Prison guards corrupt says Minister

The Minister insisted that there is no way that drugs can be smuggled inside the prison without the assistance of prison guards. Minister of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Chandrasiri Gajadeera has accused prison guards of being corrupt and assisting inmates to smuggle banned items into prison.The Minister said that even female prison guards are involved in smuggling drugs, mobile phones and other banned items into prison cells.  He said that investigations have been launched into the activities of some prison guards and legal action will be taken against those found guilty. The Minister said that a lightning search operation was conducted at the Welikada prison last Sunday and 52 mobile phones were found inside the prison cells. He said that drugs hidden inside the cells were flushed into the toilets by the inmates during the search operation. The Minister said that scanners will be installed at the Welikada prison to search those entering the prison premises while search dogs will also be used to look for hidden drugs.A scanner has already been installed at the Bogambara prison and tenders have been called to install a scanner at the Welikada prison as well. (Courtesy The Sunday Leader) “We are looking into this situation very seriously. Some prisoners have control over some cells and they have the support of some prison guards. Earlier it was just male inmates involved in such activities but now even female prisoners are involved,” he said.His Ministry has now recruited 73 female intelligence officers to monitor the female wards of the prisons in the country. read more

British Olympic gold medalist Amy Williams moved into a bungalow after sport

“I had back pain for my whole career, but only my close team really knew. My physios would be working on it just trying to get me through the next race,” she said. Williams won gold in 2010 Amy Williams took home gold at the 2010 Vancouver winter Olympics in the skeletonCredit:AP Photo/Elise Amendola A British Olympic gold medallist has revealed how sport left her body so broken she moved out of a four-storey townhouse and into a bungalow to avoid having to climb the stairs.In 2010, Amy Williams won Britain’s first solo Winter Olympics gold medal for 30 years with victory in the women’s skeleton at the Vancouver games, but has been “living with pain every single day” since a crash in 2002.Such was the difficulty climbing and descending the stairs in her Bath townhouse, Williams opted to move to a knee-friendly bungalow nearby on the advice of another athlete.“I just brush over the pain, because every single day I am in pain. It’s just a part of my life,” the 36-year-old told The Telegraph.Williams competed in the skeleton, where athletes lie face down on an ultra-light sled, and hurl themselves round an icy, curvy course at speeds of over 90mph.Back in 2002, well before she clinched gold and became a household name, a crash triggered a disk to slip in her back and the effects are still with her today. Her friend Tanya Streeter, a world champion freediver, gave her the idea saying: “It’s the best thing you can do for your body.”“I spotted one for sale near to where I grew up, and I had to at least take a look.“It was hard to swallow, going from an 18th century townhouse which was the love of my life, to a 1970’s granny bungalow, but we have done the best for it, and now it looks great.“Even better, my knees love it.”At the end of a long day looking after one-year-old son Oscar, it still hurts to get up off the sofa, but the ever-positive Williams concedes: “My medal is still worth the pain.” 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. Recently, another slipped disk at the top of her spine has caused her to be “plagued with headaches and migraines,” but the worst problems have been with Williams’ knees.“I have lifted weights since I was 14 or 15, so to a degree it’s wear and tear, but I have had a lot of operations,” she adds.“The first two were keyhole surgeries, then one was to smooth my kneecap, then I had damage under my kneecap so they had to clear it out and then my big injury came the week after I retired in 2012.“I was trying a new cycling machine at Bath university, and I snapped and busted everything from my ACL to my cruciate.“I saw my knee and leg bent back and I passed out. An ambulance came and I was operated on the next day.”Throughout the rehab period Williams describes sliding down stairs on her backside whenever she wanted to leave the house. She laughs about it now, but says she was crying at the time. “I sold my house because I had too many stairs. It simply hurt too much to get back upstairs.”Wanting to start a family, Williams and her husband Craig decided that life would be much easier in a bungalow. Williams won gold in 2010Credit:Andrew Milligan/PA Amy Williams competes in the skeleton at Vancouver 2010 read more