Tommy Lasorda No Room for Cheaters In Hall of

Tommy Lasorda with Barry BondsTommy LaSorda, the legendary manager who has never been short of opinions, said voters should shun  the Hall of Fame candidates Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens because of the specter that they used performance-enhancing drugs.“To me, they don’t belong in there,” Lasorda, a Hall of Fame manager, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “They cheated. That’s the way it is. If my brother did that, I’d say the same thing about my brother. I mean, I know those guys. They’re good friends of mine. But by golly, they didn’t do it the right way.”Although Bonds has never admitted to taking steroids and never failed a drug test, Lasorda sounded convinced the slugger had indescretions.“I tell you, it’s a shame,” Lasorda said. “How in the hell could a guy hit 73 home runs (as Bonds did)? I mean, Babe Ruth couldn’t do it.”Lasorda’s comments coincide with a recent Associated Press survey that showed Bonds, Clemens and Sosa don’t have enough votes to gain entry into Cooperstown.In the survey, the trio failed to muster even 50 percent support among the 112 voters contacted by the AP — nearly one-fifth of those eligible to choose. To get in, candidates need 75 percent approval.The candidates have the numbers: Bonds is the only seven-time MVP, Clemens is the only seven-time Cy Young Award winner and Sosa finished his career with 609 homers. But the voters are mostly purists who believe Clemens’, Sosa’s and Bond’s performances were heightened by banned drug use.“I’m not going to vote for anybody who has been tainted or associated with steroids,” Hal Bodley, a columnist with USA Today, said. “I’m just not going to do it. I might change down the road, but I just love the game too much. I have too much passion for the game and for what these people did to it.”Bonds, Clemens and Sosa are on the Hall ballot for the first time. Votes will be cast throughout December, and results will be released Jan. 9. read more

Michael Sams Father Denies Critical Comments About His Son

The father of college football star Michael Sam said he was “terribly misquoted” by The New York Times in a recent article about the reaction to his son’s announcement that he is gay.“I did not say anything about my grandkids,” the Galveston Daily News quoted him as saying.Michael Sam Sr. told the paper he doesn’t want people to think he has an issue with his son’s sexual orientation.On Sunday, Michael Sam said in interviews with ESPN’s “Outside The Lines” and the Times that he is gay. Sam originally revealed the news to his Missouri teammates in August.In the Times piece this week, his father described himself as “old school” and is quoted in the newspaper as saying the idea of a gay player in the NFL bothers him, even if that person could be his own son.However, he backtracked from those comments with the Galveston Daily News, saying he never told the Times he was an old-school, “man-and-a-woman type of guy” or that he didn’t want his grandkids “raised in that kind of environment.”Sam Sr. did acknowledge much of what he told the Times was accurate, but he said some of his thoughts were taken out of context, specifically a quote about Hall of Fame defensive lineman Deacon Jones “turning over in his grave.”“I told them Deacon Jones is going to roll over in his grave because here comes my son and that he’s going to be a star in the NFL,” Sam Sr. told the Galveston Daily News.The Times, in an email to the Galveston paper, defended its reporting and said Sam Sr. was quoted “accurately and fairly.”The elder Sam also said he has had time to reflect on his relationship with his son. He said he loves his son, that he did the right thing and that he wishes he’d spent more time with him.The Times previously reported that when Sam returns to his hometown in Texas he usually stays with friends instead of his family. read more

Womens World Cup Preview The US And Sweden Have A Score To

Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.“Dancing Swedes Shock USA” is how FIFA described the last World Cup result between the U.S. and Sweden in 2011. FIFA, the U.S. and the rest of the world were understandably shocked — the U.S. had never lost a group-stage game at the World Cup before. Four years and one head coach swap later, the teams meet again tonight in their second Group D games. Can Sweden shock the world again?According to FiveThirtyEight’s forecast, the chances that Sweden beats the U.S. aren’t great. The USWNT has a 58 percent chance of winning and a 22 percent chance of drawing — pregame odds not dissimilar to the team’s first game against Australia. The U.S. won its World Cup opener 3-1, but the final score doesn’t reflect its early struggle to settle the ball and connect in the final third, two things that will be important against a better Swedish team, and for the rest of the tournament (solo runs by Megan Rapinoe will take the U.S. only so far).On the other side of Group D, Sweden was also favored to win its opening match — 59 percent to Nigeria’s 20 percent — but the Swedes were outpaced and out-hustled by the Super Falcons. In that game, Sweden was shocked, drawing 3-3. Sweden coasted on an early lead, but looked flat in the second half as Asisat Oshoala came flying down the flanks and Ngozi Okobi threaded balls between the seams. Nigeria scored three times in the second half against a shaky Swedish defense. Sweden is still likely to advance from Group D (67 percent), but its mediocre result against Nigeria means it’s far from safe.Tonight’s match is huge for both teams, with Sweden looking to solidify a spot in the knockout rounds and the U.S. women looking for redemption after the last World Cup and against their former coach (who hasn’t hesitated to say how she feels about her former players). There’s a lot at stake in this game, so we’ve made another in-game cheat sheet — a guide to when U.S. fans should start to worry and when it’s safe to relax. (You can read more about the in-game win probability model we made for women’s soccer.)If the game is tied, the USWNT’s chances of defeat hold steady around 20 percent for most of the match. Like we said before, loss probability is largely fixed, so the U.S. is trading win probability for draw probability the longer the game remains tied. If the U.S. hasn’t taken the lead by about 55 minutes, a U.S. win and a draw become about equally likely, and after that a draw becomes the most likely outcome.In the event that the U.S. trails Sweden by one goal, the stress should start to kick in around 73 minutes. With that score, the probability of a U.S. loss is just slightly greater than that of a draw for most of the first half. But at about 73 minutes, the loss probability shoots up above 60 percent. If the Americans are still down by a goal then, they might need another hail-Abby. read more

Former OSU football player honored with Gee award

As the 2009 football season rolls on, each player continues to learn his role on and off the field. Whether they are current athletes or former Buckeyes in the NFL, each finds a way to make an impact on the game.One Buckeye who has made a unique impression on the lives of his teammates won’t be returning to the roster this year, but his spirit and drive will be passed from those who know him to the first-year players who may only know of him.Former Buck’s receiver and 2009 graduate Tyson Gentry is being honored with the E. Gordon Gee Spirit of Ohio State Award on Friday at the annual Alumni Awards for this legacy of inspiration.“I am extremely honored for this,” Gentry said. “Knowing how respected Gee is within the university makes it even more special.”The award is considered for outstanding OSU alumni who make an effort to honor the university and its history with devotion and integrity.Previous winners of the Spirit Award include Gee, Jim Tressel, John T. Mount and the Student-Alumni Council, according to an Ohio State Buckeyes press release.“Tyson has shown exceptional perseverance and dedication in earning his college degree,” said Archie Griffin, president and CEO of Ohio State University Alumni Association. “He clearly has the ability to overcome significant obstacles in pursuit of the things that are important to him. He truly represents the best of the Buckeye spirit.”Gentry came to OSU in 2004 as a punter. In April 2006, he moved to receiver for spring practice. During one play, Gentry went up for the pass and after what would have been a routine tackle he remained motionless on the field. The tackle broke a vertebra in his neck, leaving him partially paralyzed. Though the setback was clearly not part of his plan, Gentry said the experience has allowed him to think of his life in a different perspective.“It has really helped me learn about myself and who I want to be,” he said.Despite not being able to play the game anymore, Gentry remained on the Buckeye roster until his senior season last year. His teammates made sure they honored his strength in more ways than one.Each player wore his number, 24, along with their own on their helmets. And he was always seen next to coach Jim Tressel during “Carmen Ohio.” In addition, he was honorary captain for OSU against Texas at the Fiesta Bowl in January 2009.In his book, “The Winner’s Manual: For the Game of Life,” Tressel writes about Gentry, saying “Tyson has shown us that it’s not what happens to you in life that counts. It’s how you handle it … There is no question in my mind that Tyson Gentry is a hero.”Gentry says his teammates and coaches played a vital role in getting him where he is today and any way he can motivate them in return is significant to him.While many were skeptical he would ever be able to feel anything below the neck, he has regained movement in his arm and has some feeling through all of his body, including his legs. This gives him and those close to him hope that he will one day walk again.Gentry graduated from OSU in June with a B.A. in speech and hearing sciences. He remains a part of the Buckeye community as a graduate student in speech and hearing. Though he has an ultimate goal in mind, he says he wants to focus on the present and make the best of what he can.“I am always going to be working on getting out of my chair,” Gentry said. “This experience has taught me to accept everything as it comes and I’m just going to worry about today and my short term goals and hope that everything else will follow as it is supposed to.”The 2009 Alumni Awards ceremony will take place at the Hyatt Regency Columbus on 350 N. High Street. read more

Vrabel excited for opportunities as Ohio State coach

Ohio State has announced a big-name hire to fill the open coaching position at Ohio State. Former Super Bowl champion Mike Vrabel is set to rejoin the Buckeyes. After former head coach Jim Tressel’s departure and Luke Fickell was chosen to take over the top role, a replacement was needed for Fickell’s previous position as linebacker coach. Fickell said while it took a while to finalize the decision, Vrabel was always his first choice for the job opening. “(Offering Vrabel the job) was always in my mind,” Fickell said. “And then to actually have him come in two to three days later and kind of just look at me and say ‘Give me a reason to retire,’ was something that meant a lot to me.” Vrabel, a former defensive end at OSU from 1993–96, was the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year during both the 1995 and 1996 seasons. During his college playing days, Vrabel was also a defensive line mate with new OSU head coach Luke Fickell —Vrabel was a defensive end while Fickell played nose guard. Vrabel and Fickell were roommates together in college and will now come together after Vrabel’s 14-year NFL career. “I had the opportunity to play for a lot of great teams and a lot of great organizations,” Vrabel said. “Hopefully I can take what I learned from those teams and those organizations and apply to it what we’re trying to do here.” Vrabel’s acceptance of the linebacker coaching job was also the official retirement of his highly-decorated professional football career. “The biggest reason for retirement is none other than there comes a time where you can’t do what you used to do,” Vrabel said. “I’ve come to a point where I can’t train to prepare for an NFL football season … This is where I want to be.” Vrabel was drafted in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers and spent his first four years as a professional there. Vrabel was later traded to the New England Patriots where he became a force on both sides of the ball. In short-yardage situations, Patriots coach Bill Belichick used Vrabel as a tight end. In his eight years with the Patriots, Vrabel, who typically played linebacker, had 10 receptions, all for touchdowns. During his time at New England, Vrabel won three Super Bowls and also appeared in the 2007 Pro Bowl. Vrabel was then traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009, where he is still under contract. Media outlets have reported that multiple sources close to Vrabel expect the former Buckeye to retire from the NFL and accept the coaching position at OSU. Vrabel would be coming to OSU after a recent run-in with law enforcement. On April 5, Vrabel was arrested for theft at an Indiana casino and was released later that day after posting bond. Vrabel called the arrest an “unfortunate misunderstanding.” More recently, Vrabel has been a vocal member of the NFL Players Association and is one of 10 players involved in the antitrust lawsuit against the NFL. Vrabel said that while it is a blessing to be working for his best friend, he would want to coach at Ohio State no matter who was in the head-coaching role. “I work for Luke, I work for Jim Heacock. If it were another coach, I’d still wanna be at Ohio State,” Vrabel said. Jerry Emig, assistant athletics communication director, said the contract details for Vrabel’s hire were still being worked out. Fickell described Vrabel as someone he would want leading his players. “He is a very aggressive, confident person, he communicates very well, he is a very upfront honest person,” Fickell said. “Since the day I met him, he always told me, ‘I’m going to be a coach.’” Vrabel said that what he has done in the past, including winning three Super Bowls, is great, but he is looking forward to his career as a coach at OSU. “I’m proud of my career, but I’m more excited now for this opportunity,” Vrabel said. read more

Ohio State field hockey set to hit the road for opening Big

Senior forward Peanut Johnson (3) surveys the field during a game against St. Louis on Aug. 28. OSU won, 5-0.Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz / Asst. Sports EditorThe Ohio State field hockey team is set to hit the road this week for East Lansing, Michigan, to face off against Michigan State.The Buckeyes and Spartans are scheduled to step on the field on Friday at 3 p.m. in the Big Ten opener.After last Friday’s 3-2 home win against Ball State, OSU (3-2) is now on a two-game winning streak with an offense that has come on strong recently. However, OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said she is cautious about getting too confident heading into conference play.“Once you get the Big Ten, it’s a whole new ballgame, and they know that,” Wilkinson said.Following in the footsteps of last week’s recipient, sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro, senior forward Peanut Johnson was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Tuesday for her strong performance last week against Ball State. Johnson earned her team five points by scoring twice and adding two assists, which brought the Dayton, Ohio, native’s season total to 10 points.Johnson said she looks to the individual accolade as a welcome recognition, but she still sees the team as a support system and large factor in her triumph.“It’s such an honor,” Johnson said. “But it’s definitely a team effort in the end, and I’m just really grateful.”Johnson and her co-captain, senior back Emma Royce, said they see Friday’s first conference game as a chance for the Buckeyes to truly shine following their winning streak.Royce said that when going up against the Spartans, the team has to be in the right mindset above anything else.“The skills are all there, it’s a lot about mentality at this point,” Royce said. “We just know that Michigan State is a very passionate and aggressive team so we’re looking to win our individual matchups and 50-50 balls.”Wilkinson said she looks for Friday’s game to be an opportunity for the Buckeyes to work on locking down the ball.“Possession is really going to be key,” Wilkinson said. “Michigan has a style where they really like to break up your plays…because we’re a fast team, they like to break that up so we need to work on playing small but opening up also.”Michigan State will go into the game tied for sixth place in the Big Ten alongside Maryland after their loss to Columbia last Sunday, bringing them to 3-3 overall on the season.Last meetingLast season’s matchup between the Buckeyes and Spartans ended in overtime at 4-3, with Michigan State taking the victory on a goal by forward Abby Barker.Players to watchWhile Tamburro and Johnson hold the consecutive titles of Big Ten Player of the Week, sophomore forward Maddy Humphrey holds team leads for Buckeyes with 12 points (five goals, two assists). read more

Football Ohio State plays most complete game when most needed

Ohio State players celebrate after Sevyn Banks scored a touchdown in the second half of the game against Michigan on Nov. 24. Ohio State won 62-39. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State senior right tackle Isaiah Prince did not want to look at the scoreboard. He said, before the game, the offense made that deal, that it would not look at the scoreboard, at how many points the unit was putting up against Michigan.“We said we were going to stick together and play the best we can together,” Prince said. As the fans flooded onto the sidelines as the clock hit zeros, Prince saw what the scoreboard read: No. 10 Ohio State 62, No. 4 Michigan 39. The scoreboard showed the most complete performance that Ohio State has had this season in the game it needed to happen in most. For redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones, he knew what the expectation was. He said the coaching staff gave the players a blueprint to succeed against the Wolverines. This blueprint led to 567 yards of offense against the No. 1 total defense in the country, limiting a defensive line of redshirt senior Chase Winovich and junior Rashan Gary to zero sacks, recording only two tackles for loss. This blueprint led to Ohio State disrupting Michigan junior quarterback Shea Patterson, recording three sacks and five tackles for loss. But this is the same blueprint that Ohio State has had in games like this in the past. In the first time the Buckeyes have been the underdog since the 2015 National Championship against Oregon, Jones admitted something his team has lived by this season. “We play down or play up to our competition and we definitely played above and beyond today,” Jones said. Head coach Urban Meyer said there is never such a thing as a “bad win.” No matter the opponent, whether it is Michigan, Indiana or Maryland, he said “it’s really hard to win a college football game. And, just like any other game, the Buckeyes came into the game knowing which areas the offense and defense alike could exploit, areas of weakness. Redshirt senior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon said he saw that Michigan played a lot of press-man coverages, allowing for receivers to find space to run from the slot. The Buckeyes mercilessly attacked the Wolverines with the mesh route, which led to redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins completing 19 of 30 passes for 318 yards, throwing five touchdowns and breaking single-season conference records in the process. Jones said he saw a zone blocking scheme that gave Ohio State a unique ability to get into the backfield, keeping Michigan to 3.4 yards per rush in the first half along with getting Patterson and Michigan senior running back Karan Higdon on the ground consistently. “That gave us an advantage because we knew their game plan and we just sacked them,” Jones said. All in all, this was the game that brought everything together, encapsulated the potential, the level Ohio State wanted to be playing at for the entire season. “That was a love game,” Meyer said. “That was one of those things that you hear the word ’brotherhood,’ and why do you really play? Why does a true soldier fight? It’s not for the hatred of those in front of you; it’s for the love of those behind you. And that’s a great quote that we live by, and they proved it today.” But Ohio State had something to prove too. It had to prove that it was still in the conversation of being worthy for playoff contention.Because that’s all Jones had been hearing about. It’s something he said can be ignored, but he knows it’s there and he uses it as fuel. “Hearing the outside noise talking about how we can’t do this, we can’t stop that, that definitely fueled us 10 times more than what you guys even know,” Jones said. “We all carried the burden of people saying that we are not good.”  The playoff conversation returned Saturday afternoon after the Buckeyes put up 62 points, the most points it had scored in the history of the rivalry and the most points Michigan has allowed in a regulation game in its history. Even with the success, Dixon still believes the offense has not peaked. “For us, we always think we can do better,” Dixon said. “We always think we can be better, so I still don’t think we are at the best level we can be, but it’s better. We are moving in the right direction.” Prince did not expect any huge numbers offensively, any stifling numbers from the Ohio State defense. He came in praying, simply, just for a win. “I prayed before the game and I said ‘I don’t really care what happens here in this game as long as we come out with a win for my senior day, it would make me the most happiest person,’” Prince said. When Prince looked at the scoreboard, he saw a win, but he said he also still saw a possibility to achieve every goal Ohio State had prior to the start of the 2018 season. read more

Mens Volleyball No 7 Ohio State faces harsh road schedule with No

Ohio State then-redshirt sophomore middle blocker Jamie Wolmering (12) and then-junior setter Sanil Thomas go up for the ball in the matchup between the Buckeyes and Loyola. Credit: Ris Twigg | Former Assistant Photo EditorAfter a 2-0 start to the season, the No. 7 Ohio State men’s volleyball team will attempt to earn its first ranked victories out west against No. 5 BYU and No. 11 Stanford.Ohio State began its season with nonconference home wins against Charleston and Penn State.While BYU will begin its season with the match against the Buckeyes on Thursday, that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of emotion between these two teams coming into this match.Though the Cougars topped the Buckeyes in a five-set match this past season in Columbus, the previous two NCAA tournament matchups between these teams ended in back-to-back titles for the Buckeyes in the 2016 and 2017 national championship matches.BYU sophomore opposite hitter Gabi Garcia Fernandez will look to build on an impressive freshman campaign, in which he was ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in points per set and aces per set, respectively, in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). In order to continue its perfect start to the season, Ohio State will need to rely on redshirt sophomore opposite hitter Jake Hanes, who currently leads the country with 5.29 kills per set and 6.14 points per set.Following the Thursday match between top 10 teams, Ohio State will face Stanford (2-0) on Saturday. The Cardinal began their season with wins against Menlo and UC Santa Cruz, and they’ll be facing off against Ball State on Thursday before taking on the Buckeyes.Ohio State has won the past three meetings against Stanford. The Cardinal are coming off a season riddled with injury in which they won just six matches.Stanford brings back sophomore opposite hitter Jaylen Jasper, who carries MPSF Offensive Player of the Week honors into the match against the Buckeyes. Jasper has a .654 hitting percentage and is averaging 4.33 kills per set through the first two matches of the season. But the Cardinal aren’t the only ones with returning top talent.Senior setter Sanil Thomas led the country with 11.28 assists per set last year, and he’ll need to play every bit like last season if the Buckeyes want to reach next week unscathed.Ohio State takes on BYU at 9 p.m. on Thursday and Stanford at 10 p.m. on Saturday. read more

NHS faces unpalatable decisions about levels of care warns hospitals trade body

first_imgHospitals will have to make “unpalatable” decisions about care levels and jobs unless the NHS gets an increase in funding, the head of one of the service’s largest trade bodies has warned.NHS Providers chief executive Chris Hopson said the health service is “increasingly failing to do the job it wants to do, and the public needs it to do, through no fault of its own”.He warned that senior hospital trust managers face a “stark choice” between investing the money needed or “watching the NHS slowly deteriorate”.He called for “an open, honest, realistic, national debate on what gives” if no more money is made available to health trusts in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on November 23. Mr Hopson’s intervention comes the day before senior NHS England directors face the Commons health select committee.Professor Keith Willett, director for acute care, and Pauline Philip, urgent and emergency care director, will join health minister Philip Dunne in being grilled by MPs.It also sits against a background of junior doctors planning week-long walkouts in October, November and December in protest over a new contract. Mr Hopson, whose organisation is the trade association for acute hospital, ambulance, community and mental health services in the NHS, suggested that if there is no more money available it could lead to rationing of care, shutting down some services, formally relaxing performance targets, increasing charges, and “more explicitly controlling the size of the NHS workforce”.He added: “These are all approaches adopted by other public services such as prisons, local government and the police when faced with similar funding challenges over the past decade – though they would clearly provoke public unease and ministerial anxiety if applied to the NHS.”A Department of Health spokesman said: “We know the NHS is under pressure because of our ageing population, but we rightly expect the service to continue to ensure that patients get treated quickly.” We face a stark choice of investing the resources required to keep up with demand or watching the NHS slowly deteriorateChris Hopson, NHS Providerscenter_img He told The Observer: “Thanks to the dedication of staff, NHS performance rarely goes off the edge of a cliff. As the 1990s showed, instead we get a long, slow decline that is only fully visible in retrospect.”It’s therefore difficult to isolate a single point in that downward trajectory to sound a warning bell.”But NHS trust bosses are now ringing that bell – we face a stark choice of investing the resources required to keep up with demand or watching the NHS slowly deteriorate.”Trusts will, of course, do all they can to deliver efficiency savings and productivity improvements. But they are now saying it is impossible to provide the right quality of service and meet performance targets on the funding available.” 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

Doctors father makes second epic journey in daughters memory after snapping wrong

first_imgThe photographs taken by Mr Clark on his trip show penguin chicks nuzzling up to their parents for warmth.In some of the images – Mr Clark took a total of 3,000 during the trip – baby penguins playfully squabble with each other, nudging or gently nipping each other with their beaks.Parent penguins take turns looking after their chicks while the other parent walks up to ten-miles to open water for food.Mr Clark added: “When I finally got there I was just overwhelmed that I’d made it. In the following days I settled down and got on with the job of photographing the animals’ beauty and behaviour, their cuteness, and the frozen landscape.”In doing this, I feel I have paid tribute to Lisa’s memory, and I wanted to tell her story to honour her last request not to be forgotten.” Emperor penguins photographed by Roger Clark in Antarctica Mr Clark said: “When I first saw the penguins I was overwhelmed with emotion. These penguins are the tallest, and the most beautiful, with the cutest chicks.”I wanted to share this incredible moment with my wife, so I rang her using a satellite phone and woke her at 3am. She loved it, and was happy to share the moment. Then I started thinking about why I was here.”Initially I wanted to leave something as a legacy to Lisa in Antarctica, but everything has to be kept pristine so instead I just wrote her name there in the snow.”I suddenly thought of a quote by poet Walt Whitman: ‘Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself’.”Walt Whitman has particular meaning because Lisa and her mother once performed as extras in a film about him, and we used one of his quotes on Lisa’s gravestone.”It was then I realised that I was there to do the travel for Lisa. It was my goal to do as many things as I could for her given her life was cut short.”He added: “At Lisa’s funeral people donated £5,000, which went to the ovarian cancer charity Ovacome for a project in which survivors teach doctors about the symptoms of the disease.”That sum grew to £25,000 after further fundraising by friends and family. Seeing those penguins was another way for me to honour Lisa’s legacy and her dying wish to have travelled more.”As we watched the penguin colony, I had an emotional moment with another photographer who had recently lost her mother to ovarian cancer. I told her Lisa’s story and then we had a group hug – I bet the penguins didn’t know what was was going on!” Lisa, who worked as an A&E consultant, left Mr Clark and her mother Lynette £20,000 in her will for them to go on holiday after they promised they would do the travelling she was unable to complete before she died of ovarian cancer in October 2012.In her final days, 40-year-old Lisa had told them that not travelling even more was her one regret in life.Mr Clark, who worked in marketing before he retired, said: “Lisa did a lot of travelling, she was involved in a charity project in Nicaragua, she delivered a baby for the first time – which was then named after her – in Tonga, and she loved the Maldives.”It was after Lisa had her daughter Lucy, who is now six, that she began to feel ill.”She was working at Glastonbury Festival as a clinic lead with Festival Medical Services in 2011, and we were there too. I remember watching Lisa’s favourite band Coldplay and Lisa was writhing in pain, but at the time she thought it was a stomach bug.”In July, she went for a scan at hospital, and things were so bad that three days later she was on an operating table having the cancer removed from her ovaries.” King penguins from Roger Clark’s first photography trip to South Georgia and the FalklandsCredit:Roger Clark/Solent Lisa Clark, a doctor, died just over a year after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancerCredit:Roger Clark/Solent The grandfather-of-five then spent the next year planning an expedition to Gould Bay, Weddell Sea, Antarctica, which cost him £40,000.He said: “I’d spent a year thinking about this, and I was determined to do it no matter what the risks were, but I was worried I’d never make it due to my health.”I was even warned by a doctor not to go on the trip due to the health risks at my age, but I never, ever deviated from my plan to do this.”I’d also undergone surgery for kidney stones before I got the travel insurance, and then the insurance wouldn’t cover me for this.”My insurance alone still cost more than £3,000 – and I was aware of all the risks, but nothing would stop me. This expedition was the only way I could achieve my ambition. It was a year in planning and procuring expensive equipment for comfort and survival.”Mr Clark managed to get a place on an expedition in Antarctica in November. He flew to Punta Arenas, Chile, and then on an IIyushin 76 aircraft to a Glacier Base Camp. From there it was a four-hour flight to Gould Bay. The postcard card from Lisa Clark that inspired Roger's second trip to the Antarctic Lisa Clark A father whose doctor daughter died of cancer travelled 8,000 miles to photograph penguins in her memory, before having to make another international trip when he realised he had snapped the wrong ones.Roger Clark, 71, wanted to picture the same bird that was on a postcard sent to him by his daughter, Lisa, when she had gone on holiday to Australia.But when he returned from South Georgia and the Falklands, he compared his photos with the postcard – and realised the bird on the card was an emperor penguin not a king penguin as he had originally thought.Mr Clark, of Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, ignored medical advice then to make a 10,000-mile journey to Antarctica.When he finally found and photographed the penguins caring for their chicks, Mr Clark said he was “overwhelmed with emotion” and rang his wife on a satellite phone to share the moment before writing his daughter’s name in the snow. Emperor penguins photographed by Roger Clark on his trip to Antarctica, which left him ‘overwhelmed with emotion’Credit:Roger Clark/Solent The postcard card from Lisa Clark that inspired Roger’s second trip to the AntarcticCredit:Roger Clark/Solent King penguins from Roger Clark's first photography trip to South Georgia and the Falklands 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. Lisa died 15 months after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, leaving behind Lucy and her 43-year-old husband, also a doctor.Mr Clark, a father of three, said: “When Lisa was upset and dying in the hospice she had regrets about some of the travelling she hadn’t completed and I vowed I would do some of that for her.”After her passing I thought long and hard and decided I was well and fit so should do my greatest trip before I was unable to travel.”I wondered what would be the ultimate thing for me to photograph to honour her memory, and I thought about penguins.”My wife and I travelled to South Georgia and the Falklands to photograph king penguins. At the time I thought this was my ultimate trip.”Lisa left us exactly £20,000 in her will, which she wanted us to spend on a holiday, and this was exactly how much the trip in November 2013 cost my wife and I, so it seemed perfect.”In addition, we had discovered a photo of a penguin on a postcard sent to us by our daughter before we left for South Georgia.”On our return we looked again at the penguin postcard and now with our new knowledge of penguins realised we had spent so much time with king penguins and not emperor penguins.”It became a personal commitment for me to return to the South and photograph the emperors to honour Lisa’s legacy and get the same penguin that was on the postcard.”last_img read more

Yorkshire residents laugh off biggest earthquake to hit Britain in nearly a

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. Terrible scenes from North Yorkshire after tonight’s earthquake pic.twitter.com/K4vwdcyHwT— Skip Hackski (@SkipLicker) January 3, 2017 Scarborough earthquake causes £10,000 worth of 10ps to fall off their ledge and means 100s of whack-a-moles need to re-housed #earthquake— Ol Crabtree (@OlCrabtree) January 4, 2017 The largest recorded British earthquake was in 1931, near the Dogger Bank in the North Sea. Although it was 60 miles off shore, the 6.1 magnitude earthquake still caused some damage to buildings on land. That Yorkshire Earthquake was well bad.. #Yorkshireearthquake #Yorkshire pic.twitter.com/StQr8n48HQ— EBAYGUMTREE (@savs66) January 3, 2017 When you try out that Zumba DVD and it gets reported as the #YorkshireEarthquake 😂 https://t.co/2Z9sC3FsaC pic.twitter.com/54dYrBgsjh— Craig Wilson (@DigitalWilson) January 3, 2017center_img The largest earthquake to hit the UK in nearly a decade has hit the North Sea off the coast of North Yorkshire; but people on land seem unfazed.People in Yorkshire have been mocking the earthquake on Twitter, posting pictures of knocked-over bins and plastic chairs to illustrate the fact the quake barely moved the earth.The quake had a magnitude of 3.8 and struck shortly before 7pm on Tuesday night, 100 miles east of Scarborough.British Geological Survey seismologists recorded the quake on devices located in Glasidale near Whitby.  Hope everyone is ok following the devastating earthquake in North Yorkshire #earthquake #Huddersfield pic.twitter.com/02uMtsDuoK— Huddersfield (@Huddersfield4U) January 4, 2017 I gather there’s been an earthquake near Yorkshire. I’m putting together an aid package to help them!!! #yorkshireearthquake pic.twitter.com/gptTYTX4Yd— northern fella (@lancsbloke) January 3, 2017 Breaking news: Earthquake in Yorkshire and made someone spill their brew. Lol #YorkshireEarthquake— Chris Jacklin (@chrisj0100) January 3, 2017last_img read more

Court orders man to increase payments to wife who lost bulk of

first_imgA wife who lost the bulk of her divorce settlement by making “poor financial decisions” has been awarded larger monthly payments from her ex-husband despite calls from his lawyer for maintenance limits to reflect “social change”.Former estate agent, Maria Mills, 51, received a £230,000 lump sum in 2002, plus £1,100 monthly personal maintenance payments, when she split from her “reliable and truthful” 50-year-old husband, Graham Mills, after 13 years of marriage.But she lost it all and fell heavily into debt, after investing “unwisely” in a series of ever more “upmarket” London properties in a bid to climb the housing ladder, a court heard.Judges at London’s Appeal Court have now ordered that Mrs Mills’ monthly payments to be increased to £1,441 and told her ex-husband he must support her for life, because she is “unable to meet her basic needs”. The case was heard at the Court of AppealCredit:NIKLAS HALLE’N/AFP He should not be the insurer against the wife’s poor financial decisions… the time is long overdue for the wife to terminate her financial dependencyPhilip Cayford QC He told the judges: “The consent order made in 2002 was agreed on the basis that the wife received the vast bulk of the available cash, in order that she could buy herself a house and would not have to pay rent thereafter.”Since 2002, the wife’s management of her finances has been so poor that she appears to have exhausted her entire capital, and seeks to continue and now increase the periodical payments element of the order.”The husband has done all that could be reasonably expected of him in his reasonable wish to move on post-divorce.”The same cannot be said of the wife. It is a result of her poor financial decisions that the capital provision has been dissipated. The husband has played no part in the wife’s losses… and yet is expected effectively to pick up the tab.”The wife has already had the lion’s share of the capital and the husband’s maintenance obligation has already extended beyond the length of the marriage.”It is wrong in principle and in law that the wife should continue to depend, and indeed seek to increase, her dependence on the husband,” added the QC.But Frank Feehan QC, for the wife, pointed out that – while Judge Everall had found she was “not a good businesswoman” who “did not manage her finances wisely” and “took on too high borrowings” – he had not found that she was “profligate or wanton in her approach to her finances”.The judge had also accepted that her finances and ability to work had been “hindered” by health problems she has experienced over the last decade.Mr Feehan told the court: “Here was a woman, left (in 2002) with responsibility for a young child, without enough money to buy a house which was good enough in her view. It was reasonable for her to get a mortgage.”He admitted she “over-financed”, but told the judges: “She had health issues throughout and a child to bring up.” He defended her “credit card debts, run up over many years as a single parent having health difficulties”.”She has not been found to be wanton in having credit card debts in order to have a living wage for her and her son,” he added.Asking for an increase in maintenance, he said Mrs Mills is currently “unable to meet her basic needs”. Mr Mills earlier claimed that he “should not be the insurer against the wife’s poor financial decisions” and forced to “pick up the tab” 15 years after they split.His barrister, Philip Cayford QC, called for changes in the law to limit maintenance and encourage “independence” after divorce.Lord Justice Longmore and Sir Ernest Ryder heard that the couple, who have a grown-up son, married in 1988, separated in 2001 and divorced in 2002, after reaching an agreement on how their wealth should be split.Mr Mills, a surveyor, agreed to give his ex-wife, who formerly worked for a Notting Hill estate agent, £1,100 a month in personal maintenance, as well as almost all their “liquid capital” when they split, while he kept his businesses.Later, Mrs Mills “unwisely invested in a series of properties, each time moving upmarket” from a house in Weybridge, Surrey, to a smart three-bedroom flat in Wimbledon, to a two-bedroom apartment in a Victorian mansion block in Battersea.Each time she “over-financed,” increasing her mortgage liabilities, but failed to offset them with enough profit from the sale of the properties.After she sold the Battersea flat in 2009, she was “without any of the capital” from her marriage, and is now living in a rented home, back where she started in Weybridge. She now works two days a week as a beauty therapist, the court heard. Divorcee Maria Mills formerly owned a luxury flat in a Victorian mansion block in BatterseaCredit:Richard Gittins/Champion News Service  Court of Appealcenter_img The pair both went before a family judge last year, with the wife asking for more maintenance, because she could not manage financially, and the husband seeking a clean break.Judge Mark Everall QC threw out both their challenges, but they then each instructed QCs to renew their battle before the Court of Appeal.Mr Cayford told the judges Mr Mills, who lives in Guildford, has remarried, has a new family and is desperate to “move on” with his life.”This is a case where the wife leaves the marriage with all, or almost all the liquid capital, then says she needs maintenance for another 50 years, despite proving herself capable of working to a high standard,” he said.He called for changes to the law to limit spouses to “five years’ maximum maintenance,” telling the court: “There is a social change going on.”He said a decision in favour of the wife went against “the tide towards seeking independence,” telling the judges: “You can order some finality today.”It is the husband’s case that he should not be the insurer against the wife’s poor financial decisions, taken over the course of the 15 years that have passed since the original ancillary relief order… the time is long overdue for the wife to terminate her financial dependency on the husband.” She has not been found to be wanton in having credit card debts in order to have a living wage for her and her sonFrank Feehan QC, for Maria Mills Divorcee Maria Mills formerly owned a luxury flat in a Victorian mansion block in Battersea Sir Ernest, giving the court’s ruling, said Mr Mills had been regarded as “reliable, truthful and frank” by Judge Everall, who had been “less impressed with the wife”.”He has remarried and supports his new wife’s daughter as well as his own son. He also now has another child with his new wife,” he added.Of Mrs Mills he said: “The 2002 order vested in her the majority, if not all, of the liquid capital of the marriage.”She had unwisely invested in a series of properties, each time moving upmarket, with the consequence that she is now without any of the capital she was given in 2002.”She is not a good businesswoman. The wife now says the judge left her unable to meet her basic needs.”Judge Everall had calculated the wife’s “needs” at £1,441 a month, but had gone on to order that her monthly maintenance should not be increased from £1,100. But Sir Ernest said that “shortfall” was unexplained.”The judge made an error of principle. The order should have been that the husband pay maintenance in the sum of £1,441 a month until further order of the court,” he said. “The husband has and had the ability to make the maintenance payments asked for.”No value was put on Mr Mills’s business interests, but the court was told he had previously been able to draw dividends from them of up to £200,000 a year. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Notorious inmate Charles Bronson asks Coronation Street actress girlfriend to marry him

first_imgHe has taken up art and now goes by the name Charles Salvador, in a nod to his favourite artist Salvador Dali.Miss Williamson, who has also appeared in Hollyoaks and Fred and Rose West drama Appropriate Adult, said they had been in a relationship for five months.She said: “I know he has a public image of being a violent prisoner, but in reality he is so different. He can never change the things he has done in the past, but he is working so hard to put that behind him.”There are obviously difficulties him being in prison cause our relationship, but we feel so strongly about each other we’re determined to make it work.”Miss Williamson, of Stoke-on-Trent, wore a necklace spelling out Salvador and a revealing red dress for Monday’s visit. Actress Paula Williamson Charles Bronson spent 37 of his years in jail in solitary confinementCredit:Cherri Gilham/REX/Shutterstock Charles Bronson, the notorious life inmate, has asked his actress girlfriend to marry him, it was reported on Tuesday.Bronson, 64, often called Britain’s most violent prisoner, went down on one knee when Paula Williamson visited him in HMP Wakefield.The twice-married armed robber, who had been in jail for 40 years, had planned to make the proposal of Valentine’s Day by having a ring delivered to her house and serenading her by phone. Charles Bronsoncenter_img Miss Williamson, 36, who has been in Coronation Street and played a stripper in Emmerdale, told The Sun: “We are so in love.”I’ve had relationships with both men and women in the past but none of them come close to my love for Charlie.”He’s so eccentric, but so am I. It’s a perfect match.”Bronson spent 37 of his years in jail in solitary confinement, after repeatedly having his sentence increased for attacking prison staff and taking them hostage. Actress Paula WilliamsonCredit:Brides of Comedy/Youtube 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

Sparing prison for clever student sends wrong signal to victims

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. The court was told Christ Church College will allow Woodward to return in October because she “is that bright”.However, her defence counsel Jim Sturman QC said Woodward –  who has already had articles published in medical journals – is unlikely to be able to fulfill her ambition of becoming a heart surgeon her criminal conviction would have to be disclosed.Woodward had come top of her year in the pre-clinical tests that all Oxford medical students take at the end of their third year.She be sentenced on September 25 and was given a restraining order, and told to stay drug-free and not to re-offend.The Sentencing Council, which advises judges in order to “promote greater consistency in sentencing”, said it could not comment on the specific circumstances of an ongoing case.But it said that in sentencing an offence of unlawful wounding, such as that committed by Woodward, a judge would have to take into account the seriousness of the assault, whether there was any premeditation and the offender’s previous criminal history before deciding whether to impose a custodial sentence of up to four years or a non-custodial community order.Mr Fairclough has been described as an extremely talented law student. Lavinia Woodward, 24, who studies at Christ Church College, Oxford, stabbed Thomas Fairclough in the leg with a bread knife when he threatened to call her mother during a rowCredit:Facebook Norman Brennan, a former police officer of 31 years’ experience who campaigns for victims of crime , said: “This is a crime that should always attract a prison sentence. At a time when knife crime is out of control the courts should be setting an example.” Lavinia Woodward, 24, who studies at Christ Church College, Oxford, stabbed Thomas Fairclough in the leg with a bread knife when he threatened to call her mother during a rowcenter_img Woodward attended Sir James Henderson British School of Milan, a £16,000-a-year international school in the Italian city before going to Oxford.After the case Mr Sturman said that Woodward had been making “every effort” to get her life back on track and added: “She has been seeing a counsellor. This is not a soft option – this is a judge giving her a fair chance to prove herself.” Victims’ groups have warned that a decision not to jail an Oxford University student who stabbed her boyfriend because of her “extraordinary” talent for medicine could set back attempts to encourage others who suffer domestic violence to come forward.Lavinia Woodward, 24, who studied at Christ Church College, Oxford, stabbed her boyfriend Thomas Fairclough in the leg on December 30 last year after drinking alcohol and taking drugs.The pair, who had met on the dating site Tinder, had a row and when Mr Fairclough, a Cambridge PHD student, threatened to call Woodward’s mother she punched him before picking up a bread knife and stabbing him in the leg.She admitted a charge of unlawful wounding at Oxford Crown Court and on Tuesday Judge Ian Pringle said the offence would normally mean a custodial sentence.But he deferred sentencing for a period of four months and hinted that she would not be jailed – because of her ”extraordinary” talent.He said: “It seems to me that if this was a one-off, a complete one-off, to prevent this extraordinarily able young lady from not following her long-held desire to enter the profession she wishes to, would be a sentence which would be too severe. “What you did will never, I know, leave you but it was pretty awful, and normally it would attract a custodial sentence, whether it is immediate or suspended.”But victims’ groups have said the judge’s comments send entirely the wrong signal to others who have suffered from similar assaults, particularly male victims of domestic violence who are already reluctant to come forward.Claire Waxman, the director of Voice4Victims, told The Telegraph: “I think the Judge needs to be mindful of the way he sentences this case and his comments.  Male victims of domestic violence struggle to come forward due to the way society views them. If the Judge passes a lenient sentence, this will discourage victims from coming forward and reporting.”She added: “This case raises some serious questions on how we view female perpetrators of domestic violence and how the effects of the crime on the victim is being overshadowed by the impact the sentence could have on the perpetrator’s life.”last_img read more

Grenfell Tower inferno a disaster waiting to happen as concerns are raised

first_imgA firefighter investigates one of the floors in Grenfell TowerCredit:PA “It could be that this is the quest for sustainability trumping other concerns,” Dr Glockling warned. Matthew Needham-Laing, an architect who is head of construction at Katten Law UK, said that the first known cladding fire in the UK was in 1991 and there had been concerns over in the industry about its fire safety for a number of years. Matt Wrack,  General Secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, said: “I have never seen a fire that has engulfed an entire building like this in a career of more than 30 years.” Mr Kerr-Bell said: “This is a scandal. This is one of the biggest scandals in the country – and it could have been avoided… “We felt there was a disaster waiting to happen and we were going to have a meeting with the MP so that we could put these concerns to them.”Mike Penning, a former fire minister, called for an urgent review into the use of the insulation material.He said:  “There has to be an urgent review into the use of cladding. We need to expedite this as far as possible – this cladding is used extensively in the UK and abroad.”Nick Hurd, the fire minister, said that checks are now being carried out on tower blocks that are going through a similar refurbishment process. Gavin Barwell, former housing minister and Theresa May's new chief of staff  Many of those that survived only did so by ignoring official advice to stay in their rooms and close their front doors until the fire was over.  Reg Kerr-Bell, the former chairman of the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) – the body which manages the building –  said he stood down several years ago over safety concerns.Just two days before the blaze, he had spoken to a former colleague about their fears. fire which has engulfed Grenfell Tower on the Lancaster Estate in north Kensington A firefighter investigates one of the floors in Grenfell Tower Gavin Barwell, former housing minister and Theresa May’s new chief of staff Credit:Leon Neal  “About 12 floors up I saw three children waving from a window and then  there was just an explosion and they disappeared. “They were three kids, they were banging on the windows, you could see their silhouettes and then bang, it just went up.”But as emergency services continued to search the 24-storey building for victims, there were claims that warnings about safety had been ignored.Government ministers were warned about the fire risk of cladding as far back as 1999, the Daily Telegraph can reveal.  He said that some estimates were that 30,000 buildings had been fitted with cladding, which is a cheap way of making a building more sustainable without rebuilding it. Senior Conservatives last night called for an urgent review. It comes amid allegations of a litany of failings by Kensington and Chelsea council, who own the flats, and the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) who are paid £11 million to manage property for them. Nick-Hurd- A total of 74 people were being treated in hospitals, with 20 of them in a critical condition after the fire, thought to have been sparked by a faulty refrigerator, started just after 1am on Wednesday and quickly spreading up the building. There were fears children were among the dead as survivors told how they saw babies being thrown from windows in the hope that they could survive.Residents knotted sheets together to make ropes in attempts to escape. Some tried to manufacture makeshift parachutes from bin bags and bedding and leap out of windows.  Mickey Paramasivan, 37, said: “There were explosions everywhere you looked, lots of bangs, blue gas coming out everywhere you looked.  Residents have been complaining for the past four years about fires safety in the flats, warning that there would be a “catastrophe” and demanding that action was taken and the management by the company was reviewed. KCTMO was deseribed by residents groups as a “mini-mafia” as they lambasted the management of art school graduate Robert Black. Further questions were raised yesterday Rydon Construction, the company contracted to carry out £10million refurbishment which was completed in March last year, appeared to change their statement about the tragedy.Rydon released a statement saying it met all “fire regulation and health and safety standards” during the refurbishment in 2016. Smoke rises from the 24 story Grenfell Tower in West LondonCredit: Getty Images Europe A police helicopter flies above the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed itCredit:Jonathan Brady  He said: “This is not a shock, the problems with cladding have been known about and talked about for a number of years and hopefully this will at least make people listen.”  Locals comfort each other following the fire which has engulfed Grenfell Tower on the Lancaster Estate in north KensingtonCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley Residents had warned that the tower block was a “catastrophe” waiting to happen but their complaints “fell on deaf ears”, they said yesterday.   Theresa May’s new chief of staff is facing questions over his role in a delayed fire safety review in the wake of the Grenfell Tower blaze.  A police helicopter flies above the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed it It was installed on the council-owned Grenfell block in 2015 as part of a £10 million refurbishment by a company which was later liquidated after a firm they were working with refused to pay out in a dispute over their work.Tens of thousands of buildings in the UK have been fitted with cladding, it is estimated, leading to calls for an immediate review of safety. Experts said that the cladding – which is used to insulate the building – had acted like a “chimney” for the flames by allowing the fire to spread upwards through the gaps between the cladding and the building walls. An inferno which engulfed a tower block, killing at least 12 in what could become one of the biggest fire tragedies in British history, was a “disaster waiting to happen”, experts have said.Fears were raised that green energy concerns were prioritised ahead of safety as it emerged that cladding used to make the building more sustainable could have accelerated the fire.  All fire safety regulations are focused on containing a fire within a building, but this cannot happen if it is spreading along the outside.”There has been an emerging body of evidence surrounding some of the materials being used and now we have an appalling demonstration of what can happen,” he said.Alongside the cosmetic appeal of cladding, it is used as an insulation to make buildings more sustainable to meet green energy requirements.  On Wednesday night, police confirmed 12 people had died following the blaze at Grenfell House in Kensington, west London, but they expected the death toll to rise.Hundreds of the roughly 500 residents in the block were unaccounted for. Some estimated that the death toll could rise above 100. Smoke rises from the 24 story Grenfell Tower in West London However a later statement omitted this line ans simply said the company had “met all required building regulations”. 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. Gavin Barwell, a former housing minister, has been accused of “sitting on” a review into building regulations at tower blocks after a deadly fire in South London in 2009.Dr Jim Glockling, Technical Director of the Fire Protection Association, said that they had been lobbying the Government to review the safety of combustible materials used on the outside of buildings since 2014. Donations Pour In For Tower Block Fire VictimsCredit:Paul Davey / Barcroft Images Nick HurdCredit:Mark Weeks / Rex Features  The company paid £3million to install the cladding, Harley Curtain Wall Ltd, has since gone bust after one of their customers refused to pay them almost £500,000 for disputed work. The director of the company, Ray Bailey, who has since started a new firm Harley Facades Limited, said that they had used a common Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) panels which are a commonly used product in the refurbishment industry. The London Fire Brigade warned ministers that  building regulations were not taking into account the vertical fire issues that cladding could cause in 1999, warning that because of cladding regulations were “inadequate”. Glyn Evans from the Fire Brigades Union told a Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs that after the Great Fire of London only horizontal fires were considered and “we do not really recognise the problem of vertical envelopment. If you get multistorey buildings you will get fire spread up the outside if the cladding will permit it.”The Health and Safety Executive, the police and the fire service are now expected to launch a large-scale investigation into the safety of the building and whether regulations were complied with.  Donations Pour In For Tower Block Fire Victimslast_img read more

Muslim school receives inadequate Ofsted rating after loos did not have toilet

first_img“Some pupils, they avoid using toilets because they don’t like going in there.“There are facilities for cleaning yourself in the toilet – it might be hard for someone who doesn’t traditionally wash to understand and washing is better than wiping clean.“The Ofsted inspector said there has to be toilet rolls, we said there are always toilet rolls but they are not always out – so what?”Inspectors also criticised the fact there were no shower facilities available at the school, which has 34 pupils aged between 11 and 16.In addition the report stated: “Safeguarding is ineffective. Leaders have not ensured that the school premises are a safe place for pupils, and some checks on staff’s suitability to work with children are incomplete”Leaders’ checks on attendance and safeguarding issues are not robust. Their checks lack detail and do not contribute strongly to keeping pupils safe. Therefore, pupils’ welfare is not assured.”The report went on: “Inspectors found published sectarian material in a storeroom behind the school office. They made the headteacher aware of this.”The headteacher explained that he was not aware of how the materials came to be in school.”At the end of the inspection the headteacher confirmed that he planned to destroy the material and suitably vet all remaining published material in the school. The children they do use the toilets and traditionally, because we are Asian, we wash, not only wipeAbdul Ghafoor Salloo A Muslim girls’ school has received the lowest Ofsted rating available after inspectors discovered that pupils were not provided with lavatory paper for “cultural reasons”.Staff at the fee-paying Park Avenue Girls’ High School, in Stoke-on-Trent, said paper was available from the school office, but because most of the students were Asian, they preferred to wash rather than wipe.But some of the girls told inspectors they were so unhappy about the situation that they avoided using the lavatory all day.The school, which was visited by inspectors October, was rated “inadequate”, with the report identifying a range of concerns, including safeguarding problems and the discovery of sectarian material on the premises.The Ofsted report stated: “At the time of the inspection, it was not the school’s common practice to provide soap for pupils’ hand-washing, toilet roll in the toilets or suitable drinking water.”Toilet paper is available from the school office when pupils request it. Pupils told inspectors that they sometimes avoided using toilets for the whole school day because of this.”But headteacher Abdul Ghafoor Salloo defended the policy, insisting the school catered for the cultural needs of the pupils. “Inspectors did not find any evidence that this sectarian material had influenced teaching or learning in school.”However, material of this kind has no place in schools and leaders have not ensured that systems are in place to prevent such literature from entering the school and being accessible in a storeroom.”The inspectors said the playground was also not appropriate because it presented too many dangers to pupils.”Currently, pupils are not safe in this school. Leaders have not identified the range of risks present on the school site.”For example, inspectors found windows, both single- and double-glazed, that were broken, sharp and accessible to pupils.”But despite the various problems inspectors noted that the relationships between staff and pupils were strong and this had a positive impact on pupils’ behaviour.They added: “Pupils’ behaviour is good. They follow instructions willingly and are well behaved at all times while on the school premises.”center_img “The children they do use the toilets and traditionally, because we are Asian, we wash, not only wipe. There are facilities for pupils to clean themselves,” he said.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Prince Charles to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle

Doria Ragland was previously expected to walk her daughter down the aisle The Prince of Wales has expressed his excitement about the wedding, telling reporters in Nice, France last week: “It’s absolutely marvellous. It’s going to be a very special day for everybody.”It was thought her mother Doria Ragland would walk the bride down the aisle – so this decision may shock some Royal fans. Prince Charles is to walk Meghan Markle own the aisle, the Palace has revealed.The question of who would perform the role was raised after Thomas Markle, the bride’s father, pulled out due to a health condition.Kensington Palace announced: “Ms. Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St George’s Chapel on her Wedding Day.”The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to The Royal Family in this way.”Hannah Furness, our Royal Correspondent, has learnt that the Prince of Wales will accompany Ms Markle down just one half of the aisle (the second half) at St George’s Chapel – but no one will “give her away”.  There was no protocol preventing Ms Markle from choosing her mother, a member of the Royal family, or a close friend from escorting her. She could also walk alone, should she wish. Hugo Vickers, royal biographer, said of Ms Markle’s decision: “It’s her wedding and I think she should be able to do whatever she likes. “It’s meant to be a happy occasion and that’s what it’s all about.” According to TMZ, Thomas Markle gave  his ex-wife his blessing to perform the duty. Mr Markle’s inability to attend has left other gaps in the proceedings. It is unknown who will give a speech at the evening dinner – this role may fall to her mother. Doria Ragland was previously expected to walk her daughter down the aisle Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Hunt is on for Harry Kane £5 notes that could be worth

The artist is yet to spend the Northern Ireland note. He told the BBC: “I like the magical feeling of it and just want people to be as excited as I am.”It’s just a bit of fun, but it also puts my art beyond the walls of a gallery. My art sells for a lot of money now and it’s really out of reach for most people.”But if they find this and sell it and make a lot of money, I’ll be really pleased with that.” With an incredibly steady hand, Mr Short’s tiny pieces of art have earned him a huge reputation among art fans. The six Harry Kane notes Graham Short etching the portrait of Harry KaneCredit:SWNS But Manpreet Kaur, who owns the shop, failed to spot it told the BBC: “You don’t think. Someone will give you a note and then another customer comes in and needs a five pounds note. That’s why I missed it.”The first note was spent in Meriden, a village between Coventry and Solihull that is roughly in the geographical centre of England.Mr Short said: “(It’s) only a few miles from the M40 and M42, and so that note could travel in any direction.”Now I’ve just been to Edinburgh and spent one in the Elephant House in Edinburgh, the coffee shop where JK Rowling first went as a young mum and started writing about Harry Potter. I just liked the magical feeling of that.” He was behind commemorative Jane Austen notes and the project prompted a frenzied searching of wallets and purses after they were valued at £50,000 each.The hope is that the Harry Kane special editions will fetch a similar price. A portrait of the Queen on the eye of a needle sold for more than £100,000, while his modification of four new fivers in December 2016 is thought to have increased their value by a factor of 10,000. 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. Graham Short etching the portrait of Harry Kane The six Harry Kane notes Three £5 notes engraved with a portrait of Harry Kane have been released into circulation – and anyone who manages to get their hands on one could cash it in for £50,000.Graham Short, an artist based in Birmingham, created six notes featuring the England captain’s face to celebrate the six goals scored by the striker to win the Golden Boot at the World Cup. One was given to Kane himself, one to the FA – and the remaining four spent by the “micro-engraver” in each of the countries that make up the United Kingdom. Mr Short headed to the birthplace of his father – Merthyr Tydfil in Wales – in the hope that it would change the life of its finder. But it has already passed through at least two pairs of hands in the town without anyone realising it was a special edition.  He said: “The Welsh note, I went to Merthyr Tydfil, the former mining town where my father was born. It’s not a wealthy area and I’m hoping that this note could help to change the life of someone in that area who finds it.”Mr Short spent the note in the Bal Off Licence, and said he hoped someone could find it, sell it and be able to spend the money on a holiday or Christmas.  Graham Short at The Elephant House Graham Short at The Elephant HouseCredit:THH Gallery read more

London train delayed after driver locks himself in toilet

A train to a major London station was delayed after the driver got locked in the toilet.Southeastern apologised after the 10.49am service from Bromley South to Victoria ran five minutes late on Wednesday.Using a gif from The Simpsons, the rail operator explained that the driver had become locked in the on-board toilet.Southeastern tweeted: “Service update: the 10:49 Bromley South – Victoria was late departing Bromley South due to the driver becoming locked in the on board toilet.”This train 5 minutes late. Sorry for the delay caused.” SERVICE UPDATE: the 10:49 Bromley South – Victoria was late departing Bromley south due to the driver becoming locked in the on board toilet. This train 5 minutes late. Sorry for the delay caused. pic.twitter.com/yYCQDZlWQD— Southeastern (@Se_Railway) September 19, 2018 The rail company was praised by customers for its honesty, saying other operators may have been tempted to put the delay down to an “operational incident”. Natasha Tickham described the mix-up as “hilarious”, tweeting Southeastern asking if the message was genuine. The firm’s official Twitter account responded: “Unfortunately it did happen, they were only there for a short while (train terminated there to make a service back as per timetable). All good though.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

First TV campaign to urge women to undergo cervical smear tests as

Professor Anne Mackie, Director of Screening Programmes at PHE said: “The decline in numbers getting screened for cervical cancer is a major concern as it means millions of women are missing out on a potentially life-saving test.“Two women die every day in England from cervical cancer, yet it is one of the most preventable cancers if caught early.“We want to see a future generation free of cervical cancer but we will only achieve our vision if women take up their screening invitations. This is a simple test which takes just five minutes and could save your life. It’s just not worth ignoring”.Steve Brine, Public Health Minister said: “It is a tragedy that women are needlessly dying of cancer when a simple test can identify any risks early on. We hope this new campaign – the first of its kind in this country – will save lives and I am delighted to see it launch today.”He said that from next month, any patient with suspected cancer should receive a diagnosis or all-clear within 28 days. As of next month, any patient with suspected cancer should receive a diagnosis or all-clear within 28 daysCredit:Public Health England The figure is a sharp fall from 75.7 per cent uptake in 2011, when awareness had risen, following the death of celebrity Jade Goody at the age of 27.The eight-week campaign will attempt to persuade women to go for tests – and ask their loved ones to spur them to do so.Charities say embarrassment and fear of being labelled “promiscuous” is deterring women from undergoing vital checks which could prevent 83 per cent of cervical cancer cases.A survey of 2,000 women aged 25 to 35 found that 80 per cent of those who have avoided or delayed testing said they felt “body conscious” with researchers suggesting many had misguided perceptions about what was “normal”.And other research found around four in ten thought that being diagnosed with the human papilloma virus (HPV) – which can cause cervical cancer – was a cause of shame. Loose Women star Christine Lampard is backing the campaign and said she will encourage her daughter, Patsy, to go for screening when she is older.She said: “I can’t say I’m thrilled when my cervical screening invite is posted through my door but I know how important it is that I get tested.”It’s an awkward five minutes that could save your life.”As a mother I will never ignore my screening invitation and when my daughter, Patsy, is old enough, I’ll encourage her to attend her screenings too.”As women we should talk positively about our bodies and the importance of cervical screening – it’s an important way to protect our health.”The NHS screening programmes are currently under review, following a number of blunders, including the failure to send almost 50,000 women letters about cervical cancer checks. A still from the government's first national cervical screening campaign A survey found that 80 per cent of those who have avoided or delayed testing said they felt ‘body conscious’Credit:Public Health England Charities say embarrassment and fear of being labelled ‘promiscuous’ is deterring women from undergoing vital checksCredit:Public Health England 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. Health officials are to launch the first television campaign urging women to go for cervical smear tests amid warnings too many are “needlessly dying” after failing to get checked.Uptake of screening is now at a record low, with almost one in three women eligible for tests failing to do so, latest records show.The lowest uptake is among women in their late 20s, with almost four in ten failing to have smears, the figures show.Two women every day in England die from cervical cancer and more than 200,000 women every year are diagnosed with abnormal cell changes that could lead to the disease.The proportion of women aged 25 to 64 who go for smear tests is currently at a 20-year low, with take up at 71.4 per cent.   A still from the government's first national cervical screening campaign A still from the government's first national cervical screening campaign read more