Golf club’s first female captain in 117 years

“I was extremely humbled and thrilled to be asked,” she said. Club manager Stuart Finlay said the appointment was “very significant”. Women’s golf thrust into the spotlight Open winner Hall hopes to inspire The women who have had an epic 12 months “The industry has recognised that it has to change in order to attract more females into golf,” he said. “Golf has been a male-dominated sport for a number of years but the introduction of the women in golf charter, along with the efforts of the governing bodies to develop and advocate beginner programmes in Wales, is having an impact. “There is still work to do but the club is committed to developing female involvement in golf which starts …

‘I was put in school isolation 240 times’

‘Sit in silence’ In a letter to the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme, the teenager – who we are calling “Sophie” – said: “I decided I’d rather die than be in isolation because of the mood it left me in. “I felt alone and trapped at school for such a long time that I felt as though it would be best, as no-one seemed to care anyway.” Her mother, “Philippa”, estimates that her daughter was placed in an isolation booth at her secondary school more than 240 times in total – beginning in year seven but becoming more frequent in years 10 and 11. The 16-year-old spent every school day from mid-January to March this year in the room, the family …

Detective ‘predicts’ fatal stabbing areas

Two boys, aged 14, were found guilty of his murder, which police said was the result of a simmering dispute. The research, carried out alongside University of Cambridge criminologists, found that during 2016-17 the Metropolitan Police recorded 3,506 assaults with a knife where the location of the attack had been identified. The stabbings took place in 2,048 of London’s 4,835 local census areas – neighbourhoods with a population of about 1,700, which are smaller than council wards. Image caption Knife injuries in 2016-17 by council ward But Prof Sherman warned forces needed to improve their data collection processes to distinguish between arrests for carrying or making threats with knives and stabbings. “The current definition of knife crime is too broad …

Debenhams boss ‘expected to step down’

The group said it had “extensive turnaround experience, which we will deploy to support the management’s turnaround plan”. It also said it intended to “work closely with management and the board to position Debenhams for a long-term successful future”. “We are pleased that now under new ownership, the business can look forward with confidence,” they added. Debenhams: Three things that went wrong Unlikely stars bucking the High Street slump Mr Bucher had already been voted off the retailer’s board after major shareholders, Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct, and Landmark Group, voted against Mr Bucher’s re-election in January. Sports Direct founder Mr Ashley – who held a near 30% stake in Debenhams – made several offers to take it over. However, his …

Question Time accused of bias over move

Skip Twitter post by @bbcquestiontime There’s a new venue for #bbcqt this week. We’ll now be coming from Dulwich in London. We’d love to have you in the audience. You can apply via the link here👇https://t.co/XEvbNs4LlQ pic.twitter.com/kPqKqcoj5r — BBC Question Time (@bbcquestiontime) April 2, 2019 Some Twitter users took to the platform as the show aired on Thursday to say a panel comprising northern politicians should have been sought if MPs were unwilling to travel from London. Bolton ‘dumped’ Others suggested the BBC was guilty of “demographic management” and “bias”. Skip Twitter post by @CanonImages15 Why did #BBCQT move this weeks program from Bolton to London. Demographic management is such an ugly accusation to make but !!!!! — Alan Fraser …

New-build house complaints rise

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘My house has taken over my life’ When Justin Revell bought his brand-new house near Norwich, he thought it was the dream home. “I think currently it’s actually taken over my life,” he says. He shows us around, pointing out what he calls the “endless list” of problems he’s encountered since October 2016 when he moved in. “You find one problem and that escalates into another problem – it’s like opening a can of worms.” It has been dealing with builder Taylor Wimpey, as well as the issues themselves, that have taken its toll. No coincidence? “They make it deliberately difficult to contact them, they don’t respond to you, they’ll tell you …

Sala pilot ‘not qualified to fly at night’

Regulatory authorities have confirmed that Mr Ibbotson, from Crowle, North Lincolnshire, did not hold a “night rating” on his UK private pilot’s licence, the BBC understands. Who owned the plane? What does the interim air accident report say? Agent: ‘The tragic events have shocked us all’ Family’s tribute to Sala The story of Emiliano Sala His UK licence was mirrored by a US pilot’s licence – enabling him to fly the US-registered Piper Malibu in Europe. The public record of his Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) licence states Mr Ibbotson “must have available glasses for near vision” and that “all limitations and restrictions on the United Kingdom pilot licence apply”. There is no publicly available record of UK pilot licences, which …

British band ‘killed by wrong-way driver’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBand killed in crash were ‘lovely, lovely men’ The crash that killed both members of British band Her’s and their tour manager was caused by a “wrong-way driver”, according to US authorities. Stephen Fitzpatrick, 24, and Audun Laading, 25, died in the collision in Arizona while travelling to a gig in California on Wednesday. Officials in Arizona said a Nissan pick-up had been “travelling eastbound on the westbound lane” of Interstate 10 before hitting the duo’s Ford van. There were no survivors. The band, whose members met as students at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA), were driving about 350 miles from a performance in Phoenix, Arizona to Santa Ana in …

In pictures: Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall visit Cuba

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have made history by becoming the first members of the Royal Family to visit Cuba in an official capacity. The couple landed in Havana on Sunday. Here are a few highlights from the three-day visit. Image copyright Shutterstock Image caption A wreath was laid for Cuba’s national hero, the poet Jose Marti. Image copyright Reuters Image caption The national flag of Cuba was paraded alongside Britain’s Union Flag. Image copyright Reuters Image caption The royal couple watched a number of performances during their visit. Image copyright EPA Image caption President Miguel Diaz-Canel held talks with Prince Charles at the Palacio de la Revolucion, seat of the government in Havana. Image copyright …

Craft workers ‘need their own titles’

The levels of apprenticeships are “poorly understood” by the public, the think tank says – and introducing titles could be a way of showing people’s achievements. Sign of respect Those who have vocational qualifications equivalent to a university degree could be known as “craftsman” or “craftswoman”, the think tank says. The exhausting road to my apprenticeship dream Firms re-labelling jobs as apprenticeships Eight things about apprenticeships But those who have advanced further could be known as “master craftsman” or “master craftswoman”. The report points to the example of Germany, where a “meister” will have achieved high professional qualifications. Related Topics Apprenticeships Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

UVF flooding Belfast with drugs, court told

The officer told the judge that the defendant played a key role in the drug-dealing operation. A defence solicitor applied for bail for Mr Baine, saying that others with a “more serious role”, including “a top player”, had already been released on police bail. ‘UVF consistently uses violence’ When asked by the judge about his client’s occupation, the solicitor said that Mr Baine did not work or receive benefits but has “a small amount of savings”. The judge refused bail because of a “real risk” of more offences being committed. The solicitor said that Mr Baine would go to the High Court next week to apply for bail. The court heard that suspected cocaine with a street value of £15,000, …

Britons raise 8m for Cyclone Idai in a day

More than two million have been affected by the storm and the flooding it caused, with the International Red Cross saying at least 400,000 people have been displaced in Beira. Maps reveal storm’s destruction ‘We saw 200 bodies by the roadside’ Cyclone Idai: What are the immediate dangers? DEC, which brings together 14 UK charities to provide and deliver aid, says it is supporting the rescue and relief effort by delivering clean water, emergency shelter materials, food and health assistance. Chief executive Saleh Saeed said the situation remained “desperate” and thousands of people were yet to be brought to safety as rising water continues to hamper the efforts in some areas. Image copyright DEC What is the DEC? The committee …

‘Upbeat’ refugee tale wins book prize

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow a new children’s novel is bringing the refugee crisis to the classroom A debut novel about a refugee whose new classmates embark on a quest to find their friend’s parents has won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. Onjali Q Raúf’s The Boy At The Back Of The Class, won the £5,000 prize, which was inspired by people she met while working in refugee camps. Waterstones children’s buyer, Florentyna Martin, described the novel as a “future classic”. Tomi Adeyemi’s Children Of Blood And Bone won the older fiction category. Raúf is founder and CEO of Making Herstory, a human rights organisation working in partnership with other movements to end the abuse, trafficking …

Footballer Adam Johnson released from jail

Image copyright Danny Lawson/PA Wire Image caption Johnson had been serving his sentence at HMP Moorland near Doncaster Witnesses said Johnson’s father was seen leaving HMP Moorland near Doncaster in the early hours. Image copyright Durham Police Image caption The crime took place in Johnson’s Range Rover His trial at Bradford Crown Court heard Johnson began communicating with the girl at the end of 2014 while his partner, Stacey Flounders, was heavily pregnant with their first child. The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was a Sunderland season ticket holder and was “infatuated” with Johnson. Johnson told the jury that when she sent him a friend request on Facebook he recognised her as a Sunderland fan. They exchanged …

Lib Dems ‘on mission back to power’

Next week, Mrs May is expected to bring her withdrawal agreement back to the Commons for a third time after it was twice voted down by large margins. Mrs May’s efforts to win over Tory Eurosceptics to back the deal have focused on attempts to revise the backstop, the measures in the Brexit deal aimed at preventing the return of a hard border in Ireland. “The intensity of the campaign to remove it speaks volumes about the underlying motives of those who demanded Brexit and now demand a ‘clear Brexit’,” Sir Vince will say. “They simply deny our history, which is entwined with that of Ireland.” Related Topics Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats Party Conference Vince Cable Brexit Original Article : …