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Types of Christmas Trees

There are various types of Christmas trees available, and you must choose the one that is perfect for your home during the holiday season. There are various types, as you will see below:

Nordman Fir

The Norman Fir Christmas Tree barely drops its needles, making it the most popular choice in Modern times, due to the safety issues related to children and pets, and the sharp Christmas tree needles. They come in a range of shapes and sizes, and their needles are a lot fleshier.

Norway Spruce

The Norway Spruce Christmas tree, brings the classic smell of childhood to your home. Its needles do drop a lot more than other varieties, but it more than makes up for that with its beautiful smell, and really traditional tall and narrow shape.

Potted Christmas Trees

The Potted Christmas tree is a great choice if you would prefer your tree to last longer than just a few weeks, as potted trees are more likely to live on through the year, and be fine to use again a year later. The come in both varieties, the Nordman or Norway Spruce, and are often a little cheaper.

Where to buy a Christmas Tree

You can normally buy Christmas trees at your local garden centre, or check online for your nearest Christmas tree farm. Sapcote Garden Centre, Leicester, LE94LG, 01455 274049, (http://www.sapcotegc.co.uk/christmas/christmas-trees) has a range of Nordman Fir, and Norway Spruce Christmas trees for sale, and the price is the same as 2012.

Cold turkey receives the Church’s blessing

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Christmas turkeys are simple to cook, when you know how 

By
John Bingham
, Religious Affairs Editor

10:00PM BST 24 Oct 2014

The thought of more food might be the last thing from many people’s minds
after the annual bout of festive excess over Christmas.

But in one of its most unlikely pieces of theological advice issued in recent
years, the Roman Catholic Church has given its blessing to the great British
tradition of eating cold turkey sandwiches or bubble and squeak on Boxing
Day.

The unexpected ecclesiastical endorsement for the practice of gorging on
Christmas left-overs follows doubts over whether it conflicted with the
Catholic custom of eating fish on Fridays.

The practice of abstaining from meat on Fridays as an act of penance was
revived by Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, headed by Cardinal
Vincent Nichols, three years ago.

This year is the first time that either Boxing Day – known in the Church
calendar as St Stephen’s Day – or Christmas itself, has fallen on a Friday
since the decision prompting doubts over whether Catholics who tuck into
cold pigs-in-blankets and turkey could be going against official Church
teaching.

But following inquiries on the issue, the Church’s Liturgy and Worship
Department, has formally made clear that Catholics should consider Boxing
Day exempt from the requirement because it is part of a special period of
celebration around Christmas.

It issued a detailed explanation of how St Stephen’s Day falls within one of
the two major eight-day periods of celebration – or octaves – in the
ecclesiastical year, which take precedence over other observations such as
penance.

It added: “Octaves are weeks of joy, not abstinence, even though the Easter
Octave ranks unambiguously higher than that of Christmas.

“To consider St Stephen’s Day or Boxing Day as a day of abstinence, goes
against common sense.

“It is a special day when, uppermost in our hearts and contextual of our
celebrations is that instinctive sense of wonder at the Incarnation of Our
Saviour Jesus Christ, the meaning of the love, joy and peace we all crave at
Christmas.”

The custom of observing personal penance on Fridays was revived in a vote of
the Bishops’ Conference in 2011 to mark the first anniversary of Pope
Benedict’s visit to the UK.

Cardinal Nichols called on Catholics to express their penance for sins by
avoiding meat – a call widely understood to mean a green light for eating
fish. Vegetarian Catholics were encouraged to choose something else to give
up to mark the penance.

He explained at the time: “The Bishops’ Conference has decided to invite
Catholics to understand again the importance of self-denial which springs
from that self-sacrificing love of Christ who denied himself that we might
have life.’

“What better day than Friday because it’s the day on which our Lord died and
made that ultimate self-sacrifice.

“Not eating meat on a Friday is a gesture, a reminder of something that tells
us every week we have a very particular take on life. The gift of faith.
It’s something we treasure.”

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Chief prosecutor backs calls to allow cameras into the courtroom

  • Director of public prosecutions welcomed ‘transparency’ of filming in court
  • Alison Saunders said cameras allowed the public to see ‘justice being done’
  • Comments come after live broadcast of Oscar Pistorius trial in South Africa 

By

Emma Glanfield for MailOnline


Published:
05:22 EST, 25 October 2014

|
Updated:
09:09 EST, 25 October 2014

Alison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions (pictured), has welcomed the ‘transparency’ of filming in court and said it could have 'real benefits'

Alison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions (pictured), has welcomed the ‘transparency’ of filming in court and said it could have ‘real benefits’

Criminal trials in Britain could appear on TV after the chief prosecutor in England and Wales revealed she could see ‘real benefits’ of allowing cameras into courtrooms.

Alison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions, welcomed the ‘transparency’ of filming in court and said it had the potential to allow the public to ‘see justice being done’.

Her comments came after senior judges in Britain were left divided over the benefits of airing live criminal trials – a debate sparked by the broadcast of the Oscar Pistorius trial in South Africa.

Speaking at an event held by the Howard League for Penal Reform at law firm Clifford Chance in London, Mrs Saunders told The Times: ‘Open justice is about letting the public see justice being done and I can see real benefits of trialling cameras in criminal courts, as long as the right protections and safeguards are in place.

‘I am doing a lot of work to improve the court experience of victims and witnesses and where cameras in the courtroom would not disrupt this, or any other aspect of a trial, I would welcome the transparency, and indeed scrutiny, they could bring.’

A ban on cameras in courtrooms in England and Wales was introduced in 1925, although permission was granted last year to show civil and criminal cases at the Court of Appeal.

The rules in Scottish courts differ and a murder trial was allowed to be filmed last year after permission had been sought from all participants, including the defendant.

In comparison, in America, 38 of the 50 states allow TV cameras into criminal and civil courts, providing that the judge agrees. The relaxed rules have allowed millions to watch infamous trials like OJ Simpson’s in 1995.

Sentencing in major trials and criminal appeals, which are heard by senior judges without juries, has the potential for pulling in large audiences.

However, while Mrs Saunders and Lord Neuiberger of Abbotsbury, the president of the Supreme Court, have both come out in favour of cameras in courtrooms, other judges have expressed their reservations.

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The South African trial of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was broadcast live around the world earlier this year

The South African trial of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was broadcast live around the world earlier this year

The athlete's trial (above) was given the go-ahead to be screened live in a ruling by a Pretoria high court judge 

The athlete’s trial (above) was given the go-ahead to be screened live in a ruling by a Pretoria high court judge 

‘LANDMARK MOMENT FOR JUSTICE’

Almost a year ago exactly, TV cameras filmed a case in one of the highest courts in the country for the very first time.

On October 31 last year, viewers watched the Prime Minister’s brother Alex Cameron, QC, attempt to reduce the sentence of the ringleader of a coin-forging gang at the Court of Appeal.

It was the first time cameras had been allowed in the Royal Court of Justice since 1925 and was described as a ‘landmark moment for justice and journalism’.

The case was broadcast live on BBC and Sky News and screened live on ITV and C4 websites.

It came after five courtrooms at the Court of Appeal were given discreet fixed cameras to be operated by a court video journalist who has both legal and journalistic qualifications. 

Lawyers’ arguments and judges’ summing up, decisions and – in criminal cases – sentencing remarks may be filmed but victims, witnesses and defendants will not be filmed.

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, aired his concerns about the Pistorius trial and ordered a report on it following its broadcast.

The South African trial of the Paralympian was given the go-ahead to be broadcast in a televised ruling in a Pretoria high court.

Prior to the trial, which saw Pistorius jailed for five years for killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, Judge Dustan Mlambo said it was vital that impoverished South Africans who feel ill-treated by the justice system be given a first-hand look at the trial.

‘The justice system is still perceived as treating the rich and famous with kid gloves whilst being harsh on the poor and the vulnerable,’ he said.

‘Enabling a larger South African society to be able to follow first-hand criminal proceedings which involve a celebrity, so to speak, will go a long way into dispelling these negative and unfounded perceptions.’

Others who have expressed their concerns about British court cases being televised include the former Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge.

He has previously said filming a sentencing could spark chaos in a courtroom.

‘I’m very troubled about having cameras just swanning around,’ he said.

The 71-year-old has also told how lifting the 90-year-old filming ban could encourage hecklers to yell abuse or even cheer knowing it will be broadcast across the country.

He said that while he was ‘perfectly happy’ with cameras being taken into court ‘provided their presence doesn’t increase the risk that justice won’t be done’, he opposed the filming of the actual sentencing.

‘I take a very strong view about sentencing,’ he added. 

REAL-LIFE SCOTTISH MURDER TRIAL BROADCAST ON TV IN DOCUMENTARY

A Scottish murder trial became the first British criminal court case to be aired live on TV in 90 years.

In an unprecedented move, a film crew was allowed access to an entire case – including the moment a businessman was convicted of murdering his wife.

Cameras have been banned within the precincts of court since 1925, but Channel 4 was granted permission to follow the six-week retrial of Nat Fraser at the High Court in Edinburgh in 2012.

After three years of negotiation, the Scottish High Court gave the Channel 4 documentary team permission to film the judge, lawyers, defendant and witnesses during the high-profile retrial of Fraser who was accused of killing his wife Arlene.

The two-hour documentary, called The Murder Trial, was broadcast on July 9 last year.

A TV crew was allowed to film the re-trial of Nat Fraser who was accused and convicted of murdering his wife Arlene. Six cameras were allowed in the Edinburgh courtroom for the first time since 1925
Fraser was accused of hiring a hitman to murder his estranged wife (pictured), who vanished from her home in Elgin, Moray, in April 1998

A TV crew was allowed to film the re-trial of Nat Fraser (left) who was accused and convicted of murdering his wife Arlene (right). Six cameras were allowed in the Edinburgh courtroom for the first time since 1925

Bafta-winning filmmaker director Nick Holt, who directed the documentary, said it was right that the public were given greater access to the court system.

TV crews used six remotely-controlled cameras to capture all of the unfolding drama within the court room.

Fraser was accused of hiring a hitman to murder his estranged wife, who vanished from her home in Elgin, Moray, in April 1998.

Her body has never been found, there was no weapon, no crime scene and her husband appeared to have a cast iron alibi for the day she disappeared. 

He was first brought to trial in 2003 for her murder and was found guilty.

However, he argued that the trial was a miscarriage of justice and challenged the verdict in the highest courts in the land. The case became a cause celebre.

Eventually, after years of protesting his innocence, the conviction was quashed in 2011.

In April 2012, Fraser was sent back to the High Court in Edinburgh for a fresh trial, 14 years after his wife’s disappearance, and was found guilty of murder for a second time.

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Cardiff deputy headmaster jailed after installing cameras into toilets and showers

  • Father-of-four jailed for 31 counts of voyerism and possessing 16,000 images
  • It has been revealed he has lodged appeal against the length of sentence
  • In total he captured 31 students aged between 11 and 16 on spy cameras

By

Chris Pleasance for MailOnline


Published:
05:18 EST, 25 October 2014

|
Updated:
09:09 EST, 25 October 2014

A former deputy headmaster who admitted using hidden cameras to spy on pupils as they went to the toilet is appealing the length of his five-year sentence, it has emerged.

Gareth Williams, who worked at Ysgol Gymraeg Gyfun Glantaf in Cardiff, pleaded guilty to 31 charges of voyeurism and making more than 16,000 indecent images of children earlier this year.

The married father-of-four, 47, was sentenced to five years in prison, but it is understood that an appeal over the length of his sentence is now pending with the Court of Appeal.

Gareth Williams, a former deputy headmaster who was caught filming children going to the toilet with pinhole cameras installed in his school has appealed against the length of his five-year sentence

Williams set up pinhole cameras in clocks, fans and toilet cisterns to film semi-naked children, and even put a camera in the toilet of changing rooms on sports day to catch as many as possible.

He also installed cameras in two private homes. A total of 31 children at the 1,300-strong school aged between 11 and 16 were captured on camera.

At his sentencing, prosecutor Michael Jones said: ‘This was a serious systematic abuse of trust – a devious and determined invasion of privacy of the children.

‘The effect on children, staff and parents was one of complete and utter disbelief.’

Judge Rhys Rowlands had said: ‘This is a dreadful and protracted breach of trust on your behalf.

‘As a result of your depraved behaviour you have lost your career, livelihood and reputation. 

‘But this is nothing compared to the worry and real horror which is felt by parents who have trusted their children to you.’

Williams pleaded guilty 31 counts of voyerism, and admitted making 16,000 indecent images of children after intsalling spy cameras in clocks, fans and toilet cisterns

Williams pleaded guilty 31 counts of voyerism, and admitted making 16,000 indecent images of children after intsalling spy cameras in clocks, fans and toilet cisterns

At the time of his sentencing a judge told Williams, who was the deputy head at Ysgol Gymraeg Gyfun Glantaf (pictured), that he had committed a 'dreadful and protracted breach of trust'

At the time of his sentencing a judge told Williams, who was the deputy head at Ysgol Gymraeg Gyfun Glantaf (pictured), that he had committed a ‘dreadful and protracted breach of trust’

Williams, of Rhiwbina, Cardiff, had been deputy headteacher of Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf in the capital – the largest Welsh language medium school in the country.

He was investigated by police after computer specialists found he had been purchasing paedophilic images on the internet.

His home was raided, and officers discovered two laptops, 11 memory sticks and pinhole camera gear. Williams had also installed software on his computers allowing him to browse the internet undetected.

There was an outcry after he continued receiving a salary of around £65,000-a-year after being arrested and remanded in custody in January.

He was dismissed by the school following his sentencing in May. It was estimated that he was paid around £16,000 after he made his first guilty pleas.

 

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Six of the best gifts for dogs

Mungo and Maud dog leads
Mungo and Maud dog leads for Mulberry 

By Ashley Clarke

7:00AM BST 24 Oct 2014

1. American Apparel dog coat

£24

Dressing your dog is, let’s face it, a minefield — nobody wants to have man’s
best friend looking like Paris Hilton’s tutu-toting chihuahua circa 2001.
The key is to look like you’re not trying too hard. Barbour does good waxed
coats if practicality’s your prime concern, but for something a bit more
modern and fun, American Apparel makes these dog hoodies. They come in a
rainbow of colours, have a soft fleecy lining for winter walks, and sizes
extend from XXS for pint-size pups to XXL for prodigious pooches. To boot,
they come with a sweatshop-free guarantee and are made in LA. If hounds
could be hipsters …

2. Mungo & Maud lead for Mulberry

£100

call Mulberry on 02074913900; mungoandmaud.com

Mungo & Maud opened in 2005 calling itself an “edgy new concept in dog and
cat stores”. At £100 a pop, the accessories they have designed for Mulberry
certainly aren’t cheap, but you’d be hard pushed to find a finer-looking
lead. An ideal treat for the style-conscious canine.

3. Rosewood Kong dog toy

£7.50–£9

johnlewis.com

The Kong is a peculiar-looking chew toy that comes in a variety of sizes and
aids cleaning of dog teeth. That’s only the boring part – the toy’s main USP
is the hole in its centre that is designed to be stuffed with treats. It’s a
good way to measure how many you’re giving and the toy is made of virtually
invincible rubber so your dog can chew away for hours. Pro tip: spread some
peanut butter in the centre of the toy for extra loyalty points.

4. Paul Smith & Thomas Goode china dog bowl

£105

paulsmith.co.uk

The fashion designer Paul Smith collaborated with tableware maestro and royal
warrant holder Thomas Goode on a range of crockery that includes this rather
high-calibre dog dinner dish. The hefty bowl features Smith’s signature
stripe, is 100 per cent bone china, and has gold leaf trim. Perfect for the
distinguished dog.

5. Mattress dog bed

£46.95

joules.com

Square shapes are best for dog beds because they slot perfectly into corners,
and washable is a must. This duck-print pet bed from Joules is hard to beat,
and has a removable cover for easy washing.

6.Retriever dummies

£7.99–£12.99

workingdogcompany.co.uk

For serious dogs who wouldn’t be seen dead using or wearing any of the above
kit, Working Dog Company makes these highly practical retriever training
dummies in a range of sizes.

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Countdown to Christmas: the shopping starts today

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The window display at Hamleys toy shop
 

6:00AM BST 24 Oct 2014

The clocks have not yet gone back, tomatoes are still growing in the garden
and leaves are still clinging to the trees.

Yet according to a survey of shoppers, today officially marks the beginning of
the countdown to Christmas.

The figures revealed that 41 per cent of Brits will begin their festive
shopping this Friday. Many will not even wait until Halloween is out of the
way to start finding presents for loved ones.

Conducted by the Ideal Home Show at Christmas and sponsored by Go Compare, the
survey also found that Northerners are more generous with gifts than
tight-fisted Londoners.

Each person in the North West will spend an average of £340 on gifts whereas
shoppers in the capital will only spend a miserly £288. Shoppers in
Yorkshire will buy an average of 17 presents yet Londoners will only buy
eleven gifts.

The average shopper will buy 14 presents, each around the cost of £24. Women
buy three more presents than men and seven per cent of women will buy over
50 gifts this year. The study also found that on average we will spend more
than £20,000 on Christmas gifts in a lifetime.

However, shoppers able to afford the perfect present might have to cross the
pond this year to find what they are looking for.

The Neiman Marcus luxury department store in Dallas has produced a list of ten
fantasy gifts – but they do not come cheap. Of the 10 presents, the cheapest
is a $25,000 custom-made silk peacock designed by Preston Bailey, who has
thrown parties for the Trump family and Oprah Winfrey.

Other gifts include a trip to the Oscars with a sought-after ticket to the
star-studded Vanity Fair after party. That will set the buyer back $425,000.

The catalogue also features a $35,000 cocktail shaker, a $300,000 racetrack,
and $55,000 worth of luxury linens.

Brady White, as Santa Claus, plays with the Slot Mods USA Ultimate Slot
Car Raceway during the unveiling of the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book in
Dallas, USA.

The cost of the 1:32 scale model race track is $300,000.

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Fenwick reader evening: Christmas wrapped up

To shop now – or keep your powder dry? Forget brandy butter or double cream: that is the perennial holiday conundrum. But here’s a solution…

24 October 2014

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Cream embellished Lace dress, £2250, Huishan Zhang; available at Fenwick Bond Street

Holding your nerve and waiting for the sales to get going in late December seems the financially prudent choice: in theory you can swoop in at the last, snaffle everything on your christmas list, then return home bathed in the righteous glow of money saved.

Yet that tactic demands serious chutzpah and an appetite for risk. What if your must-haves have already been had? Buying early is the safer, but costlier, option.

For Daily Telegraph readers in the know, however, there is a Third Way. Next month, we will once again have the great pleasure of partnering Fenwick for a series of mustn’t-miss, pre-Christmas reader-shopping events to be held up and down the nation. Fenwick has a particularly strong fashion buy – and our stylist Sophie Warburton has chosen some marvellous pieces from its current offering to star on this page – but the discounts of up to 20 per cent available will extend across the stores’ ranges. All of which make our reader events a great Christmas shopping opportunity for everyone on your list.

Dates, discount details, and information about all the refreshments and entertainments on offer at our ten special evenings are listed alongside, along with the
registration form
you need to fill to secure a spot.

And then, thanks again to Fenwick, you can enjoy the ultimate Christmas shopping experience.


Sign up for your tickets here

Monday, November 17 and Wednesday, November 19

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

Up to 20 per cent off selected womenswear, menswear, bags, jewellery, shoes, accessories, lingerie, childrenswear, furniture, cookware, linens, Christmas shop, gifts and luggage. Plus 15 per cent off selected televisions and large electricals. 10 per cent off selected toys, small electricals and food. Enjoy a Christmas choir, jazz, funk and swing bands.

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Cream silk blouse, £335, Armani Collezioni; Bond Street, Newcastle. Black trousers, £255, Joseph; Bond Street, Newcastle, York. Red suede heels, £120, Carvela; all stores.

Wednesday, November 19

BENTALLS, KINGSTON UPON THAMES

Up to 20 per cent off selected womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, toys, gifts, christmas decorations, shoes, jewellery, bags, luggage, cosmetics, fragrance, lingerie, nightwear, linen, housewares. Plus 20 per cent off furniture, Samsung TV & Audio. 10 per cent off TV, audio, electrical, food, wine. Live swing band with Frank Sinatra tribute singer.

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Headband with net, £229, Mich Dulce; Bond Street. Cream wool/cashmere pullover, £275, MaxMara; all stores. White shorts, £85, Bodas; Bond Street. Knee-high socks, £29.95, Maxmara; all stores.

(Under tree) Gold ‘Bond’ shoes, £270, Kurt Geiger; all stores. Wool scarf, £285, Jonathan Saunders; Bond Street. Patent bag, £1,130, Launer; Bond Street. Red hat, £99, Whiteley; Bond Street, Newcastle, Brent Cross. Cognac leather gloves, £65, Dents; Bond Street, Newcastle, Brent Cross, Tunbridge Wells, York, Windsor.

Monday, November 24

WILLIAMS & GRIFFIN COLCHESTER

20 per cent off selected womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, shoes, accessories, bags, jewellery, lingerie, luggage, gifts, cookware, linens, furniture, beds and rugs.

10 per cent off beauty, electricals, festive food and drink, toys. Music will be provided by saxophonist Claire McInerney, Danny Mills and Rat Pack-style vocalist Ray Durrant.

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Tuesday, November 25

TUNBRIDGE WELLS

20 per cent off womenswear, menswear, accessories, lingerie, jewellery, cosmetics, fragrance, shoes, luggage, cookware, china and glass, linens and Christmas Shop. Plus 10 per cent off toys, small electricals. Festive music from the Rusthall Choir, harpist Ellen Smith, saxophonist Claire McInerney. A tombola will also be run in aid of the Eva Florence Trust.

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Camel alpaca/wool teddy coat, £630, MaxMara; all stores. Camel jacket, £340, Eileen Fisher; Bond Street, Newcastle, Brent Cross, Tunbridge Wells, York.

Tuesday, November 25

YORK

20 per cent off selected cosmetics and beauty, womenswear and menswear. Plus 20 per cent off childrenswear, accessories, toys, Christmas decorations and cards, homewares. Plus 10 per cent off Christmas food and drink. Carol singers and songs from the cast of Stephen Sondheim’s musical ‘Into the Woods’ currently at York’s Grand Opera House.

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Wednesday, November 26

NEW BOND STREET, LONDON W1

20 per cent off womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, accessories, shoes, cosmetics, fragrances, lingerie, toys and cards and 10 per cent off Carluccio’s Deli and gifts. Enjoy jazz, Christmas choir from Colla Voce, Rat Pack group and DJ.

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Cream wool jacket, £699 and cream skirt, £349, both Moschino; Bond Street, Brent Cross. Cocktail ring, £138, Kenneth Jay Lane; Bond Street, Brent Cross, Newcastle. Black suede shoes, £235, Lucy Choi; all branches.

Wednesday, November 26

CANTERBURY

20 per cent off womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, jewellery, accessories, lingerie, linens, cookshop, rugs, lighting, cards, stationery and gifts. Plus 10 per cent off cosmetics, toys electricals, gift food and carpets. There’s music from King’s School Chamber, Simon Langton Girls Choir and Northbourne Park School Choir plus a jazz trio.

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Wednesday, November 26

WINDSOR

20 per cent off all womenswear, beauty, fragrance, gifts, bags, scarves, gloves. Music from an acoustic string quartet and guitarist.

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Tuesday, December 2

BRENT CROSS, LONDON NW4

20 per cent off womenswear, menswear, accessories, lingerie, cosmetics, selected fragrances, childrenswear, luggage, furniture, home and cookware, toys and the Christmas Emporium. Plus 10 per cent off electricals. Christmas choir, Caribe Steel Band, jazz and Father Christmas.

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Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli to be quizzed after he ‘threatened his mother’s neighbour’&nbsp;

  • Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli quizzed over claims he ‘threatened’ woman 
  • He was reportedly visiting his mother in Wythenshawe area of Manchester
  • Parked his Ferrari F12 Berlinetta before residents started taking pictures
  • Balotelli is then said to have come out to remonstrate with one neighbour
  • Woman involved claims she was left ‘frightened and speechless’ by the rant
  • Greater Manchester Police ‘investigating a report of threatening behaviour’

By

Julian Robinson for MailOnline


Published:
03:47 EST, 24 October 2014

|
Updated:
08:58 EST, 24 October 2014

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is being investigated by police over claims he threatened his mother’s neighbour for taking pictures of his £240,000 Ferrari.

Police were called to a housing estate in the Wythenshawe area of Manchester at 3pm yesterday, when the 24-year-old was reportedly visiting his mother Rose Barwuah.

The controversial Italian footballer parked his Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and a number of residents came out to take pictures before going back indoors.

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Someone who was not involved in the alleged incident took this photograph of Mario Balotelli's Ferrari parked in a housing estate in the Wythenshawe area of Manchester

Someone who was not involved in the alleged incident took this photograph of Mario Balotelli’s Ferrari parked in a housing estate in the Wythenshawe area of Manchester

Mario Balotelli (pictured) is being investigated by police over claims he threatened his mother's neighbour for taking pictures of his £240,000 Ferrari

Mario Balotelli (pictured) is being investigated by police over claims he threatened his mother’s neighbour for taking pictures of his £240,000 Ferrari

Mario Balotelli arriving at Liverpool's Melwood training ground in his red Ferrari on Thursday morning

Mario Balotelli arriving at Liverpool’s Melwood training ground in his red Ferrari on Thursday morning

Balotelli is then said to have come out to remonstrate with one neighbour.

The alleged victim told the Manchester Evening News that the former Manchester City striker stooped down to look through her front window before launching into a tirade as she came to the front door of the property.

The woman, who asked not to be named, was visiting her own mother at the time and said the footballer left her ‘frightened and speechless’ by the rant.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: ‘We are investigating a report of threatening behaviour. Officers will be speaking to all concerned in due course.’ 

The woman said: ‘I hadn’t even taken any pictures. He came and looked through the front window. He was wearing a black beanie hat and he gave me a bit of a fright. 

The alleged incident is said to have taken place on this road in the Wythenshawe area of Manchester, where the 24-year-old was reportedly visiting his mother Rose Barwuah

The alleged incident is said to have taken place on this road in the Wythenshawe area of Manchester, where the 24-year-old was reportedly visiting his mother Rose Barwuah

The woman was visiting her own mother at the time and said the footballer (pictured) left her ‘frightened and speechless’ by the rant

‘Then when I came to the door he was getting right near me and pointing in my face saying “you took pictures of my car” and I kept telling him “I didn’t, I didn’t”.

‘Then he said, “if you do anything with them, I’ll come back, I’m warning you”, which to me was a direct threat. 

‘I don’t care who he is, I won’t be threatened like that by anyone. He’s a big guy and it was very frightening.’

The woman’s mother said: ‘When he was at City he’d come round all the time and sit with us, so for him to be so nasty is a shock.

‘We used to cook him eggs, bacon and tomato and now he treats us like this. It’s not on.’

Mario Balotelli is pictured with his ex-fiancee Fanny Neguesha in Miami in July this year 

Mario Balotelli is pictured with his ex-fiancee Fanny Neguesha in Miami in July this year 

The incident came a day after Balotelli was caught swapping shirts with Real Madrid defender Pepe at half time during Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat in the Champions League at Anfield

The incident came a day after Balotelli was caught swapping shirts with Real Madrid defender Pepe at half time during Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat in the Champions League at Anfield

Mario Balotelli is pictured right in action during Liverpool's Champion's League game against Real Madrid this week

Mario Balotelli is pictured right in action during Liverpool’s Champion’s League game against Real Madrid this week

Other neighbours said that Balotellihad always been friendly towards them while visiting his mother.

Brian Robinson, 76, said: ‘I’ve had my photograph taken with him and he’s always been pretty good. He likes to have a laugh and a joke with us.

‘I guess he could get peeved with people pestering him for autographs. But he’s always been OK with me.’

Hayley Ashton, 28, saw the striker leaving his mother’s house on Thursday. She said: ‘I didn’t see him arguing with anybody.’ 

Pictures of the car on the road were taken by someone not involved in the incident. 

Liverpool Football Club said they would not be commenting until all the facts had been established.

MailOnline has requested a comment from the footballer’s representatives. 

The incident came a day after Balotelli was caught swapping shirts with Real Madrid defender Pepe at half time during Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat in the Champions League at Anfield – prompting claims he was not fully committed to the team’s cause.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admitted he would ‘deal with’ the £16million signing from AC Milan.

He has been caught up in controversy in the past and in October 2013 it was reported that he had to flee his £3million mansion after fireworks were let off in his bathroom. 

The same month he wore a T-shirt saying ‘Why Always Me?’ after scoring against Manchester United in response to adverse media attention.

Balotelli was born in Sicily to immigrants from Ghana. But his parents gave him up for adoption aged two as he had a life-threatening intestinal condition made worse by their impoverished conditions.

She later developed a relationship with her son and moved to Manchester in 2011 to be nearer him. She still lives in the city even though he left Manchester City for AC Milan in 2013 and now plays for Liverpool.

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NYC Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer’s fiancee and TWO friends quarantined

  • Dr Craig Spencer, 33, who returned to the U.S. from Guinea, was admitted to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday
  • He flew through Brussels, Belgium and arrived in New York on October 17
  • The doctor was taken to hospital from his home in Harlem on October 23 after developing an 103F fever, diarrhea and nausea
  • Spencer reported feeling sluggish on Tuesday but only developed a temperature on Thursday morning
  • On Wednesday night, Dr Spencer, who had been self-monitoring his symptoms, went to a bowling alley in Brooklyn by subway and taxi
  • His fiancee Morgan Dixon is being quarantined as a precaution at Bellevue Hospital; His two friends are in self-quarantine at home
  • ‘Disease detectives’ have fanned out to trace the patients’ contacts in order to identify anyone who may be at risk
  • President Obama is offering federal support to New York as it responds to its first Ebola case 

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There is growing concern today for those closest to New York’s Ebola-stricken doctor after his fiancée and two friends were placed in quarantine.

Dr Craig Spencer, 33, is being cared for in isolation at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan after being confirmed as the first Ebola case in the country’s most populous city.  

He was taken in an ambulance by a hazmat crew from his home in Harlem on Thursday morning with 100.3F fever, diarrhea, nausea, pain and fatigue.

The NYPD were seen cordoning off the street where the doctor lives with his 30-year-old fiancee, Morgan Dixon. She is also in quarantine at Bellevue as a precaution but has no symptoms. Two of the doctor’s friends have been asked to self-quarantine at home.   

Dr Spencer returned to the U.S. on October 17 from Ebola ‘hot zone’ Guinea where he was treating patients with non-profit, Doctors Without Borders.   

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Dr Craig Spencer, 33, pictured in hazardous protective clothing before he headed to Guinea in West Africa to care for Ebola patients. The doctor was admitted to Bellevue Hospital in New York City on Thursday with the virus

Dr Craig Spencer, 33, pictured in hazardous protective clothing before he headed to Guinea in West Africa to care for Ebola patients. The doctor was admitted to Bellevue Hospital in New York City on Thursday with the virus

Morgan Dixon (pictured right), Dr Spencer's girlfriend, is also being quarantined at Bellevue where she is being monitored for possible Ebola symptoms

Morgan Dixon (pictured right), Dr Spencer’s girlfriend, is also being quarantined at Bellevue where she is being monitored for possible Ebola symptoms

Dr Spencer, 33, returned from West Africa on October 17 and was taken to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday after reporting a 103F fever

Dr Spencer, 33, returned from West Africa on October 17 and was taken to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday after reporting a 103F fever

TIMELINE: THE RUN-UP TO DR SPENCER’S EBOLA DIAGNOSIS 

  • September 16: Dr Craig Spencer flew to Guinea to treat Ebola patients as a member of the French organization Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontiers)
  • October 16: Dr Spencer left Guinea, flew to Brussels in Belgium and was screened for Ebola at JFK
  • October 22: The doctor goes on a three-mile run around Harlem close to the home he shares with his girlfriend Morgan Dixon on 147th Street
  • October 22 afternoon: He took the 1 subway train to the High Line garden bridge on the west side of Manhattan. Had lunch at a restaurant
  • October 22 evening: He took the A train from his home to 14th St- 8 Ave subway station and changed to the L train to Bedford Avenue.
  • October 22 late: Doctor went to The Gutter bowling alley with his girlfriend then takes an Uber cab home
  • October 23, 10am-11am: The doctor contacts the health department to report that he has a fever. Admitted to Bellevue Hospital in midtown Manhattan and tested
  • October, 8.30pm: Dr Spencer’s test comes back positive for Ebola 

New York officials have been preparing for months for the possibility of an Ebola outbreak but confirmation of the first case still sent waves of fear through the city.

Dr Spencer moved around New York City for a week between the time he arrived back from Africa on October 17 and the time he fell ill on October 23 –  raising concerns about who else he may have come into contact with while infected with the virus.

The doctor has been giving a detailed history of his movements – which include going for a three-mile run near his Harlem home, visiting tourist attraction the High Line in Chelsea and going bowling in Brooklyn – from his isolation room at Bellevue. 

The doctor, who is originally from Detroit, Michigan, had reportedly been feeling sluggish on Tuesday but did not develop the Ebola symptoms on Tuesday.

On Thursday morning, he reported his fever immediately and Doctors Without Borders said it promptly notified the city health department who sent out a hazmat crew. 

The 33-year-old works at Columbia University Medical Center but has not treated any patients at the hospital since returning from Africa a week ago. 

Dr Spencer’s two friends have not been identified. The driver of an Uber car that Dr Spencer traveled in has also been identified but has been deemed not at risk.

HazMat Team in protective gear decontaminating after transporting Ebola patient, Dr Craig Spencer, by ambulance to Bellevue Hospital, this afternoon in Manhattan

HazMat Team in protective gear decontaminating after transporting Ebola patient, Dr Craig Spencer, by ambulance to Bellevue Hospital, this afternoon in Manhattan

A woman in a mask arrives at the front entrance of Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan today  after the first case of Ebola was confirmed in New York City 

A woman in a mask arrives at the front entrance of Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan today after the first case of Ebola was confirmed in New York City 

A pedestrian, wearing a mask, walks near the apartment building of Dr Craig Spencer today in the Harlem neighborhood of New York

A pedestrian, wearing a mask, walks near the apartment building of Dr Craig Spencer today in the Harlem neighborhood of New York

Uber confirmed one of their drivers had provided a car for Dr Spencer on Thursday evening.  

It read: ‘We immediately contacted the CDC and NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH), which stated that neither our driver partner nor any of his subsequent passengers are at risk. 

‘We have communicated this to the driver, and the NYC DOHMH medical team met with the driver in person, assuring him that he is not at risk. Our thoughts are with the patient and his loved ones.’

Miss Dixon, who shares an apartment in Harlem with Dr Spencer has not developed Ebola symptoms but is being monitored closely at Bellevue. 

She works as a development associate at The Hope Program in Brooklyn, a teaching program to help New Yorkers in poverty become self-sufficient.

As an intern and teacher she spent time working in Costa Rica, China and Guatemala before returning to the US in 2011 to take up a role as a monitoring and evaluation intern.

She has a Masters of Public Administration from NYU Wagner and a BA in Sociology and Ecologically Sustainable Development from Beloit College.

Her profile states she is ‘an ultimate frisbee player, a friend to coffee and enjoy exploring the world with family and friends’.

It is not clear how long Dr Spencer and Ms Dixon have been engaged. Pictures of the couple on Facebook show them happily posing as they travel the world.

Dr Spencer was feeling poorly on Wednesday when he went to The Gutter - a busy, trendy bowling alley in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (pictured)

Dr Spencer was feeling poorly on Wednesday when he went to The Gutter – a busy, trendy bowling alley in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (pictured)

The NYPD guard an apartment building where Dr Spencer lives with his fiancée Morgan Dixon on West 147th St in Harlem on Thurday night

The NYPD guard an apartment building where Dr Spencer lives with his fiancée Morgan Dixon on West 147th St in Harlem on Thurday night

Dr Spencer rode on New York City's subway system and traveled in an Uber cab home to Harlem on October 22. He also went for a jog, ate at a restaurant, and visited popular  tourist destination, The Highline

Dr Spencer rode on New York City’s subway system and traveled in an Uber cab home to Harlem on October 22. He also went for a jog, ate at a restaurant, and visited popular tourist destination, The Highline

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo held a press conference at Bellevue Hospital on Thursday night after Dr Spencer tested positive for Ebola.

‘Today, testing confirmed that a patient here in New York City has tested positive or Ebola,’ Mayor de Blasio said.

The mayor reassured New Yorkers they were safe, adding that being in a subway car with someone with Ebola symptoms, for example, does not put you at risk because ‘Ebola is an extremely difficult disease to get’.

He added: ‘Every hospital in the city is prepared in the event other patients come forward.’

Governor Cuomo said the city was well-prepared for an Ebola emergency.

‘[We were] hoping that it didn’t happen but also realistic,’ Cuomo said. ‘We can’t say this is unexpected.’ 

Governor Cuomo revealed that four people were considered potentially exposed to Dr. Spencer ‘during the relevant period’.

‘We’re already in contact with the four people,’ the governor said.

Calming fears: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo assembled at Bellevue Hospital for a press conference (pictured) following Spencer's positive test results. Both officials maintained that Ebola is an extremely difficult disease to catch

Calming fears: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo assembled at Bellevue Hospital for a press conference (pictured) following Spencer’s positive test results. Both officials maintained that Ebola is an extremely difficult disease to catch

Mayor de Blasio (pictured left) said it was unlikely Ebola would be transmitted in a place like on a subway train because it 'is an extremely difficult disease to get'

Mayor de Blasio (pictured left) said it was unlikely Ebola would be transmitted in a place like on a subway train because it ‘is an extremely difficult disease to get’

Dr Spencer returned to the U.S. from West Africa on October 17, flying through Brussels to JFK in New York City

Dr Spencer returned to the U.S. from West Africa on October 17, flying through Brussels to JFK in New York City

PRESIDENT OBAMA PROMISES FEDERAL AID TO EBOLA-HIT NYC

President Obama is offering federal support to New York as it responds to its first Ebola case.

Obama spoke Thursday night to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. 

The White House says some officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were already on the ground, with another team expected to have arrived late Thursday.

Obama is asking Cuomo and de Blasio to stay in close touch with Ron Klain, Obama’s ‘Ebola czar,’ and public health officials in Washington.

He’s pledging more help if needed to ensure proper care for the patient and safety for health workers and the public.

A doctor who treated Ebola patients in West Africa tested positive Thursday. He’s the fourth Ebola case diagnosed in the U.S.

New York City Department of Health Commissioner Dr Mary Travis Bassett reported that Dr Spencer took three different subway trains - the 1, the A and the L (pictured) hours before he developed Ebola symptoms

New York City Department of Health Commissioner Dr Mary Travis Bassett reported that Dr Spencer took three different subway trains – the 1, the A and the L (pictured) hours before he developed Ebola symptoms

Before Dr Spencer was admitted to Bellevue between 1pm and 2pm on Thursday, staff spent about three hours shutting off certain areas of the hospital to isolate the seventh-floor ward where he would be kept.

‘Anyone would be scared to be next door to a patient. But if we do it the right way there’s nothing to be scared of,’ said the nurse aide, Kirk Elphage.

A woman at the Bellevue information desk identified herself to a staff member as the patient’s fianceé. She appeared very agitated and declined to comment.   

‘It is our understanding very few people were in direct contact with him,’ Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday night. ‘Every protocol has been followed. We’re hoping for a good outcome for this individual.’ 

HEALTH OFFICIALS USE TABASCO SAUCE IN EBOLA TRAINING

At the Ebola unit at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, the staff have been practicing treating fake patients who’ve been sprayed at random with the spicy pepper sauce, reports ABC.

Tobacco sauce is produced out of Louisiana by McIlhenny Co. from red peppers called Capsicum frutescens.

When human skin comes into contact with capsaicin, the ‘spicy chemical’ in the peppers, it will tingle as the brain’s pain and temperature receptors are activated at the same time’In a way, it gives feedback immediately,’ said Dr. Bruce Meyer, an executive vice president at the hospital.

The hospital’s director of infection prevention, Doramarie Arocha, came up with the idea to replicate Ebola fluids with Tobasco Sauce just recently. Nurse Elizabeth Thomas told ABC said that health workers were originally training with ketchup mixed with water.

Once workers in training took off their protective gear at the end of the drill, Arocha asked everyone to rub their eyes and touch their lips to determine whether or not they were free of Tobasco sauce which in a more dire circumstance could lead to transmission of the deadly virus.

‘But we didn’t have the burning sensation,’ Thomas said. ‘So that’s how we knew we were doing the right thing.’

Warning signs: A New York City Department of Health and Hospitals Police officer walks past the entrance to  Bellevue  Hospital after a doctor who recently returned to New York from West Africa was rushed  with a fever

Warning signs: A New York City Department of Health and Hospitals Police officer walks past the entrance to Bellevue Hospital after a doctor who recently returned to New York from West Africa was rushed with a fever

Positive: Seen here is the entrance to  Bellevue  Hospital in New York City, where Spencer tested positive for Ebola Thursday night. At left, media began to gather into the evening as news spread of the doctor's diagnosis

Positive: Seen here is the entrance to Bellevue Hospital in New York City, where Spencer tested positive for Ebola Thursday night. At left, media began to gather into the evening as news spread of the doctor’s diagnosis

Spencer was rushed to Bellevue in this ambulance Thursday.  EMTs in full Ebola gear arrived and took him to Bellevue surrounded by police squad cars

Spencer was rushed to Bellevue in this ambulance Thursday.  EMTs in full Ebola gear arrived and took him to Bellevue surrounded by police squad cars

Treated: Spencer was being treated at Bellevue Hospital, the health department said. The historic city hospital is one of the eight in New York state designated this month as part of an Ebola preparedness plan

Treated: Spencer was being treated at Bellevue Hospital, the health department said. The historic city hospital is one of the eight in New York state designated this month as part of an Ebola preparedness plan

Members of Bellevue Hospital staff wear protective clothing as they demonstrate how they would receive a suspected Ebola patient on October 8. On Thursday they  got the chance to implement their skills

Members of Bellevue Hospital staff wear protective clothing as they demonstrate how they would receive a suspected Ebola patient on October 8. On Thursday they got the chance to implement their skills

The doctor’s neighbor John Roston told the Daily News Spencer lived with a girlfriend. Mr Roston added: ‘I hope he feels better, I hope it’s not Ebola, I hope it’s the flu.’

Health officials and police officers fanned out around Spencer’s 147th Street and Broadway apartment handing out flyers, knocking on doors and asking neighbors about potential contact with him.

initial news of Spencer’s potential infection led the CDC to ready a ‘team of specialists for epidemiology, infection control and communications’ to travel to New York City on Thursday night, reports the Washington Post

Spencer, who had been working for MSF in Africa, had been checking in regularly with the charity group to monitor his condition. However, investigators were taking the case seriously because he did not quarantine himself on his return from Guinea, CNN reported. Ebola has an incubation period of 21 days.

Spencer flew back through Brussels, Belgium into JFK Aiport in Queens, New York on October 17.  

Dr Spencer, pictured with girlfriend Morgan Dixon at right. He is being cared for in an isolation unit at Bellevue hospital in Manhattan but spent the previous evening out in busy Wiliamsburg
Dr Spencer, pictured with girlfriend Morgan Dixon. He is being cared for in an isolation unit at Bellevue hospital in Manhattan

Dr Spencer, pictured with girlfriend Morgan Dixon at right. He is being cared for in an isolation unit at Bellevue hospital in Manhattan but spent the previous evening out in busy Williamsburg

It is believed that Dr Spencer went to The Gutter bowling alley in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Wednesday night, hours before he reported a 103F fever and nausea

It is believed that Dr Spencer went to The Gutter bowling alley in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Wednesday night, hours before he reported a 103F fever and nausea

What happened at The Gutter? An exterior view of The Gutter, where reporters - but no one in hazmat suits - gathered after news of Dr Spencer's movements broke. Spencer went out for the night Wednesday to one of Williamsburg's two bowling alleys

What happened at The Gutter? An exterior view of The Gutter, where reporters – but no one in hazmat suits – gathered after news of Dr Spencer’s movements broke. Spencer went out for the night Wednesday to one of Williamsburg’s two bowling alleys

Last night, he took the subway–most likely including the extremely busy L train–to a bowling alley in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He took an Uber taxi home.

Which bowling alley Spencer visited was not immediately clear, but there are only two in the area. 

One of them, Brooklyn Bowl – a 16-lane bowling alley, bar and music venue – confirmed to MailOnline it would open on Thursday night.

An employee at the other alley, The Gutter, declined to tell MailOnline whether or not it intended to open their doors on Thursday.

The doctor flew to Africa on September 18 to treat patients in Guinea with MSF, a non-profit organization.

On September 18, Dr Spencer tweeted a picture of himself wearing a full yellow hazmat suit and face mask with the message: ‘Off to Guinea with Doctors Without Borders. Please support organizations that are sending support or personnel to West Africa, and help combat one of the worst public health and humanitarian disasters in recent history.’

Spreaing the word: Members of the New York City Department of Health speak to neighbors of a Dr. Craig Spencer, who is suspected to have Ebola in in the Harlem section of New York

Spreaing the word: Members of the New York City Department of Health speak to neighbors of a Dr. Craig Spencer, who is suspected to have Ebola in in the Harlem section of New York

A neighborhood watches: Neighbors of Spencer’s hold Ebola information cards in the Harlem, where response teams fanned out following news of the doctor’s possible Ebola symptoms

Spencer's apartment in Manhattan's Harlem neighborhood was sealed off but the rest of the six-story brick building remained open to residents, health officials said

Spencer’s apartment in Manhattan’s Harlem neighborhood was sealed off but the rest of the six-story brick building remained open to residents, health officials said

The doctor was transported by a specially-trained hazmat unit wearing Personal Protective Equipment on Thursday by ambulance to Bellevue from his Harlem home (pictured)
The doctor was transported by a specially-trained hazmat unit wearing Personal Protective Equipment on Thursday by ambulance to Bellevue from his Harlem home (pictured)

The doctor was transported by a specially-trained hazmat unit wearing Personal Protective Equipment on Thursday by ambulance to Bellevue from his Harlem home (pictured)

On October 16, he checked in at a hotel in Brussels, Belgium, presumably on his return journey from Guinea to the U.S. 

Spencer has been a fellow of international emergency medicine at Columbia University-New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City since 2011, according to his profile on the LinkedIn career website. 

He described himself on LinkedIn as fluent in Chinese, French and Spanish.

Dr Spencer had been self-monitoring for symptoms of Ebola but had not been in quarantine on returning from West Africa

Dr Spencer had been self-monitoring for symptoms of Ebola but had not been in quarantine on returning from West Africa

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said on Thursday: ‘EMS HAZ-TAC Units transported a patient to Bellevue Hospital who presented a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms.

‘The patient is a health care worker who returned to the U.S. within the past 21 days from one of the three countries currently facing the outbreak of this virus.

‘The patient was transported by a specially trained HAZ TAC unit wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).’ 

Bellevue Hospital is the designated center for the isolation and treatment of potential Ebola patients in New York. 

The health department added: ‘New York City is taking all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of all New Yorkers.

‘Bellevue and the New York State Department of Health will ensure that all staff caring for the patient do so while following the utmost safety guidelines and protocols.’  

So-called ‘disease detectives’ are tracing the patients’ contacts in order to identify anyone who may be at risk.

Authorities also reassured New Yorkers the chances of catching Ebola were slim unless a person came in direct contact with a contagious Ebola patient’s bodily fluids.

The emergence of a potential Ebola case in New York City came on the same day the White House announced that Ebola response squads — likened to public health SWAT teams — are being readied to rush to any U.S. city where an Ebola case might be identified. 

Meanwhile, the government has formed a second set of teams to prepare hospitals in cities deemed most likely to see a new Ebola case, should one turn up. Three of those teams have already been sent out.

Health officials this week first shared details about the two sets of health squads.

EBOLA SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Via the CDC:

  • Symptoms of Ebola include
  • Fever
  • Severe headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Weakness
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain
  • Unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising)

Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8 to 10 days.

Recovery from Ebola depends on good supportive clinical care and the patient’s immune response. 

People who recover from Ebola infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years.

The teams are ‘ready to go — boom — if we have another case of Ebola,’ said Dr Jordan Tappero, one of the leaders of CDC’s Ebola response effort.

The government has been criticized for its handling of the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian, came down with Ebola symptoms last month, a few days after arriving in Dallas from West Africa. 

He was admitted to a Dallas hospital on September 28 and died on October 8.

Duncan’s illness and death created public fear as health officials had to track down and monitor scores of people he came in contact with. 

No one in the community has been infected, but two nurses who cared for him were. Since then, CDC officials have said they should have sent more people to Dallas when Duncan’s case first surfaced — particularly infection control specialists, who could have provided better guidance to the hospital.

Last week, President Obama announced a push for a faster federal reaction. 

‘We want a rapid response team, a SWAT team essentially, from the CDC to be on the ground as quickly as possible, hopefully within 24 hours, so that they are taking the local hospital step by step though what needs to be done,’ he said.

Both the U.S. and Spain have recorded deaths from Ebola. In Dallas, a Liberian national died of the virus three weeks ago and two nurses who treated him tested positive for the virus. 

Eight designated hospitals in New York: Health officials demonstrate the proper technique for donning protective gear during an ebola educational session for US healthcare workers on October 21

Eight designated hospitals in New York: Health officials demonstrate the proper technique for donning protective gear during an ebola educational session for US healthcare workers on October 21

Preparation: A member of Bellevue's Hospital staff wears protective clothing during a demonstration on how they would receive a suspected Ebola patient. Governor Cuomo admitted Thursday this case did not come as a surprise but assured New York the city is well prepared

Preparation: A member of Bellevue’s Hospital staff wears protective clothing during a demonstration on how they would receive a suspected Ebola patient. Governor Cuomo admitted Thursday this case did not come as a surprise but assured New York the city is well prepared

WILL NYC BE VISITED BY FIRST EBOLA SWAT TEAM? 

The CDC has developed two sets of teams, identified by acronyms CERT and FAST. 

The CERTs – CDC Ebola Response Teams – are to be made up of 10 to 20 people each, who can be sent to a hospital immediately after a new case of Ebola is lab-confirmed or even before confirmation, if health officials believe a person is very likely to be infected. They are drawn from a list of roughly 100 CDC workers and others, scattered across the country. No CERT team has been deployed yet but the 20 or so people at the top of the list are on standby, with bags packed.

FAST TEAMS

Three FAST teams were assembled last week. These are smaller, preparatory teams: FAST stands for Facility Assessment and Support Teams. They’re involved in checking out hospitals that have volunteered to handle Ebola cases, making sure they are ready to handle everything from the first encounter with a patient to the disposal of Ebola-infected medical waste. The FAST teams have already been sent to New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C, Atlanta and Newark, New Jersey.

OTHER TEAMS

On Sunday, the Pentagon said it’s building a 30-person medical support team that could go to help civilian hospitals deal with a future emergence of Ebola. The team is to include 20 critical care nurses, five doctors trained in infectious disease and five trainers in infectious disease protocols.

The CDC (its chief Dr. Tom Frieden is pictured here) deployed a team of experts to New York to help with the response to Spencer's case even before he tested positive

The CDC (its chief Dr. Tom Frieden is pictured here) deployed a team of experts to New York to help with the response to Spencer’s case even before he tested positive

Health specialists work in an isolation ward for patients at the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) facility in Guékedou, southern Guinea. All told, the Ebola scourge has killed 

Health specialists work in an isolation ward for patients at the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) facility in Guékedou, southern Guinea. All told, the Ebola scourge has killed 

At least two Spanish missionaries died in Spain after contracting the disease in West Africa. One Spanish nurse also tested positive for the virus but has been given the all-clear.

The US only has four hospitals with specially-designed bio-containment units, with a total of about a dozen places for highly-infectious or dangerous cases.

Once those spaces are filled, any new Ebola patients would have to be treated in regular hospitals, which help from CDC specialists.

The virus has killed more than 4,500 people, almost all of them in West Africa, but infections are increasing in the West.

The two nurses who contracted Ebola while treating Duncan were moved last week from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas to specialized hospitals with biocontainment units.

The two nurses are Nina Pham, 26, and Amber Vinson, 29. Miss Pham is in a good condition at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and Miss Vinson has tested negative for Ebola at Emory in Atlanta, Georgia. 

NBC cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, 33, was given the all-clear on Tuesday at Nebraska Medical Center after being diagnosed with Ebola last month. 

SHOCKING MOMENT BUMBLING COPS THREW OUT GLOVES AND MASKS IN PUBLIC TRASH CAN AFTER LEAVING EBOLA VICTIM’S HOME

Footage taken outside the apartment of Ebola-stricken doctor Craig Spencer on Thursday shows police throwing caution to the wind after working in the area–and potentially endangering Harlem pedestrians–by tossing their gloves and masks into a trash can.

It remained unclear whether the officers entered the apartment, but the footage was revealed at a moment when public confidence with the government’s response to Ebola is decidedly low.

 

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