Month: September 2019

Donovan McNabb Denies Bullying Former Teammate

Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, Donovan McNabb has responded to claims from his ex-teammate, Shawn Andrews,  that he was a locker room bully. McNabb denied ever bullying Andrews.McNabb spoke to the Philadelphia Inquirer about the former offensive lineman’s allegations.“That is ridiculous. I don’t know what comments you expect to get from me, but that is news to me and completely false. For me to bully anybody, that sounds unbelievable,” he said.Earlier in the month, Andrews told an Arkansas magazine that his life was “a living hell” while playing with the Eagles because of McNabb.“He was a big part of it — he was a big part of my issues there,”  Andrews said. “Bully is a strong word, but he was degrading to me and spread rumors. It’s bothered me that I haven’t really spoken about it.”Andrews played six seasons with Philadelphia and seven in the NFL. He retired at age 28 after battling injuries and depression. He also made the Pro-Bowl three-times. read more

Womens swimming Buckeyes cruise to victory over Wright State look forward to

Ohio State women’s swim team competes against Wright State during a meet at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on Feb. 3. Credit: Fallon Perl | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State women’s swimming team dominated in their final dual meet of the season with a score of 153-88, claiming first place in all but two events.Working to bounce back from a loss to Michigan last weekend, this victory over Wright State was a step in the right direction with just 12 days until the Big Ten Championships.“We’re kind of swimming off-events tonight, so it’s fun to just get up and race something different,” senior Kaitlyn Ferrara said. “Last week was a tough loss, but we all raced well … so we’re all looking forward to bringing it back for Big Tens.”Though the athletes may have been competing in races that they aren’t typically used to swimming, it served as a nice change of pace for the Buckeyes, Ferrara added.“It’s kind of good for Big Tens. The energy is not quite as hype, so it kind of gets you ready to race no matter what the situation is,” she said. “Every time you get up on the blocks is good practice for the end-of-the-season meet.”Senior Lindsey Clary said that the Big Tens will be an intense four days of swimming for the Buckeyes, and the last two dual meets have helped the team prepare for the challenges that lie ahead.“For conference, you kind of want to hit it at that peak physically, but that isn’t where we’re at right now and that’s okay,” Clary said. “Mentally, everyone is getting super excited. I think we’re all in a good spot and ready to be racing fast and racing for each other, and I think this meet is helping us with that.”The seniors concluded their final dual meet of their career at OSU. Clary, Ferrera, Taylor Vargo, Chantel Wynn, and Zulal Zeren were recognized for the past four years they dedicated to the program.Vargo and Clary finished their final dual meet with a couple of victories. Vargo recorded the fastest time for the Buckeyes in the 200-yard individual medley, finishing with a time of 2:06.78, while Clary finished with a winning time of 2:17.71 in the 200-yard breaststroke.The freshmen dazzled in a couple of races, showing promise for the future of the program. Kathrin Demler won both the 100- yard backstroke with a time of 56.44 seconds, as well as the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:01.08. Freshmen Devin Landstra also picked up a victory, touching the wall at 53.51 to win the 100-yard freestyle.Clary was overwhelmed with emotions as the team concluded the meet, but her focus remained on the conference championships.“Everyone was making bets that I was going to cry, but I’m excited. I’m happy to have my last meet with this group of girls,” Clary said. “It’s a really great group, and I’m excited to see what we can do in the next couple of weeks.”The Ohio State Winter Invitational will be held on Feb. 11-12 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, just before the team travels to West Lafayette, Indiana, for the Big Ten Championships, taking place from Feb. 15 to Feb. 18. read more

Buckeyes add pair of walkons to basketball squad

The Ohio State basketball team didn’t sign any new recruits for this season, but they did add two new players. In mid-October, the OSU basketball team held tryouts for new walk-ons to make the team. After all was said and done, two new walk-ons had impressed the coaching staff enough to earn a spot on the roster.Eddie Days, a 6-foot guard, and Dustin Reynolds, a 6-foot-6-inch forward, were the two players that made the team.“It was amazing. I‘ve always dreamed of playing here, playing at a big school like this and just being part of a great program,” Reynolds said. “I am living a dream every day, working hard and just trying to make the guys better.”Days also shared his excitement about making the team, the second time he has made the OSU roster.“I was real excited,” he said. “It’s something I’ve been working on since the beginning of the summertime.”   Days made the team two seasons ago, but could not stay on the team due to injuries. He is now healthy and ready to contribute. “I just want to fit in and become part of the team,” Days said. “I know my job; my job is to help out in practice and get those guys ready for the games.” The Cleveland native was a three-time letterwinner in basketball during high school at Richmond Heights. At OSU he will be a senior academically, but he will have two years left of eligibility to play basketball for the Buckeyes.  It was the first time going through the process for Reynolds. He played one season at Hillsdale College, but sat out last season with an injured back. Now injury-free, Reynolds will return to the basketball court wearing a Buckeye uniform. Reynolds led his high school team in scoring and rebounding. It was always his dream to play basketball for the Buckeyes, he said.In this first season with OSU, Reynolds will be red-shirted, since he transferred in to OSU from a different school. Under NCAA rules, a player who transfers between Division I schools must sit out a year. When he sees actual game action next season, he will have two years of eligibility remaining. This season, he will be a big part of helping the players get better at practice and preparing them for games. This same group of Buckeyes has been playing together for a year, so the players understand what it takes to win. Both walk-ons want to come in and fit into the system. They know their roles on this team and they just want to contribute to this already good basketball team. “I expect great things,” Reynolds said. “We’re having great practices and who knows, we’re just going to ride things out and see where it takes us.” read more

Commentary Big beards lead to playoff success

For sports fanatics all throughout the country, the months of April and May can deliver some of the most suspenseful and extraordinary performances of the year, with both the NBA and NHL playoffs under way. Over the past few years, a link between both sports is growing: the sudden appearance of facial hair during the playoffs. For even the most casual of hockey fans, this comes as no news. Growing a beard for the length of the playoffs has become more than a tradition for the athletes who play on ice. It is an unquestioned habit. According to John McGourty of the NHL’s official website, the 1980 New York Islanders were the original bearers of the playoff beard. Dave Lewis, a defenseman who was part of that team was quoted as saying, “It was part of the unity of our team, and I think we thought we probably looked a little more rugged with beards.” Whatever the reason, it sure worked. The Islanders won four consecutive Stanley Cups between 1980 and 1983. Then the tradition suddenly died. Eleven years later, the New Jersey Devils resurrected this tradition by dropping their razors, and, surely not by coincidence, they hoisted the Stanley Cup that year. Ever since, it has been practically an unspoken commandment for each player on a playoff-bound team to let the facial follicles run wild until they either win or are eliminated. Of course, this often can result in some of the most hilarious excuses for beards (refer to Jonathan Toews circa 2010, Sidney Crosby circa whenever). In 2006, the trend seemed to have reached the hardwood, as then-Cleveland Cavalier Zydrunas Ilgauskas and another player, who shall remain unnamed, decided to give the tradition a shot. However, the following year Ilgauskas decided not to bring back the beard, alluding to itchiness and spousal criticism as his main reasons. (On a side note, it should be known that Cleveland did not win a championship in 2006, likely because of the fact that only a small handful of the players on the team were sporting face carpets, violating a critical rule in the code of playoff beard-ism.) In March, the Memphis Grizzlies organization decided they would adopt this tradition and, according to their team website, plan on giving out prizes to fans who join the players in foregoing shaving. The potential strength of playoff beard unity was on full display this past week as the eighth-seeded Grizzlies upset the heavily favored San Antonio Spurs, who were not sporting any more facial hair than usual. An integral part of the bearded bunch in Memphis, Tenn., is former Ohio State basketball star Mike Conley Jr., who played on the 2007 Buckeyes team that went to the National Championship. This superstition is not limited to the ice and hardwood. Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger both lead their teams to the Super Bowl with strong arms and even stronger sets of facial hair. Those who have undergone this tradition, whether for unity, superstition or some other unknown reason, are not truly given enough credit. For the victors of the NHL playoffs, the razor is ignored for upward of three months. Three months without a shave. In just a few weeks, the beard becomes not only a burden for the bearers, but for their wives and children as well. Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner recently told the National Post that his “lady almost shaved (his) beard off, because she didn’t really like it too much.” Luckily for Alzner and the rest of the Capitals, he quickly stopped her from doing so. Naturally, his team remains in the playoffs. The commitment these fierce and fuzzy athletes undergo each spring simply for a bit of good karma has certainly become the most underappreciated tradition in all of sports. The playoff beard tradition transcends race. It has made an appearance in nearly every major sport in not only our country, but numerous countries across the world. Playoff beards are apparently no longer even exclusive to the athletically gifted, as thousands of fans ditch their razors to display support. This hairy phenomenon has transcended virtually every barrier, aside from gender. Nevertheless, I find myself quite content with that. read more

Commentary Academics help Ohio State football programs image

Amid the biggest scandal in the football program’s history, there is a silver lining for the Ohio State athletic department. A record 523 scholar-athletes were honored Monday night for academic achievements, including 40 from the “corrupt” football program. Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa, who was drafted by the Oakland Raiders on April 30, was one of five male finalists for the Big Ten Medal of Honor for his success as an honors student in accounting and his on-field play. OSU football also was honored by the NCAA on May 17, receiving public-recognition awards for the team’s academic progress rate from 2006–10. These awards are given to teams in the top 10 percent in each sport. OSU football was one of 14 BCS schools that received this award. Northwestern was the only other Big Ten school to earn it. Four other sports at OSU — baseball, men’s gymnastics and men’s and women’s tennis also were awarded for their academic progress rates. For all the trouble the athletic department and football program are in, the coaches of each team have obviously set high academic standards for their players. Absent from the list of BCS schools honored are football powerhouse schools from the SEC. The only SEC school honored was Vanderbilt, far from a contender in the conference. OSU’s multiyear APR is 985, 15 points short of a perfect 1,000 and 36 points higher than the average of all Football Bowl Subdivision schools. That the football team has attended a BCS bowl each of the past five seasons and that its players have exceeded 90 percent of FBS schools in the classroom, is unbelievable — despite the controversy surrounding the program. Since 2006, the lowest score coach Jim Tressel and his football team received in the single-year APR is 984, which is still in the top 10 percent of all FBS schools. In the same amount of time, Alabama coach Nick Saban has achieved a single-year APR of more than 980 just once. In 2007-08 he recorded a score of 936. Tressel has been both a winner at OSU and a mentor beyond football. When evaluating The Vest’s job status and his body of work, it is important to remember he has made sure his players lived up to their title of student-athlete. read more

Nurse spared jail over fatal blood transfusion blunder

first_imgMr Huseyin was a much-loved husband, father and grandfather – a kind, considerate family man whose death has devastated his family, particularly his wife, who feels so alone without him after all these yearsJudge Nicholas Loraine-Smith The court was packed with the nurse's friends and family Ledesma initially tried to pass off the error as being a colleague’s mistake and only when questioned further did she admit to being distracted and flustered when checking the patient’s details.Anthony Metzer, defending, described the case as a “double tragedy” and said she is “anxious to accept full blame” and had shown extreme remorse.”Even to this day I don’t think there’s anything I can point to as to how it was that this tragic and serious error came about,” he added.”This will live with her until her own dying day,” Mr Metzer said.Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith said: “Mr Huseyin was a much-loved husband, father and grandfather – a kind, considerate family man whose death has devastated his family, particularly his wife, who feels so alone without him after all these years.”It’s still a mystery to me as to how and why you came to behave in the way that you did, and you remain certain that the details of the other Mr Hussain were shown on the deceased’s monitor and I cannot exclude that as a contributory factor.”The judge said he had “rarely, if ever” seen so many character references and letters of support for a defendant and continued: “You were committed to that unit, everybody talks about how reliable you were, how committed.”You were described as the mother of the unit and always prepared to go the extra mile for your patients.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The court was packed with the nurse’s friends and familyCredit: PA Archive/PA Images Ledesma, of Stevenage in Hertfordshire, wept and hugged her family after the sentence was passed on Thursday.The public gallery was packed with dozens of her family, friends and former hospital colleagues, many of whom wrote letters of support to the court.They formed a circle in court and prayed after the judge announced she would not be going to prison.Mr Huseyin had been in the care of Ledesma after a successful heart bypass operation in May 2014.He was given the wrong blood type in a transfusion on May 7 2014 and died later the same day.A number of errors on Ledesma’s part saw her choose the wrong blood from a vending style machine, before checking it against the wrong computer records. A blundering nurse whose patient died after she gave him the wrong type of blood has been spared jail.Lea Ledesma made a series of mistakes which led to Ali Huseyin, 76, being given type AB blood during a transfusion even though he was blood group O.The 49-year-old nurse, who was described as the “mother” of the intensive care unit at London Heart Hospital where she had worked since 2001, then tried to blame a colleague for the mistake.She was given an 18-month suspended sentence at Southwark Crown Court after previously being convicted of unlawful manslaughter by gross negligence.last_img read more

Heartbreaking photo of father dying of cancer cradling his young son

first_img Show more Group shows Jon Strawson with children Freya, seven, George, six, and Henry, four He said; “If you relapse from a stem cell transplant in the first six months your chances of survival are pretty poor. Doctors have never known anyone to be cured from the relapse I have.”I was told I could either go home and receive palliative care and I could be dead within weeks, or try the option of intensive chemotherapy to give me a second chance of remission.”However, there’s a 10 per risk of dying because the chemotherapy is so intense and there’s a 10 per cent risk that my bone marrow will never recover. Group shows Jon Strawson with children Freya, seven, George, six, and Henry, fourCredit:SWNS But speaking from his hospital bed, Mr Strawson, who received his first chemotherapy dose earlier this month, said he had to try everything. Jon Strawson with his son George “But being given weeks to live is not long enough. I owe it to my three children to prolong things for longer if nothing else. Hopefully I will go back into remission again.”Being told what I have is not the easiest thing to take in and I’ve had to have some horrible conversations.”My children know I’m ill again and I’m back in hospital but that’s the extent they have been told.”Mr Strawson has been told if his current treatment doesn’t work he may only have a few weeks left to live.He added: “The chance of it working for my blood cancer AML, especially after relapse, are next to nothing.”No further treatment will be recommended because of the short amount of time from transplant to the relapse.”I have three young children so this prognosis is unacceptable. I am not ready to just roll over and die. I owe it to my children and my family to exhaust every avenue.”center_img And he has released this moving image of him embracing his son George who cuddles up with him after his latest round of chemotherapy at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.Mr Strawson, who lives near Crediton, Devon, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) on his 33rd birthday last year on July 21.Following months of unsuccessful treatments, including a stem cell transplant at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, his last option is a course of intensive chemotherapy at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital.Recovery at his stage of the disease is so low that he has not been given odds to indicate what chance there is of it working.And even if he does show signs of improvement, he has been warned he could remain in hospital for the next six months while his body recovers. Mr Strawson is appealing for people to come forward with suggestions of physical, mental, medical or holistic care, as well as information about any new drug treatments, especially those aimed at relapsed AML patients.He has asked anyone who can help to contact him on email at This heartbreaking photo shows a cancer-stricken young father with just weeks left to live cradling his son on his hospital bed.Brave dad-of-three Jon Strawson, 33, has advanced blood cancer and has been told by doctors there is nothing left they can do for him.But he is refusing to “roll over and die” and has issued a last ditch plea for anyone to get in touch to offer him help or advice.Mr Strawson said he won’t give up for the sake of his family – Freya, seven, George, six, and Henry, four, and wife Rachel, 30. Jon Strawson with his son GeorgeCredit:SWNS 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

Charles I art collection reunited for first time in 350 years as

first_imgHe said: “I’m very gamekeeper, because the Royal Collection generally doesn’t borrow, we lend, whereas the Royal Academy is almost entirely poacher, so we sort of understand it from both points of view.”My presence there reminds colleagues in other institutions that the Royal Collection has in the past been a generous lender. “No institution would do a reciprocal arrangement, but we have in the past been very generous, for which these institutions are very grateful.” Queen Henrietta Maria with Sir Jeffrey Hudson, 1633, by Sir Anthony van Dyck, which is in the new exhibition Charles I: King and Collector 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. Many of the pieces were regained by Charles II following the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, but some of them have never come back to England. Some of the most celebrated pieces include four Mortlake tapestries of Raphael’s Acts of the Apostles which have been kept in the Mobilier National in Paris.Two Titian pieces have also been retrieved, the Supper at Emmaus, from the Louvre in Paris, and Charles V with a Dog, from the Museo del Prado in Madrid. Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor Of The Queen’s Pictures, said he and Per Rumberg, curator of the RAA, had not had any trouble persuading the foreign curators to give up the paintings.He said: “The key thing in any negotiation is really to remember that the person making the decision is also a curator, and is therefore as enthusiastic about curatorial projects as the person asking for the loan.”All the curators that we spoke to were fascinated by the subject and therefore found themselves personally as scholars inclining toward the loan.”He added that the Royal Collection’s previous generosity had persuaded some museums to relent. Queen Henrietta Maria with Sir Jeffrey Hudson, 1633, by Sir Anthony van Dyck, which is in the new exhibition Charles I: King and CollectorCredit:Anthony van Dyck/Royal Academy of Arts/PA Wirecenter_img He had been a prolific collector of art, amassing 2,000 pieces including 1,500 paintings and 500 sculptures, dating from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century. But just months after his execution, the King’s collection had been scattered across Europe by his successor Cromwell, offered for sale and as diplomatic gifts to foreign states.  The exhibition will run in tandem with a display of the arts bought and commissioned by Charles II, at the Queen’s Gallery, in Buckingham Palace, which will run from December to May. The BBC is also planning a four-part TV series to be broadcast on BBC Four and presented by Andrew Graham-Dixon, examining the Royal Collection. Among the pieces examined by the art historian will be 4,000 prints and photographs of Raphael frescoes commissioned by Prince Albert in the 19th century.  They were confiscated by Oliver Cromwell and scattered all over the world. But some of the most famous pieces in King Charles I’s art collection are set to be reunited for the first time since the 17th century in an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. Curators from the Queen’s Gallery, based at Buckingham Palace, and the Royal Academy, have spent two years travelling Europe to persuade some of its most distinguished galleries to let their art travel back to England. The pieces which are set to return for the exhibition from January until April next year include an image of the King with his horse, which will be shown alongside two other equestrian portraits of Charles I. Van Dyck’s Charles I (Le Roi a la Chasse) which came from the Louvre and will be in England for the first time since the 17th century, is the Dutch artist’s most celebrated portait of the King. Around 20 of the 150 works in the Charles I exhibition are from foreign museums and haven’t been back to the UK since the 17th century when they were sold or sent abroad by Oliver Cromwell. Following defeat in the English Civil War, Charles I was deposed in 1649 and sentenced to death by Parliament on 27 January. last_img read more

Fitbits are way off the mark when calculating weight loss study finds

first_imgThe volunteers wore the seven devices while walking or running on treadmills or using exercise bikes. Each volunteer’s heart was measured with a medical-grade electrocardiograph (ECG).Metabolic rate was estimated with an instrument for measuring the oxygen and carbon dioxide in breath. Results from the wearable devices were then compared to the measurements from the two “gold standard” instruments.Prof Ashley said: “The heart rate measurements performed far better than we expected, but the energy expenditure measures were way off the mark.”The magnitude of just how bad they were surprised me.”He said the message from the findings is that a user can “pretty much rely on” a fitness tracker’s heart rate measurements.But he said basing the number of doughnuts you eat on how many calories your device says you burned is a “really bad idea.”The researchers couldn’t be sure why energy-expenditure measures were so far off. They said each device uses its own proprietary algorithm for calculating energy expenditure.Ms Shcherbina said it’s likely the algorithms are making assumptions that don’t fit individuals very well, adding: “All we can do is see how the devices perform against the gold-standard clinical measures.”My take on this is that it’s very hard to train an algorithm that would be accurate across a wide variety of people because energy expenditure is variable based on someone’s fitness level, height and weight, et cetera.”She said heart rate is measured directly, whereas energy expenditure must be measured indirectly through proxy calculations. Trendy fitness trackers like Fitbits do not work on overweight people and are “way off the mark” when calculating weight loss, according to new research.Scientists set out to measure the accuracy of wristband activity trackers – including Fitbit and Apple Watch – worn by millions of people to monitor their own exercise and health.They found that if the device measures heart rate, it is probably doing a good job. The Google nexus phone with the FitBit app The Google nexus phone with the FitBit appCredit: Heathcliff O’Malley Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Fitbit BlazeCredit: But if it measures energy expenditure, it’s probably out by a “significant” amount, according to the study by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine in the US. An evaluation of seven devices in a group of 60 volunteers showed that six of the devices measured heart rate with an error rate of less than five per cent.The team evaluated the Apple Watch, Basis Peak, Fitbit Surge, Microsoft Band, Mio Alpha 2, PulseOn and the Samsung Gear S2.Some devices were more accurate than others, and factors such as skin colour and body mass index affected the measurements, according to the researchers.But the study found that none of the seven devices measured energy expenditure accurately. The Fitbit Blaze Even the most accurate device was out by an average of 27 per cent while the least accurate was off by 93 per cent, according to the findings published by the Journal of Personalised Medicine.The study’s senior author Professor Euan Ashley said: “People are basing life decisions on the data provided by these devices.”But he said consumer devices aren’t held to the same standards as medical-grade devices, and it’s hard for doctors to know what to make of heart-rate data and other figures from a patient’s wearable device.Prof Ashley said: “Manufacturers may test the accuracy of activity devices extensively, but it’s difficult for consumers to know how accurate such information is or the process that the manufacturers used in testing the devices.”He and his colleagues set out to independently evaluate activity trackers that met criteria such as measuring both heart rate and energy expenditure and being commercially available.Co lead author graduate student Anna Shcherbina said: “For a lay user, in a non-medical setting, we want to keep that error under 10 per cent.”last_img read more

Christmas turkeys make a break for it after trailer overturns and one

first_imgA vegan campaigner who calls himself ‘Earthling Ed’ wrote on Facebook: “Activist refused to move away from this turkey.”Police and workers have given up and released him to us. We are now on our way to a sanctuary with him.”Many of the animals were injured or killed in the crash, and police tried to get protesters to stay away while the surviving turkeys were collected. Campaigners said this bird has now been named Asha Scores of turkeys made a break for it after a trailer transporting them on the M5 turned over.The load overturned on the A38 in Wychbold, Worcester, on Thursday at around 10am.Vegan activities on the scene attempted to prevent the farmer from retrieving the birds, who were fated to be killed for Christmas meals across the country.Despite their efforts, most of the turkeys were loaded back onto trailers and sent off to be slaughtered.One turkey, however, was saved after a woman refused to move away from it.The farmer gave up in the end and let the activists keep the bird. A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said in a statement: “At approximately 10am this morning, West Mercia Police were called to reports of an overturned trailer containing turkeys on J5 of the M5/A38.”Highways England, the fire and rescue service and the ambulance service were also in attendance. There were no reported injuries. The rest of the turkeys were loaded back onto the trailer The rest of the turkeys were loaded back onto the trailerCredit:Facebook/Earthling Ed Campaigners said this bird has now been named AshaCredit:Facebook/Yvonne Szachulska Turkeys on the looseCredit:Earthling Ed/Facebook “RSPCA were also called to the scene, a number of turkeys died as a result of the incident. The road has now reopened.”‘Once recovery was completed and emergency services ensured that members of the public and animals were safe, the remaining turkeys were handed back to their owner.” 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. Turkeys on the loose Earthling Ed can be seen in video footage arguing with police officers and firefighters and asked how they can “morally justify” allowing these animals to be “killed needlessly.”He said: “Meet Asha (meaning hope), or Ash for short. In the early hours of this morning Ash was crammed into a crate and piled onto a truck that began its drive to the slaughterhouse. On the way the truck overturned, crashing and therefore crushing and killing turkeys. “The turkeys that survived were violently thrown back into crates, picked up by their legs and wings and shoved onto a different truck that came to collect them for ‘processing’. They have been slaughtered for food now, people will actually eat the bodies of the traumatised birds that survived this crash.”We arrived at the crash site to rescue the injured birds. We were refused, we were laughed at, but we stood our ground.”One activist, my good friend Katie, cradled one of the confused and distressed turkeys and wouldn’t let the police or the workers take him to his death. Eventually they gave up and the ‘owner’ (you can’t own a life) of the birds said we could ‘relinquish his property’ and take the turkey. Turkeys are not property, they are individuals and they certainly do not exist on this earth for humans to eat their bodies for Christmas dinner.”last_img read more

Prince Harry and Meghan Markles wedding to have special role for Armed

first_imgPrince William and Kate Middleton had the full pomp and ceremony for their 2011 weddingCredit:Eddie Mulholland 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. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a visit to BelfastCredit:PA “I am particularly pleased to hear that members of the Armed Forces who have a close relationship with Prince Harry will be taking part. Servicemen and women from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force will all be honoured to offer their support.”A Kensington Palace spokesperson said: “Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle are pleased that members of the Armed Forces will play such a special role in their wedding.”The military, and these units in particular, hold a great significance for Prince Harry and the couple are incredibly grateful for their support.” Musical support to the street liners will be provided by the Band of the Irish Guards. Trumpeters and a Captain’s Escort from the Household Cavalry will also provide ceremonial support bringing the total number of Armed Forces involved with the wedding to more than 250. Prince William and Kate Middleton Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Chief of the Defence Staff, said: “I am proud that members of the Armed Forces have been asked to take part in the ceremonial celebrations taking place on the royal couple’s wedding day.”It is a happy occasion for the whole country and reminds us of the role the Armed Forces play in marking important events in the life of the nation. The regiments Prince Harry served with in Afghanistan are to have a “special place” at the Royal wedding, with more than 250 men and women lining the streets, the Ministry of Defence has announced.Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said they are “incredibly grateful” for the support of a selection of regiments and units which have a personal link to the Prince, following his decade in the Army.Their wedding will include the spectacle of Household Cavalry troopers in their gleaming breast plates and plumed helmets lining the staircase at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle where the couple will be married on May 19.Streets within the precincts of the castle will be lined by members of the Windsor Castle Guard from 1st Battalion Irish Guards, and by Armed Forces personnel from the Royal Navy Small Ships and Diving, which has the Prince as Commodore-in-Chief, and the Royal Marines, where he is Captain General.The 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, where Prince Harry served as an Apache Pilot in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, will also be represented, as well as The Royal Gurkha Rifles, his comrades in Afghanistan in 2007, and RAF Honington, where he is Honorary Air Commandant. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a visit to Belfastlast_img read more

Police search for farmer who disappeared after reporting arson attack

She said officers were looking for any signs of ‘whether William was taken poorly there’.“We know it has been just over four weeks since he has disappeared. ‘We have searched out buildings, other buildings on the land extensively – this is just the next stage.“This the deeper more involved search of the fields where the crops have grown.”Officers had already searched the perimeters of fields and buildings on the farm, which is located in Gosmore. William Taylor’s Land Rover Defender TD5 90 was burnt out just a week before he went missingCredit: “We have to do it incrementally, which is exactly what we are doing.”The alleged arson attack on Mr Taylor’s vehicle has not been connected to his disappearance, according to Hertfordshire Constabulary.A spokesperson for the police force said: “An allegation of arson was reported to police by Mr Taylor on Saturday, May 26.”His vehicle is believed to have been deliberately set alight. The investigation around this is currently on-going.”Mr Taylor’s Land Rover Defender TD5 90 was burnt out just a week before he went missing. William Taylor's Land Rover Defender TD5 90 was burnt out just a week before he went missing William Taylor went missing more than a month ago after reporting an arson attack Police have accessed Mr Taylor’s mobile phone records and bank accounts as part of their investigation.He is described as white and around 5ft 11in tall with a medium build and has short grey hair.Mr Taylor was last seen wearing a blue shirt, jeans and black wellies. Police are searching for 70-year-old farmer, William Taylor, who went missing more than a month ago after reporting an arson attack.Taylor disappeared from his £1.2m farm on June 3, days after reporting that his Land Rover had been deliberately set on fire.Police confirmed they have expanded their search this week. A spokesperson for Hertfordshire Constabulary said: “The latest searches cover a 1.7km radius of the farm where crops have grown to waist height and began on Thursday – they are continuing this weekend. The investigation remain a missing persons inquiry.On Friday officers carrying wooden sticks carried out line searches of oat fields that form part of the farm.Speaking from the farm North Hertfordshire chief inspector Julie Wheatley declined to say whether officers were searching for a body. William Taylor went missing more than a month ago after reporting an arson attackCredit: Chief inspector Wheatley said: “We have searched the house before, we searched initially … in the house and in the fields. Police return from searching farmlandCredit: Police return from searching farmland 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

Chickens run wild around Norfolk housing estate leaving posties scared to deliver

Locals are confronted by hundreds of chickens “I think it is going to cause an accident one day. The chickens are always crossing the road all the time with cars coming through the estate.” More than 200 feral chickens have run wild on an estate leaving a local postman too scared to deliver mail.The flock was created after a rooster and hen were abandoned by their owners when they left the new-build estate in Diss, Norfolk, earlier this year.Dozens of chickens and six roosters now roam the residential roads around Ashbrook Meadows, with around ten new chicks said to be born each week.One resident, who described the chickens as a “nuisance”, said the postman was too scared to do his usual round.His stand-in, who asked not to be named, said: “I have to do this route now because the other postman who would normally do the route is frightened of the chickens.” Gwendoline Synclair, who has lived on the estate for around 18 months, said: “They are a bit of a nuisance and they are multiplying.”Sometimes you won’t see them and then all of sudden you open your door and they just all come running over to you.Another resident Carol Morris, 71, said she feared the chickens were getting out of control.”I have had the RSPCA out and they say that they have nowhere to take them and they would have to cull them all, there’s nowhere for them to go,” she said. 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. Locals are confronted by  hundreds of chickensCredit:James Linsell-Clark/ read more

Former bishop of Liverpool knew about child abuser 20 years before he

The former bishop of Liverpool knew about a child sex abuser 20 years before he was brought to justice, it has emerged, as a judge criticised the church for threatening a complainant with prison unless he withdrew his allegation. Bishop James Jones, who has since chaired inquiries into the Hillsborough disaster and Gosport War Memorial Hospital scandal, was bishop of Hull in 1997 when he was told by a young man that he had been abused by Canon Terence Grigg, then a rector at St Mary’s church in Cottingham, Yorkshire.Earlier this month Grigg, now 84, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for 14 sex offences against victims as young as 10, though he was acquitted of the charge relating to this complainant. At his sentencing Judge Jonathan Rose said Grigg had been the “beneficiary” of the Church’s treatment of the complainant, who cannot be named for legal reasons.   The Church “not only refused to pursue the complaint that he made to the Bishop of Hull but turned that complaint against him with the threats of litigation and imprisonment of which we have heard, so that he withdrew that complaint because he was so fearful of the consequences of doing otherwise”, the judge told Hull Crown Court. Bishop Jones went on to become bishop of Liverpool, a role he held between 1998 and 2013, before retiring and becoming honorary assistant bishop in the diocese of York. He told the Daily Telegraph that he had no part any threats of litigation or reprisals against the complainant, and only became aware of these during Grigg’s trial.  He said he had encouraged the complainant to put his allegations in writing and that documents held at Bishopthorpe, the Archbishop of York’s palace, showed that he took it seriously, passing it on to then-Archbishop David Hope. “I am appalled by Mr Grigg’s crimes and very distressed for the victims of his sexual abuse who have been betrayed by the church,” he said.  Lord Hope resigned his role as an honorary assistant bishop in the diocese of Leeds in 2014 after a report found that he had failed to report a different priest’s sexual offending to the authorities. At the time he denied suggestions that he had covered up allegations against former dean of Manchester Robert Waddington, saying he believed the cases were being dealt with by individual dioceses. A spokesman for the Church of England’s National Safeguarding Team said: “Our first concern is for the survivors who were abused by Canon Grigg and the suffering they endured. “We apologise for this appalling abuse of trust which should never have been allowed to happen.”As our policy states, in all serious safeguarding situations a lessons learnt review must now be carried out to inform the church’s ongoing safeguarding work. “This will include a full review of files and we will comment further when this has been completed.” Earlier this year Bishop James Jones chaired the  Gosport Independent Panel’s inquiry into the deaths of a number of elderly patients at Gosport War Memorial HospitalCredit:Dominic Lipinski /PA Earlier this year Bishop James Jones chaired the  Gosport Independent Panel's inquiry into the deaths of a number of elderly patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital We apologise for this appalling abuse of trust which should never have been allowed to happenChurch of England National Safeguarding Team 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

My daughter was seen by the NHS 47 times but no one

When Dawn Wilson thinks about the day her 13-year-old daughter died during an asthma attack, she bursts into tears. Wilson, 44, sobs as she remembers Tamara Mills’ last words, “I’m struggling to breathe”; the way she looked when she lost consciousness; and the fact she died alone with only hospital staff around her. Asthma attacks were nothing new for Tamara. In fact, she had been admitted to hospital almost once a month since the age of seven, when she contracted swine flu. She had been to see medical professionals 47 times in different parts of the NHS in the four years before she died in April 2015. But on each occasion, medics had failed to connect her health records and notice how frequently… read more

Two children from the same family in Leicestershire die after contracting Ecoli

“E.coli can be acquired through a number of routes including contaminated food, contact with farm animals and infected water. PHE are working with partners to investigate further to try and determine a source of infection. 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. ”People can be reassured that E.coli is a relatively rare infection. Good hand hygiene for all and supervised hand hygiene for small children is essential to minimise the risk of developing an infection such as E.coli.”The bug is a species of bacterium found in the intestines of animals and humans. Most types of the bacterium live in the intestine harmlessly, but others can cause a variety of diseases, including cystitis, meningitis and diarrhoea. There are typically hundreds of cases of patients becoming infected every year in the UK, although it very rarely leads to fatalities.It has not yet been been revealed how the children contracted E. coli but PHE said it was working with partners to try to “determine a source of infection”.In 2016, two people died following an outbreak in the UK which saw over 150 people infected with E.coli which they picked up from mixed salad leaves.And in June this year, five people died and 197 were stricken with illness following a deadly outbreak that has reached 35 states in the US, health officials reported.PHE said its thoughts were with the family at this “extremely difficult time”.A Charnwood Borough Council spokesperson confirmed its environmental health officers had taken out sample kits to the family home. Show more Two children from the same family have died after contracting a deadly form of E.coli, Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed as officials admitted they have no idea what led to the infection.There are fears of a wider outbreak as inspectors and health officers continued to investigate the course of contamination.The children, whose names ages have not been released, were from the Charnwood area of Leicestershire and were treated in the past two weeks.The siblings died after their kidneys were affected with a complication of E.coli called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). The strand typically affects elderly people and young children.Experts at PHE warned that people can become infected with E.coli via a number of ways including contaminated food, contact with farm animals and infected water. Dr Lauren Ahyow, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control at PHE East Midlands said: “E. coli is an infection that causes a spectrum of illness ranging from mild through to severe bloody diarrhoea, mostly without fever. “Sometimes the infection can cause a condition called haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) which affects the kidneys and can be very serious. Young children and elderly people are more prone to development of complications associated with E. coli. read more

Archbishop urges people to put rivalries and hatred aside

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Archbishop of Canterbury has used his Christmas Day sermon to urge the British public to put rivalries and hatred aside.In comments that appear to echo the Queen’s Christmas Day message encouraging people to overcome “deeply held differences,” the Most Reverend Justin Welby said that fears surrounding “gathering shadows” or “great events” could be allayed by the teachings of Jesus Christ.Addressing a congregation at Canterbury Cathedral, he said: “God’s language of love is exclusive. It requires us to forget other languages of hatred, tribalism, rivalry, political advantage and of materialism, pride, greed, and so many more.”The Archbishop added that the Christian faith also offered support when “suffering overwhelms and all answers seem vain”.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––While he did not mention Brexit in his sermon, the archbishop has caused controversy in the past by saying a second referendum was “possible, but not preferable” and he feared a no-deal could create a “significant danger more people will be pushed into poverty”.He told worshippers: “God’s language of love is not mushy sentiment. In the Bible we see the richness of its vocabulary.”It encompasses every aspect of living, and every aspect of knowing God. Jesus the adult spoke it perfectly. The sermon came after thoughts of peace, joy and sadness were raised in the Christmas messages of the Bishops of the Church of England.The bishops spoke of modern-day challenges from modern slavery to political divisions and urged people to remember those who struggle with Christmas as a lonely or difficult time of year.Graham Usher, the Bishop of Dudley, recalled a recent visit to Bethlehem but also thought of divisions that are closer to home.He said: “Our current political debates also put up barriers between those who voted in different ways. Our country needs, more than ever, to seek grace and generosity in our political conversation so that there are not winners and losers, just the flourishing of all.” Meanwhile, the Archbishop of York retold the Nativity through the eyes of a 10-year-old boy who imagines Dr Who intervening to use her sonic screwdriver tlo turn back time and then a choir playing “the biggest gig on earth”.When the child tells his parents the story they say he may have got it wrong, to which the boy replies: “If I told you how it really happened, you would not believe it.”He told York Minster: “Even in uncertain times – like Brexit – the hope is still there, the belief that into darkness God can still shine a light.” “The baby in the manger lives it flawlessly before he can speak a word, because by his mere existence he is the word of God to us. It can be spoken by the generous and wealthy and powerful.”Describing how Christmas had numerous “sounds,” he said the traditional family time is marked by people “arguing, or joking, or sitting quietly enjoying being together”.He added that the “language of love” is spoken by God “for the poor and suffering and oppressed in every place at every time”.Explaining how the world does not stop at Christmas, he continued “to think so is a dangerous illusion because God came into the reality of the world, to change it, not to give us an escape from it.” Archbishop of York delivers his Christmas Day speech at York MinisterCredit:Charlotte Graham Archbishop of York delivers his Christmas Day speech at York Minister read more

Charles Darwins scribbles including how he first wrote term natural selection barred

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The pageCredit:DCMS The page A rare page from Charles Darwin’s On The Origin Of Species  has been barred from leaving the UK by the government as a buyer is sought.The draft page from the book, which served as the foundation of evolutionary biology, contains what is perhaps one of the first times the pioneering scientist scribbled “natural selection”.The manuscript page, worth £490,000,  includes corrections and two inserted passages and so like other known manuscript pages differs substantially from what was eventually published in 1859, the first printing of On The Origin of Species, making it unique.Arts, Heritage and Tourism Minister Michael Ellis has placed a temporary export bar on the page, from a private collection, and two others from Darwin’s later publications, in the hope that a UK buyer will be found.The minister hopes the pages, which are important to national heritage and science, remain in the country.Written at Darwin’s family home, Down House, page number 324 forms part of the English naturalist’s conclusion for Chapter 8, which focuses on hybridism and is the only substantial part of the chapter from the draft to survive.Mr Ellis said the pieces “represent a direct and physical connection” to how Darwin “developed his pioneering work”. Peter Barber, member of the reviewing committee on the export of works of art and objects of cultural interest, which made the decision, said: “Handwritten drafts of Charles Darwin’s books are of the greatest rarity.”The few surviving sheets, touched by and written on by him, with evidence of pauses for contemplation, or spurts reflecting the rapid flow of thought, bring one closer to the man and his process of creation than perhaps anything else.”The fragments under threat of export are particularly important. They show how Darwin revised his texts, pinning successive revisions on to sheets containing an earlier draft.”One fragment comes from his best-known work and indeed includes the words ‘natural selection’. But the other two fragments, from his Expression Of The Emotions In Man And Animals, are perhaps even more important.”Though less well-known than On The Origin Of Species, this book, among the earliest works on behavioural psychology, greatly influenced Sigmund Freud.”The nation has the chance to save revealing and intimate fragments of two works which, directly or indirectly, have shaped and continue to shape the modern world.” He added: “These handwritten and personally signed pieces create an incredibly powerful impression that simply could not be achieved from looking at a digital version or even a published copy.” read more

Meet the American trucker who broke the Real IRA then refused witness

For the past four years, Rupert, a truck driver from upstate New York, had been leading a double life, infiltrating the innermost circles of the IRA while working as an agent for the FBI and MI5. He had carried money and equipment to the… On 15 August 1998, David Rupert was dozing on a sofa in a rented flat in Bundoran, County Donegal, Ireland, when he was awoken by the six o’clock news. A bomb had exploded in the Northern Irish town of Omagh, killing, as it would turn out, 29 people – the worst terrorist atrocity in the history of the Troubles. Rupert called to his wife, Maureen, and they sat in silence watching the scenes of devastation on television. ‘Oh my God,’ said Maureen, ‘Oh my God.’ read more

British Airways strikes Is my flight affected

Will I get cash compensation?Unlikely. Airlines are not liable to pay the additional cash compensation set out by EU regulations because they would not consider themselves directly responsible for the disruption. BA has warned that its customer contact centres are “extremely busy” and to check its website for details. Flights from London City Airport and those operated by Sun-Air and Comair will not be affected. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which governs the UK’s airlines, was previously in touch with British Airways to ensure the carrier was handling its “re-routing obligations”; that is, ensuring passengers are still able to travel to their destination. It is understood BA has enlisted the services of as many as 50 other airlines to help re-route affected passengers.  BA has warned there could be knock-on delays going into WednesdayCredit:getty British Airways has begun to contact passengers affected by a pilot strike due to take place later in September. The walkout by Balpa pilots on September 27 follows a two-day strike this week that led to the cancellation of hundreds of flights, disrupting the travel plans of thousands. The UK flag carrier said it remains ready to return to talks with the union but that to give its customers certainty it had contacted all those affected by the strike, which falls on a Friday. The airline is offering anyone affected refunds or rebookings on BA at a later date or with one of its rivals. Balpa, the British Airlines Pilots Association, said it was “irresponsible and inconsiderate” for BA to cancel flights so early, accusing the carrier of doing so ahead of a 14-day window that might make them liable to pay compensation. See below for advice on what to do if your travel plans are affected.How do I know if my flight has been cancelled?BA says it is contacting anyone whose flight has been cancelled. It has urged travellers to check the airline has their correct contact details. “We are reviewing our flying schedule and we will offer affected customers the option to receive a full refund or the option to re-book to another travel date or on an alternative airline. If your flight is affected we will email you, please also check your flight status in Manage My Booking,” the airline said. However, this excuse was tested in the European Court of Justice last year, when a judge ruled that an airline is responsible for its staff and cannot count a strike as an “extraordinary circumstance”.If you receive less than seven days’ notice of a cancellation, you may be able to claim on the timings of the alternative flight.The CAA says: “If your new flight arrives more than two hours after the scheduled time of your original flight, you can claim €250 – no matter what time it departs.“Otherwise, if your new flight arrives earlier than two hours after the scheduled time of your original flight, you can claim €125.” Are there other strikes to be aware of?Ryanair’s Balpa pilots have announced seven days of strike action for later in September, following two other walk outs in recent weeks. The next rounds of strikes will be: September 18-19 (48 hours), September 21 (24 hours), September 23 (24 hours), September 25 (24 hours), September 27 (24 hours) and September 29 (24 hours).So far the Irish airline has been able to run full flight schedules by drafting in crew for other bases around Europe, however these walk outs seem more extensive. Ryanair has called the strikes “pointless” and “unjustified”.Balpa general secretary Brian Sutton said the action was over pay and benefits.  My flight has been cancelled – can I cancel my accommodation?If you have booked a hotel, a villa or other accommodation independently of your travel arrangements (i.e. not as part of a package holiday) your contract is directly with the hotel or villa and you are responsible for any cancellation. If you can’t get there, you will have to do your best to persuade them to give you a refund or rebook for a later date – but they are not obliged to do this and you may lose money. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. What if my flight is delayed?First and foremost, you are entitled to care and assistance, in the form and food and drink and, in the case of overnight stays or being stranded abroad, accommodation. Spend reasonably and be sure to keep receipts. You could then be entitled to additional compensation, depending on the length of your flight and how late you arrive at your destination. For delays of three hours or more you are entitled to a cash payment of €250 (£225) for short flights and €400 (£361) for a flight distance of 1,500-3,500km. For flights of over 3,500km you will receive €300 (£271) for a delay of 3-4 hours; €600 (£540) for more than four hours. Am I covered by my travel insurance?Your policy may pay out a small amount for very long delays (normally over 12 hours), but not usually enough to pay for more than a meal or two. A few policies have cover for a “consequential loss”, such as a hotel booking made independently. You will need to check the terms and conditions which apply to your policy directly with your insurer.Have you been affected by disruption at UK airports this summer? Get in touch via for your inboxSign up to Telegraph Travel’s new weekly newsletter for the latest features, advice, competitions, exclusive deals and comment.   BA has warned there could be knock-on delays going into Wednesday read more