Serial paedophile jailed for longer A serial paedophile has had his prison term increased after the Attorney General, the Rt Hon Michael Ellis QC MP, referred his original sentence to the Court of Appeal under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme.Between 2012 and 2017, Aaron McWilliams, 29, committed a number of serious sexual offences against at least 21 young children in his care, the youngest victim was 4 months old.McWilliams forged documents to obtain jobs looking after children. His offending began by stealing from one family and escalated to sexual abuse. McWilliams had previous convictions, including sexual assault on a child under 13 and a breach of a sexual harm prevention order. While serving a suspended sentence, McWilliams sexually assaulted a young child he was looking after and was sent to prison. Upon his release, he then sexually assaulted another young child in breach of a court order intended to prevent his sexual offending. After his arrest, the police found images on his phone which led them to discover the sexual abuse campaign on which the offender had embarked.On 2 November McWilliams was convicted of a number of sexual offences at Woolwich Crown Court and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 9 years.On 21 May the Court of Appeal found the original sentence to be unduly lenient and increased his sentence to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 12 years.Speaking after the hearing, the Attorney General said:“McWilliams abused his position of trust in the most horrific way. He took away the innocence of many young children and shattered their lives and their families. I am pleased that the Court has increased the sentence, and I am grateful for the guidance it gave about the minimum term the most serious sexual and violent offenders should serve. I hope this brings some solace to all those who were affected by his despicable crimes.”The Court of Appeal gave guidance about the setting of minimum terms for the most serious sexual and violent offenders. The Court clarified that the minimum term should be calculated with consideration to the fact that offenders of these types of crime are now only eligible for release once they have served two-thirds of their sentence, rather than half. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:abuse, arrest, assault, attorney-general, campaign, children, court, crime, Discovery, Family, Government, jobs, police, prevention, Prison, sexual abuse, Sexual Assault, UK, UK Government
The Kalispell City Council delayed until October a decision on changes to laws regulating animals at its Monday meeting. Though a revision of Kalispell’s animal regulations is broadly prompted by several dog attacks over the last year, City Attorney Charlie Harball told the council the rules have not been updated since 1947, and so are overdue for some amendments. Key among the changes are to make most violations civil infractions, and no longer misdemeanors, so they would hold no possibility of jail time or jury trials, but would allow the city more latitude in fashioning punishments like fines or conditions. Proposed changes include making it a violation for a pet owner to not clean up waste from their pet on public or private property not their own, that owners must clean up waste from domestic animals on their property within 48 hours, and deposit it in a receptacle they own that is sealed from flies. That receptacle would have to be emptied “not less than once each week.” Under the new animal regulations, the municipal court would be given the authority to declare a dog dangerous if it determines the dog, unprovoked, injures someone or attacks another domestic animal, off that dog owner’s property. Owners of a dangerous dog would be required, at their own expense: to erect warning signs around their property; keep the dog in an enclosure; get an identification tattoo on the dog’s leg; purchase a surety bond of $50,000; pay an annual $250 registration fee; and notify police if the dog gets loose. An animal warden or police officers could seize the dog if the owner failed to pay the fees, and under some circumstances, the dog could be put to death. During council discussion of the animal regulations, members questioned whether an appointed panel of citizens to help in dealing with punishments for animal regulation violations was necessary or appropriate. They also questioned whether forcing pet owners to clean up after their animals on their property within 48 hours made sense, particularly in winter. Another question concerned how the city limit of no more than four dogs per house would apply to a litter or puppies. The Kalispell council will take the issue up again at its first meeting in October. Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.
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BALTIMORE — As the Orioles continue to search for consistent production in left field, outfielder and first baseman Steve Pearce appears to be moving closer to a return from an oblique strain.Manager Buck Showalter told reporters prior to Wednesday’s game against the New York Mets that Pearce took live batting practice in Sarasota, but the 32-year-old was hit in the back by a pitch in his third at-bat, bringing an end to his session. Should Pearce respond well to hitting live pitching and feel no ill effects from the hit by pitch, the Orioles are hoping to send him on a minor-league rehab assignment in the near future.Baltimore is currently using a platoon of Henry Urrutia and Nolan Reimold in left field after exhausting a number of unsuccessful options over the course of the 2015 season. Of course, Pearce was in the midst of a poor campaign of his own with a .227 average in 193 plate appearances, but he might represent the organization’s best internal option of receiving production in left field if he can channel his 2014 success over the final weeks of the season.Pearce was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain on July 22 and is eligible to be activated at any point. After a horrendous start in which he batted just .183 through June 3, Pearce was hitting .321 with an .856 on-base plus slugging percentage over his last 59 plate appearances before the injury.In other health-related news, right-handed relief pitcher Chaz Roe threw off flat ground on Wednesday, the first time he’s picked up a baseball since being placed on the 15-day DL with right shoulder tendinitis. Roe will repeat that task a couple more times before throwing off a mound and could then go on a brief minor-league rehab assignment.He is eligible to return from the DL on Aug. 25, and the club remains hopeful that he will be able to return close to that date if he isn’t quite ready at the conclusion of the minimum 15 days.Showalter said Matt Wieters’s hamstring felt good after returning to the lineup on Tuesday. The catcher also took a foul tip off his knee in the 5-3 loss to the Mets, but he stayed in the game.The Orioles signed left-handed reliever Mike Belfiore to a minor-league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Norfolk. He made his major league debut for Baltimore in 2013, but the 26-year-old appeared in only one game.After officially being released by the Orioles, outfielder Travis Snider has signed a minor-league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the club that traded him to Baltimore last winter.
28 March 2013The BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – have pledged to support one another in their collective fight against global warming and climate change.Delegates attending the 5th BRICS summit in Durban on Wednesday signed a multilateral agreement on climate cooperation and the green economy, which will see the exchange of technical and financial support to address the impact of climate change on developing countries.Speaking at the conclusion of the two-day summit, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the BRICS countries needed to respond to climate change by investing more in development that supports the green economy.“We need to respond to all the persistent weaknesses that threaten the world economy … All of us need to work together to for the green economy and cooperation in energy, food security, health care and education,” Singh said.Earlier in the day, President Jacob Zuma also said South Africa would continue to work tirelessly to forge stronger ties with developing nations in promoting the green economy, mineral beneficiation and infrastructure finance.The multilateral agreement on the green economy would not only benefit BRICS member states but the entire African continent, Zuma said.Brazilian President Dilma Vana Rousseff urged her fellow BRICS colleagues to “reaffirm BRICS as a fast growing global giant committed to a clean development.“We must uphold the optimism our people have in BRICS, and Brazil will be playing its role in this regard,” Rousseff said, adding that her country was committed to new non-fossil energy initiatives.Source: SAnews.gov.za
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Mentor tells Mohamed Elneny: Leave Arsenalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHamdi Nouh has urged Mohamed Elneny to leave Arsenal in January.Nouh was coach of Elneny when they were together at Egypt’s Arab Contractors.And he said, “He has to leave Arsenal in the next transfer period. “He has to leave at least on a loan basis to play more and to regain his confidence.”Nouh added: “His situation has been influenced by a trainer change and a new way of playing, but I am convinced that he will return better. Because his enormous potential and his winning mentality will help him to come back.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd centre-back Maguire: Leicester should be happy with dealby Freddie Taylor16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Maguire says Leicester were reluctant for him to join Manchester United.United made Maguire the world’s most expensive defender when they paid the Foxes £80m for his signature. And Maguire says the deal was good for both parties.”[The fee] doesn’t bother me at all,” Maguire told Inside United. “It’s something that I can’t affect. Leicester wanted to keep me and they are in a great position as a club.”Manchester United wanted to buy me and they came to an agreement. It’s probably a good deal for both parties and it’s something now where I want to concentrate on my football.”
zoom Hong Kong-based dry bulk shipping company Pacific Basin Shipping is reaping the fruits of the recovery of market fundamentals in the dry bulk sector which pushed up time charter equivalent (TCE) earnings in the first quarter of 2017.This has been a result of improved market condition after seasonal dip around the Chinese New Year, especially in the Pacific which started the year weaker than the Atlantic. By the end of the quarter, Pacific rates were at their highest in over two years.The company’s Handysize and Supramax daily TCE earnings stood at USD 7,460 and USD 8,030 in the first quarter of this year, compared to USD 5,900 and USD 5,800 in the same period of 2015, respectively. This represents an improvement of 26% and 38% year on year.As of March 31, 2017, Pacific Basin secured cover for the remaining three quarters of 2017 – 37% of its 29,520 contracted Handysize revenue days at around USD 8,520 per day and 65% of the firm’s 11,210 contracted Supramax revenue days at around USD 10,090 per day.The company said that its Handysize and Supramax capacity has increased year on year due to Pacific Basin’s larger fleet of owned ships complemented by ships on shorter-term charters.During the quarter, Pacific Basin took delivery of six new vessels, with one remaining newbuilding scheduled to join the company’s fleet in the second quarter. The delivery in May will increase the company’s owned fleet to 100 ships.In early 2017, the company purchased a secondhand Supramax and sold an older, smaller Supramax. Additionally, Pacific Basin bought a seven-year old Handysize vessel in March.Pacific Basin pointed out it “will continue to look for opportunities to purchase quality vessels and to assess attractive fleet renewal opportunities.”“While we believe the worst of the current dry bulk market cycle is behind us, the market improvement year on year was from a very low base and both supply and demand factors remain uncertain.”“The orderbook is shrinking, but the global fleet is still growing and lingering oversupply, the risk of new ordering and the potential for increased ship operating speeds remain negative factors. More patience, scrapping and lack of ordering are required for a more fundamental market balance to be sustained.”
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter In anticipation of Thursday’s big event, the Toronto skies will be lit blue tomorrow night. For more details, please follow #LightUpthe6ix and #BellBlueSky on Twitter and Instagram, and join the Facebook event.About Bell MediaBell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 109 licensed radio stations in 58 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral, an out-of-home advertising network of more than 30,000 faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with its CraveTV and GO video streaming services; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; owns a majority stake in Pinewood Toronto Studios, one of the largest purpose-built production studios in Canada; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca. TORONTO – Bell Media has confirmed a free live event at Yonge-Dundas Square on Thursday, April 5 at 9 p.m. ET in celebration of a special announcement for Toronto. The #LightUpthe6ix street-level event features performances by Canadian artists Arkells and City and Colour, and is co-hosted by CTV YOUR MORNING’s Ben Mulroney and Anne-Marie Mediwake.Arkells, comprised of vocalist and guitarist Max Kerman, guitarist Michael DeAngelis, bassist Nick Dika, drummer Tim Oxford, and keyboardist Anthony Carone, have been relentlessly touring in support of their latest album, Morning Report. The four-time JUNO award-winners recently earned marquee festival appearance slots at some of the biggest festivals in the US, including Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Bonnaroo. Their most recent hit single, “Knocking At The Door”, spent an unprecedented 14 weeks at #1 on the Canadian Alt/Rock charts, making it the most played Alt/Rock song of 2017, and Arkells the most played band of the year.City and Colour, the moniker of Ontario native, singer-songwriter Dallas Green, is undeniably one of the biggest groundswell stories to emerge from Canada. His achievements include three JUNO Awards, including two Songwriter of the Year awards (2009, 2012), three Double Platinum-certified albums, six Platinum-certified albums, and two Gold-certified albums in Canada (City and Colour, Alexisonfire, and You+Me). Green’s latest and fifth City and Colour studio release, If I Should Go Before You, debuted #1 on the Top 200 Soundscan, his third consecutive chart-topper in Canada. The LP also made serious waves internationally debuting at #16 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Chart, and #5 in Australiawhere Green’s LP Little Hell went Gold. In 2014, Green collaborated with international superstar Alecia Moore (aka P!nk) on a new project titled You+Me. The duo’s acclaimed debut, rose ave., debuted at #4 on the U.S. Top 200 Chart, #1 in Canada, and #2 in Australia, culminating in memorable performances on THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW and JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!. Advertisement Facebook