LeBron James Poses For Wedding Photo Of Strangers

If winning the NBA championship does not help repair his image, LeBron James’ recent personality growth just might.The Finals MVP has been far more congenial and accommodating (not that he was cold or unavailable before) in the wake of carrying the Miami Heat to the title over the Oklahoma City Thunder. And why wouldn’t he be?An avalanche of pressure was released with the accomplishment. And now he should be unabashed in his celebration.He appeared on David Letterman’s show in New York and received a standing ovation. And while at the Coconut Grove Ritz Carlton for hotel for an interview, James happened upon the wedding of Shaun and Jamie Kolnick. The did not know them, but he ended up giving them a moment they’ll likely display in their home for years by posing for a photo with them that has gone viral.“It was really unexpected and exciting,” said Kolnick. “Shaun was like, ‘That’s enough! We don’t need to get married anymore.’”Buzz had begun building hours before the ceremony that James was at the Ritz, said wedding planner Jen Schwartz, but no one was sure they’d actually spot the city’s new hero.“It was funny, because the bride’s brother was just dying, he was beside himself with excitement,” Schwartz said, laughing. “And at some point, she looked at him and said, ‘Okay, you’re more excited that LeBron James is here than you are for my wedding!’”It was an authentic moment for James, one that speaks to his mindset — and helps rebuild his image that took a hit two years ago when he bolted Cleveland for Miami. read more

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Rookie QB Russell Wilson To Start For The Seahawks

Nobody who ever saw Russell Wilson play in college would have been all that shocked to later hear that he was a starting quarterback in the NFL.But it’s unlikely that even many of those believers had any inkling that the former Wisconsin and N.C. State star’s turn would come so quickly.Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made it official on Sunday, ushering in the Wilson era in the Pacific Northwest by naming the rookie to be his team’s Week 1 starter at Arizona on Sept. 9.Wilson got the nod over Matt Flynn, the former Green Bay backup who signed a big contract with the Seahawks in the offseason.There was just no denying Wilson’s magic.“It’s been a very exciting competition that has gone on, and Russell has taken full advantage of his opportunities and has done everything that we have asked for on the field and more than what you guys could know off the field in meeting rooms and with our players and how he’s represented,” Carroll said during Sunday night’s conference call with reporters.“He’s earned this job. It was a legitimate competition as we said from the beginning, and, with the opportunity he’s taken advantage of, he deserves to start.”Wilson, a 5-foot-11 third-round pick who played four seasons at N.C. State before doing a fifth at Wisconsin, has been the team’s unmistakable star during the preseason.After coming off the bench in relief of Flynn in wins over Tennessee and Denver, he shined brilliantly again in his first start, passing for 185 yards and two downs without an interception. Wilson also rushed for 58 more yards in this past weekend’s lopsided win over Kansas City to cement his place in the starting lineup.“He is so prepared,” Carroll said. “He doesn’t seem like a first-year player. He seems like he’s been around. He gets it, he understands and he is a tremendous leader in that way.”Carroll’s decision was still a gutsy one, given that the team had inked Flynn to a three-year, $26 million deal in the offseason, $10 million of which is guaranteed.But there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that Flynn lacked Wilson’s mojo.Wilson will become the fifth rookie set to start at quarterback in Week 1, joining Ryan Tannehill (Miami), Brandon Weeden (Cleveland), Andrew Luck (Indianapolis) and Robert Griffin III (Washington). It will mark the first year that the league has seen more than two rookie quarterbacks start Week 1 since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. read more

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The Browns Have A Tight End Whos Defying Time

Jerry Williams311954LH6668610 RECEIVING YARDS Barnidge has 667 receiving yards for the Browns through 10 games (on pace for 1,067), plus seven touchdowns. That’s more than the 603 yards he totaled in his first seven seasons. This kind of late blooming is rare: The table below shows all players who had at least 500 receiving yards in a season after turning 30 and in that season surpassed their career total up to that point.1We looked at players with at least 1 receiving yard before their breakout year. Woodley Lewis331958RE9690642 M.L. Harris301984TE5759487 Mervyn Fernandez301989WR31,0691,041 Cleveland Browns tight end Gary Barnidge is 30 years old. Most would call him a young man — a millennial, even! He was 4 when the Berlin Wall came down, one of his favorite actors is Jonah Hill, and he’s participated in a reality TV dating show.In NFL years, though, he’s a geezer. Our perceptions of the average age of an NFL player are sometimes skewed by visibility — the best players tend to have the longest careers. But only 19 percent of active players are 30 or older, and most players peak in their mid-to-late 20s. Which is why it’s impressive that Barnidge is having the best season of his career, by far: Gary Barnidge302015TE8667603 Pat Curran301975TE761983 Willie Miller311978WR376757 PLAYERAGEYEARPOSSEASON #IN SEASONCAREER PRIOR Jim Jensen301988WR8652414 These are not exactly household names — it’s tough to build a memorable career with such a late start, and most of these players had just the one good NFL season to their name. Barnidge’s closest comp is probably Pat Curran, another tight end with a particularly belated breakout season (seven years in, to Barnidge’s eight). Curran faded after 1975, tallying 349, 123 and 92 yards in his last three seasons, but Barnidge could be on pace for a lot more yardage in his breakout year. Although the list above can’t make anyone optimistic about his prospects, the Cleveland end is in uncharted territory. Lou Piccone301979WR6556537 read more

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Opinion Cleveland Browns lack consistency to win games

Cleveland quarterback Josh McCown hangs his head as he walks off the field after throwing an interception to Oakland safety Charles Woodson to end the Browns’ late fourth quarter drive on Sept. 27 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Cleveland Browns’ 2-6 record ranks them second to last in the AFC North. Recently, on Sunday, the Browns faced the Arizona Cardinals which resulted in a 34-20 loss. The game revealed a key factor that hinders the Browns from having success: the lack of consistency in team performance.The lack of consistency stems from the injuries the Browns have sustained on offense and defense. Quarterback Josh McCown has had multiple injuries that have led to him sitting out for short periods of time on multiple occasions.Then there is Joe Haden, a Pro Bowl cornerback, who has been inactive for four of the nine games due to various injuries. Haden is an important player for the Browns’ defensive secondary. The former Florida Gator brings experience and leadership that the other cornerbacks can follow.However, Haden’s season has been a tumultuous trainwreck. He’s been torched by opposing receivers often — most recently Arizona’s Michael Floyd, who dusted Haden for a 60-yard score.The Browns started the game strong forcing two fumbles, which they used to rack up two scores. The Cardinals receiving corps had only one touchdown in the first half, as the Browns secondary kept scores to a minimum. Until after halftime, that is, when the Browns defense lost two important players due to concussions, Haden and safety Donte Whitner.Shortly after their departures, the Cardinals found offensive matchups that led to 27 unanswered points. The Cardinals offense was successful in large because of the two injured Browns players. The result of the game would have been different if it weren’t for the Browns’ sudden injuries and inconsistency on both sides of the ball.Offensively, McCown is too inconsistent for the Browns to win. The Cardinal defense shut Cleveland’s offense down completely. The Browns didn’t score at all during the second half, leaving the defense to struggle further. The inconsistent play has been the deciding factor in the previous losses, as well. Haden’s and Whitner’s presences are essential for the Browns to have long-term success. Those two players bring consistency to the Browns defense. Red-hot starts followed by ice-cold finishes are filled the Browns season. Unfortunately, that won’t get the job done in the AFC North. Until Cleveland finds its missing consistency, losing seasons will remain the norm. read more

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Womens swimming Lindsey Clary takes home Big Ten title in 400 IM

Ohio State then-junior swimmer Lindsey Clary competes at the Big Ten championships in February, 2016. Credit: OSU AthleticsSenior Lindsey Clary captured a Big Ten championship title in the 400-yard individual medley for the second consecutive year and her third individual Big Ten title of her career. Clary won the event with a time of 4:04.09, dropping two seconds off her time in the preliminaries to seal the championship. Junior Liz Li had another stellar turnout on Friday after taking home a Big Ten title the previous day. Li placed second overall in the 100-yard butterfly with a time 50.90, breaking her own OSU record. The final day of competition continues tomorrow with preliminaries beginning at 11 a.m. and finals kicking off at 6:30 p.m., again. Fans will be able to watch the 1,650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly, platform diving, and 400-yard freestyle relay. The Buckeyes remained in fifth place through Friday’s competition — behind Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin respectively. Li also contributed to another OSU record Friday, alongside teammates sophomore Maria Coy, junior Macie McNichols and junior Cheyenne Meek. The foursome combined for a new OSU record of 1:27.99 in the 200-yard freestyle relay, earning the Buckeyes a second-place finish, as well as an automatic bid to the NCAA championships. The Buckeyes had four top-10 finishers in the 400-yard individual medley, while no other school had more than one. In addition to Clary’s triumph, junior Meg Bailey and freshman Kathrin Demler finished in the top five with times of 4:08.35 and 4:09.75 respectively, and freshman Molly Kowal finished 10th with a time of 4:12.64. The success of these four made this the strongest event for the Buckeyes so far this weekend. read more

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Commentary What OSU football must do against Nebraska

After losing to Michigan State last weekend, Ohio State will likely have to win each of their remaining Big Ten games to have a shot at their sixth conference title in seven years. Winning out is a tall order for the Buckeyes, given their matchup with No.14 Cornhuskers in Nebraska on Saturday. The team certainly can’t accomplish that playing as they did in their abysmal showing against the Spartans. To win, OSU must improve every facet of their game. Offense The offense was, well, offensive against the Spartans. They didn’t reach 100 total yards until there was less than five minutes remaining in the game, and had fewer offensive yards than penalty yards through most of the fourth quarter. The team finished with 178 yards, but 62 of them came on its final drive of the game and only 35 yards came on the ground on 39 rushing attempts. Turning those numbers around starts with the offensive line. Three of the five starters on the line had false start penalties, and that was in the friendly confines of Ohio Stadium. That doesn’t include the holding and illegal block penalties. Penalties wreck drives by killing momentum and setting the team up for long second- and third-down conversions. OSU converted only 4-of-16 third-down attempts. For better or for worse, the offensive line has been shuffled this week to accommodate senior Mike Adams coming back from suspension to play left tackle. The line has to protect freshman quarterback Braxton Miller and give him time to see the field before sending him scrambling for his life. The wide receivers have to step up and become better targets for Miller as well. One of Miller’s few good throws, a deep pass to fellow freshman Devin Smith, was stripped for an interception. The receivers, without DeVier Posey again this week, have to make those big plays to give the Buckeyes a chance. Defense The defense needs to build off of its impressive performance against MSU in which it forced two interceptions and one fumble recovery. Sophomore defensive back Christian Bryant broke on a ball late in the second quarter that should have been an easy interception. Bryant could’ve walked into the end zone if he had picked off the pass, but instead the ball fell harmlessly to the turf. A winning defense will pick up the slack during a poor offensive showing by making those plays. The pass rush was largely nonexistent as well, as the team registered zero quarterback sacks. Senior defensive end Nathan Williams is out again this week, so the team has to find another impact rusher to pressure Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez. Without pressure, Martinez will tear the Buckeyes apart on the back end. Besides putting pressure on Martinez, the defense also faces the task of containing the dual-threat sophomore. And if that’s not hard enough, they will have to stop a rushing attack behind an offensive line that averages 303-pounds apiece. Special Teams When a team struggles with scoring, the special teams become increasingly important. Redshirt junior punter Ben Buchanan has been an asset for the Buckeyes in the field position battle this season, downing 13-of-29 punts inside the 20-yard line. Field position will be important again Saturday if the offense is slow out of the gates. Junior running back Jordan Hall needs to return to form in the return game to set the offense up with solid field position. Coaching The coaches, namely first-year head coach Luke Fickell and offensive coordinator Jim Bollman, need to mix up the play calls Saturday. If they become predictable and allow Nebraska’s defense to pin their ears back and rush Miller, they may see another nine-sack performance. Miller is extremely raw as a college quarterback, but there is nothing to be gained by closing the playbook to him. Give Miller a little trust and see how he responds. And please, stick with one quarterback. The team is better off in the hands of its future quarterback sooner rather than later. The two-quarterback system has its history of failures. A quarterback needs to know their coach trusts them; just ask Todd Boeckman and Justin Zwick. read more

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Scouting Virginia Tech A look at the 2015 Hokies

Virginia Tech then-junior cornerback Kendall Fuller (11) attempts to break through a group of OSU defenders during a game Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 35-21. Credit: Lantern File PhotoOhio State’s quest to repeat as national champions is set to begin on Monday against the only team that beat them last year: Virginia Tech. Here is an in-depth look at what the 2015 Hokies bring to the table.Offensive weapons returning The Hokies have 16 starters from last season returning — eight on both offense and defense. They also have their punter and kicker back.Every offensive player who scored a point for Tech in 2014 is returning for the upcoming year.Their quarterback — redshirt senior Michael Brewer — is back for his final year. Brewer’s top two targets, sophomore wide receiver Isaiah Ford and redshirt sophomore tight end Bucky Hodges, will both suit back up for Tech in 2015.Ford led the squad in receiving in 2014 with 709 yards.  He tied with Hodges for the team lead in touchdown receptions with six. The 6-foot-7 Hodges uses his size to create mismatches for smaller defenders. In addition to the six touchdown catches, he was second on the team in receiving yards with 526.In the backfield, senior J.C. Coleman, a 5-foot-6 speedster, will get most of the carries early in the year. Coleman, who rushed for 533 yards and three touchdowns in 2014, became the starter after injuries to sophomores Marshawn Williams and Shai McKenzie.Williams, who is still recovering from the anterior cruciate ligament injury he sustained last season against Duke, and McKenzie, who is suspended, won’t be available to play against OSU on Monday. Redshirt junior Trey Edmunds, Tech’s leading rusher in 2013, will most likely be the back Hokie coach Frank Beamer uses to spell Coleman versus the Buckeyes.The 2014 Hokie offense was far from prolific — ranking 96th in the nation. However, with all of its key players at the skill positions back for another season, the outlook for the unit is more promising.Shut-down unitTech’s defense — led by defensive coordinator Bud Foster, who is widely regarded as one of the country’s best — looks to be one of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s — if not the nation’s — top squads. Last year, they ranked 21st in total defense in the NCAA.Junior cornerback Kendall Fuller, an ESPN preseason All-America selection, will look to continue shutting down opposing team’s top receivers. Despite playing the majority of last year with a fractured wrist, he still managed to tally 15 pass breakups, a forced fumble and two interceptions.Opposite Fuller at cornerback will be redshirt sophomore Brandon Facyson. He was sidelined for most of last season because of a broken leg, but he looks to regain the form he had in 2013 when he was a 247Sports first-team freshman All-American.On the defensive line, the Hokies return four key cogs to a unit that has the potential to be great. Each of the four starters was named to the watch list for the Nagurski Trophy, which is handed out annually to the nation’s top defensive player.That group — highlighted by redshirt senior defensive end Dadi Lihomme Nicolas, a preseason All-ACC selection — will look to apply pressure on quarterbacks all year long. At the other end position, redshirt junior Ken Ekanem will continue to give offensive lineman fits. In 2014, he and Nicolas combined to record 33 tackles for a loss and 18.5 sacks.On the interior, the Hokies have even more talent with redshirt senior defensive tackles Luther Maddy and Corey Marshall.Maddy — who was hurt on Sept. 23 last year and missed the rest of the campaign — was third-team All-ACC in 2013. Additionally, he was selected alongside Nicolas to the preseason All-ACC team for the upcoming year.Marshall earned second-team All-ACC in 2014, after recording 41 tackles, 9.5 of which were for a loss.Even though the Buckeyes boast one of the top offensive lines in the country, expect the loaded Hokie front four to pose challenges for the “The Slobs” and the rest of the O-lines they face in 2015.Last year, defensive dominance was the reason why Tech left the Horseshoe victorious. To pull the upset for a second straight season, its defense will have to wreak havoc again.Biggest question markThe biggest question mark facing the Hokies in fall camp was who would start on the offensive line.The unit lost three seniors to graduation, which opened up starting spots at center and right tackle. Those spots seemed to be claimed at the end of spring practice by sophomore Eric Gallo and redshirt senior Wade Hansen, respectively.The picture was slightly less clear until Monday morning when the depth chart was released.With Hansen battling a foot injury, sophomore Parker Osterloh — a 6-foot-8 versatile lineman who can play every position on the line except center — had filled in nicely for him.Hansen is still the starter, but the time he missed might have stunted the growth of the O-line’s chemistry.However, the performance of Osterloh and freshman Yosuah Nijman gives Beamer and his staff a little bit of comfort knowing that if the starting group struggles, he has two solid players to substitute.The ability of the new lineman to step in and play at a high level will be crucial, as the overall success of the offense — especially the Hokie running game — hinders predominantly on the line’s performance.If they are able to take care of their business against a Buckeye front seven that is missing its best player — suspended junior defensive end Joey Bosa — things could get interesting.Final overviewIf the Hokies are going to have a chance at upsetting the Scarlet and Gray, their defense will have to be disruptive — like it was in 2014. If Tech’s loaded defensive line can get into the backfield and pressure whoever is playing quarterback for the Buckeyes, it could make the game interesting.Fuller, the elite corner, will be assigned to mark OSU’s No. 1 receiver, Michael Thomas. Separation might be limited for Thomas, which will force an already-depleted receiving corp for the Buckeyes to step up and help out the quarterback.On the other side of the ball, the offensive line will need to be in control of the line of scrimmage, which will create holes for Coleman to run through and time for Brewer to connect with his targets.Beyond the BuckeyesThe Hokies’ Monday tilt against the defending champs will be their biggest game all year.Following the opener, they are slated to play three more non-conference games — all winnable matchups against Furman, Purdue and East Carolina — before starting their ACC schedule on Oct. 3 at home versus the University of Pittsburgh.The only other preseason AP Top 25 opponent Tech is scheduled to play is at No. 16 Georgia Tech on Nov. 12.The Hokies are set to end their 2015 regular season on the road against in-state rival Virginia on Nov. 28. read more

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Mens Basketball Keita BatesDiop leaves lasting legacy as first star of Holtmann

Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) looks to drive in the first half the game against Penn State in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals on Mar. 2 in Madison Square Garden. Ohio State lost 68-69. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFour years ago, forward Keita Bates-Diop was preparing to begin his Ohio State career along with a highly touted recruiting class. The second-highest ranked member of the Buckeyes’ class, Bates-Diop came in with lofty expectations along with the other three players that were expected to form the core of a championship contender. They were coming to a team that had just lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but had just made it to six straight tournament appearances.But, on Monday, as the redshirt junior forward sat at the table in the media room of the Schottenstein Center announcing he would leave the team early for the NBA draft, he reflected a tumultuous time in Columbus. One that began with promise, stalled out and returned to prominence in what became his final season in scarlet and gray. Though that 2014 recruiting class never came all that close to leading Ohio State to a championship, it laid the foundation for a strong program in the beginning of the Chris Holtmann era at Ohio State.“I think that’s the best feeling and kind of one of the best parts about all this,” Bates-Diop said. “Because like I said the last couple years have been down for Ohio State basketball and to do what we did and what I did individually and to kind of leave on that note is a bittersweet feeling, but it’s probably the best way to go.”The class itself each had members go in varying directions. Dave Bell transferred after his redshirt sophomore season at Ohio State, D’Angelo Russell left after one season to become the second pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and both Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate stuck around for four years.Tate was always a consistent presence for Ohio State. He never became a star for Ohio State, but he remained a steady leader for the team.Bates-Diop was not necessarily that player. He was the 29th-best player in the class, but struggled in his first season before beginning to flash his tools in the sophomore season.Right when people began to view him as a potential breakout candidate, he fractured his leg and didn’t to return to action. Instead of playing through the injury, he opted to undergo surgery and take a medical redshirt for the season.In hindsight, that was the best decision he made during his time at Ohio State.“I could’ve played through it, but I don’t think I would be here today if I had,” Bates-Diop said.Holtmann said coaches talked with him before the season about how Bates-Diop had the tools to become a standout player for the team. The only questions they had were in regard to his motor and his toughness.But as soon as Holtmann had time to work with him, he said he could tell Bates-Diop had a strong enough work ethic and desire to improve in order to turn himself into a great player. Even with the potential Bates-Diop had shown, the hype was no longer surrounding him three years after he began his Buckeye career, especially coming off a season-ending injury. If there was any narrative around Bates-Diop heading into his redshirt junior season, it was that he would be counted on by a brand new coaching staff to provide solid production in the hopes of keeping the team afloat in the Big Ten.Instead, he became a star for the team, claiming the Big Ten Player of the Year honors after averaging 19.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. Though still not becoming the vocal leader in the locker room that Tate was, Bates-Diop led the Buckeyes by example and was the star Holtmann needed in his first season to prove to potential recruits he can maximize a player’s talents.“He developed, and I think hopefully he feels like that we helped him get there and whatever we can do that,” Holtmann said. “That’s something that sure is good that we can communicate to recruits and say look at what Keita and JT, look at how they were developed in just the one year that we had with them. He’ll be a good example for that in recruiting.”Tate and Bates-Diop, the final two members of the 2014 class, will depart Ohio State both having gone through some ups and downs for the program. Both played key roles in helping turn what could have been a rebuilding process into a quick rebound and lay the foundation for Holtmann to build upon.“The good ones here that we recruit as a coaching staff will all realize that they stand on the shoulders of those really good players that came before,” Holtmann said. “And I think he realized that and so did JT, and that’s why I think they felt an obligation in a lot of ways to kind of put this to make the program relevant again.“They stand on the shoulders of all those guys that have done it so well before them. So what he now can leave here, he can now leave here knowing that he did that.” read more

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Baseball Pouelsen and Lopez lift Hawaii over Ohio State in 153 win

After a ground ball up the middle resulted in a force out at second, runners were on the corners with one out in the fourth inning for the Rainbow Warriors. Redshirt sophomore first baseman Alex Baeza was able to knock in Hawaii’s seventh run of the game with a single ripped to centerfield. Lopez was able to clear the bases on a three-run home run lifted over the left field wall. The second four-run inning of the game for the Rainbow Warriors made the score 10-1. With runners on second and third with one down in the fifth, a ground out followed by an infield single allowed Hawaii to scratch across two more runs. This marked the fourth straight inning of two or more runs scored by the Rainbow Warriors. Singles from freshman third baseman Nick Erwin and Canzone began the bottom of the sixth inning for Ohio State. With one out, senior left fielder Brady Cherry’s RBI by way of a sacrifice fly to right field was able to end Hawaii’s unanswered run streak of 12. After a leadoff single by Duarte opened the seventh inning, Yamazaki recorded his third hit of the game and put runners on first and third with no outs. A sacrifice fly from Best and a wild pitch would bring across a pair of runs for Hawaii. Ohio State showed its most life on offense all day when the team loaded the bases with one down in the bottom of the ninth inning. Senior catcher Andrew Fishel was able to lift a flyball to left field to bring in Ohio State’s third and final run of the contest. “We need to bounce back and have a good, quality game on Wednesday and roll that into conference play,” Beals said. The Buckeyes will return to the field at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday against Toledo. Ohio State junior infielder Conner Pohl (39) dives to third base during the game against Hawaii on March 23. Ohio State won 7-5. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorHawaii did something on Sunday that it was unable to do in the previous three games of the series: limit Ohio State’s potent offense. The Buckeyes had scored six or more runs in every game of its five-game win streak, but a season-best performance from Hawaii junior pitcher Logan Pouelsen brought the scoring streak and win streak to an end. Ohio State (13-11) was overwhelmed 15-3 by Hawaii (10-14). Behind 19 hits, including a three-RBI game from senior third baseman Ethan Lopez, the Rainbow Warriors were able to support the team’s best pitching of the series. “The backside hits they got seemed to find holes,” head coach Greg Beals said. “I think it was just their day.” Pouelsen came into the game with a season-long outing of three innings in his only start of the season.He eclipsed that performance in his seven-inning start against Ohio State. The junior allowed only four hits and two earned runs against an Ohio State offense that had excelled at home. Ohio State freshman pitcher Will Pfennig’s first collegiate start was spoiled by Hawaii’s hitting barrage. Lopez earned all three of his RBIs on a three-run home run in the top of the fourth inning, blasing an 0-1 pitch over the left field wall to make the score 10-1. Ohio State shuffled through three freshman pitchers throughout the course of the game. Pfennig was followed by freshman pitcher Mitch Milheim, who allowed six runs in two innings. The final freshman to visit the mound was freshman pitcher TJ Brock, who surrendered four runs in 2.2 innings.Within their struggles, lessons were learned, according to Beals. “I think they learned that pitch quality is got to be better,” Beals said. After falling behind 0-2 in the count, junior right fielder Dominic Canzone fought back to earn a walk to start off the first inning for the Buckeyes. This extended Canzone’s on-base streak to 20 games, the longest of his career.Canzone was able to successfully steal second base, and a throwing error on the throw down to second allowed him to advance to third. Redshirt junior second baseman Matt Carpenter was able to hit an RBI single up the middle to open up the scoring. After a double off the wall and a successful bunt, the Rainbow Warriors had runners on the corners with no outs in the second inning. A hard grounder by freshman second baseman Dallas Duarte to second base resulted in a double play, but Hawaii was able to bring home the tying run. A pair of two-out walks allowed Hawaii to threaten again, and freshman right fielder Tyler Best was able to provide an RBI single on the first pitch from Pfennig. A throwing error on a pickoff attempt allowed another run to score and a runner to advance to third. Hawaii would score their fourth run of the inning after a hard hit to freshman shortstop Zach Dezenzo could not be fielded to end the inning. Pfennig would end his first collegiate start after just two innings. The freshman allowed four runs and struck out one batter. After a fielding error put the leadoff man on, a two-out double by Duarte pushed the score to 5-1. Senior shortstop Maaki Yamazaki ripped a single up the middle to bring in Duarte and extend Hawaii’s lead to five runs going into the home half of the third inning. read more

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Smartphone app to protect pilots from dazzling midair laser attacks

first_imgScientists at the MoD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) have now developed an app that can be used on smartphones in the cockpit to log, analyse and share data about attacks.The laboratory has signed a deal with a firm called Profound Technologies to commercially develop and market the Laser Event Recorder app (LERapp) which is likely to be available by the middle of next year.Air crew will be able to mount a smartphone in a hands-free cradle in the cockpit and the app will use the phone’s camera and GPS to log details of the attack. Information could then be passed to the police and shared with other planes to warn them of the hazard.Craig Williamson, who developed the app, said: “The LERapp has the potential to significantly improve aviation safety. It is another example of the innovative and exciting work that Dstl is doing. Like much of our work, there are clear uses outside the military and security environments.”The Civil Aviation Authority logs around 1,500 dazzle attacks each year affecting both military and civilian aircraft. Heathrow, Birmingham and Manchester were last year the worst affected airports.Attackers can be charged with recklessly endangering the safety of an aircraft, which can carry a sentence of up to five years in prison, or the lesser crime of shining a light on an aircraft in flight, which carries a maximum £2,000 fine. The LERapp laser dazzle has been developed for a standard smartphone The LERapp has been developed for a standard smartphoneCredit:Crown Copyright Defence scientists have developed a smartphone app that could be used to prevent dazzling mid-air laser attacks on pilots.The danger from people shining hand-held laser pointers into cockpits is so high that earlier this year a pilots’ union called for the devices to be classed as offensive weapons.Official figures show that more than 10,000 aircraft in the UK alone have been targeted by hand held lasers since 2009, in attacks that can distract or temporarily blind pilots.Attacks are punishable by up to five years in prison, but pilots and police often struggle to pinpoint where the laser beams are coming from so that the culprits can be found and charged. 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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Harold Macmillan was right Britain never happier than in 1957

first_imgThere was a genuine feeling that Britain was going to be great againProfessor Daniel Sgroi, University of Warwick Scientists at the University of Warwick have for the first time used an algorithm to measure the nation’s happiness in every year since 1776.In a report released today, they found that, aside from a spike in the third quarter of the 19th century, the British people has never been happier than they were in 1957.Recent memories of the horrors and deprivations of the Second World War, as well as years of rationing, meant people were grateful for their “moderate” but improved living conditions, according to the report’s authors.The nation was also beginning to feel a new sense of optimism and aspiration for Britain’s future, a mood firmly encouraged by the rhetoric of Macmillan himself. Harold Macmillan’s 1957 declaration that Britons had “never had it so good” is one of the most famous and debated prime ministerial statements of the 20th century.Now, according to a new programme involving sophisticated robotics and around eight million books, it appears he was absolutely right.Or at least, it certainly felt that way. Professor Sgroi said the method could be developed to analyse blogs and social media content, meaning publication of monthly or quarterly national happiness levels could soon become part of the political landscape in the same way as gross domestic product (GDP) figures are now.Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists said: “Happiness and mental health are inextricably linked. It is worrying indeed that happiness levels reached their peak 60 years ago, a level to which they have never returned.”The job of government is not to make people happy – that is most determined by the quality of our interpersonal relationships.”By promoting good health, making our streets safer, ensuring better quality of care and helping people into meaningful employment we can however create the conditions for a happier society. Finally, happiness is about fairness – in short; an unequal society is an unhappy society.”center_img Professor Daniel Sgroi said, despite the fact people worked more hours per week than they do now and that very few households enjoyed central heating in 1957, the relative sense of “things getting better” made the average Briton far more content with their lot than citizens feel today.“There was a genuine feeling that Britain was going to be great gain,” he said, adding that hope for the future was so high it made the 1960s and 1970s feel more disappointing than in fact they were.”“Britain did fine against most measures compared to many countries, but not against the high expectations,” said the economist.He and his team used pioneering linguistic computing to robotically read millions of digitised books since the 18th century.The programme discerns the happiness of the nation at any given point by analysing the frequency of words associated with positive and negative emotions. 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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He had big eyes and looked straight at me Familys home ransacked

first_img“I tried to shoo him away, but he just hissed back at me every time. He was very aggressive.”I called Katherine, because I thought she might be able to help, but I think if anything she was just terrified that this creature was messing around with her clothes.”It was at that point that Caroline woke up, but she was too scared to really help. He was very hyperactive, jumping on door handles and making a lot of noise.”It was terrifying, because he moved so slowly. You could never tell whether he was about to attack, or if he was just scared. The animal “terrorised” the account manager’s home, eating a Nutri-Grain barCredit:Marek Chapanionek / SWNS.com “Eventually he took out a Nutri-Grain bar, and rushed into Katherine’s bedroom. Then he started rummaging around in the drawers, pulling out clothes and making a mess. He added: “I had to work from home – I think my boss was quite confused when I explained it all to him.”The man from the RSPCA said in his 29 years working there he had never seen a raccoon in someone’s house before. It was scary, and he caused a mess, but I miss him now that he’s gone.”He was a wonderfully curious creature, but I don’t think we could have a raccoon and a cat at the same time.” “We thought he must have been someone’s pet because he seemed to know how to open doors. He was an incredibly inquisitive creature, and kept on following me.”I decided to lead him downstairs and into Dotty’s cat-bed, where he settled in. I threw a washing basket over his head, but he quickly got it off and wasn’t too happy.”I tempted him into the cat box, and locked the cage door, so that he couldn’t get out this time.”The RSPCA weren’t available when I phoned, and when I dialled 101 they told me I could let him out – but I know that they can damage other wildlife, so I didn’t want to do that.”I tried to go to sleep, but he kept on crying out and making a racket. It was a difficult night, and one that I certainly won’t forget.”It is not known where the creature came from, but Mr Chapanionek believes it could only have entered the house through the cat-flap. Mr Chapanionek even called daughter Katherine, 19, who is a second-year politics student at the University of Reading, as the creature rummaged through her bedroom drawers.Eventually the unwelcome guest settled down in Dotty’s cage, allowing Caroline, a midwife at Northampton General Hospital, to get some sleep.Mr Chapanionek, of Horton, Northants, then called the RSPCA, who collected the raccoon at around 10am on Tuesday morning. Marek Chapanionek and Caroline Chapanionek, whose house was visited by a raccooncenter_img Marek Chapanionek and Caroline Chapanionek, whose house was visited by a raccoonCredit: Aaron Chown / SWNS.com The animal "terrorised" the account manager's home, eating a Nutri-Grain bar He said: “I was just finishing off defrosting the freezer when it happened, I was just about to head up to bed, as Caroline had already gone to sleep.”I heard some banging upstairs, and just assumed it was Dotty messing around. But then I heard her run down the stairs, and straight out the cat-flap.”I went upstairs, and noticed that the draw to Katherine’s bedroom was slightly open, which made me suspicious. Then I saw him, this shady creature, sat in the hallway.”He was looking through my wife’s bag, which she’d left out there. It was very frightening. He had these big eyes, and was looking straight at me. A couple’s family home has been ransacked by a raccoon after it crawled in through their cat-flap.Father-of-one Marek Chapanionek, 44, was defrosting his freezer at around 11.30pm on Monday night when the woodland critter entered his house.The animal then “terrorised” the account manager’s property, eating a Nutri-Grain bar from the handbag of wife Caroline, 47, and terrifying two-year-old cat Dotty. 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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Dangerous criminals could walk free because of prosecutor failings inspection finds

first_imgInspectors examined 90 random cases and found that two had been discontinued due to disclosure issues. The prosecution met all requirements in less than half of cases examined, and failed to meet them at all in 18 per cent. Ministry of Justice figures for 2014-15, the most recent full year available, show that more than 2,500 trials were delayed or disrupted because of issues relating to disclosure. Inspectors said that the College of Policing needed to improve training for officers and appoint dedicated roles to make sure forces were handing over information properly. Rachel Tuffin, director at the College of Policing, said:  “As the professional body for the police, we recently developed entry level disclosure training for officers and updated an existing online package, although this has not been fully reflected in today’s report.“We will now carefully consider the recommendation for us to develop classroom-based training, as there is an absence in the report of clear evidence that this model will address the issues identified.”Gregor McGill, Director of Legal Services in the CPS, said: “The CPS understands the importance of complying with its statutory obligations relating to the disclosure of unused material and is committed to doing so. We will urgently work with our partners in policing, and other agencies, to address the findings in this report.“We are already working with the police to improve our performance. For example, we are bolstering the role of our disclosure leads across England and Wales who ensure compliance with the mandatory disclosure regimeand now insist on mandatory training for all our prosecutors.“We know there is more to be done and will be taking a range of steps, which we will outline in a joint CPS and police action plan later this year.” Criminals could be walking free from courts because the police and CPS are failing to prepare cases properly, an inspection has found. An audit of the police and CPS found that both are failing to hand over crucial documents to the defence lawyers in time, leading to cases being delayed or even collapsing. Kevin McGinty, HM chief inspector of the CPS, said the failings were “unfair, unprofessional and unlawful”. Police and the CPS are obliged to hand over documents which might undermine the prosecution or aid the defence case to the defence lawyers. Delays in doing this can lead to trials being postponed, disrupted or even abandoned. Mr McGinty added that the failures “sometimes do result in miscarriages of justice. It is unfair – it is unfair on the victims, it is unfair to witnesses.”He added that there was “a culture of acceptance by the police and prosecution that it’s all just too difficult to deal with.”The failings mean some cases where defendants are accused of serious offences such as murder and rape could be collapsing. In 2014 a stalking case collapsed because of a failure to pass on crucial mobile phone evidence in time, leaving the defence unable to analyse it. The CPS appealed but the case was refused by the Court of Appeal, meaning the defendant, who was accused of harassing eight women, walked free. In his judgment Sir Brian Leveson said the victims deserved an apology from the CPS and added: “It is only right to emphasise that there has been no suggestion that they were not subjected to offensive texts and calls and we recognise that a full trial has not been undertaken”.In another case, the trial was stopped of two alleged rapists after the judge found that prosecution failures had led to an abuse of process. That prosecution continued after an appeal.  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 It is unfair on the victims, it is unfair to witnessesKevin McGintylast_img read more

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Father of Kenneth Noyes victim feels totally let down that M25 killer

first_imgMr Cameron told the paper: “I feel totally let down. I’ve had a few tears. That’s not justice for Stephen.”In open prison Noye will have day trips out and can go home for Christmas. That’s not justice. I’m gutted.”I was told he’s been a really good boy, has done an anger management course and rehabilitation courses so he doesn’t reoffend.”He says what they want to hear and knows how to play the game because he’s spent half his life in prison.”The justice system has let us down. He had a fight with Stephen, he instigated it but Stephen gave him a good hiding so he went to his car to get a knife.”He could have driven off but decided to go back and murder Stephen. He should be in for at least 25 years.” Kenneth Noye wearing glasses and beard whilst travelling under the false name of Alan Green Kenneth Noye wearing glasses and beard whilst travelling under the false name of Alan GreenCredit:FIONA HANSON/PA Noye was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 16 years for Stephen’s murder.After the killing Noye went on the run and was arrested in Spain two years later.Last month the Parole Board said it was not directing Noye’s release, but recommended that he be transferred to “open conditions”.The advice was passed to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) for the final decision, and the department confirmed on Tuesday that Justice Secretary David Lidington had accepted the recommendation.Noye had previously won a High Court challenge against a decision by then justice secretary Michael Gove to block a recommendation made by the Parole Board in September 2015 that Noye be moved to an open jail.His counsel argued the decision was “unlawful and irrational”.An MoJ spokesman said: “Public protection is our top priority and transfers to open conditions are made after a thorough, expert risk assessment carried out by the independent Parole Board.”center_img The angry father of road rage victim Stephen Cameron has spoken out after it was revealed that his killer is to be moved to an open prison.Ken Cameron told the Mirror he felt “totally let down” that Kenneth Noye was to be transferred after the Justice Secretary rubber-stamped a recommendation from the Parole Board.Noye, now 70, was convicted of murder in April 2000 after stabbing 21-year-old Mr Cameron to death in an attack on the M25 in Kent in 1996. 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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National Lottery hacked Millions of customers warned to change passwords

first_imgThe National Lottery has been hacked The National Lottery has been hackedCredit:Glyn Genin/PA The National Lottery has warned more than 10 million players with online accounts to change their passwords due to a security breach.It said hackers had made attempts to access accounts and that limited information may have been viewed.It urged all online customers to change their passwords, particularly if they use the same email address and passwords for several sites.The mass attack, said to have been done using a technique known as “credential stuffing,” was successful in accessing some 150 accounts. Some activity took place in fewer than ten accounts.Camelot, the lottery operator, said no customers had lost any money.It is contacting all 10.5 million online customers and put a warning on its website stating: “As part of our regular security monitoring, we have seen some suspicious activity on a very small number of players’ accounts. “We have directly contacted those players whose accounts have been affected. We are advising players to change their password as a precaution, particularly if they use the same password across multiple websites.”Camelot said the hacking attack appeared to have begun on March 7.A spokesman said: “Since then, the activity has been extremely low level and very sporadic – and almost indistinguishable from normal player activity.”center_img The tactic of credential stuffing is said to involve using computers to fire the same email address and password combination at a large number of websites in a bid to get access to an account.The combination of email address and password will have been leaked and sold to fraudsters.Camelot said it had reported the security breach to the police and the Information Commissioner’s Office and was liaising with the National Cyber Security Centre.It added: “We would like to reassure our players that we do not display full debit card or bank account details on their online National Lottery accounts.​ We have suspended all of the affected accounts and have directly contacted these players to help them re-activate their accounts securely.” 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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Salisbury cordon lifted after police incident near Zizzi restaurant sparks Novichok fears

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Police have now lifted a cordon in Salisbury town centre erected after a man was believed to be taken ill near the Zizzi restaurant that Sergei and Yulia Skripal visited before they became ill due to Novichok exposure.Wiltshire emergency services were called to the area over concern for the welfare of a man in his thirties, but have since confirmed there is no concern for the man’s health or any wider risk to the public.Ambulance and fire crews attended Castle Street in the town after police confirmed they were taking precautionary measures.The incident briefly sparked concern that another person had fallen victim to the Novichok nerve agent following the exposure of two individuals in Amesbury last week.Wiltshire police later tweeted: “We understand that our initial response to the incident may have looked alarming, but we hope you appreciate why we needed to take this highly precautionary measure. We thank you all for your patience and understanding. The man said that when he cycled past a second time there was a “small cordon with a handful of police and paramedics”. We understand that our initial response to the incident may have looked alarming, but we hope you appreciate why we needed to take this highly precautionary measure. We thank you all for your patience and understanding.— Salisbury Police (@SouthWiltsCPT) July 12, 2018 The scene in Castle Street, SalisburyCredit:Twitter The scene in Castle Street, Salisbury “Whilst cycling out of the city all the response vehicles descending on the city,” he said. Update: We’re pleased to report that the cordon in place in Castle Street, Salisbury, has been removed & the road has been reopened. Emergency services were called to the scene at 6.20pm this evening (12 July 2018) after concerns were raised about the welfare of a man in his 30s— Salisbury Police (@SouthWiltsCPT) July 12, 2018 An eyewitness who asked not to be named said the man involved in the incident was a “local homeless guy” who was “sat on the floor, completely conscious, talking”.He said he saw a paramedic at the scene climbing into a chemical suit while another “was shouting at the man to stay put and stay on the floor”. All the police officers had rubber gloves on, he added. read more

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Police chief who led Ted Heath inquiry lied to colleagues over smashed

Wiltshire Police spent two years investigating Sir Edward Heath Show more The police chief who led the controversial sex abuse investigation into the late former Prime Minister, Sir Edward Heath, has claimed people have been trying to destroy his reputation after an independent report revealed he had lied to his colleagues over a smashed mobile phone.Mike Veale, who used to lead the Wiltshire force, but is now the Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, told colleagues he broke his work phone when he dropped it in a car park and it was run over by a car.But an investigation by the police watchdog discovered that Mr Veale had lied about the incident and had actually smashed the device when he played a poor shot during a round of golf and hit his bag with a club in frustration.The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has concluded that Mr Veale has a case to answer for misconduct for lying about the incident to colleagues, and it will now be up to the Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger to decide what action to take.Despite admitting lying, Mr Veale blamed the media for his actions for placing him under “intense pressure” during the Ted Heath investigation. The IOPC concluded there was no evidence that he had deliberately damaged his own phone to hide evidence and pointed to the fact that he had subsequently asked his IT department to retrieve all the data from the device. He said: “It is important to emphasise that during the time I led the Force through Operation Conifer, a highly politicised and nationally significant and sensitive investigation, I was regularly warned by close confidantes and members of the public I would be subject at some stage to vexatious and false allegations to tarnish my reputation. Sadly this has been the case.”An investigation into Mr Veale’s actions was launched in November last year after an anonymous letter was sent to the police watchdog, alleging he had deliberately damaged his phone to hide evidence of leaks to the media about the investigation, codenamed, Operation Conifer.Mr Veale described the suggestion as “nonsensical” insisting he would not have damaged his own phone deliberately as he needed it.He told IOPC investigators: ” The damage was caused to my phone as a result of me taking out my frustration with my poor play on my bag.”He explained that he had lied to colleagues about the incident because he was ashamed of losing his temper.Mr Veale said: “I was not proud of my behaviour on the golf course, particularly as a Chief Constable and leader of the organisation, hence the reason I decided to provide a different explanation for the damage.” Mike Veale was chief constable at Wiltshire Police during Operation Conifer He also suggested he has been the target of a vexatious campaign to destroy his reputation for spearheading the two year investigation into allegations of historic abuse against the late former Tory leader. Mr Veale came in for criticism after spending two years and £1.5 million investigating historic claims against Sir Edward, despite the fact he had been dead for more than a decade.A report, published in October last year concluded that Sir Edward would have been questioned over allegations that he raped and indecently assaulted boys as young as 10 were he alive today.But the late former Prime Minister’s supporters dismissed the report as a “whitewash” that would leave a stain hanging over his reputation and legacy.The Telegraph later discovered that the main complainant against Sir Edward was a serial paedophile who is currently in jail for child sex offences and whose own family have dismissed his allegations as “fantasy and lies”.Lincoln Seligman, Sir Edward’s godson, said: ”  I have every sympathy with Mr Veale’s golf bag rage but I have no sympathy with his suggestion of a widespread conspiracy to blacken his reputation.“Under his leadership Wiltshire police publicly invited and then implicitly endorsed the most serious of allegations against a former Prime Minister without adducing any credible evidence in corroboration. This , without any help from outside, will not have done his reputation much good.” Mike Veale was chief constable at Wiltshire Police during Operation ConiferCredit:PA Responding to the IOPC’s findings, Mr Veale apologised for lying to colleagues, but insisted he had been out of a sense of embarrassment rather than anything more sinister.He explained: “During the course of this investigation I have had the opportunity to reflect on my actions. The account I gave to some colleagues should not have been given.”My reasons were clear to me then and are now. I wanted to avoid unnecessary, sensationalist coverage in the media. I regret that I gave any account at all as to why the damage was caused as there was no reason to do so as this was simple an accident.”This was a mistake and I could have handled it differently…I want to take this opportunity to apologise for not handling this matter differently.”Mr Veale was appointed Chief Constable of Cleveland Police in January this year before he was aware of the IOPC investigation.Last night the Cleveland police and crime commissioner, Barry Coppinger praised Mr Veale for his honesty during the investigation and said he had recommended internal advice as the appropriate course of action. Wiltshire Police spent two years investigating Sir Edward Heath 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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Tower of London to be illuminated with 10000 flames in special act

About 10,000 flames will be lit at the Tower of London to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.Yeoman Warders, also known as Beefeaters, who have all served in the military, and representatives from the armed forces, will start the process of lighting the flames at a ceremony on Sunday night.The display is to remember the sacrifice made by those who lost their lives during the First World War.Volunteers will take between 40 and 50 minutes to manually light the remaining flames, gradually illuminating both the Tower of London and its empty moat.The flames, each emanating from an individual canister, will burn for about four hours before needing to be replenished with fuel by volunteers before the next night’s display.The spectacle, named Beyond the Deepening Shadow, will be accompanied by a specially commissioned sound installation featuring choral music and words from war poet Mary Borden’s Sonnets to a Soldier.A spokeswoman for Historic Royal Palaces, the organisation responsible for maintaining the Tower of London, said: “At 5pm each evening the Yeoman warders and a number of guest lighters – a cadet, a veteran and a serving member of the military – will light the first flames of the evening. Drummer Steven Brown from F Company Scots Guards lights a torch at the start of the service. This November, as the nation commemorates the centenary of the end of the First World War, a new installation at the Tower of London, Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers, will honour the sacrifice of 100 years ago. “A team of around 80 to 100 volunteers from the public that we have specially trained will then light the rest. Over the course of about 40 to 50 minutes the whole of the moat will be illuminated.” Drummer Steven Brown from F Company Scots Guards lights a torch at the start of the service. This November, as the nation commemorates the centenary of the end of the First World War, a new installation at the Tower of London, Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers, will honour the sacrifice of 100 years ago.Credit:Sgt Randall RLC Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “The flames have a duality, one of remembrance and one of looking forward into the future; the end of the first world war and the lights coming back on.”Many of the volunteers have a family connection to the First World War, the spokeswoman added.”Many of the Tower community have served in the Armed Forces, and it is important for us to ensure that those who lived, served, fought and died during this time continue to be remembered, and that the lessons from these conflicts continue to be shared.”The ceremony, which will take place between 5pm and 9pm, will be repeated each night until Sunday, November 11.Members of the public can view the installation for free and there is also ticketed access to the moat, where the installation can be viewed up close. read more

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NHS bosses failed to act over scandalhit hospital where there were nearly

NHS bosses failed to act over a scandal-hit hospital where there were nearly 300 unexpected deaths, a report has found.According to the report, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), NHS England and NHS Improvement ignored warnings for more than a year.Analysts Deloitte said all three bodies failed to to deal with the crisis, either collectively or individually, at the North Middlesex Hospital.Professor Brian Jarman, an expert in hospital deaths who discovered the high mortality rate at the trust, said: “It is important that the CQC is aware of patient safety issues and inspects concerns.”Jeremy Hunt, the former Health Secretary, was also alerted to poor care on the wards at the North London Hospital, however only passed on concerns to the trust instead of regulators.The chairman of the CQC also failed to intervene when contacted by the same person.When the CQC finally carried out an emergency inspection in April 2016 it found shocking scenes in A&E including the death of a patient found in the advanced stages of rigor mortis after being left four hours unchecked in a cubicle.In 2016, the Telegraph reported that the hospital had used its tannoy system to issue a message to those in the waiting area to: Please go home unless you have a life-threatening illness.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The local Conservative MP had nearly died from a perforated appendix after lying 13 hours on an A&E trolley two days before a CQC inspectio in 2014.The report stated: “All the regulators had a significant opportunity to address quality issues at NMUH but did not take it”.In response to the report, NHS Improvement said: “The events at North Middlesex have important lessons for how oversight organisations work together to ensure that challenged trusts receive support to provide high quality care.” read more

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Nurse rearrested on suspicion of baby murders at Chester hospital

A nurse who was arrested last year on suspicion of murdering eight babies and attempting to murder three more at a hospital in Chester has been re-arrested, Cheshire Police has announced.Lucy Letby, 29, was questioned last July in connection with suspicious infant deaths at the Countess of Chester Hospital between 2015 and 2016.Police said the same nurse had been re-arrested on suspicion of the attempted murder of three more babies at the same hospital.In a statement, Detective Inspector Paul Hughes, who is in charge of the investigation, said:  “In July 2018 a healthcare professional was arrested on suspicion of murder in relation to the deaths of 8 babies and the attempted murder of 6 babies at the neonatal unit at The Countess of Chester Hospital.  She was subsequently bailed pending further enquiries.”As part of our ongoing investigation we have today (Monday 10 June) re-arrested the healthcare professional on suspicion of murder in relation to the deaths of 8 babies and the attempted murder of 6 babies.  She has also been arrested in connection with the attempted murder of three additional babies. “The woman is currently in custody helping officers with their enquiries.”The statement went on: “I would like to reassure people that we are doing everything we can as quickly as we can to identify what has led to these baby deaths and collapses. The investigation relates to deaths at the Countess of Chester Hospital “Due to the nature of this investigation it is extremely challenging but it is important to remember that it is very much active and ongoing – there are no set timescales and we remain committed to carrying out a thorough investigation as soon as possible.”We fully appreciate that it continues to have a big impact on all those involved – including the families of the babies, staff and patients at the hospital as well as members of the public.”Parents of all the babies are continuing to be kept fully updated and are being supported throughout the process by specially trained officers.  This is an extremely difficult time for all the families and it is important to remember that, at the heart of this, there are a number of bereaved families seeking answers as to what happened to their children.”At this stage, we are unable to go into any further details about the investigation but as soon as we can provide any further updates we will do.The nurse worked at the hospital’s neonatal unit since graduating from the University of Chester in 2011 with a degree in child nursing, and spent time at the unit during her three years training.   In July 2016, the Countess of Chester Hospital commissioned an independent review of the unit because of concerns about a rise in “unexplained” deaths. The investigation relates to deaths at the Countess of Chester HospitalCredit: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. read more

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