Welsh Teenager Handed Life Sentence For Plotting Terror Attack At Justin Bieber Concert

first_img17-year-old Llantrisant, Wales native Lloyd Gunton has been handed a life sentence after being convicted of plotting a terror attack at Justin Bieber‘s June 2017 show in Cardiff. He will serve at least 11 years in prison before being given the opportunity for parole.In November of last year, Gunton was found guilty of planning the foiled attack, which was set to take place just weeks after an Islamic State-inspired bombing claimed more than 20 lives at Ariana Grande‘s May 22nd concert in Manchester, England. As The Guardian reports, prior to Bieber’s Cardiff, Wales show, Gunton researched the security in place for the performance. He also penned a “martyrdom letter,” recovered when authorities raided his home on the day of the show. It read:“I am a soldier of the Islamic State. I have attacked Cardiff today because your government keep on bombing targets in Syria and Iraq. There will be more attacks in the future.”When they raided his home, police also found a backpack containing a knife and a claw hammer. According to The Guardian, jurors at Birmingham crown court, where the case was tried, were told Gunton had also written a note with bullet points including “run down the non-believers with a car” and “strike the infidels who oppose Allah in the neck.”The defense for Gunton, who is on the autism spectrum, argued that the teenager was simply curious about the Islamic State (ISIS), and had no intention to actually carry out a terror attack. As The Guardian reports, “He told the jury he had a ‘stupid interest in the gory’ and was curious about ISIS, but claimed he had no intention of carrying out a terrorist attack…In the witness box, Gunton said he did not possess a copy of the Qur’an, did not believe in Islam and ate ham.”As Gunton told the court during his trial, “I wanted to see how easy it was for people who had an interest in terrorism to go online and get information, because the police and the government are trying to crack down on terrorism and radicalization. I wanted to see if it was possible, not for me, but from someone else’s point of view.”During sentencing, the judge did not let Gunton’s disorder affect his decisions, explaining:Yours is not a condition from which you will recover… It is important that, having been tempted to commit a serious offence such as this, you are under some form of supervision for the rest of your life.You can read the judge’s full verdict and sentencing explanation here.[H/T The Guardian]last_img read more

After the protest … what next?

first_img Lawrence D. Bobo dissects police killings of Black men and the history and cognitive forces behind racial bigotry and violence, and why he sees signs of hope Related The continuing nationwide demonstrations launched after the killing of George Floyd have sparked a debate among minority groups and leaders, activists, academics, and public officials over how best to convert the energy of this moment into meaningful and lasting change. Some have called for overhauling laws that shield police officers from accountability or allow practices that have tended to lead to excessive force disproportionately used against African Americans. Others want to shrink the ranks of officers and shift the funding to increase social services, thereby reducing the need for enforcers. But for many, racial violence is just one manifestation of wider systemic disparities facing African Americans in arenas such as health, education, employment, economy, and housing that also must be addressed. The Gazette asked faculty members across the University to share their views on this question: What actions would you most like to see taken next to begin building a more just society?David J. Harris, Ph.D. ’92Managing Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, Harvard Law SchoolFirst, and essentially, we must reckon with what our history has wrought. As difficult as such a reckoning will be to define, indicators will reveal the extent to which we have succeeded. In order to facilitate the process, we must acknowledge a foundational point: “We the People” has never included all of us. That cannot be subject to debate.Once we acknowledge this defining exclusion, we can trace the myriad ways in which having denied large groups of people, notably African Americans and Native Americans, the most basic rights of membership and participation — the qualities of citizenship — has diminished life chances for individuals and communities. Understanding the real, ongoing harm from policies and practices that have differentially distributed access and opportunity, state violence, and deprivation will open our eyes to avenues for repair and restoration.We must rethink our notions of justice, as well. Our current coupling of criminality and justice locks us into a fixation on punishment in lieu of a system of justice. I understand justice as being made whole, which promotes practices that center on health and well-being of all residents, and whole communities, as the hallmarks of safety.Another more tangible indicator of our progress on the pathway to reckoning will be whether we not only hear and empathize with what people who have suffered for decades are saying, but act in truly responsive ways. As people are taking to the streets at great risk to themselves to decry the institutionalized racial violence perpetuated by policing, promoting legislation that bans chokeholds is tone deaf. New York had such a prohibition in place when Eric Garner was murdered. People are not asking for more humane policing, but for a direct reckoning with the culture and institution of policing, including its defunding.All of our institutions, from government to industry, the academy to the press, must listen more attentively and respond more directly. In reckoning of the horror we have wrought, let us overcome our fear of the word reparations and begin the extensive repair we need.Brandon Terry ’05Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and Social Studies, Harvard University,We are in a moment of intense reckoning with America’s history of white supremacy. Millions of Americans appear to be growing more aware of the existential threat that our persistent accommodations to racial domination pose to the future of American democracy. I support a number of the demands of the Movement for Black Lives, including rapid decarceration, billions of dollars of reparative investment in black and Native communities, and shifting economic expenditure from policing and military toward radically reimagined forms of education, health and child care, housing, and public safety. My hope, however, is that we remember that the history of progressive politics in America teaches us that if we do not empower ordinary citizens, especially the most vulnerable, to advocate for and protect such gains, then it is difficult for our achievements to survive beyond moments of intense passion and attention. Such demands should be situated within the call for a strengthened democratic society.We need, for example, a new Voting Rights Act to resist the Supreme Court’s dismantling of the most effective enforcement provisions of the 1965 act and sustained efforts by Republicans and foreign subversives to suppress voting among working-class, poor, and minoritized racial citizens. The act would subject gerrymandering to nonpartisan review, extend the right to vote to presently and formerly incarcerated persons, radically alter or abolish the Electoral College, grant Washington, D.C., statehood, and study ways to incentivize metropolitan areas (through block grants and other measures) to pursue political integration. We also need legislation that would, in pursuit of economic democracy, dramatically enhance the ability of, and increase protections for, workers to organize, strike, collectively bargain, and pursue reparative action in cases of discrimination. It would also, as Elizabeth Warren has proposed, compel large corporations to have substantial worker representation on their boards, increase antitrust enforcement against growing tech monopolies, and curtail the private domination of public infrastructure (e.g., the internet).Alan Jenkins ’85, J.D. ’89Professor of Practice, Harvard Law SchoolI believe it’s time for a Third Reconstruction: a fundamental reconsideration of our Constitution, systems, institutions, and practices to uphold human rights and ensure equal opportunity for all. Regarding our criminal justice system, for example, this would mean a foundational re-envisioning of what we need to keep all communities safe, prevent harm, and uphold the values of fairness, equal justice, and accountability. We are seeing hints of this, as cities like Minneapolis endeavor to reinvent their public safety systems in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd and ensuing protests. But history shows that real Reconstruction also requires national resolve and federal leadership to enforce and implement substantial, positive change. That seems out of reach in this current moment, but perhaps we can get there together.Linda D. Chavers, Ph.D. ’13Lecturer, Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard University; Allston Burr Resident Dean of Winthrop House and Assistant Dean of Harvard College,I would love to see policy change on a broad level. I would be happy to hear nothing but silence and see structural changes made in real time. A just society is one that listens to the marginalized more than talks about them — something Harvard does all too well. I’d like to see Harvard add the word “retention” in its language around diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Without that very intentional word the language is just that — language. There is nothing actionable; it only tells us that “we are thinking of you; we are committed to you.” I’m committed to losing 10 pounds, but have I retained that weight loss? Retention means accountability. A just society holds itself accountable to its language. If Harvard included that word policy would have to follow, and we’d be that much closer to enacting real change. “Diversity, inclusion, and belonging” tells us “we want to bring you here.” “Retention” actively says “we will keep you here.” Imagine a world where black folk feel so wanted that Harvard makes sure we want to stay.Cornell William BrooksHauser Professor of the Practice of Nonprofit Organizations; Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice, Harvard Kennedy School,My answer centers on the moral specificity of the question, in terms of hashtags, and the stolen humanity of black people in this moment. And that to me means three things, the first of which is defunding policing that does not work and investing in public safety and community health that does work. And there are public policy examples, moral exemplars, around the country where we have defunded carceral responses to community challenges in favor of community solutions. For example, in the state of Massachusetts, we largely defunded children’s prisons in favor of group homes. Number two: Addressing systemic racism, including police brutality, with a deadline. What I mean by that is when it came to peaceful protestors in the streets, they were given a deadline on protest that we call a curfew. But with respect to the injustice that drove them to the streets, there is not yet a deadline. There are those who are talking about addressing police brutality as an inevitability, like the weather, when we should be addressing this with moral urgency — eliminating police brutality by a certain date. It is intolerable and unconscionable that you can have 1,000 people a year die at the hands of the police; one out of every 1,000 black men expects to be killed by police. The sixth-leading cause of death is police brutality. And so, in the same way we impose a deadline on ourselves to develop a vaccine for the COVID-19 pandemic, we should impose a deadline on ourselves to address and solve the pandemic of police brutality. Third, we must appreciate that justice is not merely the absence of injustice, but the presence of an insatiable thirst for justice. Unless we thirst, desire, commit ourselves to seeking justice, injustice is always a threat. Metaphor: Military generals do not assume the presence of peace means the obsolescence of the military. Quite often, we assume the absence of protest means the presence of justice. We assume acquiescence in the streets should mean more quiet with respect to our conscience. And so, I would simply say, as curfews are ending, as National Guardsmen and -women are withdrawn, as protests are becoming more peaceful, this is the time to intensify, to double down, to commit ourselves more fervently to bringing about justice in this country — with a deadline.Zoe MarksLecturer, Harvard Kennedy SchoolFollow black women leaders. Listen to their wisdom and experience, in the U.S. and globally. Credit and reward their undaunted efforts to achieve collective liberation. In the struggle against oppression, bell hooks teaches us to center those who have been marginalized in society and work against what Kimberlé Crenshaw theorizes as intersectional oppression. Centering black women actually opens our imaginations and focuses our attention on the ways black women have been instrumental in achieving every major step toward freedom in the U.S.’s evolving democracy. They were pivotal in the fight for women’s suffrage, but discriminated against by the movement’s white leaders. They organized the Civil Rights Movement, but have few statues or boulevards immortalizing their efforts. They launched gay liberation, but were marginalized in the push for marriage equality. They made up the majority of the Black Panthers, but their newspapers, community education, and nutrition programs were overshadowed by self-defense units. Throughout American history, others — white women, black men, and white cis gay men and women — have largely gotten credit for the risks black women and queer people took and the expanded rights they achieved for all of us. Like their predecessors, black women leaders in the streets and those heading national organizations in the Movement for Black Lives are articulating ideas that sound radical to those at the center of power. But they make perfect sense if we move to the margins, the intersections, and the communities our current system is designed to suppress. When they say “abolition,” “shut it down,” and “defund,” the concrete action I would like to see others take is to seriously listen to what they tell us is possible. If everyone in our society dedicated just one week of our lives to imagining what structures and services could meaningfully replace institutions that depend on violence and coercion, our moral imaginations would be infinitely sharper. Our willingness and commitment to learning from and celebrating the work of black women would be stronger. And, to invoke Kimberley Latrice Jones, our social contract in turn could become equitable and just.Mary Travis BassettFrançois-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights; Director, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health,While the continued disregard for the lives and basic human rights of black people is embedded in America’s DNA, it is even more difficult to endure this during a pandemic that has disproportionately killed black and Latino people in the U.S. Outrage is not only understandable, it is appropriate. Now more than ever, we must acknowledge the realities of being black in America and stand in solidarity with the black community to drive urgent, systemic changes.It is long past time for our country to affirm the values of racial equity, justice, and nonviolence. Now is a time to give credence to ideas that no longer should seem far-fetched. The radical idea to defund, dismantle, and reimagine what public safety means deserves our full attention and support. Why would four police officers show up for one counterfeit $20 bill? And there are immediate steps — banning chokeholds, permitting access to police disciplinary records, among them. As ever, we also need better data on police violence, which are not required to be reported to the public.As a public health expert, I know that where you live determines a whole host of health outcomes. We should defund police departments and reinvest that funding to improve communities of color, where bad policies have driven generations of deprivation.It’s also important to look to ourselves and take up the call for institutions, including Harvard, to move beyond the rhetoric of “diversity and inclusion” and become anti-racist. Look at how we spend our money, determine our research priorities, our leadership teams, and our hiring practices, and ask ourselves if we are reinforcing structural racism. Then, we need to do the challenging — but possible — work of dismantling these structures within our own institutions.Interviews have been lightly edited for clarity and length. Waiting for someone else to speak out The fire this time How Black protest may be key to finally ending racial violence Ash Center panel puts ‘defining moment’ of Floyd killing into context of fight for social justice Orlando Patterson says there’s been progress, but the nation needs to reject white supremacist ideology, bigotry in policing, and segregation Harvard expert says ‘bystander effect’ emboldens toxic culture of police violence Why America can’t escape its racist roots The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Latest: Man Utd 4 QPR 0

first_imgQPR are being demolished at Old Trafford, where goals from Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata have put Manchester United in total control.Rangers threw in the towel after Di Maria’s 24th-minute free-kick – his first goal for United.Following a needless foul by Clint Hill, the Argentine whipped a great delivery in from the right flank that flashed past everyone, including Rob Green, and into the far corner of the net.Di Maria was also involved in United’s second, carrying the ball 50 yards before finding Rooney.The England captain’s shot was blocked but Herrera pounced on the loose ball and belted home from near the edge of the penalty area.Rooney fired past Green at his near post a minute before the break, taking full advantage after Steven Caulker was far too slow to challenge him.And more diabolical defending led to Mata making it four on 58 minutes, the former Chelsea man finishing easily after being left totally unmarked to collect Di Maria’s scuffed shot.QPR, thrashed 4-0 at Tottenham in their last away league match, had got men behind the ball and managed to keep United at bay in the opening 20 minutes.Rio Ferdinand, playing against the club he spent 12 years with, was given a rousing reception by the home fans and was presented with a special trinket by United legend Sir Bobby Charlton just before kick-off.But Ferdinand and the rest of the visiting defence were soon under pressure as United, full of optimism after a number of eye-catching signings, made a predictably high-tempo start to the game.Rangers, without injured midfielders Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch, and with Sandro making his debut, have barely threatened.However, after going behind they were gifted a chance to equalise out of nothing.David de Gea’s misjudgement left the United keeper in no man’s land, but Matt Phillips’ tame effort was easily cleared by Jonny Evans.Armand Traore, on as a half-time substitute, burst forward from left-back early in the second half and set up Niko Kranjcar.The Croatian, making his first appearance since returning to Rangers on loan, saw his effort saved by the legs of De Gea – a rare opening for Harry Redknapp’s side before United scored again. QPR: Green; Isla, Caulker, Ferdinand, Hill (Traore 45); Sandro, Kranjcar, Fer; Phillips, Hoilett; Austin (Vargas 59).Subs: McCarthy, Zamora, Onuoha, Taarabt, Henry.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

9 months agoHull City whiz Jarrod Bowen cools Spurs, Everton talk

first_imgHull City whiz Jarrod Bowen cools Spurs, Everton talkby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHull City whiz Jarrod Bowen insists he’s not pushing to leave this month.Bowen has been linked with Everton and Tottenham.The Hull star, who has bagged 13 goals this season, was named Championship Player of the Month for December.“There is always going to be interest in every single player when you play well, but I’ve got agents that represent me that take care of that and they didn’t say anything to me,” Bowen said on Sky Sports.“It is nice to see your name linked to some teams, but I am a Hull City player and as far as I’m aware it is just rumours.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

9 days agoReece James’ father reveals Chelsea whizkid has played every position

first_imgReece James’ father reveals Chelsea whizkid has played every positionby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReece James’ father has revealed the Chelsea starlet has played in every position during his young career.The 19-year-old is primarily considered a right-back and has shone in that role in his career so far, especially on loan at Wigan last season.”Reece would never play in the position that he played at Chelsea,” his father said to Alex Goldberg. “If Reece was a central midfielder, he’d play centre-back for me. When he was young and playing at centre-forward, he’d play left-back for me, he’d play right-back for me.”Reece has actually played every single position on the pitch.”I never used to believe in putting numbers on the back of shirts. If you give someone the number 9, he automatically thinks ‘I’m a centre-forward’, but if you just put them out there and say ‘you’re going to play here, you’re going to play there and the next ten minutes you’re going to play there and you’re going to play there’, they all know ‘I might have to play in defence’ but there’s no numbers to confuse them.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Mens basketball Kam Williams refutes report he has withdrawn from NBA draft

Ohio State redshirt junior guard Kam Williams attempts a shot in the first half against Maryland at the Schottenstein Center on Jan. 31. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorOhio State guard Kam Williams is refuting a report from CBS Sports that said he was returning to Columbus for his redshirt senior season. In a tweet early Monday afternoon, Williams said “I have not withdrawn anything,” a clear response to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, who reported Monday morning that OSU coach Thad Matta told him Williams planned to withdraw from the 2017 NBA draft. A team spokesman was unable to confirm CBS Sports’ report at this time. Williams’ name had previously been on the list of early entrants for the 2017 NBA draft, which was released early last week. Since Williams has not hired an agent, he is able to return to school after receiving feedback from teams about his draft prospects. Williams, who averaged a career-high 9.4 points per game last year on a career-low 39 percent shooting, is unlikely to be drafted if he turns professional. He has not received an invite to the NBA combine. If Williams’ does return to school, it would provide a boost for Matta and the Buckeyes, who struggled last season. They finished 17-15 and missed both the NCAA Tournament and the NIT. OSU lost redshirt junior forward Trevor Thompson to the NBA draft, as well as senior forward Marc Loving to graduation. A 6-foot-2 guard known for his ability to catch fire offensively, Williams would provide the team with an experienced player and a scoring threat. Consistency on both ends of the court has been one area during his career where he has struggled. Williams, who typically came off the bench during his first two seasons, started 29 games in the 2016-17, mostly in place for the injured Keita Bates-Diop. The public rebuttal from Williams calls to mind a saga which took place earlier in the offseason between Oregon forward Jordan Bell and Yahoo! Sports’ Shams Charania. Charania reported that Bell intended to enter the NBA draft, but Bell — much like Williams — took to Twitter to say  he had yet to make a decision and that Charania’s report was “#fakenews.”One day later, on April 18, Bell officially declared for the draft. Ohio State’s Kam Williams will return to school for his senior season, per Thad Matta. Entered 2017 NBA Draft process without an agent.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 1, 2017https://twitter.com/kd__will/status/859063806307303425Editor’s Note: The original article posted said Williams had withdrawn from the NBA draft. The updated article includes Williams’ refuting comments. read more

Pulis heaps praise on Bielsa

first_imgMiddlesbrough manager Tony Pulis insists new Leeds Unites manager, Marcelo Bielsa has what it takes to lead the club to a very successful Championship campaign.The Whites are currently on top of the table in the Sky Bet Championship, level on points with Pulis’ Boro but ahead on goal difference and both teams come up against each other this Friday.Pulis, who is vastly experienced himself, insists that the Peacocks are lucky to have a man of Bielsa’s stature at the helm.Heaping further praise on the Argentine manager, the former West Brom manager said that his counterpart is a top manager and knows all about the game.
Pulis also thinks that Bielsa is the right fit for Leeds.“He is a top, top manager. He’s a top coach who knows the game, he’s very experienced, he knows what the game is all about”, Pulis said at a press conference, according to InsideFutbol.Opinion: Lampard can reach Zidane and Guardiola’s level Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – July 5, 2019 We will tell you why we believe that Frank Lampard can reach Zinedine Zidane and Pep Guardiola’s level of success as a professional manager.Recently…“He’s been at some big clubs and he has the experience to handle the situation there.”“And that’s what Leeds need, they need someone with the experience to ride the enthusiasm and potential there.”Middlesbrough beat Rochdale in the EFL Cup in midweek, while the Whites lost their match against Preston North End on Tuesday.last_img read more

Alaska Ferry Evacuated After Smoke Detected In Thruster Room

first_imgState transportation officials say the crew of the Columbia spotted the smoke in the bow thruster room after the vessel docked Friday in Bellingham, Washington. Crew members did not see flames. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska state ferry was evacuated after crew members saw black smoke in a room. The ferry website says it’s designed to carry 499 passengers and has vehicle capacity of 2,660 feet (811 meters), equal to about 133 20-foot (6.1-meter) vehicles. The crew deployed a carbon dioxide firefighting system.center_img They said passengers would be notified if the Columbia’s schedule would have to be modified. The Columbia at 418 feet (127 meters) long is the largest vessel in the Alaska ferry fleet. Ferry officials say no one was injured and all passengers were accounted for.last_img read more