OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) dribbles the ball during a game against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorMany dream, but only few get the opportunity to play the game they love for a living. After a successful four years stepping on the court for the Ohio State women’s basketball program, Ameryst Alston will now have the chance to do just that.Alston, a 5-foot-9 combo guard, was selected as the No. 24 overall pick in the second round of the 2016 WNBA draft Thursday evening by the New York Liberty. With the WNBA’s season beginning June 5, Alston will move out to New York City to begin the new chapter in her basketball career.As a Buckeye, Alston was an essential piece to the roster, immediately having an impact on the team’s success when she arrived to Columbus.Not only did Alston help lead the Scarlet and Gray to wins, but also solidified her name in the program’s record books.To start, Alston scored her 2,000th career point in her senior campaign, finishing as the No. 4 scorer in program history with 2,165 total points. She also ranks No. 7 in career assists with 455 and No. 3 in games played with 134.The Canton native was recognized throughout her collegiate career at the conference and national levels. Alston was selected to the All-Big Ten freshman team her first year with OSU, honored on the All-Big Ten first team three times and earned national player of the week for the week of Feb. 15.Alston is the first Buckeye to get drafted in the WNBA since Samantha Prahalis in 2012, who was selected as the sixth overall pick by the Phoenix Mercury.
As we all know, one of college football’s most anticipated games is upon us. The Buckeyes will face the Trojans in the ‘Shoe this weekend, to try and gain some revenge after their defeat in Southern California last year. We all know what Ohio State fans are talking about, revenge, home field advantage, freshman quarterback, new defense, etc. But what about those USC fans? What are they talking about? Roy Manukyan is a junior at the University of Southern California studying accounting. He has grown up in the Los Angeles area and has always been a USC fan. A year ago, Roy was predicting big things out of running back Joe McKnight, and predicting a close USC win over Ohio State. But after last year’s performance, what are students at USC thinking and feeling about this weekend’s big show? “USC students are confident and excited,” Manukyan said. “Because of the result of the last game, there seems to be a lower level of excitement than a year ago. There is no question, however, that this game is much more meaningful to the future of the USC Trojans.” However, Maukyan was a little more hesitant to admit personal belief in an easy USC victory. “We are expecting a victory, though my personal opinion is that it is going to be much more difficult than most students anticipate,” he said. Coach Jim Tressel is highly regarded around Ohio State, but lately, some have been questioning his decision-making. Tressel does not have a great record in non-conference games on the national stage. But, nonetheless, you can find t-shirts that read “In Tressel we Trust,” or posters boasting Tressel’s impressive record against Michigan. Coach Pete Carroll is arguably one of the most impressive and successful coaches in college football, and that idea is not lost on USC students. “The general mantra around campus is ‘In Carroll We Trust,’” Manukyan said. That is what Manukyan, along with other USC students and fans tell themselves when they consider that USC is playing their first true freshman at starting quarterback in 11 years since Carson Palmer took the reins in five starts in 1998.Matt Barkley, who played and started his first college football game in USC’s season opener against San Jose State, is the first true freshman to ever start in a USC season opener. Barkely was 15-of-19 for 233 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the Trojan’s 56-3 victory over San Jose State. “Most people were holding their breath when Barkley took the field against San Jose State, and after Barkley got over his first quarter jitters he really proved himself to the USC fans,” Manukyan said. “If he can maintain his solid first game performance and keep his veins icy I think he should do just fine.” But, despite his confidence in the young quarterback, Manukyan said that most fans are expecting Carroll to play conservatively against Ohio State, with a lot of runs, screen plays and short passes. “I don’t think Pete is going to let Barkley throw bombs downfield,” Manukyan said. “At least not early in the game.” As for the young and inexperienced Trojan defense, Manukyan said that USC fans believe the core is much more solid than the nation is giving them credit for. “USC has traditionally had problems with scrambling quarterbacks, and I think Jim is going to let Pryor be Pryor,” Manukyan said. “But, one thing that Jim is not going to do is let Pryor throw the ball anywhere within twenty feet of Taylor Mays.” It shouldn’t come as a surprise that USC fans are confident in their team and coach. But with a freshman quarterback and a defense that is missing eight of last season’s starters, everything is up in the air heading into this weekend’s battle. Luckily for the Buckeyes, the likes of Manukyan will be in the minority on Saturday as around 100,000 Buckeye fans will fill Ohio Stadium, ready to cheer their team to victory.
#Santa is back home at the North Pole and ready for a nap! Thanks for Tracking Santa with #NORAD! See you next year!— NORAD Santa (@NoradSanta) 25 December 2015 “If adults have been lying about Santa, even though it has usually been well intentioned, what else is a lie? If Santa isn’t real, are fairies real? Is magic? Is God?”They conclude: “Many people may yearn for a time when imagination was accepted and encouraged, which may not be the case in adult life. Might it be the case that the harshness of real life requires the creation of something better, something to believe in, something to hope for in the future or to return to a long-lost childhood a long time ago in a galaxy far far away?” 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. Defending the claims, Prof Boyle, from the University of Exeter, said: “The morality of making children believe in such myths has to be questioned.”All children will eventually find out they’ve been consistently lied to for years, and this might make them wonder what other lies they’ve been told.”Whether it’s right to make children believe in Father Christmas is an interesting question, and it’s also interesting to ask whether lying in this way will affect children in ways that have not been considered.” Parents have been urged to stop pretending Father Christmas is real in case the “lie” damages relations with their children.Spinning stories about Santa risks undermining a child’s trust and is morally suspect, according to two experts.Psychologist Professor Christopher Boyle and social scientist Dr Kathy McKay also condemn the idea of a “terrifying” North Pole intelligence agency which judges children to be nice or naughty.Writing in the respected journal The Lancet Psychiatry, they argue: “If they (parents) are capable of lying about something so special and magical, can they be relied upon to continue as the guardians of wisdom and truth?”In addition they suggest parents may not be motivated by thoughts of their children but a selfish desire to re-live their own childhood. In an article entitled A Wonderful Lie the authors write: “Perhaps the biggest moral breach of the Christmas lie comes with the fact that one day, the truth comes out.”Children must all find out eventually that their parents have blatantly and consistently carried on a lie for a number of years. Children may find out from a third party, or through their parents getting bored of the make-believe and making a mistake; both might affect the trust that exists between child and parent. Dr McKay, from the University of New England in Australia, said there was clear evidence from the world of make-believe in movies and TV that adults looked for a chance to be children again.”The persistence of fandom in stories like Harry Potter, Star Wars and Doctor Who well into adulthood demonstrates this desire to briefly re-enter childhood,” she said.
New Year travellers are being hit by another day of transport chaos as fog leads to the cancellation of more flights amid a warning of severe rail disruption caused by a new strike.A blanket of heavy fog covering the South East on Saturday morning again disrupted planes due to take off from Heathrow, Gatwick and City airports.Although the thick cloud was expected to largely lift ahead of New Year’s Eve fireworks displays, air passengers were warned to check for delays before they travelled.And Southern rail passengers have been warned that services will be “severely disrupted” over the next few days because of a fresh strike by guards and an ongoing overtime ban by drivers.Meanwhile, Public Health England (PHE) warned of an incoming cold snap with temperatures expected to plummet as low as minus 5C (23F) on New Year’s Day.A “yellow” weather warning was also issued in north-west Scotland, with heavy rain and gale-force winds expected to bring difficult driving conditions ahead of Hogmanay celebrations.The Met Office fog warning across the South of England was earlier extended until 10am on Saturday, with drivers being urged to take extra care.Met meteorologist Mark Wilson said visibility in the morning could be as low as 100 yards (metres) after the lingering, freezing fog spread further overnight.He said: “We think it will gradually improve throughout the morning, but it will be a slow process.”Some patches of fog could persist into the evening “but not so much, not as widespread or as dense”.Mr Wilson added that temperatures could drop to minus 5C (23F) in the evening on New Year’s Day but the “short-lived cold spell” should end after the Bank Holiday.He said: “It will turn colder though tonight and New Year’s Day and Bank Holiday Monday, but also there will be more sunshine to enjoy.”Dr Deborah Turbitt, from PHE London, urged people to look out for others, particularly the very young, old and ill, during the cold snap.She said: “Every winter thousands of people die because of their exposure to cold weather and doctors’ surgeries, hospitals and other parts of the NHS are kept busy as people fall ill – that’s why it’s really important that we all do everything we can to ensure everyone stays well this winter.”The blanket of fog covering the South East on Friday morning caused cancellations and delays at major airports, including Heathrow, where around 50 flights were cancelled.Friday’s weather disruption saw 70 departures and 70 arrivals cancelled at Gatwick Airport. There were seven arrivals and eight departures with delays of more than 60 minutes at the airport on Saturday, a spokeswoman said.Gatwick and London City Airport also experienced disruption because of the fog, and passengers were urged to check flight information in advance.A driver and 16 of his passengers were hurt when a coach veered off an M40 slip road and overturned in heavy fog near Milton Common in Oxfordshire at 2.45am on Friday. 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 happened 20 miles (32km) from the scene of a fatal pile-up on the A40 in similarly treacherous conditions on Wednesday morning.Meanwhile, members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will walk out for three days from New Year’s Eve in a long-running row over the role of conductors, while Aslef is continuing with a ban on overtime in protest at driver-only trains.The action will cause more travel chaos for passengers who have suffered delays and cancellations for months because of the industrial action, shortage of staff, sickness and other issues such as signalling problems.Passengers are being advised to check before they travel over the New Year period.Southern said it will have a team of “contingency conductors” keeping key routes open, but services on some routes will be reduced and finish earlier, while other routes will have no services or a replacement bus service.Services on all routes will be subject to possible cancellation and severe disruption because of the on-going driver overtime ban.Alex Foulds, Southern’s deputy chief operating officer, said: “While we will do everything we can to get passengers where they want to go, we have to warn people that journeys may be disrupted and take longer than normal.”Our best advice is to check on the day you travel, particularly if you are heading out to New Year celebrations, as services on some routes finish early in the evening.”We are sorry that yet again passengers will have their plans disrupted by what is pointless industrial action. Our door remains open for meaningful talks and we urge the RMT to see sense and join us in delivering a better railway for everyone in 2017.”RMT leader Mick Cash said: “The solution to this continuing chaos is in the hands of Govia Thameslink Railway – which runs Southern – and the Government.”If the owners, the Go Ahead Group, spent a fraction of the millions they are stockpiling in profits and dividends on staffing and safety this dispute could be resolved overnight. RMT remains available for talks.”Will Southern trains be running on your route?On New Year’s Eve there will be no Southern train services on these routes: Clapham Junction – Milton Keynes; Chichester – Portsmouth/Southampton; Lewes – Seaford; Eastbourne – Ashford International; Oxted – Uckfield; Haywards Heath – Lewes; Redhill – Reigate.These routes will either have ticket acceptance with another operator or a replacement bus service.On Sunday 1 January there will be a Sunday service and on Monday 2 January there will be a Saturday service.On both 1 and 2 January there will be no Southern train services on these routes: Ashford – Hastings; Hurst Green – Uckfield; Havant – Portsmouth Harbour; Clapham Junction – Milton Keynes; Redhill – Reigate.These routes will either have ticket acceptance with another operator or a replacement bus service.On 2 January there will also be a significantly reduced service from Brighton for stations towards Hove, Littlehampton and Havant and Southampton. Services that would have run from London or Brighton to Portsmouth will run only to or from Chichester.
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 failed to win Ms Ruggles’ forgiveness, Dhillon’s behaviour became more erratic and disturbing – with the heavily built soldier threatening to create a fake dating profile in order to smear and destroy her reputation. A young graduate’s kindness and generosity lead to her being brutally murdered by her ex-boyfriend, a Lance Corporal, five days after she turned down the option to press charges against him, a court heard yesterday.Trimaan Dhillon, an army signaller who planned to join the SAS, subjected Alice Ruggles to months of harassment and “emotional blackmail” before creeping into her home to carry out a brutal attack whilst she stood in the shower.Using “technical knowledge” and skills acquired during his time in 2nd Scots, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, Dhillon embarked on a campaign of subterfuge and hacking in a sinister bid to win back Ms Ruggles, a 24-year-old university graduate.A jury heard how Dhillon became infatuated with the 24-year-old after they were introduced online, but later became violent and threatening when Ms Ruggles discovered his infidelity and called off the relationship. “He spoke of cutting off his own arms to show how much he loved her and of writing a letter in his own blood.”Alice might once have loved him but he was utterly obsessed with her – not in a compassionate and loving way. He viewed her as a possession.”Dhillon denies murder and the case, expected to last three weeks, continues. Knowing Ruggles and James were due to meet the following weekend, the court heard how Dhillon returned to his victim’s apartment on October 12, scaling a wall and a window in order to lie in wait for her to return home from work. Concerned by his behaviour, Ms Ruggles contacted the police on October 7 last year, but was given the option to press charges by investigating officers – a choice that the prosecution claimed she declined because she was too kind hearted.Refusing to accept the relationship was over, the court heard how Dhillon began paying late-night visits to her home in Gateshead, Tyne on Wear, from his barracks in Edinburgh, leaving Ferrero Rocher chocolates and flowers for her to discover in the morning.He also threatened to publish sexually explicit images of Ms Ruggles if she refused to rekindle their relationship – but his efforts only caused his victim to put more distance between them. Police at the scene were Alice Ruggles was discovered dead in OctoberCredit:Iain Buist/NCJ Media Standing trial at Newcastle Crown Court, jurors heard how the 26-year-old also began spying on Ms Ruggles when he suspected she was meeting other men, hacking into social media accounts owned by her and an army officer she had met in Germany.It was at this point that Ms Ruggles reported the matter to Northumbria Police, concerned that events were now spiralling out of control.Richard Wright QC, prosecuting, told the court how officers had placed the decision on “Alice’s shoulders” in a move, he said, that ended with fatal consequences.”Sadly the dilemma this young girl was left in is obvious. She was scared and worried by his behaviour but she had cared for and even loved him at one time,” he added. “Generously she decided not to have him arrested and she paid for that decision with her life five days later.”Despite being warned by his regimental captain to steer clear of Ms Ruggles, Dhillon continued to monitor her emails, as her fledgling relationship with new man Mike James, a serving British Officer, began to develop. Even as he lay waiting, the prosecution described how the soldier spent the moments pending the attack attempting to arrange a “casual hook-up” in Durham with a girl he was messaging on the dating app Tinder.When Ms Ruggles finally returned, Dhillon set upon her in her bedroom, before a violent struggle ensued, ending with the former slitting his victim’s throat in a shower situated in the adjacent bathroom.Leaving her to die, Dhillon returned to his barracks with her phone, where he discarded the blade used in the attack.Played a recording of a 999 call made by Ms Ruggles’ flatmate, Maxine McGill, on returning to find her lying in a pool of blood, the jury heard how McGill called out “Alice, Alice,” before telling the operator: “There is so much blood, she is blue, I think she is dead.”In the call she also told the operator she thought Dhillon was responsible for the killing, saying: “She rang 101 and made a statement about her ex boyfriend. He was threatening to do bad things to her and stuff.”Following his arrest, Dhillon told a probation officer in Durham prison that he had argued with the victim and that she had attacked him before turning the blade on herself.”This is an explanation constructed to meet the evidence and is not rooted in reality,” Mr Wright told jurors.”From an early stage the defendant was abusive, controlling and manipulative. Those who knew Alice knew a lively fun-loving girl whose personality had changed in the months before her death as a consequence of her relationship. Forensics officers at the home of Alice RugglesCredit:Iain Buist/NCJ Media
But despite her hotly anticipated arrival at the event, held in a 140ft glass marquee in the Middleton family’s back garden, all eyes were on the bride, who had changed into her second dress of the day, an elegant, white floor-length gown with v-neck and sparkle details.The new Mrs Matthews, 33, wore her hair down in a relaxed style, much as her sister, the Duchess of Cambridge, had done at her own wedding in 2011, prompting guests to remark that she looked “absolutely beautiful”. Outside, under a canopy that protected them from ominously grey skies, the guests duly watched for up to 15 minutes before the heavens opened. One suggested the rain had come as a welcome respite, as the display had perhaps lasted a few minutes too long. For a bride who arranged her day with military precision, it is perhaps unsurprising that Pippa Middleton wanted to ensure that even the waiting staff were as svelte and glamorous as her high society guests.The staff serving food and drink at Saturday’s wedding were all understood to be models.Miss Middleton’s careful choreography extended to the table plan, which decreed that couples should not sit together. There were no exceptions, not even for royalty, meaning that Meghan Markle was unable to sit next to Prince Harry, despite flying more than 3,000 miles to attend.The Telegraph can reveal that Miss Markle, 35, who missed the morning’s church ceremony and champagne reception on the private Englefield estate, arrived at the evening festivities on the arm of her beau, dressed in a stunning maroon backless gown. Meghan Markle attends the Roland Mouret private dinner in Toronto in 2016Credit:George Pimentel The Duchess of Cambridge, who did a sterling job of marshalling all eight young page boys and bridesmaids down the aisle and keeping them in check, read a prayer. The no-expense-spared party was held amid such tight security that guests had to send in photographs and produce a password before gaining entry. On arrival, attendees – who as requested had eschewed fascinators and suit tails for the more glamorous black tie – were asked to step outside for a flypast by a single Spitfire as the glass marquee was considered too hazardous should anything go wrong. The Duchess of Cambridge kept the young guests in order Credit:Justin Tallis /AFP Even the staff at the wedding were suitably glamorousCredit:Justin Tallis/AFP Her fears that her own two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, might play up, went unfounded, although Prince George was deemed “excitable” inside the church, while his two-year-old sister had to be comforted by the nanny after bursting into tears and wailing “where’s mummy?”After enjoying a champagne reception at Englefield House, part of a private estate owned by Richard Benyon MP, guests reassembled at Bucklebury village hall for security checks before being ushered to the Middleton family home for the evening festivities. Accompanied by the choir of Winchester Cathedral, they sang hymns including Be Thou My Vision; Tell Out, My Soul and I Vow To Thee, My Country. Spencer Matthews read a passage from the Paulo Coelho novel, The Alchemist, while Miss Middleton’s brother James read Love Is An Adventure by Pierre Tielhard du Chardin, and a family friend read the Song of Solomon. Duchess of Cambridge, stands with her daughter Princess CharlotteCredit:REUTERS Back inside, the well-heeled guests, among them tennis star Roger Federer, television presenters including Ben Fogle and Tom Bradby, and Princess Eugenie, were guided to servers holding aloft table names, chosen to represent notable places the newlyweds had visited.The staff were hired from one of a handful of specialist companies that pride themselves on providing impeccably trained models and/or actors to serve food and drinks. The dazzling marquee was decorated with an “enchanted forest” theme, featuring a plethora of trees decked with purple fibre optic lights.Attendees had earlier witnessed Miss Middleton marry Mr Matthews in a one-hour service at St Mark’s Church, Englefield, which brimmed with flowers and scented candles. Pippa Middleton and her new husband James Matthews smile following their wedding ceremony at St Mark’s Church in EnglefieldCredit:REUTERS An extra 150 joined the party for dinner, with a menu said to have included trout and Scottish lamb, before the bride’s father Michael Middleton gave another speech. TV star Spencer Matthews, the groom’s brother, is said to have had everyone in stitches.Guests then crowded around to watch the newlyweds enjoy their first dance together accompanied by a saxophonist and a DJ, before dancing the night away while enjoying a single malt whisky bar, photo booths and an astonishing light show that saw footage of the bride and groom beamed onto the back of Bucklebury Manor. But despite happily posing for pictures outside the church earlier, Miss Middleton and her new husband James Matthews, 41, were keen to ensure that no pictures of the evening reception emerged. 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.
Mr Marston, of the leading agency Curtis Brown, part-owned by BBC Worldwide, is one of the executive producers of McMafia, as is Mr Amini, who also co-wrote the script.The drama was based on Misha Glenny’s 2008 McMafia, which was non-fiction and had no central character resembling Norton’s AlexMr Amini has previously said: “Alex doesn’t exist in the book. Literally none of the characters are real.’ The BBC says: ‘McMafia is an original series created by Hossein Amini and James Watkins and inspired by Misha Glenny’s 2008 book of the same name.’The BBC, Mr Marston and Mr Amini deny breach of confidence and copyright infringement. But declined to comment on Mr Varvill’s allegations. Set against a backdrop stretching from London to Moscow and its central character a Cambridge-educated banker and son of a Russian mobster, it had all the makings of a glossy TV drama.Indeed its writer Wilf Varvill alleges there was something all too familiar about the BBC’s drama McMafia.So much so he is claiming it was based to a large extent on his short 2007 film Londongrad.But Mr Varvill says he received no credit for his idea and now accuses the BBC of breach of copyright and confidentiality.In a writ lodged with the High Court in London last week, Mr Varvill, 35, from Putney, claims two independent producers working with the BBC took his short film and turned it into the acclaimed drama McMafia, starring James Norton. Mr Varvill alleges his idea for Londongrad was “shared on a confidential basis in 2009, 2012 and 2013 with agent Nick Marston, and his client Hossein Amini, together with the BBC, in 2011, 2012 and 2014.”In 2014, the project was shelved because another series covering “similar territory” called McMafia was commissioned by the BBC.But Mr Varvill says he became concerned when he realised the same producers who had previously taken “an active interest in Londongrad” turned out to be producers of McMafia. He says he based Alex and his wife on his own family, saying: “I first moved to this country in 1979 after the Iranian revolution. My family had been exiled and I was sent to an English private school while my parents adjusted to their new lives as refugees. This became the basis for the Godman family in McMafia.”However, Mr Varvill, who has Russian family and as a teenager met oligarchs’ sons, maintains the Alex character in McMafia was based on his own Alex in Londongrad.He said: “The BBC say McMafia is based on Glenny’s book, even though the story of Alex does not figure in it. The BBC knew it had already seen a project with an identical premise. That’s why I’m going to the High Court.”Mr Varvill told The Sunday Telegraph: “I’m finding it very difficult to put into words how I feel about all this. It’s very difficult. I’ve had to try to come to terms with what’s happened.” The glitzy but corrupt world of McMafia; Dimitri Godman (ALEXEY SEREBRYAKOV), Oksana Godman (MARIA SHUKSHINA), Alex Godman (JAMES NORTON), Katya (FAYE MARSAY)Credit:Nick Wall/BBC 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.
Over 300,000 children are being taught by unqualified nursery staff, a charity has warned, amid concerns that children are starting school unable to read or write.There are over 10,000 nurseries, playgroups and children’s centres across the country where staff do not have suitable qualifications, according to figures obtained by Save the Children.An analysis of data obtained through Freedom of Information requests by the charity reveals that there is a shortage of around 11,000 early years teachers in England. The warning comes after Education Secretary Damian Hinds said it is a “persistent scandal” that youngsters are starting school unable to talk in full sentence or read simple words.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– He pledged to halve the numbers of youngsters beginning their schooling without the early speaking and reading skills they need at that age. Steven McIntosh, Save The Children director of UK poverty, urged ministers to invest in high quality childcare, arguing that this would ensure children have the relevant skills to start school aged four. “High-quality childcare, led by graduate early years teachers, can ensure children are ready for school,” he said. “Many early years teachers are leaving the profession or are close to retirement and the numbers starting training are plummeting.” Official figures show that investment in promoting early years teacher training is less than one per cent of what is spent on school teachers, he added. Relevant qualifications for nursery teachers include qualified teacher status (QTS) – which is typically held by school teachers – early years teacher status (EYTS) or early years professional status (EYPS), which are broadly equivalent and focus specifically on early years education.Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the National Association of Headteachers, said that early years is the most crucial phase of education, adding that: “If children fall behind at this stage it can prove difficult, often impossible, for them to catch up later, even with additional help”.He said: “It is therefore obvious that the most cost effective way to improve educational outcomes for all children, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, is by investing in early years education.”Children with a poor vocabulary aged five are more than twice as likely to be unemployed at age 34 as children with good vocabulary, research published last month by the Department for Education shows. Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, warned that improving nursery education is a complex task, and should not be reduced to staff qualification.He added: “Parents, and providers who do not employ degree-level staff, know quality is about more than staff’s academic achievements – and that degree is not the sole marker of the experience, passion and in-depth knowledge high quality practitioners need.” Children with a poor vocabulary aged five are more than twice as likely to be unemployed at age 34 as children with good vocabulary, research shows 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.
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 man has been charged with the murder of 17-year-old Jodie Chesney, who was stabbed in a park in east London.Manuel Petrovic, 20, of Highfield Road, Romford, was arrested in Leicester on Tuesday in connection with the incident.He is due to appear at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.Another man who was arrested on suspicion of murder in London on Friday remains in custody, Scotland Yard said.Jodie was in the park in Harold Hill when she was knifed from behind in a seemingly motiveless attack on March 1.She was pronounced dead just over an hour after officers were called at about 9.25pm.A post-mortem examination gave the cause of the Girl Scout’s death as trauma and haemorrhage.Her death has added to the urgency for action to be taken to tackle knife crime across the UK.
The mother of Libby Squire, whose body has been pulled from the Humber estuary, has said she has lost “one of the most precious things” in her life.Lisa Squire has written a harrowing account of her grief following the discovery of the 21-year-old student’s body last Wednesday. She had been missing for seven weeks after failing to return home after a night out in Hull.Writing on Facebook, Mrs Squire said she was “so sorry she could not keep her safe” on the night she vanished.”My baby girl is gone. Gone forever. No more birthdays with us. No more Christmas Days with us. No more family time, all together,” she wrote. “No family should have to endure that.”The mother, from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, said she felt “broken” when considering all those who knew and loved the philosophy and religion student. She said no sister, brother or father should have to endure the agony of such loss. “I love you my beautiful girl with all my being and I always will.”She added that the “worst point” was having to tell her daughter’s boyfriend, Connor, of Miss Squire’s death.”I am so sorry the girl you love the most in the world has gone… He made her happy. She made him happy. That made me happy.” Referring to her daughter by the nickname ‘Pie’, she said: “I cannot thank you enough my darling Pie for making me a mummy. For choosing me to be your mummy. It’s an honour, a privilege and a joy..”I kept you safe for as long as I could and I am so sorry I could not keep you safe on that night. I’m sorry. I’m so so sorry. The discovery of Miss Squire’s body led detectives from Humberside Police to say they were now treating her death as a “homicide”.They refused to release details for “operational reasons” of what was thought to have caused her death. At 23:30 January 31, the student got into a taxi from a city nightclub to travel to her home in Wellesley Avenue.She was spotted 10 minutes later on CCTV near a bench close to her home, where it is thought a motorist stopped to offer her help.Her body was recovered at around 15:30 GMT on Wednesday close to Spurn Point, near Grimsby Docks.Pawel, Relowicz, a 24-year-old butcher from Hull, was arrested on suspicion of her abduction and remains under investigation. Miss Squire’s body was found in the Humber estuary on WednesdayCredit:TIM STEWART NEWS LIMITED 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.
Climate protesters have targeted HM Treasury in Westminster Credit:Peter Nicholls/Reuters Police have begun removing seven glued #ExtinctionRebellion climate change protestors blocking the entrance of London Stock Exchange. Police on site say they can be arrested on two charges – criminal damage and aggravated trespass. @bbcnews pic.twitter.com/RhvfSSefaR— Kathryn Stanczyszyn (@stanchers) April 25, 2019 An 83-year-old grandfather joined activists on top of a train at Canary Wharf.Phil Kingston, Christian Climate Action, is thought to be demonstrating because of concerns he has for his grandchildren. 9:17AMProtests taking shape across City 8:10AMOctogenarian among train protesters at Canary Wharf Police have warned people to expect disruption across the City of London today as demonstrators prepare to “swarm” locations in attempts to disrupt traffic.Protesters are understood to be targeting a number of locations today with Cannon Street, Fleet Street and Bank station thought to be among them. 8:05AMBritish Transport Police “working to remove the protesters” Police have made five arrests as climate protesters targeted Canary Wharf station this morning.The demonstration, the second in just over a week at the DLR station, saw activists climb on top of a train as services were disrupted.British Transport Police said five people had been removed and have been arrested on suspicion of obstructing the railway. Activists have begun demonstrating at various locations across the City of London.Crowds have formed in Bank junction, where protesters are sat in the middle of the road, while some are holding banners that read: “Climate emergency” and “We Can’t Eat Money”.Police tweeted: “We are currently aware of protesters at various locations across the City, including the Bank and Southwark Bridge areas. We have a policing plan in place to manage any direct action.” 9:22AMPolice removing protests from London Stock Exchange Police remove Extinction Rebellion protesters who have glued themselves to the entrances at the London Stock ExchangeCredit:Isabel Infantes/PA Climate protesters block City of London around the Bank of England Credit:Gavin Rodgers Police are here at #CanaryWharf pic.twitter.com/WNl6qsPgN9— Extinction Rebellion 🐝⌛️🦋 (@ExtinctionR) April 25, 2019 The protest at the London Stock Exchange was described as the first in a planned day of disruption in the Square Mile.Activists have glued themselves to two entrances this morning.In a statement, Extinction Rebellion said: “Today (Thursday), Extinction Rebellion will focus the financial industry and the corrosive impacts of the financial sector on the world we live in.”First up the London Stock Exchange where protesters are glued on to the front and back entrances preventing people from entering.” The activists have now been removed from the stock exchangeCredit:Matt Dunham/AP In a statement, XR said: “Many of the most environmentally destructive companies in the world have their stock market listings at the London Stock Exchange (LSE). This institution literally trades in the devastation of our planet.”These include fossil fuel and highly destructive mining businesses as well as those who are creating ecological catastrophe, such as the cutting down of virgin rainforest for palm oil production.”A spokesman for City of London Police, which deals with the Stock Exchange, said: “We are aware protesters have taken direct action in the City this morning. We have a policing plan in place to manage protester activity.”Yesterday, protesters in London agreed to remove blockades and campsites at Marble Arch and Parliament Square before a ‘closing ceremony’ takes place in Hyde Park. 9:46AMAll protesters removed from London Stock Exchange Cathy Eastburn, 51, Mark Ovland, 35, and Luke Watson, 29, were charged and are due to appear at Blackfriars Crown Court on May 16. Today’s protests are understood to be part of co-ordinated action against the financial industry, which Extinction Rebellion claims facilities climate change, to mark the final day of demonstrations in London.Protesters from Extinction Rebellion have glued themselves to the front of the Treasury in Westminster.The nine protesters, two men and seven women, have formed a chain of people preventing people from entering One Horse Guards Road. They include Alan Heath, 55, a research scientist, Jen Witts, 38, a support worker, Sian Vaughan 53, a retired head teacher, Debbie Rees, 57, a gardener and artist, Kef Shimidzu, 55, a tutor, Lucy Galvin, 53, a civil servant and Johnny Woon, 60, who is retired.A further six protesters, five men and one woman, also from Extinction Rebellion also blocked a second entrance to the stock exchange.Among that group is a 42-year-old tree surgeon, Ben Barrage, and Dr Sandy Biden-Hoskins, 64, a doctor of archeology.All the demonstrators were removed. Phil Kingston, 83, said he was demonstrating over concerns for his grandchildrenCredit:Dylan Martinez/Reuters The other protesters on top of the DLR train were Ruth Jarman, 55, from Hampshire, Nick Cooper, 36, who teaches shoemaking at Northampton University, Ian Bray, and Richard Barnard, 45.They held a prayer vigil during their occupation of the train, Christian Climate Action said.British Transport Police said five arrests had been made.The protest is the second to take place at Canary Wharf station after two men and a woman were accused of gluing themselves to a train last Wednesday. Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists have glued themselves to the Treasury, hours after a similar protest at the London Stock Exchange, on a day of protests aimed at disrupting London’s financial district.Nine protesters, two men and seven women, formed a blockade to prevent people from entering One Horse Guards Road in Westminster.The demonstration came hours after activists blocked two entrances at the London Stock Exchange, climbed on top of a train at Canary Wharf station and swarmed roads across the Square Mile.Protests began today at the stock exchange where two men and five women, wore LED signs reading: “Climate emergency”, “Tell the truth” and “You can’t eat money”, as they linked arms outside the financial institution before 7am.Extinction Rebellion named the activists on its website and gave their ages and occupations. Protesters block traffic at Bank Junction during the Extinction Rebellion demonstrationCredit:Simon Dawson/Reuters 10:19AMProtests staged outside Goldman Sachs Activists from Extinction Rebellion have been removed from both entrances of the London Stock Exchange. Extinction Rebellion have said 12 arrests have been made after climate activists demonstrated at the financial institution this morning.According to the group, 10 people who were glued at two entrances were held along with two supporters. Dozens of Extinction Rebellion members have demonstrated outside the offices of bankers Goldman Sachs on Fleet Street in central London.The group is moving down the road and blockading it at short intervals.Protesters are carrying banners and include around a dozen drummers. Protesters glued to the London Stock Exchange are now being removed by police as demonstrations across the financial district take place.Specialists teams were called to the financial institution to remove seven activists outside the front entrance, and six blocking the back one. Swarms of climate change activists are demonstrating across several locations of London’s financial district. Extinction Rebellion said it would focus its efforts on the finance industry “and the corrosive impacts of the financial sector”.In a statement, the group said: “The global financial industry is currently enabling climate and ecological destruction on an almost unimaginable level, and a considerable proportion of this money flows through London.”Crowds of protesters are disrupting traffic near the Bank of England. In a statement announcing the end of its action XR said: “We would like to thank Londoners for opening their hearts and demonstrating their willingness to act on that truth.”We know we have disrupted your lives. We do not do this lightly. We only do this because this is an emergency.”More than 1,000 people have been arrested during the protests which started on April 15, while more than 10,000 police officers have been deployed.The action has seen Waterloo Bridge and Oxford Circus blocked and a “die-in” at the Natural History Museum.A Transport for London spokesman said: “We are aware that there are demonstrations taking place across London which may cause disruption to travel.”The safety of our customers and staff is our number one priority and we’re working closely with the police to manage the impact on London’s transport network. We would encourage people to check their journeys before they travel.” Environmental protesters from Extinction Rebellion glue themselves to London Stock ExchangeCredit:Mason Boycott-Owen/PA 8:56AMExtinction Rebellion looking to disrupt traffic across City of London The protest is part of a planned day of disruption across the financial districtCredit:Isabel Infantes/PA One of the protesters includes 83-year-old Phil Kingston. He participated in the demonstrations, on his birthday, over concerns for his grandchildren.Minutes before, Mr Kingston, a retired Bristol University lecturer, was videoed eating a packed lunch whilst cross-legged on the DLR roof, having climbed up there using a portable ladder with other activists.The 83-year-old’s arrest came just days after he shared a temporary stage with 16-year-old Swedish climate campaigner, Greta Thunberg at a Marble Arch rally. We are aware protesters have taken direct action in the City this morning. We have a policing plan in place to manage protester activity.— City of London Police (@CityPolice) April 25, 2019 Opposite bank station pic.twitter.com/l0p6WNzxEj— Charlotte Maher (@CharMaher) April 25, 2019 Scotland Yard said 26 people had been arrested outside the London Stock Exchange on suspicion of aggravated trespassing.The total number of arrests made in connection with climate protests stands at 1,130, with the current number of people charged remaining at 69, the Metropolitan Police said.Elsewhere in the financial district, protesters climbed on top of a Docklands Light Railway train at Canary Wharf station, while at least one woman glued herself to the side.At least four people, understood to be from Christian Climate Action, were on top on the train holding signs saying “business as usual death” and “don’t jail the canaries”. Police are starting to unglue activists from the London Stock Exchange after demonstrators blocked a front and rear entrance this morning.Specialists teams at arrived at the financial institution while police have put a cordon in place.Extinction Rebellion have warned the operation could take some time because it is “delicate”. 8:30AMWorkers prevented from entering London Stock Exchange Phil, 83, is here to #tellthetruth about his fears for the future of his grandchildren pic.twitter.com/nrJ5j7z5aL— Extinction Rebellion 🐝⌛️🦋 (@ExtinctionR) April 25, 2019 A police cordon is in place while attempts to unglue the protesters take placeCredit:Ollie Millington/Getty Outside Goldman Sachs right now https://t.co/6NL56PUIOJ— Extinction Rebellion 🐝⌛️🦋 (@ExtinctionR) April 25, 2019 Police are trying to remove a woman’s hand glued to a train as protesters targeted Canary Wharf station again during the Extinction Rebellion protests.Activists climbed on top of a DLR train this morning, while Diana Warner attached her hand to one of the windows.Police are in the process of trying to remove the demonstrators. 8:34AMFemale protester glues herself to DLR train A police officer tries to remove the hand of protester Diana Warner, glued to a trainCredit:Dylan Martinez/Reuters 9:27AMFive arrests at Canary Wharf station Climate change activists held up banners on the roof of a DLR train at Canary Wharf stationCredit:AFP Extinction Rebellion protesters formed a road protest outside Goldman SachsCredit:Joe Newman A man takes part in a demonstration at the London stock exchange during an Extinction Rebellion protestCredit:Simon Dawson/Reuters 8:39AMProtesters being unglued from London Stock Exchange 9:53AMSquare Mile targeted by climate change protesters The disruption is expected to last for most of the dayCredit:Gavin Rodgers Activists climbed on top of a train at Canary Wharf stationCredit:Jack Hardy Officers from the British Transport Police say they are responding to the demonstration at Canary Wharf.The force said specialist units had been deployed to the scene and it was working to “remove the protesters”.The Docklands Light Railway said it was operating with “minor delays” because of the “customer incident” at Canary Wharf.In a statement, BTP said: “Shortly after 7.15am this morning (25/04) officers from British Transport Police were called to Canary Wharf station after a number of protesters had climbed on top of a Docklands Light Railway (DLR) service. “Specialist units trained in protester removal were immediately deployed and are now working to safely remove those obstructing the DLR service. There are no arrests at this time. “Some DLR services may be disrupted while teams respond, please check with Transport for London before you travel.” A horn sounds bringing the @ExtinctionR Bank Junction blockade to a close. With demos at the @LSEplc and #CanaryWharf station to a standstill @itvnews pic.twitter.com/Ylg9hRyiP9— Tyrone Francis (@TJFrancisLive) April 25, 2019 We are currently responding to a protest incident at Canary Wharf station where a @LondonDLR service is being obstructed.Specialist units are on scene who are working to remove the protesters. Please check with @TfL for travel update. pic.twitter.com/BgKz8DI9PG— British Transport Police (@BTP) April 25, 2019 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.
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 was charged on June 6 and will appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on June 21 for his first hearing.Earlier this year self styled yellow vest protester James Goddard appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, where he was charged with harassing the MP by calling her a “Nazi” and a “traitor”.Goddard maintains his innocence and is expected to rely on a defence of “fair comment”. He is due to appear for a two-day trial on July 19, at which Ms Soubry is expected to be among the witnesses. A second man has been charged with harassment after former Conservative MP Anna Soubry was taunted outside Parliament.Brian Phillips, 55, of Dale View, Erith, south-east London, was charged by post with harassment of an MP between December 19 last year and January 7.He has been summoned to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on June 21.Soubry, who is now the leader of the Change UK party, was allegedly targeted outside Parliament during live television interviews on College Green in January.A Crown Prosecution Service spokesman said: “Following a review of the evidence by CPS London South, we authorised the police to charge Brian Phillips, 55, with one count of harassment.
The knives (and probably forks) are out for Annabel Karmel. The celebrity chef’s recipes have fed Britain’s toddlers for almost three decades – but now an American-owned rival could, she says, put her out of business in the battle of the children’s ready meal. Ms Karmel, 62, best-selling author of children’s cookbooks, has run a highly successful ready meals brand for toddlers that is sold in supermarkets. But one of her main competitors – selling under the brand Little Dish – went to court last week in an attempt to prevent a food manufacturer from supplying Annabel Karmel’s brand with such staples as her Scrummy Fish Pie and Fruity Chicken Korma and Rice. Little Dish had signed an exclusive…
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTruck driver slapped with causing death chargeFebruary 10, 2017In “Court”Herstelling man crushed to deathJune 25, 2017In “Crime”Wanted man escapes police custody with cuffs on after being caughtApril 19, 2017In “Crime”,A pedestrian was killed on Monday night after he was run over by a car, which was driven by a 21-year-old man from Johanna Cecelia village, on the Essequibo Coast. The accident occurred on the Adventure Public Road at around 19:30hrs.Dead: Ashuk DassThe pedestrian, who has been identified as Ashuk Dass, 56, of Adventure village, was reportedly last seen imbibing on Monday evening. The driver of motor car, PVV 4390, was proceeding East around the northern side of the Adventure access road and was about to take a left turn when he allegedly ran over the pedestrian.After the impact, the man reportedly came out of the vehicle and saw Dass lying motionless on the road. He immediately rendered assistance and took him to the Suddie Public Hospital. However, Dass was pronounced dead on arrival by doctors.According to eyewitnesses who converged on the scene, they saw the man lying on the road and it appeared as though he sustained severe injuries to his face. Villagers also reported that they had seen Dass in the area earlier in the evening, watching a game of cricket.According to the dead man’s sister, Nirupa Dass, she last saw her brother on Monday evening. She explained that the man lives alone and that she would usually cook for him.The deceased, a father of one, has been separated from his wife for some time and was said to be in the habit of drinking alcohol and was always roaming the area. His body was taken to the Suddie mortuary where it awaits a post-mortem examination.The car involved in the accident which killed DassSeventeen-year-old Iftikar Ishmael, a mechanic from Lot 36 Vilvoorden, Essequibo Coast, also lost his life in an accident on Sunday, which occurred on the Airy Hall Public Road. That accident involved a motor lorry, GNN 6695, owned and driven by 30-year-old Balwant Mohabeer, a truck driver of Lot 52 Zorg, Essequibo Coast. Mohabeer is presently in Police custody assisting with investigations.Ishmael was the eldest child for his parents. His body is also at the Suddie mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination. A pedestrian was killed on Monday night after he was run over by a car, which was driven by a 21-year-old man from Johanna Cecelia village, on the Essequibo Coast. The accident occurred on the Adventure Public Road at around 19:30hrs.Dead: Ashuk DassThe pedestrian, who has been identified as Ashuk Dass, 56, of Adventure village, was reportedly last seen imbibing on Monday evening. The driver of motor car, PVV 4390, was proceeding East around the northern side of the Adventure access road and was about to take a left turn when he allegedly ran over the pedestrian.After the impact, the man reportedly came out of the vehicle and saw Dass lying motionless on the road. He immediately rendered assistance and took him to the Suddie Public Hospital. However, Dass was pronounced dead on arrival by doctors.According to eyewitnesses who converged on the scene, they saw the man lying on the road and it appeared as though he sustained severe injuries to his face. Villagers also reported that they had seen Dass in the area earlier in the evening, watching a game of cricket.According to the dead man’s sister, Nirupa Dass, she last saw her brother on Monday evening. She explained that the man lives alone and that she would usually cook for him.The deceased, a father of one, has been separated from his wife for some time and was said to be in the habit of drinking alcohol and was always roaming the area. His body was taken to the Suddie mortuary where it awaits a post-mortem examination.The car involved in the accident which killed DassSeventeen-year-old Iftikar Ishmael, a mechanic from Lot 36 Vilvoorden, Essequibo Coast, also lost his life in an accident on Sunday, which occurred on the Airy Hall Public Road. That accident involved a motor lorry, GNN 6695, owned and driven by 30-year-old Balwant Mohabeer, a truck driver of Lot 52 Zorg, Essequibo Coast. Mohabeer is presently in Police custody assisting with investigations.Ishmael was the eldest child for his parents. His body is also at the Suddie mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination.
(Jamaica Observer) Triple world record holder Usain Bolt will face a massive test today as he lines up in the men’s 100m at the Monaco Diamond League meeting in the principality, his final tune-up before the IAAF World Championships in London starting in just under two weeks’ time.In his final season of competitive racing, Bolt has raced sparingly this season with just two 100m races — at the Racers Grand Prix in Kingston last month and then at the Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava. He has looked far from his fluid best in both, failing to get under the 10.00-second barrier.After the race in Ostrava, Bolt expressed some discomfort with his back, which prompted a visit to Germany to see his long-time doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt, and two days ago pronounced himself ready to go.As if to add intrigue to the race today, news broke on Wednesday that Olympic medallist Andre De Grasse of Canada was replaced in the race at the behest of Bolt, who would rather not face such a strong test.Bolt’s camp has reportedly dismissed the claims, but he will still face a formidable test in the in-form South African speedster Akani Simbine, who has dipped under 10.00 seconds eight times already this season, with his two best times of 9.92 seconds and 9.93 seconds achieved at high altitude.American Isiah Young and Great Britain’s Chijindu Ujah, both of whom have also ran under 10.00 seconds this season, will also line up, as well as Jamaican Olympic 110m hurdles gold medallist Omar McLeod.In the event the men’s 100m fail to add sparkle to the meet, the men’s 400m is expected to produce fireworks with three Africans set to battle out for the podium places.World record holder and Olympic champion Wayde Van Niekerk will face off against Babaloki Thebe and Isaac Makwala, both of Botswana, in what should be a fast race.The other three Jamaicans participating at the meet will be Danielle Williams, who will defend her World Championships 100m hurdles title in London triple jumper Kimberly Williams and intermediate hurdler Leah Nugent.Williams will face a loaded field that resembles a major championship line-up, including the five fastest women so far this season.World record holder and world leader Kendra Harrison leads the way, along with compatriots Jasmin Stowers, Sharika Nelvis and Nia Ali, as well as the ever-improving Australian Sally Pearson could provide the best competition of the meet.Kimberly Williams continues to improve after an injury layoff and will face Colombian Caterine Ibarguen, the best triple jumper in the world over the last three years, Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela and Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan.Nugent, a finalist in the Olympic 400m hurdles, will line up in the 400m hurdles. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedA Royal Affair: Sprint king Bolt meets hurdles king McLeod over 100m in MonacoJuly 20, 2017In “latest news”Bolt will only run 100m and 4x100m in London farewellJuly 19, 2017In “latest news”Bolt to run in Monaco before World ChampsJune 21, 2017In “latest news”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWorld Cup 2019 winners to get US $4 millionMay 17, 2019In “latest news”Windies Women to play for increased prize moneyJune 20, 2017In “latest news”NCN has sole broadcast rights of FIFA World Cup 2014May 24, 2014In “Sports” KOLKATA, India (AFP) — The 32 national teams competing at the 2018 World Cup will share US$400 million (344 million euros) in prize money, a 12 per cent increase from the 2014 tournament, FIFA said Friday.The purse at the previous edition in Brazil was US$358 million — US$35 million of which was awarded to champions Germany, with runners-up Argentina pocketing US$25 million.By contrast, countries who failed to advance beyond the group stage received US$8 million.At a meeting of the FIFA council in Kolkata, world football’s governing body also approved a decision to enhance the bidding regulations for the 2026 World Cup and appointed members of the bid evaluation task force.Dates for several upcoming FIFA tournaments, including next year’s Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France, were also confirmed.The 2018 Club World Cup will run from December 12 to 22, while the Women’s World Cup in 2019 is scheduled to start on June 7 with the final to take place on July 7.
…and GECOM ChairThe Appellate Court just AFFIRMED President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of Justice James Patterson as Chairman of GECOM!! The backwards slide into the Imperial Presidency of Forbes Burnham continues apace, since we’re back to having the President selecting whomever he damn well pleases to the crucial position of the individual exercising the casting vote on electoral matters.For a country as divided as we are between matching blocks – and having the sordid history of the PNC massively and flagrantly rigging elections to stay in power and exclude the “other half” – the decision makes a mockery of the efforts to institute a system that would include both sides. What the Court decreed, in effect, is the President doesn’t even glance at the list of six persons submitted by the Opposition Leader. He can just toss it into the garbage bin and blithely choose the person he wanted to from the beginning!It smacks of the days before “meaningful consultation” was constitutionally defined and Burnham just had to “consult” with Opposition Leader Jagan on crucial decisions. He’d call up Jagan, enquire about the weather, and gleefully chortle to his attendees that he’d just “consulted” Jagan!!While the Appellate Court purported to give the proper “normative” basis for their decision by alluding to the “intent” of the framers, they completely ignored the historical context. They referred only to the impact on the President’s prerogative of the rule that a list of six nominees must be presented by the Opposition Leader. So what’s the Opposition Leader? Chopped liver?The “Carter Formula” gave substance to the fact that the latter is also a constitutional office like the Presidency. So, in the circumstances that led to the acceptance of consultation by both the PNC and PPP, he was given due consideration in light of the nature of politics in Guyana, so as to give legitimacy to the results of elections. It is a historical fact that when the Premier/President, under the prior rule, could unilaterally choose the GECOM Chair – once he was a Judge — Burnham picked individuals who were slavishly loyal to him, and rigged elections with impunity!! Does anyone in Guyana – including the three Justices who just made that decision – believe otherwise of Patterson?He’s totally unacceptable to the Opposition Leader. Doesn’t this mean anything to the “Justices”? If, as one of them said, the President’s choice should be subject to the “reasonable man’s test”….shouldn’t his rejections from the list also be subjected to this test??Which reasonable man can justify rejecting Major General (retd) Joe Singh – who’d already served with distinction as GECOM’s Chair?Oh Judgement, thou art fled to savage beasts!!…on sugarHow’d you respond to President Granger’s declaration to Parliament: “Sugar workers have not been abandoned to an uncertain future”??!! Since we know he isn’t living in some parallel universe, we have to assume he thinks sugar workers’ brains have gone soft after fetching 3 tonnes of cane daily for years!! He unilaterally fired 5700 sugar workers from GuySuCo and another 2000 from private cane farmers in an economy that isn’t creating jobs, and can he say their future isn’t “UNCERTAIN”??He said, “The Government will continue to work diligently to ensure that the displaced workers are provided with opportunities to participate actively in other sectors of the economy. These include production and processing of rice and other crops, livestock, fisheries, construction, manufacturing, services and mining.” Continue to work?? Two years after the firings, not even a penny’s been allocated for such activities!! Are workers to simply trust his words?? In fact, it took a year of militant action by workers to finally have moneys allocated for their SEVERANCE pay – which is LEGALLY owed to them!!Who does he think he’s fooling? Nagamootoo?…and oilOfficially, five Ministries are under the Presidency. And with Ramjattan in charge of just the 2am bar curfew, the President also handles Security.Now with the Oil Portfolio, does he need Ministers? But then, they’re all his “creatures”!! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: A political problem…January 6, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”GECOM Chair: New list will be submitted soon- TeixeiraMarch 29, 2017In “latest news”Granger’s “fortified democracy” far from reality – PPPJuly 26, 2019In “latest news”
Around the world it is reassuring to see mining companies and mining executives taking positive action against the bully tactics and illegal activities of anti-mining NGOs and others. Legal action in justified cases is one thing, illegal and dangerous actions that are wholly self-serving to the anit-mining cause are quite another.Just this weekend, New Zealand coal producer Solid Energy said on Sunday that it “stands 100% by its use of security advisors to help protect its people, its property and its business against the ongoing and increasingly illegal activities of environmental activists.” The company’s CEO hit back hard following an article in the Sunday Star Times: “All businesses gather a wide range of information to protect themselves against risk. We’re no different; one of our significant risks is the illegal activities of these activists, which are specifically designed to cause us maximum economic damage. As part of our security risk management we employ advisors, including Thompson & Clark Investigations, to provide us with information and advice to manage and minimise these sorts of risks to our business. “We contract with them on the same basis as all our other consultants and contracts; that all the activities they carry out are legal, ethical and moral. We are fully satisfied that all TCIL’s and others’ work for us complies with this requirement. “Time and time again over the last two years activists have tried to damage our business. These people are not peaceful, legitimate critics or protestors. These groups include anarchists who have stated publicly that they believe they do not need to act within the laws of New Zealand. Their actions have repeatedly broken the law, and part of their purpose is to intimidate staff and others associated with our company. “Activists have repeatedly harassed our staff. In recent weeks they have also harassed and attacked the home of one of our directors. Just on Friday two activists were seen, by a number of staff,filming and ‘casing’ our Christchurch office from the street. They have shown they are willing to endanger their own lives and others by chaining themselves to railway lines and by camping out in an area closed for public safety reasons due to blasting.“This occupation of the blasting zone was the tipping point that forced us to cancel export shipments with the potential loss of NZ$25 million to the company. We have a responsibility to take appropriate steps to protect our business and the public investment in our company against illegal and inappropriate activities. We have been doing this and we will continue to do so”.“We will not discuss any details of our security arrangements, as this would prejudice and disadvantage our ability to carry out our commercial activities. However I would like to be absolutely clear. We stand behind Thompson & Clark Investigations and their work for us. Their activities are legal, moral and ethical, and they conduct their business in compliance with their industry standards which are widely accepted and consistent with international practices. These are standards which the activists do not have and could not comply with.“Solid Energy treats the security of our business and the safety of our staff extremely seriously. We will do whatever is appropriate to ensure our staff and contractors work in a safe environment, to protect our property and to minimize disruption to our business. None of this should come as any surprise. It’s what businesses do. Those who claim otherwise are simply trying to mask their own true objectives which are to maximize the damage to our business. Their pathetically contrived outrage is totally without any legal, moral or ethical justification.”
The ICMM’s 2007 Annual Review describes some of the highlights of the past year. The report records how ICMM works to address key issues that affect the mining and metals sector, providing a benchmark for good industry practice. Addressing industry challenges informed all of its work throughout 2007, highlights of which include:Environment: A workshop on Good Practice Guidance for Mining and Biodiversity was held in Accra, Ghana, bringing together researchers, consultants, engineers, scientists, NGOs, and policy makers to discuss global environmental issues relating to resource exploitation and consumptionSocio-economic Development: Pilot projects with company, government and development agency involvement were initiated in Peru, Ghana and Tanzania as part of phase 3 of the Resource Endowment initiative which aims to improve the economic development outcomes from mining investmentHealth and Safety: The Setting and Use of Occupational Exposure Limits – Current practice, was published by ICMM, reviewing current national or regional methodologies for setting occupational exposure limits for workersMaterials Stewardship: Metals Environmental Risk Assessment Guidance (MERAG) and Health Risk Assessment Guidance for Metals (HERAG) were publishedRelationships: ICMM was cited in the communiqué of the G8 conference held in Heiligendamm, Germany, in June. The new Chairman of ICMM, Brad Mills (also CEO of Lonmin) was appointed last year. On page 18 of the review, Brad talks about his new role and some of the challenges he identifies for ICMM and the mining and metals industry in the year ahead.The ICMM Annual Review 2007 is available from http://info.icmm.com/ve/ZZ6870I8364B8571zV668/stype=click/OID=7083415170400/VT=0To request printed copies of the report, please e-mail email@example.com.
Colorado Goldfields is developing a dry stack approach for tailings disposal at its Pride of the West Mill. Although used extensively in other parts of the world, such as Chile and Mexico, this is an innovative method of tailings disposal for the US and Colorado. Mines using dry stacking in the US include: Greens Creek, Pogo, Nixon’s Fork, and Kensington: all located in Alaska. Elsewhere TVX Gold in Montana, JR Simplot in Idaho, and Mineral Ridge in Nevada dry stack talings. “This approach to tailings disposal should remove all regulatory agency concerns surrounding the existing tailings ponds since those ponds will be reclaimed. Furthermore, and maybe even more importantly, this approach will increase the ultimate useful life and financial viability of the mill by several years,” stated Stephen C. Fearn, consulting Registered Professional Engineer for Colorado Goldfields.Lee Rice, President & CEO of the company, described dry stack plan and its importance: “Moving forward we will develop a dry stack method of tailings disposal as part of a new permit amendment.In a filtered tailings or dry stacking system, the mill tailings are filtered (de-watered) to remove approximately 85% of the water at the mill plant itself. The resulting material is approximately 85% solids and 15% water and can be transported by belt conveyor or trucks to a disposal area where they can be placed in an environmentally contained area and handled with earthmoving equipment. “Utilising this approach for tailings disposal will remove some of the issues associated with our prior permit amendment, such as:Providing improved long term geotechnical stability of the tailings disposal areaReducing concerns about potential seismic activityGreatly reduce environmental risks of contamination of ground and surface waterMaking overall compliance with environmental regulations much more efficient and straight forward.“We will also realise some immediate benefits from this dry stack approach, such as:Smaller environmental footprint for tailings disposal areaSmaller operating area at any one time, which is easier to manageVastly improved management of tailing disposal operations during winter season, which is approximately seven months of the yearFacilitates the ability to use tailings for mine backfill to improve underground ore extraction efficiency and reduce need for additional tailings disposal areaConserves water use in the milling processLower long-term environmental liability from possible failure of conventional tailings dam structures.