Press release: Solicitor General visits knife crime charity

first_imgSolicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP will be visiting the Ben Kinsella Trust today to see first-hand how the Trust is working to educate young people away from knife crime.In 2012, the charity launched the Ben Kinsella Exhibition and workshops, which are designed to help young people appreciate and understand the lasting damage that knife crime can have on them and those around them.The charity was awarded £11,437 of government funding in 2017 to deliver two holistic and hands on programmes to two groups of up to 20 parents who are concerned about knife crime.Solicitor General Robert Buckland said: Knife crime has truly devastating consequences for families and local communities. To tackle it, we need to change young people’s attitudes so they are not tempted to carry a knife in the first place, and ensure they understand that they risk inflicting injury or even a loss of life if they do. The government’s Serious Violence Strategy puts a greater focus on early intervention, so it’s great to see the work happening at the Ben Kinsella Trust to educate young people about the dangers of carrying knives. We were really pleased to see that the Government’s new Violent Crime Strategy recognised the important role that prevention and education has in reducing knife crime. No child is born with a knife in their hand, it is a learned behaviour. Through education we help young people learn positive ways to stay safe and turn away from knife crime.center_img In April, the government published its first Serious Violence Strategy. The Strategy strikes a balance between prevention and robust law enforcement with an £11 million Early Intervention Youth Fund for community projects to help young people live lives free from violence.Patrick Green, CEO of the Ben Kinsella Trust said:last_img read more

Whicker: Cody Bellinger was on top shelf of Dodgers’ full cupboard

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Light all the hot stoves you want. You won’t figure out the coming season any better than you foresaw the previous one.Not unless you can find all those November 2016 headlines that read: “Bellinger’s 39 Homers Will Lead Dodgers Back To Series.”Even Cody Bellinger said he was anticipating a long season of polishing at Triple-A Oklahoma City before a September call-up  to Dodger Stadium.Instead he led the Dodgers in slugging percentage, home runs and RBIs, and on Monday, like Corey Seager before him, he became the unanimous National League Rookie of the Year. Building a baseball champion requires multiple contractors. Andrew Friedman, the president of baseball operations who came in 2014, has re-routed the organization in several fruitful ways.But Bellinger, Seager, Kenley Jansen and Joc Pederson were already here (as was Clayton Kershaw, of course). When Friedman was wearing champagne shampoo in Wrigley Field last month, he paid homage to “(former GM) Ned Colletti and all those who brought some great players, and then we were able to build around.” That was not obligatory grace.Bellinger has startling power, underrated speed, great fielding range, heaven-sent hands at first base, and an excellent approach to big-league life. The older Dodgers adopted him early, after he came up in late April and turned the ballpark into 2-for-1 Homer Night.Andre Ethier teased him and drove him, and Bellinger, son of big-league infielder Clay, gave it back. He was just goofy enough to invite the barbs, more so than the eerily composed Seager, and yet he was confident and professional enough to deal with the media questions more comprehensively than any teammate, night after playoff night.The Dodgers were 89-38 when he started, 15-20 when he didn’t.center_img Yet Bellinger was a fourth-round pick from Hamilton High, outside Phoenix. “He hit one home run when he was a senior,” said Logan White, then the Dodgers’ scouting director. “And here we are, pushing him in the draft.”Bellinger  homered just three times in the Rookie League as an 18-year-old, in 212 plate appearances. The next year he homered 30 times in Rancho Cucamonga, high Class A ball. That was a product of his work with Dodgers’ minor league hitting instructor Damon Mashore, and also of his conviction that it was worth the risk to get better.White, now with San Diego, was also calling the draft shots when the Dodgers built their playoff teams of the mid-2000s. He is a strong believer in bloodlines. Seager was following his brother Kyle, a prominent third baseman with Seattle. But Seager was an obvious first-round pick.White lives near Phoenix and became friends with the Bellingers. He also had a batting cage with a tee, and a device to measure exit velocity, which White says is one of many ways to judge potential.“He was at 96 mph off a tee,” White said. “James Loney was in the big leagues by then and he wasn’t at 96. Plus, we loved Cody’s athleticism. What we realized later was that we probably could have gotten him in the sixth or seventh round, but I didn’t want to take a chance.”Bellinger had committed to Oregon and George Horton, but the Dodgers’ $700,000 offer changed his plans.He was one of the hidden perks in Friedman’s contract. So was Jansen, who by then was an established closer but was a catcher in Curacao. Instructor Charlie Hough had already converted him.“Kenley would have played in the majors as a catcher,” White said. “He might have hit .200, but so do a lot of catchers. He was a good catcher. But his arm belonged on the mound.”That arm was unleashed at Rancho Cucamonga for 11 innings in 2009. Jansen got touched up, but also struck out 19 in 11 innings.White and scout Rene Francisco quickly arranged for Jansen to pitch in the Arizona Fall League, so he would convince Dodger executives to protect him in the coming Rule V draft. He got his first major league save the next July.And there was Pederson, who has played unevenly for the Dodgers but had a World Series of renewal. His dad Stu was a ballplayer, too. Pederson was planning to follow him to USC and White feared it might take $1 million to sign him. As it turned out, it only took $600,000.“We thought we did a great job of selling our organization and convincing him,” White said, laughing. “He told me later he went back into his room and flipped a coin.”Friedman knew the Dodgers had plenty of those. He would later discover what they’d already bought.last_img read more