Some Jacksonville Jaguars Tim Tebow fans have organized a rally Monday in the EverBank Field parking lot at 3:16 p.m. ET to push for the team to sign the free-agent quarterback, who was cut by the New England Patriots a few weeks ago.The event was projected to last three hours and 16 minutes. The planned time of the rally and starting time were encouraged by the Bible verse, John 3:16, which Tebow wrote in black below his eye back in the 2009 BCS championship game.“The Jaguars’ season is really in the tank,” James Stewart, a 56-year-old Jacksonville native and Jaguars fan who is one of the event’s organizers, told ESPN.com: “They don’t have a lot of promise. There’s not a lot to watch. We’re consumers and the Jaguars are a product, and there’s a lot of room for improvement. Tebow we think would be value added if he were to be signed and given an opportunity at quarterback…“It’s the perfect time in our view to do a Tebow experiment. Whether you like him or not, I think everyone would watch. It would be compelling.”More details to come.
Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Feb. 16, 2016), we take a look at parity in men’s college basketball and the lack thereof on the women’s side, we wonder about the state of defense in the NBA All-Star Game and ask whether it’s always been this way, and we discuss whether the Los Angeles Angels should trade star player Mike Trout. Plus, a Significant Digit on Max Hooper, the Oakland University senior guard who shoots only threes.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Links to what we discussed are here:Ben Morris ranks every NBA All-Star.Neil Paine and Jonah Keri on how to build a great baseball team.Mike Trout wasn’t last season’s MVP, but he might be the G.O.A.T.Why baseball farm systems are important.Kate Fagan tells the Los Angeles Angels why they should trade Mike Trout if they get a haul in return.Significant Digit: 206. That’s the number of 3-point attempts by Oakland guard Max Hooper this year. He hasn’t tried a single 2-pointer.Max Hooper shooting bombs. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Hot Takedown If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong.
New York Knicks president Phil Jackson was at the Schottenstein Center on Feb. 26 to watch OSU beat Nebraska, 81-57. Jackson could be facing a fine from the NBA for comments about OSU freshman guard D’Angelo Russell.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerNew York Knicks president Phil Jackson could face a tampering fine from the NBA for making comments about Ohio State freshman guard D’Angelo Russell, according to multiple reports.Jackson was on hand at the Schottenstein Center on Thursday night to watch Russell and his OSU teammates dispatch Nebraska, 81-57.According to Cleveland.com, Jackson made comments about Russell as he was leaving the arena.“He’s a great-looking kid,” Jackson said. “Great prospect.”The Knicks currently have the worst record in the NBA, meaning they will likely have a top five pick in the 2015 NBA Draft in June. Russell is currently projected to be among those top five picks.Multiple reports emerged Friday morning saying Jackson’s comments could have violated NBA rules. League rules state that team front office’s are prohibited from discussing players who are not draft eligible.Being fined for tampering is not foreign to Jackson. In June, he was fined $25,000 by the NBA for his comments about then-Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher as potential candidate for the Knicks’ head coaching vacancy. Fisher was later hired as New York’s coach.Following the conclusion of Ohio State’s season, Russell will have until April 26 to decide whether or not he will enter the NBA Draft.Russell and the Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the court Sunday against Purdue at 7:30 p.m at the Schottenstein Center.Phil Jackson tells @DougLesmerises that Ohio State PG D’Angelo Russell is “a great looking kid with a great future.” pic.twitter.com/bB1oO0pEIT— Lantern TV (@LanternTV) February 27, 2015
Ohio State’s women’s volleyball starting lineup stands together prior to the game against No. 5 Minnesota on Oct. 18. Credit: Rebecca Farage | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team (11-9, 4-5 Big Ten) suffered a 3-0 loss to No. 5 Minnesota (18-2, 7-2 Big Ten) Wednesday night at St. John Arena.Although each team had nine blocks, 16 errors and 124 attacks, it was Minnesota who came out on top, buoyed by a .274 hitting percentage and 50 kills.“We’re not there.” head coach Geoff Carlston said. “I don’t like moral victories, but I thought we did a lot of good things tonight to build on.”Junior setter Taylor Hughes, who led her team with 24 assists, knew the Gophers would pose a strong threat especially because of Minnesota junior setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson, arguably the Big Ten’s top setter.“We were expecting a very fast offense by them … that’s kind of hard to keep up with,” Hughes said. “We put up a good fight.”The first set started off slow for the Buckeyes as the Gophers went on a 4-0 run to open the match. The Gophers built a 17-4 lead when Ohio State called a timeout. Soon thereafter the Buckeyes went on a 7-2 run, but Minnesota’s defense remained strong with four blocks and 17 digs, earning them the set, 25-15.Senior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer’s second kill tied the second set at 4-4, the first of eight ties as well as two lead changes. The Buckeyes were able to play a close set against the Gophers with 15 kills, three blocks, and 29 digs. Senior outside hitter Ashley Wenz contributed six kills on a .455 clip for the Buckeyes, but Minnesota’s freshman middle blocker Regan Pittman helped her team with five kills and a .625 hitting percentage, leading the Gophers to win the second set 25-20.Minnesota picked up the lead in the third set and maintained it as the Buckeyes closely trailed. Although the Buckeyes tried to catch up, the Gophers’ 20 kills and .405 hitting percentage won them the set 25-18.Carlston credited Minnesota and recognized the Gophers’ hard plays. Although he believes the Buckeyes played well, Carlston still sees room for improvement.“I think we really stressed them out defensively with mixing up our shots, that was important for us,” Carlston said. “But I think we need to play better defense.”Hughes agreed with Carlston that the Buckeyes need to focus more on their defensive strategy and remaining consistent.“A lot of games are won and lost in the serve-and-pass game and [Minnesota] served really aggressively,” Hughes said. “Upping our serve for Sunday can help us a lot. Getting most teams out of system will give us the upper hand.”Carlston thought his team came back well in the second and third sets, but in the end the Gophers had a fire that the Buckeyes were lacking.The Buckeyes will face Michigan for the second time this season at 1 p.m. on Sunday at St. John.
Ohio State freshman forward Kyle Young (25), freshman forward Kaleb Wesson (34) and junior guard C.J. Jackson (3) defend Wooster forward Alex Baptiste on his drive to the net in an exhibition game on Nov. 5, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentPages of predictions for Ohio State’s season line the walls of assistant coach Ryan Pedon’s office. Those pages outline another rough campaign looming for the Buckeyes in Chris Holtmann’s first season at the helm despite the new coaching staff and trio of talented freshmen — four-star forwards Kaleb Wesson and Kyle Young and three-star forward Musa Jallow — joining Ohio State. The shake-ups are not enough to make people forget the worst season under former head coach Thad Matta, in which the Buckeyes finished 17-15 (7-11 Big Ten). “I think you only have to open a college basketball preseason magazine and read where we’re picked. 12, 13, 14, 11 [in the Big Ten],” Holtmann told The Lantern in October. “It’s all over, but it’s near the bottom.”Rather than ignore the predictions of a down year for Ohio State, the players and coaches are embracing the underdog mentality. “I think it’s hard to not be aware of [the predictions],” sophomore center Micah Potter said Wednesday. “But at the same time, you know we use it a little bit as motivation. Coach brings that up a little bit saying, ‘Hey, look guys. You know these teams are saying this is the time to get Ohio State.’ And this just kind of adds fuel to the fire.”But are the predictions wrong? Will the Buckeyes really surprise people and have a standout season?Perhaps they will. Perhaps won’t. Holtmann admitted Wednesday that the Buckeyes are “in the process of rebuilding our roster.”Ohio State has plenty of depth at forward with redshirt junior Keita Bates-Diop and senior Jae’Sean Tate returning to the Buckeyes’ starting lineup. In the Buckeyes’ exhibition game, the pair combined for 27 points and went 9-for-15 from the field. After missing the majority of last season with a stress fracture in his left leg, Bates-Diop shook off the rest and led the team with 17 points and nine rebounds. Returning for a healthy 2017-18 season, after receiving a medical redshirt, he could help provide the Buckeyes with a steady presence in the post while he mans the power forward position.Tate, the team’s leading scorer from a season ago, should once again be expected to be one of the Buckeyes’ offensive leaders. Holtmann and his staff will likely lean heavily on those two players. The Buckeyes will enter the season as a young, inexperienced team that lost three of its top four scorers from last season. Knowing that, Holtmann told The Lantern that Tate and Bates-Diop are the only known starters heading into the season.“After that, I’m still trying to figure out where to go from there,” Holtmann said. “I think we have multiple guys that can play and I think we’ll have a fairly fluid starting lineup throughout the year. That happens when you have eight to 10 guys that can potentially all start a game for you, or you have an injury or two.”Tate in particular could be relied upon more heavily than most other players due to the team’s lack of depth at point guard. The only natural point guard on the roster is junior C.J. Jackson, and the remainder of the guards on scholarship are shooting guards. Holtmann said Tate was a player who could be asked to provide Ohio State with another option at the one. Graduate transfer Andrew Dakich was another player listed as someone who will be asked to man the point for the Buckeyes. Jackson did not have a strong showing in the exhibition game against Wooster. He finished 1-for-11 — 0-for-6 from 3-point range — and only had four assists. Holtmann said Jackson has good feel for the position and will enter the year as the likely starter at the position, but that he will need to work on keeping his emotions in check during the game.Guard is the thinnest position for Ohio State, but the rest of the team’s depth will come down to how well the trio of exciting freshmen perform. Freshmen Kaleb Wesson, Kyle Young and Musa Jallow will all be counted on to play meaningful minutes for the Buckeyes, Holtmann said, even if they might not initially be counted on as starters. Young and Jallow will both provide the Buckeyes with versatile players capable of playing at both the forward and guard positions, though both are more natural forwards.Wesson, on the other hand, could quickly emerge as a candidate for starting minutes. The highest-rated commit in Ohio State’s 2017 class is a natural scorer and will compete with Potter at the center position. Against Wooster, Wesson was one of the more electrifying players for Ohio State, posting 16 points (5-for-8 from the field) and seven rebounds. Though he provided the Buckeyes with a glimpse of the bright future that could be in store for the freshman forward, he also demonstrated some struggles defensively and fouled out.There are several question marks pertaining to depth and expected performance. The uncertainty surrounding the team does not bode well for a team hoping to surprise some people. With a tough schedule facing No. 9 North Carolina, No. 18 Gonzaga and potentially No. 8 Florida, this young team could struggle against a lineup of high-quality opponents.With a promising young group of players and some returning core players from last year, Ohio State seems to be in a position to finish with a better record than last season, but an NIT appearance is more likely than a surprise NCAA Tournament bid.Having waited since June to see what the team will look like in the start of the Holtmann era, the Buckeyes are eager to get their first chance to show if they can prove any of the early predictions wrong and put together a strong season at 7 p.m. Friday at the Schottenstein Center. “Obviously there’s a lot of anticipation for this game. The new staff and pretty much new team,” Potter said. “It was good to be able to get out there and play hard and just see where we are. Obviously, Wooster is not the level of competition we’re going to be playing moving forward. But it was good to see us gel a little bit and see us make the little mistakes that we can fix very easily.”
Then-junior forward Freddy Gerard celebrates as Mason Jobst scores an empty net goal during the third period of Ohio State’s 5-1 victory over Denver in the NCAA Tournament. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternThe No. 4 Ohio State men’s hockey team skated to a 2-2 tie with No. 15 Bowling Green after dropping its first game to the Falcons on Friday night.Looking to get off to a better start than they did the night before, allowing eight goals and allowing the Falcons to convert on four of eight power play opportunities, the Buckeyes scored just six minutes into the game with a goal from junior forward Carson Meyer, his fourth of the season, with assists from senior defenseman Sasha Larocque and senior forward Freddy Gerard.After Meyer’s goal, Ohio State (3-2-1) retained the 1-0 lead until Bowling Green (5-1-1) junior forward Lukas Craggs tied the game up less than two minutes into the third period. The Falcons then scored on a power play with just under five minutes remaining to take the 2-1 lead, their first of the game.Though the penalties were still an issue for the Buckeyes, giving up five in regulation and one in overtime, the penalty kill for Ohio State allowed one power play goal on the six opportunities they gave the Falcons.After giving up the lead, Gerard scored for the Buckeyes with less than three minutes remaining in regulation. He was assisted on the goal by Meyer and senior forward Mason Jobst. This was Gerard’s second goal of the season and both he and Meyer’s second points of the game. The game remained tied as regulation came to an end. In overtime, neither team was able to score to finalize the 2-2 tie. Each team had three shots in overtime and overall Bowling Green outshot Ohio State 30-25.Offensively, the Buckeyes didn’t convert any of their four power play attempts during the game. Through their first six games, Ohio State has only scored on four of its 30 power plays. The .133 success rate is No. 47 in the nation.Sophomore goaltender Tommy Nappier allowed two goals on 30 shots, both of which came in the third period. No. 4 Ohio State will stay on the road next weekend against No. 1 Notre Dame, with the puck dropping at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The bears were scratching themselves on trees, but it looked like they were dancing Jungle Book-style.Amusingly, the producers soundtracked the spectacle with Jungle Boogie.The Planet Earth team introduce the clip by saying: “We set up remote cameras in the Canadian Rockies hoping to film grizzly bears.“We got more than we bargained for…”The footage delighted viewers, who took to Twitter to express how much the clip amused them: Thanks to Ed Balls for making me smile for the first time in days. #Strictly https://t.co/kXkpmi4S9Z— David Schneider (@davidschneider) November 12, 2016 This Planet Earth sequence of bears scratching on trees is the greatest thing ever committed to film.— Stephen McGill (@steve_mcgill) November 14, 2016 This video of the bears on Planet Earth in ecstasy while scratching their backs is what the world needs right now. https://t.co/RRfxM3gMlq— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) November 13, 2016 Does that bear have more rhythm than #edballs?? Same joyous effect though 😆 #planetearth2— Helen Lazarus (@LazarusLife) November 13, 2016 Either way, both should perhaps watch out: later on in the show, the limelight was almost stolen by a splendidly ridiculous troupe of marching flamingos, seen “dancing on ice” and conducting a bizarre synchronised mating parade. BBC1 Planet Earth 2 ….. Flamingos on Ice!! #laughing 😆— Ruth Bennett (@1968Bennett) November 13, 2016 Twitter users realised the bears were the Ed Balls of Planet Earth II. That bear has better moves that Ed Balls #planetearth2— helen kirk (@minxsterev) November 13, 2016 The flamingos on Planet Earth 2 have just made me so happy.— Nadine (@NadineBloxsome) November 13, 2016 Omg. This bear is as good as Ed Balls on Strictly. #planetearth2— Becki Hawkes (@Becki_Hawkes) November 13, 2016 That back-scratching bear on #planetearth2 moves like #edballs on #strictly!— GlassHalfSomething (@Natlazenby) November 13, 2016 I think that @edballs could take a tip or two from the bear on #planetearth2 #StrictlyComeDancing— Rob Bridges (@guerrillaHR) November 13, 2016 The bears on Planet Earth dance like me at Dirty disco— Iceblast Queen (@BeaMcIntosh) November 14, 2016 Some viewers were convinced that Balls, who has solidly improved since the first Strictly shows but is still at the bottom of the judges’ leader board, could learn a thing or two from the hip-swinging bears. Others, however, felt that the former Labour MP and Shadow Chancellor still had the edge. Could the bear and Balls could perform a duet together? Or – even better – a dance off? That bear’s got nothing on @edballs #planetearth2— Richard Baker (@BakeronBusiness) November 13, 2016 The second episode of Planet Earth II left viewers amazed and delighted by the beauty of our world.It also made them laugh – as the stars of the show were dancing grizzly bears, which could give Strictly’s Ed Balls a run for his money.The new BBC documentary, narrated by David Attenborough, aired on Sunday night and included parading flamingos as well as the grizzly bears. Many people enjoyed watching Ed Balls and his dance partner Katya Jones perform a Salsa to Gangnam Style on Strictly Come Dancing – and thought, watching the bears on Sunday, that he may have met his match. Planet Earth II is on BBC One on Sundays at 8pm.
“Another breach of a restraining order he received 39 months for that offence that involved a nine-year-old girl. The defendant was living opposite a primary school and he saw her in the playground and followed her home. A convicted paedophile has been jailed for stalking Radio 2 DJ Sara Cox and possessing a stash of indecent images of children.Anthony Collins, 50, penned letters in distinctive capital felt tip letters and sent them to Ms Cox’s family home, printed off directions to her sister’s workplace and sent a letter to husband Ben Cyzer at his work address.Collins, who suffers from mixed personality disorder, used the TV presenter’s married name Cyzer and listed the broadcaster’s personal details in letters adding “I have done my research online”.Ms Cox reported the harassment to the BBC after Collins sent a letter to her husband which made her feel “immediately more scared”. Paedophile Anthony Collins, 50, was sentenced to 16 months in jailCredit:Kent Police/PA Sara Cox at Glorious Goodwood ladies dayCredit: EDDIE MULHOLLAND “She was extremely concerned and informed er work place, that envelope contained two letters in capital letters in different coloured felt tip pen they told her about himself and his feelings for her.”Reading extracts from the letters, Mrs Jacobson said Collins wrote that he was lonely, psychologically disturbed and had a long criminal history.One letter read: “I am poor, on DWP, and live in a poor bedsit for poor people, I am unhappy. I apologise for writing to your home address. I got it for £17 the internet.”In the letter, which had writing on both sides, Collins wrote: “My name is Tony Collins, I am tall and have green eyes. I know you are married to Ben, I am unsuccessful in my life.”You care a lot about people because it is in your nature, do not feel sorry for me Sara. Sara you are a lovely human being, sexy, attractive and an all round fantastic human being.”Mrs Jacobson added: “He said ‘Sara I like dogs and horses and referred to her dog by name and to horses being psychic and feel our feelings.'”Also in the envelope was a passport sized photo of the defendant. He said he had done his research online by himself.” The paedophile, from Kent, was once convicted for poisoning a 13-year-old girl in 2000 and was found with images of children aged four to 15 in his bedside drawers.At Maidstone Crown Court, Judge Martin Joy sentenced the stalker to 16 months behind bars.Mary Jacobson, prosecuting, said: “The victim is a radio broadcaster in national radio, she is a well known public figure.”Out of the blue on January 24 she received an envelope in the post which was addressed in capital letters in felt tip, she recognised the wording from a letter she had received at work the previous year. “In an echo of his previous convictions he found where she lived and hand delivered a letter to her titled ‘the young blonde girl’.”Inside was a £10 note and his phone number saying ‘text me’. The mother found out and asked who it was, the defendant said he was lonely and wanted someone to talk to.”Sentencing was delayed for psychiatric reports and the broadcaster applied for a restraining order preventing Collins from going to Ms Cox’s home, her workplace, her husband’s workplace and the DJ’s sister’s home address.But at Maidstone Crown Court Judge Joy refused the recommendations of Dr Hussain who suggested an interim hospital order for an assessment of Collins’ health.Instead he imposed a sexual harm prevention order and awarded a restraining order banning him from contacting Sara Cox and her immediate family.He said: “You wanted to be a deviant, quite plainly you have a preference for girls who are very young and doctors have come to the conclusion that there is no evidence that you have an acute mental illness, that you do manifest a personality disorder.”It is quite clear you have an obsessive personality.Collins has eight convictions for 13 offences dating back to 1991 including harassment and breaches of restraining orders. She added: “On February 7 this year Ben Cyzer was at work when an envelope was delivered to him, that envelope contained a diagram in felt tip of a cancer diagram.”She was immediately much more scared and the matter was reported to the police the next day.”Three days after the letter was delivered to Ben Cyzer Collins was arrested at his home in Chatham, Kent, where police found a Google Map print out showing directions to Ms Cox’s sister’s address.They also discovered 11 indecent images of children in sexual poses.At an earlier hearing Collins admitted harassment without violence, two counts of possessing indecent images of a child and two counts of making indecent images of a child.Referring to his previous convictions, the prosecutor said: “A 13-year-old girl had been confronted and he administered that poison in order to try and sedate her to attempt to try and have sex with her, he received 18 months for that offence.”She added: “There is a breach of a restraining order to two girls aged 6 and 7 and used sexually explicit language including do you know what sex is and what colour are your knickers. 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Philip Beeton died in the crashCredit:SWNS An East of England Air Ambulance helicopter piloted by Prince William airlifted Jack to hospital to be treated for “life-changing injuries”.David said the Duke of Cambridge gave his son oxygen to keep him alive while paramedics worked on him.”Jack was in hospital for 94 days,” he said.”He was still in a really bad mess when we had Philip’s funeral.”He was asking, ‘where’s Philip?’. We kept having to tell him he was dead.” “After a meeting with the family of Philip Beeton to discuss the outcome of this review, the case was subject to a further review at the family’s request by a different prosecutor, in accordance with the Victim’s Right to Review scheme.”In October 2017 they also upheld the original decision.” William Abbott will not be prosecutedCredit:BPM Media David said his son, now 19, was “made of metal” and only last week had surgery for his multiple injuries.Philip Beeton’s family have twice challenged the CPS’s decision not to prosecute Abbott after it said there was “insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction”.However, the decision has been upheld.An investigation into the crash found there was nothing wrong with the lorry and that Mr Abbott was in generally good health, not intoxicated and was driving within the 50mph speed limit.A CPS spokeswoman said: “Having looked carefully at all the available evidence, it was decided in May 2017 that there was insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction in this case.”Following a request under the Victims’ Right to Review scheme this decision was reviewed by the Area, and the original decision was upheld. A lorry driver who killed a father-of-two when he had a coughing fit at the wheel has escaped prosecution.Philip Beeton, 50, was killed when his blue Citroen Relay van was hit by a 20-tonne truck on the A10 near Chittering, Cambs, on October 7, 2015.The carpenter was driving home to celebrate his daughter’s 21st birthday with 17-year-old nephew Jack Beeton in the passenger seat, who suffered life-changing injuries.His younger brother David, Jack’s father, criticised the CPS’s decision not to prosecute after an inquest this week found truck driver William Abbott didn’t apply his brakes before the crash.He said he was “absolutely disgusted.””He [Abbott] never once broke in all the time he was going across the road.”He walks away without even a driving ban. You get a penalty for speeding.” Abbott told assistant coroner David Scott Morris that some phlegm caught in his throat made him “choke very hard”, causing him to drift across the road.The 60-year-old told the inquest he couldn’t have done anything to avoid the crash.The coroner heard it took six seconds for Abbott to drift into oncoming traffic, hitting a Ford Galaxy before careering into Mr Beeton’s van. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 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.
“Everything is very much focused on mothers, as you would expect, but having lived my life the way I have over the last five years I wish there was a lot more pointers for men to access help.”It was a very difficult situation. Hugo was eight weeks old when we moved to Cardiff so that he could study animal geographies at Cardiff University. A scientist who killed himself was suffering from postnatal depression according to his former wife who has spoken out for the first time since his death.Researcher John Clayton took his own life at the age of 41 whilst studying for a PhD at Cardiff University.And now his former wife Vicky Clayton, 38, is trying to raise awareness claiming that he had struggled to get the help he needed when his mental health suffered following the birth of their first child.Ms Clayton said she was suffering from postnatal depression when their son Hugo was born five years ago, but then realised her husband was too after they left their home in Exeter, Devon, to live in Cardiff.She said: “The culmination of being a father was a very big thing for John. It’s often overlooked that men also suffer from postnatal depression. Mr Clayton was found dead by a friend in November 2016 in Cardiff.The 38-year-old is now calling for more help to be provided that is specifically aimed at men so that no other family has to suffer a loss like theirs. “Suicide is such an emotive subject and it’s particularly difficult for men to talk about their feelings which is why I think statistics are so incredibly high for male suicides,” she said.”There’s an element of them not wanting to reach out for help or wanting to be a burden. They feel like it emasculates them by asking for help.”It also needs to be much more of a community thing so that men can open up to friends, in workplaces and in social areas where men frequently go.” His former wife said it was important that said it was important the guys look after guysCredit:Wales news service She said it was important the guys look after guys, adding: “Life is difficult and stressful and we all live in our own little bubbles, but it’s about visibility and not being ashamed to say you have mental health problems.” His former wife Vicky Clayton is trying to raise awareness for male postnatal depressionCredit:Wales news agency 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. “We left our entire support network behind and didn’t know anybody in Cardiff. John was very up and down and it was probably about nine months after our son’s birth that the cracks really started to show.”At this time Mr Clayton, a former RAF officer, saw his doctor and was put on the right medication as well as seeing a counsellor. When his marriage broke down Ms Clayton moved back to Exeter, but they remained good friends and usually spoke on a daily basis.
“However, rural respondents told us that their lived experience is too often and too easily overlooked, and that living in rural areas can make them feel invisible.” “These projects address feelings of isolation in rural areas and foster a sense of community spirit and pride. Many of these projects typically deliver multiple outcomes, such as arts activities contributing to increasing personal confidence, or food projects linking people with the land and with each other.” Volunteers are under “huge pressure” and are “taking responsibility for sustaining the community” in the absence of public services, the report said.In some cases this has meant residents gritting roads themselves, keeping public toilets open and fundraising to keep village halls accessible. “Many respondents to the survey told us that they did not feel as though the public valued rural communities, or understood the challenges faced by living in these areas,” Ms Saunders told The Telegraph. “Respondents also felt as though a lack of joined up thinking on rural issues is because rural areas are ‘invisible’ or ‘off the radar’, their location leading to their specific needs being overlooked.”The research is based on more than 3,000 responses to a public survey that revealed 500 projects designed to combat the sense rejection and loneliness in remote villages.”It is encouraging to hear how communities are taking action to address the challenges they face,” Ms Saunders added. Claire Saunders, director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund, told The Telegraph: “Changes are interconnected – the combination of a lack of affordable housing, a deterioration of the state of the roads and a reliance on private transport, and a lack of reliable access to digital and broadband impact on the experience of people living in rural areas.” Spectacular views from the summit of Hallin Fell in the Lake District Credit:David Forster /Alamy Live News 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. Countryside dwellers are made to feel “off the radar” and “left behind” with impassable roads, no public transport and poor broadband fuelling a sense of being cut off and ignored, a report has found.A sense of remoteness, being “forgotten” and “last in the pecking order” has increased dramatically in rural communities in the past decade, according to new research by The Prince’s Contryside Fund and Scotland’s Rural College.It has been caused partly by poor internet access “too slow even for online banking” and a road network so poor it is “not fit to support the rural economy”. In the past 10 years, roads have deteriorated so drastically that “bad weather can trap families for days”, it warned. Combined with a sharp fall in rural public transport this means it is almost impossible to “get around without owning a car”, the report said. For those without a car this fuels isolation and leads to a rise in mental health problems, it warned.
Kailash Chander 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. Tthe scene after a double decker bus crashed into a Sainsbury’s supermarket Credit:West Midlands Ambulance Service/PA A pre-trial hearing was also told Chander may have been suffering from undiagnosed dementia – without showing symptoms to colleagues – at the time of the crash.Jurors deliberated for around three hours on Tuesday before finding that Chander was driving dangerously when he caused the two deaths and serious injury to two other passenger. Chander, a former mayor of Leamington Spa, had worked for more than 70 hours in the week leading up to the accident, which saw him drive “full throttle” for almost 82 metres. They were not asked to return verdicts of guilty because Chander was mentally unfit to take part in the hearing. They were instead invited to rule on whether he “did the acts” alleged.Stockport-based Midland Red (South), part of Stagecoach, pleaded guilty last year to offences contrary to the Health and Safety at Work Act by permitting Chander to continue driving despite warnings about his competence and fatigue.Chander could face a supervision order at a further hearing on November 26. Midland Red, which faces an unlimited fine, will be sentenced on the same date. An elderly bus driver who killed two people when he drove into a supermarket was suffering from dementia and had crashed four times in the previous three years, a court heard.Kailash Chander, who mistook the accelerator for the brake before the fatal crash in Coventry in October 2015, was ruled mentally unfit to stand trial due to post-traumatic stress disorder and frontal lobe dementia.The 80-year-old, who was 77 at the time of the crash, was excused from attending a “finding-of-facts” trial after psychiatrists said he would be unable to give evidence or instruct lawyers with regard to the crash.Primary school pupil Rowan Fitzgerald, who was sitting at the front of the upper deck, died of a head injury, while 76-year-old pedestrian Dora Hancox died from multiple injuries after being hit by the bus and a falling lamppost.A six-day trial at Birmingham Crown Court was told Chander had been warned about his “erratic” driving by bus company Midland Red after four crashes in the previous three years.
“Everyone’s just hungry”, said the Duchess, laughing, as she added fresh dill and sunflower oil to the dish, flipped chapatis and turned koftas on a grill.After a short speech, the Royal couple and Ms Ragland sat down to enjoy a spread of dishes including coconut chicken curry, aubergine masala and caramelised plum upside-down cake.Then then posed for a group photo with the ladies of the kitchen and their children before staying to chat. Ms Ragland embraced each of the women in turn, telling them: “It’s amazing. I’m just as excited as you are.” The book, called Together, was launched at a lunch in Perk’s Field at Kensington Palace, in a marquee decorated with flowers in rustic vases and keep-sake menus.Arriving by car, Ms Ragland surprised guests after stepping out of the front seat, greeting a welcoming party with the words: “Hi, I’m Meg’s mom.”Baroness Gail Rebuck, chair of publisher Penguin Random House, told Ms Ragland she must feel “very proud” of the Duchess and her work on the cookbook.“Head over heels,” she replied. The Duchess of Sussex sits among locals at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage CentreCredit:JENNY ZARINS /AFP In a three-minute speech to guests without notes, the Duchess spoke of the “tremendous labour of love” required to produce the cook book, which has been kept secret for months, as well as how the multicultural centre made her feel welcome. Intlak Al Saiegh, one of the cooks, sat with the Duke, Duchess and Ms Ragland during lunch and said she was pleased to see them filling their plates.Asked about the Hubb kitchen and its impact, she said that the entire community had known many people affected by Grenfell Tower fire and were finding solace in coming together.”It’s healing. We are people coming together to cook, healing ourselves and we will move forward. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Doria Ragland pose for a group picture during the cookbook launchCredit:BEN STANSALL /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. Of her pleasure at meeting contributors, she added: “I’m so glad I can put the face with the recipes. I’m going to tell everyone, I met her! I’m going to make everything, I’m serious.”Standing with a small group of Hubb kitchen cooks as she said goodbye, she also gave an insight into where the Duchess’ own beliefs have come from. “The power of women,” she told them. “We make things happen. We’re curious, we say yes, we show up. “I’m inspired.” The Duchess embraced her friends at the kitchen warmly with three kisses, visibly excited at the success of the project so far.The trio, who at one point stood with their arms around one another in a line, made their way around four food stations, with the Duchess helping with food preparation while her mother and husband quizzed cooks on their ingredients. “Meghan pushed us to go forward. We had the skills but we didn’t know how to use them and she encouraged us.” The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with Doria Ragland in the Kensington Palace tentCredit:BEN STANSALL /AFP The idea for the Hubb cookbook came from the Duchess herself, after she asked coordinator Zahira Ghaswala how often the kitchen was open and was surprised to learn it could only stretch to two days, due to limitations on funding. At the first stop, Ahlam Saeid showed off an enormous bowl of green rice.“Oh I love that,” said Doria. “That was the first thing I asked about.” I could be wrong but I reckon we’ve caught Prince Harry red handed stealing some samosas from the Meghan’s ‘Together’ cookbook event they were at today!! Have a watch… #HubbCommunityKitchen @KensingtonRoyal pic.twitter.com/3BWd0TYqj8— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) September 20, 2018 Published by Ebury Press, Together: Our Community Cookbook costs £9.99. The Duchess of Sussex talks to women taking part in the projectCredit:BEN STANSALL /AFP The Duchess of Sussex in animated conversation at the cookbook launchCredit:BEN STANSALL /AFP She added: “They loved the food. I said, ‘I’m ready any time you’re stuck with the recipes, give me a ring and I will give you tips’.”There may be no need. After happily taking a backseat for the afternoon, the Duke finished the day with a wry grin, after being caught on camera pinching leftover samosas for the short car journey home. The Duchess of Sussex cooking with women in the Hubb Community KitchenCredit:Jenny Zarins /PA “I’m so excited to see the projects you’re going to continue to do in your own community, the community at large, and also how you’re going to inspire people globally by sharing your stories and your recipes.” — The Duchess of Sussex #CookTogether pic.twitter.com/MwOMuWKNDo— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 20, 2018 Duchess reveals her secret visits to Grenfell kitchenThe Hubb Community Kitchen, named for the word “love” in Arabic, was founded shortly after the Grenfell disaster, after displaced women sought a place to cook fresh, warm food for their families.Since then, it has become a home-from-home which, in the words of the Duchess, allowed them to “to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together” as well as tasting “the memory of home, albeit homes some had recently lost”.At least two of the book’s contributors, Hiwot Dagnachew and Munira Mahmud, escaped the Grenfell fire, while others live and work nearby. Video: Duchess of Sussex cooks with Grenfell community Ms Ragland’s appearance at an official royal engagement will raise questions about a potential future move to Britain, and provides visible support after a difficult summer in which the Duchess’ father, Thomas Markle, has conducted a series of indiscreet interviews. The Duchess of Cambridge’s parents have previously attended occasional social events with the Royal family, including Ascot and a Royal Variety performance. She told guests from the Al-Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre: “I had just recently moved to London and I felt so immediately embraced by the women in the kitchen; your warmth, and your kindness, and also to be able to be in this city and to see how in this one small room how multicultural it was.“On a personal level I feel so proud to live in a city that can have so much diversity. There are 12 countries represented in this one group of women, which is pretty outstanding.” “We can do a cookbook,” the Duchess replied.Describing how it takes visitors 15 minutes to enter the Hubb kitchen “joyfully greeted by kisses by each of the incredible women there”, the Duchess said of her visits: “The kitchen buzzes with women of all ages; women who have lived and seen life; laughing, chatting, sharing a cup of tea and a story, while children play on the floor or are rocked to sleep in their strollers. Doria introduced herself as “Meg’s mom” and said she was “head over heels” with pride pic.twitter.com/jm5xQBCEJH— Hannah Furness (@Hannah_Furness) September 20, 2018 The Duchess of Sussex helped make chapatis and turned koftas on a grill as she launched a cookbook in a tent at Kensington PalaceCredit:BEN STANSALL /AFP She added: “You should undoubtedly arrive on an empty stomach because upon departure you will have been stuffed to the gills with samosas flecked with cinnamon, chapatis flavoured with carrots and onion, Russian Semolina cake and my very favourite avocado dip that I now make at home.”Book profits will go towards keeping kitchen openThe book, which is out today, September 20, also sees the Duchess write of her own evocative food memories, praising “the power of a meal to take you to places you’ve never been, or transport you right back to where you came from”.Before meeting Prince Harry, the Duchess ran a lifestyle blog in which she recorded her favourite recipes, and is known to have volunteered in a soup kitchen as a young woman. Zahira Ghaswala, Hubb coordinator, said afterwards that she was feeling “very emotional” at the success of the day, saying the refurbished kitchen will open for seven days as of next week, with future plans to bring in sessions for fathers and children, and cookery courses.One woman at the launch said she was now finding help through counselling after the Duke of Sussex encouraged her to talk about what had happened and rid herself of her misplaced feeling of guilt for surviving. The Royal Foundation is administering the transfer of funds from the sale’ to the Hubb Community Kitchen and related projects.A spokesman said profits will help keep the kitchen open for up to seven days a week and to widen its reach to others in the community. She has been her rock since childhood, by her side at Windsor Castle to watch her marry into the Royal family in May and making quiet visits to support her ever since.So when the Duchess of Sussex launched her first solo project to the world yesterday, there was only one place Doria Ragland could be: right by her side.Ms Ragland, who has flown from Los Angeles to stay for a short break at Kensington Palace, was the unexpected guest at a lunch celebrating her daughter’s new cookbook, as she spoke movingly to the cooks of the Grenfell Tower community about the power of women.Embracing each of them with a warm hug, she told of her “head over heels” pride in her daughter’s work, and promised the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen she would make every one of their recipes.The Duchess was also supported by her husband, who deliberately hung back to make small talk with guests to allow her and the Hubb women to celebrate their work in the spotlight. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are accompanied by Doria Ragland in a tent at Kensington PalaceCredit:BEN STANSALL /AFP
Baroness Brady, the Government’s small business adviser and BBC star, has been drawn into the growing furore surrounding Sir Philip Green and allegations against him of sexual harassment and racial abuse. The Conservative peer, an outspoken defender of women’s rights in the workplace, is the chairman of Taveta, the holding company of Sir Philip’s Arcadia retail empire. She was brought in to clean up corporate governance at the firm in the wake of the BHS pension scandal, and well-placed sources have claimed she has known for several months about a series of substantial payments made to employees making sexual and racial harassment claims. Baroness Brady, the Government and the BBC have refused…
A Home Office investigation has found that an adult asylum seeker posed as a schoolboy and was placed in a classroom of 15-year-olds.A new inquiry has been launched to try to establish how the man, described by pupils as looking 30 years old, managed to spend six weeks as a Year 11 pupil at Stoke High School in Ipswich, Suffolk.The former pupil, originally from the Middle East, now faces being deported after the official report established he was over 18.The man, known as Siavash, can now be identified for the first time. He was first pictured on social media by a fellow pupil with the message: “How’s there a 30-year-old man in our maths class?”Other pictures apparently from the man’s Facebook account showed him with a moustache, facial stubble and drinking from a bottle of beer.Some parents were so concerned that they removed their children from school. The scandal prompted the school to remove the man, believed to be 6ft 1ins tall. Stoke High School in Ipswich, SuffolkCredit:Harry Hubbard/SWNS “The threshold is set deliberately high so that only those who are very clearly over 18 are assessed as adults.” A department spokesman said: “We are fully committed to safeguarding children and are looking into the circumstances of this case to understand how it was handled.“Age-disputed cases remain a challenging area of work in which no single assessment technique, or combination of techniques, is likely to determine an individual’s age with precision.”In the absence of clear and credible documentary evidence, Home Office staff must rely on physical appearance and demeanour to make an initial assessment on whether a person claiming to be a child is under 18.”If an individual is assessed to be under 18, but subsequent concerns about their age are raised – for example by a school – we will act quickly to reconsider the case.”A spokesman for the school, run by the Ormiston Academies Trust, confirmed the Year 11 pupil is no longer there, adding: “This is a matter for the Home Office. We cannot comment further on individual cases.”A Facebook profile apparently by the man described him as having been an architecture student at the Islamic Azad University in Abadan, Iran, before living in Erfurt, Germany. The account has since been deleted.Rumours had been rife in Ipswich that the man was even married and had children. Although the Home Office refused to reveal what age he is now believed to be, it is understood from sources that he is being treated officially as an adult asylum seeker. Asylum seekers believed to be under 18 who arrive in Britain are entitled to a state education. However, if concerns are then raised that they may be older than initially thought, the school can report them to the Home Office, which then instruct social workers to make an assessment of their true age.However, they are only assessed as adults if there is “clear and credible documentary evidence” or if two immigration officers rule that their “physical appearance or demeanour very strongly suggests they are significantly over 18 years of age”.The Home Office spokesman added: “When there is doubt about an individual’s claim to be a child, the individual will be referred to a local authority’s social services department for a careful, case law-compliant age assessment and they will be treated as a child until a decision on their age is made.”If an individual is assessed to be over 18, we will process any asylum claim as being made by an adult. If the application is unsuccessful, and appeal rights are exhausted, removal action will be pursued as appropriate.”In the absence of documentary evidence, Home Office staff are only able to treat a claimant as an adult if their physical appearance and demeanour very strongly suggest that they are significantly over 18 years of age – and where two officers have reached this conclusion independently. 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 fanatical Neo-Nazi couple who named their baby son after Adolf Hitler have been jailed for membership of a terrorist group that a judge warned wants to use “serious violence and murder” to “overthrow of democracy” in the UK.Adam Thomas, 22, and Claudia Patatas, 38, were found guilty of being members of the extreme Right-wing organisation National Action, which was banned in 2016.The jury was told that Thomas and Patatas gave their child the middle name “Adolf”, which Thomas said was in “admiration” of Hitler, and the couple had Swastika scatter cushions in their home.Thomas and Patatas were jailed at Birmingham Crown Court for six years and six months, and five years, respectively.The sentencing judge said both had “a long history of violent racist beliefs”. Their close friend, Darren Fletcher, who admitted National Action membership before trial, was also jailed for five years for the same offence.In all, six people were sentenced on Tuesday, for being members of what Judge Melbourne Inman QC described as a group with “horrific aims”.He said: “Its aims and objectives are the overthrow of democracy in this country by serious violence and murder, and the imposition of a Nazi-style state which would eradicate whole sections of society by such violence and mass murder.” Convicted Neo-Nazi terrorist Claudia Patatas arrives at Birmingham Crown Court prior to her sentencingCredit:Aaron Chown/PA Thomas and Patatas Credit:SWNS.com 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. Former Amazon security guard Thomas, and Patatas, a wedding photographer originally from Portugal who also wanted to “bring back concentration camps”, were found guilty after a seven-week trial.Thomas, a twice-failed Army applicant, was also convicted on a majority verdict of having a terrorist manual, namely the Anarchist’s Cookbook, which jurors heard contained instructions on making “viable” bombs.The couple, of Waltham Gardens, Banbury, Oxfordshire, held hands and wept as they were sentenced.Daniel Bogunovic, 27, of Crown Hills Rise, Leicester, a leading member in National Action’s Midlands chapter, was also jailed. He was convicted of membership of National Action after standing trial with Patatas and Thomas, and sentenced to six years and four months.He was described by prosecutors as a “committed National Action leader, propagandist and strategist”, within the group’s Midlands cell. Two other men, cyber security worker and National Action Midlands cell “banker” Joel Wilmore, 24, and van driver Nathan Pryke, 26, described as the group’s “security enforcer”, were also sent to prison.Fletcher, 28, of Kitchen Lane, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, Wilmore, 24, of Bramhall Road, Stockport, Greater Manchester, and Pryke, 26, of Dartford Road, March, Cambridge, all admitted membership of the banned group prior to the trial.Pryke was handed a jail term of five years and five months, and Wilmore was sentenced to five years and 10 months.Opening the case, Barnaby Jameson QC, prosecuting, said all six defendants had been members post-ban and taken part in the organisation’s chat groups, which were staging posts for comments of “virulent racism, particularly from Thomas, Patatas and Fletcher”.He added: “Leaders Pryke, Wilmore and Bogunovic were more circumspect in their views but on occasion the true depth of their racial hatred leeched out.” Last week, the court heard the prosecution claim that Fletcher had taught his daughter to give a Nazi salute, and that he sent a message to Patatas saying “finally got her to do it”.Photographs recovered from their address also showed Thomas cradling his newborn son while wearing the hooded white robes of a Ku Klux Klansman.In conversation with another National Action member, Patatas said “all Jews must be put to death”, while Thomas had once told his partner he found “all non-whites intolerable”.
The Royal Family has published rules for followers of its social media channels, warning that anyone who posts offensive comments will be blocked or reported to the police in the wake of escalating abuse of the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex. The Royal Family has issued guidelines on social media to create a “safe environment” on its Twitter and Instagram channels, urging “courtesy, kindness and respect”. Anyone who posts obscene, offensive or unintelligible content now runs the risk of being deleted, blocked or subject to legal proceedings in the most significant measures yet to protect the mental health and wellbeing of followers.The decision to publish formal guidelines follows increasingly hostile commentary on the Royal Family’s accounts, particularly on photographs published of the Cambridges and Sussexes by Kensington Palace.On Twitter and Instagram, the comments section has regularly descended into abuse of both Duchesses, with the Duchess of Sussex subjected to racist comments on top of the sexist and offensive words aimed at both her and the Duchess of Cambridge. The guidelines state that comments must not “contain spam, be defamatory of any person, deceive others, be obscene, offensive, threatening, abusive, hateful, inflammatory or promote sexually explicit material or violence”. They must never “promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age” or “breach any of the terms of any of the social media platforms themselves”. In addition, they must not “be off-topic, irrelevant or unintelligible”, or “contain any advertising or promote any services”.While Kensington Palace has already taken measures to delete comments and block particular offensive words, those found to be in breach of the guidelines will now face formal sanctions. “We reserve the right to determine, at our discretion, whether contributions to our social media channels breach our guidelines,” the statement said.”We reserve the right to hide or delete comments made on our channels, as well as block users who do not follow these guidelines.”We also reserve the right to send any comments we deem appropriate to law enforcement authorities for investigation as we feel necessary or is required by law.”The main Royal Family account has 3.8 million followers on Twitter, 4.5 million on Instagram, and its Facebook page has 4.8 million likes, while Clarence House has 812,000 followers on Twitter and 624,000 on Instagram. It follows rapid growth of the social media accounts in the last few years, with thousands of comments now accompanying them every week. Some, aides say, have become highly inappropriate or threatening, moving beyond fair criticism of the Royal Family or the work of individual members.In a statement issued on social media today, the three households of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace said they wanted to “create an environment where our community can engage safely in debate and is free to make comments, questions and suggestions”.”We ask that anyone engaging with our social media channels shows courtesy, kindness and respect for all other members of our social media communities,” the statement said. “In order to help create this safe environment we have set out some guidelines which apply to any engagement with us or other members of the community on any of our social media channels.” The Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex at Wimbledon Trooping the Colour 2018Credit:Chris Jackson Today we have published guidelines for interacting with The Royal Family, @ClarenceHouse and @KensingtonRoyal social media channels. Read in full here: https://t.co/b57TjSn09d— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) March 4, 2019 Palace aides are understood to have been particularly concerned about users abusing one another, often in the guise of supporting “Team Meghan” or “Team Kate”. It is the first time the palace has published formal guidance on social media. The Cambridges and the Sussexes’ official account @KensingtonRoyal has nearly 1.7 million followers on Twitter and 7.1 million on Instagram, many of whom joined after the arrival of the Duchess of Sussex.As Meghan Markle, she ran her own personal accounts and lifestyle website thetig.com, but closed them ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry. The Duke of Cambridge has been a prominent campaigner against cyberbullying, and has previously accused social media giants of being “on the back foot” when it comes to fighting issues like online bullying, fake news, and hate speech.
The trove has been donated to the SS Great Britain Trust and Brunel Institute.Nick Booth, head of collections at the Trust, said: “The documents provide a remarkable and unique insight into Brunel in his formative years.“It would be going too far to suggest Brunel was an environmentalist – he was a Victorian engineer after all – but this does provide a glimpse of genuine concern about pollution and is perhaps another way Britain’s greatest engineer was way ahead of his time.” The documents didn’t stand out “until I got to the bottom of the first letter and to my amazement realised it was signed IK Brunel,” Mr Henley said.The letters, dated between 1832 and 1846 and most of them addressed to the Bristol Dock Company, throw fresh light on the period in which he was appointed engineer to Clifton Suspension Bridge, launched the SS Great Britain and completed the Great Western Railway. Researcher Roger Henley unearthed the letters among thousands of archive documentsCredit:Bristol Port Company Isambard Kingdom Brunel expressed fears that the Industrial Revolution was harming the environment, according to newly discovered letters.The engineer worried about water supplies being polluted by waste, some of it created by his Great Western Railway.Writing in 1842 about Bristol’s floating harbour, he said that “the abuses of using the Float as a common receptacle for rubbish have immensely increased”. He also cited waste from the local cotton mill, iron merchants, and ship, locomotive and bridge builders.The pollution was “in some measure unavoidable”, he wrote, but too many were using the harbour as a dumping ground: “I fear still more from the apparent tendency of all persons to use the Float as a good receiver for that which cannot easily be got rid of elsewhere”.His warning was among 15 documents unearthed by a retired engineer, Roger Henley, who was sifting through papers in the archive room at Bristol Port Company as part of his research for a new book about the port. 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.
File photo: Coaches Manley Polo Thomas and Shunette Thompson in centre flanked by students of St. Ignatius Secondary School after an Introduction Session to Archery earlier this yearThe sport of archery and kayaking are expected to be formally introduced into hinterland schools come 2019. These include schools in Regions One, Seven, Eight, Nine and sections of Region Ten.This was disclosed by the Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, during an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI). Jones said that the emergence of these sport is catered for in the 2019 National Budget proposals by the National Sports Commission.In March of this year, Archery Guyana held a historic Level 1 Archery Coaching Course with participants from across the country. According to Jones, that was just the first step. Now, the NSC is seeking to make a conscious effort and take it directly to those in the hinterland regions.“In some of the outlying regions they use the arrow and bow to hunt for food so it is just a matter of teaching them the technique and that is why we are so confident that in those outlying regions, we can find archers that can very soon represent Guyana regionally and internationally” Jones stated.As it relates to kayaking, the Sport Director announced earlier this year his intention to host a kayaking workshop similar to that of the archery coaching course. He noted that once the proposals in the budget are approved, equipment for the sport will be purchased to begin the process.Jones stated that “not excluding other regions but focusing on the regions that have the riverine communities such as Regions One, Seven, Eight and parts of Nine and even Region Ten, we want to introduce kayaking to those regions first and of course spread that sport around.”Additionally, in April 2018, a group of women from the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland completed the first kayaking expedition along the entire Essequibo River. The three-woman team was accompanied by local Indigenous tour guides and a Toshao from the Wai-Wai nation. The expedition entailed visits to the Indigenous communities of Konashen, Fairview, Apoteri, and Iwokrama.According to the DPI, the move to formally introduce the sport of archery and kayaking in the hinterland region forms part of the government’s efforts to have sport in Guyana developed countrywide; moving away from it being centred mainly on the coastland. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedArchery Guyana Coaches conduct introduction session in Region 9May 23, 2018In “Sports”Archery Guyana hopes to implement sport nationwide as course being hostedMay 4, 2018In “Sports”Archery Guyana’s new Board of Directors electedSeptember 15, 2018In “latest news”
HudBay Minerals plans to close its Balmat, New York State, zinc mine and concentrator. As a result of lower prices for zinc metal, continued high operating costs associated with the geology of the Balmat mine and general inflationary pressures, HudBay has determined that this operation is not economically viable given current market conditions. The Balmat mine was reopened in 2005 based on a feasibility plan that assumed lower costs and higher levels of production than were achieved to date.“HudBay would like to recognise the hard work and contributions of this team over these past three years and thank them for their service and dedication,” said Brad Lantz, Vice-President Mining, HudBay. “We also extend our sincere appreciation to the entire Balmat community.” The announcement will affect approximately 200 workers employed at the Balmat mine and concentrator. Operations are expected to cease on August 22, 2008. A small group of employees will be retained to keep the facility on care and maintenance. HudBay will continue to test geophysical anomalies within its exploration territories in the region as part of its overall 2008 exploration program announced earlier in the year. HudBay indicated that affected employees will receive transition support and the company will work with employees closely during this difficult time.The company does not expect to incur significant costs associated with closure. HudBay’s total zinc production for 2008, including Balmat’s contribution through the first eight months of the year, is now expected to be at the lower end of the Company’s previously disclosed production guidance range of 120,000 to 150,000 t of zinc, including Balmat payable metal in concentrate shipped.