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Met Police is passing the buck over predictable Westminster terror attack inquest

“There is nothing that you could say that I would do to obstruct or not assist with this court’s search for the truth of what happened and why it happened.”Last week at the hearing, Pc Ashby conceded the security system at the Palace of Westminster had “completely failed” to protect Pc Palmer. He also agreed that the processes he and Pc Sanders were following had been “lax” and dysfunctional for years before the terror attack. Failings had been pointed out in emails as far back as February 2015, but Mr Adamson told the hearing nothing had been done to effectively resolve the issue, describing the alleged mismanagement of the firearm officer’s positions as “a problem that was not confined to police constable rank but further up the chain.”On Monday, Mr Adamson went on: “The Metropolitan Police has failed to identify the fact that its armed officers were not doing what they were supposed to do.”And to this day it has failed to properly acknowledge the failings that it was responsible for in allowing that state of affairs to persist.”Mr Usher answered: “I have said that I do not believe that to be the state of affairs.” Show more Mr Adamson asked: “That which was entirely predictable occurred and the Metropolitan Police failed to have in place proper arrangements to protect Keith at those gates, did they not?”The officer replied: “No sir, I do not agree with you.”He said that even if the marksmen had been at the gate at the time of the attack, they would have been most likely to head towards where Masood had crashed his car into the perimeter wall, believing it to be an explosion.Mr Usher admitted he did not know how many armed officers had misinterpreted the patrol instructions, but said 83% had at least accessed the computer system where they were stored. The terrorist threat level to police officers was raised to severe in 2015 and unarmed staff not involved in vehicle duties were allowed to stop wearing high-visibility jackets to make themselves less noticeable to attackers, the Old Bailey heard. The Metropolitan Police have been accused of trying to “pass the buck” over claims that firearms officers failed to properly patrol the Palace of Westminster at the time of a “predictable” terrorist attack.Khalid Masood mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before stabbing Pc Keith Palmer to death as he stood guard at the Palace of Westminster on March 22 last year.On Monday Dominic Adamson, representing the officer’s widow, told the inquest into his death that his murder was “entirely predictable”.The inquest heard last week that Pc Lee Ashby and Pc Nicholas Sanders, the armed officers on patrol at the time of the attack, had not been near Carriage Gates, where Mr Palmer was stationed, for nearly an hour before Masood struck.This was despite official guidelines that said they should be “in close proximity” to the gates when they were open.Cross-examining Commander Adrian Usher, who leads policing at the Palace of Westminster, Mr Adamson said: “The whole focus of the Metropolitan Police’s attitude to this inquest has been to pass the buck and to assert that the responsibility for the non-compliance with the post instructions rests with Pc Ashby and Sanders. Do you accept that?” Mr Usher replied: “Absolutely not, sir. I’m sure you are aware of how offensive that is. I have no reason, nor has the Metropolitan Police, to take that course of action. For me there is no benefit in doing that. 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. read more

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Youth apprentices possess the drive to succeed – ExxonMobils Country Manager

ExxonMobil and the Centre for Local Business Development teamed up on Tuesday August 15, to host twelve of the sixteen students currently participating in the Ministry of Natural Resources Apprenticeship programme.Business officials and youths involved in the Ministry of Natural Resources Apprenticeship programme attending the Business Centre for development’s open house, yesterday.The students were given a tour   to ExxonMobil’s office, the offshore rig and the Centre for Local Business which held its first open house for local manufacturers.“These folks seem to have the drive to succeed in the future” remarked Rod Henson, ExxonMobil’s Country Manager. According to Henson the students showed great interest. “They were not afraid to get out there and touch the equipment, try to understand a bit of what’s going on, they talked about how a lot of the mechanical part of it.”He explained that “it has been said that our industry is nothing more that glorified plumbing, there is a little technology involved but essentially that is kind of it. Many of the students are interested in plumbing, and petroleum engineering.“We are really happy to do this because these young people are the future for Guyana”, the Country Manager added.Saskia Daniels, one of the student participants said prior to the visit she did not have much information about the offshore rig, or even the Business Centre. However, despite having a preference for forestry, she felt it was an honour be part of such a programme, and appreciated all that she has learnt regarding the emerging oil and gas sector.“I have never been so excited; I have been to places that I would have never thought I would have gone,” enthused Zion McPherson.  For her, the most exciting part of the programme has been the trip to Iwokrama, Region Eight.Fatima Karen only began the Apprenticeship programme yesterday because she was out of the country, participating in an innovation in science and engineering project. She hopes to someday be a petroleum engineer and looks forward to the rest of the programme.Essequibo resident, 15-year-old Noel Sukhai, said after hearing of the programme, he was overwhelmed mainly because “Guyana is such a beautiful country and there are not many opportunities for youths to explore and see the real Guyana not only the city”.He said that although he is from Region Two, it was quite a “breathtaking” experience travelling to Iwokrama, and exploring the oil and gas industry.Most of his life he wanted to become a doctor, however after learning about the oil and gas industry, he plans to pursue a career in petroleum engineering.An additional part of the students’ package was a tour of the Centre for Local Business Development which afforded them the opportunity to interact with manufacturers, and members of the Guyana Manufacturing & Services Association (GMSA), who were themselves benefitting from an open house held by the Centre.Members were educated on the functions of the Centre which included registering businesses in the supplier registration portal, informing members of upcoming Offshore Oil and Gas Literacy training sessions, and registering members for courses.The Centre which opened last July, is funded by Exxon Mobil and managed by DAI Global. It provides a space for local firms to learn about opportunities in the oil and gas industry, strengthen their competitiveness and prepare them to supply the oil and gas industry with various services.Project Director of the Centre and DAI Representative Patrick Henry explained the Centre’s Offshore Oil and Gas Literacy courses, which are made up of four sessions: Introduction to the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry; the Local Content in Guyana’s Emerging Offshore Petroleum Sector; Basics of Health Safety and the Environment and Introduction to the Procurement for local suppliers.The centre will offer basic training through its partners the Institute for Private Enterprise Development (IPED), EMPRETEC, BrainStreet and Food Management Services.ExxonMobil country manager pointed out that “Engaging the business associations is a critical step to ensure Guyanese businesses are included in the opportunities that the oil and gas sector brings to Guyana both directly and indirectly”.Through the Centre Exxon Mobil will work with existing suppliers, potential new suppliers and other stakeholders to develop local companies and encourage an increasingly competitive industrial base.GMSA Shyam Nokta said that they were extremely pleased to be part of the Centre, while noting that members from across seven sub sectors will benefit from the open house.  The seven sub sectors include Agro processing, services, forestry, wood products, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, and fast food.Nokta explained that the members will not only benefit from training for the oil and gas sector, but in building medium and small-scale businesses. 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