Dak Prescott Should Start Ignoring Dez Bryant

Most damningly, Prescott’s passer rating collapses when he targets Bryant — the opposite of what is supposed to happen with a No. 1 wide receiver. When throwing to Bryant, Prescott is 53-for-103 for 578 yards, with four TDs and three picks. That’s a 69.2 rating, which would rank 35th in the NFL, between C.J. Beathard and Tom Savage.In Elliott’s absence, things have gotten even worse. Prescott has a 54.4 rating when throwing to Bryant, and Dallas has scored just 22 combined points in three straight losses — the first team to score fewer than 10 points in each of three straight games since the 2009 Browns.Bryant, an elite deep-ball weapon in his prime, is now completely useless downfield, with just one reception on a pass thrown over 20 yards from scrimmage all year. Between 2012 and 2014, he averaged nearly 10 such grabs per season (29 total). It’s not like he’s wide open on short passes either. That was never more apparent than it was on Thanksgiving, when Bryant’s 0.8 yards of separation on targets was lowest among all wideouts who got at least five targets, according to the NFL’s Next Gen Stats.While Bryant just turned 29 in November, he has not only endured injury but also taken constant punishment as one of the game’s most physical receivers. He has been one of the league’s most vocal receivers about getting his share of volume, so if Prescott does start looking to his other targets more frequently, there’s no doubt that he will hear about. But it may be worth it: On all non-Bryant passes, Prescott’s rating of 95.3 is well above the NFL average. When Cowboys’ running back Ezekiel Elliott was finally forced to serve his six-game suspension for domestic violence, the logical assumption was that quarterback Dak Prescott would lean more heavily on the third member of the Dallas troika, star receiver Dez Bryant. But the Cowboys offense has floundered in the ensuing three weeks, and one of the reasons is becoming obvious: Bryant has fallen into an abyss so deep that he’s not merely no longer great, he has actually become one of the least efficient wide receivers in football.The most disconcerting thing about Bryant’s precipitous drop in production is that it’s not because he’s not getting opportunities. The Cowboys and NFL sophomore Prescott are throwing Bryant the ball — peppering him with 103 targets, the sixth-highest number in the league according to ESPN TruMedia.This high volume of looks would make good sense if Bryant were the offensive force we last saw for extended stretches way back in 2014, when Tony Romo was his quarterback. But the former All-Pro wide receiver has not been the same since he broke his foot in 2015. His horrible inefficiency that year was attributed to his coming back too soon and then playing without Romo, who was injured, and instead getting targets from one of the most inept casts of backup quarterbacks ever assembled. His 2016 season was supposed to be an awakening. But even with hyper-efficient Prescott at the controls, Bryant was nowhere near peak form. He hauled in 52.1 percent of his targets compared with 62.6 percent through 2014. And he converted just 57 percent of all the air yards on passes thrown to him into actual receiving yards, versus 74.6 percent prior to his injury.Still, Bryant flashed enough brilliance late in the year and in the postseason to lead Cowboys fans to think they were heading into this season with a legitimate weapon. Instead, Bryant is among the lowest-rated receivers in key efficiency metrics like catch rate (73rd out of 78 qualifying wide receivers with at least two catches per team game), receiving yards per target (75th), and receiving yards as a percentage of air yards (72nd).1According to data from ESPN TruMedia. Here’s every wide receiver with 22 or more receptions this season, broken up by targets and receiving yards. read more

Frey Tomkins to battle for OSU mens hockey goalie spot once again

OSU then-sophomore goalie Christian Frey (30) during a game against Nebraska-Omaha on Nov. 8 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoImagine, as a student, that you have to take a test every Friday.You begin preparation each Monday, getting yourself as ready as you can be for the challenge soon to come — but there’s a catch.Your professor tells you that your Friday tests will only be given if he says so. He might give you the test, he might not.You just have to be ready.This has been the case for Ohio State junior goaltenders Christian Frey and Matt Tomkins for the better part of the past two seasons.Frey’s journey at OSU began midway through the 2013-14 season after Collin Olson left the program and Tomkins was injured.The emergency call-up proved successful, as Frey would end up backstopping the Buckeyes to the championship of the inaugural Big Ten Tournament.OSU then-sophomore goalie Matt Tomkins (31) during a game against Michigan on Jan. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoHeading into the 2015-16 campaign, Frey carries a record of 18-16-5 accompanied with a 2.72 goals against average and a .917 save percentage.Tomkins has had his own shining moments throughout the course of his OSU career.Through 31 games played, the 2012 Chicago Blackhawks draftee has a record of 11-14-3 complemented by a 3.01 goals against average, a .897 save percentage and two shutouts.Since Frey’s arrival on campus, the man between the pipes in Game 1 of the typical Friday-Saturday matchups for the Scarlet and Gray is decided on Thursday after a full week of practice is completed.It’s not an uncommon situation for a collegiate team to utilize two goalies throughout the season.Fortunately for Frey and Tomkins, they’re in a comfortable routine, as this has been the status quo for a while now.“It’s the way things are,” Tomkins said. “It kind of gives you an opportunity when you don’t know throughout the week to prove yourself. It feels like you have an opportunity to maybe change the coaches’ minds a little bit.”OSU assistant coach Joe Exter is entering his fifth season with the Buckeyes. He coached former OSU goaltender Brady Hjelle to first-team All-American accolades in 2012-13, the first Buckeye to be named to the first team since 1998.A former netminder for Merrimack College and the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL, Exter knows the mindsets of his goalies better than anyone. He said he expects them to be ready to go, playing or not, and he understands their situation from a mental aspect.“We anticipate having a good goaltender once we step on the ice each game,” Exter said. “They’re human. They know that there’s one net. We’re not writers, we’re goaltenders. If you want the script to play out the way you feel or the way you hope, you better focus and take care of your job.”So what’s the secret to being on top of your game when you’re unaware if you have the starting job?“Acting every day as if you’re going to be the starter is key to consistency, and even if you’re not in, you still have to be ready,” Frey said. “When the other guy’s in, we’re right there cheering for him, hoping he does well, and when I’m in, he’s cheering for me and hoping I do well.”That relationship and the camaraderie between Frey and Tomkins allows the system to flow as smoothly as a one-on-one battle can.Whoever gets the nod for that first game of the weekend welcomes the challenge, but he also knows how quickly things can change.“Obviously you’re hoping to hear that you’re playing every Thursday, so when you do hear that, that you’re going to be the guy going on Friday night, it’s exciting, but at the same time you have to keep an even keel,” Tomkins said. “You can’t get too high when you’re playing and too low when you’re not.”Once again, it all comes back to just being ready.“If Thursday comes and you’re not the guy going on Friday, you still have to prepare on Friday and on Saturday as if you were going,” Tomkins said. “You never know.”   Either Tomkins or Frey is set to make the first start of the year when OSU opens the regular season at home against Bowling Green on Oct. 9. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Womens basketball Freshmen getting adjusted to college life

The jump from high school to college can be a difficult adjustment for any student, and student-athletes are no exception.The Ohio State women’s basketball team features three true freshmen this season. Forward Tori McCoy and guards Kiara Lewis and Jensen Caretti are currently going through the same adaptation process many new college students face.“It was a struggle starting off my first day,” McCoy said. “My first week, actually, I was just confused about everything.”The jump can be tough for students from small towns, especially at a large institution like OSU. Caretti is originally from Clarington, Ohio, a town which, according to the 2015 U.S. census, had a population of just 380.“It’s a big environmental change,” Caretti said. “I never expected to go this big in the first place.”The path to OSU was different for all three. Lewis attended Whitney M. Young High School in Chicago, the same school that produced teammate Linnae Harper.Freshman Kiara Lewis (23), Tori McCoy (0) and Jensen Caretti (33) pose for a photo together donning their Ohio state uniforms. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsDuring her senior year of high school, Lewis averaged 24.4 points, 5.3 assists, 7.0 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game. Her efforts landed her the Gatorade Player of the Year award in the state of Illinois.Ranked as the 24th best prospect in the 2016 class by ESPN, Lewis was recruited by the likes of Texas A&M and Tennessee, but said that OSU was the best fit.“I felt that the coaches were very caring and that the team was going to be pretty good,” Lewis said. “We could possibly do something big.”McCoy is a product of Saint Thomas More High School in Champaign, Illinois. She was a finalist for the Naismith Player of the Year award during her senior year, a campaign which saw her average 20.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. ESPN ranked her as the 10th best player in her class.McCoy’s list of college options included Baylor, Tennessee and South Carolina, but she said that she felt a different level of comfort with OSU.“The players, they made me feel welcome and that’s a big thing for me,” McCoy said. “I just enjoyed being around the girls.”Caretti was named Ms. Basketball for Ohio after her senior year at River High School in Hannibal, Ohio. She averaged 25.0 points, 11.0 boards and carried a shooting percentage of over 58 percent that year, leading to an ESPN ranking of 31st nationally.Caretti also excelled at volleyball in high school. She said that she considered playing collegiate volleyball instead of basketball, but the opportunities were far greater for basketball.“I didn’t get any big offers like I did for basketball,” Caretti said. “I never played on a travel team for volleyball, so I didn’t really get any looks because our school was so small.”Louisville and South Carolina were among the schools who looked at Caretti for basketball, but the guard said her decision to become a Buckeye was made due to the team’s recent resurgence and the fact that the school was close to home.Now, all three players have joined forces in Columbus and are helping each other get acclimated to life in college.“We actually became close really fast,” McCoy said. “They are always pushing me and I’m always pushing them too.”The tight-knit group remains together on and off the court.“We all come to the gym together, leave together — stuff like that,” Lewis said.As they settle in, McCoy, Lewis and Caretti are looking ahead to what they believe could be a special season at OSU.“I think we are going to go pretty far this year,” McCoy said. “We’re looking pretty good and we’re doing better in practices every day.”The end goal for the incoming players is obvious: Win it all.“Hopefully, we can expect a national championship,” Caretti said. “We are a great team.” read more

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OSU junior forward Alexa Hart (22) and redshirt junior guard Kianna Holland (right) cheer a teammates’ basket on March 3 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports Director

Ironic reunion former OSU quarterback Joe Germaine coaching in Arizona

Arizona State linebacker Paul Reynolds stepped onto the field for the final drive of the 1997 Rose Bowl against Ohio State as confident as could be. The Sun Devils had just scored a touchdown to go up 17-14 with less than two minutes to play, and the Buckeyes were sending out an unproven sophomore quarterback to lead them on their final drive. “Pat Tillman (Reynolds’ ASU teammate) and I saw this baby-faced guy with big ear pads come running onto the field,” Reynolds said. “We looked at each other and said, ‘We’ve got this in the bag.’ Unfortunately, we know how that turned out.” Joe Germaine led a 65-yard game-winning drive, culminating with a 5-yard touchdown pass to receiver David Boston, to beat the Sun Devils, 20-17. Thirteen years later, Reynolds, the athletic director at Queen Creek High School in Queen Creek, Ariz., hired the “baby-faced” quarterback with “big ear pads” to be his varsity football coach. “My first day in the weight room, we took a photo of the kids and me,” said Joe Germaine, 1997 Rose Bowl MVP. Reynolds “had it PhotoShopped and put me in a Sun Devils shirt. Naturally, I did the same to him, only putting him in a Buckeyes jersey.” Germaine played in the NFL for five seasons and has had multiple stints in the Arena Football League since graduating from OSU in 1998. In his first season as coach, Germaine is 5-1, with a triple-overtime victory over the defending Arizona Class 4A Division II state champions. “I’ve always had a passion for the game,” Germaine said. “I loved practicing. I loved going to meetings. I just loved learning the game.” Hired by Reynolds in March, Germaine was a quarterback coach at Basha High School in Arizona for three years and an assistant at Mesa Community College for two years before coming to Queen Creek. “I got into coaching once I started playing Arena Football,” Germaine said. “The schedule was different from the NFL, and I had the time to do it.” The Arena Football League plays its games from April to August instead of September through January, as the NFL does. “It’s a thrill, being a head coach,” he said. “I’m seeing the game from a different vantage point.” Germaine played for OSU from 1996–1998. Known for his prolific passing and unflappable composure, he threw for 6,370 yards, third-most in OSU history, and 56 touchdowns, second-most in OSU history. Reynolds said the unflappable composure is still there. “In the triple-overtime win, he didn’t look nervous for one second,” he said. “He has such a calm demeanor.” Queen Creek won the triple-overtime thriller 49-42, securing the game with a goal-line stand in the third extra period. “The kids definitely take after their coach,” Reynolds said. “They’re high school kids, you know. You expect them to make mistakes, but no one lost their composure and they held on for the win.” Germaine said he holds high expectations for his players. “We have very high standards on and off the field,” Germaine said. “We teach accountability, and the kids have just been great.” Against Illinois on Oct. 2, OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor passed Germaine for seventh on the “all-time total offense” list at OSU. Germaine had 6,094 yards of total offense as a Buckeye. “I think Terrelle is a terrific talent,” Germaine said. “I expect him to be one of the all-time greats at Ohio State once it’s all said and done.” He said some of the criticism Pryor faced last season as a sophomore was unfair. Germaine said everyone has to mature and credited the OSU coaching staff for helping Pryor develop his game. “Great coaches make great players,” he said. Jim “Tressel and quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano are great teachers of the game. It’s easy to see why Pryor is where he’s at with coaches like that.” Germaine said his coach at OSU, John Cooper, taught him a lot about the game. “He was fair and treated his players with respect,” he said. “I try to do those same things for my players.” Understandably, many of Queen Creek’s players are Arizona State fans. Queen Creek is only about 30 miles from the ASU campus. “It’s funny,” Germaine said. “We have an ASU-OSU thing going on. They razz me a little bit and I razz them a little bit, but they know that I’m a Buckeye, and there’s no changing that.” Reynolds said Germaine is a great coach and is only going to get better. “He’s been doing a great job,” he said. “I don’t think the kids realize what they’ve got, but I sure do. Hopefully, we can get him to stick around here a while.” It might be tough for Reynolds to keep the former OSU star at Queen Creek. Germaine said he would love to coach at the collegiate level. He even hinted at the possibility of coaching at his alma mater. “Who knows?” he said. “Maybe a few years down the road, Tressel will be hiring and I’ll come back to Ohio State. OSU has a special place in my heart and that’d be something.” Although he said he loves coaching, he still has a desire to play. “I wish more than anything to get an opportunity to play again,” he said. “I keep in shape, hoping that chance will come — you never know.” As for the rest of Queen Creek’s season, Germaine said they’ve got one of the tougher schedules in the state, but that doesn’t mean his goals aren’t set high. “You can imagine how we want to finish,” he said. read more

New Ohio State pistol coach Emil Milev shoots for the next level

Emil Meliv, now Ohio State’s pistol coach, takes aim at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup at Fort Benning in Georgia on March 28, 2014. Credit: Courtesy of USA ShootingAfter competing in six Olympic games, Emil Milev has a new challenge ahead of him: being head coach of the Ohio State pistol team as it prepares for another triumphant season.The pistol team won last year’s women’s aggregate national championships and the open team intercollegiate championship for the third season in a row. Milev said he is looking forward to building on the success of an already highly decorated program and “taking it to the next level.”“The name is what led me here — it’s the best in the country,” Milev said. “I think the team and I can work together, and this collaboration can be beneficial to the program. I want to give them a lot of opportunities in the sport and in life.” The Bulgarian-born Milev competed for his home country in four Olympic games between 1992 and 2004 and earned the silver medal in the 1996 Atlanta games, before moving to the U.S. in 2004 and becoming a U.S. citizen in 2009. He competed for the U.S. in the 2012 London and 2016 Rio games. Milev also is a six-time World Championship competitor, earning the silver medal in 1994. Milev began the sport of pistol as a hobby, going with friends to the shooting range. He began intercollegiate competition, eventually working toward qualifying for the World Championship and Olympics.“I felt hungry for the competitiveness, and started practicing harder, reading books and learning more about the sport,” Milev said. “Never in high school did I think I would be at six Olympic games and even receiving a medal. I just love it so much. I never dreamed it would be my life, but it slowly turned out to be that way. It’s very rewarding.”A main goal of Milev’s is to have the program focus more to the Olympic-styled events he knows best.“The [National Rifle Association] is making a few changes in their competitive events, but right now only three collegiate events pistol shooters participate in are Olympic,” Milev said. “I would like to see the program go in this direction, and eventually see athletes coming here to contribute to our team along with our athletes competing and winning in international matches in the years to come.”Pistol has multiple events in the men’s and women’s divisions, depending on the size of the gun used and the distance from the target. The type of competitions also vary in how fast the shooter must get the shots off. Most of the sport, as described by Milev, is a balance between controlling the fine-tuned machine to work with the shooter and the mental focus needed to be successful.“To truly appreciate pistol, you have to try it,” Milev said. “Even just learning more about it, asking our athletes about what they do and how they must train, people will understand this is truly a sport.”Sophomore Anthony McCollum, who earned the silver medal in last year’s national open-air competition, said Milev has already made an impact on the Buckeyes, though he was hired less than three weeks ago. The team competes on October 27-28 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where it will face Army, Coast Guard, North Dakota State and Utah to begin the season. “We ask for the Ohio State community to celebrate with us, there’s a lot of talent on this team and you can expect lots of wins this year,” Milev said. read more

TBDPITL Ep 19 Ohio State mens basketballs downward spiral

Wyatt Crosher and Colin Gay discuss Ohio State men’s basketball’s four-game losing streak and if it will become a five-game one after the Purdue game, and if there is a end to the losing ways in the near future. Wyatt and Colin also talk about Ohio State men’s hockey’s sweep against then-No. 13 Penn State and how the team looks ready for another deep tournament run, as well as women’s basketball’s recent defeat against Michigan.

Worst anniversary gift ever Husband gives catloving wife bad taxidermy feline

first_imgIt has a shaved part on its hind leg, which the eBay seller wrote may be from the feline’s final injection.She wrote: “It was clearly someone’s (elderly) pet, and it’s tragic gaze is hauntingly beautiful in a way. Not a way that I want in my house, but I imagine someone might.”There have been 12 bids on the dead animal, and it is currently going for £102. “Bid high. Marital counseling isn’t cheap.”She isn’t completely angry, however – Catherine noted she can now never give her husband a dud gift, as he gave her the worst wedding anniversary present ever.The tabby cat is elderly, and clearly someone’s old pet. cat 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. A thoughtful gift? Catherine wrote on eBay: “So, if your home needs a tragic symbol of misguided love – the misguided love of an incompetent amateur taxidermist for a beloved, elderly, scruffy cat or the misguided love of a new husband who thought getting his cat-loving bride a dead one for their first anniversary was a good idea – then please consider bidding.”I am not heartless – I do feel some affection for the cat, which clearly was beloved of someone back when it was alive – so I am donating ten percent of the sale price to an animal rescue shelter.”Check out the pictures – two alive cats are included in the images for reference, but are not included in the listing. We want to keep those.  Catherine noted the cat’s haunting stareCredit:eBay A thoughtful gift?Credit:eBay Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a stuffed version of your favourite animal. At least, that’s what one woman wrote on her eBay listing in a bid to get rid of a horrific wedding anniversary present.The eBay seller, Catherine, loves cats, so her husband decided to give her someone else’s dead elderly pet on their first wedding anniversary.Her husband was given the stuffed cat by his tattoo artist, and thought it was the perfect gift for his feline-fanatic wife.She, however, was not happy with the gift.last_img read more

Review of 10 killings uncovers failings at NHS mental health trust that

first_imgMaureen Lock, the widow of Donald Lock, pictured outside court Matthew Daley, pictured leaving a court hearing, suffered from chronic mental health problemsCredit:Christopher Pledger for The Telegraph Maureen Lock, the widow of Donald Lock, pictured outside courtCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA Investigators also found that, as recently as December 2015, records were not always updated. Policies also tended to view mental health service users as victims as opposed to potential abusers.Colm Donaghy, chief executive of Sussex Partnership, offered his “sincere apology and condolences” to families.He added: “We commissioned this review with NHS England because we want to make sure we have done everything possible in response to these tragic incidents.”We have a responsibility to the patients, families and local communities we serve to ensure this. We have investigated each of the incidents individually. We also wanted independent, expert advice about any common themes which may link them.”Sometimes, as is the case across the NHS, we need to improve processes, policies and training in response to incidents involving our services. But that isn’t enough on its own.”This review sends us a strong message about the need to identify and embed learning when things go wrong in a way that changes clinical practice and behaviour.”This goes beyond action plans; it’s about organisational culture, values and leadership.”Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of the mental health charity Sane, said: “We are pleased that these steps are being taken to deal with the families who have been so often disregarded and who experienced obstacles in finding out the truth.”We hope that they will be more included in future, but are concerned that even now at least some families have not been involved in this review.” Commissioned by the trust and NHS England, the review analysed previous reports into the 10 killings to see if any lessons could be learned.In two cases, experts concluded the deaths could have been prevented – although it did not say which ones. Neither of them was the case involving Mr Lock.Mr Lock, who was 79, was killed by Matthew Daley following a collision between their two cars.Daley admitted stabbing Mr Lock to death, claiming diminished responsibility, and was convicted of manslaughter in May.Lewes Crown Court heard Daley suffered from chronic mental health problems and that his family had pleaded with the NHS to have him sectioned.Sussex Partnership has admitted it “got things wrong” and should have carried out a formal assessment for Daley, who had a diagnosis of Asperger’s – but who was also suffering from symptoms of psychosis.Mr Lock’s family has said they believe the NHS trust is to blame, saying he would “still be here today” if it had done its job properly.An internal Sussex Partnership report into the care provided to Daley has not been published by the trust. An independent review of the case by NHS England is not expected to be published until next year.In the new review, investigators found that in seven of the killings, there was criticism of how the the NHS trust assessed the risk posed by its patients. Service users made threats to kill others but no further action, for example informing the police or warning the person threatened, was takenreview into Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trustcenter_img In several cases, the process was reported to be “inadequate and the risk posed by the service user went unrecognised or was severely underestimated”.In some cases, “risks assessments were not completed or were completed incorrectly” and “risk management plans were not completed”.The review said “some diagnoses are incorrect and remained unchanged in the face of the service user’s behaviour”.Investigators found that assessments were not updated when circumstances changed – such as a new criminal conviction – while some assessments were started but not completed.”Sometimes service users made threats to kill others but no further action, for example informing the police or warning the person threatened, was taken,” the report saidA “think family” approach was rarely, if ever, followed and several of the people who went on to kill might have had a dual diagnosis – such as both a mental illness and a substance misuse problem – but this was not identified.The report said learning after each killing was not always taken up across the trust and there was some “repetition” in the recommendations made after each one. A review of 10 killings – including that of a pensioner who was stabbed after a collision between two cars – has uncovered failings at a mental health trust.Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has already apologised for its role in the lead up to the death of Donald Lock, who was stabbed 39 times on the A24 in Findon in July 2015.But a new independent review has found the trust did not always learn fully from previous mistakes and sometimes “severely underestimated” the risk posed by mental health patients.It also failed to include the views of families, some of whom pleaded for help, and did not always send people with signs of psychosis to specialist services. Matthew Daley, pictured leaving a court hearing, suffered from chronic mental health problems Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Use prawns to trap killer Asian hornets beekeepers told

first_imgThe whole thing about baiting for these creatures is to meet their particular needs and that is slightly seasonalTim Lovett, British Beekeepers Association Experts say traps made out of plastic bottles and baited with prawns can help stop the spread.In September Prince Charles’ beloved bee collection was thought to be under threat after Asian hornets, which decapitate their prey, were spotted only a few miles from his Highgrove estate in Gloucestershire.A giant nest was later found and destroyed, and yesterday the Government said the current outbreak had been contained.Tim Lovett, public affairs director for the British Beekeepers Association, said prawns was the right bait for the hornet at the moment, but that their tastes would change.“The whole thing about baiting for these creatures is to meet their particular needs and that is slightly seasonal,” he said.“There are times when they are breeding like mad when they need protein, such as prawns and carbohydrate, and as things calm down they need to be fattened up on just carbohydrate.“In the spring they need protein and sugar.”The Asian hornet is now common across Europe, having been introduced to France by accident in 2004 in a shipment of pottery from China.Nicola Spence, from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said the eradication protocols had so far worked well.“We remain vigilant, however, and will continue to monitor the situation and encourage people to look out for any Asian hornet nests,” she said. British beekeepers have suggested an unlikely weapon in the battle against the current invasion of killer Asian hornets – prawns.People are being advised to bait their home-made traps with the seafood, as the foreign species is particularly partial to protein-rich morsels during its current breeding season.Asian hornets, which can wipe out a hive of native bees in just one or two hours, have in recent months been sighted in Gloucestershire, Somerset and the Channel Islands.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

Salmonella warning over bagged salad leaves

first_imgExperts warned consumers to avoid ready-cut salad if possible, to rinse bagged salad thoroughly, and not to let it get warm.The scientists did not measure levels of salmonella in bought salad but investigated the way the bacteria grew on damaged leaves and attached itself to plastic bag surfaces.Cos, baby green oak, and red romaine lettuce, spinach, and red chard obtained from commercially available bag mixes were all used in the tests.The experiments showed that juice from broken leaves increased salmonella growth in water by 110%. When the juice was added to a nutrient medium supporting salmonella, the bacteria’s growth was boosted more than 2,400-fold. Chicken Lead scientist Dr Primrose Freestone, from the University of Leicester’s Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, said: “Salad leaves are cut during harvesting and we found that even microlitres of the juices (less than 1/200th of a teaspoon) which leach from the cut ends of the leaves enabled salmonella to grow in water, even when it was refrigerated.”These juices also helped the salmonella to attach itself to the salad leaves so strongly that vigorous washing could not remove the bacteria, and even enabled the pathogen to attach to the salad bag container.”This strongly emphasises the need for salad leaf growers to maintain high food safety standards as even a few salmonella cells in a salad bag at the time of purchase could become many thousands by the time a bag of salad leaves reaches its use by date, even if kept refrigerated.”Even small traces of juices released from damaged leaves can make the pathogen grow better and become more able to cause disease.”She said the research, published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, also served as a reminder to consume bagged salad as soon as possible after opening.”We found that once opened, the bacteria naturally present on the leaves also grew much faster even when kept cold in the fridge,” Dr Freestone added.As part of the study, plastic bags were cut into 2cm long sections and tested to see how well salmonella formed clinging “biofilms” on their surfaces. The presence of juice enhanced the bug’s ability to attach to the plastic, researchers said. Even small traces of juices released from damaged leaves can make the pathogen grow better and become more able to cause diseaseDr Primrose Freestone 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. Broken leaves in bags of prepared salad may dramatically increase the risk of salmonella, a study has shown.Juice from damaged leaves can boost growth of the food poisoning bug more than 2,400-fold, scientists discovered.It also has the effect of increasing the bacteria’s virulence, making it more likely to cause an infection.center_img Each year more than 500,000 cases of food poisoning are recorded in the UK, according to a recent report from the Food Standards Agency.While poultry meat was the most common source of infection, some 48,000 cases were linked to fresh non-meat produce including vegetables, fruits, nuts and sprouting seeds.Dr Kimon Karatzas, Assistant Professor in Food Microbiology at the University of Reading, said: “The interesting element is that chopped fresh produce provides an environment rich in nutrients which can support pathogens such as salmonella.”On the other hand, consumption of fresh produce is important for health too and consumers need to strike a balance between the two.”Consumers seem to be more preoccupied with nutritional facts, but they should not forget that food-borne pathogens can be deadly.”Avoiding fresh produce is not a solution, but if possible, it would be preferable to buy uncut fresh produce over chopped, and to always wash it before you eat – even the ones that are already washed.”Furthermore, keeping these foods in the refrigerator is important.” Poultry meat was the most common source of infectionCredit:Alamy Food microbiologist Professor Martin Adams, from the University of Surrey, said he was concerned to hear that the salmonella strain used in the study could grow at refrigeration temperature, minus 4C.He added: “If salmonella did manage to gain access to a prepared salad then the food would obviously be a risk to the health of consumers but if it were able to grow at chill temperatures then that risk would increase over time.”It is very important that salad vegetables are washed thoroughly before consumption.”This is good advice that goes back many years. Although prepared bagged salads have already been washed, another washing before use would give an added level of reassurance.” It is very important that salad vegetables are washed thoroughly before consumptionProfessor Martin Adamslast_img read more

British Santa tour worker stabbed to death in Lapland

first_imgA British seasonal worker has been stabbed to death at a festive tourism centre in Lapland where she took families to meet Father Christmas.The 26-year-old, who worked for a group called Santa Safari, was found dead on Saturday. Finnish police launched a manhunt for her 36-year-old Czech boyfriend who was found in the wilderness suffering from hypothermia.Police used a border guard helicopter, snowmobiles and huskies to track the man after he fled from a property in Kuttanen, Finland, close to the Swedish border.The woman, who is understood to be Scottish, gave families guided Santa tours and is thought to have been in the area for several weeks. Seasonal workers normally stay in the region, which is inside the Arctic Circle, from late November to January.Police in Lapland said in a report online: “A homicide occurred on Saturday morning. A 36-year-old man is suspected of having stabbed to death his 26-year-old girlfriend. Both of them were foreign seasonal workers. After the deed, the man fled with their dogs.” They added that he did not resist arrest and was taken to hospital in Rovaniemi.   Katie Amy, of Derby, who was on holiday in the area, complained that communication about what had happened was “awful”. She added: “We should have been out on a four-hour trip with a 40 minute husky ride, snowmobile ride and reindeer sleigh to see Santa.”However we got just two minutes going round in a circle on the reindeer, like a donkey on Blackpool beach. It turns out Transun were putting our safety first.” Santa Safari, which is understood to be contracted to Oxford-based Transun Travel, told The Sun: “We are deeply saddened to confirm that a member of the Santa Safari team was discovered dead on December 3.“We are all in shock from this tragic news and our thoughts go out to her family.“Our team is working closely with the Finnish Police and relevant authorities to support the investigation that is now underway.“It goes without saying that we will do everything we can to support the family and our staff at this incredibly difficult time.”A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed it was supporting the family of a British national who died in Finland on December 3.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

Manchester terror attack Everything we know so far

first_imgWhat is Operation Temperer?Operation Temperer is the government plan to put up to 3,800 soldiers on the streets in response to a major terrorist threat. It was devised in 2015 and had been a secret until it was accidentally leaked to a newspaper.Mrs May said last night that the operation was now in force and armed soldiers would guard “key locations” across London. These include Buckingham Palace, Downing Street, the Palace of Westminster and embassies.The Palace of Westminster is closed to the public and the Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace is cancelled to redeploy police officers.The move is temporary but it’s not known how long the heightened state of alert will remain in place. Georgina Callander (left) pictured with singer Ariana Grande Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi. Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi.Credit:Sky News What is the latest?Police are investigating associates of Abedi and are carrying out “extensive searches” across Manchester after revealing they believe they’re investigating a “network”. Abedi’s father Ramadan has reportedly been arrested in Tripoli, Libya. It follows an interview in which he denied his son Salman’s involvement in the blast and said: “We don’t believe in killing innocents. This is not us.”Abedi’s younger brother Hashem has also reportedly been arrested in Tripoli, Libya, on suspicion of having links to the Islamic State group that claimed responsibility for the Manchester Arena attack on Monday. How many people have been arrested in the UK?Five people have been arrested in the UK so far. Terror linksFrench interior minister Gerard Collomb has said Abedi is believed to have travelled to Syria and had “proven” links with the terror group  Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).Mr Collomb told French television that both British and French intelligence services had information that Abedi had been in Syria. 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. Tributes have also been paid to 26-year-old John Atkinson from Bury, and Marcin and Angelika Klis, Polish parents of a student at the University of York, who were both at the concert to pick up their children. Kelly Brewster, 32, from Sheffield was also killed and leaves behind a young daughter, Phoebe. Mothers Alison Howe, 45, and Lisa Lees, 47, from Royton, Oldham, died as they were waiting to collect their teenage daughters. PR manager Martyn Hett, from Stockport died after attending the concert with a friend, while 14-year-old Nell Jones, from Knutsford has also been confirmed dead. Detectives are probing a “network” linked to the Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi police have confirmed, as his father and brother were detained in Libya.Twenty-two people were killed in a blast at the Manchester Arena on Monday night, including an eight-year-old girl and an off-duty female police officer, moments after US singer Ariana Grande finished performing, at around 10:30pm.Prime Minister Theresa May has raised the UK threat level to the highest possible rating, meaning another terrorist atrocity is expected imminently. Almost 1,000 troops have been deployed to key locations.Here’s everything we know about the bomber, the arrests, the victims, and how the government is dealing with the threat.  As many as 64 people have been hurt and 20 are being treated for critical injuries. Twelve of those rushed to hospital were children. Where did the attack happen exactly?  Who can I call if I am concerned about a loved one or have information?Anyone with concerns over loved ones can contact 0161 856 9400 or 0161 856 9900 for assistance.Any footage from the scene can be uploaded at ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk or ukpoliceimageappeal.com.The anti-terrorist hotline is 0800 789321. Anyone with urgent concerns should contact 999.Facebook Safety Check: What it is and how to mark yourself safe after the Manchester attack The deployment is also unprecedented and puts Mrs May at odds with her predecessor, David Cameron, who was reluctant to use the controversial power.What should you do in a terrorist attack? Official UK security advice  Is the timing relevant?The blast occurred on the anniversary of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby, who was hacked to death on a London street on May 22, 2013.Rigby’s gruesome murder gained international notoriety when Michael Adebolajo was filmed by passers-by standing in the street with blood-soaked hands trying to justify the attack.  Who are the victims?Many children and young people are among the dead and some people are still missing.The first victim to be named on Tuesday was college student Georgina Callander. The 18-year-old “superfan”, from Whittle-le-Woods in Lancashire, had met her idol Miss Grande in 2015 and had posted excitedly about the moment on Instagram. Georgina Callander (left) pictured with singer Ariana Grande Saffie Rose Roussos, aged eight, died in Monday’s attack in Manchester.Credit: SWNS.com Eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos from Leyland, Lancashire is the youngest victim so far. She was caught in the blast after becoming separated from her mother Lisa and sister Ashlee Bromwich, who is in her 20s. They are both being treated for shrapnel injuries. Olivia Campbell, 15, from Bury, was also killed, her mother said on Facebook on Tuesday night.  Police seal off Elsmore Road in Fallowfield, Manchester where the suspect is believed to have lived. On Wednesday, BBC News reported that members of the public blew the whistle on Abedi several years ago by reporting him to the anti-terrorism hotline.An unnamed Muslim community worker told the broadcaster that two people who knew Abedi at college tipped off officers after he made statements “supporting terrorism” and expressing the view that “being a suicide bomber was OK”.The calls are thought to have been made five years ago, after Abedi left school, the community worker added. Saffie Rose Roussos What do we know about Salman Abedi?Abedi was born in Manchester in 1994 and is of Libyan descent.The second youngest of four children, his parents Samia Tabbal, 50, and father, Ramadan Abedi, a security officer, were Libyan refugees who came to the UK to escape the Gaddafi regime, although they are believed to have returned.Abedi was educated locally in south Manchester and studied business at Salford University – but dropped out before completing his degree.He is thought to have attended the Manchester Islamic Centre, also known as Didsbury Mosque, along with his parents and siblings.A family friend, who asked not to be named, described him as “normal” and said the family were known to the Libyan community in the city. Teenage sweethearts Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19, from South Shields, were “inseparable” and “beautiful inside and out”, their grieving relatives said in a statement released through police. Police seal off Elsmore Road in Fallowfield, Manchester. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Abedi was known to the intelligence services “up to a point”. The first arrest happened on Tuesday in Chorlton, Manchester where a 23-year-old man was held, believed to be Abedi’s older brother Ismail. He remains in custody.Another three men were arrested in south Manchester on Wednesday morning. A fifth suspect, believed to be carrying a package, was arrested in Wigan on Wednesday afternoon.What is the UK threat level?Mrs May raised the UK threat level to critical on Tuesday evening, saying a “wider group of individuals” could have been involved in the Manchester Arena blast rather than just Abedi.  What about the June 8 election?General Election campaigning will get back under way nationally on Friday after a three-day pause in respect for the victims of the Manchester bomb.Conservatives, Labour, Greens and the Scottish National Party all announced they will restart low-key local campaigning on Thursday, before resuming the national contest the following day. Ukip became the first party to say it would be resuming its national campaign. Leader Paul Nuttall unveiled his party’s manifesto on Thursday. School receptionist from Blackpool, Jane Tweddle-Taylor, 51, had gone to the Manchester Arena with a friend to pick up the friend’s daughter when she died in the blast. The family of another victim, mother-of-three Michelle Kiss, from Lancashire, said she had been taken away in the “most traumatic way imaginable” as they vowed to “draw from the courage and strength she showed in her life”.Sorrell Leczkowski, a 14-year-old from Leeds, was with her mother and grandmother when she died – both of whom are recovering in hospital.Police have also confirmed that a serving Cheshire Police officer was killed. The BBC reported that the officer was with her husband and two children, who were all injured, the husband critically.last_img read more

Freemasons leader appeals for end to discrimination of members

first_imgNo other organisation would stand for this and nor should weDr David Staples He added that people might have questions about Freemasonry and that members would be hosting Q&A sessions across the country. The United Grand Lodge of England’s advert in the Daily Telegraph 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. Freemasons have been “undeservedly stigmatised”, the organisation leader has said, and will be running a series of open evenings to prove it is not a secret society.The United Grand Lodge of England placed adverts in three national newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph, headlined “enough is enough”, saying it is the victim of misrepresentation.Chief executive Dr David Staples said he had written to the Equality and Human Rights Commission about concerns its 200,000-plus members are the victims of gross misrepresentation and discrimination.He said: “At the United Grand Lodge of England, we value honesty, integrity and service to the community above all else. Last year we raised over £33 million for good causes.”As an organisation we welcome individuals from all walks of life, of any race, faith, age, class or political persuasion.”center_img “I appreciate that you may have questions about who we are and what we do, so why not ask those who know?,” he said. Dr Staples added: “Throughout our 300 year history, when people have suffered discrimination Freemasonry has embraced them into our lodges as equals.”The United Grand Lodge of England believes that the ongoing gross misrepresentation of its 200,000 plus members is discrimination. Pure and simple.”Our members shouldn’t have to feel undeservedly stigmatised.”No other organisation would stand for this and nor should we.”I have written to the Equality and Human Rights Commission to make this case.” Freemasons adlast_img read more

Spotted from Space The 15m penguins no one knew existed

first_imgA thriving "hotspot" of some 1.5 million Adelie penguins has been discovered on the remote Danger Islands in the east Antarctic 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. A thriving “hotspot” of some 1.5 million Adelie penguins has been discovered on the remote Danger Islands in the east AntarcticCredit:RACHAEL HERMAN/AFP “The weirdest, most surprising and incredible thing is that, in this day and age, something so big can go unseen. They have been missed because they are hard to get to. They really have been overlooked. A penguin pictured alongside one of the drones that was used to gather information and images on the colony.Credit:RACHAEL HERMAN/AFP “If you were to convey it to someone who had not seen them, it was like the biggest crowd you could ever see made up of hundreds of thousands of penguins. It was very much like the great migrations in Africa you see on the television.”The team found that the population of Adélie penguins on the Danger Islands has been stable since 1959.”Until recently, the Danger Islands weren’t known to be an important penguin habitat,” said Heather Lynch, Associate Professor of Ecology & Evolution at Stony Brook University and lead author of the study. The scientists findings are published in the journal Scientific Reports. “You can then stitch them together into a huge collage that shows the entire landmass in 2D and 3D,” he added.Once the images were available, the scientists used specialist software to analyze them pixel by pixel to search for penguin nests.The accuracy that the drone provided was key, said Professor Michael Polito from Louisiana State University, as it offered an insight into the population dynamics of penguins in the area. “The drone lets you fly in a grid over the island, taking pictures once per second,” said Hanumant Singh, Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Northeastern University, who developed the drone’s imaging and navigation system. 1.5m penguins discovered on the Danger Islands, just off the coast of the Antarctica.  The team of scientists captured shots of the penguins from the sky by drone. Credit:RACHAEL HERMAN/AFP Prof Lynch added that the supercolony had managed to go undetected for so long because of the remoteness of the islands – which are located just off the northern tip of the Peninsula – and the treacherous waters that surround them.Once the team of scientists had arrived on the islands, they used a drone to take images and gather information on the number of penguins in the colony. 1.5m penguins.  One and a half million penguins are hard to miss – or so you would think.Scientists have just announced the discovery of a “supercolony” of Adélie penguins off the Antarctic Peninsula, which have lived undisturbed for nearly 60 years.It comes after thousands of Adélie penguin chicks died between 2010 and 2017 due to mass starvation, in what French scientists described as a “catastrophic breeding failure” caused by unusually thick sea ice which forced their parents to forage further for food. As a result, only two chicks out of 18,000 pairs of Adélie penguins in East Antarctica survived the early 2017 breeding season. However, this supercolony were found on the rocky and remote Danger Islands after NASA satellites picked up patches of their excrement, known as guano, in 2014.The images prompted a group of scientists, including Oxford University’s Dr Tom Hart, to arrange an expedition the following year to find out how many penguins were there.Dr Hart told The Telegraph “This is the biggest colony discovered recently. It is a huge number of penguins. “Not only do the Danger Islands hold the largest population of Adélie penguins on the Antarctic Peninsula, they also appear to have not suffered the population declines found along the western side of Antarctic Peninsula that are associated with recent climate change,” said Prof Polito, who co-authored the study.The team were out counting the species for just under two weeks and faced treacherous terrains, including being forced to regularly dodge ice and take cover in several different points off the Peninsula.Speaking on the significance of the discovery, Dr Hart from Oxford University said: “I think people have got used to knowing where things are, so they stop looking.“They have been there all along. This is not new to the penguins – they are quite happy living their lives out there. This is new to us and it is just a fact that we have overlooked them.” penguin and a drone.  An aerial view of an Adelie penguin breeding colony on Heroina Island, Danger Islands, Antarctica. Credit:THOMAS SAYRE-MCCORD/AFPlast_img read more

Universities have a suicide problem as students taking own lives overtakes general

first_img“We are obsessed by reactive policy once students hit the bottom of the waterfall; we need to be putting preventative policies in place to prevent them ever tipping over the edge.”Last year ONS figures showed that suicide among women in their early twenties was at its highest level in two decades. The findings are set to be presented in full at the International Association for Suicide Prevention annual conference in New Zealand in May. Universities do have a suicide problem, researchers have said, as a study shows that the number of students taking their own lives has overtaken the general population for first time. Research by independent researchers found that the suicide rate among UK students had risen by 56 per cent in the 10 years between 2007 and 2016, from from 6.6 to 10.3 per 100,000 people. The student suicide rate in 2016 was 9 per cent higher than in 2015 and 25 per cent higher than 2012, when it was 8.3. ONS figures show that the average suicide rate among the general population of 15-19 year olds was 5.9, while the rate for 20-24 year-olds was 10.4. Female students experienced a particularly striking rise in suicide, with the rate more than doubling in the five years between 2012 and 2016, from 22 suicides in 2012 to 51 in 2016.  The ONS points out that no comparison of suicide numbers is reliable since its figures do not take into account the changing populations of students or allow accurate comparison to the wider population.​Dr Raymond Kwok, one of the researchers, said there had been a “significant trend in rising suicides for UK female students, with the exception of those in Scotland.” Edward Pinkney, who co-authored the analysis, said: “Concerns about students’ mental health have been increasing since the economic recession, but until now there has been no comprehensive analysis of UK student suicide data. “This is the first time we can conclusively say that as far as suicide is concerned, there is a real problem in higher education.”The analysis took into account a rise in the number of students attending university, quashing theories that levels had increased because of higher numbers of students.Sir Anthony Seldon, vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham and a campaigner on student well-being, told the BBC: “Student suicide rates and emotional distress levels could be reduced at university if we acted differently.”More support in transitions, better tutoring and early warning, more peer to peer support, an enhanced sense of belonging, would all enhance wellbeing and reduce risk. 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

Finsbury Park terror attack survivor insists extremists will never win

The 46-year-old father of four insisted Osborne, from Cardiff, and the other terrorists who have targeted London will never defeat the “peace loving” people of Britain.“The minority can never overrule the majority,”  he said from his home in East London. “I think now this community has pulled together and is getting stronger and stronger day by day. It is the terrorists who are the real losers in all of this.”Mr Hersi, who is trained in first aid, had been tending to Mr Ali, 51, after he collapsed in the street following prayers at the Muslim Welfare House. As he comforted and treated the ill man, Osborne drove his van at the group causing multiple injuries to Mr Ali and hurling Mr Hersi into the air. Makram Ali, 51, a victim of a terror attack in Finsbury Park who died as a result of multiple injuries Asked if he had a message for Osborne, who was jailed earlier this year for life, he said: “I try to avoid thinking about him. But if I do I think what a horrible person he is, just like any other terrorist. The scene at on the night of the terror attack in North London Makram Ali, 51, a victim of a terror attack in Finsbury Park who died as a result of multiple injuriesCredit:Metropolitan Police The vehicle was coming at such speed Mr Hersi only heard the revving of its engine and so had no time to get out of the way. “However, if I have a message for him it would be that he should enjoy the rest of his time in jail. He is in the right place and has got what he deserved.”Osborne was jailed for a minimum of 43 years. On Tuesday morning, hundreds of people will observe a minute’s silence to mark a years since a far right terrorist drove a van into Muslim worshippers returning from Ramadan prayers in North London.Darren Osborne killed Makram Ali, a father of four, and injured nine others in Finsbury Park that night. It was one of four murderous terrorist atrocities in Britain in 2017.Among those who will attend the minute’s silence on the steps of the borough’s town hall this week will be Yassin Hersi, the last person to speak to Mr Ali alive. Prince Charles visits the Muslim Welfare House, in Finsbury near the scene of the Finsbury Mosque attack, and sits with Yassin Hersi who was a victim of the incident and his wife Cllr Rakhia Ismail Prince Charles visits the Muslim Welfare House, in Finsbury near the scene of the Finsbury Mosque attack, and sits with Yassin Hersi who was a victim of the incident and his wife Cllr Rakhia IsmailCredit:John Nguyen/JNVisuals He insisted he was simply “lucky” on June 19 last year, despite needing a spell in hospital and requiring crutches for many weeks. One year on he still walks with a limp, but is adamant that his thoughts remain with Mr Ali and his family.“I still get flashbacks and suffered some kind of trauma disorder,” Mr Hersi continued. “There are a lot of things still in my memory. I’m not fully recovered, but I’m getting better. I still receive some treatment: I see a psychologist and a physiotherapist.” The scene at on the night of the terror attack in North London In the mayhem that followed Osborne ran from the van shouting that he wanted to “kill all Muslims”, before the crowd restrained him until police arrived.Mr Hersi, originally from Somaliland, at first felt no pain, but when he tried to get up he collapsed realising he was badly injured and his ankle smashed.Mr Hersi, whose wife Rakhia Ismail is a local councillor, believes Osborne had been brainwashed by the simplistic rhetoric of far right extremists. 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. Darren Osborne was convicted of murder and attempted murder after he carried out an attack in Finsbury Park on 19 June 2017Credit:Metropolitan Police Darren Osborne was convicted of murder and attempted murder after he carried out an attack in Finsbury Park on 19 June 2017 read more

Duke and Duchess of Sussex consider major US tour next year

The couple, who will undergo their first major tour to Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji this autumn, are understood to be working towards a trip across the Atlantic next year. While no plans have yet been finalised, with staff concentrating on the South Pacific tour before any details of an American trip can be discussed, sources said it had been pencilled in for 2019. The Duke has visited America before, including trips for his Invictus Games in Florida, holidays and an official tour in 2013.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– The Duke and Duchess of Sussex could make their first visit to America as early as next year, as aides consider a Royal stop-off at Meghan Markle’s former home. The Duchess was born in California,… 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.

Kirstie Allsopp smashed her childrens iPads after they broke screen time rules

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. Asked to show how she did it, she replied: “It was remarkably easy. I didn’t intend to speak about it but it’s come up now.”Presenter Storm Huntley, who appears on the show alongside Vine, praised Allsopp, saying: “I like that, that is my kind of parenting.” In the end I said ‘Right that is it, I have to physically (break them)Kirstie Allsopp Ms Allsopp added: “There is a game called Fortnite and another PUBG and I decided… we had made all sorts of rules and all sorts of times when we said you can’t play them and all those rules got broken and in the end I said ‘Right that is it, I have to physically (break them).” Speaking in June, Ms Allsopp said that upgrading her children’s plane seats would be an “absurd waste of money” and that sitting in Club level should be something that people work for.Ms Allsopp explained: “Obviously this wasn’t the case when they were little, but now they are big enough to sit separately, they do.“Club Class should be a huge treat you’ve worked hard for. If kids get used to it, what do they have to work towards? It seems like an absurd waste of money and very spoiling. I suspect Gordon Ramsay and I can’t be the only ones to think this.”She and her husband occasionally upgrade to more expensive seats, she said, while her children Bay, 12, and Oscar, 10, sit in economy. Kirstie Allsopp has revealed she smashed her children’s iPads after they broke her rules about screen time.The TV star, who is mother to sons Oscar Hercules and Bay Atlas with husband Ben Andersen, said she went to extreme lengths when they were playing games outside their permitted time.She disclosed her hardline approach to technology with her family three months after she defended her decision to sit her children in economy class while she and her husband flew in more expensive seats.After a wave of criticism, she said at the time she thinks letting children on social media is more dangerous than leaving them alone in economy on a plane.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––”This is the first time I’ve said this publicly,” she told Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine on Monday.”In June I smashed my kids’ iPads, not in a violent way. I actually banged them on the table leg.” read more

Sajid Javids eldest brother drowned in hotel bath after taking painkillers and

The eldest brother of Sajid Javid, the home secretary, was found drowned in a five-star hotel room after taking codeine and alcohol, a coroner heard.Mystery surrounds why Tariq Javid had booked into the luxury country hotel just minutes from his home, but a coroner who opened an inquest said that he had suffered “an unnatural death”.The body of the 52-year-old was found in his room at the South Lodge Hotel on July 29.A post-mortem examination showed that he died from a combination of drowning, ethanol and codeine toxicity and serious heart disease, an inquest was told.Mr Javid, a retail businessman, was the eldest of five brothers who include the home secretary, as well as one who is a police officer, another a financial adviser and one who is a multi-millionaire. He would like to extend his thanks to the many people sending their condolences and good wishesSajid Javid’s official spokesman Sajid Javid was the first non-white person to hold one of Britain’s offices of state. 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. Sajid Javid, the home secretary, pictured in Downing Street on TuesdayCredit:TOBY MELVILLE /Reuters A full inquest hearing will take place early next year and will be overseen by West Sussex senior coroner Ms Schofield.She said: “In respect of the evidence heard this morning I feel it is an unnatural death and the matter needs to proceed to an inquest formally.”Announcing the death last month, the home secretary’s official spokesman said: “I am very sad to confirm that Sajid lost his eldest brother Tariq this week, who will be sorely missed by the whole family.”He would like to extend his thanks to the many people sending their condolences and good wishes. He would also ask that his privacy and that of his family, be respected at this time of grief.” Sajid Javid arrives in Downing Street Meanwhile, his brother Basit is a senior police officer, Khalis is a financial adviser and Atif is a multi-millionaire property tycoon. The five-star hotel where he died is set deep in the Sussex countryside and markets itself as an exclusive choice for a romantic getaway or special occasion.The hotel hosted the G-20 London Summit in 2009, where then-Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, and the other world finance ministers and central bank governors from the European Union stayed in several of its 89-Jacobean style rooms.Sir Winston Churchill was also a regular guest and close friend of its owners, with his former favourite room now a £530-a night luxury suite.  Tariq followed in his father’s footsteps, as he had owned a clothes shop in Bristol after working as a bus driver.Abdul-Ghani Javid’s business was called Scallywags, and was in the middle of a notoriously crime-ridden part of the city. Mr Javid Senior arrived in England with the boys’ mother Zubaida with only £1 to his name in 1961.The couple settled in Rochdale, but later moved to Bristol to pursue their retail business.Despite the five siblings’ difficult start in life, all five brothers have gone on to greatness in their respective fields of business, politics and public sector roles. West Sussex coroner Penelope Schofield opened an inquiry into his death at Crawley on Tuesday and ordered a full inquest to be carried out next year.She heard that Mr Javid’s body was found in a room at the South Lodge Hotel in Lower Beeding, Horsham, West Sussex, on July 29. Apart from the drowning and codeine and alcohol toxicity, he had also been suffering from coronary artery atherosclerosis and idiopathic left ventricular hypertrophy, the hearing was told. read more