What Explains The Carolina Panthers Rise

Denver111138+26 PASS DEFENSE Washington6591+26 But perhaps the most overlooked factor that explains Carolina’s rise is that they weren’t in a terrible place to begin with. Although they went 7-8-1 a year ago, giving them one of the worst records of any playoff team ever, they still finished the season with a solid 1,551 Elo rating3Implying that they had roughly the true talent of a 9-win team. and were projected by Elo to win 9.2 games before the season started. (Yes, playing in the NFC South helps, too.) Based strictly on preseason numbers, there was a 2.9 percent probability that the Panthers would improve their Elo rating as much as they have — making their surge more likely than the Elo improvements of either the Patriots (2.6 percent) or Bengals (1.1 percent).Carolina still represents an unlikely success story, particularly because of how the team has achieved its undefeated record. But while its 8-0 record is surprising, the fact that Carolina is good isn’t. Elo is optimistic about the Panthers’ chances — according to our simulations, only New England has a better chance of winning the Super Bowl. Atlanta82103+21 Oakland7990+12 Tennessee84101+17 When the Denver Broncos fell to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, just three teams remained undefeated in the 2015 NFL season: the New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers.For the Patriots, starting a season 8-0 is old hat; they also did it in 2007, the year they navigated an entire (regular!) season without a loss. And although the Bengals hadn’t started a season 7-1 or better since 1988, they also had the league’s sixth-best record in the four seasons leading up to this year — they weren’t exactly strangers to the top of the standings.Only Carolina, who was essentially a .500 club over the preceding four years (and worse than that last year) seems to have taken the NFL completely by surprise. Based on our preseason Elo ratings — FiveThirtyEight’s favorite system for estimating an NFL team’s skill level at a given moment — there was a 1.8 percent probability that the Panthers would be 8-0 through Week 9. By contrast, New England had a 6.6 percent probability of being unbeaten at this stage.The Panthers have improved their rating by 116 Elo points (the equivalent of 4.6 points of per-game scoring margin) since the start of the season, and, according to our simulations, they’re on track to win 4.6 more games than was projected before the year. That’s an unusually big jump. But the manner in which Carolina has improved is also unconventional. While the typical big first-half Elo gainer1Which I’m defining as a team that tacks at least 100 points onto its Elo rating through Week 9. does it with a significantly improved passing game, the Panthers’ aerial attack is virtually the same as it was last season — league average, basically, in the eyes of expected points added (EPA).2Using TruMedia data.Although quarterback Cam Newton gets the headlines for the Panthers’ offense, which has improved its overall EPA by about half a standard deviation since last year, almost all of the change is owed to a more efficient rushing game. (Newton himself is on pace for about the same production in the rushing game as last season.) Of all the teams who improved their Elo as much as the Panthers have, only about 14 percent did so with a passing attack that, like Carolina’s, didn’t improve relative to the league. Generally speaking, to win more games in the NFL, you need to throw the ball more effectively.That is, unless you improve your pass defense — which is exactly what the Panthers have done this year. Using the EPA grades I introduced last week, which rate teams on a scale in which 100 is average and one standard deviation is 15 points, only four defenses have improved more against the pass than Carolina’s has this season: TEAM20142015Δ GRADE N.Y. Jets89113+24 Carolina102125+23 Philadelphia97120+23 Pittsburgh8798+11 St. Louis105123+18 read more

Zion Williamson Is The Best College Basketball Player In At Least A

DraftPlayerSchoolOverall Off.TransitionHalf-Court 2009B. GriffinOklahoma948892 2013A. BennettUNLV979394 2014A. WigginsKansas778568 2015K. TownsKentucky9610094 2016B. SimmonsLSU806674 2018D. AytonArizona989398 2007G. OdenOhio State889487 ?Z. WilliamsonDuke95%93%91% 2008D. RoseMemphis766275 2010J. WallKentucky635648 2012A. DavisKentucky999499 Points Per Poss. Percentile Ten games into what will almost certainly be his lone season in Durham, Duke’s Zion Williamson has treated college basketball like a rim on a breakaway. Which is to say, he has left it trembling.On game days, the anointed freshman effectively has a residency on “SportsCenter,” his highlights the fantasy-come-true of any sports-radio personality or TV show producer. Need to fill time? Just discuss the comical absurdity of an 18-year-old throwing down midgame windmills with ease or opine that he’d be unable to handle the scrutiny if the Cleveland Cavaliers were to select him in the NBA draft.Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski shepherded in one of the most heralded recruiting classes of the modern era this summer, an embarrassment of riches featuring the top three prospects in the country. Unsurprisingly, the Blue Devils rank among the top teams in the nation, their lone loss coming against the veteran-laden Gonzaga Bulldogs in Maui. RJ Barrett, the consensus top-ranked player from the 2018 class, leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring. Yet it’s Williamson who most often elicits the shock-and-awe moments that keep Instagram’s highlight-reel accounts fully stocked. It’s Williamson who draws comparisons — again and again and again — to the incomparable LeBron James. It’s Williamson who is appointment television.1Five of Duke’s next six games will be televised by the ESPN network.That’s because college basketball has never seen a player like him.With a 6-foot-7, 285-pound frame, Williamson looks more like a linebacker than he does a forward. The Wall Street Journal, with the help of a university physicist, found that attempting to draw a charge on Williamson is akin to colliding head-on with a Jeep. Among all active players in the NBA, only Boban Marjanovic outweighs him. And at 7-foot-3, Marjanovic is more than half a foot taller than Williamson. The build of the former South Carolina Mr. Basketball is certainly unorthodox.At Duke’s practice combine, Williamson’s vertical leap exceeded 40 inches. He corrals rebounds and defends the paint with the unadulterated violence of a center, runs the floor with the fluidity of a modern wing, possesses touch with both hands and has a shooting stroke that stretches to the perimeter. Relative to his size, Williamson’s athleticism doesn’t compute. He’s the Refrigerator Perry of the hardwood.In the one-and-done era of college basketball, Duke is no stranger to dominant freshman — players like Jahlil Okafor, Jabari Parker and Jayson Tatum. But what Williamson is doing in his first year at this level is downright historic for any player, let alone a freshman.One way we can assess a player’s contributions to his team is Box Plus/Minus, a metric that estimates the number of points per 100 possessions a player contributes above (or below) average using stats found in the box score. BPM has never seen a college player like Williamson. Among players who qualified for the points per game leaderboard at Sports-Reference.com and appeared in at least 10 games since 2010, the first year for which data for all players is available, Williamson’s mark of +20.4 ranks first among 25,793 individual seasons.Another way to evaluate a player’s contributions is using player efficiency rating. Williamson’s PER of 41.9 is the best mark by any player who saw action in at least 10 games since 2009, the earliest year for the data. Source: Synergy Sports It happens that Williamson is emerging at a moment in which the NBA is putting a premium on positionless players. A decade ago, Williamson might have been relegated to the post, his skill set withering away against taller opponents on the blocks. However, Krzyzewski doesn’t need to shoehorn Williamson in anywhere; ostensibly, he has free reign to roam the backside of the defense like a safety and run the floor in search of rims to pulverize.On one of the nation’s deadliest offenses, Williamson is likely the team’s most versatile player, dropping in a team-best 1.18 points per possession,2Among players with at least 11 possessions according to data provided by Synergy Sports. Because of his size and speed, Williamson has been a nightmare to defend in transition, where he contributes a team-best 1.48 points per possession.3Among players with at least 10 possessions. It doesn’t get any easier for the opposition in the half court, where he ranks in the 91st percentile in scoring.Fronting Williamson in isolation is a fool’s errand. He pours in 1.31 points per possession in those situations, good enough to rank in the 95th percentile nationally, with an adjusted field-goal percentage of 70 percent. Factor in his uncanny court vision and passing abilities, and the equation gets scarier. On isolation plays that include passes, Williamson is scoring 1.37 points per possession, which ranks in the 96th percentile.Allow him to find a spot on the interior of the defense, and you’re asking for more problems. Williamson scores a team-best 1.14 points per possession on post-ups, which ranks in the 89th percentile. When the opposing defense doesn’t send an additional defender, Williamson scores a robust 1.44 points per possession, which ranks in the 99th percentile.Williamson is adept at setting a pick in a pick-and-roll set, but he can also run it. On six pick-and-roll possessions as the ball handler, he scored 10 points.Defensively, Williamson is more than serviceable. As the primary defender, he allows 0.72 points per possession, which ranks in the 73rd percentile. Duke’s defense has improved considerably from a year ago, when Krzyzewski was so fed up with the team’s performance that he instituted a zone defense. This season, the Blue Devils are playing a zone base on just 3 percent of minutes and rank in the 97th percentile in points allowed per possession. Some of that certainly is attributable to the switchable Williamson, who averages two blocks and two steals per contest.His numbers already stack up well against the last five players to go No. 1 in the draft — and many draft projections indeed suggest he’ll go first overall. 2011K. IrvingDuke999098 2017M. FultzWashington715270 Williamson is averaging 20.4 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest, with a true-shooting percentage of 67.5. Only three other players since 1992 have hit those benchmarks, and each was an upperclassmen. And let’s not forget to factor his defense into the comparisons: No player in the past 25 years has averaged 20 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals per contest. But that’s where Williamson is.At its roots, basketball is a sport largely defined by the exploitation of mismatches. Williamson is a mismatch for virtually every player tasked with defending him, and he’s putting up numbers that haven’t been seen in at least a quarter-century. Williamson garnered a reputation as a high flyer by punishing rims and opponents at the high school level, but his first — and likely only — season at the college level has revealed a more polished game that extends to every area of the court, not just above the rim. Zion sure looks like a No. 1 overall pickHow Williamson’s scoring prowess compares with previous top NBA draft picks based on their national percentile rank in points per possession read more

Ohio State baseball carries nohitter into extras but swept by Maryland in

Junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson (4) takes a swing during a game against Bethune-Cookman.Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern reporterOhio State senior pitcher John Havird couldn’t have pitched much better than he did Friday in the second game of the day against Maryland, but a costly late error tied the game, and the Buckeyes would eventually fall 2-1 in the bottom of the 10th inning. Havird threw a career-high eight innings, allowing no hits and striking out seven, but after hitting his second batter during the first at-bat in the bottom of the ninth, the senior was pulled. Senior left-handed reliever Michael Horejsei retired his only batter on a pop fly, but the struggles immediately began after redshirt sophomore closer Yianni Pavlopoulos took to the mound.After a groundout to short, Pavlopoulos struck out Maryland junior designated hitter Nick Cieri, but Cieri reached first on the wild pitch. Sophomore first baseman Kevin Biondic then hit a hard groundball to third baseman Nick Sergakis. The senior could not come up with the ball cleanly and airmailed the throw to first into the stands, scoring the runner from third.With one out in the bottom of the 10th inning, sophomore center fielder Zach Jancarski singled up the middle for the first Maryland hit of the game. He would later steal second base and score off another single up the middle by junior right fielder Madison Nickens to give the Terrapins the 2-1 win.The game was scoreless until the bottom of the seventh inning when OSU freshman designated hitter Brady Cherry lifted a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Sergakis. With the way Havird was pitching, the 1-0 lead seemed like it might have been enough to come out victorious, but the rally erased the lefty’s third win of the year. Game 1The first game of the doubleheader on Friday saw Maryland take an early two-run lead and keep OSU off the board to win by a final score of 3-0.After the Buckeyes went down in order to lead off the first inning, Nickens led off the bottom of the first with a walk. Freshman second baseman Nick Dunn singled to follow the free pass, and both runners would advance a base after an error by OSU senior shortstop Craig Nennig. After a strikeout, Cieri singled to left, scoring Nickens. A passed ball by OSU junior catcher Jalen Washington would score the Terrapins’ second run of the inning.The following four innings saw the score remain at 2-0 until Maryland freshman left fielder Marty Costes hit a solo home run to center field. Both starters pitched complete games in the matinee. OSU junior starting pitcher Tanner Tully went eight innings, surrendering three runs (two earned) on three hits, two walks and eight strikeouts. His counterpart, Maryland sophomore Taylor Bloom, tossed nine innings of shutout baseball, allowing only three hits and one walk while striking out five. With rain and snow looming, the Buckeyes and Terrapins will take a day off Saturday, with plans to finish out the series Sunday. The finale is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. with junior right-hander Mike Shawaryn set to take the bump for Maryland and redshirt sophomore Adam Niemeyer starting for OSU. read more

Jackets brush aside blame aim for lateseason run

Nobody likes excuses.When you are paying an average of $84 a ticket for a product that is ultimately judged on wins and losses, the last thing you want to hear is more cliché coach-speak about a “young team on the verge.”The Blue Jackets have seemingly been a “young team on the verge” for all 10 years of their existence. When does all that potential give way to production? Production, of course, is measured in playoff victories and the possibility of an eventual Stanley Cup championship.It appeared as though the answer had come last season. The Blue Jackets made the postseason for the first time in franchise history, and a single playoff victory would have gone a long way toward erasing the futility of the previous eight seasons.But one of the NHL’s “Original Six,” Columbus’ archrival Detroit Red Wings, erased those hopes with a four-game sweep of the hometown heroes. Being unceremoniously swept from the playoffs without even putting up much of a fight left a bad taste in the mouths of Jackets fans; quite the opposite of building hope for the future.To the informed, however, it still seemed a step in the right direction. In light of this season’s struggles, it now appears that the old adage applies: One step forward, two steps back.So without relying on tired excuses, what has changed?“This is a league that you don’t miss steps in. You might miss them early, but you always have to catch up,” Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said of his team’s development from last year. “That’s what has happened with a lot of our young guys last year.”What the coach appears to be saying is that his young team overachieved in its run to the playoffs.Now that this year’s team is starting to show signs of life, Hitchcock’s plan to stick with his younger players appears to be paying off. After having gone 3-14-7 during a 24-game stretch, Columbus is now 7-5-0 over the last 12.His “gut decision” to go with a struggling Steve Mason in a recent game against Nashville is an indication that he has a plan and is sticking to it, for good or bad.The same can be said of his continued faith in other Jackets youngsters like Jakub Voracek and Derick Brassard.Many voices around the organization have speculated that a stint down in Syracuse, the Blue Jackets’ minor-league affiliate, would prove beneficial to Mason.Hitchcock disagrees.“Everybody you talk to, when a young goalie [struggles] like this, it’s finish the season, press the reset button and start over next year,” Hitchcock said of his young net-minder. “Every good goalie has gone through this: [Ed] Belfour, [Tom] Barasso, Curtis Joseph. We can’t afford reset here.”With the Olympic break looming, and a favorable schedule which finds the Jackets playing eight of 10 games at home, Hitchcock is optimistic that the playoffs are still very much a reality.“We’ve got to find a way to go 8-2 before the break to stay in the race,” Hitchcock said. “If we go 8-2, who knows how far we can take this thing.” read more

No return for Turner Buckeye guard to skip senior season for NBA

Ohio State guard Evan Turner announced Wednesday that he will forgo his senior season and enter the NBA Draft.“I was blessed with this decision,” Turner said, his voice quivering. “I have a great opportunity and I’m going to turn a leaf over and go on to the next stage of my life.”Turner’s choice stemmed from the realization of his dream to play professionally, he said.“Ever since I was a little kid, I had a dream to play basketball and play in the NBA,” Turner said in the auxiliary gym at the Schottenstein Center. “Right now, I have the opportunity where my dream is realized. … I’m going to forgo my senior season and go to the NBA. It’s a dream come true and I definitely want to thank Coach [Thad] Matta.”Turner’s departure didn’t exactly come out of left field, but the soft-spoken point guard said the decision has tortured him since OSU’s season came to an end.“The past few weeks have been really hard for me,” he said. “I’ve been agonizing over my decision due to the simple fact of how much I love The Ohio State University. I love being a Buckeye. I love my coaching staff and being a kid and the opportunity to just do everything I always dreamed of.”Turner said he made the decision late Tuesday night and told some of his teammates just before he announced his decision to the media Wednesday.“This is the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do,” Turner said. “If I could, I’d really just disappear.”Throughout the season, Turner maintained his intention to remain in school until he felt comfortable with the legacy he was leaving behind. He led the Buckeyes to the Sweet 16 and earned Big Ten and National Player of the Year honors.The Chicago native has been widely projected as a top-three pick in June’s NBA Draft. He averaged 20.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game in his third season with the Buckeyes.Turner’s season didn’t go unblemished, however. He fractured a pair of vertebrae in his back after a nasty fall on a breakaway dunk in a Dec. 5 win over Eastern Michigan. After doctors initially diagnosed an eight-week timetable for his return, Turner made his way back onto the court just five weeks later. He said the risk of another serious injury played a small part in his choice to jump to the next level.His departure leaves the Buckeyes without their leader for next season, when OSU adds one of the nation’s top recruiting classes. Although Turner stressed how he has “two feet in” his decision to enter the NBA Draft, the 6-foot-7 guard said he was satisfied with the state of the OSU program, even without him.“I was in a win-win situation regardless. … If I one day woke up and didn’t have the opportunity to play in the NBA, then my dream and taking care of my family and stuff like that, and I was heartbroken, then that pretty much says you need to go. It’s definitely a great step, and I had great times here, but I’m leaving the program in great hands.”Still, Turner will be leaving behind a close-knit unit that spent plenty of time together on and off the court.“[There have been] a lot of great times, and I’m just thankful I was fortunate enough to be a part of something like this,” Turner said. “My teammates were always great. They helped mold me into who I am. My coaches helped mold me. I’m just lucky to be in the position I’m in and to have the past experiences I’ve had.”As for the legacy that the Naismith winner will leave behind in Columbus, Turner left it to everyone else to decide.“I can’t really say. That’s what the writers are for,” Turner said. “People that watched me play, people I had encounters with, they pretty much build your legacy. You don’t build your own legacy, so we’ll see in 10 to 15 years.” read more

Purdues JaJuan Johnson beats out Ohio States Jared Sullinger for Big Ten

Two days after missing out on the opportunity to earn a share of the Big Ten title, Purdue senior forward JaJuan Johnson learned that he won’t walk away from this season without any hardware in hand, as he was named the Big Ten Player of the Year for the 2010-11 season on Monday night. The senior forward beat out Ohio State freshman forward Jared Sullinger, who appeared to have a lock on the award for the first three months of the season, before seeing stat lines decline in February. Sullinger won four Big Ten Player of the Week awards this season. Johnson finished the regular season as the Big Ten’s leader in scoring and blocks, with averages of 20.5 points and 2.4 blocks per game. He was also the conferences’ No. 4 leading rebounder, pulling down 8.1 rebounds per game. A native of Indianapolis, Ind., Johnson’s top scoring performance came in Purdue’s Dec. 18 win over Indiana State, however his best all-around performance came in the Boilermakers’ Feb. 27 win over Michigan State, when he scored 20 points, and posted season-highs in rebounding and blocks, with 17 and seven, respectively. In winning the award, which has been given out annually since the 1984-85 season, Johnson becomes the third Boilermaker to be named the Big Ten’s top player, joining past award winners from Purdue in Steve Scheffler (1989-90), and Glenn Robinson (1993-94). In addition to winning the Big Ten’s Player of the Year award, Johnson was an all-conference first team selection, and was named the Big Ten’s Player of the Week on Feb. 28. After finishing the regular season with a record of 25-6 (14-4 Big Ten), good for second place in the conference behind OSU, the Boilermakers will attempt to win the Big Ten Tournament in Johnson’s hometown of Indianapolis. Purdue has a bye in the first round of the tournament, and will face the winner of Thursday’s match-up between Michigan State and Iowa on Friday. read more

Ohio State mens soccer defeats Bowling Green in overtime

The Ohio State men’s soccer team needed more than 90 minutes to defeat Bowling Green, but the Buckeyes eventually got the job done. Ten days after defeating Michigan in overtime, OSU took the Falcons to an extra session on Wednesday night and won, 1-0 on freshman midfielder Brady Wahl’s first career goal. Wahl took a long throw-in from freshman midfielder Adam Gorski and buried it in the back of the net in the fourth minute of overtime to pull out the victory. “We had that trailing run all night,” Wahl said. “We were bound to get one and we did. It was a good ball by Gorski.” “Everytime we get one of those long throw-ins with Gorski you think we’re gonna get an opportunity out of it,” said head coach John Bluem. “It’s just dangerous. It doesn’t surprise me that, finally, a chance fell to one of our guys.” The match showcased stellar performances by both teams’ goalkeepers. OSU (7-4-1) junior keeper Matt Lampson had 5 saves, including a big stop with 20 seconds left in regulation. BGSU (7-3-1) redshirt senior keeper Miguel Roasales had 8 saves after replacing an injured Michael Wiest early in the first half. The Buckeyes had two near misses in the first half of action, with the first coming in the 27th minute when a header into the net by junior midfielder Sebastian Rivas was disallowed by an offsides call. Nine minutes later, a Gorski throw-in was headed by junior defender Ben Killian toward the goal but was defended by a BGSU player who appeared to be standing inside the goal when he knocked the ball away. “I looked over at the linesman and he was just standing there,” Killian said. “It looked like it was a goal to me, but maybe he saw something I didn’t. At the end of the day, it is what it is.” Bluem said he hasn’t seen the video yet, but it looked like a goal to him as well. “We thought we had two goals in the first half,” Bluem said. “Didn’t get either one of them. But the guys at least kept after it.” The Falcons had two big scoring opportunities, but were turned away each time by a Lampson punch at the ball that sent it over the crossbar. “I think we did phenomenal,” Killian said. “We stayed tight, Lampson did a very good job back there communicating with us and overall it was just a good performance.” Wahl said the team is looking forward and hopes to keep the victories coming for OSU. “We needed to keep things going in the right direction, keep the wins going,” Wahl said. “So you can have a shot at that ring.” Bluem said he was impressed by the Falcons’ performance and that his squad beat a quality team. “Bowling Green is a good team, and the record that they have is no fluke,” he said. “They’ve got some good players and they’re very well organized and disciplined.” The Buckeyes will look to remain unbeaten in conference play as they face Northwestern (4-4-3) Sunday, Oct. 9, at 2 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Robinson takes advantage of Sullingers absence in Kansas win

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Ohio State men’s basketball sophomore forward Jared Sullinger was absent from the Buckeyes’ lineup for the second consecutive game, and Kansas junior forward Thomas Robinson took full advantage.  In Sullinger’s absence and with no dominant presence to deny him, Robinson tied for a game-high 21 points to help No. 13 Kansas (7-2) beat No. 2 OSU (8-1), 78-67. Robinson said he knew the anticipated matchup between he and Sullinger was off the first time he ran on the floor and saw the OSU sophomore wearing street clothes. “I was excited to go against (Sullinger),” Robinson said. “It comes down to is Kansas versus Ohio State. It’s not Thomas Robinson versus Jared Sullinger. I know it would have been fun for everybody to watch, but it comes down to my team versus their team.”  Sullinger suffered back spasms during the team’s Nov. 29 win against Duke and missed last Saturday’s 64-35 win against Texas-Pan American, allowing Robinson to contribute during Kansas’ 9-2 run to open the game and light the fuse of a rowdy Allen Fieldhouse crowd. Robinson scored seven points in the first half. “It’s a tremendous chance (without Sullinger) because he’s the best big man in the country,” OSU senior guard WIlliam Buford said. “When you’re missing out on that, you’re going to have difficulties and have to make some adjustments.”  Saturday marked the first time that Sullinger missed consecutive games in his OSU career. Kansas went on a 9-2 run to extend its lead to 23-13 with fewer than eight minutes to play. Back-to-back 3-pointers by OSU sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas and a rim-rattling dunk by freshman center Amir Williams silenced the raucous Jayhawks supporters as the Buckeyes climbed to be within five points at 26-21. Thomas helped OSU stay in the game, eventually scoring 15 first-half points on 5-of-8 shooting. As is customary when Kansas is playing well at Allen Fieldhouse, the silence was short lived. A dunk by Kansas junior forward Kevin Young brought the few fans were seated to their feet, with just more than four minutes to play and restored the Jayhawks’ 10-point lead. Kansas eventually took a 35-29 lead into half. The Jayhawks’ 35 points were the most allowed by the Buckeyes in the opening period since VMI scored 44 in the first half of a Nov. 23 game. New Kansas football coach and four-time Super Bowl champion Charlie Weis was introduced at halftime and addressed the crowd saying, “Let’s whoop Ohio State’s.” Led by Robinson, the whooping would follow in the half to come. Kansas opened the second half by hitting four 3-pointers with junior guard Elijah Johnson hitting three of them. A one-handed dunk by Robinson helped give the Jayhawks a 52-44 midway through the period. Buford scored just four points and was just 1-of-7 shooting in the first half, but had accumulated 14 points with under nine minutes remaining to help to Buckeyes remain competitive. Buford finished the game with 21 points, three assists and five rebounds. Matta’s team trailed, 59-48, with 8:44 to play when Robinson was called for a technical foul. Buford hit the resulting free-throws before sophomore guard Jordan Sibert stole the ball and added two points to cut the deficit to seven with 8:08 to play. The Buckeyes had the Jayhawks lead down to six points with 1:24 to play and would not go away. Robinson hauled in two rebounds off missed OSU shots with under a minute to play, the second of which came with the shot clock unplugged. Williams attempted to foul Robinson, but was called for an intentional foul. Robinson made the ensuing free-throws to ice the game. “I had some up-and-down moments in the game as far as dealing with frustration,” Robinson said. “My teammates just kept talking to me and telling me to finish the game and that’s what happened.”  Robinson was subbed from the game with 11.8 seconds to play and the victory secured, and received a standing ovation. The celebration went into full-force seconds later when the clock bled out and Kansas won by the same score. OSU will return home for a Wednesday game against South Carolina-Upstate at the Schottenstein Center. Opening tip is set for 7:30 p.m. read more

Gallery Mens Volleyball vs George Mason

The Ohio State Men’s Volleyball team took on George Mason University on Jan. 18 at St. John Arena.  Ohio State lost 1-3. Photos by Ethan Clewell. Ohio State sophomore Kyle Skinner (22) gets ready to spike the ball at the game against George Mason on Jan. 18. at St. John Arena in Columbus. Photo Credit: Ethan Clewell | Senior Reporter

Clever cat uses zebra crossing in Kent

first_imgMr Scrutton captures the hilarious moment on his dashcam A chauffeur has captured the adorable moment drivers stopped to let a clever cat use a pedestrian crossing in Dartford.Not content with risking any of its nine lives, the feline was filmed carefully waiting for cars to slow down before crossing St Vincent’s Road on Sunday afternoon. Mr Scrutton captures the hilarious moment on his dashcamCredit:SWNS Justin Scrutton, from Stone, caught the footage on his dashboard camera after taking his car to the valet.The 44-year-old said as he slowed down to approach the pedestrian crossing he spotted the black and white cat waiting to cross. 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.last_img read more

Daughter who turned detective to piece together history of father with dementia

first_imgWhen her father was 86, Keggie Carew found a note in his pocket reading: “My name is Tom Carew, but I have forgotten yours.”For any daughter, it would cement the creeping fear that a much-loved parent was succumbing to dementia.For Carew, it was also the start of a ten-year journey to piece together his history before it was too late.  Keggie Carew with her father Tom Alice Oswald, the poet, who won with Falling Awake Sebastian Barry, who won the best novel award for Days Without End Carew in front of her writing hut at home in Wiltshire Sebastian Barry took the best novel award for the second time with Days Without End, while Alice Oswald won the poetry prize with Falling Awake and Francis Spufford won the first novel award for his historical fiction Golden Hill.All five are now in the running for the overall prize, to be announced later this month. Her book,  Dadland: A Journey Into Unchartered Territory, has been hailed “hilarious and heartbreaking” by judges, who selected it as one of five category winners of the Costas. Other winners include Brian Conaghan, a former painter and decorator who was finally published after receiving 217 rejection letters, who won the Children’s Book Award for The Bombs That Brought Us Together. Francis Spufford, who won the first novel award for Golden Hill Lt Col Tom Carew, who parachuted into Burma with a 55-year-old guidebook and a kilo of opium Brian Conaghan, who won the children’s book award with The Bombs That Brought Us Together Lt Col Carew would be “thrilled” at parts of the book, and would have ignored the more difficult details about his family life, she added, joking: “He was not at all modest. He was be utterly amazed that this has happened.”His obituary in 2009, published in the Telegraph, described him as a “natural leader with great charm and a horror of the humdrum” who “liked to stir things up”.He was known to have served in the Second World War as part of a Special Operations Executive unit called “The Jedburghs”, dropped into Burma with a 55-year-old guide book and a bag of opium for currency before recruiting a guerilla force to outfox the Japanese. Brian Conaghan, who won the children's book award with The Bombs That Brought Us Together Carew, who previously worked as a visual artist, said she had experienced a “great sense of relief” after learning she had been recognised by the prize, adding: “It’s a lovely feeling that the book has resonated with other people in such a strong way.”She added her family history had been the “elephant in the room which stamped its foot” as she had considered what to write, resolving to start researching in earnest after noticing her father had written notes to himself in a bid to “outwit” his dementia. Dadland is out now Described variously as the Lawrence of Burma and the “Mad Irishmen” for his efforts, he won the DSO and the Croix de Guerre before retiring from the army in 1958 for a varied and not always successful career in business.Carew’s research began in earnest after she escorted her father to a Jedburgh reunion in 2006, noticing he was starting to lose his memory.Asking him to tell her everything he could recall about his “madcap” life, she went on to piece the information together with extensive archives found in his attic, and newly-released official records in which he was mentioned. Francis Spufford, who won the first novel award for Golden Hill Keggie Carew with her father Tom Carew in front of her writing hut at home in Wiltshire “You start rubbing the lamp a bit and the genie pops out: things just kept falling in my lap,” she said. “The more I found out, the more amazing it was.”Boxes in her father’s house contained newspaper clippings dating back to the war, diaries and buried letters detailing his life. Dadland is out now Keggie Carew, left, with her family Lt Col Tom Carew, who parachuted into Burma with a 55-year-old guidebook and a kilo of opium Further research took Carew to the National Archives, Imperial War Museum and British Library, with she found videos and audio files starring her father, including one memorable film which saw him swaggering out of the Burmese jungle aged 24.Trunks, cardboard boxes and desk drawers revealed a Christmas card from the head of the CIA, while the release of classified SOE files allowed the author to match Lt Col’s colourful anecdotes with real-life dates, places, code names and operational details on papers stamped Top Secret. Alice Oswald, the poet, who won with Falling Awake Keggie Carew, left, with her family As her father’s memory failed him, the first-time author set about scouring  personal archives, military museums and her father’s own sometimes muddled recollections to uncover a family history, committing the highs and lows to paper in a part detective story, part memoir.She was last night announced as the winner of the Costa Biography Award, after embarking on a painstaking research project to tell the  true story of the life of the man nicknamed Lawrence of Burma for his heroic exploits during the Second World War. The book also tells of the Carews complicated family life, including the breakdown of her mother.“I decided that if I was going to tell a story like this, I wasn’t going to censor anything,” said Carew. “It’s a very extraordinary story but it’s also very universal when it comes to family, dementia and relationships.”Carew and her fellow category winners will received £5,000 each, with the overall winner of the Costa Prize will be announced in London on January 31. Sebastian Barry, who won the best novel award for Days Without End 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.last_img read more

Bodyguards for swans as Cornish town funds security to protect nests during

first_imgShe has so far managed to raise around half of the money.Ms Wilbur said: “There have been incidents in the past where nests have been tampered with and eggs thrown into the lake, which is not only distressing but is also a criminal offence.”The lake is home to several nesting mute swans that are very vulnerable and threatened with the huge numbers of visitors to the lake and the funfair.”Many people don’t go to the lake in the evening because of the fights and drunken behaviour – it will be a more pleasant place to be for both swans and human visitors.”She added: “We are also desperately seeking donations of hay bales too, as the island where the swans usually nest has been cleared, leaving them no option but to make nests along the paths again.”Ms Wilbur launched the campaign after nests were tampered with and eggs were thrown into the lake during previous years at the festival.Helston Town Council is backing the campaign to help pay for professional security.The lake is home to several nesting mute swans that are vulnerable to disruption from large numbers of visitors to the lake and funfair. The lake is home to several nesting mute swans that are very vulnerable and threatened with the huge numbers of visitors to the lake and the funfairRebecca Wilbur 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.center_img Swans are set to be given bodyguards during a town’s festival amid fears their nests will be damaged.Locals have launched a £300 fundraising campaign to cover the cost of employing two security personnel during Flora Day, so the birds’ eggs can be protected.There are fears that during the Cornish festival, which celebrates the arrival of spring, the swans might be disturbed by crowds of people, causing them to abandon their eggs.Rebecca Wilbur launched the bid to employ at least two security guards to remain at the boating lake between midday and midnight during the celebrations in Helston, Cornwall, on May 6.last_img read more

Inviting Donald Trump on a state visit to Britain is a no

first_img6:51PMShort – not sweet Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Crispin Blunt, the honourable member for Reigate, is speaking now and says the petition is about avoiding embarrassment for Her Majesty.But, he notes, as the Trump invitation is in the name of Her Majesty the surest way of embarrassing her would be to withdraw the invitation.”We are dealing with a president who is the first non politician and non serviceman to be elected … He is definitively different,” Mr Blunt adds.”It is incredibly important that our Prime Minister has secured the first voice into the White House of a foreign leader.”Now the truth is we need to calm this debate and we need to take the hype out of it … The invitation has been issued, I don’t think it could or should be properly rescinded, so there is the possibility that the invitation will be taken up during the course of this year, I think that would be a mistake.”I think we need to point out that in 2020 we are going to have the 400th anniversary of one of the most remarkable events in British American history, which is the Pilgrim Fathers – incredibly important in the United States – and it will be an utterly appropriate moment to be marked by a state visit.” Mr Flynn is not holding back.He accuses Donald Trump of complaining about his own election result, lying about just about everything and acting “like a petulant child”.He also attacks Trump be for being “almost unique” in his belief in nuclear proliferation.The Labour veteran added:”I believe for that reason alone that we should consider this, and the Government should consider this with a bit of humility… and change the invitation to one for a visit, not a state visit.” ‘Say no to Trump’ projected on Parliament by Global Justice Now and Feral XCredit:Jess Hurd/Global Justice Now Liam Byrne, LabourCredit:BBC Debate triggered by a petition, signed by 1.8m peopleLabour’s Paul Flynn compares president to a ‘petulant child’Several Tory MPs defend the decision to invite TrumpHundreds of protesters gather outside in Parliament SquareProtests taking place in Birmingham, Manchester, SheffieldPM has already made clear the state visit is going aheadInviting Donald Trump on a state visit to Britain is a “no brainer” and in the UK’s “national interest”, according to a former Conservative minister and Hillary Clinton supporter.Sir Simon Burns said allowing the visit was “infinitely the right thing to do” if it strengthened the special relationship between Britain and America.The comments from Sir Simon are notable because he campaigned for Mrs Clinton against Mr Trump in last year’s presidential election. Mr Salmond, in his speech, says:”As an example of fawning subservience… the Prime Minister’s holding hands across the ocean visit would be difficult to match.”To do it in the name of shared values was stomach churning.”What exactly are the shared values that this House, this country, would hope to have with President Trump?”The former Scottish first minister said the US president is “not a stupid man”, adding it is a “recipe for total and utter disaster” for the UK to advertise its weak position to Mr Trump.”From my experience of negotiating with Donald Trump, let me tell the honourable member, never ever do it from a weak position because the result will be total disaster.”Meanwhile, the MPs can’t hear much from the protesters outside yet, but they are there: They came as MPs were debating a petition signed by more than 1.85 million people, calling for the visit to be stripped of the trappings of a state occasion in order to avoid causing “embarrassment” to the Queen.They were also considering an alternative petition, backed by almost 312,000 signatories, demanding the state visit goes ahead.Anti-Trump chants were heard from more than 2,000 protesters gathered in Parliament Square a few hundred yards from where the MPs were sitting in a committee room off Westminster Hall. The Green Party’s Caroline Lucas, who has made her views on Trump clear many times before, is in early to get a good seat: The SNP’s Carol Monaghan is asked to project her voice because she can’t be heard over the sound of protesters outside. She agrees.A little louder, the Glasgow North West MP says “showing an example to young people” is in the national interest, not granting a state visit to Donald Trump.She also asks why the debate is not being held in the main chamber. Outside Labour’s Diane Abbott is addressing protesters in Parliament Square.The Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott says:”We live in an area where there is a dark shadow of racism and anti-immigrant sentiment internationally.”It’s hard to stand up to it and I have always tried to stand up to racism and anti-immigrant sentiment all my political life.”We know the vales that Donald Trump represents – with Donald Trump you don’t have to look in a crystal ball, you can read the book.”He was supported in his presidential campaign by white supremacists.”Even in the first weeks of his presidency, he had had a visceral anti-immigrant line.”We hear that he has been invited for state visit. Whatever you think, a state visit is meant to be an honour.”I would say that Donald Trump has done nothing to be honoured for.”As for Donald Trump addressing MPs in Parliament, that was an honour reserved for people like Nelson Mandela.”How can anybody think that would be appropriate for Donald Trump? “So we live in a very difficult and dark era.”We have to support each other, we have to fight on and we have to say here in the UK, here in London – no place for racism, no place for anti-Semitism, no place for Islamophobia and no place for stirring up hatred against immigrants.” 5:10PMDonald Trump saviour of Nato MPs have warned Donald Trump will be able to detect Theresa May’s desperation for a US-UK trade deal by the hasty offer of a state visit.Labour’s Paul Flynn also compared the US president’s behaviour to a “petulant child” as he encouraged ministers to avoid making the mistakes of the past when “very unsavoury characters” have received invitations for state visits.The Newport West MP led a parliamentary debate on two petitions about the Prime Minister’s decision to extend an invitation to Mr Trump. Sir Simon BurnsCredit:BBC Sir Simon told MPs in the Commons that it was a “no brainer” that the invite to Mr Trump should be kept as post-Brexit Britain will need to keep America close. He said: “What we have got to do is look at what is going to be most helpful for Britain, for its future policy and development, and I think it is a no brainer that working closer with the United States is far more important for this country, particularly as we begin negotiations and the exit from the EU in two, two and a half years’ time. We cannot afford to be isolated and to ignore our friends.” 6:21PMDiane Abbott: There is a dark shadow of racism Thousands of protesters holding placards take part in a rally in Parliament Square against US president Donald Trump’s state visitCredit:Getty Images Europe Labour MP Paul FlynnCredit:BBC Liam Byrne, Labour “I believe it is in our national interest to ensure that we can continue to be a candid friend to the US, he says.”We cannot do that if we totally ignore the US … we would become isolated and less influential.”What we have got to do is look at what is going to be most helpful for Britain, for its future policy and development, and I think it is a no brainer that working closer with the United States is far more important for this country, particularly as we begin negotiations and the exit from the EU in two, two and a half years’ time.”We cannot afford to be isolated and to ignore our friends.” 5:41PMFor and against Labour’s Naz Shah, who spoke against the state visit earlier, has also popped out to address the crowd:  5:31PM’It is in our national interest’ Naz Shah MP speaks at the #stoptrump rally pic.twitter.com/bCivOUOejw— Daniel Jackson (@Danoogie) February 20, 2017 Westminster Hall just before debate on Trump state visit – hope message will be loud & clear – he’s not welcome here pic.twitter.com/vNvILBLOkW— Caroline Lucas (@CarolineLucas) February 20, 2017  Meanwhile, protesters are gathering outside on Parliament Square: A few pictures from outside:  Conservative Julian Lewis, chairman of the defence select committee, warnsagainst berating Mr Trump given the importance of the US to preventing World War Three via its Nato links.He described the alliance as “our best guarantee” of another world war not breaking out in the 21st century, adding:”If you knew that it’d make a significant difference to bringing him on side to continue with the policies that prevented a conflagration on that scale, do you really think it is more important to berate him, castigate him and encourage him to retreat into some sort of bunker rather than to do what the Prime Minister did, perhaps more literally than any of us expected, which is to take him by the hand and try and lead him down the paths of righteousness?”Because I have no doubt at all about this matter. What really matters to the future of Europe is that transatlantic alliance continues and should prosper.”There’s every prospect of that happening providing we reach out to this inexperienced individual and try and persuade him – and there’s every chance of persuading him that he should continue with the policy pursued by his predecessors.” #stoptrump protest at Parliament Square pic.twitter.com/uSBjUWbtww— Lily Massoud (@LilyWMassoud) February 20, 2017 A Tory former minister faced an angry backlash after apparently defending Donald Trump over his remarks – recorded by a US television station – that he would grab a woman “by the p***y”. Sir Edward Leigh said the comments were “horrible and ridiculous” but that many politicians will have made “some ridiculous sexual comment” in private. The remarks were met with groans of outrage by several MPs in Westminster Hall for the debate.  6:30PMSpeak up, please Sir Edward Leigh causes a bit of a stir by defending some of Mr Trump’s more controversial behaviour with the admission that he has made the odd sexist comment in the past.He says we all have at some point, in private at least.”Which one of us has not made some ridiculous sexual comment some time in our pasts?”Sir Edward also says he does not think the travel ban is racist, citing Indonesia as the world’s largest Muslim country upon which there is “no question” of a US travel ban. 5:46PM’He is definitively different’ Donald Trump and Theresa May  As MPs debate the #Trump petition in the Commons anti Trump protestors beginning to assemble in Parliament Square: pic.twitter.com/I8tN4svRXC— Vincent McAviney (@Vinny_LBC) February 20, 2017 Mr Flynn highlighted the fact that Mr Trump is only the third US president to be given the honour of a state visit and said he was invited too soon in his already highly controversial presidency.Barack Obama only received an invitation after 758 days, while it took 978 days before his predecessor, George W Bush, was offered a state visit, compared with seven days for Mr Trump.Mr Flynn repeated comments made by former Foreign Office permanent secretary Lord Ricketts, who said the Queen has now been put in a “very difficult position”. 4:30PMProtesters gather outside Parliament 'Say no to Trump' projected on Parliament by Global Justice Now and Feral X Demonstrators attend a rally in Westminster protesting against Donald Trump 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. Mr Flynn is told to wind up as he was only meant to speak for 15 minutes and finishes with this warning: “There are great dangers in attempting to give him [Trump] the best accolade we can.”Tory MP Nigel Evans then steps up, for a maximum of five minutes he is told, and tells those who are finding it difficult to accept Trump as US President should “get over it”. center_img One petition, with more than 1.85 millions signatures, calls for the visit to be stripped of the trappings of a state occasion in order to avoid causing “embarrassment” to the Queen.The other, supported by around 312,000 signatories, insists the state visit goes ahead.The Government, in its official response to the petitions, stressed ministers believed “the President of the United States should be extended the full courtesy of a state visit”.Speaking in Westminster Hall, Mr Flynn said only two US presidents have been offered a state visit since 1952.SNP MP Alex Salmond, intervening, noted: “The question of the seven-day invitation – would you interpret desperation as the reason?”And if you’re able to see desperation for a trade deal, do you think that President Trump might be able to detect it as well?”Mr Flynn replied: “The word comes to mind when we think of the circumstances of our beleaguered Prime Minister.”Labour MP Paula Sherriff (Dewsbury) also said of Mr Trump: “To use the expression ‘Grab them by the pussy’ describes a sexual assault, and therefore suggests he should not be afforded a visit to our Queen.”Conservative Jacob Rees-Mogg (North East Somerset) recalled previous invitations, asking Mr Flynn: “What complaint did you make when Emperor Hirohito came here, who was responsible for the rape of Nanking?”Mr Flynn replied: “There have been many people here who were less welcome than others. That’s absolutely true.”But we’ve had people here, very unsavoury characters and not from the United States as it happens.”But certainly we can’t try to imitate the errors of the past. We should set an example of making sure we don’t make those mistakes again.” The voices in favour of Donald Trump’s state visit seem to have disappeared.Labour’s Liam Byrne, MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill, is speaking now.He says it would be hard now to withdraw the offer and “our best hope is we keep it short” because, he says, “my fear is it will not be sweet”. There is no sign so far of the debate kicking off – MPs are currently discussing the Vauxhall takeover bid.But here’s a quick guide to what is in store.Tonight’s Trump state visit debate is due to take place in Westminster Hall, which is the House of Commons second debating chamber.It could take up to three hours and, it must be noted, has no legal force. 5:14PM’Total disaster for this country’ Alex Salmond is up and talking about his experience of Donald Trump, having met him in his constituency.The former SNP leader says it would be “total disaster for this country” to negotiate with Donald Trump from a weak position. 6:06PMSir Edward causes a stir The SNP’s Alex SalmondCredit:BBC Labour MP Paul Flynn Thousands of protesters holding placards take part in a rally in Parliament Square against US president Donald Trump's state visit Demonstrators attend a rally in Westminster protesting against Donald TrumpCredit:Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire Labour’s Rushanara Ali MPCredit:BBC Demonstrators in Westminster Tory MP Nigel Evans Labour's Rushanara Ali MP Sir Simon Burns 4:33PMAnd we’re off Tory MP Nigel EvansCredit:BBC Fellow Tory MP Crispin Blunt, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, also backed the visit but said it should be delayed until 2020. “The truth is we need to calm this debate and we need to take the hype out of it,” he said, adding that it would be a “mistake” to allow the visit to go ahead this year.He told MPs: “I think we need to point out that in 2020 we are going to have the 400th anniversary of one of the most remarkable events in British American history, which is the Pilgrim Fathers – incredibly important in the United States – and it will be an utterly appropriate moment to be marked by a state visit.” The SNP's Alex Salmond 4:54PMEvans defends state visit David Lammy MPCredit:BBC David Lammy MP 6:44PMMeanwhile on Parliament Square 4:15PMThe Trump debate: What to expect David Lammy MP is up. He questions why it took only seven days for Trump to be offered the full state visit.”We didn’t due this for Kennedy, we didn’t do the for Truman, we didn’t do this for Reagan,” he says.”I think this country is greater than that … I’m ashamed, frankly, that it has come to this.” ​ A succession of Labour MPs have now spoken against the visit, including Paul Flynn, Paula Sherriff, David Lammy, Stephen Doughty, Rushanara Ali, Naz Shah.While those for include Jacob Rees-Mogg, Nigel Evans, Julian Lewis, James Cartlidge and Sir Simon Burns.Labour MP Rushanari Ali (Bethnal Green and Bow) says:”It is deeply saddening and shameful that colleagues who are defending this visit are not recognising the serious concern that people have, particularly Muslims, but many others, about the dangers of Donald Trump.”And it’s time they spoke out against that kind of hostility, it is deeply divisive and it’s time they addressed this issue instead of making excuses and being apologists for his hatred.” The debate is, however, being seen as a type of anti-Trump protest and will give MPs a chance to vent their opinions on the new US President.Outside there will also be a protest which – if as expected it is well attended – will probably be audible to MPs in the hall.Speakers in Parliament Square including Owen Jones and Green MP Caroline Lucas.Other protests are taking place in Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool, Leeds, York, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.The historic city of Ely is hosting a postcard-writing session at a tea house.And activists in Reading will be creating a candlelit “circle of light”. Earlier veteran Labour MP Paul Flynn highlighted the fact that Mr Trump is only the third US president to be given the honour of a state visit and said he was invited too soon in his already highly controversial presidency. Barack Obama only received an invitation after 758 days, while it took 978 days before his predecessor, George W Bush, was offered a state visit, compared with seven days for Mr Trump. Repeating comments made by former Foreign Office permanent secretary Lord Ricketts, that the Queen has now been put in a “very difficult position”, Mr Flynn said: “I believe for that reason alone that we should consider this, and the Government should consider this with a bit of humility… and change the invitation to one for a visit, not a state visit.”In its official response to the petitions, the Government stressed ministers believe “the President of the United States should be extended the full courtesy of a State Visit”. “We look forward to welcoming President Trump once dates and arrangements are finalised,” the response said.  Paul Flynn, the 82-year-old Labour MP for Newport, starts the debate on Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK.”There was a great feeling of concern that welled up in this petition,” he says, before following up with a zinger.”The intellectual capacity of the president is protozoan,” Mr Flynn says. 4:43PMTrump is ‘like a petulant child’ Mr Evans also defends Donald Trumps saying: “I do respect that he stood on a platform on which he is now delivering.”He added: “He is going to go down in history as being roundly condemned as the only politician to deliver on his promises.”Mr Evans adds that he has seen “no evidence that he is racist” and makes the point that the Chinese were given a state visit 10 years after Tienanmen Square massacre and yet “where were the protest?”.”It’s double standards,” he says.”We have to ask ourselves why is it that people felt so left behind that they made the democratic decisions that they have which we think we can’t understand – how could you possibly vote for Brexit? How could you possibly vote for Donald Trump?”The fact is that the people have. These were the forgotten people. Just like we had the forgotten people in the United Kingdom, there are the forgotten people in the United States of America.” Parliament Sq filling up already to say #stoptrump pic.twitter.com/L3qRahGmzy— Nick Dearden (@nickdearden75) February 20, 2017 Nearly two million people have signed a petition objecting to Mr Trump’s state visit Credit:Andrew Harre/Bloomberg A few minutes ago, Conservative James Cartlidge said there would be “smiles all round in the Kremlin” if the UK withdrew its offer of a state visit to Mr Trump.He added he would also make a similar invite to Russian president Vladimir Putin despite aggression from his forces.Mr Cartlidge said:”Foreign policy for this country is best served by following the national interest, not through gestures or knee-jerk reactions.”Through calm effective diplomacy in the old-fashioned way, often behind the scenes, and through working towards a long-term strategy rather than something which frankly is redolent of student politics and would be a gesture that would get us nowhere.”Mr Cartlidge said the UK needs to be as close as possible to the US administration so it can raise concerns, adding if the state visit offer is rescinded then the UK will gain nothing.”I’ll tell you who will win – there’s one man, and that’s Vladimir Putin.”There will be smiles all round in the Kremlin if we follow this petition because the one thing they want in the Kremlin above all else is to divide the West.”They want the UK and US divided, they do not want a strong transatlantic partnership – that’s not just in our interests but in the global interest.”We would be crackers to do so.”Indeed, having said all that, I would offer a state visit to Vladimir Putin – as was done by Tony Blair.” 7:00PMSummary at 7pm: MPs attack Trump offer Demonstrators in WestminsterCredit:Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire 5:01PMDavid Lammy: ‘This country is greater than that’ Another Tory MP is up speaking in favour of the visit.Sir Simon Burns says the UK should be very careful to maintain the “special relationship” with the US.last_img read more

Up to five staff in every prison are corrupt as jail worker

first_imgIt was a calculated risk that wasn’t the day they decided… to do a staff searchformer prison worker James Almond Up to five members of staff in every jail are corrupt, it has been reported, as a prison worker who smuggled in mobile phones for inmates claimed he was never searched during his six months of employment.James Almond, 33, told how he escorted builders renovating HMP Stocken in Rutland, where he claims he was coerced into bringing in phones.The former prison worker, who was later jailed after being caught sneaking in mobiles, said he had daily contact with inmates despite not having had any training.In a case that highlights the problem of prison staff corruption, the BBC reported that there is a “working assumption that between three and five staff in every jail were corrupt”. Prison stock The case highlights the problem of prison staff corruptionCredit:Anthony Devlin/PA Radio 4’s File on 4 cited a “well-informed source with extensive knowledge of the prison system” as disclosing the figure.If correct, the “working assumption” that up to five staff in every prison are corrupt would equate to around 600 in England and Wales. There are around 33,000 prison officers in England and Wales.Almond, who said he brought in mobile phones for several weeks before being caught, eventually ended up in prison himself.The 33-year-old was given a 12-month jail sentence for smuggling mobile phones for a violent criminal.He told the BBC he felt “fairly vulnerable in the role, especially because at the time I was suffering heavily with depression after my father passed away – and that is the kind of thing these prisoners pick up on quite easily”.center_img 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. Eventually, Almond agreed to bring in a mobile phone and continued to do so for several months before being caught.He said he was offered £500 for each parcel he took in, and that he was never searched during his six months working at the prison.”It was a calculated risk that wasn’t the day they decided… to do a staff search,” he said.In a statement, the Ministry of Justice said it remains “vigilant” to prison corruption and takes “swift action” against perpetrators. It said the government is investing £3million in a new intelligence unit while also developing a corruption strategy. One day, Almond said he was asked by a prisoner to bring in mobile phones.”He kept asking daily, and become aggressive with things he’d say,” he said. Almond, who worked at HMP Stocken in 2014, told the BBC that the prisoner left him feeling “scared” after making “threats” about his family.”This gentleman was in prison for armed robbery. I didn’t know what he was capable of.”last_img read more

Bank cashiers being replaced with online chatrooms report finds

first_imgA woman using a tablet app to do her bankingCredit:Tetiana Vitsenko / Alamy While high-street branches remain on the slide, new online-only challenger banks are growing rapidly, with Atom Bank, available only through an app, raising more than £100m in the first quarter of 2017.Commenting, Peter Neufeld, a partner and head of customer experience at Ernst and Young, said that the growing demand for digital banking was “driving” banks to become more innovative as the “nature of the operations inside a branch continue to change”.“We’re seeing more and more consumers are seeing their app as their primary banking experience,” he continued. “When we look at high streets and our clients, there’s a real big move to to optimise the branch estate to reduce costs.“I think in future more and more activities that take place in a branch are going to take place on mobile devices. It will result in a change in the makeup of what happens inside of actual branches.“You can definitely see a lot of the banks looking to reduce the size of their estate overall, but you might also see examples of where the nature of what happens inside of bank changes.“While we may see less cashiers and cash-handling, new types of services could be created that drive more human experience. That could include services for small business owners in the community, and more complex financial arrangements.” A woman using a tablet app to do her banking High Street banks High Street banksCredit:Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg The end of the high-street cashier may be drawing near as millions of Britons turn to online web chats for advice on their finances, a new report has found.Last year 4.4 million web chats were hosted on UK banking apps or websites, up 24 per cent on 2015, as the popularity of smartphone technology continued to surge.With banking apps becoming more sophisticated, the number of people conducting some or all of their financial transactions online also rose to 19.6 million, up by nearly 10 per cent.center_img The figures comes less than a month after it was revealed that more than 461 high-street branches will close this year across Britain, as traditional banks restructure in order to compete with online-only competitors. However, Mr Neufeld added that an end to the high-street branch seemed “unlikely” because customers still prefer to “interact with other human beings when it comes to home-buying, retirement planning or a significant lending activity.”“There’s a value in having a branch estate, even though there’s this enormous shift to digital,” he continued.  “The presence of a branch in the marketplace maintains trust with the consumer, so while we may see less in ten years time, their role will still be significant.”The report, titled “An app-etite for banking”, was released to coincide with the BBA’s annual retail banking conference in London on Thursday. Published today by the British Bankers’ Association (BBA), the report found that customers are increasingly using their smartphones as “portable banks” – able to manage credit cards, mortgages, pay cheques and take part in live video exchanges with bank staff.It adds that the number of financial transactions conducted on apps surged by 57 per cent in 2016 , to 932 million, while a total of 4.9 billion app logins were recorded, also up by more than a third compared to the previous year.Meanwhile, 434 million text alerts were sent to customers to help them track their spending during the same period, equivalent to 14 texts every second. In total, activity on banking apps has soared by more than 350 per cent since 2012. 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.last_img read more

Guernsey woman uses 1000 year old law which appeals to a Norman

The roadworks in St Peter Port  The court refused to register Mrs Henderson’s clameur because she does not own the land on which she wanted to halt proceedings.  The roadworks in St Peter Port Credit:BBC 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. Previous residents who have raised the clameur have had mixed success. In 2010, Andy and Hege Bougourd used the feudal law to try and halt eviction proceedings against them, but their attempt was denied by the Deputy Bailiff. However, in 2016 Neil Ozanne invoked the custom in order to stop the local authority from removing his derelict Kia Sportage from outside his house and had his action accepted on the grounds that a section of Land Planning and Development Law had been cited incorrectly. A Guernsey woman has used a 1,000 year old law which appeals to a Norman Duke to attempt to halt roadworks.Rosie Henderson invoked the ‘Clameur de Haro’ by kneeling near the construction site and shouting “Haro! Haro! Haro! A l’aide, mon Prince, on me fait tort”, then “Come to my aid, my Prince, for someone does me wrong”, before reciting the Lord’s Prayer in Norman French. The law dates back to the 10th century and was traditionally used to protect law and property rights. ‘My Prince’ is believed to refer to Rollo, the first Duke of Normandy, but since the Duchy ceased to exist the appeals are heard by the court. The ‘clameur’ has to be witnessed and then registered in court within 24 hours, but instantly halts all work. The court must then decide whether the work can continue. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––Mrs Henderson objects to plans to narrow a road in St Peter Port, which she says would endanger pedestrians and motorists. Lisa Upham from law firm Appleby said: ”It’s a customary right that we have here, similar to an injunction.It lasts for a year and a day.”She added: ”You have to have a witness and then have it registered in court. The person who is claiming the Clameur de Haro has to have some proprietorial rights. It’s a preventative measure, it’s giving you an effective injunction, but It’s not used very often.’’ read more

Short bursts of intensive exercise better than lengthy gym sessions for shedding

Bursts of intense exercise for just 23 minutes are better for weight loss than spending twice as long in the gym, research suggests.Interval training – which involves alternating high and low-intensity effort – sheds more pounds than a workout that is of the same moderate intensity throughout, experts found.The study, published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, looked at 36 studies involving more than 1,000 people.It found that those using high-intensity interval training (HIIT) lost substantially more weight than those sticking with traditional gym routines.The best results of all were achieved by those adopting short but extreme bursts of exercise – known as sprint training.The method, used in running and cycling, typically means going “all out” for 30 seconds before a four minute recovery period of slower exercise.Participants in such regimes lost 6 per cent of body fat, compared with loss of 3.4 per cent among those doing a standard gym session of 41 minutes. Overall, those taking part in all types of HIIT training lost 29 per cent more weight than those taking part in conventional workouts, losing an average of 3.5 pounds, compared with 2.5 pounds among other gym-goers.People wanting to lose weight are often advised to spend an hour or more exercising each day. 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. But the researchers said few people find the time, while shorter workouts could be easier to achieve.The results showed that both interval training and a continuous workout reduced overall weight and percentage body fat.While both approaches helped reduce percentage body fat to the same extent, interval training was better for shedding pounds.The experts, from universities in Brazil and the School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences in Hampshire, said: “Interval training is an attractive alternative to address overweight and obesity given its potential to offer benefits similar to moderate-intensity continuous training while requiring less time.”But they said people should take care as interval training “might increase the risk of injury and impose higher cardiovascular stress”.Steven Ward, chief executive of fitness body Ukactive said: “These figures clearly show the positive health impacts of HIIT on reducing weight, and with Britain battling a grave obesity crisis, this research should be welcomed.”But he said the most important aspect of exercise was finding something that was enjoyable enough to stick with.“For some that may mean squeezing in a high-intensity spin class, for others it might mean a lunchtime jog in the park or a walk with the family on the weekend,” he said. read more

Alesha MacPhails mother says her daughters teenage killer must never be freed

He told Alesha he was a friend of her father’s and was taking her home. Ms Lochrane, from Airdrie, Lanarkshire, where she lived with Alesha, also learned during the sentencing that Campbell had described himself as “quite satisfied” with the murder, and claimed he found it difficult to avoid laughing during the murder trial.She said feared that if he was ever released he could strike again, adding: “I don’t want any child ever to go through what Alesha went through at the hands of another predator.“If this was America, he would be facing the death penalty, regardless of his age. A life sentence should be a life sentence.” alesha macphail He added: “I’m immensely proud of the work that was done by prosecutors in dealing with the case against Aaron Campbell. The outcome reflects hard work by the police and prosecutors.”Lord Matthews told Campbell at his sentencing: “You are completely lacking in victim empathy, the social worker noting your cold, calculating manner.” She said she was “sickened” to hear the details of his confession in court, when the judge revealed that Campbell described Alesha as “drowsy” after he picked her up and said she had asked who he was and where he was going. Alesha was a few days into a summer holiday with her father Robert MacPhail, 26, and grandparents, staying at the home they shared on Bute in the Firth of Clyde. Her mother and father separated when she was a baby.The court heard that Mr MacPhail, who told the court how he had put his daughter to bed on July 1 and was woken the next morning to be told she was missing, had previously sold cannabis to Campbell.Scotland’s top law officer, the Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC, said the length of sentence reflected the “exceptional and truly dreadful nature of the crime”. aaron campbell Alesha’s body was found in woodland on the Isle of ButeCredit:Facebook Aaron Campbell has been jailed for at least 27 yearsCredit:PA The teenager who murdered Alesha MacPhail is “inhuman” and should never be freed from jail, the schoolgirl’s distraught mother has said.Aaron Campbell, 16, is starting a prison sentence of at least 27 years after snatching the six-year-old from her bed before raping and killing her on the Isle of Bute last summer.Sentencing him at the High Court in Glasgow on Thursday, the judge Lord Matthews said he was cold and calculating and had shown a “staggering” lack of remorse.There was further turmoil for Alesha’s family during the sentencing when it emerged that Campbell had finally admitted the crime, telling psychologists that when he came across Alesha in her bed all he thought about was killing her.Alesha’s mother Georgina Lochrane, 24, said she was looking forward to the day when she woke up and learned that her daughter’s killer was dead.She said he should have no human rights and should remain in jail for life, telling the Daily Record: “I will do whatever I can to make the parole board see that that can’t be released back into society.”He doesn’t deserve to breathe the same air as my family. It rubs salt into our wounds the fact he is still alive and she isn’t. It shouldn’t be like 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

Woman and always smiling young boy found dead at Suffolk property

He added the area was ‘usually very quiet’ and one where ‘nothing really goes on’.A woman claiming to be a relative said the family was “deeply saddened” as she appealed for information about the deaths online.Sowmya Shri wrote on Twitter: “I am the sister of the dead lady and we are in India please do help with more information.”The family is deeply saddened and is unable to be able to handle this situation.”Suffolk Police said officers were called just before 6pm. They have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.The force said: “A member of the public reported to police he had found a woman and a young male child both deceased inside the premises.”A police investigation into the circumstances of the deaths is currently under way. Next of kin are aware.” 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. The pair were discovered by a member of the public inside the two-storey property A woman and a young boy have been found dead at a home on a quiet street in Suffolk.The pair were discovered by a member of the public inside the two-storey property in Newmarket on Friday afternoon.Neighbours said a woman in her early 30s and her son aged under 10 who was “always smiling” lived at the house but “kept themselves to themselves”.Police could be seen talking with locals today close to the semi-detached property on a narrow residential street.One man who lives opposite the home said: “I came home last night about 8pm and there were feds (police) everywhere.”The resident said that forensics had spent the night attending the property and that he knew the woman who lived there by sight.He said: “Like everyone, she kept herself to herself. I only spoke to her once to collect a parcel. She was probably early thirties.”The boy seemed happy enough though. He was a youngster, maybe seven or eight. He was always smiling every time I saw him.” A witness had told the Newmarket Journal he had seen a woman come out of a property “in tears” on Friday evening.”I could hear her saying she was ‘so afraid’,” he told the paper. The pair were discovered by a member of the public inside the two-storey propertyCredit:Joe Giddens/PA read more

Eight NHS hospitals hit by listeria outbreaks as Hancock signals plans to

Eight NHS hospitals have been hit by the listeria outbreak which has killed five patients, the Health Secretary has revealed.Matt Hancock made the disclosures as he said he was keen to see the health service take NHS catering back in-house, in a bid to improve safety.The Health Secretary on Monday named six NHS hospitals which have been hit by the outbreak, linked to pre-packed sandwiches and salads, as he vowed to “take the necessary steps” to restore trust in hospital food.They include two – Leicester Royal Infirmary, and Royal Derby Hospital – in which patients have died.  A further four hospitals, named as William Harvey in Ashford, Wexham Park Hospital in Berkshire, St Richards Hospital, in Chichester, Sussex, and Worthing Hospital, have been affected by the outbreak, Mr Hancock said.Until now, officials had only named two hospital trusts – Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool – which between them had seen three deaths caused by the outbreak.Sandwiches and salads linked to the outbreak were withdrawn on May 25, as soon as a link with the cases was suspected.But scientists fear more cases may emerge because listeria has a 70-day incubation period. “These deaths should never have happened. People rightly expect to be safe, and looked after in hospitals and we must ensure that we take the necessary steps to restore that trust that the public deserves to be able to hold.He said the review of hospital foods would see new standards for healthcare food published this year, as well as more action to cut the provision of junk foods in hospitals.The Good Food Chain has said it was co-operating “fully and transparently with the Food Standards Agency and other authorities” and said it hoped the inquiry would be pursued with “urgency so the wider industry can learn any lessons as soon as possible”.”Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the families of those who have died and anyone else who has been affected by this outbreak. Show more Mr Hancock expressed condolences to the families who have lost loved ones, as he outlined plans for a root-and-branch review of food sold and served in hospitals.He added: “I promise there will be a full and thorough investigation, and severe consequences if there is any evidence of wrongdoing.” Mr Hancock has now set out plans for a “root and branch” review of hospital food, to improve its nutrition, as well as its safety.And he said he would be keen to see an end to outsourcing of hospital food.He told the Commons: “There are dozens of hospital trusts that have brought their catering inhouse and found that you get better quality food more likely to be locally produced  and better value for money by bringing the delivery of food services in house. And that is something we are going to be examining very closely because i am very attracted to that model and it also has the potential to reduce the risk of safety concerns like this.”Later he said he had been struck by the number of hospital chief executives who had told him that bringing food supplies in house was “the best thing they have done” to improve nutrition and food quality. The infections relate to sandwiches and salads provided by the Good Food Chain, using meat produced by North Country Cooked Meats. The Good Food Chain, which supplied 43 trusts in England, has voluntarily ceased production while investigations continue, as has the meat producer. 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