OSU redshirt senior offensive linesman Pat Elflein prepares for the Buckeyes game against the Oklahoma Sooners on Sept. 17 at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes won 45-24. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State redshirt senior center Pat Elflein has been named one of five semifinalists for the Outland Trophy, a prestigious award given to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman.One of the team captains for the 2016 season, Elflein is starting for a third consecutive season. This year, the two-time first-team all-Big Ten lineman transitioned from guard to center, taking over after the departure of Jacoby Boren.Before the start of the season, there were questions surrounding the front five for OSU. Outside of Elflein and fellow All-American candidate Billy Price, the Buckeyes offensive line includes three first-year starters.Elflein has had a big role in an Ohio State offense that finds itself first in the Big Ten in rushing (267), yards per carry (5.7) and total offense (511.4). The Buckeyes also rank second nationally in scoring (46.5 ppg).Along with the Outland Trophy, Elflein is also one of 20 players in the running for the Lombardi Award, awarded to college football’s best lineman or linebacker, and is on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, awarded to the nation’s best center.
Consider this a midterm week for the Blue Jackets.Columbus (9-5-2) hosts central division rival Detroit (7-5-3) Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Nationwide Arena.After practice Monday, coach Ken Hitchcock spoke with members of the media and said facing the Red Wings will be a good test for the team.“Those guys have targets,” Hitchcock said. “They’re the measuring stick for everybody. Detroit gets everybody’s ‘A’ game early in the season. I hope our team is excited to play them because they gave us a lesson at the end of last year.”In its first playoff appearance in franchise history last season, the Jackets faced Detroit in the first round. Although the Red Wings swept Columbus in four games, the team has added experience in postseason play.“I think the big thing for us is we are finally getting to play some division games,” Hitchcock said. “We are going to get a better read on how good we are in our division.”Columbus has played well at home, going 4-1-2 to begin the 2009-10 campaign.The Jackets began a four-game home swing with a 3-2 victory against Carolina last Saturday. Staying at home means extra practice time for the team and Hitchcock is taking advantage of it.“Not being able to practice has really slowed down our game,” Hitchcock said. “I told the players that this is really it for getting two practice days. We won’t be able to do this for some time after, so these next two days are important for us.”Detroit has been nowhere perfect on the road with a 2-4-2 record to begin the year, but Columbus knows the Red Wings are one of the top franchises in the NHL.“Hopefully we will be on our game and be able to match them for 60 minutes of hockey,” forward Raffi Torres said. “It’s no secret that they don’t like playing us. We are going to have to make sure to get the puck deep in the zone and make it tough for the defense.”Torres has scored big for the Blue Jackets. He has claimed eight goals in 16 games, including four coming off the power play. “I trained hard this summer and got everything back to where it needs to be,” said Torres, who has 87 goals and 68 assists in 374 career NHL games. “I got my confidence up towards the end of last season and I’ve tried to take that momentum into this year.”The Red Wings have three members with double-digit totals in points. Forward Henrik Zetterberg has four goals and nine assists to lead the team with 13 points. Forward Pavel Datsyuk has ten assists with two goals, while forward Tomas Holmstrom leads the team in goals with eight.“They are one of the best teams in the NHL,” Columbus forward Jakub Voracek said. “They’ve made the Stanley Cup Final two years in a row and obviously it’s going to be a tough game. There is going to be a lot of people in the building and we are excited.”As for the Jackets’ defense, the unit has been improving.Key defensemen Mike Commodore and Jan Hejda have been back as regulars in the lineup after suffering injuries in the beginning of the year, and the squad continues to gel together.“We have seven guys here that can play with anyone,” defenseman Kris Russell said. “As a group we feel we are starting to find each other and play well together. It’s nice to get a consistent groove when playing with the same group of guys.”With goaltender Steve Mason playing in form lately, the defense could be the difference in the outcome vs. Detroit. Mason is 7-4-2 with a .891 save percentage in his second season in the league.“He’s playing really well and is confident,” Hitchcock said. “I think the big thing is the puck has not been moving fast for him. He’s in sync with where the puck is on the ice and gets across the net really well now. He’s squared to shooter much better than the start of the year.”In observance of Veterans Day, the matchup vs. the Red Wings will be military appreciation night in tribute to those in the armed forces.
The Penn State women’s soccer team dodged some second-half bullets – 14 to be exact – and left Ohio State with a loss against its big ten rival. OSU (7-4, 2-2 Big Ten) fell to the Nittany Lions, 3-0, Thursday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes fired 14 second-half shots at PSU’s goal, but the visitors were able to outlast OSU. “You give Penn State an inch and they’re going to find the back of the net. Every mistake that you make, they’re going to capitalize on,” said OSU coach Lori Walker. Capitalize PSU did. Nittany Lions redshirt junior forward Tani Costa put PSU up, 1-0, with a goal in the 25th minute. Junior forward Maya Hayes doubled the visitors’ lead just before halftime and Christine Nairn rounded out the scoring with a long-distance blast to put PSU up for good in the 71st minute at 3-0. Thursday was the first time OSU allowed three goals in a game since Oct. 16, 2011. OSU senior defender Lauren Granberg said that, despite the lopsided score, the Buckeyes played well. “I think as a team we came out and played some of the best soccer we’ve played,” Granberg said. “Sometimes it doesn’t go your way.” OSU’s offensive attack took a blow early in the game when freshman forward Marisa Wolf went down with an injury in the 12th minute. Wolf will be evaluated by a doctor Friday, Walker said. Additional issues throughout the game included the team not being able to take advantage of opportunities. For the game, OSU outshot PSU, 22-14, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Walker said that the first step toward the OSU’s next conference match, a home game against Wisconsin, is recovery, both emotionally and physically. Walker also said the Buckeyes should take the lessons from the loss to the Nittany Lions and apply them in the next game. Granberg agreed, saying there were plenty of positives to take from the loss to PSU. “Our positioning, our movement off the ball and how dynamic we are is really working for us,” she said. “We can’t let this game deter us from playing the Ohio State soccer that we know how to play.” Ohio State is scheduled to face off against the Wisconsin Badgers Sunday at 1 p.m. The game is slated to be held at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Ohio State sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller’s two career games against Illinois tell of very different stages in his development as OSU’s signal-caller. Miller’s first Fighting Illini encounter occurred in the infancy of his time at the helm of the Buckeyes’ offense last season. The second start came more than a year later and, under the Ohio Stadium lights, his development was shown for America to see. Miller delivered a 52-22 win for OSU (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) against Illinois (2-7, 0-5 Big Ten) with his arm and his legs – it was, perhaps, his most complete quarterbacking effort for the Scarlet and Gray to date. He was poised in the pocket, completing 12-of-20 attempts for 226 yards and two touchdowns. As always, he was ready to run, and did, compiling 73 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Back in the Horseshoe, Miller delivered crisp, on-target passes throughout the game. OSU junior wide receiver Corey Brown said he’s become accustomed to Miller’s throwing prowess. “That’s Braxton,” Brown said. “At practice, those are regular throws.” That’s Miller now, anyway. He delivered a victory against the Fighting Illini last season, too, but under much different circumstances. That first meeting with Illinois, an Oct. 15, 2011 game in Champaign, Ill., is perhaps the furthest cry from the player he’s become. Last season against Illinois, Miller was anything but confident, and then-head coach Luke Fickell and offensive coordinator Jim Bollman didn’t trust him as a passer. Miller attempted just four passes in last year’s game – his lone completion was an end zone-bound flick to then-junior tight end Jake Stoneburner for 17 yards and a touchdown. With Miller in his third career start for the Buckeyes, Fickell and Bollman took the pressure off his arm and placed it on his legs, as well as the legs of the running backs – OSU carried the ball on 51 of its 55 offensive plays as the team escaped the Prairie State with a 17-7 win against Illinois. Brown recalled last year’s meeting with Illinois, saying that, despite the win, he left Champaign feeling queasy because of the offense’s performance. “We had one completion for a touchdown – that’s kind of self-explanatory,” Brown said. “We all walked away from that game feeling sick.” Saturday showed how far Miller has come from that day in Champaign during the 2011 season. In the second quarter, Miller threaded the needle to Stoneburner, now a senior, on two occasions, found Brown in space and, on what might have been his best pass of the season, hit redshirt sophomore running back Rod Smith in stride on his way to the end zone for a 51-yard touchdown reception. All the while, the threat of Miller taking off and running loomed large for the Illinois defense. For the Buckeyes, that same threat was a luxury item – it was there if they needed it. In 2011, Miller’s rushing was a necessity. The difference between Saturday’s and last year’s game against the Illini, Miller said, was experience. “Getting my feet under me and staying under control,” Miller said. “It works out.” First-year OSU coach Urban Meyer said he sees room, and a need, for continued improvement from Miller as a passer. Specifically, Miller needs to improve in the dropback pass, Meyer said. “The area we’re not efficient enough is the dropback pass, and we have to while he’s not a dropback passer,” Meyer said. “The play action game is pretty solid. That’s what you see. Those plays, those aren’t dropback passes … we’re just not there yet.” In the midst of Meyer’s call for improved passing, there’s also an acknowledgement of Miller’s growth, especially considering the seemingly-stagnant 1-of-4 passing performance in Champaign last year. Just ask Brown, OSU’s leader in receptions and receiving yards. Brown lauded Miller for his tremendous improvement since that game. “(Miller’s a) very accurate passer now,” Brown said. “If teams are preparing for just his feet, he can beat you with his arm now.” OSU will have a bye week this weekend before resuming play at Wisconsin Nov. 17. Kickoff time for the game against the Badgers has not been announced. The Buckeyes will return to Ohio Stadium for the Nov. 24 season finale against Michigan.
Sophomore guard Ameryst Alston (14) dribbles up the court during a game against Penn State Feb. 9 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 74-54.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorIt is never easy to win a game when playing from behind, and it’s even harder when you are losing before the ball is even tipped.That is exactly what happened to the Ohio State women’s basketball team (14-14, 4-8) Saturday as the team’s bench was assessed a technical foul for not handing in a starting lineup on time to the officials. Michigan State freshman guard Tori Jankoska made one of two free throw attempts and the Buckeyes found themselves behind before the game started.The Buckeyes never led Saturday as they dropped their fourth straight game, falling to No. 25 Michigan State (17-8, 9-3), 70-49.“That is a first,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said about the technical foul in an OSU press release. “We have an assistant coach who does it (handles the lineup assignment) and it did not get executed.”The Buckeyes trailed by as many as 28 points in the second half in large part because of a lack of rebounding.OSU, who had outrebounded then-No. 9 Penn State in their last game Feb. 9, was beat on the glass 57-33 by the Spartans, something that frustrated McGuff.“In general, our effort was very poor,” McGuff said. “We were very bad on the boards and they were very aggressive. We did not have a lot of fight.”The Buckeye offense lacked balance as well, with sophomore guard Ameryst Alston attempting a game-high 32 shots and making 11. Alston took 47 percent of OSU’s shots. She finished with a game-high 25 points.MSU, on the other hand, had four of its five starters score in double figures including 17 from both junior forward Becca Mills and senior forward Annalise Pickrel.“I think everyone having a good all-around game is very important especially with rebounds and everything,” Pickrel said in a postgame press release. “It really ignites our energy in transition.”OSU redshirt-freshman center Lisa Blair recorded a career-high 21 minutes played and four blocks. Despite the career-highs, Blair did not score, attempting just one shot.With Blair playing so many minutes, senior center Ashley Adams played only four minutes and was held scoreless.“Whoever is going to play the hardest is who we’re going to play,” McGuff said of his post players. “Tonight, she (Blair) played harder, so I put her in the game.”The Buckeyes received just seven points from their bench Saturday, all of which were provided by junior guard Raven Ferguson who finished 3-10 shooting.OSU is set to return home Thursday night to take on the No. 21 Nebraska Cornhuskers (19-5, 9-3) at the Schottenstein Center. It is set to be the only meeting between the two teams this season.
Then-freshman running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) runs toward the end zone during a game against Purdue Nov. 2 at Ross-Ade Stadium. OSU won, 56-0.Lanter file photoWith two already listed, the top-10 most important Buckeyes continues as the countdown to kickoff stands at just eight weeks.No. 8 Most Important Buckeyes: Ezekiel Elliott, sophomore running backAmidst a season filled with outstanding offensive output, Carlos Hyde became OSU coach Urban Meyer’s first 1,000-yard back – despite having missed the first three games of the season.Half a year later, Hyde is a member of the San Francisco 49ers and the Buckeyes are looking to fill the 1,521-yard hole that he left.Fortunately for OSU, roaming the sidelines for the Buckeyes during the 2013 season was a former four-star running back prospect, built almost exactly in the likeness of Hyde himself.His name: Ezekiel Elliott.While he may possess Hyde’s lethal combination of size and speed that any running backs coach in America would yearn for, Elliott certainly has a tall task in front of him to replicate the performance of No. 34.In his freshman campaign, Elliott showed flashes of brilliance when provided the opportunity to touch the turf.For instance, Buckeye fans will certainly remember his coming out party against Florida A&M, when the seemingly unknown No. 15 darted onto the field and rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns on just 14 carries.Outside of that afternoon, however, Elliott amassed just 16 carries for the rest of the season, which makes prognosticating his impact next season that much more difficult.Elliott’s sophomore campaign could go one of three ways.The first scenario is one in which Elliott mirrors Hyde in almost every circumstance and becomes Urban Meyer’s first multi-season 1,000-yard running back. His immense speed with his “bowling ball” stature gives him an element Hyde never possessed and turns him immediately into a faster version of his predecessor with the same impact each time he touches the ball.This scenario renders itself rather unlikely, but if it were to unfold, OSU could very well be the front-runner to win the 2014 National Championship.The second scenario is the most likely: Elliott is a less experienced, less effective version of Hyde who barely becomes the second 1,000-yard running back under Meyer. Again, Elliott seems to have all the tools but may have trouble adjusting to the college game in his first season as a starter.In the final scenario, Elliott isn’t at all prepared for a starting role in the backfield, forcing senior quarterback Braxton Miller and sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson to shoulder the entirety of the offensive load, which figures to be too much and holds OSU back for the entire season.Based on what we saw from Elliott a year ago – if only in a couple of games – it seems as if this would be the least likely scenario.Coach Meyer constantly lauded Elliott last season for his work ethic and his demeanor both on and off the field, which would seem to prove that he’s going to put in the work necessary to ensure this is not the case next season.Again, anything can happen, but this would be more a surprise than an eventuality.Should this list only have consisted of offensive players, it’s easy to see how Elliott could very well rank amongst the top two or three most important Buckeyes.At his best, he could elevate the Buckeyes to a National Championship.At his worst, he could drag OSU to its most mediocre season in Urban Meyer’s tenure.
Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell answers questions at women’s basketball media day Oct. 10. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorWhen a team has a player as talented and accomplished as Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell, there is only so much a coach can contribute. Head coach Kevin McGuff said the prolific scorer has worked to improve her defense this offseason. But he believes Mitchell’s experience traversing the world with USA Basketball will benefit her as much as any specific on-court improvements.Mitchell, a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, won a gold medal with the Women’s Under-23 National Team in the Four Nations Tournament in Tokyo, Japan, in mid-August. Then, she was invited to the 2017 USA Women’s National Team Training Camp, which was held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 in Santa Barbara, California. Mitchell was one of just five college players among the 30 invitees.“It kind of broadened her horizons a little bit and I think any time you get new experiences and have success with it like she did, you can only come out of there with more confidence,” McGuff said during Ohio State women’s basketball media day Tuesday.Ohio State counted on Mitchell to be its primary source of offense last year, and will rely on her offensive prowess again this season. The 5-foot-8 guard led the Big Ten with 22.9 points per game, led the team with 115 3-pointers made and assisted a team-high 137 buckets last season. Mitchell has made the most 3s in Big Ten history.But with so many skilled players at the training camp and on the Under-23 National Team, Mitchell learned to take a step back on offense.“When you go and you play on a USA basketball team, you have to play with so many great players, it’s certainly a different role than what you would have here,” McGuff said. “I just think that was really good for her and what it would mean for us this year, and really good for her and what it means for her future as she moves on to play professional basketball next year.”Ohio State then-junior guard Kelsey Mitchell pulls up for a shot in the second half against Wisconsin at the Schottenstein Center on Jan. 19. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing editor for ContentMitchell said she spent more time playing off the ball than she usually does for Ohio State and learned how to play in different positions on offense, rather than just dominating the ball. The score-first guard said she now feels more comfortable playing with Buckeye guards Linnae Harper, Sierra Calhoun and Asia Doss when they have the ball on offense.Mitchell was able to play with 25 WNBA players at the training camp, but she spent more time learning from the coaching staff.“I did get a chance to talk to [four-time Olympic gold-medal winner] Sue Bird and all those vets, but I really picked [USA Women’s National Team and South Carolina head coach] Dawn Staley’s brain because she had been through it, she know what it’s like,” Mitchell said. “So her being around, being our coach throughout the course of the three days, she helped me a lot in regard to what guards need to see even before it happens, how to play, how to pick things apart, and how to be a good teammate.”Just a little more than a week into training camp, McGuff has already witnessed Mitchell’s progress.“She’s playing fast as ever, because that’s what we expect of her,” McGuff said. “At the same time, kind of maybe even has a little better feel for when to slow down and execute and make sure everybody else is where they’re supposed to be and make sure everybody else is involved.”Mitchell said USA Basketball placed an emphasis on the defensive side of the ball and she brought the intensity on that side of the court to the Buckeyes. McGuff, Mitchell and other players said improved defense would be key to Ohio State’s season when they spoke at media day Tuesday afternoon.Mitchell was joined by Harper on the Under-23 National Team. Harper, who was named Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year last season, was a late addition to the team as the redshirt senior replaced South Carolina forward A’ja Wilson, who missed the Four Nations Tournament with a groin strain.“Linnae is playing really hard, still one of the best defensive players and rebounding perimeter players in the country, something that they emphasize with her at USA Basketball,” McGuff said. “So that probably just kind of extenuated on the positives that she already has.”Mitchell and Harper will be able to showcase the improvements they made in the offseason when Ohio State opens the season against Stanford at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at St. John Arena as part of Countdown to Columbus.
“I’m worried I’ll come home from work one day and there will be something on the driveway,” he said. It is a perpetual cycle… You are on tenterhooks every time you hear a deliveryMichael Whiteley 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. We regret that Mr Whiteley remains concerned but we believe his fears are unfoundedEdward Parker, managing director of Bennett Homes “Bennett Homes have responded to my emails but the responses are, ‘we are sorry and we will try not to let it happen again’,” he explained. “It is a perpetual cycle… You are on tenterhooks every time you hear a delivery. You think it is a delivery lorry on your driveway.”Edward Parker, managing director of Bennett Homes, said: “We regret that Mr Whiteley remains concerned but we believe his fears are unfounded.”He said vehicles may have stopped outside Mr Whiteley’s property but would have been looking for a building site and not a private house.Bennett Homes had “gone to great lengths” to stop delivery lorries pulling up outside his property, changing delivery address details with suppliers to ensure clarity and offering to provide and pay for a directional sign, added Mr Parker. A man whose home bears the same name as a nearby development has complained after a series of attempted deliveries to his address, including 10,000 bricks, 20 tonnes of sand, a skip and two portable toilets.Michael Whiteley, 44, lives in a house called Woodlands in Norwich, while Bury St Edmunds-based Bennett Homes is building a 62-home development called Woodlands in the same road. He added: “It’s ended up being a bun fight. They’re stuck in the mud about it and we’re not going to change our name. “We’re the innocent party in all of this and we’re caught in the cross fire.”He also accused the East Anglian family firm of losing all “common sense” and insisted he would ended up in a “stand-off”with them. Bury St Edmunds-based Bennett Homes is building a 62-home development called Woodlands in the same roadCredit:Sam Russell/PA Wire Mr Whiteley said he was not prepared to change the name of his house as it pre-dated the new development, but said there was no law to stop the developer using the same name.He said he had refused an offer for the developer to erect a sign outside his property to direct traffic to the construction site as he felt it would be unsightly and was pressing for the firm to fund gates to prevent unwanted deliveries to his driveway.The database administrator said he had been at home to turn away the rogue deliveries on all but one occasion, when he arrived home to find a vehicle on his drive preparing to drop off a portable toilet.
In 2015 a planning inspector backed officials at Forest of Dean District Council who said he had to demolish the building. The building from the outsideCredit:SWNS.com Speaking in 2015 he said: “I’m doing this for my family, I’m not hurting anybody.”This is my family home, all my children and my grandchildren come to visit, it’s the place they all go.”Nobody really knows it’s there, if all this fuss hadn’t been kicked up nobody would know it was there.”I have spoken to all my neighbours and none are bothered, they have all written letters of support to the council.”But neighbours now say they are concerned that bulldozers will be unable to get to the complex because there were other buildings in the way. A spokesman for Forest of Dean District Council said: “There is an enforcement notice requiring the removal of unauthorised development at 24 Meendhurst Road, Cinderford.”Mr Wildin has until the 7th of July 2017 to comply with the notice which has been endorsed by a planning inspector.”Once the period for compliance with the notice has expired, Mr Wildin will be liable to further action, including prosecution in the courts for a breach of the notice.”Due to the possibility of legal action it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time.” The complex was built in 2013 and Mr Wildin said he believed it was a “permitted development”Credit:SWNS.com Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Andrew Buckmaster, who lives nearby, said that the development should have been stopped earlier.”I don’t think he will take it down. He is going to build a house in front of it, which he has planning permission for, so how will they be able to get back there and take it down?” he said. It’s a good idea to consider planning permission before building anything in your back garden – especially if it is a 10,000 sq ft leisure complex with a casino, cinema and bowling alley. A Gloucestershire accountant now has just weeks to demolish his project or face legal action after building his own private leisure centre without planning permission. The development built by Graham Wildin, 65, includes a a two-lane bowling alley, a 16 seat cinema, squash courts, private casino and bar.The development, which he says he built for his children and grandchildren, also has a 25ft tall three-storey doll’s house, a soft play area and indoor tennis and badminton courts.He refused to disclose how much it had cost. Mr Wildin faces having to demolish the leisure centreCredit: SWNS.com He was given two years to comply with the enforcement notice after the planning inspectorate ruled that the building is a “bulky structure”.They added it was “totally out of scale and proportion with the surrounding development”.But less than three months before time runs out there is no sign of any demolition work taking place and Mr Wildin is adamant that the leisure centre will remain standing.He said: “It’s not coming down. That is definite. The council have given notice at the end of which they will have to decide whether they are going to do anything or not, but there are a lot of legal issues involved.” Mr Wildin claims that when it was built in 2013, he made sure it “couldn’t be seen by anybody”. He spent more than a year building the luxury centre behind his house in Cinderford, Gloucestershire, which he said he believed was a “permitted development” under planning rules. The accountant said that he dug out 9,000 tons of soil and constructed the building 18ft below ground level. He said: “If you look at the building from the street you can’t see it at all, you can maybe just see a fence. You’d have to be in a helicopter to see it.”I looked at the rules permitting development before I started, they are very generous rules.”But the grandfather-of-five has just weeks left to comply with a council enforcement notice instructing him to tear the building down – or face prosecution. Graham Wildin inside the leisure centre he has built for himself and his familyCredit:SWNS.com
The rats who drank fizzy drinks also showed signs of fat accumulating around their organs, a symptom of chronic obesity.Levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin were “significantly higher” after the rats had had a carbonated drink.Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, told the Mail on Sunday: “The Department of Health must now curb the use of any chemicals that impinge on health and that should include carbon dioxide if this effect is replicated in further studies.”Subsequent tests on human volunteers found that those who drank sparkling water at breakfast had ghrelin levels six times higher than those who had still water.Gavin Partington, director-general of the British Soft Drinks Association, said the study was “bad science” because the outcomes for humans may not be the same as those for rats. “There is no body of scientific evidence that carbon dioxide contained in soft drinks – or even beer – causes increased hunger or obesity,” he said. The experiment used fizzy drinks 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. Fizzy water could be a cause of obesity, according to a new study. Academics at Birzeit University in the Palestinian West Bank found that rats who were given fizzy drinks including zero-calorie versions put on weight, while those who drank flat liquid did not. They said that the carbon dioxide in the drinks encouraged the rats to eat on average 20 per cent more.
We are struggling to find any comfort or peace with all this, but one thing that does give us the slightest bit of comfort, is that we truly believe that Charlie may have been too special for this cruel world.We are now going to spend our last precious moments with our son Charlie, who unfortunately won’t make his 1st birthday in just under 2 weeks’ time, and we would ask that our privacy is respected at this very difficult time. I promise every single one of you that we would not have fought this hard for our son if we thought that he was in pain or suffering. The American and Italian team were still willing to treat Charlie after seeing both his recent brain MRI and EEG performed last week. He’s not brain dead (and never has been). He still responds to us, even now, but after reviewing the recent muscle MRI it was considered that Charlie’s muscles have deteriorated to the extent that it is largely irreversible and, were treatment to work, his quality of life would now not be one which we would want for our precious little boy. They both agreed that treatment should have been started sooner. Our doctors in America and Italy were still willing to treat Charlie after reviewing the MRI head scan from July 2017 as they still felt that there was a chance of meaningful improvement in Charlie’s brain. However, due to the deterioration in his muscles, there is now no way back for Charlie. Time that has been wasted. It is time that has sadly gone against him. Chris Gard and Connie Yates, the parents of terminally-ill 11-month-old Charlie GardCredit:CHRIS J RATCLIFFE Unfortunately Professor Hirano did not have access to the raw data and he based what he said in April on reports. We did not have access to these second opinions before the initial trial, hence why we are where we are today. Had we had the opportunity to have raw data of the MRIs and EEGs independently reviewed, we are convinced Charlie would be on treatment now and improving all the time. We have been asking for this short trial for the past 8 months. Charlie did have a real chance of getting better if only therapy was started sooner. It was never false hope as confirmed by many experts. His body, heart and soul may soon be gone, but his spirit will live on for eternity and he will make a difference to people’s lives for years to come.As his mum and dad, we will make sure of that. We owe that to our boy. We will do our utmost to ensure that no parents have to go through what we have been through and the next Charlie that comes along WILL get this medicine before it’s too late and Charlie will save many more lives in the future, no doubt about that. One thing is for sure though. We know deep within our hearts that we have always had Charlie’s best interests in the forefront of our minds and despite what some people think of us, we will try to walk away from this with our heads held high. As I said, we know the truth, and in our hearts we know that we have done all of this for our darling little Charlie. We have never done this for selfish reasons. We didn’t keep him alive just because we couldn’t bear to lose him.Charlie had a real chance of getting better. It’s now unfortunately too late for him but it’s not too late for others with this horrible disease and other diseases. We will continue to help and support families of ill children and try and make Charlie live on in the lives of others. We owe it to him to not let his life be in vain.We would like to thank our current legal team who have worked tirelessly to try and save Charlie’s life and they have not asked for a single penny. They won’t even let us buy them a coffee. They have done it out of the kindness of their hearts because they believed in us and they certainly believed in Charlie. However, we are now in July and our poor boy has been left to just lie in hospital for months without any treatment whilst lengthy court battles have been fought. We have been told time and time again that Charlie has a ‘progressive disease’ but rather than allow treatment for him with a medication that was widely accepted to have no side effects, Charlie has been left with his illness to deteriorate, sadly, to the point of no return. There is one simple reason for Charlie’s muscles deteriorating to the extent they are in now – TIME. A whole lot of wasted time. Had Charlie been given the treatment sooner he would have had the potential to be a normal, healthy little boy. Charlie Gard’s mother, Connie Yates, read this statement to the High Court. “The last 11 nearly 12 months have been the best, the worst and ultimately life changing months of our lives but Charlie is Charlie and we wouldn’t change him for the world. All our efforts have been for him.This is one of the hardest things that we will ever have to say and we are about to do the hardest thing that we’ll ever have to do which is to let our beautiful little Charlie go. No one can deny the impact our beautiful son has had on the world and his legacy will never ever die. Mummy and Daddy love you so much Charlie, we always have and we always will and we are so sorry that we couldn’t save you.Sweet dreams baby. Sleep tight our beautiful little boy.Charlie Matthew William GardOur hero.” We now have 7 experts supporting therapy for Charlie’s condition which I think is proof that it was more than reasonable to try it. Nucleosides are simply a powder that would’ve gone into Charlie’s milk and are compounds which all of us in this room produce naturally.Unfortunately, Charlie can’t produce these due to his disease, which is why he is the way he is. We want people to realise that we have been speaking to parents whose children were just like Charlie before starting treatment and now some of them are walking around like normal children. We wanted Charlie to have that chance too. Had Charlie been given the treatment sooner he would have had the potential to be a normal, healthy little boy. Chris Gard and Connie Yates, the parents of terminally-ill 11-month-old Charlie Gard, arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice in LondonCredit:CHRIS J RATCLIFFE Our son has an extremely rare disease for which there is no accepted cure but that does not mean that this treatment would not have worked, and it certainly does not mean that this shouldn’t have been tried. We have only been asking for a 3 month trial of treatment to see if there was any improvement. We didn’t keep him alive just because we couldn’t bear to lose him. Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie GardCredit: PA Now we will never know what would have happened if he got treatment but it’s not about us. It’s never been about us. It’s about what’s best for Charlie now. At the point in time when it has become too late for Charlie we have made the agonising decision to let him go.This has also never been about ‘parents know best’. We have continuously listened to experts in this field and it has raised fundamental issues, ethically, legally and medically – this is why the story of one little boy from two normal everyday people has raised such conflicting opinions and ferocious arguments worldwide.All we wanted to do was take Charlie from one world renowned hospital to another world renowned hospital in the attempt to save his life and to be treated by the world leader in mitochondrial disease. We feel that we should have been trusted as parents to do so but we will always know in our hearts that we did the very best for Charlie and I hope that he is proud of us for fighting his corner. We would like to thank everybody who has supported us throughout this journey in this country and thousands of people worldwide and we also would like to thank the staff at GOSH who have looked after Charlie and kept him comfortable and stable for so long. The care he has received from the nurses who’ve cared for him has been second to none. But most of all, we would like to thank Charlie for the joy he has brought to our lives. The love we have for you is too much for words and we love you so very much. We will have to live with the ‘what if’s’ which will haunt us for the rest of our lives but we’re thinking about what’s best for our son. We have always believed that Charlie deserved a chance at life and we knew that his brain was not as bad it was made out to be and that’s why we continued. Supporters of critically ill baby Charlie Gard shout and hold placards outside the High CourtCredit:Matt Dunham Supporters of the family of terminally-ill British baby Charlie Gard react after the announcement that his parents have abandoned their legal fight to take their son to the US for experimental treatmentCredit: CHRIS J RATCLIFFE Parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard, Connie Yates and Chris Gard arrive at the High Court in central LondonCredit:FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA Charlie has had a greater impact on and touched more people in this world in his 11 months than many people do in a life time. We could not have more love and pride for our beautiful boy. Parents of Charlie Gard arrive at the High CourtCredit:FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA We would like to say a few words in the hope that Charlie’s life will not be in vain.We have always acted in our son’s best interests from the very beginning. We were told back in November that all his organs would fail and it was likely that we only had days left with him but to this day aside from Charlie’s need for ventilation not one organ has ‘failed’. We have always been led by Charlie. I promise every single one of you that we would not have fought this hard for our son if we thought that he was in pain or suffering.There has never been any proof that he was and we still don’t think that he’s in pain or suffering to this day. Having said that, we have decided to let our son go and that’s for one reason and one reason only. It is because the prospect of improvement is unfortunately now too low for Charlie. Chris Gard and Connie Yates, the parents of terminally ill baby Charlie GardCredit: Carl Court Despite the way that our beautiful son has been spoken about sometimes, as if he not worthy of a chance at life, our son is an absolute WARRIOR and we could not be prouder of him and we will miss him terribly. One little boy has brought the world together and whatever people’s opinions are, no one can deny the impact our beautiful son has had on the world and his legacy will never ever die. 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. We completely understand that everyone is entitled to their opinion and this was always going to be a matter which would cause a huge debate in who’s right and who’s wrong. In truth, there are no winners here. Chris Gard and Connie Yates, the parents of terminally-ill 11-month-old Charlie Gard, arrive at the Royal Courts of JusticeCredit:CHRIS J RATCLIFFE Put simply, this is about a sweet, gorgeous, innocent little boy who was born with a rare disease, who had a real, genuine chance at life and a family who love him so very dearly and that’s why we fought so hard for him.We are truly devastated to say that following the most recent MRI scan of Charlie’s muscles, as requested in the recent MDT meeting by Dr Hirano; as Charlie’s devoted and loving parents we have decided that it’s no longer in Charlie’s best interests to pursue treatment and we will let our son go and be with the angels. Mummy and Daddy love you so much Charlie, we always have and we always will and we are so sorry that we couldn’t save you. Show more His muscles were in pretty good shape in January, although obviously weaker than a child of similar age, and his brain scan was that of a relatively normal child of his age. He may well have had some disabilities later on in life but his quality of life could have been improved greatly.The reason that treatment was not commenced in January or April this year was that Charlie was found to have ‘irreversible brain damage’ and treatment was considered as ‘futile’. Dr Hirano and [another doctor], together with other internationally renowned paediatric neurologists have now reviewed Charlie’s MRI’s and EEG’s which were performed in January and April respectively and they have confirmed that these MRI’s and EEG’s showed NO actual evidence of irreversible brain damage.
Sir Leonard Blavatnik funded a new school of government in OxfordCredit: Valery Levitin/Kommersant The letter seen by the Guardian added: “Mr Blavatnik’s decision to support Donald Trump makes it impossible for me to continue at the Blavatnik School of Government.”But a spokesman for Mr Blavatnik said neither he nor his company Access Industries had never donated to President Trump or his campaign.Mr Blavatnik has made donations to politicians from both US parties according to records, from former Vice President Joe Biden to Republican senator Ben Sasse. A spokesman for Mr Blavatnik said: “Neither Mr. Blavatnik nor his company, Access Industries, have ever donated to President Trump or his campaign. “Access Industries made a donation to the Presidential Inaugural Committee, a joint Congressional committee that has been responsible for organizing the inauguration ceremonies of every U.S. president since 1901 and which helps to organize public and private events during the week leading up to the Inauguration. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Mr Blavatnik was named Britain’s richest man in 2015 and according to this year’s Sunday Times rich list, his £15.9bn fortune puts him second only to the joint wealth of brothers Sri and Gopi Hinduja.The industrialist built his wealth through his company Access Industries and now counts Warner Music Group as part of his empire.His donation to Oxford University was criticised at the time as a sign of the university “selling its reputation and prestige to Putin’s associates” in a letter to the Guardian coordinated by Ilya Zaslavskiy, an employee of a Russian oil company and Oxford graduate who ran Moscow’s Oxford alumni association. The university said it was “unclear” why Prof. Rothstein would resign over any political donations made by Sir Leonard, given he had made no attempt to influence the school’s academic agenda. The Blavatnik School of Government in OxfordCredit:Iwan Baan “The types of events that the Presidential Inaugural Committee plans and supports include public concerts, fireworks, lunches, dinners, the inauguration ceremony, and the inaugural parade.”A spokesman for Oxford University said: “Professor Rothstein is a distinguished researcher and scholar in the field of Government, and the School is sorry to have received his resignation. However, we are unclear why he has resigned over political donations made by Sir Leonard Blavatnik, which are completely unconnected to the Blavatnik School of Government.”As an American citizen, Sir Leonard is entitled to make donations and give support to whichever politicians he chooses. The School would never try to influence the political preferences of its donors or to comment upon them. The School’s mission is to promote good government, not any particular programme for governing.”Conversely, Sir Leonard has never attempted to influence the School’s academic agenda, or who we hire or with whom we work.” The Blavatnik School building in OxfordCredit:Stephen Sykes /Alamy An Oxford professor has resigned from his role over claims one of the university’s wealthy donors is a supporter of Donald Trump.Swedish academic Bo Rothstein, who was Professor of Government and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University, alleged the school’s namesake had made a substantial donation to the Trump campaign.USSR-born Sir Leonard Blavatnik, who is Britain’s richest man, provided £75m of financial backing to Oxford University to build the school.Professor Rothstein said in a resignation letter: “As I see it, Donald Trump’s policies are also antithetical to the goal of the Blavatnik School of Government, which aims to improve the quality of government and public policymaking worldwide, so that citizens can enjoy more secure and more fulfilled lives.”
Sam Hall, senior partner at Hall Brown Family Law, which supplied the figures, said the agreements were serving “a valuable, practical purpose quite apart from that for which they were originally intended”.“As opposed to offering a constructive way of dividing assets should their marriage not last the course, they are highlighting very real and serious differences before a wedding which can actually affect the chances of a couple staying together in the long run.“Some of those with whom we have dealt have initially expressed great regret at what happened but later acknowledged that their break-ups were less upsetting than might have been the case had they divorced,” he said.Joanne Edwards, partner and head of family law at Forsters LLP, said couples should allow enough time to draw up an agreement to minimise the stress and risk of a split.“It is certainly true that couples considering a pre-nup should not under-estimate how difficult the discussions can become and ensure that they allow plenty of time so that neither party feels under pressure to sign,” she said.Different approaches can work for different couples and reduce the possibility of strife, she added.“Solicitors working on pre-nups try to approach matters sensitively and will be guided by each couple as to whether they would sooner sit around a table and discuss matters in the open, or have the lawyers do the negotiations with the clients at arm’s length,” she said.Family lawyers have been campaigning to make pre-nups legally binding, arguing that some couples are put off marrying when they discover that there is no watertight way to set out a financial agreement before marriage.Under current law a prenuptial agreement would be consulted by the courts but can be overturned if one partner successfully argues that it is unfair. A survey published earlier this year by Forsters suggested that two thirds of family lawyers had seen a rise in the number of agreements since 2010.Almost half of those surveyed had taken on more than six new cases in the past year and 13 per cent had taken on 16 or more.An increasing number of those entering the agreements are now between 31 and 45, suggesting that an older average age of marriage is leading to couples with more complex finances who are worried about what could happen in the event of a divorce. According to the Office for National Statistics, the average age at marriage has risen to 34.6 years old for women and 37 years for men.Resolution, the association for family lawyers, is calling for a change in the law to make the agreements legally enforceable.It said that “the unenforceability of pre-nuptial agreements may in fact undermine marriage and lead to people deciding not to marry.” Solicitors working on pre-nups try to approach matters sensitively and will be guided by each couple as to whether they would sooner sit around a table and discuss matters in the openJoanne Edwards, head of family law at Forsters LLP Pre-nuptial agreements are rising in popularity as couples seek to protect family wealth from a potential future split. But figures suggest they could be more trouble than they are worth as almost one in four couples who consider them never actually go through with the wedding.Some lawyers say enquiries about the agreements have risen by as much as 70 per cent over the past decade, but those who look into protecting their wealth can end up killing the marriage before it has even begun.One large law firm said that 21 per cent of engaged couples who enquired about a prenup called off the wedding after speaking to lawyers, and a further three per cent actually drew up the documents before changing their minds about getting married.The figures give some ammunition to sceptics who say the agreements undermine the trust and romance of marriage.But lawyers say the couples who decide to break up would have done so anyway – and it is better for the split to take place before the wedding, rather than after. 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.
Everyone in this court is disgusted by you, and your behaviourJudge David Ticehurst He was also ordered to carry out 45 days of rehabilitation activities, 120 hours of unpaid work and made him the subject of a 10 year sexual harm prevention order and five years on the sex offender registry, plus £500 costs. 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 judge described one of the images that Gleed had downloaded, showing a three-year-old girl being tied up and abusedCredit:UPPA Talking to the defendant Judge Ticehurst said: “You told the probation officer that you thought ‘some of them looked like they were enjoying it’.”The judge described one of the images that Gleed had downloaded, showing a three-year-old girl being tied up and abused.“I want you to tell everyone in this this court how much you enjoyed looking at this image,” he said. “Everyone in this court is disgusted by you, and your behaviour,” the judge added before telling the defendant to “get out”.A Sentencing Council spokesman said: “The sentencing guidelines for indecent photographs of children allow sentences of up to nine years.”We can’t comment on individual cases as we don’t know all the circumstances involved. The judge must decide on the appropriate level of sentence based on all the facts of the case.”If it is in the interests of justice to do so, judges can go outside the guideline ranges, but they must give their reasons for doing so.” Gleed, 50, admitted making 54 indecent photographs of children in the most serious Category A.He also admitted two more similar offences involving 54 indecent photographs in Category B, and 3,767 in Category C.Gleed was sentenced to a three year community order and told to complete a 95 day sex offender programme. A judge has attacked sentencing guidelines which send offenders to prison for “a few months” as he says he is unable to properly punish a paedophile.Judge David Ticehurst said his hands were tied by sentencing guidelines during a case against Graham Gleed who had admitted downloading thousands of images of children aged between three and 15.Judge Ticehurst was unable to send Gleed, of Bridgwater in Somerset, to jail for long enough for him to complete a sex offenders treatment programme because of guidelines set out by the National Sentencing Council.”If it weren’t for people like you, those little girls would not have suffered at the hands of people like you. The National Sentencing Council guidelines are simply too lenient,” said Judge Ticehurst.”I think that offenders like you should receive long prison sentences, but there is no point in locking you up for a few months if you won’t receive treatment.”
Councillor Angeliki Stogia said: “We believe that the vast majority of penalty notices are being issued to motorists from outside of the city who are travelling to Manchester for the first time and following outdated sat nav routes.”She added: “The number of motorists driving into the prohibited zone is very low compared to the volume of traffic which used this road prior to the introduction of bus gates, which proves their effectiveness.” Signs at either end of the “bus gates” show a red circle with a car and motorbike inside. One driver, Alexandra Frank, said: “Unsuspecting city visitors and other drivers are corralled into the ‘no cars’ area and then photographed.”They realise only too late.” She said the signs were clear and the measures had not been introduced to raise revenue. Some have complained that the signs are confusingCredit:MEN Media Sat-navs are sending drivers down one of Britain’s most prolific bus lanes where nearly 1,000 people are fined every day, motorists have complained.Drivers on Oxford Road in Manchester have been caught in bus lanes 149,898 times since the road layout was changed last September, according to figures obtained by Manchester Evening News.Only buses, black cabs and cyclists can now use sections of the road between 6am and 9pm.But drivers have said the signs are confusing and sat-nav devices have yet to catch up with the change.
The results of the sting caused alarm, with Newham Council demanding the Government urgently bring forward legislation to introduce a total ban on the sale of corrosive liquids to children, 5 Live reports.The Home Office told the programme, which aired the report on Sunday, that it was considering responses to its consultation on a proposal to ban sales of corrosive products to under-18s, and creating a new possession offence. A schoolgirl was able to buy bleach from London shops, despite retailers agreeing to prevent sales of corrosive substances to children amid a spate of acid attacks, an investigation has revealed.BBC’s 5 Live Investigates was present during an undercover sting led by Newham Council and the Metropolitan Police this week, in which a 14-year-old girl was able to buy bottles of household cleaning bleach from three out of five high street retailers in Newham.The London borough had been dubbed the “acid attack capital of Britain” in reports after Met Police figures showed it had the highest rates of attacks in the UK.The Government is currently reviewing the regulation of sales of corrosive substances.Retailers are currently being encouraged to sign up to voluntarily self-regulate sales of corrosive substances to minors.In Newham, 182 retailers reportedly signed up to a voluntary scheme preventing such sales shoppers aged under 21. Photo of Lauren Trent and Sophie Hall taken just hours before they were victims of the acid attack in the Mangle E8 nightclub in Dalston, east LondonCredit: Metropolitan Police 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 programme also obtained new figures from 25 of 46 police forces asked for their data; showing acid attacks were three times higher in 2017 than in 2013 – with 646 attacks recorded in England and Wales last year.The majority of the attacks were recorded in London, with 464 incidents in 2017, followed by Greater Manchester, with 44.Met Police told 5 Live there was evidence of a reduction in the number of attacks during the second half of 2017, with last December recording as having the lowest monthly number since November 2015.
Speaking about the legal proceedings, Mr Booth added that he felt “quite sure” what Isaacs did was attempted murder.Mr Booth is the only survivor of a crack ten-man team who spent five days underwater in two mini subs, X-20 and X-23, before the D-Day invasion of 1944.The daring operation helped guide Allied landing craft to Sword beach instead of drifting on to jagged rocks.He and the team spied on Nazi troops across the shorelines before shining beacons across the sea to guide Allied forces across the treacherous rocks.In 2015, he was photographed dancing with the Duchess of Cornwall at an event in London to celebrate the 70th anniversary of VJ day. Jim Booth said he felt ‘quite sure’ the attack was attempted murderCredit: PA A veteran who played a key role in the D-Day landings has blamed himself for the attack by a bogus builder who left him for dead, claiming his special services training should have helped him.Jim Booth, 96, said he was to blame for the brutal attack at his Taunton home on November 22 which left him with multiple skull fractures and in a life-threatening condition.The army veteran claimed he was “just too old” to deal with the situation after Joseph Isaacs, 40, attacked him when he answer the doorbell.Mr Booth, who joined the Royal Navy aged 18 and served throughout the Second World War, said: “I think I probably just defended myself.“But I’m very much saying, I blame myself because I was special services you know, I think I should really have known how to deal with this but I didn’t, I was too old obviously.”The great grandfather was attacked when Isaacs came to the door claiming to be a builder and offered to fix some broken roof tiles. 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. “They wrote out of the blue, without knowing my name even and they were all wonderfully supportive but they did all universally emphasise that they thought ‘he’ as they called him, the criminal ought to go away for a very long time because they considered it attempted murder.” Joseph Isaacs, 39, has been found guilty of attempted murderCredit: Elizabeth Cook/PA Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall shared a dance with Jim Booth during the 70th Anniversary commemorations of VJ DayCredit:Eamonn M McCormack/Getty When Mr Booth refused, Isaacs pursued Mr Booth through a passageway in his home, hitting him multiple times with a hammer until he collapsed on the floor of his living room bleeding heavily. At the time of the attack Mr Booth’s family described him as their hero.They said: “He is the head of the family, a dearly-loved father to his four children and adored by his grandchildren and great grandchildren, to whom he’s simply known as The Legend.”Mr Booth said the support he has received has been “absolutely amazing” following the incident.”I had something like 300 letters from people,” he said. “This is one of the things I feel strongly about. On Friday Isaacs, of no fixed address, was found guilty of attempted murder at Taunton Crown Court.Isaacs denied intending to kill Mr Booth, claiming instead that he had gone to the house to get money for food, but was found guilty of attempted murder by a jury of seven women and five men after less than two hours of deliberation.He had already admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent, aggravated burglary and six allegations of fraud in relation to the attack at an earlier hearing.Mr Booth spent nine days in hospital following the burglary.After hearing the verdict, Rachel Drake, for the prosecution, said Booth would like to be present for sentencing. The judge, David Ticehurst, agreed and said he would sentence Isaacs at 2pm on Friday.
Antony Gormley’s Lost Horizon 1, 2008 Earlier this year, the National Gallery in London confirmed that less than one per cent of its works are by women.The Royal Academy’s plans for next year also include an exhibition of Lucian Freud’s self-portraits, installations from Phyllida Barlow, a show based on the “artistic exchange” between video artist Bill Viola and Michelangelo, and paintings from Felix Vallotton and Helene Schjerfbeck.Antony Gormley will stage his “most significant” solo exhibition in the UK for more than a decade, flooding one of the Academy’s galleries for his installation ‘Host’. Titian’s Venus Rising from the Sea, 1520Credit:National Galleries of Scotland While he had not done a precise headcount, he said, “there is almost parity between men and women”, adding that they had also worked to gender balance the scholars working on the exhibition.The idea for the exhibition was conceived around three years ago, and will be put on in a partnership with the The J. Paul Getty Museum in the United States.Marlow said he had found it interesting to observe how the exhibition had changed meaning amid the “cultural climate” of 2018. Lucian Freud’s Reflection (Self Portrait), 1985 Bathing on a Summer Evening, 1892-3, Felix Vallotton 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. Galleries have long been in the sights of feminist campaigners, with critics noting a drastic lack of number of female artists in major collections and a high proportion of nude women on the walls. So prevalent was the issue that Tate Modern now holds the 1989 piece by the Guerilla Girls asking: “Do Women Have To Be Naked To Get Into the Met. Museum?”Referring to the New York gallery, it states that less than five per cent of the work in its modern art section was by women, compared with 85 per cent of its nudes being female. Per Rumberg, from the Royal Academy, said curators had been “very keen in the beginning to have an equal balance of men and women”. The Royal Academy is to ensure its next exhibition of nudes has an equal gender split of naked men and women, as it navigates the post-Me Too era.The Academy, which has just undergone a major restructure to celebrate its 250th anniversary, will have almost exact parity between paintings, sculptures and drawings of male and female nudes in its forthcoming exploration of Renaissance art.The decision, confirmed by the gallery’s director Tim Marlow at its season launch today, marks the first time the Royal Academy has introduced a makeshift gender quota to its exhibitions as a “very interesting exercise”.The Renaissance Nude, due to open in March 2019, will include around 85 works created from 1400 to 1530 designed to track the development of the “idea and ideal” of the nude throughout Europe.The announcement, made as part of the Royal Academy’s 2019 season launch, follows a period of deep crisis in the arts, as television, film, theatre, music and the visual arts all re-examine their treatment of women in the wake of #metoo sex abuse revelations. “On one level you can say, art historically, are there more women than men? Yes,” he said. “But in that period is it considerably more?”Historically what are the differences in the way the male and female bodies are portrayed?”Saying that other exhibitions, such as the forthcoming Oceania or Bill Viola shows, would not be subject to gender quotas, he added: “But in a subject exploring the Renaissance nude in a historic period it seems a very interesting exercise to do.”The Renaissance Nude will show masterpieces from Titian, Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Dürer and Cranach, moving from religion art to the secular.
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. “We understand he had some underlying health issues and was admitted to hospital recently.”We’ve launched an inquiry to understand what happened in the days leading up to his death and to determine if any factors have contributed to his death.” A woman has been arrested on suspicion of neglect after a 10-year-old boy was found dead in a caravan.Police and paramedics were called to an address in Blossomville Way, in Acocks Green, at 7.25am on Thursday, following reports a child was unconscious at the address.The boy was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead at 8.20am.A 44-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of child neglect and remains in police custody, the force said.Detectives are treating the death as unexplained and a post-mortem examination is due to take place.A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said earlier: “We were called to reports of a medical emergency at a property on Blossomville Way at 7.19am this morning.”Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car were sent to the scene.”On arrival we discovered one patient, a boy, who was in a critical condition.”He received specialist trauma care at the scene before being transported to Heartlands Hospital.”Sadly, it later became apparent at hospital that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased.”Detective Inspector Joe Davenport said: “This is a truly tragic incident in which a young boy has been found dead.
Guyana will join the rest of the world in commemorating World Consumer Rights Day on Wednesday, March 15, under the theme ‘Building a Digital World Consumers can Trust’.The Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) which falls under the Ministry of Business, and which functions as the National Standards Body is mandated to provide consumer protection through it services.The Public Relations Officer, Lloyd David told the Government Information Agency (GINA), that Guyana should salute consumer bodies for their efforts in protecting consumer rights.David noted that the GNBS has been at the forefront in the protection of consumers through the development of standards and Acts to make many of these standards compulsory. He explained that when standards are made obligatory (Technical Requirement), they are enforced by various regulatory agencies including the Bureau, to protect the health and safety of consumers.Consumers are also protected through the verification of weighing and measuring devices used in trade such as scales, weights, measures and fuel pumps. He noted that accuracy and fitness for use is established when the devices are verified by the GNBS, and this prevents consumers from being cheated, David explained.Through its standards Compliance Programme, the Bureau monitors a number of products including household electrical appliances, cellular phones and gas stoves to ensure compliance with requirements outlined in national labelling and quality standards. In addition, complaints made by consumers of these products are investigated to provide the necessary redress, David told GINA.The Bureau also provides testing services including the testing of gold jewellery to ensure that the declarations made on the karat or purity are correct. Additionally, capacity is being built to test concrete (hollow) blocks, and this will improve the quality of blocks available for building construction.Products are also certified to National Standards, and the National Standards Mark is affixed, which tells consumers that these products have been inspected and tested, and are compliant with the requirements set out in the respective national standards. This also assists consumers to make wise choices on the quality of products they purchase, which provides confidence to consumers, David explained to GINA.The GNBS offers protection to consumers through education and information. Utilising the print and electronic media, the Bureau issues timely advisories and warnings on defective or unsafe products and services.According to Consumer International, “World Consumer Rights Day is a time for promoting the basic rights of consumers, for demanding that those rights are respected and protected, and for protesting the market abuses and social injustices which undermine consumers.”David pointed out that the GNBS, “strongly believes that the protection of consumers is a 24/7 business that is all encompassing.” (GINA) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGNBS now ISO 9001 internationally certifiedApril 10, 2018In “Business”Commerce Minister hints at regulating cellphone shopsMarch 15, 2014In “Business”GNBS collaborates to develop energy standards and labellingOctober 26, 2017In “latest news”