Comparing the WWFs Death Rate to the NFLs And Other Pro Leagues

Comparing the WWFs Death Rate to the NFLs And Other Pro Leagues

On Monday, we posted “Are Pro Wrestlers Dying at an Unusual Rate?,” showing that wrestlers from the WWF era have passed away at a clip far exceeding actuarial expectations. One of the most common questions I received about the blog post was how wrestlers compared to other professional athletes.  Here’s commenter Matthew Durst:Is this phenomenon unique to wrestling or is it a cost of doing any professional sport? What’s the years of life loss on average for the big 4 sports?I’m glad he asked.To investigate, I used ESPN’s athlete bio database, pulling out anyone who had played at least five seasons in any of the Big Four sports (football, baseball, basketball and hockey). I used the same five age groups (35-40, 40-45, 45-50, 50-55, 55-60) that I did for the wrestling analysis, except as of Dec. 31, 2010 (the most recent year for which we have data). I used only athletes whose careers had ended in 1998 or earlier (to match the period I looked at for the WWF, which changed its name to WWE in 2002). Then I took the simple percentage dead from each age group, as before:Outside of the WWF, professional athletes beat actuarial expectations. The NFL — which is commonly portrayed as being one step up from the Ludi —  at the very least doesn’t appear to produce many early deaths. Even offensive linemen, whose curve would be a bit higher on the grid, come in well under average (with about 4 percent dead in the entire age range).Though a bit surprising, there are good reasons why we might expect successful pro athletes to be better than average at surviving the 35- to 60-year-old period of their lives. They make a lot of money during their careers and have fairly good job prospects (relative to average) thereafter. They operate in a disciplined, highly regulated environment during a formative period of their lives and face extensive drug testing. Not to mention, these athletes are highly skilled and physically honed professionals. Their bodies may take a lot of damage that may stay with them for the rest of their lives, but it’s not the kind of damage that typically leads to an early grave.Wrestling in the WWF era, on the other hand, is reputed to have had a party culture, extensive performance-enhancing and recreational drug use, training focused on more aesthetic than functional physical improvements, a brutal schedule, and fewer monetary rewards than fans might think. read more

Miami SelfImposes Second Straight Postseason Ban

Miami University has self-imposed yet another postseason ban for the second straight season in the wake of an ongoing NCAA investigation into the school’s compliance practices.The inquiry began in 2011 after a former booster came forward with allegations that he provided multiple athletes and recruits with extra benefits such as cash and gifts.The Hurricanes are hopeful by implementing a postseason ban that the NCAA will lessen its punishment if it find that the university has committed any wrongdoing.The announcement came Monday morning from interim athletic director Blake James following the Hurricanes 40-9  victory over South Florida Saturday, which made them bowl eligible with an overall record of 6-5 and 4-3 in the ACC.University President Donna Shalala and the school’s legal counsel were also involved in the decision.The school issued the following statement:“Considerable deliberation and discussion based on the status of the NCAA inquiry went into the decision-making process and, while acknowledging the impact that the decision will have on current student-athletes, coaches, alumni and fans, a determination was made that voluntarily withholding the football team from a second postseason was not only a prudent step for the University to take but will also allow for the football program and University to move forward in the most expedited manner possible,” the statement read.It continued, “The University and President Shalala have been clear from the start of the inquiry that Miami will cooperate fully and will seek the truth, no matter where the path might lead and that the institution will be stronger because of it. The University has already taken proactive measures to ensure more strict compliance with NCAA rules and continues to evaluate further steps. “No other self-imposed penalties have been issued at this time and to continue to protect the integrity of the inquiry, the University will have no further comment.”Hurricanes coach Al Golden, was not apart of the decision-making process, but told reporters Sunday that he understood if a decision was reached to forego another postseason due to self-impose sanctions because the decision was out of his control.“It’s not really about what I feel,” Golden told reporters. “There’s not one coach sitting in this chair that wouldn’t want to continue to get the bowl practices and move the team forward and have a chance to win more games. But that’s just taking football into account.”Golden is on board with any decision that will expedite the process, allowing for the program to move forward.The Hurricanes have the opportunity to secure a share of the ACC Coastal Division title with a win over Duke in their regular season finale, but Georgia Tech (6-5, 5-3 ACC) will represent the Coastal Division in the ACC Championship Game. The Yellow Jackets will take on Florida State, the representative from the Atlantic Division on Dec. 1, in Charlotte, N.C.But Golden said that Saturday’s season finale is more important for the seniors of the program.“It’s critical,” Golden said. “It’s critical for our seniors, for them to have weathered what they will have weathered and be able to have an opportunity to go out like that.” read more

Forget Repeating As Champs The Broncos Might Not Make The Playoffs

Forget Repeating As Champs The Broncos Might Not Make The Playoffs

Based on average Elo rating of the division’s teams.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com And the rest of the AFC West has improved — by leaps and bounds, in some cases. After Week 12 of the 2015 season, the Broncos’ division rivals — the Chiefs, Raiders and San Diego Chargers — had an average Elo rating of 1489, well below the NFL-wide average of 1505. K.C.’s Elo rating ranked seventh in the league, and the Chiefs were five victories into what would eventually be an 11-game winning streak. But the Raiders and Chargers were each in the league’s bottom third, and the AFC West was fourth among the NFL’s eight divisions in overall average Elo.This year’s AFC West, by contrast, easily ranks first in all of football in average Elo. The Chiefs’ Elo rating has improved by 32 points from where it was this time last season, the Chargers’ by 68 points and the Raiders’ by a stunning 139 points — that makes Oakland the league’s second-most-improved team over that span (trailing only the Dallas Cowboys). With an average Elo of 1578, the 2016 AFC West is on pace to be the NFL’s 10th-best division since the league merged with the AFL before the 1970 season. 22007AFC South41608 31984AFC West51600 Rushing offense-1.6-1.82023 Defense+6.6+4.811 Special teams-0.3-1.42526 How the 2015 and 2016 Broncos compare 52014NFC West41588 Passing defense+4.8+5.711 YEARDIVISIONTEAMSAVG. ELO 2015 numbers are for the full season; 2016 numbers are as of Nov. 27.Offensive and defensive EPA won’t necessarily match the sum of rushing and passing EPA on each side of the ball because penalties are tracked in a separate category.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 61976AFC Central41583 92008NFC East41581 For most of the season, the Denver Broncos’ bid to repeat as Super Bowl champs looked like it would be relatively smooth sailing. The Broncos opened the season as the best team in the NFL according to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings, and before this weekend, our playoff predictions (which are based on Elo) never gave the team less than a 74 percent chance of making it to the postseason. Going into Sunday night’s game against the division-rival Kansas City Chiefs, Denver had a healthy 76 percent chance of punching a return ticket to the playoffs.But after losing to K.C. when Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos banked in a game winner off the left upright as time expired, Denver unexpectedly finds itself in a precarious situation. The Broncos are in third place in the AFC West, a game behind the Chiefs and two behind the Oakland Raiders, and our model gives Denver only a 54 percent chance of returning to the playoffs. All of a sudden, the Broncos’ title defense is in doubt.How did Denver get into this predicament? For one thing, the team’s quality of play has slipped ever so slightly compared with last season. At this stage of the 2015 season, Denver ranked fourth in the NFL with a 1661 Elo rating, and our model assigned them a 10 percent probability of winning the Super Bowl. This year, despite competing with fewer great teams, the Broncos rank fifth with a 1606 Elo and a 4 percent Super Bowl probability. If they instead sported that 1661 rating from last season, this year’s Broncos would be second in the NFL, nipping at the New England Patriots’ heels for the right to be No. 1.For a while this season, the Broncos’ defense looked like it might be able to keep steady with the all-time great D the team assembled last season, and Denver still has the best defense in football according to expected points added. But like most of history’s dominant defenses, the Broncos’ D has experienced some reversion to the mean, and the team is now getting 4.8 EPA per game out of its defense rather than the 6.6 they got last season. As expected, Denver’s offense has improved under first-year starting QB Trevor Siemian (it would have been hard not to, given how poorly Peyton Manning played last season), but it hasn’t been enough to offset that defensive regression and a drop-off on special-teams after adjusting for strength of schedule.1If you add up Denver’s EPA on offense, defense and special teams, you’ll find that the Broncos have a better per-game point differential this seaon than they did in 2015. (By definition, EPA is designed to add up to a team’s points-per-game differential.) But the Broncos have also played an easier schedule this season; according to Pro-Football-Reference.com’s simple rating system, the 2016 Broncos (+5.4 SRS) are running slightly behind their 2015 form (+5.8) after adjusting for strength of schedule. As a result, the Broncos are no better off now than they were last year. 102016AFC West41578 Passing offense-1.1+2.22720 42004AFC East41590 Rushing defense+2.5-0.5527 Offense-2.6+0.72518 71975AFC Central41581 All of this has conspired to make the Broncos’ bid for a championship repeat far more daunting than it seemed before the season began. Only 12 teams with an Elo rating as high as Denver’s current mark have missed the playoffs since the merger,2Most recently, the 2008 New England Patriots. but right now, it’s basically a tossup as to whether the Broncos will become No. 13. And because the Broncos’ playoff odds would have been much higher if they’d won or tied Sunday night, their playoff fate might end up depending on — of all things — the few inches that determined where Santos’s kick went after glancing off the goalpost in overtime.Check out our latest NFL predictions. Share on Facebook 81970NFC Central41581 EXPECTED PTS ADDED/GAMERANK The NFL’s strongest divisions, 1970-2016 CATEGORY2015201620152016 12013NFC West41624 read more

Why France Is The World Cup Favorite Dont Worry — The US

Why France Is The World Cup Favorite Dont Worry — The US

SPI RatingsChance team will … All of this is before even getting into the specific on-field flaws that might haunt the U.S.’s bid for a second straight World Cup victory.But that’s not to say the USWNT looks weak this time around. The Americans still have the best team in the tournament on paper, and it took every bit of France’s home-field edge to deny the U.S. the favorite status. They have plenty of stars from World Cups past, present and future. There’s a solid chance that they will win it all again. (I personally would love to attend another victory parade down the Canyon of Heroes this summer.) Still, it will be a tougher path than usual, thanks to a vicious combination of geography, the knockout bracket and the parity growing across women’s international soccer. And while that might mean heartbreak for the U.S. and its fans, it should also make for an exciting tournament over the next month.Check out our latest Women’s World Cup predictions. The favorites in the World Cup fieldTeams with a chance of at least 10 percent to win the 2019 Women’s World Cup, according to the FiveThirtyEight model TeamGroupOff.Def.OverallWin GroupMake KnockoutsWin WC Each team’s specific path through the tournament matters quite a bit as well. The USWNT wasn’t the highest-rated team in the field last time around, but it was our model’s overall favorite despite drawing the dreaded “group of death” for the initial stage of the tournament. This year, the Americans drew one of the easiest groups, at least in terms of bottom-feeders (Chile and Thailand), and the hosting French got stuck in the group of death. But thanks to the persistent presence of longtime nemesis Sweden, the U.S. won’t necessarily be guaranteed to win Group F — and even if it does, the winner of the group will face Group B’s runner-up (most likely either Spain or China, a couple of solid sides defensively) in the round of 16 and then very likely the winner of Group A in the quarterfinals. The most probable team to be waiting there? France.That’s why the Americans’ odds of making the semifinals are just 46 percent this year, compared with 65 percent back in 2015. That year, the USWNT went through Colombia (the team rated fifth-lowest by SPI in the field) in the round of 16 and then China (a middle-of-the-field team by SPI) in the quarterfinals before running into top-rated Germany in the semis. (As neither team was the host, SPI had that match relatively even, and the U.S. won 2-0.) This time, the Americans are more likely to face tougher teams earlier in the tournament — which also has the byproduct of giving those tougher opponents fewer chances to be upset before making their way into the U.S.’s path.And there’s the fact that this year’s field is deeper and more dangerous than perhaps any other in Women’s World Cup history. Among the soccer cognoscenti, there’s a distinct sense that the rest of the world is quickly catching up to the United States in terms of talent on the women’s side, where America has traditionally had a strong first-mover advantage. That’s borne out in the numbers, too: Our model thinks more teams have more of a chance this year than it did four years ago: GermanyB4.20.794.2619511 Source: ESPN FranceA4.10.695.371%97%20% USAF5.10.797.276>9918 EnglandD3.60.692.755>9910 When the 2019 Women’s World Cup kicks off Friday, the initial match will contain FiveThirtyEight’s pre-tournament championship favorite — and no, the U.S. women won’t be on the field.1The Americans don’t play their first game until June 11. So, yes: With a 20 percent probability of winning the World Cup in our model, France has the best odds of any team in the field this summer, not the United States.Our American readers might be wondering, what gives?2First we declare the Golden State Warriors to not be NBA Finals favorites, and now this? Why is the defending-champion (and world No. 1-ranked) USWNT not the best bet to take home its fourth World Cup in the eight-tournament history of the event? After all, the last time the Americans didn’t win (back in 2011), it was a major upset that required Japan to score a dramatic tying goal in the 117th minute and win on penalties. And U.S. head coach Jill Ellis calls this year’s roster “probably the most talented we’ve had going into a major tournament like this, in my opinion.”But France is playing at home this year, and our model has traditionally given a big boost to the host country in international soccer tournaments. In the past, our research has found that soccer’s home-field advantage is worth two to three times as much as in, say, the NFL. There is recent evidence that this advantage is on the decline, though, so France’s added boost is a bit smaller than what historical World Cup results suggest the host team should receive. But even so, that edge is enough to lift France, the world’s second-most talented team (according to our Soccer Power Index ratings), past the top-ranked Americans for the title of most-likely champs. read more

Ohio State football Media Day preview

OSU coach Urban Meyer during the spring game on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoCoach Urban Meyer has 29 preseason practices to get his Ohio State team ready to compete against top programs in the 2016 campaign. He has those 29 practices to award 16 open starting positions to many players who have yet to contribute much of anything in games.On Sunday, OSU is set to hold it’s annual media day where players and coaches from all disciplines will be available for questioning. Here are a few storylines going into media day.Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmageOSU held their first preseason scrimmage on Saturday at Coffey Road Fields following the team’s first two-a-day practice on Friday. Aside from drills, this was the first opportunity for the coaching staff to evaluate the players in a simulated game experience.“Because we are an inexperienced group and that’s the closest you have to a preseason game, you want to see who really responds when the lights come on,” said associate head coach and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. Schiano mentioned junior Damon Webb and redshirt sophomore Malik Hooker as two guys ahead of the others “but not by much.” The intrasquad scrimmage may have given a better scope on the talent at the safety position as well as every other open spot.“You see a guy who really looks good but then under the game situation when they’re out there by themselves and they have to deal with a lot of different variables, can they handle it and stay focused?” Schiano said. “That’s what I’m looking for.”The August heat in Ohio can be brutal—not to mention running around in shoulder pads and a helmet—which makes the competition for those spots even tougher. But that’s the mentality Meyer and his coaching staff are trying to breed. “Our camp isn’t easy,” redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett said. “The main thing is grind it out. The hard times we have in camp right now are going to help us down the season.”Position battles gain clarityAfter the first day of camp on Aug. 7, Meyer said that in a week and around practices 12 and 13 are when he hopes to begin narrowing down jobs and announce starters.Sunday marks one week and eight practices completed for the Buckeyes, so there could be a few steps made toward finalizing a depth chart.“Next week we would like to start narrowing it,” Meyer said last week. “We have an idea of who’s going to play, but we have a lot of good players. By next week I’d like to give it to guys who earned it—announce them as starters.”Meyer said he likes to make a big deal out of announcing starters for the players and their families who he calls to inform them that their sons are going to be starters.Some of the closest battles are at safety, cornerback, right tackle and left guard.First chance to talk to four position groupsThe offensive line, wide receivers, cornerbacks and running backs all have at lea read more

Mens basketball What exactly is wrong with Ohio State

Redshirt junior guard Kam Williams (15) shoots the ball during the Buckeyes home opener against North Carolina Central. The Buckeyes won 69-63. Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorFew things have went right for the Ohio State men’s basketball team since Big Ten play began on Jan 1. The Buckeyes have lost three straight games to conference opponents, most recently a 78-68 loss to Minnesota in Williams Arena.Things will only be getting tougher from here on out for OSU, as the Buckeyes are set to take on No. 18 Wisconsin. Last season, Thad Matta’s team lost 79-68 to the Badgers.The Badgers are 13-3 this year, and are coming off an 11-point loss to Purdue, a team that OSU lost to by just one point on Thursday. Although Wisconsin was downed by the Boilermakers, there seems little to convince anyone OSU can easily handle a team as dangerous as the Badgers.After the loss to Purdue, senior forward Marc Loving said he felt confident in OSU’s ability to right the ship this season, regardless of how rocky the start had been.“We know what we’re capable of,” he said.Whatever he feels the team is capable of has yet to be seen this season. The Buckeyes have appeared sluggish on defense and disconnected on offense at times.Even with occasional glimpses into the capability of players like Loving and redshirt senior guard Kam Williams, OSU is shooting a feeble 38.8 percent from the field, with just a 31.8 percent mark from outside the arc.Williams, who started the year shooting 56 percent from 3-point range through the team’s first six games, has gone just 4-for-14 from 3 since the start of conference play. Although other players like Loving and sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle present a perimeter threat, the lack of outside scoring has stifled the Buckeyes’ offense.Correcting mistakes from outside might be an easy fix with more practice. However, the Buckeyes have struggled to limit opposing scoring attacks, giving up an average of 65.6 points per game, which puts OSU at No. 55 in the nation.More worryingly, the Buckeyes force an average of 13.06 turnovers per game, tied with Army West Point as 221st in the nation. Without forcing turnovers, there seems little hope of OSU putting up enough points to overcome opponents, especially a Badgers team that averages 76 points per game.With a lack turnovers and shooting struggles, the Buckeyes will need nothing short of a mid-season miracle to make OSU relevant in the Big Ten again. Regardless, veterans like junior forward Jae’Sean Tate are remaining positive through the hard times.“I wouldn’t say (there is) concern because we work our butts off every day,” Tate said. “We’re in here every day. We’ve just got to keep grinding it. We’ve got to keep working and trusting (Matta.) The outcome is going to be there.”He went on to say he felt the Buckeyes will hit their stride soon. However, until OSU corrects the glaring problems in front of them, the team will be taking nothing more than baby steps. read more

Buckeyes continue hot hitting take two of three from Indiana

Ohio State used seven two-out runs to top Indiana 10-8 Sunday in the deciding game of the three-game series at Bill Davis Stadium. A bases-loaded throwing error in the first inning by Indiana catcher Dylan Swift got the scoring started for the Buckeyes, who claimed a 4-1 lead in the first. Errors by left fielder Zach Hurley and second baseman Cory Kovanda in the fourth inning allowed the Hoosiers to get back in the game, and a solo home run from Indiana designated hitter Josh Lyon tied the game at five in the top of the fifth inning.  “Once they tied the game, I came in and said that we got to quit fighting ourselves,” said Brian DeLucia, who went 3-for-3 with 4 RBI. “We need to play to get on the bases instead of playing to hit home runs and doubles and triples. Our main focus needs to be to produce runs.”  The Buckeyes seemed to listen to DeLucia, as they responded with three of their two-out runs in the fifth. DeLucia, Matt Streng and Tyler Engle each had an RBI in the inning.  Wild pitching from Indiana allowed the Buckeyes to add two runs to their lead in the sixth.Two Buckeyes reached base on walks, and two more were struck by pitches in the inning. Indiana tacked on two runs in the seventh and came within feet of two more as Tyler Roger’s fly ball was caught at the wall. A solo home run in the ninth gave the Hoosiers some hope, but their comeback effort fell short. It was a much-needed bounce-back win for OSU, who fell to Indiana 6-4 in extra innings in an error-filled game Saturday. “We needed to show some mental toughness, and I think they did that,” coach Bob Todd said. The Buckeyes moved to 3-2 in the conference with the win.  They have the week off and will begin a three-game series with the Big Ten-leading Michigan State Spartans at 3 p.m. Friday in East Lansing, Mich. read more

Womens Soccer Ohio State eyes turnaround for Michigan games

Ohio State sophomore defender Izzy Rodriguez (9) scores a goal off a penalty kick in the second half of the game against Iowa on Sept. 27. Ohio State won 2-0. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter a tie in the last match with Nebraska at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the Ohio State women’s soccer team will aim for better results when it faces Michigan at 7 p.m. Friday and Michigan State at 1 p.m. Sunday. With the tie, the Buckeyes sit at 6-4-1, with a 3-1-1 record in the Big Ten. The Wolverines are coming off back-to-back losses against Minnesota and Northwestern, tallying an overall record of 6-6-0 on the year. Last season, Ohio State won a home game against Michigan 1-0.After scoring the goal for Ohio State that tied up the game with Nebraska, sophomore defender Izzy Rodriguez is looking forward to competing against two teams on the road once again. “We’ve had a lot of road trips,” Rodriguez said. “So I think we’re pretty comfortable this year with playing away. Obviously we love being home, but I think with the experiences we’ve had in our nonconference, being away a lot, that’s helped us prepare to be away also a lot in the conference.”Sophomore midfielder Alia Martin notched the only goal for Michigan in the previous game against the Wildcats, during which Northwestern came away with a 4-1 victory. Michigan’s strength this season is its offense, which scored a total of six goals against Central Michigan, had nine saves against Purdue and eight corner kicks against Boston University. Sophomore midfielder Nicki Hernandez has been a vital player on the Wolverines offense, totaling six goals, five assists and two game-winning goals so far this season.Ohio State and Michigan will battle out the rivalry, this time in Ann Arbor, Michigan.   The last time Ohio State met Michigan State, the match went into double overtime at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, where the Buckeyes won against the Spartans 1-0.Michigan State currently sits at 5-4-3, 0-3-2 in the Big Ten, shining in nonconference play and winning five consecutive games.However, the Spartans continue to compete in rough matchups in Big Ten play, recently coming off two consecutive losses to Wisconsin and Illinois.Freshman forward Camryn Evans seems to be Michigan State’s star player this season, scoring six total goals — four against Oakland and two against Purdue.The Spartans will look for a victory against the Buckeyes this weekend, following their defeat here last year.Senior goalkeeper Devon Kerr said the team was happy coming off a tie with Nebraska, despite not getting the results it wanted. She also said her teammates showed a lot of resiliency and fight by coming back to tie the game.“I think we’re really motivated this week,” Kerr said. “This weekend especially since because we’re going to be playing both the teams up north, so that’s kind of enough motivation in itself.” After a shaky start to the season, Ohio State sees the pair of Michigan matchups as a chance to turn around its start, hoping to take each game at a time and focusing on coming away with a win.“After the last couple of games, I think our biggest thing is to take each game one at a time and not really focus on the big picture at the time,” Rodriguez said. That’s what’s helped us succeed in the past couple of games is we really focus on the details of each game, and then hopefully that will create the bigger picture of success.” read more

Storm brewing cafe customer calls police after being served the wrong teabag

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A man dialled 999 for the police after he was asked to leave a café by the proprietor who had seen him writing a negative TripAdvisor review after he was served tea made with the wrong teabag.Sevjan Melissa said she asked Roberto Lattarulo to leave when he allegedly “intimidated” staff after being given a lemon and ginger teabag instead of a lemongrass and ginger one.Ms Melissa, the owner of Birdie Num Nums in New Cross, south-east London, said she apologised and offered a full refund of £2 and a cake as a gesture of goodwill. Cafe owner Sevjan MelissaCredit:Mercury Press Mr Lattarulo’s TripAdvisor review criticised the cafe’s “shocking customer service”. A police van arrived at the venue 15 minutes after the argument, but its arrival was not connected to Mr Lattarulo’s call.The officers were regular customers of the café, and Ms Melissa claimed they laughed at the episode.“I told them about what had gone on and they were in stitches,” she said. Mr Lattarulo, 33, said: “I’m a senior TripAdvisor contributor and I am true to my word.” She claims Mr Lattarulo ignored her and started writing a negative TripAdvisor review in front of her. She asked him to leave.Mr Lattarulo admitted he rang 999 to complain that he was being unfairly evicted from the premises, but the police informed him it was a civil matter. Cafe owner Sevjan Melissa read more

Lily Allen stokes refugee camp row by telling critic he should apologise

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Allen told him: “It just seems that at three different intervals in this young boy’s life, the English in particular have put you in danger.”We’ve bombed your country, put you in the hands of the Taliban and now put you in danger of risking your life to get into our country.”I apologise on behalf of my country. I’m sorry for what we have put you through.”A backlash followed, including criticism from one Twitter user who said: “The antics of that no mark @lilyallen !! Where the F does she get off apologising for the UK! Not in my name, you idiot!”In reply, the singer fired back:  Allen later said she was “overcome with emotion” and said she should have said “sorry for the part my country has played”. Your grandchildren will be apologising for you and your hatrid in years to come.just like the Germans do for the Nazis. https://t.co/BaS93fDk25— lily allen (@lilyallen) October 13, 2016 Lily Allen has stoked a growing row over her refugee camp apology by telling a critic he will regret his remarks “just like the Germans do for the Nazis”.The 31-year-old singer has spent much of the last 24 hours defending herself on Twitter after “speaking for the country” while talking about the plight of refugees in Calais on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show.The row started after Allen was shown breaking down in tears while meeting a 13-year-old boy from Afghanistan who has risked his life trying to board lorries bound for the UK.last_img read more

Classic Ferrari 250 GTO set to become worlds most expensive car with

first_imgA classic Ferrari is expected to become the world’s most expensive car after it was put up for sale at £45 million.The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO – one of the world’s most sought after classic cars – was the second to roll off its production line and is one of only 36 ever made.  “I have already had one offer on the car and know there will be interest. It will get you on the Ferrari 70th anniversary tour next year.”After the US election, people are going to be looking at investing in assets and this is a lot better than a painting on the wall.”Ferrari 250 GTOs normally only change hands behind closed doors, with a small number of brokers negotiating deals between the world’s richest car collectors. It was raced at Le Mans and Sebring and, despite being more than 50 years old, is capable of 0 to 60mph in around six seconds and a top speed of more than 170mph.The Ferrari has now come onto the open market for the first time in 20 years. John Collins, who runs Ascot-based Ferrari specialist Talacrest, is selling it for more than £45 million ($56 million).Mr Collins said: “I’ve been looking for a 250 GTO for a while and the opportunity came up with this one, which is the second GTO built.”It is a beautiful Ferrari, the Holy Grail of classic cars, and it has a great racing history having finished sixth overall at Le Mans and first in class at Sebring. The Ferrari has come onto the open market for the first time in 20 yearsCredit: Talacrest / SWNS The car was then raced at the 1962 Le Mans 24-hour race, where it finished third in its class and sixth overall. Between 1962 and 1965 it picked up numerous other podium places.In 1969 it was sold for $5,400 (£4,345) and then again, later that year, for $11,000 (£8,850). The car changed hands in 1975 when it was bought by a Mr Steve Griswold for $13,000 (£10,460) who restored the car before selling it in 1978 for $125,000 (£100,500).Over the past 40 years it has been shown at numerous Concours events around the world and was recently on display in a museum.With a £45 million asking price, the 250 GTO is 245 times more expensive than a brand-new Ferrari 488 and 4,500 times the price of a Ford Fiesta, Britain’s most popular car.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Ferrari has come onto the open market for the first time in 20 years It is thought to be the first time in more than 20 years a GTO has been openly marketed in the UK.Bonhams sold a Ferrari 250 GTO at a US auction in 2014 when it went for $38 million (£30 million). The last time a GTO was auctioned before this was in 1990.The car being offered by Talacrest was built in March 1962 and used by the Ferrari factory for testing before it was sold to Luigi Chinetti and his legendary North American Racing Team.It was the first GTO to be used in competition, with Phil Hill driving it to first in its class and second overall at the 12-hour Sebring race.last_img read more

How the wife of former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys realised he

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Richard Keys and his wife Julia at an awards ceremony in 2006Credit:Mike Webster / Rex Features/Rex “When I confronted him, Richard brushed it aside and said he’d been helping her with a medical matter. He was dismissive.”A few weeks later, Mr Keys is said to have received more messages from her as he slept, and Mrs Keys pretended to be him in the responses.She said that when she confront her husband about it, he admitted he got “extremely close” to Ms Rose, and that it “hugely upset” her.She said his lawyers persuaded her to keep quiet when the revelations leaked to the press, but that she “knew it wasn’t over”. Then the fresh pictures of them together emerged – prompting feelings of “anger”.Mrs Keys added: “When you’re constantly being told, “It’s all in your mind” – which is part of the manscript, by the way, to shift responsibility – that “You’re mad,” or “You’re imagining things,” you start to believe it. On one occasion she even pretended to be her husband to communicate with Ms Rose, via text messages which she sent from her husband’s phone. She said: “I’d been working on this book about how to tell whether a man – it’s usually the man – is cheating.“These men behave in a very predictable way. We call it the manscript.”Mrs Keys, who had two children with the former Sky Sports football host, says his behaviour towards her also provided clues – such as acting defensively when she quizzed him.She explained how women who suspect their man of cheating feel “isolated and alone”, and she said: “I felt that too. So bewildered. And so betrayed.”The couple first met when he worked for Radio City in Liverpool as she was waiting to start her training as a nurse – and said he was a caring husband and father to their children. Richard Keys and his wife Julia at an awards ceremony in 2006 Sports presenter Richard Keys’ wife realised he was having an affair when she began writing a book about infidelity. Trained counsellor Julia Keys revealed she used her skills honed over a 20-year career to pen a book about the sensitive subject of helping women identify if their man is cheating.Mr Keys, 59, is said to have continued his affair with 27-year-old lawyer Lucie Rose – a friend of their daughter Jemma – after previously pressuring his wife to into saying it never took place.But it emerged last month that the pair spent two nights together in a West London hotel – prompting Mrs Keys to call her husband of 34 years a “pathological liar”.In her first interview since claims of an affair re-emerged, published in the Mail on Sunday, she explained how her research in writing the book helped her discover how Mr Keys began showing classic warning signs of infidelity – signs she calls the “manscript”.Mr Keys, for one, began being over protective with his mobile phone – and it paused her to stop and think: “Hang on. I think something is going on with Richard.”Mrs Keys, 57, then explained how she acted on her suspicions and she said women should “trust” their gut feeling, “He didn’t reply. He couldn’t. I’m really, really sad that at this stage in our life we find ourselves compromised in this way.”The book, called The Man Script, is expected out soon.A representative of Mr Keys declined to comment, while and Ms Rose did not return a request for comment. She said the moment it clocked was when Ms Rose confronted her at a party hosted by Mr Keys, quizzing her as to why she was leaving early.She said: “When Richard came home we went to bed, but in the early hours I went to his phone and there was a message from Lucie saying, “Where are you? I ran after you and came out as soon as you’d left.” Former Sky Sports presenters Andy Gray (left) and Richard Keys. The pair left the channel following a sexism row Former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys, with his wife JuliaCredit:Richard Young/REX/Shutterstock/Richard Young/REX/Shutterstock Lawyer Lucie Rose, who is said to have had an affair with married former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys.Credit: TIM STEWART NEWS LIMITED/ TIM STEWART NEWS LIMITED Lawyer Lucie Rose, who is said to have had an affair with married former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys. Former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys, with his wife Julia As her husband’s career soared with Sky thanks to the growth of the Premier League, Mrs Keys herself became a respected relationship therapist.But Mr Keys parted company with Sky in 2011 when remarks he made about a female colleague were caught on tape, and he today works for a TV station in Qatar.It was there where he is said to have met Ms Rose, and when Mrs Keys said she began joining the dots. Former Sky Sports presenters Andy Gray (left) and Richard Keys. The pair left the channel following a sexism rowCredit:Fiona Hanson/PA/PA “I called Richard and I said, very calmly: “I’ve just been shown some photos of you and Lucie. There is really nothing left to say, is there?”last_img read more

Shopkeeper describes miracle escape from massive explosion in Leicester that killed five

first_imgRescuers search for people in the rubble Firefighters work to contain the blazeCredit:Chris Roe/Chadwicks Witnesses have described how people were clawing through the rubble in an attempt to look for survivors. One described how a group of men who ran to the scene lifted a girder off an adult casualty and turned to help a boy, who then managed to get to his feet.The blast took place at the former Western Park Store which changed to Zabka Leicester on January 2. One worker, named only as Victoria, is feared missing.  “He is in a daze, he said his mum and his brothers were watching TV and then the next thing he knows bricks were falling over him, and then it was pitch black. “He was crying for help and somebody just pulled him out of the rubble and wrapped him in a blanket and took him to the hospital. “He still doesn’t know his family are missing, he thinks they might be injured somewhere but he doesn’t know where they are, neither does the father, I don’t know what to tell then when I go back now.” He said that he had still not received official confirmation.  Five people remain in hospital, including one in a critical condition. Residents said the “enormous” explosion shook properties up to 500 metres away and left many people inside houses in neighbouring streets in a state of shock. He added: “I think they have two or three kids. There was an old man and old lady.”Sometimes they would come into my shop.”I don’t know what happened to them as well. They are good people. I have not heard about them.”I feel sorry for those people who lost their lives. I don’t know if they are kids or young. I don’t know who’s dead.”Forget about the money, the most important [thing] is life.”Police updated the death toll after finding another body among the rubble before they were forced to pause rescue efforts amid fears a neighbouring property could collapse. Residents living in the streets off Hinckley Road in Leicester have told how they rushed to help those caught up in a massive blast amid fears that the majority of the casualties could come from the same family. He said he was unsure about what had happened to the residents of the flat above, but described them as “good people”. Emergency services are dealing with a fire in Hinckley Rd, Leicester. Incident will be the subject of a joint investigation with the fire service. Public asked not to speculate but at this stage there is no indication this is terrorist related. https://t.co/KXgeEHIVPe— LeicestershirePolice (@leicspolice) February 25, 2018 Mr Hartley, 33, said the boy, thought to be aged between 10 and 13, was able to walk after being freed.Matt Cane, Group Manager from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Crews have worked through the night, alongside Police, East Midlands Ambulance Service and other partner agencies, tackling the fire and searching the scene in order to locate any further survivors or casualties.  The owner of a shop has described how he escaped from an explosion that killed five people.The explosion caused a convenience store and the flats above it to collapse. Aram Kurd, 33, was in the shop at the time. He said had gone to the storeroom at the back of the shop to get some beers for him and an employee, Victoria when he heard a “loud bang”.He shouted out for Victoria, who had only be working at the store for two days, but has not heard anything from her since.Speaking to ITV Central, he said: “I was holding her phone at the time of the explosion as we had been watching YouTube videos.”I don’t know, I really hope that she’s alive. I was shouting Victoria! Victoria! Victoria!”I don’t know how it happened.”It was a big noise. I found myself up and then to the floor, for two or three minutes I couldn’t feel anything, I was looking up, my eyes were open.”I managed to pull himself from the rubble and climbed into the neighbouring garden.” Dramatic pictures show flames erupting from the store on Hinckley Road, Leicester, after witnesses told of hearing a “massive explosion.”Credit:Jason Senior/SWNS.com What the terraced building looked like before the blast Leicester City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: “The area is still closed off and will be for some considerable time. We have traffic diversions in place and these will remain for the foreseeable future.”We are still waiting to hear what caused this terrible incident, but it looks likely it was a gas explosion.”We remain in close contact with the police and fire service and await their update on this.”Our thoughts and sympathies are with all of those affected. The city council will continue to do everything it can to support them and the local community to recover from this devastating event.” What the terraced building looked like before the blastCredit:Google Maps Krishna Rungen said his brother-in-law and 15-year-old nephew were pulled out of the rubble and are in hospital whilst his sister and her two older sons are still missing along with the girlfriend of one of the sons.  Speaking at the scene, Mr Rungen, 69, from Leicester, who refused to name his family members, said: “As I understand the 15-year-old was pulled out by a passerby and he’s was alright, he’s got a few cuts but he’s ok.  Neighbours were seen attempting to pull people from the wrecked building after the explosion at 7pm on Sunday, as firefighters spent seven hours tackling the huge blaze. A Leicestershire Police spokesman said: “Five people are now confirmed to have died following an explosion and fire at a building in Leicester last night. “Five others were taken to hospital, one of whom remains in a critical condition.”The rescue work at the scene of the former supermarket in Hinckley Road has been temporarily suspended due to the structural integrity of a neighbouring building, and the search and rescue work will resume shortly.”   Rescuers search for people in the rubbleCredit:Jason Senior/SWNS.com Aerial view of the scene of an explosion in Leicester Dramatic pictures show flames erupting from the store on Hinckley Road, Leicester, after witnesses told of hearing a "massive explosion." Sixty homes were evacuated and surrounding roads were shut as part of the emergency response after the building suffered what firefighters described as a “pancake collapse”.Tony Hartley, who lives around 50 yards away from the blast site, said: “I was standing in the kitchen and heard a bang so I ran up the road and could see glass everywhere.  #Leicester incident update. We have taken four patients to the Leicester Royal Infirmary at this stage @Leic_hospital Ambulance crews, our HART and @EMICS Drs remain on scene.— East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (@EMASNHSTrust) February 25, 2018 At least five people died after an explosion at a house in LeicesterCredit:Tristan Potter / SWNS.com Firefighters work to contain the blaze “Me and a friend lifted up a steel girder with about five other blokes and removed a bloke from underneath it.”We then turned round, saw rubble and heard a little boy crying.”There was me and another bloke sifting through the rubble and we managed to pull the boy out. “I said to him, ‘Is there anybody else in there?’ and he said, ‘My friend’s a metre back inside the building’ and that’s when the emergency services turned up.” “There are still pockets of fire in the basement area of the building. We have a significant number of specialist search and rescue teams who are supported by two search dogs, and this level of resourcing is likely to be in place throughout the day.“It may be some days yet before we will be able to establish the probable cause of the explosion.”last_img read more

University principal defends gender pay gap by claiming that women have a

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A university principal has defended the gender pay gap by arguing that “women have a natural tendency not to have a go”.Professor Paul Layzell, the head of Royal Holloway University London (RHUL), insisted that there is a “transparent and fair pay system” at the institution. He claimed that women and minority ethnic groups are less likely to “put themselves in for promotion” at the university, which has a 10 per cent gender pay gap for full-time professors.At an open staff meeting in November, Prof Layzell said: “There are certain protected groups where there is a natural tendency to not have a go and put themselves in for promotion – sometimes that’s gender, sometimes it’s the BAME [Black and Minority Ethnic] group”.He added that some academics are now using a teaching route into a professorship, which is normally research-led, which would “play to things they’re good at”.Prof Layzell is now facing a backlash over the comments, which were published by the student magazine Orbital after it obtained a recording of the meeting.Hundreds of alumni have signed an open letter attacking Prof Layzell for his comments, saying he showed a “lack of understanding and sensitivity”.“It has been hugely disappointing to discover that Royal Holloway has one of the worst professorial gender pay gaps in the country,” the letter said. “This disappointment has been compounded by your response in which you blamed women rather than institutional sexism for this gap. You then went on to make comments which implied that you felt women were more suited to teaching than research.” The letter says that Prof Layzell’s analysis is “not only crass, but shows a lack of understanding and sensitivity.” Alumni accused RHUL of having “drifted from a progressive legacy of promoting women’s rights”.Joe Rayment, who graduated from RHUL in 2013 and is now a Labour councillor, was one of the authors of the open letter.He said: “I am extremely disturbed by what has happened there in recent months. I hope that our voices are heard and that Professor Layzell will respond to us and explain exactly how he will make us once again proud to be Royal Holloway alumni.”A RHUL spokesman said that the principal’s comments at the meeting were taken out of context, adding: “The Principal has, on a number of occasions, stressed his determination to tackle the gender pay gap. “In the meeting, the Principal explained Royal Holloway’s commitment to supporting colleagues to reach their promotion potential by pioneering a number of initiatives.“Our approach to pay and promotion is both fair and transparent however, we recognise that there is more that we, and the sector, can do to tackle the causes of inequality. “In response, for some years now, Royal Holloway has been making changes to processes and procedures to minimize barriers to promotion.”last_img read more

Alfie Evans father kisses Popes hand as he flies to Rome to

Mr Evans posted on Facebook that he flew to Rome on Tuesday evening and met the Pope on Wednesday morning.Posting photos of himself kissing Pope Francis’s hand, he wrote: “No sleep! No food! No tie! No Care!”Last night I jumped on a plane and come to the Vatican, Rome, to meet the Pope one hour ago and here we are.” Tom Evans, pictured right, after flying to Rome to meet the PopeCredit:Tiziana Fabi/AFP But Lord Justice Davis, Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Moylan ruled against them after an appeal court hearing in London. In a video streamed on Wednesday morning Mr Evans said he was waiting for the Pope to mention Alfie in front of crowds at the Vatican.Crowds calling themselves ‘Alfie’s Army’ ended their fifth day of protests outside Alder Hey on Monday following a plea from the parents.During his general audience afterwards, the Pope led the crowd in a moment of silent prayer for Alfie.At the beginning of April, Francis tweeted his support for the youngster, posting: “It is my sincere hope that everything necessary may be done in order to continue compassionately accompanying little Alfie Evans, and that the deep suffering of his parents may be heard.”I am praying for Alfie, for his family and for all who are involved.”Earlier this week Francis said: “It’s our duty to do everything to care for life.” In February, Mr Justice Hayden ruled that doctors at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool could stop treating Alfie against the wishes of his parents following hearings in the Family Division of the High Court in London and Liverpool.Specialists at Alder Hey said life-support treatment should stop and Mr Justice Hayden said he accepted medical evidence which showed that further treatment was futile.Alfie’s parents say “the state” is wrongly interfering with their parental choice.They want to move Alfie to a hospital in Rome.Mr Justice Hayden said flying Alfie to a foreign hospital would be wrong and pointless. Court of Appeal judges upheld his decisions.Supreme Court justices and European Court of Human Rights judges refused to intervene. Alfie Evans in hospitalCredit:Alfie’s Army Official/PA After a sleepless journey to the Vatican, Tom Evans, father of terminally-ill toddler Alfie, attends Pope Francis’ general audience in St Peter’s SquareCredit:Gregorio Borgia/AP Alfie Evans, pictured right, and his parents Tom Evans, pictured right in the left picture, and Kate JamesCredit:PA The father of Alfie Evans kissed the hand of the Pope and begged him to save the life of his son after flying to Rome.Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, want to move their son from Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool to the Italian capital for treatment and have launched a second application to the Supreme Court.They have already lost fights in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights after Mr Justice Hayden ruled that doctors could stop providing life-support treatment for the 23-month old.Judges have heard that Alfie, born on May 9 2016, is in a semi-vegetative state and has a degenerative neurological condition doctors have not definitively diagnosed. Mr Justice Hayden said flying Alfie to a foreign hospital would be wrong and pointless.But his parents are desperate to move their son abroad, and Mr Evans is seeking support from the head of the Catholic Church.  Alfie Evans’ parents latest legal battle to fly their son to Rome ends in defeatThe parents of Alfie Evans who has been at the centre of a life-support treatment battle lost their latest legal challenge on Monday.A lawyer representing Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, returned to the Court of Appeal to ask judges to rule that the 23 month-old should be allowed to travel to a foreign hospital. Tom Evans, father of terminally-ill toddler Alfie, attends Pope Francis' general audience in St Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Tom Evans, the father of Aflie Evans, meets the pope at the Vatican in Italy Wednesday morning Alfie Evans, pictured right, and his parents Tom Evans, pictured right in the left picture, and Kate James “Alfie, we will do everything for you. You’re not dying so we won’t allow your life to be taken.”Your holiness save our son.” Alfie Evans in hospital Tom Evans, the father of Aflie Evans, meets the pope at the Vatican in Italy Wednesday morning Last week, Mr Justice Hayden endorsed a detailed plan put forward by Alder Hey doctors for withdrawing life-support treatment, after considering a number of issues at a follow-up High Court hearing.Barrister Paul Diamond, who represented Alfie’s parents, on Monday asked the three appeal judges to overturn decisions made by Mr Justice Hayden last week.Alfie’s parents say their son has improved in recent weeks and had asked Mr Justice Hayden to allow a new assessment, but Mr Hayden refused that request. Tom Evans, pictured right, after flying to Rome to meet the Pope He said medical experts’ unanimous view was that Alfie’s brain had been eroded by disease and further assessment was pointless.They also suggested that Alfie was being unlawfully detained at Alder Hey.The judge also dismissed that suggestion.Appeal court officials said an appeal court judge had decided that Alfie should continue to receive treatment pending the outcome of Monday’s Court of Appeal hearing. 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

Madame Tussauds swaps wax for silicon as it unveils first intelligent robot

A life-like robot of Chinese superstar Jing Boran of Monster Hunt and his CGI companion Wuba have been created by Cornish robotics firm Engineered Arts, the same team which animated King Kong’s face in the film Kong: Skull Island. Since Madame Tussaud first toured her collection of waxworks in the late 18th century, the famous faces on show have remained steadfastly static. It is Madame Tussaud’s first intelligent figure which not only moves but senses people and changes its behaviour based on its surroundings. It is also… But a new generation of animatronic models which identify and interact with visitors are on the horizon after the Shanghai branch took delivery of its first robotic celebrity. 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

Former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey given permission to preach by the

Ball was convicted of indecent assault and misconduct in public office after the case was reopened in 2012. He was released from prison at the start of last year. Following the report’s publication the former Archbishop apologised to Ball’s victims and said: “I believed Peter Ball’s protestations and gave too little credence to the vulnerable young men and boys behind these allegations.”He stood down after being asked to “consider his position” by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. In a statement the diocese of Oxford said: “In the wake of Dame Moira Gibb’s review, Lord Carey stood down from the role of Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Oxford in June 2017, and withdrew from public ministry for a season. Lord Carey accepted the criticisms made of him at the time and has apologised to the victims of Peter Ball. 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. “In February 2018 Lord Carey contacted the Diocese of Oxford to request PTO (permission to officiate). This was granted by the Bishop of Oxford later the same month.“The granting of PTO enabled Lord Carey to preach and preside in the church where he worships, a church where his ministry is much valued. The granting of a PTO does not indicate a planned return to the role of Assistant Bishop.” Former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey has been given back permission to preach by the Church of England, it has emerged. The news comes just two weeks before the child abuse inquiry is set examine allegations that Lord Carey was among senior church figures who “colluded” with disgraced bishop Peter Ball, who was convicted in 2015 of sexually abusing vulnerable young men and boys. The former Archbishop lost the right to preside over church services after standing down from his role as as honorary assistant bishop in the diocese last June, following the publication of a damning independent report criticising the Church’s handling of the case. He was granted “permission to officiate” in February after approaching the Bishop of Oxford, Dr Steven Croft, to ask to be allowed to minister. The diocese said the decision did not mean Lord Carey, 82, would return to his previous role as a bishop. Permission to officiate is usually granted by a diocesan bishop to retired bishops and clergy to allow them to act as a minster in the diocese. It can be withdrawn by the bishop at any time. The Gibb review, published last year, concluded that Lord Carey, who was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1991 until 2002, had “set the tone” for the Church’s reaction to Peter Ball, formerly bishop of Lewes and of Gloucester.  I believed Peter Ball’s protestations and gave too little credence to the vulnerable young men and boys behind these allegations.Lord Carey, speaking in 2017 The damning report criticised the Church for allowing Ball to continue to minister after he accepted a caution for gross indecency in 1993 and stepped down as bishop of Gloucester. Dame Moira Gibb concluded that Lord Carey “played the lead role” in letting Ball preside over services including baptisms and confirmations, as well as speaking at 17 public schools, until as late as 2007. Senior church figures, including Lord Carey, “colluded” with Ball to help him avoid criminal charges, her 18-month investigation found.  read more

Sailor killed wife and sank catamaran to inherit estate and end marital

Prosecutor Benjamin Greenberg asked a Florida judge to admit into evidence conversations with loved ones where Ms Hellmann is said to have discussed rows over a mooted move to Australia, their dire finances and the raising of their daughter.He argued they show the pair were “consistently” rowing, adding: “With potentially one of the arguments ultimately resulting in the murder of Hellmann.” Handout photo issued by Broward Sheriff’s Office of Lewis BennettCredit:Broward’s Sheriff’s Office /PA A British-Australian sailor murdered his new wife at sea and deliberately sank their catamaran in order to inherit her estate and end their “marital strife”, prosecutors have alleged.Lewis Bennett, of Poole, Dorset, was smuggling rare stolen coins when he was rescued alone off the coast of Cuba without Isabella Hellmann, the mother of his child, last May.Prosecutors in the US have now detailed what they believe to be Bennett’s motives, after the FBI charged him with murder.Court papers filed this week also revealed Ms Hellmann’s family bugged her apartment in Delray Beach, Florida, to listen to Bennett’s conversations because they suspected him in her disappearance.The newlyweds were sailing towards Florida in May last year when Bennett made an SOS call saying Hellman, a 41-year-old former estate agent, was missing and the vessel was sinking. “Hellmann’s murder would remove the marital strife from the defendant’s life, allow the defendant to live his life as he pleased, and would enable him to inherit money from Hellmann’s estate, all of which provide strong circumstantial proof that the defendant had a strong motive to murder Hellmann,” he continued.If Colombian-born Ms Hellmann is presumed dead – as Bennett, 41, has requested – he would inherit her home and the contents of her bank account. Bennett is currently serving a seven-month jail term in Miami’s Federal Detention Center after admitting transporting the coins worth 38,480 dollars (£29,450).Prosecutors alleged Hellmann may have discovered her husband of three months was in possession of gold and silver coins stolen from his former employer in St Maarten, which could have made her an accomplice to smuggling.Mr Greenberg wrote that this “potentially led to an intense argument resulting in Hellmann’s murder”.The FBI accused the British-Australian of intentionally scuttling the 37ft vessel.Ms Hellmann’s body is yet to be found.Bennett is due to go on trail for second degree murder in December. The couple’s catamaran the Surf Into Summer sank last MayCredit:US Coast Guard/PA The couple's catamaran the Surf Into Summer sank last May 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. Handout photo issued by Broward Sheriff's Office of Lewis Bennett read more

Parents who wont let their son wear a skirt may have to

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. Schools are advised that some parents may “struggle” to accept their child’s gender identity The Department for Education (DfE)’s statutory guidance on safeguarding says that staff with concerns about a child must alert the school’s safeguarding lead, and if necessary contact social services or the police.  Another scenario outlined in Brighton and Hove City Council’s guidance document is parents who contact the school to ask: “My daughter doesn’t want a boy changing next to her, what if he looks at her body?”It explains that in such a case, “it would not be appropriate to remove the trans pupil from the changing rooms”.Instead, the school should focus on increasing their “training and awareness raising” to ensure that all pupils understand that a transgender girls is a “real girl”.    The guidance document, now in its third edition, was produced by Allsorts Youth Project, a charity that supports young people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer (LGBTQ). Schools are advised that some parents may “struggle” to accept their child’s gender identity Parents who refuse to let their son wear a skirt to school may need to be referred to social services, a council’s guidance has advised schools.Mothers and fathers who dismiss a “gender questioning” child’s requests to change their name could also be a trigger for concern, according to Brighton and Hove City Council’s “Trans Inclusion Schools Toolkit”.  It comes after warnings that schools are “sowing confusion” in children’s minds by over-promoting transgender issues, and that children are being encouraged to “unlearn” the difference between boys and girls. The guidance advises teachers on how to handle a number of different scenarios, including if parents say: “I refuse to allow my son to change his name or wear skirts”.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Schools are advised that some parents may “struggle” to accept their child’s gender identity and it may be a long time before they accept the change.“If a setting has a significant concern about the child’s wellbeing and or safety in relation to how the parents or carers are managing the exploration of the child’s gender identity it may be necessary and advisable to follow safeguarding procedures,” schools are told.     Brighton and Hove City Council’s “Trans Inclusion Schools Toolkit”   Brighton and Hove City Council’s “Trans Inclusion Schools Toolkit” Credit:Allsorts Youth Project It advises that in “all cases”, transgender pupils should be allowed to use the changing room that corresponds to their gender identity, rather than their biological sex.This means that any boy who identifies as a female should be allowed to use girls’ changing rooms, even if it makes other girls feel “uncomfortable”.“It is important to ensure that these are safe environments for all by challenging underlying attitudes and bullying behaviours,” the guidance says.  A spokesman from Brighton and Hove Council said the version of the toolkit, which is published online on the Allsorts Youth Project’s website, is undergoing final checks before being sent out to schools.  Earlier this year, it emerged that a teacher who was accused of “misgendering” a child was told by police that she had committed a hate crime.  The teacher, who claimed they were a “grammatical purist”, refused to acknowledge that the pupil self-identified as a boy and failed to use the pupil’s preferred pronouns of “he” or “him”. read more

Seventies squatters republic wins flower battle with Cath Kidston

Cath Kidston has withdrawn a controversial plan to trade mark the name of a 1970’s squat for a range of flowery bags, clothes and umbrellas.The company sparked outrage from the founders of ‘Frestonia’ who claimed it had no right to try to own the name of the commune set up in North Kensington, West London, in 1977.The Telegraph revealed how artists, writers, musicians and the comedian Alexei Sayle who either lived or performed at the squat had condemned the home furnishing company for trying to “commercialise” the name.Cath Kidston, created in 1993 by the English fashion designer Catherine Kidston, moved its headquarters to Freston Road in 2010. It is now owned by Baring Private Equity Asia, an investment company based in Hong Kong.A Cath Kidston spokesperson last night said it had dropped the application because it “recognised the importance of being a good neighbour” to the West London community where its headquarters are based.“After taking on board the views of local people, we decided to withdraw our application to trademark the name Frestonia.“The name was inspired by Freston Road, where our head office is based, and was never intended to cause offence.” 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