Month: September 2019

Ohio States Season Was A Crazy Outlier

Ohio States Season Was A Crazy Outlier

The legend of Urban Meyer grows.In coaching the Ohio State Buckeyes to the first ever College Football Playoff Championship on Monday, Meyer not only made college football history, he made statistical history — a history Meyer is uniquely familiar with.After Monday’s 42-20 win over Oregon, Ohio State finished with the second-highest season-ending Elo rating ever (31.7). Only the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers had a higher rating (33.4). A little background, in case you’re not familiar: The Elo rating system was originally used for chess, but at FiveThirtyEight we use it to produce weekly NFL ratings, among other things. As my boss Nate Silver has explained, Elo ratings are a simple and transparent approach to numerically rate a team.What makes this Ohio State team stands out is not just its dominance, but its improvement. Here is the season-ending Elo rating for the 3,758 college football team seasons back to 1982 plotted against their change in start-to-finish Elo rating.Ohio State is an outlier in both respects. In addition to the No. 2 season-ending Elo rating, the Buckeyes had the 31st most dramatic start-to-finish rating improvement.The team nearest to Ohio State in both dominance and improvement is the 2008 Florida Gators, coached by none other than Urban Meyer. read more

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Tigers Advance To World Series By Sweeping Yankees

Tigers Advance To World Series By Sweeping Yankees

Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Perlata hit two-run homers in a four-run fourth inning against New York Yankees’ ace C.C. Sabathia to catapult the Detroit Tigers to an 8-1 victory Thursday night to sweep the Yankees out of the playoffs for the first time in 32 years.And so, the Tigers advance to the World Series to face the National League winner between St. Louis and San Francisco.“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” Cabrera said. “Four more wins, guys. Four more wins.”Pitcher Max Scherzer took a no-hit bid into the sixth against a starting lineup that was again without benched Alex Rodriguez, who flied out with two on in the sixth as a pinch hitter.Austin Jackson added a solo shot in the seventh for Detroit, and Peralta hit another homer an inning later.The game ended with Fielder, Detroit’s $214 million acquisition, catching Jayson Nix’s popup. The Tigers spilled onto the field for a celebration that began near second base and eventually moved closer to the third-base line.General manager Dave Dombrowski hugged Jim Leyland — who is in the final year of his contract — while owner Mike Ilitch rubbed the 67-year-old manager’s right shoulder.“I’ve got a great bunch. We don’t have one hot dog in the bunch,” the pizza magnate said. “They’re all great guys. … The Tigers are something special.”… The Tigers are something special.”Detroit won its 11th American League pennant and first since 2006. The Tigers have five days off before the World Series starts Wednesday at defending champion St. Louis or 2010 winner San Francisco.After scoring in just three of 39 innings during the series, New York headed home to face unpleasant questions about its future after a postseason of awful hitting, benched stars and veterans showing the wear and tear of age. Rodriguez, the $275 million third baseman, was out of the starting lineup for the third time in the playoffs. Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera could only watch following season-ending injuries.The Yankees, with a big league-high $222 million payroll, hit .188 in the postseason — a record low for a team that played at least seven games — and .157 in the LCS. New York went quietly in the ninth inning, with the Comerica crowd chanting “Sweep!” while the last three batters were retired in order.Detroit outhit New York 16-2 in the finale and 46-22 in the series. The Tigers’ starters are 4-1 with a 1.02 ERA in this postseason.Without a World Series title since 1984, Detroit lost to Texas in last year’s ALCS, lost slugger Victor Martinez  to a season-ending knee injury in January and quickly replaced his offense by signing Fielder. The excitement of that bold acquisition subsided a bit when the Tigers struggled to a 26-32 start in the AL Central, but they overtook the Chicago White Sox in the final 10 days of the regular season and won the division with an 88-74 record, matching the Cardinals for the fewest wins among the 10 playoff teams.“I just reminded everybody when we took our punches all year, ‘You know what? Let’s just wait till the end, and then if we have underachieved, I will be the first one to admit it,” Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. “So hopefully we’ve quieted some doubters now. The guys just stepped it up when we had to. We caught a couple breaks when the White Sox couldn’t win a couple of games they needed to win.” read more

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Stephen Collier suffers torn ACL Joe Burrow likely to be Ohio States

Quterbacks Stephen Collier (13) and J.T. Barrett (16) get work in at the first day of fall 2015 camp on Aug. 10 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi / Lantern reporterAll offseason, there has been no question that J.T. Barrett is Ohio State’s starting quarterback. The second-string spot, however, was a lot more in the air.That race might now be over, as redshirt sophomore Stephen Collier’s season is most likely over after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee. The news was first reported by Eleven Warriors.Collier had been in a competition for Barrett’s backup with redshirt freshman Joe Burrow throughout the spring, with plans on the race continuing through the fall. Collier came in for Barrett in the second half of OSU’s spring game on April 16, completing four of 11 passes for 154 yards and an interception. Fifty-five of those yards came from a long connection down the sideline to redshirt sophomore receiver Parris Campbell.With Collier’s knee injury, Burrow, who was 14-of-23 for 196 yards and three touchdowns in the spring game, will almost assuredly receive the second-string role. True freshman Dwayne Haskins Jr., who hasn’t yet arrived on campus, is likely the favorite to be the third-stringer.According to an OSU spokesman, Collier underwent successful surgery Wednesday morning and is expected to make a full recovery.The Buckeyes are set to get their season started on Sept. 3 with a game at Ohio Stadium against Bowling Green. Kickoff time is yet to be announced. read more

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23 new Buckeyes sign on to 2011 football team

Cardale Jones, quarterback, Glenville High School (Cleveland) Coming from the storied Cleveland Glenville program that has produced former Ohio State stars such as Troy Smith and Ted Ginn Jr., Jones is a late addition to OSU’s future, not committing to the Buckeyes until Signing Day. Don’t look for Jones of the field next season though, as he will enroll in prep school before coming to Columbus next January, pushing his first year of eligibility back to the 2012 season. Bryce Haynes, long snapper, Pinecrest Academy (Cumming, Ga.) In past recruiting classes, coach Jim Tressel has traveled south to pick up skilled players such as receiver Santonio Holmes and defensive end Cameron Heyward. This year, he offered a scholarship to a player possessing a different type of skill. With the emphasis that Tressel often puts on special teams, perhaps its fitting that this year’s class possesses one of the most unheralded members of a special teams unit: the long snapper. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Haynes also received offers from Notre Dame, North Carolina, Utah State and Arkansas. Conner Crowell, linebacker, North Point High School (Waldorf, Md.) Crowell is the No. 24-ranked middle linebacker in the class of 2011, according to Scout.com. At 6-foot-1, 219 pounds, Crowell also received offers from Connecticut, Penn State, Maryland, West Virginia, Kansas State, Stanford and several other schools before choosing the Buckeyes. Ron Tanner, safety, Eastmoor Academy High School (Columbus) Scout.com’s No. 11 safety in the class of 2011 decided to stay close to home in Columbus, choosing the Buckeyes over schools such as Michigan and Stanford. Tanner is a hard-hitting safety that also played quarterback in high school at Eastmoor Academy. Heading into his senior year of high school, he maintained a 3.8 GPA. Nick Vannett, tight end, Westerville-Central High School (Westerville, Ohio) A 6-foot-6, 230-pound tight end, Vannett is ranked as the No. 14 tight end in his class, according to Scout.com. In 2010, Vannett was first team all-conference, as well as a first team all-district selection as a tight end at Westerville-Central in Westerville, Ohio. Devin Smith, wide receiver, Washington High School (Massillon, Ohio) The No. 29 ranked receiver in his class, Smith chose the Buckeyes over Big Ten schools Illinois, Nebraska, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin. At 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, Smith makes up for his lack of size with the elusive speed that makes him a dangerous downfield threat. Joel Hale, defensive tackle, Central Grove (Greenwood, Ind.) One of three defensive tackles in this year’s class for the Buckeyes, Hale chose OSU over Big Ten schools Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin. In his senior season at Central Grove High School in Greenwood, Ind., Hale recorded 43 tackles, including 7.5 for a loss, two of which were sacks. He also forced nine fumbles and recorded an interception. Michael Bennett, defensive tackle, Centerville High School (Centerville, Ohio) A four-star recruit from the same high school that produced OSU stars A.J. Hawk and Mike Nugent, Bennett is the No. 8 defensive tackle in his class. A two-way lineman in high school, Bennett chose OSU over schools Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame and Stanford. Steve Miller, defensive end, McKinley Senior High School (Canton, Ohio) A five-star recruit according to Scout.com, Miller is the No. 9 overall player at his position in the class of 2011. Miller could see the field immediately for the Buckeyes, helping to fill the void left by the graduating Cameron Heyward and the suspended Solomon Thomas. Brian Bobek, center, William Fremd High School (Palatine, Ill.) The No. 1 center in the nation according to Scout.com, Bobek will look to follow LeCharles Bentley, Nick Mangold, and Michael Brewster as the next All-American center at OSU. A native of Palatine, Ill., Bobek chose the Buckeyes over Michigan State, Ball State and Purdue. Curtis Grant, linebacker, Hermitage High School (Richmond, Va.) Grant left the OSU coaches sweating, as he waited until Signing Day to announce his intentions of joining the Buckeyes, but the nation’s top-rated linebacker might prove to be well worth the wait. The leading tackler for the East in the U.S. Army All-American Game, Grant will look to be the next great linebacker at a school that has produced Chris Spielman, Hawk and James Laurinaitis. Ejuan Price, linebacker, Woodland Hills High School (Pittsburgh, Pa.) One of four linebackers in OSU’s class of 2011, Price joins the Buckeyes as the No. 14 middle linebacker prospect in his class. The hard-hitting linebacker from Pittsburgh chose the Buckeyes over Big Ten competitors Michigan State and Iowa, and also Big East schools Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia. Doran Grant, cornerback, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (Akron, Ohio) Unlike LeBron James, who also attended St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron, Ohio, Grant chose to stay in Ohio for the next step in his career, choosing the Buckeyes over offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Southern California. As the No. 5 ranked cornerback in his class, Grant makes up for his 5-foot-10, 177 pound frame with speed that allowed him to play defensive back, wide receiver and kick returner in high school. Ryan Shazier, linebacker, Plantation High School (Plantation, Fla.) Ranked as the No. 5 outside linebacker in his class, Shazier will attempt to make a transition to a new position in college, as he played defensive end for the majority of his high school career. Having chosen OSU over national powers Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma and Southern California, Shazier should fit in nicely with an OSU defense that uses versatile players to present multiple schemes. Evan Spencer, wide receiver, Vernon Hills High School (Vernon Hills, Ill.) With the loss of Dane Sanzenbacher to graduation, the Buckeyes will be looking to replace a player who made a knack for making tough catches across the middle of the field. Spencer might be that man. Spencer’s reputation of being a tough player who’s not afraid to take a hit — or make a hit blocking downfield — earned Spencer a four-star ranking from Scout.com as the No. 19 receiver in his class. Spencer is the son of former OSU running back and running backs coach Tim Spencer. Braxton Miller, quarterback, Wayne High School (Huber Heights, Ohio) The headliner of this year’s class, Miller made a reputation for himself as a dual-threat quarterback in high school, earning the No. 2 quarterback ranking by multiple recruiting services. With OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season, Miller will compete this spring with Joe Bauserman, Ken Guiton and Taylor Graham to be the Buckeyes’ starter in Pryor’s absence. Jeff Heuerman, tight end, Barron Collier High School (Naples, Fla) A three-star recruit and the second tight end prospect in OSU’s class, Heuerman chose the Buckeyes over offers from a number of schools, including Alabama, Iowa, Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin. At 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, Heuerman has made a name for himself as a blocking tight end who can also be used as a red zone target. Jeremy Cash, safety, Plantation High School (Plantation, Fla.) An early-enrollee at OSU, Cash is joining the Buckeyes following a senior season in which he missed five games with a knee injury. As a high school junior, Cash recorded 96tackles, 23 of which were for a loss, seven sacks and forced five fumbles. He also reported a high school GPA of 4.0. Tommy Brown, offensive tackle, Firestone High School (Akron, Ohio) An All-Ohio selection as a two-way lineman at Firestone High School, Brown plans to enroll during Spring Quarter at OSU as a three-star recruit. At 6-foot-5, 300 pounds, Brown has been praised for his strength and run-blocking abilities. DerJuan Gambrell, cornerback, Rogers High School (Toledo, Ohio) A four-star recruit according to Scout.com, Gambrell chose the Buckeyes’ offer over his hometown Toledo Rockets. Gambrell missed four games of his senior season with an injury, but still managed to be named first-team all-city and all-district playing defensive back and wide receiver. Chase Farris, defensive end, Elyria High School (Elyria, Ohio) A four-star recruit, Farris joins OSU as the No. 10 ranked defensive tackle prospect in the nation. Farris earned all-Ohio honors on both sides of the ball as a senior, playing defensive and offensive line for Elyria High School. He was named the district’s defensive lineman of the year. Antonio Underwood, offensive guard, Shaker Heights High School (Shaker Heights, Ohio) Ranked as a three-star recruit, Underwood joins the Buckeyes as the No. 22-ranked offensive guard prospect in his class. Praised for his power and aggressiveness, Underwood was named the Lake Erie league conference’s offensive lineman of the year in 2010. Ken Hayes, defensive end, Whitmer High School (Toledo, Ohio) The No. 14-ranked defensive end prospect in his class, Whitmer earned a four-star rating from Scout.com, based on his combination of size and strength. Hayes was named his district’s defensive player of the year after posting 47 tackles, 11 of which were for a loss, and seven sacks, as he led his team to a 12-2 record. read more

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OSU mens lacrosse makes up for 1st loss with tripleOT win against

After suffering its first loss of the season against Massachusetts on Feb. 26, the No. 16-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team bounced back in dramatic fashion, defeating Penn State, 6-5, in triple overtime on Saturday. The win, the Buckeyes’ first on the road, moves OSU to 4-1 on the season. OSU coach Nick Myers said there was no time to dwell on the first defeat of the season. “We looked at the way we played in our facets, and just felt like we fell short of playing 60 minutes of Buckeye lacrosse,” Myers said after practice Wednesday. “And that’s certainly our goal every week when we step out there and we’re going to try and do that against Penn State.” The Buckeyes did just that. Sophomore attackman Logan Schuss recorded two goals and two assists on the day for the Buckeyes, and they could not have come at better times. He sent the game into overtime, scoring the game-tying goal with 34 seconds left in regulation. Schuss also scored the game-winner against Penn State for the second consecutive year. He has scored at least one point in 19 consecutive games. Despite trailing, 4-2, at halftime and, 5-2, in the second half, OSU was able to battle back and did not allow a goal the rest of the match after the Nittany Lions scored at 5:49 in the third quarter. Freshman goalie Greg Dutton continued to play well for OSU, making nine saves. Also scoring goals for OSU were sophomore attackman Jeff Tundo, freshman attackman Tyler Frederick, junior defenseman Brock Sorensen and senior midfielder Zach Boyt. OSU could claim itself “unofficial Big Ten champions” with the win against Penn State. The two schools are the only ones in the Big Ten that have Division 1 lacrosse programs. The Buckeyes have turned their attention to the unranked Lehigh Mountain Hawks. The Buckeyes have been nationally ranked since Feb. 21, but Boyt said there is no added pressure to the team. “It’s always been about us,” he said. “We don’t really look at those rankings this early in the season.” Sorensen agreed and said the team just needs to focus on its next opponent. “Those rankings don’t mean anything at this point,” he said. “We’ve got a long season ahead of us, so we’ve just got to keep getting better each day.” The game against Lehigh will be the first home game for OSU since it defeated then-No. 3-ranked North Carolina on Feb. 19. The Buckeyes and Mountain Hawks are scheduled to face off at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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Clippers walk off on DimeADog night

As if 10-cent hot dogs weren’t enough, the Columbus Clippers delivered a walk-off win for fans in attendance at Monday’s Dime-A-Dog Night at Huntington Park. Clippers second baseman Gregorio Petit hit a two-out, two-run double to left field in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Columbus a 4-3 win over the visiting Indianapolis Indians. With runners on first and third and down to his last strike, Petit lined a 1-2 pitch from Indians reliever Tim Wood into left field sending Ryan Spilborghs home from third to tie the game. When Indianapolis left fielder Gorkys Hernandez failed to field the ball cleanly, it allowed Trevor Crowe, running on contact with two outs, to score all the way from first. “I knew I tied the game when it came off the bat,” Petit said after the game. “And when I saw Hernandez struggle with the ball, I knew we had Crowe at first and he can run.” With its back against the wall, Columbus needed Petit’s heroics to get the win, but it was the bullpen that kept the team in the game. “I thought our bullpen did a really good job of keeping us close and giving us a chance to win in the ninth,” Columbus manager Mike Sarbaugh said. “Hagadone, Ray and then Herrmann in the ninth, I thought that was the key.” Clippers starting pitcher Chris Seddon struggled out of the gates giving up a home run on the game’s second pitch. The left-hander allowed three runs on five hits in four innings of work, leaving the game with his team down 3-1. Columbus relievers Nick Hagadone, Chris Ray and Frank Herrmann combined for five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits. Indianapolis starter Charlie Morton pitched well for the Indians, going seven-and-two-thirds innings. Down for rehab from Indianapolis’ parent team the Pittsburgh Pirates, Morton allowed one run on six hits, striking out eight. “You’ve got to give credit to (Morton),” Sarbaugh said. “He used all of his pitches effectively and we couldn’t really get anything going against him.” Morton kept the Clippers off the scoreboard for most of the game, but when he gave way to the bullpen, Columbus was able to capitalize, scoring three of its four runs in the ninth off Indians relievers. Kept in check for the better part of the night, the Clippers offense managed to come alive when it needed to. “That’s what fighters do right?” Petit, who was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts before his game-winning double, said. “Fighters fight, and that’s how we are. We just battle the whole game and we never give up.” The game was the first Dime-A-Dog Night of the 2012 season. The promotion is usually held once a month at a Monday home game, but it will get special treatment because of the city of Columbus’ bicentennial this year. “It’s one of those Columbus traditions,” Clippers media director Joe Santry said. “And because of that, we’ll do it every Monday.” Columbus and Indianapolis play the second game of a four-game series Tuesday with the first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. The next scheduled Dime-A-Dog Night is Monday April 30. read more

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Commentary What we learned from the Ohio State Spring Game

Saturday afternoon marked the beginning of a new era of Ohio State football. For the first time, Urban Meyer took the field at Ohio Stadium as head coach of the Buckeyes in front of a crowd of 81,112 people for the 2012 LiFE Sports Spring Game. The intrasquad scrimmage finished with the Scarlet team defeating Gray, 20-14. The final score from the two sides of the divided roster does not carry much relevance, but the performances on the field presented OSU fans with a glimpse into how the team will look this fall. Both offenses and defenses had their ups and downs, but there were a number of aspects from both teams that stood out in the four 10-minute quarters Saturday. 1. Michael Thomas could be the playmaker OSU lacked last season at wide receiver. Thomas enrolled during Winter Quarter as an incoming freshman, but he looks ready to begin making an impact in the passing offense from the team’s first game this fall. Thomas was sensational Saturday, finishing the game with 12 receptions for 131 yards. Last year’s leading receiver, rising sophomore Devin Smith, had 14 receptions and 294 yards for the entire season, and he played in 13 full games. Thomas has good size at 6-foot-2 and is an effective route runner who has the lateral agility to be a difference-maker in space. Even when matched up against the Buckeyes’ best cornerback, rising redshirt sophomore Bradley Roby, he was making receptions on Saturday. 2. The offense should emphasize passing over rushing. Last year, OSU had more than twice as many rushing attempts as passing attempts. The Spring Game indicated that should change this fall. The two teams combined had 55 passing attempts and 443 total passing yards, compared to only 35 rushing attempts and 89 total rushing yards. Meyer said after the game that OSU passed so much during the Spring Game because that’s what the team needed to work on. Regardless, the Buckeyes should pass more often, pairing a more experienced rising sophomore Braxton Miller under center with a more aggressive offensive game plan. 3. The Buckeyes plan to use the no-huddle offense this season. One of OSU’s deficiencies last season was their lack of a hurry-up offense. With an inexperienced freshman quarterback and an inefficient offensive system, the Buckeyes often drove down the field methodically, even late in a game. This year, expect OSU to be able to run an efficient no-huddle offense. The Scarlet offense, led by Miller, came right out of the gate with this strategy, and drove 80 yards to score quickly in 2:17. If Miller can do this with the full OSU offense this fall, the Buckeyes will have much more success at scoring late in games when they need points, and keep opposing defenses on their heels. 4. Ryan Shazier is ready to be a star of the OSU defense. While rising senior captain defensive end John Simon should rightfully earn the majority of attention as the star of the OSU defense, opponents will also have to prepare for Shazier, a rising sophomore outside linebacker. In Shazier’s first start last season against Penn State, he had 15 tackles. He also started the final two games of the season in which he had 18 total tackles. On Saturday, he stood out once again as a playmaker on the defense. He had eight tackles, including two for loss, and was consistently around the football when he was on the field. OSU is well-known for its history of great linebackers. With three years of eligibility remaining, Shazier has the time and talent to be the next great at the position. 5. The defensive line is the strength of the team. Simon barely played Saturday, and rising junior defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins did not play due to a knee injury. Even without the two best defensive linemen on the field, defense dominated the line of scrimmage. The two teams combined for nine sacks on Saturday. Six-and-a-half of them came from defensive linemen, including two from rising sophomore Steve Miller and one-and-a-half from rising redshirt junior Adam Bellamy. Granted, many of these sacks came against reserves on the offensive line, but they nonetheless showed that the defensive line is deep with talent. read more

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Despite being in the mix Buckeyes not focusing on BCS rankings

The OSU football team sings ‘Carmen Ohio’ after a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorCollege football coaches across the country typically shy away from talking about rankings with their teams, and Ohio State head man Urban Meyer is no exception.Meyer said Monday during his weekly press conference that he spoke with team about the inaugural BCS standings, released Sunday evening, in what he called his “first state of the union address.”“My comment was that we are, indeed, in the mix. Embrace it,” Meyer said at Monday’s press conference. “In the mix for what? Don’t worry about it. We are in the mix, though.”OSU is currently ranked No. 4 in the BCS, with a .8553 average, which is taken from the Harris Poll, USA TODAY poll and six computers. The Buckeyes are significantly behind No. 3 Oregon, which has a BCS average of .9320.Meyer, though, said he told his team to embrace where it sits and the only thing that matters is what happens is on the field.“People think very highly of you. Maybe some people don’t,” Meyer said. “You just have to go out and be the best team on the field on Saturday, not in the country.”Junior wide receiver Devin Smith echoed his coach’s sentiment Monday.“He told us not to worry about it too much,” Smith said. “Just keep playing football, keep getting better and just take it one game at a time and everything will fall into place.”If OSU has any plans of playing in the BCS National Championship game in January, it is likely the three teams that sit above it (Alabama, Florida State and Oregon) will need to lose before season’s end. Even if that happens and the Buckeyes finish undefeated and win the Big Ten Championship, a one-loss school from another conference such as the SEC could jump them because of the team’s strength of schedule. The chance of that happening, though, is not something that is crossing the minds of OSU players, junior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said.“Can’t really do much about it,” Bennett said. “All you can do is go out and win and try to start handling, and winning by large margins. That’s all we can really do. We’re always trying to destroy teams, but sometimes it doesn’t work out that way.”OSU is one of three Big Ten teams in the initial BCS rankings, and the only one in the top 20. Michigan (No. 22) and Nebraska (No. 24) are the others, and both already have one loss in 2013.If the Buckeyes want any chance of playing for the crystal football in Pasadena Jan. 6, focusing on and beating each opponent is their first and only concern.“I think guys are aware of (the rankings), but we just need to focus on going out there and winning games because if we don’t focus on the teams we’re playing … that could hurt us if we’re not focused,” sophomore offensive lineman Taylor Decker said.Bennett said “the BCS would work itself out” at the end of the season.“We can handle it, I think we still have that game-to-game approach,” Bennett said. “But it’s just good to know that if we keep doing our job then everything will be fine.”The Buckeyes are only scheduled to play one more currently-ranked team in the regular season (Michigan), so their chances of moving up in the BCS without other teams losing seem slim. Being aware of where they stand, though, is a good thing Decker said.“You gotta be aware of it because it’s going to be talked about,” Decker said. “We still have a lot of football left to play and that, we gotta be focused on, so I think we just need to focus on the next game from a team standpoint.”OSU is set to host Penn State (4-2, 1-1) 8 p.m. Saturday. read more

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Bye week a chance to develop young players take time off

Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa celebrates during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4 in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorLife doesn’t stop for Ohio State football players when they get a week off, but it certainly slows down — especially for the upperclassmen.Coming off a 52-24 win against Maryland on Saturday, the Buckeyes have a week off before returning to the field at Ohio Stadium on Oct. 18. Coach Urban Meyer said he is taking the week to give some younger players heavier reps, while lightening the workload for experienced starters.“This (week) I am getting (freshman defensive lineman) Jalyn Holmes a million reps right now and some of the players have to get ready to go,” Meyer said Wednesday. “Some of them though — (senior defensive lineman Michael) Bennett, we have pulled off of him a little bit.”Along with Bennett, Meyer said sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa is getting fewer game-style reps in practice this week.Senior defensive lineman Steve Miller said the week off has been less intense than the Buckeyes’ first bye week of the season, and added it’s been a good chance to make sure some young players get the practice time they need.“It’s been more laid-back for this break,” Miller said Wednesday. “Just trying to get some of the young guys ready.”While the week off doesn’t mean the players can shut it down quite yet, the upcoming weekend without a game gives them a chance to get away. “We don’t practice on Sunday night because I want them to get out of here,” Meyer said. “(Freshman linebacker) Raekwon McMillan I know is going home to see his mom. He has earned that right to go do that.”McMillan played his high school football in Hinesville, Ga.But if players choose not to head home, Meyer said he wants them to keep football on their mind.“It is our second weekend (off). Some guys aren’t (going home) so maybe they will be over to coaches’ houses on Saturday and we are going to finalize plans,” he said. “I want them somewhere, if they are not going home, I want them around a coach.”Miller said he’ll likely be on the list of players who don’t have to spend their weekend with one of the OSU coaches.“I’m gonna probably go home, probably see my family and rest up,” Miller, a Canton, Ohio, native, said.Even though he gets a chance to spend some extra time with his family, Miller said the bye week doesn’t necessarily come at a good time for the Buckeyes.“It’s been strange, because it’s real early,” he said. “And we really aren’t that banged up yet, so it really (isn’t) that bad to be taking a break.”OSU’s first bye week came after a 66-0 win against Kent State in its third game of the season. That win shifted the team’s momentum after a 35-21 loss to Virginia Tech the week before. Coming out of that week off, the Buckeyes’ offense posted 710 yards against Cincinnati before routing the Terrapins for a third consecutive win.Meyer said that first week off “came at the right time,” but added he doesn’t have the same feelings this time around.“You could see we played pretty well afterwards,” he said. “This one, I don’t know. All I know is it remains to be seen. It is uncomfortable to be honest with you.”Meyer said he has looked at past years, and there hasn’t been a time one of his teams has had two bye weeks so early in the season.While his coach isn’t quite excited to be taking a break, junior offensive lineman Jacoby Boren said it hasn’t been all negative. Boren said he and others on the team have been fighting through minor injuries, so a week off can help them get healthy.“I think it’s working right now, and we’ll see how everything else works out,” he said.After the week off, the Buckeyes are scheduled to face Rutgers on Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium to cap off homecoming week. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. read more

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Lord Lucans widow I suffered years of beatings and mental abuse at

first_imgLucan Lucan Sandra Rivett, who was allegedly murdered by Lord LucanCredit: Tophams Lucan The wife of the late Lord Lucan has given her fullest account yet of the physical and psychological abuse she endured at his hands prior his disappearance.Veronica, the Dowager Countess of Lucan, said she was beaten and belittled for years before her husband attacked her in their former home, after he had already brutally murdered the family nanny, Sandra Rivett.She explained that to understand their relationship at the time of attack in Belgravia it was necessary to go back two years. The book also covers her failed attempts at a reconciliation with her increasingly dissolute husband, including one lunch during which he said sadly “I did love you once”. Lady LucanCredit:Georgie Gillard./ANL/REX/Shutterstock I replied: ‘If you loved me once, then you still do’ — but he said nothing. Lucan Lady Lucan, pictured ahead of the June 5th broadcast of an ITV documentary, Lord Lucan: My Husband. The Truth, about her gambler husbandCredit:Tony Ward/ITV “Turning to my husband to remark on this, I noticed he seemed to be grinning peculiarly. “At that moment, I thought: ‘Oh my God, he is mad’.It wasn’t the first time I’d had the feeling my husband wasn’t quite all there — but it was the first time I questioned his sanity.“Before I could ask him about the peculiar stick in my wardrobe, he said: ‘I’m going to beat those mad ideas out of your head.’“He then instructed me to take off my clothes and lean over the back of a chair, with my hands on the seat, while he gave me ten of the best.center_img Lord Lucan marriage to Veronica Duncan November 1963 at Holy Trinity BromptonCredit:Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / Alamy She recalled: “One day, shortly after my 34th birthday, I opened my wardrobe and found a stick there with its end wrapped in plaster tape. The 7th Earl of Lucan with his then-fiancee, Veronica Duncan, 1963Credit:Photoshot Lucan “Aghast, I had no choice but to comply. Fortunately, his blows were measured — I know he could have hit me harder.“Then he took me to bed and had intercourse with me. And when we’d finished, he examined the injuries he’d inflicted and kissed me very tenderly.“Why did I allow him to do all this? I can only say that I was very weak at the time. So weak, that over the following weeks, I ended up being beaten two more times. Writing in her memoir A Moment in Time, to be published later this year, Lady Lucan, 78, discusses in detail the events of the fateful night of 7 November 1974, and the circumstances of Lord Lucan’s vanishing, missing, presumed dead, in extracts appearing in The Daily Mail. In doing so she provides a chilling insight into their highly privileged yet disordered lives together, and the character of the man who has fascinated the public for more than three decades.At the time she was emerging from a period of depression which had included taking “super-strong” drugs for her illness, “many of which are now banned”.She told how her relationship with her husband had hit “a new low”, and that she feared “he was plotting to have me locked up in a loony bin”.And yet, she said, the couple continued to have a “normal” sex life – despite episodes of shocking violence, humiliation and control. “And after driving me home, he kissed me gently on the cheek for the last time.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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John Worboys Police failed victims of black cab rapist Supreme Court rules

first_imgBottles seized by police when John Worboys - who used alcohol and drugs to stupefy his victims - was arrested Harriet Wistrich, a lawyer representing two of the victims Two victims of John Worboys have won a landmark court case against the police for bungling its investigation into the serial rapist.The rape survivors sued the Metropolitan Police for breaching their human rights over their failure to catch Worboys sooner.The Supreme Court – in a judgment handed down on Wednesday – “unanimously” ruled in the women’s favour. The victims – who can be identified only as DSD and NBV – are also bringing a separate judicial review of the Parole Board decision to release Worboys, dubbed the “black cab rapist”. That hearing will be heard in the High Court next month. The High Court found that the women’s rights to protection against ‘inhumane or degrading treatment’ under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights had been violated by the force’s failures.The Supreme Court has upheld the earlier court decisions. Lord Kerr said there had been “systemic and investigatory failures” in the case, as well as “serious deficiencies” in the investigation.  Lawyers believe the ruling will have major implications for victims of serious crimes.Police have argued that the case will open the floodgates for claims although both the High Court and Court of Appeal believes similar legal actions would only be triggered where officers had got it wrong in major crimes, restricting the number of future claims. Responding to the judgment, Scotland Yard Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey  said: “There is no doubt that it will have implications for how we resource and  prioritise our investigations.”  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. Worboys is believed to have carried out more than 100 attacks on female passengers who were drugged before being raped and sexually assaulted. DSD, who was one of Worboys’ earliest known victims, was attacked in his taxi while being driven home. Worboys even took her to a police station after assaulting her but because she was slurring her words and vomiting as a result of being drugged, police believed she was drunk. DSD returned to the police station the next day to make a rape complaint but it emerged police had failed to take down Worboys’ details, including his name or number of his taxi. Giving the court’s ruling, Lord Kerr said that there was disagreement among them as to whether liability under the Human Rights Act arose only where there had been systemic failures or whether deficiencies in the actual investigation would be enough to make the police liable. Harriet Wistrich, a lawyer representing two of the victimsCredit:Jonathan Brady /PAcenter_img The two women were raped by Worboys in 2003 and in 2007. But due to serious police failures, which Scotland yard has acknowledged, Worboys was not finally brought to justice until 2009, when he was ordered to serve a minimum eight years in jail. One of the victims, DSD, who was at court to hear the judgment, said: “It has been an emotional day. Fifteen years.”Referring to the police, she added: “Had you done your job properly, there wouldn’t be 105 victims, there would be one. I can take the one. I can’t take the 105.”Her lawyer Harriet Wistrich said: “It’s a very, very important judgment – very important for vindicating the rights of my two clients but also for the other victims of Worboys.” Bottles seized by police when John Worboys – who used alcohol and drugs to stupefy his victims – was arrestedCredit:Metropolitan Police “By a majority, we have held that failures in the investigation of the crimes, provided they are sufficiently serious, will give rise to liability on the part of the police.”There were such serious deficiencies in this case. There were, of course, both systemic and investigatory failures in the case.”But, the important point to make is that, if the investigation is seriously defective, even if no systemic failures are present, this will be enough to render the police liable.” In 2014, the High Court awarded the two victims more than £41,000 compensation but Scotland Yard – with the backing of Theresa May when she was Home Secretary – challenged the decision.Mrs May may now face accusations of hypocrisy after saying in an interview only last month that she “fully recognised the concerns” of Worboys’ victims. Mrs May intervened on behalf of the police in their attempt to overturn the High Court victory.The Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, has taken almost a year to make its ruling, having heard the case last March. The decision, already upheld once by the Court of Appeal, will have a far-reaching impact, opening up police to legal claims for mishandled inquiries in rape and other serious cases. 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Postman caught delivering cannabis in parcels on his route in drugs smuggling

first_imgA postman who was caught delivering cannabis in parcels on his delivery route in £1.2m drugs operation has today been jailed.Parcelforce Worldwide driver Adewale Aderounmu would intercept the bogus parcels and hand them to accomplices in a drug ring, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.Border Force officers stopped the activity after noticing a suspicious number of the cannabis parcels it had seized were bound for NW1 0 or NW1 1 in north-west London – which was  Aderounmu’s  route.The 55-year-old, of south London, was sentenced at the Old Bailey to seven-and-a-half years in prison after admitting one charge of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs in August last year.He had worked for Parcelforce Worldwide for more than a decade when he was arrested.Prosecutors said bundles of cannabis were often posted to his beat in the capital from Nigeria and South Africa.  In October 2016, the Border Force stopped one package with almost 6kg of cannabis that was destined for a non-existent address in NW1. Investigators swapped it for a dummy and put it into Aderounmu’s delivery load – then watched as he handed it to another man on the street.  He was arrested by the National Crime Agency.Officers combing back through previously seized drug parcels found around 100 had been sent to the postcode between 2010 and 2016, with a street value of £1.2 million. Corrupt #London parcel delivery driver Adewale Aderounmu, who conspired to intercept cannabis worth at least £1.2m posted to addressed in NW1, has been jailed for 7.5 years today: https://t.co/1tC0T1jKsZ pic.twitter.com/zH75SRdH2E— CPS (@cpsuk) March 9, 2018 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. Cash payments between £100 and £400 had been regularly dropping into Aderounmu’s bank account between 2014 and 2016, it was then found, but they stopped after his arrest.Adrian Flasher, from the CPS, said: “Adewale Aderounmu was an experienced delivery driver who took advantage of his position to enrich himself.”Such methods of drug smuggling are being closely monitored by national investigators.Steve McIntyre, senior investigations manager at the National Crime Agency, said: “It’s extremely important that smuggling routes like these are detected and the offenders who set them up and use them are brought to justice.”The issue of corrupt insiders is taken extremely seriously by the NCA in its mission to protect the public.”last_img read more

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Jack the Ripper warning card sells for £22000 at auction

The card was given to a Metropolitan Police officer when he retiredCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Undated poster appealing for capture of Jack the Ripper The missive, which had a pre-sale estimate of £600 to £900, states: “Beware there is two women I want here they are bastards, and I mean to have them my knife is still in good order it is a students knife and I hope you liked the kidney. I am Jack the Ripper.”It once belonged to a Metropolitan Police constable who was given it as a memento when he retired from the force in 1966. It is being sold by his widow. Undated poster appealing for capture of Jack the RipperCredit:PA A letter believed to have been sent by Jack the Ripper warning of two murders has sold at auction for £22,000.The ink-written card arrived at Ealing Police Station on October 29, 1888 – just 11 days before the serial killer’s last suspected victim Mary Kelly was disembowelled.A British private collector won a bidding war with an American for the rare letter, “the likes of which have never come up for sale before”, Jonathan Riley, of Grand Auctions Ltd, in Folkestone, Kent, said.The final price will be closer to £30,000 once an auction premium is paid, Mr Riley said, adding the sale shows “how much interest in the Ripper there still is”.On the 2.75-inch by 4.75-inch card, the author warns “I mean to have them my knife is still in good order”. The card was given to a Metropolitan Police officer when he retired The auctioneers state: “The most unusual aspect of our card is its rarity. No such card with police provenance has been offered for sale at auction. Mr Riley said: “He happened to be in the right place at the right time, he was retiring, and took it and stuck it in a drawer for 30-odd years … I’m incredibly happy (for the price) and so is the vendor.” “The great beauty of the card is that with its police provenance it is a unique Ripper item for sale, and no one can prove it is the Ripper himself, but equally no one can prove it is not.” read more

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Jeremy Thorpe hitman may still be alive as investigation reopened

Norman Scott arriving at the Jeremy Thorpe trialCredit:Alpha Tom Mangold “I thought they [Gwent police] were doing something at last, but soon found out that absolutely they weren’t, they were continuing the cover up as far as I can see.”Mr Scott added: “It’s not suitable. There’s obviously a lot of skullduggery going on.”Gwent police opened their 2015 investigation after claims that officers altered evidence that Mr Meighan was originally hired to kill Mr Scott were unearthed by the BBC Panorama journalist Tom Mangold in 2014, the year Mr Thorpe died. Newton, who claimed as a prosecution witness at Thorpe’s Old Bailey trial that he had been hired as a hit-man, served two years in prison for shooting dead Mr Scott’s dog Rinka during the bungled assassination attempt on Dartmoor. Gwent police had originally opened their investigation after receiving claims that police officers altered the evidence of another person who said that he had been the first to be hired to kill Mr Scott, before Newton was recruited to the alleged plot. Andrew Newton, who claims he was hired to kill Mr Scott Norman Scott arriving at the Jeremy Thorpe trial Although Gwent police initially believed him to be dead, it has now emerged that Newton has been living in the west london suburb of Chiswick, where residents yesterday described him as an “odd” character who was sometimes seen taking a dog for a walk.One neighbour told The Telegraph: “He certainly mentioned that he was involved in the Thorpe scandal at some point. I was pretty shocked.”The neighbour added that Newton, who lived in Chiswick under the name Hann Redwin – a name he is known to have adopted several years ago – appeared to be concerned about crime in the area and at one stage put a CCTV camera up outside his home.“He would be out painting the outside of the house on a tall ladder with nothing on other than skimpy briefs,” said the neighbour.Newton also spent hours tinkering with parts of a plane he was building in his kitchen and shed.Although he sold his home in the smart Bedford Park neighbourhood two years ago Newton is understood to still be living in the area and has recently been spotted in the local Sainsbury’s. Tom Mangold Andrew Newton, who claims he was hired to kill Mr ScottCredit:PA Thorpe in 2001Credit:Geoff Pugh Mr Meighan, a small time south London criminal and gun dealer said he was hired to kill Mr Scott following a meeting in a Shepherds Bush café called The Ritz in 1975 with a man believed to have been David Holmes, Thorpe’s best man, and Mr Newton. Thorpe in 2001 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. In 2014 Dennis Meighan claimed to the veteran BBC reporter Tom Mangold that he was approached by associates of Thorpe to carry out the murder, but pulled out after losing his nerve.After detectives concluded that Newton was no longer alive the Crown Prosecution Service told Mr Scott in February last year that no further action would be taken.The revelations follow the BBC’s current dramatisation of the scandal, starring Hugh Grant as Thorpe. Mr Scott, now aged 78, remains convinced an establishment cover-up into his attempted murder has continued to infect attempts to get to the truth.He told the BBC: “I just don’t think anyone’s tried hard enough to look for him [Newton]. I really don’t. There must be people who know him. There would be a record of him dying. In a further bizarre twist, Meighan raised his allegations after bumping into Mangold while the reporter was walking his dog in a west London park.As part of a new investigation into the affair the BBC will on Sunday broadcast footage from a 1979 edition of Panorama that was never shown for legal reasons, following the acquittal of Thorpe and his three co-defendants. Jeremy Thorpe with congratulatory telegrams after being elected head of the Liberal PartyCredit: Anthony Marshall An investigation into allegations the former Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe tried to have his gay lover killed is to be reopened by police after it emerged the would-be assassin may still be alive.Police launched a new inquiry in 2015 into the attempted murder of Norman Scott but abandoned it last year after concluding Andrew Newton, an airline pilot allegedly hired to carry out the killing, was dead.The force now says that information has come to light which suggests Newton – who shot Mr Scott’s dog, and claimed he was paid to kill him – may still be alive.Gwent police said: “Enquiries were completed which indicated Mr Newton was deceased.  We have now revisited these enquiries and have identified information, which indicates that Mr Newton may still be alive.”As a result, further enquiries will be conducted to trace Mr Newton to assess if he is able to assist the investigation.” Jeremy Thorpe with congratulatory telegrams after being elected head of the Liberal Party The re-opening of an investigation into the attempted murder of Scott raises the prospect that someone may yet be convicted for their part in what was one of the biggest political scandals of the post-war years.Following a sensational trial in 1979 Thorpe was acquitted along with three other defendants of conspiracy to murder Mr Scott, with whom he had a gay relationship in the early sixties, when it was still a criminal offence. The corporation’s director general at the time kept a master copy of the programme, but ordered all other copies to be destroyed. Mr Mangold, however, kept his copy of the reporThe Jeremy Thorpe Scandal will air after the end of the dramatisation A Very British Scandal, which stars Grant as Jeremy Thorpe and Ben Whishaw as Norman Scott. He said he had been offered the equivalent today of £140,000 to drive down to Devon where Scott lived, and kill him. Meighan says he lost his nerve at the last moment, drove back to London and gave the gun, a Mauser, to Newton.It was at this point that Mr Newton, who had been recruited by two middlemen working for Holmes, then drove to Devon, picked up Scott and his Great Dane Rinka, and shot the dog. When he tried to murder Scott the gun jammed.After Newton was arrested and subsequently jailed for firearms offences, Meighan says he made a full statement to Scotland Yard detectives about the `Ritz Conspiracy’ meeting.He told Mangold, however, that he subsequently signed a new police statement which made no mention of Thorpe, the Ritz Conspiracy meeting, or his own criminal offence in possessing and supplying a firearm. As a result vital evidence which might well have led to Thorpe’s conviction was never revealed. 

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Jilted lover used online greetings card service to harass exgirlfriend court hears

Andrew WallaceCredit:Cavendish Press Alicia Renoso Credit:Cavendish Press On February 13 Mr Wallace then sent a Valentines card to her home and she reported the incident to the police.Defence lawyer, Ian Ridgeway, said the relationship ended “by text message” and that Mr Wallace wanted to know why it was ended “and that was when the communication started”.The court heard how Mr Wallace, who walks with a limp, suffered from a series of strokes in 2010 eight years ago, which has resulted in him having Cerebral Vasculitis. He had previously worked as a chartered surveyor but had to quit his job and is now living off disability benefits.Wallace of Knutsford, Cheshire, pleading guilty to harassing Miss Renoso between July 2017 to February 2018 and was banned from contacting and her daughter for 18 months under the terms of a restraining order. A jilted lover used an online greetings card service to harass former lover, a court heard.Alica Renosa, 44, was sent a series of personalised messages over a seven month period after chartered surveyor Andrew Wallace used the company’s website to create his own cards in an attempt to win her back.One card chosen by 50-year old Wallace included text saying the grave of Miss Renosa’s father was his “favourite place to visit” and claimed it was installed as a destination on his satellite navigation system.Miss Renosa, a mother of one who runs a mobile hairdressing business in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, contacted Moonpig to request that the company stopped Mr Wallace from sending cards to her address.She also called police who issued with Wallace with a Police Information Notice (PIN) warning about his conduct, however he was then alleged to deliver the cards personally to her home instead.In a statement Miss Renosa said: “I thought the PINS notice would be a sufficient deterrent for Andrew but he seems to be ignoring it.”I wish Andrew would stop using my postal address as a means of communication. I feel like he has used the last several months to try to manipulate me into getting back with him.” The court heard a parcel was delivered the following day containing a bottle of alcohol and a card from the defendant. Tameside Magistrates Court heard the pair met through an online dating site last year. Prosecuting, Danielle Allison, said: “She describes that she told him that she did not want a relationship with him, but he continued to contact her through Facebook. As a result, she blocked him through social media and his phone. She then went to the police.”Ms Allison told the court that from 29 July 2017, an officer informed her that a PINS notice had been issued against Mr Wallace but that he continued to communicate with her.”In August she received a card from him from MoonPig.com and then on October 10, he contacted her again using the telephone. During the course of that call, he implored her not to hang up and said that he had issues. She said that she did not want to remain in contact with him,” she said.It was then claimed that on October 18, another card from MoonPig.com was sent from Mr Wallace to Miss Renosa’s address. She then called MoonPig.com and asked them to prevent him from sending cards to her address.”On December, he sent her another card saying that her late father’s grave is one of his favourite places and marked on his phone’s SatNav, and that he was going to visit,” Ms Allison added. 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. She added that her life had been affected and she was “filled with fear and intimidation”. Andrew Wallace Alicia Renoso  read more

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War Horse director Marianne Elliott says lack of female role models made

She included The Smiths and Bjork among her Desert Island choices Marianne Elliott, the acclaimed theatre director, has said that an absence of visible female directors during her youth made her believe she may never be able take on theatre’s top job.Elliott, whose career has seen her direct at Manchester’s Royal Exchange and the National Theatre – following an invitation from Nicholas Hytner – confessed that she had questioned her ability to be successful in theatre solely because of her gender.”I went to Hull University, I didn’t have good enough grades for anything else and I thought I could do drama.   ”But I honestly never thought I’d go into it.  I started directing then and I really enjoyed it, again, I still didn’t think that I would do it because I thought you had to be a man,” she told Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. She included The Smiths and Bjork among her Desert Island choicesCredit:PA/PA Marianne Elliott directed the National's acclaimed 2017 run of Angels in America starring Andrew Garfield and Russell Tovey 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. Marianne Elliott directed the National’s acclaimed 2017 run of Angels in America starring Andrew Garfield and Russell ToveyCredit:Helen Maybanks Elliott, who formed her own theatrical company Elliott & Harper with theatre producer Chris Harper in 2016, has been a leading figure in her field.She directed a series of influential productions including War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.She told presenter Kirsty Young: ”I know it’s awful isn’t it?  I thought you had to be a man because they’re all male therefore; it’s clearly not something I could do.”The award winning director, who in 2011 took home the Tony for Best Direction of a Play for the Broadway production of War Horse, spoke of the positive feelings she experienced after confronting her fear of entering the male dominated arena. “I felt an enormous sense of belonging and maybe power as well,” she said. Elliott, who this year was awarded an OBE for her services to theatre, was quick to offer words of encouragement to other young women hoping to break into theatrical directing.”I would say there is no one right way, you have to follow you own  instinct, you have to get atune to what your instinct is saying to you and follow that.”If it’s not what Joe Bloggs is doing that’s okay, Joe Bloggs can do his own production you just get on with yours.”Elliot chose songs including The Smiths’ Please, Please, Please, Let me Get What I Want and Bjork’s It’s Oh So Quiet. ”I love Bjork because she is the opposite of conventional and that’s how I would say all the women that I’ve know in my life and all the women that I’ve heard about in my life from my family are,” she said.Desert Island Discs is on BBC Radio 4 today at 11:15am read more

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Syria war Trump and Putin trade barbs as ministers meet

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSyria war: G7 fails to agree sanctions on Russia after ‘chemical attack’April 11, 2017In “World”U.S. fires missiles at Assad airbase; Russia denounces ‘aggression’April 7, 2017In “World”Syria’s Assad says chemical attack ‘100 per cent fabrication’April 13, 2017In “latest news” Mr Tillerson said he looked forward to a “candid” exchange so that the two countries could better define and narrow their differences.Mr Tillerson has warned that Russia risks becoming irrelevant in the Middle East because of its support for Mr Assad.However, the BBC’s Steve Rosenberg in Moscow says President Assad is Russia’s key military ally in the Middle East and Mr Tillerson may need to rethink his belief that he can weaken Moscow’s support for him.Further evidence of division was shown when Russia’s foreign ministry said Moscow would later veto a draft resolution by the US, UK and France requiring the Syrian government to co-operate with an investigation into the chemical attack.“In its current form this project is unacceptable for us,” deputy foreign minister Gennady Gatilov told the Interfax news agency. “We, of course, will not vote for it.”President Putin has himself called for an independent UN investigation. The latest strain on ties follows the suspected chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun (EPA Image)(BBC) The US and Russian presidents have revealed the wide gulf between them over Syria, even as their foreign ministers were meeting in Moscow.Donald Trump said Russia was backing “an animal” in Syria’s Bashar al-Assad.Vladimir Putin said the US had violated the law in bombing a Syrian airbase and that the level of trust with the US had worsened since Mr Trump took office.However, Mr Putin did choose to meet Rex Tillerson after the US envoy had held talks with Sergei Lavrov.The meeting between the president and the US secretary of state had been in doubt but Russian agencies confirmed it was taking place.Tension in ties has risen since a suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun last week that left 89 people dead.The US and its allies blamed the Syrian government, and the US fired 59 cruise missiles at the Shayrat airbase in response.Syria denied carrying out the chemical attack and has the support of its main ally, Russia.Speaking on the Fox Business Network, Mr Trump expressed his outrage at the chemical attack.“You see these beautiful kids that are dead in their father’s arms, or you see kids gasping for life and you know… it’s over for them.”He said he asked his defence minister for options and then “we hit them very hard”.Referring to Mr Assad, he added: “Frankly, Putin is backing a person that’s truly an evil person… if Russia didn’t go in and back this animal, you wouldn’t have a problem right now.”The Syrian military says the damage to the base was less than claimed by the US (AFP Image)But Mr Trump also said: “Just so you understand, we’re not going into Syria.”Speaking on Mir television, Mr Putin rejected allegations that Syria was behind the chemical attack, saying Syria had given up its chemical stockpile.He said: “Where is the proof that Syrian troops used chemical weapons? There isn’t any.”Referring to the US air strike, he said: “But there was a violation of international law. That is an obvious fact.”And despite hopes that US-Russia ties would improve under a Trump presidency, Mr Putin said: “One could say that the level of trust on a working level, especially on the military level, has not improved, but rather has deteriorated.”‘Candid’ exchange’The presidents were speaking as Mr Tillerson and Mr Lavrov held talks.Ahead of the meeting, Mr Lavrov said Russia had “a lot of questions regarding very ambiguous and contradictory ideas (…) coming from Washington”. read more

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Alberttown shooting Jury finds businessman not guilty in suspected bandit killing

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan charged for allegedly shooting suspected banditOctober 17, 2015In “Crime”Man who allegedly killed suspected bandit charged with murderMay 19, 2015In “Crime”Suspected bandit succumbs to gunshot wound; Family disputes robbery allegationsAugust 24, 2014In “Crime” Businessman Lawrence Wayne, a licenced firearm holder who had shot and killed a suspected bandit Dexter Lindo at Light and Fifth streets, Alberttown, Georgetown in August 2014, has been found not guilty of murder and not guilty of manslaughter by a 12-member jury after deliberating for almost three hours in the Demerara High Court.Freed: Businessman Lawrence WayneThe businessman, who had been cleared of the murder charge in October 2015 when Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan had upheld a no-case submission that the defence had put forward, had been rearrested in February 2016 after the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) had opted to re-institute charges against him.The State’s case was that Wayne had pursued and shot Dexter Lindo after an alleged robbery had been perpetrated on his business place – Wayne’s Beverage Paradise on the Merriman Mall. Lindo was reportedly confronted in the vicinity of a shop and shot three times. He died just days later, while a patient at the Dr Balwant Singh Hospital.Justice Jo-Ann Barlow, on Thursday declaring Wayne a free man, advised him to avoid trouble. Released, Wayne ran to freedom, accompanied by overjoyed relatives who were too overcome with emotion to say much. However, relatives of Lindo were visibly annoyed at the verdict, with some angrily remarking that the businessman had “murdered” their relative.Wayne had, earlier this week, informed the court that he was relying on the statement he had given the police. According to that statement, on the day in question, he shot Lindo during a confrontation which had occurred after a robbery had been carried out on his business place.According to Wayne’s version of events, he had received a telephone call from someone, informing him that armed men had entered and robbed his stall at the Merriman Mall. He later told police that when he arrived on scene, the men were in the process of fleeing in a waiting vehicle; so he pursued the men in his own vehicle, and confronted them at Light and Fifth streets, Alberttown, where he ordered the men to “freeze!” One of the suspected bandits allegedly pulled a gun from his waist, but Wayne opened fire on him. That, Wayne said, was how Lindo ended up being shot.Lindo, then 26, had resided at Shell Road, Kitty, Georgetown. Police had reportedly recovered an unlicensed .32 Beretta pistol with four matching rounds in his possession at the time of the confrontation with Wayne.About 20 witnesses testified during the trial. One of the witnesses was Wayne’s then teenage son, who was the cashier at his father’s establishment. The young man told the court that he had refused to hand over a bag of money which he had in his possession.Wayne was represented by Attorneys Stanley Moore and Maxwell McKay, both of whom were absent on Thursday when the verdict was handed down. The State’s case was presented by Prosecutors Shawnette Austin, Tamica Clarke and Mandell Moore. read more

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MOTP PS grilled by PAC over breach of procurement rules in

PM Moses NagamootooThe Public Accounts Committee heard that not only was the vehicle delivered almost one year late but 100% of the $13M total was actually paid up front with two cheques using monies that had been allocated for the previous year.The explanations to the Committee caused Edghill to blurt out “everything is wrong about this transaction and it falls on the lap of the Accounting Officer (Permanent Secretary Moore).”He adopted the position, while the purchase of the vehicle is for the Prime Minster, it cannot be a case where the rules of the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (FMAA) are flouted.The Permanent Secretary indicated to the Committee that the money was allocated in 2015 for the Purchase of the vehicle and that the cheques had been cut with the expectation the vehicle would be delivered in a timely manner.This did not obtain, and instead two cheques were processed totaling $13M and paid to Beharry Automative Sales Limited. Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of the Presidency (MOTP), Abena Moore, was on Monday hauled over the proverbial coals, when she appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament, to answer to queries raised by the Auditor General’s Office. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedShariff, reputed wife charged for failing to submit documentsJanuary 24, 2017In “Court”Regional Administrations beset by staff shortage – PAC meeting hearsFebruary 28, 2017In “latest news”Indigenous Affairs PS unable to account for over $40M in spending: PAC hearsJune 12, 2017In “latest news” Among the excuses offered for the late delivery was a fire at the Toyota Factory in Japan, the installation of a cooler and other accessories for the vehicle.As it relates to the payment, one of the Ministry’s technical officers attempted to pass off the fact that the two cheques being cut and paid simultaneously up front to Beharry Auto sales was in fact a mistake—a statement quickly objected to by Bishop Edghill, who sought to outline the process and why the answer provided did not make sense.It was revealed too, the Ministry did not seek any request from the Finance Secretary, in order to have the money held over for the next year.Under that line item for vehicles for the Prime Minister a total of three purchases were made from Beharry Automative Sales Limited totaling $22M—all payments were made 100 per cent up front.According to Bishop Edghill, the 100 per cent payment upfront for vehicles to be delivered months later is tantamount to an involuntary loan.Government came under further fire over its spending practices when it was found that in 2015, under the pretext of unavoidable, urgent and unforeseen circumstances, the Ministry of the Presidency procured some $20M in Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Cameras.To date the equipment has not been delivered and according to Permanent Secretary Moore, the US Based (California) company has since gone bankrupt.She told the Committee, “I engaged the Minister of State (Joseph Harmon) on this matter; he is speaking with the Minister of Legal Affairs Basil Williams.”She said alternatively, the Ministry has been engaging other US based stakeholders in the contract—Shawn Birkett and Shawn Nolan—to no avail.According to the Moore, the Ministry has also been looking to engage the American Embassy, “to try to see what help we can get.”The Committee heard that there was no bond securing the transaction and that the now bankrupt company was in fact paid in full, upfront, as was the case with the vehicles for the Prime Minister.  By this time the Committee’s substantive chairman, Irfaan Ali had returned to take charge of the proceedings and learnt that the Ministry of the Presidency is currently unable to recover over payments it had made to a contractor for works undertaken at the Castellani House.Moore said while the contractor was hauled in, he related that he is not in a position to make the repayments since he has not been getting work.According to the Permanent Secretary, “I have written to him recently to start paying or I will hand the matter over to Guyana Police Force.”Other government agencies engaging the attention of the Public Accounts Committee at Monday’s meeting included Public Service Management, the Ministry of Business and Public Telecommunications among others. Holding the post of PAC Chairperson was Bishop Juan EdghillThe resulting interrogation revealed that tens of millions of dollars were spent in breach of procurement rules or downright flagrant violations of the nation’s financial laws by the MOTP.A frazzled sounding Moore was at pains to provide answers over the several breaches that were highlighted and before wrapping up told the Committee that the expenditures for which she is unable to provide satisfactory answers were all overseen by embattled former Permanent Secretary, Omar Shariff.Shariff was fired as Permanent Secretary after being arrested in connection with investigations by the State Asset Recovery Unit (SARU) over the alleged theft of billions at MOTP.Holding the post of Chairperson of the Committee during the interrogation of the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary was former Junior Finance Minister, Bishop Juan Edghill who was forced to upbraid Moore, saying accounting officers and professional staffers at government ministries must not buckle to the pressure of policy makers, “and politicians that cause us to bend the rules.”Moore was at the time being grilled over the bizarre circumstances surrounding the purchase of a multi-million dollar luxury vehicle for Prime Minister (PM), Moses Nagamootoo. read more

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England demolition before home crowd special says Roach

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWest Indies confident ahead of first Test match against EnglandJanuary 22, 2019In “Sports”Lewis, Roach looking forward to World Cup experienceMarch 27, 2018In “latest news”‘It came very rapid’ – Roach on taking five wickets in 12 ballsJuly 5, 2018In “latest news” Windies pace bowler Kemar Roach.BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Veteran seamer Kemar Roach said his demolition of England on Thursday’s second day of the opening Test was “special”, especially since it marked his first five-wicket haul before his home crowd at Kensington Oval.The 30-year-old snatched five for 17 from 11 overs as England folded for a venue-low 77, also their fourth lowest total against West Indies.“It’s a great feeling. I’m very proud of my achievement,” the Barbadian told reporters.“I’ve been around for a while and to be able to run in at home and obviously get my first five at home is a special, special feeling. I figure I’ve bowled better before but today is definitely one of the more special ones.“England are number two in the world, a great side and to go and put some balls in some good areas and get some wickets like that is a great feeling.”He added: “I’ve been putting the work in in the nets … and I felt really good at the crease and the ball came out very well. It’s always tough bowling but today I put the work in and I obviously got the rewards.”Replying to West Indies’ first innings of 289, England reached 30 for one without much alarm but then suffered a stunning collapse in the second session, losing their last nine wickets for 47 runs.Left-handed opener Keaton Jennings was the top-scorer with 17 as every England batsman struggled against the Windies four-pronged pace attack comprising skipper Jason Holder, Shannon Gabriel and Alzarri Joseph.“We had good plans, good strategic plans [in the] team meetings and the guys went out there and obviously hit the nail on the head, and that includes all the bowlers,” Roach explained.“Today (yesterday) it was my day but in the second innings it could be someone else and I think the guys have been very, very disciplined and proud of how they bowled out England for 77.”He continued: “We communicate very well. There’s a great bond in the team with me, Shannon, Alzarri coming back in and Jason, are fantastic. The four of us have played together already and we know each other’s bowling so we communicate very well with each other. We pick on certain things and pass any information on.”Despite earning a lead of 212 runs, the Windies opted not to enforce the follow-on, and reached 127 for six at the close – an overall lead of 339 runs heading into Friday’s day three.And Roach said the increasingly unpredictable nature of the pitch had been behind their decision to bat again.“I thought it quickened up a bit … with a little bit more bounce – uneven bounce – but it’s all about putting the ball in the right areas,” he said.“Once you do that as consistently as possible, you’re going to create a lot more chances, a lot more pressure so I think we did that very well … as a bowling team.“I think 400 is obviously the target – I think 400 on that pitch is going to be pretty tough. It’s not out of the way but I think once we bowl in the right areas we should stop England getting 400 runs.”He added: “We don’t want to bat on the last day of the pitch. It looks like a tough pitch to bat last on. It’s a little bit uneven so I think batting last would be very tough for us. We think it was best we had another hit and go at the English again.” read more

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