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Trump demande l’annulation du procès dans l’affaire de viol d’E. Jean Carroll

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Donald Trump a demandé l’annulation d’un procès dans une affaire civile où l’écrivain E. Jean Carroll l’accuse de viol et de diffamation, affirmant que le juge a rendu une série de décisions injustes et préjudiciables à son encontre.

Dans une lettre de 18 pages déposée tôt lundi devant le tribunal fédéral de Manhattan, l’avocat de Trump, Joe Tacopina, a accusé le juge de district américain Lewis Kaplan d’avoir un parti pris contre l’ancien président américain, y compris en présence du jury.

Il a déclaré que l’effet des décisions de Kaplan “manifeste un penchant plus profond pour une partie par rapport à une autre”, y compris dans des commentaires où le juge “exprime ouvertement du favoritisme”.

Tacopina a déclaré que si une annulation du procès n’était pas accordée, Kaplan devrait corriger le dossier et lui donner plus de liberté pour contre-interroger Carroll.

Les avocats de Carroll n’ont pas immédiatement répondu aux demandes de commentaires.

Les demandes d’annulation de procès sont souvent de longue haleine, y compris lorsqu’elles sont fondées sur les propres déclarations du juge. De telles demandes constituent également souvent une base pour d’éventuels recours.

Carroll, 79 ans, a accusé Trump, 76 ans, de l’avoir violée dans le vestiaire d’un grand magasin Bergdorf Goodman à la fin de 1995 ou au début de 1996, puis de saper sa crédibilité et sa carrière en mentant à ce sujet en ligne.

Sa plainte en diffamation concerne un article d’octobre 2022 sur la plateforme Truth Social de Trump, où Trump a qualifié le cas de Carroll de “complète escroquerie” et de “canular et mensonge”. Trump a toujours soutenu que le viol n’avait jamais eu lieu.

Tacopina a déclaré que Kaplan aurait dû le laisser interroger Carroll sur les raisons pour lesquelles elle n’a pas cherché à obtenir des images de caméras de sécurité du viol présumé et pourquoi elle n’en a pas parlé à la police.

Il a également contesté la gestion par Kaplan de la présence de jurés extérieurs d’un message Twitter du fils de Trump, Eric, expliquant comment le co-fondateur de LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman, aidait à financer son cas.

Tacopina a qualifié le discours protégé du tweet d’Eric Trump et s’est opposé à ce que Kaplan affirme que le tweet pourrait laisser Donald Trump “naviguer en danger” et que “certaines lois américaines pertinentes” pourraient être impliquées.

Le procès devrait reprendre plus tard lundi, Carroll faisant face à un deuxième jour de contre-interrogatoire par Tacopina.

(Reuters)

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The best places to stay… in the WORLD: Four UK B&Bs make the global top 10 in 2024 Tripadvisor awards, the No.1 hotel overall is in Brazil and Santa Monica property is declared top in America

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Tripadvisor has named the best places to stay in the world for 2024 – and the UK has emerged as top for B&Bs, with four properties making the global top 10 list in the Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best Hotels Awards.

The No.1 spot goes to Voile Bleue in Mauritius, but The Toulson Court in Scarborough – last year’s winner – takes the silver medal, Highcliffe House in Exmoor National Park comes sixth, Gloucester House in Weymouth is seventh and The Berburry Hotel in Torquay ranks 10th.

The No.1 hotel in the world for 2024 is Brazil’s Hotel Colline de France, a boutique hotel in the middle of the mountain town of Gramado renowned, says Tripadvisor, for its personalised service and French elegance.

The travel site notes that for three consecutive years, the 34-suite hotel has been ranked in the top five, boasting more than 4,000 five-star bubble reviews.

The No.1 hotel in the U.S for 2024 has been named as Shore Hotel in Santa Monica, California, while the top property in Australia for this year is The Reef House Adults Retreat Palm Cove in North Queensland.

The No.1 hotel in the world for 2024 is Brazil's Hotel Colline de France (above)

The No.1 hotel in the world for 2024 is Brazil's Hotel Colline de France (above)

The No.1 hotel in the world for 2024 is Brazil’s Hotel Colline de France (above)

The Toulson Court in Scarborough takes the silver medal in the global B&B ranking. It was the winner in 2023

The Toulson Court in Scarborough takes the silver medal in the global B&B ranking. It was the winner in 2023

The Toulson Court in Scarborough takes the silver medal in the global B&B ranking. It was the winner in 2023

The No.1 hotel in the U.S for 2024 has been named as Shore Hotel in Santa Monica

The No.1 hotel in the U.S for 2024 has been named as Shore Hotel in Santa Monica

The No.1 hotel in the U.S for 2024 has been named as Shore Hotel in Santa Monica

TOP HOTELS IN THE WORLD, UK, USA AND AUSTRALIA 

Top hotels – world

1. Hotel Colline de France, Brazil

2. OBLU SELECT Lobigili, Maldives

3. La Siesta Hoi An Resort & Spa, Vietnam

4. Adiwana Suweta, Indonesia

5. Iberostar Grand Packard, Cuba

6. Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa, Maldives

7. La Siesta Classic Ma May, Vietnam

8. Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya, Mexico

9. Padma Resort Ubud, Indonesia

10. Sofitel Mexico City Reforma, Mexico

Top hotels – UK & Channel Islands

1. The Resident Covent Garden, London

2. Aviator Hampshire, Hampshire

3. The Chesterfield Mayfair, London

4. Hotel 41, London

5. Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, A Belmond Hotel, Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire

6. Greenhills Country House Hotel, Jersey, Channel Islands

7. St. Ermin’s Hotel, Autograph Collection, London

8. Brown’s Hotel, London

9. The Milestone Hotel and Residences, London

10. The Cadogan, A Belmond Hotel, London

Top hotels USA

1. Shore Hotel, Santa Monica, California

2. Luma Hotel Times Square, New York

3. FivePine Lodge & Spa, Oregon

4. The Bryant Park Hotel, New York

5. Hotel Emma, San Antonia, Texas

6. The Loutrel, South Carolina

7. Lotte Hotel Seattle, Washington

8. Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, Illinois

9. Ironworks Hotel Indy, Indiana

10. San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter on the River Walk, Texas

Top hotels – Australia

1. The Reef House Adults Only Bespoke Escapes

2. Emporium Hotel South Bank

3. MACq 01 Hotel

4. Next Hotel Melbourne

5. Quest Orange

6. Zagame’s House

7. Pinetrees Lodge

8. Element on Coolum Beach

9. Terminus Apartment Hotel

10. The Tasman, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Hobart

Source: Tripadvisor 

 

 

 

The rest of the overall top hotels ranking comprises La Siesta Hoi An Resort & Spa, Vietnam (third); Adiwana Suweta, Indonesia (fourth); Iberostar Grand Packard, Cuba (fifth); Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa, Maldives (sixth); La Siesta Classic Ma May, Vietnam (seventh); Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya, Mexico (eighth); Padma Resort Ubud, Indonesia (ninth); and Sofitel Mexico City Reforma, Mexico (10th).

The No.1 luxury hotel globally has been named as Oblu Select Lobigili in Male, Maldives; the gold-medal-winning luxury hotel in the UK is Fingal in Edinburgh; and the USA’s top luxury property is Hotel Emma in San Antonio, Texas.

UK world winners

The Resident Covent Garden - the No.1 hotel in the UK, according to Tripadvisor

The Resident Covent Garden - the No.1 hotel in the UK, according to Tripadvisor

The Resident Covent Garden – the No.1 hotel in the UK, according to Tripadvisor

The No.1 luxury hotel globally has been named as Oblu Select Lobigili in Male (above)

The No.1 luxury hotel globally has been named as Oblu Select Lobigili in Male (above)

The No.1 luxury hotel globally has been named as Oblu Select Lobigili in Male (above)

The gold-medal-winning luxury hotel in the UK is Fingal in Edinburgh (above)

The gold-medal-winning luxury hotel in the UK is Fingal in Edinburgh (above)

The gold-medal-winning luxury hotel in the UK is Fingal in Edinburgh (above)

This year, Tripadvisor has launched a world list for 'best sustainable hotels'. Coming top is luxury jungle resort Buahan a Banyan Tree Escape, Bali (above)

This year, Tripadvisor has launched a world list for 'best sustainable hotels'. Coming top is luxury jungle resort Buahan a Banyan Tree Escape, Bali (above)

This year, Tripadvisor has launched a world list for ‘best sustainable hotels’. Coming top is luxury jungle resort Buahan a Banyan Tree Escape, Bali (above)

Tripadvisor also notes Fingal’s success in the ‘small and boutique hotels‘ categories, with the property coming 11th in the world list and second in the European list.

‘Tranquil’ Welsh boutique hotel, Grove of Narberth, nestled in the rolling Pembrokeshire hills, is named 13th in the ‘world’s best small and boutique’ list.

For travellers looking to relax and unwind, the Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa tops the inaugural list of the ‘best wellness hotels‘ in the world.

Tripadvisor says: ‘This all-inclusive sanctuary, deemed an “oasis of bliss” by one Tripadvisor reviewer, offers a full spa, gym and sports centre, diving centre, water centre, and more.’

New for 2024 categories

THE BEST B&BS AND LUXURY HOTELS IN THE WORLD 

B&Bs and inns – world

1. Voile Bleue, Mauritius

2. The Toulson Court, Scarborough, UK

3. Dar Ahlam Hotel, Morocco

4. Abode Bombay, India

5. Pousada Gaia Viva, Brazil

6. Highcliffe House, Exmoor National Park, UK

7. Candleberry Inn on Cape Cod, U.S

8. Gloucester House, Weymouth, UK

9. Yarra Gables, Australia

10. The Berburry Hotel, Torquay, UK

Luxury hotels – world

1. OBLU SELECT Lobigili, Male

2. Iberostar Grand Packard, Cuba

3. Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa, Maldives

4. Padma Resort Ubud, Indonesia

5. Sofitel Mexico City Reforma, Indonesia

6. Chandys Windy Woods, India

7. Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya, Mexico

8. Atrium Palace Thalasso Spa Resort & Villas, Greece

9. Voyage Belek Golf And Spa, Turkiye

10. JW Marriott Hotel Pune, India

Source: Tripadvisor 

This year, Tripadvisor has launched a world list for ‘best sustainable hotels‘.

Coming top is luxury jungle resort Buahan a Banyan Tree Escape, Bali, ‘with its “no walls, no doors” design, breathtaking views, sustainably grown food and exceptional service’.

The Hari, London, is named No. 7 on the world list. The luxury Belgravia hotel is ‘silver certified’ by EarthCheck, with several Tripadvisor reviewers commending the hotel for its ‘eco-conscious’ efforts.

Dan Mitchell, Vice President & General Manager Hotels, Tripadvisor, said: ‘Our Best of the Best Hotels are marvels, acclaimed by thousands of travellers for their remarkable service, stunning design, and wealth of amenities that redefine what it means to have an exceptional hotel experience. According to our Tripadvisor reviewers, each of the world’s best hotels caters to the traveller looking for accessible luxury and unique, tailored experiences.’

The rankings are drawn up from an analysis of 12 months of review data for over 1.6million hotels.

There are nine categories in total – top hotels, all-inclusive, B&Bs and inns, family-friendly, luxury, small and boutique, pet-friendly, sustainable and wellness, with the latter three new for 2024.

Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa - the world's No.1 all-inclusive

Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa - the world's No.1 all-inclusive

Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa – the world’s No.1 all-inclusive

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Meet the doctor who spends ‘half an hour a day’ writing sicknotes for workshy Brits: GP reveals he’s noticed ‘significant rise’ in number of people being signed off work

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A doctor is spending 30 minutes every day signing people off sick with a mental health illness, but the GP says being back at work could actually be better for them. 

Dr John Havard revealed there had been a ‘significant rise’ in the number of people being signed off work, which has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. 

But he says it may not be a ‘wise plan’ for those feeling anxious or depressed to be staying at home as they ‘need the support of home, family, friends, and also those at work’. 

It comes as the number of people of working age in Britain that are economically inactive hit 9.4million, meaning they are neither employed nor looking for work.

Meanwhile, at the end of last year, 4,000 applications for sickness benefits were being made every single day.

Dr John Havard, whose Saxmundham Health Centre surgery is based in Suffolk, says he spends 30 minutes every day writing sick notes for people

Dr John Havard, whose Saxmundham Health Centre surgery is based in Suffolk, says he spends 30 minutes every day writing sick notes for people

Dr John Havard, whose Saxmundham Health Centre surgery is based in Suffolk, says he spends 30 minutes every day writing sick notes for people

The graph above shows the areas which have had the largest increase in long-term sickness claims in 2022-23

The graph above shows the areas which have had the largest increase in long-term sickness claims in 2022-23

The graph above shows the areas which have had the largest increase in long-term sickness claims in 2022-23

Dr Havard, whose Saxmundham Health Centre surgery is based in Suffolk, estimated GPs across the country probably spend at least ‘half an hour each day’ issuing ‘repeat fit notes’ to those who have been off work for a while.

He said: ‘There certainly has been a significant rise in the number of patients being off work due to mental health problems.

‘This seems to have been exacerbated since Covid.’

His surgery often contacts patients to find out how they are recovering in an effort to get them back to work. 

This is because the doctors believe being it can be better for their recovery.

Dr Havard added: ‘When patients are anxious or depressed, there are a number of ways we can help. But being off work is not necessarily a wise plan.

‘Interaction and support from colleagues can be helpful, which means that signing some people off work may not be in their best interests.’ 

He was speaking after Rishi Sunak announced plans to strip GPs of their power to sign people off work, as part of a crackdown on what he calls the UK’s ‘sick note culture’.

The Prime Minister claims benefits have become ‘a lifestyle choice’ for some people, causing ‘spirally’ welfare costs.

He announced on Friday that the government will trial getting ‘work and health professionals’ to issue ‘fit notes’ rather than GPs.

Mr Sunak hopes that this will free up overworked GPs and enable specialists to make a more detailed assessment of a person’s ability to work.

He is implementing the plans amid concerns about the increase in long-term sickness since the pandemic, which has primarily been driven by mental health problems.

The Tory leader added that he would ‘never dismiss or downplay the illnesses people have’ but also argued that there is a need to be ‘more honest about the risk of over-medicalising the everyday challenges and worries of life’.

Disability campaigners have reacted with anger to the plans, with charity Scope branding them a ‘full-on assault on disabled people’.

Dr Havard said: ‘If the Government has a plan for the issue of repeat certificates, then I would welcome the idea.

‘Currently though, I have no knowledge of how it would work.’

He added: ‘As a general rule, I feel patients with anxiety and depression need the support of home, family, friends, and also those at work.

‘We should never underestimate the strength of the wider community to provide support.’

The overall welfare bill for the British taxpayer currently stands at £297 billion and it is projected to climb to £360 billion over the next five years — the equivalent of 11 per cent of Britain’s entire economic output. 

Over the same period, spending on sickness benefits is expected to rise from £66billion to more than £90billion.

Nearly 3million people of working age are currently on long-term sick leave – the highest figure ever, it was revealed on April 17.

One recent survey by this paper showed that in the 16 to 24 age group, 280,000 people are in receipt of unemployment benefits — twice as many as a decade ago, and 50,000 more than before Covid struck.

And it appears that the younger generation are more likely to be afflicted by negativity about their mental health.

Research by the Resolution Foundation revealed that the number of 18 to 24-year-olds who are economically inactive due to mental health has more than doubled in the past decade from 93,000 to 190,000. 

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Piers Morgan brands Man United a ‘Mickey Mouse club’ as Red Devils ‘hold talks with Disney over multi-million-dollar documentaries deal’ that will focus on their glory days under Sir Alex Ferguson

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Piers Morgan has hit out at Manchester United following reports that the club are engaged in talks with Disney over a multi-million-dollar documentaries deal that will focus on their historical success under Sir Alex Ferguson.

According to The Athletic, United are looking to strike a deal with the US streaming giants, but the proposed documentaries would not include coverage of their current plight.

Instead, it would look back on Ferguson’s 26-year stay at Old Trafford that saw the club win 13 league titles, five FA Cups and the Champions League on two occasions.

And Morgan is clearly not impressed as he reacted to the news by posting on X on Tuesday morning: ‘Mickey Mouse club – official’.

His dig at the Red Devils appears to be due to their reluctance to commission a documentary that focuses on their struggles since Ferguson retired in 2013.

Piers Morgan has branded Man United a 'Mickey Mouse club' following reports that they are in talks with Disney over a documentaries deal to look back on their glory days

Piers Morgan has branded Man United a 'Mickey Mouse club' following reports that they are in talks with Disney over a documentaries deal to look back on their glory days

Piers Morgan has branded Man United a ‘Mickey Mouse club’ following reports that they are in talks with Disney over a documentaries deal to look back on their glory days

United are in talks with Disney over a documentaries deal that would focus on their success under Sir Alex Ferguson rather than their current plight

United are in talks with Disney over a documentaries deal that would focus on their success under Sir Alex Ferguson rather than their current plight

United are in talks with Disney over a documentaries deal that would focus on their success under Sir Alex Ferguson rather than their current plight

United won 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two Champions League trophies with Ferguson at the helm

United won 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two Champions League trophies with Ferguson at the helm

United won 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two Champions League trophies with Ferguson at the helm

United have failed to win a league title in the past 11 years, and have endured a miserable campaign with Erik ten Hag at the helm this year.

They currently sit seventh in the Premier League and were knocked out of Europe before Christmas, although they have booked their place in a second successive FA Cup final after edging past Coventry on penalties in Sunday’s epic semi-final at Wembley. 

It is understood that talks have been ongoing for two years between United and the US streaming giants, and a deal is yet to be agreed to due to the Red Devils holding out for improved terms. 

United were offered better terms when discussions first began, and are looking to maximise the revenue from a potential deal as they aim to adhere to the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules (PSR).

Erik ten Hag was unable to make any signings in January due to United’s tight budget, and the club are now looking to diversify their revenue streams under new part-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

The proposed documentaries would include considerable interview time with Ferguson, who still regularly attends United matches despite leaving the dugout 11 years ago.

Club ambassadors such as Bryan Robson and Peter Schmeichel are also expected to give their insight if the documentaries deal is given the green light.

The Disney documentaries could follow on the back of a one-off Amazon documentary on United’s Treble-winning season in 1998-99 that is set to air later this year for the 25th anniversary of the achievement.

A trailer was released earlier this month to give a sneak peek of what to expect, with David Beckham admitting that he worried he would never be able to play in England again after getting sent off at the 1998 World Cup for kicking Argentina’s Diego Simeone, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confessed he felt sick before his Champions League heroics at the Nou Camp.

New part-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe is keen for Man United to diversify their revenue streams

New part-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe is keen for Man United to diversify their revenue streams

New part-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe is keen for Man United to diversify their revenue streams

Disney's Welcome to Wrexham series has been a major hit with fans in recent seasons

Disney's Welcome to Wrexham series has been a major hit with fans in recent seasons

Disney’s Welcome to Wrexham series has been a major hit with fans in recent seasons

Disney’s Welcome to Wrexham series, which follows the success of the Welsh club owned by Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, has been a massive hit with fans.

Striking a deal would also likely be a major coup for the streaming giants.

Prior to their documentary deal with Amazon, United had steered clear of being followed by behind-the-scenes cameras.

But they could now emulate other major clubs including Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and Juventus who have all had documentaries commissioned by Amazon in recent seasons. 

However, United’s documentaries would be different as they would look back on their glory days rather than giving an up-to-date account of how the club is being run behind the scenes.

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Under-fire Met boss Sir Mark Rowley defends ‘professional’ officer who threatened to arrest ‘openly Jewish’ campaigner at pro-Palestine protest – as police chief fights to keep job

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The Metropolitan Police Commissioner has defended the ‘professional’ conduct of the officer who threatened to arrest an ‘openly Jewish’ campaigner at a pro-Palestine march. 

Sir Mark Rowley has said the officers who dealt with Gideon Falter, chief executive of the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA), in viral footage of the the April 13 march will not face sanctions. 

However, the Met boss has admitted some of the words exchanged during the incident were ‘clumsy and offensive’ – as 1,500 protesters and Mr Falter are set to descend on a pro-Palestinian march this weekend to press Scotland Yard to keep the streets safe for Jewish people.

It comes as Sir Mark is facing a battle to keep his job as British Jewish groups are calling for his resignation following the ‘openly Jewish’ incident and other criticisms of how pro-Palestine marches are policed. 

Yesterday, Britain’s top police officer had crisis meetings with two politicians that can sack him – Home Secretary James Cleverly and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. 

He said last night that sergeant at the centre of the row assessed that there was a ‘risk of confrontation’ due to Mr Falter’s presence. 

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley is facing battle to keep his job

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley is facing battle to keep his job

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley is facing battle to keep his job

The officer at the centre of the row threatened to arrest Gideon Falter if he tried to cross the protest while being 'openly Jewish'

The officer at the centre of the row threatened to arrest Gideon Falter if he tried to cross the protest while being 'openly Jewish'

The officer at the centre of the row threatened to arrest Gideon Falter if he tried to cross the protest while being ‘openly Jewish’

Gideon Falter (pictured) is encouraging people to follow the route of a pro-Palestinian march in London to 'force the police to make sure that these things are safe for Jewish people'

Gideon Falter (pictured) is encouraging people to follow the route of a pro-Palestinian march in London to 'force the police to make sure that these things are safe for Jewish people'

Gideon Falter (pictured) is encouraging people to follow the route of a pro-Palestinian march in London to ‘force the police to make sure that these things are safe for Jewish people’

He told the Guardian ‘The sergeant at the scene clearly assessed that there was a risk of confrontation and was trying to help Mr Falter find a different route. 

‘I completely understand why the sergeant made this assessment. A couple of turns of phrase were clumsy and offensive … and we’ve apologised for that.

‘The wider actions and intent of the officer were professional and in the best tradition of British police trying to prevent disorder.’

Sir Rowley added: ‘The public would be horrified if we said: well, it’s obvious if those two groups come together, there’s going to be a massive fight. We’ll stand back and wait till it happens and we’ll pick up the pieces afterwards.’ 

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said on Monday that the force needed to rebuild the trust of the Jewish community but added the embattled police chief had his confidence.

Sir Mark held meetings on Monday with Mr Cleverly and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who said he has ‘full confidence’ in the commissioner.

Representatives of Jewish community groups including the Community Security Trust and London Jewish Forum also met Sir Mark and Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist, who leads public order policing, on Monday morning.

The CST said it would continue to push for a reduction in the number of pro-Palestinian protests permitted in central London.

It released a statement after the meeting that said: ‘We will continue our dialogue with police later this week to express our concerns regarding the cumulative impact of the repeated anti-Israel protests in terms of disruption and intimidation of the Jewish community.

Sir Mark has crisi meetings with Home Secretary James Cleverly (pictured) and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan yesterday

Sir Mark has crisi meetings with Home Secretary James Cleverly (pictured) and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan yesterday

Sir Mark has crisi meetings with Home Secretary James Cleverly (pictured) and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan yesterday

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said Sir Mark Rowley has his 'full confidence' following the 'openly Jewish' incident

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said Sir Mark Rowley has his 'full confidence' following the 'openly Jewish' incident

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said Sir Mark Rowley has his ‘full confidence’ following the ‘openly Jewish’ incident

‘We urge the police and Government to work together to find ways to limit this impact through reducing the number of protests, moving them to less disruptive locations and acting firmly and consistently whenever offences are committed by people on the demonstrations.’

After the meeting with Sir Mark, Mr Cleverly said: ‘Jewish people will always have the right to be able to go about their daily lives safely and freely, in London and across the UK.

‘Sir Mark has reassured me he will make this clear to all sections of the community as a matter of urgency. 

‘The Met’s focus now is rightly on reassurance, learning from what happened, and ensuring that Jewish people are safe and feel safe in London. I support them in that critical endeavour.

‘Public order policing is complex and challenging, but it remains incumbent on Sir Mark and the mayor of London to ensure that London is always a safe and welcoming city.

‘The force’s focus should be on policing protests properly and fairly, and we will continue to back forces in using all necessary powers to manage these often difficult situations and to keep people safe.’

The force has apologised twice over the incident on April 13, issuing one initial statement and then saying sorry for its first apology which had suggested opponents of pro-Palestinian marches ‘must know that their presence is provocative’.

A 13-minute of the exchange shows Mr Falter telling police he wants to cross a road to reach Kingsway in central London as crowds of pro-Palestinian protesters pass.

Rishi Sunak piled pressure on Met commissioner Sir Mark Rowley, saying the force must rebuild the trust of the Jewish community

Rishi Sunak piled pressure on Met commissioner Sir Mark Rowley, saying the force must rebuild the trust of the Jewish community

Rishi Sunak piled pressure on Met commissioner Sir Mark Rowley, saying the force must rebuild the trust of the Jewish community

The Met faces potential clashes after an anti-Semitism campaigner (pictured) threatened with arrest for being 'openly Jewish' launched the 'walk together' campaign

The Met faces potential clashes after an anti-Semitism campaigner (pictured) threatened with arrest for being 'openly Jewish' launched the 'walk together' campaign

The Met faces potential clashes after an anti-Semitism campaigner (pictured) threatened with arrest for being ‘openly Jewish’ launched the ‘walk together’ campaign

Sir Mark has come under sustained criticism from senior figures, including former home secretary Suella Braverman

Sir Mark has come under sustained criticism from senior figures, including former home secretary Suella Braverman

Sir Mark has come under sustained criticism from senior figures, including former home secretary Suella Braverman

He tells one officer: ‘The Metropolitan Police says that these marches are completely safe for Jews, there is no problem whatsoever.

‘You are telling me that I cannot walk to the other pavement. That I have to be escorted by you.’

The officer says: ‘I am telling you that I will help you by escorting you over there and that way you will be completely safe, just as we promised, so we are keeping our word.’

Mr Falter has since said he will turn up at the next pro-Palestinian march and encouraged other Jews and allies to join him as more than 1,500 protesters are set to join him to press Scotland Yard to keep the streets safe for Jewish people.

The Met faces potential clashes at the march as the anti-Semitism campaigner threatened with arrest for being ‘openly Jewish’ launched the ‘walk together’ campaign.

Gideon Falter is encouraging people to follow the route of a pro-Palestinian march in London to ‘force the police to make sure that these things are safe for Jewish people’.

Since the incident on April 13, almost 9,000 people have signed a petition calling for the resignation of Britain’s top police officer.

Sir Mark has come under sustained criticism from senior figures, including former home secretary Suella Braverman who told Radio 4 yesterday: ‘The police have chosen a side.’

Deputy Foreign Secretary Andrew Mitchell told Sky News: ‘There are strategic issues… how we ensure that Jewish people, people of any faith at all, can go about their business.’

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said the incident ‘clearly wasn’t handled properly … but the police work immensely hard every single day to keep us safe’.

Officer is defended by Met chief

Sir Mark Rowley last night praised the ‘professional’ conduct of the policeman at the centre of the row.

He said the unnamed officer had acted ‘in the best tradition of British police trying to prevent disorder’ when he stopped Gideon Falter from crossing into a protest.

Sir Mark said ‘a couple of turns of phrase were clumsy and offensive’ but the police had apologised for this. He told The Guardian that in other different incidents, he believed ‘officers are being set up with an intention to intimidate officers and create a sort of fakery to try and prove police are not operating neutrally’. He gave the example of an Asian officer who had a pro-Palestinian sticker put on his arm for a short time, which was photographed and shared online, leading to death threats.

Sir Tom Winsor, former chief inspector of constabulary, has backed the treatment of Mr Falter, saying police were trying to keep him safe.

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A little-known California law that allows the state to store baby blood indefinitely and sell to third parties could come to an end.

A new bill, recently passed in the state Senate, would give parents the choice to opt out of the retention and confidential use of their newborn’s screening specimen, which is taken by a heel prick at birth to screen hereditary diseases.

The bill was moved to Suspense File on Monday, where it will be held for consideration until the budget is passed. A date has not been provided. 

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been storing the samples in biobanks since the 1980s, accumulating more than 20 million blood cards, and is not required to inform parents about who is accessing their child’s DNA. 

California ’s ‘controversial’ handling of newborn blood that lets the state store samples indefinitely and sell to third parties could soon come to an end

California ’s ‘controversial’ handling of newborn blood that lets the state store samples indefinitely and sell to third parties could soon come to an end

California ’s ‘controversial’ handling of newborn blood that lets the state store samples indefinitely and sell to third parties could soon come to an end

However, CDPH has pushed back on the new bill claiming it would cost up to $4 million to implement and another $1 million a year moving forward. 

The costs would be needed to rework the current process, which would include paperwork for parents to opt out and information brochures detailing how blood samples are stored and used. 

But CBS News reported that a similar bill passed in 2015 cost around $120,000 to implement – far less than what CDPH has claimed.

DailyMail.com has contacted CDPH for comment. 

The bill, passed by the Senate in January, could die in appropriations due to the costs cited by CDPH.

If it is passed, the bill will move to the Assembly that then needs to determine if it should or should not go to Governor Gavin Newson. 

Senator Janet Nguyen, who authored the bill, said: ‘By giving parents the right to prohibit the use and retention of their baby’s blood sample for research purposes and indefinite storage by the state, we bolster the ability for parents to protect their child’s privacy.’

Genetic newborn testing started in the 1960s with the hopes of detecting diseases and conditions that could kill a child or cause severe problems.

Nurses fill six spots on a special filter card when administering the screening that is then sent to a lab for testing, but leftover samples are stored for the specific allowed time.

According to the state of Minnesota’s website, samples are kept so that tests can be repeated, used to identify a missing or deceased child and for medical research.

While data is sparse regarding how many samples have been stored, a report states that in 2009, 13.5 billion newborn blood spots were warehoused nationwide.

And reports show that most states have stored DNA since at least 2001.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) began storing samples indefinitely in state-run biobanks in 1983.

The state had only filled five spots on the card but increased to six in the 2010s, which reports have claimed are sold for $20 to $40 per spot.

In December 2020, it was revealed that investigators in California had sought access to newborn screening samples for criminal investigative purposes and made at least one arrest using the genetic material.

While the state automatically sends the blood to a facility, parents are given a pamphlet telling them where they can request the samples be destroyed.

A CBS News-Survey USA news poll found three-quarters of new parents had no idea California was storing their baby’s leftover bloodspots indefinitely or that they had the right to have their child’s sample destroyed.

Another issue with blood storage is that it holds the individual’s sensitive information.

‘Allowing the government to access samples with such sensitive information for reasons other than public health would seriously threaten our privacy — particularly given that our DNA reveals such information not only about us, but also our family members,’ the American Civil Liberties Union shared in a statement. 

CDPH may be pushing back on the mandate, citing that it ‘would cost between $3.8 million to $4 million (including one-time costs) in the first year and $1.6 million in ongoing costs thereafter to administer the provisions of the bill (Genetic Disease Testing Fund).’

However, the appropriations analysis states that the costs would be covered by the Genetic Disease Testing Fund (GDTF), not the general fund.

The storage and use of newborn blood took center stage last year after parents in New Jersey sued the state after finding police collected a baby’s DNA without a warrant to investigate the child’s father.

Hannah Lovaglio, a resident of Cranbury and plaintiff, told DailyMail.com in November: ‘This is a true parent right’s issue. This is their body; this is their property taken from them from five years of being a minor, and the state is not required to give any justification. 

‘It is deeply concerning [that they are] preying on the helplessness of a new parent,’ said Lovaglio.

‘In your most vulnerable moment, someone is taking something from your child, and you have no idea.’

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia proposed a databank of the DNA-filled newborn blood spots in 2002 and using them—seemingly without parent consent—for additional purposes beyond the infant genetic screening program, according to the Citizens’ Council on Health Care.

Some states, such as South Carolina and South Dakota, destroy the blood spots after a year or as soon as testing has been completed.

Other states that store newborn DNA for years have regulations to limit what can be done with the samples, and some, like Alabama and Arizona, let parents refuse blood retention.

Approximately 29 US states provide parents with forms to refuse to screen, including Alabama, New York and Nevada.

Texas, Minnesota, and Michigan have also faced lawsuits over their blood storage practices, primarily because parents did not provide consent. 

The 2009 lawsuit in Texas, which was holding DNA indefinitely, resulted in the state’s 5.3 million blood samples, and now, all blood samples obtained after 2012 must be destroyed after two years.

A 2014 settlement in the Minnesota lawsuit resulted in 1.1 million blood samples being destroyed – the state began storing DNA in 2014.

In 2022, Michigan, which began retention in 2012, was also sued to destroy three million blood spots, but that lawsuit is ongoing.

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Pothole-related breakdowns up 10 per cent in a year as Britain’s road condition crisis continues

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The UK’s pothole epidemic is intensifying with the RAC attending 10 per cent more breakdowns resulting from motorists driving through potholes than a year ago.

Some 27,205 callouts to breakdowns due to poor road surfaces in the UK were received by the RAC in the year to the end of March. That compares with 24,906 during the previous 12 months, the motoring services company said.

The new figures are revealed after the RAC said it had been called out for a record number of pothole breakdowns in 2023, as the Government and local authorities fail to get a grasp of the nation’s crumbling road crisis.

The UK's pothole crisis is getting worse and worse each year, with the RAC already attending nearly 8,000 (7,904) breakdowns in the first three months of 2024 due to Britain¿s bad road surfaces. UK motorists are now twice as likely to suffer a pothole-related breakdown than in 2006

The UK's pothole crisis is getting worse and worse each year, with the RAC already attending nearly 8,000 (7,904) breakdowns in the first three months of 2024 due to Britain¿s bad road surfaces. UK motorists are now twice as likely to suffer a pothole-related breakdown than in 2006

The UK’s pothole crisis is getting worse and worse each year, with the RAC already attending nearly 8,000 (7,904) breakdowns in the first three months of 2024 due to Britain’s bad road surfaces. UK motorists are now twice as likely to suffer a pothole-related breakdown than in 2006

Nearly 8,000 (7,904) call-outs for pothole-related damage were recorded by the breakdown assistance provider in the first three months of 2024 due to Britain’s deteriorating road surfaces. 

Roadside patrols have been called to attend an average of 87 pothole-caused breakdowns per day for faults including broken suspension springs, damaged shock absorbers and distorted wheels.

This is 22 per cent fewer pothole-related breakdowns than the RAC attended in January to March 2023 (10,076), which the company attributed to the ‘unusually mild weather’ seen at the start of this year.

Only seven days of frost (compared to the usual nine) were recorded in the opening three months of 2023, which could have potentially limited the number of brand-new potholes forming. 

During winter months, sub-zero temperatures normally cause more surface deterioration as water gets into cracks in the road, freezes and expands. 

The RAC’s Pothole Index – which measures the likelihood of suffering a pothole-caused call-out – suggested the warmer temperatures have helped the UK to ‘dodge a pothole bullet’. 

While call-outs for pothole issues were down in the opening quarter of 2024 compared to the same three months in 2023, they were up 53 per cent on the last three months of last year.

The RAC said this is a ‘clear sign that the UK is suffering a pothole epidemic as roads continue to crumble’. 

And compared to 2006 – when the RAC first began tracking these faults – drivers are now nearly twice as likely to experience pothole damage. 

This is Money reported that pothole damage cost UK drivers £500million last year.

Pothole-related insurance claims have also soared 40 per cent in a year, also reaching record-high levels. 

Construction work for the HS2 railway taking place at Wendover Dean Viaduct in Buckinghamshire. Minsters have claimed that funds from the cancelled project will be used to improve road maintenance

Construction work for the HS2 railway taking place at Wendover Dean Viaduct in Buckinghamshire. Minsters have claimed that funds from the cancelled project will be used to improve road maintenance

Construction work for the HS2 railway taking place at Wendover Dean Viaduct in Buckinghamshire. Minsters have claimed that funds from the cancelled project will be used to improve road maintenance

The RAC is calling on local authorities to assign recent Government funding to better tackle the road surface crisis.

In October, the Government announced it would provide £8.3billion of extra funding over 11 years to fix potholes in England.

This was part of the Network North strategy to use money saved by scrapping the planned extension of HS2 north of Birmingham.

However, the cost of bringing pothole-plagued local roads in England and Wales up to scratch has been estimated at £16.3billion, according to the latest analysis by the Asphalt Industry Alliance.

RAC head of policy Simon Williams said: ‘All the cracks left by years of declining road maintenance budgets can’t easily be filled. 

‘Even though the Government has given councils an additional £8.3billion for road maintenance from the cancellation of the northern leg of HS2, we know this is only enough to resurface 5,000 miles of roads – the equivalent of just 3 per cent of all England’s local roads.

‘To make the most of this funding, we implore local authorities to focus their efforts on resurfacing the worst roads in their areas rather than pointlessly trying to patch pothole-ridden roads that can’t be saved from further decline.

‘And now is the time for preventative action to be taken, as it’s between the warmer months of April and September when vital surface dressing work can be carried out to extend the life of roads. 

‘Sadly, government data we analysed shows 60 per cent of English councils didn’t do any such work in the 2022-2023 financial year.’

A Department for Transport spokesperson responded: ‘Local highway authorities are responsible for maintaining their road networks, but we are supporting them with £8.3billion of reallocated HS2 funding over the next 10 years, the biggest ever increase in funding for local road improvements which comes on top of an existing £5.5 billion fund.

‘Local authorities received the first £150million of this increase within weeks of announcing our additional funding in October, and will receive a further £150million this year to continue improving local roads.’

Darren Rodwell, transport spokesperson for the Local Government Association, added: ‘Councils share the concerns of all road users with the state of our roads and are doing all they can to tackle the £16.3billion backlog of road repairs, including learning from and adopting innovative techniques.

‘Greater, long-term and year-on-year consistency of funding for the maintenance of all parts of our highways will help them achieve this.

‘The Government should award council highways departments five-yearly funding allocations, to bring them on a par with National Highways, to give more certainty so they can develop resurfacing programmes and other highways improvements, to help them tackle the scourge of potholes.’

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