Does A Close Daytona 500 Finish Mean Parity Has Come To Nascar

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Hot Takedown Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Feb. 23, 2016),1Note for you Hot Takedown diehards: We’ll be posting the podcast to the site on Wednesdays from now on, but the pod will continue to be released on Tuesday evenings. we ask why Canadian hockey teams have failed to win the Stanley Cup for the past 20-odd years and whether that makes them unlucky or just bad, we make our first foray into the world of Nascar and wonder why Daytona 500 finishes are only getting closer, and we explain how Anthony Davis’s 59/20 game was a throwback to another era of the NBA. Plus a significant digit on Rachel Banham, the Big Ten basketball player ripping up the college game.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Links to what we discussed are here:In 2013, Nate Silver looked into why Canadian hockey teams were in the midst of a Stanley Cup drought.Neil Paine wrote about championship droughts, and how they’re sometimes not as bad as they seem.David Smith on why Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the most likely driver to win the Daytona 500.If you’re looking for a motorsports analytics fix, here is Smith’s Motorsports Analytics website.Paine put Anthony Davis’s great game in historical context.Zach Lowe asked whether the Golden State Warriors should sign Kevin Durant.The Warriors should give the ball to Steph Curry more, according to Ben Morris.Significant Digit: 2. That’s the number of 50-point games Minnesota’s Rachel Banham has produced this month.CORRECTION (Feb. 24, 2:53 p.m.): Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article misidentified the driver predicted by David Smith to win the Daytona 500. It was Dale Earnhardt, Jr. not David Earnhardt Jr. read more

Tom Brady Hurts Leg in Team Scrimmage Against Buccaneers

Quarterback Tom Brady has injured his left knee in 11-on-11 drills in a joint practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.According to sources, defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn pushed Patriots offensive lineman Nate Solder into Brady’s leg, just after he threw an incomplete pass. Brady immediately fell to the ground and clutched his leg.On the Boston sports radio station 98.5 The Sports Hub, Patriots president Jonathan Kraft said in an interview that Brady’s status “hopefully did not appear to be that bad.”“I understand from people who were standing out here it may have looked serious,” Kraft said. “I don’t have a definitive answer. And in classic Bill Belichick fashion I will tell you a little bit more though and just say I don’t believe it’s serious, but I do not know.”Clayborn told the media outlets after practice that he was bull-rushing Solder on the play and the Patriots player fell back into Brady.“You always have to stay away from the quarterback but if you have a guy on his heels, my instinct is to keep going,” Clayborn said after the practice session.Brady limped to the sideline and missed one play before rejoining and finishing the drill. read more

Magic Johnson Praises LaVar Ball for Being Involved with

Magic Johnson said the Lakers are due to meet with Lonzo Ball in a couple of weeks. (David Alex Films/Vimeo)Magic Johnson thinks LaVar Ball has something in common with Kris Jenner and, no, that’s not a diss to the outspoken basketball dad.Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers’ president of basketball operations, addressed reports that the Lakers are interested in Ball’s son, Lonzo, a former guard at UCLA. Johnson said the team will be scheduling an interview with him in a couple of weeks and he isn’t worried about LaVar Ball being a distraction.“I don’t look at any parent, when it comes to a professional league, that will be a problem,” Johnson said to “Best of ESPNLA.” “We’ve always had parents who love their sons or daughters who play in professional golf or basketball, whatever, who are getting involved and get excited and also who think their child is the best. …“I have no problem with LaVar.”He likened LaVar Ball to Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner, who launched her family into reality TV stardom with the reality series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” after the leak of her daughter Kim Kardashian’s sex tape.“The Kardashians, we didn’t say that the mom was bad and she made them a lot of money, right?” Johnson said. “She’s bragged on her daughters. And I think it’s the same here. He’s just saying, ‘Hey, my son is great.’ It’s nothing bad with that. [The Lakers are] not looking at LaVar being a problem if we’re blessed to have an opportunity to draft Lonzo.”Johnson applauded LaVar Ball for being involved in the lives of his sons, LiAngelo, LaMelo and Lonzo.“I’m happy that a father goes around and says great things about his son[s],” he said. “It seems like it hasn’t bothered Lonzo, so that’s what we really have to look at. This young man has been a champion in high school and then he’s gone on to have a stellar career at UCLA and his father was talking at that time, but it didn’t bother him.“So, as long as it doesn’t bother him, it’s not gonna bother the Lakers organization as long as Lonzo performs on the basketball court, right?” read more

Fans Reportedly Pissed As Baltimore Ravens Consider Signing Colin

Colin Kaepernick has seemingly been blackballed by the NFL over his national anthem protest last season.(Scott Cunningham/Getty Images Sport)Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti confirmed Sunday, July 30, that the team is still weighing its options for a new quarterback, with blacklisted footballer Colin Kaepernick among the list of potential candidates.The news didn’t go over so well with some Ravens fans, however.NFL Network analyst Micheal Silver tweeted that the team “has heard from numerous fans regarding Kaepernick in the last couple of days, many staunchly opposed to his signing,” an unsurprising response following the free agent’s controversial national anthem protest last year.To the displeasure of so-called “patriots” and die-hard football fans, Kaepernick utilized his platform to speak out against state-sanctioned violence and racial injustices faced by Black people in America. Now, some of the Ravens’ fans are doing all they can to make it clear they don’t want him signed by the Baltimore-based team — or any NFL team, for that matter.Fans issued a similar response earlier this year when the New York Giants announced it was considering the former San Francisco 49er for a spot on the team. The idea was quickly shot down by fans, however.“All my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue,” Giants co-owner John Mara told Sports Illustrated in May. ” ‘If any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game,’ [the fans wrote]. It wasn’t one or two letters. It was a lot.”“It’s an emotional, emotional issue for a lot of people, moreso than any other issue I’ve run into,” Mara continued.Though Bisciotti is still considering Kaepernick for his team, the owner said he isn’t quite sure that the quarterback will help the Ravens pull out more wins.“We are monitoring Joe [Flacco and his back injury],” Bisciotti at a recent NFL fan forum. “We’ve talked to Joe about it. We are monitoring [backup Ryan] Mallett and keeping our door open. We’ve talked about RG3 [Robert Griffin III] and bringing him in for a workout.“We’re trying to figure what’s the right tact,” he added. “Pray for us.”ESPN reported that the Ravens have discussed the possibility of bringing Kaepernick on with both current and former players — including Ray Rice, who was once charged with double murder. On a Monday morning edition of “Undisputed,” Lewis and host Shannon Sharpe passionately debated whether or not signing Kaepernick would hurt the Ravens’ brand.The retired Raven contended that the issues of police brutality and racial injustice aren’t the fight of the NFL and its owners, and should be a non-issue in such an arena. Sharpe strongly disagreed..@raylewis and @ShannonSharpe passionately debate the Ravens considering to sign Colin Kaepernick.— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) July 31, 2017Linebacker Terrell Suggs, the Ravens’ longest-tenured player, told the sports network he would be accepting of Kaepernick if he was picked up by the team.“Hell yeah, if he’s going to help us win,” Suggs said. “We have no issues. Not in the locker room. Hell yeah, we want him.” read more

Pair of stars align to fuel onfield success

Sometimes chemistry in sports is created; other times it just comes naturally. However that connection comes about, it is necessary to be successful. The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team has two sophomore attackers, Logan Schuss and Jeff Tundo, who have a special relationship both on and off the field. “On the field, everything clicks,” Tundo said. “It just seems to work — there’s a chemistry there that’s kind of automatic.” Last season, as freshmen, Schuss and Tundo were OSU’s two leading scorers. Schuss finished the 2010 campaign with 31 goals and 25 assists for 56 points, and Tundo added 20 goals and 15 assists for 35 points. Schuss’ play in 2010 led to him being named Eastern College Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year and an honorable mention All-American. “He’s a great player. He’s one of the best players, I think, in the country,” Tundo said. “It’s just easy to play with him.” The two display their combined talents on the field, but also became good friends when they arrived at OSU. “I usually get a ride home from practice with Jeff,” Schuss said. “We’re all about driving around with the windows down, having the sunroof open and blasting some tunes and dancing out.” The type of music they enjoy might surprise some people. “Right now we’re kind of in the techno stage,” Schuss said. “We’re all about the techno.” OSU coach Nick Myers said he also noticed something special between the two almost instantly, even though they came from different areas. Schuss hails from Ladner, British Columbia, and Tundo from Orchard Park, N.Y. “They come from very different places,” Myers said, “but have immediately found chemistry with each other the moment they stepped on campus.” In OSU’s 13-8 upset victory against No. 3-ranked North Carolina (1-1) on Saturday, Schuss and Tundo played a large role in leading the Buckeyes to their third straight victory. Schuss led the way for OSU (3-0), scoring three goals and handing out two assists. Tundo added one goal and one assist, which was to Schuss. Tied, 6-6, at halftime, the Buckeyes started the second half with four goals in the first 4:11. Of those goals, Tundo scored the first and Schuss scored the next two. Tundo has 7 goals and 3 assists, and Schuss has 4 goals and 3 assists this season. Schuss said the two do not live together but have talked about being roommates their senior year. Apart from playing lacrosse, they spend a lot of time together. “(Schuss) loves to dance. He’s a big dancer,” Tundo said. “He’s just a really funny kid.” Schuss said Tundo has some funny moments too, making fun of his teammates. “He likes to mimic other guys on our team,” Schuss said. “For me, he likes to poke fun at my Canadian accent. He loves doing that.” Whether they are on the field or off, it is not hard to see the connection the two have developed. The Buckeyes say they are hopeful Schuss and Tundo can lead the team the rest of the season. “I think the sky is the limit for those two,” Myers said. “They’re as competitive as any of the guys on our team. They aren’t satisfied and know they can get better.” read more

Ohio State field hockey recovers from overtime loss with blowout win over

Sophomore midfielder Morgan Kile (8) battles for the ball in a game against Saint Louis on Aug. 28 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won the season opener 5-0.Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz / Asst. Sports EditorA trip to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, ended up mostly successful for the Ohio State field hockey team, as it took a top-15 team to overtime on Friday before grabbing an easy win the next day.In its first overtime appearance of the season, OSU fell short to the No. 11 Wake Forest Deacons (3-1) by a score of 3-2 on Friday. The offense stayed strong through the second half with sophomore forward/midfielder Maddy Humphrey and senior forward Peanut Johnson in charge of both goals, which occurred a mere nine seconds apart in the second half. On those two scores, sophomore midfielder Morgan Kile contributed her first two assists of the season.A one-goal lead was maintained by OSU until the 57th minute, when Wake Forest’s Jule Grashoff scored a goal with an assist from teammate Heather Wiley, pushing the game to overtime with a score of 2-2. Only a minute and 19 seconds of extra time later, Wake Forest’s Megan Anderson netted the game-winning goal. The Buckeyes led the game in saves, with sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro pulling out eight stops for the second game in a row. Despite Friday’s loss, OSU (2-2) came out on top the next day, scoring a season record of five goals against Missouri State (0-3) and taking the win with a final score of 5-0. Outshooting Missouri 14-3 in the first half alone, the Buckeyes’ high energy and determination was evident from the start at Kentner Stadium. Senior back and captain Emma Royce opened the scoring in the 21st minute to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead. After opening up the second half with an unassisted goal from junior midfielder Paige Hamilton less than three minutes in, OSU increased its lead to 3-0 with Royce scoring just three minutes later off a pass from Johnson.In the 53rd minute, Humphrey scored off an assist from Kile, making it her fourth goal of the year and Kile’s third assist this weekend. The fifth and final score was registered by junior forward Mercedes Hamilton near the 60-minute mark for the first score of her career, with an assist from sophomore forward Lauren Archibald. The Buckeyes walked off the field outshooting Missouri 21-7 and leading penalty corners 9-5. Tamburro held the shutout with five total saves for her second win of the season. The Buckeyes are next set to compete on their home field on Friday against Ball State at 3:30 p.m. read more

Dalian Atkinson Two police officers face criminal investigation over exAston Villa players

first_imgMr Atkinson’s family welcomed the announcement and expressed its desire for a “robust” investigation.In a statement released through charity INQUEST, it said: “We are still in shock as to the circumstances in which Dalian died. We are determined to get justice for him, which means getting to the truth.”We welcome the IPCC’s decision that this will be a criminal investigation and emphasise their request that there should be no speculation in the media as to what happened to Dalian, as this could prejudice the criminal investigation and any potential prosecution.”We ask that anyone with information about what happened to Dalian in the early hours of Monday August 15 2016 contacts the IPCC.”We are looking to the IPCC to carry out a thorough and robust investigation that will ultimately provide transparency and accountability. Dalian’s memory requires nothing less.” He scored 23 goals in 85 appearances for the Birmingham side between 1991 and 1995, before going on to play less successfully for teams including Turkish side Fenerbahce and Manchester City. He ended his playing career in South Korea in 2001.Police use of Tasers, which are intended as a non-lethal weapon, went up slightly last year with 10,329 uses by forces in England and Wales, a 2% rise on the previous year.However, of those, 19 per cent (1,921) were discharges – a decrease of three per cent from the previous year. We are determined to get justice for him, which means getting to the truthStatement from Inquest charity Dalian Atkinson, who scored 23 goals for Aston Villa between 1991 and 1995, was reportedly suffering from a number of health issuesCredit:Sean Dempsey/PA Mr Atkinson’s brother Kenroy, 53, previously said the ex-Premier League star had undergone dialysis for kidney failure and was “in a manic state and depressed” at the time of the incident.He said his brother had attacked their 85-year-old father Ernest at his home before police were called to the scene.West Mercia Police said officers were called amid concerns “for the safety of an individual” and then deployed the stun guns.Mr Atkinson was a top-flight striker in the 1990s, starting his career at Ipswich Town then playing for Sheffield Wednesday and Spanish side Real Sociedad before moving to Villa. “A criminal investigation does not mean that criminal charges will necessarily follow.”The IPCC investigation is at an early stage, and the position will be kept under review as the investigation progresses.”The watchdog will look into the level and type of force used during the incident.Relatives said Mr Atkinson was “not in his right mind”, was suffering a number of health issues and had a weak heart when he was hit with the weapon at about 1.30am.He went into cardiac arrest in an ambulance on his way to hospital and medics were unable to save him.IPCC Commissioner Derrick Campbell said: “Having carefully considered the evidence gathered so far, we are undertaking a criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr Atkinson’s death and the level and type of force used.”Two police officers will be interviewed under criminal caution by IPCC investigators.” Dalian Atkinson Two West Mercia officers are under criminal investigation following the death of ex-Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson after he was Tasered by police.The 48-year-old died 90 minutes after a West Mercia Police officer shot him with a stun gun in the street where he grew up in Telford, Shropshire, in the early hours of Monday.The retired striker’s death is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which said it would carry out “a full and thorough” inquiry.In a statement the IPCC said: “Two West Mercia Police officers have been advised they are under criminal investigation and are also being served with gross misconduct notices. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Teen killed by exboyfriend had been fined by police for wasting time

first_imgMichael Lane She’ll pay for what she’s donewhat Michael Lane is alleged to have said The case is ongoing at Lewes Crown CourtCredit:Alamy Miss Grice was told that there were no further lines of inquiry and that the case would be left on file. Then on July 12, more than a month before she was killed, Miss Grice reported to police being followed by Lane.Jurors heard police treated the incident as “low risk”, but that the investigating officer would be made aware.On August 25, Lane allegedly waited until Miss Grice was alone in her shared bungalow before letting himself in and slitting her throat and torching her bedroom, in Chrisdory Road in the Mile Oak area of Brighton, East Sussex. Miss Grice’s killer had dismantled the smoke alarm in the hallway and disposed of broken pieces of it under her bed, prosecutors have told jurors.Her body was found face down on the bed in her smoke-filled room after her concerned colleagues reported she had failed to arrive at work.Lane, who got to know Miss Grice while they worked at Brighton Fire Alarms, is accused of murdering her after she decided to rekindle a relationship with her ex-boyfriend Ashley Cooke.Prosecutors claim Lane refused to accept their break-up and decided no-one else could have a relationship with Miss Grice, telling a friend: “She’ll pay for what she’s done.”Jurors have heard Lane stalked her in the months before the killing, and placed a tracker device on her car.At the opening of the defence case, Lane was asked directly by his counsel, Simon Russell Flint QC, whether he murdered Miss Grice. Michael Lane is accused of murderCredit:EDDIE MITCHELL for The Telegraph A teenager was issued with a fixed penalty notice by police for wasting time after complaining about an assault by her ex-boyfriend, who allegedly went on to murder her, a court heard.Police were called after Michael Lane, 27, pulled 19-year-old Shana Grice’s hair and tried to grab her mobile phone last March 24, a jury was told.Prosecutors said the incident happened as she walked down a road after leaving her home, unhappy that he had turned up unannounced, with her two housemates following a visit to a pub.Lewes Crown Court heard Lane was spoken to by police and denied Miss Grice’s claims, before showing officers messages apparently confirming she wanted to be with him.In a list of agreed facts read by junior prosecution counsel Amy Packham, no further action was taken against Lane.center_img The case is ongoing at Lewes Crown Court In front of a public gallery packed with friends and relatives of Miss Grice, Lane replied: “No.” Lane said he took Miss Grice’s back door key and let himself in because he wanted to “find out why we ended so abruptly”. But jurors heard Miss Grice was issued with a fixed penalty notice for failing to disclose she had been in a relationship with Lane, and for “having caused wasteful employment of police by making a false report”.The month before, Miss Grice complained to police about being stalked by Lane and about her car tyres being deflated.And on July 9, Lane was cautioned by police and told to stay away from Miss Grice after he stole a back door key from her home and let himself in, before watching her sleeping and leaving, the court heard.The following day, Miss Grice reported to police receiving around seven calls from a withheld number, including one with heavy breathing, which she said she believed was related to the incident the day before. 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. He added: “I just wanted some answers for why the relationship had ended. I thought I shouldn’t be there.”Lane denied being responsible for letting down or cutting Miss Grice’s tyres or making heavy breathing phone calls to her from a withheld number.But he admitted leaving a note on Mr Cooke’s car which read: “Dear Ash, Shana has and always will cheat on you. Happy New Year.”Lane said he left the note because he claimed Miss Grice had been cheating on Mr Cooke with both himself and another man called Wayne.Lane also admitted fitting a tracker device to Miss Grice’s car about a month before the killing but said he did not know why. Lane, of Portslade, denies murder. The trial continues.last_img read more

Prince Philip to retire at 95 The Duke of Edinburgh in numbers

first_imgThe Duke of Edinburgh has undergone a successful hip replacement operation and is comfortable and in good spirits, Buckingham Palace has said.The duke, 96, was operated on earlier today in a planned procedure after suffering with a hip problem for about a month.The Queen, who is at Windsor Castle for the traditional Easter Court, is being kept fully informed about the condition of the duke, who was admitted to the private King Edward VII hospital in Marylebone, central London, on Tuesday.Buckingham Palace said in a short statement: “The Duke of Edinburgh has undergone a successful hip replacement operation. He is progressing satisfactorily at this early stage.”His Royal Highness is likely to remain in hospital for several days. He is comfortable and in good spirits.”Details about which of the duke’s hip joints has been replaced have not been released by Buckingham Palace but the late Queen Mother underwent two successful hip operations in the 1990s, first when aged 95 then later when she was 97.last_img read more

Family pays tribute to precious and fun loving eightyearold who died in

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. An eight-year-old girl who died after being trapped by falling logs in a forest was described by her family yesterday as a precious child whose smile would “light up a room”. Police Scotland said there were no suspicious circumstancesCredit:PA Local residents said the tragedy would have a “massive impact” on the rural community. Kayla died at the scene  after becoming trapped under logs in Barcaldine forest while her friend was airlifted to the Lorn and Highlands hospital in Oban.Margaret Adams, of the local community council, told BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland programme: ”Even if people don’t know the child they will know the family, in a small community. It really will have quite an affect on the locals.” police She added: “The signs make it very clear that they don’t want people to go up because there will be heavy machinery and logs stacked.”A spokesman for Forest Enterprise Scotland said: “Our thoughts are with the family and their friends at this very difficult time and we offer them our deepest condolences.”We will now focus on working with the site contractor, Tilhill Forestry, and the Health and Safety Executive as investigations into this tragic incident continue.” Kayla MacDonald died in woods near Benderloch, north of Oban, on Sunday afternoon. A 12-year-old girl who was with her is in stable condition in hospital.Logging work has been taking place in the area for several months and local residents said there were warning signs in place telling people not to enter the commercial forest on the slopes of Ben Lora.Kayla’s family, from nearby Dunbeg, issued a statement calling her a fun-loving eight-year-old who was “loved by everyone around her”. They added: “Kayla’s smile would light up a room. She attended Rockfield’s Gaelic Medium where she was fluent in Gaelic.”Our wee girl loved music and dance as well as doing hair, nails and make up. Kayla has two younger brothers who along with the rest of her family and friends will miss her dearly.”last_img read more

Motorists should be penalised for going just 1mph over the speed limit

first_imgMotorists are not stopped if they are caught up to 10 per cent over the limit under current policing guidelines, and they are given an extra 2mph allowance on top of that. Typically offenders are offered speed awareness courses costing around £75-£100 instead of points on their licence, or they are fined if they have recently been on one.Tory MP Sir Greg Knight criticised the zero tolerance approach as he told the paper it would “make criminals of good drivers”. 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. “Let’s change the message – we are proud to be law enforcers,” he said. “I do not want the public to be surprised, I want them to be embarrassed when they get caught…”They need to understand the law is set at the limit for a reason. They should not come whinging to us about getting caught. “If booked at 35 or 34 or 33 [in a 30mph zone] that cannot be unfair because they are breaking the law.”center_img Edmund King, president of the AA, said: ‘‘Mr Bangham would  appear to want to go back to the days of Dixon of Dock Green. ““Of course speeding is dangerous, and drivers should not speed. But surely it is better to educate motorists rather than just slap a fine on them.“The last thing we want is drivers glued to speedometer 100 per cent of time. We want drivers to concentrate on road ahead and not be worried about going one or two miles over the limit.”There were 1,792 road deaths reported in 2016 – a rise of 4 per cent from 2015 and the highest annual total since 2011, according to the most recent figures available from the Department for Transport. Motorists should be penalised for going just 1mph over the speed limit, Britain’s road policing chief has said as he called for the 10 per cent buffer zone to be scrapped.Chief Constable Anthony Bangham also said speed awareness courses were being overused, and believes offenders should get fines and points on their licence instead.The warning from the roads policing lead for the National Police Chiefs’ Council is significant because many chief constables will take their lead from him.The West Mercia chief’s speech comes after recent figures showed a rise in road deaths, but motoring chiefs warned it may divert drivers’ attention from the road to their speedometers.He declared “enough is enough” at the Police Federation roads policing conference, according to the Daily Mail, as he argued that police had lost sight of their duty and that speeding drivers were no longer afraid enough of being caught.last_img read more

Diabetes has five categories not just types one and two study shows

first_imgFor the study, researchers monitored 13,270 newly diagnosed diabetes patients ranging in age from 18 to 97.By isolating measurements of insulin resistence, insulin secretion, blood sugar levels, age, and the onset of illness, they distinguished five distinct clusters of the disease – three serious and two milder forms.Among the severe types, a group of patients with insulin resistence – in which cells are unable to use insulin effectively – was at far higher risk of kidney disease.”This group has the most to gain from the new diagnostics as they are the ones who are currently most incorrectly treated,” Groop said. The results were checked against three other studies from Sweden and Finland.”The outcome exceeded our expectations,” said Groop. The researchers plan to launch similar studies in China and India. Another group facing serious complications was composed of relatively young, insulin-deficient patients.The third “severe” group were people with auto-immune diabetes corresponding to the original “type-1″ diagnosis.The two other groups have milder types of the disease including one, which includes about 40 percent of the patients, beset with a form of diabetes related to advanced age.”This will enable earlier treatment to prevent complications in patients who are most at risk of being affected,” said lead author Emma Ahlqvist, an associate professor at Lund University. It has long been known that type-2 diabetes is highly variable, but classification has remained unchanged for decades.Video: The disease explained in 60 secondscenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. There are five distinct types of diabetes that can occur in adulthood, rather than the two currently recognised, research has found.Scientists have unveiled a revised classification for the disease – one they said could lead to better treatments and help doctors more accurately predict life-threatening complications.The findings are consistent with the growing trend toward “precision medicine”, which takes into account differences between individuals in managing disease.In the same way that a patient requiring a transfusion must receive the right blood type, diabetes sub-types need different treatments, the study reported in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology medical journal suggested.Scientists have also identified distinct kinds of microbiome – the bacterial ecosystem in our digestive tract – that can react differently to the same medication, rendering it more or less effective.”This is the first step towards personalised treatment of diabetes,” said senior author Leif Groop, an endocrinologist at Lund University in Sweden, adding that the new classification is a “paradigm shift” in how the disease is viewed.People with diabetes have excessively high blood glucose, or blood sugar, which comes from food.Some 420 million people around the world today suffer from diabetes, with the number expected to rise to 629 million by 2045, according to the International Diabetes Federation.Currently, the disease is divided into two sub-types:Type-1: generally diagnosed in childhood and accounting for about 10 percent of cases – the body simply does not make insulin, a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar levels.Type-2: the body makes some insulin but not enough, which means glucose stays in the blood.This form of the disease correlates highly with obesity and can, over time, lead to blindness, kidney damage, and heart disease or stroke. Acute cases may also require limb amputations.last_img read more

Rural crime soars as thieves target farms and country businesses

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 cost of rural crime has soared to more than £44 million with organised gangs stealing farm vehicles and equipment and even targeting country businesses during busy shift changes to cover their tracks.A new study will tomorrow reveal that the cost of crime in agricultural areas is now at its highest since 2013, with the Midlands one of the worst hit regions..Estimates from NFU Mutual, which insures more than 75 percent of farms in the UK, will show the cost of thefts from rural homes, businesses and farms currently stands at £44.5m, an increase of 13.4 percent and the highest year-on-year rise since 2010.With police forces overstretched rural residents and businesses are increasingly having to turn to social media in an attempt to combat crime and help each other monitor the activities of thieves in their area.Tim Price, Rural Affairs Specialist at NFU Mutual, said:  “With police facing huge challenges – including budget cuts and extra workload – forces are finding it hard to resource rural policing and this may be one of the reasons for the rise in thefts we are seeing.“However social media is fast becoming the new eyes and ears of the countryside, strengthening the community ties that help in the reporting and recording of crime and bringing thieves to justice.”In one particularly brazen case thieves tried to hotwire a farmer’s pickup vehicle while he was working in fields and he had to chase them off.But within days, his 750-acre Staffordshire farm was targeted again, when thieves sawed the locks in half on an outbuilding in broad daylight to steal tools.Matthew, a third generation farmer who preferred not to give his full name, said: “There are half a dozen farms in the area that are being targeted. We are near the Shropshire border and between police forces, so they know it takes them a while to respond.“They even target farms to coincide with shift changes to make it even less likely that they will be caught. Over the years we must have reported more than 50 registration numbers and we all have CCTV that records vehicles and people, but it doesn’t seem to make any difference.”Matthew added that he has been forced to take desperate measures in an attempt to keep out the thieves.“There is nothing you can buy that is strong enough to keep them out, so we are starting to make things ourselves. We have surrounded the workshop with concrete walls and built earthworks,” he said.Matthew said his family has had more than £50,000 of vehicles, fuel, tools and even lambing pens stolen as well as having machinery tampered with and his young daughter has been left becoming increasingly frightened by disturbances on the farm.His wife Jacqui said: “We had one week where we were up three or four times because we heard noises and it has got to the point where it was really upsetting her. We managed to get her through it but is horrible not knowing when it is going to start again. It is relentless, it’s crazy the lengths you have to go to try to keep the farm and everyone safe.”.Matthew added: “I’ve lived here all my life and to be honest it’s quite scary knowing that you can be targeted day or night and it looks like it’s only going to get worse.” read more

Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman hits out at laws treating killer cyclists

 Kim Briggs died after being hit by a cyclist He suggested the Government should consult road fatality statistics before deciding “where to focus resources to save most lives” and went on to criticise an official Conservatives tweet endorsing the law change.  We’re launching a consultation into dangerous cycling so that our most vulnerable road users are protected.— Conservatives (@Conservatives) August 12, 2018  Kim Briggs died after being hit by a cyclistCredit:PA Department for Transport (DfT) figures for 2016 show that 448 pedestrians were killed on Britain’s roads, but only three cases involved bicycles.Ms Briggs was killed by Charlie Alliston, then 18, who was travelling at 18mph on a fixed-wheel track bike with no front brakes.He was sentenced to 18 months in jail after being found guilty of causing bodily harm by “wanton and furious driving”.The Victorian legislation was used because there was no cycling equivalent to the offence of causing death by dangerous driving. Ms Briggs’ widower Matthew gave his support to the proposed new laws, saying: “This public consultation is an important step towards updating the arcane laws that are currently being used to prosecute cycling offences.”The latest announcement includes the introduction of national guidance for cycling and walking infrastructure and updating parts of the Highway Code to combat close passing of bicycles.But Duncan Dollimore, head of campaigns for lobby group Cycling UK, said: “If the Government is serious about addressing behaviour that puts others at risk on our roads, they should grasp the opportunity to do the job properly, rather than attempt to patch up an area of legislation that’s simply not working.” Mr Boardman added his voice to concerns raised by cycling campaigners that the move was not addressing real threats on the road.He wrote on Twitter the focus was “on a single tragic case”, when around “66 pedestrians are killed each year, on the pavement alone, by drivers, who are prosecuted for careless driving. Charlie Alliston was sentenced to 18 months in jail after being found guilty of causing bodily harm by "wanton and furious driving" Charlie Alliston was sentenced to 18 months in jail after being found guilty of causing bodily harm by “wanton and furious driving”Credit:PA New laws which could see cyclists who kill treated the same as dangerous drivers have been criticised by Olympic medalist Chris Boardman. The former racing cyclist lost his mother Carol after she was fatally injured following a collision with a car in July 2016.The 49-year-old, who won gold in the 1992 Olympics, hit out at plans to introduce a criminal offence for causing death by dangerous or careless cycling.The legislation is being proposed by the Government after 44-year-old mother-of two Kim Briggs was knocked over and killed by a bicycle courier in February 2016.But Cycling UK head of campaigns Duncan Dollimore described the current system of prosecuting and sentencing for careless or dangerous drivers as “something of a lottery” which leaves victims and their relatives “feeling massively let down”.He went on: “Adding one or two new offences specific to cyclists would be merely tinkering around the edges.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Three dead after car towing caravan drives wrong way down M40

“Luckily I and the cars near me managed to pull into the middle lane and get out of the way.“He must have been going about 60mph. It was a car with foreign plates pulling a caravan. It didn’t look to be slowing down.“I had about two seconds to react.”A number of others who witnessed the Forester being driven in the wrong direction described their panic as they saw the Forester careering towards them.Sonia Thomson, from Staffordshire, said the car was “going so fast it was almost past me in the blink of an eye”.The crash happened shortly after her encounter with the car.”Someone must have been looking after me because 10-20 seconds later and that could have been me,” she said.Liz Hindmarsh wrote on Twitter: “My husband had to swerve into the middle lane otherwise he’d have been hit.”And Oliver Hayes wrote: “We also had to swerve, seemed at least 70mph driving head on in our lane at junction 8… did not look accidental.”Called the police who said they’d had multiple calls by that time. Scary stuff hope no fatalities but looked inevitable the way they were driving.”Post mortem examinations are to be carried out on the three bodies which were taken to hospital mortuaries and the Buckinghamshire coroner is expected to open and adjourn inquests later in the week. Emergency services at the scene on the M40, which reopened 14 hours after a crash 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. Three people were killed when a car towing a caravan was driven in the wrong direction on a busy motorway for several minutes.The Subaru Forester SUV, which is believed to have had foreign plates, sped into oncoming traffic in the fast lane of the northbound carriageway of the M40, forcing other vehicles to swerve out of its way.It crashed into two other cars – a Ford Mondeo and a Ford Focus – near Junction 6 in Lewknor, Oxfordshire, shortly before 4pm on Monday.The driver and a passenger in the Forester, believed to be a couple in their 80s, and the driver of the Mondeo, a man in his 30s, died.The Forester is thought to have joined the M40 at Junction 7, which is around six miles north of the crash site or Junction 8, which is 8.5 miles north.Thames Valley Police said it began receiving reports of a vehicle travelling in the wrong direction “a few minutes” before the crash. Emergency services at the scene on the M40, which reopened 14 hours after a crashCredit:Oxford Mail/SWNS.COM The force issued a public appeal for dashcam footage of the incident.Colin Dingwall, a West Oxfordshire councillor who witnessed the moments before the crash, told the Oxford Mail: “I’ve seen a lot of things in my 50 years on the road, but never a caravan coming the wrong way up the M40. read more

Commuter victory as rail firm ditches ironing board seats on new trains

Commuters are enjoying a rare victory after one of the UK’s main rail operators upgraded its seating following complaints about “ironing board” chairs on trains.LNER, the operator of the East Coast mainline, says it has designed ergonomic, padded seats with increased leg room for new trains that will be introduced on the London-to-Scotland route from next year. The new Hitachi Class 800 trains are currently being tested and will be on the tracks by February, but with improved seating following a backlash against so-called ‘ironing boards’ used by other operators. Passengers complained over the uncomfortable seating, but rail operators blamed Department for Transport guidelines, which had deemed too much cushioning to be a potential fire hazard. LNER has said its new fleet will have new, “ergonomically-designed” chairs with “7cm of extra legroom”, boasting that passengers will “enjoy the best leg room on the east coast.”The company said: “All the seats are ergonomic, that means they’re really comfortable.” The trains, described as “Japanese bullet-style”, have been adapted for the operator, which is adding a power socket by every seat and electronic seat reservations.The “ironing board seat” backlash has affected other rail companies, including Greater Anglia which redesigned its carriage interiors after complaints from customers earlier this year. The company said at the time: “We’ve heard the feedback from customers, we’ve listened, and we care about them being as comfortable as possible so we’ve selected a seat which is far more comfortable for customers.”Thameslink claimed that its much-derided unpadded seats were due to strict DfT health and safety guidelines.The issue has even been raised in parliament, with then-transport minister Jo Johnson promising commuters that the un-cushioned seats would become “more comfortable with use.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Libby Squire Police examining CCTV footage which may show missing student

“He saw him running for around 40 yards, sprinting at times. He said he was on his own and he wasn’t looking back.”The playing fields back lead to the River Hull, which runs into the Humber around three miles downstream.Miss Squire, who was studying philosophy and religion was last seen late on Thursday night sat on a bench close to her home on Wellesley Avenue.She had earlier been refused entry from a nightclub in the city centre for being drunk and had travelled home in a taxi.Instead of going indoors once she arrived home, she walked to the junction of Beverley Road and Haworth Street where she sat down on a bench.She was last seen on CCTV at around 11.40pm but is thought to have still been at the same spot until shortly after midnight. Speaking to the Telegraph, the witnesses father, whose house overlooks the fields, said: “My son heard the screaming – he heard about six or seven screams – and he went to look out of the window.”He said it sounded like he was moving. It was intermittent.”He went on: “The man he saw wasn’t dressed for a night out. He wasn’t dressed for the weather. Police investigating the disappearance of student Libby Squire are examining CCTV footage which may show her getting into a car close to where she was last seen.The film, which was captured on the night of Thursday January 31, around the time Miss Squire went missing, shows a motorist parked up at the side of the road, just yards from where she was sitting on a bench.After several minutes the driver, who appears to be sat rolling a cigarette, moves away from the car, before returning when another person is seen getting into the passenger side.It is hoped the footage can help unlock the mystery of what happened to the 21-year-old Hull University student, who disappeared following a night out with friends. Father of two, Pawel Relowicz, was arrested on suspicion of abduction on almost a week after Miss Squire went missing.According to Mr Relowicz’s sister, the 24-year-old, who has a three month old baby son, had stopped to help a woman he spotted at the side of the road in some distress. Libby Squire disappeared following a night out in Hull Pawel Relowicz remains in police custody Detective Superintendent Matt Hutchinson said: “There have been 100s of hours of CCTV footage viewed as part of our investigation into the disappearance of Libby Squire.“There are various lines of enquiry we have investigated and are following up in connection to CCTV footage. A silver Vauxhall call was removed by police in Raglan Street, Hull On Friday police were given more time to continue questioning a butcher in connection with the disappearance. Libby Squire has been missing for more than a weekCredit:PA Libby Squire has been missing for more than a week A silver Vauxhall call was removed by police in Raglan Street, Hull Libby Squire disappeared following a night out in Hull She told the Telegraph that he had offered her a lift home but then pushed her away when she attempted made a move towards him.Following Mr Relowicz’s arrest, detectives towed away his silver Vauxhall Astra car.They were also seen removing computer equipment from the smart terraced house where he has lived for more than year.Police have also stepped up the search of an area around the Oak Road playing fields, where a witness described hearing a woman screaming and a man running away late last Thursday night. Pawel Relowicz remains in police custody “Our priority remains to find Libby and support her family during this incredibly distressing time. We continue to keep an open mind and would ask anyone who believes they have information that could assist with the investigation to please make contact with 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. read more

GPs seeing increase in patients demanding medical cannabis

The study of more than 2,000 GPs and community NHS staff found they are under growing pressure to prescribe the drugs, even though they can only be authorised by hospital specialists. Such drugs became legal on prescription last November, when health officials warned that they will only be prescribed for a “very small number of patients”. The survey by Cogora, the healthcare magazine publishers, found the majority… Family doctors are seeing increasing numbers of patients asking if they can obtain medical cannabis, new research reveals. Six in 10 GP partners and one in three nurses working in primary care said they have seen an increase in patients asking about medicines which contain cannabis.

Libel trial unsafe because of Leveson judges overbearing and bullying behaviour Court

A “threatening, overbearing and bullying” High Court judge rendered a libel trial unfair, the Court of Appeal found.Mr Justice Jay, who rose to prominence in his role as counsel to the Leveson Inquiry, was criticised by three senior judges for his behaviour in overseeing a libel case.Jan Tomasz Serafin, a 67-year-old Polish émigré, claimed damages for libel regarding a double-page article in Nowy Czas [New Time], a monthly Polish-language magazine popular with the Polish community in London.However Mr Justice Jay developed an “animus” towards him – frequently interrupting him and accusing him of lying, and as a result treated his case unfairly, according to Court of Appeal Judges.In “an excoriating judgment” they said: “In our view, the Judge not only seriously transgressed the core principle that a judge remains neutral during the evidence, but he also acted in a manner which was, at times, manifestly unfair and hostile to the Claimant.” “On numerous occasions, the Judge appears not only to have descended to the arena, cast off the mantle of impartiality and taken up the cudgels of cross-examination, but also to have used language which was threatening, overbearing and, frankly, bullying. One is left with the regrettable impression of a Judge who, if not partisan, developed an animus towards the Claimant.”They said that they had “carefully considered and reflected upon this matter and are driven to the conclusion that the nature, tenor and frequency of the Judge’s interventions were such as to render this libel trial unfair”. “We, therefore, uphold the Claimant’s fifth Ground of Appeal,” they added.The Court of Appeal reversed Mr Justice Jay’s judgments on a number of grounds, including  unfair judicial treatment”. Mr Justice Jay was Leading Counsel to the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press from 2011 to 2012.In June 2013 he was appointed to the High Court Bench, and sits in the Queen’s Bench Division. 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. However later that year Mr Serafin became involved in Kolbe House Society Care Home a care home for elderly Polish people situated in the Ealing Common area of London. In 2006 he had started bringing free bread for the house and resumed this six-years-later.However, in October 2014 an article entitled ‘Bankruptcy Need Not Be Painful’ appeared in Nowy Czas and Mr Serafin claimed that it contained “numerous serious defamatory allegations about him and amounted, in effect, to a character assassination”.Mr Serafin took out the claim against Grzegorz Malkiewicz, the editor of the publication, and Czas Publishers Limited and Teresa Bazarnik-Malkiewicz who are its co-publishers.Mr Justice Jay dismissed Mr Serafin’s libel claim for libel following a 7-day trial in November 2017 and the former businessman took his case to the Court of Appeal where three senior judges criticised his treatment of the claimant and the case.The case was heard yesterday [ FRI] at the Court of Appeal before Lord Justice Lewison, Lord Justice McCombe and Lord Justice Haddon-Cave who upheld the appeal.In a ruling they said: “It will be immediately apparent from reading these extracts… that the Judge’s interventions during the Claimant’s evidence were highly unusual and troubling. The court heard that in August 2011 a bankruptcy order was made against Mr Serafin in respect of his food business, Polfood (UK) Ltd. The Official Receiver found misconduct by the Claimant on the basis that he had disposed of £123,743 whilst insolvent and in August 2012 he was made subject to a five-year Bankruptcy Restrictions Undertaking. read more

Jagdeo questions Govts decision to close the Wales sugar estate

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOpposition Leader wants public debate with Gov’t – on closure of Wales estateJanuary 20, 2016In “Business”Jagdeo to meet Wales sugar workers today – in wake of ‘sinister’ plan to close estateJanuary 19, 2016In “latest news”Street protests likely in push to reverse Wales estate closure – Opposition LeaderJanuary 20, 2016In “Internet” Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo is questioning the grounds on which the Government made the decision to close the Wales Sugar Estate, highlighting that the Commission of Inquiry (COI) report into the matter did not recommend this.“On what basis is the Government making the decisions about sugar since they repudiated the Commission of Inquiry report? The President said ‘its not gospel’ and they departed from it, because it did not recommend closure of any estates,” Jagdeo posited.Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoHe further explained that after a voting process, the majority voted against the closure of the estate, “and so since they’re moving away from the COI report, what study is the Government using now to validate or to support the decisions it’s making about sugar-the closure of estates, privatization of estates?…”Jagdeo posited many other questions and relayed his hope that the Government will provide adequate responses.“Has there been an economic feasibility study done? Have they looked at social impact of closure or privatization of estates? Where is the study?,” he asked, while noting that decisions about the future of an industry of this magnitude cannot be made on the basis of “gaff and whims and fancies” of individuals.The decision to close the Wales Estate was made earlier last year, and the estate was closed on December 31, 2016.The Wales Sugar Factory and estate was one of the oldest located in the country but was operating at a huge loss, so the incumbent administration thought it best that the Wales estate be closed.Agriculture Minister, Noel Holder had said that the lands would be diversified for economic gains and some of the workforce would be merged with Uitvlugt estate, while the others would be laid off.With its closure hundreds sugar workers employed at the Wales estates, as well the private farmers who used to supply approximately half of the sugar cane output to the factory were left in dire economic straits.Those who decided to travel the great distance between Wales on the West Bank of Demerara to Uitvlugt were merged, while those who opted out, received their severance packages following the withdrawal of an injunction filed  by the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union. read more