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A Royal Navy warship nearly crashed into a fishing boat - after Lt Rebecca Stanley shut her look-out curtains and couldn't see where she was going

A Royal Navy warship nearly crashed into a fishing boat – after Lt Rebecca Stanley shut her look-out curtains and couldn’t see where she was going

A Royal Navy warship nearly crashed into a fishing boat – after the officer on look-out closed the curtains and couldn’t see where she was going.

Lieutenant Rebecca Stanley shut a ‘blackout curtain’ so she could get on with other work during the night shift on type 23 frigate HMS Sutherland, a court martial heard.

Lt Stanley even told a surprised colleague on the ship’s bridge that if anyone asked ‘she wasn’t behind the curtain’.

The court heard that as she couldn’t see outside, the frigate was being operated by an officer who could not keep a visual look out and had ‘an extremely limited picture’ of where other vessels were.

As a result, the 4,000 tonne warship came within just 600 yards of a 36 metre-long Dutch fishing boat in the North Sea, which had to change direction at the last minute.

Bulford Military Court in Wiltshire heard Lt Stanley, 31, had been asked to plan the pilotage for a boat transfer in Portland, Dorset that was due to take place the next day.

However, due to a delay the ship’s arrival off the south coast was pushed back by almost 24 hours.

Unaware of this, the ‘anxious’ officer decided to do her planning for the manoeuvre, which she had never done before, during her night time watch, from around 1am to 4am.

As a result, the 4,000 tonne warship came within just 600 yards of a 36 metre-long Dutch fishing boat in the North Sea, which had to change direction at the last minute

As a result, the 4,000 tonne warship came within just 600 yards of a 36 metre-long Dutch fishing boat in the North Sea, which had to change direction at the last minute

Prosecuting, Lieutenant Solomon Hartley told the court Lt Stanley’s poor judgement led to a ‘near miss’ with the Jan Cornelis fishing vessel as they headed towards the Dover Strait.

He said: ‘She conducted the planning during her period as officer of the watch – this was not necessary or sensible. She closed a blackout curtain while conducting her task…

‘She thought she had it all under control. She didn’t have things under control and had things turned out differently she could have collided with the Jan Cornelis.’

Although she was able to view a radar screen, the court heard Lt Stanley had ‘an extremely limited picture’ of where other vessels were around her.

Bulford Military Court in Wiltshire heard Lt Stanley, 31, had been asked to plan the pilotage for a boat transfer in Portland, Dorset that was due to take place the next day

Bulford Military Court in Wiltshire heard Lt Stanley, 31, had been asked to plan the pilotage for a boat transfer in Portland, Dorset that was due to take place the next day

At one point another sailor asked her what she was doing behind the curtain.. She explained she was planning for the transfer and said if anyone asked ‘she wasn’t behind the curtain’.

Lt Hartley told the hearing ‘fishing vessels’ can be extremely ‘erratic’ and for that reason greater care is required when sailing near them.

During the middle of Lt Stanley’s watch she noticed the Jan Cornelis was around 1400 yards away and reported this to her navigator before returning behind the curtain.

A short while later she noticed the ship’s lights just 600 yards away and was ‘shocked’ by how close the vessel was.

Lt Stanley was ordered to pay a fine of £4,000 and told her she would also be severely reprimanded

Lt Stanley was ordered to pay a fine of £4,000 and told her she would also be severely reprimanded

Mitigating, Commander Kay Chadwick, said Lt Stanley had told colleagues on the bridge she was ‘nipping behind the curtain to do some work’ but had not been ‘sleeping or using her phone’.

Lieutenant Stanley, who admitted a charge of ‘negligently hazarding a ship’, told the court martial: ‘It was wrong and foolish of me to put the ship in that situation* I let myself and the ship’s company down.

‘Words cannot justify how sorry I am for the damage I almost caused.’

Sentencing her, Assistant Judge Advocate Alan Large, said: ‘You shut yourself away at the back of the bridge. You shut the blackout curtain behind you and carried on with your planning.

‘The most important thing is you weren’t able to keep a visual look out – your bridge team had to prompt you about fishing vessels.’

He ordered Lt Stanley to pay a fine of £4,000 and told her she would also be severely reprimanded. 

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‘Woke’ student unions cost taxpayers and students £165m a year, report finds

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Student unions have come under fire for mounting ‘an assault on free speech’ while costing the taxpayer millions each year.  

Sombreros, beef, clapping and cowboy outfits are just a few of the things to have been banned in recent years by ‘woke’ students across the country. 

Blacklisting types of food and dress, censoring language and no-platforming controversial speakers have been highlighted in a new report advocating a shake-up of how these unions operate.

The research by the Adam Smith Institute found that student unions cost taxpayers and students £165million per annum – an average of £75 per student a year.

Yet despite students being forced to be members of these bodies, dissatisfaction is high with only one in ten actively participating in elections.

It has led to criticism that student unions are pursuing illiberal and authoritarian policies thought to command little support from their members.    

Sombreros, beef and clapping are just a few of the things to have been banned in recent years by 'woke' students across the country

Sombreros, beef and clapping are just a few of the things to have been banned in recent years by ‘woke’ students across the country

Blacklisting types of food and dress (such as cowboy outfits), censoring language and no-platforming controversial speakers have been highlighted in a new report advocating a shake-up of how these unions operate

Blacklisting types of food and dress (such as cowboy outfits), censoring language and no-platforming controversial speakers have been highlighted in a new report advocating a shake-up of how these unions operate

Examples of language being censored by students include banning the ‘harmful’ phrase ‘as you know’ at Bath University and Rudyard Kipling’s classic poem ‘If’ at Manchester in 2018.

In 2014, UCL Students’ Union banned its Nietzsche Society after it put up posters stating ‘Equality is a False God’ while in 2016 gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell was described as ‘transphobic’ in a no-platforming row at Canterbury Christ Church.

The authors of the report ‘State of the Unions’ argue that: ‘This agenda has made many students, including Jewish students, Christians, conservatives, and traditional feminists, feel uncomfortable on campus.’

In recent months, beef bans have become increasingly popular at universities like the LSE and Goldsmiths while fancy dress parties are also facing a clampdown.

In February Oxford University SU banned vicars and tarts parties for fear of their impact on ‘marginalised communities’.

And earlier this month Aberystwyth Student Union banned parties held on a drag theme on the grounds that they ‘make a mockery’ of the transgender experience.

In recent months, beef bans have become increasingly popular at universities (Edinburgh petition pictured)

In recent months, beef bans have become increasingly popular at universities (Edinburgh petition pictured)

Cambridge SU banned their Officer Training Corps from displaying firearms in February – having previously blocked a motion promoting Remembrance Sunday last year.

Former Chancellor Sajid Javid said of the findings: ‘In Student Unions across the UK, an intolerant minority is seeking to silence those they disagree with under the banner of no-platforming and safe spaces.

‘Their campaign of censorship is an assault on one of our most precious and fundamental rights – freedom of speech.

‘Championing students by protecting legal free speech should be one of the higher education sector’s top priorities.’

The report aims to address these problems by adopting the old Scottish model, still in operation at Glasgow University, in which functions are separated into a student union providing the social activities, a sports association, and a student representative council.

Sajid Javid said student unions are mounting 'an assault on freedom of speech'

Sajid Javid said student unions are mounting ‘an assault on freedom of speech’

Robert Halfon MP, Chairman of the House of Commons Education Committee has welcomed the proposals and said they deserve ‘careful consideration.’

Universities Minister Michelle Donelan said: ‘This report raises serious concerns about the funding and operation of student unions. 

‘For instance £160m could support a lot of bursaries. It is vital students have a voice but the report highlights there are also issues around the extent to which student unions represent student cohorts and their needs.’

NUS President Larissa Kennedy said: ‘This report is filled with outright lies and errors from its outset about the funding of Students’ Unions and the role they play in students’ lives and in society. 

‘The truth is that students’ unions are the very home of rigorous debate and new idea, and they are not funded by taxpayers’ money.’

A NUS spokesperson added: ‘This is a very poorly researched publication that contains a large number of serious errors and/or outright misinformation. 

‘At a time when we know people are worried about where to get trustworthy information online, it’s especially concerning to see high profile politicians supporting something like this.’

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Makeup brand branded ‘revolting’ for naming liquid blush after Anne Frank

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A Hong Kong-based makeup brand has received backlash online after naming a liquid blusher after 15-year-old Holocaust victim Anne Frank.    

Woke Up Like This (WULT) – who have since issued an apology and recalled the product – labelled a blusher ‘Dream Like Anne’ as part of a new collection to celebrate female empowerment.   

And it wasn’t long before people took to social media and slammed the inappropriate branding.  

‘Naming a shade of blush after Anne Frank, who was a victim of genocide is revolting. Dead Jews are not a marketing opportunity,’ wrote one.

A Hong Kong-based makeup brand has received backlash online after naming a liquid blusher after 15-year-old Holocaust victim Anne Frank (pictured)

A Hong Kong-based makeup brand has received backlash online after naming a liquid blusher after 15-year-old Holocaust victim Anne Frank (pictured) 

The blusher (pictured) was released as part of a new collection to celebrate female empowerment

The blusher (pictured) was released as part of a new collection to celebrate female empowerment

A second agreed: ‘WTAF!? I am just STAGGERED that at no point in the creative process did anyone on the Woke Up Like This team, or ANY of the other hundreds of people involved say “ummm guys, this might not be appropriate.’ 

Anne kept a diary during her time in hiding that was published after the war and turned her into a globally recognised symbol of Holocaust victims.

The blusher was released during Sexual Health Awareness month and retailed at around £29.85 ($38.50). 

The product description read: ‘The baby between baby purple and baby pink, this pastel tint is a dreamer with cheeks kissed by the soft petals of a dusty rose. 

‘The uniquely eye-catching colour blends into skin with beauty and grace.’ 

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Many were quick to take to Twitter, with one writing: 'Naming a shade of blush after Anne Frank, who was a victim of genocide is revolting. Dead Jews are not a marketing opportunity' (pictured)

Many were quick to take to Twitter, with one writing: ‘Naming a shade of blush after Anne Frank, who was a victim of genocide is revolting. Dead Jews are not a marketing opportunity’ (pictured)

Famous names used for the four other pastel-tone shades include Woolf’s Words after writer Virginia Woolf, Lift Like Melinda after philanthropist Melinda Gates, and Viva La Frida after Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

According to Metro, WULT said: ‘The miracle of her legacy, ‘The Diary of a Young Girl’, is that even in the face of extreme hardship, isolation, and ultimate tragedy, her seminal expression of hope for the future continues to inspire generations. 

They continued: ‘We are extremely sorry that paying tribute to her in this way appears to have caused offense and is considered disrespectful. ‘Our intention was quite the reverse, to bring positive energy and shite a little light through unprecedented testing times during the global pandemic. 

‘We sincerely apologise for any miscommunication; and “Dream Like Anne” is therefore officially withdrawn from our online store with immediate effect.’ 

FEMAIL has contacted WULT for comment.  

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Adorable dog ruins family photos with siblings by pulling silly faces and refusing to face camera 

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Hilarious photographs capture a cheeky dog ruining the otherwise perfect family shots by yawning in each of them.

Hina, an adorable White Shiba, is pictured with her mouth open in each of the snaps while her family’s other dogs Sasha, Kikko and Momo wait perfectly still for the shot.

Their 53-year-old owner, Yoko Kikuchi, of Hong Kong, is often amused at the behaviour but stresses Hina is usually the most obedient of the pooches.

Hilarious photographs capture cheeky dog Hina (left) ruining the otherwise perfect family shots by yawning in each of them

Hilarious photographs capture cheeky dog Hina (left) ruining the otherwise perfect family shots by yawning in each of them

The white Shiba, is pictured with her mouth open in the snaps while her family's other dogs Sasha, Kikko and Momo wait perfectly still for the shot

The white Shiba, is pictured with her mouth open in the snaps while her family’s other dogs Sasha, Kikko and Momo wait perfectly still for the shot

The dog's 53-year-old owner, Yoko Kikuchi, of Hong Kong, is often amused at the behaviour of pet Hina

The dog’s 53-year-old owner, Yoko Kikuchi, of Hong Kong, is often amused at the behaviour of pet Hina 

Hina adorably ruins the pictures by pulling funny faces or not facing the camera while her siblings sit perfectly.  

Ms Kikuchi, a yoga instructor, said: ‘Her nickname is ‘Destroyer’ as she loves chewing our shoes, cables, headphones and things. 

‘But she is the most obedient one, no leads needed on walks as she walks with us all the time. 

‘She is very shy with humans but loves all dogs.’ 

She added: ‘She yawns a lot and I just happen catch the moment in the photos. I take so many photos and it just make me laugh now when I catch the moment.

Ms Kikuchi stresses that Hina is usually the 'most obedient of the pooches' despite ruining the photos

Ms Kikuchi stresses that Hina is usually the ‘most obedient of the pooches’ despite ruining the photos  

Hina adorably ruins the pictures by not facing the camera while her siblings sit perfectly on the steps

Hina adorably ruins the pictures by not facing the camera while her siblings sit perfectly on the steps 

She pulls funny faces in the otherwise perfect picture with her owner describing her as 'the cheeky one'

She pulls funny faces in the otherwise perfect picture with her owner describing her as ‘the cheeky one’ 

‘She’s the cheeky one. She is the youngest among the four dogs though.’

The mother-of-one claims she used to hate dogs but she met her husband who convinced her to take Sasha, Kikko and Momo in.

Hina became the latest addition around two years ago.

She said: ‘My husband originally said no to taking in Hina.

‘I couldn’t stop thinking of her, as she was a lovely White Shiba. I begged my husband to take her. He finally said yes.’

Humorous Hina's nickname is 'Destroyer' because she loves chewing on her owner's shoes, cables and headphones

Humorous Hina’s nickname is ‘Destroyer’ because she loves chewing on her owner’s shoes, cables and headphones

The charming pooch is the youngest of the four and often doesn't face the camera in pictures while her siblings pose perfectly

The charming pooch is the youngest of the four and often doesn’t face the camera in pictures while her siblings pose perfectly 

Hina became the latest edition to the family two years ago after her owner claimed she used to hate dogs but her husband convinced her to take the first three pets in

Hina became the latest edition to the family two years ago after her owner claimed she used to hate dogs but her husband convinced her to take the first three pets in  

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