Celtics Jared Sullinger Suspended One Game For Domestic Abuse

The Boston Celtics have decided to suspend forward Jared Sullinger for one game for a domestic violence arrest he was involved in on Sept. 3, the team announced Tuesday.The team’s statement reads: “The Boston Celtics announced today that they have suspended forward Jared Sullinger one game for his role in an incident that occurred on August 31, 2013. The suspension will be served during the team’s game at Toronto on October 30, 2013.‘Jared’s case was dismissed yesterday in Waltham District Court,’ said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. ‘While we are satisfied that this was the correct ruling, we are suspending Jared for one game because he failed to meet the high expectations we have for all Celtics employees.’The team will have no further comment on this matter.”Sullinger will miss Bostons’ opener in Toronto on Wednesday night.The domestic abuse charges were dropped Monday. read more

The Astros Are Making A Historic Turnaround

The Houston Astros came out of nowhere. Just two seasons after occupying the basement of the American League West, the Astros have returned to take the top spot. Their turnaround is so sizable and so swift that it’s historic.In 2014, the Astros finished fourth in the division, with a correspondingly putrid winning percentage of .432. This year, the Astros are projected1Using FanGraphs’ projected standings. I am using the projected standings to take into account that the Astros’ performance is likely to regress somewhat. to end with a .530 winning percentage, sixth-best in the majors. Turnarounds like that don’t happen often, but they do happen: Since 1950, only 114 teams (7.2 percent of the total number) have managed to increase their winning percentage by .100 or more over the course of a single season.2I am using data from Sean Lahman’s database. The 2013 World Series-winning Boston Red Sox managed it, as did the 2014 Los Angeles Angels.3Notably, both of these teams had been quite good two years before, implying that their improved winning percentages were returns to their expected level of play. That statement holds generally: The teams that improved their winning percentage by .100 or more had a .478 winning percentage two years prior, much better than the Astros’ woeful mark (.315). We’d expect to see a couple of teams every year bump their winning percentage by a similar margin.The Astros’ turnaround becomes historic, however, when you look at how bad they were two years ago. In 2013, the Astros finished 51-111, good for a .315 winning percentage and the bottom of the division. The team was not felled by injuries or misfortune — it was genuinely terrible in every phase of the game. The Astros’ hitters racked up 1.4 wins above replacement (WAR) — 29th in the league — and their pitchers totaled 1.2 — 30th in the league. That’s what happens when your team is essentially replacement level. A team full of anonymous, AAA types who couldn’t make it in the major leagues would have been projected to finish at a winning percentage of .294, barely worse than the Astros’ actual performance.If the projection for this season holds, the Astros will have increased their winning percentage by .200 over two years. Since 1950, that kind of reversal has happened a grand total of seven times — and when it has, it’s usually because a decent team has gotten radically better. The 2001 Seattle Mariners assembled a historic juggernaut of a team that won 71.6 percent of its games after winning 48.8 percent two years earlier. The team before the Mariners to accomplish this feat, the 1995 Cleveland Indians, became a 100-win team from a borderline contender. Only one team — the 1963 Philadelphia Phillies — had a starting winning percentage as poor as the Astros did at the end of their 2013 season.It’s still early in the season, and the Astros likely won’t finish as well as they have started. That doesn’t mean, though, that the Astros’ current winning percentage (.625) is founded purely on luck. They have one of the best run differentials in the league, scoring 28 more runs than they’ve allowed.4According to Russell Carleton’s work at Baseball Prospectus, run differential doesn’t stabilize until 70 games have been played. But such a strong differential does portend positive things for the Astros, even if the sample size is not yet large enough to be certain. The Astros aren’t getting terribly lucky in terms of their batting average on balls in play (BABIP), either offensively (.278, good for 24th in the league) or defensively (.283, also 24th). They have been a little bit lucky in terms of clustering their hits, but even if we remove that, they’d have earned a .576 winning percentage so far, good for fourth in the league.Most teams that accomplished turnarounds like the Astros’ did so on the basis of vastly improved play — both on offense and defense. On average, teams that saw their winning percentage improve by .100 year to year were helped by their offenses putting up .46 more runs per game and their defense allowing .54 fewer runs per game. The Astros are doing just as well. Their runs per game have improved by .55 relative to last year, and their runs allowed per game have declined by .61. In other words, this kind of improvement is no fluke.The Astros have built their team on a combination of savvy trades (outfielder Jake Marisnick), high draft picks (right fielder George Springer) and an eye for talent disregarded by other teams (second baseman Jose Altuve and starting pitcher Collin McHugh). Guys like McHugh offer an insight into the front office’s analytics-heavy approach. McHugh was acquired not because of his results but because the spin on his curveball suggested that he could become a success.As with any turnaround, however, luck does play a role. Indeed, projection systems are relatively unchanged in their opinion of the Astros despite their success. FanGraphs’ Steamer projection pegs them as a roughly .500 team going forward, and Baseball Prospectus’s PECOTA is even less optimistic.But all those wins in the bank mean that even if they regress, the Astros stand a good chance at making the playoffs for the first time since 2005. Both projections tab them as better-than-even to get into the postseason, and their unexpectedly exceptional play may convince the front office to make further improvements to the roster.One of the most optimistic parallels for the Astros’ recent success comes from the last team to increase its winning percentage by .200 in two years: the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays. Like the Astros, those Rays were coming from the basement, riding a wave of young talent gathered by a recently installed, sabermetrically advanced front office. For the Rays, 2008’s turnaround was the beginning of an impressive run that saw them make the playoffs in four of six years (getting all the way to the World Series in 2008).If those Rays are any guide, we may be witnessing the rise of a new contender — one that will be competitive in the AL West for several years. This may be the last year the Astros sneak up on people. read more

Mens soccer OSU hopes to find a winning path versus Oakland

Senior forward Danny Jensen advances the ball down the field against a UC Santa Barbara defender. Credit: Ohio State AthleticsAfter losing its past four games, the Ohio State men’s soccer team returns to Columbus looking to string together some wins at the tail end of its season. The Buckeyes will take on Oakland University at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this Tuesday, the start of a two-game stretch at home. OSU fell victim to undefeated No. 1 Maryland on Friday night. Despite losing 2-0, coach John Bluem was impressed with how his team performed.  “That’s a real tough environment to play in. To be down early and not give up and battle like they did for the remaining 70 minutes was a great effort,” Bluem said. “In the second half we outshot them and out corner-kicked them. We made some adjustments and I think we played really well overall. I was really proud of our guys.”The Buckeyes have hit a bit of a drought in the scoring department — not scoring any goals in their last two contests. As a result, the game plan is going to have to change through the team’s remaining six games. “We are definitely going to have to be more aggressive moving forward,” said senior midfielder Henry Chancy. “The time for sitting back is no more. We have to go after every team and get them on their heels. We have nothing to lose now.”Oakland comes in struggling, much like the Buckeyes. At 4-6 on the season, the Golden Grizzlies had won three straight before losing their past two contests. Oakland’s leading scorer is redshirt senior Chase Jabbori, who has netted three goals on only 10 shots through the team’s first 10 games. Jabbori is tied in points with redshirt freshman Nebojsa Popovic and junior Austin Ricci, each with two goals and two assists apiece. The Golden Bears have been outscored 13-10 on the season, splitting time between two of their goalkeepers. Redshirt sophomore Zach Walker has gotten the bulk of the work, starting in 10 games while making 25 saves. For the Buckeyes, it was announced Friday that Tyler Kidwell and Danny Jensen were named candidates for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award. The award is given to a Division I senior that has notable achievements in four different areas: community, classroom, character and competition. “They are both really good leaders, strong students and great players,” Bluem said. “It says a lot for our university that we are producing these kinds of student athletes. I am happy for the two of them and proud of both of them. “The OSU men’s soccer program has had the past two award winners, with Alex Ivanov and Zach Mason taking home the award in 2014 and 2015, respectively. While excelling off the field, if the Buckeyes want to excel on the field, they know they must build off their performance against Maryland. “If we keep fighting like that and play the way we did, we can get on a hot streak and show that even though we don’t have everyone healthy right now, it’s still possible for us to make a good run,” said junior defender Hunter Robertson. “This next game is crucial for us.”Players and coaches alike understand that with just six games remaining on the schedule, they must put the past behind them and focus on the task at hand, even in games that are out of conference. “We can’t have a letdown because it’s a nonconference game,” Bluem said. “We have to play with intensity right from the start. We are going to treat this game as if it’s a conference opponent out there. We are going to keep doing what we do well and hopefully we catch some breaks and get some wins.” read more

Big Ten play brings new challenge for Buckeyes

The Ohio State football team’s season changes Saturday as it enters Big Ten play against Illinois. “It’s going to be a battle every week,” defensive lineman Cameron Heyward said. “The Big Ten is very physical, very smash-mouth, and we have a lot we have to improve on if we want to be Big Ten champions.” If the team accomplishes that goal, it will win a record sixth-straight Big Ten crown. The significance is not lost on the players. “It’s the Big Ten,” wide receiver DeVier Posey said. “It means a lot and we take that very seriously in the locker room and very seriously around the Woody (Hayes Athletic Center).” With the start of Big Ten play also comes the first road game for OSU. “It’s exciting to go on the road,” Coach Jim Tressel said. “We lose many of the advantages we’ve had for the last four games … but our guys like challenges and I think they’re anxious to get on the road.” Some players emphasized the importance of focus in games away from the Horseshoe. “It’s just a matter of going in, knowing that things might be a little different in preparation, but when we get on the field it’s going to be the same,” kicker Devin Barclay said. Others pointed to the importance of experience and leadership. “We have a veteran group, so you know we have guys that have traveled before,” Posey said. “I feel like Coach Tressel and the coaching staff have done a great job preparing us for all types of elements.” Lack of preparation might have been a factor in the Buckeyes’ only Big Ten loss last season against Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. OSU entered that game ranked No. 7 in the country and lost 26-18 to the unranked Boilermakers. “We won’t talk about Purdue,” Tressel said. “You would hope those (players) … would still have the understanding very deep in their soul that you better be prepared when you’re on the road.” Whether at home or on the road, the team knows every game in the Big Ten is important. “With the Big Ten coming, you can’t take nothing for granted,” running back Jordan Hall said. “One slip and our dreams are gone.” Coaches and players are looking forward to the challenge. “Now we’re just getting ready to start the rough period, and that will really determine if we can maintain,” Tressel said. “I feel confident we can, but we’ll have to see.” Quarterback Terrelle Pryor is excited about tackling the difficult task ahead. “The fun starts this week,” he said. read more

NCAA reinstates Ohio State footballs Brown Hall and Howard

The NCAA on Tuesday reinstated Ohio State football defensive back Corey Brown, junior running back Jordan Hall and junior defensive back Travis Howard, according to an athletic department release. The release said that the NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff decided the players can play after repaying $200 to a charity. Brown, Hall and Howard received white envelopes containing $200 from a university booster at Feb. 19 charity event in Cleveland. “The university appreciates the NCAA’s expeditious response in reinstating these three student athletes,” OSU athletics director Gene Smith said in the release. The release, sent by OSU spokesman Dan Wallenberg, also said: “Reinstatement decisions are independent of the NCAA enforcement process and typically are made once the facts of the student-athlete’s involvement are determined. This is typically well in advance of infractions decisions. The enforcement investigation into the Ohio State University is ongoing.” With Brown, Hall and Howard sidelined by suspension, the Buckeyes began their 2011 season with a 42-0 victory against Akron in the Sept. 3 season opener, as well as a 27-22 win against Toledo on Saturday. Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas, who each sold OSU football memorabilia and received improper benefits in the form of tattoos, will remain suspended until the team’s Oct. 8 game at Nebraska. The Buckeyes will next travel to Miami for a Saturday game against the Miami Hurricanes (0-1) at Sun Life Stadium. The 7:30 p.m. game will be televised nationally on ESPN. read more

Ohio State football considering moving some fall camp practices off Woody Hayes

The Ohio State football team is considering moving some of its fall camp practices away from the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Athletic department spokesman Jerry Emig confirmed to The Lantern that while nothing is definitive, a move to an off-site location is being considered. “I’m not sure exactly of the location, though,” Emig said. The Buckeyes’ first fall camp under coach Urban Meyer is slated to begin held Aug. 3, just less than a month before the team’s first game against Miami (Ohio). read more

Ohio State womens volleyball set to welcome Big Ten newcomers Maryland Rutgers

OSU sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe watches the ball during a match against Penn State on Oct. 31 at St. John Arena. OSU lost, 3-0.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternAfter playing the majority of its games on the road this season, the No. 18 Ohio State women’s volleyball team looks to defend St. John Arena against Big Ten newcomers Maryland and Rutgers.Of the 24 matches played by OSU this season, only eight outings, including three tournament matchups, have been played in Columbus this year.Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe said she’s glad the team doesn’t have to travel as much, and added that the Buckeyes need to approach every game with the same mindset.“It’ll be a lot nicer being able to stay home, not traveling as much (and) obviously having a home court advantage too,” Sandbothe said. “But I mean, we’re road warriors, as well as being home warriors.”The Buckeyes (16-8, 7-5) are scheduled to play the Terrapins (9-14, 2-10) on Friday and the Scarlet Knights (7-18, 0-12) on Saturday.The majority of Buckeye juniors and seniors, with the exception of junior middle blocker Tyler Richardson, as she is a transfer from Middle Tennessee State, have experience playing the Terrapins. The Buckeyes played Maryland in invitational play during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. The Scarlet Knights and the Buckeyes haven’t played one another since the 1981 season.Junior transfer outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell has the most experience playing the Terrapins, as she faced them two times as a player at Duke.“Maryland’s a very scrappy team and they fight very hard,” Campbell said. “They have really good pin hitters.”She added that if the Buckeyes “scrap and play defensive as hard as (Maryland does),” they can come out with a win.In her career against the Terrapins, she has averaged 12 kills, 7 digs, an assist and a service ace per game.The Terrapins and Scarlet Knights come into Columbus at the bottom of the Big Ten, but have made strides compared to last season.The Scarlet Knights are also the only Big Ten team without a win in conference play this season.The Terrapins will be led by senior outside hitter Ashleigh Crutcher, who ranks seventh in the Big Ten in kills per set with an average of 3.55, while the Scarlet Knights will be led by junior defensive specialist Ali Schroeter, who ranks fifth in the Big Ten in digs per set with an average of 4.39.Both matches are scheduled for a 7 p.m. start. read more

Stressed GP allowed to keep job despite driving home after drinking almost

first_imgEarlier, the doctor – who ran a medical practice in Hartlepool, in Co Durham, and was also director of Hartlepool and District Hospice – had been seen driving erratically along busy main roads during his 22-mile commute home.He was seen braking and speeding up for no apparent reason and “swerving across the road narrowly missing other vehicles”.Another driver followed the GP home due to concerns over his driving and called police while Peverley parked his car on the driveway of his £500,000 house in Nunthorpe, near Middlesbrough. The doctor was later given a suspended jail term and a three-year driving ban.At the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, Peverley – who has not worked since his arrest – admitted misconduct charges but escaped with a six-month suspension after claiming he was suffering from “accumulated stress caused by professional and financial problems”. He will undergo a review in June where it is expected he will ask to be allowed to treat patients again.Much of the Manchester hearing was held in private after lawyers for Peverley argued there was “no particular public interest in his financial arrangements”. The drink driving incident occurred at 6.50pm on April 15 last year after the GP bought a 70cl bottle of vodka during his lunch break and then had two doubles before consulting patients.He drank three-quarters of the bottle while completing paperwork before driving home.Peverley was breathalysed at the police station where the lowest reading was 153 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mg. Later that month, he admitted drink-driving at Teeside magistrates’ court and was banned from driving for 36 months, given an eight-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay £115 charges and £85 costs.The GP voluntarily referred himself to the GMC for a disciplinary hearing. A GP who drove home after drinking almost an entire bottle of vodka at his surgery has been allowed to keep his job after medical watchdogs heard he was stressed at looking after 3,500 patients.Dr Martin Peverley, 51, had been drinking doubles in between treating patients and completing paperwork and was so drunk that police had to carry him to their patrol car when they confronted him outside his home.The family doctor, who was four times the drink-drive limit, could barely speak when officers tried to talk to him following his 50-minute journey home and he was too intoxicated to get out of the driver’s seat, a hearing was told.As officers attempted to remove him from his car, Peverley fell to the ground then had to be lifted into the police vehicle and taken to the station where he was ordered to take a breath test. Peverley’s lawyer Jonathan Holl-Allen said his client had been under “significant professional pressure” because for two years he had undertaken sole responsibility for the medical practice – which has 3,500 patients – following the retirement of the other GP partner.He said the GP, who qualified in 1990 and joined the surgery in 2005, was also under “financial pressures” because a misunderstanding over funding from NHS England led to the practice incurring considerable debts in fees for locum doctors.Apologising for his drink-driving, Peverley himself admitted making a “very serious error of judgement, but said his actions were out of character and occurred against a background of “accumulating stress, caused by professional and financial problems, which had come to a head.” He said he had taken “steps” to deal with his bouts of stress and his wife was standing by him. Tribunal chairman Sean Ell told Peverley: “The actions which led to your conviction were very serious, and had the potential to cause harm to members of the public, but the tribunal did not have any direct allegation of you having caused harm to your patients.”The tribunal noted that you were under significant professional pressure at the time of the incident, having been solely responsible, following the retirement of your GP partner, for 3,500 patients at your surgery for over two years without consistent support from a permanent second GP.”It is clear that on the day of your arrest that you displayed an extreme and concerning reaction to the pressures upon you, consuming a significant amount of alcohol in a short period of time whilst at your workplace, and then driving home with the obvious potential to cause serious harm to the public.” Dr Martin Peverley leaving his hearing at the General Medical Council in Manchestercenter_img Dr Martin Peverley leaving his hearing at the General Medical Council in ManchesterCredit:Pat Isaacs/Cavendish You were under significant professional pressure… having been solely responsible, following the retirement of your GP partner, for 3,500 patients at your surgerytribunal chairman Sean Ell Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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No improvement in heart failure death rates since 1990s

first_imgBoth the incidence and prevalence of heart failure increase steeply with age, with the average age at first diagnosis being 76 and numbers are expected to increase as the population ages.The study was the first to provide survival rate estimates for heart failure in the UK based on the medical records of 54,313 heart failure patients.It found found 81.3 per cent survived for one year, 51.5 per cent survived for five years, and 29.5 per cent survived for 10 years, following diagnosis.Dr Clare Taylor, a primary care researcher said: “Getting an accurate estimate of heart failure prognosis is vital for those who commission healthcare services, so resources can be allocated appropriately.”Perhaps more importantly this allows patients to make more informed choices about treatments and possible end-of-life care.”While the survival rates were better than other studies, we disappointingly didn’t see any improvement over time.”We plan to do more work to examine why this might be the case and find ways to improve the outlook for patients with heart failure in the future.”While the study did not look at the effect of medication following heart failure on survival rates, it found that survival rate estimates vary depending on a person’s age, gender, other health conditions and blood pressure.These are all factors doctors should take into consideration when discussing heart failure with their patients.Professor Sir Nilesh Samani, Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “This is a slightly surprising finding as other similar studies have shown some improvement in the prognosis of patients with heart failure as new evidence-based treatments such as ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers and in selected patients used of defibrillators and pacemakers have become standard practice.“Nonetheless, the study shows how devastating a condition heart failure is, with a prognosis that is still worse than many cancers, and that much more research is needed to improve its outcome.”The BHF are funding major initiatives in this area including its regenerative medicine centres, but we urgently need the public’s support in order to find new ways to treat this devastating condition.”The study was published in the journal Family Practice. By contrast cancer survival rates have doubled in the past 40 years.Heart failure has a poor prognosis and will kill a fifth of those diagnosed within a year, half within two years and two thirds within 10 years.It is a common long-term condition affecting around 900,000 Britons and the second highest cost to the NHS for any disease after stroke.It happens when the heart is unable to pump blood around the body properly with a heart attack, high blood pressure or cardiomyopathy, diseases of the heart muscle, the most common causes.Other triggers are heart valve problems, alcohol or drugs, uncontrolled irregular heart rhythm, congenital heart conditions, a viral infection affecting the heart muscleand some cancer treatments.The condition is incurable and treatment aims to control symptoms for as long as possible and slow down progressionDrugs are prescribed to control blood pressure and help the heart pump while sufferers told to eat healthy, exercise and stop smoking and drinking.Others will be given a pacemaker or ICD. Heart failure still kills the same number of middle-aged Britons as it did nearly two decades ago, a new study warned.While medical advances has slashed the number of Britons dying from cancer, the same has not happened for those suffering from heart failure.The University of Oxford led study found between 1998 and 2012, survival rates for people aged over 45 with heart failure showed no improvement. Survival of heart attacks has improvedCredit:Alamy Cartoon of man with blood We disappointingly didn’t see any improvement over timeDr Clare Taylor, Oxford University 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

British tourists could have to pay to visit Europe postBrexit under a

first_imgUK flag, EU flag British tourists could have to pay to visit Europe after Brexit as part of a US-style visa waiver system, the immigration minister has said.Robert Goodwill told MPs the EU was considering adopting a version of America’s Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) but it was too early know if this would apply to UK residents after withdrawal.Mr Goodwill pointed out that the US system was not journey specific and some ESTAs lasted for ten years. The ESTA costs $14 (£11) and lets British visitors go to the USA for less than 90 days without a visa. It is required even if a traveller is just passing through the US in transit. SNP member of the European Scrutiny Committee Alan Brown told the minister that Leave advocates in the referendum campaign had said there would be no need for visa-like travel schemes after Brexit.He added: “An ESTA still takes time and costs money and it is something people have to repeat.” Passport control  Credit:Oli Scarff /Getty Visiting Europe could require a special visa waiver processCredit:Frank Augstein/AP  Mr Goodwill said: “We are at a very early stage of the EU potential scheme and we will see how that develops. “British people are now used to the US ESTA scheme and, therefore, we view with interest how the European scheme might develop and what similarities, and differences, there may be to the US scheme.”In principle, this type of scheme is generally there to help enhance security. To get to know as much as possible about the people who are intending to travel.”It isn’t just flights, it could be people using ferries, or other border crossings into the European Union. “We will not be members of the European Union and it will be impossible, I think, at this early stage to speculate on the effect this might have on British citizens or other third country nationals.”It is important that as we negotiate with our European Union friends, that we can get the best possible deal, and we need to take account of developments such as this that they may be working on.”The Government has said it intends to keep the common travel area with the Irish Republic, an arrangement which dates back to the 1920s, after Brexit.  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

Fourth Plinth A giant dollop of cream and a syrup can sculpture

first_imgThe date syrup cans represent a once-thriving industry in Iraq decimated by war.Since 2006, US artist Michael Rakowitz and his team have remade 600 of the 7,000 archaeological artefacts looted from Iraq or destroyed, in a project entitled The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist. A whirl of cream topped with parasites, by British artist Heather Phillipson, and a recreation of a protective deity destroyed by Isil in Iraq, by US artist Michael Rakowitz, have been chosen to reside at the landmark spot in London The work represents “exuberance and unease”, Phillipson said, and is “a monument to hubris and impending collapse”.She said: “It’s apparently very celebratory at first glance but when you spend more time with it other elements start to creep in. A giant ice cream sundae and a recreation of a protective deity destroyed by Isil in Iraq will go on display on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth.The two artworks have been chosen to reside at the landmark spot in London – currently home to a bronze, thumbs up sign – in 2018 and 2020.The Lamassu, a winged bull which guarded the entrance to the Nergal Gate of Nineveh from 700BC, will be remade out of empty date syrup cans, from Iraq. The deity was destroyed, along with other artefacts in the Mosul Museum, by terror group IS in 2015. Katharina Fritsch's blue rooster in 2013 “The Fourth Plinth is the world’s most loved and talked-about public art platform – it is pioneering, inventive and surprising, and above all, shows that London is open to creativity and ideas from around the world.”Ekow Eshun, chair of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group, said of the winning works: “Their works are wondrous, striking and deeply engaging. The new commissions will proudly continue the legacy of the Fourth Plinth in putting world-class contemporary sculpture at the heart of London.”The Fourth Plinth is funded by the Mayor of London, with support from Arts Council England.Fourth Plinth artwork over the years His grandparents left Iraq in the 1940s and his family now live in New York and London. Iraq is “a country that exists elsewhere in so many ways”. He hopes the installation will become “part of a discussion about immigration”.The sacking of ancient sites by Isil is devastating, Rakowitz said. “The destruction of the past makes the present and the future that much more precarious.” Michael Rakowitz with his winning sculpture, which will occupy the Fourth Plinth from 2018Credit:Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph Some of the most memorable Fourth Plinth sculptures over the years have included Marc Quinn’s sculpture of Alison Lapper, who was born with no arms, Yinka Shonibare’s scaled-down replica of HMS Victory, contained in a glass bottle, and Katharina Fritsch’s blue fibreglass sculpture of a cockerel.Antony Gormley created One & Other in which people – including a man who posed naked – took it in turns to spend an hour on the plinth.Rakowitz and Phillipson were selected from a five-strong shortlist by the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group. 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. Fourth Plinth Katharina Fritsch’s blue rooster in 2013Credit:Geoff Pugh for The Telegraph The Really Good  Their works are wondrous, striking and deeply engagingEkow Eshun, chair of Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group fourth plinth The new sculptures will replace the Really Good, which was dubbed phallic by some onlookersCredit:Philip Toscano/PA “The cream is this hyper-luxury product, something we associate with celebration, with the cliche of the cherry on top. But at the same time, the cream is on the verge of collapse and these other life forms are coming to inhabit it – flies are attracted to stuff that is rotting or dying, and the drone connects to surveillance and warfare.”The cherry stalk will reach high into the sky “as something that can speak back to the height of Nelson’s Column”. The plinth is currently home to Really Good, a 23ft (7m) high hand, cast in bronze and giving a thumbs-up sign, which has divided opinion and has been dubbed phallic by some onlookers. Fourth Plinth Justine Simons, deputy mayor for culture and creative industries, said: “It’s clear that these two hugely contrasting artworks stand out for their visual impact as well as their unique ability to make the viewer stop and think. Heather Phillipson’s giant ice cream sundae will be installed on the Fourth Plinth in 2020Credit:Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph The deity will go on display in 2018 and will be followed by The End, by British artist Heather Phillipson – a sculpture of a scoop of cream, topped with a cherry, a drone and a fly – in 2020.The camera-equipped drone will remain static but equipped with wi-fi, and passers-by will be able to use their mobile phones to live-stream what the drone can see. Marc Quinn's Sculpture "Alison Lapper Pregnant The unveiling of Yinka Shonibare’s ‘Nelson’s – Ship in a Bottle’ in May 2010Credit:Geoff Pugh for The Telegraph A bronze scupture of a boy on a rocking horse, by Danish artist Michael Elmgreen and Norwegian artist Ingar Dragset The unveiling of Yinka Shonibare's 'Nelson's - Ship in a Bottle' in May 2010 Marc Quinn’s Sculpture ‘Alison Lapper Pregnant’ in September 2005Credit:Ian Jones A bronze scupture of a boy on a rocking horse, by Danish artist Michael Elmgreen and Norwegian artist Ingar Dragset, in February 2012Credit:Oli Scarff/Gettylast_img read more

Flu levels soaring with one in five hospital cases suffering Aussie flu

first_imgIn a typical flu season, NHS staff take around 4.3 million sick days. The figure could be reduced by more than one quarter if all trusts matched the vaccination rates of the best,  research from Imperial College London suggests. While 71 per cent of pensioners have been vaccinated, just 46 per cent of pregnant women and 47 per cent adults in clinical risk groups have had the jab, along with less than 50 per cent of children, the latest statistics show. The new figures show rates of GP consultations about flu have gone from 21 per 100,000 people to 37.3 per 100,000 people in one week – a rise of 78 per cent. The Royal College of GPs said the figures meant almost 22,000 patients had visited GPs with signs of flu in the first week of January – a rise of 9,499 patients since the last week of December. Separate statistics suggest at least 4.5 million people in England are suffering from flu.Victims of the flu outbreak include an 18-year old girl and a world war II spitfire pilot.Bethany Walker, from Applecross, died after taking ill at home – initially from flu symptoms which later developed into pneumonia. Miss Walker was airlifted to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness but died later last Friday. Her mother Heather Teale said she was “truly devastated” by the loss of her beautiful daughter.“I am broken, the bottom has fallen out of my world,” she wrote in a Facebook post.“You were the best daughter I could have ever wished for and I will always be the proudest mum in the world.”Owen Hardy, 95, from Chichester, died on January 4th, after contracting flu, his daughter said. During his time serving for the RAF in the war, the wing commander’s heroics saw him be awarded the top medal for valour – the Legion d’Honneur.Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said: “These figures back up what GPs across the country are telling us, and certainly what I’ve been seeing in my own surgery in Lichfield; things are incredibly busy, and demand is increasing – not just with flu but other common winter illnesses as well.She urged patients to try “self-care,” seeking advice from pharmacists or searching on NHS Choices before seeking a GP appointment. “This would help to control demand on GP services and give us the time to see those patients who need our care most urgently,” she said. “Rest is best with the flu, drink plenty of fluids and take either paracetamol or ibuprofen to help minimise symptoms during recovery,” she advised. Professor Simon de Lusignan, Medical Director for the RCGP Research Surveillance Centre, said: “We can certainly say that last week was for flu in England took off, crossing the medium threshold.  However, given how unpredictable flu can be, it is impossible to speculate how this will progress moving forward – rates may increase further, they may level out or even decline.” The new figures show 758 confirmed influenza cases hospitalised last week – of which 157 were the A(H3N2) strain dubbed “Aussie flu” after it fuelled the country’s worst flu season for two decades. The calls follow a study by Imperial College London, which found every 10 per cent increase in NHS vaccination rates was linked with a 10 per cent fall in sickness absence. Flu levels are soaring with one in five cases in hospital suffering from the deadly strain dubbed “Aussie flu”, official figures show.The statistics from Public Health England (PHE) show that across the country, rates of flu have close to doubled in one week, with a 51 per cent rise in cases hospitalised.The reports show almost 2,000 patients hospitalised with confirmed flu so far this season – with more than a fifth infected with the deadly strain A(H3N2) – dubbed “Aussie flu” after it fuelled the country’s worst flu season for two decades.The total death toll is now 85, up from 48 in previous reports this season.Health officials have urged NHS staff to take up flu vaccinations, with the country’s chief medical officer today backing calls to make it mandatory for frontline staff to have the jabs. Prof Dame Sally Davies pleaded with doctors and nurses to have the jab for the sake of their patients, with less than one third of healthcare staff vaccinated in some hospitals.“Healthcare workers owe a duty to protect their patients – go and get vaccinated,” she said.Pensioners, adults with chronic health problems like diabetes and asthma, pregnant women and children under the age of nine are all eligible for free NHS vaccination. Internationally, mandatory vaccination of healthcare staff against flu remains rare, though it was introduced by Virginia Mason Institute, a global safety pioneer, more than a decade ago. France, which is currently battling a flu epidemic, is just about to introduce compulsory vaccination for all children against 11 diseases, including flu. Official figures from Public Health England (PHE) show 58 trusts where less than half of staff had been vaccinated by the end of November.Among acute hospital trusts, the lowest figure of 33.7 per cent was at Kings College NHS foundation trust in London.Humber NHS foundation trust, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS foundation trust, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust and the Royal Wolverhampton NHS trust all had less than 45 per cent of staff vaccinated, the statistics show.  Overall, the rate of hospitalised cases has risen by 51 per cent, the statistics show.  The figures, which cover the week ending on 7 January, show  7.38 cases per 100,000 population, compared with rates of 4.89 per 100,000 the previous week.So far this winter, there have been a total of 1,938 hospitalised confirmed influenza admissions, including 432 cases of A(H3N2) the figures show.center_img Today Dame Sally  said she would back making the flu jab compulsory for NHS staff, citing research which shows that a 10 per cent increase in vaccination uptake cuts staff sickness rates by the same amount. In an open letter to staff across the country, senior figures within NHS England, Public Health England (PHE) and the Department of Health urged staff to have the jab.Provisional data showed 59.3 per cent of frontline healthcare workers were vaccinated by the end of November, up from 55.6 per cent the previous year.But while that figure was more than 80 per cent in some hospital trusts, it dropped to less than one third in others, figures show.  Stop the spread of flu germs. Use a tissue, bin used tissues and wash your hands thoroughly. Catch it. Bin it. Kill it. More info here: https://t.co/67SMIc3W0N pic.twitter.com/oiJUoYgjvb— NHS Choices (@NHSChoices) January 11, 2018 Professor Paul Cosford, PHE medical director said: “Our data shows that more people are visiting GPs with flu symptoms and we are seeing more people admitted to hospitals with the flu.”We are currently seeing a mix of flu types, including the A(H3N2) strain that circulated last winter in the UK and then in Australia. All vaccines offer cover against this strain of flu and so we urge people to take up the offer of the vaccine.”Experts say around one quarter of NHS staff will contract flu during a typical season. Of those, between one third and half will avoid major symptoms, meaning they are likely to remain in work, spreading infections.  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. Across the whole of the NHS, the average uptake rate was less than 60 per cent.A spokesman for King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “These figures only reflect vaccination figures to the end of November 2017.”Since then, we have seen an increase in the number of vaccinations among frontline staff across the Trust and this will be reflected in the new figures, which are due to be published in mid-January. ” “Flu-related staff sickness absence can significantly affect the ability to deliver services safely and effectively,” the letter warns. Health officials today launched a public awareness campaign on press and radio urging the public to “Catch it, Bin it, Kill it”.Flu is spread by germs from coughs and sneezes, which can live on hands and hard surfaces for up to 24 hours.It is very infectious, especially within the first five days, so the public are being encouraged to “Catch” any sneezes in a tissue, “Bin” any tissues immediately and “Kill” the virus by washing their hands with soap and warm water. Earlier this week, health officials called for  a “serious debate” about introducing mandatory flu jabs for NHS staff, amid a deepening winter crisis.Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS medical director, said action was needed to tackle “massive variation” between hospitals, with as few as one third of medical workers vaccinated at some hospital trusts.Experts say around one quarter of NHS staff will contract flu during a typical season. Of those, between one third and half will avoid major symptoms, meaning they are likely to remain in work, spreading infections. Asked if the vaccination should be made compulsory for staff, Dame Sally said: “I welcome anything that increases vaccination rates of healthcare staff, because we have this duty of care to protect our patients.”If that raises rates, then I’m happy with it.”She added that those in the healthcare sector owe a duty to protect their patients, and having the flu vaccination is one of the ways they can do so.The letter warns: “Although flu can produce severe symptoms which prevent the individual from working as normal, the range of illness is very broad with perhaps 30 per cent of infections being asymptomatic and a similar proportion with only mild respiratory symptoms.”Such individuals, with mild or no symptoms, can still pass on the virus to vulnerable people they come into contact with. This is why vaccination of healthcare workers is a critical part of our flu prevention strategy and helps to ensure the well-being of our most vulnerable patients.last_img read more

George Michaels family asks fans to remove tributes from trampled Highgate park

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. There is still no permanent shrine to the singer, after devotees campaigned  for a life-size bronze statue to be erected on Michael’s land outside the property, which had been backed by his record label, Sony, and local councillors keen to replace the soggy shrine with something more sightly.However, the family quietly decided not to erect a statue in the singer’s memory, because he was a private person and would consider such a gesture “embarrassing.” He said: “The desecration of a beautiful North London square by weepy morons. See my instagram stories for the FULL HORROR!” The desecration of a beautiful North London square by weepy morons. See my instagram stories for the FULL HORROR! pic.twitter.com/6W60qxnseM— Giles Coren (@gilescoren) November 21, 2017 After George Michael’s death on Christmas Day 2016, fans flocked to leave tributes outside his home in Highgate, with flowers littering a nearby park, which has been trampled to mud.Now, over a year later, his family have asked those who leave and tend the blooms, lights and cards to take them elsewhere, for the sake of the peaceful, well-to-do neighbourhood.The singer’s relatives have promised to refurbish the shabby park and plant new turf once the shrine has been cleared away.Sisters Yioda and Melanie Panayiotou and father Jack made the request on Mr Michael’s website, where they affectionately refer to him as “Yog.”They wrote: “We’ve been touched by your many tributes celebrating and remembering Yog, reminding us how very much he is missed and loved. Shrine outside George Michael’s Highgate home still going strong pic.twitter.com/43XPqotMZB— John Wilson (@JohnWilson14) April 5, 2017 “However, we feel we cannot expect our Highgate and Goring neighbours to continue to accept as normality, the memorials so personal to you all, to remain as and where they are any longer although, we do appreciate your recent efforts to minimise their impact. However, this is what we feel we now need to do.”BBC presenter and Times restaurant critic Giles Coren, who lives nearby, tweeted his frustration about the park last year. read more

Rush to turn schools into academies risks shutting children out of local

The rush to turn schools into academies risks shutting children out of their local schools, the Public Accounts Committee has warned.The ability of local authorities to provide school places for all the children in their area has become hampered by the academy roll-out, MPs said.A new report by the PAC said that local authorities’ ability to fulfil their statutory responsibilities, including their duty to provide school places, is “undermined” in areas where a high proportion of schools have become academies.In parts of the country where schools are oversubscribed and parents struggle to get a place for their child, local authorities now have less power to ameliorate the situation since they have no control over academies.  –– ADVERTISEMENT ––“Regardless of the extent of academisation, local authorities still retain important statutory responsibilities, including a duty to ensure there are enough school places for local children,” the report said.“However, they have no control over the number of places in academy schools. There can be particular challenges in finding appropriate places for looked-after children.”  The report also criticised the Department for Education’s (DfE) failure to prevent a “succession of high-profile academy failures”, which have been both costly to the taxpayer and damaging to children’s education.    Meg Hillier, the Labour chair of the PAC, warned that “increasingly incoherent” school systems are putting the interests of pupils at risk.“Government’s haste in pushing ahead with academisation has come at a cost, with high-profile failures indicating significant weaknesses in its assessment regime,” she said.   “Costs associated with conversion can reduce funding available to local authorities to support remaining maintained schools. Academisation can also undermine councils’ ability to provide school places.”A DfE spokesperson said: “Academies are raising standards, with almost 516,000 children studying in good or outstanding sponsored academies that were typically previously underperforming schools.“Converting to become an academy is a positive choice made by hundreds of schools every year to give great leaders the freedom to focus on what is best for pupils – any suggestion that the majority are forced to convert is misleading.”The spokesperson added that the DfE “always act quickly to tackle underperformance” and only a “tiny fraction” of academies fail to meet the right standard. 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

Surrey Police apologise after judgment reveals disclosure failings in Jonathan King sex

Jonathan King arriving at Westminster Magistrates’ Court last yearCredit:Lauren Hurley/PA  Logs of complaints made by witnesses were not kept and decisions were based on inaccurate material.The judge said there had been a “widespread failure” to follow proper procedures and branded the approach taken by at least one officer “lamentable”.King, 73, from west London had denied 23 serious sexual assault charges against boys aged between 14 and 16, between 1970 and 1988. Jonathan King arriving at Westminster Magistrates' Court last year Surrey Police said in a statement: “We recognise that there were serious organisational failings in the investigation, particularly in relation to disclosure process and we will continue to study the Judge’s ruling in detail.”The force said it has been a complex investigation involving an “enormous” amount of data, adding: “When the issues relating to disclosure became apparent we, with other members of the prosecution team, worked tirelessly in an effort to correct these errors. Birds solicitors, which represented King, said: “This case is yet another example of failings in the disclosure process.”It should be of great public concern that the numerous shortcomings in the disclosure process would not have been discovered but for the determination of the defence team.”King took to Twitter to confirm he had been found not guilty and blast the “false allegations” made against him. I can now confirm that I was found #NOTGUILTY of several false allegations last month; trial collapsed and jury dismissed; today the #Judge suggested the #CPS and #SurreyPolice abandon the further false claims and they have agreed to do so. No retrial. Sometimes the system works.— Jonathan King (@KingOfHits) 6 August 2018 The former Genesis producer was found guilty in 2001 of sex offences against five teenage boys in the 1980s and was released from jail in 2005 after serving half of a seven-year sentence.But the more recent police investigation was flawed from the outset.Surrey Police launched its investigation in 2000 but it resulted in no charges and was the subject of a review by Merseyside Police.As a result of that review, Operation Ravine was established in 2014 and King was arrested the following year.“It was imperative that the Operation Ravine investigation and prosecution was conducted with scrupulous fairness and efficiency in order to be seen to remedy the claimed failures of the past,” Judge Taylor said.“The disclosure fiasco shows that it has failed in its objective.” “We deeply regret that despite these efforts we did not meet the required standards to ensure a fair trial.”As a result, the evidence will not be tested by a jury and neither the complainants’ nor the defendant have their voices heard in court. For this we wholeheartedly apologise.”We recognise that for policing nationally, and at a local level, it is vital that we get disclosure right in order to ensure both the integrity of the criminal justice system and public confidence.”The force is commissioning an independent review of the investigation.The CPS said it would contact the complainants to explain its decision not to appeal the ruling.A spokesperson said:  “During the trial the police made us aware of issues with their handling of disclosure in the case.”We asked the court to dismiss the jury and worked with the police to remedy this ahead of a retrial.“We appreciate today’s decision will be upsetting for the complainants and will contact them to explain our decision not to appeal the ruling.“While we are satisfied the CPS handled the disclosure process appropriately and robustly in this case, there is an unprecedented focus from police and prosecutors to drive improvements in this area.” Police have “wholeheartedly apologised” for repeated, serious failings in the sex abuse trial of Jonathan King that allowed him to walk free from court.The disgraced pop mogul will not be retried over the historic allegations after his trial collapsed and was branded a “debacle” by the judge.Judge Deborah Taylor said Surrey Police made “numerous, repeated and compounded” errors over the course of its lengthy investigation into King, primarily on disclosure.She detailed the damning mistakes in a judgement released on Monday, weeks after she was forced to discharge the jury a fortnight into the trial at Southwark Crown Court.Rather than undertake a detailed review of more than 4,500 documents relating to the case, Surrey Police conducted a simple “keyword search,” the judgement reveals.Several “clearly relevant” items were left off the trial schedules while other key material was missed due to inaccurate descriptions. 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

Ben Stokes lawyer questions whether cricketer is being singled out because of

“We would say there is evidence to support that happening. Have they proved to you this man was not acting in self-defence?” Mr Coles said.”When I heard those remarks I was alarmed and we invite you to use your common sense. You are entitled to think about what questions you are left to answer. The prosecution are saying they don’t know and we saying they ought to.” Ben Stokes is filmed by a member of the public as he leaves court during the lunch break, highlighting the interest in the caseCredit:Adrian Dennis/AFP Mr Corsellis said Stokes had been rude to Mbargo doorman Andrew Cunningham and was clearly seen looking down his nose and pointing at him.”To say that he was looking at the night sky, talking to someone more powerful than Mr Cunningham was, I’m afraid, not true,” he told the jury.”In a world and in a way, he has distanced from the admirable career he has. He acted deplorably as the red mist came down and struck with such force that he rendered one person unconscious.” Ben Stokes’ defence lawyer  has questioned whether the cricketer is being singled out because of his status as one of the best players in the game. Stokes, 27, widely regarded as one of the finest all-rounders on the planet, was at Bristol Crown Court Monday morning as his trial rolled into its second week. The charge relates to a night out in Bristol on September 25 last year when the cricketer was involved in a street fight with co-accused Ryan Ali, 28, and his friend Ryan Hale, 27, who was acquitted last week. Gordon Cole QC, representing Stokes, warned jurors that his client may have been getting “special treatment” because of his profile.”Throughout this trial there has been a focus on Ben Stokes,” Mr Cole said. “Is this man getting special treatment because of who he is?” “I’m very concerned that everything said in evidence is being rehearsed in the news. National news, local news.”It is very, very difficult to avoid that. There’s almost one trial going on outside of this court. But the important trial is going on inside of this court.” Ben Stokes is filmed by a member of the public as he leaves court during the lunch break, highlighting the interest in the case England cricketer Ben Stokes has “selective memory” over the street brawl, the prosecution argued on Monday, as jurors prepared to retire to consider their verdicts.   Ryan Ali, left, and Ryan Hale outside Bristol Crown CourtCredit:Ben Birchall and Andrew Matthews/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. During his closing speech, prosecutor Nicholas Corsellis asked jurors to consider why “there are aspects of Mr Stokes’ case where he has zero recollection”.”Selective memory, members of the jury,” he told Bristol Crown Court. Meanwhile,However, Mr Corsellis told the jury: “Mr Stokes’s defence at this stage is ‘I can’t remember it but I must have been acting in self-defence’.”There’s a problem with that because it is not for him to prove self-defence but how do you analyse that? There’s no evidence from him as to what threat he perceived. No evidence that he saw there was a metal bar.”No evidence he was being verbally threatened by Mr Hale and Mr Ali. There’s no foundation to say his self-defence kicked in.”The prosecution’s claims:Stokes was refused entry from nightclubCricketer was left enraged by Mbargo doormanHe was homophobic to Mr Barry and Mr O’ConnorStokes flicked cigarette butt at themMr Hale and Ali attacked by “aggressor” StokesProsecution say it was not self-defenceStokes, 27, is accused of affray in the Clifton triangle area of Bristol during the early hours of September 25 last year.He is on trial alongside Ali, 28, who Stokes is alleged to have knocked out during a fracas near the Mbargo nightclub. Ryan Ali, left, and Ryan Hale outside Bristol Crown Court Mr Cole went on: “The fact is that, so far as publicity is concerned, I have no idea whether you have seen anything on the news.”I have no idea that when, about a year ago, this first hit the papers and The Sun footage was shown, I have no idea whether any of you – I suspect most people in the country probably saw it. Mr Corsellis told the jury that the Crown conceded that at the point Ali had the bottle in his hand Stokes was acting “to defend himself or in defence of another”, but then “quickly turned aggressor”.The prosecutor said the affray involved several people, lots of shouting and violence, which resulted in two people being knocked unconscious.He claimed Stokes left Mbargo “enraged” and that there were aspects of the case which the cricketer has “no recollection” of. “The cigarette butt, homophobic abuse, the attack on Mr Ali,” Mr Corsellis said. “He says he can’t say or is it won’t say because of what the truth is?”Mr Corsellis asked the jury to put themselves in the position of being on the Clifton Triangle at 2.30am watching the fight unfold in front of their eyes. “Would you be quite scared?” he asked.  Ben Stokes of England celebrates dismissing India captain Virat Kohli Credit:Gareth Copley/Getty “I think I am beginning to defend the press,” the defence lawyer went on. “It is impossible to actually describe every nuance, every single bit of evidence, every inference that you are being asked to consider.”It is difficult to report every detail. The important trial is the trial that is going on in here.”Stokes’ defence lawyer also accused the prosecution of a “great deal of rowing back” by the prosecution and questioned whether the injuries sustained were his client’s fault. Mr Cole said: “You will see Mr Hales on one occasion appearing to kick. So, when the prosecution seeks to hang all the blame at Ben Stokes’s door by saying he rendered people unconscious, just look at what happened.”Think about kicks and stamps. Does it follow that all of these injuries are properly attributed to Ben Stokes? We say no. We say that the evidence is ambiguous.” But Mr Cole said two of Mr Corsellis’s comments in his own closing speech left him “massively alarmed” because the prosecution said it did not know what was happening at the start and at the end of the incident.”If that is the prosecution saying they don’t know how, how are you supposed to fill in the gaps?” Mr Cole suggested.The defence claimsStokes and doorman talked about tattoosCricketer then had “banter” with two gay menMr Hale and Ali were homophobic to the pairStokes defended them, before Ali “swung bottle”At this stage Stokes defended himself and othersAll-rounder was calm with police, not enragedMr Cole suggested there was evidence to support the view that Mr Hale returned to the scene with the metal pole and that seconds before Stokes knocked out Ali, Ali was about to jump on his back. Mr Corsellis told the jury that the Crown conceded that at the point Ali had the bottle in his hand Stokes was acting “to defend himself or in defence of another”, but then “quickly turned aggressor”.”Even if Mr Stokes has begun using self-defence, he very, very quickly after this became the aggressor, with Mr Hale trying to pacify him together with Mr Ali,” he said.”He was pursuing them into the road, repeatedly punching at them at least six times, with his teammate Alex Hales calling him away ‘Stokes… Stokes… stop… stop…’, indeed being pulled away twice and on the second time being turned on by Ben Stokes.”Mr Ali used a bottle as a weapon … Mr Stokes began in self-defence but then became an aggressor. If Mr Stokes was being tried alone, we submit that his behaviour would constitute an affray.” Ben Stokes of England celebrates dismissing India captain Virat Kohli  read more

Prince Philip crash passenger who broke wrist claims police havent asked her

The Queen attends church at Sandringham on SundayCredit:Mark Cuthbert The scene of the crash, near Sandringham The scene of the crash, near Sandringham She added: ““There needs to be a decision as to whether Prince Philip and I are from the same walk of life or not, and we either receive the same treatment or we don’t.”I haven’t had a full medical check over yet, I just feel that his treatment or his experience hasn’t been the same as mine.”A Norfolk Police spokesman said: “In any collision investigation our priority is to ensure medical welfare is addressed in the first instance before taking any statement.”We can confirm arrangements were made on Friday (18 January) to take a statement from the passenger involved in the collision. This will take place tomorrow (22 January).“Further contact was attempted on a number of occasions over the weekend but unfortunately these were not successful.“Family liaison officers are not normally deployed for collisions of this nature. However, recognising the level of public interest in this case we felt it appropriate to provide additional support.“All family liaison officers give advice around handling media attention, and as part of this, it is made clear that it is a decision for the individual whether or not to speak to journalists.”Ms Fairweather was interviewed on ITV’s This Morning, following several interviews with the Daily and Sunday Mirror newspapers.  The Duke of Edinburgh driving in September 2018Credit:Peter Jolly Asked what she hoped for from officials, she said: “I think an acknowledgement, not so much any admission of responsibility, but that somebody who would like to talk to me about how difficult this is going to be for me.”I’ve had no support. The only support I’ve had is my very immediate family.”Neither party [the Duke or the second driver] have been forthcoming with very much information.”Asked about whether she had spoken to the Duke immediately after the crash, she said: “Somebody said he did try to but he was advised not to.”[But] I don’t think asking if you’re OK is accepting liability.”The Duke was photographed on Saturday driving a replacement Land Rover near to the Sandringham Estate, without wearing a seatbelt.  A woman who broke her wrist in a car crash with the Duke of Edinburgh has criticised police for their treatment of her, claiming she has still not been asked for a statement four days on.Emma Fairweather, 46, was a passenger in a Kia Carens which collided with the Duke’s Land Rover on Thursday, and has said she is “very upset” by the treatment she has received from police and Buckingham Palace. Claiming she has not even been asked to give a statement detailing what happened, she said she believed she was being treated differently to the Duke, who has since been photographed out driving again.Ms Fairweather has received a message of support from the Queen, delivered by a lady-in-waiting via a telephone message while she was away from home, but said of the approach of police and palace: “The support that I was offered initially hasn’t really been the reality for me.”I’ve had no opportunity to discuss this in any formal capacity.”I need somebody to understand that I still have medical concerns. I’m very worried that I haven’t been asked for a statement from the police. Her friend, the 28-year-old driver of the car Ellie Townsend, has chosen not to speak publicly, understood to be shaken by the experience after fearing for her nine-month-old baby son in the back of the car.Ms Fairweather claimed she has asked for car insurance details from Mrs Townsend “a number of times” in the aftermath of the crash, telling This Morning: “Finally yesterday afternoon I received a very formal email from her husband to share those details with me.” The Duke of Edinburgh driving in September 2018 The Queen attends church at Sandringham on Sunday “When I contacted the Family Liaison Officer to say I have a number of questions, he hasn’t been prepared to listen to those.” Ms Fairweather said she had been “very upset” after seeing the pictures, adding: “Of course accidents happen, but there needs to be a period of reflection on what could be done differently to prevent the same thing happening again.”It was highly insensitive and inconsiderate to me.” Mary Morrison, the Queen’s lady-in-waiting, had telephoned Ms Fairweather prior to the interview, saying in a message: “Hello, I’m ringing from Sandringham House.”The Queen has asked me to telephone you to pass on her warmest good wishes following the ­accident and she is very eager to know how you are and hope that everything is going as well as can be expected. “We’re all thinking of you very much at Sandringham and I’ll try you at a later date. Unfortunately I’ve got to go out quite shortly but I hope all is well as can be expected for you. Thank you very much indeed. Goodbye.”A senior Palace aide has also spoken directly to the driver. read more

Sir Cliff Richard backs pressure group pushing for anonymity for those accused

The investigation was abandoned amid widespread criticism, with the 72-year-old spending more than a year facing accusations he was a child murderer and rapist before he was finally cleared. The 77-year-old singer took legal action against BBC bosses over coverage of a South Yorkshire Police raid on his home Credit:Andrew Matthews/PA He previously said that the trauma of the coverage left him emotionally drained. The singer has since sued the BBC for invasion of privacy – winning £210,000 in damages. 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. Sir Cliff Richard has thrown his support behind a pressure group campaigning for law reform after he was falsely accused of historical sexual assault.In 2014 his Berkshire home was raided by police, which was covered by the BBC and included the deployment of a TV helicopter, and led to him being publicly named.No arrests were made in relation to the accusation against Sir Cliff, and he did not face charges.Sir Cliff is now backing Falsely Accused Individuals for Reform (Fair), a new pressure group that is pushing for anonymity for those accused of sexual offences until there is a charge.”Being falsely accused myself and having that exposed in the media was the worst thing that has happened to me in my entire life,” Sir Cliff said.”Even though untrue, the stigma is almost impossible to eradicate.”Hence the importance of Fair’s campaign to change the law to provide for anonymity before charge in sexual allegations and hence my continued work with Fair in the future.”Had this proposed change in the law been enacted when the police decided to raid my apartment following the allegations of a fantasist, the BBC would not have been able to film this event, name me, (even though the South Yorkshire Police had decided not to) and so plunge my life and those close to me into fear and misery.” Daniel Janner QC, whose father was the late Labour peer Lord Janner, is the founder and secretary of Fair.The group strongly believes in anonymity up until charge, and is also calling for a change in the language of criminal proceedings from victims to complainants.Mr Janner described Sir Cliff’s support as an “enormous boost to our important work”.”It is a privilege and honour that Sir Cliff has added his support. We campaign to re-balance the scales of justice to protect those falsely accused,” he said.”At present we are concentrating our efforts to change the law to provide for anonymity until charge for those accused of sexual offences.”Other Fair supporters include broadcaster Paul Gambaccini who was arrested in October 2013 over a claim he sexually assaulted two teenage boys as part of Operation Yewtree, set up in the wake of the revelations about paedophile Jimmy Savile.The 69-year-old, a regular fixture on the airwaves for decades, spent a year on bail before the case was dropped.Former Tory MP Harvey Proctor had his home raided and was publicly named, and is also a supporter of the pressure group.He was investigated as part of Scotland Yard’s doomed sex abuse probe Operation Midland that centred on claims boys were sexually abused by a number of public figures more than 30 years ago. The 77-year-old singer took legal action against BBC bosses over coverage of a South Yorkshire Police raid on his home  read more