Man guilty of killing mother of three

A 51-year-old Luton man has been convicted of the murder of the mother of three he was having an affair with.   A jury at St Albans Crown Court this morning found Sultan Khan, of Durbar Road, guilty of the murder of Shobna Jethwa, 46, at her home in Butely Road, Luton, on September 9, 2011. She had been stabbed 20 times in what was described as a frenzied attack, following an argument, and was found by two of her children when they came home from school. Speaking after the conclusion of the trial, Det Sgt Sam Khanna, from the Beds, Cambs and Herts Major Crime Unit said: “Shobhna Jethwa was a much-loved mother of three children who died in appalling circumstances. “Her family will never forget the distress they felt on that day when they found her body in their own home. Her death has left a huge gap in their young lives which will never be filled. Our sympathy goes out to them. “Today’s result is the first step in their attempt to move forward and we hope from this point on they can begin the process of starting to rebuild their lives.”      ...

#Ban zeez hashtags: French bid to outlaw English phrases

The French language gendarmes have decreed the nation must now refer to the global social network icon as mot-diese In a continuing battle to stop English words violating their mother tongue, the language gendarmes have decreed the nation must now refer to the global social network icon as mot-diese. Teachers and the media are under orders to adopt it – and steer clear of using the English word. The outlawing of hashtag is the latest in a stream of desperate bids by the nation’s stuffy Académie française authority to keep the language pure. Already, the French culture ministry has a huge list of English words on its website which it fears are in danger of slipping into common French usage. These include: email, blog, supermodel, take-away, parking, weekend and low-cost airline. The site also features obscure terms that nobody would want to steal, such as detachable motor caravan and multifunctional industrial building. The blacklist of vocabulary runs for 65 pages. Scientists are told to no longer refer to “serial analysis of gene expression” and “suppression subtractive hybridization”. Television sports commentators are even urged to stop using the words coach or corner during football matches, despite the fact that all its terms were invented in English by English speakers. They should instead say entraineur and coup de pied de coin. The Official Journal, which publishes the French edicts, now says: “The English term hashtag should wherever possible be replaced with the French term mot-diese.” Officials went into meltdown after a government report said Anglo-Saxon culture’s trend towards global domination had caused a “deep crisis”. For the list see http://franceterme.culture.fr and...

Chicago Warehouse Covered In Ice After Fire

About 200 fire-fighters battled to put out a massive fire at an empty warehouse in Chicago as glacial temperatures turned water to ice. Fire department officials said the blaze on Tuesday evening was among the biggest in recent years. About a third of the city’s fire-fighters were at the scene at one point or another. The cause of the blaze in the vacant building is still being investigated. The efforts to tame the fire, which threatened an adjacent building, were made difficult by temperatures that were well below zero, encasing fire trucks and the building into ice. Water froze on the fire fighters’ uniforms and gloves. After several hours, the fire was put out, with ice sheets covering the remains of the building. The American Midwest has been experiencing a cold snap since the weekend, with freezing Arctic air coming from Canada....

Pub loses its late licence

A pub that has regularly broken its licensing conditions and been accused of “not caring less” has had its late licence removed. The White Hart Hotel, based in Ampthill town centre, will now be forced to stop selling alcohol and playing music at 11.30pm, and to close at midnight. It was previously allowed to stay open until 2.30am on Fridays, 1.30pm on Saturdays and midnight on Sundays. The decision was taken at a meeting of the licensing sub-committee of Central Beds Council on Tuesday where a review of the licence was discussed. Members also took the decision to remove the designated premises supervisor (DPS) Salik Miah from post as licensee. The pub is run by company Punch Taverns Ltd. Technical officer in the public protection department at Central Beds Council Alan Stone called for the review following numerous complaints from residents over the last few years, and the meeting was packed out with frustrated neighbours. One resident Alexander Pelling told the committee: “There is a great deal of evidence of serious breaches of conditions by the licensee. You have the report that states not just this, but one particular incident that despite repeated complaints, he simply did nothing. “He could not care less about the council’s own public protection officer, so it is very hard to imagine he care about local people. “It is my experience that locally people are mindful of this kind of thing, but this is an example of a landlord that could not care less.” His wife Jenny added that she had suffered from sleep deprivation due to the loud music coming from the venue...