Source: Staffordshire Police Staffordshire Police will escort the 40 metres long tank on its five-day journey as it makes its way from the Cheshire border on Monday (15th June) through areas including Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stone, Stafford, Rugeley, Cannock, Brownhills and Shenstone – finishing up in Warwickshire on Friday (19th June).In a statement, Staffordshire Police said this is the first of four similar pick ups over the next six weeks and the police force will be working with tree cutters and BT telephone engineers to ensure the load fits under trees and cables throughout the journey.Staffordshire Police said the tank, which is 40 metres long and 6.5 metres in diameter, will be empty.INOXCVA supplied the four tanks to Air Liquide back in July last year from KLandla Port, India.
A mailbox set up to inform police of protection orders made against forced marriage and female genital mutilation was abandoned after a year due to a lack of resources, the Gazette has learned.The central facility was introduced in 2018 to notify the police as early as possible when the courts made such orders. However, according to the latest published minutes of the Family Procedure Rule Committee, the mailbox is ‘now not functioning because of police resources’. Protection orders were introduced in 2008 for forced marriage and in 2015 for female genital mutilation (FGM). As at June 2019, 2,149 forced marriage and 418 FGM protection orders have been made.A spokesperson for the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) told the Gazette that the central mailbox received all FGM and forced marriage protection orders from every family court in England and Wales. The mailbox was run by two officers from Norfolk Constabulary, who collated a register and logged every order before sending it to the relevant force. The Gazette was told that Norfolk’s chief constable Simon Bailey, the NPCC lead for the violence and public protection portfolio, allowed staff from his Vulnerability Coordination Centre to operate the mailbox. However, the job was ‘resource intensive’ and borne by Norfolk Constabulary’s own budget.The committee minutes state that the Ministry of Justice is working on plans to notify the police as early as possible when forced marriage and FGM protection orders are made. Relevant groups are being surveyed for views on service of orders by the police. For the time being, the mailbox sends an automatic out-of-office message informing users on what to do next. Applicants for protection orders can provide information to their local police force and regional representatives. The NPCC spokesperson said: ‘The Ministry of Justice has the responsibility for HM Courts & Tribunals Service and protection orders, and so police are working closely with them to agree new arrangements that will see a return to a staffed mailbox type function. We are pressing this issue on a regular basis with the MoJ as a quick resolution is vital.’
President of the Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) Frankie Farley in the aftermath of Guyana’s showing at the just concluded 2020 FIDE Online Olympiad said the federation’s main aim at this point is to create an enabling environment locally where players can begin to embrace competing in virtual spaces. The 2020 Olympiad had to be contested online due to coronavirus pandemic. Guyana competed in division four- Pool E alongside nine other contesting teams and placed sixth in that category when the curtains came down Sunday evening.Although the performance was commended by the local fraternity, Farley believes that more exposure will land the team in good stead moving forward.“Because of this new environment (COVID – 19), and if we had more practice over the years, we would have done better. It’s a different environment from being over the board so you really need a lot of practice and our programme between now and the end of the year is designed to give players the opportunity to compete online,” Farley told Stabroek Sport. As part of the federation’s plans, online tournaments will be held every two weeks beginning the last week in August which Farley believes will be an ideal preparation platform to prepare the players for future online events. “…I’m sure by the next tournament we will be better prepared,” he noted while adding: “There are a number of international tournaments in the pipeline that are not defined as yet and most of them are centered online and we have our own online events,” Farley said.Asked about his impressions of Guyana’s showing at the recently concluded event, the President said: “It was excellent.” He added, “I think we actually had some difficulties technologically since that was the first time we did it but we overcame that and the result showed that we had two excellenct performers in Wendell [Meusa] and Ethan Lee so I think it was a great experience for us.” Meusa was Guyana’s star performer winning all six of his games while Lee won three of his four encounters. Jessica Callender was another top performer for the locals, winning two of her three games. Another aim of the federation is to produce grandmasters. Farley explained that Guyana does not have one at the moment and is desperate to have a player (s) who can represent the highest title in the sport.“Our goal is to produce grandmasters and I think we can do it,” he declared.