New bishop of London could pave the way for female archbishop say

first_img“Since the legislation went through in 2014 the potential has been there. Archbishops are no different from bishops in that respect. “Whoever are our next archbishops, that can be a man or a woman regardless. “Obviously the fact that that has now become a reality, as the bishop of London is a very senior position, perhaps those who were thinking ‘it’ll never be an archbishop’ are now thinking that all things are possible. “This has been a very clear marker for the direction of travel of the church in terms of wanting to have full gender equality,” said spokeswoman the Rev Jody Stowell. However, conservative groups said the appointment would result in a “deeper impairment of communion”.A statement from Forward in Faith, which opposes women’s ministry, said: “We remain committed to maintaining the highest degree of communion that is still possible in these changed circumstances, while being realistic about its limits.” The statement, signed by Bishop of Wakefield Tony Robinson, added that since the church agreed to appoint female bishops in 2014 there had been “numerous appointments of women as bishops and archdeacons, but only one new appointment of a traditional catholic”. Last week one of the largest churches in the diocese threatened to split away from the Church of England if the next Bishop had a liberal view on sexuality. The rector at St Helen’s Bishopsgate, William Taylor, said in a sermon that his first question to the new bishop would be whether they are “prepared to openly to declare as sin what God calls sin”. Sarah Mullally (right), who was bishop of Crediton, at Canterbury Cathedral with Justin WelbyCredit:Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images  The Reverend Libby Lane outside York Minster after she was consecrated as the eighth Bishop of Stockport on January 26, 2015 in York In a statement posted online on Monday, the church said: “We offer Bishop Sarah our congratulations and assure her of our prayers”. She is widely considered a supporter of LGBT equality, but said she “absolutely supports” current Church teaching on marriage, which does not allow gay couples to wed in church. A trained cancer nurse, Bishop Mullally rose to become chief nursing officer for England and was made a dame for services to nursing in 2005, before becoming a priest in 2006.  The Church appointed its first woman bishop, Libby Lane, to the post of Bishop of Stockport in 2015.  The new bishop of London could pave the way for a female Archbishop of Canterbury, campaigners have said. Supporters have celebrated the appointment of Sarah Mullally, currently Bishop of Crediton, to the third-most senior role in the Church of England. The surprise appointment is a controversial one in a diocese divided over the issue of women’s ordination. The previous incumbent, Richard Chartres, ordained neither male nor female priests in a concession to conservatives who opposed the ordination of women, and a female successor was widely considered unlikely.Speaking at a press conference announcing her appointment, Bishop Mullally was conciliatory towards those who opposed it. “I am aware that for some the appointment of a woman as a bishop will be difficult. I am very respectful of those who for theological reasons cannot accept my role as a priest or as a bishop,” she said.She admitted that her appointment had been a “surprise” to some, adding “I would probably share some of that surprise.”  The Reverend Libby Lane outside York Minster after she was consecrated as the eighth Bishop of Stockport on January 26, 2015 in YorkCredit:Jeff J Mitchell /Getty Images Europe  It is understood that members of the diocese who do not believe in women’s ordination will likely be ordained instead by the bishops of Fulham and Maidstone, who minister to those who do not accept women priests. 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. Commenting on the appointment, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said: “As one of the first women consecrated as a bishop in the Church of England, she has not only blazed a trail for others but lived out the principles of mutual flourishing and acceptance which I know will continue to bear fruit in London.”Campaign group Women and the Church, which was founded in 1996 to advocate for women’s leadership, celebrated the appointment.  Sarah Mullally (right), who was bishop of Crediton, at Canterbury Cathedral with Justin Welby Perhaps those who were thinking ‘it’ll never be an archbishop’ are now thinking that all things are possible. A spokesperson for the Church of England said: “People from all walks of life – women and men, young and old – are warmly welcome to all roles within the Church of England.“So far 12 of our bishops are women, last year the number of women entering training for ordination jumped by almost 20 per cent.“The nomination of Bishop Sarah Mullally as Bishop of London shows powerfully that the Church of England is open to all.”last_img read more

Black cars are now the nations favourite because drivers are too busy

first_imgMeanwhile white cars fell to into third place after spending four years in the top spot 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. Green, which was the most popular colour for new cars in 1996, has not featured in the top five since 2002. It was in seventh place in 2017, with only 1.1 per cent of new colours taking the classic hue. Completing the top ten are orange, with 0.8 per cent, bronze, with 0.5 per cent, and yellow, with 0. 4 per cent. Gold is the colour whose popularity was the fastest growing, with demand up 19.1 per cent, although it remains a niche choice – taking just 0.2 per cent of the total market.Jim Holder, editorial director of What Car? magazine, said: “Plainer, safer colours deliver better resale values because the cars will appeal to a broader group of buyers.”This year’s figures show few signs of that trend changing despite buyers being offered more choices of car colours than ever.”Still, gold’s position as the fastest-rising choice shows there are a few extroverts out there.”Regionally, buyers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales bucked the overall national trend, with white remaining their firm favourite.White was also the number one colour in the North of England. Blue is now the only primary colour to feature in the top five, with red falling one place to sixth in favour of silver. Black has overtaken white as Britain’s favourite car colour as because drivers are too busy to wash their vehicles, experts say.More than half a million buyers chose black for their new car in 2017 while white fell to into third place after spending four years in the top spot.”There was a strong trend for white cars in the UK,” said Karim Mussilhy, a sales manager for the Syner Group, Europe’s largest automotive retailer.”You could really see it with sales on the ground – but this has faded away.”White cars are perceived as being harder to keep clean and people’s lives are busier than ever. That’s definitely a factor.”A total of 482,099 white cars were registered with the UK’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in 2017, down 15 per cent from a peak of 564,393 in 2015.Monochrome colours have occupied the number one spot in the DVLA statistics for 18 years and almost 60 per cent of the 2.54 million new cars registered in 2017 ordered in black, grey or white.center_img Nationally, pink saw a decline with only 1,327 cars of that colour being registered in 2017, the lowest since 2011.However, while drivers may be choosing black cars because they believe they are easier to keep clean, Holder warned that the colour actually has a “fearsome reputation for showing up dirt.”He added: “Perhaps we’re getting an insight into the nation’s willingness to pick up a sponge or pay someone else to use one.”It could also be a reflection of the fact paint technology has improved.  Meanwhile white cars fell to into third place after spending four years in the top Drivers in the south of the country and in the West Midlands chose black and in the East Midlands grey was top of the table.last_img read more

Primary school children need to learn about intellectual property Government agency says

first_imgThe IPO, which is an executive agency of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, is leading the government’s efforts to crack down on internet piracy and protect the revenues of Britain’s creative industries.A report published last year by the IPO found that the rise of quick and easy illegal streaming services has scuppered declines in internet piracy.Since 2013, piracy has fallen from a high of 30pc of internet users, a drop that has been credited to the rise of convenient streaming services such as Netflix and Spotify replacing illegal downloads.But illegal channels have sought to replicate their success by offering on-demand streaming access instead of downloads.The IPO – formerly known as the Patent Office –  already produces teaching materials for GCSE students, but this is the first time it has branched out into materials aimed at primary school children.This is not the first time that the Government has attempted to explain complex issues to children.In 2016, HM Revenue & Customs produced a Junior Tax Facts video for eight- to 11-year-olds, which explained, among other things, that the VAT on sweets meant they were taxpayers too. 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. It is already too late to try teaching teenagers about copyright, says Catherine Davies, head of the IPO’s education outreach departmentCredit: Peter Byrne It is already too late to try teaching teenagers about copyright, says Catherine Davies, head of the IPO’s education outreach department Primary school children should be taught about copyright law and intellectual property amid a rise in social media, a Government agency has said.The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has launched a raft of teaching resources and videos aimed at helping children aged seven to 11 learn about piracy, patents and trademarks.Catherine Davies, head of the IPO’s education outreach department, said that children start using technology and social media at an increasingly young age, so by the time they are teenagers it is already too late to teach them about respecting copyright laws. “We have done a lot of work with teenagers and we have found by that point, they might have already picked up bad habits of picking things up from illegal sources,” she told The Sunday Telegraph. “That is one of the reasons we have gone to the younger children.”She said that teaching primary school children about copyright is important “preparatory” work, and “plants the seed” for when they come across concepts of copyright and piracy later on.last_img read more

Woman who climbed tree to save stuck kitten has to be rescued

first_imgA woman who climbed a tree to save her friend’s kitten had to be rescued by a fire service after getting stuck herself.Emily Whitton started the intrepid journey up the 20-metre-high tree to save grey-and-white kitten for her friend Saskia Cornwell, but later became unable to get down.The kitten is only 13 weeks old, and was being kept inside her owner’s flat, as she has not had her inoculations yet.She managed to escape through an open window, shot up a tree in the back garden and stayed there, seemingly unable to get down.Ms Cornwell called Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue service after Ms Whitton’s leg became jammed and she could not go any further. “In the meantime Bella managed to climb down the tree to the firemen, so they carried her down too. It was a ridiculous situation, but Bella loved all the attention. I’ve kept her inside ever since her adventure.”A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said people should not ‘risk their own lives’ to save an animal in distress.They said: “We know that people love animals and would risk their own lives to save a family pet or other animal in distress.”Our advice would always be to avoid putting yourself in danger and to contact the RSPCA in the first instance.” The firefighters from Dogsthorpe arrived to rescue the stuck pair from the garden in Werrington.They helped the woman down a ladder and managed to get hold of Bella the cat before she fell.Both were rescued unharmed, and Bella was pictured being cuddled by her relieved owner.Ms Cornwell said: “It was very embarrassing. The fire engine arrived with its blue light on and five firemen got out.”They tied a rope around the branch and three of them pulled the rope to help Emily free her leg, then another fireman climbed up the ladder and helped her down. 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. Yesterday Dogsthorpe White Watch were called to rescue Bella 🐈 & her would be rescuer from a tree. Happily the crew were able to rescue both parties, & reunite Bella with her owner 😄 In these situations, please call the RSPCA rather than endangering yourself 👍— Cambs Fire & Rescue (@cambsfrs) February 21, 2018last_img read more

400000 British teens lured into underaged gambling through video games investigation reveals

Protect yourself and your family. Find out more about our Duty of Care campaign to regulate social media It’s basically just gambling, they just cover it up…cos you use the skins instead of currency.Boy, 13 Most of the virtual items traded on Steam and other games come from “loot boxes”, digital reward packages bought for real money. They are banned in Belgium and regulated in China and Japan because their unpredictable rewards make them addictive like slot machines. The scale of skins betting is exposed by an Ipsos MORI poll for Parent Zone which found 10 per cent of 13-18 year-olds admitted gambling on unregulated casino, esports betting or mystery box games, equivalent to almost 450,000 teenagers.More than a quarter (27 per cent) had heard of skins gambling, and 29 per cent thought it was a “very big” or “fairly big” problem for under 18s.Despite age-verification procedures to keep under 18s off some gaming and gambling sites, the poll found 46 per cent said they were able to freely access 18-plus sites if they wanted.One teenager claimed to Parent Zone to have amassed £2,000 worth of skins before blowing it all on a gambling site. A 14-year-old told of a 15 year-old friend collecting £1,000 of skins before trying skins gambling. “He lost [money twice] and wanted to get his £10 back. He ended up winning £750 but he’s really addicted to it,” he said.Another boy, 13, said: “You can lose loads of money on [the gambling websites]. It’s basically just gambling, they just cover it up…cos you use the skins instead of currency.”A boy, 13, said: “I’ve got my own bank account so whatever money is in there [my parents] don’t really ask – I just spend it. There’s loads of £2/£3 micro-transactions that I do all the time…They know that I’m spending it, just they don’t know what on.” This month the World Health Organisation (WHO) classified gaming addiction as a medical disorder treatable on the NHS. The Telegraph is campaigning for a statutory Duty of Care on gaming and social media firms making them legally responsible for protecting children from harms. That balance cannot be withdrawn, but unaffiliated websites – sometimes falsely branded with Steam’s logo and with lax checks on age – let users wager their skins on virtual casino games or professional video game matches and cash out the proceeds.Mr Milton said: “Steam has an anything goes policy. It allows sites to connect code so that skins can be transferred out. Steam says it’s the third party’s fault and has issued cease and desist orders but it is not doing enough.”Lauren Foye, of Juniper market analysts, said new measures by Steam’s owner Valve, including a seven-day freeze on trading new items, had shrunk the value of skins gambled from £3.7bn in 2016 to £316m in 2017.But she said many sites easily adapted to the new rules and that Valve itself had paved the way for them by creating the skins market in the first place: “Steam is gaining up to 5 per cent commission per item traded. It’s a considerable market for them, which is why they’re not really cracking down on it.” Mark Griffiths, professor of behavioural addiction at Nottingham Trent University, said loot boxes had all the attributes of gambling: “All my research shows that the earlier you start gambling, the more likely you are to continue gambling into your adulthood. The video game industry needs to take more responsibility in terms of a duty of care..”The Gambling Commission said most loot boxes are not gambling because their prizes cannot be exchanged for money, but said they may still “pose risks to young people”.A spokesman told the Telegraph: “Where in-game items that are derived from loot boxes can be readily exchanged for cash, the loot boxes themselves are likely to fall within the definition of gambling.“Whilst Valve are not licensed and regulated by us we have shared our concerns with the company and expect them to be actively enforcing the terms of their user agreement. Failure to do so risks elements of their games being classified as gambling.”Valve said it has no relationship with skin gambling sites and regularly acts to prevent the activity, citing a recent shut-down of Steam accounts associated with OPSkins, a skin trading and cash-out website.To read and download the full report, please visit More than 400,000 British teenagers have been lured into under-aged casino-style gambling through their video gaming, an investigation has revealed.The children, aged 13 to 18, have been able to gamble winnings from their video gaming on websites where they can bet them for cash on roulette wheel spins or other games of chance.The online gambling, which is illegal for under 18s, has been made possible by the creation of virtual items called “skins”, modified weapons or costumes that players can win or buy in video games.Now Parent Zone, an advice service for parents and schools, is demanding urgent action to close the loophole that allows skins to serve as a digital currency that can be gambled and cashed out.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Giles Milton, Parent Zone’s head of content, said its investigation showed gaming firms were not doing enough to stop it: “It is gambling and children should not be gambling online. Parents need to understand what their children are doing with their money.”There are concerns the trade in skins – of which there are 6bn in circulation worth an estimated £10bn – could itself be fuelling the rise in addictive gaming among teenagers. Skins, so called because they modify the appearance of in-game objects such as guns and characters, can be bought or earned on Steam, a widely-used gaming platform that lets users trade them to each other for a dollar or sterling value which can be used to buy more skins or other games.  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

Osteoporosis may not be prevented with vitamin d supplements says study

Building strong bones and strong muscles is the way to goDr Fernando Rivadeneira Bone mineral density – how thick or dense your bones are – was the only factor that directly determines a person’s risk of developing the condition.“Bone mass density is the only risk factor that’s causally related to fracture risk,” said Dr Fernando Rivadeneira, the study’s lead author and a genetic epidemiologist at the Erasmus University Medical Centre in Rotterdam. While the researchers said that Vitamin D is unlikely to have a significant effect on preventing osteoporosis in otherwise healthy adults, they have not ruled out that there could still be a role for supplementation such as in people who have particularly low levels of Vitamin D.  The researchers also recommend that osteoporosis sufferers taking treatments for the disease do not discontinue their vitamin supplements since the effectiveness of many current treatments have been tested in conjunction with use of Vitamin D and calcium. Cyrus Cooper, Professor of Rheumatology at the University of Southampton and president of the International Osteoporosis Foundation who contributed to the study said that bone density was probably some two to three times better at predicting someone’s risk of getting osteoporosis than their level of Vitamin D level. “I don’t think this paper debunks the idea that Vitamin D is useful,” he said. “It’s just that it is a small determinant. You’d do some good if you make sure that your Vitamin D levels are okay.”Commenting on the current UK advice for management and prevention of osteoporosis he said: “The current guidelines are appropriate however, a bone density evaluation needs to be done as part of fracture risk screening.” 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. As well as providing more evidence that builds on earlier studies that have also called into question the benefits of Vitamin D in preventing fractures in healthy people, the researchers said that the findings will help scientists identify new treatments for osteoporosis. By understanding the genetic variations that predispose someone to develop osteoporosis, they hope that better targeted treatments can be developed.“Some of the identified genetic variants are related to genes part of pathways currently targeted by recently developed osteoporosis medication, while other novel ones hold potential to become drug targets in the near future”, said Dr Rivadeneira.“Instead of putting everyone in the same melting pot, we have different types – people who lose bone, people who cannot form bone, and people who have a combination of the two,” he added. Protect yourself and your family by learning more about  Global Health Security . Vitamin D supplements do not work as well as previously thought to prevent osteoporosis in healthy adults, a major study has recommended. About half of UK adults take vitamin supplements with vitamin D being one of the most popular.  The vitamin is routinely given to prevent and treat osteoporosis based on official government advice.The researchers looked at 15 genetic variations – such as bone mineral density, vitamin D levels, intake of calcium and the age at which a woman began menopause – as a way of determining the key risk factors for developing the condition.The research, published in the British Medical Journal, analysed the genetic data of more than 500,000 people using genetic profiles gathered from previous studies and American consumer genetics company, 23andMe in the largest-ever study looking at the genetics of osteoporosis and bone fracture risk.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––They found that genetic predisposition to low levels of vitamin D and calcium intake – previously thought to be important in determining someone’s risk of fracturing their bones – does not affect someone’s chances of developing osteoporosis. Dr Rivadeneira said that the research findings suggest that health authorities may need to re-assess the wide-spread use of vitamin D and calcium in clinical practice.“One of the most important insights from our work for patients at risk of osteoporosis, is obtaining additional evidence from the genetic studies that ‘widespread’ vitamin D supplementation is unlikely to be effective for the prevention of fracture,” he added. “It’s an eye opener.”Osteoporosis, which causes bones to become weak and fragile, affects 9 million people around the world – including three million people in the UK.  It leaves sufferers at risk of fracturing their wrist, hip and spine bones. The disease can be so serious for some people that even a cough or a sneeze can lead to a fracture.Post-menopausal women are at particular risk due to the effects that changes in oestrogen levels can have on bone density. “Building strong bones and strong muscles is the way to go,” said Dr Rivadeneira. “You need increased physical activity or at least not to lose your physical activity level and to have a balanced diet.”Many studies have looked at the association between vitamin D and health, but doctors and researchers are still not agreed on the level of vitamin D healthy people need or the potential adverse health consequences of a lack of the vitamin.  Bone mass density peaks at the age of 20. The peak is determined by a number of factors such as genes, how well nourished a person was in the womb and childhood diet. After the age of 40, bone mass starts to decline with smokers, heavy drinkers, thinner people, those who exercise less and women more likely to be negatively affected.  Professor Juliet Compston, a bone medicine expert at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and  a clinical adviser for the National Osteoporosis Society supported the study’s findings. She said: “The results of the analysis confirm and emphasise further the major role of low bone mass density as a risk factor for fractures, something that has been recognised for many years. There is an increasing consensus that in generally healthy community dwelling people, calcium and vitamin D supplementation does not reduce fracture risk, and this is supported by the findings of the study.””Although the findings of this study do not support population-based vitamin D and calcium supplementation in community dwelling adults, there is strong evidence to support the continued use of supplements in high risk groups such as the housebound and institutionalised. “Secondly, in people receiving pharmacological interventions for osteoporosis, calcium and vitamin D supplements should be provided if calcium intake and/or vitamin D status are inadequate,” she added.  “So the study does not change current guidance for managing osteoporosis.” read more

Child sex abuse inquiry widens scope to other religions outside Christianity for

Reacting to the announcement that IICSA was widening its religious scope, Dino Nocivelli, a specialist child abuse solicitor at BoltBurdonKemp and an ambassador for the Survivors Trust, welcomed the move. “Finally!” he tweeted. “IICSA has agreed to look into #childabuse in a number of religions to include Jehovah’s Witnesses, Islam, Judaism and others #BreakTheSilence #StopChildAbuse.”The IICSA said more than one in 10 survivors of child sexual abuse who shared their accounts with the inquiry’s Truth Project reported sexual abuse in a religious institution.Of these, almost a quarter said they were abused in institutions in the scope of the new investigation.The IICSA said the latest strand will review the current child protection policies, practices and procedures in religious institutions in England and Wales.Other organisations falling under the remit of the investigation will include non conformist Christian denominations, Methodists, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism and Hinduism.Other religious settings being considered are churches, temples, Muslim madrassas, Christian Sunday schools, and places where children and young people gather in connection with their religious beliefs, including youth groups and camps.Organisations and individuals are being invited to apply for core participant status.A preliminary hearing will take place in July and public hearings are expected to begin next year. 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. Organisations falling under the remit of this investigation will include non conformist Christian denominations, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Baptists, Methodists, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Buddhism. This investigation is separate from our investigations into the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches.Religious settings including mosques, synagogues, churches and temples will fall within the scope of the investigation. Places of faith tuition such as Muslim madrassahs and Christian Sunday schools and places where children and young people gather in connection with their religious beliefs, including youth groups and camps will also be investigated by the Inquiry. Religious organisations across the country will be investigated for the first time, as the  Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) announced it was widenening its scope.Faiths including Buddhism, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Baptists and religious settings such as mosques and synagogues will all fall within the scope of the newly announced probe.This marks the 14th strand in the investigation into child protection in religious organisations and settings.The IICSA was set up in 2015 to investigate institutions which failed to protect children from sexual abuse. Prior to the announcement yesterday the investigation has only dealt with Christian cases when probing religion.The new investigation will be separate from the investigations into the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches and will review the current child protection policies, practices and procedures in religious institutions in England and Wales. read more

Pakistans Ali a doubt for Sabina Park Test

(CMC) A groin injury has put Pakistan seamer Hasan Ali in doubt for the opening Test of the three-match series against West Indies bowling off in Kingston on Friday.Pakistan fast bowler Hasan AliThe 23-year-old, who is yet to make his Test debut, picked up the injury during last weekend’s three-day four game against the WICB President’s XI and is yet to recover.The Pakistan Cricket Board said the player would undergo rehabilitation in an attempt to return to full fitness quickly.“On clinical assessment there is strain to one of his adductor muscles. He will undergo progressive rehabilitation to regain strength in the groin,’ the PCB statement said.“Currently, we are confident that he will recover in time to be able to play in the Test series against West Indies. We will continue review his situation as he progresses through rehabilitation stages and give an update later when we are satisfied with his successful recovery or progress.”Ali was expected to be a shoo-in for the first Test after impressive performances in the preceding limited overs series. He was especially outstanding in the opening one-dayer with a five-wicket haul.The right-armer sent down 27 overs in the first innings of the tour game but did not bowl in the President’s XI second innings.He has taken 29 wickets in 16 one-dayers and 10 wickets in seven Twenty20 Internationals. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUnchanged WI bowl; Hasan Ali debutsMay 10, 2017In “latest news”Babar, Fakhar lead Pakistan to 3-0 sweepApril 3, 2018In “Sports”Misbah to lead Pakistan in West Indies TestsMarch 6, 2017In “Sports” read more

Lusignan prisoners access generator fuel attempt to raze facility over flooded

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related300 Prisoners freed: It was a mistake, 463 removed, 91 released- RamjattanJuly 13, 2017In “latest news”3 recaptured prison escapees jailed for 1 year each, while man mistaken for escapee succumbsJuly 27, 2017In “Crime”Search of Camp Street Prison unearths 20 improvised weapons among other contrabandAugust 16, 2017In “Crime” File photo of the walled area: The compound where the prisoners are being kept is inundatedThe heavy downpour of rain consistently over Thursday night through early Friday morning has left the walled compound of the Lusignan Prison, which is currently holding some 500 inmates from the razed Camp Street prison, flooded.The prisoners who had reportedly requested to be removed from the submerged facility have since made unsuccessful attempts to set the Lusignan facility on fire since their demands were not being met.This publication understands that some of the prisoners got access to a generator located in close proximity to the walled area where they are being kept and used its fuel to make flambeaus which were then hurled at the prison building. The incident occurred sometime around 2:00hrs on Friday morning.Fire fighters were able to extinguish the flames that emanated from the hurled objects before any significant damage could be done.The actions by the prisoners comes on the heels of promises made by the Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan that the conditions for the approximately 500 prisoners located at Lusignan are expected to improve as emergency works are ongoing at the facility.On Thursday Ramjattan had said that the prisoners that are currently in the open area of the Lusignan Prison will have better facilities within the next 24 hours as contractors are doing the emergency works, which are expected to be completed by Friday midnight.Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan, at the press conference held on ThursdayHe explained that constructions works are ongoing, “We have a tarmac and (will be) putting up sheds with roofs and better washroom facilities so that they can be in better conditions.”It remains unclear how the prisoners got access to a igniting source to light the flambeaus but investigations are ongoing from the Fire Service and the Police Force.Of the 1018 prisoners located at the Lusignan facility,  463 persons have been removed, and relocated to the other penitentiaries, while the Public Security Minister noted that utilizing his power under the Prison Act, he approved the early release of 57 prisoners, while the Magistrates have granted a total of 34 persons bail.Moreover, of the approximately 500 remaining at Lusignan, Ramjattan had said that 250 prisoners will be transferred back to the Camp Street prison once the concrete block which was not significantly damaged during the initial fire is refurbished. read more

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGranger, Roopnarine and Solomon have been teaching the people of Linden that their primary problem is the PPP/C Central GovernmentJanuary 25, 2014In “Opinion”“Give us an opportunity to serve!” says PPP MP to LindenersOctober 31, 2018In “latest news”EYEWITNESS: Hypocrites…June 29, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” …but not in LindenThe Mayor of Linden has his bukta in a knot because Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo visited Linden on a walkabout and a meeting. There’s been one response insisting that the Constitution of Guyana offers Jagdeo, like everyone else, freedom of movement, so why the heck can’t he visit Linden. Nothing wrong with that view, but it misses the point, doesn’t it?And we all know what’s the point, don’t we? And that’s the nub of our political dilemma in Guyana: we all know that our politics is dominated by ethnic cleavages which the leaders of the communities try to seal as hermetically as they possibly can. But we skip around this inconvenient truth: it’s not about freedom of movement in a geographical sense, but freedom of movement en an anthropological sense. The Linden Mayor was upset that Jagdeo, an “Indian PPP leader” was poaching on his “African PNC” turf.It’s as simple (and complicated) as that. In Guyana, however, while the two parties are seen to “own” their respective constituencies”, it does appear that the PNC is much more protective of its turf. Even in 2008, when Corbin the PNC leader visited Lusignan after the massacre of that year by “Fine Man” and his gang, there were no protests from the “PPP villagers”. But in 2010, there was an even bigger outcry when Jagdeo, then President of the Republic, decided to visit Buxton. How dare he, some “African” activists snorted, with smoke coming out of their noses.They complained Jagdeo was trying to “buy off” the folks of Buxton by handing out goodies. But Jagdeo is now Opposition Leader which means he doesn’t even have a bucket of warm spit to give anyone. Your Eyewitness just can’t understand the fear. Do the (conscientious) objectors think there will be mass defections by Africans to the PPP?Since 1957 when Burnham stuck out on his own, the parties of both leaders attempted to attract “multi-racial” votes. The truth however, is the people, by and large, always voted along ethnic lines. For instance, even though Buxton had been neglected by Burnham’s PNC because it was a “WPA” village and thus a “betrayer”, the PPP didn’t get any votes to speak of in 1992 or thereafter. Similarly, the PPP received some 4000 votes in Linden in 1997 and this declined steadily in the following years.But your Eyewitness was just struck by a thought – a bolt from the blue? Could it be because the vote in 2015 was so close – some 4500 – it’s critical to keep the base intact to the nth degree? But upon reflection, your Eyewitness doesn’t think so.There are many other quills in the PNC’s (rigging) quiver!!…too many advisorsAaah…the travails of being a Minister. Long pilloried by yours truly and various other observers on the local scene for not having any nous, much less expertise in his Natural Resource remit, Trotman promised to get some advisors. Now remember that old saying about being careful what you ask for – you just might get it? Well Trotman just confessed he has advisors coming out of his kazoos and that’s now his problem!!So, what’s the lesson here, folks? Just that a leader of any organisation or even a project has to grasp at least the basics of his remit and also be very clear about his goals. Once he has these under his belt, he can pick sense from nonsense. The problem with Trotman – and it’s a HUUUUGE problem – is he has absolutely no clue about either variable. While he has a yen for the dough, the oil business is beyond his ken!And his goals are conflicted. Sure, he wants to become President. But as AFC or PNC?To be or not to be!…no renegotiationWhat’s this about a committee to RENEGOTIATE the parking meter contract?? That abomination was void ab initio – just ask the moustache man!Start from scratch!! read more