A few years ago, I encountered a young woman in a personal crisis. Her name is Kerry. She had, until that point, been in a violent relationship with a man. Having seen her posting about it, I contacted her to ask if there was any support I could offer. It was a sadly typical story. She fell head over heels for a seemingly charming guy but over time he became more controlling and abusive. She suffered regular physical violence as well as emotional abuse – cruel verbal onslaughts designed to obliterate her self-esteem until she genuinely believed she was deserving of such treatment. Having fled the relationship, in which hard drugs were an ongoing issue for both, she was experiencing what many women do when they attempt to escape an abuser – more abuse. A woman’s risk of being murdered multiplies the second she leaves. And given her ex-partner’s violent history, Kerry had every reason to fear for her safety. Gradually, she pieced her life back together by getting … [Read more...] about Support most vulnerable amid Universal Credit hell or have blood on your hands
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Jeff Zillgitt and Martin Rogers USA TODAY Published 10:18 AM EDT Mar 13, 2019 Next season has arrived early for LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. While no one expected the Lakers to compete for a championship in James’ first year, a playoff berth this season was attainable. The picture was especially rosy after a 20-14 start that put them in fourth place after a Christmas Day win against Golden State. With 15 games remaining, that’s not the case. While not yet mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, the Lakers are virtually done and probably will miss the postseason - a place they haven't been since 2013 - again. Los Angeles is in 11th place and 6 1/2 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. James, who has made 13 consecutive postseason appearances and eight straight NBA Finals, likely will see those streaks end. The 2018-19 season has been several mini-seasons for the Lakers’ … [Read more...] about LeBron James: What went wrong in Year 1 with the Lakers?
A wave of parking fines have been handed out to nurses who were taking blood donations at a leisure centre.More than half a dozen health workers were given penalties by parking officers outside the Angel Centre in Tonbridge on Tuesday, despite many of them clearly displaying permits on their windscreens.Some of these were cards from the NHS and Blood Transfusion Service, while others had informal photocopies.Mum-of-two Jane Armstrong, of Common Road, Ightham, who made her 15th blood donation the same day, was among the passers-by to criticise the fines."I thought it was ridiculous," said the 39-year-old travel consultant."These nurses do a great job and don't get paid a huge amount for what they do."They very clearly had signs on their dashboards saying they were working in the donation centre."It just seems like they're out to make money without thinking of who they are targeting - you'd like to think people have a conscience."Others described the penalties as "disgusting" and … [Read more...] about Blood donor nurses handed fines despite showing permits
News / UK and world by Press Association March 5, 2019, 9:20 am Updated: March 5, 2019, 9:39 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Britain’s most senior police officer believes middle class recreational drug users have “blood on their hands” over the recent spate of violent deaths. Speaking on LBC, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick told host Nick Ferrari the description was “a good way of putting it”. Asked if she agreed with the statement, Ms Dick said: “I think anybody who is not seriously mentally ill, seriously addicted, who is seeking ‘recreational’ drugs, particularly class A drugs, yes, I think that is a good way to put it, I do.” The drugs trade is one of the key drivers behind street violence, particularly county lines networks that target children and teenagers to work as couriers. Ms Dick also disagreed with the Prime Minister’s claim that police cuts were not to … [Read more...] about Middle class recreational drug users have blood on their hands – Met chief
THE driver left with a broken wrist after Prince Philip pulled out in front of her car has slammed the decision not to pursue charges against him. Mum-of-two Emma Fairweather, 46, suggested the Duke of Edinburgh may have been given special treatment following the crash in Norfolk last month. She told The Mirror: "I don’t know if everyone would have been treated that way." The CPS announced yesterday that Philip, 97, will face no further action over the horror smash near Sandringham - which caused the Land Rover he was driving to flip over. The Duke was let off after handing in his driving licence to police this week. He could have been charged with diving without due care and attention. But suspicious Emma, who needed a metal plate in her arm, said: “It’s not a shock, really. “I think he surrendered his licence last weekend to avoid prosecution. He will have been heavily advised. The whole thing feels managed and controlled.” And another driver who was … [Read more...] about Mum injured in Sandringham car crash with Prince Philip slams decision not to pursue charges against the Duke