Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is still trying to work himself back into the flow three games into his comeback from injury. Playing against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder Friday night proved that both Bryant and the Lakers have a long way to go.Durant scored 31 points, eight rebounds and five assists and Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds as the Thunder steamrolled the Lakers 122-97.Serge Ibaka added 19 points and 10 rebounds and Reggie Jackson also helped with 19 for Oklahoma City. The team has improved to five straight games and also won 13 of its past 14 games.The Thunder are unbeaten in 11 home games this season.“We have a pretty good team,” Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. “That’s been the case for a while now. One of the things that I tell the guys, every season has its own identity.“We started the season knowing that we wanted to … just continue to build trust in each other and just focus on each other and not worry about anything else, but trying to make your teammates look good. It’s early, but we’ve done a great job with that.”
Washington Capitals right wing Devante Smith-Pelly (25) argues with Chicago Blackhawks fans from the penalty box during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 7-1. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — This wasn’t the first time Devante Smith-Pelly has had racial taunts directed at him during a hockey game.And the Washington Capitals forward knew immediately what the intent of the message was when a few fans began chanting “basketball, basketball, basketball,” while Smith-Pelly sat in the penalty box during a 7-1 loss at Chicago on Saturday night. Smith-Pelly, a Black player in a sport dominated by white athletes, heard a similar taunt years before while playing in a tournament in British Columbia.“It’s pretty obvious what that means. It’s not really a secret,” Smith-Pelly said after the Capitals practiced in Buffalo on Sunday. “Whether it’s that word or any other word, I got the idea. And I’m sure they got the idea, too. Just one word, and that’s really all it takes.”What stunned the 25-year-old is how incidents such as these keep happening.“It’s disgusting,” Smith-Pelly said. “You’d think there would be some sort of change or progression, but we’re still working toward it, I guess, and we’re going to keep working toward it.”The Blackhawks and United Center officials reacted swiftly by ejecting four fans shortly after an off-ice official sitting next to Smith-Pelly — serving a fighting major for a scrap with Chicago’s Connor Murphy — notified building security.NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman released a statement Sunday, saying the league condemns the fans’ behavior as being “unacceptable and reprehensible.”“While this was isolated in nature, no player, coach, official or fan should ever have to endure such abuse at one of our games,” Bettman said.The Capitals released a statement saying they are “extremely disappointed by the intolerant behavior” by a select group of fans in Chicago.In thanking the Blackhawks and arena security, the Capitals said: “It is crucial to confront such appalling conduct.”The Blackhawks issued a statement apologizing to Smith-Pelly and the Capitals following the game, and said they “are committed to providing an inclusive environment.”Video shows Smith-Pelly seated in the penalty box while looking and pointing to his left. He then gets up with his stick and gets into a verbal exchange with a male fan on the other side of the glass.Smith-Pelly said he stepped forward publicly to call out the fans for what they said because he didn’t want to “brush it under the rug.”“I guess I’m trying to get the conversation started and show whoever these people were their true colors,” he said.Joining the Capitals on their road trip, which concludes at Buffalo on Monday, are players’ fathers, allowing Smith-Pelly an opportunity to discuss what happened with his dad.“We’ve had this conversation before,” said Smith-Pelly, who is from Toronto. “So he said, ‘It’s just a few idiots being ignorant.’”Smith-Pelly has seven goals and nine assists in 54 games in his first season with the Capitals. He has 40 goals and 53 assists in 320 regular-season games within seven seasons with Anaheim, Montreal, New Jersey and the Capitals.Capitals rookie defenseman Madison Bowey said what happened in Chicago made him “sick to my stomach.”Assistant captain Brooks Orpik said: “I wish I could say it’s surprising but it’s probably not all that surprising.”“I think no matter what you do, you’re going to find pockets of ignorance anywhere you go,” Orpik said. “Devo is as well liked as anyone in this room. I think it’s important for him to know that, and to know that everyone respects him a ton in this room.”Capitals coach Barry Trotz reiterated his post-game comments by saying there’s no place for racism in hockey or the country.“For the 22,000 people in Chicago at the game last night, there were a lot, a lot, a lot of good people,” Trotz said. “And a few individuals keep bringing the ugly part of society out, and that was unfortunate.”The fans’ taunts occurred during the NHL’s monthlong “Hockey is for Everyone ” campaign to promote the game as being inclusive for all players regardless of race, color, religion, national origin or gender. February is also Black History Month in the United States.The NHL has had to previously deal with racial insults.During the 2014 playoffs, the Boston Bruins denounced fans who posted racial comments on social media targeting then-Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, who is black, after he scored in double overtime.In 2011, a fan was fined $200 after pleading guilty to engaging in a prohibited activity for throwing a banana on the ice at Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds, who is black, during an exhibition game at London, Ontario.
20141.840.62 Source: nba.com Dwight Howard is making faster decisions For years, the Atlanta Hawks have had two guiding philosophies. Under coach Mike Budenholzer, the club has prioritized moving the ball in an uptempo offense, fashioning every player into a jump-shooting threat. On defense, Atlanta thrived thanks to the unusual frontcourt mobility of Paul Millsap and Al Horford. While neither was a traditional rim protector, the team used an array of hedges and switches to slow down pick-and-rolls and limit drives to the basket.With that in mind, things were bound to get interesting one way or another this season. Horford bolted for the Celtics over the summer, taking with him the unique passing and mobility he provides at the center position. He was replaced by Dwight Howard, who is a totally different player from a stylistic standpoint even if he’s a surefire Hall of Famer. The Hawks, who for years lived on ball movement and swiftness, seem to be replacing those virtues with brute strength.The swap — along with promoting point guard Dennis Schröder to a starting role after dealing away former All-Star Jeff Teague — has brought about some encouraging signs for the 8-2 Hawks, who probably needed a bit of a shake-up despite their relative success in recent years. Howard’s replacing Horford doesn’t necessarily make the Hawks more of a contender, but the move at least allows them to try a different look, both offensively and defensively, in hopes of finding a way forward.Howard on the boardsThe clearest difference from last season is the team’s overnight transformation into an offensive-rebounding powerhouse.The Hawks from previous years — much like the Spurs model that Budenholzer borrowed from his time as an assistant in San Antonio — didn’t concern themselves with offensive rebounding, instead preferring to space the court and simply retreat back on defense following a miss.As such, Atlanta ranked dead last in offensive-rebound rate in 2015. This year’s team, by contrast, is tied for the NBA’s fourth-best offensive-rebounding rate. The Hawks, who had ranked in the NBA’s bottom five in second-chance points in each of the previous three seasons, are currently ninth in second-chance points per game. Howard has everything to do with that. His personal numbers look good — he’s averaging 14.8 points, 12.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game, with eight double-doubles in 10 games — but his effect on Atlanta’s overall numbers appear to be even better. The club’s 31.1 percent offensive-rebound percentage with him on the court this season would be tied for the highest in the league, alongside the Chicago Bulls. The team’s offensive-rebound rate falls to a below-league average rate of 22.2 percent when Howard is on the sideline.Between those easy putbacks, and Howard’s pick-and-roll feeds from Schröder, Atlanta is shooting nearly 67 percent at the rim — up from just over 60 percent last year — second only to the Golden State Warriors so far. (Note the proximity that NBA.com uses for its at-the-rim stats differs slightly from the one the site uses in its shot charts, embedded below, but the trend holds true in both.) Howard, taking more than 80 percent of his shots from there (and also connecting on about 67 percent of those attempts), is fundamentally changing the way the team’s shot chart looks in the process.Howard on the blockBefore Tuesday’s quad injury, Howard was enjoying a bit of a renaissance after three frustrating seasons in Houston, where he felt underutilized and in the shadow of James Harden. Aside from cleaning the glass for easy putbacks, he was jelling with Schröder in pick-and-roll scenarios, regularly catching lobs from his new point guard, who appears to be making a concerted effort to keep him involved. And defenses, as much as they’d like to flood the paint to prevent Howard from getting easy baskets, have been reluctant to help too much in that part of the floor. Usual suspects such as sharpshooter Kyle Korver, along with Kent Bazemore and Millsap, are all threats to connect from outside if left open as a result of overhelping.With the Rockets, Howard’s offensive involvement wavered from time to time. Consider the fact that Howard received 6.7 passes per game from Harden during his first year there, before getting just 2.2 passes from him in 2014 and 4.5 passes from the Rockets star in 2015. Schröder, in Atlanta’s equal-opportunity system, is finding Howard more than eight times a night, according to SportVU tracking.Perhaps because of those frequent opportunities — and the fact that he’s no longer wondering if or when he’ll touch the ball, the way he sometimes did in Houston — Howard’s possessing the rock for shorter amounts of time as opposed to slowing his team’s offense to back down an opponent and force up an ugly hook shot, merely to create a scoring chance for himself. 20151.590.50 20161.390.45 20131.820.70 Because Schröder’s passes have generally left him with nothing to do but lay the ball in, particularly against lesser opponents such as the Sixers, Howard’s average time of possession per touch is down nearly 16 percent from last season and has decreased more than 27 percent from two seasons ago. Additionally, his dribbles per touch are down 10 percent and 27 percent, respectively, from last year and two years ago, according to SportVU.Can it last?Yet for all that, it’s fair to wonder how much of Atlanta’s hot start is sustainable.Schröder, in his first year as a starter, probably won’t finish this season with a higher three-point mark (42.9 percent so far) than his overall field-goal percentage last year (42.1 percent). Howard left Tuesday night’s win with a thigh bruise, and the injury will be a problem if it persists. The team is already thin in spots, including at center, since backup big man Tiago Splitter is still recovering from a February hip surgery. And there’s also the matter of the team’s soft schedule (fifth-easiest in the NBA) to this point: The Hawks are the only team to have beaten the defending-champion Cleveland Cavaliers, but as of Wednesday afternoon, five of their eight wins had come against Philadelphia, Washington and Miami, the Eastern Conference’s three worst teams.Still, Atlanta — outscoring opponents by more than 10 points per 100 possessions — has generally dominated its competition. The Hawks are limiting opposing offenses to just over 95 points per 100 plays, second-best in the NBA, trailing only the Clippers.The defense, which has been active and has deflected more passes than any Eastern Conference team, appears to be staying home a bit more often than in years past, to allow Howard to serve as a rim protector as opposed to chasing guards all over the court. That has paid dividends: They’re limiting opponents to 52.8 percent shooting from inside five feet, outpacing last year’s impressive 55.5 percent mark.Even with all this in mind, and Howard playing well, the same question as before still faces this team: Does the team — however good it might be — realistically have enough scoring, or enough stoppers, to get the best of LeBron James and the Cavaliers?Probably not. But by changing their look, and playing more inside-out than they have in years past, there might be a little more intrigue this time around, even if the end result turns out to be the same.Check out our latest NBA predictions. YEARSECONDS PER TOUCHDRIBBLES PER TOUCH
Head coach Geoff Carlston watches the Ohio State women’s volleyball team huddle up during a game against No. 9 Nebraska. Ohio State lost in four sets. Credit: Miranda Lipton | Lantern ReporterIn a match consisting of long rallies and free-balls, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team fell to No. 9 Nebraska in four sets (15-25, 25-23, 12-25, 9-25).Nebraska has won the past three matches in Columbus, including tonight’s victory. “A lot of times you do everything right and you don’t get the point, and that’s volleyball,” head coach Geoff Carlston said. “If the effort is there, which I thought it was a lot tonight, that’s a lot different than execution.”Ohio State (12-11, 3-8 Big Ten) called a timeout early in the first set with Nebraska (16-5, 8-4 Big Ten) up 9-4, and later at 20-13 Nebraska. The Cornhuskers took the first set 25-15. “When you make mistakes, you need to wipe it off and get to the next point but it’s hard,” freshman outside hitter Vanja Bukilić said. “I’m struggling with that and a lot of times I feel myself going deeper and deeper into the hole.”Ohio State led the second set 13-12 and kept a tight lead throughout until Nebraska tied the score at 19. With a couple successful free shots from behind the service line, the Buckeyes came out on top at 25-23.Nebraska senior co-captain and outside hitter Mikaela Foecke has been named Big Ten Player of the Week this season and leads the Cornhuskers with 3.65 kills per set. She had 12 kills tonight, behind sophomore middle blocker Lauren Stivrins who led the team with 16.Nebraska freshman middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach had five blocks against the Buckeyes. She ranks No. 9 in the nation and second in the Big Ten with 1.51 blocks per set. Nebraska took an early lead in the third set and maintained it throughout before taking a 25-12 win. They cruised through the fourth set, leading throughout the whole set to a 25-9 decision.Carlston said the Buckeyes lost multiple points to dropped balls.“This team is working on being more vocal. This is one of the more quiet teams that I’ve coached, but it’s a process,” Carlston said. “Two or three points were lost because of balls dropped and I can tell you why – you have three freshman playing different positions.”He also said the injured starters led to an inconsistency in the starting lineup and a need to improvise. “Camryn Moeller was playing outside for us because Jordan wasn’t able to play. I think Camryn came in and played with a lot of courage and tenacity and we needed that,” Carlston said.The Buckeyes will get back on the road to head to Evanston, Illinois to face Northwestern at 2 p.m on Sunday.
Former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins throws at Ohio State Pro Day on March 20. Credit: Cori Wade | For The LanternDwayne Haskins said he has always had a natural throwing ability. He said he has an eye to see open receivers, find them on routes and put the ball in the proper spots, over the defensive back, for easy catches. The only thing he had to adjust over time was the speed of the players to whom he was throwing. “I was throwing to lacrosse kids in high school, so now I am throwing to 4.2, 4.3 [40-yard-dash-time] receivers and they are moving,” Haskins said. In the comfort of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, Haskins had an opportunity to throw to those 4.3 receivers one last time, reminding those in attendance what the Heisman finalist did with Terry McLaurin, Johnnie Dixon and Parris Campbell this past season and providing a preview of what each could bring to the next level. Haskins has always seen the ability of each of his three redshirt senior receivers, complimenting their speed, catch radius and jumping ability. And after the trio accounted for 47.7 percent of Ohio State’s total receiving yards on the season, Haskins continued to show that off, consistently hitting McLaurin and Dixon starting with 10-yard slant routes to 30-yard post routes to 40-yard streaks into the endzone. Campbell missed the majority of the workout after slipping on a cut. This is something Ohio State head coach Ryan Day has gotten used to: watching who many consider to be a top 10 pick throwing to three receivers whose draft stock has steadily increased since their final game with the Buckeyes. “Dwayne threw the way Dwayne throws. Our receivers caught the way they caught and you just saw Terry McLaurin and Johnnie, and those guys work hard to catch the ball and run really fast,” Day said. “That’s what practice looked like, that’s what routes on air look like and that’s what it looked like today.” It’s a relationship that was not defined immediately. McLaurin, Dixon and Campbell already had developed a rapport with J.T. Barrett, a dual-threat quarterback who utilized his legs in a way Haskins likely never will. But Haskins only had one requirement for the receivers he threw to: Run every route like it’s a live game, using the speed receivers would use to get open in game action in practice. With this mentality, Haskins’ relationship with the trio bloomed. “They got more confidence in me as the season went on, as camp went on that I would be able to put it anywhere on the field, and we had a great time this year,” Haskins said. To Campbell, that level of comfort created a platform for Haskins to not only be successful but to lead. “Some people it comes natural to. Some people, they have to work at it. He’s a guy that works at it,” Campbell said at the Rose Bowl. “He’s been an unbelievable teammate, unbelievable leader and a great quarterback for us.”Day, a former NFL quarterbacks coach, might have been looking at Haskins, Campbell, Dixon and McLaurin like a scout as they gave their best reps in front of representatives from all 32 teams after the months spent preparing for the draft. In his first season as the Ohio State head coach, Day was instead looking at lost production, a quarterback and three receivers he won’t be able to utilize next season. But what Haskins and the receivers did in the passing game will be something the head coach can use to build the program’s future. “For recruits to see the way he’s been developed and the way our pass game is developing, not just at quarterback, but also at receiver,” Day said. “Just to see that stuff go on the field this year, the way we threw the ball — second in the nation in throwing the football — we are proud of that.” Day said he was proud of the way all three receivers put work into the program, saying he was one of many commending Dixon, McLaurin and Campbell on their collegiate career. It was the last official workout for all four, but the quarterback did what he always did with his receivers. That was not Haskins’ focus, saying it will probably hit him later. But he said it was a lot of fun, creating one of the best passing offenses in the span of one season. For one final time, the quarterback huddled up with his receivers. He said it was their last chance to define their future in an Ohio State uniform.“As we prayed before we went out there, we said it was the last opportunity,” Haskins said. “Just make the most of it and it was a great feeling to be able to go out there today and spin the rock for the last time.” Going out onto the practice field at the WHAC just like the many times the four had before, that’s exactly what they did.
Half of parents in Britain do not realise that their children could be committing a crime through “sexting”, new research by the NSPCC concludes,The charity said the number of children its ChildLine service had counselled specifically about the fall-out from sharing sexually explicit messages or photographs by mobile phone had jumped by 15 per cent last year alone.But a survey of parents found that 50 per cent did not know it was illegal for children to share naked or sexual pictures of themselves.Only around one in 20 parents believed their child was likely to send explicit images or videos of themselves to someone else. It is vital that parents talk to their children and that young people feel empowered to say no to sexting requestsPeter Wanless “We realise that talking about sexting can be an embarrassing or awkward conversation for both parents and children.“And although most parents said they would seek help if an indecent image of their child had been shared on the internet, half of them weren’t confident about getting the right support.“The NSPCC has created a new guide for parents to help them talk to their children about the risks of sexting, what the law says, and what to do if their child has shared a nude image that is being circulated online or among their peers.”The NSPCC runs a safety helpline, backed by the mobile phone network 02, on 0808 800 5002 offering advice on privacy settings and removing indecent images from children’s mobiles or other devices. Credit:Hoxton / Alamy Stock Photo Yet more than a third (35 per cent) said they would contact police if they found out their children had done so.Peter Wanless, chief executive of the NSPCC, said: “Sharing nude selfies can put young people at risk of bullying by peers or being targeted by adult sex offenders, so it’s vital that parents talk to their children and that young people feel empowered to say no to sexting requests. 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.
Moneycorp, whose Gatwick-based branch was singled out for criticism from Mr Lewis, claimed its higher airport rates were due to operating costs.Retail director Tracy Bownes said the firm had to offset “significant cost… from ground rent and additional security, to the cost of staffing the bureau for customers on early and late flights.”She added: “An easy and more cost-effective way for customers to buy travel money is to pre-order online and collect at the airport. We always encourage our customers to do this, and increasing numbers of people are planning ahead in this way – we’re seeing up to 50% of transactions coming from reserve and collect customers at some of our airport bureau. Our online reserve and collect rates are always highly competitive.”David Buik, a markets commentator for leading stockbroker Panmure Gordon, said consumers were being widely exploited at airports.”The volatility of the market is such that this is now money for old rope,” he said.”The money is bouncing around like a cork in the bath and they are saying they need to protect themselves.”The foreign exchange system is not down to Brexit alone… But the pound is under pressure and we are back to the volatility days. It is somewhat inevitable that they will capitalise on vulnerable people. They know exactly what they are doing.” Martin Lewis tweeted a picture of exchange rates at one airportCredit:ITV Holidaymakers face “disgraceful” exchange rate profiteering, experts warned as several airports offer less than a euro to the pound amid the financial volatility over Brexit.Consumer champion Martin Lewis, of MoneySavingExpert.com, launched a fierce attack on financial companies for taking advantage as one leading airport bought at 1.35 euros and sold at just 97 cents.Tweeting a picture of a Moneycorp exchange rate board which showed buy-sell spreads had edged to more than a third, he wrote: “No wonder they shouted at me ‘you’re not allowed to photograph that’. Disgraceful exchange rate profiteering [content deleted]” 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. Holidaymakers were offered 97 cents for the pound at several airports on Friday after a torrid day in the currency markets following the overnight “flash crash”.Investors were this morning braced for the pound to fall further, fearing continued volatility will result from the government’s “hard Brexit” stance.
Martin Freeman, the actor, has said it was ‘odd’ pretending that his former partner Amanda Abbington was his wife in the new series of Sherlock.The former couple who play Dr and Mrs Watson in the series, split in March after 16 years but were forced to work together for a large part of 2016.In last night’s episode, the pair were seen struggling to cope with a new baby, after marrying in the previous series. The pair face marital strain in the fourth series of Sherlock Credit:BBC pictures The former couple have two childrenCredit: Dave M. Benett “It’s all totally fine. Martin and I remain best friends and love each other, and it was entirely amicable, but we realised we’d come to the end of our time together.“There was no hostility, really; we just said that we couldn’t live together any more. So he moved out to a flat in north London, I stayed at home, and we’ve started a new chapter. He sees the children as much as he wants to.” Freeman told The Observer: “We did this series not being together, which was kind of odd, although we were doing it as friends and we’re still very close.“It’s always interesting doing stuff with your partner because you know each other better than anybody else and that was obviously still the case with this series.“But it wasn’t lost on , and Amanda that ‘oh look, we’re holding our fictional baby, remember this?”Abbington told the Sunday Telegraph’s Stella Magazine that the coupe had an friendly separation and still see each other regularly. She said that one of the reasons for the split was the amount of time Freeman spent abroad, particularly when filming The Hobbit and US series Fargo.‘We’ve been apart a lot, and I think that’s one of the reasons it happened,” she said.“You can’t be away from people for too long, because you start to function on your own, you get used to being separate. You lose the connection and lose sight of it, in the end.‘It is sad and it is upsetting because you think you’re going to be with someone forever.” 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 charity appealed to local businesses to provide equipment to furnish it, such as fridges and 55-inch televisions, but the financial records show it also spent £300,000 kitting out the base. The furnishings include a PlayStation, a fridge and cappuccino machine.The two-storey base, where the Duke and his colleagues relax between missions, also has LED lighting and sound proofing to reduce noise levels from the airport.While the latest financial records show the corporate donations have increased since the Duke joined the charity, public donations from collecting tins have dropped.The charity has received six per cent less money in its collecting boxes since 2015. The Duke of Cambridge checks his helicopter Credit:Stefan Rousseau/PA The Duke and his colleagues carried out 2,046 missions from June 2015 to July 2016, according to the EAAA’s annual report that has just been published.During this time, they helped 1,377 patients across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Essex and Hertfordshire. The records also reveal that the charity spent £1.5 million on new offices at Cambridge Airport for the Duke and his colleagues last year.They unveiled six months after the Duke started working for the charity and opened by the Queen in July 2016. Donations from businesses to the East Anglian Air Ambulance trebled in a year after the Duke of Cambridge started working for the charity as a pilot.Accounts show that corporate donations have risen from £55,101 in 2015 to £163,082 in 2016 thanks to what is being described as the Prince William effect.The increase shows that more companies have wanted to become involved with the charity since the Duke began working at its Cambridge base in July 2015. The Duke of Cambridge started work with the East Anglian Air Ambulance in July 2015 and is on a roster of day and night shifts which last nine and a half hours.He flies an EC145 T2 aircraft and in common with all other East Anglian Air Ambulance pilots, he is formally employed by Bond Air Services and draws a salary which he donates to charity.It has been reported that he is due to leave the EAAA this summer. The Prince William effect has been credited with a surge in business donations to the East Anglian Air AmbulanceCredit:Stefan Rousseau/PA Show more Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The footballer said the three months his wife spent in hospital were “incredibly difficult”.”I felt almost betrayed by the diagnosis, betrayed by the illness because you think, ‘you got it once, you are not going to get it again, surely’. Actress Tamzin Outhwaite said: “So much respect. What a wonderful man and father you are. Well done for going on that journey You are a warrior… you should be so proud of yourself.” Rio Ferdinand comes to terms with losing his wife Rebecca on a BBC documentaryCredit:BBC The help you will have given so many people last night @rioferdy5 is going to be immeasurable.Of all the trophies you won that’s your best !— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 29, 2017 Still not seen it, then let this be the only thing you watch today. Thank you @rioferdy5 for telling your story 🙏 https://t.co/9ZvYCtyyH2— Ore Oduba (@OreOduba) March 29, 2017 Brave and important from @RioFerdy5 to speak so openly about his personal grief last night.Everybody at #MUFC is right behind you, Rio. 👊 pic.twitter.com/FkvHLPEGEv— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 29, 2017 Lord Sugar described the programme as “very moving”.Mrs Ferdinand was first treated for breast cancer in 2013 and the disease returned in an aggressive form in March 2015. Many praised him for telling his story in a way that will help others going through similar tragedies.Phillip Schofield tweeted: “That was amazing. You’ll have helped so many people.”Comedian John Bishop said he had “total respect” for Ferdinand, adding it was “moving and informative and something that will help others I am sure”.Before the programme’s broadcast, the former Leeds, Manchester United and West Ham star hit out at the Government, saying it is “wrong” to cut back the time widowed parents can receive bereavement benefits. The documentary was broadcast on Tuesday, and public figures, celebrities and other fans spoke up to praise his bravery.Boxer Tony Bellew said Mr Ferdinand was “inspiring”, telling the star: “I have no words for the admiration I have for you or the bravery you are showing everyday… my heart goes out to you.” “You feel like, how can you get that type of luck. You don’t think the worst-case scenario can happen.”She died within 10 weeks of the diagnosis, leaving her family with little time to prepare for her loss.The couple’s children were aged four, six and nine at the time.The documentary followed Mr Ferdinand as he met other families coping with bereavement and looked at the support given to parents and children who lose loved ones. Very brave of @rioferdy5 to make that documentary . Very moving . I wish him and his kids all the best for the future. https://t.co/5pVOto2NvV— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) March 28, 2017 ‘I never contemplated suicide – but I can understand it now’ – #RioFerdinand opened up about the pain of losing his wife— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) March 29, 2017 Former England cricketer Graeme Swann said he had “enormous respect” for Ferdinand after watching the programme, while broadcaster Aled Jones said the account was “truly incredible”, adding: “You are an amazing person Rio.” 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. Rio Ferdinand has been hailed as a “warrior” after speaking up about his wife in a poignant BBC documentary.Fans on social media praised him for his powerful account of losing his wife Rebecca to cancer and raising their three children without her.She died aged 34 in 2015, weeks after being diagnosed with the disease for a second time.
Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire have challenged the retired judge heading the inquiry into the disaster at an impassioned meeting.Residents met with Sir Martin Moore-Bick, who is heading the panel, on Monday evening in a consultation designed to let them air their views on what they want the investigation to examine.But the crowd made it clear they have little confidence in the inquiry. One local resident drew applause and cheers as she said: “You do not have our confidence, you do not represent us and you do not look like any of us.”Another local, one of the first members of public to speak said: “I don’t think you are going to do us justice.”I’m just watching you here. We need someone who’s real.” 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. He replied: “We are talking about the same thing. We are going to investigate and find the facts in relation to the whole course of events.”And we will do that in a way that means we will get to the bottom of that.”He promised the room that the role of building regulations, the specification of the cladding and insulation, the tower’s gas pipes and the role of supervision of works carried out would also be investigated.Residents echoed concerns voiced at the last meeting with Sir Martin – that the inquiry team should better reflect the “diversity” of those on the west London estate.At least 80 people died after the fire ripped through the 24-storey tower block in north Kensington, with many of those affected being from BME (black and minority ethnic) backgrounds.Sir Martin was flanked by his inquiry team including QCs Richard Millett, Bernard Richmond and Kate Grange, inquiry secretary Mark Fisher and a female junior barrister. His comments prompted applause from the hundreds gathered in the room inside Notting Hill Community Church on Tuesday evening.He continued: “We need justice and we need it fast, and we don’t need someone who is going to play around for six weeks.”Six weeks people have had to wait for this and you are only just looking into this now?”During his initial address to the room, Sir Martin promised the inquiry would consider the design and construction of the tower, as well as the decisions that were taken in light of recent works done to the tower. Referencing the make-up of the panel, a woman said: “Look at us. Where is that reflected in you?”Who are you going to put on the panel to inject trust and confidence?”, she asked.Shouting broke out periodically over whether people other than survivors should be able to take the microphone and address the room. He confirmed that the issue of deregulation would be looked at by the inquiry.The meeting was brought to an end just before 9pm, although many local community members had already left their seats.Of the multiple suggestions for more diversity in his panel, Sir Martin told reporters afterwards: “I’m certainly going to give consideration.”Asked if he felt his team could deliver justice, he said: “If by justice, you mean getting to the facts, yes.”Calls of “Do the right thing, judge” and “Resign” were shouted at the inquiry head as he left the church. Further yells of “answer the question” were directed at the inquiry head whenever one member of the public finished speaking and a microphone was passed to another.Responding to appeals for people to be brought to justice, he said: “An inquiry is designed to find out what happened.”I have no power to do anything in relation to criminal responsibility.” Several people in told the former judge he should be mindful of his choice of language and do more than just “consider” these issues. Residents gathered to speak with Sir Martin Moore-Bick (centre) at Notting Hill Methodist Church Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA
Following their deaths, there was a three-day manhunt for the suspected killer. Tarin was detained in the Sparkhill area of Birmingham on Thursday evening.The mother and daughter were stabbed at Ms Saleem’s home at just after 12.30am on Bank Holiday Monday. Nour Norris, sister of Ms Saleem, added: “Raneem is the flower our house, the flower of our life. Very, very pretty girl, she had a lot to give to everybody and to the world and to the community. “She wanted to study, she wanted to raise her son up in the best way she could.” 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. Police on Friday night charged a man with the murder of a mother and her daughter who were stabbed to death in Solihull.Janbaz Tarin, 21, will appear before Birmingham magistrates on Saturday. He has has been charged with the murders of Raneem Oudeh, 22, and her mother Khaola Saleem, 49, West Midlands Police said last night. It came as the family of the women paid tribute to the pair, and told how Ms Oudeh’s toddler son has been crying out for his mother in the days following her death.Salima Hobee, mother of Ms Saleem and grandmother of Ms Oudeh, told BBC News: “How I feel is beyond words, beyond description. She [Raneem] had children – one boy is only one and a half years old, a baby. “He calls out for her ‘mama, mama’. He’s been looking for her.” Raneem Oudeh, 22, and her mother Khaola Saleem, 49
After the pair were arrested in the early hours of December 19 last year, three air rifles, two Samurai swords, a wine bottle full of sulphuric acid, homemade fireworks, and “a variety of improvised homemade fuses” were discovered at Star’s property, Ms Whyte said.The court heard how officers investigating Salah’s home discovered gunpowder and a “viable pyrotechnic fuse”.The pair both deny preparing an act of terrorism, and their trial, which is expected to last four weeks, continues on Wednesday. Of the other defendant, Ms Whyte said: “It is entirely conceivable that Andy Star’s extreme views developed a relatively short time before the events with which we are now concerned.” The bomb squad in Chesterfield “Andy Star had access to the materials necessary to conduct small test runs with explosives and Star was making those devices in his flat.”The court also heard the ideology of Salah, of Brunswick Road, Sheffield, was evident in his social media messages, with Ms Whyte telling how his communications reflected “his affiliation to Islamic State”. On November 29 last year, he is said to have shared a 58-minute long propaganda video “designed to inspire supporters of IS but also designed to frighten those who do not support IS”, which showed scenes of warfare, beheadings and executions.Ms Whyte said that Salah had told a contact he would consider Abu Bakr Baghdadi, the caliph of Islamic State, to be a kafir, or unbeliever, if he failed to live up to “the very high standards imposed by Salah’s radical and militant form of Islam”.The prosecutor added that he had regularly expressed a desire to travel to the Sham, referring to the “wide areas of the Middle East including Syria and Iraq, parts of which Islamic State had tried to occupy”.On other messages, Salah had allegedly offered to pass over funds to a member of a Salafist Jihadist militant group. Two men accused of jointly plotting a terror attack were attempting to manufacture an explosive device involving a driverless car to spare their own lives, a court has heard.Andy Star, 32, who lived and worked at the Mermaid Fish Bar on Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, and Farhad Salah were working together in a bid to make the weapon, Sheffield Crown Court was told.On Tuesday, prosecutor Anne Whyte QC told the court how the pair were supporters of terrorist organisationIslamic State, and how Salah had arrived in the UK in 2014, but had not had his asylum claim determined prior to his arrest.She said: “The prosecution allege that Farhad Salah and Andy Star had decided that improvised explosive devices could be made and used in a way here in the UK that spared their own lives preferably but harmed others they considered to be infidels.”During her opening speech, Ms Whyte read a message, sent by 23-year-old Salah in December 2017, in which he told a contact: “My only attempt is to find a way to carry out martyrdom operation with cars without driver, everything is perfect only the programme is left.”Describing how this was evidence Salah was “attack planning”, Ms Whyte added: “But he was not planning alone. The Mermaid fish bar 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.
Chillingly, a 15-inch version of the knife is freely available to purchase online for a sale-price £19.99.Nedim’s father, Nusret, told the Evening Standard: “He was a wonderful boy. We are devastated. He went out on his bike and never came home.“We don’t know whether they were stealing his bike or what. That’s what someone said. We were told a car pulled up and they stabbed him. We have no idea why. He was just minding his own business. He was a good boy.” Police were called to the incident just before 7pm on Monday evening.Credit:PA Police confirmed that they are looking into the possibility that it could have been a targeted attack, saying that they aren’t ruling anything out at this stage of the investigation.The boy’s mother, Reziye, visited the scene and said: “We are devastated. This violence must stop.”Islington councillor Paul Convery said the area has been plagued with gang troubles for years, with four fatal stabbings in Islington in 2018.”There is long-running antagonism between the Cally Boyz and EC1,” he said.”Violence in this area has been happening quite regularly and there has been a growing concern something more tragic could happen.He said that there were “unpleasant parallels” with the murder of Alan Cartwright in 2015, who was just 15 when he was stabbed while riding a bike on the Caledonian road. Nedim is the second teenager to be killed in the capital in 2019, after 14-year-old Jaden Moodie was knocked off a moped and stabbed to death by a group of men in Waltham Forest on January 8.Police patrols in the surrounding areas have been stepped up, and a Section 60 stop and search order, which allows police to search anyone in a specific zone, has been authorised. A teenage boy was stabbed to death with a ‘Rambo knife’ after refusing to hand over his bicycle, his father says.Nedim Bilgin, 17, was chased along a busy street close to his Islington home by at least two teenagers on Tuesday evening, before being stabbed multiple times.Yesterday, his father said “he went out on his bike and never came home.”Two males, aged 16 and 17 were arrested near the scene on suspicion of murder, while a third man, 18, was arrested at a house not far from the Caledonian road, where the incident took place.One witness described how the boy was apparently stabbed with a ‘Rambo knife’ – a large, long bladed weapon with serrated edges. 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.
Royal fans John Loughrey (left) and Terry Hutt outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, where the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to her three childrenCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Terry Hutt, 83, has been a royalist since the age of four. Whether outside the Lindo wing, or on the streets of Windsor, he is often seen perched behind a security barrier dressed in a Union Jack suit and tie, joyfully celebrating significant royal milestones.But when the Duchess of Sussex gives birth to her and the Duke’s first child, Terry will not be out on the streets to cheer.The private affair which both the Duke and Duchess have chosen, has left Terry and his merry gang of Royal enthusiasts thoroughly disappointed.On Thursday, an announcement came that: “Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private. The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.”A photograph of the family is not expected until days after the birth, and there is no public appearance planned. 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. Town Crier Tony Appleton announcing that the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy outside the Lindo wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London last AprilCredit:AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth Margaret Tyler, 75 is originally from Hertfordshire, but moved to London to be closer to the Royal family. She has amassed an incredible collection of royal memorabilia, including a commemorative jar of pickles and an entire room in her home dedicated to Princess Diana.Another stalwart of royal celebrations she says she will miss the party atmosphere enjoyed so many times before.“It’s disappointing that we aren’t all going to meet up because we have such a fun time. People bring chocolates and drinks and we all look out for each other. It is a party time for us.“But Meghan is the one having the baby so it is no party time for her. She wants to bond with the baby. Its her body, its her baby so we had to go along with it.“I have no plans to travel to Windsor, but as soon as there is an announcement, I’ll be there.” This low-key affair has left fans unwilling to travel to Windsor in anticipation of the new baby, although they are on standby for any announcement.Mr Hutt, from Weston-Super-mare told The Telegraph: “I am disappointed they aren’t doing what they normally do. But they have decided that’s what they want to do and I am quite happy to sit back, let them celebrate with their family and then share it with everyone else.“I won’t be waiting up in Windsor, but I shall be coming straight after the birth is announced.Tony Appleton, an unofficial Royal town crier said: “I’ve got my scroll and I am ready all the time. I keep it in the boot of the car. If there is an emergency, I can take it to wherever it may be. I am on red alert.“I’m a big Meghan fan but I am very disappointed,” he added.“You’ve got to think of the public. We all love her. To try and keep it a secret is not very nice. We are all a family and it’s a happy occasion – the world wants to know. To do it two days later and announce it on instagram would be so disappointing.” Media operations have been significantly scaled back since the birth of Prince Louis, with no temporary structures likely to be erected until the Duchess has gone into labour.A spokesperson for America’s Fox News Channel told the Telegraph that they would have just three correspondents covering the event.Hotels in the town show good availability and the police have not shared any extra plans or measures with the public.This is very much being seen as the private event the Royals have wished for.A spokesperson for Windsor Great Park, where Frogmore House is situated simply said: “There are no special plans or arrangements in place, it is business as usual at Windsor Great Park.” Royal superfan Margaret Tyler at her home in LondonCredit:Martin Pope
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby sonCredit:PA Just £100 was staked on ‘Archie’ name, according to LadbrokesIn the days after the baby boy’s birth, they had settled on Alexander, Arthur, James, Philip and Spencer as the most likely options, with their punters preoccupied with how the couple would honour the late Diana, Princess of Wales. By Wednesday, when the baby was two days old, senior members of the Royal Family including his Uncle William and Auntie Catherine had not yet been made aware of the name. The duchess added: “It’s magic, it’s pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world so I’m really happy.” Bookies, who until Monday had overwhelmingly predicted the baby would be a girl, have tipped Alexander and Arthur as the front-runners for a boy’s name, with a longlist imbued with tradition. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have named their baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, it has been announced.The couple posted the news on their Instagram page, along with a black and white photograph of the newborn baby being introduced to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.With the Duchess’ mother Doria Ragland by their sides, the duchess held the baby in her arms as the Queen beamed.The middle name of Harrison is understood to be a conscious reference to “son of Harry”, while the couple simply like the name of Archie. By deciding to call their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the Duke and Duchess have signified they will not use a title for their first born.The baby could have become Earl of Dumbarton – one of Prince Harry’s subsidiary titles – or have been Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, but instead he will simply be Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.A source said: “They have chosen not to use a courtesy title at this time.”Harry and Meghan’s first born, who is seventh in line to the throne, made his world debut with his besotted parents at Windsor Castle on Wednesday.Proud mother Meghan described him as having the “sweetest temperament”, while a delighted Harry called him “our own little bundle of joy”. As is the custom for royal babies, Harry and Meghan will have shared news of their choice with the monarch before releasing it to the public.The duke and duchess’s son arrived on Monday May 6 at 5.26am, weighing 7lb 3oz.Harry said, when announcing the birth, that the baby’s late arrival had given them longer to decide on a name.”The baby is a little bit overdue, so we’ve had a little bit of time to think about it,” he said.While the bookies had safely predicted the names of Prince George and Princess Charlotte, they were left confounded by the Sussex’s selection.
Britain’s most pointless speed humps have been created in Norwich after the council wasted thousands on bumps not high enough to slow cars.Tarmac contractors installed 11 humps around the city between July and September last year however they were made so low that cars and lorries were able to pass over without any change to speed. Officials discovered that some of the humps, which were part of a £320,000 scheme which also saw roads resurfaced and improvements to cycle paths, were only built to 35mm high when they should have been 75mm. Despite the work having caused weeks of disruption the roads will have to close again so the height of the humps can be adjusted upwards.Chris Isgate, manager of the Duke of Wellington pub in Waterloo Road, said the timing of closures was not ideal, coinciding with the City of Ale Festival.He said: “It’s crazy. We thought the humps were a bit small. They certainly don’t slow anybody down.”A spokeswoman for Transport for Norwich said: “We are obviously disappointed that the speed humps in the Angel Road area weren’t constructed in line with the original design.”Our contractor, Tarmac, has responded to the request for this to be corrected and will also be covering the cost for the work.” 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.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBrathwaite can’t repeat World T20 heroics every time – BrowneFebruary 27, 2017In “latest news”West Indies cricket 2016: 3 steps forward, 3 steps backDecember 27, 2016In “Sports”Brathwaite hoping to take positives from disappointing second T20 showingNovember 7, 2018In “Sports” (CMC) West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite has praised his side’s professionalism, after they trounced Afghanistan by seven wickets in Monday’s final Twenty20 International and complete a 3-0 series whitewash.Carlos BrathwaiteEntering the series as heavy favourites to beat the ICC Associate nation, West Indies imposed their superiority to reduce each of the three games to a no-contest as they pulled off convincing victories in each.The gulf between the two teams was especially evident in the final game as right-hander Marlon Samuels produced a stroke-filled career-best unbeaten 89 as the Windies easily chased down 147 to win by seven wickets.“Marlon showed his experience, showed his class and he brought us home and the manner in which he did it was very, very clinical and it is very pleasing,” Brathwaite said.“You talk about being professional … and when you have teams on the back foot about keeping them there and that’s exactly what we did … so it’s very, very pleasing to come away three-nil.”He continued: “It would have been very easy to take a foot off the pedal and take this game for granted, lose the game, win the series 2-1 and be happy, but the professionalism shown today was very commendable, very admirable and kudos to my team for bringing home the series in a whitewash.”Opting to bat first, Afghanistan posted the highest total of the series and when Chadwick Walton fell to the second delivery of the run chase without a run on the board, the Windies faced a challenging time.But Samuels arrived to see off the Afghan challenging with a stroke-filled innings, that ensured there was no upset.“The pitch was a lot better for batting than the first two games so we had to make some minor adjustments,” Brathwaite explained.“They got up to a score that we think if we had executed our skills a little better we could have got them for 10 runs less but nevertheless the score was on the board, it was manageable and going into the half-time break, I asked that one of the batters raise their hand, not only get a score but get a big score and come not out in a winning cause.”Brathwaite, however, reserved special praise for his bowlers who he said were superb throughout the series in keeping Afghanistan’s dangerous batsmen under tight rein.“The bowling performance and the consistency, that is something we asked for so that one box was ticked,” he said.“We (bowlers) did very well against Pakistan [in the recent series], we continually kept them down to 130 and as a bowling unit we strived to replicate what we did in that series.“I don’t want to single out one moment of brilliance because those moments of brilliance don’t come unless there is a solid base and I think that throughout the three games, bowlers put the team on that solid footing … which made the moments of brilliance actually brilliant.”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUPDATE: Pandemonium erupts as bandit killed, accomplices shot in foiled Republic Bank robberyJuly 4, 2017In “Crime”Foiled Bank robbery: 5 charged, Haynes gets 6 years jail for 4 offences, others remandedJuly 14, 2017In “Court”Owner of hijacked vehicle used in foiled bank robbery arrestedJuly 5, 2017In “Crime” At least one person has been shot during a shootout with a gang of bank robbers early this morning on Water Street in Georgetown.INews understands that four bandits attempted to rob the Republic Bank (Guyana) Water Street branch in downtown Georgetown. It is not clear whether the Police or Security Guards engaged the bank robbers in the shootout but INews was able to confirm that at least one person was shot and injured and rushed to the hospital.Unconfirmed reports indicate that a private security service was about to make a cash deposit at the bank when the incident occurred. (Details and photos in a subsequent update)
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedT&T woman stabbed to death, lover attempts suicideMarch 14, 2016In “Crime”T&T teacher slain by relative during quarrelFebruary 27, 2018In “latest news”T&T woman facing 109 fraud charges escapes from police custodyNovember 29, 2017In “latest news” (Trinidad Guardian) A 35-year-old mother of three, who had recently taken out a restraining order against a man she knew, was found dead in St James last night.Killed: Nadine SmithPolice said there was a single gunshot wound to the head. Police have since launched a manhunt for the suspect, who is believed to have gone into hiding.According to police reports, at about 8 pm officers acting on information received went to Dundonald Hill where they found the woman, who was identified as Nadine Smith. Smith was married five years ago.Up to late last night investigators were still on the scene gathering details.However, speaking to the T&T Guardian under strict anonymity, a close friend of Smith, who was very distraught, described Smith as a “gentle and loving soul”. She said Smith often attended church and was known as a “woman of serious faith”.“She was the most humble person you would ever meet and her children were her world. She lived for them and to make them happy,” the friend said.“It is so shocking and sad to know she had to go in this inhumane way.”An investigating officer told T&T Guardian that Smith recently removed herself from an abusive relationship with a man she knew and added that she received several death threats afterwards.Smith’s murder was recorded as No. 263 for the year thus far.Investigations are continuing.