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Fun, Games And Silliness / Movies and Actors
« on: November 27, 2020, 12:25:18 PM »
This is simple - name a film then the next person names an actor who has been in the fiim then another movie is named that the actor has been in then another actor and so on.  I'll start with ....

Silence of the Lambs


Teen crushed by forklift chooses to have half his body amputated so he can live

Loren Schauers watched as the four tonne vehicle rolled on to him, exploding his arm and crushing his body underneath. He then chose to have the amputation in a desperate bid to stay alive

By Kelly-Ann Mills & Charlotte Penketh-King

13:19, 23 NOV 2020Updated14:25, 23 NOV 2020

A teenager who survived a horrific forklift accident has defied the odds to survive after having the lower half of his body amputated.  Loren Schauers was driving a forklift across a bridge when he veered off, plummeted 50ft and was pinned to the ground beneath the four tonne vehicle.  The 19-year-old remained conscious throughout and remembers looking down to see his right arm had exploded and everything below his hips was completely squashed.  The young labourer made the brave decision to let medics perform hemicorperectomy surgery where everything below his waist was amputated to save his life.  Doctors told his devastated girlfriend Sabia Reiche, now 21, he wouldn't survive, and she said goodbye to him six times, fearing he wouldn't live another day.  But miraculously he pulled through.  The pair had only been together for 18 months when the accident happened but said the turmoil brought them closer together, and they got engaged this year.  Loren, from Great Falls, Montana, in the USA, said: "I watched as the forklift fell on top of me and crushed my body.  Every medical professional I come across is pretty amazed by everything, especially with the story that comes along with my injuries.  It wasn't a hard choice to have half of my body amputated it was basically a choice of living or dying, it really wasn’t a hard choice for me."

Loren was working as a labourer on a construction site during a bridge rehabilitation job in September 2019.  He was driving a forklift over a highway bridge outside of Wilsal, Montana, when cars started illegally passing him in through the traffic lights.  The single lane was dramatically narrowed and as one car passed him, Loren veered too close to the bridge edge and the ground crumbled beneath him.  He attempted to jump from the falling forklift but his leg got trapped by the seatbelt, swinging him from the machinery as it plummeted 50ft down a steep hill.  The forklift rolled three times down the hill before Loren hit the ground at the bottom of the hill and the forklift landed on top of him, crushing his body.  Loren said: "As the edge of the bridge collapsed and the forklift started to tip up, I unbuckled my seatbelt and went to jump out.  I now know that was the wrong idea but it was just fight or flight.  The seatbelt ended up wrapping around my leg as I jumped out so I actually swung out instead and broke one of my ribs off the floorboard of the forklift.  "I tried staying on top of the forklift as much as I could as it rolled and then I was thrown from the forklift at the end of the hill once it finally landed.  I was conscious the whole time. My eyes were wide open and I saw the forklift come down and land on my hips and my right forearm."

Loren said: "They thought my lower extremities were still salvageable.  The doctors tied off my main veins down below and took scans of my body to see what state it was in there and they realised my pelvis had completely crumbled.  I was transferred to Seattle, Washington, by mercy flight where they first performed a surgery leaving my right hip, genitalia, and left thigh.  Once they had also seen the state of my pelvis, that’s where it was then deemed that I’d need a hemicorporectomy surgery.  They then tried saving my sperm with my consent but it turned out to not be viable."

Doctors told Sabia and his family to say their goodbyes.  Sabia said: "There were many heartfelt, teary, sad conversations within the span of the first month of him being in hospital.  The night before his surgery, he wrote 'I love you' on a piece of paper as it could have been our last night together. I still have that piece of paper today.  There were plenty of times that the doctors told us that he was probably going to die, so we had these really long 'I love you' and everything like that conversations.  The doctors would say he was going to die, we'd have a goodbye conversation and then he wouldn't die.  It sucked, to put it blatantly, we hated it. His health was teasing us, like 'haha we're fine now but going to die soon so you'll all be sad', but then he lived."

One month after his accident, Loren was transferred to a hospital back in Montana so family could visit, because doctors still believed he would die.  But his health started to improve at an incredible speed.  Doctors had believed that he would be in hospital for at least a year and a half but he stayed for three months, before four weeks rehab, and then he was home.  Loren has taught himself how to put on his 'bucket' prosthetic and get into his wheelchair without any help.  Sabia said: "Throughout it all, Loren has been super innovative in order to make himself as independent as possible.  Any time an obstacle presents itself in our new life, he just finds any way around it and comes up with a wild solution that a 'normal' abled person wouldn't normally think of.  If I was in his position, I'd probably just be a wallowing self pit of pity.  So many people handle these things so differently and I feel like he's really beat all odds, both mentally and physically."

Loren said: "I have a very simple life now compared to what it used to be. There's a lot more laying around than before.  It was about three months after the accident that I finally wrapped my head around how crazy and miraculous it really is for me to be alive.  We want to travel the world first and then have some kids and teach them to be better people than we are, so a pretty simplistic life.  I proposed to Sabia earlier this year when she was freaking out from having a bad day.  I waited for her to turn around then pulled out the ring and just waited for her to notice it in my hand before asking if she’d marry me.  My best advice to anyone going through something like this is that you can't focus on the things you can't have and you must live your life to the fullest with what you do have."


How I became a cult leader's 14th wife: She grew up in the Surrey stockbroker belt then worked in advertising. But as Kelly reveals in a jaw-dropping new book, a chance meeting with a Native American guru changed her life

    Aged 27, Kelly Alder married a cult leader and lived on his New Mexico ranch
    She had kept this a secret from her husband for 18 years before writing her book
    Kelly met John Twobirds after her parents had both passed away
    When she decided to leave the cult John and his 13 other wives didn't stop her

By Kelly Alder For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:01, 11 November 2020 | Updated: 01:01, 12 November 2020

Watching my husband’s eyes open ever wider, his brow a startled arch as he read the manuscript telling the story of my life, I felt a rising panic.  James and I had been together for 18 years our relationship was loving and strong and we had a cherished daughter, Darcy, now ten. And yet, all the time we’d been together I’d kept a huge secret from him.  Only now was he learning the truth of my past: that two years before we met, when I was 27, I married a cult leader and lived on a desert ranch in New Mexico with him and his 13 other wives.  Finally, James put down the pages and looked over at me. ‘Well, I wasn’t expecting that,’ he said, his voice calm. Shaking, I said: ‘I’m so sorry it’s taken me until now to tell you. I didn’t know where to start. I hope you can forgive me.’

You’d never guess that mine is such an unconventional — even shocking — past. These days, at 49, I am an entirely normal wife and mother. My husband is 44 and has a financial services business.

Even I find it unbelievable that the life of someone who grew up in an ordinary, loving family in Esher, Surrey, could have taken such an extraordinary turn. Even more unbelievable, perhaps, is that for nearly two decades I buried that part of my life entirely — until the day when I knew I had to tell my husband everything.

My first wedding day, in September 1999, took place in a village outside Tularosa, New Mexico. Walking barefoot across the baked desert earth towards a crudely fashioned canopy of tree branches I felt sick.  These weren’t feelings of nervous excitement but came from a place of horror at what I was about to do.  My groom was a short, grossly overweight Native American called John Twobirds, who was more than twice my age. The aisle was made up of two rows of his 13 other wives.  I’d only arrived here from London 12 hours earlier. Yet, later that night, I’d consummate my marriage with a man I found physically repulsive.  I’d romanticised my wedding day from when I was little. In my imagination, my groom was tall, dark and handsome my father proudly walking me down the aisle of an idyllic rural chapel with me wearing a beautiful white gown. Instead, I was surrounded by strangers, asking myself: ‘Kelly, how the hell did you end up here?’

In fact my road to that bizarre scene started on the devastating day in 1991 when, soon after I turned 20, my happy family life began to unravel.   I was at art college when Dad suddenly moved out, setting up home with a woman called Shirley, just five years my senior who, it transpired, he’d been having an affair with for a year. The idea he was capable of such duplicity destroyed the respect I’d felt for him. But that wasn’t the half of it.  Mum moved on, finding happiness with a male friend who moved in with us. So did my younger sister, Tracey, going off to university in Glasgow.  But I struggled. Feeling lost and alone, I began to make bad choices. I partied too hard, dating all the wrong sorts: men either too old, too controlling or too embroiled in a party scene that revolved around alcohol and drugs.  Meanwhile, Dad became dreadfully unwell, getting thinner, paler and weaker. I was devastated to learn he had bowel cancer. Mum seemed unwell, too. I put her weight loss and tiredness down to the stress of the break-up.  By the time Dad was admitted to hospital for end of life care, soon after my 21st birthday, he was skeletal and so weak he could barely speak. But there was more horror to come. Mum was bedridden, too, supposedly with shingles. I sat on her bed, telling her Dad was close to death. She grabbed my hand and whispered ‘it’s not cancer’, before revealing Dad was dying of AIDS.

I looked at Mum, lying there weak and painfully thin like Dad. ‘No,’ I wailed, realising she had AIDS, too.  This was in the early days of the disease the lifesaving treatments we have now didn’t exist. Both my parents were going to die.  Sorrow turned to anger as Mum told me about Dad’s countless affairs, with men and women. Seven years earlier, he’d tested HIV positive; having infected Mum. She’d lived a lie to give me and my sister a secure childhood.  I didn’t see Dad again; I was too angry. He died a week later. Even at his funeral I felt disconnected from the stranger he’d become.  In 1994, I moved to London, sharing a flat with a girlfriend in Wimbledon, working as a secretary in an advertising agency. Mum passed away, aged just 46, the following year.  With her gone an overwhelming urge to escape, to feel different, enveloped me.  I remember confiding in a friend, Quinn, who I’d met through a colleague and felt a strong connection with. ‘I feel adrift,’ I told her.

She told me about a man she knew called John Twobirds who she wanted me to meet. The leader of a group called Terra Mater Mother Earth he was touring the UK giving talks on philosophy, nature and spirituality.  ‘Our planet’s in trouble,’ she said. ‘He wants to help save it.’

She thought getting involved might give me the sense of purpose I craved.  Intrigued, I went with her to one of his talks. He weighed at least 20st. In his late 50s, he had teeth missing and grey hair plaited down his back.  What he lacked in looks was countered by his stage presence and deep, charismatic voice. Curiously, around him stood several beautiful, long-haired young women, all wearing long flowing hippy dresses.  He talked movingly about his love for the planet. Afterwards, Quinn said she’d try to get us an audience. When I asked her about the women she said they were his wives.  Before I could ask more, she’d pulled me over to John. He took my hand and gazed into my eyes. ‘It’s a pleasure to meet you, Kelly,’ he said.

I felt strangely flattered.  Intrigued, I went with Quinn to the group’s weekend workshop in a Sussex field.  I found myself in the kitchen next to a blonde wife about my age who said she’d met John having become estranged from her family, hinting at bad experiences with men. ‘I feel at peace now,’ she said.

Her words tapped into my own longing.  The weekend passed in a blur of strange ceremonies in a large tent that was turned into a sauna with water poured on to hot stones held in fire pits.  I talked to other wives; they all seemed calm and serene I longed for similar peace.  There were 50 attendees, but John picked me out for special attention, saying the ancestors he had summoned had awarded me a spirit name. Such was my vulnerable state I fell for it, honoured to be told I would now be known as Red Bear.  A few days later, Quinn said John wanted to see me again, at a house the group was renting; that she suspected he wanted me to become a wife.  Again, I felt flattered and curious. When she told me that she was also one of John’s wives, I didn’t let my shock wake me up to the way I was being groomed.  Instead, I persuaded myself there was sense in the story she then told about how John had cancer and needed the healing energy of all these wives to keep him alive.  Many, she explained, had had successful careers before becoming disillusioned with their material lives, finding happiness as one of John’s followers.  John took me out into the garden to talk. ‘Come to New Mexico and meet the other wives and all my beautiful children,’ he told me. ‘You’ll like it there.’

I spent a couple of months mulling over his offer. I had no parents and my sister lived hundreds of miles away; life in London felt lonely and empty.  Suddenly, the only obligations I felt were, inconceivably, towards John. I was working as a temp, so it was easy to take time off work.  I booked a flight to El Paso, with the safety net of a return ticket of needed a month later.  John picked me up from the airport, talking excitedly about the wedding that, dizzy with jetlag, I couldn’t believe involved me.  I’d be expected to consummate the marriage  from which John would get healing energy but wouldn’t have to sleep with him again unless I wanted to.  The next morning, I worried that my blonde bob was too trendy compared to the other wives’ long hippy style. I felt like an imposter.  Then, wearing a simple floral dress, we married in a ceremony that saw my body smudged with smoking sage. The wives chanted, John recited prayers and there was singing.  For all my doubts, I told myself all this was OK: I wasn’t just marrying him, but the whole Terra Mater family. That’s why I’d flown halfway across the world, to find a new family, a new life.  When the time came to have sex I was just grateful that it was over incredibly quickly. It never happened again.  Sex was never discussed among the wives, but there were five children, so it must have gone on. There were no other men living with us at the isolated ranch.  Though I had nothing financial to offer, I think the cult was financed by money the women who came from the U.S. and Europe brought with them.  I never formed close bonds, so don’t know how long they’d been there or if anyone else had left.  At first, I felt silly joining the other wives in daily meditations and chanting rituals, but I got used to it, enjoying spending time alone sitting on the earth in quiet contemplation. But I hated everything else. Used to living alone and doing what I pleased, I missed my own space. The days began with a discussion of our dreams at 6.30am, led by John while we sat outside huddled in blankets sipping our coffee. I chose not to speak.  At mealtimes, John sat at the top of a long table as head of the family. I began to see a bullying side to him, ordering his wives around like servants while they cooked and cleaned.  My discomfort increased when I was told I’d have to learn how to fire a weapon. It was becoming apparent that this ‘family’ wasn’t just about loving the Earth, there was a survivalist element.  I began to ask: is this what Mum, who stayed with a man who betrayed her to give me the best life she could, would have wanted?

The answer was no.  So, five weeks later, I used my return ticket to fly home. No one tried to stop me. John and the other wives seemed sad when I said I’d be leaving, but nothing more dramatic than that.  Back in London, city life overwhelmed my senses. I went back to temping before training to become a Pilates teacher.  But I started to feel anger at how I’d been manipulated by this cult. I knew I needed help to unravel the dark feelings created by losing my parents in such a traumatic way, which had made me vulnerable in the first place.  Therapy showed that holding on to my anger at my father lay at the heart of my issues. Dad couldn’t help who he was. It was time to let that bitterness go.  I confided in my therapist about my time with the cult, but no one else. I buried it all, life finally beginning to feel normal again.  I didn’t seek out information online about what had happened to the cult and only discovered that John had died when Quinn got in touch ten years ago.  James and I met on a blind date in 2001. We had the romantic white wedding I’d always dreamed of five years later; my sister walked me down the aisle. Unlike the first, I was surrounded by people I loved. He’s made me nothing but happy ever since.  James knew I’d been involved with a cult but, until that day two years ago, he hadn’t known I’d married its leader or any of the details. I’d originally written my story for my daughter to read when she was older, but then I realised it gave me a way of sharing the truth with James, too.  As I assured him my desert marriage wasn’t legally binding and that John Twobirds was long dead now, he seemed intrigued more than anything.  ‘There’s nothing to forgive,’ he insisted. ‘I’m just glad you finally felt you could tell me.’ His grace only made me love him more.

For me, him knowing the truth was a burden lifted. The fact there are no secrets between us only strengthened our marriage.  Meanwhile, I’ve said Darcy can read the book when she is 13. My mother died before I was able to ask her about her life. I don’t want Darcy to go through the same experience.  Having grown up in a family where so many truths were hidden, I know how destructive secrets can be. It’s a cycle I’m determined not to repeat.

The Fourteenth Wife, by Kelly Alder, is available from Amazon on Kindle and in paperback.



Durham councillor claims Covid is 'a fake virus' that does NOT exist and says living in lockdown is 'like living in North Korea'

    Irene Hewitson, 63, called Covid-19 a 'fake virus' at an anti-lockdown protest
    Independent councillor said life in lockdown was 'like living in North Korea'
    Durham politician claimed pandemic would stop 'if people took off their masks'

By Jack Wright For Mailonline

Published: 10:45, 27 October 2020 | Updated: 16:11, 27 October 2020

A councillor who claims that Covid-19 is a 'fake virus' which does not exist has compared life under lockdown to 'living in North Korea'.  Irene Hewitson, an Independent member of Great Aycliffe Town Council in Co Durham, said she will believe that coronavirus exists 'when my neighbours, relatives, friends and work people are dying around me'.

Speaking at an anti-lockdown rally in Durham city centre, the outspoken councillor compared the virus to the flu and suggested the pandemic would be over 'if people turned their TVs off and just took their masks off'.

'We're being locked down over a fake virus. I don't believe the virus exists,' Cllr Hewitson, 63, told ChronicleLive yesterday. 'When my neighbours, relatives, friends and work people are dying around me then I'll believe it's true.  I've got a friend who works in the Nightingale Hospital and they've never had one patient. They've been cleaning a hospital for six months. It's absolutely disgusting.  My granddaughter goes dancing, she goes skating all the things she enjoys is going ahead and yet Boris can still go hunting and shooting, it's absolutely disgusting.'

The Byerley Park, Horndale & Cobblers Hall councillor's outburst came during an anti-lockdown protest held at Market Place in Durham yesterday.  The rally, which was organised by Geza Tarjanyi who has spent months protesting outside Downing Street, saw a tiny turnout of opponents to the Government's pandemic policies.  Cllr Hewitson, who lives in Newton Aycliffe, added: 'I think if people turned their TVs off and just took their masks off, got back to normal then the virus would be gone.  I'm 63-year-old and I've never worn a mask, I've never used hand sanitiser and I've never had a day's illness. And I won't because I'm building up an immunity if there is a little tiny virus out there like the flu.  People need to wake up fast because before long we're going to have no jobs, no social life, no life at all. It's going to be like living in North Korea.'

A spokesperson for Great Aycliffe Town Council declined to comment.  Durham is currently in Tier 2 lockdown, where households and support bubbles are banned from meeting indoors.  But separate households can meet outdoors and in public gardens, provided they keep two metres apart.  Meanwhile 1,725 students and 20 members of staff at Durham University have tested positive for Covid-19 since the start of term.  Mr Tarjanyi has questioned the success and purpose of Covid-19 restrictions enforced in the stated attempt to suppress the virus.   Holding a white flag with the word 'TRUTH' printed on it, he gave a half-hour speech during which he branded Prime Minister Boris Johnson a traitor, local media reports.  He urged the small crowd in the Market Place to put a white flag outside their businesses to show their support before telling them: 'Believe me folks, we are very, very close to bringing down this government, the police know it, the judges know it, the country knows it and even Boris Johnson knows it.  We are now going to stay strong, we have now got to believe in people like me who are telling you the truth.'

A number of police officers were seen in the Market Place observing the event.   It comes as a group of 50 MPs from 'red wall' constituencies demanded a lockdown exit strategy in the biggest Tory challenge to Boris Johnson's election since the General Election.   The Northern Research Group of Conservative backbenchers has written to Mr Johnson to warn the Covid-19 crisis is threatening his pledge to 'level-up' the country and could 'send the North into reverse'.  The group, led by former minister Jake Berry, wants the Prime Minister to publish a 'clear road map' for Tier 3 areas to leave lockdown as well as an economic recovery plan for the North of England.


A real-life mystery: Former Cornish home of little-known 90s crime author Harriet Hicks is found abandoned and filled with HUNDREDS of her unsold books after she vanished from public eye in 2006 and has not been heard from since

    The property was owned by little known author Harriet Hicks and was discovered in rural Cornwall
    The comedy-crime author vanished from the public eye in 2006 and no one knows what happened to her 
    Explorers, called the Lost Adventurers, discovered the abandoned house stuffed with hundreds of books
    *** Do YOU know what happened to Harriet Hicks? Email***

By Isabella Nikolic For Mailonline

Published: 13:19, 22 October 2020 | Updated: 16:10, 22 October 2020

The former home of a little-known crime novelist has been discovered abandoned and filled with hundreds of her unsold books 14 years after vanished from the the public eye.  A group of urban explorers found the 'house full of books' at a rural location in Cornwall and filmed the interior of the decrepit home, filled with decaying food and stacks of unsold crime novels piled to the ceiling.  There were also drawers stuffed with sealed novels that look like they are ready to be published.  Cornish author Ms Hicks was known for her comedy crime capers and murder mysteries, including Trouble in Topsham, Problems in Polperro and Shooting in St Study, published in the late 1990s and early 2000s.  But she has not been heard from since she published her last book in 2006, no trace of her exists on the internet, and it is unclear why she left and where she now lives.  The explorers, who work under the name Lost Adventures, have now issued a plea for someone to save what they described as a literature gold mine before it becomes damaged beyond repair.  And they believe there could be unpublished work among the handwritten notes.  One member of the group, known only as Ben, said: 'We were sent a pin in Cornwall and all they said was ''the house full of books.''  We went in and quickly realised it was Harriet Hicks' house, the famous novelist.  They are all her books and there are crates and crates of unsold and brand new copies.  In the drawers are written sealed novels that look like they are ready to be published.  There were literally hundreds of them. It looked like the place might have been abandoned since 2002 as that was the last calendar on the wall.  It looked like a man was living there on his own towards the end. There was nothing to explain it and we could only go by the clues we found.  There were a crazy amount of books and they need to be saved. We just went through the house and filmed it as the door was wide open.  We went round the back fields and were not expecting to see too much. But what we saw was amazing. Someone needs to preserve them.  I looked online and her second hand books go for about £30. But here there were definitely at least a thousand of them. There were full crates up to the ceiling of all different books of hers.  It was madness.'

Harriet was born in Kingkerswell, Devon, and moved to nearby Torquay at the age of six. She settled in Cornwall in 1940. Her last published book was in 2006 but there has been no record of her life online since.  Ben added: 'We don't know what happened to her but all her stuff is still in the house. No-one has come to collect any of it. There are unwritten and unpublished novels in the bottom of the drawer.   If it is not going to be saved it is going to be lost soon as there is so much weather damage.  We are not sure who to tell or report it to so all we can do is get the word out there and make a plea for someone to step in before it is too late.'

'It is like everything she has ever done is there, her whole life's work so it must be worth saving. It's insane that it is being left to be destroyed by nature.'

Ben is part of a group of four urban explorers who have been posting You Tube videos for four years.  Among their other explores are finding a whole batch of unreleased Bristol cars that included the president of car which was secretly hidden amongst it. They have also explored abandoned palaces, mansions, estates and prisons.  They filmed their tour which began with them going around the back field covered in nettles and bushes. This leads to the back door which was open and they went inside the bungalow.  The first room they came across was the kitchen which was packed with medicines in the cupboards and all the plates and several bottles of alcohol were still out.  Ben added: 'We came out of the kitchen into an office and it was absolutely crazy. We came across all the paperwork and there were hundreds of VHS tapes that were numbered.  We came across loads of 1940s and 50s family pictures and we even found annuals from 1938 with cartoons that were probably her books as a child.  We went into the bedroom which was full of books hundreds of them still sealed. There were things she had written that I don't think were published and is still material that could be taken on.  The living room was also rammed full of books. There were sealed packets of ten that were stacked and thrown everywhere. You can not see any of the floor it is all just books.  There was another room with more crates of books touching the ceiling. They were 10ft stacks.  We left everything as we found it and got out of there. But with all those books and with all that written material it just felt like something needs to happen with it all.'


Not even the Government understands the lockdown laws! Skills Minister Gillian Keegan admits she 'doesn't know' if friends can meet in pub gardens as it's revealed council Covid marshals can use 'reasonable force' to enforce laws

    Skills Minister Gillian Keegan was unable to answer crunch questions on new rules in North East of England
    Ms Keegan could not 'clarify' if rules on households mixing will also apply to pub and restaurant gardens
    In a series of car crash interviews she also appeared to admit that the Government is 'punishing' pubs 
    It came as it emerged 'Covid marshalls' could have power to use 'reasonable force' under new crackdown

By Jack Maidment, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline

Published: 10:57, 29 September 2020 | Updated: 11:47, 29 September 2020

Skills Minister Gillian Keegan suffered a series of car crash interviews this morning as she was unable to answer key questions over new coronavirus rules in the North East of England.  Ms Keegan was asked whether restrictions banning households in the region from meeting indoors from tomorrow applied to pubs and restaurant gardens.  She said 'I don't know the answer to that question' as she admitted she did not fully understand the rules less than a day before they are due to come into force."

Labour pounced on the misstep and said ministers 'don't know what's going on' amid a mounting backlash over the Government's latest coronavirus crackdown.  Meanwhile, Tory disquiet over new rules, regulations and fines increased after it emerged the authorities will have the power to use 'reasonable force' to make people self-isolate.  New laws published by the Government state that 'reasonable force' can be used if someone refuses to comply with an instruction to stay at home after testing positive for coronavirus or if they have been in contact with someone else who has the disease.  The power will be available to all 'authorised persons' amid reports that could include so-called 'Covid marshalls' as well as the police and council staff.   

*  Boris Johnson is desperately trying to quell Tory mutinies over coronavirus lockdown, the university shambles and 10pm pubs curfew amid claims angry MPs are mounting a 'Trojan Horse' plot to get rid of him.
*  The Institute for Fiscal Studies said taxes could soar by £60 billion in the coming years to avoid a new wave of austerity.
*  The think tank said an income tax rise of 6p or 7p for every £1 earned could be needed to cover extra public spending over the next five or six years.
*  The Children's Commissioner for England today called for the Rule of Six to be changed to exempt all children under the age of 12 and for restrictions on households mixing to allow children from different families to play together.
*  Real-time data from the NHS contact tracing app could allow local lockdowns to be imposed 24 hours after an outbreak.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock yesterday announced a tightening of measures for Northumberland, Newcastle, North and South Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham.  Aimed at stopping a resurgence of coronavirus, the Department of Health said laws would ban inter-household mixing indoors, including in pubs and restaurants.  But some questioned whether the measures, to be enforced with fines, would include meeting people from other homes outside in hospitality settings.  Asked on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Tuesday, Ms Keegan said: 'I'm sorry I can't clarify that.  I don't know the answer to that question but I'm sure they can find out the answer to that question.' 

Pressed on how people are meant to keep up to date with the latest restrictions when even ministers cannot, she said: 'I'm sorry I can't answer that question. I'm sure there are many people who could. I don't represent the North East.'

Labour quickly seized on the failure to clarify the confusion over the laws, set to be imposed after midnight on Wednesday.  Shadow health minister Alex Norris said: 'It speaks volumes that even the Government's own ministers don't know what's going on.  This will do little to inspire public confidence in the North East and across the country.  The Conservatives' incompetence is hampering our response to this pandemic.'

Ms Keegan was grilled during an interview on Sky News on which local lockdowns have actually worked but she was unable to give a firm answer.  ‘I think, I am not an expert on this, but I think in Leicester there were some signs of some improvement in terms of the rate,' she said.

The Skills Minister was also asked what the science is to back up the Government's decision to impose a 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants in England.  She said: ‘The 10pm curfew is about reducing the amount of socialising. What the science shows us is the virus is largely being passed on by people socialising.’

Sky News presenter Kay Burley told Ms Keegan that the curfew is not supported by any statistics, promoting the Tory MP to reply: ‘What it does is it takes an hour off the socialising time, reducing socialising, the same as the Rule of Six.’

When it was pointed out to Ms Keegan that 3.2 per cent of cases last week were found to have originated in a hospitality setting, she said: 'Yes. Yes and actually we know that the hospitality sector has done a brilliant job of making their places Covid-secure.’

Ms Burley asked Ms Keegan why the Government is seemingly 'punishing' pubs and restaurants and the minister appeared to admit that was the case as she said: ‘Because we are trying to reduce the amount of socialising.’

Ms Keegan also said it is 'hard to see how night clubs will open until we have some kind of long term way to deal with coronavirus' as she defended a new ban on singing and dancing in pubs.

Told the ban was 'ridiculous', Ms Keegan hit back and said: ‘No, I think it is common sense. It is common sense.  If you put a lot of people together and say all of you can move but all of you have to keep two metres apart, I think it is common sense.’

With 16 million Britons now under draconian restrictions, Tory MPs have warned of 'national lockdown by default'.

Conservative backbenchers are increasingly angry at the Government for rolling out restrictions on freedoms without first putting measures to a vote in Parliament.  They said their constituents are 'incredibly irritated' at the latest crackdown and warned that while 'they will grudgingly abide by it in the short term they want to know where the end is'.

Mark Harper, the Tory former chief whip, summed up the Conservative discontent in the Commons yesterday as he lashed out at Mr Hancock over the new rules and regulations.  'The laws that came in at midnight, for example, were 12 pages of laws, with lots of detail, criminal offences and duties not mentioned when they were set out in a statement last week,' he said. 

'That includes duties on employers, directors and officers, with serious criminal penalties.  We need to scrutinise the detail of the legislation before it comes into force and give our assent, and not, I am afraid, just allow the Secretary of State to put it into force by decree.'

Tory MPs are hoping to force a vote tomorrow on forcing the Government to put all future measures to a vote in Parliament before they are rolled out.  A group of up to 80 Tories are poised to support a rebel amendment when the Government asks the Commons to formally renew the Coronavirus Act for another six months.  There are questions over whether Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle will select the amendment tabled by Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers.  But senior Tory Sir Desmond Swayne today warned that if the amendment is not selected some Conservative MPs could opt for the 'nuclear option' of voting against the renewal of the Act.  Accusing ministers of governing by 'fiat', he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: 'If there isn't a vote on the amendment and there isn't a satisfactory response from the Government to the demands of the amendment, many people will vote against a renewal of an act.  Well when I say many, there will be a number, but certainly the Government isn't going to be defeated.' 

Key points from Gillian Keegan's car crash coronavirus interviews

On which local lockdowns have actually worked

She said: ‘I think, I am not an expert on this, but I think in Leicester there were some signs of some improvement in terms of the rate.’

On whether there is any science to back up the 10pm curfew on pubs

She said: ‘The 10pm curfew is about reducing the amount of socialising. What the science shows us is the virus is largely being passed on by people socialising.'

She added: 'What it does is it takes an hour off the socialising time, reducing socialising, the same as the Rule of Six.’

Told that just 3.2 per cent of cases last week came from hospitality sector Ms Keegan admitted pubs and restaurants are 'Covid-secure'.

Asked if that is the case then why is the Government 'punishing' them, she replied: ‘Because we are trying to reduce the amount of socialising.’

On nightclubs not reopening

She said: ‘It is hard to see how night clubs will open until we have some kind of long term way to deal with coronavirus. That is for sure true.’

On defending the Government's ban on dancing and singing in pubs

Told the ban is 'ridiculous' she said: ‘No, I think it is common sense. It is common sense. If you put a lot of people together and say all of you can move but all of you have to keep two metres apart, I think it is common sense.’

On whether households in the North East of England could mix in pub gardens

She said: 'I'm sorry I can't clarify that.  I don't know the answer to that question but I'm sure they can find out the answer to that question.'   

Boris Johnson faces furious Tory mutiny for sneaking out 'Orwellian' Covid lockdown laws

Boris Johnson is desperately trying to quell Tory mutinies over coronavirus lockdown, the university shambles and 10pm pubs curfew today amid claims angry MPs are mounting a 'Trojan Horse' plot to get rid of him.  With 16 million Britons now under draconian restrictions, the government is facing a brutal backlash over imposing punitive new fines and bans on households mixing in the North East without scrutiny from parliament.  There is also a wave of criticism of the 10pm curfew on pubs in England, with complaints that it is making matters worse by shifting partying on to the streets or into people's homes.  Meanwhile, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson will finally surface to answer questions about the chaotic scenes in universities, which have seen many students forced to isolate and fearing they will not be allowed home for Christmas.  The PM will try to get back on the front foot this morning by unveiling free digital boot camps and college courses to stop coronavirus layoffs blighting the prospects of millions of workers.  But behind the scenes the government is trying to soothe more than 50 Tory MPs - headed by the chair of the 1922 committee, Sir Graham Brady - who have backed an amendment demanding a vote before any new lockdown measures are introduced.  Although the amendment will not come to the floor of the Commons this week as it breaches procedural rules, one senior MP told MailOnline that Mr Johnson should be worried about the wider unrest that was developing at his leadership. He has been accused of losing his 'mojo' and being in 'thrall' to advisers such as Dominic Cummings.  'Is this really them trying to get rid of Boris?' the MP said. 'It's a very interesting group of people. A mix between the right and left of the Tory party.'

'This is the vehicle. This is the Trojan Horse for what is to come.'

Taxes could have to soar by £60BILLION 7p for every pound earned to avoid a new wave of austerity after Covid crisis, IFS think-tank warns

Taxes could have to soar by £60billion to avoid a new wave of austerity after the coronavirus crisis, experts warned today.  The respected IFS think-tank said an income tax rise of 6p or 7p for every £1 earned could be needed to cover extra public spending over the next five or six years.  It also urged ministers to ditch any plans for setting out a multi-year spending review due to the unprecedented uncertainties facing the economy.  Instead Chancellor Rishi Sunak should set a one-year plan and focus on working out how much more the government will need to lay out dealing with Covid in the future.  The new report by the IFS looked at how much money has been spent and what options are open to the Government.  It found that spending has increased 20 per cent above the Government's original plans before the pandemic.


Is this the most dangerous woman in Britain? Suspended nurse Kate Shemirani doesn't believe Covid exists, says its symptoms are linked to 5G mobile phone technology and claims a vaccine is a plot to change our DNA, writes BARBARA DAVIES

    Mother-of-four from Sussex is the new face of UK's anti-vaccination movement
    She has joined David Icke and Piers Corbyn at a protest against restrictions
    This weekend she will appear centre-stage at another rally in Trafalgar Square

By Barbara Davies for the Daily Mail

Published: 22:00, 18 September 2020 | Updated: 01:57, 19 September 2020

Kate Shemirani strides into the hotel where we meet with such confidence that, despite the signs insisting masks must be worn, nobody challenges her lack of face covering.  By the time the receptionist has emerged from behind the desk, the 54-year-old suspended nurse has already swept off down a corridor in her strappy white stilettos.  Had she been stopped, goodness only knows what kind of kerfuffle would have ensued. For anti-vaxxer Shemirani is pretty forthright when it comes to imparting her views on the global Covid-19 pandemic or 'scamdemic' as she calls it.  Over the past few weeks, this glossy mother-of-four from East Sussex has emerged as the new face of the UK's anti-vaccination movement. At the end of last month, she joined conspiracy theorists David Icke and Piers Corbyn, older brother of former Labour leader Jeremy, at a protest against coronavirus restrictions and plans for a Covid-19 vaccine.  A couple of weeks ago, she popped up again outside Downing Street where she gave a speech to the assembled masses about the 'Covid-19 myth' before being briefly arrested. This weekend, she will appear centre-stage at another rally in Trafalgar Square.  Covid-19, says Shemirani, doesn't exist. Its symptoms are linked to the roll-out of new 5G wireless technology. There is no pandemic it's a conspiracy to control the masses.  The upcoming Covid-19 vaccination is, in reality, a political tool to gain access to and to change people's DNA. She likens the ongoing lockdown restrictions to the Holocaust, asking whether the public will wake up 'on the cattle truck?

Or in the showers?'

These outlandish claims have landed her in hot water with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), who suspended her registration in July, and seen her kicked off Facebook and Instagram for spreading misinformation. But they've also seen her Twitter following treble in the past three weeks.  And despite 35 years as a registered nurse, Shemirani couldn't give two hoots about the NMC suspension because the organisation is a 'criminal governing body' with a 'terrorist agenda to commit genocide'.  'These are not views. This is the truth,' she snaps, adding not for the last time 'I've done my research and if you slander me, I'll sue you.'

Within minutes of sitting down, the conversation gets really weird. The new Covid-19 vaccine, she says, contains particles powered by military-style 'Darpa' technology. 'They will be able to look at every aspect of what is going on in our brains,' she says, 'Not only can they pick it up, they can download into us.'

The big question, of course, is who on earth would want to do this?

Her reply is to talk about a global 'narrative' a powerful elite using the pandemic to create a new world order.  Next comes her most astonishing claim of all: 'No vaccine has ever been proven safe or effective,' she says.

This is preposterous. Take polio, for example, where cases dropped following a mass vaccination programme in the 1950s, with no UK cases since the mid 1980s. 'What is polio?' she says, before launching into a conspiracy theory about it being caused by the insecticide DDT.  Conversing with Shemirani is an unsettling experience. On one level, she's the epitome of conventional middle-classdom a former NHS nurse and stay-at-home mother with an ex-husband who worked in the City and four children, now between 17 and 21, who were privately educated.  When she is addressing the crowds at a rally, she can also call upon her working-class roots.  The postman's daughter from Nottingham, who left school before completing her A-levels, worked variously in a factory, a bar in Spain and in Argos and, after qualifying at Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 1984, supplemented her salary as a theatre nurse with modelling assignments. From 1990 to 1998 she worked as a long-haul BA air stewardess.  After her children were born, she briefly set up her own business administering Botox, fillers and peels, and it was only a diagnosis of breast cancer in 2012 that saw her perform a complete volte-face in terms of her attitude to conventional medicine.  After undergoing a double mastectomy and reconstruction, she refused chemotherapy on the advice of her then husband, himself a conspiracy theorist who believed 9/11 was an inside job.  She embarked on a fat-free, salt-free, sugar-free vegan regime including high doses of vitamins as well as 13 juices a day, five coffee enemas and mistletoe injected into her stomach. Nine years on and still largely following that regime, she has had no recurrence of disease. Now describing herself as a nutritionist after taking an online diploma, she recommends the same treatment to other cancer patients.  She is unperturbed by the fact that there are no clinical trials to support her recommendations and rebuts any attempt to provide evidence, with the counter-claim: 'There are no studies in oncology that tell you that you are going to die if you don't do the (chemotherapy) treatment.'

There is, however, an abundance of evidence showing cancer patients' survival rates improve when they do have it.  During our interview, I notice how she often takes isolated pieces of information and puts them together to present a new 'truth' of her own. Vaccines, for example, do indeed contain aluminium. But the amounts are too small to be harmful aluminium is one of the most common metals found in nature and is present in air, food and water.  In Shemirani's world, anyone who disagrees with her is lying, misinformed or jealous. Overweight, envious nurses come in for particular criticism.  'The fact that I was always graced with decent looks and I'm always very slim has generated jealousy throughout my career,' she said in another interview.

And she certainly has no time for official health organisations or their peer-reviewed studies. Public Health England is 'just a bunch of criminals'. Cancer Research UK 'crooks' and the NHS is 'the new Auschwitz'.  It was in March this year that her claims finally landed her in hot water. As the resident 'health and wellness' expert on her local Sussex radio station Uckfield FM, she spent 20 minutes telling listeners 'the truth' about Covid-19.  Her summary of this broadcast is baffling: 'I talked about Covid-19 how there was an inversion in the genome sequence, indicative of vector technology.  That Wuhan, according to the telecommunications network in China, had been the test city for 5G from autumn of 2019, that mandatory vaccinations came into force in December of 2019 in China.'

After complaints from listeners, Uckfield FM was reprimanded by Ofcom and ordered to broadcast an apology.  Anti-vaxxers, of course, have been coming out with this kind of stuff for years. Britain has been a hub of bogus claims about vaccine safety ever since Andrew Wakefield falsely claimed a link between the MMR vaccine and autism in the late 1990s. He was later struck off for serious misconduct and research fraud.  And yet Shemirani describes 61-year-old Wakefield, who continues to promote his views in the U.S., as an 'amazing' man. This weekend, he will join her at the Trafalgar Square rally.  But while she and other conspiracy theorists continue to dismiss the current health crisis as a 'scamdemic' designed to engender fear among the populace, surely the most terrifying prospect of all is the outlandish world she believes in.


Shopper makes face mask plea after screaming row with a stranger in Sainsbury's

Alice Speller says she was angrily confronted by a fellow Sainsbury's shopper for not wearing a face mask while in the store, but says she was never given a chance to explain why

By Lee Trewhela & Luke Matthews Audience Writer

11:00, 18 SEP 2020

A woman has pleaded for people to be more understanding and compassionate after being involved in a screaming argument with another shopper in Sainsbury's over wearing face masks.  Alice Speller, from Bodmin, says she has complex post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a possible borderline personality disorder, and cannot wear a mask.  During a recent visit to a Cornish branch of Sainsbury's, Alice said she was harangued by another customer for not wearing a face covering, Cornwall Live reports.  After reacting angrily and swearing at the stranger, Alice has apologised for her response but is asking others not to instantly judge those who may be exempt from wearing a mask.  Alice explained on social media that the thought of having to go shopping makes her anxious as she fears the judgement from others.  During her visit to Sainsbury's, she said she sneezed twice into the arm of her coat and when she went to pay she turned to find a stranger's face "inches from mine".

She said the stranger yelled: "If you can’t be bothered to wear a mask at least cover your mouth with a hanky when you sneeze."

When Alice tried to explain she had used her sleeve, she claims the shopper shouted in disagreement and warned her not to be so rude.  Alice wrote: "My fight mode kicked in, I shouted back, I felt a panic attack kicking in, I screamed at her to not judge when she doesn't know me, as she walked away her head held high, as people stopped and stared, as the tears started to run down my face, I hope whoever you are, that you are proud of your two minutes of shouting into a woman's face, not knowing her.  Kind words would have gone much further, but instead you went into full attack.  Maybe Covid scares you, maybe you have been affected by it, but that still gives you no right to scream at another so close, but you obviously can't be too worried, as you were so close, the two metre rule didn't exist, your mask wasn't fully up either.  I don't wear a mask for a reason, you don’t know my reason, so maybe think before you have a go. If you had walked over to me, and said kindly, I saw you sneeze and you didn't see you use a hanky, is everything OK, etc, we could have had a chat, but you didn't."

Alice said her husband has since spoken to the store to apologise for her outburst, but they were only concerned that she was OK.  Her husband Terry said the pair decided to share the experience to help others who may be suffering, and said if he sees someone not wearing a mask he automatically assumes there is a reason.  He said: "I don’t judge and I wouldn't want anyone judging my wife."

Terry added that Alice can only leave the house if she is accompanied by him or one of their four children, and the confrontation has made her more cautious about going out.  Alice wrote on social media to apologise for her outburst, saying she doesn't feel proud of what she did but "sometimes you simply cannot control a reaction to a situation".

She hoped the stranger would see the post and understand her explanation as to why she had not been wearing a mask.  A Sainsbury's spokesperson said: “We are asking everyone to continue playing their part in helping us to keep everyone safe in our stores.  Posters are displayed inside and outside our stores and there are regular tannoy announcements asking customers to wear face coverings but also be considerate of those who may not be able to wear one."


Mum charged with murdering daughter, 5, who was found stabbed to death

Sutha Sivanantham, 35, has been charged with killing Sayagi Sivanantham, who died in hospital after being stabbed in in Mitcham

By Kelly-Ann Mills
10:33, 11 SEP 2020 Updated 11:51, 11 SEP 2020

A mum has been charged with murdering her five-year-old daughter.  Sutha Sivanantham, 35, is accused of killing Sayagi Sivanantham, who died in hospital after being stabbed in Mitcham, south London in June.  Police were called to an address on Monarch Parade at 4pm on Tuesday, June 30 to a report of two people injured.  Officers attended and found a woman and a girl suffering from knife wounds.  A post-mortem examination held at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital on Friday, 3 July, gave cause of death as stab injuries.  Sivanantham appeared via video link at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court today, speaking only to confirm her name and date of birth.  The case has now been sent to the Old Bailey, where a hearing is scheduled to take place on Tuesday.  Speaking in June Superintendent Richard Smith, from the Met’s South West Command Unit, said: “Today a family are grieving for their little girl, and we are doing everything we can to support them.  This terrible incident has left a family distraught and the local community in shock.  I would like to pay tribute to the police officers and ambulance service colleagues who responded to this frightening situation and thank them for working so hard to try and save Sayagi.  She will remain in our thoughts.”


Callous mother left her dying daughter to go to the pub then told paramedics the 13-year-old was faking it when she was found dead

    Robyn Goldie, 13, died on July 26 from peritonitis as a result of a perforated ulcer
    The schoolgirl had complained to mother Sharon Goldie, 45, that she was unwell
    But her calls for help were ignored, and instead Goldie went down the local pub
    She returned to find her daughter slumped on sofa, but thought she was faking it
    Goldie appeared before at Glasgow High Court to plead guilty to a charge under the Children and Young Persons Act of wilfully ill-treating and neglecting Robyn

By James Robinson for MailOnline

Published: 20:04, 20 August 2020 | Updated: 20:55, 20 August 2020

A callous mother left her dying teenage daughter to go to the pub before returning home to find her slumped across a sofa and even then told paramedics she thought the dead schoolgirl was 'faking it'.  Robyn Goldie, 13, had begged her mother Sharon Goldie to get her medical help in the days leading up to her tragic death, complaining she was 'hurting all over'.  But the 45-year-old, of Wishaw, Lanarkshire, Scotland, accused her of 'attention seeking' and told her to 'get in' when she ran to the neighbours begging for help.  Unbeknown to Goldie, Robyn was suffering from a burst stomach ulcer a condition doctors said she would have been expected to survive had it been discovered.  But on the day of daughter's death, instead of helping her, Goldie went down the pub.  She returned to find her unresponsive teenage daughter slumped across the sofa.  But she went to the fridge, got a drink and went outside with a friend. When the friend checked on Robyn, she was found to be dead.  An ambulance was called but Goldie told paramedics: 'She's at it.'

On then being told her daughter had passed away, a suddenly 'wailing' Goldie stated: 'No, she cannot be.'

The shocking details emerged as Goldie appeared at the High Court in Glasgow.  Goldie appeared before the court to plead guilty to a charge under the Children and Young Persons Act of wilfully ill-treating and neglecting Robyn.  Prosecutors accepted Goldie's not guilty plea to the culpable homicide of her daughter. She will learn her fate next month.  A judge heard today how the schoolgirl had suffered a year of horrific neglect before her death including being forced to ask someone for a £1 to get food.  Robyn had lived with Goldie until she was four before moving in with her gran.  She had earlier been put on the child protection register after Goldie was found to be drunk while supposedly caring for her daughter.  Robyn had also once been forced to call a gas company complaining of being cold.  This lead to her living a 'stable life' staying with her gran until 2017.  Robyn then returned to her mum due to a number of reasons, including starting secondary school. But, the court heard social workers continued to monitor the pair.  Prosecutor Ashley Edwards QC said: 'Goldie was offered on various occasions the opportunity to attend parenting classes. She declined to attend.'

Goldie's drinking became an issue causing 'friction' with her daughter. Miss Edwards: 'Goldie asked for (Robyn) to be removed from her care.'

Social workers visited the pair often un-announced with arguing between them described as 'common'.  The house was also said to be stinking of cat urine and, in March 2018, Robyn was then found to have a rash caused by fleas. Robyn was also described as 'thin, dirty and unkempt'.  Miss Edwards: 'On an occasion (at the pub), Goldie was heard to say: 'I am f***ing sick of her. I wish she would go back and stay with her gran'.'
The court heard Robyn would also film Goldie who slapped and bit her daughter screaming at her.  The child told friends how drunken Goldie would offer her cannabis and alcohol while 'constantly' insisting she did not want her in the house.  The week before her death, Robyn was given painkillers after complaining of a sore stomach and legs.  On July 21, Goldie then told staff at the Melody Bar she had 'locked' her daughter in the house 'so she could not get out'.  The next day, Robyn complained to a friend she had been ill and not eaten for days.  But, on July 24, Robyn texted her gran claiming she felt 'a lot better'.  However, a friend of Goldie saw the 'drained' girl that day and told the mum: 'She's just not well.'

That night, Robyn told Goldie to get help as she had 'pain all over', but the court heard she refused to get her daughter an ambulance.  Another friend of Goldie said he would go instead with Robyn in a taxi to hospital but stopped him claiming the girl was 'attention seeking'.  The next day, Robyn begged a neighbour to get her an ambulance as she could not breathe, only for her mother to yell at her to 'get in'.  On July 26 the day Robyn passed away it is 'thought likely' an ulcer in the teenager's stomach burst, the court heard.  That morning, Goldie had turned away a social worker through her letterbox, telling her that Robyn had been 'unwell since last Thursday'.   But despite her daughter being ill, Goldie went to the pub. When she returned home with a friend to find an unresponsive Robyn slumped on a sofa.   Miss Edwards: 'Goldie and the man got another drink from the fridge and went outside 'because the weather was nice'.'  The friend later checked on Robyn again and discovered she was dead. An ambulance was called but Goldie told paramedics: 'She's at it.'

It was only when paramedics told her that her daughter was dead that a 'wailing' Goldie said: 'No, she cannot be.'

Goldie later told police she thought Robyn had a bug, but had been getting better. She again claimed to think her daughter had been 'trying to wind her up'.  Miss Edwards: 'She said she had told Robyn that ambulances are for people with heart attacks.'

Robyn was found to have died from peritonitis as a result of a perforated ulcer.  A senior medic concluded that had the teenager been treated during her illness, she would have been 'expected to survive'.  The court heard Goldie who still lives at the same house in which Robyn died had suffered a brain injury following a car accident when she was a child.  In 2003, she was an in-patient for mental health issues, but stopped taking her medication.  The hearing was told she does not appear to have had further treatment.  Lord Beckett continued her bail meantime. He told her: 'It is a serious case, but I want more information before deciding what to do.'


Mother who refused abortions gives birth to healthy baby
29 Jun 2020

A mother has shared how she defied the doctors who advised her “three or four times” to have an abortion, giving birth to a healthy baby.  At a 12-week scan, Kimberly James was diagnosed with the rare condition hydrops fetalis, a build up of fluid during pregnancy with a survival rate of just 10 per cent.  Doctors also discovered her baby had cystic hygroma a condition whereby abnormal growths develop in the lymphatic system, usually by the head or neck.  Kimberly was told her baby would not survive, and said doctors advised her “at least three or four times to have an abortion”.

She said: “After the first time we had a scan at 12 weeks at Worcestershire Royal Hospital we were referred to a consultant, which we saw two days later. It was then we were offered a termination pretty much the second time we had seen her.  We said no because it was absolutely not what we wanted to do. We asked them why and unfortunately they couldn’t give an answer.”

Kimberly refused to give up hope, and both life-threatening conditions resolved themselves before she went into labour. She gave birth to a healthy girl, Penelope, in May.  The proud mother said: “Penelope defied all odds and the hydrops disappeared at 16 weeks and the cystic hygroma also disappeared after 20 weeks.  We are so in love with her and so thankful that we continued with the pregnancy despite the extremely poor prognosis at the start.”

She added: “We had a very rocky start to our pregnancy but had the most wonderful outcome and we couldn’t be more in love with our little girl.”


Asda issues new face mask rules in statement after complaints from shoppers

The supermarket issued a statement after a customer complained that not enough people were wearing face coverings at her local store. Face coverings are mandatory in shops

By Jess Molyneux & Jamie Hawkins

21:02, 14 AUG 2020Updated21:39, 14 AUG 2020

Asda has clarified its rules on wearing face masks in stores after a shopper complained.  Shopper Eve Whitty was left "fuming" with Asda's response to her complaints regarding face masks in her local store.  She said she "couldn't believe how many people weren't wearing masks" at the supermarket and went to raise her concerns with a member of staff.  Eve also approached a group of men who she described as being in their twenties to ask why they were not wearing face masks and the following day she emailed a complaint to Asda, reports the Liverpool Echo.  Eve has said she just wanted to highlight her concerns and was frustrated with Asda's response that they are "encouraging" customers to wear a face covering.  Asda said they are doing all they can to remind customers to follow the rules but ultimately it is up to police to enforce them.  Eve visited the Huyton store on July 31 for one of the first times in months after she had been shopping online for herself and for her elderly relatives.  She said: "I said to a member of staff excuse me could I smoke in the store and she said you can't do that in the store.  I said if I was smoking in here you would stop me so why isn't it the same for face masks and they said there was nothing they could do about it. I was absolutely fuming."

Out of curiosity, Eve then approached three men and asked if masks were mandatory and they said yes, so she questioned why they weren't wearing them.  One shopper allegedly said they had breathing difficulties, so Eve asked why their friends weren't wearing them, before deciding to walk away.  The following day, Eve emailed Asda to complain as she has visited other shops were customers have been turned away unless they are exempt.  But she said her biggest issue was the use of the word "encouraging" in part of Asda's response.  In the email, Asda said: "We are strongly encouraging all customers to wear a face covering when they visit our stores.  We also have signs at the entrance to the store and on the shelf edges to encourage customers to wear a face covering and are using Asda FM (our in-store radio) to further remind customers.  While we will do all we can to strongly encourage customers to respect the new guidelines, the responsibility for policing and enforcing them does lie with the relevant authorities."

Eve said she wants to see Asda become more stricter and doesn't want bigger stores or customers to get complacent.  She said her relatives are worried to go shopping as a result and that now she is only going to shop in stores when it's "extremely necessary."

Eve said: "They’re [my relatives] frightened to go out. The thought of what I told them about Asda has made them worried to go in there.  The word that cuts me up is encourage. It’s mandatory.  It's fine for young people I know some have medical issues but if they don't it may not be a big thing for them.  But for older people it's not fair. There are people who've had to shield for four months.  It’s gotten me down. Some people aren’t taking it that seriously."

Guidelines say that people working in shops do not have to wear a face covering, but that customers should do so.  Asda said it strongly encourages this through colleague reminders, clear posters and signage along with regular announcements over Asda FM.  And are still encouraging customers to remain two metres apart. The official guidance from the government suggests that is should be 1m+.  An Asda spokesperson said: "Throughout the pandemic our customers have embraced many new rules to help keep everyone safe in our stores, and we are confident they will continue to show care and consideration for each other by wearing a face covering when they visit our stores.  Whilst we will do all we can to strongly encourage customers to wear a face-covering inside our stores, it is the responsibility of the relevant authorities to police the new rules."


Dozens of protesters aiming to 'lockdown' Brixton march down London streets to join Afrikan Emancipation Day demonstration that police slapped with curfews

    A coalition of demonstrators marched through Brixton to 'make themselves heard' by the UK government
    Groups attending included Stop The Maangamizi and the Afrikan Emancipation Day reparations committee
    Groups urge Government to form Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry for Truth & Reparatory Justice
    Extinction Rebellion activists were also in attendance and said the event was to promote the necessity of stopping the genocide and ecocide of African people and their environments

By Katie Feehan For Mailonline

Published: 16:36, 1 August 2020 | Updated: 17:27, 1 August 2020

Dozens of demonstrators brought Brixton to a halt as they marched through London to mark Afrikan Emancipation Day.  The coalition of action groups led by Stop The Maangamizi: We Charge Genocide/Ecocide and the Afrikan Emancipation Day reparations march committee took the drastic action to 'make themselves heard' in a bid for reparations from the UK government.  Other groups involved included the Forever Family Force and the Rhodes Must Fall Oxford campaigners.  A number of demonstrators temporarily blocked Brixton Road at the junction with Acre Lane, forcing cars and buses to stop and turn around.  Protesters, including some from Extinction Rebellion, occupied the middle of the junction until they were told to get back on to the curb by police officers.  Three people holding signs saying 'mask up' and wearing visors handed out face masks and hand sanitizer to those attending.  Protesters then began marching down Brixton Road towards Max Roach Park, blocking the road and stopping traffic.  The event marks the passing of the 1833 Abolition of Slavery Act, which came into force on 1 August 1834.  Campaigners argue that the millions of pounds in compensation paid to former slaveholders as a result of the Act, without similar recompense for freed slaveholders, cemented and increased racial injustices that are still felt today.  Antoinette Harrison, who lives in nearby Clapham, attended the event to march with her cousin and her cousin's children.  On why she joined the event, the 38-year-old said: 'We are tired.  And I was just saying, our parents have gone through, we're going through this, and I don't want our next generation too. It's got to come to an end.'

She added: 'What's lovely about it is there's such unity.  It's not just the one race like it was back in the day, now it's whites, blacks, Hispanics everyone.'

Asked if she had any concerns about coronavirus while attending, Ms. Harrison, who has been protesting since earlier in the summer, said: 'This is pandemic racism and not having justice.'

The protesters aimed to lock down Brixton because 'WE/they are not being HEARD' in their demand for the UK Government to establish the All-Party Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry for Truth & Reparatory Justice.  The event aimed to promote the necessity of stopping the genocide and ecocide of African people and their environments, Extinction Rebellion activists said.  A curfew and other restrictions had been imposed on the planned demonstrations to stop people blocking main roads or planning illegal music events, Scotland Yard has said.   The Metropolitan Police on Friday said that blocking the road will cause 'serious disruption' to Brixton and the surrounding area because it is used by hundreds of bus routes and thousands of motorists.  It said that it is imposing a number of conditions on the demonstrations within areas such as Windrush Square, Max Roach Park, and outside Brixton Police Station. They must not spill into nearby roads and they must finish by 8 pm.  The force said that the time limit was set so that officers could separate those attending the demonstrations from people attending other gatherings or unlicensed music events.  Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor, speaking ahead of the event today, said: 'The decision to impose conditions on an assembly is never taken lightly and is made following a rigorous assessment of the information available to us.  We have no intention of infringing upon a responsibly-organized community event.  We only require that this is done in a way that makes use of Brixton's open spaces and leaves the main road through Brixton open to other Londoners.  In recent weeks we have policed a number of UMEs (unlicensed music events) in which loud music is played at night, disrupting local residents and posing a real threat both to property and the officers who attend to disperse them.  We received information that there are those intending to come to Brixton on Saturday to purposely cause disruption, and to confront police officers.  This is in stark contrast to the feel of the events that will take place earlier in the day and is in opposition to the wishes of the local community.'

The Yard added that gatherings of more than 30 people will be in breach of the Health Protection (Coronavirus) Restrictions and its decision to impose conditions did not mean the assembly in breach of these regulations was authorized by the police.

Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March

The annual Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March is part of a campaign calling for the UK to make amends for the enslavement endured by generations of African people.  The march this afternoon marks its seventh year as a means of drawing attention to their cause.  The event marks the passing of the 1833 Abolition of Slavery Act, which came into force on 1 August 1834.  Campaigners argue that the millions of pounds in compensation paid to former slaveholders as a result of the Act, without similar recompense for freed slaveholders, cemented and increased racial injustices that are still felt today. 


Grieving teens given just 12 days to say goodbye to mum get a beautiful surprise

Megan Ryan, 15, and her sister Tasha, 14, from Liverpool, were devastated when their mum Tracey was diagnosed with terminal cancer less than two weeks before she died

By Emilia Bona

16:06, 7 DEC 2019Updated16:12, 7 DEC 2019

Megan and Tasha live with their dad Ken and younger brother Liam, 12.

Since losing his wife, 43-year-old Ken has been left trying to rebuild his life and raise his children alone but he's had help from incredible Liverpool charity An Hour For Others.  The charity encourages individuals and businesses to share their time and skills to help improve the lives of others in their community.  Construction company Amspec, which is based in Wigan, asked how they could help An Hour For Others who decided Megan and Tasha deserved a treat.  Dad Ken explained: "The girls since they lost their mum, they've been left with a lot of stress and a lot of anger so sharing a little room at that time was really difficult for them.  If they did want to get away, there was nowhere to go for their own space. Being teenagers as well, hormones are everywhere."

Amspec and An Hour For Others surprised the girls by completely transforming the bedroom they share into a stunning new space.  The company completely gutted the room and rebuilt it, with a clever design making the most of the limited space available.  Built-in bunk beds and wardrobes mean the girls can finally have their own space and their reaction to seeing their new room for the first time says it all.  Video captured at the big reveal shows the girls gasping in disbelief, with Ken holding back the tears.  A poignant framed photo on the lower bunk bed shows Tracey holding her three young children, in happier times for the family.  An Hour For Others has helped support the family since losing Tracey, taking them to watch Liverpool FC at Anfield and sending them on a much-needed holiday.  Remembering his beloved wife, Ken said: "She had cancer in her liver, stomach, and kidneys. She'd had pains for five or six weeks but she had her scan on Friday, October 9 and we found out on October 12 that she had cancer, and 12 days later she passed away in Woodlands Hospice.  She was an amazing mum, the kids never wanted for anything. She would go without to give them whatever they needed."

Andrew Maxwell, managing director of Amspec who completely transformed the bedroom, said: "We got involved with An Hour For Others because sometimes when your company develops you need to find a purpose and for us An Hour For Others is the type of charity that we want to get involved with.  [Kevin Morland from An Hour For Others] introduced us to the Ryan family who had been through some horrific times and we felt that as a company we could make a difference.  Over the course of the last few months, we have worked with Kevin and his team to develop and deliver a refurbishment of a bedroom for two lovely girls who had been affected by a tragic family event.  It was our attempt to try and help and give our hour for others."

He added: "I just feel humble that we can do this. We are going to do more of this. It's important that companies that are mature like ours give something back to the community and this hopefully is just the beginning."


Normal life could resume 'by CHRISTMAS': Boris Johnson reveals 'work from home' advice will END from August and football stadiums and gigs can reopen in October but warn councils will have NEW 'lightning lockdown' powers if COVID spikes

    Boris Johnson delivered the Downing Street press conference at 11 am this morning
    Prime Minister launched a drive to get millions of workers back to their desks
    But plans may have been watered down after Sir Patrick Vallance issued a warning
    Chief Scientific Adviser said 'absolutely no reason' to ditch working from home
    PM also pledged an extra £3bn for NHS and more lockdown powers for councils

By Jack Maidment, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline

Published: 11:03, 17 July 2020 | Updated: 11:44, 17 July 2020

Boris Johnson today announced he is aiming for life in the UK to return to something close to normal by Christmas as he said workers will be encouraged to stop working from home from August.  The Prime Minister today used a Downing Street press conference to set out his timetable for the further easing of lockdown measures.  He said restrictions on the use of public transport in England are being dropped from today with trips on the train and bus to no longer be viewed as the option of last resort.  He said the Government will publish new guidance applying from August on the crunch issue of working from home in the hope that more employees will physically return to their desks to give the economy a much-needed boost.  He made that pledge despite Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government's chief scientific adviser, warning yesterday that there was 'absolutely no reason' to change the policy.  Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said the Government is targeting the reopening of stadiums in the autumn with audiences potentially returning to football matches and outdoor gigs in October.  Crucially, the PM also said the Government is hoping to review all the remaining 'outstanding restrictions' in the coming months in order to allow a 'more significant return to normality from November' and 'possibly in time for Christmas'.  However, Mr. Johnson insisted that all of the proposed changes would only go ahead of the spread of coronavirus continues to fall.  He stressed the UK must be prepared for a second wave in the winter as he announced £3 billion of extra funding for the NHS and vowed new powers to enable ministers and councils to impose strict local lockdowns.  Mr. Johnson said any further changes to lockdown restrictions will rely 'on our continued success in controlling the virus'.

The Prime Minister spoke last week about his desire for more workers to return to their places of work amid growing fears that a lack of commuters will see urban centres struggle to recover.  But his announcement today was more nuanced than had been anticipated as he said businesses would be given 'discretion' to decide, following consultation with staff, when workers should return.  He told today's briefing: ‘We will not proceed if doing so risks a second peak that would overwhelm the NHS.  Nonetheless, it is important to give people hope and to give business confidence, so in England, from today we are making clear that anybody may use public transport while of course encouraging people to consider alternative means of transport where they are available.  From July 25 we have already committed to reopening indoor gyms, pools, and other sports facilities.  From August 1 we will update our advice on going to work. Instead of government telling people to work from home, we are going to give employers more discretion and ask them to make decisions about how their staff can work safely.  That could mean, of course, continuing to work from home which is one way of working safely, and which has worked for many employers and employees.  Or it could mean making workplaces safe by following COVID secure guidelines.  Whatever employers decide, they should consult closely with their employees and only ask people to return to their place of work if it is safe.’

Whitehall sources said overnight that the official guidance on working from home would be 'tidied up' to reflect the PM's back-to-work message, suggesting the shift in approach would be more nuanced than previously thought.  Mr. Johnson was due to set out an 'aspirational' timetable for lifting social distancing measures, but also warn it is likely to be nine months before we can return to a more normal life.  New powers for councils to impose 'lightning lockdowns', an extra £3 billion funding for the NHS, and a pledge to increase coronavirus testing capacity to 500,000 a day by the end of October were also due to be announced by the PM.  Sir Patrick told the Science and Technology Select Committee yesterday afternoon that the UK is 'still at a time when distancing measures are important' and that working remotely 'remains a perfectly good option'.  He then went even further as he said many companies had found working from home had not been 'detrimental to productivity' and as a result, there is no need to move away from the policy.  He said: 'My view on this, and I think this is a view shared by SAGE, is that we are still at a time when distancing measures are important and of the various distancing measures working from home for many companies remains a perfectly good option because it is easy to do.  I think a number of companies think it is actually not detrimental to productivity and in that situation absolutely no reason I can see to change it.'

His comments appeared to strike a hammer blow to Mr Johnson's hopes of persuading many more people to physically return to their places of work.  The Government is increasingly concerned that continued working from home will hold back the nation's economic recovery.  Sir Iain Duncan Smith, the former Tory leader, had urged the PM to overrule Sir Patrick for the sake of the economy.  He said: 'The scientists have got it completely wrong from start to finish. Most of them have never run a business and it is not for them to tell employers how best to manage their staff.  There is a desperate need to get people back to work, back into their offices - otherwise our town and city centres will die.'

It had been reported that Mr Johnson would formally drop the existing official guidance to 'work from home if you can'.

However, he was expected to stop short of ordering workers to return. Instead, new guidance will tell employers to work with their staff on managing a gradual return to the workplace where possible.  The Prime Minister today acknowledged the threat of a second wave of coronavirus this winter.  Sources had said he was determined to avoid the fate of several US states which are seeing cases of the virus soar after easing restrictions too fast.  The premier is hoping an extra £3 billion of funding will ensure the health service is ready for a potential spike in infections.  It comes after a report commissioned by Sir Patrick warned there could be 120,000 hospital deaths in a 'reasonable worst-case scenario' this winter.  A Downing Street spokesman said: 'Thanks to the hard work and sacrifices of the British people, the virus is under control and we have eased restrictions in a cautious, phased way.  But the Prime Minister is clear that now is not the time for complacency, and we must make sure our NHS is battle-ready for winter.  Tomorrow, he will set out a broad package of measures to protect against both a possible second wave and to ease winter pressures and keep the public safe.'

The spokesman said the immediate funding for England was new and not previously allocated, while expenditure will be set out for the devolved nations in due course.  Mr. Johnson today published an additional chapter to the Government's 'road map' for recovery from the crisis.  Earlier this week Mr. Johnson was warned in the report by the Academy of Medical Sciences that action must be taken now to mitigate the potential for a second peak, including scaling up the Test and Trace system.  The research said capacity for 350,000 tests per day will be needed to test individuals as they show symptoms of either Covid-19 or flu.  The latest Government figures say capacity stood at nearly 338,000, but Mr. Johnson has now committed to increasing this to half a million by the end of October to bolster Test and Trace.  Councils will be handed powers to enable them to shut down pubs and cafes at short notice and without having to ask the government's permission to better equip them to stop localized outbreaks.  The powers could even extend to the ability to ban weddings at short notice if there is a local spike in infections.  A Government source told The Sun: 'Councils will be able to impose lighting lockdowns where they see fit.'

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