OSU then-sophomore goalie Christian Frey (30) during a game against Omaha on Nov. 8 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoStarting out the season 0-4 is never a good thing. But trying to find the first win against the defending national champion proved to be a task too tall for the Ohio State men’s hockey team. OSU (0-6) traveled to No. 3 Providence (4-0-1) to take on the Friars for a weekend series and were beaten twice by scores of 2-1 on Friday and 6-4 the following day.In front of a crowd of 3,033 on Friday night — the first time the Buckeyes and the Friars faced off in Rhode Island’s capital city — Providence jumped ahead 15:24 into the first period when senior defenseman Tom Parisi filtered in his first goal of the season assisted by freshman Erik Foley and junior defenseman Anthony Florentino.Florentino found the back of the net himself 6:22 into the middle period to swell the Friar’s lead to 2-0. Senior forward Steven McParland and freshman forward Ryan Tait assisted on the play.Just five minutes later, OSU cut the deficit in half when sophomore forward Matthew Weis scored on the power play.Junior forward David Gust had the assist on the Weis tally. Gust leads the team in points through six games with a goal and five assists.OSU junior netminder Matt Tomkins made 28 saves on 30 shots while the junior guarding the other cage, in Nick Ellis, had 26 saves on 27 shots.The Scarlet and Gray went 1-of-4 with the man advantage, while Providence didn’t score on any of its four opportunities.In the series finale, 2,764 fans checked into Schneider Arena to watch six goals by six different Friars overpower four goals by four different Buckeyes. Providence held a 6-2 lead in the third period following senior forward Mark Jankowski’s third goal of the season at the 6:15 mark, but OSU did try and climb back into it.Weis notched his second lamp-lighter of the weekend with 7:54 left in the game and freshman forward John Wiitala scored his first collegiate goal a mere 31 seconds after that.The two quick tallies were a nice spark for the Buckeyes, but the hole they dug themselves into was too deep to dig out of. OSU, despite taking the loss, outshot Providence 34-32 in the contest.Tomkins and Ellis were again the starters, as Tomkins made 26 stops while Ellis made 30.Penalties cost the Buckeyes dearly in game No. 2. OSU took 10 penalties, three of which were cashed in on by the Friars. Two of the Buckeyes’ goals came via the power play, as OSU went 2-of-6 on the night.Five of OSU’s six losses this season have come by two goals or less. The six losses mark the worst start in program history.The Scarlet and Gray will look for that elusive first win next weekend as they are set to take on Mercyhurst at the Schottenstein Center on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s puck drop is set for 7 p.m. while Saturday’s face-off penciled in to begin at 4 p.m.
The Ohio State men’s basketball team extended its in-conference winning streak Wednesday, beating the lowly Indiana Hoosiers 69-52. The Buckeyes (19-6, 9-3) started the game on a 9-0 run, but the Hoosiers held their own for a brief period in the first half to climb within two points at 22-20. The success, however, was short lived. As junior Evan Turner sat on the bench with two early fouls, the Buckeyes ended the half on a 12-0 run. OSU led by 14 at the break and the Hoosiers were never close again.Even after playing only three minutes in the first half, Turner ended the game with 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Sophomore William Buford led the way offensively for the Buckeyes, scoring 21 points on 9-17 shooting. He added seven rebounds and four assists. The story of the game, however, was the stellar play that OSU got from the center position. Junior Dallas Lauderdale matched his career high with 14 points, but more importantly, he grabbed eight rebounds and blocked a season-high seven shots. Reserve center Kyle Madsen added a career-high 11 points on 4-5 shooting.The win was the Buckeyes’ eighth in a row in Big Ten play, and with the Michigan State Spartans losing their third game in a row on Tuesday, OSU is now in a three-way tie for first in the conference.The Buckeyes are tied with the Spartans and their next opponent, Illinois. Considering their 1-3 start to conference play, it is fairly remarkable for them to be atop the league at this point in the season. If the Spartans continue to struggle, a win Sunday against the Fighting Illini could leave the Buckeyes all alone in first place. An outright regular season conference championship would be OSU’s first since the 2006-2007 season. Ohio State and Illinois square off in Champaign, Ill., Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Ohio State women’s track and field team will look to add to its groundbreaking season at the NCAA East Regional preliminaries, set to begin Thursday in Bloomington, Ind. After claiming both the indoor and outdoor Big Ten Championships, 13 Buckeyes will compete in the qualifying rounds of the NCAA Championships. Leading OSU will be junior sprinter and hurdler Christina Manning, the top seed in the 100-meter hurdles. Manning will also be participating in the 100-meter dash and the 4-by-100-meter relay. Senior Letecia Wright, junior Madison McNary and freshman Chesna Sykes also will compete in the 4-by-100-meter relay. Big Ten outdoor triple jump champion, junior Kelcey McKinney, is the 16th seed and will look to carry momentum from her recent championship into this weekend. Junior sprinter and Big Ten Champion Shaniqua McGinnis is competing in the 400-meter dash. Other Buckeyes competing are Alana Gray, in the 100-meter hurdles; Nyjah Cousar, in the 400-meter hurdles; Ella Birmingham, in the 10,000-meter run; Ashley Galbraith, in the high jump; Norianna Brown, in the shot put; Alexis Thomas and Maggie Mullen, in the hammer throw; and Mullen, in the javelin. After outperforming conference competition at regular-season meets and the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, the women’s 4-by-100-meter relay team is set to make a run at nationals. All-American and Big Ten Indoor and Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year Manning will anchor the fourth-seeded team in the East preliminaries. Coach Karen Dennis said she has faith in her relay team. “We know that we’ve got four strong runners,” Dennis said. “This team is one of the best relay teams I’ve ever coached.” Competing along with Manning will be Wright and McNary. In her first season, Sykes has adapted well to the competition and attributes her success to her teammates. “I feel like we have consistently ran good times and we work hard at practice and the results are shown at every meet,” Sykes said. “As a freshman, I feel so honored to be on a relay team with Madison, Tish and Christina. They are all amazing role models and runners and they really help the relay come together and win.” During their freshman year at the Big Ten Championship, Manning and Wright fumbled the baton exchange in the 4-by-100-meter relay event. Since then, the team has grown and continued to perform at a high level. “We have this chemistry,” Manning said. “It’s a tight bond there.” Despite the team’s success, Dennis and her athletes aren’t yet satisfied. “I think we’ll come out of the region, and, more importantly, they believe they’re supposed to be out of the region,” Dennis said. “I believe this team has the ability to be on the podium at the national championship.” It’s not just the titles that have made Dennis proud — she said she’s learned as much from her athletes as they have from her. “I think that they are smart,” Dennis said. “I think that they’re highly opinionated. I think that they are confident, and I think that they’re courageous. And that’s what I’m most proud of.”
How’s the roster looking for this weekend? Keeping track of the comings and goings of suspended and previously suspended OSU players has been quite a chore lately. Despite being scheduled to return to the Buckeyes this weekend after serving a five-game suspension that was originally administered in December 2010, senior receiver DeVier Posey and senior running back Dan Herron will remain suspended for an additional NCAA violation. Posey and Herron were overpaid by a former OSU booster for work they did not do. Sophomore offensive lineman Marcus Hall, who committed the same violation, is the latest Buckeye to be suspended and will miss the Nebraska game. Senior left tackle Mike Adams and senior defensive lineman Solomon Thomas are returning from five-game suspensions and will dress for the game Saturday. On the team’s latest depth chart, released to media on Tuesday, Adams is listed as the starter at left tackle and figures to provide some much-needed help for OSU’s offensive line. Thomas is not listed on the depth chart, but first-year OSU head coach Luke Fickell said he expects the player to seeing the field against Nebraska. Sophomore wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown is expected to return after missing the Buckeyes’ previous three contests. What’s the key to the game for OSU? Protect the quarterbacks and keep the stingy defense coming. The Buckeyes’ quarterback play was criticized after last Saturday’s 10-7 loss to Michigan State. Criticism should be reserved until we see a combination play calls from the coaching stuff that allow freshman Braxton Miller to get in a passing rhythm along protection from the offensive line, however. Miller and senior quarterback Joe Bauserman have been sacked 14 times in the last three games while sustaining other jarring hits — few quarterbacks can succeed in those conditions. With Brown back at receiver for OSU, conditions are ripe for Miller to air it out at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb., this weekend. The Buckeyes’ defense is ranked No. 4 in the Big Ten and carried more than its share of the load in last weekend’s loss to the Spartans. OSU forced three turnovers, held Sparty to 10 points and a similar performance on Saturday could help lead to an upset victory in the Cornhuskers’ first Big Ten home game. What players on Nebraska could hurt the Buckeyes? The Buckeyes better come ready to stop the run on Saturday because junior running back Rex Burkhead and sophomore quarterback Taylor Martinez have their sights set on OSU. Burkhead and Martinez have combined for 16 rushing touchdowns and 998 yards on the ground. When Martinez drops back to pass, he’s a serviceable signal-caller for the Cornhuskers. Martinez has completed 54-of-107 pass attempts for 823 yards and four touchdowns. Burkhead and Martinez are quite the one-two punch. Nebraska doesn’t appear to have one dominant wide receiver, though its receiving corps is large as 13 players have caught passes for the Cornhuskers this season. Look for Burkhead to pound the rock, Martinez to air it out to one of his many receiving targets and, if he doesn’t find a target that suits him, he’ll tuck the ball and run. What’s the key matchup for this game? Nebraska’s rushing offense, ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten, is set to take on OSU’s No. 3-ranked rushing defense in the conference. The Cornhuskers have rushed for 1,249 yards through five games, good enough for 250 yards per game and 18 touchdowns. By comparison, the Buckeyes have allowed only 94 yards per game and two touchdowns on the ground this season. Saturday’s game could become a nasty battle in the trenches between the two teams. Will OSU win its first-ever trip to Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.? The simple fact is that the 2011 season has already been a down year for the Buckeyes in some respects. OSU still has everything to play for, but the loss to MSU doesn’t leave Buckeye Nation with much reason to believe a turnaround is on the horizon. Anyone that traveled to see the Buckeyes play at Wisconsin last year can be certain that home field advantage is a very real factor in every college football game. Nebraska will have a rowdy, sold out stadium supporting them on Saturday, so OSU will have to contend with that in addition to a talented Nebraska team. One thing is certain: Having seen Nebraska play Wisconsin, we’ll have a clearer picture about how OSU will stack up against the Badgers, the current favorite to win the Leaders Division. OSU’s Big Ten outlook won’t be good after this weekend, though. It’s going to be one wild night in Lincoln this Saturday, and students and citizens alike will celebrate into the night when the Cornhuskers send OSU packing. Final score prediction: Nebraska 31, Ohio State 13
Senior defenseman Becky Allis attempts to chase down the puck during a game against the Toronto Aeros Sept. 28 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost, 2-1.Credit: Chelsea Spears / Multimedia editorA streaky season came to a close for the Ohio State women’s hockey team this weekend.The Buckeyes (15-17-5, 10-16-5) fell to Minnesota Duluth (15-14-6, 13-12-6), 5-1, on the road Sunday in the decisive third game of the team’s Western Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament first-round series.Junior forward Zoe Hickel gave the host Bulldogs their third 1-0 lead of the weekend 9:24 into Sunday’s game, but seven minutes later junior forward Kayla Sullivan tied the game for the Buckeyes.Then, 7:06 into the second, Duluth scored what would prove to be the series-clinching goal. After OSU freshman defenseman Alexa Ranahan was called for interference, the Bulldogs capitalized on the power play with a goal from freshman defenseman Sidney Morin.Despite 16 combined shots in the second and third period, the Buckeyes couldn’t find the tying goal, and a couple of Duluth empty net goals punctuated the clinching victory.OSU coach Nate Handrahan said the 5-1 score line was slightly misleading, but ultimately the game came down to missed opportunities.“I thought we played our best game of the series and really had a lot of opportunities to capitalize, but we didn’t,” Handrahan said. “That kind of allowed them to hang around, and they capitalized when we didn’t.”On Saturday night the Buckeyes had to ride 32 saves from OSU senior goalie Lisa Steffes to come from behind twice and extend the series with a 3-2 win.Tied 1-1 heading into the third, the two teams shared three goals in a 2:20 span. Duluth took their second lead of the night early in the period, but senior forward Ally Tarr scored her 11th of the year to tie things at two. Tarr picked up an assist on the winning goal two minutes later, as she and junior defenseman Sara Schmitt set up Sara’s twin sister, junior defender Kari Schmitt, to score the game-winning power play goal.Game one on Friday saw both net minders stymie the opposition. Steffes and Duluth sophomore goalie Kayla Black combined for 50 saves, but it was the one shot Steffes didn’t save that mattered. Duluth’s leading goal scorer, senior forward Jamie Kenyon gave her team the lead 5:26 into the second, and things remained that way the rest of the night.The close margins of each playoff game were representative of an OSU team that reinvented itself after the winter holidays, only losing four of its final 16 regular season games.Over the course of the season, the Buckeyes fought through a nine-game winless streak, while also putting together separate three and four-game winning streaks.
OSU sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott. Credit: Courtesy of OSUAs new players sift in and out of a college football program, the identity of the team ebbs and flows. At Ohio State, that’s especially pronounced when it comes to the running game.After finishing fifth nationally in rushing yards per game last season, the Buckeyes are ranked 81st two weeks into 2014. In OSU’s most recent game — a 35-21 loss to Virginia Tech under the Ohio Stadium lights on Saturday — the team managed a measly 108 yards on the ground.Of those 108 yards, just 58 came from players listed as running backs on the depth chart. Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett accounted for 70 yards, while taking 24 of the team’s 40 total carries in the game. Sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson had negative five yards on two carries, while the team was credited with negative 15 yards.While Barrett spent much of the game running for his life as the pocket broke down around him, the Hokies succeeded in keeping Buckeyes’ playbook largely closed. Redshirt-senior offensive lineman Darryl Baldwin said after the loss the running game is important when it comes to setting up the rest of the offense, but the Buckeyes have not been able to establish their ground game so far this season.“The run game opens up the entire offense,” Baldwin said. “You start play action and drop back passes they (the opposition) are not ready for. It really just opens up everything and we just weren’t able to get it started.”While the Buckeyes tried to use the passing game to open up the running game against Virginia Tech — Barrett had 29 pass attempts compared to just 15 in week one against Navy — Barrett’s nine completions didn’t cut it as the Hokies kept the pressure on Barrett throughout the game.Two games into the season, OSU coach Urban Meyer said this year’s Buckeyes want to emulate the 2013 team’s offensive identity — albeit with more focus on the passing game — but didn’t have a chance to do it against the Midshipmen or the Hokies.“Our offensive identity would be last year with a little more balance and throwing the ball is who we’d like to be,” Meyer said Monday. “That’s kind of what we’re built for schematically.”Meyer went on to say that the running game this season should feature more of a perimeter attack — partially because of the absence of former Buckeye running back Carlos Hyde — but the Hokies’ defense negated that.With the running game stalled, the team turned to the air, which OSU running backs coach Stan Drayton said made it difficult to get rolling on offense.“Any time you feel one-dimensional in a game like that, it’s very frustrating,” Drayton said Monday. “Doesn’t mean the game is going to stop because you’re frustrated, we’ve just got to find the rhythm against a defense like that.”Meyer said he doesn’t expect to see another defense like Virginia Tech — except, perhaps, against Michigan State — but Drayton said the Buckeyes’ offense should “absolutely” have the ability to attack any defense. He added that in order to do that, the team has to keep Barrett out of pressure.“We have to do a better job of protecting our quarterback, a young quarterback who’s experiencing some things for the first time,” Drayton said. “We’ve got to make him feel confident in the people around him.”Out of last year’s offensive line — which was successful in protecting the quarterback — four have moved on to the NFL while the fifth, junior Taylor Decker, slid over to left tackle. Along with those four linemen, the loss of Hyde has forced OSU to try to re-imagine the running game.Drayton said losing Hyde isn’t necessarily good or bad, but simply forces OSU to change its style.Hyde now plays for the San Francisco 49ers and tallied 50 yards and a touchdown on seven carries in his NFL debut Sunday.Through two games, OSU’s new production hasn’t materialized as the best rushing output from a running back was freshman Curtis Samuel’s 45 yards against Navy.While Samuel’s debut was promising as he averaged 6.4 yards per carry, he was handed the ball just five times against the Hokies, totaling 26 yards. He has been the most efficient running back in the offense, but sophomore Ezekiel Elliott has had the most carries at 20, and redshirt-senior Rod Smith — who was listed as a co-starter with Elliott and Samuel — has totaled just two carries, both against Navy, so far this season.“We have a lot of things different right now,” Drayton said. “Offensively we have to fit our skill set, and what they (the running backs) bring to the table is a lot different than what (Hyde) was able to bring to the table last year.”The Buckeyes’ running game is set for another chance to establish an identity on Saturday. OSU is scheduled to take on Kent State at noon at Ohio Stadium.
OSU Executive Assosicate Athletic Director Martin Jarmond in an interview with The Lantern Sept. 21 at the Fawcett Center. Credit: Hayden Grove / Lantern TV Sports directorOn the outskirts of campus, high above Ohio State’s sprawling array of athletics facilities, sits the office where the gridiron contests held at Ohio Stadium are dreamed up years in advance of when fans will take to the stands.This office — this epicenter of Buckeye football imagination — houses Martin Jarmond, the executive associate athletic director at OSU, and a series of whiteboards, where current and future OSU football schedules are written out in black marker. Jarmond’s position doesn’t necessarily require him to be responsible for each of those schedules, though. Instead, he specifically asked to create them when he was hired in 2009 at the athletics administration department. “Quite honestly, I think I probably asked (vice president and athletic director Gene Smith) if I could do that. I think I did,” Jarmond said, a half-smile on his face. “(Football scheduling) was something that was really important to me, that I said I really wanted to do and tackle and help him accomplish the vision he wants to accomplish.”So far, Smith said he has been more than pleased with his decision to allow Jarmond to handle the scheduling, along with his other responsibilities as an athletic administrator. “Martin has developed into an outstanding athletic administrator. He continues to differentiate himself as a leader,” Smith said in an email. “His background as a collegiate athlete, and various roles in athletic administration strengthens his opportunity to reach his goal of becoming an athletic director.”Jarmond played basketball while attending the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. While his boss might understand the daily grind that Jarmond goes through to put the Buckeyes’ football schedule together, not all OSU or college football fans do.Jarmond said there are many variables and challenges that are presented in creating a football schedule, and he calls planning for the Buckeyes “the process.” It begins with Smith and the desires he spells out for Jarmond. “His (scheduling strategy) that he’s outlined is at least trying to have a top 10-team opponent every year, then a top 25, top 30-type opponent and then maybe a top 50 or what you can attract,” Jarmond said. “It’s mostly about what you can attract.”With his boss sketching the scheduling outline, specifically tailored to feature big-time, out-of-conference opponents, it’s Jarmond’s responsibility to color within the proverbial lines. “The way we do it is from a competitive standpoint,” Jarmond said. “I look at data from the last five years. I try to look at teams, schools, how they’ve done, their coaching, their philosophy, their offense, their defense and that kind of thing.”That research manifests itself in the form of a list of schools that both Jarmond and Smith believe will aptly play the role of an OSU opponent. That list can include a wide array of schools, each of which is put through additional rigors that include the potential national relevance of a future matchup, the effect that a game against that school will have on recruiting and even the institution’s proximity to an OSU fan base. Those factors in turn lead to churning out another list. OSU Executive Assosicate Athletic Director Martin Jarmond highlights future OSU football schedules Sept. 21 at the Fawcett Center.Credit: Hayden Grove / Lantern TV Sports directorThis list is the one where the next step of the scheduling process begins: the phone calls. It was amidst these phone calls and negotiations that Jarmond said he faced a surprising challenge in his early days as an OSU administrator. Getting opponents to Columbus was a challenge — one he did not expect. “I think — naively — I was probably thinking because we’re Ohio State, it would just be very easy and everybody would want to play us and it would be easy to work things through,” Jarmond said. “It’s not like, ‘Wow, we’d love to come to Columbus in front of 107,000.’ I thought it was going to be that way — it’s not really that way.”And some opponents might not want to spend money traveling to a city where they could potentially lose. The lack of desire to travel to Columbus makes things harder for Jarmond in scheduling opponents, along with the other factors that make it a tough job. Jarmond already has to account for things like an expanded Big Ten schedule (to nine from eight games per season in 2016) and the College Football Playoff that will take into account strength of schedule more so than the old BCS system did. These things are an added burden for Jarmond and are only lengthening planning lead time, forcing schedules until 2020 to be planned now.“It’s an inventory issue, if you’re trying to schedule stronger, you need to go ahead and do what you can do now before (other schools say), ‘Hey, we can’t play you because we don’t have anything available,’” Jarmond said. “Everything is just kind of accelerated and you have to kind of project out and where teams are going to be.” In the past, Jarmond admitted that this advanced planning has harmed OSU, with teams like California projecting well at the initial time of scheduling before taking a dive in relevancy prior to the two schools playing, but he tries to avoid those issues recurring in the future.“It’s an inexact science, but what I try to do is use the data as much as I can on where you’ve been to kind of give us an idea of where you may be,” Jarmond said. “It’s like the stock market. You look at past performance and you try to project on that.”Lately, Jarmond — with some added motivation from Smith and the fans who have bashed OSU’s football non-conference scheduling over the years — has been pressing to bolster OSU’s future schedules. Ari Wasserman of Cleveland.com said that’s something OSU has been forced to do, thanks to a weakened Big Ten conference.“(The Buckeyes) don’t get any quality wins in the Big Ten because the Big Ten doesn’t really have any premier opponents,” Wasserman said. “Going undefeated in the Big Ten may be enough to get to the playoff, but maybe when they play a team like Oklahoma and slip up, bolstering their schedule is a really smart thing to do. You’re going to have quality wins in the future with the games they’ve scheduled.”Oklahoma is just one of the schools Jarmond has added to the schedule, but there are plenty of other out-of-conference games gracing that whiteboard on his wall.Notre Dame, Boston College, Oregon State, Oregon, Texas and Texas Christian are all future opponents and it’s these additions that provide Jarmond with confidence in the work he’s done. “I would put our scheduling (from) 2016 and out compared to anybody,” Jarmond said, glancing at the board. “You tell me another school right now that has BC, Texas and Notre Dame in the same year.”When the Buckeyes take on the Bearcats on Saturday, fans might not pay much attention to the effort and work that went into scheduling an in-state rivalry game. They’ll be watching to see if the Buckeyes can hold back Cincinnati’s redshirt-sophomore quarterback Gunner Kiel, or whether OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett can win yet another Big Ten Freshman of the Week award.While Jarmond will certainly be watching the same action, he’ll have a different view of the game — one that few others in Ohio Stadium will have. He’ll be watching planning come to life upon the turf.
A cot that a coroner issued a safety warning about following the death of a seven-week-old baby is still on sale in Britain, an inquest has been told.Esther Roseman told a hearing on Wednesday of the moment she found her daughter, Grace, dead in the Bednest bedside cot.She said she had just had a bath on the morning of April 9 2015 when she discovered the baby lying lifeless at their home in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.In April 2015, coroner Penelope Schofield issued a Regulation 28 Report to Prevent Future Deaths concerning the cot. 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. Esther and Gideon Roseman leave the inquest into their daughter’s death hand in handCredit:Christopher Pledger for The Telegraph Mr Roseman, who had been home at the time because he had been ill the previous day, told the inquest that he heard his wife screaming from Grace’s bedroom.He said: “She started screaming then she started screaming ‘Gracie’s dead, Gracie’s dead’. I jumped out of bed as quickly as I could, I did see Esther holding Grace and in my mind she was gone.”When asked if he had concerns about the cot, he said: “There was no reason to have any concerns about it, it was just an innocuous object, it was a cot.”Mr Roseman told the inquest that the door handles of the bedrooms would have been too high for a sibling to have opened the doors to access Grace’s bedroom saying they would have had to have acted like a “special forces soldier” to do so.Robert Norman, company secretary of Bednest, told the inquest that the three-sided cot was designed to allow parents to provide comfort to their baby without the “dangers of co-sleeping”.He explained that the two sides are designed to come down like a drawbridge to prevent gaps between the cot and the adult bed.He said the product was designed and tested to Furniture Industry Research Association safety standards. Mr Norman said that the instructions stated that the cot should have its sides up if the child was left unsupervised, but said there was not a label on the product to reinforce this advice.He said that Bednest teamed up with the National Childbirth Trust to promote the cot because the charity had been keen to promote the benefits of bedside cots.Mr Norman said the company had been “completely shocked” to hear that a baby had got its head over the side.He said: “It didn’t seem feasible and to not be able to get itself off again, an older child may be able to. We say when they start to push up and crawl not to use the product.”Mr Norman said that the company had created a modification to the cot to prevent the half-folding side from being left in the half-raised position and had made attempts to contact all of its customers who had purchased the product. The report stated that Grace was found with her head over the edge of the cot, but because she could not lift her head back up this restricted her air supply which led to her death from asphyxia.The inquest has heard that the Roseman family received the cot second-hand, but without instructions or straps to attach it to an adult bed.The inquest was told the cot had one side that could be lowered, but the instructions state the baby should not be left alone in this position.The Regulation 28 report also stated that the crib was in a tilted position of 8cm (3in) while the instructions state it should not be above 5cm (2in).Mrs Roseman said: “I didn’t have those instructions, it’s a shame those instructions weren’t on the side of the cot. It seemed the cot was designed with the half fold to stop the baby rolling out of it.”I didn’t see any risk, if I had known for one moment, in the room or out of the room she was capable of what she did, there’s no way I would have slept with that side half down.”She added: “Every day since this happened I question why I didn’t see how unsafe it was, I comfort myself that the whole of NCT and Bednest didn’t see it either.” Every day since this happened I question why I didn’t see how unsafe it wasEsther Roseman Gideon Roseman with his daughter GraceCredit:PA Mrs Roseman told the hearing in Horsham of the moment she screamed for help from her husband, Gideon.She said: “I started screaming ‘Grace is dead’. He came into the room and shouted at me to put a dressing gown on and get in the car. I was going for my phone and calling 999.”I do not think he even saw, he literally knew because I was shouting and screaming. She was never going to be saved, it was obvious, the doctors said ‘You knew before you brought her in she was gone’.”There was no sign, when I made the phone call I never once said ‘She’s passed out’, I said: ‘Gracie, my baby is dead’.”The hearing continues Grace Roseman died in a Bedsnet cot, which had one side that could be lowered, but the instructions state the baby should not be left alone in this positionCredit:SWNS
She said: “If Pret really wants to impress this age group they should be paying [the work experience participants].”The sandwich chain said it hoped to employ in permanent roles some of the people from the work experience scheme and would stay in touch with those who wanted to remain in education and apply at a later stage.It pointed out that the placements “are to give participants experience of what it’s like working in the industry”.The chain also told The Telegraph the teenagers will be “shadowing” current members of staff, and will not have to make sandwiches themselves. Journalist Janice Turner wrote: “Fancy an ‘internship’ making sandwiches? You won’t be paid but they’ll ‘give you food’. No wonder only migrants apply to work at Pret.”Tanya de Grunwald of Graduate Fog, a website campaigning for fair internships, told The Guardian the work experience should be paid.She said: “The best kind of experience is hands-on experience where it is really clear that the young worker has set hours and responsibilities and is doing proper work. By law, if that’s the case they should be paid.” The sandwich chain will be promoting the work experience through schools it works with already, and through a social media campaign. Sure! 16-18 yes old kids will be lining up to work for free at pret a manger this summer. #jokers https://t.co/qF3wNYg2ce— Francesca Solmi (@Francesca_Solmi) March 25, 2017 Fancy an “internship” making sandwiches? You won’t be paid but they’ll “give you food”. No wonder only migrants apply to work at Pret. https://t.co/p1nWxjnnRS— Janice Turner (@VictoriaPeckham) March 25, 2017 Clive Schlee, Pret A Manger CEO, said : “Pret’s Work Experience Week is not about making sandwiches for free.”We set it up so that 16 to 18 year olds can shadow our teams and get a flavour for what working at Pret is like.”We’ve seen how passionately people feel about the initiative, and in response I would like to confirm that we will pay all participants Pret’s starting hourly rate and of course provide free food as well.”In a blog post on the company’s website, it says this is to tackle the “long-term challenge that Pret and the wider industry must meet to ensure hospitality is seen by Brits as a serious career choice”. Another critic tweeted: “Sure! 16-18 yes old kids will be lining up to work for free at pret a manger this summer. #jokers.”Ms de Grunwald pointed out that the minimum wage for under-18s is just £4 an hour, which would make employing them over the summer cheap. Dear @Pret – I use your shops quite a lot. That stops today until you pay these young people in money— Iain Millar (@IainDM) March 25, 2017 After online anger, Pret A Manger has scrapped plans to offer sandwiches to teenagers in exchange for their time on an unpaid internship.The chief executive of the sandwich chain has been forced to promise to pay interns after members of the public threatened to boycott the sandwich chain.Pret is said to be on the cusp of a staffing crisis, as just one in 50 of job applicants to the sandwich chain is British. If foreign workers avoid the country because of Brexit, or choose to return home, Pret could find itself short of staff.To avoid this Pret is putting on a work experience scheme in the summer, where teenagers “get exposure to aspects of our business including food production, customer service, social responsibility [care for the homeless] and financial control”.Teenagers were originally not going to be paid for their efforts, but get food in exchange for their time. Andrea Wareham, the human resources director at the company, wrote: “Attracting British applicants is not exclusively a Pret problem, and is symptomatic of a wider cultural bias. British schools and parents don’t always take careers in the hospitality industry seriously, but they really ought to.”The industry has changed dramatically over the past 20 years and today it is strong, dynamic and growing.”Many on social media have criticised the scheme.One person tweeted: “Pret A Manger should pay for workers to work. Let’s put the idea that people work for free back in the box.” 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.
For the first time in generations, the British garden is not looking quite so rosy. It appears that the humble rose – famously one of Britain’s most popular flowers – could be falling out of favour with modern gardeners, who are being put off by failed experiences with trendy varieties.Fashionable continental roses are notoriously difficult to care for without the use of pesticides, which makes them essentially ungrowable to gardeners who want to use organic methods.Fears that amateur horticulturists are being discouraged from investing their time in roses after failing to succeed with trendy varieties they see in magazines come as the Royal National Rose Society, the world’s oldest national specialist plant society whose former patron was the Queen Mother, has gone into administration.Founded in 1876, the Society was dedicated to the cultivation and conservation of roses. Its world-famous Gardens of the Rose, near St Albans, Hertfordshire, showcase more than 12,000 rose bushes and more than 5,000 varieties.But the 54-year-old gardens, which also feature a 72-arch pergola and a Queen Mother rose garden, might not now reopen.After years of it struggling financially, the Society is believed to have suffered from dwindling membership with those who signed up in the 1960s and 1970s not being replaced by a new generation.Horticulturists have claimed that its demise comes amid a trend in which gardeners are being put off from choosing roses for their own gardens due to “snobbery” over varieties that are difficult to care for. The Society struggled financially in recent years, with the latest accounts for the year to December 31 2015 showing it made a loss of £36,000. Mrs Bourne suggested it had not done enough to recruit new members.”It is a trend with plant societies that young people are not coming through the ranks – they need to recruit a new generation,” she added.Harkness Roses’ Philip Harkness said: “It is sad news. It’s difficult being a single species plant society now. The overheads to run the place were not matched by the income from membership.”The Society’s gardens are usually open to the public for two months each summer and had been due to re-open on June 10.It is unclear whether or not that could still happen. The Society simply said in a statement that the gardens “have closed”.The Society, which has members worldwide, had boasted that its acclaimed gardens are a “living dictionary” of roses.It has been responsible for classifying new types of roses and running trials for both amateur and professional breeders. In a statement, the charity said that administrators were appointed on May 15 and that all members, stakeholders and creditors would be contacted.The Gardens are adjacent to the former Butterly World sanctuary, which closed in 2015 after failing to attract enough visitors. The Society had hoped that a £500,000 redesign of the Gardens in 2007 and their use as a weddings venue would revive its flagging fortunes. The Queen Mother was once a patron of the Society Credit:PA 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 Gardens of the Rose was a world-famous visitor attractionCredit:Greg Balfour Evans/Alamy Val Bourne, the organic gardening writer, suggested that casual gardeners are increasingly choosing continental roses they see in magazines.But these can be notoriously difficult to care for without spraying pesticides – something that many gardeners who want to embrace organic methods are reluctant to use.Without pesticides, roses such as French 19th century varieties can develop diseases such as black spot and wilt away. “Roses are still popular in Britain, but people are choosing the wrong thing,” said Mrs Bourne, who wrote the award-winning book The Natural Gardener.”There’s been a problem with snobbery – people want to grow the beautiful roses they see in magazines, such as French 19th century roses, which look beautiful but they’re not easy to look after organically.”If a customer gets a rose and puts it in the ground and it gets diseased and dies, they will be put off and they might not go back to growing roses again.”We need to promote British rose-growers and modern rose growing techniques that don’t require the use of pesticides.”I think people will never fall out of love with roses, but they don’t want to spray them – they want organic.”The Garden Centre Association suggested that roses are no longer enjoying their exclusivity among British gardeners.Chief executive Iain Wylie said: “Tastes do change and where once people might have devoted a whole bed to roses they now use them within a planting scheme featuring other popular plants.”There certainly is now a greater choice available to the gardener but old fashioned rose varieties, over hybrids, still remain the favourites.”