Tennis Has A Big ThreeAndAHalf

We wrote Monday that the Big Four of men’s tennis — Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray — dominate the sport despite the seemingly seismic upsets at the U.S. Open on Saturday. Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic upset Djokovic and Federer, respectively, in semifinals and will play the final Monday. But Djokovic, Nadal and Federer remain far ahead of those two upstarts and other younger challengers in the rankings.Murray, though, is a different story. He hasn’t reached a final in 14 months. He’ll fall out of the Top 10 if Cilic wins Monday.Murray has always been a bit of a different story — an awkward fit in the Big Four. It’s often seemed like a Big Three and Murray. The other three each have at least seven Grand Slam titles and have been ranked No. 1 for more than 100 weeks each. Murray has two Grand Slam titles and peaked at No. 2.Murray’s overall record at the biggest tournaments makes him mostly worthy of his Big Four status, but it also establishes how far behind the other members he is. Despite repeatedly and unfortunately having to face them, Murray trails only those three players in career success, among anyone whose Grand Slam career began in the past quarter-century.We compiled annual results for 19 players at the four Grand Slams and the nine Masters tournaments, the 13 events where nearly all the top players compete, pulling data from Tennis Abstract. Then we calculated the number of ranking points each player earned at those tournaments — using the current point distributions — and divided by the maximum number of points each could have earned. So, for example, to earn 100 percent of possible points, a player would have to sweep all 13 tournaments. We prorated this year’s numbers and split the 800 additional points Monday’s winner will earn between Cilic and Nishikori.Our 19 players are the Big Four, the second line of five players mentioned in the companion article — Cilic, Nishikori, Grigor Dimitrov, Ernests Gulbis and Milos Raonic — and their contemporary Juan Martin del Potro, and the nine non-Big Four male players who reached the No. 1 ranking and started playing Grand Slam tournaments in 1990 or later (1990 is when the Masters events began, under a different name): Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick, Gustavo Kuerten, Marat Safin, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Carlos Moya, Marcelo Rios and Patrick Rafter.What’s striking about Murray is how much his curve is dwarfed by those of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic — and yet how much his curve towers over almost everyone else’s. His peak season, in 2011, is better than the best season of each of the non-Big Four players we studied. Even Murray’s fifth-best season, in 2010, is better than the best season of four former top-ranked players: Roddick, Moya, Rafter and Kafelnikov. Or, if “better” isn’t appropriate for a season that doesn’t include a Grand Slam title, then Murray’s season in which he had the fifth-highest weighted average level at big tournaments was more consistently good than the career best years for four players who reached the No. 1 ranking.We concluded our earlier piece by saying the second line and del Potro should aspire to match Murray. That’s no small achievement — and it could be big enough to reach the No. 1 ranking he’ll probably never attain, because these younger players are less likely to have to contend with the likes of Federer and Nadal for the entirety of their careers. read more


Football Nick Bosa freshman defensive linemen have productive 2016 season

OSU freshman defensive lineman Nick Bosa (97) pays tribute to his brother, former OSU defensive lineman Joey Bosa, by doing the ‘Bosa shrug’ after his first career sack during the Buckeyes’ season opener on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — For the first-year defensive linemen who have received the most playing time other than Nick Bosa — redshirt freshman Dre’Mont Jones, redshirt freshman Davon Hamilton and freshman Robert Landers — 2016 has been a great season. Coming into the year, Nick, brother of former OSU All-American and current San Diego Charger Joey Bosa, was expected to make an impact — unlike his fellow freshman counterparts on the defensive front.After Bosa suffered a torn ACL during his senior year of high school, and starting defensive tackle and redshirt junior Tracy Sprinkle went down with an achilles rupture in the first game of the season, it became apparent OSU needed some big-time minutes from their young players. Although Bosa had a successful rehab period, he still needed time to develop after missing much of the offseason’s drills.According to the Florida native, 2016 has been about growth more than healing, although the time away ensured he was ready to go late in the season.“I’ve grown tremendously this whole year,” Bosa said. “From the first day going full speed in camp to now I think … I’ve actually learned how to play football. Let’s just say that. High school was a lot of brute strength and athleticism. And now, I think I have a pretty good skill set. It’s just been fun to progress all year and learn new things every week. The knee is fine.”Before Bosa started picking up steam as a defender, the interior of the OSU defensive line was a bit of a question mark. That was, until, the trio of Jones, Hamilton and Landers emerged as quality defensive linemen.Jones leads the group with 46 total tackles, while Hamilton and Landers have combined for 25. Of Landers’ 16 tackles, eight are for a loss. Success in his first real playing time with a team in national-championship contention is still a little surreal for Jones.“It set in for my family, not for me yet,” he said. “I’m still in a trance still trying to figure this all out. I’m excited. I’m just ready to go.”OSU is a program that expects contributions from first-year players the moment they step onto campus, like many other top football universities in the nation. Although the expectation might seem lofty, it has helped lots of players develop into NFL-ready talent as soon as they leave Columbus. While it’s a bit like a dream for Jones, Bosa had different things in mind when he committed to the Buckeyes.“I obviously have high expectations of myself,” he said. “I’m not going to come in and not expect to play. The fact that I’ve contributed to a national championship run is surreal.”While the players have been hard at work all week preparing for the task ahead in Clemson, most players agreed the extra practice is a chance to fine tune their skills. Although Jones agreed the bowl practices are helpful, he said they have more of an impact for next season.“Bowl practice, period, is really like a mini camp for us ‘cause it’s a chance for the young guys to showcase their talents and show them we can still play,” Jones said. “This kind of just showcases us for next year’s season.”Recently, Nick Bosa watched his brother throw up an O-H-I-O after getting a sack against Cleveland in the Chargers’ loss last Saturday. Although he has yet to break out any patented moves like Joey’s shrug, Nick said he might give it a try.“We’ll see,” he said. “I’ll probably just be screaming my head off. Too much adrenaline.”Bosa and company will be squaring off against Clemson on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium. read more


No rest for the weary Bench nonexistent in Big Ten play

Last week, a reporter jokingly asked coach Thad Matta about the impact that senior walk-on and blogger extraordinaire Mark Titus’ potentially season-ending labrum injury will have on the depth of the Buckeyes’ bench.“Well, you thought when Evan [Turner] went down things were bad,” Matta said light-heartedly. “We’re going to have to try and fight through this.”The reality of the situation regarding OSU’s bench appears a bit more serious. The team’s four starting guards, juniors Evan Turner, David Lighty and Jon Diebler, along with sophomore William Buford, average at least 32 minutes a game. Whether Matta will admit it or not, those numbers point toward potential fatigue by the end of the season.Seniors P.J. Hill and Jeremie Simmons each average more than 15 minutes a game, but those numbers are a bit inflated thanks to the playing time they received when Turner was sidelined with two broken vertebrae.In comparison, Michigan State has seven players that average at least 21 minutes a game and only one player, reigning Big Ten Player of the Year Kalin Lucas, averages over 30 minutes a game. Obviously, the Spartans possess more talent, as evidenced by their No. 5 ranking and 9-0 conference record. On the other hand, coach Tom Izzo has done a solid job balancing his players’ minutes in order to keep them fresh for the end of the season.The Buckeyes appear to lack that luxury. OSU is a guard-oriented offensive team. Their focus is using the playmaking abilities of Turner on offense, which usually results in him taking a shot or getting an open look for another one of the Buckeye guards.The big men have not played a prominent role. Junior forward Dallas Lauderdale’s offensive game revolves around tip-ins and dunks while senior forward Kyle Madsen relieves Lauderdale for short intervals and occasionally hits an open jump shot.Coming into this season, speculation abounded that two sophomores could help solve OSU’s interior woes. Seven-foot-tall center Zisis Sarikopoulos and 6-foot-9-inch forward Nikola Kecman were recruited as players with above-average offensive skills, yet both have been buried on the bench this season despite their impressive size.Before the season started, Sarikopoulos expressed confidence in his offensive abilities.“I think we are different in the way this team is set up. I know I can score on the block. I like to create action,” Sarikopoulos said. “So if I’m on the block and I’m not going to score, I can find the shooter. I can pass the ball very well.”Last week, Matta hinted that he was concerned about Sarikopoulos and Kecman coping with the physicality of Big Ten play. Nonetheless, for the second year in a row, Matta has been relying heavily on his starters. According to kenpom.com, OSU ranks 327 out of 347 NCAA Division I teams in bench minutes.In order for the Buckeyes to attain a high seed for the NCAA tournament, they will need to finish the regular season strong, unlike last season when they lost four of their last seven games before the Big Ten Tournament. That might be hard to achieve considering the major minutes OSU’s starters have been logging. read more


Cursed Superstition could be cause for Jackets downfall

This is the sad tale of how I single-handedly ruined the Columbus Blue Jackets’ season.Superstition is rampant in the world of sports. Since the dawn of competition, men have invented games and then subsequently subjected themselves to unusual rituals and practices in an attempt to metaphysically improve their performances.The ancient Phoenicians would look to the skies and implore the divine beings in the sun to bless their game of stones. The Greeks who invented the Olympics would lather one another in oil in the exact same way each time they competed in the javelin throw or discus. Gladiators in imperial Rome would salute the Emperor in the hope that his favor would help them to survive the day.And lest you think that superstitious beliefs are limited to ignorant heathens of days long since past, some aspects of our culture remain steeped in irrational superstitions. Why else do people continue to cross the street rather than walk under a ladder, knock on wood or act all wonky on Friday the 13th?Many of today’s most famous athletes have their own quirky, idiosyncratic tendencies.Former Red Sox and Yankees slugger, Wade Boggs, refused to eat anything other than chicken on game days. Pitcher Mark “The Bird” Fidrych used to converse with the baseball in his hand as he prepared to face hitters. NBA superstar Michael Jordan used to wear the powder-blue gym shorts of his alma mater, the University of North Carolina, under his Chicago Bulls uniform for every game.Legend also has it that retired Seattle Supersonic star Shawn Kemp would father an illegitimate child before every road game in hopes of a triple double.These superstitious beliefs aren’t limited to random individuals, either. Nearly every sport worthy of the name has its own set of rituals.Most baseball fans are aware of the fact that it is an absolute no-no to talk to a pitcher who is in the middle of a possible no-hitter. This is the same sport whose athletes refuse to touch the baselines when running on and off the field and attempt to take home the most unattractive girl in the bar when their batting averages dip below the Mendoza line. This is a practice known as “slump busting.”Golfers must start their rounds with an odd number of clubs. Bowlers carry more lucky charms than the leprechaun of breakfast cereal fame. And of course, everyone knows that a fisherman is destined for a bad day if he passes a barefoot woman on the way to the lake.For hockey players, it’s all about the logo.Like the sacred sign that hangs in the hallway outside the locker room of Jesus’ favorite football team, Notre Dame, the logo in NHL dressing rooms is sacrosanct. This was a fact pointed out to me by the Lantern writer who was covering the Columbus Blue Jackets at the time.Because he was unable to cover that night’s game, I drew the job. After covering the basics that I would need to get into Nationwide Arena, he looked at me solemnly and asked whether or not I knew about the logo’s lore. When I responded in the negative, he proceeded to explain the ultimate taboo that is treading on a hockey team’s logo.I made a small mental note but didn’t give it much thought. The hockey game passed by in a flash that night. I was nervous as hell as I waited in the hallway outside the dressing room. Columbus was coming off its first-ever playoff appearance and had compiled a 5-1 record in the early goings of the season. There was joy in the air and the Jackets were the toast of the town.That was all to change.After finishing up a particularly rousing interview with fourth-line left-winger Derek Dorsett, I turned and headed toward captain Rick Nash’s locker. In my haste, I oafishly walked across the Blue Jackets logo woven into the dressing room carpet. I was quickly intercepted by an angry locker room attendant.“Stay off the logo, please,” he said tersely.His prim demeanor lulled me into a false sense of security as I thought I had avoided an embarrassing situation.I caught a hint of movement in my peripheral vision somewhere to my left. I turned to find its source. I was quickly horrified at the realization that it was the movement of a suddenly angry Raffi Torres advancing toward me, his lip curled into a snarl. The fact that he, like most hockey players, does not possess a full mouth of teeth only added to his frightening visage.Eyes cast downward, muttering an apology, I quickly fled to the farthest corner of the dressing room. Heart pounding, I came to the realization that my first sports writing assignment in the locker room of a major sports team had nearly ended in my pummeling at the hands of one of the local players. My budding career was over before it began, for surely no journalist could overcome the public humiliation that would accompany a very public beatdown.At the very least, I would have been resigned to an eternity of covering the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.The rest is history. The Jackets went on an extended losing streak, fired their head coach and have posted a 26-30-11 record on the season. I’ve often wondered if there was something I could have done to reverse the jinx, like don goalie gear and let them fire shots at me.For now, I’m resigned to the fact that I’m the guy who ruined a franchise’s season. Me and Steve Bartman. read more


Swimming Transition on Ohio State coaching staff met with positive early results

Ohio State women’s coach Bill Dorenkott will now become the coach of both swimming and diving teams. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsA drastic change in the coaching staff of Ohio State has done little to affect the team’s performance thus far.The Ohio State women’s (1-0) and men’s (1-0) swimming teams finished their first meets competing under the same coaching staff for the first time in program history last Friday with dominant wins against Kenyon women’s (0-2) and men’s (0-2) teams. The Buckeyes won gold in every event, and seemed to thrive under their new coaching staff.The transition came following coach Bill Wadley’s retirement after 26 years at the helm of the men’s swim team. Coach Bill Dorenkott, who had previously coached the women’s team for nine years, is now the head coach for both teams.Dorenkott believes the transition will be beneficial in the long run.“I’m certainly biased, but I feel really good about the staff we put together and I feel like the staff is doing a very nice job of meeting our athletes’ needs,” Dorenkott said.The change to having both teams swim as a single unit has also been smoother than initially thought, Dorenkott said. The coach said the men’s team has welcomed the change, and views it as an opportunity to grow as a team.“I think change runs contrary to human nature. Most people gravitate toward things they know already,” Dorenkott said. “The fact the men have fully embraced the change because I had worked with the women for nine years is really pretty remarkable.”Senior Jack Barone believes the combination of teams has the potential to bring about new possibilities.“I think the coaches put a lot of focus on individualizing everything, kind of seeing what each swimmer needs,” Barone said. “Something we were all really excited about was getting a little more specialized training-wise and just in general.”Sophomore Molly Kowal found the transition to training with the men’s team challenging at first, but said it has ultimately helped the women.Kowal added that the union of men’s and women’s teams under Dorenkott has built a bond between the two teams, as the personal connections have provided overwhelming support during competition.“They definitely push the girls more in practice, because obviously the guys are going to be the better swimmers,” Kowal said. “So, they’re just pushing the girls to try harder and to try to keep up with them, which is helpful.”Although Dorenkott has added the men’s team to his list of responsibilities, he has not changed his coaching philosophy that he takes to leading his players during the week in practice since he was just coach of the women’s team. His weekly routine focuses on the preparation needed for competition.While Dorenkott believes the outcomes of each meet cannot be predetermined, he said the week of practices leading up to the competition can provide a glimpse of what’s to come.“When you talk about winning, you can’t control that,” Dorenkott said. “So, we can only prepare, control the effort we put into it. So, game day coaching, there’s not a lot of adjustments to be made in swimming. It’s kind of just managing the actual game day process, whether that’s warming up, warming down, giving a little bit of feedback.”The changes to the team’s operation have been positively received thus far, but Dorenkott said there is still work to be done. He said the team’s attention to detail will need to improve in order to compete later in the season. Dorenkott cited a relay disqualification in last week’s meet against Kenyon, in which a swimmer left the block before the previous swimmer touched the wall, as an example of where the team could clean its technique.The Buckeyes will hope to begin cleaning up the small details of their swims against Denison and Akron at 6 p.m. Friday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The men will compete against Denison, while the women will swim against Denison and Akron.“Everything’s a lead-up or a build-up to [the postseason in] February and March,” Dorenkott said. “A good book has 10 unique chapters, it’s not the same chapter again and again and again. So, we want to be early-November good against Denison and Akron and we want to be late-November good when the [Ohio State Invitational] comes along. Hopefully, we’re cleaning up the things we need to clean up based on feedback we’re getting from meets.” read more


Scotlands transport minister caught driving without insurance

first_imgHe told the Scottish Sun: “It is a complete and genuine mistake and I’m mortified that this has happened.”He said he had co-operated fully with the authorities and would “not be contesting the issue”.Mr Yousaf added:” I will accept any penalty imposed and have taken immediate steps to update my insurance cover.”This was an honest mistake, and an embarrassing one for me personally, however it underlines the importance of being properly insured at all times.”I hope my example reminds others to check their insurance and I remain committed to my work to improve Scotland’s transport system for everyone.” The minister has been under pressure in recent weeks following widespread criticism over the performance of ScotRail since the Dutch firm Abellio took over the contract for the rail franchise last year. Scotland’s transport minister has admitted he was “mortifed” and “embarrassed” after being caught driving without insurance.Humza Yousaf was driving a friend’s car when he was stopped in a routine check in the Highlands.He blamed the incident on a mix-up a mix-up in the insurance paperwork following the breakdown of his marriage which meant he did not have the necessary cover to drive other vehicles as he was a “named driver” rather than the policy holder.The minister said he would not be contesting the charge and urged others to check their own insurance documents.Police Scotland pulled the car over on the A835 near Dingwall at around 7pm on December 2.Mr Yousaf was sharing the driving with a friend on the way to a St Andrew’s Night dinner in Ullapool in the Scottish Highlands at the time.He said: “I believed I was in possession of fully comprehensive insurance, not just for my own car, and as such that I was insured to drive vehicles other than my own.”If I had had even the slightest doubt about my insurance I would not have driven the car.“Unfortunately, on investigation, it appears that following the breakup of my marriage and transfer of ownership of our car I did not complete the process of taking over as the main policy holder, which would have enabled me to drive other vehicles – which my policy had previously enabled me to do. However, I remained insured to drive my own car at all times throughout.” 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. ScotRail Mr Yousaf has been under pressure over performance of ScotRailCredit:Gettylast_img read more


Fat squirrels go nuts at country park as children are attacked for

first_imgTwo year old Zach Mitch from Redruth feeds the hungry squirrels with dad Ryan at Tehidy Woods which are said to be the best fed in Britain.Credit:SWNS/SWNS squirrels Squirrels have become overweight due to the warm winter.Credit:SWNS/SWNS They also grow a thicker winter coat which can make them appear bigger.But those in Tehidy have this year supplemented their survival techniques with eating at their normal summer levels.Experts say that because of the unseasonably warm climate in the region they have been left fatter than ever.As a result the squirrels living in the woodland have developed a fearsome reputation. Wildlife expert and TV presenter Iolo Williams admitted that squirrels do normally look bigger at this time of year – but the extra food that’s been available this winter has made them unusually large.Mr Williams said: “Because of the mild wet weather there has been an abundance of food for squirrels.”There has been no shortage of nuts, seeds and fungi for them to eat and store.”With the extra layers of fat and thicker winter coat this can make them look much bigger.” Sophie Renouf with her son Finley who was attacked by a squirrel. Credit:SWNS/SWNS In one instance a child was feeding a squirrel when six others ran out from a bush and bit his hand.Two youngsters have also been attacked at the woodland, including a three-year-old boy who needed emergency hospital treatment.Squirrels do not hibernate but in the cooler months they put on up to a quarter of their body weight in fat reserves to keep them warm. Sophie Renouf with her son Finley center_img Zach Mitch  Finley, three, had his hand bitten by hungry squirrels at a country park.Credit:SWNS/SWNS Sophie Renouf, 23, and her three-year-old son Finley were attacked by a gang of them when the little boy tried to feed one.”There was literally one squirrel there and my son fed him as usual,” she said.”Next thing, six of them came running out of the hedge and then, all of a sudden, all I remember is him screaming.”I looked – and there was blood pouring out of his hand.”Finley was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital where medics spent three hours treating his puncture wounds and bandaging his fingers.”I just want to let other people know. I don’t want other children to go down there and get bitten,” she said.”A girl I used to go to school with messaged me on Facebook and said they’d tried to bite her little girl as well.” 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. Fat squirrels have been attacking children after overindulging themselves over the Christmas period.The greedy animals have seen their waists balloon due to a mild winter that has seen them feasting on an abundance of snacks and food left on the frost-free ground.But their increased appetites has led to them nipping and attacking people visiting Tehidy Country Park in Cornwall in a bid to get hold of food they might be carrying. squirrelslast_img read more


Scotland Yard urges retired officers to return to work due to staff

first_img“The nature of the response is placing certain skills in high demand, particularly across the investigative, counter terrorism and firearms commands,” it adds.”If you have considered the scope for a time-limited return to the Met in any capacity – either as a police officer, civilian investigator or volunteer (either warranted or non-warranted) – we would of course be open to discussions with you.”Whether this be for a limited time or for the longer term, your support would be greatly appreciated during these unprecedented times.” Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey Mr Mackey says the letter was prompted by other retired officers who had already offered to return to work.Meanwhile, it has emerged that residents of Grenfell Tower were experiencing power surges in the weeks leading up to the deadly blaze that may have caused the fire.Residents have claimed there were problems with electricity spikes in the flats, expressing concerns about safety and wiring.A fire expert said the surges could have been the issue that caused the fire to start in a fridge freezer on the fourth floor.At least 80 people are thought to have died as the blaze rapidly took hold and engulfed the tower in JuneJoe Delaney, spokesman for the Grenfell Action Group, told the BBC: “There’s been lots of issues with the electrics. There seemed to be a litany of problems.” 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. Scotland Yard has asked former detectives to return to work as it struggles to cope in the wake of a string of terror attacks and the Grenfell Tower disaster.The force has sent a letter to hundreds of retired detectives in a desperate bid to solve an apparent staffing crisis.In the letter, deputy commissioner Craig Mackey, notes that recent incidents have required a “significant policing response” and that certain skills were in “high demand”.He acknowledges that that they are facing “challenging times” and that it is a “significant ask” of former employees who have long since left the force. In 2013, dozens of Grenfell Tower residents suffered electricity power surges so strong their appliances exploded, overheated and emitted smoke.At the time, 25 residents successfully claimed compensation from the council.But some have now revealed that the electricity problems persisted much more recently, suggesting they were never properly resolved.Geoff Wilkinson, a building inspector and fire expert, told the BBC: “Certainly the issue with electricity spikes could well have been an issue which led to the fire in the first instance.”If you’re getting appliances overheat as a result of that then that could be an initial ignition source but that itself would not have led to the spread.”I think it clearly concerns anyone that if you hear that there are 20 appliances in one day, there is something that is clearly wrong.”center_img Deputy Commissioner Craig MackeyCredit:Will Oliver/EPA Police officers outside Dorney Tower, part of the Chalcots Estate in north London evacuated due to fears over claddingCredit:AP Police officers outside Dorney Tower, part of the Chalcots Estate in north London evacuated due to fears over cladding Since the Grenfell tragedy and terror attacks in Westminster, London Bridge and Finsbury Park, the force has also had to deal with an increase in knife crime, motorbike thefts and a spate of acid attacks.Controversial budget cuts have also left it having to find savings of £400million in the next three years and it has struggled to maintain staff levels.The letter, obtained by Sky News, is understood to have been sent to some 400 detective constables, who were either recently retired or on a career break.It says officers are working extremely hard to support the victims and families of those affected by recent events.last_img read more


Wonder of mobile internet means I can deal with cases on the

first_imgBut Sir James dismissed the man’s application and said he had not proved that the couple had been dishonest. Sir James Munby says he looks at cases on the move (stock picture) Social workers at Brighton & Hove City Council had raised welfare concerns shortly after the little girl, now four, was born.Judges had been told that the children’s mother had mental health problems and was unable to safely care for them. A father-of-four had wanted to stop his youngest child being adopted.Sir James, who is the President of the Family Division of the High Court and is based at the Royal Courts of Justice, ruled against the man.He had fully analysed evidence at hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London in July.The hearing was the latest stage in a court battle which has run for more than four years. The Royal Courts of Justice in London England’s most senior family court judge has told how he kept up to speed with a case via the internet while travelling home for a Bank Holiday weekend on a train.Sir James Munby said he got an email from barrister Janet Bazley QC on May 26 after leaving Chester, got emails from court office staff in London as he headed south, then sent an email to Ms Bazley while on a platform at Reading waiting for a connection.The judge has outlined detail of his working journey in a written ruling on the case.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. The Royal Courts of Justice in LondonCredit:Newscast Online / Alamy Stock Photo Sir James Munby says he looks at cases on the move (stock picture)Credit:Lauren Hurley/PA Wire A local family court judge had decided in the autumn of 2013 that the three eldest children – now aged 13, 10 and eight – should live with their father.But that judge said the little girl should be adopted – and social services staff had placed her with a couple who wanted to adopt.A High Court judge then ruled that the little girl should return home, after her father appealed.The couple then challenged that decision – and the little girl stayed with them pending the outcome of their challenge.In April, Sir James ruled in the couple’s favour and said the little girl should stay at her adoptive home.He said the “sad reality” was that the little girl had no “meaningful relationship” with her birth family and saw the couple she lived with as “daddy and mummy”.But on May 26, Ms Bazley, who represented the girl’s father, emailed Sir James and asked him to reconsiderShe said there was evidence that the couple were planning to move to the United States – and said the girl’s father was concerned.The man subsequently explained how he thought that the couple would stay in England – and he asked Sir James to halt the adoption.last_img read more


Juice cartons and smoothies may have to shrink in fight against childhood

first_img Show more Cartons of fruit juice and smoothie drinks may have to be made smaller to tackle childhood obesity, health chiefs have warned.Public Health England (PHE) is set to urge fruit juice and smoothie manufacturers to reduce the size of the drink cartons in order to cut the amount of sugar being consumed with each drink.The move would be part of the Government’s strategy to combat obesity in children and adults by reducing the amount of sugar contained in pre-packaged food and drink.Under the strategy it wants to see less sugar in milkshakes, flavoured coffees, yoghurt drinks, juices and smoothies.PHE, which has been meeting industry bodies and manufacturers to discuss ways of tackling the problem, says this could be achieved by either reducing the actual amount of sugar contained in the drink, or by cutting the size of the carton or bottle it comes in.Dr Alison Tedstone, PHE’s Chief Nutritionist, has told the industry that urgent action is needed, with a third of children now leaving primary school overweight or obese and a similar proportion suffering from tooth decay.She told industry representatives that “the amount of sugar in some milk-shakes and coffee drinks is indefensible”.Children currently consume around triple the recommended daily intake of sugar of five to seven teaspoons for two to over 11-year-olds, with juice alone accounting for more than 10 per cent of the sugar consumed by 4-to 18-year-olds every day.PHE is particularly concerned that many people are drinking entire cartons of juice intended for sharing – thereby massively increasing their daily sugar intake.Dr Tedstone said: “We all know there are some products that are marketing as to be shared, but are not really consumed that way.” In March PHE proposed a voluntary limit of 120 kilocalories (kcal) allowed in an individual yoghurt carton, with a maximum of 175kcal.“I could envisage this also going across fruit juices. That would be across all products, not just for children,” Dr Tedstone told The Grocer magazine.The Action on Sugar campaign group has already called for a ban on all fruit juice and smoothie products of over 150ml.Researchers at University of Liverpool last year found that almost half of the 203 fruit juices, fruit drinks and smoothies stocked by seven major supermarkets – Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Marks and Spencer, Waitrose, the Co-op and Morrisons – contained the entire recommended daily intake of sugar for under-6s of nearly five teaspoons.Juices, and smoothies with over 75 per cent natural fruit juice, escaped the Government’s sugar levy on soft drinks, introduce in December last year.The industry has been warned that if it fails to voluntarily cut the size of juice cartons, or cut the sugar content of drinks, legislation could be introduced to force through the measures.PHE stated: “The reduction in sugar levels can be achieved through reformulation, smaller portion sizes, or shifting consumers onto lower sugar alternatives.”A spokesman added: “These are voluntary targets which we expect the industry to take part in and if not enough progress is made other levers will be used.”But fruit juice manufacturers say they are worried that moves to cut carton sizes would make it harder for people to consume the recommended five portions of fruit or vegetables each day.Gavin Partington, Director General at British Soft Drinks Association, said: “As an industry we recognise we have a role to play in helping consumers reduce sugar intake. It is important to remember that 100% fruit juice is a natural product which can play a positive role in helping consumers get one of their 5-a-day.”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.last_img read more


M25 rapist considered for parole a week after board orders release of

first_imgM25 rapist Antoni Imiela is being considered for parole, it has emerged a week after the decision to free taxi driver John Worboys.Imiela, 63, was jailed in 2004 and given seven life sentences for the rape of nine women and girls, eight of which occurred in just one year.But it emerged on Wednesday night that a parole board is set to meet to discuss his release, 14 years on from his detention.The railway worker, who was born in West Germany to a Polish father and German mother, emigrated with his family to the UK at the age of seven. He became known as the M25 Rapist because many of his attacks happened near the motorway, as his crimes took place in Surrey, Kent, Berkshire, London, Hertfordshire and even Birmingham.In one assault, he telephoned the mother of the victim to boast about raping her daughter.Sources told The Sun a date for a full hearing, which will be held in secret, is likely to be set by March. Another told them: “It’s inconceivable that he should be freed.” “The review is following the standard six-month process for all indeterminate sentence prisoners and will be reviewed on the papers in the first instance.  The review may be concluded on the papers or alternatively it may be directed to an oral hearing.”The release of Worboys, 60, who is thought to be one of Britain’s worst sex offenders, came about after a parole board found he was no longer dangerous and ordered his release.He was jailed for life in 2009 when he was convicted of 19 offences and ordered to serve a minimum sentence of eight years. A Parole Board spokesman said: “We can confirm that the Ministry of Justice has referred the case of Antoni Imiela for a parole review.  M25 rapist Antoni Imiela M25 rapist Antoni ImielaCredit:PA Photolast_img read more


YouTube glider Balleka died in crash after seeking out challenging conditions

first_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. “Given the experience of the pilot, the decision to launch seems a reasonable choice.”Mr Wright’s friends told investigators they decided to fly on the day in the hope of experiencing an “epic wave”. The Devon and Somerset Gliding Club paid tribute to the “highly experienced pilot” who was always “full of energy and loved every aspect of aviation”.   A popular YouTube glider pilot died in a crash after seeking out “challenging” conditions in the hope of experiencing an “epic wave”, a crash investigation has found.Matt Wright, whose YouTube videos under the name Balleka gained millions of views, died when his glider crashed after taking off from Brentor Airfield in Devon in December 2016.The 47-year-old, who gained thousands of YouTube subscribers, said his videos captured the “joy and wonder” of his soaring adventures around the world.He decided to take off in “turbulent” conditions, with gusts of up to 30 knots (35mph) reported, despite having witnessed another glider pilot aborting his flight due to the strong winds.Investigators believe his craft was hit by a downdraft as it turned left, possibly as he attempted to abort his own flight and land.center_img “The pilot in this accident was experienced, was current and was known for his interest in seeking out challenging flying conditions,” the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report said.”He and his group had travelled to the site precisely because of the conditions as they believed this would offer them the opportunity for high-performance gliding.”The pilot had flown in very demanding conditions previously.”At this level, gliding is a high-performance sporting activity and the pilot knew of and accepted the degree of hazard to achieve high-performance flight.last_img read more


Largest UK earthquake for a decade hits Wales and west of England

first_imgThe Bay campus of Swansea University has been evacuated as a precaution(Picture – C&J) pic.twitter.com/YvrVB3Vi4H— Swansea Sound (@swanseasound) February 17, 2018 “It’s only when I tweeted that others then mentioned the same thing that it became apparent it was a quake.”Ashleigh Lewis, an 18-year-old university student living in Bath, also felt the tremor. She said: “I was just in my flat, the bed started shaking. I thought it was my neighbour downstairs, but when I looked the entire room was shaking, it was so strange.”In the wake of the tremor Swansea University was evacuated as a precaution, however police in the Welsh city urged people not to call the emergency services unless they had injuries or damage to report. I appear to have missed an earthquake in Cardiff. In a disaster movie, I’m that unnamed character listening to music on over-sized headphones who turns around to see a tornado/fireball/tidal wave bearing down on him when it’s just too late.— David Llewellyn (@TheDaiLlew) February 17, 2018 “I wasn’t sure what it was at first as it’s not usual for the UK, and we have demolition work down the road so I thought it could be that. The largest earthquake to hit the UK for a decade has struck in Wales and been felt as far away as Birmingham, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has confirmed.People reported feeling buildings shake and a university was evacuated as the 4.4 magnitude tremor happened around 2pm. The quake’s epicentre was registered around 12 miles north east of Swansea and its hypocentre, the point where the shift actually happened, was five miles under the surface of the earth.The BGS said earthquakes of this magnitude occur in the UK around once every two to three years.A spokesman for the BGS said: “It was a reasonably sized earthquake. This earthquake has been felt across a large area of Wales and England with the furthest reports so far from Birmingham and Devon.  The whole building just rocked, The Championship shield moved but is safe.🏆 #Earthquake #Wales pic.twitter.com/jlvEAAim1Z— Mountain Ash GC (@MountainAshGolf) February 17, 2018 The quake also temporarily halted first half play in Port Talbot FC’s Welsh Football League Division One match against Taff’s Well A.F.C. Saturday’s earthquake was the largest to hit the UK since the 5.2 magnitude one, which struck near the Lincolnshire town of Market Rasen in February 2008.That quake was felt across the UK, and as far away as Ireland. It resulted in some buildings being damaged and a 19-year-old man suffering a broken pelvis when a chimney collapsed in south Yorkshire. Carnage here #WeWillRebuild #Cardiff #Earthquake pic.twitter.com/QaSks8WfZu— Geoff Hunt (@geoffhunt10) February 17, 2018center_img 43′ – temporary stop in play. A recorded earthquake in the area. Incredible.— Port Talbot Town FC (@PortTalbotTown) February 17, 2018 The largest known British earthquake occurred in 1931 near the Dogger Bank, a large sandbank the North Sea off the east coast of England, at a magnitude of 6.1. “This is the largest earthquake in mainland UK since the Market Rasen earthquake  in 2008.”There have been no reports yet of serious damage or injuries with many people taking to social media to ask if others had felt the minor quake.Tom Haden felt the quake while cooking at his home in Redcliffe, in the centre of Bristol, and initially thought it was building works.The 27-year-old software engineer told the Telegraph: “I was cooking in the apartment here and just felt the floor shake, few things shaking and swaying in here; [it] lasted all of about 10 seconds. Meanwhile for many other people the incident was a point of mirth or an excuse to reacquaint themselves with their neighbours, while some missed it altogether. First time I’ve spoke to half of my neighbours in about 5 years so that was nice 😂 #earthquake— Bowen Lloyd (@bowen_ace) February 17, 2018 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. Despite being 60 miles from the shore it was powerful enough to cause minor damage to buildings near the coast.The most serious earthquake to happen in the UK hit the Colchester area in 1884 and damaged more than 1,000 buildings, collapsing chimneys and cracking walls open.last_img read more


Schools should stop telling parents how to raise their children Ofsted report

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. While swimming require a pool and cycling requires bikes, there are plenty of activities that are relatively cheap, such as dodgeball.Amanda Spielman, Ofsted’s chief inspector, said that schools cannot provide a “silver bullet” to tackle childhood obesity.Schools can help encourage healthy lifestyles and exercise as part of the curriculum, but they must not be expected to address all aspects of the problem, she said.The research found “no pattern” to suggest school-level interventions alone, such as having a kitchen onsite or a member of staff leading on obesity, were linked with higher or lower levels of obesity.There are are “too many factors beyond the school gate” for them to have a “direct and measurable” impact on children’s weight, according to the report.”We must also recognise that schools cannot provide a silver bullet for all societal ills,” Ms Spielman said.”Teachers and school leaders are already stretched; they should not be held responsible for an issue that requires concerted action across the board.”Families, government, industry, and other parts of the public sector all have a role to play in making food and drink healthier, and supporting children to make better choices.”The Ofsted report comes just weeks after the Government published the second chapter of its childhood obesity strategy, which called for a united effort to halve childhood obesity by 2030.It warns schools focusing on activities other than education risk may fail to improve health, help children lose weight and teach them what they need to know. Schools should focus on PE and cooking lessons to tackle obesity, an Ofsted report has found Schools should stop telling parents how to raise their children and focus on PE and cooking lessons to tackle obesity, an Ofsted report has found.There is no evidence to suggest that teachers’ attempts to “influence” parents makes children healthier, according to the schools watchdog.Inspectors visited 60 primary schools around the country as part of a study into whether school are having an impact on levels of childhood obesity levels.The report concluded that schools should concentrate on improving existing provision such as PE lessons, dancing lessons and cooking classes.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Teachers should not waste time on endeavours that  go “beyond their core educational role” as this may lead to “unintended consequences”, the report warned.“How much workload is being created in planning and delivering events around health that parents struggle to attend?” the report said.“One of the most striking things from the evidence given to us by schools is how much effort is being put into activities designed to influence parents without any evidence that they either have an impact or are what parents want.”The report said that parents want to see more time in the curriculum for PE lessons, and added that “tight funding” need not be a barrier to this. Schools should focus on PE and cooking lessons to tackle obesity, an Ofsted report has found read more


Duchess of Cambridge says she hopes George Charlotte and Louis will be

The Duchess of Cambridge puts her Scout leader training to the test The Duchess of Cambridge puts her Scout leader training to the testCredit:Eddie Mulholland For The Telegraph The Duchess of Cambridge has spoken of her hope that her children will all one day become Scouts, following in Royal Family footsteps to join the movement. The Duchess spoke of her wish that Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will all be “brought up in the Scouting community”, during a visit today to the Scouts’ headquarters at Gilwell Park in Epping, Essex.After enjoying her time as a Brownie as a child, the Duchess became involved with the Scouts in 2012 as a volunteer leader with a Cub Scout Pack in Anglesey, Wales, while she and the Duke of Cambridge were living there.Her recent work has focused on early intervention and young children’s development, seeing her pay a visit to learn more about a pilot scheme to bring scouting to children aged four to six.During her visit, the Duchess spoke of her love of spending time outdoors with George, five, Charlotte, three, and ten-month-old Louis.  Tahseen Patel, 17, a Scout Explorer from Blackburn, told Kate about her work with the youngest Scouts, known as “hedgehogs”. “She said she would like them to go into the scouting community because she loves what it stands for — that it’s a very open and inclusive way into life.”The Scouts launched 20 pilots last year to explore the potential of providing Scouting to children aged four to six.  The organisation currently reaches 473,000 young people aged six to 25 in the UK, but research has shown that the first five years of a child’s life are the most pivotal in their development.Dressed in black skinny jeans, brown suede boots and a russet polo neck with a Scout scarf tied in a friendship knot, Kate joined young children in sessions which are part of the pilot, including model boat building, “balloon rockets” and an “alphabet adventure”, which aim to improve communication and teamwork.At the balloon rocket station, where the children made rockets powered by balloons tied to string, she crouched down with a group of four-year-olds including Albie Wakefield, Jessica Grub, Adam Smyth and Harry Fly, the Duchess peppered them with questions about how it worked.  Kate joins in a rocket launching activity The Duchess of Cambridge visiting the Scouts headquarters at Gilwell Park Kate admires a Scout's many badges “It’s beautiful,” she told them.  “I can see how schools and parents will really value what’s on offer here as they’re not always able to provide all these activities.” Frankie Newbury, 29, the programme delivery executive for the Scouts early years pilot schemes, also accompanied Kate during the visit.  She said:  “The Duchess was particularly interested in how the pilots are reaching out to the very youngest children, often from disadvantaged areas.  She asked lots of questions about how we’re trying to bring in children from less privileged backgrounds.”Matt Hyde, the chief executive of the Scouts, said:  “To have such a high-profile visit is a huge honour and will make so many people involved in Scouting in the UK and globally, very proud.”The Scout movement was founded in 1907 by Robert Baden-Powell. The Queen, who was a Girl Guide in her childhood, is its patron. “It’s very waterproof, isn’t it?” — The Duchess of Cambridge joins in with den building @UKScouting Gilwell Park 🍂 pic.twitter.com/NWGtreqEbb— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 28, 2019 Kate joins in a rocket launching activityCredit:Eddie Mulholland For The Telegraph The Duchess then planted a sapling Oak to mark the 100th anniversary of Gilwell Park, the international home of Scouting, joking:  “Normally I have to do this in high heels, this is much easier.” During the final part of the vist, she was shown a faith garden, which features a mosque, synagogue and a Buddhist sala built by the Scouts of Thailand in 1967.Liran Dror, 15, a Scout explorer from Hampshire, said:  “She was really interested in the values of the different religions, particularly caring for people, helping to bring people together from all over the world, tolerance and how that is reflected in Scouting.” After a couple of attempts , she laughed and told them:  “I didn’t do a very good job, did I?  You’re all much better than me.” Next, the Duchess joined children on the “alphabet adventure” hunt.  Rani Dadwal, four, from Birmingham, presented Kate with a letter C.  “Is this a curly C for me? Thank you,” she said, before another girl presented her with a K, saying “K for Kate.” “I know, it’s very confusing, because I’m Catherine with a C,” she said. The duchess then watched a group of young Scouts building model boats and floating them in small paddling pools, before spotting a tee-pee style den which some of the children had built from sticks and leaves. “Wow, did you build this?  It’s a very good den, I’m very impressed,” she told Maya Rahman, 8, and Sayena Aktar, 7 . “How long did it take you to build? A whole day? Have any of you ever spent the night outside, with the animals and owls?  That might be fun.”  The den was similar to the tee-pee which featured in the Cambridges’ Christmas card image taken at Anmer Hall last year, recreated in the Duchess’ “woodland wilderness” garden for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.“It’s very cosy in here,” she confirmed, noting that it was also “very waterproof” after children poured water on the roof as a test. A team of Scouts aged 14 to 18 then showed her around some of the park’s features, including the Gillwell Oak, which is more than 400 years old and is said to have been used as a hiding place by 18th century highwayman, Dick Turpin.   The Duchess speaks with young scoutsCredit:Eddie Mulholland For The Telegraph The Duchess of Cambridge visiting the Scouts headquarters at Gilwell ParkCredit:Eddie Mulholland The Duchess speaks with young scouts Kate admires a Scout’s many badgesCredit:Getty ” She said Prince George hasn’t joined yet, but hopefully soon.  I think that would be great – George could be a little Scouts ambassador.”Lauren Noble, 14, who helped with the tour, said: “She said it would be a great thing for them to get involved in.” Miss Patel said: “The Duchess was really interested in the kinds of activities Scouting offers that children can’t always learn or have access to in schools.”She said she wants to bring her children up in the Scouting community and that she’s tried lots of activities at home with them, but would love them to become Scouts.  read more


Body found in Montrose Police say elderly woman was unwell would

Police say they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 73-year-old Chandroutie Deonarine of Bushlot Village, West Coast Berbice (WCB), whose lifeless body was discovered in a canal at Montrose, East Coast Demerara (ECD), about 07:00hrs this morning.Traffic on the East Coast came to a haltAs a result of the body being found, traffic had backed up significantly on the East Coast Public Road.According to the police in a released statement, their investigations revealed that the deceased who was not enjoying the best of health, was staying at her daughter’s home at Happy Acre, ECD.“It was reported that sometime after 01:00hrs this morning,  being in a state of hallucination, Deonarine ventured out of the home for an unknown destination” said the police.Attempts, by this publication, to get onto family members for further clarification proved futile.The body is currently at the Lyken Funeral Parlour awaiting a post-mortem examination. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFamily mourning death of elderly Melanie woman following early morning accidentMarch 4, 2018In “Crime”Suspect arrested in connection with death of Montrose GrannyAugust 4, 2015In “Crime”Woman reportedly gives birth in ECD traffic jamDecember 1, 2018In “Business” read more