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. Outnumbered stars Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner, who are husband and wife in the on-screen BBC sitcom, have been in a relationship for a year after their real-life marriages broke down, it has been claimed.The Sun reported Dennis, 56, and Skinner, 53, who play parents Pete and Sue Brockman on the hit show, first got together in March last year.Mother-of-two Skinner split from her partner two-and-a-half years ago, while Dennis and his second wife separated in 2015, it was said.A friend told the newspaper: “They’ve been out in public quite a lot, just no one has quite cottoned on to it.”–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Relatives are said to know about their relationship. The cast of OutnumberedCredit:Anthony Devlin/PA Archive Representatives for both actors did not respond to comment to the Telegraph.As parents on Outnumbered they raised three children, Jake, Ben and Karen, played by Tyger Drew-Honey, now 22, Daniel Roche, 18, and Ramona Marquez, 17. The show ran for seven years over five series, with a separate Christmas special spin-off in 2016.
Duchess of Sussex prepares food parcels to go in the charity outreach van and writes personalised messages on fruit in the charity kitchenCredit:Getty In a separate charity visit to Empire Fighting Chance, a boxing club which helps vulnerable youngsters, he cleared a room to comfort a teenage boy who became emotional talking about the death of his father.The Duke of Sussex, who lost his own mother when he was 12 and he previously spoken of how boxing helped his mental health, spent 10 minutes talking privately to 15-year-old Iestyn about processing his grief, telling him: “The same thing happened to me.”The day was completed with a trip to refurbished Bristol Old Vic, where the Duchess made a heartfelt plea for the creative arts. The Duchess of Sussex has written personal messages of empowerment and support for vulnerable sex workers on a series of bananas to be delivered to them on the streets. The Duchess, who visited a charity which helps women break free from sex work, homelessness and addiction, resolved to send a personal, handwritten message to those in need.During a tour of the kitchen at One25, a charity in Bristol, she was seized with inspiration, asking for a felt tipped pen to draw hearts and notes, including the words: “You are strong”, “You are loved”, “You are brave”, “You are special”.The fruit, which is part of a food parcel for sex workers, was due to be delivered by van, along with blankets, condoms, hot water bottles and advice from the charity’s experts, to women on the streets. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited the charity during a day-long outing to a snowy Bristol, in which they delivered a series of heartfelt messages on subjects form the arts to mental health and grief.At One25, who had asked for the visit to be kept a secret until after the royal couple had left to protect the vulnerable women, they met volunteers, donors, service users and were given a tour of an outreach van which tours the red light district five nights a week. In the kitchen, as they were shown the food bags being prepared, the Duchess said: “Oh actually do you have a Sharpie marker? I have an idea.“I saw this project this woman had started somewhere in the States on a school lunch programme. On each of the bananas she wrote an affirmation, to make the kids feel really, like, empowered. It was the most incredible idea – this small gesture.”Declaring “I am in charge of the banana messaging!”, she wrote a series of short phrases and decorated the fruit with hearts. It is not the first time the duchess has used bananas to send a message.Shortly after she began dating Prince Harry’s, she uploaded a photograph of two bananas ‘spooning’, and more recently baked banana bread for farmers during a tour of Australia. One charity volunteer called Sam, who is a former sex worker, said: “I can imagine being on the van, and [ hearing] ‘Meghan wrote this thing, and what?’ I think they might not eat it. I think that banana would be at home until it is rotten. Because I would do the same.”Anna Smith, the charity’s chief executive, told the couple: “The plight of our women is often very much misunderstood, and they are stigmatised and hidden from the world.” The Duke of Sussex at the Bristol boxing clubCredit:Tom Pilston As she spoke, the duchess spotted that Sam was looking nervous at the prospect of having to talk to the group. She told her: “Sometimes it is the lead-up that makes it more nerve-racking. You go first! It’s like ripping a bandaid off.”Prince Harry, speaking of how vulnerable women can be coerced, said: “When you were being groomed at such a young age, and this is the only thing you know, you completely lose faith in society. You lose trust in every man, and probably everyone else around you. From a mental health perspective you are broken.”They were not the only words of comfort offered by the Duke. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also visited the Old Vic theatreCredit:Marc Giddings “There’s so much of the emphasis in after school clubs on sport,” she said. “Channeling the energy you have into the creative arts and theatre and all of that is equally as important. “Sport isn’t for everyone, just as theatre isn’t for everyone. “You can know that there’s a place [here] where you can find community, and sort of explore self discovery and other things you might be thinking about.”The Duke told youngsters of drama: “It’s more than a hobby isn’t it? It runs in your blood.” The Duke and Duchess traveled by train, and undertook a walkabout despite the snow-lined streets.Meeting nursery school children, they appeared to be preparing for their impending parenthood as the Duke asked a woman supervising toddlers: “How do you keep them under control?”
CCTV image of the suspectCredit:Metropolitan Police/PA Joseph McCann “I would be failing in my duty if I did not pass an indeterminate sentence.”McCann is understood to have been released on licence in February 2017.Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin from Scotland Yard said the victims were being supported by specialist officers.“I would like to highlight that stranger attacks like this are extremely rare and we appreciate the worry that this will have generated in the areas affected,” she said.“If you see Joseph McCann, do not approach him as he is considered extremely dangerous but instead call 999 immediately.“We are doing everything we can to ensure the man sought in connection with these offences is located as quickly as possible.”McCann has a tattoo of the name “Bobbie” on his stomach. He is said to have blue eyes, a bald head or shaved blond hair with a light-coloured beard and a “slight” Irish accent.He has links to Watford, Aylesbury and Ipswich and is known to use false names, most recently Joel. An “extremely dangerous” fugitive wanted for the rape and abduction of two women is suspected of attacking another woman just days earlier but detectives failed to inform the public, it has emerged.Joseph McCann, 34, who was on licence having spent most of the last decade in prison for aggravated burglary, remains at large and poses a significant risk to the public.Police have put up a £20,000 reward for information leading to his arrest and prosecution.McCann is alleged to have abducted a 21-year-old woman at knifepoint in Watford on Easter Sunday, forcing her into his blue Ford Mondeo and driving her around various locations for several hours, raping her at an address in the town.His victim reported the incident to Hertfordshire Police the following day and McCann was quickly identified.A police spokesman said: “A significant amount of work was done to try and locate and arrest him, which proved unsuccessful.” Judge Frederick Marr-Johnson told him: “This was one of the very nastiest kinds of burglary. He was an elderly gentleman in poor health and I think there is a risk of you causing long-term psychological harm in the future. The first woman was abducted at about 12.30am on Thursday from a street in Chingford.The second was seized at 12.15pm from a street in Edgware, northwest London.They were driven to a budget hotel in Watford where the suspect tried to book a room at around 1pm but he left as none were available.The women managed to escape 90 minutes later when one of them smashed a vodka bottle over his head and alerted nearby builders in Osborne Road.McCann was identified by the Metropolitan Police on Tuesday. He is known to use false names and may be using a disguise.Police and the parole board are facing questions about why the public was not warned McCann was wanted on suspicion of the first rape.He was given an indeterminate sentence in September 2008 after breaking into the Bedford home of a frail 85-year–old man and threatening to stab him.Luton Crown Court heard that the victim was watching television when he heard a noise and saw McCann enter his home after breaking through a side door before demanding money.McCann was shown a purse containing a small amount of cash. He was arrested because CCTV had been installed in the house following other burglaries and McCann was recognised by police and prison staff, according to a local report. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Last Thursday, the force circulated McCann’s photograph and said he was wanted on recall to prison but failed to mention the alleged rape.That same day, McCann is believed to have dragged two women in their 20s, one of whom is thought to have been pregnant, into a silver people carrier, 12 hours apart, raping them both.
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. A Nuffield Health spokesman added: “We try to make the experience of joining one of our fitness and wellbeing clubs a genuinely friendly and welcoming process to encourage people to make the most of their membership. “For example, everyone who joins a Nuffield Gym benefits from a Health MOT, our free one-hour health check. They give you quality time with a highly-trained personal trainer to discuss your fitness. They also include key clinical tests, like blood glucose and blood pressure, to identify potential health risks and give you a full picture of your health and fitness.” They also found that, out of the 2,000 young people they asked in December, almost a quarter cited being worried that other people will look at them as a reason for holding back from exercising publicly. McCall, who is imminently launching a new online fitness platform, entitled Own Your Goals, said she wanted to help those who feel anxious about spending time in gyms.The 51-year-old, who started making fitness DVDs 15 years ago, said she would assume responsibility in her regular gym class to help settle in newcomers if it meant more people sign up for workouts.She said: “It would be really nice for women the first time they come to a class to have someone saying, ‘this is how it works, don’t be embarrassed we’ve all been there once’.“I would definitely put my hand up for that, I would love to do that. I’ve been there, I know what it feels like.”McCall’s borrowed idea to create a better fitness community would add to initiatives already in place at most gyms and leisure centres to induct new members and help them get to grips with the equipment.Bannatyne’s gym group said that their staff are welcoming to newcomers, who they encourage to take it easy. Davina McCall has called for gyms to take inspiration from Narcotics Anonymous meetings to help newcomers feel more welcome in exercise classes.Speaking yesterday at The Telegraph’s Stella Live event, the television presenter, 51, suggested “cliquey” atmospheres at fitness clubs is putting beginners off from taking part in group workouts.McCall, who has openly discussed her own experience with substance abuse, said gyms should analyse the steps taken by drug support groups to help people feel more integrated.“In Narcotics Anonymous meetings, they have a greeter to greet newcomers. When you first go to a meeting, you feel absolutely terrible and there’s someone there saying ‘hi, are you new, would you like a hug?’ You can imagine I loved greeting,” she told a sold-out audience at the Saatchi Gallery in London.“I often think that gyms should employ regular members of the class and say ‘would you be this week’s greeter’? “What I am trying to say is that I know classes can be really cliquey and really scary and that isn’t on you, you’ve got to be brave and go for it,” she added.Her call follows a recent survey carried out by Nuffield Health, Britain’s largest not-for-profit healthcare provider, that revealed a third of 18 to 35-year-olds in the UK feel too self-conscious to join a gym. McCall speaking to Kate Bussmann at The Telegraph’s Stella Live event Credit:Christopher Pledger/Christopher Pledger
Universities are to trawl through students’ social media to look for signs that they may be suicidal, as part of a new project funded by the higher education watchdog.The new scheme, backed by the Office for Students (OfS), is aimed at reducing suicide rates and identifying students in crisis by harvesting data on individuals. Northumbria University, which is leading the three year project, will design and pilot an “Early Alert Tool” which, if successful, could be rolled out at all British institutions.The university has been running a project for the past two years where a team monitor students’ library use, lecture attendance and academic performance. They use this information to “nudge” students when their engagement drops off. Under the new OfS-backed scheme, the data collected on each student would extend to monitoring social media posts, conversations they have with individual members of staff and information held by their accommodation provider.Professor Peter Francis, deputy vice-Chancellor of Northumbria who is leading the project, said: “We know students use social media, they engage with one another, they use it in a variety of different forms.“We are asking the questions – to what extent might that data provide some information to identify student profiles? This builds on what we have been doing. What other traces or types of data might we start to identify as being relevant?” “Students’ safety is of utmost importance and funding may well be needed for better mental health services, but this approach will understandably generate anxiety amongst much of the student population.”Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the OfS, said that too many students have the higher education “blighted by mental ill-health”. She added: “Taking preventative action to promote good mental health is critical, as is taking a whole institution approach and involving students in developing solutions. “In addition, the earlier we can identify issues developing, the more effectively we can give the vital support that is needed.” It is one of ten projects that the OfS is funding as part of a £14.5 million drive to improve student mental health. One project that won funding is aimed at supporting students through the transition from school to university. Another will address the specific mental health needs of international students. He said the project will explore new types of student data that can be analysed including “through conversations with individuals that might be collected but not shared, not bought together and reviewed centrally in a coordinated way”.Prof Francis added that the scheme would be data protection compliant, and that students would have to opt in.But privacy campaigners have warned that students should not be used as “guinea pigs” for “big data experiments” on mental health.Jen Persson, director of the data privacy campaign group Defend Digital Me, said: “Students need to know that in a time of need they can have a private conversation. The last thing you need is to worry about people listening in.“There is a huge pressure on supporting people’s mental health at universities – but institutions mustn’t rush in to thinking that big data is the solution to very sensitive unique problems for individuals.”Silkie Carlo, Director of Big Brother Watch, said that using social media monitoring is an “oppressive” and “intrusive” approach to safeguarding students’ wellbeing. She said it sets a “dangerous” example of the privacy and data rights young people should expect in later life.“It is essential for young people’s wellbeing that their privacy is respected but this intrusive approach risks making students feel monitored, anxious and judged,” she added. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Following a two week trial, Mrs Eccleston was cleared of murder and an alternative charge of manslaughter by a jury at Stafford Crown Court who deliberated for just two hours.Speaking outside court, Joy Munns, 54, one of the couple’s three children, said: “Our family is grateful and relieved that the jury in this case could also recognise our mom’s love for our dad. “We do not believe this needed to happen. If there had been an assisted dying law here in the UK our dad would have been able to have the choice to end his suffering, with medical support, and with his loved ones around him. He wouldn’t have had to ask our mom to do something that is considered breaking the law.”We believe there must be a change in the law so that dying people aren’t forced to suffer, make plans in secret or ask loved ones to risk prosecution by helping them, and so that no other family has to experience the pain our family has had to endure.”A source close to the family revealed that the couple had previously inquired about travelling to the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland but had been unable to afford it or face the journey. The family of an 80-year-old widow cleared of the ‘mercy killing’ of her terminally ill husband, have called for a change in the law to allow assisted dying after she was forced to endure the “terrible” ordeal of a murder trial.Mavis Eccleston was found not guilty of the murder and manslaughter of her cancer stricken husband, Dennis, 81, after she gave him a drink containing a lethal cocktail of prescription medicine.The jury heard how Mrs Eccleston penned a 14 page suicide note, describing how the couple from the village of Huntingdon, Staffordshire were ending their lives because of “ill health and harrassment”.They were both rushed to hospital after being found unconscious by relatives on February 20 last year. But while Mrs Eccleston was resuscitated, her husband was not because he had a ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ due to his bowel cancer.Jurors were told how Mr Eccleston passed away while holding hands with his wife of almost 60-years in adjacent hospital beds, later that day. Mavis Eccleston’s family have called for a change in the lawCredit:PA But jurors were told Mr Eccleston had refused treatment for his terminal bowel cancer and had made it clear he wanted to die on his own terms.Giving evidence, Mrs Eccleston said her husband had “more or less begged” for her help to end his life and had given her instructions how to do so.She she told the court her had kissed her hand in thanks before they both took medication and said “good night darling” as she went to lie down on the sofa.Sarah Wootton, Chief Executive of Dignity in Dying, welcomed the verdict but said the couple should not have been placed in such an agonising position.She said: “Compassion should not be a crime, but under the UK’s broken laws, it is. What we need is a robustly safeguarded law that provides choice and control to dying people who want it, takes agonising decisions out of the hands of their loved ones and protects the rest of society.” Prosecutors had claimed the retired miner had been unaware he was taking a potentially lethal overdose, claiming Mrs Eccleston made an alleged admission to mental health nurses.But her family said her parents had been in full agreement to end Mr Eccleston’s suffering and should not have been forced to do it in such a way that had ended up with her facing a murder charge. Mavis Eccleston has been cleared of murder and manslaughterCredit:PA 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. Prosecutors had claimed that the couple had not formed a “clear and common” agreement to end their own lives and alleged that Mrs Eccleston had admitted this to two psychiatric nurses shortly after she was resuscitated.
President David GrangerThe 1823 Demerara Rebellion is one of the most significant events in the dismantling of the slave mode of production in the Caribbean President David Granger said in commemoration of the event on Monday.The President was among Ministers of Government, diplomats and other specially invited guests gathered at the 1823 Monument to commemorate the 195th observation of the 1823 Demerara Rebellion.August 20 is designated as Demerara Martyrs Day. “This day and this ceremony remind us that freedom was not an imperial gift but was won through the sacrifice and martyrdom of our ancestors,” the president said.More than 200 Africans were massacred during what is considered the largest rebellion in Guyana.More than 11,000 Africans from across 55 plantations along the East Coast of Demerara during the rebellion which began on August 18, 1823.“The Demerara Revolt was repressed but it ignited the flame of freedom. The revolt role in the passage of the Emancipation Act, 10 years after in 1833, is undisputed”.The invitees gathered at the eventThe president noted August is a month of solemn remembrance and commemoration. The month is a reminder that the freedom from enslavement gained 180 years ago was paid for by the martyrdom of our ancestors.August 1, Guyana commemorated the Emancipation of slavery. On August 3, the country commemorated the 1834 rebellion at La Belle Alliance, Essequibo. The month of August is also the commemoration of the 1795 Maroon rebellion on the West Demerara. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHistoric national commemoration ceremony planned for 1823 Slave RebellionAugust 17, 2016In “Local News”African, Guyanese culture displayed at Freedom Day celebrationAugust 1, 2013In “Local News”1823 Monument unveiledAugust 6, 2013In “Other Stories”
49-year-old William Light who is already spending 47 years behind bars for murdering two persons during a rampage at Charlestown, was handed another 18 years for wounding two others in the October 26, 2010 Russell Street attack.He appeared before High Court Judge, Justice Brassington Reynolds unrepresented on Tuesday where he separately plead guilty to maliciously wounding Sean DeSouza and for a similar attack on Rajesh Persaud.Justice Reynolds ordered that two sentences run concurrently for Light. He is mentally challenged and is a psychiatric patient, his probation report revealed.When the man went berserk almost 8 years ago, Cedric Blackman and Ann Cham-A-Koon were killed. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related”Fix It” gets 13 years for 2015 attempted murderOctober 8, 2018In “Court”Lindener to serve 19 years for stabbing wife to death, injuring step-daughterJune 14, 2018In “Court”Berbice man gets 18 years for heinous rape of boy, 13,June 12, 2018In “Court”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJagdeo to raise concerns with FATF/CFATF on passage of AML BillAugust 2, 2018In “latest news”‘Adjust, reverse budget measures to benefit Guyanese’ – Jagdeo to Gov’tFebruary 2, 2016In “latest news”Tullow oil gets tax concessions without Opposition scrutinyMay 16, 2019In “Business” Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoWhile the general concept of a green state would see emphasis being placed on earning revenues for a country, catalysing different kinds of investments and other initiatives, the David Granger-led Government is placing focus on spending finances and incurring costs to the State using taxpayers’ money.Outlining Government’s ‘Green State’ position as absurd, General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Dr Bharrat Jagdeo said that they “missed the bus” entirely on this issue, as he referred to Finance Minister Winston Jordan’s 2019 Budget speech, which stated measures to support the Green State agenda.These include waiving import duties and Value Added Tax (VAT) on new equipment and changing the wear and tear schedule of the Income Tax Act to allow for the write-off of capital expenses within two years.Also, the Government hopes to amend the Customs Act to include relief from customs duty for cars with a capacity equivalent to 2000 cc in watts; the first schedule of the Customs Act and Schedule 2 of the VAT Act to exempt change-over kits and waive the Excise Tax on all-electric motorcycles.But Jagdeo said the coalition Government was still finding it hard to accept the fact that the PPP/Civic’s Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) was a sound initiative.“They cannot embrace it now … The LCDS was a framework intended to map the path of a new growth trajectory in a non-polluting way.”The Opposition Leader also reminded that the Green State Development Strategy would only put pressure on the treasury, and if his party was returned to office, it would be automatically scrapped.“It will add cost. I disagree with its fundamental premise. The premise which brings cost to the country versus earning money for the country … The LCDS was an economic strategy. It earned money for Guyana. Their strategy is so far about expenditure from our treasury. That is why we disagree with it.”Jagdeo, the mastermind of the LCDS, which secured him international recognition and led to him being conferred with the “Champion of the Earth” award by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), said that under the LCDS, there were specific areas that were targeted for development purposes across Guyana.“We said we are going to spend US$10.5 million on Amerindian land titling. It solved a problem. Two, we will spend US$17 million on ICT (Information Communication Technology) in the hinterland. We would spend x amount of money like US$80 million on the hydropower by buying down equity,” he explained.Further, the Opposition Leader added that there were also plans to create a centre for biodiversity studies and establish an adaptation plan. “We searched into crops that were flood and bug resistant. We set aside money for small loans and grants too to individuals in various sectors. It was about 20 initiatives and we were earning money doing that, we weren’t taking money from taxpayers’ money.”As such, the former Head of State argued that the Green Strategy was more about cost to the Guyanese public. “Right now, they are talking about planting trees and all of that. They missed the whole point that that was an economic strategy to adjust to the future. That’s why conceptually, we have a major difference,” he added.
The Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), following a complaint by the family of Fariena Mohammed, has launched an investigation into her death. Mohammed died nine days after her delivery at the GPHC.Mohammed’s mother, Bibi Khan, said that her daughter died at the hospital on January 05, 2019, after suddenly developing breathing complications and that the institution has not been offering any explanations. She told <<