News / UK and world by Press Association July 27, 2018, 12:46 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter A “cowardly” speedboat owner who killed his date in a crash on the River Thames has been sentenced to six years’ imprisonment in his absence. Web designer Jack Shepherd, 30, had been trying to impress 24-year-old Charlotte Brown after meeting her on dating website OkCupid. But their champagne-fuelled first date ended in tragedy when his boat capsized near Wandsworth Bridge in central London when it hit a submerged log after Shepherd encouraged his date to take the wheel. They were both thrown into the cold water and Ms Brown died after she was pulled from the river unconscious and unresponsive. Shepherd, originally from Exeter, was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence in his absence over the incident on December 8 2015 after failing to attend his Old Bailey trial. Police have been unable to track him … [Read more...] about Man gets six years in jail for manslaughter of date who died in speedboat crash
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A man has been found guilty of killing his date in a speedboat accident on the Thames - but is now in hiding after skipping his trial, it has emerged. Jack Shepherd, 30, met Charlotte Brown, 24, on dating website OkCupid and was trying to impress her by taking her out on the river in December 2015.But the boat capsized and she was thrown into the cold water.Shepherd, originally from Exeter, had denied manslaughter by gross negligence but was found guilty in his absence at the Old Bailey.It can now be reported that he skipped bail and failed to attend his trial.Despite issuing instructions to his legal team by phone, police were unable to track Shepherd down and his whereabouts remain unknown.The court was told how Shepherd, a web designer, bought the 14ft Fletcher Arrowflyte GTO from Gumtree to "pull women".In the months before Ms Brown's death he had entertained up to 10 women on the boat, having first invited them back to his houseboat in Hammersmith, west London.During that time, … [Read more...] about Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd in hiding after skipping trial for Thames death
Amy Ellis Nutt, The Washington Post Published 8:13 am, Monday, July 2, 2018 After a friend's suicide last year, Zach Schleien sought some answers through an online discussion forum. He was riveted by the people who shared their pain, such as the 19-year-old woman who never left her room and the man with schizophrenia trying to manage the warring voices in his head. Schleien started wondering whether there was something he could do to help alleviate such suffering. His solution turned out to be simpler than he expected: A Slack channel, a private online community for people in life-or-death struggles reaching out in real time to save one another. Schleien, who works in business technology in New Jersey, called the channel 18percent for the 18 percent of the U.S. population living with mental illness. Launched this year by a nonprofit that Schleien founded with David Markovich, an internet marketing consultant, the channel has about 150 members who have sent more than … [Read more...] about From apps to avatars, new tools for taking control of your mental health
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Martin Schiller, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (THE CONVERSATION) On May 6, the “All of Us” study started enrolling participants. This national study will be one of the largest ever examining the connection between genetics, behavior and medical outcomes, with a goal of 1 million or more participants. Anyone over the age of 18 in the U.S. can join. As a researcher who studies personalized medicine, I believe it’s important for Americans to be able to make an informed decisions in their quest for cutting-edge health care, but it does raise important questions over privacy. Given modern concerns about data security, I see positives and negatives to participating in trials like All of Us. You may question how this will benefit you and potentially compromise your privacy. Your skepticism is warranted and worthy of investigation to help you make the correct … [Read more...] about A clinical trial wants your DNA – what should you do?