World Cup Advancement Scenarios For Groups E And F

As the eight World Cup teams in Groups E and F take the field Wednesday in Brazil, some things are not in much doubt. Argentina has clinched advancement in Group F. France has not technically clinched advancement in Group E, but its goal differential is so strong that it has advanced for all intents and purposes.Switzerland and Ecuador have a lot on the line, however. So does Nigeria, which is favored to advance but could fail to do so if it loses to Argentina and Iran beats Bosnia and Herzegovina. There’s even a possibility that FIFA could have to draw lots to determine whether Nigeria or Iran moves on. Let’s focus on Nigeria’s Group F first, which will kick off its final games Wednesday at noon Eastern time:Most scenarios in Group F are simple. Argentina will advance in first place if it beats or draws Nigeria, or as the second-place team behind Nigeria if it loses to it.Nigeria is an 88 percent favorite to advance in some capacity, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast. The only way it could fail to do so is the case I mentioned: if it loses to Argentina while Iran beats Bosnia. That scenario could get messy.Say that Iran beats Bosnia 2-1 while Nigeria loses to Argentina by the same 2-1 scoreline. Both teams will have one win, one draw and one loss. Both will have two goals scored and two goals allowed. FIFA’s next tiebreaker is head-to-head results, but Nigeria and Iran drew their match. That means FIFA would be out of tiebreakers and forced to draw lots to determine who advances.Mind you, this situation is unlikely. Iran is probably a weaker team than Bosnia and has only a 21 percent chance of beating the World Cup newcomer. Also, anything but the same scoreline in the two Group F matches would give FIFA some other way to resolve the tie. For example, if Iran won 2-0 and Nigeria lost 1-0, Iran would have the better goal differential and would advance. If Iran won 1-0 and Nigeria lost 2-1, the teams would be tied on goal differential but Nigeria would advance on the basis of goals scored. The chance that FIFA will have to draw lots is only 0.6 percent, according to our match predictor.An even bigger longshot than that scenario is if France failed to advance from Group E. Let’s look at the situation there:The FiveThirtyEight forecast lists each team’s advancement probability to the first decimal point and describes France’s chances at 100.0 percent; if we added a decimal place, they’d be 99.98 percent instead. The only way this extraordinarily unlikely scenario could come into play is as follows: France loses to Ecuador. Switzerland beats Honduras. Then France, Switzerland and Ecuador are tied atop Group E with six points each.This scenario is not all that unlikely: There’s a 10 percent chance that both Switzerland and Ecuador will win their matches. But France would also have to finish last among the three teams in the goal-differential tiebreaker. There’s almost no chance that will happen; France’s goal differential is +6 so far, while Ecuador’s is even and Switzerland’s is -2.But Switzerland and Ecuador’s advancement prospects are more complicated. Switzerland is guaranteed to advance if:It beats Honduras and Ecuador draws or loses.It draws Honduras and Ecuador loses.Ecuador is guaranteed to advance if:It beats France and Switzerland draws or loses.It draws France and Switzerland loses.Both matches in Group E are draws.Other cases, like the one where Ecuador and Switzerland both win, will go down to a tiebreaker.There’s even an outside chance (about 2 percent) for a three-way tie, in which Honduras could advance. That would require both Honduras and France to win — in which case Honduras, Ecuador and Switzerland would be tied for second with three points each. Honduras would then need to win on the tiebreaker. That would probably require them to beat Switzerland by at least two goals while Ecuador takes a multi-goal loss to France.CORRECTION (June 25, 9:39 a.m.): An earlier version of this post incorrectly described the scenario of Iran beating Bosnia 2-1 and Nigeria losing to Argentina by the same 2-1 scoreline. read more

Florida States Drop From No 1 Wasnt Unprecedented

Despite beating Syracuse 38-20 Saturday, the (formerly) No. 1 ranked Florida State Seminoles found themselves ranked second in the latest AP Poll, trailing Mississippi State after the Bulldogs beat previous No. 2 Auburn 38-23 at home in Starkville. It was the first time Florida State had not occupied the AP’s top slot since Nov. 24 of last season.Although Mississippi State’s victory over Auburn was impressive, the way the polls typically work is that No. 1 stays No. 1 as long as No. 1 keeps winning (or soundly beats an underdog opponent). Florida State was favored by 23 against Syracuse and won by 18 in a game that was essentially over midway through the third quarter. The Seminoles are also the defending national champions, and so far this season they’ve outscored opponents by more than 18 points per game (a number that becomes nearly 21 if we throw out their six-point win over Clemson in which they were missing 2013 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston). If Florida State is presumed to be the nation’s best team — as it was before the season — it’s hard to find a obvious misstep that proves otherwise. (If anything, a good Bayesian should probably be more suspicious of Mississippi State, which was unranked as recently as five weeks ago.)Then again, the Seminoles have also played just one team (Clemson) ranked among the AP’s Top 25 at the time of the game, and their overall strength of schedule ranks 64th in the FBS, according to Sports-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System. While my Elo variant still has them ranked first, it draws heavily from knowledge of how good they were last season. Computer-rating systems that don’t account for Florida State’s presumed strength as a prior, by contrast, tend to rank it among the country’s best teams — but generally not as No. 1. (That honor is more often bestowed upon either Mississippi State or Ole Miss, who very nearly bumped Florida State to No. 3 in the AP voting.) Combined with potential distaste over the sexual assault allegation against Winston, AP voters had several reasons to drop the Seminoles from their perch atop the rankings, despite the team’s 22-game winning streak and championship incumbency.How frequently do No. 1 ranked teams fall in the AP Poll despite winning their most recent game? According to Sports-Reference’s college football data, there have been 21 cases (since 1992) of the AP’s top team beating an FBS opponent but dropping in the next poll (ratings and expected margins shown below are based on the Elo rating variant I described in an earlier post):Compare the incumbents’ performances to those of the overtaking teams that claimed No. 1 in the subsequent AP poll:There are a few circumstances that can lead to No. 1 winning a game but losing its ranking, usually involving some combination of the incumbent disappointing and/or the upstart exceeding expectations. Florida State’s tumble was more an example of the latter than the former — the Seminoles underwhelmed by a bit, but the bigger factor was Mississippi State’s strong performance against Auburn.Most of the cases above involve a similar chain of events, although a few saw the incumbent disappoint by so great a margin that No. 2 slid up just by playing to expectations. On other occasions, the challenger moved up without even playing; in 1992, No. 2 Washington watched on the sidelines as No. 1 Miami struggled to an 8-7 win over unranked Arizona, then claimed the AP’s top spot three days later. (The Hurricanes and Huskies would flip-flop the No. 1 slot twice more — each time in spite of incumbent wins — before the season was over.) And sometimes the pollsters swapped teams at the top for relatively arbitrary reasons, such as when Penn State crushed No. 21 Ohio State 63-14 — yet dropped behind Nebraska, who’d beaten previous No. 2 Colorado 24-7. (Despite going undefeated the rest of the season, the Nittany Lions would never again stake their claim to No. 1 over Nebraska from that point on, and were unable to face the Huskers in the postseason because of the Rose Bowl’s conference tie-ins.)The good news for Florida State is that it still has the highest probabilities of winning out and winning its conference among the major-conference undefeateds, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index simulations. Barring the real possibility of a change to Winston’s availability — on top of the sexual assault allegations, news broke Monday night that Florida State was investigating whether the quarterback signed autographs for money — the numbers show the Seminoles as very likely to earn a berth into the inaugural College Football Playoff field, regardless of Sunday’s ranking loss. read more

Team USA Men Have RecordBreaking Break Out

The 1996 Dream Team might be the best basketball team ever put together, but Team USA in the London Olympics achieved something no other team has ever done.With the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony leading the way, the Americans set Olympic records in a 156-73 explosion against Nigeria.It was a phenomenal shooting display, to say the least. How phenomenal? Let us count the ways:The U.S. scored a record 78 points by halftime. 100 points was on the board with still five minutes remaining in the third quarter.Anthony eclipsed the Team USA single-game scoring record with 37 points in less than three quarters. He made 10 of 12 three-pointers.The 26 made 3s were an Olympic record.The Americans set a established a new record for field goals with 59The 71 per cent shooting percentage was a record.The 83-point margin of victory was a new“Our guys just couldn’t miss,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said.The U.S. stopped running fast breaks after halftime in an attempt to not embarrass its opponent. Didn’t matter.“When we get hot, it’s a big problem,” Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers said. “So you have all these guys on one team and then all get hot on the same night, it’s tough.”Bryant had 14 of his 16 points in the first quarter. Russel Westbrook had 21 points, Kevin Love, 15 and Kevin Durant 14.“It’s a great accomplishment to get that record,” said Anthony, who broke Stephon Marbury’s scoring mark of 31 against Spain in 2004. “We did it in a very highly classy way. We went out there and we played basketball. We made shots. We make shots like that and play the way we played tonight, that record could have come on any team.” read more

Jordan Spieths Majors Run Was One Of The Greatest In Golf History

By finishing second (to Jason Day) in the PGA Championship on Sunday, Jordan Spieth completed a remarkable run at golf’s major championships this season. He won two major tournaments (the Masters and the U.S. Open), placed second in another (the PGA), and — in his worst showing — tied for fourth at the British Open. It was the third time since 19581The year golf’s majors entered their modern era, as the PGA Championship adopted a stroke-play format. that a player finished no worse than fourth in any major during a season.Last week, my colleague Andrew Mooney used a metric called z-scores (which measure how many standard deviations a player’s score was from the mean2For all players who made the cut in a given tournament.) to examine where Spieth’s overall PGA Tour season — including both majors and the tour’s more pedestrian tournaments — ranked among other golfers’ seasons since 1970. Going into the PGA, he was on pace for the 12th-best single season in that span, and he was the top-ranked player not named Tiger Woods or Jack Nicklaus. (Pretty heady company!)But we can also use z-scores to measure where his cumulative performance at the majors this year ranks. The — admittedly predictable — result is that Spieth’s 2015 majors campaign stands as one of the greatest in the sport’s history.Here’s how it works: In a given tournament, a player’s performance can be converted into the probability that he would win the average major with his z-score. For example, Spieth’s -2.20 z-score at the PGA last weekend would be good enough to win about 40 percent of all majors staged since 1958. Therefore, he gets 0.40 shares of a major for the performance, even though he didn’t actually win.Of course, this methodology can add up to more than 100 percent of a victory for majors featuring multiple great performances. The famous “Duel in the Sun” between Nicklaus and Tom Watson at the 1977 British Open was so epic, for instance, that the system above awards 2.1 total “generic majors” to the field. To correct for this, we can also compute an adjusted version that isn’t allowed to assign more than 1.0 combined shares of a major to any given tournament’s field, no matter how dominant — or dubious — the performances of its leaders. (According to this adjustment, Spieth’s 2015 PGA Championship earns him just 0.18 share of a major, since the field total also needs to clear room for the performances of Day, Branden Grace and others.)Depending on which version you use, Spieth’s 2015 season either ranks fourth overall since 1958 (without the adjustment), or 11th (with the adjustment).My preference probably lies with the unadjusted version, simply because a player can’t control whether he shares the stage with another dominant performance (and z-scores already account for his score relative to the field average). But no matter the method, it’s clear once again that Spieth’s 2015 season deserves a place among golf’s most brilliant achievements. read more

Is This The Year The St Louis Blues Stop Disappointing Their Fans

5Rangers0-0.9Kings0-0.9 9Orioles0-0.6Knicks0-0.5 MLBTitlesVs. Exp.NBATitlesVs. Exp. 4Chargers0-0.9Flames0-1.0 3Mariners0-1.2Jazz0-1.5 There are few fans as tortured by their team’s constant inability to win a championship as those who support the St. Louis Blues. It’s not because the Blues are perpetually lousy — in their 51 seasons, they’ve failed to qualify for the playoffs on only nine occasions. But they’ve never won a Stanley Cup, and they haven’t advanced to a Stanley Cup Final since doing so three consecutive times from 1967-68 to 1969-70.1These were the franchise’s first three seasons, and they arguably advanced to the final only because they were the least awful team in the newly formed West Division, which included only expansion teams. They were swept in all three of those finals and were outscored 43-17.Those early failures didn’t derail the Blues — they qualified for the playoffs in six of their following nine seasons before embarking on a streak of 25 consecutive playoff berths from 1979-80 to 2003-04. That streak is tied for the third-longest in NHL history. But while the three other clubs to match or exceed St. Louis’s streak went to the Stanley Cup Final at least three times during their runs, the Blues teams advanced beyond the second round on only two occasions. Those Blues were like a weird second cousin: always showing up to the party but never having much to say.But all that might change this season. The Blues are currently locked in a 2-2 tie with the Dallas Stars with a spot in the Western Conference finals on the line. St. Louis might be setting its fans up for yet another postseason disappointment in what has been a long line of them — but this could also be the year that the bounces finally go in the team’s favor, for once.The six seasons immediately following the end of St. Louis’s long playoff streak were lean for the Blues: They qualified for the playoffs just once, in 2008-09, and were promptly swept in the first round by the Vancouver Canucks. But aside from 2017-18, the Blues have used the past eight seasons to reestablish themselves as perennial playoff participants. Just like the teams in the streak years, the Blues of the 2010s haven’t advanced to the Stanley Cup Final. The Blues usually stay on brand: They are almost always pretty good, but they are seldom ever great.That’s especially been the case since the dawn of the 1990s, back when St. Louis featured a string of stars including Brett Hull, Grant Fuhr, Adam Oates, Al MacInnis and (eventually) Chris Pronger to form potent contenders in the West — on paper, at least. Since the 1989-90 season, no NHL team has underperformed in the postseason more than the Blues in terms of actual versus expected championships. Based on a logistic regression using Hockey-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System (SRS) scores2Which estimate the strength of every team in the NHL by measuring a team’s average goal differential after adjusting for strength of schedule. from each regular season, we would have expected the Blues to have won 1.4 Stanley Cups over that span; instead, they won zero. According to this measure of postseason disappointment, the next-closest NHL team since 1990 is the Ottawa Senators, who won zero Cups despite an expectation of 1.2 titles.Compared with the other three major sports leagues, the plight of St. Louis Blues fans is only exceeded by those of fans who support the Oklahoma City Thunder (nee Seattle SuperSonics), Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics, Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz. It’s a motley crew of losers that residents of the Gateway City would rather not be associated with. St. Louis is among pro sports’ most disappointing teamsBiggest shortfalls between actual and expected* championships by sport, 1990-2018 7Tigers0-0.7Clippers0-0.6 8Falcons0-0.6Predators0-0.6 4Braves1-1.0Trail Blazers0-1.4 249ers1-1.2Senators0-1.2 * Expected championships is based on a logit regression between a team’s regular season Simple Rating System (SRS) score and whether it won a championship.Source: Sports-Reference.com 10Dolphins0-0.5Wild0-0.5 Compounding their failures is the fact that the Blues have the fifth-best goal differential in the NHL over that same span3The four teams ahead of the Blues — the Red Wings, Bruins, Devils and Penguins — have combined to win 13 Stanley Cups since 1990. and have been third-best team in terms of SRS. Always pretty good, never great.Their destiny as also-rans aside, the Blues are hardly the only historic disappointments still competing for the Stanley Cup this season. If we look back as far as the 1969-70 season, the Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks each rank in the bottom third of the NHL in terms of actual titles versus expected titles. Indeed, the Sharks — like the Blues — are still titleless. Wouldn’t that make for a devastating Western Conference finals, in which one of those unfortunate franchises — and fan bases — had to go home empty-handed?Hope isn’t lost for the Blues just yet. Despite being deadlocked with the Stars, they’ve got home ice advantage on their side. What’s not on their side is the current form of rookie goaltending sensation Jordan Binnington. The netminder stormed onto the scene in the middle of the season, posting audacious numbers en route to collecting 24 wins in just 30 starts. But Binnington seems to have hit a rookie wall at just the wrong time: His quality starts percentage in the playoffs is 60 percent, down significantly from the 67 percent mark he posted during the regular season.If the Blues are going to put an end to a half-century of misery, they’ll need their wunderkind between the pipes to rediscover the form that earned him the starting job in the first place. After all, it’s hard to win a Stanley Cup without a hot goalie. Otherwise, the good folks of St. Louis know how this movie will end, because they’ve seen it many, many times before. 6Titans/Oilers0-0.8Canucks0-1.0 6Dodgers0-0.9Magic0-0.8 8(Devil) Rays0-0.7Pacers0-0.5 NFLTitlesVs. Exp.NHLTitlesVs. Exp. 5Raiders0-0.8Flyers0-1.0 9Jets0-0.5Maple Leafs0-0.6 2Athletics0-1.7Suns0-1.6 7Bills0-0.6Sabres0-0.8 1Chiefs0-1.3Blues0-1.4 10Nationals/Expos0-0.6Hawks0-0.4 3Vikings0-1.0Sharks0-1.0 1Indians0-1.8Thunder/Sonics0-2.3 read more

Clippers discover depth at catcher

“My job is to help out the pitchers as much as I can,” Espino said. “That’s my job on this team and that’s what I’m going to do as a backup catcher. Defense has to be my top priority and after that, I want to have good at-bats, put the ball in play and hope for the best result.”In Sunday’s loss against the Toledo Mud Hens, Espino had one hit in three at-bats, with an RBI single. He provided stability from behind the plate as he caught nine innings from Hector Rondon, Steven Wright and Frank Herrmann. Espino threw out Casper Wells in the fourth inning on the only attempted steal of the day by the Mud Hens.Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh commented on Espino’s value to the club.“He really works well with the pitching staff, and he’s had some big hits for us early in this year,” Sarbaugh said. “He’s a hard worker and a great guy to have in the clubhouse.” The catcher position is the most grueling position in baseball. Spending nine innings every game crouched in a catcher’s stance, wearing knee, shin and chest protectors, a protective helmet and a face mask in the heat and humidity of the summer can wear a player down.Occasionally, the Columbus Clippers need to give their starting catcher and top prospect Carlos Santana a day of rest. Backup Damaso Espino has shown to be a valuable asset to the Clippers in these situations.On April 21, Santana was injured when he fouled a ball off of his right knee. While the injury was not considered serious, he was taken out of the game and listed as day-to-day.Espino has provided stability at the catcher position when Santana is out of the lineup.Espino has played in eight games for the Clippers this season and has a .227 batting average. Despite his struggles at the plate, his defensive abilities have been impressive. read more

3 Ohio State wrestlers listed No 1 in their weight classes in

Redshirt freshman wrestler Kollin Moore gets his hand raised after defeating Penn State’s Matt McCutcheon at 197 pounds on Feb. 3, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Former Sports EditorThree Ohio State wrestlers — heavyweight Kyle Snyder, 187-pound Kollin Moore at 187 pounds and 125-pound Nathan Tomasello — were listed in No. 1 spots in FloWrestling’s preseason NCAA wrestling rankings on Monday.Buckeye wrestlers are represented in the top-12 of every weight class. FloWrestling also ranked Ohio State second in the NCAA in its preseason rankings. Coach Tom Ryan’s group ranks behind Penn State, which won the NCAA team championship the past two seasons.The Buckeyes, coming off a runner-up finish at the NCAA team championships last season, has three other team members listed in the top five in their respective weight classes. Junior Myles Martin is ranked second in the 184-pound class. Redshirt senior Bo Jordan is ranked third at 174 pounds while his brother, redshirt junior Micah Jordan, is listed fourth at 157 pounds. Sophomore Luke Pletcher (133 pounds) and redshirt sophomore Ke-Shawn Hayes (149 pounds) are both ranked ninth in their respective weight classes. Two new additions to the Buckeyes are also ranked. Joey McKenna, who transferred from Stanford, is ranked sixth at 141 pounds and Te’Shan Campbell, who transferred away from Pittsburgh, is ranked 12th at 165 pounds. Seven Penn State wrestlers are ranked, including five who are ranked No. 1 and two others ranked fourth and fifth. The Buckeyes will face off with the Nittany Lions on Feb. 2 or 4 in University Park, Pennsylvania. Michigan, which FloWrestling ranks third in team rankings behind the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes, will showcase eight ranked wrestlers in its lineup during the upcoming season with six being ranked in the top six. Ohio State will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan for a dual meet with the Wolverines on Feb. 11. The Buckeyes kick off the 2017-2018 campaign on Nov. 4 when they compete in the Princeton Open in Princeton, New Jersey. read more

Lord Chief Justice Community service is not tough enough and needs to be

first_imgHe stressed both sides of the “controversial issue” needed debate and said there are “plenty of ways” to make workers stand out without “dressing people up” in striped uniforms.His comments come amid mounting questions over the prison population in England and Wales.This month thousands of prison officers staged a walkout after claiming the system was “in meltdown”.Around 85,000 people are currently behind bars and campaigners have repeatedly warned about overcrowding and rising levels of violence and self-harm.Speaking on Tuesday Lord Thomas said: “If you are sending someone to prison for a very short time, the ability of the prison to cope with that person is limited in the current circumstances. Prison officers staged an unofficial strike earlier this month to protest against health and safety issuesCredit:DYLAN MARTINEZ Prison officers staged an unofficial strike earlier this month to protest against health and safety issues The Lord Chief Justice said more time must be spent looking at community penalties In 2008 Labour controversially introduced vests with the words “Community Payback” written on the back The Lord Chief Justice said more time must be spent looking at community penalties “What is absolutely essential is that you have, for magistrates in particular but also for judges, really good alternatives to prison.”He added: “There are two issues: how do you balance rehabilitation and punishment and what should the punishment be. Should you have some really tough kind of work for them to do? Should you make the punishment visible? These are issues that need to be debated.”Lord Thomas also said more work needed to be done in ensuring community sentences were not viewed as a soft option for those who have broken the law.He said: “We need to look much more carefully at how we give the public confidence, and the judiciary and particularly the magistracy.“Many defendants often say, ‘Phew, I’ve got off,’ and that is a terrible, terrible indictment of the system. Earlier this month Michael Gove said criminals should not be sent to prison unless there is no alternative.But director of Voice for Victims and former probation union official, Harry Fletcher, said “toughening up” community penalties was not simple.He said: “There have been calls to harden up community service and make it more visible for the last ten years. It has proved highly impractical to do it.“First, there is a shortage of placements and second there is a risk of abuse from the public to offenders and if the offenders are highly visible there’s a tendency for them not to show up, which defeats the point of it.“Community service must not be a vehicle to replace work down by local authority councils because it would put people out of work. It’s easy for the Lord Chief Justice to call for tougher community service but how do you do that? Make offenders break up rocks? Or do hard physical labour?“The reality is most of them are addicted to drugs or alcohol or both, and many have mental or physical health issues so therefore are incapable of doing hard, physical work.”Community sentences range from unpaid work to treatment programs and group activities.Offenders doing tasks such as removing graffiti, clearing wasteland and decorating public places are required to wear a high-visibility orange vest under the current regime.In 2008 Labour controversially introduced vests with the words “Community Payback” written on the back for criminals on community service. 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. Community service is not tough enough and needs to be a more visible punishment, Britain’s most senior judge has suggested as he says offenders view non-jail sentences as “getting off” free.The Lord Chief Justice called for harsher community penalties as an alternative to imprisonment at a time when jails are “overstretched” and unable to cope with overcrowding.Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd said making offenders more “visible” while they are carrying out work could deter offenders from seeing community service as an easy way out. In 2008 Labour controversially introduced vests with the words “Community Payback” written on the backCredit:EDDIE MULHOLLANDlast_img read more

Premature babies smart pen to save NHS £1bn a year by revolutionising

first_imgBy contrast, the new device can detect tiny amounts of moisture on the outside of the body and uses wireless technology to send a signal to a computer which give the medic a “red, amber, green” result indicating how likely a premature birth is.The test, which could be ready to roll out across the NHS within three years, can accurately predict premature birth from as early as 20 weeks gestation.Professor Dilly Anumba, who is leading the research at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital, said: “If we are able to identify women at real risk, then we can target them for treatments way before pre-term birth occurs to reduce the risks of either the baby dying or the extremely premature baby surviving with cerebral palsy or other problems associated with prematurity.” Around 60,000 babies are born early each year in the UK, and complications from pre-term delivery are the leading single cause of deaths in children aged under five, while one in four babies born before 28 weeks suffer life-long complications.Once doctors know that a mother-to-be is at risk of giving birth prematurely, they can use the hormone progesterone or antibiotics to delay delivery.The knowledge can also give women a better chance of being near the hospitals best equipped to look after premature newborns.Professor Anumba said there was no reason why the test could not be used to screen all mothers during their mid-term checkup at 20 weeks.“If we can prolong pregnancy by two, three or four weeks we could make a big difference in terms of how well the babies are and how relatively healthy they are without some of these disabilities associated with pre-term delivery.”He added: “There is every suggestion it will be cost saving for the NHS if it’s as good as we think it could be.”The research has been funded in part by the National Institute for Health Research, the NHS research arm, and has included 200 women who have previously had pre-term births.Because of its small size and simplicity, the technology promises an even bigger impact in the developing world, where many women do not even have access to the current diagnostic techniques.Pre-term babies can have under-developed lungs, are at higher risk of infection due to a less effective immune system and can suffer bowel problems. They also tend to feed less well. Professor Dilly Anumba If we can prolong pregnancy by two, three or four weeks we could make a big difference in terms of how well the babies are and how relatively healthy they are without some of these disabilities associated with pre-term deliveryProfessor Anumba A new test promises to revolutionise the prevention of premature birth by accurately predicting the chances of pre-term delivery up to three months in advance, scientists have said.The “pencil-looking” non-invasive device will save the NHS £1 billion a year and can alert doctors to tell-tale accumulations of moisture in the cervix, giving them the chance to intervene and artificially prolong pregnancy.The new test, which has been trialled at an NHS hospital in Sheffield, takes a maximum of 15 seconds and is so simple it could be used by GPs or even nursing staff.Gynecologists currently have to rely on time-consuming and expensive procedures such as ultrasounds or fetal fibronectin swabs, which yield many false positives and, even when accurate, can only predict premature birth a few days hence. Professor Dilly Anumba 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

Asda pulls diet ready meals from shelves after Slimming World dispute

first_imgThe spokesperson said: “Although we repeatedly asked Asda to give us a more detailed breakdown of the ingredients used so that we could make an accurate assessment, they would not supply those details. “[So] we were unable to confirm whether or not the meals would be designated as Free Food on Slimming World’s healthy eating plan.”It’s always been our view that Asda were misusing our trademarks to promote the range, trading on the back of our much-loved and respected name and reputation, regardless of whether the meals count as Free Food on our healthy eating plan.”The spokesperson added: “It’s never been our intention to prevent Asda from selling healthy meals that help people lose weight – our concern has been about our trademarks, and we hope that Asda will be able to relaunch the range without relying on Slimming World’s trademarks or name.A chicken tikka masala, a cottage pie and a Thai green curry were just some of the meals pulled from the shelves on Sunday morning.An Asda spokesperson said the meal packs included a statement informing customers that the range was not endorsed by Slimming World.The spokesperson added: “We take great pride in the integrity of the claims we make about our products. “Recent information has come to light indicating that the method used by Slimming World to assess whether a ready-meal is free or not, surprisingly, is partly subjective and involves more than simply making food with free ingredients.“Slimzone was always intended to bring more choice and lower prices to customers shopping for healthy frozen ready meals but because of this new information, we have chosen to remove the range while we consider the best option for our customers.” Supermarket giant Asda has pulled a range of diet ready meals from its shelves after facing legal action from Slimming World.The supermarket chain launched their own-brand Slimzone meals in January, stating on packaging the meals were “free to enjoy following the Slimming World Extra Easy plan”.But Slimming World sought an injunction over the use of their trademark on the 12 meals, claiming the company had not supplied enough information on ingredients used.At £2.50 each, the meals were 50p cheaper than Slimming World’s own brand meals in Iceland.The weight loss company had not endorsed or tested the product and it is understood Asda did not communicate with Slimming World before the range was brought to the shelves.Slimming World, which boasts of over one million members, uses values called Syns to help its members lose weight.Asda said Slimzone ready meals included ingredients which were classed as “Syn free” in the Slimming World diet plan. 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. But the weight loss giant claimed they could not given an accurate value for the Slimzone meals, because the supermarket had not provided enough details on their ingredients.In February Slimming World announced they had taken legal action against the supermarket to remove their trademarks from the range.They claimed the supermarket was “trading on the back” of Slimming World’s reputation and using their name “unlawfully”.On Sunday Asda announced they had pulled all twelve meals from their 600 stores.A Slimming World spokesperson said the products were withdrawn shortly before a court hearing was due to take place.last_img read more

My wife was empowered by sexual activity with a young stranger exBBC

first_imgJoe Giddens/PA Wire Joe Giddens/PA Mrs Wadsworth, has pleaded not guilty to 11 charges of indecent assault, while her 69-year-old husband denies nine counts of the same offence.Asked by his barrister Michelle Clarke why he allowed his wife to be approached by another male, Mr Wadsworth claimed his spouse’s past with an abusive partner had left her “damaged” and insecure.He told jurors that he wanted to prove others found her sexually desirable.Mr Wadsworth said: “Julie and I have a very deep loving relationship – I get quite emotional just talking about it.”But because of Julie’s past history with an abusive partner I think it’s fair to say that Julie was and to some extent still is today a damaged person.”She was not confident in her appearance, certainly not confident in her body and I just saw this beautiful person not just on the outside, but on the inside as well.”So, a very special human being. “And as our relationship developed she began to confide in me and tell me about her abusive partner who was absolutely vile – the things he perpetrated on her.”So I did my best to bring out the woman inside her, I suppose.”Appearing at times emotional, Mr Wadsworth said: “I guess I took a juxtaposition, and tried to demonstrate nobody owns anybody, nobody is a physical possession of anything else but a person in their own right, with their own rights.”So I encouraged her to be the woman that I see today and I love her to bits, and I’m very proud of her.”He added: “So yeah, this was all part of it.”Julie’s unreasonable possessiveness and jealousy, then as the years went by, I tried my best to bring out the life in her by demonstrating to her I was not a jealous type.”I wanted to show her she wasn’t just attractive to me but to others as well.”It was a moment in time, I looked at Julie and Julie looked at me, and I stepped to one side and this guy moved in.”It’s terrible to have to describe it like this.” An ex-BBC presenter has told a court he “stepped to one side” to let a young stranger engage in a public sex act with his wife because it “empowered” her.Tony Wadsworth said his wife, Julie Wadsworth, was “a very special human being” who had found the daytime encounter with the male in woodland in the 1990s “exhilarating and exciting”.He added: “It was a positive, because she felt empowered as a woman.”That it’s not just me – the world and his wife can see the beautiful woman that she is.”The Wadsworths are on trial at Warwick Crown Court accused of encouraging boys to take part in sexual activity in Warwickshire woods between 1992 and 1996. Both have accepted having sexual encounters with what Mrs Wadsworth described as “young men” in the forest, but deny they were children.Giving evidence in his defence on Friday, Mr Wadsworth said that in two separate encounters, involving up to three males each time, they appeared to be “16, 17 – possibly 18”.He described a claim he had sexual encounters with anyone aged 16 as “outrageous”, and denied a prosecution allegation he had a “threesome” with his wife and a boy at his then home in Warwickshire.Explaining their “first encounter” in the woods with one of the complainants in the trial, Mr Wadsworth said he found it “erotic” to watch his wife masturbate the lone stranger in front of him. Afterwards he said the couple agreed what was happening was “ridiculous, foolhardy and stupid and there would be no repetition”.The couple, from Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, deny five counts of outraging public decency which allege they engaged in sexual activity “against a tree” in view of others between July 1992 and June 1996. Credit:Joe Giddens/PA Wirecenter_img They are accused of encouraging boys to take part in sexual activity in wooded areas of Warwickshire between 1992 and 1996 The Wadsworths are accused of encouraging boys to take part in sexual activity between 1992 and 1996Credit:Joe Giddens/PA Mr Wadsworth told the court his wife had found the woodland encounter ’empowering’Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire In his account of the moment, the couple were “kissing and cuddling” when they became aware of a young man watching them in the undergrowth. Mr Wadsworth said: “I turned, looked around and saw this fella and must confess it was something of a shock.”I didn’t know what he was going to do. But very shortly after it was clear what he was hoping to do.”He added: “It just happened, he came forward as I stepped to one side.”The 69-year-old claimed the whole incident had taken place in woodland, well off the beaten track, without a word being exchanged.He said: “After the heat of the moment was over, it was all very embarrassing and awkward. We tidied ourselves up and we all went our separate ways.”Mrs Wadsworth has accepted going on to have a sexual relationship with that complainant, after bumping into him some years later, but has repeatedly denied he was under-age.Her husband has claimed that when he discovered that tryst, he told the man to “f— off”, also rejecting a Facebook friend request from him in 2015.Mr Wadsworth described what he claimed was the second and final occasion in the woodland in the 1990s, involving three males being masturbated by his wife as happening much the same as the first encounter. 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

Airlines urged to cut ticket prices as cost of oil continues to

first_img“There’s a very real argument here to say that airline customers are being ripped off. The price of tickets must go down to reflect the fall in the price of fuel, but airlines are failing to pass on in full the savings they are making as a result of falling fuel prices,” he said.The price of crude oil has plummeted in the past three years, from $115 per barrel in April 2014 to around $50 per barrel this month – a fall of 56 per cent.Figures from the SkySkanner travel website show that between July 2015 and June this year the average cost of an economy ticket from the UK to all destinations fell from £351.70 to £328.36, a drop of 6.6 per cent. Michael Fabricant MP Credit:PA The average cost of an economy ticket from the UK to European destinations fell by 7.6 per cent over the same period, from £151.17 to £139.54.Mr Fabricant highlighted the case of a £1,380 flight from London to Sydney with Emirates, which includes a fuel surcharge of £364.He is now calling on Ministers to act to force those airlines which impose fuel surcharges to cut or even scrap them altogether.Emma Coulthurst, travel expert from holiday price comparison site, TravelSupermarket.com said: “The last few three years have been some of the best for the airline industry in terms of profits; airlines have enjoyed huge cash piles since oil prices slid significantly in mid-2014. The airlines are quick to increase prices when oil prices increase. But, the same discounts have not seemed apparent in ticket prices when fuel prices have slid over the last few years.”She added: “Airlines need to convince us that they are passing on savings to us. These fuel surcharges – – and it is mainly the flag carriers who are to blame for them – make customers feel that the airline industry is taking advantage of them.”Lufthansa said it scrapped its fuel surcharges around two years ago, and said competition between airlines was so “fierce” that passengers were benefitting from “very competitive prices”. Michael Fabricant MP  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. Consumer campaigners have accused airlines of ripping off passengers by failing to pass on the full saving of the fall in fuel prices.They say the current low price of oil is not reflected in the cost charged by airlines.The row comes as around two million people headed overseas this weekend as the holiday season got underway.The Conservative MP Michael Fabricant said that although the cost of flights has been falling over the past few years customers are still not seeing the full benefit of the fall in fuel costs over the same period. In a statement responding to Mr Fabricant, BA said: “All prices our customers see are inclusive of taxes and charges. We clearly identify the carrier imposed charge to our customers during the booking process on ba.com. The carrier imposed charge is not linked to fuel prices.”Emirates did not respond to requests for comment.last_img read more

Salmon farming has done enormous harm to fish and environment warns Jeremy

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. Jeremy Paxman has called for fish farms to be moved inland or further out to sea Migrating salmon in the wild  This year’s run of salmon in the most closely monitored river in Argyll is on course to be the lowest on record. The salmon count on the River Awe hit an all-time low after 30 weeks of the season. Last year’s total of 807 fish was only slightly above the all-time lowest count. This year it is running at only one third of the 2016 count. Andrew Graham-Stewart, Director of Salmon and Trout Conservation Scotland (S&TC Scotland), said: “Since the arrival of intensive salmon farming, numbers of mature west Highland sea trout have crashed.”The decline in wild salmon numbers has not thus far been as extreme but it now appears that in the southern section of the west Highlands the decline is accelerating into a free fall.”Roger Brook, Chairman of the Argyll District Salmon Fishery Board, said: “The Scottish Government has promoted the continued expansion of the salmon aquaculture industry whilst added to implement adequate control on the siting of farms and the levels of sea lice on the farms. Wild salmon stocks are dwindling in Scottish rivers Credit:Rex Features Migrating salmon in the wild Credit: Becky Bohrer “Only a few decades ago you ate Atlantic salmon if you were lucky enough to be a toff, or one of his employees. Not iw is ubiquitous, piled high in supermarket fridges or lying pink and flabby on plates at wedding receptions and awards dinners.“But when you rear dish in the quantities necessary to meet growing demand, you start playing with the environment. Confining naturally migratory and carnivorous animals in packed pens produces enormous quantities of faeces which covers the seabed beneath. These cages provide ideal breeding grounds for the sea louse.“Salmon and trout migrating to the sea or returning to their natural rivers to spawn must swim through clouds of sea lice. Salmon farms have done enormous harm.” Lice feed by grazing on the surface of the fish, eating the mucous and skin. Large numbers of lice soon cause the loss of fins, severe scarring, secondary infections and, in time, death.The sea louse problem has led most fisheries needing to add chemicals to cages, which are harmful to the environment, conservationists have warned.center_img Jeremy Paxman has called for fish farms to be moved inland or further out to seaCredit:Rex Features  Salmon farming has done ‘enormous harm’ to fish stocks and the environment, Jeremy Paxman has warned, as he called for an overhaul of the industry to protect wildlife.The presenter, and keen angler, said many fisheries traded on the image that salmon arrived at the table ‘fresh from the wild seas’ when, in reality most has been bred in cramped, filthy cages in the sea.There are now 250 salmon farms on the western coast of Scotland, but the surge has coincided with a collapse in the number of wild salmon in the area.Fish cages are mostly sited near the shore, or in estuaries for easy access, but the overcrowded conditions is a breeding ground for sea lice which infect wild fish when the begin migrating from the sea up rivers. Although consumers are left with their impression their salmon has been caught in wild lochs, the stock are actually kept in 40 metre cages of around 70,000 fish, Paxman warned in an editorial for the Financial Times Weekend section.“It’s like a series of floating battery hen sheds,” he said. “Salmon has long been sold on the prospect of cleanliness and health. The impression is fraudulent. “We call upon Scottish Government to insist that future farms are sited away from the probable migration routes. The worst existing farms, both in terms of location and lice control, should now be closed.”Some producers, such as Loch Duart which supplies upmarket restaurants, has started to breed ‘cleaner fish’ such as wrasse which eat the lice, to avoid using chemicals and keep the problem under control.But Paxman claimed the only way to solve the problem is by moving cages further out to sea where there are stronger currents to clear away the lice, and less chance of them coming into contact with wild salmon.He added: “The more radical solution is for salmon farming to be on tanks on land, with arrangements for waste disposal.”However Scottish fisheries are keen not to allow a move onto land, as it means they can no longer use the romantic ‘loch’ association, and could trigger new farms to grow up elsewhere.“Salmon farming has a political appeal because it seems to offer employment in Highland communities, that have a powerful romantic hold of Scottish identity.“Once you use land-based systems, why locate them in the Highlands at all. It could be much more economical to build them somewhere near the markets of southern England or the airports supplying exotic destinations.” Wild salmon stocks are dwindling in Scottish rivers  By 2015 the Scottish salmon industry was producing nearly 180,000 tons of salmon and hopes to double production by 2030.But Salmon & Trout Conservation UK (S&TC UK) say the upsurge has come at ‘considerable environmental cost,’ by triggering a huge surge in sea lice which are threatening trout as well as salmon.The numbers of the parasites are frequently over the industry’s recommended Code of Good Practice threshold for treatment.Research by leading fisheries charity S&TC UK indicates that there are some 120 salmon farms in Scotland within regions where the industry’s own sea lice figures exceed the recommended threshold limits.last_img read more

Humans to be geneticallymodified in Europe for the first time this year

first_imgThe biotech company Crispr Therapeutics is hoping to cure the disease beta thalassaemia, a devastating blood disorder which reduces the production of haemoglobin, the protein which carries oxygen to cells. It will be the first human… Without sufficient oxygen, sufferers can be left with bone deformities, severe anaemia, slow growth, fatigue and shortness of breath. Europe will see its first genetically engineered patients using a groundbreaking gene-splicing therapy this year after regulators approved trials. The disease is caused by a genetic mutation in the HBB gene, but scientists are confident that they can alter the body’s code to fix the problem and restore healthy levels of haemoglobin.last_img

Ant McPartlin given biggest ever drinkdrive fine as he is told to

first_imgMcPartlin lost control on sharp bend and ended up on wrong side of roadProsecutor Katie Sinnett-Jones told the court the incident happened at around 3.50pm on March 18 on Lower Richmond Road.She said Mr McPartlin was driving around a “sharp bend and lost control” at which point he ended up on the wrong side of the road. Show more Ant McPartlin was met by a scrum of photographersCredit:Stephen Lock / i-Images  Ant McPartlin steps out of a black people carrier to face courtCredit:Chris J Ratcliffe /Getty The Metropolitan Police previously confirmed that several people were treated at the scene for minor injuries. A child passenger from one of the cars was taken to hospital to be checked as a precaution.McPartlin – one half of entertainment duo Ant and Dec – was charged by post three days after the crash, before stepping back from his TV commitments and returning to rehab.He faced a scrum of photographers and reporters as he walked up the steps at the main court entrance, which was guarded by seven police officers.Video: Ant McPartlin mobbed by photographers at court He appeared alongside Donnelly on TV screens over the weekend as Britain’s Got Talent aired its pre-recorded audition shows.Dec to present Britain’s Got Talent live shows soloDeclan Donnelly will present Britain’s Got Talent live shows solo. ITV confirmed that the presenter, 42, will continue without on-screen partner Ant McPartlin.McPartlin featured in the show’s audition stages, which began at the weekend and were recorded in January. Ant McPartlin The driver of the Mini car said afterwards, the court heard, that they thought they would die in the collision.He said, in a statement read by Ms Sinnett-Jones: “Myself and my family were in deep shock as we believed we could have died as as a result of Mr McPartlin’s reckless driving.”McPartlin steps back from TV commitmentsAfter he was charged, ITV announced the Saturday Night Takeaway host would step back from his TV commitments.McPartlin’s co-presenter, Declan Donnelly, hosted the final two episodes of the show on his own.  Declan Donnelly presenting Saturday Night Takeaway on his own for the first time Ant McPartlin Ant McPartlin, the television presenter, has been ordered to pay what is believed to be Britain’s biggest ever drink-drive fine after he was caught more than double the legal limit in a car crash.The 42-year-old, who the court heard earns £130,000 a week, was fined £86,000 after pleading guilty to drink driving and banned from the road for 20 months. Outside court, he said he is “truly sorry for what happened “. McPartlin was involved in a collision with two other vehicles while driving his Mini in Richmond, south-west London, with his mother as passenger on a Sunday afternoon. He had been seeking help for “alcohol and emotional issues” at the time.In a statement to police, he apologised for his actions, which he said have left him “ashamed and mortified”. The court heard he hopes he “might be forgiven by all the people he feels he has let down so terribly”.Wearing a black three-piece suit, white shirt and black tie, McPartlin stood in the glass dock at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on Monday afternoon when he pleaded guilty to a single charge of drink-driving.The charge states he had 75 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath. Sentencing him, she said: “At the time when it happened you were struggling with various personal problems and also alcohol issues for some months.”This incident happened, sadly, when it seems you suffered a brief relapse.” Damage to a car involved in the crash in RichmondCredit:WENN mini crash McPartlin, who lives in Chiswick, west London, was arrested at around 4pm on Sunday, March 18 after failing a roadside breathalyser test following the collision between the Mini he was driving and two other cars. ‘You’re no longer a man of good character’ – judgeDistrict Judge Barbara Barnes told McPartlin “you are a well-known and successful entertainer”, whose weekly income is around £130,000 a week. Ant McPartlin arrives at court to the flash of camerasCredit:Chris J Ratcliffe /Getty Ant McPartlin was met by a scrum of photographers He collided with another Mini Cooper car before driving “straight into the front of an oncoming car”.McPartlin’s vehicle “came to a halt and was no longer driveable due to the damage caused” she said. Members of the public called the police. “But for good fortune the consequences could have been worse. He feels the guilt that is reflected in his plea.” Mr Walker spoke of McPartlin’s “exemplary” character and charitable work, especially focusing on organisations that help children.”Mr McPartlin is lucky to have both family and long-time friends to support him,” he added.Star seeking help for ‘alcohol and emotional issues’Mr Walker said his client had been seeking help for “alcohol and emotional issues” at the time of the crash, adding that his mother was in the car with him.He told the district judge the incident was down to “a brief relapse unbeknownst to his passenger”.”Anthony McPartlin is sorry and is doing everything he can to ensure this never happens again,” Mr Walker said.”He hopes that in time he can make himself better and that he might be forgiven by all of the many people he knows and he feels he has let down terribly.” Declan Donnelly presenting Saturday Night Takeaway on his own for the first timeCredit:ITV?PA Simon Cowell stands by McPartlin: ‘He’s manned up’Simon Cowell has publicly supported Ant McPartlin, saying he has “manned up” by checking himself into rehab.”We’ve known each other a long time, and you stand by the people you work with over the years, for the obvious reasons,” Cowell told The Sun. “We always stand by our friends. We’re all human.”The most important thing is he’s manned up, he’s going to get himself back together. And the show goes on, it’s as simple as that.”Cowell, who returns as a judge on the ITV show, said Ant was welcome to return fully in 2019 after his stint in rehab.”People, for whatever reason, they get into a rut and at times like this you stand by your mates. It’s always been that way,” he said. ‘I’ve let myself down, I let a lot of people down’Speaking briefly outside the court following sentencing, McPartlin said: “I just want to say I’m truly sorry for what happened.”High standards are expected of me, I expect them of myself. I’ve let myself down, I let a lot of people down. And for that I am truly sorry.”I’d like to apologise to everybody involved in the crash and I’m just thankful no-one was seriously hurt.” The move was confirmed by ITV, which sent McPartlin “all our love” and added they knew Donnelly will do a “brilliant job”.”Dec will be hosting the live shows which for the first time ever are coming from the Hammersmith Apollo while Ant steps down from his TV commitments for now,” they added.The announcement came days after Dec presented the finale of Saturday Night Takeaway alone, which he said had been “tinged with sadness” due to the absence of his TV partner of almost 30 years.From Byker Grove to OBE: Saturday night TV star’s story through the years The judge described McPartlin’s previous “exemplary character” adding: “I think it will have quite an impact on you to know you’re no longer a man of good character.”Fining him, she said: “Because of the seriousness of this offence, the financial pain must be imposed on you as on any other offender.”McPartlin was also told to pay £255 in costs. In December 2016, footballer Yaya Toure was given what was believed to be the biggest ever fine for drink-driving. He was told to pay £54,000 – one week’s wages – and banned from driving for 18 months.’Ashamed and mortified’: Statement to policeThe court heard that in a statement to police McPartlin said: “I am very sorry I did this. I am ashamed and mortified that this happened.”I accept full culpability for this and wish to apologise to all those concerned.”McPartlin’s barrister Liam Walker said: “Through me, Mr McPartlin wishes to express both sorrow and regret over his actions,” Mr Walker said.”He is sorry, but not sorry because he is here. He knows it is right that he’s here and he hopes that which has led him here will eventually help him. 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

Social media contributed to my stroke says Norman Lamb

A former health minister has said that “addictive” social media contributed to his stroke, as he warned that websites such as Twitter and Facebook could have a “distorting” effect.Norman Lamb, the Lib Dem MP, suffered a minor stroke in March that was at the time attributed to his high workload. He told The Daily Telegraph that his overuse of technology and social media was one of the causes.“I have addictive tendencies,” he said.“I use social media late at night, sometimes lying in bed. It’s the first thing I look at in the morning.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Twitter is very addictive.” Mr Lamb, 61, the MP  for North Norfolk and chairman of the Commons science and technology committee that is conducting an inquiry into the effects of social media on young people, served as health minister until 2015.He said technology had increased the “pressure” on MPs, who received “instant feedback” and a “stream of tweets” after public appearances.“You get constituency case work via Facebook, Twitter, Messenger, text messages, emails, phone calls, people turning up at the office,” Mr Lamb said.“There’s an assumption you’ll respond to an email quickly. When you leave it for a few days, there’s a pressure of ‘Why have you not responded?’ “When I had a health shock before Easter, when I discovered I’d had a stroke, I realised I was on a treadmill. I was just struggling to keep on top of it. So I immediately said, ‘Someone else can manage my email account’.”Mr Lamb’s committee’s inquiry has heard evidence from young people who spend “all the time on social media”. He is sympathetic. “Most people are capable of this drift into obsession,” he said.“It’s commonplace for teenagers to message each other at two in the morning… You never escape it.” Mr Lamb spoke in support of The Daily Telegraph campaign calling for social media companies to have a duty of care towards their users.He said: “These are very powerful organisations making a lot of money, and they have a real moral obligation to safeguard the health and well-being of these generations growing up.”However, he urged caution when it comes to regulation. “We mustn’t throw the baby out with the bath water – we must be smart and intelligent in how we do this, and work from the basis of evidence,” he said. Mr Lamb also highlighted the positive aspects of social media, which were not available when his son, Archie, was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder in his teens.“The fact that young people can access help, support, guidance on mental health issues and on how you navigate your way through challenges can be of enormous value,” Mr Lamb said. 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. “Archie is now thriving and successful in the music business but I remember the moment he was diagnosed with OCD and said ‘Dad, why am I the only person going mad?’”“Since nobody else is talking about it, you think you’re the only one who is experiencing this. Now, you can go to your room and type in ‘OCD’, and you realise that actually lots of people are.” read more

Burns survivor turned model calls on beauty industry to widen its appeal

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Catrin wants more beauty firms to feature people with visible differences in its campaignsCredit:Paul Grover for the Telegraph Avon is the very first brand to sign up to Changing Faces’ #PledgeToBeSeen, calling on fashion and beauty brands to feature people with visible differences in its campaigns.Research from Avon found that 80 percent of women say they feel too much pressure to be ‘perfect’, with 60 per cent feeling pressured to meet a certain beauty standard.According to the study, 40 percent of women said they find it hard to relate to the women they see in the media, which prompted the beauty products firm to feature a more diverse range of women in its own campaigns.The firm also announced Stand4her, a global initiative to tackle some of the barriers preventing women from achieving their full potential. The initiative aims to improve the lives of 100 million women each year.Following the 2013 coach crash doctors gave Ms Pugh a one in 1,000 chance of survival, but after 200 operations and three months in a medically induced coma she defied expectations and began to rebuild her life.Now she says she wants to be a role model for people who have suffered similar ordeals.Ms Pugh said: “When I was receiving treatments for my burns I would read magazines to pass the time and I never saw anyone who looked like me – so to be a part of a mainstream beauty campaign is so important.“Hopefully these campaigns will open people’s eyes to the need for more diversity in the fashion and beauty industry and the impact this can have on people’s confidence and self-esteem.”She added: “I hope to inspire others to embrace their appearance, no matter what they look like. I want people to feel confident and use clothes and beauty to express who they are rather than hide away.”At least 1.3 million children, young people and adults in the UK are estimated to havesignificant disfigurements, including 569,000 with facial disfigurements – around one in 111 in the population.Becky Hewitt, chief executive of Changing Faces, said: “As a charity that supports people with visible differences, we want to see brands, publications and designers working with real people of all appearances so that beauty and fashion is accessible to all.She added: “We are thrilled that our ambassador, Catrin, is one of the faces of Avon’s new campaign, proving that people who look different have a right to be seen and heard, especially in an industry which has historically excluded them.” A burns survivor who was scarred for life in a horrific coach crash has called for the beauty industry to do more to appeal to women suffering from facial disfigurements.Catrin Pugh, who suffered 96 per cent burns in the accident six years ago, said beauty and make up firms were failing to provide women like her with suitable role models.The 25-year-old from Wrexham, north Wales, who was left with only the soles of her feet unburned after her coach crashed and burst into flames in the French Alps, has been chosen as one of the faces of Avon’s Perfect Nudes collection of lip shades, becoming the beauty giant’s first ever model with a visible difference.But speaking about the launch of the collection on Friday she said the industry as a whole needs to do more for women like her.Ms Pugh, who is also ambassador for the Changing Faces charity for people with facial disfigurements, told The Telegraph: “I want to see more beauty and fashion brands following Avon’s example and featuring people with visible differences in their campaigns.“This is so important because everyone wants to be valued and included and seeing people who look like you in mainstream brand campaigns and adverts can really make a difference. I hope many more companies will sign Changing Faces’ pledge.” Catrin wants more beauty firms to feature people with visible differences in its campaigns read more

Thirteen prison officers hospitalised after violence erupts at Feltham youth jail over

The Prison Service said the perpetrators will face adjudication hearings over the next few days. A spokeswoman said: “A completely unacceptable series of assaults on staff at Feltham over the weekend led to 20 officers receiving injuries – with 13 needing hospital treatment.”Our sympathies are with those hard-working and committed staff, who deserve to be able to carry out their jobs without facing this kind of behaviour.”We will never tolerate violence against our staff and will push for the strongest possible punishment, which could lead to them spending more time behind bars.”It is understood the injured officers have since been discharged from hospital.Feltham YOI is made up of two parts, Feltham A, which holds 15 to 18-year-olds, and Feltham B, which holds young adults aged 18 to 21.In its A unit there is capacity for 180 young people, while 360 young adults can be held in unit B. Once judged to be unsafe, an inspection last year found levels of violence had been cut at the YOI.Safety had improved “quite dramatically” after new measures were introduced that included the teenagers being rewarded for good behaviour – including being given sweets and chocolate.But the facility has faced a battle to keep gang rivalries in check after “postcode” allegiances caused conflict among inmates. Thirteen prison officers required hospital treatment after being attacked by teenage offenders during a weekend of violence at a youth jail.Nineteen staff in total at Feltham Young Offenders Institution (YOI) in west London were injured as about a dozen young criminals, aged 15 to 17, mounted “unprovoked” attacks on officers.They suffered fractures, broken noses, cuts, bruises and bites during the violence which started last Friday and continued through the weekend.“They don’t need an excuse, they decided they were going to attack staff members, unprovoked. It was just wanton violence, simple as that,” said Mark Fairhurst, chairman of the Prison Officers’ Association.“Feltham has a difficult cohort to deal with as these are the violent kids who are committing the knife crime in London. They don’t stop violence just because they are in a young offenders’ institution.“They came up to staff, punched them in the face. When they got restrained, they bit staff. There’s some quite deep bites. It’s just unprovoked violence.”Mr Fairhurst sparked a backlash on Twitter after tweeting that they should “Replace the term ‘children’ with ‘violent young criminal’ and you more accurately describe what @POAUnion members in the juvenile estate face.”However, he was unapologetic over his comments and demanded that the attackers should be prosecuted and segregated, so they could be treated by psychologists to try to understand the motivation for their violence. “We will support staff and push for prosecutions,” he said. In March Feltham’s independent monitoring board said the issue presented staff with an “enormous problem”. 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

Grandmother of new lord of the manor shuns £50 million mansion for

Standing outside her pebbledashed former council house, Barbara Binns is adamant that she could never be persuaded to move out of her humble home.However, the 82-year-old pensioner cannot help but laugh as she concedes her grandson’s offer to rehouse her in his recently acquired £50 million Grade II listed mansion is sorely tempting.“Ever since he was a little boy we walked in the woods surrounding Penrose House,” she said, pointing towards the towering sycamores and oak trees that border the manor’s 1,536-acre estate a mile from her terraced home in Cornwall.“I’m so pleased for him. He’s as good as gold – he was a care worker. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer person.”Her grandson is Jordan Adlard who aged 31 used a DNA test to prove he was the illegitimate son of Charles Rogers, the aristocratic owner of the Penrose estate who died aged 62 last August after succumbing to drug addiction. Back at his grandmother’s home, Mrs Binns, who regularly stays at Penrose House, believes little will change with her loyal grandson. Jason Adlard Rogers After taking up residence in the 17th Century home last October, the new lord of the manor amended his birth certificate so his surname read “Adlard Rogers”. As well as a new name, he receives up to £1,000 a week as heir to the Rogers Family Trust. The vast Loe Pool dominates the Penrose EstateCredit:Dale Cherry Jordan Adlard Rogers moved into Penrose House last year after he obtained a DNA test proving he was the heir to the estateCredit:Dale Cherry Barbara Binns at her home in Helston Jordan Adlard Rogers moved into Penrose House last year after he obtained a DNA test proving he was the heir to the estate Barbara Binns at her home in HelstonCredit:Dale Cherry “Jordan often comes here for dinner. He loves his nan,” she says. “He always says he wants me and Dusty [his step-grandfather] to move in.“I don’t want to live on a National Trust estate. It’s Jordan’s home now and I’m happy for him.” 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 vast Loe Pool dominates the Penrose Estate Jason Adlard RogersCredit:SWNS Mrs Binns, however, insists her grandson was not motivated by any interest in inheritance, instead he wanted to establish the truth about his heritage.“He always wanted to prove he was a Rogers,” Mrs Binns told The Telegraph from her home in Helston. “Jordan doesn’t care about money.”Referring to his repeated failed attempts in later life to persuade Mr Rogers to take a DNA test, she added: “He didn’t necessarily want Mr Rogers to behave like his dad. He just wanted to know the truth.” In 2018, he again wrote to Mr Rogers enclosing a DNA kit but received a reply from lawyers saying the aristocrat had passed away and so a test should be conducted.And so, he inherited a 50-room house which was given to the National Trust by the Rogers in 1974 in exchange for a 1,000 year-lease to keep it in the family.Mr Rogers had inherited the estate in 2012 after his father, Royal Navy veteran Lt Cdr John Peverell Rogers, died. It is a rags to riches tale that is as remarkable as it is moving. Mr Rogers had a brief affair with Julie Adlard when she was about 20. The family always knew her son, who grew up mostly with his grandmother, was a Rogers.The Telegraph can reveal Mrs Binns took him to meet Mr Rogers after the boy, then aged eight, was told who his father was.A close family friend said: “Jordan said he wanted to speak to his dad. His grandmother took him to the manor, knocked on the door and told Mr Rogers, ‘This is your son.’ But, Charles said he didn’t want to talk to him and slammed the door.” Mr Adlard Rogers, who lives at Penrose House with his girlfriend, Katie Hubber, and their baby, posted pictures on Facebook of himself “patrolling” Loe Pool, Cornwall’s largest natural lake that dominates the grounds. He has said proof of who his father was represented “closure”, adding that he would not forget his roots and planned to set up a local charity.He took a few minutes to navigate the corridors where gilt-framed portraits of his ancestors hang before opening the creaking front door.Speaking with a slight Cornish burr and holding his baby, he politely declined to comment, but added: “To be honest, I think it has all been blown out of proportion.” read more

Royal Academy visitors are invited to brush past naked man and woman

Abramović is known as the controversial grandmother of performance art.Andrea Tarsia, head of exhibitions, said she was a “pioneering” artist who has “consistently tested the limits of her own mental and physical endurance”.He said of Imponderabilia: “This simple gesture proposed a confrontation with nakedness, gender, sexuality and desire.”Abramović will be in London throughout the exhibition but the RA said her presence at the exhibition is “yet to be determined” – seemingly leaving the door open for her to participate in the nude display.Tim Marlow, the RA’s artistic director, said: “She’s 74 years old – her main concern is about how her work will be re-performed, as theatre and music is. But never say never with Marina.”Will she do exactly what she wants and not take any notice of anything we say to her? Almost certainly.” Nudity has only featured in two performances in the RA’s history, and on both occasions in the less visible Burlington Gardens.In 2009, Spartacus Chetwynd put on one of her risqué carnivalesque art shows, ‘Helmut Newton’s Ladies Evening’.In 2012, Eddie Peake exhibited his work ‘Touch’ – a naked five-a-side football match in which teams were only differentiated by the colour of their socks.It was intended to illustrate the inherent eroticism of contact sports.This is the first time a naked performance will take place in the RA’s main galleries, where hundreds of thousands of visitors pass through every year. The Royal Academy in Mayfair, west LondonCredit:David Rose/David Rose Eyebrows were raised in 1977 when a pair of naked performance artists stood inches apart at the entrance of a gallery in Italy, leaving just a tiny gap for visitors to squeeze through.Now it has been revealed that Marina Abramović’s jaw-dropping creation, Imponderabilia, will be replicated at the Royal Academy of Arts (RA) next year – the first time a live nude work of art has been exhibited in the main galleries.The Serbian artist’s original performance more than forty years ago was with her then boyfriend and fellow artist Frank Uwe Laysiepen at the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna in the Italian city of Bologna.Passersby were unaware that they were being filmed by a hidden camera and their reactions would form part of the art work.Many were unsure which naked body to face; some squeezed past as quickly as possible; others avoided going through altogether.The brave display will be recreated by two young artists at the RA between September 26 and December 8, 2020.In a test of composure and physical stamina, they will keep in position for up to three hours in the doorway between two adjoining gallery spaces.Visitors less eager to get up close and personal with two strangers will have the option of walking around the naked duo. Abramović and her then boyfriend and fellow artist stood inches apart at the entrance of the Galleria Comunale d'Arte Moderna in the Italian city of Bologna in 1977 Abramović and her then boyfriend and fellow artist stood inches apart at the entrance of the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna in the Italian city of Bologna in 1977Credit:Will Oliver/AFP 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 Royal Academy in Mayfair, west London read more