Tigers Penalty Woods Assessed 2Shot

Tiger Woods got a bad break, took a bad drop, but will live to play the weekend at the Masters — with two strokes added to his score — due to a revision to the Rules of Golf made two years ago.Woods was deemed to have taken an improper drop on the 15th hole during the second round of the Masters at Augusta National on Friday, when his approach shot hit the pin and bounced back into the water.He made a bogey-6 on the hole, which on Saturday morning was revised to a triple-bogey 8.Instead of a 1-under-par 71 he was given a 73 and will start the third round five strokes back of 36-hole leader Jason Day in pursuit of his fifth green jacket.Woods explained the situation on Twitter on Saturday morning.“At hole #15, I took a drop that I thought was correct and in accordance with the rules,” Woods wrote. “I was unaware at that time I had violated any rules. I didn’t know I had taken an incorrect drop prior to signing my scorecard. Subsequently, I met with the Masters Committee Saturday morning… and was advised they had reviewed the incident prior to the completion of my round. Their initial determination… was that there was no violation, but they had additional concerns based on my post-round interview. After discussing the situation… with them this morning, I was assessed a two-shot penalty. I understand and accept the penalty and respect the Committees’ decision.”Before 2012, Woods would have been disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. Under new rules enacted by the United States Golf Association and R&A in 2011, a player can have penalty strokes added afterward when facts were not reasonably presented at the time of scorecard signing.“This is a logical and important step in our re-evalution of the impact of high-definition video on the game,” said USGA Executive Director Mike Davis at the time the new rule was announced in August 2011. “We collectively believe that this revised decision addressed many video-related issues never contemplated by the Rules of Golf.”Fred Ridley, former president of the USGA and the chairman of the Masters competition committees, detailed the timeline of events surrounding the penalty in a statement released Saturday morning.“After being prompted by a television viewer, the Rules Committee reviewed a video of the shot while he was playing the 18th hole,” Ridley said in the statement. “At that moment, based on the evidence, the committee determined he had complied with the rules.“After he signed his scorecard, and in a television interview subsequent to the round, the player stated that he played further from the point than where he had played his third shot. Such action would constitute playing from the wrong place.“The subsequent information provided by the player’s interview after he had completed play warranted further review and discussion with him this morning. After meeting with the player, it was determined that he had violated Rule 26, and he was assessed a two-stroke penalty. The penalty of disqualification was waived by the committee under Rule 33 as the committee had previously reviewed the information and made it’s intitial determination prior to the finish of the player’s round.”According to the USGA website, the “revision to Decision 33-7/4.5 addresses the situation where a player is not aware he has breached a rule because of facts that he did not know and could not reasonably have discovered prior to returning his score card. Under this revised decision and at the discretion of the Committee, the player still receives the penalty associated with the breach of the underlying Rule, but is not disqualified.”Reaction was swift and all over the golf map as the story unfolded over night and into Saturday morning.Three-time Masters champion Nick Faldo said on the Golf Channel: “Tiger should really sit down and think about this and what it will leave on his legacy. Personally, I think this is dreadful. … That was no intention to drop close to the divot.”But current players were positive in their reaction.Fred Couples called it “a blessing for every golf pro in the world.”“We all know that we’ll get the same ruling if it happens to one of us,” said Couples, 1 shot back entering Saturday’s round.Graeme McDowell, who at 5 over missed the cut by 1 shot, tweeted Saturday morning that he agreed with the penalty.“Take the fact that it was Tiger out of the equation and it is a fair ruling,” McDowell posted to Twitter.Hunter Mahan, who shot a second-round 82 and missed the cut at 14 over, also weighed in via Twitter.“I like this ruling because he took an illegal drop but no official brought it to his attn,” Mahan wrote. read more

201516 NBA Preview Can The Jazz Continue Last Seasons Surge

With the help of CARMELO, here’s what’s in store for the Jazz in 2015-16: We’re inaugurating our NBA player projection system, CARMELO, with 2015-16 season previews for every team in the league. Check out the teams we’ve already previewed here. Learn more about CARMELO here. Rudy Gobert’s late-season ascendance into the starting lineup helped transform Utah’s defense last season. By ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus, he was the fourth-best defensive center in the league, and Nylon Calculus ranked him as the top rim protector in the league on a per-minute basis. Last season, he proved he could be an elite rebounder and shot-blocker and an efficient finisher around the rim. The question now is whether he can replicate all of that production in big minutes, across an entire season. Read more:All our NBA player projectionsAll our 2015-16 NBA Previews Twenty-five-year-old Gordon Hayward has already established himself as one of the most versatile players in the league. As the lack of red dots in his skill ratings attests, Hayward is at least decent (if not much better) in virtually every area of the game, and his two most comparable historical players — Brandon Roy and Andre Iguodala — emphasize his all-around talent. But heavy is the burden of being Utah’s most important player. If the Jazz are to make the playoffs, their offense must come closer to matching the elite level of their defense, and much of that responsibility will fall to Hayward. The Utah Jazz enter the 2015-16 campaign with high hopes. The team closed out last season on a 19-10 tear, all of which came (not coincidentally) after it shipped away Enes Kanter at the trade deadline and inserted Rudy Gobert into the starting lineup. Over that stretch, Utah had the best defensive efficiency in the league — a full 4.1 points per 100 possessions clear of the San Antonio Spurs, the second-best defense. With a young roster mostly intact from that strong finish, the Jazz and their fans are sanguine about their playoff chances, despite the frightening depth of the Western Conference and the loss of second-year point guard Dante Exum to a torn ACL this summer.1Exum is expected to miss the entire season, though this may be more of a long-term loss than an immediate one, as CARMELO projects him to still be a few years away from reliable production. But for Utah to reward that optimism and reach the postseason, it will need to continue its late-season defensive dominance from last year and hope that improving young talent can bolster the offense from within. For what it’s worth, FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection system is bullish on their chances; it has the Jazz going 45-37. In Exum’s absence, Trey Burke will be logging the majority of Utah’s minutes at the point this season. CARMELO sees Burke as the second coming of Raymond Felton, which isn’t flattering but feels entirely appropriate. Burke is a defensive disaster, and on offense he’s a shoot-first point guard without much history of shooting well. The Jazz are hoping this is the year he breaks through, but surrounding him with a complementary ball-handler such as Hayward or Alec Burks may be the only way to keep him on the floor without the offense disintegrating. Alec Burks played just 27 games for the Jazz last season after suffering a shoulder injury. Neither his projections nor his comparables are particularly inspiring, but he’s a good off-the-dribble creator on the wing — something the Jazz will need, given their thin point guard rotation. Entering his second season, Rodney Hood is looking to build on a strong finish to his rookie campaign. Primarily a spot-up shooting threat at this stage of his career, Hood made 42 percent of his 3-pointers from February onward last season. If he can repeat that effort, it would give the Jazz offense some much-needed floor spacing. Last year, Derrick Favors quietly blossomed into one of the best big men in the league. His offensive game is still developing — a more consistent mid-range jump shot would really help smooth the edges of his pairing with Gobert — but Favors is already one of the better defensive bigs in the game. His comparables are an interesting mix of offensive (LaMarcus Aldridge) and defensive (Andrew Bogut) stars. If Favors could ever put those two pieces together, it would really raise the ceiling on Utah’s future. read more

If Barack Obama Were A Quarterback Who Would He Be

In an interview with Bill Simmons for GQ Magazine, President Obama said he feels like he’s “maybe [Aaron] Rodgers in the pocket, in the sense of you can’t be distracted by what’s around you, you’ve got to be looking downfield. And I think that’s a quality that I have—not getting flustered in what’s around me.” That felt to us like a description of any decent quarterback. So some FiveThirtyEight writers gathered on Slack to answer a pressing question: If Barack Obama were a quarterback, which quarterback would he be?This transcript has been lightly edited. andrew (Andrew Flowers, quantitative editor): I say President Obama is most like Tom Brady. Both are insanely polarizing figures, popular in the Northeast; both came into their respective jobs in a time of crisis; they each had a string of impressive early successes, only to be followed by some catastrophic failures; and their conspiratorial detractors accuse them of illegal maneuvers.simone (Simone Landon, senior editor): Obama’s not dumb enough to give his Super Bowl rings to Christine Ouzounian, though (as far as we know).benc (Ben Casselman, economics writer, Patriots fan): No, Andrew. Brady is FDR. This is easy. Both have four wins. Both overcame long odds to achieve greatness. Both are American heroes.simone: I still think the Rodgers comparison stands, though not for the reasons Obama gave. More like he’s struggling to complete some passes because he’s not getting the support he needs from the rest of his team. Though you could also argue that he’s just leading from behind.benc: If I’m being uncharitable (but to whom?), Obama is Peyton. Great to watch, but really only one victory to point to.andrew: So if Obama is Rodgers, does that make Bill Clinton … Brett Favre?simone: Philandering and all!nate (Nate Silver, editor in chief): I thought Obama’s likening himself to Rodgers was interesting re: his self-conception. Because as Ben M. has written about, Rodgers is a pretty risk-averse QB, and I think that’s how Obama thinks of himself too.chadwick (Chadwick Matlin, senior editor): Obama feels to me like a touted rookie who had great initial success, only to wear out his welcome as time went on. Think Vince Young and Mark Sanchez — they won some games in the early going, but the fundamentals were never that strong. Eventually, those fundamentals caught up with him.walt (Walt Hickey, culture writer): This is silly. Eli Manning is the obvious answer. Loathed in Dallas and in Washington, big wins in 2008 and 2012, the former a surprise coup against an opponent widely considered superior at the beginning of the contest, substantial performance variation, and keeps a lovable but definitely senile old fella around as a sidekick.nate: Yeah, Eli Manning is clearly correct. Eli has a thing where he’s simultaneously underrated and overrated by different groups of people, which feels true to Obama.walt: walt: Just look at that, people. Obama’s Gallup approval ratings and the Giants’ Elo ratings, together in one chart. Just look at it.andrew: But, wait: as Nate knows better than anyone, weren’t Obama’s wins in 2008 and 2012 to be expected? That’s far from the miracle upsets of Eli Manning.nate: His win over the “inevitable” Hillary Clinton in 2008 was not expected. Obama’s two signature electoral accomplishments were the 2008 Democratic nomination and the 2012 general election. The 2008 general election was a layup.simone: Is Hillary Peyton Manning?nate: No, she’s Tom Brady. Or Bill Belichick. Or something.andrew: Hillary is Tony Romo — under the biggest spotlight, with a huge legacy attached to her team’s name, yet hasn’t really won anything yet.simone: Also a huge Jessica Simpson fan.benc: Nah, I say Romo is John Edwards. Incredible talent. Blew it when it mattered.benm (Benjamin Morris, sports writer): Obama was much heralded getting into the White House, but I’d focus on what happened to his team. The Democrats looked like a dynasty when Obama took over, and are now a minority in the Senate, an entrenched minority in the House, and they’re practically being wiped out of state governments.nate: So, we need a QB who had some success, but left his team in bad shape afterward? Drew Brees, maybe?benm: I’d compare him to the ultimate flashy-but-team-killing QB: Jeff George.andrew: The defining feature of Obama’s presidency is polarization. The country has only become more polarized under his tenure. So the question is: Which QB is the most polarizing between their fans and to their haters? I stick by my Tom Brady pick.nate: Tom Brady’s one of the 3-4 best QBs ever, though. I don’t think many people will say that about Obama.simone: Can we bring some data to bear on this, Neil?neil (Neil Paine, sports writer): Well, if we’re just looking for teams whose performance mirrored that of Obama’s approval rating since he became president, that team is … Washington! (I converted Obama’s weekly net approval to an Elo scale and looked at the differences for each team since 2008.) I don’t know if that makes Obama Robert Griffin III, but his approval doesn’t track with good teams.nate: But there’s this contradiction in Obama’s presidency, which is that it seems like it’s had extraordinary highs and lows — and yet, if you look at his approval ratings, they’ve been remarkably consistent. That still takes me back to Eli Manning, who posts pretty much the same stats every year but has wide variation in his outcomes based on his teammates and external circumstances.simone: Are we perhaps failing to consider that Obama is not a QB at all, but some other position? His electoral successes are maybe more like surprise 40-yard runs than Hail Mary passes. And his day-to-day work is more like a defensive lineman.benc: Interesting, Simone, in that Obama is often accused of being reactive rather than proactive. A receiver, you might say.nate: He’s also pretty introverted for a president, which is an unusual characteristic for a quarterback. Although, there’s Andrew Luck. But again, Eli Manning is clearly the right answer so I’m not sure why we’re debating this.benc: Andrew Luck is Teddy Roosevelt. Total gunslinger, as Ben M. regularly reminds us.cwick: I’ll reach out to Manning’s people and see how he feels about the comparison. Thanks, everyone! Start preparing your notes on which QB most resembles Donald Trump for our next chat.nate: Tebow! read more

Titus Peters lay foundation for basketball managers

Mark Titus and Danny Peters are players on the Ohio State men’s basketball team not known for filling statistic columns. Still, even in their final seasons with the Buckeyes they have not forgotten how far they have come.Both Titus and Peters started out as basketball managers.At the start of their freshman year, they were not shooting any jump shots or even practicing with the team. They were busy filling up water bottles and handing out towels.During the ‘06-‘07 season, Peters and Titus were both asked to be a part of the team.Peters said it has been an amazing four years.“It is crazy to think how far Mark and I have come,” Peters said. “Playing on this team is a dream come true.”Titus is best known for his online blog, which has attracted nearly 2 million visitors.There is not much difference between the managers and the players, Titus said.“I’m just a little taller and a little more athletic,” Titus said.Freshman manager Weston Strayer, who has rebounded for both Titus and Peters during shooting drills, said he has a lot of respect for them.“They know their stuff and they have put their time in,” Strayer said. “They have earned the spot that they are in right now.”Junior manager Gage Will said the transition that Peters and Titus have made from managers to players is remarkable.“It’s pretty impressive that they started out as managers and became players,” Will said.“They are just overall good guys to have on the team. They are not going to play a whole lot but they have good morale.”Titus said he has a spot in his heart for the basketball managers. Being around Titus, who attempted to enter the NBA Draft as a joke early last spring, can be tough to deal with sometimes.“I jokingly blame stuff on them and pull pranks on them involving water bottles and towels,” Titus said. “They are not immune to my pranks.”Titus said that during the games the managers are always taking stats and doing things people wouldn’t think about.Will said the managers have become like a team themselves.“We work so closely together and a lot of our duties require teamwork,” he said. “Between the managers, there is a great sense of camaraderie and respect.”Will said great friendships have resulted and the experience is something he cherishes.“Being able to witness the NCAA Tournament atmosphere last year, even though we lost, was worth it,” he said. “It was an atmosphere unlike any other I’ve ever seen.”Strayer said watching the players practice has been his biggest shock.In Strayer’s playing days at Milan Edison High School, only one player could dunk. When he came to OSU, he realized how athletic the players were and that everybody could dunk.Strayer pursued a manager position, knowing he was not a Division I caliber athlete, to stay close to the game he always loved.“I hope it will help provide a coaching opportunity as a high school or collegiate coach down the road,” Strayer said.It is his dream to pursue a career involving basketball.“There [are] always the little things that not everyone knows about and I want to get those things down,” he said. “I want to start learning now, so there is less to learn later on.”Learning comes with a price.The price is rebounding and passing out water bottles and towels. It’s filming the game from the press box or setting down chairs during time outs.Strayer said it is worth doing all of the chores that come with the job, to listen, watch and learn from coach Thad Matta. read more

You dont know Jack OSUs football historian tells all

After appearing as a guest to talk OSU football on Columbus’ WBNS radio’s nightly sports talk show a few times in the fall of 1979, Park was offered a small position as a freelance radio talent in 1980.This proved to be just the beginning of Park’s career as a famed OSU football historian.In 1985, Park began recording his daily “Buckeye Flashback” for the station, which still airs today. Written and recorded by Park, these daily short OSU football features began airing across the state during football season in 1998.Park’s work can also be found in the form of weekly columns during football season on the Columbus Dispatch’s buckeyextra.com and suburban newspapers around central Ohio.Being urged by friends and peers to share his profound knowledge of OSU football, Park came out with his first book in 1992 and has written three more since.Most notably Park spent six years compiling the complete history of OSU football from its beginnings in 1890 to the beginning of the Jim Tressel era in 2001 when The Official Ohio State Football Encyclopedia was published.“When I wonder something about Ohio State or have a question about Ohio State football I can always go to that book and look it up and probably get the answer,” said former OSU coach Earl Bruce. “It is very well done and it is a classic.”While Park is the OSU football historian and his name appears on the books, he maintains that it is really a team effort between himself and his wife, Sue.“We have done four Ohio State football books and she has played a huge part in those,” he said. “Those four books have had my name on them as the author but it has been almost a co-authorship.”Aside from his books, Park is an accomplished speaker as well. Park travels to more than 30 states each year to deliver a seminar called The Leadership Secrets of Football’s Master Coaches.Combining his love for football with his knowledge of business, Park has spoken to companies such as BMW and Microsoft to help managers within these companies become better leaders.Between his circuit of speeches and array of OSU football responsibilities, Park says his enthusiasm for OSU would remain even without all of that.“If I wasn’t doing what I do as far as the radio work and the writing and speaking and I was just a fan, I would still be just as passionate watching the games and cheering the buckeyes on,” he said.Now with more than 30 years as a Buckeye football historian under his belt, Park says he has no plans to stop anytime soon and even has an Ohio State-Michigan book in the making. Not only did the 1950 Rose Bowl game mark the first Buckeye victory at the Tournament of Roses in the program’s history, but for one young fan it meant so much more.On Jan. 2, 1950, a young Jack Park gathered with friends and family to listen to Ohio State take on the California Golden Bears in Pasadena. When OSU kicker Jimmy Hague split the uprights to secure a 17-14 Buckeye win, it was then that Park’s fandom turned into a passion almost unmatched for OSU football.“I remember listening to that Rose Bowl game on the radio with family and friends,” Park said. “That is a moment that has stuck with me to this day and that was 60 years ago.”Growing up in the small town of New Lexington, Ohio, about 55 miles southeast of Columbus, Park was raised a Buckeye through and through. The son of a former OSU marching band member, he was exposed to Buckeye football early and often.From the time he was in fifth grade, Park, his mother and father would make the trek to Ohio Stadium for every home game and his infatuation for the game and the program flourished.“I really got hooked on Ohio State football and I just really enjoyed it,” Park said. “I would memorize all of the player’s names and numbers and would devour The Columbus Dispatch sports page on Sunday morning.”When it came time for Park to select a college, some smaller colleges showed interest in Park as a football prospect, but his allegiance to OSU never wavered.“I knew I wanted to go to Ohio State and I really never considered going anywhere but Ohio State,” he said.Even as a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh, Park would often return to Columbus on weekends to watch his beloved Bucks.Finishing his master’s degree in 1969, Park began his professional accounting career. Just 10 years later, however, his love and passion for OSU would turn into work as well. read more

Alleyoop touchdown sparks OSU rout

He’s all about being at the right place at the right time, and Saturday’s 38-14 victory over the Nittany Lions was no exception for wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher. Sanzenbacher’s only catch of the game came with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s 58-yard pass, intended for wide receiver DeVier Posey, was deflected by the Nittany Lions’ double coverage and landed in the hands of Sanzenbacher as he crossed the goal line. “I expected (Posey) to go up and get it to be honest because I’ve seen him do it 1,000 times,” Sanzenbacher said. “I just wanted to put myself in position that if it didn’t happen maybe I could get a tip-off, and it came right to me.” Posey said he knew Sanzenbacher was on the route but didn’t know he was right next to him, he said. “I thought I came down with it, but the defensive player knocked it out,” Posey said. “I heard the roar and looked up and saw Dane with it in the end zone. I threw him an alley-oop today.” Sanzenbacher said, “I can’t take too much credit for it. It bounced right to me, so I mean, sometimes you get lucky I guess.” As the cliché goes, is it better to be lucky or good? Sanzenbacher said sometimes it’s better to be lucky. read more

NCAA grants OSU safety Tyler Moeller sixth year

As the No. 9-ranked Buckeyes prepare for their matchup with Iowa on Saturday, Ohio State coach Jim Tressel had a different message for his team after practice Wednesday evening. The NCAA granted safety Tyler Moeller a sixth year of eligibility, Tressel announced to the team. Tressel “was like, ‘I found some good news’ and he was like, ‘Tyler Moeller got a medical redshirt and he has another year,’” Moeller told media about an hour after hearing the news. Moeller’s season ended for the second straight year when he tore his left pectoral muscle in the first half of OSU’s 24-13 win at Illinois on Oct. 2. Moeller missed the entire 2009 season after suffering a head injury when he was assaulted while vacationing in Florida. “I am excited,” Moeller said with a grin. “It’s great to have another year here, and my mind has been in 5 million different places for the past couple weeks. So it’s great to know that I have another year here and I have another chance to play.” Moeller said he wrote a letter pleading his case and had to file paperwork “a couple inches thick” before the NCAA finally ruled in his favor. “I put my feelings out there and explained my situation and asked them for another year,” he said. Despite the uncertainty, Moeller said he never lost faith. “With my kind of situation, you don’t know what’s going to happen, and there is a lot of ups and downs,” he said. “I just tried to keep my head up and always think that I was going to get another year, and everything worked out.” As for his injury, Moeller said he has been lifting with his legs and should be able to train his upper body soon. “It’s going well. I just talked to the doctor. I have been in a sling for six weeks and tomorrow I am going to start stretching it out and get a little motion,” he said. “They said in six weeks that I’ll have full range of motion and then I’ll start lifting again. So everything is on schedule and going as planned.” read more

Carlos Hyde Bradley Roby among 6 former Ohio State Buckeyes invited to

Senior running back Carlos Hyde breaks a tackle on his way to a touchdown during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorA total of six former Ohio State Buckeyes have been invited to participate in the 2014 NFL Draft Scouting Combine, which opens Feb. 19 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.The six OSU players invited include senior running back Carlos Hyde, senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown, a pair of senior offensive linemen, including center Corey Linsley and left tackle Jack Mewhort, junior linebacker Ryan Shazier and redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby.Notable members of the 2013 team, which finished 12-2 after back-to-back losses to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game Dec. 7 and then Clemson in the Discover Orange Bowl Jan. 3, who did not receive an invitation to the combine include redshirt-senior Kenny Guiton, senior safety Christian Bryant and senior offensive linemen Andrew Norwell and Marcus Hall.OSU coach Urban Meyer confirmed Wednesday on National Signing Day that Bryant’s time at OSU is finished, after a second appeal for a medical redshirt was denied. Bryant suffered from a broken ankle in OSU’s 31-24 win against Wisconsin Sept. 28.The combine runs through Feb. 24, and a record 85 underclassmen will be among the 335 players invited, according to CBSSports.com.OSU’s Pro Day is set for March 7 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus.The Buckeyes are slated to start their 2014 campaign Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. read more

Injury does not prevent Ohio States Sam Jardine from skating on

Junior defenseman Sam Jardine (21) fights past a Miami (Ohio) defender during a game on Oct. 17 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 5-1.Credit: Michael Griggs / For The LanternSam Jardine is scarred, not scared. Two seasons after a skate blade nearly cut his hand’s mobility, the Ohio State men’s hockey junior defenseman sees his surgical mark as an indication he’s in the right place.Jardine’s perspective was born after a game on Nov. 10, 2012, when the then-freshman defenseman dived to prevent a scoring chance.Whistled for holding, Jardine immediately broke procedure. Instead of skating to the penalty box, Jardine screamed and pointed to his arm, current-senior forward Tanner Fritz said.“I thought it was broken because the tendons were sliced,” Jardine said. “Then blood started coming and I knew I was in big trouble.”As he turned away from the net, Jardine hunched over and writhed in pain. In an attempt to hurdle Jardine, the opposing forward had landed on Jardine’s exposed left arm between his elbow guard and glove.The closest referee quickly grasped Jardine’s arm and within seconds, OSU’s then-trainer Chris Hite was over the boards with a towel wrapped around the cut, Jardine said.A routine penalty had become a medical emergency. Hite had to stop the bleeding to prevent Jardine from going into shock, he said.The 3-to-4-inch laceration had cut Jardine’s muscles, but stopped within a quarter of a millimeter of severing his radial nerve, Hite said.Had the radial nerve been disconnected, Jardine would have lost mobility in his left hand.“It never crossed my mind that it would be so bad that I wouldn’t be able to play hockey,” Jardine said. “That never became a reality until after the surgery.”From the time of the injury to the conclusion of his emergency surgery, Jardine stayed calm, Hite said, who is now a trainer at Hilliard Darby High School.“He handled it so well,” Hite said. “Not what you’d expect for a kid that had lost as much blood as he had.”The rest of the Buckeyes were rattled. With 14 minutes remaining in the game, the OSU bench was uneasy and struggled to maintain focus, Fritz said.Meanwhile, at the OSU Wexner Medical Center, Jardine was undergoing surgery to repair his muscle tendons. The surgery marked the beginning of his rehabilitation process.Jardine, who had never missed a game with a hockey-related injury, was jettisoned to the sideline for nine weeks, he said.In order to desensitize his regenerating nerve, Jardine molded Play-Doh and moved his hand through bowls of rice for resistance, Hite said. “We had to pull the reigns on him,” Hite said. “Every day he wanted to do something more, he wanted to do something he wasn’t allowed to do.”For a player used to playing through injuries, the mini exercises weren’t making the cut. “They really wanted to baby the process. I didn’t really allow that to happen,” Jardine said. “I wanted to play (that) next weekend.”At one point, Jardine approached then-associate coach Steve Rohlik about rejoining the Buckeyes and playing with a cast. Rohlik, alongside assistant coach Joe Exter, nixed the idea. When Jardine returned to on-ice workouts, he started to realize benefits of his injury. He took the recovery time to improve his foot speed, pivoting and edges, he said.“That was pretty important toward my development,” Jardine said. “I felt like I was a stronger skater coming back than when I had first got injured.”The Lacombe, Alberta, Canada, native then began to realize a new appreciation for the game, he said. His experience helped him realize that one of the worst imaginable injuries was bearable.“The appreciation of being able to put the skates on every day and go out and compete I think is the one thing he garnered from this whole situation,” Rohlik said. Two seasons after his surgery, Jardine said he still experiences slight difficulty in the afflicted area. His injury has robbed him of full-range of motion and complete feeling in his left hand.“I’m very thankful and very blessed that I just have a scar now and a little bit of sensitivity issues,” Jardine said. “As far as the rest of it goes, I’m 100 percent.”On the OSU bench, trainer Jeff Deits is responsible for keeping Jardine and the rest of the Buckeyes healthy.The training staff undergoes annual emergency action training to ensure it’s prepared for medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests and lacerations, Deits said. Members of the OSU men’s hockey team are also given cut-proof clothing to ensure their safety. While the NCAA does not mandate its athletes wear cut-proof socks and shirts, many Buckeyes, including Jardine, wear the gear.Jardine, who didn’t like the cut-proof shirts, wears protective socks on his forearms instead. It’s an innovation born of necessity.As he enters his third season with the Buckeyes, Jardine said he doesn’t notice the injury anymore. The sleeve hides the scar, and his performance — like his fearlessness — never waned. read more

Hapless caterer knocks thumb off Roman statue in British Museum accident

first_imgThe British Museum regularly hosts parties and evening events Previous events have included a film premiere party for SpectreCredit:Getty The British Museum regularly hosts parties and evening eventsCredit:Getty This was an unfortunate incidentBritish Museum spokesman The Townley VenusCredit:British Museum Until now, the British Museum has not offered any information about the damage, restoration or disciplinary measures, with no clear reference to it in the documents it must publish in the public domain.The damage occurred on December 10 last year and was reported by The Art Newspaper. The Townley Sculptures 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 Townley Venuscenter_img When catering a prestigious event, any waiter may fear clumsily dropping a plate or spilling a drink on an eminent guest. Few will suffer the indignity of accidentally knocking a thumb off a priceless Roman statue with their head.The British Museum has admitted to an “unfortunate incident” which saw the thumb of the famous Townley Venus knocked clean off by a member of catering staff.The caterer, who worked for an external company not regularly used by the Museum, had bent down underneath it and bumped into the marble as they got up again.A spokesman for the museum said it had taken the incident “seriously”, with the sculpture “fully restored” quietly by conservators. On rising, the caterer’s head hit the protruding marble thumb with such force it knocked it off.The broken thumb was fixed back on with an adhesive in situ, while the gallery was closed to visitors. The work was said to be “straightforward”.The statue, described by The Art Newspaper as “one of the British Museum’s most important Roman sculptures”, dates from the first or second centuries AD and is a marble copy of a fourth century BC Greek Venus.Named after collector Charles Townley, it was found in Rome in 1775 and sold to the museum in 1805 when it remains on display.The arms of the statue were restored in the 18th century, and a finger was also knocked off by a visitor in 2012. Trustees were informed at a meeting in March, but publicly-available minutes state only that deputy director Jonathan Williams “informed the Board of repairable damage to an object”. The thumb was in fact knocked off during a corporate party at the museum, which rents its gallery spaces out regularly for events.It is understood that caterers were preparing for the evening in the Ancient Greek and Roman galleries when a member of staff knelt underneath the Townley Venus. Previous events have included a film premiere party for Spectre It is the latest in a series of historic accidental damage to sculptures in the museum.In 2005, the Telegraph revealed nine instances of “minor damage” to the Elgin Marbles from the 1960s to the early 1990, including one incident which saw two schoolboys permanently damage one of the figures when they began fighting in the forecourtIn June 1981, a workman from the Property Services Agency lost his balance and caused part of a glass skylight to fall on the west pediment figure.In 1966 vandals scratched “four shallow lines” on the back of one of the figures, and in 1970 someone scratched letters on to the upper right thigh of another. It is understood the catering company were new to the museum, and have not been invited back.A spokesman said: “This was an unfortunate incident. The preservation of the collection is of fundamental importance.“Our expert conservators have been able to fully restore the object and it has remained on public display.“We have taken the incident seriously and have retrained all individuals responsible for events.”She added staff had refreshed their training to be “fully practiced in moving themselves around historical objects” while being “always conscious of the potential risks”. The Townley Sculptures Credit:British Museumlast_img read more

David Walliams furious at OBE snub claims Simon Cowell

first_imgDavid Walliams is “furious” that his Britain’s Got Talent co-stars Ant and Dec have been awarded OBEs and he has not, Simon Cowell has said.TV stalwarts Ant and Dec were given the accolade from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace in January for services to broadcasting and entertainment.Speaking ahead of Britain’s Got Talent returning to screens this weekend for its 11th series, the show’s creator Cowell said of Walliams: “He’s furious.”Cowell quipped: “He’s gone on an all-out assault this year to suck up to as many people as possible so that he can get there before me, and he probably will.”Ant agreed that Walliams is perhaps the most jealous of their OBE, and that “everyone thinks he already has one” because of the large amount of charity work he has done over the years.Judge Alesha Dixon joked that it would be a “nightmare” if Walliams was awarded an OBE.She said: “I would say David’s more jealous because he’s super-competitive. When he won best judge at the National TV Awards, he reminded us of it every day.”So can you imagine what would happen if he became an OBE? It would be a nightmare because he would make sure that we all knew, he’d probably wear the medal every single day just to rub it in our faces, just in case we forgot, because he’s very competitive.”However, former Little Britain star Walliams joked that Cowell is “a bit peeved” that Ant and Dec, who have fronted Britain’s Got Talent since its inception in 2007, were given OBEs. Also returning are the golden buzzers, which each judge and presenters Ant and Dec can use just once to send one chosen act straight through to the semi-finals.Following the pre-recorded audition shows, there will be a week of live semi-finals before the series concludes with the live grand finale.The winner of the series will go on to win £250,000 and the opportunity to perform at the Royal Variety Performance 2017.Britain’s Got Talent returns on Saturday April 15 at 8pm on ITV Britain's Got Talent judges Walliams, Dixon, Holden and Cowell Britain’s Got Talent judges Walliams, Dixon, Holden and CowellCredit:ITV Walliams said: “Simon definitely thinks he should have a knighthood. I don’t know why, I don’t know what he thinks he’s done. Maybe by just being famous for long enough.”What he doesn’t realise is you have to do something positive, you can’t just spread evil and think that you’ll get one. So I think he’s a bit peeved about it.”I think he thinks he was going to get one at one stage. Who knows, though it would be annoying to have to call him Sir Simon. I wouldn’t like that, so I really hope it doesn’t happen.” Cowell, Walliams, Dixon and Amanda Holden return to TV screens on Saturday as the reality programme kicks off for another series, which they have promised will be filled with emotional moments, plenty of talented youngsters, a 10ft robot and the programme’s youngest-ever magician.The programme’s stars have cited the Missing People Choir, made up of people who have had somebody close to them reported as missing, as one of the most tear-jerking acts of the series, and Cowell has said they might even win this year.Ant described their audition as “very emotional”, adding: “It was a hard watch and they played images of the missing people behind them on stage.”Cowell said: “They’ve got a shot at winning, I think. I remember on the day thinking that it was special.”Stephen Mulhern is returning as the host of ITV2 companion show Britain’s Got More Talent for the 11th year.For the first time in the show’s history, the spin-off’s reveal show will be broadcast live as Mulhern meets the newly announced semi-finalists live in the studio. 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

Grenfell Tower Kensington MP calls for inquiry head to be replaced with

first_imgElizabeth Campbell was nominated by the Tory group on Kensington and Chelsea Council to be the new chief executiveCredit:BBC Labour’s Emma Dent Coad speaking after she was elected as MP for Kensington Credit:Rick Findler/PA Elizabeth Campbell Mrs Campbell, who quit as a long-standing member of the council’s cabinet in May, said she would ask Communities Secretary Sajid Javid for help.Mrs Campbell must be formally elected by a meeting of the full council and a spokesman for the authority said the next scheduled meeting was on July 19, although an emergency one could be called earlier.One Tory councillor, who did not want to be named, said her election was a “formality” and Mrs Campbell was now leader of the council “in practice”.Ms Caro said she had no confidence in the leadership of the council and called for it to be dissolved.She said: “It’s like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. They have shown they are not fit to run a council or deliver the services that are needed and I don’t really think it matters who is the leader.” The retired judge leading the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster should stand down because he will not have “empathy” or “understand human beings”, the local MP has suggested.Emma Dent Coad, the Labour MP for Kensington, joined calls for Sir Martin Moore-Bick to be replaced as head of the inquiry, saying he could not understand what people had been through.”How anybody like that could have empathy for what those people have been through, I don’t understand”,  she told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.”A technocrat is really not what we need right now. We need someone who can understand human beings and what they’ve been through.”She added: “I don’t think he should do it. I don’t think there will be any credibility. Some people are saying they are not going to co-operate with it so it’s not going to work.” And Sue Caro, a co-ordinator for the Justice 4 Grenfell group that represents survivors, said: “Our view is the whole thing needs to start again – there is no confidence in the process.” She continued: “As new leader, I will appoint a new cabinet tomorrow and things are going to change.” Sir Martin’s appointment has been met met with concern by survivors, with a group called BME (black and minority ethnic) Lawyers 4 Grenfell writing to Prime Minister Theresa May to say her choice was “astonishing”.The open letter, signed by the chairman of the Society of Black Lawyers Peter Herbert and the president of the Association of Muslim Lawyers Ismet Rawat, said: “Your lack of consultation has increased the mistrust of both the Grenfell community and the wider community and led to firm opposition of the appointment of Sir Martin Moore-Bick.”center_img In her first public statement, Mrs Campbell said she was “truly sorry” and pledged to “heal the wounds” in the community.”The first thing I want to do is I want to apologise,” she said. “This is our community and we have failed it when people needed us the most. So, no buts, no ifs, no excuses – I am truly sorry.” Meanwhile, judges have been told to issue tougher sentences for gross negligence manslaughter in the wake of the Grenfell disaster.There have previously been no set sentencing guidelines for the offence but the longest sentences were usually for less than ten years. Now the Sentencing Council has moved to tell judges that they can hand out prison terms of up to 18 years in the most serious cases.It comes as the nominee to lead the embattled council handling the Grenfell Tower fire fallout is expected to pick her cabinet on Tuesday after promising “change” moments after her selection by the local Conservative party.The Tory group on Kensington and Chelsea Council nominated Elizabeth Campbell to take over from Nicholas Paget-Brown, who resigned on Friday amid fierce criticism of the council’s response to the Grenfell tragedy. Her comments came as it emerged that Sir Martin is prepared to consider the “broad” causes of the fire amid concern from survivors’ groups over its scope and leadership.Sir Martin previously indicated his investigation would be limited to the causes of the deadly fire, why it spread so quickly and how it could be prevented in future. But survivors suggested they were prepared to abandon the process unless the parameters were broadened to consider systemic issues, such as why residents’ concerns about fire safety were allegedly ignored by authorities.A source said the former Court of Appeal judge was looking to scrutinise issues tracing back to building regulations at the time the block was erected.”He is very happy to look at why there were warnings that weren’t listened to, these were the allegations,” the source said.It is understood the inquiry into the blaze, which killed at least 80 people, will be a “broad interpretation of what caused the fire”, which extends beyond the “physics of what happened”. Labour's Emma Dent Coad speaking after she was elected as MP for Kensington  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

Mackintoshs Hill House to be enclosed in giant cage as part of

first_img“The structure is effectively a porous cage, albeit a beautifully designed one, that still allows some movement of air and a degree of moisture penetration. This is essential to ensure the walls do not dry out too quickly and crumble as a result.”While the Hill House is being protected from the elements, our conservation and architectural heritage teams can start work to find solutions that will respect the historic and design integrity of the building, meet the standards and obligations required by its listed status and ensure that this precious place will survive to inspire future generations.”The temporary enclosure is see-through, which means that the building will still be visible from the outside, despite its respite from the elements after a century of being drenched.”The enclosure is expected to go up next year and could be in place for a number of years. The trust hopes to help pay for the work with a £4 million fundraising project.Born in 1868, Mackintosh trained as an architect and created much admired buildings including the Glasgow School of Art and Scotland Street School in Glasgow, as well as distinctive furniture.Fans of his work include the Hollywood star Brad Pitt, who visited Hill House in 2011 while he was shooting the film World War Z. A giant enclosure is to be built round a famous but flawed Charles Rennie Mackintosh mansion while conservation teams attempt to save it from Scotland’s west coast climate. Simon Skinner, NTS chief executive, said: “As our president, Neil Oliver, put it, the Hill House is in danger of ‘dissolving like an aspirin in a glass of water’.”We are building what amounts to a shield around and above the Hill House to keep wind and rain out and give the building a chance to dry. The Hill House in HelensburghCredit:PA The building will remain open to the public while conservationists are at work.center_img The Hill House in Helensburgh was built by the renowned architect and designer as a “home for the future” between 1902 and 1904, for the publisher Walter Blackie.Mackintosh wanted to dispense with fussy Victorian and Edwardian external detailing in favour of a shockingly plain exterior, and made use of a new material, Portland cement, to form a smooth render.The result was admired and criticised in equal measure at the time, but has been allowing water to soak into the walls from the day it was applied.Decades of wind and rain have since saturated the structure, threatening the long-term survival of Mackintosh’s “domestic masterpiece”, and the bespoke interior that he and his wife Margaret MacDonald created for their client.The National Trust for Scotland, which owns the property in Helensburgh, now plans to put a transparent “cage”, designed by architects Carmody Groarke, around the building to keep the elements out. hill house 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

Russia has ability to disrupt Britains internet access head of Armed Forces

first_imgHis warning comes amid a row over defence spending and sources have pointed out that the UK currently has had no submarine-hunting maritime patrol aircraft since 2010 while ships and submarines which could also protect the cables have fallen too. Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach said the Russian’s ‘modernised’ navy had the ability to disrupt the transcontinental cables and that the UK had to bolster its naval forces to counter the threat. Russia poses a threat to Britain’s internet access and trade because under-sea communication cables are vulnerable to the country’s navy, the head of the Armed Forces has warned.center_img The Chief of the Defence Staff gave the speech only days after a think tank said…last_img

Sarah Montague I was gobsmacked by BBC gender pay report

first_imgHost of BBC's Today programme John Humphrys  Host of BBC’s Today programme John Humphrys earns more than Sarah Montague, who has presented for two decades Sarah Montague, the BBC Radio 4 Today presenter, has attacked the corporation’s gender pay report and said its findings are “very hard to believe”.Montague said she was “gobsmacked” by the claim that the gender pay gap for presenters and journalists is only 6.8 per cent, well below the national average.And she said highlighting the pay disparity on the Today programme was worth some “awkwardness” in her relationship with colleague John Humphrys, who earned £600,000-£649,999 last year while she earned less than £150,000 per year.When the BBC was forced in July to publish its list of star names paid £150,000 and above, there was surprise that Montague’s name did not feature. She has presented the Today programme for nearly two decades.Nick Robinson, who joined the programme in 2015, earned £250,000-£299,999. Mishal Husain, who also appears on the BBC’s television news bulletins, received £200,000-249,999. Yet the PwC report commissioned by the BBC delivered the headline finding that there was “no evidence of gender bias in pay decision making”, and said the pay gap was small.Montague, who has remained largely silent on the issue since the pay disclosures in July, said: “There is a problem. I was gobsmacked when I saw the suggestion from PwC that in the on-air presenting group [the pay gap] was only 6.8 per cent.“I find that very hard to believe. I’d love to know who was in the group, who they were looking at, who was excluded and how they did the metrics of it. I’d just love to know that.”Of her own situation, Montague told Radio Times: “I’ve got daughters. When I was 20 I wouldn’t have in a million years thought I could be in the situation I was in last July, when I discovered what I discovered about my pay.”It was “a massive shock” to discover she is paid so little in relation to Humphrys, whose salary also includes his work presenting Mastermind. He recently agreed to accept his third pay cut, giving up around £150,000.Montague said: “I’m 51 now – 30 years ago I never thought I could be in this situation. If I want to nail this for my daughters, then some awkwardness now is worth it.” The BBC Women group, a coalition of presenters and journalists, has rejected the PwC report, saying: “There has been no transparency on which individuals were included, or why. The BBC has chosen who to compare with whom and what factors justify any gaps in pay.”PwC said its report looked at the pay of 824 people who appear on television and radio news programmes, and assumed that people sharing job titles within particular career bands were performing “like work”.But the consultancy firm also relied on the BBC to explain away pay disparities, and took the corporation at its word when it provided “non-gender related reasons” for men earning more than women.Lord Hall, the director-general of the BBC, appeared before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee on Wednesday to discuss the report’s findings.Julian Knight, Conservative MP for Solihull, described the report’s line claim to have found no evidence of gender bias as “the worst get-out-of-jail card I’ve ever seen”. Show more A BBC spokesman said: “The review by PwC was thorough and followed the methodology to reviewing equal pay that is set out by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.”As we said earlier in the week we’ve had 230 individual cases of pay unfairness and equality raised by women and men since July and are seeking to deal with them as quickly as possible – we’ve already addressed close to half.”We’ve also set out proposals for a clear and transparent pay framework so people will be able to see the pay range for their job and have information to know where they stand in comparison to others to ensure a fairer, equal BBC.”last_img read more

Prince William and Theresa May join exsoldiers to celebrate Battle of Amiens

Prince William attends commemorations of the Battle of Amiens Theresa May and the Duke of Cambridge “While it is right that we have collectively commemorated many of the significant battles and campaigns of those years, it is important that the success of the Battle of Amiens takes its rightful place in our shared history.” Prince William at the commemoration of the Battle of AmiensCredit:Andrew Parsons / i-Images He said the teenage soldier, also from Derby, a Lance Corporal in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 2nd Battalion was killed, possibly by machine gun fire, going “over the top” on August 11 1918. “It is entirely fitting therefore, that today, that same international coalition has returned to Amiens with our former enemy in peace and partnership.”General Sir Henry Rawlinson, commander of the Fourth Army, combined air and land forces from Australia, Canada, France, America and Britain to great effect during the battle.He had learnt the lessons of the bloody Somme offensive – where he played a prominent role – employing improved tactics and new technology, utilised alongside subterfuge, from concealing troop numbers to ending the practice of firing range-finding shells so there was no warning of the attack.The battle saw more than 500 tanks from the UK’s Tank Corps deployed, more than 1,900 British and French aircraft used, tens of thousands of troops present, with the Australians and Canadians prominent in the attack, and all supported by more than 2,000 guns from the Royal Artillery.Over the following days the gains made by Allied troops were significant with many miles claimed from German forces – but its real impact was on the morale of many in the German high command, convincing them the war could not be won. Kevin Sherlock, 58, a retired Rolls-Royce engine inspector from Derby, said his 19-year-old great uncle Ernest Harm, who was killed towards the end of the battle, “paid the ultimate sacrifice”, helping to bring peace to Europe. Theresa May has paid tribute to the “courage, bravery and skill” of troops who fought in the First World War Battle of Amiens as a poignant commemoration service marked its centenary.Relatives of soldiers who served and died in the conflict also spoke of their pride and sadness as they joined the Prime Minister and the Duke of Cambridge at the event staged exactly 100 years since the start of the offensive.The battle changed the course of the war, as the comprehensive Allied victory, due to superior tactics, use of technology and leadership, finally convinced German commanders they could not win.William acknowledged the debt owed to the First World War troops in a message printed in the official programme: “The Battle of Amiens, and the continued fighting which followed during the summer of 1918, brought the Allies hope and optimism after four long years of bloodshed and stalemate. Theresa May and Prince William at the service In her message printed in the official programme Mrs May highlighted how the battle of Amiens heralded the beginning of the period known as the Hundred Days offensive.After the 1918 conflict successive military victories eventually led to the surrender of German forces and the end of the conflict on Armistice Day on November 11 that year. 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. Theresa May and Prince William at the serviceCredit:Victoria Jones/PA The Prime Minister, who has been holidaying in Europe, wrote: “Today, we commemorate that success, but we also reflect on the fear and hardship experienced by the people of this city and the surrounding battlefields, as well as the immense suffering demoralisation of the German troops.”We remember with profound respect all those who served on both sides of the battle and we give thanks for their courage, bravery and skill which would lead to what the world had long yearned for, the guns finally falling silent.”William said in his address to the congregation: “What began here on August 8 was truly a coalition operation under the strategic command of a great Frenchman, Marshal Foch, a battle in which the forces of many nations came together to fight; in which aerial, mechanical and human courage and ingenuity combined with devastating results.”Amiens was symbolic of the Entente Cordiale, the co-operation without which victory was impossible. Theresa May and the Duke of Cambridge paid their respects at the cathedral in AmiensCredit:AFP Mr Sherlock added: “I think as I’ve got older I’ve thought about it more really, he was only 19, just a lad really, never experienced anything in his life.”So there’s sadness but also pride that he took part in a key battle that brought ultimately the Allied victory and no doubt about it, shortened the war as well.”Commenting on the fact his great uncle has no known grave Mr Sherlock added: “It must be very painful for a mother to come to terms with, she probably thought he was listed as missing, killed in action, but there’s always a small part of you thinking he might walk through the door one day.”In Amiens Cathedral in northern France, the story of the battle was told through contemporary letters, diaries and poems read by guests from the 2,000-strong congregation.Among those invited were Armed Forces minister Mark Lancaster, his French counterpart Florence Parly, Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter, who is head of Britain’s Armed Forces, and representatives of other nations including Germany. read more

Muslim convert admits plotting to kill 100 in Isil terror attack outside

Prosecutor Mark Dawson said: “At its highest it is a plot to cause mass fatalities using a vehicle in Oxford Street, targeting the Disney store amongst other places, at its busiest time.”Ludlow was arrested by counter terrorism police on April 18 and at an initial court appearance refused to stand, telling the chief magistrate he could only stand for Allah.He had been due to face trial on two terror charges but on Friday changed his plea when he appeared via videolink at the Old Bailey, admitting plotting an attack in the UK and funding IS abroad.A charge of attempting to join Isil in the Philippines, which he denied, will lie on file.The ginger-haired defendant, who lived with his parents, brother and sister in a semi-detached former council house, is understood to have converted to Islam when he was 17 and became a regular at Friday prayers at a nearby mosque in Chatham.He first came to the attention of police two years later, in 2010, when he attended a rally at the US embassy led by Choudary and his banned Al-Muhajiroun (ALM) group.Police saw him attend various ALM demonstrations, when he was spotted with, or near, Choudary, Lee Rigby’s killer Michael Adebowale and other “prominent” extremist figures. 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. Another phone, later recovered from a storm drain near Ludlow’s home, contained photographs of his reconnaissance trip to central London as well as a “sinister” amateur video in which he pledged allegiance to Isil.Several torn up notes found in the bins detailed various potential targets and the busiest times of day on Oxford Street. One said “Wolf should either use a ram attack or use… on the truck to maximise death.“It is a busy street it is ideal for an attack. It is expected nearly 100 could be killed in the attack.”Det Chief Supt Kath Barnes, head of Counter Terrorism Policing South East, described Ludlow as a “dangerous individual.” He will be sentenced on November 2.Relatives declined to comment. He had researched hotel and van hire prices in Oxford Street and made reference in his notes to “kuffar,” a “coordinated attack” and a “realistic goal to hit double figures.” A Muslim convert radicalised by Anjem Choudary plotted to kill 100 people in a terror attack outside the Disney store on Oxford Street.Lewis Ludlow, 26, who swore allegiance to Islamic State, also plotted to target tourist attractions such as Madame Tussauds and St Paul’s Cathedral by ramming a van into tourist crowds in a “lone wolf” attack.The former Royal Mail worker, from Rochester, Kent, had been raising funds for a South East Asian terror cell under the guise of an antiques firm.In February, he was intercepted at Heathrow en route to the Philippines, where he had intended to join a radicalised medic engaged in raising funds for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) in an area with a significant IS presence.He told police he planned to go for a few days as a sex tourist but his passport was confiscated.His travel plans thwarted, Ludlow, who called himself The Eagle, concentrated on plotting an attack in London, visiting potential targets, taking photographs and scribbling down his attack plans, later found ripped up in a bin. Shoppers walk down Oxford StreetCredit:Jack Taylor/Getty Two months earlier, he told a follower that a Royal Mail staff guide offered advice about “suspicious items like bombs,” according to the CPS case summary.He added: “I’m thinking should I find this info out more as Royal Mail rarely checks items… it’s perfect to send something lethal.” He was also part of a chat group concerned with how to make a remote bomb.Ludlow was kept under surveillance from October 2017, which led to his arrest at Heathrow in January. He told police he had been groomed by “Anjem Choudary’s lot” in the past but had distanced himself from them.When police searched his home, his phone had been thrown over a neighbour’s fence.It contained conversations with a man called Abu Yaqeen in the Philippines, described by the CPS as a member of Isil “involved in fundraising for violent jihad,” whom Ludlow had asked to help find him a wife. He admitted in chats with Yaqeen that he had never learnt to drive because he was “scared of crashing”. Shoppers walk down Oxford Street Ludlow was arrested by Kent Police in August 2015 on suspicion of being a member of ALM.A mobile phone seized from his home contained messages suggesting he planned to travel to Syria as well as videos of beheadings but the CPS said there was not enough evidence to prosecute. read more

Cruise ship rescues three men after fishing boat sinks as coastguard searches

Lee Duncan, coastguard operations controller for the east coast, said: “The crew of the sunken fishing vessel are all foreign nationals, we know that the three recovered men had been in the life raft for four hours before they were spotted by the cruise ship.”We believe the two missing crew were seen to enter the water.” HM Coastguard said it was searching for two missing men whose fishing vessel sank approximately 25 miles north east of Great YarmouthCredit: Alexandra Rosen/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Princess Cruise Lines' Pacific Princess “Because we all at the time thought there was only three of them, and everybody clapped when they came on the ship.”But we didn’t know until a while later, when the captain announced that there was actually two more and we were still searching for them.”Ms Dowd said the crew threw a rope out to the trio in the hexagonal life raft, before extending a ladder so they could climb up the side of the ship. HM Coastguard said it was searching for two missing men whose fishing vessel sank approximately 25 miles north east of Great Yarmouth Passengers aboard the Princess Cruise Lines’ Pacific Princess, watching as the ship’s crew rescue three fishermen from a lifeboat Credit: Alexandra Rosen/PA Passengers aboard the Princess Cruise Lines' Pacific Princess, watching as the ship's crew rescue three fishermen from a lifeboat  One of the men fell into the water as he attempted to climb the ladder and had to be pulled back into the raft before more sturdy stairs were put in place, she said.She said: “Originally they didn’t think we were going to be able to rescue them, the captain announced we were just going to float next to them so they were blocked from the wind until the coastguard got here, but then they were able to get close enough that they were able to climb up our ship.” Passengers on a cruise ship applauded when three fishermen were rescued from a life raft drifting off England’s east coast, while the coastguard searches for two more.The Pacific Princess turned around to rescue the men, whose boat sank about 25 miles north east of Great Yarmouth four hours prior, after spotting a distress flare in the North Sea.Passenger Teena Dowd said the captain announced there was a life raft on the ship’s starboard side at around 6.30pm, and that within the hour the three men had been helped onto the boat.Ms Dowd, who is on the vessel with her daughter, said concerned passengers lined the deck and clapped as the shaken men were helped out of their lifeboat.The Canadian, who lives near Toronto, said: “We were on the very top deck, and people were just sort of holding their breath, everybody was anxious. Princess Cruise Lines’ Pacific PrincessCredit: Chris Ison/PA The ship stayed in the area for more than two hours before being released by the Coastguard and continuing to Dover, passengers said.The Coastguard said a search and rescue helicopter from Humberside, RNLI lifeboats from Gorleston, an independent lifeboat from Caister and other vessels were helping with the search effort. read more

Sir Philip Green sent threats to witnesses in injunction case court hears

Sir Philip’s legal team were said to have abandoned the injunction as part of their “tactics” to keep him out of the witness box to avoid him being cross examined.Desmond Browne QC, representing the Telegraph, argued that the court must assume that the case is being dropped because he “feared that the public interest defence would have succeeded”.Mr Browne pointed out that of the five NDAs subject to the injunction “three similar complaints might be thought to corroborate each other in light of the similarity of their accounts”. The QC said that their testimony along with that of Auna Irvine, a US Topshop manager who accused Sir Philip of sexual harassment, suggests his “behaviour was habitual and dated back as far as 2012 to 2013”.Court documents submitted by the Telegraph also said that Sir Philip’s conduct was “sufficiently serious to engage the public interest”.Lawyers for this newspaper said that allegations included “unwanted contact of a sexual nature; general sexual harassment; racist language…many amounting to criminal offices”.Separate documents  show that Sir Philip’s lawyers admitted that the businessman “does make comments on people’s clothes and weight and what they may have eaten, has in a playful way poked and prodded individuals with whom he worked closely…touched colleagues’ hands on occasion.   “He has also been known to put his arms around individuals at times in a totally non-sexual way”, they said. But they said he “acts in the same tactile way towards men and women”.  The High Court heard that a witness statement had recently been provided by a note taker who was involved in one of the internal investigations and her testimony confirmed that “their investigation by the solicitor and subsequent appeal were a pantomime designed to cover up culture at Arcadia which condoned Sir Philip’s misconduct”.On Monday evening, just days later, a letter was hand delivered to her home “after dark”, Mr Browne said.“I am told that the Schillings letter to the note taker states she will be sued if anything from her appears in the Telegraph whether she was quoted or not in a story,” he continued. Maria Miller, chair of the Women and Equalities Committee, said that the letters to those who signed NDAs were “another example of the imbalance of power between wealthy employers and employees who don’t have access to same sort of legal advice”.She added: “It is never appropriate to use threatening behaviour against employees. It sounds like desperation and what I think needs to come out of this is a really clear message to employees as to how far employers can go in silencing them when they have suffered abuse.”The law is already clear that you can never silence someone who has suffered unlawful behaviour.”Details about the case emerged in the High Court as Sir Philip sought permission from the court to discontinue his action against the Telegraph.  The billionaire’s application to drop the gagging order is being challenged by this newspaper unless it is done so on the condition that he will not pursue legal action against the five employees he is accused of sexually harassing, racially abusing and bullying or witnesses who were prepared to give evidence against him.The Topshop boss was accused of trying to “duck” a court battle with the Telegraph knowing that he would lose whilst focusing his financial power against individual employees.  Auna Irvine, a US Topshop manager, says she was sexually harassed by Sir Philip Green Credit:Rupert Thorpe Sir Philip had been ordered to serve witness statements by 4pm last Friday. His team only applied to extend that deadline 10 minutes after it had passed. The judge, who noted that he read about the application to discontinue in the press after a statement was issued by Sir Philip, will continue to hear arguments on Thursday.   Auna Irvine, a US Topshop manager, says she was sexually harassed by Sir Philip Green  Sir Philip Green’s lawyers hand-delivered letters to a witness’s home in an attempt to “threaten” her to stay silent about sexual harassment allegations made against him, a court has heard.The Topshop owner has also sent “intimidating” letters to each of his alleged victims warning them against speaking out, the High Court heard.The billionaire’s lawyers sent the letters to those who signed non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and a witness to warn them that if allegations about him were published he would take legal action against them. In the case of one witness, a representative for Schillings attended her home after dark on Monday evening  to deliver a similar letter, it was said.  Court documents also show that Sir Philip’s lawyers said that he did touch employees, but in a “non sexual way”.  Other documents made public, submitted by lawyers for this newspaper describe the allegations against the businessman as being “gross and unlawful” and “amounting to criminal offences”.  Letters had also been sent to employees who had signed the NDAs, Mr Browne said, showing that Sir Philip was using “intimidating correspondence from his solicitors as continuation of litigation by other means”.They were told they would be “at risk of litigation if there is publication of information relating to your grievance, tribunal claim or any circumstances relating to complaints set out in grievance or tribunal claim or any story or allegation about discrimination harassment, bullying or victimisation about or relating to Sir Philip or your employer.” The letters also told the alleged victims that the Telegraph needed their consent to print an article and if it was given they would be “in direct breach of your agreement”.The letters were perceived by those who received them as “intimidating” and it could mean that Arcadia would “seek damages and recovery of million pounds or so paid under agreement” which would be “unjust harassment”, Mr Browne said. If the case went to trial and the judge ruled in favour of The Telegraph that it was in the public interest to breach the NDAs then the alleged victims could not be sued, it was said.If the “threats” to former employees prevented publication it would damage “the public interest in fact that these matters would not be disclosed so that for example potentially young women going to work for Arcadia would not know what they were likely to confront”, Mr Browne said. He added: “One of the issues is that the employees would not have the resources that the Telegraph has to resist a legendary wealthy individual”. Show more 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 was noted that Schillings had charged “nearly half a million pounds” for the service of between 10 and 20 witness statements which never appeared.They have refused to say when they made the decision to drop the case which was announced a week before the trial was due to start. But James Price QC, representing Sir Philip and his company the Arcadia Group, denied it was being abandoned because of witness statements against him or because they thought he was going to lose. Mr Price insisted that the reason for discontinuing the claim was the “unfair disclosure of Sir Philip’s name by Lord Hain in the House of Lords”.  As a result of the injunction “the public perception of Sir Philip is a great deal worse” than the reality as the case has been referred to a Britain’s #MeToo, Mr Price argued. He said that it was “perfectly proper to test the water” and continue the case for three months after Sir Philip was named in order to see what defence was filed and to see if they could seek damages against the Telegraph.Mr Price said that Sir Philip and Arcadia would use the dropping of the injunction “to point out exactly” what one of the alleged victims complained of and to prove that it is not “anywhere near a #MeToo scandal or Harvey Weinstein”. The billionaire has always denied that his conduct was criminal and described it as “banter”. His own barrister said that Sir Philip does not “behave as the vicar does when he come to tea on Sunday afternoon” but denied he was sexually inappropriate towards staff. read more