Cabreras Millions And Baseballs Billions

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. read more

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Football Defense gave OSU offense a shot at a comeback

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.” read more

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Former Buckeye Holmes traded suspended

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. read more

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Ohio State womens basketball hoping to slow down Illinois

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. read more

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Urban Meyer Michigan State offense is one of the best Armani Reeves

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. read more

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Womens Hockey No 4 Ohio State comes back home to face St

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. read more

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Policewoman sacked after elbowing her mothers love rival into the reduced meat

first_imgFootage 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 Asda I would say it was perhaps ill-timed and somewhat clumsyBeth Walkercenter_img 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.last_img read more

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Jealous killer 21 jailed for life over Matalan murders of exgirlfriend and

first_imgZoe Morgan, 21 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 Matalancenter_img 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.last_img read more

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Prince William on Dianas death I still feel shock 20 years on

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. 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 Diana, Princess of Wales, with Prince William Diana, Princess of Wales, with Prince Harry and Prince William in 1993 Prince William with his parents, on tour in Australia in 1983 The Duchess spent time with Shereece Foster, 24, who told her she found it difficult to train while looking after her two small children.center_img “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 & Duchess Of Cambridge And Prince Harry are to represent Heads Together at the London Marathon  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.” Princess Diana with her sons Prince Harry and Prince William  Duke of Cambridge poses with runners from BBC documentary 'Mind over Marathon' 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 Thursdaylast_img read more

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London fire First pictures emerge from inside gutted Grenfell Tower

first_imgThe photos highlight the ferocity of the out-of-control blaze and the challenges firefighters faced trying to save residents trapped in the building. Inside the gutted tower  Inside Grenfell Tower 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 Wilkescenter_img 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. london fire  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 The burning tower block last_img read more

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