UConn Is 1 Win From Being The Streakiest College Team Ever

After the University of Connecticut Huskies won their 109th straight game Monday, their chances of winning the NCAA women’s basketball tournament and carrying that win streak into next season remain just about steady at 48 percent (down a tick from 49 percent after round one), according to FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions.Up next for the Huskies is No. 4-seed UCLA, a team that was ranked 15th at the end of the season and that UConn hasn’t played since 2014. If UConn wins that game, it’ll have 110 straight wins, moving it clear of Penn State’s 109 consecutive wins in women’s volleyball in 2007-10 — acknowledged as one of the longest winning streaks in collegiate sports history.Both streaks are over twice as long as the next-longest streak by any other entity in their sport. Before Penn State’s mark, the longest win streak by any other team in Division I women’s volleyball was USC’s 52 games in 2002-04. The longest streak in NCAA women’s basketball by a team other than UConn was 54 games by Louisiana Tech in 1980-82. (For comparison, UCLA men’s basketball’s heralded 88-game win streak was only 28 games longer than the previous record-holder’s.) Of course, Geno Auriemma’s UConn squad also holds the second- and third-longest streaks in women’s NCAA basketball, as well as the fifth-longest, which ended one game before the current streak began.VIDEO: How the Villanova and Duke losses shook the bracket Indeed, the Penn State streak may be the longest that is directly comparable to the current Huskies run. There doesn’t appear to be any official list of longest streaks across all sports, but the generally acknowledged record for a team winning streak is the Trinity College men’s squash team, which won 252 straight team meets from 1998 to 2012. Similarly, the University of Miami won 137 team tennis contests in 1957-64. But a team’s squash or tennis meet winning streak isn’t really the same as a game or match streak in a team sport, since each meet is a collection of smaller matches from an individual or pairs sport.Individual sports have generated streaks longer than UConn’s. Cael Sanderson of Iowa State won 159 straight matches to go 159-0 in his collegiate wrestling career (other wrestlers have won more in a row than UConn’s 109 as well). But comparing individual dominance to team dominance is suspect. And other acknowledged streaks can be even more dubious, because they come from lower divisions or carve out a subset of games played — like Mount Union winning 112 straight regular-season games in Division III football.In other words: Don’t miss Saturday’s game! The Huskies will be playing for a claim to the longest winning streak in collegiate team sports history.But things get harder from there. To win this tournament, there’s a good chance that UConn will have to beat three of the next four highest-ranked teams. Barring upsets, the Huskies would face Maryland in the Elite Eight, Baylor in the Final Four and either Notre Dame or South Carolina in the final. If the Huskies face the Irish, they’ll be matching up against the team with the second-longest current win streak in NCAA women’s basketball, 16 games.Check out our March Madness predictions. read more

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Opinion Michigans resurgence a blessing for Ohio State college football

Then sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) carries the ball during a game against Michigan on Nov. 29 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28. Credit: Lantern File PhotoSince the turn of the century, Michigan has been to five BCS Bowls. The Wolverines won two: a three-point victory in the Sugar Bowl over Virginia Tech in 2012 and a one-point victory over Alabama in the 2000 Orange Bowl. However, their Rose Bowl performances have been utter disappointments. Additionally, they have yet to participate in the Big Ten Championship Game.Since 1950, Michigan has captured one national championship; Ohio State has won seven.Since the turn of the century, Purdue’s four wins over OSU are more than Michigan’s three.Simply put, Michigan football has been marred in recent decades by coaching instability, poor quarterback play and an inability to win The Game.Having said this, the question as to the annual significance of the OSU-Michigan game must be raised. Seemingly, rivalries like the Auburn-Alabama, OSU-Michigan State, LSU-Alabama and Oregon-Stanford have overshadowed The Game due to recent dominance by the men in scarlet and gray. In fact, in most of our lifetimes, only one game between the two comes to mind as meaningful; a clash of the titans, per se. That one game, however, epitomizes the importance of The Game, as I can recall every little detail despite having been just a little 9-year-old Buckeye without a master’s degree in OSU fandom.The game of the centuryIt was a pleasant fall afternoon in Hudson, Ohio. Autumn leaves fell from high above as the sun departed from the clear blue sky. Inside our neighbor’s house, our family and friends reminisced over school systems, neighborhood drama and our crazy families. Meanwhile, two hours south down I-71, the same could not be stated. College GameDay set up shop on the OSU campus to promote the heavyweight title fight between the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the nation. When Lee Corso donned the Michigan helmet in front of thousands of Buckeyes, he was met with ruthless replies to the likes of, “Corso sucks!”Regardless, this game clearly had a special place in the rivalry’s history, as to this day it remains the only installment of The Game to ever kick off at 3:30 p.m. in ESPN/ABC’s primetime window. The town was buzzing. The hype was tremendous. Ohio Stadium was bursting with excitement. And the Big Ten was ready to put one of its two signature programs in the national championship game.Dubbed “The Game of the Century” as kickoff became imminent, conversation back in Hudson swayed to BCS projections, to quarterbacks Troy Smith vs. Chad Henne and to the duel between two coaching greats, Jim Tressel and Lloyd Carr. Finally, OSU won the coin toss, deferred to the second half, and Michigan prepared to receive the opening kickoff in what would go down as one of the greatest college football games not only in the OSU-Michigan rivalry, but of all time.After trading touchdowns on their opening possessions, both teams followed by exchanging punts. In the beginning of the second quarter, the Buckeyes took their first lead behind a Beanie Wells 52-yard touchdown run. Add on two Smith touchdown throws — one to Ted Ginn Jr. and the other to Anthony Gonzalez — offset by one Michigan touchdown, and OSU would take a two-touchdown lead into the second half.The ‘Shoe was hopping. The family room in which I watched the game was buzzing with excitement and anticipation. I realized that the Buckeyes were just two quarters of solid football from the national championship game.Unfortunately, no football game comes without adversity. OSU would learn that the hard way.In the blink of an eye, the Scarlet and Gray went three-and-out, conceded a touchdown and compounded the mistakes with a pivotal interception captured by Michigan defensive lineman Alan Branch.Great teams, however, overcome adversity and respond stronger.The Buckeyes proceeded to stymie the Michigan offense and held it to just a field goal, and they soon after responded with a touchdown of their own. All of a sudden it was a two-score game. All of a sudden the dream of two national championships in a four-year span was unfolding before my very eyes.After a couple of series of mistake-filled football, Michigan started the fourth quarter in the red zone, down 11. Running back Mike Hart scored two plays later, cutting the lead to just four. A Buckeye fumble followed, but Michigan could not capitalize.OSU would then not miss this opportunity to close the game out for good. An 11-play, 83-yard, season-defining drive ensued, punctuated by Brian Robiskie’s 13-yard touchdown grab.With just over five minutes remaining, it seemed as if OSU had its plane ticket to Glendale, Arizona, booked, but Michigan, once again, as great teams do, fought back.A clutch 11-play, 81-yard drive capped off by Tyler Ecker’s 16-yard touchdown reception and a two-point conversion brought the Wolverines to within three. An onside kick could reverse the course of college football history.But it wasn’t meant to be that day for the Maize and Blue. Ginn secured the onside kick, the victory and a date with Florida in the championship game.Pandemonium infiltrated the exit stairways of Ohio Stadium and followed students and alumni alike to the High Street bars and to drives up and down I-71 home. This was a classic OSU-Michigan game, magnificent in quality of play and implications. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about many of the games played recently.A new eraEven with the advent of the College Football Playoff and the resurrection of the Wolverines, it is naive to expect every clash in the next decade to become a de facto qualifier for the Big Ten Championship Game, and thereby the playoff. It is way too early to elevate Jim Harbaugh vs. Urban Meyer to the status of Woody Hayes vs. Bo Schembechler and to associate any upcoming OSU-Michigan game with the great ones from the “10 year war.”However, with Michigan beginning to supplant itself as an annual contender, this rivalry that has seemingly lost a bit of its luster should and will revive its tension. And no college football fan can deny that an intriguing and relevant OSU-Michigan game is the greatest game on turf.I’m not asking for every Buckeye-Wolverine showdown to match the classic that was the 2006 clash; just every once in awhile it would be appreciated that the two of the most historic programs in college football provide a game that is worthy of the national spotlight it inevitably attracts.I’m not asking for every Buckeye-Wolverine clash to be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 clash of the titans. Sometimes, in fact, it adds to the rivalry when one team has the opportunity to undermine the rival’s playoff aspirations even amidst a disappointing season.But, thinking about the potential of the OSU-Michigan game turning into the must-see game every year is tantalizing. What if someday, the Buckeyes and Wolverines somehow met for the national championship? It’s definitely not impossible given the precedent the CFP committee has set on schedule strength, margin of victory and quality of loss.It would be tough to deny a one-loss OSU team that traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan, as the No. 2 team preparing to face undefeated and No. 1 Michigan. And this scenario is coming sooner rather than later, especially with the recruiting standards Meyer and Harbaugh are currently setting.Gone are the days of Michigan being worse than Purdue. Home are the days of Michigan being the archenemy it was destined to be. And I can’t wait. Nor can the world of college football. read more

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Ohio State womens track and field competes the Wright way

Ohio State sprinter and hurdler Letecia Wright led the OSU women’s track and field team to its first-ever outdoor championship title last weekend. “We wanted to show everyone that Ohio State women’s track team was not going to just be an over-the-night, one-time winning team,” Wright said. “We wanted to show people exactly how my coach and the team have changed the culture.” Less than three months ago, on Feb. 27, Wright helped the team clinch its first indoor Big Ten championship. When Wright arrived at OSU, the team finished 10th in the conference in the indoor season and fifth in the conference in the outdoor season. On top of helping to overcome the team’s struggles, Wright needed to grow personally. “I definitely had to grow mentally strong,” Wright said. “I knew sports were vigorous, but not to the level of college. … There are 20 of you who can do one race great — now who’s stronger mentally?” With a strenuous workout regimen and a strict diet, Wright faced a daunting lifestyle as an athlete at OSU. As she always had done when times were hard, Wright turned to her mother and sister. “They’ve always supported me in anything I do,” Wright said. “The days I’m a little upset about how I ran or how I’ve practiced landing, they’ve been there to listen to me and just tell me, you know, it gets better, just keep focus and know why you’re there.” Besides her family, Wright relied on support from her high school coach and many other people from her hometown of Baltimore, who helped guide her to her current level of success. “When I got into college, they all still root me on,” she said. “Every week, they tell me they’re proud of me. … They’ve been there.” Wright has taken the entire experience in stride. In her time at OSU, Wright has won two individual Big Ten titles as a member of the 4×100 meter relay team, set the 100 meter hurdles record at the Drake Relays and was selected All-Big Ten six times. But Wright is humble; she’d rather deflect the spotlight onto her teammates. “I’ve been successful as an individual because of the team,” Wright said. “We are surrounded by a lot of girls who want to do good and are motivated.” Wright’s love for her teammates doesn’t go unnoticed by those around her. “Tish is very humble,” said Christina Manning, a junior teammate. “Our coach spoke on that right before the day of finals and she pointed out how it seems as though Tish doesn’t know how good she is. … She doesn’t care so much about winning, but more about the team.” Wright even gives a lot of credit to all of her competitors. The better the competitors do, Wright said, the better she performs. Her positive attitude, especially with her opponents, sometimes can get her into trouble. “Sometimes my coach says I’m a little too nice in the field,” she said. Coach Karen Dennis said she knows how rare of an athlete Wright is, both as a competitor and as a person. Although Dennis appreciates Wright’s humility, she said, she wouldn’t mind seeing Wright take charge. “Sometimes I wish Letecia were a little more selfish,” Dennis said. It’s Wright’s optimism in the toughest of situations that makes her who she is. She knows the grueling workouts and the tireless effort she has put forth have helped her rise to the top of the Big Ten. But it’s not the Big Ten titles or the All-Big Ten selections that she wants to define her career at OSU. Instead, it’s the growth she’s shared with her team. “My last four years here have been really great,” Wright said. “I’ve learned a lot of things. It’s just excellent to watch the whole team change and become a stronger team.” Dennis said she likes to think of Letecia as a role player on a basketball team. She’s the special kind of athlete who not only puts up big numbers but also inspires those around her to compete at a higher level. “Great players make people around them better,” Dennis said. “She is a great athlete and she has made everybody around her better.” An earlier version of this story incorrectly spelled Letecia Wright. Correction: May 18, 2011 read more

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Defense might be Ohio States blueprint for success

Trey Burke couldn’t help but smile. Michigan’s sophomore point guard had just hit a leaning, double-clutched 3-pointer that banked off the backboard and through the net. It was, perhaps, the toughest shot Burke had taken all game, and he made it. After a contest full of ill-fated attempts, something had finally fallen for the Wolverines’ Player of the Year candidate, and it brought a sense of sarcastic joy to the face of the Columbus native. The shot was irrelevant in the game’s final outcome. It came with one second left and Michigan down six. It wasn’t the shot that Burke, or the Wolverines, needed. That shot had come 15 seconds prior, with Michigan down two, and the ball in the hands of its sophomore playmaker. Burke, going one-on-one against Aaron Craft, took a step-back three over the Ohio State junior guard’s outstretched arms. It went in and out, and with it, so did the Wolverines’ chances of beating the Buckeyes. Playing in front of about 25 friends and family members clad in Maize and Blue No. 3 jerseys, Burke struggled. The former Buckeye fan and current best friend of former OSU star Jared Sullinger went 4-13 from the field, his worst shooting performance of the season. Burke wasn’t the only Wolverine that had little success in their 56-53 loss to the Buckeyes on Sunday, though. Michigan (16-1, 3-1 Big Ten) shot 38 percent as a team. OSU (13-3, 3-1 Big Ten) held the Wolverines’ big four of Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Nik Stauskas, and Glenn Robinson III to 35 points, 24 less than their season average. “Ohio State has a really, really good defensive team. Really good,” said Michigan coach John Beilein. “You’re watching a team that plays defense, buys into it and has very skilled defenders on the perimeter.” The Buckeyes, led by Craft, were physical with the Wolverines from the get-go. Burke opened the game with a three, but the Wolverines proceeded to go scoreless for the next seven minutes, eventually falling in a 29-8 hole. “They did beat us up a little bit,” Hardaway Jr., a junior guard, said. Michigan relies heavily on its underclassmen, with two freshmen – Stauskas and Robinson – in its starting five. Those players, Stauskas especially, were noticeably irritated by OSU’s in-your-face, deny-the-ball style of play. Stauskas, a 6-foot-6 sharpshooting guard from Canada, was held scoreless for the first time this season. After being sent to the bench midway through the first half, Stauskas couldn’t contain his anger as he yelled four-letter words not able to be repeated. “They were denying (Stauskas), so we just had to continue to play. When we got (the ball) in the paint, they wasn’t leaving him,” Burke said. “I just told him to ‘keep getting good looks, I’m going to find you, we’re all going to find you.’ Ohio State was taking him away on the perimeter.” For OSU, they need not look any further than Sunday’s game as a blueprint on how to be successful the rest of the season. Having lost their first three games against ranked opponents (Duke, Kansas, Illinois), the Buckeyes notched their first big win of the year Sunday. The Buckeyes handed Michigan its first loss of the season – thereby denying the Wolverines of their first No. 1 ranking in 21 years – and they did it with their defense. Sure, OSU shot the ball well in the first half and at one point had a shooting percentage of nearly 70 percent. But that likely won’t happen very many times again this season, if at all, as the Buckeyes proved by regressing to a 44 percent output by the end of the game. What they can rely on is their defense. It’s what makes them great, Beilein said. “This team, and (OSU coach Thad Matta’s) teams, have always been this way … the perimeter defense in particular is exceptional. Why? They’ve been doing the same shell drills for two, three, four years. They really work at this and they’re really good at it,” Beilein said emphatically. Against the Wolverines, nearly every Buckeye was solid, some playing spectacularly. Craft held Burke, a probable first-team all-American with a skill set analysts have compared to NBA great Chris Paul, to his worst outing of the season. “Craft is one of the best defenders. You have to give him credit. I love playing against him because he makes me better and he makes me work,” Burke said. “Craft is as good as there is, as I’ve ever seen. He’s tremendous,” Beilein said. OSU sophomore guard Shannon Scott blocked a Burke layup in transition, sending the sold-out Schottenstein Center crowd into a vibrating roar. Senior forward Evan Ravenel and sophomore center Amir Williams limited the Wolverines’ big men to 13 points. Even junior forward Deshaun Thomas, called “Shaun” at times last year by Matta because he “played no D,” stepped up. “I thought Deshaun played harder on defense tonight than he ever had. That is the type of defensive play we need from him to be a successful team,” Matta said. To continue to be successful, OSU, admittedly, needs to have the type of energy and effort it brought into Sunday’s contest every game. Beilein said he doesn’t think that will be a problem. “Thad’s a great defensive coach and they’ve got great defenders, that’s a great combination,” he said. OSU, ranked No. 11 in the most recent Associated Press poll, next travels to Michigan State to take on the No. 18 Spartans at 6 p.m. Saturday. Michigan is now ranked No. 5 by the AP. Lousville took hold of the No. 1 ranking. read more

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Ohio State defense makes statement by shutting down Melvin Gordon Wisconsin offense

Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) tackles Wisconsin redshirt-junior running back Melvin Gordon (25) during the Big Ten Championship Game on Dec. 6 in Indianapolis. OSU won, 59-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS — So many times in football, it helps to be realistic. Even if a team’s defense plays well, it still might give up a considerable amount of yards. Even if the defense can stop an opposing offense from scoring over two quarters, it’s tremendously more difficult to hold them scoreless for the entire game.It’s safe to say those concessions would have been accepted had the Ohio State Buckeyes managed to beat the Wisconsin Badgers and their Heisman candidate running back, redshirt-junior Melvin Gordon.But on Saturday night in Indianapolis, the Buckeye defense didn’t settle for good enough.The Buckeyes not only held Gordon to only 76 yards, but they shut out the Badgers completely, as they dominated their opponents, 59-0, in the Big Ten Championship Game.“It’s still crazy to me,” senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said after the game. “I think if you told us this week that we would shut them out, 59-0, I wouldn’t have been believed you. But seeing the guys before the game, and what was going on in the locker room and how just hyped up everybody was, and how everyone bought into what we were saying — (I) maybe thought they’d get seven points, but a shutout’s a big deal against this offense.”It was an offense that entered the title game ranked third in the nation in rushing offense and, in Gordon, had the player with more yards on the ground than any other individual in college football.But from the beginning, the Buckeye defensive corps stood tall. Wisconsin punted on its first two drives, before redshirt-junior quarterback Joel Stave was intercepted by sophomore safety Vonn Bell the next time it had the ball.The evening didn’t get any better for Gordon and the Badgers. In the second quarter, the team from Madison, Wis., gained only 14 total offensive yards and punted an additional three times. By that point the Buckeyes were already up 31-0, but they put the exclamation point on the half on Wisconsin’s next drive.Gordon attempted a run on second-and-18 from his own 12-yard line, but Bennett forced him to fumble the football, and sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa grabbed the ball and went into the end zone for the score.Bosa said after the game that Bennett’s leadership has been a key component for the defense’s success.“(It’s) just the way he works and his attitude. He just bottles all of his anger and comes out and just let’s it go in the football game and he’s so talented,” Bosa said. “He’s finally showing what he really can do.”In addition to his football skills, Bennett showed off a new number, 53, in honor of teammate Kosta Karageorge, who was found dead last Sunday after having been missing for five days. The decision to change numbers was one Bennett said he made quickly.“As soon as I heard the news about Kosta I went to (defensive line) coach (Larry) Johnson and asked him if I could wear it,” he said. “I was only around Kosta for about four months but the guy meant a lot to me. I respected him, I looked up to him. Maybe he gave me strength, because I’ve never played like that before. I think he gave the guys strength and we were able to rally around together because we realized how special it is to do what we do with each other.”Bennett finished with four tackles for loss —  a career high — which included two sacks.The OSU co-captain is a part of a senior class who had yet to win a conference title going into the game, and redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee said the rest of the team felt they needed to get the victory for their veteran teammates.“They (the seniors) had a bad taste in their mouth from last time they were on this field and it sucked for me to watch,” Lee, who led the Buckeyes in total and solo tackles, said. “What a difference a year can make. We’re a much closer team, much stronger team. I’m glad for them, I’m happy for them and I’d do anything for them. It’s just great to get a win.”Meanwhile, the win had some special meaning for Joshua Perry. The junior linebacker, who finished with five tackles of his own, graduated from Olentangy High School, and he said his Buckeye roots added another level to the postgame celebration.“It’s awesome. It’s a little bit special for me ‘cause I’m a Central Ohio kid, so growing up in Central Ohio, all I ever wanted to do was win a Big Ten Championship,” he said. “I wanted to be up on the stage, I wanted to do the whole thing, I wanted to run up to my mom and dad while they were in the stands and give them a big hug. Just being able to do that, holding up the Big Ten sign and everything, was awesome.”As the OSU offense, led by redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones, continued to light up the scoreboard, the defense continued to keep Wisconsin out of the end zone. Senior cornerback Doran Grant picked off two passes, and the team managed to keep the Badgers from scoring altogether.Gordon’s sub 100-yard effort was his first since Sept. 6, and OSU coach Urban Meyer was at a loss for words when asked how his defense managed to contain the explosive running back.“I don’t know, it wasn’t easy. (Co-defensive coordinator and linebackers) coach (Luke) Fickell and our defense really stepped up,” he said. “That is a first round draft pick we were playing against. I can’t wait to watch that film because that was just phenomenal.”Lee said the players simply did their individual jobs to stop Gordon, and Perry said preparation also played a key role.“This is the stuff that we train for when we talk about offseason training and the whole deal. We trained for this moment, we trained to be back here, to be in a tough game against a tough team and then just be able to go out there and play our best.”The Buckeyes will see if their best is enough for a place in the inaugural College Football Playoff when the committee selects the four teams Sunday at 12:30 p.m. read more

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Spoiler for EastEnders fans as cliffhanger is ruined by the closing credits

first_imgThe tense episode saw the Carters confronted in their home by the intruders, who had come to steal the pub’s takings.When landlord Mick, played by Danny Dyer, told them that the money had already been banked, the thieves threatened to drop baby Ollie down the stairs.However, during the ordeal Lee remained calm, addressing one of men as “mate”, and pocketing a wallet that had been dropped as they left.The scene sparked speculation that the character could have been involved with the raid on his family’s pub, which was further fueled by the gaffe with the credits moments later. Fans quickly put two and two together and realised that he must have been one of the masked men.One Twitter user wrote: “That was definitely that ozman guy who robbed the Vic #eastenders kindly put him in the end credits #mysterysolved”.Another added: “It’s them from the Call Centre isn’t it. #EastEnders.” Lees mates from call centre robbed the vic their names were on credits but not in the episode 😂#eastenders . Talk about a spoiler alert— emsybob davey (@missydavey) December 2, 2016 There was a break in at The Vic last night. Watch now on @BBCiPlayer​: https://t.co/Kru7h4LKU0 #EastEnders pic.twitter.com/bx0NZMymx9— BBC EastEnders (@bbceastenders) December 3, 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img EastEnders fans took to Twitter yesterday to poke fun at the soap after it ruined its own cliffhanger in the closing credits.The show finished with the Carter family having a dramatic showdown in the Queen Vic with three masked robbers, whose identities were unknown.However, as the end credits rolled viewers spotted the name of Osman ‘Oz’ Bolat, Lee Carter’s call centre colleague, in the list, despite the fact that the character had not appeared in the episode. Show more Oz from Lee’s work are the ones who robbed the Queen Vic and the credits prove it! #eastenders pic.twitter.com/TJgDjtQPBB— Bill H (@Bill_Predict) December 2, 2016last_img read more

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Oxford explosion One person remains missing after pregnant woman hurt in huge

first_imgBut a statement released by SGN, a gas distribution network company for the Oxford area, said: “Following reports of an explosion in the Osney Lane and Gibbs Crescent area of Oxford, our engineers joined the emergency services on site this evening.”While it’s too early to speculate as to what has happened, we have confirmed there is no mains gas supply to the property affected.” Police confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that one person remained missing. Two people were treated for minor injuries, including a pregnant woman who was taken to hospital at around 5pm.The blast destroyed the three-storey block, owned by housing association A2Dominion, and caused several nearby boats in the marina to catch fire.Several surrounding properties were evacuated as a safety precaution and residents were being assisted with accommodation locally by the council.A fireball could be seen coming from the remains of the flats as huge flames and plumes of smoke were caught on camera. Witness Alexander Hammonds, 43, who lives nearby, took dramatic pictures of the aftermath of the explosion.He said: “I was in my living room when I heard a massive double bang. Personally I thought a lorry had overturned, so I looked out the window and saw massive plumes of smoke.”I walked over the footbridge and from there I could see the flames from above the trees.”I just started using my camera, I got stupidly close. I just went in, got as many photos as I could then left because I could hear all the sirens.”I could smell all the furniture burning. I saw the tarpaulin of a boat on fire.”There were a lot of sounds coming from the fire which was making me really nervous because it was an explosion and I didn’t want to be around if there was another one.” It is not known what caused the blast that ripped through the building, leading to its collapse A fire at a block of flats in Oxford which left at least two people injured Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It is not known what caused the blast that ripped through the building, leading to its collapse Credit:PA/Alexander Hammondscenter_img Video taken by Luke Sproule shows the aftermath of the explosion Video taken by Luke Sproule shows the aftermath of the explosionCredit:Twitter / Luke Sproule  A fire at a block of flats in Oxford which left at least two people injured Credit:Alexander Hammonds/PA Wire Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed two people suffered minor injuries.A pregnant woman was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford with minor injuries, while a man was treated at the scene, also for minor injuries.An ambulance spokesman had earlier said it was a gas mains explosion. One person remains unaccounted for after an explosion and fire at a block of flats that left a pregnant woman among two people injured.The blast ripped through the building in Oxford, causing it to collapse, on Tuesday afternoon and the cause remains unknown.Oxfordshire County Council said around 40 firefighters joined the rescue operation, with the help of urban search and rescue teams from Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.last_img read more

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Revenge porn victims complain police treated their abuser like the victim

first_imgI cannot believe that he got off with a slap on the wrist and a caution from the policeVictim Nikki Elliott Revenge porn victims have complained police treated their abuser ‘like the victim’ after he was given police protection at court and was not sent to jail.Unemployed Oliver Whiting, 37, took innocent pictures from Facebook accounts of female friends and and placed them on an x-rated website.Next to the pictures Whiting left sexist and abusive comments and invited other users to add humiliating messages.Yesterday Whiting, a former restaurant manager of Eastbourne, Sussex, escaped a prison sentence.Victims burst into tears as he was handed a suspended six month prison sentence after he earlier pleaded guilty to 11 charges of making offensive postings relating to two victims. After the two hour hearing he was escorted out by six uniformed officers who pushed past the victims families. Whiting had been chaperoned into Hasting magistrates court building by two police officers.Teresa Weir, the mother of an earlier victim, Charlotte White, said: “I think it is absolutely disgusting. He got six officers to escort him in and out of court and the victims didn’t get a single officer – it was more like he was the victim.”The maximum sentence for revenge porn is two years and the maximum for sending offensive messages is six months.District Judge Teresa Szagun told him: “There was an abuse of trust in what you did. What you used those photos for defies belief. You uploaded them onto a website that encourages other men to masturbate and then capture that activity and then upload those photographs on that site. The accompanying comments were vile, aggressive sexual fantasies. Fighting back tears she said: “I cannot believe that he got off with a slap on the wrist and a caution from the police. I feel let down by the police and think more should have been done.” He got six officers to escort him in and out of court and the victims didn’t get a single officer – it was more like he was the victimTeresa Weir, the mother of a victim Charlotte White, Teresa Weir and Nikki Elliott, who condemned Whiting in a victim impact statementCredit:David McHugh As in the current case, the father-of-one had taken the photos off their Facebook pages and then posted them on a X-rated website.Next to a photo of one victim, Charlotte White, he encouraged: “100 to rape her, 50 to get her pregnant and 20 to make her miscarry”.He even posted a picture of his half sister taken in her school uniform when she was just 16-years-old and asked users of the site how much they would pay to rape her.But he escaped Sussex Police decided not to prosecute him after he admitted the offences and expressed remorse.Instead, they gave him a caution for one offence of revenge porn and three counts of sending offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing messages.The move caused fury among victims who said the caution sent out completely the wrong message.Victim Nikki Elliott, 26, a former colleague of Whiting, whose picture appeared on the website with her holding her two-year-old daughter, Olivia, condemned the decision and hit out at police.In a victim impact statement read out in court she said: “I felt all alone and no-one would help me. I was not very impressed with the way Sussex Police dealt with my case.” Charlotte White, Teresa Weir and Nikki Elliott, who condemned Whiting in a victim impact statement “The impact on the victims has been far reaching from fear, disgust and extreme humiliation.”The case caused a furore last May when he escaped prosecution and was handed caution for a catalogue of similar offences. 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 told the court the photo, which includes her two-year-old daughter, is still visible on the US website despite requests for it to be taken down.After a furore last year police discovered other victims and charged the former restaurant manager.He pleaded guilty to 11 offences of making offensive postings, contrary to Section 127 (1) of the Communications Act 2003.At Hastings Magistrates last month Noelle Magennis, defending, said: “It seems to me that because of the press coverage and the tabloids becoming involved, the police decided to look into it further.”As Whiting sat head bowed in the dock, Ms Magennis said the offences took place during a “bad period” in his life when he struggled to cope at work and had suffered a nervous breakdown.“He is disgusted with himself,” she said. “He doesn’t leave the house and his friends have disowned him.“He never meant to hurt them or cause them any distress. He has contemplated suicide.“The only explanation is that he was drinking excessively. He never in a million years thought the girls would see these comments.”He handed a six month sentence suspended for two years and was ordered to attend a sexual offenders’ rehabilitation programme as well as banning him form using social media.He was also forbidden for contacting the victims and ordered him to pay a £115 victim surcharge.After the case Miss Elliott said: “I really can’t believe it because the police could have done something about this first time but they messed up.”last_img read more

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Moth infestations at record numbers due to warm winter and early spring

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. Experts have said the booming levels of infestations are expected to last throughout 2017.Moths’ caterpillar larvae feed on protein found in natural materials such as wool, silk, and fur, and rough edged holes in clothing or bare patches appearing on carpets and rugs indicate an infestation is underway.Clothes moths are much less active in winter, spending the colder months as pupae in dark, undisturbed places in the home.David Cross, from Rentokil, which compiled the data, said: “The indoor population of clothes moths has been bolstered by the early onset of spring that we are currently experiencing, and the unusually mild winter that we have just had.“Outdoor numbers of clothes moths are also doing well, nesting in animal and birds’ nests before moving into our homes to settle.”As the days become longer and warming the moths are encouraged to emerge from their hiding places and reproduce.”Freezing clothes or having them dry cleaned are practical methods of pest control when dealing with contained populations of moths on infested items,” said Mr Cross.However, if you can count five to six moths in a room then it’s likely you’re experiencing a serious infestation, and I recommend that professional help is sought.”Clothes moth larvae are about a centimetre long and creamy white with a brown head.The adults typically have straw coloured wings with no markings and run rather than fly. The indoor population of clothes moths has been bolstered by the early onset of spring that we are currently experiencingDavid Cross, Rentokilcenter_img Moths are eating their way through clothes, carpets and curtains in record numbers due to the mild winter and early spring, new figures suggest.The number of call-outs to deal with infestations more than doubled in February and March compared to the previous year, according to pest control specialists.Unseasonably high temperatures accelerate moths’ reproductive cycles, allowing the insects to produce three new generations of offspring in a year.last_img read more

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We feared for our lives Visitors stuck hung upsidedown on notorious Smiler

first_imgVisitors at Alton Towers theme park have described their shock after becoming stuck on board the Smiler ride on which four people suffered serious injuries two years ago. Passengers reported being trapped on the ride for as long as 45 minutes while theme park staff investigated a technical fault that had brought the ride to a halt.The incident brought back memories of the June 2015 crash in which 16 people were injured, including two teenagers who subsequently had legs amputated, while another passenger’s knees were shattered and another suffered from a punctured lung and broken leg. Theme park staff insisted the incident on Monday was due to a minor technical fault and that the safety of guests had not been compromised.Visitors posted pictures of the scene to social media, showing a number of people stuck in a steep climb.One poster who recorded the incident on Snapchat said: “Over a year after the accident and they’re stuck again!!” 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. #smiler @altontowers is stuck @BBCBreaking @SkyNews pic.twitter.com/6IG9XXFvLp— Eugene Prokudin (@eprokudin) June 27, 2017 Alton towers smiler stops again #altontowers #smiler pic.twitter.com/7RQhafTy5t— Sabrina Mahmood (@sabrinamahmood) June 27, 2017 You may have seen reports about a routine stoppage on The Smiler yesterday. Ops Director Francis explains what happened. pic.twitter.com/IyeQMhjrMs— Alton Towers Resort (@altontowers) June 28, 2017 “No exaggeration; we feared for our lives. The woman in the seat in front of me fully passed out. An Alton Towers spokeswoman said: “At 16.26 yesterday The Smiler experienced a temporary stoppage as a result of a sensor detecting a minor technical issue.”This was completely normal and what the ride, as well as others, are designed to do at theme parks across the world.”At no point was guest safety compromised.” “It’s not good enough and there must be some serious problems with this ride.” Smiler breaking down just before we were about to queue.. no thanks #AltonTowers #Smiler @BBCBreaking pic.twitter.com/Cs8eZ6SNDH— Aimèe King (@aimeeloukingxx) June 27, 2017 Another image showed a technician climbing stairs to get to those trapped on board while several onlookers recorded videos. Kate Richards, who was on the ride at the time, told MailOnline: “It was absolutely horrendous.”They left us hanging for 46 minutes; it took them 15 minutes to use a tannoy to tell us what the hell was going on.last_img read more

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British tourists losing £500 million a year by paying in Sterling when

first_imgBritish tourists are losing up to £500 million a year by opting to pay in Sterling when making card purchases abroad.Shops, restaurants and cash machines often ask customers to decide whether to pay in pounds or local currency – but a poor exchange rate is applied to those who choose to pay in Sterling. The lower exchange rates are equivalent to charging around six per cent per transaction. Overall this costs UK holidaymakers around £500 million a year, an analysis by the BBC has found. In many cases the exchange rate is now displayed, leaving tourists in the dark about the extent to which they are being ripped off. James Hickman, of currency trader FairFX said  it is “abhorrent” that tourists should be charged such high fees, adding that any extra charges should be capped.On some transactions abroad, customers can lose up to ten per cent by paying in sterling, according to Fair FX. The charges are so high in the Netherlands that the Dutch consumer organisation Consumentenbond is urging visitors to take extra care.A high proportion of shops and bars in Amsterdam – which are popular with tourists – offer for card payments to be made in Sterling.”Let me warn those that are being offered to pay by card and the shop owner says: ‘Would you like me to give you the exchange rate of what it will be in pounds’ – don’t do it”, said Sandra de Jong, a spokesperson for Consumentenbond. Giving the option to pay in Sterling – known as dynamic currency conversion – is legal in the UK and across Europe, as long as traders display the exchangerate being used before the payment is made.But critics claim that often the rate is not shown in an unfamiliar form, and that most people find it hard to assess a rate on the spot.Earlier this month the Government announced that “rip off” card fees will be banned and that paying by card will be free for consumers from next year.All consumer-facing credit and debit fees, which can be as high as 20 per cent, will be outlawed from next year under an EU rule change. Euroscenter_img It tends to be cheaper to pay in the local currencyCredit:David Jones /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.last_img read more

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Boris Johnson urges Iran to release Nazanin ZaghariRatcliffe in frank Tehran talks

first_imgThe Iranian government has strongly denied mistreating Mrs Ratcliffe or that she had been subject to an unfair trial.In a statement last month, the Iranian embassy in London said: “While being in prison is not a pleasant experience, Mrs. Zaghari has full access to medical care and services, to social worker and has the right to regularly – twice a week – contact her husband, meet her family including her parents who live in Iran and her daughter.””Mrs Zaghari’s daughter has access to her British passport and lives comfortably with her grandparents based on her mother’s free will.”The Iranian foreign ministry said in a statement about Mr Johnson’s visit: “The two sides discussed various matters including economic, banking and trade relations.”The UK foreign secretary said the JCPOA (nuclear deal) is very valuable to the UK and emphasised his country’s commitment to its full implementation.”Mr Johnson, who is scheduled to meet President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday, had earlier promised to leave “no stone unturned” in Britain’s efforts to free Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe. Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband Richard, who last spoke to his wife by telephone early last week, described her as “really on edge” about both the trial and the hope that Mr Johnson’s visit might produce a breakthrough in the case.He said: “She asks me every time: ‘will I be home by Christmas?’ She can’t hear any hesitation in my voice when I answer her. I promised her I would do everything I could to bring her home by Christmas. We haven’t quite given up hope on that.”Mrs Zaghari Ratcliffe calls her husband once a week from Tehran’s Evin prison, where she shares a section of cells and a communal kitchen with about 20 other female prisoners.Prison rules mean she is allowed to see her daughter Gabriella, who is now three and a half years old and lives in Tehran with her grandparents,  twice a week for about 40 minutes at a time.  Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her husband Richard Ratcliffe and their daughter GabriellaCredit:Family handout/PA Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband Richard talks to demonstrators following a march in support of his wife on November 25 International sanctions have only recently been lifted as part of a multilateral nuclear deal to curb Iran’s disputed uranium enrichment programme. That deal is under threat after U.S. President Donald Trump decided to decertify Iran’s compliance with the terms of the agreement. Boris Johnson has urged his Iranian counterpart to release the jailed aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe during a visit to Tehran.The Foreign Secretary “spoke frankly” to Mohammad Javad Zarif about the plight of the Iranian-British mother of one, who has been held in the country since April 2016.The meeting came after Mr Johnson flew into Iran for what was only the third visit by a British foreign minister to Iran in the last 14 years.A Foreign Office spokesman said on Saturday night: “They discussed the full range of bilateral issues and they both spoke frankly about the obstacles in the relationship, including the Foreign Secretary’s concerns about the consular cases of British-Iranian dual nationals.”Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 38, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted by an Iranian court of plotting to overthrow the clerical establishment. She denies the charges.She is not the only dual national being held in Iran, but has become the most high-profile case since her arrest in April 2016. 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. Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, from Hampstead, is due to appear in court today to face fresh charges of spreading propaganda against the regime.The Thomson Reuters Foundation, a charity organisation independent of Thomson Reuters and Reuters News, confirmed that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been on holiday and had not been teaching journalism in Iran.Mr Johnson has since apologised for any distress his comments may have caused and confirmed that she was in Iran on holiday.center_img Mr Johnson caused a diplomatic furore last month when he said that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been teaching people journalism when she was held.In fact she had not been working, but had simply been on a family holiday and critics said the remarks could have prompted Iran to extend her sentence. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband Richard talks to demonstrators following a march in support of his wife on November 25Credit:Peter Nicholls/Reuters Show more Britain has voiced its continued support for the nuclear deal but is one of a number of Western powers voicing concerns about Tehran’s “destabilising” influence in the region.  Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her husband Richard Ratcliffe and their daughter Gabriella. Mr Ratcliffe said it would be naive to expect a sudden breakthrough in the case and that he would be surprised if the outcome of today’s hearing was not a guilty verdict. Judge Salavati, who presided over Mrs Zaghari Ratcliffe’s first trial, has a reputation for passing harsh sentences.last_img read more

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Former Ukip councillor charged with murder of wife in Stowmarket

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. A husband has been charged with the murder of his wife after she was found dead at a house in Stowmarket.Stephen Searle, 64, is due to appear in court in connection with the death of 62-year-old Anne Searle.Mrs Searle was found unresponsive at an address in The Brickfields in the Suffolk town at 10.30pm on Saturday.Paramedics attended but she was declared dead at the scene, officers said.Suffolk Constabulary said a post-mortem was conducted on Sunday and requires further tests to be carried out.Police confirmed that the accused and victim were husband and wife. Mr Searle is a retired Royal Marines Commando, who sold poppies for the British Legion.He stood for Ukip in last year’s General Election. He was elected to Suffolk County Council in 2013, but lost his seat in 2017. Mr Searle, of The Brickfields, has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday morning. The scene at the Brickfields, Stowmarket, after Anne Searle was found dead The scene at the Brickfields, Stowmarket, after Anne Searle was found dead Credit:Bury Free Press / SWNS.comlast_img read more

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Joke memo by Churchills typists demanded stockings chocolate and cosmetics be smuggled

first_imgThe switchboard operators and typists in Room 60 Ms Layton’s reminiscences include details of the leader’s working habits and routines, such as his habit of having breakfast in bed, and remaining there with a secretary and typewriter near his bedside until he got up, sometimes as late as 1pm.She said: “We of his personal staff were completely devoted to him, even though he was inclined to be impatient and demanding.”He was somebody who drew our loyalty and our deep respect and affection … The negative side was only on the surface. Underneath he was a very caring person.”Myra Nora Collyer, a secretary working in the war rooms, remembered the “masses and masses and masses of corridors” and the need for “sun ray lamps” once a week because they were working 12-hour shifts underground. Operation Desperate: A memo by some of the female staff in the War RoomsCredit:IWM/PA Credit:PRESS ASSOCIATION They worked long hours in a cramped and smoke-filled underground bunker, under constant fear of attack from the Luftwaffe.In need of a little light relief, a number of Winston Churchill’s secretaries working in the War Rooms concocted a tongue-in-cheek memo as the Prime Minister prepared to embark on his second visit to Washington at the height of World War Two.Entitled Operation Desperate, the note, typed on official paper marked Top Secret, demanded that a Force Commander be urgently dispatched from Britain to the US to obtain supplies of three “vital commodities” – silk stockings, chocolate and cosmetics.The mission was deemed a “complete success” as a member of staff who travelled in Churchill’s party the following month returned home with a stash of all three things, to the delight of the typists.The memo forms part of a cache of documents released by the Imperial War Museums in order to provide a glimpse of what life was like in the War Rooms.They mark the UK release of the film Darkest Hour, which recounts the early days of Churchill’s premiership, and are intended to entice visitors to the historic location. Operation Desperate: A memo by some of the female staff in the War Rooms Dated May 9, 1942, the spoof memo is headed with the instruction “to be burnt before reading” and its authors are named as the Joint Planning Typing Pool.It goes on to state that in view of the government’s recent policy changes on coupon distribution, they had examined the situation and noticed “acute shortages” in certain luxury items.“The lack of these vital commodities is regarded as extremely serious and may, in consequence, become a source of extreme embarrassment,” it said. “This must be avoided at all costs.” The original plan for the Cabinet War Rooms Among other documents released today are a rare surviving example of a letter confirming a typist’s appointment, and insights from Churchill’s private secretary, Elizabeth Layton, and other secretaries working in the underground bunker. And Margaret Walker, employed as a typist and secretary, recalled: “He (Churchill) used to wear a siren suit and we used to see this shortish, fattish, tubby man bouncing along in a siren suit.”A siren suit, similar to a boiler suit, was an all-in-one garment which could be easily put on over other clothing and used by people who had to leave their homes for air raid shelters during bombing raids. War Rooms memocenter_img The Map Room as it is seen today The memo calls for “immediate steps” to be taken to explore the possibilities of US resources and proposes the early dispatch of a mission to the US, noting that a force commander had already been appointed “in anticipation of instructions”.The directive was signed by five fictional members of staff including “Nausea Basgwash” and “Deadly Nightshade”.Churchill travelled to the US by flying boat the following month, where he spent a week holding discussions with President Roosevelt in upstate New York, before a conference on strategy in Washington which discussed the Allied atom bomb project and landings in North Africa, codenamed Operation Torch. She said that Churchill’s working habits and unpredictability sometimes prompted humour amongst his staff, who likely formed close bonds as they coped with the pressure. A museum spokeswoman said the light-hearted memo gave an insight into the “dreary conditions” endured by Britons during the war. Other documents revealed by the Imperial War Museums (IWM) include early plans for the basement headquarters and security passes.Visitors to the Churchill War Rooms can see the various locations recreated for the forthcoming film, directed by Joe Wright and starring Gary Oldman as Churchill, such as the map room, the cabinet room, Churchill’s bedroom and the transatlantic telephone room. The switchboard operators and typists in Room 60Credit:IWM/PA The Map Room as it is seen todayCredit:IWM/PA The original plan for the Cabinet War Rooms Credit:IWM/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.last_img read more

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UK is third fattest nation in Europe – fuelled by a diet

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: “We know obesity is one of our greatest public health challenges, which is why our ambitious obesity plans go further than other countries. Our regulations on junk food advertising to children are some of the toughest in the world – while our soft drinks industry levy has removed billions of tonnes of sugar from children’s diets.”We recently set out proposals to ban energy drinks for children and further plans are underway to reduce their exposure to sugary food and get them moving more in school.” She said a new campaign encouraging people to have “Drink Free Days “aimed to help people cut down their alcohol intake.   Tom Watson at party conference last September (left), and (right) a year later (CREDIT: HEATHCLIFF O’MALLEY/GETTY IMAGES) Mr Watson will say the radical diet – which cut out all refined sugar – means he no longer has to take medication for diabetes, as he announces Labour’s ambitions to halt the rise of diabetes, within one Parliamentary term, if the party wins power.Caroline Cerny, from the Obesity Health Alliance said: “It’s very concerning to see the UK has one of the highest levels of adults with obesity in Europe. However, this is hardly surprising when we live in an environment that steers us towards unhealthy choices with marketing, promotions and super-size portions.“We need the Government to fully implement measures outlined in their childhood obesity strategy such as 9pm watershed on junk food adverts to help ensure the next generation have the opportunity to grow up healthy.”Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England, said: “Most countries are facing unheralded levels of obesity – it’s taken many years for us to reach this point and change will not happen overnight.“England is at the forefront of addressing obesity – our sugar and calorie reduction programme and the government’s sugar levy are world-leading but this is just the beginning of a long journey to tackle the challenge of a generation.” “Adults’ alcohol consumption is a huge contributor to obesity, and Britain has overtaken the European average,” she warned, highlighting the fact that drinking levels in Europe are the highest in the world.“We hold the horrible world record of being the world champions in alcohol consumption. That’s not good and its especially not good for the next generation,” she said.The official said the obesity trends were “alarming” – with high levels seen among children as young as 11. The UK is now the third fattest nation in Europe – fuelled by its boozy lifestyles, the World Health Organisation has warned.Research on 53 countries found Britain rising up the obesity league tables, and among the “world champions” for alcohol consumption.The WHO said the trends were “alarming” and threatened to cut short the lives of generations growing up on a diet of junk food and alcohol.The study of 900 million people found that only Malta and Turkey have higher levels of obesity than Britain, which has risen from fifth place, in just six years.  –– ADVERTISEMENT ––The UK’s alcohol consumption levels are among the highest in Europe, on a par with countries such as Poland and Latvia, the international statistics.Officials warned that such habits are likely to be a “huge contributor” to Britain’s obesity rates.On average, Britons drink 10.7 litres of pure alcohol a year, compared with a European average of 8.6.In total, 27.8 per cent of adults are obese, the international study shows, while 63.7 per cent are classed as overweight or obese. The worsening trends have seen Britain overtake Lithuania and Andorra for obesity. 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. Tam Fry, from the National Obesity Forum, said: “The UK is third from bottom on the WHO’s list because for two decades successive UK governments have done virtually nothing to confront an increasing obesity epidemic.”He said millions of children were now so overweight they were doomed to die before their parents – an “appalling personal tragedy”.And he urged adults to rein in drinking habits that are fuelling rapidly expanding waistlines.“Adults forget just how many calories are contained in alcohol and heavy drinkers certainly will have little idea that they could be knocking back a quarter of their recommended daily calorie allowance before even touching a bite to eat.”On Wednesday deputy Labour leader Tom Watson will give a speech to fitness experts setting out how he reversed his type 2 diabetes, after swapping beer and curries for avocado salads. Dr Claudia Stein, director of the division of Information, Evidence, Research and Innovation, WHO Regional Office for Europe, said the trends threatened to “jeopardise life expectancy,” with obesity and alcohol linked to a host of medical conditions, including diabetes and heart disease. read more

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Donald Trumps day in tweets from insulting the Mayor to meeting the

I can’t believe this is real. pic.twitter.com/zdLE3WXVVN— Mark Di Stefano 🤙🏻 (@MarkDiStef) June 3, 2019 Mayor of London, @SadiqKhan has a message for @realDonaldTrump on his arrival to London about how women ought to be treated globally. ‘Dear Trump…’ https://t.co/hJ5uhS9wU6 pic.twitter.com/MwlwJu5Lpf— ELLEUK (@ELLEUK) June 3, 2019 ….Kahn reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job – only half his height. In any event, I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom, and am looking very much forward to my visit. Landing now!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2019 Sadiq Khan has his own message for Donald Trump…The Mayor recorded a video with Elle magazine, criticising the President’s record on women’s rights. Trump and Queen fist bump in historic first pic.twitter.com/orl0dh61b3— sanya burgess (@sanyaburgess) June 3, 2019 Trump is greeted by Foreign Secretary Jeremy HuntJeremy Hunt seemed pleased to see the President, greeting him with a grin.  Trump’s visits do always seem to bring out weird behaviour Another great piece of footage from behind the scenes at Buckingham Palace from @Hannah_Furness. Donald Trump greeting the soldiers as he and Prince Charles inspect the guard of honour. pic.twitter.com/sEilTunnlv— Gareth Davies (@GD10) June 3, 2019 The first thing Trump does when he gets to England? Sample the TV we have on offerHe tweeted his displeasure that he had to watch CNN to keep up-to-date with US news. But not everyone agreed with himNick Boles and Priti Patel were among those who said the President should be treated with politeness and respect. Corbyn asks the country to protest against the PresidentAround lunchtime, Jeremy Corbyn decided to welcome Donald Trump to the UK in his own special way – advising the country to attend tomorrow’s protest.  The President of the United States and Mrs Trump are welcomed by The Queen on the West Terrace of Buckingham Palace. #USStateVisit pic.twitter.com/jJjx7JhzB8— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 3, 2019 Some more brilliant footage from @Hannah_Furness, this time from inside Buckingham Palace. Here is The Queen showing Donald Trump around the Royal Collection. pic.twitter.com/qoQ5K8pbF2— Gareth Davies (@GD10) June 3, 2019 British politicians should stand up for British values and interests when engaging with foreign leaders. But taking part in a public slanging match with Trump just diminishes our nation’s reputation for dignity and good manners.— Nick Boles MP (@NickBoles) June 3, 2019 Pro-Trump activists have begun launching a volley of abuse at the TV broadcasters opposite Buckingham Palace pic.twitter.com/fPbN2OSaC5— Jack Hardy (@JackHardy9) June 3, 2019 Trump meets the Royal familyDonald Trump met the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. Here is what the official Royal family Twitter account had to say:  Just arrived in the United Kingdom. The only problem is that @CNN is the primary source of news available from the U.S. After watching it for a short while, I turned it off. All negative & so much Fake News, very bad for U.S. Big ratings drop. Why doesn’t owner @ATT do something?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2019 Khan finds an unlikely ally – health minister Matt HancockWhile many Labour MPs rallied to defend their colleague, Sadiq Khan found some allies across the aisle, including Matt Hancock, who said he is “proud we have the first Muslim mayor of a Western city”. Did he fist bump the Queen?It could be the angle of the picture, but many on Twitter wondered whether he and the Queen had an unorthodox greeting. Trump gave the Queen Elizabeth the Snoop Fist Bump. #TrumpUKVisit pic.twitter.com/M3KTKvC2dr— mmmm… brisket (@LosBilbilocos) June 3, 2019  The President greets the soldiers as he inspects them alongside Prince Charles Tomorrow’s protest against Donald Trump’s state visit is an opportunity to stand in solidarity with those he’s attacked in America, around the world and in our own country – including, just this morning, @SadiqKhan.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) June 3, 2019 Once again Dear @Number10cat Larry steals the limelight, he left No10 as Trump landed in the UK, and his Temporary house mate was missing as per on a Monday morning ! pic.twitter.com/EF6iWAYguu— PoliticalPics (@PoliticalPics) June 3, 2019 The President and Mrs Trump stand with The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall as the US and UK national anthems are played at the start of the #USStateVisit 🇬🇧 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/BCUjwIpTk2— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 3, 2019 So appalled Theresa May has given this man a red carpeted platform to do this. Doesn’t help Britain to be lavishing pomp on a President so determined to be divisive, childish & destructive. Doesn’t help US or world to be gifting him a whole load of Royal photo ops to use next yr https://t.co/iApxm4G7m9— Yvette Cooper (@YvetteCooperMP) June 3, 2019 ‘Haven’t seen any protests yet, but I’m sure the Fake News will be working hard to find them’  Except for Larry the cat, who is carrying on as usual .@SadiqKhan, who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly “nasty” to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me……— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2019  Pro-Trump activists shout abuse at the media And gets to see some precious artifacts, which he is shown by the Queen ….Fake News will be working hard to find them. Great love all around. Also, big Trade Deal is possible once U.K. gets rid of the shackles. Already starting to talk!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2019 President Trump deserves a welcome befitting the status of his office and his great country https://t.co/LEsbroxqU0— Priti Patel MP (@patel4witham) June 3, 2019 Commenting on Donald Trump’s spat with Sadiq Khan, Matt Hancock says he’s “proud we have the first Muslim mayor of a Western city” and the office of London Mayor and US President should be respected. #ToryLeadershipContest— Vicki Young (@BBCVickiYoung) June 3, 2019 Proud to be at Stansted this morning to greet @realDonaldTrump & @MELANIATRUMP as they arrive in the UK. Hugely exciting few days ahead celebrating our great friendship & honouring those who fought side by side to defend freedom from tyranny #USStateVisit pic.twitter.com/VBTkpU5saw— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) June 3, 2019 Donald Trump had barely touched down in the UK before setting the country ablaze, as he insulted the London Mayor’s crime reduction record – and his height.His irate tweets about Sadiq Khan marked the beginning of an eventful state visit, in which he met various members of the Royal Family, as well as numerous ministers.While many are preparing to protest against the President during his visit to London, egged on by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, others have advised British people to remain polite.Tonight, he has fired up his iPhone again, and addressed the Royal Family, protesters, the Fake News Media and a post-Brexit trade deal in two quick-fire tweets.Here is a run-down of his day so far.Donald Trump touches down in the UK and insults the London MayorNever one to make a quiet entrance, the President decided to mark his entry to our country by sending a series of insulting tweets about Sadiq Khan. Some of the items from the @RCT shown to Donald Trump by The Queen:- The American Declaration of Independence- The last ‘King of America’, George III- A map of New York at the time of American War of Independence in 1775#TrumpUKVisit 🇺🇸 🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/g8rKCzetkE— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) June 3, 2019 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Two fiveyearold girls swept out to sea on blowup swan after RNLI

The “terrified” girls ended up nearly half a mile out in the Bristol Channel before they were rescued by lifeboats and a coastguard helicopter.  Sarah Gurr, one of their parents, wrote on Facebook: “We will forever be grateful to the RNLI and the rescue helicopter for saving our girls today xxx They were absolutely terrified.”Minehead RNLI have launched a probe to find out why no red warning flag was flying to indicate there was an offshore wind at the 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. Two five-year-old girls were swept out to sea on a blow-up swan after the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) warned parents about potentially “deadly” inflatable floats.The children were sat on the plastic bird in the shallows at Minehead, Somerset, when a strong gust of wind pushed them offshore at 3.30pm on Saturday. The father of one of the girl had been holding a line attached to the float, but it slipped through his hands and blew out of his reach before he had time to react.Volunteer lifeboat helm Phil Sanderson said: “He waded into the water and tried to swim out to them but the thing was just moving too quickly and he couldn’t get near it.”He did exactly the right thing: he shouted to the girls to stay on the inflatable and then the family dialled 999.” The scare came as people basked in blazing sunshine across the southeast. Temperatures topped 28C on Sunday – the hottest day of the year so far – in Norfolk and Suffolk, though this week is expected to be cooler.  HM Coastguard (HMC) has previously issued a warning that inflatables “are not suitable for use in the sea”.Last year HMC operations controller Piers Stanbury said: “Inflatables really should only be used in swimming pools, not at the coast where they can quickly go from being fun to being potentially deadly.” read more

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Region 5 REO calls police to remove Guyana Times reporter from

Region Five Regional Executive Officer (REO), Ovid Morrison has made calls for the police to remove a reporter attached to the Guyana Times media group from the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) meeting held on Thursday morning.A female corporal speaking with Morrison (in green shirt) next to Guyana Times reporter Andrew Carmichael (seated with camera in his hand)INews was reliably informed that when the meeting was called to order the REO asked for the Times reporter Andrew Carmichael to be removed from the house.However, while the REO asked for the removal of Carmichael, Regional Chairman Vickchand Ramphal said that the REO’s duty was to carry out the orders of the house.This publication was informed that the RDC meeting came to a halt after Ramphal announced that the REO deserted his post as clerk of the house.Morrison reportedly said that the RDC meeting cannot go ahead if he as Clerk is absent.The REO was moments later heard speaking on his cellular phone asking for Inspector Kelly and reporting that he needed two officers to come and remove the said reporter.Based on information received, a female police corporal arrived and after attempts by the REO to have the officer remove Carmichael from the house and utterances by the Chairman stating the responsibilities of the REO, the police officer left.The REO then placed another call to the Fort Wellington Police Station which is situated next the RDC boardroom.This publication was reliably informed, from a source, that the police have refused to get involved.During an RDC meeting held in February of this year Councillor Dolston Hudson accused Guyana Times, among a few other media houses of providing inaccurate coverage of their meetings.The management of the Guyana Times media group has since condemned in the strongest possible terms the reported action by the REO to have its reporter removed from a public meeting.Moreover, they have indicated to this publication their intention of lodging a formal complaint with the Guyana Press Association. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRegion 2 REO occupying State House, abusing power – living luxurious lifestyle with three maids, security at his convenienceJanuary 16, 2016In “Internet”Ramayya must go – APNU/AFC CouncillorsMay 14, 2016In “latest news”‘Thuggery’ continues at Region Five RDCJuly 24, 2016In “latest news” read more

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Passport fee set to increase for some American citizens US Embassy

Come April 2, 2018, some American citizens in Guyana and abroad will see a fee increase the next time they apply for their American passports.According to a release from the Unites States (US) Embassy in Guyana, the “passport execution” fee will increase US$10, from US$25 to the new fee of US$35.“The new $35 fee is applicable to all first-time passport applicants and certain other applicants who must apply in person, such as minors under the age of 16. American citizens who apply for a passport renewal by mail will not see a fee increase” said the local Embassy.According to the Embassy, “to make an appointment to renew their passport in Georgetown, American citizens should contact the Consular Section via the Embassy’s website http://gy.usembassy.gov/.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS Embassy announces ‘notable change to immigrant visa process’April 14, 2016In “Internet”T&T minister says no US travel ban on citizensMarch 9, 2017In “latest news”U.S. Embassy announces new U.S. Visa Service via DHLDecember 5, 2015In “Business” read more

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