An inquest into the tragic death of James Scott-Lee, the much-respected Chairman of estate agency group Chancellors, has heard how the 66-year-old was killed by his own horses within the stables of his estate in the village of Kirtlington, Oxfordshire on October 27th last year.James, who had headed up Chancellors Group since the 1990s and was a very keen horse and carriage enthusiast, had been out for a seven-mile drive with his driver and a friend and, after returning to his stables, had helped unhook the horses from the vehicle.The inquest was told that one of the horses lunged forward, knocking him over and, when the second horse also became agitated, the carriage was subsequently ridden over him.James remained conscious and initially complained only of pains in his shoulder and tingling in his hands but after being taken by ambulance to the John Radcliffe Hospital outside Oxford, scans revealed multiple fractures to his ribs and he was kept in for observation.His condition deteriorated and it was later discovered that he had suffered a broken vertebrae and a stroke.James was then rushed to a specialist unit at St George’s Hospital in South London where his family were told that he had suffered extensive brain damage. He died the next day. Coroner Darren Salter recorded a conclusion of accidental death.ExpansionJames steered Chancellors through a period of significant expansion and at the time of his death was a director of three other estate agents controlled by Chancellors including Anscombe and Ringland, Bonsor Pennington and Russell as well as Baldwin & Bright.He was also an active member of the RICS and during the late noughties was interviewed by its website alongside Sarah Beeny about the spread of online agents. His son, Robert Scott-Lee, is Managing Director of Chancellors Group.james scott-lee inquest robert scott lee Chancellors Group death March 28, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Inquest hears how Chancellors chairman James Scott-Lee was killed by ‘fidgety’ horses previous nextAgencies & PeopleInquest hears how Chancellors chairman James Scott-Lee was killed by ‘fidgety’ horsesCoroner records conclusion of accidental death after hearing how two horses and their carriage ran over the 66-year-old inside his stables.Nigel Lewis28th March 201803,022 Views
Todd Williams and son Riggs, 4, beat the heat on the Ocean CIty beach The heat is on!As usual, Ocean City it’s keeping its individual and collective cool in the face of flirtation with the season’s first heat wave. The consensus was, if you’re going to be in a heat wave, you might as well be in a heat wave in Ocean City.“It doesn’t bother me,” said year-round resident Jack Baldwin, who was taking a stroll on the boardwalk yesterday as temperatures hovered near 90 and humidity was in full effect at 58 percent around noontime, according to Accu-weather.Three days in a row of 90 degrees-plus qualifies as a heat wave. And while it was unclear the thermometer would register that high on Wednesday, it was still hot by anyone’s standards. And the forecast calls for at least two more days of the same. Thursday’s predicted high was 93. That did not stop Baldwin.“I’m an old milk man,” Baldwin said, recalling his former occupation, which the younger generation might find unbelievable – running a route of milk deliveries in his native Frankford section of Philadelphia. “I’m used to going out in all types of weather.”Jack’s companion Thompson Boakye, a native of Ghana, did not share his friend’s sunny view of the heat.“Africa is hot, but not like this…this is too much!” said Boakye.Jack Baldwin didn’t find it too warm for a stroll on the boards with friend Thompson Boakye.Most sampled in OCNJ’s unofficial survey felt the weather was perfect for beach, boardwalk and all kinds of summer fun in America’s Greatest Family Resort. Visitors said temperatures were about eight degrees higher in Philadelphia where a dangerous heat advisory was in effect.Todd Williams of Exeter, PA, was playing ball down by the water’s edge with his 4-year-old son Riggs. The pair did not seem at all slowed by the temperatures.“The water temp (68 degrees F., according to the lifeguards) is perfect and really refreshing. It’s not too hot and it’s really a perfect beach day,” Williams said.Libeguard Shae Coniglio at Garden’s Plaza pool.He added that he has been coming to Ocean City for vacation “all my life,” and this year’s respite with wife Amy and his other kids Riley, 6, and the family’s newest addition Cassie, eight months, would not be the last visit this year.“We are both teachers and this is our third time this summer,” said Williams. As for the heat, he was taking it in stride. “Yesterday was worse. We went up to the rides on the boardwalk around 5 p.m. yesterday…that was hot.”Beachgoer Jeff Lyons of Cherry Hill posted Wednesday morning on social media to his friends back home, “It’s in the 80s and tonight we will probably need to wear a jacket. Go ahead and call me whatever name you want!”Pittsburgh’s Courtney Milanovich was sunning on the pool deck at the Garden’s Plaza condo building at Park Place and the beach and enjoying the weather with her new four-month-old son Pierce.“This morning, we were walking and it felt hotter than it does now,” she said. “The (temperature) really doesn’t matter,” she said. It’s all about sunshine and family.”Courtney Milanovich with four-month-old Pierce at the pool at Gardens Plaza.Milanovish, husband Danny and Pierce were renting at the GP for the first time following several years of renting homes. “We’ve been thinking about coming here for a long time, mostly because of the pool,” she said. “Definitely!” she said when asked if the beachfront pool had lived up to the hype.Lifeguard Shae Coniglio, a Seton Hall University speech pathology student, said she was in her fifth year as a lifeguard and the first at Gardens Plaza.“I don’t always go in the water, but today I jumped in,” she said. “I am making sure that I drink a lot of water and stay hydrated,” she added.
Nicaraguan police and military forces have seized more than 900 kilos of cocaine in four separate drug operations in Rivas province, on the country’s west coast near the border with Costa Rica. “These successes are largely due to the professionalism and stability of the Nicaraguan Army and the Nicaraguan National Police,” said Paul Chavez, a security analyst at the University of the Light of Costa Rica. National Police agents and Security forces seized 452 kilos of cocaine in one operation, on July 17, according to El Nuevo Diario. The confiscation, in the city of San Juan del Sur, is the biggest single drug seizure in Nicaragua so far in 2014. In that operation, Nicaraguan police and Army soldiers arrested Antonio Ocon Silva, 46, who was allegedly driving a commercial truck loaded with bricks made of mud. Inside the truck, authorities found nearly 399 large packets filled with cocaine, according to the National Police website. Security forces captured Ocon Silva at an Army checkpoint in Nacascolo. He was acting suspiciously, so authorities searched the truck, and found the packets. The contents of the packets tested positive for cocaine, according to La Prensa. Earlier in July, Army soldiers and National Police agents collaborated on three other significant cocaine seizures in Riva province, which occurred on July 3, July 8, and July 16. Security forces seized a total of 461 kilos of cocaine in those operations, which also led the arrests of four adult male suspects, according to El Nuevo Diario. Three of the men are Nicaraguan, and one is from Costa Rica. The joint anti-drug operation is known as Operación Bastón. Security forces made one of the seizures at the Nicaragua-Costa Rica Peñas Blancas border crossing. The Peñas Blancas border crossing is the only land link between Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Authorities have made several large cocaine seizures at the checkpoint in recent years. For example, in early 2012, Costa Rican authorities seized four tons of cocaine at the border crossing, according to insightcrime.org. The recent joint operations by Nicaraguan police and military are part of an effort by Nicaraguan authorities to stop drug shipments before they reach Costa Rica. Nicaraguan authorities have stepped up the fight against drugs in targeted border areas and in rural regions, Col. Alberto Larios, leader of the Fourth Army Regional Military Command, told La Prensa. Nicaraguan security forces are using checkpoints to check the contents of vehicles. The operatives in Nicaragua will work out if they are monitored by the South Command. The Armed Forces of Nicaragua have a great political infiltration and know where the politicians are hiding. There’s corruption but we hope for results only if they continue. They are a dissuasive factor. Stop talking none sense. The army and the police of Nicaragua are an example for the other nations in Central, South and North America. The Nicaraguan Army and the police make Nicaragua and Latin America proud for making us the most safe country in Central America and even in Latin America. It is not infiltrated by drug traffickers or corrupted people. Tell me what country can say this proudly. Back up your comments; even countries from all of Latin America come here to study the pro-citizen model of the National Police. We don’t need the authorization or monitoring of ANYONE, with the results that we have, come and walk in our streets without fear of being kidnapped or killed…. It’s good that the police acts when they’re supposed to. I think it’d be better to legalize it! both soft and hard drugs in order to stop contributing with drug trafficking, because if they start seizing it, the price of coke goes up and then you’re actually helping the heavy narcs to sustain their business and the only thing the police does is capture a bunch of addicts and put them in jail. Now, to those that read this comment and for the people on the site, let me ask you this: How much does it cost to the government to provide for an inmate yearly? How much does the government expend paying Dantos? Because it’s expensive!!! The answer my people is thousands and thousands of cordobas that come from the taxpayer’s money. Yes, I mean any person that pays for utilities such as water and energy and a part of that money goes to the prisons to support the addicts. Now, I wonder myself why don’t they start rehab clinics. It’d be a better way to invest the money of taxpayers and it would also help to stop government corruption. This is what happens when a country has efficient security agents. I want it to workPlease. I like all of you, so what? I will only remind you that the narco corridor is within the entire isthmus and if Nicaragua seizes or confiscates drugs and captures the drug traffickers is, as you mentioned, due to the professionalism of the Nicaraguan authorities. How is it our fault that the neighboring countries in the South and North are not obtaining the same results? You’re a doing a superb job and I want to be part of the army. I’m 22 years old and would like to be someone important in this country. Congratulations to our armed forces and to our national unity government for the work done in favor of society from a terrible evil like drugs are and all that they represent. This authority model should exist in all Latin American countries in order to destroy drug trafficking, which is destroying mankind. Life is a box full of surprises in which if you don’t have Christ in your heart, you are nothing. Those are very important news for the country. The army of Nicaragua is a role model for the other armies in the region with their moral and ethical principles. My regards to these men and women for the work they do. We learn a lot of things. It’s excellent that Nicaragua controls its country and that they respect the law regarding zero tolerance with drug trafficking. It’s good and I hope the police keeps it up and that they never give up until their country is free of crimes and gangs. And my respects to all of those that claim zero tolerance towards drug trafficking. I hope that the U.S. makes an effort to work together hand in hand to achieve a land free of all these evil epidemics. It’s time for the countries to say stop to the narcs “out out out” and specially with the law, which should be firm, very firm, because all they do is destroy humanity!!! And may God bless you and my beautiful Nicaragua. Regards, Jz. I’m glad that drug trafficking continues falling down and congratulations to the cops that caught them. It’s very good that the police and the army are doing these operations, it gives prestige and confidence to the population. Drugs are a problem for uneducated military members who have no values in Latin America and any citizen of the world It’s good, they’re directly addressing the scourge which intends to put an end to many countries. I congratulate the Nicaraguan army and national police force. They have a country free of drug trafficking, organized crime, extortion. Keep on taking care of your country, this is a guarantee for Peace. I know Nicaragua and I can vouch for the police and the army working together to prevent crime and the people routinely report crimes and that is very good. Amazingly, I left Nicaragua with a very good impression of the Nicaraguan people. Regards from Guatemala. This is for people to see that Nicaraguans are serious and responsible people It’s good that drugs will be eliminated. That way I’ll get my friend back. Report on all events and tell the whole truth To state that 80% of the drugs that go to the United States pass through Nicaragua is the biggest lie. The United States would be in trouble because the consumers in that country would be out marching and protesting, on the other hand how much of that 80% has been seized in the United States.The Nicaraguan Government has taken drug control very seriously, from shipping to drug use. What role do Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States itself play and what do they do with the submarines and the drones that some countries have.We know that the main consumers are the people of the United States, they must be unable to ship it, how many gringos are in jail because of use or for selling or is that it’s part of the free market in the United States. I am interested in all the information against drug trafficking to be able to work in benefit of my country, Argentina, in the desperate battle against this scourge which is unleashed by the people and which is faced with the government’s and the authorities’ passivity which Why aren’t those who finance this purchase and who are sheltered and protected by the laws put in jail? In other words, if the buyers die the others won’t be able to sell to anyone, don’t chase the small fish, catch the big hogs who live in the big cities well protected by the laws or by little lawyers, accomplices in this evil which seems to never have an ed and pay the poor people, those in need who are innocent in this case. The large drug seizures are important successes for the Nicaraguan police and military, said Paul Chavez, said. “The Army is working very hard with the police,” he said. “This is resulting in an increase in drug seizures and arrests of people linked to organized crime groups.” The professionalism of the police and Armed Forces makes it difficult for drug traffickers to operate in Nicaragua, Chavez said. “They have a high chance of being caught by security forces, or of having large amounts of their drugs seized.” Stepping up drug enforcement in border areas Cooperation against drug trafficking A key transshipment point More than 80 percent of the cocaine which drug traffickers transport into the United States every year goes through Nicaragua, according to U.S. government Narcotics Control Strategy Report. “Nicaragua remains a major transit route for cocaine flowing from South America to the United States,” the report stated. “The United States estimated that approximately 86 percent of the cocaine trafficked to the United States in the first half of 2013 first transited through the Mexico/Central America corridor.” Nicaraguan police and Armed Forces conducted several counter-narcotics operations in 2013, mostly along the coasts and in the northern and autonomous regions, the report said. By Dialogo August 25, 2014 Nicaragua and the U.S. are cooperating in the fight against drug trafficking. For example, in 2012, Nicaraguan and U.S. authorities cooperated in an operation at sea which led to the seizure of 1,179 kilograms of cocaine, which had an estimated wholesale value of $32.5 million (USD). The Nicaraguan Navy deployed two vessels to aid the U.S. Coast guard in the recovery of contraband that drug traffickers were transporting on a go-fast boat. The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Valiant had been patrolling in the Caribbean Sea when it spotted and pursued the suspicious boat. The Valiant fired warning shots, which the operators of the boat ignored. A helicopter which was supporting the Valiant fired a shot which disabled the boat. The seizure was part of Operación Martillo, a joint anti-drug effort between security forces from more than a dozen Latin American countries, including all seven Central American nations, several European countries, and the United States. Julieta Pelcastre contributed to this article. Professionalism leads to success: analyst
Tyler Russell was the $1,000 feature winner when the Elite Non-Wing Sprint Car Series opened at Heart O’ Texas Speedway’s Gordon Woolley Classic. (Photo by Karen Davis)ELM MOTT, Texas (March 10) – Tyler Russell didn’t lead the most laps, just the most important one.Russell was in the right place at the right time when leader Paul White lost the handle in Friday’s opening night event for the Elite Non-Wing Sprint Car Series at Heart O’ Texas Speedway.Quick to capitalize on White’s white flag lap misfortune, Russell motored by to win HOT’s Gordon Woolley Classic feature for IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars and $1,000.“It was nice to have a little luck,” said Russell, who battled back and forth with Marcus Thomas while chasing White much of the first 19 circuits. “He threw some real haymakers at me. I was running low, Marcus was running high and we were going to have a good three-way race with Paul on that last lap.”A late yellow added to the drama by setting up a green, white, checkered finish. Thomas, Justin Zimmerman, Johnny Miller and Blake Edwards rounded out the top five. White recovered to finish sixth.The classic was the first race of the season for Russell, who drew the third starting spot after finishing second to three-time IMCA national champion Miller in their heat race.“I don’t run a lot of non-wing stuff but Heart O’ Texas is only about 15 minutes from my house,” said Russell, who plans to be a Saturday regular at Kennedale Speedway Park in his third season in the division. “It was really a good race and a good way to start the season.”Woolley, a Waco native, won the IMCA national championship in 1963. He died last month at the age of 94.Feature results – 1. Tyler Russell; 2. Marcus Thomas; 3. Justin Zimmerman; 4. Johnny Miller; 5. Blake Edwards; 6. Paul White; 7. Bryan Debrick; 8. Robert Vetter; 9. Richard Miller; 10. Jason Gunnels; 11. Randy Henderson; 12. Blake Moore; 13. Dustin Welch; 14. Dale Wester; 15. Chris Clark; 16. Jake Bland; 17. Sam Stockton; 18. Nathan Moore; 19. Junior Jenkins.
An independent expert on human rights has welcomed the recent completion of the electoral process in Haiti as “remarkable progress” while also urging the authorities to address the situation in prisons and to redouble efforts to help Haitians affected by Hurricane Matthew and the 2010 massive earthquake.Gustavo Gallón, who has just completed an official mission to the country, praised “the transparency, professionalism and commitment of the Provisional Electoral Council, and the provisional government authorities in leading the elections.”Gallón said detention conditions in Haitian prisons are “extremely inhuman, cruel and degrading,” and that long pre-trial detention, which amounts to an average of 70 per cent at national level, is among the main causes of prison overcrowding, which reaches a rate of 358 per cent, equivalent to 1.43 square meters per prisoner.The United Nations said there are prisons where the situation is even worse, according to a study conducted in 2016.“It can be said that 91 per cent of all detainees in this prison who are awaiting trial are illegally or arbitrarily detained, which represents an increase of 23 per cent since 2014,” said Gallón , adding that the excessive level of overcrowding is also a factor, among others, that contributes to the high level of death in prison.“If the current trend continues, projections for the year 2017 can result in the death of 229 prisoners, an annual mortality rate of 21.8 per 1,000,” he said.Taking note of the establishment of a new Presidential Commission to assess the situation in prisons, Gallón appealed to the authorities to implement urgent actions aimed at the abolition of prolonged pre-trial detention in order to improve prison conditions and to respect the rights of people deprived of their liberty.