London Mayor Opposes U.K. Press Regulation Plans
Death comes after staff ‘kept close eye’ on tiger cub Melati’s pregnancy lasted around 105 days Zookeepers kept a careful watch on the first-time mother through hidden cameras The cub was too young to be sexed or named It was born six months after the opening of the new “tiger territory” at London Zoo 14 minutes ago Zoo ‘did not envisage’ mother would take cub outside London Zoo says it believes Melati carried the cub outside, but keepers are unclear as to how the cub got into the pool. CCTV taken shortly after the cub’s birth Credit: London Zoo Keepers are now reviewing the situation because it was not forseen that the mother would take the cub outside so early. about 1 hour ago Zoo staff ‘heartbroken’ after death of tiger cub We’re heartbroken by what’s happened. To go from the excitement of the birth to this in three weeks is just devastating. Melati can be a very nervous animal and we didn’t want to risk putting her on edge by changing her surroundings or routines, in case she abandoned or attacked the cub. At the time we thought it was in the best interests of Melati and her cub to allow her continued access to the full enclosure as normal. We would do anything to turn back the clock, and nobody could be more upset about what’s happened than the keepers who work with the tigers every day. They are devoted to those tigers and are distraught. Malcolm Fitzpatrick, Curator about 1 hour ago First tiger cub born at London Zoo for 17 years dies The first tiger cub to be born at London Zoo for 17 years has died. The cub was discovered on the edge of the pool inside the tigers’ enclosure. Five-year-old Sumatran tiger Melati gave birth to the cub two weeks ago, with the event captured on hidden cameras in the den. Sumatran tiger Melati looks at her new-born cub shortly after being born Credit: London Zoo Keepers at London Zoo raised the alarm in the early hours of Saturday morning after they noticed that they could not see the cub on the den cameras. The zoo spokeswoman said a post-mortem examination carried out on Sunday confirmed the cub had drowned
London zoo’s newborn Sumatran tiger cub dies
14, 2013 | 5:47 PM License Photo Londoners relax in a park near the London skyline. A planned terrorist attack on Britain was foiled after four men were arrested in London. (UPI Photo/Hugo Philpott) LONDON, Oct. 14 (UPI) — A planned terrorist attack in Britain was foiled when four men were arrested in London after tires were shot out in a car chase, police said. Scotland Yard said the men were arrested Sunday under the Terrorism Act 2000 on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, The Daily Telegraph reported. Armed officers were deployed because it was feared the men could have access to weapons, the Telegraph said. Police shot out the tires of a vehicle in east London while pursuing two of the men, each age 25, the Telegraph reported, adding witnesses reported observing police ram the rear of the car, while a helicopter hovered overhead, before it was brought to a stop Sunday evening. In simultaneous actions, a man, 28, was stopped by police as he walked down a west London street, and a fourth man, 29, was arrested in a home in southeast London, the Daily Telegraph said. The BBC said the alleged Islamist plot was believed to have involved firearms and had been being monitored for some time. The four men were booked at a south London police station as six homes across London and two vehicles were being searched, officials said. Their identities were not released. In a statement, Scotland Yard said the arrests were made during a “pre-planned, intelligence-led operation. …
Press Regulation Plans 8:51 AM PDT 10/14/2013 by Georg Szalai 0 Getty Images London mayor Boris Johnson “You either have a free press or you dont,” says Boris Johnson and shares how he and his family once imitated Eddie Murphy in “Beverly Hills Cop” to play a trick on a reporter. LONDON London mayor Boris Johnson in a newspaper editorial on Monday spoke out against planned U.K. press regulation following the Leveson Inquiry report late last year. our editor recommends “We are on the verge of eroding the freedom of the press,” Johnson wrote in the Daily Telegraph . “It’s a vigorous, voracious press that keeps our country honest. Regulating the media would undermine its ferocious ability to highlight wrongdoing.” He called a planned royal charter outlining the new regulation a “monstrous folly.” Johnson also suggested that a political expenses scandal led British politicians to call for the Leveson Inquiry, not the phone hacking scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. “It was the hacking cases that gave them their pretext,” he wrote. Johnson also argued Monday that Britain’s current laws sufficiently protect people from media abuse. “We already have abundant law against obscenity or breach of official secrets. We have laws against libel and defamation, against bugging, hacking, theft, bribery of public officials,” he wrote. “We have a growing tort of breach of privacy. We have no need of some new body backed by statute…and it is wrong in principle.” Concluded the London mayor: “You either have a free press or you dont. You cant sell the pass, and admit the principle of regulation because it is in the nature of regulation that it swells and grows.
London Zoo tiger cub drowns
The cub, not yet named or sexed as it was so young, was born two weeks ago, and the birth captured on hidden cameras in the den. It was the first tiger to be born at the zoo for 17 years. In the early hours of Saturday morning, keepers noticed that they could not see the cub on the den cameras, and raised the alarm. The cub was discovered on the edge of the pool. A postmortem conducted on Sunday confirmed the cub had drowned. It is thought that the mother, Melati, carried the cub outside but keepers are unclear as to how the cub got into the pool as there are no cameras in the wider enclosure. Keepers are reviewing the situation as it was not envisaged that the mother would take the cub outside so early. Curator Malcolm Fitzpatrick said: “We’re heartbroken by what’s happened. To go from the excitement of the birth to this in three weeks is just devastating. “Melati can be a very nervous animal and we didn’t want to risk putting her on edge by changing her surroundings or routines, in case she abandoned or attacked the cub. At the time we thought it was in the best interests of Melati and her cub to allow her continued access to the full enclosure as normal.