governments in Latin America and Europe backed the anti-Maduro vote.The electoral process was attended by a group of former Latin American presidents, including Mexico’s Vicente Fox, who was declared “persona non grata” by the government.The Mexican government, critical of Maduro, called for the results of the opposition consultation to lead to a “negotiated solution” to help “restore” democracy.Ordinary Venezuelans blaming food and medicine shortages on Maduro’s policies seized on the vote as a way of telling the president to leave office.People took to Caracas’ streets after the vote shouting “this government is falling” as motorists honked their horns in celebration.During balloting, 49-year-old voter Tibisay Mendez told AFP that Maduro and his officials “only want to hold on to power. We are voting to get them out.”Many wore white and the colors of the national flag as they cast their votes.Government supporters — and public workers worried about keeping their jobs — stayed away.Several Latin American countries and the Catholic Church have criticized Maduro’s move to redraft the constitution.– Dire economy –The opposition accuses Maduro of driving the country into bankruptcy, and of using the Constituent Assembly to entirely sideline the legislature.The president, in turn, says the opposition is collaborating with the “imperialist” United States to topple his government.He says his proposed Constituent Assembly is “the only path” to peace and economic recovery, while relying heavily on the still-loyal military to assert his authority.But some cracks are appearing in his camp. The most stark was the rebellion of Attorney General Luisa Ortega, who came out against the Constituent Assembly. She holds onto her office, for now, remaining a potent voice of dissent in government. read more