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SUPPORT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

A number of charities have joined the boycott of London’s Dorchester Hotel, by cancelling events due to be held there.

The moves follow the new Sharia penal code imposed on his people by the hotel’s owner, the Sultan of Brunei, which now prescribes the barbaric stoning to death of those convicted of homosexual practices or adultery. These inhuman punishments, more torture than just execution, have caused widespread revulsion and condemnation around the world. Continue reading

FIRST CONVICTION FOR FGM

A Ugandan mother from Walthamstow has been handed an 11 year jail sentence for an act of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on her own 3 year old daughter. She also received a further 2 years for other offences, including distributing an indecent image of a child.

The woman, who has not been named, was told by Mrs Justice Whipple that FGM was a barbaric form of child abuse. The action came to light when the woman’s daughter had to be taken to hospital with her injuries and surgeons alerted the police after the mother claimed that her daughter had fallen from a worktop onto a cupboard door.

CANCER CON

A fraudster conned a small cancer charity into employing her as a £40,000 a year marketing and events manager by claiming that she had two masters degrees and a doctorate. She also claimed to have cancer and used the time she got off for her fictitious illness to apply for other well-paid jobs, using the same lies about her qualifications.

Patricia Robertshaw, 42, of Barrowford, Lancashire was jailed for four years and five months at York Crown Court after admitting four counts of fraud and one of forgery. She had taken a total of £86, 833, including £19,000 in sick pay, from Yorkshire Cancer Research, and her deceptions first raised suspicion when she claimed to be having radiotherapy treatment at a hospital where it was not available. The final proof came when the charity’s management required all staff to provide certificates for their claimed qualifications and Robertshaw’s were found to be bogus, with false signatures.

DESPERATE CHEATS

Felicity Huffman, 56, a former actress in the Desperate Housewives series, has admitted that an £11,000 bribe disguised as a charitable donation was paid to university admissions consultant Rick Singer to increase her daughter’s examination score for a university admission.

Huffman is one of a number of parents accused of cheating the system. Actress Lori Loughlin, 54, and her husband Massimo Giannulli, 55, are said to have paid more than £380,000 to get their two daughters admitted onto the rowing crew at the University of Southern California. Neither is a rower but both were photographed on rowing machines to create a false profile. One daughter, Olivia Jade, 19, is reportedly an influencer on Instagram and YouTube with more than a million followers, at present, and is endorsed by Amazon, for what it’s worth.

SLAVERY AND THE NATIONAL TRUST

The National Trust is researching the links to slavery that an estimated one in six of its properties has, to give visitors an honest and balanced picture.

The research, dubbed Colonial Countryside, is being carried out by Leicester University over the next five years, and up to 100 children aged 10 and 11 from African, Caribbean and South Asian backgrounds will be advising the Trust how best to put the findings over to children.

Aspects under discussion include the looting of treasures from overseas, mahogany furniture made by African slaves, slave-owners’ illegitimate colonial children and the shipping of live turtles from Jamaica to make soup for the rich.

LIBEL THREAT

The cancer charity Melanoma UK has been threatened with legal action by the Sunbed Association for suggesting that regular use of sunbeds increases the risk of contracting cancer.

Representing the association, London solicitors RIAA Barker Gillette (managing partner Alex Deal) has written to the charity warning them that claiming there is a “proven link” between sunbed use and skin cancer is “factually incorrect”. They go on to claim that “responsible use” does not pose a health risk.

The charity is calling for a ban on commercial sunbeds. The NHS has said that the charity is “absolutely right to highlight the risks caused by sunbeds”.

BIG PROBLEMS AHEAD FOR DORCHESTER GROUP

Those responsible for marketing hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei have some serious thinking to do after their owner announced that gay sex and adultery in the Sultanate would be punished by stoning to death, in line with the Sharia law now in operation there.

The move has sparked an international outcry as the inhumanely cruel Biblical punishment is seen by many as just extreme and sadistic torture. Victims are buried up to head and shoulders and the stones, which are specified as having to be “large enough to cause real damage but small enough to do it slowly”, are thrown by a number of individuals so that no one person can be accused of the killing.

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BAD BET FOR BOOKIES

Marketeers at bookmakers Betfred and Paddy Power have been accused of continuing to target problem gamblers with new, addictive, roulette-style games that allow victims to lose up to £15,000 an hour.

The new games were launched on Monday April 1st, the same day that the maximum bet on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOTBs) termed “crack cocaine” for gamblers by campaigners, was reduced by law from £100 to £2. Paddy Power’s Pick’ n’36 game allows losers to wave goodbye to £100 every three minutes, or £2,000 an hour, while Betfred’s Virtual Cycling game can take £500 every 2 minutes, or £15,000 per hour.

Following criticism from the Gambling Commission, which has the power to sack bosses of bookmakers by revoking their right to hold a management position in the industry, Betfred and Paddy Power have withdrawn their new games.