Month: September 2019


Pippa Middleton arrives at her wedding in beautiful dress

first_imgPippa Middleton arrived at her wedding looking every bit the fairytale princess.She was wearing a gorgeous Giles Deacon gown. Fit for a princess The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry arrived at Pippa Middleton’s wedding in matching waistcoats.The Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle were not with them as they walked in. The Duchess of Cambridge’s sister arrived at St Mark’s Church in a 1951 Jaguar MkV, just in time to pose for a few pictures before the heavens opened.  AP POOL Credit:AP POOL Her sister, the Duchess of Cambridge, entered St Mark’s Church in Berkshire wearing a pink dress and cream fascinator.She shepherded her children in with the other pageboys and pagegirls.  Ms Middleton missed the rain by a fraction as she smiled for the cameras. 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. Fit for a princessCredit:AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Pool Looking radiant in her Giles Deacon dress, with her father Michael holding her arm, Pippa has just walked down the little path into the 12th century church, where she was met at the door by Prince George and Princess Charlotte. last_img read more


Homeowners angry at parking fines for cars in their driveway

first_img“Yes I can see that it is technically breaking the regulations, but why now?”Surely common sense says this should be looked at because these drives are very short.”Cllr Packer branded it “appalling” that residents were having to face paying countless fines after being unfairly hounded.Redbridge Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal admitted it looked as though the Labour-ruled authority had made a mistake.Cllr Athwal said: “We’ve had this problem before in the opposite way – cars blocking pavements were not getting ticketed.”I’ll have to give the same answer now as then.”If that vehicle is causing an obstruction, and if the pavement is narrow, then there will be a ticket issued.”But if the pavement is wide, and the back wheels aren’t on the pavement and there is only an overhang, then there shouldn’t be a problem.”Cllr Athwal, who has paid four parking fines while in office, insisted that over-zealous wardens will be retrained if necessary. Councillor Karen Packer said a residents’ only permit scheme could be set up or all ticketing be suspended until a long-term solution is found.”These residents have lived in this road for 20, 30, 40 years, and there’s never been a problem.”But now some people are getting two or three tickets a day, just for having a few inches of their car hanging over the boundary of their drive,” said the councillor for Barkingside. 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.center_img Motorists are being fined for parking in their own drives – because their cars are nudging out on to the path by inches.Dozens of tickets have already been dished out and some drivers’ cars are being hit with two or three fines a day.They are suddenly being targeted because a new enforcement officer has been told to patrol wartime Roll Gardens in Gants Hill, Ilford, Essex.And the warden’s getting tough because bigger motors just creep out on to the pavement as the drives were built in the 1940s and aren’t long enough.Irshad Nabee, Roll Gardens Neighbourhood Association chairman, told the Ilford Recorder: “It’s just stupid.”Common sense should dictate that these tickets should not be given out.”It seems like one new enforcement officer has decided to just walk up and down twice a day and ticket cars parked on their owners’ drives.”last_img read more


Christian girl fostered in Muslim home can rejoin family judge rules

first_imgMr Justice Haddon-Cave, ruling in the BBC’s favour, described Mr Begg as “an extremist Islamic speaker who espouses extremist Islamic positions”.NRS Foster Care Recruitment, which organised the workshop on behalf of Lewisham council, said it had no idea that Mr Begg had been branded an extremist and said he was not involved in the event. A five-year-old girl who was placed in the foster care of two Muslim households has been reunited with her family after a court ruled she could live with her grandmother.The child had been placed with a carer who allegedly wears a burka when accompanying her in public.Crisis-ridden Tower Hamlets council in London had faced criticism after confidential local authority reports suggested one of the girl’s foster carers removed her Christian cross necklace and suggested she should learn Arabic.At a family court hearing on Tuesday, a judge said it would be in the child’s best interests to let her live with a member of family who could meet her needs “in terms of ethnicity, culture and religion”, The Times reported.Judge Khatun Sapnara, herself a Muslim, allowed a reporter to be admitted after security staff initially tried to remove the journalist from the building.The judge said newspaper reports had raised “very concerning” matters of “legitimate public interest”. The lawyer representing the local authority told the court that when the girl first became the responsibility of the council there had been no white British foster carers available.The girl will continue to meet regularly with her mother under the supervision by council staff until a final arrangement as to her care is reached. Tower Hamlets is one of the most diverse parts of the countryCredit:Rex  Tower Hamlets Shakeel Begg Tower Hamlets Council said it disputed some of the claims in the case, including that the family spoke no English, and it said that the family was of mixed race, but was “legally restricted” from discussing them further.  Imam Shakeel Begg, whose mosque is the Lewisham Islamic Centre Shakeel Begg speaking at a protest event in 2009 Shakeel Begg at a protest event in 2009 “We have no control over who may or may not be at information sessions,” said a spokesman.Mr Begg was unavailable for comment. He has in the past contested the High Court decision. A spokesman said the council had “always been working towards the child being looked after by a family member and will continue to do so”. Amid the growing row over the child’s care arrangements, The Telegraph can disclose that an extremist Islamic preacher helped in the recruitment of foster parents.The imam, Shakeel Begg, hosted a workshop for would-be foster carers just months after the High Court ruled him an “extremist Islamic speaker” who had “promoted and encouraged religious violence”. The event was organised on behalf of the London borough of Lewisham as part of a drive to find more Muslims willing to foster children.His mosque, the Lewisham Islamic Centre was chosen as the venue for a workshop “on the importance and need of foster carers in the Muslim community” in March this year.A photograph from the event posted on the mosque’s website shows the gathering being addressed by Mr Begg.Mr Begg had just a few months earlier lost a High Court libel case against the BBC which accused him of promoting extremism. 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


Antiques Roadshow reviews policy on antique ivory as Virginia McKenna calls for

first_imgA spokesman for the BBC said: “In the light of recent developments in the UK and China with regard to the trade in antique ivory, the Antiques Roadshow is currently reviewing the way it will, in future, approach items of antique ivory that are brought in by members of the public for appraisal.“In recent years, on the rare occasions when we have examined an object, the Antiques Roadshow has sought to raise awareness of the debate around antique ivory, informing our viewers about current legislation and drawing attention to the horrors of modern day poaching.“We’re looking forward to finding out more about the government’s plans for new legislation around the trade in antique ivory and will review our approach in the coming months.” The Antiques Roadshow format currently sees items being valuedCredit:PA Virginia McKenna In 2014, programme-makers signalled a change in policy towards ivory, when the inclusion of an ivory goblet valued between £5,000 and £8,000 prompted presenter Fiona Bruce to disclose that “people had been raising concerns” about coverage of ivory on the show.Existing rules allow for “worked” or carved items produced before March 3, 1947, to be sold in the UK while the sale of raw ivory of any age is prohibited.Campaigners hope the law will soon be extended to ban sales of the older worked items too.It follows years of high-profile campaigning by conservationists and public figures including the Duke of Cambridge, who has previously said: “We need governments to send a clear signal that trading in ivory is abhorrent.” The sale of tusks is already bannedCredit:AFP Virginia McKenna “The era of ivory is over and I implore Antiques Roadshow to ‘get with the programme’.”John Stephenson, CEO of Stop Ivory, said campaigners are not calling for the destruction of ivory antiques, or a ban on people owning, bequeathing or donating them to museum, but want the buying and selling of them to cease.“For the Antiques Roadshow to display antique ivory and to discuss its artistic and cultural merit is one thing, but giving that antique a quoted price would seriously undermine all efforts to stamp out the demand for ivory as a product,” he said.“We call on both the BBC in general and the Antiques Roadshow in particular to reconsider its position and to do nothing to undermine the government and conservationist efforts to end the demand for ivory products.  Only when the buying stops will the killing stop.” The Duke of Cambridge is among those campaigning against the ivory tradeCredit:Gettycenter_img The Duke of Cambridge is among those campaigning against the ivory trade Writing in the Radio Times, McKenna said: “The decision by Antiques Roadshow to continue its policy – with welcome assurances about reflecting the horrors of poaching – once a likely ban is implemented does not help the situation and is out of touch with the great majority of the British public, Parliamentarians and the international community, not to mention the conservationists, wardens and rangers who put their lives on the line in defence of elephants.“It is our responsibility to ensure that we do nothing to make matters worse and I urge Antiques Roadshow to consider the implications of their policy, to look at the bigger picture and to step away from our parochial fascination with antiques at any price.”She added: “It is with enormous respect that I say to the wonderful people on Antiques Roadshow – who explain so much about our history, culture and heritage when they look at a painting, a piece of furniture, a vase or some jewellery – that we simply cannot afford to put a value on bloody ivory any longer. The Antiques Roadshow is reviewing its approach to featuring to antique ivory after campaigners called for it to stop valuing artefacts on air. Virginia McKenna, from the Born Free Foundation, accused the programme of being “out of touch”, urging the long-running antiques show to move away from Britain’s “parochial fascination with antiques at any price” to considered the repercussions of its continued inclusion of ivory.Saying that those who still argue that featuring antique ivory has no impact on living elephants are simply “fooling themselves”, McKenna urged Antiques Roadshow executives to consider the implications of their on-screen decisions.The Antiques Roadshow is famous for its format which sees members of the public bring in their treasures to be admired and valued by the show’s experts.Campaigners would like to see items including ivory exempt from the programme’s usual financial evaluation, arguing placing a value on objects could perpetuate the market for selling and buying.A spokesman for Antiques Roadshow said the show is “currently reviewing” the way it approaches items of ivory, suggesting it could change its approach if government legislation changes. The sale of tusks is already banned 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 Antiques Roadshow format currently sees items being valuedlast_img read more


Lady Lucan killed herself after selfdiagnosing with Parkinsons disease

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. Lady Lucan was preparing to publish a novel to set the record straight on her life with Lord Lucan  It has been more than forty years since Lord Lucan vanished after murdering his children’s nanny when he mistook her for his estranged wife. Now, in a final twist, it seems that the legacy of their toxic relationship has claimed his intended victim. Veronica, the Dowager Countess of Lucan, 80, killed herself with a cocktail of drink and drugs after wrongly self-diagnosing with Parkinson’s disease – an illness she had claimed had been brought on by him forcing her to take medication. She had spent her final years as a recluse, having not spoken to her sister or her three children since the 1980s, and she was determined that she turn to assisted suicide rather than become a burden to anyone through ill health.Noticing a tremor in her right hand, unable to sleep, losing her sense of smell, feeling  tired, anxious and becoming forgetful, Lady Lucan convinced herself that she had Parkinson’s disease, her inquest heard.  Lord and Lady Lucan on their wedding day in 1963  She claimed in an interview just months before her death that her Parkinson’s was “drug-induced” by the anti-psychotic medicine that was forced on her after her husband John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan, convinced everyone including her that she was mad. “My husband had a campaign to destroy me,” she had said. “I was a nuisance. He was an imposing character, an earl, and the doctors believed all he told them about me.” Lady Lucan pictured in 1974 with children Frances and George Credit:Trinity Mirror  The court heard Lady Lucan had also gone through the final edit of her autobiography a month before she died with publisher, Pamela McCleave, which she hoped would come out before Christmas. Lord and Lady Lucan pictured after they announced their engagement  She had never been to the doctors about her fears, but she had detailed it in her diary and told her friend David Davies, with whom she had discussed euthanasia. It was Mr Davies who reported her missing after she had not been seen for two days and missed their regular meeting in St James’ Park. The coroner noted that she was “a lady of a regular routine and regularly met with friends on a daily basis in St James’ Park, to have lunch and go to the library.”Because of the concerns police smashed a window to break into the same two-storey terraced town house in Belgravia, central London, that her husband had disappeared from almost 44 years earlier in 1974. A year before they had attended a lecture “on how to help people with a terminal illness end their lives peacefully and Dignitas was mentioned”. He said: “She gave the impression she was hard up and had to watch every penny and complained about interest rates going up.“We both discussed how to end our lives but only if we developed a degenerative or terminal illness or became reliant on other people.” He added: “But there was nothing to suggest she was considering this and she seemed cheerful the last time I saw her.”A pathologist concluded she died from respiratory failure caused by a lethal dose of drugs and alcohol poisoning. Lord and Lady Lucan pictured after they announced their engagement Credit:Photoshot Lady Lucan was preparing to publish a novel to set the record straight on her life with Lord Lucan  Lady Lucan pictured in 1974 with children Frances and George  Lord and Lady Lucan on their wedding day in 1963 Credit:Trinity Mirror Dr Wilcox said: “It’s clear that Veronica Mary Lucan has for sometime been considering how she could, if she was to take her own life.”She noted her interest in assisted suicide and her concern that she was suffering from Parkinson’s disease although Dr Wilcox said “there is no formal diagnosis and examination of her brain was normal” after her death. She added: “I’m entirely satisfied that suicide is the final conclusion.”Whatever you’re going through, call Samaritans free any time from any phone on 116 123 (this number is free to call and will not appear on your phone bill) The hearing, which her daughter Camilla Bingham attended, heard one of the drugs in her system was not normally prescribed by British doctors, and police did not know how she obtained it. Westminster Coroner’s Court heard she wrote in her diary about how to commit suicide if she became frail and had books on assisted dying.In one diary entry on  August 5  last year,  about six weeks before her death, she listed potential suicide items copied from four suicide books found in her house Lady Lucan was discovered in night clothes on the dining room floor with a unmarked bottle under her body with just one pill left inside.Coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox ruled that her death in September last year was suicide. Lady Lucan had always maintained that her missing husband had committed suicide. In a written statement Mr Davies, who had known her for two years, said that the pair had discussed ending their lives if they suffered a terminal illness. last_img read more


Researcher says universities are too afraid to record sexual assaults

first_imgUniversities are not collecting data on sexual assaults to avoid being named and shamed, a researcher has said.  He explained that if institutions do not record data on incidents such as hate crimes, sexual assaults and suicides, it means that when such information is requested they can simply reply they have no recorded data on the matter. … Many institutions are not properly recording sensitive information about student complaints and some are using this to evade transparency, according to Andrew Wootton, a lecturer at Salford University. center_img “Anecdotal evidence suggests that universities are not collecting incident data on sexual assault so they can avoid freedom of information requests,” he said. last_img


Scottish Government pledge to double free childcare at risk as private nurseries

nursery 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. Private nurseries ‘struggling with funding’Credit:Alamy Nicola Sturgeon’s flagship policy of doubling “free” childcare for three and four-year-olds has been dealt a major blow after a “bombshell” report found fewer than one in three private nurseries are likely to offer the extra hours. The National Day Nurseries Association said the sector was at crisis point due to a lack of funding and the plan to expand paid-for nursery places was now “at risk”.Its annual survey found confidence among private nursery providers at an all time low, with 30 per cent saying they were likely to meet the target, compared to more than 50 per cent last year.The Scottish Government has pledged to increase paid-for nursery places from the current 600 hours to 1,140 hours for three and four-year-olds, and eligible two-year-olds, by August 2020 – the equivalent of about 30 hours a week in term time.But the association said funding shortfalls had widened and many owners feared they would be forced to close.It said more funding was needed now and warned that the requirement to pay staff the “real living wage” would cripple nurseries unless extra cash was made available. Iain Gray, the party’s education spokesman, added: “Scratch beneath the surface of the SNP government’s spin and we are seeing huge problems with the implementation of this flagship childcare policy.“Ministers have just had to promise significant extra funds to councils after underestimating their costs to deliver childcare. But the policy cannot be delivered without the independent nursery sector, and here they are saying it is not going to happen.”A spokesman for the Scottish Government said that since the survey was carried out it had agreed a landmark “near-pounds1 billion funding package with Cosla” which would allow councils to “offer fair and sustainable funding rates to private and third sector nurseries”.A deal struck with the council umbrella body in April means £990 million will be spent on day-to-day funding for the scheme by 2021 – £150 million more than the government’s previous estimate.He said the funding would enable “all childcare workers delivering the funded entitlement to be paid the Scottish living wage”. Iain Gray said there was not enough moneyCredit:Corbis ian gray Just under half of private nurseries said they would be unlikely or very unlikely to provide 30 hours’ cover compared with 24 per cent last year, with only seven per cent of respondents able to meet the full 1,140 hours on current funding rates.More than three quarters of those surveyed said current funding for three and four-year-olds does not cover their costs, with the average shortfall put at £1.98 per hour, or £1,188 a year per child.Purnima Tanuku, chief executive of the NDNA, said the association had uncovered the true predicament nurseries in Scotland found themselves in.She added: ”Private nurseries just don’t feel confident that sufficient funding will be passed on to providers by local authorities to make it worthwhile for them to deliver the full 1,140 hours’ provision.”This would drastically reduce childcare choices for parents. These figures make grim reading, with the average nursery having to absorb £1,188 for each child during the course of a year. Many are small businesses which just can’t continue with this level of debt.”As the Scottish Government, via local authorities, is their biggest customer, it needs to guarantee it can pay a fair rate which would enable all providers to continue as sustainable businesses.”We need action now, with an urgent injection of cash to improve current funding rates, otherwise many nurseries will not even be open by 2020.”The findings follow research in February that said the policy was “almost impossible” to access for parents working full time, with only one in ten council-run nurseries open long enough.Scottish Labour said there was “not enough money, not enough staff and not enough nurseries”. read more


Telegraph invites Sir Philip Green to drop the MeToo injunction Lawyers for The Telegraph have written to lawyers for Sir Philip Green asking him to drop an injunction against this newspaper.It comes after the Topshop boss was named in Parliament by Lord Hain as the leading businessman who had gagging orders against members of his staff and this newspaper which prevent details of claims of sexual harassment, racial discrimination and bullying made against him from being made public.In a letter to Schillings, lawyers for The Telegraph invited them to “withdraw these proceedings and agree to the discharge” of the temporary injunction issued by the Court of Appeal on Tuesday.It comes after Sir Philip issued a statement refusing to discuss what had happened in court or in Parliament but denying any unlawful sexist or racist behaviour.The letter adds: “In the circumstances, including the very wide coverage given to this matter throughout the media, we do not see what continuing purpose there can be in maintaining the injunction any longer.“If your clients do not agree our clients will pursue this matter to trial as quickly as possible.”Earlier this week the appeal court overturned a previous High Court ruling which found that publication of the allegations would be overwhelmingly in the public interest and would significantly contribute to debate in a democratic society. The letter to Sir Philip Green It indicated that the confidentiality of contracts were more important than freedom of speech in this case and ordered a trial. As well as re-igniting the #MeToo debate, the gagging of The Telegraph has renewed controversy about the use of injunctions to limit British press freedom.Read the letter here:  The letter to Sir Philip Green 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


How the UK joined the dots from Salisbury Novichok attack to Vladimir

British authorities are confident they know “everything worth knowing” about the assassination attempt on Sergei Skripal, including a trail right up to Vladimir Putin. The threat posed by the GRU, which carried out the attempted assassination of Skripal last March, has been severely curtailed as a result of the counter-terror investigation that exposed the agents who carried out the attack. Separate sources have told The Telegraph that details of the plot have been well established, including the chain of command… The Russian intelligence agency behind the Salisbury nerve agent attack has been dismantled in the UK and will remain out of action for years to come, according to government sources.


Cambridge University launches inquiry into slave trade links and historic racism

King Leopold II of Belgium (1835 - 1909), under whom Belgium became a colonial power Other universities have also sought to renounce their imperial pasts following Oxford’s Rhodes Must Fall campaign The following year, Jesus College at Cambridge took down a bronze cockerel statue which had been looted during a British colonial expedition to Nigeria in the 19th century, after students asked for it to be repatriated.Other universities have also sought to renounce their imperial pasts in recent years.  In 2016, Queen Mary University of London quietly removed a foundation stone laid by King Leopold II amid student complaints that he was a “genocidal colonialist”. Harvard Law School replaced its official crest, because of its links to an 18th-century slave owner, following five months of demonstrations and sit-ins by students.  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. King Leopold II of Belgium (1835 – 1909), under whom Belgium became a colonial power Other universities have also sought to renounce their imperial pasts following Oxford's Rhodes Must Fall campaign An advisory group of eight academics, who have been appointed to lead the inquiry,  will recommend “appropriate ways to publicly acknowledge” historic links to slavery which could include a making some form of statement or apology. The review will focus on the central University’s links to slavery, but it is likely that individual Colleges will follow suit and conduct their own research.Earlier this year, St John’s College, Oxford posted a job advert a researcher to work on a project called St John’s and the Colonial Past, a role which would involve finding “connections between the college and colonialism”. Cambridge University could issue an apology for historic racism after its vice-Chancellor launched an inquiry into how the 800-year-old institution benefited from the slave trade.Researchers have been commissioned to pour over the university’s archives to how much it gained from the “Atlantic slave trade and other forms of coerced labour during the colonial era”.  The two-year inquiry will examine whether financial bequests made to departments, libraries and museums were made possible from the profits of slavery.It will also probe how far Cambridge academics “reinforced and validated race-based thinking between the 18th and early 20th Century”.It comes after the Rhodes Must Fall movement in 2015 saw students demand the removal of a statue of the imperialist Cecil Rhodes from Oriel College.  Professor Toope, Cambridge’s vice-Chancellor, said he set up the inquiry following the “growing public and academic interest in the links between the older British universities and the slave trade”.  He said it is “only right” that Cambridge should look into “its own exposure to the profits of coerced labour during the colonial period”.Prof Toope, who is Canadian and took up the role as vice-Chancellor in 2017, added: “We cannot change the past, but nor should we seek to hide from it.  “I hope this process will help the University understand and acknowledge its role during that dark phase of human history.” Gill Evans, emeritus professor of medieval theology and intellectual history at Cambridge University, said that launching an inquiry is a “backhanded” approach and risks “messing with history”.She said that given the current “climate of anti-colonialism”, examining historic links with colonialism is “one of the things every university now feels they have to do”.Prof Evans told The Telegraph: “When you look at the actual history is not what it seems. Given the norms of the day, what they thought they were doing is not what it  looks like.“Before you start taking blame the first task is to understand the period, look at what the people who acted at the time actually thought they were doing. Culpability isn’t transferrable from age to age without some nuancing”. read more