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Taking a break? The 1.7bn career gap – BBC News

Image caption Skanska diversity manager Israil Bryan (l) says returnships have helped the construction company to plug some skills shortages

There are plenty of things on a CV that can put off recruiters.

Having a gap on your work history shouldn’t be one of them – but the challenges faced by women returning to the workplace costs the UK an estimated 1.7bn a year in lost economic output.

So what can be done to address this black hole?

Julianne Miles co-founded Women Returners to connect firms with candidates who want to get back into work but have a lengthy gap on their CV.

Like an internship, a “returnship” is a placement at a company ranging from six weeks to six months. Where it differs is that returners come in at a paid, high level position following a minimum of two years out of the workplace.

Formerly a high-level marketing executive for Diageo, Julianne took a four-year career break when her children were born before retraining as a psychologist. Her initial goal for Women Returners was to counteract the negative stereotypes surrounding career breaks.

“We were initially driven by the social goal of making sure a career break didn’t mean career suicide. I was aware that everything you read at the time was very negative – that if you took a break you couldn’t get back into a high-level corporate role. And you could see the reality of that [on the ground] – it was very hard to get back in.”

‘Career break penalty’

She points out that the “career break penalty” means it’s not just the economy that is getting a raw deal.

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Image caption Chartered psychologist Julianne Miles founded Women Returners after taking a break from the workplace and changing careers

Almost half a million professional women who are currently on care-related career breaks are likely to come back to work in the future. Of those, three in five will move into a lower skilled or lower paid role than the job they had before, reducing their earnings by up to a third, according to PwC research last year.

A further 29,000 will be underemployed – not working as many hours as they would like to. If this penalty was addressed it would add an average of 4,000 on to the salary of each returner.

But Women Returners is not a charitable initiative. Julianne estimates the hiring rate following each programme is 50-85% and points out the companies involved gain access to an untapped pool of talent.

What’s more, the multiplier effect of their combined 1.1bn in extra earnings and increased spending power would lead to a 1.7bn increase in UK economic output.

Yet only a tiny fraction of companies offer these schemes.

Tania Ash has just joined Enfield Council’s six-month returnship programme as a web architect. After 20 years working in software development for private companies, she took two years out to care for her father, who had been diagnosed with dementia, and look after her baby daughter.

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Image caption Tania Ash found it hard to rejoin the IT industry after taking time out to spend with daughter Marie

“I have a business background and when I decided to continue my career I was looking for an opportunity with flexible working hours,” she says. “It was really hard to find that in the IT industry because it’s very rapid, so this was a great opportunity for me to return to the industry.”

‘Good for both sides’

And not all returners are sitting behind a desk. Engineer Kate Young, 37, took a seven-year career break before starting her placement at Skanska last year when her younger child started school. She has since become a senior engineer at the company.

“The Skanska job was the first to hit all the boxes. It was part-time, location-wise it was flexible and it was relevant to my engineering skills,” she says. “I had heard some horror stories from people with big gaps in their CV where the initial [recruitment] filter just puts them straight in the bin.”

But she says a returnship is “good for both sides”.

“Going in for three months on a returnship means people do not expect you to immediately get there, and they know you have your family life. You know that if it’s a disaster you can think, ‘well, I’ve tried it and it doesn’t work right now,’ so it takes the pressure off.”

Image caption Kate Young is now employed by Skanska as a senior engineer

The Skanska returnship is open to both women and men who have had a career break. Israil Bryan, the firm’s diversity and social programme manager, says running a returnship programme has helped Skanska solve many problems.

“There is a lack of diversity in the construction industry, and there are skill gaps in some core technical areas like engineering and quantity surveying,” she says.

“Within Skanska we sought to address both these things – to bring quality people into our business but also people from other industries with core skills that could complement us.”

Change of attitude

There are many reasons why people find themselves taking a career break.

Natalie Lang, 49, left her 20-year career in financial services to set up her own childcare business. When she decided to return to the City, recruiters were reluctant to take her on.

“When I started looking for jobs and I was dealing with recruiters, they were very reluctant to put my CV forward when there were other candidates already doing the job, because they felt they had a better chance of getting the position,” she says.

But Natalie found financial services firm Fidelity’s returner programme online, and now has a permanent role at the company as a business risk manager.

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Image caption “Recruiters were reluctant to put my CV forward,” says Natalie Lang

While Julianne Miles’s Women Returners project is still relatively small-scale, it is undeniably gaining momentum. The number of programmes offered have grown from three in 2014 to 27 announced for 2017 so far.

In the March 2017 Budget, the government allocated 5m for “return to work” schemes. But what our society should aim for, Julianne says, is for returnships to become less significant, as the attitude towards career breaks becomes more accepting.

“It’s not just about returners – it’s about opening the minds of companies to people who have had career breaks more broadly.

“I would like to see returnships continue because it reduces risks on both sides but we are also bringing these role models into organisations. There are only a tiny percentage of people in organisations that have taken career breaks so people can see them and think, ‘why are we prejudiced against people who have taken career breaks?'”

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Domestic Dispute Involving Crazy Man With Gang Ties Turns Deadly for Two Policemen


Cops responding to John Felix’s mothers’ 911 entitle because their son was behaving’ crazy’ ended up in a 12 -hour standoff that took two of their own.”>

A shooting at the panorama of a Palm Springs home Saturday left two police officer dead: one a veteran of the force two months away from retirement, the other a new baby who had just returned from maternity leave.

Police say the Saturday confrontation embarked as a domestic spat. Twenty-six-year-old John Felixs mothers announced on police, then neighbours for help after their son supposedly embarked behaving crazy shortly after noon. But their own families feud was transformed into a deadly, night-long stalemate after Felix supposedly opened fire on officers, killing two and injuring another as they approached the home.

I am awake in a nightmare right now, Palm Springs Police Chief Bryan Reyes said in a Saturday evening press conference. Until that day, the countries of the south California city had only examined two police officer killed in the course of their duties: one shot during a 1961 armed robbery, and another killed in a 1962 vehicle accident, the citys Desert Sun newspaper reported.

But by Saturday, that figure had doubled, with the deaths of one the forces longest-serving ex-servicemen, and of one their newest members.

Officer Jose Gil Vega had helped on the Palm Springs force for 35 years, before he was shot and killed Saturday, Reyes supposed. A decorated officer and a father of eight, the 63 -year-old Vega had already submitted his paperwork for a December retirement. But until then, Vega was dedicated to his job. He hadnt been scheduled for duty on Saturday, but had chosen to work overtime when he participated at the call at the Felix home.

Officer Lesley Zerebny had helped on the Palm Springs force for 18 months when she answered the Saturday call. Reyes recollected the 27 -year-old as a dedicated officer who worked to improve her parish, pertaining an accident several weeks prior, in which Zerebny had tried to calm a woman behaving erratic in a neighbourhood supermarket. Zerebny had recently returned from maternity leave, after giving birth to her daughter , now four months old. In the wake of her demise, Zerebnys family members or friends have started a donation campaign for her husband, a sheriffs lieutenant who will now create their daughter alone.

Details of Felixs arrest early Sunday morning are still rising. Responding to the domestic spat entitle shortly after noon on Saturday, officers approached the front entrance, attempting to persuasion Felix outside. Instead of complying, Felix supposedly killed three officers through the door, killing Vega and Zerebny, and disabling a third, unnamed officer. What followed was a 12 -hour standoff, during which police distributed armored vehicles, compound agents, and a robot-mounted camera to clean the house where Felix was hiding.

When a Swat team captivated Felix as he departed the home early Sunday morning, he was wearing soft body armor and carrying a number of high capacity[ firearm] periodicals, police announced in a Sunday press conference. It is unclear whether he had planned for the standoff.

The 12 -hour standoff was a darknes of fear on the quiet Palm Springs street, neighbours supposed.

Neighbor Frances Serrano arrived on the panorama before police. She had been drawing into her driveway when Felixs father announced her of providing assistance, she told The Daily Beast.

I accompanied his father outside the garage. He was brandishing at me, announcing me. He was shaking, Serrano supposed. He supposed I necessity facilitate. My sons in the house. Hes not supposed to be in the house. He has a restraining notice. Hes behaving crazy. My bride and I are scared.

Felix, a confessed mob member, had a formidable rap sheet. In 2009, he was charged with attempted assassination, which was later downgraded to assault with a deadly artillery. He helped two years in prison for the crime, and an additional two years for gang-related bills, which deterred him in prison until 2013, the Desert Sun reported. In 2013 he was charged with malevolent noise after an accident at the same Palm Springs address where he supposedly shot police on Saturday. He also has a 2009 sentence for disrupting the agreement, and a 2014 DUI conviction.

So when international disputes breaks out Saturday, Felixs parents moved quickly to call for help. Serrano offered to call police, but Felixs father supposed police were already on their mode. The father supposed[ Felix] had a firearm, she supposed. He supposed[ police] were going to save him.

Police allege Felixs mother situated the first 911 entitle. A female caller reported that her adult son was stimulating a fray at the palace, Reyes supposed. The officers, from what I understand, were at the figurehead trying to negotiate with the doubt to just comply It was a simple kinfolk fray and he elected to open fire.

Serrano, who watched Felix grow up in the neighborhood, said she knew hed are going to prison, but that his alleged acts still came as a offend. He was a young nice guy. Very polite, very nice. I cant believe he could do such a thing, she supposed. Even though hes 26, hes still behaving like a kid. You receive him outside playing ball. You think theres no way he can do a concept like this.

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Castlemorton Common: The rave that changed the law – BBC News

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Image caption Ravers knew they could ‘just turn up’ to the festivals held by New Age Travellers

On a hot bank holiday weekend 25 years ago, 20,000 people descended on land in the shadow of the Malvern Hills. The word was spread by an answering machine message: “Right, listen up revellers. It’s happening now and for the rest of the weekend, so get yourself out of the house and on to Castlemorton Common… Be there, all weekend, hardcore.”

To say the event spiralled out of control is an understatement.

What started out as a small free festival for travellers not only went down in history as the biggest illegal rave ever held in the UK, but resulted in a trial costing 4m and the passing of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act.

The resulting publicity also had drastic consequences for the “alternative” lifestyle of the so-called New Age Travellers who started the event and for the underground rave movement who gate-crashed it.

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Image caption Thousands of people heard about the event through word-of-mouth, media coverage and the infamous telephone message

The travelling community had been intent on holding the latest in a series of small events, having successfully held the so-called Avon Free Festival at Inglestone Common in Gloucestershire in the 1980s and early 90s.

In the weeks leading up to that fateful May bank holiday in 1992, they had tried and failed to stage festivals in both counties and in Somerset, where the police had repeatedly moved them on.

Retreating, they considered their options in a lay-by on the A38 in Gloucestershire, where it was decided to take their 10-mile long convoy out of the county, into Worcestershire and on to Castlemorton Common, near Malvern.

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Castlemorton Common – May 2017


Castlemorton Common – May 1992


Libby Spragg was in one of the first vehicles to arrive at the site on the 22 May.

The 24-year-old joined the New Age Travellers in 1987 and had been to previous events across the West Country, including Inglestone.

She said the festivals were a chance “for networking, finding new work opportunities and just meeting friends that you couldn’t really see at any other time”, after a winter spent living and working on farms.

“Ingleston Common [had] one small stage, no dance music, and was part of the small free festival scene that had been bubbling along since the 60s.”

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Media captionThe answering machine message that started the Castlemorton Common rave

Castlemorton should have continued that theme, she said, a low-key gathering for roughly 400 travellers.

What they hadn’t banked on was the thousands of people who had heard about the event through word-of-mouth, media coverage and the infamous telephone message.

Carl Hendrickse, whose band Back to the Planet played at the festival, said a large number of people had been regularly travelling up and down the M25 to raves.

“People were not being given the right to gather,” he explained.

“There were no facilities for people to come and dance, gather with like-minded people, and that is why they started happening illegally, because there were no proper facilities for people to have these kind of events.”

Image caption New Age Traveller Libby Spragg was interviewed by TV on her way to the site

Carl Loben, editor of DJ magazine, said in a world before mobile phones, the answering machine messages were key to spreading word about the raves.

“There was often just a message left on a party [phone] line that people could call after a certain time in the evening,” he said.

“And it would say the rave is at [some location], meet at [this] junction of the motorway, or meet in the service station, and you’d go in convoy.”

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Image caption People would travel to festivals like Castlemorton in convoy
Image caption Ravers remember it as a positive atmosphere with like-minded people

Mrs Spagg believes the combination of a gloriously sunny bank holiday and the promise of a ready-made party was what drew ravers to Castlemorton.

“You were getting [sound system collectives like] Spiral Tribe and the big [underground] DJs of the time latching onto the idea to take it out doors and the free festival scene was a real “no brain” way to do that,” she said.

“They could see what was happening with the travellers and [knew] they could turn up.

“[It wasn’t] helped by the media to be honest – if they hadn’t said anything it would have just stopped as it was.

“But as soon as you start putting it out on the television that there’s this huge party everyone jumps in their car and just turns up.”

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Image caption The 392-acre Castlemorton Common was made a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1986
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Image caption The music went on until the early hours and started again at midday

And so the underground warehouse rave scene arrived, with its big sound systems in tow.

Mrs Spragg says there was “some resentment” among the travellers who felt their event had been “taken over” and part of the festival was declared a “raver free zone”.

But while the travellers felt surrounded, so did those living on the common, such as Mary Weaver.

“On the bank below the hills it was tightly compacted, and as you went down by our [farm] pond there were double-decker buses lined up all along there,” she remembered.

“It was very disruptive because no-one could get in or out – not with a vehicle.

“They had some very loud sound systems and they played very loud music, but in actual fact the music didn’t worry me that much, because I like music.

“But it did other people, it drove [them] mad. It stopped about five o’clock in the morning and it started up about midday.”

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Image caption Travellers used festivals as a way to network, find new work opportunities and meet friends

News of the festival spread locally, helped by the volume of the music, which could easily be heard in Malvern 10 miles (16km) away – a fact former resident, Tim Holloway, can attest.

“I was coming back from an all-night party in Malvern and walking back at about five in the morning I could hear this booming beat – I had no idea what it could be,” he said.

“Later someone told me there was this massive rave on Castlemorton Common.

“We rode through on motorbikes and I was stunned, it was just enormous. We took it all in, soaked up the atmosphere – it was just an enormous party – a gift when you’re 21.”

Clare Buchanan, who was on a gap year, heard about the festival when some of those en route stopped at the supermarket in Malvern where she worked.

“They looked like full-on hippies, which is what I wanted to be,” she recalled.

“My and a friend went along to investigate what was going on. We were dropped off and there were two policemen at the end of the road across the common.

“There was a very chilled atmosphere.”

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Image caption Back To The Planet played at Castlemorton Common in 1992

But by Saturday night, West Mercia Police had arrived and put up a cordon.

Officers were stationed with Ms Weaver and fellow resident Audrey Street who said she “never went out once” the whole week.

She described how the single track road across the common was completely blocked in places by the encampment and the complete absence of toilets had another unwanted effect.

“Every time I went out there were people in the field toileting – every time you looked out there were men with their trousers down,” she said.

Image caption Mary Weaver’s farm, pictured now, was taken over by festival-goers
Image caption The encampment stretched up the hill from the farm near her house

The ravers drifted off once the weekend was over but the travellers remained at Castlemorton until the Friday, partly to try and clear up, Mrs Spagg claims.

“I think a lot of people were depressed about the mess and the waste, that’s why so many [of us] stayed behind and tried to clear up.

“Although people don’t think it, the traveller ethos at free festivals was “leave no trace” – you went there, you had a party you cleaned up.

“In fact I was one of the many people who used to take wild flower seeds, and that would be the only thing I left – that sounds like I’m a real hippy but that was the vibe,” she said.

But there was no chance revellers would ever again have the opportunity to “leave no trace”.

As the festival wound down, police faced angry questions at a public meeting in Castlemorton village about how they had responded.

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Image caption The fallout of the festival had an impact on the travelling scene

In a press conference on the Friday after the common had been cleared, then Chief Constable, David Blakey, defended his “softly softly” approach.

“Faced with… the number of people that were there, there was no way I’m going in with riot shields, with public order gear, to move them off,” he said a the time.

Officers arrested about 50 people over the course of the festival – mainly for drug offences – and 10 were taken to court for public order offences. The case cost millions and saw all the defendants acquitted, though one other person did plead guilty to the same offence.

The force later admitted they had been “caught off guard” by the sudden arrival of so many people.

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Image caption An exclusion zone was set up banning convoys from the area

Determined not to have history repeat itself, the following year they set up roadblocks across the area, with 300 officers being fed from a special kitchen set up in the village hall.

The Malvern Hills Conservators – the charity set up to look after the hills and commons – obtained an injunction which enforced a five-mile “exclusion zone” for convoys of vehicles around Castlemorton during the bank holiday weekend.

Others called for long-term powers to stop raves and free festivals, including Castlemorton’s then-Conservative MP Sir Michael Spicer, who even raised the matter in Parliament.

Then in 1994, the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act was passed, giving police the powers to stop vehicles anywhere within five miles (8km) of a rave and turn them away.

It also included rules targeting gatherings of more than 100 people listening to music at night and even went as far as delving into genres, said Prof Robert Lee from Birmingham Law School.

“One of the most bizarre things is that they tried to define what music was, including wholly or mainly repetitive beats played time and time again,” he added.

Image caption Police faced angry questions at a public meeting in Castlemorton village

Ms Spragg, who gave up travelling in 1995, says what happened at Castlemorton had an adverse effect on the community she belonged to.

“The travelling scene did carry on but it was a very different change of lifestyle for people – they moved onto farms instead of living on free sites so much, and people were a lot more scared.

“If it had been a big event, [which] had been staged [and] had cost thousands of pounds it would have been all right.

“But because it was poor people, with no money, doing something they haven’t been granted permission for, suddenly it was the crime of the century.

“It did mean the end of the travelling scene in a lot of respects.”

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Justin Bieber Is A Knockout At The Boxing Gym!


Keep your hands up and were protected, Justin Bieber ~ ATAGEND!

The singer was at a boxing gym in El Lay on Friday putting up the mitts and going a good period in, and as “youre seeing”( above ), it sure looks like “hes been gone” all-in on the examination AND the workout !!

Related: Justin Had No Idea Where He Parked His Expensive Car !

Then again, based off his recent dress of perforating followers in the look, something tells us this is FAR from the Biebs’ first time putting up the dukes !!

No word on whether he’s ready to fight chum Floyd Mayweather, Jr .~ ATAGEND next or what, though.

Ha !!!

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Pete’s Dragon review- sweet and soulful with a bitter fleck


David Lowerys live-action family film forestalls predictability with dreary subplots and a good balance between spectacle and sentiment

Lonely kid befriends fantasy character. Grownups discover fantasy creature. Kid must keep character, before articulating goodbye. Kid learns. Kid originates. Fin.

A childrens fantasy from chairman David Lowery, Petes Dragon drags an orphan announced Pete and a dragon called Elliot through a dependable procedure. The arise is segment ET, character Jungle Book, character Peanuts. Its sweet and soulful and Spielberg-ish, but with a bitter flash.

Pete( Oakes Fegley) is five years old when he and his parents are involved in a auto accident that kills mum and pa and leaves the boy strolling the groves alone. He bumps into Elliot, a 70 ft parcel of fire-breathing fluff. Elliot, a puppyish dork, attaches importance to Pete instantaneously.

Arnold Peralta shooting: postmortem ensues evidence Ranger footballer hit 18 eras


Crawling has some fitness experts exiting gaga

Motive for attempt that killed the former Honduran footballer remains unknown as police arrest security guard at plaza for apparently refusing to hand over footage

Autopsy causes show that former Glasgow Ranger footballer Arnold Peralta lost 18 gunshot meanders in what prosecutors described as a hateful attack.

The 26 -year-old midfielder was killed on Thursday when two men on a motorcycle opened fire at a shopping mall in Honduras in his hometown of La Ceiba, on the Caribbean coast.

Investigators in Honduras are analysing protection camera footage from Uniplaza shopping mall, where Peralta was waylaid as he parked his vehicle. Another footballer who was with him at the time was unharmed.

An autopsy on Friday been demonstrated that he died of multiple gunshot meanders to the skull, appearance and chest. Investigates have so far recovered 11 9mm bullet casings from the scene.

Three murder investigation units have been discharged from the Honduran capital to assist the investigation, which has offended a country all too accustomed to random acts of extreme violence.

No suspects have so far been detained, though police apprehended a private security guard at the plaza after he had allegedly refused to hand over the security footage which may have captivated the attack.

The motive for the attack is yet unknown, but police have ruled out theft after is proof that the players belongings and his Porsche SUV were left at the vistum.

Warring street mobs, organised criminal groups and drug traffickers have represented Honduras one of the most hazardous countries in “the worlds”, with 58 assassinations per 100,000 habitants this year. Around 80% of drugs from South America pass across Honduras on the way to the US, according to the DEA.

Peralta is at least the 15 th person links between sports who has been murdered in Honduras since 2000, according to the newspaper MA! s. In 2003, Milton Flores the beloved goalkeeper of Real EspaA +- a and “the member states national” crew was riddled with missiles from an AK-4 7 as he drove residence from a pair against Real EspaA +- as competitors Vida.

Earlier this year, the president of Real Espana, Mario Verdial, was killed while traveling with security guards in a suspected extortion-linked assault.

Peralta expended 18 months at Ibrox and facilitated Rangers triumph the 2013 -1 4 Scottish League One title, before leaving the squad halfway through last-place season to join Olympia one of Hondurass biggest society.

Peralta was in La Ceiba to visit family and friends following the conclusion of his society season. The player had recently celebrated birth certificates of a daughter with his partner.

In an interview with local media, his father said that hed forewarned his son not to drive such an expensive vehicle in the town where crimes and common felony are widespread.

This is a very difficult jolt for me, he was my youngest progeny, pronounced Carlos Perlata.

Hed never mentioned current problems to me … I told him that his vehicle was very extravagant for this city.

Rangers will impound a instants stillnes before Saturdays match against Greenock Morton, and the players will wear black armbands as a trade mark of respect for the former Blues defender.

What Certainly Happened the Day I Watched Your Daughter Die


“We wouldnt tell you, but we fanned out her fuzz so that you wouldnt check the extent of swelling that had occurred. No mother should have to see their babe like that.”

Reddit user homelesshippie wrote an open word after break-dance the report to a pair that their teenage daughter died in a vehicle crash.

Her honest, soul-wrenching message isgripping the hearts of thousands across America. It coats the gallant picture of our nations wet-nurse “whos working” tirelessly, dish selflessly and grieve with bleeding heart right along surface usduring our darkest hours 😛 TAGEND

You were destroyed. Absolute shock. Your daughter was brought in this morning insensitive. She was a DOA, but also only 18 this is why we passed her our best shot. We drove her over for a good 45 minutes. There was no coming back here from a closed skull rupture like that. We wouldnt say to you, but we fanned out her fuzz so that you wouldnt check the extent of swelling that had occurred. No mother should have to see their babe like that.

And I had to stand next to my physician while he broke the report in as excellent a way possible. Correction, there is no excellent way. It is empty, sucking and drawing, disintegrating and smashing report. Your world has one less being in it now.

No, she perhaps didnt stand. The vehicle accident, that left one in critical condition and two others with moderate injuries, happened so fast that she could have blinked twice and it was over.

You fall to the nasty infirmary flooring , not attending for the bacteria that may be there. Your world just shattered. You are shattered. And I stand there with a grim look, my hands clasped in front of me. You clutch one another. You holler. You cry.

I dont change facial expression. I render any assistant that I can. You diminish and cling to each other harder. I stand awkwardly beside you. I pass you kleenex. A glass of sea. I stand in solitude reinforcement. Im here as a column of supportive understanding to try to ease your suffering and suffering in “the worlds largest” diplomatic, politically correct way that research hospitals allows. I gesture my premier, I shake my premier. I render a pat on the back. Eventually I have to leave you. More category has arrived and I know that youre in good hands.

What you dont know is that I, extremely, am shattered.

I cry the whole way home. I looked up your daughter on Facebook. She was beautiful. Just graduated high school. She had a whole life and world-wide ahead of her. It isnt fair.

I beat my steering wheel and rage when I get home and park. I throw my hold handbag across the kitchen. I decline to the flooring, like you, and cry.

Though Im too young “for childrens” even close to your daughters age, I have a younger friend who is 18. He does just what your daughter was make: travelling all over the back roads with pals late at night. It could have just as readily been him wrap around that light-headed spar dead in the road.

I am more sorry than you will ever know. Honestly, you cant know. But I do. And hopefully your daughter does, extremely. I never knew her, but I mourned her just the same.

We harbours may not show it at times, are unable to show itwhether it be to save face, infirmary policy, or to just be brave and supportivebut we do attend. Your hurts are our hurts. We grieve with you. So please, just know that your agony is experience. It is shared.

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Profile: Green Party co-leaders Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley – BBC News

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The Green Party of England and Wales has two co-leaders under what they say is a pioneering job-share arrangement.

Caroline Lucas

Caroline Lucas is the Greens’ first, and so far only, MP and after seven years in the Commons she is the face of the party for many voters.

She was its first leader, elected in 2008 when the party abandoned its long-standing practice of having a male and a female principal speaker.

She stepped aside in 2012 – some said to concentrate on shoring up support in her constituency, although she insisted it was to “give other people the opportunity to get well-known, to have some profile in the party, hopefully to use that to get themselves elected as well”.

She was replaced by Natalie Bennett but the new leader failed to be elected to the Commons in 2015, despite boosting her profile by participating in the leaders’ debates at the last election.

Ms Lucas was re-elected to the Brighton Pavilion seat she took from Labour in 2010, with an increased majority of nearly 8,000.

The 56-year-old, who was an academic before entering politics and has also served as a Green MEP, has established herself as a respected voice at Westminster. The Spectator magazine named her “newcomer of the year” in 2010.

She opposed the so-called “bedroom tax”, the benefits cap, the renewal of Trident and the Sun’s Page Three, while she hit the headlines in 2013 for different reasons when she was arrested during an anti-fracking demonstration.

One of three children of middle class Conservative-voting parents, she attended an all-girls boarding school before earning a degree in English Literature at Exeter University.

She threw herself into anti-nuclear weapons campaigns at university, frequently visiting the Greenham Common women’s peace camp, and she remains a leading figure in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and a former vice-president of the Stop the War Coalition.

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Media captionCaroline Lucas’s arrest during an anti-fracking demonstration

Ms Lucas is a leading advocate of the so-called Progressive Alliance – a series of electoral pacts between left-leaning parties aimed at preventing the Conservatives from winning seats.

In her own seat, she will benefit from a deal with the Lib Dems, who will stand aside to give her a better chance of being re-elected.

The Greens will not field a candidate in neighbouring Brighton Kemptown to support the Labour candidate, and some other agreements have been struck around the country.

But she has expressed frustration at the refusal of Labour and Lib Dem leaders to endorse the idea nationally, saying it is the only way to combat what she says is the UK’s “broken” electoral system and fight back against the “hard” Brexit she says Theresa May is plotting.

Like the Lib Dems, the Greens support a second referendum on the terms of any Brexit deal.

Ms Lucas is married with two children. Under her job-sharing arrangement with Mr Bartley, she leads the party’s parliamentary and campaigning efforts in areas such as fracking and the EU, while Mr Bartley focuses more on organisation and policy.

Jonathan Bartley

Jonathan Bartley is a relative newcomer to Green Party politics, compared with Ms Lucas.

Active in the Green Party in south London for about five years, the 45-year-old stood for the party in the London Assembly elections but failed to win a seat. A year before that, he stood as a general election candidate in Streatham, coming fourth.

As a student at the London School of Economics in the early 1990s, Mr Bartley is believed to have had Conservative leanings.

He is reported to have volunteered for John Major in 1995 when the then prime minister faced a challenge to his leadership from John Redwood.

He founded the think tank Ekklesia in 2002 – only standing down as a director earlier this year – and became a commentator on issues of faith, religion and public policy.

First rising to national attention as vice-chairman of the Yes to Fairer Votes Campaign during the 2011 referendum, he helped ensure the Greens were a prominent voice.

He was a spokesman for the organisation in its ill-fated effort to persuade the public to ditch the current first-past-the-post electoral system in favour of the alternative vote.

But he is perhaps best-known for his public confrontation with David Cameron during the 2010 general election campaign, during which he raised his concerns about the treatment of disabled children in the education system.

Mr Bartley told the then prime minister about the two-year struggle he had faced to get his son Samuel into a local school and remonstrated with Mr Cameron about plans to end the bias towards inclusion of children with special needs in mainstream schools.

Mr Bartley, who is married with three children, is a direct descendant of the prison reformer Elizabeth Fry and is a drummer for the Mustangs soul group.

In March, he admitted in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live that he killed a student in a car crash when he was 17 years old.

The accident happened while he was on his way home from a concert in London. The police did not press charges after an investigation.

Mr Bartley, who apologised to the victim’s family after attending an inquest, which recorded a verdict of accidental death, said he “felt so responsible, so guilty” about what had happened and that it had turned his life upside down.

But he added that it was also one of the reasons he wanted to “bring about policy changes” to improve road safety and reduce the 40,000 deaths he said occurred every year from air pollution caused by traffic.

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Crystal Palace defender Pape Souare to have surgery after car accident


The Crystal Palace defender Pape Souar will experience surgery the coming week after suffering thigh and jaw hurts in a serious vehicle crash

The Crystal Palace champion Pape Souar will experience surgery the coming week after suffering thigh and jaw hurts in a serious vehicle clang on the M4 motorway on Sunday afternoon. The left-back was sent to hospital by air ambulance but his injuries are not considered to be life-threatening.

The other driver is not believed to be seriously injured and according to reports did not expect hospital treatment.

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Dad’s precisely accompanied Crystal Palace left back Souar’s car crash after he disintegrated on the M4 pic.twitter.com/ te1vvmiOLh

Pictures from the scene, which indicated the car on the center booking with debris strewn across the carriageway, between seams two and three, were widely shared on social media.

Crystal Palace issued a statement to say Souar kept hurts to his thigh and mouth bone and shall be kept in infirmary. The guild are liaising closely with research hospitals on his progress and we undoubtedly bid him a speedy recuperation. Our estimates are with Pape and his family at this time.

Souar assembled Palace last-place January from French side Lille. He was not in the force for Crystal Palaces 2-1 away win over Middlesbrough on Saturday as he is currently recovering from an injury.

Stealthy Boxbot wins the Pear prize for UC Berkeley with a tech for autonomous last-mile delivery


It was a long road that took the two founders of Boxbot from drinks at Drakes Dealership to winning the prestigious Pear Berkeley Challenge, but both Austin Oehlerking and Mark Godwin are very at home on the road.

The two had successful careers at Tesla and Uber, respectively, two companiesthat are inarguably on the vanguard of the autonomous driving revolution.But Godwin and Oehlerking both had been bitten by the startup bug, and wanted to solve the problem of last-mile delivery.

Thestill-in-stealth technology they developed was so impressive that it won the Pear competition an annual event sponsored by the firm of the same name that awards $250,000 to a startup founded by students, alumna or professors from the University of Berkeley along with some seed investments from House Capital,Afore Capital and The Graduate Syndicate.

Given their pedigrees even before joining Uber and Tesla its little wonder that Godwin and Oehlerking took the top prize.

The 35-year-old Godwin began working with drone technology while atBerkeley, doing research for the Office of Naval Research. Godwin then became part of the team that Berkeley fielded alongside the University of Sydney to compete in the DARPA Urban Grand Challenge.

He then went on to found a company called Automa Systems, an early Uber competitor that eventually turned into an Uber for trucking. That company was on the cusp of signing a term sheet and raising capital when Uber approached Godwin with an offer he couldnt refuse.

For Oehlerking, the path was a little bit less circuitous, but no less impressive. After attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an undergrad, Oehlerking took a job as the director of vehicle engineering for Arcimoto, aEugene, Ore.-based company making electric three-wheelers.

The 30-year-old co-founder then went back to grad school to do more work on electric vehicles, and landed a job at Tesla after graduation, where he worked on their partnership with Toyota, working on the Rav 4 drive train and then on the Model S.

Knowing that he wanted to run his own firm, Oehlerking returned to the East Coast to get a business degree from Harvard and then made his way back out West yet again.

The two men were introduced through a mutual friend from Harvard Business School, and were both on the same messaging channel for Stanford and Harvard alums interested in new mobility technologies.

Those common interests spurred Oehlerking and Godwin to launch Boxbot. And while the company is still in stealth, one couldimagine that their last-mile delivery solution will combine aspects of autonomy and drones.

A longtime supporter of student efforts a Stanford, Pear has been active investing in companies from the other side of the bridge thanks to the talent thats been on display, according to Pejman Nozad.

UC Berkeley is a boiling ocean of entrepreneurs, says Nozad in a statement. The next big thing might be coming from the other side of the bridge!

The $250,000 equity commitment that Nozad and his partner make in the winning Berkeley company comes with a nod to the university through a 10 percent gift of Pears equity stake back to the university.

We are excited for this high-caliber technology team and we appreciate Pear VC for its contribution to Berkeleys vibrant new venture ecosystem, saidIkhlaq Sidhu, founder of Berkeleys Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET).

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/26/stealthy-boxbot-wins-the-pear-prize-for-uc-berkeley-with-a-tech-for-autonomous-last-mile-delivery/