Decade on from Ben Kinsella’s brutal murder has anything changed?
29 June 2018 at 10:30am A decade on from Ben Kinsella’s brutal murder has anything changed?
Ten-years-ago today a 16-year-old boy was chased by a group of men following a misplaced glance in a pub, cornered and stabbed 11 times in five seconds.
He died hours later in hospital.
The teenager who had been out in Islington, north London, celebrating the end of his GCSEs with friends was Ben Kinsella. Ben’s friends held a march following his death. Credit: PA
For a generation, Ben Kinsella’s name has become synonymous with knife crime and the devastation of lives and families that follows in its wake.
In 2008 Ben was the 17th teenager to die violently that year, yet in 2018 there have been 51 fatal stabbings in London alone.
In the last year, knife crime has gone up by 22% across England and Wales. Ben Kinsella was the 17th teenager to die violently in 2008. Credit: PA
ITV News spoke to young people in Birmingham who readily admitted to carrying knives, saying that the need to be armed was “simple”.
“It’s either kill or be killed,” one said.
“If somebody backs out a knife to me, I’m going to have something bigger.” A Birmingham teenager shows off the huge machete he often carries around with him. Credit: ITV News
Others have told that a lack of fear of punishment is making young people more likely to carry weapons.
In a bid to stamp out what is fast becoming an epidemic, the Government announced a new crime strategy in April to make it harder for young people to arm themselves.
Others say the issue lies with the way in which knife crime is policed.
Yet it is the people in the communities that are blighted by knives who feel that there remains a disconnect between the powerful and the powerless.
They argue that until politicians truly understand the reality of life in an area where the wrong type of look can leave you dead, little will be changed. Watch our feature video on the decade since Ben’s death and the situation we find ourselves in 10 years on Last updated Fri 29 Jun 2018
China cannot lose ‘any inch’ of territory, Xi tells Mattis – Nikkei Asian Review
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As well as being able to load content faster than ever before, you’ll now find it’s much easier to find all the content you need about the Asian business world. Visit our improved website China cannot lose ‘any inch’ of territory, Xi tells Mattis Trust and communication focus of Beijing talks amid trade tensions OKI NAGAI and TSUYOSHI NAGASAWA, Nikkei staff writers June 28, 2018 06:24 JST Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, told U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis that Beijing would not budge on territorial matters. (From CCTV footage/Kyodo)
BEIJING/WASHINGTON — President Xi Jinping told visiting U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis that China will not concede “any inch of territory” in a meeting on Wednesday, while stressing that areas of cooperation far outweigh differences.
The visit came amid rising trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies. At the meeting held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Xi said that “China will neither pursue the path of expansionism and colonialism, nor cause chaos to the world.”
Yet, when it came to sovereignty and territorial issues, the Chinese leader said, “Any inch of territory passed down from ancestors can not be lost while we want nothing from others,” according to China’s Xinhua News Agency.
Xi’s comments echo a statement he made at the high-level Central Conference on Work Relating to Foreign Affairs held last Friday and Saturday for the first time since 2014. There, Xi insisted that China would draw a red line around its “core national interests” and defend its sovereignty, security and development.
China considers areas such as the South China Sea, Taiwan and Tibet as its core interests. But in both Wednesday’s meeting with Mattis and in last week’s conference, Xi also emphasized the need to manage relations with the U.S., signaling a compromise can be reached as long as the U.S. respects its boundaries on what China sees as core issues.
Mattis, in comments in front of reporters, told Xi the talks had been “very, very” good.
Xinhua reported that Mattis conveyed U.S. President Donald Trump’s greetings to Xi, while Xi asked Mattis to convey his greetings to Trump.
Mattis told Xi that the U.S. is willing to strengthen strategic communication, increase mutual trust, and “promote military ties to be a stabilizer of bilateral relations,” according to Xinhua. Mattis, left, spoke Wednesday with Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe in his first official China visit. © Reuters
Prior to meeting Xi, Mattis met with his Chinese counterpart, Wei Fenghe. “The military-to-military relationship is critical to the broader relationship between our two countries,” Mattis said. Mattis arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, intending to stay through Thursday before heading to South Korea and Japan.
The defense secretary invited Wei to visit Washington, and he also expressed hope of bolstering ways to share opinions with China so as to manage risk better.
Wei, who serves both as defense minister and state councilor, responded that China and the U.S. could develop together only if they avoided confrontation and behaved with mutual respect and cooperation. He also laid out Beijing’s position on issues that have sparked friction with Washington, namely those regarding the South China Sea, North Korea and Taiwan.
China’s continued buildup of military bases in the South China Sea despite repeated international complaints likely led to Beijing’s exclusion from this summer’s U.S.-led Rim of the Pacific military drills. The U.S. this year accelerated the pace of its “freedom of navigation” operations — in which it sails warships through the South China Sea — to about once every two months. Mattis may have warned Wednesday that stricter measures were on the table. See also US and China trade barbs over South China Sea island-building
At the international Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore in early June, Mattis said the U.S. would continue selling arms to Taiwan, prompting Beijing to increase activity by its naval ships and aircraft in waters around the island. The two defense chiefs may have discussed that matter as well.
Mattis appears to have conveyed Washington’s intent to keep pressure on North Korea until the rogue nation gives up its nuclear arms — even while the U.S. puts military drills with South Korea on hold. The secretary likely sought China’s cooperation in continuing to follow sanctions on Pyongyang.
Mattis said at the Shangri-La talks that the U.S. will stick to its “One China” policy, which regards mainland China and Taiwan as part of one country. China, for its part, has not openly begun building a military installation at Scarborough Shoal, a key South China Sea strategic point, possibly because former U.S. President Barack Obama warned that doing so would trigger a response.
Also on Wednesday, officials from Association of Southeast Asian Nations members gathered in Changsha, Hunan Province, to discuss the South China Sea issue. The forum, timed with the visit by Mattis, likely represents an effort by China to show off its dialogue-based approach to the matter. See Also
North Korea still secretly enriching uranium, say US officials | World news | The Guardian
North Korea has increased its production of enriched uranium for nuclear weapons at secret sites in recent months, contrary to Donald Trump’s claims that it was “ no longer a nuclear threat ”, according to a new report.
NBC News quoted more than a dozen US officials familiar with the intelligence assessments. Coming soon after satellite images showed rapid improvements being made to a North Korean nuclear research facility at Yongbyon, the developments will make it harder for Trump to claim that his summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore this month was a success. Neither of the concessions the US president claimed Kim had delivered – the destruction of a missile engine testing site, and the repatriation of the remains of US soldiers killed in the Korean war – has materialised so far. Meanwhile Trump has already made a significant US concession: suspending joint exercises with South Korea that had been due to start in August. The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is reported to be planning a trip to Pyongyang in early July to continue negotiations with the North Korean government, in the hope of persuading the regime to make specific commitments on nuclear disarmament. Over the past seven months the North Koreans have conducted no new missile or nuclear tests. But NBC quoted a US official briefed on the latest intelligence as saying that uranium enrichment had been stepped up. “There’s no evidence that they are decreasing stockpiles, or that they have stopped their production,” the official said. “There is absolutely unequivocal evidence that they are trying to deceive the US.” It has long been suspected that the North Koreans have established a uranium enrichment plant in at least one secret site apart from Yongbyon complex. “There are lots of things that we know that North Korea has tried to hide from us for a long time,” a US intelligence official told NBC. The joint statement signed by Trump and Kim in Singapore was vaguely worded. Kim promised “complete denuclearisation” but that has been Pyongyang’s theoretical policy since 1992, and the regime interprets it to mean a long-term mutual process in which the US would also disarm. Pompeo was due to start follow-on negotiations with the North Korean leadership within a week of the 12 June Singapore summit. But Pyongyang appears to have dragged its heels. The secretary of state is now hoping to visit Pyongyang during a trip to the far east in the second week of July, as first reported by the Financial Times. “There was a delay but I think he has now got the agreement to go,” said Victor Cha, a former director of Asian affairs at the National Security Council. “They have to put meat on the bones of the Singapore statement. Pompeo is under pressure to get something before August, when the exercises were going to start,” said Cha, now at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies. It the visit goes ahead it is possible Kim would order the repatriation of the remains of between 100 and 200 US service personnel killed in the 1950-53 war, to coincide with Pompeo’s arrival. It is a gesture that US officials had been predicting would take place last week. Trump told a rally in Minnesota last week that the repatriation had already happened. “Pompeo needs to get the remains of the POWs and MIAs [missing in action] but it’s not enough,” Cha said, arguing the secretary of state would have to extract a concrete commitment on disarmament to live up to the administration’s claims for the Singapore summit.
Wayne Rooney completes move from Everton to MLS with D.C. United
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Former Manchester United and England star Wayne Rooney has completed his move to D.C. United, after the MLS club and Everton confirmed on Thursday that a transfer agreement has been reached.
The announcement comes after Rooney, 32, posted a picture showing himself flying to the United States earlier in the day. D.C. United confirmed Rooney has signed a multiyear deal shortly after Everton announced an undisclosed transfer fee had been agreed.
Rooney will wear the No. 9 shirt and make his MLS debut when D.C. plays its first game in its newly constructed stadium, Audi Field, on July 14 against the Vancouver Whitecaps. — D.C. United (@dcunited) June 28, 2018
“It is fantastic to be joining D.C. United at such an exciting time in the club’s history with the new stadium opening in just a few weeks,” Rooney said in a statement. “Moving to America and MLS fulfills another career ambition for me. I have the hunger to be a success here and will give D.C. 100 percent — as I have always done for every team I have ever played for.
“When I visited earlier this summer I was really impressed with everyone I met connected with the club, and of course the new Audi Field. Now I can’t wait to get on the pitch in a United shirt and join my new teammates to bring success to this club.”
D.C. United did not reveal any contract details besides confirming he would be a designated player. The Washington Post reported that Rooney will become the franchise’s highest-paid player after signing a two-and-a-half year contract that will pay him about $13 million in total.
In Everton’s statement announcing the transfer, the Premier League club suggested Rooney was going to sign a deal for three-and-a-half years.
Rooney could start training with his new team by the end of this week, according to the Post, which reported that he has already secured his U.S. visa and work permit. An introductory news conference has been scheduled for Monday morning.
“Wayne is undoubtedly one of the best players in Premier League history and his goal scoring record for club and country speaks for itself,” D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper said in a statement. “He is a world-class player, and he elevates those around him, both through his work ethic and winning mentality. We are beyond excited to add someone of Rooney’s caliber, and we are thrilled to welcome him to D.C.” — Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) June 28, 2018
D.C. United is in need of help, with the team in last place in the Eastern Conference on an MLS-low 10 points after 12 matches, all but two of them away from home. Manager Ben Olsen said Rooney can help the team course-correct.
“He is coming here to win,” Olsen told WTOP. “That was one of the first things that stood out when I first talked to him. He is not coming here to wind down his career but to help us become a team that will contend for a title.”
Rooney spent last season with his boyhood club, Everton, after leaving Manchester United in the summer of 2017, scoring 11 goals in 40 matches across all competitions as the Toffees finished eighth in the Premier League.
Rooney still had one year left on his deal with Everton, but the club did not stand in the way of England’s record goal scorer leaving to play in the United States.
“From everyone at Everton, we thank Wayne for his service to the club and wish him every success in the next three and a half years with D.C. United,” an Everton statement said.
In 2004, Rooney signed with Manchester United, leaving Everton as an 18-year-old in a £25.6m deal. He went on to score 253 goals in 559 appearances for the club, winning the Premier League title five times.
Rooney, fifth on United’s all-time list of appearance-makers, also won the Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and three League Cups during 13 seasons at United.
Rooney retired from the England national team a year ago, ending his international career as the nation’s all-time top scorer with 53 goals in 119 appearances, which is also the most for an outfield player.
David Beckham, who made a splash by moving to MLS in 2007, supported his former England’s teammate’s move to the United States, saying “I think he’ll do really well.”
“I think it’s great for Wayne. I also think it is obviously great for the league, but I think for Wayne personally,” Beckham told MLS. “He’s played for one of the biggest clubs and been successful at one of the biggest clubs in the game, with Manchester United.
“I think when he moved back to Everton after United, I felt that he was going to firstly go from United and play in the U.S. or play in China or Japan.
“But obviously he decided to go back to his boyhood club, which was great for him, it was a great occasion to spend the time he spent back at Everton. But I think it’s the right move for him. I think it’s exciting for the fans.”
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At least five dead after shooting at newspaper office in Annapolis: officials
Open this photo in gallery Police respond to a shooting at the offices of the Capital Gazette, a daily newspaper, in Annapolis, Md., on June 28, 2018.
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A man brandishing a long gun walked into the office of a small newspaper in Maryland on Thursday and killed at least five people in an attack that led police to beef up security at media outlets in other cities as a precaution, authorities said.
Police officers in the Maryland capital city of Annapolis responded within minutes to a 911 call about a shooting in progress at the offices of the Capital Gazette newspaper group and apprehended the suspect hiding under a desk, authorities said.
Police have said nothing about a possible motive for the attack, in which at least three other people were wounded, but authorities are treating it as a local incident, with no links to terrorism, a law enforcement source told Reuters.
The newsroom looked “like a war zone,” Phil Davis, a Capital Gazette crime reporter who was in the building at the time of the shooting, said in an interview with the Baltimore Sun.
He said he was hiding under his desk along with other newspaper employees when the shooter stopped firing, the Capital Gazette reported on its website.
Gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees. Can’t say much more and don’t want to declare anyone dead, but it’s bad.
— Phil Davis (@PhilDavis_CG) June 28, 2018 There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload
— Phil Davis (@PhilDavis_CG) June 28, 2018 “I don’t know why he stopped,” said Davis, who later said he was safe. “But as much as I’m going to try to articulate how traumatizing it is to be hiding under your desk, you don’t know until you’re there and you feel helpless.”
When police found the suspect, his weapon was on the ground and “not in his immediate proximity,” Steve Schuh, Anne Arundel county executive, told cable news station CNN. Police said they recovered what they thought might have been an explosive device.
One law enforcement source told CBS News the suspect was a male in his 20s who had no identification on him. Two law enforcement sources told CBS News the suspect used a shotgun.
The suspect appears to have damaged his fingertips to try to avoid detection and is refusing to co-operate with law enforcement, Baltimore TV station WJZ and other local media reported.
None of the victims or the suspect have been identified by authorities. Anne Arundel County police said on Twitter the name of the suspect will be released at a later time.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is on the scene assisting local authorities, the official said.
Capital Gazette, owned by the Baltimore Sun, runs multiple newspapers out of its Annapolis office and the group includes one of the oldest newspapers in the United States – the Gazette, which traces its origins back to 1727.
Capital Gazette publishes a stable of newspapers in and around Annapolis, home of the U.S. Naval Academy. The papers have thrived by focusing on local news in the shadows of two much larger competitors, the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun.
Law enforcement in Baltimore and New York City deployed extra officers to the office of the New York Times and other major media outlets as a precaution, authorities said.
“There is no active threat at this time,” said Officer Andrew Lava, a New York police spokesman.
Although a motive is not yet known, the shooting drew the attention of media groups, including Reporters Without Borders, which said it was deeply disturbed by the events that unfolded in Annapolis.
U.S. President Donald Trump has been briefed on the shooting, White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Thank you to all of the First Responders who are currently on the scene,” Trump said in a tweet.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on Twitter: “A violent attack on innocent journalists doing their job is an attack on every American.”
As a presidential candidate and after his election, Trump has repeatedly criticized the press, referring to several major news organizations as “fake news” and calling a group that included the New York Times, CNN and CBS “the enemy of the American people.”
]Live video images showed people leaving the building, walking through a parking lot with their hands in the air. Scores of police vehicles were on the scene. About 170 people were evacuated.
Jimmy DeButts, an editor at the Capital Gazette, tweeted that he was devastated, heartbroken and numb.
“I’m in no position to speak, just know @capgaznews reporters & editors give all they have every day. There are no 40 hour weeks, no big paydays – just a passion for telling stories from our community,” he wrote.
One of the group’s flagship papers, the Capital, plans to publish a Friday edition, several reporters with the group said.
“I can tell you this: We are putting out a damn paper tomorrow,” reporter Chase Cook wrote on Twitter.
Open this photo in gallery Map of shooting in Annapolis