Countryside dwellers  feel left behind due to poor roads no public transport

“However, rural respondents told us that their lived experience is too often and too easily overlooked, and that living in rural areas can make them feel invisible.” Spectacular views from the summit of Hallin Fell in the Lake District “These projects address feelings of isolation in rural areas and foster a sense of community spirit and pride. Many of these projects typically deliver multiple outcomes, such as arts activities contributing to increasing personal confidence, or food projects linking people with the land and with each other.” Volunteers are under “huge pressure” and are “taking responsibility for sustaining the community” in the absence of public services, the report said.In some cases this has meant residents gritting roads themselves, keeping public toilets open and fundraising to keep village halls accessible. “Many respondents to the survey told us that they did not feel as though the public valued rural communities, or understood the challenges faced by living in these areas,” Ms Saunders told The Telegraph. “Respondents also felt as though a lack of joined up thinking on rural issues is because rural areas are ‘invisible’ or ‘off the radar’, their location leading to their specific needs being overlooked.”The research is based on more than 3,000 responses to a public survey that revealed 500 projects designed to combat the sense rejection and loneliness in remote villages.”It is encouraging to hear how communities are taking action to address the challenges they face,” Ms Saunders added. Claire Saunders, director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund, told The Telegraph: “Changes are interconnected – the combination of a lack of affordable housing, a deterioration of the state of the roads and a reliance on private transport, and a lack of reliable access to digital and broadband impact on the experience of people living in rural areas.”  Spectacular views from the summit of Hallin Fell in the Lake District Credit:David Forster /Alamy Live News  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. Countryside dwellers are made to feel “off the radar” and “left behind” with impassable roads, no public transport and poor broadband fuelling a sense of being cut off and ignored, a report has found.A sense of remoteness, being “forgotten” and “last in the pecking order” has increased dramatically in rural communities in the past decade, according to new research by The Prince’s Contryside Fund and Scotland’s Rural College.It has been caused partly by poor internet access “too slow even for online banking” and a road network so poor it is “not fit to support the rural economy”. In the past 10 years, roads have deteriorated so drastically that “bad weather can trap families for days”, it warned. Combined with a sharp fall in rural public transport this means it is almost impossible to “get around without owning a car”, the report said. For those without a car this fuels isolation and leads to a rise in mental health problems, it warned. read more

Elderly bus driver had dementia when he killed two in Coventry crash

Kailash Chander 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. Tthe scene after a double decker bus crashed into a Sainsbury’s supermarket Credit:West Midlands Ambulance Service/PA The scene after a double decker bus crashed into a Sainsbury's supermarket  Kailash Chander A pre-trial hearing was also told Chander may have been suffering from undiagnosed dementia – without showing symptoms to colleagues – at the time of the crash.Jurors deliberated for around three hours on Tuesday before finding that Chander was driving dangerously when he caused the two deaths and serious injury to two other passenger. Chander, a former mayor of Leamington Spa, had worked for more than 70 hours in the week leading up to the accident, which saw him drive “full throttle” for almost 82 metres. They were not asked to return verdicts of guilty because Chander was mentally unfit to take part in the hearing. They were instead invited to rule on whether he “did the acts” alleged.Stockport-based Midland Red (South), part of Stagecoach, pleaded guilty last year to offences contrary to the Health and Safety at Work Act by permitting Chander to continue driving despite warnings about his competence and fatigue.Chander could face a supervision order at a further hearing on November 26. Midland Red, which faces an unlimited fine, will be sentenced on the same date. An elderly bus driver who killed two people when he drove into a supermarket was suffering from dementia and had crashed four times in the previous three years, a court heard.Kailash Chander, who mistook the accelerator for the brake before the fatal crash in Coventry in October 2015, was ruled mentally unfit to stand trial due to post-traumatic stress disorder and frontal lobe dementia.The 80-year-old, who was 77 at the time of the crash, was excused from attending a “finding-of-facts” trial after psychiatrists said he would be unable to give evidence or instruct lawyers with regard to the crash.Primary school pupil Rowan Fitzgerald, who was sitting at the front of the upper deck, died of a head injury, while 76-year-old pedestrian Dora Hancox died from multiple injuries after being hit by the bus and a falling lamppost.A six-day trial at Birmingham Crown Court was told Chander had been warned about his “erratic” driving by bus company Midland Red after four crashes in the previous three years. read more

Duchess of Sussexs mother hails power of women as she is surprise

“Everyone’s just hungry”, said the Duchess, laughing, as she added fresh dill and sunflower oil to the dish, flipped chapatis and turned koftas on a grill.After a short speech, the Royal couple and Ms Ragland sat down to enjoy a spread of dishes including coconut chicken curry, aubergine masala and caramelised plum upside-down cake.Then then posed for a group photo with the ladies of the kitchen and their children before staying to chat. Ms Ragland embraced each of the women in turn, telling them: “It’s amazing. I’m just as excited as you are.” The book, called Together, was launched at a lunch in Perk’s Field at Kensington Palace, in a marquee decorated with flowers in rustic vases and keep-sake menus.Arriving by car, Ms Ragland surprised guests after stepping out of the front seat, greeting a welcoming party with the words: “Hi, I’m Meg’s mom.”Baroness Gail Rebuck, chair of publisher Penguin Random House, told Ms Ragland she must feel “very proud” of the Duchess and her work on the cookbook.“Head over heels,” she replied. The Duchess of Sussex sits among locals at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage CentreCredit:JENNY ZARINS /AFP In a three-minute speech to guests without notes, the Duchess spoke of the “tremendous labour of love” required to produce the cook book, which has been kept secret for months, as well as how the multicultural centre made her feel welcome. Intlak Al Saiegh, one of the cooks, sat with the Duke, Duchess and Ms Ragland during lunch and said she was pleased to see them filling their plates.Asked about the Hubb kitchen and its impact, she said that the entire community had known many people affected by Grenfell Tower fire and were finding solace in coming together.”It’s healing. We are people coming together to cook, healing ourselves and we will move forward. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Doria Ragland pose for a group picture during the cookbook launchCredit:BEN STANSALL /AFP 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. The Duchess of Sussex in animated conversation at the cookbook launch Of her pleasure at meeting contributors, she added: “I’m so glad I can put the face with the recipes. I’m going to tell everyone, I met her! I’m going to make everything, I’m serious.”Standing with a small group of Hubb kitchen cooks as she said goodbye, she also gave an insight into where the Duchess’ own beliefs have come from.  “The power of women,” she told them. “We make things happen. We’re curious, we say yes, we show up. “I’m inspired.” The Duchess embraced her friends at the kitchen warmly with three kisses, visibly excited at the success of the project so far.The trio, who at one point stood with their arms around one another in a line, made their way around four food stations, with the Duchess helping with food preparation while her mother and husband quizzed cooks on their ingredients. “Meghan pushed us to go forward. We had the skills but we didn’t know how to use them and she encouraged us.” The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with Doria Ragland in the Kensington Palace tentCredit:BEN STANSALL /AFP The idea for the Hubb cookbook came from the Duchess herself, after she asked coordinator Zahira Ghaswala how often the kitchen was open and was surprised to learn it could only stretch to two days, due to limitations on funding. At the first stop, Ahlam Saeid showed off an enormous bowl of green rice.“Oh I love that,” said Doria. “That was the first thing I asked about.” I could be wrong but I reckon we’ve caught Prince Harry red handed stealing some samosas from the Meghan’s ‘Together’ cookbook event they were at today!! Have a watch… #HubbCommunityKitchen @KensingtonRoyal pic.twitter.com/3BWd0TYqj8— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) September 20, 2018 Published by Ebury Press, Together: Our Community Cookbook costs £9.99. The Duchess of Sussex talks to women taking part in the projectCredit:BEN STANSALL /AFP The Hubb Community Kitchen at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre The Duchess of Sussex The Duchess of Sussex in animated conversation at the cookbook launchCredit:BEN STANSALL /AFP She added:  “They loved the food. I said, ‘I’m ready any time you’re stuck with the recipes, give me a ring and I will give you tips’.”There may be no need. After happily taking a backseat for the afternoon, the Duke finished the day with a wry grin, after being caught on camera pinching leftover samosas for the short car journey home. The Duchess of Sussex talks to women taking part in the project The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Doria Ragland pose for a group picture during the cookbook launch The Duchess of Sussex cooking with women in the Hubb Community KitchenCredit:Jenny Zarins /PA The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are accompanied by Doria Ragland in a tent at Kensington Palace “I’m so excited to see the projects you’re going to continue to do in your own community, the community at large, and also how you’re going to inspire people globally by sharing your stories and your recipes.” — The Duchess of Sussex #CookTogether pic.twitter.com/MwOMuWKNDo— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 20, 2018 Duchess reveals her secret visits to Grenfell kitchenThe Hubb Community Kitchen, named for the word “love” in Arabic, was founded shortly after the Grenfell disaster, after displaced women sought a place to cook fresh, warm food for their families.Since then, it has become a home-from-home which, in the words of the Duchess, allowed them to “to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together” as well as tasting “the memory of home, albeit homes some had recently lost”.At least two of the book’s contributors, Hiwot Dagnachew and Munira Mahmud, escaped the Grenfell fire, while others live and work nearby.  Video: Duchess of Sussex cooks with Grenfell community  Ms Ragland’s appearance at an official royal engagement will raise questions about a potential future move to Britain, and provides visible support after a difficult summer in which the Duchess’ father, Thomas Markle, has conducted a series of indiscreet interviews.  The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with Doria Ragland in the Kensington Palace tent The Duchess of Cambridge’s parents have previously attended occasional social events with the Royal family, including Ascot and a Royal Variety performance. She told guests from the Al-Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre: “I had just recently moved to London and I felt so immediately embraced by the women in the kitchen; your warmth, and your kindness, and also to be able to be in this city and to see how in this one small room how multicultural it was.“On a personal level I feel so proud to live in a city that can have so much diversity. There are 12 countries represented in this one group of women, which is pretty outstanding.” “We can do a cookbook,” the Duchess replied.Describing how it takes visitors 15 minutes to enter the Hubb kitchen “joyfully greeted by kisses by each of the incredible women there”, the Duchess said of her visits:  “The kitchen buzzes with women of all ages; women who have lived and seen life; laughing, chatting, sharing a cup of tea and a story, while children play on the floor or are rocked to sleep in their strollers. Doria introduced herself as “Meg’s mom” and said she was “head over heels” with pride pic.twitter.com/jm5xQBCEJH— Hannah Furness (@Hannah_Furness) September 20, 2018 The Duchess of Sussex helped make chapatis and turned koftas on a grill as she launched a cookbook in a tent at Kensington PalaceCredit:BEN STANSALL /AFP She added: “You should undoubtedly arrive on an empty stomach because upon departure you will have been stuffed to the gills with samosas flecked with cinnamon, chapatis flavoured with carrots and onion, Russian Semolina cake and my very favourite avocado dip that I now make at home.”Book profits will go towards keeping kitchen openThe book, which is out today, September 20, also sees the Duchess write of her own evocative food memories, praising “the power of a meal to take you to places you’ve never been, or transport you right back to where you came from”.Before meeting Prince Harry, the Duchess ran a lifestyle blog in which she recorded her favourite recipes, and is known to have volunteered in a soup kitchen as a young woman. Zahira Ghaswala, Hubb coordinator, said afterwards that she was feeling “very emotional” at the success of the day, saying the refurbished kitchen will open for seven days as of next week, with future plans to bring in sessions for fathers and children, and cookery courses.One woman at the launch said she was now finding help through counselling after the Duke of Sussex encouraged her to talk about what had happened and rid herself of her misplaced feeling of guilt for surviving. The Royal Foundation is administering the transfer of funds from the sale’ to the Hubb Community Kitchen and related projects.A spokesman said profits will help keep the kitchen open for up to seven days a week and to widen its reach to others in the community. She has been her rock since childhood, by her side at Windsor Castle to watch her marry into the Royal family in May and making quiet visits to support her ever since.So when the Duchess of Sussex launched her first solo project to the world yesterday, there was only one place Doria Ragland could be: right by her side.Ms Ragland, who has flown from Los Angeles to stay for a short break at Kensington Palace, was the unexpected guest at a lunch celebrating her daughter’s new cookbook, as she spoke movingly to the cooks of the Grenfell Tower community about the power of women.Embracing each of them with a warm hug, she told of her “head over heels” pride in her daughter’s work, and promised the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen she would make every one of their recipes.The Duchess was also supported by her husband, who deliberately hung back to make small talk with guests to allow her and the Hubb women to celebrate their work in the spotlight. The Duchess of Sussex The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are accompanied by Doria Ragland in a tent at Kensington PalaceCredit:BEN STANSALL /AFP read more

Womens champion Baroness Brady drawn into Sir Philip Green MeToo scandal

Baroness Brady, the Government’s small business adviser and BBC star, has been drawn into the growing furore surrounding Sir Philip Green and allegations against him of sexual harassment and racial abuse. The Conservative peer, an outspoken defender of women’s rights in the workplace, is the chairman of Taveta, the holding company of Sir Philip’s Arcadia retail empire. She was brought in to clean up corporate governance at the firm in the wake of the BHS pension scandal, and well-placed sources have claimed she has known for several months about a series of substantial payments made to employees making sexual and racial harassment claims. Baroness Brady, the Government and the BBC have refused… read more

Asylum seeker schoolboy is grown man Home Office concludes

A Home Office investigation has found that an adult asylum seeker posed as a schoolboy and was placed in a classroom of 15-year-olds.A new inquiry has been launched to try to establish how the man, described by pupils as looking 30 years old, managed to spend six weeks as a Year 11 pupil at Stoke High School in Ipswich, Suffolk.The former pupil, originally from the Middle East, now faces being deported after the official report established he was over 18.The man, known as Siavash, can now be identified for the first time. He was first pictured on social media by a fellow pupil with the message: “How’s there a 30-year-old man in our maths class?”Other pictures apparently from the man’s Facebook account showed him with a moustache, facial stubble and drinking from a bottle of beer.Some parents were so concerned that they removed their children from school. The scandal prompted the school to remove the man, believed to be 6ft 1ins tall. Stoke High School in Ipswich, SuffolkCredit:Harry Hubbard/SWNS “The threshold is set deliberately high so that only those who are very clearly over 18 are assessed as adults.” A department spokesman said: “We are fully committed to safeguarding children and are looking into the circumstances of this case to understand how it was handled.“Age-disputed cases remain a challenging area of work in which no single assessment technique, or combination of techniques, is likely to determine an individual’s age with precision.”In the absence of clear and credible documentary evidence, Home Office staff must rely on physical appearance and demeanour to make an initial assessment on whether a person claiming to be a child is under 18.”If an individual is assessed to be under 18, but subsequent concerns about their age are raised – for example by a school – we will act quickly to reconsider the case.”A spokesman for the school, run by the Ormiston Academies Trust, confirmed the Year 11 pupil is no longer there, adding: “This is a matter for the Home Office. We cannot comment further on individual cases.”A Facebook profile apparently by the man described him as having been an architecture student at the Islamic Azad University in Abadan, Iran, before living in Erfurt, Germany. The account has since been deleted.Rumours had been rife in Ipswich that the man was even married and had children. Although the Home Office refused to reveal what age he is now believed to be, it is understood from sources that he is being treated officially as an adult asylum seeker. Asylum seekers believed to be under 18 who arrive in Britain are entitled to a state education. However, if concerns are then raised that they may be older than initially thought, the school can report them to the Home Office, which then instruct social workers to make an assessment of their true age.However, they are only assessed as adults if there is “clear and credible documentary evidence” or if two immigration officers rule that their “physical appearance or demeanour very strongly suggests they are significantly over 18 years of age”.The Home Office spokesman added: “When there is doubt about an individual’s claim to be a child, the individual will be referred to a local authority’s social services department for a careful, case law-compliant age assessment and they will be treated as a child until a decision on their age is made.”If an individual is assessed to be over 18, we will process any asylum claim as being made by an adult. If the application is unsuccessful, and appeal rights are exhausted, removal action will be pursued as appropriate.”In the absence of documentary evidence, Home Office staff are only able to treat a claimant as an adult if their physical appearance and demeanour very strongly suggest that they are significantly over 18 years of age – and where two officers have reached this conclusion independently. 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. Stoke High School in Ipswich, Suffolk read more

NeoNazi couple who named their son after Adolf Hitler jailed for membership

A fanatical Neo-Nazi couple who named their baby son after Adolf Hitler have been jailed for membership of a terrorist group that a judge warned wants to use “serious violence and murder” to “overthrow of democracy” in the UK.Adam Thomas, 22, and Claudia Patatas, 38, were found guilty of being members of the extreme Right-wing organisation National Action, which was banned in 2016.The jury was told that Thomas and Patatas gave their child the middle name “Adolf”, which Thomas said was in “admiration” of Hitler, and the couple had Swastika scatter cushions in their home.Thomas and Patatas were jailed at Birmingham Crown Court for six years and six months, and five years, respectively.The sentencing judge said both had “a long history of violent racist beliefs”. Their close friend, Darren Fletcher, who admitted National Action membership before trial, was also jailed for five years for the same offence.In all, six people were sentenced on Tuesday, for being members of what Judge Melbourne Inman QC described as a group with “horrific aims”.He said: “Its aims and objectives are the overthrow of democracy in this country by serious violence and murder, and the imposition of a Nazi-style state which would eradicate whole sections of society by such violence and mass murder.” Convicted Neo-Nazi terrorist Claudia Patatas arrives at Birmingham Crown Court prior to her sentencingCredit:Aaron Chown/PA Thomas and Patatas Credit:SWNS.com 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. Former Amazon security guard Thomas, and Patatas, a wedding photographer originally from Portugal who also wanted to “bring back concentration camps”, were found guilty after a seven-week trial.Thomas, a twice-failed Army applicant, was also convicted on a majority verdict of having a terrorist manual, namely the Anarchist’s Cookbook, which jurors heard contained instructions on making “viable” bombs.The couple, of Waltham Gardens, Banbury, Oxfordshire, held hands and wept as they were sentenced.Daniel Bogunovic, 27, of Crown Hills Rise, Leicester, a leading member in National Action’s Midlands chapter, was also jailed. He was convicted of membership of National Action after standing trial with Patatas and Thomas, and sentenced to six years and four months.He was described by prosecutors as a “committed National Action leader, propagandist and strategist”, within the group’s Midlands cell. Two other men, cyber security worker and National Action Midlands cell “banker” Joel Wilmore, 24, and van driver Nathan Pryke, 26, described as the group’s “security enforcer”, were also sent to prison.Fletcher, 28, of Kitchen Lane, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, Wilmore, 24, of Bramhall Road, Stockport, Greater Manchester, and Pryke, 26, of Dartford Road, March, Cambridge, all admitted membership of the banned group prior to the trial.Pryke was handed a jail term of five years and five months, and Wilmore was sentenced to five years and 10 months.Opening the case, Barnaby Jameson QC, prosecuting, said all six defendants had been members post-ban and taken part in the organisation’s chat groups, which were staging posts for comments of “virulent racism, particularly from Thomas, Patatas and Fletcher”.He added: “Leaders Pryke, Wilmore and Bogunovic were more circumspect in their views but on occasion the true depth of their racial hatred leeched out.” Last week, the court heard the prosecution claim that Fletcher had taught his daughter to give a Nazi salute, and that he sent a message to Patatas saying “finally got her to do it”.Photographs recovered from their address also showed Thomas cradling his newborn son while wearing the hooded white robes of a Ku Klux Klansman.In conversation with another National Action member, Patatas said “all Jews must be put to death”, while Thomas had once told his partner he found “all non-whites intolerable”. Adam Thomas, Claudia Patatas and Daniel Bogunovic Claudia Patatas  read more

Royal Family threaten to block and report social media trolls to police

The Royal Family has published rules for followers of its social media channels, warning that anyone who posts offensive comments will be blocked or reported to the police in the wake of escalating abuse of the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex. The Royal Family has issued guidelines on social media to create a “safe environment” on its Twitter and Instagram channels, urging “courtesy, kindness and respect”. Anyone who posts obscene, offensive or unintelligible content now runs the risk of being deleted, blocked or subject to legal proceedings in the most significant measures yet to protect the mental health and wellbeing of followers.The decision to publish formal guidelines follows increasingly hostile commentary on the Royal Family’s accounts, particularly on photographs published of the Cambridges and Sussexes by Kensington Palace.On Twitter and Instagram, the comments section has regularly descended into abuse of both Duchesses, with the Duchess of Sussex subjected to racist comments on top of the sexist and offensive words aimed at both her and the Duchess of Cambridge. The guidelines state that comments must not “contain spam, be defamatory of any person, deceive others, be obscene, offensive, threatening, abusive, hateful, inflammatory or promote sexually explicit material or violence”. They must never “promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age” or “breach any of the terms of any of the social media platforms themselves”.  In addition, they must not “be off-topic, irrelevant or unintelligible”, or “contain any advertising or promote any services”.While Kensington Palace has already taken measures to delete comments and block particular offensive words, those found to be in breach of the guidelines will now face formal sanctions.  “We reserve the right to determine, at our discretion, whether contributions to our social media channels breach our guidelines,” the statement said.”We reserve the right to hide or delete comments made on our channels, as well as block users who do not follow these guidelines.”We also reserve the right to send any comments we deem appropriate to law enforcement authorities for investigation as we feel necessary or is required by law.”The main Royal Family account has 3.8 million followers on Twitter, 4.5 million on Instagram, and its Facebook page has 4.8 million likes, while Clarence House has 812,000 followers on Twitter and 624,000 on Instagram. It follows rapid growth of the social media accounts in the last few years, with thousands of comments now accompanying them every week. Some, aides say, have become highly inappropriate or threatening, moving beyond fair criticism of the Royal Family or the work of individual members.In a statement issued on social media today, the three households of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace said they wanted to “create an environment where our community can engage safely in debate and is free to make comments, questions and suggestions”.”We ask that anyone engaging with our social media channels shows courtesy, kindness and respect for all other members of our social media communities,” the statement said. “In order to help create this safe environment we have set out some guidelines which apply to any engagement with us or other members of the community on any of our social media channels.” The Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex at Wimbledon The Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex at Wimbledon Trooping the Colour 2018Credit:Chris Jackson Trooping the Colour 2018 Today we have published guidelines for interacting with The Royal Family, @ClarenceHouse and @KensingtonRoyal social media channels. Read in full here: https://t.co/b57TjSn09d— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) March 4, 2019 Palace aides are understood to have been particularly concerned about users abusing one another, often in the guise of supporting “Team Meghan” or “Team Kate”.  It is the first time the palace has published formal guidance on social media. The Cambridges and the Sussexes’ official account @KensingtonRoyal has nearly 1.7 million followers on Twitter and 7.1 million on Instagram, many of whom joined after the arrival of the Duchess of Sussex.As Meghan Markle, she ran her own personal accounts and lifestyle website thetig.com, but closed them ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry. The Duke of Cambridge has been a prominent campaigner against cyberbullying, and has previously accused social media giants of being “on the back foot” when it comes to fighting issues like online bullying, fake news, and hate speech. read more

Isambard Kingdom Brunel worried about pollution caused by Industrial Revolution

The trove has been donated to the SS Great Britain Trust and Brunel Institute.Nick Booth, head of collections at the Trust, said: “The documents provide a remarkable and unique insight into Brunel in his formative years.“It would be going too far to suggest Brunel was an environmentalist – he was a Victorian engineer after all – but this does provide a glimpse of genuine concern about pollution and is perhaps another way Britain’s greatest engineer was way ahead of his time.” Roger Henley The documents didn’t stand out “until I got to the bottom of the first letter and to my amazement realised it was signed IK Brunel,” Mr Henley said.The letters, dated between 1832 and 1846 and most of them addressed to the Bristol Dock Company, throw fresh light on the period in which he was appointed engineer to Clifton Suspension Bridge, launched the SS Great Britain and completed the Great Western Railway. Researcher Roger Henley unearthed the letters among thousands of archive documentsCredit:Bristol Port Company Isambard Kingdom Brunel expressed fears that the Industrial Revolution was harming the environment, according to newly discovered letters.The engineer worried about water supplies being polluted by waste, some of it created by his Great Western Railway.Writing in 1842 about Bristol’s floating harbour, he said that “the abuses of using the Float as a common receptacle for rubbish have immensely increased”. He also cited waste from the local cotton mill, iron merchants, and ship, locomotive and bridge builders.The pollution was “in some measure unavoidable”, he wrote, but too many were using the harbour as a dumping ground: “I fear still more from the apparent tendency of all persons to use the Float as a good receiver for that which cannot easily be got rid of elsewhere”.His warning was among 15 documents unearthed by a retired engineer, Roger Henley, who was sifting through papers in the archive room at Bristol Port Company as part of his research for a new book about the port. 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. read more

Archery kayaking for hinterland schools in 2019 Jones

File photo: Coaches Manley Polo Thomas and Shunette Thompson in centre flanked by students of St. Ignatius Secondary School after an Introduction Session to Archery earlier this yearThe sport of archery and kayaking are expected to be formally introduced into hinterland schools come 2019. These include schools in Regions One, Seven, Eight, Nine and sections of Region Ten.This was disclosed by the Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, during an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI). Jones said that the emergence of these sport is catered for in the 2019 National Budget proposals by the National Sports Commission.In March of this year, Archery Guyana held a historic Level 1 Archery Coaching Course with participants from across the country. According to Jones, that was just the first step. Now, the NSC is seeking to make a conscious effort and take it directly to those in the hinterland regions.“In some of the outlying regions they use the arrow and bow to hunt for food so it is just a matter of teaching them the technique and that is why we are so confident that in those outlying regions, we can find archers that can very soon represent Guyana regionally and internationally” Jones stated.As it relates to kayaking, the Sport Director announced earlier this year his intention to host a kayaking workshop similar to that of the archery coaching course. He noted that once the proposals in the budget are approved, equipment for the sport will be purchased to begin the process.Jones stated that “not excluding other regions but focusing on the regions that have the riverine communities such as Regions One, Seven, Eight and parts of Nine and even Region Ten, we want to introduce kayaking to those regions first and of course spread that sport around.”Additionally, in April 2018, a group of women from the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland completed the first kayaking expedition along the entire Essequibo River. The three-woman team was accompanied by local Indigenous tour guides and a Toshao from the Wai-Wai nation. The expedition entailed visits to the Indigenous communities of Konashen, Fairview, Apoteri, and Iwokrama.According to the DPI, the move to formally introduce the sport of archery and kayaking in the hinterland region forms part of the government’s efforts to have sport in Guyana developed countrywide; moving away from it being centred mainly on the coastland. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedArchery Guyana Coaches conduct introduction session in Region 9May 23, 2018In “Sports”Archery Guyana hopes to implement sport nationwide as course being hostedMay 4, 2018In “Sports”Archery Guyana’s new Board of Directors electedSeptember 15, 2018In “latest news” read more

Another zinc mine takes a bullet

first_imgHudBay Minerals plans to close its Balmat, New York State, zinc mine and concentrator. As a result of lower prices for zinc metal, continued high operating costs associated with the geology of the Balmat mine and general inflationary pressures, HudBay has determined that this operation is not economically viable given current market conditions. The Balmat mine was reopened in 2005 based on a feasibility plan that assumed lower costs and higher levels of production than were achieved to date.“HudBay would like to recognise the hard work and contributions of this team over these past three years and thank them for their service and dedication,” said Brad Lantz, Vice-President Mining, HudBay. “We also extend our sincere appreciation to the entire Balmat community.” The announcement will affect approximately 200 workers employed at the Balmat mine and concentrator. Operations are expected to cease on August 22, 2008. A small group of employees will be retained to keep the facility on care and maintenance. HudBay will continue to test geophysical anomalies within its exploration territories in the region as part of its overall 2008 exploration program announced earlier in the year. HudBay indicated that affected employees will receive transition support and the company will work with employees closely during this difficult time.The company does not expect to incur significant costs associated with closure. HudBay’s total zinc production for 2008, including Balmat’s contribution through the first eight months of the year, is now expected to be at the lower end of the Company’s previously disclosed production guidance range of 120,000 to 150,000 t of zinc, including Balmat payable metal in concentrate shipped.last_img read more