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September 2019

Former Auburn Player Sentenced to 15 Years For Robbery

Antonio Goodwin, a former Auburn football player from Atlanta, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the March 2011 armed home-invasion robbery that also resulted in charges against three teammates from the 2010 National Championship team.”I want to apologize for my action and my poor judgment,” Goodwin said before the sentencing. ”In the time I was at home, I had time to think about it and I’ve become a better person and a better decision-maker.”Goodwin was convicted in April of first-degree robbery in the March 2011 home invasion. The occupants of a mobile home told police they were robbed at gunpoint. No one was injured.Goodwin’s former teammates Mike McNeil, Dakota Moseley and Shaun Kitchens await trial. McNeil was the starting safety on Auburn’s national championship squad.Defense attorney Lauryn Lauderdale requested a probation hearing and said she planned to appeal. Lauderdale said she would also apply for a split sentence if probation is denied, shortening his prison time.Goodwin, who’s from Atlanta, and family held hands in prayer in the hallway while awaiting the judge’s ruling, which was in the middle of state sentencing guidelines of 117-255 months.At times Goodwin laid his head on the table while family members and an Atlanta pastor spoke on his behalf.Hughes acknowledged that Goodwin’s actions were ”inconsistent somewhat with his history.””It is not uncommon for a terrible offense to happen and not be a habit,” he said. ”The one offense often does have tragic consequences.”Lauderdale had argued that Goodwin was impaired after smoking synthetic marijuana, or spice, the night of the robbery with Kitchens, Moseley and other teammates. read more

Inside the NBA Shaqtin A Fool Vol 3 Episode

Shaquille O’Neal and “Inside the NBA” are back with a new season of “Shaqtin’ A Fool.” Take a look at this week’s nominees in the first episode of the what has to be the funniest NBA show on TV.In its debut episode, “Shaqtin’ A Fool” regulars Kendrick Perkins and JaVale Magee make an early appearance. Perkins does what he does best, and on a fast break attempts to lob an alley-oop pass to a teammate, but throws the ball out of bounds.  Magee, who some believe is trying to get on  “Shaqtin’ A Fool,”  somehow ends up on a player’s back during a fastbreak.Two rookies made their “Shaqtin’ A Fool” debut, who probably won’t be segment regulars like Magee and Perkins.Later, a cameraman made it on the list because he tries to play it cool after his leg falls asleep resulting in a funky two set dance.Watch the video above and vote for your nominee for the Best Foolish Moment here. read more

Where Does Russell Westbrook Fit Now

Check out our NBA player ratings. After the basketball world collectively picked its jaw up off the floor in the wake of the Kawhi Leonard and Paul George news, the spotlight shifted to Russell Westbrook, the Oklahoma City star who may be on the move now that his team appears to be pivoting toward a full-on rebuild.The notion of the Thunder trading Westbrook, who’s been the face of the franchise since Kevin Durant left, is nearly as fascinating as Westbrook himself. The 30-year-old still possesses undeniable talent and value. The former MVP has been incredibly durable the past four years, while averaging a triple-double in each of the last three campaigns. And in a league that seems more wide-open than it has been in years, who wouldn’t want to add a player of Westbrook’s caliber?The problem is that things are almost never quite that open-and-shut. This is especially true when it comes to Westbrook, whose game is permanently stamped with question marks like a mystery box in a Super Mario Bros. game.Chief among those questions: Can the headstrong point guard, after everything we’ve witnessed in recent years, be the best or second-best player on a championship-caliber team? And if it turns out that the answer is no, are there teams that still should roll the dice and deal for him anyway?Most executives around the league probably feel like they have seen enough to answer the former. After all, Westbrook has been teammates with both Durant and George, yet has never quite gotten over the hump to win a ring. The efforts the past few years haven’t even gotten him close, as the Thunder have gotten knocked out in the first round three straight times. Most troubling for Westbrook over that span: He’s shot worse than 40 percent in each postseason, which, with how frequently he shoots,1Sometimes more than a superstar teammate who enjoys far better efficiency, which isn’t ideal. would be enough on its own to torpedo almost any team’s chances of winning a series.The guard’s determination and lack of feel at times become problematic when he plays into the defense’s hands by taking wide-open jumpers, which he had less success with than any other NBA player last season.2Among those who took at least 200 attempts of 10 feet or more, with no defender standing within 6 feet of him. In the first round of the playoffs, Portland defenders were often told to simply back off and let him shoot, a plan that all but neuters his most explosive trait: speed.Sometimes Westbrook’s Sonic-like blurs to the basket get him into trouble and lead to turnovers. But overall, he finds value in barreling his way to the cup more than just about anyone. He shot a career-best 65 percent from inside 3 feet in 2018-19, and he whipped an NBA-high 802 passes that led directly to a 3-point attempt this past season, according to data from Second Spectrum.Those numbers alone show why he’s intriguing. Players who can create for themselves and others will always be important in the NBA, and Westbrook has shown a consistent ability to do that. And it’s fair to argue that he’d perform even better in an offense where — unlike Oklahoma City’s — the players around him can actually shoot, giving him more spacing and driving lanes to work with.3In Westbrook’s 2016-17 MVP season, his Thunder teammates shot an abysmal 30.9 percent on wide-open 3-pointers, an impressively bad mark, given that the league average on threes, open and contested, was 35.8 percent.The Houston Rockets, who launch more triples than any club, are one such team that could benefit from Westbrook’s ability to create looks. As such, it shouldn’t be a shock that Houston is one of the teams interested in him. But there’s also a catch — one that explains why trading Westbrook will be challenging. He makes a whole lot of money4He’s at the front end of a five-year, $206 million deal that will see him earn $47 million in 2022-23. and is on the books for a long time, which gets into questions about how he’ll age, as a high-flying athlete without a reliable jumper (not to mention his defensive effort, which often leaves a lot to be desired). His contract surely gives potential suitors pause and creates logistical challenges, in terms of finding matching salaries to make a deal work.The other two clubs reportedly interested in Westbrook, the Heat and Pistons, have one star player apiece (Jimmy Butler and Blake Griffin, respectively) already and figure to find themselves stuck right in the league’s middle without more roster changes. While Westbrook might not make them bona fide title contenders, he would almost certainly provide a higher ceiling while also giving them a glimmer of hope to win a weakened East. As of now, just two of the NBA’s top 10 teams are in the East, according to FiveThirtyEight’s projection model.It’s easy to see how teams mired in mediocrity would consider making a play for him. But the reality of trading for Westbrook — much like Westbrook himself — is heavily complicated. From ABC News: read more

In the NBA Its Not Whether You Win or Lose Its Whether

Other factors also affect a coach’s odds of being fired. Deep playoff runs help coaches. First-year coaches sometimes get mulligans and are less likely to be fired. We’ll save that discussion for another post, however.The lesson is simple: A coach is not long for his job when expectations run wild, as they often do in New York. With the benefit of hindsight, it now seems likely that Woodson’s Knicks overachieved in the 2012-13 season. That only made it harder for him to keep his job this year. It was the age of foolishness. It was the summer of trading three draft picks for Andrea Bargnani. It was the autumn of J.R. Smith being suspended for marijuana possession. It was the winter of disparaging the shot clock. It was the New York Knicks’ 2013-14 season. So when Mike Woodson was fired as the coach of the Knicks on a warm, spring day in Gotham Monday, New York breathed a sigh of relief.But Woodson’s problem wasn’t just that the Knicks were bad. The Knicks are usually bad. Woodson’s problem was that the Knicks — for a change — were expected to be good. They’d won 54 games and gone to the Eastern Conference semifinals the year before. Preseason over-under lines pegged their win total at 49.5 games. When my ESPN colleague Kevin Pelton, through his SCHOENE system, instead projected the Knicks to win 37 games, his projection threatened to turn Knickerblogger, the eminently sane and stats-friendly blog, into the basketball version of “unskewed polls.”The Knicks went 37 and 45.In the NBA, where about 30 percent of the league turns its head coach over every season, these expectations matter as much as reality. I mean that literally: Las Vegas’s preseason over-under lines predict coach turnover just as well as actual wins and losses do.I went back and collected preseason over-under lines dating back to the 2006-07 season. I compared them to each team’s actual record during the regular season. Then I ran a logistic regression analysis. The dependent variable is whether the team kept the same head coach from the start of that regular season to the next one. Here are the results:The regression output contains two variables: exp_w (the number of games a team was expected to win, per Las Vegas) and act_w (actual wins). For the 2011-12 NBA season, which was shortened by a player lockout, I’ve prorated both totals to 82 games.You may notice that the coefficient on each variable is almost identical, though they have opposite signs. What that means is that an expected win hurts a coach about as much as an actual win helps him.The graph below provides an illustration of this, and measures the probability of a coaching change under two scenarios: a team (like this year’s Sacramento Kings) that was expected to win 30 games, and a team (like the Knicks) that was expected to win 50. If the projected 30-win team wins 35 games, just slightly better than expectations, its probability of a coaching change is only about 17 percent. If the projected 50-win team wins 45 games, just slightly worse than expectations, the probability is 37 percent instead.Lest this seem too abstract, I’ve compiled a list of all teams since the 2006-07 season that underperformed their over-under line by 10 games or more. There are 33 of these. Here’s what happened to their coaches:Nine of them were fired during the season;Nine of them were fired after the season;One of them resigned during the season;Two of them resigned after the season;Two of them, Larry Drew of the Milwaukee Bucks and Brian Shaw of the Denver Nuggets, just completed their seasons and have yet to learn their fates;The other 10 kept their jobs, although five of them were fired during or after their following season. read more

Baseball Early innings determined outcomes in Ohio States split series against BethuneCookman

Ohio State assistant coach Chris Holick (6) embraces and greets players after the top of the fifth inning in Ohio State’s 2-1 win against Cal State Northridge in extra innings on Mar. 16 in Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Ebo Amissah-Aggrey | Lantern ReporterEarly starts dictated success in Daytona, Florida, as the Ohio State baseball team (7-5) split its four-game series against Bethune-Cookman (5-6). Game 1A comeback fell short for the Buckeyes in Florida on Friday.  Despite an 11-strikeout game from redshirt freshman pitcher Seth Lonsway, Ohio State (5-4) came up short against Bethune-Cookman (4-4), losing 4-3. Lonsway had the most strikeouts by an Ohio State pitcher in nine years in the losing effort. Ohio State then-junior Alex Wimmers struck out 11 batters back in 2010 in a game against Minnesota. Junior pitcher Anthony Maldonado allowed only three hits and one run in seven innings of work for the Wildcats for his first win of the season. Bethune-Cookman redshirt senior center fielder Zach Spivey got a two-out hit with the bases loaded to drive in two runs in the bottom of the second inning. The Wildcats would add two more runs to balloon the lead to 4-0. Ohio State surged late with a two-run single by freshman third baseman Zach Dezenzo in the bottom of the ninth inning to reduce the deficit to one run. Redshirt senior pitcher Brandon Wilkes recorded the last out for the Wildcats to earn his second save of the season. Game 2The Buckeyes bounced back with their third shutout win of the season. Ohio State (6-4) defeated Bethune-Cookman (4-5) by a score of 6-0. Freshman pitcher Garrett Burhenn earned his second win of the season in 6 1/3 innings of work. Despite allowing 10 hits, the Buckeyes turned three double plays to prevent any damage on the scoreboard. The baserunning for Ohio State made an impact as well, with a season-high four stolen bases. After scoring two runs in the first inning, the Buckeyes never looked back. Junior right fielder Dominic Canzone produced three hits and an RBI in the win. Senior pitcher Tyler Krull was given the loss for the Wildcats. Game 3An explosive showing from the bats helped Ohio State to its second straight win. The Buckeyes (7-4) beat Bethune-Cookman (4-6) by a score of 16-9 on Sunday, the most runs the Buckeyes have scored in a game this season. Five different Buckeyes had multiple-RBI games, including a three-RBI game from junior shortstop Noah West.The Buckeyes pounced to a 14-1 lead before the Wildcats stepped up to hit in the bottom of the second inning. Despite giving up his most runs this season, sophomore pitcher Griffan Smith earned his third win in 2019. Smith had six earned runs in five innings of work. Junior pitcher Bryan Melendez was given his first loss of the season for the Wildcats. Game 4Ohio State lost the series finale to split the series with Bethune-Cookman.The Buckeyes (7-5) could not overcome an early deficit to the Wildcats (5-6) in their 8-3 loss. Missed opportunities and free baserunners plagued the Buckeyes throughout the game. Although seven runs were scored during junior pitcher Jake Vance’s time of the mound, only two counted as earned runs against him after a six-run second inning fueled by an error and a flyball lost in the sun. The Buckeyes also allowed seven walks in the contest, tying the season-high for walks previously set in both of the Texas A&M Corpus Christi games.Senior first baseman Danny Rodriguez drove in three RBIs for the Wildcats. Vance fell to 1-1 on the year, and Jordan Pinto earned his second win of the season. Ohio State takes on Furman in Greenville, South Carolina as part of the Greenville Drive First Pitch Invitational. The game is set for 6 p.m. Friday. read more

Doctors at war over juniors strike plan as royal medical colleges denounce

first_imgShe also threw her weight behind Jeremy Hunt, who has become a hate figure for many opponents of the new contract, calling him as an “excellent Health Secretary”.Describing the new contract as “safe for patients”, Mrs May said: “The Government is putting patients first, the BMA should be putting patients first – not playing politics.”A statement from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges said: “We know there are genuine concerns about the contract and working arrangements, but we do not consider the proposed strikes are proportionate.“Five days of strike action, particularly at such short notice, will cause real problems for patients, the service and the profession.”Niall Dickson, chief executive of the doctors’ regulator the General Medical Council, said the strike represented a “serious escalation”.“It is obviously a matter of great concern for everyone, especially for patients, and when so little time has been given for the NHS to make contingency plans,” he said. 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 medical profession are at war with junior doctors accused of putting patients at risk after confirming a series of monthly five-day strikes running up to Christmas.The leaders of Britain’s royal medical colleges condemned as disproportionate the industrial action announced by the British Medical Association, which will affect an estimated one million appointments and 125,000 operations.The plea to rethink the programme of strikes came as the BMA faced criticism after chairman Mark Porter refused to give details of the vote which authorised the action after initially failing to deny that it was as close as 16-14. Five days of strike action, particularly at such short notice, will cause real problems for patients, the service and the professionAcademy of Medical Royal Colleges Jeremy Hunt decided to impose the contract after the deal was rejected in a referendumCredit:Neil Hall Jeremy Huntcenter_img As well as the September strike, junior doctors will stage a full withdrawal of labour between the hours of 8am and 5pm from 5 to 7th October and on 10th and 11th October, from 14th to 11th November and from 5th to 9th December.The action can proceed without a fresh ballot of junior doctor members, because the decision to stage fresh action falls within the statutory time period since the last ballot in November.Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the strikes were a “disaster for patients” and would cause misery and said it was “odd” that the BMA was now calling threatening to stage the “worst strike in NHS history” in opposition to a deal it previously supported.Yesterday Theresa May made her first intervention in the long-running dispute when she accused junior doctors of “playing politics” with patient safety. It has been reported that only a third of junior doctors were in favour of the current programme of rolling, all-out strikes. Documents leaked to the Daily Mail showed that in a secret ballot earlier in the summer, only 31.5 per cent supported full walkouts.Six strikes have already taken place across England during the lengthy dispute, causing disruption to hundreds of thousands of patients who have had appointments and operations cancelled.In May the Government and BMA achieved a breakthrough agreement the dispute after both sides agreed to a new deal.Then in July, the Government announced it would impose a new contract after junior doctors and medical students voted to reject the contract brokered between health leaders and the BMA.The BMA said it will call off the strikes if the Government agrees to stop the imposition. “We recognise the frustration and alienation of doctors in training and indeed their right to take industrial action.“However, we issued advice earlier in this dispute to senior doctors and doctors and training, and we will now consider wither further guidance is needed.”The GMC guidelines issued in May said that if during a strike NHS employers became concerned for patient safety and asked junior doctors to return to work, then the medics should comply.A GMC spokesman said each individual doctor had a responsibility not to harm the care of their patients regardless of industrial action.Playing down suggestions of a split at the top of the BMA, Dr Porter said:“The council, as is the rest of the BMA, is absolutely behind the decision that has been taken.”There is not a considerable number of members of the council who don’t support this,” he added. The new leader of the BMA junior doctor committee faced criticism for hypocrisy last night, as sources close to the May negations said she had enthusiastically proposed a number of the features of the contract she now opposes.Owen Smith, the Labour leadership contender, yesterday called on Hunt to be “sacked immediately”, and branded him the “worst Health Secretary in the NHS’s history”.“It is simply astounding that on the day Theresa May walked into Number 10 one of the first decisions she made was to keep Jeremy Hunt in post,” he said.Mr Smith, however, refused to reveal whether he supported the strike action announced by the BMA, saying he agreed with the “fundamental right” to strike, adding “this strike doesn’t need to happen.last_img read more

British Airways to squeeze extra 52 seats onto Boeing 777 economy flights

first_imgA British Airways Boeing 777 takes off from Gatwick Airport in West Sussex “As part of the update, we will also be fitting new entertainment systems with bigger screens.”British Airways continues to offer customers a generous hand baggage allowance and complimentary food and drink on all our long-haul services.”Among the other airlines with a 10-abreast configuration are Air New Zealand, Emirates and Air France.British Airways will also reportedly add 12 extra seats on its short-haul Airbus A320 from Heathrow -which will increase the planes seating density to match easyJet’s.The move come after BA increased its seat width from 16.8ins to 17.3 ins on its new Dreamliner fleet last year.The move followed complaints from travellers, with at least one claiming they did not have enough room to open the cutlery pack with their meal.However, the firm still hasn’t caught up with some of its rivals.EasyJet’s A320 airbus and Thomson’s Boeing 767-300ER also offer 18-inch wide seats and even no-frills Ryanair gives wriggle space of 17 inches on its 737-800 aircraft. Willie Walsh, chief executive of BA’s parent company IAG, told investors: “We’re responding to a market opportunity.”He said the move would allow BA to “lower the average cost per seat, charge a lower price and stimulate demand”.A British Airways spokesman said: “We are flying more customers than ever before to our expanding network of destinations.”To meet this demand, we are updating our 777 cabins to bring us into line with many of our competitors and allow us to offer even more low fares. British Airways is planning to squeeze an extra 52 seats on its Boeing 777 flights by shrinking seating space, it is claimed.The airline giant is reportedly trying bring its services “into line” with competitors at Gatwick from 2018.It also plans to “densify” aircraft at Heathrow after that, it is said.Currently passengers will find nine economy seats in each row in the 777s. BA announces at IAG Capital Markets Day 25 Boeing 777s will move from 9-10 seats a row in World Traveller & more seats on short-haul aircrft pic.twitter.com/U6QFe5T2C9— LondonAirTravel (@LondonAirTravel) November 4, 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. But from 2018, there will reportedly be 10 seats fitted within the same space. The move would increase the population on board flights by up to a fifth and stretch current facilities further.The number of toilets is currently 11, allowing for one for every 25 passengers.The latest move will bring that up to one for every 30 passengers, The Independent claimed.However, BA says the economy cabin will be fitted with new entertainment systems with bigger screens. A British Airways Boeing 777 takes off from Gatwick Airport in West SussexCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA Wire BA announces at IAG Capital Markets Day it is to introduce business class on U.K. domestic routes & increase seat density in World Traveller pic.twitter.com/slcyvC0ITH— LondonAirTravel (@LondonAirTravel) November 4, 2016last_img read more

Margaret Thatchers television training before cameras first broadcast from House of Commons

first_imgWeeks later on October 5, Mrs Thatcher attended the Commons for a filmed dry run, with the microphones turned off.A note in the archive dated October 6 from Dominic Morris, a private secretary, suggested that she might ask her personal assistant Cynthia ‘Crawfie’ Crawford to watch the video with her “to help with ideas on clothes for question time”.Weeks later, the House of Commons turned on the cameras but only allowed the videos to be viewed by Mrs Thatcher and Mr Kinnock. Roger Gale’s letter to Margaret Thatcher Roger Gale's letter to Margaret Thatcher Margaret Thatcher was advised not to shout over hecklers and to stop her habit of leaning on her left elbow if she wanted to put one over Labour leader Neil Kinnock when cameras first broadcast from the House of Commons.Antony Jay, one of the writers of the acclaimed TV political satire Yes Minister, was even brought into the Whips’ Office to give ministers a pep talk on how to speak at the dispatch box.Newly released documents from the National Archives reveal how Tory MP Roger Gale became her unofficial television adviser in the weeks before the cameras went live nearly 30 years ago.Mr Gale, who at the time was a member of the House of Commons broadcasting committee, was a known critic of the decision to allow cameras to start filming in November 1989.However, as a former news and current affairs director at Thames Television and the BBC, he offered advice to Mrs Thatcher.In a letter dated September 18, Mr Gale told the Prime Minister he had been “monitoring the installation” of the cameras over that summer’s recess. Mr Gale then sought to guide Mrs Thatcher about how to make her first appearances were a success. Finally, Mr Gale advised Mrs Thatcher to look over the head of the then Leader of the Opposition Neil Kinnock if she wanted to appear to be eye-balling him.He said: “The camera angle on the front benches is fairly acute. To gain the impression of looking the opponent – Leader of the Opposition or Spokesman – in the eye, it may be necessary to ‘cheat’ the eyeline over the head to Camera 2.”But he added: “The latter may look artificial, however – and camera 1 may prove to be more useful to ministers.”Mr Gale – the Conservative MP for Thanet North who was knighted in 2012 – said he remembered writing the letter “extremely well”, but was surprised that it was in the national archive.He told The Telegraph: “It was a private letter. The assistance I was able to give Margaret Thatcher is between her and me. She was painstaking and extremely attentive.”Mrs Thatcher replied a few days later that Mr Gale’s suggestions were “always extremely helpful and I do look forward to your updated technical assessment once we have seen a bit how it works”.In her own hand, she added: “Clearly ministers will have to change their normal habits in replying to questions, quite a lot.” Antony Jay  Chris Patten, who later became chairman of the BBC TrustCredit:Andrew Crowley for The Telegraph  Margaret Thatcher's response to Roger Gale 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. Margaret Thatcher’s response to Roger Gale Chris Patten, who later became chairman of the BBC Trustcenter_img A lone voice against the plans was Chris Patten, the Environment Secretary who decades later became BBC chairman, and according to a letter five weeks later was concerned about an “outcry” if the list of protected events was “pruned”.Decades later, a modified version of the list of protected events is still in force with the World Cup football tournament, the Olympics, Grand National, FA Cup Final and Wimbledon tennis championships banned from disappearing behind a paywall. Antony Jay, co-writer of Yes MinisterCredit:Geraint Lewis/REX Shutterstock I believe the list should be very limited and phased out as quickly as possibleMargaret Thatcher’s memo A note from Paul Gray, an official in Mrs Thatcher’s private office, dated September 15, said the Home Secretary Douglas Hurd “proposes partially to liberalise the present arrangement where only BBC and ITV can broadcast a specified list of major sporting events”.Mr Hurd was “resisting pressure from the traditional broadcasters to continue any requirement that would prevent new broadcasters like Sky or BSB purchasing exclusive rights to these events.And he also envisages reducing the number of listed events over time”. In a letter, circulated in Whitehall on the same day, Treasury officials said Mr Lawson “believes that retaining the special arrangements for ‘listed events’ unfairly protects” the BBC and commercial channels “from subscription television channels and penalises those sporting events whose organisers might wish to sell rights to subscription channels.”He would consequently prefer these arrangements to be abandoned. But if they are really felt to be politically necessary he favours keeping any limits on the freedom to buy rights as narrow as possible and phasing them out as quickly as is practicable”.In a handwritten note, Mrs Thatcher wrote on Mr Gray’s memorandum: “My sympathies are with the Chancellor. I believe the list should be very limited and phased out as quickly as possible.” Roger Gale's letter to Margaret Thatcher Leaning on the customary left arm on the Dispatch Box will present the appearance of a back to the Speaker and weaken the authority of the ministerRoger Gale’s advice to Margaret Thatcher Ministers should address all comments through the Speaker – as was common practice – “favouring either camera 1 (profile) or camera 2 (straight to camera)”, he said.Ministers had to stop turning to face Government backbenchers behind them when answering questions or they risked “being caught ‘off-camera’ at important moments”.They should also only speak “at microphone level” and “never seek to ‘top’ heckling from the Opposition: this may work in the Chamber but will sound – and look – strident on television”.Mr Gale also warned Mrs Thatcher against inadvertently turning her back on the Speaker.He said: “Leaning on the customary left arm on the Dispatch Box will present the appearance of a back to the Speaker and weaken the authority of the minister. Ministers will need to learn to lean on the right arm when reading notes!” In a note dated October 27, Mr Morris told Mrs Thatcher he had reviewed an exchange with Mr Kinnock on the day before with John Whittingdale, then her Parliamentary aide who later became Culture secretary under David Cameron.Mr Morris told her in the note – copied to her press secretary Bernard Ingham – that “the pitch of voice is just right as is eye level and stance (Mr Kinnock appears to have rather more to learn)”.But he added that he was surprised by “the extent to which television sanitises the proceedings of the Chamber. It takes out a great deal of the passion”.This meant there was a “premium on calm debaters” and it was important that Tory frontbenchers were much more animated in their support for the Prime Minister, copying an example set by the then-Cabinet minister Ken Baker.Mr Morris added: “It looks much better if, rather than sitting solemn, they show obvious approval (as did Mr Baker on one occasion) when telling points are made. That clearly applies generally to the support which colleagues give to any frontbench spokesmen.” Mr Morris also arranged for Antony Jay, the writer of TV hit comedy Yes Minister, to present “30 second clips of good and bad ministerial performances” to a group of ministers in 12 Downing Street, the traditional office of the Government Chief Whip.Mrs Thatcher agreed to attend the meeting on November 9 – and to Mr Morris’s suggestion that the session did not feature clips of her own appearances at Prime Minister’s Questions.The cameras finally broadcast from the House of Commons chamber on November 21.Thatcher was against protecting BBC from losing flagship sporting eventsMargaret Thatcher was against protecting so-called sporting “crown jewels” such as Wimbledon and the FA Cup final from disappearing from terrestrial television onto satellite channels.The Prime Minister’s belief that any protections “should be very limited and phased out as quickly as possible” is set out in newly released Whitehall files by the National Archive.The Government first set out a list of 10 sporting events including cricket test matches involving England, the Olympic Games, Grand National, the Wimbledon tennis championships and FA Cup final to be kept on the terrestrial television.However, when ministers met to reconsider the list in 1989, Mrs Thatcher and her Chancellor Nigel Lawson backed plans to water it down.last_img read more

Dont use dyslexia as an excuse judge tells bully businessman in divorce

first_imgThe woman had discovered her husband was having an affair with his personal assistant more than 15 years ago, the judge said, but had not filed for divorce until 2015.He criticised the couple’s behaviour, saying they had run up “horrific” legal bills of more than £1 million between them, and told of a “truly terrible level of acrimony”.Mr Justice Moor said the “basic premise” of the woman’s evidence was that “she knew nothing”, but said he could not accept that “total denial”.While the husband, he said, was an “unattractive witness”.”At times, he appeared to me to be attempting to bully the court by his aggressive approach.”At others, when the going got tough, he tried to fall back on his dyslexia and Asperger’s.”The judge added: “It was quite clear to me that he is a very intelligent and clever man.”I, of course, accept his dyslexia but Albert Einstein was dyslexic.Mr Justice Moor said he had grappled with complicated family financial arrangements, and made a number of detailed decisions about the division of money.He said the couple’s marital home should be sold and the profits – expected to be about £1 million – handed to the woman. A businessman embroiled in a bitter divorce case with his estranged wife has been criticised by a judge for using his dyslexia as an excuse, telling him “even Einstein had dyslexia”.Mr Justice Moor said the man had attempted to “bully the court” at times and had fallen back on his Asperger’s and dyslexia when the going got tough.He made his criticisms in a ruling on a private trial at the Family Division of the High Court in Cardiff in October.The couple, both 59, who the judge ruled could not be identified, shared a home in Cardiff and have been married for nearly 30 years. Credit:AFP/Getty high court 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

Princess Charlotte steals show on Royal tour with curtsy and handshake as

first_imgPrince George and Princess Charlotte leave Warsaw, Poland, as they head to Germany While her brother Prince George rubbed his eyes in the bright sunlight, Princess Charlotte was allowed to toddle along the red carpet on her tiptoes, appearing to emulate her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, in high heels. The final event of the day, which had been defined by huge crowds exhibiting “royal mania”, saw the Duke and Duchess visit the European Solidarity Centre, in Gdansk’s shipyards.The birthplace of the Solidarity Movement in Poland, they were given a tour by former President Lech Walesa and photographed walking through the famous shipyard gates.Crowds once again turned out to get a glimpse of them, waving flags and wielding mobile phones to capture their rare moment in the presence Royalty. Princess Charlotte takes a tumble he she boards the plane with her motherCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Prince George rubs his eyes in the bright sunlight at Berlin airportCredit:Steffi Loos/AFP Princess Charlotte with her posy of flowers at Berlin airportCredit:Chris Jackson/Getty The Duke and Duchess visited Stutthof during their five day tour of Germany and Poland, working to “draw attention to the need to teach young people about this tragic episode in our shared memory”, the Holocaust Educational Trust said.During their visit, The Duke and Duchess were shown discarded shoes, clothing and other personal items stolen from prisoners, and a gas chamber.   They were greeted on the tarmac with three flags: the union flag flying between the black, red and yellow of Germany, and the blue and yellow stars EU.The Royals were met by the British ambassador, Sir Sebastian Wood, and his wife Lady Sirinat, German government representative Till Knorn, deputy head of mission Nick Pickard, defence attaché Brigadier Rob Rider, and royal visit coordinator Peter Ruskin. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are shown discarded shoes, clothing and other personal items at the camp museumCredit:Andrew Parsons / i-Images On Tuesday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge described a visit to a former Nazi concentration camp in Poland as “shattering”.  Princess Charlotte While her two-year-old peers are busy playing at nursery or getting to grip with their Play-Doh, Princess Charlotte is already beginning to master the art of international diplomacy. After a day of touring, they will return to the west of the city and meet President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the Bellevue Palace, and in the evening attend a Queen’s birthday party held in the gardens of the British ambassador’s residence. The Duchess of Cambridge described the visit as ‘shattering’Credit:BRUCE ADAMS When the Cambridges arrived in Warsaw, the Prince, who will turn four on Saturday, was again first off the plane, looking reluctant and sleepy after the journey.Charlotte, on the other hand, stepped happily into the limelight in Berlin, shaking hands with Brigadier Rob Rider, defence attaché at the British Embassy.She looked delighted as she was offered a mini posy of flowers by Till Knorn, representing the German government. Princess Charlotte, who was also initially straining at her mother’s hand to get moving, remembered her manners to pause for a quick thank you, crossing her ankles and bobbing into a curtsy. Determined to show off her independence, she let go of the Duchess’ guiding hand to scramble up the plane steps on her hands and feet.center_img The Cambridges arrive at Tegel airport in BerlinCredit:Steffi Loos/REUTERS The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are shown discarded shoes, clothing and other personal items at the camp museum Princess Charlotte falls over as he gets on the plane with her mother The Princess put on a show worthy of her great-grandmother the Queen today, bobbing into a curtsy, shaking hands with a defence attaché and graciously accepting a miniature bouquet of flowers. The Duchess of Cambridge described the visit as 'shattering' Prince George rubs his eyes in the bright sunlight Saying they were “intensely moved” by the trip, they urged all to ensure their experience is “never forgotten and never repeated”. Prince George and Princess Charlotte preparing to board the plane in Warsaw, PolandCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Princess Charlotte takes her mother’s hand in WarsawCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA The Duchess received a matching larger bouquet, with mother and daughter coordinating in blue outfits as they walked side by side in the blazing sunshine.In Berlin, William and Kate were holding a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel before visiting the Brandenburg Gate, the German capital’s most famous landmark and a symbol of the country’s unification. Later in the day, the Duke and Duchess were mobbed by thousands of wellwishers as they visited the town market in Gdansk.Serenaded by a choir, they shook hands with admirers, waved at the crowd and sampled local dumplings and a traditional Gdansk liqueur the Duchess pronounced “very strong”. The Cambridges arrive at Tegel airport in Berlin The Duchess of Cambridge with Princess Charlotte 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 Royal children departed from Warsaw after two days in Poland, accompanying the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they thanked their hosts at the airport.Prince George appeared desperate to get on the plane, tugging his father’s hand and tapping his arm to get his attention.last_img read more

Skype GP consultations will be the norm within 10 years head of

But he said some professions could see numbers reduce, as artificial intelligence takes on some of the role performed by doctors and scientists.“Ultimately, we may not need as many brainiacs as in the past, because of the advances we are seeing,” he said.The expert in cardiology, genetics and digital medicine, has written on the use of wireless and smartphone technology in healthcare, and led a multi-million dollar US research programme focusing on harnessing technology and data to provide more precise, tailored patient treatment. Dr Topol said advances in technology meant patients would increasingly be monitored with sensors.His review, which reports in July will look at how the NHS can pioneer modern treatments and embarce innovation and technology.Tens of thousands of staff will be trained as a result of the plans, health officials said.Dr Topol said said the workforce would need to change to make best use of technology, requiring an expansion in the number of data scientists, who can map the information about patients. Physical GP consultations may become less commonCredit:Andrew Matthews /PA Virtual consultations with doctors could be more common than seeing medics in person within a decade, the man leading a review of NHS technology has said.Genetist Dr Eric Topol has been commissioned by the Health Secretary to examine the NHS approach to genomics, robotics and artifical intelligence.And he said remote monitoring of conditions, online consultations and telemedicine is set to become the norm within a decade – predicting they will soon outnumber face-to-face consultations.The US medic said the use of artificial intelligence could mean fewer doctors are needed in some areas.“Over the next decade we expect to see more and more remote monitoring of conditions and more virtual consultationsm,” he said.“I wouldn’t be surprised if the numbers overtake the number of physical visits within a decade.” He said: “While it’s hard to predict the future, we know artificial intelligence, digital medicine and genomics will have an enormous impact for improving the efficiency and precision in healthcare. Our review will focus on the extraordinary opportunities to leverage these technologies for the healthcare workforce and power a sustainable and vibrant NHS.”Jeremy Hunt said: “Every week we hear about exciting new developments surfacing in the NHS which could help provide answers to some of our greatest challenges such as cancer or chronic illness. These give us a glimpse of what the future of the whole NHS could be, which is why in the year of the NHS’ 70th birthday I want to empower staff to offer patients modern healthcare more widely and more quickly. “I’m delighted that Dr Topol is kicking off this review – ensuring the NHS is at the forefront of life-saving, life-changing care across the globe for decades to come.”The review will examine new technology to help patients self-manage diabetes occurring during pregnancy.Currently patients need to measure glucose levels up to six times per day, record results in a paper diary and visit hospital every two to four weeks.But a new smartphone app with a Bluetooth-enabled blood glucose meter has been developed to offer real-time management of this type of diabetes and reduce the need for clinical visits by patients.Staff are trained to interpret data on the app and use it to message patients directly so they can self-manage the condition.The review team will submit a final report by the end of the year. GP  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

Selfidentifying trans women eligible for allwomen shortlists Labour confirms in new statement

The statement addressed this, saying there was a “diversity of views on what can be a complex and emotive issue for many members, but discussions within the Labour party should never take the form of abuse or intimidation of anyone”. We’re pleased that today @UKLabour NEC re-affirmed it’s commitment to Trans inclusion and to the existing policy of allowing Trans women to stand in all Womens shortlists! pic.twitter.com/nVjS2LuPRe— LGBT Labour (@LGBTLabour) May 22, 2018 The Labour Party has put out an official statement ruling that people who self-identify as women are allowed to be on all-women’s shortlists, and stand as women’s officers.On Tuesday, The National Executive Committee (NEC) decided to approve a new statement, which explicitly states that self-identifying transgender women are eligible in selections.It confirms the roles are open to people who were born male and who now identify as women, and they do not need medical certification that they have changed their gender. The statement says: “The Labour Party’s All Women Shortlists are open to all women, including self-identifying trans women. Similarly, women’s officers and minimum quotas for women in the Labour Party are open to all women, including self-identifying trans women.”The “self-id” issue has caused a bitter row in the party, with many arguing that it leaves shortlists open to abuse. Some 300 women said they were quitting the party earlier this month, explaining in a letter to the Times: “Sex is not a self-defined characteristic and it is disingenuous for Labour to pretend that it is.” This comes after David Lewis was suspended from the Labour Party for standing as a women’s officer in his local party to protest self-identification, claiming he “identifies as a woman on Wednesdays”.He said that he pulled  the stunt to highlight problems with self-identification, arguing that he wanted to “inform the constituency Labour Party, and maybe some other people, about what this policy means, about what happens when you say that someone’s gender depends only on what they say and nothing else”. 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

Nosy nurse struck off for spying on patient records over two years

Panel chairman Paul Morris said: “Mrs Lewis’s actions showed a complete disregard for patients, her colleagues and the hospital. Mrs Lewis acted dishonestly in deliberately attempting to conceal information.”The panel found that Mrs Lewis’s actions fell seriously short of the conduct and standards expected and amounted to professional misconduct which was very serious.”Mr Morris said: “The panel considered that by knowingly or recklessly obtaining personal data and receiving a conviction, Mrs Lewis had breached fundamental tenets of the profession. Mrs Lewis’s actions were very serious.”The panel found Mrs Lewis is liable in the future to put patients at unwarranted risk of harm, to bring the profession into disrepute, breach fundamental tenets of the profession and act dishonestly.” [Her] actions showed a complete disregard for patients, her colleagues and the hospitalPanel chairman Paul Morris Board chief executive Steve Moore said that Lewis had accessed the records “for her own interest”, but had not altered any of them and no patients’ treatment had been affected.The nurse was dismissed by the health board after the data breaches were discovered and has now been stuck off by the Nurse and Midwifery Council.A fitness to practice hearing in Cardiff heard her hospital colleague feared Lewis would end up “killing somebody” by neglecting her duty.The panel found her actions had amounted to misconduct which impaired her fitness to practice. Glangwili General Hospital Elaine Lewis was working late shifts at Glangwili General HospitalCredit:Google Street View A nosy nurse has been struck off for spying on the health problems of thousands of people by illegally tapping into their personal medical records over two years on late shifts.Hospital ward nurse Elaine Lewis, 63, secretly looked into the records of 3,000 patients “for her own interest”, a hearing was told.Health chiefs wrote to apologise to hundreds of patients when the “significant data breach” by Lewis was discovered.Bosses at Glangwili General Hospital, in Carmarthen, west Wales, discovered that Lewis had illegally delved into the medical histories of patients of all ages.The case against Lewis was brought by the Information Commissioner after the investigation by bosses at the Hywel Dda Health Board. The panel decided to impose a striking off order, which will see Mrs Lewis’s name removed from the nursing register. Lewis did not attend the hearing in person and was not represented.Lewis, from Llansteffan, Carmarthenshire, had earlier admitted accessing information without permission from the health board between July 2013 and September 2015.The former nurse was fined £650 by Llanelli magistrates and ordered to pay £664 in costs for breaching the Data Protection Act 1998. 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

Novichok in Salisbury The public thought it was safe so how could

Confirmation that two more people in Salisbury have been poisoned by Novichok has raised questions over whether the multi-million pound decontamination effort failed. Nine “hotspots” from the original attack, where residual traces could have remained, had been identified and were being decontaminated. After it was used in the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia on March 4, Salisbury had been declared safe. 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 unclear whether the new poisonings were the result of a previously unknown “hotspot” or if a small amount of the agent somehow escaped from a known area,… But four months later a trace of the substance has poisoned Charles Rowley, 45, and his girlfriend, Dawn Sturgess, 44. read more

Drunk seagulls taken to RSPCA centres after drinking discarded alcohol on beach

RSPCA Vet Nurse Natalie Stahl with one of the seagulls in Lyme RegisCredit:Richard Austin 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. “But this year there has been a spate of cases with birds from east Devon, Dorset and Somerset.”Some of the birds have been found unconscious or staggering and all were reeking of alcohol.”He added that some of the gulls “looked terrible” while others had been “so poorly they died”.”Others have recovered after a day or so of rest and rehydration,” he added. Watch Manager in Charge Virgil Turner said: “When we arrived he had already fallen off the roof, he was sitting shaking his head and he then tried to fly and he nearly hit me in the face.”I caught him and he threw-up all over me and he reeked of beer.”Locals in Lyme Regis believe the gulls are scavenging on beaches and drinking left over beer. Birds have been placed in drunk tanks so they can sober upCredit:Richard Austin A crew of six firefighters were called to rescue a seagull behaving very erratically on a roof but when they arrived it had already fallen off and was sitting shaking his head. Drunken seagulls have been taken to RSPCA welfare centres after drinking discarded alcohol on the beach, the charity has warned.  The RSPCA centre at West Hatch near Taunton, Somerset, has had nearly 30 drunken birds “reeking of alcohol” in two weeks.One theory is that they could be drinking leftover alcohol at beaches across the South West rendering them too drunk to walk or fly.It is also thought possible that the gulls have scoffed grain by-products from a brewery in the area. Vet David Couper said the situation was “very unusual”.”We had a couple of isolated cases last year,” he said. Birds have been placed in drunk tanks so they can sober up “They all seem to have ingested some sort of grain – possibly from a brewery – that appears to have made them inebriated.”But it’s odd because enquiries revealed these by-products should only have trace amounts of alcohol left after it’s extracted.” RSPCA Vet Nurse Natalie Stahl with one of the seagulls in Lyme Regis read more

Care home staff taunted dementia patient by claiming to have eaten her

Home Manager Mrs Collins and supervisor Miss Lovell, who are sisters, are accused of having “turned a blind eye” to such behaviour, as well as mistreating vulnerable residents themselves. Former nursing home staff taunted a dementia patient by claiming to have eaten her imaginary budgie, a court has heard.Residents were allegedly neglected and denied access to the toilet, slapped and verbally abused at Winterbrook Nursing Home in Oxfordshire between 2015 and 2017.Oxford Crown Court today heard that the woman with dementia was taunted by care worker Mary Craddock, who she said had eaten her imaginary pet budgie.Mary Craddock, 59, Joan Lovell, 63, and Elizabeth Collins, 62, are charged with alleged ill treatment but deny all 18 counts.Prosecutor Kim Preston said that the elderly residents were “humiliated”, “distressed” and the former employees were “a law unto themselves”.She also remarked how there was a rule that they were not allowed to use the toilet for up to 90 minutes during mealtimes, sometimes causing residents to soil themselves.Marjorie Willsman,80, who suffers from Parkinson’s and arthritis,claimed that on one occasion Mrs Craddock told her she was “bloody inconsiderate” for asking to go to the toilet and refused to take her.Mrs Willsman said this happened “reasonably often” and sometimes caused her to have “accidents”, which left her feeling humiliated. Miss Preston  added that the former employees also bullied new staff, who were told off if they did not follow the established rules.She said: “When you are working with people, and vulnerable people in particular, you have an obligation to be respectful and treat them with dignity and kindness. Those residents were not treated as they should have been, and there is no excuse for that.”The prosecution alleges the women committed offences against six victims between April 2015 and July 2017.The trial continues. 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

Commuter compares 10mph train to Father Ted milk float episode after brake

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. A much loved episode of the comedy show ‘Father Ted’ sees his hapless sidekick Father Dougal assume the role of the local milkman after the priests conspire to have the old one fired. But a revenge plot sees the milk float rigged with explosives that will detonate if the driver slows to less than 4mph, leaving Father Dougal in a terrible slapstick limbo.Yesterday morning, as the 08:29 train from Liverpool Lime Street set off towards Manchester Deansgate passengers became embroiled in their own low-speed turmoil, as a brake problem meant that the Northern train could not travel faster than 10mph. Referencing the Channel 4 comedy, one passenger, James Storer, said the experience “wasn’t quite as funny” as some people missed flights, job interviews and appointments.The train was supposed to arrive at Manchester Deansgate at 09:23, but after leaving Winston station the train ground to a halt “every 50ft or so” and passengers were told that it had developed a “brake fault”. But after leaving Whiston station “it stopped every 50ft or so” and passengers were told a “brake fault” meant it was restricted to 10mph.Speaking to the BBC, Mr Storer said that the train “could have stopped at any of the next three or four stations to let passengers off to make their own way but they wouldn’t”. “They said they would let everyone off at Earlestown and we got there nearly two hours after the train left Lime Street,” he said.A spokesman for Northern apologised and said that it would have been “impractical to disembark customers before Earlestown” because other trains were stuck behind it. Currently part of a British comical parody of #Speed on #northernrail. I’m on a train that can’t go above 10mph else the breaks engage and they won’t let any of the passengers off at any of the stations.It’s a rip-roaring adventure 🚂 💥 pic.twitter.com/7VX574db0q— James Storer (@JamesStorer) August 13, 2019 read more

National Gallery to launch immersive Leonardo Da Vinci experience as they unveil

“These new images were found because the drawings were made in a material that contained some zinc, so it could be seen in the macro x-ray fluorescence (MA-XRF) maps showing where this chemical element was present, and also through new infrared and hyperspectral imaging.“Why Leonardo abandoned this first composition still remains a mystery.”   Speaking of the newly-uncovered original sketched version of The Virgin of the Rocks, a spokesman for the gallery said: “In the abandoned composition both figures are positioned higher up, while the angel, facing out, is looking down on the Infant Christ with what appears to be a much tighter embrace.  A section of the finished Virgin of the RocksCredit:National Gallery Infrared reflectogram mosaic of an earlier sketchCredit:Rachel Billinge A section of the finished Virgin of the Rocks Of other discoveries, he added: “Handprints resulting from patting down the priming on the panel to create an even layer of more or less uniform thickness can also be seen, probably the work of an assistant – but perhaps even by Leonardo himself.”Dr Gabriele Finaldi, National Gallery director, said: “This exhibition represents a fascinating new venture for the National Gallery, combining the most recent technical research on The Virgin Of The Rocks with an immersive, enveloping experience, giving visitors the opportunity to explore Leonardo da Vinci’s creative process in making this masterpiece.” Leonardo: Experience A Masterpiece opens on November 9, and runs until January. The National Gallery has commissioned the production team behind the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony and blockbuster pop culture exhibitions to bring to life a Leonardo Da Vinci painting, in a new “immersive” exhibition.The show, which opens in November, will see the ground floor of the gallery “completely transformed” into an “immersive exploration of [Leonardo’s] genius as a painter”, focusing on one work: The Virgin of the Rocks. The painting has been undergoing significant scientific investigation, uncovering the original, hidden sketches of the artist as well as mystery handprints left in the paint. Visitors to the show will be able to see images of the “abandoned composition” below the finished paint work, thanks to macro X-ray fluorescence (MA-XRF) maps and infrared and hyperspectral imaging.External company 59 Productions, which has previously worked on the video design of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games and museum installations such as the V&A’s record-breaking David Bowie Is, will bring the exhibition to life for visitors by recreating moving images of the chapel the painting would originally have been hung in. The gallery promises “multi-sensory experiences” spanning four rooms, including projections showing Leonardo’s use of “light and shadow” and a conservator’s studio showing how modern experts can look beneath the painting’s surface.  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. Infrared reflectogram mosaic of an earlier sketch read more

Drugs cell phones unearthed at Timehri Prison investigation launched Samuels

Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels has confirmed that an investigation has been launched into the discovery of drugs and cell phones at the Timehri Prison.Some of the drugs unearthed on Wednesday at the Timehri prisonHe said that the first discovery of the prohibited items were made on Wednesday around 14:30hrs, while more contraband was unearthed on Thursday around 10:30 after a joint services search was ordered.Cellphones were also confiscated According to information provided by the Prison Director, “a prisoner indicated that a prison staff took pay for the items to pass during a visit.”This publication was also told that the inmate who reportedly “owned” the drugs which were confiscated on Wednesday has since threatened to kill the prison officers at the facility.Samuels said that the  Police have since been called in to investigate.More drugs were discovered during a subsequent raid Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related read more

Outrage as Ugandan MP says beat your wife

A Ugandan MP has been told to apologise to victims of domestic violence after saying men should “beat” their wives.Onesmus Twinamasiko later told the BBC slaps are “fine” but “beatings which cause injuries or death” are not.Onesimus Twinamasiko said on Ugandan television channel NTV “as a man, you need to discipline your wife.“You need to touch her a bit, you tackle her, beat her somehow to really streamline her.”His words have met with strong criticism from social media users, with one leading women’s rights group in Uganda saying he should seek therapy.“Mr Twinamasiko should make a public apology to all women who have experienced violence,” Diana Kagere of the Center for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP) told the BBC.“He should do the honourable thing and withdraw that statement. It’s really a shock that a member of parliament would justify violence in any way. This is about crime.”More than one in five women aged 15-49 have experienced domestic or sexual violence in Uganda, according to a government report published last year.In an interview with BBC Focus on Africa, Mr Twinamasiko attempted to clarify his comments with reference to his own marriage, saying:“I don’t mean beatings which cause injuries or death – but a slap – I would feel fine! Because it’s calling me to order. We would sit down and sort it out.“I was slapped once by my wife and it was OK with me, because we sorted out our differences. I also slapped her once. She had wronged me.”But Ms Kagere said that Mr Twinamasiko’s attitude was damaging.“We believe there is no violent solution whatsoever. You never know how far a slap can go.”She says there are other ways to resolve conflict, including “time out, speaking out and finding amicable solutions.“As a couple they can go for couple’s counselling,” Ms Kagere says regarding the violence the MP describes in his own marriage.“Many men… their own inner pride stops them from seeking our services, but we want to encourage them that it’s OK to reach out for support in this matter.” (Excerpts from BBC) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJamaica: Female Pastor says she punched man for repeatedly abusing his wifeNovember 22, 2018In “latest news”Afghan woman’s ears cut off by husbandFebruary 1, 2017In “World”Argentine women to strike after fatal rape of teenagerOctober 19, 2016In “Regional” read more