Month: September 2019

  • Somehow There Are Still People Who Have A Perfect Bracket

    Oof.After Thursday’s four NCAA tournament upsets, your bracket is probably looking pretty haggard. You’re not alone, of course. But how many others got totally busted by the madness?Since we don’t have access to the personal or office-pool brackets of everyone in the country, the 11.6 million ESPN Tournament Challenge brackets will have to suffice. A whole lot of them made at least one wrong call yesterday.It’s probably not a huge surprise, but the UAB Blazers’ upset of Iowa State was devastating to America’s pursuit of a perfect bracket. Our model showed a 9 percent chance of that upset happening, and when it did, it broke the brackets of 10.7 million Tournament Challenge players.The following upset — Georgia State’s defeat of Baylor — wasn’t as dramatic in terms of bracket carnage, but it still had a significant winnowing effect: Only 22 percent of the remaining perfect brackets made it through the end of that game unscathed.By the end of the day, only 273 perfect brackets were left. Kudos to the select few who made it. But, as we’ve discussed before, the odds of them making it much further are slim to say the least.CORRECTION (March 20, 12:35 p.m.): An earlier version of the chart in this article mislabeled the seeds of North Carolina, Harvard, Cincinnati, and Purdue. They are the No. 4, No. 13, No. 8, and No. 9 seeds, respectively. read more

  • 3 notes from Urban Meyer and Brian Kellys preFiesta Bowl press conference

    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly (left) and OSU coach Urban Meyer (right) address the media Thursday morning. Credit: Evan Szymkowicz | Sports DirectorSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – In the last public media appearance before Notre Dame and Ohio State square off Friday in the Fiesta Bowl, coaches Brian Kelly and Urban Meyer held a brief joint press conference Thursday morning. Here are three notes from the morning session. Sunday talent For prestigious college football programs, there is the expectation that many who suit up for them will play at the next level. For both this year’s Notre Dame and OSU teams, that is absolutely true. Both rosters are littered with players who can continue playing football in the NFL. And for many of those same guys, Friday will likely be the last time they step on a collegiate gridiron. Kelly acknowledged that both programs boast next-level talent, but he said that doesn’t occur overnight. “I think the important thing is both players have developed these players,” he said. “They weren’t ready-made players. They’re players that developed through the program. We know a lot of them because we recruit against each other for a lot of these guys. “We’ve seen them develop.” For Notre Dame, at least two offensive linemen, left tackle Ronnie Stanley and center Nick Martin, have first-round potential written all over them. Junior wide receiver Will Fuller will likely declare for the draft and make plays on Sundays right away. Defensively, linebacker Jaylon Smith, who won the Butkus Award in 2015, is a guy scouts love because of his versatility. NFL teams will be racing to get their hands on him. Meyer was later asked about how he deals with keeping his players focused on the task at hand, not potential endeavors once the game concludes. The coach acknowledged three juniors — Cardale Jones, Joey Bosa and Ezekiel Elliott — have already told him they will not be back in Columbus for another year. “We have agreed and we all have agreed to be pros,” Meyer said. “What do pros do? Pros attack the task at hand. The task at hand is to represent the Ohio State against Notre Dame in one of the best bowl games in the country.”Meyer continued, questioning the timing of the bowl games and when underclassmen have to declare for the draft, but even so, the coach said it is something he just has to deal with.“I’d rather be in that situation,” he said,”than have a bunch of not very good players.”Happy at homeDuring Wednesday’s media session, Meyer inadvertently created a lot of buzz when he responded to a question about rumors that the Cleveland Browns reached out to him about a coaching job by saying, “The Browns? I’m not going there.”While OSU’s coach meant to say he wasn’t interested in discussing the rumor, many people took the quote out of context to mean he had no desire to inherit one of the NFL’s worst teams.On Thursday, Kelly and Meyer offered further comments about the possibility of them jumping ship to the NFL at some point, which should please fans of the two programs.“I don’t think it’s tempting at all,” Kelly said. “We get these questions all the time. … It’s really not tempting at all. We’re so focused on what we do on a day-to-day basis that we don’t kind of sit around going, ‘Boy, I’d like to coach in the NFL.’”Meyer agreed with his fellow ex-University of Cincinnati coach, saying that there is simply too much going on in the life of the head coach of a major college program to think about future career prospects.“I spend very little time, especially this time of year, man, where there’s so much going on, bowl season, recruiting, staff adjustments, those type of things going on, that I’ve never really spent much time thinking about it,” Meyer said.Kelly also offered — as evidenced by the former Oregon and Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly, who was let go by the Eagles on Tuesday — the less-than-stellar track record of college coaches making the leap to the professional ranks. One such example is OSU’s new co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Greg Schiano, who was fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers two years after leaving his position at Rutgers.With the adamant declaration of the two coaches, it became all the more clear on Thursday that they plan to be at their respective schools for the long haul.Status updatesIn the days and weeks leading up to the 1 p.m. New Year’s Day game, OSU has had a number of starters whose status became a question mark.Earlier in the month, senior defensive tackle Adolphus Washington was cited for solicitation, ending his collegiate career with a suspension for the game.Then, just before the team left for Arizona, Elliott was also cited. In his case, it was for driving with a suspended license. However, Meyer opted not to discipline the junior with a suspension, causing some to wonder why he seemingly gave unequal treatment.“It was to me a traffic violation issue and one was something more serious,” Meyer said. “I’m not going to get into much more detail than that. Just completely a different set of circumstances.”Meyer also addressed the statuses of redshirt senior tight end Nick Vannett and redshirt sophomore cornerback Gareon Conley, who were each absent at Wednesday’s media day.The coach said the two starters were each under the weather with colds, but are “fine.”Correction Dec. 31: An earlier version of this article improperly stated that Brian Kelly’s brother is Chip Kelly, formerly the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. It has since been updated. read more

  • Oklahoma serves ultimate test before Big Ten slate

    Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) sets up to pass in the second quarter against Clemson in the Capital One Orange Bowl at SunLife Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015. Clemson won, 37-17. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS)In the era of the College Football Playoff, teams with a relative shot at the national championship see the importance of making a statement early in the season. Coach Urban Meyer and the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes have that opportunity on Saturday at No. 14 Oklahoma.This meeting marks just the third time, and the first since 1983, that the Buckeyes will play the Sooners. In his fifth year as OSU’s coach, Meyer faces off against Bob Stoops in his 18th season with Oklahoma. The two met in the 2008 BCS National Championship.Two prolific quarterbacks — Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford — and two sublime coaches created an atmosphere for a college football game that is rarely seen. Meyer’s Florida Gators won that game for his second national title in three years.In 2016, the same scenario remains. Two Heisman-caliber quarterbacks, the same coaches. Saturday in Norman, Oklahoma, is a Herculean early-season showdown.In Week 1, Oklahoma played the Houston Cougars and former OSU offensive coordinator Tom Herman at NRG Stadium in Houston. By the final whistle, Oklahoma had an 0-1 record —  facing an uphill climb.OSU redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard said he and the Buckeyes know they will face a determined team.“We feel like they have their backs against the wall,” Hubbard said. “They’re a big time program just like us and they’re not going to roll over cause we’re Ohio State. We really got to prepare because they’re just as motivated as us, if not more.”Hubbard went on to say that the practices this week were intense, focusing on exact details that could be the difference.“I think what Oklahoma does a real good job is they pull off the gas, they put on the gas,” said co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. “They control the tempo but it’s not consistent. We just need to be ready all the time for mach speed.” One of the team’s first tasks is containing redshirt junior quarterback Baker Mayfield. Finishing last season with 3,700 yards passing and 36 touchdowns, Mayfield is one of the favorites for the 2016 Heisman Trophy.Mayfield has the ability to create opportunities downfield by avoiding tacklers and scrambling outside of the pocket. Schiano said that he’s preparing for Mayfield the way he prepared for Hall-of-Fame quarterback Brett Favre when Schiano coached for the Chicago Bears.“I think what has occurred there over time is their offensive line and receivers know that he’s creative (when scrambling). They really work hard at finishing plays,” Schiano said. “We’re going to really have to maintain discipline in our pass rush lanes. Eye discipline is going to be key for our secondary.”Running backs Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine present a challenge for the OSU defense. The dynamic duo has totaled 246 yards rushing on 36 carries with three total touchdowns through two weeks. Hubbard and redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis lead a rather inexperienced group into one of college football’s crystal palaces in the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Stadium.On the offensive side, Saturday’s gargantuan contest serves as an opportunity for redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett and the offense to get back on track.Against Tulsa in Week 2, the offense fed off the momentum harnessed by the defense’s two first-half touchdowns. The Buckeyes had 151 first-half total yards. Senior H-back Dontre Wilson said he doesn’t expect another slow start in Week 3.“I know we have to establish the running game,” Wilson said. “Once the running game pops, then we can start throwing the ball.”Barrett is similar to Mayfield in style, but might have the advantage in the passing game. The Sooners’ defense has allowed an average of 296.5 yards passing in 2016.The OSU receiving corps continues to be a mystery as to who who will be the main target for Barrett, but wide receivers coach Zach Smith remains confident.“This is what we do all year round,” Smith said. “They’ll come in ready. They’re not going to come in overwhelmed. We’ve built up to this moment.”OSU asserting itself on all levels against a nationally recognizable opponent will firmly place Meyer’s team as a national contender. Improving to 3-0 leading into the nine-game Big Ten slate would be an indicator to Meyer that his young team has matured to a level he has desired since the beginning of fall camp.“This is going to be one of those prized fights,” Meyer said. “It’s going to be a big one.” read more

  • High school AllStars take Columbus court

    Every year the best high school basketball players in the nation come together to compete in the McDonald’s All-American game. The East and the West teams of high school stand-outs will play in Columbus’ Schottenstein Center tonight.Here are several things to keep your eye on. Future BuckeyesThe Associated Press National Player of the Year and headliner of OSU’s 2010 recruiting class, Jared Sullinger, will suit up for the East squad tonight. The 6-foot-9-inch center from Columbus Northland has the kind of size, athleticism and post presence that the Buckeyes have lacked for the last few years. Although his strength is definitely playing in the low post, he is plenty capable of stepping out and hitting a jump shot, making him a tough matchup for opposing defenses.It is unclear whether he will play center or forward for OSU next season, but either way he will be an impact player from the minute he steps on the floor. If Sullinger is the No. 1 recruit in OSU’s incoming class, his teammate on the East team, DeShaun Thomas, is a very close second. Thomas isn’t necessarily the inside threat that Sullinger is, but for a guy with his size he has an uncanny ability to beat people off the dribble and create his own shot. The 6-foot-7-inch forward from Fort Wayne, Ind., averages an impressive 33.9 points and 16.3 rebounds per game and, like Sullinger, could step in and play right away for the Buckeyes.Big Ten BoundTwo members of the West team in tonight’s game will likely be playing their first of several games in the Schottenstein Center. Michigan State recruit Keith Appling and Illinois recruit Jereme Richmond will both play opposite Sullinger and Thomas tonight on the West team.Appling was the winner of Monday’s skills competition and is a guard in the mold of current Spartan Kalin Lucas. He handles the ball well, can consistently score from the perimeter and, like Lucas, could give Buckeye fans trouble for the next several years. Richmond, who compares himself to NBA star Kevin Durant, is an athletic forward who does his best work on the defensive end. Smith averages more than 11 rebounds and nearly three blocks per game. Roy’s BoysThis past season was a bit of a disappointment for North Carolina and coach Roy Williams. As the defending national champions, the Tar Heels had high expectations for the 2009-10 campaign, but youth, injuries and inconsistency designated Carolina to a rare appearance in the NIT. Its struggles, however, will likely be short lived. Three of the All-Americans in tonight’s game, two from the East and one from the West, will play their college ball in Chapel Hill.The most highly touted of the future Tar Heels is Harrison Barnes. The 6-foot-8-inch forward from Iowa is No. 1 on ESPNU’s list of 2010 recruits and is considered by many to be this class’ most complete player.Joining Barnes at Carolina are the East’s Reggie Bullock and Kendall Marshall, both guards.Best of the RestBrandon Knight, a guard on the West team, averages more than 32 points a game, and is No. 1 in the 2010 class according to Rivals.com. No. 4 on that list is guard Josh Selby, who won Monday’s slam dunk contest. Neither Knight nor Selby has made a decision as to where they will play college basketball, but for those interested Buckeye fans, neither is said to be considering OSU. The biggest player in tonight’s game, and coincidentally the player with the best name, is Fab Melo who stands 7 feet tall. Melo will play at Syracuse. read more

  • Buckeye safety refuses to make excuses during injuryplagued career

    Despite a promising freshman season, senior safety Aaron Gant has started only one football game for Ohio State. Injuries have been the culprit. “With football it comes with the territory, injuries will happen. It’s just how you persevere through them,” Gant said. “Right now I’m persevering through it.” After arriving at OSU in 2006, Gant ended his freshman season as the second-string free safety, one of only two true freshmen on the first or second team, and started against Michigan State. It has been downhill from there. After being hampered by a foot injury that limited him to special-teams play his sophomore year, Gant returned to the second-string safety position but saw little playing time as a junior. After a 2009 medical redshirt, Gant is still struggling to find his role as a senior. OSU coach Jim Tressel is also searching for Gant’s role. “We expected him to play and we expected him not only to play on defense but to come back into our special teams,” Tressel said. Rated a three-star recruit coming out of high school in Detroit, Mich., by Rivals.com, Gant was recruited around the Big Ten. He received offers from Michigan, Michigan State and Northwestern in addition to OSU. However, both of his home state schools were recruiting him on the offensive side of the ball. In “high school I played fullback, I played linebacker, I played secondary … (and I played) running back,” the 6-foot, 206-pound Gant said. “I played a little bit of it all.” His preference for the defensive side of the ball influenced his decision to be a Buckeye, he said. Though still a role player, his teammates appreciate his defensive talents. “Whether we have on pads or no pads … Aaron comes to hit every day,” senior cornerback Chimdi Chekwa said. “He’s fearless and very aggressive.” Chekwa referred to Gant as the “hardest hitter” on the team. Injuries to others in the defensive backfield might allow Gant to do more of that hitting in games. “Aaron Gant’s going to have to be able to do some things and … going to have to be able to step in (due to injuries),” Tressel said. Gant is looking forward to the opportunity. “Hopefully with the injuries that we have had, I could come in there and play my part and help out as much as I can this year,” he said. Despite not meeting his individual goals and enduring multiple injuries at OSU, Gant is not upset about his time with the Buckeyes. “I never have regrets in my life,” he said. read more

  • Football Dwayne Haskins returns home to play familiar faces

    Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws a pass in the first quarter of the game against Michigan State on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDwayne Haskins remembers his first high school start vividly. He faced St. John’s High School in his sophomore season at The Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland, after moving to the state to play high school football. “I threw three picks that game, so I don’t really like to talk about it,” Haskins said. “But that’s probably the only time I felt nervous.” Saturday, Haskins will return to the state where he last doubted his football ability, but this time he is the starting quarterback at Ohio State, facing Maryland. And he has the opportunity to secure his place in Ohio State history in College Park, Maryland. Haskins needs 50 passing yards to break former Ohio State quarterback Joe Germaine’s record for most passing yards thrown in a single season, a record he has held for the past 20 years. Haskins only needs three touchdowns to break former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett’s record for most passing touchdowns thrown in a campaign. In his first season as the starting quarterback, Haskins did not think breaking these records would be realistic. But as the records come closer to a reality for the redshirt sophomore, he said it’s a testament to the offense and the game plan in which he was placed. “I’m looking forward to Saturday and so close to that single-season passing record. It’s been there for a long time, you know,” Haskins said. “It’s crazy to realize how cool that is.”But his return to Maryland is more than breaking records in front of friends and family, in front of familiar players and coaches. It’s Haskins’ first opportunity to play against the school to which he initially committed. As Haskins started the recruiting process, he said staying close to home was something that was important to him. He developed relationships with the coaching staff at Maryland, the players and the commits. His future seemed to be set. Haskins said he wanted to change the stigma at Maryland, to get the top-rated players from the area to go to their in-state school. But he said people made their own decisions and went their separate ways. Then Haskins’ dream school came calling. “It’s been everything for me to come to Ohio State,” Haskins said. “It’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid.” Haskins had to wait his turn, watching Barrett through his tenure and having to battle former Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow for playing time as the second-string quarterback and then the starting job prior to the 2018 season. Ever since Haskins took his first snap against Oregon State as the starting quarterback, he said the process of gaining experience, having an idea of what to do when adversity comes, is something that made him a more seasoned quarterback. But quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Ryan Day saw the unknowns and uncertainties when Barrett left. He saw Haskins as a player without much playing time or experience. As the 2018 season continued, Day saw Haskins develop into “the guy” for the Ohio State offense. “I think now he’s battle tested, he’s been through it, and so now you know that he’s been, he’s got some experience on his belt. He has some experience to go upon,” Day said. “You know he’s been hit in the mouth. He’s responded that way. He’s had some success, handled that well.” To redshirt senior wide receiver Parris Campbell, Haskins, with being battle tested, needs to step up and be that leader of the offense that a quarterback is expected to be. And this is something that is especially needed at this time in the season. “We are in a time right now as a team, as an offense where, you know, championships are won in November and we kind of need Dwayne to step up and be the guy he’s been all year, but just take on more of a leadership role,” Campbell said.  Day said he realizes Haskins’ return to Maryland carries some extra weight.“I do know that once, any time you go back home there is a special feel of that friends and family,” Day said. “So I know that’ll be on his mind.”Campbell said he’s seen Haskins become more vocal as a leader this week, knowing the stakes of returning home, knowing the stakes of the records he is about to break. But Haskins really has not felt the stakes when behind center. Since his initiation into the Ohio State quarterback job against Michigan last season, he’s been described as calm, cool and collected behind center. As he’s worked as the starting quarterback, gone through adversity, trying to perfect his game, football has come easy to the redshirt sophomore. “I feel like [the game’s] always been slow,” Haskins said. “Since the first game.”  Haskins will not be focused on his family and friends in the stands. He will not be focused on the records he could break on Saturday against the Terrapins.He will continue with the same mindset he’s had set since his first high school football game as a sophomore quarterback at The Bullis School. Haskins will not be doubting himself. read more

  • Man charged over McDonalds mobility scooter protest is cleared of drink driving

    first_imgA mobility scooter driver prosecuted under a Victorian drink drive law for staging a protest at a McDonald’s restaurant, has rode free from court after prosecutors admitted a trial would be a waste of money.Michael Green, 62, refused to leave his local branch of the fast food chain when staff informed him they could not serve him at the drive-thru counter because he was not driving a car.The former HGV driver, who was registered disabled following a head injury in 1997, was charged by police with being drunk in charge of a carriage under the 1872 Licensing Act, after refusing to be breathalysed by police. Michael Green was charged under a Victorian drink driving law The 1872 licensing act was originally brought in to crack down on anyone caught drunk in charge of a carriage, steam engine, bicycle a horse or a cow.But when he appeared before Skegness Magistrates Court, the Crown offered no evidence and admitted a prosecution would not be in the public interest.Mr Green had become angry when staff at the Skegness branch of McDonald’s refused to serve him at the drive thru section of the restaurant.His protest caused chaos and he was eventually arrested after being accused of being drunk. Michael Green was charged under a Victorian drink driving law Speaking after the case, Mr Green said: “All I wanted was a burger and the police came up with this stupid old law to charge me with.“I will never go to McDonald’s again. The restaurant was full of holidaymakers so I decided to use the drive-thru.“My mobility scooter is licensed to go on public roads and has a number plate, I know it is road worthy and McDonald’s have served other mobility scooter drivers in the past.“The staff just shut the hatch. All I wanted was a burger, so I wouldn’t budge. Most people seemed to be supporting me.“When the police arrived they tried to breathalyse me but I wasn’t drunk. I just took it out after two seconds.“They arrested me, put me in a police car and left my mobility scooter at McDonald’s. I was taken to Skegness Police Station where I was kept for two hours.“They never breathalysed me in the station and then charged me under this stupid old law.“After that they brought me my mobility scooter back and I was allowed to drive home on it. It is just a joke.”Mobility scooters are classed as a carriage and are not covered by current drink-driving laws.The crime has a maximum penalty of £200 or 51 weeks in prison. Locals posted pictures of the incident on Twitter Locals posted pictures of the incident on TwitterCredit:Twitter Nick Todd, prosecuting, told magistrates: “It is not often somebody appears before the court contravening a section of the 1872 Carriage Act.”Mr Green was on his mobility scooter and went to the drive-thru section of the restaurant.”McDonald’s staff said they would not serve him for insurance, and health and safety reasons.”Mr Green refused to leave and was shouting to staff and the surrounding crowd ‘all I want is a burger.’ There is no evidence he was abusive.”After 40 minutes police arrived and attempted to breathalyse him. Baring in mind he was on a mobility scooter there is a question in mind if they were entitled to do so.”Mr Green was then arrested and charged.”I do not intend to have a trial on this matter and do not think it is in the public interest. The average cost of a trial in Magistrates Court is £3,000.”Nobody was hurt and there is no evidence he was abusive.”At the time of the incident a spokesman for McDonald’s said: ‘Following advice taken from independent parties and company safety risk assessments, it is our policy only road worthy motor vehicles should be served in our drive-thru lanes.“This takes into account a number of considerations including space available in the lanes and the heights of ordering points and service hatches.“Mobility scooter users are invited to enter into our restaurants and order food at service points which are more convenient for them, and most importantly, safer for the customer and crew when selling food.” 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

  • Jewish father who let children ride bikes on Sabbath exposed them to

    first_imgJudge Rowe said she did not think that the man had deliberately flouted “expectations on him”.She said “two loving parents” were struggling with arrangements for the children’s care. She said the youngsters should spend equal time with each parent.And the judge said it was important that the children saw that their father was “still Jewish”.Judge Rowe added: “There have probably been occasional deviations from the Satmar rules for reasons including mistakes and occasional carelessness of the father or others, however I do not find that the father has deliberately or intentionally flouted the expectations on him or, in any event, that these have been either frequent or generalised.”The father knows what is at stake here. I find that he would not now deliberately cause problems for the children.”They must spend important religious days with him just as with the mother. Both parents must be part of the fabric of the children’s lives.”Judge Rowe said the children had to be given the “clear message” that their lives with each parent were “equally important”. They had also had been allowed to eat non-kosher food, she said. The woman also accused her estranged husband of taking off his kippah on Sundays.Detail of the case has emerged in a ruling by Judge Rowe following family court hearings in London. No one involved has been identified.Judge Rowe said family court litigation had started more than two years ago.She said she had made decisions relating to when the children, who lived with their mother, should spend time with their father.”The whole family lived a Satmar ultra-orthodox Jewish life until early 2013 when the father decided to leave the community,” said Judge Rowe in her ruling.”This was a seismic event for the family. The father continued thereafter to follow his Jewish faith, but at least for a time he did not practise within a settled Jewish religious community.She added: “The court had… to contend with the mother’s distress and fear of the children being exposed to an alien way of life on the one hand, and the father’s impatience at having to continue to follow the Satmar way of life during his time with the children on the other hand.” The whole family lived a Satmar ultra-orthodox Jewish life until early 2013 when the father decided to leave the community… this was a seismic event for the familyJudge Judith Rowe A Jewish father who left an ultra-orthodox community when splitting from his wife was accused of letting their two young children ride their bikes on the Sabbath and watch television, a family court judge has said.The man’s estranged wife told Judge Judith Rowe of her concerns about what the children were allowed to do when they visited their father.She said she was afraid of them being “exposed to an alien way of life” and of religious rules being broken.The mother said the children had “made many allegations”. One child had been allowed to press a traffic light button on the Sabbath. The other had been “shown an electronic device”. 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

  • Millionaire seeks greater share in divorce because he is a genius prompting

    first_imgReferring to the use of the use of the word ‘genius’ in court to describe Mr Work’s investment skills, the judge remarked: “I personally find that a difficult, and perhaps unhelpful, word in this context.“To my mind, the word ‘genius’ tends to be over-used and is properly reserved for Leonardo Da Vinci, Mozart, Einstein, and others like them.”But Mr Work, who says his share should be nearer two-thirds, is preparing to take his case to the Court of Appeal after his lawyers complained that Mr Justice Holman had been wrong not to give credit for a special contribution. Mandy Gray When Oscar Wilde reputedly told a US customs official that he had nothing to declare but his genius, he was, it is assumed, joking.But genius has become a term used in everyday life to describe everything from hot-housed children to footballers, pop stars and celebrity chefs.Now a panel of judges in the Court of Appeal is to be asked to grapple with the meaning of the word in the case of a multimillionaire husband seeking a bigger slice of the wealth he once shared with his wife in a divorce settlement. Randy Work, an American financier, is seek to overturn as order at the High Court last year awarding his estranged wife, Mandy Gray, half of a fortune, totalling more than £140 million.His lawyers argue that his performance as an investor was so stellar that the usual principle of dividing assets half and half in divorce settlements should be put aside.They argue that he was not left with a fair cash share following a divorce battle with his unfaithful wife because his “special contribution” to their fortune had not been recognised. Mandy Gray arriving Royal Courts of Justice with her lawyer Fiona Shackleton Credit:Nick Ansell /PA Albert Einstein Mandy Gray, 45, arriving Royal Courts of Justice with her lawyer Fiona Shackleton  The court heard last year how, during a stint in Japan working for a US private equity firm, he had earned $7 billion for his employer, taking home a multimillion income himself.Under the Matrimonial Causes Act the usual principle of equal division can be permitted if it would be unfair to disregard the conduct of one party to the marriage.Last year Mr Justice Holman rejected the argument, concluding that Mr Work’s contributions to wealth creation were not “wholly exceptional”.  Mandy Gray was awarded half the couple’s fortune Credit:Nick Ansell /PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Allowing the appeal to go ahead Lady Justice King said that Mr Work’s lawyers had argued that Mr Justice Holman had appeared to have accepted that “genius” was a prerequisite for a finding of special contribution.Appeal judges are now expected to consider the case at a hearing in London in February.At one point during last year’s hearing Mr Justice Holman told Mr Work: “I am not sure you and I are on the same planet”.Mr Work had argued that his wife was only entitled to £5 million from their fortune because, he said, she had failed to abide by a Texan post-nuptial agreement.Throughout the case the judge urged the couple to settle their differences, telling them there was “plenty of money to go round” adding: “People who are struggling to afford two-bedroom houses have difficulties.”The couple began living together in 1992 and married in 1995 in California. They separated in 2013 and have two teenage children. To my mind, the word ‘genius’ tends to be over-used and is properly reserved for Leonardo Da Vinci, Mozart, Einstein, and others like themMr Justice Holman A judge last year said the word ‘genius’ should really be used for people like EinsteinCredit:AP last_img read more

  • Claudia Lawrence Police to scale back investigation eight years after chef disappeared

    first_imgMiss Lawrence, who worked as a chef at in the kitchens of York University, was last seen around 3.05pm on March 18, 2009 walking back towards her home in the cityThat night she spoke to both her parents on the phone, but the following day she failed to turn up for her 6am shift.She was reported missing the next day by her father Peter but despite a huge police investigation no trace of her has ever been found. Police launched a review of the case three years ago Miss Lawrence's father Peter is desperate for any information Mr Kennedy, who attended the family meeting, said: “We have explained to Claudia’s family step by step the extensive work the review team has conducted in an attempt to determine precisely what happened to Claudia.“The team has reviewed the entire investigation into Claudia’s disappearance in 2009, and as a result, has identified many new lines of enquiry which have been pursued with vigour and determination.“Despite their exhaustive efforts, the support of national experts, the application of the very latest forensic techniques to exhibits recovered many years ago, and despite the team tracing and speaking to many people who did not come forward in the first enquiry, we have sadly not been able to find that crucial piece of information.” Three years ago the police launched a proactive review of the case, convinced they could make a breakthrough.But with more than £1 million spent on the review already, North Yorkshire police said they were now scaling back the inquiry.Miss Lawrence’s family were informed of the decision in a meeting with detectives earlier this month. Detectives investigating the disappearance of chef Claudia Lawrence eight years ago are scaling back their inquiries, it has been announced.North Yorkshire Police launched a £1 million review of the case three years ago, but despite making a number of arrests, have admitted they are no nearer establishing what happened to the 35-year-old, who went missing in York in March 2009.Police said there remained one outstanding line of enquiry relating to DNA, but if that did not provide a breakthrough they would start to scale down the investigation next month.Announcing the decision to Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy from North Yorkshire police said there were still people out there who knew what had happened to Miss Lawrence but were refusing to come forward. But prosecutors concluded there was insufficient evidence to bring charges against any of those people.Mr Kennedy said: “It is not for the want of trying that a breakthrough has not yet come, but rather the result of the continuing refusal of those who know what happened to Claudia to come forward and tell us the truth.“The case will not be closed until those responsible for Claudia’s disappearance and, we believe, her murder, are brought to justice.”Whilst the current review team will and has been scaled down, the new Cleveland and North Yorkshire cold case dedicated team will still have responsibility to review any information that is considered relevant.“Disappointing news though this is for Claudia’s family, we have not given up hope, and I do believe that one day we will be able to tell them what happened to Claudia.” A total of nine people have been arrested or interviewed under caution during the three year review of the case and several files have been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service. 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. Miss Lawrence’s father Peter is desperate for any informationCredit:PA Police launched a review of the case three years agoCredit:PA Despite extensive inquiries police have failed to make a breakthrough Despite extensive inquiries police have failed to make a breakthroughCredit:Nigel Roddislast_img read more

  • RAF copilot so badly injured in plane nosedive that he competed in

    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. Flt Lt Jones described how the aircraft, previously cruising at 33,000ft over the Black Sea as it flew from the UK to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, was violently shaking and he could hear the rush of wind outside. Flt Lt Andrew Townshend arriving at Bulford Military Court The pair were flying a Voyager aircraft, which the RAF uses for transporting passengers and for air-to-air refuelling. Library imageCredit:Sgt Neil Bryden RAF/MoD An RAF co-pilot was so severely hurt when a plane with 187 on board nosedived that he competed in Prince Harry’s Invictus Games for injured service personnel, a court martial heard.Flight Lieutenant Nathan Jones, 34, fractured his back and was left with several other injuries after the incident and was medically downgraded.He told the hearing how he crawled along the ceiling to wrestle back control of the plane, saving the lives of those on board by steadying the Voyager aircraft after it was sent into a 4,400ft-dive in just 29 seconds.The court heard he was initially pinned to the ceiling by the sudden dive and had to be carefully pull back the controls for fear of “snapping the wings off”. The cockpit of a Voyager aircraftCredit: Cpl Graham Taylor RAF/MoD The cockpit of a Voyager aircraft Flt Lt Nathan Jones, centre, with friends and family during the 2016 Invictus Games closing ceremony Describing how it began, Flt Lt Jones said: “It felt like a rumble, a bit of turbulence, and then suddenly I hit the roof.”There had been turbulence throughout the flight, so you would initially think that but when you’re pinned to the roof you know it’s not turbulence.”When you’re on the roof, you know it’s going to be nose down. I remember there being lots of sounds, the main sounds felt like a rush of wind on the outside of the aircraft.”He added: “I then crawled along the ceiling, and as you have seen the doorway into the cockpit is lower than the ceiling.”So I had to climb through the opening. Then when I got into the cockpit, that was when I saw everything was pitch black. I could see we were going into the sea, or something very dark.”There were a lot of flashing lights in the cockpit, everything was stuck to the ceiling and Flt Lt Townshend was shouting ‘get back into your seat, I can’t get the auto pilot out’.”Flt Lt Jones added: “The aircraft was violently shaking. I had never experienced anything like that before.” An RAF Voyager refuelling aircraft on take off at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada USA  Flt Lt Nathan Jones, centre, with friends and family during the 2016 Invictus Games closing ceremonyCredit:CAMERA PRESS/ED/JL/MoD A camera belonging to his co-pilot and captain of the flight, Flt Lt Andrew Townshend, had jammed the controls as he moved his seat forwards, sending it plummeting.Flt Lt Jones’ actions helped save the lives of those on board, who were “pinned to the ceiling and thought they were going to die”.Flt Lt Jones was an accomplished skier and rugby player before the injury. At the Invictus Games in Orlando in May 2016, he represented Team GB swimming and cycling, earning a bronze for the 50m backstroke.He told Bulford Military Court, Wiltshire, that he had left his seat to fetch a cup of tea when the plane suddenly “rumbled” and he “hit the ceiling” on February 9, 2014. Flt Lt Andrew Townshend arriving at Bulford Military CourtCredit:Solent The court martial heard that after diverting to an airbase, 49-year-old Flt Lt Townshend lied when filing a tech-log in which he attributed the cause of the incident to a mechanical fault.He allegedly then lied days later while under oath at a service inquiry, by insisting the incident was a result of a technical error.Flt Lt Townshend denies two counts of perjury and making a false record in relation to lying, but admits negligently performing a duty in relation to causing the camera to collide with the side-stick.The court heard he deleted photos he took in the cockpit after the incident.Flt Lt Jones recalled Flt Lt Townshend, based at RAF Northolt, taking photos on the flight, and occasionally showing him the screen of his Nikon DSLR to show off his pictures.He also overheard him having a “geeky” conversation with someone on board about photography prior to the incident. He managed to recover the aircraft from the dive by pulling back on the side stick, but did it gently as he was “aware that if I pulled back hard it would most likely snap the wings off”.With one hand, he said, he gripped on the cockpit overcomb and with the other he pulled the joystick. Eventually, he was able to regain control, and the plane levelled out as he fell into his seat. The plane then diverted to the nearest airfield at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, so casualties could be treated and the cause could be diagnosed.Flt Lt Jones said at the time he believed it to be an auto-pilot malfunction and even thought it appeared to be a “perfectly functioning aircraft”.He was badly injured with a fractured back, prolapsed disc and nerve damage as well as having blood pouring from a split in his head and fingers.He is still receiving treatment today after undergoing surgery and other lengthy procedures and has been medically downgraded since the incident. Flt Lt Jones, from Colwyn Bay but based at Brize Norton, said he had flown with Flt Lt Townshend many times previously.The court earlier heard Flt Lt Townshend was “bored” and “practicing taking photos” when his camera jammed the controls, causing the plane to dive in a matter of seconds.While flying, he took photos of the views, passing aircraft, the inside of the cockpit, instruments used by pilots and the speed and altitude dials, the court martial heard.He claims the camera fell from a shelf to block the controls, but the prosecution alleges the camera had been placed in front of an arm rest and wedged against the joystick as he moved his seat.The trial continues. It felt like a rumble, a bit of turbulence, and then suddenly I hit the roofFlt Lt Nathan Jones The court also heard a recording of the moment the plane went into its dive as Flt Lt Townshend screams: “Jesus Christ.”After a few seconds, he is heard yelling at Flt Lt Jones: “Get into your seat!” An alarm started sounding as the autopilot is disengaged and there were audible yells of “Mayday. Mayday.”Eventually, the aircraft begins to level out, when one of the pilots is heard saying: “What the hell just happened?”last_img read more

  • Yachtswoman who tried to save fatally injured crewmate died in the same

    first_imgSarah, pictured right, on board a yacht Credit:Clipper Ventures Sarah, pictured right, on board a yacht  It is inescapable it’s an unnatural deathSenior Coroner Dr Andrew Harris Senior Coroner Dr Andrew Harris identified four factors in Mr Ashman’s death including the decision to reduce sail and the entry by him to the “danger zone”.Describing it as an “unnatural death”, he also said they must consider Mr Ashman’s experience and his training.Mr Ashman and his team were in the middle of the first of 14 mini races as part of the world’s longest ocean race.The Clipper Round the World Race was founded in 1995 by British sailing legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, with the inaugural event taking place in 1996.It pits teams of amateur sailors against one another in a race spanning more than 40,000 miles, separated into eight legs.There will be another pre-inquest review regarding Mr Ashman’s death in September to decide if a jury will be required.A full three-day full inquest is due to take place at Southwark Coroner’s Court in December. A pre-inquest hearing into Mr Ashman’s death was told he was on the yacht when a rope snapped as he was “reefing” the main sail in 30mph winds and was knocked unconscious by the mainsheet – a rope connected to the boom.center_img The Leeds University graduate was on board the IchorCoal in the Pacific Ocean when she was knocked in to the sea.Her body was recovered, but crewmates were unable to revive her and she was buried at sea.Southwark Coroner’s Court heard Ms Young would have been called as a witness to give evidence at an inquest into Mr Ashman’s death but she had been killed seven months later when the 70ft IchorCoal was hit by a freak wave. 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. An amateur yachtswoman who tried to save a fatally injured crewmate died in the same round-the-world race just seven months later, an inquest hearing was told.Sarah Young, 40, attempted to resuscitate 49-year-old Andrew Ashman after he stepped into a “danger zone” and was hit by a sail in high winds.Mr Ashman, a paramedic, was less than a week into the year-long 40,000-mile Clipper Round the World Yacht Race aboard the IchorCoal when he was struck and killed in the early hours of September 5, 2015, 120 miles off the coast of Portugal.Mr Ashman, from Orpington, Kent, was the first sailor to die in the 19-year history of the race. But seven months later in April 2016 amateur sailor and company owner Miss Young, from London, died after being knocked overboard by a huge wave during the same race.last_img read more

  • Isle of Barra deeply affected by fresh tragedy

    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. castlebay Castlebay in BarraCredit:PA Residents of the Isle of Barra have been “deeply affected” by another tragedy after two shellfish divers died when they got into difficulty not far from the shore.A ferry skipper raised the alarm when he noticed a small boat being used by Iain Macdougall and Ryan McGuckin was unmanned off Castlebay at around 11.20am on Saturday.The men, both 39, died at the scene. Mr Macdougall was from the island village, and was a neighbour of the MacLeod family who lost their 14-year-old daughter Eilidh in the Manchester Arena terror attack. His friend from college days, Mr McGuckin, was from Falkirk and lived in London.center_img A coastguard helicopter and rescue teams were sent to the scene and the divers were found by Barra lifeboat crew at around 1pm. They had been diving around 250 yards from shore.The deaths came just weeks after the close-knit community was devastated by Eilidh’s death in the Manchester attack. Her friend, 15-year-old friend Laura MacIntyre was badly injured in the incident.Earlier this month, another Barra resident, Ian Johnstone from Castlebay, was found dead on an island beach.Alasdair Allan, the Western Isles, said: “Barra has had much more than its fair share of tragedy recently, and this will be a very difficult time indeed for this very close-knit community. Obviously, everyone will be thinking not just of the family of the man from Barra, but of the other man’s family. “This serves again to indicate how dangerous the seas around the Western Isles can be. I am sure the wider Western Isles community will be thinking of both families at this very sad time.”Insp Jane Nicolson, of Police Scotland, added: “Our thoughts are with the families and friends of both Mr Macdougall and Mr McGuckin at this very difficult time, as well as with the tight-knit community on Barra which has been deeply affected by this tragedy.”I would once again like to take the opportunity to thank members of the public who assisted the emergency services on Saturday. Our inquiries are continuing but there does not appear to be any suspicious circumstances.”last_img read more

  • Over 30 people charged in Britains largest child sex abuse ring

    Mohammed Waqas Anwar, also 29 and from Huddersfield has been charged with five counts of rape of a female aged 13-15.The one woman charged, is Fehreen Rafiq. The 38-year-old faces two counts of facilitating the commission of a child sex offence – a crime, if found guilty, which can result in 14 years in prison. 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. Thirty men and one woman have been charged with a horrific string of child sexual exploitation offences against girls as young as 12, as part of what is believed to be Britain’s largest sex abuse ring.The suspects, who are mainly from the Huddersfield area, appear to be Asian and are facing charges relating to offences committed over seven years, between 2005 and 2012.The charges include rape, sexual assault and trafficking, and were allegedly committed against five women who were aged between 12 and 18 at the time.One defendant, 31-year-old Mohammed Sajjad, has been charged with four counts of rape of a female age 13-15, one rape of a girl under 13 and facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.Another, Manzoor Akhtar, aged 29, and from Huddersfield, has been charged with trafficking and three counts of rape of a female aged 13-15. Barry Sheerman Huddersfield sign The MP, who has represented Huddersfield since May 1979 added: “The victims have to have our full support to remake their lives. The restorative element of justice is so important. I am concerned about the complete package of support offered to victims.“I hope there is a discussion about whether we are doing enough and if we are grasping that issue.”Fay Maxted OBE, the CEO of The Survivors Trust said: “It is now all too common to read about shocking numbers of exploited and sexually abused children.  What these stark numbers don’t really reveal is the devastation that these offences cause for the victim and also for their families who are also traumatised.   “The Survivors Trust website has details of specialist support agencies across the UK and I would encourage anyone who has been affected by sexual violence in any way to seek help and support.The Survivors Trust is a UK-wide national umbrella agency for 130 specialist organisations for support for the impact of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse throughout the UK and Ireland.All 31 defendants will appear at Kirklees Magistrates Court on September 5 and 6. Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman says there must be an emphasis on helping the victims get their lives backCredit:Chris McAndrew / UK Parliament Twelve defendants, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have also been charged with numerous offences in connection with the same investigation.Barry Sheerman, the Labour MP for Huddersfield says he first looked into allegations of child sexual exploitation in 2009, and raised a Westminster Hall debate.“There have been many cases of this across Britain for a very long time and previously there hasn’t been enough of a joined-up approach by police,” he said.“I am confident now, that police take these cases very seriously and that justice is done. Most of the defendants are from the Huddersfield areaCredit:Mark Waugh / Alamy read more

  • English Heritages Van Morrison gig branded shambolic after threehour car park queues

    Concertgoers spent two hours or more waiting in their cars before they could exit the parking areaCredit:Twitter Concertgoers spent two hours or more waiting in their cars before they could exit the parking area On Saturday GCE Live said delays exiting had been caused by a “road traffic accident on the A6” which sparked furious responses online. Bedfordshire police said the only traffic incident happened at 6pm and was quickly cleared. Louise Campbell, who has a shattered pelvis and suffers from autoimmune diseases, paid £300 so she and her elderly parents could sit in disabled seats in the front row. The evening was a treat for the couple’s 45th wedding anniversary. Customers had to use cash because card processing systems were unavailable due to a lack of wifi.The queue for a cup of coffee was more than an hour long and those waiting could not hear the music of Van Morrison, or warm act The Waterboys – famous for the 1980s hit The Whole of the Moon – because other music was playing in the food and drink area.Van Morrison left the stage at 10pm but nearly three hours later there were still cars queueing for the one exit from the car park.  Bedfordshire Police had to send two units to the scene.Ali Wilson added: “We got back to our car at 10.15pm and sat for two hours without moving.“Then someone on Twitter mentioned there was a farm road out of the estate. We followed a few cars leaving that way and managed to leave around 12.45am, but there were hundreds of cars still waiting to get out.“There was no real marshalling, there were just thousands of cars trying to leave at the same time through the one marked exit.” Van Morrison on stage at the Wrest Park event on Friday. His set was well-received but angry customers are demanding refunds over allegations of disorganisation and delays An English Heritage gig has been branded “disgusting” and “shambolic” with Van Morrison concertgoers complaining of alcohol shortages, hour-long queues for coffee, a ‘free for all’ for seating and gridlock in the car park.Fans, and some of the musical acts, were caught in a three-hour queue to exit the event, held in the grounds of Wrest Park in Silsoe in Bedfordshire on Friday evening.Many of the 9,000 customers are making angry demands for refunds. One industry veteran called it the most shambolic and disorganised event he had experienced in 40 years.Musician Ali Wilson, who had driven from Edinburgh, said: “I used to go to Donington 39 years ago when it was like the first world war trenches, and even that was better organised than this.”–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The event began at 5pm and many fans had arrived with picnics to enjoy in the Capability Brown-landscaped gardens around the Grade I-listed 1830s French-style chateau.But they were stopped by security from taking in food or drink. Some opened their hampers and ate by the side of the road before going in. Inside plastic bottles of wine cost £30 and cans of beer £6, but the wine ran out by 8pm before the headline act took the stage. Yesterday in a statement the firm said: “GCE Live would like to apologise to those who had difficulty oin leaving the Wrest Park site on Friday after the Van Morrison concert.“Despite the best efforts and hard work of the specialist traffic management company contracted to safely get patrons off the site, a bottleneck in the village of Silsoe and the sheer number of vehicles (including an unexpected [sic] high volume of taxis) created unnecessary delays.“We thank those who waited patiently as we worked to resolve the problems on the night. We are currently investigating why this happened and how we can guarantee this doesn’t happen again at future events.”A spokesperson for GCE added that customers were told in advance that food and drink would not be allowed on site and this decision was based on police advice. She said when they arrived other festival goers had taken two of the family’s numbered seats and stewards refused to move them, saying the promoter had made the change.  The family had to sit apart from one another.Ms Campbell added: “It was disgusting. I was in agony from having to stand for so long arguing with the stewards. I couldn’t sit with my family, I couldn’t sing along.“The disabled toilets didn’t even have any lights or anywhere to wash your hands, that’s really dangerous for someone like me who can pick up infection really easily.”Fiona Byrne, who found herself chatting with Waterboys musicians also caught in the hours-long queue to exit the gig,  said: “I think English Heritage should be held to account because whether it’s a third party event or not it’s their venue.”English Heritage has apologised and promised to raise complaints with the organiser. A spokeswoman told the Telegraph the 9,350-strong concert was the largest event at Wrest Park in recent years.She added: “This concert was an independent event organised by GCE Live who were responsible for all aspects of it, including the traffic management plan which was in place for the evening.” Van Morrison on stage at the Wrest Park event. His set was well-received but angry customers are demanding refunds over allegations of disorganisation and delays 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. English Heritage said it was the biggest gig at the venue in recent years English Heritage said it was the biggest gig at the venue in recent years read more

  • Mother and expartner jailed for brutal murder of threeweek old baby treated

    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 mother who treated her baby as a “fashion accessory” has been jailed with her ex-partner for 10 years each for being responsible for the “brutal” death of her three-week-old son.Roxanne Davis, 30, of Gosport, Hampshire, and ex-partner Samuel Davies, 24, of Southampton, were convicted by a jury at Winchester Crown Court of causing or allowing the death of Stanley Davis.The trial heard that the baby died of a skull fracture and brain haemorrhage at just 24-days-old on March 28, 2017.He had also suffered 32 fractures to his ribs and nine fractures to his arms and legs sustained during at least three separate occasions.Sentencing the pair, judge Jane Miller QC said that the baby suffered a “brutal” attack in which he was violently shaken and could have been thrown across a room.She said: “Stanley was in pain for much of his short life.”The medical evidence is he would have cried inconsolably for 10 to 30 minutes, which means both of you would have been aware of his distress because the flat was so tiny. One of you may have been absent when one of the sets of injuries was inflicted, but not all.”Davis sobbed during the hearing and as she was taken down to the cells, she shouted out: “He’s a murderer.” The first sign that Stanley had suffered any harm was when a health visitor found a bruise behind his right ear on March 16 which the couple had tried to conceal but which was later misdiagnosed by a paediatrician as a birthmark   She added: “You were delighted to show him off to family and friends, but when you were back at home and he wasn’t a fashion accessory, you were happy to hand him over to your partner.”The court heard that the former couple, who are not married but share similar surnames, had a fractious relationship, with the police being called to the property on March 11 by neighbours who reported shouting coming from the one-bedroom flat they shared in Gosport.Both defendants were tested positive for taking cocaine and cannabis after they were arrested following Stanley’s hospitalisation.The first sign that Stanley had suffered any harm was when a health visitor found a bruise behind his right ear on March 16 which the couple had tried to conceal but which was later misdiagnosed by a paediatrician as a birthmark.James Newton-Price QC, prosecuting, said: “They were very clearly warned about the risk of harm to the baby by the police and the social worker when they warned them they couldn’t behave in an argumentative or volatile way.”Katie Thorne QC, defending Davis, said that she suffered from depression and added: “Miss Davis’ case has always been that she didn’t cause the injuries. Miss Davis did accept her strong feelings of guilt in failing to protect Stanley.” The first sign that Stanley had suffered any harm was when a health visitor found a bruise behind his right ear on March 16 which the couple had tried to conceal but which was later misdiagnosed by a paediatrician as a birthmark The judge told her: “Much of your upset is self-serving crocodile tears. Your upset was more about you rather than Stanley.” Sally Howes QC, defending Davies, who was not the biological father, said he had “a great sadness and a great feeling of guilt”.She added: “He is clearly a very immature man and his diagnoses of ADHD and emotionally unstable personality disorder are recent and will have to be addressed at a later stage.”Derek Benson, chairman of the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board, has confirmed that a review is being carried out of the handling of the child’s care by the authorities. read more

  • New York Times appeal for British people to describe their petty crime

    “Someone held the door open for me when I was still ten feet away and then I had to run and pretend I was grateful. I was sweaty and fuming,” said Harriet Marsden.Twitter user Gareth Owen joked: “£6 for a pint. Daylight robbery!” Journalist Josh Barrie responded: “Someone clipped me with their trolley in Waitrose the other day and only apologised once.”Writer Erica Buist added: “All very funny but this is serious: I said ‘after you’ to a woman entering a cafe and instead of saying ‘no no please, my good lady I insist, after YOU’ she went in, ordered exactly what I was going to order for lunch, and got the last one. I almost tutted but I am not an animal.” Many jokes were made about public transport behaviour, with one user writing: “Someone made eye contact with me on the Tube once. The culprit is still at large, despite a massive police operation.” Another said: “Once, on the Northern Line in Clapham a small group of people spontaneously sung a Christmas song – council and police failed to issue ASBOs to any offenders.”  Have you experienced a petty crime in London? Click to tell us your story.(Your submission may be selected for publication.) https://t.co/MRvmXdlYC8— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 13, 2018 £40 cinema tickets at the Odeon in Leicester Square.— Richard HP (@richardhp) December 13, 2018 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. Channel 4’s political editor Faisal Islam bemoaned the Christmas tree outside Number 10, writing: “Massive tree blocking my line of sight to someone important’s front door.”A similar response was received when a critic for the newspaper suggested that the bulk of British restaurants mainly served “porridge and boiled mutton” and that the London food scene has only recently begun to include food from other cultures.Neither the New York Times nor the journalist who made the appeal have responded to the overwhelming number of case studies they have received. I took Champagne to a dinner party. The hosts put it away in their special cupboard. And served Prosecco. Of course, I said it was “fine”.It was 2001 and I am still seething.— Naomi Rovnick 歐蜜 (@naomi_rovnick) December 13, 2018 The New York Times has received a sarcastic response after it asked British people to detail “petty crimes” they had been victims of in London.The newspaper, which has run a series of pieces about austerity and crime in Britain, asked its followers on Twitter: “Have you experienced a petty crime in London? Click to tell us your story.”The article linked to the tweet blames the recent crime increase in the capital on austerity, writing: “A surge in violent crime in London has exacerbated a decade of service cuts under the government’s austerity drive, leaving the city’s Metropolitan Police severely stretched and unable to pursue most suspects involved in minor property crimes.”It then goes on to ask British people if they have been burgled.However, the 3,000 people who replied to the tweet responded with jokes about British life, including manner malfunctions and the price of a pint. read more

  • Queen spotted driving on her Sandringham estate with her seatbelt on

    The Queen learned to drive in 1945 and does not need a licence, as she is immune from civil and criminal proceedings.Buckingham Palace insisted the monarch was careful to ensure she privately complied with the law.  Wood Farm near Sandringham,Norfolk,where where Prince Philip is now recovering after Thursday's crash Wood Farm near Sandringham,Norfolk,where where Prince Philip is now recovering after Thursday’s crashCredit:Geoff Robinson New aerial pictures taken today show Wood Farm on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk where Prince Philip is now recovering after Thursday’s crash, which happened near the Sandringham estate.Photos reveal the cottage is in a secluded corner of the Royal estate, surrounded by fields and trees.The Duke of Edinburgh has been living at Wood Farm since his retirement and is now recuperating there. The cottage is in a quiet and idyllic setting, next to the Royal Stud and offers him room to recover in complete peace and quiet. The Queen has been seen driving close to Sandringham with her seat belt fastened two days after Prince Philip’s car crash.The 92-year-old monarch was driving her Range Rover towards nearby Kings Avenue, and was followed by another car.She was joined by a lady in the front seat and two men in the back of the car, seen just after midday.On Thursday, the Duke of Edinburgh crashed his Land Rover on the A149 close to Sandringham.Prince Philip, 97, collided with a Kia, leaving two women briefly hospitalised with minor injuries.A 28-year-old and her 9-month old son, along with a 45-year-old woman were in the car during the accident.Both were discharged from hospital, with the older woman suffering a broken wrist.It is understood that the Prince phoned the women to check on their condition after the crash. 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

  • Charges dropped against Abu Hamzas son after arrest linked to doormans murder

    They appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday and the three spoke only to confirm their names, addresses and nationality.Akram wore a grey jumper and blue jeans, and Elshalakany wore a dark hoodie and grey jeans.Khalil was brought into the dock on two crutches and wore a designer t-shirt under a hoodie with tracksuit bottoms.Three men and a woman also received knife injuries during the attack but have all since been released from hospital.The court heard the trio have also been charged with four counts of GBH with intent and one count of violent disorder.Akram, of no fixed address, Khalil, of Fulham, west London and Elshalakany, of Hammersmith, west London, were remanded into custody and will next appear at Old Bailey on Friday. Tudor Simionov, who was killed in Park LaneCredit:Metropolitan Police/PA Tudor Simionov, who was killed in Park Lane Haroon Akram, 25, Adham Khalil, 20, and Adham Elshalakany, 23, have been charged with the murder of Tudor Simionov outside the exclusive event. The son of notorious Islamic hate preacher Abu Hamza has had the firearms charges against him surrounding the murder of a doorman dropped. Imran Mostafa Kamel, 26, was charged with possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear or danger and possession of a firearm when prohibited for life relating to an incident in the early hours of New Year’s Day outside an exclusive nightclub in Park Lane, London.The doorman, 33-year-old Tudor Simionov, was working at the New Year’s Eve party when he was fatally stabbed in the street at around 5.30am. Three men charged with his murder appeared in court on Wednesday and Kamel, who was initially questioned in connection with the killing, was due at the Old Bailey on Thursday morning. But this morning the Crown Prosecution Service revealed the charges had been dropped, citing a lack of evidence. A spokeswoman said: “We have a duty to keep cases under continuing review and, following a further review of all the available evidence in this case, we concluded that the evidential test to provide a realistic prospect of conviction was not met. The charges were therefore discontinued.”The charges against Kamel were not directly connected to the death of Mr Siminov, according to Scotland Yard, but it is understood he was with the three men charged with murder at the time of the incident outside the nightclub.  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

  • Draft Broadcast legislation Forcing Private broadcasters to air free 1 hour

    – Chairman says complaints can be lodged with GNBA to determine if its a Public Service Announcement (PSA) Local broadcasters – both private and public – will now be compelled to air, without charge, Government’s public service announcements (PSAs) during a certain time frame according to the draft Broadcast legislation.However, broadcast agencies which have issues with any PSA have recourse to the regulator, the Guyana National broadcasting Authority (GNBA).GNBA Chairman Leslie SobersGNBA Chairman Leslie Sobers has however dispelled any suggestion that, in arbitrating between private entities and the Government, the GNBA board may issue biased judgements. “I see no reason why it should be misconstrued that GNBA would be biased, because GNBA would not be.The people who would have a problem would be the particular ministry and agency that was requesting that the broadcasting house air a particular thing that they consider a Public Service Announcement,” he said.Sobers said that, for example, should the Ministry of Public Infrastructure present something to a radio station or a studio for airing, and the thing involves the public interest but as far as the broadcaster is concerned it does not sound like a Public Service Announcement nor does it look like a Public Service Announcement, that broadcaster can approach the GNBA with a complaint.Sobers said that in arbitrating in cases of this nature, the GNBA would adhere to a strict understanding of what constitutes a public service announcement (PSA).“We would now have to examine whether the content of the particular agency’s (broadcast request) really and truly falls under a public service announcement (PSA). And if it does not, we will advise (the Ministry or agency) that they have to pay (to have the announcement broadcasted). And if (the PSA is really a PSA), then we will advise the studio that this really is a public service announcement.”The GNBA is appointed by the President, but, by statute, one member of the board must be nominated by the political opposition.According to the Broadcasting Act of 2011 Section 18, 1 (f), the GNBA can “require licensees to carry information on any programmes issued by the Civil Defence Commission, the Guyana Police Force, Guyana Fire Service and/or health services, and certain other programmes as public information deemed appropriate and necessary in terms of national security, emergency, and disaster, as a public service at no cost.”The legislation also stipulates that the GNBA can “require licensees to carry a certain percentage of public service broadcast, or development support broadcast, as public information deemed appropriate as a public service at no cost.”According to Sobers, this regulation would apply to radio and television stations, as well as cable service providers. This, he said, would basically mean anyone with a broadcasting licence.According to reports in the state media, the new draft legislation being prepared would see broadcast agencies being mandated to broadcast public service programmes for a total of up to one hour daily. Broadcast agencies will be airing these public service programmes free of cost and as requested by the Government between the hours of 06:00am and 10:00pm (6:00hrs and 22:00hrs).It is also stated that the GNBA reserves the right to direct a broadcasting agency to broadcast emergency notices or disaster warnings for any length of time, and regularly during peak or prime advertising time periods, depending on the nature of the emergency and having regard to public safety.A broadcaster has the right to file a complaint with the GNBA within 24 hours of being asked to broadcast a programme free of cost if, in the agency’s judgment, it is not considered a public service broadcast programme.The GNBA, according to the draft provisos, “shall investigate and determine a complaint, and issue a ruling that the programme can be reasonably considered a public service broadcast programme, and direct the broadcasting agency to air the programme free of cost”.Further, the broadcaster can “be granted an interim order to broadcast the announcement as a public service broadcast programme; and where the programme is not so considered, as provided in Section 9 (a) above, the GNBA can order payment of regular programme cost for broadcasting the said programme.”But there is also a warning: Provision is made for sanctions to be levied on any broadcaster the GNBA finds to have “arbitrarily refused” to broadcast a public service broadcast programme without lodging a complaint. The GNBA can, after deliberation, deem that broadcaster to be in breach of his/her licence. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBroadcast Bill: Govt not dealing with substantive issues facing broadcasters – NandlallAugust 16, 2017In “Business”GNBA Chairman hands over advice for broadcast legislation to PMApril 25, 2017In “latest news”Controversial Broadcast Bill: Govt rules out consultations with broadcastersAugust 19, 2017In “Business” read more