2:04PMJo Cox’s parents pictured arriving at Old Bailey Mr Whittam said: “The defendant then stood above Jo Cox and discharged the firearm at close range, firstly towards her head and then towards her chest … he appears to have returned to make sure she was fatally wounded”.Jurors were shown pictures of the gun, a .22 Weihrauch rifle with the stock and most of its barrel removed.Mr Mair, of Birstall, West Yorkshire, denies murder, inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, possession of a firearm and possession of a knife. The trial continues. 2:35PMAttacker repeatedly shouted ‘Britain First’ during pre-meditated murder for political cause, jurors told He also searched .22 ammunition, including answers to the question “is a .22 round deadly enough to kill with one shot to a human’s head?”On the eve of Ms Cox’s death, Mair had looked at web pages on far right politicians, members of the Klu Klux Klan and material about the Waffen SS, jurors were told. 2:27PMProsecutor: ‘She was brutally murdered by one of her constituents… it was a cowardly attack’ Richard Whittam QC, prosecuting, begins opening the case for the prosecution, saying the circumstances of Jo Cox’s death are “shocking”.He tells Court Eight in the Old Bailey that the events took place in Market Street in Birstall, near Batley in Kirklees on Thursday, June 16.Mrs Cox was the 40-year-old MP for Batley and Spen. She was “well known as a hardworking MP and mother of two young children.”On June 16 she was due to hold a surgery in the library in Market Street, just off the Market Square, between 1pm to 2pm. 4:31PMEnd of day 1 Court artist sketch of Thomas Mair (back left) in the dock at the Old BaileyCredit:Elizabeth Cook/PA A jury has been sworn in for the trial of a man accused of the terror-related murder of Labour MP Jo Cox.Thomas Mair, 53, allegedly shot and stabbed the 41-year-old outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, near Leeds, on June 16.He is charged with Mrs Cox’s murder, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon – a dagger.Mair, from Birstall, is also charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Bernard Carter-Kenny on the same date. He denies all the charges against him. Labour’s Jo Cox after being elected as MP for Batley and SpenCredit:Julian Hughes Thomas Mair pictured in a court sketch flanked by security guards during a previous hearingCredit:Elizabeth Cook/PA 1:34PMProsecution set to outline case on Monday afternoon Thomas Mair, with a closely cropped hair and beard, wore a plain blue suit and dark tie as he sat in and listened to the four charges against him.He denies murder, having a firearm with intent, grievous bodily harm and possession of a dagger. Police outside a library in Birstall, West Yorkshire, where MP Jo Cox was holding a constituency meeting before she was attackedCredit:Ben Lack for The Telegraph 2:19PMVideo: Jo Cox’s path to the House of Commons 1:40PMWho was Labour MP Jo Cox? Jo Cox’s sister, mother and father arrive at court for the start of the trialCredit: i-Images The following day he looked up Nazi Party material, political prisoners, serial killers, the human liver and vertebral column and the crime of matricide, or killing one’s mother.While he was there, he asked a library worker: “Do you have to book an appointment to see Jo Cox?” On June 15, the day before the murder, he went to the library at Birstall, where Mrs Cox would be attacked, and carried out searches into the Ku Klux Klan and people murdered by them, material about Hitler’s Waffen SS, coffins, lying in repose, lying in state and pauper’s funerals.Mr Whittam told the jury: “You may think that it helps you to understand his apparent motive in deciding to carry out this murder.” 3:38PM’He went to try and help. He was stabbed’ 1:41PMVideo: How MPs paid tribute to Jo Cox in the House of Commons As we await the start of the trial, Jo Cox’s parents Jean and Gordon Leadbeater have been pictured arriving at the Old Bailey.The jury was sworn in this morning and we are expecting the trial to begin with the prosecution case opening after the lunch break in the next few minutes. Stay with us for updates. Police forensics officers arrive at the scene of Jo Cox’s death in JuneCredit:Ben Lack for The Telegraph Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
India will take on New Zealand in a three-match T20I series starting Wednesday with the first match in Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi.After winning the ODI series 2-1, New Delhi is all set to witness the top-ranked T20I batsman and bowler fiercely battle the top-ranked T20I team.On Tuesday, Jasprit Bumrah climbed to the number one spot in the latest ICC T20 rankings.Bumrah, who attained a career-best third position in the ODI rankings on Monday, has regained the T20 top spot after Pakistan spinner Imad Wasim slipped one place.That aside, Kohli reclaimed the top ODI spot for batsman with a career-best 889 points on Monday, overtaking South Africa’s AB de Villiers. Along with that, he holds the top spot in the ICC T20 rankings with 811 points.India have so far lost all their matches against New Zealand, the fifth and last one coming at the ICC World T20 in 2016.For a team that has stormed its way to the top of world cricket with wins over Australia, England and Sri Lanka, among others, this piece of statistic certainly sticks out like a sore thumb.Despite that, with series wins over big teams like Australia, India have firmly stamped their supremacy in the limited-overs format.Having emerged winners in a keenly-contested preceding one day international series against New Zealand, India’s confidence is sky high and they would look to continue the good work in this slam-bang format.With a strong all-round and in-form team at their disposal, India will fancy their chances of improving their record against the Kiwis.advertisementThen there is Ashish Nehra, who will end his 18 years of international cricket journey, and he must be hoping for that perfect ending.Against the likes of Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner, it will take some doing.(With inputs from PTI)
In the 1960s, the late epidemiologist Ralph Paffenbarger, Jr. launched a study of men matriculating as undergraduates at Harvard University that would be among the first to link physical activity to a longer, healthier life. While teaching at Stanford in the 1980s, Paffenbarger’s enthusiasm for the work rubbed off on graduate student I-Min Lee, now professor in the Department of Epidemiology at HSPH, and led to a decades-long collaboration between the two researchers that has resulted in numerous studies.Lee took over the reins of Paffenbarger’s still-ongoing College Alumni Health Study in the 1990s. Since then, she has broadened the scope of the department’s work in physical activity research. While Paffenbarger’s pioneering study only looked at men performing vigorous exercise, Lee studies both genders and has worked to assess the benefits of more moderate physical activities such as walking. Now, her doctoral student Eric Shiroma is carrying on the legacy — with the help of a research award named after Paffenbarger.The Paffenbarger-Blair Fund for Epidemiological Research on Physical Activity, offered by the American College of Sports Medicine, awards $10,000 annually to a promising young researcher. Paffenbarger himself provided the seed funding, donating money he received as co-recipient of the first International Olympic Committee prize for sport science. Read Full Story
The University of Vermont Medical Center,Vermont Business Magazine The Offices of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont and the Vermont Attorney General jointly have stated that William V. Boettcher, 57, the former Chief Executive Officer of Fletcher Allen Health Care, Inc. (FAHC) in Burlington, Vermont pleaded guilty to the federal felony of conspiring to make false statements in a health care matter, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 371 and 1035, on charges arising from fraud in connection with the construction of the FAHC Renaissance Project.In United States District Court, before Chief Judge William K. Sessions, III, Boettcher admitted to conspiring with others to conceal and cover up the true costs of the Renaissance Project. Boettcher and others entered into a conspiracy to conceal and cover up the true costs of the Renaissance Project from both the Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration (“BISHCA”) and the FAHC Board of Trustees. Pursuant to this conspiracy, Boettcher and others misrepresented to BISHCA that the cost of the FAHC Renaissance Project was $173 Million, when the real capital costs to FAHC exceeded this amount by over $80 million. In addition, the conspirators also provided false information to the FAHC Board of Trustees relating to the cost of the project.According to court records, during Boettcher’s tenure as FAHC CEO, he and others participated in a variety of frauds regarding project costs. To begin with, the conspirators agreed to, and did, create two budgets for the Renaissance Project, one for presentation to BISHCA, and one for internal purposes reflecting the real costs of the project. The conspiracy also involved the submission of a false financial model to BISHCA as part of the application submitted by FAHC in 2000 for approval to build the Renaissance Project. This financial model falsely described the total cost of the project as $173 million.During 2000, the conspirators also failed to tell the FAHC Board of Trustees the full cost of the project. Furthermore, after obtaining the BISHCA approval that had been based upon false information, FAHC continued to misrepresent the costs of the project by, among other things, claiming in an implementation report filed with BISHCA in late 2001 that the costs of the project continued to be approximately $173 million.The conspirators also sought to prevent additional BISHCA review of the project by falsely claiming that FAHC had obtained a guaranteed maximum price construction agreement that would allow the project to be built for the amount approved in the CON, $173 million.During 2001 and early 2002, the conspirators also falsely maintained to the FAHC Board of Trustees that the project was on budget. Finally, the conspirators concealed from the FAHC Board of Trustees the full cost to FAHC of the agreement with the University of Vermont to develop the education center component of the project.As part of the plea agreement, Boettcher may be sentenced to up to two years in federal prison. Sentencing will be scheduled for April 18, 2005. Boettcher also agreed to pay FAHC $733,210.21 prior to his sentencing the same amount that FAHC paid him upon the termination of his employment in September 2002. If he abides by the terms and conditions of the agreement Boettcher will face no additional financial penalties. The plea agreement is subject to the approval of Chief Judge Sessions.Under the agreement, both federal and state authorities agree not to bring additional criminal or civil charges against Mr. Boettcher relating to the Renaissance project.In October 2003, FAHC entered into an agreement with the United States and the State of Vermont settling civil charges that the federal government brought against FAHC relating to the Renaissance Project. Pursuant to that agreement FAHC agreed to cooperate completely, candidly and truthfully with the investigation related to the Renaissance Project. FAHC has cooperated fully and continues to cooperate with the ongoing investigation.In October 2004, FAHCs former Chief Operating Officer, Thad Krupka, pleaded guilty in state court to three counts of making false statements to BISHCA in connection with the Renaissance Project, as well as agreeing to federal forfeiture of portions of his FAHC remuneration. Mr. Krupka also agreed to cooperate with the ongoing investigation.The investigation of the Renaissance Project remains ongoing. Paul Van de Graaf, Chief of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office, Assistant United States Attorney Michael Drescher, and Assistant Attorney General John Treadwell, of the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, have been handling the prosecution with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services. Jerome ONeill, Esq. of Burlington, represents Mr. Boettcher.Source: Montpelier, January 18, 2005 — Offices of the United States Attorne