Braves Fans Trash Field After Key Call Loss Under

Atlanta Braves fans trashed the field Friday night over a disputed infield fly call, leading to a 19-minute delay in action. They eventually lost, 6-3, but the controversy over this one will not end for some time.Trailing 6-3 in the eighth, the Braves notified the officials they were completing the game under protest.The Braves appeared to catch a break when a fly ball to short left field dropped between St. Louis shortstop Pete Kozma and left fielder Matt Holliday after a mix-up over who had it.But just before the ball dropped, left field umpire Sam Holbrook signaled an automatic out because of the infield fly rule, designed to prevent a team from intentionally dropping a popup in order to get extra outs with more than one runner on base.Instead of Atlanta having the bases loaded with one out, Andrelton Simmons was called out. The fans immediately started hurling cups, bottles and trash, covering the field and causing the lengthy delay.When play resumed, the Braves did not score again and left the field disappointed and disgusted that their season was over.And while the call might have been costly, more costly were the three errors the Braves committed.The Cardinals advanced to a Division Series against Washington that starts Sunday in large part because of careless defense.The Braves had three errors, none more costly than a wild throw by Chipper Jones, who was playing in what would turn out to be his last game. The run helped facilitate a the three-run fourth inning that was huge in the NL’s first wild-card playoff game. read more

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VeteransForKaepernick Silences Critics Who Claim Kaepernicks Protest is Disrespects

Veterans express their support for 49ers player Colin Kaepernick with #VeteransForKaepernick (Twitter)After Colin Kaepernick announced he won’t rise for the national anthem during the upcoming football season, many bashed him. The criticism of the San Francisco 49ers quarterback stems from his supposed lack of patriotism. But one group is standing in solidarity.The hashtag #VeteransForKaepernick emerged on Twitter Aug. 30, and many soldiers voiced their experience as Black men and women in the military and at home.Blorenzo pointed out his grandfather served in Vietnam twice but was unable to rent a home in America because of his race.#VeteransForKaepernick Although my grandfather served two tours in Vietnam, he couldn’t even rent a home near his base b/c he was black.— Blorenzo (@blorenzo) August 30, 2016User blasianbri’s grandfather had a similar experience while attempting to book a hotel room in his uniform.My grandfather, a black man, was denied a hotel room WHILE IN HIS SERVICE DRESS. #VeteransForKaepernick— blasianbri (@blasianbri_) August 30, 2016And Ms. Bordeaux’s veteran fiancé continues to get placed in handcuffs during traffic stops.My fiance served not 1 BUT 2 tours in Iraq and STILL gets pulled out of his car, handcuffed and sat on the curb by #VeteransforKaepernick— Ms.Bordeaux (@InezBordeaux) August 30, 2016@Troncat_Montana called out others who try to explain military members’ feelings without being a part of it.People who haven’t served trying to tell us how we feel ? #VeteransForKaepernick pic.twitter.com/LQo8EgfkgQ— LeBron Flocka James (@Troncat_Montana) August 31, 2016Nicole shared that her quarter-century-long military service was to protect the First Amendment rights of all Americans.@Kaepernick7 I served 25yrs in the AF to protect everyone’s 1st Amend rights. I support you #VeteransForKaepernick pic.twitter.com/Q7r7PfvryA— Nicole (@dcmbrdiva) August 31, 2016@JoeOnDemand shared his reason for serving: Kaepernick’s right to protest and not police brutality.I serve for his right to protest.. I don’t serve for Police Brutality.. #VeteransForKaepernick pic.twitter.com/Q6GUNTwHDO— Airbnb Papi (@JoeOnDemand) August 31, 2016Phillip Richardson held freedom in a higher regard than America’s anthem.I’m riding with 7…I fought for freedom not a song #VeteransForKaepernick pic.twitter.com/LZYUoHCbOT— Phillip Richardson (@prich8604) August 31, 2016And @LiberationBrown did not separate her Blackness from her status as a soldier.Because I’m a black woman in and out of uniform #VeteransForKaepernick pic.twitter.com/sBIhPQvmiB— Liberation Brown (@LiberationBrown) August 31, 2016Other Twitter users largely supported the hashtag.Benjamin Dixon tweeted naysayers’ realization about #VeteransForKaepernick.When they realize they cant say anything about #VeteransForKaepernick w/o “disrespecting” the flag or the country pic.twitter.com/2Z9Ty4WGOE— Benjamin Dixon (@TheBpDShow) August 31, 2016And Awesomely Luvvie shared a sappy reaction to the veterans’ support.This #VeteransForKaepernick hashtag got me like pic.twitter.com/E6K9OanVUq— Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) August 31, 2016But some reactions were less than favorable.Heinrich accused supporters of being new military members who “don’t understand why what Colin did is bad.”#VeteransForKaepernick is everything I expected: a bunch of kids with a day in the military that don’t understand why what Colin did is bad.— Heinrich (@BEASTMASTERTOAD) August 31, 2016And Jarami Feith deemed it “stupid” and compared it to the #POWsForTrump hashtag.#VeteransForKaepernick is a lot like #POWsForTrumpReally, really stupid.— Jarami Feith (@JarBomb) August 31, 2016Some accused Kaepernick of being anti-military for his stance. However, he made it clear he has “great respect” for the individuals who served. The athlete also shared he has family and friends who fought for the nation.He took issue with the way police treat veterans on American soil.“I’ve seen circumstances where men and women that have been in the military have come back and been treated unjustly by the country they have fought for,” he told press Aug. 28. “And have been murdered by the country they fought for, on our land. That’s not right.” read more

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The Patriots Steal Back The Top Ranking

1983WASMIAWASWAS: 20 | MIA: 0 DEN56DAL55DEN-14.2– Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com The Week 2 winner is …Congratulations to Tristan Smith from Nova Scotia, Canada, who scored 282.2 points in Week 2. Tristan, a financial analyst by trade, correctly picked 15 of 16 winners, including picking the Cardinals, Raiders, Seahawks and Patriots at 100 percent confidence.Remember: You can start playing the prediction game this week, even if you didn’t get your picks in Weeks 1-2.Check out our latest NFL predictions. IND53%ARI67%ARI+14.1– 1981OAKDALOAKDAL: 11 | OAK: 0 1974MIAMINMIAMIA: 3 | MIN: 1 OAK74OAK88OAK+4.1– 1992WASSFWASSF: 14 | WAS: 1✓ Who wants to be No. 1?Seasons during which the team ranked No. 1 by Elo rating in the preseason was passed in Week 1 and then retook the top slot after Week 2, 1970-2017 OUR PICKWIN PROB.READERS’ PICKWIN PROB.ACTUAL WINNERREADERS’ NET POINTS CIN63CIN59HOU+1.1– LAR55LAR54WSH-1.6– MIA52LAC55MIA-9.5– 1993DALSFDALDAL: 17 | SF: 2✓ ATL63ATL50ATL-15.1– BAL82BAL82BAL-2.9– How did readers do against FiveThirtyEight’s picks?Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo across Week 2 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL betting game 2017NEKCNE— SEA84SEA89SEA+0.1– 1970KCMINKCMIN: 20 | KC: 0 NO. 1 AFTER … SEASONPREWEEK 1WEEK 2REMAINING WEEKS AT NO. 1MET IN PLAYOFFS? KC73KC71KC-3.6– So much for settling in at the top. A week ago in this space, I noted that the Kansas City Chiefs had vaulted to No. 1 in our NFL Elo ratings, leapfrogging the previously top-rated New England Patriots with a win over the Pats in Week 1. Well, K.C.’s reign in first place turned out to be brief: The Pats retook the top slot in Week 2, bumping the Chiefs down to second.I know what you’re thinking: Kansas City won on Sunday, so what gives? You can dig deep into Elo’s methodology here, but the basic premise is that it assigns each team a power rating that can be used to predict the outcome of any game. Once that game is in the books, Elo takes rating points away from the loser and gives them to the winner, in proportion with how unlikely the victory was (upsets shift the ratings more than routine wins) and the winner’s edge on the scoreboard (big wins are worth more, although there are diminishing returns to running up the score).In the case of the Chiefs and Patriots, K.C. was a heavier favorite to win Sunday — 73 percent at home versus Philadelphia, as opposed to New England’s 64 percent chance on the road against New Orleans — but ended up winning by fewer points — only 7, as opposed to the Pats’ 16-point margin. So even though the win boosted Kansas City’s Elo rating by 10 points, New England gained 19, enough to erase the Chiefs’ slight Elo edge going into the weekend. (The margin between the teams is still extremely small.)Early in an NFL season, it’s rare to see two teams pass the Elo baton of No. 1 back and forth like this. Before 2017, the last time a preseason No. 1 was overtaken in Week 1 and then reclaimed the top slot in Week 2 was in 1993, when the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers fought over the top ranking. It was a harbinger of things to come that season: The Cowboys and Niners faced off in the NFC championship game, and Dallas went on to win its second-straight Super Bowl. CAR66CAR71CAR+0.7– JAX59TEN52TEN+9.0– PIT71PIT65PIT-7.5– TB76TB73TB-4.1– NYG57NYG50DET+4.2– There was a similar situation in the previous season: Washington, the reigning Super Bowl champions, and San Francisco scrambled for No. 1 in the season’s first month. Washington would stumble that year to a 9-7 record but would eventually meet the Niners in the divisional round and lose.But that kind of duel doesn’t usually last much beyond September. In all but one such case since 1970, one of the two teams quickly seized the baton and ran away with it, dominating the top ranking for most of the rest of the season. The exception was in 1974, when John Madden’s Oakland Raiders and Chuck Noll’s Pittsburgh Steelers swooped in and stole No. 1 from both Miami and Minnesota. Either Oakland or Pittsburgh ended up holding the top slot for all but one of the season’s final 17 weeks. (“The Steel Curtain” would defeat the Raiders in the AFC championship game, win its first Super Bowl and dominate the rest of the decade.)Given its dynastic pedigree and Tom Brady’s rebound performance against New Orleans, New England might seem the likely candidate to tighten its grip on No. 1 and hang onto it the rest of the way. But take heart, K.C. fans: Even though the Chiefs are No. 2 in the ratings, Elo gives the Chiefs a better chance than the Patriots of making the playoffs (83 percent to 76 percent) and winning the Super Bowl (14 percent to 12 percent).FiveThirtyEight vs. The CrowdIn Week 2 of our NFL prediction game — in which we invite you to pick football games and try to outsmart our Elo algorithm — FiveThirtyEight’s readers fared slightly better than the computer model, scoring some big wins. One instance in which our readers trounced the model was the Tennessee-Jacksonville game, where the average player picked the Titans to win on the road with 52 percent confidence. The model, which failed to factor in the Jaguars’ inherent Jaguar-ness, had the home team winning at 59 percent. The Jags lost, and it wasn’t close.Readers were also more likely to fade the sad excuse for a football team known as the New York Jets. The Elo model gave the Oakland Raiders a 74 percent chance of winning at home, while readers had 88 percent confidence in Oakland — rightly knowing that the Jets (who systematically shed most of their talent this offseason) stood little chance in the Raiders’ home opener.Elo had its wins, too. The model was more confident than readers were that the reigning NFC champion Atlanta Falcons would win at home against the Green Bay Packers; it gave the Falcons a 63 percent chance of winning, while the average reader saw the game as a coin flip (50 percent). Likewise, Elo predicted the Denver Broncos to stand their ground against the Dallas Cowboys despite their being a home underdog according to the Vegas betting line — while the average player (wrongly) backed Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and company.Here are all the games from the second week of the season, in order of how many more points FiveThirtyEight readers earned, on average, than the model (or vice versa): NE64NE75NE+3.9– read more

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Ohio State womens ice hockey takes improved defense to St Cloud State

Then-freshman goaltender Kassidy Sauve (32) defends the net during a game against Mercyhurst on Nov. 11 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost 3-0. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State women’s ice hockey team (5-7-0) recorded its first series split of season last weekend against the University of North Dakota. Now, the Buckeyes are preparing to head back on the road to St. Cloud, Minnesota, for a two-game series against St. Cloud State.Despite dropping three of its last four contests, the team believes it is playing with greater confidence than earlier in the season.“We’re definitely starting to find our identity a little more. We’ve been putting in a lot of work,” senior forward Kendall Curtis said. “We’re figuring out who we are as a team, and we know we can grind and come back from any deficit.”Against St. Cloud State (4-7-1), losers of two straight, the Buckeyes have a chance to put some distance between themselves and the teams behind them in the conference. The Huskies enter this weekend one point behind OSU for fifth place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings.Internal improvementThe team’s mantra all season has been to focus on getting better each week independent of whom it plays. However, the Buckeyes recognize that this week is different, as they’re facing the team currently nipping at their heels.“We haven’t really talked much about St. Cloud, but we know that they have a similar record to us so this is an important weekend to get some points,” freshman forward Maddy Field said.For Field, who is tied for second on the team in goals scored, her contribution to the team improving has been to help shore up the team’s defense, which has allowed only eight goals in the last six games since allowing 18 goals in two games to Minnesota.“The coaches have definitely told me to be focusing on my defensive side and that the goals will come after,” Field said.OSU coach Jenny Potter, who will return to her home state of Minnesota for the first time as a Buckeye this weekend, said she is pleased with her squad’s development at this point of the season before an important series.“Our team has, in my opinion, improved every week,” Potter said. “Just getting better and better and learning every week from each other and the opponents we play.”Becoming a threatCurtis said she believes that the team’s overall improved play is attributed to a better grasp on its team concept.“Our systems are really coming more for us now, we’re not really focusing on it as much in practice,” Curtis said. “We’re focusing on coming together, taking that next step, not just systems, becoming a team that’s always a threat.”OSU’s renewed sense of confidence is aided by the time it spends working on its game, not the opponent’s.“I’m not too worried about other teams,” Potter said. “Obviously we’ve got to know their strengths and weaknesses, but more importantly you’ve got to know your strengths and play your game.”Their game looks to be continued stalwart defense and stiff competition as the Buckeyes continue to adjust under Potter in her first year as OSU’s coach.“It’s not good enough to be able to outwork teams anymore. We did a lot of that early this season,” Curtis said. “We were outworking teams, but the outcome wasn’t there and now we’re getting to the point where that’s not quite good enough.”Potter’s holistic approach to coaching will continue to guide the team as it continues to look to make noise against its remaining conference opponents.“We’re fortunate that we play in the best league in the country and never get to take an off-weekend,” Potter said.The Buckeyes are set to drop the puck against the Huskies at 4:07 p.m. on Friday and 2:37 p.m. on Saturday. read more

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No 4 seed mens tennis earns 11th consecutive NCAA berth

The Ohio State men’s tennis team was selected as the No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday evening. The Buckeyes (30-2) will take on Ball State (15-14) at home in the tournament’s first round. “It’s an honor to be seeded at all,” senior co-captain Matt Allare said about the selection. Fellow senior co-captain Balazs Novak said the team was “kind of expecting to be seeded third.” The selection gives OSU its 11th straight appearance in the championship. Of the 64 teams that make up the 2011 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship Tournament, OSU was one of 31 teams that automatically qualified into the tournament because it won its conference championship. The team’s first match of the tournament is scheduled for 1 p.m. May 13 at the Stickney Tennis Center, or the OSU Varsity Tennis Center in the event of inclement weather. If the Buckeyes win, they will move onto the second round against the winner of the Notre Dame and East Tennessee State match, also to be hosted by OSU, at 1 p.m. on May 14. “We need to focus on the first two rounds,” Novak said. “Since we’re not one or two the pressure isn’t as great; we’re like the black sheep.” The No. 4 seed isn’t as much of a pressure-adder as it is a challenger, said senior co-captain Shuhei Uzawa. The Buckeyes have made it to the quarterfinals of the tournament in each of the past five years. This year’s team hopes to make it even further. “We’re just hoping to make it past (the quarterfinals),” Allare said. “We just want to get out of Columbus.” He added, however, that there are a lot of good teams in the tournament. “Virginia hasn’t been beaten at all, and USC are the back-to-back champions,” he said. Virginia is the No. 1 overall seed, followed by Southern California and Tennessee. “We just need to give everything we’ve got,” Uzawa said. Although the team may be facing what it said is tough competition, Novak summed up the team’s goal two words: “Win it.” The last 16 teams left in the competition will head to Stanford, Calif., to compete in the last rounds of the tournament May 19–24 at the Taube Tennis Center. If the Buckeyes win the championship, they will be the first men’s tennis team in the history of the school to bring home an NCAA championship. read more

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Ohio States newlook offensive line preparing for talented Virginia Tech

Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) waits for the snap during a game against the Midshipmen Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. OSU won, 34-17. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorGrowing pains often can be expected when a team loses four players at one position group to the NFL, but the Ohio State offensive line might need to grow up fast with Virginia Tech set to visit Ohio Stadium this weekend.OSU coach Urban Meyer was tasked with rebuilding a line that saw Jack Mewhort, Andrew Norwell, Corey Linsley and Marcus Hall all depart for professional football. With just one returning starter — junior Taylor Decker — Meyer said his offensive line is “concern No. 1” heading into Saturday’s clash with the Hokies.“This will be one of the top two — one or two — defensive lines we’ll face every year,” Meyer said Monday. “Our offensive line did not play like an Ohio State offensive line (against Navy on Saturday).”Preparing for that top defensive line could come down to simple preparation, Decker said.“You can always prepare better,” Decker said Monday. “You can always do more, always watch more film, so I just think taking the preparation more seriously and just focusing on that for guys who maybe have never done that before.”While he was not named a captain this season like Mewhort and Linsley were in 2013, Decker has still become the leader on the new-look Buckeye offensive line. He’s not the oldest starter along the line — that title goes to redshirt-senior Darryl Baldwin — but he by far has the most playing experience as a Buckeye.Decker said the new season is nothing like the last, but he has slid into the new leadership role without hesitation.“I definitely was the little brother last year. There definitely was no chance that I was calling the shots,” he said. “The first game (this season, against Navy), it was a little bit different for me. It was a new experience for me.”Going forward, Decker will be leading an OSU offensive line that has already seen multiple linemen rotated just one game into the season.OSU co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner said after the Buckeyes’ 34-17 win against the Midshipmen that the line rotated for certain portions of the game amidst early struggles.“We were kind of struggling a little bit in the first half so making a lot of changes wasn’t prudent at the time,” he said. “(Senior offensive lineman Joel Hale) came in, though, and played the second quarter, did a nice job and then (we) went back to the starting lineup in the second half and I thought they did a great job.”While Hale spent portions of the game alongside the left tackle Decker on the line, the starting lineup featured redshirt-freshman Billy Price at right guard while redshirt-sophomore Pat Elflein slid over to left guard. Junior Jacoby Boren got the nod at center with Baldwin at right tackle.OSU released its newest depth chart on Tuesday with Price and Boren listed as the lone starters at their respective positions.Meyer said the first half against Navy — rotation and all — was a red flag for the offensive line, and the second half only did a small part in quelling those concerns.“The second half we played pretty good,” Meyer said. “But pretty good is not what we expect.”Playing below expectations might not be opportune, especially when a team like Virginia Tech is next on the schedule.“First and foremost, they (Virginia Tech’s defensive line) are really talented. They’ve got some good players,” Decker said. “And when they go, they’re really good, so you’ve got to be on your game and you’ve got to be prepared for that.”Decker said he is one of many who believe the OSU defensive line is one of the best — if not the best — in the nation. He also compared the Virginia Tech defensive line to the Buckeyes in favorable fashion.He said the Hokies’ line features players similar to the Buckeyes’ — junior players Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington and senior Michael Bennett especially — which could give the OSU offensive line an edge after practicing against such players throughout the offseason, but that won’t guarantee success on the field this weekend.“Going against that in a game situation is going to be different, and playing against those guys for a whole game is going to be different,” Decker said. “So you’re going to have to be prepared, and if you make a mistake I’m sure they can expose you.”OSU’s game against Virginia Tech is scheduled for Saturday at 8 p.m. read more

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Ohio State examining potential plans for new hockey arena

Map of north campus athletics district | Credit: Courtesy of OSU Board of TrusteesOhio State hockey could be in line for a home of its own in the near future.The OSU athletic department is considering adding a hockey arena to the north campus athletic district that would become the home of both men’s and women’s ice hockey. It would feature two sheets of ice: one for games and one for practices. There is currently no estimate for when the project will be completed. The current project spot for the new arena is just north of the soon-to-be-built Covelli Multi-Sport Arena, according to a map shared by the OSU Board of Trustees in their January meeting. It is part of an ongoing effort to build multiple athletic complexes in the place of Buckeye Village.Shaun Richard, associate athletic director and administrator for hockey at OSU, said the progress so far has been requesting a bid to architects in the hope of receiving detailed proposals, including cost estimates. “(The architects will) look at various things throughout the process in terms of what our program might look like in terms of locker room sizes, what we’d be needing in this building, the cost of a two-sheeted facility and just some obstacles that we may have to look at as we go through the process,” Richard said.The proposal is still in the early stages of planning, but the plans for the arena currently have the seating capacity set to 4,000.“That is what we have put in the RFQ (request for quotation) is 4,000, but we’re not married to that number right now, it’s more of just a starting point,” Richard said. “Looking at a smaller sheet, looking at a smaller arena is the direction we want to go to start.”Since the 1998-99 season, the OSU men’s hockey team has played in Value City Arena at the Schottenstein Center, with a seating capacity of 17,500. The women’s hockey team has been playing in the much smaller OSU Ice Rink with a seating capacity of 1,415, since its inaugural season in 1999-2000.Last season, the men’s team averaged 5,335 people per game, filling up 30.5 percent of Value City Arena. The women’s team averaged 430 fans per game, 35.8 percent of the OSU Ice Rink’s available seating.There is no immediate timetable for when the project will be completed, but Richard said the department should receive bids on the project within the next month and have a study back before the end of the year. read more

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How Ohio State plans to slow down Penn State running back Saquon

OSU then-redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard (6) and other members of the Buckeye defense work to take down Penn State then-sophomore running back Saquon Barkley (26) during the first half of the Buckeyes game against Penn State on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes lost 24-21. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorOhio State needs no introduction to Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano called him a “once in [every] 10-year” player. Linebacker Jerome Baker said “the dude’s a monster.” Head coach Urban Meyer said he is as good as any all-purpose running back he has seen in his 30 years of coaching. Two seasons ago, the Buckeyes got a first-hand look at Barkley when the electric then-freshman took 26 carries 194 yards. In last year’s upset of Ohio State, he carried the ball just 12 times for 99 yards. This year, Barkley has positioned himself as a Heisman Trophy frontrunner. He has 117 carries for 757 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on the ground to go along with a team-leading 32 catches for 448 yards and three receiving scores. Barkley has returned one kick for a touchdown this year, the first of his career. He even threw for a touchdown against Indiana.“I just like watching him, honestly,” Baker said with a smile. “I’m very excited to go against him because he can do it all. Pass block, run routes, he can definitely run the ball, jump over you, run through you.”As Meyer noted, there is nothing Barkley doesn’t do well. At 5-foot-11, 230 pounds, the junior has the strength to power through arm tackles and the speed to turn the corner and blow past defenders. Schiano said Barkley’s strength, speed and vision impressed him, but his “incredible ability to change direction on a dime” impresses him most.“And it’s not a little guy that’s changing,” Schiano said. “Sometimes you see little scat backs at 175 pounds that can stop on a dime and change direction. This is a big man doing it. You’re not going to arm tackle this guy. So when he changes direction, he goes from zero to 60.”Barkley will need to use that shiftiness to succeed against a stout Buckeye defense Saturday.Ohio State has not had an issue against the run. It held its last two opponents, Nebraska and Maryland, to 2.8 and 1.2 yards per carry, respectively. Only Army, which runs a triple option, and UNLV, which played half the game against Ohio State’s backups, have rushed for more than 2.9 yards per carry.But the Buckeyes have not and will not face a running back as talented as Barkley, a likely top-10 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.To corrall Barkley, redshirt junior defensive end Sam Hubbard said it will require more than one player to bring down the back.“I think that if we stay fundamentally sound in our gaps and don’t try and make big plays and make him come to us and then once someone gets some hands on him, the rest of the bullets come flying, it’s going to take a group effort,” Hubbard said. Hubbard said defensive line coach Larry Johnson takes personal pride in stopping teams from running the ball down Ohio State’s throat, especially at Ohio Stadium. Redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis said the line must be disciplined to stuff Barkley, but more importantly, it must play at its physical peak.“You have to hit people, that’s the thing,” Lewis said. “You have to eliminate people. You have to find ways to eliminate what they do best and just, you know, you have to run and hit.”The issue teams face when trying to defend Barkley is even when they think they have the formula stopping his runs, he can beat them in the passing game. Meyer said Barkley’s receiving ability separates him from other great running backs. Barkley often motions out and lines up as a receiver. Against Iowa, he caught 12 passes for 94 yards, powering the Nittany Lions to a last-second 21-19 win.In his last 28 games, Barkley has not caught passes in just four games. Though Barkley has finished without a catch in both his games against the Buckeyes, he will likely end the streak when Penn State faces off with the Scarlet and Gray at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. With the Nittany Lions frequently shifting Barkley and tight end Mike Gesicki around to different positions, a multitude of defenders will likely match up with the back. In last week’s game against Michigan, Penn State’s offense managed to have Barkley matched up against a linebacker. Baker wants to make sure he gets his chance.“I take it as a one-on-one competition to see who’s better,” Baker said. “That’s a great player, for sure. I’m excited to go against him, definitely guard him one-on-one. You’ve just really got to see who’s better and go out there and compete.”From rushing to receiving to returning, there is nothing Barkley can’t do. Ohio State knows that. This is its third matchup against him. But he might give the Buckeyes a harsh reintroduction Saturday afternoon. read more

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Scientists find way to predict older peoples falls three weeks before they happen

first_imgThe system has already been trialled on 23 elderly people (stock picture) Credit:ALAMY Falls could be predicted in older people three weeks before they happen using sensors in the home which monitor gait.The ground-breaking system devised by US scientists is designed to alert medics to changes so they can intervene before a potentially lethal stumble.Early tests have shown that it can help people stay in their own homes for years longer.It is made up of several wall-based movement sensors which measure walking speed and length of stride as older people are moving around their homes.  Experts from the University of Missouri, found even small changes can predict if an elderly person is about to suffer a dangerous fall. Risk goes up more than four times if their walking speed slows. For example when walking speed decreases by 5.1cm per second, pensioners have an 86 per cent chance of toppling within three weeks, compared to just a 20 per cent chance with no change.They also found a drop in stride length of 7.6cm predicted a 51 per cent chance of OAPs tripping within three weeks.The scientists developed the technology to help elderly residents live independently for longer.Falls are one of the main causes of broken hips in the UK and can reveal undiagnosed health problems. One in three pensioners has had at least one in the past year at a cost of £2.3 billion a year to the NHS.Elderly patients are three times as likely to die following a ground-level fall compared to their under-70 counterparts. 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.center_img Lead researcher Professor Marjorie Skubic, from the University of Missouri, invented the system after her mother-in-law suffered a bad fall and damaged her shoulder.She recently fitted the system into her parents’ home in South Dakota for her mother’s 93rd birthday in the hope it will allow them to stay their until their death.”You can make a big difference to how someone is going to age,” she said. “There was this assumed curve that there had to be a decline, but what we are showing is there doesn’t have to be a decline, that you can in fact keep people up at a high level until they die.”I pray that my parents die in their sleep, in their own beds, in their home. If they can die in their own home where they’ve been completely independent all this time that is a complete win. That is really squaring the life curve.”Falls in elderly people can often be caused by underlying infections, weakness or clashes with medication, so the system picks up problems early enough so that changes can be made, or rehabilitation given before a potentially fatal tumble happens.The system has already been trialled on 23 elderly people with an average age of 85. It helped them remain independent for twice as long as those living in other settings.Those monitored by the technology stayed in their own home for an average of 4.3 years, compared to 1.8 years for those who did not have it. Elsewhere scientists have begun a project to fit thousands of digital sensors to elderly people in the hope it could help detect the very first signs of Alzheimer’s disease.The high-tech wristbands which have been given 2,200 older people in Boston, in the US, measure everything from sleep, to balance and fall risk, to heart rate. Scientists hope the three-year project will reveal subtle physical changes that develop during the first stages of the disease and provide an alternative test for picking up the illness.Currently it is difficult to diagnose Alzheimer’s and requires a number of tests.Speaking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Boston, lead author Rhoda Au said the devices could make the process more simple.”It’s really labour-intensive to bring people into the lab for conventional dementia tests,”  she said.Although there are currently no treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, it is hoped that within the next decade, drugs to help stave off dementia will be available. And it is likely that they will work better if the disease is caught in its earliest stages.Fellow researcher David Knopman, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, said: “The idea of preclinical Alzheimer’s disease is that, for people who are destined to develop dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease, in the years before they become overtly cognitively impaired, there might be subtle things that change in their daily behaviour that, if we knew what to look for, would disclose who might be at risk.” The system has already been trialled on 23 elderly people (stock picture) last_img read more

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Jeremy Corbyn promises to find £3bn to plug hole in school budgets

first_imgLabour has previously been accused of conjuring a “magic money tree” after pledging to use an increase in corporation tax to fund numerous policies.Graham Brady, a Tory MP and chair of the 1922 committee of backbench MPs, said that this is “yet another unfunded pledge from Jeremy Corbyn which will bring no real comfort to anyone”.He added: “We need strong stable government delivering continued economic growth  if we are to arrive at a genuine fair funding arrangement for schools for the future.”Mr Corbyn, who was educated at Adams’ Grammar School, a selective school in Shropshire, told delegates that he was “very sad” to have grown up during “the era of the 11 plus”, adding that the town was “divided at 11”.“Children grew up together, and then suddenly, I think in Shropshire in those days, 35 or 40 per cent of children went to grammar schools, 60 65 per cent didn’t,” he said.“Suddenly there is a division and those children are separated. So I am not in favour of selection at all.”Mr Corbyn also claimed that giving free school meals to all children will “boost attainment level”, despite questions having already been raised about the evidence used to justify the policy. Jeremy Corbyn addresses a conference for head teachers on Sunday in TelfordCredit:Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner previously told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the “evidence from National Centre for Social Research and the IFS have both been quiet clear that actually providing universal school meals at primary level will raise attainment.”However, one of the co-authors of this report told the same programme that they had found a “slight improvement” on pupils’ attainment, but “we certainly do not know if this impact will replicated nationwide”.Mr Corbyn, who plans to fund his free school meals policy through charging VAT on private school fees, insisted on Sunday: “There are clear educational benefits to providing universal free school meals. It boosts the attainment and level of education of our children.” Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to find £3 billion to plug the shortfall in school funding – but declined to specify how he would raise the cash.Speaking at the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) conference in Shropshire, he told delegates that the Labour party is “brave enough” to “fully reverse” the £3 billion of savings that schools need to make by 2019/20, according to the National Audit Office.Asked by John Gadd, a  head teacher of Thomas A Becket Junior School in West Sussex: “Are you brave enough to fully reverse the £3 billion in cuts?”, Mr Corbyn replied: “I believe we are brave enough to do it because I see education as a complete priority and that is what I want to achieve”. He told delegates: “I’m afraid I can’t give you a sneak preview of the full Labour manifesto today but be assured if it’s a choice between a tax giveaway to the largest corporations paying the lowest rates of tax in the developed world or funding for our schools. Labour will make very different choices from the Conservatives.”center_img The Labour leader went on: “Because it unlocks the potential of children and if you look at it at an economic level further down the line we have a skills shortage across the whole country, we have a lack of investment in skill training for post school”.“And that means we’ve got to look again at the spending we put into schools and if every school is now faced with a funding crisis or the vast majority of them that is not a good way forward.“And I am determined to lead a government that will give the priority it deserves to education, not the blame culture of head teachers and teachers in under funded schools. I am determined to change it.”Mr Corbyn – who was wearing a Keir Hardy Society badge with the slogan “Socialism Peace Equality” – hinted that he would use a rise on corporation tax to fund his education policies, but said that details will be “revealed in our manifesto”. Jeremy Corbyn addresses a conference for head teachers on Sunday in Telford 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

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London fire What you can do to help the Grenfell Tower victims

first_imgVolunteers bring food and water to local residentsCredit:EPA North Kensington. Grenfell Tower blaze in North Kensignton.Pic Shows people writing messages of condolence on the wall of the Latymer Church  Devastating scene at #Grenfell Tower, with fires still burning. Community rallying round with support and donations #grenfellfire pic.twitter.com/yeqZ2mqGrx— Will Henley (@will_henley) June 14, 2017 People only have their pyjamas Need spare clothes, toys, toiletries – all ages: St Clements Church95 Sirdar RdW11 4EQ#GrenfellTower pic.twitter.com/DYRaqMSaF5— Sophia Cannon (@SophiaCannon) June 14, 2017 The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) council say they do not need any more volunteers. But you can still register your interest in volunteering in the future to help those affected by emailing: Grenfellvolunteers@rbkc.gov.uk. 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. Volunteers bring food and water to local residents Accommodation I’m in Fulham, any1 needing a spare room, hot shower, food and strong coffee contact me #Grenfell #GrenfellTower ♥️ pls RT @thismorning— Nadia Essex (@LadyNadiaEssex) June 14, 2017 There have been so many donations that people are now sorting through the piles of food and clothing on the street.“I’ve never seen anything like what’s happening here in west London in all my journalistic career. This is Blitz spirit,” posted Anna O’Neill. Here’s how people are helping the victims – and what you can do Food and clothing   Donated shoes sit in the Westway Sports CentreCredit:Getty / Jack Taylor  Generosity of Londoners Want to volunteer? Pls register your interest by emailing Grenfellvolunteers@rbkc.gov.uk include contact details, skills and availability— RBKC (@RBKC) June 15, 2017 VolunteersVolunteers are needed here:  Our thoughts are with everyone affected by #GrenfellTower. We have all the blood hospitals need and no urgent donations are required.— GiveBlood NHS ❤ (@GiveBloodNHS) June 14, 2017 Volunteers sort through a pile of food and clothes donationsCredit:Getty  People light candlesCredit:PA GiveBlood NHS said: “Our thoughts are with everyone affected by Grenfell Tower.“We have all the blood hospitals need and no urgent donations are required.” Volunteers sort through a pile of food and clothes donations Here’s how you can support those affected by the fire in West London: https://t.co/vcXUvic1aR pic.twitter.com/3zcYKjl7mz— JustGiving (@JustGiving) June 14, 2017 You can donate here.Relief fund bucketOne local resident started a relief fund bucket near the scene of the tragedy for people in the area to donate. DonationsSeveral charity campaigns have already collected over £1 million for residents who have lost their homes and loved ones. A relief fund bucket set up by local residents People are also lighting candles and praying outside the Notting Hill Methodist Church. center_img Kensington’s newly-elected Labour MP Emma Dent Coad praised the emergency services who she said had “worked incredibly hard throughout the night, tackling the fire and tending to those injured”.More than 100 police officers were called to the scene, alongside 100 medics and 250 firefighters. Several firefighters also suffered minor injuries in the blaze.Emergency numberAn emergency number has been set up for anyone concerned for loved ones in the fire. They can call the Casualty Bureau on 0800 0961 233.Meanwhile, a firefighter’s poignant helmet photo has struck a chord after he tackled the London fire.  Donated shoes sit in the Westway Sports Centre Messages of support on a wall Credit:Paul Grover for the Telegraph Generosity of Londoners helping those affected at #GrenfellTower has been astonishing. There are so many donations they’re sorting in street pic.twitter.com/iK12uedou1— Harry Yorke (@HarryYorke1) June 15, 2017 Many members of the public have offered those made homeless by the blaze a place to stay, but accommodation is no longer needed.“Thank you for all your support but we do not need any more offers of accommodation for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire,” RBKC said. Manager Hayley Allen said: “We have a local community focus and wanted to help and show our support in whatever way we could.” One JustGiving page has collected over £300,000 to help people “get back on their feet”, while another from Hayley Yearwood is over halfway towards its £1 million target, at £650,000.The Big Give has set up an emergency appeal for the Grenfell Tower fire and is doubling all donations made via the site. People light candles Local drop off points have been overwhelmed with donations of food and clothing from kind-hearted members of the public – however, many of the collection centres are now full. The Rugby Portobello Trust said they will “continue to update everyone once we know what further need there is” in the days ahead. Businesses step in A firemen at the scene  Sikh Gurudwaras in London have started collecting and distributing spare clothes, toys, toiletries for #GrenfellTower evacuees! #Share pic.twitter.com/TT1cTWZXRp— Harjinder S Kukreja (@SinghLions) June 14, 2017 Kind-hearted members of the public and London communities have united to help out those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire – giving food, clothing and toiletries to those in need. FOR TODAY – Read below please. #Grenfelltower #WestLondonStrong ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Q0bw89fC3K— Noel Clarke (@NoelClarke) June 16, 2017 James Reed, chairman of the REED group has made an initial donation of £100,000 to The Big Give emergency appeal.Mr Reed is appealing to other business leaders across the capital to offer what they can, in order to help families affected.Free meals A branch of Jamie’s Italian restaurant is helping residents. Credit: Christopher Pledger / Adrian Dennis / AFP / GettyJamie Oliver has offered families affected by the fire free food and drink at his nearby restaurant in the Westfield shopping centre.The celebrity chef posted on Instagram: “To any of the 100’s of families effected by this terrible fire at Grenfell Tower Notting hill today, you are all welcome to come hang out in my restaurant and be fed and watered by my Jamie’s Italian team.”Food and drink free of charge so just go and speak to my manager Juan and we will sort you out and give you some love.”Giving blood Well-wishers are leaving messages of condolence on the wall of the Latymer Church.One person wrote: “I was watching the fire spread and engulf all the building from 1am, just helpless. Your memories will be forever with me. RIP.” Businesses at the nearby Notting Dale Village brought trolleys of refreshments including sandwiches and fruit to the emergency services working at the cordons around Grenfell Tower. The emergency services A firemen at the scene Credit:EPA Messages of support Churches, mosques and sports centres have all opened their doors to help victims of the tragedy. A relief fund bucket set up by local residentsCredit:PAlast_img read more

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Schools must identify teachers with conflicts of interest in the wake of

first_imgA senior staff member at Eton College amid allegations he shared confidential information in relation to an upcoming Pre-U economics exam  A senior staff member at Eton College amid allegations he shared confidential information in relation to an upcoming Pre-U economics exam Credit:Tim Graham / Alamy Last summer, it emerged a senior staff member at Eton College had left the prestigious boys’ school amid allegations he shared confidential information in relation to an upcoming Pre-U economics exam with other teachers. Schools must identify teachers with “conflicts of interest” in the wake of the Eton College cheating scandal, the exam watchdog has announced.Exam boards will have to take tough measures to “protect the integrity” of assessments, Ofqual has said, as it concludes its review which was sparked by allegations of exam leaks by teachers at prestigious public schools.Under it’s the watchdog’s proposals, teachers will still be able to write assessments and have access to confidential materials.However, exam boards now will have to keep up-to-date records of all conflicts of interest linked to teachers involved in setting exams and put in safeguards to limit the risk of using teachers in this process.Boards will also have to put in place mechanisms to detect malpractice, such as by sampling the work of teachers who have written papers to look for unusual responses from their students.Ofqual chief Sally Collier said: “Our rules on confidentiality and malpractice are already demanding. The proposals we have put forward today build on them and provide greater clarity about our expectations and the implications for awarding organisations if information about an assessment is disclosed by a teacher who has been involved in its development.”She added that last year’s controversy over cheating “showed how public confidence in assessments and, in turn, qualifications, can be damaged if confidential information is wrongly used”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) exam board was also investigating concerns about irregularities surrounding Pre-U art history at both Eton and Winchester College.A statement issued by the Joint Council for Qualifications, on behalf of its member exam boards as well as school and college associations, said: “Malpractice undertaken by assessment setters involved in the production of question papers seriously damages the integrity of the entire examination system and undermines public confidence.”The very low number of such instances is due to the professional integrity of the vast majority of assessment setters (and others involved in the preparation of examination papers) and the current system of support and safeguards.”We welcome Ofqual’s review into teacher involvement in the setting of examination questions and handling of confidential materials and look forward to responding in detail to the consultation published today. “We endorse Ofqual’s position of supporting the continuing involvement of practising teachers in the examination system. Removing teachers from the process would have significant detrimental effects and expose the examinations system to unacceptable risks.”Last December, Ofqual said that the number of incidents where the integrity of exams were brought into question by the behaviour of teachers or examiners was “very small”. It said that “proven cases of inappropriate disclosure by teachers who had been involved with developing assessment materials are rare”, pointing out there were three cases in 2015, one in 2016 and three in 2017.last_img read more

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Woman whose acid attack on exlover left him in such pain he

“He died in dignity and will live on in the hearts of his family and friends. The court process was a difficult and emotional experience.  Berlinah Wallace  After leaving hospital Mr van Dongen was was transferred to a care home in Gloucestershire but when that proved unsuitable he called his father, who arranged for him to be transferred to Maria Hospital in Overpelt, Belgium on November 23 2016. His father said his son had wanted to return to a “normal life” but was told by doctors there that his paralysis could not be cured.”The fact that he couldn’t move his arms was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” he said. “He completed his application for euthanasia. “He said that ‘my life has come to nothing and there is nothing left’. He said, ‘All I have is a different ceiling to look at’.” He died at the Belgian hospital nearly six weeks later.  Cornelius Van Dongen (right) with his son Mark Van Dongen Credit:PA Cornelius Van Dongen (right) with his son Mark Van Dongen Berlinah Wallace was acquitted of murder but found guilty of throwing a corrosive substance with intent at Bristol Crown CourtCredit:PA A jealous woman whose ex-boyfriend ended his life after she threw acid over him has been cleared of murder as photographs emerged of the scorched bed where he was attacked.Mark van Dongen, 29, was left paralysed apart from his tongue after the attack by Berlinah Wallace. Sixteen months on and still in  “unbearable constant physical and psychological pain”  he asked doctors in a euthanasia clinic to end his life.In a legal first Wallace was charged with murder for the attack, but was cleared by a jury at Bristol Crown Court. She was found guilty of throwing a corrosive substance with intent.  At the end of the trial photographs were released showing the blackened bed where Mr van Dongen, an engineer, was laying at around 3am when he woke to hear Wallace laugh and say “If I can’t have you, no one else will”, before throwing sulphuric acid over him.His injuries were so bad that the officer leading the inquiry, Det Insp Paul Catton, did not show the members of his investigation team the pictures. Speaking outside the court, Mr van Dongen’s father Cornelius van Dongen paid tribute to his son and “best friend”.”Mark was so brave when confronted with the hellish pain and disabilities inflicted upon him, but eventually it became too much for him to bear,” he said. “I was running in the street in my boxer shorts. They fell apart because the acid had eaten them away,” he said. When asked how he knew the liquid was acid, he told police: “Because it was burning like fire.” Mr van Dongen said he knew Wallace attacked him: “Because she was jealous. Because I left her.”After the attack he was taken to Southmead hospital where Dr Rachel Oaten said he let out a “blood-curdling scream” and said: “Kill me now. If my face is going to be left looking like this I don’t want to live.” “I am very disappointed in the outcome of this trial. There are only losers in this case. I hope that Mark can now rest in peace.”Dutch-born Mr van Dongen had left Wallace, a fashion student, after suffering domestic abuse at her hands and started a new relationship with Violet Farquharson, who then started to receive silent phone calls in the middle of the night. Weeks before the attack he had called the police to complain that she was harassing him and just days after she was contacted by officers she ordered the sulphuric acid used in the attack on Amazon.Because of the extent of his injuries Mr van Dongen was initially only able to communicate by sticking out his tongue when his father pointed at a letter on an alphabet and therefore it took him nearly 10 months to be able to tell police what happened. A video of him speaking from his hospital bed was played to the jury in which he told officers that he had gone to Wallace’s flat on the night of the attack on September 23 2015 because he “felt sorry for her”.  Mr van Dongen Snr said: “Without euthanasia (he) would only have lived another two to three days but in an inhumane way.”Wallace will be sentenced next week.  A body map showing the injuries suffered by Mark van DongenCredit:Nicholas Razzell Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A body map showing the injuries suffered by Mark van Dongen “She woke me up and she said that ‘if I can’t have you, no-one can’,” Mr van Dongen told officers. “She laughed and just threw the acid. It was a square box of acid with about an inch of acid in it.  read more

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Wartime sweethearts reunited after grandmother sees Spitfire mechanic on TV decades after

The sweethearts were reunited after Wood, by then a widowed grandmother, switched on her television to watch a documentary about Spitfires, and was amazed to see Roddis appear on screen. When Joe Roddis and Betty Wood said a tearful farewell at Worthing railway station in 1944, they did not expect to meet again. The wartime Spitfire mechanic had fallen in love with the WAAF corporal but they could not be together because Wood had a fiance who was returning from the Middle East. She wrote to the television company, they met – fittingly enough, on a railway platform – and finally had their happy ending, setting up home together when Roddis was 83… But true love waits, in this case for 60 years. 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

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Sarah Montague takes aim at Today shows falling listener numbers

If there was one person unlikely to lose much sleep over the plummeting number of listeners tuning into Radio 4’s Today programme, it would be Sarah Montague. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The former Today show host jumped ship to host World at One after being left  “incandescent with rage” when she discovered she was paid significantly less than her co-presenters on the flagship current affairs show. Today has lost almost a million listeners in the last 12 months, with figures falling from 839,000 from 7,655,000 to 6,816,000 in… Montague could be forgiven a touch of schadenfreude when she tweeted on Thursday: “There is a news programme on @BBCRadio4 that has not lost listeners over the quarter @BBCWorldatOne. Just saying…” read more

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Charities call for urgent action over latest cancer screening scare

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. Cancer charities have called for urgent action after it was revealed that thousands of patients may have missed vital cancer screening and jabs during the past decade.Health officials are investigating reports that adults who should have been invited for breast and bowel cancer screening were not issued with invitations, and that children missed out on crucial jabs.Patients groups have expressed concern the latest screening scandal could further undermine public faith in the system.Samia al Qadhi, Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Care, said “Even hearing there’s the possibility of further issues with invitations to breast screening will compound the anxiety and uncertainty felt by many women after the awful failings earlier this year. If there have been problems they must be tackled urgently.”The charity urged women to attend regular screenings , saying it was the way of spotting early stage cancer.“While there are two sides to the coin for screening it remains our best tool for detecting breast cancer at the earliest possible stage,” said Ms al Qadhi.Sara Hiom, Cancer Research UK’s director of early diagnosis, said: “If people have missed bowel or breast screening invitations as a result of these errors then that is extremely concerning – our cancer screening programmes are of a very high standard and detect cancers at the earliest stages when they are much more likely to be effectively treated.”We hope that anyone affected is contacted immediately and offered screening wherever appropriate.”The scare comes just three months after the last breast cancer screening scandal led the then health secretary Jeremy Hunt to apologise for errors that were estimated to have caused up to 75 deaths.An urgent investigation into the latest failing is underway, with new Health Secretary Matt Hancock due to be updated on the scale of the risks on Monday.The latest blunders are thought to relate to medical records for 55,000 patients, some of which could date back as far as 2008.Patients may not have been invited to child immunisation, newborns’ hearing screening, safeguarding, bowel cancer screening, breast screening, and abdominal aortic aneurysm screening.The investigation is understood to be at an early stage and there is currently no direct evidence any patients have been harmed.But a document by officials from NHS England and NHS Improvement document, obtained by the Health Service Journals (HSJ), show concerns about potential “risk of harm” to patients associated with 120,000 discrepancies between two national IT NHS systems.Ms Hiom added: “It’s concerning to hear of further problems with NHS technology, especially if people have inadvertently missed screening, vaccinations or care as a result.”Our health and social care system deserves to be supported by consistently reliable, 21st century IT, as well as seamless integration between all patient registers and electronic databases – this needs adequate attention and investment.” read more

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Romanian murder victims family return home because London is too dangerous

Mr Pieknyi who worked in a takeaway and travelled to London from Milton Keynes to meet up with his friend Alexander Suciu.The pair were approached by a group of five men who had been spotted “harassing” other members of the public. Valdyslav Yakymchuk has been jailed for murder The family of a Romanian man who was stabbed to death weeks after moving to London have said they are returning home because England is too dangerous.Beniamin Pieknyi, was murdered in March after being attacked at a shopping centre in Stratford, east London.The 21-year-old had only been in the UK since the beginning of the year, having moved to Milton Keynes to be with his brother Mihael and sister Iulia.But they have now returned to Romania saying they believe London is too violent.Miss Pieknyi said: “I’ve come to realise that terrible things can happen in the blink of an eye, and if you say the wrong thing to the wrong person you could end up dead.”Mr Pieknyi’s brother said: “We are in shock. My mother doesn’t sleep and my sister, Iulia, does not want to come back and live in this country. To us as a family, London is seen as a dangerous place because of what happened to my brother.” Beniamin Pieknyi's family have returned home to Romania believing the UK is too violent  An argument ensued after one of the gang members hit Mr Suciu on the head and another kicked Mr Pieknyi to the ground. Valdyslav Yakymchuk has been jailed for murder The brawl was broken up by a security guard who attempted to escort the pair away, but just yards away from the shopping centre’s exit Mr Pieknyi was cornered and stabbed by in the chest.Vladyslav Yakymchuk, 23, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to murder, violent disorder and possession of a bladed article.Four other men were convicted of a range of offences including manslaughter and violent disorder.Mr Pieknyl’s body was flown back to Romania, where his funeral was held on 27 May.His sister said: “It took a while to accept the truth and when I did, my entire life crumbled around me. I had no drive anymore – my work, my house were not important anymore.In a victim impact statement, Mr Pieknyi’s aunt Cristina Pieknyi described her nephew as a “very quiet boy, hard working and someone who liked to help people”.She has been representing the family at the Old Bailey because the rest of the family could not afford to attend.”They have spent all of their savings on the repatriation and funeral costs,” she said. Beniamin Pieknyi’s family have returned home to Romania believing the UK is too violent  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

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Calories on restaurant menus will fuel young peoples eating disorders charities and

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. Mandatory calorie counts on restaurant menus will fuel young peoples’ eating disorders, charities and MPs have warned the Government.Leading eating disorder charity Beat has told the Sunday Telegraph its concerns about the proposal, arguing that it would cause “great distress” for those suffering from eating disorders.Other charities SEED Eating Disorder Care and Anorexia and Bulimia Care, as well as MPs including Andrea Jenkyns, Tim Farron and Crispin Blunt have also voiced their concerns in a letter to this newspaper.They argue that forcing all restaurants and cafes to include calorie information is unhelpful for those suffering from eating disorders and can hinder those in recovery, as it causes them to “obsess” over calories.They write: “We believe that proposals to introduce mandatory calorie counts on menus will be ineffective at reducing obesity rates and damaging to the mental and physical health of those suffering with eating disorders.”A consultation on the issue closed on Friday, with the Department of Health and Social Care due to make a decision on the policy shortly. While larger chains such as Wetherspoons and Pizza Express display calorie counts for some of their menu items, smaller businesses on the whole do not.Beat’s Chief Executive Andrew Radford told the Telegraph: “Requiring calorie counts on menus risks causing great distress for people suffering from or vulnerable to eating disorders, since evidence shows that calorie labelling exacerbates eating disorders of all kinds.”Ellen Maloney, a Beat ambassador who was first hospitalised for anorexia nervosa aged 12, said that mandatory calorie counts on menus would force people in recovery from eating disorders to “obsess” over the calorie content.She explained: “I think it puts the emphasis on the wrong thing, it forces people to obsess over numbers which is not the most important thing”For me, I’ve been in recovery for a few years now, but when I see numbers it’s all I can think about. If there’s a 5 calorie difference that will decide what I choose to eat. That’s really unhelpful information.”It makes recovery really difficult as the goal of recovery is to listen to your body and make choices based on what you’re hungry for and not obsessing over calories. That’s what healthy eating is about as well – when you go out for a meal it’s a treat, your choice on a one-off occasion shouldn’t be about calories”Marg Oaten, co-founder of SEED Eating Disorder Support Services, said: “As mum of a daughter who developed an eating disorder at the age of 10 years old, I know first-hand the devastating outcomes, when she was introduced to calorie counts this fuelled her eating disorder to heights I never dreamed possible. She almost lost her life 4 times.“She would scrutinise calories and fat content of food for hours upon hours.“We watched as she was dying before our eyes and were powerless to do anything about it.   “We don’t need calorific content on food packaging – advise on nutritional wellbeing would be much safer.”The letter adds: “Although high-quality evidence is still emerging in this area, available research suggests calorie counts negatively impact those with eating disorders. For example those with Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia Nervosa are likely to  significantly reduce calorie consumption and participants with Binge Eating Disorder are likely to increase calorie consumption in the menu label versus no label condition. These concerns have also been raised by people with eating disorders and the NGOs that represent them.”  Daniel Pryor, Head of Programmes at the Adam Smith Institute, said: “A mandatory calorie count on every menu item in the country will make life much harder for individuals suffering from or at risk of developing eating disorders without making any significant impact on obesity rates.”Research suggests that calorie counts tend to exacerbate conditions such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorders while having little effect on the food choices of overweight people.”Those with eating disorders particularly benefit from having the choice to eat at restaurants that don’t provide a constant reminder of calorie consumption, yet their voice has been sidelined in the policy debate.”“Defenders of mandatory calorie counts claim that they simply provide consumers with more information, but forget that sometimes people prefer to dine without having to focus on exactly how many calories they’re consuming. Many establishments voluntarily provide detailed nutritional information, and having a range of options is the best situation.”A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “Calorie information is already widely available in supermarkets but only in some restaurants, cafes and takeaways. Given that around a quarter of our calories come from food on the go, it’s right that we look at clear calorie counts on menus.  “Our priority is to protect children from ill health and the NHS is on track to treat 95 per cent of all urgent cases of eating disorders in children and young people within one week and non-urgent cases in four weeks by 2020/21.” read more

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Slimming pill offers hope for millions in battle against obesity

Experts said the breakthrough treatment is particularly exciting because the tiny gel balls – which expand to fill around one quarter of the stomach – have no serious side-effects. A breakthrough slimming pill which expands in the stomach could double the chance of diet success for millions of overweight Britons. They said the capsules, likely to be sold over the counter, could become “the treatment of choice” for millions of people attempting to shift a few stubborn pounds, as well as those with more serious weight problems. Six in ten of those given the daily capsules in trials lost at least five per cent of their body weight, amounting to around 22lbs. The loss equates to around three and… read more

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Gina Miller and John Major launch legal challenge to prorogation as former

It comes just one day after Mr Johnson fought off a similar action in Scotland. A judge at the Court of Session in Edinburgh ruled on Wednesday that the planned prorogation was lawful.Lord Pannick said Mr Johnson sees Parliament as a “threat to the implementation of his policies” and as “impeding the pursuance of those policies”, in particular whether a deal can be made with the EU. He also said that, in his submission, the Prime Minister “has been very clear” that he views Parliament as a “nuisance” and a “detriment”. The case is expected to last one day before the three judges reach a decision. A legal challenge to the five-week suspension of parliament was brought before three leading judges on Thursday by Gina Miller, the anti-Brexit campaigner, backed by the former Prime Minister. The prorogation of Parliament by the Prime Minister has been deemed an “unlawful abuse of power” in the High Court as John Major raised “grave concerns” about the threat it posed to the British public. The Queen last month accepted the advice of Boris Johnson to prorogue Parliament for the longest period in 40 years, which critics claimed was designed to stop MPs thwarting a no-deal Brexit. The urgent judicial review application was brought off the back of Ms Miller’s successful challenged of the Government at the High Court in 2016 over the triggering of the Article 50 process to start the Brexit countdown. Her new case is supported by a number of other parties, including Sir John and Shami Chakrabarti, the shadow attorney general. Sir John Major  Sir John Major has backed Gina Miller’s court actionCredit:Leon Neal/Getty Images Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A written submission prepared by lawyers on behalf of the former Tory leader said he had “grave concerns about the implications of the prorogation of Parliament for the rights of citizens at a time of critical national importance”. It continued: “If it is unlawful to frustrate or preempt Parliament’s will in relation to an issue on which it has legislated, it must be at least as unlawful – if not more so – to frustrate Parliament’s ability to convene to debate and legislate upon such an issue at all, by proroguing it during a critical period during which any such debate and legislation would need to take place.” The submission added: “The inference is inescapable that the otherwise unexplained length of the prorogation and the very obvious political interest that the Prime Minister has in there being no activity in Parliament during that time, are linked.”Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett, sitting with two other judges at the High Court in London, is being urged to make a declaration that the decision taken on August 28 to advise the Queen to prorogue Parliament was unlawful.They were told by Lord Pannick QC, representing Ms Miller, that the prorogation of Parliament requested by Mr Johnson was of an “exceptional length” and unlawfully breached parliamentary sovereignty. He told the court: “Our case is that the Prime Minister’s advice to Her Majesty to prorogue Parliament for a period of five weeks is an unlawful abuse of power and the reason it is an unlawful breach of power is that it breaches the legal principle of parliamentary sovereignty. “The effect of prorogation is to remove the ability of Parliament to enact such legislation as it sees fit and on issues of public policy relating to the arrangements for this country to leave the European Union it does so during a period when time is very much of the essence because the deadline deadline, the existing deadline of October 31.” Mr Johnson claims the current session of Parliament is the longest for hundreds of years and ending it would allow him to set out his intention for Government with a new Queen’s speech. However, Lord Pannick said: “There is no dispute that the Prime Minister is entitled to decide that it is appropriate to end this session of Parliament.”We say that what the Prime Minister is not entitled to do is close Parliament for five weeks at such a critical time without justification. “The five week prorogation is simply not required for the purposes of a Queen’s Speech.”He insisted the court was not being asked to express “any view about the wisdom of the UK leaving the European Union, or about the terms on which we leave the EU”. read more

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