“He wanted to dance with each of us. He kept pressing himself against me. He was kissing my face. He asked if I liked his kisses. He kept squeezing me and kissing my forehead, and even at one point he kissed my nose. And I remember feeling very uncomfortable and a bit frozen,” she said. According to the woman, he later told her in his office “I don’t want you having any boyfriends” and kissed her on the face and mouth before asking her to have sex with him. Another woman hired by him around a decade ago claimed that she was made to undergo a full medical check, including a test for sexually transmitted diseases.She says Al-Fayed began asking her to sleep with him and groping her breasts.On one occasion she went to help him tie his shoes, which he was unable to do because of an injury, and he “went to motion to undo his trousers and held the back of my head slightly” which left her “very shaken”. She claims that she was eventually fired after refusing to sleep with him, and received a payout of £60,000 after suing for sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination. Mr Al-Fayed’s lawyer told Channel 4 News that the claims concerning the 15-year-old were “false” and that Mr Al-Fayed was unable to comment further on the allegations. Mohamed Al-Fayed is facing new allegations of sexual assault by former Harrods’ employees – including a 15-year-old girl who accused him of first lavishing her with perfume and a designer handbag.The former Harrods owner allegedly pressured three women who were working for him at the upmarket department store. One woman, who cannot be identified, told Channel 4 News that she was 15 years old and working for Mr Al-Fayed, now 88, when he groped her.She told the programme: “He came into the office one day, into the board room. Basically, he just grabbed me to say hello, to hug me. “And he just carried on hugging me, and hugging me, and then he started rubbing himself on my chest. And I was just shocked by situation. And I said ‘what are you doing?’. “And he was telling me I was turning into beautiful woman. And then he grabbed my head and he tried to put his tongue in my mouth.” She said that when she rebuffed Mr Al-Fayed he “went beserk”. “I felt stupid because I knew then I’d been a fool this whole time – and I should have I should have listened to my instincts when I had funny feelings but he was just so looked up at and I genuinely thought he had the best interests for me,” she added. Another woman, now in her forties, worked at the store 25 years ago. She said he pressured her to take gifts of money and perfume. In one case he made her uncomfortable during a business trip to Paris. 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 Al-Fayed is the former Harrods ownerCredit:CARL DE SOUZA/AFP
Grey squirrels spend more time foraging on the woodland floor and are easier prey for pine martenCredit:John Gooday / Alamy 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 new study by the University of Aberdeen found that in areas of Scotland where pine marten are present, red squirrels were found in far greater numbers.”Our study has confirmed that exposure to pine martens has a strong negative effect on grey squirrel populations, whereas the opposite effect was observed in red squirrel populations who actually benefitted from exposure to martens,” said Emma Sheehy, of Aberdeen.”Our evidence that, in addition to their intrinsic value, pine martens provide an ecosystem service by suppressing invasive grey squirrel populations is good news for both red squirrel conservation efforts and the timber growing industry, due to the detrimental impact of the invasive grey squirrel on both.” Red squirrels have been in serious decline since the North American native grey squirrel was introduced as an ornamental species in the 1870s. Not only does the grey outcompete the red, it carries a deadly pox.The UK population of reds has dropped from around 3.5 million to between 120,000 to 160,000 individuals and is thought to be as low as 15,000 in England.For the new three study, the team deployed feeders at sites across Scotland which had sticky tabs attached to capture hair from the mammals which visited. They then used DNA analysis to work out which animals were in the areas.They found that when pine martens were present, grey squirrel numbers fell and red squirrel numbers rose suggesting the larger mammals were keeping the non-native species in check.Kenny Kortland, a species ecologist for Forest Enterprise Scotland, said: “The findings of this research are extremely encouraging.“It seems we have a very welcome ally in our efforts to protect red squirrel populations on the national forest estate.“The research demonstrates that the return of native predators can have beneficial impacts for other native species.” Red squirrels could be saved by bringing back pine martens to English forests, a study has concluded.The pine marten was once the second most common carnivore in Britain but woodland clearance coupled with a drive to eradicate the predators by Victorian gamekeepers pushed the little mammal to just a few remote areas of Scotland.But a new study suggests that reintroducing the creatures could provide a natural way of eradicating grey squirrels, and allow red squirrels to re-establish their populations.Red squirrels are small and light enough to scamper to the ends of branches out of reach of hungry pine martens, but the heavier greys are slower and spend more time foraging on the woodland floor, where they are easy prey. The Forestry Commission is currently deciding whether to allow the reintroduction of pine martens into the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. So far some 40 pine martens have been released from Scotland into Wales, and are being monitored with tracking devices.“The new insights emerging from this elegant study are very exciting indeed,” said a spokesman for the Forestry Commission. “Landscapes supporting pine martens could reduce the numbers of grey squirrels to the point where the damage they cause is significantly reduced or even stops.”“We are exploring the feasibility of reintroducing pine martens to the Forest of Dean working with the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, Vincent Wildlife Trust and others partners.”Christopher Sutherland of the University of Massachusetts, who carried out his doctoral work at Aberdeen added: “Our analysis suggests that we can achieve conservation objectives twice over by allowing a native species, the pine marten, to spread naturally while conserving our precious red squirrel.”We’ve potentially found an answer that doesn’t require the high cost of eradication.”The research was published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The new insights emerging from this elegant study are very exciting indeed.The Forestry Commission Red squirrels are lighter and more agile than greys so can escape from pine martens Credit:Peter Trimming
Firefighters have saved some “iconic” buildings in the centre of Glasgow, including the 114-year-old Pavilion Theatre, after tackling a “massive blaze” in the city’s Sauchiehall Street.More than 120 firefighters were involved in containing the fire as local residents were urged to say indoors due to the possible presence of asbestos in the dense smoke.Several buildings had to be evacuated and local residents were advised to keep their windows closed at the height of the operation.Assistant Chief Officer Lewis Ramsay praised the firefighters who faced an “inferno” when they entered the building where the fire started and said they had carried out some “really aggressive firefighting”.He added: “It was a really complicated fire with an extensive fire spread, spreading across a number of older tenement-style buildings.”I am delighted to say we have managed to contain it within the block that was affected and more importantly we have managed to protect and save some iconic premises round about, most notably the Pavilion Theatre. I can’t tell you how relieved I am no-one was injured.” Witnesses said the fire was spreadingCredit:Alamy One onlooker said: “It’s a massive blaze and it appears to be spreading. The amount of smoke is quite incredible.”Firefighters were also spotted gaining entry to the nearby Pavilion Theatre. Iain Gordon, general manager of the theatre, at one point expressed concern that the flames could “leap across the lane”. The scene in the centre of GlasgowCredit:PA The well-known nightspot occupies the upper floors of the property and flames could be seen in the roof. “Operations control mobilised a number of fire engines to Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, where firefighters are currently on the scene working to extinguish the fire.”Crews have safely evacuated the occupants of several nearby properties.” Firefighters tackling a major blaze in the centre of GlasgowCredit:PA He added: “Our problem at the moment will be smoke damage because it’s gone right into the side of the building. We are very concerned. The building has been there for a long time and is a major part of Glasgow.” Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister, said the incident appeared to be “extremely serious” and praised the firefighters tackling the “extremely challenging” blaze.Hope Street was closed to all traffic between Bath Street and Renfrew Street, with Renfield Street also closed between Renfrew Street and Bath Street while emergency services dealt with the incident.An SFRS spokesman said: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was alerted at 8.18am to reports of a well-developed fire which had taken hold within the roof space of a commercial premises. Glasgow people please be careful avoid Sauchiehall Street, massive fire pic.twitter.com/hFEBhZ7CJY— Lucy Armstrong (@_lucyarmstrong) March 22, 2018 The fire is thought to have started at around 8.20am in the upper floors of a building on the shopping thoroughfare.Photos on social media showed smoke billowing from shop fronts opposite the former British Home Stores building. The #SauchiehallStreet fire as of 11.30am post being evacuated. #Glasgow corner of Renfield & Bath Street! pic.twitter.com/Alb3RXn0wP— Suzie (@suzieadkennedy) March 22, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
“We want an end to this, we want to grieve. Our patience has been exhausted and our trust failed.” Mr Anwar listed six allegations in the civil action including a claim that the manner of restraint used by the officers was “not reasonable, proportionate or necessary and resulted in Sheku suffering positional asphyxiation”. He said the civil action would be paused if any charges were brought over the death.Mr Anwar said: “Sheku’s family have always said if he broke the law then arrest him, but any use of force had to be lawful, proportionate and necessary in the circumstances, but he did not deserve to die.”Last Friday a summons was served on the present chief constable for the actions of officers three years ago under the leadership of then chief constable Stephen House. The action for damages in the Court of Session is for £1.85 million in the name of his family.”He also called for the resignation of the Pirc commissioner Kate Frame, saying the watchdog had failed “to adhere to its values of integrity, impartiality and respect”. Collette Bell, Mr Bayoh’s partner, with solicitor Aamer AnwarCredit:PA “The family believe it would be very different if it had been members of the public involved. If it had been nine door stewards that had restrained a member of the public, used weapons and that individual dropped down dead, I suspect the Crown Office would not have taken three years to decide if it would end up in a court of law or not.”The Crown Office said it had been a “complex and challenging investigation”, and no timescale could be put in place for a ruling on potential charges.A spokesman said: “This has been a complex and challenging investigation and while there is still some further work to do, considerable progress has been made in the last few months.”It is not appropriate at this stage to commit to any timescales given the nature of the investigation, however it’s anticipated a full report will be submitted for the consideration of Crown Counsel, the most senior lawyers in the Crown Office, in due course.”A spokesman for the Pirc said that at all stages the commissioner had acted under the direction of the Lord Advocate, who has ultimate responsibility for the investigation of deaths in Scotland.He added: “The Pirc conducted an extensive and detailed investigation into Mr Bayoh’s death. More than 500 statements were obtained by Pirc investigators who also gathered evidence from a wide range of experts, including those suggested by the Bayoh family and their legal representatives to give a greater understanding of events leading to Mr Bayoh’s death. Collette Bell and Kadi Johnson arriving at a press conference with Aamer AnwarCredit:PA He added: “I wish to state on behalf of Sheku’s family that the investigation into the death of Sheku Bayoh was a national disgrace.”The passage of time means that memories fade and evidence disappears or deteriorates.”The family had hoped that by now the Lord Advocate would have made a decision whether he is going to criminally prosecute the police officers concerned or Police Scotland. Three years on and he still hasn’t made his mind up. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “The commissioner submitted a report to the Lord Advocate in August 2015. A further report containing evidence gathered from a number of expert witnesses was submitted in August 2016 and the Pirc has undertaken any additional enquiry requested by the Crown.” An investigation into the death of a man in police custody has been described as a “national disgrace” as his family launched a £1.8 million civil case against Police Scotland.Sheku Bayoh, 31, died after being restrained by officers responding to a call in Kirkcaldy in May, 2015.On the eve of the third anniversary of the incident, the family’s lawyer Aamer Anwar said Police Scotland, the Crown Office and the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) had left the grieving family with no answers.Mr Bayoh’s relatives, including his partner Collette Bell and his sister Kadi Johnson, are suing Scotland’s most senior police officer in the first legal case of its kind, claiming the death could have been avoided.Ms Bell said: “We will fight to make sure Shek gets the justice he deserves. I ask you, how long would you fight if your loved one was unlawfully killed? What would you want in place to ensure your loved one had justice? You would continue to fight and campaign.”Mr Bayoh’s sister added: “We have kept an open mind and kept faith in the justice system, but waiting for three years with no answers has been soul destroying.
The research also found that as young people get older they are less likely to have sexual partners, with more than 90% of those who had lost their virginity having done so before 19-years-old. “The women are always up for it with beautiful hard bodies and the men have permanent erections. That is daunting to young people.”The fear for young men is of being humiliated that they can’t live up to that, plus the fear of exposure in your Facebook group.”If those who refused to answer the question were also virgins, the figure rises to one in six , according to Steve McKay, professor in social research at Lincoln University. The ‘fear of exposure’ on social media has been suggested as a possible reason why young people are waiting longer to have sexCredit:Dominic Lipinksi/PA The Next Steps project began in 2004 and monitored pupils attending state and independent schools across England. The UCL Institute of Education, part of University College London, took over the study in 2013. Millennials are waiting longer to have sex, with one in eight still virgins at 26 years old, new research has found.The sharp rise in the number of young people waiting longer to have sex may be because of a “fear of intimacy” and the pressure of social media, according to analysts.The Next Steps project, the brainchild of the Department for Education which is now managed by University College London, has tracked 16,000 people born in 1989-90 since they were 14.The interviews, conducted in 2016, discovered a rise in the number of Millenials waiting longer to have sex compared to previous generations, where one in 20 reported still being virgins at around the same age.Susanna Abse, a psychoanalytic psychotherapist at the Balint Consultancy, told the Sunday Times: “Millenials have been brought up in a culture of hypersexuality which has bred a fear of intimacy. 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.
Motorists will no longer be hit with rip-off petrol prices at motorway service stations under a Government crackdown which could see electronic signs erected at the roadside. Filling up an average car can cost around £10 more at motorway service stations than at other pumps, data shows. The scheme is being introduced just weeks after the Transport Minister warned high prices at motorway service station pumps were “exploiting” motorists, encouraging them to drive with dangerously low tanks. The vast majority of motorway services are controlled by Moto, Welcome Break and Roadchef.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––It means drivers approaching services are likely to be told the cost of petrol in pounds and pence, with electronic road signs as well as digital warnings also being considered.In Italy, where signs on motorway stations informing motorists of prices have already been introduced, average mark-ups have fallen by 20 per cent, the Competition and Markets Authority said. “As we’ve seen abroad, giving drivers information on prices before they stop can force service stations to compete and bring down prices.””We now plan to work with the government to make sure drivers get to see the prices of fuel on their journey so they can choose early to avoid getting stung”. The scheme is a joint project between the CMA, the Department for Transport, and Highways England which maintains the UK’s motorways. A CMA spokesperson said: “The fastest route to deliver savings for drivers on Britain’s motorways is to make sure they know how much they’ll have to pay before they fill up so they can choose the cheapest option and send a clear signal to those charging high prices. Last month in a letter to the CMA, Transport Minister Chris Grayling, “I am concerned that which are higher than any other forecourts may exploit users in a situation where there is less choice and competition and discourage motorists from stopping and refueling, when, for safety reasons, they should.”He cited an RAC study which warned that one in five drivers drove with “just enough petrol to get by” on motorways because of the prohibitively high price. Last night motoring groups welcomed the CMA and the Government’s decision to intervene to better inform motorists about fuel prices. A spokesman at the AA, said: “Millions of UK motorists who have learnt to avoid extortionate motorway service area fuel prices like the plague, welcome today’s intervention on this long-running motoring headache.” 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 new initiative is also being backed by NHS Scotland, Public Health England’s Rise Above campaign and MPs including the all-party parliamentary group on social media and young people’s mental health which last month launched an inquiry into the impact of social media.Research by the royal society found one in five people lost sleep during the night to check messages. It also found heavier users of social media – particularly girls – were more likely to report poor mental health and seven in 10 young people had experienced cyberbullying.It wants social media firms to do more to identify people with mental health problems and provide advice to them, introduce pop-up heavy use warnings at, for example, two-hour intervals and for digitally-manipulated photographs to be tagged as such.It is also proposes children should have lessons in how to handle social media as part of compulsory Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) lessons.To find out more and sign up to take part in the campaign from July 20, you can go to www.scrollfreeseptember.org After the success of Movember the NHS has endorsed a mental health campaign to get children to give up social media for 30 days.Claire Murdoch, NHS England’s national director for mental health, said the campaign for people to sign up for a “Scroll-Free September” highlighted growing concerns that social media was contributing to a potential “epidemic” in mental ill health among young people.The campaign is the brainchild of Britain’s oldest public health body, The Royal Society for Public Health, whose poll to launch it showed two thirds of people would consider giving up social media for the 30 days of September. It is the first time it has been tried anywhere in the world.Ms Murdoch said the crisis fuelled by social media demonstrated why there needed to be “a major ramp up of services to deal with the mental health problems as part of the NHS 10-year plan”.She added: “We need to see concerted action, with everyone taking responsibility, including social media giants, so the NHS is not left to pick up the pieces of a mental health epidemic in the next generation.”In the royal society poll, a third of social media users and half of young users, aged 18 to 34, believed quitting social media for a month would help them sleep, better improve their real-world relationships and benefit their mental health and well being. In an exclusive article for The Daily Telegraph to launch the initiative, Shirley Cramer, the royal society’s chief executive, said its own research showed social media increased young people’s anxiety, depression, trouble sleeping, body image concerns and fear of missing out through the addictive psychological techniques used by the firms to keep people online.Echoing the Telegraph’s Duty of Care campaign for greater legal protection of children against online harms, she said the social media firms needed to “redesign their products with human well being at their core – not as an afterthought.”She added: “Another part of that rebalancing is about examining and retaking control of our own relationships with social media. That is why, today, we are announcing the launch of the first ever Scroll Free September – a unique opportunity to break from all social media accounts for 30 days.”As evidence of the addictive quality of social media, half of 18 to 34 year olds admitted it would be hard or “impossible” to give up social media for 30 days. One in 10 18 to 24 year olds said it would be impossible.The royal society, the world’s oldest public health body, is therefore offering some “scroll-free-lite” options for people signing up to the campaign website which include giving up social media in the evening, at social events, in the bedroom, at work or at school.Scroll Free September mirrors similar campaigns including Movember (to promote men’s health), Stoptober (to encourage smokers to quit the habit) and Dry January (to refrain from alcohol after the potential excesses of the festive season). Research by the royal society found heavier users of social media – particularly girls – were more likely to report poor mental healthCredit:Peter Byrne/ PA 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 Mould advised that if you’re planning on spending less than £50 online then it’s not too much of a concern, but warned against potential buyers purchasing art for large sums of money, especially when the origin is not known.He said: “If it’s big money then unless you really really know what you’re doing you’ve got to meet the person and look at the object – fakery is so well done these days that it’s important that you judge the context to which you’re buying a painting in.”A spokesperson from eBay said: “eBay has a thriving art category with an Owner’s Rights protection scheme in place to stop anyone without copyright selling art that isn’t theirs.”On tonight’s episode of Fake or Fortune the duo will examine a still life painting claiming to be by British artist William Nicholson.The painting was bought by is current owner in 2006 for £165,000, but after it was left out of the artist’s latest catalogue raisonné the painting may now only be worth a few hundred pounds. Online auction sites such as eBay are boosting fake art sales, according to Fiona Bruce and dealer Philip Mould.As the much loved art show Fake or Fortune returns to the BBC this evening the show’s hosts have revealed that the internet is increasingly allowing people to trade fake art. Ahead of the seventh series, Ms Bruce said it was increasingly the case that forged artworks from China were being sold online, but that it was impossible to tell the difference between a fake and the real thing when you’re virtual shopping.“The internet has certainly changed things,” she said. “Legitimately you can bid in an auction through the internet. But the commercial sales of art of sites such as eBay has made the selling of fake art greater.“It can be very difficult to work out who sold or bought the art because you can hide your tracks on the internet. There are places in China that just churn out the art that looks like that of very famous artists but they’ve never been anywhere near the real artists.“You can buy an artwork online thinking it’s one thing, when you have no idea that it’s actually coming from China because you’re buying it online.” Ms Bruce said she had often seen examples of Lowry’s work being advertised online, but sellers would be very careful in the naming of their works, referring to a piece as ‘Lowry’ rather than ‘By Lowry’ to avoid being called a forger.She added: “Someone though for instance we had buy a genuine work off eBay, so it’s becoming very difficult to know what is real and what is fake.“The world has changed and now it’s so much more sophisticated on how we can tell if something is real and fake, but also the techniques used to try and mislead us.”The five-part series will air at 9pm on BBC one. Since launching in 2011, the hit show has grown to become the most popular art show on TV and it regularly draws in an audience of five million viewers.Art dealer Mr Mould said that changing trends had become a growing concern for legitimate businesses, and that new techniques were constantly being designed to trick dealers into thinking a fake could be the real thing.“I think I have seen a rise in the quantity of fake art around,” he said. “With all the technical brilliance it’s almost like an arms race with the fakers to see who can get the most sophisticated the first, and that is worrying.“We have unquestionably seen a rise in fake art moving hands through the internet. As a pretty accurate statistic about 70 per cent of the art that you see online that is being sold, not necessarily by reputable dealers but by individuals, are misrepresented and it’s extremely worrying.” Painting Glass Jug with Plates and Pears, attributed to William Nicholson, is examined in the first episode of the seventh series of Fake or Fortune Credit:Prudence Cumings Ms Bruce and Mr Mould with the painting under the spotlight in the first episode of the new series of Fake of Fortune, which starts on Sunday 12 August Credit:Rolf Marriott 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.
She added he had condemned her to a “life sentence”. In mitigation, Sutcliffe was said to have a background of alcohol and drug abuse, and had been referred to mental health services on numerous occasions but often disengaged.He claims he was infected himself by a man who sexually abused him and the allegation is currently under police investigation, the court heard.Detective Constable Emma Shuttleworth, of Lancashire Police, said: “Aaron Sutcliffe had numerous opportunities to tell both of his victims that he was HIV positive and he failed to do so.”His intention may not have been to harm but he has been as reckless as it is possible to be and he has demonstrated a flagrant disregard for the health of these two women, whose lives and the lives of their families have been changed irrevocably through his actions.” The two offences took place on various dates between 2009 and 2016. Sutcliffe was said to have had “ample opportunity” to reveal all to his first victim before she began hearing rumours that he had HIV.Even when confronted, the court heard, he continued to feign ignorance as he agreed to taking a test and then tricked the woman into believing they received their diagnoses at the same time.Sutcliffe’s second victim contracted the virus after he complained he was struggling to put a condom on. She told the court that Sutcliffe had robbed her of “precious early months of bonding” with her child as she took to wearing gloves to feed and change the infant. A man who “deliberately” infected two women with HIV told a court he got the virus when a man sexually abused him. Aaron Sutcliffe, 29, of Fleetwood, Lancashire, was sentenced to six years and nine months in prison after admitting two counts of inflicting grievous bodily harm.Sutcliffe was diagnosed with HIV in 2008 but failed to disclose the fact to his two victims, who both remain terrified they will pass on the virus to their children.The court heard following Sutcliffe’s diagnosis he was offered counselling, treatment and advised of his moral and legal responsibilities towards future partners.But the court heard he disengaged from services and ‘buried his head in the sand’, and slept with the two women – between 2009 and 2016 – without telling them he had HIV. One of the women told Preston Crown Court that the defendant had “condemned” her to a “life sentence”.Sentencing, Judge Philip Parry told Sutcliffe he had had a “moral and legal obligation” to bring his status to the attention of any potential sexual partner.He said: “You wilfully and deliberately withheld your status to two women that you professed to care for. That was deceitful, calculated and manipulative.”You took the coward’s way out, kept your silence and infected them. You had no right to do so. “You bore an overwhelming responsibility for your own selfish actions which have left such devastation in your wake.”Judge Parry also imposed a sexual harm prevention order on Sutcliffe which – until further notice – prohibits him from engaging in lawful sex with another person unless he has told them he has HIV and they understood and acknowledged the disclosure.Previously, Sutcliffe was subject to an order which required him to provide contact details of partners to Lancashire Police’s public protection unit and then wait for written approval before having intercourse wearing a condom.The court heard Sutcliffe, of Westhead Walk, was not classed as a dangerous offender but poses a high risk of reoffending by not telling partners about his condition. 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.
Police who launched a major manhunt after a pensioner was stabbed to death on the doorstep of his Devon home have found a body in a car at a nearby beauty spot.A murder investigation was launched on Sunday evening after a man in his 70s was killed at his home in Kingsteignton close to Torquay.In a statement issued on Monday morning, detectives said they were urgently hunting the suspect who was still at large.But a short time later Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed that they had discovered a man’s body in a car around seven miles away near Labrador Bay, Sheldon.Police said they were treating the death as suspected suicide and were exploring links between the two cases. He said: “We were awake and we saw all the blue lights, then a big police Range Rover pulled up outside, armed police got out with their guns and a police officer came and knocked on our door and asked if we had seen or heard anything. It’s all a bit close to home, you don’t expect it to happen in Kingsteignton.”Neighbours said the couple who live in the cordoned off house were a “sweet couple who walk their two little white dogs”. The suspected murder took place at a property on a private road in Kingsteignton on Sunday night.There were claims that the attack took place on the pensioner’s doorstep and was witnessed by a member of his family.One neighbour, Wendy Roberts, said: “My house backs on to the house where the incident took place as it was right at the back of our garden.”You never expect anything like that around here, it’s very quiet at that time of night as everyone is in, watching TV.”We didn’t like to look because at first we thought it was someone who was ill, then we saw the police van.”I do know some of the people who live down there but not at the house where police were coming and going.”Resident Martin Alford said he heard a woman outside screaming after the incident took place. 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. “At this time we are appealing for witnesses and we would like to hear from anyone who was in the vicinity of Chockland Road between midday Sunday 9 June and midnight. “We are also keen to hear from anyone who was in the vicinity of Labrador Bay in Shaldon and saw a Blue Skoda Fabia between midday Sunday 9 June and 11am today, Monday 10 June.” Detective Superintendent Mike West, Head of Major Crime and Serious and Organised Crime said: “We have launched a major investigation following last night’s murder. “Late this morning we were also made aware of a body of a man found deceased within a car near Labrador Bay, Shaldon. This death is not currently being treated as suspicious and we are responding to the incident as a suspected suicide. The police are currently investigating the link between this and the incident in Chockland Road, Kingsteignton
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt’s Cultural Advisor, Chronicle Director calls for “torching” of Guyana Times, Evening News/TVGJanuary 31, 2017In “latest news”Police report filed against Johnson who’s under fire for inciting arson, vandalismFebruary 1, 2017In “Local News”UPDATE: Police still trying to locate Johnson over “torching” threats – Commander HickenFebruary 1, 2017In “latest news” …against Guyana Times, Evening News/TVGCultural Policy Advisor attached to the Ministry of Education Ruel JohnsonInews has been reliably informed that Police are en-route to arrest Government’s Cultural Policy Advisor and Director of the Guyana National Newspaper Limited, Ruel Johnson, and have him escorted to the Ruimveldt Police Station over the threats he made on social media, when he called for the “torching” of the Sanata Complex, which houses most prominently the Guyana Times newspaper, Television Guyana (TVG) and Radio Guyana Inc 89.5.On Monday, the Cultural Policy Advisor posted the comments – which also included a call for the destruction of the recently implemented but controversial, parking meters.He stated: “Here’s my idea for a united Guyanese protest against impunity and tenderpreneurship – go break down all the parking meters and then proceed to torch the Sanata complex.”Johnson explicitly made the connection between the Sanata Complex, QAII, its owner and the media group consisting of the Guyana Times newspaper, TVG and Radio Guyana Inc. (89.5) which according to him should all be ‘torched’.The Government of Guyana has since distanced itself from the threat made on social media by its Cultural Policy Advisor, Ruel Johnson.Education Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine told media operatives that he would seek an explanation from the Johnson, while referring to the Ministry’s Cultural Advisor’s threat “strange.”Dr Roopnaraine made it clear that such comments were not reflective of the Government or its views.“Certainly not! I don’t know where that came from or what it’s about. When I see him, I will ask him. It was brought to my attention and I would like an explanation on it,” Dr Roopnaraine had said.A Police report was filed by the head of security at the media entity with the Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID), yesterday.In Chapter 8:01 of Guyana’s Criminal Law (Offences) Act, Title four, Section 35, the charge of ‘Attempt, incitement and threat’s applies to “Everyone who, in any case where no express provision is made by this Act, or by any other written law for the time being in force, for the punishment thereof, attempts to commit or incite or attempts to incite any other person to commit felony not punishable with imprisonment for seven years or more, or any misdemeanour under this Act shall be guilty of a misdemeanour and liable to imprisonment for one year.”In Section 36, the Act goes on to cite that in cases where the felony cited incurs imprisonment of seven years or more, the act of incitement carries imprisonment for two years. According to the laws of Guyana, arson is an indictable offence usually carrying a minimum sentence of three years and a maximum of five years.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOPINION: Eyewitness – Jawboning…July 26, 2019In “latest news”EYEWITNESS: Tragedy…June 14, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Pappy show…May 24, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” …on elections riggingIt looks like folks are finally listening to your (barefoot) Eyewitness crying in the wilderness (so it seemed!) about the ground being laid for first delaying, and then rigging if necessary, the scheduled 2020 general elections. As he’d explained, the two-year delay – like the one from 1990 to 1992 – will ensure oil is flowing by then, and (hopefully) the good times are rolling.If, in fact, the latter scenario plays out, there will be no need to rig – whether with a scalpel or a sledge hammer. But crucial to everything is to drag out the elections. And as a Government filled with military types, they aren’t just rolling out a single plan. There are plans A, B, C and the entire alphabet drafted to handle all possible contingencies.In play right now is the “delay option” through foot dragging and digging in of heels on the GECOM Chairman. Apart from the mice playing with (and eating out) the cheese while the cat’s away, if a chairman isn’t found by 2020, then there will be no legitimised elections. Delaying the elections then becomes the ONLY option feasible, no?But we just heard about another delay option…which sounds even more convincing to your Eyewitness. It’s so good it could even be Option A. This is the “need for constitutional change” option. The international community – A,B,C,D and the whole alphabet soup of countries – has pronounced on the need for constitutional change. Seminars have been held. (Pliable) front groups have been formed to push the (fine) point. The Government insists it “believes” in constitutional change.The PM Minister’s even been allocated $80 million dollars for countrywide “consultations” on the subject – after a high-powered group held a year of hearings and came up with a raft (or a canoe) of proposals.A hint about this new “delay option” came when Pressie dismissed those proposals as being gathered behind four walls! He – a man who launches CoIs sitting within four walls at the drop of a beret – insisted the entire country must be canvassed! Presumably in open spaces. Hence the $80 million. But nothing’s been done since by the PM, and even though he’s no Speedy Gonzalez, the delay is ominous.So, at a high-powered gathering, the ex-chair of the AFC (who just happens to be the fella who led the “four walls” constitutional initiative) opined there ain’t no way consultations would be completed by 2020.His successor as AFC Chair, who just happens to be the Public Security Minister, stoutly asserted there ain’t no way he’s going to ALLOW any delays on elections.Really?? And exactly how will this be done? Holding his breath??…on tradeYour Eyewitness has been following the emanations from the Business Summit sponsored by our Private Sector. Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, for instance, was on the critical panel on trade. Incidentally, this fella Greenidge takes his designation much too literally. Being a “Foreign” Minister doesn’t mean he has to be “foreign” all the time!! Or is it he and Pressie can’t be in the same hole at the same time??!!Anyhow, Greenidge moaned about us not breaking out of the traditional EIGHT primary products (he expanded on Pressie’s “six curses”) and wondered when our Private Sector would get its act together. But hold it! What about that Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) he negotiated on behalf of CariCom with Europe? Wasn’t this supposed to ensure “value added” gets shipped to Europe?Jagdeo was upset with the deal, but Greenidge said “not to worry”!! Yeah right!!Incidentally, whatever happened to the big bucks that came via “Aid for Trade” to help the Private Sector add value??…on Police Top BrassIf one CoI’s delivering results, it’s the one into the alleged assassination plot against Pressie.The recommendation is to axe the entire top brass. So, is a sergeant to take over?Cause Ramjattan said, unlike TT, Guyana’s not looking foreign.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFour sentenced to death in brutal rape case in IndiaSeptember 13, 2013In “World”Indonesian teenager raped by brother jailed for abortionJuly 23, 2018In “latest news”Man found guilty of raping a child gets two life sentencesMarch 28, 2018In “Court” New Delhi (CNN) A fast-track court in India has sentenced two men to life in prison for the rape and impregnation of their 10-year old niece, in the northern city of Chandigarh, police confirmed Thursday. The victim gave birth to a baby girl via caesarian section in August.The brothers, 38 and 44, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were also fined 305,000 rupees each ($4,800) according to Senior Superintendent of Chandigarh police, Nilambari Jagadale.The family of the victim greeted the news with a mix of relief and disappointment, having called on the judge to deliver death sentences.“The father was of the view that this was the worst kind of crime that can be committed with a small child and the rapists must be hanged,” said Alakh Alok Srivastava, the lawyer who represented the victim’s family.With the court cases complete, both the victim and her family are now attempting to return to normalcy, Srivastava said. The victim’s baby was placed in the care of Chandigarh’s child welfare committee immediately after birth, confirmed Srivastava.Parole or a reduction in the sentencing of the two brothers is unlikely, said Srivastava.Police initially arrested only one maternal uncle. The search for a second suspect was initiated only after forensic tests failed to show a match between the DNA of the girl’s baby and samples taken from the first uncle.“We got the baby’s DNA tested by our forensic department, and it matched the (sample taken from the) second uncle,” Jagadale told CNN in October.The second, younger uncle was arrested September 19 after the girl named him during a counseling session.Denied an abortionThe girl, who gave birth on August 18 at the Government Medical College and Hospital in Chandigarh, had the baby only after India’s Supreme Court rejected the family’s plea for an abortion in July, based on the opinions of eight doctors and an examination of the girl.The girl was 35 weeks’ pregnant, according to the Hindustan Times.Under India’s Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, the country does not permit abortion beyond the first 20 weeks of pregnancy unless the individual is granted special permission from the courts.The girl’s family did not approach the authorities about the pregnancy until the 26th or 27th week, Srivastava told CNN during a previous interview.The girl’s doctor told CNN that she was unaware she was pregnant. Her parents told her she needed surgery for a kidney stone problem, and refused to allow medical professionals to tell their child the truth, said her doctor, who did not wish to be named.Grim recordThe harrowing story has garnered press attention across India, a country still grappling with issues of sexual assault following the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape — a particularly brutal case that resulted in protests and a renewed debate around the status of women in the nation.Despite attempts by the government to increase penalties for sexual assault, the number of reported rapes rose by 50% between 2011 and 2016.India has a grim record of sexual assaults on minors, with 20,000 cases of rape or sexual assaults reported in 2015, according to government data reported by Agence France-Presse.In May, the high court allowed a 10-year-old from the northern state of Haryana who had been raped to abort her fetus at nearly 21 weeks into the pregnancy.CNN’s Sugam Pokharel contributed to this report.
Vendors of the Stabroek Market Wharf will finally be able to resume their trade, as construction of stalls commences for their relocation at the Route 42 Bus Park.<<
This issue of IMPN includes news from two companies working in Sierra Leone – Titanium Resources Group and Cluff Gold. Both comment on the new government and their hopes for the future of democracy in that area – a country with much mining potential still to be realised.Corriente Resources has announced a preliminary assessment of its Panantza–San Carlos copper project in Ecuador and is moving towards construction of a starter operation at its Mirador copper-gold operation. Mirador is one of the few new, sizeable copper projects available for near-term production. Corriente looks very interesting, controlling a 100% interest in over 50,000 ha located within the Corriente Copper Belt, Ecuador. The Belt currently contains four copper and copper-gold porphyry deposits: Mirador, Mirador Norte, Panantza and San Carlos. Additional exploration activities are ongoing, as six additional copper and copper-gold exploration targets have been identified in the Corriente Copper Belt to date.This week has seen a number of announcements from ArcelorMittal confirming a greater involvement of the world’s largest steel company in mining projects. These developments are in molybdenum in the US, manganese in South Africa and coal in Mozambique. ArcelorMittal is flexing is muscles in lining up raw material supplies. It is acquiring a stake in General Moly (and has an offtake agreement). General Moly’s primary asset is the Mt Hope project along with a second molybdenum property, the Hall-Tonopah project.Also, ArcelorMittal and Kalagadi Manganese have announced a strategic equity partnership in respect of the development of Kalagadi’s manganese resources. The 50/50 joint venture will see the development in South Africa of a manganese mine, beneficiation plant and sinter complex in the Northern Cape Province and a smelter complex in Coega. The famous Rio Tinto mine in Spain could come back into production next year. And, also in copper, China Metallurgical Group Corp and Jiangxi Copper Co plan to invest some $3.7 billion to develop a large copper mine at Aynak in Afghanistan.Mines going into production include View Resources Bronzewing gold project, with production targeted at 30,000 oz. October’s production of 8,830 oz represents a 50% increase over the previous quarter’s monthly average, providing further evidence of the production ramp-up on site. This performance takes Bronzewing another significant step closer to achieving its average annualised forecast of 120,000 oz.Atlantic Coal (formerly Summit Resources), has commenced trading on AIM following the acquisition of the Stockton Coal Group (SCG) in Pennsylvania, USA, which was approved by its shareholders on November 13. Atlantic Coal is an open-pit production and processing business focussing on incremental reserves of high grade coal for immediate and near term production. VANE Minerals and its 100% owned Mexican subsidiary, Minerales VANE have achieved start-up at the 120 t/d mill/flotation plant located at San Dieguito de Arriba, some 30 km from the company’s underground Diablito silver/gold mine. Lynas owns the richest known deposit of rare earths (lanthanides), in the world at Mt Weld, near Laverton in Western Australia. This deposit underpins Lynas’ strategy to create a reliable, fully integrated source of rare earths supply from the mine. The mining contractor is currently on site and mining has commenced. Titanium Resources Group (TRG) has commissioned the second dredge (Dredge D2) at its Sierra Rutile mine in Sierra Leone. Dredge D2, which will double rutile production capacity to 200,000 t/y was officially commissioned by the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, His Excellency, Ernest Bai Koroma. The dredge is expected to start commercial production in December and TRG expects to begin shipping the material produced by Dredge D2 in the first quarter of 2008.To receive the full 30+ page report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTTON), or contact email@example.com
Seeing Machines has been awarded a $1.5million order for its Driver State System (DSS) from BHP Billiton. It follows a 17-truck trial at Mining Area C and Eastern Ridge, in the Pilbara, northwest Australia. In all, 110 trucks will be equipped with the devices, which use Seeing Machines’ breakthrough eye-tracking technology. It’s one of a series of similar transactions with the world’s big miners. The group also has a deal with American firm Caterpillar, which has been agreed to roll out the DSS via its dealer network.The DSS solution is a robust, automatic platform that uses cutting edge eye tracking algorithms to detect operator drowsiness and distraction. It has been specifically designed for straightforward deployment into vehicles and environments where fatigue and attention must be monitored and managed in real time.The DSS-IVS (in vehicle system) uses a small, console-mounted camera to track operator eye behaviour, determine the driver’s drowsiness state and detect micro sleeps the instant they occur. Audio and seat vibration alarms immediately alert the operator, and site dispatchers are notified of incidents in real-time.The DSS system works equally well day and night, even if an operator wears tinted safety glasses or prescription eyewear. And, says Seeing Machines, “unlike other companies’ solutions that require drivers to wear awkward proprietary ‘tethered’ glasses with infrared eye sensors or caps with brain monitoring electrodes, DSS is non-contact and requires no calibration. Your drivers just get in and drive.”
CRCMining’s latest research in automation mining excavators addresses the problem of planning and executing automated excavation sequences to minimise cost, with a novel multiple-level-of-detail approach. Automation of large excavators will deliver significantly higher productivity and lower duty through consistent operation. As well as removing the operator, operational variability is reduced through the elimination of human factors. Significant improvements in productivity are also expected through the application of algorithms that optimise machine operation.An automated mining excavator requires the capability to plan its work, or missions, replacing the functions currently performed by the operator in deciding where to dig from next and when and where to move to in excavating a block of material. The mission planning problem for excavators is to find the most efficient digging sequence to remove identified blocks of material. The solution of this problem involves finding the answers to three coupled questions: ‘When to move?’, ‘Where to move?’ and ‘What to dig?’. This set of three questions is called the Tactical Movement Problem or TMP.TMP is a combinatorial optimisation problem. There are many possible digging sequences that could be used to excavate a material block; the desire is to find the best of these sequences. The best sequence is that which minimises the overall cost of excavation. This cost may be the time taken to excavate the block, or the energy needed, or a hybrid cost function combining time, energy, wear on a machine and other relevant factors.CRCMining’s research addresses the problem of planning and executing excavation sequences to minimise excavation cost. The ability to solve the problem within the time normally available between digs is of crucial importance. The investigation has shown that wavelet transformation can be used to generate coarse approximations of the terrain to be excavated, which are in turn used to produce task plans rapidly. The coarse plans are used as a guide for planning at successively finer levels of detail thus maintaining the near globally optimal solution while reducing computation time.This algorithm has been implemented on a scale robotic excavator and the approach is evaluated by comparison with a greedy algorithm with five-fold improvement in time and energy to complete a given excavation task. The multiple level of detail algorithm is shown to be robust to working in a scaled mining environment. This verification of the algorithm shows that the multiple-level-of-detail algorithm meets the requirements for a fully autonomous excavation task planner.Original contributions are made toward automated excavation through the design, implementation and verification of an optimisation based tactical level planner. The general nature of the algorithm makes it suitable for implementation in other task planning problems in which a surface environment must be manipulated by a mobile robot.This work was the topic of PhD student Peter Beasley’s thesis, supervised by CRCMining’s Automation Program Leader Professor Ross McAree, recently completed in June 2013.“This work is an excellent foundation for the next step in the automation challenge and we are hoping that the industry will continue to support our efforts to develop cost reducing technology,” said McAree. “The Centre has been fortunate to have many excellent young engineers complete PhDs with us. Peter Beasley is among the most talented and I highly commend the work he has done in the conduct of his PhD. Outstanding original research on complex and challenging problem.”
Weir Group PLC has entered into an agreement to acquire Trio Engineered Products, the Chinese-American manufacturer of crushing and separation equipment for the mining and aggregates markets, for an enterprise value of $220m. Weir will acquire 100% of Trio Engineered Products (Hong Kong) Ltd for $133 million with the balance of the consideration relating to the acquisition of 100% of Trio Engineered Products, Inc in the US. Founded in 1998, Trio designs and manufactures a range of crushers, screens, feeders, washers and material handling solutions for the aggregates and minerals markets.Trio provides engineered solutions for heavy duty applications utilising its broad range of robust equipment and has developed a strong position in Chinese mining and US aggregates markets. The company employs around 700 people across its operations in China and the US, with revenues growing from $74 million in 2010 to $108 million in 2013.Weir amongst other mining application areas is a global market leader in the provision of pumping equipment to the mining mill circuit, where rock is separated from ore. The acquisition of Trio will build upon Weir’s recent successful entry into the adjacent comminution segment of the mill circuit. “This agreement will allow Weir Minerals to build upon its successful comminution strategy,” Keith Cochrane, Chief Executive, Weir Group, says.“We will use our group’s unrivalled global capability to promote Trio’s range of complementary products, extending our addressable market and offering our mining customers a wider range of highly engineered equipment and services. Trio’s established manufacturing capability and its scale and presence in aggregates markets also provides a further platform for growth.”In addition, Weir Minerals’ global platform and relationships across mining markets will be utilised to accelerate Trio’s original equipment revenue growth and capture a greater proportion of the aftermarket opportunity from the installed base of Trio equipment. Trio has limited service presence outside of China.It will also allow for cross-selling of Weir’s product range in the sand and aggregates markets through Trio’s well established sales channels in North America and China. Mike Burke, Chief Executive of Trio, said: “This agreement is strategically compelling for Trio, allowing the company to leverage Weir’s market-leading service centre network to accelerate growth and better serve our customers’ aftermarket needs on a truly global basis.”The sand and aggregate markets accounted for 56% of Trio’s revenues in 2013. Trio is based in Shanghai, China, where it has two manufacturing plants. The company also has facilities in the US. In 2013, 31% of revenue was generated in North America, mainly in the growing aggregates sector, while 25% was derived from China, mainly serving the domestic mining industry. The balance was spread broadly across Australia, South America, Africa and Europe. In 2014, Trio is expected to generate revenues of $120 million, with operating profit margins broadly in-line with that of the Weir Minerals division.Trio is being acquired from majority owner Navis Capital and the company’s management team. Trio’s three founders have agreed to remain with the company following acquisition. Completion of the acquisition is subject to the fulfillment of certain conditions and is anticipated to take place before the end of October 2014.
Mark Benz, Vice President, Technologies, Sherritt International Corporation (Canada) will be a Keynote Speaker at Alta 2017. May 20-27 in Perth, Western Australia. His presentation will address the challenges and strategies involved in technology development and implementation, including the key need for training and support of the technology user’s personnel.
← Previous Story Metalurg with 7.000 fans waiting for HSV Next Story → AG Copenhagen’s owner, Kasi Jesper: We will win EHF CL next year! AG CopenhagenEHF Champions LeagueHC Partizan BelgradeJoachim Boldsen Legendary Danish playmaker, Joachim Boldsen – Traktor has to go “under the knife” since he has problem with a meniscus in his knee.– I have problems with the meniscus. Knee swollen, and it is something to be operated. But only in the summer when there is time. It’s nothing dangerous, but tease sometimes. And on Wednesday it was bad – says Boldsen, however, showed in the secure Champions League victory over Partizan Belgrade 29:23 that a few days break can do wonders.source: sporten.dk