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Fears for Nazanin after she is moved to mental ward

A British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran has been moved to a mental ward in hospital, her husband says. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 40, was arrested in Tehran in 2016 while travelling with the couple's young daughter. She was accused of spying, a charge she denies, and jailed for five years. Image: Richard Ratcliffe, husband of British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was moved to the hospital ward in Tehran on Monday, where she is under the control of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Her father says she has not been allowed to speak with her family and he has not been allowed to visit her. Advertisement Image: Gabriella remains in Iran with her grandparents The Free Nazanin Campaign said this was unusual and, while her original referral was for at least a month, it is not known how long she will be in the psychiatric ward or the treatment she might get. Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe last spoke with her family on Monday and said: "I was healthy and happy when I came to Iran to see my parents. More from Nazanin Zaghari-ratcliffe "Three and a bit years later and I am admitted to a mental health clinic. "Look at me now, I ended up in an asylum. It should be an embarrassment. "Prison is getting harder and harder for me. I hate being played in the middle of a political game. I just hate it." June: Johnson rejects responsibility over Nazanin's case Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe went on hunger strike for 15 days last month in protest at her "unfair imprisonment". Her husband also went on hunger strike in solidarity, camping outside the Iranian embassy in London. June: Nazanin's husband: Why I'm on hunger strike Mr Ratcliffe said: "Nazanin hoped that her hunger strike would move the Iranian authorities, and it clearly has. "Hopefully her transfer to hospital means that she is getting treatment and care, despite my distrust of just what pressures can happen behind closed doors. It is unnerving when we don't know what is going on." "I am glad her dad has been down there to keep vigil outside. "Mental hospital has its worries at the best of times – but particularly when kept isolated and under the control of the Revolutionary Guard. "Even now it still seems like games of power and control are being played by the Iranian authorities – even at the point of hospitalisation. "We hope again this is the beginning of the end. And yet, we were also here last summer." The couple's five-year-old daughter Gabriella has stayed in Iran with her grandparents since her mother's arrest. Read More – Source [contf] [contfnew] Sky News [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

Human remains found in Worcestershire village

Human remains have been discovered in a Worcestershire village, police have said. The remains were found in Kempsey, about four miles south of Worcester, on Friday afternoon. This is around seven miles from Pershore, where searches are underway for evidence connected to the disappearance of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh. West Mercia Police said all lines of inquiry are being explored in Kempsey but it is not thought that the remains are related to the Lamplugh case. Image: The body of Suzy Lamplugh has never been found They said: "We are aware of some speculation that this discovery may be linked to the disappearance of Suzy Lamplugh who went missing in the 1980s. Advertisement "Although we don't believe it to be, until we have the forensic post-mortem results we are not in a position to link it to any particular person at this stage." Image: The remains were found on Friday afternoon Ms Lamplugh, 25, was working in Fulham, west London, when she disappeared on 28 July 1986. More from Worcestershire The investigation into her disappearance was closed in 1987 after failing to produce any leads and, despite her body never being found, she was officially declared dead in 1993. Image: Police began searching for Suzy Lamplugh in Pershore earlier this month In November 2002, ScotlaRead More – Source [contf] [contfnew] Sky News [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

Husband left wife in hospital for eight months because she nagged...

Andrew Dixon used either an iron bar or dumbbell in the attack on his wife (Picture: A woman is still in hospital eight months after her husband attacked her because he thought she was nagging him about taking his medication. Aimee Dixon, 38, now struggles to eat and drink without help after Andrew Dixon, 35, attacked her and will never life independently again, it was revealed yesterday. He is believed to have struck her at least three times to the head and face with a dumbbell or iron bar at their home in Cleethorpes, Humberside, on November 18 last year. Prosecutor Geraldine Kelly told Sheffield Crown Court : Aimee Dixon is still in hospital. She has suffered brain damage and will never be back to how she was before. She will make improvements but has been left with multiple issues due to the brain damage, namely: With assistance, she can step out of bed and into a chair and is learning to use some of her upper body to wash herself in the shower. Aimee will never live independently again and may not eat properly for the rest of her life (Picture: MEN) A court imposed a hospital order on Dixon after hearing he suffered from paranoid schizophrenia (Picture: MEN) This is all restricted due to her dizziness and fatigue, which is as a result of damage to her cerebellum, the area at the back of the brain which controls balance and coordination. Advertisement Advertisement She requires blood thinning medication to prevent seizures because of a blood clot on her brain. Miss Kelly added: She is on medication to regulate her sleep and wake patterns and she is on anti-depressants as she suffered damage to the front of her brain, which looks after her mood, emotions, thinking, organising and planning. She will never return to independent living and is likely always to require support. Supplemental feeding is highly likely in the long term because her swallow is very impaired. METRO [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

Autistic boy beaten so badly he ended up in hospital

Dominic Mizon has been pulled out of school after he was left with bruising (Picture: BPM) A father has removed his son from school after he was left a mess when bullies stamped on his face leaving him needing medical treatment. Dominic Mizon, 13, had to have an x-ray on his face to check there were no fractures and suffered bruises to his ribs, back and neck. He has not returned to The de Ferrers Academy in Burton, Staffordshire, since the attack. However, the school has said that the attack was entirely avoidable and provoked through Dominics own poor behaviour. He has been suspended four times and autism experts say his condition is not to blame for his poor behaviour. Dad Sean Mizon, 50, said: I got a call from my partner to say that Dominic needed picking up and had to go to the hospital because he had been beaten up at school. Advertisement Advertisement His face was a mess and there was a foot mark where somebody stamped on his it. He had to have an X-ray and was covered in bruises. It was awful. More: UK The school said that his behaviour is nothing to do with his autism (Picture: BPM) He gets anxiety and I get it too sending him to school. It is very traumatic for him. He gets a bad stomach on a Sunday and getting him out of bed is a nightmare. Because he is autistic he doesnt blend well and he spends a lot of time locked in his bedroom with his computer. That is how he likes it because he doesnt get judged when he is on his computer – its sad. It is awful sitting downstairs when he is upstairs by himself. Every time he is quiet I am worried he has done something to himself and when he answers it is such a relief. Hes my lad and I am passionate about getting this sorted. It is so scary – I dont want to have to go to my sons funeral. Mr Mizon accepts his son has at times been violent and has been suspended several times. He said the alleged assault happened at de Ferrers on Thursday, July 4. His father said his son has been suspended four times (Picture: BPM) A spokesman for The de Ferrers Academy, which has sites in St Marys Drive and Harehedge Lane, said: Staff at The de Ferrers Academy go to incredible lengths to look after the pupils in their care, includRead More – Source [contf] [contfnew] METRO [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

News story: Industrial, Infrastructure and Manufacturing Business Council: 16 July 2019

The Prime Minister hosted her Industrial, Infrastructure and Manufacturing Business Council at Downing Street earlier today. The council, co-chaired by Sir Roger Carr, Chairman, BAE Systems and Sir Ian Davis, Chairman, Rolls Royce, discussed important issues affecting the UK business environment including the apprenticeship levy and carbon capture and storage (CCS). They also discussed green mobility, the UK automotive sectors transition to ultra-low emissions, and the importance of smart construction. The Prime Minister welcomed the hard work by all members of the council in producing their recommendations and emphasised that hearing directly from business had been a key focus during her premiership. She reiterated that the councils contributions are important and valued across Government. On the apprenticeship levy the Prime Minister welcomed the councils proposals for increased flexibility and transparency. She emphasised the importance of continuing to deliver higher level apprenticeships to meet current and future skills needs. She agreed the detailed proposals should continue to be worked up by members and feed into the ongoing review into the apprenticeship system being led by the Treasury. On green mobility, the Prime Minister welcomed proposals for a transition council and the plans to scope future opportunities for alternative fuels, such as hydrogen. She agreed that the council should continue to work with BEIS officials to push the work forward. The Prime Minister agreed that there were tangible economic opportunities for the UK in progressing carbon capture storage and that the technology was vital for meeting net zero emissions targets. Read More – Source [contf] [contfnew] gov uk [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

Speech: PM India Day speech: 16 July 2019

Good afternoon everyone and thank you all for joining us today, in particular to Minister Goyal – it is a real pleasure to have you here and to have been able to speak with you. Mansion House is an historic venue. But from where I stand today I see the very modern face of UK-India relations. World-leading businesses. Cutting-edge technology. The innovators and entrepreneurs, the thinkers and the do-ers, who are working hand-in-hand with colleagues and counterparts on the other side of the world to grow our economies and, in doing so, help all our people grow too. Our nations are many thousands of miles apart, our cultures in many ways very different. But for all that diversity, the UK and India have much in common. Our countries are twin pillars of the Commonwealth. Each is built on shared values of democracy and the rule of law. We are equally committed to open markets, to free trade and the international order. Both governments are dedicated to tackling the global challenges – from security to climate change – that no one nation can defeat alone. And, of course, we both share an extraordinary love of cricket. After what happened at Lords on Sunday Id be quite happy to give you an entire speech about cricket. But given that Indias tournament ended a little earlier than hoped for, I am sure that half the room would rather I didnt say anything too much about the World Cup too so Ill move on. But those shared values, that shared outlook, make possible a strong and lasting bond between our nations. That is why in 2019 the story of the UK and India is not a story of our complex and intertwined history, but of the flows of capital, technology and business. Of the “living bridge” of people and ideas that make us, in the words of Prime Minister Modi, an “unbeatable combination” – both today and for the future. And what a combination it is. In 2018, the combined turnover of Indian companies in the UK reached almost £50 billion, more than trebling in just five years. Indian FDI in the UK is growing faster than that from any other country, soaring by an incredible 321 per cent in just 12 months. Bilateral trade rose by 14 per cent last year. The British Development Finance bank, CDC Group, invests more in India than anywhere else in the world – more than 300 investments totalling over £1.3 billion and directly supporting around 350,000 jobs. And, with the support of the UK-India Financial Partnership, our world-leading financial sectors continually exchange capital and expertise. Venture capital firms like Pontaq and Blume are seeking out innovative start-ups in both nations. Joint ventures such as HDFC Life and ICICI Prudential are Indias leading private sector insurers. London-based companies like Greensill are expanding their financing platforms in India. And, in the past three years, Indian issuers have raised over £7.5 billion of bonds on the London Stock Exchange. It is a story of incredible success for both our nations – and both our nations are committed to ensuring that it continues. Over the past three years I have worked closely with Prime Minister Modi to make that happen. Together, weve developed an ambitious UK-India Tech Partnership, which is already creating new jobs and supporting thousands more across the UK. Together, weve launched a programme of collaboration on financial services, marrying the best of British expertise with Indias global leadership in technology. Together – just last week, in fact – we have opened a £40 million Fast-Track Start-Up Fund, supported by both the UK and Indian governments, to invest in Indian start-ups focussed on emerging technology. And together, weve launched a Green Growth Equity Fund – co-investing £240 million of anchor capital to invest in green and renewable energy. That fund is particularly important and symbolic. Because India and the UK do not only share values – we also, as I said at this months G20 meeting, share a responsibility to our planet. Last month, the British Parliament passed a law requiring us to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 – the first major economy to make such a commitment. Making a great step forward in renewable energy is the key to doing so, which is why we are proud to be joining the India-led International Solar Alliance… Why the joint UK-India Clean Energy Centre is addressing the challenge of integrating intermittent renewable energy sources with energy storage… And why the UK Governments ground-breaking joint venture, UK Climate Investments, has so far made three investments in India, including £30 million for the countrys largest commercial rooftop solar developer. There is no false choice to be made between cutting carbon emissions and raising living standards. No contradiction in doing what is right for business and what is right for the environment. Clean growth and economic growth can go hand-in-hand, as you can see right here in the Square Mile, where Londons unrivalled financial markets are raising huge sums to invest in a cleaner greener future for both our countries. ORead More – Source [contf] [contfnew] gov uk [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

Press release: Appointments of Lord and Lady Justices of Appeal: 16...

The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Mrs Justice Carr as a Lady Justice of Appeal and the appointment of Mr Justice Arnold, Mr Justice Dingemans, Mr Justice Phillips and Mr Justice Popplewell as Lord Justices of Appeal. These appointments will fill forthcoming vacancies in the Court of Appeal arising from autumn 2019. These appointments are made by Her Majesty The Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister and the Lord Chancellor following the recommeRead More – Source [contf] [contfnew] gov uk [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

Climate activists arrested for disrupting London’s biggest concrete supplier

LONDON (Reuters) – Six climate activists were arrested on Tuesday after the Extinction Rebellion group disrupted London Concrete, the British capitals biggest supplier of ready-mixed concrete which supplies a major road tunnel project under the River Thames. Dozens of activists holding a banner saying “The air that we grieve” blocked entrances to the site in east London in an attempt to halt the expansion of the works. “Concrete has a huge environmental impact and building another tunnel will only make air pollution across East London worse,” said Eleanor McAree, 25, from Extinction Rebellion. “Air pollution is already at dangerous levels and is affecting the health of children and adults in the area.” Police said the protest had prevented companies in the area from going about their business and officers had arrested six people aged between 30 and 67 on suspicion of aggravated trespassing and obstruction of a highway. The activists had since left the area, police added. London Concrete is a unit of Franco-Swiss group LafargeHolcim. The Silvertown Tunnel under the Thames will link the Greenwich Peninsula and Silvertown. Extinction Rebellion wants non-violent civil disobedience to force governments to cut carbon emissions and avert a climate crisis it says will bring starvation and social collapse. On Monday it sought to sow chaos in five British cities as part of what it says is a “summer uprising”. “We absolutely recognise the right for people to protest however we will continue to take action against those who choose to break the law, to ensure disruption to Londoners is kept to a minimum,” Commander Jane Connors said. “We are aware that protesters are expected to target the construction industry this Read More – Source [contf] [contfnew] RT [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

London mayor blocks plans for “Tulip” skyscraper

FILE PHOTO: The City of London financial district is seen with office skyscrapers commonly known as 'Cheesegrater', 'Gherkin' and 'Walkie Talkie' seen in London, Britain, January 25, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville LONDON (Reuters) – Londons mayor has blocked plans to build a glass viewing platform 1,000 feet (300 m) above Britains capital on a slender tower shaped like a tulip, saying it would be of limited public benefit and damage the skyline. The building, designed by British architect Norman Fosters company, would have been the second tallest in western Europe, beaten only by the nearby “Shard”, but its design was deemed not good enough. “The mayor has a number of serious concerns with this application and, having studied it in detail, has refused permission for a scheme that he believes would result in very limited public benefit,” Sadiq Khans spokesman said. “In particular, he believes that the design is of insufficient quality for such a prominent location, and that the tower would result in harm to Londons skyline and impact views of the nearby Tower of London world heritage site.” The Tulip Project Team developer said it was disappointed by Khans decision because the building would generate economic benefits. The group declined to comment on whether it would submit revised plans for the site, saying it would take time to consider its next steps. Planning authorities in the City of Londons finance district in April recommended the building – which got its nickname because the design shows a thin stalk topped by a glass bulb – should be granted planning permission. To be financed by the Brazilian billionaire Jacob Safra, the building would have comprised a glass viewing platform, rotating pods on the outside and an education Read More – Source [contf] [contfnew] RT [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

Welsh street takes world’s steepest title

LONDON (Reuters) – Guiness World Records has named a meandering street in northwest Wales the steepest in the world, knocking a road in New Zealand off the top spot. Ffordd Pen Llech in the historic coastal town of Harlech, which is famed for its mediaeval castle, has a gradient of 37.45% compared with 35% for the previous record holder, Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand. “I cannot say how pleased we are that Ffordd Pen Llech has now been recognised as the steepest street, not just in Wales, not just in the UK, not just in Europe, but in the entire world,” said local resident Gwyn Headley, who instigated the communitys Guinness World Records application. The deciding measurement is based on the highest gradient over a 10 metre (33 ft) section of the road. According to the Guinness World Records criteria, the street must be a public thoroughfare, fully surfaced and have buildings alongside the carriageway. Baldwin Street experienced a large tourist boom as a consequence of holding the record, with a street sign boasting of its sloping significance. “I hope Harlech enjoys the celebrations and that the new title brings lots of people to the beautiful town, to experience the worlds steepest street for themselves,” said Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records editor-in-chief. Some residents of Baldwin StreeRead More – Source [contf] [contfnew] RT [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

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