The town which killed her residents

(Clockwise from top left) Robert Wilson, Geoffrey Packman, Arthur (Brian) Cunningham, Sheila Gregory, Enid Spurgin, Ruby Lake and Elsie DevineImage copyrightBBC/PA
Image captionInquests into the deaths of 10 patients, seven of whom are pictured, were held in 2009

Families of hundreds of people who died at a scandal-hit hospital hope a report published later could end a decades-long wait for the truth.

The report follows several inquiries into the prescribing of sedatives at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

A fresh review, led by former Bishop of Liverpool James Jones, spoke to more than 100 families and analysed 800 death certificates.

Relatives said they hoped it would end their “harrowing” wait for answers.

Bishop James Jones
Image captionBishop Jones previously urged families with concerns to contact the inquiry

Bishop Jones chaired the Hillsborough Independent Panel whose work in examining documents and evidence led to the new inquests into the deaths at the 1989 disaster.

He said the Gosport Independent Panel’s report, which was commissioned in 2014, would first be shared with affected families at Portsmouth Cathedral before it is made public.

What happened to some of those who died?

The panel’s investigation is expected to focus on those who died while under the care of the hospital’s Department of Medicine for Elderly People.

A campaign by a number of families led to inquests into 10 deaths at the hospital which found drugs were a contributory factor in some cases.

Elsie Devine, 88, from Fareham, was admitted to the hospital in 1999 with confusion and kidney problems.

Her notes showed she had been sitting up and chatting happily, but she was given powerful sedatives, lost consciousness and never recovered.

In 2009, an inquest found the drugs she had been given were not appropriate for her condition and had contributed to her death.

Sent to Gosport War Memorial Hospital to recover from a hip operation, Gladys Richards, 91, from Lee-on-Solent, later died after being given opiates and sedatives.

An inquest jury found they “more than insignificantly” contributed to her death.

Elsie DevineImage copyrightPA
Image captionElsie Devine 88, from Fareham, was admitted to the hospital in 1999 with confusion and kidney problems

What has the panel looked at?

The panel would not disclose the total number of deaths discussed in its report, but Bishop Jones previously urged families with concerns over the treatment of their deceased relativesin the 1980s and early 2000s to come forward.

His team had been due to return its findings last December, but the deadline was extended as more families came forward and the volume of material being reviewed increased.

As well as speaking to more than 100 families and analysing about 800 death certificates, the panel also analysed documents from the police, coroners, the NHS and other organisations before writing its report.

The panel also included geriatric medicine specialist Dr Colin Currie, investigative journalist David Hencke, former Scotland Yard Commander Duncan Jarrett and pathology and medical records expert Dr Bill Kirkup.

At its launch four years ago, former Care Minister Norman Lamb said the new inquiry would address what he called “unanswered questions” about the care of those who died.

Media caption“There’s been a real systemic failure here,” says former health minister Norman Lamb

What has happened so far?

Concerns over deaths at the hospital were first raised in 1998, with previous investigations focusing on the prescribing of sedatives at the hospital.

A report first compiled by Prof Richard Baker in 2003 and published 10 years later found evidence of an “almost routine use of opiates” since 1998.

This had, he said, “almost certainly shortened the lives of some patients”.

While it was not possible to identify the origin of the practice, he wrote, it could not be ruled out that a small number of those who died would otherwise have been discharged from hospital alive.

Police previously investigated the deaths of 92 patients at the hospital but no prosecutions were brought.

The only person to face disciplinary action was Dr Jane Barton who was found guilty of failings in her care of 12 patients at the hospital between 1996 and 1999.

A General Medical Council hearing in 2010 found Dr Barton had prescribed “potentially hazardous” levels of drugs to patients who later died at the hospital.

She told the council she had to work under “unreasonable pressure” with an “excessive and increasing burden” in caring for patients.

Despite the council’s findings, the Crown Prosecution Service said there was insufficient evidence for a prosecution on gross negligence manslaughter charges.

Dr Jane Barton during the inquests in 2009 into the deaths of elderly patients at Gosport War Memorial HospitalImage copyrightPA
Image captionDr Jane Barton was found guilty of serious professional misconduct in 2010

What do families want to see happen?

Elsie Devine’s granddaughter, Bridget Reeves, said she had a room in her house “filled with boxes and boxes of paperwork” about her grandmother’s death.

“My mother has campaigned just relentlessly for justice – for the truth – and I don’t think, unless you walk in our shoes, you can understand exactly what it’s been like,” she said.

“It’s been harrowing – I mean it’s nearly 20 years for us.”

Ms Reeves is among the relatives who previously criticised the decision to form an independent panel.

“The frustration is that when we started we wanted a public inquiry but we were told very clearly that the cost would be far too great,” she said.

Gladys Richards’ daughter Gillian McKenzie was the first relative to approach the police about a death at the hospital in 1998.

She said she hoped there would be a debate in parliament following the report findings and there would be “enough pressure” for criminal proceedings to commence.

“There has to be justice and somebody has to be answerable,” she said.

Gladys Richards
Image captionGladys Richards, 91, died at Gosport Memorial Hospital in August 1998

Meet the Chicago rapper who lives with his three Babymamas and kids in his house. (Photos/Video)

Ahunna Stacks is an American rapper from Chicago and he lives with his three Babymamas and his kids with them in his house.

Stacks who dated the three women at different times accepted full responsibility for all of his kids and moved them all into his home.

Last month, the rapper and his babymamas sat down on WGCI Morning Takeover Love’em Or Leave”em Edition to discuss living together in one house.

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WhatsApp will stop working on THESE phones soon – is yours on the list?


WhatsApp is ending support for Android Gingerbread and iOS 7

WHATSAPP has quietly announced that its app will soon stop working on a bunch of iPhones and Android phones.

The Facebook-owned messaging service currently boasts 1.5billion users worldwide, but it will cut off millions from its platform in the next two years.

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WhatsApp sneakily revealed the purge in an update to an old blog post titled “support for older operating systems”.

In it, the company says it will nix support for the following systems on February 1, 2020:

iOS 7 and older

Android Gingerbread versions 2.3.7 and older.

Users of those operating systems can no longer create new WhastApp accounts, but will be able to use the app until the deadline.

What’s more, the app could stop functioning at any time, so maybe it’s time to buy a new phone.

Android Gingerbread launched in 2010 and still makes up for 0.3 percent of Android’s market share – which amounts to roughly six million devices.

Back in December, WhatsApp ended support for BlackBerry OS (including BlackBerry 10) and Windows Phone 8.0 and older.

The iPhone 3GS is one of the phones that no longer supports WhatsApp

This is what the fill list of operating systems that are no longer supported by the app now looks like:

Android versions older than 2.3.3

Windows Phone 8.0 and older

iPhone 3GS/iOS 6

Nokia Symbian S60

BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10

If you use these older versions, WhatsApp recommends updating to the one of the following operating systems:

Android running OS 4.0+

iPhone running iOS 8+

Windows Phone 8.1+

“Once you have one of these devices, simply install WhatsApp and verify your phone number on the new device. Keep in mind that WhatsApp can only be activated with one phone number on one device at a time,” writes WhatsApp.

“There’s currently no option to transfer your chat history between platforms. However, we provide the option to send your chat history attached to an email.”

Intel boss Brian Krzanich resigns over relationship

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Chipmaker Intel has announced that its chief executive, Brian Krzanich, is stepping down with immediate effect because of “a violation of Intel’s non-fraternisation policy”.

He had been in the post since May 2013.

Intel said an inquiry had revealed that Mr Krzanich had had a consensual relationship with an Intel employee, which was against company rules.

His successor has been named as Robert Swan, currently the company’s chief financial officer.

The company said the relevant policy applied to all managers.

“Given the expectation that all employees will respect Intel’s values and adhere to the company’s code of conduct, the board has accepted Mr Krzanich’s resignation.”

Manchester United: Brazilian Fred joins from Shakhtar Donetsk for £47m

    Fred in action for Shakhtar Donetsk

    Fred played for Shakhtar Donetsk against Manchester City in the Champions League last season

    Brazil midfielder Fred has completed his £47m move to Manchester United from Shakhtar Donetsk.

    The 25-year-old, who is currently at the World Cup in Russia, joins on a five-year-deal.

    He becomes manager Jose Mourinho’s second signing this summer following Portuguese full-back Diogo Dalot’s arrival at Old Trafford.

    “This is the biggest club in the world and I am delighted to be a part of this amazing team,” said Fred.

    “To work with Jose Mourinho, who has won so many trophies in his time as a coach, is an opportunity not to be missed.”

    Mourinho said: “Fred will complement our other midfielders’ qualities, which we need; his creative brain and passing vision will give us another dimension to our game.”

    Fred scored 15 goals in 155 appearances for Ukrainian side Shakhtar after joining from Internacional in 2013.

    During that time, he helped Shakhtar win three league titles, three Ukrainian Cups and four Ukrainian Super Cups.

    Fred also helped Shakhtar reach the Champions League knockout stages last season, and played in victories over Manchester City and Napoli, scoring in a 2-1 win over Roma in the last 16.

    He was an unused substitute in Brazil’s World Cup opener against Switzerland, which finished in a 1-1 draw.

    Evra reveals why nobody should go to Ronaldo’s house to eat 

    Patrice Evra has explained why nobody should go to Cristiano Ronaldo’s house for lunch.

    Evra, who played with Ronaldo at Manchester United for three seasons, says the Portugal captain never gets tired of training.

    Speaking to ITV’s World Cup podcast, he said: “I would give advice to anybody, when Cristiano invites you for lunch at his house, just say no.

    “So he said, ‘Patrice, come over after training.’ I went, you know I was really tired, [and] at the table there was only salad and plain white chicken so I was like, okay, and water, not any juice and we started eating and I was thinking some big meat would be coming after that but there was nothing.

    “He just finished and he stood up and he started playing with a ball, doing some skills and he said, ‘Let’s do some two-touch.’

    “I was like, can I just finish eating? ‘No, no let’s play two-touch,’ we start playing two touch. After that he said let’s go to the pool to swim, I was like okay… And after going in the jacuzzi, the sauna, I’m done.

    “I say, ‘Cristiano why have we come here, have we come here because we have a game tomorrow, or just for lunch?’ So that’s why I would recommend to anyone when Cristiano invite you to his house, don’t go – just say no because this guy, he’s a machine, he doesn’t want to stop training.”

    New Zealand Prime Minister gives birth to bouncing baby girl

    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern posted a picture on Instagram of her with her new babyImage copyright@JACINDAARDERN
    Image captionNew Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern posted a picture on Instagram of her with her new baby

    New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has given birth to her first child, a girl weighing 3.31kg (7.3lb).

    This makes her only the second elected leader in modern history to give birth while in office.

    Ms Ardern was admitted to a hospital in the city of Auckland early on Thursday morning, four days after her due date.

    The 37-year-old has passed on her duties to Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters while she takes six weeks of maternity leave.

    However, she said she would be consulted on significant issues and would continue to read cabinet papers during her time away.

    The baby was born at 16:45 (04:45 GMT). Ms Ardern later broke news of the birth on social media, saying she felt very lucky and thanking staff at the hospital.

    Media captionBecoming a mum Jacinda Arden spoke about juggling motherhood and leadership

    In a statement, she also said: “I’m sure we’re going through all of the emotions new parents go through, but at the same time feeling so grateful for all the kindness and best wishes from so many people. Thank you.”

    Congratulations from fellow politicians started pouring in from around the region, including from former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark.

    Twitter post by @HelenClarkNZ: Congratulations to @jacindaardern & @NZClarke on the birth of their daughter 👶🏻today. What a proud day for Jacinda & Clarke & for us all. New life, new hope. Parenting arrangements are #genderequality in action. This is 21st C NZ. #ProudKiwi 🇳🇿 Image Copyright @HelenClarkNZ@HELENCLARKNZ


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    Twitter post by @MorganGodfery: Jacinda Ardern arrived at hospital in her own car, with Clarke driving. No Crown limo or special ambulance. Her baby was delivered in a public hospital alongside everyone else’s. No private hospital. No extra special attention.New Zealand, remain your understated self.Image Copyright @MorganGodfery@MORGANGODFERY


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    Ms Ardern, who was elected in October, announced in January that she and her partner Clarke Gayford were expecting a baby.

    “I am not the first woman to multitask,” she had said earlier this year in an interview with Radio New Zealand. “I am not the first woman to work and have a baby; there are many women who have done this before.”

    She is the youngest prime minister the country has had since 1856.

    In 1990, the late Benazir Bhutto gave birth to a daughter while serving as Pakistan’s prime minister, a first for an elected world leader. Incidentally, Ms Ardern’s baby was born on what would have been Ms Bhutto’s birthday.

    Bhutto’s very private maternity

    When Ms Bhutto gave birth to a baby girl in January 1990, a military-funded right-wing alliance was tightening its siege of her government.

    So she never publicly declared her pregnancy and did not proceed with maternity leave. In fact, she had a quick Caesarian section performed by her gynaecologist and returned to work soon afterwards.

    Months later, her government was sacked by a president who then had discretionary powers to send an elected government home.

    Her other two children were born in similar conditions – in secrecy and through Caesarian section – establishing her as a woman who could handle maternity while simultaneously fighting a fierce battle for democracy.

    Indonesia 200+ deaths ferry disaster: Boat captain in police custody as dead bodies increase

    Dozens of people remain missing after a ferry sank in Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Indonesia, 19 June 2018Image copyrightEPA
    Image captionMany victims are thought to have been trapped inside the vessel when it went down

    Indonesian police have detained the captain of a ferry that sank in Lake Toba in Sumatra leaving at least three people dead and more than 190 missing.

    The vessel went down on Monday in what is feared to be one of Indonesia’s deadliest ship disasters.

    Only 17 people were rescued in addition to captain Tua Sagala.

    The boat was only licensed to transport 60 passengers and was operating without an official ticket system, making it difficult to trace those on board.

    Police say they have yet to question the captain, who is also reported to be the owner of the ferry, because he is traumatised.

    Lake Toba, the world’s largest volcanic lake, was busy with Muslim tourists celebrating the annual Eid holiday when the ferry sank in poor weather.

    As many as 193 people, including children, are unaccounted for, police say. The authorities have relied on reports from survivors and the families of missing relatives.

    Many victims are thought to have been trapped inside the vessel.

    On Wednesday, divers and an underwater drone joined the search efforts. The teams still need to locate the wooden ferry at the bottom of the 450m (1,500ft)-deep lake.

    Nearly 200 people are missing after a ferry sank in Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Indonesia, 21 June 2018Image copyrightEPA
    Image captionDivers and an underwater drone joined the search efforts on the world’s largest volcanic lake

    “This is a test from God for our family,” Fajar Alamsyah Putra, whose brother Bagas Prama Ananta is among the missing passengers, told BBC News Indonesian.

    “He was inside the ferry when the ship sank and could not get out, the ferry quickly capsized. A friend of his was on the deck and was able to jump off in time to get help from another passing ferry.”

    Indonesia’s national search and rescue agency said the survivors had all been found within hours of the disaster and three bodies had been recovered.

    Desperate families have spent the past days waiting for news from the search-and-rescue boats returning to shore.

    Map of Lake Toba

    According to official regulations, all boats in Indonesia must not exceed capacity and must have life jackets for every passenger on board.

    But the authorities admit that they struggle to monitor all the boats operating across Indonesia’s vast archipelago.

    The national committee for transportation safety says that 40% of boat accidents in Indonesia are caused by human error and only 12% are due to bad weather.

    VAR keeps Australia World Cup dream alive as Denmark score superb goal in 1:1 draw

    VAR the major talking point… Again

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    VB: If the point of VAR is to correct major errors, Australia got the softest penalty in footballing history. Hardly conclusive proof of a massive blunder. Jeepers. Denmark should feel properly aggrieved.

    Andrew: Clearly NOT a penalty! It is too close to his arm and it is not intentional and his arm is not in an unnatural position. How can anyone see this and then give a Penalty? VAR is not the problem it’s the person that is looking at it.

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      XXXTentacion: Police arrest suspect in rapper murder case

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      Image captionThe rapper had been facing domestic violence charges

      Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the death of US rapper XXXTentacion, US media say.

      The suspect, named as Dedrick D Williams, 22, is facing a charge of first-degree murder.

      The 20-year-old rapper, real name Jahseh Onfroy, was shot as he left a motorcycle dealership in south Florida on Monday and died later in hospital.

      Often described as one of rap’s most controversial artists, he quickly rose to fame with two hit albums.

      He was facing domestic violence charges.

      It is not clear whether police are still looking for another suspect.

      Mr Williams, who was arrested on Wednesday, has also been charged with a probation violation for theft of a motor vehicle and driving without a valid licence, the New York Daily News reports.