ATL122+1 It’s been a bad couple of days for MVP-caliber point guards.On Monday afternoon, Warriors fans waiting for the results of the MRI on Stephen Curry’s right knee got their answer: Curry will miss at least two weeks with a Grade 1 MCL sprain, according to the Warriors’ PR Twitter account. CLE233525+2 Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers were hit with even worse injury news Monday night. Chris Paul broke his hand and will likely miss the remainder of the postseason.The good news for Golden State is that Curry hasn’t been ruled out for the rest of the playoffs, particularly if the Warriors advance beyond the second round. The bad news is that he’s out for the time being. So for each team still active in the playoffs, let’s game out the chances they’ll win the title depending on various (hypothetical) levels of Curry participation over the rest of the playoffs.For this exercise, I’m going to use the plus-minus metric that drives our CARMELO projections1Specifically, I’m using a 50-50 blend of ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus and Basketball-Reference.com’s Box Plus/Minus, according to research by FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver. to generate Pythagorean ratings for the Warriors based on Curry’s availability. With Curry in the lineup, for instance, the metric says the Warriors possess roughly 67-win true talent (per 82 games) based on plus-minus; with Curry absent, that number falls to 53 wins. Those numbers can then be used to generate expected probabilities of advancing in the playoffs, all the way up to winning the NBA title.(Obviously this ignores all the ways in which matchups matter, as well as the dynamic effect of teammates’ playing together that isn’t captured by plus-minus. But as a rough cut, this method ought to do the trick.)Here’s how each team’s title odds would change if Curry played at full strength and had never been injured (specifically, logging 81 percent of the Warriors’ available minutes — the rate at which he played in last year’s playoffs), if he misses “two weeks” (which we’ll define here as being out until the conference finals), and if he doesn’t play at all: OKC5149+4 BOS000— ODDS OF WINNING TITLE WITH … GS52538-14 Source: ESPN, Basketball-Reference.com VIDEO: Neil Paine on the Warriors’ and Spurs’ title chancesCheck out FiveThirtyEight’s 2016 NBA Playoff Predictions. LAC000— MIA000— HOU000— CHA011+1 Which teams benefit from Curry’s absence? POR000— TOR233+1 TEAMFULL CURRYNO CURRYCURRY OUT 2 WKSDIFF., 2 WEEKS AND FULL SA16%39%22%+6 Regardless of how long Curry is out, the biggest beneficiaries of his injury are obviously the San Antonio Spurs. Their title odds jump by about 23 percentage points if Curry doesn’t play from here on out and 6 percentage points even if he is back in action after the conference semifinals. One reason is simple: The Curry-less Warriors pose far less of a threat to the Spurs than the 73-win superteam San Antonio battled all season. But the Spurs also benefit disproportionately from an increased chance, however small, that Golden State could be knocked out before ever facing San Antonio.Before Paul’s injury, the Clippers were in position to profit from Curry’s absence. If Curry missed the entire second round and CP3 had been healthy, LA’s chances of winning the title would have roughly quadrupled. But without Paul, the Clippers have very little chance of going all the way, regardless of Curry’s status — the latest in a string of missed opportunities for the franchise over the past few seasons.Finally, it’s worth noting that the second-biggest leap in title probability if Curry is absent for the rest of the playoffs belongs to the Cleveland Cavaliers, whose chances of winning the championship go up 12 percentage points even though they couldn’t be affected by the injury until the NBA Finals. (For those curious, the plus-minus-based system I used in this article is higher on the Cavs than something like our Elo ratings, because plus-minus thinks Cleveland is more talented than how it’s played the past few seasons.)Of course, all these calculations can change if Curry is able to return — and play like himself — at some point in the Warriors’ playoff run. The sheer gravity of Golden State’s presence in the bracket has been enough to derail the Spurs’ and Cavs’ claims to favorite status all season long. So best-case, the Warriors weather the second round against the Blazers or depleted Clippers and then pick up where they left off with Curry back for the conference finals. But if his return is delayed or scrubbed entirely, the Warriors’ chances of defending their title will look more fragile than Curry’s knee. IND000—
In just one season, Ozzie Guillen managed to alienate most everyone he’s come in contact with — and the Miami Marlins had a miserable season, too. That combination made it relatively easy for the team to fire him on Tuesday as manager, a fate that almost seemed destined back in April when he made complimentary comments about former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.The franchise was looking to transform itself with a spending spree last off-season and the move into a new ballpark, with Guillen, who won a World Series with the Chicago White Sox, at the helm. Didn’t happen. A horrible June took the Marlins out of contention for good. And Guillen, a blabbermouth with no filter, helped make the decision on his fate.The Marlins owe Guillen $7.5 million for the three years remaining on his contract.The season went sour from the start when Guillen’s comments praising Castro in a magazine interview angered Cuban Americans, who make up a large segment of the Marlins’ fan base.Guillen can be a likeable character, a fast-talking personality with a penchant for saying something funny, insightful or controversial. But his team in Miami did not win and Guillen’s act played out.Jeffrey Loria, the owner, according to reports, was considering what to do with Guillen after the manager had unflattering remarks about him. Last month, relief pitcher Heath Bell, who was removed from the closer role after struggling earlier this season, made comments on a San Diego radio show that summed up many players’ and observers’ feelings on Guillen.“It’s hard to respect a guy that doesn’t tell you the truth or doesn’t tell you face-to-face,” Bell said of Guillen. “There’s probably reasons why.”In September, Guillen even spoke of being fired.“If Jeffrey doesn’t think I’m doing the job I should do. . . It’s not the first time he’s fired a manager,” Guillen said. “Look yourself in the mirror and ask why so many (bleeping) managers come through here.”Guillen told reporters in Miami: “When you are in last place you need a better manager, better general manager, better owner, a better everything when you are a last-place team because we all failed.”Guillen also said that day: “Whoever works for the Marlins and denies that he should be fired is full of (expletive). My coaches, myself, the front office, my players, we’re all involved in this thing. We all failed. And we’ve got to be better. Hopefully we learn by the mistakes we made and we move on.”The Marlins certainly have moved on.
OSU junior forward Nichelle Prince (7) dribbles the ball during a game agaisnt Minnesota on Sept. 17 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost 1-2. Credit: Sam HarrisThe Ohio State women’s soccer team’s season added at least one more game to its season Monday night after the Buckeyes were selected to compete in the NCAA Tournament.OSU finished the regular season with a 10-6-3 (4-4-3 Big Ten) record, and will host the Dayton Flyers in the first round at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, with a 6 p.m. scheduled kick-off. The Flyers come to Columbus with a 9-9-3 regular season record, also having captured the Atlantic 10 Tournament championship.This tournament bid marks the 11th time the Buckeyes will compete in the NCAA Tournament, and is the seventh in the last eight seasons. OSU joins seven other Big Ten teams in this year’s tournament, including Minnesota, Penn State, Rutgers, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Michigan and Nebraska. With their last matchup being on Oct. 26 versus Penn State, the Buckeyes will have had a total of three weeks’ rest before Saturday’s game. Dayton presents a tough lineup for OSU, as junior forward Alexis Kiehl is tied for the NCAA lead in total goals scored this season with 20. The winner will move on to the next round, facing either Northern Kentucky or West Virginia, who OSU played in the regular season.
OSU men’s volleyball players during a game against Ball State on Feb. 15 at St. John Arena. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe No. 1 Ohio State men’s volleyball team continued its winning ways Thursday night, defeating the No. 6 Lewis Flyers in four sets (25-13, 20-25, 25-14, 25-17) for the Buckeyes’ 35th straight victory. OSU has now won 32 of 52 previous meetings with Lewis and has defeated the Flyers in five of their last six matchups. Junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen, senior opposite hitter Miles Johnson and middle blocker Driss Guessous combined for 44 of OSU’s 59 kills. Lewis had no player reach double digits in kills, with Trevor Weiskircher leading the Flyers with nine. OSU and Lewis had a tightly contested start to the first set with the Flyers’ deficit coming to within one point at 13-12. However, a kill from Szerszen ignited a 12-1 run to secure the 25-13 set win. OSU coach Pete Hanson said that the 12-1 run showed the Buckeyes’ ability to overpower teams at the net. “It gives (the team) confidence that we have a guy like Nick or a guy like Miles and all of a sudden get on a run and just blow a game wide open,” Hanson said. “What we are trying to learn from that is we may have finished that game on a huge run, but it doesn’t carry over to set No. 2. You start fresh at 0-0.” The momentum at the end of the first set did not last for the Buckeyes going into the second set. OSU and Lewis had a total of 13 ties and three lead changes in the second half, but six kills from Flyers’ outside hitter Trevor Weiskircher proved to be too much for the Buckeyes, losing the set 25-20. Hanson thought OSU lost its identity in the second set. “We got really complacent, we lost our focus, we didn’t play with the same reckless abandon, if you will, and want to go out and pummel those guys,” Hanson said. OSU came out of the locker room hot after a rough second set, starting the third set with a 9-1 run. Szerszen and Johnson combined for 12 of the 17 OSU kills in the 25-14 set win. “We have gotten really confident playing with one another and we know how to win in different circumstances,” Johnson said. “Tonight we lost the second set and then we figured out what we needed to do.” A kill by middle blocker Driss Guessous secured an OSU win as the Buckeyes won the fourth set 25-17. The Buckeyes are now five wins away from matching Loyola’s 40-match run that was set in 2014-15. The Buckeyes will take on No. 10 Loyola at St. John’s Arena this Saturday at 7 p.m.
Then-sophomore pitcher John Kuchno (45) throws the ball during a game against Northwestern May 6, 2012, at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 4-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe clink of aluminum bats has returned as Ohio State’s baseball team began their season in Port Charlotte, Fla.The bats started out hot for the Buckeyes as they won their first two games against Connecticut and Auburn, but then lost two in a row to Indiana State.In Sunday’s game against the Indiana State, sophomore right handed pitcher Jake Post started on the mound for the Buckeyes. He gave them four good innings, but errors allowed three unearned runs to cross the plate for Indiana State.Freshman pitcher Tanner Tully came on in the fifth and gave up another run in the sixth before the Buckeyes began a nice rally in the bottom half.A balk and an error plated two runs and left the bases loaded for senior outfielder Tim Wetzel. He hit into a fielder’s choice that scored two more as sophomore first baseman Zach Ratliff turned it into a double steal.OSU gained its first lead in the eighth after three doubles from freshman outfielder Ronnie Dawson, sophomore infielder Craig Nennig and Wetzel.With a 6-4 lead heading into the ninth, junior pitcher Trace Dempsey came in to try and seal the deal, but gave up four runs on four hits to give the Sycamores an 8-6 advantage.Indiana State freshman pitcher Ryan Keaffaber stymied the Buckeyes to earn the two game sweep.“I liked the way we battled today,” Wetzel said Sunday. “It was nice to get the all of the young guys experience. It can happen with a young team, so you have to be ready to go every day.”Coach Greg Beals was disappointed with the outcome of the final game, especially after how his team battled so far back.“Today was a big lesson for us,” Beals said after the loss. “We have the ability to play really bad … and to come back like we did. The game is humbling, but we need to do all the necessary work to make sure we’re ready to go out and play.”Freshman pitcher Zach Farmer began his collegiate career starting on the bump for Saturday’s tilt with the ISU. His start did not go as planned, though, as he gave up a three-hit, two-run first inning.Dawson got the Buckeyes back in it in the fourth with a three-run homerun off junior Brad Lombard. Dawson finished the day going 3-4 in his first collegiate game.The Buckeyes wouldn’t score again though and ISU took advantage of their inept bats, scoring two more runs off Farmer and another three off freshman right handed pitcher Adam Niemeyer for a 7-3 win.The early game Saturday against Auburn matched up a pair of southpaws as the Buckeyes’ junior Ryan Riga and the Tigers’ senior Michael O’Neal were starting on the mound. Both lefties pitched brilliantly as each went six strong innings and only gave up four hits each.The difference was redshirt-junior Josh Dezse’s RBI single in the fourth. After missing all of last season with a stress reaction, Dezse was the designated hitter for each game and didn’t miss a beat.That run was all the Buckeyes needed, as Griga didn’t allow a run before handing it off to redshirt-senior pitcher Tyler Giannonatti for the seventh. Dempsey came in to finish the final two innings for his first save of the season and sealing the 1-0 victory for OSU.“I felt good, but obviously it was a lot more important for the team getting this win,” Riga said. “It gives your more confidence for tomorrow.”Friday’s season opener against the Huskies started off shaky for the Buckeyes as senior pitcher Greg Greve started out the game giving up two runs in the top of the first. He quickly settled in after that though and the offense made up for those early runs in impressive fashion.With the bases loaded in the bottom of the third, sophomore infielder Jacob Bosiokovic hammered a ball over the centerfield fence for a grand slam and the Buckeyes’ first runs of the season. His blast energized both the offense and defense as they didn’t allow another run, but added four more of their own for an 8-2 win.“I was just trying to put something in play and help the team win,” Bosiokovic said. “Fortunately I hit it over the fence.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to play UCF Friday in Orlando. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Travis Lakins (1) delivers a pitch against Illinois on May 2, 2015. OSU lost, 6-5.Credit: Elliot Gilfix / For The LanternThe Ohio State baseball team may have narrowly missed out on postseason play this season, but it finally had some reason to celebrate during the second day of the 2015 MLB draft.Right-handed pitcher Travis Lakins became the highest OSU player drafted since fellow righty Alex Wimmers went 21st overall in 2010. The Boston Red Sox selected Lakins in the sixth round — 171st overall — on Tuesday afternoon.Lakins, a hard-throwing product of Franklin, Ohio, is coming off a sophomore season in which he went 4-4 with a 3.75 ERA in 15 starts. He struck out a team-high 84 in 96.0 innings pitched.Lakins’ final start of the season was arguably his strongest, as he neutralized Iowa’s lineup to the tune of six hits and one run allowed over eight innings in the opening game of the Big Ten tournament. However, a blown save in the ninth following Lakins’ departure gave the Hawkeyes the 3-2 victory.In the righty’s freshman campaign, he was used primarily out of the bullpen, where he made 23 of his 25 appearances. In 55.0 innings of work, he fanned 55 batters and compiled a 2.45 ERA, the second best on the team.He later made headlines after his freshman season when he threw a perfect game on June 20, 2014 while pitching for the Chillicothe Paints in summer ball. He struck out 14 in the perfect game against the West Virginia Miners, which was the first in the history of the Prospect League.Should Lakins choose to sign with Boston, the slot value for the 171st pick is $287,500, according to Baseball America. He was previously set to play for the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod League this summer alongside outfielder Ronnie Dawson.The 2015 draft marked the fourth consecutive year at least one OSU player was drafted, following John Kuchno in 2012, Jon Pellant, Brett McKinney and Brad Goldberg in 2013 and Greg Greve last season.The MLB draft is scheduled to conclude with the 11th through 40th rounds on Wednesday.
Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) calls a play in the first quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOne of Ohio State’s most decorated players found his way onto an NFL team.The Indianapolis Colts have signed former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett as an undrafted free agent Saturday, according to a tweet from Ohio State. Free Agent Alert: @JT_theQB4th @Colts #GoBucks #DevelopedHere #ColtsForged pic.twitter.com/t39FoIQyZa— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) April 29, 2018Barrett led the Buckeyes to two Big Ten championships during his four years, including a 2014 National Championship that Barrett watched from the sidelines after breaking his ankle against Michigan.Barrett got his first start in an Ohio State uniform following Braxton Miller’s season-ending shoulder injury in 2014. The then-redshirt freshman amassed 45 touchdowns and 3,772 total yards and finishing fifth in the Heisman voting.After 50 starts across four years, Barrett finished his Ohio State career with more offensive yards (12,697), passing touchdowns (104) and total touchdowns (147) than any other player in Big Ten history.Along with the numerous records accomplished while at Ohio State, Barrett went 38-6 as a starter while completing over 60 percent of his passes in each of his four seasons.The three-time captain led the Buckeyes to a 24-7 Cotton Bowl victory over USC and this year’s No. 3 pick Sam Darnold in the last game of his OSU career.In his sophomore season, Barrett threw for 211 yards and ran for 96 in a 44-28 Fiesta Bowl win over Notre Dame. A year later, again in the Fiesta Bowl, Barrett threw for 127 yards and two interceptions in a 31-0 defeat to Clemson in the College Football Playoff.At the NFL combine, Barrett was the second fastest quarterback in the 40-yard dash at 4.70 seconds. On the other end, Barrett finished with the third slowest three cone drill times of all quarterbacks (7.38 seconds).
After leaving Ohio State’s win over TCU on Sept. 15, junior defensive end Nick Bosa has been sidelined with a core muscle injury with no timetable for return. In Monday’s press conference, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said Bosa will be getting reevaluated this week in Philadelphia, but could not really say whether or not the defensive end would return to the field this season. “I am hoping,” Meyer said. Bosa has been seen at Ohio State practices and on the sideline during games, but only in street clothes.Meyer also said junior linebacker Malik Harrison and junior defensive end Jonathon Cooper are back with the team this week after being sidelined for the Minnesota game after being placed in concussion protocol. Redshirt junior defensive lineman Robert Landers was deemed probable while Meyer called redshirt junior cornerback Damon Arnette questionable for Saturday’s game against Purdue. In special teams, Meyer said redshirt senior kicker Sean Nuernberger suffered a strained groin prior to the start of the game against Minnesota. Sophomore kicker Blake Haubeil started in Nuernberger’s place and hit three field goals, being named by the coaching staff as the special teams player of the week. Meyer also said sophomore left tackle Thayer Munford is “sore,” but probable heading into Saturday. Meyer praises Justin Hilliard With the injury to Harrison, redshirt junior linebacker Justin Hilliard had the opportunity to play significantly more on defense than he usually does. Meyer said he was happy to see a player like Hilliard get the opportunity to play. “He’s one of my favorite players, favorite families,” Meyer said. “He’s a guy that means so much to us on the kicking game. He played pretty good. Not great, but pretty good.”Hilliard recorded five tackles, including two solo tackles, against Minnesota on Saturday, with two broken up passes in the middle. With the biceps injuries Hilliard faced, Meyer compared his journey to former Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who started his collegiate career sidelined due to injury. Meyer said the redshirt junior linebacker still has a ways to go, but has shown growth. “You never give up on a player,” Meyer said. “Keep working with him.” Meyer prepares to defend Rondale MooreOver the first six games of the season, Purdue has put together one of the more dynamic offenses in the Big Ten, recording the No. 4 scoring offense in the conference, averaging 33.5 points per game and beng one of two offenses in the Big Ten to average over 500 yards per game, the other being Ohio State.Much of that success has been helped by the emergence of Purdue freshman wide receiver Rondale Moore. In six games, Moore has become on of the core dynamic playmakers in the conference, recording 100-yard performances and a touchdown in four of the six games. Even though Meyer has not studied Purdue at length yet, he said Moore does bring something to the table. “Just explosive player,” Meyer said. “I studied him in the return game. And he’s a guy you have to be careful with in the return game. He’s a dynamic player.”
Ohio State senior midfielder Sarah Roberts (10) heads the ball upfield against the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 21st. Ohio State won 2-1. Credit: Cori Wade | For The LanternAfter awaiting a decision from the NCAA selection show, the Ohio State women’s soccer team (9-5-4, 6-2-3 Big Ten) will now compete in the first round of the NCAA tournament against Wake Forest at 7 p.m. on Friday at Spry Stadium.Senior midfielder Bayley Feist and sophomore forward Estelle Laurier have driven Wake Forest’s potent offense this season. Feist is up to six goals and Laurier has four so far this season. The team’s offense also had a season-high six points against Longwood. “I think we have a good chance to come into Wake Forest and give them a good game,” Ohio State freshman forward Kayla Fischer said.On Monday, the Buckeyes were granted an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, marking its 13th appearance in the tournament. Like Ohio State, the road for Wake Forest (8-8-1, 4-6-0 Big Ten) has remained relatively unsteady throughout the season. While Wake Forest has had no problem scoring goals, it has encountered difficulties preventing other teams from doing the same. Virginia scored five against the Demon Deacons in a loss on Sept. 30 and Duke scored three against them the following game in a loss on Oct. 4, starting a four-game losing streak. The last time both teams met was in the 2014 season opener, where the Buckeyes came away with the 1-0 victory in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This time, the stakes are even higher. After starting off the regular season with two losses, dealing with multiple injuries and falling just short of the Big Ten semifinals to Nebraska, the Buckeyes have not had an easy road to the NCAA tournament. “We’ve faced a lot of adversity this year,” Ohio State senior midfielder Sarah Roberts said. “At this point, anything that gets thrown against us we look at it more as an opportunity, an opportunity to get better, an opportunity to show the rest of the country what the Buckeyes are made of.”For the Demon Deacons, this rematch presents an opportunity for the team to put its best foot forward and gain a win in front of the home crowd. This matchup for the Buckeyes will be the most important road test it has faced thus far. For some of the players on the team, this will be their first experience playing soccer in an NCAA tournament, including Fischer, who said the team is excited for the upcoming matchup.“Never being in a tournament before,” Fischer said, “I’m definitely excited to see what it’s going to bring. I’m expecting that our team can compete and keep going in the tournament. I know throughout the season we’ve been getting better and better. I think as long as we continue that, we have a good shot.”One key element that remains a strength for the Buckeyes is its performance on defense. Ohio State has allowed 14 goals in 18 games this season.. “From a senior perspective,” Roberts said, “I think we’re excited that we get one more chance and one more game to kind of make our mark on the program.”
On victims of domestic abuse, he insisted he felt sorry for the tenants, who typically pay their rent, but said he seldom gets the money back when damage is done to properties. “It costs us money and we basically have all the trouble of putting it back together again,” he said. “You have the property empty for a couple of months if something like paint has been thrown around. If we don’t take battered wives, this doesn’t happen.” Tenants who are plumbers, meanwhile, “come up with jobs that don’t need doing”, Mr Wilson said. “We have had a disproportionate amount ringing up and them saying ‘this needs doing, that needs doing and I’ll send you a bill’, and you think ‘Christ, they are having me on’.” “There’s nothing about not taking Chinese people, black people, homosexual people, as long as they can pay the money I don’t care what colour they are,” he said. To provide a rent guarantee someone would need to be earning at least £30,000 a year for one of his properties, Mr Wilson added.”The system is against single people, but most of my properties are family homes. If ever a person came in wearing pink socks and defaulted on rent, and it became a regular problem, then we would stop renting to people who wear pink socks,” he said. He said he issued it to agents to predominantly ensure he didn’t waste the time or money of those who couldn’t get a rent guarantee for his properties because they did not earn enough.”It is just economics,” he said. “I live in the big bad world of reality, if I do not let properties and do not get the rent then I do not eat, I starve to death… it is the Government’s job to help poor people.” The 69-year-old, who campaigned to become Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner and vowed to support victims of domestic abuse, set out the 11 rules in a document, which was posted online after it was issued to a letting agent. Single parents, workers on low income or zero hours contracts, families with children, pet owners, smokers and single adults will also not be considered. Only those who are able to afford rent and can provide a rent guarantee are to be accepted for his properties this year.Speaking to The Telegraph, Mr Wilson, who works alongside his wife Judith, said the criteria, which he reissues every year, was “sensible” and the result of the “financial fine tuning of the business”. He has also barred plumbers from becoming tenants in his latest “letting criteria”Credit:Rex Features 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. It is just economics. I live in the big bad world of realityFergus Wilson The multi-millionaire, who said he would not kick any of his current tenants out if they did not meet the criteria, insisted he did not discriminate against minorities, as long as they pay the rent. Britain’s biggest landlord has banned “battered wives” from his properties claiming he does not want to risk ex-husbands or boyfriends returning to destroy his houses. Fergus Wilson, who runs a property empire in Kent, said he will no longer take victims of domestic violence as jealous or angry partners typically cause damage by kicking down front doors and punching holes in the interior. He has also barred plumbers from becoming tenants in his latest “letting criteria” because he believes they rip him off when it comes to advice about repairs.
A Birmingham Airport spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that a private Saab 340 aircraft inbound from Bucharest to Birmingham and carrying three crew encountered communication difficulties during a flight earlier today.”In accordance with normal operating procedures the aircraft was intercepted by military jets on arrival into UK airspace and was escorted up to its scheduled arrival into Birmingham.”The RAF has Typhoon pilots on standby 24 hours a day to defend UK air space. 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. @bhx_official was that an RAF Typhoon I saw on finals into Birmingham Airport at around 7.20am this morning?😀— David Oliver (@7thwkgsl) March 7, 2017 This can be because they are Russian military aircraft, or civilian planes which have stopped communicating with air traffic control, are not following their flight plan or have sent an emergency signal. A plane from Bucharest has been escorted into Birmingham airport by RAF fighter jets after it experienced communication difficulties.The private plane, which contained three crew and no passengers, was met by two Typhoon jets scrambled from RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, and a Voyager aircraft launched from Brize Norton, Oxfordshire.They escorted the Saab 340 plane once it entered UK air space, Birmingham Airport said. Its runway was closed for about half an hour while the freight-carrying aircraft landed at just after 7:30 am. On some occasions pilots are given permission to fly at supersonic speeds, which may result in a sonic boom, to reach the aircraft as soon as possible.Ministry of Defence figures show QRA were launched on 12 days in 2015, eight in response to Russian aircraft and four to investigate other planes. @AeroResource @FighterControl reporting this is the cause of #QRA Both Belgium f16 & RAF Typhoons involved #potn pic.twitter.com/OPxndVAVta— Planes on the net (@planesonthenet) March 7, 2017 One plane from Dublin was diverted to East Midlands Airport as a result.An RAF spokesman said: “The Royal Air Force can confirm that Typhoon aircraft from RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire were launched this morning on a quick reaction alert mission to intercept a civilian aircraft that had lost communications.”The aircraft was safely escorted to Birmingham International Airport.” Typhoons were deployed to escort the aircraft. File pictureCredit:Peter Byrne/PA I have just seen an RAF jet escort an airliner towards #Birminghamairport -whats that all about?— Lesley Maynard (@LesleyMaynard) March 7, 2017 Just managed to get both Typhoons in this shot @planesonthenet @CivMilAir @EGXCinfo @MIL_Radar #potn pic.twitter.com/LuY3ONem8Z— TC ツ™ (@fredharley) March 7, 2017 Squadrons are based at RAF Coningsby, covering the south of the country, and RAF Lossiemouth in Moray to cover the north.Quick Reaction Alert crews can be launched within minutes to intercept aircraft which have caused concern.
World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has said the impact of fake news is increasingly concerning, as he unveiled plans to tackle “unethical” political advertising and the harvesting of data.The British computer scientist said, exactly 28 years after his invention, the three new trends have become alarming in the last 12 months.In an open letter published on Sunday, Sir Tim, 61, said misuse of data has created a “chilling effect on free speech” and warned of “internet blind spots” that are corrupting democracy.One problem, he wrote, is that most people find their news and information through a “handful” of social media sites and search engines, which are paid whenever someone clicks a link. 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. Oxford-educated Sir Tim, who submitted his original proposal for the web on March 12 1989, urged people to call for greater protection laws and that Google and Facebook increase their efforts to tackle fake news.The “internet blind spot” in political campaigning must be closed while alternative revenue streams must be explored so data is not sold so indiscriminately, he said.He plans for the Web Foundation, which he founded in 2009, to work on the issues in a five-year strategy. Sir Tim also criticised politicians for targeting voters using sophisticated algorithms to tailor messages to ones they will approve of.”Targeted advertising allows a campaign to say completely different, possibly conflicting things to different groups. Is that democratic?” he said. “The net result is that these sites show us content they think we’ll click on – meaning that misinformation, or fake news, which is surprising, shocking, or designed to appeal to our biases, can spread like wildfire,” he added.”And through the use of data science and armies of bots, those with bad intentions can game the system to spread misinformation for financial or political gain.”Companies and governments are using widespread data collection to “trample on our rights”, leading to bloggers being arrested and killed by repressive regimes, Sir Tim said.”But even in countries where we believe governments have citizens’ best interests at heart, watching everyone all the time is simply going too far,” he wrote.”It creates a chilling effect on free speech and stops the web from being used as a space to explore important topics, such as sensitive health issues, sexuality or religion.” Fake news, which is surprising, shocking, or designed to appeal to our biases, can spread like wildfireSir Tim Berners-Lee
She added: “Once the team have confirmed it is a basking shark, and finished all analysis, they will contact Exeter University and Plymouth University to see if any samples are needed.”They are an extremely interesting species to study.”Because basking sharks only eat plankton, they can help to show the overall marine health.”This part of the world is a hotspot for basking sharks, but when they die, their carcasses sink, so they don’t often wash up. This means that this is a very rare opportunity for us.” A number of the gentle giants have already been spotted around Cornwall this year, and Ms Clear said that April and May are the best months to spot the amazing creatures.She added: “We are just at the beginning of the season at the moment. A few have already been spotted off Cornwall, we have had sightings from the Lizard and Mounts Bay.”The best time to see basking sharks is between April and May, after that they move north. We do sometimes get to see a few at the end of September as well.”The last couple of years have been quite poor for basking shark sightings, so hopefully the sightings so far are a good sign.”It all depends on where the food is as to when and where you will be able to see them.”The amazing photograph below shows one basking shark swim close in to the shore to stun visitors at Porthcurno Beach.It is hoped that more sightings will be reported to help Cornwall Wildlife Trust research the amazing animals that call Cornwall home. A monster 25ft shark has washed up on rocks on the Cornish coast.The massive shark, which was spotted floating upside-down at Chapel Point, Mevagissey, is believed to be a basking shark.Marine experts say that although basking sharks are a common sight in our waters, to see a dead one is a “rare opportunity”.The animal was first spotted by photographer Matthew Facey using a drone to take pictures of the stunning coastline around the area on Sunday, which was shared to Cornwall Live. Volunteers from the Marine Strandings Network at Cornwall Wildlife Trust have been sent to the scene to assess the giant animal, confirm what species it is and find out more.Niki Clear from the Marine Strandings Network said: “The shark was reported to us early last night.”We didn’t want to send anyone down there at night, so we decided to hold off until today and cross our fingers that it was still there.”Once our team of volunteers get to the shark, they will try to take measurements of its length and fins etc. and make sure to take plenty of photographs of it. Sadly this one is quite decomposed already. But all the information helps us analyse it and learn more about basking sharks.”The video below shows the huge animal sadly washed up by the rocks at Chapel Point.Ms Clear said that if the team confirm the dead shark is a basking shark it will be a “rare opportunity” for study, as the creatures don’t often wash up. 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. Ms Clear said: “If anyone comes across a dead animal in the sea, they can contact the Marine Strandings Network on 0345 201 2626.”People can also call the same number if they witness any sea animals being caused distress such as being harassed by people or boats – sadly this is a problem in Cornwall.”If there are any animals that look like they are stuck or trapped or in need of help, people can contact the British Divers Marine Life Rescue on 01825 765546.”Lastly, any sightings at all can be reported on our website www.orks.org.uk all sightings are really important as they help with our research.”The forms are really quick and easy to fill out, so if people could take the time to report any sea life they spot this year, that would be greatly appreciated.” The deceased shark is seen lying belly-up in the waterCredit:Cornwall Live
In an interview with the Telegraph, Simon Bailey, the National Police Chief Councils’ (NPCC) lead on child protection said: “There are thousands of cases that are only being facilitated through the services these firms provide. We are overwhelmed with referrals that are preventable.“It can’t be the responsibility of the police service to police the services that these companies provide. That has to be their responsibility. I don’t know why they are not taking it more seriously.” Four year-olds are to be taught about the risks of online abuse as part of a four-point blueprint by police chiefs to counter the “explosion” in child sex crimes on the internet.The National Crime Agency (NCA) will this autumn launch its first teaching packages for four to seven year olds warning them not to share pictures, reveal personal details or go online without telling an adult.The nationwide programme, run by 7,000 teachers and care professionals, comes amid a surge in tech ownership among nursery age pupils and growing anger from police chiefs at the failure of social media and tech firms to prevent thousands of child abuse cases.The youngest victim of the new crime of sexual communication with a child was just five years old, one of 3,000 such offences in the first year since its introduction, according to freedom of information requests by the NSPCC. “If nothing happens and the situation doesn’t improve then I am not sure we have a choice but to introduce legislation. It is not easy because the vast majority of firms are based in the US.”Describing his worst experience as the case of a baby being raped before its first birthday, he warned new threats are emerging from live-streaming and paedophiles commissioning for as little as £12 filmed sex acts on children abroad, with the men designating age, ethnicity and clothing to order.No social class was immune and some of the most appalling cases involved children from parents in professions. “One of the biggest new threats are the use of live streaming apps like Periscope by children coming home from school, just turning it on and it being a magnet for paedophiles.”The tech firms say they take child exploitation very seriously and have invested heavily in technology to proactively search for videos and posts that contravene their policies or the laws of the countries in which they operate. 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. As part of the blueprint, he wants the tech giants from Google to Facebook to put 5 per cent to 10 per cent of their R&D budgets into measures to prevent online abuse, a “fighting fund” worth $6.5bn a year just from the biggest five.And if they did not take action, they should be forced to do so by law.He said they had the technology to prevent the uploading and sharing of indecent images of children and to stop groomers targeting children online.Only sites or apps that demonstrated they could identify and stop groomers should have kitemarks so parents were aware, he said.“The biggest point of that type of investment is that it would be a demonstration of how seriously they are taking it,” said Simon Bailey, Norfolk’s chief constable.“Ultimately that would prevent a huge amount of this crime and probably the majority of it.” He said education was “massively important.”“We as a society have got to build resilience in young people so they understand when they are being groomed, the risks of sharing a naked image of themselves, the risks of county lines [gangs] threats,” he said.“We have got to educate young people so they are able make informed choices and spot and recognise the signs of abuse and exploitation. It’s got to be taking place within the primary school environment reinforced throughout secondary education. Norfolk Police Chief Constable Simon BaileyCredit:Norfolk Police/PA More than a third (36 per cent) of the indecent images online were now generated by children themselves amid a surge in children sharing sexual images with each other.“Children are sharing images of their groins, breasts, up their skirts but never ever think it could end up on the screen of a paedophile. If they are going to do it, they need to know the risks they are taking,” he said.Describing online child abuse as “one of the greatest threats” to society, he said the tech firms were “almost entirely responsible” for the explosion in indecent images from 10,000 20 years ago to 10m today on police databases.Yet, all he had had from them in meetings was “platitudes.”He said the blueprint, endorsed by the NCA and NPCC, should therefore be forced on the tech giants through legislation if they failed to act, echoing the threat by home secretary Sajid Javid last week. “It’s got to be delivered by people who are not going on to teach maths or geography in the next lesson. It has to be done by people with credibility that children will listen to.”Mr Bailey said technology had changed the threat with the proportion of cases where children were groomed by an adult outside the family doubling from 20 per cent to 40 per cent in just four years.
Chief coroner Mark Lucraft requested that the photos of the victims from last year’s terror attack were taken down from the internetCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA “I have consistently told people that after being hit by the car I got up and walked off. Paramedics put it down to adrenaline. I had a broken leg and I just hobbled off.” Commenting on the pictures that were taken as people lay dying in the street, coroner Lucraft said: “Sadly, some people, for whatever reason, have put some of that material on the internet. Some of that material is very distressing to the families and I would urge that it is removed.”Gareth Patterson QC, representing families of the victims on the bridge, said graphic pictures of mother-of-two Mrs Frade had caused “real distress to the family”, adding: “Despite efforts to have them taken down because of the distress caused, to this day there are images on the internet.” A coroner has condemned passers by who took pictures of the Westminster Bridge attack victims rather than helping them, as one victim has spoken out against social media trolls who accused him of being a “fake” actor.Chief coroner Mark Lucraft QC called for the “very distressing” pictures of the injured to be taken off the internet, which particularly affected the family of Aysha Frade, the inquest heard.Mother of two Mrs Frade was “killed instantaneously” after being struck from behind by Khalid Masood’s hired SUV vehicle on 22 March last year. She was one of four pedestrians killed in the attack.Coroner Lucraft’s comments come as a 20-year-old student injured in the incident revealed he was attacked by social media trolls and accused of being a “paid actor.” 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. Travis Frain, from Lancashire, suffered a broken leg after he was hit by Masood’s vehicle but he was able to get up a walk due to adrenaline.Mr Frain said: “I received a couple of death threats saying they were going to hang me and they know where I live. Some said the attack was fake and we were all paid actors.”Another was sent to my place of work, saying, ‘this man has faked being in a terror attack. I’m going to release the evidence soon. If you do not fire him it will affect your business relations. It would look bad’. Aysha Frade’s husband, John, speaking outside the Old Bailey, where the inquest heard that images of his wife posted online after she had died brought “real distress to the family”Credit: Nick Ansell/PA
Julian Assange’s mother has accused Theresa May of using her son’s “thuggish” arrest to divert attention from “her Brexit dog’s breakfast”.Christine Assange launched her attack on the Prime Minister after Mrs May welcomed the WikiLeaks founder’s arrest after almost seven years of self-confinement inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London.Mrs Assange, who pledged to “fight like hell” to clear her son’s name, tweeted: “Theresa May trying to divert attention away from her Brexit dog’s breakfast by cheering on the thuggish, brutal, unlawful arrest of my courageous, tortured multi-award winning journalist son Julian!”Speaking in the Commons yesterday, Mrs May declared Assange’s arrest showed “no one is above the law” in Britain.Mrs Assange’s tweet was one of many she has posted in the wake of her son’s forcible removal from the Ecuadorian embassy. 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. Theresa May said Assange’s arrest showed “no-one is above the law” in the CommonsCredit:Jessica Taylor/AFP Addressing Ecuador’s president, Lenin Moreno, she tweeted: “Shame on you @Lenin #Moreno! May the Ecuadorean people seek vengeance upon you, you dirty, deceitful, rotten traitor!”May the face of my suffering son haunt your sleepless nights.. And may your soul writhe forever in torturous Purgatory as you have tortured my beloved son!””Assange was taken to Westminster Magistrates’ Court after his removal from the embassy on Thursday.
Amina Hawa, seven, from Ashburnham Community School in Chelsea, said the duchess asked her what they grew in the school allotment. “I said we’ve grown sunflowers, onions, pumpkins, garlic and potatoes.”She said it was the first time she had eaten a toasted marshmallow, proclaiming them “delicious”.The duchess was keen to encourage the children to smell things such as the pine needles, to a mixed response. As she offered a handful of moss for one boy to smell, she asked him: “Does that smell nice?” No, he said, it didn’t. The Royal Family have recently expanded their own use of Instagram, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex regularly sharing surprise announcements and behind-the-scenes photo reels for their 8.1m fans. Her words echo those of her husband and brother-in-law Prince Harry, who has regularly spoken about the downside of social media and the all-encompassing effect it has on children’s lives. Today, the Duchess of Cambridge spoke with mother Alison Shockledge during a tour of the Back to Nature Garden, designed in collaboration with landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White.Ms Shockledge said: “She’s a mum. She was talking about it from a mum’s perspective: put your devices down, let’s go out.”Be relaxed with your children, let them get muddy.” Kate urged children to smell flowers, and enjoy the scent of the open campfire. She said: “Have a smell, they smell amazing.”The mother-of-three finished her time in the garden by writing a note with one of her memories of enjoying the natural world. Her note read: “Boulder hopping in the Lake District.” The Duchess of Cambridge helps a child’s boat make its way downstreamCredit:PA The Duchess of Cambridge has urged families to escape the on-screen visuals of Instagram to make time to “sit and feel” the natural world. The Duchess, who showed a group of schoolchildren around her Chelsea Flower Show “Back to Nature” garden, said she considered it ” really important the kids start to understand nature, and care for it, so they can protect it as well”. Last night, she had brought her own three children along to the garden to show them the moss, pine cones and sticks they had collected from the Norfolk countryside to help her, letting them play on a rope swing and paddle in the stream. As she visited the garden today to put in the finishing touches before the Queen arrives this afternoon, she encouraged local London schoolchildren to do the same: toasting marshmallows, making boats out of reeds, and climbing a ladder to show them the view from a treehouse. Speaking to teachers, the Duchess was heard to say: “It’s really important the kids start to understand nature, and care for it, so they can protect it as well.”With Instagram everything is so visual. It’s nice to sit and feel.” As she met the children today, he said, “you could tell that she was really enjoying the interaction with the kids, seeing the passion and the enthusiasm.” The Duchess of Cambridge climbs the ladder into the treehouse during a visit to her garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower ShowCredit:PA Kate speaks with parents and teachers at the gardenCredit:Reuters The garden is designed to encourage families to get “back to nature”, and is intended in part to underline the Duchess’s message about the benefits of outdoor play in early years’ development. As she toured the garden, the duchess was helped by George Hassall, 13, from Manchester, an RHS young ambassador who worked on the garden with her last week.He said: “I was doing some planting, some periwinkle and some ferns. She was really nice, really down to earth. She really got into it – she did not point, she got her hands dirty. She got stuck in.” One little girl, Maya Bell-Springer, six, from Christ Church primary school in Battersea, who was sitting in a mini-den made of hazel sticks, had a rapturous expression on her face as she said: “It is lovely and relaxing.”She said afterwards: “She helped me cook my marshmallows. It was awesome.” Prince George and Princess Charlotte dip their toes in the stream on a special visit on SundayCredit:Matt Porteous Prince Louis examines a stone in the garden with the help of his motherCredit:Matt Porteous Thank you everyone that joined The Duchess of Cambridge in her #RHSChelsea Back to Nature Garden this morning! pic.twitter.com/02l240rY1s— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 20, 2019 He said his reed boat had not fared well. “Mine was called the Titanic, for obvious reasons. It did not make it to the end.” Rebecca Beale, who also spoke with the Duchess, said: “Children are often sat still looking at screens. She said it was important to be multi-sensory.”Speaking of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis and their reaction to the garden, their mother disclosed: “The children played last night in a way I hadn’t imagined. “They were throwing stones. I hadn’t actually thought that that was what they would be doing. They kicked their shoes off, and wanted to paddle in the stream… using it in a way that I hadn’t anticipated.”
Experts said rural and coastal areas were being hit particularly hard by a national shortage of family doctors, forcing elderly and vulnerable patients to travel ever further for care. The figures reveal 1,946 villages which are at least three miles from the nearest GP practice – 162 more than was the case just two years ago. Hundreds of villages have lost their GP surgery amid a deepening crisis across the country, an investigation reveals. They include 206 areas where patients are forced to travel at least five miles – a 12 per cent increase on 2017 – with distances of up to 14 miles in some parts of the countryside. GPs said a shortage of more than 5,000 family doctors, with a sharp rise in…
The Feasibility Study and Design for the new Demerara River Bridge has successfully been completed and a copy was, on Wednesday afternoon, presented to Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Annette Ferguson. The 57-page final report was presented by the project team, which includes Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation General Manager and Project Manager, Mr. Rawlston Adams; Chief Transport and Planning Officer, Mr. Patrick Thompson; and Team Leader of the consulting company, LievenseCSO, Mr. Arie Mol.During the document’s handing over, a rundown on its main conclusions were highlighted. From the feasibility study it was determined that the proposed location of Houston-Versailles was the most ideal. It was further noted that the bridge should be a low-level one with a movable part and three-lanes. This structure, it said, provided the most socio-economic benefits for Guyana and led to the lowest urban environmental impact. Furthermore, it was recommended that the promotion of alternative transportation routes should be encouraged to lend to the longevity of the new bridge.According to the Department of Public Information, the completion of the feasibility study leads the way for the next stage, the pre-qualification of contractors for the construction of the bridge. This process has already begun and will conclude on October 17.Minister Annette Ferguson (third, right) receives the completed Feasibility Study and Design for the new Demerara River Bridge from Mr. Ariel Mol of Lievense CSO (second, right). With them are members of the project team: DHBC General Manager and Project Manager, Mr. Rawlston Adams (third, left); Chief Transport and Planning Officer at MPI, Mr. Patrick Thompson (second, left); Senior Engineer (Transport and Planning), Mr. Ronald Roberts (left); and Transport Planning Officer (Economist) Ms. Ramona Duncan (right)Meanwhile, both Mr. Adams of DHBC and Mr. Thompson of MPI noted the preparations that were undertaken during the feasibility stage to ensure the successful completion of key components.Minister Annette Ferguson and Mr. Ariel Mol of LievenseCSO following the handing over of the completed Feasibility Study and Design for the new Demerara River BridgeThompson noted that during the preparation of the feasibility study, all possible stakeholders, including those from the private and public sectors and neighbourhood and regional democratic councils, were consulted. In fact, Adams said the project team met with the Lands and Surveys Department on Wednesday for advice on surveying and the acquisition of land. The team also met with the Environmental Protection Agency on proceeding with the necessary environmental study.“All in all, we’re confident that once we work together and everyone puts their shoulder to the wheel, we can get this project moving along smoothly,” Mr. Adams said.Mr. Thompson added that challenges, such as land acquisition, will have to be faced but he stressed that the team is up to the challenge.Upon receipt of the report, Minister Ferguson thanked the team for its dedication to the project and extended special thanks to Mr. Mol for satisfactorily delivering the report.In response, Mr. Mol expressed his honour and gratitude for the support received from the Guyanese team and emphasised that his counterparts had enabled the entire team to work as one effective unit. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFeasibility Study and Design contract signed for new Demerara River crossingDecember 9, 2016In “Local News”Feasibility study for new Demerara River crossing completedMarch 15, 2017In “latest news”New Demerara River crossing feasibility study, design presented to Cabinet – HarmonMay 4, 2017In “latest news”