InjuryDepleted Lakers Beat Cavs With 8 Healthy Players Obscure

The Los Angeles Lakers were seemingly down to four players, but beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 119-108, with help from an obscure rule that kept Robert Sacre in Wednesday’s game after he picked up his sixth personal foul.The Lakers started with only eight players in uniform, lost Nick Young and Jordan Farmar and then Chris Kaman and Sacre. Were it not for the hardly used rule, the Lakers would have had just four eligible, healthy players. Strange but true.But referee Jason Phillips informed them that Sacre could stay on the court despite picking up his sixth foul on a drive by CJ Miles with 3:32 to play. The only remaining Lakers were already on the court—Wesley Johnson, Ryan Kelly, Steve Blake and Kendall Marshall —and a team cannot drop to four players if there are no other options.Sacre was allowed to keep playing, a technical foul was assessed for the infraction and Cleveland made the free throw. The Lakers were ahead at the time of the foul, 111-101.“That was the craziest game I’ve ever seen,”  Kaman, an 11-year veteran, said.Something like this hadn’t happened since Devean George picked up a sixth foul but was allowed to keep playing for Golden State in 2010 against Portland, according to STATS.Farmar’s return was out of the question after he left because of leg cramps with 9:39 to play.“The longer I played, the worse I felt,” he said after compiling 21 points and eight assists in his first game since Dec. 31.Said Sacre: “We had no idea what was going to happen.”Steve Nash was technically active for the game, but did not suit up because it was the second night of back-to-back contests. Someone fished him out of the locker room, though, and he appeared near the bench in his game jersey.Kaman laughed. He had untied his shoes and was reclining on the end of the bench after fouling out with 8:29 to play.“What are you going to do, Steve?” Kaman later recalled saying.Coach Mike D’Antoni said he did not want to play Nash, who will be 40 on Friday and played his first game Tuesday in almost three months.“That would be unfair to him,” D’Antoni said. “And Farmar could have just stood out there somewhere, but it wouldn’t have been the best thing.”All that and the Lakers ended a seven-game winning streak, handling the Cavs in Cleveland. They made 18 three-pointers, a team record for a regulation game, on 37 attempts. Blake finished with his second career triple-double (11 points, 10 rebounds, 15 assists) in only his second game back from a two-month layoff because of a torn elbow ligament.Kelly had a career-high 26 points but now the Lakers’ injury watch turns to Young, who hurt his knee in the second quarter after being fouled by Miles on a fastbreak attempt. read more

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Vegas Doesnt Usually Set Huge Underdogs In Week 3 For The Bills

On its face, Sunday’s game between the Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills doesn’t seem like a matchup of particular historical significance. Though they do remain one of the NFC’s top contenders, the 1-0-1 Vikes are coming off a tie with the Green Bay Packers — apparently ties are a weekly thing now — while the 0-2 Bills are reeling after a second straight embarrassing defeat. For most of the country, it’s just another routine game to indifferently monitor via RedZone.To the Las Vegas oddsmakers, however, this Minnesota-Buffalo tilt is far from ordinary. The opening line on the game, which hasn’t moved yet, was 16½ points, making it one of the most lopsided point spreads in modern history. Since the 1970 AFL merger, only 62 games — including Bills-Vikings — have seen a spread of at least 16½ points according to Pro-Football-Reference.com. And it’s especially rare for it so happen this early in the year: Only eight of those games have come in Week 3 of the season or earlier. But apparently the bookmakers have seen all they need out of the Vikings and (especially) the Bills, who’ve gone from the wild card to the waste bin in record time.Here’s a week-by-week breakdown of all games in Pro-Football-Reference’s data that had a line of 15 points or greater since 1970: As a general rule, oddsmakers tend to wait until around Week 5 to really start setting these huge lines. It makes sense: Five weeks is a pretty fair point in the season to begin trusting a team’s results to tell us what they truly are. Before that, though, it’s difficult to filter out which performances are real and which are just early season flukes.1It can also come down to scheduling quirks. Some years, there just aren’t any enormous mismatches so early in the season. That’s why, on average, the NFL sees a game with a 15-point spread in the first three weeks of the season only once every five or so years.And do these big early season favorites end up covering the spread? It’s notoriously difficult for massive NFL favorites to cover in general; of the 20 largest spreads in P-F-R’s database, only four saw the favorite actually cover once the dust settled.2The Bills were one of those teams when, as 20-point home favorites over the Colts in 1991, they won 42-6. Overall, since 1970, only 44 percent of teams favored by at least 15 points ended up covering.To their credit, though, teams favored by at least 15 in the first three weeks of the season covered at a 60 percent clip. But don’t get too excited about that trend. In addition to keeping selection bias in mind — only the most overwhelmingly lopsided matchups tend to even earn a 15-point line this early — it’s worth noting that huge Week 4 favorites covered only once in six tries, pulling their overall cover rate through four weeks basically even with the average for the whole season.As for what’s driving such a massive line in this particular game, it mainly says a lot about the current state of the Bills. The Vikings are a good team, but not historically so — they currently rank fourth in the league according to Inpredictable.com’s betting market rankings, behind the Rams, Patriots and Jaguars. But at the other end of the spectrum, Buffalo might be historically bad. After losing by 44 points in Week 1, they found themselves trailing 28-3 in Week 2 before putting together some garbage-time scores to make things slightly more respectable. That didn’t fool anybody: Even after Buffalo replaced interception machine Nathan Peterman with rookie Josh Allen, Inpredictable’s ratings say the Bills would still be 10-point underdogs against an average team on a neutral field. For comparison’s sake, even the Cleveland Browns were only 8-point underdogs by the same rating, at the end of a season where they finished 0-16.But if there is an upside to how awful these Bills are, it’s that they helped bring historical notability to an otherwise run-of-the-mill game. Now let’s see if the Vikings can cover the spread against them.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

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Ohio State rifle team looks to carry recordsetting start to NCAA championship

OSU freshman Michael Steinel. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsThe Ohio State rifle team set a program-high opening match score of 4,658 at its season opener in Reno, Nevada, on Sept. 26 and 27. The Buckeyes, who entered the season ranked No. 7 in the country, fired a score of 2,316 in smallbore and a team score of 2,342 in air rifle. The combined total marks the program’s fourth highest all-time. OSU coach Ryan Tanoue said he views the score as a positive sign, but acknowledges that there’s still work to be done.“I think it’s definitely a good sign for us and the outlook for the year. At the same time, I don’t think you want to read too much into it,” Tanoue said. “I think there’s definitely a lot of room for us to improve, and we know that.”Sophomore Drew Cheezum led the way for the Buckeyes in Nevada, setting a personal best 586 in smallbore. An NCAA qualifier last year, Cheezum is picking up where he left off last season.“Last year I was really only proud of one score, which happened to be the last match that we shot in smallbore,” Cheezum said. “I felt a little bit more pressure since I finished so strongly last year. It just felt really good to do even better than I finished off.” Despite the record strong start, sophomore Joshua Black said he thinks they can push themselves further.“It’s not exactly a satisfying score even though it’s a season-opening record,” he said. “I think a record that we can easily break this year is going to be the team record overall as a school.” Alongside Cheezum and Black, all of the rifle team’s starters from last season have returned, giving the Buckeyes an experienced squad. Black said he feels having a year of experience under his belt is helping him focus on competing.“I feel like my freshman year I had a pretty big learning curve, and right now I’m just trying to develop my skills and really go out and perform in the matches,” Black said.Tanoue also looks at the team’s experience as a strength. “It’s huge in terms of our comfort level throughout the season and also in being able to deal with the expectations of being able to go on the road and have the form, so it’s a very good thing to have everybody back,” Tanoue said. “We’re going to rely very heavily on that experience throughout the year.”Freshman Michael Steinel, the lone new face to the travel team, said he enjoyed the experience of his first collegiate match.“It was really nice traveling with the team. It was a very good atmosphere,” he said. “It was a little strange not having my family there, my old teammates and things like that, but coach takes care of everything for you and the team really supports you.”Despite still learning to adjust to the college lifestyle, Steinel said he feels comfortable in competition.“I’d say I had a fairly productive time as a junior. I went to a lot of big matches and got a lot of experience there,” Steinel said. “But I was home-schooled, so time management is a lot different here.” The Buckeyes, who are part of the Patriot Rifle Conference, a rifle-only conference for schools whose primary conferences do not have rifle as a sponsored sport, have goals on multiple levels.“Some of the smaller goals we have are to be as competitive as possible within our conference. Our conference is very strong,” Tanoue said. “Even though we came into the preseason ranked seventh, Texas Christian and Alaska Fairbanks were ranked second and third in those rankings.” While success in conference competition is a smaller goal, reaching the NCAA championships is the ultimate objective for the team. “The big goal for our team, and every rifle team out there, is to qualify for the NCAA championship,” Tanoue said. “I think we’re on a good track to be able to do that, but it was only match one.”Cheezum and then-junior Remington Lyman qualified as individuals last year, but the team narrowly missed out. “It was a really neat experience to go there as an individual because you didn’t have the pressure of performing for a team, but being there without the team was a little sad,” Cheezum said. “It just makes us want to work that much harder this year.” The rifle team looks to continue its strong start on Oct. 16, when it is set to compete against Air Force in Fairbanks, Alaska. The following day, the Buckeyes are scheduled to square off against Alaska. read more

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4 potential replacements join the rotating quarterback carousel

If Saturday’s Spring Game was supposed to be any indication of which quarterback will be starting the first five games of the season, it was not. Each quarterback — freshman Braxton Miller, freshman Taylor Graham, redshirt sophomore Kenny Guiton and redshirt senior Joe Bauserman — worked with the first-team offense on Saturday. All four of them received about equal play under center. All four scored a touchdown. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor was sidelined during the scrimmage, as he is still recovering from ankle surgery, giving Buckeye fans a small idea of what the offense will look like during the first five games of next season. Five Buckeyes — Pryor, offensive lineman Mike Adams, running back Dan Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas — are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits. Coach Jim Tressel will join them for failing to report their violations. Miller finished the day completing seven of 12 passes for a total of 73 yards, and he ran for another 19 yards. Tressel said he thought the true freshman did well given the simplicity of the playbook. “I thought Braxton probably played a little bit more relaxed and had a little bit more fun than he has in part because we really limited what we were doing today,” Tressel said. Graham completed four of nine pass attempts for a total of 91 yards. His day was highlighted by a 68-yard strike to T.Y. Williams for his only touchdown of the day. “I thought Taylor had a big home run throw, which anytime you can throw the ball vertically up the field, you give a guy going up there a chance to come up with a play like that, that’s big,” Tressel said. Guiton finished with five completions for 43 yards, and Bauserman finished with four completions for 42 yards. Center Michael Brewster said the team is learning to adapt to whichever quarterback is taking the snap at the time. “To us, it doesn’t matter who is back there. We got used to taking snaps with all the different quarterbacks,” Brewster said. “The quarterbacks looked really relaxed today.” Brewster said it doesn’t matter to him at this point which quarterback plays. “I just don’t even look anymore. I just get ready and snap it,” Brewster said. “All those guys did a great job today.” Brewster explained the difficulty of the quarterback position. “Quarterback to center is a very hard position to learn here, especially in three weeks,” he said. “If you can take a few things out of that, you’re going to be doing good.” Tressel said taking sacks became an issue for the squad. Bauserman was sacked twice during the game, and Graham was sacked five times. “We got to learn as young quarterbacks that we can’t get sacked in the red zone and those kinds of things, but it will be interesting to strap all their film throughout the spring chronologically and kind of study them a little bit,” Tressel said. “I think Taylor took a couple too many minus-yard plays.” Posey, who finished the day with two catches for 26 yards, said he was pleased with the quarterback play. “I don’t feel like it slowed us down at all,” Posey said. Senior linebacker Andrew Sweat also said he was pleased with the quarterbacks. “I think they all played well. Obviously they all made their mistakes at certain points,” Sweat said. “I thought Braxton played well. I thought Taylor had a good touchdown throw. Joe and Kenny, I thought they all played well. Obviously there are things to improve on; there are things for all of us to improve on.” read more

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Gruden puts Pryor back in hot seat

During Terrelle Pryor’s Thursday return to the ESPN airwaves for the first time since a June 14 television appearance with agent Drew Rosenhaus, former Super Bowl champion coach and ESPN football analyst Jon Gruden critiqued Pryor’s ability and knowledge as a player, as well as his draft prospects. Gruden also asked the quarterback about his feelings regarding memorabilia exchanges that resulted in a five-game suspension for the Buckeyes’ upcoming season, as well as Pryor’s June 7 announcement that he would not return to OSU for his senior year. Pryor, who saw his former coach, Jim Tressel, resign from his post at OSU football amidst NCAA infraction allegations, said he was “disgusted” about leaving the university. “It’s just a disaster,” Pryor said. “Especially losing a great coach to this university.” As he prepares for the NFL supplemental draft, Pryor said he is focused on moving forward with his career. “I still have a life I have to live,” Pryor said. “I’m just trying to get used to it and trying to move on. It’s over with. You don’t want to move back, I want to move forward.” During the interview, Pryor admitted to forgetting the lyrics to both “Fight the Team Across the Field” and “Carmen Ohio,” traditional OSU songs, but Pryor still said he is sad to have left OSU. “I wanted to stay,” he said. “I wanted to stay for four years and get my degree. It makes me sad, you know, the fact that I won’t be playing for (Ohio State) or these fans anymore.” The hour-long ESPN special presentation ended with commentary from Gruden, who said Pryor could become a successful NFL quarterback. “I do think at the end of the day, he’s remorseful,” Gruden said. “This guy’s got a chance to be an excellent football player.” OSU will begin its upcoming season under new coach Luke Fickell on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium against the Akron Zips. read more

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Ohio State baseball boasts 40 win streak faces Spartans

Riding a four-game winning steak, the Ohio State baseball team is set to take on Michigan State for a three-game series at home this weekend. OSU is sitting at 15-6 on the season, but senior shortstop Kirby Pellant said those losses aren’t holding the team back. “We lost some games we shouldn’t have lost, but right now everything is clicking,” Pellant said. “The confidence is coming around right on time and we feel like we can play with anyone.” Pellant was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday after going 6-for-9 with a double, a home run, seven RBI and two runs scored in the Buckeyes’ 7-0 shutout of Purdue Saturday. Pellant walked four times and had a pair of sacrifice bunts. His four hits were a career-high and his home run was the first of his career. Redshirt senior second baseman Ryan Cypret added that the team as a whole seems to be getting better each week. “It’s been a process since the beginning of the year, and every weekend has been an improvement,” Cypret said. “Pitching has already set the bar high and the hitting has stayed to game plan. We are starting to know our identity at the plate.” The Buckeyes haven’t played since their 7-0 shutout at Purdue on Saturday because games against Toledo on Tuesday and Ohio University on Wednesday were canceled due to weather and field conditions. Redshirt senior outfielder Joe Ciamacco said the cancellations haven’t disheartened the team. “We just try to stay loose and have fun,” Ciamacco said. “The weather really doesn’t affect us. So as long as we’re winning and doing what we are supposed to do, it doesn’t really bother us.” The Buckeyes likely face a tough test this weekend in Michigan State. The Spartans are 13-7 this season and are on a seven-game win streak. The series against OSU will be the team’s first conference games of the year. MSU senior outfielder Jordan Keur is a standout for the Spartans, batting .338 with 14 RBI. Senior pitcher Andrew Waszak has a 1.56 ERA and a 3-1 record in 40.1 innings pitched. Both players were named Big Ten Players to Watch for the season. With the unexpected extra time to focus on MSU, OSU coach Greg Beals said the Buckeyes have been working hard to keep the winning mentality alive. “This team has the understanding it’s not about series, it’s about game-to-game, and they know every game matters in the conference standings at the end of the year,” Beals said. “We’re striving for excellence and we want to take care of every opportunity that we have.” OSU is set to take the field against the Spartans at 6:35 p.m. Friday at Bill Davis Stadium. read more

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Position battles being decided as spring practice winds down

Urban Meyer must replace 8 starters from the national title team, and while it’s only April, he said Monday that the holes are already being filled.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWith spring graduation just around the corner, it’s more than just Ohio State seniors preparing for the next chapter in their life.Buckeye football coach Urban Meyer must replace eight starters from the national title team, and while it’s only April, he said Monday that the holes are already being filled.“A lot of guys get the mentality, ‘Well I’m going to go win the spot in August.’ The spot in August is already done and we’re trying to go win a football game,” Meyer said. “Things happen in August, but that’s not the time to go get the spot.”Among the positions that have been filled, Meyer said redshirt-senior offensive lineman Chase Farris has locked down the right tackle position, “if he continues to progress.”The Buckeyes also have two wide receiver positions to fill after the departures of Devin Smith and Evan Spencer, and Meyer said one particular receiver has caught his eye.“Noah Brown has solidified (a spot). If he just takes care of a little more business in the classroom, then I was going to announce him as one of the starting three or four,” Meyer said.Brown played sparingly as a true freshman, making just one catch for nine yards against Illinois and one carry for a loss of four in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama.Among the others who could be joining Brown, Meyer said redshirt-sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall, junior H-back Dontre Wilson and running back turned H-back Curtis Samuel are players that he expects to make an impact in 2015.On the opposite side of the ball, the Buckeyes must fill the voids left by defensive linemen Michael Bennett and Steve Miller to go along with graduating seniors Doran Grant and Curtis Grant at cornerback and linebacker, respectively.Meyer mentioned three players along the defensive line who are candidates to replace the outgoing seniors, but added two of them are currently battling injuries.“(Senior) Tommy Schutt has got the lead (at defensive tackle). (Redshirt-senior) Joel Hale was right in the middle of that thing, too, before he got hurt,” Meyer said. “(Redshirt-sophomore) defensive end Tyquan (Lewis) has the upper edge. He has also had an injury.”Meyer said Hale sustained a calf tear while Lewis suffered a shoulder injury, adding he expects both to miss about four weeks.But for the healthy players of the group, Meyer said Schutt has stood out.“He’s had a good spring, his best spring since he’s been here. He has cut weight, and has done a very nice job,” Meyer said. “As of right now, him and (senior) Adolphus (Washington) would be starting inside. I am not ready to say (Schutt) is the guy yet.”Meyer said sophomore linebacker Raekwon McMillan and redshirt-sophomore cornerback Eli Apple have had a good spring, as likely replacements for Curtis Grant and Doran Grant.But what about the seemingly never-ending OSU quarterback carousel?“I don’t know who our quarterback is going to be,” Meyer said before adding that redshirt-junior Cardale Jones and redshirt-freshman Stephen Collier will be the two signal-callers who will play in the Spring Game.The annual team exhibition is set for 1:30 on Saturday in Ohio Stadium. read more

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Conman who pretended washing powder was cocaine guilty of defrauding drug users

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. Jamie Lee Taylor’s customers thought they were snorting cocaine. Library imageCredit:ANDY DRYSDALE/Rex Features It’s just not easy to work out what the principles of sentencing are in your caseJudge Simon Bourne-Arton QC Taylor, of Gresham, Middlesbrough, was already on licence from a previous jail sentence and has now been recalled to prison.He listened via videolink as lawyers puzzled over the case and discussed potential sentences of up to six years.Alex Bousfield, defending, said: “It’s an unusual case. He has not been supplying drugs to anyone. “Surely the real peril in the offence of drugs is it contributes in continuing that misuse of drugs and everything else that follows from it.”He knows throughout, he’s the only one who knows, these are not drugs. He knows it’s not a drug, so it’s a difficult one.” Cocaine A conman who was found to be selling washing powder as cocaine has ended up in court for fraud.Jamie Lee Taylor, 27, passed off the household cleaning product as Class A drugs for two months.His enterprise paid off in the short term as he made “a fair bit of money”, Teesside Crown Court heard.But he ended up in the dock as he had broken the law, despite never having sold illegal narcotics.Taylor pleaded guilty to offering to supply cocaine to others between July and September and “possession of an article for use in fraud” – three bags of white powder – on September 5. Prosecutor Rachel Masters said: “Essentially, the defendant is purporting to sell drugs in the way that a drug dealer would sell drugs. He’s making a fair bit of money out of it as a result.”Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, said he needed some time to think about the case.He said he was not sure about passing sentence from guidelines for offences involving real drugs.He adjourned the case, telling Taylor: “You knew throughout you were selling a product which was not drugs. I know that.”It’s just not easy to work out what the principles of sentencing are in your case. I’m going to sentence you next Monday. In the meantime you’re remanded in custody.”last_img read more

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Croydon tram derailment Driver arrested after seven killed and dozens injured

first_img12:43PMPhone number to call for anyone worried about friends or relatives Bodies on stretchers were seen being carried away from the scene on Wednesday Bodies on stretchers were seen being carried away from the scene on Wednesday A man who was on the tram when it overturned at around 6.04am said the vehicle seemed to speed up while the driver appeared to be asleep.Martin Harris, who was on his way to work, called his mother Jane after the crash to tell her a body was lying on top of him.He is now in hospital with neck, back and head injuries.Jane Harris said: “My son was on the tram I had spoke to him for a few seconds and he said that the tram driver was going really fast it looked like the driver had fallen asleep, the next thing he new the tram had derailed and gone over.”Mrs Harris had an anxious wait to find out where her son had been taken. She is going to to visit Martin later today and expects him to be kept in hospital for treatment.Mrs Harris added: “He was on the tram, the tram was going really fast, the tram went over, my son had a dead body on him.”He was taken to hospital with four broken ribs, damaged back and neck, and a bad head.”I phoned the hospital to see if he was there gave my number and they said someone would call me back in a hour, nobody did, so I called back again and got told that a police officer would call back to let me know if he was there.”My other son was waiting for about thee-and-a half hours just for them to say he was in hospital. “Martin has to stay in hospital for tests.” Passengers reported the tram had been speeding up before the bend, which has a limit of 12mph.Martin Bamford, 30, from Croydon, said: “Everyone just literally went flying.”He said people were screaming and there was “blood everywhere”, describing the scene as “like something out of a film”.Martin Harris, who was on his way to work, told his mother he had been left badly hurt, with a dead passenger lying on top of him. 12:10PMThe scene from above 1:47PMKind-hearted grandmother offers food and shelter 1:29PMFive confirmed dead 9:24AMPeople ‘carried away on stretchers’ Croydon North MP Steve Reed on Twitter:  The Rail Accident Investigation Branch said the tram derailed as it was negotiating a “sharp, left-hand curve” with a speed limit of 12 mph.A spokesman said: “Initial indications suggest that the tram was travelling at a significantly higher speed than is permitted.” The tram lying on it's side after it derailed near Sandilands tram station in Croydon The Salvation Army is also supporting emergency services at scene of the derailed train in CroydonA Salvation Army spokesperson, said: “The Salvation Army is supporting emergency services at the scene of a derailed tram in Croydon.”We are distributing hot drinks and food from two Salvation Army emergency response vehicles, as well as providing a listening ear and compassionate support.”Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.”Pat Rooke, 72, a nearby resident, said it was “pandemonium” as emergency services arrived on scene early on Wednesday morning.He said some trams tend to travel quickly around the corner where the carriages derailed.”They do come around that corner very fast sometimes, and it is quite a sharp bend,” he said. 3:39PMSadiq Khan meets emergency workers at scene of derailment 3:30PM’A full spectrum of injuries’ Grandmother Sharon Yerkess has been offering food and shelter to rescue workers at the crash site near her house.She said her daughter Leanne, 31, usually catches the tram which derailed in Croydon.Ms Yerkess, 53, whose house in Addiscombe Road backs on to the scene, said: “She said there had been an accident. Firefirefighters are currently dealing with an accident involving a tram atthe Sandilands tram stop Addiscombe Rd, Croydon. More to follow. pic.twitter.com/eOldKjajsu— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) November 9, 2016 11:49AMHospital swamped Pictures of the crash from aboveCredit: Jim Bennett Dr Nnenna Osuji, medical director of Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, said there has been a “full spectrum” of injuries, from minor to major.Speaking outside Croydon University Hospital, she said 31 people were brought in an ambulance and seven more came on foot. Just in: British Transport Police have confirmed five people were killed in the tram derailment.A spokesman said: “We continue to work alongside our partners at the scene of a major incident in Croydon.”We were called at 6.13am this morning after a tram derailed near Sandilands tram stop.”At present, we can confirm five people have sadly died following this incident.”More than 50 others have been taken to hospital with injuries.” 11:08AMPolice confirm fatalities 3:02PM’My son had a dead body on him’ ACC Robin Smith is giving an update on the #Croydon tram derailment from the scene at the moment. pic.twitter.com/s3ws37PNxS— BTP (@BTP) November 9, 2016 Two buses have been parked on the Sandilands bridge to obstruct the view of the felled Croydon tram below pic.twitter.com/5w9OvahIt3— Tom Ough (@tomough) November 9, 2016 We can confirm an arrest has been made in connection with the #Croydon incident. More updates to follow.— BTP (@BTP) November 9, 2016 11:20AM’Too early to confirm numbers’ Tom Ough at the scene:The tram is in sight of the Sandilands bridge, up the line from the derailment.Earlier in the day, photographers had attempted to secure a shot of it by climbing a hillock on a garden overlooking the bridge.But two London buses have now been parked on the bridge to prevent further glimpses of the carnage.Portable loos have arrived for the police and fire crews who are likely to be here all day. The last known death of a tram passenger in an accident is believed to have been in 1959. Two passengers and the driver died after a tram collided with a lorry and caught fire in Glasgow.The death toll equals that of the 2004 Ufton Nervet rail crash in Berkshire, when a car deliberately parked on the tracks in a suicide attempt by the car driver. Seven people were also killed in the 2002 Potters Bar crash Hertfordshire, when an undetected fault on the line derailed the train, and send a carriage onto the platform.A spokesman for British Transport Police said a 42-year-old man from Beckenham had been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and is currently in police custody.Finn Brennan, of the train drivers’ union Aslef, said the incident was “truly dreadful”.He said: “Lives have been lost and there are many serious injuries. This is a tragedy for all those involved. For the women and men who set out this morning on their journey to work and suffered this awful accident and their families, the grief and pain must be terrible.”There will be a full investigation into the causes of this incident by the RAIB (Rail Accident Investigation Branch) and others. There should be no rush to judgment or to place blame until the facts are known.” Two people are still trapped after a tram derailed in south London.Scores of emergency services are at the scene in Croydon. Dozens of people are believed to be injured with some trappedCredit:Peter Macdiarmid/LNP Emergency services close to the location where a tram overturned in Croydon, south LondonCredit:Steve Parsons/PA Wire 1:18PMIncident ‘truly dreadful’ Heard a massive crash outside my window, now emergency services everywhere for the overturned tram, hope everyone is ok #croydon pic.twitter.com/gxQgnPygEJ— Hannah Collier (@HannahCollier1) November 9, 2016 London mayor Sadiq Khan arrived on Wednesday afternoon to meet emergency services at the scene of the accident.Joined by Gavin Barwell, MP for central Croydon, the mayor spoke briefly to crews involved with the rescue operation, before walking down the road towards the derailed tram. The death toll from the Croydon tram derailment might still rise, warned Sadiq Khan.”I can confirm that five people have died and we think that number may well increase,” said the mayor after visiting the scene.Fifty-one people have been taken to hospital, he confirmed, adding that several are in “a serious condition”.”We are now in the recovery stages of the operation,” said the mayor. “I want to pay tribute to the emergency services, particularly the fire brigade, British Transport Police and the London Ambulance Service.” The overturned tram appears to be on its side next to an underpass.There is a large police cordon in the area with scores of emergency vehicles on scene.Hannah Collier, who lives oppposite, said she earlier saw people being carried away on stretchers. 9:26AMUpdate: Three freed, two still trapped 🚧 SANDILANDS 🚧 Emergency Services are dealing with a serious incident at #Sandilands tram stop. Please avoid the area #Croydoncops pic.twitter.com/xp4RPNxXI5— Croydon MPS (@MPSCroydon) November 9, 2016 A tram overturned in Croydon, south LondonCredit:Steve Parsons/PA Wire The tram lying on it’s side after it derailed near Sandilands tram station in CroydonCredit:Peter Macdiarmid/LNP 11:04AMImages from the scene Aerial shots of the sceneCredit:Sky News/PA Wire Police at the sceneCredit:MPS 3:57PMDeath toll ‘may well increase’, says Khan “All patients are being cared for by our clinical teams,” a statement said. “We will share further updates in due course.” Besides the 31 patients taken to Croydon University Hospital, 20 were taken to St George’s Hospital.Four of those 20 are “seriously injured”, said a spokesperson for the hospital. 3:09PMSalvation Army supports emergency services  Today’s derailment is believed to be the first tram crash involving fatalities on board since 1959, when two women passengers and the driver died after a tram caught fire in Shettlestone Road, Glasgow, following a collision with a lorry.More form Tom Ough:As news is released of fatalities, the stricken tram remains far from public view as police enforce a boundary.The streets surrounding the track are quiet, with most residents having found their way to work despite the emergency services bedding in on Addiscombe Road, which skirts the line.Still on its side, the tram is lying in the drizzle in an open, brick-walled underpass that cuts through a suburb of smart detached and semi-detached houses. The Fire Brigade says it will be at the scene all day. The British Transport Police (BTP) has issued a phone number for use by friends and family of people who may have been hurt in the derailment:  Aerial shots of the scene Finn Brennan, of the train drivers’ union Aslef, said the incident was “truly dreadful”.He said: “Lives have been lost and there are many serious injuries. This is a tragedy for all those involved. For the women and men who set out this morning on their journey to work and suffered this awful accident and their families, the grief and pain must be terrible. Pictures of the crash from above The local hospital has warned members of the public with minor ailments to stay away after being swamped by the injured.A total of 31 injured were brought to Croydon University Hospital following the derailment.A spokesperson for Croydon Health Services NHS Trust said: “Our staff are currently caring for them so we would ask members of the public with more minor routine ailments to consider going to the local walk-in centre or their GP if possible.”We will share further updates in due course.” 2:55PMMayor of London en route to the scene 9:24AMMayor makes statement “She said she could hear a woman screaming and that it was heartbreaking.”I went outside and it was just horrific – you could hear screaming, that really hit me. It was horrible there was nothing I could do.”Ms Yerkess initially closed the windows to drown out the screaming and protect her two young grandsons. It then dawned on her that her daughter could have been on the tram.She said: “She would have got on any other day – lucky for her she was late.”She usually goes to Addiscombe to get a Red Bull before work but she didn’t today.”I just don’t know how I would have coped if she had been on it.”I actually cried – it really got to me. It was horrible to hear people and to know that people couldn’t get to them right away. I was thinking ‘God, what are they going through?”‘As rescue teams cordoned off the area, Ms Yerkess witnessed “crowds of people and flashing lights” at the scene.In a bid to help, she started making sandwiches for the rescue workers as well as offering the use of her toilet and hot water.She said: “All I have done is take out some sandwiches for them. It’s cold, it’s wet, it’s horrible.”I have said ‘Just knock on the door if you need toilets and hot water’.”The family, including her daughter and two grandsons, who were off school because their road was blocked off, plan to buy more supplies to feed the workers as the rescue operation continues. Police confirmed they were called to the scene at Sandilands tram stop in Croydon at around 6.10am Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “I am in contact with emergency services and TfL, who are working extremely hard to get the situation under control and treat those who have been injured. My thoughts are with all those involved in this incident.”We are asking people to please visit the TfL website, tfl.gov.uk, for the latest travel information.” Police confirmed they were called to the scene at Sandilands tram stop in Croydon at around 6.10amCredit:Steve Parsons/PA Wire Sadiq Khan is due to arrive at Addiscombe Road shortly.The Mayor of London will meet emergency service personnel at 3pm before making a statement.Several fire engines have left the street but it otherwise remains cordoned off to the public and full of police officers and vehicles and Transport for London workers. 4:53PMTrain was travelling at ‘significantly higher speed than is permitted’ Tom Ough is at the scene:The street adjoining the accident site – Addiscombe Road – remains cordoned off and filled with emergency services personal and vehicles.Police have been sent from as far afield as Westminster to bolster a presence that includes two vehicles from the Transport for London’s Emergency Response Unit and a van from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch.The Sandilands tram stop, on the far side of the empty street, is populated by a single pacing policeman rather than its usual passengers.A few metres away from the stop, a two-car tram sits abandoned on the line. Emergency services close to the location where a tram overturned in Croydon, south London Dozens of people are believed to be injured with some trapped Jane Harris said: “My son was on the tram I had spoke to him for a few seconds and he said that the tram​ was going really fast. The next thing he new the tram had derailed and gone over.”Assistant chief constable, Robin Smith, of British Transport Police, said detectives where investigating whether the driver had been asleep “alongside a number of factors”.Initial findings of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) show that the tram came off the tracks as it was negotiating a “sharp, left-hand curve” with a speed limit of 12mph.An RAIB spokesman said: “Initial indications suggest that the tram was travelling at a significantly higher speed than is permitted.”The Wimbledon-bound tram was travelling from New Addington when it overturned at around 6.10am on Wednesday morning.Pat Rooke, 72, a nearby resident, described the scene in the wake of the incident as “pandemonium”.She said: “Even my husband was covered with blood,” she said.Ms Okesola said some people were trapped underneath the tram calling for help.”People were screaming. People were crying,” she said. Robin Smith assistant chief constable of BTP has just issued an update saying: “It is too early for us to confirm numbers but we are working hard to assess the ongoing incident and we are continuing to focus on recovery efforts.”He said: “A number of people have been taken to hospital with injuries and sadly it looks as though there has been some loss of life.”It is too early for us to confirm numbers but we are working hard to assess the ongoing incident and we are continuing to focus on recovery efforts.”Liam Lehane, from the London Ambulance Service, said a number of people were seriously injured.He said: “We have transported over 50 patients to a number of hospitals.”Most of those patients were walking wounded. But there are, however, a number of patients with serious injuries. We will continue to work on the scene with the other emergency services during the recovery operation.” 1:27PMStreet filled with emergency services She said there has been “professionalism and coordination” at the hospital, adding that she was “very proud” of the staff.”When you’re sitting speaking with relatives there’s a sombreness as well as the reality of another serious incident in Croydon and the fact that, for a number of families, lives will be very different as of today,” she said.Dr Osuji said “a number of patients” would have been brought to a major trauma centre.She said there are no children among the patients at Croydon University Hospital. 9:04AMMP tweets about ‘terrible morning’ This is just breaking now: There has been “some loss of life”, police have said.  This just in from our man at the scene Tom Ough:I’m over the tunnel now, but there’s a complete lockdown on 400m of road and we can’t even see the tram. That part of the track is walled off from the road.Seems like the tram skidded off the rails while taking a bend, but don’t have confirmation. A section of road almost half a kilometre long remains cordoned off next to the crash site.Another ambulance, with no siren, just arrived. Eight fire engines are present and a van filled with Tramline incident response workers was waved through at about 10.30am. Crowded rush-hour tram tips onto its side in south LondonPolice confirm five people killed and more than 50 injuredDeath toll could rise as sources say eight feared to have diedTram driver arrested as investigators probe cause of crashFirst tram crash involving fatalities on board since 1959Police are investigating whether a tram driver fell asleep at the wheel after at least seven people were killed and dozens hurt when his speeding vehicle derailed and overturned.The unnamed driver was on Wednesday night under arrest on suspicion of manslaughter following the first fatal tram crash in Britain for nearly 60 years.Accident investigators said the tram had been going at “significantly higher speed than is permitted”, when it tipped over on a sharp left-hand near the Sandilands stop in Croydon, south east London.The London mayor l warned the death toll could rise further, with some of the more than 50 injured believed to be in a critical condition. Several people were trapped for hours in the wreckage of the two derailed carriages. 10:59AMTram ‘skidded’ Anyone concerned about friends or family who may have been involved in #Croydon tram derailment can call the Casualty Bureau – 0800 056 0154— BTP (@BTP) November 9, 2016 11:47AMFirst fatal crash since 1959 A tram overturned in Croydon, south London Shot from BBC News helicopter #croydon pic.twitter.com/Fz61sIhmcB— Tom Edwards (@BBCTomEdwards) November 9, 2016 Police at the scene 2:05PMBuses parked to cover scene The 23-year-old said: “I heard a massive crash at about 6.15am, then heard shouting, then the emergency services arrived. I’d say there are roughly 20-30 vehicles there now, then they started bringing up the casualties, some very seriously injured.”Adil Salahi, whose property overlooks the track, said the noise he heard was “sudden”.The 76-year-old said: “It was about 6.10/6.15 and because I was praying I could not move and try to check what it is. I thought it was something in the garage doors. Then I thought it was some lorry.” 12:18PMFour ‘seriously injured’ “There will be a full investigation into the causes of this incident by the RAIB (Rail Accident Investigation Branch) and others. There should be no rush to judgment or to place blame until the facts are known.”For now, our thoughts are with all those injured and lost, their families, Tramlink staff and the emergency service and NHS staff working to save lives as they do every day.” Thoughts on this terrible morning with everyone injured and hurt in the tram accident in Croydon, and with the rescue services at the scene— Steve Reed (@SteveReedMP) November 9, 2016 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

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The secret of champagne Size does matter when it comes to bubbles

first_imgThey have discovered that the presence of larger bubbles, around 3.4mm across at the surface, greatly enhances the release of aerosols into the air above the glass.Ironically bubbles the size of those found in cheaper cava and prosecco sparkling wines lend themselves better to maximising champagne’s delicate flavours. The effect of the larger bubbles is to drive the important aromatic compounds that give champagne its distinctive smell and flavour upwards into the drinker’s nose when they take a sip.Professor Gérard Liger-Belair, a chemical physicist at the University of Reims, who led the research, said: “This result is also remarkable as it undermines the popular belief that the smaller the bubbles, the better the champagne. Small bubbles were the worst in terms of aroma release.”Some one million bubbles form in the average glass of champagne, due to the dissolved carbon dioxide which forms in the wine due to a second fermentation process that occurs during production inside the sealed bottles.When the bottle is opened, this gas is released, often explosively, causing the champagne to foam. The remaining gas then gradually bubbles to the surface in the glass.These bubbles form a “raft” on the surface and then collapse, releasing a cloud of tiny droplets that produce the pleasurable experience when drinking champagne. Professor Liger-Belair said bubble size in champagne and sparkling wine can vary from between 0.4mm and 4mm across. The viscosity of the drink and the glass into which it is poured can all influence how big these bubbles are.But they found that bubbles with a radius of 1.7mm across resulted in the highest number of droplets evaporating at the surface of the drink.He said: “We showed that decreasing champagne viscosity would improve drop evaporation.”Additives that would change wine viscosity without changing the taste might be used. These results pave the way towards fine tuning of champagne aroma diffusion.” 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. Bubbles in a glass of champagne may seem like the acme of frivolity to most people, but in fact they may be considered a fantastic playground for any fluid physicistProfessor Gérard Liger-Belaircenter_img Using high-speed photography and imaging techniques, Professor Liger-Belair and his colleagues have been able to observe precisely what happens to a champagne bubble.In a study published in the European Physical Journal Special Topics, they show that the bubbles form a regular hexagonal pattern on the surface.When a bubble collapses, it creates a cavity that stretches and strains the neighbouring bubbles, producing a pattern that looks similar to the petals of a flower.According to Professor Liger-Belair and his team, this increases the chances of the surrounding bubbles collapsing, creating an avalanche of tiny droplets being thrown into the air at the top of the glass.Traditionally wine professionals often use bubble size as a marker of quality – with larger bubbles in cheap sparkling wines like prosecco and cava. It has long been said by the cognoscenti that the key to a perfect glass of champagne is a steady stream of tiny bubbles rising to the surface.But now, just in time for Christmas, it can be revealed this is not the case. In fact, it is the size that matters.Scientists based in the heart of France’s Champagne-Ardenne region have found that larger bubbles may actually improve the way a sparkling wine tastes. Professor Liger-Belair and his colleagues have previously published research showing that chilling champagne can help to reduce the amount of alcohol carried up in each bubble. This can prevent more delicate flavours from being overpowered.Cooling a bottle of champagne to 39°F (4°C) can also help to reduce the speed of the cork as it leaves the bottle, preventing accidents, they found.Tilting the glass when pouring can also help prevent it from overflowing and drinking from a flute rather than a wider coupe glass can help to enhance the flavour due to the way the bubbles mix in a glass.Professor Liger-Belair said: “Bubbles in a glass of champagne may seem like the acme of frivolity to most people, but in fact they may be considered a fantastic playground for any fluid physicist.”With more than 1,000 exemplary bottles, visit Telegraph Wine from Waitrose for your favourites and new showstoppers to try.last_img read more

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Heading home for Easter Holidaymakers complain of traffic chaos

first_imgTransport information supplier Inrix warned that the worst time to travel will be between 4pm and 6pm, when traffic is predicted to be 28% above typical levels for that period.Motorists on the M4 towards the West Country are also set to experience tailbacks of up to 45 minutes leaving London on Thursday evening and Friday morning. A number of rail services will be disrupted as Network Rail carries out more than 200 engineering projects.Trains to London, Manchester, Bath, Edinburgh and Glasgow are among those affected.Network Rail said it is carrying out the work over the four-day weekend as fewer passengers use the railways on bank holidays.Travel trade organisation Abta reported that two million British holidaymakers will head overseas during Easter, with Good Friday the busiest day for travel. Tourism body Visit England said 6.6 million Britons are planning a trip involving an overnight stay over the weekend, up from six million last year.Tourism minister Tracey Crouch said: “Staycations are integral to our thriving tourism industry, providing a significant boost to cities, towns, villages and communities across the country.”Easter Sunday is expected to be the quietest day on the roads with 25% fewer vehicles than an average Sunday. Passengers get out of cars to walk through tunnel Only to be turned away.Their cars have now left and their stranded.(welcome to Heathrow ) pic.twitter.com/SMJVxNrjbo— Paul Nunes (@PaulNunes64) April 13, 2017 Spain is the UK’s favourite foreign holiday destination for the weekend, with temperatures set to reach 27C (81F) in Malaga on the Costa del Sol.Cross-Channel rail operator Eurostar is expecting its busiest ever Easter weekend with 163,000 passengers, up 12% on last year.Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer said: “Whilst many families may have already begun their Easter break, the Easter weekend is always a busy time of year for the travel industry with many holidaymakers taking advantage of the bank holidays to grab some much-needed sunshine or a trip to one of the world’s great cities.”The roads will be busy, so we would recommend leaving a little extra time to get to your port of departure and if using public transport, to check in advance for engineering works.”GEM road safety officer Neil Worth said: “The afternoon rush hour is sure to start early this Thursday. “Traffic volumes are expected to peak at around 6pm.”We’re expecting long queues at all the usual motorway and main road locations, including the approaches to the Dartford River Crossing, the M5 south from Bristol, the M55 approaching Blackpool and the A11 towards the Norfolk coast.”To minimise the risk of sitting in stationary traffic for hours, we recommend planning your journey so you’re travelling outside peak times. “For example, if you’re away for the weekend, then set off later on Thursday if it’s feasible.”For any day trips, get going early.”More big queues are likely from lunchtime on Easter Monday as families return from their breaks. “In most regions, school starts the very next day, so once again the roads are going to be extremely busy.” There is already chaos on Britain’s roads as holidaymakers travel across the country for the Easter bank holiday.Easter traffic has already caused roads to be in gridlock, and there is expected to be more travel woe to come.Air travellers on Thursday abandoned their cars and tried to walk to the terminals because of huge queues that built up on the main road into London Heathrow Airport.Some were then turned away and left stranded as the vehicles taking them to the airport had already left.868,000 travelers are expected to travel through Heathrow between Friday and Monday – 200,000 more families than an average weekend.More than 20 million cars are expected to be on the road as Britons set off to make the most of the long weekend.The M25 is expected to crawl along at an average speed of 17mph and the huge number of motorists is expected to mean that 40 minute journeys take more than two hours. M4 spur into Heathrow CLOSED access tunnel closed. Carnage.if yr flying out of T3 or T2 get the tube or park in T5 & get HEX #Heathrow— brock (@TravelBadger1) April 13, 2017 There were long delays on the M6 southbound in Cheshire during the Thursday morning rush hour after an HGV shed two large sections of concrete following a collision with a car, meaning two lanes were closed between junctions 18 and 19.Highways England advised drivers to allow extra time for their journeys on Thursday and suggested they consider alternative routes. Total chaos at Heathrow tunnel. pic.twitter.com/Ah2SKWVyBb— Paul Nunes (@PaulNunes64) April 13, 2017 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

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ProTrump supporters crash Fabian conference in protest of Sadiq Khan

first_imgProtestors were escorted out by police Mr Khan announced: “It is a pleasure to be [joined] by what some would call very stable geniuses.” Protestors were escorted out by policeCredit: SIMON DAWSON/ REUTERS 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. Demonstrators arrived at the Fabian conference to interrupt a speech by the Mayor of London The group entered the conference moments before Mr Khan was due to make his keynote speech.  “This just reinforces what a mistake it was for Theresa May to rush and extend an invitation of a state visit in the first place.“Let’s hope that Donald Trump also revisits the pursuit of his divisive agenda.”center_img Pro-Trump supporters disrupted a conference being held in London where Mayor, Sadiq Khan was set to make a speech. The Fabian society, a socialist organisation, had their conference interrupted after demonstrators, from a group called White Pendragons, shouted their support for the US President. The protest was apparently against comments made by the Mayor of London about Mr Trump’s plans to cancel his trip to the UK. On Friday, Mr Khan said: “It appears that President Trump got the message from the many Londoners who love and admire America and Americans but find his policies and actions the polar opposite of our city’s values of inclusion, diversity and tolerance.“His visit next month would without doubt have been met by mass peaceful protests. The demonstrators were removed from the conference to the sound of cheersCredit: SIMON DAWSON/REUTERS The Mayor appeared to read a newspaper as the group were led out of the hall to cheers from attendees of the Fabian Society. Demonstrators arrived at the Fabian conference to interrupt a speech by the Mayor of LondonCredit: SIMON DAWSON/ REUTERS The demonstrators were removed from the conference to the sound of cheerslast_img read more

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Revealed Why two glasses of wine and 15 minutes of exercise a

first_imgShe also advised getting outside of the house and talking to strangers, rather than sitting doing crosswords or Sudoku.  Dr Claudia Kawas, of the University of California, who has spent 15 years studying people aged over 90, also recommended keeping weight down and drinking two cups of coffee a day. “People should try to incorporate as many of these things into their day if they wish to give themselves the best chance of living to a ripe age,” she told the AAAS annual meeting in Austin, Texas. “The more people outside of your… The recipe for a long life includes exercising for 15 minutes a day, spending two hours on hobbies and enjoying a couple of glasses of wine, according to an ageing expert.last_img read more

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George Osborne speaks of his delight after discovering he is Jewish

Mr Osborne, 46, was informed by his youngest brother Theo who had begun investigating his maternal grandmother’s background after falling in love with a Jewish woman.  But part way through a conversion that can take several years, he uncovered documents that proved his grandmother… Theo Osborne, 33, an investment manager, had embarked on the lengthy process to convert in order to marry his American fiancée Justine Fisher in an orthodox Jewish ceremony. The former Tory MP revealed his maternal grandmother Clarisse Loxton-Peacock – a glamorous Hungarian emigre – was a Jew who came to Britain before the war. George Osborne, the former chancellor of the Exchequer, has discovered that he is Jewish. read more

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UK puffins may go the way of the dodo with fears of

Take a wrong turn and you could also find yourself knuckle-deep in puffin guano because the ultra-hygienic birds like to dig a separate “lavatory” tunnel. So far the news has been bleak. The puffins arrived four weeks later than usual and initial estimates suggest… Thrusting your hand into an underground puffin burrow is not an activity to be taken lightly. For a start, should the protective homeowner be present there is every chance of a nasty nip. But for the past few weeks, that is what National Trust rangers on the Farne Islands in Northumberland have been braving during their five-yearly puffin census. The rangers are not just looking for adult birds, but also for their eggs and pufflings. read more

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Alesha MacPhail Isle of Bute on lockdown as police question teenage murder

Six-year-old Alesha Macphail’s body was found in a wooded area by a member of the public Police forensic officers at the house on Ardbeg Road They seemed to have no cares in the world, but the eldest is the same age as Alesha, and was friends with her. The playground around the corner from Alesha MacPhail’s grandparent’s house on the Isle of Bute would normally be filled with children on a weekday after school. But, despite the heat wave temperatures on Wednesday afternoon, the park was empty.Late on Tuesday, Scottish police confirmed that six-year-old Alesha had been murdered and that, as a precaution, told islanders to “look out for each other and please look out for your families and the security and safety of your homes.”On Wednesday night, police announced that they had arrested a male youth on suspicion of Alesha’s murder. The teenage boy faces further police questioning after his arrest while police repeated a call for information as officers continue their investigation.”Anyone who has CCTV at their home or business, or indeed any motorists with dashcam footage which might help with our investigation, are also urged to get in touch,” Detective Superintendent Stuart Houston said.Alesha’s grandparents Angela King, 46, and Calum MacPhail, 49, live in the Victorian seaside resort Rothesay, in a house that overlooks the Firth of Clyde and out towards the mainland. Tributes and flowers for Alesha left outside her grandparent’s house Credit:Stuart Nicol/Telegraph Police told residents to keep their children safeCredit:Stuart Nicol/Telegraph Tributes and flowers for Alesha left outside her grandparent's house  Two and a half hours later, a neighbour discovered the girl’s body in public woods less than a mile away from the house.Alesha lived on the mainland in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, with her mother, Georgina Lochrane. The 23-year-old discovered her daughter was missing when she saw the Facebook message.”Someone tell me what’s happened to my daughter,” Lochrane commented. “Angela answer me now.” Its front garden was supposed to be a place where Alesha’s laughter was heard this summer. But instead, the pavement nearby was lined on Wednesday with flowers, cuddly toys and messages. In the middle, her school photo rests next to two pink balloons. A message said: “So, so going to miss you.” Police forensic officers at the house on Ardbeg RoadCredit:Stuart Nicol/Telegraph Mother holds child's hand near Alesha MacPhail's grandparents' house The last murder on Bute was 30 years ago, when two paedophiles killed Allison McGarrigle and dumped her body at sea. McGarrigle, whose body has never been found, went missing in 1997 and was declared dead in 2005.  Councillor Scoullar said: “Rothesay has always been the safest place for ladies and children, but that’s been proved wrong.“Let’s hope when the police get to the bottom of this it goes back to the way it has always been.” Across the road, a pebbly beach was roped off by police tape. A seagull bobbed lazily on clear waters as local resident Bob Mason, 73, looked at the crime scene.“It’s paradise, it’s beautiful,” said Mason, who lived around the corner from the house. “There’s very little crime, I don’t lock my door, most people don’t.“But everybody’s a bit jumpy now.”On Wednesday night, police had shifted their focus away from the wooded area where Alesha’s body was discovered. A forensics team was seen at the grandparent’s house, where she had been staying along with her father, Rab MacPhail, 25, and his girlfriend when she went missing. Among evidence collected from the property were two cars that were removed over the course of the day.The news shocked the residents of seaside town, which has long been a holiday resort off the west coast of Scotland. Locals commend the tight-knit community and its absence of crime. Local councilor Len Scoullar said: “The community is very dismayed and disappointed that such a thing could happen here. We don’t have crime rates that include things like child abuse and murder.”  Alesha had come to Bute for the summer. On Monday morning, at 6:25am, Angela sent out a plea on Facebook asking friends and neighbours to help her find her granddaughter who had gone missing in the night. The girls’ father, who was sitting on a bench keeping an eye on them and did not want to be named, said: “It’s terrible. We know the family. It’s hard sleeping at night in case anything happens. I just hope they get who it was. I’ve never seen Rothesay like this, it’s in lockdown. I feel so terrible for the family.”Former oil industry caterer Ian Colville, who runs a coffee shop on the seafront and lives near where the schoolgirl was staying, said: “There’s a lot of young kids playing out there all the time but for the last three days there have been none at all.”At Cafe Zavaroni’s on the seafront, owner Margaret Zavaroni, cousin of the late former Scottish child singing star, Lena Zavaroni, said the town was far quieter than usual.”I’ve never heard of anything like this happening on the island. You can let your kids play out all night and if any kids went missing they’d be found in five minutes because everyone knows everyone. I don’t know if it’s out of respect but I’ve only had two lots of families with kids in today, normally it would be packed.” Police later brought Lochrane to the island, where she was seen in tears as she laid a tribute to her daughter.Local resident Winnie Watters, 79, said: “They’re such a lovely family. The granddad plays bowls and everyone says he’s a great man. I get the bus with the grandma sometimes and she’s lovely too.”lt was that little girl’s highlight, coming to see her grandparents in the holidays. I heard from someone that she’d sleepwalked and maybe got lost or fallen, but I don’t know. You hear a lot of rumours.”Less than 7,000 people live on Bute, which is home to Mount Stuart House, the stately home where fashion designer Stella McCartney got married. Prince Charles is the Duke of Rothesay.In the centre of town, near the seafront, three young local girls in summer dresses ate ice creams and kicked a balloon. Bute has a faded charm as an old seaside resort and remains popular with daytrippers from nearby Glasgow who still enjoy trips “doon the water” on the historic Waverley paddle steamer which still goes along the Clyde. Alesha Macphail Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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BBC Radio 2 DJ Mark Radcliffe tells listeners he has cancer and

A BBC spokesman said: “Everyone at Radio 2 and 6 Music wishes Mark well and we look forward to welcoming him back when he’s ready.”The Folk Show will be presented by Ricky Ross for the next few weeks. 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. Mark Radcliffe has been a huge part of my life for nearly 25 years now. He co-invented a warm, inviting and exciting style of radio in the Graveyard Shift that has never really been replicated since. Wishing him the speediest recovery after this awful, unfair news.— Ben Baker (@benbakerbooks) October 3, 2018Mark Radcliffe will be on air as usual with Stuart Maconie on 6 Music tomorrow before he takes time off. I’m sure we’re all keeping our fingers crossed he’ll be back. A true radio icon. https://t.co/n3ML8XnYyp— Gareth Joy (@lookoutwales2) October 3, 2018 BBC Radio 2 DJ Mark Radcliffe has said he will be taking some time off for treatment for “cancerous tongue and lymph node issues”.The popular Folk Show broadcaster, 60, made the announcement during his show on Wednesday night.He told listeners: “Now – here’s a thing – I’m sad to say that I’ve got some cancerous tongue and lymph node issues and so, as I’m sure you’ll understand, I’m going to be disappearing for a while to get that all sorted out.”It’s all been caught very early and so everything should be fine.”Radcliffe, also a BBC Radio 6 Music presenter, went on: “All being well I’ll be back in action in the new year – or sooner if I feel well enough – but I will be back, you can depend on it.”I just can’t say exactly when that will be.”So you won’t hear from me for a while now and therefore… well… Merry Christmas I guess. Life eh?” read more

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Sharp rise in the number of deaths caused by air crashes last

Show more LOC refers to an unrecoverable deviation from an intended flight path, and can be caused by mechanical failure, human actions or environmental disturbances. Twelve of 2018’s fatal accidents involved passenger planes, while three related to cargo flights.However, the general trend is towards increasing passenger safety over the last two decades, with 2017 being the safest in history for commercial airlines as no passenger jet crashes were recorded.Harro Ranter, ASN Chief Executive , said: “If the accident rate had remained the same as 10 years ago, there would have been 39 fatal accidents last year.“At the accident rate of the year 2000, there would have been even 64 fatal accidents. This shows the enormous progress in terms of safety in the past two decades.” It went on to warn that ‘loss-of-control’ (LOC) accidents presented a major safety concern for the aviation industry, as these were responsible for at least 10 of the worst 25 accidents in the past five years. There has been a sharp rise in the number of deaths caused by air crashes last year, new figures have revealed.Airliner accidents killed 556 people last year compared with 44 in 2017, the Netherlands based Aviation Safety Network (ASN) reports.It means that 2018 was worse than the five-year average of 14 accidents and 480 fatalities.Last year’s worst civilian accident was in October when a Lion Air plane crashed in Indonesia, killing 189.An initial report suggested that technical problems had caused the Boeing 737 Max plane to crash into the Java Sea shortly after take-off from Jakarta. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Hundreds of university students attempt to block Jewish Society

“It is important to us that this is process is followed properly and we therefore look forward to a free and fair vote concluding next week.”Kerry Moscogiuri, a director at Amnesty and International, said: “The comments made by a member of the University of Essex Amnesty group on the proposed manifesto for the new Jewish Society at Essex University do not reflect the view of the Essex University Amnesty Society and Amnesty International UK.”Whilst they were well intentioned, their view to conflate Israel Independence Day with the human rights abuses committed by the Israeli authorities is wrong.” “Essex University has not had a Jewish Society for a number of years and there is definitely a need for one to be set up – a view that is championed by the Amnesty group there.” Hundreds of students voted against the creation of a Jewish Society, after a member of the university’s Amnesty International group urged students to oppose it on the basis that it is too “political”.More than 200 Essex University students answered ‘no’ to the question “Should there be a Jewish society?”Every new student group at Essex must win a majority in vote of existing society members in order for its creation to be ratified by the Student Union.  Recently ratified societies include the “K-Pop society”, the “Ted-X Society” and the “Pokemon Go Society”.However, a representative of the university’s Amnesty International group urged students to vote against the Jewish Society, saying: “The society has mentioned it will celebrate Israeli national day which has nothing to do with Judaism.“Until the society is politically neutral like every other religious society we will take a stance on this. So we urge you to please vote no until they are politically neutral”.The Union of Jewish Students said it is “shameful” that a group “ostensibly concerned with human rights” has shown “such disregard for human decency and the rights of all peoples to freely explore and full express their distinct identity”.Will Quince, the Conservative MP for Colchester, described the vote as “shocking” and “terrible”. Stella Creasy, the Labour MP for Walthamstow, added that the vote was “awful”.  Meanwhile, the university has launched an “urgent” investigation into one of its academics who opposed the creation of the Jewish Society, reportedly exclaiming on Facebook that “the Zionists next want to create a society here at our university!”Dr Maaruf Ali, a lecturer in computers and electronics at Essex, also shared a photo from a far-right website which claimed that one of the French policemen killed in the January 2015 attack by Islamist terrorists in Paris was actually “a Mossad agent live and well in Buenos Aires… a crypto-Jew in the service of Israeli intelligence”.Amanda Bowman, vice president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said the hundreds of that Dr Ali’s social media posts were “abhorrent”, adding that students who voted against the creation of a Jewish Society were guilty of “pure and simple” racism. A University of Essex spokeswoman said: “As a university, we promote debate and deliberation of controversial issues and, within the limits of the law, encourage students and staff to express views with rigour and conviction.”An Essex student union spokesman said: “We believe strongly in the power of democracy and as a Union led by students we give our members the opportunity to decide on everything we do, from who leads the organisation through to whether a society should be ratified.   Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Guyana India sign three agreements

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGreenidge to lead Guyana’s delegation to IndiaJanuary 25, 2018In “Greenidge to head Guyana’s delegation to India”Renewable energy, cultural exchange MOUs to be signed at Guyana/India Joint Commission meetingJanuary 30, 2018In “latest news”PM Modi to visit Guyana later this yearMarch 13, 2018In “latest news” Guyana and India today (Tuesday) signed three agreements namely, Renewable Energy, Cultural Exchange Programme and Framework Agreement on International Solar Alliance, following bilateral talks between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge in New Delhi, India.The Guyanese delegation also presented the Instrument of Ratification of the International Solar Alliance.Greenidge was accompanied by a 4-member delegation including the Minister of Natural Resources and the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guyana Carl Greenidge and External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj. (Source: Ministry of External Affairs, India)According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Guyana, the subsequent discussions focused on further strengthening India-Guyana bilateral relations, through cooperation in capacity building, promotion of business and trade, enhancement of people to people contact, cooperation on pharmaceuticals and sharing India’s experience in Information Technology by setting up IT Centres of Excellence in Georgetown.Views were also exchanged on regional and multilateral issues such as climate change, solar alliance and UNSC reforms.Guyana’s delegation will also have discussions with the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and MoS for Renewable Energy for further strengthening trade between the two countries.India and Guyana will complete 50 years of their full diplomatic relations this year. read more

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