Gold for team GB

British sailors, Giles Scott (Finn), Alison Young (Laser Radial) and Luke Patience and Chris Grube (420) bring home three gold medals. Scott began the day with an astonishing and nearly unstoppable 19-point lead. Scott showed no sign of letting off and claimed his gold medal in his first world cup race since the Olympics.

Alison Young had an advantage of 5 points and a second place in the medal race was enough to assure her victory and another medal for GB.
Like the rest of the team, Patience and Grube completely dominated the regatta with an impressive 17-point lead before entering Sunday’s races.
However, European champion Nick Thompson received a bronze medal for his efforts after German rival Phillip Buhl overtook him.

James Bulger killer jailed once again.

Over 20 years ago a toddler with the name of James Bulger was brutally killed and tortured by two 10 year old boys, Jon Venables and Robert Thompson. It was a murder that shook the nation and still continues to do so over 2 decades later.

Jon Venables and Robert Thompson had spent at least a minimum of 8 years in prison after countless trials and protests by the public. It was only in 2001 when they were given lifelong anonymity and were allowed to go out on licence.

However, Jon Venables had abused that freedom and has been once again sent to prison after admitting ownership of over 1,000 indecent images on children aged 6-13 years although there were claims that some were younger.

Police also found a handbook on Venables’ person called the “Jazz guide” which taught abusers how to have sexual intercourse with children “safely”.

The prosecutor told the court: “The manual is a disgusting and sickening document which falls far below any recognisable standard of morality.”

Police have also investigated the situation and have reported that Venables had an illegal software which allowed him to browse the dark web, which all of the photos had come from. Nearly 400 photos were cast as Category A (the most serious), over 140 were cast as Category B, and the rest were all labelled as Category C.

Venables seems to have regretted his inappropriate actions as a source has said that he is asking for forgiveness from everyone that he is hurt and anyone he’s caused distress. It doesn’t seem to have worked as he has now been labelled a potential threat to children and adults everywhere.

Jon Venables has now been given a prison sentence and has also been on the recieving end of a sexual harm prevention order.

More to follow…

Social influencers

F66EF008-1827-4E94-B0F0-1180047DD484.pngBeing a Social Influencer is a big deal.

For example Selena Gomez.

Selena Gomez is a global superstar. She is the most followed person on Instagram (133 million and counting). Her Social platform is a great way to spread awareness about certain topics towards millions of people, which is exactly what she does.

DACA, aka ‘Dreamers’, has been a big issue recently and Selena posted about it supporting it.  She also wore a ‘we are all dreamers’ shirt while behind the scenes.

She has lupus. So, to raise awareness about the disease she donated a lot of money to research. They have raised around $500,000 ever since Selena spoke about it and proceeds from her very high grossing tour went to lupus research.

She and her mother, Mandy, produced a very big Tv programme called ‘13 reasons why’ which creates awareness about suicide, which has been a very big problem recently.

She has supported charities like the ‘Step up foundation’ which is about empowerment and fulfilling ones potential. The ‘We movement’ which is where the younger generation (around 16,000 people) come together to talk about social issues and making a better world. They have a ‘we day’ every year and Selena has hosted it 4 times and she has been supporting this movement for a while.

Unicef (The United Nations children find) is quite a large and global charity.  Selena has been a UNICEF ambassador since 2009 and is the youngest ambassador there has ever been.  She has been to places like Nepal, which is a LIC (low income country) and has given money and supported the cause to help the most unfortunate of people.

Recently, there has been a lot of cases to do with sexual assault. There has been a very well known movement called ‘Times Up’ which is to create awareness and fight against sexual assault. Selena was one of the first to post about it on Instagram to spread the message and she anonymously donated $1 Million to the movement which is the biggest amount a celebrity has donated.

Here are a few more charities, which she has supported:

10×10

Alliance for children’s rights

cystic fibrosis Foundation

make a wish foundation

Stand up to Cancer

Malala fund

The salvation army

Teen Cancer America

free the children

ENOUGH project

ALS association

There are about 15+ charities/ foundations that she has worked with.

We need more social influencers to create awareness about these types of topic to a wide audience and make a difference to improve our world and to get more people involved.

We need more people like Selena.

Attacks in Westminister – What went on and why?

 

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Attacks in Westminster – What went on and why?

On Wednesday the 22nd March a terrorist attack took place where a man named Khalid Masood killed four people in a mere 82 seconds. The police said the attack began at 14:40:08 when the hire car Khalid Masood rented mounted the pavement on Westminster Bridge, weaving along the footpath and road for 30 seconds until he crashed into the perimeter fence of the Palace of Westminster, he then left the car at 14:40:51 and 39 seconds later was shot by a police firearms officer, who was part of the close protection team of the defense secretary, Sir Michael Fallon. Police are trying to establish whether he had been inspired  by terrorist propaganda or if others encouraged, supported or directed him.

After crashing his hired Hyundai SUV into the railings in front of Parliament Yard, he burst through the gate to the Palace of Westminster with two large knives where he stabbed an unarmed police officer named PC Keith Palmer who was just 48 years old. He later died from his injuries.

The consequences of the attack are five deaths (including Khalid Masood himself) and fifty people were injured. Also, 15 people are still being treated in hospital.

Three members of the public died following the car rampage on Westminster Bridge. They were: mother-of-two Aysha Frade from London; US tourist Kurt Cochran from Utah and Leslie Rhodes, 75, from Streatham, South London.

PC Palmer and Khalid Masood also died despite attempts by paramedics to save them both.

Before the attack he had a string of criminal convictions including GBH, possession of offensive weapons and public order offences, but he had not been convicted of any terrorism offences.

Masood’s first conviction was in November 1983 for criminal damage and his last conviction was in December 2003 for possession of a knife. He was investigated by MI5 some years ago over concerns of violent extremism but was no longer deemed to be a threat.

Police have seized 2,700 items in searches about the attack, including “massive amounts of computer data.” Approximately 3,500 witnesses – including 1,000 from Westminster Bridge and 2,500 from with the Parliamentary estate, have contacted police about the attack and their view on it.

By Jack and Ben – Correspondents for General News section