160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A look at some of the victims killed in the Virginia Tech massacre: Ross Abdallah Alameddine Alameddine, 20, of Saugus, Mass., was a sophomore who had just declared English as his major. Friends created a memorial page on Facebook.com that described Alameddine as “an intelligent, funny, easygoing guy.” “You’re such an amazing kid, Ross,” wrote Zach Allen, who along with Alameddine attended Austin Preparatory School in Reading, Mass. “You always made me smile, and you always knew the right thing to do or say to cheer anyone up.” Alameddine was killed in the classroom building, according to Robert Palumbo, a family friend who answered the phone at the Alameddine residence Tuesday. Alameddine’s mother, Lynnette Alameddine said she was outraged by how victims’ relatives were notified of the shooting. “It happened in the morning and I did not hear (about her son’s death) until a quarter to 11 at night,” she said. “That was outrageous. Two kids died, and then they shoot a whole bunch of them, including my son.” ___ Christopher James Bishop Bishop, 35, taught German at Virginia Tech and helped oversee an exchange program with a German university. Bishop decided which German-language students at Virgina Tech could attend the Darmstadt University of Technology to improve their German. “He would teach them German in Blacksburg, and he would decide which students were able to study” abroad, Darmstadt spokesman Lars Rosumek said. The school set up a book of condolences for students, staff and faculty to sign, along with information about the Virginia shootings. “Of course many persons knew him personally and are deeply, deeply shocked about his death,” Rosumek said. Bishop earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in German and was a Fulbright scholar at Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany. According to his Web site, Bishop spent four years living in Germany, where he “spent most of his time learning the language, teaching English, drinking large quantities of wheat beer, and wooing a certain fraulein.” The “fraulein” was Bishop’s wife, Stephanie Hofer, who also teaches in Virginia Tech’s German program. ___ Bishop’s personal Web site: http://www.memory39.com ___ Ryan Clark Clark was called “Stack” by his friends, many of whom he met as a resident assistant at Ambler Johnson Hall, where the first shootings took place. Clark, 22, was from Martinez, Ga., just outside Augusta. He was a fifth-year student working toward degrees in biology and English, and a member of the Marching Virginians band. “He was just one of the greatest people you could possibly know,” friend Gregory Walton, 25, said after learning from an ambulance driver that Clark was among the dead. “He was always smiling, always laughing. I don’t think I ever saw him mad in the five years I knew him.” ___ Daniel Perez Cueva Perez Cueva, 21, from Peru, was killed while in a French class, said his mother, Betty Cueva, who was reached by telephone at the youth’s listed telephone number. Perez Cueva was a student of international relations, according to the Virginia Tech Web site. His father, Flavio Perez, spoke of the death earlier to RPP radio in Peru. He lives in Peru and said he was trying to obtain a humanitarian visa from the U.S. consulate here. He is separated from Cueva, who said she had lived in the United States for six years. A spokesman at the U.S. Embassy in Lima said the student’s father “will receive all the attention possible when he applies” for the visa. ___ Kevin Granata Granata, a professor of engineering science and mechanics, served in the military and later conducted orthopedic research in hospitals before coming to Virginia Tech, where he and his students researched muscle and reflex response and robotics. The head of the school’s engineering science and mechanics department called Granata one of the top five biomechanics researchers in the country working on movement dynamics in cerebral palsy. “With so many research projects and graduate students, he still found time to spend with his family, and he coached his children in many sports and extracurricular activities,” said engineering professor Demetri P. Telionis. “He was a wonderful family man. We will all miss him dearly.” Granata was known worldwide for his research into how muscles accomplish complicated movements, said Stefan Duma, another engineering professor. “He liked to ask the big questions,” Duma said. “When we had students defending their Ph.D., and he kept asking, ‘Did we have the total solution?’ He was really interested in whether we answered the big questions. That’s really a sign of a great scientist.” ___ Caitlin Hammaren Hammaren, 19, of Westtown, N.Y., was a sophomore majoring in international studies and French, according to officials at her former school district. “She was just one of the most outstanding young individuals that I’ve had the privilege of working with in my 31 years as an educator,” said John P. Latini, principal of Minisink Valley High School, where she graduated in 2005. “Caitlin was a leader among our students.” Minisink Valley students and teachers shared their grief Tuesday at a counseling center set up in the school, Latini said. ___ Emily Jane Hilscher Hilscher, a freshman majoring in animal and poultry sciences, was known around her hometown as an animal lover. “She worked at a veterinarian’s office and cared about them her whole life,” said Rappahannock County Administrator John W. McCarthy, a family friend. Hilscher, 19, of Woodville, was a freshman majoring in animal and poultry sciences. She lived on the same dorm floor as victim Ryan Clark, McCarthy said. A friend, Will Nachless, also 19, said Hilscher “was always very friendly. Before I even knew her, I thought she was very outgoing, friendly and helpful, and she was great in chemistry.” ___ Jarrett Lee Lane Lane, 22, was a senior civil engineering student who was valedictorian of his high school class in tiny Narrows, Va., just 30 miles from Virginia Tech. His high school put up a memorial to Lane that included pictures, musical instruments and his athletic jerseys. Lane played the trombone, ran track, and played football and basketball at Narrows High School. “We’re just kind of binding together as a family,” Principal Robert Stump said. Lane’s brother-in-law Daniel Farrell called Lane fun-loving and “full of spirit.” “He had a caring heart and was a friend to everyone he met,” Farrell said. “We are leaning on God’s grace in these trying hours.” ___ Liviu Librescu Librescu, an Israeli engineering and math lecturer, was known for his research, but his son said the Holocaust survivor will be remembered as a hero for protecting students as the gunman tried to enter his classroom. Librescu taught at Virginia Tech for 20 years and had an international reputation for his work in aeronautical engineering. “His research has enabled better aircraft, superior composite materials, and more robust aerospace structures,” said Ishwar K. Puri, the head of the engineering science and mechanics department. After surviving the Nazi killings, Librescu escaped from Communist Romania and made his way to the United States before he was killed in Monday’s massacre, which coincided with Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day. Librescu’s son, Joe, said his father’s students sent e-mails detailing how the professor saved their lives by blocking the doorway of his classroom from the approaching gunman before Librescu was fatally shot. “My father blocked the doorway with his body and asked the students to flee,” Librescu’s son, Joe Librescu, said Tuesday in a telephone interview from his home outside of Tel Aviv. “Students started opening windows and jumping out.” ___ G.V. Loganathan Loganathan was born in the southern Indian city of Chennai and had been a civil and environmental engineering professor at Virginia Tech since 1982. Loganathan, 51, won several awards for excellence in teaching, had served on the faculty senate and was an adviser to about 75 undergraduate students. “We all feel like we have had an electric shock. We do not know what to do,” his brother G.V. Palanivel told the NDTV news channel from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. “He has been a driving force for all of us, the guiding force.” ___ Daniel O’Neil O’Neil, 22, was a graduate student in engineering and played guitar and wrote his own songs, which he posted on a Web site, www.residenthippy.com. Friend Steve Craveiro described him as smart, responsible and a hard worker, someone who never got into trouble. “He would come home from school over the summer and talk about projects, about building bridges and stuff like that,” Craveiro said. “He loved his family. He was pretty much destined to be extremely successful. He just didn’t deserve to have happen what happened.” O’Neil graduated in 2002 from Lincoln High School in Rhode Island and graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., before heading to Virginia Tech, where he was also a teaching assistant, Craveiro said. ___ Mary Karen Read Read was born in South Korea into an Air Force family and lived in Texas and California before settling in the northern Virginia suburb of Annandale. Read, 19, considered a handful of colleges, including nearby George Mason University, before choosing Virginia Tech. It was a popular destination among her Annandale High School classmates, according to her aunt Karen Kuppinger. She had yet to declare a major. “I think she wanted to try to spread her wings,” said Kuppinger, of Rochester, N.Y. Kuppinger said her niece had struggled adjusting to Tech’s sprawling 2,600-acre campus. But she had recently begun making friends and looking into a sorority. Kuppinger said the family started calling Read as news reports surfaced. “After three or four hours passed and she hadn’t picked up her cell phone or answered her e-mail … we did get concerned,” Kuppinger said. “We honestly thought she would pop up.” ___ Associated Press writers Zinie Chen Sampson, Dionne Walker and Dena Potter in Richmond, Va., Vicki Smith in Blacksburg, Va., Leslie Josephs in Lima, Peru, and Matt Moore in Frankfurt, Germany, contributed to this report.
The level of restrictions on hand luggage is due to be relaxed for air travellers heading out of Gatwick Airport’s north terminal from today (Monday).More than one piece of hand luggage will now be allowed for those taking connecting flights, although passengers travelling through the south terminal have been able to carry more than one piece since January 7th.However, the one bag rule is set to be continued for all other flights. “This rule will be relaxed in the near future when the ongoing construction project to upgrade and expand the security facilities at the airport is completed,” a spokesperson for the airport told the BBC.People heading through the airport in a hurry will also benefit from the seven new security lanes due to be introduced in Easter this year. An extra six lanes were added in July last year to help make it easier and safer for the large numbers of people heading through the airport, while 450 new security officers have been appointed since January last year.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedLaptop and tablet ban: How will this affect your travel plans?Just over a month since the initial laptop and tablet ban was announced, there is now speculation that the UK may be next to join the list of countries with new hand luggage restrictions for laptops and tablets on flights to the US. We explain what this flight ban could…Gatwick lifts one carry-on restrictionPassengers from Gatwick Airport will now be allowed to carry more than one item of hand baggage on flights from the hub.Hand luggage liquid ban to be lifted? – VIDEOAirports set to trial new technology that could end hand luggage restrictions on liquids by 2016.