Ohio State mens volleyball outlasts rowdy George Mason

Hanson said too many spike and serving errors gave his team the most trouble. “It’s a combination of young guys learning how to play together,” said Hanson. “It’s hard to play good for a long time.” The Patriots served and scored first with an attack error by OSU’s freshman outside hitter, Michael Henchy. A Henchy service error tied the game at five. Junior middle blocker Grayson Overman tied the game at seven with his first kill of the night. OSU got its first lead after a block by Overman and senior opposite Shawn Sangrey. But the Patriots didn’t allow OSU to hold onto the advantage for long. At 12-11, George Mason went on a four-point run, scoring on two Buckeye errors and two kills. After a timeout, the Buckeyes gave up two more points to George Mason before a second timeout was called. With the Patriots up, 20-14, OSU slowly began to close the gap. The Buckeyes put up six points while holding George Mason to two, but the lead was too much for OSU. Set point came for George Mason with a kill by redshirt freshman setter Pete Cuppernull. An attack error by senior outside hitter Mik Berzins gave George Mason the set, 21-25. The Patriots rode the momentum into set two and took a quick 10-6 lead. Kills by Sangrey, Berzins, redshirt freshman middle blocker Shawn Herron and junior outside hitter Chen Levitan helped the Buckeyes’ cause, while errors started to become a serious detriment. Then the Buckeyes’ bench caught on to the tactics of their opponent and responded, cheering louder to support their teammates. OSU put up six points, making it 12-13, and forced a George Mason timeout. OSU gained its first lead in the second set, 14-13, after a Sangrey kill and an attack error in their favor. The cheers from the bench grew louder than ever as OSU moved four points ahead and the Patriots called their second time out. At 23-20, a serve from George Mason’s redshirt senior outside hitter Joe Norton hit the net, putting OSU at set point. Freshman middle blocker Hunter Stevens gave OSU the set with a service error of his own, 25-21. Tied at three in the third set, Herron’s kill and a ball hit wide by George Mason gave the Buckeyes the lead. The Patriot bench came alive again, chanting and shouting during every OSU serve. Berzins got a kill to make it 10-6, but possession went back to George Mason. As George Mason’s sophomore opposite hitter Jonathan Lutz began to serve, a fan yelled an insult from somewhere in an otherwise silent St. John Arena. George Mason trailed for the remainder of the set. At 18-16, Overman attacked with a perfectly placed tip to give his team another point. A powerful kill from Herron made the score 22-19, but he was blocked in the next play by two Patriots. The referees called junior setter Kyle Lawrence’s attack out of bounds and the decision infuriated Hanson, who stormed onto the court. Hanson was promptly given a yellow card for his behavior and George Mason was awarded a point. Berzins said the yellow card issued to his coach was “warranted.” “That’s part of the game,” said Berzins. The Buckeyes overcame the confusion after a timeout. A Patriot error put OSU at set point and Sangrey sealed the third set with a kill, 25-22. Lawrence stepped up to serve first in the fourth set and delivered a service ace. Back-to-back kills by Herron and Sangrey put the Bucks up, 8-5. But George Mason caught up with OSU and tied the set at 14. With the set tied, 16-16, the Patriots reclaimed the lead. George Mason reached set point first and a kill by junior outside hitter Michael Kvidahl forced a deciding fifth set. The Buckeyes gained an 8-5 advantage in the fifth set and the teams swapped sides of the court. Back-to-back errors from George Mason made it 10-6. Overman delivered a punishing kill to put the score at 13-10. He and Sangrey assisted on a block to reach set point. Berzins ended the match, 15-11. Sangrey, the team’s main offensive force, was 19-of-46 in kills. “When Shawn (Sangrey) struggles, we all struggle,” Hanson said. “We are trying to find someone to be our anchor, our Mr. Consistency.” Hanson and Berzins also insisted that the team was unaffected by George Mason’s attempt to derail the defending national champions. The Buckeyes, 4-3 on the season, will take on Saint Francis Sunday at 3 p.m. in St. John Arena. For the No. 10-ranked Ohio State men’s volleyball team, Thursday’s match against George Mason became more about overcoming distraction than executing. George Mason’s bench caused commotion and appeared to be attempting to divert the attention of the Buckeyes, but OSU outlasted its boisterous opponent, 3-2. A seemingly unfocused team and a visibly frustrated coach Pete Hanson appeared early in the first set. The score tied 10 times before George Mason picked up momentum. read more

Ohio State LiFESports teams up with womens track team to offer instructional

OSU LiFESports counselor Tarkington Newman (bottom right) gets set to race kids who participated in the track & field clinic held March 29 at French Field House.Credit: Matt Homan / Lantern reporterThe Ohio State women’s track and field team is all about giving back.Alumnae and current members of the team, along with some students from the OSU running club, volunteered to join OSU LiFESports to host a track and field clinic for Columbus youth at the French Field House Saturday.More than 80 children showed up to take advantage of the free clinic. In separate rotating groups, they cycled through four different stations where volunteers taught them baton handoffs, plyometric drills, shot put and block starts. Supervisors and volunteers used each station as a teaching metaphor to represent one of the life skills of SETS, which stands for self-control, effort, teamwork and social responsibility.The volunteers for the track clinic consisted of five OSU track & field alumnae, eight members of the OSU running club, and four current members of OSU’s women’s track & field team, including second-year in exercise science Khara Walker.Walker said she was immediately interested when her coach told the team about the clinic, so she volunteered.“I actually love working with kids, and I love sports, so to do something that I love all the way around is pretty fun,” Walker said, who runs the 200-meter, 400-meter, and 600-meter events in competition,.During the clinic, Walker worked at the starting block station, teaching the proper technique sprinters use to explode off the line at the start of a race. She said self-control was the SETS skill she focused on teaching the children, explaining during the drill that it takes discipline to hold your position until the start signal is heard. However, Walker made it clear that everyone needs to exercise self-control on some level “at home, on the track, the field, the court and in the classroom.”Not surprisingly, it can be hard to teach self-control to an energetic bunch of children.“A lot of them have strong personalities and they get really competitive, so at times they take it too serious and we have to calm them down a little bit and let them know it’s all for fun,” Walker said.Parents were invited to stick around for the roughly two-hour duration of the camp, which ended with pizza, snacks and beverages. Tiffany Banks and her husband Sean were two of many who sat in the bleachers and watched their children participate.Tiffany Banks said her son 16-year-old Savon has been participating in LiFESports for five years, and her younger son Shanden loved his first few clinics so much that he is looking forward to attending the summer camp for the first time this year.“We really enjoy (the summer camp),” Banks said. “You think in four weeks they’re not gonna make many friends, but there’s so many people. Everywhere we go now we see people … from LiFESports and everybody knows little Shanden from the clinics and things like that, so being able to expand outside their home schools and their neighborhoods, and branch out to make all of Columbus their home, I think I like that the most.”Savon Banks is set to be a junior counselor at the camp this summer. Savon said he likes spending time with his brother at the clinics, even though being a junior counselor comes with a lot of responsibility.“(My responsibilities) could be social, it could be physical, and it could be mental responsibilities as well,” Savon Banks said. “You want to be the positive example, not the negative. So you wanna lead by example, not by words.”The track clinic was one of six clinics LiFESports holds before their main event, a four-week camp held during the summer.“Since the summer camp is free, there’s a lot of interest. We only have one registration day, so people will basically start lining up at 6 a.m.,” Skotko said.The last LiFESports clinic before the summer camp is scheduled for April 12. The clinic is set to use football to teach more life skills to Columbus youth, and everyone participating will be invited to attend the OSU spring football game after the clinic. Registration day for LiFESports’ summer camp is set for May 17. read more

Mens Soccer Buckeyes head to Dayton to take On Marshall Milwaukee

The Ohio State men’s soccer team gathers up prior to the start of the game against BGSU. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignFollowing the season-opening weekend split against Furman and Hofstra, the Ohio State men’s soccer team returns to the pitch this weekend in Dayton where they will face off against Marshall and Milwaukee in the 2018 Dayton Classic.The Buckeyes enter the weekend 1-1-0 on the season, dropping the opener to Furman, 2-0, before knocking off Hofstra, 1-0 on Sunday afternoon as first-year head coach Brian Maisonneuve earned his first career victory as head coach.Now, Ohio State looks ahead to two weekend matches against Marshall and Milwaukee, two teams that also picked up wins on their opening weekends.MarshallOhio State kicks off the Dayton Classic with a matchup against Marshall (1-1-0). The Herd picked up a 1-0 win over Duquesne to open the season before falling to Oakland University 3-2. Through two games, Marshall’s leading scorer is Jonas Westmeyer, a junior midfielder from Germany, who got off to a hot start to the season with a goal and two assists.Following right behind Westmeyer are the two other players to tally a goal last weekend, sophomore forward J.P. Rylah and freshman forward Gianni Bouzoukis.In goal for the Thundering Herd is redshirt junior Paulo Pita, a transfer from the University of Charleston, who won the 2017 Division II National Championship as the Eagles starting goaltender. Pita, a native of Brazil, carries a 1.50 goals against average into Friday’s contest.Marshall employs a roster flooded with international talent. 15 of the 26 players on their roster are from a country other than the United States. The Herd field players from Brazil, England, France, Spain, New Zealand, Ghana and Germany.The Buckeyes will have to contend with 2017 All-Conference USA performer, junior defender Carlos Diaz-Salcedo.Chris Grassie is in his second season as the head coach at Marshall after successful run as the head coach at the University of Charleston for six seasons.Milwaukee                                  After their matchup with Marshall, the Buckeyes will have a day off before facing off against Milwaukee on Sunday in the conclusion of the Dayton Classic.Milwaukee won its season opener, shutting out Western Illinois 4-0, with four players scoring goals.Redshirt sophomore forward Alex Sykes, senior midfielder Sean Holmes, sophomore midfielder Vuk Latinovich and redshirt junior defender Josh Kaye tallied the four goals to combine with a stout defensive performance, as sophomore goalkeeper Freddie Lorenzen recorded his first shutout of the season, to lock down the victory in their first game. Last season, senior defender Sean Reynolds received All-Horizon League First Team honors. Meanwhile, Latinovich, who was also named to the All-Horizon League second-team, Lorenzen and redshirt sophomore defender Jake Kelderman were named to the All-Conference Freshman team. Ohio State’s offense looked much improved in its second game of the season against Hofstra, and the Buckeyes will hope they can start a trend that will last throughout the regular season.Perhaps even more important for the Buckeyes will be the play of their defense. After shutting out Hofstra last Sunday, Ohio State will need its back line to up to the task once again against a capable Panther attack. read more

Football Ohio State prepares for Washingtons highlytouted zone defense

The Ohio State offense runs a drill at practice at the StubHub Center on Dec. 28 in Carson, Calif. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorLOS ANGELES — Washington defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake’s defense will give Ohio State its second-straight bend-but-don’t-break defense it has seen in the past two games. The Huskies like to keep the ball in front of them, allowing 8.93 passing yards per pass attempt, the lowest in college football. But Lake said he knows what he is in for when facing Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins: an athletic, big body with a strong arm that can make throws, coordinating the offense from the line of scrimmage. The defensive coordinator called Haskins the best quarterback the Huskies will face all season. But Washington has had a challenge like this before. It faced the No. 1 pass offense in college football in Washington State, using its zone defense approach to limit redshirt senior quarterback Gardner Minshew to 152 yards passing with an interception despite completing 74.3 percent of his passes. Lake feels his secondary has the opportunity to prove something similar to what the Huskies did against Washington State in the Rose Bowl. “This is the second-ranked pass offense in the country. We already faced the No. 1 pass offense in the country; now we get to face No. 2,” Lake said. “I tell our guys our goal is to be the best in the country, the best DB crew in the country. And now we get to face the top two. We’ve already faced one; now we get to face two.” On the other hand, Haskins put up some of his best numbers against one of the statistically best defenses in the country. Although different in scheme, Michigan held the top scoring defense in the country before the redshirt sophomore quarterback lit the defense up for 396 yards and six passing touchdowns. Facing a Northwestern offense with a similar zone defense to what Washington prides itself in, Haskins thrived as well, throwing a career-high 499 yards and completing 82.9 percent of his passes. “Michigan didn’t really scare us and other teams didn’t really scare us,” Haskins said. “We are not worried about … what people see as the best defense in the country because we feel we have the best offense in the country.”Haskins knows what to expect from the Washington defense. He said the Huskies have more of an NFL-based defense, playing a loose zone with a man coverage element to cut the use of mesh routes the Ohio State offense loves to utilize. Haskins said Washington brings a defense with a Northwestern-type scheme with Michigan-level talent, something Huskies sophomore cornerback Byron Murphy is confident Ohio State has not seen before this season. “I feel like they haven’t seen a defense like ours,” Murphy said. “As a defense, I feel like we are the best in the country, so we’re going on out there and put on a fight and show everyone what we can do.” This kind of defense is what the Ohio State wide receivers are expecting to see in coverage on Tuesday and are preparing for in practice. “They don’t give up a lot of big plays, and they’re gonna make you earn all of your yards,” redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin said. “We can’t afford to make mistakes, we gotta have spacing in the pass game.”Washington knows that if a ball gets behind a defensive back playing in the zone defense the Huskies utilize, it’s a play likely for big yardage, possibly a score. The Huskies will strive to keep the ball in front of their cornerbacks and safeties, limiting Ohio State to high-percentage, but short-yardage completions. To Lake, this kind of matchup is what bowl season is for. “It’s everything we wanted at the end of the year,” Lake said. “If we’re doing everything that we expect ourselves to do, we want to play in a big-time bowl game against a big-time opponent. We got what we wanted.” read more

Sadie Hartleys daughter I got engaged just two days before my mothers

first_imgJust two days before businesswoman Sadie Hartley was murdered on her doorstep her daughter Charlotte got engaged in Hawaii.She told her daughter she was going to retire and help her plan her wedding.It should have been the happiest day of the 23-year-old’s life but instead she got the devastating news her mother had been killed.The 60-year-old was killed by her boyfriend Ian Johnston’s former lover Sarah Williams and her accomplice Katrina Walsh in a plot which took 18 months in the planning.Charlotte, her brother Harry, 25, and their uncle Graham Cook have disowned Mr Johnston after revelations of his fling and salacious texts with Williams were laid bare in court.  Police at the £500,000 home of Sadie Hartley in the village of Helmshore, Lancashire Police at the £500,000 home of Sadie Hartley in the village of Helmshore, LancashireCredit:PAT HURST/PA Sadie HartleyCredit:LANCASHIRE CONSTABULARY They gave him just a day to leave the home in rural Lancashire, where Ms Hartley was murdered.”I was in Hawaii on the holiday of a lifetime with my partner and his parents. We had been away for about 10 days when I got the phone call at about 4am,” said Charlotte.”I just could not believe it.”I had just got engaged about three days before I got the phone call. I went from an incredible high to an incredible low. It was just indescribable, you obviously think it would never happen to you and at that moment in time all you want to do is be back home, but I knew she wasn’t going to be there.”She said her mother had told her she intended to retire and was looking forward to planning the wedding. “She just wanted to go on more holidays, enjoy family, wait for me to have a family and obviously plan a wedding together, but that’s all been taken away from her,” she added.”They might be in prison, but what’s prison when you haven’t got a mum and you’re out of prison? Nothing will make that feel better.”Ms Hartley had spent her life working inn pharmaceuticals to help develop and promote drugs to help save and prolong the lives of blood cancer patients.Charlotte added: “My mum was a very caring, gentle, kind lady, always happy and incredibly trustworthy – just all over  incredible woman.”I would like her to be remembered just for the inspiration she was to many people; she just literally lit up a room. She was just perfect.”Ms Hartley’s brother Graham Cook, from Kent, said the whole family is devastated. The 63-year-old said: “Sadie’s death has just left a massive hole in all our lives which will never be filled and we will never, ever, get over this – we never will. She is always going to be missed.”Charlotte is getting married soon and her mum won’t be there. She will eventually have children and her mum won’t be there. “We have tried to make sense of this senseless crime and we haven’t been able to.” Ms Hartley was the third of seven children and grew up on a council estate in Newark. She went on to Brighton University and completed a degree in microbiology and biochemistry.It was through working in developing drugs to help leukaemia patients she met her best friend Julie Taylor and pair later set up their own medical communications company.Mrs Taylor describes her as an “incredible” woman who was “more a sister than a best friend”.She had raised the alarm when Ms Hartley had failed to turn up for work.”I know so many friends who had looked up to Sadie, what she’d achieved in her life. Just genuinely I did not know anybody who didn’t like her. She was just an inspiration,” she said.”Most people who work in the pharmaceutical industry have a passion for it, Sadie had a drive for it. She had a desire to make the world a better place.”She was a true inspiration.” Sadie Hartley 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.last_img read more

Amber Rudd declares there will be no inquiry into the Battle of

first_imgA twisted sign, felled concrete posts and a broken wall tell the story of violence outside a coking plant in OrgreaveCredit:PA Orgreave Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings said he was “shocked and dismayed” by the decision.He said the “former miners and their families deserved to know the truth about what happened that day”.Dr Billings added: “The government have marched the Campaign for Truth and Justice to the top of the hill only to march them down again. There were cries of “disgraceful” and “shameful” from the Labour benches as Ms Rudd addressed the House, while dozens of campaigners in the public gallery could be seen shaking their heads at the Home Secretary’s comments.In response to Mr Burnham, Ms Rudd said: “No. The right honourable gentleman is entirely wrong.”He chooses to politicise it, where there is none here. I had a meeting, as he knows, with the campaign group.”We had a frank exchange of information about it, but the fact is just because he disagrees with the decision I have made, does not mean that it is the wrong decision at all.”I have made it honestly, based on the evidence.”Labour MP Sarah Champion, who has Orgreave in her Rotherham constituency, said campaigners had travelled to London to watch in the public gallery with the understanding they would be met by the Home Office and hear an inquiry announced. Amber Rudd, the Home SecretaryCredit:REX/Shutterstock “There would therefore be very few lessons for the policing system today to be learned from any review of the events and practices of three decades ago,” she said. “This is a very important consideration when looking at the necessity for an inquiry or independent review and the public interest to be derived from holding one.”Ms Rudd stressed that the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is working with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to determine whether material related to the policing at Orgreave is relevant to the criminal investigations following the Hillsborough inquests. The Home Secretary has said the Government will not pursue an inquiry into the notorious clash between police and miners at Orgreave.Amber Rudd announced in a statement today that there would be no probe into the conduct of South Yorkshire Police during the violent encounter in 1984.Her decision comes after the Hillsborough victims urged the secretary of state on Sunday not to limit an inquiry to a private review, instead committing to an open, panel-style hearing. Anger at refusal to allow inquiryMany have reacted with fury to the news that Amber Rudd will not allow an inquiry into Orgreave.In the Commons, Labour’s former shadow home secretary Andy Burnham accused the Government of an “establishment stitch-up”.Speaking during questions to the Home Office, Mr Burnham said: “Given that the IPCC found evidence of perjury and perversion of the course of justice, and given that in the last month new evidence has emerged from former police officers who were at Orgreave of orchestrated violence and the mass manufacture of police statements, are we right in concluding the establishment stitch-up that she has just announced today is nothing more than a nakedly political act?” We don’t take no for an answer. Our fight for #orgreavejustice continues.Join us at Barnsley Miners Hall Tue Nov 1st 10am pic.twitter.com/IStXNWbKGy— Orgreave Justice (@orgreavejustice) October 31, 2016 Sheffield Heeley MP Louise Haigh, who raised demands for an inquiry with then home secretary Theresa May in a 2015 letter signed by more than 100 Labour colleagues, said it was a “disgraceful betrayal of justice” and accused Ms Rudd of “leading campaigners up the garden path only to deny justice at the 11th hour”.Ms Haigh said that without an inquiry, evidence would be left to “gather dust” in South Yorkshire Police archives.”For the truth to out, all records pertaining to Orgreave from police forces across the country must be released and there must be an independent reviewer to oversee it,” she said.”The Home Secretary today has put a screeching brake on the search for truth.”For many communities in South Yorkshire the question of how police forces from across the country – not just South Yorkshire – which are supposed to be there to serve them could be used against them in such a brutal, deliberate way has left a bitter legacy. This decision will exacerbate that.” Labour MP Sarah Champion  The announcement will come as a bitter disappointment to campaigners.She said: “This has been a difficult decision to make, and one which I have thought about very carefully. I have now concluded that there is not a sufficient basis for me to instigate either a statutory inquiry or an independent review.”I know that this decision will come as a significant disappointment to the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign and its supporters.”Ms Rudd added that “policing is very different” now to what it was 30 years ago. Deeply disappointing decision by @AmberRudd_MP. We stand with you @orgreavejustice #Orgreave https://t.co/4F64lpv174— Liberty (@libertyhq) October 31, 2016 She said: “I am beyond shocked about this, I am incredibly frustrated for the people who will never see justice, for years research has been done by the Orgreave Truth and Justice Committee, and evidence gathered by the IPCC, and this feels like a complete snub to the people of South Yorkshire. So this is what they think of us.”center_img Labour MP Sarah Champion Credit:Atlantic Productions  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. I represent many men who were at #Orgreave. Justice hidden is justice denied. Labour will set up an Inquiry as soon as elected to office.— Jon Trickett (@jon_trickett) October 31, 2016 The so-called Battle at Orgreave became one of the most infamous showdowns between pickets and police during the miners’ strike.It is alleged by campaigners that police action on the day was excessively heavy handed and statements were manufactured to discredit those involved.Momentum for an Orgreave inquiry has escalated since the conclusion of the two-year Hillsborough inquests, which provided a scathing assessment of the under-fire police force’s behaviour.A review in 1998 into the Hillsborough disaster carried out by Lord Justice Stuart-Smith was said to have stalled the families’ pursuit of the truth after he concluded new inquests were not warranted.The relatives of those who died in the footballing tragedy said electing a single judge to review the case behind closed doors would be inadequate.Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group,  said: “A judicial security approach would be completely unacceptable as history shows in our case that it only served to lengthen the cover-up.” Brian Paddick, the Liberal Democrats’ shadow home secretary, said: “People deserve answers about what happened at Orgreave. We must have confidence in our police forces and avoid any suggestion that there may have been a stitch-up by people in power to try to cover up wrong doing.”A full and proper inquiry is required to restore trust and confidence and I am dismayed that the Home Secretary has failed to establish one.” Andrew Burnham said the decision was an ‘establishment stitch up’Credit:Getty Images It is a grave injustice that there will be no statutory inquiry into the battle of Orgreave— Diane Abbott MP (@HackneyAbbott) October 31, 2016 Andrew Burnham said the decision was an 'establishment stitch up' Senior backbencher and Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn described the decision as “shameful”, adding: “It’s time the truth was told and the Government is failing in its responsibility by ruling out an inquiry.”Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock branded Ms Rudd’s decision an “absolute disgrace”, while Barnsley MP Michael Dugher said it was “a complete betrayal of campaigners and a spit in the face for every former coalfield community”.Mr Dugher described the announcement as “a political decision to protect the interests of the Tory party”. Absolutely appalling that there will be no inquiry into #Orgreave. Gvt has led campaigners up the garden path to deny justice at the 11th hr— Louise Haigh MP (@LouHaigh) October 31, 2016 Given the substantial concerns that exist, it is astonishing that the Home Secretary will not commit to an inquiry or review into #Orgreave.— Dan Jarvis (@DanJarvisMP) October 31, 2016 “I am not convinced by the reasons given for refusing an investigation. No one has ever suggested that the events of Orgreave were comparable in every respect to the disaster at Hillsborough. But the former miners and the former mining communities in South Yorkshire deserve an explanation as to what happened on that day and where Orgreave fits in the wider story of the miners’ strike.”I believe the government has shied away from agreeing an enquiry because of those wider issues.”South Yorkshire suffered at that time from industrial policies that saw the destruction of all our major industries – steel, heavy engineering and coal mining. We live with the consequences today.”South Yorkshire Police were ready to co-operate in any enquiry. We had agreed to look at how the archives could be made available. Steps had already been taken to recruit a professional archivist to ensure all documents and other material would have been available to any enquiry.”This was a critical moment for the police service in South Yorkshire. It could have shown that it had really learned lessons of past mistakes and was ready to co-operate fully with any enquiry. We wanted to see a new era of openness with no attempt to be self-justifying or defensive.”I have offered to meet with the policing and fire service minister to discuss how the force can move forward under new leadership and having learned the lessons of the past.”But I am deeply disappointed and dismayed by today’s decision.”Amber Rudd’s full statement”The Government has been considering a submission from the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign on the need for an Inquiry or independent review into the events that occurred at Orgreave Coking Plant on 18 June 1984, and subsequently.This has been a difficult decision to make, and one which I have thought about very carefully. I have now concluded that there is not a sufficient basis for me to instigate either a statutory inquiry or an independent review. I know that this decision will come as a significant disappointment to the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign and its supporters and I have set out in a letter to them today the detailed reasons for my decision which include the following points.Despite the forceful accounts and arguments provided by the campaigners and former miners who were present that day, about the effect that these events have had on them, ultimately there were no deaths or wrongful convictions.The Campaigners say that had the consequences of the events at Orgreave been addressed properly at the time, the tragic events at Hillsborough would never have happened five years later. That is not a conclusion which I believe can be reached with any certainty.It was absolutely right that the Government established the Hillsborough Independent Panel. Significantly the Panel’s report led to the High Court quashing the original inquests verdicts and the opening of the fresh inquests. The jury’s determinations and findings were unequivocal and clear: 96 victims were unlawfully killed. The criminal investigations should now be allowed to proceed unimpeded. The IPCC is working with the CPS to assess whether material related to the policing at Orgreave is relevant to the Hillsborough criminal investigations. The intention is that criminal investigations in respect of Hillsborough will provide files to the CPS by the turn of the year following which the CPS will make decisions about whether any criminal proceedings will be brought as a result.The Campaign and their supporters explained to me when I met them that they want to get to the bottom of what happened on the 18 June 1984, and that only by doing so will their trust, and that of their community, be restored in the police.However, there have been very significant changes in the oversight of policing since 1984, at every level, including major reforms to criminal procedure, changes to public order policing and practice, stronger external scrutiny and greater local accountability.The operational delivery and practice of public order policing has moved on a great deal from the arrangements in 1984, and tactics have now been reviewed and altered several times both by the police and the courts.Protections which were singularly lacking at the time of Orgreave now exist with the introduction in the mid-80s of the Police & Criminal Evidence Act which has vastly improved the way police investigations and powers operate.The creation of the Crown Prosecution Service in 1986, with the introduction of independent CPS prosecutors, fundamentally altered the prosecution of offences. It ended the existence of ad hoc prosecution arrangements across the country whereby a mixture of police prosecutors and private firms of solicitors – hired by the police and acting for and on the instruction of the police – conducted prosecutions.With regards to the external scrutiny of complaints against the police, this was strengthened by the creation, in 1985, of the Police Complaints Authority which was replaced in 2004 by the more effective Independent Police Complaints Commission and in turn will be replaced by the Office for Police Conduct in 2017. The exemplary standards of behaviour expected of everyone who works in policing were reinforced by the introduction of a statutory Code of Ethics, laid before this House in 2014.Lastly, the introduction of directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners in 2012 has given the public a voice in shaping their local policing priorities and improved the accountability of police leadership.Over 30 years later, policing is very different and one of my key concerns as Home Secretary is to ensure there is a policing system which works effectively and fairly now. The policing landscape has changed fundamentally since 1984 – at the political, legislative and operational levels. The same is true also for the wider criminal justice system.There would therefore be very few lessons for the policing system today to be learned from any review of the events and practices of three decades ago. This is a very important consideration when looking at the necessity for an inquiry or independent review and the public interest to be derived from holding one.Taking these considerations into account, I do not believe that establishing any kind of inquiry is required to allay public concerns or for any other reason.I believe that we should focus on continuing to ensure that the policing system is the best it can be for the future, including through reforms before Parliament in the Policing and Crime Bill, so that we can have the best possible policing both in South Yorkshire and across the country.” This was a critical moment for the police service in South Yorkshire. It could have shown that it had really learned lessons of past mistakes and was ready to co-operate fully with any enquiry. We wanted to see a new era of openness with no attempt to be self-justifying or defensiveDr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissionerlast_img read more

Woman accused of poisoning child used legal aid in attempt to keep

first_imgA woman accused of poisoning a three-year-old boy used tens of thousands of pounds in legal aid to try to keep her alleged terror connections secret.Taxpayer-funded lawyers argued that Scotland Yard should not gain access to woman’s files after she repeatedly contaminated an intravenous tube which was being used to treat the child.It is claimed that the woman, who cannot be named, also planned to take the boy to Syria, where his father is alleged to be fighting alongside the Islamic State. A High Court judge has now said that there is a clear public interest in passing her files to the Met Police and prosecutors, The Sun on Sunday have reported.However, they will not be handed to foreign intelligence agencies such as the CIA.Mr Justice MacDonald said:  “The alleged offences which are the subject of investigation by the MPS are offences under the anti-terrorism legislation.”Such alleged offences are inevitably serious and the consequences are potentially grave and the subject of legitimate public concern.” Describing the alleged poisoning of the child, referred to only as Z, in a High Court judgement last month, Mr Justice MacDonald said: “She had caused Z to become ill on a number of occasions by administering a drug to him and by contaminating an intravenous cannula.”The woman was in contact with the father to a far greater extent than she had admitted.”It is likely that the father is in Syria and is involved in terror related activity, that the woman was aware of and that the father planned that she and Z would travel to Syria to join him and to live there.”Tory MP David Morris said: “Where there is a clear public interest to assist the security services questions must be raised over how public money is spent.” Where there is a clear public interest to assist the security services questions must be raised over how public money is spentMP David Morriscenter_img 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.last_img read more

Why tennis could save your life – but football and running may

first_imgHowever because the runners and footballers in the study tended to be younger, the benefits may start to show in the next decade. Several studies in the past have shown substantial health benefits for running, particularly for heart health.“The most likely reason for the lack of significant association between football/running and mortality is that participants in these sports were younger than those in the other sports,” added Dr Pekka Oja of the UKK Institute in Finland. “Therefore we need another five to 10 years to follow up how the mortality rates develop.” Dance classes can help stave off death During the study period 8,790 died including 1,909 from heart disease or stroke. The scientists say the difference may lie in the social aspect which goes alongside sports like tennis and squash, which often involve clubs and organised activities outside of the game.It means that people often have larger social networks and tend to keep up activities into later life, both of which are proven to be good for health. Dr Charlie Foster, associate professor of Physical Activity and Population Health at Oxford, said: “We think racquet sports not only offer the usual physiological benefits but also offer additional mental health and social benefits perhaps unique to these sports.“We had a younger group of team sports players and runners and we may not have enough deaths to see a difference at this point in time, another five years and we will know with more precision.“One theory might be the team players struggle to graduate to new sports or activities once they stop playing, so they lose the benefits of their active younger days.”The research, which was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, analysed information from 11 annual health surveys for England and Scotland, carried out between 1994 and 2008 in which people were asked how much physical activity they had done in the previous four weeks, and whether it had made them breathless or sweaty.Less than half of the respondents met the recommended weekly physical activity quota of 150 minutes of moderate exercise when they were surveyed. Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director, British Heart Foundation, said: “I think it is fair to say this study suggests participation in sport is associated with an improvement in all cause and cardiovascular disease mortality – but this was only observed in particular sports such as swimming, racquet sports, aerobics and cycling.“For most people the motivation to engage in sport-related physical activity is, and should remain, enjoyment of the sport, and team camaraderie that is linked to team games.”If you enjoy running or football, do not let these finding put you off.”Dr Tim Chico, Reader in Cardiovascular Medicine & consultant cardiologist, University of Sheffield, added: “This study must not be misinterpreted as showing that running and football do not protect against heart disease.In this study both runners and footballers had a lower rate of death from heart disease. Although this was not “statistically significant”, many other studies have found that runners live longer and suffer less heart disease.”  Dance classes can help stave off death Triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee may be interested to know that cycling and swimming is beneficial, but not running In contrast, people who play team sports when younger often do not move onto a new sport once their teams disband for family, or injury reasons. They become spectators rather than participants in their chosen activity.center_img Playing racquet sports regularly could help stave off death, but football, rugby and running may not help people to live longer, a study suggests.Sport is known to be beneficial to health, helping keep weight down, lowering blood pressure and improving heart and lung function.But it was unclear which activities were the most beneficial in the long term.A study by Oxford University, and researchers in Finland and Australia, followed more than 80,000 people for an average of nine years to find out if certain sports protected them against early death.It found that people who played racquet sports regularly were the least likely to die over the study period, reducing their individual risk by 47 per cent compared with people who did no exercise. Swimmers also reduced their chance of death by 28 per cent, aerobics fans by 27 per cent and cyclists by 15 per cent.Yet running appeared to have no impact at all on dying early, and neither did playing football or rugby. Nevertheless, the authors conclude: “These findings demonstrate that participation in specific sports may have significant benefits for public health.” As well as the benefits to overall mortality. the researchers found that playing racquet sports was associated with a 56 per cent lower risk from heart death.Likewise swimmers lowered their heart disease or stroke risk by 41 per cent, and people who took part in activities like aerobics, keep fit, dance or gymnastics lowered their risk by 36 per cent.But again running, football and rugby had no significant impact on heart deaths.The researchers believe that some sports, such as running or football, may also be affected by seasonality or weather which means participants do not keep them up all year round, which limits their long-term benefits. One theory might be the team players struggle to graduate to new sports or activities once they stop playing, so they lose the benefits of their active younger daysDr Charlie Foster If you enjoy running or football, do not let these finding put you offDr Mike Knapton Triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee may be interested to know that cycling and swimming is beneficial, but not running 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.last_img read more

Colston Hall row Campaigners want Bristols famous concert venue named after slave

first_imgThin Lizzy Bob Dylan and Ron Wood Filming 'Hearts of Fire' at Colston Hall, Bristol, Britain - Sep 1986 Campaigners have been further angered by the fact that Colston Hall had indicated as long ago as September 2014 that it might change its name, but had done nothing about the issue.The hall said in a statement at the time: “We can confirm that we are looking at naming rights. We do need to make the point that Colston Hall was not built by Edward Colston or with his money. We have listened to local peoples’ concerns surrounding the negative associations of Edward Colston’s name and his role as a slave trader.”Bristol Music Trust, which runs the Colston Hall, said: “We are developing plans that will transform the Colston Hall into a venue fit for the 21st century and to serve Bristol for the next 150 years. Discussions over a new name will be part of that process.”“We want the hall to be a place open to all, that’s why we’re working so hard to champion accessibility for performers, audiences and for music education.”We are inviting the people of Bristol to be part of our plans and shape the way the venue will be redeveloped, so we would urge people to have their say on the redevelopment before the public consultation closes on February 24th.” Bob Dylan and Ron Wood Filming ‘Hearts of Fire’ at Colston Hall in 1986Credit:REX/Shutterstock An image of Edward Colston in 1722 The Rolling Stones playing at Bristol’s Colston HallCredit:David Redfern/Redferns 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 Rolling Stones playing at Bristol's Colston Hall Art Deco interior of the Colston Hall Bristol UK from the performers’ stage viewCredit:Steve Taylor/Alamy Art Deco interior of the Colston Hall Bristol UK from the performers' stage view Colston Hallcenter_img An image of Edward Colston in 1722 Colston Hall, which has hosted The Beatles, David Bowie, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Bob Dylan, among others, is currently consulting the public over £45m plans to remodel part of the hall and restore original features as part of its anniversary celebrations, but the consultation documents make no mention of the venue’s name, or Edward Colston’s history.Katie Finnegan-Clarke, of Countering Colston, which is campaigning for a new name, said: “Edward Colston’s crimes are well known, and many people believe that it is wrong that he should be honoured by having a prestigious cultural venue named after him.”The campaign, which is also calling for the city’s Colston’s Girls’ School to change its name, has accused the trust which runs the venue of ignoring the views of many in the city’s longstanding black community. There is also a statue of Colston in the city, whose plaque fails to mention his prominent part in the slave trade. First they targeted the statue of a 19th century colonialist, now anti-racism campaigners have their eyes set on the name of one of Britain’s oldest performance venues.Campaigners in Bristol are demanding that the city’s Colston concert hall be renamed to remove its association with one of Britain’s most notorious slave traders.The campaign has led to a bitter row which is threatening to split musicians and audiences alike.Colston Hall is named after Edward Colston, deputy governor of the Royal African Company which between 1672 and 1698 transported around 100,000 enslaved Africans to plantations in the West Indies and America. However the campaign is bitterly opposed by others in Bristol and the surrounding area.Samuel Waite, a Conservative councillor on Keynsham Town Council, in Somerset, said: “Let’s hope the powers that be don’t bow to political correctness and the Colston Hall retains its current name.”Marcus Keppel-Palmer, a law lecturer at the University of the West of England, in Bristol, wrote on Twitter: “Not disputing his [Colston’s] qualities. But keep Colston Hall as Colston Hall.” Ms Finnegan-Clarke, who describes herself as a trainer and campaign mentor, added: “We are proud of our city – Bristol is a modern, inclusive, multicultural place. We want to be proud of our main music venue.”Protests have been held outside the hall to highlight Colston’s part in the slave trade and petitions calling for a change in the name have been organised. Banners held by activists outside the venue read: “All he gave to Bristol he took from slaves” and “Colston was a murderer, enslaver, kidnapper; change the name”.Ivan Jackson, a presenter on Bristol’s Bristol Community FM, said: “We need to ask ourselves why do we name venues after people in the first place? Surely it’s about honouring the person concerned and memorialising them in a good way? Do we really want to honour Edward Colston now in 2017?“By changing a building’s name, we are not changing history. The history will still be there; it’s well documented. Colston will never be forgotten. There’s too much of him ingrained throughout Bristol.” The row has echoes of the Rhodes Must Fall campaign, in which students in Oxford demanded the removal of a statue to the British colonialist Cecil Rhodes erected at Oriel College.Following angry protests students at the Oxford Union voted 245 to 212 in favour of taking down the statue, but it was announced in January last year that the statue would remain, after donors threatened to withdraw gifts and bequests worth more than £100 million if it was removed.Campaigners in Bristol have seized on the 150th anniversary of Colston Hall to renew their demands for a change to the venue’s name, with some calling for it to be renamed Freedom Hall.They point out that Colston’s cargo included women and children as young as six – with each one branded with the company’s initials on their chest- and that more than 20,000 slaves died during the crossings. Colston Hall Thin Lizzy One of Bristol’s most famous pop acts, the trip-hop band Massive Attack, are boycotting the venue in support of the campaign and it is feared more musicians will follow suit.In an apparent concession to campaigners the hall’s management trust last night said “discussions over a new name” will form part of its plans to celebrate the 2,071-seater venue’s 150th anniversary this year.But opponents of any name change say it would deny the Bristol’s history and ignore the wealth brought by Colston to the city.Part of Colston’s huge fortune was used for a number of philanthropic projects, including the building of schools, almshouses and churches.last_img read more

Jeweller cleared of murder after stabbing boyfriend who waterboarded her and bit

first_imgA jeweller who stabbed her boyfriend to death was cleared of murder after saying she feared him so much she took out life insurance. Elizabeth Hart-Browne said she acted in self-defence fearing that her lover would kill her after he “waterboarded” her in their bathtub and bit her face. Jurors at the Old Bailey heard that Ms Hart Browne, 27 sobbed and said “I have just killed the man I love” as she was arrested for the murder of Stephen Rayner, 25 in September last year.Ms Hart-Browne had previously been forced to defend herself with a stiletto shoe after Mr Rayner attacked her outside a nightclub in 2012.He was arrested and received an 18-month community order at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court, including a domestic violence programme, after admitting the assault. Elizabeth Hart-Browne leaves the Old Bailey in LondonCredit:Emily Pennick/PA Elizabeth Hart-Browne was cleared of murder at the Old BaileyCredit:TIM STEWART NEWS LIMITED “He liked his aggression. There’s a lot of stories about him in prison attacking other prisoners and prison guards.”He tried to take on that personality sometimes when he was angry.” But she had also beaten Mr Rayner with a candlestick and launched a public attack on him outside a pub just a week before giving birth to their child, in a row about him looking at another woman on a bus, the court heard.The stabbing took place after Ms Hart-Browne came home to their flat in Acton, west London, from a family party on September 17 last year.Mr Rayner began hitting her and grabbed her by the throat, the court heard. She picked up a large kitchen knife and stabbed Mr Rayner three times, inflicting a fatal wound to the neck.She said she ‘forgot’ the knife was in her hand and was just trying to push Mr Rayner off her when she stabbed him.”I thought he was going to kill me,” she told the court. He staggered outside and collapsed in a pool of blood as shocked neighbours rushed to help.She was recorded wailing “I need an ambulance” in a harrowing 999 call.When police arrived she was barefoot and wearing only one earring. She was hysterical as she told officers: “I didn’t mean to do it, I’m so sorry.”She broke down in tears as the jury found her not guilty of murder after 15 hours of deliberation. Elizabeth Hart-Browne (left) leaves the Old Bailey in London On another occasion Ms Hart-Browne was left unconscious after he pushed her into a mirror at her mother’s house, where they were living at the time. In other attacks Mr Rayner had cut Ms Hart-Browne’s head, threatened to kill her while trying to kick the front door down and punched her in the face because he complained she hadn’t done the washing up.In June last year he held her head under bath taps, forcing her to kick through one of the bathtub’s panel to escape.She said Mr Rayner was obsessed with ‘Britain’s most violent criminal’, Charles Bronson, and would channel his rage when he got angry.”He liked his attitude, he liked his being,’ she said. Elizabeth Hart-Browne 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.last_img read more

Lives put at risk by ambulance crews filling up vehicles with wrong

first_imgOther trusts with high misfueling rates include Yorkshire, which had 123 incidents costing the taxpayer more than £20,000, and North West Ambulance Service, which had 124 incidents costing £30,600. Misfueling puts the ambulances out of action, causing problems all over the country for an already overstretched NHS  The trust said it had steadily lowered its rate of misfueling due to increasingly using NHS-owned ‘bunkering’ hubs, rather than normal roadside petrol stations.However, documents from London Ambulance Service, which suffered 69 incidents over the last two years, indicate that misfueling can also take place at NHS hubs.An ambulance that is misfuelled – typically where petrol is put into a diesel engine – first needs to be recovered, then have its engine drained.Often the fuel filter will then need to be replaced and the vehicle undergo road tests before it is allowed back into service.The data from London shows its 69 misfuelled ambulances were out of action for a total of 1,902 hours, or 27.5 hours per ambulance.If the same average is applied across all 769 known incidents, it means the UK has lost at least 881 days of operational ambulance time since the start of 2012, around 25 weeks a year.Even on a more conservative estimate, which excludes the handful of London ambulances off the road for several days, which boosted the overall mean average, the more typical six to eight-hour repair period equates to six weeks’ lost ambulance time nationally a year. Scottish Ambulance Service said it had suffered 64 incidents at a total cost of £8,393, while Wales had 58, costing £17,886.The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, West Midlands and East of England all refused to disclose their rates.John O’Connell, Chief Executive at the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “These findings are very concerning.“These mistakes don’t only waste taxpayers money but also is a threat to patient safety.’  A spokesman for South East Coast Ambulance Service said: “As a trust we have implemented control measures to reduce the risk of these events occurring by ensuring all our vehicles have a label fitted to the vehicle fuel flap indicating to staff the correct grade of fuel to be used. We have also trialled audible fuel alerts and various misfuel devices but as a trust we have seen a drop in these type of events over the last 3 years.” Misfueling puts the ambulances out of action, causing problems all over the country for an already overstretched NHS Credit:Yui Mok/PA Lives are being put at risk due to weeks of ambulance time being lost each year because crews are accidentally filling vehicles with the wrong fuel, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt.An investigation reveals there have been at least 769 incidents of ‘misfueling’ across the UK since 2012, with affected ambulances out of action for days and in some cases weeks at a time.The problem is so persistent that in some areas NHS bosses are trialling audio alerts to remind paramedics to use the correct fuel.The data, obtained through Freedom of Information requests, emerges as ambulance trusts face mounting pressure due to the crisis in A&E departments and their own staffing shortages.Poor availability was blamed this winter when taxis were used to ferry critically ill patients to hospital and a patient froze to death while waiting for an ambulance.Last night campaigners said, misfuelling mistakes were threatening public safety and waste taxpayers’ money.South East Coast Ambulance Service, which at 156 incidents was the worst offending trust, has spent at least £51,555 repairing misfueled ambulances since 2012, a sum which could have employed two full-time paramedics for a year.The largest individual cost was £14,310 after an engine was so badly damaged it had to be replaced. 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.last_img read more

Children spend up to 10 hours a day mindlessly swiping their mobiles study finds

Olympia, who was revising for her A-levels during the study, told the researchers the only place she could relax was in the bath because she could not take in her phone – although she added she would take it in if it was water-proof.Others admitted they fell asleep at night while on their phones. Many frequently checked their phones during the interviews with the researchers. “It’s a form of immersion, a fear of missing out if you don’t scroll through [your social media]. It becomes an activity in itself,” said Mr de Ionno.Among comments from the young people to the researchers were “I use it all the time because it is always there,” “I would feel lost without [my phone]”, “It’s pretty much mindless”, “It is a waste of time,” and “I am not really engaging with anyone or anything.”The consequences were that they missed out on not only other activities – whether sporting or educational – but also face-to-face communication by conducting relationships almost entirely through instant messaging or emojis.“It is a dumbed down way to communicate with someone but it is a function of the smart phone because it’s hard to write prose that says what you mean on such a device. It’s easier to press a like button or send an emoji,” said Mr de Ionno. Although children from lower income households were potentially more prone to such passive consumption of social media, he said: “We are seeing more and more relatively highly-educated girls from good backgrounds who are spending this sort of time on screen.” The research warned of a potential link to increasing youth mental ill health and addiction. And it criticised social media firms for drawing in younger children through game-like elements like Snapchat ‘streaks’ which encourage them to update friendships on a daily basis, and filters, where they can add cartoon images to their pictures. In their study, one child had been online every day for more than two years to maintain an 800-day Snapchat streak with a friend. “Snapstreaks effectively turn social interactions into a game, they keep you on the app,” said Mr de Ionno.“People need to reassess their relationship with smart phones otherwise it can become all-consuming where the world and all relationships are seen only through the phone.”As a result of the study, one of the research team’s youngest members, a school-leaver, was so shocked by what he saw that he deleted all his social profiles apart from two messaging apps.Protect yourself and your family. Find out more about our Duty of Care campaign to regulate social media Teenagers are spending up to 12 hours online a day mindlessly swiping through social media without looking at any single piece of content for more than a few seconds, a unique study has found.For the first time researchers used technology to record minute by minute what young people actually do on their smart phones – and were shocked by the compulsive and superficial way they “wasted” hours scrolling through social networking sites.Typical was Olympia, aged 17, who in one 24-hour period spent 3.3 hours on Snapchat, 2.5 hours on Instagram, 2 hours on Face Time, 2.4 hours on WhatsApp and 1.8 hours on Safari – a total of 12 hours.“It’s very fast scrolling of one or two seconds on each piece of content, sharing or liking, then scrolling again. It feels compulsive. It’s very visual. It’s quite shocking because it is very superficial,” said Damon de Ionno, managing director of Revealing Reality, which advises and researches for the regulator Ofcom, England’s children’s commissioner and the BBC.When the researchers played back the on-screen records to show the young people what they had been doing on their phones, the teenagers went into denial. “They said things like ‘Oh, it’s not normally this boring,’ as if seeing it properly for the first time,” said Mr de Ionno. read more

UK could hand back millions from Harrods big spender to Azerbaijan

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 £15 million Knightsbridge home of Zamira HajiyevaCredit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph The £15 million Knightsbridge home of Zamira Hajiyeva Mr Justice Supperstone has ordered that she must comply with the UWO order and explain how she acquired her wealth. Her lawyers, who issued a statement insisting the order did not imply any wrongdoing on behalf of their client, are arguing that she is the wife of a legitimate businessman.Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, Mr Toon said if the agency won their case the would used the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to apply to the courts to seize a number of her properties.Asked who would then have a right to claim that wealth, he said: “Ultimately, that becomes a political and international issue.“So, in the first instance the value of those assets would come into the UK Government, and then there is a direct engagement between the originating country of the money and the UK about the extent of repatriation.”Mr Hajiyev had worked for Azerbaijan’s state-owned bank and so that country’s government would be able to claim a right to clawing bakc any funds fraudulently used by Mrs Hajiyeva that they believe were obtained by her husband from their bank.Mr Toon added that other eight people currently being pursued by the agency under the  Unexplained Wealth Order powers came from Africa, South Asia, states with in the former Soviet Union and Russia. Her husband, Jahangir Hajiyev, the former chairman of the the International Bank of Azerbaijan, was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in 2016 for defrauding the bank out of £2.2 billion.The National Crime Agency claims Mrs Hajiyeva had used funds raised fraudulently to fund property purchases in the UK. Britain may hand back millions of pounds seized from the Harrods ‘big spender’ to Azerbaijan, the National Crime Agency chief has said.Donald Toon, the agency’s director of economic crime, has revealed that if the High Court rules Zamira Hajiyeva had used fraudulent funds any property and money seized from her would be returned to her native country.He outlined how the High Court battle surrounding the UK’s first Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO) would see any confiscated cash become a “political and international issue”.Mrs Hajiyeva, 55, was named yesterday as being at the centre of a McMafia style financial investigation amid allegations that she used her husband’s stolen money to fund a lavish lifestyle.The Azerbaijan national has lived in Knightsbridge for more than a decade during which time she has spent more than £16 million in the Harrods department store. Her five-bedroom house is worth £15 million and she also bought the Mill Ride golf and country club in Ascot for £10.5 million. read more

Smartphones have killed the Loch Ness Monster zoologist tells festival

The advent of smartphones proves that the Loch Ness Monster is a myth, a leading scientist has claimed.The ubiquity of camera-enabled devices means the creature would have been photographed by now if it existed, according to palaeontologist Dr Darren Naish.However, the University of Southampton expert on cryptozoology – the pseudoscience of mythical creatures – said the last few years had seen a record low of reported sightings.The same goes for other “cryptids”, such as the Himalayan Yeti, the Australian Bunyip and American’s Bigfoot.“Everybody has good phones,” said Dr Naish. “You really would think they’d be more and better photos, but the only things that ever have ever appeared are terribly low resolution little blobs in the distance.“I would say that the fact that we haven’t got any of the evidence that we should have by now – alarm bells are ringing.“It’s all speaking towards the fact that this is a cultural event, a belief system.” As sales of camera-equipped phones have soared, there have been droughts of several years with no new Nessie pictures, he said.Those that have emerged are unconvincing. Cryptozoologists have taken to calling them “blobsquatch pictures”.The name is a play on “Sasquatch” meant to convey how the purported monster invariably appears as a tiny, indistinct blur.Most scientists argue it is unlikely that a creature such as Nessie – which purportedly resembles a cold-blooded reptile – could survive in the cold Scottish waters.They also say the 22-tonne stock of fish in the loch would not be sufficient to sustain a population of giant plesiosaurs.Sceptics further argue that if such a creature did or had existed, the bones of its ancestors would have been detected by now.In 2003 the BBC took part in a large search for the monster, including the use of 600 sonar devices, but nothing was detected. Show more 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. read more

Indian water minister Uma Bharti says she had rapists tortured

Uma Bharti (centre) said she ordered police to torture rape suspects until they begged (AFP photo)(BBC) An Indian minister says she made rape suspects beg for their lives and ordered police to torture them.Uma Bharti, the water resources minister, claims she told the men’s accusers to watch as they were hung upside down.“Rapists should be tortured in front of victims until they beg for forgiveness,” she said.Ms Bharti made the comments while campaigning for a local politician in Agra, in Uttar Pradesh state.She brought up an infamous case from July 2016 where a mother and her daughter were gang-raped in Bulandshahr, saying the Uttar Pradesh government had failed to give the victims justice.“The rapists should be hung upside down and beaten till their skin comes off,” the minister is reported to have said.“Salt and chilli should be rubbed on their wounds until they scream. Mothers and sisters should watch so they can get closure.”Ms Bharti said that when she was chief minister of Madhya Pradesh state from 2003-4, she took the same attitude.“I would tell the cops to hang the rapists upside down and beat them so hard that they would cry out. I would tell women to watch through windows of the police station,” she said.She told the crowd that when a policeman objected, “I told him people who behave like ‘danav’ (demons) cannot have Manavadhikar (human rights). Their heads should be cut off like Ravana’s”. Ravana is an evil demon king in Hindu mythology.Ms Bharti is a member of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and has previously made the headlines for her controversial comments.Her torture revelations have resonated with some in India, where the most grievous rape cases sometimes attract the death penalty.Crimes against women in India have been in the spotlight since the brutal gang-rape and murder of a student in 2012 in Delhi. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFour sentenced to death in brutal rape case in IndiaSeptember 13, 2013In “World”Third teenager attacked and burned in a week in IndiaMay 11, 2018In “latest news”How can US rapist win joint custody of victim’s child?October 9, 2017In “latest news” read more

LETTER GRANGER – Rewrites Grading System

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAgainst public outcry: President says 14% VAT on private education remainsMarch 2, 2017In “Business”Keeping VAT on education: O’Toole, others blasts Govt’s ‘unilateral’ decisionApril 15, 2017In “Business”Letter: Guyana will be further impoverishedApril 10, 2017In “Letters” I am flabbergasted that  the President  give himself and the government a Grade A and at the same time his Minister of Finance, defends the taxing on Education as something good.   This demonstrates the incoherent strategies employed by this government.   The failed socialist policies are once again coming to the forefront.  I am now suspicious that the objective and intent of this Government is to fail? and as a result see mass migration for which they would benefit at the polls.Many ordinary citizens choose to send their children to private schools due to many reasons instead of the Public Schools.   This should be beneficial to the Government, as they save our tax payers money to put back in the public education system.  Simple equation, teachers still have to be hired whether public or private, children still have to get an education, why then tax the private system?   The money the government saves on not having to expand the current buildings or pay measly wages to public teachers, should allow them to put it back in to the economy.   Simply nonsense by the President and his Finance Minister.President Granger basically is setting the stage for his campaign 2020 or before message.  Sorry, Citizens we had to clean up the PPP mess therefore the economy had to collapse.   One just had to examine the numbers pre-1992 when the PNC was voted out compared to the numbers at 2015 when the PPP was voted out and would realize the madness at this statement by the President. It signals the President is out of touch with the perils that the citizenry is confronted with during the past 18 months. The diameter of issues ranging from high crime rates to extremely high taxes.The economy was booming prior to 2015, jobs were there, money was in circulation, our exchange rate was stable, the tax system was netting enough to keep the economy flowing, transformative projects were put in place, then what the heck is the President talking about? Any common person can tell you that their lives are much harder now than it was prior to May 2015.The question for each of us?  If the PPP had left such a mess, and it will take five years to clean up, then as you clean up, much more money should be in circulation in the economy.  This is not so Mr. President, your economic policies have a stamp of failure written all over it.   We need to get on with the business of managing our nation.    Ask your Finance Minister to give you measurable indicators before you make statements that your Government should get a Grade A, for incompetence maybe.The foreign currency earners are taking a beating from this government as they are starved of support , just have a quick look at Sugar production which is at an all-time low, Capital Flight on the rise with Exchange Rates regulations- a proven failed policy, Exchange Rates on the Rise, and sliding sporadically, declining GDP after decades of solid growth are just some of the indicators.  Citizens complaining of the new 200+ Taxes on their livelihood, housing market collapse, forestry sector sharp decline,  discretionary dollars much less for each family, VAT on Water and Electricity. In arriving at a Grade A , I would like to see your score sheet. Mr. President, ‘ c’mon man.’Peter R. Ramsaroop read more

1yearold murdered thrown out of window into swamp for earrings

Police say the have in custody a 20-year-old unemployed, A Field Sophia, man who allegedly, in dastardly fashion, attempted to rob and murdered his 1-year-old niece.Dead is one and a half years old Ronasha Pilgrim of 98 North Sophia, Greater Georgetown.Based on information received the incident occurred between 03:30 -04:00hrs this morning, at the said address.According to the Police the deceased along with her brothers ages 10 and 12 years were left in the house by their father, a security guard, who went to work.The suspect then allegedly broke a northern window, entered the house and attempted to relieve the baby of her earrings.She reportedly began to scream and the suspect allegedly tossed her through a window into the swamped yard. On leaving, the suspect allegedly placed a pile of wood on top of the deceased who was submerged under the approximately 11/2 feet depth water and slush.The body is presently at the Lyken’s Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem examination.Police say the suspected relative is assisting with the ongoing investigation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUncle remanded for murder of 18-month-old nieceSeptember 5, 2017In “Court”Man who allegedly attempted to rape 6-y-o brutally beaten in SophiaSeptember 10, 2018In “Crime”Friendship man was strangled, died from head traumaAugust 9, 2018In “Crime” read more

German couple jailed for selling son to paedophiles on dark net

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan jailed for sexual abuse of 276 childrenFebruary 14, 2019In “Court”Taxi driver to spend 3 yrs behind bars for sexually grooming teenagerJune 18, 2018In “Court”How can US rapist win joint custody of victim’s child?October 9, 2017In “latest news” The couple’s sexual exploitation case shocked Germany (faces blurred for legal reasons) (Getty Images)A woman who sold her son to paedophiles on the dark net has been jailed for 12 years and six months by a court in southern Germany.The Freiburg court also jailed her partner, the boy’s stepfather, for 12 years. The boy was nine when the trial began in June.The German nationals, 48 and 39 years old, had sexually abused the boy themselves for at least two years.The dark net is an internet area beyond the reach of mainstream search engines.On Monday, the court jailed a Spanish man for 10 years for sexually abusing the boy repeatedly.Five other men have also been prosecuted in connection with the abuse.The couple were found guilty of rape, aggravated sexual assault of children, forced prostitution and distribution of child pornography.The boy is now living with foster parents.The couple must now pay €42,500 (£38,000; $49,200) in damages to the boy and to a three-year-old girl, who was also abused by them.Prosecutors say the boy was subjected to more than 60 serious sex attacks, many of which were filmed.On Tuesday the judge told the boy’s mother that she had carried out one of the most brutal sexual attacks.The trial has also raised concerns that officials might sometimes wrongly presume that a woman is incapable of abusing her own child. (Excerpts from BBC) read more

29yearold Jamaican pastor killed in church

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCaretaker in custody over brutal murder of Jamaican pastor inside churchOctober 8, 2018In “latest news”Jamaican pastor arrested on sex charges involving minorAugust 16, 2017In “Crime”Jamaican pastor pleads guilty to sex crimesNovember 30, 2017In “latest news” James JohnsonPolice investigators in Jamaica are seeking to establish the motive behind the killing of a 29-year-old pastor, James Johnson, the Jamaica Gleaner has reported.According to the Jamaica Gleaner, Johnson was killed around 5 o’clock at the Church of God of Prophecy on Old Harbour Road in the St Catherine North police division where a state of emergency is in force.The police say he arrived at the church, parked his car and entered the building and shortly after a gunman entered and opened fire hitting Johnson multiple times.It is reported that all the shots were to his back.The gunman later escaped.Johnson was pronounced dead at the Spanish Town hospital.Police investigators reportedly recovered seven spent shells from the scene.A past student of the Garvey Maceo High School in Clarendon, Johnson was born in the community of Red Hills in the parish.He was the public relations officer of the Church of God of Prophecy, and a political enthusiast and also did stints in media at Nationwide News Network, the Jamaica Gleaner reported. read more

Lack of direct flights from Guyana to Cananda US being addressed

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCaribbean Airlines partners with UGMay 7, 2019In “Business”CAL offers more leg room on flightsMay 22, 2018In “latest news”CAL announces appointment of new CEOOctober 10, 2017In “latest news” Acknowledging that the lack of direct flights from Guyana to the United States and Canada has been a problem for consumers traveling with Caribbean Airlines (CAL), the company’s  Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Garvin Medera has given his commitment to rectifying the situation.He was at the time speaking with several stakeholders during his visit to Guyana.Caribbean Airlines CEO Garvin MederaThe CEO told media operatives at the Private Sector Commission (PSC) headquarters on Wednesday that the issue was the main challenge of the Trinidadian carrier.“The number one challenge for us is the inability to originate flights from Guyana. Based on the regulations, we have to route our flights through Port-of-Spain (Trinidad and Tobago’s capital city) before we come to Guyana which ultimately means that there’s an in-transit experience, [which] we are aiming to improve, but it could be solved if we get the opportunity to start and end flights in Guyana which we want to do and it’s something that we have to make very clear,” he expressed.The new CEO while noting that he was pleased that the PSC was on board with this plan, said that the company was working with the appropriate stakeholders to ensure that direct flights from Guyana became a reality.Medera’s engagement with aviation stakeholders and Government officials comes in light of other carriers signalling their intention to ply the Guyana route. These economic ventures come as oil production is expected for Guyana from 2020.When asked by members of the press about reduced ticket prices in light of increased competition, Medera committed to value for service.“We are very open to the idea of a competitive market; and that’s one of the ways that the people of Guyana will get the value that they deserve,” he noted.The CEO, who was appointed just one year ago, said that the company has been embarking on initiatives that seek value for money such as improved fuel consumption.He noted too that the Caribbean Region was small and many logistics have to be ironed out as CAL moved to improve the services it offers travellers.In any event, both the PSC Chairman, Desmond Sears and the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) thanked the airline for its over 70 years of service to Guyana as the bodies expressed hope that this country’s culture could be showcased.Medera also met with the National Airport Transport Association (NATA) President, Captain Gerry Gouveia, who raised issues of local content, with a view of securing more employment for Guyanese.“We didn’t want you to continue being a Trinidadian carrier posing as a Caribbean carrier. We wanted you to truly be a Caribbean carrier… [For] services to Guyana, we want you to demonstrate not only in the back office of your operations, but in the front office: local content – Guyanese flight attendants and pilots,” Captain Gouveia stressed.From January to March 2018, 142,781 persons were processed for Guyana flights, which was higher than the 126,340 for the same period in 2017 and many of those persons travel to the United States and Canada. (Shemuel Fanfair) read more