Trump probed over military spending in Scotland

Trump’s Turnberry golf course posts losses The letter requests access to all communications between the US Department of Defense and Trump Turnberry, as well as any related financial records. According to various reports in the US media, the department has not yet complied with the demands. It has also not commented directly, and neither has the Trump Organisation. What does the letter say? The letter – signed by the Democratic committee chairman Elijah Cummings – was addressed to then-acting Secretary of Defence Patrick Shanahan. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDonald Trump on the Turnberry golf course in 2014 Citing Defence Logistics Agency (DLA) records, it said the US military had made 629 fuel purchase orders at the …

Should you pack a ‘grab bag’?

Image copyright Jo Gardner Image caption Jo Gardner’s “grab bag” It was 2am when Jo Gardner and her husband were woken by a knock at the door. It was the police, warning that a fire had broken out at a works unit on their road. In the 10 minutes they were given to evacuate the house, they searched frantically for documents, keepsakes and hard drives. “We had to go there and then, there was no waiting. It was very dramatic, very sudden,” says Mrs Gardner, who works in education in Lincolnshire. Image copyright Dominic Mottram Dom Mottram, who works on railways in the Midlands, also keeps a bag with him in case of emergencies such as fires or car breakdowns. …

Jamie Laing pulls out of Strictly with injury

Who’s in this year’s Strictly line-up? In pictures: Strictly 2019 red carpet launch What to expect from Strictly’s new judge “I would like to wish the lovely couples all the very best and hope they enjoy their time on the show to the fullest,” he added. Executive producer Sarah James said: “We are so sad that Jamie won’t be able to take part in the series, he had already lit up the ballroom during the launch show with his boundless energy and enthusiasm. We all wish him a full and speedy recovery.” Kevin Clifton, who lifted the glitterball trophy last year with Stacey Dooley, sent a message of sympathy on Twitter. Skip Twitter post by @keviclifton Feel really sorry for …

White supremacist jailed for terror attack

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCCTV shows Vincent Fuller on a terror attack A white supremacist who stabbed a teenager in what a judge described as a “terrorist act” has been jailed for more than 18 years. Vincent Fuller, 50, attacked Bulgarian Dimitar Mihaylov in Stanwell, Surrey, a day after a gunman attacked mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Kingston Crown Court heard Fuller, who admitted attempted murder, had set out to kill Muslims. Fuller denied a terrorist motive but Judge Peter Lodder QC rejected this. On the night of 16 March, Fuller “roamed the streets” in a violent rage “looking for a target”, the court heard. Image copyright PA Media Image caption Fuller posted on Facebook immediately …

When were school uniforms introduced?

Image copyright Christ’s Hospital Image caption Christ’s Hospital introduced a uniform in Tudor times The only choice students have is their shoes and since 1987 the majority have opted for Dr Martens according to the school’s website. School uniform did not become more widely used until the 19th Century when Eton College introduced the Eton suit in about 1820, claims fashion historian Jayne Shrimpton. Image copyright Toby Phillips Image caption Christ’s Hospital students wear the same uniform that was introduced when it was founded in 1522 The suit, which had to be worn by boys under 5ft 4in (1.6m) tall, comprised a dark jacket, grey trousers and top hat. Other schools followed suit, although it was not until the 1920s …

US Air Force orders review over Trump resort stays

The US Air Force said its crews had obeyed all the rules, but said “lodging at higher-end accommodations, even if within government rates, might be allowable but not advisable”. Brig Gen Thomas also explained the increased use of Prestwick airport in the last four years because of a number of key factors, including longer operating hours and standardisation of routing locations. “Between 2015 and 2019, AMC Total Force aircraft stopped at Prestwick a total of 936 times (*659 overnight stays), including 95 (*40) in 2015, 145 (*75) in 2016, 180 (*116) in 2017, 257 (*208) in 2018 and 259 (*220) through August 2019,” his statement added. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDonald Trump on the Turnberry golf …

School principals to be balloted on strike

The NAHT is the only one of the five main teaching unions in Northern Ireland not currently engaged in a form of industrial action. A draft agreement has been reached between teaching unions and employers to end that dispute, but it is still ongoing. The NAHT president in Northern Ireland, Geri Cameron, said the failure of the Department of Education and other teaching employers to resolve that situation had contributed to the head teachers’ decision. Related Topics Schools National Association of Head Teachers NI education Original Article : HERE ;

Hospital failings led to girl’s sepsis death

Image copyright Irwin Mitchell Image caption Ava’s family said her death was a “stark reminder” of the dangers of sepsis Ava, who had Down’s syndrome, was “critically ill” when she returned to hospital two days after being discharged from A&E on 13 December, the inquest had heard. Image caption Ava’s mother Lesley Gearing and her daughter Mia were at the inquest It concluded failures on that day “probably more than contributed to her death”. The family should also have had a “comprehensive brief on sepsis” in light of her Down’s syndrome and risk of infection, it added. Assistant coroner Laurinda Bower said the case had raised “significant concerns” which had led her to call a meeting with the trust’s medical …

Why are sheep being ‘barbarically’ butchered?

Image copyright Julie Steele Image caption Julie Steele was “devastated” by the deaths of Pesky, Pippy, Pipette, Kline and Angel But one Friday morning, Ms Steele arrived at her smallholding to feed her sheep and made a horrific discovery. Image copyright Julie Steele Image caption Julie Steele’s son Joseph and his friend helping to feed the lambs, which she raised as pets The animals are believed to have been hanged, before being gutted with a knife and skinned. The farmers affected believe the killers were professional butchers. “They were skilled – they were obviously either butchers or worked in an abattoir, I think,” said Ms Steele. Ms Morse said the farm was her business and each lamb would have sold …

Taller mast plans to boost rural mobile coverage

However, 5G networks require more transmitter masts than previous technologies. Are these masts dangerous or is it just fearmongering? Finally, 5G is here – but so what? Digital Secretary Nicky Morgan, who has launched a consultation on the plans, said “slightly taller” masts would mean they could carry more equipment and “potentially stop the proliferation of other masts – or even take away some”. Asked if new masts could double in height, she said “Let’s ask the question and see what it is people need.” She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme there has to be a balance struck between the landscape and better connectivity. “This is about broader digital connectivity. So we will obviously look to the mobile companies …

Judge considering parliament shutdown challenge

They began legal action at the Court of Session in Edinburgh last month to prevent a Westminster shutdown. The Queen has already agreed to the prime minister’s request to suspend parliament in September and October. Follow live tweets from the Court of Session hearing Boris Johnson has said the Queen’s Speech would then take place on 14 October, to outline his “very exciting agenda” of new legislation. Critics, however, say that makes it unlikely MPs would have enough time to pass laws to stop a no-deal Brexit happening on 31 October. ‘Totalitarian state’ Thursday’s session took just under four hours and heard from both sides. Aidan O’Neill QC, representing the parliamentarians, told judge Lord Doherty: “Powers of the executive are …

Kano: ‘Great art poses questions’

“I do see what’s going on, things do trouble me and it’s natural that will creep into my music,” he says. “I don’t want to be a preachy person. It’s more like ‘I get it.’ “‘I know the wider world might not get it and I know the media might not get it when a kid gets stabbed and they throw him up on screen and act like he was a gang member when he wasn’t – trying to blame the parents and everyone but the system that’s been created.” “I think great art poses questions and doesn’t necessarily give answers and solutions – that’s not what I’m trying to do,” he adds. “I’m here to show you my perspective, …

EU ‘willing to listen’ to Johnson’s Brexit ideas

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDonald Tusk: I hope Boris Johnson will not want to go down in history as Mr No Deal European Council President Donald Tusk has said the EU is “willing to listen” to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ideas for Brexit if they are “realistic”. But speaking at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, Mr Tusk said he would “not co-operate on [a] no-deal”. Mr Johnson said that if Mr Tusk – who he will meet on Sunday – did not want to be remembered as “Mr No-Deal Brexit”, then UK demands must be met. Since becoming PM, Mr Johnson has said the UK will leave the EU on 31 October. Mr Johnson has …