Football Freshman JK Dobbins prepares for first run through the Big Ten

OSU freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs a play during the 2017 season opener vs Indiana. OSU won 49-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOut with the old and in with the new.As redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett prepares for his final trip through the Big Ten, freshman running back J.K. Dobbins is set to establish his presence in the conference as the catalyst of Ohio State’s offense for years to come.And the Ohio State coaching staff couldn’t be more excited about the future of the first-year running back.“I kind of tempered my emotions with you guys early on because we’ve seen that since spring practice. He’s had a hell of a camp,” Meyer said after the Indiana game. “Not surprised at all [with his performance].”Dobbins’ career began in an almost storybook fashion. With Ohio State traveling to Bloomington, Indiana, to open up its season against Indiana, Dobbins was assigned the start at the last minute with redshirt sophomore Mike Weber dealing with a lingering hamstring injury that kept him out of the starting lineup. The game could not have gone much better for the freshman. He set an Ohio State record for most rushing yards by a true freshman in his debut with 181 rushing yards on 29 carries, adding 24 receiving yards on two catches. “I felt like I was going to do things that I did because I practiced against the best defense in college football every day and then I got a great offensive line,” Dobbins said after the game.Now just two weeks away from kicking off the remainder of the Big Ten season, Dobbins is one of the only offensive weapons the team can count on in conference play. He has undoubtedly been the most consistent performer for Ohio State’s offense this season as Barrett, the wide receivers, the tight ends and the backup running backs have been shaky in their first two games.Despite being so young, Dobbins has been hyped up by members of the coaching staff since his arrival in Columbus and expectations have been placed quite high for him.“This guy has picked it up faster than anybody I’ve ever been around in my 22 years as a true freshman,” running backs coach Tony Alford said on Aug. 18. “He’s picked it up, he understands the offense — the nuances of it — very, very quickly and he plays hard. He goes so hard at everything he does which is part of the culture of this program.”The coaches have praised all aspects of Dobbins’ game, citing his explosive speed, toughness barreling through the defensive line and ability to catch passes. But what has set Dobbins apart from other young running backs in the past is his ability to block.“I would like to think that the hardest thing for incoming freshmen running backs is pass protection,” Alford said. “Not only to protect it but where to go and where they fit and all the different protection schemes and understanding fronts and different blitzes.”So far this season, Dobbins has lived up to the hype. He is second on the team behind Barrett with his 276 all-purpose yards this year and has recorded more rushing yards (253) than the rest of the team combined. He has also accounted for 32 percent of the team’s chunk plays (15-plus yard pass or 10-plus yard rush) to this point, catching an 18-yard wheel route on the second play of his career and rushing seven times for more than 10 yards and gaining 20-plus yards on three occasions. With one loss already in the standings for Ohio State, the Buckeyes will need Dobbins to live up to the hype in his inaugural campaign if the offense is going to put up the points necessary to reach the College Football Playoff. read more

Killer clown craze Teen landed with criminal record while police urge shops

first_imgA teenager has been hit with a criminal record for a “killer clown” stunt near an infants school as the escalating craze sparked calls from police chiefs to remove fancy dress from shop shelves.Forces vowed to prosecute all pranksters as numbers of sinister sightings continued to soar, with reports of violence as vigilantes fighting back at those in fancy dress.Senior officers warned the trend, which started in the US, was wasting police resources as Kent Police revealed it alone had received reports of 59 clown-related incidents in just three days. 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. Meanwhile, Vera Baird, the police and crime commissioner for Northumbria, told BBC radio officers were  now resorting to asking shops to stop clown costumes.One 18-year-old, named locally as Connor Jones,  from Caerphilly, Wales, is believed to be one of the first offenders to be to be hit with a criminal record over the stunts.He was issued with a fixed penalty notice and fined £90 for a public order offence  after reports of a menacing figure on a pedestrian bridge outside an infants and comprehensive school. Dai Evans, a 34-year-old sales rep who was collecting his daughter, told the Caerphilly Observer: “The teachers were in the yard [of the infants school] and they moved the children away because he was doing it.”Then we had a message on the school’s app warning us that someone was dressed as a clown…. There is a time and place to have a laugh and a joke, but outside a school on a Friday afternoon?”Chief Inspector Paul Staniforth, of Gwent Police, said his force was keen to show it would not tolerate clown stunts. “In this case, not only is this man out of pocket, he will now have a criminal record which will impact his future, including any job opportunities.“I hope this result sends a strong message to anyone thinking about taking part in this craze, that their five minutes of what they may think is fun really isn’t worth it.”Scotland Yard also warned it would bring prosecutions against “killer clowns” after a student brandishing a chainsaw caused panic on a university campus. The student, who identifies himself as Kenny Parker, 19, on Facebook, sparked chaos while running through the grounds of Brunel University in Uxbridge.Amid warnings of police action, he apologised, saying he bought the chainsaw at B&Q to record footage for his YouTube channel.He said: “I’m really nervous. I don’t know what is going to happen. It’s such a mess.”First of all I want to say a massive sorry to anyone I’ve scared. Secondly, this was a YouTube video.”Scotland Yard said a 19-year-old was in custody last night over to the incident at Brunel University .A spokesman said: “The incident was reported to police on Tuesday, 11 October. On the same day, a 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence. He is currently in custody at a west London police station.” Commander Julian Bennett, the head of crime prevention at the Met, said: “We are currently assessing a small number of reported ‘killer clown’ incidents in London, three of which meet the threshold of a criminal offence.”Our primary responsibility is identifying and investigating those incidents where a criminal offence has occurred.”However, anti-social behaviour can leave people feeling scared, anxious and intimidated and I would urge those who are causing fear and alarm to carefully consider the impact their actions have on others.”Clown craze coincides with Hollywood remake of Stephen King’s ‘It’last_img read more

Fears over pressure on care system as National Audit Office warns staff

first_imgFears have been raised over the pressures on the care system as the National Audit Office warned that funding and staffing levels are not sustainable. In a damning report the public spending watchdog said the lack of prestige associated with working in care, poor career progression and low pay meant the sector struggled to retain staff. It said that the vacancy rate for registered nurses in care had more than doubled from 4.1 per cent in 2012-13 to 9 per cent in 2016-17, even as the total number of jobs dropped from 51,000 to 43,000 over the same period. In some cases local authorities said nursing homes had re-registered as care homes because they could not recruit the necessary nurses. One in three nurses working in care is aged over 55, the report added, prompting concerns that the staffing problems would get worse as current workers retired. Nurses in the care sector earn on average £27,900 per year, more than £3,000 less than the average pay for a registered nurse working in the NHS. The NAO said the Government had failed to demonstrate that the sector was sustainably funded and had not followed through on commitments to make working in care more attractive by offering better career development and training to staff.It also warned that a shortage of nursing home beds would put pressure on the NHS, and that lack of certainty over £2bn allocated to the sector in last year’s Budget was preventing proper staff planning. Amyas Morse, head of the NAO, said social care was a “Cinderella service”.”The Department needs to respond quickly to this challenge by giving the sector the attention it deserves and needs, instead of falling short and not delivering value for money,” he said.  Barbara Keeley MP, Labour’s  shadow cabinet minister for social care, said: “The National Audit Office’s message is clear: Tory cuts to local authority funding since 2010 have led to an increasingly unsustainable and fragmented social care workforce. ” Cllr Izzi Seccombe, chairman of the Local Government Association’s community wellbeing board, said: “This worrying report reflects the historic underfunding of social care which is putting severe pressure on the care workforce, the provider market and the availability of care.”A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care said: “We’ve provided an extra £2 billion funding to the sector and this week announced a further £150 million for next year – in the summer we will outline plans to reform social care to ensure it is sustainable for the future.”last_img read more

Isil fanatic who planned to assassinate Theresa May caught after twoyear MI5

The Isil fanatic is accused of plotting to kill Theresa May (pictured)Credit:Peter Macdiarmid/LNP Rahman said he would aim to strike when Mrs May came out of 10 Downing Street to talk to the press (pictured), jurors heard On October 23 last year, Rahman met a contact known as Abu Waleed in a Shepherd’s Bush shopping centre.He told the agent that he planned to use a suicide belt, drone, improvised explosive device and poison, referred to as P or “curry mix”.He allegedly divulged the targets of the MI5 building and Parliament. Meanwhile, Imran was asking his MI5 role-player to get him a passport quickly.At a further meeting on November 15 last year, Rahman allegedly said: “They’re gonna s*** it, especially her who is inside.”Three days later, Rahman carried out reconnaissance around Whitehall, walking past the entrance to Downing Street, the court heard.Rahman, from Finchley, north London, has denied two counts of preparing terrorist acts.Imran, of Sparkbrook, Birmingham, has pleaded not guilty to preparing terrorist acts and possessing a terrorist document on his Kindle entitled How To Survive In The West – A Mujahid’s Guide 2015. **What is Islamic State?** A salafi Islamist extremist group that controls territory in the middle east and sponsors terrorist activity internationally.**What are its aims?** A worldwide Islamic caliphate – a religious government without borders.**What is it actually called?** In the west, the group is known as Isil (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) or Isis (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). The militants themselves prefer to be called “Islamic State” in recognition of their self-declared caliphate. Daesh is an abbreviation of *Dawlat al-Islamiyah f’al-Iraq wa al-Sham*, and is the derogatory name used by many Muslims.**What terror attacks has it carried out?** Isil has claimed responsibility for numerous atrocities, including the Brussels suicide bombings in March 2016, the Paris attacks of 13 November 2015 and the London ramming and stabbing rampages of 2017. As its territorial power has shrunk, the group has switched to sponsoring more frequent and less strategically ambitious “lone wolf” attacks.**Where is it based?** Since 2014, Isil’s de facto capital was the city of Raqqa in Syria. However, the group lost control of Raqqa in late 2017 to a US-backed coalition force. In Iraq Isil was based in the city of Mosul, but was driven out by Iraqi security forces in mid-2017. It now lacks a capital, but retains footholds in a number of states. The defendant is also accused of helping his friend Mohammad Aqib Imran, 22, join Isil in Syria by recording a sponsorship video.Mr Heywood said the men knew each other well and shared the same “warped ideology”.On Imran, he said: “He elected to travel and set about assembling money, acquiring a fake passport, engaging in research and otherwise equipping himself with the information and means to travel aboard for violence for terrorist purposes.Jurors heard how both defendants were engaged in chat with MI5 role players, even though they discussed the dangers of “spies”. Rahman said he would aim to strike when Mrs May came out of 10 Downing Street to talk to the press (pictured), jurors heardCredit:Dan Kitwood/Getty If he could not get to her, he would kill a few guards then detonate himself to create “big news”, the court heard.Jurors were shown covert video footage of a meeting in Shaq’s car in a PC World car park in Brixton on November 6 last year. In it, Rahman said he would get past the gate and make a “10-second sprint” for the door of Number 10. He allegedly said his main objective was to “take her head off”.Mr Heywood told jurors: “His settled conclusion was that lethal violence here, directed at the very heart of the United Kingdom Government, was the only effective way to pursue his intentions.”Before his arrest prevented it, he was, he believed, just days away from his objective, which was no less than a suicide attack, by blade and explosion, on Downing Street and, if he could, upon the Prime Minister Theresa May herself.”He said Rahman planned a full frontal attack and fully expected to die. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. An Islamic State fanatic plotted to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May in a suicide attack on 10 Downing Street, a court has heard.Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, was encouraged to cause carnage in Britain by an uncle who had joined Isil and died in a drone strike in Syria, jurors were told.He allegedly thought he was just days away from inflicting “lethal violence” with a knife and a suicide vest before his arrest last November.But his plan was uncovered by a two-year MI5 surveillance operation which involved an agent posing as a senior Isil official in Syria, the Old Bailey heard.Prosecutor Mark Heywood QC read out Telegram chat in which Rahman was allegedly snared by the fake Amir.On September 14 last year, Rahman said: “Can you put me in a sleeper cell ASAP? I want to do a suicide bomb on Parliament. I want to attempt to kill Theresa May.”The next day, he said: “My objective is to take out my target. Nothing less than the death of the leaders of Parliament.”The court heard Rahman went on to praise the Manchester arena bomber, saying he “did well”. Jurors heard he said: “Everyone inside, including the Prime Minister would be dead.”Rahman talked about the MI5 building but allegedly said: “Getting outside Parliament when all the leaders are there is simple, you can walk right outside.”On September 23 last year, Rahman also said he had an idea based on what his uncle had told him about the Isil development of poison, jurors were told.Rahman is accused of conducting reconnaissance, recording a pledge of allegiance, and delivering a rucksack and jacket to be fitted with explosives.On November 1, Rahman was introduced to another member of the network called Shaq, an undercover police officer, to help him get a blade and suicide vest.Rahman allegedly told him: “If you can put a belt on me, I’d actually want to do that.”He said he would aim to strike when Mrs May came out of 10 Downing Street to talk to the press, jurors heard. The Isil fanatic is accused of plotting to kill Theresa May (pictured) He allegedly said he thought about wearing “a vest”, driving past Parliament and “pushing the button” to “clear the entire block”. read more

UK weather Heatwave health warnings as temperatures could soar to 33C

Debra Ives, director of operations, said: “A lot of people sleeping rough don’t have the basic items needed to survive on the streets in hot temperatures.”As a result, we’re calling on the public to donate things like sun cream, water, and sun hats, to help those at risk in the coming months.”People can either offer them directly, or donate them to a shelter or charity.” Send us your heatwave pictures  Weather map for Thursday and week ahead Health warnings have been issued amid a continuing heatwave, with temperatures hitting 31.9C (89.4F) in Wales – making Wednesday the hottest day of the year so far as the heatwave continues.Porthmadog in north-west Wales beat its own record of 30.8C (87.4F) recorded on Tuesday, and the Met Office warned that temperatures were still rising, meaning the record could be broken once again within the next 24 hours.Public Health England (PHE) has issued a warning saying the extreme heat might pose a risk to the most vulnerable.The Met Office’s heat-health watch alert is currently at level two, meaning social and healthcare services are at the ready to reduce harm from a potential heatwave.Parts of the UK are hotter than Athens in Greece, and on a par with Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Rio in Brazil.A spokesman for the Met Office said: “The temperature seen at Porthmadog will not necessarily be the highest today but it is the record so far this year.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “We may see some thunderstorms on Sunday or Monday but nothing’s certain. But we can expect these sorts of high temperatures to be reached certainly until Saturday.”PHE said the over-65s, young children and those with health conditions are the most vulnerable in hot weather as it encouraged people to look out for each other.Dr Thomas Waite, of PHE, said: “It’s vitally important that we keep an eye on friends, family and neighbours who may be at risk, and chances are we’ll all know someone, if we’re all going to stay well this summer.Homeless people can also be vulnerable if exposed to strong sunshine and heat while sleeping rough, charity Evolve Housing + Support said. The fine, hot weather looks set to continue into next month, he added.”At the moment it looks like that will be the general theme through much of July,” he said.”Generally it looks like it will stay drier and warmer than average.”Warning not to discard rubbish amid wildfireThe rising temperatures have come with warnings to be careful near water and in the countryside, where fire crews have been tackling a massive wildfire in Saddleworth Moor. The cause is unknown.Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service reminded people that “a stray cigarette, a discarded glass bottle, or a spark from a BBQ can all cause untold devastation”, and neighbouring Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue said it dealt with a number of grass and rubbish fires.Video: Huge wildfire engulfs Saddleworth Moor Met Office: Hot weather to continue into JulyTemperatures are set to rise again, with a possible high of 33C (91.4F) on Thursday, meteorologist Alex Burkill said, soaring above the UK average for this time of year of 17.3C (63.1F). Services on the London Waterloo to New Malden line are being subjected to speed restrictions from 11am each day until Friday.Network Rail said hot weather can cause the steel on rail lines to expand and in some cases buckle (curve), causing travel disruption. Slower trains exert lower forces on the track, reducing the likelihood of buckling. Rail slowdown to prevent tracks bucklingRail passengers are being warned of lengthy delays as speed restrictions are enforced to prevent tracks from buckling.Network Rail has deployed “extreme weather action teams” in readiness for even warmer conditions. A child cools off in a fountain on London’s Southbank, as health bosses said the extreme heat might pose a risk to the most vulnerableCredit:Victoria Jones /PA Click here for more UK weather news. Children cool off in the fountains on the Southbank, London The heat caused rails to buckle at Wishaw near Glasgow  The hot weather looks like it is here to stay, the spokesman said, adding: “Over the next few days the high pressure will remain so there will be blue skies across the UK and that will last certainly into the weekend. File photo: Buckled rails at Wishaw near Glasgow, during May’s hot weatherCredit:Network Rail  read more

Road rage death Man 21 arrested on suspicion of murder as father

Detectives are continuing to appeal for witnesses of the incident or anyone who saw anything suspicious near Mr Walsh’s home.A silver Vauxhall Astra has been seized for forensic examination as part of the investigation.Neighbours of Mr Walsh expressed their shock at the incident and said he had only been living in the house for a matter of weeks, having moved in with his partner and children.One said: “I shook his hand and welcomed him to the area and he seemed like a really nice bloke. Newstead Avenue, Mapperley, Nottingham, where Stephen Walsh, 37, was involved in a road traffic collision The scene outside the home of Stephen Walsh, 37, who has died after being assaulted there following a road traffic collisionCredit:Raymonds Press “It’s so tragic that this has happened and really shocking for this to happen around here.”Most people are working professionals and we never get any trouble here. The first I knew about it was when the police came knocking asking if I’d seen anything.”Your heart goes out to the lady and their two kids. They have moved here for a new start and it ends like this.” The scene outside the home of Stephen Walsh, 37, who has died after being assaulted there following a road traffic collision A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a father of two in a suspected road rage attack.Stephen Walsh, 37, was assaulted at his home after being involved in a minor road collision, in which he failed to stop at the scene of an accident.Detectives believe Mr Walsh’s Lexus car was involved in a collision with another vehicle in Nottingham on Sunday evening.But rather than stop, he returned to his home in Blenheim Avenue, less than a mile away. It is thought his attacker might have followed him home before confronting him about the accident.Police said Mr Walsh suffered serious head injuries in an assault at the property. Another neighbour, who also wished to remain anonymous, said: “We hadn’t got to know them properly because they hadn’t been here long enough.”But they seemed like a nice, normal family and very happy about their new home.” Newstead Avenue, in Mapperley, Nottingham, where Stephen Walsh was involved in a road traffic collisionCredit:Raymonds Press 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

Scientists hail DNA breakthrough that can detect if people are likely to

In future, a similar approach could be used to identify at-risk patients at birth, say the researchers.Cardiologist Dr Ami Khera, a member of the team from Massachusetts General Hospital in the US, said: “These individuals, who are at several times the normal risk for having a heart attack just because of the additive effects of many variations, are mostly flying under the radar.”If they came into my clinical practice, I wouldn’t be able to pick them out as high risk with our standard metrics.”A computer was programmed to scour more than six million locations in the complete human genetic code, or genome, of each patient – identifying many at risk with no typical symptoms.Lead scientist Dr Sekar Kathiresan, from the Broad Institute that brings together experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital, said: “For heart attack, I foresee that each patient will have the opportunity to know his or her polygenic risk number in the near future, similar to the way they can know their cholesterol number right now.”The research is reported in the journal Nature Genetics. Over five million Britons are three times more likely than their peers to have a heart attack, a ground-breaking study has found – as scientists said their discovery could lead to nationwide screening to save their lives.American scientists identified genetic variants in the DNA of patients that increase the risk of five common disorders using information from the UK Biobank database. The unique collection of DNA samples and medical information is provided by more than 400,000 donors. The results enabled them to produce “risk scores” – showing how likely they were to develop one of the diseases.The conditions studied were coronary artery disease, the abnormal heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation, Type 2 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and breast cancer. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––Some eight per cent were found to be more than three times as likely to develop coronary artery disease as everyone else based on their genetic variants – despite not always showing obvious warning symptoms such as high blood pressure or cholesterol. 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

Woman murdered boyfriend after finding him partying naked in a hot tub

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A woman stabbed and killed her boyfriend after finding him naked in a hot tub with a group of men and women, a court has heard.Christopher Pearson, 39, died after suffering a stab wound to the abdomen at his home in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, on 18 February.His girlfriend, Demi Harris, is accused of attacking him after becoming humiliated when she found him naked with other partygoers in a hot tub in their garden.She is accused of first pouring a bleach like substance into the hot tub before then attacking with a knife.Michael Auty QC, prosecuting, said the pair had been out drinking when they invited some friends back to their home.Miss Harris went to bed while her boyfriend and their guests went into the garden and climbed into a hot tub. But when one of the women went inside, she saw Mr Pearson lying on the floor injured.She described Miss Harris as “distressed” saying, “What have I done… I’ve gone too far this time”.Mr Auty said Miss Harris claimed to have only “jabbed” her boyfriend to stop him attacking her.”Significantly, when all of this was over she didn’t have a mark on her. Not a bruise,” he said.”I don’t suggest Mr Pearson was some sort of saint – he wasn’t. But he didn’t deserve what happened to him.”This, we say, was a frantic and sustained attack… she simply lost her temper.”Miss Harris denies murder and the trial continues. When she awoke some hours later saw Mr Pearson and two other men naked while two women were in their underwear.Mr Auty said: “She felt plainly humiliated and embarrassed by what was happening… and that got the better of her. These are not the actions of a cowed woman… a timorous waif.”The court heard Miss Harris then went back in the house followed by a naked Mr Pearson. read more

Libby Squire latest updates Everything we know so far about the missing

Despite it being treated as a missing person case, hundreds of police officers have been involved in investigations, combing the East Yorkshire city to search for the 21-year-old. In a grim twist, investigators were not immediately able to establish the gender of the body due to decomposition. An initial examination by the coroner’s office in nearby Cleethorpes concluded the remains were likely female … 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. Forty-nine days after Hull student Libby Squires went missing, pieces of the tragic puzzle finally started to emerge.  Seven weeks of uncertainty about her fate began coming to an end on March 20, when, at around 2.30pm, the coastguard spotted what appeared to be human remains in the Humber Estuary.  read more