Cannabis session led to soldier killing teacher

first_imgThe Guardian 10 October 2006Family First Comment: Apparently cannabis never harmed anyone much.Tell that to the 53-year old victim …“This was an appalling attack of extreme and persistent violence. And I have no doubt it would not have happened if you had not consumed cannabis. Anyone who unlawfully takes a dangerous mind-altering controlled drug and who then finds that his mind is altered in unexpected and undesired ways must take responsibility for his subsequent actions.”A soldier who killed his friend’s father with a pair of garden shears during a psychotic attack induced by cannabis was jailed for 10 years last night.Laurie Draper, 31, a paratrooper who had served in Iraq, plunged the tree croppers into the head and body of his victim, 53-year-old Paul Butterworth, in March after smoking homegrown cannabis given to him by his victim.He was sentenced at St Albans crown court yesterday after admitting manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. A charge of murder was dropped after medical evidence proved that Draper was suffering from hypomania – a condition which can be triggered by drug-taking – when he lunged at Mr Butterworth at the teacher’s home in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.The sentence is likely to stir further debate over the reclassification of cannabis, which was downgraded from a Class B to a Class C drug in 2004. The former home secretary Charles Clarke resisted calls to overturn his predecessor’s decision to reclassify the drug after fresh concerns emerged about its side effects.The soldier also admitted assaulting Mr Butterworth’s son Ashley, a lifelong friend, at the same time.Ann Evans, prosecuting, said Draper initially seemed “euphoric” after smoking a pipe with the two men. But after a second pipe packed with a larger dose of the drug, he stripped naked, threw his clothes into the fire and began “frantically” washing himself in the kitchen.He punched Mr Butterworth several times in the face as he tried to restrain him. “Draper then grabbed hold of some long-handled tree loppers that were lying against a chair in the hallway. He took hold of them and lifted them above his head and struck downward at a 45 degree angle towards Paul Butterworth’s head.” She added: “Ashley described the defendant as psychotic and frenzied, his face was blank. Throughout this time the defendant had never said a word, his eyes staring ‘as if he wasn’t there’, as Ashley describes it.”READ MORE: https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/oct/10/ukcrime.drugsandalcohollast_img read more

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I’ll put some music on and dance on one leg – Pogba

first_img Loading… Paul Pogba has provided a fresh update on his injury status after undergoing ankle surgery that is expected to keep him out for four weeks. The Manchester United star shared a bizarre video on Tuesday following the lengthy operation, in which he mistook his ‘pee pee’ for apple juice, and could not work out whether he was ‘high or sober’. Read Also: Inter Milan make move for Man United defender The Norwegian is in the market for a midfielder this January transfer window, as he looks to provide cover for the injured Frenchman as well as Scott McTominay. Long term target Bruno Fernandes is on United’s radar as well as Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks. Pogba will hope to make a swift return to action and at least salvage something from what has been a challenging campaign for him. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Frenchman has since deleted the video, and posted a shorter clip to his social media pages to tell fans how the surgery went. ‘It’s me I’m back. Everything went well,’ he said. ‘I’m really happy. We have to keep the positive energy. ‘You have to keep happy, so I’ll put some music on and dance on one leg obviously… you know me you have to keep the smile. Juan Mata told me always keep the smile, so I will keep the smile.’ Pogba has been restricted to just eight appearances for United this season because of the ongoing injury, with United struggling without their star midfielder in the side.Advertisementcenter_img Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side suffered a first half pummeling to arch rivals Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi final on Tuesday night, but pulled a second half goal back to end the first leg 3-1 losers. Promoted Content7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyDisney Princesses Reimagined As “GoT” CharactersWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Thailand’s 10 Most Iconic LandmarksContemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing Locations9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBest Car Manufacturers In The World6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthTop 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In Europe7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterlast_img read more

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Moses to undergo Inter Milan medical Thursday ahead of €10m switch

first_imgAccording to Gazzetta dello Sport citing Calciomercato.com,  the 29-year-old ex-Super Eagles star is currently on a season-long loan at the Turkish club Fenerbahce, but reports suggested that he is on his way to join the Milan-based club where he is going to work with his former Blues boss Antonio Conte.As per the latest report, the winger is set to undergo medical by Thursday, January 23 to complete a proposed move to the Italian club. Promoted Content7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TVTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On Earth10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Best Car Manufacturers In The World Loading… Read Also: Inter Milan chief says Ýes to Victor MosesThe report further revealed that Moses will join Inter on a loan deal who will also have the option of making it permanent by paying €10 million.If the deal see the light of the day, the Nigeria international will leave the London-based club after making 128 appearances in all competitions where he has managed to score 18 times and also provided 13 assists.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Nigerian winger Victor Moses is closing in on completing a switch to Inter Milan from English Premier League side Chelsea.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Video: Tottenham star lands in Italy for Inter Milan medical

first_img Eriksen’s departure seemed confirmed when he travelled but was not in the matchday squad for Spurs’ 1-1 draw at Southampton in the FA Cup on Saturday. The 28-year-old will be the third Inter signing this month from a Premier League club, as Antonio Conte looks to strengthen his squad. Eriksen’s final appearance for Tottenham looks set to be the win against Norwich last week Read Also: Inter Milan set to sign Tottenham midfielder on MondayAshley Young signed from Manchester United, and managed to record an assist on his debut at wing back on Sunday. Victor Moses, who can also operate as a wing back, has also signed this January, joining on loan from Chelsea. Inter lost ground in the Serie A title race on Sunday, as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Cagliari. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Inter have been chasing the Danish international for numerous weeks and the deal is now near completion, with personal terms long since agreed. Eriksen will sign a contract until June 2024, believed to be worth around £6.5m per season plus bonuses. Inter had hoped to negotiate the fee down from Tottenham’s original asking price of £17.5m (€20m) but their willingness to do the deal before Friday’s deadline means they have agreed to pay Spurs the full amount, including various bonuses. Tottenham star Christian Eriksen has arrived in Italy for his medical with Inter Milan on Monday, ahead of a £17.5million move. The Tottenham midfielder, who is out of contract at the end of the season, flew in from London this morning to undergo his medical examination at the Humanitas clinic in Milan. Loading… Promoted ContentLaugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBOCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Why Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisThe Best Cars Of All Timelast_img read more

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United clash spurs on Vertonghen

first_img The former Ajax star believes there is enough evidence to prove Tottenham are capable of challenging at the top end of the table. And, in this strangest of seasons, when only Arsenal have shown any extended degree of consistency, Villas-Boas was speaking the truth in his observation that Tottenham are just four points adrift of second-placed Liverpool. “It is not a big problem,” he said. “Of course we didn’t play well against City but we are better than that. “We can solve the problem. We will talk and bounce back on Sunday.” If some catastrophic defending – including two woeful clearances by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris that led directly to City’s first two goals – can be excused as a one-off, Tottenham evidently have problems at the other end of the field. They have scored only nine times in their 12 league games so far. Other than Roberto Soldado and Gylfi Sigurdsson, no one has found the net more than once. Emmanuel Adebayor’s first appearance of the season as a half-time substitute underlined the difficulties Villas-Boas is facing given it appeared the former Arsenal man had no future at the club. It will be a while before the manner of their fourth defeat of the campaign will be forgotten though. “Words can’t describe it,” said skipper Michael Dawson. “We have had a good defensive record this season but that has gone out of the window. “They caused us all kinds of problems.” And Vertonghen admitted there were no excuses. “Everybody was fit,” he said. “Many of us have had international matches but we play European games as well so that was not a problem. “It is very disappointing. We came into the game very motivated to get a good result. But if you concede a goal after 15 seconds it is a bad thing. “It is our own fault. Manchester City score a lot of goals at home but we gave three or four of them away too easily. “I would just love to have the chance of playing this game again next week because we are better team than that.” The scale of the drubbing sent them tumbling down to ninth, below an improving Newcastle outfit on goal difference. With pressure mounting, there is little respite for Villas-Boas, who spent £108million reshaping his squad in the summer to cope with the world record departure of Gareth Bale. United head to White Hart Lane in good form, despite the shock of dropping a couple of points in Cardiff on Sunday. They will also be defending an impressive record at Spurs, where they are unbeaten since 2001. It is hardly the most obvious chance to recover lost pride but Belgian defender Vertonghen insists it is ideal. “It is a good thing we play Manchester United next,” he said. “We are at home and we have the support of our crowd. I am sure we can win that game.” Villas-Boas admitted he was “embarrassed” and “ashamed” by Sunday’s result. Yet Vertonghen sees no need to panic. Press Association Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen believes next Sunday’s Barclays Premier League showdown with Manchester United offers the perfect pick-me-up following the debacle against Manchester City. Spurs’ 6-0 hammering at the Etihad Stadium was their biggest top-flight defeat since the 7-1 hammering at Newcastle almost 17 years ago. It ruined what had been a decent defensive record for Andre Villas-Boas’ men, who conceded the same number of goals in one afternoon as they had previously let in all season. last_img read more

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Carrick focused on further success

first_img “Wayne Rooney is my first captain and Michael Carrick is my second captain and that says enough what I think about those players. ”He can also read the game as a team player so that’s very important ”He has also an excellent pass forward. I like as a manager passers forward so that’s very important for me.” Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick targeted a return to the glory days of old after signing a one-year contract extension with the club on Friday. Press Association Carrick has been one of the most consistent performers for United this season since his return from an ankle injury. United have lost just one game he has started this term and manager Louis van Gaal has been impressed by his vice-captain’s form and maturity. For that reason, United have exercised their right to extend the midfielder’s contract by another 12 months and Carrick could not be happier. “It’s fantastic to know that I can continue my incredible journey with this great club,” the 33-year-old said. Carrick has collected five Premier League winner’s medals and has also won the Champions League and League Cup since he moved to United from Tottenham in 2006. Success has been hard to come by since Sir Alex Ferguson left, but the England international is sure better times lie ahead under Van Gaal. “I am thoroughly enjoying my football and the team are progressing in the right direction under Louis van Gaal,” Carrick said. “We are all incredibly focused on getting this club back to where it belongs and competing with the best teams in the world.” Van Gaal heaped praise on the player at a press conference on Friday. “He is a very important part of my selection,” he said. last_img read more

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NHC: 80% Chance of Tropical Depression Forming in the Gulf

first_imgIt has been so quiet in the tropics that we almost forgot it was hurricane season in Florida.Now there are rumblings that a named storm could pop up fueled by the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico by the end of the week.According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, there’s a 80% chance that a tropical depression could form by the end of the week in the Gulf of Mexico near Florida. A tropical depression could form over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico by the end of the week. This system could also produce heavy rainfall along portions of the central and eastern US Gulf Coast. For more info go to https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB. Local info at: https://t.co/SiZo8ohZMN pic.twitter.com/D4r1dVu05k— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) July 7, 2019 If it develops into a storm it will be named Tropical Storm Barry. The increased odds that it will develop are due to warm water temperatures near the panhandle. The system is expected to bring us wet weather.last_img read more

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Antoine Griezmann: I should be Balon d’Or finalist

first_imgMadrid: Atletico Madrid’s French forward Antoine Griezmann believes he will never have a chance to win the Balon d’Or award if he doesn’t win it this time.In an interview to the French magazine L’Equipe, Griezmann said that 2018 was the best year of his career, reports Xinhua news agency.“It’s the most successful year. I’ve scored more goals but in terms of trophies, it’s the best,” he said, making reference to forming part of an Atletico Madrid side which won the Europa League and the European Supercup, while France were the winners of this summer’s World Cup in Russia.Griezmann was nominated in 2016, but failed to win after Real Madrid beat Atletico in the Champions League final, while France were defeated by Portugal in the European Championship.“If I compare 2016 to this year, I feel I should be among the three finalists. In 2016 I lost two finals and was chosen among the top three. This year I’ve won three finals…” he commented. (IANS)last_img read more

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Cricket News On 11/11/11, South Africa Needed 111 To Win At 11:11 AM Vs Australia

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The South Africa Vs Australia Test match at Cape Town on November 11, 2011, witnessed a rare phenomenon which came once in a thousand years. The number 11 played a significant part and such was the heights of coincidence that cricket spectators and Statisticians were left dumbfounded. The three-day match featured plenty of records but on the third day of the Test, there was a statistical anomaly which left people aghast. On November 11, 2011, South Africa needed 111 runs and the time was 11:11 AM. Thus, on 11/11/11, South Africa required 111 runs to win the Test and the timing was 11:11 AM.It was a brilliant Test match for South Africa who bounced back in remarkable style. Australia were boosted by a knock of 151 from Michael Clarke. In response, Shane Watson took 5/17 and Ryan Harris responded with four wickets as Australia bowled out South Africa for 96. Armed with a 188-run lead, Australia were in the driver’s seat but they suffered a spectacular collapse.Vernon Philander took 5/15 and backed by Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, Australia were reduced to 21/9 and it was felt that they would be bowled out for the lowest total in Test cricket. However, a last wicket stand of 26 between Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon helped Australia reach 47 before they were bowled out. By the end of the day, South Africa had lost Jacques Rudolph as 23 wickets fell on the day. Gary Kirsten, the former coach of the Indian cricket team, was feeling unwell and had not watched the match. When he saw the scoreboard, he thought that there was a rain break but little did he realise the carnage unleashed by the bowlers.Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla ensured there were no further hiccups and when South Africa reached 125/1 on day 3, the equation read 111 more runs to win. The fact that it took place on November 11, 2011 and the timing was 11:11 AM, the statistical miracle became the major news. Smith and Amla smashed centuries and South Africa won the match by eight wickets. However, they failed to win the series as Australia won the next Test in Johannesburg by three wickets to level the two-match series 1-1.Also Read | Steve Smith, David Warner Return To Twenty20 Side For Australia Vs Sri Lanka ClashClarke’s century, 23 wickets on day 2 and the statistical miracle. The Cape Town Test on November 11, 2011 as truly memorable for the right reasons.last_img read more

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Christiane Becomes Oldest Hat-trick Scorer in World Cup History

first_imgBrazil’s side included Formiga, the midfielder becoming the first player to appear at seven Women’s World Cup finals, and the oldest player in the tournament’s history at 41 years and 98 days.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Brazil striker Cristiane became the oldest person to score a hat-trick in World Cup history as her treble handed debutants Jamaica a 3-0 loss.The South American champions were missing legendary forward Marta, the leading scorer in Women’s World Cup history, through injury in Grenoble.But they got their Group C campaign off to a flying start as Cristiane headed the first before tapping home a second. And a fine free-kick gave the 34-year-old the first hat-trick at France 2019.Cristiane, who plays her club football in her home country for Sao Paulo, is the oldest player to score a World Cup hat-trick in either the men’s and women’s game.Aged 34 years and 25 days, she beat the record held by Cristiano Ronaldo, who was 33 years and 130 days old when he scored a hat-trick in Portugal’s 3-3 draw with Spain at the men’s World Cup in Russia in June 2018.In front of a 17,000 crowd at the Stade des Alpes, Brazil could even afford to miss a penalty, Jamaica’s 19-year-old keeper Sydney Schneider saving Andressa Alves’ weak attempt when the score was 1-0.It was awarded after Allyson Swaby handled inside her own area.The win lifted Brazil to the top of group, level on points with Italy, who came from behind to beat Australia 2-1 earlier in the day.last_img read more

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