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.” [email protected] condemns latest act of ‘tyranny’ in West Belfast following shootings.Anyone with information should assist @PSNIBelfastW.— 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