On Tuesday night, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder tipped things back in their direction, cruising past the San Antonio Spurs in Game 4 and leveling the NBA’s Western Conference finals, 2-2. Westbrook was at his aggressive, pinballing best. But the most eye-popping number of the night might not have been among those on his 40-point, 10-assist, five-steal stat line; it may have been the Thunder’s 21-0 edge in fast-break points.An enormous edge like that usually implies a turnover-laden performance by one team, but the Spurs only turned the ball over 13 times, or on 12.7 percent of their offensive possessions. That’s identical to their turnover percentage in the rest of the playoffs. But in Game 4, those turnovers turned into nearly twice as many fast-break points as the Spurs had allowed per game in the playoffs.Why? Not all turnovers are the same. A live-ball turnover, such as steal, tends to give the offense an opportunity to attack a defense that is short a defender or two and out of position. A dead-ball turnover, such as an offensive foul, allows the defense to get all five of its players into position. This difference is significant: Research by Jacob Frankel at Hickory-High (using data from NBAwowy.com) found that NBA teams this season had an effective field goal rate of 61.5 percent on possessions after a live-ball turnover, compared to 46.5 percent after a dead-ball turnover.Again looking at NBAwowy, we can see that just 54.2 percent of the Spurs’ turnovers this season were on steals. But Tuesday night against the Thunder, 12 of the Spurs’ 13 turnovers were caused by steals.San Antonio Spurs Turnovers per GameIt wasn’t just steals that led to those transition opportunities. The Thunder had eight blocks in the game, many of which turned into transition opportunities (blocked shots count as field goal attempts, not turnovers).One game and 13 turnovers is a small sample size, but some of the Spurs’ struggles appeared to come in the pick-and-roll. According to mySynergySports, the Spurs pick-and-roll ball handlers turned the ball over four times on 19 plays — a turnover rate of 21 percent; the Spurs turned the ball over on just 14 percent of pick-and-roll possessions across the entire season.Athletic and aggressive, the Thunder can be incredibly disruptive on defense, quickly converting those disruptions into efficient offensive opportunities. Before Game 4, the Spurs had mostly short-circuited that ability with precise execution. Not so Tuesday night.
In a nine-month NBA season, players spend half their time in the air getting to the next city. For Iowa State forward Royce White, a projected to be a first-round pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, that is a scary proposition — for him and prospective teams.A sure-fire first round talent, White could drop but there have been concerns he could fall all the way into the second round in part over — of all things — a fear of flying.The fear of flying is part of a larger anxiety disorder for White, who has also admitted to struggling with obsessive compulsive disorder and uses medication to control both. That concerns NBA evaluators in light of former NBA draft picks like Eddie Griffin, the No. 7 overall pick in 2001 who battled depression before tragically dying at the age of 25 after his car crashed into a train in 2007 while he was under the influence of alcohol.“It’s going to be something that a team taking him on is going to have to have something in place, whether it’s a staff member or a plan in place to help him accommodate some of his fears with the travel aspect because that’s such a huge part of an NBA season.”A second GM told NBA.com that White’s situation is similar to a player who has off-the-court problems — presumably meaning run-ins with the law or substance abuse — in regards to how it may affect his stock. White has rightfully taken offense to comparisons like that for something that he can’t control and afflicts millions of Americans.“It’s like cancer or heart disease. Are those character issues, too?” said to the Akron Beacon Journal. “I don’t like when that association is made. There’s a lot of people out there who have an anxiety disorder and don’t talk about it for that reason. People think it’s a character issue and it’s not.“I’m going to continue to be me, I’m going to continue to be an advocate for the mental illness community. I’ll continue to talk about it and be forthcoming about it. When a person or public figure talks about it, it lets people know that haven’t been diagnosed to go and get checked. You’re not alone.”The difference between being selected in the first round and second round is significant. Though White is rumored to have a guarantee that he won’t fall below the Boston Celtics, who have picks 21 and 22, a dip into the second round could mean dropping from a four-year deal guaranteed at around $6 million in total, or a non-guaranteed two-year deal with a starting salary of about a third of the probable $1.2 million White would make in his first year if he were selected by Boston.He burst onto the scene this past March when he put forth big performances against Connecticut and eventual champion Kentucky in the NCAA tournament. As a result, the 6-foot-8 forward vaulted into the consciousness of NBA talent evaluators and was thought by some to be a lottery pick after declaring early for the draft as a sophomore.To be fair, scouts are also worried about erratic behavior in White’s past. He pleaded guilty to shoplifting and was also accused of stealing a laptop computer when he was a freshman at Minnesota during the 2009-10 season before quitting the team over YouTube.But from all indications, those issues are now in the past as White led the Cyclones in five statistical categories last season and was a First Team All-Big 12 performer while displaying a charming personality.
Jesse Williams has been outspoken about racial injustice. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty ImageIt looks like the national anthem protest that was driven by Colin Kaepernick has reached Hollywood.Jesse Williams took a page out of Marshawn Lynch’s book and remained seated through “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the regular-season finale of the Ice Cube-founded Big3 basketball tournament.“We’ll stand up when you do …” read the caption the “Grey’s Anatomy” star wrote on his Sunday, Aug. 13, Instagram Live video. The statement is believed to be intended for President Donald Trump, who has been slammed for not condemning the racism that spurred the violent response to a protest of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend.James Alex Fields Jr. has been charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count correlated to leaving the scene after plowing his car into a crowd protesting the white supremacists. One is dead and 19 people have been injured as a result of the collision.
OSU junior Jalyn Holmes embraces a teammate after a play against Tulsa on Sept. 10, 2016. OSU won 48-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State football fans came into Saturday’s matchup against Tulsa with high hopes after the team’s drubbing of Bowling Green last week. Buckeye fans saw a much different game in the first half from their team against the Golden Hurricane, but OSU was too much to handle in the second half, winning 48-3.Things could not have started better for the Buckeyes, as the first pass from Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans was tipped at the line, and intercepted by redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore.A short field did not help OSU find the endzone early. After two failed run plays, a pass from redshirt junior J.T. Barrett intended for redshirt sophomore Noah Brown was swatted away, forcing the Buckeyes to trot out their field goal unit.After senior kicker Tyler Durbin gave OSU a 3-0 lead, the game fell into a defensive stalemate. Sloppy offensive play and little movement by either team’s offensive units kept things close throughout the first quarter.“The offensive line gets a lot of praise around,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “Also, when things aren’t going well, it’s probably because we’re not playing up to our expectation level.”Coming off a stellar game against San Jose State, Tulsa junior running back D’Angelo Brewer found wide-open running lanes for much of the first half, slashing through the Buckeyes front seven for 47 first-half yards.The absence of redshirt junior Tracy Sprinkle was apparent for the Buckeyes. A distinct lack of push along the defensive line allowed Evans to remain in the pocket and create space for Brewer to pick up multiple first downs.“The loss of Tracy Sprinkle…it set us back a bit because he’s such a great leader and a great player,” OSU redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard said. “These young guys had a good day and stepped up.”Hubbard also said he was pleased with the play of redshirt freshman Davon Hamilton and redshirt freshman Dre’Mont Jones, who are filling in for the injured Sprinkle. Combined, the two players picked up three tackles.OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett struggled to connect with receivers, completing eight passes on 14 attempts and only racking up 69 yards. His biggest target of the first half, redshirt sophomore Terry McLaurin, had a 16-yard catch, which was the longest reception of the first half.Without much of an offensive attack, the Silver Bullets stepped up in a big way, picking off Evans three times in the first half, two of which were returned for touchdowns.Redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker’s interception was good enough for a 26-yard return, putting the Buckeyes up 13-3.Redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore picked off two first half passes, returning one all the way back for a score with less than a minute left in the half.“This was my first pick six ever; I was excited to just get out there,” Lattimore said. “I had some blockers in front of me, so they really helped me out, too.”A delay for inclement weather lasted from 5:25 p.m. until 6:35 p.m., as lightning was spotted multiple times near the stadium during the pause in play. The halftime show was cancelled, and many OSU fans left the stadium during the hour-long storm.However, the Buckeyes were a different team in the second half, leaning heavily on the legs of junior H-back Curtis Samuel.On the initial drive of the second half, Samuel busted off a few double-digit yardage runs, and set a key block that opened a lane for Barrett to break the goal line. The touchdown marked Barrett’s second rushing touchdown of the season.The hour-long break seemed to create a spark for OSU on both sides of the ball, with the Buckeyes preventing Tulsa from scoring during the second half. Evans threw his fourth interception on the day, and once again failed to find paydirt.Opposing offenses have struggled against OSU so far this season, with the Buckeyes defense having yet to surrender a touchdown to another team’s offense.Weber was the leading rusher of the day for OSU, carrying the ball 17 times for 92 yards and a touchdown. Barrett finished the day with a statline of 14 for 22 and 149 yards, with no passing touchdowns and two rushing scores.“I thought the best thing he did is he hit the hole hard, he ran hard, but he also hung on that ball,” Meyer said. “It’s night and day compared to who he was a year ago.”Samuel came back to Earth a bit after racking up 261 all-purpose yards last Saturday, failing to find the endzone after scoring three times against Bowling Green. He still managed to gain 140 total yards, much of which came in the second half.Senior H-back Dontre Wilson picked up a late touchdown run, which was his first rushing touchdown of the year.The wide receiver’s play for OSU was heavily criticized by Meyer last week, and there was little in terms of improvement by the unit. Wideouts for the Buckeyes combined for five receptions, 49 yards and no scores.The Buckeyes face a tough test next week in Norman, Oklahoma, against the Sooners. 14th-ranked Oklahoma lost in its first week against then-No. 15 Houston, taking a hit to its ranking. Both OSU and Oklahoma will be looking for a win to remain prominent in the national picture.The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium next Saturday.This article has been amended by quotes following the post-game conference.
Former OSU redshirt freshman wide receiver Torrance Gibson (6) carries the ball after a reception during the first half of the spring game. Credit: Alexa MavrogianisOhio State wide receiver Torrance Gibson’s future in Columbus was uncertain following his semester-long suspension before the team began its 2016 season in September. On Tuesday, Gibson expressed his desire to play elsewhere, at least for the near future.Gibson signed a letter of intent with junior-college program Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. A press release sent from a team’s spokesman said Gibson will enroll in the spring.Although Gibson’s signing does show his interest in playing for the Bulldogs, the letter of intent is not binding, meaning he can continue to search for other options, like from other Division I schools. Gibson is eligible to play in 2017 for MGCCC, but would have to sit out a full season if he were to transfer to another Division I school.Gibson, a native of Plantation, Florida, attended American Heritage School and was a member of the 2015 recruiting class. He came out of high school as a four-star dual-threat quarterback and rated the No. 6 athlete in the class by 247Sports.Gibson redshirted his first year at OSU while undergoing a change from quarterback to wide receiver. Gibson shined in the 2016 spring game, scoring twice. OSU coach Urban Meyer said that the wide receiver was “in the mix” for playing time this year before his suspension.“We are looking forward to having Torrance join our football program,” MGCCC coach Chad Huff said in a press release. “We are confident in his abilities on the field and his character off the field, and we expect him to contribute to our team and the Gulf Coast community.Gibson is expected to play quarterback at MGCCC. He made the switch to receiver with OSU after an already deep group at signal caller forced him to make a change.Editor’s Note 12/13: Gibson’s high school has been corrected to American Heritage School. The Lantern originally published that Gibson attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School.
After lining up a job that guarantees a multimillion-dollar contract, the best benefits an employee can hope for and fame and recognition as the newest member of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ dominant defense, it’d be easy to throw away your textbooks and forget lecture halls ever existed. But former Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward isn’t taking the easy way out. Even after being drafted in the first round of last month’s NFL draft, Heyward still attends classes and will graduate with a degree in education at the end of this quarter. The motivation to finish college all comes from within. Heyward knows he wants to earn a degree and do something that has not been done before by anyone in his immediate family. “I’m pushing myself,” Heyward said. “I want to impress my family. I’ll be the first one to graduate and that’s just a big accomplishment.” Now that he’s been drafted, his textbooks aren’t the only books he needs to study. Heyward was fortunate to get a playbook from his Pittsburgh coaching staff, something many draft picks weren’t able to do as a result of the NFL lockout. He said the playbook was the first thing he asked for when he arrived in Pittsburgh on April 29. “The playbook is like a magazine,” Heyward said. “I could read it all day, but I’ve still got to look at my textbooks.” Reading his textbooks might not help him a great deal when he’s studying opposing offenses and which quarterback he’ll be trying to sack on Sundays, but it could end up having a bigger impact sooner than he imagined. If the NFL and NFL Players Association don’t reach an agreement on the labor situation, delaying or canceling the season, Heyward said he will take advantage of the opportunity to complete his student-teaching duties. Heyward would be teaching elementary aged children. “I definitely want to do my student-teaching,” Heyward said. “I didn’t get a chance to do it, and I won’t until after my career. But if I can go into that … that’d be so much fun and that’s truly a dream of mine.” If an agreement is reached and Heyward ends up on the field instead of in the classroom, he will get a chance to return to Pittsburgh, where he’s already been welcomed by some of the town’s biggest celebrities. Heyward said Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger called him and wide receiver Hines Ward sent him a text message to congratulate him. With offensive weapons like Roethlisberger and Ward and a defense that has allowed the fewest points in the league two of the past three seasons, Heyward sees no reason why his new team shouldn’t compete for a championship every year. “I like to think we have the best defensive line in the NFL right now,” Heyward said. “It’s unbelievable. We should be in the Super Bowl every year.” Roethlisberger and Ward won’t be the only ones welcoming Heyward to the Steel City — Heyward was born in Pittsburgh and said he still has a lot of family in the area. “It’s like going back to your old stomping grounds,” he said. “I’m very grateful and I feel blessed to be in this situation. Not a lot of players get to say they’re going somewhere that they actually know a lot about. “I get to see my extended family a little bit more. I’m a big family guy and the chance to see them a little bit more, I love it.” Heyward said he’s “ecstatic” about being a Steeler but that it hasn’t yet hit him full force that he will be playing professional football in his hometown. “I’m just an average kid right now,” he said. “It hasn’t really set in to me that I’m going to be a Pittsburgh Steeler yet.” Heyward is just an average kid who stands 6-foot-5 and pushes 300 pounds, plays defensive end for one of the NFL’s elite franchises and goes to class on weekday mornings.
Some liken sporting events to wars and battles, but the USS Yorktown has seen and fought in the real thing. Sport will converge with the Yorktown, a decommissioned U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, when the Ohio State men’s and women’s basketball teams will open their 2012-13 seasons against Marquette and Notre Dame, respectively, Friday in the Carrier Classic. Friday’s games, which will take place on a court constructed on the Yorktown’s flight deck, bare no likeness to the battles the warship has seen. Still, OSU coach Thad Matta has an appreciation for the venue’s history. The OSU teams and their opponents’ stay on the ship will last for the duration of the 40-minute basketball games. Retired U.S. Navy Lt. Bob Dorsey, 73, of Milton, Fla., recalled that a typical stay as a sailor on the Yorktown was much longer. Unlike for the basketball teams, a “short” stay, or cruise, on the ship would last six to nine weeks. Long cruises could last six to nine months, and the cruises weren’t for basketball games or other forms of pleasure, but for war. Dorsey, a former helicopter pilot and President of the Yorktown Association, was stationed on the Yorktown from 1963-1966 and was twice deployed to Vietnam and the South China Sea. Following World War II, during which the ship faced bombings and other forms of heavy combat, the Yorktown was modified for rooting out the Soviet submarine threat during the Cold War. When it became evident that there was no threat of Soviet submarines in the seas near Vietnam, Dorsey’s mission changed, he said. “We were doing basic utility work, moving men and cargo from different ships in the South China Sea,” Dorsey said. “We were also doing what was considered coastal surveillance. They would send us out to investigate various shipboard targets that they would pick up on our radar and we would fly out to sea if there was a threat. And so that was our primary mission.” Then, the mission changed again once Vietnam “was going pretty big,” Dorsey said. “A lot of (planes) got shot down, so our mission really changed to being combat rescue,” Dorsey said. “During all that time, we never lost a single helicopter due to combat loss, which was pretty spectacular.” And there were many missions that launched on the sea and saw Dorsey and other members of America venture into Vietnamese airspace. The missions, while thrilling, Dorsey said, were exceedingly dangerous and included night missions at low altitude. “You know, flying off an aircraft carrier is probably one of the most exciting things most people ever do, and I thoroughly enjoyed it,” Dorsey said. “We did a lot of night flying, which was fairly dangerous … generally, helicopters were limited to a maximum altitude of 200 feet. So on a dark night at 200-feet, you really better pay attention.” Obviously, OSU won’t face dangers like what Dorsey saw. The biggest risk the two Buckeyes’ squads run on Friday is starting their respective seasons with a loss. For the men’s team, it would be the first opening-game loss since a 76-65 defeat to San Francisco on Nov. 21, 2003. OSU women’s coach Jim Foster has never lost a season opener since arriving in Columbus for the 2002-03 campaign. Given the Buckeyes teams’ history of opening-night success, some fans in Columbus might be disappointed to miss the opener. The Carrier Classic will take place in Charleston, S.C., some 10 hours from Columbus by car. Buckeye Nation will get to see its team play live at the Schottenstein Center again, though. They will return home. In combat on the Yorktown, Dorsey obviously couldn’t make the same guarantee. “As Navy sailors do,” Dorsey said, “you tell your family, ‘Goodbye. I’ll see you when I get back.’” Matta conveyed appreciation for the sacrifice of the Yorktown’s crews during OSU’s Oct. 11 media day. “(The Carrier Classic is) something that these young men, for the rest of their lives, will remember,” Matta said. “Obviously I want to win the basketball game, but that is one game that is more than the game of basketball. People forget we got guys fighting the war for us right now.” OSU women’s basketball is scheduled to tip off its Carrier Classic game against Notre Dame at 4 p.m. on Friday. The OSU men will tip off against Marquette at 7 p.m. Yorktown takes a starring role The Yorktown has enjoyed Hollywood limelight in her day, having served at the movie set for the movies “The Fighting Lady” and “Tora! Tora! Tora!” (1970). She was also featured in the TV series “Get Smart” (1968) and on the SyFy Channel’s “Ghost Hunters” (2012). Yorktown aids in space exploration On Dec. 27, 1968, the Yorktown recovered the astronauts aboard NASA’s Apollo 8 spacecraft, the first manned spacecraft to travel to the vicinity of Earth’s moon and return safely, according to a Carrier Classic release. Apollo 8 Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders splashed down in the Pacific Ocean before a Yorktown helicopter arrived to scoop the astronauts out of the ocean. Michael Periatt contributed to this article.
Members of the OSU defense line take part in a drill during spring practice March 20 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Mark Batke / For The LanternWhen former Ohio State defensive line coach Mike Vrabel left the Buckeye staff to join the Houston Texans, many wondered if OSU could successfully replace such a polarizing figure.According to its players, OSU has done just that.Larry Johnson, who coached at Penn State from 1996-2013, has made a positive impression on the players he coaches.“It is just a different attitude,” sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa said Thursday after practice when comparing Vrabel’s style of coaching to Johnson’s. “Their technique is all similar. He is more positive, I dare say.”Bosa, who had a breakout freshman year in 2013 — tallying 7.5 sacks, tied for the team lead — said he responds better to Johnson’s uplifting style of coaching.“Coach J is super positive, he is never really tearing anyone down,” Bosa said. “The coaches have been much more positive in trying to coach and make us better.”Teammate and fellow defensive lineman, junior Adolphus Washington, agreed with Bosa and said Johnson has been encouraging the players to succeed.“What is unique about him is that he is always a motivator. He is going to tell you what to do and he is going to show you how to do it and he is going to motivate you to do it,” Washington said. “Instead of using an angrier approach to it, he uses more of a teaching approach.”Johnson said he wants his players to understand the love he has for football as well as showing them the right way to play.“My deal is about passion. I want my guys to see the passion in how I coach. And that’s in my room, off the field and every area of their lives,” Johnson said. “I bring the same intensity, but I’m also teaching at the same time and getting them (to) understand my passion for the game and to feel that.”Despite only being in Columbus for a few months — OSU officially announced Johnson as part of its staff Jan. 16 — Johnson said his players are beginning to buy into what he wants them to.“They’ve got to trust me. I tell them all the time once they drink the Kool-Aid, we’re ready to go,” Johnson said. “Understanding 4-6 (seconds), A-B, that’s the style we’re going to play here, and once they understand my passion for that and then (I) told them the first day I got here I was going to do the best I can to reach them.”The Buckeyes, who were thin on the defensive line last year, will look to try and develop depth, something Johnson said he is striving to achieve.“There’s not a first group, there’s not a second group — there’s a group of guys trying to get better. And I’ve sold them on that idea that there are going to be eight, nine guys playing who compete,” Johnson said. “It’s not the guy who started the game, it’s the guys who finish the game that are going to make a difference. I think they’ve bought into that and I think that’s what’s really neat.”Johnson wants to bring back the “Silver Bullet” mindset the OSU defense did not seem to have last year, as they gave up 38.3 points per game in their last three games, of which they lost two. He said it’s what OSU is known for, and it is what he wants to get back to.“Great defense … I think that’s what we all feel we’re going to get back to,” Johnson said. “So it’s one focus, one fight, one team and just one idea about being the best defense in the country.”Bosa said Johnson has mentioned the Silver Bullet mindset around the players and he is trying to develop an attitude about them.“We watch guys that played before us and how hard they played,” Bosa said. “But again, we are focusing on playing hard and just competing against the offense.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Navy Aug. 30 at noon at M&T Bank Stadium.
Arrowsmith was ordered to pay £250 costs and carry out 160 hours of unpaid work as well as being made the subject of a curfew restricting him from leaving his house between 7pm and 5am.He is also banned from working with children and was ordered to sign the sex offenders register.The court heard police found 400 videos in Category A, which is the worst, with another 255 films in Category B and 186 films and 851 images in Category C.Overall there were 1,692 movies and images ranging from Category A to C as well as the 4,336 videos and 137,000 images that remained uncategorised.After he was arrested Arrowsmith admitted to viewing and downloading indecent images of children for “four or so years”.But he told police officers he had never distributed or made any images or videos.Digby Johnson, defending, told the court Arrowsmith and his wife, who was not present in court, were trying for children and wanted to start a family. A paedophile who was found with more than 137,000 indecent images of children has been spared jail because he wants to start a family.Richard Arrowsmith faced up to five years in prison but was handed a suspended sentence after telling a judge he wanted to become a father.The 41-year-old was arrested after police received a tip-off in February that an IP address linked to his Sky account was used to download the pictures.Officers executed a warrant at his home and seized a computer, external hard drive, laptop, mobile phone and USB sticks on April 19 this year.A court heard a police computerised scanning system flagged up at least 10,000 indecent images and videos on the devices. But a large number could not be categorised due to the sheer amount of movies and pictures, including 4,336 videos and 137,000 images.Arrowsmith, of Church Gresley, Derbyshire, pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images and videos of children when he appeared at Derby Crown Court on Wednesday.But he was spared jail after a judge heard he was hoping to start a family with his wife who was still supporting him.Sentencing Arrowsmith to 10 months in prison, suspended for two years, Recorder Martin Butterworth, said: “You are 41-years-old, with no previous convictions and you pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.”There are three charges against you in relation to the possession of indecent images of children.”I am taking into consideration your previous good character, you have a wife who supports you, a steady employment and your hopes to start a family in the near future.”These are not victimless crimes, they encourage serious abuse of sometimes very young children. You were less than honest about the nature of the images.” These are not victimless crimes, they encourage serious abuse of sometimes very young childrenRecorder Martin Butterworth I am taking into consideration your previous good character, you have a wife who supports you, a steady employment and your hopes to start a family in the near futureRecorder Martin Butterworth 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.
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. Sales of cooking sauces have dropped £30 million in a year after the makers of Dolmio warned product the was so salty it should only be eaten once a week.The latest research showed that Britons are increasingly turning their backs on the cooking sauces category in the wake of health warnings and the soaring popularity of cooking from scratch. Kantar Worldpanel analyst Shannon Brewer told The Grocer: “Part of this decline is driven by the 3.4 per cent growth of ready meals in chilled convenience and the addition of sauces to meat products now in supermarkets.”A spokeswoman for Dolmio said: “We want to help make it a little bit easier for people to cook convenient, healthy, tasty and affordable meals for their families and we’re proud of the commitments we’ve made.”The vast majority of our products like Dolmio Bolognese sauces are absolutely ‘everyday’ meals that deliver on taste, convenience and health. Consumers know they can rely on our brands and they remain some of the UK’s most loved.”Salt levels in Dolmio Bolognese meet the FSA salt targets and most of the sugar in Dolmio Bolognese comes from the tomatoesBrian Walmsley, marketing and category management director at Schwartz, said: “Whilst sales of wet cooking sauces have declined, this is not a segment that Schwartz focuses on and is a very small part of our business.”We have a large portfolio ranging from dry herbs and spices to dry recipe mixes, ensuring that consumers have a wide range of ways to add flavour to their meals to suit a healthy, balanced lifestyle.”As part of our commitment to health and wellness, Schwartz has decreased the salt used in eight of our most popular seasonings by an average of 40 per cent, without compromising on taste and flavour.” But the dramatic downturn has been fuelled by the shock warning from brand owner Mars Food, which also own Uncle Ben’s, last April that some Dolmio products should only eaten once every seven days because of the sugar and salt they contain.Since the high-profile health alert, market leader Dolmio has lost £9.5 million of its value – £1 million a month – with own-label brands overtaking it on growth. 2016 marks the sixth consecutive year of decline and £30.1 million has evaporated from the sector’s value in the past yearThe Grocer The data from analysts Kantar Worldpanel showed that the overall market continues to go off the boil falling 3.7 per cent in value and 4.1 per cent in volume.Trade magazine The Grocer reported: “In fact, 2016 marks the sixth consecutive year of decline and £30.1 million has evaporated from the sector’s value in the past year.”Declining shopper engagement, price pressure from the discounters, the health agenda, the scratch cooking trend and the rise of smaller households are all nibbling away at the sector.”Value and volume has declined across all sub-categories in the past year. Italian and traditional sauces have shouldered over 70 per cent of the total value loss, reflecting the hefty losses of Dolmio, Schwartz and Homepride.”The report says that Britain’s shoppers are also becoming more aware of their health and are looking for less processed options leading to the introduction of sauce kits and pots to add flavour.The study shows that brands have been the biggest casualties with total volume declining by a hefty 9.2 per cent. Mars Food also own Uncle Ben’sCredit:
The overhaul will also see 42 Commando switch to being a specialised marine operations unit.Maj Gen Julian Thompson, who commanded 3 Commando Brigade in the Falklands, last week warned that Britain will no longer “be able to stage another Falklands-style operation” if the Marines faced heavy cuts.In addition to the Marines, the Navy is also considering cutting the number of amphibious landing craft, as well as decommissioning HMS Ocean, the Navy’s flagship, whose primary role is as a helicopter carrier and assault ship.Maj Gen Thompson said last night: “We just hope that also the amphibious ships are not touched. That’s also part of the equation.”Maj Gen Robert Magowan, Commandant General Royal Marines, said the corps would “ensure that we remain as relevant tomorrow as we do today.”HMS Queen Elizabeth had been due to begin trials in the North Sea last month and enter its new home in Portsmouth later in the year.Late last year senior defence sources disclosed that the Armed Forces had begun secretly preparing for another round of defence cuts despite the 2015 defence review which was supposed to boost funding.They said there is not now enough money available for the various spending commitments already made and therefore more savings were necessary with “very tough choices” ahead. The decision was made after senior former officers had warned that axing the Marines would send a message to enemies that “Britain is not interested in defending its interests”.A senior Whitehall source said half the marine cuts would be to backroom functions such as drivers and admin staff. The source said there would be no redundancies and the overhaul will be carried out by the end of the decade through natural wastage.Marine commanders had been braced for cuts of up to 2,000 men with the Royal Navy struggling to meet the cost of manning the two new Queen Elizabeth class carriers. The Navy is struggling to man its new aircraft carriers 200 Royal Marines posts will be transferred to the NavyCredit:LA(Phot) Dave Jenkins/MoD The MoD is also trying to find £10bn worth of “efficiencies” in the defence budget during the next decade.It is understood several senior Naval commanders argued large numbers of Marines should be sacrificed to bolster sailor numbers in the Royal Navy after decades of cuts.Naval sources said they have enough sailors to man the first 70,000 ton carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, but nowhere near enough to man the second, HMS Prince of Wales. Extra sailors are also needed to man the latest nuclear-powered Astute class attack submarines. Adml Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord, said: “The Royal Marines remain bound in to every part of the Royal Navy’s future, from conducting sophisticated operations from the sea, at a variety of scales and against a range of threats, using our new aircraft carriers as a base, to leading the Service’s development of information warfare. 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 Royal Marines are to by cut by 200 men to help the Royal Navy crew its new £6.2bn aircraft carriers.The head of the Navy struck the deal last week amid fears the Marines faced sharp cuts because of a hole in defence spending.A shake-up will see 200 posts transferred from the Marines to the Royal Navy as it struggles to find enough sailors to crew the biggest warships Britain has ever had.
Birmingham Police Commander Chris Johnson said earlier: “An initial assessment from Army bomb disposal suggests this is a large explosive device – that’s why an extensive cordon has been put in place for public safety.”We don’t take decisions like this lightly but public safety has to be our number one priority.”Hundreds of homes have been evacuated and we are working with our partners to provide emergency accommodation.”There have been some difficulties in accessing the device given the terrain and its position within a construction site – but all agencies involved are working as quickly as possible to bring the situation to a safe conclusion with brave military staff risking their safety to ensure that of the public.” Bomb disposal experts have carried out a controlled explosion on a Second World War device.The bomb was discovered by construction staff near Aston, Birmingham, on Monday morning and has been identified as a German shell weighing up to 500lb (227kg).The M6 between junctions 4 and 7 was temporarily closed as Army disposal experts carried out the controlled explosion, West Midlands Police said.The force added it is hopeful the motorway will reopen soon. 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. Police closed the A38 Aston Expressway, and homes and businesses within a 500-metre cordon were also evacuated, after the alarm was raised at 9.45am on Monday.Dozens of people spent the night in a rest centre as hundreds of nearby homes were evacuated.The Red Cross said around 80 people were cared for overnight by volunteers.The A38 is expected to be closed for most of Tuesday, with 250 tonnes of sand brought in as part of the “major, delicate” operation. @OFFICIALWMAS pic.twitter.com/hbpGwdw5ym— Steve Wheaton (@stevewhe) May 16, 2017 The bomb that was found near Aston ExpresswayCredit:West Midlands Police
Train drivers have rejected an offer of £75,000-a-year in pay in a long-running dispute that has caused misery for commuters, Southern rail bosses have said.The offer had been made last week, as passengers faced disruption from the end of the month as a result of a ban on drivers doing overtime by the union Aslef. Aslef and the RMT are embroiled in long-running disputes with Southern over staffing and driver-only trains, which has caused chaos for 300,000 passengers with repeated strikes over the past 15 months.Southern Railway’s parent company Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) said it had offered employees a “very generous” four-year pay deal worth 23.8%.It would take a driver’s base salary from £49,001 to £60,683 for the existing 35-hour, four-day week. Most of Southern’s drivers also work a fifth day as overtime, which tops up their pay by 25 per cent, taking the potential total pay to over £75,000. A spokesman for GTR said: “The Aslef leadership has twice accepted the extension of driver-controlled operation and asked us this time to package it up with a pay deal.”We’ve made a very generous offer that in four years would take a driver’s base salary to £60,683 for the existing 35-hour, four-day week, so we find this threat of an overtime ban surprising and extremely disappointing.” Strikes have become familiar for Southern passengersCredit:Nick Edwards The group’s case is being supported by the disabled and older people’s charity Transport For All.Summer Dean, of ABC, said the court date will be the most important day in its campaign, and was the only chance of bringing the “never-ending rail crisis” to a close. Meanwhile, leaders of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) will meet this week to decide their next move in the long-running rows at Southern, Merseyrail and Northern about driver-only trains.It comes as a commuters’ group seeking a judicial review of the Government’s handling of Southern Railway has secured a date for a court hearing to press its case.The Association of British Commuters (ABC) will attend a so-called public permission hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on June 29 – the same day as the overtime ban by Southern drivers starts.ABC said the court hearing will finally bring the principles of the case into the public arena and could lead to a full-blown judicial review. However the rail operator said talks aimed at resolving the dispute had ended without agreement, and Aslef had ordered the overtime ban to go ahead from Thursday next week.A spokesman told the Evening Standard: “We take that to mean rejection of our [pay] offer”. Services were badly disrupted the last time Aslef launched an overtime ban. Aslef said it had not made a formal decision on pay. One train driver said they were satisfied with the pay but there were still concerns over safety. RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “The spotlight is now well and truly back on the basket-case Southern Rail franchise and their unconditional support from this minority government regardless of the safety and service consequences.”RMT’s executive will be considering the next steps in the guards’ and drivers’ safety disputes this week.” 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 extra calories could mean a potential weight gain of five pounds, the report said.Young people aged 18 to 24 are the most likely to experience up-selling, with the study finding that they consume an extra 750 calories a week as a result, which could mean an annual gain of up to 11 pounds.The charity urged businesses to pledge to only up-sell healthy food and drink, and said shops should stop paying staff commission for hitting “up-selling” targets.The research found that those who were persuaded to supersize on average spent 17 per cent more for 55 per cent more calories, with special offers reserved for the least healthy fare. RSPH chief executive Shirley Cramer said: “Obesity is the public health challenge of our generation and if not addressed urgently could tip over the point of no return.”Almost everyone can relate to the feeling of being pressured into buying extra calories through up-selling.”The charity and diet company are urging consumers to use the hashtag #JustThisThanks to fight back against the trend, which the head of the NHS has previously described as “a form of health pollution”. On average, consumers will face 106 attempts at upselling a year, the study found Credit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Supersize tactics by retailers mean the average person is consuming an extra 17,000 calories a year – which could mean five pounds weight gain – health experts have warned.The Royal Society of Public Health said consumers are facing more than 100 attempts each year by shops and fast-food chains to “up-sell” unhealthy foods and drinks each year.The charity said soaring obesity levels were being fuelled by pushy sales assistants, trained to ask customers if they wanted to “go large,” upgrade to a meal deal, or add cut-price chocolate to their purchase.It urged retailers to stop linking staff pay to the success of efforts to pressure customers into buying more junk food.The report carried out with Slimming World, found that over the course of a week, “verbal pushes” meant 34 per cent of customers ended up buying a larger coffee than requested, with 33 per cent upgrading to meal deals, and 36 per cent adding chocolate to their shop.The report, from a survey of more than 2,000 UK adults, found that consumers face an average of 106 verbal pushes annually, which led to an extra 330 calories a week, or 17,000 calories a year. Healthy food is rarely pushed on customers Credit:Nick Ansell /PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
“While price cuts for products are not always in proportion to size reductions – it is not the case that customers are being short-changed all the time,” the BBC investigators concluded. However shoppers were warned that the cost of some treats had risen considerably, while at same time shrinking in weight.Worst was found to be a a four stick Kit-Kat which has risen from 40p to 60 (50 per cent) since 2014, while becoming seven per cent smaller. Fears that ‘shrinkflation’ has left shoppers paying more for less are unfounded…at least for some chocolate and biscuits, and investigation has shown.A report last year from the the Office of National Statistics (‘ONS’) concluded more than 2,500 reduced in size and increased in price in the last five years.However the new survey from the BBC has found that savvy consumers could get better value for money if they know where to look.The best ‘shrinkflation’ beating deal discovered was a three pack of Jaffa Cakes, which have not only increased in weight by nealy 6 per cent since 2014, but also decreased in price from £2.35 to £1.55.Likewise a bar of Toblerone, which despite having decreased from 200g to 150 (25 per cent) in the past four years, has seen a price drop of nearly 40 per cent. A bar now costs £1.50 instead of £2.49.Of the 19 types of chocolate and biscuits surveyed from Asda, Ocado/Waitrose, Sainsburys and Tesco, nine (47 per cent) have seen price drops since 2014. For example a three pack of Yorkie raisin and biscuit has seen a price drop of 20 per cent, but a weight decrease of just 13 per cent. A Twin Twix bar has also increased in price by 36 per cent, while a bag of Snickers bites will set you back 49 per cent more today than in 2014, an extra 49p.Mark Jones, a food and drink solicitor at Gordons law firm said consumers were still be hitting by ‘shrinkflation’ for many products.“The products which did not increase in price were broadly ‘bulk buy’/large pack products where economies of scale mean margins are less stringent,” he said.“Overall, and by some distance, a smaller pack size means a higher price.”Manufacturers have increasingly blamed the rising cost of raw materials for the price hikes, and the weak pound, which makes imports more expensive.Other companies said they had made changes to reduce calories and bring products in line with health policies. KitKat has see some of the biggest price rises Credit:Bloomberg However the European import price of sugar has been falling since the middle of 2014, and reached a record low in March 2017. Raphael Moreau, food and nutrition analyst at retail experts Euromonitor International, said: “Despite its stabilisation since second half of 2017, the pound remains at a low historic rate against the euro. Chocolate confectionery and biscuits have been particularly strongly affected.”Decisions to shrink pack sizes are more often prompted by retailers seeking to boost margins than by branded food manufacturers, which are more likely to see their brand image damaged as a result of negative publicity on traditional and social media.” 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.
Rachel Power, the chief executive of the Patients Association, said: “We would not want to see parents put off taking their children to see a doctor if they have any suspicion that something more serious could be wrong.”Dr Bruce Warner, the deputy chief pharmaceutical officer for England said: “Pharmacists are highly trained NHS health professionals who are able to offer clinical advice and effective treatments for a wide range of minor health concerns right there and then.“However, if symptoms suggest it’s something more serious, they have the right clinical training to ensure people get the help they need.” The campaign, launched today and backed by pharmacists, will urge more parents to “use their pharmacy first” for minor health concerns such as coughs, colds and stomach problems.Sandra Gidley, the chairman of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society England Board said: “It is great to see a campaign putting pharmacists at the front of people’s minds when it comes to getting clinical advice and over the counter medicines for minor health concerns.” “Parents aren’t qualified to know whether an illness which seems minor actually is something far more serious – and while pharmacists are highly trained, they are not medical trained either,” he said. Joyce Robins, from Patient Concern, said: “Most of the time when a child [has] the snuffles it’s not likely to turn serious – but identifying the subtle differences is really difficult for parents, and things can turn nasty really quickly.“Parents aren’t doctors, and pharmacists aren’t doctors either,” she said. “We know the NHS is overloaded but this is a very high risk strategy.” Parents are being urged to take sick children to pharmacists instead of to GPs or A&E departments under controversial new NHS advice.Health officials said millions of families could get help more quickly and save NHS resources if young children with minor illnesses were taken to their local chemists.But major charities raised fears that parents could struggle to identify potentially lethal symptoms, putting their children in danger, as they tried to ease pressures on the health service.The advice from NHS England comes after the death of a teenager with flu, whose parents had delayed seeking treatment in response to NHS pleas to avoid needless A&E visits.Today’s campaign, aimed at five million parents with children under the age of five, says 18 million GP appointments and 2.1 million A&E visits are being taken up by patients with conditions that could have been treated at home. But charities warned that parents could struggle to identify situations that could rapidly deteriorate and make a tragic wrong decision because they felt guilty about taking their child to the doctor.Dr Ron Daniels, the chief executive of the UK Sepsis Trust, urged parents to “trust your instincts” and seek medical help if they had any doubt. 18 million GP appointments and 2.1 million A&E visits are being taken up by patients with conditions that could have been treated at homeCredit:sturti 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 Duchess of Cornwall kicked off her shoes and felt the sand beneath her feet when she joined the Prince of Wales on an Irish beach to highlight the scourge of plastic pollution.Camilla quickly removed her two-inch heels when the couple walked onto Derrynane beach to hear about the work of local schoolchildren collecting waste from the shore.Charles told his wife “you’ll get sand in your shoes” when she later slipped them back on her stocking feet.Before getting into a helicopter, which had brought the royals to the stunning south-west Irish coastline, she could be seen shaking the sand from her footwear.Nearby was the home of the celebrated 19th century campaigner Daniel O’Connell, who had championed Catholic emancipation and was a leading figure in the fight to abolish slavery. The Duchess of Cornwall shakes sand from her shoes before getting into a helicopterCredit:PA “Things like anti-slavery, universal rights, talking about the suffrage movement celebrating their hundred years recently, he was one of the early proponents of a lot of those movements. “The peaceful element was critically what he was about.”The beach-combing event featuring the schoolchildren was organised by Sea Synergy, a marine awareness body. It had collected an array of plastic objects from flip-flops and bottles to a salad pot from Macedonia, which they showed to the royals.Charles and Camilla later went on a short walk across the sands and enjoyed the views across the small cove.Sea Synergy founder Lucy Hunt said about Charles: “He said everywhere he goes he sees plastic and spends his life picking up plastic.”He praised the work we do and said there needs to be more awareness.” The Duke and Duchess take part in a plastic pollution projectCredit:PA The heir to his throne and his wife toured the mansion and met descendants of the lawyer and statesman whose beliefs have influenced successive world figures.Rickard O’Connell, the campaigner’s great-great-great-grandson, said about the royal visit: “It means an awful lot. There have been periods when his legacy wasn’t as recognised or kept alive through different periods but I think more and more there’s a real recognition how relevant he is today. 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.
Dripping in blood, he tried to steal the car before hitting and kicking a number of vehicles, punching and biting a passer-by and attempting to get into another car, the court heard.When police were called, they noticed blood on the window of the flat and went inside, where they discovered Miss Richardson face down on the floor of the kitchen and living room area. Danielle RichardsonCredit:GMP/PA A man who stabbed his girlfriend to death before jumping out of a window and attacking passers-by has been jailed for a minimum of 21 years.Michael Marler, 37, was sentenced to life on Friday for the murder of Danielle Richardson, 24, following a trial at Manchester Crown Court, Greater Manchester Police said.Marler, of Brideoak Street, Oldham, had admitted stabbing Miss Richardson in the face, neck and back in an apartment in Manchester city centre after a “drugs spree” but denied that he intended to kill her.The couple had been out to watch a film on the evening of February 12 before returning to the apartment in Ancoats, where they both smoked cannabis and used a crack pipe to take cocaine, the court heard.The following morning, at about 7.30am, CCTV footage showed Marler landing on a car parked outside the flat after jumping 25ft (7.6m) from a second-storey window. Police photo of Michael MarlerCredit:GMP/PA The moment Michael Barler hits a car after jumping from a window following the stabbingCredit:Manchester Police “Despite this terrifying and vicious attack, we know Danielle bravely tried to defend herself and fight for her life.”The pain her family have had to endure since this day is truly heart-breaking and no family should ever be put through agony like this.”In a statement, Miss Richardson’s family said: “We can try to repair our heartache although no matter how long the sentence is, it will not bring Dannii back or make our loss any easier. Senior investigating officer Bob Tonge said: “Danielle was subjected to the most brutal attack at the hands of Marler. He showed nothing but rage as he relentlessly stabbed her body multiple times, leaving her with no chance of survival. “We need to attempt to move on and hopefully today will now provide closure for our pain over the last few months; however, we will never forget Dannii or the many memories she has given us.”The case was referred to the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) due to contact Greater Manchester Police had with Miss Richardson over the two-year period before she died.A spokesman for the IOPC said the investigation was continuing. 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 inquiry centres on the theft of sensitive material, which was used in a documentary film re-examining the 1994 murders,” the statement said, adding that the theft “potentially puts lives at risk.” “The film exposed the failure of police to properly investigate Loughinisland Massacre and bring suspected killers to account,” Gibney said. “Police reaction? Re-open murder investigation? No. Arrest the truth tellers.”On June 18, 1994, Protestant paramilitary gunmen entered the Heights Bar in the village of Loughinisland and opened fire indiscriminately on customers watching Ireland play Italy in a televised World Cup match, Six were killed, including 87-year-old Barney Greene, one of the oldest victims in the ‘Troubles’.Among the failings identified in the 2016 Police Ombudsman report was that police informants at the most senior level within armed Loyalist groups were involved in the importation of arms used in at least 70 murders and attempted murders, including the Loughinisland killings.Over 3,600 people died during the 30-year armed conflict between Catholic Irish nationalists seeking a united Ireland and their Protestant rivals who want to keep Northern Ireland British. A Durham police spokesman later said the two had been released on bail pending further enquiries, which he said were likely to continue for a number of months.The producer of the documentary, Alex Gibney, said on Twitter that the pair had been arrested “for doing good, hard-hitting journalism.” Two journalists were arrested on Friday over the suspected theft of documents from Northern Ireland’s police ombudsman that were used in a documentary that alleged police collusion in the 1994 murder of six soccer fans.The two were later released on bail, police said, and the documentary makers secured a temporary court order to stop police examining documents and material seized in raids on Friday.The 2017 documentary “No Stone Unturned” named a Protestant paramilitary gunman it said police believed shot six fans in one of the most notorious episodes of Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’.It also detailed alleged police collusion, which a 2016 report by the Northern Ireland police ombudsman said was a significant feature in the killings. No one has been prosecuted for the killings.The arrests, made in a joint operation between police from Northern Ireland and the northern British region of Durham, relate to the suspected theft of materials held by the office of the Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland, police said in a statement. The film exposed the failure of police to properly investigate Loughinisland Massacre and bring suspected killers to accountAlex Gibney, Producer (Top row left to right) Patsy O’Hare, Barney Green, Adrian Rogan, (bottom row left to right) Eamon Byrne, Daniel McCreanor and Malcom Jenkinson, who were killed in the tiny Heights Bar in Loughinisland, Co DownCredit:PA 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.