In more than 300 pages of devastating analysis, Anne Whyte QC has laid bare the torrid state of British Gymnastics. She had 400 submissions, implicating more than 100 coaches and nearly 100 clubs. But what did the report say about the abuse that took place? On physical abuse An alarming 40 per cent of the submissions included accounts of physical abuse. That included: “Physical chastisement involving physical contact between the coach and gymnast” Gymnasts being required to train on known injuries Over-stretching as a form of flexibility management Ninety submissions describing the “withholding of food/water/access to the toilet during training” from 30 different clubs The stories were harrowing, including gymnasts being “physically slapped if they had not stood to attention” and one of a seven-year-old girl being “sat on” by her adult coach to extend a particular stretch. Whyte wrote: “One former elite gymnast described being made to stand on a beam for two … [Read more...] about Revealed: Seven-year-old gymnast forced into painful stretches by coach
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Dear Newsweek, Myself and my husband are not a new couple. We got married seven years ago, and things have changed so much between us. He does not socialize anymore and he has no friends of his own, I don't see my friends anymore and we don't go anywhere together. He does the shopping for the house, he tells people lies about how I mistreat him, and he tells people how difficult it is to live with me. He says it's his home and he calls me all sorts of names, makes fun of my first marriage which failed, and says very insulting and vulgar things about it. We argue a lot, especially when I see him hiding his phone when I walk into the room. I found out that he has regular conversations with a woman in one of the offices in our town. I told his family about what's going on and they just shrugged it off...if only they knew what I have to go through every day. His family have occasionally been friendly to me, but they have a very negative attitude toward me. I did not get … [Read more...] about My husband has stolen my personality—What should I do?
Martyn "Bomber" Bradbury is one of New Zealand's leading - and probably the noisiest - Left-wing commentators in New Zealand. The former editor of Auckland University's student magazine Craccum, where he gained the "Bomber" nickname, Bradbury was described by Listener Magazine back in 2005 as "possibly New Zealand's most opinionated man". Unlike the Right-wing Whale Oil, Wednesday's foray into news generating - where Prime Minister John Key apologised to a waitress who accused him of repeatedly pulling her hair at an Auckland cafe - is relatively rare for The Daily Blog. Founded in 2013, it has become a home for more than 40 Left-wing bloggers, and focuses almost exclusively on commentary. Bradbury's blog posts, which often come several times a day, mainly seethe at the behaviour of the National-led Government, and at the main stream media (MSM) treatment of political issues. Today Bradbury refused to be interviewed, saying he was "in meetings". He described himself … [Read more...] about The bombastic Martyn Bradbury
The hymn Eternal Father, Strong To Save will feature in the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral on Saturday , with the possible addition of a little-known extra verse at his request. Better known as "For Those in Peril on the Sea" after the last line, the usually four-verse hymn is considered especially poignant by military sailors. Rarely heard outside military circles, however, are two verses written specifically for aviators. They are inserted between the second and third verses. The additional words are understood to feature occasionally at Fleet Air Arm funerals, the aviation branch of the Royal Navy. One such was sung at the funeral of the man who taught the Duke to fly, while he was a Royal Navy officer. Unexpectedly turning up to the funeral many years ago, the Duke further surprised the congregation by singing, along with just a couple of other attendees, the unfamiliar words, which are not included in standard hymn books. Eternal Father, Strong To Save was … [Read more...] about Prince Philip funeral: Duke’s respect for Navy fliers to feature in adapted hymn
A steep hillside trail leading to one of Australia's most breathtaking ocean sights continues to draw people chasing the perfect selfie despite grave safety warnings. The lookout captures sweeping views of the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge, a spectacular section of coastal road at Clifton, just under 73 kilometres south of Sydney CBD. Opened in December 2005, the bridge - which is famed as a destination for whale-watching and sunsets - is often visited by travellers in search of an epic backdrop for Instagram photos. But reaching the stunning scenery requires an illegal trek up a forest-covered cliff face which can only be accessed by climbing through steep bushy terrain or via a dangerous walk along train tracks. Scroll down for video A steep hillside trail leading to one of Australia's most breathtaking ocean sights continues to be a popular photo spot despite grave safety warnings The lookout captures sweeping views of the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge (pictured) … [Read more...] about Risking it all for a selfie: Beautiful but dangerous lookout still promoted online despite grave safety warnings
Siobhan Downes is a senior travel reporter for Stuff. OPINION: When it comes to travel, anticipation of a trip is said to be half the fun. For me, this is true up until a couple of weeks before I’m due to depart. I’ll be happily planning all the cool things I’m going to do – the restaurants I’m going to try, the bookstores I’m going to visit – and all of a sudden, that excitement turns to dread. I start thinking about all the things that could go wrong. I start viewing the humdrum of my everyday life through rose-tinted glasses – “I’m going to miss my energising walk to work, and my lovely weekend laundry routine”. I start questioning why I’d even wanted to leave the comfort and safety of home and venture out into the big wide world in the first place. In fact, maybe I’d rather not go at all. READ MORE: Anxious Traveller: Travel can cause anxiety. But it can also help you overcome it Ten things you should know before travelling overseas again Seven things I've … [Read more...] about Anxious Traveller: How to get past your pre-trip anxiety