Monday, 31 October 2011

Art class for stressed secret family court victims

To take your mind off the awful torture, it helps to be able to think of something beautiful, even if its only for a few moments.

Try to do something nice at the end of the day, so as to help you get some sleep.

PROTECTIVE MOTHERS WERE RIGHT

I AM REPOSTING THIS IMPORTANT ARTICLE FROM THE PARENTING NEWS NETWORK.COM SITE AS I HOPE IT WILL HELP OTHER MOTHERS WHO ARE BEING ACCUSED OF HAVING PARENTAL ALIENATION SYNDROME (INVENTED BY THE AMERICAN PAEDOPHILE SELF APPOINTED PSYCHOLOGIST RICHARD GARDNER):

CONFIRMED: PROTECTIVE MOTHERS WERE RIGHT
Add comments May 09
2010.A special Mothers Day Article

By Barry Goldstein


For many years, protective mothers have complained about a broken custody court system giving custody to abusive fathers. The courts dismissed the complaints by saying they came from disgruntled litigants. Now, a new book based on multi-disciplinary research has confirmed that common mistakes in the custody courts have resulted in thousands of children being forced to live with abusers. Domestic Violence, Abuse and Child Custody: Legal Strategies and Policy Issues, co-edited by Dr. Mo Therese Hannah and Barry Goldstein includes chapters by over 25 of the leading experts in domestic violence and custody in the U.S. and Canada including judges, lawyers, psychiatrists, psychologists, sociologists, journalists and domestic violence advocates. Although the writers come from different disciplines and professional experience, there is remarkable agreement that the courts’ failure to use up-to-date research is responsible for placing children at risk and undermining laws designed to prevent domestic violence.

The custody court system developed practices to respond to domestic violence allegations over thirty years ago at a time when there was no research. The courts relied on popular assumptions such as the belief domestic violence was caused by mental illness, substance abuse and the victims’ behavior. They assumed domestic violence only involved physical abuse and children were unaffected unless directly assaulted. All of these and many other assumptions relied on by the courts have proven wrong, but the court continues to use outdated and discredited practices. Even worse, after hearing misinformation constantly repeated for over thirty years the myths and stereotypes are so deeply ingrained that courts often don’t believe accurate information based upon up-to-date research because it is so different from what they have heard repeated their entire professional careers. Hopefully by putting all the research together in one volume, the book will force the courts to take a fresh look at practices that have worked so poorly for children.

Most cases are settled more or less amicably. The problem is with the 3.8% of contested custody cases that continue to trial and usually far beyond. The courts think of these as "high conflict" cases and literally they are, but 90% of these cases involve abusive fathers which is why they can’t be settled. Male supremacist groups have developed an unspeakably cruel tactic of encouraging abusers to go after the children as a way to pressure the mother to return, punish her for leaving and avoid child support. As a result, the courts repeatedly see cases in which fathers who had little involvement with the children before the separation suddenly seeking custody, but the court system has been slow to recognize the tactic or respond to it. Judges have constantly been told that children do better with both parents in their lives but not that this is untrue if one of the parents is abusive.

In the typical case, the mother is the primary parent. She complains about the father’s abuse and he counters by claiming alienation. Primary attachment refers to the parent who does most of the child care in the first couple of years of a child’s life. If the child is separated from their primary attachment figure, the child is more likely to commit suicide, suffer depression, have low self-esteem and other harmful attributes. Children who witness domestic violence are more likely to engage in a wide range of dysfunctional behaviors when they are older and their developmental progress is interfered with. On the other hand, it is common even in intact families for parents to make negative statements about the other parent and there is no research that alienation causes long-term harm to children.

At the same time, in our still sexist society, mothers continue to do most of the child care so claims of primary attachment are virtually always true and often not contested by the father. Contrary to popular myths, women rarely make false allegations of abuse so that at least 98% of a mother’s allegations of abuse in custody cases are accurate. Fathers on the other hand, are 16 times more likely to make false allegations in contested custody cases than mothers. This is not because women are so much more honest, but that most fathers in custody cases are abusers using the children to maintain control of their ex-partner and they seem to believe they are entitled to use any tactics to win custody.

Accordingly most allegations of alienation by fathers in custody cases are false. In other words the allegations by the mothers have the most consequences for the children and are most likely to be true, but the courts are paying more attention to the allegations by the fathers that are likely to be false and of little consequence to the children.

The book can be used by mothers and their attorneys to challenge the common mistakes made in domestic violence cases. One of the big problems is that because of the original mistaken assumption that domestic violence is caused by mental health or substance abuse issues, the courts have relied on mental health professionals who have little or no understanding or training in domestic violence. They rarely have any familiarity with up-to-date research and instead frequently rely on myths and stereotypes.

Although professional ethics require psychologists and psychiatrists to consult with an expert if they are handling a case involving an issue in which they lack expertise, evaluators and other court professionals routinely ignore this requirement by pretending they have expertise even with only an hour or two of training.

Evaluators often rely on psychological tests to create the illusion of a scientific basis for their opinions. These tests were developed for a population very different from the parents seen in custody court. When advocates for mothers tell courts that most abusers tend to be manipulative or mothers rarely make deliberately false allegations they respond by saying they are judging THIS case and cannot rely on probabilities. Under the best of circumstances the psychological tests are accurate between 55-65% of the time. So what happens if the mother is part of the 35-45% for which it is not accurate? Even worse factors like domestic violence or the pressure of going through a contested custody case reduce the accuracy significantly.

Furthermore, many of the tests are gender biased and criticize women but not men for the same responses. Of course the evaluators rarely inform courts of this information and most attorneys don’t know enough to raise these issues.

A critical problem that does not receive the attention it deserves is that judges and the professionals they rely on repeatedly fail to recognize domestic violence because they don’t know what to look for. Judge Mike Brigner wrote a chapter for the book in which he discusses his training of judges about domestic violence. They constantly ask him what to do about women who are lying. When he asks what they mean they refer to women who return to their abuser, seek protective orders, but don’t follow-up or don’t have police or medical reports after alleged assaults. In reality battered mothers do all these things for safety and other good reasons, but when ignorant professionals use this to discredit allegations of abuse, they have no chance to get it right.

Another common example is when judges, lawyers or evaluators watch fathers interact with the children. If the children show no fear, it convinces these professionals that the abuse allegations must be false. What the children understand is that their father would never hurt them in front of witnesses, especially someone he is trying to impress and in fact they could be punished if they showed fear. At the same time the mental health professionals are discrediting valid allegations based on information that is not probative, they tend to look only for physical abuse and miss many other domestic violence tactics that demonstrate the control and coercion he practices.

The mistaken practices give the courts little chance to recognize the father’s abuse, but it is even worse than that. The mental health professionals often use their failure to recognize domestic violence as an excuse to pathologize the mother. She is often called delusional or paranoid because she believes something they missed. This or the assumption she is deliberately trying to interfere with the father’s relationship with the children often results in extreme outcomes in which the mother is given supervised or no visitation based on the court’s mistakes.

In her chapter on retaliation and manipulation, Joan Zorza says that in light of the frequency in which courts fail to recognize domestic violence they should avoid retaliating or penalizing mothers who continue to believe the allegations of abuse after the court finds against them. This recommendation can be used to ask courts to modify orders with extreme results when there is no proof the mother is unsafe.

Some child protective agencies have participated in programs in which they work with the local domestic violence agency. The train each other and when there is a case with possible domestic violence issues, the child protective caseworkers consult with domestic violence advocates. This helps them recognize and respond more appropriately to domestic violence cases. This should be considered best practices and needs to be expanded to the custody courts.

The custody courts do a particularly bad job of responding to allegations of sexual abuse. By the time a child reaches the age of 18, one-third of the girls and one-sixth of the boys have been sexually abused. The myth is that rape and sexual abuse are mostly committed by strangers but in fact 83% of the time it is someone they know, often the father. Courts don’t want to believe a father could do something so heinous especially if he is successful in other parts of his life. Accordingly a very high percentage of sexual abuse allegations result in custody to the alleged abuser.

One of the problems is that sexual abuse of children is very hard to prove. Often there is no physical evidence particularly if the child does not reveal it immediately. Younger children may not have the language to describe what was done to them and older children may have been threatened or don’t want someone they love to get in trouble. Few of the evaluators relied on by courts have expertise in child sexual abuse. What is a mother supposed to do when the child’s behavior or other clues suggest sexual abuse? If she does nothing she is placing the safety and well-being of her child at risk, but if she asks for an investigation she can lose custody.

We have seen many cases in which a child acts out because the father violated the child’s boundaries such as by sleeping with the child. The father did not inappropriately touch the child. The issue could easily be handled by instructing the father to change his routine and it would be totally safe for the father to continue with normal visitation. This would be a win-win situation, but instead courts and the unqualified professionals they rely on assume the mother is making deliberately false allegations and so separate the child from their primary attachment figure and deny the child a relationship with her.

The book also takes on Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) which is one of the major reasons courts get so many cases wrong. Dr. Paul Fink past president of the American Psychiatric Association wrote a chapter about PAS and Nancy Erickson who is an attorney and law professor who went back to school to become a psychologist wrote about how to challenge false allegations of PAS. Richard Gardner concocted PAS based on his belief system which included many statements to the effect that sex between adults and children is appropriate. Many of his quotations are in the chapter and can be cited to judges who presumably will not want to be associated with such behavior.

There is no scientific basis to PAS and it is not recognized by any reputable professional organization. It is based on the myth that most allegations of abuse are false. Psychologists are starting to lose their licenses for using PAS because they are in effect diagnosing something that does not exist. As PAS has become more discredited, abusers and the professionals they pay to support them have started using PAS by other names such as parental alienation or just alienation. It the idea is to assume allegations of abuse must be wrong or to justify giving custody to the alleged abuser and supervised or no visitation to the protective mothers they are using the discredited PAS by another name.

Professor Garland Waller wrote a chapter about the failure of the media to cover the crisis in the custody court system. She writes about the tipping point when enough information reaches the public so that they will no longer tolerate frequent court mistakes that place children in jeopardy. We believe this book can move us towards the tipping point and hope those committed to ending the injustice in the custody court system will consider some of the following actions to help us reach the tipping point.

1. Inform the courts in your area about this book. They can find additional information atwww.domesticviolenceabuseandchildcustody.com Ask the courts to use the research in the book to train judges and other court personnel and to reform practices that the research demonstrates are working poorly for children.

2. Contact your local media to cover the crisis in the custody court system by using the research in the book to understand the harm the courts are doing to children. If you want to seek publicity for your case use the book to show the context and national problem and then your case illustrates how it played out in a local case. When there are local domestic violence stories bring the information in the book to the reporters.

3. If you have local colleges, universities or law schools in the area, ask them to incorporate the research from the book into the curriculum and to sponsor programs about the custody courts based on this research.

4. Ask local and college libraries to obtain a copy of the book. This would be particularly helpful for protective mothers who cannot afford to purchase the book.

5. Cite the book in court cases and appeals. Use the research to challenge unqualified evaluators and other court professionals and to obtain experts who can put this research into evidence.

6. Use the book to inform legislators of the problems in the court. Ask them to hold hearings and sponsor legislation to protect children and prevent abuse. We will soon have legislative proposals available based on the research in the book.

7. Work together with domestic violence agencies, women’s groups and anyone else sympathetic to the cause.

8. Come up with your own ideas. We cannot tolerate a system that continues to place children in jeopardy because they fail to use the up-to-date research now available.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

THREATENED WITH THE POLICE (AGAIN)

I am being threatened with people sending the police around again.

I have been told by a woman (a different woman to the last one who sent the police round my house last October) that I am harrassing her and I have done no such thing.

It seems to me that someone is making mischief, amd I am wondering if it is the same ones who were responsible last time.

I have had my social networking attacked (again) and don't know who to turn to, as the last time I told the police and showed them evidence, tried to, but they didn't want to hear my side of the story, they just "drew a line" under it all.

I am giving up campaigning against the secret family court abuse and paedophilia. I feel utterly powerless, totally out of my depth. I feel useless, and campaigning against this evil is making me ill, and I feel I have tried my best, but no-one wants to listen, so whats the point?

My own life was blighted because of child abuse. I don't know what can be done to stop organised institutional abuse, except to pray, I just don't know what else to do.

Thats all I feel I can do now. I won't be going on any more anti child abuse rallies or protests, and I have binned my yellow dress, that I used to wear, so that people could recognise me. I pray for this country, and hope that when the police arrive on my doorstep that they won't find further offence in the fact that I am a Christian, I will not give up my faith in Jesus Christ, help me God.

A FABRIC FLOWER TO MAKE



This would look nice on a hat, or attached to a bobby pin to wear in the hair

ATTACKED

Some members of my family have suffered criminal attacks, and I am being spied on in my home again.

I suppose someone is paying Rentamob to trash my life.

Well, it's worked. I have had enough. I won't put my mother's life in danger. I suppose the people who orchestrated the cowardly attack on her assumed that I would not care, well I do, I love my mum, although the stinking secret family torturers did everything they possibly could to destroy my natural love for my mother.

I am stepping out now, I can't do anything to protect children from child abusers, the police will have to do that, all the good police need to get together with other good police from other forces, because quite often its the people they have at the very top who are failing to deal with the paedophiles who are tearing this country apart. The whole country is being wrecked up by a big international paedophile ring, and the police should be rounding these people up, never mind letting themselves be dragged into acting as bailiffs for a few folk wanting to get rid of a few gypsies, the police have enough to do without doing other peoples jobs for them.

I can't do anything, I am like a baby trying to fight a pack of wolves with a rattle. The police need to do their duty. If they don't, the whole fabric of law and order will collapse, because the paedophiles dont care about anything apart from their own selfish selves, as long as they get their sexual kicks, thats all they care about.

So what I am going to do on my blog from now on is to post articles for mums, because the secret family courts destroy people, so I am going to post some nice things to calm the mums who are suffering so much while trying to defend their children. The secret family courts make the mums ill, I dont know anyone who has gone through one of those secret family court trials that has not suffered mental and physical illness, and if they go to the doctors, even if they have a good GP the doctor is not able to helop them, because if they put on their record that they have suffered illness the paedophiles and human traffickers who are in the system use that as an excuse to steal their children.

So I am going to post some things that have nothing to do with secret family courts, or paedophiles, or anything horrible. But I won't stop praying for the people who are being hurt, and for my country.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

THE ORDER OF THE DRAGON



The Order of the Dragon (Latin Societas Draconistrarum) was a monarchical chivalric order for selected nobility,[1] founded in 1408 by Sigismund, King of Hungary (r. 1387-1437) and later Holy Roman Emperor (r. 1433-1437). It was fashioned after the military orders of the crusades, requiring its initiates to defend the Cross and fight the enemies of Christianity, in particular the Ottoman Turks.

The Order flourished during the first half of the 15th century, primarily in Germany and Italy. After Sigismund's death in 1437 its importance declined in Western Europe, but after the Fall of Constantinople of 1453, it continued to play a role in Hungary, Wallachia and Serbia, which bore the brunt of the Ottoman incursions.

Sigismund faced fierce struggles for power leading up to the foundation of the order in 1408. In 1387, the Bohemian royal son Sigismund of Luxembourg was elected King of Hungary and Croatia,[2][3][4] a title which he owed chiefly to his marriage to Queen Mary of Hungary in 1385, without her consent. During the next decade, he constantly sought support or employed ruthless methods to strengthen his unsteady hold on the throne. His rule was weakened in 1395 when Mary, who was pregnant, died in an accident.[clarification needed] In 1389, the Ottoman Sultan Murad I had defeated Lazar, Prince of Serbia at the Battle of Kosovo Polje, in which both leaders died. Two years later, the Turks had taken the fortress of Nicopolis. In 1396, Pope Boniface IX proclaimed a crusade against the Ottomans, and a campaign was organised to recapture the fortress and put a halt to the Ottoman expansion. Sigismund was nominally in charge; however, in the 1396 Battle of Nicopolis the French leader, John of Nevers, commanded the French half of the forces and ignored Sigismund's entreaties by charging the Turks. About 15,000 crusaders died with only a few leaders, including Sigismund, escaping. He returned to Hungary in 1401 and, facing a number of revolts, gradually resumed control and re-asserted himself as the King of Hungary. This he achieved by allying himself with the political party of Nicholas II Garay and Hermann II of Celje, in return for their military support, which enabled him to fight off domestic rivals. He campaigned against the Croats and Bosnians, which culminated in 1408 with the Battle of Dobor — fought for the possession of Bosnia — and a massacre of noble families. His pact with Hermann II was secured in 1408, when Sigismund married Herman II's daughter Barbara of Celje (also called Cilli).

On December 12, 1408, following the Battle of Dobor[5][6][7] in which he slaughtered most of Bosnia's nobility, many of whom had fought the Turks; [8] Sigismund and his queen, Barbara of Celje, founded the league known today as the Order of the Dragon.[9][10] Its statutes, written in Latin, call it a society (societas) whose members carry the signum draconis (see below), but assign no name to it. Contemporary records, however, refer to it by a variety of similar if unofficial names, such as Gesellschaft mit dem Trakchen, Divisa seu Societate Draconica, Societate Draconica seu Draconistrarum and Fraternitas Draconum.[11] It was to some extent modelled after the earlier Hungarian monarchical order, the Order of St. George (Societas militae Sancti Georgii), founded by King Carol Robert of Anjou in 1318.[10] It likewise adopted St. George as its patron saint, whose legendary defeat of a dragon was used as a symbol for the military and religious ethos of the order.

The statute of the Order, which was expanded by Bishop Eberhard of Nagyvárad, chancellor of Sigismund's court, survives only in a copy made in 1707.[10] An edition was published in 1841.[12] The prologue to these statutes of 1408 reports that the society was created:

"in company with the prelates, barons, and magnates of our kingdom, whom we invite to participate with us in this party, by reason of the sign and effigy of our pure inclination and intention to crush the pernicious deeds of the same perfidious Enemy, and of the followers of the ancient Dragon, and (as one would expect) of the pagan knights, schismatics, and other nations of the Orthodox faith, and those envious of the Cross of Christ, and of our kingdoms, and of his holy and saving religion of faith, under the banner of the triumphant Cross of Christ ..."[13]
Though described in general terms, the primary representatives of "the perfidious Enemy" remained the Ottoman Turks, who continued to be problem for Sigismund's successors.[citation needed] The Order's outward focus on foreign threats was also aimed at achieving a level of domestic cohesion. The statutes go on to describe the order's symbols of the ouroboros and the red cross, which were worn by its members and gave the order its corporate identity (see below). They also list the mutual obligations of the king and his nobles. The members were to swear loyalty to the king, queen and their future sons and to protect the royal interests. Boulton argues that "the Society of the Dragon was clearly intended to serve [...] as the institutional embodiment of the royal faction its founder had created."[9] In return for their services, the nobles could expect to enjoy royal protection, honors and offices.

The creation of the order is an instance within a larger fashion of founding chivalric orders during the 14th and early 15th centuries, not infrequently dedicated to organizing "crusades", epecially after the disaster of the battle of Nicopolis (1396). Sigismund's order was particularly inspired from the Order of Saint George of 1326.[10] Another influential model may have been the Sicilian Order of the Ship, founded in 1381. A comparable order founded after the Order of the Dragon was the Order of Calatrava, founded in 1409, also dedicated to battling Turks.

Members of the order, known as "Draconists",[1] are referred to in the statutes as barons (barones, occasionally socii). They were mostly Sigismund's political allies and supporters, who were at first largely confined to the political factions of Stefan Lazarević, Nicholas II Garay and Hermann II of Celje, including such local magnates as Stibor of Stiboricz and Pipo of Ozora.[10] The initial group of inductees for Sigismund's Order numbered 21 men,[9] which extended to about 24[10] in 1418.

After some time, Sigismund chose to expand the ranks of the Order. A second group of inductees was initiated between 1431-1437.[10] As membership grew, the Order of the Dragon came to have two degrees. There was a superior class, which between 1408 and 1418 wore both the dragon and the cross as the Order's emblem and a more elaborate version afterwards.[10] The second degree had a large amount of members, and its symbol was only the dragon.[citation needed]

Following Sigismund's death in 1437, the Order lost prominence. However, the prestigious emblem of the Order was retained on the coat of arms of several Hungarian noble families, including Báthory, Bocskai, Bethlen, Szathmáry and Rákóczi.[

The original members of the Order of the Dragon in the the founding charters of 1408 were:[14]

1.Stephanus despoth, dominus Rasciae, item
2.Hermannus comes Cily et Zagoriae,
3.comes Fredericus, filius eiusdem,
4.Nicolaus de gara, regni Hungariae palatinus,
5.Stiborius de Stiboricz alias vaiuoda Transyluanus,
6.Joannes filius Henrici de Thamassy et
7.Jacobus Laczk de Zantho, vaiuodae Transyluani,
8.Joannes de Maroth Machouiensis,
9.Pipo de Ozora Zewreniensis, bani;
10.Nicolaus de Zeech magister tauernicorum regalium,
11.comes Karolus de Corbauia, supremus thesaurarius regius,
12.Symon filius condam Konye bani de Zecheen, janitorum,
13.comes Joannes de Corbauia, dapiferorum,
14.Joannes filius Georgii de Alsaan pincernarum,
15.Petrus Cheh de Lewa aganzonum regalium magistri,
16.Nicolaus de Chak, alias vaiuoda Transyluanus,
17.Paulus Byssenus, alter Paulus de Peth, pridem Dalmatiae, Croatiae et totius Sclauoniae regnorum bani,
18.Michael, filius Salamonis de Nadasd comes siculorum regalium,
19.Petrus de Peren, alias siculorum nunc vero maramorossensis comes,
20.Emericus de eadem Pern secretarius cancellarius regius
21.et Joannes filius condam domini Nicolai de Gara palatini.
[edit] Other inductees
Order of the Dragon on a medieval saddleStibor of Beckov or Stibor II, son of Stibor I
Hrvoje Vukcic Hrvatinic, Ban of Croatia and Grand Duke of Bosnia[15]
Vlad II Dracul (d. 1447), then Prince of Wallachia[10]
Oswald von Wolkenstein (d. 1445)[16]
Vladislas II of Bohemia and Hungary (1456-1516)[clarification needed] [10]
Foreign allies, who did not swear an oath of loyalty:[clarification needed]
King Ladislaus II of Poland[10]
Grand Duke Vytautas of Lithuania, Sigismund's former brother-in-law[10]
Henry V of England[10]
members of Italian families, such as the Carrara, della Scala and leaders of Venezia, Padova and Verona

The edict of 1408 describes two insignia to be worn by members of the Order:

" ... we and the faithful barons and magnates of our kingdom shall bear and have, and do choose and agree to wear and bear, in the manner of society, the sign or effigy of the Dragon incurved into the form of a circle, its tail winding around its neck, divided through the middle of its back along its length from the top of its head right to the tip of its tail, with blood [forming] a red cross flowing out into the interior of the cleft by a white crack, untouched by blood, just as and in the same way that those who fight under the banner of the glorious martyr St George are accustomed to bear a red cross on a white field ..." [13]
The dragon described here, with its tail coiled around its neck, bears comparison to the ouroboros.[citation needed] On the back of the dragon, from the base of the neck to the tail, is the Red Cross of Saint George, with the entire image on an argent field. The Order's dragon emblem has not survived in any original form, but it has been referenced on coins, art, and in writing.

A University of Bucharest annotation to the original edict reads "O Quam Misericors est Deus, Pius et Justus" (O how merciful is God, faithful and just), which may have been officially part of the emblem.[citation needed] The various classes of the order had a slight variation of the dragon symbol. Common changes included the addition of inscriptions like O Quam Misericors est Deus ("Oh, how merciful God is") and "Justus et Paciens" ("Just and patient"). One of the highest classes may have worn a necklace with a seal,[citation needed] while a period painting of Otto von Wolkenstein depicts another type of class variation.[16]

Few historical artifacts of the Order now remain. A copy, dating to 1707, of the statutes of 1408 is the oldest known literary artifact of the society. Today, known materials are archived within the University of Budapest.

References1.^ a b c Florescu and McNally, Dracula, Prince of Many Faces. pp. 40-2.
2.^ http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/543594/Sigismund
3.^ http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Sigismund.aspx
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5.^ Van Antwerp Fine, John (1994). The Late Medieval Balkans: A Critical Survey from the Late Twelfth Century to the Ottoman Conquest. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 0472082604.
6.^ Kostelski, Z. (1952). The Yugoslavs: the history of the Yugoslavs and their states to the creation of Yugoslavia. Philosophical Library. ISBN 0472082604.
7.^ Van Antwerp Fine, John (2007). Bosnian Church: its place in state and society from the thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries: a new interpretation. Saqi in association with The Bosnian Institute. ISBN 0863565034.
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9.^ a b c Boulton, The Knights of the Crown, p. 349.
10.^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Rezachevici, "From the Order of the Dragon to Dracula."
11.^ Boulton, The Knights of the Crown, p. 349 n. 70.
12.^ György Fejér (ed.), Codex diplomaticus Hungariae X.4. No. CCCXVII. Buda, 1841. 682-94.
13.^ a b Translated by Boulton, The Knights of the Crown, p. 350.
14.^ G. Fejér: Codex Diplomaticus Hungariae ecclesiasticus ac civilis, X/4, Budae, 1841, 317. Th. v. Bogyay: Drachenorden, u: Lexikon des Mittelalters, Band 3, Varlag J.B. Metzer, München, 1986, 1346. B. Baranyai, Zsigmond király ú. n. Sárkány-rendje, Századok LIX-LX, 1925-1926, 561-591, 681-719.
15.^ John V.A. Fine, The Late Medieval Balkans. p. 465 and 483.
16.^ a b http://aeiou.iicm.tugraz.at/aeiou.encyclop.data.image.o/o874125a.jpg
[edit] Secondary sourcesBoulton, D'A.J.D. The Knights of the Crown: The Monarchical Orders of Knighthood in Later Medieval Europe, 1325-1520. Boydell Press, 2000. 348 ff.
Fine, John V.A. The Late Medieval Balkans: A Critical Survey from the Twelfth Century to the Ottoman Conquest, University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 1987.
Florescu, Radu and Raymond McNally, Dracula: Prince of Many Faces. His Life and His Times. Boston: Little Brown, 1989. ISBN 0316286567
Rezachevici, Constantin. "From the Order of the Dragon to Dracula." Journal of Dracula Studies 1 (1999): pp 3–7. Transcriptions available online: [2] (RTF-document), [3] (Barcelona-Esoterismo-Esoterisme-Magia).
[edit] Further reading[edit] Primary sourcesStatutes of the society, promulgated on 13 December 1408, ed. György Fejér, Codex diplomaticus Hungariae X.4. No. CCCXVII. Buda, 1841. 682-94; earlier edition by J.F Miller, "Monumenta diplomatica nunc primum ex autographis edita". In Acta Literaria Musei Nationalis Hungarici 1. Buda, 1818. 167-90.
Sigismund's charters, ed. J.F. Böhmer, Regesta Imperii XI: Die Urkunden Kaiser Sigismunds 1410/11-1437. 2 vols. Innsbruck, 1896–1900.
Documenta Romaniae Historica. Bucharest, 1977.
Calatori straini despre tarile romane. Bucharest, 1970.
Cronici turcesti privind tarile romana. Bucharest 1966.
[edit] Secondary sourcesBogyay, Thomas von. "Drachenorden." In: Lexikon des Mittelalters 3. Munich, 1986. p. 1346.
Devries, Dickie, Dougherty, Jestice, Jorgensen, and Pavkovic. Battles of the Crusades 1097 - 1444. Barnes & Noble, 2007. pp 188–195
Hupchick, D.P. and Cox, H.E. The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe. Palgrave Press, 2001, Map 22.
Kuzdrzal-Kicki, Wladyslaw. Der Drachenorden: Genese, Gründung und Entartung. Dokumentation und Schlußfolgerungen. Vol. 1. Munich, 1978.
Lendvai, P. The Hungarians Princeton University Press, 2003. pp 70–72.
McNally, Raymond T. "In Search of the Lesbian Vampire: Barbara von Cilli, Le Fanu’s “Carmilla” and the Dragon Order." Journal of Dracula Studies 3 (2001). [4]
Sugar, P.F. and Hanak, P. and Frank, T. A History of Hungary. Indiana University Press, 1994. pp 54–62.
Timon, Akos. Ungarische Verfassung- und Rechtsgeschichte. Berlin, 1904.
Baslack, Andreas. Abbildung und Beschreibung aller Ritterorden in Europa. Reprintauflage der Ausgabe von 1792. Holzminden, 1980 and 1999. ISBN 3-8262-1807-8. From the original: G. Eichler, Abbildungen und Beschreibung aller hoher Geistlichen, Weltlichen und Frauenzimmer Ritter-Orden in Europa. Augsburg: Bürgien, 1792.
Wheatcroft, A. The Enemy at the Gate Basic Books, 2008. pp 4–6.
[edit] External links Media related to Order of the Dragon at Wikimedia Commons

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Thursday, 27 October 2011

Looking at the world in a new light



It just goes to show, we don't know everything yet. In fact, we don't really know very much at all!

Thursday, 20 October 2011

A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY AND A NICE CUP OF TEA

What is the Church?


As a Bible reading Christian, I understood it to be the assembly of people who come together to worship the creator of the earth, the universe and everything. I understood it to be the grateful assembly who love Jesus Christ.

This building in London takes its name from a man who once persecuted Christians, who even held the coats for the ones who threw stones at Stephen because they didn't like what Stephen was telling them, they didn't want to hear the truth. So they threw stones at Stephen and stoned him to death, and Paul held their coats for them while they did so. Then Paul met Jesus as he was walking along a road, and Jesus said "Why are you persecuting me?", and Paul went blind because of the brightness of Jesus. Jesus sent Paul to the people Paul had been persecuting, and they looked after him, his sight was restored and Paul was so overwhelmed by actually meeting Jesus risen from the dead that he spent the rest of his life travelling the world telling people the good news, that they could have eternal life if they wanted it, and that Jesus had risen from the dead. For this Paul himself was beaten up several times and he spent many years in jail because he refused to stop preaching.

No I know I am going to get the usual "YOU ARE A NUTTER" comments at me, because of writing this, but the truth is, this is doctrine, what I have just posted is not only in the Bible, it is also the very foundation of the Church, the Monarchy and the Common laws of this land.

St Pauls Cathedral takes its very name from this man, a Roman soldier, who lived 2000 years ago.

So what do you suppose God would like the Church's response to this anti corporate greed movement to be? Well, I believe that the Lord would want the Church to be overjoyed that so many people had felt drawn to this building, that is built for God. What a golden opportunity it is, to have such a big crowd to tell the good news of eternal salvation to! Charles Wesley would have given his eye teeth to have such a big turnout!

There is talok of closing St Paul's down, because of the big crowd of people camped outside. What are they so afraid of? Didn't St Paul tell God's children to be bold, and not afraid? Did he not tell the children of God to love one another, and to put spiritual things first? These people are sleeping in the damp and cold, because they are so outraged by the wicked crimes and corruption of 1% of individuals who are doing the V sign to God by robbing, pilfering, raping and killing.

A few years ago Rowan Williams did speak out about the Brotherhood of Freemasons who are undermining the justice system, by putting their oath of allegience to other Masons before their duty to God. Rowan Williams was attacked for daring to raise a whisper against the Freemasons.

So what should the Christian response to this be? I can't answer for other Christians, but if I saw a load of tents every morning when I came to work, I think I would want to make all the people a nice hot cup of tea to warm them all up a bit.

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Starwood to open Aloft hotel at Excel London in 2011
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Starwood Hotels & Resorts is to open an Aloft hotel at Excel London ahead of the London 2012 Olympics.


Aloft London Excel will offer 252 rooms and is being developed by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (Adnec), the parent company of Excel London.

The hotel is scheduled to open at the end of 2011 and will be situated at Excel London's east entrance at Royal Victoria Dock with direct access to Prince Regent Station on the Docklands Light Railway and London's International Convention Centre.

It will be the first Aloft property in the UK, and the second in Europe, following the planned opening of Aloft Brussels Schuman this autumn.

Excel London chief executive Kevin Murphy said: "We have been working closely with Starwood to bring the Aloft brand to London."

ADNEC chairman Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan said: "Aloft London Excel will support Excel's growing events calendar and the London Olympics by providing quality, stylish and affordable accommodation."

The signing of Aloft London Excel is part of an international expansion of the brand, which debuted in Canada in June 2008 and has since grown its portfolio to almost 50 hotels in the US, China, Canada and the United Arab Emirates.

Aloft properties are set to open in Belgium, India, Thailand and the Middle East over the next two years.




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Executive FocusProfiles classified under: DubaiRyan Mahoney, Managing Director, Better Homes
19.10.11 • Real Estate • Dubai, UAE
Ryan Mahoney is the Managing Director of Better Homes, one of the largest realtors in Dubai. He spoke with The Prospect Group about the real estate market in the UAE, affordable housing initiatives in Dubai, and how technology has changed the real estate market.


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Samer Halawi, CEO, Thuraya
20.09.11 • Telecommunications • Dubai, UAE
Samer Halawi is the Chief Executive Officer of Thuraya Telecommunications Company, which provides mobile satellite communications to over 140 countries around the world. He spoke with The Prospect Group about the company’s push into new markets, the growth prospects for mobile satellite data services and the convergence between terrestrial and satellite services.


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Sobhi A Batterjee, President and CEO, Saudi German Hospitals Group
08.09.11 • Health • Dubai, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, UAE
Sobhi A. Batterjee is the President and CEO of Saudi German Hospitals Group (SGH Group), the largest private healthcare company in the MENA region. He spoke with The Prospect Group about addressing structural deficits, the role of private healthcare providers in the UAE, and medical tourism in the Middle East.


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Andrew Shaw, Managing Director, Ducab
06.09.11 • Industry • Dubai, UAE
Andrew Shaw is the Managing Director of Dubai Cable Company (Ducab), a technologically advanced cable manufacturing company owned equally by the governments of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. He spoke with The Prospect Group about the business climate in the region and the status of infrastructure development in the UAE.


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Adel Fahmy, General Manager, Gulf Food Industries
29.08.11 • FMCG, Industry, Retail • Dubai, UAE
Adel Fahmy is the General Manager of Gulf Food Industries, a canned food products manufacturer based in Dubai. He spoke with The Prospect Group about manufacturing in the UAE, current trends in food retail and distribution, and the importance of first-mover advantage in the Middle East.


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Yasser Zeineldin, CEO, eHosting DataFort
25.08.11 • ICT, Technology • Dubai, UAE
Yasser Zeineldin is the chief executive officer of eHosting DataFort, a provider of co-location and managed hosting services. He spoke with The Prospect Group about tier 4 data centers, cloud computing, and ways in which the ICT sector can be developed in the UAE.


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Yves Manghardt, Chairman and CEO, Nestlé Middle East
24.08.11 • FMCG, Industry, Retail • Dubai, UAE
Yves Manghardt is the Chairman and CEO of Nestlé Middle East, which owns and operates 17 factories and 37 offices in the Middle East. He spoke with The Prospect Group about Nestlé’s business in the region, local dynamics in retail and distribution throughout the Middle East and evolving consumer tastes.


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Frank Uwe-Ungerer, Country Manager – UAE, DHL
07.07.11 • Logistics, Transportation • Dubai, UAE
Frank Uwe-Ungerer is the Country Manager for DHL in the United Arab Emirates. He spoke with The Prospect Group about the growth of transportation and logistics in the region, infrastructure development, and security.


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Hamdi Osman, Senior Vice President, FedEx
27.06.11 • Logistics, Transportation • Dubai, UAE
Hamdi Osman is the Senior Vice President of FedEx Express Middle East, Indian Subcontinent & Africa. He spoke with The Prospect Group about how the logistics industry in the region is developing and the role Dubai will play in the industry and in the region.


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Raju Menon, Chairman and Group Managing Partner, Morison Menon
22.06.11 • Economy, Taxation • Dubai, UAE
Raju Menon is the Chairman and Group Managing Partner at Morison Menon Chartered Accountants, an advisory firm with a multitude of capabilities including auditing services and helping overseas investors set up businesses in the UAE. He spoke with The Prospect Group about new legislation, taxation in the UAE, and how business has changed in the UAE.


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Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor, Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University
02.06.11 • Education • Dubai, UAE
Dr. Mansoor Al Awar is the Chancellor of Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University (HBMeU), a pioneer in e-learning in the Middle East. He spoke with The Prospect Group about developing a modern university from the grass roots and how a new approach to tertiary education is needed.


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Cora De Conceicao-Stuart, GM, Media One Hotel
15.05.11 • Tourism • Dubai, UAE
Cora De Conceicao-Stuart is the General Manager of the Media One Hotel in Dubai Media City. She spoke with The Prospect Group about expanding Dubai’s hotel product offering and how the hotel industry in the emirate is evolving.


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Mohammed A M Seddiqi, VP – Sales and Retail, Ahmed Seddiqi and Sons
04.05.11 • Retail • Dubai, UAE
Mohammed Abdulmagied Seddiqi is the Vice President – Sales & Retail at Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons. He spoke with The Prospect Group about the appetite for luxury goods in the UAE today and running a family business in a globalized economy.


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Lance de Masi, President, The American University in Dubai
02.05.11 • Education • Dubai, UAE
Dr. Lance de Masi is the President of The American University in Dubai. He spoke with The Prospect Group about student demographics, what prospective students need to look for in a school in the region, and the job market for new graduates.


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Shaun Parsons, Hotel Manager, The Westin Dubai and Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina
01.05.11 • Tourism • Dubai, UAE
Shaun Parsons is the Hotel Manager of both The Westin Dubai and Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina in the Dubai Marina. He spoke with The Prospect Group about the changing landscape of Dubai’s tourism market and expectations for the future of the industry.


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Christopher May, GM, Dubai Golf
14.04.11 • Sport, Tourism • Dubai, UAE
Christopher May is the General Manager of Dubai Golf, which oversees Emirates Golf Club and the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. He spoke with The Prospect Group about how golf impacts tourism in the UAE and the challenges of running a golf course in the region.


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Abdullah M Alshamsi, Vice Chancellor, The British University in Dubai
13.04.11 • Education • Dubai, UAE
Professor Abdullah M Alshamsi is the Vice Chancellor of The British University in Dubai (BUiD), the Middle East region’s first, research based, postgraduate university. He spoke with The Prospect Group about student enrolment trends and the job market for new graduates in the UAE.


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Chris Canning, CEO and Medical Director, Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai
13.04.11 • Health • Dubai, UAE
Dr. Chris Canning is chief executive officer and medical director at Moorfields Eye Hospital in Dubai. He spoke with The Prospect Group about investment opportunities in healthcare and the challenges facing healthcare in the UAE today.


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Michel Noblet, President and CEO, Hospitality Management Holdings
12.04.11 • Tourism • Dubai, UAE
Michel Noblet is the President and chief executive officer of Hospitality Management Holdings (HMH). He spoke with The Prospect Group about hospitality trends in the UAE and the way the market has changed in recent years.


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Malek Sultan Al Malek, Managing Director, Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource Zone
12.04.11 • ICT, Infrastructure, Technology, Telecommunications • Dubai, UAE
Malek Sultan Al Malek is the Managing Director of Dubai Internet City (DIC) and Dubai Outsource Zone. He spoke with The Prospect Group about the development and advancement of the ICT sector and how new technology is creating new opportunities for businesses in the UAE.


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Omar Hefni, President, University of Dubai
12.04.11 • Education • Dubai, UAE
Dr. Omar Hefni is the President of the University of Dubai (UD) and a member of the board of trustees of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He spoke with The Prospect Group about running a university in Dubai and the new demands placed upon graduates in the current economy.


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Thomas Murray, CEO, American Hospital Dubai
12.04.11 • Health • Dubai, UAE
Thomas Murray is the chief executive officer of American Hospital Dubai, a leading private healthcare provider in Dubai. He spoke with The Prospect Group about opportunities in the healthcare sector and the constraints the sector faces.

The Prospect Group is a leading global firm specializing in media, research, and consulting. We meet, and discuss the most relevant economic issues with, hundreds of the world’s leading business executives, political elites, and other influential personalities from a cross-section of industries and countries.
About UsWho we are
Prospects is a leading supplier of education, employment and training services. Our expertise includes careers advice for young people and adults, helping people find employment through the Work Programme, supporting schools and colleges, inspection services, independent education, event management, educational resources recruitment and much more... Read more: who we are


Partners
Prospects works with other education specialists. If you are interested in subcontractor work or becoming one of our partners please contact our strategic development unit to register your interest, and we will keep your details on file for the future.

Academies and Free Schools Education Adviser Framework
Welfare to Work - the Work Programme and similar contracts
DWP ESF Provision for Families with Multiple Problems
Early Years Inspection


Prospects leading in education, employment and training
Prospects is a large company, working nationally and internationally in partnership with public, private and voluntary sector organisations. We manage and deliver a diverse range of education, employment and training services.


Key facts
Prospects employs 1,400+ staff from 70-plus bases in over 30 local authority areas. Our contracts are mainly in the public sector, with local authorities, Skills Funding Agency, Ofsted, Department for Education, Department for Work & Pensions, other government departments and public bodies, colleges and schools. Our wide range of services are measured on performance.

Welfare to Work
Prospects is the Prime contractor for the Work Programme, the government's largest ever initiative to help unemployed people back to work, in the South West (covering Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Dorset). We are also a major subcontractor for the Programme in East London and in Bristol.

We are on the Department for Work and Pensions DWP ERSS (Employment Related Support Services) Provider Framework and have over 12 years experience as a supplier to DWP/Jobcentre Plus. Previous contracts include; Community Task Force Prime Contractor in Devon and Cornwall and delivering DWP and local authority welfare to work and related services in London, Birmingham, Yorkshire, South West and West of England.

Careers services for young people
As the largest national supplier of information, advice and guidance and careers services, we work in twenty local authority areas; providing universal and targeted services (intensive support for young people with special needs, learning difficulties and other disadvantages).

Next Step
Careers information, advice and guidance for adults, Prime Contractor for Next Step in Greater London. We are a major subcontractor for the service in the Midlands and a member of the Prime Consortium for Next Step in Yorkshire and Humberside.

Ofsted inspection
One of only two Ofsted Early Years Inspection Service providers, covering the Midlands and North.

Events
Prospects Events - the largest national provider of careers and skills events including Skills London and SkillsCymru.

Education services
Consultancy; training; school improvement; inspection preparation; education resource materials, publications, careers information, web design, equipment; Leading Parent Partnership Award (involving parents fully in their children's education); services to independent sector through Gabbitas.

Employer facing services
Recruitment company – CfA - providing services both internally and externally. We also provide training, workforce development, vacancy handling; research and evaluation, quality improvement, surveys; psychometric testing and regeneration initiatives.

Quality
Prospects holds many recognised quality standards e.g. Investors in People, DWP approved supplier, "Positive about Disabled People", CHAS, matrix; ISO9001/ISO14001. We have recently been awarded the ISO27001 standard for Information Security.

Our Mission & Values

Key PeopleOur People make us who we are

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Executive Chairman
Ray Auvray
Ray Auvray is Executive Chairman of the Prospects Group and has managed the company since its foundation in the summer of 1995. In that period, Ray has grown the Group from a company holding a single contract in South London to a national organisation with a turnover of over £80 million, employing over 1,400 staff and delivering a wide range of education, training and employment services to the Department for Education, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, the Home Office, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Skills Funding Agency, Ofsted, local authorities, schools and colleges.
Before joining Prospects, Ray spent 11 years heading the London Borough of Havering Careers Service, the only local authority run careers service to win the Charter Mark Award. He understands the local authority perspective well, having served as a Basildon District Councillor, Essex County Councillor and a member of the Essex Police Authority. He has also twice stood as a parliamentary candidate. He started his career as a teacher, before moving into the Careers Service and educational administration.

Ray has served on a number of national careers service advisory bodies and is also a Board Director of several companies. He served as a Commissioner on the Government’s Youth Citizenship Commission in 2008-9. He is a graduate of Reading University and undertook further studies at the University of East London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and Freeman of the City of London.

Having led the Prospects Group to its current role as a major provider of educational support services, he is keen to see it diversify further and develop a wider range of services for its customers.



Executive Chairman
Ray Auvray
Managing Director
Vincent McDonnell
Group Finance Director
Kevin Beerling
Vice-Chair of the Board and Senior Independent Director
Paul McGee
Board Member
Brian Rowbotham and Chairman of Audit Committee

Board Member
Joe Simpson
Board Member
Malcolm Iley
Director of Education Services
Brenda Cabras

Director of Children's Services and Guidance
Alison Williams
Director of Early Years Inspection Service
Sally Howells


Key PeopleOur People make us who we are

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Executive Chairman
Ray Auvray
Ray Auvray is Executive Chairman of the Prospects Group and has managed the company since its foundation in the summer of 1995. In that period, Ray has grown the Group from a company holding a single contract in South London to a national organisation with a turnover of over £80 million, employing over 1,400 staff and delivering a wide range of education, training and employment services to the Department for Education, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, the Home Office, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Skills Funding Agency, Ofsted, local authorities, schools and colleges.
Before joining Prospects, Ray spent 11 years heading the London Borough of Havering Careers Service, the only local authority run careers service to win the Charter Mark Award. He understands the local authority perspective well, having served as a Basildon District Councillor, Essex County Councillor and a member of the Essex Police Authority. He has also twice stood as a parliamentary candidate. He started his career as a teacher, before moving into the Careers Service and educational administration.

Ray has served on a number of national careers service advisory bodies and is also a Board Director of several companies. He served as a Commissioner on the Government’s Youth Citizenship Commission in 2008-9. He is a graduate of Reading University and undertook further studies at the University of East London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and Freeman of the City of London.

Having led the Prospects Group to its current role as a major provider of educational support services, he is keen to see it diversify further and develop a wider range of services for its customers.



Executive Chairman
Ray Auvray
Managing Director
Vincent McDonnell
Group Finance Director
Kevin Beerling
Vice-Chair of the Board and Senior Independent Director
Paul McGee
Board Member
Brian Rowbotham and Chairman of Audit Committee

Board Member
Joe Simpson
Board Member
Malcolm Iley
Director of Education Services
Brenda Cabras

Director of Children's Services and Guidance
Alison Williams
Director of Early Years Inspection Service
Sally Howells

Executive Chairman
Ray Auvray
Ray Auvray is Executive Chairman of the Prospects Group and has managed the company since its foundation in the summer of 1995. In that period, Ray has grown the Group from a company holding a single contract in South London to a national organisation with a turnover of over £80 million, employing over 1,400 staff and delivering a wide range of education, training and employment services to the Department for Education, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, the Home Office, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Skills Funding Agency, Ofsted, local authorities, schools and colleges.
Before joining Prospects, Ray spent 11 years heading the London Borough of Havering Careers Service, the only local authority run careers service to win the Charter Mark Award. He understands the local authority perspective well, having served as a Basildon District Councillor, Essex County Councillor and a member of the Essex Police Authority. He has also twice stood as a parliamentary candidate. He started his career as a teacher, before moving into the Careers Service and educational administration.

Ray has served on a number of national careers service advisory bodies and is also a Board Director of several companies. He served as a Commissioner on the Government’s Youth Citizenship Commission in 2008-9. He is a graduate of Reading University and undertook further studies at the University of East London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and Freeman of the City of London.

Having led the Prospects Group to its current role as a major provider of educational support services, he is keen to see it diversify further and develop a wider range of services for its customers.

Meet the Board

Ray Auvray
Prospects Executive Chairman

Ray Auvray is Executive Chairman of the Prospects Group and has managed the company since its foundation in the summer of 1995. In that period Ray has grown the Group from a company holding a single contract in South London to a national organisation with a turnover of over £60 million, employing nearly 1,200 staff and delivering a wide range of education, training and employment services to the Department for Children, Schools and Families, the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, the Home Office, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Learning and Skills Council, local authorities, schools and colleges.

Before joining Prospects, Ray spent 11 years heading the London Borough of Havering Careers Service, the only local authority run careers service to win the Charter Mark Award. He understands the local authority perspective well, having served as a Basildon District Councillor, Essex County Councillor and a member of the Essex Police Authority. He has also twice stood as a parliamentary candidate. He started his career as a teacher, before moving into the Careers Service.

Ray has served on a number of national careers service advisory bodies and is also a Board Director of several companies. He is a graduate of Reading University and undertook further studies at the University of East London.

Having led the Prospects Group to its current role as a major provider of educational support services, he is keen to see it diversify further and develop a wider range of services for its customers.


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Kevin Beerling
Prospects Group Finance Director


Kevin Beerling joined Prospects in January 2006 as Group Finance Director and has responsibility for financial reporting, facilities management, HR, ICT and legal services.

Kevin qualified as a chartered accountant in 1995 with Price Waterhouse and was admitted as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 2006.

Prior to joining Prospects, Kevin was Chief Financial Officer of Moneybox plc, an independent operator of cash machines, where he was instrumental in floating the company on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange and subsequently negotiating a trade sale to a listed competitor.

His earlier career included four years as Group Finance Director of Ambient plc (now Touch Group plc), an AIM listed business and marketing services group, and three years as UK Financial Controller and Group Chief Accountant of the international outdoor advertising group More Group plc (now part of Clear Channel Communications).

While working at Price Waterhouse, Kevin appeared five times as the independent adjudicator on the National Lottery Saturday night TV show.

He has a First Class Honours degree in Business Economics and Accounting from Southampton University.
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JOHN BARON MP BASILDON AND HENDERSON GROUP PIC 47 ESPLANADE ST HELIER JERSEY

John Charles Baron (born 21 June 1959) is a British Conservative politician and the Member of Parliament for Basildon and Billericay.

Baron was born in Redhill, Surrey and educated at Queen's College, Taunton, Jesus College, Cambridge and at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He joined the British Army in 1984 and was a captain serving with The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Germany. He left the Army in 1987 and became a merchant banker, working as a fund manager then director of Henderson Private Investors Ltd (now Henderson Global Investors) and Rothschild Asset Management.

[edit] Parliamentary careerIn 1995 John Baron became the treasurer of the Streatham Conservative Association. In 1997 David Amess decided not to risk standing again in his ultra marginal Conservative seat of Basildon and was successfully selected and subsequently elected for the safer seat of Southend West. Baron won the Conservative nomination to defend Basildon at the 1997 General Election, but Amess's judgement proved accurate and Angela Smith won the seat for Labour comfortably.

In November 1999 Teresa Gorman announced that she stand down at the next general election from her seat in Billericay, the neighbouring constituency to Basildon.[1] Baron was selected to defend Billericay at the 2001 General Election and he held the seat with a majority of more than 5,000, which he doubled at the 2005 General Election. He made his maiden speech on 20 July 2001.[2]

John Baron was a member of Iain Duncan Smith's frontbench team, but resigned in March 2003 in protest at Duncan Smith's support of the Iraq War.[3] He was reappointed by Duncan Smith as a health spokesman just four months later,[4] a position he held until July 2007 when he was moved to the Conservative Whip's Office.

Baron was a strong backer of David Davis in the most recent Conservative leadership election, having also supported him in the 2001 leadership contest won by Iain Duncan Smith.[5] John Baron was the only Tory among just 15 MPs[6] who voted against British participation in the attack on Libya in the Commons on 21 March 2011.

[edit] Personal lifeHe is married with two daughters.

[edit] References1.^ The Independent - Gorman to stand down at the next election
2.^ Hansard 20 July 2001 col 538
3.^ CNN Word - Blair wins vote for Iraq war
4.^ The Guardian - War rebels return in Tory reshuffle
5.^ BBC News - The Tory leadership contest - Form Guide: David Davis
6.^ BBC News - The full list of how MPs voted on Libya action
[edit] External linksJohn Baron MP official website
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Monday, 17 October 2011

THE BFMS

Madeline Greenhalghis director of the BFMS.
Ralph Underwager, an American paedophile invented False Memory Syndrome.


The Newsletter of the British False Memory Society
Vol. 17, No. 1 – July 2009
Dear Reader,
Despite concerns about the recession members
were resilient and attended another
interesting AGM which included a talk by Dr
Peter Naish on the fallibility of memory and
cleverly tested our ability (or lack of it) to spot
a gorilla in the room. A powerful account of
what it is like to be an accuser’s sibling was
delivered and we are fortunate to have
permission to present the content of that talk
on page 7. Finally, we were introduced to a new
book about how memory betrays us. A review
on page 14 gives an interesting insight.
The Government’s desire for regulation of
talking therapies still exhibits signs of an
uphill struggle, as the lack of consensus among
many disparate practitioners manifests as a
campaign against State intervention. We
accept there are pros and cons in this debate.
Introducing academic criteria for licensing
psychotherapists and counsellors will not
regulate personal integrity, the inner ethical
standards that reflect that integrity, or an
ability to be empathetic – personal qualities
cannot be taught. On the other hand, leaving
regulation in the voluntary care of the therapy
umbrella bodies has so far failed to ensure that
poor practice and in some instances dangerous
techniques, are challenged, admitted and dealt
with to ensure their effects can never be
repeated. There is a potentially huge benefit to
our members if, as planned, the Health
Professions Council charged with the task of
overseeing the regulation, can fulfil its
commitment to allow third party complaints.
Until now, many parents have been frustrated
by the inability of the voluntary system to
allow their concerns to be heard because of
conflicts with boundaries imposed by rules of
confidentiality. A major concern remains,
however, that regulation will somehow confer a
badge of credibility upon regulated individuals,
giving the public a false sense of security.
The Newsletter of the British False Memory Society
Vol. 17, No. 1 – July 2009
Regulation is not a guarantee of evidencebased
practice purged of personal beliefs. A
therapist writes (see page 11) giving her
assessment of the current situation.
Science is in the forefront of news. Judges are
to receive increased powers to test experts’
credibility, following failures in the system
which have allowed unsubstantiated and
unproven testimony to slip under the radar
posing as expert evidence. (See page 19.) Also,
care must be taken in the public domain as we
learn of a clash between scientists and English
libel laws. Scientists fear that a recent legal
ruling will silence critical discussion of medical
practice and scientific evidence. Sense about
Science is the charity co-ordinating the campaign
against the use of libel laws in this way.
The campaign now has over 10,000 signatories
from all around the world, including many
eminent scientists. It is vital that we retain the
ability to speak out when medical claims are
unsubstantiated by empirical findings including
challenging therapeutic practice that encourages
false memories.
Forecasters point to a good summer; let us
hope the evidence is sound.
Madeline Greenhalgh
NEWS
Statement from Jersey
Jersey police began searching the former
children’s home at Haut de la Garenne in
February 2008 following allegations of historic
systematic abuse. The investigation
was said, at that time, to involve more than
160 victims over a 40-year period. This
month the Attorney General for Jersey has
published a statement on the investigation.
The importance of the
evidential test
The Attorney General for Jersey highlights
the importance of applying the evidential
test in the decision that no charges will be
brought in respect of either of the two
outstanding files in the Jersey Historic
Abuse Investigation.
In his statement dated 3 June 2009 he
said,
“A decision not to prosecute is capable of
being perceived as denying the
complainant the right to be heard. Indeed,
this can lead to a pressure to allow the
complainant to have his or her day in
Court. However to succumb to such
pressure would mean that the prosecution
was not applying the evidential test which
is its function to apply. The Courts are
entitled to know that they are not faced
with prosecutions which even the
prosecutor thinks will not succeed. The
criminal justice system as a whole requires
each part of that system – police,
prosecutors and Courts – to fulfil its
functions professionally and properly. To
compromise the test to allow evidentially
weak cases to proceed is not an exercise of
the objective approach which is demanded
of prosecutors by the Code on the Decision
to Prosecute. It is not fair to anyone – the
complainants, the accused, the witnesses
or the public – to do otherwise than apply
the evidential test professionally and
objectively.”
Corroboration by volume not found,
nor similar fact substantiated
In discussing Case 5 the Attorney General
explained,
“Nine complainants have made complaints
against Mr. A, now a middle aged man who
spent approximately five to six years as a
junior trainee and then employee at Haut
de la Garenne in the 1970s and 1980s. The
complaints relate to incidents which are
alleged to have taken place between 20 and
30 years ago. Four of them contained
allegations of different types of sexual
offending, some of it of the most serious
nature; all but two were alleged to have
taken place at Haut de la Garenne. The
police have conducted a very thorough and
detailed investigation tracing and
interviewing all known witnesses before
submitting the papers to the independent
lawyers instructed by the Attorney
General. In none of the cases is the
complaint corroborated by any independent
evidence, and none of the complaints is
sufficiently similar in nature to suggest
that they might supply mutual
corroboration.
In two cases, the employment records show
that the complainants were not at Haut de
la Garenne at the same time as Mr. A. In
two of the cases, the makers of the
statements were not those against whom
the alleged crimes were committed, the
alleged victims no longer being alive.”
The papers were carefully evaluated by
lawyers, a senior lawyer in the Law
Officers’ Department and by the Attorney
General. None of the lawyers who looked at
the matter considered the evidential test
was passed.
The report goes on to discuss the reinvestigation
of Case 6 which was first considered
and formally abandoned by the Crown in
1998. The considerations for restarting a
prosecution are covered in the Attorney
General’s statement which can be found at
http://www.thisisjersey.com/wp-content/
BFMS Newsletter – Vol. 17, No. 1 3
encourage the use of the courts to silence
critics.”
Dr Singh has announced that he is to
appeal the decision.
To find out more go to www.senseaboutscience.org.uk
***
Psychodynamic Therapies
rejected in Sweden
The National Board of Health and Welfare
in Sweden has decided that psychodynamic
therapies must disappear from all tax-aid
clinics and hospitals whether they belong
to municipalities, administrative provinces,
or the State.
It is implied that the same should be true
of private clinics and hospitals. But for
private institutions there will be legal complications.
It is not yet known how speedy
the implementation will be.
This news has been received from Max Scharnberg,
Associate Professor, Uppsala University.
***
Expert Opinion
Memory expert, Professor Martin Conway,
recently gave evidence for the defence in
an appeal case involving two former soldiers
jailed for historic sexual abuse
against children.
Professor Conway explained to the court
that memories going back to the age of
seven were a “fuzzy boundary” in the area
of impaired memory. He told the court that
one of the alleged victim’s graphic accounts
of abuse involved an “exaggeration of the
specificity of events”. He went on to say
that memories and experiences typically
contained fragmented details rather than
“cohesive, fluid, total sequences”.
This and other legal issues lead to the soldiers’
convictions being quashed.
Source: BBC News Northern Ireland, 3, April 2009
uploads/2009/06/stmgena-041-ag-pressstatement1.
pdf
The Attorney General admitted that the
decision not to prosecute in these cases was
a hard one but that taking into account the
legal principles it was the right one
Congratulations to the Panorama team and to all those involved in helping to highlight the issue of false allegations of child sexual abuse and the travesty of justice. Many find it hard to believe that anyone would want to claim that abuse has occurred if it has not. The Panorama programme reported on the powerful lure of compensation, it did not however touch on the difficult fact that depressed and vulnerable individuals can come to believe that they have abusive pasts when this is untrue. Decades delayed, retrospective allegations of childhood sexual abuse made by an adult, for the first time often with no prior knowledge of the abuse, have been causing devastation to accused families since the early 1990s. This phenomenon led to the formation of the charity, The British False Memory Society which has contact with fathers and mothers and other relatives who are falsely accused of the most heinous crime of childhood sexual abuse. The BFMS website is at www.bfms.org.uk and we can be contacted from there.
Madeline Greenhalgh, Director BFMS
Bradford on Avon
Hello I cannot sit back and allow what I personally believe is a grave situation in the justice system of this country. There is a strong possibility Mr.Shuttleworth is being targeted by people who will do just about anything for money. I personally was visited in my own home by police officers wishing to interview me about so called abuse at an approved school where I was from 1966 to 68, and was told that this or that named care worker was as put to me AT IT, if I was inclined to be dishonest the names were already available to me. It may be hard for some people to believe that any person would want money so bad but these boys now men are mostly not your average pillars of society, I said this to the police and I say it again I never saw or suspected any care worker of any sexual misconduct and I hope that anyone making allegations is doing it for the right reasons although in some cases I have my doubts. I wonder if money has a bigger bearing than they think.
John
St. Helens

Freud?s troubled children
Terry Philpot - 26 May 2007
First it was parents, then social workers and teachers. Now it is clergy who have had accusations of child sexual abuse made against them, based solely on ‘recovered' memories. But with psychologists still divided as to whether these recollections are genuine or not, how can a court investigating truth trust these shadows of the past?
Can the mind remember to forget? Behind this seeming paradox lies a debate that befuddles much discussion about child sexual abuse. Last month, Fr Stanislaus Hobbs, a 76-year-old priest at Ealing Abbey, London, became the latest person to be charged with sexual abuse when his accuser claimed to have remembered a forgotten incident. Fr Hobbs was acquitted after the claimant, a 30-year-old senior journalist, said that the monk had abused him when a teenager, the memory of which was said to have been triggered by a sexual experience many years later between the accuser and his girlfriend.
Such claims have been put down, at times, to the working of Freud's theory of repression, a defence mechanism that forces unpalatable experiences, which the mind cannot deal with, into the unconscious. The antithesis of this (and, indeed, of the whole idea that people can forget anything traumatic) has been stated bluntly by Professor Elizabeth Loftus, the American psychologist: "When people have been abused in their childhood, their problem is not that they can't remember, but that they can't forget."
Repression is now frequently dismissed by many clinicians, even those who disagree with Professor Loftus' general thesis. Dr Chris Brewin, Professor of Clinical Psychology at University College London, makes a distinction between "the observation that people forget" and the "theoretical mechanisms of dissociation and repression that are very difficult to prove". Suppressed memories are about events that are supposed to have occurred many years, even decades, in the past. Yet the accuracy even of memories that have always been conscious but refer back so far has led some to doubt their soundness. This is something occasionally raised when bringing alleged Nazi war criminals to trial.
How memory works is, after all, not straightforward. It can be unreliable and the most vivid and detailed memories can be based on inaccurate recall. When we do remember, it is not like a film re-running in our minds. Memory can work imperfectly, and can embellish and retell rather than bring forth an unvarnished version of the past. This is not to say that memory is not to be trusted; rather that its validity can be disputed when there is no corroboration through another's testimony or material evidence.
The British False Memory Society was established in 1992 in part to combat what it sees as the injustice of accusations (and sometimes wrongful convictions) suffered by those said, on the basis of recovered or repressed memories, to be guilty of sexual abuse.
The society claims that there are no corroborated cases. When it was put to Madeline Greenhalgh, director of the BFMS, that, in fact, hundreds of studies of corroboration have been published, she replied: "The alleged corroboration might be from a sibling but accepting this as evidence is flawed. I believe it is exceptionally difficult to measure the accuracy of any case which claims to be a ‘recovered memory' case because of the problem of semantics, genuine recall difficulties and the ease with which a vulnerable individual can come to believe in a history of abuse from a certain point in their lives and yet describe this as ‘an always known' history, because they say they ‘always knew something was wrong but didn't know what it was'."
There have, indeed, been "false memories" and injustices. Memories can be "recovered" as a result of implantation by therapists, as well as by malice. They can arise falsely (as well as genuinely) when supposedly triggered by events and by reading and seeing films or television programmes.
However, the BFMS is dismissive of all supposedly recovered memories, and approvingly refers to Professor Richard J. McNally of Harvard, whose book Remembering Trauma asserts that "the notion that the mind protects itself by repressing or dissociating memories of trauma, rendering them inaccessible to awareness is a piece of psychiatric folklore devoid of convincing empirical support". The controversy came to prominence in the 1980s, when child sexual abuse itself had been widely recognised for only 10 to 15 years. Professor Loftus' work has given substance to a deep scepticism about the whole notion that traumatic memories can be forgotten. She has never worked as a clinician but she has been responsible for 200 experiments with 20,000 individuals. Powerful as is her evidence that it is possible for people to testify to events that never happened by having the "memory" implanted, however, it does not negate the arguments that there can be genuine recovered memories or disprove the claim that memories can be suppressed.
Dr Chris Brewin says: "The normal response is for people to remember but there appears to be a subset of people who tend to forget. With those who were abused in childhood, forgetting may be a response which helps the child to cope in the short term because it is not safe for them to remember."
Child sexual abuse is a highly sensitive area, where accusations of abuse disrupt family relationships and cause immense distress. Those who tend most to doubt accusations are the families (and their advocates) who are accused or connected with the accused: the partners, brothers and sisters. Chris Freeman, consultant psychiatrist and psychotherapist at Royal Edinburgh Hospital, who routinely treats all kinds of trauma, suggests that there may be something different about memories of sexual abuse within families, which may be more likely to make them forgotten, repressed or avoided.
The atmosphere, then, is not conducive to calm and rational debate. Child abuse raises ambivalent responses; conviction rates are low and many people who are guilty either fail to be brought to trial or if accused are then found not guilty. In Orkney in 1991 and Shieldfield nursery, Newcastle, in 1993 false memory played a part in perpetrating gross injustices, in the one case to parents, in the other to two care workers.
The British Psychological Society, in a carefully worded report in 1994, drew attention to the problems of defining repression but found evidence of genuine recovered memory. However, in 1999 the Royal College of Psychiatrists published a report that found no "empirical evidence" to support repression or dissociation, although there is "much clinical support for these concepts". It also referred to "abundant evidence" that false memories do occur. But the opposition among psychiatrists meant that the College never accepted the report and it remains no more than the views of its four - albeit distinguished - authors.
Another aspect is drawn attention to by Dr Freeman: "I think one of the areas that causes confusion is that different levels of proof are needed in different situations," said Dr Freeman. "In a criminal court, beyond reasonable doubt; in a civil court, on the balance of probabilities; and in a clinical situation balancing the hierarchy of clinical responsibility to your patient, their family and to other children who might be at risk. The degree of proof that is required in a legal setting is simply not appropriate or achievable in most clinical settings."
Dr Adrian Skinner, clinical psychologist and expert witness, recognises the problem that such memories do not easily lend themselves to the evidential demands of a court of law. But, he says, it is up to courts to test the validity of memories, making the obvious point that they play a vital role in all kinds of prosecutions. He personally does not believe that it is possible to invent something as "shattering" as child abuse.
Indeed, there is much evidence of suppressed memory in other areas, although even this is doubted by the BFMS. Madeline Greenhalgh told me: "There are numerous claims, alleged to have been recovered, of war atrocities, by individuals who have been shown not to have been involved in the war at all." But while, perhaps inevitably given the still-developing understanding of memory, there are some professionals who do not accept the idea of recovered memory, the great majority of those professionally involved tend to think otherwise. The real disagreement tends to be between them and advocacy groups like the BFMS and its several overseas equivalents.
The main issue is whether it is possible to forget something as traumatic as child sexual abuse. There are certainly false accusations and wrongful imprisonments. Certain vulnerable and suggestible people can attribute problems they experience in adulthood to childhood abuse, which did not in fact take place, if a therapist repeatedly suggests abuse as the cause of these problems. It is obvious, too, that those subjected to even true accusations will deny them. There are bizarre "memories" such as satanic abuse and alien abduction.
The fact is that memory can be unreliable and, at times, grossly inaccurate, while it can also reflect past reality. The weight of the evidence, professional opinion, common sense and everyday experience is that traumatic memories can be suppressed, but others can be false. This suggests the need for a balanced approach, which has been conspicuous by its absence.
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WHOSE CHILDREN ARE THEY AND HOW DID THEY GET THEM?

DSK bootyguard
Cop ‘hooked’ him up with orgies: report
By LEONARD GREENE

With Post Wire Services

Last Updated: 3:27 AM, October 17, 2011

Posted: 12:40 AM, October 17, 2011


More Print A top French cop served as DSK’s personal pimp, organizing orgies for him in both France and New York, an explosive report charged yesterday.

The latest scandal involving the serial sleazeball features police, politics and prostitutes and is particularly embarrassing to the French government -- because the officer had been in line to be Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s personal bodyguard had he become president of France.

The new allegations came to light during an investigation into a ring of prostitutes that included underage teens -- although there was no suggestion that the former head of the International Monetary Fund had sex with girls under the legal age of 18.


AP
Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Sources told the French newspaper Journal du Dimanche that the 62-year-old DSK is among a group of politicians, lawyers and business leaders whose names were found in the ring’s “black book’’ of clients.

The French cop, Jean-Christophe Lagarde, also allegedly escorted ladies of the evening all the way from the French city of Lille, where the ring was headquartered, to New York for DSK.

Strauss-Kahn’s personal prostitutes were allegedly selected for him by a 62-year-old procurer named Dominique “Dodo’’ Alderweireld, who made several trips to New York when DSK was there, the French paper said.

Dodo has since been arrested.

Lagarde had wanted to head the presidential protection unit if DSK were elected -- and the two had discussed it.

But DSK’s presidential hopes fizzled after he was charged with trying to rape a Sofitel hotel maid in Midtown in May.

Investigators said the ring had brought women across the Belgian border to have sex with wealthy clients in Lille hotels, including a four-star Carlton.

Five men -- including the Carlton’s director -- have been arrested in France and charged with pimping.

Prostitution is legal in France, as long as the women are 18 or over.

Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer, Henri Leclerc, told Reuters his client wants to talk to investigators to “end dangerous and malicious insinuations and extrapolations.”

Officials said Strauss-Kahn played a “largely secondary role” in their investigation of the call-girl network.

But the Journal’s sources said Strauss-Kahn, now living in Paris, could be questioned.

The new allegations came just days after French authorities let DSK off the hook on allegations that he tried to rape French journalist Tristane Banon during an interview in 2003.

They said he did use violence, but too much time had passed to prosecute.

She has said her ordeal came back to her when she saw pictures from New York of DSK after he was arrested for allegedly trying to rape Sofitel maid Nafissatou Diallo.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. dropped that case in August over questions about Diallo’s credibility -- but the maid is suing DSK in Bronx civil court.

Banon wrote a “novel” about her encounter with DSK, never using his name but referring to him as “le cochon,’’ the pig, throughout.

leonard.greene@nypost.com

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