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Sarah Everard trial: Ex-Met officer Wayne Couzens accused of murder to enter plea tomorrow

The suspect pleaded guilty in June to the kidnap and rape of Ms Everard. However, whilst his barrister said “responsibility for the killing is also admitted”, he has yet to answer the central charge of murder.

Ms Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive, was abducted on March 3 whilst walking home from a friend’s home in Clapham.

She was reported missing the following day by her boyfriend.

Police found the victim’s body inside a large builder’s bag on March 10 in Ashford, Kent.

She was formally identified using her dental records.

Whilst an initial post mortem was inconclusive, later investigation determined she died from compression to the neck.

Ms Everard left her friend’s flat in the Clapham Junction area, on March 3, at around 9pm.

The journey to her home was approximately two-and-a-half miles.

CCTV cameras recorded the victim walking along the route prior to her abduction.

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Mr Couzens had worked for the Metropolitan Police’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command.

This unit is tasked with protecting Parliament and foreign embassies across London.

His wife was initially arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, but will face no further action.

Ms Everard’s death sparked outrage and protests over women’s safety across the UK.

On Saturday March 13 police broke-up a vigil on Clapham Common which contravened coronavirus regulations.

The Duchess of Cambridge attended the vigil to lay flowers.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick later said this was legal because “she was working”.

The future Queen also wrote a personal letter to Ms Everard’s family.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror an insider said: “This was a deeply personal and heartfelt letter, simply to express her absolute sadness at what Sarah’s family and loved ones are going through.

“The Duchess knows that no words can change what has happened, but wanted to let them know that they and Sarah are in her thoughts.”

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Video of N.R.A. Chief Wayne LaPierre Shooting an Elephant Draws Criticism

Author: Neil Vigdor
This post originally appeared on NYT > U.S. News

The emergence of a video showing Wayne LaPierre, the polarizing head of the National Rifle Association, shooting but struggling to kill an African bush elephant during a 2013 hunting trip in Botswana drew criticism on Tuesday from conservation groups.

The awkward display — in which Mr. LaPierre shoots at the elephant three times at close range with a rifle while it is still alive after wounding it with an initial shot — was recorded for an outdoor television show that the N.R.A. once sponsored, but the video was never aired. (In the end, the host of the program fired the fatal shot.)

The video was obtained by The New Yorker and The Trace, a nonprofit website funded by Everytown for Gun Safety, a group co-founded by Michael R. Bloomberg, the former New York mayor who has donated tens of millions of dollars to gun-control groups.

Later in the footage, Mr. LaPierre’s wife, Susan, can be seen shooting another elephant right between the eyes as it approaches her and the guides, who instruct her to fire a second round between its legs to make sure it is dead. She later cuts off part of the elephant’s tail to keep as a memento of the kill.

Just last month, African bush elephants, also known as savanna elephants, were declared endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, or I.U.C.N., on the group’s Red List of threatened species. They were previously classified as vulnerable.

“It’s sickening to see LaPierre’s brutal, clumsy slaughter of this beautiful creature,” Tanya Sanerib, the international legal director and a senior attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement on Tuesday night. “No animal should suffer like this.”

Andrew Arulanandam, a managing director of N.R.A. Public Affairs, confirmed the authenticity of the video in a statement on Tuesday night.

“The hunt was fully permitted and conducted in accordance with all rules and regulations,” Mr. Arulanandam said. “The video offers an incomplete portrayal of the experience — and fails to express the many ways this activity benefits the local community and habitat. Such hunts are celebrated in Botswana, where they feed villages, contribute to the economy and culture, and are part of the fabric of the region.”

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Ms. Sanerib said that despite the endangered status of African bush elephants, it is legal to hunt them, with a license, in certain areas of Botswana.

“We’re in the midst of a poaching epidemic,” Ms. Sanerib said, “and rich trophy hunters like the N.R.A. chief are blasting away at elephants while the international community calls for stiffer penalties for poachers — what message does that send? We need to halt all elephant killings or they’ll vanish forever.”

Kathleen Gobush, an affiliate assistant professor of biology at the University of Washington and a member of the African Elephant Specialist Group within the International Union for Conservation of Nature, also condemned Mr. LaPierre’s hunting of the elephant.

“There’s got to be a better way to conserve an endangered species than this — an inhumane show of dominance, and poorly executed at that,” Dr. Gobush said in an email on Tuesday night.

The surfacing of the video came just weeks after Mr. LaPierre, testifying in federal bankruptcy court, acknowledged that he had secretly taken the N.R.A. into bankruptcy as a way to thwart the New York attorney general’s attempt to shut down the organization. It also follows a recent spate of mass shootings and efforts by the Biden administration to curb gun violence.

In the video, Mr. LaPierre, dressed in an N.R.A. baseball cap, is led by guides through Botswana’s Okavango Delta toward an elephant. A guide tells him to wait before shooting, but he fires one round, seemingly unable to hear because he is wearing ear plugs.

The guides point to where he should fire another round to kill the elephant. Mr. LaPierre fires three more times at close range. But the fatal shot is fired by the program’s host.

Later in the video, after Mrs. LaPierre has successfully kills an elephant, she tells the video crew and the guides that she could see how old it was and how wrinkled it was.

“Victory,” she says, after following a guide’s suggestion that she cut off part of the elephant’s tail and keep it as a memento. “That’s my elephant tail. Way cool.”

England win over San Marino underlines Harry Kane importance as Wayne Rooney benefits most

It was a night of opportunities for some of England’s fringe players to really help themselves. Jesse Lingard, James Ward-Prowse, Mason Mount, Reece James and Kalvin Phillips all took advantage to varying degrees.
But the player who benefitted most from Thursday night’s match at Wembley was arguably Wayne Rooney.

Because if Harry Kane had been given a full 90 minutes against San Marino, you fear his all-time goalscoring record might have gone in one fell swoop.

Instead, the England captain watched from the stands as chance after chance after chance was spurned and the visitors were cut to ribbons.

Once again, it highlights how much we rely on our talisman striker.

As a sop to Jose Mourinho, Gareth Southgate wanted a new Luther Blissett to emerge. The England manager still recalled the Watford striker’s hat-trick heroics against Luxembourg from his youth.

Technically, Dominic Calvert-Lewin came closest with two goals, but overall it was more a case of “miss it”, not Blissett as soon as England got in front of goal.

The tone was set when, three yards out, the Everton striker completely failed to connect with Reece James’ sixth minute cross and it hit his standing leg and bounced away from goal.

Raheem Sterling was just as wasteful and John Stones poked an even clearer effort over the bar – even before England finally did take the lead.

Kane, a mere 21 goals behind Rooney’s tally, would have buried all of them.

Footage released by the FA from St George’s Park showed that England had been training this week on a pitch with wire-framed mannequin defenders packed into the penalty areas.

For the most part, the dummies appeared to have been fared somewhat better.

As the England deluge poured down on San Marino’s leaky defence, simply boasting a centre-back called Brolli was never going to offer substantial protection.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 14th minute. Ben Chilwell burst into the box, pulled the ball back across goal and James Ward-Prowse finally provided the sort of cool finish that was required.
England’s second came seven minutes later, with Calvert-Lewin stooping to nod home a far more difficult chance, against supplied by James.

San Marino goalkeeper Elia Benedettini was enjoying a night to dine out on with a string of brilliant and occasionally unorthodox saves when England did manage to get their shots on target.

However, the visitors did not exactly help themselves with the third, playing out from the back straight to Mason Mount, who put Sterling in for the goal he seemed curiously eager to get given his narrow-mindedness in front of goal when other options were available.

Calvert-Lewin fluffed another far-post volley and Lingard seemed to be doing everything but find the back of the net on a lively return to the fold.

But that was just it. It would be churlish not to applaud England’s fluency for creating all these chances.

Ward-Prowse moved the ball quickly and intelligently. Mount seemed to find angles that certainly the San Marino defenders were not expecting.

A spate of half-time substitutions underlined the low-key nature of this World Cup qualifier but England continued to push forward.

Calvert-Lewin finally got his second – a tap-in set up by Lingard early in the second half.

His role as the head of the attack then passed to Ollie Watkins and he was not hanging about – one of his very first chances after coming on as a substitute was arrowed into the far corner for the fifth.

In the end, the scoreline was irrelevant. If England continue to create chances as freely as this during the summer, they certainly stand a chance of having someone stick them in the net.

Know what I mean, ‘Arry?

Wayne Rooney backed to become Man Utd manager because he has three key traits

Wayne Rooney has been told he is the perfect man to take charge at Manchester United should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leave. It comes from Shinji Kagawa, who knows all about the former striker having worked alongside him at Old Trafford.
Rooney could take over as United manager because he possesses three vital traits.

It comes after the Englishman took over at Derby on a permanent basis earlier this year after initially being put in interim charge.

That saw the 35-year-old call time on his outstanding playing career and start life as a manager.

Rooney is fondly remembered by United fans who would no doubt love to see him in the Old Trafford dugout one day if he impresses as a coach.

And Kagawa believes his former team-mate could be the answer for the Red Devils.

He told the Mirror: “It’s hard to make any predictions because in the world’s top league, the manager is let go if they don’t get results.

“But I hope that Rooney will be successful and eventually become a manager at Manchester.

“He definitely has the personality, the experience and record for it.

“He’s the manager for Derby now, but I’m sure he’ll be creating success stories as a manager for a Premier League team soon.”

“Wayne Rooney was the player I most wanted to play with when I joined Manchester United.

“He had the image of being mischievous and crazy, so I really didn’t know what he was like.

“But on the pitch, he fought harder than anyone and he protected his team-mates more than anyone.

“He was a team player. I played with many amazing football players at Manchester, but Wayne Rooney was the best athlete.”

Wayne Gretzky delivers emotional eulogy at father's funeral

Wayne Gretzky remembered his father, Walter, as a man with “a heart of gold” at his funeral in Brantford, Ontario.

BRANTFORD, ON — Walter Gretzky’s family thought the end was coming quickly in the middle of February.

The father of hockey’s greatest player had suffered a serious hip injury and, after battling Parkinson’s disease and other health issues in recent years, his time — something Walter was always willing to give both friends and strangers — appeared to be running short.
“But he had a love for life and he didn’t want to leave,” Wayne Gretzky said during an emotional eulogy Saturday. “We were 21 days sitting with him and just enjoying life. We got a chance and opportunity to tell stories.”
And Walter Gretzky’s life was full of them.
Known as Canada’s hockey dad, Walter Gretzky died Thursday at age 82. His death prompted an avalanche of tributes for a genuine, approachable, authentic person who nurtured Wayne’s incredible talents on the family’s famed backyard rink in Brantford, but also never forgot where he came from.
“He was a remarkable man who loved life, loved family,” Wayne Gretzky said. “We’d be a way better world if there was so many more people like my dad. Very special, we’re all hurting.”
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the funeral service was limited to family. But hundreds of people — including many kids wearing Gretzky jerseys — gathered outside St. Mark’s Anglican Church in this city about 60 miles west of Toronto.
“A tough time,” said Wayne, his voice beginning to crack and tears welling in his eyes. “I’m so proud of the fact that so many people have reached out and given him such great tributes, because he deserves it. He has the heart of gold.”
Walter was there every step of the way as Wayne ascended to a greatness that included four Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers and becoming the NHL’s career time leader in goals, assists and points.
An employee with Bell for more than three decades — and long after his son became the sport’s biggest star — Walter remained a loving, blue-caller symbol of devotion.
“A deeply humble man,” said Rev. Dr. Tim Dobbin, who officiated the funeral broadcast live on TSN and streamed on Sportsnet.ca. “He spoke the truth. Wally’s word was his bond.”
A video tribute towards the end of the service included pictures from the early days on the backyard rink, Wayne’s triumphs, Walter on the ice teaching kids, the Gretzky memorabilia in the family home, and highlights from his son’s final games in the NHL.
As the casket was about to be led out of the church and into the sunshine, “The Hockey Theme” song made famous on “Hockey Night In Canada” was played.
And the moment Walter’s funeral procession pulled away from the church — the building’s sign read “We Will Miss You Wally” — some of the jersey-clad kids waiting outside tapped their hockey sticks on the pavement in unison.
A fitting send off for Canada’s hockey dad.