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127 PICTURES: T&A Camera Club members get in on the action for photography competition

AMATEUR photographers in Bradford have been getting in on the action to enter the Telegraph & Argus Camera Club’s latest monthly prize competition.

The judges – Telegraph & Argus editor Nigel Burton and T&A photographer Mike Simmonds – had the difficult task of narrowing down hundreds of entries submitted via the club’s Facebook group on the August competition theme of ‘action’.

A selection of their favourite entries, including the winner and runners up can be seen in the gallery above.


Announcing the winner, Mike said: “Rais Hassan’s frozen Total Warrior mud jump shot is fantastic! It has detail upon detail. The more you look, the more you see.”

“With action photography, the phrase ‘peak of the action’ is often used. In the case of this picture, a moment earlier and there would be more girl and less splash. A moment later, too much splash and not enough face. This is the peak of that moment and thanks to the very fast shutter speed used by Rais, we can enjoy the detail of each and every droplet.”

Winner Rais Hassan, who is the president of Bradford Photographic Society, won £50 and a large canvas print of his winning picture.

Ian Bale’s action-packed shot of dancers at Leeds West Indian Carnival was a strong contender on the shortlist. Mike said: “The carnival is about movement, colour and faces, and this image captures all of them. It’s almost texture it’s so deep with detail.”

Of Alex Daniel’s shot of a trials bike rider, Mike said: “I loved the eyes in this image. The windows on the soul are so important – being able to not only see the mechanical action, but imagine the mental action combine to make a powerful image.”

Mike chose Deborah Clarke’s image of a girl on a swing because “it captures not just a simple action, but combines so many moments”.


Gemma Fox’s colourful image of a ball in a fountain also captured Mike’s imagination. “The chaos of the water spraying off this ball happens just for a moment, and Gemma’s image stops the water just enough to capture the movement,” said Mike.

Water was a popular theme among the hundreds of entries in the competition. Ian Bale’s second shortlisted entry – a canoeist grappling with rushing water – epitomised the theme of the competition.

Of Mark Bagshaw’s elegant image of a swan taking off, Mike said: “At some point the swan goes from a frantic paddling creature to a mighty, silent queen of the air, and Mark has captured that transition perfectly.”

Paul Mayes’ dramatic shot with its muted colour palette was a favourite with the judges. Mike said: “Carefully backlighting the dust and freezing the hair creates a beautiful image.”

On Shakeel Amini’s in-car shot, Mike said: “This image has two sides. The inside is a calm world bathed in gentle red and blue lights, outside is a sharp clean white intense light with movement and speed. I enjoyed the combination in this image by Shakeel Amini.”

The T&A Camera Club has more than 550 members in its Facebook group.

September’s competition theme is ‘Abstract’.



MPs to assess Paralympic cheat claims

Great Britain won 39 medals at the 2017 World Para-Athletics Championships in London in July

A Parliamentary committee will look into whether the classification process for Paralympic sports is fair.

It comes after a BBC investigation uncovered claims of tactics being used to cheat the system in Para-athletics.

The claims included the taping up of arms, taking cold showers in trunks and even surgery to shorten limbs.

MP Damian Collins said: “These allegations risk tarnishing the success of our medal winners.”

Radio 4’s ‘File on 4’ special also revealed lawyers for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) are investigating whether several athletes and coaches have deliberately exaggerated disability to boost their chance of winning.

“It’s important that British Para-athletes can demonstrate ethical behaviour. The athletes deserve to know their gold medals are secure achievements – in the eyes of fellow competitors and the wider world,” said Collins, the Culture, Media and Sport select committee chairman.

The 11-time Paralympic gold medallist Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson will appear alongside Michael Breen, father of Paralympian Olivia Breen, and Tim Hollingsworth, chief executive of the British Paralympic Association, at the hearing on 31 October.

Thompson has previously raised concerns over Para-athletes abusing the system, while Breen described the classification as “not fit for purpose.”

Hollingsworth has rejected claims the system is being manipulated to boost medal chances.

Uber using aggressive tactics, says Sadiq Khan

London Mayor, Sadiq KhanImage copyright Stefan Rousseau
Image caption London Mayor Sadiq Khan chairs Transport for London

London Mayor Sadiq Khan says Uber has put “unfair pressure” on Transport for London (TfL), with an “army” of PR experts and lawyers.

The mayor says Uber has made “aggressive” threats about taking TfL to court.

On Friday, TfL denied it a new licence to operate in London, citing concerns over public safety and security.

However, Uber says it has followed TfL rules and works closely with the Metropolitan Police.

In a tweet on Sunday, Uber said it would challenge the TfL decision “in the courts to defend the livelihoods of drivers and the consumer choice of millions of Londoners who use Uber”.

What does the Uber ban mean?

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who is also chairman of TfL, defended the organisation: “What you can’t do is have a situation where unfair pressure is brought on a quasi-judicial body, where there are officials working incredibly hard.

“I appreciate Uber has an army of PR experts, I appreciate Uber has an army of lawyers – they’ve also made aggressive threats about taking us to court.”

While Mr Khan chairs the TfL board, according to the organisation, he was not involved in the process of deciding whether to issue Uber with a licence.

That is handled by TfL’s taxi and private hire department.

Uber is keen to hold talks with officials from that department “as soon as possible”, Fred Jones, a senior executive with Uber in the UK, told the Today Programme.

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Mr Jones said that Uber was “not clear” about the issues raised by TfL when it denied the company a licence.

One of the points raised by TfL was Uber’s “approach to how Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are obtained”.

That part of the process was not even handled by Uber, said Mr Jones. Instead, the drivers organised their own DBS check and took that paperwork to TfL.

TfL then reviews that application before giving the driver a licence allowing them to drive for Uber.

TfL would not elaborate further on its issue with the way in which Uber organises DBS checks, because that would be likely to come up when Uber appealed against the decision.

It would only repeat that it was Uber’s “approach” to DBS checks that was the problem.

More than 730,000 people have signed an online petition in a bid to keep Uber operating in London after its licence expires on 30 September.


Just over a year ago Lesley and Neal Davison received a phone call telling them their daughter was about to be sectioned.

She’d tried to kill herself.

For years Megan had been keeping a secret. She had an eating disorder. But she hid it so well, nobody in her family ever realised.

On 4 August, aged 27, she hanged herself and left a six-page suicide note.

Megan had diabulimia.

The term refers to the combined impact of type 1 diabetes with an eating disorder.

The condition is not yet medically recognised.

“She left us a very detailed note and she felt there was no hope for her, that there was nothing in place to help people with her condition,” her mum Lesley tells Newsbeat.

“In the absence of the help she needed, she couldn’t see any way of carrying on.”

Type 1 diabetes is an irreversible autoimmune disease which requires constant care.

Megan Davison suicide note

Every time a patient eats carbohydrates they must also inject insulin.

They must check their blood sugar levels frequently. People with type 1 diabetes need insulin to stay alive.

Diabulimia refers to diabetic people who deliberately take too little insulin in order to lose weight.

Doing this can be incredibly dangerous.

Megan Davison

Image caption “That’s Megan,” says her mum Lesley. “That’s how I’ll remember her”

“The one thing that not taking your insulin does, is you lose weight – you have an ideal tool,” explains Lesley.

She says that “Megan sometimes looked a bit thin but there was never anything that would indicate anything extreme”.

Experts say there are potentially thousands like Megan who are seemingly living a “normal” life but hiding their illness.

The leading type 1 diabetes charity JDRF estimates 60,000 15 to 30-year-olds are living with T1 in the UK.

Lesley and Neal Davison

Image caption Lesley, Megan’s mum, says “she hid a great deal from us, we had no idea she was not taking her insulin”

Professor Khalida Ismail is lead psychiatrist for diabetes at King’s Health Partners, London.

She runs the only outpatient clinic in the UK specifically for people with diabulimia.

“You can look quite well and have a normal body size,” she tells Newsbeat.

“And yet because you’re restricting insulin, you are running very high blood sugars and you are increasing your risk of diabetes complications.”

She explains that this can include damage to the eyes, kidneys and nerve endings.

After Megan’s death her family found there was an “inner circle” who knew more about her illness, including three friends and her boyfriend of six years.

“Like the loyal boyfriend, I was sworn to secrecy,” Andy tells Newsbeat.

Megan Davison and boyfriend Andy

Image caption In her suicide note Megan asked Andy to become an “honorary Davison”

Megan and Olivia Davison

Image caption Olivia Davison says her older sister was, “immense, because she was just Megan”

In her note Megan talks of her treatment in an eating disorder inpatient unit.

She describes managing her own insulin because “not one member of staff on the ward was even trained to administer insulin let alone understand it”.

“They gave me back my insulin because they couldn’t figure out the doses.

“It’s the equivalent of giving an alcoholic vodka or giving a bulimic a bottle of laxatives.”

Megan Davison

Image caption This picture appeared on Megan’s funeral order of service – she loved elephants

Her parents want Megan’s story to be known to help other families.

“The information they’re getting is just wrong for them,” says Lesley.

“It might be the best that’s available for the moment but it isn’t anywhere near good enough.”

She adds that Megan “needed something that was specific” to the condition and “not a sort of ad hoc of pieces that didn’t really do the job”.

DWED (Diabetics With Eating Disorders) campaigns for the omission of insulin for weight loss to be recognised as a mental illness.

Founder Jacqueline Allan says diabulimia is still not viewed in the right way.

“The second you stop taking your insulin you’re in the same amount of danger, regardless of your weight.”

Prof Khalida Ismail

Prof Ismail agrees and says psychiatrists need to “wake up” to diabulimia.

“The condition is very hidden,” she says. “Diabetes teams don’t know how to talk to patients about it.

“Eating disorder teams only see the extreme cases.”

She wants diabulimia to be recognised formally.

“Once psychiatrists start talking about it, debating it, awareness will grow.”

Megan’s dad Neal says they knew so little they would have been in “no-man’s land” without the letter.

“I honestly don’t know how we would have coped with it.”

“She didn’t want us upset,” adds Lesley. “Ad yet you end up devastated because nobody has been able to help her.”

Tim Kendall, NHS England’s national clinical director for mental health, tells Newsbeat that “people are waking up to it”.

“I was involved in producing the NICE guidelines on eating disorders and we devoted a whole section on how you manage people who’ve got diabetes and an eating disorder.

“We’re now disseminating that around the country.

“NHS England is integrating psychological services with physical health, including placing 3,000 new mental health therapists in GP practices.

“We have been asleep, no doubt, but we are waking up.”

For more information on diabulimia you can look at these information and support pages.

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NFL: Baltimore Ravens & Jacksonville Jaguars protest during US national anthem

Ravens and Jaguars defy President Trump at Wembley

NFL stars defied US president Donald Trump by protesting during the US national anthem before Sunday’s match at Wembley Stadium.

Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars players went down on one knee after Trump said that those who protest during the anthem should be fired.

Last year, quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt for the anthem in protest against racial injustice and police brutality.

Further protests took place during the other NFL games on Sunday.

At Wembley more than 20 players and staff from both sides either knelt or linked arms during the anthem.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan, who donated $1m to Trump’s inauguration committee, also linked arms with two of his players.

“I met with our team captains prior to the game to express my support for them, all NFL players and the league following the divisive and contentious remarks made by President Trump, and was honoured to be arm in arm with them, their teammates and our coaches during our anthem,” Khan said.

“Our team and the NFL reflects our nation, with diversity coming in many forms – race, faith, our views and our goals. We have a lot of work to do, and we can do it, but the comments by the president make it harder.”

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti added: “We recognise out players’ influence. We respect their demonstration and support them 100 per cent. All voices need to be heard. That’s democracy in its highest form.”

The players all stood when God Save the Queen was played after the US national anthem.

Trump told a Republican rally in Alabama on Friday that the protests showed “disrespect of our heritage”.

He then followed that up with further criticism on Twitter, writing on Sunday: “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our flag and country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!”

NBA stars have also become involved in the issue, with LeBron James describing US President Donald Trump on Saturday as a “bum” over comments he made about fellow basketball star Steph Curry.

Trump said the Golden State Warriors were no longer invited to the White House after their superstar Curry, 29, said he did not want to attend “to show that we won’t stand for the things (the president) has said”.

Jacksonville embarrass Baltimore at Wembley

“Going to White House was an honour until you showed up,” James, 32, said.

What is the anthem protest?

Following 29-year-old Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the anthem more players have since joined in by taking a knee or raising a fist during the anthem.

Speaking on Friday, Trump said: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired’,” the former host of The Apprentice said.

“You know, some owner is going to do that. He’s going to say, ‘That guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired’. And that owner, they don’t know it [but] they’ll be the most popular person in this country.”

Having opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in the off-season, Kaepernick – who began his protests because he wanted to start a nationwide debate – remains a free agent.

National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell supported his players by explaining they had raised millions of dollars for recent disaster relief efforts and were involved in community programmes.

“There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month,” he said.

“Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”

The NFL Players’ Association president Eric Winston said Mr Trump‘s comments were “a slap in the face to the civil rights heroes of the past and present”.

In other reaction:

  • New England Patriots CEO Robert Kraft said he was “deeply disappointed” by the comments, and that he supported players’ rights to protest
  • Miami Dolphins owner and founder Stephen Ross said the US needed “unifying leadership right now, not more divisiveness”
  • Jed York, CEO of Kaepernick’s former team the San Francisco 49ers said he would continue to support his players, calling the comments “callous and offensive”
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan (centre) – who also owns Championship football club Fulham – displayed his unity with his players

Six spectators injured in North Yorkshire motorbike race crashes

Oliver's MountImage copyright Geograph / Christopher Hall
Image caption The bikers crashed on the same hairpin bend during a road race at Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough

Two people have been seriously injured and 10 others, including spectators, have been hurt in a motorbike race in North Yorkshire.

Racing has been called off at Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough, which has been compared to a miniature TT track.

Six people were hurt when a bike ploughed into the crowd at 10:45 BST.

A further six people were injured in the second crash at about 13:45 and two of the casualties were flown to hospital.

Image copyright David Short

One of the motorcyclists was treated at the scene.

‘Reluctantly’ cancelled meet

Organisers of the 2017 Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup race said the first crash happened on a hairpin bend and involved one rider and three spectators.

The second crash took place in the same spot in an area known as mountside hairpin.

In a statement, race officials said: “Today we have had two serious incidents involving a number of spectators.”

“In view of the seriousness of these incidents and our requirements to call on outside assistance to help with this treatment, we have reluctantly taken the advice of everyone concerned and have decided to cancel the rest of the meeting.

“We sincerely apologise to you all for taking this decision and hope you will understand our difficulties in this unprecedented situation.”

A sponsor has also reported another motorcyclist was badly injured during the race on Saturday, making three crashes in total on the circuit this weekend.

Lake District mountains: ‘Drugged’ walkers rescued

Scafell Pike from WasdaleImage copyright Cumbria Tourism
Image caption The walkers were said to be too “stoned” to get themselves off the mountain

A group of hikers who became unable to walk after taking drugs sparked a major mountain rescue.

Officers from the Cumbria force tweeted: “words fail us” after being called by four men at Hardrigg Gill on Scafell in the Lake District.

Wasdale and Duddon mountain rescue teams were called out just after 18:30 BST on Saturday.

Police tweeted: “Persons phoning Cumbria Police because they are stuck on a mountain, after taking cannabis.”

Sir Patrick Stewart’s guide to RSC costume sale

The Royal Shakespeare Company is selling off more than 10,000 items of clothing worn by actors over the decades.

Hollywood star and RSC veteran Sir Patrick Stewart gave BBC News a tour of the costume sale and shared some of his memories.

The sale is taking place on Saturday 23rd September.

Video journalist: Sophie van Brugen.

Additional production: Tom Beal, Verity Wilde.

Britain’s Got Talent to hold open auditions at Broadway centre

BRADFORDIANS are to be given the chance to audition for Britain’s Got Talent when the show’s representatives visit the city next week.

Members of the team from the hit ITV show will visit The Broadway Centre on Sunday October 1 from 12pm to 4pm.

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The auditions are open to performers of any age, with a show spokesman stating: “Anything goes from magicians to comedians, drag acts to singers and acrobats to animals.”

Successful acts will then be in with a chance of securing a place at one of the judges’ auditions taking place in 2018.

Bradford pupils join youth theatre group run by Royal Shakespeare Company

THREE students from the district have been chosen to become part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s first young acting company.

The pupils, one from Bingley Grammar School and two from Samuel Lister Academy in Cottingley, will join 17 other young people who the company said demonstrated “exceptional talent, focus, commitment and passion” when they took part in a masterclass at the Alhambra Theatre earlier this year.

Year 10 pupil Haaris Qaiser, from Heaton, is the Bingley Grammar School student who will be treading the boards with the company. Samuel Lister Academy said it would not be naming its two pupils taking part.

Both schools have been involved in RSC programmes in recent years.

The masterclasses involved 180 students from the RSC’s Associate Schools Programme. Events were held across the country, from Cornwall to Newcastle, as well as in Bradford.

The 20 members of RSC Next Generation ACT are all aged between 12 and 16 and were selected by a panel of RSC actors and representatives from the group’s Casting and Education departments.

They were looking to recruit young people with an obvious talent for acting who might ordinarily find it hard to break into a career in the theatre.

Haaris has always loved acting and during his time at Bingley Grammar School has been inspired by the ongoing partnership with the RSC and is now taking GCSE Drama.

He said: “I’m really excited to get stuck into it and expand my acting skills – it’s something I have always wanted to do.”

Elizabeth Moorhouse, English teacher and RSC Link co-ordinator at the school, said: “We are so excited for Haaris and the unique experience he will gain through being part of this project.

“Once again our links with the Royal Shakespeare Company have created an amazing opportunity for one of our students.”

The group has started regular sessions and will perform at the end of their first year together in July.