More than 100 criminals have been locked up at Plymouth Crown Court for a host of offences - ranging from persistent shoplifting to the most shocking rapes and killings. Here we rank 115 jail terms handed down by judges. Some others we have missed and a few have already served their time. Justice came quickly for some offenders while others escaped the law for decades. Their combined terms add up to several centuries and have finally brought some peace to their traumatised victims. Sixteen years: Care home rapist caught by DNA on condom An evil member of staff was caged for 16 years for raping an elderly resident with dementia at a Plymouth care home. Laundryman Himwanth Ramkishun, aged 54, took advantage of the helpless 76-year-old in her bed - in what a judge called "every family's worst nightmare". But he left behind a condom containing his DNA at the Freshfields nursing home in St Budeaux, Plymouth Crown Court heard in October. Callous Ramkishun tried to cover up by planting other … [Read more...] about Plymouth’s worst criminals of 2018
Domestic workers bill of rights
Friday is Loud & Clear's weekly segment The Week in Review, about the week in politics, policy, and international affairs. This week includes the G20 segment, Marc Lamont Hill's firing, and a domestic workers' bill of rights being introduced. FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is spending more than $1 billion in Puerto Rico to repair homes damaged by Hurricane Maria. But much of that money is going to contractors charging steep markups and overhead? The New York Times reports that some repairs are indeed being made, but at an astronomical cost. Dr. Adriana Garriga-López, Department Chair and Associate Professor of Anthropology at Kalamazoo College, joins the show. Seven men were found guilty yesterday of the murder of Honduran indigenous environmental activist Berta Caceres, who was shot and killed on March 2, 2016, two days before her 45th birthday. Caceres had waged a long battle … [Read more...] about G20 Summit: Is the US Charting a Collision Course with China?
John McDonnell today revealed radical plans for a mass sacking of fat cat water bosses as Labour nationalises the industry. Senior water industry executives and directors and would be sacked en masse if the party gains power and brings the utility into public ownership. Their jobs would be re-advertised on "dramatically reduced" salaries. And executive salaries would be capped from being more than 20 times the salary of the lowest paid worker. But he promised "nationalisation won't be a return to the past." The Shadow Chancellor made the announcement during his keynote speech to Labour Party Conference in Liverpool. He hailed the plan as part of “the biggest extension of economic democratic rights this country has ever seen.” And he issued a stern warning to tax avoiding corporations: "We are coming for you.” For the first time, he revealed details of the planned publicly owned water system - run by local councils, workers and customers. He told party faithful: … [Read more...] about John McDonnell reveals plan for mass sacking of fat cat water bosses
When the last zoning war is won, and the Donald J Trump Presidential Library finally opens for business in Manhattan, it is not hard to imagine future historians idling inside the gift shop, regretting that their subject had not done them all a favour and gone full fascist. How much easier the history would be to write if one could date the beginning of the end of the democratic era to the day Trump took office? How much more convenient if the echoes of the 1930s had been of perfect pitch: if Trump had locked up Hillary Clinton, if the trade wars had turned hot; if, instead of withdrawing security clearances from his enemies, Trump simply had them shot. The intellectual reflex of today’s Western liberals is to invoke the spectre of fascism. It is the most solemn way of registering their revulsion at the course politics has taken. Madeleine Albright, the former US secretary of state and herself a child of fascist Europe, writes that fascism “pose[s] a more serious threat … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightThe dark European stain: how the far right rose again
West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has joined forces with mayors from across the country to demand greater devolution of powers and funding for skills. England’s eight directly-elected regional mayors met in Liverpool to back a joint statement calling for further reforms to the skills system, including more control over apprenticeship funding. Taking part were Mr Street; Tim Bowles, Mayor of the West of England; Andy Burnham, Greater Manchester; Sadiq Khan, London; Ben Houchen, Tees Valley, and Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region. James Palmer, Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, and Dan Jarvis, Sheffield City Region, were unable to attend but have signed the joint statement. The Government’s Apprenticeship Levy scheme is intended to fund new apprenticeships through a levy of 0.5% on the wage bill of employers with salary costs of more than £3million per year. Funding can then be drawn down by employers to pay for apprenticeships. Across the country as a whole, the levy … [Read more...] about English mayors want control of apprenticeship funding