Manchester United Is Too Unlucky To Be Great

Tottenham1.782.13+0.35 West Brom1.141.18+0.04 Liverpool1.862.09+0.23 AVERAGE GOALS West Ham1.431.33-0.10 Watford1.101.16+0.06 Stoke City1.301.12-0.18 Hull City1.011.03+0.02 Crystal Palace1.401.38-0.02 Sunderland1.000.81-0.19 Leicester City1.331.28-0.05 That’s only 0.19 goals per game more than Man U has actually scored, which may not sound like much. And it isn’t! It amounts to a grand total of 7.8 goals over a full, 38-game season. But goals are a premium commodity in soccer — one extra goal can easily be the difference between a draw and a win, and thus a difference between one point and three in the standings.Teams as good as Manchester United don’t usually miss as many goals as Manchester United has. Since 2010-11 there have been 57 English Premier League teams that have scored more goals than they’ve allowed. Manchester United, as it currently stands, is the ninth-most unlucky team on the list. While that’s not record breaking, it’s enough to take a team from solid Champions League contender to long shot.Even more frustrating, for both the team and its fans, Manchester United is missing the best kinds of shots. They’re missing opportunities that soccer stats-keeper Opta labels as “big chances,” chances such as Rashford’s against Chelsea. (Which is why it was so impressive Rashford’s went in!) They’re the kinds of chances you remember a player missing, the sitters, the one-on-ones with the keepers, the striker arriving completely unmarked in the box at exactly the right time. Manchester United have had 59 shots labeled as clear-cut chances, fourth-most in the league and worth 25.62 expected goals. From them, they’ve scored a disappointing 21 goals, the 11th most in the Premier League. Wipe out that 4.62 expected goal deficit (the second-biggest “big chance deficit” in the league, behind only mediocre Stoke City) and United are only two off their expected goal pace.But wait there’s more. A full 50 percent of the big chances that Manchester United have put on target have been saved by the opposing keeper. That’s the kind of thing that rarely happens. No other team this season has had more than 42 percent of its on-target big chances saved. In fact, only six teams in the last seven seasons have had more than 50 percent of the big chances they put on net saved. If it seems as though goalkeepers have been standing on their heads to deny United all season, well, they have been.It’s cold comfort, but despite the lack of goals, this United team is better than in years past. Everything other than United’s finishing has improved. They’re taking 16.97 shots per game and getting six per game on target, the most in both categories since the 2011-12 season. The team���s expected goal total of 1.74 per game is up 0.48 goals from last season and is the highest mark since 2012-13. These are all steps in the right direction.All the stuff holding United back — the general lack of ability to put the ball in the back of the net, the seeming Achilles’ heel of big chances, opposing goalkeepers standing on their head on a weekly basis — is largely outside of Manchester United’s control. Finishing is a fickle thing. The expected goals a team creates is a much better guide to how they’ll do in the future than the actual goals they score. Players miss good chances sometimes. Sometimes they miss lots of good chances. Sometimes, they even do it for a whole season.It’s small consolation for United fans coping with the possibility of a fifth-place season, but United’s attack actually marks a decided step forward for the club. The things the team could control were good enough to get it a top-four EPL finish. What got in the way were the things it couldn’t.Check out our club soccer predictions. Burnley1.031.00-0.03 AFC Bournemouth1.351.36+0.01 Manchester City2.091.97-0.12 Middlesbrough0.940.72-0.22 Manchester United’s Ander Herrera intercepted a pass in a game this month against Chelsea (possibly with some extra-legal help from his arm), turned and slid an inch-perfect pass through Chelsea’s league-best defense. Young striker Marcus Rashford collected the pass and slotted the ball past Chelsea’s keeper to give United an early 1-0 lead. United went on to win 2-0, and the goal was emblematic of the style of soccer that United’s manager, Jose Mourinho, prefers to deploy against top opponents: Defend stoutly, transition fast and use an opponent’s momentum against them to create high-quality counterattacking opportunities. It worked like a charm against Chelsea.If only it always did. That goal kept Manchester United’s relatively slim hopes of a top-four finish alive (the chances of which have since climbed to 35 percent, according to FiveThirtyEight’s club soccer predictions). But the reason Man U’s chances aren’t good is because they’re one of the unluckiest teams in the Premier League. For large stretches of the season the team has played well, created the kinds of chances it wants to create and then … not actually scored goals.Manchester United currently sits in fifth place in the Premier League with 63 points after 32 games. On Thursday, they face Manchester City in the much-anticipated Manchester derby, with a chance to pass their rivals in the standings and stake a claim on fourth place. It’s a chance to salvage what has seemed to be a disappointing season with a momentous win and a real shot at the top four.While Manchester’s defense has been excellent, the attack has struggled to keep pace. The team only concedes 0.77 goals per game, the second-best mark in the league.1The data in this article is current through last Friday. Only Tottenham Hotspur has been stingier. The attack is averaging 1.55 goals per game, though, only seventh best in the Premier League this season. It’s a testament to United’s strong defense that they’re even as close to the top as they are. The funny thing is that there’s nothing wrong with United’s attack. If instead of looking at the team’s goals, we look at its expected goals, a metric that estimates how many goals a team should have scored on average given where they were taken, the team looks much better. United’s expected goal total is a more respectable 1.74 goals per game, the fourth highest in the Premier League. Manchester United isn’t scoring like we’d expect Chelsea1.572.03+0.46 Southampton1.421.19-0.23 Manchester United1.741.55-0.19 Swansea City1.161.12-0.04 TEAMEXPECTEDACTUALDIFFERENCE Everton1.511.82+0.31 Data for all English Premier League teams is current through April 21.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Arsenal1.742.03+0.29 read more

Newcomers spark Ohio State mens basketball in home opener

OSU freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) dribbles past a UMass-Lowell player during a Nov. 14 game at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 92-55.Credit: Chelsea Spears / Multimedia editorSeason-opening games in college basketball can, at times, be a bore. But Friday night at the Schottenstein Center, there was something to get excited about: five-star recruit D’Angelo Russell was making his Ohio State regular season debut.With many eyes on him, the first question posed to the freshman guard after the game was straightforward. Was he nervous?“No, sir. Not at all.”As if anyone needed confirmation of that. Russell led the No. 20 Buckeyes (1-0) in scoring with 16 points, in steals with three and added four rebounds and six assists in the team’s 92-55 victory over the University of Massachusetts-Lowell (0-2). With the addition of Russell, OSU coach Thad Matta has now brought nine five-star recruits to Columbus in his 11-year tenure. After Friday’s game he said his young playmaker, of whom much is expected, is already someone he trusts.“I’ve always said this about him: I don’t exactly know what position he is. But he’s a guard. You see his vision, he’s got that unique pace about him and sort of how he sees things is unique, especially for a freshman playing his first college game,” Matta said. “Having the ability to use him as much as we possibly can, you feel comfortable when the ball’s in his hands and he’s making decisions.”Those decisions started right from tip-off, as Russell was seemingly everywhere. He grabbed his team’s first rebound, points, assist and foul, all within the game’s first two-and-a-half minutes. Roughly two minutes later, Russell was in the thick of things again, this time with a flurry of activity that would make former OSU guard Aaron Craft proud. Russell first nabbed a steal before assisting a Sam Thompson alley-oop, and he then got a layup for himself after a River Hawk turnover. All of this in a 14-second span. Thompson, a senior forward with the most playing experience of any member of the team, said the entire group of Buckeye debutants — Russell, Jae’Sean Tate, Kam Williams, Keita Bates-Diop and Anthony Lee — did their part in what was a convincing win.“I think the newcomers did a great job. We wanted to play fast, we wanted to have our defense translate to some offense, we wanted to get some easy buckets. I think we did a good job of doing that,” Thompson said. “Anthony did his thing on the offensive boards, finishing around the rim. D-Russ is always good at pushing the ball in transition, making plays for himself, making plays for everybody else so I think we did what we wanted to do today. It’s the first game of the season, there’s a lot of room to improve but I’m happy with where we are.” While Russell had a hand in every facet of the contest, the other new faces contributed in different ways. Lee, a redshirt-senior transfer from Temple, hit all five of his field goal attempts to help him rack up 13 points. Freshman forwards Tate and Bates-Diop each had four points, with the former adding five rebounds on the defensive glass. Like his highly touted backcourt teammate, redshirt-freshman guard Williams also made an impression. The Baltimore, Md., native played only 13 minutes but had 12 points in that time, one of five OSU players in double-digits. Williams went one for six from the field on Nov. 9 in OSU’s exhibition victory over Walsh. Following Friday’s game, Matta said Williams’ improvement was because of the work he put in during the week. “I was very happy for Kam, because he’s a hard-working kid and he’s very hard on himself at times,” Matta said. “He knew he didn’t shoot the ball particularly well on Sunday, he’s in here getting extra shots, he’s watching film. And when you see that type of preparation, it makes you excited as a coach to see a kid play well.”Thompson also commented on Williams’ scoring ability.“Kam’s always been a guy who can score the basketball. He can shoot, he can get to the rim, he’s a great athlete. He really hunts buckets and that’s just what he does. He knows his job on this team is to put the ball in the basket,” he said. “Like I said earlier, when we’re doing our job, it’s when we’re at our best. He did a good job of coming in and just playing his game.”But for all the other strong efforts, the scene still came back to Russell. Considering the game against UMass-Lowell was the first time in 148 competitive games that OSU took the court without the aforementioned Craft, that focus is understandable.At the moment, though, that reliance doesn’t seem to be a factor. Russell said that he agreed with Thompson’s assertion that the team’s strength is in its scoring depth, with everyone contributing to the collective.“Like Sam said, it’s five that happen to get in there,” he said. “It could be any five guys, we’ve got a good group of guys that can fill it up any night.”The Buckeyes’ next attempt to fill up the scoreboard will come on Tuesday night at home against Marquette. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. read more

2017 Big Ten football preview Indiana Hoosiers

Indiana redshirt junior Simmie Cobbs Jr. (1) lines up prior to a play in the Ohio State- Indiana season opener. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorLocation: Bloomington, Indiana2016 record: 6-7 (4-5)Head Coach: Tom Allen2017 record: 1-1 (0-1 Big Ten)All-time record vs. OSU: 12-73What has happened thus far in 2017After former Hoosiers head coach Kevin Wilson left Bloomington, Indiana, for Columbus to join the Buckeyes as their offensive coordinator, former Hoosier defensive coordinator Tom Allen took the reins at Indiana for the 2017 season. Through two games, the Hoosiers played an excellent first half against Ohio State in their home opener, but Indiana couldn’t hold on in the second half, falling to the Buckeyes 49-21. Allen and the Hoosiers recovered from the Week 1 loss and took down Virginia, 34-17, on the road.Impact PlayerThe key to success for Indiana in 2017 is its offense, and the largest threat on that side of the ball for Indiana is redshirt junior wide receiver Simmie Cobbs. After putting up over 1,000 receiving yards in 2015, the Oak Park, Illinois, native suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the first game of the 2016 season and was given a medical redshirt. A year later, Cobbs exploded out of the gate, racking up 149 receiving yards on 11 catches with a touchdown against Ohio State and adding another score in Week 2 at Virginia. As one of the more experienced members of this Hoosiers receiving corps, Cobbs will be an offensive factor and defensive headache all season.StrengthsOne of the Hoosiers’ biggest strengths in 2017 is their aerial attack, propelled by their two-quarterback rotation. Through two games, Indiana ranks 24th in the NCAA for passing offense with nearly 309 yards per game and is averaging more than six yards per attempt. Allen’s squad boasts a solid group of receivers, including Cobbs, Donavan Hale and Luke Timian, who will be threats downfield all season. WeaknessesA huge point of concern for Indiana this season is the lack of experience on its offensive line. Only sophomore left tackle Coy Cronk and redshirt junior left guard Wes Martin entered the season with a full season of starting experience, and the youth on the right side is a concern. The Hoosiers have allowed nine sacks through two games in 2017, and if they hope to give the program its first winning season in 10 years, protection for quarterbacks Richard Lagow and Peyton Ramsey must improve. read more

John Simpson nearly died after allergic reaction

first_imgThe BBC broadcaster John Simpson has been hospitalised after suffering a “rare and deadly” allergic reaction, he has disclosed.Simpson, 72, was taken into hospital in Oxford after suffering a series of health problems including food poisoning and severe digestion.After falling ill, he went on to endure a potentially fatal allergic reaction to his medication which caused further kidney problems.The journalist shared news of the incident on Twitter saying he would “not have survived” the “rare & deadly allergic reaction” if it had not been for the staff at the John Radcliffe hospital, adding he had been brought “back from the brink”. John Simpson with partner Dee Kruger and son Rafe John Simpson takes part in the Great Sport Relief Bake OffCredit:BBC John Simpson takes part in the Great Sport Relief Bake Off His wife Dee Kruger told the Mail on Sunday: ‘It was like a perfect storm.“There was a whole chain of events that meant there was an overreaction on the kidney side which made him seriously ill.“From being mildly unwell the shocking thing was how, in the space of hours, his body went into a kind of acute shock.“Suddenly these guys in the intensive care unit at the Radcliffe were fighting for his life.”center_img John Simpson with partner Dee Kruger and son RafeCredit:Rex At one point, she added, medics had suspected Simpson could have been exposed to radiation from his work in the Middle East, with one allegedly telling her they had been “reaching the limits” of what they could do to treat him.Simpson is now said to be recovering well, telling fans he is “almost back on track”.“Thank heavens for Stuart Mckechnie & the ICU team at the Radcliffe,” he said. “I’d not have survived, due to a rare & deadly allergic reaction.“Still coming to terms w the sheer brilliance of the staff… who saved my life. Time we took #NHS out of politics!”Ms Kruger added: “’As John says, everyone complains about the NHS but, by God, it works.” 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

BBC directorgeneral Tony Hall says loss of Great British Bake Off is

first_imgWhile Paul Hollywood will move to Channel 4, Mary Berry is staying loyal to the BBCCredit:Mark Bourdillon /BBC Lord Hall Mary Berry has rubbished rumours that she is planning to step back from TV projects, with her agent insisting she has “absolutely no plans to retire”. Paul Hollywood is the only member of the Bake Off four to make the move to Channel 4, where is said to have been offered a steep pay rise.The heads of both the BBC and Channel 4 will be quizzed by MPs on the culture, media and sport select committee about the show being poached. Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry The BBC’s loss of the Great British Bake Off is a “great pity” that will leave audiences “disappointed”, the corporation’s director-general has said.Speaking for the first time about the baking show’s switch to Channel 4, Lord Hall of Birkenhead said he was “sad” that the corporation would no longer be able to show the programme, but “delighted” that Mary Berry had decided to stay with the BBC.The director-general made the comments at the annual Radio Festival, where he also gave a tribute to Terry Wogan, the late BBC presenter. Asked to comment on Channel 4’s decision to poach Bake Off, he said: “The audience love Bake Off and of course the audience are disappointed.”I think it’s sad from the audience‘s point of view. It’s a wonderful programme, everybody loves it.”To my mind, that’s the thing, it’s the disappointment of the audience for a programme they love, and that’s a great pity. But I wish Channel 4 well.” 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. Lord Hall said the Bake Off audience would be disappointedCredit:Leon Neal /AFP / Getty BBC sources have suggested that the corporation is considering developing a Bake Off rival, which would reunite Berry with presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, who also refused to move to Channel 4.Lord Hall refused to comment on the rumours. He said: “I’m not going into that, it’s too early.”But he added: “I’m really glad that Mary, Sue and Mel are staying with us. That’s good news.”last_img read more

Rally in London urges UK to find solution in Syria

first_img“There’s 100,000 children living under siege in eastern Aleppo being bombed every day. We need that to stop,” he told AFP.Hundreds of wounded civilians were stranded in rebel-held areas of Aleppo on Saturday as the United Nations said security concerns were again preventing evacuations despite Russia extending a ceasefire into a third day.Demonstrators in London waved placards reading “May: stop Putin”, “Child murder is a war crime” and “Save Aleppo’s children”.They chanted: “Down with Bashar al-Assad! Down with dictators!”Bert Wander, campaign director with the activist group Avaaz, told AFP: “They could impose sanctions on relevant parts of the Russian economy – for example, military equipment. Carey Mulligan joins a protest calling on the British government to intervene in the Syrian conflictCredit:WILL OLIVER/EPA Carey Mulligan joins a protest calling on the British government to intervene in the Syrian conflict “They could also up diplomatic pressure. It’s been limp, frankly, so far. There’s so much more that could be done in terms of putting pressure on the Russians to back down.”Wael Aleji, a spokesman for the Syrian Network for Human Rights, said: “The UK can step up efforts and push for a UN General Assembly resolution to override the Russian and Chinese veto at the UN Security Council.”French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Saturday asked the Security Council to condemn the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and urged that those behind the attacks be placed under sanctions.The United States, Britain and France have repeatedly called for sanctions, particularly against the Syrian regime, over the use of chemical weapons.center_img Around 150 people rallied in central London on Saturday calling for Britain to take decisive action to end the five-year war in Syria.They piled up teddy bears outside Downing Street to symbolise the number of young casualties in the battered city of Aleppo from a recent surge in violence.They also delivered a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May’s 10 Downing Street office demanding she take action to help cease the bloodshed.”We’re here today to send a very strong message to Theresa May that what’s happening in Aleppo just cannot continue,” said James Sadri, director of The Syria Campaign, which calls for humanitarian action in the war-ravaged country. 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

Belfast couple shot in legs after refusing to hand over son to

first_imgA man and woman have been shot in Northern Ireland while attempting to protect their son from paramilitaries.The couple, in their 50s, are in a stable condition in hospital after they were shot in the legs by gunmen when they refused to hand over their son in Belfast.It is understood republican paramilitaries in the west of the city ordered the attack on the boy.Gunmen arrived at a house in the Turf Lodge area of the city on Thursday evening to carry out the attack, but the child’s parents fought them off. A police source said: “The parents wouldn’t give the son over so they were shot instead. There are a number of other lads in Belfast under similar threat at the minute.”The shooting happened at around 6.15pm on Thursday and the couple were taken to the nearby Royal Victoria Hospital.Pat Sheehan, Sinn Fein MLA for the area, said none of the family were involved in criminality.”The shooting of a man and woman in their 50s in Turf Lodge was wrong and I condemn it,” he said. “There can be absolutely no justification for these type of actions. “Whoever is responsible needs to stop these barbaric attacks immediately. I would call on anyone with information on this attack to bring it forward to the PSNI.” .@AlexAttwoodMLA condemns latest act of ‘tyranny’ in West Belfast following shootings.Anyone with information should assist @PSNIBelfastW. pic.twitter.com/zgmu91B5Pm— SDLP (@SDLPlive) January 12, 2017 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 shooting took place in the Turf Lodge area of Belfast on Thursday eveningAlliance Party justice spokesman Trevor Lunn also condemned the shootings.”Yet again we see guns on the streets of Belfast,” he said. “There can be no justification for this type of attack and whoever was behind it needs to be condemned without equivocation.” Alex Attwood, a Member of the Legislative Assembly for the area, described the double shooting as “the latest act of tyranny in west Belfast”.”The fact that two people, a man and a woman and both in their 50s, have been injured confirms that no one is off limits to those who are now using the gun,” he said.Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Detective Sergeant Keith Wilson said: “Both the man and the woman have been taken to hospital for treatment to their injuries.” There can be no justification for this type of attack and whoever was behind it needs to be condemned without equivocationTrevor Lunn, Alliance Partylast_img read more

Doctor knocked out medic friend who wouldnt let him stay night in

first_img“While they were returning to Dr A’s flat Dr A stated that he was no longer permitted to stay there and that is something that angered Dr Arundel.”Dr A stated that on the way back to the flat he allegedly punched him multiple times to the face and head and it was an attack that was unprovoked. He recalls falling to the ground and Dr Arundel continued to punch him in the head and and he fell unconscious.”He said that the attack lasted for 25-30 seconds and when he woke up Dr Arundel was not present. He walked back to town and proceeded to call the police. Dr A was taken to A&E and had to have stitches in a laceration in his top lip.”The tribunal continues. “He was very agitated and he was angry and he said he wanted to leave.”As Arundel listened at the Manchester hearing, Dr A told him: “We had been in a bar and you had gone away from the group and came back very agitated.”You wanted to leave immediately. I only had one key for the flat so we both went back so I could let you in and I was going to go back afterwards.You were very agitated and angry and I didn’t know what to do and you said you wanted to go home.”It was over two years ago that this happened and I have said my statement is what I remember that night. When I spoke to the triage nurse I had alcohol, I had been assaulted and I was distressed. I can’t exactly remember the events exactly but I was punched multiple times.”Dr A said he discovered a video on his mobile phone which had somehow captured footage of the assault itself, which he later handed to North Yorkshire Police.When asked at the hearing what was on the video he explained: “You were saying: ‘just f..king take it’ and I said: ‘stop hitting me.’ Then there’s a thud when you hit me again and that was all I can remember. There was no conversation, you assaulted me.”I said to you to stop and then there was a thud and then it goes quiet. I didn’t mean to start recording I don’t know how it happened. Dr A told the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service: “We were both on a night out and we had mutual friends. I think that it happened different as we were a group. He was away from the group for a period of time. When he came back he was very agitated. Dr Arundel is accused of assaulting another doctor after a night out in YorkCredit: Cavendish Press/Pat Isaacs I was brutally punched in the head and face multiple times. I fell to the ground and was punched in the face while I was on the floorDoctor A “In my statement I said I was brutally punched in the head and face multiple times. I fell to the ground and was punched in the face while I was on the floor. When I came into the flat with the police you said: ‘Are you actually doing this.'”And then the police officer said Dr Arundel was trying to intimidate me and that they would write it in his pocket notebook.”Dr A added: “About three years ago there was an end of year ball. We were there with friends and he came back over and said he just wanted to leave and wanted to go home.”He was agitated again. I just gave him the keys and he went back. When I came home later a picture frame was smashed and when I asked about it he said that he had slipped and it fell. I thought it was odd at the time as it was quite high up. I have seen him get angry before.The hearing was told Arundel had to pay £200 compensation to Dr A and had to write a formal letter of apology after he admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.Suzanna Kitzing counsel for the GMC told the tribunal: “Dr Arundel had a friendship with Dr A and had been invited to stay at Dr A’s flat after a night out in York. At some point in the night Dr Arundel got separated from Dr A and his group of friends.”When Dr Arundel returned to the group he said he wished to return to Dr A’s flat and because there was only one key Dr A had to return to the flat with him to let him into the flat.center_img A senior doctor with a “history of temper tantrums” knocked out a medic after being told he couldn’t stay at his flat, a tribunal was told.Dr David Arundel, 40, a consultant in emergency medicine, lost his temper and rained multiple punches on the other doctor’s head after being told he was no longer permitted to stay over in his city centre apartment.The unnamed victim known only as Dr A fell to the ground and lost consciousness as Arundel continued with his beating and told him: “Just f—–g take it.”The senior consultant who works at the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby, Lincs then vanished into the night leaving Dr A lying at the roadside. Dr Arundel is accused of assaulting another doctor after a night out in York 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 victim suffered cuts to his lip which needed 10 stitches and a graize to his leg. He later discovered the assault was inadvertently captured on his mobile phone.Police traced Arundel to the victim’s flat but he escaped with a police caution and the matter was referred to the General Medical Council for a hearing to determine whether he will be struck off.A disciplinary panel was told he had a history of temper tantrums and had previously smashed up the same doctor’s picture frame in a fit of rage when he decided to go home early from a black tie ball.The assault took place on January 25 2015 after the two doctors had been out with friends in York. Arundel had been invited to stay over his colleague’s flat but trouble began after he became separated from the group and tried to phone his friend 12 times to find out where they were.last_img read more

Fire sweeps through new block of London flats as witness claims it

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. London Fire Brigade said some 80 firefighters were battling the blaze, with dramatic images posted online showing the roof consumed by flames London Fire Brigade said some 80 firefighters were battling the blaze, with dramatic images posted online showing the roof consumed by flamesCredit:TWITTER / IBRAHIMCHSTV London Fire Brigade said was called to the building on Bow Wharf, Wennington Road, shortly after 11amCredit:TWITTER / IBRAHIMCHSTV ‘The third floor and roof of the four storey residential block are fully alight. A small part of the first and second floors are also affected.‘The Brigade was called at 1110. Crews from Bethnal Green, Homerton, Shadwell, Shoreditch, Whitechapel, Poplar, Millwall and other surrounding fire stations are at the scene. The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.’The brigade later tweeted that the fire was ‘under control’, but that they would remain in the area dampening it down. London Fire Brigade said was called to the building on Bow Wharf, Wennington Road, shortly after 11am A fire has swept through a new block of flats in east London with a witness suggesting it may have been started by a solar panel on the roof.London Fire Brigade said some 80 firefighters were battling the blaze, with dramatic images posted online showing the roof consumed by flames.The blaze took place at a development still under construction containing five houses and 19 apartments, which were set to sell for as much as £1million each. London Fire Brigade statement said: ‘Twelve fire engines and around 80 firefighters and officers have been called to a fire at a building under construction on Bow Wharf, Wennington Road E3. One witness told the MailOnline: “I noticed massive billows of smoke when I was leaving my flat so I quickly rushed back and noticed it was the building opposite.”The spread seemed concentrated around the solar panels on the top. It looked a bit like the solar panels were on fire.”Originally I thought the flames were coming from one of the nearby high rise blocks but then I realised it’s a new build that’s not finished yet so that was a relief.”London Fire Brigade said was called to the building on Bow Wharf, Wennington Road, shortly after 11am, with 12 fire engines sent to the scene.At least 75 per cent of the roof of one of the developments blocks of luxury flats has been destroyed by flames along with parts of the third floor.last_img read more

Walking the dog or pottering in the garden could extend life expectancy

first_imgEach additional 30 minutes a day of light intensity activity – such as gentle gardening or taking the dog for a walk – was associated with a 17 per cent reduction in the risk of death.Those managing half an hour of moderate to vigorous activity every day saw the risk of death fall by 33 per cent, the research found.But it made little difference whether the total was reached from short bursts of acvity, rather than from at least 10 minutes sustained at a time, as has been recommended in UK advice. Pottering around the garden or walking the dog is enough to help older men live longer, a new study suggests. The research found that half an hour a day of any level of physical activity is linked to a 17 per cent reduction in the risk of death in older men.UK health advice suggests 150 minutes moderate to vigorous physical activity, with bouts of at least 10 minutes recommended.But the new research suggests the total amount of time spent on activity is more important – with gentle movement enough to make a major difference.The researchers from University College London tracked more than 1,000 men, with an average age of 78, who wore an  accelerometer- a portable gadget that continuously tracks the volume and intensity of physical activity – during waking hours for seven days.During the monitoring period, which averaged around five years, 194 of the men died.The findings showed total amount of time spent active was associated with a lower risk of death from any cause. Chelsea Garden show  Pottering around the garden could lead to a longer life, research suggests Credit:Paul Grover Researchers said the findings could be used to refine activity recommendations for older adults and made them more achievable.Two thirds of men managed to carry out 150 minutes of activity in total, but only 16 per cent managed to do it in bursts of 10 or more minutes, the study found.But the researchers say the results could be used to refine current physical activity guidelines and make them more achievable for older adults.Study author Dr Barbara Jefferis, of University College London, said: “The results suggest that all activities, however modest, are beneficial. “The finding that low intensity physical activity is associated with lower risk of mortality is especially important among older men, as most of their daily physical activity is of light intensity.”She added: “Furthermore, the pattern of accumulation of physical activity did not appear to alter the associations with mortality, suggesting that it would be beneficial to encourage older men to be active irrespective of bouts.” 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

Great Ormond Street may reverse decision and keep Presidents Club donations

first_imgGreat Ormond Street Hospital is reconsidering whether it should return donations raised by the controversial Presidents Club.The London children’s hospital had vowed to return the £530,000 it had collected from the club’s charitable trust following the scandal in which female hostesses were groped and sexually harrassed by businessmen.But it is understood to have come under pressure from other donors to reverse its decision and has now revealed it is in discussions with the Charity Commission about the money.It noted that its primary concern was to ensure it has maximum funds to support patients and their familiesA spokeswoman said trustees would make a formal decision when they meet next month.“Guiding all our thinking is our aim to maximise the support to the hospital and the families it cares for,” she said. Evelina London children’s hospital and the Clatterbridge Cancer Charity also said they would refund donations. ‘We can confirm that we are in discussions with the Charity Commission and are scheduled to meet them later this week.“Following this meeting and taking into account the latest developments with the Presidents Club Charitable Trust and feedback from our supporters, we will consider our position at our March Trustee meeting.”Two undercover reporters from the Financial Times revealed that hostesses were groped and fondled, with men pawing at them and inviting them to their rooms for sex at the Presidents Club event at London’s Dorchester hotel last month. The Dorchester hotel in London which hosted the Presidents Club eventCredit:Philip Toscano/PA The women were encouraged to drink and allegedly led back into the room by staff from Artista,  the models agency which had hired the girls, if they tried to hide in the lavatories.The woman said guests treated the agency workers “like they were sex workers”, “play things” and “objects”.Great Ormond Street did not receive donations from the now notorious event but had been given more than £500,000 from previous Presidents Club events between 2009 and 2016.In the wake of the recent scandal, the GOSH Children’s Charity described the alleged behaviour of businessman attending the dinner as shocking and said it was returning previous donations “due to the wholly unacceptable nature of the event”.However, it is understood that some of the hospital’s other donors were angry at the decision to return much-needed funds and threatened to withold their own donations if the charity did not reconsider.Parents of patients had also criticised the decision.It has been claimed that only one of the four charities which vowed to return Presidents Club donations has so far formally applied to the Charity Commission watchdog to do so.The Royal Academy of Music is said to have requested permission to return a £10,000 donation made in 2017 as a scholarship for a violin student. The Dorchester hotel in London which hosted the Presidents Club event 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

Kings College London graduate accused of harassing lecturer with gifts and unwanted

first_imgThis carried on until November 16 2017, when she visited Dr Dillon against  his wishes, the court heard. During that meeting she “conducted a course of conduct” that distressed him, it is alleged. Christol, who studied her BA from 2011 to 2016, appeared in court on Friday charged with harassment without violence.She pleaded not guilty to the charge. A trial date was fixed for April 6 at Hendon Magistrates’ Court. Christol, of Upper Holloway, north London, was granted conditional bail. The offence carries a potential maximum six-month jail term or an unlimited fine. Westminster Magistrates’ Court. File pictureCredit:Alastair Grant/AP A King’s College London lecturer was harassed by a graduate with unwanted gifts and visits, a court heard. Stephanie Christol, 30, is also alleged to have pursued Dr Christopher Dillon, a lecturer in modern German history, on Facebook. She has denied carrying out the campaign of harassment between April 1 2016  and November 16 last year. Christol, a King’s College London history graduate, sent emails to Dr  Dillon which were of a “distressing content”, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard. On September 25, she was given an harassment warning letter, the charge sheet said. But Christol is alleged to have continued sending harassing emails and letters to Dr Dillon. center_img Westminster Magistrates' Court. File picturelast_img read more

Elderly and disabled at risk in inadequate housing human rights watchdog finds

Disabled older people are being let down and this is a stark reminder that urgent action is needed,  which is the least they deserve in a compassionate society.George McNamara, director of policy and public affairs at Independent Age The report’s executive summary, seen by the Telegraph, said that some people were forced into “eating, sleeping and bathing in one room” and to rely on family members to carry them between rooms and up stairs.Local authorities told the Commission that developers are “reluctant to build accessible houses, as they see them as less profitable”, and often failed to comply with accessibility standards. “The Government’s drive to increase house building is very welcome, but clearly there is much more to do for those with these special requirements.”Cllr Izzi Seccombe, chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said councils needed “greater planning powers and resources to hold developers to account”. “Housing is too often unavailable, unaffordable, and not appropriate for everyone that needs it. This includes the availability of homes suitable for older people and people in vulnerable circumstances,” she said.A spokesman for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said: “Our new planning rules make clear that councils must take the needs of elderly and disabled people into account when planning new homes in their area.“We’re also providing councils with almost £1 billion over the next two years to adapt properties for disabled and older people so they can live independently and safely.” Despite this, just three per cent of councils took enforcement action against developers who failed to meet these standards, the Commission found.  The report also said that people were forced to wait an average of 22 weeks between application and the installation of home adaptations necessary to live safely and independently, with some waiting for more than a year.The Commission’s report said that better housing would help ease the health and social care crisis as it found that poor housing led to an “increased need for social care” and “avoidable hospital admissions”.Responding to the report, charities warned that the lack of suitable housing was exacerbating the NHS crisis as elderly and disabled people were forced to stay in hospital for longer due to a lack of safe accommodation.Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK said: “Providing accessible homes must be seen as core to reducing pressure on social care and the NHS.  “Disabled older people are being let down and this is a stark reminder that urgent action is needed,  which is the least they deserve in a compassionate society.”Rob Wilson, former Government minister for civil society, said: “This isn’t a new problem, but this is a timely report and reminder that disabled people face enormous challenges with getting appropriate housing.”Almost every local authority area faces the same difficulty in getting enough wheelchair accessible houses built. Britain’s planning rules are fueling a housing “crisis” for the elderly and disabled which is forcing the frail to live in dangerous conditions, a leaked report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission seen by the Telegraph has found.The Commission’s report, due to be released next month, found a “severe shortage of accessible and adaptable housing” with only seven per cent of homes in England offering minimal accessibility features.It warns that local councils are failing to build enough accessible homes to meet demand and were not taking action against developers who failed to comply with regulations. The Commission, a human rights watchdog, said that at least ten per cent of all future housing should be built with a growing elderly and disabled population in mind and that local authorities must reduce the bureaucratic hurdles for adapting homes.The report comes at a time of a growing social care crisis in Britain with many elderly and frail people stuck in hospitals, unable to be discharged due to inadequate housing. At the same time, younger Britons are struggling to get on to the housing ladder with older people unable to downsize due to a lack of suitable properties.Following an inquiry into the state of housing for disabled people in Britain, the Commission reported that the “acute housing crisis“ was leaving elderly and disabled people in unsafe homes and leading to accidents and hospital admissions. “If these recommendations are implemented they will help many more older and disabled people to receive care and support at home.”She added: “It’s vital that we build safe, accessible, high quality homes that work for all generations and that don’t undermine our ability to stay independent as we get older.”George McNamara, director of policy and public affairs at Independent Age, the older people’s charity, said: “These are some of the most vulnerable people but they’re forgotten when it comes to housing policy. They are being discriminated against by a system that doesn’t work for them.”This issue is only going to become more important as our population ages and people have a greater need for specialist housing that addresses all their health and care needs.  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

Alfie Evanss father threatened private murder prosecution against doctors treating the toddler

Ms James is now represented by Jason Coppel QC, a different barrister from Alfie’s father, and the appeal judges heard from her that the toddler was “struggling”.Mr Coppel said he had just spoken to Ms James by telephone and said: “The purpose of the phone call was to say that Alfie was struggling and needed immediate intervention to ensure that he survives at least for the purposes of today and she asked me if I would pass that on to the court and ask that the court invite the hospital to take the appropriate steps.” Police blocked protesters from the entrance to Alder Hey on MondayCredit:Peter Byrne/PA Wire “Those summonses were served on the doctors and I hear you say that there is no hostility to the NHS.”April 13: I have the right to take Alfie home, his father says He added: “My general conversation with Mr Evans is ‘save my boy’. He would leave no stone unturned… He is clutching at straws.”‘The warrior strikes again. He’s back’At the same time two people believed to be German air ambulance staff who had been seen speaking to members of the Evans family were escorted from Alder Hey by police.Mr Evans said his son had confounded specialists’ expectations by continuing to breathe.In a live video posted on Facebook he said Alfie’s life had been “sustained” for a third time.”The warrior strikes again. He’s back. He’s just had a little dip, he went pale, lips started going a little bit but he’s back. Just wanted everyone to know Alfie’s stabilised,” said Mr Evans. Tom Evans, father of Alfie Evans, outside Alder Hey Children's Hospital on April 24 Merseyside Police on Wednesday evening warned that any threats or malicious comments made on social media against staff at Alder Hey would be investigated and could lead to prosecutions.Chief Inspector Chris Gibson said: “I would like to make people aware that these posts are being monitored and remind social media users that any offences including malicious communications and threatening behaviour will be investigated and where necessary will be acted upon.”It came as it emerged that 23-month-old Alfie, who stopped receiving life-support treatment late on Monday as a result of the court’s decision, is now “struggling” and is not expected to live much longer.Mr Evans and his wife Kate James, from Liverpool, were appealing against Mr Justice Hayden’s ruling preventing their son being taken to Rome’s Bambino Gesu Hospital for continued treatment.Mr Justice Hayden had said he accepted medical evidence which showed that further treatment was futile and that flying Alfie to a foreign hospital would be wrong and pointless.At Wednesday’s appeal against the ruling Mr Diamond told three senior appeal court judges that an Italian embassy representative was in court and an air ambulance was on standby at the “request of the Pope”. Alfie has been in Alder Hey with a rare undiagnosed degenerative neurological condition since December 2016.Doctors have said the toddler’s brain has been destroyed by his illness and it is in his best interests to withdraw life support.In a statement the hospital said its “top priority remains in ensuring Alfie receives the care he deserves to ensure his comfort, dignity and privacy are maintained throughout.”This includes working closely with Kate and Tom as they spend this precious time together with him.”On Tuesday Mr Justice Hayden had criticised Mr Stroilov, who works for the Christian Legal Centre (CLC) as a “fanatical and deluded young man” and described a witness statement prepared for Alfie’s parents as “littered with vituperation and bile” that was doing them “far more harm than it does good”. The father of Alfie Evans, the critically ill child at the centre of a bitter life-support dispute, threatened to take out a private prosecution for murder against doctors treating his son, it has emerged.The Appeal Court heard on Wednesday that Tom Evans had talked of taking out the private prosecutions against three doctors for “conspiracy for murder”.Mr Justice Hayden decided at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in Manchester on Tuesday, that Alfie should not be allowed to leave Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool and travel to a hospital in Italy.In his ruling Mr Justice Hayden criticised what he described as the “malign hand” of one of the family’s advisers, law student Pavel Stroilov, who had been party to Mr Evans lodging a private prosecution of doctors at Alder Hey Hospital.On Wednesday, Alfie’s parents lost the latest round of their legal battle, when three Court of Appeal judges dismissed their appeal against the decision that the child should not be taken abroad for treatment.Lord Justice McFarlane told Mr Evans’s barrister, Paul Diamond at the Appeal Court hearing: “Your client purported to take out a private prosecution to have three named doctors charged with the criminal offence of conspiracy to murder. Alfie’s appreciation of life ‘destroyed irrevocably’Appeal judge Lady Justice King disagreed that there was any prospect of Alfie having any pleasure or appreciation of life.She said evidence showed that, while Alfie was unlikely to feel pain, “tragically everything that would allow him to have some appreciation of life, or even the mere touch of his mother, has been destroyed irrevocably”.A doctor, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said that for Alfie to be allowed home would require a “sea change” in attitude from the child’s family. Tom Evans, father of Alfie Evans, outside Alder Hey Children’s Hospital on April 24Credit:Anthony Devlin/Getty Images Police block protesters from the entrance to Alder Hey  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

Fulbright Commission must do more to attract poor students universities minister says

The Fulbright Commission must do more to attract students from disadvantaged backgrounds and ethnic minorities, the universities minister has said.The prestigious scholarship, which funds British students to enroll at top US institutions such as Harvard or Yale as well as Americans to study in the UK, has previously been regarded as “elite programme”, according to Sam Gyimah.But the scholarships should not “limited to the privileged and well-off in society”, he said, adding: “We want this to be open to all and particularly disadvantaged students”.Speaking at a 70th anniversary celebration of the Fulbright Commission, held at the House of Commons, Mr Gyimah announced that the Government’s funding for the Fulbright programme will be increased to £1 million for next year.He said that the £400,000 of extra money that the UK is adding to its usual donation should be used to enable students from deprived backgrounds to “benefit from what is historically been perceived as an elite programme”. People walk by Memorial Church on the Stanford University campus Rory Farquharson, who went to the £30,000-a-year Rugby School, is now at Harvard and has been romantically linked to Malia Obama Rory Farquharson, who went to the £30,000-a-year Rugby School, is now at Harvard and has been romantically linked to Malia Obama His intervention comes amid increasing pressure on British university to boost the diversity of their intakes. The higher education regulator has announced that institutions which fail to comply with its new “tougher” targets for increasing the number of disadvantaged students could be penalised through a fine or even de-registered. Studying at an American university is seen as an increasingly popular option for wealthy British families seeking new ways to give their children an advantage over their peers.The number of privately educated school pupils going to American universities has risen by a fifth in just three years, with some of the very brightest students shunning Oxbridge in favour of Ivy League universities, despite some of them costing more than £100,000 for tuition alone. Mr Gyimah said that studying in the US must not be the preserve of wealthy families, but should be often to all.“We have an education system where for the super-rich the world is their playground,” he said.“They choose where to study, they choose where to live, they can live in more than one country at a time.“And especially when it comes to study there are huge advantages that come from that exposure, by actually allowing disadvantaged, bright and able students to be able to have that sort of exposure, can only be a good thing for our country.”British Fulbright scholar alumni include Peter Higgs, who predicted the existence of the Higgs boson particle and won of the Novel Prize for Physics, and Sir David Cannadine, the president of the British Academy. People walk by Memorial Church on the Stanford University campus 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

Analysis Why the number of migrants travelling across the Channel has soared

Earlier this month, the Telegraph was in the largest migrant camp in Calais as more than 50 police officers swept in to clear the area. After the raid, One Iranian man said: “I’ve had enough. I don’t have a choice anymore. I must try by boat. To die at sea is better than living here.”Since the summer, the number of Iranians in Calais seeking a passage to the UK has grown. One driver of this is the sanctions imposed on Iran by the United States. The economy has been squeezed and many young men are struggling to find work, despite being well educated. “I just want to make a better life for me and my family,” said Araf, a migrant in Calais. “I went to University but the political situation makes it impossible for me to do anything. I studied English, history, politics and I want to come to work in the UK and contribute.”Others have left Iran for more difficult reasons. Bahador Lorpor has travelled to France with his two-year-old son, seven-year-old daughter and his wife after being persecuted for their Christian faith. He told the Telegraph that he would have been killed in Iran. Now he says he must reach the UK “before the border closes.”  Border Force and Port Authority workers remove a migrant boat Early on Christmas Day morning, five migrants flagrantly sailed into the heart of Dover port, before lighting a fire on the beach to warm themselves up, then walked to the police station to give themselves up and seek asylum.“The way the weather is, it is prime time,” said Mr Crittenden. “If you were to swim it, you would go in it in weather like this.”The vessels might look flimsy but, in such conditions, yesterday’s 4m-long boat with a 10 horsepower engine would make “slow but steady progress across the Channel,” said the lifeboat man.“The danger is that you are crossing busy shipping lanes and some of those ships are moving at 25 knots. You would not have the power in a boat like theirs to get out of the way.” And the organised criminals running the trade have now “de-risked” their business, he said, because they only have to get their migrants half way across before they are picked up and taken to Britain by Border Force vessels or lifeboats.“It starts low and as they see it works, it builds higher,” said Mr Wood, who warned that unless the Home Office and Border Force got a grip it could “grow and grow.” Last week he was picked up by French authorities in a stolen fishing boat, trying to get across the Channel. Brexit is being used as a weapon by smuggling gangs, who say that after March 29 it will be all but impossible to enter the UK as the security and border agencies are bolstered.This is forcing the hands of desperate migrants to pay around £2,000 for a place on a boat attempting to make the perilous crossing.Yesterday, at 12.40am, Matt Crittenden hauled himself into his lifeboat and launched into the Channel for what is becoming an increasingly routine mission: the rescue of desperate migrants attempting the crossing to Britain.The Littlestone RNLI manager found the migrant boat on Sandgate beach after being guided to it by a coastguard rescue helicopter.The boat was empty, forcing the helicopter to use its infrared night vision to track down the nine migrants, including three children, who had run inland.They were caught Sandgate beach in an operation that would have cost tens of thousands with the launch of a second lifeboat also required. On the same night, a French warship picked up nine more migrants who failed to make it to British waters. Word is spreading in Calais that now is a good time to go.Since Christmas Eve, 82 migrants in ten different boats have attempted to cross the English channel. Some 71 have made it to the UK, either by navigating the busy waterway, or by being picked up in British waters by border force patrol boats. Since the start of November, 280 people, mostly Iranian, have been intercepted by authorities on both sides of the Channel with the British picking up 201 and the French, 79.The Telegraph understands that at least 60 people have made it to the UK undetected.The surge in numbers over Christmas has been blamed on mild weather, calm seas and smuggling gangs seeking to exploit the holiday period, where border agencies may be shorter staffed than usual. The use of boats has grown as smugglers’ other avenues – via lorries at Calais or fake passports – have become harder, forcing them to disperse to other French ports, says David Wood, former director general of immigration enforcement at the Home Office. The alarming escalation in successful crossings is being used by the smuggling gangs to show migrants in France that they too can make it, and should part with thousands of pounds for a place on a boat. Border Force and Port Authority workers have seen more than 80 people make it to Britain since Christmas EveCredit:Steve Finn Inside the migrant camps in Dunkirk and Calais, French police are applying physical and psychological pressure on migrants by raiding camps and dispersing the inhabitants, sometimes using tear gas and batons.In July, there were just 11 camp raids in Calais, according to figures from local organisation Human Rights Observers and French group L’Auberge des Migrants. In October, that number had increased seven times, to 78. 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

Teenager plunged zombie knife into mans buttocks during fight over friends girlfriend

After shooting his target, Parfitt told Toward-Parker to “back out the shank’ – an instruction to his friend to get out his knife, the court heard.Toward-Parker, of Bath Road, Swindon, then told the love rival’s friend: “Don’t think I won’t bore you out with the knife” before plunging it into his buttocks.He denied using those words at the trial, claiming he had lost his grip on the weapon as they scuffled and it accidentally penetrated the victim.But a jury took an hour to find him guilty and he was remanded in custody for sentencing in October, when he is expected to get a lengthy jail term.Parfitt, of Tudor Walk in Walcot, Swindon, admitted unlawful wounding and possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.He was sentenced to a two-year youth rehabilitation order as he has served eight months on remand.Now 18, he must also complete a weapons awareness course, do a two-month night time curfew and 40 hours of unpaid work.Judge Peter Crabtree said: “This was an attack which involved a significant degree of premeditation.”Use of a weapon and you had Mr Toward-Parker there for support.”Det Sgt Anger added: “The two defendants went to that park carrying weapons with the intent of harming those they had gone to meet. 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. Police have released a shocking image of a zombie knife which was plunged so deep into a man’s buttocks it had to be surgically removed.The victim was stabbed by Aaron Toward-Parker, 18, during a showdown between love rivals in a park.Police released an X-ray of the embedded blade after the teenager was found guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm at Swindon Crown Court.Detective Sergeant Scott Anger, of Wiltshire Police, said: “This was a very violent assault which could have very easily had serious, if not fatal, consequences.”The victim who was stabbed had to be taken to hospital by ambulance with the large knife still in place and then had to have an operation to have the knife surgically removed.”Luckily, he has gone on to make a good recovery.”The court heard how Toward-Parker’s friend Jack Parfitt arranged to meet a colleague of his pregnant girlfriend – after becoming upset at flirting between the pair.They arrived at the scene near Covingham Square in Swindon on bikes at around 9pm on January 20 this year.Parfitt, then 17, identified his target and opened fire with a BB gun.The victim of the zombie knife was a friend of the love rival who had accompanied him to the park. “They had no regard for the consequences of their actions or the fact that they could have seriously injured or even killed those that they attacked.”I would like to commend the bravery of the victims, who have worked with police to make sure those responsible have been brought to justice.”And I would like to applaud the actions of the police officers who attended the incident on the night and those who have worked tirelessly on this case over the past six months.” read more

Queens man jailed for hitandrun death of Guyanese

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyanese dies in Trinidad after turned away from HospitalApril 5, 2014In “Regional”Foreign Affairs Ministry contacts Trinidad Gov’t following death of GuyaneseApril 6, 2014In “Politics”Trinidad’s Health Minister denies that Guyanese man was refused medical careApril 8, 2014In “Regional” A Queens man apologized Thursday before he was sentenced to 2 to 6 years in prison for a fatal hit-and-run crash last year in Rotterdam, according to a report in timesunion.com“I just want you to know that I am so sorry for everything that happened on that evening,” Ravi Sookram, 29, said, turning toward Inshan Ali’s friends and family. Among them were some wearing T-shirts with Ali’s likeness.Inshan Ali (left)Sookram, whose friends and family filled the other side of the courtroom, called his own actions on May 29 “cowardly.”Police and prosecutors have said Sookram has family in the Schenectady area and had left a party when he hit Ali on Hamburg and Schermerhorn streets. He got out to inspect his SUV, realized what had happened and drove away, investigators said.Ali, 47, was pronounced dead at the scene.Authorities said Sookram ordered replacement parts for the badly damaged 2004 Lexus RX330 and returned downstate but didn’t drive the vehicle, said authorities.Rotterdam police arrested him after a monthlong investigation.Sookram pleaded guilty in January to leaving the scene of a fatal accident and tampering with evidence, both felonies.On Thursday, Nazeema Ali described the pain and heartache of losing her older brother.“I am so brokenhearted and devastated. My life will never be the same again,” she said. “Our family is forever broken.”She said her brother’s death inspired her to work with her congressman to toughen laws and make penalties stiffer for hit-and-run accidents.Ravi SookramAli and her father, Hassim Ali of Schenectady, also told the court Inshan Ali was a devoted father to his two children.“He has left two beautiful kids without a father and mother, whose documents cannot be processed,” Hassim Ali said.The family is from Guyana.Prosecutor Nicholaus McDonald asked Judge Matthew Sypniewski to sentence Sookram to the maximum of 3 to 9 years. He said investigators could not determine if Sookram was intoxicated at the time of the crash.Sookram’s attorney Lee Greenstein said his client was not drinking and claimed that, in all likelihood, the accident was not his fault.“It’s a terribly sad day with two families dealing with different tragedies,” Greenstein said, noting Sookram surrendered and confessed to police.Greenstein asked the judge to impose a sentence that would not involve any time behind bars.Sookram “killed somebody and tried to get away with it,” Sypniewski said.“It was dishonest and it was shameful,” the judge said.Sookram was sentenced to 2 to 6 years for leaving the scene of a fatal accident and 11/3 to 4 years, to run concurrently, for tampering with evidence. read more

Demo reconstruction of St Roses High School to commence in August

The demolition and re-construction of the St Rose’s High School is slated to commence during the August holidays, while school is out.St Rose’s High SchoolThis is according to Minister of State, Joseph Harmon on Thursday, who asserted that in addition to the $16.9M contract which was awarded to PD Contracting for the demolition of part of the age old structure earlier this year, another sum of $352M has been granted to Courtney Benn Constructing Services Limited for the re-construction.“I believe, because it’s a school, these works most likely will commence during the August holidays so that it does not interfere or interrupt the actual school work that is taking place…As you know, St Rose’s is still an active secondary school and therefore work which has to be done… on this contract will be facilitated by the previous contract which was awarded for the demolition of the building,” he explained.In February of this year, Cabinet had approved the lump sum to be paid to PD Contracting for a section of the High School to be demolished.The school’s Board of Governors Chairman, Kenrick Thomas, in a letter, had indicated that the demolition would be limited to the aged, wooden section of the building facing Church Street since it was in a state of disrepair.“This decision was taken only after extensive consultations over many years to determine the viability of retaining this edifice because of its historical importance and architectural integrity. After much deliberation and with the primary goal being to provide a safe, up-to-date and innovative building for the development of our students, and only after exploring every option to preserve the building was the decision unhappily taken to demolish the structure,” Thomas had stated.He noted that given that it was almost entirely made of wood – some portions being up to 100-plus years old- the building was now structurally incapable of providing a safe environment for the more than 700 students that utilise the facility.As such, he added that the auditorium has not been used as a general meeting hall for the past five years and the building was evacuated completely during the past year to ensure that there would be no mishaps.Nevertheless, the Chairman assured that the replacement structure would incorporate many aspects of the original design and would integrate the design of the Marion and other wings on the property, including retention of the green space courtyard area, a unique feature of the school.This demolition exercise was expected to have been conducted during the Easter holidays, last.Nevertheless, the reconstruction is intended to take place immediately following the demolition and the project is expected to last for approximately 24 months. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPhotos: St Rose’s High demo underwayJuly 10, 2018In “latest news”Demolition of St. Rose’s High School to commence on MondayJuly 6, 2018In “latest news”Amicable solution reached between St. Roses High, St. Agnes PrimarySeptember 18, 2013In “Local News” read more

Cameco pushing back the water

first_imgCameco is proceeding with a phased plan to restore the underground workings at Cigar Lake uranium mine in Canada after a water inflow on October 23, 2006 flooded the project. The first phase of the plan involves drilling holes down to the source of the inflow. Concrete will be pumped through the drill holes and sealed off with grout. Subsequent phases include removing water from underground areas, ground freezing in the area of the inflow, restoring other underground areas and resumption of mine development. Regulatory approval is required for each phase of the remediation plan. Drill crews completed one hole in the area of the rockfall and nearly completed another hole before leaving for the Christmas break. About 18 holes are now planned including four for mine dewatering. The crews resumed working on December 27, 2006 working around the clock, seven days a week. “Drilling through the Athabasca sandstone has been more challenging than anticipated,” said Terry Rogers, Cameco’s Senior Vice-President and COO. “However, the experience we gain in the first few holes is expected to accelerate progress in the future. We will be in a better position to estimate when we expect the first phase to be completed after the first concrete is poured.” Cameco had expected to be pouring concrete in December, as part of the first phase, but that is now expected to occur in January. Cameco will issue another news release in January to update progress and in February 2007 plans to provide preliminary capital cost estimates and timelines for the remediation, as previously indicated. The company continues to work in consultation with international experts to develop a comprehensive remediation plan including contingency options. Based on current plans, Cameco expects the remediation phases mentioned above will fall within the scope of the original environmental assessment of the Cigar Lake project. Cameco is working closely with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and Saskatchewan regulatory agencies to achieve timely approvals for the various elements of the plan. The Cigar Lake project is a joint venture owned by Cameco (50%), AREVA Resources Canada (37%), Idemitsu Uranium Exploration Canada (8%) and TEPCO Resources (5%). The project is located in northern Saskatchewan. Cameco, with its head office in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is the world’s largest uranium producer.last_img read more