‘Elderly becoming dead weight on NHS’ Max Hastings LOSES IT in staggering rant on BBC
FORMER BBC correspondent Max Hastings launched into a staggering rant against older generations of Britons becoming a “dead weight” on the NHS during the coronavirus crisis as he asked people to focus on helping the youth through the pandemic.
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The coronavirus pandemic has widely targeted older generations of Britons and those suffering from pre-existing conditions but is now slowly spreading to younger patients. Former BBC foreign correspondent Max Hastings, 74, urged his contemporaries to ensure they do not become “dead weight” on the NHS to ensure younger people are not forced to fork out money for the extra care the elderly will need. Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s World at One, Mr Hastings said: “In the short term, the most important thing is we mustn’t, the older folks, worry about the consequences, the idea of our getting ill or even dying. Promoted Story
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“We’ve had so much that we have no grounds to complain. What we have to worry about is becoming a dead weight on the NHS. So the short term, that’s got to be the consideration.
“We are a very compassionate people, we don’t face the fact that all these stupendous sums have got to be paid by somebody and I for one, when I pop my clogs, hate the idea my children and grandchildren are going to be the ones who pay.”
Mr Hastings insisted he is willing to make more financial sacrifices not to burden younger generations in the aftermath of the crisis as he urged older Britons to help to promote economic activities once the pandemic is over.
He continued: “All the forecasts say this crisis, in one form or another, is going to go on for the rest of the year, maybe even longer.
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Older Britons should be thinking on how not to burdon younger generations, Hastings said (Image: BBC)
Max Hastings said older people “have had their turn” and should help younger generations (Image: BBC)
“We must try to promote getting economic activity going again. If we, the elders, must pay an additional price for this then so be it.
“We’ve had so much and I don’t lay awake at night thinking about me or my wife dying, I think about what we are bequeathing or not bequeathing to our children and our grandchildren. And I’m terrified.
“There’s a cost for everything and the cost is stupendous of this.”
The former BBC correspondent insisted older Britons should be “kept awake at night” by the thought of younger generations seeing their future being destroyed as he dismissed comparisons between the battle against coronavirus and World War 2.
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Mr Hastings persisted: “We’ve had our turn, we should be worrying about them.
“I think there’s ground for more worry. I’ve had talks in the last couple of days with my heroine, historian Margaret MacMillan.
“Margaret believes that we may be able over a period to get over the problem with the public finances, but the bankruptcies, the corporate bankruptcies, the loss of jobs and all the economic and social disruptions are going to be absolutely devastating.
“A lot of our children are going to lose their jobs and this seems to be the best reason for us oldies to be lying awake at night in our beds.
“It’s unworthy of us to be frightened for ourselves. The younger ones are the future and we are the past.”
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Update 2020 Mar 24.
Jennifer has now set up her own blog and updated her story, so for the latest posts from Jennifer see her blog on this link – Jennifer’s Blog 
Good luck to Jennifer with her blog.
I came across Jennifer’s story on twitter  @CFieldJen
She had a brief version of her story on her pinned tweet, and it is a powerful piece of writing and so with her permission I reproduce it here.
Gangs are wrongly referred to, in my opinion, as grooming gangs. That tends to give the wrong impression as to extent of violence and harm they inflict. They are nothing less than child rape gangs of which grooming is a part.
They deliberately pick on vulnerable children without much support, like those in children’s homes. They are also child trafficking gangs, and sex trafficking gangs. Authorities will call abuse like this child sexual exploitation (CSE)
These survivors were horrendously let down by social services and the Police, and there must be further investigation into the people that failed, the system that failed and any organisations that were involved.
It never ceases to amaze me how resilient victims and survivors are. After all they have been through they still want to help others.
She has updated her story since I first copied it and added more details. Updated 5th March 2020
WARNING My story contains horrific disturbing facts about sexual acts throughout my life I had no control over.
When I lived with my parents I suffered years of rapes sexual assaults and beatings by some white men, only one of them was jailed. I was also abused by my mum and dad by beatings and emotional degrading abuse.
When I was age 13 I was put in a horrible children’s home and an older Pakistani bloke Adil, his nickname Jacko, in his 30s came in to my life. (My mum and her partner at the time who also was one of my sexual abusers sold my information and picture to him). For over 19 years from age 13 he used me as a sex slave he sold me to hundreds of men who repeatedly raped sexually assaulted and tortured me in different towns and cities in the uk.
Adil was a different type of abuser. There were not any other girls and women. I was the only girl/women, he allowed few hundreds of men from different towns and cities in UK to rape and torture me. Adil believed that because I was only one it be harder to proove and convict.
Most of the time Adil took me to men on his own, sometimes his brothers, dad and some of his friends helped him. Adil put something that smelt funny over my mouth and nose and put me in back of his van I must have passed out as I woke up in different towns and cities to lots of men I had no control over this I should have been safe in the childrens home but they turned a blind eye on what was happening.
Adil told them what to do to me, they did lots of horrible frightening painful things to my body. I was repeatedly raped vaginally and anally by penis and different objects. Lots of times I was raped sexually assaulted and tortured more 20 times in a day, lots of times by gangs of them, lots of times basement/room full of them. I couldn’t always count how many men there was because more often than not there were so many of them. To me as a child they all look the same. Adil started raping me on my 16th birthday but allowed lots of other men to start when I was age 13.
He waited to rape me when I was age 16 because he believed he could not go to jail as I was old enough it was still rape as I did not want to or consent to have sex with him. (Lots of men think when girls/women reaches 16 they can help themselves to sex despite the fact they need consent they just can’t help themselves as this is rape.) I never consented sex with any of them, I was raped, sexually assaulted, beaten up and tortured.
I was not in control, he was. I never went to him, he kept finding me and drugging me on occasions his brothers dad and some of his friends were involved. Here is list of their wicked sexual/fantasy acts I had to endure – I was tied up, had darts chucked at me, pins in my boobs and clit and hung up naked and hit by belt and other things. I was burnt, beaten up, drugged up, alcohol forced down my mouth, cigarette ash down my mouth, my butt and vagina.
They tied me to a tree naked in dark a scary wood after I was gang raped. I was almost drowned, was almost buried alive. I was tied up naked with my legs apart in a basement full of men. I had penis and objects in my both holes at same time, I had a gun pointed in my vagina (I don’t know was real gun or not), I have been cut and stabbed with pen knife had cigarettes stubbed out on me etc.
It carried on even when on my menstrual cycle, as I was butt raped only till my periods finished and they also continued to tortured my body as described as above. They did lots of horrible frightening painful things to my body, mostly my boobs, nipples, vagina, clit and butt, they sexually tortured me. Through the torture my knees were kicked so many times they are now damaged to the extent my mobility is difficult and I have to take things slowly and regular breaks.
Adil was very aggressive strict and controlling dangerous man. The torture, rape, punishment would be more severe, if I wore the wrong type or colour of clothes that he did not like. It was like he wanted to punish me. Adil found any fault to punish/torture me. I never knew what I did wrong to be tortured, punished and abused.
To shame me further, Adil filmed me being raped and tortured. Their faces were covered to protect their identity, forget about mine. He also made me have topless and fully naked pictures taken. Many professionals called me prostitute and slut and that I asked for it. They were very ignorant and I am sure they would have known the difference between sex rape/prostitution. They were not very supportive but nasty to me and I believe they were just as bad as my abusers.
Since leaving the children’s home I have had many social workers and support workers. The majority have let me down by not turning up, or not been understanding to my past and the lasting effects it has had on me. They have failed to understand and support my mental and physical needs often leaving me in pain and suffering.
I get anxious about being alone and vulnerable. Past care staff failed to turn up at any arranged times and meeting places putting me in danger from predators still looking for me. This heightened my panic attacks etc. Having been let down so many times and being verbally and emotionally abused by staff and professionals I find it difficult to trust and build up positive relationships with anybody.
Due to my mild learning disability I am unsure if my abusers thought it was alright for them to abuse, torture and rape me without getting caught. I had and still have a lovely caring friend who tried to get me justice for all the horrible things I endured but sadly only one was jailed as he confessed to his crime. (He has since passed away)
Due to my horrible past experiences I now suffer from depression anxiety, PTSD, suicidal thoughts, panic attacks, nightmares, flashbacks etc. Also I can often smell things and hear voices from the past which still scares me. In the past I self harmed myself by cutting and I hope I don’t do it again. I do not know what will happen in the future as anything could happen to trigger the feelings again. Last time it happened to me was in 2017.
I am now safe getting all the help and support I need
thanks for reading, from Jennifer
It is vital that as many people that feel able to, get their stories out into the public. One page such as Jennifer’s story, gives such a window into the abuse and the extent of the abuse, that makes it harder for all the other abuse to be covered up.
No one needs to go to authorities and trust them and wait years to tell your story. Get it out on social media twitter, facebook, blog, video whatever. It all helps.
We do need more bloggers and with the amount of brave people telling their stories now, if any of these survivors can set up a blog to help blog survivor stories in writing, podcasts or videos that would be a very useful thing to do, otherwise they can get lost down facebook feeds or twitter feeds. I will willingly help and advise anyone to set up a blog.
Thankyou to Jennifer, another brave survivor.
 2020 mar 23 Jennifer’s Blog https://cfieldjen.blogspot.com/?m=1
I only post on Twitter at present, if you have found this post useful, please post on social media – facebook, instagram, pinterest, gab – whichever ones you are on. This is most helpful to spread the information. Thankyou.
- The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
- National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
- One in Four [C]
- Havoca [D].
- Useful post on Triggers [E] from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
- Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G] and Meditation [H] may be useful.
- Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma [J]
- Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
- Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area
- A Prescription for me blog Various emotional support links [M]
- Fresh Start Foundation Scottish not for profit group, helping child sexual abuse victims & survivors [N]
[A] Sanctuary for the Abused http://abusesanctuary.blogspot.co.uk/2006/07/for-survivors-coping-with-triggers-if.html
[E] SurvivorsJustice Triggers post http://survivorsjustice.com/2014/02/26/triggers-what-are-they-and-how-do-we-work-through-them/
[J] 2016 Jan 5 Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma https://hwaairfan.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/an-indigenous-australian-approach-to-healing-trauma/
[L] Voicing CSA website – http://voicingcsa.uk/ helps arrange survivors meetings in your area. Voicing CSA supports the IICSA and VSCP and works to help adult survivors of child sexual abuse find their voice
[M] A Prescription for me blog Various emotional support links https://aprescriptionforme.wordpress.com/help/#emotionalsupport
[N] Fresh Start Foundation Scottish not for profit group, helping child sexual abuse victims & survivors to achieve Truth & Justice and to support their recovery. http://www.freshstartfoundation.co.uk/ Twitter @SurvivorsSoS Facebook https://www.facebook.com/survivorssupportline/
This is all written in good faith but if there is anything that needs to be corrected or you wish to write to me please email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting the article title
the truth will out, the truth will shout, the truth will set us free
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” – Edmund Burke
“He who does not bellow the truth when he knows the truth makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers.” Charles Peguy
To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men – Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Every time we act in the face of fear, we dilute it’s power and increase our confidence – via Gary Havener
Only the small secrets need to be protected, the large ones are kept secret by public incredulity – Marshall McLuhan
Let justice be done though the heavens fall – Fiat justitia ruat cælum
brilliant well done
Priest dies after giving his respirator to younger COVID-19 patient
Priest dies after giving his respirator to younger COVID-19 patient
1 hour ago 2Johnson orders UK lockdown to be enforced by policeSpain’s coronavirus death toll rises by 514 in one day © Other Father Giuseppe Berardelli refused to use a respirator his parishioners had bought for him. Pic: Catholic Outlook
An Italian priest who contracted coronavirus has died after donating his respirator to a younger patient who was also battling the illness.
Friar Don Giuseppe Berardelli, 72, was the priest for the parish of Casnigo, a small village just 40 miles north east of Milan.
He died in hospital in Lovere, Bergamo, one of the worst-hit areas in Italy.
According to the hospital, he refused to use a respirator his parishioners had bought for him, and instead gave it to a younger patient he did not know. © Getty Nuns wearing a face mask stand inside the closed Monumental Cemetery of Bergamo, Lombardy, on March 20, 2020 during the country’s lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic. (Photo by Piero Cruciatti / AFP) (Photo by PIERO CRUCIATTI/AFP via Getty Images)
In an obituary on Araberara, an Italian news website, one healthcare worker said: “He was a priest who listened to everyone, he knew how to listen, whoever turned to him knew that he could count on his help.”
Clara Poli, who had been mayor of Fiorano for some years, described the priest as a “great person”.
She told the news publication: “I remember him on his old Guzzi motorbike, he loved his motorbike, and when he was seen passing by he was always cheerful and full of enthusiasm, he gave peace and joy to our communities. © Getty Medical workers in protective gear tend to a patient (Rear L) on March 24, 2020 at the new COVID 3 level intensive care unit for coronavirus COVID-19 cases at the Casal Palocco hospital near Rome, during the country’s lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP) (Photo by ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images)
“He does not leave us alone, from up there he watches over us and continues to run through the clouds with his motorcycle, who knows how many projects he is doing up there, also for us.”
As Bergamo is one of the worst-hit areas in the world for COVID-19, a disease caused by coronavirus, no funeral was held for Friar Berardelli.
In pictures: Coronavirus (COVID-19) hits UK amid global pandemic (Photos)
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Slide 1 of 66: Deserted platforms are seen on the underground train network just after 9am, during what would usually be the busy morning rush hour period, on March 23, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to at least 182 countries, claiming over 10,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more.Previous SlideNext SlideFull Screen 1/66 SLIDES © Leon Neal/Getty Images
With the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) causing significant global disruption in 2020, the U.K. has escalated its response by encouraging individuals to work from home where possible, advising against all essential travel and social contact, and ordering pubs, bars, restaurants, theatres, gyms and leisure centres across the country to close indefinitely. Addressing the public with daily updates on the ongoing situation, the government is responding by implementing emergency measures and delivering an unprecedented economic relief package estimated to cost over £400 billion.
As individuals and groups across the U.K. prepare for increasingly stringent measures, we look at the situation in the country and around the world in pictures.
(Pictured) Deserted platforms are seen on the underground just after 9am, during what would usually be the busy morning rush hour period, at Monument station in London, England on March 23. 2/66 SLIDES© Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images A ticket inspector walks through an empty train carriage as the Dartmouth Steam Railway suspends its services to the public due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on March 22. 3/66 SLIDES© Ian Forsyth/Getty Images Visitors enjoy open spaces on the beach in Saltburn By The Sea, England as the U.K. adjusts to life under the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on March 22. 4/66 SLIDES© Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images People queue outside a Tesco Extra store in Madeley, England on March 22. Tesco have announced their stores will now have a designated hour for NHS staff to shop during the coronavirus outbreak. Slideshow continues on the next slide5/66 SLIDES© Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP Photo Westminster Abbey stands deserted on Sunday morning, after places of worship were advised to suspend public gathering for religious services, in London, on March 22. 6/66 SLIDES© Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images A hand-written notice asking people to “Respect the NHS” by practising social distancing is seen on the seafront at Whitstable, England on Mother’s Day on March 22. 7/66 SLIDES© Simon Dawson/Reuters A pedestrian walks past an advertisement for ‘Panicky in the UK’ displayed on a phone box in the Soho are of London, England after they closed because of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 22. 8/66 SLIDES© John Keeble/Getty Images Leisure park Adventure Island in Southend on Sea, England is closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on Mother’s Day on March 22. 9/66 SLIDES© Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
Chinese men wear protective masks as they exercise at Ritan Park in Beijing, China on March 22. With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hitting hard across the world, China recorded its first day with no new domestic cases the previous week. Slideshow continues on the next slide10/66 SLIDES© Money Sharma/AFP via Getty Images People gather on balconies of a residential building to clap and make noise with kitchenware to thank essential service providers during a one-day Janata (civil) curfew imposed amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Gurgaon, India on March 22. 11/66 SLIDES© Alessandra Tarantino/AP Photo Pope Francis delivers his blessing from the window of his private library overlooking an empty St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican in Vatican City on March 22. 12/66 SLIDES© Anthony Devlin/Getty Images A banner supporting NHS staff is seen outside the 999 Switchboard Offices at Parkway Business Centre in Manchester, England on March 22. 13/66 SLIDES© Alexis Huguet/AFP via Getty Images The chief pastor of the Protestant church in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo poses for a photograph in the CBCA church deserted by the faithful following a presidential announcement asking places of worship to close for four weeks amid coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, on March 22. 14/66 SLIDES© Alex Davidson/Getty Images People are pictured in front of the National Gallery in London, England on March 21. Slideshow continues on the next slide15/66 SLIDES© John Walton/PA Images via Getty Images A customer makes a purchase in The Swan Inn pub in Lewes, England, which has re-opened as a farm shop following Boris Johnson’s orders for pubs, cafes, nightclubs, bars, restaurants, theatres, leisure centres and gyms to close due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, on March 21. 16/66 SLIDES© Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images Johannes Weissenfeld, member of the German rowing eight, trains on the balcony of his apartment on in Dortmund, Germany on March 21. 17/66 SLIDES© Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images A man walks past the closed Noël Coward Theatre, in London, on March 21. 18/66 SLIDES© Yifan Ding/Getty Images Tourists wear protective masks while looking at otters at Shanghai Zoo in Shanghai, China on March 21. Many public places in the country reopened lately as the health authorities of China said the country has passed the peak of their coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. 19/66 SLIDES© Richard Heathcote/Getty Images A sign outside Cliveden in Burnham, England telling visitors they are closed after too many visitors arrived early to walk around the grounds on March 21. 20/66 SLIDES© Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images A man walks across Westminster Bridge in central London on March 21. 21/66 SLIDES© Douglas Magno/AFP via Getty Images Firefighters wearing protection suites participate in an instruction as a form of contingency and security against the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on March 20. 22/66 SLIDES© Jason Cairnduff/Reuters Bags are left behind at Nettlefield Primary School in Belfast, Northern Ireland as the majority of schools in the UK close while the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-9) disease continues, on March 20. 23/66 SLIDES© Leon Neal/Getty Images Commuters attempt to keep some distance between each other before boarding an underground train in London, England on March 18. 24/66 SLIDES© Jane Barlow/Pool/AFP via Getty Images Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (R) greets a telephonist with an ‘elbow bump’ during her visit to the Scottish Government-supported Age Scotland helpline in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 18. 25/66 SLIDES© Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Commuters make their way through Waterloo Station in London, England on March 18. 26/66 SLIDES© Yamil Lage/AFP via Getty Images Passengers from the British cruise ship MS Braemar get on the plane that will take them to the UK at Jose Marti international airport, in Havana, Cuba on March 18. 27/66 SLIDES© Lim Huey Teng/Reuters A man looks at an information board displaying cancelled flights after Malaysia’s government closed its borders due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia on March 18. 28/66 SLIDES© Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images Commuters wear masks as a precaution whilst travelling on a London Underground train in the morning in central London, England on March 18. 29/66 SLIDES© Jeenah Moon/Reuters An empty Times Square is seen on the street following the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease in New York City, New York, U.S. on March 18. 30/66 SLIDES© Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Skateboarders skate outside Kelvingrove Museum as people are asked to work from home and socially distance themselves due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Glasgow, Scotland on March 18. 31/66 SLIDES© Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images At a beach that is popular with college spring breakers, authorities have asked them to refrain from large gatherings where coronavirus (COVID-19) could spread, in Miami, Florida, U.S. on March 18. 32/66 SLIDES© Valery Hache/AFP via Getty Images A French Police Nationale officer gestures and talks to a man on the “Promenade des Anglais” in the French Riviera city of Nice on March 18. 33/66 SLIDES© Koji Sasahara/AP Photo People are reflected on the electronic board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Japan on March 18. 34/66 SLIDES© Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images A man and woman wear protective face masks and gloves as they cross Oxford Street in central London, England on March 17. 35/66 SLIDES© Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images A protester from the group “Pause The System” stands beside the entrance to Downing Street in central London, England on March 17. 36/66 SLIDES© Tom Brenner/Reuters Children ride scooters across the plaza at the United States Supreme Court, following the government’s notice to halt all building tours due to the (COVID-19) coronavirus, on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., U.S. on March 17. 37/66 SLIDES© Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images A commuter wearing a face mask crosses a near empty Millennium Bridge in London, England on March 17. 38/66 SLIDES© Maja Hitij/Getty Images Lothar Wieler, President of the Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s main institute for disease control, speaks to the media during a daily update on the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Berlin, Germany on March 17. 39/66 SLIDES© Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Passengers determined to avoid the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease before leaving the U.K. arrive at Gatwick Airport, England on March 17. 40/66 SLIDES© Veronique de Viguerie/Getty Images Police officers patrol near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France during a government enforced quarantine on March 17. 41/66 SLIDES© Jonathan Perugia/In Pictures via Getty Images A man walks underneath a government health warning poster on the concourse of Liverpool Street Station in London, England on March 17. 42/66 SLIDES© Sam Yeh/AFP via Getty Images Local residents line up to buy face masks, amid concerns of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, from a pharmacy in New Taipei City in Taiwan on March 17. 43/66 SLIDES© Mike Hewitt/Getty Images “Stay home” is seen on a wall in Brighton, England on March 17. 44/66 SLIDES© STR/AFP via Getty Images A woman delivers food to a resident over a barrier set up to prevent people from entering or leaving a residential community in Wuhan, in China’s central Hubei province, on March 16. 45/66 SLIDES© Richard Pohle/WPA Pool/Getty Images
Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a press conference on the ongoing situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with chief medical officer Chris Whitty (L) and Chief scientific officer Sir Patrick Vallance (R) in Downing Street after he had taken part in the government’s emergency Cobra meeting in London, England on March 16.
46/66 SLIDES© Juan Gonzalez/Reuters Local workers clean the streets as a precautionary measure amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Concepcion, Chile on March 16. 47/66 SLIDES© Ulises Ruiz/AFP via Getty Images Players from Guadalajara and Monterrey train prior to the Mexican Clausura soccer tournament at the Akron stadium in Guadalajara, Jalisco State, Mexico, on March 14. The match is played without a public audience as a preventive measure in the face of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 48/66 SLIDES© Andreas Solaro/AFP via Getty Images People wave and clap their hands to signal appreciation for the country’s healthcare workers during a flash mob “Un applauso per l’Italia” (An applause for Italy) at the Garbatella district in Rome, Itlay on March 14. 49/66 SLIDES© Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images Trolleys piled high for delivery are seen as shoppers queue at the checkout of a supermarket in London, England on March 14. 50/66 SLIDES© Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images Surrounded by members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a press conference on coronavirus (COVID-19), in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C. on March 13. 51/66 SLIDES© Philip Fong/Juan Gonzalez A man wearing a face mask walks in the tunnel of a metro station with the board of the official 2020 Tokyo Olympics advertisement in Tokyo, Japan on March 11. 52/66 SLIDES© Matthew Horwood/Getty Images A food delivery rider is pictured in Cardiff, Wales on March 11. Food delivery services have reported a surge in sales as consumers opt to stay in during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the U.K. 53/66 SLIDES© Spencer Platt/Getty Images A worker cleans a subway station in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S. as the city confronts the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, on March 11. 54/66 SLIDES© STR/AFP via Getty Images Staff members remove items after the final patients were discharged at a temporary hospital set up to treat people with the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease in a sports stadium in Wuhan, in China’s central Hubei province, on March 8. 55/66 SLIDES© Aly Song/Reuters People take pictures of blooming cherry blossoms outside an entrance of a closed park as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), in Shanghai, China on March 6. 56/66 SLIDES© Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters A man wearing a mask as a preventive measure against the coronavirus (COVID-19) rides on a train in Seoul, South Korea on March 5. 57/66 SLIDES© John Wessels/AFP via Getty Images A Muslim worshipper attends a mass prayer against coronavirus (COVID-19), in Dakar, Senegal on March 4. 58/66 SLIDES© Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters A man wearing a protective face mask stands at the Shinagawa station in Tokyo, Japan on Feb. 28. 59/66 SLIDES© STR/AFP via Getty Images A man rides past bags of vegetables being prepared for delivery on an almost empty street in Wuhan, in China’s central Hubei province, on Feb. 26. 60/66 SLIDES© Isaac Lawrence/AFP via Getty Images People wearing protective face masks walk through a market in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong on Feb. 25. 61/66 SLIDES© Banaras Khan/AFP via Getty Images Pakistani soldiers wearing facemasks patrol near the closed Pakistan-Iran border in Taftan, Pakistan on Feb. 25, as fears over the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease escalate following an outbreak in neighbouring Iran. 62/66 SLIDES© Flavio Lo Scalzo/Reuters Military officers wearing face masks stand outside Duomo cathedral, closed by authorities due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in Milan, Italy on Feb. 24. 63/66 SLIDES© Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images A vendor wearing a protective facemask waits for customers at a shop in Beijing, China on Feb. 21. 64/66 SLIDES© Stringer/Getty Images A man wears a protective mask in Wuhan, China on Feb. 10. 65/66 SLIDES© Tyrone Siu/Reuters A passenger wears a face mask in a Hong Kong bound MTR train at Lo Wu MTR station before the closing of the Lo Wu border on Feb. 3. 66/66 SLIDES© Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images Disinfection workers wear masks and spray antiseptic solution at the Incheon International Airport in South Korea on Jan. 27. 66/66 SLIDES
Instead people stood on their balconies at noon on 16 March and gave him a round of applause.
On 9 March, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte imposed a national quarantine after the virus spread dramatically in the space of a few weeks.
More people have died after testing positive from coronavirus in Italy than anywhere else in the world – despite the stringent lockdown measures in place.
A total of 6,077 people have died in Italy after contracting the illness, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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Nicola Sturgeon facing scrutiny over secret meeting with Salmond aide during misconduct probe
Paul Hutcheon 5 hrs ago What UK lockdown means for your post Time for revenge? SNP war over acquitted Salmond and ‘feminist’ Sturgeon © PA Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is facing questions about a private meeting with Alex Salmond’s former chief of staff during his criminal trial.
Nicola Sturgeon is facing questions about a private meeting she attended during the Scottish Government’s botched sexual misconduct probe into Alex Salmond.
The First Minister previously confirmed meeting Salmond three times when the allegations were being investigated by officials.
However, it was claimed during this month’s criminal trial that she also met Salmond’s former chief of staff Geoff Aberdein after the complaints were made.
Salmond was acquitted of sexual offences charges against nine women yesterday after a trial lasting more than a fortnight. © Getty Former First Minister Alex Salmond speaks to the media after being acquitted of rape and sexual assault.
The criminal case came after the government he used to lead investigated him over alleged sexual impropriety.
As revealed by the Daily Record in 2018, two female civil servants had accused Salmond of misconduct when he was first minister.
Salmond launched a judicial review and a court ruled the internal investigation had been illegal. Attention then turned to a series of contacts Sturgeon had with Salmond when the Scottish Government investigation was live.
The pair first met at Sturgeon’s home on April 2, 2018, at which point Salmond revealed he was under investigation.
Sturgeon and Salmond spoke on the telephone later in the month, after which they met in Aberdeen in June.
© PA Geoff Aberdein leaves the High Court in Edinburgh after giving evidence in trial of Alex Salmond A further meeting between the two SNP heavyweights took place at the First Minister’s home in July, as did another phone call in the same month.
However, following claims that Sturgeon knew about the investigation before the April 2 meeting, a Scottish Government spokesperson said in 2019: “Suggestions by Mr Salmond’s ‘insiders’ that the First Minister knew about the investigation before April 2 are not true.”
During this month’s trial, Aberdein gave evidence that he met Sturgeon in her office in the Scottish Parliament in March 2018, days before the first confirmed meeting.
It came to light after Gordon Jackson, Salmond’s QC, asked Aberdein if he had taken part in a meeting with Sturgeon and one of Salmond’s accusers on March 29, to which he said yes.
Asked about the location, Aberdein replied: “At the Scottish Parliament in the First Minister’s office.”
A Scottish Parliament inquiry will examine the botched investigation and scrutinise the meetings between Salmond and Sturgeon.
Labour MSP Pauline McNeill said: “We would expect questions about this to be fully explored during parliamentary scrutiny of this.”
Scottish Tory leader Jackson Carlaw said: “There are now some very serious questions facing the SNP, the Scottish Government and Nicola Sturgeon.
“The court case may be over but for them, this is just the beginning.”
Alex Salmond has been cleared of sexually assaulting nine women while he was Scotland’s first minister.
A jury found the former SNP leader not guilty on 12 of the sexual assault charges facing him, while another was found not proven.
A further charge of sexually assaulting a 10th woman had previously been dropped by prosecutors.
Mr Salmond had said he was innocent of all the charges against him throughout the two-week trial.
The women who made the allegations against Mr Salmond included an SNP politician, a party worker and several current and former Scottish government civil servants and officials.
During his evidence to the court, he said the claims made about his alleged conduct were “deliberate fabrications for a political purpose” or “exaggerations”.
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And he said he had “never attempted to have non-consensual sexual relations with anyone in my entire life”.
Mr Salmond’s defence team had claimed during the trial that a senior Scottish government official known as Woman A, who was one of his accusers, had contacted some of the other complainers before Mr Salmond was charged.
Defence lawyer Gordon Jackson QC told the jury: “That stinks. It absolutely stinks”.
Mr Jackson also said his client had not always behaved well and could have been “a better man on occasions” – but had never sexually assaulted anyone. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Alex Salmond with his defence lawyer Gordon Jackson QC
Speaking outside court after his acquittal, Mr Salmond said: “As many of you will know, there is certain evidence I would have liked to have seen led in this trial but for a variety of reasons we were not able to do so.
“At some point, that information, that facts and that evidence will see the light of day.”
He also said his faith in the Scottish legal system had been “much reinforced”, and thanked his legal team and everyone else who had supported him.
Mr Salmond added: “Whatever nightmare I have been through over the last two years it is as nothing compared to the situation we are all going through.
“If you can, go home, take care of your families, God help us all.”
After a political career crossing four decades, Alex Salmond has spent more time than most sitting nervously waiting for a result to come in. Never, though, one quite like this.
As the foreman of the jury read out verdicts clearing the former first minister of sexual assault, it was like the air had gone out of the room. After six total hours of pacing and speculation, the inhabitants of court three were utterly silenced.
For two weeks, Mr Salmond had sat placidly in the dock as his future and freedom were debated in front of him. Giving evidence, there was little evidence of the political showman of old – this was a reserved Alex Salmond, acutely aware of the difficulty of the situation facing him.
Outside the court too, there was little in the way of triumphalism. He thanked the jury and his supporters, and voiced fears about the coronavirus crisis.
But he also spoke about how “certain evidence” was yet to come to light.
This underlines that while the court case is over, there are many matters which are far from settled.
There will now be myriad questions directed at the Scottish government, the SNP, and Nicola Sturgeon.
But these will be debated in the political arena, not the legal one.
Nicola Sturgeon, who replaced Mr Salmond as first minister and SNP leader in 2014, told BBC Scotland that the jury’s verdict must be respected and that she will welcome the parliamentary inquiries that are to be held into her government’s handling of the allegations against Mr Salmond.
She added: “I am a strong believer in a rigorous, robust independent judicial process where complaints of this nature, if they come forward, are properly and thoroughly investigated, due process takes its course and a court reaches a decision.
“I have no doubt that there will be further discussion around this issue in due course, and I will welcome that, but that time is not now.
victims’ fury as Epstein’s ‘procurer’ Ghislaine Maxwell stakes legal claim to his $636m estate, saying he promised to pay her legal bills and admitting she had ‘special relationship’ with the dead pedophile
- Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘madam’ Ghislaine Maxwell is trying to get cash from the dead child molester’s estate to pay off her legal fees
- The 58-year-old British socialite, who has been in hiding for months, made the claim on Friday, five days before Wednesday’s deadline for such a claim
- She filed paperwork in the US Virgin Islands for a piece of Epstein’s estimated $636 million estate, because, she says, he promised to pay for her lawyers
- Maxwell claims she ‘has incurred significant legal fees, personal security costs and other expenses’ because of her work for Epstein from 1999 to 2006
- She describes herself as a longtime employee who had ‘a legal and special relationship’ with Epstein
- Maxwell, the daughter of disgraced media mogul Robert Maxwell, has fallen off the grid since her ex-boyfriend was found dead in his jail cell aged 66 in August
- DailyMail.com reported last August she was living with boyfriend, tech CEO Scott Borgenson in a $3m mansion in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts
- Since then, only a picture of her has appeared online, which claimed she was reading a book at an In-N-Out Burger in southern California
Published: 19:17, 18 March 2020 | Updated: 22:01, 18 March 2020
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Jeffrey Epstein‘s ‘madam’ Ghislaine Maxwell is trying to get cash from the dead child molester’s estate to pay off her legal fees.
Maxwell has filed paperwork in the US Virgin Islands for a piece of the disgraced financier’s estimated $636 million estate, because, she says, he promised to pay for her lawyers.
The 58-year-old British socialite — who has been in hiding for months —made the claim on Friday, five days before Wednesday’s deadline for such a claim, according to the New York Times.
Maxwell wants the money to pay for legal expenses for suits from women who say she procured them to give sexual services to Epstein while they were still teenagers.
In her suit, Maxwell describes herself as a longtime employee who had ‘a legal and special relationship’ with Epstein, who was found dead in his cell in New York last August.+9
Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘madam’ Ghislaine Maxwell is trying to get cash from the dead child molester’s estate to pay off her legal fees. The 58-year-old British socialite, who has been in hiding for months, made the claim on Friday, five days before Wednesday’s deadline. Maxwell has fallen off the grid but a photo emerged of her at In-N-Out last year (pictured)+9
In her suit, Maxwell describes herself as a longtime employee who had ‘a legal and special relationship’ with Epstein, who was found dead in his cell in New York last August
She says she ‘incurred significant legal fees, personal security costs and other expenses due to her work for several of Epstein’s businesses between 1999 and 2006.
She said she managed Epstein’s homes in the Virgin Islands, New York, Paris, Florida and New Mexico. The suit says she also worked for his C.O.U.Q. Foundation.
Maxwell also claims that before his death he had told her he would pay all her legal fees in lawsuits where she was named as a defendant.
She says she sent Epstein’s estate a letter last November demanding indemnification of those costs, saying Epstein had put it in writing that he wanted to pay her costs.
She says the estate has so far not honored that commitment.
The Times says the lawsuit was filed by the law firm Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, which has an office in St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands.
The lawsuit did not say where Maxwell is now living.
Last month a judge allowed a lawsuit against her to be filed by email because her accusers had been unable to track her down.
Judge Debra Freeman took the rare step in a federal court in Manhattan.+9
She says she ‘incurred significant legal fees, personal security costs and other expenses due to her work for several of Epstein’s businesses between 1999 and 2006. She said she managed Epstein’s homes in the Virgin Islands, New York, Paris, Florida and New Mexico (pictured). The suit says she also worked for his C.O.U.Q. Foundation+9
Maxwell also claims that before his death he had told her he would pay all her legal fees in lawsuits where she was named as a defendant. She says she sent Epstein’s estate a letter last November demanding indemnification of those costs, saying Epstein had put it in writing that he wanted to pay her costs. Pictured: Epstein’s Little St. James island
Annie Farmer, 40, has accused the former socialite of trafficking her from Arizona to Epstein’s Zorro Ranch south of Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1996, where she claims Maxwell sexually assaulted her.
Freeman ordered Maxwell to be served by email and through attorneys representing her in the lawsuit filed by Virginia Giuffre, 36, one of the most prominent accusers of Epstein.
Maxwell was said by Farmer’s lawyers to be actively participating Giuffre’s defamation case in the same court.
Farmer’s lawyers said they didn’t think Maxwell should be able to ‘dodge the law’.
Judge Freeman said that Farmer had ‘attempted to locate and personally serve Maxwell to no avail.
‘Her counsel has conducted extensive public records searches and located various addresses for Maxwell,’ she said.
The judge added that Farmer had ‘adequately demonstrated that personal service would be impracticable’.
Maxwell, the daughter of disgraced media mogul Robert Maxwell, has fallen off the grid since Epstein was found dead in his jail cell aged 66 while he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges.+9
A judge ordered Maxwell to be served by email and through attorneys representing her in the lawsuit filed by Virginia Giuffre, 36, one of the most prominent accusers of Jeffrey Epstein. Giuffre has claimed she was made to sleep with Prince Andrew, which he has denied
His death was ruled a suicide but this has been disputed by his lawyers, who say he may have been murdered.
DailyMail.com revealed last August that Maxwell was living with a new boyfriend, tech CEO Scott Borgenson in a $3 million oceanfront mansion in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts.
She is also reported to have been seen in places as far apart as Brazil and Israel. But only picture of her has appeared online. That claimed she was reading a book at an In-N-Out Burger in southern California.
Borgenson was spotted walking Maxwell’s dog near his office in Boston.
Maxwell, who was described as the ‘madam of the house’ by a former housekeeper at Epstein’s home in Palm Beach, Florida, strenuously denied any wrongdoing after the former Wall Street whiz’s death.
Maxwell and Epstein dated for several years. She facilitated Epstein’s entry to the rarefied worlds of royalty, politics and celebrity, cementing his friendships with Prince Andrew, Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Woody Allen among others.+9
DailyMail.com reported last August that she was living with a new boyfriend, tech CEO Scott Borgenson in a $3m mansion in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. Borgenson was spotted walking Maxwell’s dog near his office in Boston (pictured) +9
Pictured: The Manchester-by-the-Sea mansion that Maxwell had been reportedly staying at, which is owned by Borgenson
She is the youngest child of Robert Maxwell, who fell to his death from his yacht, the Lady Ghislaine, in 1991. After he died it was discovered he had embezzled nearly half a billion British pounds from his companies’ pension funds.
She attended the boarding school Marlborough College in Wiltshire, England, a favorite of the British elite, and went on to study at Oxford University.
In her twenties, she was a well-known face on London’s social scene and founded the Kit Kat Club, an alternative to the old-school-tie network for high-powered women.
She worked for her father’s newspaper, The European, and as the director of Oxford United soccer club when her father was owner.
Vilified in the UK, where Robert Maxwell’s victims were angered by the lavish lifestyle his family had enjoyed at their expense, Ghislaine relocated to New York, where she took up residence in a small apartment, and set about re-inventing herself.
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In the early nineties, she took up with Epstein, a Gatsby-like financial whiz, who reportedly only managed the money of clients who could invest $1 billion.
His sole publicly named client was Les Wexner, the former owner of L Brands which includes Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works.
Maxwell operated as part-girlfriend, part-employee, orchestrating Epstein’s social life. Epstein supported her and helped her remain in the social position she had grown accustomed to from her upbringing.
‘Ghislaine floated in and out of the house with the keys, and even though Jeffrey told me they didn’t have a sexual relationship, she’d drop under her breath that she was sleeping in his bed from time to time’ one Epstein ex-girlfriend told Vanity Fair.
The pair partied with Donald and Melania Trump at Mar-a-Lago and threw lavish dinners at Epstein’s Upper East Side townhouse, attended by celebrities including Woody Allen, Katie Couric, Chelsea Handler, David Blaine and Google co-founder Sergey Brin.+9
In the early nineties, she took up with Epstein, a Gatsby-like financial whiz, who reportedly only managed the money of clients who could invest $1 billion. His sole publicly named client was Les Wexner, the former owner of L Brands +9
The pair partied with Donald and Melania Trump (pictured together in 2000) and threw lavish dinners at Epstein’s Upper East Side townhouse, attended by celebrities including Woody Allen, Katie Couric, Chelsea Handler, David Blaine and Google co-founder Sergey Brin
The jet-setting financier also hobnobbed with Trump allies Wilbur Ross, Steve Mnuchin and Rudy Giuliani at a Hamptons film screening in 2010, just two months after his release from prison in Florida.
In 2008, Epstein was offered a secret deal to avoid federal prosecution and pleaded guilty to state charges of soliciting an underage girl for sex.
As part of that deal, federal prosecutors agreed not to charge ‘any potential co-conspirators of Epstein.’
He served 13 months in county jail in Palm Beach, Florida and registered as a sex offender. During his sentence, he was allowed to work from his office most days.
The deal was cut by Alex Acosta, then U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. He resigned from Trump’s cabinet where he was Secretary of Labor in the fallout from the Epstein case.
On July 6 last year, FBI investigators broke down the doors of Epstein’s $77 million New York home after he was arrested on his private jet at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey following a flight from Paris.
A search of Epstein’s home turned up hundreds of pictures of nude women, some of them minors, along with cash, diamonds, valuable art and an expired Austrian passport with Epstein’s face but someone else’s name, claiming Saudi Arabia as place of residence, according Geoffrey Berman, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.
Maxwell is alleged to be one of the main players in a network of recruiters and enablers who provided Epstein with those underage girls to sexually abuse. Read more:
ALEX SALMOND TRIAL
Naked first minister attacked me, former official tells jury
Mike WadeTuesday March 10 2020, 12.01am, The Times
The woman Alex Salmond is said to have “chased” around his official residence moments before an alleged attempted rape told a court she later curled up in a ball in a lavatory after he “passed out”.
The former Scottish government official was giving evidence at the High Court in Edinburgh on the first day of Mr Salmond’s trial on 14 charges of sexual assault including attempted rape. He denies all charges.
She said that she had been left in shock when the former first minister attempted to strip her and push her onto a bed while naked and physically aroused. After “one final push to get him on the other side of the bed” she told the court that Mr Salmond muttered that she was