Day: September 25, 2019

Theresa May Scottish public services only survived oil price crash because of UKs broadTheresa May Scottish public services only survived oil price crash because of UKs broad

first_imgScotland’s public services have only been able to emerge from the collapse in North Sea oil prices because of the UK’s “broad shoulders”, Theresa May has said. The Prime Minister said that the fall in oil prices and tax revenues shows how “crucial” the union is to Scotland’s future in an attack on plans for a second independence referendumShe accused the SNP of allowing the richest to “flourish with ease” and “flout the rules with impunity” while the majority of families are left feeling like “the wind is against them”. She added that Scotland is well placed to exploit the opportunities of Brexit: “As we strike that deal, we have an exciting chance to forge a new role in the world. Scotland’s status will not be diminished by that; it will be enhanced.”We will go out into the world with the aim of being a leader in global free trade, one that makes the most of our advantages, from the financial expertise of Edinburgh to the shipbuilding prowess of the Clyde and the globally renowned food and drink produce of Scotland’s countryside.”She said that as the second party in Scotland the conservatives will hold the SNP to account as she praised Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, as a “real shining light” in British politics.She said: “The focus at our conference will not just be on striking a better deal with the rest of the world as we strengthen our own union here at home. It will be on getting a better deal for people in the UK. “Because the EU referendum also exposed an underlying sense that people felt they have been ignored by politicians, at Westminster and Holyrood, for too long.”These are the people who get up early, put in the hours, play by the rules, yet still feel like the wind is against them. “They’re getting by – but only just. Meanwhile, those at the top seem to flourish with ease, and often flout the rules with impunity.”That feeling is as strong in Scotland as it is anywhere else in the UK, and after nine years as the establishment party in Scotland, the SNP needs to accept its share of responsibility.” She insisted that she will strike a Brexit deal that will “enhance” Scotland’s place in the world rather than diminish it.She said on Facebook: “It has become even clearer in recent months that the union which really matters to Scotland’s future is its union with England, Wales and Northern Ireland, our centuries-long ties of people, trade, history, culture and values. “The fall in oil prices demonstrates just how crucial that relationship is financially: Scotland was able to weather that downturn because of the UK’s broad shoulders.”Tax revenues from the North Sea collapsed, but funding for Scottish public services remained unscathed. That is how our union works: we share each other’s successes when times are good, and shoulder each other’s burdens when times are tough.”center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Selasi hosted a big viewing party for all the GBBO bakers hereSelasi hosted a big viewing party for all the GBBO bakers here

first_imgOn our way to @selasigb and his #GBBO party – best way to watch! @RavSBansal @LouBaraDa @katebarmby @michaelgeo96 @kate_gilliford pic.twitter.com/wsxF3FFybf— Thomas Gilliford (@Tom_gilliford) October 26, 2016 He even sent cars to pick them all up Massive congratulations to @CJ_Brownie – our amazing #GBBO champion pic.twitter.com/CPpPqv7FEZ— Thomas Gilliford (@Tom_gilliford) October 26, 2016  And they were all really pleased for Candice  It was a party full of happy friends 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. Having to bake fiendishly difficult creations in a tent, while trying to avoid Sue accidentally elbowing your cake or a fellow contestant stealing your custard seems like it would breed tension and animosity between the bakers.However, the opposite appears to have been the case this year in the tent, with all the bakers supporting each other. They see each other still even after the show ended. Selasi gives Andrew rides on his motorbike and has traveled across the country to visit Val. Candice has been to visit Louise, and Andrew and Tom have fast become friends. Selasi proved what great friends the bakers all are by hosting a viewing party on Wednesday night to which all contestants were invited.And as they are all social-media savvy, there is plenty of evidence on social media. Look on, friends, and pretend you were there. Selasi knows how to throw a partyJust look at all that pizza…  And posted party outfit inspiration on Instagram What a fantastic winner, montage at the end had me in tears. Go Candice. Go bakers of 2016 #gbbo 😄🙌🏻— Andrew Smyth (@cakesmyth) October 26, 2016 Best people in the world to watch #GBBO final with pic.twitter.com/64rwPUokWF— Thomas Gilliford (@Tom_gilliford) October 26, 2016 Well done my lovely friend, I can’t wait to see what you do next xxx #gbbo https://t.co/cYHgmN6E6c— Kate Barmby (@katebarmby) October 27, 2016  They even had dinner together the evening before, and this is what Val said about it”Having dinner with friends it is so natural and lovely to sit here and listen into their laughter and chatter”.  And it doesn’t stop there – Candice and Jane are going on a baking road trip together, and it looks like the others are going to continue to see each other as well.Maybe they should write a joint cook book! . @selasigb here we come! #GBBOFinal pic.twitter.com/rv7qmUVRif— Kate Barmby (@katebarmby) October 26, 2016 Val practiced her moves for Ayia Napa Having dinner with friends it is so natural and lovely to sit here and listen into their laughter and chatter pic.twitter.com/Vkfr3FGvFn— Valerie Ann Stones (@valstones) October 25, 2016  What a lovely group of friends! I am grateful thankful and honoured! What a crazy few months! You will never know what’s this means to me! 12bakers now friends #GBBO ❤️— Candice Brown (@CJ_Brownie) October 26, 2016 My favourite @valstones getting her steps in #GBBOFinal pic.twitter.com/p2qa1jXnNg— Louise Williams (@LouBaraDa) October 26, 2016 We’ll all miss the bakers of 2016. Candice and Liam you are both such a great couple a well deserved win 😘👍 https://t.co/CQicJMm2gK— Valerie Ann Stones (@valstones) October 26, 2016last_img read more

Cecil Rhodes effect Queen Mary University removes King Leopold II plaques afterCecil Rhodes effect Queen Mary University removes King Leopold II plaques after

first_imgThe “Cecil Rhodes effect” is creating a chilling atmosphere around the country, experts fear, after it emerged that Queen Mary University of London quietly removed a foundation stone laid by King Leopold II amid student complaints that he was a “genocidal colonialist”.Within weeks of the launch of a petition by the university’s Pan-African Society calling for the foundation stone and commemorative plaque to be taken down, the institution’s authorities yielded to the activists’ demands.King Leopold II, who was a first cousin of Queen Victoria, ruled Belgium from 1865 to 1909. He founded the Congo Free State, now the Democratic of Congo, where he forced natives to work as labourers on rubber plantations. The petition, launched in June, said the plaques should be removed from their “uncritical” place in the Octagon Building and “relocated to a museum…dedicated to the memorialisation of the crimes of genocide, colonialism and imperialism.” King Leopold II of Belgium (1835 – 1909)Credit:Getty Images Dr Joanna Williams, whose book  Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity was published earlier this year, said: “When universities start removing plaques and statues on the basis of student petitions, without any broader debate or discussion, where and when do they draw the line?“There are very few who have a completely untarnished record when you start looking back through history.“Roads are named after people, streets are named after people – if you start saying you have to have a completely unblemished past to have something named after you, you could argue that every single building and road would be renamed across the country.” Oxford University student campaigned to remove a statue of Cecil RhodesCredit:Eddie Mulholland “The size and prominence of these inscriptions suggested a strength of association that was never the case, and as such the decision was taken to remove both from view.” A plaque removed from Queen Mary's Oxtagonal Building earlier this year following student protests Harvard Law School replaced  its official crest, because of its links to an 18th-century slave owner, following five months of demonstrations and sit-ins by students. The Octagon Building, Queen Mary UniversityCredit:Queen Mary University The “Leopold Must Fall” campaign at Queen Mary is one of a string of student movements calling for universities to sever ties with individuals and objects associated with colonialism. Earlier this year, Oxford University refused to give into calls from the “Rhodes Must Fall” campaign to tear down a statue of Cecil Rhodes from Oriel College over his links with Britain’s colonial past. However, other universities have been quicker to give into student demands. Jesus College at Cambridge University took down a bronze cockerel statue which had been looted during a British colonial expedition to Nigeria in the 19th century, after students asked for it to be repatriated.center_img Dr Williams,  senior lecturer  in higher education at the University of Kent, said that universities were now so quick to respond to student demands that they were losing their ability to “hold the line”. The actions of Queen Mary University of London set a dangerous precedent of universities giving in to students and “whitewashing” history, she said. “It suggests a fear within the university authorities – as if they are scared of the students and pander to their demands to avoid attracting negative attention.” A plaque removed from Queen Mary’s Octagonal Building earlier this year following student protestsCredit:Jacqueline Banerjee Oxford University student campaigned to remove a statue of Cecil Rhodes 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. Just a month later, the university told students that it had removed them “as part of ongoing refurbishment work” to the Octagon Library.Emma Bull, director of student services at the university, told the leaders of the student protest at the time: “Queen Mary University has no historical ties with King Leopold, other than he visited Mile End in April 1887, and then returned to lay the Foundation Stone in June 1887. The Octagon Building, Queen Mary University King Leopold II of Belgiumlast_img read more

Alex Salmond the biggest scalp as SNP lose 21 seats and severalAlex Salmond the biggest scalp as SNP lose 21 seats and several

first_imgOur manifesto: Real political insight, free for 30 days.Rely on unrivalled insight and sharp analysis from our stellar team of Westminster insiders.Join the most trusted voice in politics. Follow Election 2017 with Telegraph Premium.Start your no obligation, 30 day free trial today. He was first elected as MP for Banff and Buchan in 1987 and represented the seat in the north-east of Scotland until 2010. He has been the MP for Gordon for the last two years.Defeat will be a huge personal blow for such a “weel kent” face in British politics, and comes just three years after he lost the 2014 independence referendum, which led to his resignation as first minister. The SNP also lost Angus Robertson, the SNP’s Westminster leader and another high-profile figure, who was defeated by Douglas Ross in the north-east of Scotland, where fishermen have angrily opposed the SNP’s bid to stay in the EU. Mr Ross overturned a majority of 9,065 to defeat Mr Robertson by 4,200 votes in Moray.The SNP’s Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, a rising star in the party, a close ally of Mr Salmond, and its international trade spokesman, lost her lost Ochil and South Perthshire to the Tories, who were a distant third in 2015. tasmina He also warned voters that he might not be ready for a quiet retirement in Strichen, rural Aberdeenshire, borrowing the words of a famous Jacobite song, Bonnie Dundee, written by Walter Scott in 1825, to make the point.Slightly misquoting the line in the process, he said: “So laugh, false whigs, in the midst of your glee/ You have not seen the last of my bonnets and me.”The actual line, towards the end of the song popularised by the Scottish folk group The Corries, is: “And tremble, false whigs, in the midst of your glee/ Ye hae no seen the last o’ my bonnets and me”. Mike Weir, meanwhile, the chief whip, and an SNP MP for Angus since 200,1 who increased his majority by 8,000 votes just two years ago, was defeated by Tory unknown Kirstene Hair, who took more than 45 per cent of the vote. A disastrous night for the SNP saw it lose its “biggest beast”, Alex Salmond, along with its Westminster leader, its chief whip and its international trade spokesman.The loss of 21 seats, after a high-water mark just two years ago when it took 56 of Scotland’s 59 seats, is a major blow to the party, to Nicola Sturgeon’s leadership and to her ambitions for a second Scottish independence vote.Mr Salmond, the party’s foreign affairs spokesman, Scotland’s first minister between 2007 and 2014 and an MP for 25 years, saw a majority of nearly 8,700 overturned by the Tory candidate Colin Clark as the Conservatives increased their share of the vote in Gordon by 29 per cent.His defeat at the age of 62 comes after a remarkable political career in which he has also been leader of the SNP for more than 20 years, in two separate terms, and an MSP for 11 years. However, the SNP veteran was typically bullish in his concession speech, saying the reduced number of MPs would still be in a position of “very substantial influence indeed”, which would be used in a bid to keep the Tories from power. Angus Robertson, a loser in MorayCredit:Getty Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh failed to hold on to Ochil and South PerthshireCredit:Getty 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. angus robertson Mr Weir, a former solicitor, has held a string of party spokesman roles in Westminster, on business, environment, health and trade and industry.Good news was in short supply for the SNP, but came in the form of two closely contested seats, with Pete Wishart, Scotland’s longest serving MP, winning by just 21 votes from the Tories in Perth and North Perthshire, and Stephen Gethins, the SNP’s Europe spokesman, holding off a Lib Dem challenge by a remarkable two votes in North East Fife. That result was a far cry from 2015 when he defeated Sir Menzies Campbell with a 4,344 majority.last_img read more

Downton Abbey writer hits out at inheritance laws after barons daughter losesDownton Abbey writer hits out at inheritance laws after barons daughter loses

first_imgMs Newman inherits the estate under the terms of the 7th Baron’s will, made before he died in 1941. It stated that if any Lord Braybrooke failed to produce a male heir, the estate should revert to his line. She is his granddaughter. “It seems rather hard on Amanda. She’s lived and worked there all her adult life,” Julian Fellowes told the Sunday Times. Mrs Murray has previously said the law is “discriminatory” and that she was already “doing a man’s job” in running the estate. “It boils down to this,” she said. “If I was a boy, I would be sitting pretty. In Downton Abbey, cousin Matthew Crawley becomes the heir to the estate of the Earl of GranthamCredit:NICK BRIGGS/ITV The creator of Downton Abbey has criticised inheritance laws after a baron’s daughter lost her father’s title and land. Lord Fellowes of West Stafford said that Amanda Murray, 55, daughter of Baron Braybrooke, had been unfairly penalised by laws in the peerage which prioritise male heirs.  Robin Neville, the 10th Baron Braybrooke, died last week, leaving seven daughters – but none of them will inherit his title or the 6,000-acre Audley End estate in Essex.Instead, the title goes to a distant cousin, Richard Neville, 40, director of Bring a Bottle, a price comparison site for alcohol, and the estate to Louise Newman, 56, an art historian. Lord Braybrooke outside Audley End House “My poor father had no son; just lots of daughters. In this day and age, with supposed equality, why am I not allowed to inherit my father’s estate?” In Downton, cousin Matthew Crawley becomes the heir to the estate of the Earl of Grantham The situation was dubbed the “real-life Downton” because of its similarities to a storyline in the TV show Downton Abbey, in which a distant male cousin becomes the heir to an Earl who has three daughters but no sons. The Royal laws of succession were changed in 2013 ahead of the birth of Prince George, and are now gender-neutral. But Fellowes said changing the peerage rules to match was not an easy fix.“Simply making the peerage…the equivalent of the royal family would create a great chaos for many families…whose sons have for 30, 40, 50 years made the assumption of inheriting. One can’t just brush them aside,” he said. Fellowes has previously said it was “outrageous” that his wife, Emma, a descendant of Earl Kitchener, the famous First World War field marshal, had no right to inherit the title when the third Earl, who was childless, died in 2011. Lord Braybrooke outside Audley End House 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

Elderly urged to carry Pet Cards to prevent animals being left aloneElderly urged to carry Pet Cards to prevent animals being left alone

first_imgThe Pet Card is designed to make sure that medics or 999 crews know if a pet is at risk of being left alone because their owner is unwell  Bridgette said “When speaking to members of the local community, I came to realise that I wasn’t the only one who’d ever considered who would look after my pet if anything ever happened to me.”As such, I thought the ‘Pet Card’ was the perfect solution to put minds at rest and I’m thrilled that they’re being distributed nationwide.” Elderly pet owners are being urged to carry ‘Pet Cards’ to prevent animals being left alone if they are taken ill. The wallet-sized, organ-donor style card, created by Co-op Funeralcare, carries details of who medics or 999 crews can contact if the owner is ill or injured and ensures any four legged, furry or feathered friends are looked after.Co-op Funeral Arranger, Bridgette Perks, from Armthorpe, Doncaster, when she realised a lot of her clients were worried about what would happen to their pets if ever they didn’t come home. Rather than direct them to rescue or re-homing centres, Bridgette took it upon herself to start creating ‘Pet Cards’ for the local residents of Armthorpe.Her idea proved to be a success, leading to Co-op Funeralcare rolling them out nationwide. The complimentary cards will be distributed in local communities as the nation is urged to take the simple precautionary measure to ensure their domestic companions are never left alone. The Pet Card is designed to make sure that medics or 999 crews know if a pet is at risk of being left alone because their owner is unwell Credit:epa european pressphoto agency b.v. / Alamy Stock Photocenter_img Helen Chandler, head of funeral operations at Co-op Funeralcare, said: ‘We always support our colleagues in any way we can so when we heard about Bridgette’s great idea there was no doubt that we wanted to roll it out in our Funeral homes across the UK.”We’re always keen to find new ways to support the local community and the introduction of ‘Pet Cards’ will hopefully offer piece of mind to those who need it.”David Hampson, head of pet insurance, said: “Pets are often considered to be one of the family and the thought of them being left alone can be concerning to say the least. Carrying a ‘Pet Card’ is a simple solution to ensure any pet is made aware of if anything were to happen to the owner.”We want to help customers to take responsibility for their pet’s wellbeing and this is a great way to ensure your pet will get the care it needs in the case of an emergency.” 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

Legal bar for convicting healthcare professionals of manslaughter is too low medical organisation warnsLegal bar for convicting healthcare professionals of manslaughter is too low medical organisation warns

first_imgJack Adcock Jack AdcockCredit:Family Handout/PA MPS medical director Dr Rob Hendry, said: “The public and medical profession would expect that extreme cases where there is intent to cause harm or a high degree of recklessness result in prosecution – and we support that. “Most medical manslaughter cases are however more complex, involve systems failures, and are devastating for all concerned.”Dr Bawa-Garba’s conviction is a case in point, and the strength of feeling on this and its implications for an open, learning culture in healthcare, has been palpable.”A striking feature of the law in England and Wales is that intent, carelessness, or recklessness is not required for a conviction.”The legal bar is too low and it is hard to see who benefits – a family has lost a loved one through tragic circumstances, a doctor may lose their career and face a prison sentence, the NHS has lost a valuable doctor, and fear of personal recrimination becomes increasingly embedded across healthcare.”Opportunities to reform the law surrounding medical manslaughter have not been seized.”The organisation recommends the law moves in line with the legal test for culpable homicide used in Scotland,  which requires an act to be “intentional, reckless or grossly careless”.The Government review is being led by the former president of the Royal College of Surgeons, Sir Norman Williams.center_img The legal bar for convicting healthcare professionals of manslaughter is currently “too low”, a medical defence organisation has said. The Medical Protection Society say that a “striking feature” of the law in England and Wales is that “intent, carelessness, or recklessness” is not required for a conviction, and that opportunities to reform the law “have not been seized”.Their comments come in response to a Government review into the use of gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare following the handling of the case of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba.Dr Bawa-Garba was found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter in 2015 over the death of six-year-old Jack Adcock, after he developed sepsis in 2011.A tribunal decided that she should remain on the medical register despite the conviction but in January the General Medical Council (GMC) succeeded in getting Dr Bawa-Garba erased from the register after taking the case to the High Court.However, many doctors reacted angrily to the GMC’s measures, raising  concerns that many of the issues raised by the case – such as dangerous levels of understaffing, failure of IT systems, and staff being forced to work in inappropriate conditions – had been ignored. Last month,  the Government launched the review in manslaughter cases.  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

A disaster from day one Is this the end of Britains firstA disaster from day one Is this the end of Britains first

Britain’s first official red light district has been branded a failure by one of its key architects amid speculation that the controversial scheme maybe on the brink of collapse.The local politician who helped mastermind the zone in Leeds admitted the women working the streets were still at risk of violence and neighbouring residents had seen a surge in sex and drug-taking in their streets, parks and woods, sometimes in full view of children. Kerb-crawling men are meanwhile evading prosecution from the police’s “hands-off” approach.A crisis meeting to be held between residents and the council, police and health chiefs on Tuesday will hear strong calls for the ending of the scheme. “Our argument is that it’s not appropriate to have girls bought and sold on our streets in 2018,” said Claire Bentley-Smith, a resident.Mark Dobson, the executive councillor who helped set up the zone, called for a major overhaul:  “Unless the scheme is seen to work, it will fail and it is failing.”Former international development secretary Hillary Benn, the local MP, has also said the scheme “is not working in its own terms” and has called for a “rethink.” “It was a disaster from day one. Other criminals came into the area quick as a flash. Drug dealers, pimps, even traffickers that brought the women from Romania… the women were given carte blanche and it was like there was a total amnesty on any of the scumbags buying and selling the girls,” added the officer.Leeds managed zone was created in October 2014 in the largely industrial district of Holbeck, with men free to kerb crawl for prostitutes in the area between 8pm and 6am. Sex in public, however, remained an offence against public decency.As a result, residents said it had turned into a “meet-and-greet” area with the prostitutes, 90 per cent of whom are drug addicts, and their clients decamping to neighbouring residential streets, parks and woodland to have sex, leaving behind condoms and syringes that have been found by children.The ward which includes the neighbouring residential area of Beeston as well as Holbeck has seen a doubling in reports of rapes and sexual assaults although council say this is result of increased reporting by the women. Local resident Claire Bentley-Smith set about taking action after her local primary school became scene to condoms, needles and soiled tissues discarded by prostitutesCredit:Charlotte Graham In contrast, A Nordic-style approach in Ipswich following the murder of five prostitutes in 2006 saw a ban on kerb-crawling clear the streets with nearly all of the women still out of prostitution, Brian Tobin, of the Iceni charity, told The Telegraph.  An independent evaluation by the University of East Anglia judged it a “clear and sustained success” in tackling kerb crawling and helping the women. Superintendent Kerry Cutler said they enacted a multi-agency approach to get women off the street “straight away” if they received any alerts about prostitutes, allied to zero tolerance of kerb crawling.By contrast, figures obtained by The Telegraph show the trade in prostitutes in Germany doubled in value to euros 14.6bn after legalisation in 2002, fuelled by an influx of migrants from Eastern Europe. Chloe, 23, a prostitute since she was 16 who was being “pimped” in Holbeck by her drug-dealing boyfriend told The Telegraph: “I don’t know why people think the zone would ever work. All it meant was the dirty bastards came there knowing that they could do anything they wanted to us and loads of men would come to gawp at us and laugh. That’s the bit I hated the most.”Rosa, 26, a prostitute since she was 18, said she was regularly asked for unprotected sex and was threatened with gang rape in front of a community police officer. The zone meant the men were “more cocky than usual because they don’t get arrested and still treat women like dirt,” she said.Last week a prostitute was run down by a client after a row over payment.Among complaints are:A prostitute injecting drugs into her groin in a car in a residential street in full view of a mother of a 14 year old and a drugged prostitute with no shoes on staggering into traffic on a snowy winter’s morning as mothers did their school runs.Businessman Ian Staines who was forced to close for a day just before Christmas at a cost of £10,000 in lost work after a prostitute was caught having sex against the wall of his firm’s building and claimed she had been raped, leading to the area being sealed off. He says he is calling the police three times a week to report breaches of the time limits on kerb crawling.Matthew Sullivan, a father of four who discovered his local wood carpeted with almost 100 discarded needles after seeing a punter disappear in to the trees to have sex. He also recounts a prostitute returning to have sex four times in the space of 12 hours with four different men on a park bench, in a car and in the woods behind his house.A spokesman for Safer Leeds said creation of the zone had led to an increase in reporting of crimes – rising from 7 per cent to 50 per cent reported to the National Ugly Mugs scheme as a result of which there had been “landmark” convictions of people who would otherwise have continued to offend. The data on offences also covered Beeston, which was not part of the managed area, he added. In Leeds, a senior police officer told The Telegraph the force had “given up” and was failing to find a way out of prostitution for the girls who are “dying because of being abused, the drugs and the booze while the punters go home to their wives to watch the football.” Local resident Claire Bentley-Smith He said it had made changes in response to residents’ complaints included a dedicated policing team and increased spending on cleaning. The scheme was under continuous review to meet its aims of finding a long-term solution afters of previous initiatives. “Further steps will be taken and further options considered as appropriate,” he said. Syphilis rates in the city have doubled since 2014, gonorrhoea has marginally increased and chlamydia among 15-24 year olds is up by 30 per cent, and is almost 75 per cent higher than the national rate, according to Public Health England. The prevalence of HIV has risen slightly although new diagnoses are down in line with the national trend. The red light district, launched in 2014, is at the heart of a national and international debate over the most effective way of regulating prostitution to combat trafficking, violence against women and high rates of sexual diseases including HIV. Organisations including Amnesty International, UNAIDS and the medical journal The Lancet called for decriminalisation of prostitution after a 2014 Lancet paper claimed it could slash HIV global rates by up to 46 per cent. However, the laissez faire model on which the forecast was based has been criticised for failing to factor in the possibility that demand for prostitution and trafficked women and girls would expand if the legislative lid was lifted.A Telegraph investigation in locations including Leeds, Bangladesh, Germany and Holland suggests the “hands-off” approach is unwinding fast, creating more harm than it prevents.It reflects a shift politically where a growing number of Tory and Labour MPs are pushing for the “Nordic model” of regulation to be introduced in Britain under which the buying of sex is made illegal while prostitutes are helped to escape the sex trade.The policy is already in place in countries including Ireland, Northern Ireland and France. Proponents say it reduces prostitution and cuts people trafficking as well as helping prostitutes exit the trade. [They] came there knowing they could do anything they wanted to usChloe, 23 As a result, Germany is introducing a new law enforcing mandatory health checks on prostitutes to combat rises in sexual diseases and bans on brothels advertising sex without a condom and on flat rate deals where men pay a fixed sum to have sex with as many women as they want in a day.Holland is also facing a backlash after trafficking trials, the first national protest against the exploitation of women in prostitution, rising gonorrhoea rates among prostitutes linked to unprotected oral sex and moves to introduce a new law to make it illegal to knowingly have sex with a trafficked woman.Additional reporting by Rory HannaProtect yourself and your family by learning more about Global Health Security  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. Health experts say there has been a rise in sexual disease rates due to brothels actively advertising unprotected sex to punters. One of the biggest brothel owners is currently on trial for trafficking, exploitation of prostitutes, pimping and fraud. read more

Thousands of children forced to wait months for wheelchairsThousands of children forced to wait months for wheelchairs

Thousands of disabled children are being forced to wait months for a wheelchair amid “alarming” NHS failures, charities have warned.New figures reveal more than 5,000 cases in which those suffering from spinal injuries and other life-changing disabilities were left without the right equipment for months.Four years ago the NHS signed a wheelchair charter which promised that access and provision should be equal for all “irrespective of age or postcode”.But the new analysis shows one in five children in need of a wheelchair are waiting more than 18 weeks for it, with a postcode lottery in provision across the country.In some parts of the country less than one in three children in need of the equipment received it within this time. And the figures show waiting times lengthened for children with the highest needs, and those requiring specialist chairs.Campaigners said the failings meant children were being left stuck at home, unable to go to school – and in some cases forced into respite care because parents could not cope.Dave Bracher, campaigns manager at the Spinal Injuries Association, said: “These alarming statistics show a continued widespread postcode lottery that is affecting some of the most vulnerable disabled children in society, including those with spinal cord injuries.“These delays inevitably affect a child’s rehabilitation and daily life – such as attending school, contributing to family, and being with friends and therefore has significant long term consequences”. If a child doesn’t have the right chair it means they cannot go to schoolDame Tanni Grey-Thompson Around 82 per cent of eligible children received a wheelchair within 18 weeks in 2017-18, against a target of 92 per cent, according to the recently published official data. This was a slight improvement from 81 per cent in the previous year, but far off a target of 100 per cent set for next March. Children with high or specialist needs waited longer for wheelchairs in 2017-18 then they did in the year prior, the analysis by Health Service Journal shows.More than 4,200 children, two fifths of all those with high needs requiring wheelchairs, had to wait more than nine weeks in 2017-18 to receive their wheelchair once their needs had been assessed – a rise of around 6 per cent in a year.Children in Darlington, Rotherham, Portsmouth, South Lincolnshire, West Hampshire, Southampton, and West Suffolk were among those suffering the longest delays. These delays inevitably affect a child’s rehabilitation and daily lifeDave Bracher, Spinal Injuries Association Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, the former Paralympian who campaigned for NHS England to adopt the wheelchair charter, said major improvements were needed.She said: “If a child doesn’t have the right chair it means they cannot go to school, it means children are harder to handle for parents, it means potentially more respite care.”A spokeswoman for NHS Clinical Commissioners said its guidance had sought to improve outcomes for patients needing wheelchairs “within the current financial context and demand pressures they are facing”.The CCGs with the worst delays said they were working with providers to improve performance.  An NHS England spokesman said: “The new target has been introduced to drive improvements in access to and availability of wheelchairs for children across every part of the country, however there will be cases for example where children chose bespoke wheelchairs which may take longer to arrive.” 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

RSC satire about a Muslim cleric is a dangerous move admits directorRSC satire about a Muslim cleric is a dangerous move admits director

When Moliere’s Tartuffe was first performed in 1664 it was promptly banned due to its vicious satire of Catholicism.In order to guarantee that the latest Royal Shakespeare Company adaptation has a similar “edge”, the French farce about a charlatan priest who tricks his way into exploiting a wealthy family has been set in Birmingham’s Pakistani community, the protagonist a convert to Islam.Iqbal Khan, the director, admitted that satirising a Muslim cleric was “dangerous” and that they expected to alienate audiences.But he said it was felt that as a satire, it was important to update the context as far as possible.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––“This seems to be a play that really speaks to our present condition, he told BBC Radio 4’s Front Row.“It’s set against a religious hypocrite and that has to be dangerous, I think, and a Muslim cleric is obviously a slightly more dangerous context. Setting it in Birmingham… it allows us to be provocative and topical.” Gupta said the play explored various aspects of faith, focusing on Tartuffe who has “cloaked himself in religious robes” and is purporting to tell people the correct way to practice their religion. Amina Ziaas as Dadimaa Pervaiz on stage at The SwanCredit:Topher McGrillis/RSC 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. He added: “We thought it would be more divisive and might alienate more people than it seems to have done but they seem to have really recognised the truth of the situations we are representing on stage.”Anil Gupta, who co-wrote the adaptation alongside Richard Pinto, acknowledged that much of the play’s power is derived from the fact that it “makes the audience a bit uncomfortable”. Asif Khan as TartuffeCredit:Topher McGrillis/RSC He said that to have the desired effect, it needed to tread the same fine line between controversy and entertainment.Gupta, a television writer who has worked on hits such as The Office, the Kumars at No 42 and Goodness Gracious Me, wrote in an article for the RSC: “There has to be an edge, a line that everyone is wondering whether you are going to cross.“One of the privileges and purposes of comedy is to go into those areas that society is uncomfortable with and poke them with a stick.”He told Front Row that the dichotomy between Birmingham and “its posh neighbour” Stratford Upon Avon, where the play opened this week at the RSC’s Swan Theatre, was relevant.“I think there is a feeling that the RSC ought to be engaging with its neighbouring big conurbation and that people should be coming to see these plays,” he added.“They are right on their doorstep. Maybe we want to do more of these things where people see people like themselves up on the stage.” Asif Khan as Tartuffe Amina Ziaas as Dadimaa Pervaiz on stage at The Swan “One of the messages, of the play, which isn’t our message, its Moliere’s message, is that  you don’t need someone how to tell you how to be a good Catholic or a good Muslim – that’s between you and God,” he added.Khan insisted that the play is not a critique of any faith but a “retreat from complexity and contradiction in those who feel disempowered or lost.”He told the Telegraph they had been “very careful” to make a distinction between those with a sincere belief in Islam and the Qu’ran and those who manipulate it to serve their own agenda.“Imran, the patriarch, who is most susceptible, is a man struggling with grief and failing to provide guidance for his children and family,” he said.“Ultimately, one hopes that the audience feels some compassion for this man and are wary of the ‘branders of truth’ as represented by Tartuffe.” read more

Commuters and football fans should have blood pressure tested at train stationsCommuters and football fans should have blood pressure tested at train stations

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. Commuters and football fans should have their blood pressure tested at train stations and stadiums, the British Heart Foundation has suggested. The leading charity has called on health services to provide free-to-use machines at train stations, supermarkets and football grounds across the country. It comes as new research suggests improved diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure could prevent 11,500 heart attacks, strokes and other cases of heart and circulatory disease every year .The treatment of blood pressure – which affects nearly 30 per cent of adults in the UK – has been highlighted as the ‘next frontier’ in reducing deaths related to these issues, a spokesman for the British Heart Foundation said. England falls behind the standards of other western countries, such as the United States, Canada and Sweden in terms of early detection of high blood pressure, according to the charity.Making the call yesterday, Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the British Heart Foundation, said the move was crucial for effective treatment of those suffering from high blood pressure.“It is key that high blood pressure is detected out in the community, and not just in GP surgeries. This means making sure that people can have their blood pressure checked in train stations, supermarkets and even football grounds. The more convenient it becomes, the more likely it is people will be diagnosed and treated,” he said. The charity calculated the figure of 11,500 by projecting Canada’s rates for diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure on to UK statistics. Prevention rates in Canada improved dramatically in the 1990s after the introduction of volunteer-led blood pressure checks in the community as well as in pharmacies. Diagnosis rates for people with high blood pressure in Canada jumped from 13 per cent in the 1980s to 57 per cent today, in part thanks to the programme. In the UK, this rate stands at 34 per cent. The programme was also associated with a nine per cent reduction in hospital admissions for stroke, heart attack and heart failure among people aged under 65, compared to communities that did not implement the tests. In September, the British Heart Foundation announced £1.5m of funding for pop-up blood pressure check points in public places to pioneer the community-based approach. They now hope it will eventually be adopted at a national level. read more

South Western Railway criticised by Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall after refusing to let himSouth Western Railway criticised by Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall after refusing to let him

There will also be restrictions on which cups can be used; the mug needs to be clean and undamaged, have a suitable fitting lid and fit under the water spout of the trolley without the requirement to tilt the cup.Passengers have faced difficulties on South Western trains as they try to minimise their carbon footprint by bringing a reusable cup.One passenger, Katie Dancey-Downs, said she witnessed a farcical scene when she asked for her keep cup to be filled.She explained: “You try to reduce your environmental footprint, and then some businesses just make it so difficult. Just used my reusable coffee cup on @SW_Railway and they filled the thing up by transferring water via a single use plastic cup. I despair. #SouthWesternRailway #plasticwaste.”Another, Katie Lidster, added: “I was told last time my cup was too big. I bought a smaller cup but refused due to health and safety rules. Surprised you (or external company) don’t have a commitment to helping reduce unnecessary waste. I’ll bring a flask next time!” The company is also looking into allowing passengers to use their own cups on board.A spokesperson added that in order for recyclable cups to be used, staff will have to be health and safety trained so they can fill them without being scalded by hot water. A rail company has been criticised after Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall was banned from being served tea in his keep cup – and forced to use a single-use plastic cup – because of health and safety regulations.South Western Rail is one of the only train companies in the UK which does not let passengers use their own cups, so if they want to buy a cup of tea or coffee on board, they have to use single-use plastic.Other operators, including LNER,Virgin Trains and Great Western Railway, do let customers use reusable mugs.The celebrity chef spoke out against the ban, tweeting: “Rail Gourmet on @SW_Railway just refused to make me a cup of tea in my keep cup – saying it’s company policy to use the cups provided. I’ve asked on many other trains (inc Great Western and Cross Country) and this is the first time I’ve been refused. ☹️ #WasteNot #WaronWaste”–– ADVERTISEMENT ––A spokesperson for the company replied that this was due to the “safety aspect”, adding: “the water dispenser doesn’t have an adjustable spout, thus some cups don’t fit safely.”Fearnley-Whittingstall responded: “Surely if other trainlines can do it, so can you.”The rail operator confirmed their cups are non-recyclable, adding they hope to sell compostable cups in the future. 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. Rail Gourmet on @SW_Railway just refused to make me a cup of tea in my keep cup – saying it’s company policy to use the cups provided. I’ve asked on many other trains (inc Great Western and Cross Country) and this is the first time I’ve been refused. ☹️ #WasteNot #WaronWaste 🌍 pic.twitter.com/vKoPdwbYeN— Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (@HughFW) November 22, 2018 read more

Family of World War Two Lancaster bomber reunited with his bracelet 74Family of World War Two Lancaster bomber reunited with his bracelet 74

The crematorium in the Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp as it looks today, preserved as a warning to future generations. The crematorium in the Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp as it looks today, preserved as a warning to future generations. A British Military Court, convened in June 1946 in the Zoological Garden at Wuppertal, found five men guilty of Sgt Habgood’s murder.One was given a term of imprisonment, the four others faced death sentences. Two sentences were later commuted to imprisonment and the remaining two men, whose names are known but do not deserve to be remembered, were hanged in October 1946.   A year later, to the day, NE 164 was shot down, and Freddie Habgood’s voice fell silent.He speaks again now, and we remember him, through a bracelet emerging from the earth. Light shining from the darkness. Sgt Habgood's silver bracelet, given to him in 1943. Sgt Freddie Habgood. Paul Habgood, the nephew of of Sgt Freddie Habgood who, after his Lancaster crashed on a raid in 1944, was executed at Natzweiler-Struthof Concentration Camp.  In the late evening of July 28, 1944, an air armada of 494 RAF Lancaster bombers took off from eastern England to attack enemy targets on the continent.One plane, tail number NE164, launched from an air base in North Killingholme near Grimsby. The target was the industrial area of Stuttgart, but the bomber never made it through.At 01:32 on the morning of July 29, NE164 was attacked by a German Messerschmitt, piloted by Oberleutnant Gottfried Hanneck of No. 1 Night Fighter Wing.With the right wing of the aircraft on fire, Flying Officer Harry Jones steered his plane past the small town of Obernai in the Alsace region and at about 01:50 the Lancaster crashed in a forest.Of the seven crew, F/O Jones died in the crash and Sergeant Idwal Williams, one of the two Gunners, did not survive his parachute jump.The Wireless Operator Sergeant Donald Hunter, Flight Engineer Sergeant James Drury and Gunner Sergeant Roy Cumberlidge were taken prisoner and survived the war in a camp in Poland.Navigator F/O William Dinney, a Canadian, hid in a nunnery and was handed over to the Resistance who helped him escape back to Britain.Sergeant Frederic Harold Habgood, the plane’s bomber, was betrayed by a local woman to the Gestapo. On July 31 he was taken to the nearby Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp and immediately hanged. He was 21 years old. Second page of the letter from the Air Ministry confirming Freddie's death.  Freddie had been survived by his brother, Ronald, older by 13 months, and younger sister, Madelene. Ronald had two children, Marilyn and Paul, but the family had rarely discussed their loss.“Growing up, all we knew was that Freddie had been killed during the war,” says Marilyn, “it wasn’t until I was quite a bit older that I realised he had actually been executed”.“It was never really spoken about. Certainly my father didn’t want to talk about it.”The Telegraph accompanied Marilyn and Paul to France to be reunited with the bracelet. Up to that point they say the story of their uncle had been part of the family fabric, but as neither had known Freddie personally, and his death had been so little talked of, there had been no direct emotional connection.That changed in France. Sgt Freddie Habgood.Credit:JULIAN SIMMONDS Sgt Habgood’s silver bracelet, given to him in 1943. A copy of the letter from the Air Ministry to the family, confirming Freddie’s death. Credit:JULIAN SIMMONDS Paul Habgood, the nephew of of Sgt Freddie Habgood who, after his Lancaster crashed on a raid in 1944, was executed at Natzweiler-Struthof Concentration Camp. Credit:JULIAN SIMMONDS Second page of the letter from the Air Ministry confirming Freddie’s death. Credit:JULIAN SIMMONDS A copy of the letter from the Air Ministry to the family, confirming Freddie's death.   “It feels unreal,” says Paul when he and Marilyn are presented with the bracelet, “it’s incredible it has survived.”“He probably wore it ever since he was given it back in 1943, right through to when he was shot down.”Despite the stoicism, Marilyn suggested the family had felt Freddie’s loss more deeply than they had shown.“I think it was hard for them not knowing exactly what happened to him or whether he was ever laid to rest in a grave of any kind,” she says.“The trial and subsequent punishment of his executioners would have brought some closure to our dad and his parents.” Freddie’s younger sister, Madelene, died in early December this year, aged 93. She had expressed a wish that the bracelet be offered to a museum in Britain. “We would like to have it back here as a family. We would like it to go to a museum for everybody to see,” Marilyn and Paul agree.Freddie had written to his parents on July 29, 1943 from Canada, saying how much he had enjoyed his time with his uncle Harry and aunt Gladys, and of how they had given him his silver bracelet.‘My dearest mum and dad,’ he wrote, ‘I was able to visit aunty Gladys and uncle Harry for a few hours. They gave me a bracelet, with RAF wings and name and number engraved, for a graduation present. I was very sorry to say goodbye and hope that I shall be able to see them again after the war.’ Freddie Habgood had trained in Canada throughout 1943. He had relatives in the country, and for his graduation they had given him a gift of a silver bracelet engraved with his name, service number and RAF wings. On the reverse was one name, Jean, Freddie’s beloved cousin. His family assumed it had been stolen by the Nazis after his murder.In July this year, as she watered the flowers at the concentration camp in France, preserved as a warning to future generations, a local girl saw something glinting in the soil. Although muddy and tarnished, some lettering was still clear and two names were visible. On one side ‘Jean’, on the other, ‘Habgood’.It had not been looted by the Nazis. It had not been consumed by fire or by earth.Incongrously, incredibly, for 74 years the ground had kept the secret of Freddie’s silver bracelet, and now the soil had offered it up. 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

Spotify entrepreneur facing new legal row after brother claims his name wasSpotify entrepreneur facing new legal row after brother claims his name was

In February, Shakil, represented by Hugh Tomlinson QC, argued in the High Court that emails should be blocked.But he lost his bid for an injunction, with Mr Justice Nicklin concluding that the emails hadcaused little more than “annoyance or distress”.The judge said Shakil played a “significant role” in Spotify and was a close personal friend of Mr Ek.But part of his brother’s grievance was that his role within the company and his relationship with Mr Ek was downplayed and that he “varnished the truth” about his influence and position within Spotify.Tanweer now claims he was portrayed as an “obsessive and vindictive individual” in court and wants to clear his name.He is discussing his legal action with lawyers but says he will pursue his brother for defamation, harassment or malicious prosecution.The two brothers have not spoken for 18 months and he admits that the row had “devastated” their mother. Tanweer, front, and Shakil Khan as children  But he adds: “It was only a very one-sided view that emerged in court, a lot of evidence was redacted. I was portrayed as an obsessive, vindictive individual.“My motivation now is to tell my side of the story and fix my reputation. It’s gone past the point of no return.“Of course I’m sad about that but this is how he has treated me.”Shakil told the Telegraph that as far as he was concerned their fallout over the court case ran its course months ago.“I am not aware of any legal action having been brought by Tanweer,” he added. “If any proceedings were brought, they would be completely baseless.” Shakil Khan of SpotifyCredit:Sascha Baumann/Getty Images Tanweer, front, and Shakil Khan as children  The brother of a Spotify entrepreneur is planning a new “David and Goliath” legal battle claiming he is owed thousands after his sibling “maliciously pursued” him in court.Tanweer Khan, 48, an investment banker, says his name was dragged through the mud when his brother, Shakil, sought a High Court injunction to stop him from sending “harassing” emails detailing his criminal past.Shakil, an investor in the digital music service, argued that emails sent by his brother should be blocked in a bitter row as Spotify prepared to go public on the stock exchange.The two brothers had fallen out in 2016, a court was told, when their mother’s house was sold. Tanweer claims his brother, who at the time was in severe financial straits, never handed him his share of the profits.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The row escalated when Shakil, 44, contributed to a podcast last year. Tanweer attacked his brother’s public presentation of his criminal record as “a varnishing of the truth” and the court was told he had been “incensed” when his brother accused their father of beating him up during his childhood in Dagenham.Tanweer sent some 70 messages to his brother, as well as Daniel Ek, the Spotify chief executive, and other associates between late 2016 and 2017, making various allegations that formed the basis of the original court case earlier this year. Shakil Khan of Spotify 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

Two migrants intercepted attempting to cross the Channel in a kayakTwo migrants intercepted attempting to cross the Channel in a kayak

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. Separately, a boat carrying 11 migrants, including two teenagers, was rescued off the coast of Boulogne by French authorities in the early hours of Friday morning after it capsized.The migrants managed to phone authorities and were located by a nearby fishing boat. Some had managed to climb onto the boat’s hull, while others were in the water. “Several” were suffering from mild hypothermia and one had a knee injury but none required hospital treatment, according to the local coastguard.In a statement, regional authorities for the Manche and North Sea said that conditions had been calm near the coast but “agitated at sea”.The local state prefect warned migrants against “crossing the Channel, one of the world’s most frequented zones and thus dangerous for human life”.In July, a man attempting to swim across the Channel wearing flippers was picked up by French authorities and returned to Calais.  Border force yesterday intercepted 30 migrants crossing the English Channel, two of which were travelling in a kayak. Two minors, both believed to be teenagers, 27 men and one woman travelling in four separate vessels were stopped by authorities. They identified themselves at Iranian and Afghan nationals. The migrants were travelling in rigid-inflatable boats and two people were recovered from a kayak. Border Force was alerted to the first incident at around 4am on Friday and deployed a coastal patrol vessel and cutter which intercepted the group. It received a final alert at 7am.The occupants of the four small boats were transferred to Dover where they were medically assessed and deemed to be well. They were subsequently transferred to immigration facilities for interview. A Home Office spokesman said anyone crossing the channel in a small boat is taking a “huge risk with their life and the lives of their children”. Since January more than 60 people who arrived illegally in the UK in small boats have been returned to Europe.HM Coastguard said it coordinated the search and rescue response to a number of incidents off Kent with Kent Police and Border Force. “HM Coastguard is only concerned with preservation of life, rescuing those in trouble and bringing them safely back to shore, where they will be handed over to the relevant partner emergency services or authorities,” a spokeswoman said. read more

Abrams Zuil man wanted for causing death by dangerous drivingAbrams Zuil man wanted for causing death by dangerous driving

Name:                                      Nucklus Singh  Ethnic Origin:                            East Indian Wanted Nucklus SinghPolice are seeking Nucklus Singh, 21, who is wanted for questioning in relation to Causing Death by Dangerous Driving, committed on Chandanie Dass on August, 02, 2014 on the Annandale Public Road, Essequibo Coast.His last known address was Lot 15 Abrams Zuil, Essequibo Coast.It was reported, on the night in question, that around 22:00 hrs on the Annandale Public Road, Essequibo Coast,  Chandanie Dass, 30, of Taymouth Manor was seriously injured as her vehicle collided with a car driven by Singh who was 19 at the time.The occupants of both vehicles were air-dashed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) for treatment. Several persons were reportedly injured. Dass subsequently succumbed to her injuries.According to the Police, persons with information that may lead to the arrest of Singh are asked to contact the police on telephone numbers: 771-4012, 771-5004, 771-4222, 227-2272, 227-2349, 225-6411, 225-8196, 225-2227, 225-0575, 911 or the nearest police station. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWanted man escapes police custody with cuffs on after being caughtApril 19, 2017In “Crime”Truck driver slapped with causing death chargeFebruary 10, 2017In “Court”Man remanded for death of Canadian citizen, son in Essequibo accidentJanuary 23, 2014In “Crime” Last Known Address:                Lot 15 Abrams Zuil, Essequibo Coast Age:                                         21 years All information will be treated with the strictest confidence. read more

CPL 2017 Rashid Ronchi secure Warriors win as Tallawahs knocked outCPL 2017 Rashid Ronchi secure Warriors win as Tallawahs knocked out

The Amazon Warriors’ playoffs chances were hit when captain Martin Guptill left the tournament due to a family emergency. But the Warriors have seemingly been galvanized with the arrival of his replacement Ronchi, who has scored more runs in three matches (149) than Guptill did in the first seven (142).A harbinger of the savage display to come arrived on his third ball when he effortlessly lofted Mahmudullah back over his head for six. After the Powerplay, Ronchi feasted on poor angles offered by the Tallawahs bowlers, as he used nothing but wrist to whip Rovman Powell for a pair of sixes off the first two balls of the seventh over. Kesrick Williams wilted under pressure too. Ronchi soon brought up the second-fastest fifty of CPL 2017, off 20 balls.Ronchi finished with 70 off 33 balls, setting up Thursday night’s showdown with Trinbago Knight Riders for a chance to return to the CPL final for the fourth time in five seasons. (ESPNcricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2017: Calm Williams takes Tallawahs up to second in thrilling finishAugust 18, 2017In “latest news”CPL 2017: Walton, Ronchi ensure Amazon Warriors all but qualifySeptember 2, 2017In “latest news”CPL 2017: Warriors face Tallawahs in 1st home game this eveningAugust 17, 2017In “latest news” By Peter Della PennaGuyana Amazon Warriors 169 for 5 (Ronchi 70, Mahmudullah 3-25) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 168 for 8 (Sangakkara 57*, Rashid 3-32) by five wicketsRashid Khan created history by claiming CPL’s first ever hat-trick Getty ImagesIn a rematch of the 2016 CPL final, Guyana Amazon Warriors exacted revenge behind Rashid Khan’s hat-trick and Luke Ronchi’s cold-blooded 70 off 33 balls to knock out the defending champion Jamaica Tallawahs at Brian Lara Stadium. Tallawahs were on the back foot throughout Amazon Warriors’ chase of 169 courtesy a splendid second-wicket stand of 67 in 5.1 overs between Ronchi and Chadwick Walton, before victory was sealed by a six from Assad Fudadin with 13 balls to spare.Opening questionFor the second night in a row, the decision to open the batting with a player who hadn’t played through the tournament produced underwhelming results. On Tuesday night, it was William Perkins with Trinbago Knight Riders and on Wednesday night, it was Kennar Lewis with Tallawahs.The Tallawahs management decided to drop Glenn Phillips despite four 30-plus scores in seven innings in the competition. Captain Kumar Sangakkara said at the post-match presentation that the reason to include Lewis was because the Tallawahs “had gone soft in the Powerplay”. Lewis managed 15 before he was bounced out by Rayad Emrit, caught at deep square leg in the fifth over.The riddle in the middleSangakkara and Andre McCarthy, a consistent performer for the Tallawahs this season, were pushed down two spots. Rather than giving their two leading scorers the most time to bat, their delayed entry may have cost the side 20-plus runs, particularly since Sangakkara finished unbeaten on 57 off 38 balls.Steven Jacobs benefited most. The offspinner pinched two early wickets in the seventh over, snapping up Lendl Simmons at cover for 34 and then had Mahmudullah four balls later as his sloppy swat to the leg side found Veerasammy Permaul at midwicket to make it 59 for 3.Rashid’s googly hat-trickOn Wednesday night, Rashid created CPL history with the tournament’s first ever hat-trick.First was McCarthy, beaten driving by a googly to begin the 15th over. Jonathan Foo lunged at another googly next ball and was beaten easily as the ball knocked into leg stump.Rovman Powell’s dismissal was the worst stroke of the three, teased into chasing a flighted delivery well outside off that spun back sharply to hit off stump. At 116 for 7, Tallawahs were left with a struggle to get to a defendable total on a night where heavy dew made gripping the ball increasingly difficult as the night wore on.Ronchi the ravager read more

MPs arrest shows high level of desperation of APNUAFC Govt PPPMPs arrest shows high level of desperation of APNUAFC Govt PPP

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolitical vendetta on full display with trumped up charges against Opposition MP- PPP/CNovember 28, 2018In “latest news”‘Call the elections if you are so popular’ …Jagdeo challenges President GrangerJune 13, 2019In “latest news”Ali lauds Jagdeo’s leadership, direction in taking PPP forwardJanuary 29, 2017In “Politics” Irfaan Ali making his way to court on WednesdayThe recent arrest of former PPP Government Minister and Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Irfaan Ali has not gone down well with the Opposition, which says it is not just another ‘act of oppression’ but also a high level of desperation being displayed by its leaders.One day after Ali was released on self-bail for what the PPP says are trumped up charges, Opposition Leader and General Secretary (GS) of the PPP Dr Bharrat Jagdeo said that Ali will remain as the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee as he condemned Government for the PPP member’s early morning arrest, noting that this shows the Administration’s desperation.  “Every time they’ve needed him they could call him, any PPP member, you know that they can call you in at 7 and people would’ve gone in…to show up at his home at 4 in the morning to send a message, this is the vindictive nature of this Government, he could’ve easily gone their anytime in the day” Jagdeo said.Jagdeo surmised that the pending no-confidence motion he filed and the fact that his Party defeated the APNU and AFC at the Recent Local Government polls, were contributing factors that led to this Administration pursuing Ali in such fashion. Media operatives also raised questions following expressed concerns by some PPP members that they are possibly being followed.“They must have been watching his behaviour and patterns, etc to know to show up there early in the morning, so knowing this Government, I will not put it past them to have a unit watching everybody in the PPP” the former President suggested.According to SOCU, Ali “recklessly” sold 19 plots of East Cast Demerara land at Goedverwagting and Sparendaam, below their valued prices for $39.8 million when they were actually valued $212.4 million at the time of their sale. The PPP says the charges follow threats by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan who allegedly told Ali in the National Assembly that he will be charged and Ali’s fellow MP and attorney, Anil Nandall that he will be convicted.Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo“This whole façade that they cobble together in unity and togetherness with late night meetings in private homes and with hastily arranged press conferences at Congress Place with a mob criticizing the reporters, those were just manifestations of them becoming desperate and unhinged and we know that once that happens, the true nature of the leaders would be revealed“ Jagdeo noted.In response to the charges, Ali told reporters that he is confident in the country’s justice system and that he would be vindicated of the 19 charges.“I have nothing to fear. I have served and I’ve served to the best of my ability and I will continue to do so without fear or favour… We will defend this, we will defend everything that they throw before us because we believe in what we did. We did it with honesty and integrity and… the only condition that we did it in was in service to the people of this country,” he posited.Former Attorney General, who is one of the Attorneys representing Ali, had said that none of the charges brought against Ali stated that he profited from the sale of the lands for which he is being charged.Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall“It was a policy of the Government at the time not to sell at a high price…so the charges have no merit whatsoever but they have been in the public domain for the past two years and suddenly, out of the blues, just before the budget debate begins and after the filing of a no-confidence motion you find one of our members in the National Assembly being prosecuted at the level of the Privileges Committee, you have Ali being arrested at four in the morning for charges that were in the air for two years” Nandlall condemned. read more