A former student who was given a suspended prison sentence and told to read classic literature after being convicted of a terrorism offence has now been jailed. Ben John, described by police as a white supremacist with a neo-Nazi ideology, was given a two-year suspended term at Leicester Crown Court last August. The 22-year-old, from Lincoln, has now been jailed for two years after Lord Justice Holroyde quashed the original sentence at the Court of Appeal, finding it was unlawful. Lord Justice Holroyde said: "We are satisfied that there must be a sentence of immediate imprisonment." John was convicted of possessing a record likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism after he was found with a copy of the Anarchist's Cookbook - which contains instructions for making weapons, explosives and illegal drugs. Advertisement Police also found extreme far-right material including videos praising Adolf Hitler, white supremacist … [Read more...] about Ben John: Ex-student told to read classic literature after being convicted of terrorism offence is jailed
A third person has been arrested in connection with the death of rapper Mac Miller, after text messages were revealed allegedly arranging a drug deal in the days before his death. Mac died of an overdose on 7 September 2018, and police have now arrested Stephen ‘Stevie’ Walter after text messages between Steven and Cameron James Pettit were revealed. Cameron had previously been arrested under suspicion of supplying Mac with counterfeit oxycodone tablets which contained fentanyl, cocaine and Xanax, and which are believed to have caused his death. Legal sources told TMZ Stevie was arrested on Monday because he had been contacted by Cameron three days before Mac died, asking for Percocet pills, calling them ’10 blues’. The site also shared text message records between Mac and Cameron on the same day, in which the rapper asks him to get ‘percs’ for him, and Cameron says he can get them to him ‘probably in an hour or 2’. It was after this exchange that Cameron then … [Read more...] about Third man arrested in connection with Mac Miller’s death due to text message evidence of drug deal
Published 3 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Scotland drug deaths Scotland's former chief nursing officer has been appointed vice-chairwoman of the national drugs death taskforce. Prof Fiona McQueen joins a team headed by David Strang, who was named chairman last week. Prof McQueen became well-known to the public after regularly joining the first minister at her daily Covid briefings during the pandemic. Drugs policy minister Angela Constance said she would bring "wide experience across many clinical areas". Ms Constance added that Prof McQueen "played a key part in helping to shape Scotland's early response to the pandemic". "I am sure the knowledge she brings with her will be of huge benefit as we shape our response to Scotland's other public health emergency," she said. Former police chief to head drugs death taskforce … [Read more...] about Former chief nursing officer Fiona McQueen joins drugs death taskforce
By Catherine Lyst Published 2 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Next month, Scotland will become the first UK nation to legally require every home to have interlinked smoke alarms. The legislation was introduced in 2019 following the Grenfell disaster but was delayed until 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic. But what does it mean for homeowners? Changes to the Housing (Scotland) Act are being made in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in which 71 people died. It will ensure that everyone in Scotland has the same level of protection whether they own or rent their home. The most rigorous standards currently apply to new-build and private rented housing. But from February, the legislation will apply to all property owners, including those who own private homes. Every home must have the following: one smoke alarm installed in the room most … [Read more...] about Why do I need new smoke alarms in my house?
Published 7 February 2018 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing A Poundland ad campaign that featured innuendo and depictions of sexual acts has been deemed "irresponsible" by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The pre-Christmas social media posts featured a "naughty" toy elf and were published on Twitter and Facebook. One image featured the elf holding a tea bag in a suggestive pose with a plastic doll. The ASA ruled that this and eight other images breached its code of practice for advertisers. The regulator pointed out that the images were available on "ungated" websites and therefore viewable by anyone, including children. Some of the posts may also have been seen as demeaning to women, the ASA added. Poundland's initial response to the complaints had been to state that the elf campaign was based on humour and double entendres, according to the ASA. … [Read more...] about Poundland ‘naughty’ elf ad deemed ‘irresponsible’ by regulator
Dame Emma Walmsley's campaign to reignite growth at GlaxoSmithKline by focusing on cutting-edge drug research has suffered a heavy blow with the resignation of Hal Barron, the superstar scientist she headhunted and paid more than herself. Mr Barron has quit Glaxo to join Altos Labs, a biotech start-up reportedly backed by Jeff Bezos that is attempting to reverse the ageing process. Mr Barron is the highest-paid director at Glaxo, receiving a higher salary than Dame Emma every year since he became chief scientific officer in late 2017. He was paid a total of $11.2m (£8.2m) for 2020, compared to Dame Emma's £7m, according to the company’s most recent annual report. His hiring was seen as a coup for Dame Emma, who had brought him in to tackle what she described as a culture that was “too slow” and often “rather bureaucratic”. GSK opened an office in San Francisco so Mr Barron could continue to live there with his family. His departure comes just days after GSK's plans to split … [Read more...] about Top Glaxo scientist defects to join Jeff Bezos’s bid to defy ageing
GSK has many niggling ailments. Aggressive activist investor Elliott, which holds a small stake, is like a verruca – stubborn and prone to flare-ups. Then there’s Unilever’s Alan Jope, determined to bet the (sustainable) farm, and potentially his job, on a £50bn-plus takeover bid for GSK’s consumer healthcare empire . With GSK preferring to carve out the division and float it on the London Stock Exchange – plans that are nearly three years in the making – Unilever’s overtures are an unwelcome pain in the neck. Jope should just walk away after a resounding £10bn fall in the company’s stock market value since his grand plan leaked. That would be the best thing for GSK and Unilever, which would be free to continue its philosophical inquiry into the moral consequences of mayonnaise production . Instead by stating it won’t be raising its bid, the Marmite-maker’s clearly inadequate offer will sit there as a reminder of his grave misjudgment. Whatever the fate of Jope and his … [Read more...] about Jeff Bezos wants to live forever and GSK can’t compete
Alan Jope was trying to stay upbeat. “I'm glad we were giving a good story over the weekend – and today,” the Unilever boss said, just after the company’s share price slumped at open before becoming the FTSE 100's biggest faller on Monday. “What happened was the release of a private and confidential conversation, and it came without any context.” Reports from over the weekend were true : Unilever had made three approaches for GlaxoSmithKline’s consumer health arm, which were all rebuffed - including its latest £50bn approach on December 20. For Unilever, the mood was one of damage control as a planned strategic update was brought forward. Jope explained that efforts to buy the GSK consumer healthcare arm should be “understood as not just an acquisition, but part of an overall plan for portfolio rotation” and that the overriding ambition is to hone in on health, hygiene and beauty brands. GSK’s consumer health arm owns pharmacy staples including Sensodyne toothpaste and … [Read more...] about Unilever’s Glaxo quest leaves investors reaching for the painkillers
IF YOU switched on The Chart Show just as it was finishing two Saturdays ago - and it is annoying the way they keep changing what time it's on - you will have seen an excerpt from the new Space video, "The Ballad of Tom Jones", in which Tommy Scott duetted with Catatonia's Cerys Matthews as he dangled off the edge of a storm-battered cliff. "I still want to cut off your nuts!" bawled Matthews and, before you had time to bundle any small children out of the room, the credits ended and the adverts began. To my mind, this makes Space every bit as taboo-breaking as the Prodigy. To most other people's minds, however, the clip will confirm that Space are just Aqua with guitars, intent on sabotaging the credibility of their every lyric by inserting a reference to murder, movie monsters, the FBI, the Mafia and/or their own zaniness. But Space never claimed to be serious rock artists. If you're after a premillennial odyssey through the wastes of drug-infested depression, Space is not the … [Read more...] about Rock: The Space boys: taboo-breakers, or is it all just a big cabaret act?
John Mayer was a close friend of beloved comedian and "Full House" star Bob Saget , and he has now come up with a unique way to raise money for his late friend's favorite charity. On Instagram, Mayer unveiled a navy hoodie that says "Bob Saget" on the front, against a decoration of blue roses, with the logo of the Scleroderma Research Foundation on the back. Saget was a board member of the foundation; his sister Gay died of the disease at age 47. "Bob Saget worked tirelessly to raise awareness and money for the Scleroderma Research Foundation, a cause that was so close to his heart," Mayer wrote in the caption. He noted that he collaborated with two designers to "help design this hoodie to keep both his memory and the enduring fight for a cure alive." MORE: Bob Saget dead at 65, autopsy shows 'no evidence of drug use or foul play' Mayer added, "It's available now. All proceeds go to @srfcure." The sweatshirts cost $55 and are available now via … [Read more...] about John Mayer helps design hoodie to raise money for late friend Bob Saget’s favorite charity