March Madness Kentucky Not In Louisville Overall No 1

A year later, Kentucky was not good enough to defend its national championship, which made fans in Louisville doubly ecstatic.You see, the teams are bitter rivals, and the Wildcats were left out of the NCAA Tournament field. Meanwhile, the Cardinals are the overall No. 1 seed, playing in the Midwest Region, which competes in, of all places, Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky, home of the NIT-bound Kentucky.The Cardinals will face either Liberty or North Carolina State in a second-round game Thursday. Kentucky plays an NIT game Tuesday — on the road because Rupp is taken for the NCAAs — at Robert Morris.The selection committee had tough decisions after five teams swapped the top ranking in The Associated Press poll, capped by West Coast Conference champion Gonzaga (30-2) moving to the lead spot for the first time in school history. Bobinski said six teams were in the running for No. 1 seeds on the final weekend, the result of a season in which no school established itself as a clear-cut favorite.In the end the four were filled by Louisville, Gonzaga, Kansas and Indiana. Cases for No. 1 were made by Georgetown and Duke, too, both of whom are No. 2 seedss.The Cardinals have ripped off 10 straight wins since a three-game slide, capped by a stunning turnaround in the championship game of the Big East tournament. They trailed Syracuse by 16 points early in the second half, but put on the full-court pressure and won in a romp, 78-61.The Big East, in its final year before the basketball-only schools break away to form their own league, led the way with eight teams in the NCAA field.“We are ecstatic to be the No. 1 seed, particularly after finishing off one of the greatest conferences in the history of college basketball with a Big East championship,” Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. “Our players showed incredible grit to come back from 16 points down. We know we will be challenged right away in one of the toughest brackets that I’ve seen in quite some time. I think our guys are up for the challenge.”No. 7 Kansas (29-5) moved up to take the second overall seed after an impressive run through the Big 12 tournament, punctuated by a 70-54 victory over rival Kansas State in the title game. No. 3 Indiana (28-6) is third overall despite falling to Wisconsin in the Big Ten semifinals. The Zags claimed the last of the coveted No. 1 seeds, edging out Atlantic Coast Conference champion Miami.The top spots are significant in at least one respect: A No. 1 has never lost to a 16th-seeded team. . . Let the madness begin. read more

Colin Kaepernick Named Citizen of the Year While JAYZ

Colin Kaepernick has been named “Citizen of the Year” by GQ magazine. The former San Francisco 49er landed the cover of GQ’s latest issue for protesting racial injustice by kneeling for the national anthem during NFL games. Since then, he’s angered everyone from the common Twitter user to Donald Trump, who’s called him out on social media, television and at a rally. It also seems that Kaepernick has been blackballed by the league and its owners for protesting. He filed a grievance against the NFL and accused them of collusion. He continues to remain silent and chose not to be interviewed for the GQ article.  He agreed to a photo shoot in Harlem, N.Y. where he posed with local adults and children. On top of that, some of Kaepernick’s friends, allies and general admirers gave statements for the article. Folks like J. Cole, Ava DuVernay, former teammate Eric Reid and Harry Belafonte, who said he’d help the quarterback however he could. “In my 90th year of life, to see people like Colin Kaepernick having gotten the message and carrying the cause forward is the greatest reward I could ask for,” said Belafonte. “Colin is a remarkable young man. The fact that he spoke out on police brutality against young black men, I thought it was absolutely admirable. I’m prepared to do anything it takes and whatever steps I can to support him if this insanity continues.”DuVernay — who also praised Kaepernick — said she had dinner with him and his mate Nessa just one night after Trump called him out during a rally in Alabama. She also said that his “stillness and wisdom” took her aback considering all of the scrutiny he faces. “Look at this brother,” she said. “He’s doing better than any of us would’ve done. A lot better. With a lot more elegance.”Related news: Colin KaepernickPolice Chief Apologizes But ‘No Policy In Place’ to Discipline Officer Over Colin Kaepernick CostumeMaster P Has a Better Solution for Colin Kaepernick NFL WoesCBS Sports Reporter Backtracks on Colin Kaepernick Anthem ReportCole, meanwhile, said Kaepernick’s level of altruism should always be etched in our minds since he sacrificed a lifetime of hard work and dreams to get to the pros.“You’re talking about a guy in his athletic prime who’s lived his whole life dreaming about playing football at a level that millions of kids dream to get to, and in his first big season he takes his team to within five yards of winning a Super Bowl,” said the rapper. “Suddenly, something that he’s been doing blindly for his whole life — standing for the national anthem — now feels uncomfortable. Why? Because now it feels phony. It feels like, ‘Man, how can I stand for this thing when this country is not holding itself true to the principles it says it stands for? I feel like we’re lying.’” At this time, there’s no word when Kaepernick’s grievance case will begin. But according to ESPN, several NFL owners have been called for depositions and asked to hand over their email and cell phone records. Owners such as Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones, New England Patriots Robert Kraft and Houston Texans Bob McNair all have been called.In addition, ABC News reports that the owners were chosen for depositions based on public statements they made about the quarterback in the past. “But regardless of what happens with the grievance, Kaepernick’s days of playing in the NFL are over, and he’ll continue to fight for injustice,” said John Carlos, who famously raised his fist in protest with Tommie Smith at the 1968 Olympics.“Mr. Kaepernick, who needs no introduction, is this generation’s iconic civil rights leader,” Carlos told TMZ. “Through his commitment and sacrifice to speak about the awareness of police brutality against blacks in America, Kaepernick has cemented his status in my books as one of many great individuals whose name will be spoken alongside the likes of Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, Dr. Tommie Smith, Peter Norman and myself.”Although JAY-Z didn’t mention Kaepernick specifically during a recent “4:44” tour stop in Miami, he touched on the NFL protests and those players speaking out in other sports. “I want ya’ll to understand, when people are kneeling and putting their fist up, it’s not about a flag,” said JAY to the crowd. “It’s about justice, and that’s not a black or white thing that’s a human issue. Everybody should feel the same way. If your 16-year-old child left the house and didn’t come back, everyone should be affected … That’s a young person who lost their life senselessly.”JAY then addressed the black folks in the audience and like on his “4:44” album, spoke of ownership and not letting others dictate your financial future. He also said that Black people could do a far better job of sticking together.“Black people in particular, we gotta get our sh– together,” he stated. “We gotta start bossing up. We gotta start working with each other. We can’t be hired help. We’re not second-class citizens to anybody.”We reached out to the law firm Geragos & Geragos that’s handling Kaepernick’s case to get updates and question whether they think he’ll return to the NFL. But they chose not to respond or give any further information at this time. read more

The Warriors Were Ready For LeBron

For now, the chatter around Christmas Day game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors is about its lousy ending, thanks to lousy instant replay rules. The Cavaliers held a lead early, coughed it up in the third quarter, and hung around for what should have been a stirring finish before two no-calls on LeBron James drives derailed the game. Our loss. (Cleveland’s, too.) But underneath the dramatics was a game plan that saw the Warriors’ defense negate the Cavs’ best asset: LeBron’s driving and dishing.The Cavs were 6-for-21 with a 38.1 effective field goal percentage off of passes from James on Monday, according to data from Second Spectrum. On James’s 21 drives, he shot 4-for-6 but generated just one assist against three turnovers. Those numbers are uncharacteristically bad for one of the most effective driving facilitators in the game. Because the Golden State defense could switch so effectively — trading Kevin Durant for Draymond Green or Klay Thompson doesn’t exactly give LeBron the mismatch it does against other defenses — and could recover to shooters so well, the drive-and-kick game got itself into trouble.Sometimes, this led to turnovers by James when he was trapped or by his teammates when they received a pass under tighter coverage than they’re used to (one bad turnover by Kevin Love on the right wing comes to mind). Other times, passes from James were a little farther off-target than usual, requiring a shooter to gather and reset before firing, or they sailed out of bounds entirely. (LeBron is usually so precise that he can focus on whether teammates want seams or no seams when they receive a pass — high, low or midsection.) And even when things went to plan, the open shot at the end of a kick-swing-swing sequence sometimes fell to a non-shooter like Dwyane Wade. Often, the Warriors’ defense discouraged the drive altogether — a large chunk of James’s passes to shooters came above the free-throw line, to a shooter who’d flared on a pick-and-pop or a simple screen, far from the deadly help-defense-obliterating machine that usually powers the Cavalier offense.Here are all 21 shots created directly by James’s passes:James hasn’t always struggled to generate offense against this Warriors team. Even in a one-sided series like last season’s NBA Finals, the Cavs tended to shoot much better when James was passing to them than otherwise. But on Monday, they were miserable on plays LeBron set up and only very slightly less miserable on the ones that he didn’t.Maybe the Cavaliers can make enough gimmes to get back to their game in future matchups — they did miss a lot of open shots, too. And perhaps Patrick McCaw, a strong defender who is getting extra minutes while Stephen Curry is out with an ankle injury, changed things up a bit — McCaw probably won’t play quite the same role down the road. But those late-game no-calls aside, Durant’s defense on LeBron (and backup point guard Shaun Livingston’s on Wade) fundamentally changed the way the Cavs offense usually works.It was just one game, and the personnel should look vastly different when they play again just a few weeks from now with the returns of Curry and Cleveland guard Isaiah Thomas, who was in uniform Monday but glued to the bench. But what happened on Christmas in Oakland didn’t look like a one-off: It looked like a plan.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Adam Silver Rides A Bear And Five Other Perfect Ideas For Fixing

Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed 4.) Bruce from Maryland suggests:The first 10 picks are assigned by placement in an essay contest for basketball fans in ~4th grade to ~8th grade. 500 words or less on an appropriate subject (not necessarily sports related) that would be announced at the All-Star break. All teams eligible, regardless of standings. The rest of the picks are in the order of finish from worst to first.The kids send their essay to a judging panel along with which team they would like to have the draft pick if they win (so no team gets more than one of the picks). The chosen 10 kids are invited to the draft order revealing show that replaces the lottery show, and they all have envelopes revealing their favorite team (not necessarily by geography). They are all called up in reverse order of finish, which they do not know at the time, and reveal the team they chose.I’m still unsure whether this is an earnest proposal or not. I choose to believe that it is. This would be wonderful. That’s the only con I can think of, too. Seeing Daryl Morey on a trampoline would be pretty fun. 3.) Adam from Madison, Wisconsin, suggests:If you miss the playoffs 10 years in a row your team moves to Seattle. 76ers fans would definitely start getting nervous after about year 5. Forces teams to attempt to be good or at least plan on being good quickly. Oh, man, I hope Seattle gets a team back sooner than this. But I like the idea of fans in the Emerald City actively rooting for a random team to be awful. 5.) Dave from Toledo, Ohio, suggests: Get rid of the draft. Actually, get rid of the NBA. Boom. No more tanking.It’s been right in front of us this whole time! For the last 10 days, our sports podcast, “Hot Takedown,” has been running a crowdsourcing project, soliciting ideas for ways to change the NBA draft and prevent teams from deliberately tanking their seasons in pursuit of better picks. Almost 7,000 people have submitted their ideas thus far, and I am slowly working my way through them. It’s pretty intense.We’ll announce our winner on next week’s podcast — a winner chosen from among the many very serious and thoughtful proposals. This is not an article about those. This is an article about our six favorite weird ideas.The proposals, in reverse order of how much we like them: 6.) Aaron from Spokane, Washington, suggests:To fix the tanking problem, I propose a system where the GM of every NBA team participates in a round-robin HORSE tournament. The GM with the most wins gets the first selection in the draft, followed by the GM with the second most wins, and so on. If more than one GM finishes the tournament with the same score, the tie will be broken by a trampoline dunk contest judged by Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.Pros:Removing the teams’ regular season performances from the equation eliminates tanking.GMs would have an incentive to become ballers. Also, there would be a great incentive for former players to become GMs.Whoever picked up the TV rights to this event would enjoy a ratings bonanza. Cons:Larry Bird and Magic Johnson might be busy. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. 2.) Andrew from Sarasota Springs, Florida, suggests:The bottom three teams would be relegated to English League 2 Football where they would have to play a year of soccer in towns like Accrington and Morecambe. Upon their return from a year in the (lovely) English wilderness, they would be guaranteed picks 1-3 based on their finishing order in League 2.Pros: hilarity of seeing NBA players play soccer; more media attention for League 2 matches; arguably players would gain new forms of fitness and stamina; Carmelo Anthony adopting an affected English accent; more demand for Brazilian players in trades.Cons: may stunt development of early career players; Maroon 5, Keith Urban, and Billy Joel would each need to play approximately 75 more stadium shows a year to make up lost revenue. Andrew has thought it all through perfectly. 1.) Bob in New Orleans, Louisiana, suggests:Each team is required to bring a fish to the lottery ceremony. Each one has to be a different species (salmon, tuna, etc), and release it into a pool. Then, Adam Silver will ride a bear into the pool, and the fish that the bear eats first wins the lottery. If the bear eats Adam Silver, then it goes by worst-record first.I would watch what should be called The Tank Tank in an instant. It’s simple, it’s elegant, it has a hint of danger. Bob doesn’t even mention that some bears would be ravenous, having recently emerged from hibernation. But has he really considered all the implications? What kind of bear? Who gets what fish? Do teams get to select or is it randomly assigned? If Silver is riding a grizzly, the team with the river salmon would have a much better chance of winning. But if your team is represented by an Arctic char or fourhorn sculpin, everyone knows you’ll want Silver to be riding a polar bear.Keep listening to “Hot Takedown” for updates, and next week we will announce our (real) winner! By Jody Avirgan read more

A Cubs Fan Ponders If He Even Wants The Cubs To Win

Do I want — really, actually, genuinely want — the Cubs to win the World Series? It’s a question I grappled with at length after a couple whiskeys with my best friend from back home as they marched toward the pennant. I love the Cubs. I’ve always loved the Cubs. There is little else (some humans excluded) I love more than the Cubs. So what’s my problem, anyway?The Awl addressed the paradox with a cautionary tale from a Red Sox fan: “Without all the losing, the Red Sox are now just another pretty good team. The aura of mythology that swirled constantly around them was gone.” And that’s a big part of it. Losing is what the Cubs are known for. But we bleed-blue fans don’t root for lovable losers for the sake of it. We don’t do it because we’re proud of the title drought or miserable seasons. We don’t happily bask in the black-magic glow of curses or take masochistic joy in the outstretched arms of Bartmans.We root for them because eventually they will win, they just have to! It’s math! Curses aren’t real! And when they do win … my God, it will be ecstatic bliss. Angels will sing. Fathers, sons, mothers, daughters will sob tears of joy. Bill Murray will be there. Etc.The question is when do we want to cue the messianic chorus. Maybe Cubbie fandom is something like holding an American option — a piece of paper we Cubs fans carry around in our pocket and turn in at the bliss counter one day when they Win the World Series. In exchange we receive some number of singing angels. The longer this takes — the more heartache we bank — the more angels. That’s just math, people. If the Cubs had won it when I was, say, 3 years old, the rest of my fandom wouldn’t have been imbued with a greater, Sisyphean meaning. So, on my deathbed, yes, I should want nothing else than to cash in. If I’m watching from my high chair, I’d probably like to wait a while. To bide my time until 8:08 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday night, I hastily sketched a chart of how my 31-year-old self should weigh these priorities, complete with an “exercise boundary” that tells me when I should want the Cubs to win so I can cash in my pain for those angels. So what does my analysis reveal? Will I be rooting for the Cubbies? Of course. I just can’t not. In late October, math no longer applies. Share on Facebook You’re reading Back of the Envelope, an experiment that aims to bring shorter, quicker content to FiveThirtyEight. read more

Mich native Sean Duddy shines on the ice and in the classroom

When the Ohio State men’s hockey team travels to Ann Arbor, Mich., to take on the Wolverines on Friday, junior defenseman Sean Duddy will be at home. For a weekend, anyway. Duddy grew up in Ann Arbor and went to Ann Arbor Pioneer High School, which sits right across the street from Michigan Stadium. “I was definitely a Michigan fan growing up,” Duddy said. “I mean, it is hard not to be, living in Ann Arbor.” However, when it came to college, Notre Dame, Air Force, Lake Superior State and OSU recruited Duddy to play hockey. Michigan did not. Duddy didn’t have his sights set on Michigan anyway. “I wanted to go to school somewhere else, away from where I grew up,” Duddy said. “I wanted to have a new experience and get a different perspective from Ann Arbor.” Duddy’s mother, Lisa Hesse, said she understood her son’s decision. “Going to Michigan after living in Ann Arbor is like going to school in your backyard,” Hesse said. “It wouldn’t be much of an adventure.” Duddy chose OSU because he loved the school and its campus, he said, and it was still close enough that his family could come to watch him play. Several Division I schools recruited Duddy, but both Duddy and Hesse said he was never a star player and that he had to work hard to get noticed. “Most people would say, ‘Hey, why don’t you just go play D-3 and focus on academics?’” Hesse said. “But Sean wanted D-1, so Sean went after it.” Now Duddy has helped to lead the Buckeyes to a 13-14-2 record as a captain, something associate head coach Steve Rohlik attributes to Duddy’s work ethic. “He brings it every day with every practice and game,” Rohlik said. “He is not going to take days off.” The defenseman does not pile up the goals and assists. Instead, he said he likes it best when his shift on the ice goes unnoticed. “My style of play is that if you don’t notice me, it’s good,” Duddy said. “So, if I stand out it’s because I’m making a mistake.” Duddy spends about five hours a day on hockey, not including the time spent traveling almost every other weekend. A recent road trip to Alaska included leaving at 6 a.m. on a Wednesday and returning the following Sunday about 7 p.m. Despite having a demanding hockey schedule, Duddy has excelled in the classroom. The finance major has posted a 3.98 grade point average in his three years at OSU. Duddy’s achievement on and off the ice has earned him several awards, including being named an OSU Scholar-Athlete, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten choice. “It takes a special athlete to do that,” Rohlik said. “To be able to play at the Division I level and carry close to a 4.0 attributes to Sean’s hard work.” Duddy’s success could leave him with a tough decision. After his senior year he will have to decide between a profession in hockey or one in business. “I could see him trying after college to play professionally, but I could just as well see him move on and get a normal job,” said senior forward and fellow captain Sergio Somma. Duddy said he would love to play after college, but has not given it much thought. No matter the ability and leadership Duddy displays, he has not been able to escape his roots. “When we play Michigan, guys will joke around and say that I am a spy for Michigan,” Duddy said, “that I’m recording what we do in practice to give to the Michigan coaches.” Duddy said he generally does not follow or support the Wolverines, but he always pulls for their hockey team to lose. He has even managed to convert most of his family to the Scarlet and Gray. “I’m definitely an OSU fan now and I can say the same thing for Sean’s dad,” Hesse said. “His brother might be a different story though.” Duddy will just have to settle for two out of three. read more

Letter to the editor All Ohio State sports warrant attention not just

Letter to the editor: As a basketball player at Ohio State, I am both proud and honored that our university follows our sport the way they do. It is a privilege to play for Ohio State, to be a part of winning the Big Ten Tournament this year, and to have made it to the Elite Eight. I know that athletes in other sports that do not get much press coverage are also winning championships. Just two weekends ago, Logan Stieber won his second-consecutive national championship in his weight class in wrestling, and senior Marco Canevari marked the Scarlet and Gray’s single individual champion title in fencing by securing the gold medal in men’s epee on March 22. A day later, gymnasts Sarah Miller and Aly Marohn captured the Big Ten championship on the balance beam. Last Tuesday, The Lantern featured an article in which athletic director Gene Smith talked about how Ohio State isn’t just a football school. He talked about the success of our basketball team. It would be good to remember that in the other sports, there is a lot of success too. All athletes at Ohio State work very hard at being the best they can be at their sport. I wish that all athletes could receive the attention that our football and basketball teams get. They all deserve to be celebrated. Deshaun Thomas Third-year in sports management read more

TripAdvisor users threaten to leave bad reviews to blackmail owners into giving

first_imgThe businessman added: “I have replied to the comment, which I don’t like doing because I don’t agree with it and don’t want to be involved.”I said when they called ‘you are blackmailing us’ and they said ‘no, we feel you should inform people of it’.”We know the meat came in good order, was stored correctly and cooked at the right temperature. We served 180 people that day, 48 had lamb – plus some staff – and we have had no other reports of food poisoning.”Mr Baker said the victim could have easily caught a bug or virus off another person who might not themselves display symptoms. Piers Baker, owner of The Sun Inn  Mr Baker said he sympathised with the customer, but insisted he would only give a refund if food poisoning could be confirmed by a doctor or an investigation by environmental health officials or the Food Standards Agency.He said the diner warned they would post a bad review on travellers’ website TripAdvisor if they did not get their money back. They followed through with their threat three days later.Mr Baker, who also runs a pub in Colchester, Essex, said: “It’s extremely frustrating. If people don’t like the decor or something that’s up to them. I have no problem with opinions, I do with a distortion of the facts.”We get it frequently, people who sit in and say ‘if you don’t take this off my bill, we will put it on TripAdvisor’.”We will take it off if there’s something wrong with it. The threat is irrelevant. If they behave like that we don’t want them back anyway.” We get it frequently, people who sit in and say ‘if you don’t take this off my bill, we will put it on TripAdvisor’pub landlord Piers Baker Piers Baker claims he was called three days after a meal by a member of a party who said they had suffered food poisoningCredit:Archantcenter_img Pub customers frequently threaten to leave bad TripAdvisor reviews over unfair complaints, a landlord has disclosed, as he accused a diner of trying to blackmail him unless he gave them a refund.Piers Baker, 41, spoke of his anger after the diner claimed to have suffered food poisoning after eating at The Sun Inn, in Dedham, on the Essex-Suffolk border.Mr Baker said he was called three days after a meal by a member of a party who ate lamb at the historic 15th century former coaching inn.The pub owner said they told him they had fallen very ill and demanded their money back after the visit in November. TripAdvisor now appears to have taken the comment down. Mr Baker said that in his 14 years in the trade he has successfully had two other unfair reviews removed from the review website.A TripAdvisor spokesman said: “Our advice to business owners if they feel they have been threatened with an unfair review is to use our dedicated tool which allows them to report such threats to us before any review is published.”Our team of specialists will then investigate and take action to prevent reviews that breach our guidelines from making it onto the site.”For reviews that are published and do meet our guidelines, we give owners the opportunity to put their side of the story across by publishing a reply to each review.”The Sun Inn was rated in the top 50 pubs in the Good Food Guide 2016. 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

Bath truck crash Haulage boss and mechanic convicted over deaths but driver

first_imgDisaster struck in February last year when the brakes failed on one of Gordon’s 32-tonne lorries as it sped down a steep hill in Weston, Bath, killing four people.Inexperienced driver, Phillip Potter, 20, told the jury he had tried to warn his boss about the faulty brakes, spotting an ABS warning light on the dashboard, but was made to feel stupid for mentioning it and told to “keep on driving”.Moments after the accident claimed the lives of Stephen Vaughan, 34, Phil Allen, 52, Robert Parker, 59, and four-year-old Mitzi Steady, Gordon grabbed Potter and told him: “Don’t tell the police about the ABS light”. It later emerged that the brakes had not been properly safety tested for nine months. Gordon hired Wood – an unqualified mechanic – to carry out mandatory six-week safety tests on his fleet of trucks. This was entirely predictable, the result of poor management and a disregard for the rules and a failure to comply with routine guidelines. It was, put simply, an accident waiting to happenAdam Vaitilingam QC Court artist sketch of (left to right) Peter Wood, Phillip Potter and Matthew GordonCredit: Elizabeth Cook/PA Stephen Vaughan, 34, who was a taxi driver killed by a tipper truck in BathCredit:PA In a statement, Mitzi’s family said:”Mitzi was an outgoing, fun, beautiful girl whose confidence and independence had grown to a new level in the months before she was killed, allowing us to glimpse the girl that she should have become.”Nothing can bring her back and we will miss her every day for the rest of our lives.”Stephen Vaughan’s wife Sian said: “Steve and I did not get nearly enough time together. As heartbroken as I am, I am equally grateful for the life that we shared.”In the last 22 months of complete unexpected hell and the darkest saddest moments of my life, I know how lucky I had been to be Steve’s wife. He was paid £15 an hour to carry out repairs in-house so Gordon could avoid using a more expensive outside mechanic.Wood gave the killer lorry the all-clear three weeks before the crash but prosecutors said the crippling defects would have been obvious to any competent mechanic.Gordon was also said to have put undue pressure on his drivers to speed and use banned routes so they could make more deliveries.Mr Potter said his boss had made him feel “silly and stupid” when he reported an ABS brake warning light which had been flashing on the Scania’s dashboard for days.He was told to “keep on driving” and did not press the issue because he “didn’t want to be a nuisance”. Wreckage at the crash site of a lorry which killed four people on Lansdown Lane, Bath Court artist sketch of (left to right) Peter Wood, Phillip Potter and Matthew Gordon The wreckage of the tipper truck is taken away from the scene Mitzi Rosanna Steady, four, who was killedCredit: Avon and Somerset Police Bristol Crown Court heard how Gordon, whose company made around £500,000 a year, skimped on repair bills and encouraged truckers to drive dangerously so he could maximise turnover.An accident investigator who examined the crashed lorry, which had 441,000 miles on the clock, said it was the worst HGV he had ever inspected.He and Wood were told to expect lengthy custodial sentences after being found guilty of four counts of manslaughter. Mr Potter wept as he was cleared of all charges.The court had heard how the brakes on the Scania truck suffered a catastrophic failure, reaching 250 degrees Celsius after the vehicle was driven at “excessive speed” along country roads. The wreckage of the tipper truck is taken away from the sceneCredit: “On the day I walked down the aisle with Steve, if someone had told me this was to happen and that he was to have been taken away from me, I would have still walked down the aisle; because four years of being part of Steve’s life was more luck and happiness than I could have ever imagined.”When I buried Steve, his body left us but his spirit, his soul and his amazing ability to give is still with us: It lives on in the stories people share of how he touched their lives.”He is missed every day by his family and all those who knew him.”Detective Chief Inspector Rich Ocone, from Avon and Somerset Police, said: “Our investigation revealed a shocking picture of a company culture with complete disregard of safety and maintenance. This was a company with a very casual attitude towards safety.”If there is a message which needs to come from this tragic incident, it is that company owners must adhere to a duty of care to the public. Wreckage at the crash site of a lorry which killed four people on Lansdown Lane, BathCredit:Ben Birchall/PA Wire Stephen Vaughan, 34, who was a taxi driver killed by a tipper truck in Bath Mitzi Rosanna Steady, four, who was killed A haulage firm boss whose defective tipper truck careered out of control killing four people including a little girl, has been found guilty of manslaughter after it was revealed he told the driver to keep quiet about the faulty brakes.In a bid to maximise profits, Matthew Gordon, 30, failed to maintain his fleet of HGV vehicles allowing them to fall into an extremely dangerous state.Peter Wood, the unqualified and incompetent mechanic he hired to maintain the vehicles, was also found guilty of manslaughter. 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Mapped The UKs favourite slang words

first_imgIf you travelled the length and breadth of the UK, you’d be met by a huge variety of dialects and words.From the Cockney rhyming slang in parts of London and Scouse accents in Liverpool, to entirely different languages in parts of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Cornwall, there is incredible diversity in the way that British people speak.New data from Google Trends offers an insight into these regional variations. By looking at the most uniquely searched slang words in each city, we can see slang words that are only used in certain parts of the country.Localised slang words on the platform ranged from “snout” in Edinburgh, to “pony” in London and “rig” in Cardiff. 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. It was the only city where the most popular slang word was a name for its own location – or even any location at all.Every other slang word represented a verb or a noun, varying from “snout” for cigarette, “prannock” for idiot or “rig” for face. center_img Money-related slangTwo cities – Belfast and London – had money-themed slang as their most uniquely searched slang words. A “flim” in Belfast means £5, while Londoners use a “pony” to mean £25.While the true origin of a “pony” remains uncertain, some believe that – along with the phrase “monkey” for £500 – it came come from old Indian rupee banknotes which featured images images of animals.Brizzle or Bristol?Creatively, the key slang word for the people of Bristol is “Brizzle” – simply another way of saying the city’s name. last_img read more

Cemetery manager buried the dead on top of each other in £14k

first_imgIt told The Telegraph it will do all it can to ensure that people who want to be buried at Mount Vernon can still do so.“Where people have been fraudulently sold burial plots we will give them a genuine deed and ensure they can be buried at Mount Vernon,” said an archdiocese spokesman.The court heard how Henderson took cash in hand payments for burial plots at the cemetery, in the Liberton area of the city, that were in reality already occupied or had been previously sold.He altered official records to make it appear the plots were vacant and produced false documents purporting to be deeds showing ownership of the space.The court heard Henderson, who had been employed at the cemetery since 1997, had no authority to sell the plots, as they already contained remains, were either owned by others or were situated in common ground.Fiscal depute Aidan Higgins told the court one man bought a plot from Henderson for £850, but discovered a few weeks later that there might be a “difficulty” with the transaction.He said: “The deeds which had been provided by the accused were studied and found to be false.”The plot which had been sold was a real plot. The plot had been sold to another family in 1988 and was not therefore available for sale. Checks confirmed there was no record of the £850 payment.” The 46-year-old pleaded guilty to a single charge of fraud charge when he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.The Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh said it “deeply regrets” the actions of the former employee. William Henderson at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, where he pleading guilty to fraud 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. William Henderson at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, where he pleading guilty to fraudCredit:CIARAN DONNELLY/LESLEY DONALD PHOTOGRAPHYcenter_img In another case the family of Rose Webster only discovered the plot for which they had paid £400 lay on an access path when they visited her grave in the spring, after snow which had previously covered the area had melted.Sheriff Donald Corke, who heard the case, warned Henderson he faces a possible prison sentence when he returns to court in a month.Bailing him to an address in Midlothian he said: “This is clearly a very serious matter and you should be aware that although all options are available to the court custody is the most likely outcome.”Henderson’s actions were exposed after administrative changes at the top of the archdiocese uncovered suspicions of fraud in late 2014.Then, in January 2015, the Archdiocese received a complaint from an undertaker regarding a potentially fraudulent burial deed, leading to police being called in to investigate..Dr Elspeth Atkinson, the diocese’s chief operating officer said: “The archdiocese deeply regrets the criminal activities of Willie Henderson and has been working hard over the past months to offer both pastoral and practical support to those families affected by his actions and we will, of course, continue to do so in the months to come. “Families were exploited by him at a time when they were grieving and vulnerable. That’s why his crimes are so shocking.”Detective Chief Inspector Paul Grainger, who led the Police Scotland investigation, said: “William Henderson targeted vulnerable families when they were grieving and distressed.”His deception and exploitation led to Henderson amassing thousands of pounds from these families.” A crooked cemetery official made thousands of pounds by burying the dead on top of each other in a nine year campaign of fraud against grieving families.William Henderson also pocketed hundreds of pounds in cash after selling space that had been reserved by families for future use and in parts of the cemetery where burials were not allowed, such as footpaths and access routes.The former superintendent at Edinburgh’s Mount Vernon Cemetery admitted on Thursday fraudulently mis-selling burial plots to grieving families over a nine-year period.Henderson defrauded the archdiocese that runs the city’s only Catholic cemetery of thousands by illegally selling forged burial deeds.In one case the grieving family only realised their mother had been buried on an access path, following a winter funeral, when they visited her grave in spring, after melting snow had revealed its setting.Henderson’s criminal campaign involved 13 individual cases of fraud totalling more than £14,000, between 2006 and 2015. He sold plots for as much as £6,500, though in one case charged just £20.last_img read more

Eating disorder hospital admissions double in six years figures show

first_imgThe number of admissions to hospital for eating disorders has nearly doubled in six years, NHS figures show.Data from NHS Digital show admissions for conditions including anorexia and bulimia reached 13,885 between April 2016 and 2017 – the highest levels seen in six years.This is almost double the 7,260 admissions seen in hospitals in England the year up to April 2011, the figures show.The number of under-18 female admissions for anorexia have also jumped dramatically in the six-year period, from 961 in 2010-11, to almost 1,904 in the latest figures.The Government said it is aiming to provide treatment within one week for 95 per cent of children and young people referred for urgent cases of an eating disorder by 2020.Responding to the NHS figures, a Department of Health spokesman said: “We are committed to ensuring everyone with an eating disorder has access to timely treatment. 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. “We know the numbers seeking treatment are rising and it’s encouraging to see an increase in patients getting routine care within four weeks, as well as a significant improvement in treatment times compared to last year.”Inpatient treatment should be seen as a last resort, that’s why we have set out plans to expand community-based care for eating disorders – 70 dedicated community eating disorders services are being developed and recruitment to get the teams up to full capacity is under way.”last_img read more

Hundreds of patients lose battle over allegedly defective hip implants

“The decision that the safety of new products should be compared to products existing at the time they are introduced to the market also safeguards the position of those developing new, potentially life-enhancing, technologies in the future.”NJR director of operations Elaine Young said: “NJR data collection commenced in April 2003 for England and Wales. Compliance with data entry to the NJR was initially low in the early years.”For the last three years the NJR has undertaken a comprehensive annual data quality audit across all hospitals submitting NJR data and are now confident that the NJR is a robust and reliable source of information to be used for patient safety”.Norman Lamb, the former Liberal Democrat health spokesman, said: “The human impact of failing replacement hips with this problem of debris has been enormous for a very many people and they will feel devastated by this judgement”. “This is a complex and lengthy judgment, the implications of which are being carefully considered, however, the impact it will have on consumer safety and the ability of consumers to get redress, cannot be underestimated”. 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. Mrs Justice Andrews was also critical of the National Joint Registry (NJR) – the public body that holds information on all hip, knee, ankle, elbow and shoulder joint replacements across the NHS and independent healthcare sector in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man, and is relied upon by surgeons, manufacturers and regulators to make decisions over product safety.She said the NJR’s data was not “sufficiently reliable” leading to “far too much guesswork involved in trying to factor in all the variables” required to draw direct comparisons between the way different joints performed.A spokesman for Leigh Day said the firm was “extremely disappointed” by the judgement, and was “in touch with our clients to discuss what next steps could be taken. Walter Walmsley who had hip implants produced by the company Depuy, at home in Thurlaston, Leics., 18th January, 2016Credit:John Robertson However, Mrs Justice Andrews said the claimants had failed to prove that the Pinnacle 36mm metal-on-metal prosthesis “did not meet the level of safety that public were entitled to expect at the time when it entered the market in 2002”, and that four out of six lead claimants were not directly affected by it. A metal-on-metal hip implantCredit:Chris Watt hip implant DePuy Samantha Silver, of law firm Kennedys who acted for DePuy, said Monday’s decision would provide manufacturers with confidence that the courts “can take into account the benefits and the inherent risks of certain products, for example, in cases where there is a known side effect or complication and the overall benefits outweigh the risks. Hundreds more metal-on-metal claims against a number of other manufacturers were put on hold pending the outcome of the trial, in which a total of 312 claimants brought contested action against the device’s American manufacturer through solicitors solicitors Leigh Day.They argued that recipients of the cup-and-ball system  were injured as a result of the early failure and consequent revision surgery of their metal-on-metal prosthetic hips, caused in part by ill-fitting joints and the release of toxic metals particles following “normal use”. Two thirds of lead claimants given ‘faulty’ hip replacements “did not suffer an adverse reaction to metal debris” a judge has ruled, as she rejected one of the largest group actions to appear before the High Court.Mrs Justice Geraldine Andrews said DePuy’s metal-on-metal Pinnacle Ultamet products  has not been ‘defective’, and could not be blamed for the appearance of “abnormal” immunological responses in some patients.More than 40,000 patients in Britain have received a “metal-on-metal” hip replacement since their introduction in the 1990s.Around 23,000 of the devices fitted since 2003 were types made by DePuy, part of medical giant Johnson & Johnson. She concluded that there was no “materially greater” risk of the joint failing within the first 10 years after implant than with another, comparable prosthesis, or that the product carried with it an ‘abnormal risk’ of damage as alleged. DePuy was therefore not liable for the claims made against it. read more

Mamma Mia Understudy from theatre next door steps in to save the

“But he told me that Mamma Mia!’s company manager was on the phone asking if I was in the building because they had an emergency. I simply got told: ‘They need you there, can you run over to Mamma Mia! and go now’.”The reaction from the 1,100-strong audience when Parry, 35, stepped on stage was euphoric, with loud applause greeting her appearance. Mr Effeney said the chances of Parry being able to step in had been “one in a billion”, telling the Evening Standard: “Otherwise we would have had to abandon the show and refund everybody’s money.”He added: “It was a completely unique experience for the audience. When something like that happens and it works the audience love it.”View latest offers from Theatre Tickets Direct During the scramble to find a replacement for Deverill they had been told theatre management were doing their best to make sure the award winning show could continue, but few held out much hope until they managed to get hold of Parry.“There was huge applause when she came on stage,” said a spokesman for the Novello Theatre. “They were desperate to see the show so you can imagine the reaction.”Parry last played the part of Donna Sheridan on stage in 2013 – although she did reprise the role on a cruise ship last year – so says she was a bit rusty, particularly in the dance scenes.“Suddenly had to revert right back, so I was being pulled around stage and guided along by others as we went through the night,” said Parry.“It was a packed house and they were marvellous. I honestly wish I could have taped the reaction and had it on demand for whenever I’m feeling down. I think it’s a really good moment to celebrate the camaraderie of the West End, that 42nd Street wanted me to go and help out another show and that we could pull all that together for the audience.” The Novello Theatre, in London's West End When the lead in the West End hit musical Mamma Mia was forced off stage with a calf injury the Novello Theatre faced the prospect of having to send the audience home.Fortunately stage manager Philip Effeney remembered that an actress who had previously played the part at the theatre was now an understudy at another venue, a few minutes down the road.So it was that just 20 minutes after the show had “ground to a halt”, Steph Parry stepped into the shoes of the injured Caroline Deverill – making sure the show did indeed go on.In a further twist the show Parry had originally been preparing for that night – 42nd Street – is based entirely on the premise of an understudy’s rise from showgirl to star.Her appearance as Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia! on Thursday night was doubly lucky, as Parry had only got back from a holiday that day in order to take up her role as understudy in 42nd Street, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.She said: “It was my first day back at 42nd Street after a holiday, and I was back to being a standby waiting in the dressing room tucking into some carrots and hummus. My company manager then gave me a call, so I thought I was going to have to go on at the Theatre Royal. The Novello Theatre, in London’s West EndCredit:Nigel Howard/Evening Standard 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

Man 45 admits spraying No Blacks on door of his African neighbour

In a victim impact statement, Mr Yamba said: “This incident has left me feeling very angry.”The idea someone has the audacity to attack my front door of my home address and target me in this way has affected me in a lasting way.”I’m now constantly on edge and worried about every little noise outside and it has affected my ability to sleep.”My son is very anxious about being alone and I can see this has worried him greatly.”The court heard that Dowd had “exercised his right to silence” in police interview, but the judge asked his solicitor for an explanation for his behaviour.Lorna Wincote, defending, said: “The facts are fully accepted. There’s no issues with regard to any drugs or alcohol, there’s some suggestion of some underlying mental health issue, because there is no other underlying explanation.”The court then heard from an “intervention team” nurse based at the court, who said that, having spoken to the defendant in the cells, there was evidence of issues of depression and anxiety.She also said Dowd “acknowledged a level of compulsivity” and regarded what he had done as a “completely stupid act” without any explanation. A man who daubed “No Blacks” on the home of a family from Africa has been remanded in custody “for his own protection” before he is sentenced next month.Vaughan Dowd, 54, painted the front door of the home of Jackson Yamba, 38, just five days after he moved from a neighbouring block to the same flats where the defendant lived in Irlams o’ th’ Height in Salford, Greater Manchester.After seeing the graffiti as he and his young son, left home, the youngster became tearful and Mr Yamba said the attack had left him fearful and angry.Dowd, who lived close to the Yambas in Irlam Square, covered his face during the attack but was caught by the CCTV installed in the flats and by police checking the record of key-fob entries to the housing association apartment block, Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard.He pleaded guilty to a single count of racially aggravated criminal damage on February 8 and was remanded into custody for sentence on March 21.District Judge Mark Hadfield told him: “I’m satisfied a remand in custody is necessary for your own protection.”Prosecutor Ann Deakin said a possible bail address in south Manchester for Dowd was inappropriate because of the “ethnic diversity” of the area, adding: “There’s a clear risk to the defendant’s safety. “Greater Manchester Police has received complaints from America – that’s how far it’s gone viral about the victims being abused in this way.”The judge said the maximum sentencing powers of a magistrates’ court, of six months in jail, were insufficient to deal with the case.The case only came to light after Mr Yamba, 38, a solicitor who came to the UK from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2006, tweeted a photo of his front door and complained that no police officers had been to see him after he reported the attack. Jackson Yamba 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. It led to outrage online, and an apology and prompt response to the tweet from Greater Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins.Ms Deakin, prosecuting, told the court the victim and his son were leaving for work and school on the morning of February 8 when they discovered the graffiti.The youngster said: “Daddy, something is written on the door.”Ms Deakin continued: “Mr Yamba looked and saw painted on his brown wooden front door was ‘No Blacks’ twice. This was underlined.”Mr Yamba is described as being shocked and distressed and his son was becoming upset.”The same graffiti was also daubed in the same white paint on an internal communal door and the entry door to the block of flats. Jackson YambaCredit:BBC read more

Prince William takes a shot at the Army as he asks why

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Comedy Carpet along the promenade  The helpline would be for UK troops to call if they have anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. The line has received more than 1,500 calls, averaging 34 calls a week.However earlier this year a report by the Defence Select Committee criticised the UK’s lack of forces family-specific specialist mental health care as campaigners called for more to be done.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Comedy Carpet along the promenade  Blackpool Housing Company has since bought them at a market rate of about £40,000 each, renovating them completely before renting them out as warm, safe, family homes to clients including Christina Jackson, who invited the Duke and Duchess into her home for a tour.The couple also got a glimpse of the lighter side of the seaside town, with a walkabout and a trip to the Blackpool Tower the Duchess promised to bring their three children back to. “It’s taking time to catch up but we are getting it right but I think we still have a way to go yet.”But if the blue light community can really grapple with this and set a very good example, it will come across through to society much quicker than it has.”In the last couple of years the army has increased its efforts for those experiencing mental health problems.Last year, the armed forces launched a pocket guide to help those struggling with their mental health, created by the Samaritans and the Ministry of Defence which is spending £220 million over the next decade to improve mental health services for serving personnel. In February 2018, the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced the establishment of a 24-Hour Mental Health Helpline. The Duke and Duchess were asked to walk on planks so as to avoid dangerous rotting floorboards, while water dripped from a ceiling in the living room.Since falling out of use as B&Bs, the house is one of many that has subsequently been used as multiple occupancy homes, falling into disrepair in a broken market which has seen them take set housing benefit without maintaining properties to a habitable level. The Duchess of Cambridge visited Blackpool Tower Show more “Because I never really understood why the army, for instance, only recently started putting mental health training in.“They talk about being the best the whole time. You’re physically trained to do all the stuff you do, but never once in the process was the mental aspect of what you were going to see at war time or war fighting… never was that actually processed through ‘how do we actually train people physically and mentally be the best soldier?’ The Army must demand both mental and physical fitness if it wants to legitimately claim to “be the best”, the Duke of Cambridge has said, as he suggests it has been slow to implement full mental health training.The Duke, who will one day be head of the Armed Forces, said he has “never really understood” why the Army had not always matched its physical training with mental health provision, ensuring soldiers are at their peak in all senses.During a visit to Blackpool, in which he and the Duchess raised concerns about the plight of families living in squalor, he focused on the key issue of mental health throughout society.Speaking to members of the emergency services, the Duke said more needed to be done around supporting their mental health and suggested he felt the both the “blue lights” and army have been historically slow to act.“It’s totally understandable that those who work in the emergency services would at some point mental health issues build-up, because of the stuff that you see, the stuff you have to deal with and sort out,” he said.“If we can get the blue light community, the army and others to kind of be able to say ‘this is essential’. An Army spokesperson said: “We take the mental health of our personnel extremely seriously, and resilience training is an important part of our duty of care.”The MOD has increased spending on mental health to £22million a year, and we are working hard to tackle the stigma around coming forward and asking for help.”The Duke and Duchess had been visiting a programme in Blackpool Library, where health visitors, nurses, drug and alcohol counsellors and former addicts convened to discuss the challenges faced by the town.The Royal couple also visited houses in one of Blackpool’s most deprived areas, where children recently lived in squalor at the mercy of unscrupulous private landlords.Said to have seemed shocked by what they saw, the Duke and Duchess were “clearly unhappy about the fact that children had been living there”, according to the official who showed them round. The Duchess of Cambridge visited Blackpool Tower In a speech at the start of the day, the Duke spoke of the “dispiriting” challenges facing the town, which has gone from the “jewel in the crown” of seaside resorts to “testing times” after British tourists went elsewhere.“Unemployment remains quite high, skilled professionals continue to leave faster than they arrive, and Blackpool has become a transitory town for many without the right employment opportunities,” he said. “Against this backdrop, mental health issues and social problems have risen. “And a unique problem has also arisen as a result of falling demand for tourist accommodation, which has created an oversupply of what the council now perceive to be extremely low-quality private-rented accommodation.”The Duke and Duchess were later given a tour of a former B&B on Kirby Road, was covered in black mould and graffiti, with debris littering the floor and children’s toys  left behind. read more

Met police fanned the flames of Carl Beechs false allegations of Westminster

The Metropolitan Police “aided and abetted” a fantasist who invented a Westminster VIP paedophile ring and “fanned the flames” of false allegations, a court heard as ‘Nick’ was sent to prison for 18 years.Officers were accused of encouraging Carl Beech, who at the time the allegations emerged was known by the alias ‘Nick’, to make up a web of lies about some of the country’s most high-profile figures. Sir Bernard Hogan Howe, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner who presided over the inquiry has been urged to return his peerage by Harvey Proctor, one of the victims of the “malicious” witch hunt.Families of those who have had their names dragged through the mud also called for a fresh inquiry into the actions of the senior police officers, who have been cleared of any wrong-doing by the police watchdog and allowed to retire with full pensions.It came as Beech, a former NHS manager, was handed what is believed to be the longest ever sentence for perverting the course of justice. “I have suffered both physically and emotionally as a result and did so without regret or complaint. I thought I could be hurt no more.”I can honestly say however I was never as badly wounded in all my time in the military as I have been by the allegations made by Nick that formed the basis of Operation Midland.“Of course it is a matter of public record that the Met apologised to me for their conduct towards me and then the Commissioner stated that I was innocent of the allegations against me. Despite this, mud sticks.”He said that as well as news coverage with the “advent of social media such speculation takes on a whole new dimension”.“I was content to live out my retirement in peace with what I believed was my reputation and secured. I now live in fear of the day when my descendants choose to search for me on Google or similar and instead of seeing that which I achieved find out about that which I was accused of,” Lord Bramall said.“For those of us that have climbed the highest, we face the greatest fall.”Sir Edward Heath“Disgusting allegations” made against former Prime Minister Edward Heath “casts a dreadful stain on the whole country”, his godson has said as the fantasist who accused him was jailed. But as they proceeded to search his home he had to move his wife Dorothy from room to room and he struggled to explain to her what he had done because of the “paucity of the information” he had been given.  Lord and Lady Brittan pictured in 2013 before the allegations emerged  Sir Edward Heath was one of the politicians accused by Carl Beech Credit:Anthony Marshall Daniel Janner QC, son of Lord Janner, who was falsely accused of abusing children by Carl Beech Lord Bramall said that the impact of Beech’s lies were “compounded” by the actions of officers whilst Lady Brittan said that her late husband and her family had been “let down” by the system.Daniel Janner QC, son of Lord Janner, called for a fresh investigation into the actions of the officers involved, adding: “There are questions as to whether or not the police acted maliciously, amounting to the offence of misfeasance in public office.”Mr Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, was facing calls to resign for acting as a “cheerleader” for Beech.Lord Brittan The widow of Lord Brittan has told how she had to arrange security for her husband’s funeral after he was falsely accused of being part of a murderous Westminster VIP paedophile ring.Lady Brittan said that the impact of the allegations of fantasist Carl Beech have been “indescribable, incalculable and unending” and she has feared for the safety of her family in the wake of the lies.Lord Brittan of Spennithorne, the former home secretary, was suffering with cancer when he was questioned over the allegations and died aged 75 before his name was cleared, meaning he was “denied the dignified death he deserved”. Tom Watson has faced calls to resign for his support of Carl Beech's claims in 2014 Daniel Janner QC, son of Lord Janner, who was falsely accused of abusing children by Carl BeechCredit:Telegraph/Julian Simmonds Beech’s accusations become more lurid at the point the Met decided to “dance to his tune”, he said adding: “It is my belief that he was encouraged to elaborate on his allegations by the Met investigation…“Whilst Beech is the creator of this hell for me it is the pitiless and unfair approach of the Met which is the direct cause of my suffering”.Lord Hogan-Howe, who was the Met Commissioner throughout Operation Midland retired from the force in February 2017 and was elevated to the House of Lords as a cross-bencher.Mr Proctor said: “Wouldn’t it be nice if Hogan-Howe sacrificed himself in the light of this verdict and said: ‘I’m guilty to this, I hold my hands up, I was responsible for all of this. I was the commissioner for the metropolis and I failed and my police failed’.  He should write to her Majesty the Queen and return his peerage.” Carl Beech appearing in court earlier this monthCredit:Elizabeth Cook/PA He said that the accusations had caused “enormous anguish and distress” to his family and those who knew Sir Edward. It was another six months before the police told him that no further action would be taken.“Above all what really upset me is this: my record of public service speaks for itself. In service of my Queen and Country I have done all that has been required of me,” he said.  Mr Justice James Goss jailed the 51-year-old for 15 years for “maliciously making lurid and the most serious false allegations against distinguished former public servants” including rape, torture and child murder. The convicted paedophile was jailed for a further 18 months for voyeurism and possessing indecent photographs and 18 months for fraud, all sentences to run consecutively.Mr Justice Goss said that Beech was “no doubt encouraged” by the “apparent willingness” of the police “to accept the truthfulness of your account”.The victims and their families expressed surprise that officers had been so willing to accept increasingly “ludicrous” lies including that been had been  tortured with snakes and had his dog kidnapped by MI5.Former Tory minister David Mellor, who was Lord Brittan’s deputy at the Home Office, said the  case was an “appalling indictment” of the Metropolitan Police who had been guilty of “idiocy on an epic scale” in believing Beech’s lies which “a child would have seen through”.”The Metropolitan Police should hang their heads in shame on this,” he said.Mr Proctor, the former Tory MP who lost his home and his job in the wake of the false claims, said that Beech’s lies were contradicted even by his own mother and would have been “torpedoed by an elementary police investigation”. Leon Brittan, pictured in 1994, died before he was exonerated of Beech's claims Leon Brittan, pictured in 1994, died before he was exonerated of Beech’s claimsCredit:David Burges Baroness Julia Neuberger, Lord Brittan’s rabbi who spent a lot of his final weeks and months at his side, added that he was “hugely upset” by the allegations. “The effect was a cruel one – he felt desperately ill, cut off from much of his social and business circle, and traduced. It had a powerful effect on a brave man. He was denied the dignified death he deserved,” she said.Lord Bramall The former head of the British Army has described how the wounds inflicted by false accusations of child sex abuse are much worse than anything he experienced in the military. Instead officers’ spent two years and an estimated £4 million investigating the claims without a single arrest being made.Mr Proctor said that the “criminal damage” that Beech did to him “aided and abetted” by the Metropolitan Police and others including Tom Watson MP “was to wreck my life”. Newcastle Crown Court heard how Beech’s false accusations had ruined the lives and reputations of those he accused including former prime minister Sir Edward Heath, Lord Brittan, the former home secretary, the retired head of the Armed Forces Lord Bramall and former Labour MP Lord Janner. “My husband was alone in hospital terminally ill with cancer when the allegations were first made public and then, when the BBC interviewed ‘Nick’ and made the story headline news, it went global…“To lose someone that you love is bad enough in itself but in these circumstances, it was truly terrible.”She said that in the days that followed she had to deal with the coverage of the allegations, including a comment piece written by Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, in which Lord Brittan was described as “close to evil as a human being could get”. “I was so worried I even had to arrange security for his burial, something no widow should have to do,” Lady Brittan told the court.Six weeks after his death their homes in London and Yorkshire were raided, with the latter turned upside down as Metropolitan Police officers spent two days looking for evidence. Two days later the searches were made public.“During the following months and years, I had to call on my reserves of inner strength and courage to deal with a rollercoaster of emotions as the truth about Operation Midland slowly unravelled,” Lady Brittan wrote.“Good and bad developments in the case always had an impact, meaning I was never completely free of the story.” Sir Edward Heath was one of the politicians accused by Carl Beech  Living in a small village the police turning up twenty-handed was “bound” to attract attention, he added, especially when some of the officers went for lunch in the only village pub.But despite the spotlight being turned on him it was eight weeks before he was allowed to respond to the accusations.Officers then failed to interview him properly or give him sufficient details of the claims, meaning that he was questioned again three months later at his home and “thereby prolonging my ordeal and leaving these monstrous allegations hanging over me for longer,” he said.He had requested the second interview take place at his home as his wife’s health had deteriorated and he was “fearful of leaving her as I was aware our time together was limited”.Before the second interview took place in July 2015 Lady Bramall passed away.“My wife of 62 years died not knowing whether I had been cleared of the most horrific of crimes”, Lord Bramall wrote. Lord Bramall was one of the powerful men falsely accused by Carl Beech of abusing boys Field Marshal Lord Bramall said that everything he has achieved in years of dedicated service to Queen and country will forever be overshadowed by false allegations that he was part of a VIP paedophile ring that had abused, tortured and even murdered boys in the 1970s and 1980s. Lord Bramall, who is now 95, made a victim statement in November last year fearing that he would not survive to see Carl Beech brought to justice for the lies he fabricated against him and other powerful men.In the statement, read to Newcastle Crown Court by his solicitor Drew Pettifer, Lord Bramall described how his ordeal started when the Met searched his home on March 4 2015, whilst he was at him with his wife who suffering with Alzheimer’s disease and bed-bound.“When the Met first arrived I genuinely had no idea why they were there and welcomed them with the words: ‘How very nice to see you’. During my years of service I had enjoyed a good relationship with the police and had no idea of the ordeal that was to befall me,” he said. In a victim impact statement read to Beech’s sentencing hearing by prosecutor Tony Badenoch QC, Lord Brittan’s wife of 34 years said: “My husband always believed in, and upheld, the rule of law and was passionate about fairness in the criminal justice system. He respected the role of the police in our society. Carl Beech appearing in court earlier this month Lincoln Seligman said that Sir Edward Heath “was the wholly innocent victim of a wicked tissue lies” which meant that his friends and relatives had to “witness the slow and sickening destruction of the name of a good man who was not alive to defend himself”.In a victim impact statement read at the sentencing hearing of ‘Nick’, who said Sir Edward sexually abused him, Mr Seligman said: “The accusations of Carl Beech – which gave rise to Operation Midland and Operation Conifer – have been allowed to fester publicly for more than five years.“For some reason some police officers appeared to believe Beech when there was absolutely no corroborative evidence for his increasingly ludicrous and incredible allegations. He was recklessly encouraged protected in his lies by them and by some opportunist politicians, who should be ashamed of themselves. Lord Bramall was one of the powerful men falsely accused by Carl Beech of abusing boysCredit:Telegraph/Geoff Pugh “The presumption of innocence went by the board and Beech’s fantasies were declared by a senior Metropolitan Office to be credible and true.“The Chief Constable of Wiltshire even arranged the notorious and disgraceful television broadcast in front of Sir Edward’s home to invite ‘victims of Edward Heath’ to come forward.“He was quoted frequently in the press as saying he was 120 per cent certain that Heath was guilty. This was a terrible and false attack on a wholly innocent man.” “And yet, in the last year of his life – and particularly in his last few months – he had to face, while desperately ill, a series of entirely false allegations and smears of the very worst kind.“Before he became the subject of heinous claims of child rape and murder by the man then known as ‘Nick’, he dealt courageously with various other entirely untrue claims of a sexual nature.“I felt he was caught up in a totally unjustified witch hunt which took its toll on both him and me. The impact of these dreadful allegations on the entire global network of anyone caught up in such matters is indescribable, incalculable and unending.“It was against this background that we had to deal with the emerging story of Operation Midland, where a very senior Metropolitan officer described the allegations of the defendant in this case, on more than one occasion, as ‘credible and true’. Tom Watson has faced calls to resign for his support of Carl Beech’s claims in 2014Credit:Luke Dray/Getty Images Europe Despite being “plainly ridiculous” the lies have been “peddled around the world” and done “untold damage” to the reputation of the former Prime Minister which with the “power and longevity” of the Internet and Twitter it is likely will ever be undone, he said.Mr Seligman added: “To wrongly brand any man a paedophile is an appalling injustice, whoever he may be. To brand a former Prime Minister in this hateful way casts a dreadful stain on the whole country which can only be washed away by reclaiming the good name of a man who served that country with honour and total commitment. This verdict does just that.”Lord Janner Tom Watson should resign in shame for “whipping up moral panic” about a VIP child abuse ring, the son of Lord Janner has said.Daniel Janner QC, appeared in the witness stand during the sentencing of Carl Beech to described how it is “impossible to get over the hurt” that the lies have had on his family.His father, a former Labour MP, died in December 2015 after a period of suffering from dementia with the allegations hanging over him. She said after the “dark days of those first few months” she found it “immensely heartening” that the media including the Daily Telegraph began questioning the claims and the premise on which the police were basing their investigation. “My husband’s name has now been cleared, but he will never know this,” she said. “As a lawyer, he always believed in the judicial system – as do I, as a former magistrate. But the system has let him and my family down.“We hope that lessons have been learned and that no one else will have to go through what our family and friends did.”  Lord and Lady Brittan pictured in 2013 before the allegations emerged  Mr Janner told the judge: “Beech maintained in this trial that my late father raped him in the Carlton Club. The jury would have nothing of it.”It is impossible to get over the hurt which such ghastly alleged acts of violence have on a law-abiding family like mine.”They are corrosive. They lie on the internet with ignorant people saying that there is no smoke without fire.”We loved our late father. He died an innocent man. He was a force for good and justice.”He said on the steps of the court that Mr Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, was “primarily responsible for whipping up a moral panic.” “So he should hang his head in shame, and he should resign,” he said. “For him to take the moral high ground in the Labour Party against anti-Semitism is completely hypocritical.”Lord Janner’s family has always maintained his innocence, with Mr Janner saying: “We were looking after a man who had dementia and was weeks from death when these allegations came out.”It was an extremely hurtful and very sad period in our lives, but we’re moving on.”He also criticised the Metropolitan Police, who investigated Beech’s claims, after a senior detective at one stage described them as “credible and true”. “Highly damaging, highly hurtful, but Tom Watson should go,” Mr Janner said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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AK47 M70 rifles found in home of WCD businessman

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMajor Crimes Unit operation unearths more high powered weaponsMarch 10, 2017In “Crime”Corporal implicated in AK-47 interception at Police HQ on the runMarch 9, 2017In “Crime”Smuggled AK-47 not Police property- BlanhumMarch 7, 2017In “Crime” Two high powered rifles, an AK-47 and an M-70 rifle, were on Thursday afternoon discovered in the Meten-Meer-Zorg home of a 33-year-old businessman who operates a restaurant in that West Coast Demerara (WCD) community.Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum has confirmed that the high powered rifles were found, but he could not confirm the calibers. He has, however, said that members of the Major Crime Unit have travelled to the area and are questioning the occupant of the house. He also said the weapons have been lodged at the CID Headquarters in Georgetown as investigations continue.This publication understands that, acting on information received, the police swooped down on the businessman’s house and conducted a search, unearthing the weapons inside a duffer bag, hidden under a commercial gas stove. A source has disclosed that from the condition of the weapons, they probably had not been used in a while.Based on reports gathered, the suspect might have been keeping the weapons for a known drug dealer.Meanwhile, the young man who was arrested on Thursday following the discovery of the high profile weapons will be interrogated and ultimately charged for illegal possession of firearms. read more

Workshop held on Moveable Property Security Bill

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedControversial SARA Bill among others introduced in National AssemblyJanuary 31, 2017In “latest news”SARA requires ‘intervention of the High/Supreme Court’ before it could recover assets- WilliamsApril 12, 2017In “latest news”First public consultation on cyber-crime legislation set for tomorrowMarch 15, 2016In “Crime” IDB consultant, Professor Dr Tom Johnson working with the government during the workshopMembers of the Guyana Bar Association and other stakeholders were part of a workshop to explore the conceptual and functional features of the draft Moveable Property Security Bill 2018.The consultation, held at the Cara Lodge, Quamina Street, was facilitated by the Ministry of Business in collaboration with the Ministry of Legal Affairs.Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams, noted that the Bill provides for a comprehensive, integrated framework for secured transaction in movable property.It was also noted that all movable property, under this framework, qualify as property regardless of item or type with a few exceptions.Williams noted the policies embodied in the Bill are not major changes since they have been part of Guyana’s laws and practised in one form of the security device or other.“The legislative framework introduces a modern, centralized electronic registry system in which authorized registrants will have direct access to the entry registry database for the purpose of entering their record of a secured transaction,” Williams explained.The system will be built on a newly designed platform for company records and will operate in real time. The principles and policies underlined in the Bill mirror UNCITRAL’s (United Nations Commission on International Trade Law) model law on secured transactions.“The proposed legal and institutional framework will provide Guyana with the Caribbean’s most modern legislation dealing with secured transaction. This legislation will enhance risk assessment management and mitigation for lenders. It will promote access to finance for a broader spectrum of borrowers, especially small and medium-sized enterprises,” Williams posited.Moreover, according to Williams the issues with not having in legislation in place are, among other things, that “recourse to the Courts for enforcement, even for collateral of small value, clogs up the Courts and causes unnecessary delays, during which time the collateral depreciates, to the detriment of debtor and creditor alike…By far the most numerous secured transactions- hire purchase agreements and finance leases – are not even publicized.”He also noted that “receivables have lost their usefulness as collateral, as a result of provisions in the Companies Act” while “farmers and miners have difficulty using their livestock and minerals as collateral”.The Bill is also expected to facilitate infrastructure development and offshore investment in the country and prepare the way for the impending expansion of the oil and gas industry.President of the Guyana Bar Association, Kamal Ramkarran, said the legal fraternity welcomed the collaborative effort to improve understanding of the Bill.“This Bill provides the availability of security on movable property,” Ramkarran noted.The Moveable Property Security Bill 2018 is part of the Ministry of Business’ efforts to improve the ease of doing business in Guyana.The ministry has been working with the Ministry of Legal Affairs to develop a modern, secure transaction regime to facilitate the use of moveable property, both tangible and intangible to use as collateral for business and consumer lending.The regime includes the development of a legislative framework and the establishment of an electronic collateral registry.The government has received support from the Inter-American Development Bank.Consultant, Professor Dr Tom Johnson, who facilitated the workshop, has been working with the Ministries in the drafting of the Bill. read more

Indonesian coal exports to slow

first_imgIndonesia’s coal mining association expects coal output in 2008 to rise by 6% to 218 Mt from an estimated 205 Mt this year, reports Macquarie Research. The country produced 193.5 Mt in 2006. However, the news for exports is not good. With domestic demand expected to rise by 18.4% to 58 Mt, exports are forecast by the association to increase by only 2% to 160 Mt in 2008. Such an increase from one of the world’s largest thermal coal exporter falls well short of the forecast rise of 4.8% to 361.5 Mt for Asian thermal coal demand in 2008. Coal export opportunites would seem to abound for any country that can get its coal out to fill these gaps in demand.last_img read more