first_imgRobert MaudsleyDubbed Hannibal the Cannibal, Maudsley killed four people including three while in prison. He tried to eat part of the brain of one of the men he killed. He was jailed for life in 1977.John ChildsConvicted of the contract killings of six people, Childs was jailed for life in 1979.Dennis NilsenA civil servant, Nilsen murdered and dismembered 15 young men at his home in North London. He was jailed for life in 1983 and successive Home Secretaries have ruled he should never be released.Arthur HutchinsonMurdered three people after gatecrashing a wedding reception in Sheffield in 1983. Issued with a whole life tariff by a Home Secretary.Jeremy BamberFound guilty in 1986 of shooting dead his adoptive parents, sister and six-year-old twin nephews. Whole life tariff set by a previous Home Secretary.Anthony EntwistleRaped and murdered a teenage girl in Blackburn in 1988 just days after being released from prison for a previous rape. Given a whole tariff by the then Home Secretary.Victor MillerAbducted and killed a 14-year-old boy in Worcestershire in 1988. Police believe he was responsible for 30 unsolved sex assaults. Miller has requested that he dies in prison.John DuffyDubbed the railway killer, raped and murdered at least three women in the south of England in the late 1980s.Anthony ArkwrightIn 1989 hacked and beat to death three people in Yorkshire including his grandfather when he was aged just 21.Mark RobinsonKilled two girlfriends in 1989 and was issued with a whole life tariff.Victor CastigadorAn illegal immigrant from the Philippines tortured and killed two people during an attack at an amusement arcade in London. Earlier this year admitted killing a fellow inmate in prison and received a second whole life tariff. Fred and Rose West Thomas Mair who has been convicted and sentenced to a full life sentence for murdering MP Jo CoxCredit:Reuters Ernest WrightServed 26-year for a murder committed in the 1970s, but killed again after his release.Anthony HardyKnown as the Camden Ripper, Hardy was convicted of the murders of three women in 2010, but police believe he may have been responsible for up to six more.John MaddenDrugged, raped and killed his 12-year-old niece at his Manchester home after luring her there on the pretext of babysitting.Desmond LeeServed 14-year for the 1990 murder of his landlady, before killing again once he was released.Stephen GriffithsDubbed the Crossbow Cannibal, Griffiths was convicted of killing three women in Bradford in 2010.John SweeneyDescribed as the Canal Killer, was convicted of murdering two women whose bodies were dumped in canals.George Norman JohnsonServed 20 years for the murder of a man during a burglary in the 1980s and then after his release murdered an 89-year-old woman to fund his drug addiction.John CooperConvicted in 2011 of two double murders in Pembrokeshire, Wales, the first in 1985 and the second in 1989.David BaxendalePreviously convicted of murder in Spain, stabbed a woman to death in 2011 after being released and deported back to Britain.Andrew DawsonConvicted of the murders of two men while out on licence from a previous murder conviction.David CookConvicted of murder in 1988, Cook murdered for a second time while out on parole.David OakesGiven a whole life term after being convicted of the double shotgun murder of his ex-girlfriend and their two-year-old daughter.Stephen FarrowMurdered a 77-year-old woman and a 59-year-old vicar in Worcestershire and Gloucestershire in 2012.Mark BridgerFound guilty of abducting and murdering five-year-old April Jones in October 2012 from outside her home in Machynlleth, Wales. Her body has never been found. This week, white supremacist Thomas Mair was found guilty of murdering Labour MP Jo Cox, while gay serial killer Stephen Port, who drugged, raped and murdered four young men after meeting them on dating apps, was told he will die in prison.Here we take a look at the other prisoners serving whole life tariffs in British prisons. While some were given life terms by judges, others were ordered to be detained until they die by Home Secretary of the day. Ian BradyMoors murderer, Brady was jailed for life in May 1966 after being convicted of killing three children alongside Myra Hindley. She died in prison in 2002. Victor Castigador, jailed for life for the murder of two security guards during a robbery in Soho, London in March 1989 Peter Sutcliffe Thomas Mair who has been convicted and sentenced to a full life sentence for murdering MP Jo Cox Fred and Rose WestCredit:SWNS Peter MooreDubbed the Man in Black, murdered four men in Wales. Jailed for life in 1996.Paul GlenA hitman who had previously served life for murder. Killed again upon his release and was given a whole life tariff by a judge in 2004.Phillip HeggartyConvicted of murdering his friend Derek Bennett in a hammer attack in 2003.Thomas McDowellGiven a full life term in 2004 after killing a gay trainee rabbi in North London and dumping his body parts.Mark MartinKilled three homeless women in Nottingham between December 2004 and January 2005.Mark HobsonKilled his girlfriend and her twin sister, before murdering an elderly couple in North Yorkshire. Sentenced to whole life term in 2005.William HorncyMurdered a millionaire, his wife, mother-in-law and two sons in an effort to take over his business. Jailed for life in 2005.Kenneth ReganJailed alongside Horncy for his part in the same murders.Glyn Dix Jailed for life for murder in the 1970s but after his release killed again. Given a whole life term in 2005.Viktor DembovskisA Latvian immigrant who raped and murdered a 17-year-old female neighbour as she walked home from school in west London, before fleeing back to Latvia. He was later extradited and given a full life term.John McGradyA convicted rapist who strangled a 15-year-old girl who lived near him in South London.Stephen McCollGangster who was convicted in 2006 of killing two members of his own gang.Rahan ArshadMurdered his wife and three children, who were found dead in their home in Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, Greater Manchester in August 2006Andrew RandallMurdered his seven week old daughter in Kettering, Northamptonshire in 2005 by throwing her head first into a settee.David TileyTwo months after being released from prison for a double rape, Tiley stabbed to death his disabled fiancée and then killed her carer.Michael SmithJailed for life for murder in the 1970s and killed again after being released from prison.Steve WrightThe Suffolk Strangler, Wright was jailed for life in 2007 for the murder of five prostitutes in the Ipswich area.Levi BellfieldConvicted of the murders of three young women in London and Surrey between 2003 and 2004. Has been linked to a string of other unsolved murders.Douglas VinterAfter being released on licence following a conviction for murder in the 1990s, was given a whole life term in 2008 after killing his wife.Marc ChiversServed 15 years in prison in Germany after killing his girlfriend. Following his release he was deported to Britain and the following year killed his girlfriend again.Peter TobinA Scottish serial killer Tobin killed at least three women between 1991 and 2006. Told he will die in prison.Royston JacksonConvicted of the murder of a convicted sex offender in October 2008, after being released on licence for another murder in 1989.Peter SutcliffeThe Yorkshire Ripper murdered 13 women between 1975 and 1980 across West Yorkshire. One of Britain’s most notorious prisoners was being held in Broadmoor secure hospital but was moved to prison earlier this year. April Jones was murdered by Mark Bridger Peter SutcliffeCredit:REX/Shutterstock Malcolm GreenServed 18-years for the murder of a prostitute and after being released killed a tourist from New Zealand.Rosemary WestConvicted of the murder of ten women and girls at her home in Gloucester alongside her husband Fred West. He killed himself in prison before he could stand trial. One of only two women to be serving a whole life tariff. Arthur Simpson-KentMurdered his partner, actress Sian Blake, 43, and their two sons Zachary, aged eight, and Amon, four, by beating and stabbing them to death at their home in Erith, London, in December 2015.Thomas MairWhite supremacist Mair was found guilty of murdering Labour MP Jo Cox.center_img Stephen PortGay serial killer Port drugged, raped and murdered four young men after meeting them on dating apps. He was also convicted of raping four others. The 41-year-old chef was told he will die in prison. Joanne DennehySerial killer, Dennehy, was convicted of the brutal murders of three men in random attacksPaul O’HaraHad been sentenced to life for murdering his girlfriend in 1998 but killed again after being released.Ryan MatthewsSixty-two-year-old convicted murderer Matthews was sentenced to a whole life term on 9 January 2015, after pleading guilty to the murder of healthcare assistant Sharon Wall at Wotton Hill Hospital in Gloucester on 9 July 2014David MitchellServed 23 years for murder but killed again just four months after being released on licence.Jason GomezWhile serving life for murder Gomez lured a fellow prisoner into his cell before stabbing him over 190 times.Ian BirleyKilled a 65-year-old man in 2015 having previously been jailed for murder in 1996.Russell OliverWhile serving life for murder killed a fellow prisoner at Long Lartin prison in 2015.Anthony AyresConvicted murderer, Ayres, stabbed a mother of one to death at the home of a friend in Essex in 2015.Christopher HalliwellAdmitted killing a woman after meeting her outside a Swindon nightclub in March 2011. Was later convicted of the murder of Becky Godden-Edwards, who had been missing since 2003. Custody photographs of Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale Christopher HalliwellCredit:Wiltshire Police April Jones was murdered by Mark Bridger Custody photographs of Michael Adebolajo and Michael AdebowaleCredit:AFP/Getty Images Ian Brady 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. Victor Castigador, jailed for life for the murder of two security guards during a robbery in Soho, London in March 1989 Dale CreganShot dead two female police officers in Manchester, while on the run for a gun and grenade attack on the home of a gang rival.Gary SmithWhile already serving a life sentence for murder killed another prisoners who was a convicted child killer.Lee NewellConvicted alongside Gary Smith of the murder of a child killer in prison. Was already serving life for a previous murder.Jamie ReynoldsPleaded guilty to murdering 17-year-old Georgia Williams in May 2013. had previously tried to strangle a girl, but was only given a police warning.Anwar RosserA former soldier killed a four-year-old boy in his sleep. The motive was never known.Ian McLoughlinKilled three people between 1984 and 2013, having twice been released from prison.Michael AdebolajoIslamic terrorist, Adebolajo hacked to death British soldier, Drummer Lee Rigby, outside his barracks in Woolwich. His younger accomplice was given a minimum 45-year sentence. Ian BradyCredit:PA Christopher Halliwelllast_img read more

first_imgThis shocking footage shows the moment a man drove at 100mph along a bridge before veering into a crash barrier – leaving his car a mangled wreck.Jonathan Dent’s pick-up truck was catapulted over the barriers and landed on the adjacent footpath – very narrowly avoiding falling into the water below.The 32-year-old’s suicide attempt came after he “had enough” of problems at home, a court heard.He had to be cut from the mangled wreckage of his car – as seen in the photo – and suffered injuries including a broken arm.Recorder Bryan Cox QC acknowledged that a prison sentence – while justified – was not appropriate in this case and told Dent that his actions had “put other members of the public at severe risk”.Dent, of Grimsby, North East Lincs., admitted dangerous driving.When he swerved into the barriers of the Humber Bridge, near Hull, East Yorks., late in the evening of July 3, he caused £11,000 of damage, Grimsby Crown Court heard.Prosecutor Stephen Welch said a road user who witnessed the event estimated Dent was driving at around 100mph, and an accident investigator said the truck was travelling at between 95 and 104mph at the time of the collision.Mr Welch said: “He said he was at home and had been having issues with the Child Support Agency an ex-girlfriend and his partner.”His lorry was parked in Immingham and he intended to go there and sleep in the cab.”But he said the defendant had instead headed towards the Humber Bridge thinking a drive would calm him down.When asked by police why he had driven into the barriers, Dent said: “I don’t know, I had probably just had enough.”Dent was taken to hospital following the incident with injuries including a broken arm.Paul Genney, mitigating, said: “He has never been in trouble in his life before.”He has taken steps to sort out the problems that overcame him.”I don’t suppose the defendant gave any thought to it at the time.”There could have been people on the walk way and there were other cars there that had to witness the incident.”He wanted to kill himself, he was desperate.”It opened his eyes to problems he was not aware of then and he has made steps to address that.” Sentencing, Recorder Cox said a prison sentence was “justified” but also “not appropriate”, and told Dent: “You will appreciate I am sure that what you did put other members of the public at severe risk.”Dent was given a sentence of three months in prison for dangerous driving, suspended for two years, and was disqualified from driving for three years.If you are suffering problems in your personal life and need somebody to talk to, call the Samaritans on 116 123. Lines are open 24/7.ap video hub 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

first_imgThe team are now planning to look at whether a female’s hormonal status affects how she dances. Previous studies have found that women’s faces become more symmetrical around the time of ovulation, and therefore more attractive.A study in 2007 even found that female lap dancers earn more tips around ovulation.The team also wants to see if sexuality makes a difference to dance moves, for example whether moves alter if a dancer is trying to attract a partner of the same sex or opposite sex.The research was published in the journal Scientific Reports. Dr Nick Neave, associate professor at the Department of Psychology said dancing offered important hints about reproductive potential.“When you are dancing you are painting a complex biological picture which shows your age, health, motor skills, hormonal status, personality and intelligence to others,” said Dr Neave.“Dance is not just a bit of fun, it is a serious way of expressing yourself to other people. The authors found that in women the degree of hip swing and uneven movements of the thighs and arms contribute independently to a perceived higher quality of dance.The researchers suggest that a strong hip swing might be an emphatically linked to femininity and child-bearing abilities while the ability to move limbs independently of each other, may attest to well-developed motor control.“Males focussed more on the asymmetric movements of the arms, while females focussed more on the movements of the legs,” added Dr Neave.“We suspect that when females dance they are showing off not only to males as potential partners but also to females as potential rivals – it looks as if the sexes are then using slightly different cues to judge a female when she is dancing“We think that these movements form honest signals as to the reproductive qualities of the dancer in question.” Examples of good dancing  Good dancing: wave your hands in the air like you just don’t careCredit:Northumbria University  An example of bad dancing center_img Bad dancing: feet ain’t got no rhythm Credit:Northumbria University  “Both men and women were in strong agreement that the movements of the hips signalled a more attractive dancer.”Using 3D motion-caption, Dr Neave and his team recorded 39 women whilst they danced to a basic rhythm provided by a drum beat.The authors then rendered their movement patterns onto computer avatars, thereby retaining their distinguishing movements, but removing all information about their individual appearance.200 people were then asked to rate the dancing ability of each of the 39 avatars based on a 15 second section of video footage. Awkward shuffling on the dance floor – often known as ‘dad dancing’ – really does make people less attractive to the opposite sex, a new study suggests. While some might think a restrained two-step is the safest option to avoid the embarrassment of over-exuberance, in fact letting yourself go is the best way to catch the attention of a potential suitor. Northumbria University invited dozens of women to dance then asked 200 people to judge who they deemed the most attractive.They found that vigorous hip swinging, and hands flung left and right with abandon were the signs of a good dancer, and the best way to entice a prospective partner. 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

first_imgMarine research expeditions off the west coast of Scotland recorded record numbers of dolphins last year, says  conservation charity Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.Volunteers and scientists recorded 2,303 individual common dolphins, 42 bottlenose dolphins and 94 Risso’s dolphins in the 2016 research season, up from an average 463, 14 and 12 over the previous 14 years.Dr. Lauren Hartny-Mills, Science Officer of HWDT, said: “The reasons for the high number of sightings of these charismatic dolphin species – and the broader effects on the marine environment and other species – remain unclear.”But the intriguing findings highlight the importance of on-going monitoring and research – to strengthen our understanding of what is taking place in Hebridean waters, and to ensure well-informed conservation action.”The trust’s specialized research yacht Silurian covered more than 5,000 nautical miles in 2016, during which time researchers documented more than 1,300 cetaceans and basking sharks.Alison Lomax, Director of the Trust, said: “The impressive range of species documented in our at-sea surveys last year is a powerful reminder that Scotland’s west coast ocean environment is home to remarkable marine life.”Long-term scientific studies of this globally-important habitat and its inhabitants are crucial if we are to ensure a secure future for the Hebrides’ spectacular cetaceans.”Dr Lyndsey Dodds, Head of Marine Policy at WWF-UK, said: “The heartening data captured by the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust emphasizes that we have so much to learn about these charismatic creatures.”Dolphins  face a number of threats including  pollution, collision with boats and accidental entanglement in fishing gear amongst others. More needs to be done to ensure there is a coherent network of marine protected areas that are properly managed if these species are to continue to thrive.”Investing  in scientific understanding of the natural world will go a long way in helping us conserve  marine habitats for dolphins and other marine species.” 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

first_img“It’s a double-edged sword – building solidarity through petitions is very important but I absolutely believe that in and of themselves they don’t lead very far,” she said. The proportion of people taking part in protests had doubled but remained small, at just 6 per cent. More than one in ten Londoners had taken part in a protest within the past year, the report added, and among Remain voters the proportion was also higher, at 9 per cent.  She said that it had become a panacea for people who want to engage with politics without the risk that comes with more traditional forms of activism, such as protesting on the streets.  The number of people signing online petitions has almost tripled as people turn to “clicktivism” to vent their frustration with politics. According to a study by the Charities Aid Foundation, the proportion of people who said they had filled out a petition within the past year increased from 21 per cent in 2015 to 56 per cent in 2016. The report suggested that disgruntlement with events such as Brexit might have driven more people to online activism. More than a third of respondents said they signed a petition during July – the highest for any month last year. The report suggested that this could be down to “the EU referendum vote towards the end of June and the spate of protest petitions following”.The majority of those signing petitions had been Remain voters, the study found, with 62 per cent saying they had done so in the past year compared to 45 per cent of Leave voters. The figures show that the proportion of people who had signed a petition in the past year was highest among young people. Almost two thirds of those aged 16 to 24 had done so, compared to less than half of over-65s. Dr Lina Dencik, co-director of the Data Justice Lab at Cardiff University, which examines the use of data in relation to political activism, said that petition-signing had replaced traditional activism in some areas. 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

first_imgRichard Sabin, who has curated the marine mammal collection at the Natural History Museum for 24 years was inspired to become a marine biologist after visiting the whale in the mammal hall when he was just 10 years old.“When I think about the ten year old me walking pars the dinosaurs and straight into the mammals hall to see the whales I am feeling as excited about this as I was then,” he said. “I honestly think we’ve created something unique.“I think when people see that enormous skeleton, in that wonderful space, any critics we have will be silenced and children over the next twenty to thirty years will come to see the whale as the new iconic specimen of the museum.” The blue whale is lifted into position at London’s Natural History MuseumCredit:BBC  “And there is a big health and safety element. Getting it down safely and getting it up so it’s safe so that’s keeping me up at night.”Once all the bones were safely in the hall they were rearticulated and attached to the Victorian girders in the roof with steel wires to be pulled into place by a team of steeplejacks hanging from the rafters.But as the whale was lifted into a position, a sharp cracking noise echoed round the hall and the whole skeleton shuddered as a bolt attaching the vertebrae sheared off.Mrs Cornish added: “We were literally whale watching for hours, and there was a definite sense of nervousness when the bolt snapped. But their is a tremendous feeling of achievement now it is finally in place.“It’s taken the best part of three years. I feel emotional every time I walk under it and I can’t wait for the public to see it.”Horizon: Dippy and the Whale will be shown on July 13, BBC Two at 9pm. Hintze Hall reopens to the public on Friday 14th July. But unlike the dinosaur, which stood statically in the centre of the hall, the whale has been articulated to dive down from the rafters, tail flipping up and mouth agape as if plunging through a school of fish or scooping up visitors in its giant jaws as they enter the museum.  The project, which has never been attempted before, was so challenging it required a huge team of conservationists, structural experts, riggers and even engineering experts RCI, who built the skeletons for the Tyrannosaurus rex in Jurassic Park. Blue whales are the biggest creature ever to have existed on Earth After decades in storage, she first went on display in 1934 in the new mammals gallery, where she has remained untouched ever since. Few visitors notice the whale is there because she is largely hidden by a huge replica of a blue whale which hangs beneath.Conservationists had to remove 81 years worth of dust before taking the 82ft skeleton apart piece-by-piece, carefully packing it, labelling it and repairing cracks with putty so it was strong enough to hang from the girders in Hintze Hall. The whale is replacing Dippy the Dinosaur which is going on tour Credit:Getty  A nail-biting three-year project to hang the enormous skeleton of a blue whale in the place of ‘Dippy the Dinosaur’ at London’s Natural History Museum almost ended in disaster when a crucial bolt sheared off mid-hoist, a new BBC behind-the-scenes film has revealed.As the 4.5 tonne skeleton hung precariously in mid-air, emergency welders were called in to reattach the huge vertebrae to a massive steel frame to prevent the bones from slipping again.The heart-stopping moment is captured in special episode of BBC Two’s Horizon, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, which has followed the astonishing endeavour since 2014.Blue whales are the biggest animal that has ever lived on Earth and the huge skeleton was the overwhelming choice to replace Dippy, the massive diplodocus cast which has delighted visitors since 1979. The erection of the giant jigsaw took more than three weeks Credit:BBC The Horizon team travelled back to Wexford in Ireland, to find the original site where the whale washed up in 1891. The juvenile female, who was probably between 10 and 15 years old was still alive when she beached, but whale meat and oil were rich commodities at the time and locals wasted no time in harpooning the stricken creature to death.Her blubber was sold for oil and her meat sent to a dog food factory, but canny businessman William Armstrong contacted the Natural History Museum to see if they would take her skeleton, eventually selling her bones for £250. Riggers hoist the skeleton into place Credit:BBC Lorraine Cornish, the museum’s Head of Conservation, said: “When we put it back up and we have the public wandering underneath it we really don’t want bits of it to drop off onto them.“Some parts were missing completely. When the girls were cleaning the right flipper it was looking a bit suspicious as if the surface wasn’t quite the same as if it should be if it was natural bone, and after a few tests we found out that it was mainly plaster and so I think everyone was surprised about that.”The team was also dismayed to learn that the whale’s head was so big it could not fit through the Grade 1 listed doorways of Hintze Hall. They were forced to mount it on a giant steel frame and tip it onto its side to push it through the front doors where it was reunited with the rest of the 221 bones. The erection of the giant jigsaw took more than three weeks  Horizon: Dippy and the Whale Blue whales are the biggest creature ever to have existed on Earth Riggers hoist the skeleton into place  Speaking during the tricky move, Jennifer Flippance, the Project Manager, said: “We’re doing a lot of things we’ve never done before, so it gives you a sense of nervousness. The whale is replacing Dippy the Dinosaur which is going on tour  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

first_imgThe senior prison source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: “Worboys will remain a danger to the public. What David Gauke is rightly doing is trying every avenue to try and stop Worboys’ release.” John Worboys is still a danger to women, a senior prison source has told the Telegraph, amid growing pressure on the Ministry of Justice to prevent the release of the ‘black cab rapist’. Worboys, 60, is due to be freed from jail in the coming days after the Parole Board ruled that he no longer posed a risk. David Gauke, the new Justice Secretary, is considering a judicial review in an attempt to keep the serial sex attacker – possibly the worst in modern British legal history – in jail.center_img Worboys…last_img read more

In his second major intervention in recent months,  Rabbi Mirvis had written an open letter to Labour warning that it risks being on the “wrong side of the fight” against racism unless the party endorses the international definition of anti-Semitism. Jeremy Corbyn was called an “anti-Semite and a racist” by a veteran Labour MP on Tuesday night as the party was plunged into a fresh anti-Semitism row.Margaret Hodge, a well respected Jewish MP and former minister, subjected the Labour leader to an expletive ridden rant in Parliament following the party’s decision to reject an internationally recognised definition of anti-Semitism.In an extraordinary tirade, Ms Hodge vented her fury over the decision by Labour’s national executive committee to flout the advice of Jewish MPs, leaders and the Chief Rabbi, all of whom had urged the party to reconsider its new code of conduct.Ms Hodge told Mr Corbyn: “You have proved you don’t want people like me in the party.”Mr Corbyn is believed to have responded flatly, telling her: “I’m sorry you feel like that”. Ms Hodge’s grandmother and uncle were murdered in the Holocaust. Margaret Hodge, former Labour minister and veteran MP But Labour has opted to alter four specific examples given in the guidance, provoking a backlash from MPs and Jewish leaders, who have accused Labour of treating anti-Semitism differently to other forms of racism.According to sources present at a meeting of the committee on Tuesday afternoon, a number of senior Labour figures urged the party to listen to concerns of the Jewish community. In his letter, circulated on Monday evening,  Rabbi Mirvis said: “The IHRA definition has been accepted and preferred by governments around the world, including our own.  “Those who vote for anything but the full IHRA definition will be placing themselves on the wrong side of the fight against racism, anti-Semitism and intolerance.”Echoing his comments, Wes Streeting MP, chair of the all party parliamentary group for British Jews, said the decision taken by the NEC had been “utterly contemptible”.”The damage it will inflict on our credibility as an anti-racist political party is the leadership’s responsibility – and their alone,” he told The Telegraph.”Jeremy Corbyn and his team were warned time and time again of the devastating damage this would inflict on Labour’s relationship with the Jewish community. They cannot claim to not have understood the profound consequences of this decision.” 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. Those who vote for anything but the full IHRA definition will be placing themselves on the wrong side of the fight against racism, anti-Semitism and intoleranceEphraim Mirvis, Chief Rabbi Margaret Hodge, former Labour minister and veteran MP They included Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, and Margaret Beckett, a veteran Labour MP, both of whom made impassioned speeches warning that the party’s reputation would be stained if it proceeded as planned.However, the NEC refused to relent and voted to ratify heir definition instead, meaning it is now official Labour policy. The committee has agreed to open a consultation about potential changes to the code in the future.Their decision was swiftly condemned by Jewish groups across the country, with the Board of Deputies, Jewish Leadership Council and Community Secretary Trust expressing a “mixture of incredulity and outrage”.Separately, the Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, had warned the previous evening that a failure to adopt the IHRA’s definition would send an  “unprecedented message of contempt” to British Jews. Describing the choice facing Mr Corbyn’s party as a “watershed moment”,  Rabbi Mirvis urged it to “make the right decision for Britain” by replacing its new guidance with a version used by governments and public bodies around the world.Taking aim at Labour’s national executive committee,  Rabbi Mirvis said it was “astonishing” that the party believed it was “more qualified” than British Jews to determine what constitutes anti-Semitism. A Labour spokesman insisted the new code was not attempting to “redefine anti-Semitism”, adding that the party had produced the “most detailed and comprehensive guidelines” of any political party.They added: “The NEC upheld the adoption of the code of conduct on anti-Semitism, but in recognition of the serious concerns expressed, agreed to reopen the development of the code, in consultation with Jewish community organisations and groups”. The confrontation came three hours after the party’s governing body decided to ignore the pleas of the Jewish community and sign-off on a new code of conduct on anti-Semitism which differed from the internationally recognised version created by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.The original definition has been implemented in-full by the Government, the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly, the Crown Prosecution service and 124 local authorities. read more

Victims of crime are having to wait too long for compensation under a “derisory” system, the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales has said.Baroness Newlove called for a change to the way court-ordered financial awards are paid after they are imposed on convicted offenders.She has called for compensation for people who suffer at the hands of criminals should be paid up front rather than in instalments.Writing in her 2017/18 annual report, she said she wanted to see victims receive compensation in full following a conviction, rather than waiting for the money to be recovered from a defendant.”Currently, compensation can be paid in derisory amounts over a lengthy period, leaving victims feeling frustrated,” the commissioner said.”I want 100% of court-ordered compensation to be paid by the court to the victim straightaway, with the court recouping this from the offender, so the victim isn’t out of pocket and doesn’t feel cheated.”Following a conviction, magistrates and judges can impose compensation orders on offenders whose crimes resulted in injury, loss or damage. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The court must consider the convicted individual’s means when determining the amount.Baroness Newlove flagged up the issue of compensation as she repeated her call for a Victims’ Law so a number of “core” legal rights are guaranteed.She said legislation could deliver “seismic change” for victims.Acknowledging that her proposals are “ambitious”, she added: “Critics will quibble about costs at a time when the public sector purse is under enormous pressure.”Achieving the ambition of placing victims’ rights at the heart of our criminal justice system can never be achieved without cost.”But to the victims, it’s a right that is priceless.”Baroness Newlove also welcomed changes to the parole system announced in the wake of controversy over the decision to release sex attacker John Worboys earlier this year.The commissioner said: “Victims tell me they want to be more involved in the parole process.”A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “Victim compensation is the first financial penalty collected from an offender, with over £41m paid to victims in 2016/17 alone – up from £32.9m in the previous year.”Furthermore, compensation for victims of violent crime is already available through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, which paid out over £140m last year.”We remain absolutely committed to supporting victims of crime, and will publish our victims strategy later this summer.” read more

The father of a woman who died in a River Thames speedboat crash has warned the fugitive owner that “justice is coming” for him.An international manhunt is under way for Jack Shepherd, 30, who is wanted over the death of 24-year-old Charlotte Brown. It is believed Shepherd might be hiding in a resort on the Mediterranean.The web designer faces six years’ imprisonment over the December 2015 incident, when his speedboat capsized during a late-night cruise after a champagne-fulled first date.Shepherd, who was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence at the Old Bailey after a trial in his absence, has ignored repeated pleas by Ms Brown’s family to hand himself in.Her father, Graham Brown, 52, urged anyone with information about his whereabouts to contact police. In mobile phone footage, Ms Brown could be heard shouting that they were going “so fast” as Shepherd drove at more than double the 12 knot speed limit. The family of Charlotte Brown (left to right) father Graham Brown, sister Katie and mother Roz Wicken arrive at the Old BaileyCredit:Yui Mok /PA In the months before Ms Brown’s death, Shepherd had entertained up to 10 women on the 1980s model, having invited them back to his houseboat.During that time, he had been caught speeding by marine police more than once and advised on the importance of wearing life jackets. An arrest warrant was issued after his conviction on Friday. On the return journey, Shepherd handed over the controls to business development consultant Ms Brown, who followed suit and went “full throttle”.The speeding boat hit a submerged log and tipped over near Wandsworth Bridge, sending both occupants into the water.Shepherd was found clinging to the hull and Ms Brown was pulled from the water unconscious and unresponsive.Paramedics battled in vain to save her as she was already in cardiac arrest and suffering from hypothermia.The court had heard how Shepherd bought the 14ft Fletcher Arrowflyte GTO from Gumtree to “pull women”. speedboat, which was shown to the jury 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. Charlotte Brown met Jack Shepherd on a dating website Charlotte Brown met Jack Shepherd on a dating websiteCredit:Metropolitan Police  A picture shown to the jury of the speedboat that crashedCredit:PA “Those who know something need to examine their consciences,” he told The Sun. “I’m sure someone will make that call. Justice is coming, of that I’m certain.”Shephed met Ms Brown on website OkCupid and went for their first date on December 8 2015.He treated Ms Brown to a £150 meal at Oblix in the Shard, where they drank two bottles of wine.The couple took a taxi back to Shepherd’s home, a houseboat in Hammersmith, where they took champagne aboard the speedboat for a trip past the Houses of Parliament. The family of Charlotte Brown (left to right) father Graham Brown, sister Katie and mother Roz Wicken read more

Private primary schools have been threatened with a Grammar school exam ban after they were caught “coaching” children for the Eleven Plus.Schools in Kent are not allowed to teach pupils how to pass the Grammar school entry exam on the basis that this may give some children an unfair advantage over their peers.An undercover BBC reporter, posing as a parent, approached ten fee-paying primary schools in Kent and found that nine of these were giving pupils special tutoring for the Eleven Plus.It comes amid a debate about the extent to which Grammar schools should change their admissions policies to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Selective schools are under pressure to demonstrate that their entrance exams do not favour children from middle class families who can afford fees for primary schools or private tuition. Earlier this year, Damian Hinds, the Education Secretary, announced a £50 million fund for Grammar school expansion, but only on the condition they can prove they will take in more children from lower income backgrounds. In a series of recordings with private schools teachers, one said: “It’s ridiculous they say you can’t be tutored for it… we prepare children for the Kent test – 100 per cent.” Ms Culley, who was headmistress for 30 years at The Mead School in Tunbridge Wells, a fee-paying primary school, said the “dream” of many parents was for their child to get a place at one of Kent’s grammar schools. Just one out of the ten schools denied giving any extra tutorials Just one out of the ten schools denied giving any extra tutorials “It should be apparent that this is not an appropriate approach to a process which seeks to identify the most suitable type of educational placement for children leaving primary school by assessing their ability.” Of the children who are at independent schools and those who are tutored, a very large number of them would pass anywayJim Skinner, chief executive of the Grammar School Heads’ Association Others discussed how they give children examples of past papers, and mock tests “structured in a very similar way” to the Kent Test.Just one out of the ten schools denied giving any extra tutorials, saying “no school should be coaching children”.The county council said it would “always look at any firm evidence that suggests a school may have engaged in coaching”. Schools found in breach of the rules could be banned from holding future exams. 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. Jim Skinner, chief executive of the Grammar School Heads’ Association, told The Daily Telegraph: “Those private schools have been there for many years and some will do everything they can to help youngsters to get through the Eleven Plus.”And actually, of the children who are at independent schools and those who are tutored, a very large number of them would pass anyway – it is referred to as ‘comfort tutoring’.“A great deal of effort has been put into making these tests as resistant and possible to coaching. Of course most or virtually all grammars these days are trying very hard to provide as much support as they can to primary schools.”Roger Gough, Kent County Council’s cabinet member for children, young people and education, said that there is no “official definition” for “coaching”.“However, the council does highlight to schools that staff must not retain or copy materials provided for single use in earlier years in order to drill children in formats and question types and how to approach them,” he said. Three schools were warned about coaching by the council in 2016, but no further action was taken and the council has never banned a school from holding the exam.Joanne Bartley of Comprehensive Future, which campaigns against grammar schools, said: “It’s an open secret – everyone knows you pay for a primary and hope to save money on a grammar school.”She said that even with a ban on private schools coaching children for the test, some children are still in a better position than others. “There are people who pay for tutors or even just practise at home – dedicated parents with time on their hands are at an advantage to single mums,” she added.Angela Culley, who is vice-President of the Independent Schools Association, said: “Where does tutoring begin and teaching end? There is a very grey line and Kent does not actually define what ‘coaching’ means.” read more

The Duke of Edinburgh oversaw a five-year restoration project at Windsor after a fire broke out in November 1992 while maintenance works were being carried out. Many artworks and pieces of valuable furniture were destroyed. Although no energy modifications have been confirmed, a senior official confirmed that they had been “looking into everything” to make Buckingham Palace greener, including using similar solar panels to the ones at Clarence House.The royal official said additional plans were being considered to cut down the palace’s carbon emissions, with the aim of reducing the carbon footprint by 500 tons a year.Since the restoration began in April last year, 10,000ft of unsafe rubber cabling has been removed, reducing the risk of a “catastrophic” building failure.Plans to replace more dangerous wiring and boilers will begin next week in the East Wing. A compound for the workmen will be set up next week on the palace’s forecourt, but it will not get in the way of the Changing of the Guard or state visits and entertaining. Work has already been done to replace some of the oldest electrical cables in Buckingham Palace. The East Wing houses the Palace balcony, which will remain accessible for the Royal family and in sight for the public. Officials have promised that the palace’s exterior will not be obscured because they are not using scaffolding. The renovation project is due to be completed in 2027 and its £369 million cost is being funded by a temporary increase in the Sovereign Grant from the Treasury. The renovation project is already under way, with paintings and chandeliers having been removed from the east wing, under the watchful eye of the Duke.The official added: “The Duke of Edinburgh was very involved in the 1992 restoration of Windsor Castle. He is keen for us to follow a phased approach in the re-servicing project [at Buckingham Palace], and said, ‘You will learn from your mistakes.’” Items from the Royal Collection will be moved from the East Wing next week Among that collection are Chinese pieces acquired in the 1800s for the Pavilion, George IV’s seaside residence.Queen Victoria moved them to Buckingham Palace in 1850 and Prince Albert incorporated them into the East Wing. They have been displayed in the Yellow Drawing Room and Chinese Dining Room since then.Tim Knox, the director of the Royal Collection, said: “Decanting an entire wing of a historic building on the scale of Buckingham Palace is a huge undertaking and requires meticulous planning.“We are delighted that around 150 items will return on loan to Brighton’s Royal Pavilion next summer, so visitors can enjoy these extraordinary works in their original home.”The Prince of Wales is also fully engaged in the renovation project, according to the royal household source, who said that the Prince has expressed a keen interest in making the palace more energy efficient. A painting Charlotte, Princess Royal and Prince William, later Duke of Clarence, 1770 will be moved to the Throne RoomCredit:Claire Beard/Royal Collection Trust Items from the Royal Collection will be moved from the East Wing next weekCredit:Royal Collection Trust/PA Work has already been done to replace some of the oldest electrical cables in Buckingham Palace.Credit:Royal Family/PA In 2010, the Prince installed solar panels on the roof of his London residence, Clarence House.  A painting Charlotte, Princess Royal and Prince William, later Duke of Clarence, 1770 will be moved to the Throne Room Hundreds of artefacts and paintings from the Royal Collection are to be moved away from Buckingham Palace while the work is carried out.A total of 150 pieces, including clocks, chandeliers and a nine-tiered porcelain pagoda, will be shifted to their original home at Brighton’s Royal Pavilion from next week.  Most people in their 90s would be at least a little daunted at the upheaval of having to move while their home is renovated.But when royal aides asked the Queen where she would stay during major works at Buckingham Palace in 2025 – when she will be a year short of her 100th birthday – she simply told them: “Let me know where you would like me to go.”The monarch’s refusal to cause a fuss may in part be explained by the fact that her 97-year-old husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, who retired from public life last year, is overseeing the £369 million, 10-year transformation project.A royal household source has revealed just how accommodating the Queen, 92, has been in accepting the need to move apartments within the palace in seven years’ time.The source said: “The Queen is immensely pragmatic and she wants to stay in the palace. She said, ‘Let me know where you would like me to go.’” read more

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Remembered, the umbrella charity for the There But Not There campaign, hopes the Chancellor will reimburse the expected £3 million the Treasury will gain from VAT. Remembered, the umbrella charity for the There But Not There campaign, hopes the Chancellor will reimburse the expected £3 million the Treasury will gain from VAT.Credit:News Scan Most notably, VAT was returned to charities benefiting from the sale of the 888,246 ceramic poppies that had been planted at the Tower of London and were then sold for £25 each. A defence minister has taken the unusual step of backing a campaign urging his own Government to refund VAT on an Armed Services charity’s fundraising project.Tobias Ellwood, the minister for veterans, is calling on the Treasury to ensure all money raised from a commemoration marking the centenary since the end of World War One goes to help veterans.Sales of ‘Tommy’ figurines, miniature replicas sold as part of the ‘There But Not There’ campaign, have raised nearly £4 million, with the final figure expected to reach £15 million. However, £800,000 has so far been paid in VAT to the Government.In a move backed by Mr Ellwood, General Sir Lord Dannatt, the patron of Remembered an umbrella organisation for six veterans’ charities, has written to the Chancellor Philip Hammond urging him to use money from the Libor fund to repay the VAT.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––It follows the 2013 decision by the then chancellor George Osborne to give £1.1 million raised from fines imposed on banks involved in rigging interest rates as a VAT rebate to Armed Forces charities. The life-size outline statue of a First World War soldier stands at the Giant's Causeway in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, as part of national art installation, There But Not There. It emerged earlier this year that £326 million of other Libor funds which had been earmarked for Forces charities had been used to plug shortfalls in ministerial budgets.In his letter sent last month, Lord Dannatt said he wanted to remind the Government that he and the charities Remembered represents were well aware that Libor funds promised them had still not been handed over.He wrote: “In light of the recent, and very disappointing, revelation that £326 million of the Libor money intended for charities has been used to top up central Government funds, we believe the Government needs to demonstrate fully the value placed on the service and sacrifice paid by our veterans.”In a statement issued through the charity, Mr Ellwood said he personally wanted to ensure that the sale of Tommy figurines was exempt from VAT.“With estimated sales expected to reach £15 million, then divided between six charities, the net beneficiary will actually be the Treasury on £3 million, with just £2 million going to each charity,” he said.“I hope you agree, given the optics of this and the good causes supported, that there is a strong case for VAT to be exempted.” The Telegraph understands that The Lord Dannatt spoke to Treasury officials a week ago and had been assured the Chancellor would respond within seven days. No such response has been forthcoming. Former British Army officer and defence select committee member Johnny Mercer said: “We know not all the money pledged to military charities from LIBOR made its way to those that needed it most. Questions still need to be answered.“It would go some way to help temper the mood of military charities however, if the Treasury supported this campaign – as it has with others – and pledged to match-fund money raised or at the very least donate the amount paid in VAT.”The First World War commemoration campaign There But Not There was launched in February 2018 after artist Martin Barraud had first exhibited a 6-foot Tommy silhouette in a church in Penshurst, Kent.Proceeds from the sales will be shared among The Royal Foundation, The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Walking with the Wounded, Combat Stress, Help for Heroes and Project Equinox, a veterans’ housing project in Plymouth.Rowley Gregg, the Director of the There But Not There campaign, former Army Officer and recipient of the Military Cross said: “I would urge the Chancellor, the Prime Minister and the wider Government to each listen to their conscience”. The life-size outline statue of a First World War soldier stands at the Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, as part of national art installation, There But Not There.Credit: Brian Thompson read more

Britain should adopt the Dutch model of elderly care, with teams of nurses put in charge of communities, the health secretary has said.Matt Hancock said the system could offer “wraparound care” to patients in their own homes, which was cheaper and better quality than traditional ways of working.Under such schemes, groups of a dozen nurses take responsibility for home care of around 50 patients in a neighbourhood, instead of GPs being in charge of co-ordinating their care.The model, pioneered in Buurtzorg in the Netherlands, means more patients can be kept healthy and out of hospital, while avoiding repeated visits to local doctors.Mr Hancock told a conference of GPs that he wanted to see new ways of working, which were better for patients and helped to reduce pressures on staff. The Health Secretary said there were now record numbers of GPs in training, with a 10 per cent increase on last year, with goals to expand numbers by 5,000.But he said other changes were needed to respond to growing demand from an ageing population.Mr Hancock said the  Dutch model gave more responsibility to nurses, working in “small self-governing teams” and more support to patients, who got more help at home.“We must learn from the best, both nationally and around the world,” he told the National Association of Primary Care Conference in Birmingham.“We need to look at places where people have got this shift of resources right, and managed to rebalance the system between primary and community care on the one hand and secondary care on the other. Like Buurtzorg in the Netherlands.“People have talked for years about wrap-around care. With Buurtzorg that is happening. Compared with other models, the Dutch model delivers higher-quality care at a lower cost. I want to see it grow.”Jos de Blok, chief executive of Buurtzorg, has estimated that up to half of patients in hospital could be served and monitored at home if they received the right care and proactive management.Under the schemes, nurses not only provide medical services, but also dress and bathe patients, so they do not have to see a succession of different types of care staff. 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

With a security crackdown to avenge the murder of Gen Idris Alkali looking likely, authorities may have concluded that it was not the best time to have Prince Charles in the city.The violence in central Nigeria was largely triggered by disputes over land and grazing after herdsmen drove their cattle out of the unstable and desiccated north and into the fertile farms of the centre.But as the crisis has deepened, it has taken on an increasingly religious tone as well.A local website recently lamented: “What can be done to end the cycle of killing in Jos?”Sign up for Your Royal Appointment – our weekly newsletter with everything you need to know about the Royal family. The body of a prominent Muslim general was found in a well over the weekend nearly two months after his disappearance, further heightening tensions as suspicion falls on the Berom. A member of the security forces walks past a burned down house in the Ganaropp village where 35 people were killed by Fulani herdsman in the Barikin Ladi area near Jos on June 27, 2018 A spokesman for the Foreign Office said:  “Due to operational constraints beyond our control, we have decided at this time not to include Jos during Their Royal Highnesses visit to Nigeria.“We are delighted to have an exciting programme of activity in Abuja and Lagos which will showcase those issues close to The Prince’s and The Duchess’s hearts. “The decision was taken upon advice from the Nigerian Government and others involved in security and operational aspects of the visit. “We’ve arranged an interesting and engaging programme on Thursday in Abuja, which will include showcasing alternative livelihoods focussing on poultry and Acha supergrain, water aid and a peacebuilding discussion with youth peace ambassadors.”Jos, a prosperous commercial city of nearly one million people, has increasingly been sucked into the inter-communal bloodletting that has spread across much of central Nigeria this year.As many as 169 people were killed in Plateau State, of which Jos is the capital, in June after Muslim Fulani herdsmen were accused of attacking members of the Berom tribe, who are mostly Christian.The violence has since spread into Jos itself, where mosques and churches have been burnt down in tit-for-tat attacks. At least 14 people were killed in a gunfight on the outskirts of the city last month. A member of the security forces walks past a burned down house in the Ganaropp village where 35 people were killed by Fulani herdsman in the Barikin Ladi area near Jos on June 27, 2018Credit:Stefan Heunis/AFP The Prince of Wales has been pulled out of a planned visit to Jos, Nigeria, amid security fears after violent clashes in the region, on the advice of the Foreign Office.  The Prince was supposed to be travelling to Jos on the final day of his royal tour of West Africa, to undertake engagements including a discussion about peace building and conflict resolution in the conflict-ridden region.On Monday, it was announced that he would no longer be making the trip, on the advice of the British government.A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said the decision was made “upon advice from the Nigerian government and others involved in security and operational aspects of the visit”.A source added there were no known specific threats to the Prince’s safety, with “additional security precautions relating to recent clashes”.The Prince is understood to be disappointed he is unable to make the trip, which had been planned for some time.Events arranged in Jos will now be moved to Abuja, Nigeria, to allow him to speak to local people about their rural livelihoods and attend a service of commemoration.He will also take part in an hour-long discussion about “peace-building and conflict resolution”. read more

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “I feel for the owners.”This is not what you want to happen and I really want the police to catch the poacher.” Police are hunting for the killer of a young New Forest pony, which was found dead with wounds from a shotgun.It is believed that the culprit was a poacher who shot the four-year-old filly in the mistaken belief it was a deer.Authorities believe the animal was shot in the early hours of Wednesday morning, by a poacher hunting under the cloak of darkness.A spokesperson from Hampshire police said: “The four-year-old filly had wounds likely to have been caused by shotgun pellets.”We are investigating the circumstances of the animal’s death. “Local councillor Edward Heron who is the deputy chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority told the Daily Echo: “An incident like this one is incredibly rare and I have never heard of anything like this happening in this area.”It’s quite worrying but we will have to await the outcome of the police investigation.”Tony Hockley, from the New Forest Commoners tweeted that he believed it to be poachers.He wrote: “Poaching can be a problem in open access areas but this is an unusual incident to happen here.”I would advise people that no additional action needs to be taken.”This is a one off incident, horses and ponies are safe here and that’s why an incident like this even more shocking. read more

BBC journalist Jeremy Bowen has revealed he has bowel cancer after he underwent a test despite showing no symptoms of the illness.The broadcaster’s Middle East editor declared today he was diagnosed in October after suffering “funny pains” in his leg and back.He said he underwent a test despite showing no symptoms of the illness.The 59-year-old is now receiving treatment after he underwent surgery to remove a tumour.Bowen told BBC Breakfast: “I was diagnosed with it last October. I had some funny pains in my leg and my back, when I was in Iraq. Bowen has urged people to get tested for the disease as he revealed he showed no symptoms of the illness Bowen has urged people to get tested for the disease as he revealed he showed no symptoms of the illnessCredit:Martin Pope Last year, Stephen Fry and Bill Turnbull were praised for raising awareness of prostate cancer after talking about their own experiences with the disease.Presenter Turnbull announced that he had been diagnosed with an advanced form of the disease in March last year, just weeks after Fry revealed he was recovering from prostate cancer surgery. Their decision to come forward is thought to have led to a surge in people visiting the NHS online advice pages and NHS bosses dubbed it “the Turnbull-Fry effect”.NHS England said there were 70,000 visits to the NHS website advice page on prostate cancer in March last year, a 250% increase from the monthly average of around 20,000.Appearing alongside Bowen, Deborah Alsina MBE, chief executive of Bowel Cancer UK, said: “Jeremy’s diagnosis highlights that we need to urgently deliver an optimal bowel cancer screening programme across all four nations of the UK. “Screening has been shown to be the best method of detecting bowel cancer early.”Have you had any experience either directly or indirectly with bowel cancer? We’d like to hear your stories and about how you have been affected. Send an email to to tell us your about your experience. Jeremy Bowen has spoken publicly about his bowel cancer diagnosis Credit:John Lawrence Jeremy Bowen has spoken publicly about his bowel cancer diagnosis  “When I came back I had to go to hospital for a couple of days, but they didn’t mention cancer. They said it was to do with some scar tissue I had from some previous surgery.“I went to my GP and I had no symptoms, none of the classic bowel cancer symptoms. I got a test and it came back positive.“From that they found that I had a tumour. I had surgery to take it away. And now I’m having chemotherapy.”He added that despite bowel cancer testing being concerned with bodily functions, people should not “die of embarrassment”.Bowen, who is now a patron of the Bowel Cancer UK charity, said: “I’ve been saying to all my friends ‘Get tested’. People I know have been queueing up at their doctor’s to get tested as a result of the diagnosis that I had.” 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

Emphasising that the Queen, as head of Commonwealth, would be paying attention to the outcome of the meetings, the Countess told an audience: “Today I bring you special greetings from Her Majesty The Queen, who is delighted this meeting is convening once again and, as you would expect, I am honour bound to return with a good account of the full and productive outcomes of this conference, particularly as an important precursor to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Rwanda next year.” Sophie, Countess of Wessex, rrives at the RefuSHE Girls Empowerment Program and Artisan Collective in Nairobi While the Countess, Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Sussex have recently spoken of gender inequality in public, the speech is a rare example of a member of the Royal Family using the word “feminist” in a major public address. The women and girls from @WeAreRefuSHE showcased their exquisite handmade products, from scarves to linen lunch bags, during a fashion show and performance.An extra special thank you to The Countess’s dance partner, 15 year old Gizele from the Democratic Republic of the Congo!— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 19, 2019 The Countess of Wessex has urged Commonwealth leaders to listen to women and promote a “feminist peace”, telling them she is “honour bound” to report their progress back to the Queen.The Countess, who delivered a speech to the 12th Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting in Kenya, said the Queen was “delighted” that the meeting to further women’s rights was being held and would await news of its “full and productive outcomes”. She called on leaders to “live up to and embody the original values that the Commonwealth was founded on” in bringing about gender equality, saying there was still a “long way to go” before female voices are heard and acted upon. Arguing that an “increased focus” on ending gender discrimination was essential, she urged “greater support” for victims of conflict-related sexual violence and the “children born of rape”. The Countess said: “We must not limit our ambitions – we also want to promote women as negotiators, as ceasefire and peace agreement monitors, as front-line peacekeepers and as political leaders.  Sophie, Countess of Wessex, rrives at the RefuSHE Girls Empowerment Program and Artisan Collective in NairobiCredit:AP “Women throughout the Commonwealth, particularly at the grassroots level, have experiences to share that we can all learn from; their expertise should be recognised and promoted.”She added that doing so would help parts of the Commonwealth move “from conflict and violence to sustainable and feminist peace”.  read more

Infantino and Forde then closed off the visit with a conference where the two gave their outlook of what was happening in Guyana in terms of the sport.Infantino commended the efforts of Forde.Forde explained that this was a historic moment and thanked Infantino for seeing what was happening with Football in Guyana.President Infantino was elected to lead FIFA, which governs and serves 211 member associations around the world, in February 2016 with a mandate to reform football governance, rebuild trust in the game, and increase investment in football development.The Guyana Football Federation had said that under President Infantino, FIFA member associations now have access to at least USD 1.25 million per year to support running costs, training, infrastructure and facilities projects, and for development programmes and competitions such as youth leagues and women’s football.“This level of funding has the power to transform football in Guyana for generations to come,” Forde had said.The FIFA Head arrived in Guyana at 08:30hrs and departed at 13:00hrs. The entire group then made their way to visit President David Granger,  followed by a visit to the CARICOM Secretariat where Infantino paid a courtesy call on Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.The FIFA President then made a stop at the Academy Training Centre (ATC) at the GNS ground on Carifesta Avenue where he witnessed the youngsters in action and even intermingled with his fans. FIFA President Giovanni ‘Gianni’ InfantinoFIFA President Giovanni ‘Gianni’ Infantino was welcomed into Guyana for the very first time where he participated in a number of activities even though he was on a packed and tight  schedule.Infantino was accompanied by a delegation of six (6) persons to see first-hand what football was in Guyana. His visit coincides with visits from other top football officials to the Caribbean as international bodies focus on supporting the progress of national football associations in reforming and developing football around the world. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFIFA President to visit Guyana says GFFApril 1, 2017In “Sports”FIFA gives thumbs up to Guyana Football FederationFebruary 21, 2017In “latest news”FIFA president gets votes pledge from CaribbeanDecember 21, 2018In “latest news” Immediately after arriving, the FIFA President, along with two legendary footballers and the President of Guyana Football Federation (GFF), Wayne Forde visited the site for the FIFA forward project where they turned the sod for the first ever football complex in Guyana that will be located in Providence.Minister within the ministry of Education, Nicolette Henry who was on hand to receive Infantino participated in the activity.(L) President of GFF Wayne Forde, FIFA President Gianni Infantino, Minister within the ministry of Education, Nicolette Henry turning the sod for the football complex at Providence read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFinance Minister tours DDL operationsAugust 26, 2018In “Local News”DDL records $296M after-tax profitMarch 26, 2017In “Business”Yesu Persaud hands over reins of DDL to Komal Samaroo; remains advisor to CompanyJanuary 2, 2014In “Business” Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) Chairman Komal Samaroo on Thursday called for more emphasis to be placed on developing the manufacturing and export sector.Chairman of DDL, Komal Samaroo.His concerns were grounded in the fact that Guyana’s Balance of Payment showed a US$69.5 million deficit for 2017.Samaroo was at the time addressing a gathering for the launch of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (GCCI’s) business magazine.The magazine that was launched on Thursday nightThe business executive warned that with the global market as competitive as it is, more needs to be done to lift local standards.He noted that to do this, a high level of technical competence and discipline is needed. But there are challenges even with these lofty goals. Here, Samaroo referenced the bureaucracy that some manufacturers must deal with when transacting their business.He also noted that “In today’s world, the advance in the digital and artificial technology is transforming all aspects of business,” he related. “It is important that our education system in Guyana be revamped to produce people who are fully equipped with the skill sets to manage businesses in the technical age.”“We have to export to international and regional markets. The international market is very competitive, complex and constantly changing. If one is to be successful, one has to be equipped with the market data to respond to those changes.“Our production system must meet international levels, at all times and this requires a high level of technical competence and discipline in management of manufacturing companies,” Samaroo related.The 2017 macroeconomic report speaks to below projected merchandise export earnings.According to the report, Guyana’s overall balance of payment in the 2017 fiscal year showed a deficit of US$69.5 million. This is a hike when compared to US$53.3 million the previous year.GCCI President, Deodat IndarMeanwhile, at the launch of the 9th edition of GCCI’s Magazine, the Chamber’s President Deodat Indar told the gathering that the revenue generated via the Business Magazine would all be channeled towards a special fund that has been established to rebuild the Chamber’s Secretariat as he expressed his gratitude to those individuals who played a role in its overall success.The GCCI President also urged all Guyanese to tap into the countless opportunities that are available in various industries which can in turn have a positive impact on the economic health of the nation.One of the main sponsors for the launch of the Magazine, Caribbean Airlines also chimed in as it urged businesses to utilize all avenues to assist in pushing the overall growth of the economy because they too will benefit immensely. read more