Ruthless Saints leave insipid Leicester in desperate relegation fight

first_imgShare on Pinterest Newcastle call for end to relegation as Premiership basement battle hots up Share on LinkedIn Northampton Share via Email Support The Guardian Since you’re here… If there was any doubt as to whether Leicester are involved in the Premiership’s relegation battle, it can now be said with some certainty that they are fighting for their lives. Take nothing away from Northampton, who ruthlessly romped to a second consecutive away win in the east Midlands derby with Cobus Reinach and Dan Biggar commanding, but it is hard to remember a more insipid performance from the Tigers against their bitter rivals.They are 10th in the Premiership table, and will stay there come what may in the rest of the weekend’s fixtures, but they will be anxiously awaiting the results considering they could wake on Sunday just four points from the foot of the table. “We want to be competing at the top end of the league but we are right down at the bottom and in the mire,” said the Leicester head coach, Geordan Murphy. “It’s going to be tight.”Against a hugely impressive Northampton side Leicester were 20-3 down at half-time after tries from Reinach and Tom Collins (2), before Biggar twisted the knife in the second. The Saints were superior in every department but their outside-centre Rory Hutchinson warrants special mention, twisting the Tigers’ blood with his quick feet. The flankers Heinrich Brüssow and Jamie Gibson deserve huge credit, too, in a comprehensive victory that lifts the upwardly mobile Saints into fifth place.It was during this fixture last year that the former Northampton centre Rob Horne suffered a career-ending arm injury, leading to the Saints turning their home fixture against Leicester into a memorial match at Twickenham earlier this season. Northampton failed to deliver that day and their director of rugby, Chris Boyd, admitted that frustration had lingered. “We were terrible disappointed with the way we played. I thought we disrespected that occasion so there was a little extra bird on the shoulder for Rob,” said Boyd, who revealed afterwards he expects Dylan Hartley to return to action before the end of the season, having undergone surgery on a knee injury.There is no need for Northampton to rush him back on this evidence but such is the pressure on Leicester at present that five of their six England internationals were in the starting lineup – Ben Youngs the only one not included because of a shoulder injury. Despite the cavalry, it was an inauspicious start for Leicester and proceeded to get worse when Reinach streaked into the left-hand corner for the opening try. Leicester felt that Northampton’s huge winger Taqele Naiyaravoro had knocked on George Ford’s towering kick in the buildup but they should be more concerned by the gaping hole Collins ghosted through. He arced back left and freed Reinach to race clear.Leicester responded with a period of concerted pressure but could not find a way past Northampton’s scrambling defence. They had some joy breaking Northampton’s line but less idea of how best to take advantage. The Saints, meanwhile, made the most of their visits into Leicester’s 22. A barrelling run from Brüssow got Northampton in behind and Mike Williams’s cynical infringement led to a simple three points for Biggar and a yellow card for the Leicester flanker. Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Leicester Share on Facebookcenter_img Rugby union Premiership Northampton’s second try soon followed and Leicester cannot claim they had not been warned. Hutchinson had made good ground on the left not long before he scythed his way through on the right, releasing Collins to canter under the posts. Leicester simply could not live with the tempo brought by Reinach and Biggar. Between them they ran the Tigers defence right, then left before a glorious floating pass from Hutchinson found Naiyaravoro on the touchline. His offload teed up Collins for his second try of the evening.A somewhat bizarre wedding ceremony on the pitch at half-time did little to change the funereal atmosphere in the stands, so poor had Leicester been in the opening half, and it got no better when Biggar extended Northampton’s lead to 20 points with a penalty early in the second. Another two routine penalties for Biggar – the first conceded by Dan Cole, who also received a yellow card – and Leicester were resigned to defeat. Ford did scamper over – if it was going to be anyone for Leicester it was going to be him – with 14 minutes to go and Tom Youngs added another from close range after Gibson’s late yellow card but it did little to disguise just how emphatically Leicester had been beaten.LeicesterOlowofela; Aspland-Robinson, Tuilagi (Owen 69), Eastmond (Toomua ht), May; G Ford, Harrison (White 61); Genge (Gigena 72), Youngs (capt), Cole (Heyes 78), Spencer, Kitchener (Wells 68), Williams (Kerr 74), O’Connor (Fitzgerald 62), Thompson.Tries G Ford, T Youngs. Con G Ford. Pen G FordSin-bin Williams 30, Cole 52NorthamptonTuala (Kellaway 68); Collins, Hutchinson, Francis, Naiyaravoro (Furbank 58); Biggar, Reinach (Mitchell 68); Van Wyk (Waller ht), Fish (Marshall 65), Hill (Franks 62), Ratuniyarawa (Craig 74), Moon, Gibson, Brüssow (Wood 62), Harrison (capt).Tries Reinach, Collins 2 Con Biggar Pens Biggar 4Referee W Barnes. The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Read more Topics match reports Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Never got settled in any IPL franchise: Yuvraj Singh

first_img Indo-Asian News Service KolkataJuly 9, 2019UPDATED: July 9, 2019 15:55 IST Yuvraj Singh announced retirement from all forms of cricket last month (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSYuvraj Singh played for 6 different IPL franchises before announcing retirementYuvraj said he did not settle in whichever team he played forYuvraj singh announced retirement from all forms of cricket last monthIndia’s 2011 World Cup winning hero Yuvraj Singh, who announced his retirement last month, on Tuesday said he rues not getting settled in any side while playing the Indian Premier League (IPL).Yuvraj, who was the player of the tournament in the 2011 World Cup, played for six different franchises in the cash-rich tournament and was part of two IPL winning teams Sunrisers Hyderabad (2016) and Mumbai Indians this year.”I was never settled in whichever franchise I played for. I didn’t really get settled where you are made to play for one franchise or maybe two,” Yuvraj said while receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 91st annual general meeting of the Indian Chambers of Commerce here.In the 2014 auctions, Yuvraj was the most expensive player of IPL history after Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) won an intense bid with Kolkata Knight Riders for a whopping Rs 14 crore.”I almost joined KKR but last moment (in the auctions), I went to RCB. I probably had my best IPL season with RCB. It was unfortunate not to come to KKR,” he recalled.The left-hander was part of Sunrisers Hyderabad’s maiden and only IPL triumph in 2016 but the stylish all-rounder went unsold in the first round of bidding for this year’s IPL before being sold to eventual winners Mumbai at his base price of Rs 1 crore.”I can’t really complain about it. It was great working with all these teams. Being with Mumbai Indians and winning the championship, and also winning for Sunrisers was a great experience,” said Yuvraj, who played four matches for Mumbai this season.advertisementTalking about the inaugural World Twenty20, where he helped India win the title and smashed a record six sixes in a row against England pacer Stuart Broad, Yuvraj said: “The inaugural World Twenty in 2007 changed world cricket specially in T20. It was just my day. The fifth ball was a yorker and still I managed to hit that out of the park. It was my day.””It was a phenomenal tournament, it took cricket to the next level. Absolutely nobody was expecting us to win it. We played fearless cricket. We had a new captain. We lost a few crucial games and had to win all three to get to the finals. We just went and expressed ourselves,” he added.Read More | Yuvraj Singh retirement bash: Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammad Kaif, Sania Mirza in attendanceRead More | Yuvraj Singh tries to troll Jasprit Bumrah. India pacer makes smart comebackAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Yuvraj SinghFollow IPL 2019 Never got settled in any IPL franchise: Yuvraj SinghYuvraj Singh, who played for six different franchises in his IPL career, said he did not really settle in any of the sides he had played for in the cash-rich tournament.advertisementlast_img read more

Woodford Reserve Uncorks Special Edition Bourbon Bottle for 2018 Kentucky Derby

first_img The Best American Liqueur Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini Editors’ Recommendations 5 Most Expensive Coffees in the World The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? It’s that time of the year again, when an entire day’s — nay a week’s — worth of celebrations boils down to two minutes of actions. That’s right, sports fans, it’s time for the Kentucky Derby and with that, it’s time for Kentucky Derby-related everything.We’ve got you covered on mint juleps and on how to bet on the Derby , but we’re looking here specifically at this year and how Woodford Reserve, the official sponsor of the Kentucky Derby, is commemorating the event: with a special edition bottle of their bourbon. (This is the nineteenth iteration, for all those keeping count.)This year, the bottle art was designed by a Brown-Forman employee, Keith Anderson. The bottle features powerful thoroughbreds as they leaving the starting gate, alive in the glory of their colorful racing silks.Anderson, who has worked at the private dining room, Bourbon Street Café, at Brown-Forman headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky, has been an artist since he was a child. While not a full-time artist, he sold paintings to fund his tuition at Murray State University and then the University of Louisville. At a company party in 2017, he told the senior vice president of Brown-Forman, Mark Bacon, that he could be as good, if not better than, the national artists that Woodford Reserve has used in previous years.“Sometimes we overlook the very talent that’s right in front of us,” Bacon said. “We are deeply honored to start this new partnership with Churchill Downs – and to celebrate it with the beautiful artwork of Keith Anderson.”Anderson called having his work featured “a dream come true.”The 2018 Kentucky Derby Bottle hit shelves nationwide in March with a suggested retail price of $43.99. It can also be purchased online at Reserve Bar for $54.If you really want to blow your Kentucky Derby experience out of the water, you can up your game by purchasing one of Woodford Reserve’s $1,000 Mint Julep Cups. (There’s also a $2,500 version if a grand isn’t expensive enough for you).The $1,000 “Bluegrass Cup” features polished sterling silver rose applications and is plated in 18-karat yellow gold. The $2,500 “Commonwealth Cup” is a sterling silver cup with a 24-karat heavy reliquary quality gold plating, with sterling silver details.This year’s cup was created with the theme “Best of Kentucky” in mind. It features:The Twin Spires of Churchill Downs, a nod to Woodford Reserve’s inaugural year as the Presenting Sponsor of the Kentucky DerbyLines that run around the cup that represent one of the key ingrdients in Woodford Reserve, limestone-filtered water (it’s also important in producing a champion horse, too).Three sterling silver applications: a thoroughbred horse and jockey, a bottle of Woodford Reserve, and a rose (it is called the “Run for the Roses,” after all).Each cup will be presented in a wooden box lined with silk (like those worn by the jockeys).All proceeds from the $1,000 Mint Julep Cup are benefiting the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund, which is dedicated to supporting a variety of organizations, with the ultimate goal of delivering arts access, education, and excellence opportunities.If you’re looking to purchase one of these cups, you’d better hurry; only 90 Bluegrass cups and 15 commonwealth cups were made. They can be pre-ordered here and be picked up at Churchill Downs on Derby Day. Any unsold cups will be made available for purchase day-of.last_img read more

Scenic Unveils 2020/2021 SE Asia Cruise Season With Fares Held at 2019/2020

first_imgGuests can also choose between free flights or $1,500 in savings Boston, April 2019 – Southeast Asia is fast becoming one of the most sought after regions to explore, offering travelers a look at ancient cultures, historic treasures, exotic locales and enticing foods. And Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours continues to offer one of the best ways to be immersed into the local scene with its exclusive excursions and its luxury Space Ships. For guests looking to explore SE Asia during the 2020-2021 season, whether sailing along the historic Mekong River as it meanders through Vietnam and Cambodia or on Myanmar’s culturally-rich Irrawaddy River, Scenic is keeping its fares at the 2019-2020 level for all bookings made through June 30, 2019. And throwing in roundtrip air from the USA – or $1,500 per person savings. Additional details can be found in the online brochure. The itineraries, ranging from 11 to 31 days, include the usual sites of floating canal villages, verdant paddy fields, ancient temples and bustling markets, but also step away into some of the more unique and immersive opportunities. On the Mekong, guests can choose to try multiple forms of transport including bicycles, ox carts, Tuk Tuks, long tail boats, speed boats and sampans; learn the art of Vietnamese and Cambodian cooking; visit a family-operated fish farm; meet with survivors of the Khmer Rouge; and enjoy lunch at a local NGO restaurant that teaches local street kids hospitality skills. Along the Irrawaddy, guests spend time with locals on the ‘Circle’ train that travels around Yangon; cook regional cuisine after exploring Pindaya Caves; mingle with local pilgrims at Tant Kyi Taung, a hilltop pagoda with stunning views; and learn about life at home with a visit to a local family for lunch at Inle Lake. Scenic Enrich are exclusive-to-Scenic excursions and truly make every journey special and memorable. These opportunities are included on every itinerary. Examples include, in Cambodia, a magical themed gala dinner at Angkor’s Kravan Temple, with a unique and outstanding show featuring the alluring Apsara dancers, and a Tuk Tuk City Lights tour of Phnom Penh ending with an exclusive after-hours distillery visit and tasting. In Vietnam, guests take to the streets of Ho Chi Minh on vintage Vespas to absorb some of the energy of the nightlife and enjoy an array of delicious street foods. In Myanmar, there is a magical themed dinner with a cultural show in front of the candle lit Bagan Temple ruins; an opportunity to interact with novice monks, nuns and orphans at a monastic-supported school; and learning how to produce gold leaf at a workshop. Scenic’s truly all-inclusive fares means everything except massages and the hair dresser is included: private butler service, unlimited complimentary beverages, gratuities, transfers, cultural entertainment, regional cuisine as well as Western dining in customized settings: poolside to cabin, al fresco to fine dining. And Scenic Freechoice activities help create remarkable memories from the regions’ kaleidoscope of customs and cuisine. Scenic is the only river cruise line to design and build their SE Asia luxury river ships to meet European safety standards. The 68-guest Scenic Spirit on the Mekong and the 44-guest Scenic Aurafor the Irrawaddy include key features such as marine paneling so noises do not penetrate to adjoining suites, compartmentalized fire zones, and custom built-in sprinkler systems throughout all public and private spaces. Accommodations onboard are all suites with walk out balconies (no porthole cabins) and are the most spacious and luxurious in SE Asia, offering sizes of up to 861 ft² on the Mekong and 735 ft² on the Irrawaddy. Guests enjoy pillow menus, scenic slumber beds, separate living and bedroom and bathrooms, and walk in wardrobes. Public areas include a pool, open air cinema, sun decks, spa, fitness room, sauna and steam room (Spirit), elevator (Spirit) and multiple dining options. Guests are also able to take in a stunning visual display of some of the most popular local artists of recent times, with a gallery of original artworks adorning the walls and hallways of both ships. Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 33-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations and, since 2008, truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in Europe, SE Asia, Russia and Egypt on its 15 Space-Ships. In 2019, Scenic is introducing the world’s first Discovery Yacht, the 228-guest Scenic Eclipse.last_img read more

CSDC and CSCL Receive USD 169m in Scrap-and-Build Subsidies

first_imgzoom China Shipping Development Company (CSDC) and China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) have received a combined subsidy of around CNY 1.05 billion (USD 169m) from China’s Ministry of Finance for the disposal and retrofitting of their vessels.CSDC was granted approximately CNY 925 million (USD 149m), while CSCL received around CNY 127m (USD 20.5m) through their parent company China Shipping (Group) Company.CSCL expects the subsidy for the disposal and retrofitting of the vessels will have a positive impact on the company’s annual results.CSDC said that the subsidy was already taken into account in preparation of the company’s management accounts in early July 2015,  based on which the company indicated the expected net loss of approximately CNY 130 million, arising from non-operational items.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Defence lawyers error prompts Appeal Court to quash sexassault conviction

first_imgTORONTO – A man found guilty for the violent sexual assault of a new mother has had his conviction quashed after Ontario’s top court on Monday agreed his lawyer had failed him at trial.In deciding a miscarriage of justice had occurred, the Court of Appeal said Ian Walendzewicz might have succeeded in undermining the complainant’s credibility if he had an effective lawyer — normally a difficult argument for an accused to make.Superior Court Justice Jane Ferguson, sitting without a jury, convicted Walendzewicz, of Cobourg, Ont., in February 2013 — a decade after the alleged attack. Evidence at trial, based on the complainant’s testimony, was that the man with whom she had an on and off relationship arrived drunk at her apartment on a night in October 2003.The woman alleged Walendzewicz punched her in the face and broke her nose, threatened to pour hot soup on her and her three-week-old baby, then raped her, court records show. She reported the alleged incident to police and went to hospital, where she completed a sexual assault questionnaire.One of the answers she gave on the form — entered into evidence by the prosecution with agreement from the defence — was that she’d had protected sex just two days before the alleged attack — an answer Walendzewicz’s lawyer failed to notice.Walendzewicz’s defence — he did not testify — turned on his argument that the woman had agreed to sex with him, but during her trial testimony, she was adamant she would never have done so that soon after giving birth.“Three weeks after having a baby you are not having sex,” the woman testified, according to a transcript. “You are supposed to be waiting at least six weeks. And trust me, the last thing on your mind after giving natural childbirth is sex.”Justice Ferguson accepted her testimony as truthful, and convicted the accused, then in his mid-30s, of sexual assault, assault causing bodily harm, and uttering threats.Walendzewicz’s appeal turned on the complainant’s answer on the hospital questionnaire.Because he had failed to notice her prior statement, Walendzewicz’s lawyer did not bring an application to cross-examine the woman on the answer, which might have exposed an apparent contradiction about her unwillingness to have sex.The lawyer did belatedly try to reference the questionnaire in closing arguments, but Ferguson ruled that out of bounds because he had failed to raise it earlier.For its part, the prosecution argued on appeal that the questionnaire did not prove the woman had agreed to sex two days before the alleged assault. The Crown asserted that cross-examining her about the questionnaire would only have elicited more evidence of his abuse of the woman.The Appeal Court rejected the prosecution arguments.“The complainant sought to corroborate her position she did not consent by offering the testimony (she gave),” the Appeal Court said. “This testimony while on the witness stand at trial was central to her credibility, which was the only live issue at trial.”The mere fact his defence made no attempt to try to undermine her credibility by challenging her over the questionnaire, the court said, was enough to show Walendzewicz had ineffective trial counsel.“We are satisfied that the appellant received ineffective representation at trial that undermines the reliability of the verdict and resulted in a miscarriage of justice,” the Appeal Court said.last_img read more

Famed Nova Scotia treasure hunter did it his way minister tells funeral

first_imgMARTINS POINT, N.S. — An American man who dedicated his life to finding treasure on Nova Scotia’s Oak Island was remembered Monday as a larger-than-life figure who became a pillar in the community he made home for more than 50 years.Roughly 120 people packed a small wood-panelled church in the coastal community of Martins Point for the funeral of Dan Blankenship.Blankenship, a U.S. Army veteran who became fixated on the Oak Island mystery, died March 17 at age 95.The service included a rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”“He enjoyed his life,” said Rev. Ron Barkhouse of St. Mark’s Anglican Church, where Blankenship would often attend services.“He had 95 years to do what he wanted to do.”Blankenship was a staple on “The Curse of Oak Island,” a reality TV series on the History channel set on the 57-hectare island on Nova Scotia’s south shore.David Eisnor, a longtime family friend, said during a eulogy that Blankenship was known around the world for being a treasure hunting legend, but he had many interests.Eisnor said his resume would also include “scuba diver, fisherman, armchair quarterback for his love of football, dancer and singer.”Blankenship became hooked on the story of Oak Island after reading a “Reader’s Digest” story in 1965 at his Florida home.Eisnor said at the time, Blankenship asked his wife Jane to read the piece, hoping it would also pique her interest.“She handed it back to him and said, ‘So what?’” said Eisnor, sparking a few laughs from the crowd.“Dan said to her, ‘Well number one, there’s treasure on Oak Island, and number two, I’m going to find it.’“It’s a statement like that, in a nutshell, that summed up Dan’s unbridled determination for everything that he did.”Blankenship co-owned the island with a group of investors, including brothers Rick and Marty Lagina, who are doing the major work on site now. Their search for treasure has been featured during the reality TV show’s six seasons.The Oak Island legend began in 1795 when curious teenage boys began digging at the site, thinking they might find a pirate’s buried treasure. Theories on who may have buried treasure on the island range from pirate Blackbeard to the Knights Templar.Aly Thomson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Officials Optimistic about Future of Oil and Gas in Morocco

Rabat – Fastnet Oil & Gas revealed earlier this week on their website that the Foum Assaka FA-1 well in the Agadir basin “encountered oil and gas shows and demonstrated a working system; however, commercial volumes of hydrocarbons were not found.” “The FA-1 well has been drilled to total depth within budget,” said Paul Griffiths, managing director of Fastnet.Despite the seemingly disappointing news for oil and gas, the Minister for Energy Water and the Environment, Abdelkader Aamara together with Amina Benkhadra from the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines (ONHYM), expressed a positive and reassuring view regarding the future of the industry during the opening session of the Morocco Oil and Gas summit that took place in Marrakech from May 7-8.According to daily newspaper Akhbar Al Yaoum, the optimism of the two officials was translated into figures showing that more than 34 companies are now operating in Morocco in the framework of 131 offshore and onshore exploration permits, in addition to five reconnaissance licenses and nine exploitation concessions. During the summit, Benkhadra highlighted the progress made last year. In 2013, there was an acquisition of 5451 square kilometers of 3D seismic data, 654 square kilometers of 2D seismic data, the drilling of three wells, and MAD 2.4 billion ($294 million) in investments from ONHYM oil companies. This year, 27 wells have been drilled and the net worth of investments is estimated at around MAD 5 billion.The ONHYM boss seemed cautiously optimistic, according to Akhbar Al Yaoum. “Nobody said it was easy to search for oil and gas deposits. It took Chevron four years of dry wells in Saudi Arabia before the explorations in Dammam,” Benkhadra said. Dammam is the most oil-rich region in the world.Edited by Liz Yaslik© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

IndoLanka accord is a sound framework say Indian experts

The Indo-Sri Lankan agreement drafted in 1987 is a sound framework that can be improved upon, say Indian politicians and those who were involved closely with the political developments then, The Hindu newspaper reported.For speakers at the launch of Tamil book, Ore inaprachinaiyum or opandhamum on Friday, it was time to recall the incidents that led to the accord and the later developments, including the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and the death of LTTE leader Prabhakaran. N. Ram, Chairman, The Hindu Group, recalled that Panruti S. Ramachandran, then a Minister in M.G. Ramachandran’s Cabinet had explained Prabakaran’s position to Rajiv Gandhi and that the former would never compromise on anything less than a separate State for Tamils. “The gap could not be bridged. I know that neither Centre nor State has supported a separate State. Even in Tamil Nadu, people have not supported the idea,” he said, recalling that during elections the issue was generally part of other demands. Senior journalist Gnani recalled that when the accord was being framed, he had vehemently opposed it. Advocate K.S. Radhakrishnan recalled the events that led to India’s involvement in Sri Lanka’s internal strife and felt that it was a geopolitical issue that India could not neglect. Former IPS officer G. Thilakavathi recalled her long association with Asokamitran and his wife, Rajeswari. Nanda, publisher of Kalaignan Publications, spoke. Mr. Ramachandran felt the agreement was a guarantee on the part of India but since the Sinhalese did not welcome it, the accord did not work. The decisions made by successive Sri Lankan rulers played a major part in dividing the populations. However, it is equality and providing equal opportunities that would bring about equal outcome, he said.The book, authored by T. Ramakrishnan, Senior Associate Editor with The Hindu, was released by Mr. Ramachandran and the first copywas received by the author’s mother, Rajeswari Thyagarajan. read more

Law students hailed by judges after overturning care workers sexual assault conviction

 Gareth Jones from Trecastle, PowysCredit:WALES NEWS SERVICE The following evening the police arrived at his home. He handed over his unwashed uniform from the previous night’s shift before being arrested for sexual assault.”That’s when my life just crumbled,” he told the BBC. “I felt like my heart had just been ripped out of me.“I was shocked, all over the place. I’d done nothing wrong.”At trial, Mr Jones, who has a learning difficulty that impairs his understanding, found proceedings impossible to follow and did not understand what was going on.Court of Appeal judges considered new evidence before ruling that the conviction could not be considered safe, pointing to a lack of DNA evidence.  Gareth Jones from Trecastle, Powys “University projects are a sticking plaster only and cannot replace a properly-funded legal aid system.” The team, led by Dr Dennis Eady, get sent hundreds of cases from people desperate to expose alleged miscarriages of justice.But as they sifted through the documents concerning Mr Jones’s case, they quickly realised there was a realistic prospect of overturning the conviction. There was a lack of medical evidence and Mr Jones had not been treated as a vulnerable person in court. A team of university law students have succeeded in overturning the conviction of a care worker who was wrongly jailed for sexually assaulting a dementia patient.The astonishing victory was the culmination of six years of unpaid work by students, solicitors and barristers who were determined to expose the miscarriage of justice.Gareth Jones, who has learning difficulties, was jailed in 2008 for what was described in court as a “vicious and sadistic” attack on a vulnerable, elderly woman.He had always pleaded his innocence but was “depicted as a monster” before the jury and was  jailed for nine years, a sentence later reduced to seven years on appeal.Gareth, 33, from Trecastle, Powys, spent three and a half years in Usk Prison and was forced to sign the sex offenders register.But his long-term carer, Paula Morgan was determined to prove his innocence and spent months searching for a legal team who would take up his case before coming across the Cardiff University Innocence Project. Cardiff UniversityCredit:James Davies/Alamy Stock Photo “The key thing about the new evidence was that (the patient’s) injuries could have been caused by a series of medical mishaps,” Dr Eady said. “There were other explanations. As a case to be taken on, it was a fairly obvious one.“It was an unfair trial but more to the point, Gareth didn’t do it.”Mr Jones was carrying out routine checks at the care home near Brecon when he realised the elderly patient in question was bleeding heavily, and so pressed an emergency call button for help.When colleagues arrived he left the room, as he could not stand the sight of blood but later accompanied the woman to hospital. Cardiff University Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. They said if the case was heard today, Mr Jones would have been given support for his learning difficulties during the legal process and the jury would have been directed to take it into account during their deliberations.”The charged and rhetorical nature of the questions and some of Mr Jones’s responses would have been likely to leave the jury with the impression that he had no answer to the charge,” they said.The judges acknowledged the “significant contribution” the Cardiff University Innocence Project made to his appeal.It is the second time the Innocence Project, launched in 2006, has successfully overturned a criminal conviction and it remains the only such project in the UK to have done so.The team made history in 2014, after former gang member Dwaine George, jailed for life in 2002 after teenager Daniel Dale was shot dead in Manchester, had his murder conviction overturned.The inocence project allows students who are passionate about investigating alleged miscarriages of justice to work on cases of long-term prisoners who maintain their innocence of serious crimes for which they have been convicted.Professor Julie Price, Head of Pro Bono at Cardiff University’s School of Law and Politics said: “The appeals system is problematic and needs to change. Even if you can afford lawyers, the system is stacked against you. read more