Police request Ronaldo DNA in rape investigation

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s lawyer Peter Christiansen insisted a warrant for the Juventus superstar’s DNA is a “very standard request” amid the ongoing investigation into a rape allegation. American Kathryn Mayorga has accused Ronaldo of sexually assaulting her in a hotel in Las Vegas in 2009, with the Portugal captain having come out to “firmly deny” the claims. German publication Der Spiegel first reported the accusations, which also included the suggestion Ronaldo paid Ms Mayorga $375,000 (£288,000) in 2010 as part of a privacy agreement, preventing her from going public with the allegations. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ms Mayorga filed a lawsuit in an attempt to quash that agreement while Las Vegas police have re-opened an investigation. On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that police in Las Vegas police had requested a sample of Ronaldo’s DNA, citing “a law-enforcement official with knowledge of the case.” The report also claims that a warrant was recently sent to the court system in Italy.  Christiansen has previously confirmed that the payment was made to Ms Mayorga, but said documents presented as evidence had been “stolen” and “completely fabricated”. “To be clear, Mr Ronaldo vehemently denies all of the allegations in the complaint and has consistently maintained that denial for the last nine years,” Christiansen said in a statement in October.  “The documents which purportedly contain statements by Mr Ronaldo and have been reported in the media are complete fabrications. It is my understanding that in 2015, dozens of entities [including law firms] across many different industries throughout Europe were hacked and their electronic data was stolen and captured by a cyber criminal. “This hacker attempted to sell this data, and one media outlet has now irresponsibly published the stolen documents, significant portions of which were altered and/or completely fabricated. To absolve any doubt, Mr Ronaldo has always maintained, as he does today, that what occurred in 2009 in Las Vegas was consensual in nature. “While Mr Ronaldo does not deny the existence of the mutual agreement and release, his motivations for agreeing to that resolution have been twisted to say the least. “Far from any admission of guilt or any ulterior motive, Mr Ronaldo was advised to privately resolve the allegations against him in order to avoid the inevitable attempts that are now being made to destroy a reputation that has been built upon hard work, athleticism and honour.  “Unfortunately, he now finds himself embroiled in the type of litigation that is all too commonplace in America.” Furthermore, following the report that a DNA sample has been requested, Christiansen game a statement to Omnispor t, saying: “Mr Ronaldo has always maintained, as he does today, that what occurred in Las Vegas in 2009 was consensual in nature. “So it is not surprising that DNA would be present, nor that the police would make this very standard request as part of their investigation.” Ronaldo, 33, has scored a league-high 14 goals in Serie A and 15 in all competitions for Italian champions Juve this season, having arrived from Real Madrid in July.last_img read more

Return to old habits as babies encouraged to sleep outside in fresh

first_imgBabies and toddlers sleeping outside at Paddock Cottage Babies and toddlers sleeping outside at Paddock CottageCredit:Hannah Rosalie Ellen, 3, takes a break at the Dandelion day nursery in Marsham  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “As well as building confidence for babies in the outdoors, it’s also about building confidence in new mums because often when women have babies they lose a lot of confidence.” Mindful of the health benefits of fresh air it was once common practice for parents and grandparents to wrap their babies up in a blanket and put them in their prams to sleep.But over the years growing fears of crime put paid to this old fashioned practice, with parents increasingly scared to leave their little ones out of sight, even in their own gardens.Now, however, it appears the practice is undergoing a revival – with several children’s nurseries encouraging their charges to take naps outside.Several have been inspired by the ‘forest schools’ movement in Scandinavian countries, where the practice of children sleeping outdoors is still common.Hannah Rosalie, an experienced childminder, adopted it for her own children and now uses it with those she looks after.She said: “I started doing it myself when my own baby was 6 weeks old, I just instinctively felt like it was a good thing to do. I was influenced by the Danish Forest School method. I think they’ve got it right in the way they do childcare. It’s very outdoors, very healthy, it’s very real. It’s not about engineered spaces indoors with lots of plastic toys.center_img Ellen, 3, takes a break at the Dandelion day nursery in Marsham Credit:James Linsell-Clark/Dandelion Nursery Forest Schools have been a staple of education in countries such as Denmark or Sweden since the 1950s, with young children encouraged to play, eat and sleep outdoors as much as possible..Childcare professionals from Bridgewater College, in Somerset, who visited a Forest Pre-School in Denmark in the 1990s were among the first to reintroduce the idea into the UK.Charlotte Atkinson, the headteacher of Charlotte’s Forest School, in Wilby, Suffolk, said the practice of leaving babies to sleep outside was once commonplace in Britain:“When I was a baby that’s what happened – getting pushed out in the pram,” she said.Ms Atkinson said the benefits of sleeping and playing in the fresh air could go some way towards countering the impact on children of a sedentary life spent in front of TV and computer screens. A survey last year found that 74% of children in the UK spend less time outside than prison inmates.Hayley Room, of Dandelion Education in Norfolk, which claims to be the first entirely outdoors nursery in Britain and has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, said: “Nature provides extensive opportunities for learning. With the appropriate weather clothing, suitable bedding, a pram, and appropriate supervision there is no reason not to let children sleep outdoors!” Dr Rahul Chodhari of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health told the Telegraph that as long as it is not raining and the area is secured from animals, sleeping outdoors carries few dangers, even in cold weather.“This is a very Scandinavian approach where afternoon nap-time in the back garden temperatures could drop below freezing,” he said. “It seems that young children, infants, are not bothered by the temperature and it doesn’t seem to affect their wellbeing at all.“This is a cultural practice in places like Finland since even the 1920s and they have had a tremendous lower infant mortality rate than the UK for many years.“The health benefits of children just being outdoors and physically active is enormous and there is no evidence that any harm occurs provided babies are well-wrapped and not cold. It’s about having a common-sense approach. Rain and drizzle is more common than in Finland, and urban or rural animals do sneak into people’s gardens.”last_img read more