I was surprised by my colleague Neil Paine’s analysis of Miguel Cabrera’s record-breaking new contract extension. I thought the Detroit Tigers would come out looking much worse.According to Neil’s estimate, which used projections from Baseball Prospectus’ PECOTA system, Cabrera’s market value for the next 10 years is roughly $275 million. That’s not as much as the $292 million that the Tigers will be paying him, but the difference is modest.Neil’s valuation assumed that teams are willing to pay about $6.5 million per additional win in the free-agent market, based on research from Dave Cameron and Lewie Pollis. These estimates come from comparing the salaries given to free agents against their expected on-field production. (Neil further assumed that the market price of a win will increase by 5 percent per year.)In other words, Cabrera isn’t that vastly overpaid as compared to recent free agents. If Mike Napoli is making $16 million per year, then Cabrera’s $29 million per year doesn’t look so bad.But Cabrera’s market value is not the same as Cabrera’s economic value to the Tigers. It could be that free agents as a group are vastly overpaid, relative to the revenue they bring to their teams.In the 2006 book “Baseball Between the Numbers,” I estimated the marginal value of a win to a baseball team, based on how responsive different categories of revenue (such as ticket sales and TV deals) are to a team’s quality. I estimated that an additional game won added only about $1.2 million to a team’s bottom line, after subtracting revenue-sharing payments. (This assumes that the value of a win is constant from team to team, which it isn’t, but we’ll leave that aside for now.)That estimate is now eight years old. Total gross revenue accruing to the 30 Major League Baseball clubs has increased since then; it was $7.1 billion in 2013, according to Forbes, as compared to $4.7 billion in 2005.If the marginal economic value of a win has increased proportionately, a win would now be worth about $1.8 million. That’s still far less than the $6.5 million that teams are willing to pay for a win. Are baseball owners being irrational?Perhaps, but their motivation to own a baseball team may not be based solely in profits and losses. They may just be having fun. (I can think of a lot of worse ways to splurge.)And they may know that if they choose to sell their teams, they can do so — probably at a significant profit. The market value of an MLB franchise has increased by more than 600 percent since 1990, according to valuations from Financial World and Forbes magazine (see Rodney Fort’s website for the data). By comparison, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose by about 450 percent between March 27, 1990, and March 27, 2014. (Framed in terms of compound annual growth rates, baseball teams have increased in value by 8.5 percent per year since 1990, as compared with 7.3 percent for the stock market.)Not only have baseball franchises outperformed the stock market, but the patterns in their growth rates have been quite different. The stock market rose dramatically in the 1990s, but has teetered back and forth since then. By contrast, the rise in MLB franchise values has been much steadier.What accounts for this?Here’s a theory. The average baseball franchise is now worth $817 million, according to Forbes. Loosely speaking, you need to be a billionaire to afford one. And there are a lot more billionaires than there used to be.Forbes estimates that there are 492 billionaires in the United States, as compared to 99 in 1990. The increase in the number of billionaires, like the increase in baseball franchise values, has been relatively steady. (The number of American billionaires fell after the financial crisis of 2007-09 but has risen to a new high since then.)In a sense, the Tigers may be betting less on Cabrera’s performance and more on economic and regulatory conditions. If the number of billionaires continues to rise, Tigers owner Mike Ilitch (worth $3.6 billion) should find plenty of buyers should he sell the team down the line. Cabrera’s presence might make the Tigers a more attractive purchase — or if not, the liability might be modest as compared with the Tigers’ resale price. But if the rise of the billionaire reverses, Cabrera’s contract might come to look like the peak of a bubble.
OSU sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker (17) and senior linebacker Chris Worley (35) combine on a sack againstr Michigan junior quarterback Wilton Speight (3) during their game on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 30-27. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorThe Ohio State Buckeyes were doomed for defeat against rival Michigan. Everybody could see it. Everyone could feel it throughout the stadium. The signs were present.Through much of the game, the OSU offense failed to string together consistent drives to put the Wolverine defense on its heels. Almost a replica to how the offense looked in its only loss of the season at Penn State, redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett was erratic with his throws and the running game was stopped for minimal gain against a ferocious Michigan defense.However, there were a couple signs of a possible OSU comeback, all of which began with the defense.In the second quarter, a theme was developing. The OSU offense was unable to move the ball past its own 35-yard line in the quarter and only accumulated two first downs. A booming 60-yard punt pinned Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight at his own 6-yard line.OSU blitzed junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan and sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker, but it was McMillan who got to Speight and forced an errant throw that landed in the hands of Malik Hooker. The redshirt sophomore safety returned it to the house for his third pick-six of the season, breaking a school record.In the third quarter, an unproductive offense became the story of the game. Barrett wasn’t connecting with receivers in the passing game and redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber and junior H-back Curtis Samuel were being stalled in the run game.Michigan led by 17-7 nearing the fourth quarter and it was clear that the defense needed to make a play to boost the offense or the Wolverines were going to roll to victory. Like it had so many times before, the defense stepped up.Baker intercepted a pass from Speight and returned it 22 yards to the Michigan 13. Two penalties later, OSU had the ball on the 4 where Barrett carried for three yards, then Weber punched it in to trim the deficit to three.“We just do our job. I got it in there, did what I can do,” Baker said. “Raekwon, (Chris) Worley, Joe (Burger), all those guys kept my head up.”Again in the fourth quarter, following senior kicker Tyler Durbin’s second missed field goal that would’ve tied the game, the Silver Bullets took the field needing to stop the Wolverines for the offense to have another chance to tie, or possibly win the game. A couple first downs likely would’ve put the nail in the coffin of OSU.Three plays later, the defense was off the field and the offense marched 77 yards to send the game to overtime.“Our defense kept hanging in there, hanging in there, and they provided sparks,” said OSU coach Urban Meyer. “And the offense kind of took over in the fourth quarter and overtime.”It was the third time in the biggest game of the year that the defense saved a lackluster offensive performance, and was one of several games that the defense gave the offense a chance for redemption. A walk-off sack against Wisconsin in overtime, an early pick-six in Norman, Oklahoma, a game-saving interception on a Michigan State two-point conversion and a game-clinching interception against the Spartans are all plays that have defined this 2016 defense as opportunistic. They are all plays that can bail out an offense. The two interceptions on Saturday were primary examples of something that has been a staple of co-defensive coordinators Greg Schiano’s and Luke Fickell’s defense.Michigan running back De’Veon Smith gained 158 yards and score two touchdowns in the previous game against Indiana. On Saturday, McMillan, Baker and the rest of the defense halted Smith to just 60 yards on 21 carries. The two linebackers combined for 31 tackles — 16 and 15, respectively.“At times we need (the offense) to help pick us up. At times, they need us to pick them up,” McMillan said. “We needed them toward the end and they needed us toward the beginning. The brotherhood at the beginning, they just keep us going.”
Former Ohio State receiver Santonio Holmes was traded to the New York Jets on Sunday, but won’t see time on the field in the first four games of the 2010 season because of a violation of the substance abuse policy set forth by the league, the NFL announced Monday.The Pittsburgh Steelers traded Holmes for a fifth-round draft pick. ESPN 1050 in New York first reported the trade late Sunday, and Jets owner Woody Johnson confirmed the trade Monday morning. The league has suspended Holmes without pay, but he will be eligible to take part in offseason training and preseason games.The trade will be officially announced after Holmes undergoes a physical in New York and meets with Jets officials. Holmes signed autographs at the Ohio Union last Tuesday.
Sophomore guard Ameryst Alston (14) takes a shot during a game against Michigan State Jan. 26 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 82-68.Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorIn a competitive year for the Big Ten conference, there is no room for a letdown.That is exactly what the Ohio State women’s basketball (13-10, 3-4) team look to avoid Thursday when it takes on a reeling Illinois (9-11, 2-5) squad that has lost six of its last eight games.Despite the poor record of Illinois, OSU coach Kevin McGuff said Illinois is a more than capable team.“Illinois is really talented. They have played really well at times,” McGuff said. “Quite frankly, I am a little surprised at their record because I know they are very well-coached and have some talent.”McGuff said he is worried about the threat coach Matt Bollant and the Illini can pose with their speed.“They are not big, but they are fast,” McGuff said. “Hopefully some of our size around the basket can bother them.”That size, of course, comes from 6-foot-5-inch Ashley Adams and 6-foot-2-inch Darryce Moore, the senior Buckeye centers who could be poised for a big game despite struggling in the team’s last game against Michigan State, with Moore scoring eight and Adams failing to score.“We have a pretty big team, as far as our post players,” sophomore guard Ameryst Alston said. “Our post players should have a field day.”Illinois leads the Big Ten in steals (225) and turnover margin per game (+6.05), something which Alston said the Buckeyes have to notice.“They do play this funky zone,” Alston said. “They do a good job of turning other teams over. Limiting our turnovers will be a difference in the game.”Figuring out the defense of Illinois has been the focus this week for the Buckeyes as Alston and junior guard Raven Ferguson were the first two into the locker room for film study, something Alston said is common.“We spend a lot of time with each other off the court,” Alston said with a grin. “We have so much chemistry and I think us being close off the court helps on the court.”Alston and Ferguson have led the Buckeyes for most of the season in the scoring column, but sophomore guard Cait Craft ended her scoring struggles Sunday against Michigan State with 12 points on 50 percent shooting from the field. It was Craft’s first game notching double digits in points since a victory over Purdue Jan. 2.“I struggled the last couple of games after our Big Ten opener,” Craft said. “With the constant support of my teammates and constant encouragement, it is easy to get back in the flow.”Craft is tied for third on the team with both Moore and senior forward Martina Ellerbe with an average of 8.8 points per game.The Buckeyes know the matchup with Illinois will not be easy, Craft said.“Their style is a lot different, but they are still a very good team,” Craft said. “Any given night, anybody can beat anybody.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Illini Thursday at the Schottenstein Center at 7 p.m.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer took to the Big Ten teleconference Tuesday afternoon to discuss an upcoming matchup with No. 7 Michigan State, as well as addressing an injury to junior cornerback Armani Reeves.Meyer had praise for the Michigan State offense and said he understands the pressure surrounding Saturday night’s game. Heading into East Lansing, Mich., the No. 13 Buckeyes are 7-1 and 4-0 in the Big Ten — which is the same record as the Spartans.Meyer said Michigan State hasn’t changed a lot since last season, but he noted the Spartans now have “one of the best offenses in the country.”More on Spartans’ offense: “They’ve gone from being a good offense to a great offense.”He said the biggest concern for the matchup is good players, of which he added Michigan State has an abundance.Meyer said the Buckeyes’ are doing things on offense now that are “much different” from what they were doing in August when redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett was new to the starting role.Meyer on Barrett: “He’s got the full capacity to run the entire offense.”He said he expects to have the same feelings of magnitude for the upcoming matchup with Michigan State that he did before last year’s Big Ten title game, which the Spartans won, 34-24.Meyer described OSU and Michigan State as “two sledgehammers” going head-to-head.He said there’s no room for role players in a no-huddle offense in reference to sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson’s need to keep improving and getting stronger.Meyer said he feels Michigan State redshirt-senior running back Jeremy Langford is “one of the top backs in the country and certainly one of the top backs in the Big Ten.”He said the Buckeyes haven’t had any issues with effort since his first season in Columbus two years ago.Meyer said Barrett has a “tremendous relationship” with co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman and added the two are close. “As a head coach you love to see that kind of relationship between a position coach and a player,” he said.Reeves UpdateMeyer said Reeves “wasn’t cleared to play last week,” and said he’s not sure of Reeves’ status for Michigan State.Meyer on Reeves: “He’s a great kid, he’s having trouble focusing and they’re not quite sure exactly.”He said the trainers haven’t said Reeves has a concussion. “To be honest with you, I’m not quite 100 percent sure what it is,” Meyer said.The Buckeyes and Michigan State are scheduled to face-off at 8 p.m.
Ohio State redshirt sophomore defender Jincy Dunne (33) attempts to stop a fast break in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAfter two weeks on the road facing consecutive Top 10 teams, the No. 4 Ohio State women’s hockey team returns home to face another tough test, this time in a matchup between Olympic goaltenders. The Buckeyes (7-3, 3-1 WCHA) take on St. Cloud State (4-6, 2-4 WCHA) in a conference showdown that pits former teammates against each other. Ohio State freshman goaltender Andrea Braendli and junior goaltender Janine Alder of St. Cloud State were both members of the Swiss National Team in the 2018 Winter Olympics. “We’re going to come across a very good goaltender and it’s going to be Swiss Olympic goalie versus Swiss Olympic goalie so that will be fun,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “St. Cloud is coming off a very big win against at that time the No. 5 Minnesota Duluth team, so we just really need to play as a unit of five in the offensive zone and I think great things will happen.” The Huskies have momentum on their side, coming off a ranked win against now-No. 7 Minnesota Duluth, but the Buckeyes are fresh off a ranked win of their own, a 6-1 victory against No. 10 St. Lawrence. If Ohio State wants to build off that momentum, it will have to be more disciplined on the ice. Over two games, Ohio State had thirteen total penalties, two of which were converted into power play goals by the Saints, which led to its loss on Friday. “I think we just need to learn to be more disciplined with our sticks,” redshirt junior Jincy Dunne said. “It’s one thing to be aggressive with your body but we have to clear up our stick play as well and play an aggressive smart style.”Defense should not be the issue with Ohio State. Braendli is coming off a 42-save game and is continuing on an impressive rookie campaign. The Buckeyes currently rank No. 3 in the NCAA in team saves with 298. Defense is also not the issue for St. Cloud State, as the Huskies are No. 2 in the nation with 358 saves. Ohio State can look to several players to contribute on the offensive front. Senior forward Charly Dahlquist was named WCHA forward of the week for her performance against St. Lawrence, where she scored two goals and had two assists. “Charly has been the backbone to the majority of our success offensively,” Muzerall said. “She does all the dirty areas, she’s the five-footer in front of the net, in the corners and she’s going to set up the play. She may not get the assist, but she’s going to do the legwork, the blue-collar stuff behind the scenes that’s going to create a turnover and create an offensive opportunity. Charly is very underrated, and I am glad she got the recognition she is so deserving of.” The Buckeyes play two home games this weekend against St. Cloud State at OSU Ice Rink at 6 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Footage showed Pc Walker stick out her elbow and step into the victim, sending the woman stumbling into a 180-degree spin, with her shoe flying off in one direction, and a pack of meat she was holding, in the other.Afterwards the victim, in her 50s, spoke to a store manager who confirmed the incident had been caught on CCTV and an investigation was launched resulting in the disciplinary action.Pc Walker and the victim had only briefly met once before, more than a year prior to the incident, when there had been no trouble.For her part, Pc Walker claimed she only went to say hello, and put her elbow out in what she described as a “friendly” greeting.Giving her version of events, Pc Walker said: “I would say it was perhaps ill-timed and somewhat clumsy but due to the confined space and my basket, it just comes over as awkward and a little clumsy.”But presenting the case against 40-year-old Pc Walker, Matthew Holdcroft said the officer had employed a “direct, violent elbow strike” on her victim. During a two-day hearing, panel members were told of a long-standing and bitter family feud in the run-up to the in-store incident.Pc Walker’s mother had been previously married to the man who had gone on to wed the victim, leaving a history of bad feeling.By coincidence, that victim and her husband were chanced upon by Pc Walker in the aisles of the Asda store in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, at about 7.20pm on June 24, 2014.In shocking footage shown to the panel during the two-day hearing in Birmingham, Pc Walker could be seen approaching the couple swinging an empty shopping basket as she closed in.Giving her account of what happened next, the victim, who cannot be named, said she initially did not recognise Pc Walker.She said: “I was in Asda looking into the chiller for meat and Beth had just come up.”I said ‘oh sorry luv, do you want to have a look’?”And she said ‘don’t luv me’.”She barged me and then said ‘that was a long time coming’.”She said ‘it’s not over yet’.” The incident took place in an Asda storeCredit:Sean Dempsey /PA I would say it was perhaps ill-timed and somewhat clumsyBeth Walker A police officer has been sacked after she was caught on supermarket CCTV attacking her mother’s love rival in the chiller aisle.Off-duty police constable Beth Walker, a serving officer with West Midlands Police, struck out with an elbow with such force that her victim was “knocked flying” near the reduced meat section.Harry Ireland, professional misconduct panel chairman, said Pc Walker had carried out a “gratuitous, violent act” on a member of the public.After finding the officer guilty of gross misconduct on Thursday, the panel also found her apology to the victim was “too little too late”. 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. Examining the constable’s evidence in front of the panel, he asked the officer of 13 years: “This is your last chance to say this was a moment of madness, stupidity, and should never have happened.”Do you understand that? Your career is on the line, yes?”Pc Walker denied she had maliciously hit out at the victim and replied that the elbow was “an acknowledgement of somebody’s presence”.Concluding his case, Mr Holdcroft said: “What that video shows is a direct, violent elbow strike to a member of the public and it was motivated by your recognition of the couple.”The reason we see no attempt to apologise or assist her, is you knew exactly what you were doing and it had exactly the effect you intended didn’t it?”He added that “considerably bigger” and “stronger” Ms Walker struck the victim with such force it sent one of her shoes flying off in one direction and a packet of meat she was holding in the other.Mr Holdcroft said: “You must have realised at that point she was being knocked flying by you, mustn’t you?”Pc Walker replied: “I was aware I’d made contact,” adding “it’s just a mannerism I use”.Barrister Kevin Baumber representing Pc Walker said the incident “was a supermarket tiff”, and “more a storm in a teacup than an attack on an innocent member of the public”.Pc Walker, who had worked in the response and neighbourhood policing teams in Birmingham city centre, was dismissed with immediate effect.
Zoe Morgan, 21Credit: South Wales Police A killer who stabbed his ex-girlfriend and her new partner to death outside the shop where they worked has been jailed for at least 23 years.Andrew Saunders, 21, ambushed Matalan employees Zoe Morgan, 21, and Lee Simmons, 33, as they arrived for work at the fashion chain’s store in Queen Street, Cardiff on September 28.He bought knives and latex gloves in the days leading up to the double murder and used Google to search for topics including “the easiest way to kill a person” and “how long do murderers serve in prison”. “The effect on each family has been devastating.”Saunders admitted both murders at a hearing in December 2016. The court heard Miss Morgan and Saunders were in a relationship between June 2014 until July 2015. By the June of that year they got back together but neither told their families.In 2016, when Saunders was studying accountancy at college and Miss Morgan was working at Matalan, she met Mr Simmons.They began dating in July 2016 and Miss Morgan told Saunders their relationship was not working, the court heardWhen Miss Morgan told Saunders their relationship was over, he accused her of cheating and said: “I will kill whoever it is.”He began searching for revenge online and, days later, sent Miss Morgan a photograph of the back of her house.The aspiring sportsman told Miss Morgan that he had threatened to kill Mr Simmons on Facebook and “smash his head in”.Mrs Justice Davies said: “Your mother describes you as having struggled to come to terms with the breakup of your relationship with Zoe.”Following the split in July 2015 she states that you have been in and out of depression, although you never sought medical attention.”She described how when you were down or depressed you would stay awake all night and she would hear you.”At a weekend in mid-September 2016, she spoke to you at 2am in the morning. Your were upset about Zoe. You spoke to her about ending your life because you felt you had nothing to live for.”Mrs Justice Davies said Saunders began plotting the murders at around this time on September 17 when he began Googling a number of subjects including ‘the easiest way to kill a person’.The court heard on September 20, Saunders went to Morrisons in Cardiff and bought two knives that were the same make and type as used in the attack. He also bought latex gloves.Justice Davies said: “Zoe was on holiday, your phone records flight arrival times and notes on the licence plate of a car parked in Queen Street.”The latter were efforts by you to identify Lee Simmons’s car. The next day you used a search engine to find out how to blow up a car without getting caught.”Saunders was spotted walking up and down Queen Street in the early hours of the morning on September 25 and 27. He bought an air rifle and 500 pellets on September 27.Justice Davies said he “must have known” that Miss Morgan started her shift at Matalan by 6am.She said: “In the early hours of September 28 you searched YouTube for ‘motivation for killing’ and ‘motivation for revenge’.”Before you left home you wrote letters… all of which demonstrate an intention to take your own life.”In one of the letters Saunders wrote: “I have struggled with life for a while now and I could not deal with it any longer, sorry.”He also wrote: “I think Isis is the good guys most of the time and that is just messed up. No-one will forget me.”Saunders left his family home at 4.41am and at 5.30am was seen near phone boxes near Matalan. Fifteen minutes later he headed towards the store.Miss Morgan was waiting outside the shop with Mr Simmons, who was not working that day but had accompanied her to work.Justice Davies said: “From out of nowhere you appeared and began the savage attack on Lee Simmons.”Saunders took an eight-inch knife from his rucksack stabbed Mr Simmons with it before using the larger 10-inch knife when the smaller one appeared to break.When Miss Morgan tried to pull him off Mr Simmons, Saunders told her to get off and warned her: “I’m coming for you next”.He chased his ex-girlfriend and attacked her with a second knife, then left the scene.Both Miss Morgan and Mr Simmons had suffered eight stab wounds and died a short time later.Justice Davies said in total they suffered 32 and 14 injuries each, respectively. Saunders was arrested at his family home near Newport after 6.30am. He later pleaded guilty to two charges of murder.After Saunders was taken down to the cells in custody, Justice Davies said: “To the families of Lee Simmons and Zoe Morgan I know that for each of you life will never be the same again.”The rawness of your grief and the intensity of your loss may ease but without warning those feelings may return.”To each of you I offer my deepest condolences and my thanks for the courage and dignity you have shown during what must have been very difficult proceedings.”In victim impact statements read to the court, the families of Miss Morgan and Mr Simmons paid tribute to them.Miss Morgan’s mother, Julie, described her as “beautiful, bright, fun and hard-working”.”I think about her constantly and how she must have suffered at the hands of Andrew Saunders,” Mrs Morgan said.”Andrew Saunders has not only taken Zoe from us, but he has destroyed all of our lives.”Alfred Simmons said his son was well-respected and loved by many, “most of all by Zoe in the end”.”I had only one child and I cannot bring back what is gone,” he said.”I have my son’s ashes at home ready to be buried with me when the time comes.”After the hearing Kelly Huggins, from the CPS, described the murders as “brutal, unprovoked and premeditated”.She said: “Saunders attended the location well before Zoe Morgan and Lee Simmons arrived for work that day and ambushed them. As he brutally attacked them he also showed no concern for members of the public who were subjected to a frightening scene of violence.”In a statement released following the sentencing, Miss Morgan’s family said the whole family had a “life sentence” from her murder.”We are all totally broken-hearted and will miss our beautiful, intelligent girl for the rest of our lives,” they said.”We have had a life sentence put on us by the horrible individual.”Zoe and her partner Lee could have had a bright and happy future together and will miss out on so much.”What right did Andrew Saunders have to take this away from us?”I hope that every day Saunders is thinking about what he has done to us and what he has done to our beautiful daughter.”The family of Mr Simmons said no sentence or punishment “will ever compensate for the loss of Lee’s life”.”The whole family has been left devastated by this horrific and unprovoked crime – we have been deeply shocked by the brutality of it,” they said.”Lee had met the love of his life in Zoe, he could not have been happier.”He was the most gentle and caring young man who gave his all to everybody, you could not have wished to meet a more kind and thoughtful person.”The family said the lives of those who witnessed the attack would never be the same again.”The nightmare will live with us all forever,” they added.”It is beyond our understanding as to why Andrew Saunders carried out such an evil, calculated act.”Detective Inspector Mark O’Shea, of South Wales Police, said: “Andrew Saunders has rightly been sentenced today to a lengthy term of imprisonment for his brutal and callous murders.”He is a cold, calculating killer who planned this crime over a number of weeks.”He brutally killed those two wonderful young people out of an immature jealousy that cannot be explained or understood by any right-thinking person.”He has offered no mitigation and displayed no remorse. He is a truly despicable man.”He deserves to spend the majority of his life in prison where he will hopefully have time to reflect on the gravity of his offences.” Zoe Morgan and Lee Simmons worked together at MatalanCredit: FACEBOOK 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. His final web searches were “how to slice a neck” and “how to smoke a cigar”.Saunders used two knives to murder Mr Simmons and Miss Morgan, inflicting eight stab wounds on each of the victims.Mrs Justice Nicola Davies jailed Saunders, of no fixed address, for life and ordered him to serve a minimum of 23 years and four months in prison.The judge told the hotel receptionist: “In a sustained and brutal attack you ended these lives.”You took away the futures of Lee Simmons and Zoe Morgan.”You robbed the families of Lee Simmons and Zoe Morgan of a much loved son and a much loved daughter.
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. Speaking on stage after the screening, the Duke – who admitted to feeling emotional after watching the programme – said he believed the nation is “on the cusp of something big” when it comes to changing attitudes about mental health.He added: “I have my own reasons for being involved in mental health, what happened to me with my mother when I was younger.”The Duke has also appeared in a video with pop star Lady Gaga, talking to her about mental health issues and declaring: “It’s time that everyone speaks up.” Princess Diana with her sons Prince Harry and Prince William The Duke’s younger brother, Prince Harry, has been universally praised after speaking honestly and in depth about his past for the first time.Earlier this week, he told the Telegraph he had sought counselling after spending 20 years burying his head in the sand over his mother’s death and enduring two years of “total chaos”.Attending a screening at the BBC, the Duke told an audience: “The more we have influential and very important people speaking about their issues and their battles, the better.” He, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge will each appear in Mind Over Marathon, a documentary about ten “unlikely runners” with different mental health issues training for the London Marathon.Each of the young Royals spent time with the runners, asking about their training and how it had helped their mental health.One participant, 39-year-old Rhian Burke, asked the Duke’s advice on how to help her two children cope with the death of their father and one-year-old brother, who both died within five days in 2012. “I don’t know how you find the time!” said the Duchess. “You’re the heroes really because you’re standing up there very bravely telling your stories. We hope to shine a light on people like you, because I think that’s what the public need to hear.” The Duke of Cambridge has told how he still feels the shock of his mother’s death even 20 years later, as he follows Prince Harry’s lead by pledging: “It’s time that everyone speaks up.”The Duke, who was 15 when Diana, Princess of Wales, died, said the loss of a parent was “such an unbelievably big moment” that it “never leaves you”, adding: “You never get over it.”Speaking in a new BBC documentary about mental health issues and the London Marathon, he said: “People go ‘shock can’t last that long’ but it does.” Diana, Princess of Wales, with Prince William Diana, Princess of Wales, with Prince Harry and Prince William in 1993 The Duchess spent time with Shereece Foster, 24, who told her she found it difficult to train while looking after her two small children. “It’s explaining to them what those emotions mean, why they feel like they do. Once you start rationalising a little bit and and you understand ok, so I’m really angry or really down or really upset about something, then you can kind of relativise it and sort of deal with it.”Like you said, the shock is the biggest thing.”I still feel, 20 years later about my mother, I still have shock within me. You know, 20 years later. People go ‘shock can’t last that long’ but it does. The Duke replied: “They’ll be absolutely fine. With a mum like you they’ll be absolutely fine.“Because you’re aware of all this, you’re already a step ahead of what could happen. You try and understand your emotions a lot more than probably someone who’s just lived life without any issues, and that’s quite critical. She said: “Can I ask you one question? When your mum passed away, you were obviously a bit older than my children but I obviously worry about them growing up. They’ll be ok, won’t they?” The Duke & Duchess Of Cambridge And Prince Harry are to represent Heads Together at the London Marathon Prince William with his parents, on tour in Australia in 1983 “You never get over it. It’s such an unbelievably big moment in your life that it never leaves you, you just learn to deal with it.”The most important thing, he added, was Mrs Burke being there to provide a “blanket of stability and understanding” for her two children.The Duke said of his mental health now: “I’m very lucky, I’ve got a good support network around me. For those who don’t have that network, that’s where the first cracks start to appear.” Duke of Cambridge poses with runners from BBC documentary ‘Mind over Marathon’ The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will all be attending the London Marathon, representing Heads Together, to cheer the runners on.The first part of the programme, Mind over Marathon, will be broadcast at 9pm on BBC One on Thursday
The photos highlight the ferocity of the out-of-control blaze and the challenges firefighters faced trying to save residents trapped in the building. A family’s burnt out possessions are left scattered across the floor, while a flame can still be seen burning in the corner of one photo. The tragic images show a blackened kitchen interior that was completely destroyed in the inferno which engulfed the 24-storey tower.Household appliances warped and twisted out of shape as a result of the blaze can be seen along the wall of the room inside the gutted tower. London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said firefighters at the scene “were in fear of their own lives” as they went into the building.She said the firefighters had been particularly affected by the desperation of one family who threw a baby from a window in a bid to save it. “They are heroic men and women who just get on with the job and don’t complain, but at the end of the day, they’re human and will be affected by what they see.”The priority today is to make sure that everything possible is done to take care of their mental wellbeing after such a horrific disaster. All firefighters need to know that it is okay to say I’m not okay.” Firefighters inside the tower block Credit:Declan Wilkes Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the fire amid calls for corporate manslaughter charges to be brought following the disaster.More than £1 million has been raised to help those affected by the blaze, while volunteers and charities helped feed and shelter people who could not return to their homes overnight.Meanwhile, this firefighter’s poignant helmet photo has struck a chord online. Inside the gutted tower Credit:Declan Wilkes Inside Grenfell TowerCredit:Declan Wilkes 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 Fire Brigades Union (FBU) national officer Sean Starbuck said: “The absolutely devastating scenes that firefighters witnessed at Grenfell will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Harrowing first images from inside the devastating tower block disaster in west London have been released.They show the charred inside of a flat inside Grenfell Tower in Kensington where at least 17 people died, however the death toll could rise above 100, with whole families still unaccounted for. The burning tower block Credit:AFP Chilling first shots from inside a gutted #GrenfellTower #london @standardnews @BBCLondonNews pic.twitter.com/0pDQVq50nw— Declan Wilkes (@Dodecahedron_) June 15, 2017
“As a result, further advice and guidelines have been issued to team doctors and support staff – standard procedure for such an occurrence where a number of teams are occupying championship accommodation.”It was not immediately clear if Makwala, who pulled out of the 200m heats earlier on Monday, was staying at the hotel in question but he said on his Facebook page that other athletes in his accommodation had been ill.”According to IAAF medics I am apparently suffering from food poisoning which has affected several other athletes in the athletes’ hotel,” he wrote on his Facebook page.”Lets hope they will allow me to run my final tomorrow.” As he missed the heats on medical advice, however, he would be able to run, if fit.Ireland’s 400m hurdler Thomas Barr was also forced out of his semi-finals on Monday.”I wasn’t feeling great yesterday evening and later in the night I was hit with a bad bout of gastroenteritis,” Barr said in an Athletics Ireland statement.”My whole year has been focused on the World Championships … and I’m gutted to have to withdraw.” Botswana’s Isaac Makwala after the semi-finals of the men’s 400mCredit:JEWEL SAMAD/AFP Makwala, among the favorites for the 400m, would normally be scratched from the final after pulling out of another event. A number of athletes at the World Championships have been laid low by stomach upsets with Botswana’s Isaac Makwala saying on Monday he was forced to withdraw from the 200m heats because of food poisoning.London 2017 organisers released a statement late on Monday saying that a number of teams had reported cases of gastroenteritis at their official hotel.”Those affected have been supported by both team and LOC medical staff, in addition we have been working with Public Health England to ensure the situation is managed and contained,” the organising committee said in a statement. 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.
Christie Mclean volunteered Wallace as a substitute competitorCredit:SWNS.com Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Since their plight became known, hundreds of people have backed Christie and Wallace’s bid to register with British Dressage. One supporter is Anne-Marie Underwood from Hampshire, who rides her Shire horse, Lady, in dressage competitions. She said: “As someone who would often get funny looks taking a Shire into the dressage arena (but usually nothing but admiration and surprise when they saw her move) I say, ‘Shame on you British Dressage’.”I would love to see the mule beat a nice expensive dressage horse,” she added. “Let the mule compete.”Christie said that the fear of being beaten by a mule may lie at the heart of her rebuffal by British Dressage. “Nobody wants to be beaten by a mule,” she said. “I am really disappointed. I don’t want to be a threat to anybody. I just want him to have a chance that any other equine would have.” Wallace was abandoned in Ireland, where he was fed daily by local people in a bus shelter. Then rescued by the Donkey Sanctuary, he came to England where he started his dressage career. Christie is part of a dressage competition team, and because some horses in the team had gone lame, she volunteered Wallace as a substitute competitor. With three competitions left to go in the season, her team were hoping that Wallace’s contribution could help them to qualify for a championship. “It didn’t cross my mind that we wouldn’t be able to take part,” said Christie. But it was not to be, as British Dressage – the national body that oversees dancing horses – turned Wallace down because he’s a mule.”I think it’s time for the rules to be changed,” said Christie. “I don’t think that British Dressage would be bombarded by requests for mules to do British Dressage. I only know of a couple more around the country who’ve been turned down. “British Dressage pride themselves on saying that this is a social sport that anyone can join in,” she added. “But we can’t. We are not asking for zebras to compete – it would just be one or two mules across the UK.” I would love to see the mule beat a nice expensive dressage horse. Let the mule competeAnne-Marie Underwood Mule Wallace the Great (right) with his rider Christie Mclean and horse ColemanCredit:SWNS.com The Donkey Sanctuary, who own Wallace said: “The common misconception that mules are stubborn isn’t true. They are intelligent and very trainable. They can do anything that a horse or donkey can do, and in some cases do them better.”Mules can be used for riding events such as dressage, show jumping, endurance and Western riding.”Mules may be known for their stubbornness, but currently British Dressage that is refusing to budge. A British Dressage spokesman said: “We don’t have anything against mules or donkeys, but our rule book is quite specific. It refers to horses and ponies. “It could be time to change the rules. Wallace may be the one to do just that. It’s not beyond the realms of possibility. But currently, sorry Wallace, beautiful and lovely as you are, it’s a no.” A talented mule has been blocked from competing in high level British dressage competitions, amid outrage from horse riders.Christie Mclean, 30, from Stroud, Gloucestershire, had hoped to ride Wallace The Great, an 11-year-old rescue mule, in competitions with her dressage team. But he has been barred by British Dressage because high level competitions are only open to horses and ponies – a rule branded “equine racism” by Christie. Wallace, who only took up dressage at a low level last month, has been doing well in local competitions, placing third in his last attempt. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––Like horses and ponies he has to perform circles, loops, semi-circles and straight lines in both walk and trot. “He enjoys his dressage,” said Christie, “He’s a happy little chap.”
I thought if I just stood still it wouldn’t bite me, but it bit me on the arm. They got the dog off, but it came back and got me by the legIrene Collins, who died four days after being bitten A pensioner died after she was bitten in her home by a police dog that had been searching her garden for a suspected drug dealer, an inquest heard.Irene Collins, who had lung cancer and suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, was bitten on two separate occasions by the dog, jurors were told.The 73-year-old screamed “why has this happened to me” as the dog, called Dano, returned to bite her for a second time after it had already been dragged off her by a handler, the hearing was told.Mrs Collins died four days after she was bitten on the arm and leg by the dog in her kitchen. A Home Office pathologist initially reported she would not have died, despite her medical problems, had she not been bitten.A jury at the inquest at Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard how her son Eric arrived at her home in Park End, Middlesbrough, afterwards and told a police officer the incident “would finish her off”.Pc Mark Baines had been called in with Dano to help find the suspect after a car with heroin and cash worth £100,000 had been stopped and a man escaped.Armed officer Sergeant Neil Yates had spoken to Mrs Collins earlier to explain the need for the search on the warm evening in July 2014, and gained her permission. But he agreed she would not have been aware a dog would be involved. Pc Jobling said the dog disappeared from his view and then he heard banging. He told jurors: “Over the radio, Pc Baines says something similar to ‘the householder has been bitten’.”The inquest continues. When he went inside, he saw Mrs Collins on the floor, bleeding from the head, with Dano biting her forearm and Pc Baines shouting for it to “leave”, and grabbing its collar.He managed to get the dog away into the hallway and, as Sgt Yates went to treat her, Pc Baines shouted at him to close the door.But there was only an archway linking the hall and kitchen and the dog had got free to attack her again, biting her on the leg and attached itself.Sgt Yates was asked what he thought at that moment and replied: “Frankly, ‘how the hell is this back in here’?”He said Mrs Collins was “screaming, upset, crying, saying ‘why has this happened to me?”‘ He said Pc Baines grabbed the dog by its collar and managed to get the dog off for a second time.Matthew Donkin, for the family, asked if Sgt Yates, who was carrying a pistol, ever considered shooting the dog.He replied: “I considered everything, but that was not an option that was anywhere near viable. I was confident he would get the dog off in a reasonable time.”First aid was given, an ambulance was called and Mrs Collins was taken to the James Cook University Hospital, where she died four days later. 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 dog had carried out a sweep of the garden, with Pc Baines following in an arc, when it somehow got in her house, the inquest was told. Sgt Yates was outside the house when he heard over the radio that the dog had bitten the householder. Mrs Collins told an investigating officer the dog knocked her over and she suffered a broken arm. Retired detective inspector Anthony Rock, formerly of professional standards, spoke to her in hospital.Jurors were told that she told him she was in the kitchen when the dog came and she said: “I thought if I just stood still it wouldn’t bite me, but it bit me on the arm. They got the dog off, but it came back and got me by the leg.”Mr Donkin asked him: “Didn’t Irene Collins also say that the dog was completely out of control?” The retired detective replied: “I cannot recall that.”The coroner said the inquest will consider, among other topics, how the dog got into Mrs Collins’ home, its training and previous behaviour.Pc Andrew Jobling, who was a plain clothes officer at the time, said a nearby householder had disturbed a male suspect who jumped over a fence.The officer climbed onto a shed roof to get a better view and stayed there when the dog handler was brought in. He said Pc Baines shouted a warning that he was going to release the dog, then followed Dano in an arc as it searched the garden.
Women who experience a “false positive” result after a mammogram are twice as likely to end up developing cancer as those who get a negative result, research suggests.Every year, thousands of women are given the “all-clear” after being told that apparent abnormalities are not malignant.But research on more than 1 million women suggests that such cases – normally defined as “false positives” – could actually be a clue to later disease.The study, led by Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute in Barcelona, tracked cases who underwent screening in Denmark, Norway and Spain, between 1991 and 2010.During the time 1.15 million women underwent 3.5 million mammograms, resulting in 10,600 cancers being detected. A further 5,700 cancers were detected in between screening. The research found that women with a “false positive” result – abnormalities, which were then found not to be malignant – had twice the chance of those with negative results to end up developing breast cancer.Such women remained at a higher risk for 12 years after receiving a false positive result, the study found.Scientists said the findings, published in the British Journal of Cancer, suggest that patients should be given “personalised” screening strategies based on their individual risk – with more frequent mammograms for those who experienced a “false positive”.In cases where women had two false positives, the risk was four times that of those with a negative result.Experts said other studies suggest that as many as three in four women told their result was a false positive were wrongly classified in the first place, and should not have been given the all-clear.In other cases, mammographic abnormalities could be a risk marker indicating a higher chance of later disease, scientists said.Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Now, said: “These could be really important findings. Further investigation is needed, but this study suggests that a ‘false positive’ result may be able to act as a marker for women who could benefit from more frequent screening.“Crucially, we’d urge women who have received a false positive not to worry unnecessarily about their risk of developingbreast cancer – but simply to attend screening when invited, check their breasts regularly and report any unusual changes to their GP.”She said it was important to note that the link did not show that false positives caused a higher risk of breast cancer, but could signal other factors which increase the chance of disease.“There could be a number of factors involved – for example, screening abnormalities could come as a result of women having a higher breast density, which is known to increase breast cancer risk,” she said .“Our risk of breast cancer can depend on a combination of our genes, family history, lifestyle, reproductive history andbreast density. While there is much more research to be done, we are hopeful that tailoring screening to a woman’s individual risk could one day help detect more cases earlier, while enabling those at particularly low risk to avoid unnecessary screening,” she added.Georgina Hill, from Cancer Research UK, said: “While this large study showed that women given a false positive breast screening result were more likely to go on to develop breast cancer, the reasons behind this are unclear. It may be that women are more likely to notice breast changes after a false positive result, or there is something about these women’s breasts that makes their mammograms harder to read and puts them at an increased risk. But it’s important to remember that most women who are given a false positive result do not go on to develop breast cancer.” 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 website subsequently removed the products.Dr Dohne said the problem is compounded by the fact that many now take vaccines for granted.“The success of vaccines has meant that certain diseases have become so rare that some people have started to believe that veterinarians – and doctors – are over- or unnecessarily vaccinating,” he said.“There is a lack of understanding that without continued vigilance and vaccination, these diseases will re-emerge.”Protect yourself and your family by learning more about Global Health Security Andrew Wakefield’s fraudulent research linked vaccines to autism – he was subsequently struck offCredit:Paul Grover A population needs around 70 per cent vaccination take-up for herd immunity to take effect, whereby viruses are unlikely to spread and threaten unvaccinated animals.Writing in The Telegraph, FECAVA president Wolfgang Dohne said: “A growing minority of pet owners are suspicious of vaccination in general, and this is similar to the anti-vaccination movement we have seen among parents.“Pet owners now have a wealth of online resources at their fingertips to discover more about animal health issues and treatments, but much of this can be misleading and is not based on scientific evidence or research.”Parvovirus, which attacks puppies’ stomachs rendering them incapable of absorbing nutrients, is of particular concern to British vets. An outbreak last year saw 12 cases reported within 48 hours in Lincolnshire, with owners paying up to £4,000 trying to keep their dogs alive.Low pet vaccination rates also pose a risk to humans in the form of zoonotic diseases – those that can be passed from animal to human – such as leptospirosis and rabies.Meanwhile anti-vax sentiments among owners is building on an increasing fashion for alternative remedies for pets.Last year The Sunday Telegraph revealed Amazon was hosting adverts for “homeopathic nosodes”, made from the flesh of dead animals, which claimed to provide immunity from fatal conditions and were explicitly aimed at the anti-vax market. The rate for cats is worse: approximately 35 per cent are now unvaccinated, compared to 70 per cent eight years ago. Household pets face devastating outbreaks of disease because “anti-vax” scares have pushed vaccination rates dangerously low, a leading veterinary body has warned.The Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA) says the UK dog and cat populations are losing their “herd immunity” thanks to conspiracies progated online, in turn threatening owners.Vaccine scepticism is a growing threat to human medicine, with unfounded fears – for example that of links between jabs and autism – gaining traction since Andrew Wakefield published fraudulent research in the Lancet in 1998.The theories are endorsed by a number of celebrities, including Robert de Niro and Jim Carrey, and the World Health Organisation ranks “vaccine hesitancy” among its top 10 threats to global health.FECAVA now believes that the anti-vax movement, fuelled by social media, is pushing pet vaccination rates below the threshold at which small outbreaks of deadly conditions such as Parvovirus and canine typhoid fever can be naturally contained.The body cites figures from the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, indicating that 25 per cent of dogs – roughly 2.2 million – no longer receive a primary course of vaccinations, a rise from 20 per cent in 2011. 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.
What are the Royal baby name odds?These odds from William Hill were last updated on May 8, 2019.Spencer 4/1James 5/1Alexander 5/1Arthur 6/1Philip 6/1Albert 8/1Theodore 12/1Gregory 14/1Oliver 16/1Grey 20/1 The Royal Courts of Justice in LondonCredit:Julian Elliott Photography/Photolibrary RM The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their first childCredit:Dominic Lipinksi/PA In 2015, he disclosed he had once felt so disillusioned he “wanted out”, considering giving up his title before conceding he could use it for good.Being in the Army as Captain Wales or simply “Harry”, he has said, was the “best escape I’ve ever had”.He has since appeared to embrace the benefits of his royal platform, using his position to further an array of charitable causes on the world stage.The Sussexes’ decision also reflects the choice made by Prince Harry’s aunt, the Princess Royal, whose children were known from birth as Peter and Zara Phillips. Zara, now Mrs Tindall, has embraced the freedom, which has required her and her brother to forge their own professional paths and enabled her to earn a living via sponsorship as a sportswoman. “I’ve been very lucky,” she has said in an interview. “My parents didn’t give us titles so we’ve been able to have a slightly more normal upbringing.“As soon as you’ve got a title, it’s difficult to shed it. My brother and I have been very lucky like that, being able to find our own way.” 2:30PMMeghan opts for white again, but messaging couldn’t be more different Some 2,803 baby boys were named Archie in England and Wales in 2017.In Scotland, Archie was the 17th most popular name for boys in 2018, according to the National Records of Scotland. The couple were greeted by train manager Christian Schulz before making their way through the biggest railway station in Europe.The prince and the duchess are due to explore the city’s cultural heritage through visits to churches and the city hall. Princess Charlotte stands next to Savannah Phillips and Prince George at Trooping The Colour 2018Credit:Karwai Tang/WireImage Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge depart the Lindo Wing with their newborn daughter Princess Charlotte on May 2, 2015 Credit:Chris Jackson/Getty There are a handful of pictures of Prince William showing his brother the ropes – something he continues to do today. A young Meghan also features, including pictures of her mother Doria Ragland doting on her as a baby. Crowds are still gathered in Windsor, waiting patiently for a flicker of movement coming from Frogmore Cottage. What’s in a name? Royal Correspondent Hannah Furness analyses the royal baby’s name – Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Read her piece here. 5:48PMHow popular is Archie? During a walkabout in Leipzig city centre, the Duchess of Cornwall was shown a photograph of her new grandchild for the first time.Looking at the photograph on a mobile phone, Camilla smiled and said: “Thank you for showing this to me”. In slightly offbeat royal baby news, The Duke of Sussex has reached a settlement with a news agency which took pictures of his Cotswolds home from a helicopter, the High Court has heard.Lawyers for the Duke told a judge in London on Wednesday that there had been a “settlement of privacy and data protection complaints” made against Splash News and Picture Agency over photographs which showed “the living area, dining area and bedroom” of the property.The court heard that the photographs “very seriously undermined the safety and security of the Duke” and his wife Meghan, who “felt they were no longer able to live at the property”.His barrister Ian Helme said the Duke was applying for permission to have a statement announcing the terms of the settlement read in open court. Allerton was the couple’s private wedding party photographer, and took the picture of the newlyweds watching fireworks in the grounds of Frogmore House at their evening reception.The black and white image was used for their 2018 Christmas card. 2:47PMRoyal couple share their photographs on Instagram As the excitement builds here in Britain, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have arrived in Leipzig for the second day of engagements in their tour of Germany.Charles and Camilla alighted a train at Leipzig Hauptbahnhof station on Wednesday in front of many onlooking commuters. 3:32PMCamilla given giant German teddy bear for Baby Sussex 11:55AMPrince Charles and Camilla arrive in Leipzig Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall is presented with a teddy bear from a well wisher as she arrives at St. Thomas Church on May 8, 2019 in LeipzigCredit:Omer Messinger/Getty Meghan added: “Thank you everybody for all the well wishes and kindness, it just means so much.”They will now head to introduce their “bundle of joy” to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Harry added: “Another great grandchild.” In a statement posted on Instagram, the couple said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child:Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor”This afternoon Their Royal Highnesses introduced Her Majesty The Queen to her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle. The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess’ mother were also present for this special occasion.” Harry and Meghan are expected to take their baby to meet the Queen at Windsor Castle.The Sussexes are also due to give the world its first glimpse of their two-day-old son in a photocall.A beaming Queen Elizabeth II was pictured at the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Wednesday morning (scroll down for the brilliant photographs).And on Tuesday, The Queen was quizzed about the latest addition to the family on Tuesday by the former prime minister of Canada, Jean Chretien.”Life is good for Your Majesty?” Mr Chretien asked.The smiling Queen replied: “Yes, thank you.””Congratulations. Another great-grandchild!” he added.The Queen replied happily: “Yes, I know.” 9:46AMA look back on William and Kate’s royal babies Asked how he found parenting, Harry added: “It’s great. Parenting is amazing. It’s only been two and a half days, three days, but we’re just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy.” The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared their baby pictures on their official Instagram account.Running with the caption, “Today The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to share their first public moment as a family. They are so incredibly grateful for the warm wishes and support they’ve received from everyone around the world, since welcoming their son two days ago,” they selected three of their favourite snaps. Credit for the photographs was attributed to Chris Allerton. Archie was the 18th most popular name for boys in England and Wales in 2017, according to the latest available figures from the Office for National Statistics.It has experienced a dramatic rise in popularity since 1996 when it was only in 192nd place. Gifts and congratulations have continued to pour in for the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall after the birth of their new grandchild.During the second day of their tour to Germany, Charles and Camilla visited the city of Leipzig where members of the public showered them with more congratulatory messages.Before taking a tour of St Thomas’ Church in the city, the Duchess of Cornwall was given a huge teddy bear to give to the new royal baby by a woman in the crowd.The excited well-wisher got the attention of the Duchess and said: “Congratulations, this is for your new grandchild.”The teddy bear wore a white t-shirt which said “Baby Sussex” in the middle of a number of hearts. 1980: The World Health Organization announced that smallpox had been eradicated.1984: The Thames Barrier at Woolwich was officially opened.1989: Paul McCartney released a remake of “Ferry Cross the Mersey” in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool football fans.2008: Vladimir Putin was appointed Russian Prime Minister.2013: Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement as Manchester United’s manager at the end of the season.2018: The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall commemorated VE Day by laying a wreath at a ceremony in Lyon.BirthdaysSir David Attenborough, naturalist, 93 A Beatles Let It Be stampCredit:PA 1:36PMWrapped in a pristine £105 shawl, Baby Sussex makes his pictorial debut The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have named their baby son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the couple announced on their Instagram account. Latest predictions on what the Royal baby will be calledThe duke and duchess may decide to go with a traditional name like James, Philip or Arthur.However, the pair are forward-thinking royals and may decide to surprise everyone when naming their first child. Canadian-born Autumn Phillips, and husband Peter Phillips, opted for a non-traditional name for their daughter Savannah – the Queen’s first great-grandchild – in 2010.Yesterday William Hill selected a new favourite name – Spencer at 4/1 – the maiden name of Prince Harry’s late mother Princess Diana. Other top picks for the royal baby boy are James and Alexander, both at 5/1. 3:17PMWhat we learned from Prince Harry’s body language A smiling Meghan, a beaming Harry and their dozing bundle of joy are all captured in this gallery. They’ve come a long way since hiding their relationship having met through friends in London. Here’s how they went from reclusive celebrity couple to mother and father of the seventh-in-line to the throne. Prince Louis 9:22AMHow the royal PR machine’s treatment of both public and press left us all lost for words 7:46AMWhat will Harry and Meghan call their first child? As Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, Baby Sussex is free to do the same, joining his parents on the global platform they have cultivated.By actively announcing the decision to eschew all titles, the Duke and Duchess have also neatly avoided the inevitable comparisons with the Cambridge children, who were all named HRH Prince or Princess at birth.Some had feared the Earl of Dumbarton title would prove confusing for fans of the Sussexes around the world, who could perceive it as a snub owing to the disparity in rank. While unlikely to have been a primary consideration for the couple, the lack of a traditional British title will also serve to simplify matters for the American media which already persists in referring to “Duchess Meghan” and may have used “Earl Archie” for ease.The Duke of Edinburgh, who met Archie at Windsor Castle on Wednesday, may have been pleased to learn that he is taking the surname Mountbatten-Windsor after he famously insisted his descendants bear the family name.He joins Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, the daughter of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, in the style. Penny Junor, a royal biographer, said: “It’s exactly what I would have expected from Harry. He would have dearly liked to have been a normal boy growing up and found his title very difficult.” The Queen holds her hands up Credit:Max Mumby Baby SussexCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Jack Charlton, former footballer and manager, 84 Norman Lamont, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, 77Melissa Gilbert, actress, 55Enrique Iglesias, singer, 44Ian ‘H’ Watkins, actor and singer (Steps), 43Michelle McManus, former Pop Idol winner/singer, 39Matt Willis, singer (Busted)/TV presenter, 36. 12:45PMWho does the baby take after? Rain at the Royal Windsor Horse ShowCredit:Max Mumby What would the new Baby Sussex be wearing to make his fashion debut?It seemed an incidental question, considering that most royal style watchers would be looking first to see what couture ensemble his mother, the Duchess of Sussex, might wear for the occasion, but it was one that would actually offer a great insight into the intentions of his parents and how they might choose to raise him.Caroline Leaper has all the details here. Asked who the baby takes after, Meghan said: “We’re still trying to figure that out.”Harry said: “Everyone says that babies change so much over two weeks we’re basically monitoring how the changing process happens over this next month really. But his looks are changing every single day, so who knows.” The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have proudly showed off their baby son to the world for the first time, describing him as having the “sweetest temperament”.Meghan and Harry could not hide their delight as they posed for pictures with the tiny infant in the majestic St George’s Hall in Windsor Castle, just two days after he was born.The duchess declared: “It’s magic, it’s pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world so I’m really happy.”As her husband held their son, Meghan added: “He has the sweetest temperament, he’s really calm.”As they both laughed, Harry said: “I don’t know who he gets that from.”Meghan added: “He’s just been the dream so it’s been a special couple of days.” Seeing as today is going to be all about the picture.Let’s take a look at the best photographs so far – before they are all plunged into insignificance by the first glimpse of the royal baby. We have become accustomed to the royal baby routine – and the world seems to like it. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have led the way since 2013 when they appeared on the steps of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington with their first child. Prince William and Kate followed suit two years later as Princess Charlotte was shown off to the world in the same way as her brother Prince George. The family’s third Lindo Wing birth last year repeated the same familiar routine as the then-nameless Prince Louis made his first public appearance on what have now become the iconic steps of the central London hospital.Reporters, photographers and broadcasters from across the globe were able to set up camp outside, waiting for the moment the family emerge. 8:32AMPrince Harry and Meghan’s baby photos But he will be known as Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex take their first steps toward giving the seventh-in-line to the throne the most normal upbringing they can muster.A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said that, while there were titles that Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could apply to their son, “they have chosen not to give him a courtesy title at this time”.This could be revisited when the Prince of Wales one day becomes king, under a 1917 convention allowing the grandchildren of the monarch to be known as HRH Prince or Princess. He will also be entitled to succeed Prince Harry as the Duke of Sussex.The Duke and Duchess’s decision is understood to be their own, with the Queen happy to allow them free choice over their children’s names. The Duke has previously spoken frankly about the difficulties he experienced while growing up as a member of the Royal family, with the title carrying responsibility as well as rights. She was then asked “How many of them have you got now?” before replying “Eight”.Mr Chretien quipped: “You beat me by one.”Buckingham Palace said on Monday that the Queen and the duke were “delighted” to hear of the baby’s birth. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have only been parents for a few days but there are already clues as to what kind of parents they might be.As he revealed baby Sussex to the world, Prince Harry held his son through the entire appearance – one of a number of body language signs that suggest a different parenting style compared to his brother and father.Watch the video to see the full body language analysis of the appearance. 10:39AMLong to rain over us With guests coming and going through the huge wooden doors, conversation flowed between visitors and reporters.This royal baby’s birth has been shrouded in secrecy with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex opting to do things their way. How exactly they will choose to present their baby to the world remains to be seen, but here is a look back on how the Cambridges unveiled their bundles of joy.Prince George 8:04AMRoyal baby Sussex: Everything we know about Meghan and Harry’s baby boy 11:18AMQueen ‘to meet royal baby today’ The American former actress gave birth to the overdue 7lb 3oz boy on Monday at 5.26am.The baby, whose name has not yet been announced, is seventh in line to the throne and the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s eighth great-grandchild and the Prince of Wales’s fourth grandchild.Amid surroundings steeped in royal history, the latest royal baby made his debut behind closed doors, with a small press pool of only one reporter, one photographer, three cameramen, as well as the couple’s own private photographer and a household press officer photographer. All smiles in the rain for Queen Elizabeth IICredit:Max Mumby Only once Meghan has merged from the post birth fog, will she discover quite what a good move she has made to Windsor, Anna Tyzach writes.She might be sleep deprived and sore and living in a building site but within a few miles of Frogmore, her newly renovated “forever home” is everything a new mother could need from organic supermarkets and luxury spas to Buggy Fit classes and cafes serving proper coffee.Here, we take a look at what’s in store for the royal baby growing up in Berkshire’s crown jewel. 4:20PMAnd in other royal baby news… Prince William and Kate with Prince Louis at St Mary’s Hospital on April 23, 2018Credit:Samir Hussein/WireImage 2:25PMTimeline of Harry and Meghan’s relationship 1:32PMRoyal baby in pictures – first photo of Meghan and Harry’s baby boy released 4:59PMWelcome to the world, Archie Harrison Prince Harry cradling his baby boyCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA 11:09AMThe best pictures of the royal baby celebrations 5:24PMThe picture that needs no caption 9:08AMGrowing up in Windsor: What will life be like for baby Sussex? Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, arrive at the Leipzig train Station Credit:REX Introducing her son to the world 354 days on, Meghan opted for pared-back white again. But the messaging couldn’t have been more different, explains Fashion News and Features Director Bethan Holt. 12:48PM’He’s already got bit of facial hair,’ jokes Harry 12:59PMCamilla shown Baby Sussex picture on mobile phone But here is what we know so far. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing with Prince George on July 23, 2013Credit:Jonathan Brady/PA The duchess thanked the woman in the crowd as she shook hands with more well-wishers.While walking to City Hall, the duchess was shown a picture of the new baby which made her smile.She said: “Oh yes, I see it now. Thank you for showing it to me, now take it to the boss.”The couple had arrived in Leipzig on Wednesday after alighting a train at Leipzig Hauptbahnhof Station.After making their way through the biggest railway station in Europe, Charles and Camilla explored the culture of the city by visiting churches and the City Hall.Everywhere they walked, the prince and the duchess were greeted by locals, with some waving Union flags. Sir David Attenborough with the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on TuesdayCredit:Reuters The couple were asked to show more of their son’s face to the cameras with the view obscured by a shawl, blanket and hat.Meghan laughed as Harry joked: “He’s already got a little bit of facial hair as well, wonderful.” The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in 2013 with Prince GeorgeCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA On a big day for the Royal family, Queen Elizabeth II has been pictured out and about in Windsor. Today is the first day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Berkshire – and a little bit of rain wouldn’t keep Her Majesty away. Never mind the weather, there is clearly plenty to smile about. Sign up for our brilliant free newsletter, Your Royal Appointment, and get royal news and analysis sent straight to your inbox every Wednesday. 10:20AMDon’t miss a beat with free Your Royal Appointment newsletter Princess Charlotte 12:40PMFirst picture of Baby Sussex Duke and Duchess of Sussex introduce Archie Harrison The meaning behind the royal baby’s nameWhy US reports on Archie’s birth were surprisingly mutedCamilla Tominey: Prince Harry shows who’s the daddy as he takes charge of photocallRoyal baby 2019: Everything we know so farGrowing up in Windsor: what will life be like for baby Sussex?After months of speculation about the royal baby’s name – we finally have the answer. The Duke and Duchess’ boy is called Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.But the newborn will not be given a courtesy title after his parents decided they would like him to be known simply as Archie.The baby will have the title “master” for formal correspondence while a child, instead of being an earl or a lord.The Sussexes could have chosen to give him the title of Earl of Dumbarton, one of the Duke’s subsidiary titles available to his firstborn boy.They could also have opted for Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor to ensure gender equality with any future sister. A hooded Queen Elizabeth II smiles at the Royal Windsor Horse ShowCredit:James Whatling Our Picture Editor Matt Fearn has pulled together the best pictures from Baby Sussex’s first royal photocall. The Queen adjusts her hood as she battles the elementsCredit:Andrew Matthews/PA Ever wanted to know how the press get their stories?Look no further than this excellent piece by Associate Editor Camilla Tominey, who dissects how the news of the royal baby’s birth staggered its way from the Palace to newsrooms across the world.It won’t be a pleasant read for the Sussexes’ new communications chief Sara Latham, who later explained there had been a “colossal tech failure” which meant an email informing the press did not reach most inboxes until an hour after it was sent at 1pm. It was almost a year ago that the Duchess of Sussex was walking through St George’s Hall in Windsor wearing her beautifully simple Givenchy wedding dress with its vintage echoes to Audrey Hepburn. The agency does not oppose the making of a statement in open court, Mr Helme added, but had raised “quibbles” about its wording.Mr Helme said Splash objected to the part of the statement which, the court heard, says the Sussexes moved out of the property because of the photographs, arguing that The Sun and Daily Mail had already published similar photographs and that it would be “unfair to pin this all on Splash”.However, granting permission for a “unilateral statement” made on Harry’s behalf to be read in open court, Senior Master Barbara Fontaine ruled that “the evidence supports the position” that the photographs in question “did undermine in a serious way the safety and security of the applicant and his wife”.The statement in open court will be heard on a date to be fixed. 4:44PMRoyal baby is finally named 10:30AMMay 8: The day we meet the royal baby – but what else happened on this day? There is plenty of news yet to come from Frogmore Cottage. First picture of Baby SussexCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA As we wait patiently for the first pictures of the royal family’s newest member, what better way to pass the time by flicking through his parents’ baby photos? The gallery features Prince Harry wearing the uniform of the Parachute Regiment of the British Army in the garden of Highgrove House in Gloucestershire, with his mother, Princess Diana of Wales. This day will go down in history as the day we first got a glimpse of the royal baby – the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first child. Here’s what happened on May 8 through the years.1701: Captain Kidd went on trial at the Old Bailey for piracy. He was hanged on May 23.1828: Jean Henri Dunant, philanthropist and founder of the International Red Cross, was born in Geneva.1902: Mount Pelee erupted on the island of Martinique, destroying the town of St Pierre and killing more than 30,000 people in just three minutes.1945: VE Day. The Second World War in Europe officially ended at one minute past midnight.1961: George Blake, a former British diplomat, was jailed for 42 years for spying for Russia. He escaped from Wormwood Scrubs in 1966.1970: The Beatles’ final album, Let It Be, was released. Show more The Duchess may also seek inspiration from her friends. Her confidante and stylist Jessica Mulroney has twin boys called Brian and John, who were pageboys at the royal wedding. In the US, the most popular name is Liam for a baby boy. In the UK, the most popular name for a boy is Oliver.Harry and Meghan’s child, who will be seventh in line to the throne, is extremely unlikely ever to be king, meaning the couple have more freedom with their choices. In comparison, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose to give their children traditional names, picking George for their firstborn, who is likely to one day be king. The picture that needs no captionCredit:Sussex Royal (Instagram)/Chris Allerton
The Ministry of Defence has rejected claims it has developed a secret policy on torture in breach of Government rules on intelligence-sharing on detainees.MoD documents released through the Freedom of Information Act had reportedly created a provision for ministers to approve the passing of information to allies – even if there was a risk of torture – if the benefits justified it.The disclosure was said to have raised concern that Cabinet Office rules on intelligence-sharing were being overridden, The Times reported.The Cabinet Office’s “consolidated guidance” on passing intelligence relating to detainees states the UK does “not participate in, solicit, encourage or condone the use of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment (CIDT) or punishment for any purpose”.It goes on: “In no circumstances will UK personnel ever take action amounting to torture or CIDT.”According to The Times, the internal MoD policy document – dated November 2018 – acknowledges that there is a presumption the UK will not share information when there is a “serious risk” of torture.However it then goes on to state this can be overridden if “ministers agree that the potential benefits justify accepting the risk and the legal consequences that may follow”.The document is also said to include powers for ministers to “pre-approve” intelligence-sharing about named individuals even when it is not known where they are being held – even though that may be crucial in determining the risk of torture.In a statement, an MoD spokesman said its policies were fully compliant with the provisions of the consolidated guidance.”The Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office have confirmed they are entirely satisfied with the MoD’s activities and standards in this area,” the spokesman said.”All our policy and activities in this area comply with the Cabinet Office’s consolidated guidance.” 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.
WINDSOR, United Kingdom — Prince Charles will be the one to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle when she marries his son Prince Harry, palace officials said Friday as final preparations were under way on the eve of the royal wedding.The bride had initially hoped her father Thomas Markle would take on the role, but confirmed Thursday he would not attend as he is recovering from a heart operation after being caught up in a paparazzi fiasco involving staged pictures.Although many thought her mother Doria Ragland could step in, Kensington Palace said her future father-in-law would take on the responsibility at Saturday’s ceremony.“Ms Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle… on her wedding day,” a statement said.“The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms Markle to the royal family in this way.”Markle’s mum will on Friday meet Queen Elizabeth II for the first time at Windsor Castle, where the nuptials will take place.She met with Charles and his wife Camilla on Thursday, and will be joined by her daughter and future son-in-law for Friday’s afternoon tea with the monarch.In the weeks running up to the wedding, organisers have been caught off guard by the chaos surrounding the family of the bride-to-be, with palace staff referring to it as the “Markle Debacle”, Britain’s Daily Mirror reported.And the palace itself has come under fire for its handling of the situation.“Kensington Palace has missed a trick with the whole family,” veteran royal biographer Penny Junor told AFP, suggesting it might have been prudent for Markle to invite her half-siblings.“The relatives have become a bigger story than the event itself, which is tragic.” (Excerpts from AFP) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPrince Harry and Meghan married at WindsorMay 19, 2018In “Entertainment”Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to marry on May 19 — palaceDecember 15, 2017In “Entertainment”Horse and carriage for Prince Harry and Meghan’s weddingFebruary 12, 2018In “Entertainment”
IM’s October issue will include a review of the latest ideas and technologies in conveying. For sampling from conveyors, the True-Belt® Sampler offers sampling theory compliance and ensures a truly representative sample, according to Multotec. Developed by Multotec in collaboration with Dr D Francois-Bongarcon, the sampler’s design is based on existing go-belt technology. This innovative sampler incorporates several design features which guarantee the structural absence and impossibility of sample bias.Rolf Steinhaus, Director – Multotec Process Equipment, says the upgraded design used for the True-Belt Sampler is based on an in-depth analysis of any bias triggered mechanisms. “In this further improved cross belt design, the material is sampled only after it has been removed from the belt in a manner that gives every fragment originally on the belt the same probability of ultimate selection into the sample. This equi-probability is known as the condition that guarantees no-bias according to Pierre Gy’s sampling and heterogeneity theories,” he explains.The sampler design complies with international sampling standards and is suitable for conveyor belt widths from 450 to 2,400 mm. It can be installed on horizontal or inclined conveyor belts with an angle of up to 18° and is will suit various troughing idlers. It is a direct drive unit with a geared brake motor and a dedicated brake controller panel and adjustable timer. Where applications dictate, a long and durable stainless steel or manganese steel sampler plough will be used.Sampling using the True-Belt Sampler can be either mass- or time-based, and the system is supplied complete with exaggerated housing and a rubber or polyurethane skirting and curtains to prevent spillages of agitated materials. It can be adapted to allow sampling of most conveyed materials.Steinhaus warns that one needs to be mindful of the rejects handling required after this primary sampling step. “The True-Belt Sampler is engineered to suit individual application requirements, and can be easily mounted along individual sections of conveyor. When installed correctly for retrofit projects minimal modification is required to the plant.”
Mark Fielder has been promoted to Operations Vice President of FLSmidth’s recently formed Non-Ferrous Division. The division provides advanced minerals processing technologies, systems and solutions to the global mining industry. “Mark has earned this promotion due to his proven operational excellence and relent-less focus on our customers,” said Peter Flanagan, Non-Ferrous Division Executive VP. “We are confident in his ability to drive best practices globally as we continue to grow through acquisitions and be the one source provider for miners and minerals processors.” Fielder, a naturalised US citizen who is originally from the UK, has worked in a number of senior operations positions in the mining and minerals processing, oil and gas and aerospace industries. Previously, he served as Operations Director and was responsible for the integration of several acquisitions. He has been employed by FLSmidth for some 18 years. In his new role, he will work out of the FLSmidth minerals technology centre headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. He will be responsible for the processes and procedures that support the global execution of customer orders. Fielder is an engineering graduate of Guildford College of Technology in the UK.“FLSmidth has clearly identified operational excellence as one of the key elements of our growth strategy,” said Fielder. “I’m excited to be able to be part of the team that will continue to focus on delivering excellent products and solutions to the global minerals customers.”