Thursday, 17 April 2014
The former mayor apologised after likening housing development to a sex attack, saying “when rape is inevitable, lie back and enjoy it” during a council meeting.
Barbara Driver, stunned colleagues by using the phrase to describe how powerless planners are to control a housing development. She said: “There is a saying and I am going to say it: When rape is inevitable, lie back and enjoy it.”
Cllr Driver is now facing calls to resign from Cheltenham Borough Council after her “repulsive” comments provoked fury from colleagues, constituents and sex abuse charities. The 77-year-old – who last year led a report looking at sexual exploitation – has apologised but said she doesn’t intend to stand down.
Speaking from her home on Friday she said: “Unfortunately it was wrong what I said. By no way do I condone rape – it is atrocious. ”I was trying to put across – badly I will say – the fact of developers having not put much social and affordable housing in and the council saying we can’t do anything about it. ”But I used a term that I had heard years ago without thinking. It was totally dreadful. it was done without thinking about the rape bit. I know that sounds silly.”
Liberal Democrat councillor Peter Jeffries, lead member for safeguarding, said: “I think she let herself down and she let the council down.
The suspect reportedly admitted to the crime and disclosed his HIV status.
A 70-year-old man, Thursday, allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl in Barkinladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.
The Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Chris Olakpe, confirmed this on Saturday to journalists in Jos, the state capital.
Mr. Olakpe said the suspect, who is HIV positive, was arrested, following a tip off by neighbours; and brought to the state headquarters of the command.
“A son of the landlord of the suspect, suspected the act of the 70-year-old man, and alerted the neighborhood,” the police chief said, saying that led to the suspect’s arrest.
The suspect reportedly admitted to the crime and disclosed his HIV status. He then pleaded for mercy.
PREMIUM TIMES learnt that residents of the area had gathered to lynch the suspect, but for the intervention of the police.
The Police Commissioner said the suspect was being interrogated by the police; while the victim has been taken to a hospital in the state for treatment.
Mr. Olakpe, who spoke via a telephone conference, said the suspect would be prosecuted after investigations.
There have been increased rape cases in Barkinladi.
About two weeks ago, a mobile police officer attached to the Special Task Force on Jos crisis was dismissed from the Police Force, for allegedly raping a 4-year-old in Barkinladi.
Britain's Youngest Parents: 12-Year-Old Girl Gives Birth To A Baby For Her 13-Year-Old Boyfriend
A 12-year-old girl has given birth to her 13-year-old boyfriend's baby - making them Britain's youngest parents, it was revealed today.
The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had a daughter last weekend after conceiving when she was still at primary school.
She was 11 then, and is now in Year 7 at school. Her boyfriend, who also cannot be named, is in Year 9 at another school.
The pair have the lowest combined age of any British parents on record. She, at 12 years and three months, is five months younger than the UK's previous youngest mother, Tressa Middleton.
At 27, the girl's mother, who was a teenage mother herself, is also now one of Britain's youngest grandmothers.
The parents, from North London, have been in a relationship for a year and say they are 'totally in love'. They met over Christmas 2012 when she was ten and he was 12, it was reported.
The girl's father told LBC Radio: ‘We only found out she was pregnant a month ago. That means she was eight months pregnant. The baby is going to come into the world no matter what.
‘You can just be supportive about it. The families on both sides are going to be very supportive about it. It is heartbreaking, but you can't turn back time. You can only go forwards.
‘We don't know where it happened. What you're implying is that we knew they were having intercourse in bedrooms. No. We cannot keep her wrapped up her whole life.
'I can't keep a watch on her 24-hours a day, seven days a week. You don't know what has gone on and once the mistake has been made, you just have to support them.’
Yesterday, the new mother - who has a three-year-old sister and a nine-year-old brother - reportedly went to a register office to register the birth with her own mother and another woman.
A Pakistani student, Iftikiha Arslan, who is believed to be working for a Pakistani drug cartel, has been arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for trafficking 25.4 kilogrammes of heroin.
Head of Public Affairs of NDLEA, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, said the drug was discovered in the suspect’s luggage during inward screening of passengers on board Qatar airline flight. It was believed that Arslan left Lahore, Pakistan with the drugs to Abu Dhabi then to Doha from where he connected to Lagos. The estimated street value of the seized drug was said to be N228m.
Once referring to himself as “an ordinary street dude,” Oakland teen Akintunde Ahmad is definitely not the ordinary student.
The Oakland Technical High School student has a 5.0 GPA and received a perfect 2100 score on the SATs. Affectionately called ‘Tunde by friends and family, Ahmad has also been accepted to Yale, Brown, Columbia, and UCLA, along with other esteemed universities.
But Ahmad hasn’t only focused on book smarts. He also plays three instruments and baseball. He may even attend college on a baseball scholarship.
Pop singer Taylor Swift revealed that she has an extreme fear of black people. A source close to the 24-year-old singer said she has been seeking counseling for the condition with the hope that she recovers from it.
The source stated Swift has always had a slight fear of black people, but it reached its pinnacle after her run-in with Kanye West in 2009. When Kanye West rushed the stage during her acceptance speech for Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards, she believed she was going to be attacked. Though Kanye did not inflict any physical pain on her, the ordeal left her with an emotional scar that festered into a fear of being accosted by black men.
Taylor Swift has taken the stage with various rappers since the ordeal with Kanye, such as T.I. and B.o.B., but that fear remained present. Swift said the condition has grown and is beginning to affect her financially and emotionally.
The source who revealed the news stated, “Taylor is a very good girl and one of the kindest people you will ever meet. Kanye really did a number on her emotionally, but she is still working hard to recover. She breaks out into a nervous sweat and has trouble breathing whenever there is a black man around. This is a medical condition and has nothing to do with hate for anyone. Taylor loves everyone. I actually told her that the best way to get over it is to take one into your bed. I too had a fear of black men, but now they are all I date. That old saying is true, ‘one you go black, you never go back.’”
“Taylor will be fine, she just needs to jump back on that horse,” she said while laughing.
Taylor Swift could be suffering from Negrophobia, which Google defines as an intense fear of black people. In Taylor’s case however, the fear only extends to men. There is no known cure.
The country crooner last released Red on October 22, 2012. The album debuted at number one after selling an astounding 1.28 million copies in the first week of release. The debut became the biggest opening for a female since Britney Spears’ ‘Oops … I did it Again’ in 2000. The album also spent a total of 16 weeks at number one on the Billboard 200 Chart.