An Oddity of Tennis Scoring Makes Its Annual Appearance at Wimbledon

The next day, Ram was a lot less lucky. He faced Samuel Groth, the Australian man who hit the fastest serve ever recorded — 163.4 mph. Ram outplayed Groth, winning 32 percent of return points to Groth’s 21 percent. Ram’s dominance ratio was 1.53, but he didn’t dominate. He earned seven break points, but couldn’t convert any. Groth didn’t get any chances to break. Both sets went to tiebreakers, and Groth won each one. Afterward, Ram tweeted, “Won 6 fewer points yesterday and won..won 5 more points today and lost. This is definitely not basketball.”Groth, who won his Wimbledon qualifying match last week just as Ram was losing his, said afterward he’d make no apologies for his Nottingham win. “That’s just tennis,” Groth said. “It’s a bit of a cliché, but whoever is better on big points wins.” Groth added, “Grass can be a bit of a lottery.”The data bears this out. Wacky outcomes like Ram’s pair of lottery matches happen more often at Wimbledon than at the other Grand Slams. Since 1991,2The first year for which match-level data is available. 8.8 percent of completed Wimbledon men’s matches have been lottery matches, won by the player who was less successful at protecting his serve than his opponent. At the other three Grand Slam tournaments, that proportion ranged between 6.4 percent and 6.6 percent, according to data provided by Jeff Sackmann of Tennis Abstract. Over all men’s matches for which data is available,3More than 95,000 provided by Sackmann, covering all tour-level matches since match stats have been archived plus some challengers and qualifying tournaments. 7.5 percent end in this odd way.Grass is more of a lottery because the ball’s low, skidding bounces reward big servers. They can stay competitive even while being outplayed simply by holding on to their service games and entering the sport’s version of soccer’s penalty kicks to decide draws in knockout matches: tiebreakers. And that’s especially true in the men’s game, which is more serve-dominated than women’s tennis.4Men hold serve more often than women, as women’s returns are stronger relative to their serves than is the case for men.Perhaps the most memorable run of lottery-match luck was Goran Ivanisevic’s at Wimbledon in 2001. The Croatian wild card won both his semifinal and final despite winning a lower percentage of return points than his opponent did in each of the five-set matches.Already at this year’s Wimbledon tournament, men and women have won lottery sets and matches. Groth was better than Alexandr Dolgopolov in the second set of their match Monday, but lost that one and the other two to exit the singles tournament. Kimiko Date-Krumm, the oldest player in the draw at 43, won a higher percentage of return points than Ekaterina Makarova but lost in three sets. Leonardo Mayer and Dusan Lajovic won five-setters despite winning a lower percentage of return points than their opponents did.In the fourth set of his match against Andrey Kuznetsov, Dan Evans won a greater percentage of return points. If Evans had won the set, he’d have extended the match to a fifth and deciding set. But instead Kuznetsov won it in a tiebreaker, 7-5. In Evans’s post-match press conference, a reporter asked, “There was nothing to choose between you really, was there?” The Briton responded, “No, just the scoreline and the sets.”Even among all the grass-court lottery matches, Groth-Ram stands out. Among the more than 61,000 other straight-set wins for which data is available, just two times did the winner have a lower DR than Groth did.The sport’s time-tested scoring system has many virtues, even if total fairness isn’t one of them. Its symmetry makes players alternate the deuce and advantage sides, switch sides of the net, rotate serving and returning. It guarantees that a player trailing by a big margin gets all the time it takes to stage a comeback, provided she performs well enough to earn that time. It keeps matches that are lopsided short, and lets close matches take all the time they need.“It’s the beauty of the sport,” Denis Kudla said last week on the lawns of the Bank of England Sports Centre, just after clinching a spot in Wimbeldon’s main draw. “At the end of the day, whoever wins was the better player.” That maxim applied, in his mind, to a match he still remembered from three years earlier, when he beat Ivo Karlovic — on grass, of course — in a lottery match. “Sometimes these stats are funny,” Kudla, a 21-year-old American, said. “It’s cool when you do win less points, and do win.”Being on the other end of one of these matches is less cool. Ante Pavic, at that same Nottingham tournament earlier this month, was in control of his second-round match against Miloslav Mecir, leading 6-3, 5-3. Mecir turned around the match, if not his level of play, beating Pavic despite winning just 29 percent of return points to Pavic’s 36 percent. “I wanted to break all the rackets,” Pavic recalled. “That’s how angry I felt.” Luckily he spared three of his sticks, which he used to qualify for Wimbledon, where he won his first-round match Tuesday.Benjamin Becker has lost a dozen lottery matches in his pro career. Yet the 33-year-old German doesn’t mind the possibility of such bad luck. “You have just to deal with it,” Becker said in an interview Monday after winning his first-round match at Wimbledon. “It doesn’t bother me. It makes tennis interesting.” In tennis, the better player doesn’t always win. Sometimes, she loses in straight sets.Imagine if basketball, football or hockey games were decided by which team outscored the other in the most periods. Get outscored by 20 points in the first quarter, and it’s no problem, you just have to eke out the last three by a point each to take the game.That’s sort of how tennis works. Win more sets than your opponent, and you win the match — even if your opponent played better throughout. These anomalous results happen rarely, but more often on grass, the surface of play at Wimbledon, which started this week.This can be extremely frustrating for recreational players, and, in the heat of the moment, for pros. But given time to cool down, players whose paychecks depend on the tennis’s quirky scoring structure are at peace with its occasional oddities. Some even prefer things this way.“I think that’s what’s great about our sport,” American pro Rajeev Ram said in an interview last week after losing in the last round of Wimbledon qualifying; he’ll play in the tournament’s doubles draw. “You have to finish the job. You can’t run out the clock.”Ram was speaking from recent experience. Just the week before, he’d lived and died by this scoring quirk. Playing a grass-court event in Nottingham, England, Ram faced Tatsuma Ito in the quarterfinals. Ito dominated the match statistically. Ram won just 23 percent of points when Ito served. Ito won 30 percent of Ram’s service points. The ratio of return points won, or the dominance ratio (DR), was 1.33 for Ito. Typically a player with a DR greater than 1 wins, because of the symmetrical nature of the sport.1To win a match, you have to win more sets than your opponent. To win a set, you either have to break your opponent’s serve more times than your serve is broken, or break serve the same number of times and win more return points in the tiebreaker. To break serve more often, it helps, naturally, to win more return points. Yet Ram managed to edge the second-set tiebreaker, 10-8, and win the match. He played what we might call a lottery match, and hit the jackpot. Samuel Groth of Australia in action during his first round match Monday against Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine at Wimbledon. Al Bello / Getty Images read more

Are The Cubs Baseballs Answer To The Warriors

Embed Code Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (April 26, 2016), we break down how Steph Curry’s MCL strain will affect the Warriors’ chances of repeating as NBA champions. We discuss the Chicago Cubs’ lightning start to the baseball season and ask if they might turn into the Warriors of MLB. Then we talk to The Washington Post’s Neil Greenberg about the first round of games in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Finally, a significant digit on Leicester City, the little English team that’s one game away from winning the league title. Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Links to what we discuss are here:Neil Paine breaks down how Steph Curry’s injury will affect the Warriors’ playoff chances.Scott Cacciola at The New York Times says Warriors fans have their fingers crossed for Curry’s recovery.Michael Powell says the NBA should cut the number of playoff games.Here are FiveThirtyEight’s new predictions for the 2016 baseball season.And here’s ESPN’s David Schoenfield diving into the numbers behind the Cubs’ fast start to the season.Neil Paine explains how to predict MLB records from early results.A different Neil, Neil Greenberg, tells us why parity reigns in the NHL.If you want to check out The Washington Post’s Fancy Stats blog, you can find it here.The Chicago Blackhawks may have lost on Monday but Nate Silver wrote last year that the Blackhawks are definitely a dynasty.Finally, here’s some Deflategate coverage! Ben Morris breaks down how Tom Brady’s suspension will affect the Patriots.And here is Brian Burke’s “Deflategate Bayesian Network” which allows you to calculate your implied belief that Tom Brady is guilty.Significant Digit: 5,000-1. Those are the odds bookmakers offered for Leicester City to win the English Premier League at the beginning of the season. They are now one win away from the title. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

USCs Josh Shaws Heroic Act Questioned

So the story goes, USC cornerback Josh Shaw was at a family gathering, hanging out on a second-floor balcony, when he noticed his 7-year-old nephew struggling to stay afloat in the pool below. Shaw jumped from the balcony to the ground below, injuring his legs and scrambled to the pool to saving the drowning boy.Instead of being hailed as a hero, the Trojans have received many calls contradicting Shaw’s account, forcing the school to use its resources to investigate.“I think it’s important to know your team, I think it’s important to know your players,” coach Steve Sarkisian said. “Josh Shaw has been a good leader for us. He’s given me no reason not to believe what he has told us that occurred, but you need to know. I think it’s important to know the direction that we head in.”All was fine until Shaw’s story went public. “We’ve gotten a few phone calls contradicting what Josh said occurred Saturday night, so we’re going to continue to vet it,” Sarkisian said. “We’re looking at it, but beyond that, I only know what I know and Josh is adamant with what occurred and we’ll continue to vet some of the other stories that have come across our desk and come across our phones and see if we can go from there.“Josh Shaw is a good person, he’s a good kid,” the coach added. “He came to us with what had occurred Saturday night and I have no reason, no history to not believe Josh and his story and what has occurred.”Shaw’s sister, Asia, mother of the 7-year-old boy Josh said he saved, said she was not at the family event and that the child was in the care of another brother named Justin.She told USA Today: “The one who was supposed to be watching him turned away for a second. And Josh, who is on the balcony, saw the incident and reacted.”Asia Shaw said her son could not swim and did not need respiratory care after the incident.Shaw’s ankle injuries will keep him out indefinitely. No telling the punishment if it turns out he conjured up the story. read more

Lionel Messis Majestic Season

This Saturday, the magisterial Lionel Messi will lead FC Barcelona against Italian powerhouse Juventus in the UEFA Champions League final. For you non-cosmopolitans, this is like Messi’s Super Bowl — if more people watched the Super Bowl.1Although claims of worldwide television audience can often be exaggerated, the UEFA final is one of the few events (along with the World Cup) to actually, regularly outdraw the Super Bowl in TV viewership. After winning La Liga last month and the Copa del Rey2Spain’s national cup. Sort of like the playoffs for Spanish soccer, except it runs throughout the year. last weekend, Barcelona is poised (and favored) to give Messi his second “treble,”3Although there are a lot of “treble” scenarios, it mostly requires that a team win its league (in this case, La Liga), its country’s national cup (in this case, the Copa del Rey), and its continent’s inter-league championship (in this case, UEFA for Europe). Note that Juventus is also playing for a treble. which would make it the first European squad to accomplish the feat twice.That Messi is once again on the precipice of glory isn’t entirely unexpected considering his talent and reputation. But not long ago, it seemed far from a sure thing.Messi’s 2014 World Cup performance was somewhat disappointing and even a little strange. Despite winning the Golden Ball (controversially) and leading Argentina to the final before succumbing to Germany in overtime, he only facilitated one goal (albeit on a game-winning assist) in the knockout rounds and curled a potential Cup-winner wide. By the end of the tournament, Messi’s bursts of brilliance were accompanied by the spectacle of him often strolling or even standing still on the pitch — he covered the least distance per minute of all forwards in the tournament. Was he exhausted? Or was he playing some bizarre metagame?A disappointed Messi returned to an uncertain situation with his club team. Barcelona was under new leadership, and despite already having Messi and Brazilian megastar Neymar, it acquired English Premier League (EPL) standout Luis Suarez as well. Although Suarez is now an essential member of the “holy trinity” of Barca forwards, it was unclear what all this meant for Messi at the time. Some wondered if Messi’s best years were behind him, and with many seeing Neymar as the future, rumors spread that Messi might be transferred to Chelsea or some other EPL squad.Barcelona started the season strong, but it lost its most important first-half test — taking a 3-1 beating at Real Madrid — Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid. Messi failed to score or assist in the game. When Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or for the second year in a row, the choice wasn’t even controversial.Oh how far we’ve come in a few short months. Messi’s season — once mired in disappointment and doubt — has turned unambiguously triumphant. Regardless of what happens this weekend, Messi’s 2014-15 season weaves together aesthetic achievement, statistical accomplishment and compelling narrative into a tapestry of genius.Your eyes do not deceive youDuring last year’s World Cup, I wrote “Lionel Messi Is Impossible” — a casual ditty of over 5,000 words and 15 charts — so I could wrap my head around something that my eyes already knew: This little dude is unreal.For example, let’s take this instant-classic goal from last weekend’s Copa action:In that incredible run, Messi takes on a defender close to midfield, finding space down the sideline. Two more defenders descend, and Messi takes on — and beats — all three. Yet another defender gets in front of him, with two more rapidly approaching as he breaks left and curls it in past everyone (the person who appears to have come closest to derailing the play is teammate Suarez).Messi’s unparalleled ability to make plays on his own when necessary is thrilling to behold, whether on TV, in viral Internet clips or in amazing scatterplots. In particular, his skill at taking on defenders is as much nerd-candy as eye-candy:In the past five years, Messi has taken on defenders one-on-one (or one-on-more-than-one, as in the Copa) 1,995 times, with 55 percent of those succeeding. The forwards with the next-most attempts are Suarez with 1,113 (success rate of 35 percent) and Ronaldo with 872 (success rate 43 percent). In the 2014-15 season, Messi has taken on defenders even more often (averaging 9.6 attempts per game vs. 8.3 in the previous four seasons) without sacrificing his success rate (56 percent vs. 55 percent).Statistics inform aesthetics (and vice versa). In this case, the statistics help us understand the scope of what we can see already: It’s not just that Messi is good, but that he plays the game a whole different way.The reckoning (plus Messi vs. Ronaldo)Messi’s 2015 success has brought narratives of resurgence, redemption and maturation. His statistical accomplishments inform those narratives, although I believe they ultimately lead the story somewhere slightly different.Let’s look at the ongoing saga of Messi vs. Ronaldo. At the year break, each had 32 goals plus assists for their club teams (not counting penalty kicks4Note that Ronaldo is historically a little better than Messi at PKs, but the value of this skill (as I’ve previously estimated) is perhaps 1 goal per year at most, not the several goals that may separate them any particular season.). But what had been a tight battle then started going more and more Messi’s way.For the most part, Messi’s brilliance in 2015 is just a linear extension of his brilliance in 2014. The separation from Ronaldo is more a product of Ronaldo’s slightly flatter production.Of course, the broader Ronaldo/Messi debate rages on, and in the abstract, I don’t want to take sides. They’re both outrageous outliers who play very different styles, and they’re both so deep in the zone of incomprehensibility that perfect knowledge of their true value is likely impossible:On the other hand, insofar as we have created statistical metrics to compile and measure our observations, they pretty much side with Messi: He scores more goals, shoots more efficiently, gets more assists, passes more aggressively, passes more accurately, and more.For more detail on the subject, I would again direct you to my longer piece from last year. The 2014-15 season changes little. If anything new has developed, it may be that Messi’s defensive contributions are greater than ever. Messi has 40 tackles this season with a tackle rate of 58.8 percent (high for a striker), compared with Ronaldo’s 10 tackles and 38.5 percent rate. Messi also had 16 interceptions to Ronaldo’s four.5Ronaldo continues to dominate Messi in clearances (he has 42 to Messi’s one) and aerials won and aerial win percentage (78 to 16 overall and 52.3 percent to 34.0 percent). While defensive stats in soccer are limited, what we do have for Messi was already perfectly adequate for a high-volume striker, and for 2014-15, his “defensive plays made per opponent possession” is now in the upper echelon of his cohort.Here is the goal production (non-penalty goals plus assists) over the past five years for Messi, Ronaldo and 3,280 other forwards and midfielders:In other words, both players have shifted back toward their multiyear performance.6That third line, which managed to match Ronaldo at its peak last season, is Suarez.Aside from his injury-affected 2013-14 season (which was still pretty great), Messi’s otherworldly production has been rather consistent. Despite the drama and protestations and the thousand Internet discussions, the most remarkable thing we’ve learned in 2015 is that Messi is pretty much as he ever was. That may not sound like the most thrilling observation, but when you’re as big of an outlier as Messi, staying the same is amazing in itself.Beware the fury of a patient MessiAlthough the data mostly suggests that Messi is just being himself, the revenge narrative that has emerged is enticing, and not even the most cold-hearted stat-geek can resist it.In addition to reclaiming his statistical throne from the man who usurped him as the official “best player in the world” by winning the last two Ballon d’Ors, Messi led Barcelona to victory against Real Madrid in Camp Nou, 2-1.7On a lighter note, Messi has presently moved in front of the usually-dominant Ronaldo in that most important of metrics, Google searches. Unfortunately, Real Madrid lost to Juventus in the Champions League semifinals, denying us the ultimate rubber match.But Messi’s revenge narrative truly converged with his aesthetic accomplishment in Barcelona’s 3-0 thrashing of Bayern Munchen8As a former resident of Germany, I reserve the right to call them this. I hope my editor agrees! [Ed note: I only kept this because I forced you to find a synonym for “scientia” higher in the article.] in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal. That Bayern team — led by Messi’s former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola — features many of the Germans who denied Messi in Brazil, and he carved them up. He had two amazing goals, virtually back-to-back, including this one:The opposition on that goal: the same two guys Messi faced on his missed potential Cup-winner, all-world goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Jerome Boateng.Messi’s performance against Bayern was a master class in what makes him so good. In addition to his two goals (one from long range, one that put a defender on the ground), Messi also had three successful through ball passes in four attempts (including on this cringe-worthy Suarez miss). In the past year, Messi has attempted through-ball passes more than twice as often as any other player and has had twice as many assists from them as a result (and he has been doing that for years as well).For a 10 minute distillation of Messi greatness, watch this 10 minute supercut of his touches from that game (and watch for the through-ball attempts — they can be just as impressive as goals). It’s Messi being Messi. And the fact that Messi is still Messi may just be the most beautiful thing in sports. read more

The same bitter taste Like the football team OSUs mens basketball team

The Ohio State men’s basketball team was undefeated — it had gotten 24 wins in as many games — and with a 15-point second-half lead at Wisconsin, the Buckeyes’ unblemished record seemed safe. Barring a furious comeback, coach Thad Matta’s Buckeyes were prepared to move to 25-0, furthering what stands as the second-best start in school history. A furious comeback, however, was exactly what the Badgers had in store. Junior guard Jordan Taylor’s 21 second-half points fueled a 15-0 run that erased OSU’s lead, and, along with hot shooting from several other Badgers, Wisconsin beat the Buckeyes, 71-67, on Saturday. The loss, which was OSU’s sixth in as many tries at Wisconsin’s Kohl Center under Matta, ended the Buckeyes’ reign as the nation’s only unbeaten team. “You come on the road; you shoot 54 percent; you shoot 88 percent from the free-throw line; you outrebound your opponents; you only have seven turnovers; and you feel pretty good,” Matta said following the loss. “They had to play, for that stretch, damn near perfect to get us — and they did.” It was the first time since March 26 that Matta and the Buckeyes left the court on the losing end. That loss, a 76-73 loss to Tennessee in last year’s NCAA Tournament, ended any chance OSU had at what could have been its first championship in more than 50 years. Ten months, 23 opponents and 25 games later, the Buckeyes lost again. But unlike after the last one, OSU gets to keep playing. “It’s a bad, bitter taste in your mouth, especially when we had a lead like that and thinking that we had the game in our hands,” fifth-year senior forward David Lighty said Saturday. “But I mean, it’s just on to the next one.” That mentality, Matta said, is one that both he and his players have embraced all season long. One in which neither Matta nor his players think about anything but the game at hand, and one that doesn’t allow for sulking, despite the loss of a perfect season. The Buckeyes’ 11-1 record in Big Ten play still has them atop the standings, two games ahead of Wisconsin and Purdue. Beginning Tuesday at home against Michigan State, OSU has just six games standing in the way of what would be its second consecutive regular-season conference title. That title, as well as both the Big Ten and NCAA Tournament, is what the Buckeyes have been eyeing all along. “When we get back, we start preparing for Michigan State and away we go,” Matta said. “The goal of this basketball team, as we set out, was not go undefeated. I think we’ll see our character and how we recover when we come into practice (Sunday).” Though the next several weeks will tell for sure, Matta said he suspects his no-longer-unbeaten Buckeyes will be just fine. “We never talked about being 24-0; we just tried to talk about playing better basketball,” Matta said. “I told our guys we have to pick ourselves up and get ready to go. I think they’ll do that. I really do.” read more

Mens volleyball French connection of Nicolas Szerszen and Maxime Hervoir crucial to

Junior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir (23) serves during a match against Fort Wayne at St. John Arena on March 23. The Buckeyes won the match, 3-0. Credit: Hannah Smith | For The LanternThe top-ranked Ohio State men’s volleyball team will attempt to capture its third national championship in six seasons when the NCAA tournament begins in April. If the Buckeyes do manage to repeat as national champions, it’ll be due in no small part to the play of two French teammates — junior outside hitters Nicolas Szerszen and Maxime Hervoir, who have made large contributions to the team’s 23-1 record in 2017. Both Szerszen and Hervoir were born in France and even competed against each other overseas prior to their careers at OSU. They didn’t know one another very well then, but that’d soon change when Szerszen decided to take his talents to the Buckeye State in 2015. “Even though we played each other a couple times in France, we weren’t that close before Maxime came here,” Szerszen said. “Since he’s been here, we’ve obviously gotten closer. On the court, we view each other as regular teammates. Off the court, though, we understand each other better, because we understand our culture.”Then-National Player of the Year Nicolas Szerszen (9) hits a ball at the net during a match against George Mason on Jan. 15.Credit: Courtesy of OSUBefore Hervoir’s arrival in August 2016, Szerszen had already exceeded any and all expectations at OSU. On top of winning a national championship last year, Szerszen was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Year, the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Year, and the MIVA tournament MVP.He also set all-time OSU records with 63 total service aces and 0.42 aces per set average.None of that would’ve been possible, though, without the help of his sister, Anna. “My parents always told me that I have to get my degree first, before playing volleyball,” Szerszen said. “So, I was basically looking for both, and I honestly just followed my sister’s footsteps. She played here about 10 years ago and suggested OSU to me.”While he’s been living on campus for only about eight months, Hervoir’s adjusted pretty quickly. The two-time French Cup winner has Szerszen to thank, who’s playing the same role his sister once did.“I asked him tons of questions before coming here,” Hervoir said. “We talked a lot, and he helped me a lot in deciding whether I should go to OSU or not. Living in France, you’re kind of in the dark, because I had no idea how it was at OSU.”Being from the same country, a closer connection seamlessly formed between the two in what is now their home away from home.“I think there’s a special relationship there with us being from the same country,” Hervoir said. “I try to express most things the best way I can, but it’s always great to have someone to talk to in French if I want to fully express myself. He’s here for me and helps me a lot.”Hervoir and Szerszen were a part of a historic run that recently came to an end at the hands of UC Irvine, after recording 42 straight wins, spanning 399 days.Coach Pete Hanson said the importance of the two outside hitters reaches beyond the volleyball court. “Both Nicolas and Maxime are vitally important to our team’s title chances,” Hanson said. “They’re two of our primary passers that help our offense excel. Nicolas and Max bring a level of maturity and stability to our team that will be essential to have a chance to repeat as national champions.”Szerszen said he understands that in order to bring home another national title, the team will have to balance out the lows and highs every season holds.  “We’ve started pretty well and I hope we keep going like this,” Szerszen said. “We’ll definitely face some lows, and we won’t win every game, but we know it’s not going to be easy every time. The goal is to win another national championship, so hopefully we’ll be back for the final four.”The Buckeyes will put their four-game winning streak, and No. 1 ranking, on the line at Penn State on Tuesday. read more

Why the long face New antiageing therapy made from horse tendons set

first_imgIt is not the first beauty therapy to take inspiration from the animal kingdom. A hair treatment made from the semen of an organic Aberdeen Angus bull is currently available, as well as a facial created from the faeces of the Japanese Nightingale.Eddy Emilio, Director of Vida Aesthetics, which is pinoneering the treatment said: “The idea of using protein sourced from horses may seem quirky, but we’re certain this is the future of anti-ageing. “We’re already getting rave reviews from cosmetic doctors thanks to its excellent results and numerous areas it can improve the appearance of.“We truly believe this could rival the results of established but overused anti-ageing cosmetic treatments.”Animal collagen from horses, cattle and pigs has already been used as a wound healing treatment for around three decades but it is the first time that it has found its way into a cosmetic therapy.  Bandages impregnated with the equine cells have been clinically proven to treat burns, ulcers, skin lesions and open wounds so it is known to be safe to leave in situ under the skin.  The collagen effectively supports the development of new cells at the affected area by providing natural scaffolding on which the tissue can grow.Manufacturers say it can help to ease fine lines around the eyes, improve facial volume in areas such as the cheeks, and can even improve the appearance of the décolletage.But the therapy does not come cheap. Prices start from £250 and it will be available from clinics across the country. It might seem an extreme form of beauty, but the latest anti-ageing treatment is an injection of protein made from the tendons of horses.The new skin plumping treatment, called Nithya, is being hailed as a safer alternative to botox.It was launched last week in Britain and its makers say that it stimulates collagen production in the skin rather than paralysing the muscles.Botox remains a controversial therapy because it involves injecting botulinum – the toxin found in botuslism – into the face which blocks nerve activity in the muscles, relaxing wrinkles.The new substance which is devised from the flexor tendons of  horses, has been proven to stimulate fibroblasts –  cells which create collagen – without side effects. And while botox lasts for around four months, the new treatment can last up to a year. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Starbucks is giving away free Teavana tea today

first_imgThis includes citrus mint green tea with matcha and a chai tea latte.They are also offering more standard tea types including Earl Grey, English Breakfast and chamomile.All Starbucks branches are offering this deal today. Simply enter a Starbucks after 3pm and ask for your free cup.Each customer is only allowed one tea each.The deal lasts until closing time, or midnight at drive-thru stores across the UK. Yes there is, after 3pm! 🙌— Starbucks UK (@StarbucksUK) October 3, 2016 Fancy an afternoon cup of tea? Here’s how to get a free one.Starbucks is giving away free cups of tea today to launch its new Teavana range.Now it’s too cold for an iced caramel frappucino, the coffee brand is advertising its new warming tea range.If a bog standard cup of English Breakfast won’t do it for you, the brand is also making frothy ‘tea lattes’.center_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. A whole lot of 🍋 ,🍵 & ☀️ . #CitrusMintGreenTeaLatte #GreenTea #TeaLatte #Teavana— Starbucks UK (@StarbucksUK) October 4, 2016last_img read more

Prince Harrys girlfriend Meghan Markle pictured wearing customised necklace with H and

first_imgWe are pleased to announce our latest additions to the letter collection! Add a heart or star to any necklace or bracelet. #mayabrenner— Maya Brenner (@Maya_Brenner) October 26, 2016 Prince Harry Show more The asymettrical letter necklaces have been worn by the actresses Mila Kunis and Cameron Diaz, while other A-list stars who have worn her jewellery include Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Lawrence, Katy Perry, Reese Witherspoon and Eva Longoria. Meghan Markle in the personalised necklaceCredit:Constant Media  Whether Prince Harry, 32, bought the necklace for his girlfriend, or whether she was sent it by the publicity-savvy company as a gift is not known, but Maya Brenner has a formidable PR machine, with an impressive array of celebrities wearing her designs. Rather more awkwardly, the firm’s website also features pictures of a plethora of magazines in which the jewellery has appeared, some of which feature somewhat tawdry stories about Prince Harry’s brother, the Duke of Cambridge, his sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge and his nephew Prince George.One of the magazines featured on the company’s website is an edition of Star magazine from June 2014 which wrongly claimed on its cover that the Duchess was pregnant with twins.Maya Brenner also featured in an August 2013 edition of Star. Its cover featured pictures of the Duchess and Kim Kardashian, with the strapline “Kate & George, Kim & North ALONE with their babies”. It went on: “Overwhelmed and exhausted, the first-time moms struggle as their men leave them for months!”Alongside a picture of the Duke in a pub, it said: “William partying with Air Force pals.”center_img Duty called Prince Harry away from Meghan Markle’s side after a brief reunion in Canada this week, but it seems the Prince may have left his girlfriend a romantic keepsake after she was spotted wearing a necklace with their initials on it.Miss Markle, 35, was photographed in Toronto wearing a gold chain with the letters H and M on it as she went shopping for flowers.The necklace appears to have been made by the Los Angeles designer Maya Brenner, who sells the jewellery online for £190, with extra letters costing another another £47. Earlier this week Prince Harry defied Palace protocol by flying back from his tour of the Caribbean via Canada to spend two days with Miss Markle, whom he has been dating since June.Royal Household guidelines state that official engagements should not be combined with personal visits.No-one from Maya Brenner Designs was available for comment. Prince Harry has been on a tour of the CaribbeanCredit:Chris Radburn /PA Meghan Markle Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Missing junior doctor Lauren Phillips increasingly depressed about the NHS colleague says

first_imgA junior doctor who went missing last month was “increasingly depressed” about the state of the NHS, her colleagues said. Lauren Phillips, 26, was last seen on February 23.  A search was mounted after she failed to turn up to work at Bristol’s Southmead Hospital on February 26.Her car was found two days later in the North Devon seaside resort of Woolacombe. HM Coastguard, the RNLI and the National Police Air Service have all joined the search for her. A male colleague said Dr Phillips regularly worked late and was concerned about the future of the NHS. The co-worker, who asked to remain anonymous, told BBC Devon: “She works crazily hard. On Facebook she was getting increasingly depressed with the state of the NHS.”Dr Phillips, a talented violinist who played with the Bristol Symphony Orchestra, had also written Facebook posts attacking Jeremy Hunt and changes to the junior doctors’ contracts.She joined pickets protesting against the new contracts in January last year. Detective Inspector Mark Langdon, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: “We continue to do everything we can to find Lauren and we’re making sure her family are regularly updated about our investigation.”As Lauren’s car was found in Woolacombe our focus has been on the North Devon area and so we’re directing our appeal at any surfers or ramblers who may have passed through the area in the past fortnight.”  North Bristol NHS Trust said it would not comment on any possible work-related issues involving Dr Phillips. 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.center_img A spokesman said: “At this point in time our concern is with helping the police to find Lauren, it would not be appropriate for us to say anything more at this time.”Dr Phillips is white, 5ft 5ins tall, of slim build with brown eyes and long dark brown hair.last_img read more

I only knew him three days and he tried to kill me

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. But he was acquitted of attempted murder and given six months for possession of a knife, it is believed. Muslim convert Masood killed three people with his hired 4×4 on Wednesday before his assault on Parliament. He had a violent streak and between 1983 and 2003, racked up convictions for grievous bodily harm, possession of offensive weapons and public order offences. Other friends have spoken about how he often carried a knife with him.  “I fell down and I’m tying to get up but he’s trying to stab me in the back four times. I thought the knife was going into my body.”Fortunately Danny was wearing a thick jacket, which he believes saved his life. Also part of the knife blade had snapped off while lodged in his face – giving him time to run away from his attacker. “There was so much blood it was like someone had turned a tap on from my face,” Danny told The Sun. Khalid Massood at a local village event pre-2003 Danny, who was rushed to hospital in Eastbourne, had more than 50 stitches in his face and doctors had to rebuild parts of his nose. Masood was arrested by police, charged with attempted murder and appeared at Lewes Crown Court later that year.  A father of two who was viciously attacked by terrorist Khalid Masood 15 years ago described him as a “dangerous man” and a “crook”. Danny Smith, 35, had his nose sliced in half by Masood after the pair had a falling out in a pub, near Eastbourne. Scaffolder Danny told The Sun: “I only knew him three days and he tried to kill me.”He described how he met Masood – known then as Adrian Elms – in 2003 and at first “got on really well”.”But we had a small falling out,” said Danny. “He came back out with the knife and punched me.”The handle hit my forehead and the knife went straight through my nose, my mouth and my tongue.  Members of public and police officers pay their respects to the victims of Westminster terror attack in Parliament Square, London Members of public and police officers pay their respects to the victims of Westminster terror attack in Parliament Square, LondonCredit: Tolga Akmen/LNP Khalid Massood at a local village event before the 2003 attack on Danny SmithCredit:JULIAN SIMMONDSlast_img read more

EDF hikes prices for customers for second time in months as Government

first_imgThe firm said: “Today’s announcement will still leave EDF Energy with the lowest variable gas tariff of all major suppliers. The gas increase follows three gas price reductions over the last two years.”Deferring the gas price rise until the summer will have saved EDF Energy variable gas tariff customers £16 million since January – the equivalent of £20 per household.”EDF Energy, in common with all suppliers, has faced a range of rising costs for some time, in both wholesale energy and non-wholesale energy costs and obligations.”Chief executive Vincent de Rivaz said: “I know that price rises are never welcome, but the industry is facing significant cost increases. To be a sustainable and responsible business, we aim to make a fair margin in supplying customers.”This fair margin allows us to invest for the long term, in particular in good service, innovation and smart metering. It also allows us to help more customers choose the right tariff for them. We have cut all the costs under our control without compromising our customer service.”We accept that the Government, regulators and consumers groups have concerns about the way markets work for customers, particularly the energy market.”EDF added it was launching a new fixed three-year tariff, at £1,155, until April 2020, with a year’s free boiler insurance worth £130.Dermot Nolan, chief executive of Ofgem, said: “EDF’s second price rise in four months, when there has not been a dramatic rise in wholesale energy prices since it last put up prices, is difficult to justify and is further evidence that the energy market is not working in all consumers’ interests. Credit:AFP  The combined effect of the increases in December and June on a dual fuel direct debit customer will be £91. Theresa May may announce a cap on energy bills within weeks as the energy firm EDF raised its prices for the second time in four months.The nine per cent price rise for customers of the French-owned company has been described as “difficult to justify” by the energy regulator Ofgem.The head of Ofgem said the new tariffs, which follow increases by other leading energy firms, are further evidence that the energy market is not working in all consumers’ interests.The French-owned company is to increase its dual fuel tariff by 7.2 per cent from June, gas prices by 5.5 per cent and electricity by 9 per cent, affecting 1.5 million customers.The company, which has 3.3 million customers, said the industry is facing “significant” cost reductions.But the move has been met by anger in Parliament with Business Secretary Greg Clark saying, “loyal customers are being taken for granted by the big energy firms.”It is understood the Government is considering a scheme to protect families which will include a cap, after pressure from MPs and campaigners to step in. The Prime Minister’s spokesman said the Government was prepared to act, adding: “We are concerned by the planned increases. We are committed to getting the best possible deal for households.”EDF announced a 1.2 per cent increase in dual fuel tariffs in December, and has said the combined effect of both changes is 8.5 per cent.EDF said its standard variable dual fuel direct debit tariff will increase to £1,160 a year – up by £78 – from June 21, the standard variable gas tariff will increase by £29, and the standard electricity tariff by £49. “Energy consumers on standard tariffs risk being taken for granted and we encourage customers to shop around to find the best deal for them.”Ofgem and the Government are working on a raft of reforms to ensure fairer treatment for consumers and to make the market smarter and more competitive. Today’s announcement is further evidence of the need for change.”In March, SSE announced a rise of 6.9 per cent on dual fuel bills, and E.On said it was putting up its standard variable dual fuel prices by an average of 8.8 per cent.The rises followed moves by other Big Six energy firms to put up costs, with npower hiking prices by 9.8 per cent and ScottishPower by 8 per cent, while British Gas has a price freeze in place until August. edf Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Ban parents from pulling children out of religious education classes Church of

first_imgParents should be banned from pulling their children out of religious education classes because they are preventing students from learning about Islam, the Church of England has warned. Derek Holloway, the Church’s lead on religious education (RE) policy, said that those with “fundamentalist” religious beliefs are “exploiting” laws which give them the right to withdraw children from the lessons, in order to stop them from learning about the Muslim faith. He said that parents are using a “dubious interpretation of human right legislation” to pull students out of the classes, warning that such actions create a “dangerous” precedent. Mr Holloway, who taught at comprehensive schools in Essex and Wiltshire before taking up his current post in the C of E’s education office, said that the right to withdraw children from RE lessons risks being hijacked by those who want to “incite religious hatred”. Youngsters must learn about other religions and world views, Derek Holloway says  Youngsters must learn about other religions and world views, Derek Holloway says Credit:Chad Ehlers / Stock Connection / Rex Features 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. Mr Holloway said that the right to withdraw students from RE lessons “perpetuates the myth” that the classes are in some way linked to collective worshipCredit:vicky kasala / Alamy Stock Photo The Church believes the right for parents to withdraw children from RE should be repealed and a national statement of a child’s entitlement to RE lessons should drawn up. Mr Holloway said that the right to withdraw students from RE lessons “perpetuates the myth” that the classes are in some way linked to collective worship, when in fact they contribute to a “broad and balanced curriculum” by teaching children about a range of faiths and beliefs.”Through RE teacher social media forums and feedback from our RE advisers, I am aware that some parents have sought to exploit the right to withdraw children from RE lessons,” Mr Holloway told the Press Association.”This is seemingly because they do not want their children exposed to other faiths and world views, in particular Islam.”We are concerned that this is denying those pupils the opportunity to develop the skills they need to ‘live well together’ as adults.”This also puts schools in an “impossible position” as they have to show Ofsted inspectors they are preparing pupils for life in modern Britain, Mr Holloway warned.”Anecdotally, there have also been some cases in different parts of the country of parents with fundamentalist religious beliefs also taking a similar course,” he said.”This is not confined to any one particular religion or area of the country. “The Church of England is far from alone in this view and we support the broad consensus across the sector – both from teachers and RE advisers – that the right of withdrawal from RE is being exploited by a minority and should now be reviewed.”Mr Holloway added that the Church does not want to see parents’ rights to withdraw pupils from assemblies reviewed or scrapped. Mr Holloway said that the right to withdraw students from RE lessons “perpetuates the myth” that the classes are in some way linked to collective worship Youngsters must learn about other religions and world views so that they know how to get along with people from different backgrounds and beliefs, Mr Holloway said.RE lessons, along with other school subjects, can help efforts to combat extremism and foster better community relations, he added. Writing in a blog on the Church of England’s Facebook page, he said: “Sadly, and dangerously, the right of withdrawal from RE is now being exploited by a range of ‘interest groups’ often using a dubious interpretation of human rights legislation.“The right of withdrawal form RE now gives comfort to those who are breaking the law and seeking to incite religious hatred”.last_img read more

Fishy invader prowling Loch Ness could spell disaster for wild salmon

first_imgOne theory being looked into is that the pink salmon may have originated from the Barents Sea, where the Russians introduced thousands of them 40 years ago as part of a massive breeding programme.Over the last 10 years some of these have successfully bred in rivers in Norway and Iceland and they may now be crossing the North Sea to Britain. “They have no “teeth” on the tongue and their tail is covered with large oval spots. The scales are very small compared to other salmon of the same size – average about 4.5lbs in weight.”A pink salmon has also been caught this month on the Helmsdale in Sutherland.Fishermen in the Borders have previously been urged to kill and report any pink salmon seen in the region’s waters.The Salmon and Trout Conservation Trust, has also warned: “If they do begin to colonise and breed over here that would create a major problem for native salmon which are not doing very well as it is in terms of numbers.” A new monster is prowling around the waters near Loch Ness, it has emerged.An alien invader in the form of a new species of salmon has been found for what is thought to be the first time on the River Ness.The river flows from Loch Ness and through Inverness.Two pink, also known as humpback salmon, were caught by anglers last week, sparking fears of potentially catastrophic results for the ecosystem and native Atlantic salmon.Fears for Britain’s native salmon were first sounded about six years ago after several pink specimens were caught in UK waters – despite being 10,000 miles from their natural habitat.The pink salmon is usually found in the chilly waters off Canada and Alaska where they are part of the staple diet of the grizzly bear. Their translucent eggs also make fine caviar. “What we believe to the first recorded pink or ‘humpback’ salmon on the River Ness was caught at Ness Side Fishings,” it said.”Stray fish from these introductions have been recorded in Sweden, Norway, Iceland and increasingly along the East coast of the UK. Pink salmon populations are now established in Norway.”They have a very different life cycle to our own native Atlantic salmon. Spawning usually takes place in late summer/early autumn in the lower reaches of rivers.”The female cuts a ‘redd’ or nest in which she deposits her eggs, soon after which she dies. The eggs hatch a couple of months later; juveniles emerge in the spring and immediately migrate to the estuary. They return to the river as adults after two years.”Please keep your eyes out for any more of these visiting ‘humpbacks’ and let us know if you catch one. They are distinguished by a white mouth with black gums and tongue.center_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. If they did colonise British waterways the results would be catastrophic for native wild Atlantic salmon as they are an invasive fish that would compete for the same food.Ness District Salmon Fishery Board appealed to anglers to report any more catches.last_img read more

Britain doesnt care about the economy now heres what worries us instead

first_imgWorries about the NHS and public servicesThe NHS is precious to the British public, and this is unsurprisingly reflected in the Ipsos MORI data that shows that the health service is one of our biggest concerns.Over the last 20 years, the NHS has been our biggest concern for 85 months – the most of any issue. The economy is the second most fretted-about issue, being top for 66 months. What is the top issue for the British public?Across the years, there are two things that the British public seem to swing between in their concern: the economy and public services.As a result of the financial crisis, the economy became the single biggest issue for the British public between September 2008 and June 2014. Once the economy had returned to consistent growth, however, the usual issues began to take hold again – such as the NHS. The health service returned as the top issue in January 2015 – after another tough winter that saw the health service cope with demand. Concern about the NHS reached its lowest point for two decades in 2008, but there has been huge movement in the number of people saying it’s a major concern for them recently. Article 50 was triggered in March, meaning that the UK now has two years to negotiate its withdrawal from the European Union.But historically, the British people have not really seen the European Union as a big deal. Since 1997, there have only been five months where the EU has been the public’s biggest concern. Under the shadow of terrorThe public’s interest in terrorism and defence spikes around terror attacks and military interventions, before returning to a similar level after a month. Events such as the 9/11 attacks, the 7/7 London bombing, the bombing of ISIS in Syria and the London Bridge attack all triggered an immediate spike in concern about terrorism, defence and foreign affairs.In general, however, these topics became bigger issues for the British public after 9/11, with concern about them rarely falling below 10 per cent. There has, however, been an increase in concern about two key issues over the last two decades: immigration and the European Union.Concern over immigration gradually increased at the same time as net migration did, but worries about the EU only picked up during the EU referendum campaign.Fewer than one in five people said that the EU was a concern between 2001 and when Cameron set the date of the referendum, but after that point, concern about this issue reached as high as 51 per cent in March 2017. Brexit negotiations loom on the horizonBrexit is certainly one of the biggest issues facing the country as a result of the 2016 EU referendum that saw 52 per cent of the country vote Leave.center_img With the introduction of the minimum wage and a decline in unemployment, concern about the issue fell – until the Great Recession. As unemployment increased after the financial crisis, concern began to increase as well – with as many as two in five people being worried about it in 2012. Immigration debate rumbles onImmigration first became the most important concern for the British public in February 2005, and has since become one of the biggest issues in the countryAlong with the economy and Brexit, concern about immigration peaked before the EU referendum – when net migration stood at three times the Government’s target. In September 2015, more than half of the public listed it as one of their biggest concerns, and the issue remained a key concern for around two in five people until the Brexit vote.Since the referendum, however, people began to see it as less of a problem, perhaps as a result of people thinking that net migration could fall when the UK leaves the EU. Views on the Tories’ unemployment recordUnemploymenthas been the country’s biggest concern for just two months in the last 20 years – in October and November of 1998.  After last year’s vote for Brexit and this year’s shock rise of Jeremy Corbyn, you wouldn’t be wrong in thinking that politics is becoming unpredictable.But polling from Ipsos MORI, which tracks the public’s concern about the key topics of the day, can tell us about the underlying mood that has influenced such decisions. It can tell us, for example, that just a quarter of people are concerned about the economy, and more than half are worried about the NHS – while 42 per cent of us think Brexit is the biggest issue facing the UK.But how has concern about these issues changed over time? And how have such worries influenced our politics?For each of these issues, we’ll ask you whether you think they’ve become more or less of an issue for the British public since David Cameron took over as Prime Minister in 2010.Ever-present money troublesEver since the financial crash in 2007 and 2008, concern about the economy has skyrocketed. Banks had to be bailed out with massive sums of money, and several countries saw their economies shrink in the Great Recession. Such concern about the recession and the subsequent debt helped David Cameron, who promised public sector cuts to reduce the deficit, get into Downing Street. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Elderly couple praised by judge for tackling hooded robber

first_img“He jumped on him from the back and tackled him down to the ground. The man then dropped the weapon and ran straight out of the shop.”My mother and father in law are in their seventies but they are quite fit and healthy. My mother-in-law is quite shaken but we just want to raise awareness about it.”She added: “Nothing like this has happened before. I think my father-in-law is so brave for doing it.”Sentencing Agg to five years prison for both offences, the judge said: “Your case is most unusual.”It does not seem to me that you had any need to commit these robberies at all. You were going around on your bicycle, attempting to rob a store and succeeding in robbing this lady.”It seems to me either motivated by drugs or you thought it was an easy way to make some money.”The whole thing seems a little difficult to understand, but you have to understand that people on the receiving end of this conduct are traumatised.”Both times people were very courageous. They don’t know whether you are going to injure them seriously. The elderly man should be highly commended.”You have no previous convictions for this type of thing. You don’t appear to have been a particularly violent man in the past, but this is extremely worrying and frightening behaviour.” Two plucky pensioners bravely stood up to a hooded robber who tried to steal the till from their Cheltenham shop An elderly couple who leapt into action to thwart a hooded raider intent on robbing them of the till in their corner shop have been praised by a judge.CCTV played at Gloucester crown court showed Dolly Karim, 74, hitting the would-be robbery, Steven Agg, with a stick – then her husband Dolad Karim, also 74, rugby tackling Agg to the floor.Agg, of Moors Avenue, Cheltenham, gave up the robbery bid and fled through the door of the Pittville Newsagents and Convenience store in Cheltenham after the stubborn resistance of the septaguenarian couple. “They bought a takeaway at 1.30am and then carried on their way.”They were then approached from behind by a man on a bike, the defendant Agg. This was on Honeybourne Way, near Tesco’s in Cheltenham.”He said ‘Give me your handbag.’ They kept on walking. He followed.”He then produced something. She thought it was a knife initially, but then saw it was a screwdriver. He repeated ‘Give me your handbag.’ “The following day” he said, “at 8.40pm, Mr Agg enters the store. Mrs Dolad Karim, a 74 year old lady, is behind the till which he approaches. He then produces a screwdriver and demands the till.”The court was shown CCTV footage of Agg entering the shop with a hooded top drawn tightly around his face and wearing gloves with a screwdriver in his right hand. “As Agg lunged for the till Mrs Karim tries to fend him off with a piece of wood, and then as he tries to leave he is dragged to the ground by her husband, who is in his 70’s, of a similar age to his wife.”The judge interjected: “These days being 70 is not that old!”Mr Hegarty confirmed that Mrs Karim suffered a “small injury to her hand” and that Agg did not get away with the till, although he did cause £400 worth of damage in his attempt to steal it.At the time, the couple’s daughter-in-law, Ash Karim, 35, said the hero couple, who have three children, were ‘shaken’ but relieved that no one was hurt.She added: “This man came up to the counter and he pointed the screwdriver at her and demanded the money from the till.”She turned around and went to grab this little stick in self defence.”Then he literally grabbed the till from the counter and picked it up. She is hitting him at the same time and he started to walk off.”My father-in-law was sitting in a chair towards the back of the shop and he heard her screaming and saw the guy. Steven Agg Two plucky pensioners bravely stood up to a hooded robber who tried to steal the till from their Cheltenham shopcenter_img “She went to take her phone out in case she needed to call the police and he said ‘Don’t take anything out of your bag.'”His demeanour became even more aggressive. He pointed the screwdriver at her, at her midriff area, close enough to attack her.”She handed it over and he cycled off. It seems he had followed them on his bike for a little while.”Afterward she went home, cancelled all her bank cards, and called the police. She lost her keys, iPhone, passport, and bank cards. Nothing has been recovered. The total value of the loss is over £1,000.”The landlord of her accommodation wants to change the locks and will charge her for that,” Mr Hegarty said.”That’s rather uncharitable” the judge observed.Mr Hegarty then told the judge about the attempted robbery of the Pittville shop. Steven Agg Two plucky pensioners bravely stood up to a hooded robber who tried to steal the till from their Cheltenham shop Yesterday he pleaded guilty to attempting to rob the couple and also admitted robbery of a woman the day before.He was jailed for a total of five years.Prosecutor, Alistair Hegarty, told the judge, Recorder Frank Abbott: “In the early hours of Saturday February 18 the victim, Abigail Plester, was walking home with a friend after a night out. Two plucky pensioners bravely stood up to a hooded robber who tried to steal the till from their Cheltenham shop Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Protesters storm Sheffield council chamber over controversial tree felling programme

first_imgCredit:PA Protesters against controversial plans to cut down trees in Sheffield have occupied the city council chamber.A group of around 20 people descended from the public gallery at the end of a council meeting which finished at around 8.30pm on Wednesday.Police were called to the building and were negotiating with the occupiers who insisted it was a peaceful protest and there would be no damage.They held aloft a banner saying “Show us the contract please” – a reference to a £2.2 billion Private Finance Initiative deal with contractor Amey.Russell Johnson, of Sheffield Tree Action Groups (STAG), said: “We attended the full council meeting which is open to the public.”We asked questions of the councillors, seeking democratic accountability.”The councillors, as they always do, refused to give us meaningful answers.” He said the occupiers may stay all night.They were in discussions with the police and there were no elected members still there.”There’s about 20 of us, we have a musician and a poet here, and it’s all friendly and fine,” he said.The ongoing and long-running row over Sheffield’s street trees has seen daily demonstrations in some of the city’s leafiest suburbs.The dispute has its origin in a 25-year PFI deal the council signed with Amey in 2009. The protesters may stay throughout the night The contract includes a huge programme to resurface thousands of miles of Sheffield’s pothole-ridden road system and, as part of this, Amey is tasked with maintaining roadside trees.The council says only a small proportion of the city’s 36,000 street trees are being removed because they are diseased or dangerous, and all are being replaced.But protesters say many of the trees are being felled because their roots are getting in the way of the resurfacing methods used by Amey.last_img read more

Millennials snub animal charities and prefer to donate to their friends online

first_imgThe site’s pages are often shared on social media, and donors can see the names of others that have given money, and the amount they gave.Ollie Purdue, founder and CEO of Loot, said that JustGiving had “invigorated the sector”.“Donations are only going to increase as this socially conscious generation enter the workforce and begin climbing the career ladder,” he said.Others in the top ten included the Royal Voluntary Service, Marie Curie, Save the Children and disability charity Sense. “Noticeable absences from the top ten included any environmental or animal welfare charities.”The position of JustGiving at the top of the lists suggests that young donors prefer to give to charities that their friends support.The platform, which takes a 5 per cent fee from any donation it processes, is often used by people taking part in sponsored events for charity. Millennials are not giving money to animal charities, and are favouring online funding efforts and homeless organisations instead, new data has shown.Research by digital current account provider Loot shows no animal charities in millennials’ top ten, and that 16 per cent of donations were processed by online fundraising platform Just Giving.While charities in the top ten included Cancer Research (with 15 per cent of donations), the British Heart Foundation (13 per cent) and Crisis UK (5 per cent), no animal charity made the list.A spokesman for Loot said that the data “uncovered the causes that young people in the UK cared about most”.“Two of the top three most popular charities are dedicated to funding medical research towards the biggest killers in the UK – cancer and heart diseases.”The remainder of the top ten charities are primarily focused on helping the disadvantaged in the UK, including the vulnerable elderly and those who have a severe disability.center_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.last_img read more

Daring and fearless soldier killed in Syria named as Sergeant Matt Tonroe

first_img“He relished responsibility, the opportunity to contribute and when the time came, to lead. He was a natural in this role.“Matt was also a capable and respected parachutist. As a gifted instructor he was free with his time and his advice, and would dedicate himself to support and develop this skill in others.“He was well known within his unit, well-liked by all and he will be sorely missed. When talking of Matt, his colleagues recount his humour, mischief and endless endeavours.”Laid back, but a consummate professional, Matt was utterly selfless and always strived to achieve excellence.“Matt was very much a family man, making every effort to see him beloved mum around numerous overseas deployments.”Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary, said: “My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Sergeant Matt Tonroe at this dreadful time.”Sergeant Tonroe served his country with great distinction and it is clear from the tributes made by his colleagues that he was not only exceptionally dedicated and courageous but also a gifted and intelligent instructor who was respected by everyone he served with.”Sergeant Tonroe fought to protect British values, our freedoms and to keep us back at home safe. His sacrifice, unflinching commitment and bravery will never be forgotten.” He is survived by his mother Michelle, his brother Alex and girlfriend Olivia. The first UK soldier to be killed on operation in Syria was “happiest when professionally tested on operations”, the MOD has said.Sergeant Matt Tonroe, 33, who is understood to have been a member of the Special Forces, was “well-liked”, “capable” and “laid-back, but a consummate professional”. His Commanding Officer said that he “died as he lived: daring and fearless in duty.””We mourn his loss dearly, are proud to have known him and will honour him by continuing this fight.”UK military personnel are working with the Global Coalition force against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), supporting local groups fighting Islamic militants in Syria.It is understood that Sgt Tonroe was killed by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), while on an operation with coalition forces on Thursday.An American special forces soldier was also killed.In a statement, the MoD said: “It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Sergeant Matt Tonroe from the 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment was tragically killed in action whilst on duty in the Middle East on the 29th March 2018.”During his service, Matt deployed numerous times on operations to Afghanistan and the Middle East.“His distinguished service reflected a man that was happiest when professionally tested on operations.center_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.last_img read more

Rise of the Streetonian Eton pupils swap tails for trackies and Reeboks

But a new generation of wealthy Etonians has decided it is “cool to be common”, according to a former pupil who claims the venerable institution now produces “Streetonians”. It is the school that has become a byword for privilege, producing a future heir to the throne, 19 Prime Ministers and Jacob Rees-Mogg. Hugo Engel, who made headlines in 2016 when he and 10 fellow students were granted a private audience with Vladimir Putin and were pictured larking about at the Kremlin, has written an article for Tatler magazine in which he claims that “Eton has gone street”. The boys style themselves after London street gangs – albeit a very mild version – and favour expensive streetwear over traditional… read more