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Jameis Winstons Personal Turnaround and Football Prowess Land Him

Jameis Winston is not a lost cause, after all. Mired in self-induced drama much of his second and final season at Florida State, the former Heisman Trophy winner—thought at one point to be a risk as an NFL high draft pick—has blossomed nicely into the sure-fire No. 1 selection. Turnabout is fair play.This position for Winston is almost stunning, considering he continually, immaturely raised questions about his stability to run a team, which is the last mark any quarterback wants on him. But being accused of sexual assault, stealing crab legs from a grocery store and shouting an obscenity on campus can put you in that dreaded box. Quickly.Amazing thing was that Winston continued to perform at a high level as he and his supporters continually fought off the troubles, including facing expulsion over the sexual assault case. Winston claimed consensual sex and a school investigation found that the accuser tried to extort money, had picked up Winston at a bar and overall did not have a case. The woman, in a telling act, participated in a documentary called “The Hunting Ground” about her experience with Winston.Whatever the case, Winston played on and played well. And as those who looked on after he engaged in one controversy after the next, he always spun it back to being a kid.Well, he has not only been without incident for months, he has shown marked improvement in his judgment, so much so that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers almost assuredly will take him with the No. 1 selection in the upcoming draft.That’s a major leap for a player who looked to be falling off a self-created bridge not that long ago.“I haven’t changed at all,” Winston said on ESPN. “I’ve grown.”Yes, that’s a contradiction, but his point was made.“I’ve grown into the person I am now,” he added, “the young man that I am now. And my actions have to speak [to that]. … At the end of the day, all my mistakes make me a better person. I get to learn from that.”Under scrutiny, what has been learned about Winston is encouraging that he really has become this young man who has learned from past missteps. More than that, he’s as good—or maybe even better—as he played for the Seminoles, and has the leadership qualities to match.At his Pro Day for NFL scouts, Winston was on the field two hours before he was scheduled to throw, mixing it up with teammates and encouraging them. When he did throw, reports are that he was fantastic. And he threw 100 more passes than necessary.As a comparison, Sports Illustrated pointed out that last year, quarterback coach George Whitfield designed a pro day for 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel that featured music by rapper Drake and 64 throws in helmet and shoulder pads.For Winston, Whitfield designed a workout that was devoid of music. Winston threw more than 135 times, including 35 warmup passes. Whitfield and his assistants regularly chased Winston from the pocket, sometimes with tennis rackets or a broom.“It goes to each man’s idea of how he wants to make his statement,” Whitfield said to SI. “That’s how Johnny wanted to make his statement. You go off how they want to make their statement and you try to engineer something functional around it. This is what Jameis wanted to do. Blue collar, no music, high volume [of throws], stress.”And it worked.“He had a great day,” Bucs general manager Jason Licht said. “He threw a full nine innings.”The Bucs will not commit on the record to Winston, but the QB has visited the team’s offices and met with the owner. Trust that the team has vetted him through-and-through. “It’s just part of the process,” Licht said. “We’re going to use every minute of time that we have here in the next few weeks to make a decision.”Winston’s decision to grow up has helped him immeasurably. Could he slip up and fall into trouble? Of course, he could. But the feeling is that the falling is over and the only trouble he will be involved in is causing it for NFL teams next year. read more

Everything You Need To Know About The Final Four

How unpredictable has this year’s NCAA men’s tournament been? The most lopsided win of the Elite Eight belonged to an 11 seed that advanced to its first Final Four appearance in 55 years. At the same time, the three national semifinalists other than Loyola of Chicago — Kansas, Villanova and Michigan — are among the most successful programs in college basketball history. Together, they fill out a Final Four that nicely mixes the traditional with the unexpected.Loyola is the most compelling story of the tourney, thanks to a run that slowly turned them from a fun Cinderella into something much more special. But they’re not merely a George Mason or Virginia Commonwealth that’ll be easy to knock off, despite the identical seed numbers. According to our Elo ratings — a measure of a team’s strength that is based on game-by-game results — the Ramblers were the 25th-best team in the field going into the tournament, compared with No. 44 for George Mason in 2006 and No. 52 for VCU. (Loyola is a little more like LSU in 1986, which ranked 32nd in the field before the tournament and became the first double-digit seed ever to make a Final Four.) Going back to the start of the 64-team era in 1985, Loyola’s pre-tourney Elo ranks sixth-best among the 14 Final Four teams who were seeded seventh or worse: Either way, Michigan’s defense has been dominant — it’s holding opponents to 38 percent shooting from the field in the NCAAs thus far — and in some ways the Wolverines will be facing a smaller and less-heralded version of themselves in the defensive-minded, slow-paced Ramblers. Plus, for all the talk of Loyola’s last championship coming in 1963, it’s also been nearly three decades since Michigan, behind Glen Rice and coach Steve Fisher, last cut down the nets — a somewhat surprising title drought for a marquee program like UM. Our prediction model gives Michigan a 69 percent chance of advancing to its second title game in six years under John Beilein.2In 2013, the Wolverines lost in the final to Louisville, which later vacated its title.Meanwhile, for all the chaos of this tournament, chalk prevailed in the other regional finals, producing a pair of No. 1 seeds in Kansas and Villanova. It’ll be the tournament’s 15th battle of top-seeded teams in the national semifinals, and the first since Wisconsin-Kentucky in 2015.Kansas had its hands full with Duke in the Midwest region’s titanic 1-vs-2 clash. According to our excitement index, which measures how thrilling a game was by computing the average change in win probability on each play, the Jayhawks and Blue Devils tied for the second-most heart-pounding game of the entire tournament so far, trailing only Michigan vs. Houston from the Round of 32. It was the kind of game Kansas hasn’t tended to come out on top of in recent years — it’d lost a regional final in each of the past two seasons, and was 1-3 in chances to go to the Final Four since last winning the championship in 2008.When we looked at March Madness’s best coaches — in terms of exceeding the record we would expect a team to earn in their tournament games based on Elo — the statistical contrast between Kansas’s Bill Self and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski pretty much summed up the narrative for the two coaches. While each had guided tournament teams with roughly the same seed on average (Self’s teams had an average seed of 2.7, while Coach K’s were at 2.2), Self had played almost exactly to his expected record over the years (+0.1 wins, 188th-best among all coaches), while Krzyzewski had outpaced his expectations by 5.8 wins (seventh-best) since 1985.But Self and the Jayhawks found redemption behind the outstanding play of Malik Newman, who scored 32 against the Blue Devils, including all 13 Kansas points in overtime. We weren’t fully sold on the Jayhawks before the tournament began — we thought there was a glimmer of hope for Penn to upset them in the first round — but KU has now worked itself up to the fourth-highest power rating of any team in the nation, giving itself a 23 percent title probability according to our model. Villanova’s path was easier than Michigan’sPregame Elo ratings for Villanova’s and Michigan’s 2018 NCAA tournament opponents, by round Source:, ESPN 1827Average1867 32014KentuckyMidwest81876 SeasonTeamRegionSeedPre-Tournament Elo 102013Wichita StateWest91791 62018Loyola (IL)South111838 Alabama1795Rd. of 321934Houston 122017South CarolinaEast71747 The best low-seeded Final Four teamsBest pre-tournament Elo rating for Final Four teams seeded seventh or lower, 1985-2018 142011VCUSouthwest111725 112016SyracuseMidwest101772 132006George MasonWashington111747 Radford1552Rd. of 641693Montana So you can build a case that the Ramblers are much better than the typical low-seeded Final Four squad. Still, history has not been kind to Cinderellas in the tournament’s third weekend. In fact, the Final Four is right around when the clock strikes midnight: Teams seeded ninth or worse are 0-6 all-time in the national semifinal.Michigan is an especially interesting opponent for the Ramblers, given that both teams are riding double-digit winning streaks (Loyola has won 14 straight, and Michigan has won 13) and that the chief knock on Michigan’s otherwise stellar tournament play has been a lack of difficult opponents. If they do beat Loyola, the Wolverines will become the first team in history to make it to the national title game without facing a single team seeded better than sixth. But that probably overstates how easy Michigan’s path was: The average Elo of the Wolverines’ opponents is not notably low by Final Four standards,1It ranks 82nd-lowest out of 136 Final Four teams since 1985. and what’s more, it’s not even the lowest of 2018. (Villanova has faced a much easier path to the Final Four, in terms of its opponents’ average Elo ratings.) 12015Michigan StateEast71914 Villanova Opp.Elo RatingRoundElo RatingMichigan Opp. 42011ButlerSoutheast81875 91985VillanovaSoutheast81802 81986Louisiana StateSoutheast111804 22014ConnecticutEast71909 West Virginia1972Sweet 161892Texas A&M 72000North CarolinaSouth81822 52000WisconsinWest81871 Texas Tech1988Elite Eight1948Florida State Source: Villanova remains our favorite to win the tournament, however, with nearly a 50 percent chance against the field. Unlike Kansas versus Duke, the Wildcats were comfortably in control of their Elite Eight matchup with Texas Tech for practically the entire game, helping it produce the lowest excitement index of any regional final (even lower than Loyola’s rout of K-State). Aside from some midgame jockeying with West Virginia in the Sweet 16, Nova’s victories have seldom been in doubt on the road to the Final Four.Even when the Wildcats’ offense has sputtered — and against the Red Raiders, they were not impressive by any means, generating their fifth-fewest points per possession in any game this season — their defense has come through. During the tournament, only West Virginia has managed to crack 95 points per 100 possessions against Villanova, and even the Mountaineers were held to their sixth-worst offensive game of the season. Against the Red Raiders, the Wildcats’ two most dynamic players –Mikal Bridges and Jalen Brunson — combined to shoot 7-for-24 from the floor (including 0-for-9 from deep), and yet the defense was strong enough to help Nova not just overcome problems on offense, but cruise to victory.A Villanova win would put an uncharacteristically routine capper on what has been a wild season in college basketball. According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, the Wildcats won their 134th game in the last four seasons when they beat Texas Tech, breaking the Division I record for the most wins by a program in a four-year span. If they win a couple more, they’d become the fourth program to win at least two championships in a three-year span since 1985.But it feels premature to speculate about that. This year has already offered some of the most unexpected moments in tournament history. So who knows, maybe the tourney still has a few surprises left in its final weekend. read more

Rob Gronkowski Is The Randy Moss Of Tight Ends

VIDEO: Ohio State’s chances are better than mostCheck out our latest NFL predictions. With news that New England tight end Rob Gronkowski probably is out for the rest of the season, it’s tempting to say the 9-2 Patriots will remain dominant over their remaining regular-season games and into the playoffs. After all, they did just fine without superstar 39-year-old quarterback Tom Brady for the first four games of this season. Surely they can do without one seam-runner, right?Honestly, I’m not sure. While keeping in mind that football is an enigma, and that anyone who says they can tell you exactly how much any player is worth is either foolish or selling something, there’s a fairly strong case that “Gronk” is incredibly valuable to Brady and the Pats — more so than we might guess at first blush.Let’s step back for a second. From 2001 to 2006, Brady averaged 25 touchdowns per season (with a high of 28) and averaged 13 interceptions (with a low of 12).1To go with his 0.5 yearly Super Bowl wins, naturally. In 2007, he basically doubled his production by throwing 50 TDs, with just eight INTs. While those numbers were MVP-caliber gaudiness, they were fairly easy to ascribe to the arrival of one Randy Gene Moss, who had already demonstrated his otherworldly capacity to make QBs look amazing with the likes of Jeff George, Randall Cunningham and Daunte Culpepper.But the most shocking and mysterious period of Brady’s career may have begun in 2010, when — after Moss was bizarrely shipped to the Vikings with a seventh-round pick in exchange for a third-round pick after four games — Brady threw 27 TDs and just 2 INTs over the back 12. At the time, much of the credit for that was given to Wes Welker, the other star receiver brought to New England for that 2007 season. But that impressive stretch by Brady also included eight TDs (after two in the first four weeks) thrown to 6-foot-6-inch then-rookie tight end Gronkowski. And after that Moss trade cost Brady the ability to throw to what may have been one of the best, if not the best, wide receivers of all time, Brady has continued to flourish in the Patriots’ wide-open offense — in which Gronk has been heavily featured.Maybe Brady’s remarkably strong performance sans Moss isn’t so remarkable: Maybe Gronk is just so good that he has taken Moss’s place as the quarterback-maker du jour. To get a sense of Gronkowski’s impact, I did a little “with or without you”-style analysis of pairings between QBs and wide receivers or tight ends since 2006. This looks at how a pass-catcher being in the lineup or not affected his QB’s performance in both yards per attempt (which corresponds roughly to how explosive an offense is) and points above replacement (meaning how efficient the QB’s offense is relative to expectations for all the situations it finds itself in). So, Gronk is at the top of the pack in terms of observed impact. Note — and I can’t stress this enough — that these are incredibly high-variance comparisons and shouldn’t be taken as definitive about any player. (Moss had a fairly similar observed impact with eight different quarterbacks — and we still kept our conclusions at least a little tentative.) But coupled with Gronkowski’s production on paper, his effect on Brady’s stats makes a strong case that the Patriots aren’t just using Gronkowski, they’re relying on him. While he may never have as convincing a data set as Moss did (having so much impact over so many stints with so many quarterbacks is unique in NFL history), he appears to be on that track. Which is unfortunate news for Patriots fans, at least for now. But in the long run, any evidence that the Patriots’ stellar passing game isn’t going to retire anytime soon should be welcome. read more

BengalsRavens — On A Thursday Night — Is The Most Important Game

SEA40.311.8CHI14.67.219.1 8New England3825,4785 PHI65PHI57PHI 18, ATL 12-9.6– LAC56LAC55KC 38, LAC 28-0.6– Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total Change ATL51.114.1CAR52.413.928.1 BAL59.0%+/-15.1CIN39.6%+/-14.829.9 NYJ39.013.3MIA30.312.926.2 LAC33.312.4BUF21.89.822.2 Source: 3Pittsburgh4118,7546 JAX64.310.8NE81.88.819.6 GB29.013.5MIN73.712.926.3 DEN30.010.5OAK14.37.918.4 The Ravens come into the matchup off of a 44-point demolition of the Buffalo Bills, which propelled Baltimore from 12th to eighth in our Elo rankings. With the Bills starting the comically ineffective Nathan Peterman at QB, it’s difficult to judge how much we really learned about the Ravens in the blowout. But it had to be encouraging for Baltimore fans to see Joe Flacco play well, regardless of the opponent. At home against Buffalo, Flacco generated 119 more adjusted net yards than a generic backup-level quarterback would have (aka yards above backup QB, or YABQ), which ranked sixth among all signal-callers in Week 1 — behind Ryan Fitzpatrick, Drew Brees, Patrick Mahomes, Philip Rivers and Aaron Rodgers.In terms of YABQ, this game also represented the third-best that Flacco has enjoyed since Week 3 of the 2015 season, which helps underscore how bad Flacco has been in recent years. For instance, last season the Ravens had the third-worst quarterbacking production of any team in the league, with Flacco’s individual metrics in a three-year tailspin. For a team that featured one of the NFL’s best defenses last season, any spark that Flacco and the offense can provide could go a long way toward sending Baltimore back to the playoffs for the first time since 2014. And in their first test against the overmatched Bills, Flacco and the revamped Ravens receiving corps passed with flying colors.A somewhat similar narrative is unfolding in Cincinnati. With much-maligned QB Andy Dalton embarking on his eighth season as the Bengals’ starter (and coach Marvin Lewis back for an astonishing 16th year on the team’s sidelines), Cincy went into Indianapolis and beat Andrew Luck and the Colts thanks to solid passing and rushing, plus timely defensive plays late in the game. Aside from maybe Flacco, few quarterbacks in the league needed to start the season on the right foot more than Dalton, who infamously has never won a playoff game during his time in the Queen City.A win over Baltimore on Thursday won’t change that — perhaps surprisingly, Dalton has beaten the Ravens more often than not anyway — but it would help quiet the doubts that Dalton’s best days are behind him. Since he finished third in the league in YABQ in 2015 (despite suffering a season-ending injury that December), he slipped to 11th in 2016 and 21st in 2017, and the Bengals didn’t make the playoffs either year. With a defense that projects to be mediocre at best, Cincinnati needs Dalton to reverse that slide in order to have any shot at the postseason — and probably to have any chance at salvaging the Dalton/Lewis era.The great irony of the Bengals is that their quarterbacking has always been just good enough to come up short. While the Ravens have won two Super Bowls behind a couple of QBs (Flacco and Trent Dilfer) who were below-average passers for their careers, Cincinnati has consistently had average-to-good passing over the years, aside from a few notable exceptions. Just look back at the Bengals’ history of primary quarterbacks: 40 of their 47 seasons since 1972 have been led by five quarterbacks — Ken Anderson, Boomer Esiason, Jeff Blake, Carson Palmer and Dalton. Although none is in the Hall of Fame (Anderson’s case is a point of contentious debate), each rates as average or better in his career according to’s advanced passing index.That’s why, from the 1970 AFL-NFL merger until the present day, no team has gotten more seasons of “competent” (above-backup level) quarterbacking than the Bengals have: PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET points OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION DAL33.58.1NYG6.44.112.2 3Miami4125,4802 8Philadelphia3816,0041 PIT53.812.1KC74.89.922.0 JAX58JAX62JAX 20, NYG 15+0.7– SEA54SEA52DEN 27, SEA 24+0.0 ARI61ARI55WSH 24, ARI 6+4.8– MIN76MIN71MIN 24, SF 16-5.3– *Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: PIT79PIT76PIT 21, CLE 21+0.0 OAK50%LAR68%LAR 33, OAK 13+11.7– WSH39.17.9IND9.94.112.0 6Minnesota4023,1180 Bengals-Ravens could help make or break their seasonsWeek 2 games with the most total potential swing for the two teams’ playoff chances, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL Elo predictions MIA53TEN55MIA 27, TEN 20-10.3– 7Denver3922,6483 TEN30.49.7HOU15.28.117.9 NE86NE77NE 27, HOU 20-6.3– And yet, even though the teams around them on that list have won multiple Super Bowls, Cincinnati has yet to break through with even one win of its own.History says that’s unlikely to change this season. But it is fair to say that Dalton’s duel with Flacco this week has taken on unexpected importance for an early season game. The winner will ensure itself a quick boost in playoff chances — and an extra helping of redemption after the way both teams have played the past few seasons.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersLast week, we relaunched our NFL Elo prediction interactive, which you can use to track every team in the league in the race for the Super Bowl. Along with it, we also brought back a popular feature from last season — a prediction game that lets you test your football smarts against our model (and thousands of fellow readers). Here were Elo’s best and worst picks against the field in Week 1: IND50IND50CIN 34, IND 23-1.9– FranchiseSeasons above backup level since 1970Total YABQSuper Bowls LAR58.110.9ARI14.17.918.8 8San Francisco3831,0285 DET19.18.7SF22.28.417.1 3Dallas4128,3835 BAL64BAL72BAL 47, BUF 3+2.9– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 1Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 1 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game Just one week into the NFL season, it’s hard to know exactly which teams will be contenders and which will be focused on their spot in the draft next spring. So it probably seems too early to be discussing playoff implications — a conversation that’s usually on hold until Thanksgiving. But in a 16-game schedule, the margins are small, and each game has a big effect on the postseason picture. Week 2 is no different — after all, the season will be 12.5 percent over after Monday night.Thursday’s AFC North tilt between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens is one of those early season contests that could end up having real postseason consequences. In fact, our NFL Elo prediction model considers it the most important game of Week 2. (Remember when Thursday Night Football was a place to stash the NFL’s unwanted matchups?) With a win, each team’s chances of making the playoffs would jump by about 15 percentage points, while the loser would see a commensurate decline. Especially after the division-rival Pittsburgh Steelers stumbled out of the gate without star RB Le’Veon Bell, the chance to jump out to a 2-0 start is a big opportunity for both Baltimore and Cincy. The Bengals always get competent QB play — but no ringsMost seasons with positive yards above backup quarterback (YABQ) for NFL franchises, 1970-2017 The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. GB63GB71GB 24, CHI 23+3.3– NO74NO82TB 48, NO 40-13.5– DET71DET71NYJ 48, DET 17-2.4– NO27.84.2CLE2.41.25.4 1Cincinnati4223,1280 TB35.611.6PHI82.98.420.0 Playoff %Playoff % 1Washington4223,6423 CAR60CAR60CAR 16, DAL 8-1.8– Overall, it was a pretty impressive opening week for Elo — in fact, our model cleaned up nicely, beating readers by 28.3 total points on average. This is especially surprising because Week 1 would seem to be the moment of the season when human pickers have the greatest edge on the algorithm. In our NFL preview, I noted that Elo can get caught a little flat-footed early in the season because it doesn’t know about all the roster and coaching moves that transpired over the summer. Theoretically, that should have made it as unprepared for Week 1 as Matt Patricia’s Detroit Lions … but unlike the Lions, Elo proved the naysayers (i.e., me) wrong.Elo’s biggest win was in not dismissing the Buccaneers completely. While our readers gave the home Saints a better than 80 percent chance of winning, the model was more cautious, and it ended up paying off when Tampa (and backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick) dropped 48 points on New Orleans. Elo also picked up credit for calling the Dolphins’ protracted win over the Titans and for once again showing faith in the Eagles (just like in last year’s playoffs).If the readers did have a crowning moment in Week 1, though, it was for calling the Rams’ big win over the Raiders in Oakland on Monday night. Elo thought the game was a pick ’em, but the readers knew better, giving L.A. a 68 percent chance of spoiling Jon Gruden’s return to the sidelines.Thanks to everyone who played on opening week, and remember that it’s not too late to start, even if you missed Week 1. So be sure to get your picks in now!Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

In case you missed it…

The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired forward Antawn Jamsion from the Washington Wizards as part of a three-team deal that sends center Zydrunas Ilgauskas and a first-round draft pick to Washington. The Los Angeles Clippers, the third team in the trade, send point guard Sebastian Telfair to Cleveland and forward Al Thornton to Washington. Forward Drew Gooden, traded to the Wizards last weekend, moves on to the Clippers. The Cavs were in discussions about a deal involving Phoenix’s Amar’e Stoudemire earlier in the day, but those talks fell through and the team quickly turned its attention to Washington’s 33-year-old forward. Under NBA rule, there can be no discussion of buying out a player involved in a trade before the deal is complete. However, it has widely been speculated that Ilgauskas would be bought out by his new team and would return to the Cavs after the league’s mandatory 30-day grace period. Jamison is averaging 20.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.After three months of hibernation, Tiger Woods will speak to the public Friday. His agent said that Woods will not take questions from the media when he speaks at 11 a.m. from the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse in Ponte Vedra, Fla. Woods put his golf career on hold after a series of events and revelations surrounding the 14-time Major winner and his wife, Elin that started on Thanksgiving.Oregon running back LaMichael James, who torched Ohio State for 70 yards in the Rose Bowl before bowing out with a shoulder injury, was arrested on an alleged domestic violence charge. According to a report, James’ girlfriend said he grabbed her neck during an argument and shoved her to the ground. James, coming off a stellar freshman season in which he filled in for suspended running back LeGarrette Blount, is facing misdemeanor charges of menacing, strangulation and assault.The Cleveland Browns released running back Jamal Lewis on Wednesday, the team announced. Lewis played in nine games last season before being placed on injured reserve after sustaining a concussion. Lewis had stated his intentions to retire throughout the season. There is no clear indication on whether or not he will follow through with that claim. read more

Ohio State mens basketball uses late run to pull out 6550 victory

The OSU men’s basketball team huddles before the game against Wyoming Nov. 25. OSU won, 65-50, at The Schottenstein Center. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team used a 20-5 run in the last 13 minutes of play to secure its fifth victory of the season, defeating Wyoming 65-50.OSU senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. poured in a game-high 20 points on 5-8 shooting from 3-point land. Junior center Amir Williams did his part, recording a double-double with 12 points and 16 boards.“I thought that Lenzelle was the difference in the game,” Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt said.Despite only allowing an average of 23.5 points in the first half of its first four games, OSU gave up 34 in the first 20 minutes against the Cowboys. Wyoming shot 56 percent from the field and had 24 points in the paint before halftime.“Quite honestly, it was like a layup clinic,” OSU coach Thad Matta said about the opening half.The Buckeyes struggled containing Akron, Ohio, native Larry Nance Jr throughout. The 6-foot-8-inch junior forward had 11 points on 5-9 shooting in the first half, including multiple dunks. Nance finished with a double-double in his homecoming, scoring 17 points and collecting 12 rebounds.The Buckeyes leaned on 3-point shooting in the first half, tossing in six of 13 attempts. Smith Jr. accounted for half of those makes to give him a game-high of 12 points at the half. OSU made just 28.6 percent of its 3-pointers coming into Monday, tied for worst in the Big Ten with Indiana.Matta said Williams’ improved play and resulting defensive attention helped his team make open shots from the perimeter.“It’s hard to leave (him defensively) now, and you saw the effects when they did,” Matta said about the added attention to the Buckeye center.OSU struggled to continue its hot shooting from deep to start the second half, as they missed three attempts from range in their first five possessions.The poor shooting allowed the Cowboys to get a three point advantage, 42-39, with 15:27 remaining, prompting Matta to call a timeout.Matta’s men responded with a 6-1 run, but a rocking Schottenstein Center was abruptly silenced by a technical foul call on junior guard Shannon Scott with 13:06 remaining after he appeared to knock over a Wyoming player with a forearm to the chest.Matta did not comment on the call after the game, as he said he was not watching Scott when it occurred.Junior guard Riley Grabau made both ensuing free throws for the Cowboys, tying the game at 45.OSU scored 12 of the game’s next 14 points to open up a 10 point lead with just under six minutes remaining. The Buckeyes would not look back, pushing the lead all the way to 15 at game’s end, OSU’s largest lead of the night. Wyoming failed to make a shot from the field in the game’s final 10 minutes.Junior forward LaQuinton Ross also struggled offensively, posting just three points and one rebound in 19 minutes of action in another disappointing performance.“He needs to make some shots,” Matta said. “LaQuinton needs to trust himself.”Matta said his starting five will not change before the next game.OSU is set to return to action Friday against North Florida at 5 p.m. in the Schottenstein Center. read more

Football Ohio State needs Mike Weber to be a toptier running back

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer sees Mike Weber having a larger impact in 2017. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing EditorCHICAGO — The lack of offense consistently shown in the 2016 season prompted Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to make staff changes. One of the most obvious weaknesses on the offense was the passing game, but that doesn’t leave other offensive players off the hook.As a first-year starter, then-redshirt freshman Mike Weber became only the third freshman running back in program history to rush for more than 1,000 yards. In year two, Meyer said Weber has to take the next step.“I do think he can (be a premier running back), and we need that,” Meyer said. “That’s a must. That’s a must. And it’s time.”Meyer brought in Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson and former San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks coach Ryan Day to co-coordinate the offense and revitalize the passing game after finishing sixth in the Big Ten in passing offense. It was a move that had to be made following 215 total yards in an embarrassing loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl.The development of the wide receivers for 2017 is still a major concern, considering the Buckeyes’ top three receivers last season graduated or are in the NFL. But after a successful first season, Weber’s expected contributions to the offense could ease some pressure on the wide receivers.“I don’t think (Weber) was a premier back last year, I thought he was good,” Meyer said. “And (redshirt senior quarterback) J.T. (Barrett) needs him to be a premier back. You want to be a great quarterback, have a premier running back right next to you. Have some premier receivers out there too. It’s time.”The combination of a stellar receiving corps and a running back who could only be stopped by a freight train is part of the formula that turned a young 2014 Ohio State team into national champions.Barrett, the 2016 Big Ten Quarterback of the Year, had his best season as a redshirt freshman in 2014 with a dynamic offensive play-caller in Tom Herman. He also had arguably the best running back in the country in Ezekiel Elliott.Meyer said he believes Wilson and Day coaching the offense will reincarnate that side of the ball into what it was during the 2014 season when the offense averaged nearly 510 yards per game, compared to 460 yards per contest last season.Weber, who scored nine times as a redshirt freshman, doesn’t need to be Elliott, but the shoestring tackles he consistently suffered and quiet games he had against tougher competition can’t happen if Ohio State wants to get over the hump in 2017.Meyer said the Detroit native has already taken steps in workouts and in the locker room.“He didn’t have the breakaway speed. He needs to pick up his feet,” Meyer said. “I want to say he’s lost seven pounds. He’s legitimate fast now. He wasn’t fast. He wasn’t mature. He’s very mature right now. “I’m hoping you guys see a different back. And he was good, but he wasn’t premier.”Running back pictureFreshman running back J.K. Dobbins was the No. 2 running back on the depth chart throughout spring camp as an early-enrollee freshman. Meyer said he’s earned his way onto the field with his play in the spring and continued improvement in offseason workouts.“He’s already proven the fact that he’s going to play,” he said.Meyer listed the running back depth chart as follows: Weber, Dobbins, redshirt sophomore Antonio Williams, sophomore Demario McCall and redshirt junior Parris Campbell, who is projected to start at H-back. read more

Womens Soccer Ohio State enters Big Ten play in key matchup with

Ohio State women’s soccer head coach Lori Walker-Hock paces the sidelines in the second of the game against Florida Gulf Coast University on Sept. 7. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe Ohio State women’s soccer team, coming off a recent 1-0 loss to Florida Gulf Coast, heads to Pennsylvania to take on Penn State this Friday at 6 p.m.  With a loss to the Eagles at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the Buckeyes ended a three-match win streak, dropping their overall record to 3-3-0 so far this season. Ohio State will look to get back on track as they enter Big Ten play on Friday. After wins over West Virginia and Duquesne to start the season, Penn State has lost three of its last five games. The Nittany Lions struggled in their previous game against Virginia, suffering a 1-2 loss at home, bringing their overall record to 4-3-0 on the year. Last season, the Buckeyes fell to the Nittany Lions 1-0 in double overtime loss in University Park, winning every game against Ohio State since 2011. .Freshmen midfielder Blair Cowan, who scored the game-winner in the 80th minute in the match against Notre Dame, said the team has been sharp in training heading into the matchup against Penn State. “We’ve worked on things we struggled with in our last match,” Cowan said. “I think we’re ready for Friday night.”Following the Penn State  game, Ohio State will stay on the road for a series of away games against Illinois on Thursday Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. and Northwestern on Sunday Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. Ohio State will face Penn State on Friday at 6 p.m. read more

Football Ryan Day to make 45 million per year over next five

Ohio State head-coach-in-waiting Ryan Day answers questions from the media during a press conference at the Fawcett Center on Dec. 4. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorRyan Day has spent only three games as head coach of Ohio State, but when he takes the reins as the full-time head coach on Jan. 2, 2019, he will immediately become one of the highest paid coaches in college football.Day will be the head coach for five years and will receive an annual pay of $4.5 million, according to his term sheet obtained by The Lantern. His contract will give him a base salary of $850,000, with media, promotions and public relations adding $2.39 million, equipment deals giving him $1.25 million and a Coca-Cola appearance of $10,000.On top of that, Day will receive separate retention payments of $250,000 if he is still the Buckeyes head coach on Jan. 31, 2022, and Jan. 31, 2024.According to a database of college football coaches’ salaries by USA Today, $4.5 million would place Day as the 18th-highest paid coach in college football. The database said Urban Meyer made $7.6 million this year, second only to Alabama’s Nick Saban, who made $8.3 million.Day was named the head coach in waiting after Meyer announced his retirement Tuesday afternoon. Day, formally the offensive coordinator, served as acting head coach when Meyer was suspended for the first three games of the season. He was paid $487,000 for his time at the helm.As offensive coordinator, Day made a base salary of $810,000 that, with incentives, could have reached as high as $1.1 million.The term sheet also lists academic bonuses for his team’s success in the classroom. He would receive $50,000 if his team has a cumulative GPA of 3.0, $100,000 if the team reaches 3.3 and $150,000 if the team averages a 3.5 GPA. The GPAs are based off both fall and spring semesters and he would receive the bonuses on May 30 each year.Of course, Day will also be rewarded for the team’s success on the field. If Ohio State wins the Big Ten East, he will be given a $50,000 bonus. On top of that, he can receive an additional $100,000 if his team wins the conference. Should the Buckeyes make it to a College Football Playoff bowl game, he will be given a $200,000 bonus. If that bowl game is a CFP semi-final game, the bonus is $250,000, however, he would receive a $350,000 if he leads the team to the finals. Should he find personal success, winning Big Ten Coach of the Year, Day would receive $50,000. He could also receive $75,000 if he is named National Coach of the Year.The term sheet also gives him an automobile stipend of $1,200 per month. Day will also be given a chance to enjoy his leisure time, with Ohio State providing Day with a membership to a mutually agreed upon golf course. The university would pay any monthly dues, but Day has to pay any personal expenses with the membership.A private jet will be available for Day to use on any university business, including recruiting visits in time not exceeding 50 hours per year. Day can also use the aircraft for 50 personal hours per year.Day can treat his family and friends to tickets to Ohio State football games with 12 football tickets per home game and five press booth credentials, with the option to buy 20 additional home tickets. Day’s spouse and family will be granted access to a suite for the games. Day will also receive two parking passes per home football game. He also will be given two tickets per home men’s basketball game. read more

SNPs new EU negotiator doesnt appear to believe in closer union with

first_imgNicola Sturgeon has appointed a minister to help keep Scotland in Europe who has previously spoken out against closer political ties with the EU.  Michael Russell, the combative SNP veteran and former education minister, has been tasked with leading the Scottish Government’s negotiations with Westminster over Scotland’s future relationship with the EU.  Mr Russell, who has not been in the Scottish cabinet since Ms Sturgeon became First Minister in 2014, has been given the official title of Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe.  Following the Brexit vote in June he said Scotland must remain in the EU “no matter how and no matter what it takes”.  But in a book on Scottish nationalism which he co-authored 10 years ago, entitled Grasping the Thistle, the Argyll and Bute MSP wrote that “the best way forward for our involvement with Europe should be in the trading sphere not through further political integration”. 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.   Jackson Carlaw, deputy leader of the Scottish Conservatives, said last night: “As he takes on his new job, Mr Russell will need to explain why the SNP is so desperate to be part of an ever closer political union with Brussels when it appears he doesn’t believe in a word of it.”  Ms Sturgeon has repeatedly warned since the Brexit vote that another independence referendum is “highly likely” in order to keep Scotland in the EU.  She said yesterday that the appointment, which is subject to approval by Holyrood next month, was an indication of the importance she was placing on the Brexit negotiations. Mr Russell will report to her and attend cabinet.  She added: “We already have an agreement with the new Prime Minister that the Scottish government should be fully involved in the development of the UK Government’s position ahead of Article 50 being triggered and beyond, and that options to protect Scotland’s relationship with Europe will form part of these discussions.  “By putting a dedicated and experienced minister at their centre, it will ensure that Scotland’s voice is heard loudly and clearly.”  Fiona Hyslop, the external affairs minister, and Alasdair Allan, the Europe minister, will continue to lead discussions with EU institutions and member states.  Mr Russell said he was delighted with the new role, adding: “Following the overwhelming vote in Scotland to remain in the EU, it is essential that Scotland comes together to defend our national interest. Accordingly in these discussions, it is important that the nation speaks, as much as possible, with one voice.”  Scottish Labour said “people voted in overwhelming numbers to maintain our relationships with both the EU and the UK”, adding: “Delivering an outcome that achieves both of these is what we want to see.”A spokesman for Mr Russell said: “This was a jointly authored book and whilst Michael Russell is a lifelong European, Dennis MacLeod is a lifelong anti-European, a point clearly made in the book’s introduction.‎”last_img read more

Controlled explosions carried out in schools after Alevel chemistry chemical stored incorrectly

first_imgBomb squads have been called to schools across the country following a Government warning over a lab chemical that can explode if not stored correctly.At least a dozen schools have reportedly summoned military bomb disposal teams to conduct controlled explosions in recent days.And some of the blasts have prompted complaints on social media from local residents, who said they were given no warning.Last week, schools received a reminder from the advisory body Cleapss (the Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Equipment) on how to correctly store the substance 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine.The chemical, also known as 2,4-DNP, is used in A-level chemistry lessons and can become dangerous if it is allowed to dry out. 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 supposed to be stored in a labelled jar which is then kept inside an outer jar topped up with water as a precaution.The advisory note said Cleapss had “recently received a number of calls regarding the chemical”.And a warning on the Cleapss website read: “If there is no water in the outer container or the reagent bottle has not been placed inside an additional container you must assume that the material has dried out, meaning that an additional risk is present.”Dr Dave Kinnson, a chemistry safety adviser from the University of Southampton, told BBC Radio 4: “It’s used to test carbonyl compounds and in the school labs it is often used as part of the A-level programmes.“We’ve always known if this material is not stored properly and allowed to dry out it could become dangerous and could become explosive. But if it’s kept wet it is perfectly safe.“I think the fuss has started because schools have checked their stocks and are following advice. If they have found stock which could have dried up they are taking precautions. It’s better to be safe than sorry.”On Monday, The Thomas Adams School in Wem, Shropshire came under fire from local residents after it blew up the chemicals on its playing field without providing a warning of the blast.One resident complained on the school’s Facebook page that the noise was “immense” and “worrying”, especially when families were out celebrating Halloween. Other explosions have been carried out at St Albans Catholic High School in Ipswich, Suffolk; the De Montfort School in Evesham, Worcestershire; Clacton County High School in Essex; Turton School in Bolton, Lancashire; the Nottingham Academy; Luttterworth College in Leicestershire and Winstanley College in Orrell, Wigan.Other schools in Redditch, Worcestershire, and the West Midlands have also reportedly had controlled blasts along with three in Camarthenshire – the Queen Elizabeth High School at Camarthern, the Coleg Sir Gar’s Graig campus in Llanelli and the Ysgol Gyfyn Emlyn School in Newcastle Emlyn.PCSO Matt Ladkin who set up a cordon before the chemical was destroyed at Clacton High School, said: “They dug a hole one foot deep between the rugby pitches. It made a heck of a bang. It was one of those things you don’t see every day.”When asked why bomb disposal experts were carrying out the blasts on school premises, Dr Kinnson said: “Schools have playing fields so it is easy to blow it up on open ground. There are also risks with transporting it elsewhere.“But perhaps contacting local residents would have been helpful. There still might be more cases. Schools and my colleagues in universities will probably be checking their stocks.”A controlled explosion of the chemical was also carried out at Swansea University last Thursday and a campus of Gower College in the Welsh city was evacuated on MondayAdvice issued by the Government said: “The Department for Education would like to remind all schools and post-16 institutions of the importance of ensuring all chemicals used for practical science activities are stored safely.”  Schools have playing fields so it is easy to blow it up on open ground. There are also risks with transporting it elsewhereDr Kinnsonlast_img read more

Duchess of Cambridge to take solo trip to Luxembourg

first_imgThe Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall embark on their own tour of European countries tomorrowCredit:Rex The Duchess of Cambridge is to make a solo trip to Luxembourg this year, to join the commemoration of the Treaty of London.The Duchess, who last year visited the Netherlands on her first overseas engagement without her husband, will travel to Luxembourg on a one-day tour on May 11. It is the next stage in what has been dubbed the Royals “Brexit tour” of Europe, which will see them visit Paris, Romania, Italy, Austria, Germany and Poland in the first half of the year.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a diner at the British Embassy in Paris The Duchess’ first solo trip to Holland A spokesman for Kensington Palace said: “The Duchess of Cambridge will visit Luxembourg on the 11th of May and will attend the commemoration of the 1867 Treaty of London which confirmed Luxembourg’s independence and neutrality. “This visit is at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.” The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall embark on their own tour of European countries tomorrow The Duchess, along with the Duke, visited Paris earlier this month in what was seen by many as a show of “soft power” even as Britain begins to extricate itself from the European Union.Called a “charm offensive” by the French press, it saw them undertake a number of engagements to meet politicians and launch a programme celebrating the two nations as “neighbours”.  The Duchess' first solo trip to Holland The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a diner at the British Embassy in Paris In a speech there, the Duke said: ” This deep friendship between the United Kingdom and France, forged in sweat and blood, is one that will endure.”This partnership will continue despite Britain’s recent decision to leave the European Union. The depth of our friendship and the breadth of our cooperation will not change.” 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

Queen discovers renewed love of gardening at 91

first_imgThe Duchess, fresh from enjoying the late night party following her sister Pippa Middleton’s wedding, wore a midi-length £1,500 green frock by Rochas, with an appropriate floral print.The royals were joined by the Countess of Wessex and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie as well as celebrities including Dame Judi Dench, Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders.The event, which will host more than 500 exhibitors and is expected to attract some 165,000 visitors from around the world, will open to the public on Tuesday.Meanwhile, Mary Berry, a Royal Horticultural Society ambassador, got chatting to the Duke of Edinburgh and learned that he was no fan of kohl rabi.She said: “The Duke was asking about kohl rabi and he reckoned it was a bit wet and not full of flavour – and I think I agree with him.” The Duchess of Cambridge talks with exhibitors at the RHS Chelsea Flower ShowCredit:WPA Pool The Queen tours the Chelsea Flower ShowCredit:LUKE MACGREGOR The Queen tours the Chelsea Flower Show But the Duchess, 35, revealed she has had to teach Prince George, 3, not to eat the fox gloves as they are poisonous.Describing her own growing efforts, she said: “It makes such a difference when you take it from the ground.” He said: “She has never shown her knowledge before. We have met many times but suddenly she is so interested in plants and planting.“She is really thrilled with the way Frogmore is developing. She has now got more ambitious and wants to do a lot more.“She obviously enjoys going to Chelsea, but in the past she has not been so animated. She has got really into gardening. It’s never too late!” Lady Elizabeth Anson, who has been overseeing the project, said: “Her knowledge of plants of phenomenal – and she knows the Latin names.” The Duchess of Cambridge tries a tomato in Chris Evans Taste Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Frogmore, a Georgian house set in 35 acres inside the Home Park of Windsor Castle, is bursting with tulip trees, redwoods and wisteria. The grounds were designed as an escape for Queen Charlotte, the green-fingered wife of George III, and are rarely open to the public.Such is the Queen’s love of its lawns, that it has been claimed the five-strong gardening team are not allowed to remove a single tree or shrub without her permission.As the monarch toured the flower show, it emerged that her knowledge even extended to earwigs, recalling how gardeners used to trap earwigs with upturned flower pots on top of tomato canes. As the Duchess of Cambridge looked around Evans’s garden, she proved her down to earth credentials by happily eating a tomato she had dropped on the floor, before revealing that she was just getting into gardening with her children.The Cambridges are understood to enjoy an extensive kitchen garden at Anmer Hall, in Norfolk, where they grow all sorts of vegetables. The Queen was said to have loved looking around the Chelsea Flower Showcenter_img HM Queen visits the Chelsea Flower Show where she met Mary Berry  The Queen has discovered a renewed interest in gardening, it has emerged, proving that even at the age of 91, it is never too late to take up a new hobby.The monarch, who toured the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday alongside the Duke of Edinburgh, was inspired by a garden restoration project at Windsor and has developed an impressive knowledge about plants. The Duchess of Cambridge talks with exhibitors at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show “‘I do remember that,” she said. “And the children had to go out and empty them.”She also revealed that, despite having been an ardent listener of Sir Terry Wogan’s BBC Radio 2 breakfast show, she now tunes in to his successor, Chris Evans.The Queen met the DJ as she toured his Taste Garden and told him he was on her radio on Monday morning.He said: “She said ‘I was listening to you this morning’, because it was the Chelsea flower show.””She loved the garden, she was here for a while.” She has taken such an interest in the regeneration of the gardens at Frogmore House that for her 90th birthday last year, her friends gave her plants for the new beds.And as a result of her new passion, the Queen was said to have been unusually animated while visiting the world famous flower show.Robert Hillier, chairman of Hillier Nurseries, one of the country’s leading horticultural suppliers, has met the Queen on several occasions but revealed that he was taken aback by her sudden interest and in depth knowledge of the subject. The Duchess of Cambridge tries a tomato in Chris Evans Taste Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower ShowCredit:WPA Pool The Queen was said to have loved looking around the Chelsea Flower ShowCredit:JULIAN SIMMONDS The Queen meets Mary Berry at the Chelsea Flower ShowCredit:JULIAN SIMMONDS 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

London Bridge incident several people mown down by car sparking station evacuation

first_imgIgnacio Echeverría, a 39-year-old who lives in LondonCredit: Theresa May did not directly criticise Donald Trump 6:55PM’It seems like a tipping point’ A Metropolitan Police spokesperson confirmed a police operation was underway in the area.Police vehicles have been pictured parked outside the Ship and Shovel pub in Barking. 11:33AMLondon terrorist appeared in Channel 4 jihadi documentary Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick is appearing on TV channels right now.She has described an off-duty police officer injured during the Borough Market terror attack as “utterly heroic”.Interviewed on BBC Breakfast, she said: This was a terrible appalling attack and all our thoughts are with those who have been affected.. but all that horror and anger and sorrow is of course mingled with huge admiration. Just extraordinary amounts of courage shown… I simply pay tribute to them all. We do have a Metropolitan Police officer injured who was unarmed. I met his family in the middle of Saturday night into Sunday morning.He was there off duty, he had finished a day’s work, he was having a drink with friends in the market and he witnessed the attack and witnessed members of the public and indeed uniformed officers being very severely assaulted. My understanding is that without hesitation, wearing his normal clothes, he dived in and tried to assist.He I’m afraid was severely injured but utterly heroic. Then members of the public stepped in and tried to assist him, stayed with him, performed first aid on him and then another plain clothed officer arrived and the members of the public stayed with him as they drove him to hospital in the back of a police car. He is in hospital and in a critical condition… I’m immensely proud of him and what he did. On Sky News Commissioner Dick said police believe they know the identity of the attackers and that the high priority is to try and understand if they are working with anyone else. 7:53PMAustralian nanny recovering in hospital 6:10PMTwo of the terrorists named Credit:Metropolitan Police  7:48PMFrance promises even closer co-operation The second terrorist was named as Rachid Redouane, 30, who police said had claimed to be both Moroccan and Libyan. He was also known to use the name Rachid Elkhdar, and was understood to be in possession of an Irish identity card when he was shot dead by police. Redouane, who was married to a British woman and had a daughter with her, is thought to have lived in Dublin previously. It was not clear when or how he arrived in the UK.Redouane, a chef, was seen visiting his wife, Charisse, only three hours before he and his two accomplices carried out the attack, neighours said.He and his wife are reported to have split up over their differing views on religion, after they clashed over the best way to raise their child.Police said while they believed they knew who the third terrorist was they were still working with international partners to formally identify him.The disclosure that he is not British will raise questions about how recently he moved to the UK and under what circumstances he had entered the country. Mayor Sadiq Khan is doing an extraordinary job supporting Londoners in a time of pain. President Trump’s attack on him is unacceptable.— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) June 5, 2017 12:39PMCorbyn calls on May to resign – video Scotland Yard say counter-terror officers are searching a property in Ilford, east London, after entering the address at around 1.30am.No arrests had been made as part of the search, the force said. 9:54AMFour police injured in attack, Scotland Yard says Victoria Ward reports:James McMullan, 32, has not been seen since he stepped outside the Barrowboy and Banker on Borough High Street, where had had been drinking with old school friends.Five minutes later, the terrorists ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge, before crashing the vehicle directly outside the bar and indiscriminately stabbing people.His sister Melissa McMullan, 30, sobbed as she told the Telegraph that they had received no information and had absolutely no contact since.“All the police have told us is that he’s not on any identified list, not the dead or the critically injured.“His friends who were with him on Saturday have been driving around all the hospitals but all they’ve been told is that they don’t have anyone of his name or matching his description.“The police haven’t told us anything. He phone was ringing until midnight last night but then it went dead.“He must have dropped it. But we just want something, any small bit of information that will let us know they are doing something.“We understand there’s a much bigger picture but at the same time, surely they can trace where his phone has been for the last two days. telegraph Australia’s prime minister says a woman who worked in London as a nanny is one of two Australians for whom the government “have real concerns” after the van and knife attacks on London Bridge and in London’s Borough Market.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters on Tuesday that 21-year-old Sara Zelenka has not contacted her family since she was seen fleeing from knife-wielding assailants on London Bridge on Saturday night. Seven people were killed in the attacks and dozens were wounded.He said Australian officials in London were working diligently with authorities there to try to confirm her circumstances. He said similar efforts were being made regarding a second Australian he didn’t identify.Two Australians were among the wounded but both are recovering. 11:14AMPetition for Millwall fan to get George Cross Cressida Dick on Sky News 39-year-old HSBC worker Ignacio Echeverría  Eerily quiet on London Bridge this morning. Londoners not reeling, reflecting.— Christina Marker (@christinamarker) June 5, 2017 7:07AMMet Police confirm fresh raids Barriers have been installed on Westminster, Lambeth and Waterloo bridges Barriers have been installed on Westminster, Lambeth and Waterloo bridgesCredit: Paul Grover for the Telegraph mirror times 6:46AMPolice raid homes in Dagenham Sadiq Khan (C) and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick make (L) a statement on Borough High StreetCredit:AFP PHOTO / Justin TALLIS Mr Belanger’s girlfriend of eight months Gerda Bennet was in Malta at the time and is heading to London to search for him.She wrote: “I still have no news. Please if anyone has seen him or knows anything contact me.”The 22-year-old said Mr Belanger was “exactly at the place where the attack happened” and has not heard from him for more than 24 hours. We have more detail on the named terrorists here…he ringleader of the London Bridge terror attack who was photographed on the ground with canisters strapped to his body was today named by police as Khuram ButtButt, 27, of Barking, East London, is believed to have led the trio of terrorists who ploughed into pedestrians using a hired van, before stabbing revellers in pubs and bars on Saturday night.Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said Butt was known to police and MI5 but said there had been no evidence of “attack planning” and he had been deemed as a ‘low priority.’  A second man Rachid Redouane, 30, also from Barking was named by police as one of the other two attackers.  Redouane was unknown to police.  The third man is not a UK citizen.  11:09AMTheresa May: This was an attack on the free world This from Eleanor Steafel, our reporter at this evening’s vigil:A woman whose husband is one of the hundreds of police officers who has been guarding the city since the early hours of Sunday morning said: “The atmosphere on the way to work this morning was quite somber. The Tube was emptier than usual. It’s an experience that has been repeated after every terror attack. But I didn’t feel overwhelmed or scared. I felt confident. “The thing that feels different about this is that it seems like a tipping point.”A heartfelt note on her bouquet of white flowers read: “To all those who helped. Your bravery in the face of barbarity has moved us all.” 1:50PM’In front of the restaurant door there were three dead people’  They are (clockwise from top left):Ignacio Echeverría, 39Sara Zelenak, 21Xavier ThomasSebastien BelangerJames McMullan, 32Socaine DrzFor more detail on them, Helena Horton has written this piece. Sky News reports that police found Molotov cocktails in the back of the hired van used in the London Bridge attack.At least a dozen bottles filled with clear liquid, which had rags stuffed in their tops, were found in the back of the hired van, and police had treated them as though they were petrol bombs, Sky News said citing unnamed sources. James Bateman, who lives at the other side of the road, said: “At about 4am, after the large bang, I looked outside the window after being woken up and I saw about a dozen armed police officers going to and from an unmarked van.”He said they were wearing “full gear”, adding: “The first bang was nothing like I’d heard before.” Mayor of London Sadiq Khan visits the scene  Mr Khan, who was speaking alongside Cressida Dick at the scene of Saturday’s attack, said: “Over the next four years there are plans to cut a further £400 million from our city’s policing budget.”There are plans to change the police funding formula which could mean we lose up to £700 million on top of that, which leads to a total loss of our policing budget of £1.7 billion and we don’t receive the right level of funding as a capital city we should receive. 2:31PMSurvivor posts guide for those caught up in a terror attack Police still on guard outside Dagenham property raided as part of London Bridge attack investigation. Detailed search underway inside— Mark White (@skymarkwhite) June 5, 2017 One of the London Bridge terror attackers was carrying an ID card issued in Ireland when he was shot dead, security sources in the Republic have confirmed.Police chiefs in Dublin said they were liaising with counterparts in the UK amid reports that the killer had Irish papers.”An Garda Siochana is providing every assistance to our colleagues in the London Metropolitan Police in relation to the terror attack in London,” a spokesman said.”We will process all requests from the UK authorities in relation to inquiries into individuals, identities or any other matter.”There are unconfirmed reports that the man who had been carrying the Irish-issued ID may have claimed to be from Morocco and that he was married to a woman from Scotland and had lived in Dublin.Gardai are investigating whether the ID card belonged to the dead man and if the documents are legitimate.It is understood inquiries are continuing into whether the man was given an Irish ID card issued by the Garda National Immigration Bureau.The plastic credit card-sized documentation is given to people from outside the EU. It has a person’s certificate of registration which states they have permission to stay in Ireland. It must be carried at all times.There are also inquiries into whether the man had been given paperwork after landing in Ireland to claim asylum or if he had an ID card issued under EU treaties which allowed him to live in Ireland with his family.Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan was holding a meeting with the force’s anti-terror and intelligence chiefs as they co-operate with the Met investigation. 3:41PM’It was harrowing’ Cressida Dick (2L) and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan (3R) are shown across London Bridge Credit:AFP PHOTO / Justin TALLIS 7:42AMOff-duty police officer was ‘utterly heroic’ An Australian newspaper says a 34-year-old Brisbane woman is recovering from the London attacks after being stabbed in the neck.Candice Hedge’s father tells The Courier Mail that his daughter was hiding under a table at a restaurant when one of the attackers came up behind her and slashed her throat with a knife.Ross Hedge says the attackers appeared to be leaving the restaurant where his daughter worked, but came back after spotting her.He says Candice Hedge underwent surgery but suffered no major damage and is expected to recover.Ms Hedge had moved to London last year. NHS staff have been working round the clock to treat those injured in the London terror attack.Many were off-duty and came in on their night off to help, having stayed sober on Saturday night, as they do most Saturdays, in case of a terror attack.Manchester Royal Infirmary sent the pizzas to Kings College Hospital on Sunday night.The Telegraph’s Helena Horton has more here. Scotland Yard has given an update on the number of officers injured and their conditions.One BTP officer and three Met officers were injured during the attack on Saturday night.The further two Met officers were both on duty Southwark officers. One a plain clothes officer who received stitches to a head injury and a uniformed officer received an injury to his arm.The off duty Southwark officer remains in hospital in a serious condition. Sara Zelenak is missing after the London Bridge terror attack LONDRES— PLANTU (@plantu) June 4, 2017 9:47AMSpanish HSBC worker Ignacio Echeverría missing, authorities say 9:02AMCressida Dick warns of Daesh’s promotion of ‘low-tech methods’ 3:14PMDonald Trump resumes Twitter attack on Sadiq Khan  Speaking on the BBC, Mr Khan made clear that he was advising people not to be concerned by the presence of additional armed police officers on the streets of the capital in the days to come, and not playing down anxieties about the attack itself.Mrs May initially sidestepped questions about Mr Trump by choosing to praise Mr Khan’s response.She stopped short of directly criticising the US president.Asked if Mr Trump was wrong in his assessment of the London mayor, the Prime Minister told reporters: “I think Sadiq Khan is doing a good job and it’s wrong to say anything else – he’s doing a good job.” 11:07AMManchester nurses send pizzas to London NHS staff  Details of another of Saturday night’s heroes are emerging.Millwall fan Roy Larner put his own life in danger to help others escape the three London Bridge attackers.The Londoner is currently recovering from surgery from being slashed “in the head” multiple times by the assailants.Admiration for his actions has poured in since the tragic night resulting in his friend Archie Webber-Brown setting up a petition for Roy to be given the George Cross.It is the highest award a civilian can receive for showing extreme courage in the face of adversity – the equivalent of the Victoria Cross in the military.Mr Webber Brown wrong on the page: “Roy Larner charged at the terrorists on London Bridge in order to try and stop them and help others escape, he ended up getting himself stabbed multiple times showing great courage and preparing he’s body for the ultimate self sacrifice to help others, he should be acknowledged and rewarded for he’s actions!”The petition calls for Lib-dem parliamentary candidate for Bermondsey Simon Hughes to nominate the Millwall FC supporter for the prestigious award.Another friend Simon Willoughby said: “This man’s name is Roy Larner a friend of mine for for the past 20 odd years!”Yesterday when the terrorist attacked he went an stuck it to them and save a persons life, but in doing so got stabbed 5 times in the head, neck, back, front and cut all his fingers and at present is in intensive care! #Legend”Please share this as much as possible as this is what we should be reading about not them muggy delusional fanatics!! #roylarnermbe”A JustGiving page set up to help financially support the hero in his recovery has raised more than £4,000 in less than 24 hours. 9:36AMCulture Secretary pressed on police numbers Sadiq Khan addresses crowds at a vigilCredit:ODD ANDERSEN/AFP  6:27PMSadiq Khan: Terrorists ‘do not commit these disgusting acts in my name as a Mulsim’ 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. This prompted Mr Khan’s spokesman to state the mayor has “more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed” tweet, before Mr Khan later suggested he does not regard Mr Trump’s planned state visit as welcome.The president’s initial criticism of Mr Khan was based on a clear misinterpretation of some of the mayor’s comments in the wake of the atrocity. Some pictures of Sadiq Khan being shown around the London Bridge scene by Cressida Dick. 1:08AMTuesday’s front pages 6:58PMForget it, they’re stronger than us A woman lays flowers at a pedestrian crossing on the south side of London BridgeCredit:JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images Khuram Butt, left, and Rachid Redouane. London’s bridges have been targeted in two terror attacks in recent weeks. Six people are missing after the London terror attackCredit: Twitter user Andy Silvester wrote: “Not a great sight for Londoners to wake up to. Concrete bollards being installed on Lambeth Bridge.”Another commuter, Jose Diaz, posted: “Waterloo Bridge this morning. They have installed a barrier … Not sure if this makes me feel more or less secure.”Debbie Lye wrote:  2:19PMBarriers installed on London’s bridges  Ten of the people arrested on Sunday as part of investigations into the London Bridge attack have been released without charge, British police said on Monday, meaning that all 12 arrested in the aftermath of the incident have now been let go.The Metropolitan Police also said in a statement that specialist officers were working with families and the coroner to identify those who died in the attack. 21 victims in hospital were in a critical condition yesterday according to the NHS.This number has fallen to 18.Of the 48 individuals who were conveyed, a total of 36 patients are currently being cared for in London hospitals. Chef Sebastien Belanger went missing after the attack. He is French and has worked in cafes and restaurants across London.Friends say he works as a chef at Coq d’Argent, near Bank.Sebastien Belanger was last seen watching the Champions League football final on telly in a pub at London Bridge on Saturday night.He was watching the match in the Barrow Boy and Banker pub with pals near where a hire van swerved across the bridge and ploughed into pedestrians.After the match he then went to the Borough Bistro with two friends who escaped unharmed from the stabbing rampage by three knife men.Friends are visiting hospitals, police stations, the French embassy and handing out fliers in a desperate bid to find any information about their missing friend and trace he movements.Pal Damien Lecompt, 34, a sales rep from Putney who has lived in London for seven years, said: “The last time I met Sebastien was in London Bridge.”I last saw him on Saturday afternoon, I left him around 7pm.”He was planning to go to watch the Champions League game with some friends and have a couple of drinks after that.”First he watched the game in the Barrow Boy, then went to Borough Bistro.”I have not heard from him since he was in Borough Bistro.” 12:01AMTrump UK visit ‘in the long grass’ 6:21PMPictures of the London Bridge terrorists  5:51PMNYC mayor praises Sadiq Khan In a Facebook post titled “Missing from London Terror Attack”, a family friend of Miss Zelenak, who has been working as a nanny, called out for people to share information about her possible whereabouts.“Dear friends please can I ask you to share this post. My friend’s daughter, Sara Zelenak, was last seen on London Bridge and was witness to the terror attacks,” says the message, which has since been removed.“She got separated from her friends and has not been seen since. Her phone has rang with no reply and now the battery must have gone… She calls her mum daily. It’s been over 24 hours with no news from the consulate.” 1/2 We were called to Cobham Services earlier to an alarm activation. It was closed as a precaution. A search took place with nothing found.— Elmbridge Police (@ElmbridgeBeat) June 5, 2017 An image showing a suspected terrorist, wearing what appear to be canisters around his waisCredit:GABRIELE SCIOTTO Cressida Dick (2L) and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan (3R) are shown across London Bridge 12:28PM’I thought it was some gunfight’ She gave a tearful interview on Sky News in which she said: “This morning we received news from the police that my brother’s bank card was found on one of the bodies from Saturday night’s brutal attack.”They are unable to formally identify him until the coroner’s report begins tomorrow. Jeremy Corbyn has criticised Theresa May’s “political speech” after the London terror attack on Sunday.“May chose to make a political speech in the middle of the day – which I thought was inappropriate. It should have waited until the evening as I did,” he told the Guardian.In a speech outside Downing Street, Mrs May  rounded on those who “tolerate” extremism as she told them: “Enough is enough.” Khuram Butt who appeared on a Channel 4 documentary about Islamic extremists Sad to see new barrier on Waterloo Bridge – tho it’s for our protection #London #StrongerTogether— Debbie Lye (@Debolye) June 5, 2017 Cressida Dick on Sky NewsCredit:SKY NEWS 10:02PMAll people arrested on Sunday released without charge But the information is not yet being released to the public.The Metropolitan Police said their names would be released “as soon as operationally possible”. ZpdHhnYjE6oA7VIRD4ti0SGuSaCYn4ZM “We receive half the funds we should be receiving – £170 million versus £370 million.”His comments come after Theresa May refused to say whether cuts to police numbers under her watch should be reversed. Arielle Lande, a 17 year old student from Hampstead in north London, said she spent Saturday evening with a group of school friends at one of their parents’ houses in London Bridge, writes Camilla Turner.She told how they decided to stay in rather than walk down to hang out by the river because it was a bit rainy – a decision that could have saved their lives. Ms Lande spent Saturday evening at with five other friends from Highgate School, a private school in north London. “There were five of us at a friend’s house a three minute walk from London Bridge,” Ms Lande said.”We heard a police helicopter circling and were told not to leave the house. We all stayed there overnight and my dad came to pick me up on Sunday morning.”She said it was “harrowing” to think that their decision not to go out earlier that evening meant that none of the group got hurt in the attack. “We were going to go down to the river but we decided not to because it was raining,” she said. “Instead we went to the shop on the end of the road and bought some snacks, then went back to our friend’s house.”When we figured out what time the attack was, it was about the time that we were going to go down to the river but we decided not to because it was raining. It is quite harrowing to think that a different decision would have put us in a completely different situation.”  An image showing a suspected terrorist, wearing what appear to be canisters around his wais A spokesman for Mr Khan, responding to Mr Trump’s latest tweet, said: “Nothing has changed since yesterday.”The mayor is focused on dealing with Saturday’s horrific and cowardly attack and working with the police, the emergency services and the Government to keep London safe.” 4:53AMTurnbull: ‘Real concerns’ over nanny in London  A second man Rachid Redouane, also from Barking was named by police as one of the other two attackers.  Redouane was unknown to police.  The third man is not a UK citizen. Today it emerged that Butt had appeared in the Channel 4 documentary The Jihadis Next Door, which warned of the rise of extreme Islam in London.This is everything we know about the attackers.  Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his “no reason to be alarmed” statement. MSM is working hard to sell it!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2017 #CobhamServices on the #M25 btwn J10 and J9 is NOW OPEN in both directions following a @SurreyPolice incident. Thanks for your patience.— Highways England (@HighwaysSEAST) June 5, 2017 Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick visit the scene Gabriel Scottio, whose photo of a suspect lying on the ground was widely circulated, shares footage of the moment he is caught up in the terror attack near Borough Market: 8:05AMDoctor hopes ‘everyone will make a full recovery’ Six people are missing after the London terror attack It came as: Details emerged of one of his accomplices; The first British victim of the atrocity was identified as James McMullan. His family confirmed that his bank card had been found on one of the bodies;Donald Trump accused London Mayor Sadiq Khan of making “pathetic excuses” in his response to the London terror attacks;Met Commissioner, Cressida Dick said Britain had been hit by an “unprecedented” wave of terror attacks and there would have to be a review of 
resources.Unlike Butt, his accomplices were not known to the security services and are both thought to be foreign nationals. Another woman missing since Saturday night’s London Bridge terror attack is 21-year-old Australian Sara Zelenak.Miss Zelenak’s disappearance has prompted a desperate plea from her family. Donald Trump has been tweeting about Sadiq Khan again.Following his criticisms yesterday, the US President has just tweeted this: The American network NBC is reporting the bystander struck in the head by a stray bullet fired as police killed the London Bridge terrorists was a US citizen.Authorities said the wounded civilian was expected to survive. Police have not revealed any details about the individual who was accidentally hit in the hail of 50 bullets that ended Saturday night’s van-and-knife rampage.Fabio Lamas, who works at a pub in Borough Market, described seeing “three guys who were carrying knives and … wearing body armor” before officers arrived at the scene.”I got people to start evacuating inside from our little garden that we have … and got people to come into the bar and to go into toilets, hide under tables and hide in our cellar where we keep all our stock,” the 20-year-old told NBC News.”Then I heard shooting and I saw an American guy get shot in the head.” Butt, 27, of Barking, East London, is believed to have led the trio of terrorists who ploughed into pedestrians using a hired van, before stabbing revellers in pubs and bars on Saturday night.He was known to police and security services but Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said there had been no evidence of “attack planning” and he had been deemed as a ‘low priority.’ Romy Lunz, an art director, was with her friend Lisa Fedrid when the London Bridge attack happened.She later posted this up on Facebook: We have faced a terrorist threat throughout my life, that threat changes and morphs and we will change and adapt for what appears to be a new reality for us. Since 2013, we’ve foiled I think 18 plots, we arrest about a person a day and have been for some time in relation to counter terrorism, we have very good intelligence… I understand people will be concerned and all I can say is we will be doing everything in our power and we will be stepped up a gear.  Cordons were also put in place around the scene of the attacks.A section of Borough High Street and Borough Market is still closed, as well as Montague Close and Stoney Street.  Two of the London Bridge terrorists have been named by Scotland Yard as Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane, both from Barking.Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said Butt was known to the security services, but there was no evidence of “attack planning”. This is what Team Corbyn meant when he said May should resign, ‘Jeremy is saying he believes the public will judge her on her record’— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) June 5, 2017 11:51AMPolice chiefs in Dublin are ‘providing every assistance’ Melissa McMullan said her brother’s bank card was found on one of the bodies of the victims of Saturday night’s attack.She is almost certain her brother, 32-year-old James McMullan is dead. Barriers have been installed on three central London bridges following the latest terror attack to hit the capital.The structures have been introduced to stop traffic from mounting the pavement on Westminster, Lambeth and Waterloo bridges. Prado in middle, Marquesi on right. Another kitchen staff member on left Ignacio Echeverria’s employers HSBC have now hired a detective to find him, reports EFE— Piers Scholfield (@inglesi) June 5, 2017 6:20AMProperty searched in Ilford However, Britain’s most senior counter-terror officer, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, last night defended the investigation and said he had seen nothing so far to suggest a “poor decision had been made”. New security measures on Westminster bridge 10:45PMManchester bomber’s brother released without charge We are all shocked and angry today – but this is our city. We will never let these cowards win and we will never be cowed by terrorism.— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) June 4, 2017 3:39PMTrump Vs Khan continues All 12 people arrested in east London on Sunday in relation to the attack have now been released without charge.A vigil was held at London Bridge last night for the victims of the attack.Seven people were killed in Saturday’s onslaught and 48 injured. Of those, 36 are still in hospital; 18 remain in a critical condition. The Prime Minister chided all who provide “safe spaces” for extremists – in “real life” or online – telling them they must help “stamp it out”.She also made clear that councils must play their part by breaking up ghettos where “evil” ideology can breed and stopping it spreading in schools. 6:33PMPolice appeal for information about named terrorists  At least a dozen Molotov cocktails were found in the van used by the attackers, according to reports last night. Officers are said to be treating the bottles filled with clear liquid as petrol bombs. 2:41PMBystander shot by police ‘was an American’ Metropolitan Police have released this picture. About 15 minutes later, three men and three women were brought out of the house, he said.”They looked like normal people,” he said, adding that he thinks they are from Bangladesh or Pakistan. Moving vigil led superbly by @MayorofLondon, London united in calm dignified memory. Great civic leadership, let’s pray on & persist in hope— Justin Welby ن (@JustinWelby) June 5, 2017 8:56PMAll clear at Cobham Services 8:59AM’The first bang was nothing like I’d heard before’ The Mayor of London is due to lead a vigil at 6pm today.The service will be in in Potters Fields Park, near City Hall and he will be joined by senior Met officers, paramedics, fire crews and community leaders.There will be a minute’s silence across London at 6.20pm.  Spanish authorities have said that they are still trying to find 39-year-old HSBC worker Ignacio Echeverría who has not been seen since the attack on Saturday night. But despite receiving calls from concerned members of the public about Butt’s increasingly radical views, police concluded that he was not a threat and the investigation was scaled back.The revelation will add to pressure on the authorities over whether enough is being done to tackle extremism, after it emerged that Butt is the third terrorist in recent months to carry out an attack despite being known to security services. Police search an address in BarkingCredit: Christopher Pledger 1:03PMMayor visits the scene of the attack 12:53PMJeremy Corbyn said Isil supporters should not be prosecuted for ‘expressing a political point of view’ 4:56PMSister of missing British man says she thinks her brother is dead London Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, center left, and the Mayor of London Sadiq KhanCredit:AP Photo/Alastair Grant AP PhLondon Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, center left, and the Mayor of London Sadiq Khanoto/Alastair Grant NHS staff were working through the night to tend to victims of the terror attackCredit:Twitter Sadiq Khan (C) and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick make (L) a statement on Borough High Street Auto updateOnOff 12:57PMJeremy Corbyn U-turns on plea for Theresa May to resign It comes just a few hours after Theresa May suggested the Trump was wrong to criticise London’s Mayor.Mr Trump, during a series of tweets following the London Bridge terror assault, misrepresented Mr Khan’s statement that there was “no reason to be alarmed” when seeking to reassure Londoners. Metropolitan Police detectives are seeking information about Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane, whose names they have released as two of the London Bridge attackers.”Detectives would like to hear from anyone who has any information about these men that may assist them with the investigation,” the force said.”They are particularly keen to hear about places they may have frequented and their movements in the days and hours before the attack.” Credit:Facebook The communities secretary wrote in The Times:Speaking as a Muslim myself, we need to ask ourselves searching questions … There’s no avoiding the fact that these people think they are Muslims. They identify as Muslims.And they carry out their attacks – ignorantly, offensively – in the name of Islam. That’s why, although we all share the responsibility for tackling terrorism, there’s a special, unique burden on the Muslim community …We need them to set off on the path to peace rather than the road to war. We need to offer not just a counternarrative, which rebuts the extremists, but a positive and self-confident narrative that promotes pluralistic, British values – and their compatibility with an Islamic life.And that message can best come from within the Muslim community. Manchester nurses, some of whom are still treating patients of the atrocity at an Ariana Grande concert two weeks ago, have shown solidarity with their London counterparts by sending them pizza. Theresa May did not directly criticise Donald TrumpCredit:ANDY RAIN/EPA  Khuram Butt, left, and Rachid RedouaneCredit:Metropolitan Police  But some cyclists claim they have made journeys more dangerous by reducing the width of cycle lanes.Commuters posted photographs of the barriers on social media as they made their way to work on Monday. James McMullan Named as missing after London Bridge attack “We know there are bodies that have been identified and also people in a critical condition who have not yet been identified.”The family, who have a family liaison officer from the Met’s counter terrorism department,  has been told that coroners will not start the formal identification of bodies until Tuesday. Miss McMullan said it was the first night out her brother, from London, had had for months as he had been working 16 hour days getting ready to launch a new e-learning business.“I think he was celebrating coming to the end of it,” she added“He was due to launch it in the next couple of weeks.”Miss McMullan said her parents, Mila and Simon, who are both in their 60s and retired, were beside themselves.“They’re devastated,” she added. “My mum is just sat in front of the TV watching the news. We don’t know what else to do.” 7:56PMArchbishop of Canterbury: Let’s persist in hope Laura Hughes reports:Jeremy Corbyn has argued that people who support Islamic State should not be prosecuted for “expressing a political point of view”. The Labour leader told MPs that Britain should not make “value judgements” and that holding a view was not in itself “an offence.”Speaking during a parliamentary debate on temporary exclusion orders in 2014,  he questioned the creation of “legal obstacles” for fighters returning from to the UK from Syria.Asked by a Conservative MP if he believed Isis fighters should be subject to special measures when they return to Britain, Mr Corbyn suggested they should not be prosecuted for “expressing a political point of view”.Read her full report here. Dr Malik Ramadhan consultant in charge of A&E at the Royal London Hospital said the 12 patients rushed there in the wake of the terror attack were expected to recover.”From last night everyone who was brought to the hospital was recovering,” he said. “Our expectation is that everyone will make a full recovery.”There were gunshot wounds, three or four stabbings and the rest were presumably hit by the van. Everyone has severe injuries.”Dr Ramadhan was cycling home from work on Saturday night when he saw convoys of emergency vehicles heading into Central London.Sensing something had happened, he turned back to help. “This is a main trauma centre and has a plan for dealing with mass casualty events,” he added.”We executed that plan and it worked really well. “I know that there were lots of concerns on scene about the gun shots and how many perpetrators there were.”The people brought to the Royal London were brought in very quickly and treated very quickly.” Khuram Butt, left, and Rachid Redouane A police officer stands next to a person detained after a property was raided in Newham, east London Miss Lunz says:Put 999 in your phone- it is the UK police number. As much as you think you will remember this in an emergency- your brain is in survival mode- you won’t.If something like this happens stick with your friends – you will help keep each other safe and calm. You make better decisions together.Don’t go out without an extra battery charger. You need your phone in these things!I had called my sister to tell her what was happening and asked her to text me the news as it what was going on. Because we ourselves didn’t really know what was happening this was incredibly helpful- you don’t have time to look what the news is saying but information is power in this kind of situation.Avoid the high density tourist places when the country is in a state of high terror threat. Keep it local and low key. Safety first.Don’t run in a crowd but walk fast as there is a risk of causing a stampede.Meanwhile, those searching for Sebastien Belanger has posted up this appeal nearby: Sadiq Khan addresses crowds at a vigil Neighbours have spoken of hearing gunshots in Dagenham after officers searched two addresses and ‘detained a number of people’ in connection with the London Bridge terror attack.One witness told the Daily Mail he heard an “extremely loud bang at 4am followed by multiple gunshots” off the A13 in Dagenham, east London.He said: “It was as if my ear was right next to a car backfiring. It was loud enough to wake everyone up at 4am.”It is thought that a quarter-mile stretch of the A13 was closed off during the raid. London went back to work today, but commuters faced significant disruption because of Saturday’s terror attack.While London Bridge rail station reopened this morning at 5am, it is exit only. 12:35PMHSBC reportedly hires detectives to find missing employee 7:15AMPolice know the identity of the attackers Here are the six people still missing after Saturday’s attack: Khuram Butt is on the left and Rachid Redouane on the right. The Newsnight editor writes on Twitter: Rosa Silverman has written a piece for Telegraph Women about the Met Police Chief who has been at the forefront of the terror coverage.She writes: Impressive. Authoritative. Brilliant. Quietly competent. These were some of the adjectives used to describe Dick’s comportment in the wake of the horror. There were also plaudits (from a former Met officer, among others) for the “genuine feeling” she exhibited: she appeared to choke up while recounting how an off-duty policeman was injured by the terrorist killers.In the absence of a surge of love for Prime Minister Theresa May, could this just be the woman of the moment? Here’s the case for Dick…Read the full piece here 12:16PMThe six people missing after the London Bridge terror attack London Bridge itself is open. Facebook One of the London Bridge terrorists was carrying an identity card issued in  Ireland when he was shot dead, security sources in Dublin said. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan visits the scene Credit: CLODAGH KILCOYNE London Waterloo this morning: increased police presence. Plus two spray-tanned guys in trunks advertising Love Island 😀— Louise using spoons (@usingspoons) June 5, 2017 Sara Zelenak has been missing since the London Bridge terror attack 5:24PMFriends desperately search for missing French chef 10:16AMThe ‘Jihadi next door’ Sadiq Khan praised officers for doing a “fantastic job” with the resources they have but said it was “a fact that, over the last seven years, we as a city have lost £600 million from our budget – we have had to close police stations, sell police buildings and we’ve lost thousands of police staff”. It has also emerged one of the London Bridge suspected attackers appeared in a jihadi documentary on Channel 4 and had previously “tried to go to Syria”.He appeared in a television documentary last year about British extremists called The Jihadis Next Door, and was filmed at events attended by two notorious Islamic preachers. Crowds observe moment of silence in central London in vigil to remember victims of London Bridge terror attack— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) June 5, 2017 9:47PM’Molotov cocktails found in back of van’ Police on the A13 11:29AMBREAKING NEWS: Terrorist was carrying Irish identity card 8:18PMBritish police say they are attending an incident at a motorway services station outside London 4:29PMTim Farron speaks up for Sadiq Khan 11:44AMAustralian nanny Sara Zelenak missing since terror attack 1:07PM18 people now remain critical Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick visit the sceneCredit:REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne Here is their story:Renan Marquesi, a sous chef at Lobos, told how a woman who sought refuge in the tapas restaurant could not walk so he took her in his arms and carried her across the bridge. “In front of the restaurant door there were three dead people,” said Mr Marquesi, who is from Brazil. “There was a man with a white shirt on, a woman, and another person lying there. There was so much blood. They were not moving. Doctors were trying to resuscitate people who were lying on the ground.”Mr Marquesi, 22, told of the chaos that erupted outside the restaurant on Saturday night. “There were people screaming, shouting, running. There was so much blood on the floor.”He said that people from the street ran into the restaurant to take cover, and when the restaurant was full he locked and bolted the door to keep everyone safe. “We have two floors. I told everyone to go upstairs to keep them safe,” Mr Marquesi said. “When we had 50 or 60 people int eh restaurant we closed the door and locked it. “It was really scary. People were shocked. One woman couldn’t walk because she was in shock and she couldn’t move her legs. I took her in my arms and carried her across the bridge to the end where the police were.”Santlago Prado, 20, a kitchen boy at the restaurant, said: “At first we thought it was a fight.  People were on the floor with blood, people were crying. People ran into the restaurant from the street to take cover.”  12:05PMVideo: Police shooting at attackers 7:11AMSadiq Khan to lead vigil for London terror attack victims The Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim anti-extremist charity, revealed that its chief executive, Mohammed Shafiq, was called a traitor by Butt after he 
denounced the killing of Fusilier Rigby.Hannah Stuart, author of Islamist Terrorism, a definitive analysis of UK 
attacks and offences, said: “Al-Muhajiroun is obviously very well known to both the police and to MI5. It is connected to a quarter of terrorism offences.”Ms Stuart, who is co-head of the security and extremism unit at the Policy Exchange think tank, added: “The London Bridge attacker’s connection to al-Muhajiroun’s leadership raises very serious questions about the security services and the police.” British police have said they were attending an incident at a motorway service station on the busy M25 in Surrey, just outside of London.”We are currently dealing with an incident at Cobham Services,” Elmbridge Police said on Twitter.The M25 is a circular motorway around the outskirts of London. Cobham is 17 miles (27 km) to the southwest of the city’s centre.  More from the raids taking place in Newham.Soruban Balachandran, who also lives on the street in Newham, said he heard noises that sounded like gunshots, adding: “I thought it was some gunfight.” His team has tried to spin his statement: Se busca a Ignacio Echeverría, vecino de #Las Rozas,desaparecido ayer en Londres. Se cree que estaba en la zona de los atentados.— Emergencias CREM (@emergenciasCREM) June 4, 2017 39-year-old HSBC worker Ignacio Echeverría Credit: 4:34PMOpinion: Why Cressida Dick is the woman of the moment 8:37PMTraffic is now open in both directions on the M25 Cement blocks protecting the pavement at Westminster this morning— Stephanie Boland (@stephanieboland) June 5, 2017 Sad to see new barrier on Waterloo Bridge – tho it’s for our protection #London #StrongerTogether— Debbie Lye (@Debolye) June 5, 2017 Sara Zelenak is missing after the London Bridge terror attack Khuram Butt who appeared on a Channel 4 documentary about Islamic extremistsCredit:CHANNEL 4 12:38PMThe sister of missing James McMullan has spoken to the Telegraph 6:57PMA moment of silence Cressida Dick, the Scotland Yard chief, has done the full round of TV and radio interviews this morning on Saturday night’s terror attack.She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that it was “certainly a possibility” that the attacks were triggering the next one.The rhetoric that has been coming from Daesh and other organisations has been to encourage people to take action into their own hands, to use low-tech methods, and undoubtedly when people see something which appears from their perverted point of view to be successful some people will be inspired by that, so that is most certainly a possibility.The Commissioner also said that “all” of the recent attacks had a “primarily domestic centre of gravity”.In the five that we’ve foiled, and these three recent attacks, in some of them there are undoubtedly international dimensions.We will always be looking to see if anything has been directed from overseas, but I would say the majority of the threat that we are facing at the moment does not appear to be directed from overseas.Ms Dick also told Today:We have a very fast moving investigation, we have made a number of arrests, we have also carried out lots of searches and we have got an enormous amount of forensic material.We do have a very large intelligence database available to us through the agencies and of our own.She said that “people will be very concerned that there have been three horrendous attacks in the last nine weeks” but said that it was inevitable that “with a large database and some very good knowledge, on occasion somebody will, as my predecessor predicted, get through and be successful and on occasion those people may have been known to the agencies before”. Culture Secretary Karen Bradley was quizzed on whether the number of armed police officers in the country had gone up or down.During an interview on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, she said: “What I’m interested in is making sure that we have the right resources, the right powers, and the right training and capabilities.”I am assured by the police that they have that to deal with the counter-terrorism threat, but we need to look, learn lessons and make sure that we act where appropriate and we need a leader who is prepared to take those decisions, and that is Theresa May.”Pressed by presenter Piers Morgan on why she did not answer the question, Ms Bradley replied: “Piers, we are here to talk about how the attack on Saturday, how we react to that attack, and how we make sure on Thursday that we have the right person elected to Downing Street so that we can deal with it.”The presenter accused Ms Bradley of not wanting to answer the question, to which she said: “Piers, we are here because on Thursday there is a General Election, and in that General Election there will be a very, very clear choice.” 9:13AMLondoners go back to work Gérard Collomb, the French interior minister, said he had spoken to Amber Rudd by telephone and assured her of even closer French co-operation “to support the inquiry and ward off any new attacks”.”The fight against Daech (Isil) is at the heart of cooperation between France and Britain,” he said.The pair would meet “in the coming weeks” to discuss “the concrete details of this cooperation”. Khuram Butt who appeared on a Channel 4 documentary about Islamic extremistsCredit: CHANNEL 4 A woman lays flowers at a pedestrian crossing on the south side of London Bridge James Badcock writes from Madrid:A Spaniard is feared to be among the victims of Saturday night’s terrorist attack after his friends say that he confronted a knife-wielding assailant and was not seen again.  Ignacio Echeverría, a 39-year-old resident of London, has not been traced by his family since he was on his way home after skating in a park with his friends when they saw one of the terrorists stabbing a woman near Borough Market.According to Europa Press, Mr Echeverría’s friends said that he confronted the assailant and the next time they saw him he was lying on the pavement. Since then, neither the family nor his friends have been able to contact him or find him in hospitals, despite having reported the situation to the Spanish consulate, the police, the hospitals in the area and HSBC, Mr Echeverría’s employer.Echeverría’s family said that he was probably not carrying any ID documents as he had been returning home from playing sport. They said he is around five feet, nine inches and was wearing jeans, black Vans shoes and a dark sweater. He has a scar above an eyebrow, close to the hairline.Mr Echeverría’s sister, who also lives in London, has been visiting local hospitals in search of her brother. 7:30AMSajid Javid: Muslims need to do more to tackle extremism  The brother of Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi has been released without charge by police.Ismail Abedi was arrested in Whalley Range, Manchester, on May 23, a day after the terror attack on Manchester Arena which killed 22 people including children.Ten men remain in custody in connection with the attack.Another eight people have been released without charge. NHS staff were working through the night to tend to victims of the terror attack 6:43PMButt was known to police Prime Minister Theresa May has just come out of the the latest emergency meeting of the government’s Cobra committee.She said the victims of the attacks came from “a number of nationalities”, adding: “This was an attack on London and the United Kingdom but it was also an attack on the free world.” London mayor Sadiq Khan, speaking at a vigil in Potters Field Park beside City Hall in central London, said that the city’s message to terrorists is “We will defeat you, you will not win.” He told thousands of people who gathered to hold a minute’s silence for the victims of Saturday night’s atrocity that “London stands in defiance” against the “cowardly” and “barbaric” attack. This man believes one of the London Bridge attackers was his neighbour: 7:32AMCement blocks protect the pavement in Westminster “We would like to send our condolences to the relatives and loved ones of all the people who lost their lives.”Our thoughts are also with them at this time.”We would like to thank all the services who did their utmost to protect the people of London”.Ms McMullan condemned the terrorists who she thinks took her brother’s life.She said: “Their hatred is the refuge of small-minded individuals “His friends want everyone to know what a generous and caring friend he was”No words can ever match his essence”There will only ever be one James, nowhere else will you find so much humour and unique personality and someone who puts his friends above everyone “He was an inspiration”. Police on the A13Credit:@BatemanLDN/Twitter  Mr Bateman said the bangs that followed were not as loud but sounded “the equivalent” of gunshots.He said he thought it was more like a business address than a property where people live.Officers were standing guard in front of the property, which is on a busy road. Theresa May must withdraw the state visit. This is a man insulting our national values at a time of introspection and mourning.— Tim Farron (@timfarron) June 5, 2017 These three kitchen staff at a tapas restaurant in Borough High Street were among the heroes on Saturday night, writes Camilla Turner. British Transport Police also warned people that they may notice an increased police presence following the attacks, with armed officers manning mainline rail stations across London and the south east.  Khuram Butt who appeared on a Channel 4 documentary about Islamic extremists Echeverría, who lives in London, had apparently been skateboarding in a park with friends when he stopped to help a woman who had been injured in the atrocity.His sister Isabel, an account operations manager with WEX Virtual Payments who also lives in London, has launched a social media appeal for help in tracking him down. Mr Rowley said there had been no intelligence to suggest Butt was planning a terrorist act and no evidence that he had committed any terrorist offences.He said that as a result Butt – who wore an Arsenal football shirt when he carried out his deadly attack – had been “prioritised in the lower echelons of our investigative work”.His admission came as it emerged that Butt had links to the radical preacher Anjem Choudary, former leader of the banned Al-Muhajiroun group, and was with him the day after the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south London in 2013. Sara Zelenak has been missing since the London Bridge terror attackCredit: Whitehall source tells @nicholaswatt Trump state visit to UK has been in “pretty long grass, and getting longer” #Newsnight— Ian Katz (@iankatz1000) June 5, 2017 James McMullan Named as missing after London Bridge attack 4:42AMCorbyn attacks May’s ‘political speech’ Prado in middle, Marquesi on right. Another kitchen staff member on leftCredit:Camilla Turner Thuraisingam Thusyanthan, who lives opposite the house, said he was woken up up by a noise like a “bomb blast” at about 4.30am.He said police told him to stay in his house, adding: “I looked out the window. I saw armed police. They went inside the house.” More on this morning’s raids in Dagenham.Police vans were parked outside a property on the A13 in Dagenham in east London. New security measures on Westminster bridgeCredit: Paul Grover for the Telegraph Ignacio Echeverría, a 39-year-old who lives in London 1:52PMSadiq Khan says London does not get enough police finding The suspected terrorist had previously worked for London transport operator Transport for London (TfL) and a branch of fast food chain KFC, neighbours said.A relative also told how he had previously tried to go to Syria to fight jihad but had been talked out of it by his family as his wife was pregnant at the time.As part of a year-long undercover documentary that aired last January, he was filmed attending one event alongside Mohammed Shamsuddin, who has warned that “Sharia is coming to the UK” and that the black flag of Islam will fly over Downing Street.Shamsuddin said that his views were “moulded” by the hate preacher Omar Bakri – the Tottenham Ayatollah – who is now in jail in Lebanon for supporting terrorism. Shamsuddin was arrested on terror charges in 2014 on suspicion of encouraging terrorism and being a member of al-Muhajiroun, an extreme radical Islamist organisation that openly supported al–Qaeda, sent men out to fight in Syria and was said to have influenced the murderers of Drummer Lee Rigby.Read more here. “The embassy and the consulate are in permanent contact with the family and with the British authorities and are giving them all the help they can,” a spokesman for Spain’s foreign ministry said.“But there is still no news for the moment.” 6:17PMKhuram Butt: the ringleader of the London Bridge terror attack This morning residents heard gunshots at 4.15am as Officers stormed the addresses in Barking and Newham.They have confirmed that a “number” of arrests have been made.According to police, searches continue at both addresses. 7:00AMSpanish Red Cross put out plea for missing person One of terrorists carried an Irish identity cardFamilies appeal for loved ones still missingScotland Yard says it knows attackers’ identitiesSadiq Khan says Trump’s state visit to UK should be cancelledCorbyn criticises Theresa May over police cutsEverything we know about the attackHow the London terror attack unfoldedWho are the suspects behind the attack?Who were the London attack victims?The ringleader of the London Bridge terror attack was so open about his extremist views that he appeared in a fly-on-the-wall documentary entitled The Jihadis Next Door, it emerged on Monday.Khuram Butt, 27, a British national who was born in Pakistan, was filmed praying in front of an Isil flag in London’s Regent’s Park as part of a controversial Channel 4 programme that was broadcast in January last year.By the time the documentary went out, the father of two had already been under investigation by the police and MI5 for six months. London does not receive the “right level of funding” for policing, the city’s mayor has claimed, as the Met Police Commissioner called for more resources in the wake of the London Bridge attack. 6:50AM’Last night in London my baby brother lost the love of his life’:  Family and friends of first victim speak out The sister of Tyler Ferguson, Chrissy Archibald’s fiance, has written a heartbreaking account of what happened.She said: “I can’t breath. You hear these things so often but it doesn’t seem real. Last night in London my baby brother lost the love of his life on the London bridge.”In a split second his entire life was ripped away from him. Hearing his painful sobs on the phone while he’s alone trying to deal with this tears me apart. I have no words. If you know Tyler, please be there for him now, and later when what happened sinks in, he’s going to need us all.” Police search an address in Barking The crowds applauded as he spoke of his Muslim faith, saying: “You do not commit these disgusting acts in my name. Your perverse ideology has nothing to do with the values of Islam.” He thanked the “brave Londoners” who risked their lives to save others. “You are the best of us,” he said.  A police officer stands next to a person detained after a property was raided in Newham, east LondonCredit:REUTERS/Neill Halllast_img read more

Hampton Court Flower Show Ivory poaching flooding and climate change

first_imgHolding Back The Flood explores flood prevention without concrete barriersCredit:Jeff Gilbert There are actually very few gardens seem to designed simply to be enjoyedBunny Guinness, Gardeners’ Question Time expert 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. According to publicity for the show, the garden is supposed to demonstrate that “concrete barriers are not the only solution to climate change issues”. He said: “I love a challenge, and this is the ideal brief for me as it perfectly illustrates my mantra that no matter how little time, space or budget you have, you can still create a beautiful garden.”Nick Mattingley, director of RHS Shows, said: “At more than twice the size of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and just a stone’s throw from London, RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is the best place for budding and expert gardeners who want advice, ideas, inspiration and an abundance of plants and gardening merchandise to beautify their outdoor spaces.”The designers, plants people, growers, florists, contractors, artisan producers and tradestand exhibitors have pulled out all the stops to transform the historic grounds of Hampton Court Palace into the world’s largest annual flower show for all to enjoy.” A “brownfield – metamorphosis” garden also sees industrial landscape springing back into natural life. Another promotes environmental responsibility by highlighting human damage to the planet.Perhaps the most eye-catching entry is called Not for Sale, which draws attentions to the ivory trade by encouraging visitors to walk through an archway that represents the average number of elephants killed each day by poachers in Africa.Designed by Mark Whyte and Sharmayne Ferguson, the recreation of poached ivory tusks opens out into a sandy garden including the “haunting” skull of a fallen elephant.”Do people come to the RHS show to learn about elephants and ivory trading? I’m not sure they do,” said Ms Guinness.“I’m sure they are making valid points about climate change and so on, but this is a flower show, after all.“It would be nice to have a few more gardens, rather than statements.” Brownfield - Metamorphosiscenter_img Brownfield – Metamorphosis addresses industrial declineCredit:Jeff Gilbert They were once havens of colourful escape from the worries and pressures of the world.However flower show gardens are now just as much about politics as horticulture, according to experts.Visitors to this year’s Hampton Court Palace Flower show expecting to be dazzled by magical arrays of tulips and petunias may be in for a sobering surprise.Instead, they can expect to learn all about Britain’s industrial decline, climate change and even the horrors of ivory poaching. Holding Back The Flood Elsewhere, the show will feature a community garden highlighting the work of Blind Veterans UK, a large woodland play garden for children and adults with disabilities such as autism and a floral marquee featuring dozens of specialist nurseries.A live challenge backed by Honda will see “the Black Gardener” Danny Clarke create a nine-square metre vertical installation made up of 616 plants in no more than three hours. The line up prompted Gardeners’ Question Time panelist Bunny Guinness  to question the move towards “statements” rather than gardens.“I think people would prefer gardens that you might want to walk around, to actually enjoy,” said Ms Guinness, a former Chelsea Flower Show judge and medallist.“There are so many flower shows nowadays that there appears to be a kind of desperation to be different.“There are actually very few gardens seem to designed simply to be enjoyed.”The Hampton Court gardens include an urban rain garden to cope with increased rainfall as a result of climate change, designed by Will Williams.last_img read more

Too small and far away from school Tearful Grenfell survivor 10 explains

first_imgShe said: “Most of the people in my building, they were very close to me, and they were like family. Seeing them go wasn’t good”.Hayam then broke down in tears as her father told her she is “so brave”.Theresa May set a deadline of three weeks to permanently house all the survivors of the fire.This deadline passes today, yet just 14 families out of the many displaced by the blaze have been rehoused. 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 Atmanis have not been rehomed yet after turning down an offer of accommodation they found to be unacceptable. A traumatised 10-year-old has broken down in tears after remembering how her friends and neighbours died in the Grenfell Tower blaze.The young girl explained that she and her family are still living in a hotel in Kensington after being offered a “small” flat which was “too far from her school”.Hayam Atmani told the BBC that she finds it “hard to sleep” and has “nightmares about if it happens again”.Sid-Ali Atmani lived with his daughter Hayam on the 15th floor.Some on that floor are thought to have not made it out alive, but many of the missing people thought dead have not yet been identified.The child described what it is like to have lost neighbours to the blaze.center_img Hayam said: “They should give us houses that we want and we should see them first, instead of them just coming up to us and saying we’re giving you a home and if you don’t like it then we have nothing else for you.”The family said they turned down an offer of accommodation because it was too small and too far away from school.Her father said: “I want this to finish, that’s what I want. I want my dignity”.Westminster council has said over 100 offers of accommodation have been made, but a handful have been accepted. A young survivor of #GrenfellTower breaks down as she talks about why her family turned down housing offered to them— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) July 5, 2017last_img read more

Shakespeare may have been gay says artistic director of RSC

first_imgGregory Doran, the Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company William Shakespeare may have been gay, the artistic director the Royal Shakespeare Company has suggested, and directors can no longer hide the sexuality of his homosexual characters.Greg Doran on Friday dipped into the long-running debate on the Bard’s sexuality, saying he believed it had given Shakespeare an outsider’s insight which had helped his work.Mr Doran, who took over artistic control of the RSC in 2012, said it was “no longer acceptable” that performances should conceal the sexuality of Shakespeare’s gay characters. Gregory Doran, the Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare CompanyCredit:Jay Williams Debate over Shakespeare’s sexuality has raged for decades among scholars.Mr Doran told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I guess a growing understanding of Shakespeare as I have worked with him over the many years that I have, makes me realise that his perspective is very possibly that of an outsider.“It allows him to get inside the soul of a black general, a Venetian jew, an Egyptian queen or whatever and that perhaps that outsider perspective has something to do with his sexuality.”The key clues to understanding Shakespeare’s sexuality were in his sonnets, Mr Doran said. He said: “He wrote a cycle of 154 sonnets, which were published in 1609, and 126 of those sonnets are addressed to a man and not to a woman.”center_img Mr Doran said academics had found “a process of hetereosexualisation of those sonnets during the Victorian period”, where the pronouns in them were changed.He said: “It wasn’t somehow quite kosher for the great national bard to possibly have affections for his own sex and therefore that process, to kind of whitewash through the sonnets.“I am just aware how many times Shakespeare has gay characters, and how sometimes those gay characters are not played as gay, and I think in the 21st century that’s no longer acceptable.”Mr Doran said the character of Antonio in The Merchant of Venice is “absolutely clearly in love with the young man Bassanio and sometimes that is kind of toned down”.Their love had been wrongly portrayed as “we chaps are very fond of each other”.He went on: “It’s not, it’s clearly a very particular portrait of a gay man and I think in the 21st century it’s no longer acceptable to play that as anything other than a homosexual.”The debate over Shakespeare’s sexuality erupted three years ago when leading scholars clashed in the letters page of the Times Literary Supplement about the issue.Sir Brian Vickers triggered the spat by criticising a book suggesting sonnet 116 appeared in a “primarily homosexual context”. He said it was an “anachronistic assumption” because Shakespeare was using a form of rhetoric that allowed men to express love without implying sexual attraction.Sir Stanley Wells, a Shakespeare expert at the University of Birmingham, last night (FRI) told the Telegraph: “Shakespeare was certainly not exclusively gay.“He married Anne Hathaway when he was only 18 and they had a daughter, Susanna, within six months, then twins – a boy, Hamnet and a girl, Judith.“But he was pretty certainly bisexual, and actively so. The strongest evidence comes from the sonnets, in some of which he writes of a triangular relationship with a man and a woman. Some people claim that these poems are fictional, but I think this is an evasion.” 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

Dawn Sturgess funeral No pallbearers for Novichok victim as safety measures protect

Dawn Sturgess He added: “I will be praying that the Jesus who calmed the storm 2,000 years ago is able to bring some sort of peace and perspective today as well.”I will be hoping that that peace won’t just be for the family but for the city and that we will be able to return to a sense of normality. Hopefully businesses will grow in confidence and be rejuvenated and we will be able to get back to how we were.”The family chose James Blunt’s Beautiful Dawn as an introduction, which the Rev Bromiley described as “hugely important”. The Rev Bromiley described Ms Sturgess as a “compassionate person”, adding she “would do as much as she could for everyone, sometimes even to her own detriment”.Her boyfriend, Charlie Rowley, who was found unconscious alongside her after coming into contact with the agent, was due to attend the service but not speak. Novichok victim Dawn Sturgess’s coffin was already in place when mourners arrived at her funeral and had no pallbearers, as a number of safety measures were put in place to protect the public.The mother of three, who died after being poisoned earlier this month, was due to be cremated after a service in Salisbury on Monday afternoon.Public Health England has been liaising with the funeral directors to prevent possible contamination, the vicar taking the service, the Rev Philip Bromiley, told The Telegraph.”It is part and parcel of the advice to make sure everyone attending is as safe as possible,” he said. “I have every confidence that Public Health England and the crematorium know what they are doing.”I am assuming it [the coffin] will be transported in somehow,” he added, but said he did not know whether special protective clothing would be worn by those carrying it in. The address was set to be given by Rev Philip and Ms Sturgess’ sister, Stephanie, will give a eulogy on behalf of the family. “She was a spiritual person; she wouldn’t pass the cathedral without lighting a candle a saying a prayer. So it is appropriate we do this in a Christian context.”Asked if he had any concerns for public safety at the funeral or in the wider area, the Rev Philip said: “Perhaps I am naive but I realy do trust that the police and the security services know exactly what they are doing.”The family have been incredibly impressed with all the professional agencies that have been involved.”Health chiefs: ‘Risk to public remains low’A Public Health England spokesman declined to comment on arrangements for the funeral, saying it was a private occasion.”Our advice remains the same. The risk to the public remains low,” he said.Victim sprayed poison ‘she thought was perfume’Ms Sturgess died aged 44 on July 8 after she and her partner Charlie Rowley both fell ill after coming into contact with Novichok at the end of June.Mr Rowley, 45, said the deadly nerve agent took just 15 minutes to poison Ms Sturgess after she sprayed the “oily” substance on to her wrists believing it was perfume he had given her as a gift. Dawn Sturgess died after being exposed to the nerve agent thought to have been discarded by Russian suspects in the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal Credit:AFP/Getty Images Ms Sturgess and Mr Rowley were victims of the second nerve agent incident in four months following the case of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who were found unconscious on a park bench in Salisbury in March. The hearse carrying the coffin of Dawn Sturgess arrives at Salisbury Crematorium on Monday afternoon The hearse carrying the coffin of Dawn Sturgess arrives at Salisbury Crematorium on Monday afternoonCredit:JULIAN SIMMONDS for The Telegraph  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. He added: “I think the family are really keen to celebrate Dawn and to remember that she was such a friendly, kind and compassionate person who would do as much as she could for everyone, sometimes even to her own detriment. “The basic service has been inspired by Dawn’s daughter who attends one of our church schools,” the Rev Bromiley added. “Her favourite song and hymn is Shalom Shalom May Peace Be With You.”That word Shalom means peace and that peace has sort of permeated through the whole service really.”We will be using as a reading of Jesus calming the storm from Mark’s gospel and thinking about Jesus bringing peace and calm to a rather chaotic situation here.”Video: Victim’s boyfriend speaks of moment she was posioned read more

Black Friday shoppers could lose £30 million as hackers target those with

More than £16 million was lost in the run up to Christmas last year Shoppers could lose a record £30 million to online fraudsters this weekend as criminals plan their biggest ever Black Friday bonanza, according to security experts.Millions of bargain hunters are expected to go online to take advantage of generous Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales as the Christmas shopping season gets into full swing.But specialists based at GCHQ have warned that this year could see the largest ever wave of online fraud as criminals seek to take advantage of lax security by people shopping online.In 2017 consumers reported losing a total of £16 million in the run up to Christmas, a 45 per cent rise on the previous year.More than 15,000 people contacted the City of London Police’s Action Fraud centre to report having been ripped off, equating to a loss of more than £1,000 each. Black Friday is followed by Cyber Monday with shoppers offered large discounts Ross Brewer, vice president at cyber security firm, LogRhythm, said hackers were like “wolves in sheep’s clothing”. Black Friday is followed by Cyber Monday with shoppers offered large discountsCredit:Julian Simmonds More than £16 million was lost in the run up to Christmas last yearCredit:Julian Simmonds Hackers target people with weak passwords He said: “In only a few short years, Black Friday has become a significant event in the British retail calendar, effectively stretching out the Christmas shopping period by a couple of weeks.”However, it’s important to realise that retailers are not the only parties that profit on Black Friday. As merchants’ email marketing campaigns ramp up ahead of and during the Black Friday weekend, cybercriminals will also spring into action.”Like wolves in sheep’s clothing, thousands of phishing emails offering bogus discounts will make their way into inboxes amongst genuine offers, with cybercriminals hoping the recipient will click on a malicious link.” Hackers target people with weak passwords But it is though 2018 will prove an even bigger pay day for criminals, who are becoming ever more skilled at hacking into people’s online accounts.Many victims of fraud and hacking do not bother reporting the offence to the police, either through embarrassment or because they are able to recover their losses from banks.Some estimates have put the figure for this year’s losses as high a £30 million, with tens of thousands of unwary shoppers likely to fall victim. Hackers operate in a variety of ways but often rely on consumers simply failing to adequately secure their accounts with complex passwords.Dr Ian Levy, the technical director of GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre, said shoppers should think twice about what information to give online stores, especially when answering security questions.He said: “It might be a legitimate thing to ask, it might not be malicious, but it’s just not worth taking the risk.”If they are using this for your account security they won’t care what you put in. So don’t give them your mother’s maiden name. Give them the name of your first cat. “If it’s a criminal and they try and use your first cat’s name as your mother’s maiden name they are not going to get very far.” And he also warned against signing up for accounts with retailers when shopping, advising people to use the guest option when going to the check-out.He said: “Try not to make an account. Unless it’s an existing relationship you’ve got with a retailer, where you want to buy stuff from them long term, I wouldn’t bother making an account just for this weekend.”Unless you have to give a retailer all your personal information I wouldn’t, because if they are not holding it, the next time they are breached they can’t lose your data.”Earlier this week the online retail giant Amazon suffered a major data breach that caused customer names and email addresses to be disclosed on its website.The company later issued a statement saying the problem had been fixed and those affected had been informed. 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

Mother sues NHS for £200000 claiming hospital failed to inform her of

Lawyers representing the NHS argued she changed her mind during that month, having learned of the risk of miscarriages in mothers who have invasive Down’s testing.When questioned in court about whether she said no to wanting screening, Ms Mordel replied: “If she would ask me if I wanted any test for Down’s syndrome, I would say ‘yes’.”I was always sure about the decision and I always wanted it.”I already spoke with the midwife about Down’s syndrome screening. I had informed myself. I watched a lot of videos and read about screening.”I knew from the start that I would agree on the Down’s syndrome screening and I would not make any other decision.”  Ms Mordel’s legal team argue that the sonographer wrongly recorded Down’s screening as being “declined”, leading to her missing out on the testing. The court heard both Ms Mordel and the Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Trust agree that she said she wanted Down’s screening at her first “booking in” appointment after she learned of her pregnancy.However, when she went for her 12-week scan a month later in July 2014, the test was not carried out and the sonographer recorded “Down’s screening declined”.   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. Hospital notes show that a mother shouldn’t receive £200,000 in damages from the NHS for having child with Down’s Syndrome because she declined to have him tested before he was born, a court heard.Edyta Mordel, 33, is claiming hospital staff failed to do the antenatal tests she wanted, which would have revealed that she was carrying a disabled child.She is suing the NHS at the High Court because she says that had she known, she would have aborted the birth of her son Aleksander, now four years old.Her claim is for compensation to cover the increased costs of having a disabled son and the losses she has suffered.However, NHS lawyers contest the claim, suggesting that Ms Mordel declined the tests she says she asked for.It was only when Aleksander was born with Down’s that she “bitterly regretted” the decision not to undergo screening for the condition, they claim.Clodagh Bradley QC,representing Ms Mordel, said she was concerned about her baby immediately after he was born by caesarean section at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in January 2015.  When told of his diagnosis, she was noted as being “very upset and angry” because she believed she had been given the all-clear after screening of the unborn baby. Ms Mordel, a production operator, is originally from Poland and moved to Britain with her partner Lukasz Cieciura – the father of Aleksander – in 2006.The judge is expected to reserve his decision on the case until a later date. read more

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