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[Newsview]GCHQ historical gay staff ban 'wrong'
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Gay rights: GCHQ boss 'sorry' for historical ban


    16 April 2016

  • From the section UK



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                    Homosexuals historically were not allowed to join GCHQ, which has its headquarters in Cheltenham


Not letting gay people work for GCHQ until the 1990s was wrong and was the "nation's loss", the UK intelligence agency's boss Robert Hannigan has said.

He also said the treatment of gay computer pioneer and code breaker Alan Turing had been "horrifying".

GCHQ now relies on people who "dare to be different", he told a conference hosted by gay rights group Stonewall.

Mr Hannigan said no-one could not know what some of those sacked for being gay would have gone on to achieve.

Common practice

In his speech in London, Mr Hannigan said a former spy he called Ian, who was forced out of the service on suspicion of being gay in the 1960s, had urged him to apologise.

"I am happy to do so today and to say how sorry I am that he and so many others were treated in this way, right up until the 1990s when the policy was rightly changed," he said.

"The fact that it was common practice for decades reflected the intolerance of the times and the pressures of the Cold War, but it does not make it any less wrong and we should apologise for it.

"Their suffering was our loss and it was the nation's loss too because we cannot know what Ian and others who were dismissed would have gone on to do and achieve. We did not learn our lesson from Turing."


Despite his pivotal and groundbreaking work breaking codes during World War Two - the story of which was told in the 2014 film The Imitation Game staring Benedict Cumberbatch - Turing was hounded by GCHQ over his sexuality.


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                    Mr Turing - pictured here aged 16 in 1928 - died after eating an apple laced with cyanide


In 1952 he faced a conviction for gross indecency following which he was chemically castrated. He had been arrested after having an affair with a 19-year-old Manchester man.

The conviction meant he lost his security clearance and had to stop the code-cracking work.

In 1954 he took his own life by eating an apple laced with cyanide, and in 2013 he received a posthumous royal pardon.

"In the horrifying story of his treatment, a small ray of light is that he was not abandoned by all of his colleagues at GCHQ - many stood by him," Mr Hannigan said.

He said GCHQ now relies on people who "dare to think differently and be different" and that included hiring spies on the autistic spectrum, with Asperger's or other syndromes, who he described as "precious assets".


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[Newsview]Rosberg wins as Hamilton battles back
« Reply #97 on: April 18, 2016, 01:00:06 AM »
Rosberg wins as Hamilton battles back

Nico Rosberg took his third straight win of 2016 at the Chinese Grand Prix as team-mate Lewis Hamilton fought back to seventh in a hectic race.

The world champion started from the back, suffered a broken front wing on the first lap and did five pit stops.

Hamilton faces the prospect of trying to overhaul a 36-point deficit over the remaining 18 races of the season.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel took second despite colliding with team-mate Kimi Raikkonen on the first lap.

"Sorry boss": A manic start saw the Ferraris collide with each other as the head of the company watched from the garage

The incident damaged both cars, with Raikkonen fighting back to fifth behind the Red Bulls of Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo.

Raikkonen's rise through the field included passing Hamilton in the closing stages, Ferrari's decision to use soft tyres for the final stint as opposed to the mediums chosen by Mercedes giving the Finn an advantage as Hamilton fought in vain to try to pass the Williams of Felipe Massa.

Hamilton will express his confidence at being able to erode Rosberg's points lead, and will expect his awful luck of the first three races to turnaround.

But the fact remains that no driver who has won the first three races of a season has failed to go on to take the world championship.

Juan Manuel Fangio (1954 and '57), Ayrton Senna (1991) and Michael Schumacher (1994, 2000 and 2004) all won the world title having won at least the first three races of the season

That crazy first lap

The race was shaped by an incident-packed opening, with a number of collisions on the first lap leading to the introduction of the safety car on lap four.

By that stage, Hamilton and Raikkonen had already pitted once to replace front wings damaged in first-corner collisions.

Raikkonen moved right into Vettel's path as the German moved left to ensure he was not tagged by an aggressive dive down the inside by Kvyat.

Hamilton was then turned into by Sauber's Felipe Nasr as he avoided Raikkonen's damaged car swerving back on to the circuit.

So, who would like to explain to this man what went on there, then? Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne makes an appearance outside the Ferrari garage

Vettel confronted Kvyat about the incident in the pre-podium room after the race, saying: "You - asking what happened at the start. If I don't go left, you crash into us and we all three go out - you are like a torpedo."

Kvyat responded: "We didn't crash." To which Vettel said: "You didn't. You were lucky this time." Kvyat shrugged: "I'm on the podium; you're on the podium."

In the post-race interviews, Kvyat added: "You see the gap, you go for it on the inside. You see one car it is hard to see both. It was a risky move, I agree with Seb but you have to take risks and I am on the podium."

"That's for shouting at Kvyat": Vettel interrogated the Russian after the race over the first-lap collision

Ricciardo's fizzing start turns flat

At the front, Ricciardo had made a stunning start to take the lead from pole-sitter Rosberg at the first corner.

In the process his left-rear wheel had been tagged by Rosberg's front wing. Whether it was that or the debris on the track, Ricciardo suffered a left-rear puncture on lap three, allowing the Mercedes to pass.

Ricciardo would almost certainly not have been able to hold off Rosberg in any case, but his removal from the lead left the German serene out front.

Mercedes decided not to stop him under the safety car and when the race re-started on lap nine, Rosberg simply drove off into the distance.

Just the five pit stops then, Lewis...

Any great comeback from Hamilton was scuppered when he was hit by a Sauber and his car's aerodynamics were damaged

Hamilton, meanwhile, was in the wars. Mercedes stopped him twice under the safety car, doing only one lap on the super-soft tyres in an attempt to ensure he could use only the softs for the rest of the race.

So Hamilton had done three stops within the first six laps and he was lying third from last at the re-start.

He began his fightback from there, with the Ferraris doing the same, with Vettel starting from 11th and Raikkonen not far behind Hamilton.

The Englishman said his progress had been affected by damage to the car in the incident with Nasr.

"The car was pretty damaged," he said afterwards. "I'm sure it was some aero components but I think it was the suspension as well because it was flexing all over the place."

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff said the front wing had damaged the leading edge of the floor and the barge boards when it came off and that the car had lost a "lot" of aerodynamic performance".

After a further switch to the medium compound tyres to last the race, Hamilton was not able to recover as much ground as the Ferraris and faces an uphill battle if he is to stop Rosberg winning his first world title this year.

Chinese Grand Prix race results

Chinese Grand Prix coverage details

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Daniel Ricciardo overtook Rosberg at the first corner, but lost the lead when he suffered a puncture
The Safety Car was called out as marshals raced to clean a lot of debris off the track
That's three race wins this season and six in a row for Rosberg - he's starting to look impressive

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[Newsview]EU exit would make UK 'poorer' - Osborne
« Reply #98 on: April 19, 2016, 01:00:05 AM »
EU exit would make UK 'poorer' - Osborne

George Osborne: UK would be 'permanently poorer' outside EU


    18 April 2016

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The UK would be "permanently poorer" outside the European Union, Chancellor George Osborne has warned ahead of the in-out vote on membership on 23 June.

A Treasury analysis suggests an EU exit could see the UK economy 6% smaller than it would otherwise be by 2030.

Mr Osborne said the smaller size of the economy projected in the report was the equivalent of £4,300 per household.

Leave campaigners called the claims "absurd" and "worthless" given the Treasury's past forecasting record.

Conservative MP John Redwood, who is campaigning for an Out vote, said: "This is a Treasury which failed to forecast the huge damage membership of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism inflicted on us and they were always very keen to join us and it gave us a huge recession. They failed to forecast the damage to the UK of the Eurozone crisis of 2011."

'Economic shock'

But Mr Osborne defended the report's findings on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, saying: "The conclusions could not be clearer. Britain would be permanently poorer if we left the EU to the tune of £4,300 for every household in the country. That's a fact everyone should think about "

The chancellor said "it would be the poorest" who would be most affected by an EU exit, citing people whose jobs "depend" on the car plants and steel making factories.

"They are the people whose incomes would go down, whose house prices would fall, whose job prospects would weaken, they are the people who always suffer when the country takes an economic wrong turn," he said.


He added: "If you look at the evidence and what the rest of the world is telling Britain and they are very, very clear: we would be permanently poorer outside the EU, let alone the short-term economic shock."


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                    The London mayor says the UK could have "a glorious future" outside the EU


The 200-page report, written by government economists, looks at three scenarios in the event of a vote to leave the EU on 23 June, according to BBC business editor Kamal Ahmed.

  • First, the UK gains a "Norway-style" deal and joins the European Economic Area (EEA)

  • Second, the UK executes a bilateral deal with the EU similar to the one being agreed with Canada - a trade deal that has taken seven years to negotiate

  • Third, the UK has a trade relationship with the EU under World Trade Organization (WTO) rules, similar to the relationship between the EU and countries like Russia and Brazil

Each scenario had a strong negative impact on the economy, according to the report, sources have said - but the forecasted 6% shock to national income is based on the Canadian trade model with the EU.

Leave campaigners, including London mayor Boris Johnson, have said there would be no downsides to leaving, and suggested the UK could ape Canada's trade arrangement with the EU.

'Usual suspects'

But Mr Osborne said it was "economically illiterate" to say the UK could retain "all the benefits" of EU membership and "none of the obligations or costs".

Any trade arrangement would lead to less access to the EU single market unless Britain was prepared to pay into the EU budget and accept the free movement of people, he said.

In his Daily Telegraph column, Mr Johnson said the referendum was on a "knife edge" and accused the "usual suspects" of trying to convince Britons to accept "the accelerating loss of democratic self-government as the price of economic prosperity".

"We have heard from the IMF (who got the Asian crisis completely wrong), as well as the banks and the CBI, all of whom were wrong about the euro.

"Davos man - the kind of people whose club class air tickets are paid by the taxpayer, all the lobbyists and corporate affairs directors of the big companies: they are all increasingly nervous that they have been rumbled, that people can see the emperor has no clothes and that Britain could have a glorious future outside the EU," he said.


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« Reply #99 on: April 19, 2016, 01:06:22 AM »
I am sure it would not make the mps poorer

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[Newsview]Inquiry into sexual violence in schools
« Reply #100 on: April 20, 2016, 01:00:05 AM »
Inquiry into sexual violence in schools

Inquiry into sexual violence in schools





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                    The MPs want teachers, students, parents and young people to share their experiences


An inquiry into the scale of sexual harassment and sexual violence in England's schools is to be held by a Commons committee.

The Women and Equalities Committee will examine who is committing the offences, who is being targeted, and whether the number of cases is rising.

Research for the committee suggests sexualised behaviour among pupils is a social norm.

Heads say most schools and colleges are safe and secure environments.

In September 2015, a BBC News report based on freedom of information requests revealed there were 5,500 sexual offences recorded in UK schools between 2011 and 2014.

Within these figures, there were 4,000 alleged physical sexual assaults and more than 600 rapes, according to the information from UK police forces.


At least a fifth of offences were carried out by children on children, but details of the rest of the assaults are not known.

The committee wants teachers, students, parents and youth organisations to share their experiences and knowledge with it.


Before launching a call for evidence, the committee gathered the views and experiences of 300 UK youngsters through a series of workshops with young people's charity Fixers.

Case study


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Rosie's story

Rosie, which isn't her real name, is from Wales. She says a girl started stalking her initially but things got much worse.

"She wanted a hug and I didn't want anything to do with her. She didn't like that," she says. "So she grabbed me and pinned me up against the wall, and touched me in my private areas.

"I felt like I was trying to struggle to break free, but she was quite strong. Eventually she was pulled off me. It felt like a long time, but it was over quite quickly."

Rosie says she didn't report the assault for a long time because she struggled to make sense of it.

"I remember feeling quite embarrassed and I didn't really want to talk about it at the time with anyone. I felt ashamed and quite disgusted really."

When she did eventually report it to the school, Rosie says teachers disciplined the attacker but did not offer her enough support.

"It's affected my self-esteem. I'm quite scared that something like that will happen again," she says.

Read more about Rosie's story in BBC Newsbeat's article.

Its report says: "In school corridors and playgrounds, sexually charged behaviour drives young people's physical interactions and permeates through to their 24-hour-a-day life online.

"They're feeling pressurised into sex, otherwise they're branded 'frigid' by their peers.

"There is a sense that boys have an 'entitlement' to girls and some report 'being bullied for being a virgin'."

The report suggests some teachers brush off incidents of sexual assault because of the relatively young age of students.

And often schools do not recognise the pressures young people can face when dealing with sexual harassment and sexual bullying.

It also suggests many incidents are not reported because students worry victims will be punished as well as perpetrators.


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                    Maria Miller wants to stop harassment and sexual violence from blighting young people's lives


'Brushed under carpet'

Maria Miller, who chairs the committee, said the evidence it had heard exposed a "really concerning problem" of "widespread sexual harassment on a regular basis", particularly among young women.

However, she said, it was also concerning that school authorities found it difficult to know how to tackle these issues and "sometimes brush them under the carpet".

"We need to address this issue now, and stop it from blighting the lives of another generation of young people - both male and female," she said.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Education said: "Schools are safe places and fortunately crime in schools is very rare but sexual assault of any kind is an offence and must always be reported to the police.

"Sex and relationship education is already compulsory in all maintained secondary schools and we expect academies and free schools to teach it as part of the curriculum.

"We are also working with leading head teachers and practitioners to look at how to raise the quality of PSHE [personal, social, health and economic] teaching, which includes sex and relationship education."

Evidence to the committee also suggests pupils would like more support in dealing with sexting, online bullying and the normalisation of pornography.

Malcolm Trobe, interim general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: "Sexual harassment and sexual violence are completely unacceptable and are not tolerated.

"Where there are incidents, we would urge students and parents to report them immediately so that action can be taken.

"We welcome the committee's inquiry as any information about this important issue is extremely useful in helping to tackle the problem."

'Boys will be boys'

Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, also welcomed the inquiry, saying young people were not being given the tools they needed to understand how to navigate the bombardment of images and messages they get from places like online pornography.

She said there was a "widespread difficulty" in reporting sexual violence.

There were cases in schools of young women being pressurised or forced into sexual acts or sexting and the school punishing them as well as the perpetrators, she said.

"We do also hear from girls who report this type of harassment or even unwanted sexual touching to teachers only to be told, 'Boys will be boys,' or, 'He probably just likes you.'"


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[Newsview]Trump and Clinton win New York vote
« Reply #101 on: April 21, 2016, 01:00:21 AM »
Trump and Clinton win New York vote

US election 2016: Trump and Clinton win New York primaries






Media captionDonald Trump said his rival Ted Cruz had been 'mathematically eliminated'

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, frontrunners in the race to be the US presidential candidates for the Republican and Democratic parties, have secured comfortable victories in the crucial New York primary election.

Mrs Clinton, after beating Bernie Sanders, said her victory for the Democratic nomination was in sight.

Mr Trump looked set to take nearly all the 95 Republican delegates at stake.

He said his nearest rival Ted Cruz was "just about mathematically eliminated".

With more than 98% of the results in, Mr Trump is leading with just over 60% of the vote while Mrs Clinton has just under 58%.

As it happened: Trump and Clinton win in New York

New York primary results

US networks projected that Mr Trump had won in his home state barely seconds after the polls closed at 21:00 EDT (01:00 GMT).


Speaking at Trump Tower in Manhattan, he said: "I have to say to the people that know me the best - the people of New York - when they give us this kind of a vote it's just incredible."


Media captionHillary Clinton triumphed in the Democratic primary contest

He said he was going to get more delegates than "anyone projected even in their wildest imaginations".

Third-placed John Kasich picked up three delegates in New York.




A new-look Trump has a chance - by Anthony Zurcher, BBC North America reporter

Donald Trump needed a commanding victory, and he got it. Although the results in the state's 29 congressional districts - which allocate three convention delegates apiece - have yet to be finalised, it appears likely that Mr Trump will claim the lion's share of the 95 delegates at play.

Perhaps even more importantly, however, is the new, restrained Donald Trump on the campaign trail in the past few days. Gone are the incendiary tweets bashing his opponents (and their spouses). Instead on Tuesday night the candidate gave a short speech hammering home his economic message, emphasising his delegate and vote lead, and laying the groundwork to argue that he should be the party's nominee even if he doesn't win the 1,237 delegates necessary to claim the nomination outright.

Mr Trump recently brought in several experienced political hands to manage his campaign after a turbulent few weeks. If this new demeanour is part of the change they have inspired, Mr Trump could prove to be a more formidable opponent not just at the ballot box in upcoming primaries but in the contest to win over those in the party still deeply suspicious of his candidacy.

"Tomorrow, we go back to work," Mr Trump said during his victory speech. It was a very un-Trump-like line - and something that should have his opponents very concerned.

Read more: Trump's surprising new style and other New York lessons




Mrs Clinton told supporters her campaign for the nomination was "in the home stretch and victory is in sight".

"New Yorkers, you've always had my back and I've always tried to have yours," she said. "Today together we did it again and I am deeply, deeply grateful."

It had been a fierce campaign in the state, with Mrs Clinton - a former New York senator - and Mr Sanders - born in Brooklyn - using their local ties to attract voters.

The Democratic campaign has turned increasingly negative, with Mrs Clinton and Mr Sanders trading barbs about their qualifications.

But following the latest result in the race for the Democratic nomination, Mrs Clinton said there was "much more that unites us than divides us".




New York presidential primaries


Media captionA look at why the New York primary matters

Has New York shaped the Trump campaign? - It's the place where he built both his personal brand and his politics

What's New York's state of mind? - The issues that matter to voters from Buffalo to Brooklyn

Is Wall Street a problem for Hillary Clinton? - The 2016 presidential election is proving a trying time for this longstanding relationship

Full US election coverage from the BBC




The voting in New York was marred by widespread complaints of irregularities, including more than 125,000 people missing from New York City voter rolls. The city's chief auditing officer, Scott Stringer, ordered a review of the city's Board of Elections (BOE) over what he called "chaotic and inefficient" organisation.




US media reaction

  • Donald Trump's win will shift the momentum away from the anti-Trump movement and back to the brash businessman, the New York Daily News says

  • In her home state, Hillary Clinton seemed relaxed for the first time in a "rocky and unpredictable Democratic race," according to the New York Times

  • A series of distractions in the lead-up to the New York vote meant Bernie Sanders never came close to pulling off the upset victory he had predicted, Politico says

  • Republican contender John Kasich's second-place showing in New York bolsters his argument that he - rather than Ted Cruz - would be most likely to beat Donald Trump in a contested convention, the Washington Post argues




Bernie Sanders, who has vowed to fight on in the nomination process, spent Tuesday in Pennsylvania before heading home to Vermont for a day off the campaign trail.

Republican hopeful Mr Cruz, whose criticism of "New York values" attracted scorn in the state, had also moved on to Pennsylvania. He dismissed the New York primary result as nothing more than "a politician winning his home state", according to the Associated Press news agency.

Pennsylvania is the most important of five states holding both Republican and Democratic primaries on 26 April, and then candidates will look to score successes in Indiana on 3 May.

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« Reply #102 on: April 21, 2016, 02:57:33 AM »
I cannot understand the US and the images it follows

Howveer I understand it has put into place a system to stop people like TRUMP from gaining power - much like the UK system...

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[Newsview]Ched Evans rape conviction quashed
« Reply #103 on: April 22, 2016, 01:00:28 AM »
Ched Evans rape conviction quashed

Ched Evans: Wales footballer's rape conviction quashed


    21 April 2016

  • From the section Wales



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Footballer Ched Evans has had his conviction for rape quashed at the Court of Appeal in London, but will face a new trial.

The ex-Wales international was jailed in 2012 for raping a 19-year-old at a Premier Inn near Rhyl, Denbighshire.

The former Sheffield United, Manchester City and Norwich player was released from jail in October 2014 after serving half of his five-year term.

Mr Evans, 27, has always denied raping the woman.

His case was referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), which investigates possible miscarriages of justice in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, after new evidence emerged.

Lady Justice Hallett, announcing the court's decision, said the judges heard "fresh evidence" during the appeal hearing on 22 and 23 March.

She said: "In summary, we have concluded that we must allow the appeal and that it is in the interests of justice to order a retrial."


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The court quashed Mr Evans's conviction and declared: "The appellant will be retried on the allegation of rape."


He has not been signed by a new club since his release from prison.

Lady Justice Hallett, Mr Justice Flaux and Sir David Maddison heard submissions over two days from Kieran Vaughan QC, for Mr Evans, and from Eleanor Laws QC, for the Crown.

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