Florida State running back Dalvin Cook (4) runs for a fourth-quarter touchdown against Florida at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. Florida State won, 27-2. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)#3 Oklahoma Sooners vs #15 Houston Cougars (Noon) NRG Stadium, Houston, TXThe college football season gets off to a fast start Saturday with the No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners taking on the No. 15 Houston Cougars. Many expect Oklahoma to contend for a national title this year with Heisman candidate Baker Mayfield once again at quarterback and Samaje Perine running beside him. Houston isn’t going to go down easy though. Greg Ward Jr. is one of if not the top dual-threat quarterback in the nation, and Tom Herman is looking to show the big schools once again that his teams can compete with anyone. Expect a shootout with plenty of fireworks, as this one already has playoff implications.#5 LSU Tigers vs Wisconsin Badgers (3:30 p.m.) Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WIWill this be Les Miles’ last year? That is the question on the minds of many as LSU heads up to Wisconsin to take on the Badgers. With 19 returning starters, including superstar Leonard Fournette, this could be Miles’ most talented team. If Brandon Harris can step up his game, LSU could find themselves in the playoffs. Many expect Wisconsin to take a few steps back this year, but Paul Chryst believes the Badgers could shock some people. If Corey Clement can come back from his sports hernia injury that kept him out for the season last year, Wisconsin has a shot to stay with anyone. This game is going to be a slow grind and likely very low scoring.#18 Georgia Bulldogs vs #22 North Carolina Tar Heels (5:30 p.m.) Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GABecause of the loaded week one slate, No.18 Georgia vs No.22 North Carolina is not getting a lot of love. This game is HUGE though as the losing team can pretty much already kiss their playoff chances goodbye. Georgia decided to go with senior Greyson Lambert at quarterback, and the return of running back Nick Chubb has Bulldog fans very excited. With a brand new starting front seven on defense, it’ll be interesting to see how they handle Elijah Hood. Hood, UNC’s running back, ran for 1,463 yards last year and 17 touchdowns, astounding numbers. North Carolina is breaking in a new quarterback in Mitch Trubisky, but he has 8 returning starters around him on the offensive side. This one is going to come down to defense. Whichever team shows up defensively and shuts down the run will win this game.#20 USC Trojans vs #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (8 p.m.) AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TXThe defending national champions are back and just as good as ever. The Crimson Tide are once again the favorites to win the national title. For Alabama, it’ll be interesting to see how Cooper Bateman replaces Jake Coker and if Bo Scarbrough is as good as advertised. The defense is expected to be just as dominant even though Kirby Smart left for Georgia. If Cody Kessler had one more year of eligibility, USC would be the favorites to win the Pac-12. They return 16 starters from last year, 10 on the offensive side, and Adoree Jackson is a name that everyone will know by the end of the year. There is a good chance this game turns ugly as Alabama is going to look to assert its dominance early.#10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Texas Longhorns (7:30 p.m.) Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TXHow about some Sunday night college football. No.10 Notre Dame and Texas get to start their years off in primetime in Austin, Texas. For Notre Dame, many are wondering if this will finally be the year they get over the hump. They only return 9 starters from last year, but Brian Kelly feels that this could be his best team. Week one could also ultimately decide who will be Notre Dame’s QB, DeShone Kizer or last year’s original starter Malik Zaire. On the other side, Charlie Strong could be coaching for his job this year. He returns 15 starters from last year, so there are some expectations for Texas this year. Jerrod Heard is going to have to take a big step forward though at quarterback if Texas wants to win this game and eventually play in a bowl game.#11 Ole Miss Rebels vs #4 Florida State Seminoles (8 p.m.) Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FLIn a loaded first week of college football, the best game could be saved for last when No.11 Ole Miss travels to Orlando to take on No.4 Florida State on Monday night. The Rebels lost three of their top players to the NFL in Laremy Tunsil, Laquon Treadwell, and Robert Nkemdiche. This just means that Chad Kelly is going to have to step up, and he seems very equipped to dominate in the SEC. As for Florida State, the expectations for this year are huge. They return 18 starters from last year, including all 11 starters on offense. Sean Maguire is currently nursing a broken foot, but with Dalvin Cook at running back, Florida State should only face a minor hiccup. This game is going to come down to the wire as both teams have two solid offenses, good defenses, and great coaching.
“Matt (Lampson) just sent a great ball in. It was kind of slippery and it slipped through. I was hoping it would come through and it did, so I just put my left foot on it,” McAnena said. Scales scored the team’s first goal with header after Chris Hegngi lofted a cross across the box, allowing Scales to put some force behind the finish to tie the game at one with 25 minutes to play in the first half. The win pushes OSU’s record to 6-2-2 while Michigan State falls to 7-2-0. Despite being ranked No. 19, a win over the No. 11 team in the country did not feel like an upset for the Buckeyes. “We’re both top teams in the Big Ten and we both play really well,” McAnena said. “Every game in the Big Ten every team is pretty evenly matched.” “I’m not about rankings, to be honest,” Scales said. “If we come out everyday and compete, do the things we need to do, listen to our coaches, then we’re going to be a good team.” The Buckeyes will have to find a way to maintain the momentum, without playing a game for another week. OSU plays Northwestern at 1 p.m. Sunday in Evanston, Ill. Austin McAnena scored for the second-straight game as the No. 19 Ohio State men’s soccer team beat the No. 11 Spartans of Michigan State 2-1 on a blustery afternoon Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. “Coming off a good result against Akron, to get a result like this is even better,” mid-fielder Sam Scales said. “To go 2-0 in the Big Ten, we just got to keep going off this momentum and hopefully we can go 3-0 and get that Big Ten title in our hands.” OSU coach John Bluem said it is critical for the team to keep compiling wins at home going forward. “I think that Michigan State is a good team. They had some problems today but they’re going to figure in the conference race I think,” Bluem said. “You have to win your home games.” With the Big Ten schedule including only three home games for the Buckeyes, each win against conference opponents is critical. “I’m just glad that we got through it, and I think the guys gutted it out and it was a good performance, and a super goal by Austin (McAnena),” Bluem said. McAnena’s second goal in as many games came off a set piece from goalkeeper Matt Lampson, which was misjudged by the Spartans’ defense. From the left side of the box, McAnena was able to track the ball behind the defenders and finish with his left foot into the far side of the net for the game’s deciding goal in the 64th minute.
After a decisive win against the Indiana Hoosiers, the No. 9 Ohio State women’s basketball team has crept within a half game of the conference lead. Now, OSU will look to grab first place in the Big Ten when they travel to Penn State to face the No. 12 Nittany Lions (21-5, 11-3 Big Ten) Monday. The Lady Lions hold the top spot in the Big Ten, as well as a five-game winning streak after defeating No. 17 Purdue, 74-63, Thursday. “You can never gauge your stuff on what other people are doing, whether they are coming in on a winning streak or a losing streak,” said OSU coach Jim Foster. “You got to stay focused on the topic at hand and that’s the next game.” That task will include stopping sophomore guard Maggie Lucas, who had 28 points in the victory against the Boilermakers. Lucas scored 20 of those points in the second half, and five 3-pointers throughout the game. “She’s able to get those three’s off and we just got to watch for her,” said redshirt junior guard Amber Stokes. “We know it’s going to be a competitive game.” Lucas is averaging more than 19 points a game, while her teammates junior guard Alex Bentley and senior guard Zhaque Gray are averaging 14 and 10 points respectively. With its guards contributing a majority of its points, OSU is preparing to see a team that mirrors it’s own offensive attack. “They’re good in transition, they like to push it, we like to push it,” Foster said. “There’s not a whole lot of teams in the league that like to go up and down … it’s going to be a fun game.” Senior guard Samantha Prahalis and junior guard Tayler Hill combined, are averaging 41.1 points per game. While Prahalis sat out against Indiana due to an illness, she’s still averaging more than 25 points a game and needs 19 more assists to become the all-time Big Ten assist leader. She has 874 and is chasing Northwestern’s Nancy Kennelly, who set the record 892 career assists from 1989-93. Monday’s game will be the first time OSU and Penn State have met since the Buckeyes defeated the Lady Lions, 84-70, in the 2011 Big Ten championship game. After Monday’s game, OSU has two more games remaining, including a trip to No. 21 Nebraska (20-6, 9-5 Big Ten), before heading into tournament play. The Buckeyes will look to defend their 2011 title beginning March 1 in Indianapolis. Monday’s game will be televised on ESPN2 with tipoff set for 7 p.m.
Former Ohio State linebacker Andrew Sweat made national headlines when he walked away from an opportunity to play in the NFL on May 14, less than three weeks after signing with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent. He cited concussion symptoms as his reason to step away from the game. Sweat made the decision that playing professional football was not worth risking his long-term health. “I had three (concussions) at Ohio State,” Sweat told The Lantern. “I still was having symptoms – it was very scary. It’s not something that you experience often. You’re slowed down, you can’t think as well, it’s tough.” The link between football and head injuries has been reported and discussed often by the media and scientists who determine causes of head injuries while researching the risks and ways to prevent brain damage. Sweat said one of the symptoms he dealt with was depression. “Your mind’s just not right,” Sweat said. “I’ve never been depressed in my life but I mean, I was depressed in the spring because of my concussion. It’s definitely scary.” Dr. Paul Gubanich is a team physician for OSU Sports Medicine and an assistant clinical professor of internal medicine at OSU. Gubanich previously worked with professional football players as a member of the Cleveland Browns’ medical staff from 2004-2010. Gubanich told The Lantern that the link between athletes with concussions and depression is “something that we’re seeing more and more,” but head injuries are not necessarily the reason for their depression. “The truth is that we see (depression in athletes with concussions),” Gubanich said. “The underlying cause of that is not necessarily clear. The question becomes, is that actually a symptom of a concussion or is that a symptom of some other underlying process? The fact that they’re being treated for a chronic condition, that they’re removed from certain activities … We’re taking an athlete out of their normal environment – a young, healthy, vibrant person – and we’re changing their everyday activity.” A 2007 study in Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise, an official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, investigated the link between concussions and depression. This study, which was led by Kevin Guskiewicz, the chair of University of North Carolina’s Department of Exercise and Sport Science, said he found that retired professional football players who had three or more concussions in their playing careers were three times more likely to be diagnosed with depression than players who had no history of concussions. Sweat said he met with Dr. Michael “Micky” Collins, the clinical and executive director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program, and was cleared to play. Due to patient privacy reasons, Collins declined The Lantern’s request for comment. Sweat, who is set to graduate from OSU this spring with a degree in marketing, said he will attend graduate school to pursue a career in law or medical sales. OSU athletic director Gene Smith, who told The Lantern in October 2010 that he suffered two concussions during his playing days, thinks Sweat is making the right decision. “I’m actually glad Andrew Sweat is going to law school,” Smith said during a Tuesday interview with The Lantern. “He’s a smart kid … he had a couple of tough concussions.” Sweat is only one of multiple players who have made the move in the past few weeks to give up their professional football careers due to concussion risks. Chad Diehl, a former Clemson fullback who signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent following the draft, retired on May 16. According to the Spartanburg Herald Journal, Diehl wrote on his Facebook page that he suffered another concussion in rookie mini-camp. “The doctor and I came into agreement that it would be in my best interest for my football career to go ahead and come to an end,” Diehl added. Eight-year NFL veteran guard Jacob Bell made the same decision earlier this month. Bell, who had signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as a free agent, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his decision “came down to risk and reward.” Like Sweat and Diehl, Bell decided that the risk of long-term brain damage from concussion was not worth the reward of playing professional football. Gubanich said it is important for football players and other athletes in collision contact sports to understand the risks of their sport. “I wish (Sweat) the best,” Gubanich said. “I feel bad for these athletes … obviously some of them do know the risk, and I think our job is to help get the message out there and to try and help manage these situations to the best that we can, but there’s still a lot of awareness and education that needs to be done at multiple levels.”
Shelby Lum / Photo editorFreshman Craig Zahour plays the ball up the field during a match against IPFW on Aug. 20, at Jesse Owen’s Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.The Ohio State men’s soccer team will finish exhibition matches when it travels to South Bend, Ind., to play No. 7 Notre Dame. Unranked OSU is currently 1-1 in exhibition this year after falling to West Virginia 1-0 and defeating Indiana University — Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) 2-0 at home.Like the Buckeyes, the Fighting Irish enter this game with an exhibition record of 1-1, after splitting back-to-back road games, losing to Creighton 1-0 and beating Drake 2-0.Notre Dame is coming off a season in which, at one point, it was the top-ranked team in the country, going 17-4-1 and finishing with the program’s best record since 1987. The team is hoping to continue that success despite the loss of two first-team All-Americans, including Big East Offensive Player of the Year forward Ryan Finley, who scored 21 of the Irish’s 52 goals.OSU will treat this game like a regular season one, but coach John Bluem will still be using the exhibition contest as a learning experience for his team.“They (Notre Dame) were the No. 1 team in the country for a while last year,” said Bluem, who is entering his 17thseason at the helm. “It’ll be a really good test to go on the road and play a team of that quality and again, it will expose some of the weaknesses of our team and the strengths of our team as well.”OSU junior midfielder Yianni Sarris, who assisted on both Buckeye goals against IPFW, said that the team will prepare for Notre Dame like it would for a regular season game, even though it knows it is still preseason.“You got to be ready for the season,” Sarris said. “The regular season is just around the corner and we’re going at it 100 percent.”Sarris will look to become a leader of this team after transferring from Florida Gulf Coast University before the 2012 season.The Buckeyes will begin regular season play when they face off against UNC-Wilmington and Northern Illinois in theWolstein Classic Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby (1) tackles a player during a game against Indiana Nov. 23 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-14.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorSix former Ohio State football players took their shot at boosting their NFL stock at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis Feb. 22-25.Running back Carlos Hyde, cornerback Bradley Roby, wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown, offensive linemen Jack Mewhort and Corey Linsley and linebacker Ryan Shazier were the six Buckeyes who tried to impress scouts, general managers and owners of teams as they continue their evaluations for the 2014 NFL Draft, scheduled to kickoff May 8.The six players who took part in the combine join seven other former players — kicker Drew Basil, quarterback Kenny Guiton, safeties C.J. Barnett and Christian Bryant, offensive linemen Andrew Norwell and Marcus Hall and running back Jordan Hall — who declared for the draft following the 2013 season.Shazier impressed in both the vertical and broad jump, posting the best marks in each among linebackers and defensive linemen with jumps of 42 inches and 130 inches, respectively.Hyde pulled his left hamstring in his only attempt while running the 40-yard dash, and Roby finished with the third best time in the category among defensive backs at 4.39 seconds.Here’s a look at how each player performed at the combine, in the 40-yard dash, vertical and broad jump as well as how many reps of 225 pounds each player did on bench press. Bradley Roby:-40-yard dash: 4.39 seconds-bench press: 17 reps-vertical jump: 38.5 inches-broad jump: 124 inches Carlos Hyde:-40-yard dash: 4.66 seconds-bench press: 19 reps-vertical jump: 34.5 inches-broad jump: 114 inches Jack Mewhort:-40-yard dash: 5.37 seconds-bench press: 28 reps-vertical jump: 26 inches-broad jump: 101 inches Ryan Shazier:-40-yard dash: did not participate-bench press: 25 reps-vertical jump: 42 inches-broad jump: 130 inches Corey Linsley:-40-yard dash: did not participate-bench press: 36 reps-vertical jump: 27 inches-broad jump: did not participate Corey “Philly” Brown:-40-yard dash: 4.51 seconds-bench press: did not participate-vertical jump: 33 inches-broad jump: 116 inches
Members of the Gray defense swarm Scarlet H-back Curtis Samuel (4) during the 2014 Spring Game April 12 at Ohio Stadium. Gray won, 17-7.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorWith big-time players like senior quarterback Braxton Miller, sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson and others sitting out the 2014 edition of Ohio State’s annual Spring Game, it was the defense that stole the show.The intrasquad scrimmage Saturday was one of the first chances the Buckeye coaching staff got to show off the revamped unit to the public, complete with two new coaches in defensive line coach and assistant head coach Larry Johnson and co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash, as the group looks to get back to a defense known as the “Silver Bullets.”“Silver Bullets” is the endearing nickname that has been given to the defense of the Ohio State football team. Looking at old tales and folklore, a silver bullet is known as the only weapon that can defeat monsters like witches and werewolves. The past two seasons, though, the Buckeyes’ silver bullet defense had a tough time stopping Hoosiers and Wolverines.While the offense has taken flight under coach Urban Meyer and offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman, the defense has been left a little bit behind.The defensive problems didn’t seem to be too big of an issue with the offense being able to score consistently, but they reared their ugly heads in the final three games of last season, though, as they gave up 41, 34 and 40 points to Michigan, Michigan State and Clemson, respectively. The latter two games resulted in losses and left OSU with much to work on heading into the offseason.The Spring Game provided fans with their first look at the 2014 edition of the Bullets and redshirt-sophomore safety Tyvis Powell said it was the start of getting back to their namesake.“I knew we were going to lose a lot of key players after last season, but coming in now after going through spring practice, I’m confident we can go out there and compete at the highest level,” Powell said after the game, a 17-7 victory by the Gray team. “We have to get better and all, but now I feel like we’re on our way to being back to the Silver Bullets that everybody watching thinks of.”The game saw both the Scarlet and Gray defensive lines dominate the opposing teams’ offensive lines throughout, putting pressure on anything and everything the offenses tried to do.The Scarlet defense scored the first points of the game when redshirt-senior defensive lineman Rashad Frazier had a strip sack of redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett and recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.The Scarlet team didn’t score an offensive touchdown for the rest of the game, while the Gray team finished with just two.It was a small sample size to work with, but Meyer said his squad showed a vast improvement from where they ended last season.“Defense, I hope the reaction was that they looked quicker, they look faster, they trigger on the ball much better than they have in the past,” Meyer said after the game. “If that’s your perception, that’s mine as well.”The final statistics saw neither team gain 300 yards, with the Gray team earning 262 and the Scarlet team only mustering 185.Redshirt-freshman Chris Worley led the Scarlet team with nine total tackles, including a game-high six solo stops, and redshirt-freshman Tyquan Lewis paced the Gray squad with five tackles, including two sacks.Meyer is one to say that to have a great football team, you need a great defensive line. With all four starters coming back in the form of senior Michael Bennett, juniors Adolphus Washington and Noah Spence and sophomore Joey Bosa, he did not shy away from his expectations for them as a unit.“I’d be disappointed if we’re not one of the better defensive lines in America, with those four guys. They’ve had a good spring and their coach is really coaching them,” Meyer said.The coach he’s referring to is Johnson who took over for Mike Vrabel, who left for the Houston Texans of the NFL in January.Junior defensive lineman Tommy Schutt said the transition to Johnson wasn’t easy at first, but said he has made the unit stronger.“When coach Johnson first came in it was a difficult transition, but we’ve all bought in to what he is trying to teach us and we are playing well right now,” Schutt said. “I think the unit is going to be very successful.”Outside of the four linemen, Meyer said the other players who have earned starting spots are junior Joshua Perry at linebacker, senior Doran Grant at cornerback and Powell at safety.That leaves four more spots open for the Bullets and the competition is sure to be fierce and last all the way through fall camp.No matter who fills those roles, however, Powell said they are ready to change the storyline of the offense outplaying the defense.“See, back in the day it was about the defense,” Powell said. “So that’s what we’re trying to get the theme to go back to. Everybody (saying) ‘Let’s go to the game to see their defense.’”OSU is scheduled to open the season Aug. 30 against Navy at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium, with kickoff set for noon.
The Duchess is also entitled to submit her work to a panel of experts for consideration for a distinction. If she passed, she would become a licentiate of the society, entitling her to use the letters LRPS after her name.Amelia Christmas, spokesman for the Society, said: “The Duchess is a great, positive role model for anyone interested in photography. She has proved her own skills with her portraits of her children, which are not just family snapshots. Confident in her own ability, she bucked tradition by dispensing with “official” photographers to take her own shots, which have been reproduced in newspapers, magazines and calendars around the world. She accepted the Society’s offer of an honorary membership last month, and joins such distinguished names as Annie Leibovitz – who has twice photographed the Queen – David Bailey and the newly-knighted war photographer Sir Don McCullin as members of the Society. The Duchess has captured intimate family portraits of her childrenCredit:HRH The Duchess of Cambridge The Society said it regarded the Duchess as a “role model” for other amateur photographers, praising her “talent and enthusiasm” behind the lens.The Duchess has been a keen photographer since childhood, and has released her own pictures of her children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, since becoming a mother. They included a photograph of a misty Mount Kinabalu – the highest point in Borneo at 13,400ft above sea level – and a black-and-white image of an orangutan.She continues a long royal tradition of amateur photography and film-making. The Queen loved to shoot cine films during family holidays and during private moments on royal tours, notably aboard the former Royal Yacht Britannia, and both Princess Margaret and her husband Lord Snowdon – a professional photographer – were members of the Royal Photographic Society. Prince Harry also loves taking pictures on royal tours whenever he gets the chance.Queen Victoria and Prince Albert became the Society’s first patrons months after its formation in 1853, and commissioned the Society’s then head to teach the royal children photography.The Queen is the current Patron, granting the Society a royal charter in 2004.Dr Michael Pritchard, chief executive of the RPS, said: “The Duchess of Cambridge is the latest in a long line of royal photographers and the Society is pleased to recognise her talent and enthusiasm through honorary membership.” Show more “We exist to promote photography at all levels, whether it’s with a smartphone or a more expensive camera, and we’re here to help people improve their skills.“So we hope that this will be the beginning of a future relationship with the Duchess because she has such a keen interest in the subject.”The Duchess began publishing her work when her parents Michael and Carole Middleton asked her to take pictures for their Party Pieces website in 2008, and since then she has been able to pick up tips from such famous names as Mario Testino when she has had official portraits taken of herself. The Duchess’s pictures of Princess Charlotte have been published the world overCredit:HRH The Duchess of Cambridge Her photographs are among the most widely published in the world, despite the fact that taking pictures is no more than a hobby.Now the Duchess of Cambridge has been given the ultimate recognition of her skills, with a lifetime honorary membership of the Royal Photographic Society. The Queen has always loved taking cine filmsCredit:PA As well as the official birthday photographs of her children which have been published, the Duchess also released a series of photographs from the royal tour of South East Asia and the South Pacific in 2012. 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.
Britain’s Johanna Konta has also spoken about players pulling out of matchesCredit:Roland Harrison/Action Plus via Getty Images Speaking yesterday after his second round win over the German Dustin Brown, Murray said: “I think there is a big difference if you get injured.”If you’re injured going into the match, then I think you need to be pretty certain you’re going to be okay to, you know, play and be able to compete before stepping out there, because, one, you can do more damage to yourself. Two successive matches on Centre Court were cut short when the opponents of Federer and Novak Djokovic withdrew.It led to accusations that some of the players knew they would not be able to complete their games but had started in order to pick up their cheques. Players who pull out before the tournament are not entitled to the prize money.The row then intensified when two of the eight players who withdrew injured from singles matches to re-enter themselves in the doubles tournament. “You’re playing injured and you could potentially make it worse. She added: “You’ve got to keep in mind that the players work very hard to be in the position they are in, but there is also a responsibility to the fans.”Janko Tipsarevic, who lasted 15 minutes on court in the first round before retiring, said: “If a guy is all his life is playing challengers and suddenly has a chance to play Wimbledon main draw, where the first-round loss is £35,000, I don’t think anybody has the right to judge him, to say ‘you didn’t do the right thing, you’re unfair for going there and picking up a cheque’.” 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. Andy Murray has weighed in on the row over players failing to complete their first round games at Wimbledon and still picking up prize money by calling for changes to be made.The Wimbledon champion said he hopes authorities intervene to stop the practise which has split opinion among players and commentators at the championships.The row began on Tuesday after Roger Federer questioned rules which meant that players who started matches but then withdrew were still entitled to collect £35,000. “But also, you know, for the tournament and the fans and the TV and everyone that’s watching, it’s not good to have guys going on the court already injured and knowing maybe they’re not going to be able to complete the match. That’s not ideal.”But I think, you know, there is a way to fix that is by, you know, if you’re indirectly that you get the prize money even if you’re injured and the Lucky Loser comes in and has the opportunity to play for more prize money. “But it’s a bit frustrating, because, you know, for a long time there has been a lot of players asking, you know, wanting more prize money and trying to get more prize money in the early rounds of the slams.”But then you get situations like there has been yesterday, and it’s really not positive for the tour. Well, for tennis. Yeah, hopefully they will make some changes and avoid more situations like that.”British player Johanna Konta had suggested the rules on prize money may have to change as she said players had a responsibility to their fans.Fresh from her win on Centre Court Ms Konta said: “There needs to be a responsibility towards the ticket holders and what they are paying to see. I think it’s something that will be reassessed. Viktor Troicki of Serbia plays a forehand during mens singles second round match against Donald YoungCredit:Julian Finney/Getty Images
The kittiwake has been added to the list of British birds facing global extinction, with plastic, pollution, climate change and overfishing blamed for catastrophic declines this century.The familiar seabirds used to nest in their millions around UK’s shores but now only around 300,000 breeding pairs remain.It is the first British bird to be added to the IUCN’s Red List where plastic has been a factor in its decline. Kittiwakes have been known to drown in fishing nets while oil pollution and plastic litter can kill chicks in the nest.Since 2000 bird populations have dropped by 87 percent in Orkney and Shetland, and by 96 per cent on St Kilda in the Western Isles.Earlier this year, a two month Greenpeace survey of the important kittiwake stronghold Bass Rock, in the Firth of Forth, found plastic bags, packaging and netting strewn in nesting sites, and microplastics in the water.The RSPB said plastics and pollution made survival even harder for populations which were already struggling to feed themselves and their young. Plastic found on Bass Rock by Greenpeace Credit:Greenpeace A Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla at Bullers of Buchan Aberdeenshire ScotlandCredit: David Tipling Photo Library / Alamy Stock Photo Rising sea temperatures due to climate change also threaten sandeels, so kittiwake food supplies could be affected by both local and large-scale processes.“We need to ensure that the future management of the sandeel fishery is sustainable. If our internationally important populations of seabirds are going to cope with climate change, then we need to make sure industrial fisheries are not adding to their problems”, said Dr Euan Dunn, the RSPB’s Marine Policy Specialist.“This is an example of why fisheries policy is vital to the health of our seas. Our thinking on fisheries and marine protection must be as joined up as the seas on which we all rely.Others birds listed as at risk in Britain include the Atlantic Puffin; European Turtle Dove; Pochard; Slavonian Grebe; Balearic Shearwater; Long-tailed Duck; Velvet Scoter and Aquatic Warbler. Globally, the species is thought to have declined by around 40 per cent since the 1970s, justifying today’s uplisting from Least Concern to Vulnerable.In the North Sea, sandeels provide a vital food source for breeding seabirds and they are crucial to the breeding success of kittiwakes. However, they are heavily fished to be used for animal feed and fertiliser. 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. Laura Bambini, the RSPB Scotland’s seabird recovery officer said, “Some efforts are underway to protect important seabird foraging areas in international waters, but there is much more we could do around the UK to protect our internationally important and increasingly threatened seabird populations.”
The Jihadi Beatles were responsible for the murders of western hostages Known by some fellow fighters as ‘Red Beard’, because of his facial hair, Elbergouzi, became notorious for his brutality and commitment to the cause. The identity of a British Islamic State executioner, known as the ‘fifth Beatle’, may have been identified as a west Londoner called, Hudaifa Elgerbouzi.The Islamist, who was killed last year in Syria, was thought to be a member of the all British terror cell, responsible for a series of horrific murders in caliphate.Along with fellow Londoners, Alexander Kotey, El Shafee Elsheikh, Aine Davis and Mohammed Emwazi, the group carried out some of the most notorious murders under the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).Dubbed The Beatles, because of their British accents, the gang were thought to be responsible for the kidnapping of 27 people and the murders of at least five western hostages.Initially it was thought there were only four members of the gang, but witnesses had mentioned other associates and sources have now suggested Elbergouzi was also an integral part of the terror cell.He is thought to have been the first Briton to travel to Syria and join up with Isil after the caliphate was first declared in 2013. 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 unlike some of his terrorist comrades, he always remained under the radar, reluctant to allow his identity to be shared online or in propaganda videos.One of his close associates told ITV News: “He was a psychopath… trying to fulfil his violent and criminal fantasies with God’s stamp of approval.”Elberghouzi is understood to have gone to school in west London with Kotey, who along with Elsheikh are now being held in Syria awaiting extradition to the United States.The pair face the potential death penalty if convicted of terrorist offences.According to ITV News, Elberghouzi was a passionate Arsenal fan when he was growing up, and enjoyed going to the gym and playing football.But he travelled to the middle east when he was aged 20, on board an aid convoy.He later entered Turkey from Greece, before traveling over the border into Syria, where he joined Isil in its formative days.He allegedly travelled with Tarik Hassane, who later returned and is now serving life in prison for a plotting to kill police officers, soldiers and civilians in London.Hassane, 24, who also grew up near Elbergouzi, was nicknamed the Surgeon because he was studying medicine in Sudan.
Tuesday night set to be Britain’s hottest on recordRecord of UK’s hottest day – 38.5C – under threatWhy are all weather apps different and which one should you trust? The best beer gardens in London for the heatwave How men should tackle heatwave dressing at the office – a four-step guide53 summer workwear updates to nail dressing for this week’s heatwave Temperatures rose to 31C(87.8F) at Heathrow today as forecasters predict tonight could be the hottest night on record in Britain. The hottest ever UK night time temperature was 23.9C (75F), which was recorded in Brighton on August 3 1990. But the Met Office say it could remain as high as 24C (75.2F) on Tuesday night for parts of South East England.Night-time temperatures are measured by taking the minimum temperature across a 24-hour period, as the lowest point tends to fall during the early hours of the morning. During the day, parts of south-east England could reach as high as 34C on Tuesday, and the mercury will continue to rise as the week rolls on. By Thursday, the all-time UK temperature record of 38.5C recorded in Faversham in August 2003 could be under threat. It is expected to reach at least 37C in the south east of England, which would beat the current July record of 36.7C set at Heathrow in 2015. Across the UK people will likely find themselves feeling a little uncomfortable as they head to bed tonight. Leading sleep expert, James Wilson, aka The Sleep Geek offers solutions for those unbearable nights. Ensure there is a good airflow through the house. Open windows on both sides to allow the air to pass through.Close blinds and curtains in rooms that are exposed to direct sunlight. The shade will help the room stay cooler.Have a lukewarm bath or shower before bed to encourage your core temperature to drop, or alternatively put lukewarm water in a hot water bottle and place the soles of your feet on it.If using a fan, place a bowl of chilled water in front of it to cool the stream of air it’s pushing around the room.Don’t put bedding or pyjamas in the fridge-freezer, funnily enough, some people do this (although who has a freezer big enough to put a duvet in?). It will add more moisture to your sleep environment and that moisture will heat up and make you even warmer.If you are using a cotton sheet ensure it is as low a thread count as possible as the higher the thread count, the less breathable it is. Cotton is ok in hot weather, although it isn’t that great at wicking the moisture away; I would suggest using bamboo. It has longer fibres so breathes better and doesn’t lint so people with skin conditions are not as aggravated – it is also lighter on the body.Finally don’t worry too much about it. The biggest thing that prevents us from sleeping in hot weather is the thought “I am too hot to sleep”. My advice would be to accept that you might not sleep quite as well, but that it will probably be over in a couple of days and your body will more than likely make up for it by giving you better quality sleep once the temperature drops. 1:32PMThe Environment Agency deploys drones to catch people stealing water The Environment Agency is deploying drones to catch anyone thinking about stealing water from rivers and lakes. The decision comes after last years hot and dry summer prompted some farmers in rural areas to abstract water illegally for their crops, the Government department has said. The 2019 rising temperatures had seen a corresponding rise in the pilfering of water. Year-on-year The Telegraph’s men’s style editor receives two questions; what to wear to weddings, and what on earth to wear to the office when the mercury rises.Because while women can wear breezy but corporate-appropriate dresses and open-toed shoes, men struggle when heatwaves hit. A dog welfare charity has advised owners to not leave pets alone in a hot car seat even for a few minuets as it can prove fatal.Dogs Trust says on a 22C (71.6F) day, the temperature inside a car could rise by 11C in just 10 minutes and because dogs cannot cool down the same way as humans, the heat can quickly become dangerous for them.Earlier this week an American Bulldog Finlay was left fighting for his life after his body temperature soared to a life-threatening 42.2C (108F) during recent hot weather. Heatwave tomorrow. Put your watermelons in the fridge so your cats will be able to use them to cool down. pic.twitter.com/VmTQdVVUHa— Philippa_Perry (@Philippa_Perry) July 22, 2019 12:15PMHow to keep a person with dementia safe during hot weather With potential #heatwaveuk please ensure there is plenty of water available for thirsty hedgehogs (video credit Paul Bunyard). Please share. pic.twitter.com/BkmN3A3gEA— Hedgehog Society (@hedgehogsociety) July 22, 2019 5:37PMM.C.C relax their dress code ahead of England v. Ireland Test Match due to hot weather 4:14PMPeople take to social media to get them through the heat Take a quick glance around your office this week and you may spot a few telltale signs of the heatwave Britain is currently basking in; extra freckles, t-shirt tans and reddy brown shoulders. All from a few harmless days spent out in the sunshine, right?Wrong. “While a small percentage of the population are dutifully applying sun cream every time they head out in the sun, the vast majority of the UK are taking every opportunity to bake themselves, entirely oblivious to the damage they’re inflicting upon their skin,” says consultant dermatologist Dr Nick Lowe, a professor of dermatology at UCLA in California. “Mostly because they believe it won’t really do them any harm.”Maria Lally takes a look at how you can protect your skin during this week’s rays. 10:08AMDriving today? Here’s what to do to avoid a sun-related accident The RNLI sent out a Tweet warning people in the UK and Ireland about jumping into cold water to cool off during the heatwave.They said: “Water temperatures are still low enough to cause cold water shock, which can leave you panicking and gasping for air. If you do get into trouble, you need to #FloatToLive.” In Oxford, the city’s binmen will start their day earlier tomorrow to beat the heatwave.The city council said tonight: “As the mercury soars, Oxford’s bin collections are starting early for the rest of this week, starting at 6am.”The decision by Oxford Direct Services to bring collections forward has been made to protect the collection teams from heavy work in the extreme heat that is predicted for the next few days. Collections will begin at 6am immediately and the early starts will continue for the rest of the week.Nigel Chapman, Cabinet Member for Safer Communities and Customer Focused Services, said “We’ve made the decision to start earlier for the welfare of our collection teams. There’s a lot of heavy lifting and miles of walking in a collection shift, so we want to avoid the hottest part of the day to stop them overheating, which is a real health risk.” ☀️🛤 Temperatures this week are predicted to hit 32C in some areas.Intense heat can cause rails to buckle – find out more about what we do to prepare and prevent this from happening. 👇➡️ https://t.co/Ns9sI9whLN #Weather #UKWeather pic.twitter.com/xVxvNxZOXc— Network Rail (@networkrail) July 22, 2019 St John Ambulance are sharing simple, but life saving first aid tips to help keep communities safe in the sun.Dr Lynn Thomas, Medical Director at St John Ambulance said: “Extreme heat can be very dangerous, particularly for the very young and old.“Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are two of the most serious problems that can develop when the mercury soars but by being prepared you can spot the early warning signs, such as headache and dizziness. Knowing what action to take, could mean you might be the difference between life and death in an emergency in your community.” There really isn’t much better than a trip to the beer garden on a hot day (or, in London-dwelling actuality, any day it isn’t raining). In fact, some might call it a necessity. Unfortunately, there never seems to be one nearby when the sun comes out. We’ve all been there; hops on the mind, sunglasses on the nose, and nothing but a crowded pavement full of after-work pint-swiggers in sight.You deserve better, so we’ve made it our duty to find better. Here is our definitive list of London’s best beer gardens – North, South, West and East. 12:49PMHow to help someone sleeping rough during the heatwave Heatwaves should be named in the same way as winter storms to better warn people of the dangers of sweltering heat, it has been urged.The Government’s advisory Committee on Climate Change recently warned that the UK was not prepared for a future of more heatwaves, with more action needed to prevent overheating in homes, hospitals and schools, and that even vulnerable people did not consider themselves at risk.Last summer’s heatwaves led to 863 excess deaths, Public Health England has estimated.Bob Ward, director of policy at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change, said the Met Office should start naming heatwaves, like it has for winter storms since 2015, to help warn people about severe weather. 2:03PMWhat to wear to work during the heatwave Network Rail have launched specialist teams to asses their railways and ensure passenger safety as temperatures are expected to soar.Their ‘extreme weather action teams’ (EWATs) will visit locations across the country to asses the impact of the rising temperatures on the UK’s rail network. Network Rail tracks have a “stress-free” temperature of 27C, but the mercury set to rise to 38C in parts of south east England on Thursday. 4:33PMSoaring temperatures brings jury deliberations to a halt With the UK and Ireland in the midst of a #heatwave, it’s tempting to jump into cold water to cool off. But water temperatures are still low enough to cause cold water shock, which can leave you panicking and gasping for air. If you do get into trouble, you need to #FloatToLive. pic.twitter.com/mjCXh5Nmf4— RNLI (@RNLI) July 23, 2019 11:12AMHow to protect your skin as temperatures soar 2:37PMDon’t jump into cold water warn RNLI As England and Ireland get ready to play their first Test Match at Lord’s tomorrow, the M.C.C have relaxed their dress code due to the warm weather. Jackets, which are usually a requirement, do not need to be worn for the first two days of the test. They said: “In light of the abnormally warm temperatures forecast for the first two days of the Ireland Test Match, the Chief Executive & Secretary has decided to dispense with the requirement of the Dress Regulations to wear jackets to the Ground and in the Pavilion on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th July.” Commuters cross London Bridge as temperatures soarCredit:SWNS The Met Office confirms a recorded temperature of 31C(87.8F) at Heathrow today 11:33AMHow to sleep when it’s ‘too hot’ Temperatures have already reached 31 °C at Heathrow #heatwave #HeatwaveUK pic.twitter.com/fgdNPREcen— Met Office (@metoffice) July 23, 2019 A drone in the sky Credit: John Robertson 2:17PMWhy are all weather apps different and which one should you trust? 2:28PMLeave water out for ‘thirsty wildlife visitors’ say Badger Trust The heatwave has got us reminiscing about the weather of 1976. The year of Harold Wilson and Jim Callaghan’s governments, of Concorde and the Cod War, was also the hottest in the UK since records began. Rainless days multiplied and temperatures climbed, finally reached a pitiless 35.9 degrees in Cheltenham. You can share your memories of summers past in the comments below. 1:41PMMemories from the 1976 heatwave 9:21AMHow to cope in hot weather – top tips Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity has issued five tips for helping someone you see sleeping rough during the hot weather. From offering food, water, hats, sunglasses and sun cream to speaking to your local council, you can check out their advice below. The latest Department for Transport statistics show 2,324 vehicle collisions a year are caused by dazzling sun, of which 449 are serious and 25 fatal.So if your great summer getaway starts today – here’s what to do to avoid becoming a statistic, according to LeaseCar.UK. Use the visors: Sun visors are there to block dazzling sunlight and provide safer driving conditions, so remember to make full use of yours when necessary – including on the passenger side of your car. On most vehicles they can also unclip and spin 90 degrees to shield side windows, in case the sunlight is coming from a different direction.Slow down: If the sun, or any other weather conditions, are affecting your vision behind the wheel and ability to travel safely, it’s vital to drive slower. This allows you a greater reaction time should a problem arise and offers an opportunity to consider if, when and where it’s worth pulling over, to wait for conditions to improve.Back off: If glare from sunshine is reducing visibility on the road, it’s wise to leave an increased following distance to the vehicle in front of you. Struggling to see other cars’ actions could be extremely hazardous, but allowing additional time and space to interpret the road ahead should reduce the risk of danger.Clean inside and out: Before setting off on a journey on a bright summer’s day, make sure your windscreen and mirrors are completely clean and free from smears or dirt that could be made highly visible and obstructive with direct sunlight shining on them. Keep screen wash topped up too. Removing clutter from the dashboard could also aid drivers vision and safety when travelling in potentially dazzling sun, as materials such as paper, glass and food packaging can reflect sunlight and cause problems. Give surfaces a wipe as well.Fix cracks: Any cracks, scratches or pits on your windscreen or even your bonnet could cause sunlight to scatter and distort your view of the road. Before driving in summery conditions, ensure your vehicle is in top shape and invest in a professional once over if you have any doubts.Get glasses: A pair of polarised glasses could help reduce the sun’s glare and improve your safety on the roads this summer without the darkening effect of traditional sun glasses. Polarised lenses contain a filter that blocks out intense reflected light, making them an ideal aid to driving in potentially dazzling weather conditions and worth keeping in your vehicle at all times. 1:19PMNetwork Rail launch specialist teams to deal with tracks buckling 6:28PMBinmen to start their day early tomorrow to beat the ongoing heat Hedgehogs may also come looking for water, leave a bowl out for them to ensure they stay hydrated. 3:27PMShould heatwaves be named like storms? Sunbathers apply sunscreen on Towan beach in Newquay, Cornwall last week Credit:PA Summer is a time to feel good. Martin Chilton picks the best 20 songs about summer that will bring you musical sunshine. 9:41AMWhat exactly is a heatwave? Jamie Johnson reports In Oxford, the soaring temperature has brought jury deliberations to a halt in the trial of Ben Field, accused of murdering an elderly lecturer in an elaborate plot to inherit his wealth.At around 3pm, the jury at the city’s crown court complained that they could not concentrate on their task, despite having all the windows open and a fan blowing in their room.To make matters worse, the air conditioning in the court building is also not working, and may not be fixed for a number of days.As temperatures reached 33 degrees celsius outside, the judge, Mr Justice Sweeney, allowed them to take the rest of the day off, mindful of the older members of the jury who were “particularly vulnerable” to the heat.The jury has been out since last Monday and has not yet reached its verdict on ten separate charges for three defendants.Tomorrow, the court is trying to arrange a different conference room for the jurors, in the hope that the hot weather does not hinder their deliberations any more.In the case, Mr Field, of Wellingborough Road, Olney, Buckinghamshire, denies murder, conspiracy to murder, attempted murder, and possessing an article for use in fraud. He has admitted four charges of fraud and two of burglary.His brother Tom Field, 24, of the same address, denies a single charge of fraud.Martyn Smith, 32, of Penhalvean, Redruth, Cornwall, denies murder, conspiracy to murder, two charges of fraud and one of burglary. People are using humour to get them through the sweltering weather. British psychotherapist and author, Philippa Perry took to Twitter with some tongue-in-cheek advise for cat owners. When the steel tracks heat up they can expand and buckle, so speed restrictions must be put in place to ease the pressure.Network Rail have said they will advise if any restrictions will be enforced.James Nattrass, director of incident management, at Network Rail said: “Keeping passengers safe and moving are our top priorities during this heatwave. That’s why we sometimes have to put speed restriction on to prevent our rails, that can be over 20oC higher than air temperatures, from buckling which can derail a train and cause huge delays.” While wet t-shirt competitions may not be your style there are more subtle ways to keep cool this week. Try soaking a pair of socks in cold water or eating a spicy curry. We’ve rounded up our favourite tricks that will keep you from breaking a sweat during the heatwave. Just whatever you do, don’t try to fan yourself. If, like me, you struggled to sleep last night, here are a few tips that might help you beat the burn tonight. Have any nuggets of advice? Leave your tips in the comments section below this article. Some weather forecasts are universal, to a degree, but even in this most extraordinary of weeks there are points of contention between different institutions. The Met Office and the BBC seem to believe that the skies will be clear until showers on Friday. Norwegian app Yr is predicting light showers amid searing heat on Thursday afternoon. But AccuWeather is forecasting a thunderstorm as early as Wednesday morning, followed by a clear Thursday and more thunder on Friday.So who to trust? And why are they so different anyway? You can read Tom Hoggins’ investigation here. Sweaty tube journeys and offices lacking sufficient air conditioning might leave you feeling deflated when opening your wardrobe during the heatwave but our team of fashion experts have you covered. From pretty printed midi skirts to mood-lifting coloured accessories, here are the new season buys that will have you looking forward to getting dressed for work. 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. While you’re feeling the #heat this week, remember #hotweather can be extremely dangerous for people who are #homeless on the streets. Here are some ways you can help. 👇 #heatwave pic.twitter.com/bLe6SQ0lEL— Shelter (@Shelter) July 23, 2019 “Please take care in the sun, especially during the middle of the day. Water bottles may be filled from the many water fountains located around the Ground. If you or your guests feel unwell, please speak to the nearest steward, who will arrange for medical assistance if necessary.” They added that should the hot weather continue, this dispensation may be extended. A dog in a convertibleCredit:Martin Meissner/AP 11:00AMThe dos and don’ts of the UK heatwave 3:11PMPolice called out to dogs left in cars despite warnings With record temperatures set to be reached this week, Dementia UK, the provider of specialist dementia support, has updated its guidance on how to keep a person with dementia safe during hot weather. Due to communication difficulties a person with dementia may not be able to explain that they’re dehydrated or feeling unwell because of the heat.They could also forget to wear loose, cool clothing as well as hats and sunglasses. Dr. Hilda Hayo, Chief Admiral Nurse and CEO at Dementia UK offers updated guidance on looking after your loved ones this week: Arrange for friends, neighbours or relatives to provide extra checks on a person with dementia. They should be aware of the possible signs to look out for including: headaches, dizziness, increased confusion, pale and sweaty skin as well as excessive thirst. Always seek medical advice if you have concerns.Dehydration can be a big issue for a person with dementia as they may not remember to drink fluids throughout the day. Ensure that any cups or glasses are nearest to the hand they write with and they can easily see them. Try not to include pieces of fruit within the water as this can sometimes be confusing and off-putting for a person with dementia. If the person prefers to drink fruit squashes add this to the water as this can make it more appealing for the person and easier for them to see. Regularly prompting the person to drink can also prevent dehydration.Some medication can be affected by a person’s dehydration and this may lead to a drop in blood pressure. This can lead to falls or fainting. You can avoid this by keeping track of when the person with dementia takes their medication. Sticking to the same schedule every day and ensuring the medication is taken with water is advisable.Sometimes a person with dementia may get confused with what clothing to wear during the heat. They may wear fleeces, thick coats or jackets instead of cool and loose fitting clothing. In situations like this, you can look at buying a similar style of clothing made out of a much thinner natural fabric.There can also be cases where someone with dementia refuses to change their clothes during long periods of heat. This can result in personal hygiene issues and even infections. Sometimes people with dementia like to have a routine such as wanting to wear the same clothes all the time. To maintain good standards of hygiene, you can buy multiple sets of the same clothing and the dirty clothing can then be removed when the person goes to bed at night. The next morning, you can lay out a clean set of clothing ready for them to wear.Dr Hayo added: “Our Admiral Nurses specialise in practical advice to help people with dementia and their families get the best quality of life. For more information, call our Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline on 0800 888 6678.” The one-year-old – who was born with three legs – became overheated when his owner took him to a park in Glasgow.The charity has advised not walking dogs at the hottest times of the day. But it said early morning or later in the evening walks are best accompanied with water.It has also said tarmac can get “very hot in the sun” and advises owners “to check it with their hand before letting dogs walk on it so they don’t burn their paws”.Other tips that have been given are avoiding long car journeys, using a sun blind for shade, avoiding congested roads as much as possible and taking regular breaks and having plenty of water on board. Long periods in the sun can take its toll after a while and can lead to heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion is caused by a loss of salt and water from the body, usually through excessive sweating. It develops slowly and usually happens to people who aren’t used hot, humid weather.Heatstroke is even more serious than heat exhaustion and can be life-threatening. Use this interactive weather map to zoom in to where you are today and see how hot it is likely to get. Cambridgeshire Constabulary have been called out to two incidents today of dogs left in cars by their owners. On both occasions the dogs’ owners returned and were given stern words of advice by an officer. A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire Constabulary said: “So far this month we have had 14 calls relating to dogs being left in hot cars, including the above three yesterday and today – thought to be two of the hottest days of the year so far.“If it’s 22 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can reach 47 degrees within the hour.“Our message can’t be much clearer – dogs die in hot cars. Please never leave your dog in the car on a hot day. If you see a dog in distress in a hot car, call 999.” The Badger Trust have said you should leave out bowls of water for thirsty visitors, including this badger who took a dip in an attempt to cool down. 9:14AMHow hot will it be on your street today? 3:40PMHow to treat heatstroke A heatwave is a prolonged period of abnormally hot weather, but the thresholds vary from place to place. In the majority of Wales, the south-west and north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, this threshold is 25C, for the Midlands, south-east Wales, and parts of the south-west, it is 26C, the home counties and the south-east of England’s threshold is 27C and for London it is 28C. When the temperature reaches these thresholds and stay there for three days – it is considered a heatwave. The Met Office explains in further detail in this video: 2:12PMThe best beer gardens in London 1:51PMTemperatures hit 31C at Heathrow England’s Jason Roy is set to make his England Test debutCredit:PA 8:57AMLeaving dog in car for ‘just minutes’ could kill them Meanwhile, a spoof Twitter account HeatwaveUk offers advice to Britons struggling with the surge in temperatures. In a series of funny tweets it addressed the weather head on.One read: “If you’re in a meeting at work today, that room is going to be mega stuffy and you’re in danger of falling asleep.”So take a fresh salmon with you and give it to your best workmate. When they see you drifting off, they can slap you across the face with it”.Another account Official Weather UK run by an amateur forecaster suggested filling up a wheelie bin with water if a pool is not at your disposal. 4:54PMThe 21 best songs for a heatwave Mr Ward said: “Far more people have died from recent heatwaves than from storms, so it should be uncontroversial to start applying names to both.”The Government and its agencies, including the Met Office, must lead the way in communicating the growing dangers of heatwaves and other impacts of climate change, so that the British public are better informed and can protect themselves.”In 2015, the Met Office started to name storms that were likely to have a significant impact in order to “aid the communication of approaching severe weather”.Heatwaves do not currently receive official names, though a heatwave across parts of Europe during summer 2017 was nicknamed ‘Lucifer’.Should heatwaves be named like storms? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Andrew Chapman, Environment Planning Specialist for the Environment Agency in East Anglia, said: “This will be the first time we have ever used drones for this purpose. The majority of irrigators do operate within their licence conditions. However, last year a minority of farmers did not play by the rules and severely restricted other people’s ability to irrigate their crops.”A third party would be employed to operate the drone, a spokesman for the Environment Agency said, which connected to a web portal, so that an Environment Agency staff member can view the images from a computer and direct the device to fly over certain locations.The spokesman added: “If irrigators are found to be abstracting illegally, enforcement action will be taken. This can include written warnings, civil sanctions, referral to the Rural Payments Agency or prosecution.”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLetter: An evil act of major proportionsMarch 29, 2017In “Letters”‘Intimidation, bullyism, abuse’ being faced by women in the workplace must end- WPOApril 4, 2017In “Business”Audit of Linden Town Council placed on holdFebruary 7, 2017In “Local News” Linden Town Clerk Jonellor Bowen, today received from the Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan a letter revoking her appointment for a position she held since the previous Administration was in office.Bowen told sections of the media that the revocation letter was dated today and did not cite any grounds for her dismissal other than the Minister’s authority to act which in enshrined in Sections 118(1) and 326 (4) of the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01.Jonellor BowenShe noted that while she could not ascertain why her appointment was revoked, she had cause to dispatch several letters that complained about the alleged abuse of officials by the Linden Mayor.Those dispatched letters were reportedly sent to the Linden Mayor, the Linden Town Counicllors and to Bulkan and his Permanent Secretary (PS), Emil McGarrel.Bowen was only recently reinstated to her position of Town Clerk after she was sent on administrative leave pending an investigation into alleged wrongdoings within the Council.Councillors of the municipality had passed a No-Confidence Motion against Bowen on July 27, 2016, and she was sent on administrative leave in October 2016, following a Commission of Inquiry into alleged wrongdoings within the Council.The Commission of Inquiry which released its findings a few weeks ago, found that the Motion brought against the Town Clerk was “in contravention with the procedures set out in Section 8 of Chapter 28:01 of the Municipal and District Councils Act of the Laws of Guyana and was also in contravention of the Standing Order rules under Section 9.”PS McGarrel, wrote to the Council in a letter dated January 26, 2017, advising the Council to reinstate Bowen. McGarrel noted in the letter that arising from the findings of this Committee, the Ministry is not in a position to endorse the No-Confidence Motion as it currently stands due to its procedural irregularities. He further advised that the Town Clerk shall be called upon to resume her functions as Town Clerk forthwith.Local Government CommissionMeanwhile, observers have raised concerns that the body which was constituted to address situations such as these, the Local Government Commission (LGC), has yet to become operational, even though its eight members from the State and Opposition among others were chosen several months ago.Opposition Member of Parliament Juan Edghill was quoted in sections of the media today saying that “in absence of a Commission, this officer is left in the cold at the discretion of the sole politician…what we are seeing is not an administrative decision. It is a political decision.”Mentioning the findings of the COI into the Town Clerk’s investigation, Edghill posited “if there was an Investigative Committee and a report was submitted and the officer was cleared, then on what basis was her appointment revoked…no cause for the revocation was stated and no notice was given. This was a purely political decision.”Communities Minister Ronald BulkanBulkan had said- after promising the establishment of the LGC on multiple occasions prior and failing to deliver- that the Commission would be established this year.The LGC is provided for in Guyana’s Constitution via Article 78 (a).The Bill to enable the establishing of the Commission was passed in the National Assembly in August 2013 and in November that year received Presidential assent.The Commission’s functions, outlined at clause 13. (1) of the Act, says that the Commission shall have power to deal with all matters relating to the regulation and staffing of local government organs including employment and dismissal of staff and with dispute resolution within and between local government organs, and in particular, shall monitor and review the performance and implementation of policies of all local government organs, including policies of taxation and protection of the environment, among other powers.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRockstone tragedy: Body of uncle still missingOctober 31, 2017In “latest news”Preparations moving apace for eighth Rockstone Fish FestivalOctober 19, 2013In “Local News”Heart-breaking search continues for T&T girl, step-dadAugust 8, 2016In “latest news” …during outing at Fish FestivalThe 12th annual Rockstone Fish Festival ended abruptly on Sunday following the death of a teenager and her uncle who are suspected to have drowned in the vicinity of Golden Beach in Region 10.Dead are 13-year-old Yasha Prince of Bagostown, East Bank Demerara and 50-year-old Gavin Moses who resided on the West Coast of Demerara.The 13-year-old was celebrating her birthday and travelled to the fish festival to celebrate with her family. Moses celebrated his birthday on Saturday.Based on reports received, upon spending some time at the fish festival, the now dead teenager and her uncle along with other relatives boarded a private boat at the Rockstone waterway and travelled to the Golden Beach to take a swim. The golden beach is near Rockstone.After about an hour on the beach, Prince and two cousins including Thalia Clarke were diving in the water and suddenly drifted in the deeper part of the river.Clarke told this news entity that after she realise Prince and her sister were going into the water she went to assist but only managed to save her. She explained that after she raised an alarm, her uncle, Gavin Moses came to assist but after pushing Prince onto shore, he went down and was still missing up to late this evening (Sunday).A scene Sunday afternoon at the Rockstone Fish Festival after news spread of the drowning“We try to do CPR but she was already dead…We rolled her over and start press her stomach but she remained motionless”, Clarke said.Her uncle, she noted, reportedly called out to some guys who were close by but they were unresponsive. She is of the brief that if the guys had come to their assistance, they would have managed to save the duo.The girl’s body being removed from the sceneAnthony English, another patron who was at the beach said he heard the screams and went to assist but as he was doing so, the now missing man held on to him and was pulling him down into the water and as such, he had no alternative but to save himself.He said that the teenager was already dead but the man never made it to shore. A health worker at the scene explained that she was at Rockstone water front when she received the message of the unfortunate incident.She, along with members of the Rockstone Tourism authority and police ranks, rushed to the area where she saw Prince in a motionless state and upon checking, there was no pulse.However, the body of the teenager was taken to the Linden Hospital Complex where doctors confirm her death.
Opposition Leader and General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Bharrat JagdeoThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) will soon launch its election manifesto, which will comprise several programmes from its 2015 manifesto aimed at further developing Guyana.This was according to the Party’s General Secretary (GS), Bharrat Jagdeo during his address to thousands of supporters who turned up a meeting at Port Mourant on Saturday.Jagdeo stated that despite the wealth of experience and competent members within the Party, the manifesto would reflect the best for all Guyana with input from all.“Get on to the Party so that we can get your ideas included, since we believe that in the programme that we will launch before the elections, your wishes and desires must be reflected and that once we put forward that programme, unlike the APNU [A Partnership for National Unity], that will be our promise to the people of Guyana to fulfil.”Commenting on Government’s ability to see into the future, Jagdeo referred to the current Administration as a government without a vision.“When we were in government, we were talking about a green sector, a low-carbon development strategy that will bring new jobs and new wealth.”This, he added, was going to upgrade the sugar and rice industries.“That is what the vision was. You know what they have reduced it now to? When a reporter asked the President (Granger) ‘How are you going to create jobs in the future,’ he said, ‘We must do things like making pepper sauce and making cook-up to sell, and making plantain chips…’ That is where we have come from; talking about a future that will create thousands of jobs and new wealth and new infrastructure and a modern country to now selling plantain chips and cook-up rice, you can’t run a country on that…”As it relates to the Corentyne, the Party leader repeated his promise to reopen the sugar estates that were closed in December of 2017.Government closed the Rose Hall and Skeldon Estates leaving only the Albion Estate functional. In fact, 1851 workers were sacked from the Skeldon Sugar Estate, 1181 from the Rose Hall Estate, 1480 from the East Demerara Sugar Estate and 251 from the Wales Sugar Estate.In Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), which had depended heavily on sugar, with the closure of two of the three sugar estates in the Region, all other sectors have been affected.“People have to earn to be able to put food on their table and send their children to school, so that is what we want to see,” the Opposition Leader stated.During his presentation, Jagdeo also addressed the no-confidence motion, which was successfully passed in the National Assembly.He explained that the Speaker of the House has already ruled on it – refusing to reverse his decision, but he allowed the court to rule on the various issues which arose.The court’s ruling will just serve as a guide for the future the Opposition Leader told his supporters.“After March 19, this Government becomes unconstitutional, illegal, illegitimate so when they come out here stop calling them Minister, President and Prime Minister after that date.They are trying to sell the sugar industry now in the few days they have remaining. We said we will not recognise any sale of the sugar industry because the Government is in a caretaker capacity,” Jagdeo added.Over 5000 PPP supporters turned up at Train Line Dam, Port Mourant, on Saturday, where they were greeted and addressed by the presidential candidate, Irfaan Ali. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related“The clock is ticking,” Jagdeo says as PPP gearing up for ElectionsJanuary 21, 2019In “latest news”Over 3000 ethnically inclusive PPP candidates to contest LGE- General SecretarySeptember 24, 2018In “latest news”LGE 2018: Large turnout for PPP in Linden as GS promises deliverance come 2020October 31, 2018In “latest news”
MinerAndina reports that Funsur, the country’s sole tin smelter and refinery, owned by the – likewise – sole local tin producer, Minsur, has temporarily suspended operations following the earthquake on August 15 across the shores of Pisco, 200 km south of Lima. In addition, Aceros Arequipa, also located in the Province of Pisco, stopped operations for two days due to the failure of the electricity supply.MinerAndina also reports the recently commissioned Cerro Lindo copper-zinc-lead mine, part of the Milpo mining group, situated in the Province of Chincha, halted its operations for two days, due to blocked roads and the lack of electricity. Last Friday, the company announced the restart of its operations.Shougang Hierro Peru, an affiliate of China’s Shougang Group, operator of the Marcona iron ore mine, located in the Province of Nazca, south of Pisco, reported that its operations are going as usual at the mine and plant, “in spite of having suffered a slight power cut”.Other operations near the area directly affected by the quake, such as the Antapite mines, belonging to Cía. de Minas Buenaventura, and Doe Run Peru’s Cobriza, located in Huancavelica department, were operating as usual.Exploration projects such as Chariot Resources’ Mina Justa, situated in San Juan de Marcona (Nazca), and the Pinaya gold-copper project, undertaken by Acero-Martin, located in Arequipa, were not affected. Canadian company Century Mining, operating the San Juan gold mine, also in Arequipa, did not report any damage to its facilities either.Compañía de Minas Buenaventura also made it clear that the rest of its operations, including gold company Yanacocha, located in Cajamarca, had not suffered any damages. The same was the case of Barrick Gold with respect to its Pierina mine (Ancash) and Lagunas Norte mine (La Libertad). Pan American Silver announced that none of its mines had been significantly affected by the quake. Geoff Burns, Chairman and CEO, noted that as a matter of precaution, it was decided to temporarily suspend underground operations at Huarón and Morococha in order to verify the condition of rock structures and to make sure that safety conditions were adequate.For subscription information to MinerAndina,see www.minerandina.com
The Global Reporting Initiative and International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) today invited public comments on draft guidance on sustainability reporting for mining and metals companies. Sustainability reports are vehicles through which companies and other reporting organisations can disclose their performance on a range of economic, environmental, and social issues. This information is increasingly sought by investors, employees, consumers and other stakeholders of companies who want to know how, in a company’s thinking and actions, it is taking leadership on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, labor relations, human rights and product responsibility.The GRI G3 Guidelines are the world’s most widely-used sustainability reporting framework. The common framework enables like-for-like comparison to be made between companies, and for change to be effected from within a company.In addition to the universally applicable G3 Guidelines for sustainability reporting, the Mining and Metals Sector Supplement will assist the mining and metals industry to produce more effective sustainability reports by offering guidance specifically tailored to the mining and metals sector.ICMM’s Aidan Davy said, “There are some mining sector-specific issues of interest to our members and their stakeholders – such as the management of overburden, waste rock and tailings, or proximity to artisanal and small-scale mining activities – that are not covered in the G3 Guidelines. The Sector Supplement should bridge this gap and help to ensure more consistent public reporting on such issues.”In particular, the guidance in the Mining and Metals Sector Supplement considers the following issues:The control, use, and management of landThe contribution to national economic and social developmentCommunity and stakeholder engagementLabour relationsEnvironmental managementRelationships with artisanal and small-scale miningAn integrated approach to minerals use.“Mining and metals firms face unique sustainability challenges relating to, for example, their potential impacts on the environment and on local communities, and they therefore require specific tailored guidance on sustainability reporting in addition to the globally applicable GRI Guidelines. We are thus delighted to be working with ICMM – the industry’s leading membership body – as well as with NGOs, investors and labor unions, in developing such guidance,” said Maaike Fleur, GRI’s Sector Supplements Manager.The draft guidance has been prepared by an international multi-stakeholder group comprised of individuals from the mining and metals industry, NGOs, labour unions and investors. GRI led the process – with support from ICMM – through which consensus between the groups was reached.Comment is welcome via the following link: http://www.globalreporting.org/ReportingFramework/SectorSupplements/MiningAndMetals/MiningAndMetals.htmThe public comment period will remain open until April 29, 2009.Membership of the Working Group on the Metals and Mining Sector Supplement comprises individuals from:Ambatovy Nickel and Cobalt ProjectAnglo AmericanBHP BillitonCentre for Human Rights and EnvironmentEuropean NickelFirst Peoples WorldwideFauna & Flora InternationalGoldman SachsInternational Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions (ICEM)IUCN – The World Conservation UnionNational Union of Mine Workers South AfricaNewmontRio TintoStandardlife InvestmentsTeckValeWorld Bank.
Decmil Group has been awarded two contracts totalling in excess of A$71 million at the Roy Hill iron ore project. Decmil Australia, has been selected to design and construct rail and port facilities along with associated infrastructure to service the project. Design has commenced with onsite delivery subject to Roy Hill Infrastructure obtaining the necessary financing for the Roy Hill project, which is located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Decmil CEO Scott Criddle said: “We regard this as a very significant win for the company. Roy Hill is an important new iron ore project and Decmil is delighted to be involved. Decmil has a long history of working within the iron ore sector in the Pilbara and will bring the full extent of our experience and expertise to the design and construction of these facilities for Roy Hill.”The Roy Hill Rail Non-Process Infrastructure Buildings and Associated Services package is a A$56.6 million contract for the design and construction of rail terminal buildings including a rolling stock workshop, wheel lathe building, loco washdown, warehouse and lay down areas, administration buildings, car parking and associated services. The scope of works includes specialist maintenance equipment, overhead gantry cranes, fuel / lube delivery systems and oily water treatment.The Roy Hill Port Non-Process Infrastructure Buildings and Associated Services package is a A$14.5 million contract for the design and construction of port landside facilities including a belt-splice workshop, storage and workshop area with overhead crane and external cold-rooms, maintenance workshop incorporating welding and service bays, a hydraulic clean room and supporting services, administration buildings and services infrastructure.Work is anticipated to commence on both projects during 2014.
Modular Mining Systems’ DISPATCH® 6 Fleet Management system (FMS) has been chosen to replace the current Leica/Jigsaw system at Asarco Mission mine. Mission mine is part of the Mission Complex, which also contains the Eisenhower, Pima, Mineral Hill, and South San Xavier properties, and North San Xavier mine, in Sahuarita, Arizona.In operation since 1961 and with a reserve life extending to 2033, the Mission open-pit copper mine reported copper concentrate production of 133.9 Mlb for 2014.In conjunction with the DISPATCH 6 FMS, Mission will implement Modular’s ProVision® 3 Machine Guidance solution for drills, shovels and loaders. To augment the capabilities of the FMS, the mine has also selected the Prestart, Blending, Lineup Management, Fuel Service, Crusher, Water Truck, and Speed Management, add-on modules. The technologies will be used on nearly 40 trucks, drills, shovels, loaders, and auxiliary units.“We are eager to apply Modular’s proven, integrated technology to reduce our cost per tonne mined and price per pound produced during these trying times,” said Bjorn Meyer, Mine Manager at Mission. “Longer term, we see many opportunities to participate in the development and testing of Modular products.”The mine, located in close proximity to Modular’s headquarters and the proving grounds operated by Modular’s parent company, Komatsu, will also become an instrumental development site for Modular.“Modular has a long-standing relationship with Asarco and Grupo Mexico, and we are excited about expanding the relationship to the Mission mine,” said Greg Lanz, General Manager, North America, at Modular. “The proximity to Tucson will allow us to conduct real-world testing, providing us valuable customer feedback and insights into the deployability, usability, and supportability of our products,” he added.The simultaneous commissioning of the DISPATCH FMS and ProVision 3 solution is slated to begin in mid-2016.
Sandvik’s new Sandvik DO600 onboard roof bolting solution is designed to meet the coal industry need for faster, safer bolting – the first step towards hands-free bolting. Roof support is of course one of the most important tasks in coal operations.Aligned with Sandvik’s focus on the aftermarket, the DO600 series will replace a number of older models and is suitable for retrofit on existing units, converting current equipment to the most advanced bolting technology available. It will ultimately be provided as standard on all new mechanical cutting machines.Compared to equivalent older bolter models, the Sandvik DO600 series is designed to offer up to 40% longer interval between repairs, 100% cost control with the “price per bolt” model and up to 30% reduction in operating cost.DO600 upgrade solutions come with an extended warranty, with ongoing maintenance provided. The conversion can be quickly undertaken by Sandvik skilled technicians, in the same time as a standard on-board bolter exchange.The frame, feed and timber jack modules are designed for ease of maintenance, increasing production time. Available in different lengths and drill strokes, the new DO600 series can accommodate a range of customer applications and preferences and is available with a variety of head plates, drill head types and inlet manifolds.“Designed with future industry needs in mind, it will eventually lead to Sandvik DO600i – the intelligent enabler for measuring feed force, timber jack and drill head positioning, data logging, etc.”, says Bruno Reumueller, VP Underground Coal and Minerals, Mechanical Cutting, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology.