UCLA Files Appeal To Make Shabazz Muhammad Eligible

UCLA filed a formal appeal with the NCAA to overturn its ruling that has made freshman sensation Shabazz Muhammad  ineligible.The NCAA declared Muhammad ineligible to play after an investigation determined that he had accepted improper benefits in the form of travel expenses and lodging for unofficial visits during the recruiting period to North Carolina and Duke.UCLA coach Ben Howland said on a teleconference that the NCAA appeals committee is expected to hear the case on Friday and that the school hopes to have a decision shortly thereafter.“At this time, I’m optimistic and hopeful that everything is going to work out,” Howland said. “That’s about all I can say. Hopeful is a big part of that.”If the NCAA rules in Muhammad’s favor, he likely would become eligible immediately. But if the appeal is denied, Muhammad would have to go through the reinstatement process to regain his eligibility.The highly touted recruit has been under investigation since this summer, but less than two hours before the Bruins’ season opener last Friday, the NCAA announced Muhammad was ineligible to play.Dan Guerrero, UCLA athletic director, said last week the ruling was incorrect and unfair to Muhammad.During warmups before Tuesday’s overtime win against UC Irvine, freshmen Kyle Anderson, Jordan Adams and Tony Parker wore “Free Shabazz” T-Shirts. Howland said that public display by the first-year players was a one-time show of support.“This is their friend. They love their friend,” Howland said. But “that’s not something we’ll do in the future.”Muhammad will continue to practice with the team as he awaits the NCAA’s decision.  The Bruins hope to have Muhammad available next week in the Legends Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. They will face Georgetown on Monday and then either No. 1 Indiana or Georgia on Tuesday. read more

Only 9 NBA Players Got Concussions This Year

Paul George kept playing after colliding with Dwyane Wade late in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night. But after the game, George said he briefly lost consciousness, a possible sign of a concussion.Here’s the collision (which came in the fourth quarter of Miami’s 87-83 win over Indiana): If George did suffer a concussion, it would be just the 10th such injury this season. That’s according to a database I’ve compiled tracking injuries in the NBA over the last six seasons based on team reports.NBA players experience very few concussions compared to players in other major sports. There’s been one concussion for every 149.5 NBA games played this season. By comparison, the NFL saw a concussion occur once every 1.4 games during the 2013 season. According to my database, there have been 89 total concussions in the NBA since the start of the 2008-09  season; the NFL recently reported 228 concussions were diagnosed during the 2013 season alone, down from 261 in the previous season.In fact, the NBA’s concussion rate is the lowest among the four major U.S. leagues. According to data collected in a 2013 study, a concussion occurs in the NHL once every 20 games. And while baseball, like basketball, isn’t considered a contact sport, MLB sent 23 players to the seven-day concussion disabled list last season, generating a concussion rate of one incident for every 105.7 games.Whether or not George suffered a concussion, the Pacers may have mismanaged his injury. The NBA concussion policy, implemented during the 2011-12 season, states:If a player is suspected of having a concussion, or exhibits the signs or symptoms of concussion, they will be removed from participation and undergo evaluation by the medical staff in a quiet, distraction-free environment conducive to conducting a neurological evaluation.If George was displaying any of the symptoms he mentioned during post-game interviews, then he should have been removed from the game. Expect the Pacers’ actions and George’s eligibility for Game 3 to be under close watch until Saturday, when the series shifts to Miami. read more

Your Guide To The 2018 National League

It’s opening week in the major leagues, and we’re catching up on what baseball’s been up to over this very odd offseason — and looking forward to the season ahead. We’ve enlisted the help of our preseason forecasting model, which assesses every team and offers a projection for their 2018 campaign. I’ve also highlighted the most interesting teams and players to watch during the year, as well as the ones about which we just don’t have any clue. (¯\_(ツ)_/¯) What follows is our take on the National League — for the American League, click here. NL WestTeam to beat: Los Angeles Dodgers. At times last season, L.A. looked like it might belong among the greatest teams of all time. But it also looked like trash during one September stretch — then turned around and very nearly won the World Series. We can’t guarantee this season will hold as many ups and downs for the Dodgers, but they should be quite good once again. Start with the NL’s best projected pitcher (Clayton Kershaw), add in its top reliever (Kenley Jansen), and mix in four hitters projected for at least 3.3 WAR (Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig), and you’ve got a recipe for the top team in the National League. This division is pretty stacked in general, though, so you might see both wild-card slots go to NL West teams again. Team ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: New York Mets. Touted last season to contend for the East, the Mets got out to a miserable, injury-riddled start and never recovered. They do have a new manager now, former Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway, and pitching was the biggest issue with last year’s squad. (New York actually finished 11th in position-player wins above replacement.) But Callaway was basically the extent of the Mets’ offseason improvements, aside from re-signing ex-Met Jay Bruce and scavenging third baseman Todd Frazier and reliever Anthony Swarzak in free agency. Essentially, the Mets’ 2018 season hinges on the same factors that destroyed them in 2017: the health and effectiveness of their pitching staff. Stay tuned to see how that works out.Rebuild alert: Miami Marlins, Atlanta Braves. The Phillies had been in this category for years, but they spent the offseason finally making win-now moves. Even the Braves, with their incredible farm machine,1Even after Atlanta was punished for the international signing rule violations that got former GM John Coppolella banned for life from MLB. won’t be long for this list. But the Marlins … whoo, buddy. Miami has just begun its descent into tanking hell, with new ownership and an offseason sell-off that actually surpassed the franchise’s famous fire sale two decades ago. Our model considers the Marlins the worst team in baseball, so let the rebuild commence.Player to watch: Noah Syndergaard, Mets. Last April, “Thor” was well on his way to once again ranking among the game’s best pitchers. Then he tore a lat muscle — and wouldn’t be seen back on an MLB mound until a very odd, meaningless late-September co-start. (Don’t ask.) Syndergaard is healthy again, however, and according to FanGraphs’ numbers, he projects as the third-best pitcher in baseball. What’s more, those projections don’t factor in the fireballs he was hurling in the spring, ostensibly trying to prove he’s still the hardest-throwing starter around. (We get it, Noah.) If Syndergaard stays healthy, he should dominate.Biggest enigma: Bryce Harper, Nationals. Harper is projected to be the eighth-best position player in baseball this season, but he’s far from a sure thing. Despite being one of MLB’s most exciting players, his numbers have bounced around wildly in the past few seasons. In 2015, we saw Harper perform at a level few players have ever attained, producing 9.5 WAR with a weighted on-base average 97 percent better than league average. The following year, he was down to a measly 3.5 WAR with a weighted OBA only 12 percent above average. And last year? He hit like an MVP in the early going but was injured later in the season, ending up with 4.8 WAR and a wOBA 56 percent better than average. No player’s WAR has moved around more from season to season over the past three years, so it’s anybody’s guess where Harper will end up in 2018. Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series Team ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Milwaukee Brewers. Milwaukee is an extremely difficult team to figure out heading into the season. The Brew Crew surprised everyone by winning 86 games last year, even leading the division as late as July 25. It also dealt aggressively over the winter, picking up both Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich to patrol Miller Park’s outfield. But the forecasters are pretty split over the Brewers’ potential in 2018. Some systems see them pushing the Cardinals and Cubs again; others think they’ll struggle to crack .500. Our aggregation of various projections calls for 83 wins, but like Minnesota in the AL, this is another forecast I suspect we’re too low on.Rebuild alert: Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates. The Reds have been rebuilding for a half-decade now, if we include this season — and our projections say we most definitely should. Someday, perennial MVP candidate Joey Votto could play for a winning team again, but it probably won’t be this year (and it might not be for Cincinnati, either). Meanwhile, the Pirates are just embarking on their rebuilding journey, having traded away franchise cornerstone Andrew McCutchen and ace Gerrit Cole. Pittsburgh probably could have made one last run at the playoffs this year if it had hung on to its stars, but that would have required everything to go right. Instead, general manager Neal Huntington opted to close the book on the franchise’s best period since the early 1990s.Player to watch: Jose Quintana, Cubs. When the Cubs picked up Quintana from the White Sox at last season’s trade deadline for a handful of prospects, it was about more than just renting help for the stretch run in 2017. Quintana’s contract extends through this year, with team options for 2019 and 2020 as well, so the Cubs were locking down one of the game’s most valuable arms for the long haul. According to FanGraphs, Quintana is projected to be a top-10 pitcher by WAR this season. Along with new teammate Yu Darvish, he should help Chicago recapture some of the form of its banner 2016 campaign that produced the third-best rotation in baseball.Biggest enigma: Kyle Schwarber, Cubs. Schwarber’s career has already gone through so many twists and turns, it’s hard to remember that he’s still just 25 years old, with a shade over two years of MLB service time. Schwarber flashed outstanding potential at the plate in a half-season of action in 2015, and he provided instant memories when he returned from injury to hit .412 in the 2016 World Series. But a cold start buried his 2017 numbers, even though he hit quite well from July onward. Toss in an offseason of serious weight loss, and it seems like Schwarber is poised for a big breakout season — but still, FanGraphs’ projections see him generating between 0.9 and 3.0 WAR, so he’s stuck on the enigma list for now. Diamondbacks15238577+3843193 How Elo is forecasting the NL Central race How Elo is forecasting the NL East race NL EastTeam to beat: Washington Nationals. Aside from a stunning implosion in 2015 and a distant runner-up finish to the Atlanta Braves (remember that?) in 2013, the Nats have owned this division for most of the decade. For at least one more season, things should play out basically the same way. Washington returns essentially all of the core that won 97 ballgames a year ago, plus it’ll have leadoff man Adam Eaton back after a knee injury cost him most of last season. Nobody quite knows what to do with the Mets (see below), and the Phillies are finally on the rise. But it would take another unlikely confluence of underperformance from the Nationals and a breakout elsewhere for anybody to catch Washington this year. The Nats should savor it while it lasts — with Bryce Harper and others due for free agency after the season and Philadelphia and Atlanta soon emerging from their tanking projects, this division could look very different in a few years. But for now, it’s all Washington. How Elo is forecasting the NL West race Mets14917983-2124141 TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series Reds14657290-8783<1 Dodgers15689765+14581%63%13% Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… Rockies15038082-92691 Braves14747587-58158<1 Pirates14837785-41186<1 Marlins14436795-12753<1 Nationals15469369+11173%62%8% Brewers15108379+1534142 TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series NL CentralTeam to beat: Chicago Cubs. Last year’s Cubs suffered one of the worst championship hangovers in baseball history, dragging them down from the historic heights they’d reached in 2016. (Note: They still won 92 games. Everything’s relative.) But between the offseason and last year’s trade deadline, Chicago now boasts a revamped pitching staff to go with a young core of position-player talent that already ranks among baseball’s best. The Cardinals, eternal archnemesis to the Cubs, are shaping up for a resurgent season as well — and who knows what to make of the Brewers (more on them later) — so this division could make for an exciting summer. But out of that triad of contenders, the Cubs are clearly the favorites to win the Central crown. Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… Phillies14907983-1924141 Giants14947884-272281 Cardinals15228676+4345223 Cubs15589567+12776%55%10% Padres14556993-11562<1 Team ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: San Francisco Giants. The Giants’ weird run of even-year success seemed poised to end this season after the team sputtered to 64 wins a year ago. But San Francisco refused to let one of the most disappointing campaigns in recent history deter them. No, the Giants went out and acquired a bunch of recognizable names over the winter, including potential future Hall of Famers Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria. Will their efforts work? Well, PECOTA lists the Giants on the periphery of the playoffs. But other projections are less bullish. Also working against San Francisco: Only six teams in history have gone from 85 or more wins2Per 162 games. in one season to 70 or fewer the next, then back to 85 or more the season after that. A spring training injury to ace Madison Bumgarner — see below — isn’t helping matters, either.Rebuild alert: San Diego Padres. San Diego is perpetually rebuilding — it hasn’t finished above .500 since 2010 — and the Padres were dealt another blow3Probably. when Japanese two-way prospect Shohei Ohtani spurned them this winter. But the team has ranked third in Keith Law’s farm-system rankings in back-to-back years now, helping produce a few encouraging prospects who might be part of the next contending Padres team. That team probably won’t come along this season, though: Our model assigns the Padres the lowest division-title probability of any team in the National League.Player to watch: Corey Seager, Dodgers. Los Angeles has so many stars at its disposal that, Clayton Kershaw aside, it can sometimes be difficult for them to get their proper due. Take Seager, a slick-fielding, great-hitting, 23-year-old shortstop who ranks fifth among position players in WAR over the past two seasons. A player like that would be the centerpiece of most teams, but Seager finished behind three teammates (and tied with another) in MVP voting last year. Sure, some of that owed to Seager missing time with elbow and back problems. But when he’s healthy, Seager ought to be in the running with Kershaw for the title of L.A.’s best player.Biggest enigma: Madison Bumgarner, Giants. No pitcher in baseball looks more lights-out when he’s at his best than Bumgarner, whose playoff exploits are the stuff of legend. But that peak performance hasn’t always translated fully in the regular season, where Bumgarner ranks only 15th among qualified starters in fielding-independent pitching since his rookie season of 2010. Beyond that, his customary durability faltered last season, as a dirt bike accident landed him on the disabled list for several months with shoulder and rib injuries. And just this week, a stray line drive broke a finger on Bumgarner’s throwing hand, costing him an estimated six to eight weeks of action. If Bumgarner doesn’t dominate when he returns, the Giants’ bounce-back season might be doomed to failure.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Goalies fight for time in net

For the second straight year, the Ohio State men’s hockey team has a fierce competition at goalie. Junior Dustin Carlson and sophomore Cal Heeter are again battling for time between the pipes.“I got my chance last year to play, I played the first game at Denver and the next game in Michigan,” Heeter said. “Then Dusty [Carlson] really got on a roll and coaches just stuck with him.”Carlson went on to have one of the best seasons in OSU history. He recorded 21 wins, fourth in program history, and four shutouts, which is third in program history. Carlson’s 1,014 saves last season ranked second in the conference and fifth in program history.Consequently, Heeter finished the season with only three starts. However, with the new season, the competition has been renewed.Heeter said he was told at the end of last season “If you come in and work hard you’re going to have your chances to play and you’ll just have to prove yourself in games.”So far this season, Heeter has taken full advantage of his opportunities winning two of his three starts. His wins came against No. 3 Denver in a 4-0 victory and against Lake Superior State by a score of 4-3.While Heeter has thrived in the early season, Carlson has struggled. Carlson has failed to record a win in his three starts this season, but his record isn’t necessarily due to his own play, coach John Markell said.“One guy right now is the recipient of more goals than the other,” Markell said. The Buckeyes have scored nine goals in Heeter’s three starts while scoring just four goals in Carlson’s.“Both of them are going to have the opportunity to play and that’s part of being a team,” Markell said. So far, the teammates seem unaffected by the rotation.“As far as playing one game a weekend, I think in some ways its easier,” Heeter said. “But if they call on me to play two, that’s not going to bother me either.”The duo also seems to have embraced the situation, and worked with each other to improve. “It’s a healthy competition between us. We push each other to be the best,” Heeter said.Heeter and Carlson will continue to push each other in the Buckeyes’ next two games against No. 11 Notre Dame. The games are Friday at 7:35 p.m. and Saturday at 5:05 p.m. at Notre Dame. read more

Former Ohio State football player Tracy Sprinkle pleads no contest to reduced

Former Ohio State football player Tracy Sprinkle pleaded no contest to a reduced charge and had one felony charge dismissed Thursday in a Lorain County court, according to multiple reports.Sprinkle was originally charged with rioting, failure to disperse, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cocaine after an early morning fight July 5 outside a Lorain, Ohio, bar. The reduced charge is for failure to comply.According to the reports, Sprinkle received a 30-day suspended sentence in addition to a $500 fine and two years of probation. The felony charge for possession of cocaine was dropped.Sprinkle sent a tweet from his Twitter handle, @TSprinkle93, Thursday evening that read: “I thank everyone for the love, support, and prayers at one of the lowest moments in my life.. May God bless you all!”The Elyria High School graduate was initially kicked off the team July 6, but according to an OSU spokesman, coach Urban Meyer would evaluate that status after Sprinkle’s legal issues were resolved. Meyer reiterated that statement Monday at the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago.“Tracy Sprinkle is no longer with the program, and I will readdress it if there’s some changes,” Meyer said. “That’s all I know. That’s the way we handle our situations.”An OSU spokesman said in an email he did not have any further information regarding Sprinkle’s status with the team Friday morning.Sprinkle did not immediately respond to a request for comment. read more

Urban Meyer talks position battles impressive freshmen

Members of the OSU football team huddle around coach Urban Meyer during the first day of fall practice Aug. 4 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorAfter the departure of four starters from the 2013 Ohio State football team’s offensive line, coach Urban Meyer has his eye on one slot in particular.“The left guard on offense, that’s the one,” Meyer said Monday after the team’s first practice of fall camp. “If I had to say where is all the focus, to me it’s at left guard.”Meyer went on to compliment a few different position groups, including the defensive line, linebackers, safeties and running backs, but went back to the importance of the battle for left guard duties.He said four players, including two in senior Joel Hale and redshirt-junior Chase Farris who have spent time as defensive linemen for OSU, have a chance to start. Meyer said the other contenders are redshirt-junior Antonio Underwood and redshirt-freshman Billy Price.Outside of left guard, Meyer touched on position battles at safety and punt return for the Buckeyes heading into the 2014 season. He said the battle for the two starting spots at safety is still up in the air, with three returning players and a true freshman fighting for playing time.“All three, that’s a three-man race right now, and all three of them think they’re going to play,” Meyer said of redshirt-sophomore Tyvis Powell, sophomore Cam Burrows and sophomore Vonn Bell. “And you throw (freshman) Erick Smith chomping at the bit, too — you’ve just got to keep them healthy.”Powell totaled 48 tackles in 2013 to lead that group, while Burrows and Bell combined for 30 tackles. Powell had a game-sealing interception on a 2-point try against Michigan, and Bell recorded a pick in OSU’s Orange Bowl loss to Clemson.According to Meyer, sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson is the front-runner at punt return, but there are a handful of players vying for a chance. He named off redshirt-junior wide receiver Corey Smith, redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall and freshman cornerback Marshon Lattimore as potential competition for Wilson.“You got some really talented guys,” Meyer said of the group.Smith and Marshall both redshirted last season, while Wilson was the team’s leading kick returner but has not returned a punt in his Buckeye career.While many of those position battles were on display during the evening session of Monday’s practice, the majority of the OSU freshmen took part in a practice session in the morning.“Really good first day with the young guys,” Meyer said of the early practice.The Buckeye coach said it’s still early but added he was “really impressed” with how the freshmen performed. He saved special praise for a handful of the newcomers, including Lattimore and Smith.At least two true freshmen had a chance to practice with the returnees in the evening, which Meyer attributed to their maturity. Both freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan and freshman wide receiver Johnnie Dixon could be seen on the field throughout practice.“They’re just guys that are over 3.0 students, take care of their business,” Meyer said. “They act like pros, they act like grown men, so we let them practice with the grown men today.”One addition to the OSU roster for fall camp was redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle, who had previously been dismissed from the team following an arrest. Meyer said Sprinkle lost his summer scholarship and will be suspended for OSU’s first game.“He’s got, every week, community service and a multitude of other things to take care of business before he’ll ever see the field,” he said.Among other notes from Monday’s press conference, Meyer confirmed offensive lineman Tommy Brown had decided to transfer away from OSU. He also said senior quarterback Braxton Miller is “100 percent” but added that he wasn’t at his sharpest in his first practice after missing the entire spring due to shoulder surgery.According to a Monday OSU press release, Brown isn’t the only Buckeye no longer playing for the team. Senior tight end J.T. Moore had to end his career due to continuing knee issues, but the release said he will still graduate from OSU in December.The release also said defensive lineman Michael Hill was granted a medical redshirt for the 2013 season and will therefore have four years of eligibility remaining. Additionally, freshman Sam Hubbard is currently listed as a linebacker after originally being slated to play tight end for the Buckeyes.OSU is scheduled to return to practice Tuesday for the second of 18 practice days before the season kicks off.The Buckeyes’ 2014 schedule is set to kick off Aug. 30 against Navy in Baltimore. The game is scheduled to start at noon. read more

Womens Basketball Kelsey Mitchell becomes first fourtime AllAmerican in Ohio State history

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) takes the ball down the court in the game against Penn State on Jan. 31. Ohio State won 94-64. James King | Sports DirectorFor the first time in the history of the women’s basketball program, Ohio State has a four-time All-American.Guard Kelsey Mitchell was selected as an Associated Press second-team All-American after her senior season in which she averaged 24.3 points per game, the third-most in the country. She was named a second-team All-American in 2015 and 2017, and was a first-team All-American in 2016.In all four years of her career, Mitchell averaged at least 22 points per game and her team made the NCAA tournament after missing it the year prior to her arrival.Mitchell and the Buckeyes suffered a disappointing loss to Central Michigan in the second round of the NCAA to end the season and the star guard’s career. Despite the abrupt end to her career, Mitchell finished her career ranked second in NCAA history with 3,402 career points. She also holds the record for most 3-pointers both made and attempted (497-for-1286) and ended her career on a 92-game streak with a made triple, the longest in NCAA history.She earned the Big Ten Player of the Year Award in 2015 and 2017 and was named conference player of the year by the coaches this season. The first team consisted of South Carolina forward A’ja Wilson, UConn forward Katie Lou Samuelson, Mississippi State guard Victoria Vivians, Louisville guard Asia Durr and Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu. Baylor forward Kalani Brown, Iowa forward Megan Gustafson, Notre Dame guard Arike Ogunbowale and UConn guard Gabby Williams joined Mitchell on the second team.With her collegiate career now complete, Mitchell will realign her focus and direct her attention on preparing for the WNBA draft. She is viewed as one of the top two prospects, along with Wilson, in the 2018 WNBA Draft. read more

Amber Rudd authorises extradition to US of autistic vicars son Lauri Love

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Home Secretary Amber Rudd has authorised the extradition of Lauri Love to the US, where he is accused of computer hacking offences, the Home Office has said.Love, who has Asperger syndrome, is alleged to have stolen huge amounts of data from US agencies including the Federal Reserve, the US Army, the Department of Defence, Nasa and the FBI, in a spate of online attacks in 2012 and 2013.US authorities have been fighting for the 31-year-old, who lives with his parents near Newmarket in Suffolk, to face trial over charges of cyber-hacking, which his lawyers say could mean a sentence of up to 99 years in prison if he is found guilty. Love, 31, who has Aspergers, is accused of stealing sensitive data from Nasa and the US militaryCredit:Lauren Hurley/PA Wire All we are asking for is British justice for a British citizenRev Alexander Love A Home Office spokesman said: “On Monday 14 November, the Secretary of State, having carefully considered all relevant matters, signed an order for Lauri Love’s extradition to the United States.”Mr Love has been charged with various computer hacking offences which included targeting US military and federal government agencies.”District Judge Nina Tempia ruled that Mr Love could be extradited during a hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on September 16. Following the ruling, Mrs Rudd had two months to order the extradition of Mr Love, who could face the possibility of three separate trials in different jurisdictions.Mr Love, who also suffers from depression and eczema, has said that a jail term in the US could cause his health to deteriorate and would lead to a mental breakdown or suicide.It is alleged that between October 2012 and October 2013, Mr Love placed hidden “shells” or “backdoors” within the networks he compromised, allowing them to return and steal confidential data.He is accused of causing “millions of dollars” worth of damage.Mr Love is expected to appeal against the decision.Responding to the announcement, the Rev Alexander Love, Mr Love’s father, told the Press Association: “It was going to happen – it was inevitable – but it’s still painful. I cannot begin to express how much sorrow it causes me.”He added: “All we are asking for is British justice for a British citizen.”Barry Sheerman, one of the more than 100 MPs who have signed a letter calling on US President Barack Obama to block Mr Love’s extradition, said he was “deeply disappointed” at the decision.The Labour MP for Huddersfield said: “We are still keeping up the pressure. We are getting more and more MPs to sign the letter to President Obama.”He said he is “deeply disappointed” at the decision, adding: “The pressure continues, we won’t give up.” Love, 31, who has Aspergers, is accused of stealing sensitive data from Nasa and the US militarylast_img read more

Zoe Ball utterly devastated after boyfriend Billy Yates is found dead at home

first_imgThe couple were married in August 1999 at Babington House, a Georgian country house located in Somerset, and have two children together.In 2003, they split briefly after Ms Ball revealed that she had been having an affair with DJ Dan Peppe, a close friend of her husband’s, but they reconciled a few months later. Until last summer, their relationship seemed stable, with Ms Ball saying it would “take something pretty mammoth to rock us now”. pic.twitter.com/wa5Zqh5V5S— Zoe Ball (@ZoeTheBall) September 24, 2016 Zoe Ball and Norman Cook  A friend of Ms Ball told The Sun: “Zoe is overcome with grief. She is completely and utterly devastated.“Billy had made her happy again after the most horrendous year when her marriage broke down.“This was completely out of the blue.  She had no feeling that this was coming and is in total shock.” 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 Metropolitan Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious.A spokeswoman said: “Police were called at 18:40hrs on Thursday, May 4 to a residential address on Lower Richmond Road, SW15 following reports of a man found deceased. Zoe Ball and Norman Cook, pictured in 2015, separated in September last year Credit:Karwai Tang/Wire Image On Thursday, Ms Ball shared a Samaritans tweet featuring a light sabre that read: “If it really doesn’t feel like the force is with you today, we’re here and ready to listen.”center_img Zoe Ball Zoe Ball presenting Strictly Come Dancing It Takes Two in September last year – wearing her wedding ringCredit: pixel8000 If it really doesn’t feel like the force is with you today, we’re here and ready to listen #TalkToUs ☎ 116123 #MayTheFourthBeWithYou pic.twitter.com/hvrIEV4xHr— Samaritans (@samaritans) May 4, 2017 Ms Ball – the first female host of Radio 1’s Breakfast Show and a Strictly Come Dancing presenter – and Mr Cook split last September after 18 years of marriage.Posting a statement on her Twitter account, Ms Ball said it was “with great sadness” that the pair had decided to separate. “After many exciting adventures together over the last 18 years we have come to the end of our rainbow,” she added. Posting a statement on her Twitter account, Ball said it was “with great sadness” that the pair had decided to separate. “After many exciting adventures together over the last 18 years we have come to the end of our rainbow,” she added.  “Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended. A man, believed to be aged 40, was pronounced dead at the scene.”The death is not being treated as suspicious.” Zoe Ball, the radio and television presenter, is “overcome with grief” at the sudden death of her boyfriend.The 46-year-old began dating Billy Yates, a cameraman, after she and her husband Norman Cook, the DJ Fatboy Slim, separated last year.Mr Yates, 40, was discovered dead at his home in Putney, south London, on Thursday night.Ms Ball is said to be “completely and utterly devastated” and posted a picture of a pink flower with the caption “my sweet love” on Instagram on Friday morning.last_img read more

Female high street mannequins disturbingly thin and medically unhealthy say academics

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. She wrote on Facebook: “My Biggest Girl went into town with her friend after school yesterday. They went around the shops to try to find a birthday present for another friend of theirs. Dr Eric Robinson, who led the study, said mannequins on UK high streets were ‘disturbingly thin’ The team at Liverpool University concluded that the body size of mannequins used to advertise female fashion is unrealistic, and would be considered “medically unhealthy” in humans. Dr Eric Robinson, who led the study, said mannequins on UK high streets were “disturbingly thin”.He said: “Because ultrathin ideals encourage the development of body image problems in young people, we need to change the environment to reduce emphasis on the value of extreme thinness.”As a society we should be taking measures to stop this type of reinforcement.”Their comments come just weeks after high street fashion chain Topshop hit the headlines for using emaciated-looking mannequins, which social media users compared to victims of ‘famine’. The shop had promised to stop using stick-thin mannequins in 2015.Mother Zoe Mason spoke of how her 15-year-old daughter was shocked when she saw the figures in a shop window in Herefordshire.center_img “I was quite taken aback when they first things that tumbled out of my girl’s mouth were words full of crossness. She thrust her phone under my nose and showed me this picture and said,’Look at that, Mum! I mean just LOOK at it. Me and M couldn’t believe it as we walked past! I mean, it’s not surprising that so many of my friends think they are fat or just don’t like their bodies.”Her post was been shared hundreds of times as parents agreed that the mannequins were too thin. A leading UK youth charity, branding the ultra-thin mannequins “insidious.”Denise Hatton, Chief Executive of the National Council of YMCAs, said: “Once again young women and girls are presented with an ‘ideal’ body type that’s unrealistic and unhealthy for the majority of people to achieve.”Only ever seeing one body type in fashion advertising, particularly an extremely thin body type, risks creating an insidious pressure to attempt to become something we’re not.” Female mannequins used in high street stores appear “severely underweight” and put pressure on women to be unhealthily slim, according to a new study.Researchers assessed the body size of male and female mannequins in a survey of national fashion retailers on the high street of two cities in the UK.Published in The Journal of Eating Disorders, the study found that 100 per cent of the female mannequins surveyed represented an underweight body size.The average male mannequin body size was significantly larger than the average female mannequin, and only eight per cent of male mannequins represented an underweight body size.last_img read more

Tall men at greater risk of death from prostate cancer Oxford study

first_imgMan prostate  Tall men are more likely than shouter counterparts to die from prostate cancer, new research from Oxford University has found.Every extra four inches (10cm) in a man’s height led to a 21 per cent increased risk of developing high-grade deadly tumours – and a 17 per cent greater chance of death from the disease, the study showed.Larger waistbands were also linked to higher rates of death from prostate cancer, and higher rates of the aggressive form of the disease.Researchers said there were several reasons why taller men might be at greater risk.Taller men have more cells overall, as well as larger prostate volumes. In addition, the hormones and foods which promote growth in childhood may increase the risk of prostate cancer, they said.Each year more than 46,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer and around 11,000 die from it.Lead researcher Dr Aurora Perez-Cornago, from Oxford University, said: “The finding of high risk in taller men may provide insights into the mechanisms underlying prostate cancer development, for example related to early nutrition and growth.”The study found that a healthy body weight reduced the chance of death from prostate cancer. Researchers said obesity might increase the risk because it changes hormone levels which may increase the risk of the disease.  Hollywood actor Ben Stiller recently spoke about his history of prostate cancer Credit:PA Ben Stiller  The link with height, reported in the journal BMC Medicine,  meant a higher chance of cancers that fell into the “tiger” category, as well as a higher risk of deaths from prostate cancer overall. Dr Perez-Cornago said: “These results emphasise the importance of studying risks for prostate cancer separately by stage and grade of tumour. They may also inform strategies for prevention, but we need to do further work to understand why the differences in risk exist.”Dr Matthew Hobbs, deputy director of research at Prostate Cancer UK said: “It is certainly interesting that, according to this research, certain physical characteristics appear to increase a man’s likelihood of developing aggressive prostate cancer, as it might provide pointers to help uncover certain genetic markers and early developmental processes which hold significance in terms of causing the disease to develop.”It also underlines once again the importance of living a healthy lifestyle to help defend against a host of diseases, including prostate cancer.”Susannah Brown, senior scientist at the World Cancer Research Fund, said: “This study supports our own research which also found an increased risk of prostate cancer in taller men. The link can be explained by thinking of height as a marker of the growth process that occurs earlier in life.”While we may not be able to change our height, men can take action to help reduce their risk of advanced prostate cancer by being a healthy weight.”In fact if every man in the UK maintained a healthy weight, about one in 10 cases could be prevented each year.”center_img Prostate cancer treatment can involve hormone therapyCredit:Alamy They also said it was possible that the disease was more deadly in obese men, because it was more difficult to detect, and thus likely to be found at a later stage.Each four  inch increase in waist circumference was associated with an 18 per cent increased risk of dying from prostate cancer, and a 13 per cent greater likelihood of having a high-grade disease.The scientists drew on findings from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (Epic), a large scale study with 141,896 male participants from eight countries including the UK.They analysed data on 7,024 prostate cancers, including 726 high grade and 1,388 advanced stage cancers, and 934 prostate cancer deaths.Prostate cancer tumours can be slow growing “pussycats” or aggressive and potentially deadly “tigers”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Chess Grandmaster Nigel Short branded vile person for speaking ill of the

first_imgWhen one of his fiercest rivals died after being tormented by mental illness, Nigel Short, the British chess Grandmaster, wasted no time telling the world what he thought of him. In an obituary written for the Sunday Telegraph, Short said the flamboyant genius Tony Miles had become “insanely jealous” of his success after being supplanted as England number one. Nigel Short in 2011 If that was wasn’t enough, Short claimed that he had deliberately slept with Miles’s girlfriend to get revenge on him, something he added “was definitely satisfying but perhaps not entirely gentlemanly”. The piece quickly became infamous and enraged the chess fraternity and beyond. Now, 16 years on, Short is at it again.center_img Nigel Short in 2011 Credit: WENN.com Less than 24 hours…last_img read more

Prison riot squad officers sent into HMP The Mount for second time

first_imgHMP The Mount Prison, Bovingdon. Google aerial. On Monday, multiple prisoners were involved in a lengthy disturbance across two wings at the jail.The incident came on the same day as a report warned the prison had lost experienced staff and last summer suffered problems including violence.Prison affairs academic and blogger Alex Cavendish tweeted: “HMP The Mount: hearing about more trouble this morning. Staff said to have ‘lost control’ of part of Nash Wing. Awaiting more info.” 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. Riot officers were sent to quell unrest at a Hertfordshire prison for the second time in 24 hours after inmates again took over a wing.The ‘Tornado Team’ of specialist officers was dispatched after staff reportedly lost control of part of Nash wing.The Ministry of Justice confirmed the incident, but said the prison remained secure and there was no risk to the public. He then added: “HMP The Mount: report that Tornado Team has been called in. Command suite set up.”A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said:  “Specially trained prison staff have successfully resolved an incident at HMP The Mount on 1 August. There were no injuries to staff or prisoners.“We do not tolerate violence in our prisons, and are clear that those responsible will be referred to the police and could spend longer behind bars.”Meanwhile, prison officers have quelled a disturbance at Erlestoke jail in Wiltshire.A Prison Service spokesman added: “Staff successfully resolved an incident involving a small number of prisoners at HMP Erlestoke on 1 August.”The offenders responsible will be referred to the police and could spend longer behind bars.” HMP The Mount Prison, Bovingdon. Google aerial. The unrest happened less than 24 hours after staff had regained control of two wings on Monday.Officers regained control of the prison for the second time at around 5pm on Tuesday.Staffing shortages and an extended lock down of prisoners are reported to have left the prison as “a disaster waiting to happen”.It is understood prisoners armed with weapons seized control of part of Nash wing, which houses 250 inmates including many who are serving short sentences or have only three months left to serve.last_img read more

Motorist banned from driving after dragging man in wheelchair to McDonalds behind

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The incident  North Yorkshire Police/Pa Credit:North Yorkshire Police/PA The incidentCredit:North Yorkshire Police/PA North Yorkshire Police said Ward was seen on CCTV talking to 28-year-old MacPherson outside the Moko Lounge Bar, on King’s Road, in Harrogate at around 12.25am on January 28.The footage then shows Ward driving along King’s Road as MacPherson holds on to the back of the car while seated in the wheelchair.The car pulled the wheelchair along a number of roads before coming to a stop outside McDonald’s on Oxford Street. Ward and MacPherson appeared at Harrogate Magistrates’ Court on July 20.Ward was banned from driving for 20 months, ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work, fined £85 costs and told to pay an £85 victim surcharge.MacPherson, of Link Way, Harrogate, was fined £154 and ordered to pay £30 costs and £30 victim surcharge after he pleaded guilty to holding on to a vehicle for the purpose of being drawn.center_img “They paid no regard to the safety of other road users or pedestrians and chose to act in a dangerous manner.”I hope the sentence that has been handed to them teaches a lesson to both them, and others, that reckless behaviour will not be tolerated on our roads.” Traffic Constable Rob Roberts, of Harrogate’s Road Policing team, said: “Ward and MacPherson acted selfishly that night. North Yorkshire Police/PA Credit: North Yorkshire Police/Pa A motorist has been banned from driving and fined after taking perhaps turned out to be his most expensive trip to McDonald’s.The 20-year-old was caught on CCTV dragging a man along a road in a wheelchair behind his car, police have said.Michael Ward, of Walworth Avenue, Harrogate, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving when he appeared in court last month.William MacPherson, the man in the wheelchair, was fined after he admitted holding on to the car to be pulled along.last_img read more

Conditions in British prisons worst in a generation

first_imgWriting in the Observer, prisons minister Rory Stewart said prison “remains a deeply disturbing place”, citing the prevalence of sophisticated criminal gangs behind bars, drug use and “horrifying rates of self-harm”.He added: “But my instinct is that with focus and pragmatism, we can begin to make a real difference to the lives of those inside, and ultimately to protecting the public outside the prison walls.” “There has been a complete breakdown in recognising the fact that serious action is needed, and recognising that the only way to do it is to have a long-term plan, with somebody in charge of it throughout the term.” A former lord chief justice of England and Wales said he feared conditions in British prisons were among the worst in a generation – and compared it to the state of jails before the notorious Manchester Strangeways riot of 1990.Lord Woolf, speaking to the Observer, referenced the longest prison riot in British history, which began on April 1 and lasted until April 25, resulting in deaths of two people and scores were injured.Lord Woolf, who led the inquiry into the riot, was speaking after a scathing report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons found drugs were readily available, communal areas were in a “decrepit” state and there was a significant problem with cockroaches and rats at Liverpool jail.He told the newspaper: “[If] you ask me whether we have gone back to where we were pre-Strangeways, I think we are there in that sort of territory.”It is not confined to one of our prison establishments. It is across the board. The Observer said analysis of 118 prisons inspection reports found more than two-thirds (68%) provided unsatisfactory standards in at least one respect, with two in five jails deemed to be unacceptably unsafe, according to the newspaper.center_img 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.last_img read more

Prince Harry and Meghan Markles order of service in full

Marche Heroique – Sir Alfred Herbert Brewer (1865-1928)Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)Psalm-Prelude Set 1, No. 2 – Herbert Howells (1892-1983)Symphony No. 4, Andante Cantabile – Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)Prelude on Rhosymedre – Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)From 11.10 am the Orchestra will play:Salut d’Amour – Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)St Paul’s Suite, movement 4 – Gustav Holst (1874-1934)Lady Radnor’s Suite movements 2, 3 & 5 – Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1914)Capriol Suite, movements 2, 3, & 5 – Peter Warlock (1894-1930)Fantasia on Greensleeves – Ralph Vaughan WilliamsSerenade for Strings, movement 1 – Sir Edward ElgarChanson de Matin – Sir Edward Elgar, arr. Benjamin Woodgates (b. 1986)TimingsAt 11.25 am Members of the Royal Family arrive at the Galilee Porch and are received by the Dean of Windsor who presents the Canons of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury. Those in the Quire stand as they are conducted to their places.All sit.At 11.40 am The Bridegroom and his Best Man arrive at the West Door and are received by the Dean of Windsor. All stand as the Bridegroom and his Best Man are conducted to the Bray Chantry Chapel. St George’s ChapelSet in the Lower Ward of Windsor Castle, St George’s Chapel is a building of rare beauty, begun in 1475 by King Edward IV. Oh, stand by me.Oh stand, stand by me. Stand by me.If the sky that we look upon,Should tumble and fall,Or the mountain should crumble to the sea.I won’t cry, I won’t cry.No, I won’t shed a tear.Just as long as you stand, stand by me,Darling, darling, stand by me…Whenever you’re in trouble,Won’t you stand by me, oh stand by me.Oh stand, stand by me. Stand by me.Jerry Leiber (1933-2011) Ben E. King (1938-2015) and Mike Stroller (b. 1933)arr. by Mark Delisser (b. 1973)The VowsAll remain seated as the Archbishop leads the vowsHARRY and MEGHAN, I now invite you to join hands and make your vows, in the presence of God and his people.The Bride and Bridegroom face each other and join hands. The Bridegroom saysI HARRY, take you, MEGHAN, to be my wife, to have and to hold from, this day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part; according to God’s holy law. In the presence of God I make this vow.The Bride says The boss in the roof over the Organ Screen bears the arms of King Henry VIII, who is buried in a vault beneath the Quire of the Chapel. send your blessing upon Harry and Meghan,and all who are joined in marriage,that, rejoicing in your willand continuing under your protection,they may both live and growin your love all their days,through Jesus Christ our Lord.AmenWho is doing what?The service is led by The Right Reverend David Conner KCVO, Dean of Windsor.The marriage is solemnised by The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.The service is sung by the choir of St George’s Chapel, conducted by Mr James Vivian, Director of Music, St George’s Chapel. The Organ is played byMr Luke Bond, Assistant Director of Music, St George’s Chapel, Windsor, and Mr Jason Richards, Organ Scholar, St George’s Chapel.The Cellist, Mr Sheku Kanneh-Mason is a British Cellist who won the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year award.The Orchestra is made up of musicians drawn from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia, conducted byMr Christopher Warren-Green.For the Procession of the Bride, they are joined by:Ms Elin Manahan Thomas (Soprano) and Mr David Blackadder (Trumpet).Ms Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir.The State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry. The Archbishop of Canterbury – The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin WelbyCanon Steward – The Reverend Canon Dr Mark PowellCanon Precentor – The Reverend Canon Martin PollVice-Dean – The Reverend Canon Dr Hueston FinlayAll sitAt the entrance of the Bride, all stand.A fanfare will sound at the Bride’s arrival.The Bride, having been greeted by the Dean of Windsor, moves in procession through the Nave where she is joined by her Father, Mr Thomas Markle, to the High Altar. The Bridegroom and his Best Man await.IntroitPerformed by the Orchestra and Ms Elin Manahan Thomas (Soprano) with Mr David Blackadder (Trumpet).Eternal source of light divine,With double warmth thy beams display,And with distinguished glory shine,To add a lustre to this day.George Frederick Handel (1685-1759)All remain standing.At the High Altar, The Dean of Windsor greets the congregation.The welcomeThe Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,the love of God,and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you:and also with you.God is love, and those who live in love live in God and God lives in them.1 John 4. 16All sit. The great coloured glass West Window is one of the finest in England and is said to be the third largest in the country; in seventy-five lights, the vast majority of which date from between 1503 and 1509, it depicts a host of warrior saints, archbishops and kings and, in the bottom right hand corner, with hammer in hand the likeness of William Vertue the mason and architect responsible for the building of the Nave and Quire Vault.Those seated in the Quire of the Chapel are able to see one of the Chapel’s greatest treasures, the carved oak stalls dating from between 1478 and 1485.Each stall is a work of art and a triumph of craftsmanship, each unique in its detail.Above each of the Companions’ stalls hangs his or her banner and on the canopy of a Knight’s stall is his helmet and crest and sword of knighthood, symbolically half-drawn from its scabbard to show his readiness to take up arms in defence of the Sovereign and the realm. The Lady Companions do not bear arms. On the back of the stalls are nearly 800 plates which commemorate Knights of the Garter past and present.On the High Altar is a jewelled Cross, given by Queen Victoria, and two silver gilt candlesticks dating from the reign of King Charles II. Also displayed are three gilt dishes of very great size, elaborately embossed; one was intended to have been the gift of Mary of Orange, sister of King Charles II, while the other two smaller dishes are the gift of Anne Hyde, Duchess of York, wife of the future King James II.Looking down on the Quire from above is the wooden oriel window installed in the Chantry Chapel of King Edward IV by King Henry VIII so that his Queen, Katherine of Aragon, might watch the ceremonies of the Installation of Knights of the Garter in the Quire below.The window bears the arms of Henry and Katherine and the intertwined Tudor Rose of England and the Pomegranate of Aragon.It has frequently been used as a Royal Pew or watching chamber and it was from this vantage point that Queen Victoria watched the wedding in the Chapel below of her son, the Prince of Wales, to Princess Alexandra of Denmark on 10 March 1863. It was at this same wedding that the fine East Window, created by Messrs Clayton and Bell in commemoration of the late Prince Albert, was first seen. PrayerGod of love, Send her victorious,Happy and glorious,Long to reign over us,God save The Queen!The procession of the bride and bridegroomDuring the Procession the following is playedSymphony no. 1 in B-flat – Allegro William Boyce (1711-1779)Amen/This little light of mine – Etta James Jester Hairston (1901-2000) and Harry Dixon Loes (1892-1965)All remain standing during the Procession of the Bride and Bridegroom, until members of their families have left the Chapel.All remain standing as the Ecclesiastical Procession leaves by way of the Organ Screen and the North Quire Aisle.Thereafter please leave the Chapel as directed by the Lay Stewards.Those in the Quire should leave by way of the South Door in order to stand on Chapter Grass to view the Carriage procession on Chapel Hill. Here is the order of service for Harry and Meghan’s wedding in full:The Marriage of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales with Ms Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle Saturday, 19 May, 2018 at 12 NoonThe following Pastoral Introduction is taken from Common Worship:A wedding is one of life’s great moments, a time of solemn commitment as well as good wishes, feasting and joy. St John tells us how Jesus shared in such an occasion at Cana, and gave there a sign of new beginnings as he turned water into wine.Marriage is intended by God to be a creative relationship, as his blessing enables husband and wife to love and support each other in good times and in bad, and to share in the care and upbringing of children. For Christians, marriage is also an invitation to share life together in the spirit of Jesus Christ.It is based upon a solemn, public and life-long covenant between a man and a woman, declared and celebrated in the presence of God and before witnesses.On this their wedding day the bride and bridegroom face each other, make their promises and receive God’s blessing. You are witnesses of the marriage, and express your support by your presence and your prayers. Your support does not end today: the couple will value continued encouragement in the days and years ahead of them. The prefaceThe Dean of Windsor reads the preface.In the presence of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we have come together to witness the marriage of HENRY CHARLES ALBERT DAVID and RACHEL MEGHAN, to pray for God’s blessing on them, to share their joy and to celebrate their love.Marriage is a gift of God in creation through which husband and wife may know the grace of God.It is given that as man and woman grow together in love and trust, they shall be united with one another in heart, body and mind, as Christ is united with his bride, the Church.The gift of marriage brings husband and wife together in the delight and tenderness of sexual union and joyful commitment to the end of their lives.It is given as the foundation of family life in which children are born and nurtured and in which each member of the family, in good times and in bad, may find strength, companionship and comfort, and grow to maturity in love.Marriage is a way of life made holy by God, and blessed by the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ with those celebrating a wedding at Cana in Galilee. Music before the serviceFrom 10.35 am Mr Luke Bond, Assistant Director of Music, will play: The hymnLord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,Whose trust, ever child-like,no cares could destroy,Be there at our waking, and give us, we pray,Your bliss in our hearts, Lord,at the break of the day.Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,Whose strong handswere skilled at the plane and the lathe,Be there at our labours, and give us, we pray,Your strength in our hearts, Lord,at the noon of the day.Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,Your hands swift to welcome,your arms to embrace, She answersI will.The Archbishop says to the congregationWill you, the families and friends of HARRY and MEGHAN, support and uphold them in their marriage now and in the years to come?All answerWe will.The Archbishop invites the people to pray, silence is kept and he saysThe collectGod our Father, from the beginningyou have blessed creation with abundant life.Pour out your blessings upon HARRY and MEGHAN,that they may be joined in mutual love and companionship,in holiness and commitment to each other.We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son,who is alive and reigns with you,in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.Amen.All sit. SacristanThe Choir of St George’s Chapel, Windsor CastleThe Director of Music -Mr James VivianMinor Canon – The Reverend Franklin LeeChaplain to The Queen – The Reverend Prebendary Rose Hudson-WilkinCoptic Orthodox Archbishop of London – His Eminence Archbishop AngaelosPresiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church in the USA – The Most Reverend Michael Curry The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at St George's Chapel, Windsor, Be there at our homing, and give us, we pray,Your love in our hearts, Lord,at the eve of the day.Jan Struther (1901-53) ‘Slane’, Traditional Irish MelodyThe declarationsAll remain standing as the Archbishop leads the declarationsFirst, I am required to ask anyone present who knows a reason why these persons may not lawfully marry, to declare it now.The Archbishop says to the CoupleThe vows you are about to take are to be made in the presence of God, who is judge of all and knows all the secrets of our hearts; therefore if either of you knows a reason why you may not lawfully marry, you must declare it now.The Archbishop says to the BridegroomHarry, will you take MEGHAN to be your wife? Will you love her, comfort her, honour and protect her, and, forsaking all others, be faithful to her as long as you both shall live?He answersI will.The Archbishop says to the BrideMEGHAN, will you take HARRY to be your husband? Will you love him, comfort him, honour and protect him, and, forsaking all others, be faithful to him as long as you both shall live? The Chapel, built in the striking English Perpendicular Gothic style of the period, was intended both to be a new and fitting home for the College of St George and the Order of the Garter (founded over a century previously in 1348), and to be a Royal Chapel in which the Sovereign and the Royal Family might worship God and to which they might come on various occasions-some solemn, and many, like today’s wedding or the Garter Service next month, celebratory-to receive God’s blessing and to hear prayer offered in God’s presence.The Opus Dei, or daily round of prayer, is offered by the members of the College who live in the precincts of the Chapel and whose duty it is to pray morning and evening for the Sovereign and the Companions of the Order of the Garter.There are twenty-three services each week, all of which are open to members of the public.Perhaps the Chapel’s most striking feature is the vaulted stone roof of very wide span, held up only by the light and graceful walls and the external flying buttresses.Most of the coloured bosses on the roof of the Chapel bear the badges and arms of King Henry VII and those of his servants who helped to build part of the Chapel, finished in 1528. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at St George’s Chapel, WindsorCredit:Getty All remain seated.The proclamationThe Archbishop addresses the peopleIN the presence of God, and before this congregation, HARRY and MEGHAN have given their consent and made their marriage vows to each other. They have declared their marriage by the joining of hands and by the giving and receiving of rings. I therefore proclaim that they are husband and wife.The Archbishop joins their right hands together and saysThose whom God has joined together let no-one put asunder.The anthemAll remain seated while the Choir of St George’s Chapel sing the anthem.The Lord bless you and keep youTHE Lord bless you and keep you:The Lord make his face to shine upon you,to shine upon you and be gracious unto you.The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you,and give you peace. Amen.John Rutter (b. 1945)All remain seated.The blessing of the marriageThe Archbishop saysBlessed are you, O Lord our God, for you have created joy and gladness, pleasure and delight, love, peace and fellowship. Pour out the abundance of your blessing upon HARRY and MEGHAN in their new life together. Let their love for each other be a seal upon their hearts and a crown upon their heads. Bless them in their work and in their companionship; awake and asleep, in joy and in sorrow, in life and in death. Finally, in your mercy, bring them to that banquet where your saints feast for ever in your heavenly home. We ask this through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. I MEGHAN, take you, HARRY, to be my husband, to have and to hold , from this day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part; according to God’s holy law. In the presence of God I make this vow.They loose hands. Bid my anxious fears subside;Death of death, and hell’s DestructionLand me safe on Canaan’s side:Songs of praisesI will ever give to thee.William Williams (1717-91) ‘Cwm Rhondda’, John Hughes (1873-1932)Descant verse: James Vivian (b. 1974)The blessingAll remain standing as the Dean of Windsor says the blessing.God the Holy Trinity make you strong in faith and love, defend you on every side, and guide you in truth and peace; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.All remain standing.The organ plays as those who are signing the registers move from the Quire to the North Quire Aisle.All sit at the conclusion of the organ music.During the Signing of the Register the following is played by Mr Sheku Kanneh-Mason and the Orchestra:Sicilienne – Maria Theresia von Paradis (1759-1824) arr. Chris Hazell (b.1948)Apres un reve – Gabriel Faure (1845-1924) arr. Chris HazellAve Maria – Franz Schubert (1797-1828) arr. Chris HazellAll stand as the Bride and Bridegroom return to the Quire.National AnthemGod save our gracious Queen,Long live our noble Queen,God save The Queen! Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.’Set me as a seal upon your heart,as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave.Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.If one offered for love all the wealth of one’s house, it would be utterly scorned.MotetAll remain seated while the Choir of St George’s Chapel sing the motetIf ye love meIF ye love me,keep my commandments,and I will pray the Father,and he shall give you another comforter,that he may ‘bide with you forever,e’en the spirit of truth.Thomas Tallis (1505-85)All remain seated.The addressThe address by The Most Reverend Michael Curry.All remain seated.Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir will sing ‘Stand by me’ from the West End of The Chapel.WHEN the night has come,And the land is dark,And the moon is the only light we see.No, I won’t be afraid.Oh, I won’t be afraid,Just as long as you stand, stand by me.So darling, darling, stand by me, St George’s ChapelCredit:Getty St George's Chapel The giving of the ringsHEAVENLY Father, by your blessing let these rings be to HARRY and MEGHAN a symbol of unending love and faithfulness, to remind them of the vow and covenant which they have made this day, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.The Bridegroom places the ring on the fourth finger of the Bride’s left hand and, holding it there, saysMEGHAN, I give you this ring as a sign of our marriage. With my body I honour you, all that I am I give to you, and all that I have I share with you, within the love of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.They loose hands and the Bride places a ring on the fourth finger of the Bridegroom’s left hand and, holding it there, saysHARRY, I give you this ring as a sign of our marriage. With my body I honour you, all that I am I give to you, and all that I have I share with you, within the love of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Marriage is a sign of unity and loyalty which all should uphold and honour. It enriches society and strengthens community.No one should enter into it lightly or selfishly but reverently and responsibly in the sight of almighty God.HARRY and MEGHAN are now to enter this way of life. They will each give their consent to the other and make solemn vows, and in token of this they will each give and receive a ring.We pray with them that the Holy Spirit will guide and strengthen them, that they may fulfil God’s purposes for the whole of their earthly life together.All stand. At 11.42 am Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the Galilee Porch and are received by the Vice-Dean who presents the Canons of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury. Those in the Quire stand as they are conducted to their places.At 11.45 am the Mother of the Bride, Ms Doria Ragland, arrives at the Galilee Porch and is received by the Dean of Windsor and is conducted to her seat in the Quire.At 11.52 am Her Majesty The Queen arrives at the Galilee Porch and is received by the Dean of Windsor who presents the Canons of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury. Those in the Quire stand as Her Majesty is conducted to her place in the Quire.A fanfare will sound.All stand as the Choir and Clergy move in procession to the Quire. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, bless, preserve and keep you; the Lord mercifully grant you the riches of his grace, that you may please him both in body and soul, and, living together in faith and love, may receive the blessings of eternal life. Amen.All sit or kneel.The prayersThe prayers led by Archbishop Angaelos and The Reverend Prebendary Rose Hudson-Wilkin from the Nave.Faithful God, holy and eternal, source of life and spring of love, we thank and praise you for bringing HARRY and MEGHAN to this day, and we pray for them.Lord of life and love:hear our prayer.May their marriage be life-giving and life-long, enriched by your presence and strengthened by your grace; may they bring comfort and confidence to each other in faithfulness and trust.Lord of life and love:hear our prayer.May the hospitality of their home bring refreshment and joy to all around them; may their love overflow to neighbours in need and embrace those in distress.Lord of life and love:hear our prayer.May they discern in your word order and purpose for their lives; and may the power of your Holy Spirit lead them in truth and defend them in adversity. ReadingFrom the Song of Solomon, read by The Lady Jane Fellowes from the Nave:My beloved speaks and says to me: ‘Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtle-dove is heard in our land.The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Lord of life and love:hear our prayer.May they nurture their family with devotion, see their children grow in body, mind and spirit and come at last to the end of their lives with hearts content and in joyful anticipation of heaven.Lord of life and love:hear our prayer.Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught usOour Father in heaven, hallowed be your name; your kingdom come, your will be done; on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.All stand.HymnGuide me, O thou great Redeemer,Pilgrim through this barren land;I am weak, but thou art mighty,Hold me with thy powerful hand:Bread of heaven,Feed me till I want no more.Open now the crystal fountainWhence the healing stream doth flow;Let the fire and cloudy pillarLead me all my journey through:Strong deliverer,Be thou still my strength and shield.When I tread the verge of Jordan, Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Rising success of IVF has caused a collapse in adoption says head

Improvements in IVF are leading to fewer children being adopted, the head of the organisation representing children in care in England says today. But in an interview with The Telegraph today, Anthony Douglas, the chief executive of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), says the growing success of IVF means fewer people will consider adopting children. Since the dawn of fertility treatment in 1978, success rates in the NHS have risen from 7 to 29 per cent for under-35s. Some private clinics claim rates of more than 50 per cent, meaning infertile couples stand a better chance than ever of having their own children. “IVF used to be around 7 per cent successful and… read more

From Three Blind Mice to 911 the Sunday Telegraph readers 
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The paper published no readers’ letters in its first issue. This might sound like common sense, but The Daily Telegraph, 106 years earlier, had printed a letter in the very first edition off the presses in 1855, from one E Harrisson, a “working man”. The first reader’s letter to appear in the new newspaper was from Geoffrey Howe, commenting on Peregrine Worsthorne’s remarks about Enoch Powell. All three were household names – at least in the households that The Sunday Telegraph hoped to infiltrate. Mr Harrisson explained that he could only afford sixpence a week, and since… Today The Sunday Telegraph marks its 3,000th edition. Pick up a copy of today’s paper for the full celebratory supplement. read more

Vegetable patches are moving to the front garden survey shows

Vegetable patches are moving from the back garden to the front, so gardeners can show off to their neighbours according to a new survey.Rather than just having a patch at the bottom of the garden that gets dug over and is not planted to be attractive, gardeners are integrating strawberries, tomatoes and beans with ornamental plants in hanging baskets and pots stationed near their front doors.The new information is Wyevale Garden Centres’ senior buying team, combined with survey data from more than 27,000 British gardeners.While hanging baskets were going out of fashion for the past few years, they have recently seen a resurgence, with sales of ready-made hanging baskets up by a third in the past year.Also performing well are climbing roses and clematis plants, which can attractively curl around a front door.The experts said that front gardens are receiving more attention partly due to space, as many British gardeners have smaller gardens than previous generations, with limited back garden or no garden at all.They also want to be the envy of their neighbours and to show off their gardening efforts to the public both for those passing by and on social media.Mark Sage, head of horticulture at Wyevale Garden Centres, told The Telegraph: “I think people are spending as much time if not more on their front garden as the back. 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 vegetable patch isn’t restricted to the back garden anymore, that’s something we have seen.”Usually we see a veg plot as something that’s at the bottom of the garden that you dig over but now we are seeing veg plants and ornamentals in the same place.”Balcony tomatoes, patio beans, if you plant all season strawberries you can have them all through the year, but mix them in with ornamental plants in window boxes in  hanging baskets so it looks good, smells good and tastes good.”He said that he has seen knock-on effects in streets where people begin to make their front gardens attractive: “Gardening in particular is a confidence lead pastime, and if your next-door neighbour sees you’ve put effort into your front garden it can start a snowball effect and suddenly half a dozen people on the street will have tended their front garden.Mr Sage added that well-tended front gardens can increase the value of a property, explaining: “We know that if a house is well looked after and tended it increases the value of the property, from a community point of view it has huge benefits about how people respect their areas” read more

Happy anniversary Harry and Meghan A lot can happen in a year…

Having broken the story of their relationship in October 2016, this was the happy ending to the royal fairytale I, along with royal watchers everywhere, had all been waiting for – the crowning glory of an extraordinary union between an American actress and a British prince. It also marked the start of a new dynamic for the monarchy, with Meghan the first mixed-race person to marry into the Firm – a paradigm shift symbolised by mother-of-the-bride… From the lovestruck look Harry gave Meghan as she was tenderly walked down the aisle by Prince Charles, to Bishop Michael Curry’s exuberant speech about ‘the power of love’, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding remains one of the most memorable of modern times. read more