September 29

Why This NBA Rookie Class May Be The Best Of The Century

As we approach the end of the NBA’s regular season, awards conversations are all the rage. As usual, the two most talked-about races are for Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year. Whether it’s “Get Up” or The Jump, Sports Illustrated or CBS or NBA TV, or even NBA players themselves, everyone’s got an opinion on who should take home the hardware at the end of the season.The Rookie of the Year debate, at this point, pretty much boils down to the Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, who stormed out of the gate and grabbed onto front-runner status fairly quickly, and the Hawks’ Trae Young, who started off terribly but has been shining during the season’s second half.But lost among this debate is this: The entire 2018 NBA rookie class — or at least the top five picks — deserves an award. Collectively, they are having the best debut season of any group of top five picks in more than 25 years.Doncic (pick No. 3) is carrying averages of 21.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game while acting as the primary facilitator and scoring option in Dallas. He is only the second rookie in NBA history to average at least 20, 7, and 5 in those categories, and the other is Oscar Robertson, who did so during the 1960-61 season.The man whom Doncic was traded for on draft night,1The Hawks drafted Doncic and traded him to the Mavericks in exchange for Young and Dallas’s top-five protected 2019 first-round pick. Young, has been nearly as productive, albeit less consistent, in his debut season for Atlanta. Young’s season-long numbers of 19.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 8.1 assists per game are strong.2He’s one of only three rookies to have gone for 19, 3 and 8 per game. Those numbers, though, are dragged down by his poor start to the year. Since the All-Star break, he’s averaging 25.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 9.2 assists a night, with shooting numbers that are far better than those he was posting earlier in the season as he struggled to adjust to the NBA game.Two of the first five picks in a given draft looking this good, this early, would be impressive on its own; but Doncic and Young are not alone in their shining debuts. The other three players selected in the top five — the Suns’ DeAndre Ayton (No. 1), the Kings’ Marvin Bagley III (No. 2) and the Grizzlies’ Jaren Jackson Jr. (No. 4) — have each been pretty damned good this year too.Ayton has been a monster offensive force for Phoenix from Day 1, and he is already one of the league’s best post scorers and offensive rebounders. Among rotation players averaging at least 2 post-ups per game, per NBA.com, Ayton’s 1.03 points per play on post-ups ranks third, behind only Joel Embiid and LaMarcus Aldridge. Ayton’s offensive rebound rate, meanwhile, ranks 22nd among the 263 players who have qualified for the minutes per game leaderboard. And he’s been improving on defense throughout the season.Bagley is averaging 14.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game off the bench for the surprisingly frisky Kings. And he’s been even better since returning from a five-game, injury-related absence in early March, posting 18.5 points and 8.2 rebounds a night with an improved shooting line. He has a diverse, varied face-up game and is working to stretch his jumper, and given his athleticism and quick feet, his defense could eventually come around as well.Memphis shut down Jackson in late-February due to a quad injury, but before his season ended he averaged 13.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 combined steals and blocks in just 26 minutes a night. He did all that despite being, at 19 years old, the second-youngest player in the league.3The Lakers’ Isaac Bonga is about a month younger than Jackson, and Bonga has played less than 100 minutes this season. Jackson also knocked down 35.9 percent of his threes and carried an above-average usage rate and true shooting percentage, which is wildly impressive for a player whose primary contributions were expected to come on the defensive end of the floor.So how does this season’s top five stack up against past classes? The chart below plots the collective win shares and win shares per 48 minutes for the top five picks in each draft class from 1979 through 2018 (otherwise known as the three-point era) during their respective debut seasons. Note that only players who played during the season immediately following that year’s draft are counted in this analysis; because we’re looking at the top five picks as a class, if a player did not debut with the rest of his class, it doesn’t make much sense to count him along with the others. For example, Ben Simmons was the No. 1 overall pick in 2016, but he did not play during the 2016-17 season, so he counts for 0 minutes and 0 win shares toward the total of that draft class. Simmons was excellent as a rookie once he did step on the floor, but it also would not make sense to group him with the 2017 draft class, because he was not drafted in 2017. Likewise, the same logic applies to Simmons’s Sixers teammate Joel Embiid, who was drafted in 2014 but did not debut until two years later.4It also applies to Jonas Valanciunas (stayed in Europe for a year before coming over and joining the Raptors); Blake Griffin (injured); Ricky Rubio (Europe); Greg Oden (injured); Danny Ferry (went to Italy for a year because he refused to play for the Clippers); David Robinson (naval service); and tragically, Len Bias (an overdose-caused death). 1992O’NealMourningLaettnerJacksonEllis0.118 Draft pick Among the 20 players selected in the top five of those four drafts, eight are currently in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Another four — Bill Cartwright, Sidney Moncrief, Terry Cummings and Christian Laettner — made at least one All-Star team during their career. And six more became long-term rotation players. Only Greg Kelser and Bill Garnett failed to pan out at all, as they wound up out of the league entirely within a few seasons.That’s an incredible hit rate of solid NBA players, and bodes well for what we should expect from Ayton, Bagley, Doncic, Jackson and Young in the future. It’s obviously far too early to predict that any of these players will be enshrined in Springfield one day, but the future certainly appears bright, and it seems likely that the 2018 draft class will be remembered as one of the best in quite some time.Check out our latest NBA predictions. 2018AytonBagley IIIDoncicJackson Jr.Young0.102 As you can see, the 2018 class fares extremely well in both win shares — which represent Basketball-Reference.com’s attempt to divvy up credit for team wins to the individual players on the team — and win shares per 48 minutes. The 21.1 win shares collectively accumulated by Ayton, Bagley, Doncic, Jackson and Young ranks eighth among the last 40 draft classes during their respective debut seasons, while their win shares per 48 average of 0.102 makes this class one of just six to exceed 0.100 win shares per 48.One of those six classes (2009) saw only three players actually take the floor during their debut season, thanks to an injury that knocked Blake Griffin out for the year and Ricky Rubio’s contract with Barcelona that kept him in Spain for two years before he arrived stateside. Hasheem Thabeet, James Harden and Tyreke Evans saw varying degrees of success during their respective rookie years and ended up posting a collective average of 0.108 win shares per 48 minutes, but they also combined for only 11.9 total win shares, far fewer than the other five classes that stand out in this analysis, each of which exceeded 20 total win shares.It’s worth noting, then, who was actually taken in the top five in those five NBA drafts (1984, 1979, 1982 and 1992). It’s also worth noting that just a single class between 1992 and 2018 saw its top five post a win shares per 48 average better than 0.100, meaning it’s been nearly a generation since we saw an actual top five class debut with a performance as good as the one we’re seeing from the most recent draft class. The top-five picks in the 2018 draft are in HOF companyThe five NBA draft classes with the highest win shares per 48 minutes Hall of Fame inductees in boldSource: Basketball-Reference.com 1982WorthyCummingsWilkinsGarnettThompson0.129 1984OlajuwonBowieJordanPerkinsBarkley0.174 1979JohnsonGreenwoodCartwrightKelserMoncrief0.137 Year1st2nd3rd4th5thWS per 48 min read more

September 28

Former Ohio State football players Reid Fragel Jake Stoneburner take on NFL

INDIANAPOLIS – The NFL Scouting Combine, a pinnacle of anatomical scrutiny in the world of sports, has already seen two former Ohio State football players endure its challenges. Five additional Buckeyes will face the gauntlet that is the Combine in the days to come. Former OSU right tackle Reid Fragel and former tight end Jake Stoneburner had their respective chances to impress NFL coaches and scouts, as they were put through a series of timed or measured drills along with the rest of the Combine’s offensive lineman, tight ends and specialists Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Tests included the 40-yard dash, bench press (225 pounds), vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle run. Fragel posted a 5.14-second run in the 40-yard dash, a 7.62 run in the three-cone drill and a 4.68 shuttle run, according to NFL.com. Fragel’s 33 repetitions on the bench press was sixth best in his position group. Fragel, the tight end-turned-offensive lineman with a year of experience at right tackle, posted the fourth-best broad jump in his position group at 9-foot-5, as well as a 30-inch vertical jump, according to NFL.com. Stoneburner, who was a tight end invitee to the Combine despite switching to wide receiver for his senior campaign at OSU, showed his speed in the 40-yard dash when he clocked in with a time of 4.65 seconds, according to NFL.com. Stoneburner’s 4.27-second 20-yard shuttle run time was the best time posted in his position group, as was his 11.5-second 60-yard shuttle run. The Dublin, Ohio, native also impressed with a 9-foot-8 broad jump – the fifth best mark in his position group. The tight end, who caught 13 touchdowns and 53 passes in his OSU career, had a 34.5-inch vertical jump (fourth best among tight ends), a 116-inch broad jump and a 7.12-second three-cone drill, according to NFL.com. Neither player was made available to the media following their workout. Next up for the troupe of former Buckeyes is Zach Boren, a fullback-turned-linebacker invited to the Combine as a fullback  (Boren had 12 rushing attempts for 40 yards and two touchdowns during OSU’s 2012 season). The remaining four Buckeyes at the Combine, including former defensive lineman and team captain John Simon, defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, linebacker Etienne Sabino and defensive end Nathan Williams, are scheduled to take the field for their tests on Monday. Combine activities conclude on Tuesday when defensive backs hit the turf. Sunday’s Combine activities begin at 9 a.m. read more

September 28

Football DreMont Jones will play final game for Ohio State in Rose

Ohio State defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones (86) takes the field in the second quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignFollowing Ohio State’s win against Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship, redshirt junior Dre’Mont Jones’ future as a Buckeye was up in the air.When asked if he would play in the Rose Bowl, Jones responded, “we’ll see.”On Wednesday, Jones put all those rumors to rest, announcing he will play in the Rose Bowl against Washington on Jan. 1. Jones also said it will be his final game at Ohio State, forgoing his final year of eligibility to enter the 2019 NFL Draft.Jones was a first-team All-Big Ten member this season after leading the Buckeyes with 7.5 sacks, as well as earning 12.5 tackles for loss. Jones became an even more important player for Ohio State this season as the team lost junior defensive end Nick Bosa for the season with a core muscle injury.Jones is projected by many to be a first round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. read more

September 28

TBDPITL Ep 21 Ohio State Signing Day

Wyatt Crosher and Colin Gay discuss Signing Day and the players from Ohio State they got to talk to on Wednesday. They also look at men’s basketball’s win against Penn State and what it means moving forward. NOTE: We recorded this before Justin Fields officially was cleared to play with the Buckeyes for 2019

September 25

Fantasist who murdered Sadie Hartley in love triangle obsession faked her own

first_imgThe farm owner, Cllr Mike Cheers, told the Telegraph: “It just shows you can’t trust anyone. The police have been really good with us at the farm. I will be glad when it’s all over.”The murder diary was found hidden in a tree on his land. She then visited his wife, Janet, at their home in May 2012 and told her about the affair. Two weeks later, she sent a letter detailing their relationship to her and pretended she was pregnant and even sent a fake scan picture.Williams went to his home and would “stare” at the house from her car. After months of harassment, his wife reported Williams to the police.But for the police warning her against harassment, his wife could have faced a similar fate to Ms Hartley.Mr Sitiwatjana told The Telegraph: “I made a mistake going with Sarah. I just want to forget it and put it all behind me.”Friends of Williams described her as a “bunny boiler” and she spoke of herself as a “psycho” and a “she-devil”.It was during this time that she met Mr Johnston. He claimed he was single at the time, having split from Ms Hartley.He and Williams had exchanged flirtatious text messages and she arrived at his house in a short skirt and red high heels. Their relationship quickly became sexual.Mr Johnston ended the relationship after a few months when she became “heavy and clingy” and “obsessive”, before rekindling his relationship with his long-term partner Ms Hartley.But, in September 2014, jealous Williams sent Ms Hartley a letter claiming they had been having an affair for more than a year behind her back and having “fantastic sex”. Letter sent by Sarah Williams to Sadie Hartley The 500,000-volt stun gun was found buried in a field Katrina Walsh and Sarah Williams A murderer described as a “bunny boiler”, who spent years taking revenge on the married lovers who spurned her, even faked her own kidnap and sex attack to cover up an illicit encounter, according to friends.Lifelong fantasist Sarah Williams has been jailed for life for killing her love rival businesswoman Sadie Hartley by attacking her with a 500,000-volt stun gun and stabbing her more than 40 times on the doorstep of her home in Helmshore, Lancashire,  on January 14. The alleged kidnapping of Sarah Williams when she was 13 was reported in the Daily Telegraph in January 1995Credit:Daily Telegraph Ian Johnston and Sadie Hartley on holiday in Ecuador in 2013Credit:Lancashire Police  Police forensics officers at the scene of Sadie Hartley's murder Walsh describes in her diary how they had “murder practice”, where she would open the door and Williams would pretend to attack her with the stun gun.She wrote of Williams standing behind her with the knife pretending to slash her throat. The pair celebrated their plans by going on holiday to France with Mr Hardwick for Christmas.On their return, they carried out a “dry run” by delivering flowers to Ms Hartley’s home to make sure they had got the right house and knowing she was home alone because Mr Johnston was abroad skiing.Ms Hartley texted him saying it was “worrying” to receive the anonymous flowers late at night. Sadie Hartley, a keen horse rider, was murdered at her home in Lancashire Williams had a reputation for being unable to handle rejection after she repeatedly targeted former lovers and their wives.Just months before striking up a relationship with Johnston, Williams’ behaviour with another ski instructor mirrored what was to come.Between June 2011 and April 2012, Williams had an affair with married martial arts instructor Somapat Sitiwatjana, 47, known as Master A.When he ended their affair, Master A – who runs a gym in Manchester’s Northern Quarter – was targeted by Williams.She let down the tyres on his Mercedes Benz and attempted to get her co-accused, Walsh, to put foam in his exhaust pipe. Katrina Walsh, left, and Sarah Williams, right, who killed Sadie Hartley Sarah Williams recruited her friend Katrina Walsh (pictured) to help plot the murder She was a total fantasist. She was seeing a married guy. I think Sarah concocted the abduction hoax to explain her disappearance over a weekend with himPhil Jones Letter sent by Sarah Williams to Sadie HartleyCredit:Lancashire Police The 500,000-volt stun gun was found buried in a fieldCredit:Lancashire Police Those who knew Williams claimed she was making it up and described her as a “fantasist”. They said the kidnap was a work of fiction to hide the fact she had disappeared with a married man.Phil Jones, the owner of Wirral Riding Centre, said she made up the claims after she left the stables.”Her false claims were the talk of the Wirral when it happened,” he said. “She was a total fantasist. She was seeing a married guy.”They used to disappear into a horse box together. I think Sarah concocted the abduction hoax to explain her disappearance over a weekend with him.”Cheshire Police refused to comment on the claims, but Shelley Williams, Cheshire Police press officer, added: “No one was arrested or convicted. If anyone came forward with new information we would look into it.”Williams continued to ride at the equestrian centre along with her accomplice, Walsh.It was at the centre as a teenager she met her  “sugar daddy”, married businessman David Hardwick, a man three times her age, whom she dated until her arrest.The pair would have weekends away in a mobile horse box, nicknamed the ‘purple passion wagon’, with Walsh and her ex-husband Kevin.Mr Hardwick took her on 12 holidays a year, bought her homes and paid more than a £1,000 a month into her bank account.Despite this, she had three affairs behind his back in the run up to Ms Hartley’s death – all with ski instructors at the Chill Factore in Manchester, where she worked. Mr Johnston denies this and says Ms Hartley believed him and, following the letter, they decided to move in together. It was at this point that Williams recruited her friend Walsh, a riding instructor, to help plot the murder.A diary kept by 56-year-old Walsh, who was addicted to Channel 4 series Hunted, detailed their plans in entries that began in August 2014.One of the first entries read: “Had a long discussion on how to break up Ian from his sugar mummy. Sarah came round so got caught up in endless murder plots for Ian’s other half.””Another said: “We are seriously talking about getting rid of her opponent. I agree is a good play..she does seem to be a totally evil bitch.”As the months progressed, she wrote about “the excitement of plotting the perfect murder”. Initially, the pair plotted a drive-by shooting on a motorbike covered in an Isil flag. It then changed to buying a cattle prod and a knife.The pair even tried to enlist Walsh’s ex-husband Kevin as a hitman believing he could use his archery skills, which he had gained from Viking re-enactments, to kill Ms Hartley.Williams asked him to meet her as she had a job suiting his “particular key skill” but he refused believing it was “dodgy”.Later Walsh wrote: “Wow, I may get to be instrumental in helping remove this awful woman. This may happen. Wow. Am unexpectedly excited by it.”The prosecutor likened the elaborate plot to “the stuff of spy novels” as he detailed how the two women bought a tracking device which they secretly attached to Mr Johnston’s car to find out where their victim had moved to.  Walsh and Williams pictured on a ferry to Germany to buy the stun gun that was used to kill Sadie HartleyCredit:Lancashire Police Sarah Williams recruited her friend Katrina Walsh (pictured) to help plot the murder It was the second time the pair had taken revenge on one of Williams’ married ex-lovers. Their plots were more akin to a Hollywood blockbuster than the streets of Lancashire.Williams’ attention seeking began as a child, when at the age of 13 the femme fatale sparked a nationwide manhunt after telling police she had been abducted as she cycled home from Wirral Riding Centre in Chester.She told detectives her kidnapper grabbed her as he pretended to fix his car near the stables in January 1995. A jury convicted horse enthusiasts Williams and her friend Katrina Walsh, both of Chester, of murdering mother of two Ms Hartley.The pair spent more than 18 months plotting the “perfect murder” after jealous Williams could not handle the break-up of her relationship with Ms Hartley’s partner, retired firefighter Ian Johnston. The police first turned their attention to Williams after asking Mr Johnston who would have had a grudge against Ms Hartley.A jury at Preston Crown Court have now convicted them of murder.Mr Justice Turner said the pair had played a “game of death” which led to the “savage butchery of a blameless woman”.”Sarah Williams, over a period of about eighteen months you plotted the murder of a woman whose only crime was to love the man you wanted for yourself, ” he said.”But let no one make the mistake of thinking that this was a crime of passion. It was a crime of obsession, of arrogance, of barbarity but, above all, it was a crime of pure evil.”You Walsh, are every bit as morally degenerate as Williams. No wonder you have been the best of friends over so many years.”They have both been jailed for life, Williams will serve a minimum term of 30 years and Walsh 25 years.He added: “Sadie Hartley died for your amusement. The contrast between her life affirming generosity of spirit and your vile, destructive, resentful and self-regarding hypocrisy could hardly be starker.”The meandering and over-elaborate planning served to heighten your pleasure by deliciously postponing your ultimate and inevitable gratification.”Doubtless, the features of secret agent-style intrigue carried with them elements of fantasy but this was no harmless world of make-believe it was a game of death.”I am in no doubt that her murder was planned and rehearsed down to the finest detail.”Williams’ father refused to comment on the case, adding: “I’ve no comment to make.” Walsh and Williams pictured on a ferry to Germany to buy the stun gun that was used to kill Sadie Hartley Ian Johnston and Sadie Hartley on holiday in Ecuador in 2013 Williams claimed the man locked her in the boot of a Vauxhall Cavalier and drove her to a house where she was told to cover her eyes as she was led up a path to a house and was allegedly subjected to a serious sexual assault.Then she said the attacker put her back in the boot of the car and dumped her in remote countryside 30 miles from her home, where a passing lorry driver took her to a service station on the M6.Her story of becoming victim to a kidnapper made many newspaper front pages, but despite a major investigation no one was ever caught. A week later, Williams drove to Ms Hartley’s home and attacked her in the head with the 500,000-volt stun gun and stabbed her more than 40 times on her doorstep.It was a day later that the victim was discovered when concerned work colleagues raised the alarm when she failed to attend a meeting.After the murder, Walsh buried the murder weapons at Collinge Farm livery stables in Backford, Cheshire, where she taught and kept her horse. They attached it to his car when Ms Hartley and her partner attended a Christmas party at the ski village. A chilling photo shows them smiling happily as Williams looks on from the background.She then visited the street five times in the five weeks leading up to the murder.Despite claiming his relationship with Williams was over, text messages retrieved from her phone show “sexts” between Mr Johnston and Williams from last December.He claims he was “in a bad place” as his mother was dying of cancer and she “took advantage” of him. After this, Williams pushed ahead with her plans.In the month before the murder, Walsh and Williams got a ferry to Germany to buy the stun gun. Walsh bought the 8″ knife from a local Tesco store and Williams purchased size 10 boots to put police off the scent. The alleged kidnapping of Sarah Williams when she was 13 was reported in the Daily Telegraph in January 1995 Sadie Hartley, a keen horse rider, was murdered at her home in LancashireCredit:Lancashire Constabulary Police forensics officers at the scene of Sadie Hartley’s murderCredit:Lancashire Police 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

September 25

Watch World record set for highest jump by a llama

first_imgNine-year-old Caspa has been with his owner, Sue, from Porthmadog, Wales, since he was two years old. Sue describes him as “a total diva”.Like most Llamas, Caspa was more adept at spitting and kicking when he first arrived on the farm but after spotting his extraordinary talent, he and Sue have been able to bond through his positive reinforcement training.Caspa can now clear a bar standing at a huge 3 ft 8.5 in, making him the envy of all the other Llamas on the farm. 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

September 25

Fake Sheikh reporter Mazher Mahmood will not give evidence in trial over

first_imgThe Old Bailey has heard that The Sun’s undercover journalist had a meeting with the singer at the Metropolitan Hotel in London, posing as a film producer keen to discuss a role alongside Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio.Miss Contostavlos had allegedly arranged for Mahmood to be sold half-an-ounce of cocaine by one of her contacts for £800 in May 2013. Undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood (centre) at the Old Bailey with his face covered But the N-Dubz star’s trial was thrown out of court after Smith changed his police statement to remove comments she allegedly made expressing disapproval of hard drugs.She had allegedly said she had a family member with a drug problem as Smith drove her home to Potters Bar in Hertfordshire after the meeting with Mahmood.Mahmood, of Purley, south London, and Smith, from Dereham, Norfolk, deny conspiring to pervert the course of justice.Mahmood’s lawyer, John Kelsey-Fry QC, told jurors that his client would not be going into the witness box.Trevor Burke QC followed suit and said he would be calling no evidence for Smith. 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 lawyer suggested that Mahmood had wanted to “show off” to his employers and prove that he “deserved the title of King of the Sting”.The lawyer went on to say that Mahmood’s methods had been put on trial over the question of entrapment. Mazher Mahmood, the reporter known as the Fake Sheikh, has declined to give evidence in his trial for allegedly tampering with evidence in the case of pop star Tulisa Contostavlos.The 53-year-old and his driver, Alan Smith, 67, are accused over their role in the collapse of the former X Factor judge’s drugs case in July 2014. Retired driver Alan Smith arrives at the Old Bailey on WednesdayCredit:Philip Toscano/PA Alan Smith Undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood (centre) at the Old Bailey with his face coveredCredit:John Stillwell/PA And so Miss Contostavlos’s disapproval of hard drugs was “airbrushed out” after Smith emailed his statement to Mahmood, Ms Forshaw said.She added: “You may think these men have concluded their best chance of being found not guilty is to say nothing.” Pre-trial legal argument risked him being “exposed” as a “trickster” rather than the “swashbuckling hero” he wanted to be, she said.Smith’s initial statement to police which included the pop star’s anti-drugs comments had posed a problem for the journalist, the court heard. Alan Smith (left) and Mazher Mahmood are pictured in the dock at the Old Bailey in a court artist sketchCredit:Elizabeth Cook/PA Alan Smith (left) and Mazher Mahmood are pictured in the dock at the Old Bailey in a court artist sketch In her closing speech, prosecutor Sarah Forshaw QC said: “If they were innocent men with nothing to hide, wouldn’t they be shouting it from the rooftops?”Ms Forshaw told jurors: “When you put them all together, they altogether lead you to the compelling inference that these two men put their heads together to change that statement – a compelling inference that demands an explanation and you have had none.” If they were innocent men with nothing to hide, wouldn’t they be shouting it from the rooftops?Prosecutor Sarah Forshaw QClast_img read more

September 25

Gun owners must take better care of firearms to stop jihadist attacks

first_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. “One gun in the wrong hands in a public space is all it takes to cause devastation.”The UK has around 750 gangs involved with firearms, most of them linked to the drugs trade.Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, the head of national counter terrorism policing, said he was also concerned about the number of weapons going missing from legal owners that could end up in criminal hands. Undated handout photo issued by the National Crime Agency (NCA) of automatic assault rifles seized during a raid in Kent, as six men and a woman will appear before magistrates following an investigation into the suspected importation of firearms Twenty two assault rifles were also included in the Kent haul in 2015.Credit:NCA Gun owners must take better care of their firearms to stop them falling into the hands of jihadists plotting a massacre, police have said, as they disclosed 800 lawfully-held weapons go missing each year.The threat of terrorists getting guns for a marauding Paris-style assault has meant the need to rid the streets of weapons has “never been a more significant priority”, senior officers said.The difficulty of finding guns in the UK has given police a “massive advantage” in stopping atrocities such as those seen in France, but there are concerns firearms are still available to potential terrorists, some of Britain’s most senior police chiefs have said. He said: “I am entirely relaxed about licensed ownership. The issue I an anxious about is everyone in that privileged position looks after their weapons with the rigor and security that the licence conditions expect of them. The fact that 800 go missing shows that in some cases that’s not the case.”Mr Rowley called on the public to tell the police if they knew of a gun owner who “treats the security of that weapon in a cavalier way”.Last month, Britain’s most senior police officer Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe warned more weapons were ending up on the streets of major UK cities, with a record 714 seized in London in 2015 and similar spikes seen in Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and Liverpool.Police are worried organised criminals are smuggling weapons including deadly automatic into the UK from Eastern Europe and the Balkans.Earlier this year a gang was convicted for smuggling the UK’s largest stash of automatic weapons by boat to Kent from the Continent. The arsenal of 22 assault rifles and nine sub-machine guns was to be buried for future use, but police said once sold on, it could have ended up in terrorist hands.Ms Owens called on the public to keep watch over small ports and air fields and inform police if they saw anything suspicious.Mr Rowley said the biggest risk of jihadists getting weapons was from street gangs.He said: “A major organised criminal who is looking to make as much money as possible has no reason to take the risk of getting involved with terrorists.”He went on: “With terrorism you’ve got some vulnerable, lost people who just get hooked by an ideology.”You’ve got some very bright, determined, clear-thinking people who buy into and fully commit and are drivers of Daesh [Islamic State] propaganda and terrorism, and then you do get gang members, criminals, people who are already angry, difficult people causing problems in communities who perhaps get given a more clear purpose for their violence by a terrorist ideology, whether they pick that up on the streets or in prison.”Those gang criminality links are an issue that concerns us and we have seen evidence of it potentially linking firearms into terrorism.” The National Crime Agency (NCA) and country’s counter terrorism police chief said they were concerned about terrorists getting weapons from organised crime gangs and street criminals.Half of all terrorist plots thwarted in recent years have involved the culprits trying to get their hands on firearms.Lynne Owens, director general of the NCA, said: “These criminal networks think nothing of who they supply their weapons to and they present a significant risk for a route by which an extremist or an extremist group will try to access the sort weapons of the sort we did see used in attack in Europe. last_img read more

September 25

Constable painting looted by Nazis to be sold at auction

first_imgThe return of the Painting would be an act of symbolic reparation for this suffering.UK Spoliation Advisory Panel Beaching a Boat, Brighton (1824) is being sold by Hatvany’s heirs, who had maintained that Tate should relinquish ownership of the painting.The museum took the unusual step of asking the panel to consider further evidence – claiming an export licence issued by the Hungarian government undermined claims it was Nazi loot.The Tate’s then director, Sir Nicholas Serota wrote to the head of the panel, Sir Donnell Deeny, suggesting it was “highly unlikely” the Hungarian government would have issued an export licence “for a work known to be on the black market”.However, the panel concluded the Hungarian post-war art dealer Karola Fabri had in all likelihood applied for the licence to give her claim to the ownership of the painting  an air of legitimacy. The painting had been donated to the Tate in 1986 by a Mrs P.M. Rainsford and was said by the gallery to be a central part of its Constable collection.It had been acquired by Baron Hatvany in 1908. In 1942, when Budapest was threatened by Allied bombing, Hatvany put the Constable in the vaults of the Hungarian General Credit Bank, along with other works, from where it was later looted by the invading Germans. In 1947 the Baron fled to Paris to escape the new Communist government, and died in Lausanne in 1958.He had four children and it is their descendants who lodged the recent claim.The panel agreed that the painting had been particularly significant to the Hatvany family “from a sentimental and emotional point of view”.It said that the family suffered terribly during the German and Soviet occupations of Hungary.As well as losing all their possessions, several members of the family were murdered in Hungary by anti-Semitic mobs killed at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.“The return of the painting would be an act of symbolic reparation for this suffering,” the panel agreed.The Constable, measuring 26cm by 30cm, is among the most valuable of the 20 cases considered by the UK Spoliation Advisory Panel.It was one of the first works he produced during his visits to the south coast of England.Beaching a Boat was inherited by Constable’s daughter Isabel, who died in 1888. It was sold at Christie’s in 1892 to Walter Dowdeswell, a London art dealer, before being eventually bought by Baron Hatvany. A painting by John Constable which was looted by the Nazis is to be auctioned after the Tate lost its claim to the work.The museum had initially disputed claims that the painting, Beaching a Boat, Brighton, had been looted during German occupation of Hungary.But the UK’s Spoliation Advisory Panel ruled that the work had been one of thousands of works of art stolen by the Nazis during World War Two.The ruling paved the way for the descendants of the painting’s last legal owner, Baron Ferenc Hatvany, to sell the piece.It will be auctioned at Christies next month with an estimated price of £600,000-£800,000.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

September 25

Archbishop of Canterbury warns of division and despair if Brexit plan is

first_imgThe UK faces further “division and despair” after Brexit if any new settlement is based primarily on economic considerations rather than the needs of people, the Archbishop of Canterbury argues.Any attempt to renegotiate Britain’s place in the world based on “calculations of dubious material advantage” will fail to resolve the problems the country faces, the Most Rev Justin Welby insists.The warning comes in his first full-length book, “Dethroning Mammon”, a reflection on the power of money, drawing from his own experience of giving up highly paid job as an oil executive to living on a clerical stipend. We need a deep sense of the priority of the human person, whoever they are and wherever they come fromArchbishop of Canterbury Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, was spotted reading an advance copy of the book on the London Underground last Wednesday morning, just before the Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Autumn Statement.In the book Archbishop Welby openly acknowledges his own “unease” at living amid the “surreal” surroundings of Lambeth Palace while speaking about issues of wealth and poverty. The Archbishop makes political arguments in his bookCredit:Leon Neal /Getty Mark Carney has been spotted reading the bookCredit:Rex / Shutterstock He argues that far from learning the lessons of the 2008 financial crash and the so-called “Great Recession” there are signs of a return to the same “debt-fuelled, crisis-creating model that led us into such trouble in the past”.He insists that it would be “absurd” to try to predict what the effect of the vote for the UK to leave the European Union, there are lessons which can and should be learnt now.“It is essential that the new United Kingdom outside Europe is not built to a design drawn by Mammon,” he writes.“To put it more clearly, materialism is not the answer to the challenges we face. Rather we need a deep sense of the priority of the human person, whoever they are and wherever they come from.“We need to remind ourselves that Mammon always deceives his followers. A campaign fought on his agenda will lead to division and despair.” The book, intended as a meditation to be used during Lent next year, argues that a tendency Britain and other western societies to judge success and worth purely by the basis of what can be measured, such as growth in GDP, has distorted and corrupted society.It is, he argues, fundamentally unchristian to view a healthy bank balance or even a strong economy as “the goal” rather than as a means to do good.“The more interconnected the world becomes, the more power is held over individuals and nations by economics, by money, by flows of finance,” he writes.He defines those forces collectively as “Mammon” a word, derived from Aramaic, used in the New Testament to mean the power of wealth or riches. In practice, however, the Archbishop’s family live in a modest flat in the medieval compound which he has actively sought to open up to new uses: inviting in a family of Syrian refugees, a community of young people on a monastic gap year and the first Roman Catholic residents of Lambeth Palace for centuries. Mark Carney Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, poses for photographers as he arrives at 10 Downing Street 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

September 25

Househunter fell 30ft down a well after estate agent failed to tell

first_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. The agent remained inside the house while the Drivers walked to the bottom of the garden In Malmesbury, Wilts.Mrs Driver took one step off the garden path onto a piece of board which collapsed and she fell 30 feet down the well, a court heard.Strakers (Holdings) Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Health and Safety at Work Act by failing to discharge a general health and safety duty to a person other than an employee. The firm was fined £200,000.She was submerged in water at the bottom of the well but was able to stay afloat with the help of a hosepipe fed down to her by neighbours.It was more than an hour before she was rescued from the well by the Fire Service.An HSE investigation concluded that Strakers had failed to assess the risks to the public and that no health and safety management system had been in place.HSE Inspector Matt Tyler told the judge that three days before the open house event Strakers had been informed by an earlier prospective buyer of the existence of the well under the piece of board yet no action had been taken.He added that the house was part of the estate of a woman who had died and there was therefore no-one who knew the property well to ask about possible risks.Strakers, he said, had no systems in place for risk assessment in the case of properties that were part of a deceased person’s estate and serious risks such as asbestos or electrical safety could neither be identified nor controlled.He said that when Strakers had been informed of the existence of the well, one of their employees, Tim Peters, had visited the house, looked at the wooden board and assumed that the well underneath would be covered by a metal grill.Mr Peters did not lift the board to check for himself, Mr Tyler said.Andrew McLaughlin, counsel representing Strakers, told the judge that the company was sorry Mrs Driver had fallen down the well and accepted that Mr Peter’s inspection on April 19 should have been more thorough than it was.He maintained, however, that the company’s culpability for the incident was low.Judge Simon Cooper said he found both Strakers’ culpability and the risk of harm to be high.He said: “As a result of the breach a number of people were exposed to very significant harm.” A househunter fell 30ft down a well and clung to a hosepipe for an hour after an estate agent failed to tell her about a hole in the garden, a court heard.Lucy Driver and her husband James had gone to an open house viewing organised by agents Strakers on April 23 last year.Mr and Mrs Driver had been encouraged by the agent at the house to have a good look round, a court heard.center_img As a result of the breach a number of people were exposed to very significant harmJudge Simon Cooperlast_img read more

September 25

Colourful tulip field blooms in Norfolk

first_imgMore than 100 acres of tulips have bloomed near the village of East Winch, in Norfolk. The vibrant flowers are soon to be cut and harvested for their bulbs as their heads are thrown away.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

September 25

History enthusiast spends 100 days making a full scale replica WW1 tank

first_imgStephen Wisdom with his tankCredit:Stephen Wisdom 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. Stephen Wisdom with his tank The historian explained: “Everything we do is targeted towards big historical stories. They’re done just to tell these great stories. If we have these great props that kids can climb all over and see the size of, that’s brilliant. “But they are really important focal points for history teaching because people just appreciate seeing stuff that they can hold, look, at touch, see and learn.” The tank is an exact replica of one used in WW1center_img A historian spent a hundred days building an exact replica of a US WW1 tank in his shed in Norfolk.Stephen Wisdom, who teaches history using props and costumes, took on the painstaking job in December, to make the model tank for the American Museum in Bath, in order to educate the public about the US involvement in World War One.To create the Renault FT, which will be displayed in a new exhibition this month, he bought a “little plastic kit” and simply measured the components with a ruler, then scaled it up.Making the tank was not an easy task; he moulded 1,000 plastic rivets and glued them on himself, as well as hand-painting the model to make it look like metal, even painting it with the exact colour of mud the tank would have been splattered in during the  1918 in which the original machine saw action.Mr Wisdom told The Telegraph he wanted to “tell the really good story” of the American involvement in WW1 “as we tend to focus on the end of the war and British involvement.”He said he wanted to create an exhibit which families would enjoy, explaining many museum displays can be “quite passive.” He said: “When we built the WW1 aeroplane for English Heritage me and my son realised doing dressing up and large props is the best thing you can do for families.”When we did the plane and saw how popular that was, we decided to do a motor show with replica motor cars…we let kids play in them and took them to shows.”I built a driveable, working Bugatti racing car, as well as a green Edwardian racing car for a show I did called motor races.””In the world for what I do, I do a lot of dressing up and costume stuff, professional performing in costume re telling historical stories.The most difficult aspect of building full-size replica historical objects is finding enough storage.The historian explained: “When I was at art college 30 years ago, my lecturer said take my advice, don’t build big stuff as you won’t have room to keep it. He’s right, it’s such a big effort to take the aeroplane, the cars out. The tank is an exact replica of one used in WW1Credit:Stephen Wisdom “That’s why we built the tank, for that wow factor.”Mr Wisdom decided to make full-scale models after he finished art school in 1991, because of his love of history. His first historical model for a museum was a WW1 aeroplane he created for English Heritage.last_img read more

September 25

Croydon cat killer mystery Police claim to have solved case after threeyear

This kitten, Storm, was found headless in Staines - but a police review concluded that foxes often remove the heads of their prey It was one of the most puzzling murder mysteries of the past decade as fearful experts described a serial pet killer who was likely to move on to humans next.A twisted individual intent on murdering family pets left the headless remains of over 400 cats littered around the homes of the stricken owners – seemingly to torment them.However, after three years of investigation and untold amounts of public money spent, the case of the “Croydon cat killer” has finally been closed as police admitted the deaths can be attributed to vehicles and foxes.Police yesterday revealed the majority of the cats suspected to be killed by the “serial killer” were hit by cars before having their heads or tails removed by scavenging foxes.Although police refused to disclose how much money was dedicated to the cause, it was revealed last year that 10 cat autopsies cost the force £7,500. This kitten, Storm, was found headless in Staines – but a police review concluded that foxes often remove the heads of their preyCredit:WESSEX NEWS AGENCY Henny Martineau, head of veterinary forensic pathology at the Royal Veterinary College examined three dead cats, finding puncture wounds consistent with mauling from wildlife as well as fox DNA, and concluded they were hit by cars then scavenged by foxes.For the past three years, the force has meticulously reviewed CCTV footage at the scene of pet deaths after horrified cat owners found their feline companions headless on their doorsteps. In three instances where CCTV was obtained, footage showed foxes carrying bodies or body-parts of cats. The rest show no human involvement.The Metropolitan Police explained: “Following a thorough examination of the available evidence, officers working alongside experts have concluded that hundreds of reported cat mutilations in Croydon and elsewhere were not carried out by a human and are likely to be the result of predation or scavenging by wildlife.” The legend of the Croydon cat killer spread internationally, as police warned he could be practicing to kill humans.Det Sgt Andy Collin, one of the leading officers on the case, said at the time: “There is a known link between serial killers and harming animals.“If you look at offending patterns, the assumption is this killer is getting some form of gratification. “The concern is they will cease getting that gratification and escalate the attacks to humans, specifically vulnerable women and girls.”Animal charities Peta and Outpaced put a £10,000 bounty on “his” head, and offered a description of the man they believed was killing and mutilating cats.He was said to be a white man in his 40s with short brown hair, dressed in dark clothing, possibly with acne scarring to his face. They advised that he may be wearing a headlamp or carrying a torch.South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL), the charity which helped bring the “Croydon cat killer” to national attention, said it was “surprised” by the police announcement.A spokesperson added: “We consider that the evidence we have gathered over the last three years does indicate human involvement and there is expert opinion to back this up.” Scotland Yard announced that there was no evidence for human involvement, after a leading veterinarian reviewed six cat autopsies. While initial post-mortems by veterinary pathologists indicated that sharp objects were used to mutilate the corpses of cats which died by blunt force trauma, police concluded this was probably not the case after further investigation. 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

September 25

Life expectancy falls in Scotland for first time in 35 years

However, those figures remain lower than in many comparable countries internationally and the figures were described as “concerning” by Janet Morrison, chief executive of the charity Independent Age. “More must be done to understand what is driving this,” she said. “These figures starkly highlight the need for health and care services to adapt to our ageing population, and the government must ensure that these services can support people to live long, healthy, happy lives.”New statistics also showed yesterday that the number of Scots living to be 100 years old is at near record level, with the country having an estimated 900 centenarians in 2017 – an increase of 45 per cent in the past decade.Anas Sarwar, Scottish Labour’s health spokesman, said the last time life expectancy had fallen was in 1983, when Tory Margaret Thatcher was prime minister, adding: “That is a statistic which should shame both the Tory and SNP governments.“After more than a decade of the SNP in charge of the country’s health service, Scotland has the lowest life expectancy rates of any part of the UK.”Annie Wells, Scottish Conservative public health spokeswoman, said the decrease was a “wake-up call for everyone involved in public health improvement in Scotland” and that education, health and economic activity all had their roles to play in raising life expectancy.Alex Cole-Hamilton, Liberal Democrat health spokesman, said the change should ring alarm bells “at the very top of government” and called on the SNP government to step up efforts to improve Scotland’s health. anas sarwar The first drop in life expectancy in Scotland for 35 years should “shame” both the Scottish and UK governments, it has been claimed.Official figures revealed that life expectancy for men had fallen slightly from 77.07 years for boys born in 2014-16, to 77.02 years for those born in 2015-17. Over the same period, the figure for women fell from 81.15 years to 81.09 years.Opposition parties said the data from the National Records of Scotland was a “wake up call” for the SNP administration and all those involved in public health.The decline followed three years in which there was little change in life expectancy and NRS said it indicated a “stall in life expectancy improvements” north of the border.Life expectancy has increased by 7.9 years for men and 5.8 years for women over the last 35 years, but the figures show Scotland still has the lowest life expectancy of the four nations in the UK.Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that life expectancy for the UK as a whole was unchanged, with a girl born between 2015 and 2017 expected to live for 82.9 years, and boys expected to live for 79.2 years. 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. Anas Sarwar said the figures should shame the Scottish and UK governmentsCredit:Getty He added: “Ingrained unhealthy lifestyle choices are having a devastating impact on our physical wellbeing and causing an obesity epidemic. Meanwhile, mental ill health is at crisis levels.”These figures show the urgent need to make a transformative investment in mental health and for public health interventions on the scale of the smoking ban introduced 12 years ago, this time focusing on Scotland’s poor diet and lack of activity.” He said a slew of statistics revealed a worrying diagnosis, including two thirds of adults being overweight or obese, a third of men drinking to levels described as hazardous or harmful, and 10 per cent of adults not consuming any fruit or vegetables in the course of a day. That is a statistic which should shame both the Tory and SNP governmentsAnas Sarwar read more

September 25

Police officer spent just 12 minutes interviewing a stalking suspect who then

Michael Lane stalked Shana Grice before murdering her The disciplinary panel sided with him and ruled the officer can only by identified by his rank and surname in order to protect his privacy.A disciplinary panel heard Miss Grice had been “fearful and frightened” after being targeted by Lane.She told police that Lane had stolen a key to her home and let himself in, crept into her bedroom and checked to see if she was sleeping. Michael Lane stalked Shana Grice before murdering her Miss Grice reported him to the police and he was arrested and spoke to by PC Mills – who had been an officer at Sussex Police since 2003.However, despite their being evidence of a history of him stalking his ex-girlfriend, the police interview lasted just 12 minutes.PC Mills later failed to call Miss Grice back after she contacted him to say he had been following her.Louise Ravenscroft, solicitor for Sussex Police, said: “She never received a call back following her call. No further officer contacted her. The effect on Miss Grice is that she did not report continuing incidents of harassment and stalking.”Days later Miss Grice received a notice from Sussex Police saying the case against Lane was closed and no further action was to be taken.As he has already resigned from the force PC Mills will be placed on the police barred list for life. A police officer who spent just 12 minutes interviewing a stalking suspect who went on to murder his ex-girlfriend, has been barred from the force for life.Shana Grice reported her former partner, Michael Lane, to Sussex Police five times in six months, but ended up being fined £90 for wasting police time.In July 2016 Lane was questioned for just 12 minutes before being handed a formal caution.The following month, Lane, 27, slit her throat before attempting to burn her body.Yesterday PC Mills, the police officer who had failed to take her complaint seriously enough, and has since resigned from the force, was barred from ever serving as a police officer again.Before the hearing PC Mills made an application for his first name to be kept from the public saying it would impact adversely on the ‘feelings and welfare’ of his young family. 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

September 25

Dealer who sold chemsex drugs to serial killer Stephen Port convicted of

Eric Michels, 52, appeared in films in his spare time. Erich Michels On the evening of August 16 last year, divorced father-of-three Mr Michels made contact with Matovu on Grindr after a night out in Soho gay bars.Mr Michels invited him to his home for sex, the court heard.He picked Matovu up from a homeless hostel and stopped off at a Sainsbury’s, where CCTV images show the pair together.Back at Mr Michels’ home, the defendant drugged him and took photographs of his bank cards and driver’s licence.Matovu made off with a MacBook, a mobile phone, an initialled black case, US driving licence and various cards as well as a suitcase full of bottles of alcohol.Mr Michels’ body was discovered by his concerned family the following day in bed under a duvet. Jurors were not told about Matovu’s past connection with former chef Port, 44, from Barking, who had also targeted victims through Grindr and killed them with GHB overdoses.Port was handed a whole life term for raping and murdering four young men and dumping their bodies near his home in Barking, east London, between 2014 and 2015.Following Port’s 2016 trial, Matovu pleaded guilty to supplying mephedrone and GHB and offering to supply GHB, but denied knowing what Port planned to do with it. A man who sold chemsex drugs to serial killer Stephen Port has been found guilty of killing a former Bond actor with an overdose.Gerald Matovu, 26, a drug dealer, met Eric Michels, 54, via Grindr in August last year.He plied him with a fatal dose of GHB at Mr Michels’ home in Chessington, south-east London, then made off with his bank card details and other belongings.Mr Michels, who had an uncredited role as a cocktail party guest in Skyfall, was one of 12 men targeted by Matovu and his lover Brandon Dunbar, 24, over a 19-month period, jurors heard.Following an Old Bailey trial, Matovu was found guilty of businessman Mr Michels’ murder and a string of other offences. Stephen Port was convicted of raping and killing four young men, and jailed for life.Credit:Metropolitan Police An empty 3ml syringe without a needle attached was found on the floor beside the bed.DNA from the victim and defendant was identified on it, as well as traces of GHB, the court heard. Stephen Port In April 2017, Matovu was sentenced to 12 months’ community service, 150 hours of unpaid work and 40 days of drug rehabilitation.At Matovu’s murder trial, prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC told how the defendants took advantage of meeting men on Grindr to steal property and bank details.Watch: Murderer Matovu filmed meeting and shopping with Eric Michels Matovu denied murder but accepted going home with Mr Michels’ to have consensual sex.He denied administering GHB to Mr Michels, claiming he took it of his own free will.A jury deliberated for 26 hours to reach guilty verdicts on all the charges against both defendants.Members of the victim’s family in court shouted out “yes – the rest of your life in prison” as Matovu looked on impassive.Speaking to BBC News, Mr Michels’ son Sam Michels said: “I’ll never meet anyone like him ever again in my life. Losing him has been like losing a limb.”His other son Josh said: “The devastation it causes is unbelievable. Especially when he had so much to live for. He was only 54.”Matovu and Dunbar were convicted of a string of charges including administering a noxious substance, assault by penetration and theft. 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

September 25

Man lands in court for attempting to smuggle cigarettes into prison

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCraftsman remanded for smuggling ganja into prisonSeptember 4, 2017In “Court”Prison officer jailed for conveying cigarettes into prison; charged with Marijuana possessionJanuary 15, 2015In “Crime”“Smart” busted attempting to smuggle cigarettes, vodka into Court lock upsJanuary 22, 2018In “Court” A man was made to answer to Magistrate Judy Latchman as to why he attempted to smuggle four packs of cigarettes into the Camp Street Prison when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Monday.Gownauth GeerGownauth Geer, 41, pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him, but a guilty plea was entered after his explanation to the court.The charge stated that on May 25, 2017 at the Georgetown Prison on Camp Street, he attempted to smuggle the prohibited substance into the facility.Geer told Magistrate Latchman that he was, at the time of his arrest, working as a mason at the Prison, but was unaware that he was not permitted to take the cigarettes into the facility.However, the prosecution told the court that the defendant attempted to smuggle the cigarettes into the prison in his long boots.The defendant initially told the court that the cigarettes were in his boots as his pants pocket was wet. He later told the court that he had no pockets on his pants.He was fined $60,000, with an alternative sentence of 12 months in prison. read more

September 24

Submit papers for mineral resources and mine development symposium

first_imgThe Third International Symposium on Mineral Resources and Mine Development takes place May 26-27, 2010 in Aachen, Germany. The event is organised by Aachen International Mining Symposia and the Institute of Mining Engineering and is in association with RAG Deutsche Steinkohle & European Association of Mining Industries. It will cover areas such as identification, demand and supply of critical raw materials, strategies and concepts for a safe minerals supply, management of resources, planning, organisation, logistics, financing, operational experiences, environmental issues and many more. International experts from industry and research institutions are invited to submit an abstract of their presentation for the symposium. Interested contributors should send their abstracts to the secretariat by email, fax or mail. To find out more information on the symposium, delegate details, call for papers, exhibition, advertising and sponsoring, please visit www.aims.rwth-aachen.delast_img read more

September 24

Protecting equipment tools and machinery with innovative packaging

first_imgIntercept Technology has been wrapping equipment, tools, machines, and parts with packaging products for Australian and US mining companies for many years. The protective layer keeps moisture out and neutralises damaging corrosive gases. Items can then be stored indoors or outdoors in parts of the world where there are harsh pollutants, with items as clean coming out of the package as they were when they went in.In USA, the environmental and safety concerns of mining have been well-documented, requiring the enactment of laws and standards. Intercept packaging can help US mining companies, just as it does with the Australian companies, in protecting their valuable equipment investments.last_img read more