The downfall of Britain's biggest love rat who used dating site Plenty of Fish to cheat and scam unsuspecting victims has been exposed by these courageous women. Cruel conman Peter Berry was jailed for eight years on December 8 after conning three women out of £70,000 in a romance scam. He is suspected to have duped hundreds of women out of up to £2million. Dubbed 'Shrek' by some of his victims, he began his campaign of deceit in and around Plymouth, where he grew up, but is thought to broken the hearts - and bank accounts - of women worldwide. Twenty-stone lothario Berry, an international yachtsman turned professional trickster, was locked up in 2010 but vanished when he was released from prison early. The 51-year-old went on the run from police, changing his name several times and even marrying an unsuspecting woman while a national manhunt continued. All the while he was charming new women into whirlwind romances - then escaping with their cash. These three brave women … [Read more...] about How Britain’s biggest love rat was finally brought to justice by the women he shamelessly cheated and conned
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MANCHESTER UNITED take on rivals City in a mouthwatering clash tomorrow.And it has only been made more exciting with the prospect of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola being in opposite dugoutsThere is no love lost between the two - but they have both been tame with their remarks about one-another in the build-up.Guardiola had his say first, discussing his troubled relationship with Mourinho and his respect for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Moments after the Man City boss was done, Red Devils manager Mourinho tried to play down tensions between him and Guardiola - before confirming he has a fully-fit squad and claiming Sergio Aguero's absence is a BLOW to United.Follow every word said and all the reaction in our press conference blog below.Refresh browser for updates...19.50: Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has also claimed it would be "childish" to bring his much-publicised spat with City boss Pep Guardiola to the fore tomorrow.Speaking to MUTV ahead of the mouthwatering … [Read more...] about Manchester derby: Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists his angry spat with Pep Guardiola is ‘history’ ahead of crunch clash at Old Trafford on Saturday
GAG them. Hush them up. And, if necessary, bung them a wodge of money to make sure they keep their traps shut.The response of Chelsea Football Club to allegations of sexual abuse made by their former youth-team player Gary Johnson against their now-deceased former chief scout Eddie Heath was entirely predictable.Premier League football is a world in which extreme levels of secrecy are the default setting.And a world in which the shadowy, ever-silent Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich feels at home.Of course, Abramovich and his current board are not personally responsible for the abuse, perpetrated in the 1970s, which has blighted Johnson’s life.But they did sanction the £50,000 payment to Johnson last year gagging him from speaking publicly about the sickening abuse he says he suffered at the hands of Heath.How much money will make him shut up? Fifty grand? Decent money for Johnson, now a London taxi driver. Loose change to the billionaire Abramovich and his cohorts.Spare us … [Read more...] about Chelsea’s usual approach to throw money at a problem still doesn’t take away Gary Johnson’s pain
WHEN it comes to rogue agents, it is “time for the empire to strike back”.That is the view of Bristol Rovers chairman Steve Hamer, who is sick to death of unqualified intermediaries having clubs over a barrel due to a lack of regulation.Rovers are feeling particularly irked at the moment following star striker Matty Taylor’s shock defection to the dark side over at Bristol City. Keep up to date with ALL the football league gossip and transfers on our club page plus fixtures, results and live match commentaryThey are considering lodging a complaint with the EFL over how City knew about the exact figure of Taylor’s release clause which was confidential.Ex-Swansea supremo Hamer knows there are scrupulous representatives out there who are doing good and honest work for their clients so is careful not to tar all agents with the same brush.But they are getting fewer and fewer since Fifa ditched their licensing rules a few years ago, meaning anyone can become an agent … [Read more...] about Bristol Rovers lead rant at unqualified agents who have football clubs over a barrel after Matty Taylor transfer
Of the many services directed towards refugees fleeing Syria, education has proven to be one of the toughest needs to address. Six years after the war began Turkey, which hosts 3.2 million refugees, continues to face challenges in getting and keeping Syrian minors inside classrooms. Joint efforts by the Turkish Ministry of Education and the European Commission, with funding provided under the EU-Turkey refugee deal, have expanded educational programs and helped enroll more Syrians over the last year, yet roughly 40 percent of school-aged Syrians remain outside the school system. Both Turkish-language requirements and economic hardship have prevented Syrians from attending classes on a regular basis. Additional constraints on physical classroom space and lack of teachers have also limited educational opportunities for some refugees. "Absorbing 900,000 to 1 million kids into an education system is [a unique undertaking]," said Felix Leger, a technical assistant for health and education … [Read more...] about EU money can’t push Syrian schoolkids over Turkey’s language barrier
School fees, weddings, funerals, a house for elderly parents, or the Sugar Feast at the end of Ramadan - there are countless reasons for people in the diaspora to send money back home to their families. Often they have to send it quickly, and that's where Western Union and MoneyGram come in. For countries like India and Nigeria, which are among the largest recipients, overseas transfers are the most important source of capital. In 2016, $440 billion (395 billion euros) was transferred worldwide, according to official records. Additionally, about half of that sum was also moved via unofficial paths, for example, by traveling family members, or the hawala system, which is a popular and informal method of transferring money in Muslim countries. Africans living in Germany alone wire an estimated 1.2 billion euros per year to relatives and friends in their homeland. That's about 20 percent of total economic output in countries such as The Gambia, Lesotho and Comoros. Charity … [Read more...] about Opinion: Migrant money transfers or development aid?
Earlier this week, scientists attending the Electric Infrastructure Security Council conference in London warned that a massive solar flare may trigger global chaos by causing blackouts and wrecking satellite communications. Solar flares are large explosions on the surface of the Sun, powered by the sudden release of magnetic energy that has built up in the Sun's atmosphere. They can last just a few seconds or up to an hour, and can occur in smaller intensities as often as several times per day. The researchers say that this potential disaster could occur within three years, which is when astronomers forecast a peak in the Sun's magnetic energy cycle. They say that the resulting solar storm could potentially cause geomagnetic mayhem on earth, knocking out electricity grids around the world. "As that magnetic field gets tangled up it gets more and more energetic, and that leads to an eleven year cycle of activity," explained Chris Davis, a scientist on the Solar Stormwatch project … [Read more...] about Scientists warn of possible peril from 2013 solar flare activity
US President Donald Trump on Friday unveiled a new policy designed, according to a White House statement "to empower the Cuban people." "With God's help, a free Cuba is what we will soon achieve," Trump told a cheering crowd in Miami’s Cuban-American enclave of Little Havana. "We will not be silent in the face of communist oppression any longer," "This is not directed against the Cuban people, but the Cuban regime," an earlier statement read. The aim, it said, is political and religious freedom and respect for human rights. Business-to-business relations are still possible, as long as "they don't enrich the Cuban military complex," the statement read. The Trump administration also called on the international community to support the renewal of sanctions said that future improved relations with Havana depended on Cuba taking "concrete" steps on political and economic reforms. Trump said the US would not lift sanctions on Cuba until it … [Read more...] about Could Trump’s Cuban policy switch backfire?
According to the German medical professional code, it's forbidden for a doctor to accept gifts in exchange for services. But in practice, an established doctor in Germany need not worry about being punished if he or she accepts a gift from a pharmaceutical company. The German penal code currently lacks the necessary legislation to deal with such infractions, and they are only rarely punished in German occupational courts. Nevertheless, in comparison to other countries, Germany's healthcare system has relatively good checks and balances. Elsewhere, especially in countries where doctors are chronically underpaid, corruption is the rule, not the exception. It is also far more likely to impact on those suffering from illnesses, often resulting in avoidable deaths. Widespread corruption in Zimbabwe Joost Butenop works as a doctor in Zimbabwe, Pakistan and Malaysia. In Transparency International's latest Corruption Perceptions Index Germany ranks 13th, while Zimbabwe comes in at 163 … [Read more...] about High doses of medical corruption worldwide
"It rained ten days in a row on one occasion," Antonia Canas Calderon recalls, "and the amount of rain in 2011 was 41 percent higher than the average for the last four decades." As a result of the increase, El Salvador lost over one third of its GDP, says Canas who's at the Doha conference as part of El Salvador's delegation to the climate talks. It's that rainfall that has put El Salvador fourth in the ranking of the climate risk index. The chart, which was presented by the environment organization Germanwatch on Tuesday (27.11.2012), was compiled with data from the Munich Re reinsurance company, Germanwatch looked at the economic damage and the number of deaths caused by climate change and ranked the countries accordingly. At top of the 2011 ranking is Thailand. Flooding there cost the lives of almost 900 people and caused damage worth more than $75 billion in the country. A consequence of climate change Germanwatch points out in the report that individual weather catastrophes … [Read more...] about Poor countries hit hardest by climate change