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With a nation on edge after three mass shootings in the space of one week, a backfiring motorcycle causes mass panic in New York City, United States of America.The panic also interrupted and ended the Broadway play “To Kill a Mockingbird” in the Schubert Theatre. The crowd had attempted to flee the play, resulting in a stampede which injured 22 people. New York Police Department said a group of motorcycles were passing by when one of them backfired. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio also issued a statement via his Twitter account that, “Times Square is safe and secure. The noises heard earlier were motorcycles backfiring, not gunshots.”One person said, “We just hear ‘pop’, ‘pop’, ‘pop’, and thought that somebody just came in and started shooting people.”Another said, “It’s a shame the climate of America is like this.”The mass shootings have occurred at public events. The last three shootings at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, Arianna Grande’s Manchester concert and Route 91 Harvest Festival left 58 dead and another 489 wounded. Punk band Blink-182 was forced to cancel their concert in El Paso after a gunman opened fire in a Walmart Supercentre, killing 20 over the weekend.–Ads– The popping sounds were mistaken for gunshots. Photo for illustrative purpose only The crowd stampeded, causing 22 injuries. A backfiring motorcycle caused mass panic in New York City.
KEYWORDS Eddie Jones, 2015 Rugby World Cup, London, Hendrik Tui “Don’t be surprised if I name nine forwards or we create a new position,” he joked.While he has not gone as far as rewriting the laws of rugby, Jones on Friday named back-row forward Hendrik Tui on the wing for the match against the physical Georgians, Japan’s last game before its Rugby World Cup campaign begins on Sept. 19 against South Africa’s Springboks.The move gives Japan an extra line breaker, hands Tui some much-needed playing time and should also bolster the defense out wide, as the Brave Blossoms look to avenge last year’s 35-24 loss to the Lelos in Tbilisi that ended an 11-game winning streak.“Georgia’s forwards are big and that’s where they’ll try to beat you, which is what South Africa do,” Japan captain Michael Leitch said. “Me personally, I’m getting fitter and fitter so I hope I can perform well.”In addition to moving Tui from No. 8 to wing, Jones made four other changes to the side that started last week’s 40-0 win over Los Teros.Hiroshi Yamashita comes in at tighthead prop, Ryu Koliniasi Holani takes over at No. 8, Harumichi Tatekawa is handed the No. 10 jersey and Yoshikazu Fujita returns on the other wing.“It is my first time to face Georgia,” said Fujita. “They are a physical side. But it’s just before the World Cup so I hope we can show what we have been doing in training and take something from the game to the World Cup.”On the bench, Shinya Makabe and Amanaki Lelei Mafi both continue their return from injury while Takayuki Watanabe, who did not make the Rugby World Cup squad, fills in for Keita Inagaki as he continues his rehabilitation. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Japan coach Eddie Jones was true to his word Friday, raising a few eyebrows with his squad for Saturday’s World Cup warmup test against Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester, England.Following last week’s win over Uruguay in Tokyo, Jones said he thought Japan needed an extra forward to help combat the more physical teams in world rugby. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5