Op-ed: Police in Moscow have arrested a woman, believed to be a nanny named Gyulchekhra Bobokulova, after she was seen apparently carrying the severed head of a child.
The latest is that she appears to have killed a child in her care before setting the family's property in Narodnoye Opolcheniye Street in north-western Moscow on fire.
According to BBC News Monday "CCTV appears to show the woman, dressed in a hijab, walking near a metro station with a head in her hands. A police officer then intercepts her and wrestles her to the ground. The suspect has been placed in psychiatric care to determine whether she is capable of understanding her actions, the Moscow Investigative Committee said in a statement (in Russian)."
She had to be wrestled to the ground after a police officer asked to see her official identity documents as she was reportedly shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is Great)documents; instead when challenged she pulled the severed head from a bag and began screaming "I am a terrorist" and "I am your death~ claiming she was carrying explosives
She may have flipped or gone crazy but just the description of woman as dressed in a hijab will lead many people to jump to other conclusions; the rest seems to reinforce that view.
Police have confirmed they found the body of a child that showed signs of a brutal murder; he was aged 3 / 4-years-old.
The Moscow Investigative Committee said in a statement that it was launching an investigation adding "According to preliminary information, the child's nanny, a citizen of one of the Central Asian states [the former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan] born in 1977, waited for the parents and elder child to leave the flat and then, for reasons not established, murdered the infant, set fire to the flat and left the scene," it added in the statement."
Russian journalist Polina Nikolskaya who witnessed the incident told Reuters: "I was on my way to the metro station from home. She was standing near the metro entrance and caught my attention because she was screaming Allahu Akbar. I saw that she had a bloodied head in her arms but I thought it was not real. People in the crowd said it was real."
Russia has experienced bomb attacks previously including;
Russian search for three black widows potential suicide bombers
Suicide bomber kills at least 16 at Russian train station
Second suicide bomber hits Volgograd but Putin stays silent
Op-ed: In the UK we are getting all too used to stories of animal cruelty and abuse. There has been a flurry of stories in recent weeks that must leave you asking what is wrong with these abusers. The level of cruelty is shocking but surely the authorities are working to prevent and stop such abuse?
Well here is a slightly different doggie tale and it features Stella a pit-bull type of dog which was taken by those same authorities after her owner was arrested on an unrelated matter in 2014.
Stella has been serving a 'jail sentence' since and is now on 'death row' awaiting a cruel end to what could be classed as official cruelty; kept in a 3ft by 9ft cage in Devon since 2014 Stella has no interaction with any living creature and is not exercised. BBC News covering the story Monday says;
She was considered potentially dangerous because of her breed, her behaviour when police seized her and her behaviour in assessments.
Safety must be paramount BUT.
Seizing a dog, keeping it in a confined space for an extended period of time and away from its owner has obvious negative issues. Many dogs would become cowed and frightened while others though scared may become stir crazy, boisterous and snappy.
The problem for Stella will be her breed. That could be why she has been held under the dangerous dogs act.
She has been kept prisoner at a private kennels by order of the Devon and Cornwall police at what will have been a huge cost.
And like so many things in the UK in the 21st Century her treatment is down to a 'postcode lottery'.
The RSPCA has put together a guide for police forces highlighting good practice when caring for dogs taken under the dangerous dogs act but some forces choose to ignore it.
Laura Khanlarian who worked at the private kennels in question said: "We were always told not to exercise or go into a kennel with any dogs, regardless of character, that had been brought in under the Dangerous Dogs Act. “We were under no circumstances allowed to touch any of those dogs - which was hard. "Animal welfare comes before anything, and that was my job. I don't believe I would be doing it properly if I would sit back and think that's ok. It wasn't ok - it's not ok."
Stella's owner has been to court numerous times fighting to free her but in February a court decided Stella will be put down.
Her owner has 28 days to appeal that ruling.
In some ways it will be a type of happy release for Stella who will not gain her freedom any other way but what a sad and sorry indictment of our society.
Sgt Allan Knight, from the Devon and Cornwall Police dog handling unit, said the force has released dogs back to their owners during proceedings in the past.
While the police force may claim they work within the dangerous dogs act interpretation will be key.
There are always ways and means but sometimes you have to make an effort to find both.
Source BBC News
Op-Ed: Veteran DJ Tony Blackburn has been sacked by his long-time employer the BBC. His sacking was announced by Tony Hall in response to Dame Janet Smith's publication of her report into historic allegations of sexual and child abuse at the BBC by Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall. The first will never face justice or exoneration as he died in 2011 but the second is serving a jail term after being found guilty in a court of law.
Tony Blackburn does not face similar accusations but rather questions about the accuracy of evidence he gave to the inquiry.
The report clears the BBC and its senior managers.
Three things instantly spring to my mind regarding the Tony Blackburn sacking:
BBC News reports Thursday;
Lord Hall said Dame Janet Smith's inquiry had rejected Mr Blackburn's evidence.
Savile's death led to an extensive police investigation into allegations of abuse. It is just a pity allegations made at the time often by young people were ignored or dismissed.
As survivors went public allegations of abuse spread to include many celebrities and the establishment.
Those seeking justice after making allegations against establishment figures will have to wait a long time to get justice and even then it may be lacking.
Other celebrities and survivors have had their days in court with some people cleared and others such as Max Clifford, Stuart Hall and Rolf Harris jailed. These men have squandered and abused their position but finally justice was served.
Along the way there have been some failed cases. The identity of the accuser remains protected and although it is easy to agree with the police stance as to why surely when an accuser is proved a liar they should be named.
The accused is named publicly almost from day one.
As a teenager of the 60s Tony Blackburn was the wrong side of music for my taste. With age he and I have mellowed and these days I find him less obnoxious. That is a personal slant based on musical tastes back then.
He is something of a legend these days but that could be more than tarnished now.
Blackburn has vowed to fight back and he must.
For too many mud sticks, there is no smoke without fire and all that.
BBC - Jimmy Savile and the BBC: Dame Janet Smith report at a glance
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Op-Ed: A lengthy debate in the Commons Tuesday with Priti Patel at the helm for the Tories illustrated how the current government will stop at nothing to fulfil their own agenda.
A desire to cut £30 from ESA, employment support allowance, which is payable to some of the most vulnerable disabled people in the UK has to say it all about Tory priorities.
This was just one issue that has received hours of debate by some wealthy and some overpaid MPS but has been pushed through in spite of many protests.
Ms Patel who talked a good talk if you like hogwash was not convincing in her claims that such moves somehow help people with disabilities or certain health conditions get access to the labour market. That had a ring of "we believe you are not 100% fit but that you could work yet choose not to."
The government website has this to say about ESA, posted in January and ahead of any cuts;
If you’re ill or disabled, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) offers you:
However in order to successfully claim ESA you would undergo work capability assessments where the goalposts and assessor constantly change.
Those assessing your claim work for the latest government appointed profit-based company and to a strict criteria; though it is strict it does change.
One example is that DWP boss Iain Duncan Smith now thinks MS and Parkinson’s are curable. While both conditions may allow the person to work people vary. It will depend on the type of employment you are able to secure and how the degenerative condition is affecting you.
With any long term degenerative condition you also need an employer who is prepared to empathise and be flexible; there are not too many of those around in the UK in the 21st Century.
MPs took part in the debate and subsequent vote Tuesday as Tory plans were previously defeated in the Lords and sent back for reconsideration.
"MPs voted 306-279 to cut Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) by £30 a week - ignoring peers and a Tory backbencher" says the Daily Mirror in a piece titled "Charities slam Tories for forcing through disability benefit cuts despite House of Lords defeat."
In theory the government only has a 12 seat majority in the Commons but the figures show that at least some MPs from other parties voted with the government on this one.
And not all Tory MPs agreed.
"Tory backbencher who declared: "This is my warning shot to government". Heidi Allen's speech made an 11th-hour plea for her own party to find "the compassion to look after the little man”. She added: "Today I will not support [the government]. Today I may abstain, but only for today."
Allen's plea was ignored as the government press on with an agenda to create more class, income, age and location division in the UK; a vision that helps the banking system and the fats cats turn the screw that little bit tighter and gives them financial assistance every step of the way while we the ordinary people of Britain are left to pick up the bill.
Patel is part of the Brexit campaign urging voters to vote to leave the UK and if there are two people in that campaign that should make you want to vote Bremain it is her and DWP boss Iain Duncan Smith.
Tuesday the Telegraph, a Tory supporting publication, wrote "Priti Patel, a Work and Pensions minister, will say that leaving the European Union will cut 'the cost of car insurance, especially for women' and the price of food." That report continues "She will tell a group of Bangladeshi female entrepreneurs: "If your household is anything like mine, it will be the woman of the house who keeps a close eye on the family finances. So I am all too aware of the effect the EU has had on our household budget. “The Common Agricultural Policy has inflated the price of food, whilst decisions by European Courts have increased the cost of car insurance, especially for women. “If being a politician has taught me anything, it is to look at how we can benefit society the most while using the limited resources available to me in the best way possible. As successful businesswomen you will know the importance of controlling costs."
That highlights Patel as clueless.
Currently many of those to the left of politics urging the UK to vote to stay in the EU claim that if we leave people like Patel and Duncan Smith will be free of restrictions that up to a point stay their hands.
But maybe the Tories are double dealing again and by gathering together some of the most hated Tory politicians under the leave the EU umbrella the stay in campaign will get a boost?
Consider the millions of pounds that will be thrown at EU referendum campaigns, DWP publicity and more each time there is a change and ask yourself do you really believe they work for us?
[This link is to a Guardian article that is subject to a legal complaint by Patel but well worth reading]
There has been a major incident at the site of a decommissioned power station in Didcot, Oxfordshire, England.
Demolition work has been ongoing at the power station since it was closed and decommissioned around three years ago, in a series of phases, but none were reportedly scheduled for today.
A building has collapsed and although reports of an explosion are not confirmed and have been denied by some there are reports that a loud bang was heard. That may have been the building collapsing.
One man is dead, three more are missing and five people sustained injuries.
The emergency services responded quickly and in force after the building collapse a little after 4pm GMT Tuesday.
The Oxford Mail reports "Half of the Boiler House building collapsed just after 4pm and sniffer dogs on the scene searching for signs of life."
Karen Farrington posted footage of the explosion on Twitter whichyou can view here; as she writes her niece took the footage of the aftermath at Didcot Power Station.
One man has been receiving a great deal of mainstream media attention on Twitter and that isBlaine Morris-Smith.
His timeline showing images and footage of the event is full of requests from major news sources around the world asking for exclusive rights. Blaine like Karen has given NEWTEKWORLDNEWS the OK to repost images and or footage in this report.
Blaine was walking his dogs when he caught this footage (see below)
He reacted as many people would when the noise rocked his world with a good old four-letter word which is also in the link above. (You have been warned)
The report will be updated when more information is available
Twitter Karen Farrington
Twitter Blaine Morris-Smith
Op-ed: This is yet another sad story of animal abuse by a sorry excuse for a human being but once again it is being made public in the hope that there will be real justice for the dog involved and that British judges and law enforcers will get their act in order and hand down proper sentences to those found guilty of such abuse.
The following forms a petition - "Petitioning: The Honorable Sentencing Judge from Bury Magistrates Court.
20-year-old Jordan Smith is accused of pounding, kicking and even whipping his Staffordshire bull terrier during a three-month span. The disturbing attacks were witnessed by shocked neighbours in Rochdale, England. Some of them were recorded and now serve as valuable evidence against the defendant.
This writer does not agree with corporal or capital punishment but might opt for the first in this case.
Perhaps a tough of the lash or birch might make him realise the pain and suffering he inflicted on this animal.
But maybe he only knows a life of violence and it would have little effect.
What he does need is a tough sentence and not a half ass one. A lifetime ban on animal ownership must be included.
If you will be so cruel to a defenceless animal, one that relies on you for food, love and shelter, you are a worry to society as a whole.
And when Prince Charles says he may make sure the RSPCA drop the R let him read this story and remember the sterling work the RSPCA does each and every day. The fact he enjoys hunting says it all.
The animal charity will still be widely supported with or without the royal seal of approval.
Follow this link to the petition and sign it now please.