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Podcast The NFL Draft Mayweathers Past And How Many NFL Players Go

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed 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. Embed Code Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (for April 28, 2015), we look at the upcoming NFL draft and whether there is anything to all the measuring and testing that goes into evaluating prospects; Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao, the future of boxing, and Mayweather’s violent past; and ESPN’s Pablo Torre visits the studio to discuss a new study on how many NFL athletes go bankrupt. And our significant digit this week is -14.7 — how many points the Toronto Raptors underperformed by this offseason.Plus: An update on the first Hot Takedown crowdsourcing project, which asks you to submit your ideas to help stop tanking in the NBA.Stream the episode by clicking the play button above, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to.Below, some links to what we discuss in this week’s show:How would you fix the NBA draft and stop tanking? Tell us.Neil Paine on how NFL teams try to beat the draft — and fail.How surplus value works in the NFL Draft.What does the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight mean for the future of boxing?“Outside The Lines” on Mayweather’s troubled past.A look at whether we missed out on the best possible fight between these two boxers.Pablo Torre’s 2009 article “How (and Why) Athletes Go Broke.”The recent NBER paper on NFL bankruptcy. Hot Takedown read more

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These CavsWarriors Games Are Not Previews Of The NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors beat the brakes off of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday in a 126-91 win. Basketball fans are fairly well trained not to extrapolate too much of the regular season to what will happen in the postseason, but with a walloping this thorough it’s natural to wonder if the Cavs have any chance in the Finals.But after two Warriors-Cavs games this season, we likely still haven’t seen what the teams will look like if they meet for the third Finals in a row this June.Basketball matchups aren’t really between teams, they’re between lineups. Fans are familiar with the famous five-man units, like the Warriors’ Death Lineup of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Harrison Barnes, or the Megadeath Lineup, which swaps out Barnes for Kevin Durant. But the ramifications of more minor adjustments can be profound: In last season’s Finals, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Richard Jefferson, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson outscored opponents by 26.9 points per 100 possessions in 66 minutes; but when they swapped out Thompson for Iman Shumpert for 14 minutes, the Cavs were outscored by 16 points, or 56.6 points per 100 possessions.So lineups matter. And during the regular season, the Cavs’ and Warriors’ Finals lineups don’t play each other very much.The Cavs’ five most-favored lineups against the Warriors during the regular season have played a combined two minutes against them in the Finals. Two minutes! Obviously, injuries have been a factor: Kevin Love missed all the 2015 Finals, and Kyrie Irving was injured in Game 1 and did not play again in the series. But considering the most-played lineup against Golden State in 2016-17 includes DeAndre Liggins, and neither J.R. Smith nor Kyle Korver appears in a top-5 lineup, it’s a safe bet that we haven’t seen Cleveland’s preferred lineups against Golden State.The Warriors haven’t been much more consistent. In 2014-15, the five lineups that played most161 percent of available minutes. against the Cavs in the Warriors’ regular season games played 45 percent of available minutes in the Finals, anchored largely by the Death Lineup, which played 24 percent of the minutes (most of any lineup in that Finals) and outscored the Cavs by 21.8 points per 100 possessions.Last season, however, an injury to Bogut and a slump from Barnes threw the Warriors into disarray, as their five most favored lineups against the Cavs from the regular season played just 15 percent of available minutes in the Finals. Plus, the Death lineup didn’t play the Cavs enough during the regular season to crack the top five (and it was outscored by 12 per 100 possessions in 53 minutes anyway).All of which is to say that while the Warriors have reconstituted their roster since blowing a 3-1 lead to the Cavs in the Finals, it’s likely both teams will shuffle things again between now and June.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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As Deron Williams And Otto Porter Go So Do Their Teams

Oladipo’s red-hot corner-threesUnderstandably, Russell Westbrook’s torrid flirtation with a season-long triple-double has been the only topic of conversation when it comes to the Oklahoma City Thunder this season. Yet guard Victor Oladipo has quietly been putting together a solid season since coming to OKC in exchange for Serge Ibaka.Specifically, he’s become a lights-out shooter from the corner, and his shot selection has become more precise. Oladipo, who took just 10 percent of his threes from the corner as a rookie, has increased his share of 3-point shots from there every season (from 21 percent to 26 percent, and now to nearly 31 percent). His accuracy from that spot has markedly improved, too, from 30 percent as a rookie to 34 percent in 2014-15, 41 percent in 2015-16 and 52 percent this season.Westbrook, the best and most explosive table-setter that Oladipo has ever played with, has a ton to do with that. Oladipo receives 14 passes a night from Westbrook, up from the 9.5 passes he got from Elfrid Payton in Orlando last season. The roll men in the middle of the floor, Steven Adams and Enes Kanter, also keep defenses honest and help open things up for Oladipo.The next step is for Oladipo to return to the playmaking ability he showcased in Orlando. His assist percentage and free-throw rate are both down considerably, in part because of how much Westbrook does on offense. But it’d be better for both Oladipo and Westbrook if the scale were a bit more balanced going forward, if only to provide relief for the overburdened MVP candidate.Check out our latest NBA predictions. If there’s a downside to the breakneck pace of the NBA season, it’s that there’s too much basketball for even a full-time basketball watcher to keep up with. (A wonderful problem to have, I know.)The Four-Point Play is my attempt to keep it all straight. During the season, I’ll regularly piece together four statistical trends that are happening around the league and lay out what they tell us about where a team’s been or where it’s heading. Find a stat you think should be included here? Email or tweet me at chris.herring@fivethirtyeight.com or @Herring_NBA.In the meantime, here is this week’s edition of The Four-Point Play.The Mavs’ improved spacing, Deron Williams’s cross-court passesIt may be a bit too soon to talk about the possibility that Dallas may sneak into the playoffs. That thought would’ve sounded crazy a little over a month ago, when the Mavericks owned the worst record in all of basketball, but it isn’t as far-fetched now. The team is just four games back of the eighth seed despite its 15-29 record and has played the NBA’s third-toughest schedule to this point.The club’s offense, fourth-worst for the first two months of play, came to life after Andrew Bogut hurt his hamstring on Jan. 9. Since then, the team has moved Harrison Barnes to power forward and Dirk Nowitzki to center, and the results on offense have been great. Dallas has averaged 111.6 points per 100 plays since implementing a five-out lineup two weeks ago, ranking sixth in offense in that span. (Speaking of — why do Bogut’s teams seemingly always find lineups that work once he goes down?)In particular, the Mavs have gotten great production recently out of Deron Williams, the three-time All-Star who experienced a sharp decline when chronic ankle injuries sapped his agility a few years ago. He’s taken advantage of the space provided by the lineup change, driving 6.8 times per game since Jan. 10, up from 4.8 times previously. The Mavericks have been solid from deep lately, connecting on 40.7 percent of their 3-point tries since Jan. 10, third-best in the league. (Those makes have boosted Williams’s assist totals: He’s averaging 9.3 dimes during this hot streak, up from 6.7 before that.)One other Williams note: The Mavericks have been lethal when he gets a step on his defender and then fires a cross-court pass to a spot-up shooter this season. There aren’t exact stats for this situation, but one hint of how good they’ve been is their efficiency when taking shots immediately after Williams passes that travel 30 feet or more. As of last week, they’d shot 21-of-28, according to an analysis run by SportVU. The Mavs have a whopping 107.1 percent effective field-goal rate off those looks — far higher than the league average of 59.6 percent off such passes.Otto Porter’s emergence as a star role playerThe Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, whose play has begun to live up to his Greek Freak nickname, will almost certainly run away with the season’s most improved player award. But Washington’s Otto Porter has emerged as one of the league’s best role players and deserves a look, too.Porter takes such a back seat to John Wall (who’s having a career year) and Bradley Beal that even some of the best defensive teams don’t make him a focal point of their game plan. That may be the wrong strategy: The 23-year-old and his shot opportunities appear to be a bellwether of sorts for the resurgent Wizards.His long-range attempts, particularly on corner threes, are a sign of Washington’s vitality on offense. When Wall is breaking down defenses and getting deep paint penetration and Beal is aggressively coming off screens, it creates disarray on defense and encourages ball movement. And when the ball gets to Porter, good things follow.Washington is just 6-11 when Porter, who leads the league in 3-point percentage with 45.6 percent, takes three or fewer triples but is 8-3 when he launches six attempts or more from outside. (It’s telling that seven of the 10 games in which Porter’s gotten at least six attempts have come within the last month, a span in which the Wizards have jumped from 10th place in the East to fifth.)With Beal and Wall on the court, Porter has shot 57 percent overall and 48 percent from three, but with just Wall and no Beal, he has shot 48 percent overall and 33 percent from deep, according to NBA Wowy, which shows how teams play with different lineup combinations. Having a healthy Beal alongside him is part of the reason that Porter has been so much more effective as a cutter, scoring on more than 80 percent of such plays, according to Synergy Sports Technology. Porter still can’t create his own looks consistently, but when both of his teammates are flying around at full strength, defenses are going to occasionally lose sight of him.Milwaukee’s defense has crateredAs I wrote earlier this month, the Bucks’ franchise has made enormous strides the past few years on the strength of its unusual versatility on defense. But in recent weeks, Milwaukee — now 19th in defensive efficiency after being tied for 10th in the category earlier this month — has shown the pitfalls and limitations that stem from that style of play.All season, the Bucks have allowed teams to take a higher-than-average number of 3-pointers. But because they’ve contested an NBA-best 87 percent of opponent’s threes, teams haven’t always been able to capitalize on those attempts.That’s changed a bit over the past three weeks, a span in which opponents have hit 39 percent of their threes against Milwaukee, the fifth-highest mark in the NBA. And it’s worth wondering whether some of that stems from a couple of offense-minded bench players getting more playing time lately.Where the Bucks’ starters are long, interchangeable and annoying to shoot over, some of the team’s reserves aren’t as disruptive and don’t move nearly as well or as quickly. Jason Terry, Michael Beasley and Greg Monroe just aren’t as agile or long as Antetokounmpo, Tony Snell and John Henson.Because of that, the team’s defensive ideas don’t work nearly as well with the bench unit — Beasley and Monroe in particular — seeing an increase in minutes as of late. That partly explains why Milwaukee has been playing well to start games but struggling in second quarters. (It’s anyone’s guess — whether it’s a lack of adjustments, fatigue or something else — as to what on earth is happening in third quarters, when the Bucks have been getting blasted lately.)But the Bucks are younger than most teams, and this latest stretch, in which they dropped five straight before knocking off Houston, may be nothing more than a regression to the mean for the time being. Still, it’s worth keeping tabs on whether their defensive quirks prevent them from being able to perform as consistently as they’d like. Wait, Are The 76ers Good Now? Related: Hot Takedown read more

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South Carolina And Oregon Took Unlikely Roads To The Final Four

Oregon was supposed to be doomed by Chris Boucher’s season-ending knee injury. South Carolina wasn’t supposed to go deep into the tournament, especially after the Gamecocks lost their first game in the SEC tournament, a quarterfinal matchup. So how’d these two programs end up in the Final Four? In the video above, FiveThirtyEight sports editor Chadwick Matlin walks us through their journeys and talks about just how improbable they’ve been.

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Whos the Hottest Goalie in the Playoffs

The Chicago Blackhawks are up 1-0 in the Western Conference finals going into Game 2 against the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday night, thanks in part to the outstanding performance of their goaltender, Corey Crawford.The notion that the NHL playoffs are about which goalie catches fire at the right time has been repeated to the point of cliché. But that doesn’t make it untrue. As I wrote at the beginning of this year’s playoffs, save percentage is more important than shots per game, shooting percentage or shots allowed. Strong play in net may be highly unpredictable in the sense that we don’t really know which goalie is going to rattle off a dominant run, but it’s also hugely important for a team seeking to hoist the Stanley Cup.We can measure how “hot” an NHL goalie has been in the playoffs by comparing his postseason performance (measured by save percentage) to what we would have expected from his previous statistics and the strength of the teams he’s faced. To approximate a goalie’s current talent level, I modified baseball’s Marcel projection system to predict hockey goaltending save percentages. I used a weighted average of the goalie’s previous three regular seasons, with a little regression to the mean incorporated as well. Then, using Hockey-Reference.com data on playoff games going back to 1988, I plugged the goalie’s talent level and the regular-season shooting percentages of the teams he faced during the playoffs into a formula attempting to predict how well he would play in a given playoff game.The difference between this expected performance and the goalie’s actual performance is “hotness” quantified, and we can even convert that number into a goals saved above replacement (GAR) figure using the league average save percentage within a given postseason.This year, a couple of goaltenders have emerged as the clear-cut top candidates for the title of “hottest of the playoffs.”The Blackhawks’ Crawford has delivered about 8.6 more GAR than expected. He’s posted a .933 save percentage; we would have predicted a mark of .912. His save percentage was only a little bit better than average during the regular season, and while his current foes, the Los Angeles Kings, shot poorly during the regular season, Chicago’s prior playoff adversaries, the Minnesota Wild and the St. Louis Blues, were both above-average shooting teams.Also vying for the title is the New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist, who has produced 8.4 more GAR than expected during these playoffs. Lundqvist’s previous record suggested he’d be very good in the postseason, but he’s gone up against a tough slate of accurately shooting teams. The Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers both shot the puck well in the regular season, and the Pittsburgh Penguins were the fifth-best shooting team in the NHL. Against all of them, Lundqvist has a .934 save percentage, compared to an expected .915.The goaltenders for the other two of hockey’s final four teams haven’t been quite as hot. Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens has contributed only 2.3 more GAR than expected, putting up a .919 save percentage against an expectation of .913. And he’s out for the remainder of Montreal’s series against the Rangers with an injury. Price’s backups, Dustin Tokarski and Peter Budaj, have collectively put up 5.1 fewer GAR than expected, thanks to a combined save percentage (.836) about 84 percentage points lower than we would have predicted. In the Western Conference, Kings goalie Jonathan Quick has essentially played right to expectation with a .912 save percentage. That’s been good enough for the Kings to get the job done (if barely), but it won’t win him any hot goaltending awards.It bears repeating, though, that all of this is retrospective. Crawford and Lundqvist have been outstanding so far, but there’s a fickle corollary to the hot goalie theory: Today’s hot goalie isn’t guaranteed to be a success tomorrow. read more

Who Gets To Lose To The Warriors In The NBA Finals

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s new basketball podcast, a weekly conversation about the NBA that will come to you all season long. Last week, FiveThirtyEight writers Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner broke down the Western Conference’s projections and made their predictions for how the season would play out. In this week’s episode (Oct. 11, 2017), the squad is back and telling you what to make of Adam’s Silver recent comments about playoff reseeding. Then we go through every Eastern Conference team: the few potential champs at the top, the large chunk of maybes in the middle, and a couple at the bottom that we’re not expecting much from.Subscribe to the show in your favorite podcasting app, or use the links in the player above.Here are links to what we discussed this week:This year’s ESPN NBA preview ranks all the teams and asks the question on everyone’s mind: Can anybody beat the Warriors?The Ringer dove into all the important, very serious questions facing each team in the Eastern Conference. FiveThirtyEight Embed Code read more

Former Ohio State diver Katie Bell hopes to end Olympic dream on

About a year ago, former Ohio State diver Katie Bell had a friend who wanted to watch her compete among the world’s elite and buy tickets to the 2012 Summer Olympics. At the time, the purchase seemed optimistic at best, with Bell still months away from even getting the chance to qualify for the London Games. On June 24, though, at the United States Olympic Diving Trials in Federal Way, Wash., Bell made her friend’s premature purchase worth the while after finishing second in the 10-meter platform competition-securing one of two Olympic berths in the event. For Bell, who has dreamed of being a member of the U.S. Olympic team since she could walk, the fact that she has reached her lifetime goal still hasn’t totally hit her. “I’m still in shock,” said Bell, who will compete with the U.S. Diving team Aug. 8 and Aug. 9 in London. “People keep asking me if it feels real and how I’m feeling, and I don’t know. I don’t think it’s going to feel real until I’m at the Games and in the Village and at the pool with USA behind me.” An All-American diver at OSU, Bell has been telling her family and friends that she would be an Olympian since a young age. “We’ve been talking about it since she was six or seven years old, about going to the Olympics, we really have,” said Bell’s father, Chris Bell. “It’s never been a doubt.” The only thing up in the air was what sport Bell wanted to compete in. Diving was not her first choice. She started her athletic career as a gymnast. A Clintonville native, Bell watched the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, dubbed the “Magnificent Seven,” at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. Filled with many teenage sensations, they were the first U.S. gymnastics team to win a gold medal. “Watching (former Olympians) Kerri Strug and Dominique Moceanu and their stories (inspired me),” Bell said. “I had every possible book about them, and I just wanted to be like them.” By the age of five, Bell was practicing gymnastics before and after school. A few years later, she started to dive during the summer at Olympic Swim Club in Columbus, but only as a backup option. “I started (diving) when I was eight just because I told my Dad I wanted another chance to go to the Olympics,” Bell said. “Then, when I was 13, I ended up switching from gymnastics to diving.” Bell’s goal, and her diving career, almost came to an end during her freshman season at OSU. At the 2007 Big Ten Championships, Bell attempted an arm-stand triple for her second dive. She lost her position midair, knowing neither where the ceiling or the water’s location was. Bell landed flat on her stomach, collapsing a lung, separating chest cartilage and popping ribs out of place. It took two years, according to Bell, for her to get back into diving shape-both mentally and physically. During that time, Bell thought about quitting the sport altogether. She almost transferred from OSU. “One of my diving teammates, who was a year younger than me, the other day she said she remembered I would come in (to practice), do one or two dives and cry or get upset because it was so hard,” Bell said. Bell’s father remembers those years as the only point in his daughter’s athletic career when he thought the hard work and dedication wasn’t worth it. “She was hurting a lot and they still try to figure out why she’s not getting better and why she’s hurting so much. That was really hard and maybe not (worth it),” he said. After consulting a psychologist and numerous rehab sessions with doctors at OSU, Bell came back, only to get injured again. She tore her labrum and suffered rotator cuff damage in her shoulder at the USA Diving Winter Nationals and World Cup Team Trials at OSU in February 2010. “It was another process back,” Bell said. “A lot of diving is mental. Coming back from all of that and getting up there and doing those dives again, there’s always a risk of getting hurt. I just learned to always think about the positives that come with it.” Bell did not just become a better diver after the injuries; she said she also became a better person. “I was not an open person. I didn’t have very good communication with people. After (the injuries), I learned a lot about myself, and about other people around me,” Bell said. Like every sport, injuries are a part of diving. So are sacrifices outside of the pool, something Bell has become very accustomed to since she arrived at OSU. “Since I came to Ohio State, (head coach) Vince Panzano always told us, ‘You are not normal. You can’t go out with all the other kids at Ohio State and get in trouble,’” Bell said. “It took me a while to figure that out in college. You kind of want to go a little crazy, but as I got older, I realized I wanted to focus all my time on diving. When I’m done, then I can hang out and have fun.” A self-described hippie, Bell said she missed out on her family’s venture to a bluegrass music festival a few weeks ago. She had to train for the trials. Her family told her not to be upset; she could have fun after the Olympics. In London, Bell will get the chance to make all her efforts pay off. It won’t be the first time she dons the Red, White, and Blue at the Olympic pool, though. She, and Upper Arlington native Abby Johnston-also on the U.S Olympic team, and friends since childhood-competed at the FINA Diving World Cup in London in February. When they dove together at the international biennial competition, Bell and Johnston made a pact that they would return to London, together, for the Olympics in the summer. The experience the two had in February will help them when they compete in August, Bell said. “Just seeing (the pool) and being in that environment already, I think has prepared me to be back,” she said. When she competes for the first time as an Olympian, Bell said she will not be satisfied with just being there. The pageantry and camaraderie will be nice, but Bell said she wants more than a memory. She wants something, possibly made of gold, silver or bronze, to bring back to OSU and the United States. “I think with all of my best dives that I’ve done, I’m competing right up there with everyone,” Bell said. Bell is set to leave for the U.S. diving team’s Olympic camp in Maryland on July 12 before heading to England four days later on the 16th. She said she hopes to medal so her family, the friend that bought a ticket a year in advance, and the rest of the world can watch her lifetime dream end on a high note. read more

Ohio State womens hockey set for firstever regular season game at the

Coming off a four-game winning streak, the No. 8 Ohio State women’s ice hockey team (9-3-0) is set to play its first-ever regular season games inside the confines of the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes, which typically play at OSU’s Ice Rink off of Woody Hayes Drive, will take on the Wisconsin Badgers (7-3-2 ) . The change in venue, arguably, has left the team with plenty to look forward to this weekend. “I think we’re all definitely really excited. It’s going to be a different atmosphere,” said senior forward Tina Hollowell. “We react well to any situation, doesn’t matter if there’s a bunch of people or only a couple people there.” With a much larger stage and arena surrounding it, the Buckeyes might need to do their best to maintain focus and, as coach Nate Handrahan said, realize it’s just another series. “The reality is that it’s an ice surface, and both teams have to just play on it,” Handrahan said. A change in location, however, doesn’t mean a change in the team’s attitude. “I think we kind of create our own atmosphere and excitement on the bench,” said sophomore forward Taylor Kuehl. “And if we do that, it doesn’t really matter where we play.” With only one loss at home this year (a 2-0 setback against North Dakota on Oct. 13), the team hopes to continue its winning streak into this weekend and take down the Badgers. “Our team gets excited to play wherever we are; we could be on the road or even here on the ice rink,” Handrahan said. “I think this will be a really good test for us.” Similarly ,Kuehl said, regardless of the venue, the camaraderie between OSU’s players might be enough to carry them past any distractions and the Badgers. “I think the chemistry is great right now for the team,” Kuehl said. “We’re just excited to be here.” Working on the team’s chemistry and continuing to pull in wins is how Handrahan said he wants to power through the rest of the season. “Ultimately, our goals as a program are to be in the NCAA tournament, and it’s not many times you get to play on your own campus,” Handrahan said. “Overall, we’re just preparing for today and tomorrow and a great Wisconsin team.” The Buckeyes are set to take on the Badgers at 2:07 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Schottenstein Center. read more

Commentary Hydes three game suspension seems a bit hollow

Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorWithin the confines of the bunker-like Woody Hayes Athletic Center, Urban Meyer has painted on a wall the visual manifestation of the Ohio State football program’s core values.At the top of the wall in bright-red, capital letters reads the word “DECISIONS.”Below that: “HONESTY.”The next two rows read “TREAT WOMEN WITH RESPECT,” before the mural’s final lines remind its onlookers “NO DRUGS STEALING WEAPONS.”The second-year OSU coach’s code of conduct appears to be a simple creed; its trespassers, as Meyer has shown in his some-18 months in Columbus, are often dealt with swiftly (i.e. Jake Stoneburner, Jack Mewhort, Storm Klein, Cardale Jones).And for certain infractions, like violence against women, Meyer has preached a “zero tolerance” policy that ultimately (and deservedly) now needs to be applauded with caution.What’s been Columbus’ obnoxious equivalent to the world’s royal birth story mercifully drew near a close Tuesday after senior running back Carlos Hyde learned he would not face charges after being implicated in an alleged assault case involving a girl at a local nightclub 11 days ago.Hours later Tuesday, Columbus police released surveillance footage of the incident from the Sugar Bar 2 which shows the girl and Hyde, who was suspended indefinitely July 22, try to slap each other (he flips her off with both hands, she lunges at him as he walks away and he swings back in retaliation).Because of the camera’s quality, it’s inconclusive whether he or the woman made contact.That’s why — in part — Meyer announced Tuesday night that Hyde would be suspended for the first three game of the 2013 season and have to jump through some hoops to find himself back in the good graces of the coaching staff.What’s not inconclusive, though, is Hyde’s intent — that the 240-pound running back swung back against someone half his size before running away to his homies posted up against the wall.While Hyde never faced charges for what would have likely been a misdemeanor offense, the very idea of trying to hit the girl boldly challenges the culture Meyer says he’s trying to create in Columbus.Respecting women is one of its chief pillars — you know, like the rest of the ones painted on that wall at the Woody.It’s a list of tenets so basic, so elementary, so “Well, duh!” that screwing up would take legitimate effort rather than the occasional lapses of judgement that 18-22 year olds have.It’s intended to draw a clear, firm line between stupid things and thuggish things; the difference between relieving yourself behind a restaurant after one too many beers and robbing a UDF with a Glock in one pocket and bag of Molly in the other. And while Hyde’s case isn’t even technically a criminal one anymore, it belongs in the latter category.Hitting a girl or attempting to hit a girl (they’re the same thing) is being a bully and being a punk. It’s asking for trouble. It’s inexcusable.Zero tolerance means zero tolerance. Hyde’s punishment looks like a lot of tolerance for disregarding a rule so important that Meyer had it painted on a freaking wall in big bold letters.The suspension, while better than nothing, completely undermines and pokes holes in a really sincere idea that aims at breaking cycles of appeasement and enabling in college athletics.Now, it seems a bit hollow.If you’re going to preach “zero tolerance,” the notion must be an intrepid one. If you’re going to practice “zero tolerance most of the time depending on the situation,” then preach that instead.You can qualify the situation all you want, but Meyer’s supposed zero tolerance policy has carried the implication that if you break one of his core values, you’re gone. Done. No questions asked.Meyer likes to reiterate at press conferences with local media that he doesn’t have “bad guys” on his squad.He might be right and I’m certainly not an authoritative voice on the matter.But what Hyde did? That’s something good guys don’t usually do. read more

Greater Manchester Police criticised over sexist handbag tweet

first_imgGMP @gmpolice pic.twitter.com/tjjIDBt8Sb— Dave Whitehead (@DaveyWhitehead) October 5, 2016 Deborah Metters wrote on Greater Manchester Police’s Facebook page: “Since you ask: tampons, sanitary towel, keys, phone, ereader, folding shopping bag, lipstick, travelcard. & a load of receipts. Is that allowed?”It was also pointed out that men, as well as women, can use conceal illicit items. .@gmpolice …I mean, why stop with bags? You must have seen the old file-in-a-cake trick. pic.twitter.com/JyoHz6lj9j— Internot of Things (@ben_seven) October 5, 2016 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. Credit:GMP Greater Manchester Police apologised after posting an “unacceptable” image of two men dressed in Nazi uniforms on its official Twitter page.It removed the tweet from the GMP Traffic Twitter account, which had shown the men wearing SS uniforms and standing next to a German military Kubelwagen.The tweet, which was posted in August, was captioned: “M62 J22 On the west Yorkshire border. These two likely lads trying to invade”. One person tweeted: “I say it’s another, smaller bag”.Another quipped: “I think the bag’s a decoy and she’s hiding another person on her shoulders under a long coat.” @william_daw @gmpolice I think the bag’s a decoy and she’s hiding another person on her shoulders under a long coat.— Andrew Ellis (@Ellis_Samizdat) October 5, 2016  The photograph, according to the police force, is part of their ‘girls with guns’ campaign, which is aimed to raise awareness around the issue of women carrying guns.The Telegraph has contacted Greater Manchester Police for comment.The police force has come under fire for tweets posted on its account before. The Greater Manchester police force has come under fire for a tweet interpreted by some as sexist.The offending tweet features a picture of a large brown handbag, captioned “What’s she HIDING?”.It has been retweeted over 600 times, with one Twitter user writing: “This tweet is sinister, offensive and sexist. Get rid of it.”Others guessed what may have been hidden in the bag.last_img read more

Huge payout for painting destroyed in Clandon House fire

first_imgThe owner of a £4m painting by Johann Zoffany destroyed in a fire which devastated Clandon Park is set to be reimbursed the full amount by the Government.The payment would be the largest payment ever made for a lost or damaged work of art in Britain under the government’s indemnity scheme, which insures works on loan to public venues.The fire tore through the National Trust owned stately home in Surrey after breaking out in the basement on 29 April last year.The flames, caused initially by an electrical fault, tore quickly through a lift shaft and ceiling voids, destroying 95 per cent of the building, including the roof and most of the floors. The aftermath of the fire at Clandon House The aftermath of the fire at Clandon House Among the most valuable works of art in the house was Zoffany’s The Mathew Family at Felix Hall, Kelvedon, Essex, which hung in the morning room.The painting, from the mid-1760s, was on loan from the descendants of George Mathew – the boy shown in the painting seated on his mother’s knee.It had been commissioned from the German-born artist, who worked mainly in England and was patronised by the royal family.The picture was indemnified by the government under the scheme run by Arts Council England and the owner’s claim is reportedly now being processed. Work has been carried out to secure the structure and salvage material from the rubble since the blaze caused such devastation. Although rebuilding work could start in 2017 it will be several years before Clandon Park can reopen to visitors.A spokesperson for the Department of Culture, Media & Sport said: “The loss of the Zoffany is being dealt with in accordance with the Government Indemnity Scheme Guidelines. We do not comment on the value of individual items covered by the GIS”. “The claim is in the process of being processed and if the money is paid out it would be one of the largest reimbursements ever paid under the indemnity scheme,” said an arts industry sourceAccording to the Arts Newspaper the total value of loans indemnified in 2015/16 was £6.5bn, which saved museums and other public venues from having to pay for commercial insurance to borrow works.Unfortunately other works owned by the National Trust which were destroyed in the fire were only insured against damage and not total loss.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. The fire at Clandon Park, Surrey, in April 2015 These included the porcelain and furniture bequeathed in 1968 by Hannah Gubbay, Onslow family portraits and a set of 1640s Mortlake tapestries.Of the 2,000 items in the mansion’s inventory, only 400 were removed from the house in time to save them from the flames.Many of the rest were lost, although some have been salvaged and are now being conserved.The trust’s insurance claim, mainly for the building, could be well over £50m and is now being dealt with by Zurich Municipal.It hopes to rebuilt Clandon Park from the proceeds. The rooms of the main floor are to be brought back to the original 1720s design of the Venetian architect Giacomo Leoni. The upper floor, which had much less of its original decoration, is to be converted into modern rooms for exhibitions and events. The fire at Clandon Park, Surrey, in April 2015Credit:Peter MacDiarmid/Getty Imageslast_img read more

Historic England issues objection to aggressive Manchester scheme backed by Gary Neville

first_imgAn “aggressive” multi million-pound development in Manchester city centre backed by Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville will “damage the city’s historic core”, a Government heritage agency has warned.Historic England issued an objection to Manchester City Council over The St Michael’s scheme, saying its design – featuring two skyscrapers – will dwarf some of the best buildings in the country and involve the demolition of an important pub.The former Manchester United stars said the development would deliver “the biggest statement in architecture” the city has seen in modern times and promised to create 1,000 jobs when they unveiled the plans. Artist’s impression: St Michael’s Square, Manchester, as envisioned by the Neville-Giggs plansCredit:PA/PA  The development was designed by Make Architects, which has delivered some of the most prominent buildings in the country.Speaking at Manchester Town Hall in July former England full-back Neville, 41, said he wanted the development to become the new landmark in the city.Neville, who is director of Jackson’s Row Developments, said: “Our vision is to deliver the biggest statement in architecture and development that Manchester has seen in modern times.”  Manchester skyscrapers The former Bootle Street police station in Manchester, one of the buildings affected by former England star Gary Neville's multi million-pound plans Historic England said the design, height and colour of the development on Jackson’s Row will dominate the Deansgate and Peter Street conservation area and “dwarf the nationally-important” Central Library and “Grade I listed Town Hall”.Meanwhile an online petition to save the Abercromby pub – said to be the inspiration for the pub in BBC’s Life On Mars – has over 4,500 supporters. Catherine Dewar, Historic England’s planning director for the north west, said: “We are deeply concerned about how this scheme would affect some of Manchester’s most precious heritage. An artist’s impression show the view from the planned skyscrapersCredit:PAcenter_img The former Bootle Street police station in Manchester, one of the buildings affected by former England star Gary Neville’s multi million-pound plansCredit:Danny Lawson/PA Wire Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “It would have an impact on people’s appreciation and experience of the stunning town hall and library but it would also erase different layers of this area’s history, irreparably damaging the special character of the surrounding conservation area.”A dynamic city like ours needs to fully embrace development but this scheme is not good enough to justify the damage it would cause to the streets around the site and to the setting of the city’s most important buildings and spaces.”It threatens Manchester with the loss of historic places that have soul and tell important stories about our city’s past.” However Historic England said the city “deserves better” and their application “shows how aggressively the proposed buildings would jar against the grand civic buildings which define this part of Manchester”.The 700,000 sq ft scheme includes a 200-bed five-star hotel, 153 apartments, 135,000 sq ft of Grade A offices and a synagogue.The site will also include 30,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space, including two new sky bars/restaurants, in the 31-storey Number One St Michael’s, while Number Two St Michael’s will be a 21-storey office tower. An artist's impression show the view from the planned skyscraperslast_img read more

When will the election results be announced in my area Timetable of

first_imgHome Secretary Amber Rudd will find out if she’s kept her Conservative majority in Hastings & Rye in East Sussex. Ms Rudd secured a majority of almost 5,000 in 2015 making a loss unlikely. But if she’s ousted it would represent a complete crisis for the Tories.  Keith Vaz For armchair politicians, there’s nothing more exciting than pulling an all-nighter during a general election. But what are the big constituencies to watch this evening, and when will your area declare its results?Here’s an hour-by-hour run down of the night. Put they kettle on, it’s going to be a long one. A Labour victory is all but guaranteed in Mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham’s old seat of Leigh. Credit:AFP 12:30amIt will be a bit quiet on the declaration front around now, so maybe grab a power nap, or get another coffee.The result in Kettering should provide an indication of just how many Ukip voters are switching to the Tories. The incumbent Tory Philip Hollobone took the unprecedented step of signing an election pact with the party after saying he agreed with the party on Brexit, HS2, axing foreign aid targets and a burka ban.Ukip agreed not to stand a candidate against Mr Hollobone, who has agreed to meet with Ukip party members every three months if re-elected. The Ukip candidate won almost 8,000 votes in 2015 so a strong performance for Mr Hollobone will be welcomed by Tory HQ as evidence of a Ukip swing.  KetteringSwindon North 1am First marginal seat of Nuneaton, in Warwickshire is expected to declare around now. David Cameron said he knew the Conservatives had won when the result came in for this bellweather seat in 2015.  We’ll also see the first London seats come back, including Conservative stronghold Putney. Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening is expected to retain her lead here.Meanwhile, the first results in Newcastle will show whether Mrs May’s tactic of repeatedly visiting the region to woo voters has paid off. It’s Labour’s heartland, but strong showings for the Tories could well spell doom for Mr Corbyn’s chances of winning the keys to Number 10. Antrim NorthBatterseaFoyleNewcastle upon Tyne CentralNewcastle upon Tyne EastNuneatonPutney 1.30amThe Conservatives have realistic hopes of winning Darlington which is currently held by the Labour shadow Brexit minister Jenny Chapman. She won the seat in 2015 with a majority of just over 3,000 with the Tory candidate in second place. A defeat for Ms Chapman would be a big loss for Labour – the party has held the seat since 1992. Meanwhile, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan will be hoping to win Tooting, the south London constituency she won in 2016 in a by-election after Sadiq Khan resigned to become mayor.BroxbourneDarlingtonLagan ValleySwindon SouthTamworthTootingTyrone WestWrexham 2amDeclarations start to come in thick and fast from constituencies across the country, including three-way marginal constituency Thurrock which the Conservatives won in 2015 by 974 votes over Labour, with Ukip just 438 votes behind. 11:30pm – 12pmThe Tories are hoping to hoover up votes in the north of England with their stance on Brexit. Some polls have shown the Conservatives are now level with Labour in some constituencies and lead among working class voters. AberavonAberconwyAirdrie & ShottsAlyn & DeesideAmber ValleyAyrshire North & ArranBarkingBarnsley CentralBarnsley EastBasildon & BillericayBasildon South & Thurrock EastBelfast North Belfast SouthBelfast WestBexleyheath & CrayfordBishop AucklandBlackburnBolton North EastBolton South EastBootleBournemouth EastBournemouth WestBrecon & RadnorshireBrent CentralBrent NorthBristol North WestBurtonCanterburyCarlisleChorleyChristchurchCleethorpesClwyd WestCoatbridge, Chryston & BellshillCoventry North EastCoventry North WestCoventry SouthCrawleyCynon ValleyDagenham & RainhamDelynDerby SouthDerbyshire SouthDunbartonshire EastDunbartonshire WestDunfermline & Fife WestDwyfor MeirionnyddEaling Central & Acton Ealing North Ealing Southall EasingtonEast Lothian EastleighEnfield SouthgateErewashExeterGlasgow CentralGlasgow East Glasgow NorthGlasgow North EastGlasgow North WestGlasgow SouthGlasgow South WestGosportHammersmithHampstead & KilburnHarrogate & KnaresboroughHavantHertfordshire North EastHolborn & St PancrasHornsey & Wood GreenHull East Hull NorthHull West & Hessle HuntingdonHyndburn Isle of Wight Islwyn  JarrowKnowsleyLanark & Hamilton East Makerfield Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney Middlesbrough MidlothianMorayNeathNewport East Newport WestNorthampton NorthNorthampton SouthOchil & Perthshire SouthPaisley & Renfrewshire North Perth & Perthshire North  Renfrewshire East  RhonddaRochford & Southend East Rother ValleyRotherhamSomerton & FromeSouthend West StaffordStockton North Stone StreathamSwansea EastSwansea WestTelfordTorbayWarwick & Leamington Watford  Wellingborough Wentworth & DearneWestmorland & Lonsdale Worcester 3:30amThere’s another big batch of results due now. Mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham Antrim SouthArfonBurnleyCaerphillyCastle PointDundee EastDundee WestHartlepoolInverclydeIslington NorthIslington South & FinsburyLeighLudlowMitcham & MordenMontgomeryshireMotherwell & WishawPaisley & Renfrewshire SouthSouth ShieldsStirlingTaunton DeaneTorfaenTotnesVale of ClwydWarwickshire NorthWimbledonYnys Mon3amThings will really start hotting up now with dozens and dozens of results coming in left, right and centre.  Independent MP Simon Danczuk is hoping for lots of votes in Rochdale.Credit:Alamy Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron Labour’s Keith Vaz is expected to retain his Leicester East.Credit:AFP/Getty Images Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron could lose Westmorland and Lonsdale if the Tories are successful.Credit: PA Home Secretary Amber Rudd wants to keep her Hastings & Rye seat in East Sussex.Credit:Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Nick Clegg will be hoping to hang onto his Sheffield Hallam seat which he’s held since 2005.Credit:AFP Ashton-under-LyneChippenhamCongletonCotswoldsCrewe & NantwichHarboroughHuddersfieldLeicester EastLeicester WestLuton NorthLuton SouthMacclesfield Meon ValleyMilton Keynes North Morley & Outwood Thanet North Thanet South7:30am – 9amBy this point the election will be all but over, so congratulations if you make it this far. If you were after some 11th hour excitement though, you won’t get it from these seats. They have overwhelming Tory majorities. Devon CentralDevon West & TorridgeCornwall South East12pmPhew! These are the final three constituencies expected to declare their votes just before lunch. Home Secretary Amber Rudd Labour seat Birmingham Erdington is down to declare too. Nick Timothy, Mrs May’s chief of staff, once called for the Conservatives to go through “Erdington modernisation” – pitching itself to this working class seat. Then he got to write their manifesto. Will it work? Elsewhere, former Lib Dem leader and deputy PM Nick Clegg will be hoping to hang onto his Sheffield Hallam seat which was heavily targeted by Labour in 2015.  Croydon Central is another of Labour’s top targets and will be worth watching. Taking the seat would end a hat-trick of Tory wins and topple Gavin Barwell, the housing minister. Polls putting Labour at 17 points ahead in the capital suggest it’s doable.Aberdeen NorthAberdeen SouthAberdeenshire West & Kincardine Aldridge-BrownhillsAyr, Carrick & Cumnock Ayrshire CentralBanff & Buchan Barrow & Furness Bassetlaw Bath BeckenhamBermondsey & Old SouthwarkBethnal Green & BowBeverley & Holderness  BirkenheadBirmingham NorthfieldBlackley & BroughtonBolton WestBosworthBracknell Brentwood & OngarBromley & ChislehurstBroxtoweCamberwell & PeckhamCannock ChaseCardiff CentralCardiff NorthCardiff South & PenarthCardiff WestCarmarthen West & Pembrokeshire SouthCarshalton & WallingtonChelmsfordChelsea & FulhamCheltenhamChesham & AmershamChesterfieldChingford & Woodford GreenColchesterCopelandCroydon Central Croydon North Croydon South Cumbernauld, Kilsyth & Kirkintilloch East Derbyshire MidDon ValleyDudley NorthDudley SouthEast Ham Edinburgh East Edinburgh North & Leith Edinburgh SouthEdinburgh South WestEdinburgh West ElthamErith & Thamesmead Esher & WaltonFeltham & HestonFolkestone & HytheFyldeGarston & Halewood Gateshead Gedling  GloucesterGordon Gower Greenwich & Woolwich Hackney North & Stoke Newington Halesowen & Rowley RegisHaltemprice & Howden Hampshire North West Harwich & Essex NorthHayes & Harlington HendonHerefordshire NorthHertford & StortfordHertfordshire South West HertsmereHigh PeakHornchurch & UpminsterIpswich  Kensington Lancashire West Leicestershire North WestLewisham EastLewisham West & Penge Leyton & WansteadLichfield  Liverpool RiversideLiverpool Wavertree Liverpool West Derby Londonderry East Meriden Monmouth Newcastle-under-Lyme Norfolk MidNorfolk South Norwich South OgmoreOld Bexley & Sidcup  OrpingtonPendlePlymouth Moor ViewPlymouth Sutton & DevonportPontypriddPoplar & LimehousePreseli Pembrokeshire  Rayleigh & Wickford Richmond Park Romford Rossendale & DarwenRuislip, Northwood & Pinner Runnymede & WeybridgeSaffron Walden St Helens North St Helens South & Whiston SalisburyScunthorpe SevenoaksShropshire North Skipton & Ripon Solihull Southport Staffordshire South StevenageStoke-on-Trent CentralStoke-on-Trent NorthStoke-on-Trent South Stratford-on-Avon StroudSuffolk WestSutton & Cheam Sutton Coldfield Tonbridge & Malling TottenhamTwickenham Uxbridge & Ruislip SouthVale of Glamorgan Walsall NorthWalsall SouthWalthamstowWealdenWest Ham Weston-Super-MareWiltshire South WestWirral South WithamWoking Worcestershire MidWorcestershire WestWythenshawe & Sale EastYeovil 4:30amIf you’ve been up all night, keep going because there’s about to be another huge flurry of results, including in Mrs May’s ultra-safe Tory constituency of Maidenhead, Berkshire, where she’ll be to see the results come in. Will incumbent Simon Danczuk, who is standing as an independent, beat the Labour Party in Rochdale? The MP was suspended from Labour in 2015 following allegations he sent sexually explicit text messages to a girl aged 17, so it will be interesting to see if voters back him, or the party.The Tories believe they can make historic gains in the north east thanks to Brexit. If they take Tony Blair’s old seat of Labour-held Sedgefield, then half a dozen could fall their way in the region, symbolically burying New Labour.Other seats to look out for include Vauxhall where the Brexiteer Labour incumbent Kate Hoey will look to hold on, and Ilford North where Labour’s Wes Streeting is defending a majority of less than 600 votes. The Tories used to hold the seat and will be confident of grabbing it back. Will Caroline Lucas, the only Green Party MP, hold onto the Brighton Pavilion seat? AldershotBlaydonCambridgeshire South Cities of London & WestminsterClactonDoverDulwich & West Norwood Dumfries & Galloway Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale & Tweeddale Durham, City of Durham NorthDurham North WestEdmontonEnfield NorthGreat Grimsby Harlow Heywood & Middleton Ilford North Ilford South LincolnLinlithgow & Falkirk East LivingstonMaldon Mansfield Newbury Penrith & The Border PrestonRedcarReigate Rochdale SedgefieldShrewsbury & AtchamSloughStockton SouthThornbury & Yate Tunbridge Wells Ulster Mid VauxhallWallasey WarleyWelwyn Hatfield  West Bromwich East West Bromwich West Westminster North Wigan Workington Wrekin, The WycombeWyre & Preston North4amAll (tired) eyes will be on Gower, one of the tightest races in the UK. It’s a top target for Team Corbyn which hopes to take advantage of the party’s poll surge in Wales. Failure to do so, perhaps as a result of Ukip’s plummeting vote share, would be a blow. Prime Minister Theresa May canvasses in Richmond with Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith.Credit:Leon Neal/Getty Images Independent MP Simon Danczuk Edinburgh South’s Ian Murray – Labour’s only Scottish MP in 2015 – is in a three-way fight to keep his seat with the SNP and the Tories pushing hard. Victory would keep the party clinging on north of the border and help save Mr Corbyn’s blushes.Lib Dem-held Richmond Park is Zac Goldsmith’s chance of redemption. The Tory golden boy was toppled in a by-election last December just months after losing the London mayoral race amid accusations of dirty tactics. Winning back this seat would restart his political career. Next door in Tory-held Twickenham, we’re on the look-out for evidence of the fabled “Lib Dem fightback”. Sir Vince Cable narrowly lost in 2015, but he hopes to ride a surge of pro-EU sentiment back to Parliament given the Tories’ Brexit stance. Meanwhile, the Tories are hoping to snatch Chester back from Labour’s Chris Matheson who won in 2015 by just 93 votes. Then there’s Cambridge which is a top target seat for the Lib Dems. If the party cannot take it back from Labour, a pro-EU town lost by a whisker in 2015, they face a disastrous night. Former MP Julian Huppert is their candidate.The Tories have high hopes for Wales as it backed Brexit. Mrs May was the first Tory leader to visit the Bridgend constituency during the campaign in 20 years. To make major Welsh gains they need to take this seat from Labour.Altrincham & Sale WestAshfield Ashford Banbury BasingstokeBatley & SpenBeaconsfieldBedfordBedfordshire MidBexhill & Battle Birmingham Hodge HillBirmingham LadywoodBirmingham Selly Oak Birmingham YardleyBoston & Skegness Bradford East Bradford West Braintree Brentford & Isleworth Bridgend Brigg & Goole Bristol EastBristol SouthBristol WestCaithness Sutherland & Easter RossCalder ValleyCambridge Charnwood Cheadle  Chester, City ofChichester Colne Valley DartfordDaventryDerbyshire Dales Devon North Dewsbury Doncaster Central Doncaster North Dorset South Dorset WestDown South Ellesmere Port & NestonEpsom & EwellFaversham & Kent MidFermanagh & South Tyrone Finchley & Golders GreenGrantham & Stamford Guildford Halifax Hampshire North EastHarrow East Harrow WestHazel Grove Hemsworth Hereford & Herefordshire South Hexham Hitchin & Harpenden Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey Kingston & SurbitonKingswoodLeeds West Lewes Liverpool Walton Loughborough Louth & HorncastleMaidstone & The Weald Manchester Central Manchester Gorton Manchester Withington Middlesbrough South & Cleveland East New Forest East New Forest West NewarkNorfolk North Normanton, Pontefract & Castleford Northamptonshire SouthNottingham East Nottingham NorthNottingham South Oldham West & Royton Orkney & ShetlandPenistone & StocksbridgePoolePudseyRichmond (Yorks) Ross, Skye & LochaberRugbyRushcliffeRutland & Melton St AlbansSalford & Eccles Sefton CentralSherwoodSleaford & North HykehamSomerset North EastSpelthorne  Stockport StourbridgeStretford & Urmston Suffolk South Sussex MidWakefield Warrington NorthWells Wirral West Wokingham Worsley & Eccles SouthWyre Forest Yorkshire East 5:30amA key seat for Labour, Southampton Test, is expected to be announced about now. It is one of only a handful of marginal seats visited by Mr Corbyn during the campaign and the party will be hopeful of holding on. Alan Whitehead secured a majority of almost 4,000 votes but the Conservatives, who came second in 2015, could claw back some votes here. A loss in Southampton for Labour would spell disaster for Mr Corbyn’s hopes of victory.  Nick Clegg Mr Corbyn campaigned in Blyth Valley just days before the election, but the chances of a defeat for Labour there seem small with a majority of almost 10,000.Berwick-upon-TweedBlyth ValleySt Ives Wansbeck  Argyll & ButeBirmingham Erdington  Blackpool North & Cleveleys Blackpool South BolsoverBury St EdmundsChipping BarnetCorby  Eastbourne EddisburyFilton & Bradley Stoke Hampshire EastLeeds Central Leeds EastLewisham DeptfordMaidenhead Mole Valley Newry & Armagh Newton AbbotRedditchRomsey & Southampton NorthScarborough & WhitbySelby & AinstySheffield Brightside & HillsboroughSheffield Central Sheffield HallamSheffield HeeleySheffield South EastSomerset North South Holland & The DeepingsSouth Ribble Staffordshire Moorlands Suffolk Central & Ipswich North Suffolk CoastalSurrey Heath Surrey South West Thirsk & Malton TynemouthTyneside NorthWeaver ValeWindsorWitney Wolverhampton North EastWolverhampton South EastWolverhampton South West 5amUkip’s best chance of a seat will be in Boston and Skegness in Lincolnshire which is expected to declare around now. Boston was the country’s most Brexit town, with 75.6 per cent voting Leave, while the Tory incumbent was a Remainer. If Paul Nuttall, the Ukip leader, fails to win then calls to resign could follow. Another key seat is Leeds North West where the Liberal Democrat Greg Mulholland is defending a majority of almost 3,000. Labour finished second in 2015. Can they go one better in 2017? The loss of a Lib Dem seat would be a crushing blow to Tim Farron’s hopes of a resurgence for the party. AylesburyBerwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk Birmingham Edgbaston  Buckingham Cambridgeshire South East Elmet & Rothwell Gravesham Great Yarmouth Hemel Hempstead HorshamHove Leeds North East Leeds North West Norwich North Shipley Sittingbourne & Sheppey  Southampton Itchen Southampton Test Warrington South Winchester6amBy this point the overall result should be becoming clear, so it’s almost time to get some rest. Caroline Lucas, the only Green Party MP, will discover if she has held onto the Brighton Pavilion seat, while Jon Ashworth, the shadow health secretary, will find out if he has held onto Leicester South. Esther McVey will find out if her bid to replace George Osborne, who stood down to be editor of the London Evening Standard, as the Tory MP for Tatton has been successful.  Could the Tory surge in Scotland reach as high as Angus Robertson? Toppling the SNP’s deputy leader in Moray would be a major scalp and mean the Conservatives could bag 10 or more seats, but the bookies think it will hold. If the Tory surge in Scotland is genuine, they will take Pete Wishart’s seat of Perth and North Perthshire from the SNP. Conservative gains would fuel the argument that support for Scottish independence is waning; failure to break through, especially here, would boost the SNP.The Tories have a ‘take-out Tim’ strategy in Lib Dem held Westmorland and Lonsdale, to oust Lib Dem leader Mr Farron by playing on the Cumbrin area’s Brexit support. His aides dismiss the idea as ‘nonsense’ and the majority is whopping – but it’s still one to watch. AngusAntrim EastBelfast EastBlaenau GwentBury NorthBury SouthCambridgeshire North WestCarmarthen East & DinefwrCeredigionClwyd SouthDown NorthEast Kilbride, Strathaven & LesmahagowEpping ForestFalkirkFarehamFife North EastGlenrothesHaltonHastings & RyeKenilworth & SouthamKilmarnock & LoudounKirkcaldy & CowdenbeathLlanelliNa h-Eileanan an IarNewcastle upon Tyne NorthOxford EastPeterboroughRibble ValleyRutherglen & Hamilton WestStrangfordSurrey EastThurrockUpper Bann2.30amIt’s a big moment for Mr Corbyn as his ultra-safe constituency Islington North declares its results. The seat has been held by Labour since 1937, and by Corbyn since 1983.More interestingly, we’ll find out if Labour has retained its most marginal seat in Wales, Ynys Mon, formerly known as Anglesey, against the confident Tories. The current MP is Albert Owen, but a poll puts it at one of the seats which Labour is most at risk of losing in Wales.A result should also come in for the Leigh constituency in Greater Manchester which Andy Burnham represented since 2001 before stepping down to be Mayor of Greater Manchester. Mr Burnham secured a huge 14,000 vote majority in 2015 and a Labour victory is all but guaranteed.   Meanwhile, Labour-held Barrow & Furness, the epicentre of the Labour moderate rebellion, will return its results around now. John Woodcock kicked off his re-election campaign by declaring he did not want Mr Corbyn in Numer 10. An against-the-odds victory would suggest attacking the Labour leader was a vote winner.A stunning by-election victory in Copeland in February meant the Conservatives took the seat for the firs time in more than 80 years. Can they hold on? A second victory in six months would suggest the Tories’ Cumbrian success is here to stay. Arundel & South DownsBedfordshire North EastBedfordshire South West Birmingham Hall GreenBirmingham Perry BarrBognor Regis & LittlehamptonBradford SouthBridgwater & Somerset WestBrighton KemptownBrighton PavilionBromsgroveCamborne & RedruthCambridgeshire North EastChatham & AylesfordDerby North Derbyshire North EastDevon EastDevon South WestDorset Mid & Poole NorthDorset NorthForest of DeanGainsboroughGillingham & RainhamHackney South & ShoreditchHenleyKeighleyLancaster & FleetwoodLeicester SouthLeicestershire SouthMorecambe & Lunesdale Norfolk North West Norfolk South WestOldham East & SaddleworthOxford West & Abingdon Portsmouth North Portsmouth South Reading East Reading West Rochester & Strood TattonTewkesbury Tiverton & Honiton Truro & Falmouth WantageWorthing East & ShorehamWorthing West York CentralYork Outer 6:30amCornwall North is the Lib Dem dilemma personified. They held this now Tory seat for 23 years before 2015, so it should be winnable. Then they based their campaign on staying in the EU, but Cornwall voted Leave.  The Tories will be expecting to romp home in the Conservative heartland Wiltshire seat of Devizes, while Andrew Gwynne, Labour’s election campaign chief, will find out just how effective he has been in the role when he finds out if he’s won his own Greater Manchester constituency of Denton and Reddish. Meanwhile, Jonathan Reynolds, Labour’s shadow chief economic secretary to the Treasury who is tipped as a rising star within the party, will see if he has held onto Stalybridge & Hyde. BroadlandCornwall NorthDenton & ReddishDevizesMilton Keynes SouthSt Austell & NewquayStalybridge & HydeWaveneyWiltshire North 7amTwo Labour heavyweights will have had a long wait for their results, but barring any shock voting, both Keith Vaz and Liz Kendall will win in their Leicester East and Leicester West seats. Andrea Jenkyns, who delivered the biggest shock of the last election when she ousted the shadow chancellor Ed Balls, will find out if she was able to build on her narrow 422 vote majority and keep Morley & Outwood for the Conservatives.  Prime Minister Theresa May canvasses in Richmond with Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith. 10pm It’s exit poll o’clock at 10pm. Key broadcasters will release details of the all-important poll, giving an early indication of how the nation voted. In the past they’ve been scarily accurate.11pmThere’s some seriously speedy vote counters up north. Safe Labour seat Houghton and Sunderland South is expected to declare its results first so all eyes will be on the north east. The constituency has beaten everyone else to it for the last five elections, announcing its result at 10.48pm in 2015. It will give us the first steer as to how Labour has done – but we can expect Bridget Phillipson to retain her strong lead. Houghton and Sunderland South  Caroline Lucas Labour has huge majorities in Sunderland Central and Washington & Sunderland West so they’re pretty safe bets for Jeremy Corbyn, but it will be interesting to see what impact Prime Minister Theresa May has had here nevertheless.Sunderland CentralWashington & Sunderland West Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Kensington Palace braced for new deluge of Diana floral tributes as 20th

first_img“Looking at us then we must have been in just this state of shock.” The Duke added: “What was very peculiar but obviously incredibly touching was everybody crying.“The wailing and the crying and people wanting to touch us…again I was 15 and Harry was 12. It was like nothing you can really describe, it was very unusual.”This time, as seasoned working members of the Royal Family and mental health campaigners, the brothers will seize control of their own public appearances to commemorate their mother.Although they have not confirmed a walkabout at the makeshift Kensington Palace gate memorial, they will attend a reception on Wednesday to celebrate Diana’s charity work in the White Garden built for her.The Prince of Wales is understood to be spending the anniversary privately in Scotland. On Friday, six days ahead of the anniversary, banners, framed photographs and flowers had already been mounted at the palace.One woman, in her 70s, had travelled from Russia with an embroidery of the princess’ face, made by hand 20 years ago.”I wanted to come and see where she stood, the place where she walked,” she told the Telegraph. “She was such a special person.”Charlie Presley, from the US, left a message reading: “Princess Diana, forever missed. Forever loved. Your sons have made you proud. They are fine men you who would have been an AMAZING grandmother. Rip”A spokesman for Historic Royal Palaces said opening hours for Kensington Palace and the sold-out Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibition would remain the same on August 31 with “robust existing staffing plans” are in place to deal with the volume of interested visitors.A spokesman for Althorp confirmed it will be closed to the public on August 31. Visitors have already travelled from Russia and America to lay personal tributes.This year, the late princess’ family home of Althorp Estate will close to the public for the day, with admirers of the princess able to visit only up to the 30th and again from the 3rd. The Prince of Wales, Prince William and Prince Harry look at floral tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales outside Kensington Palace on September 5, 1997Credit:Anwar Hussein/WireImage The estate had opened for the 10th anniversary, when Earl Spencer invited special guests and charity representatives in for a memorial.The Earl has recently unveiled a restored memorial to the princess, with an extensive redesign of the Oval Lake where she was laid to rest. Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children attended a ceremony to rededicate the grave in June, on what would have been the “Granny Diana’s” birthday.Instead, this year’s anniversary will see admirers focus on Kensington Palace, in scenes likely to bring back memories for the Duke and Prince on their doorstep. They have recently spoken candidly about the week following their mother’s death, in which they stepped outside the palace to see flowers, read cards and meet fans at the ages of 15 and 12.Speaking as part of a BBC documentary, due to be broadcast on Sunday, Prince Harry recalled returning home from Balmoral to find “what seemed like hundreds of thousands of flowers scattered from the gates of Kensington Palace all the way down to Kensington High Street”.“I remember people screaming, people crying,” he said. “I remember people’s hands wet because of the tears they’d just wiped away from their face. Tributes placed by the gates of Buckingham Palacecenter_img Tributes placed by the gates of Buckingham PalaceCredit:GERRY PENNY/AFP/Getty Images Tributes are already beginning to appear at the gates of Kensington Palace ahead of the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death @SBSNews pic.twitter.com/GZzgbIJGaL— Brett Mason (@BrettMasonNews) August 25, 2017 The Prince of Wales, Prince William and Prince Harry look at floral tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales outside Kensington Palace on September 5, 1997 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. Staff at Kensington Palace are braced for a new deluge of flowers and tributes, as well-wishers from around the world flock to commemorate Diana, Princess of Wales.The Golden Gates, to the south of the palace, have been allocated for banners, cards and flowers remembering the Princess on the 20th anniversary of her death, as the palace’s “robust” security staff are briefed to direct people there.The palace, home to the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, will become the focal point for those wishing to actively pay tribute to their mother, mirroring the sea of flowers which spontaneously formed after her death on August 31, 1997.last_img read more

Revealed The cheapest airlines for your favourite holiday destinations

first_imgThe London to New York route has become a battleground for airlinesCredit:Zsolt Hlinka/Zsolt Hlinka Travellers looking to visit Delhi soon should note that Turkish Airlines offered the cheapest average price for a return in 2016 of £383, compared to £497.Budget travellers in the UK could soon have another low-cost option for trips to Delhi at their disposal, however. Scoot is looking to start flights from Manchester to Delhi and Mumbai for around £310 next year. Meanwhile, SpiceJet and IndiGo, India’s two biggest no-frills airlines, are reportedly planning direct routes to Gatwick. The London to New York route has become a battleground for airlines Its flights to Cancun and Jamaica were also priced well below the average airline fare, with a return flight with Thomson from London to Cancun costing an average of £151 less, while one from London to Jamaica, cost £179 less.It may not be the first airline you would think of going to when booking a long-haul trip, but “go further, pay less” is one of Thomson’s advertising messages and its website currently offers deals on flights to beach destinations including Goa in India, Phuket in Thailand, and Phu Quoc in Vietnam. The cheapest flights to Rome last year came from Ryanair A savvy traveller could fly to Cancun with Thomson and tour the more unspoilt parts of the Yucatan from there Ryanair was revealed as offering the lowest average return fares to Berlin, Madrid and Rome, while Norwegian was cheapest to Barcelona and Reykjavik.Surprisingly, the lowest prices on average for a return to Paris came from Transavia, a little-known budget Dutch airline. When travelling to Singapore, Air China had the most affordable fares in 2016. But its average economy seat price of £427 could well be undercut further in the next month, as Norwegian is launching a new route between Gatwick and Singapore with fares that it says will start at £360. In Europe, Ryanair and Norwegian provided the cheapest return flights, on average, to many of Telegraph readers’ favourite cities. center_img A savvy traveller could fly to Cancun with Thomson and tour the more unspoilt parts of the Yucatan from there Budget carriers are expanding their networks to fly passengers further than ever before, but do they always offer the cheapest fares?In short, no. New routes to long-haul destinations, including San Francisco and New York, for example, hit the headlines recently with their low lead-in prices, but with air fares constantly changing, the most attractive tickets can be hard to track down on the dates required. The routes were a mix of services starting in either London or Edinburgh.The results showed that the biggest average saving travellers could have made was £252 on a flight from London to Mauritius, flying with Thomson Airways. The average price for this route was £762 in 2016, but Thomson sold return fares for an average of £510.In fact Thomson, according to Skyscanner figures, was the provider of the cheapest flights to a number of key winter sun destinations. Flying to San Francisco with WOW air might have saved you a sizeable sum last year, the results showed, with a WOW fare (£528 return) costing £185 less than the average fare in 2016 (£713 return) on the London to San Francisco route.New York has been something of a battleground of late for airlines competiting to offer the cheapest return seats from the UK. However, it turns out that American airline Delta fought off international competition over the course of the year to provide the cheapest average return fare (£409, compared to an average overall fare of £457).Yet British Airways is apparently more concerned about beating the prices Norwegian Air offers to New York. To bring down its fares it will begin flying reconfigured Boeing 777s that hold an extra seat per row from Gatwick to New York next summer. The cheapest flights to Rome last year came from Ryanair Which airlines, then, offered the cheapest return fares to popular destinations, on average, in 2016?Research conducted by the flight comparison site Skyscanner for Telegraph Travel and Which? Magazine, found that low-cost airlines really are challenging traditional long-haul carriers on price – just not to every destination.We took 20 popular routes where budget carriers are attempting to undercut their rivals and took an average of the fare price for a return journey across the whole of last year, based on search results supplied by Skyscanner.last_img read more

Diners at prison restaurant smuggled drugs and phones to inmates

first_imgThe Clink at HMP Brixton HMP Brixton 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 three-course meal costs £29.95-a-head, and diners are not allowed to consume alcohol or leave tips.The Clink at HMP Brixton is rated London’s fourth-best restaurant of more than 18,000 eateries on TripAdvisor.Reviewers gush about the food and top critics including Giles Coren have described it as fantastic. Graduates, who gain NVQs in food preparation, food service and cleaning, are often taken on by top eateries and hotels on their release, with former inmates now working at Wahaca, Carluccio’s and luxury hotels, including the Lancaster London.The IMB report stated that mobile phones smuggled into HMP Brixton allowed inmates to arrange drug deliveries, collect debts and “maintain control of criminal enterprises”. The Clink, an acclaimed restaurant staffed by inmates at Brixton Prison, is being used by criminals to smuggle mobile phones and drugs into the jail, a report has found.Diners at the 120-seat restaurant, which has won rave reviews for the quality of its food, have been taking advantage of the access it provides to inmates to pass contraband inside.Inspectors from the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) said in its 2017 annual report, published yesterday (FRI): “Possession and use of mobile phones remained a significant problem.”Known sources of drug, phone and sim card importation include visitors, including to The Clink restaurant for a time, mail, and throw-overs.”The Brixton restaurant was set up in the old prison governor’s house in the middle of the main courtyard, which dates back to 1819, and is surrounded by the six jail wings which can house up to 798 prisoners.Opened in 2014, it features barred windows and walls lined with panic buttons. The Clink at HMP Brixton The Clink at HMP Brixton The Clink at HMP Brixton HMP BrixtonCredit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Europe The restaurant was the third to be opened by the Clink Charity, which launched the project with the aim of providing inmates with valuable skills required to work in top restaurants, in the hope that it may in turn prevent them from reoffending.The project has been backed by  Lady Edwina Grosvenor, the second daughter of the 6th Duke of Westminster, and chefs including Giorgio Locatelli and Antonio Carluccio and had recorded some impressive reductions in reoffending.In 2011, graduates from the first two Clink restaurants in HMP High Down and HMP Cardiff recorded reoffending rates of just 12.5 per cent compared with an average of 47 per cent. It said: “Prisons would be safer places if they could be deactivated. Phone providers, who have the necessary information, could be encouraged to do this, if this were a Government priority.”Inspectors found that when a temporary-release scheme ended in January, the amount of contraband dropped. But they said that because profit margins were so huge, inmates soon found other ways of getting drugs and phones into the jail.HMP Cardiff, HMP High Down in Surrey and women’s prison HMP Styal in Cheshire also have Clink restaurants.A Prison Service spokesperson said: “We are taking unprecedented action to stop illegal contraband entering our prisons.“All visitors are thoroughly searched before entry, and those caught smuggling contraband will face the full force of the law.“HMP Brixton has recently stepped up intelligence led searches, as well as investing in new sniffer dogs and dog handlers.”A Prison Service spokesperson said: “We are taking unprecedented action to stop illegal contraband entering our prisons.“All visitors are thoroughly searched before entry, and those caught smuggling contraband will face the full force of the law.“HMP Brixton has recently stepped up intelligence led searches, as well as investing in new sniffer dogs and dog handlers.” The cutlery is plastic and diners, who must book online in advance and are security screened, are required to leave their phones at the door.Dishes on offer include roast sirloin of beef with Yorkshire pudding and gravy, confit duck leg with black pudding and homemade ice cream.last_img read more

Owner of Oxford shark house now begins fight to have monument protected

It is loved by locals who would be horrified if anything ever happened to itBill Heine A homeowner has applied to register a 25-foot shark sculpture in his roof as a heritage asset The Oxford running track where Roger Bannister, left, ran the mile in under a minute is already a heritage assetCredit:Norman Potter/HULTON ARCHIVE He added: “Having gained fame through its struggles through the planning system, how appropriate to now find ways of protecting it through the planning system.” Bill Heine wants to preserve the monument for future generations Bill Heine wants to preserve the monument for future generationsCredit:David Hartley/Rex He is the only the fourth person in the council’s history to receive the honour, which celebrates his charity work and broadcasting. Today, the landmark continues to attract droves of tourists.The application for it to be listed on the Oxford Heritage Asset Register will now go to the city council, with a decision expected by council heritage officers in the summer.If approved, the next step would be to have it nationally listed with English Heritage.Chairman of Headington Neighbourhood Forum, Mike Ratcliffe, said: “One of the themes of the neighbourhood plan is to preserve and develop the identity of Headington.”The shark, embedded in its rooftop, continues to intrude, to surprise and to fascinate.”People stop to look, it has a presence on Trip Advisor and has an international reputation.”I think it’s an eminently appropriate candidate for the Oxford Heritage Register.” The Oxford running track where Roger Bannister, left, ran the mile in under a minute is already a heritage asset In a supporting letter he said: “Although the shark was originally greeted with suspicion, it is loved by locals who would be horrified if anything ever happened to it.”If approved by Oxford City Council it will join other heritage assets such as ‘The Rusty Bicycle” and Roger Bannister’s running track, also in the city.In January this year, Mr Heine, an American radio broadcaster, was presented with a Special Certificate of Merit by Oxford City Council in recognition of his contribution to the city. The fish, officially named “Untitled 1986”, was created by sculptor John Buckley.He built the giant shark as a protest against the American bombing of Libya, continues to attract droves of tourists.If the heritage asset register is approved the fish will influence planning decisions in favour as it will conserve local character. A terminally ill man whose house has become a tourist attraction with a 25-foot shark in the roof has launched a bid to preserve the monument after his death.Bill Heine, 73, has applied to have the fibreglass sculpture listed as a local heritage asset by Oxford City Council, meaning it will be preserved for future generations.His ‘Headington Shark’ attracts thousands of tourists from across the world every year and is “loved by locals”, claims Mr Heine, who announced his terminal cancer in November last year.The 73-year-old battled the council for two years to keep the shark after retrospective planning permission was refused in 1990, until then Environment Secretary Michael Heseltine backed it in 1992 following an appeal.His new application claims the sculpture is of significant value to the local community. The homeowner has applied to register the shark sculpture as a heritage assetCredit:Photofusion/UIG via Getty Images Mr Heine added: “When the sculptor John Buckley and I put the shark in my house all that time ago we didn’t think it would last for 31 hours, let alone 31 years.”I’m delighted that ‘time’ has had an opportunity to add some sheen to the shark.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Boy 8 youngest to climb Old Man of Hoy whilst fundraising for

Bekki Christian with her son Edward Mills Young Man of Hoy: Edward at the foot of the famous sea stackCredit:facebook Bekki Christian with her son Edward MillsCredit:PA “He will be able to treasure the memory forever. And I am grateful to him, wanting to see him do this has given me purpose over the last few months as my health has declined and I was told in February that I wouldn’t be here to see it.”I know that he is doing it for me. That feels really so very special.” An eight-year-old boy has become the youngest climber to scale the 450ft high sea stack the Old Man of Hoy.Edward Mills, from Dunnet, Caithness, completed the challenging climb to raise money for charity Climbers Against Cancer as his mother, Bekki Christian, has terminal breast cancer.The family, who are originally from Stroud, Gloucestershire, had believed Bekki, 38, might not live long enough to see her son take on the sea stack off the coast of Orkney.But she watched from a boat as he reached the top on Friday.She said: “I am so proud of him. Proud of the way that he focused on just getting his head down and doing it.”Full of admiration for him as I know he will look around and take in the view, he loves the sensation of being up high. “When I climb I don’t think about anything else.”When my arms ache and my fingers are red I like to eat fish and chips to fill me up after climbing.”I feel very pleased with what I have achieved. I think my mum is very proud.”Edward did the climb alongside Ben West and Cailean Harker, elite climbers from Bristol.JustGiving page: Edward vs The Old Man of Hoy Edward takes the title of youngest climber to scale the stack from Ollie Buckle of Flax Bourton near Bristol, who was 10 when he made it to the top in 2016. The eight-year-old had raised more than £22,000 by Sunday morning, more than double his original target of £10,000.He said: “My mum taught us to love the outdoors, so she will be with us wherever we go. Isle of Hoy Hoy about that: Edward scaled the 450ft landmarkCredit:Michele D’Amico Edward Hill Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more