bshkcmcp

Upcoming Back Surgery Ends Arian Fosters Season

By on September 30, 2019

Houston Texans’ running back Arian Foster’s season is officially over as plaguing back issues will force the star player under the knife.Foster sought the advice of multiple doctors who all recommend surgery to repair a bulging disc.Foster has been experiencing chronic injuries since he hurt his calf muscle earlier in training camp. He also had hamstring issues, which led to his back problems. Arian Foster will have surgery to repair a herniated disk on Thursday in Los Angeles by Dr. Robert Watkins.In the last two Texans’ games, Foster was involved in only 10 plays, all during the first drives of the games.  He was immediately taken out due to pain and couldn’t return.  This season Foster has 121 rushes for 542 yards with 22 receptions and two total touchdowns.His absence is a major blow for a Texans team that has lost six games in a row. The team will have to fall back on Ben Tate, Deji Karim and rookie Dennis Johnson for replacements for the remainder of the season.The Houston Texans are currently 2-7 and have no chance of going to the playoffs.  They play the Oakland Raiders next Sunday, November 17, 1:00 p.m. (ET) on CBS. read more

Continue Reading

fofabvlic

What Were The Giants Thinking

By on September 28, 2019

Embed Code FiveThirtyEight More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed This week on the show, Hot Takedown analyzes the data behind the New York Giants’ controversial No. 6 pick in the NFL draft, Duke quarterback Daniel Jones. Todd McShay, an analyst for ESPN, is skeptical of Jones’s NFL potential based on his performance under pressure. While we agree that the stats don’t paint a bright future for Jones in the NFL, we disagree on how best to assess his prospects.For our second segment, ESPN NBA analyst and FiveThirtyEight contributor Kirk Goldsberry joins the team to discuss his new book, “SprawlBall: A Visual Tour of the New Era of the NBA.” Through detailed data visualizations, “SprawlBall” describes how the 3-point line has transformed the NBA and how it risks ruining the game’s future.In our Rabbit Hole of the Week, Geoff exposes his lifelong appreciation of (and poor betting record on) the Kentucky Derby. He explains the rationale behind voting for the favorite across sports and why he still won’t take his own advice.Here’s what we’re looking at this week:“SprawlBall: A Visual Tour of the New Era of the NBA” by Kirk Goldsberry, illustrated by Aaron Dana.Patrik Stefan’s epic miss that broke Neil’s heart.FiveThirtyEight’s Josh Hermsmeyer devised a metric for projecting college quarterback success in the NFL.ProFootballFocus’s analysis of Duke’s Daniel Jones ahead of the draft. read more

Continue Reading

bshkcmcp

Hockeys Hokey skating over competition

By on

“Hokey” and “hockey:” words so similar, they’re often mistaken to be same. Despite the discrepancy of one little “c,” among the women’s collegiate hockey world, “Hokey” and “hockey” are becoming synonymous.Freshman forward Hokey Langan, a 5-feet-4-inch standout from Chatham, Ontario came to Ohio State to play under coach Jackie Barto last year and is having a breakout season.“She’s a dynamic offensive player. She’s a really head-smart, nose in the game [kind of player],” Barto said. “She does the little things out on the ice. She comes to play every night. She’s a determined, aggressive player.”The love of hockey was something Langan always had growing up. Around the age of 3, Langan said she started to play around with her siblings.“It just came. It was something I wanted to do every day,” Langan said. “[I] used to shoot pucks outside with my brother and my sister, and I never wanted to stop playing.”But it wasn’t until Langan developed as a more mature player that the long list of recognition began to grow. In high school, Langan played for the London Junior Devilettes before earning a spot on Team Canada’s Under-18 team. She was a two-time member of the gold medal-winning Team Ontario Red at the ‘07 and ‘08 Canadian U18 National Championships. She served as a captain at the ‘08 championships. In Aug. 2008, Langan competed with Team Canada in a U18 series against Team USA. At the 2009 IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship, Langan won the silver medal with Team Canada.  When looking at colleges, Langan said OSU offered her multiple reasons to become a Buckeye.“The first time driving in, the campus [was] beautiful,” Langan said about her recruiting trip. “Academics [are] really good here, and [OSU is] known for athletics. Every sport here is developed, so you can get a good crowd.”But OSU’s location was the biggest factor for Langan.“I live four hours away, so my parents can come and watch,” she said. “They’ve been to every single home game so far.”This year, Langan has been named the WCHA Rookie of the Week twice. She tied OSU single-game records for goals with four and points with five in the 5-2 victory over Bemidji State Jan. 22.Barto said she is proud of the girls who have received WCHA honors this season because the individual rewards are a reflection on the team.Langan has moved into the lead for overall points in the WCHA with 39 (18 goals, 21 assists). She’s maintained the top spot in conference-only scoring with 32 points, 16 goals and assists apiece. With 1.42 points per game, she leads NCAA rookies and ranks eighth overall in the nation.Senior co-captain Raelyn LaRocque said she likes playing with Langan because she can always count on the freshman to be in the right spot.“[Langan offers] a lot of confidence, a lot of control. You know if you give her the puck, she’s going to make something happen with it,” LaRocque said. “So you can just throw her the puck at any point and time … [and] she’ll knock it off her stick and toss it over there.”With a goal of winning a national championship before she graduates, Langan respects the suggestions and criticisms the coaches offer her after each game.“[In] team meetings with the coaches, Jackie [Barto] tells me what I can do to improve and that’s what I strive to do,” Langan said. “Just to improve as a player in offense, defense. Hopefully I can improve for the next three years.”Still in her inaugural season as a Buckeye athlete, Langan said what makes the experience worthwhile is the people that surround her.“The coaches, as well as the team, they make it really fun,” Langan said. “You go to school, do what you have to do, and then you come to the rink and play what you love.”Barto said she sees Langan as a continual contributor to the team, with a bright futureahead.“[If] she keeps working hard on and off the ice, and improving her game … she’s going to be one of the top players in this country,” Barto said. “[She’s] going to … help this program get to the level we want to get to.” read more

Continue Reading

nkkdghkm

Clippers hammer Bulls in hot dog haven

By on

The Columbus Clippers salvaged a 2-2 series-split with a 5-1 victory over the Durham Bulls at Huntington Park on Monday night. A crowd of 9,271 was in attendance for Dime-a-Dog night at Huntington Park which featured 10-cent Sugardale hot dogs. The total number of hotdogs sold in the park was 24,873, nearly three hot dogs per person. Monday’s game also featured Ohio State basketball player Mark Titus throwing out the first pitch. Titus has gained recognition for his “Club Trillion” blog. While there were rain showers throughout the day, game time conditions were fair as the rain stopped and temperatures were in the low 60s. The game began with four innings of scoreless baseball, which was uncharacteristic of a matchup that featured two teams that led the International League in runs scored and batting average. Clippers pitcher Mike Gosling pitched 6.1 innings of shutout baseball before being relieved. Before the game, Gosling announced that this would be his final start as he is retiring to spend more time with his family. Gosling allowed five hits and one walk, while striking out five. Gosling featured a fastball in the upper 80s and kept the hitters guessing with breaking balls that ranged between 70 and 80 mph.“I did have a little bit better command of my fastball tonight,” Gosling said. “I knew at the beginning of the game that my velocity was down a little bit, so instead of forcing my way to better velocity, I tried to hit spots and keep them off balance. I was more able to mix in my other stuff. I tried to drop in the slow curve, the difference in velocity helps keep the hitter off the fastball and everything else, so I try to drop that in occasionally and keep them guessing.”Durham pitcher Richard De Los Santos was equally effective through the first four innings, holding the Clippers to only two hits. De Los Santos had trouble in the fifth inning, though.Jose Constanza started off the inning with a single. De Los Santos walked Michael Brantley and hit Jason Donald with a pitch to load the bases with no outs. With a full count, Carlos Santana hit a grand slam to right center field that left the ballpark and cleared Nationwide Blvd. to give the Clippers a 4-0 lead. De Los Santos finished off the fifth inning but was relieved by Brian Baker in the sixth.Carlos Santana showed more power with a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning that left the ballpark once again over the right field fence. The home run was Santana’s ninth of the season. Santana also took the team lead in RBIs from Shelley Duncan with his fifth RBI of the game, making his total 37. “He hit a couple big ones tonight,” said Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh. “That first home run was impressive.”Clippers pitchers Vinnie Pestano and Josh Judy kept the Bulls scoreless through the eighth inning. But the Clippers couldn’t complete their second shutout in a row as the Bulls scored on an RBI double by Ryan Shealy in the ninth. Clippers infielder Jason Donald was called up to the Cleveland Indians immediately after the game as Asdrubal Cabrera was carted off of the field in the first inning of the Indians’ loss to Tampa Bay. Cabrera suffered a left forearm injury after a collision with third baseman Jhonny Peralta. The Clippers now leave on an eight-game road trip and will return to Huntington Park on May 27. read more

Continue Reading

ysylffby

Ohio State mens hockey sweeps Niagara earns sixth win in seven games

By on

Junior forward Tanner Fritz (16) passes the puck during a game against Niagara Nov. 8 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 4-1.Credit: Ryan Robey / Lantern photographerWith junior forward Tanner Fritz’s return to the lineup came an offensive surge on the ice as the Ohio State men’s hockey team handed Niagara University a two-game sweep over the weekend.Fritz, who missed five games due to an upper-body injury he sustained in OSU’s loss against Bowling Green Oct. 15, was an offensive powerhouse for the Buckeyes (6-4-0, 0-0-0) with a goal and five assists.Coach Steve Rohlik said while Fritz performed well, his presence on the ice spurred some life in the team as they took on the Purple Eagles (1-6-1, 1-1-1).“Obviously, he’s proven himself over the last few years. He’s our quiet leader,” Rohlik said. “He’s not a rah-rah guy. He leads by what he does on the ice … He’s certainly a big part of our team, and as a coach, it’s nice to know he’s in our lineup.”Junior forward Max McCormick said Fritz’s versatility — being able to do everything, anywhere on the ice — is what sets him apart as such an important component of the Buckeyes’ lineup.“He does everything,” McCormick said. “He does the little things — he blocks shots, he chips pucks, he makes great plays, he snipes, he does it all — so it’s great having him back.”After the opening period Saturday, the Buckeyes led Niagara, 2-0, off goals from McCormick and junior forward Ryan Dzingel.OSU widened the gap in the second stanza, as freshman forward Nick Schilkey, junior forward Matt Johnson and Dzingel scored, giving the Buckeyes a 5-0 lead. The Purple Eagles answered at 8:30 with a goal from freshman forward Stephen Pietrobon, but McCormick canceled it out with another goal of his own at 15:00 to give the Buckeyes a 6-1 advantage.With the lead, OSU played more conservatively in the third period, and neither team scored. Overall, the game saw an aggressive OSU squad, who took 37 shots, compared to the Purple Eagles’ 16.The Buckeyes played the majority of the game without their starting goalie, freshman Matt Tomkins, who suffered and injury and was replaced by freshman Logan Davis at 3:44. Rohlik said Tomkins is “day-to-day,” and was pleased with Davis’ performance, in which he made 14 saves and allowed only one goal on the night.“Logan did fantastic,” Rohlik said. “That’s what we expect out of him. That’s why he’s part of this team, and that’s why he comes to practice every day. He works extremely hard, so we wouldn’t expect anything less.”McCormick said the Buckeyes handled the physicality of the game well, especially in faceoffs.“We want to win one-on-one battles and we want to out-compete the other team, and that’s what we focused on in practice, so we executed that well tonight,” he said.The first game of the series was held Friday, and the Buckeyes came out strong on their way to a 4-1 victory.The game remained scoreless until the second period, when Fritz put OSU on the board with a late-period goal, and Dzingel followed suit in the third with a goal of his own at 12:16. Senior forward Ryan Rashid of the Purple Eagles closed the gap with a goal at 18:17, but McCormick responded with a goal just 10 seconds later and then another at 19:27 with an empty Niagara net.After the game Friday, Fritz said his legs “were a little bit heavy at the start,” but once he got going, he was fine.Rohlik said the defensive unit, which only allowed two goals in the series, was as good as it could’ve been.”When you say ‘defense,’ I think that’s all five guys on the ice, and certainly I think it starts on that end,” he said. “We talk about offense, but everything starts from the D-zone. Our guys stepped up in that area — we blocked some shots from our forwards to our (defensemen).”The Buckeyes are slated to finish their homestand with a two-game series against Canisius Friday and Saturday. The puck is set to drop at 7:05 p.m. in both games. read more

Continue Reading

emixmyrj

Wrestling No 2 Ohio State looks to rival No 4 Michigan as

By on

Ohio State’s Luke Pletcher wrestles Paul Glynn in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorA week after a devastating 19-18 loss to No. 1 Penn State, the No. 2 Ohio State men’s wrestling team (12-1, 7-1 Big Ten) will have an opportunity to rebound from the defeat against rival No. 4 Michigan (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) in a road dual meet at 6 p.m. Sunday.Ohio State lost by one point to the Nittany Lions after taking a 15-5 lead entering intermission, which still looms over the team.“I wanted everyone to hurt, but not that much. I wanted them to hurt because I know you grow from it. But at the same point you don’t want them moping around,” Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said. “Last week, there was a lot of pain around this facility.”There are four potential rematches between Ohio State and Michigan wrestlers that first took place at December’s Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational that could take place Sunday. Ohio State No. 2 Luke Pletcher won by decision against Stevan Micic 7-5, who is now ranked No. 6 at 133 pounds.Buckeye wrestlers No. 3 Bo Jordan and No. 2 Myles Martin also earned decision victories against Wolverines in Las Vegas. Jordan beat No. 6 Myles Amine 6-4 at 174 pounds and Martin defeated No. 5 Domenic Abounader. No. 5 157-pounder Micah Jordan will have a chance to redeem a 10-3 loss at the meet to Michigan No. 7 Alec Pantaleo.“I watched my match a few times, it was pretty tight going into the third period, I think it was a 3-2 match,” Micah Jordan said. “I just got caught in a suck-back and lost some back points, so I definitely be leary of that position, and also excited to wrestle him again.”Micah Jordan is coming off of a 24-9 technical fall win against Penn State’s Bo Pipher. This weekend he hopes to avenge that early-season loss to Pantaleo.Ohio State’s Joey McKenna rose four spots to No. 7 in the latest rankings after beating Penn State’s Nick Lee last week at 141 pounds. McKenna will face Michigan’s only unranked wrestler, which might be Ohio State’s best opportunity to earn additional points with a technical fall or pin.“I believed in myself, believed I could win. Maybe other people didn’t on paper,” McKenna said about his victory against Lee. “Shushing some of the haters, that’s always fun.”Ohio State’s Kollin Moore remains ranked first at 197 pounds despite suffering a surprise loss to unranked Nittany Lion Anthony Cassar, which was the turning point in Penn State’s comeback victory. “He didn’t have the best week of practice,” Ryan said on Moore’s loss to Cassar. “He just didn’t compete the way [he’s] capable of.”Moore will face No. 13 Kevin Beazley for a shot at redemption from the previous week.Not many people give Ohio State top-ranked heavyweight Kyle Snyder trouble on the mat, but he will have his hands full with No. 2 Adam Coon on Saturday. Coon, listed at 6-foot-6, 285 pounds, towers over the 5-foot-11 Snyder and has not lost yet this season.Ohio State must quickly knock off the disappointment of losing to Penn State, with nine of 10 matches being against ranked wrestlers. read more

Continue Reading

kvvfwvhc

Labour councillor Wouldbe dates must not be overweight have tattoos or children

By on September 25, 2019

first_imgLabour councillor Dan Fleming posted his in-depth dating demands on his Plenty of Fish profile He added: “No excuse ladies, at our age, we should be in our prime.”I may budge if you’re really pretty and willing to let me whip you into shape by sharing my athletic lifestyle. “Size 12+ is not for me, you may be average in the UK, but just because lots of women are overweight, doesn’t make it right.”He went on to say he would not date anyone with tattoos or women with children, “unless your partner has died, or at least well and truly out of the picture”. “Every situation is different I guess, but I wouldn’t entertain anyone who has been divorced.””Thinking I’ll find someone who matches everything I’m looking for isn’t realistic – I think I would be very lucky if I did, especially as at my age all the best ones are taken.”I’m nearly 30 so I’m down to slim pickings unfortunately.” It’s probably is a bit extreme, but it’s all light-heartedCllr Dan Fleming 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 building surveyor, who said he has been single for two years, said: “It’s probably is a bit extreme, but it’s all light-hearted. “I’m happy enough if I get married to a slim, beautiful woman and she puts some weight on after having kids – I wouldn’t really care.” Dan Fleming A councillor is facing an online dating backlash after he told would-be dates they should not have tattoos, be overweight or have children – “unless your partner has died”.Labour councillor Dan Fleming told women on dating site Plenty of Fish there was “no excuse” for being larger than a size 12 unless they are “really pretty”.On his 442-word dating profile, the 29-year-old, from Burnley, Lancashire, told would-be sweethearts they should be “slim”. Mr Fleming, who is a Labour councillor for Burnley Wood with Rosehill, added: “There are a lot of single mums on POF (Plenty of Fish) – I’m getting older so it’s to be expected. Cllr Dan Fleming, a building surveyor, has been single for two yearsCredit:Mercury Labour councillor Dan Fleming posted his in-depth dating demands on his Plenty of Fish profileCredit:Mercury last_img read more

Continue Reading

uyjagtaa

BBC is so divorced from rural life it thinks The Archers is

By on

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Chris Packham stars on Springwatch alongside Martin Hughes-Games and Michaela StrachanCredit:Jo Charlesworth He also questioned the BBC’s decision not to uphold a complaint about Chris Packham. The presenter was criticised after he called those involved in hunting and shooting “the nasty brigade” and said charities including the RSPB and Wildlife Trust were not speaking out against issues such as fox hunting.Mr Packham’s comments, which were published in his monthly column in BBC Wildlife magazine last year, prompted outrage with some claiming he breached impartiality rules and others saying he should be sacked.The BBC Trust’s standards committee launched an investigation but did not uphold the complaints and said no action was required. In its report, it said this was partly because Mr Packham was a freelancer, not a BBC employee, and was not “associated with news or public policy-related output”. An organisation so long divorced from country life that it thinks The Archers is realIan Coghill The BBC has previously been hit by claims its news coverage fails to reflect the wide range of interests outside the country’s cities and towns. An independent review commissioned by the BBC Trust in 2014 found there was a deficit in UK-wide coverage of rural issues in England, but said on the whole there is a broad and comprehensive range of voices. One popular programme focusing on rural life and environmental issues is Countryfile, which boasts a peak audience of 9.4 million viewers. A BBC spokesman said: “Across television, radio and online we cover a wide range of rural issues from many different perspectives in depth and impartially.”We are delighted so many listeners enjoy The Archers and are sure people appreciate it is a drama rather than a documentary.”center_img Chris Packham stars on Springwatch alongside Martin Hughes-Games and Michaela Strachan The BBC is “institutionally biased against the countryside” and is so out of touch “it thinks the Archers is real”, according to the head of a game conservation charity.Ian Coghill, the chairman of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), alleged the corporation is “as far away from the real countryside as it can get”. He criticised the BBC for regarding programmes about wildlife as nothing to do with policy or current affairs and said those who love country sports, such as shooting and fishing, are getting “increasingly disenchanted” with being treated as a “whipping boy” by some elements of the corporation.  In a blog for the GWCT website, published last month, Mr Coghill criticised the decision and claimed the BBC is “seen by many as institutionally biased against the countryside”.“[It treats] it as one would expect from an organisation so long divorced from country life that it thinks The Archers is real, probably because it is made in Birmingham, which from a London perspective is practically a village,” he wrote.Regarding Mr Packham’s “gratuitously abusive” comments about “perfectly decent country people”, he said many people had “missed the point” as the issue “is, and always was, the BBC”.He called out the corporation for dealing with Mr Packham as a freelance presenter, meaning he does not have to uphold the same impartiality guidelines despite allegedly providing his services to the BBC for 119 days last year.And he claimed the “real scandal” was the fact programmes the presenter is involved in – including Springwatch and its sister programmes Autumnwatch and Winterwatch – are not regarded as news or public-policy related. “The BBC Trust is to be thanked for making it clear where it and the BBC stand,” he wrote. “It turns out to be where we always thought but until now were never really able to confirm: as far away from the real countryside as they can get.”last_img read more

Continue Reading

redevgml

Three in four NHS areas are failing on maternity new rankings show

By on

first_imgA further 144 areas are deemed in need of improvement, with 53 assessed as performing well and one judged as top performing.The ratings examined stillbirth and neonatal mortality, maternal smoking at the time of delivery, women’s experience of maternity services and women’s choice.Elizabeth Duff, senior policy adviser at the National Childbirth Trust, said: “These figures starkly highlight areas where improvement is needed. For example, it is very disappointing that in some parts of the country barely half of women get the maternity care of their choice.”However, she said parents-to-be should not use the figures in isolation to decide where to have a baby.”They are baseline ratings which don’t take into account every aspect of care,” she said. Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “This is a significant amount of data which the RCM will need to consider carefully.”I do, however, welcome the openness and transparency in publishing these ratings. This is a positive step and one that could help women to be informed about the quality of services where they live, and empower them to make more informed decisions about their care.”“Hopefully these ratings will be used to help CCGs learn from the best and to improve quality where that is shown to be needed. “Mr Hunt said: “The government has delivered on its commitment to publish Ofsted-style ratings for key NHS services – the result is transparency which will empower patients and ultimately drive up the quality of care.“We want the NHS to be one of the safest places in the world to have a baby and we recently announced an increase in funding, more training and the ambition to halve levels of stillbirth.“There is more to do, but this is the first time we can see in black and white that in the crucial area of CCG spending we are fulfilling our commitment on parity of esteem, with mental health funding rising faster than overall increases.”Dr Matthew Jolly, NHS England’s national clinical director for maternity, said: “It has never been safer to give birth in this country and the vast majority of women report a good experience, but there is more that we can do.“The ratings published today will help local areas identify where they are doing well and importantly where improvements can be made – helping to ensure women and their families have a good experience wherever they live.”Meanwhile, new analysis of births published by the Office for National Statistics suggests that middle-class women are having more children than those in traditional working-class jobs.Only 17 per cent of babies born in England and Wales last year were to mothers in “routine” or “semi-routine” occupations, while 50 per cent had mothers classed in white-collar professional, managerial or intermediate positions. Another third either did not work or could not be classified.Among older mothers the distinction was even more marked. The figures also showed a fall in the fertility rate among immigrant mothers.A recent audit of maternity services exposed widespread shortages of hospital consultants on labour wards. Britain has one of the highest levels for stillbirths in the Western world Credit:Dominic Lipinksi/PA  ‘It is very positive that the Government will be listening to disabled people and their parents on how the NHS can better support families when serious issues do occur during birth’James Taylor, disability charity Scope Baby Joshua Titcombe died after hospital staff failed to provide antibiotics for an infection  Three quarters of NHS maternity services are failing, according to the first ever Ofsted-style rankings which reveal just one area has been placed in the top category.The data has been published as part of a transparency drive by Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, in an effort to improve Britain’s “shocking” place in international league tables.The UK has higher rates of stillbirth than Poland, Croatia and Estonia, and compensation claims against the NHS for catastrophic blunders in childbirth have tripled in a decade.The new rankings show that 74 per cent of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are providing services which are in need of improvement.The remainder are deemed to be performing well, with just one area – NHS West Kent – achieving the best ranking.The rankings identify 11 areas as the worst for maternity services. They are: Milton Keynes; South Warwickshire; Wolverhampton; Nottingham City; East Riding of Yorkshire; Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield; South Tees; Bradford Districts; Hull; Slough and South Gloucestershire. babies feet center_img Joshua with sister Emily  Almost half of hospitals had no senior doctors at weekends, while three quarters had no consultants working on maternity units at night. Last week Mr Hunt announced new initiatives which aim to improve the safety record of Britain’s maternity units.The Health Secretary said more than 1,000 babies could be saved each year if every NHS trust could match the performance of the best.Promising extra funding for safety training, and today’s ratings of maternity services, Mr Hunt said the UK had higher rates of stillbirth than Poland, Croatia and Estonia.“We are in the bottom third of a global league table of 164 countries for progress on reduction of stillbirths,” he warned, in a speech in London.Mr Hunt said midwives needed to do more to listen and act when concerns were raised by mothers-to-be.Health officials also published rankings of mental health services. These found 60 per cent of areas were in need of improvement, with 34 per cent performing well and just 6 per cent top performing.Simon Stevens, NHS England’s chief executive, said: “This new level of local transparency is unprecedented for any mental health service anywhere in the world.”Over the next five years, we want to see major improvements in NHS mental services. These figures for last year transparently lay out the starting baseline against which everyone will be able to judge whether the NHS is getting better in each and every town, city and county across England.”In a speech to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Mr Hunt last week said changes were needed to foster a culture of transparency.“Our stillbirth rates are still amongst the highest in Western Europe and many on the front line say there is still too much of a blame culture when things go wrong – often caused by fear of litigation or worry about damage to reputation and careers.” Last week, a report by the Care Quality Commission found that 37 per cent of maternity services were “inadequate” or “require improvement”.Britain has one of the worst stillbirth rates in the Western world, according to international rankings.In November a national study found half of stillbirths occurred after women contacted maternity units because they were fearful that their baby’s movements had slowed, changed or stopped.The clinical commissioning groups with the worst maternity servicesMilton KeynesSouth WarwickshireWolverhamptonNottingham CityEast Riding of YorkshireDurham Dales, Easington and SedgefieldSouth TeesBradford DistrictsHullSlough and South Gloucestershire 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

Continue Reading

nkkdghkm

Prince Harrys statement defending girlfriend Meghan Markle in full

By on

first_img“But the past week has seen a line crossed. His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Some of this has been very public – the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.”Some of it has been hidden from the public – the nightly legal battles to keep defamatory stories out of papers; her mother having to struggle past photographers in order to get to her front door; the attempts of reporters and photographers to gain illegal entry to her home and the calls to police that followed; the substantial bribes offered by papers to her ex-boyfriend; the bombardment of nearly every friend, co-worker, and loved one in her life. Meghan Markle Meghan MarkleCredit: MediaPunch/REX/Shutterstock “Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her. It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm.”He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game’. He strongly disagrees. This is not a game – it is her life and his. “He has asked for this statement to be issued in the hopes that those in the press who have been driving this story can pause and reflect before any further damage is done.”He knows that it is unusual to issue a statement like this, but hopes that fair-minded people will understand why he has felt it necessary to speak publicly.”center_img Here is the statement issued by the Communications Secretary to Prince Harry on his girlfriend, Meghan Markle:”Since he was young, Prince Harry has been very aware of the warmth that has been extended to him by members of the public.”He feels lucky to have so many people supporting him and knows what a fortunate and privileged life he leads.”He is also aware that there is significant curiosity about his private life. He has never been comfortable with this, but he has tried to develop a thick skin about the level of media interest that comes with it.”He has rarely taken formal action on the very regular publication of fictional stories that are written about him and he has worked hard to develop a professional relationship with the media, focused on his work and the issues he cares about. 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

Continue Reading

vozlqydz

Mother cleared of encouraging boyfriend to shoot crying toddler in head to

By on

first_imgAsked how she felt about the incident, Horseman replied: “Horrible, I felt bad, sick … like that could have been my child.”Cross-examining Horseman, Andrew Macfarlane, prosecuting, asked why her account given to the police while interviewed as a witness differed from her evidence in court.”Because I didn’t have a lawyer to help me. I was not in the right frame of mind,” she replied. I can’t remember specifically what happened. I am not good on video.”Mr Macfarlane asked why Horseman never mentioned saying anything to Walters before the weapon was fired.”Jordan didn’t hear what I said,” she replied.The barrister asked: “What was it you said?” Horseman replied: “I can’t remember.”Mr Macfarlane asked Horseman about the firing of an air rifle in her two-bedroom flat.”Is it something that you have found in your family… that the sound of an empty gun discharging does keep the children quiet? Have you tried it?,” he asked.Horseman replied: “I didn’t put anyone in danger. I am not that sort of person. I wouldn’t put any children in danger.”Mr Macfarlane asked: “Why fire the gun? Because you told him to do so. What did you say?” The defendant replied: “I didn’t say anything.”Mr Macfarlane asked: “I am suggesting that you are reluctant to admit that you uttered those words. You wanted the child kept quiet by having the gun aimed at him.”Harry, now aged two, was taken to Bristol Children’s Hospital where he had emergency surgery.Doctors discovered he had a displaced skull fracture and swelling and bleeding on the brain after being shot in the right temple. The pellet has not been found.Harry’s speech is now developing normally but he suffers from several post-traumatic seizures a day and is being treated with anticonvulsant drugs. Horrible, I felt bad, sick … like that could have been my childEmma Horseman on how she felt Bristol Crown Court heard that Harry was visiting Horseman’s home in Hartcliffe with his mother Amy Allen and older brother Riley when he was shot.Walters had already admitted unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm on the toddler.Giving evidence from behind a screen, Horseman had told the court that she and Miss Allen, who were friends, were sitting in the lounge chatting about how to look after two young children while Walters cleaned the air rifle in the kitchen.”I couldn’t see what Jordan was doing. All I know was that he was cleaning the gun. I know he had the gun out but I couldn’t see him,” she said.Horseman denied telling Walters to shoot Harry, telling the jury: “No, Jordan didn’t hear what I said. I can’t remember saying that.”Paul Cook, defending, asked Horseman: “What was the first you knew about the gun being fired?”She replied: “I didn’t even know it was. I just looked down and looked up and saw Harry was bleeding. That’s all that I can remember. Harry was sat on his mum’s lap.”Jordan stayed in the kitchen and didn’t come into the front room and I asked him to chuck a tea towel. I remember Jordan being on the phone and Amy saying ring the ambulance and Jordan staying in the kitchen the whole time.”Jordan said to Amy ‘What do I do?’ and Amy said ‘Ring the ambulance’ and that’s what he did. There was lots of ambulances arriving. It just happened so fast. I just remember Harry bleeding and the police turning up. I can’t remember anything else.” 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. Harry StudleyCredit: Avon and Somerset Police/PA Harry Studley A mother of two has been acquitted of encouraging her boyfriend to shoot a crying toddler in the head with an air rifle to keep him quiet.A jury took just 35 minutes to find Emma Horseman, 24, not guilty of unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm to Harry Studley on the basis that she aided or abetted an offence.Harry was just 18 months old when Jordan Walters pointed the telescopic weapon at him and pulled the trigger in July last year.Horseman was accused of telling Walters: “Shoot Harry, just to frighten him, to shut him up, shoot it at Harry.”last_img read more

Continue Reading

grzfjmlj

Trouble at mill as village trout fishing row reaches High Court

By on

first_imgA traditional fingerpost points the way They lived no more than a rod cast apart since Mrs Foster purchased her 17th Century Mill in 2009, and embarked on a project to restore it – including regeneration work on its sluice gates and clearing the waterways.But when she began work, a simmering boundary dispute developed when Dr Pearson, 58, complained she was “damaging the environment by cutting down trees”.The case, concerning Mrs Foster’s rights as the owner of the mill and the fishing rights Dr Foster enjoyed, ultimately reached the High Court – where the mill’s sluice gates, helping to control water flow, became a particular “source of controversy”.Dr Pearson said keeping them open interfered with his fishing rights, and was effectively having a “dramatic effect” on water levels in one of the waterways he was allowed to cast a rod into, as well as the River Frome itself. 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. For more than 75 years, a homeowner and his predecessors were able to enjoy the idyllic pastime of trout fishing from their back garden.But for psychiatrist Dr Richard Pearson, the hobby turned into a bitter dispute with his neighbour over claims his longstanding fishing rights were being breached – as he complained she was draining a waterway running through his land.The fish-rich waters of the River Frome flow by his Victorian Gothic Grade-II listed former rectory in the village of Maiden Newton, Dorset, and onto the home of his department store boss neighbour, Lillie Foster, 73. A traditional fingerpost points the wayCredit: Alamy Stock Photocenter_img The railway station at Maiden Newton The railway station at Maiden NewtonCredit:Alamy Stock Photo The waterways he claimed rights to were two artificial “leats” which formed as the river approached Mrs Foster’s mill – rights he, and previous homeowners, had apparently enjoyed since the 1930s.He claimed that, on one occasion in 2014, the water in the leat simply “disappeared” and he discovered that Mrs Foster’s sluice gate downstream had been “locked open”.A visitor to his £1.3million home – called Maiden Newton House – had commented the next day that “he was shocked by what he saw”.Solicitors’ letters began to fly and Dr Pearson said he had the right to close the gates himself, although Mrs Foster, understood to own Lilliput’s department store in Bridport, insisted that would be trespassing.She was still working on the restoration project for the mill which she said was “totally derelict and decayed”. Indeed, its wheel – installed in 1840 – and sluice gates were “in an advanced state of decomposition”.She had photographs showing that back in 2009, one of the leats was already empty of water anyway and a judge bore out her account that it was “effectively just a boggy overgrown area of land”.Dr Pearson obtained a temporary court order against Mrs Foster, forcing her to restore water levels in the leat so he could exercise his fishing rights – but the judge said Mrs Foster viewed the order as a “gross intrusion” into her private property rights.She was adamant that, preventing her from opening the gates, caused stagnation, methane gas, pondweed and flooding.Ruling on the dispute the judge said Mrs Foster had not “wilfully or maliciously” locked the gate open. He said there was also evidence that keeping the gates open for long periods “has produced a habitat that is not congenial to fish”.While Dr Pearson’s fishing rights over one of the leats were upheld, the judge said he was not entitled to cast a fly from the eastern bank of the other.There had been no “actionable interference” with his fishing rights, and he was “not entitled” to operate the sluice gates himself.Mr Justice Newey ruled that, given his findings, it was “not appropriate” to award Dr Pearson either damages, or an injunction, against Mrs Foster.last_img read more

Continue Reading

uyjagtaa

Student backlash at Cambridge University over fears of Canada geese cull

By on

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Drafting a letter to King’s management, the students write: “From a moral standpoint, we believe that geese have intrinsic value and therefore deserve a life free from suffering and human exploitation.”Geese experience pain, enjoy the benefits of a social lifestyle, and exhibit advanced intelligence in their ability to navigate vast distances on their migratory routes.”Citing Mahatma Gandhi, the students add that “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”We are aware of how fortunate we are to be members of King’s and how with this membership comes the responsibility of holding each other to high standards of conduct, respect, and dignity,” they add. Although the college insists it is not planning a cull, students claim the suggestion was made during a recent board meeting. Following the backlash, management now say the birds will be “moved” if other solutions cannot be found.The row is not the first to have played out in Cambridge over Canada geese; in 2003, St John’s College was criticised by animal rights campaigners when it announced that was taking steps to “reduce the population”. One of Cambridge University’s most prestigious colleges has provoked a backlash from students amid fears that the “sentient” Canadian geese living within its grounds might be culled – because their excrement has become a safety hazard.Having settled close to King’s College on the banks of the River Cam, the gaggle has been labelled a health and safety risk by staff, who warn that their droppings have made the college pathways dangerous and unsightly.Whilst the college is using a variety of measures to deter the birds from returning – including netting over the river and laser pens – the geese have so far remained anchored to their favourite resting spot.Concerned that the birds may be killed should current efforts fail, hundreds of students have signed a petition presented to the college council urging them to protect the “sentient beings”, on the grounds that a cull would amount to “animal cruelty”. Commenting on the dispute, a King’s spokesman said:  “Canada geese are a non-native species, and we have received many complaints that their growing numbers are causing the paths at the College to become slippery and unattractive.”The College has used a variety of non-harmful measures to deter the geese, and will continue to do so. If these measures prove unsuccessful we would consider moving the geese from King’s.”First brought to Britain from North America in 1665 by Charles II in a bid to increase the diversity of wildlife on show in St James’s Park, skeins of Canada geese have since spread across the country.Whilst the UK does receive a small number of migrating birds every winter, the vast majority are descendants of 17th century imports, and remain in residence all year round.However, the birds are seen by many as a pest; they have been known to produce droppings every 40 seconds, which contain many strands of bacteria that can cause serious illnesses including gastroenteritis. Whilst students acknowledge that the geese are problematic – germs in their faeces are often resistant to antibiotics and can cause serious illness- they suggest that King’s instead resorts to audio and non-toxic chemical deterrents. Canada geese last_img read more

Continue Reading

jgmnnruq

Newly built luxury homes in Cambridge vandalised with graffiti in Latin

By on

first_imgThe newly-built luxury homes in Cambridge  Police said they were alerted to reports of criminal damage to four buildings on Tuesday morning and officers were investigating.It comes after a self-styled ‘grammar vigilante’ revealed that he had spent years changing offending shop signs in the dead of night in Bristol. Last night, residents in Cambridge said they believed the Latin graffiti “reflects the mood” of the area. A 71-year-old retired biochemist, who lives in the city but asked not to be named, said: “The sentiment is perfectly correct but the act of execution is not what you want to see about. The newly-built luxury homes in Cambridge Credit:@RTaylorUK The graffiti reflects a mood in the area about that particular developmentResident Paula Champion She added: “The graffiti reflects a mood in the area about that particular development. They are just massive houses and no one locally would be able to afford them.”Dr Charles Weiss, from Cambridge University’s Faculty of Classics, translated the slogan as “a place for homes equals places for people”. He believes it might be ‘pidgin Latin’, a modern take on the ancient language. 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. Residents said they believed the graffiti reflected the mood of the areaCredit:@RTaylorUK Last night, residents said they believed the graffiti "reflects the mood" of the area Latin graffiti has been daubed across several luxury houses in Cambridge amid suggestions locals are unhappy with the development. The words “Loci Populum!” and “Locus in Domos” were painted in large letters across the front and sides of the houses in Water Street, in Chesterton, which cost more than £1.2million each. The Latin phrases translate online as “local people” and “place of homes”. Mary Beard, a Cambridge University professor of classics, told the BBC: “This is a bit hard to translate, but I think what they’re trying to say is that a lovely place has been turned into houses.” Other phrases daubed on to the buildings include “We [heart] our home” and the symbols for dollars, euros and Japanese yen, followed by the phrase “go away”.The six houses, which were built on the site of a pub, have gone on the market at a price of £1.25 million each.”House prices are a massive problem in Cambridge,” said Richard Taylor, a resident who has been “campaigning and commenting” on the development and related issues since it began.The average house price in Cambridge is about £500,000 – at least 12 times the average salary for the area.”We’ve got incredibly rich people living one street away from incredibly poor people,” Mr Taylor said. “Clearly somebody is protesting against these houses.”A spokesman for the developer,  HC Moss (Builders) Ltd, said: “We have been made aware of the incident of criminal damage at our Water Street development and are taking steps to remove the graffiti.”This appears to be an isolated incident and it has been reported to the police who are investigating. We will be reviewing our current security measures at the location.” “I would be very surprised if it wasn’t done by a Cambridge-educated activist. I could think of a few people in Cambridge who would have both the knowledge of Latin and the sentiments and the will to do it.”Resident Paula Champion added: “Everyone passing thinks it’s great… I think people think what’s written is funny because it’s on millionaires’ houses – basically it’s a comeuppance.”last_img read more

Continue Reading

ebwufoxu

Couple seeking cash for holiday sickness binged on 109 drinks in nine

By on

first_img“The night after the onset of the illness, cocktails and spirits were consumed. Two days after the onset of the illness, a very significant quantity of beers were consumed during the afternoon and spirits in the evening.” A total of 109 drinks were consumed over a nine-day period, Jet2holidays said. The Government and the police are increasingly concerned about a surge in the number of false holiday sickness claims. Travel association Abta says there has been a four-fold increase made by British tourists since 2013, in part driven by ambulance-chasing claims companies.Jet2holidays CEO Steve Heapy is now calling on the Government to crack down on “food bug fraudsters”. Two British tourists who claimed to have been “bed-ridden” by an “acute illness” in an attempt to claim compensation from a holiday company actually spent the week consuming large quantities of alcohol. The behaviour of the unnamed couple from Liverpool in Gran Canaria in 2015 was exposed by investigators instructed by Jet2holidays and the all-inclusive hotel Gloria Palace after the pair attempted to sue for damages.Both Jet2holidays and the four-star hotel said they heard no complaint from the pair during the stay or in the immediate wake of the holiday, but more than a year later received a letter from a claims management law firm demanding compensation for food poisoning, stating that an illness begun on the second day of a 12-day holiday had left the couple suffering “stomach cramps and severe diarrhoea” and “bed-ridden during an acute period of illness…[that] spoiled the rest of the holiday”. Majorca has also been cited as a hotbed of false claimsCredit:bbsferrari – Fotolia/Sergey Dzyuba "The night of the alleged onset of the illness, at least six shots of spirits and mixers were consumed." We risk the actions of the dishonest few spoiling the plans of many British holidaymakersJet2holidays CEO Steve Heapy But Jet2holidays found evidence of a different version of events.“In the course of investigating the claim with the hotelier, it has come to light that their records show that the customers continued to enjoy a range of alcoholic drinks throughout the time of their illness,” said the operator.“The night of the alleged onset of the illness, at least six shots of spirits and mixers were consumed.center_img Majorca has also been cited as a hotbed of false claims “We want our customers to have a great holiday and to continue to enjoy the benefits of all-inclusive. But the danger is that these fake holiday poisoning claims put the all-inclusive holiday at risk,” he said.“The sharp rise in the number of sickness claims is costing hoteliers and travel companies dearly, and it’s frustrating when so many are made a year or more after the holiday has ended. We risk the actions of the dishonest few spoiling the plans of many British holidaymakers.“My message is simple. No one cares more about you on holiday than us. If you have a problem on holiday, we are there for you and we take genuine claims very seriously. “The night of the alleged onset of the illness, at least six shots of spirits and mixers were consumed.” “But the food bug fraudsters are fooling customers into thinking they can make a claim even when they weren’t ill without any consequences, which is not true. These are the same guys that made so much money out of whiplash cases. I’m calling on the Government to crack down on the food bug fraudsters.”Earlier this month, detectives at the City of London police confirmed they were assessing material handed to them regarding false sickness claims to see whether criminal prosecutions could be sought.Such claims have the potential to raise insurance premiums and are costing holiday resorts and hotels millions of pounds each year. In Spain alone it is estimated to cost resorts more than £50 million annually, while tour operators in Mallorca have estimated that claims involving stomach illnesses increased by 700 per cent in the past year. Holiday prices could be hiked to combat the extra cost, while some tour operators have even suggested they might stop offering all-inclusive packages to Britons.The typical payout for a sickness claim is somewhere between £1,000 and £2,000, which is above the threshold for it to be considered a small claim (that threshold is £1,000).last_img read more

Continue Reading

ysylffby

Man 20 dies after being chased by police and apprehended in Hackney

By on

first_imgThe incident happened in the the Kingsland Road/ Middleton Road area of HackneyThe Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the incident, and the Directorate of Professional Standards has also been informed.The IPCC said it had launched an independent investigation at 3.10am on Saturday – less than an hour and a half after police pursued the man. It said it had obtained evidence “which indicates an object was removed from his throat at the scene”.The man was taken to the Royal London Hospital, where he died. CCTV footage from inside the shop and police body worn video has also been gathered and viewed.Investigators are keen to speak to any witnesses who were in the Kingsland Road/ Middleton Road area of Hackney. A 20-year-old man has died after being chased by police and apprehended in a shop.A Metropolitan Police officer pursued the man on foot after they attempted to stop a car in Kingsland Road, east London, at 1.45am on Saturday, the force said.The man went into a shop where he was seen “trying to swallow an object”, Scotland Yard said.A force spokesman said: “The man entered a shop in Kingsland Road, where he was seen to be trying to swallow an object.”The officer intervened and sought to prevent the man from harming himself, but he was then taken ill.”London Ambulance Service attended, and before they arrived first aid was provided by officers, including a police medic.The man was then taken to an east London hospital, where he was pronounced dead around an hour later.His next of kin have been informed. A post-mortem examination and formal identification are to take place.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Continue Reading

ujwpplxd

Prince Williams Brexit charm offensive as he appoints civil servant from department

By on

first_imgSimon HeadCredit:Thierry Monasse A spokesman for the Duke said: “His Royal Highness feels incredibly lucky to have benefited from Miguel’s advice and support over the last decade.”He has been an outstanding press secretary and private secretary and has been central to the decisions that have guided the establishment of the Duke’s office. Miguel Head is leaving his role as Private Secretary to the Duke of Cambridge in JulyCredit:Chris Jackson /Getty The Duke has also taken on increasingly challenging overseas tours, including a Brexit “charm offensive” on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to underline cultural and historic ties with the continent.  Miguel Head The arrival of Mr Case is a clear signal about the Duke’s intentions for his future work as a full-time Royal, which will see him increasingly supporting the Queen and meeting leaders from around the world in his official capacity.After a period of handover, he will take over as Private Secretary after the Duke’s tour to Israel, Jordan and the Occupied Palestinian Territories in the summer.Mr Head, who has overseen the recruitment process, is leaving after ten years to pursue a career outside the Royal Household, having stayed in position to support the Duke and Duchess and their children as they in to full-time life in London. Mr Case, who takes up his new role in July, is currently Director General Northern Ireland and Ireland in the Department for Exiting the EU.Aged 39 and with a PhD in political history, his remarkable career has seen him work as director of strategy for GCHQ, director of the implementation group at the Cabinet Office and as Principal Private Secretary to David Cameron and Theresa May.Described by those who have worked with him as master navigator, he has been hailed as a “very smart appointment” by sources who have seen him discreetly negotiate some of the most difficult issues of the day. Simon  Head Miguel Head, pictured with the Duke of Cambridge in October 2015, was in the role since December 2012Credit:Chris Radburn /PA Miguel Head 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. “He has also been a valued advisor during an important period in His Royal Highness’s life. He wishes Miguel all the very best for the future.”Mr Case joins the Kensington Palace team not long after Catherine Quinn, who became the Duchess’ Private Secretary fresh from her role as chief operating officer at Oxford University’s Said Business School, with previous roles in leadership positions at Middle Temple and the Wellcome Trust.Since October, the Duchess has spoken on several serious issues, including calling a symposium on supporting children in their early years, pledging to champion nurses and putting her own history of art degree to good use by curating a “patron’s trail” at the National Portrait Gallery.Prince Harry has his own private secretary working closely with the Duke’s, while Meghan Markle has been given an assistant private secretary to help her as she marries into the Kensington Palace team. After stepping up to duty as a full-time Royal, the Duke of Cambridge has vowed to be on hand to support the Queen, charm Europe at the request of government and take on the diplomatic minefield of an official visit to Israel.Today, he gave the the clearest sign yet of his approach to the serious business of being second-in-line to the throne, appointing one of Britain’s leading civil servants as his private secretary.The Duke has welcomed Simon Case, currently tasked with trying to solve the border issue in Northern Ireland and Ireland during Brexit discussions, to the Royal Household.Mr Case will replace Miguel Head, the Duke’s private secretary who has served in the household for ten years.The Duke paid warm tribute to Mr Head yesterday, saying he felt “incredibly lucky to have benefited from Miguel’s advice and support over the last decade”.His tenure, first as press secretary and then as private secretary, has seen Mr Head guide the Duke from his time as a trainee RAF pilot dating girlfriend Kate Middleton, through his high-profile wedding, fatherhood and stepping down from his job as a search and rescue pilot to become a full-time Royal.last_img read more

Continue Reading

xbdspkkt

The Queens Birthday Party review The strangest climax to a concert I

By on

Sting and Shaggy perform at the Royal Albert HallCredit:Andrew Parsons At least Her Majesty’s loyal subjects in the audience did not have to endure any act on a very mixed bill for too long. This was essentially an excuse to revive the Royal variety show and it moved along at a fast lick, operating a one song and you’re off policy. A few of the more mercenary stars seized the occasion to plug their new singles on prime time BBC (hang your head, Kylie) but most entered into the spirit of the occasion. It wasn’t all western pop music. The Indian drummers of The Dohl Foundation achieved the rare feat of drowning out Sir Tom Jones on a genuinely unusual version of It’s Not Unusual. The Welsh Belter fared better with South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo on The Green Green Grass of Home. In my decades as a rock critic, that may just qualify as the strangest climax to a concert I have ever witnessed. Amidst balloons and fireworks, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles joined Sting, Shaggy, Kylie, Sir Tom Jones, Craig David and a choir featuring comedian Harry Hill and former Labour Minister Ed Balls onstage at the Royal Albert Hall to be serenaded with a burst of Happy Birthday.When it was decided to throw a party for the Queen’s 92nd birthday, I am not convinced anyone actually considered asking her what kind of entertainment she might like. While I can’t claim to know what the Queen listens to for personal pleasure, I’m pretty sure it’s not Sting and Shaggy.Or, for that matter, almost anyone else on the bill. I would have liked to have binoculars to inspect the royal expression when Jamaican toaster Shaggy went walkabout in the crowd, Mr Boombastic toasting the occasion with his lusty dancehall patois, but I think the Queen’s mastery of the poker face is fairly well established by now. It has to be said, though, that the sound at the Royal Albert Hall wasn’t very impressive, with vocals mixed low and often drowned in echo. I suspect the considerations of the live audience, even including the Royal family, played second fiddle to the technical demands of a TV broadcast.Oddest performance of the night came when Ed Balls and Harry Hill joined comic Frank Skinner and the massed banjos of The George Formby Society. But it was Shaggy who got really got the crowd going, throwing himself into the stalls whilst  apparently ageless superstar Sting led the band in a medley of hits. The unlikely duo might just have stolen the show, if they hadn’t been fittingly upstaged in the surreal finale by the weirdly serene appearance of her Majesty herself. Sting and Shaggy perform at the Royal Albert Hall The biggest screams of the night were not for Harry and Meghan but for Canadian teen idol Shawn Mendes, looking very dapper in a grey suit and black guitar. British pop starlet Anne Marie on the other hand looked like she thought she was attending a Smash Hits pyjama party.  Occasionally I could see Prince William lean over and whisper in his grandmother’s ear, possibly to explain what she was witnessing, or apologise on behalf of his generation. Prince Harry speaking on stage at the birthday concertCredit:Andrew Parsons Prince Harry speaking on stage at the birthday concert But some curatorial attempt had evidently been made to span musical decades and play the guest of honour some songs she might actually be familiar with. Jamie Cullum made an impression with a swinging version of I Get A Kick Out Of You in which he kicked over his stool, picked it up and waved it at the Royal box.Laura Mvula followed on piano with a steamy version of Nina Simone’s I Put A Spell On You, with some ripe horns and velvet strings from the BBC Concert Orchestra. Operatic baritone Alfie Boe’s lusty swing medley was better received than it really deserved to be. But when Craig David tried to get a singalong going, the multi generational audience proved reluctant unite in homage to the hits of naughties garage 2 step. read more

Continue Reading

vtjilcpj

Donald Trump says Boris Johnson would make great prime minister

By on

And he admitted that he “feels unwelcome” in London because of mass protests organised to disrupt his visit. Mr Trump was interviewed by… Boris Johnson would make “a great prime minister” because “he’s got what it takes”, Donald Trump has said just days after the former foreign secretary quit Theresa May’s Cabinet. The US President said he was “very saddened” to see Mr Johnson leave the Government because he is “a very talented guy” for whom “I have a lot of respect”. However Mr Johnson’s successor as Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, was doing “a terrible job” and was failing the capital over terrorism and crime, he said. He also controversially said immigration had “changed the fabric of Europe”.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– read more

Continue Reading

jgmnnruq

Private schools told to share teachers with local state schools under new

By on

Traditionally this has been done by offering bursaries and fee discounts to children from disadvantaged families. However, many private schools now enter into partnerships with local state schools, which can include sharing teachers in specialist subjects or opening up their sports facilities. Private schools have been told to share teachers with local state schools, amid mounting pressure on them to justify their charitable status.The Department for Education (DfE) published new guidance on ways in which fee-paying schools should collaborate with their neighbouring state schools.Independent schools could allow state educated pupils to join their classes in subjects such as languages and Classics, it suggests. Private schools could also share facilities such as science laboratories with nearby state schools, it adds, while teachers from fee-paying institutions could share lesson plans and resources.The new guidance comes against a backdrop of growing pressure on the country’s most prestigious private schools to step up their efforts to help less well-off pupils.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Three quarters of independent schools in England are registered as charities, earning them favourable business rates and VAT exemptions on fees.To qualify as a charity they must demonstrate that they provide “public benefit” to a reasonably wide section of the public, rather than to a narrow group of wealthy individuals. Julie Robinson, general secretary of the Independent Schools Council, said: “The vast majority of independent schools have established partnership projects with state schools, at varying levels according to their capacity, for the benefit of all involved.”Through partnership work, we encourage all schools to continue supporting teacher training opportunities, sharing governance expertise and enriching the curriculum so that more children can thrive.”State schools are encouraged to sign a “memorandum of understanding” with their private school counterpart, where they enter into a formal agreement about their commitments. The DfE guidance also encourages universities to help struggling local state schools by for example, mentoring pupils who want to progress into higher education or training teachers.    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 month, the Education Secretary told private schools to open up their swimming pools to local primaries as part of a new Government plan to boost swimming lessons.Damian Hinds called on private schools to help children from neighbouring state primaries learn to swim by allowing them to use their sports facilities.Just over half of private schools already share their facilities with other schools, as well as some offering coaches to local primary schools.  Lord Agnew, the schools minister, said: “When organisations across the education sector work together the positive impact on pupils can be huge – raising aspirations and unlocking young people’s potential. So much good work already goes on but I want to see more of it.”Ministers have backed down on proposals to scrap the charitable status of private schools that do not help out their state-school neighbours.A schools green paper and the Conservative election manifesto said that independent schools would be required to sponsor academies, forge formal partnerships with state schools or offer a significant number of bursaries to poorer children to retain their tax status.However, the plan has been quietly dropped and the DfE has since set up a new unit to facilitate partnerships between state and private schools.    read more

Continue Reading