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Ohio State mens hockey swept by Providence off to programworst start

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. read more

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Bucks do away with Hoosiers sit atop crowded Big Ten race

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. read more

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Ohio State womens track and field has sights set on Nationals

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.” read more

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Buckeye brainteasers Ohio State vs No 14 Nebraska

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 read more

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Minnesota Duluth ends Ohio State womens ice hockeys season in WHCA tournament

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. read more

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Ohio State running game looks to establish fresh identity

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. read more

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Meet Martin Jarmond the man behind football scheduling

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. read more

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Bedside cot still on sale after death of sevenweekold baby coroner told

first_imgA 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.” Esther and Gideon Roseman leave the inquest into their daughter's death hand in hand Every day since this happened I question why I didn’t see how unsafe it wasEsther Roseman Gideon Roseman with his daughter Grace 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 Grace Roseman died in a Bedsnet cotlast_img read more

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Pret climbs down on sandwiches in exchange for work scheme and promises

first_imgShe 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.last_img read more

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Why British gardens are no longer a bed of roses

first_imgFor 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.” Gardens of the Rose The Queen Mother last_img read more

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G4S staff suspended after claims of abuse on detainees at immigration removal

first_imgConcerns were raised in the latest inspection, which revealed four men had been held there for more than two years and that the average length of detention had increased from 28 to 48 days.The report also highlighted issues with the “stark and impersonal” residential units and unsatisfactory sanitary facilities, leading detainees to feel they were being held in prison.But overall, the report by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke in March said it was an “encouraging” inspection. Brook House immigration centre can hold more than 500 menCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA Brook House Immigration Removal Centre Jerry Petherick, managing director for custodial and detention services, said: “There is no place for the type of conduct described in the allegations anywhere in G4S.”Such behaviour is not representative of the many G4S colleagues who do a great job, often in difficult and challenging circumstances, across the country.”We have not yet been provided with the recorded evidence which forms the basis of the allegations and it is inappropriate for me to pre-judge the outcome of our investigation.”Once we have seen the evidence and concluded the investigation, I will ensure that we take the appropriate action. We continue to focus on the care and wellbeing of detainees at Brook House.” Nine staff have been suspended from a G4S immigration centre after claims of abuse and assaults against detainees.An investigation has also been launched into allegations by the BBC’s Panorama of “chaos, incompetence and abuse” at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre, near Gatwick.The programme claims to have undercover footage showing officers “mocking, abusing and even assaulting detainees” at the facility, where drugs are allegedly “rife”.G4S said nine staff have been suspended pending further investigation. Brook House was deemed “reasonably good” in all four healthy establishment tests – safety, respect, activities and preparation for removal or release.The episode is due to air on BBC One at 9pm on Monday.It is the latest in a number of scandals to hit the security company, which is responsible for five prisons in England and Wales.Panorama uncovered alleged abuse and mistreatment of youngsters at a G4S youth detention centre in Kent last year.Medway Secure Training Centre was later judged inadequate by Ofsted inspectors who found young inmates were able to watch sexually-explicit content on television.Another G4S facility HMP Birmingham was hit by riots in December 2016, some of the worst in a UK prison in years. Brook House is one of two immigration centres run by G4S in the UK and has capacity for 508 men.center_img Inspectors have since found half of inmates feel unsafe at the jail, which has been plagued by drugs and violence. Brook House Immigration Removal Centre Detainees abused, self-harm widespread & drug use rife. Our full investigation is on Monday, 9pm on BBC One. https://t.co/U58yOxwEa6 pic.twitter.com/W5FJcnbCLD— Panorama 🌐 (@BBCPanorama) September 1, 2017 BBC Panorama claims to have footage of officers ‘mocking, abusing and even assaulting detainees’ at Brook HouseCredit:Gareth Fuller/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.last_img read more

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Meghan Markle attends Queens Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace

first_imgThe Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrive at Buckingham PalaceCredit:Mark Stewart  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 Duchess of Gloucester drives herself to the Christmas lunch Credit:Jonathan Brady /PA The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Buckingham PalaceCredit:Jonathan Brady /PA Prince and Princess Michael of Kent’s daughter Gabriella of Windsor in the back of the couple’s carCredit:Philip Toscano /PA Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrive Among the other Royals to attend the event were Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and their daughter Lady Gabriella Windsor. Prince William Prince George looks out the window of a car driven by his father, the Duke of CambridgeCredit:Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock  Meghan Markle was driven into Buckingham Palace by Prince Harry Prince Harry introduced Meghan Markle to the nation in Nottingham earlier this monthCredit:Joe Giddens /PA Sisters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, the Duke of York’s children, were also spotted arriving for the lunch by car. Princess Alexandra (right) arriving Meghan Markle has joined Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace to attend the Queen’s Christmas lunch, as she is further welcomed into the Royal family.The US actress was photographed in the passenger seat of a Land Rover Discovery driven by her fiance as they arrived for the event on Wednesday afternoon.The couple looked relaxed as they passed waiting photographers. The prince, 33, was smartly dressed in a suit, shirt and tie and the 36-year-old former Suits star wore a patterned outfit.The Queen traditionally hosts a festive lunch for her family before leaving for her private Sandringham estate, where she spends her winter break.It has already been confirmed that Ms Markle will be part of the Royal party at Sandringham for Christmas and is expected to greet crowds ahead of the morning church service.Her appearance at the Buckingham Palace lunch is another indication of how quickly she has been accepted into the monarchy ahead of the wedding. Tradition reportedly dictates that the lunch is attended by only relatives and spouses. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Buckingham Palace hey got engaged on November 27 and a few days later a proud prince introduced his bride-to-be to the nation during a series of official events in Nottingham. It is believed to be the first time that Ms Markle will have met many of Prince Harry’s extended family members.The Duke of Cambridge drove his family into Buckingham Palace, with the Duchess of Cambridge in the passenger seat of the Range Rover.Their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, sat in the rear seats either side of their Spanish nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo. Princess Charlotte gazes at photographers through the windscreen as the family arrive at Buckingham PalaceCredit:Andrew Parsons / i-Images  The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall smiled at passers-by and tourists who were likely delighted at the unexpected chance to see so many members of the Royal family. The Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra were among the other attendees.center_img The Royal family are paying for the wedding, including the church service, the music, the flowers and the reception.But the security costs for the high-profile event are falling to the taxpayer. Princess Beatrice smiles as she attends the Christmas lunchCredit:Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock  Her sister, Princess Eugenie, was also pictured arriving for the family get-togetherCredit:Jonathan Brady /PA The Duchess of Gloucester  After the couple’s engagement was announced last month, Ms Markle, the American actress, is set to appear at church with the Windsors at Sandringham on Christmas Day. Prince Harry and Ms Markle will be married on May 19 at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel – an event which will be one of the royal highlights of 2018.They got engaged on November 27 and a few days later a proud prince introduced his bride-to-be to the nation during a series of official events in Nottingham. Princess Charlotte Prince Michael of Kent and his daughter Gabriella of Windsor arriving  Princess Alexandra (right) is in jovial mood as she arrives at Buckingham PalaceCredit:Jonathan Brady /PA Prince and Princess Michael of Kent arrive at the gates of Buckingham PalaceCredit:Jonathan Brady /PA Princess Beatrice Meghan Markle was driven into Buckingham Palace by Prince Harry in a Land Rover DiscoveryCredit:Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock  Palace aides have already said that the prince and Ms Markle’s wedding will “reflect their characters and personalities” and be a moment of “fun and joy”.They will tie the knot in the historic surrounds of the Castle’s 15th century St George’s Chapel.Ms Markle, who is to become a British citizen, is being both baptised and confirmed ahead of the religious ceremony. Princess Eugenie  Prince and Princess Michael of Kent The Queen will be there, as will the rest of the Royal family, along with Ms Markle’s parents Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland.Prince George and Princess Charlotte look set take on the roles of pageboy and bridesmaid.Full interview: Harry and Meghan reveal engagement joy Harry proposed to Suits star Ms Markle during a cosy night in over a roast chicken dinner after a 16-month whirlwind romance.In their engagement interview he told of how “the stars were aligned” when he fell for his future wife, whom he met on a blind date. Dozens of members of the extended Royal family – most of whom do not get an invitation to Sandringham – gather each year for the family get-together.last_img read more

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Yoga wars as heads of British ruling body quit in protest of

The chair and vice-chair of the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) have stepped down after repeated clashes with their National Executive Committee (NEC).  Those practising yoga are widely known for their calm, serene and unflappable auras. But for one of Britain’s largest yoga communities the calm appears to have been disturbed by warring officials.  His deputy Shelagh MacKenzie also announced her decision to leave her post as deputy-chair.  Paul Fox made the decision to leave his position as chair after he claims members of the leading body wanted to relax qualifications for teachers.  Mr Fox has long warned against practising yoga without an expert instructor as this can lead to a range of injuries…

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Youth football coach was on straight road when he crashed into tree

A former youth football coach and scout whose car crashed into a tree on a straight road the day he was due to go on trial on historical sex abuse charges died of a traumatic brain injury, an inquest has heard.Michael “Kit” Carson, 75, had denied 12 counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.The allegations involved 11 boys under the age of 16, between 1978 and 2009.Carson’s trial was listed to begin at Peterborough Crown Court on January 7, but he died in a single-vehicle crash that morning.Cambridgeshire’s senior coroner, David Heming, opening and adjourning an inquest in Huntingdon on Tuesday, said Carson was the driver of a Mazda 3 car which crashed off the A1303 at Bottisham, around seven miles east of Cambridge.”The circumstances as presently known are that the vehicle left the carriageway on to a wide grass verge and collided with a tree,” said Mr Heming.”Mr Carson suffered fatal injuries.”The cause of death provided by the post-mortem examination is a traumatic brain injury.”Carson died at the scene, with no other vehicles or people involved.The section of rural single-carriageway road where the collision took place is straight and has a 60mph speed limit. 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. “It’s clear that there are further investigations to be done by Cambridgeshire Police concerning the circumstances of the accident,” Mr Heming said.”In addition, it’s routine in these types of investigations for samples to be sent for toxicological analysis and results of these specialist examinations of blood normally take approximately six weeks.”I would like to express my condolences and sympathy to the wife of the deceased.”Carson, of St Bartholomew’s Court, Riverside, Cambridge, had worked at Norwich City, Peterborough United and Cambridge United.He was on bail at the time of his death.The hearing was adjourned until June 18 for a full inquest. read more

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Teachers should be able to job share because they work too many

The strategy includes introducing a new one-stop system to make applications easier for would-be teachers.Plans involve helping school leaders to reduce teachers’ workload by stripping away unnecessary tasks such as data entry.Schools will be helped with introducing flexible working practices through a new match-making service for teachers seeking a job-share, with additional incentives to work in challenging schools.Mr Hinds said: “I think teachers work too many hours – aggravated by unnecessary tasks like excessive marking and data entry, spending more than half their time on non-teaching tasks.”But those who choose to become teachers chose to do so to inspire young people, support their development and set them up for a bright future – not stay late in the office filling in a spreadsheet. Talking specifically about job sharing, he said: “What we are keen to do is to find a way for people who don’t have a background together to find a partner to apply for a job with, hence the Match.com terminology.”Speaking to The Guardian, he said: “There’s a lower proportion of both men and women in teaching working part-time than the equivalent proportion in the economy as a whole. For women, it’s 28% in teaching v 40% in the economy as a whole. Why is it? There isn’t a single definitive answer, but I’m confident part of it is cultural.””This ambitious strategy commits to supporting teachers – particularly those at the start of their career – to focus on what actually matters, the pupils in their classrooms.”In a competitive graduate labour market we must continue to ensure that teaching is an attractive profession so we can train and retain the next generation of inspirational teachers.” Teachers work “too many hours” and should be encourage to job-share, according to the Education Secretary, who has unveiled plans to boost numbers in the profession.Damian Hinds has set out measures he hopes will attract – and retain – the next generation of teachers who he says currently have to carry out “unnecessary tasks” as part of their job.The strategy comes after data from a National Association of Headteachers survey suggests that 77% of its school leaders found recruitment a struggle last year.Plans include a new entitlement to a two-year training package and a reduced timetable, backed by at least £130 million a year, the Department for Education said.Bursaries will be reformed to include retention-based payments for those who stay in the profession by staggering additional payments throughout the first years of their career. Mr Hinds said: “I think teachers work too many hours – aggravated by unnecessary tasks like excessive marking and data entry, spending more than half their time on non-teaching tasks.”Credit: Tolga AKMEN / AFP Damian Hinds leaves Downing Street 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

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Samuel Smith pub chain becomes first in UK to ban mobile phones

A pub chain boasting more than 300 outlets has banned customers from talking on their mobile phones while on the premises.In Samuel Smith’s pubs, a chain originating from Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, customers wishing to make a phone call will have to go outside, the same as smokers.Photographs of a memo telling managers to enforce this rule, allegedly sent by pub boss Humphrey Smith, have been published by the Manchester Evening News. It dictates that  customers wishing to check their phones must go outside “in the same way as is required with smoking”.According to the memo, the ban also applies to laptops and tablets, and says that  customers are also not allowed to “receive transmitted pictures of sport or download music apps”. “The brewery’s policy is that our pubs are for social conversation person to person,” it concluded.The 73-year-old proprietor is said to regularly go into his pubs incognito to check his staff are enforcing the rules.He reportedly makes great efforts to get his customers to maintain the art of pub conversation, and keep standards that would make the original Samuel Smith proud when he founded the brewery in 1758.London landlord Oisin Rogers, who runs The Guinea Grill in Mayfair, said Mr Smith was “going all Willie Wonka again” with the latest ban. He added that he has a “no TV rule plus no mobile calls in the pub”, but added that customers are allowed to check emails.Other pub owners have similarly banned phone calls, and the landlord of The Court Inn in Durham asked his customers not to use mobile phones back in 2009.Last year, chain restaurant Frankie and Benny’s became the first to ban mobile phones at the dinner table.The pub chain has fought technology in the past, and banned televisions and music in order to “traditional, uncompromisingly Victorian aesthetic”. It has also banned swearing, with signs in pubs telling customers: “We wish to inform all of our customers that we have introduced a zero tolerance policy against swearing in all of our pubs. Please kindly respect this policy”.Customers have complained online of being rebuked by bar staff for using foul language.Samuel Smith’s has been approached for comment.  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

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Jamie Laing forced to pull out of Strictly Come Dancing due to

“I will support every single one of my buddies who are dancing this year.”Sarah James, Strictly’s executive producer, said: “We are so sad that Jamie won’t be able to take part in the series. He had already lit up the ballroom during the launch show with his boundless energy and enthusiasm.“We all wish him a full and speedy recovery.”The pre-recorded launch will be broadcast tomorrow [Sat] and Laing will be shown pairing up with a professional, but that will be the end of his involvement. “I would like to wish the lovely couples all the very best and hope they enjoy their time on the show to the fullest.”Among those commiserating publicly with him was Oti Mabuse, one of the show’s professionals, who said: “You will be missed.”The BBC has relaxed its ban on reality television personalities this year to allow Laing to take part. He is a popular cast member of Made in Chelsea.In a video message to fans on social media, the 30-year-old said: “I won’t be dancing on Strictly because of my injury, which is really upsetting. But when these things happen you’ve got to be positive, when life throws you a curveball you’ve got to knock it out of the park. Jamie is the first contestant forced to pull out before the show beganCredit: Mike Marsland/WireImage Jamie is the first contestant forced to pull out before the show began 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. Strictly Come Dancing has lost a contestant before it has even begun, after Jamie Laing was forced to drop out with an injury sustained during the launch show.The reality television star, an heir to the McVities biscuit fortune, was left on crutches after landing awkwardly during a group dance.The launch show, in which viewers learn which celebrities have been paired with professional dancers, was pre-recorded last week for broadcast this Saturday.It is the first time a contestant has pulled out before they have had a chance to compete. The show’s producers are now searching for a last-minute replacement.Laing said: “I’m absolutely devastated that I’m unable to continue in the competition. I was so excited to hit the dance floor. read more

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Commonwealth in support of Guyana on border controversy Greenidge

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland, QC and British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson were on Tuesday updated on the status of the Guyana/Venezuela border case which is presently before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) by Head of State, David Granger during bilateral discussions.President David Granger, Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl GreenidgeAccording to a Department of Public Information (DPI) release, the president along with his delegation comprising Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Audrey Waddell and Guyana’s High Commissioner to the UK, Frederick Hamley Case met with the officials on the sidelines of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) being hosted in London, United Kingdom.Providing an update following the meetings which were held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Greenidge said that Guyana expressed gratitude to the Commonwealth for articulating their position in support of the country as it relates to the border controversy on the international scene.“What is unfolding now, what the ICJ is likely to go in terms of the future steps,” he added.The work of the Commonwealth and new areas of focus, particularly the development of toolkits to assist in the implementation of key policies in member states, which is an initiative of Secretary-General Scotland also constituted the talks, Minister Greenidge revealed.Guyana’s Iwokrama Rainforest and environment protection initiatives were also explored. The bilateral engagement was described as fruitful as the President and Foreign Secretary Johnson committed to strengthening the cooperation between Guyana and the UK on all fronts.President David Granger engaged in bilateral talks with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, London.The Head of State discussed issues of common interest with the British Foreign Secretary and according to Minister Greenidge, “issues ranging from BREXIT to the challenges the UK faces to environmental issues and so forth, cooperation that is ongoing in terms of the security initiative and other areas,” were addressed.The Foreign Affairs Minister noted that these meetings follow previous engagements, including one held by UK Prime Minister Theresa May with Caribbean countries in relation to bilateral cooperation.Leaders at this year’s CHOGM are expected to consider a Commonwealth Blue Charter on ocean governance, a Commonwealth connectivity agenda for trade and investment, a declaration on cybercrime and Revised Commonwealth guidelines on election observation in member countries. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana deepening ties with Singapore, Netherlands, UKNovember 28, 2015In “Politics”Commonwealth set to ratify declaration in support of Guyana in controversy with VenezuelaNovember 17, 2015In “Politics”Guyana to advocate for border resolution – at UN General AssemblySeptember 14, 2016In “latest news” read more

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CARICOM congratulates new Cuban President

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresidents of Cuba, Chile to join CARICOM Heads at 39th meetingJuly 2, 2018In “latest news”CARICOM asks Sweden for help in tackling blacklisting issueAugust 22, 2017In “latest news”CARICOM and Argentina looking towards closer cooperationDecember 19, 2018In “Regional” Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has congratulated new President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Díaz Canel, on his assumption to office on April 19.CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocqueSecretary-General LaRocque said Mr Canel’s concurrent responsibilities as President of the Cuban Council of State and Council of Ministers attest to the confidence placed in his leadership abilities.He assured the new Cuban President of the “great value” CARICOM attaches to the “strong and meaningful relationship” it has forged with the Spanish speaking Caribbean country over the past 45 years.Cuba’s new president Miguel Diaz-Canel. (Photo: AFP)“I take this opportunity to express the Community’s deep appreciation to your country for its unfaltering assistance, and to affirm that the Caribbean Community looks forward to working with your administration in strengthening our relations and continuing our regular engagements at the political and technical levels during your tenure in office.“The Community extends its best wishes to you and your administration as you lead your People to new thresholds of development and wellbeing,” the CARICOM Secretary-General said. read more

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Enmore North Coop feud…More homes being invaded with documents issued by

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEnmore North residents accuses Co-op of land grabbing campaignJuly 13, 2018In “latest news”Enmore Co-op feud continues …villager “locked” into homeSeptember 17, 2018In “latest news”Gov’t to liquidate assets of defunct Cooperatives/Friendly SocietiesJuly 30, 2014In “Business” A section of the land where a foundation was laid to commence constructionSome 20 homes in the community of Enmore North on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) are on the verge of being taken away with the continued issuance of documents by the secretary of the North Haslington Cooperative Society. These lands were already occupied by persons who have been living there for more than 30 years in some cases.The issue is now at its peak, with many affected persons contemplating their next move, as the fear of losing their lands deepens. Many are also unaware of what their next decisions should be as they’ve done everything within their control.<<<>> was informed by Marcia Gordon that the Secretary of the North Haslington Cooperative Society, Mary Luke, was prohibited from distributing such documents since 2013. However, these actions have continued and the current problems stem from this.“Right now, we have about 20 lands that having the same issue. What we understand is that the co-op secretary wasn’t banned by the Georgetown co-op from giving out any transport but she still giving transport for other people land,” said Gordon.One of the persons affected in the past is Nadia Rambarran, told this publication that public awareness of the situation is her last resort, since several other efforts have gone in vain.“I go all over trying to get help and it’s the same thing we ending back to. When we go to the co-op, they say that the land is not transported land, its back lease.  They had stop Mary Luke from giving out transport to other people land and causing all the stress cause she giving people the authority to take over we land,” Rambarran explained.Meanwhile, Champawattie Samuel, who had a similar problem claimed that the persons who were issued transport for her Lot 158 Enmore North property have commenced preparations to construct a house on her land. She fears that if the structure is completed, she will have to surrender the land. The Police had to be involved on numerous occasions to resolve some of the complications with residents and their land.“We had a meeting and when I show Mary Luke the paper that she give me for $35,000, she grab it way. I had to go back to the station so that she could give me back my paper but she was saying that somebody get transport for me land. So after that, we couldn’t get access to the land. Now we see like a day after, somebody start to dig the foundation on the land. Then they come to my house asking if I can get my material out of the land. I didn’t,” Samuel related.She further relayed what happened afterwards, noting, “When I go to the Police, the officer says I should take pictures of what they doing every day. If they continue to build on the land and I just take pictures, what can I do? We going everywhere and doing everything and there is no solution out there. No help.”A few weeks ago, Rambarran’s house was invaded by some unknown persons with transport documents in their possession for the land which she has owned for years. Her belonging was tossed out of the house and left in the rain.With other persons being faced with the same dilemma, an intervention was sought by seeking assistance from former Attorney General Anil Nandalall who stated that it was unlawful for such actions to be taken by the Co-op Society.Ranks of the Cove and John Police Station were also advised to take immediate actions so as to ensure that Rambarran and her family could returned to their home. It was also promised that he would represent the residents in the High Court if the matter is not resolved. read more