World Cup Crib Notes Day 4

It was a tough call Sunday with great games across the board, but ultimately it’s Argentina — the second-ranked team in our Soccer Power Index (SPI) — that we want to see play.IN BRIEFSee our World Cup interactive for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHArgentina has one of the most storied World Cup histories, winning the championship in 1978 and 1986 (the latter after Diego Maradona’s infamous quarterfinals goal), but then failing to find that level of international success ever since.This year might be different. After the host and favorite Brazil, Argentina has the greatest chance of winning the tournament at 13 percent. Its opponent on Sunday, Bosnia-Herzegovina, has a less than 1 percent chance of being this year’s champion. Their matchup has the Argentines favored to win at 62 percent compared to the Bosnians’ 15 percent — much of which has to do with Argentina’s strong offense.The attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero is one of the strongest in the tournament, with an SPI offense score of 2.9 (that means we would expect Argentina to score 2.9 goals against an average team), behind only Brazil and Germany. Still, Bosnia’s offense is strong, too, with an SPI offense score of 2.3, so goals may abound in Sunday’s game.To see who’s more likely to find the back of the net, we looked at each team’s three leading scorers since 2011 and how they’ve been performing at their respective clubs in the run-up to the World Cup (some leagues keep spotty game data; we pulled data from a broad set of league games that had the most extensive statistics — the trends are clear).The projected average goals for each team in Sunday’s matchup are 2.0 for Argentina and 0.9 for Bosnia. And it’s pretty clear how much more dominant Argentina’s three best forwards are compared to Bosnia’s best three: Together, Messi, Aguero and Higuain are better at passing, shots on target, “take ons” (as opposed to passing in a one-on-one situation) and goals per game. Even though Bosnia’s Edin Dzeko scores a fair bit for his club team, Manchester City, his broken-down stats don’t seem very impressive.Messi, on the other hand, sweeps the table in almost every category (except goals per shot). And that’s a big reason why Argentina versus Bosnia is our game to watch — because when we say we want to watch Argentina play, what we really mean is that we want to watch Messi play.YesterdayLed by Andrea Pirlo, Italy’s 35-year old midfield Methuselah, the Azzurri completed an astonishing 92.2 percent of their passes in Saturday’s 2-1 win against England, the highest by any team in a World Cup match since 1966 (the start of Stats & Info’s data set). Italy’s experience and efficiency stood in stark contrast to an England side that was wasteful in attack.The final third actually belonged to the English — at least in volume — especially after Mario Balotelli gave Italy the lead in the 50th minute. England had a 192-117 advantage on touches in the attacking third, but struggled to create chances by passing into the penalty area (two chances created off 8-of-37 passing). One goal on 18 total shots wasn’t enough for England, with Wayne Rooney’s 0-for-3 shooting performance bringing his career drought to 25 World Cup shots without a goal.The most glaring English inefficiency was their reliance on the wings to generate offense while failing to deliver quality crosses. England connected on one of 25 crosses (4 percent) in the match, its lowest cross completion percentage in a World Cup match in 44 years.The Italians opted for quality in their attacking-third approach, especially in the match’s final 60 minutes. Over the last two-thirds of the match, the veteran Italian midfield picked apart the English back line. Italy completed eight of 14 passes into the box, creating five chances and a game-winning assist on Balotelli’s 50th-minute header. Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio and Daniele de Rossi (16 combined World Cup games entering Saturday) were a combined 5-for-6 in that span. — John Parolin, senior stats analyst, ESPNOFF THE PITCHNo matter how small the probability, there’s a chance that Argentinian players could have Bosnian souls soles. Tanned horse and cow hides are the biggest single import from Bosnia-Herzegovina to Argentina. Although, they’re only worth $6 million dollars per year.The data, taken from the BACI International Database of trade, shows another surprising reliance between two countries in another of Sunday’s matchups: 28 percent of all French imports to Honduras is packaged medicine (another 4 percent is perfumes, and 3 percent is beauty products).Does Switzerland live up to the assumption that it’s all about the chocolate? Kind of: 22 percent of all exports from Ecuador to Switzerland is cocoa beans, worth a total $34 million. Swiss footballers’ WAGs may also be offered jewelry made of Ecuadorian gold (which makes up 41 percent of all Swiss imports from the South American country and is worth $64 million annually) or one of the thousands of bunches of Ecuadorian cut flowers imported each year (worth $17 million).What about Swiss exports to Ecuador? After chemical products and machinery are Swiss watches, of course, worth $5 million in 2011 alone. — Mona ChalabiFURTHER READINGSpain Is Now an Underdog to Make the Knockout Stage read more

College Basketball Recruit Michael Haynes Killed In Chicago

The unconscionable violence that has ravaged Chicago claimed college basketball recruit Michael Haynes Thursday night when he was shot and killed in front of his home while trying to break up a fight.The assailant of Haynes, a 6-foot-7 forward who had committed to Iona College in New York, remains at large.  Hayne was 22.He played ast season at Indian Hills CC in Ottumwa, Iowa and had originally committed to University of Texas-El Paso but never played for the Miners. He was ranked the No. 11 recruit in the state of Illinois by following his junior season at Washington High School, during which  he averaged 17 points and 22 rebounds.“We’re shocked and deeply saddened by this news,” Indian Hills coach Barret Peery told the Ottumwa Courier. “He was such a great kid and a great member of our team. Michael was a great friend to all his teammates and a great kid overall. He’ll truly be missed.”Police said Haynes was shot in the wrist, chest and lower back while trying to break up a fight over a stolen necklace near his home. His cousin, Kandice Blouin, 25. said several men were shoving each other when Haynes pushed the shooter, who pulled out a gun and shot him.“He was an innocent victim, very loved by everybody,” Haynes’ cousin, Kandice Blouin told the Chicago Sun-Times. “He was our meal ticket. He was going to heal this hood and they took his life.”“It’s just so hard,” Iona coach Tim Cluess said. “I don’t know how to describe it. Once you got to know Michael you just couldn’t wait to coach him. He came from a very rough area in Chicago and he just wanted to make a better life for himself. He was just looking for a chance to change his life.”Haynes was part of a nine-member recruiting class assembled by Cluess and his staff and was expected to be a contributor in the frontcourt. He was one of just two of the nine recruits not to already be on campus taking summer courses.Chicago is been a virtual war zone. Murders this year have risen by nearly 40 per cent and are projected to reach about 504 killings or 42 a month. read more

Danica Patrick Sad to Inform Fans of Divorce

Danica Patrick was ‘sad to inform’ her fans on Tuesday, that her and husband Paul Hospenthal are divorcing after seven years of marriage.Patrick made the announcement through her Facebook page hours after posting a video to thank fans for voting her the most popular driver on NASCAR’s mid-tier Nationwide Series circuit.“I am sad to inform my fans that after seven years, Paul and I have decided (to) amicably end our marriage,” she said. “This isn’t easy for either of us, but mutually it has come to this. He has been an important person and friend in my life and that’s how we will remain moving forward.”Hospenthal, a physical therapist, met Patrick while treating her for a non-racing injury. They were married in 2005.The news comes as Patrick just finished her first full season in NASCAR, after leaving IndyCar. She ran the full Nationwide schedule and 10 Sprint Cup races.In nine Cup starts, Patrick had her best finish earlier this month, finishing 24th at Texas and running every lap for the first time. Patrick has been involved in wrecks or plagued by maintenance issues in her past races.Tony Gibson, Ryan Newman’s former crew for Stewart-Haas Racing, played a big part in Patrick’s success in her last two races ath the end of the season. He helped her to finish 10th in Nationwide points, surpassing Sara Christian’s 1949 record of finishing 13th in the Cup series. Gibson plans to become Patrick’s full-time crew chief starting next year.Patrick’s notoriety has declined since the beginning of her career in IndyCar. There was talk that her appeal had dwindled with advertisers, but Go Daddy has pledge their allegiance with Patrick. The website domain provider will continue to use her in commercials during next year’s Super Bowl. They have also committed sponsor her during the Cup schedule next season. read more

Ohio State softball season gets underway with 4 games in Louisiana

Then-freshman pitcher Shelby Hursh winds up a pitch during a game against Michigan State March 22, 2014 at Buckeye Field. OSU won 11-7. Credit: Lantern File PhotoWith spring rapidly approaching, the Ohio State softball team is set to kick off its 2016 season in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Friday.The Buckeyes are first scheduled to take the field against the University of the Pacific at 10:30 a.m., followed by a game against No. 3 Louisiana State later that evening.As of Jan. 26, OSU is unranked in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll but is receiving votes. This weekend’s tournament sets the stage for the Buckeyes as they look to pave a road to the Big Ten tournament in May.Friday marks the first time the Buckeyes will face Pacific since 2014, when OSU won 4-1. The Buckeyes have not seen LSU as an opponent since 2013, when the Tigers shut out the Scarlet and Gray 7-0.However, OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly, said she is not worried about facing these teams again.“We want to challenge ourselves and face the best out there,” she said. “That’s why we picked this tournament.”Pacific, which finished 19-36 in 2015, is returning its top five hitters, led by senior outfielder Sara Anderson. Because of their performances last season, sophomore utility player Molly Bourne and senior second baseman Nicole Zapotoczny were named to the All-West Coast Conference preseason team.LSU is returning four out of its five top hitters, who combined for 203 RBIs in 2015.Like Pacific, the Tigers are a formidable presence at the plate, but Schoenly said she does not see it as a threat.“Our plan is to limit their hitters with change of speeds,” Schoenly said. “We will need to have some clutch plays throughout the game to hold their offense in check.”LSU finished third in the 2015 College World Series, making its postseason experience clear to the Buckeyes.“LSU is a dynamic team. They can hit, run and pitch,” Schoenly said.For the Buckeyes, coming out ready to play from the first inning will be a key. With such commanding opponents on Friday, OSU hopes to govern the diamond and attack the game.“The key to our weekend is to be aggressive,” Schoenly said. “Pitch aggressive, hit aggressive, stay aggressive defensively.”On Saturday, the Buckeyes are scheduled to face Connecticut and North Florida, making it vital to gain momentum from Friday’s games.The Huskies finished 18-35 in 2015, while the Ospreys finished with a winning record of 31-28. Both teams are returning key offensive players and their top pitchers on the mound.For the Buckeyes, however, the focus is first on Friday’s games before turning the page to the following day.“Our goal is to start our weekend aggressive and attack on both sides of the ball,” Schoenly said.Fresh facesThis season, the Buckeyes welcome five freshmen to the team, along with sophomore pitcher Shelby McCombs, a transfer from Louisville. Even though some of these players saw action during the 2015 fall season, Friday is a fresh beginning for all of them.Schoenly said she is excited to see what the young OSU players can deliver on the field.“We have some young players that will get their first chance at playing for the Buckeyes, and they have the ability to impact the game significantly,” she said.The road aheadAfter this weekend, OSU is scheduled to head to Atlanta for the Atlantic Coast Conference/Big Ten Challenge from Feb. 19-21 to continue its weekend tournament play.“I am looking forward to seeing this team start this journey,” Schoenly said. read more

Opinion 20162017 NBA season predictions

Cavaliers’ Small Forward Lebron James (23) gathers his team members for a pep-talk before their preseason game at the Schottenstein Center on Oct. 18. The Cavs lost 96-91. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorThe 2016-17 NBA season tips off on Tuesday, unveiling the first chapter in several storylines around the league this year.A lot has happened in the league since the end of last season, contributing to rivalries between teams, creating new enemies for players, and causing bad blood between players and their former organizations. Kevin Durant left Oklahoma City to sign with the Golden State Warriors, and Russell Westbrook is now locked in, for at least two years, as the lone superstar on the Thunder. Veteran shooting guard Dwyane Wade left the Miami Heat to sign with his hometown team, the Chicago Bulls, and former Bulls players Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah have joined the New York Knicks.In the midst of all of these moves, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to defend their franchise’s first championship after they defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals, bringing the city of Cleveland its first major sports championship in 52 years.With all of this and more, here are some predictions for the upcoming season.Eastern Conference Champions: Cleveland CavaliersComing into this season, the Cavs are the favorites to make it to the Finals again, and rightfully so. This season’s Cavs team might be better than the teams of the last two seasons, with the pressure to win a championship is gone. They know what it takes to get back to the Finals and to win it all.Unlike the past two seasons, the Cavs will begin this season fully healthy and with Tyronn Lue as their head coach. After re-establishing himself as the best all-around player in the world after his MVP performance in the 2016 Finals, James will have an MVP caliber season, and Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving will both have their best seasons as Cavaliers. Add in key acquisitions of veteran sharpshooter Mike Dunleavy and Chris “Birdman” Anderson, and the Cavs look geared to make their third consecutive NBA Finals.However, they will be tested, as the Indiana Pacers, the Boston Celtics, the Knicks and the Bulls have improved their rosters. But in a seven-game series in the postseason, none of the Eastern Conference teams will be able to stop Cleveland.Western Conference Champions: Golden State WarriorsFor Golden State fans, the mourning of losing in the NBA Finals after having a 3-1 series lead was put to rest quickly this offseason when Durant signed with the Warriors. The Warriors, known for their deep bench and their “strength in numbers” slogan, lost several key players in the offseason, including Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut and Marreese Speights, to name a few. But replacing these players is Durant, arguably one of the top three players in the league.Not to mention, the team also still has back-to-back MVP Steph Curry, who was the league’s first unanimous MVP in history. Add in Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and offseason addition David West, and the Warriors come into the season as the odds-on favorite to not only make it to the Finals, but to win it all.While they will be challenged by the ever-present San Antonio Spurs, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Thunder, the Warriors will be a handful for any team in a single game, let alone a best-of-seven series. The Warriors will not win 73 games again. But after they start to click, they may be the regular season’s most dominant team yet again. NBA Champions: Cleveland CavaliersThe Cavs and Warriors seem to be on a crash course to meet for the third straight season in the NBA Finals, potentially making one of the greatest Finals trilogies in NBA history. If everything goes according to plan and both teams come into the championship round at full force, it will be the ultimate finale to the trilogy. While both teams know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, the addition of Kevin Durant will change the dynamic of the series. But like most super teams, the Warriors will face problems in their first year together and won’t be able to close the deal. James has been Durant’s biggest weakness throughout his career, and this Cavs team has gotten over the hump and is more confident now than ever.This may be the best team James will ever play on. The series will be another great one, and might even go to seven games again. But in the end, the Cavs will win their second consecutive NBA Championship.MVP: Russell WestbrookNow that Durant is out of Oklahoma City, Westbrook will not have to worry about taking a back seat this season. He is now the No. 1 option for the Thunder. He will take the last shot in a close game, and he will have the ball in his hands at the game’s most crucial moments. Already a top-five player, Westbrook is one of the league’s most ruthless competitors and is capable of averaging almost 30 points per game this season. With his athleticism and explosiveness at the point guard position, he has the chance to average close to a triple-double. While the Thunder likely will not be as good as they were last year, Westbrook will shine in his new role and put the league on notice.Other NotablesAll-NBA First Team(G) Steph Curry – Golden State Warriors(G) Russell Westbrook – Oklahoma City Thunder(F) LeBron James – Cleveland Cavaliers(F) Kevin Durant – Golden State Warriors(C) DeAndre Jordan – Los Angeles ClippersScoring Champion: James Harden – Houston RocketsCoach of the Year: Brad Stevens – Boston CelticsRookie of the Year: Joel Embiid – Philadelphia 76ersDefensive Player of the Year: Kawhi Leonard – San Antonio SpursMost improved player: D’Angelo Russell – Los Angeles LakersSixth Man of the Year: Jamal Crawford – Los Angeles Clippers read more

Under new coach womens lacrosse faces tough season ahead

First-year women’s lacrosse coach Alexis Venechanos said she is still learning about her players and her young team is still trying to get better. “We have a lot to work on but we’re happy how it’s early in the season, and we have some time,” Venechanos said. The Buckeyes lost to No. 9 Stanford, 17-5, on Saturday. “Stanford is a tremendous team and you can tell they are the more experienced team right now,” Venechanos said. Venechanos, who was named coach in July 2010 following former coach Sue Stimmel’s resignation, said that being here since the fall has made the transition a little bit easier. “The fall was a smooth transition in getting to know the team,” she said. Venechanos has been a part of four national championship teams, two as a player at Maryland and two as an assistant coach at Northwestern. Having been in those positions, she said she isn’t worried about the tough loss to Stanford. “These tough games will get us in better situations toward the end of the season,” she said. Junior midfielder Alayna Markwordt agreed that having the new coach since the summer has made the change a little easier. “It’s been a good transition,” she said. “We’ve learned a lot this year.” The Buckeyes won their two previous games against American University and St. Bonaventure before the loss to Stanford. Markwordt said the team is looking to avoid these types of losses when it had played well the two games before. “We’re waiting for that moment where we put it all together,” Markwordt said. OSU (2-3) will look to bounce back as it hosts Canisius (1-1) at 1 p.m. Monday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Ohio State track teams prepare to hurdle from indoor to outdoor season

OSU men’s track associate head coach Brice Allen signals the runners during a race at the Buckeye Classic Jan. 10 at French Field House.Courtesy of OSU athleticsJust as one season ends, another begins.The Ohio State men and women’s track and field teams begin the transition this weekend from the indoor season to the outdoor season, and are expecting a few hurdles with the change.The men’s team is set to travel to Nashville, Tenn., to compete in the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invitational. Although the athletes have been competing since January, associate head coach Brice Allen said the transition from indoor to outdoor is harder than it would appear.“It takes some time,” Allen said. “It takes the guys about three to four weeks in their training cycle to exhibit their full talent in the outdoor season.”Allen compared the first outdoor meet in March to the first meet of the season in January — the Buckeye Classic in Columbus — and said it is “as if they start all over again.” He is confident, however, that once the team gets back in the swing of running outdoors it can start building for the conference meet in May.“We are going to SEC country (this weekend), so we always want to be competitive,” Allen said. “But we also understand that there is going to be some adjustments during the meet.”Along with getting used to how different it is competing outside, the Buckeyes are excited to show what they can do in some events that had the winter off. Three field events — the hammer and discus throw along with the javelin — are slated to get underway. Other events competing for the first time this year include a 10K race, 4×100-meter relay, 1500-meter run, steeplechase, a 110-meter hurdle race and a 400-meter hurdle race.Throwing the javelin, sophomore Bill Stanley is set to see his first action of the 2014 season after coming out of winter hibernation.In the 2013 Black and Gold Invite, Stanley set a program record for the javelin throw in his first attempt as a college athlete when he unleashed a toss of 72.16 meters to finish in first place.The women are also set to make their way south to compete outdoors in the Yellow Jacket Invitational in Atlanta.Women’s distance coach Sara Vergote said the women’s team training hasn’t changed a whole lot as they make the transition into a new season.“This is an opportunity for us to compete in some nicer weather and to get our feet wet in the outdoor season,” Vergote said.Vergote said the work ethic remains the same as the team moves forward, but the its biggest concern is making sure every athlete is healthy before it really gets rolling with the outdoor season.The teams are set to get races underway Friday and Saturday at the Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt campuses. The men are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday, while the women are set to start at 6 p.m. Friday and 10:30 a.m. Saturday. read more

Football Ohio State releases Week 3 depth chart before Army game

Urban Meyer prepares to run out on to the field with the team prior to the Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFour days prior to Ohio State’s Week 3 matchup against Army (2-0), the Buckeyes (1-1, 1-0) released their third depth chart of the 2017 season with minor changes, despite just having lost 31-16 to Oklahoma Saturday night.The only difference in this recently-released depth chart compared to last week’s is the designation between starting defensive ends Sam Hubbard, Tyquan Lewis, Jalyn Holmes and Nick Bosa. Previously, there was an “OR” between the starters and backups. But in this iteration, that has been changes to “AND/OR,” which was likely changed due to all four defensive ends playing together at the same time.Redshirt sophomore quarterback Joe Burrow, who suffered a broken hand, but was seen throwing passes before the Ohio State game, remains unlisted on the depth chart. Sophomore wideout Austin Mack exited last game after hitting his head on the ground when making a 31-yard catch, but coach Urban Meyer said he is “probable” for the Saturday’s game. He is listed as a co-starter, as he was in prior editions of the depth chart.Running backs Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins remain listed as co-starters. read more

Bloody Sunday police finish quizzing soldiers for possible prosecutions

first_imgShe said: “It’s good news, although we have faced delay after delay in the matter. “We want to see them all in court, local politicians, police, army, and that includes the officers, not just ordinary soldiers. “We will see them all in court, and we don’t care what age they are.”  DCI Ian Harrison, leading the investigation, said: “Police have concluded interviews with former military personnel and are in the process of compiling a report for the Public Prosecution Service. The families have been informed of this and we will continue to keep them updated in relation to developments.” The £191 million, 12-year-long Saville Inquiry concluded in 2010 the killings had been “unjustified and unjustifiable” and David Cameron said he was “deeply sorry”.Critics of prosecutions have argued a line should be drawn under the events of the Troubles and have said paratroopers are being unfairly pursued, while IRA crimes are not being investigated.Eamonn McCann, a Northern Ireland assembly member who has campaigned for the families, said: “This is a significant development, another turning point in our long and winding road.”We who are still campaigning are certain there should be a resolution of this, because after all, Saville said our loved ones were killed and there has to be a judicial outcome from that.“It cannot be the case that people can be shot down by the State and there be no accounting for the killings.“Many of the families and their now extended relatives, which amounts to many, many relatives, want to see and must see prosecutions, and in the end, convictions, even if those involved and convicted don’t spend a day in jail.”Kate Nash, whose brother Jim was one of those shot dead that day, said, “Our immediate reaction is relief, that this part of the matter is finished, so it seems.  But sources said only between 15 and 20 soldiers who opened fire on the day have been quizzed.All the men apart from one were interviewed at police stations in mainland Britain after they won a High Court battle against being interviewed in Northern Ireland, where they said their lives were at risk.Lawyers for the paratroopers had said earlier that they were likely to either refuse to comment during their police interviews, or refer detectives to statements they had given earlier.Soldiers of the Parachute Regiment shot dead 13 civilians during on January 30, 1972, while another died five months later from injuries sustained on the day. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Up to 20 former soldiers have been quizzed by police over possible prosecutions for the Bloody Sunday shootings it has been disclosed, as detectives said they had finished their interviews and were drawing up a report for prosecutors.Campaigners for the families of the 14 people who died when troops opened fire at a 1972 civil rights march in Londonderry welcomed the decision as a “significant development” in their campaign to have troops put on trial.The Ministry of Defence has warned scores of former paratroopers now in their 60s and 70s that they could called in for questioning after the controversial decision to begin a criminal investigation into the shootings.last_img read more

Margaret Thatcher enters Dictionary of National Biography with third longest entry ever

first_imgDoris Lessing, the writer David Frost, the broadcaster Lady Thatcher photographed in 1987 Sir Winston Churchill Several war heroes will also find their names in the dictionary, from Sir Robert Clark, who operated behind enemy lines with the partisans in Italy as a young SOE officer, to Ulric Cross,  the most highly decorated Caribbean serviceman of the Second World War, and Sir Steuart Pringle, who survived an IRA bomb in 1981.Foreign reporter Richard Beeston will be honoured, along with Boris Berezovsky , the exiled Russian oligarch who died in mysterious circumstances, Paralympian swimmer and wheelchair racer Chris Hallam, and Bert Trautmann, a former German prisoner-of-war who became goalkeeper for Manchester City and played in the 1956 FA Cup Final despite having a broken neck. She is one of 59 new women to grace the biography pages, making up just a quarter of the total additions. Only five entries are from black or minority ethnic backgrounds.Lady Thatcher’s entry, which does not pull any punches in describing the late Prime Minister’s attributes and weaknesses, concludes: “There are times when nations may need rough treatment. For good and for ill, Thatcher gave Britain plenty of it.”It describes Lady Thatcher as “deeply and romantically patriotic”, relishing battle, devoid of sentiment, resorting to “devious means” to undermine her cabinet and yet the only 20th century leader to lend her name to an ideology in the shape of Thatcherism. Lady Thatcher photographed in 1987 Richard Briers as Tom and Felicity Kendall as Barbara in The Good Life 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. More unusual entries include Fiona Gore, Countess of Arran, who was nicknamed “the fastest granny on water”, wrestler Mick McManus, and Lewis Morley, the photographer who shot the infamous picture of a nude Christine Keeler amid the scandal of the Profumo Affair.Sir David Frost, the broadcaster, is joined by Alan Whicker, Sir Denis Forman of Granada Television, and Alasdair Milne, the director-general of the BBC ousted in 1987 after a series of confrontations with Lady Thatcher’s government.David Coleman, the long-serving presenter of Grandstand and inspiration for Private Eye’s Colemanballs column, had entered the ranks, along with Christopher Martin-Jenkins, the much-loved cricket correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, and longest-serving commentator for Test Match Special. Richard Briers as Tom and Felicity Kendall as Barbara in The Good Life In a long and proud history, Britain has celebrated a veritable who’s who of great public figures from Shakespeare to Wellington, with a plethora of kings and queens thrown in.Baroness Margaret Thatcher today takes her place in that official hall of fame, as she enters the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, awarded the third longest entry in its pages. Lady Thatcher has joined a small band of elite public figures to be honoured with their own separate book detailing their Oxford DNB entry, with an enormous 33,648-word biography detailing her background, long career and legacy.The submission narrowly beats the entry for Sir Winston Churchill, at 33,268 words, making Lady Thatcher’s biography the most significant of any politician. Doris Lessing, the writer David Frost, the broadcaster Margaret Thatcher at 10 Downing Street in 1983 Nobel Laureate entries include the chemists Frederick Sanger and Sir John Cornforth, Sir Robert Edwards who helped develop ofin vitro fertilization, economist Ronald Coase, writer Doris Lessing and poet Seamus Heaney.Entertainers making the grade this year include Mel Smith, Mike and Bernie Winters, Eddie Braben and Tom Sharpe, as well as writer Iain Banks, sculptor Sir Anthony Caro, composer Sir John Tavener and Mick Aston, who turned Time Team into an unlikely ratings hit. Margaret Thatcher at 10 Downing Street in 1983 Pointing out that the “dictionary has never been merely a compendium of the great and good”, a spokesman for the ODNB also announced the 2017 update would include “determined villains” of the Great Train Robbery, Bruce Reynolds and Ronnie Biggs, who both died in 2013 50 years after the crime made them notorious.Following the 2017 update, the Oxford DNB records 60,302 people in 72 million words and is available online now. It follows accolades in her lifetime including a peerage, a Order of the Garter, the Order of Merit, and fellowship of the Royal Society.The ODNB, which used to be published in a 60-volume printed set costing £6,500, is now updated online only, but remains the national record of “men and women who have made an impact on all walks of British life”.Other high-profile entries this year include six Nobel Laureates, a Paralympian, veteran broadcasters, the Telegraph’s former cricket correspondent and the notorious Great Train Robbers. Mick McManus, the wrestler, with Tommy Cooper Mick McManus, the wrestler, with Tommy Cooper It is surpassed in length only by Shakespeare and Elizabeth I, beating leading figures in history including Cromwell, Henry VIII, Queen Victoria and Wellington.Written by Sir David Cannadine, it will also be published as a book in its own right, complete with additional content such as pictures, letters and copies of official documents.Lady Thatcher is one of 241 new entries to the ODNB this year, all made up of notable figures who died in 2013 in line with the convention that editors wait four years to best judge who should go down in history. Sir Winston Churchilllast_img read more

Stressed teachers are becoming reliant on caffeine alcohol and prescription drugs poll

first_imgMore than four-fifths of school staff (83 per cent) think that their job has had a negative impact on their health and wellbeing in the last 12 months, the survey also foundCredit:Fredrick Kippe / Alamy Stock Photo It is clear that for too many teachers the job is taking an unacceptable toll on their healthNASUWT general secretary Chris Keates A Department for Education spokesman said: “Teaching remains an attractive profession with more people joining the profession than leaving or retiring.”Nevertheless we want teachers to have the freedom to do what they do best, inspire children to learn. We continue to work with teachers, unions and Ofsted to tackle unnecessary workload and challenge unhelpful practices that create extra work, including through an offer of targeted support to schools.”Alongside this we are exploring ways to improve career progression for teachers to encourage them to stay in the profession.”Where staff are struggling, we trust headteachers to take action to tackle the causes of stress and ensure they have the support they need.”NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said: “It is clear that for too many teachers the job is taking an unacceptable toll on their health and wellbeing and that this is affecting all aspects of their personal and professional lives. More than four-fifths of school staff (83 per cent) think that their job has had a negative impact on their health and wellbeing in the last 12 months, the survey also found “If the majority of teachers are unable to relax away from work and feel constantly worn down and worried about work issues, then their mental and physical health is inevitably going to suffer and they will not be able to give their best to the children they teach.”The findings come after the general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers suggested that teachers are taking a pay cut to work a four-day week, just to keep up with their workload.Dr Mary Bousted said she was aware of increasing numbers of school staff who are choosing to officially work part-time in order to get their planning and marking done.”They spend Friday doing all their work so they can have a free weekend,” she said. “Lots of people told me about that and that’s happening more and more.”A recent study concluded that teachers in England work some of the longest hours in the profession in the developed world.Half of the country’s full-time teachers work 40-58 hours a week and a fifth work at least 60 hours a week, according to an analysis by the Education Policy Institute published last autumn.The NASUWT online poll questioned around 4,300 members in February and March. More than a fifth (22 per cent) had been turning to alcohol more often, and the same percentage (22 per cent) said they had increased their caffeine intake.Just under a fifth (19%) said they had lost their appetite and over one in 10 (11 per cent) said they had started to use, or increased their use, of anti-depressants.Around nine per cent had had a relationship break down, while around seven per cent had started to take, or were taking more, prescription drugs.One NASUWT member told the union: “My husband has left me because I’m always working”, and another said that their teaching job had led to the breakdown of a 16-year marriage.A third said: “I lose sleep worrying. I feel guilty if I am off sick or not working evenings and weekends.”More than half of those polled (56 per cent) by the NASUWT, which is meeting for its annual conference in Manchester, said that their job satisfaction has declined in the last 12 months, 37 per cent said it had stayed the same and the rest said it had improved. Stress at work is leading some teachers to become increasingly reliant on caffeine, alcohol and prescription drugs, while a number have seen relationships breakdown, it has been suggested.A new poll indicates that more than four-fifths of school staff (83 per cent) think that their job has had a negative impact on their health and wellbeing in the last 12 months.Given a list of issues and symptoms they may have experienced, some 84 per cent of those polled by the NASUWT teaching union said that they have lost sleep due to their work, while three in four (54 per cent) have experienced anxiousness and a similar proportion (74 per cent) reported low energy levels. My husband has left me because I’m always workingOne member of the NASUWT teaching union 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

Whitehall incident what do we know so far

first_imgThe weapons retrieved A number of knives were seen spilling out of the suspect’s backpack. One appeared to be a large kitchen knife and another a flick-knife. Two police forensic officers, wearing crime scene suits, combed through the evidence. They took photographs of the contents of the bag, before taking them away for further examination.Several knives and what looked like paper or tissue were all put into a separate bag or box. When it came to the brown rucksack lying on the floor, the officer opened it ‘gingerly’.It is not clear if police knew he was carrying weapons when the decision was made to stop him. What did the police have to say?Scotland Yard said:A man has been arrested in Whitehall this afternoon, at approximately 14:22, following a stop and search as part of an ongoing operation.The man was arrested in Parliament Street, junction with Parliament Square, by armed officers from the Met’s Specialist Firearms Command.The man, aged in his late twenties, was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism. Knives have been recovered from him.He is being detained under the Terrorism Act and is in custody in a south London police station.Detectives from the Counter Terrorism Command are continuing their investigation, and as a result of this arrest there is no immediate known threat.Who is the suspect?The 27-year-old man, dressed head to toe in black, was walking among a crowd of tourists and workers in Parliament Street when he was wrestled to the ground by armed police officers. He has been named by the BBC as Mohammed Khalid Omar Ali. Forensic police were seen inspecting them.  Credit:Heathcliff O’Malley  Forensic Officers looking at with knifes at the scene  It is understood that the suspect’s family had become concerned about his behaviour and reported him to the authorities several weeks ago. Investigators believe he was about to launch an attack. Scotland Yard said the arrest occurred as part of an “ongoing operation” by detectives from Counter-Terror Command and the investigation is still continuing.Three knives and a rucksack were seen on the ground following the arrest.Here is what we know so far.Family reportedly ‘tipped off’ policeParliament staff were told by security sources that the man’s family tipped off police, Sky News’ Chief Political Correspondent Jon Craig reported. Police pick up a knife at the scene after a person was arrested following an incident in Whitehall in LondonCredit:Lauren Hurley/PA Wire The ‘lone wolf’ suspect had been under close surveillance when counter-terrorism officers ordered his immediate detention as he came within 300 yards of the gates of the Prime Minister’s residence.It is understood that the suspect’s family had become concerned about his behaviour and reported him to the authorities several weeks ago. Investigators believe he was about to launch an attack.No one was injured during the incident but eye witnesses described a struggle between the 27-year-old and police as armed officers and plain clothes police surrounded the area at around 2.30pm.A security source told Reuters that the man, from London, was known to counter-terrorism officers and MI5 before his arrest. A suspected jihadist with carrying a rucksack packed with knives was arrested in Westminster after police were reportedly tipped off by his family.The 27-year-old man, who is believed to be called Mohammed Khalid Omar Ali, was arrested under the Terrorism Act – just yards from the scene of last month’s Westminster attack.The suspected terrorist was heading towards Downing Street when he was dramatically arrested by armed police, security sources have told The Telegraph.center_img The  source said: “He was under surveillance and he was stopped while walking away from Parliament Square and up Whitehall towards Downing Street.”A senior policing source said: “This is someone who was known and under surveillance. He was being watched very closely. He had been travelling on the London Underground and we understand he had exited the Tube at St James’s Park station before walking in the direction of Whitehall and Number 10.“At some stage an alert went out to all the teams in the area and the order was made to pick him up.” What does Theresa May have to say?Prime Minister Theresa May was on a tour of a factory in Chesterfield at the time and praised the police and security services for preventing another terrorist strike at the heart of British power. Police pick up a knife at the scene after a person was arrested following an incident in Whitehall in London.   Forensic Officers looking at knifes at the scene Credit:Yui Mok/PA Wire Mrs May said: “It shows that our police and intelligence and security services are on the alert, as they always are, looking to keep us safe and secure. “We owe a huge debt of gratitude to these people, many of whom are unseen, unheard, yet the job they do day in, day out to keep us secure is a really important one and we should thank them for it.”A spokesman for London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “Mr Khan is hugely grateful to the police for their swift, decisive and professional actions. He is hugely relieved there have been no casualties.”  Staff in Parliament told by sec sources police were tipped off about man arrested in Whitehall by his family, which probably saved his life.— joncraigSKY (@joncraig) April 27, 2017 Heathcliff O'Malley Photographs taken during and after the dramatic arrest showed a bearded man, possibly of Asian or east African origin with cropped black hair, held at the scene for at least ten minutes. In one image, he appeared to be smirking for the camera.One of his hands appeared to be wrapped up in a bandage as four officers stood next to him. A Whitehall source told The Telegraph that the man, who is understood to have been born overseas but who lives in south east London, had been arrested as part on an “intelligence-led operation”. he had been followed on the Underground and is thought to have surfaced at St James’s park tube station before heading towards Westminster. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Tesco pulls foxhunting costume from sale as hunt saboteurs complain

first_imgRiders and their hounds embarking on a New Year's Day hunt in Ryedale this year. It's a tradition stretching back more than 200 years. Lee Moon, a spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “This appears to be remarkably poor judgement form Tesco.”Fox hunting is an illegal, archaic pastime that’s abhorred by the majority of the population. Campaigners protesting against the killing of animals for sport reach Whitehall, London, on the first day of the grouse shooting season last August “Why Tesco would think it’s an appropriate fancy dress costume for children is quite beyond us. We look forward to seeing their badger baiting or dog fighting outfit in the near future.”Outraged opponents posted comments on social media threatening to boycott the company.They said the costume was encouraging children to carry out illegal behaviour.One compared the costume to a “Harold Shipman” costume “for those who want to be the wrong kind of doctor”. Another said: “Next they’ll have a Gary Glitter outfit.” Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs posted on Facebook: “This is just disgusting! Every little hurts. Encouraging children to become animal abusers!”Tim Bonner, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance said: “Tesco needs to think carefully about bowing to intimidation from animal rights activists.  “From the hundreds of pubs named for huntsmen, hounds and foxes to the ‘whips’ in the House of Commons it is simply impossible to eradicate hunting from British life.“There will be hundreds of children out hunting this Saturday as many hunts come to the end of their season. They will not have brought their coats from Tesco, but they will be taking part in a thriving, legal pastime which is indelibly written into British culture and its countryside.” Campaigners protesting against the killing of animals for sport reach Whitehall, London, on the first day of the grouse shooting season last AugustCredit:John Stillwell /PA Riders and their hounds embarking on a New Year’s Day hunt in Ryedale this year. It’s a tradition stretching back more than 200 years.Credit:Charlotte Graham  Fox hunting with dogs has been illegal in the UK since a law was passed in 2004 by the Labour government. Anyone who breaks the law can be fined up to £5,000.  Tesco have removed a fox hunter fancy dress costume for children from sale after hunt saboteurs complained.Shoppers complained to the supermarket last night on Tuesday evening after spotting the outfit, described as a “red fox hunter jacket”, for children aged 7 and older on the supermarket’s website.Anti-hunt campaigners said it was “encouraging children to become animal abusers” and was not an appropriate costume for children to dress up in. But the Countryside Alliance said the supermarket had “bowed to intimidation” from activists. The fancy dress costume appeared online as a Red Foxhunter Jacket Children’s Fancy Dress Costume with a young boy pictured modelling the clothes available for £10.41.On the site, it states: “This costume includes a long sleeved red tailcoat style jacket with a single black button at the front. Fantastic for World Book Day, school shows or just dressing up fun. Please note White T-shirt, Trousers & Shoes not included.”Hunt saboteur groups also attacked the supermarket for selling the “disgusting” costume and branded it “poor judgement”. Hunts are allowed to go ahead in some circumstances, for example if hunters follow a scent instead of a live fox. Huntsmen are also allowed to shoot a fox instead of letting a dog kill it. The red hunting jacket is traditionally worn by hunt staff or longstanding hunters who have been awarded a “hunt button” in recognition of their experience, skill and helpfulness in the field. It is normally only worn by men, with women continuing to wear a dark coloured coat once awarded their button. Tesco quickly pulled the costume following the outrage and said it had been placed on the site by a third party vendor.Responding to outrage online the company said the costume was “from one of our partners that use our website to sell their products, but I can advise the costume has now been removed”.A spokesman for Tesco added: “We’ve listened to customers and have immediately removed this product from sale.”last_img read more

Pensioner supplements pension by selling crack cocaine and heroin from retirement home

A pensioner has been accused of selling crack cocaine and heroin from his retirement complex to “supplement his pension”, police have said.Elderly residents living at John Gwynn House, in Worcester, have complained people have injected themselves with Class A drugs after visiting the man’s room.The alleged dealer is said to be a retired man who started selling crack and cocaine to “supplement his pension”, according to residents.An 80-year-old female resident, who did not want to be named, claimed drug activity had been taking place “for years”.She said: “There’s a constant flow of people coming and going, buying drugs. I can tell 90 per cent are drug users from the state of them. “The users sleep in corridors here if they can – with their sleeping bags.”One lady took photographs of them injecting with spoons and flames. It makes people feel frightened.”Another man added: “He’s been doing it for a while, starting off selling cannabis to friends in order to make a few bob on the side to supplement his pension.”West Mercia Police confirmed they are investigating the claims.Sanctuary Housing, which runs John Gwynn House, has urged residents to collect evidence of drug dealing to help the police investigation. He’s been doing it for a while, starting off selling cannabis to friends in order to make a few bob on the side to supplement his pension The retirement complex comprises of 43 one and two-bedroom flats for people aged 60 and over. 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

Humble potato goes out of fashion as it struggles to shake off

Potato aficionados, however, maintain the vegetable has not suffered a dip in popularity and disputed the figures. Christine Watts, marketing officer of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), said statistics by consumer data company Kantar WorldPanel showed potato sales had increased by 2.6 per cent since 2015, with sales of fresh potatoes alone showing a rise of 2.1 per cent.The AHDB even launched a “Love Potatoes” campaign designed to highlight the vegetable’s nutritional value to younger consumers through Instagram as well as other forms of social media.Ms Watts said: “Our hugely successful Potatoes: More than a Bit on the Side campaign was launched in July 2015, with the aim of re-engaging younger consumers with the potato, demonstrating its health and nutritional virtues, as well as showing modern and contemporary ways in which they can be used to fit in with today’s busy lifestyles.”According to The Grocer, microwaveable rice, which it said was only introduced into the market around 15 years ago, is now worth £250 million a year. 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. Potatoes are falling out of fashion with millennials who are opting for microwaveable options instead, new figures suggest.Although “spuds” are part of some of Britain’s most cherished dishes – such as fish and chips and Sunday roasts – experts claim younger people are increasingly finding the vegetable unhealthy and inconvenient to cook.Instead they eat more rice and noodles, which have seen a significant sales boost due to their “healthy and exotic” image, it is claimed.According to The Grocer magazine, industry figures last year show potato sales were down 5.4 per cent while sales of rice have risen by 30 per cent in the last four years. Plain and flavoured noodles also performed better.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The magazine said: “Shoppers have a new squeeze when it comes to carbohydrates. Rice and noodles are viewed as everything many say the spud is not – healthy, convenient and exotic. Many, particularly millennial and Generation Z consumers, see spuds as stodge that will make them fat. To boot, they’re often a faff to prepare.” read more

Chaos and missed flights at Gatwick as IT error forces staff to

“Utter chaos. This is a signature flourish at the end of a short trip that’s been full of reminders of how badly the UK’s infrastructure is crumbling.”  Airport staff write on a whiteboard at Gatwick Serious whiteboard based business continuity going on in Gatwick. All flight information screens down. Poor chap with a 2-way radio trying to keep it up to date with hundreds looking on. #gatwick #airport #businesscontinuity #crisis #london #outage— Robin Blandford (@robinb) August 20, 2018 Some customers, like Robin Blandford, were sympathetic towards the airport staff’s plight. He said a “poor chap” with a two-way radio was trying to keep hundreds of people up to date. But Elizabeth Humphries, who describes herself as a Canadian mezzo-soprano, described Gatwick as “appalling”, insisting the situation was “typical Britain”.Rob Fahey, from Tokyo, said it was “utter chaos” at south terminal, claiming it was evidence of Britain’s “crumbling infrastructure”.In a tweet showing people crowding around a whiteboard, he said: “This tiny whiteboard is the only departures information in Gatwick Airport right now; every screen is offline.  “Gatwick would like to apologise to any passengers who were inconvenienced by this issue.”Earlier in the day, he said a “handful of people have missed their flights” as a result of the problem, which is understood to have started at around 8.20am on Monday.  Airport staff write on a whiteboard at GatwickCredit:Howard Goller/Reuters Gatwick staff resort to writing flight information on whiteboards as IT error cause tourists to miss flightsCredit:Nigel Lee/Edmund von der Burg Those waiting to depart scrambled to get close enough to read the temporary boards in the departure lounge, before the airport’s technicians managed to project a computer document onto some of the screens around lunchtime. Not everyone caught up in the furore criticised the airport. Actress Kirsty Malpass, who appeared in Jerry Springer: The Opera, tweeted her love for Gatwick’s “old school” and “analogue” approach. She said: “All the information screens down. Could be chaos. But thanks to an old school white board and a lot of people scurrying around with markers and erasers it is surprisingly calm and ordered.”Vodafone’s engineers fixed the cable at around 4pm, but there were further delay as technicians had to reboot the airport’s systems.  Normal service was eventually resumed just after 5pm, and a spokesman told The Telegraph: “The airport’s manual contingency plan – which included displaying information manually in the terminals and having extra staff on hand to help direct passengers – worked well and tens of thousands of passengers departed on time and no flights were cancelled.  Appalling @Gatwick_Airport with broken monitors and a tiny white-board for announcing gates. Thank goodness I have eagle-vision and can read messy writing from a distance. Why not pre-assign gates like Canadian airports? #laughable #typicalbritain #frustratedpassengers— Elizabeth Humphries (@lizmezzo) August 20, 2018 Gatwick staff resort to writing flight information on whiteboards as IT error cause tourists to miss flights This tiny whiteboard is the only departures information in Gatwick Airport right now; every screen is offline. Utter chaos. This is a signature flourish at the end of a short trip that’s been full of reminders of how badly the UK’s infrastructure is crumbling.— Rob Fahey (@robfahey) August 20, 2018 It resulted in some passengers heading to one gate, only to be told there had been a change of location. With minimal whiteboards available, tourists were not able to rely on the plethora of digital displays usually dotted around the terminal. August is one of the busiest periods of the year for the West Sussex airport as many families embark on summer holidays. Britain’s second busiest airport descended into chaos on Monday as staff were forced to write flight times and gate numbers on whiteboards with marker pens after an IT failure. Passengers at Gatwick had to rely on handwritten information for each departure as a damaged Vodafone fibre cable caused every digital departure board in the south and north terminal to black out.Some tourists missed their flights due to the issue, which saw several airport workers gathered around a number of makeshift display boards trying to update the details. Taking instructions through handheld radios, Gatwick announcers had to to use loud hailers to alert passengers of any changes. The airport’s website was also affected by the outage, which lasted almost eight hours.  A Vodafone spokeswoman told The Telegraph Monday morning: “We have identified a damaged fibre cable which is used by Gatwick airport to display flight information.”Our engineers are working hard to fix the cable as quickly as possible. This is a top priority for us and we are very sorry for any problems caused by this issue. We are keeping Gatwick airport constantly informed of progress.”It is understood the cable was underground.  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

Universities call for essay mills that do students work for them to

More than 40 university chiefs are reported to have written to the Education Secretary calling for a ban on so-called “essay mills”.The vice-chancellors have called for companies who offer essay-writing services to be made illegal amid fears they are undermining the integrity of degree courses.As many as one in seven recent graduates may have cheated by using “essay mills” during the last four years, according to a recent study.Students who get caught face punishment by their university, including possible disqualification, although it is not illegal for a company to offer the service.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The BBC reports that the vice-chancellors are calling for those who provide the services, rather than students who use them, to be targeted by new laws.  Sam Gyimah “I have been working with organisations across the higher education sector to bear down on this problem and this has already resulted in the likes of YouTube removing adverts for these essay mills, but legislative options are not off the table.””Essay mills” are illegal in some countries and a parliamentary petition is already under way calling for them to be banned. The work can be difficult to identify as the essays are tailored for individual subjects and appear original.How many students use ‘essay mills’?A study by Swansea University published in August reviewed questionnaires dating back to 1978 where students were asked if they had ever paid for someone else to complete their work.The findings – covering 54,514 participants – showed a 15.7 per cent rise in the number of students who admitted cheating between 2014 and 2018.In March, the Advertising Standards Agency banned adverts for an essay writing company by failing to make it clear that the papers were not meant to be submitted by students as their own work. 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. Sam Gyimah, the universities minister, said that outlawing ‘essay mills’ is an optionCredit:Tom Nicholson/LNP/REX/Shutterstock  Universities Minister Sam Gyimah has said outlawing the services completely remains an option, although work is ongoing to tackle the problem by other means.He said: “I expect universities to be educating students about these services and highlight the stiff, and possibly life changing, penalties they face.”I also want the sector to do more to grip the problem, for example by tackling advertising of these services in their institutions and finally blocking these services from sending an alarming number of emails to the inboxes of university students and staff. read more

Patient shot GP with a crossbow after accusing him of killing his

Dr Griffith said Waterfall looked down at the floor “dejected” upon knowing he had failed to kill him, and said: “I can’t even get that right,” before leaving the consultation room. Waterfall is standing trial after denying a charge of attempted murderCredit:John O’Reilly Waterfall is standing trial after denying a charge of attempted murder The case continues. It is alleged that five days before the crossbow incident, Dr Griffith had seen Waterfall’s father Terrence at the Suthergrey House Medical Centre, who had complained of “breathlessness”.The GP arranged for the 73-year-old to attend Watford General Hospital, where he died the following day.Jurors heard Dr Griffith was saved from serious injury  because it had been very hot and he had loosened his shirt by pulling it up from under the waistband of his trousers so that it was gathered in folds around his midriff area.As a result, the crossbow arrow had to pass through four layers of the check cotton shirt before entering his body and didn’t go deep enough to cause serious injury.After removing the bolt, Dr Griffith followed Waterfall outside the surgery to the car park and tried to stop him from getting into his car by talking to him, the court heard.”I tried to persuade him to go to the police station round the corner. I said I will come with you. I wasn’t sure if he had anything else on him,” he said.In the car park he said the defendant had told him he had “murdered” his father.Waterfall had earlier admitted a charge of wounding Dr Griffith with intent, jurors were told. A patient shot a GP with a crossbow after telling him “you killed my father”, a court heard on Friday.Dr Gary Griffith was writing up notes in his consultation room at his surgery in Watford when Mark Waterfall came in armed with a metal-tipped arrow.Waterfall, 46, is on trial at St Albans Crown Court charged with attempted murder, which he denies, following the attack on July 10 last year.Dr Griffith said Waterfall told him “you killed my father and I am going to kill you,” moments before firing the crossbow, which struck him in his abdomen, the court heard.The GP told jurors: “Although the wound was gaping it hadn’t gone into the colon,” as he told how he was able to pull the bolt from his stomach wall.He continued: “I had to pull the wound apart to check if it had gone into the bowel. I was still sitting down and I removed the bolt and put it on my desk. I pulled the wound apart to see how far it had gone in.” 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

Duke of Edinburgh to face no further action over Sandringham crash after

The Duke is understood to have given a written statement to police investigating the January 17 incident and officers are considering whether there is enough evidence to charge him with careless driving. The letter sent to Emma Fairweather from the DUke of Edinburgh The Duke’s personal apology to women in crashThe Duke of Edinburgh personally wrote to the two women injured in the car crash he was involved in on the Sandringham estate to say he was “deeply sorry,” reports Victoria Ward.The 97-year-old wrote to Ellie Townsend, the driver of the Kia Carens that collided with his Land Rover as he pulled out of a sideroad, and her passenger, Emma Fairweather.It followed mounting criticism of the way both Buckingham Palace and the police handled the fallout from the crash. The Duke was pictured back at the wheel without a seatbelt just two days later, which was deemed “insensitive and inconsiderate” to the victims.In his letter , dated January 21, to Ms Fairweather, the Duke admitted he had “failed to see the car coming” and blamed the bright winter sun that was low in the sky.He wished her a “speedy recovery from a very distressing experience” and said he felt “very contrite about the consequences.”He admitted he was left “somewhat shaken” after the accident, which resulted in him having to be pulled through the sunroof of his vehicle after it flipped onto its side, and explained that he had been advised to return to Sandringham House by a police officer shortly after the collision. Ms Townsend. the 28-year-old driver of the car, is understood to have been left shaken by the experience after fearing for her nine-month-old baby son who was in the back seat. The letter sent to Emma Fairweather from the DUke of EdinburghCredit:Steve Bainbridge Buckingham Palace announced that the 97-year-old duke voluntarily surrendered his driving licence after “careful consideration”.It came almost a month after he was involved in a crash on a crossroads near the Queen’s Norfolk estate in which his Land Rover was overturned.The collision left the female passenger of a Kia Carens with a broken wrist, while a female driver and nine-month-old baby boy escaped unharmed from their smoke-filled car.Norfolk Police had been investigating the crash for three weeks, interviewing witnesses to decide whether it was in the public interest to bring about a prosecution. On Saturday the force said it had sent the file onto the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).At the time of the crash, legal experts said that if he surrendered his licence, the Duke would not be required to appear in court. It is a marked change of heart from the Duke’s original reaction to the crash, which saw him take delivery of a replacement Land Rover the day after the crash and drive it out on the roads around Sandringham without a seatbelt.The accident, on January 17, saw the Duke pulled out of his car through the sunroof after it “tumbled” across the A149 and ended on its side. The Duke of Edinburgh will face no further action over the car crash near the Sandringham Estate that resulted in a woman breaking her wrist.Prince Philip surrendered his licence voluntarily on Saturday, which helped inform prosecutors’ decision on whether or not to pursue the incident through the courts. The Crown Prosecution Service took into account the Duke’s age as well as the fact he surrendered his driving licence before concluding that it was “not in the public interest to prosecute”.  Talking of the collision on the A149 at Sandringham, Chris Long, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East of England, said: “The CPS has carefully reviewed material submitted by the police in relation to a traffic collision on the A149 on 17 January this year.”We took into account all of the circumstances in this case, including the level of culpability, the age of the driver and the surrender of the driving licence.”We have decided that it would not be in the public interest to prosecute.”All those involved in the collision have been informed and provided with a full explanation in writing.”A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “The Duke of Edinburgh respects the  decision taken by the Crown Prosecution Service.” Prince Philip surrenders his licenceThe Duke of Edinburgh gave up driving as police passed their file on his crash near the Sandringham estate to prosecutors, reports Royal Correspondent Hannah Furness. Emma Fairweather, who was injured in a car crash involving the Duke of Edinburgh In his letter he wrote: “I would like you to know how very sorry I am for my part in the accident at the Babingley cross-roads.”I have been across that crossing any number of times and I know very well the amount of traffic that uses that main road.”It was a bright sunny day and at about three in the afternoon, the sun was low over the Wash.”In other words, the sun was shining low over the main road. In normal conditions I would have no difficulty in seeing traffic coming from the Dersingham direction, but I can only imagine that I failed to see the car coming.”The note, thought to have been hand delivered and seen by the Sunday Mirror, was signed “Yours sincerely, Philip.”He also sent similarly “personal letters” to the passersby who helped pull him to safety from the wreckage. Ms Fairweather, 46, who broke her wrist in the January 17 accident, had previously criticised the Duke for driving his replacement Land Rover on public roads so soon after the accident and complained that she had received no personal communication from him.But she said she was “chuffed” with the letter and described it as the act of “human kindness” that she had wanted. Emma Fairweather, who was injured in a car crash involving the Duke of EdinburghCredit:PA 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