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Teacher accused of having sex with 2 students and getting pregnant for one tearfully reveals baby was ‘taken away’

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By Francesca Hangeior.

 

The UK teacher who had a baby with an underage student while on trial for having sex with another teenage boy broke down in court after revealing her newborn baby girl had been “taken away” from her.

Manchester math teacher Rebecca Joynes, 30, sobbed to jurors over how her baby was taken “24 hours after being born” this past January — and now she only sees her for nine hours a week, Joynes told jurors on Monday, May 13, according to the Manchester Evening News.

“At the moment I have contact with her three times a week for three hours and that’s it,” she said through tears.

Joynes was arrested and released on bail on orders not to have unsupervised contact with anyone under 18 after allegedly grooming her pupil, known as Boy A in court, by buying him a $430 Gucci belt before bringing him to her apartment for unprotected sex.

She was suspended from school and eventually fired, but soon after, she began having a relationship with a 15-year-old boy, known in court as Boy B, whom she had a baby with in January.

Joynes, who has denied having sex with either boy when they were underage, told the court that when she learned of the allegations against her she had gone to the second boy in a “panic” and he deleted all of her phone’s content.

The former teacher denied having a sexual relationship with the second boy until after he turned 16 and she was already suspended from teaching.

Teacher accused of having sex with 2 students and getting pregnant for one tearfully reveals the baby was ?taken away?

She said he had added her on Snapchat twice, which she only accepted the second time because she thought he “wanted to tell her something.”

Joynes said a friendship developed and he quickly became her “best friend” even though the boy would make flirtatious and sexualized comments toward her when he was drunk.

She told jurors that it wasn’t until after his 16th birthday that he messaged her saying “I’ve left school now” with a winky face.

After she received notice that she had been dismissed from her job, he went to her apartment, where following an emotional conversation, they had sex.

The two then entered a relationship that Joynes described as “quite toxic” telling the court how the teenager was “very controlling.”

After discovering she was pregnant, Joynes hid love notes for the boy to find around her apartment.

The notes eventually led to a piece of baby clothing that had the words “I love my daddy to the moon and back” written on it.

The court was told that she gave birth to their baby girl in January, but following an emergency court hearing, the newborn was taken away from Joynes.
Joynes has denied two counts of sexual activity with Boy A; two counts of sexual activity with Boy B; and two counts of sexual activity with Boy B while being a person in a position of trust.

Her trial is ongoing.

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Saudi Arabia threatens pilgrims with severe penalties over visa violations

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The Saudi Arabian authorities have warned all pilgrims participating in this year’s Hajj against using invalid Hajj visa to enter the country.

In the warning issued by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, the Saudi Arabian Kingdom threatened to invoke severe penalties against any pilgrim or group found to have entered the country illegally.

The ministry of Interior stipulated a penalty of deportation and fine of 10,000 SR on anyone caught performing Hajj without the authorized Hajj permit.

The warning was contained in a letter received by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, through the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Abuja, disclosing the stand of the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars on the matter.

The Council, according to a statement released on Tuesday by the NAHCON’s Assistant Director of Public Affairs, Hajia Fatima Sanda Usara, issued a Fatwa (a legal ruling given by recognized religious authority) to the Muslim Ummah emphasizing the prohibition of performing Hajj without a permit.

“The Council in its Fatwa, urged pilgrims to adhere to rules and regulations, aimed at enabling Muslims to perform the Hajj in safety and tranquility,” the letter to the commission reads in part.

Usara, however, recalled that NAHCON had issued several warnings in the past against Nigerians falling into the bait of scammers making so many job offers for the pilgrimage season.

Similarly, the Saudi Ministry of Interior similarly advised persons against “becoming victims of the several fictitious companies and fake accounts on social media who claim to be agents/ authorities to facilitate Hajj using Umrah, tourism, work, family visit and other types of Visa at attractive rates.”

Assistant Director in charge of Tour Operators Unit, Ahmad Shira, has since shared contents of the message to all licensed Hajj and Umrah operators from the public and private sectors.

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World’s longest serving flight attendant who chose where she flew dies at 88 before retiring

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The world’s longest serving flight attendant, who served mid-flight lobster to the Kennedys and never retired, has died aged 88 after seven decades of service.

Bette Nash started her career in the air in 1957 when she was just 21 years old. She died in hospice care last week after a brief battle with breast cancer.

Her employer of 67 years, American Airlines, posted a touching tribute to her on X (formerly Twitter) mourning her death.

“We mourn the passing of Bette Nash who spent nearly seven decades warmly caring for our customers in the air….Bette inspired generations of flight attendants. Fly high Bette,” the airline’s post read.

The Association of Professional Flight Attendants, the union which represents airline staff in the United States, shared another tribute to her on Facebook. “Bette’s remarkable career spanned over six decades during which she touched countless lives with her warmth, dedication and unparalleled service,” its tribute read.

“Her passion for flying and her commitment to her passengers were truly inspiring. Bette’s legacy will forever be remembered in the aviation community and by all who had the privilege of knowing her.”

As America’s most senior flight attendant Betty was able to fly any route she desired – and the one she liked most was between Washington DC and Boston so she could get back to her home in Virginia to look after her son, who has Down Syndrome.

Bette held the Guinness World Record for the longest ever serving flight attendant which she was awarded in 2022. In 2017 she celebrated her 60th anniversary with the airline and reflected fondly on serving the Kennedy’s lobster and carved meats on platters during their flight to Boston.

“My job means the world to me,” she said at the time. “It’s truly been a joy.”

The Daily Mail reported at the time that she had no intentions of retiring, and was still strong enough to drag a sick or injured passenger out of their seat and into the aisle to start CPR. Bette told ABC affiliate WJLA the first few years of her career were not exactly easy.

“You had to be a certain height, you had to be a certain weight. It used to be horrible. You put on a few pounds and if you stayed that way they would take you off the payroll.”

In addition to the strict body restrictions, Bette said the airline used to check up on her at her home to ensure she wasn’t living with a man, as it was a requirement of the job to be single.

She began her lifelong career when tickets cost just $12 (£9) and the flight schedules were written on chalkboards every morning and afternoon.

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Over 2,000 people feared buried in Papua New Guinea landslide

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More than 2,000 people are feared buried in a Papua New Guinea landslide that destroyed a remote highland village, the government said yesterday , as it pleaded for international help in the rescue effort.

The once-bustling hillside community in Enga province was almost wiped out when a chunk of Mount Mungalo collapsed in the early hours of Friday morning, smothering scores of homes and the people sleeping inside them.

“The landslide buried more than 2,000 people alive and caused major destruction to buildings, food gardens and caused major impact on the economic lifeline of the country,” Papua New Guinea’s national disaster centre said in a letter to the United Nations obtained by AFP.

The main highway to the large Porgera gold mine was “completely blocked”, it told the UN resident coordinator’s office in the capital Port Moresby.

The landslip was continuing to “shift slowly, posing ongoing danger to both the rescue teams and survivors alike”, the disaster centre said.

The scale of the catastrophe required “immediate and collaborative actions from all players”, it added, including the army, and national and provincial responders.“The centre also called on the United Nations to inform Papua New Guinea’s development partners “and other international friends” of the crisis.“

 

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