ARod Blatantly Hit with Fastball in Game Against Red

Boston pitcher Ryan Dempster hit New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez with a fastball in Sunday night’s game, setting off a chaotic scene at Fenway Park that lead to the ejection of Yankees manager Joe Girardi.From the moment Rodriguez stepped onto the field, the boos and jeers seemed to influence Dempster, who appeared to take aim at Rodriguez. Dempster’s first pitch came close to hitting Rodriguez, landing on the outside of his knee. A few pitches later, he threw a fastball that hit A-Rod’s elbow pad and deflected into his back.Rodriguez stared at Dempster as he was escorted to first base, but never attempted to rush the mound.Girardi, however sprinted onto the field and began yelling at plate umpire Brian O’Nora. Perhaps in disbelief that Dempster was not ejected for his blatant display, Girardi swung his fist wildly, nearly connecting with O’Nora’s chin.The benches and bullpens cleared, but the situation was handled before things escalated. read more

Nearly Half The Kentucky Derby Field Is Racing Against A HalfBrother

3A. P. Indy19892910– Curlin could break into the ranks of top Derby siresSires with at least five offspring who raced or are set to race in the Kentucky Derby, 1875* through 2018 Dynaformer19855– Mendelssohn✓✓ Ambiorix19465– Dixieland Band19805– Count Fleet19405– McGee19005– Graustark19635– Heliopolis19369– Mr. Prospector got luckyRelationship of Mr. Prospector to every horse in the 2018 Kentucky Derby Bold Bidder19625– Pompey19235– Promises Fulfilled✓✓ The Porter19158– 13Scat Daddy20047– Flameaway✓✓ El Prado19895– Ballot190410– Cox’s Ridge19747– Hofburg✓✓ Hail to Reason19587– Khaled19436– Wrack19095– North Star III191410– Man o’ War19177– Magnum Moon✓✓ Sweep19077– Gone West19845– Gulch19845– Tiznow1997217– In every Kentucky Derby, breeding is the silent, invisible force that can play a huge role in deciding the outcome of the race. What’s unusual about the 2018 Kentucky Derby is the sameness of the breeding.When the race kicks off at about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, the 20-horse field1We’re considering only the 20 horses that have a guaranteed spot in Saturday’s race. One additional horse was granted alternate status in case another horse scratches, but the alternate was not counted in this analysis. will feature nine runners who were sired by just three stallions, which means 45 percent of the runners will be competing against what humans might consider a half-brother. And that’s the third-highest percentage in the 94 Kentucky Derbys for which horseracingnation.com has sire data on all the competitors.Leading the family business this year is the stallion Scat Daddy, who sired four colts in the race: The morning-line favorite Justify (3-1) and the second-favorite Mendelssohn (5-1), as well as long shots Flameaway (30-1) and Combatant (50-1). To see how unusual it is for four half-siblings2In horse-racing parlance, two horses with the same sire are technically not considered “half-siblings,” a term reserved for two horses with the same mare. to enter the same Kentucky Derby, we looked at the sires of every Derby horse on record. Assuming none of his progeny scratch, this year Scat Daddy will tie Chicle as the most prolific derby sire for any one year.3Data gets spotty in the 19th century, so we may be missing some Victorian-era superstuds. (Chicle sired four racers in the 1923 Derby.)Scat Daddy isn’t the only stallion with multiple offspring in this year’s race. Three competitors were sired by Curlin: Vino Rosso (12-1), Good Magic (12-1) and Solomini (30-1). And just to keep it interesting, Bolt d’Oro (8-1) and Enticed (30-1) are both by the stallion Medaglia d’Oro.Scat Daddy died unexpectedly in 2015 at age 11, so this crop of 3-year-olds will be the second-to-last of his direct offspring to run for the roses. But Curlin, the two-time horse of the year, has a chance to enter the record books as a stallion. Overall, Curlin has already sired eight Derby contenders4Scat Daddy has sired seven. Again, assuming none of their offspring scratch from this year’s race. and he’s only 14, which means he may be able to keep breeding for another decade or so. According to our research, the record for fathering Derby runners is held by Black Toney, who sired 16, including Derby winners Black Gold and Brokers Tip. Fair Play19055– Free Drop Billy✓✓ Herbager19565– Alydar19756– Bull Dog19277– Wild Again19806– Sovereign Dancer19755– Mr. Prospector19707– Blue Larkspur19267– 7Tapit2001179– Seattle Slew19745– 26Mineshaft1999196– Mr. Prospector was the horse’s … Maria’s Mon19935– My Boy Jack✓ 37Into Mischief2005135– Damascus19645– Source: Equineline.com The 2018 Derby is something of a chance to avenge the 2007 Kentucky Derby for both Curlin and Scat Daddy, who had disappointing results in that race. Curlin finished a respectable third, but went on to beat that year’s Derby winner, Street Sense, to win both the Breeders’ Cup and the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown. Scat Daddy had been a favorite at the betting windows before the 2007 Derby, but he finished a dismal 18th after suffering an injury.Why have these two returned so prominently, via their progeny, to the track? The answer lies both in talent and modern breeding practices.When thoroughbred racehorses shift to their second career as studs, it’s never a sure thing that they will produce high-quality foals. But as their progeny start showing promise, the stallions are held in higher regard, so breeders send in better and better mares, combining the most promising bloodlines in hopes of producing more competitive offspring.“Once a horse shows aptitude and ability, his commercial appeal increases,” said John Sikura, president of Hill ’n’ Dale, the Kentucky breeding farm where Curlin lives.Both Curlin and Scat Daddy attracted more interest from breeders as their progeny were increasingly successful. Curlin’s stud fee was set at $150,000 for the 2018 season, and Scat Daddy was also commanding six figures before his untimely death.The fact that Curlin and Scat Daddy have so many horses in the field is also a function of the modern approach to breeding: Keep ’em busy.Stallions today might “cover,” or breed with, more than 200 mares in a season, whereas the great sires of the past were breeding to a list, or book, of about 50 mares.“What you’re seeing is the ‘big book’ phenomenon,” said Jamie Hill, co-owner of McMahon and Hill Bloodstock agency.In 2014, when this year’s crop of Derby contenders was bred, Curlin bred with 152 mares and Scat Daddy covered 202, as reported to the Jockey Club. Of their more than 350 matings, seven progeny have made it to the 2018 Kentucky Derby, which only takes 20 horses every year.Shared parentage, though, is nothing in the big picture of breeding thoroughbred race horses. Look a few generations back, and they’re practically all related.Certain names crop up over and over in the pedigrees of this year’s Derby runners. Mr. Prospector, for example, shows up in every 2018 Derby runner’s lineage. 2Sir Gallahad III192013– Instilled Regard✓ Horsegreat-grandfathergreat-great-grandfathergreat-great-great-grandfather Bull Lea19355– Good Magic✓✓ Vino Rosso✓✓ Sickle19245– Enticed✓✓ 1Black Toney191116– Audible✓ Nasrullah19408– Show more rows*Sire data is incomplete for many of the early Derbies.Sources: Horse Racing Nation, Equineline.com Pulpit19946– ✓ Bravazo✓ Pharamond II19256– Royal Minstrel19255– Chicle19137– Halo19696– Justify✓✓ Smart Strike19926– Giant’s Causeway19978– Firenze Fire✓✓ Solomini✓ Unbridled19876– 9Curlin2004148– Distorted Humor1993257– Alibhai19385– Danzig19776– Nashua19527– Malibu Moon1997217– Broomstick190110– RKsirebornAge (if alive)Offspring in the derby Lone Sailor✓ Noble Indy✓✓ Bolt d’Oro Combatant✓✓✓ Unbridled’s Song19936– “He’s a dominant force. He was a sprinter, and he set a track record,” said Hill, adding that the horse’s widespread influence is even more impressive for the fact that Mr. Prospector was breeding in the era where studs covered 40 to 60 mares a year.Another major stallion, Northern Dancer, is widely represented. Scat Daddy, for example, had both Northern Dancer and Mr. Prospector in his pedigree. And when Scat Daddy was paired with the mare Stage Magic, whose bloodline also traces back to Mr. Prospector, they produced the 2018 Derby favorite Justify.While breeders are concerned that too much inbreeding will create freakish horses, the right combination can make for horses that are freakishly brilliant, said Hill, whose family owned the 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew.Can Justify get it done? He’s got history working both for and against him. Justify did not run as a 2-year-old, and the last horse to win the Kentucky Derby without running at age 2 was Apollo, more than 130 years ago in 1882. But Justify has been working with Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert, who has won the Derby four times.Scat Daddy also sired another morning-line favorite, Mendelssohn, who won the UAE Derby in Dubai by a huge margin — almost 19 lengths. He’s under the care of star trainer Aidan O’Brien.Among Curlin’s offspring, Vino Rosso won his last race, the Wood Memorial, and is trained by 2017 Derby-winning trainer Todd Pletcher. There’s also reason to like Good Magic, who won the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and is trained by rising star Chad Brown.They’ve all got about two minutes to make daddy proud. read more

Ohio State senior Cammi Prantl powers Buckeyes past Rutgers in Big Ten

OSU senior Cammi Prantl (22) during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Big Ten tournament got off to a solid start for the Ohio State softball team, as the Buckeyes (33-17-1, 13-9-1) beat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (24-33, 8-15) 5-0 in State College, Pennsylvania. After sweeping Rutgers during the regular season, OSU looked in control from the very start of the game. Junior pitcher Lena Springer dominated through all seven innings, giving up only four hits and no walks, as well as earning five strikeouts.Springer now has five wins on the season. Led by senior outfielder and OSU’s all-time hits leader, Cammi Prantl, the Scarlet and Gray figured out Rutgers pitcher Dresden Maddox early. Sophomore utility player Becca Gavin started the scoring in the bottom of the second with an infield single to drive home sophomore infielder Ashley Goodwin, and the Buckeyes never looked back.A home run by redshirt senior Maddy McIntyre gave OSU a 3-0 lead in bottom of the third. The home run gave her six on the year.After earning a team-high .405 batting average, Prantl picked up where she left off in the regular season, providing a majority of the offense for the Buckeyes. She went two-for-three with a pair of RBIs, along with scoring two runs herself.The defense for OSU was solid, committing no errors through all seven innings, while also making nice plays on the ball to limit the Rutgers batters to just four hits, only one of which had extra bases.Looking ahead, the Buckeyes will face Northwestern in State College on Friday. The time of the first pitch has yet to be announced. Last season, OSU held a 1-2 record against the Wildcats. read more

New look same production for OSU linebackers

OSU junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) tackles Tulsa redshirt senior running back James Flanders (20) from behind during the first quarter against Tulsa on Sept.10. The Buckeyes won 48-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorLast season, Ohio State football fans saw Josh Perry and Darron Lee develop into NFL-quality linebackers. Major concerns before the start of the new year for the Buckeyes were the ability of new starters — junior Dante Booker and redshirt junior Chris Worley — to fill the holes left by the NFL draftees, and how well junior Raekwon McMillan would lead the unit. So far, Buckeye fans have little to complain about in terms of production from that position. After allowing 208 yards rushing in its first two games last year, OSU has allowed just 130 yards to this point on the ground.In addition to being stout against the run, OSU’s linebacker unit has not allowed opponents to score a touchdown. McMillan has credited much of the success to the play of the guys around him.“Every time I turn my head, somebody’s making a great play here,” McMillan said. “I’m just trying to find my ins and outs, trying to find my plays here and there. The guys around me are making me look good.”McMillan went on to thank the defensive line, as well as all of his teammates, for the high level they have played at so far.Although the man in the middle for the Buckeyes is considered to be the leader of the unit, Worley has been around for a longer period of time than McMillan with OSU. The fourth-year strongside linebacker played in 14 of 15 games for the national championship team in 2014, and recorded his first sack last season.Worley recorded four total tackles against Tulsa, while also defending two passes. His play earned him a champion grade from the OSU coaching staff.On the other side, Booker picked up two tackles against Bowling Green in Week 1, but suffered a sprained right knee and did not play against Tulsa. Redshirt freshman weakside linebacker Jerome Baker filled in against Tulsa, picking up five tackles and a fumble recovery.McMillan said he appreciated how well Baker communicated with the team, and how effective he was in his fill-in role.Linebackers have been solid for OSU so far, but will face their biggest challenge against Oklahoma. Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield and running backs Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine have been the catalysts to a powerful Oklahoma offense.OSU defensive coordinator and associate head coach Greg Schiano knows how tough the task will be for the team come Saturday.“A lot of these guys have never been in this situation. A few of them have but a lot of them haven’t,” Schiano said. “As a coach, you just try to prepare them the best they can. I believe we have the right people here, but that gap between knowing and doing is the biggest gap there is.” read more

Moving from Block O to the press box

As I sit here, watching Block “O” slowly filling up an hour before kick-off, I try to remember what it was like two years ago when I was a freshman filling those same seats.Today, I live a totally different life on Saturdays; one spent in the press box rather than in the stands.I used to get angry and frustrated if my friends didn’t want to leave the dorm two-and-a-half hours early so we could get seats in the very front row of the section, with Luc Nutter, the president of Block “O” and my hero.I woke up early in the morning, anxious and excited. I got dressed: Block “O” earrings, buckeye necklace, bright red No. 33 jersey, Brutus tattoos on both my cheeks, Under Armor to keep my arms warm, scarlet and gray gloves and beanie, and my lucky Ohio State socks and red Vans shoes.Those were the days.This morning, I had a much different ritual. I woke up and took a shower, did my hair nicely and put on my professional makeup. I got out my nice dark jeans and some professional shoes. I went to my closest and passed by my white No. 2 jersey, and my old beloved red No. 33 jersey, and pulled out my blue blouse and black sweater.It was definitely not the same game-day outfit from those freshman year games.After that, instead of blasting Hang on Sloopy and tailgating with everyone in the dorms, I sat down to study up on the press packet I had for today’s game against Wisconsin.Did you know that this was the “75th meeting between these Big Ten conference opponents?” Or did you know that “Ohio State’s defensive squads have held opponents to fewer than 21 points 43 times since 2006, the best among division 1A teams?”I do now.When Ohio State gets that touchdown in the south end zone I will not be losing my voice in excitement; I will be quiet as a mouse, furiously typing notes so that I can recapture a moment that I’m barely experiencing myself. The game takes on an entirely new meaning in the press box.Instead of waiting five minutes for enough cell phone reception to send my text message, I have five windows open in Safari and am sending Google chats.Instead of joining in on Stadium Ohio, I am trying to figure out which players are suited up for today’s game.Instead of running to get water after the first quarter, I am hand-delivered a stat sheet.While I surely miss being a part of that sea of scarlet, being a member of the press has it perks on Ohio Stadium: free all-you-can-eat City Barbeque and McDonald’s McFlurries, riding in an elevator with NBA player and former OSU student Greg Oden and spending that last half of the fourth quarter on the field. And even though I will sacrifice sleep and fun tonight to write my article, I love covering Ohio State football.So even though I can’t technically cheer in the press box while write this… Go Bucks! read more

Miami knocks out Ohio State in decisive playoff matchup

The Ohio State men’s hockey team was out-gunned by No.1 Miami over the weekend. In a dramatic quarterfinal matchup, of the CCHA tournament, The RedHawks end the Buckeyes season Sunday night with a 2-1 victory.Miami out-shot OSU in all three games of the series and their extra chances paid off as they won both Friday and Sunday’s games, by scores of 6-2 and 2-1 respectively, to win the series. Even in OSU’s overtime victory on Saturday they were out-shot by Miami 46-21.“They force you to raise the level of your play,” coach John Markell said of Miami. “Our guys are capable of it. You try and teach your guys to stay at that level, to stay at that intensity.”The Buckeyes played with high energy and intensity throughout the series but they were outlasted by Miami, who displayed why it is the best team in the country.“I’ve got to give credit to Miami. They fought hard to get back in it,” forward Hunter Bishop said.Bishop had six goals and two assists for the Buckeyes in their five postseason games.For the Buckeyes, it’s a disappointing end to a disappointing season. After being picked to finish fourth in the CCHA in the preseason, the Buckeyes finished in eighth. OSU finishes the season with a 15-18-6 mark and will not qualify for the NCAA Tournament.Sunday’s finale served as senior Mathieu Picard’s final game for the Scarlet and Gray. Picard was the lone senior on this year’s team. Picard played one of the best games of his career in the first round in the conference tournament against Notre Dame. The Ontario native scored two goals to lead OSU to a 3-1 victory on Mar. 5. He finishes his career with 19 goals and 22 assists. read more

Tim Hinton hops aboard Urban Meyers staff at Ohio State

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer didn’t have to wait long for an answer after asking Tim Hinton to serve as tight ends and fullbacks coach for the Buckeyes. “It was about 10 o’clock on a Friday (when Meyer) asked me to be part of the staff, and I can tell you by 10:01 I’d said yes,” Hinton said on Jan. 12 at an introductory press conference for the assistant coaching staff. Hinton, entering his 31st year of coaching and 17th at the collegiate level, joins the staff after coaching running backs at Notre Dame for the past two seasons. He and Meyer met and coached the Buckeyes together as graduate assistants in 1986, and Hinton received his master’s degree from OSU in 1987. Meyer said Hinton’s coaching resume within Ohio, which includes five state playoff berths in 11 years as coach of Harding High School in Marion, Ohio, as one of the primary reasons for his hiring. “(Hinton) and I worked together on the Ohio State staff in 1986, but what I am most impressed with is his time spent as a high school coach in Ohio,” Meyer said. “He had some outstanding teams at Harding and his extensive experiences coaching in the state were crucial in my desire to want him on our staff.” Hinton, who admits to being “a high school coach who coaches college football,” said the many relationships he has developed with Ohio high school coaches over the years can be helpful to OSU’s recruiting. “I’m one of those guys, so I’m kind of the alumni,” he said. “There are some great high school coaches in the state of Ohio and we’ve got to foster those relationships and continue to have great relationships with those coaches. “My wife (Bev), when she goes with me (to coaching clinics) says ‘Is there anyone that you don’t know?’ So I think that’s where it helps. There’s a personal connection and a personal relationship … I think having those great relationships with those coaches and knowing them on a personal basis, not just a professional basis, helps.” This will be the first time Hinton has coached tight ends since he served as the wide receivers and tight ends coach at Wilmington College from 1982-84. During the years of former OSU coach Jim Tressel, the tight end position was sometimes lost in the shuffle in the run-oriented “Tressel ball” offense. As Meyer brings his version of the spread offense to Ohio Stadium, it might seem that tight ends will continue to be overlooked, this time in lieu of multiple wide receivers and shifty running backs. Hinton said he isn’t buying that notion, and that the tight end position can have success in Meyer’s offense. New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is perhaps the best example of how a tight end can succeed in Meyer’s spread offense. Hernandez tallied 111 catches for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns under Meyer at Florida from 2007-09. Hinton said regardless of position, talented players will see the field and that the spread offense’s versatility offers a role for everyone. “The good players are always going to find an opportunity to get on the field,” Hinton said. “I’ve been in the spread offense for the last five years and you can utilize people in many different ways … there’s just a thousand ways to utilize your personnel and I think that’s one of the great things that the spread can bring you.” Read The Lantern on Tuesday for the next profile in the “Meyer’s New Men” coaching staff profile series. read more

Football Five takeaways ahead of Urban Meyers return

Ohio State acting head coach Ryan Day prepares to lead the Buckeyes onto the field prior to the game against Oregon State game on Sept. 1 in Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won 77-31. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorFor Ryan Day, Saturday’s season debut was different. The offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Ohio State served as a head coach for the first time in his coaching career, continuing his role as the acting head coach for the Buckeyes while Urban Meyer serves his three-game suspension. However, Day’s time as acting head coach, at least during the week, is complete. Per the suspension, Meyer is allowed to coach Ohio State for practices starting Sept. 3 despite not being allowed to coach in games. After Saturday’s 77-31 win over Oregon State, Day said he will be excited to bring Meyer back into the fold. “When Coach gets back, we’re looking forward to getting him back and looking forward to those meetings and kind of building as we go to Rutgers,” Day said. “It will be business as usual for us. We’ll look at the film, make corrections, go from there.” Here are five things Meyer will see when he returns to his head coaching role. Dwayne Haskins with a start under his beltComing into the 2018 season without a collegiate start, redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins had expectations to be successful without a lot of experience to back it up. On Saturday, the Buckeyes caught a glimpse of what the Ohio State offense could be with Haskins at the helm. Completing 73.3 percent of his passes, Haskins threw for 313 yards, becoming the first quarterback in Ohio State history to throw for more than 300 yards in his first collegiate start. That was not it for the redshirt sophomore. He also threw five touchdown passes, the most in Ohio State history for a quarterback in his first start. Haskins did have the help of Ohio State’s veteran wide receiver room, throwing 21 of his 30 total pass attempts to redshirt junior K.J. Hill, junior Austin Mack, redshirt senior Parris Campbell, who recorded a touchdown reception, and redshirt senior Terry McLaurin, who brought in four catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Like McLaurin said in his postgame interview, the older receivers seemed to help Haskins feel more comfortable as the starter and, therefore, increasing his confidence as the game continued. Now, with one game started and completed, Haskins goes into the Big Ten opener with that in-game experience as the starting quarterback at Ohio State. A “two-headed monster” running game Haskins was not the only player helping move the ball for the Ohio State offense. Both running backs, sophomore J.K. Dobbins and redshirt junior Mike Weber, helped outrush Oregon State 375 to 196 in Saturday’s 46-point win. Against the Beavers, even though both backs split carries, Weber took control. Leading the way with 20 carries, the Detroit, Michigan native recorded 186 yards on the ground, a career-high, and four touchdowns, including the first touchdown reception of his collegiate career. With 15 carries, Dobbins got his share of playing time as well. But, the sophomore back averaged 4.9 yards per carry compared to Weber’s 9.3, with his longest rush going for 10 yards. However, as Day said in the Big Ten Coaches Teleconference prior to the season opener on Saturday, Ohio State has a “two-headed monster” at running back. The Ohio State coaching staff has been known to give the ball to the hot hand, especially in the running game, but dispersed carries pretty evenly in the first game of the season. In Saturday’s opener, Day even used both Dobbins and Weber in the same backfield, using the sophomore to block for the redshirt junior as he received a 3-yard shovel pass from Haskins to score in the second quarter. It’s that balance, that belief that no matter who’s in the game, Dobbins or Weber, that the offense will continue to run efficiently, that Ohio State wants. An as-advertised defensive line From the moment Ohio State’s defensive line took the field for the first time, opposing offenses began to feel its effects. After driving to the Ohio State 39-yard line to start the first drive of the game, Oregon State senior quarterback Jake Luton dropped back to pass and was instantly met by junior defensive end Nick Bosa, who brought him to the ground, recording his first forced fumble of the day and giving the offense good field position to start the day. In Saturday’s win, the Ohio State defensive line recorded five of the six total tackles for loss, including two sacks by Bosa and two sacks by redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones, who had one career sack heading into Saturday’s game. Bosa also forced and recovered two fumbles including one in the end zone for an Ohio State touchdown. Even from the other side of the line from Bosa, defensive linemen were making the quarterback feel uncomfortable. Sophomore defensive end Chase Young recorded two of Ohio State’s three total quarterback hits in the season opener. A secondary with work to doBehind the defensive line, Ohio State struggled to stop Oregon State in both stopping the pass and stopping the run at the second level of the defense. When taking over for Luton after the first drive of the game, redshirt sophomore quarterback Conor Blount completed 12 of 19 passes for 169 yards and two touchdown passes, including a 49-yard touchdown in the first quarter. In the running game, when junior running back Artavis Pierce passed the defensive line, he could not be stopped, recording an 80-yard touchdown run and a 78-yard touchdown run, giving him 168 yards on 11 rushes. With the loss of junior safety and team captain Jordan Fuller to a hamstring injury, co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Alex Grinch called it a “game-time decision,” the Ohio State secondary, specifically sophomore safeties Isaiah Pryor and Jahsen Wint, had more responsibility in the defense as a whole. At times on Saturday, the Buckeyes struggled to stop an offense that struggled to score one year ago. With Fuller, supposedly, on the verge of returning against Rutgers, the Ohio State secondary will likely be glad to have him back. However, he is just one player. Ohio State could have some work to do in the defensive backfield. Freshmen impacting early The 26-member 2018 recruiting class has already made an impact in the first game of the season. Nine true freshman made their college debut against Oregon State on Saturday. Both running backs, Master Teague and Brian Snead, each took snaps in the Ohio State offense. They combined for 81 yards on 13 rushes, each recording their first rushing touchdown of their careers. In the passing game, wide receiver Chris Olave recorded his first career reception, taking in a 5-yard pass from redshirt freshman quarterback Tate Martell in the second quarter. Defensive linemen Tommy Togiai, Tyler Friday, Taron Vincent and Tyreke Smith each received playing time, with Togiai leading the way with two solo tackles. Linebackers K’Vaughan Pope and Dallas Gant each got playing time in special teams along with safety Josh Proctor. Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson also made his debut for the Buckeyes after coming in as the No. 3 JUCO prospect in the country heading into the season. read more

M4 hard shoulder scheme gets Government go ahead

first_imgChris Grayling Chris GraylingCredit:Will Oliver/EPA 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. Plans to convert the M4 hard shoulder into a fourth lane of traffic have been given the go-ahead by the Government.The proposals would see a 32-mile stretch of the highway widened from three to four lanes from Hayes, west London, to Theale, Berkshire.This stretch of road, from junction three to 12, would also be subject to variable speed limits under the scheme.Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, who granted planning permission for the scheme, said there is a “critical need to improve the existing national road network”. In his letter of approval, he said the plans will “increase capacity, improve traffic flow and reduce journey times, thereby supporting economic development”.Environmental and transport groups are outraged at the decision and claim having no hard shoulder will be a hazard for motorists.Bridget Fox, sustainable transport campaigner, said: “This is bad news for both motorists and local residents.”Motorists and breakdown operatives will be exposed to greater risk with the loss of the hard shoulder.”This is just expanding motorways on the cheap.”She added: “We need investment in alternative options, including better rail, to give people choice in their journeys.”Jenny Bates, of Friends of the Earth, said: “Widening the M4 will lead to more traffic, more climate changing emissions and increase air pollution levels that already break legal health limits.”Motorway widening is not the solution to our congested roads as more traffic just makes it worse, it’s time to send UK transport in a new direction to protect our planet and our health.” last_img read more

Solicitor and his wife ripped off retired vicar to fund highspending lifestyle

first_imgProsecutor Philip Standfast said: “Clare Scott must have known about the perilous state of the family’s financial circumstances and she must have known that the large sums of money transferring into and out of their joint account was being used to pay for their high spending lifestyle and did not come from her husband’s legitimate income.“It was obvious that these sums of money were the result of her husband’s criminal conduct.”As a carer for Mrs Waugh, Mrs Scott claims she made accounts of how much time she spent with her and provided receipts for her expenditure which she gave to her husband who had power of attorney over the priest’s account. He then arranged for the money to be paid to his wife.She said she did not check if the amounts tallied and said she was “extremely shocked” to learn Mr Scott had taken out tens of thousands of pounds on credit cards and ran up huge debts.“I had absolutely no idea at all what was going on with that account,” she said. “If I had known, I would have wept, just as I feel like weeping now.”Asked by the prosecutor where she thought more than £5,000 a month on credit cards was going, she said: “The mortgage, his hobbies and wine.”  Mrs Scott also told the court that her husband concealed the fact he had been sacked from his job.And insisted she knew nothing of an arrangement for the vicar to pay £300 a month towards their Volkswagen car.Giles Scott had admitted a series of fraud and theft charges in respect of Mrs Waugh and also three other elderly victims for whom he had power of attorney, as well as transferring criminal property.The case continues against Mrs Scott. All Saints Church in Brandsby, North Yorkshire, where the couple met Jane Waugh All Saints Church in Brandsby, North Yorkshire, where the couple met Jane WaughCredit:Glen Minikin A retired female priest had £230,000 stolen by a couple she met at her local church choir, who spent the money on fine wines and an extravagant lifestyle, a court heard.Jane Waugh, 78, became friends with lawyer Giles Scott and his wife Clare through their village church and she paid Mrs Scott to be her carer after her husband died.But the couple “abused the trust” the vicar had placed in them and financial problems led them to “rip off” Mrs Waugh, stealing hundreds of thousands of pounds from her. Clare denies six charges of transferring criminal propertycenter_img Mr and Mrs Scott were active in the local community of Stearsby, in North Yorkshire, but monthly overspending meant the couple’s overdraft often reached £10,000.At Teeside Crown Court, prosecutor Philip Standfast said that while Mr Scott earned £3,500 a month as a partner in the law firm Langley’s, in York, their mortgage repayments were £1,800 a month and they frequently spent £5,000 a month on credit cards.Giles Scott, 63, spent £827 on a night out in a pub, the court heard, and was withdrawing around £700 in cash on his credit card every two or three days in a month-long period in 2015.He has admitted a number of frauds and thefts against four other elderly people who had trusted him with power of attorney.However his wife, Clare, 62, denies six charges of transferring criminal property, amounting to £50,890.Mrs Scott, who also has a soft-furnishing business as well as being a carer, told the court she thought her husband was “an honourable man” and has denied any knowledge of their debts. Clare denies six charges of transferring criminal propertyCredit:Glen Minikin 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

Duchess of Cambridge dons a neckerchief for Cub Scout party as she

first_imgDuchess of Cambridge arrives for an official visit of a Cub Scout Pack Meeting  The Duchess of Cambridge has her arm wrapped in a sling Organisers said the theme of the activities at the party was looking after yourself and others physically and emotionally.Alex Peace-Gadsby, the Scout Association’s Chief Commissioner for England, said: “We’re thrilled that the Duchess has been able to join us as we celebrate the Cubs’ 100th birthday.”We have hundreds of events planned across the United Kingdom, with a chance for each and every one of our 150,000 Cubs to take part.” The parachute game The Cub Scouts played a game with a ball and a multi-coloured parachuteCredit:Kensington Palace The Duchess of Cambridge joined a group of Cub Scouts near her home for a celebration to mark a century of the youth movement.She wore a yellow Cub scarf as she took part in a series of games in a bunting-decked Scout Hut, in North Wootton, near King’s Lynn, less than ten miles from Anmer Hall, where she lives with the Duke of Cambridge and their two children.  Duchess has a sling put on A Cub Scout uses a neckerchief to show the Duchess of Cambridge how to support a broken arm Credit: Ben Stansall/PA Parachute game  The Duchess joked that hers would be a “short list”, before writing: “I am good at… Bonfire Building.”She paired her Cubs 100 scarf with a cashmere jumper from Iris and Ink, Zara jeans and suede Really Wild boots.She helped to decorate birthday cupcakes with icing, took part in a trust game where the children leaned back and held each other up, and had a sling put on her arm to practise first aid. The Duchess of Cambridge joined in the games at a Scout Hut near her home in NorfolkCredit:Martyn Milner Hazel Coley, the Cub Scout leader who showed the Duchess around, said: “Meeting the Duchess has been the best birthday present this Cub Scout Pack could have possibly imagined. “It’s an evening that they will never forget, and the most exciting thing that has happened to me in all my time as a volunteer. “The Duchess helped our Cub Scouts learn valuable skills for life and in reality that’s what Scouting is all about, adults and young people alike having fun, enjoying new adventures and learning new skills. “As a volunteer, you get to see first-hand how the Scouts can change the lives of young people in your community. That’s why I would recommend volunteering with the Scouts to anyone.”center_img Show more Youngsters were asked to write something positive about what they do best on a piece of card Credit:AFP / Getty /Ben Stansall Cub Scouting was co-founded by Robert Baden-Powell and Vera Barclay in December 1916.More than half a million people are involved in Scouting across the UK, including almost 160,000 Cub Scouts.The official birthday of the Cub Scouts is on December 16, when thousands of Cubs across the country will be renewing their Cub Scout Promise. 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. Duchess of Cambridge, reacts as she talks with cubs during a Cub Scout Pack meeting  After the Cubs thanked her, the Duchess said: “It’s been a real treat for me as well to come to see all of you here and keep up the hard work because you’re doing all the hard work helping other people, helping each other and things so keep it up, and happy Christmas to you all.”She was then presented with a bouquet of flowers, and gifts for George and Charlotte – a teddy bear in a Cub Scout outfit and one in a Beaver outfit.The Duchess previously worked as a volunteer with a Cub Scout pack when she and the Duke of Cambridge lived in Anglesey, North Wales. One of the games saw a ball placed on a multi-coloured parachute. The Duchess smiled as the group used teamwork to manoeuvre it around.In another activity youngsters were asked to write something positive about what they do best on a piece of card to be displayed, to promote emotional wellbeing and resilience. The Duchess of Cambridge said it had been a ‘real treat’ to visit the Cub ScoutsCredit:Karwai Tang  Afterwards she thanked the young Cub Scout who put her sling on and exchanged a high-five with him.There was a special rendition of “happy birthday dear Cub Scouts” before the group renewed their Cub Scout Promise and 100 candles were lit.The group of cubs, all from the King’s Lynn area of Norfolk, met the Duchess at a Scout Hut on Wednesday. A cub scout uses a neckerchief to show the Duchess of Cambridge how to support a broken arm last_img read more

Female estate agent guilty of sexism after she offered male colleague sex

first_imgA female estate agent has been found guilty of sex discrimination after she offered to perform a sex act on a male colleague if he banked £180,000 in income. Sarah Thompson, 51, made the remark to senior financial consultant Paul Elworthy, 45, at a boozy Christmas do.Judges at an employment tribunal in South London unanimously ruled that Mr Elworthy had been subjected to direct sex discrimination by Ms Thompson and should be compensated.They said that they had “no hesitation in finding that the comment was made because of the claimant’s gender.” “We find that Ms Thompson would not have made an equivalent comment to a woman,” the judges added.  At the tribunal Mr Elworthy accepted that he had never cleaned and that he had never been disciplined or reprimanded for failing to carry out cleaning duties in the seven-year period he worked at the firm.A further hearing will determine the amount of damages. Paul Elworthy, 45, at appearing at a employment tribunal Credit:SWNS.com The tribunal heard evidence from members of staff who were at the Christmas lunch which contradicted what Ms Thomson said.One colleague, Giles Barrett, recalled the remark being made and the reference to £180,000.When he heard Ms Thompson make the comment he said “does that count for everyone?” and she replied “no, you’re married” – this was followed by laughter. It was a highly sexualised comment and we have no hesitation in finding that the comment was made because of the claimant’s gender.Tribunal judges The panel said that although the comments amounted to sex discrimination they weren’t harassment.As well as striking out that claim they also found against Mr Elworthy’s claim of constructive unfair dismissal.In their judgement, the tribunal ruled: “We have found that Ms Thompson’s comment left the claimant feeling ‘a bit uncomfortable’ and ‘not great’.”It did not meet the bar for harassment but we find that the effect on him was nevertheless a detriment.”It was a highly sexualised comment and we have no hesitation in finding that the comment was made because of the claimant’s gender.”They added: “We find that Ms Thompson would not have made an equivalent comment to a woman.”We therefore find that the comment was less favourable treatment because of sex and the claim for direct sex discrimination succeeds.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Estate agent Sarah Thompson was found guilty of sex discrimination at an employment tribunalCredit:SWNS.com Paul Elworthy, 45, at appearing at a employment tribunal  Mr Elworthy had also claimed that he was constructively unfairly dismissed as he was ‘forced’ to clean toilets – but judges threw out this claim. Estate agent Sarah Thompson was found guilty of sex discrimination at an employment tribunal Mr Elworthy told the hearing in south London: “I attended a senior consultants’ reward lunch.”At that meeting Sarah Thompson stated she would provide me with a blow job if I hit £180,000 banked income.”This was said in the presence of a number of people. It made me feel very uncomfortable. I did not report it as she was my line manager. I would not get a fair hearing.”Ms Thompson, who works at Your Move’s regional HQ in Chessington, South London, had denied the claims.When asked by her firm’s HR department in 2015 if she had made the comment she said: “Absolutely not, do you really think I would ever say that? He might have wanted me too.”last_img read more

Two people may be trapped after fire at paintball centre

first_imgSix fire engines attended the sceneCredit:@AmyFaithPhoto/PA the scene of a fire at the Desert Storm paintball site in Borough Road, St Helens, Merseyside Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said it had reports of two people entering the building who have yet to come out.As more than six engines fought the fire, part of the roof collapsed and a large number of tyres burned, causing a huge plume of smoke to rise into the sky. Pictures showed smoke could be seen from far away Pictures showed smoke could be seen from far awayCredit:Steve Samosa/Mercury Presscenter_img Firefighters are tackling a large blaze at a paintball centre amid fears two people are trapped inside.Crews were called at around 5pm to the Desert Storm paintball site in Borough Road, St Helens, Merseyside, where they found the building alight. The fire service said the nearby Pilkington’s factory has been evacuated but has not been affected by the blaze.”Residents are advised to keep doors and windows shut until further notice,” a spokesman added. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Committee at the Donmar Warehouse review neither Yentob nor Batmanghelidjh come out

first_imgYou might ask: why? A musical based on transcripts from a hearing of Parliament’s Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs committee about the collapse of government-funded charity Kids Company. Then again, why not? The National Theatre’s London Road, a verbatim piece about the Ipswich prostitute murders, confirmed that you can make a musical out of practically anything.And while Committee isn’t exactly Bat out of Hell in the musical spectacular stakes, like James Graham’s play This House it persuasively suggests that the inner workings of democracy contain an inherent theatricality.Josie Rourke, who co-wrote the book, has hit on a subject that is all the more resonant in the wake of Grenfell Tower.The collapse of Kids Company, led by Camila Batmanghelidjh, whose compassion for the children she helped during 20 years shines as bright as her wardrobe, is a story of scandalous financial mismanagement. But it’s also one that questions who is accountable for society’s most vulnerable and the extent to which government repeatedly fails to grasp the reality of impoverished children’s lives. Yet neither Yentob nor Batmanghelidjh come out well. Yentob, played by Omar Ebrahim with an air of lofty feyness, approaches (rather than answers) questions as though they are beneath him. Accounting at the charity was so relaxed that children were regularly handed unknown quantities of cash in brown envelopes. Forget magic money trees: Ebrahim’s Yentob seems to assume money would fall from government coffers like manna from heaven. But the schism in sympathy between the committee and the charity, two bodies on such different wavelengths they constantly query each other’s questions and answers, also gets to the heart of the matter. Batmanghelidjh may come across as a vague and irresponsible figure, but there’s no question her unorthodox approach transformed lives.Tom Deering’s score adds dramatic flourish but never persuades you the show needs to be a musical. Yet this is still a fascinating piece of theatre. You leave wondering just who is looking after all the kids in Kids Company now.Until Aug 12. Tickets: 020 3282 3808; donmarwarehouse.com kids company, committee, donmar warehouse, review Batmanghelidjh and Yentob at the real select committee hearing on Oct 15 2015  In a bland, corporate room in Westminster, Batmanghelidjh and Alan Yentob, who was chair of the trustees, sit before a select committee led by Bernard Jenkin, portrayed as chauvinistic and self-satisfied. Against the swell of an elegantly sparring score, the committee persistently rises up to insist they only want to “learn” what happened. They appear more like a chorus of ghoulish inquisitors than open-minded public servants.last_img read more

Holidaymakers cars stolen after thieves swipe 130 sets of keys from airport

first_imgCar Park Manchester, which is not affiliated with Manchester Airport, said it had reported the August 18 burglary but declined to comment further.A spokesman for Manchester Airport said: “We would like to remind passengers that the airport offers a wide range of secure, official car parking facilities, and is also well connected via public transport.”Anyone with any doubts about their car parking can verify it with our customer services team.” Cheryl Wilden and Samantha Mercer at Car Park Manchester's Davenport Green Hall site where their car key was among 130 stolen during a major break-in “They eventually had to get the car out for us. It was not pleasant. I’m just absolutely devastated because I booked it.”Matthew Griffiths, who also had his keys stolen, said: “Upon visiting the car park I could see they had a rough time. I was greeted by the most kind and apologetic owner of the business. “I’d like to thank the owners of the car park for assisting me with the issue to their best ability.” Cheryl Wilden and Samantha Mercer at Car Park Manchester’s Davenport Green Hall site where their car key was among 130 stolen during a major break-inCredit: MEN MEDIAcenter_img Holidaymakers using an airport parking service face a bumpy return from their travels after up to 130 sets of customer car keys were stolen.Police said at least four cars have been taken since the raid at the Car Park Manchester site, which serves Manchester Airport.However the full number not known yet because many of the vehicles’ owners are still on holiday. Cheryl Wilden, from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, said she found out her sister’s car keys had gone missing after the pair returned from a holiday in Barcelona.She said they had to retrieve a spare set of keys before being taken to where the car had been left in a “muddy field”.They then struggled to drive the new Hyundai out of the site because it was stuck in mud, Ms Wilden said.”It was horrendous, there were lots of high value cars there. We were quite horrified,” she added. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Child tests positive for arsenic after playing with magnetic putty withdrawn over

first_imgThe magnetic putty was removed from Amazon in January, following Northamptonshire Trading Standards Service banning the sale from a market stall  A young girl is thought to have been poisoned by arsenic after playing with a putty toy that was removed from online retailer Amazon last month. Neve Kelly was found to have 10 times the safe level of the deadly poison in her urine after playing with Magnetic Putty, according to her mother Frances. Ms Kelly claimed that the toy was bought as a Christmas present for her two daughters before she was warned by her sister over its possible toxic contents.She and her partner Mark then took their daughter to the doctors after Neve complained of stomach pains.Doctors results concluded that Neve had 10 times the safe amount of arsenic in her urine.Ms Kelly has since spoken out on social media to warn other parents of the toy.  Amazon removed it from its website over fears it contained seven times the safe level of arsenic and the magnet was 29 times stronger than the permitted force.At the time, the online retailer said: “Customer safety is our priority”. Amazon declined to comment on this case. Neve’s dad Mark, 40, wrote of his daughter’s condition on Facebook: “We don’t want to cause a panic, only make people aware of the potentially dangerous product.”Symptoms of arsenic poisoning include vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhoea, while long term exposure can cause heart disease and cancer. Most exposure comes from drinking contaminated water.The family are now seeing legal advice. Ms Kelly added: “You’d think buying a Christmas present from a well-known seller would be safe.”Just worried if a child ingested it how much damage this would cause. We are all in disbelief.” The magnetic putty was removed from Amazon in January, following Northamptonshire Trading Standards Service banning the sale from a market stall Credit:Triangle News Despite being removed from the market stalls earlier this month, the product is still avaiable to buy in the UKCredit:Triangle News  Despite being removed from the market stalls earlier this month, the product is still avaiable to buy in the UK She wrote: “We have received shock news this afternoon with the results of my daughter Neve’s tests and there is a toxicology team in Edinburgh who are now dealing with it.”There was 10 times the normal level of arsenic found in her urine.”They had to take vials of blood and it is getting sent to an arsenic specialist in Glasgow. They are all in shock.”Neve has thankfully not shown many symptoms of damage and pray this test will be lower as she hasn’t been in contact with it since January.” Northamptonshire Trading Standards barred the product from sale last month after discovering it on a market stall, however it is still available to buy in the UK from some online retailers. 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

105 children a day having rotten teeth taken out in hospital

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. More than 100 children a day are having rotting teeth removed in hospital, when nine in ten cases could have been prevented, new figures show.Children aged five and under accounted for 14,545 tooth extractions in 2017/18 in England, with most of those – 12,783 – as a result of tooth decay.Among those up to the age of 19, some 38,385 procedures were carried out to remove decaying teeth – around 105 a day, the NHS figures show.Public Health England (PHE) is urging parents to watch their children’s sugar intake. It said most youngsters having around eight cubes of sugar more per day than the recommended limit of five cubes.Analysis by the British Dental Association found that children in parts of Yorkshire and the North West are almost five times more likely to undergo hospital extractions than the national average.The areas with the highest rates of extractions for 0 to 5-year-olds are Rotherham, Doncaster, Barnsley, Sheffield and Hyndburn.BDA chairman Mick Armstrong said: “Children’s oral health shouldn’t be a postcode lottery, but these figures show just how wide the oral health gap between rich and poor has become.”PHE said tooth decay can be largely prevented by reducing sugar consumption, using fluoride toothpastes and routine visits to the dentist.Dr Sandra White, dental lead for PHE, said: “Children are consuming far too much sugar each day, and this can have a very serious impact on their oral health.”Parents can help reduce their children’s sugar intake by making simple swaps when shopping and making sure their children’s teeth are brushed twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.”Small, consistent changes like these can have the biggest impact on children’s teeth.”Tooth extraction is the most common hospital procedure among six to 10-year-olds in England.PHE said at least 60,000 days of school are missed due to tooth extractions in hospitals.Professor Michael Escudier, from the Royal College of Surgeons, said: “The figures published today by Public Health England are horrifying.”Tens of thousands of young children are having to go through the distressing experience of having their teeth removed under general anaesthetic for a problem that is 90 per cent avoidable.” read more

London mosque shooting Gunman with blankfiring handgun fuels Christchurch copycat attack fears

Armed police were scrambled to an east London mosque on Thursday night after a “masked” gunman entered the building during Ramadan prayers before discharging a firearm outside.The incident at the Seven Kings Mosque in Ilford comes two months after the Christchurch massacre and raised fears of a copycat attack in the capital.Worshippers were part-way through evening prayers late on Thursday when the sound of a gunshot rang out.A man, said to have had his face covered, was reported to have entered the mosque on High Road, but was made to leave before firing the gun.Scotland Yard said early investigations suggested that a “blank firing handgun” had been discharged.No injuries or damage to the building were reported and detectives were not treating the incident as terrorism-related, the force said. I am aware of the reports of a man with a firearm at Seven Kings Mosque during prayers tonight and am relieved that no one appears to have been hurt or injured. Thank you to @MPSRedbridge for a swift response. I will in touch with Police in the morning re: mosque security.— Wes Streeting MP (@wesstreeting) May 9, 2019 Worshipper Ibraheem Hussain, 19, an apprentice data analyst at one of the Big Four city firms, said the incident left him concerned over the safety of worshippers during Ramadan.”The main thing that was in my mind was that (due to the layout of the mosque) it could have gone very wrong,” he said.”(Christchurch) comes to mind, it’s crazy to think this would happen in London, especially after everything that has happened.” Abdul Ahad wrote on Facebook: “During taraweeh prayers this evening there was an incident involving a firearm at Seven Kings masjid (mosque). A “blank firing handgun” is believed to have been shot during an incident outside Seven Kings MosqueCredit:London News Pictures Scotland Yard said the investigation was being led by detectives from the East Area Command Unit, although the Trident gang squad had been notified.”Police were called at 10.45pm on Thursday, 9 May to reports that a man, believed to be in possession of a firearm, had entered a mosque on High Road in Seven Kings,” the force said.”The man was ushered outside of the building by those inside. A gunshot was then heard.”Officers, including firearms officers, attended. There were no reported injuries or damage to the building.”At this early stage, ballistic evidence recovered from the scene suggests that the weapon was a blank firing handgun. A "blank firing handgun" is believed to have been shot during an incident outside Seven Kings Mosque Mr Hussain described hearing the gunshot around half an hour after prayers began.He told the Press Association: “There’s three sections of the mosque and at taraweeh (evening prayers) during this time of Ramadan the mosque is packed out.”We were upstairs in the classrooms and about 30 minutes into the night prayer a large noise went off. I just continued my prayer, it sounded like a firework or maybe something heavy had been dropped, so no-one really thought anything of it.”After we finished … someone said it was a gunshot, someone had come into the mosque and he had a firearm on him. The managers had seen him, he was masked and acting suspicious and the firearm was let off.”Several social media users also said the alleged armed man had his face covered.   Police remain on High Road in Seven Kings following a firearm discharge. At this early stage, it is thought that the weapon was a blank firing handgun. There were no injuries or damage caused. The incident is not being treated as terrorism-related.— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) May 9, 2019 The incident comes amid heightened concerns over security at places of worship around the world. A mass shooting at a mosque in New Zealand in March left 50 people dead, while a woman was killed when a gunman opened fire at a synagogue in California in April.Last month nearly 260 people died in the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka, which included a suicide bombing on a church. “Officers will continue to work closely with representatives from the mosque and are providing reassurance to the local community.”Anyone with information is asked to contact Borough officers via 101 quoting reference 8585/9May. Officers will continue to work closely with representatives from the mosque and are providing reassurance to the local community. Anyone with information is asked to contact officers via 101 quoting ref: 8585/09May— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) May 9, 2019 “A man with fully covered face entered the masjid during taraweeh prayers. Alhamdulillah no one injured or hurt, but one shot was fired and unfortunately he ran away.”Following the incident the mosque’s imam urged people not to speculate over the gunman’s motives.”There was a firearm incident outside Seven Kings Mosque tonight during Ramadan night prayers,” Mufti Suhail said.”The suspect ran from the scene when stopped by brothers standing guard at the mosque.”A shot was fired which fortunately did not hit anyone.”Ilford North MP Wes Streeting said he would be contacting the police about the incident. 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

MS customers complain as firms cafes quietly ditch free biscuit with cup

Marks and Spencer customers have complained after the chain decided to scrap the free biscuit which used to come with hot drinks at the chain’s cafes.The department store has justified the decision by saying it is trying to minimise food waste, and that many people threw their biscuits in the bin.However, rather than praising the store’s environmental credentials, customers have reacted with outrage on social media.One complained on Twitter: “Marks and Spencer what’s with the stinginess with the free biscuits in your cafes now? Two different M&S cafes and no mini treat with my coffee.”Another added: “M&S used to give you a little free biscuit with a tea. But, of late, my saucer is bare.” M&S defended its decision, and added: “The free biscuit is still available, our customers just need to ask. This is an effort to improve food waste as we’ve found a lot of customers don’t eat the biscuit.”For those who want to enjoy the oat biscuits at home, the supermarket sells them in its food halls in packs of 22 for £1.Consumer expert Sue Hayward told the Mail on Sunday: “M&S is caught between a rock and a hard place on this one. It’s saving waste by stopping automatically dishing out free biscuits, but facing complaints from customers who are moaning that they can’t get a free biscuit.” Marks and Spencer recently came under fire for plastic wastage after giving out free toys to children.Earlier this month, customers criticised the promotion, which gives away miniature plastic versions of the company’s 25 most shopped items have been turned into miniature collectables in a campaign called Little Shop.One Twitter user wrote: “Can you explain? I have seen that they can be recycled into kids benches but why make them in the first place?! Stop using unnecessary plastic just to get sales! It’s utterly disgusting and HAS TO STOP.”M&S responded by saying the company is “committed to reducing our use of plastic packaging and reusing or recycling any we do use”.It added: “Little Shop collectables have all been designed to last and we’ve worked hard to ensure around a quarter of them are made from FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) certified card where possible. We’ve also ensured all single-use packaging is made from paper instead of plastic.” 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

Russian arrested in Spain over US election hacking

Mr Levashov’s arrest relates to alleged “hacking” of the US election last year(BBC) Spanish police have arrested a Russian programmer for alleged involvement in “hacking” the US election, Spanish press reports have said.Pyotr Levashov, arrested on 7 April in Barcelona, has now been remanded in custody.A “legal source” also told the AFP news agency that Mr Levashov was the subject of an extradition request by the US.The request is due to be examined by Spain’s national criminal court, the agency added.El Confidencial, a Spanish news website, has said that Mr Levashov’s arrest warrant was issued by US authorities over suspected “hacking” that helped Donald Trump’s campaign.Mr Levashov’s wife Maria also told Russian broadcaster RT that the arrest was made in connection with such allegations.Several cybersecurity experts, including Brian Krebs, have also linked Mr Levashov to a Russian spam kingpin, who uses the alias Peter Severa.Intelligence reportA US intelligence report released in January alleged that Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to help Mr Trump to victory.Mr Trump later commented that the outcome of the election had not been affected.The report said that Russia’s objectives were to “undermine public faith” in the US democratic process and “denigrate” Mr Trump’s Democrat rival Hillary Clinton.Russia’s efforts to this end allegedly included hacking into email accounts used by the Democratic National Committee; using intermediaries such as WikiLeaks to release hacked information; and funding social media users or “trolls” to make nasty comments.However, there were no details of Mr Putin’s alleged involvement with such interference in the report.Mr Putin has strongly denied allegations that Russia tried to influence the US election. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrump mocks Russian hacking ‘conspiracy theory’December 12, 2016In “latest news”Obama: I warned Putin over hackingDecember 17, 2016In “latest news”Russia-US row: Putin rules out tit-for-tat expulsion of diplomatsDecember 30, 2016In “World” read more