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Western Daily Press, April 23, 2014


Funding Needed to Support Victims [...] ; Letters

Funding needed to support victims Sexual violence in conflict was a shocking reality facing women in Europe during the World Wars, and it is all too real for women in Afghanistan and Syria today. For too long, this violence has been seen as inevitable, but that can and should be changed. William Hague put the issue on the agenda for April's G8 foreign ministers' meeting. He supports increasing prosecutions of men who carry out these crimes. Yet, in the aftermath of an attack, a survivor's fir...

City's Pedal Car Race Already [...] ; Letters

City's pedal car race already in first gear Thank you for mentioning the October pedal car race in Monday's Western Daily Press. The costs are now not nearly as much as the Pounds 150,000 figure you quoted. These were my original worst-case figures and included a margin to share with the race's named charities. I have re-applied to the events team at City Hall with a modified route along Hannover Quay and the Lloyds Amphitheatre. This is to eliminate some unsustainable costs arising from the ...

Government Needs to Get Tough [...] ; Letters

Government needs to get tough on benefits Further to the feature (Western Daily Press April 19) regarding benefits, I write to say the main reason why (as confirmed by those people in receipt of benefits) so many people prefer to stay on benefits rather than work, is plain to see. The Government says it will cap benefits to Pounds 26,000 per household, how many ordinary working class people are on that amount now. Bus drivers, shop workers, office/clerical workers, mail delivery workers, fact...

Thanks for Football Club's Revival [...] ; Letters

Thanks for football club's revival I feel the time is now right to express my views on my football club of 59 years, Bristol City. In December, there was a great deal of gloom and doom around at Ashton Gate, the reason being because we were second bottom of League One. The situation looked very bleak indeed and we were staring relegation in the face. There did not look a way out.

Donations to Fund Specialist Nurse

On behalf of the north west Somerset branch of Parkinson's UK, I should like to express our thanks to all those who have assisted us during Parkinson's Awareness Week, which took place from April 7 to 13. this year. To the libraries, stores and all those individuals who gave their time to help, you have our gratitude. Fundraising is always important to charities, not least to those like ours which aims to help local people directly by promoting awareness of Parkinson's and supporting those wh...

A Sweet Way to Show That You Care

The ever popular National Doughnut Week is fast approaching and I would like to make a special appeal to independent craft bakers and coffee shops across the UK to sign-up for this fun, annual charity event, which takes place from May 10-17 in aid of The Children's Trust. This year, The Children's Trust celebrates its 30th anniversary so please help to make National Doughnut Week - now in its 23rd year - the most successful ever. In 2013, Pounds 26,500 was raised through doughnut sales from p...

Rapist Dragged 14-Year-Old Girl Off the Street

An illegal immigrant who dragged a teenager from the street and raped her in his home has been jailed for six years. Hamidullah Hamidi, 19, spotted the 14-year-old girl in a shop in Easton, Bristol, and waited for her to emerge before luring her to a deserted street nearby. He dragged the girl, who has the mental capacity of a sevenyear- old, into his home and locked her inside before launching the terrifying assault at 10am on December 8 last year.

Man Dies After a Rush-Hour Collision in City

A 62-year-old man died yesterday following a rush-hour collision in a residential area of Gloucester. Police are investigating the cause of the crash involving a black car and a silver van at around 8.10am in Coney Hill Road. The driver of the van suffered a cardiac arrest and was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, where he died at about 9am. A police spokesman said: "Whether the cardiac arrest caused the collision or the collision caused the cardiac arrest we do not know at this stage."

Fifteen Years for Swimming Pool Predator

Former swimming coach Andrew Wynes has been jailed for 15 years after being convicted of rape and sexual assault. Wynes, 51, of Coombe Lane, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, was convicted of six counts of rape and three other serious sexual assaults, following a trial at Taunton Crown Court. He was sentenced at the same court yesterday.

Government Drops Plans for Hunt Ban Vote

The Government has abandoned plans to hold a vote on repealing the controversial hunting ban before the next election. Despite the coalition agreement pledging that MPs would be allowed a free vote on the highly-sensitive issue, senior Conservatives have decided there is no point holding a vote before the election as most MPs support the status quo.

What Price Another Six Months Life?

Doctors at a West hospital that trialled a new breast cancer drug said they are 'hugely disappointed' after NHS chiefs said it was too expensive to justify giving out routinely. The Royal United Hospital in Bath trialled the new drug Kadcyla, and found it prolonged women's lives by six months more than drugs already used.

Machines 'Life Savers' in Villages ; Defibrillators Will Be a True Life Line in More Rural Areas

Ambulance bosses struggling to meet eight-minute emergency response times in rural areas are to install life-saving defibrillators in villages and towns across the region, and train local people on how to use them. South West Ambulance Service bosses are spending more than half a million pounds on the equipment, which can restart someone's heart if they go into cardiac arrest.

This Climate Change Report Makes Its Point

The publication of the fifth assessment report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has proved beyond reasonable doubt that it (the IPCC) cannot be taken seriously. Here are just a few of the quotes from people actively engaged in the study of climate change: Dr Richard Lindzen (IPCC lead author): "the report has sunk to the level of hilarious incoherence." Lord Nigel Lawson: "not science but mumbo jumbo." Dr David Whitehouse: "evasive and inaccurate."

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