Straw drops secret inquest plans

first_imgPlans to hold secret inquests without juries have been dropped by the government, justice secretary Jack Straw told parliament today. Straw said in a written statement that the move to introduce non-jury inquests on national security issues did not garner enough support among the parties. Clauses 11 and 12 of the Coroners and Justice Bill will be removed, he said. Straw said: ‘The government felt these changes struck a fair and proportionate balance between the interests of bereaved families, the need to protect sensitive material and judicial oversight of the whole process. ‘However, following further discussions in the House and with interested parties, it is clear the provisions still do not command the necessary cross-party support and in the circumstances the government will table amendments to remove clauses 11 and 12 from the bill.’ Paul Marsh, Law Society President, said: ‘We are delighted that this measure is to be dropped because the Law Society firmly believes that there should be open justice in the interests of the relatives of the deceased and the public.’last_img read more

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei smashes women’s marathon world record

first_imgAir India all-women crew eyes Guinness World Record New women’s marathon world record holder Brigid Kosgei of Kenya poses with the former record holder Paula Radcliffe of Britain after Kosgei completed the 2019 Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 13, 2019. COURTESY: TWITTER/Chicago MarathonKenya’s Brigid Kosgei smashed the women’s marathon world record after winning the 2019 women’s Chicago Marathon on Sunday in a time of 2:14:04.Britain’s Paula Radcliffe held the world record for the last 16 years after she ran in a time of 2:15:25 at the London Marathon in 2003. The new record is 71 seconds faster than Radcliffe’s time.Kosgei’s victory also saw her defend her title which she won in a time of 2:18:35.The Kenyan finished ahead of Ethiopian duo Ababel Yeshaneh and Gelete Burka who came second and third respectively in times of 2:20:51 and 2:20:55.25-year-old Kosgei, the reigning London Marathon champion, covered the first 5km in an astonishing 15:28. She would then cross the halfway mark in a time of 1:06:59 meaning she would have finished in 2:14:00, well inside Radcliffe’s record.Last month, Kosgei set a world best half marathon time to win the Great North Run finishing the race in one hour four minutes 28 seconds.Kosgei’s achievement comes a day after her compatriot Eliud Kipchoge became the first athlete to run a marathon in less than two hours after he completed the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in a time of 1:59:40 in Vienna, Austria.Meanwhile, Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono won the men’s marathon in an unofficial time of 2:05.45 beating Ethiopian duo Dejene Debela and Asefa Mengstu.Related Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor breaks half marathon world recordcenter_img Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei breaks half marathon world record in Prague winlast_img read more