Simon Dobbin is unable to walk or talk The family of a football fan who suffered horrific injuries at the hands of hooligan opposition fans are campaigning for a change in the law.
Cambridge United fan Simon Dobbin, 47, from Suffolk, was attacked after a match in Southend, Essex, in 2015.
Twelve men were jailed over the assault , which left him brain damaged.
His wife Nicole wants "Simon’s Law" introduced, to force lifelong payments to the NHS by people convicted of violent disorder.
The law would also increase sentencing powers in such cases. The family home was transformed on DIY:SOS Some of Mr Dobbin’s attackers stamped on his head for 90 seconds and as a result he cannot walk or talk.
Mrs Dobbin, from Mildenhall, told the BBC: "We have a lifelong sentence – this [Simon’s Law] would be a constant reminder for them of what they did and a deterrent for others."
She was spurred to start a petition campaigning for a change to the law after being told another of Mr Dobbin’s attackers had been released from prison. Mr Dobbin spent a year in hospital after the attack It has been signed over 4,000 times in less than 48 hours.
All of Mr Dobbin’s equipment, medication and care is funded by the NHS, which his wife estimates has cost hundreds of thousands of pounds.
She said: "If someone is found guilty and sentenced to violent disorder causing harm, especially like what happened to Simon, then part of their wages or benefits should be paid back to the NHS."
The seal ring is thought to date to 1350 A retired man has "found" a 14th Century gold ring in his garage, nearly 40 years after he first discovered it.
Tom Clark, 81, located the seal ring in a tin at his Buckinghamshire home among items which had come from his late mother’s house.
The Aylesbury metal detectorist had first discovered it on farmland between 1979 and 1982, but had not realised the significance of the find.
It could now fetch up to £10,000 at auction.
The ring has an engraving of the god Mars holding a spear. It bears a Latin inscription and contains what is thought to be a semi-precious carved gem.
Such rings would be used to leave a mark in wax to show that a document was legitimate and unopened. Tom Clark found the ring sometime between 1979 and 1982 Mr Clark said: "I had completely forgotten about it. I found it… on farmland just outside Aylesbury. There’s a big housing estate on the land now.
"At the time I’d only been metal detecting for 10 years and didn’t realise the ring was anything special. It was all twisted and broken when I dug it up."
Mr Clark, a retired leather craftsman, said he had taken the ring, along with others, to a museum to be recorded but was told they were "fairly modern" so he had put them in a tin at his mother’s house and forgotten about them.
Mark Becher, historica expert at Hansons auctioneers, said: "The ring bears a Latin inscription (NVNCIE.VERA.TEGO) which may translate as ‘I hide the true message’.
"This could relate to the role of a seal ring in securing correspondence."
If you’re planning on spending the bank holiday boozing it up, at least make sure you do it in some of Britain’s best pubs.
The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has revealed the top 16 pubs in the running to becoming its next national Pub of the Year. The overall winner will be revealed in February 2020, but in the meantime pub-goers are encouraged to visit each and every one of them.
With a heatwave due in some parts of England this weekend, it would be rude not to bask in the wonders of our unique pub scene. From bustling micropubs to traditional coaching inns, here is CAMRA’s cream of the crop.
A long-standing pub in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide and a former national Pub of the Year winner, this gem is the only pub with a heritage interior in Berkshire. Its name refers to bells which were part of the coat of arms of the traditional landowners. The large open garden and excellent beer attract walkers and drinkers from all round the area. A traditional pub dating back to 1848. The interior comprises of a lounge and L-shaped bar as well as a wood-beamed ceiling. There’s the Consett Ale Works brewery at the back and beer festivals held twice a year. The coast-to-coast cycle route is close by and live entertainment and a quiz night make it a worthy stop-off. The Red Lion, Preston
This attractive free house stands on the village green and is the first community-owned pub in Britain. There is an ever-changing list of beers including many from small breweries. Food is fresh and made from locally-sourced ingredients. The pub also hosts the village cricket teams and fundraises for charity. A busy split-level micropub with plenty of standing room at the bar in addition to seating both downstairs and upstairs. The upstairs has board games and hosts quiz nights and ‘Meet The Brewer’ events. Friendly staff with tasters available makes this a wonderful addition to Chichester, not to mention the ever-changing range of cask ales.
A handsome riverside pub with a large outdoor terrace overlooking the river. The beer range is varied with a strong emphasis on new breweries and a good selection of craft keg beer. Family-friendly and – this bit’s key – dog-friendly with wifi, live music and traditional pub games, it’s a great stop in the area. This 18th-century former coaching inn with wood fires in both bars has maintained its traditional character. The landlord is passionate about real ale and encourages customers to taste and experience the variety with third-pint tasting boards. An in-house cask ale members’ club encourages beer-lovers to make regular brewery visits and there are also brewer speaker/taster events.
First built in 1691 and re-built in 1926, this is an impressive Edwardian stone-built free house with many original architectural features situated in the Town Hall Square. Ten cask ales and two traditional ciders are available as is live sports and music. The hotel features log fires and provides accommodation and a function room is available for hire. The Cricketers Arms, Merseyside
Tthe Cricketers Arms is part of the St Helens vibrant pub scene. A friendly, family-run community pub, it boasts 13 ever-changing hand pulls, 10 ciders and over 100 gins. This traditional pub has just undergone a refurbishment and has two beer gardens and an outside bar for regular beer festivals, private events, darts and pool leagues, quiz nights and regular fundraising events for local charities. An on-site micro-brewery is planned for this year. The Admiral’s Arm, Isle of Sheppey
A two-room micropub serving four real ales and a large range of ciders and perries. It boasts a very extensive range of gins and pub snacks, including beer-infused pork pies and scotch eggs. The decor is a nautical theme, with a mixture of high and low hand-crafted wooden benches and tables and a pizza oven has recently been brought in. CAMRA Bridge Inn, Peebles
A cheerful, welcoming, town-centre local also known as ‘The Trust’. The mosaic entrance floor shows it was once the Tweedside Inn. It has a bright, comfortable bar which is decorated with jugs, bottles, pictures of old Peebles and displays relating to outdoor pursuits. There’s a cosy corner with a log burner and a small room to the rear. The sun trap patio overlooks the river and hills beyond.
This is a real community pub ‘by beer enthusiasts, for beer enthusiasts’, which is owned by 46 of its regulars. There are no fruit machines, TV or ‘muzak’, but there are five regularly changing guest beers and three regular cask ales – ie. a real ale dream. The pub’s main twitter feed is @PubCatHope, named after the stray that was adopted some years ago and is a well-known face in the Hope. A welcoming two-roomed back street local with a large decked sun-trap and heated smoking shelter facing out over the bowling green. It hosts two beer festivals each year and Shrewsbury Town FC memorabilia adorn the building inside and out, with some of the seating from the old Gay Meadow Ground skirting the bowling green.
Up to 10 West Country ales, some straight from the cask, plus 12 or so eeal ciders and perries are on offer in this traditional 16th-century village pub. There’s a good range of bar snacks and an extensive menu at lunch and int the evening. Plus darts, quizzes and five ensuite guest rooms. Swan With Two Necks, Lancashire
This recently renovated traditional pub set in a pretty Pendleside village is deservedly popular with locals and visitors. Five constantly changing ales and one real cider are served. There’s also some delicious home-cooked food on the menu including some local specialities. There’s plenty of outdoor seating so you can watch the world go by in summer (but lovely open fires for when you come back later in the year). Dogs on leads are welcome in the beer garden.
The Shed is a quirky, friendly, family-run micropub. Tables and benches hug the walls, which are decorated with flags, musical instruments, puppets and skulls. A shed is used as the bar with ten constantly changing ales, and 14 plus ciders sourced from around the country. Beers are served straight from the cellar and there;s occasional live music and all the bar snacks you could need. George & Dragon, Yorkshire
At the heart of the village, this homely multi-roomed country inn has been Champion Pub of Yorkshire several times. A pleasant walk from Richmond (if you don’t mind the 300+ steps) brings you to the pub’s large beer terrace with panoramic views over the Swale valley.
Rescued by the community in 2010 and refurbished, it boasts its own library, shop, allotments and other community facilities as well as food and drink. Beers are mostly from Yorkshire breweries and a dark ale is always available, often Rudgate Ruby Mild. And – praise be – it’s open all day on bank holidays.
Carbon offsetting is the talk of the town after critics slammed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for taking private jets to go on holiday. The couple are keen supporters of environmentalism with Prince Harry recently revealing they’ll only have a maximum of two children for the sake of the planet.
But their reported recent trips to Ibiza and Nice via private jet have led some to accuse them of hypocrisy.
One of the jets was loaned to the couple by singer Sir Elton John, who has since come out in defence of the pair saying he paid for the plane and also paid to offset the carbon emissions.
“To maintain a high level of much-needed protection, we provided them with a private jet flight,” he tweeted. “To support Prince Harry’s commitment to the environment, we ensured their flight was carbon neutral.”
But what does that actually mean? What Is A Carbon Footprint?
Everyone has a carbon footprint. It refers to the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of your daily life and activities.
We should care about our carbon footprint because the lower it is, the better it is for the planet – and this action needs to start from home. A staggering 40% of the UK’s carbon emissions come from households, so things like heating, electricity, transport, waste and the flights we take for our holidays.
Some ways to reduce your footprint include eating less meat or giving it up completely – adopting a plant-based diet is one of the biggest ways to help fight climate change , a major United Nations report revealed earlier this month.
Car owners should consider driving less and choosing to walk, cycle or take the bus instead. The Science and Technology Select Committee went as far as suggesting the UK government can’t achieve sufficient emissions cuts by swapping existing vehicles for cleaner versions, and instead said car owners should be ditching their vehicles altogether – or at the very least sharing them.
Other ways to reduce your carbon footprint include not buying into fast fashion, endeavouring to plant trees and flowers, unplugging devices so you’re not wasting electricity when you’re out at work – that includes your phone chargers – and eating local and organic produce.
Eating locally grown produce reduces the carbon produced by vehicles having to transport goods. Meanwhile eating organic means your food hasn’t been sprayed with chemicals which can harm the environment.
Carbon offsetting is the practice of putting funds towards organisations which help the environment by lowering or reducing carbon emissions – an example would be reforestation projects.
Once you’ve offset that, and it results in net zero carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere, it’s referred to as “carbon neutral”.
Carbon offsetting is a popular practice for people who frequently travel by aircraft and some airlines like Ryanair offer customers the option to pay a small amount (usually less than £1) to offset their carbon emissions when they book a flight.
While the idea of carbon offsetting sounds positive, there are others who argue that it helps companies and individuals to offset the guilt of the damage that’s being caused to the environment.
Roger Tyers, a research fellow at the University of Southampton, told The Guardian the idea that you can fly ‘carbon neutral’ is “very misleading”.
“A plane that flies today emits carbon today. It’s very hard to know how fast an offset can remove that amount of carbon from the atmosphere,” he explained.
Carbon offsetting provides a mechanism to reduce greenhouse gas emissions “in the most cost-effective and economically-efficient manner”, according to carbonfootprint.com .
The fact is, carbon offsetting alone isn’t the solution to combatting climate change – it has to be done in conjunction with other actions.
It might appear that with two female prime ministers under our belt the UK has got it cracked when it comes to women in politics. However, to steal a phrase from one of those prime ministers; it would seem that “you may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”
In 1984, when Margaret Thatcher uttered those words, the number of women in parliament stood at just 23, with 13 of these Conservative and 10 Labour, making up an abysmal 4% of the Commons. This figure is put into even starker context when you consider that women had been allowed in parliament since the parliament (Qualification of Women) Act in 1918. In 66 years, the number women MPs had increased by just 22.
“But that’s behind us now,” I hear you cry.
But in fact, it isn’t. In 2019, we’re still struggling to get anywhere near to gender parity in parliament and it is having a detrimental effect on policy; from social to economic, foreign to domestic.
Currently there are 208 women in the House of Commons, an all-time high of 32%, but hold your applause because women make up 51% of the population and that readers, is what I would call bad maths. It also disappointingly puts us in 39th position globally when it comes to female representation in parliament.
Of our two leading parties, Labour take the lead with 119 (45%) female MPs and the Conservatives come a distant second with 67 (21%).
Confusion lies in the fact that despite the number of women candidates rising at almost every general election since 1966, the numbers remain painfully low when it comes to party selection. Whilst the corporate world has had to be increasingly transparent when it comes to gender pay gaps, the political world largely remains a black hole.
Research has overwhelmingly shown that the main issue here is demand, rather than supply. Put simply, women aren’t the problem – parties are. More needs to be done to tackle widespread incidences of both direct and indirect discrimination, ranging from gendered assumptions about women’s capabilities to explicit sexual harassment.
It should also be acknowledged that the practical barriers associated with running for parliament are harder to overcome for women; it requires substantial financial resources, which considering women still earn on average 18.4% less than men is tricky, what’s more it is still the case that women are overwhelmingly primary care givers, meaning the extreme time commitments required to run a campaign are acutely difficult to manage.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom, you don’t need to look far to find examples of men and women doing more to combat the persistent underrepresentation of women in parliament.
One such example is the 50:50 parliament Campaign.
Founded in 2013 by Frances Scott when she realised that she had never heard an MP or policy maker discuss issues that mattered to her. Scott set off on a mission to increase the number of women’s voices in parliament and what started as a petition, led to an inquiry into women in the House of Commons in which 50:50 made a number of recommendations on how to make the House more accessible and inclusive.
Seven years on, 50:50’s operation has expanded rapidly, but we can’t do it alone, and women are not the only group that is unrepresented in government.
A balance of voices within parliament is vital to ensure that society’s interests are represented and understood fully in the formation of laws and policies. Increasing the number of women in parliament isn’t equality for the sake of equality, it has a tangible impact on the daily lives of people across the UK. When women have been brought into the decision-making process, they have pioneered life changing policies on equal pay and pay transparency, maternity and paternity cover and most recently sexual harassment with the introduction of legislation on up-skirting. If we carry on at the current rate it will take over 50 years to achieve a 50:50 parliament, so let’s keep fighting the battle until its won, and parliament reflects the society it represents. HuffPost UK is partnering with The Big Ideas festival, a day of political and cultural conversation across a range of topics from politics and society to communities and arts, taking place on 31 August in Mudchute, East London . 1 In 8 Employers Still Hesitate Over Hiring Women They Think Might Get Pregnant
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An investigation into the policing of UK festivals has revealed arrest rates at Notting Hill Carnival are almost identical to Glastonbury, suggesting controversial crime narratives surrounding the London event are misplaced.
More than a million people will take to the streets of west London this weekend for the world-famous celebration of Caribbean music and heritage, as colourful floats and sound-systems parade the streets.
But Notting Hill organisers have long claimed the focus on crime by the media and police unduly taints what should be a gem in the country’s cultural calendar.
Every year the Metropolitan Police issue figures showing the number of arrests, stabbings, offensive weapons seized and officers injured at Carnival.
“It is the only festival, the only event the Met do where they automatically put out the crime stats,” Matthew Phillip, executive director of Notting Hill Carnival Ltd, told HuffPost UK. “Any other event the press have to ask for it.”
Phillip believes the massive boost to the economy and positivity Carnival brings gets lost in the crime statistics. But how do levels of offending at the event compare to other festivals?
HuffPost UK has carried out an investigation gathering data on arrests at five major UK events – Glastonbury, Reading, Royal Ascot, Creamfields and Notting Hill.
Our exclusive findings have shown: – Arrest rates at Notting Hill over three years since 2016 are almost identical to Glastonbury when the number of people attending is taken into account.
– There were 3.76 arrests per 10,000 people at Notting Hill Carnival compared to 3.1 arrests per 10,000 people at Glastonbury.
– The event with by far the highest arrest rate was the famous dance music festival Creamfields, which had 23.67 arrests per 10,000 people attending.
– Other festivals had arrests for serious offences including assaults, money laundering, wounding with intent, sexual assault and rape Statista Commentators say the findings highlight how festivals attended by working class or black and minority ethic (BAME) audiences, or those seen as “black spaces”, are more likely to be “over-policed”.
Dr Martin Glynn, lecturer in criminology at Birmingham City University, told HuffPost UK: “Black people in a range of social situations are exposed to what’s called stereotype threat. Stereotype threat is if you perceive your difference to be stereotyped you moderate it. The relevance of it is we’re talking about black and white spaces. Carnival is perceived as a black space.
“Even though it’s a carnival and is cultural, in terms of the attendees and the press coverage it is defined as a black space and black spaces are over policed,” he continued. Matthew Phillip, executive director of Notting Hill Carnival Ltd Phillip, who is at the helm of running Notting Hill Carnival, said it was “undeniable” class and race affects the policing of the event.
A musician, he has been to Glastonbury twice and the steel band he plays with, Mangrove, performed with iconic 1980s rapper Neneh Cherry this year. But he says he notices the visible difference in policing at Notting Hill Carnival.
“I don’t want to throw any other festival under the bus, but at Glastonbury you don’t have lines of police officers stopping and searching people at any given moment,” he told HuffPost UK. “You hardly see police.
“I’ve never seen anybody lined up against a wall being searched at Carnival apart from young black boys. The Met would argue that it’s being used proportionally but the community would say it’s only young black boys being stopped and searched.” Crowd size
Notting Hill Carnival’s organisers have long argued that when speaking about the crime at the event, there is a failure to reflect the huge size of the crowds attending.
The street carnival has grown to become the second biggest in the world, after Rio Carnival, and is currently Europe’s largest street event. It attracts at least 1 million people every year, although organisers say this is a conservative estimate and crowd sizes can reach double that.
While it is argued that Notting Hill is as safe as other major music festivals when crowd size is taken into account, this is rarely reflected.
One type of serious violence also continues to dominate the narrative around Notting Hill – knife crime.
The number of stabbings at Carnival has featured heavily in media coverage in recent years, echoing wider concern about rising knife crime in the capital.
Yet similar scrutiny does not surround other festivals, even though HuffPost UK’s data showed they are also impacted by knife crime. – At Creamfields Festival there were 13 arrests for possession of an offensive weapon or bladed article
– At Reading there were three arrests for possession of an offensive weapon and one for wounding with intent
– At Glastonbury there was one arrest for possession of a knife blade or sharp pointed article and one for possession of an offensive weapon While these figures are lower than the 15 stabbings recorded at Carnival in 2016, seven in 2017 and one last year, it is important to consider the statistics in the context of the much larger attendance figure at Notting Hill.
Matthew Phillip said the language used by police to describe “knife arches” at Notting Hill Carnival was symptomatic of the wider lazy stereotyping.
“Knife arches, I hate that term,” he said. “Now these arches are at airports, millions of people go through them every day.
“There are events at the Royal Albert Hall and they’re called screening arches there, they are at a lot of major events and festivals, but only when it comes to Notting Hill Carnival are they referred to as knife arches,” he said.
“That’s one I really can’t get my head around, but it comes from the police and we have corrected them and they’ve stopped using those terms.” Empics Entertainment Drug arrests
The figures showing arrests for drug offences also revealed interesting trends.
HuffPost UK’s data showed only one arrest related to drugs at Royal Ascot from 2016-18. Glastonbury, Reading and Creamfields all had a majority of arrests for either possession or possession with intent to supply drugs.
Yet commentators have questioned whether drug offences really are lower at Royal Ascot, a stalwart of the British upper class society calendar, or whether it is being policed differently from the other events.
Maurice Mcleod, a Labour councillor in the south London borough of Wandsworth, and vice chair of social policy at Race on the Agenda, a social policy think-tank, said: "I absolutely think that race and class have an impact on how stuff is policed. I’ve been to Ascot, I haven’t been to Glastonbury, but I’ve been to lots of other festivals and I always go to Notting Hill Carnival. Everything about how they are policed is different.”
“Yes, people put on nice suits and top hats or whatever and go to Ascot, it might seem more sophisticated or civilised, but that’s where I’ve seen the most horrible vicious fights and there’s loads of cocaine in the toilet.”
Nick Smith, director of racing and communications at Ascot Racecourse, said security at the event was reviewed every year.
“The use of illegal drugs and their contribution to anti-social behaviour is a significant issue for all major events,” he said.
“As has always been our policy, anyone found entering or on the site with illegal drugs will be refused entry or expelled.” Outcomes of arrests
HuffPost UK’s investigation has also revealed significant variations in outcomes of arrests dependant on which festival the arrest takes place at.
At Creamfields, where headline acts this year include Fatboy Slim, the Chemical Brothers and Pete Tong, 71% of arrests resulted in charges. The figure at Glastonbury was 32% and at Reading 29%.
This means if you are arrested at Creamfields you are significantly more likely to face charges in court.
We could not calculate charges rates for arrests at Notting Hill Carnival because the Metropolitan Police would not issue the data.
Carnival organisers themselves have been trying to obtain this information since September last year without success, and called on the Met to release it.
“I’ve heard it’s come from quite high [in the Metropolitan Police] that they’ve refused to give it to us. I’ve heard it’s come from the highest level,” said Phillip. “I can’t see that there’s any justification in this. If it’s released for other events why is Notting Hill Carnival treated differently?” The facts show [Notting Hill Carnival] is generally more peaceable than many other large celebrations Having this data in the public domain allows organisers to analyse how to improve security and safety at future events. But crucially the data also provides transparency over policing.
Shadow home secretary Diane Abbot welcomed HuffPost UK’s investigation and said: “This analysis is very valuable.
“Every year we hear a hue and cry from some politicians and parts of press against the Notting Hill Carnival. But the facts show it is generally more peaceable than many other large celebrations. It’s long past time this people’s celebration is properly celebrated by us all.”
Avon and Somerset Constabulary is responsible for policing Glastonbury, Thames Valley Police for policing Royal Ascot and Reading, Cheshire Constabulary for policing Creamfields and the Met for Notting Hill Carnival.
All the forces said they work closely with festival organisers and argued you cannot directly compare policing of events which last for different durations, are not ticketed and are set in a completely different environments.The Met Police told HuffPost UK any suggestion it polices events based on the ethnicity of those attending is completely unfounded, saying: “The MPS polices events based on experience, intelligence and risk.”Commander Dave Musker, Gold Commander for Notting Hill Carnival 2019, said: “The footprint and environment of Notting Hill Carnival is incomparable to other festivals and far more complex to police.”HuffPost UK contacted the organisers of Creamfields but they did not respond.Reading Festival said safeguarding was “a massive priority”.Notting Hill Carnival’s organisers said they collaborate closely with police and want to work with the force to challenge negative stereotyping.“I fully believe that there is a role for police to play at carnival,” Phillip told HuffPost UK. “The only way we can fix this is by working with police and I’m not demonising police. It needs to be a collaborative effort.“I think the UK should be proud of Notting Hill Carnival. It’s a massive event. It puts the eyes of the world on London. It’s a massive boost to the economy. But the positivity and unity it brings gets lost in crime statistics.“No one group of people can make these changes, it needs to be a big joint effort. But I feel very positive.” A visitor at Royal Ascot THE DATA HuffPost UK submitted 14 Freedom of Information requests to the four forces responsible for policing Notting Hill Carnival, Glastonbury, Reading, Royal Ascot and Creamfields.We asked for the total numbers of arrests at each event over three years, 2016-18, and the outcomes of those arrests.Not all the police forces released data. – The Metropolitan Police has not provided arrest breakdowns and outcomes at Notting Hill Carnival for […]
The UK’s only active fracking site experienced a tremor measuring 1.05 on the Richter scale on Friday night.
It came two days after a magnitude 1.55 tremor which was the largest ever tremor at the site run by Cuadrilla in Preston New Road, Lancashire.
Friday’s tremor was detected at 11.22pm.
The company said it lasted for less than one second and “the measured vibration at ground level during the event was approximately 0.4 mm/s”.
“This micro seismicity followed today’s pumping operations,” it said.
“The integrity of the well has been confirmed.”
A smaller 0.53 magnitude tremor occurred just after 5am on Saturday and also lasted for less than one second, the company added.
Fracking was temporarily stopped at the Cuadrilla site after Wednesday’s tremor.
Pausing work for 18 hours is the routine response for any tremor over 0.5.
A Cuadrilla spokesman said on Thursday that most people who live near the Preston New Road facility would not have noticed Wednesday’s movement, which would have felt similar to someone dropping a large bag of shopping on the floor.
“Minor movements of this level are to be expected and are way below anything that can cause harm or damage to anyone or their property,” he said. Labour’s shadow business secretary Rebecca Long Bailey has called for fracking to be banned, saying it causes air and water pollution and contributes to climate change.
Environmental campaign group Friends of the Earth said in 60 days of fracking last year there were 57 tremors in Lancashire and that it cannot be carried out without triggering earthquakes.
“Even small vibrations at ground level can be the sign of far more damaging impacts deep underground,” said Jamie Peters, a campaigner for the organisation.
The Government has said the extraction of shale gas through fracking could support the UK’s transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions.
MANSFIELD — Earlier this month, religious freedom advocates held an outreach mission onsite during the local PRIDE rally in downtown Mansfield bringing a visible presence and Biblical truth.
One of the evangelical coordinators, Greg Jevnikar has hope for the future.
“I believe we are reaching the hearts and minds of future generations. A recent survey found that millennials who have been raised in the politically-correct LGBT movement, say they are less enamored with the movement compared to previous years. Today we had a local group of students witnessing to Mansfield PRIDE event attenders.” Several students minister to attenders at the Mansfield PRIDE event. “We attended the PRIDE event to witness and strike up conversations with the event supporters,” says Tara Beechy , coach/host for an area Bible Bee group of students. “We left with a feeling that many of these people are searching for real answers in life.”
According to Jevnikar, multiple scientific studies find there is no gay gene .
“Since homosexual conduct and transgender behavior are conditioned or chosen lifestyles, they should not be categorized with race, color, sex or ethnicity as Civil Rights. A man can put on makeup, wear dresses, or have a sex change operation, but he still has X and Y chromosomes. This is biological fact and GOD designed him that way. No political opinion can change the truth.”
Coach Dave Daubenmire of Pass the Salt Ministries was also onsite and points out that the politically-correct society does not tolerate the Biblical view on sexual morality.
“They have marginalized , censored , penalized , and even jailed Christians who believe in traditional marriage. How can we call this a free country when Big Tech silences anyone who holds a different viewpoint? I personally have been shadow-banned. It seems that rather than holding civil discourse on the issue, they bully Christians and either call you a bigot or silence you. Telling the truth about homosexuality is not hate, it just sounds like hate.”
The Mansfield Gay Pride Association, organized the event which was sponsored by OhioHealth , Planned Parenthood and the pornography chain Lion’s Den . The event included a parade down Park Avenue West and a drag queen story time for children. Several from Ministries of Hope & Healing minister during afternoon shift at Mansfield PRIDE event. Reverend Clyde Kerby of Ministries for Hope and Healing had several of his church members ministering at the event.
“GOD and His Word does not change. There is no question this event goes counter to our local faith community’s standards . Just three years ago we had over one hundred area clergy oppose the federal transgender restroom mandate. Jesus says in the Gospel of John, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Concern still exists in religious circles as even parents’ rights are being undermined. Last year a Cincinnati judge removed a child from her parents to allow for a non-FDA approved sex change surgery to proceed.
“With drag queens having story time with our children in Mansfield, as a pastor I am compelled to speak out,” says Kerby. “They are coming after our children .”
“The people that came to us to ask questions and take our educational materials were just kids. A lot of them told us they knew what they were doing was not right. During the event, we learned there were at least three people who committed themselves to Christ. If the Body of Christ has a visible presence onsite, we can win our city back.”
Click on the video below to see brief summary of John Hopkins study that found no evidence of gay gene.
The intention of a short film, short review article is to be as concise as the running time is. Short and sweet. But there is much to be said about Bears Rebecca Fonté’s LGBT horror short film Conversion Therapist so ‘bear’ with us for a moment longer than usual.
Their LGBT horror short film had its U.S. premiere at the All Genders Lifestyles and Identities Film Festival (AGLIFF) last night but it has been on our radar since it’s world premiere here in Toronto back in May so we are happy to be able to catch up with it and report back to you. Conversion Therapist follows a pansexual, polyamorous trio as they set out to kidnap and convert a ‘pray-the-gay-away’ therapist, using some of the same methods he used on queer youth, and some that are maybe a little more extreme. To help set up Fonté’s short film we should know why it’s here. Conversion Therapist was born after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. In their director’s statement Fonté wrote… In the aftermath of Pulse, I couldn’t believe the bigotry of certain “ministers” who did more than hint that they believed the terrorist had done the world a favor. I poured my anger into this script and project. But I also had started a ticking clock. I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to bring this story, with its transgender character, into the world and honestly discuss the story with the actors, crew and audiences without first being honest about myself. When I launched our Kickstarter campaign, I also announced to the world that I was Transgender. Yes. If we have anything to thank the Christian right for, is that they are encouraging the horror filmmaking community to respond to their bigotry. And respond Fonté has, personally and artistically.
First, it was important to Fonté that they cast a transgender person in the transgender role of Salina. "Transgender actors should be able to tell their own stories". Sound familiar? Does that sound like something that the genre community has been back and forth on recently? So Fonté found Evalyn Jake, a first time actor. While their craft is pretty raw they are called upon to work through the emotional crux of the story and they do okay with the material. Coming from a transgender person the monolgue is more authentic through it’s rawness. However, they do stand out against Fonté regular Sara Fletcher and her deliciously seductive and vengeful Justine.
Film wise, Conversion Therapist is a bit clunky. The timeline in the narrative lacks a bit of fluidity, where character emotions flip-flop unnecessarily it seems. Still, when a character expresses that they are tired, I don’t think this is meant to be literal but metaphorical, that the community is tired of facing all this hate, but the moment of expression feels out of place in the edit.
As this is a horror short film as well does Fonté deliver on the genre front? Yes. Yes they do. Teetering on falling into the realm of torture porn Fonté decidedly keeps most the violence off camera. When the trio start carrying out their revenge the blood and the horror does fly. On that it delivers what we want to see happen to the therapist, to see him pay for his sins. There will be no forgiveness here.
This short film is nothing if not a dark dream of what it would be like to lash out at the hate that is flung at the LGBT community. If anyone ever responded the way that the trio do in C onversion Therapist they would not be helping the cause because conservatives would be crying foul and raising a ruckus. The trio would be no better than the animals that hunt them down. Liberals are held to a higher standard, to ironically turn the other cheek as Scripture says. But it costs nothing to dream these nasty little dreams of revenge against those who act out of hate.
Conversion Therapist is how we wish we could act against the hate and bigotry raging against the LGBT community.
Photo credit: Nicole Murrary-Ramirez Reports from the Town Hall For The Black LGBTQ Community say there were many who voiced concerns.
The San Diego LGBT Community Center (The Center) held a T own Hall for the Black LGBTQ Community on Thursday and reports from attendees say some black leaders and activists reflected on how they felt the organization mistreated, disrespected and made them feel overall unwelcome in the past.
A few black elders accused the Center of racism, something they claim has been going on since the ’70s.
Others said because they don’t feel welcome, they just don’t go. They also chastised The Center for its lack of black leadership and staff.
Caroline (Cara) Dessert, the new executive director since the retirement of Dr. Delores Jacobs last year, was present and listened as some speakers got very emotional about their experiences at The Center. Dessert is a queer Latina.
One of the biggest ovations from the crowd came when an African American lesbian stood up and boldly stated ”The Center is definitely off-center " and then sat down; the room filled with applause.
The community has noticed dozens of longtime employees leaving the organization in the past few months for unspecified reasons.
City Commissioner Nicole Murray-Ramirez, a long-time Latino and gay activist who was invited and attended Thursday’s meeting was so moved by the testimonies that he sent a proposal to Dessert to change the name of his "Nicole Murray-Ramirez Latino Services" to the "Nicole M. Ramirez – Vertez Burks All People of Color Services" at The Center.
Murray-Ramirez told San Diego Gay and Lesbian News that the meeting brought up issues that the Center needed to hear.
"Last night’s LGBT Black Town Hall has to be a wake-up call that all is not well with the Center and the LGBTQ community," said Murray-Ramirez. "While it was painful for me to hear the pain and anguish of our LGBTQ black community, I was very proud that well over a hundred people showed up and many of them spoke. I must also commend the Center for holding this long-overdue meeting."
San Diego Gay and Lesbian News reached out to The Center for comment and they have yet to respond.