It is clear that women do not have a right over their bodies. The move in Alabama to ban all abortions, except in case where the pregnancy is a risk to the mothers’ health proves this. The bill criminalises the procedure, making abortion punishable by up to 99 years in prison for doctors. The legislation — Alabama Human Life Protection Act — is not relaxed even for women who become pregnant due to rape or incest. The Bill was proposed by Republican Terri Collins, a woman, who believes that this is about protecting “the lives of the unborn because an unborn baby is a person who deserves love and protection”. Also Read – A staunch allyThe Bill was supported by more than 20 male senators in a state, where according to the US Census projections for 2019 women make up 51.5 per cent of the population. Unfortunately, Alabama is not alone in favoring anti-abortion laws. A few days ago, Georgia signed the “Foetal Heartbeat” Bill that prohibits abortions after a heartbeat is detected in an embryo. This happens after five to six weeks of pregnancy, when the woman is not even likely to be aware that she is pregnant. Also Read – Cuban pathosAlabama is the sixth state to pass such a law and nine more states have introduced similar bills. At the centre of all this is a decision by the Supreme Court of 1973 which put down that women have a right to abortion without interference by the states. These state laws do not have an impact immediately but they are setting the stage for overturning the Supreme Court order. According to the website of American Civil Liberties Union, a pro right non-profit, since 2011, states have enacted more restrictions to abortion than they did in the previous 10 years combined. Extremist politicians continue to work to shut down women’s health centers, cut off access to affordable birth control, and shame women who have abortions, it says. However, globally it has been observed and proved that restrictive abortion laws lead to unsafe abortions which put women’s health at risk. Such laws also lead to higher levels of maternal mortality and increase inequality as safe abortions become available only to the rich who can travel out of the state or the country. Poor women, who are more likely to have unwanted pregnancies are literally left holding the baby. Abortion is legal in India till 20 weeks of pregnancy. However, for long India too has been held hostage by funding agencies to restrict abortions. In 2017, US President Donald Trump barred funds to be given to any group that promotes abortion. The ideology existed even in 1984, during Ronald Reagan’s regime and was called the Mexico City Policy. Under this, any non-governmental organisation that has received funds from the US is barred from providing women or couples with family planning information, including access to abortion. “This global policy is a direct reflection of the decades-old political battle surrounding abortion in the United States. It is an example of US imperialism, in the way the government ties its foreign aid to domestic political controversies,” writes Ruth Macklin, professor emerita at the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in a paper published in the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics in April 2019. Since 1984, every US government administration headed by a president from the Republican Party has followed the policy. Every administration headed by a president from the Democratic Party has annulled it. (The author is Associate Editor, Down To Earth. The views expressed are strictly personal)
New Delhi: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will interact with members of foreign press later this month, in first such outreach by the Sangh “to clear misconceptions” about the outfit and its ideology, sources said here.A Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) functionary, who is coordinating the meeting, said invitation is being extended to 70 foreign media organisations from various countries barring Pakistan. Sangh’s functionaries said the aim of the ‘briefing’ was to discuss the RSS’ views on various topics, as well as to address some “wrong narratives” about the organisation that have developed over the years. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The main purpose of this meeting is to clear misconceptions about the Sangh and its ideology,” another Sangh functionary said, adding “it will be an off-camera briefing by Bhagwat and will not be for reporting”. According to the sources, it is a first of its kind interaction with the foreign press by the RSS, ideological parent of the ruling BJP. “The meeting will start with Bhagwat ji making opening remarks and it will be followed by a question and answer session with him,” said the functionary involved in the event. Sangh’s prachar vibhag (publicity department) is coordinating the meeting which will be held at the Ambedkar International Centre here.
OTTAWA — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is expected to spend the bulk of his time and energy in the federal B.C. riding of Burnaby-South in January as he tries to secure a much-needed seat in the House of Commons.Singh’s new chief of staff and longtime party strategist Jennifer Howard says the leader has been out to the riding a number of times, but will become a full-time candidate in the new year.Howard, who took on her new role earlier this month, says the NDP is working hard for every vote in the expected February byelection.The race constitutes Singh’s biggest political fight to date as he tries to calm concerns over disappointing fundraising, polls that show his party stuck in third place and a growing number of veteran MPs who say they won’t run in 2019.Singh won’t say whether he will step down should be lose the byelection.The riding was vacated by former New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart, now Vancouver’s mayor. The Canadian Press
HALIFAX — A Nova Scotia mother who says she waited two years for her cancer diagnosis has released a viral, highly emotional video calling out Premier Stephen McNeil for not declaring a health-care crisis in the province.“To the premier of Nova Scotia, I dare you to take a meeting with me … and tell me there is no health-care crisis,” Inez Rudderham, 33, said in a viral Facebook video that has been viewed over 1.5 million times.In the tearful, emotionally charged video, the mother of a four-year-old daughter said she went undiagnosed with Stage 3 anal cancer for two years due to her lack of access to a family doctor.Rudderham states she has received 30 rounds of radiation to her pelvis, which has left her “barren and infertile.” When taking her health concerns to the emergency rooms, Rudderham says she was brushed off.“It’s OK though, right? Because they caught it. They caught it when it was Stage 3,” says a teary Rudderham, her head swathed in a scarf.“I fought. I fought for my life.”Rudderham also says she has been waiting for mental health services since January, only to find out this month that she can only get an appointment in mid-July.“You want to tell me that there’s no health-care crisis in my province?”There were 55,801 people on a waiting list for a family physician in Nova Scotia, or about six per cent of the province’s population, as of Dec. 1.“There are not enough physicians to meet the health-care needs of Nova Scotians,” a report released in January by Doctors Nova Scotia said. “We believe that every Nova Scotian deserves access to a family physician.”McNeil said Thursday he’s asked health officials to meet with Rudderham, and will wait for word from them.“I obviously feel for this person, I did see part of the video. I’ve asked the department to reach out, to be in contact with her to find out the issues that she has and how we can best ensure that she gets the appropriate treatment but also the appropriate supports,” he told reporters. The video posted on Tuesday has been shared more than 61,000 times. A crowdfunding campaign for Rudderham has raised over $11,000.“This is the face of the health-care crisis in Nova Scotia, and I dare you to tell me otherwise,” she says, pointing to her own face.McNeil said his government is trying to update an antiquated health system, and said other jurisdictions face similar issues.“There are challenges in the health care system in … access to primary care, we’ve always acknowledged that,” McNeil said.(Global News, The Canadian Press)On the web: https://www.facebook.com/marilyn.inez/videos/10156155486545812/The Canadian Press
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Peace River North MLA, Dan Davies, echos the concerns that Bernier has on the issue saying that the Government is not providing enough time for public consultation on the draft and that stakeholders should have been included in the process.“It’s way too late. We’ve been asking for over a year now to be included in the consultation. We’ve been asking on behalf of stakeholders to be included in the consultations and now they have come out with a draft plan. Unfortunately, it’s a draft plan and all stakeholders should have a had a play in how that looked and how that’s rolled out.”Both Bernier and Davies feel that the Government will go ahead with the draft agreement and then consult with stakeholders after the fact.Bernier hopes that the Government will remove the short timeline they have given for consultation as stakeholders will need more time to provide comment and feedback on the draft agreement before they can accept it.“The Government needs to back away from this pressure that they have given to everybody in the Region, that they only have, basically, until the end of April to digest this and actually comment. Stakeholders and groups are going to need more time than that.”According to the Government, this draft is to offer temporary protection to the central caribou population in British Columbia while a long-term plan is developed. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With B.C., Ottawa, the West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations reaching a recent draft agreement on caribou recovery, local MLAs are voicing their concerns.MLA for Peace River South, Mike Bernier, says he is concerned that the Government took a long time to release a draft and will not provide a long enough time frame for public consultation on the agreement.“The main issue and concern is that it has taken a long time for Government to actually release this draft. It’s taken a long time and now they’re only giving four or five weeks for the public, the local government, and stakeholders to comment.”
Here are the closing numbersTSX — 14,653.66 +41.37 +0.28% S&P 500 — 1,878.25 +10.53 +0.56% Dow — 16,518.54 +117.52 +0.72% Nasdaq — 4,067.67 -13.09 -0.32% TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Wednesday, with support coming from a big acquisition by energy company Encana and positive earnings news.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 44.11 points to 14,656.4. The Canadian dollar was down 0.13 of a cent to 91.79 cents US. Encana Corp. shares were up $1.13, or 4.6%, to $25.69 after it announced a deal to roughly double its oil production with a $3.1-billion acquisition of oil-producing properties in the Eagle Ford shale formation in south Texas from Freeport-McMoRan.Meanwhile, U.S. markets were uneven amid testimony from Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen that the American economy is improving but that the job market remained “far from satisfactory” and inflation below the Fed’s target rate.The Dow Jones industrials ran up 117.52 points to 16,518.54, the Nasdaq lost 13.09 points to 4,067.67 and the S&P 500 index was ahead 10.49 points at 1,878.21.Yellen told Congress’ joint economic committee that she expects low borrowing rates will continue to be needed for a “considerable time.”At the same time, Yellen said geopolitical tensions, a renewal of financial stress in emerging markets and a faltering housing recovery are potential threats.It was another heavy day for earnings as Tim Hortons Inc. earned $90.9 million or 66 cents per share, up from $86.2 million or 56 cents per share a year ago but missed estimates of 68 cents and its shares dipped 79 cents to $58.89.“Overall things at Tim Hortons are performing well,” said Allan Small, senior adviser at HollisWealth.“They are growing but I don’t think fast enough for the market, fast enough for investors and I think their stock price reflects that. It’s been hovering around $59, $60 for some time and I think it will take a lot to move the needle.”Talisman Energy shares climbed 89 cents or 8% to $12.02 as quarterly net income was $491 million, or 47 cents per share, compared with a net loss of $213 million or 21 cents per share in the first quarter last year.It was another tough day for the tech sector, particularly in the U.S. where investors have been rotating out of biotech and technology stocks that ran up sharply last year and are now deemed a bit too rich.“Overall, when there is uncertainty in the market, people sell their winners and the first thing you sell are the high multiple stocks and continue to sell until the economy justifies the multiples it’s trading at,” added Small.The TSX tech sector declined 1.46% as BlackBerry fell 41 cents to $7.94. In New York, Twitter fell 3.75% to US$30.66 after plunging almost 18% Tuesday.Telcos led advancers with Telus up 44 cents to $39.34 a day before the company posts earnings.On the commodity markets, June crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained $1.27 to US$100.77 a barrel and the energy sector gained 0.66%.The base metals sector was down 1.33% as July copper slipped two cents to US$3.03 a pound.June bullion faded $19.70 to US$1,288.90 an ounce and the gold sector dropped about 2%. TOP STORIESEncana snaps up US$3.1-billion stake in Texas oil play to double outputEnbridge sees opportunities for growth in B.C.’s emerging LNG industryGoogle Canada head leaving to lead Google Glass business operationsTim Hortons profit misses expectations in first quarter as cold weather, heightened competition weighWHAT’S ON DECK THURSDAYCANADA8:15 a.m.Housing starts (April) 8:30 a.m.New Housing Price Index (March): UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Weekly jobless claims CORPORATE NEWSCANADACanadian Natural Resources Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 80¢ a shareCanadian Tire Corp Ltd ‘a’ Q1 earnings: 93¢ Cineplex Inc Q1 earnings: 16¢ a share Crescent Point Energy Corp Q1 earnings: 31¢ Dundee Real Estate Investment Q1 earnings: 72¢ Fortis Incorporated Q1 earnings: 63¢ Great West Lifeco Inc Q1 earnings: 59¢ High Liner Foods Inc Q1 earnings: $3.38 Magna International ‘a’ Q1 earnings: $1.97 Pembina Pipeline Corp Q1 earnings: 35¢ Quebecor Inc Q1 earnings: 29¢ Silver Wheaton Corp Q1 earnings: 21¢ Snc-lavalin Group Inc Q1 earnings: 13¢ Telus Corporation Q1 earnings: 60¢ Valeant Pharmaceuticals Q1 earnings: $1.72 UNITED STATESApache Corp. Q1 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.62 CBS Corp. Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 74¢ Cablevision Systems Corp. Q1 earnings: 3¢ IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. Q1 earnings: US$2.59 Monster Beverage Corp Q1 earnings: 49¢ News Corp Q3 earnings: 4¢
Those who escaped said women and girls were being raped and kidnapped by the militia, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) added. The reports could not be confirmed because humanitarian agencies are not allowed in Darfur, while the refugee women themselves have trouble communicating, especially on the taboo subject of rape. The agency said hundreds of thousands of other Sudanese are believed to be displaced inside Darfur. The shift is only the latest in 20 years of civil conflicts that have uprooted more than 4 million people in Africa’s largest country, and driven another 570,000 into neighbouring States. But some hope is emerging as the Government and rebels in southern Sudan work to hammer out a peace agreement. A UNHCR emergency team in the north-east Chad region of Birak yesterday visited Djoran, one of many makeshift refugee sites along the insecure border between the two countries. Recent arrivals from western Sudan interviewed by the team said Arab militias, known as the Janjaweed, attack villages, shooting people caught in the streets. Starting their attacks early in the morning, the militia raided village houses, stealing everything, including livestock, according to the refugees. One man from the Sudanese village of Garuma said that a week ago, about 150 militiamen arrived on horses and camels, forcing him to flee with his pregnant wife and their five children to the surrounding hills, where his wife gave birth the following day. The militia set a bush fire in the area, forcing the family to escape to another hill. The man, who fled on a donkey, said his wife and children were still hiding in Sudan while he checked on conditions in Djoran. Another refugee reported escaping with her five children after the militia attacked Garuma and killed her father in his hut. The attacks took the lives of several men and sent others fleeing into nearby hills with their livestock. Some 30,000 refugees fled into Chad from Darfur in December alone. On Wednesday, UNHCR started distributing blankets provided by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to children, pregnant women and the elderly in Djoran.
“They can put communities at ease and stand as inspiring role models for local women,” he said at the opening of the Fifth General Assembly of the Kigali International Conference on the role of security forces in combatting violence against women, held in Algiers, the capital of Algeria.He said that the deplorable problem of law enforcement personnel being implicated in the perpetration of violence against women and girls happens “too often,” and the UN remains firmly committed to a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse.“Since I became Secretary-General almost a decade ago, I have been a staunch advocate for ending violence against women and girls,” he said, noting that in 2008, he launched the UNiTE campaign aimed at raising public awareness and increase political will and resources for preventing and ending all forms of violence against women and girls worldwide.Today, scores of leaders and ministers, hundreds parliamentarians and millions of individuals have added their names to the action call, and their tireless efforts have put this struggle at the centre of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, he said.Police play an essential role in fighting abuse, Mr. Ban said. They work with judicial counterparts, investigate allegations, identify alleged perpetrators, promote accountability and ensure access to remedies for victims. These are important conditions for effective prevention.Bringing Security Council resolution 1325 to lifeThrough community policing, they empower societies, manage criminality, deter violence, help rebuild safety and promote public trust, he continued. They bring to life Security Council resolution 1325 and subsequent resolutions on women, peace and security.Stressing the need for strong laws to end violence against women, including female genital mutilation, he said that UN and African Union police in peace operations help prevent and address sexual violence in conflict, which disproportionally affects women and girls. Female police officers of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). UN Photo/Logan Abassi The UN will hold a Chiefs of Police Summit, or UN Cops, in New York this June, Mr. Ban noted, encouraging all to participate in this valuable opportunity to exchange views on how to address the pressing security and rule of law challenges and how police personnel in the field can gain skills that they can bring home to their national services.Visit to Elementary SchoolMr. Ban also visited Primary School Mohamed Maazouzi, together with Nouria Benghabrit-Remaoun, Minister of National Education of Algeria, and chatted with five-year-old and 11-year-old students.In Algeria, the net school enrolment rate for children six to 16 years old rose from 88.3 per cent in 2006 to above 96 per cent in 2015 with full parity between boys and girls, according to the UN. From 1996 to 2013, the illiteracy rate for all Algerians over 10 years old dropped from 75 per cent to 20 per cent.In 2014, Algeria spent 16 per cent of the national budget in education, the second highest allocation after national defense. In 2015, the Ministry of Education’s budget reached approximately $8 million, for the benefit of 8.5 million children and students representing 22 per cent of the total population learning in more than 25,000 schools. Amid the impressive achievements, the UN points out that there are 330,000 children under 16 years old who are out of school and 500,000 at risk of dropping out. Mr. Ban also met with the survivors and the families of the victims of the 2007 bombing of the UN House in Algiers as well as UN staff before he left for Germany.Refugee influx into EuropeUpon receiving the German Media Award while in Baden-Baden, Mr. Ban highlighted the plight of refugees fleeing war and persecution and arriving in great numbers in Germany and other European nations. While lauding the generosity shown to the refugees in many places across Germany and Europe, he noted that the border restrictions being put in place by Governments along the Balkan land route are not a solution. “I call on all countries to keep their borders open, to expand legal pathways to asylum, and act in a spirit of solidarity,” said the Secretary-General, while adding that there is a need for greater sharing of responsibility among all States, not just those in Europe. On Tuesday, he will be in Berlin, where he will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other officials.
Research published by What Car? has shown that new cars are more secure than they have ever been before, demonstrating the huge advances manufacturers have made in improving security features for new models. From small cars, to sports cars and 4x4s, What Car?’s latest Security Supertest found that not one of the 60 models tested could be driven away without the keys. Almost half could not be broken into. There were also record scores in this year’s test with three cars scoring 100 per cent, 15 scored at least 90 per cent and none less than 50 per cent. Results prompted What Car? to say that car makers are responding successfully to the problem, providing ‘one piece of good news’ in an otherwise disappointing overall rise in car crime. Commenting on the results, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘This news confirms that the industry is doing its bit. The fact that none of the cars could be driven away should be comforting news to new car buyers in Britain. ‘Nevertheless, we need to be clear that car crime is a major problem, and we all have a clear responsibility to make sure we take steps to make stealing cars, new or old, a thing of the past’, he added. Note to editors: Christopher Macgowan sits on the Home Office Vehicle Crime Reduction Action Team (VCRAT) and is also a member of the VCRAT Executive. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
The power will be off in all of Mackenzie Chown B block and the level 400 C bridge from 12 noon to 2 p.m. today.There will be emergency lighting in effect. Please stay in well-lit areas. Alternate locations for B block classes and seminars will be posted on stairwell doors.Classes normally scheduled in C 400 to C 404 will be relocated on a daily basis. There will be daily postings on stairwell doors on the C 300 level, as well as the website for the Registrar’s office, brocku.ca/registrarHere’s an update, as of 8:15 a.m., on which sections of the University are open and closed this week:Mackenzie Chown B block, D block and E block are open with the following exceptions.B block levels 200 and 300 will be open with intermittent power interruptions throughout the rest of the week.The 400 level of B block will remain closed until further notice, as will the following seminar rooms and offices in C block: C400, C401, C402, C403 and C404. It is anticipated that these areas that are closed will be able to reopen on Monday, Feb. 7.Very limited access to these areas that remain closed will be permitted. Please make arrangements by calling Human Resouces and Environmental, Health & Safety at 905-688-5550 x3274 or Campus Security at 905-688-5550 x4300.Students and staff are asked to please respect directional signs and barriers, and exercise caution when stepping over any temporary power cables across floors in these areas.Past updates:• Most of Mackenzie Chown B and E to reopen tomorrow• Mackenzie Chown complex reopened – information on evening classes• Update on the evacuation of the Mackenzie Chown complex
Ohio State redshirt junior running back Mike Weber (25) runs the ball in the second quarter of the game against Indiana on Oct. 6. Ohio State won 49-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorMike Weber entered his Ohio State career having to fill some big shoes.Earning the starting running back job in 2016, his redshirt freshman season, with the departure of Ezekiel Elliott, Weber was filling in for a back who ran for more than 1,800 yards in consecutive seasons and went No. 4 in the NFL Draft.Three seasons later, and Weber, now a redshirt junior, is following in his predecessor’s footsteps, forgoing his final season of eligibility for the 2019 NFL Draft following the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.But Weber will not leave the program the same way Elliott did before Weber ever played a snap.In Weber’s first season, he broke out for 1,096 yards and nine touchdowns, enough to help Ohio State reach the College Football Playoff for the second time.A hamstring injury to begin his redshirt sophomore season was enough to permanently change the outlook for Weber’s collegiate career.Weber missed the opening game against Indiana in 2017, allowing then-freshman running back J.K. Dobbins to earn the start and make an impact.And make an impact he did.Dobbins ran for 181 yards in the victory on 29 carries, enough to earn him a sizable role in the offense for the rest of the season. In 2017, Weber only earned more carries than Dobbins once, rushing 18 times for 82 yards against Nebraska.The running back duo continued to split carries this season, with Dobbins entering the Rose Bowl at 223 carries, and Weber with 157.Dobbins said he’s had no issue with the strategy.“I am not a selfish person. I am a team player first,” Dobbins said. “Whatever the team needs to do to win a game, that’s what we’re going to do. If it’s him getting 30 carries and I get five, and if we win, im fine with it.”Now, splitting carries or not, Weber is a game away from the end of his Ohio State career, and, unless he has the second-highest rushing game of his season, recording 162 yards against Michigan State on Nov. 11, he will end short of 1,000 rushing yards for the second straight year.Weber said he still believes he hasn’t reached his full potential, and that his season did not go exactly as planned.“I felt it was OK. Decent. I did what I could with the opportunities I had, and I just want to finish strong,” Weber said. “You start it, got to finish it.”Having to finish what he started is why Weber will still be playing in the Rose Bowl instead of following in cornerback Denzel Ward’s footsteps from a season ago.Ward decided to forgo the Cotton Bowl to avoid injuries heading into the draft. Defensive end Nick Bosa did the same by deciding to pull the plug on his Ohio State career this season, a few weeks after he sustained an injury in the team’s third game of the season against TCU.Weber said in a tweet he has to finish what the team started this year, which includes a 12-1 record, a third-straight win against Michigan in Weber’s tenure and a Big Ten Championship, Weber’s second.But Weber has a chance to do something more: To finish his Ohio State career as the back it looked like he could have been his freshman season.With 142 yards, Weber can get the second 1,000-yard rushing season in his Ohio State career. With a big game in head coach Urban Meyer’s final game, Weber can prove he is worthy of a high-round pick in the NFL Draft.Weber said on Wednesday before he made his announcement he would leave for the NFL, he wants to send his head coach out win a victory.“That’s something that we take a lot of pride in,” Weber said. “I feel like he deserves it and so do we. So that’s the No. 1 goal.”Though Weber has not been able to top his Second Team All-Big Ten season, he has made his mark in the backfield for the Buckeyes.The redshirt junior heads into his final game with 2,580 rushing yards and 24 rushing touchdowns, averaging 5.5 yards per carry or more every season. He leaves with a 32-5 record in games he played in and he leaves a back who has faced adversity and a split backfield over the past two seasons.Weber sees the Rose Bowl as just another opportunity. “Every day is an opportunity. I just have to take advantage of it,” Weber said.This time, it is Weber’s final opportunity to cement his legacy in an Ohio State uniform.
A former helicopter pilot who spent four years barricaded inside a farmhouse which he lost in a divorce battle has now been arrested by police. Peter Elliott turned the £500,000 property in Appleby, Cumbria, into a fortress and surrounded it with barbed wire, tree branches and fitted CCTV cameras. His ex-wife Leonie Butler, 45, obtained a court order in 2012 forcing him to leave Pinewood Farm following their bitter £6 million split. But the 49-year-old refused to vacate the property and insisted he would only be removed “in a body bag”. “I am not going to live in my car and I’m not going to Durham nick either. I am ready for them to try and get me.”Cumbria Police have confirmed that Mr Elliott was arrested on Monday around 10.35am. A spokesman said: “A committal warrant for the arrest of Peter Elliott, 49, was issued by The High Court.”Police can confirm that they have now executed the warrant and that Elliott was arrested in the Appleby area this morning.” Mr Elliott was not injured during the arrest but one police officer sustained a minor injury.Mr Elliott previously worked as a pilot for Andrew Tinkler, the boss of infrastructure business Stobart. He said he met Leonie in 1991 and married her in 1998 before they ended their relationship in 2010. She filed for divorce in 2012 and the sale of the house was supposed to be used to pay off their debts. Appeal Court judges warned him in August that he will be forced to serve a six-month prison sentence unless he leaves, but instead of moving out of the 70-acre property Mr Elliott remained steadfast and insisted he was not budging without a fight. In his attempt to highlight his plight he created an effigy of a man dressed in a suit, representing himself, being executed on the roof alongside a “justice” banner. Mr Elliott said at the time: “I told the police I would keep a careful eye out for them, that I am determined to take my life before they arrest me, and that it is up to them what they do next. “I don’t want to die but I am content if that’s what it’s got to be. The farm is my life, it’s my safe place. They are asking me to go on the streets. I have no home, no money, no family, no wife, no girlfriend and no horses. Nothing. Mr Elliott has refused to vacate the property and insisted he would only be removed “in a body bag” Peter Elliott’s ex-wife Leonie Butler at Carlisle Crown Court in June this yearCredit:North News & Pictures Ltd 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.
Following her return, Miss Birkenshaw, who used to be called Michael, told the Times Education Supplement: “Straight away, one kid was, ‘Hi Miss’. It was brilliant; there were no sniggers, it was just superb. It was a really nice morning.”She told the school’s chairman of governors in September 2015 that she had gender dysphoria and was planning to live as a woman. She has undergone hormone-replacement therapy since then and expects the full transition to take another two to three years.Miss Birkenshaw, who was born and raised in Bury, Greater Manchester, told other headteachers in Hull a few months ago.She said she had felt female since she was about four-years-old and despite becoming head boy at her secondary school, she had felt trapped in her masculine identity. Miss Birkenshaw, who was born and raised in Bury, Greater Manchester, told other headteachers in Hull about her transition a few months agoCredit:RUSSELL SACH Straight away, one kid was, ‘Hi Miss’. It was brilliant; there were no sniggers, it was just superbClaire Birkenshaw A headteacher believed to be the first who has transitioned from male to female while in post has spoken out about how “there were no sniggers” in the corridors when she returned to school. Claire Birkenshaw went back to work at Ashwell Academy in Hull, East Yorkshire, this week after a six-month absence following her decision to transition. Since parents were told in July, staff, guardians and pupils were made trans aware to help prepare them for the 48-year-old’s return. She confided in a girl friend that she had felt this way when she was 16 and said she had been accepting of these feelings. Miss Birkenshaw went on to study geography at Hull University and then completed a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education) but still felt paralysed by fear to tell anyone about her gender dysphoria.Now, she hopes by making the transition she can become a role model for transgender students and teachers, having been inspired herself by Yorkshire-based radio presenter Stephanie Hirst, who transitioned in 2014.She said: “These children in schools need someone who is out there. Stephanie macheted the way for me. I’m hoping to machete the way for somebody else, and then the next person comes along and the next person, and hopefully in future they will only need tweezers.”She added that she doesn’t expect her professional life to change now she has transitioned.Miss Birkenshaw said: “I still expect to be a headteacher. I still expect to be working with schools, with academies and ensuring that children are making progress – but also that children are happy.” 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.
By MUHAMMED SAILU BAHTraders showcasing their latest products and services at the ongoing trade fair at the Independence Stadium in Bakau under the aegis of the Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) are appealing to the public to come in their numbers to see what they have.This appeal was made yesterday when this reporter visited the stands of both nationals and non nationals who are dealing in various products and services such as fabrics, processed and cooked local food, technological devices, etc.The traders see the trade fair as an opportunity to market their their products and services but are disappointed by the low turn out and the lack of deals.Musa Jallow, a dairy products vendor from Kombo Farm, said business is very slow as people are not coming in their expected numbers.He said very few people are coming to buy their products but expressed hope that towards the end of the trade fair they might come out to patronise them.Jallow further appealed to the customers to come and buy quality products.He also appealed for government support to boost Gambian entrepreneurs in their businesses.Muhammed Ndow from Banjul, who sells fashion design clothes and shoes, said he is being sponsored by the EMPRETEC project and that this is his first time to participate in a trade fair.“The business is very dull during the day but it’s at least better in the evenings between 7pm-10pm as this is the time when people close from work, go to their homes and later come to the fair,” he revealed.Mr. Ndow said some of his colleagues have told him that the sales they had last year are better than this year’s but that it is hoped that it will be better later.“Perhaps it is because of the festive week to mark Christmas and the New Year that customers were not forthcoming. Let’s hope that things turn around very soon with more sales,” he said.As for Fatou Gassama, a young Gambian food vendor, the story is quite different. Not only is she making good sales, the trade fair has served as a good opportunity to expand her business. She said the trade fair is really helping her business by exposing them to numerous new customers. “It is because of the trade fair that many people who have visited my stall and bought my food are now contacting me for catering services,” she revealed.She added that more publicity needs to be done by the organisers to enable the customers to come and patronise the other vendors.Omar Coulibally, a batik designer from Mali, was anticipating good sales but he was disappointed. He said they are yet to see the customers come in their numbers to buy the African fabrics they have for sale.But he has some hope that they will come back. “What we are now seeing are few people who are coming to only view our products and promising to come back. We only hope that they will return to buy,” said Coulibally.He said he has been attending many trade fairs in different African countries such as Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire but that this is the first time he is participating in one in The Gambia. He said he has paid 500 US dollars for the stall and expressed hope that the customers would be coming to patronise them.Another vendor from Mali, Muhammed Korkoss, who sells handmade leather shoes and African designed clothes from Mali, also made similar comments and joined in the appeal for more customers. He suggested that more publicity should be done by the organisers to bring out the customers.
In an undisclosed transfer fee, Manchester City have announced the signing of Philippe Sandler from PEC Zwolle as reported in the official club website of Manchester City.The 21-year old defender Sandler who is a product of Ajax’s famous youth system now becomes Man City latest signing and City’s third summer signing.He is now expected to provide cover for Vincent Kompany, John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte at center-back, however, he has the capacity to play in midfield.In March ahead of his impending move, Sandler said as quoted in Goal:Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I heard that scouts from Manchester City were watching me, but you do not expect as a player to go from PEC Zwolle to City.“The best manager in the world, Pep Guardiola, is currently in charge there, and he can teach me a lot, and also the style in which they play football attracts me a lot.”The champions begin their title defence at Arsenal on Sunday, 12 August.
Jose Mourinho has hailed his long-term rival Arsene Wenger as “one of the best managers in the history of football”.Both managers regularly had their squabbles and banter on the sidelines and off the pitch during their managerial careers in the Premier League.But the Portuguese gaffer admitted he always had “real respect” for Wenger, who received a Lifetime Achievement award at Laureus World Sports Awards on Monday.”Sport is tremendous, I had a long career but my passion for sport is intact, my passion for human beings is intact.”He changed football and still considered a mentor by the world stars who played for him.A man who truly understands #Laureus19 Sport for Good: Arsene Wenger pic.twitter.com/Wcin3t68G5— #Laureus19 (@LaureusSport) February 18, 2019“There were some episodes along the road. I can only speak by myself. I really enjoyed the competition. But the real respect was always there,” said Mourinho, in a video message to Wenger.Mourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…“He made lots of history in that football club. The nickname is there – the Invincibles. Amazing. A coaching philosophy, the almost perfect team.“He is one of the best managers in the history of football.”Mourinho and Wenger are both without a club with the Portuguese currently considering a move to the French Ligue 1, a territory he is yet to exploit.AT LAST!! Jose Mourinho Finally Ends Longtime Quarrel With Arch Rival Arsene Wenger https://t.co/XfDt3a54jz pic.twitter.com/K5jxLqLj3c— iyknaija (@iyknaija) February 19, 2019Wenger, meanwhile, left Arsenal at the end of last season after 22 years in charge of the Gunners and the Frenchman admits there is no certainty he will return to management.“My future is unknown. Even for me,” said Wenger via Sky.“I enjoy daily life now and I have been travelling a lot recently all over the world.”
CORNELIUS, Ore. — Offensive littering is one of the charges a Beaverton man faces after fleeing from deputies and throwing money out the car window.The Clackamas County sheriff’s office says Kyler Martin sped away after his Cadillac was pulled over for a traffic violation about 3 a.m. Saturday in Cornelius.During the chase a deputy saw items being thrown out the window. When they went back to check, deputies found paper money.KOIN reports the car was eventually stopped and the 26-year-old was arrested. Deputies found 5 ounces of marijuana in the car.Along with offensive littering, Martin is charged with attempting to elude police and reckless driving.
Myron Angstman warns mushers of potential trail hazards at the K300 Musher meeting at the Long House in Bethel on Thursday, January 18, 2018. (Dean Swope/KYUK photo)Despite warm weather, open holes, and a new trail, the 39th annual Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race is set to begin this evening.All eyes are on Bethel musher and three-time champion Pete Kaiser. Will he earn what his fans are calling a four-peat after his three-peat last year? Kaiser is hoping so.Listen now“It’s probably the most talented, athletic group I’ve ever had,” said Kaiser. “The question is, have we got the right training this year with the trails the last month to pull it off again? But we’re going to try.”Contender Brent Sass had placed second to Kaiser in this race for the last two years. Sass doesn’t plan for that to happen again.“I’m still here to win the race,” Sass said. “There’s no doubt about that.”Both mushers are racing with different advantages. Kaiser’s team is mostly veterans, many with multiple K300’s and an Iditarod under their belt. Sass’s team is largely rookies, but Sass trained all season in the snowy Interior, while Kaiser stayed in Bethel, training on hard ice. That meant shorter runs and more rest days for his dogs.Head K300 Veterinarian Mike Kubera says that these hard trails mean that he’ll be looking for particular injuries.“With the ice, we expect to see a little bit more wrist and shoulder injuries,” said Kubera.He’s also concerned about the potential for head-on crashes during passes with the new, tighter route chosen to avoid open holes on the river. K300 Board Chairman Myron Angstman alerted mushers to one major hole as mushers close in on the Bogus Creek checkpoint.“So that’s a place where we don’t want our mushers to take any chances,” said Angstman. “Or if they can’t afford, for some reason, getting on the river, on off the trail there, they need to stop and wait until help comes along.”That help would likely come from a volunteer, the lifeblood and work-horses of the K300. Bev Hoffman, Volunteer Coordinator, is still looking to fill a few openings.“Oh, I have a few open slots. I don’t know why people don’t want to do the 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. slots,” said Hoffman.The volunteer effort is the reason that the K300 can pay the highest purse of any Alaska mid-distance race: $150,000. With only 18 mushers competing this year, teams just have to finish, barring any disqualifying penalties, to get paid.The Kuskokwim 300 starts at 6:30 p.m. tonight on the Charles Family Lake, located to the west of H-Marker Lake. Spectators are asked to park vehicles on H-Marker Lake. Fireworks will follow at 8 p.m. in the Bethel Donut Hole, near the Yukon-Kuskokwim Fitness Center.
A still from Avengers: End Game trailerBy making $60 million Avengers Endgame released on Friday has already broken the opening day box-office record. The movie is being loved by fans and critics alike but there are several fans who are still questioning the end and more importantly, what exactly happened with Tony Stark and Captain America.Major spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame movie:In Avengers: Infinity War, we saw Thanos acquiring all the six Infinity Stones and using them to wipe out half of all life in the universe. For a moment, we thought that these superheroes have actually died but we soon realized that Doctor Strange’s Time Stone is going to reverse everything.Avengers: Endgame jumps forward five years. After Ant-Man’s exit from the quantum realm, all the Avengers finally assemble and go back in time to gather those six Infinity Stones.During the final battle, we see Tony Stark ultimately using those stones and killing Thanos but his mortal body cannot fathom the energy released from those stones. As a result of which, we see the very last of Tony Stark.What happened with Tony Stark?Tony Stark aka Iron Man sacrificed himself in order to end Thanos and his army. The movie ends with Tony’s funeral and him coming back to life in the form of a recorded message to Pepper Potts and their young daughter. Robert Downey Jr aka Iron Man/Tony Stark in Avengers: Infinity War.YouTube ScreenshotBut is Tony Stark really dead? Well, to understand this we have to go back to the beginning of the movie where we see Captain America, Tony Stark (from the present), Ant-Man, and Hulk coming to New York where we see the other Avengers (from 2012) have already captured Loki and are taking him back to Asgard. The future Tony fails to get back the stone but instantly realizes that if he will go back further in the past then he will get his hands on it.Tony and Steve then go to the time when Tony’s father, Howard Stark, was still a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. It was before the time when Red Skull acquired the Infinity Stone. Tony manages to get the stone and along with him, he comes back to the present where they face Thanos.But the main question arises, what exactly happened to the Tony Stark from 2012? Is he still alive in a different timeline or he simply seized to exist because the future Tony went back further in time? It should be noted that the past events cannot be modified to change the present and if someone messes with time, then it creates a different timeline. So, in one timeline Tony Stark is alive and in another timeline, we have actually lost him.If Tony Stark from the past is alive then he may come back in future Marvel movies in some capacity. Captain America fan artBossLogic/TwitterWhat happened to Steve Rogers?During the climax sequence, we see Steve Rogers going back in time and returning all the Infinity Stones to the exact same location from where they actually took them. We don’t know what Steve will do after he returned those stones. We know that he has retired from his position but will he live the rest of his days serving the country or will he simply retire from everything?Steve Rogers went back in the past and stayed in the timeline which we saw in the movie. He did not affect anything that happened in the past and that is why he did not split the timeline.