The United States entered Wednesday’s friendly against world powerhouse Brazil looking to extend their 5 match winning streak. Unfortunately that momentum, as well as 67,619 screaming fans packed into FedEx Field in Landover, MD, were not enough to stop Brazil from claiming victory 4-1.The Brazilian national team came into yesterday’s game led by Neymar, hailed by former national team member and soccer icon Pele as the next great Brazilian futbol star. First half goals from Neymar and Thiago Silva gave Brazil a lead that they would never surrender.According to the Washington Post, USA head coach Juergen Klinsmann praised his team’s resilience but felt that they played without a lot of tenacity.“We need to get nastier, maybe a little bit still too naïve, maybe we don’t want to hurt people. We have to step on their toes more, get them more frustrated.”Team USA Forward Herculez Gomez, who scored the only goal for the U.S., noticed how the game changed when his team began to force the issue against the respected Brazilians.“Sometimes you see Brazil on the calendar and you go in with a lot of respect for their players, but they are just like us,” he said. “They bleed, they hurt, so you’ve got to get after it. You saw in the second half when we pressed and imposed our game, they were the ones on their heels, they were the ones trying to hit us, they were the ones sweating and battling and fighting to track back.”The U.S. had ample opportunities to score during the second half but failed to rally from their deficit. The crowd of 67,619 was the largest crowd to watch a soccer game in the Washington area.
OSU junior defensive end Joey Bosa (97) runs with the football after intercepting a pass in a game against Michigan on Nov. 28 at Michigan Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoAfter the long drawn out saga of contract negotiations between former OSU standout Joey Bosa and the San Diego Chargers, the team announced they have signed the third overall pick from this year’s NFL draft.Bosa, a unanimous first-team All-American from 2014, registered 13.5 sacks that year. He was considered an instrumental part of the national championship run of the Buckeyes.“We look forward to having Joey join us and getting him prepared as quickly as possible for the 2016 season,” Tom Telesco, general manager of the Chargers, said after the announcement.The details of the contract have yet to be released. The contract is for four years.Bosa drew scrutiny from the team and fans after refusing for months to sign the contract offer from the Chargers. His agent said both sides had disagreements over the language of the contract.With this signing, all first round picks from this year’s draft have been signed.
Coming out of Trinity High School in Washington, Penn., senior Andrew Miller committed to Ohio State as a tight end prospect ranked 41st overall by rivals.com. By his junior year, Miller was starting at left tackle instead. “The coaches sat me down and said that the best position for my future, and the future of this team, was on the offensive line,” Miller said. “And it’s hard to say no to that.” Growing up in Pennsylvania, Miller’s mother Lynne Miller was leery of allowing her son to play football. In fact, it wasn’t until he was roughly 12 years old that he began to play football for the first time. “When he signed up for baseball, his baseball coach was the one who told him that he wanted Andrew to play on the football team,” Lynne said. “The football coach in our area, he used to go from door to door and recruit just like the big guys do. And Andrew wanted to play badly.” While Miller currently stands at 6-feet-6-inches tall and weighs in at almost 300 pounds, Lynne stressed that he’s always been bigger than most. “He was a lineman even back then,” Lynne said. “He was always much bigger than the average kid his age.” As a senior playing for Trinity High School, Miller was named to the all-Pennsylvania team. He caught 11 passes for 270 yards and four touchdowns. College football programs from all over the country were recruiting Miller. Offers were coming in from Penn State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Indiana, just to name a few. But when Miller finally had to make a decision about where he wanted to play, it was the last school that made a pitch to him that he decided to sign with. “I understood that OSU was a good football program, and I knew that I could be successful here with football,” Miller said. “Once I found out all of the other things like academics and how good the people are around here, there just wasn’t another choice for me.” “We went to see it, and it’s hard to turn your back on OSU,” Lynne said. “Not just the facilities but the people and the coaches. Every time we went to a campus we thought that it would be the one, but when we saw OSU, it was just above and beyond.” After working hard for two years, Miller was finally given the opportunity to start at left tackle in his junior year. Then, four games into the season, he came down with the flu and had to sit out games against Indiana and Wisconsin. Coming into this season, Miller had every intention of competing for a starting position on the line. Unfortunately, a left elbow injury kept him from displaying his full potential. “My elbow injury has been going on for so long that I can’t really sit here and dwell on it,” Miller said. “I don’t want to get it fixed and be out for a long time.” Injury or not, Miller has every intention of cracking the starting lineup before the season ends. “The goal is always to be a starter and I compete every single day,” Miller said. “I’m never going to submit. Everyone has their role on the team, but I don’t want to see myself as a role player who only comes in on jumbo packages. “But at the end of the day, I have however many games left here at OSU and I’m going to make the most of them.” Miller, who was a National Honor Society member in high school with a 3.99 grade point average, still dreams of playing professionally when he’s finished with school. But if it doesn’t work out, he has other career opportunities in mind. “If that (professional football) doesn’t work out, I’m going to pursue a career in sales,” Miller said. “And so I have a few leads in some medical fields, selling orthopedic and medical equipment, things of that nature.” Lynne believes that the key to her son’s success is a constant dedication to bettering himself. “Andrew is very disciplined,” Lynne said. “He always got his work done and he always planned ahead. I was always amazed. I would say ‘where did you get that from?’ I don’t know where he got it from because it wasn’t from me.”
The University of Illinois (9-16, 3-9 Big Ten) women’s basketball team handed No. 11 Ohio State (21-3, 8-3 Big Ten) its third loss of the season Thursday night. OSU junior guard Tayler Hill sank a shot with 16 seconds left to give the Buckeyes a one-point lead. But in the following possession, Illinois forward Alexis Burke hit a jump shot with no time left on the clock to defeat OSU, 66-65. The Buckeyes were down, 34-29, going into the half, but came out scoring and took a 56-46 lead with 7:48 left in the game. The Illini responded on a 10-0 run to knot the score at 56. After trading buckets, OSU senior guard Samantha Prahalis sank a three to give the Buckeyes the lead. In the next possession, the Illini missed a three before Prahalis hit a layup to give the Buckeyes a five-point cushion with 2:28 left. It wasn’t enough as the Illini scored on their next three shots to seal the victory. Hill lead OSU in scoring with her 20 points and five assists. She was followed by sophomore center Ashley Adams who tallied 18 points and eight rebounds. Prahalis had 15 points after her career high 34 points just three days prior. The Fighting Illini were lead by junior guard Adrienne Godbold and Burke, who had 15 and 16 points, respectively. OSU defeated the Illini, 96-84, on Jan. 22, but this night saw the Buckeyes only make half their shots. They were 27-54 from field goal range and 6-12 from behind the arc. In all three losses, the Buckeyes have shot 50 percent or less. The Illini were 27-61 from field goal range and 2-9 for three pointers, but they out-rebounded the Buckeyes, 37-27. The Buckeyes return home Sunday against the No. 17 Purdue Boilermakers (19-5, 9-2). Sunday’s game might decide who holds the top spot in the Big Ten conference. Tip is at 5 p.m.
It only took two minutes into Tuesday’s Big Ten teleconference for the Big Ten’s first representative, Michigan coach Brady Hoke, to receive his first question about the arrival of Ohio State’s new coach Urban Meyer and his thoughts on how Meyer will affect the rivalry. “Obviously you’ve got two storied programs who have a lot of great tradition and, as far as I know, it’s never been about the coaches, it’s always been about those two schools,” Hoke said. “The intensity of that whole week when you get ready to play each other, what a great game and a fun game it is to coach in and play in.” Michigan redshirt senior safety Jordan Kovacs resonated those feelings and said Meyer’s arrival should have a big impact on The Game. “Two of the best coaches in the nation are coaching these programs,” Kovacs said. “They’re recruiting better than anyone in the nation right now. Historically it’s a great rivalry … and I think it’s going to take that next step and be an elite rivalry for these next few years.” Hoke appears to have coached his players on how to reference the Buckeyes in conversation. Kovacs wouldn’t say the word “State” in Ohio State when he further elaborated on his feelings of the rivalry. “It’s always a big game, it’s the Michigan-Ohio game and it’s a big game every year. We’re going to be really excited about it and we can’t wait to get down there,” Kovacs said. Michigan is coming off their best season since 2006 after going 11-2 in Hoke’s inaugural season last year, including an overtime victory in the Sugar Bowl against Virginia Tech, and the team’s first win against OSU after losing seven consecutive games to the Buckeyes. But it was still a failure of a season for Hoke, Kovacs said. “The thing is, people want to say we set the bar really high last year,” Kovacs said. “But at the end of the day, one of the things that Coach Hoke really emphasizes, is that last year we failed. It wasn’t a successful season. Our mission every year is to win a Big Ten championship and we didn’t do that. Big Ten championships are the mindset that everyone on this team is about and at the end of the day, we didn’t get what we wanted, so that keeps us hungrier for next year.” Hoke said he is excited for his team to get back out onto the field this spring, but also said they have a long way to go. “On either side (of the ball) it’s not very good right now,” Hoke said. “I think the kids are working, they’re coming in here with energy and all those things. But the expectation levels of how physical we want to be as a football team, we’re not where we need to be. “I think the big consistency issues that are out there are us finishing and finishing well as we get through these next three practices. We’re a long way being from where we want to be in August, so there is a lot of work to be done.” Michigan is holding their annual spring game Saturday, but to Hoke, it’s just another practice. “It’s another chance for us to get better,” he said. “It’s a chance for our guys to be in that great stadium again and play in front of people, and also how some young guys handle those situations.” The game will be at noon Saturday and will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Then-sophomore attackman Reegan Comeault (8) fights for a loose ball during a game against Marquette Feb. 23 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 18-8.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorComing off a season in which the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team won the ECAC conference tournament championship and its first NCAA tournament game in five years, plenty of excitement surrounds the program regarding just how far the Buckeyes can go in 2014.“We definitely have great potential,” senior goalie and captain Greg Dutton said. “We lost some key guys last year, but we’ve got some new guys in the mix, guys who are ready to step up. We are really excited for this season.”However, when OSU takes the field this spring, it will do so without the program’s all-time leading goal scorer in attackman Logan Schuss, who graduated last spring. The Minnesota Swarm selected Schuss with first overall pick in the 2013 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft in September.OSU coach Nick Myers, who is entering his sixth season with the team, said he believes it is going to take a team effort to replace Schuss.“Offensively, we pride ourselves on sharing the ball,” Myers said. “We are going to need some guys to step into some different roles, but I don’t think it’s going to be one person that replaces Logan.”One returning player is junior midfielder Jesse King, who was second on the team in points last season after tallying 32 goals and 23 assists. King was also one of 51 players named to Team Canada’s training squad in October.“It’s a huge confidence builder for him to get a chance to play with some of the best in the world,” Myers said about King’s experience. “He knows he is going to have a lot more attention from opponents and defenses, but I think he is up for that challenge.”Offensively, OSU returns four players who scored more than 20 points — King, sophomore attackman Carter Brown, junior midfielder Turner Evans and junior midfielder David Planning — to a team that went 13-4 last season, including 7-2 in conference play.OSU is ranked No. 7 in the “Inside Lacrosse” preseason poll, the first time the Buckeyes have been in the preseason top 10. The Buckeyes are also set to feature two Preseason First Team All-Americans for the first time in program history in King and senior defenseman Joe Meurer, who was selected with the 10th overall pick by the Florida Launch in the 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft Friday.Still, despite the talent OSU returns to the squad, Meurer said his team is not the best they can be quite yet.“We’ve still got a lot of work to do,” Meurer said. “As January progresses, we will definitely continue to build the blocks that we need to be the team that we want to be.”The Buckeyes are set to open the season Feb. 9 when they travel to Baltimore to take on No. 14 Johns Hopkins.
Ohio State sophomore guard C.J. Jackson attempts a shot over Indiana’s Thomas Bryant on March 4 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta said the Buckeyes defense would have to be at an “all-time high” on Saturday against Indiana to close out the regular season with a win.It was quite the opposite.The Indiana Hoosiers (17-14, 7-11 Big Ten) made their first six shots and 13 of their first 15 en route to a 96-92 win over Ohio State on Senior Day at the Schottenstein Center. The Hoosiers shot 59 percent from the field and 65 percent in the first half.Indiana junior guard Robert Johnson led all scorers with 26 points and snapped his shooting slump by making 10-of-17 shots from the field, including 5 of 8 from 3.Sophomore center Thomas Bryant, redshirt junior guard Josh Newkirk and junior guard James Blackmon were also in double figures with 16, 18 and 22, respectively.Junior forward Jae’Sean Tate led the Buckeyes with 20 points. Sophomore guard C.J. Jackson, and sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle each had 18 points, while redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson added 19.“We scored 92 but they scored 96 so obviously we weren’t playing the defense that we play,” Tate said. “I’m more focused on the defense and giving up 96 points — unacceptable, especially 50-plus at half.”Johnson had been shooting 7 for 42 combined from 3 in his last eight games, but came out firing from the get-go. Johnson’s early offensive output severely dictated how the game was going to play out for the OSU defense.“We’re a get-well card for guys,” Matta said. “You’re struggling? Play Ohio State and you get out of your slump just like that. It’s been like that all year long.”From the tip, OSU was outpaced by the Indiana offense. Blackmon drilled a 3 to cap an 11-0 run in the first two minutes and 18 seconds. Indiana had scored 19 points by the first media timeout and led 32-15 at the under-12 timeout. The Hoosiers led 54-40 at the half.“It seemed like every shot they were taking was going in,” Tate said. “We knew they were a transition team and that killed us. We didn’t get back, build walls, stop the ball fast enough for them to run their half-court offense, and that was the game plan.”Matta called for a double team in the post when Bryant caught the ball, and even implemented a zone press on occasion to slow down the Indiana attack. Tate said that at halftime, OSU knew Indiana couldn’t continue to shoot the way it did in the first half.Sure enough, the Buckeye defense stepped up in the second half, allowing just four points from the 18:05 mark to 9:14 remaining. Starting with a layup from junior forward Jae’Sean Tate and a 3 by sophomore guard C.J. Jackson, the Buckeyes went on a 10-0 run before the first media timeout, cutting the deficit to four.Then, less than three minutes later, back-to-back 3s from senior guard Marc Loving and Jackson grabbed OSU its first lead of the game, 62-61.However, Blackmon ended that short-lived lead on the next possession with a 3 of his own. After a Tate layup tied the game at 64, Indiana’s shooting came to life with a 10-0 run. At the final media timeout, the Hoosiers led 84-74.“They were hitting tough shots, they were making 3s and that kind of killed us from there,” Jackson said.OSU continued to answer Indiana free throws with buckets of its own. Jackson made a shot from deep with 3.3 seconds remaining to cut the Hoosier lead to 94-92. But Blackmon was iced the game with two free throws with 2.7 seconds left.With the loss, OSU is now guaranteed to play on Wednesday at the Big Ten Tournament. If Nebraska beats Michigan at home on Sunday night, OSU will be the 12th seed and plays Penn State at 4:30 p.m. If Michigan wins, OSU will be the 11th seed against Rutgers at 7 p.m.“Every loss is going to not feel too good,” Tate said. “What’s done is done and we just got to prepare to make a run in the tournament.”
OSU redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (25) throws the ball out of the endzone during the 2017 Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 15, 2017. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorAs watch list season continued to roll on, redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber was placed on the Doak Walker Award watch list. The award is given to the running back who is recognized as the best at his position.In his first season of action for the Buckeyes, Weber led the team with 1,096 rushing yards after taking over the role as the primary running back. He was also tied with redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett for the team lead with nine rushing touchdowns. The 5-foot-10, 212-pound bruising back was the third freshman to tally more than 1,000 yards on the ground in Ohio State history.Weber was the leading freshman in the Big Ten conference in yards per game with an average of 84.3. After a standout freshman season, he was recognized with the Big Ten’s Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year. He was also named to the freshman All-American team.The Doak Walker Award has been in place since 1989. Only one former Buckeye — Eddie George, during his Heisman-winning 1995 campaign — has won the award.
Urban Meyer listens at a press conference as he fields questions about his handling of the Zach Smith domestic abuse allegations on Aug. 22, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorUrban Meyer stood at the podium, hands on either side of the glass perimeter around the mic as he addressed his three-game suspension.His left hand twitched almost the entire time, and he rarely looked up from the prepared statement laid out before him. When he returned to his seat to answer questions from the press, he seemed out of focus, repeatedly requiring the questions to be asked again.Ohio State’s head football coach had been at the Longaberger Alumni House for nearly 11 hours, and the outcome of the investigation into his knowledge of domestic abuse by his former assistant coach did not seem to be something he favored.“I trust and support our president,” Meyer responded when asked if he agreed with the suspension.His appearance at the press conference could be interpreted differently by many. Some might say he seemed tired. Some would say angry. Some might even say nervous. One thing Meyer certainly was not: remorseful.Throughout the press conference, Meyer avoided uttering the name of Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of his former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. And then he was asked if he had a message for Courtney specifically.“Well, I have a message for everyone involved in this. I’m sorry we’re in this situation,” Meyer said. “And I’m just sorry we’re in this situation.”Meyer’s seemingly nervous tics and apparent lack of focus might be open for interpretation, but less so are the messages he sent by not mentioning Courtney by name and the findings in the investigative report.The “summary of findings,” released by Ohio State after the press conference on Wednesday, found Meyer frequently sided with his former coach than with his coach’s wife.The first instance of this came in 2009 when Zach Smith was arrested for allegedly throwing his wife into a wall when he brought a female co-worker home to sleep on the couch after a party. Courtney Smith decided not to pursue charges.The report said in 2009 that both Meyer and his wife, Shelley, “took away from the 2009 events that Courtney Smith was not being entirely truthful when she called 911 to have Zach arrested.”Then, between 2015 and 2016, the report said the Powell Police Department and the Delaware County prosecutor conducted an investigation into domestic abuse allegations against Zach Smith. The report said the university’s then-Title IX deputy coordinator for athletics told athletic director Gene Smith and Meyer about the investigation, to which Meyer and Gene Smith responded by telling Zach Smith that if he ever hit Courtney or if he is charged, he would be fired.But Courtney Smith brought the allegations to Shelley Meyer over text message. Shelley and Urban Meyer both said she never showed him the messages, but the report said “given the closeness of their relationship and Shelley’s concerns,” the group believed it was likely the two discussed the messages.The day Zach Smith was fired, at 7:35 p.m. on July 23, Shelley sent a text to Urban Meyer saying she was “worried about Zach’s response,” the report said.“He drinks a lot and I am just not sure how stable he will be. Afraid he will do something dangerous. It’s obvious he has anger/rage issues already,” she said to Urban Meyer in the text, to which he did not respond. In its conclusion, the summary said that both Meyer and Smith “believed in good faith that they did not have sufficient information to trigger any reporting obligation,” the pair “viewed the issue too narrowly through the lens of law enforcement.”“Both should have made some report of Zach Smith’s potential violation of the domestic violence laws, which was the subject of the law enforcement investigation they came to know about in late October 2015,” the findings said. “Such reports would have been made to the Athletic Compliance Office and, for AD Smith, the Office of University Compliance and Integrity.”As rape survivor and speaker Brenda Tracy told The Lantern about her visit back in July, Meyer’s comments at Big Ten Media Days are “really indicative of a huge misunderstanding of the dynamics of domestic violence.”“There’s some education that needs to happen there and I think that it would be good for people to educate themselves; reach out to people like me, reach out to advocates in your community,” she said. That, combined with the findings of the report and Meyer’s comments during his press conference, paints a picture of someone who, at best, does not understand how to properly handle a situation like this. Meyer allowed his loyalty toward former head coach Earle Bruce, Zach Smith’s grandfather, to cloud his judgment of Smith, the report said, and give him more chances to remain an assistant coach than would likely have been afforded another coach.Who knows if Meyer was frustrated by the suspension or just tired when he seemed out of sorts in his press conference. But he certainly seemed to feel no remorse for Courtney Smith. Perhaps she thought she had been untruthful, not worth believing. Perhaps he still felt disappointed in Zach Smith, the grandson of his former mentor.Regardless, the picture he painted at the press conference and that the reports seem to show is not a glowing one of Meyer. And it’s possible this will be a stain on his legacy for years to come.
No. 3 Micah Jordan of Ohio State scores with a double-leg takedown on Jarod Verkleeren of Penn State in the 149-pound bout of the Ohio State-Penn State dual. Jordan won the bout by decision, 10-8. Ohio State lost the dual against Penn State 28-9. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternOhio State and Cornell will finish the regular season with a duel that includes 15 nationally ranked wrestlers.The No. 6 Ohio State wrestling team (11-2, 7-2 Big Ten) takes on No. 9 Cornell on the road Friday. The Big Red (13-2, 5-0 EIWA) has won their most recent duel in dominant fashion against North Carolina 29-5.Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said this non-conference duel is important for the sport of wrestling.“For the growth of this sport, [having] big duels is important,” Ryan said. “It is a good team and it is going to [have] some competitive matches.”The Buckeyes are coming off a 21-12 victory against then-No. 7 Nebraska on Sunday while winning six of its 10 bouts. Ohio State senior Joey McKenna, the No. 3 wrestler in the country at 141 pounds, has the marquee matchup of the duel, but is an underdog for the first time all season. He will take on Cornell undefeated top-ranked sophomore Yianni Diakomihalis.Diakomihalis is the defending national champion at 141 pounds and has a 56-1 career record.McKenna said he is excited to wrestle a top-level foe in Diakomihalis.“It is going to be another good test,” McKenna said. “[Diakomihalis] is younger and pretty talented so it should be a fun match.”Ohio State senior Myles Martin, the No. 1 wrestler in the country at 184 pounds and undefeated on the season, will be tested against Cornell sixth-ranked sophomore Max Dean, who has a 17-4 record.Ohio State junior Luke Pletcher, the No. 6 wrestler in the country at 133 pounds, will face Cornell eleventh-ranked junior Chas Tucker.Pletcher said he knows Tucker well and that they grew up wrestling together.“It is going to be a good match,” Pletcher said. “He is a pretty tough kid.”Ohio State redshirt junior Kollin Moore, the No. 2 wrestler in the country at 197 pounds, will face Cornell eight-ranked senior Ben Honis.Ohio State redshirt freshman Ethan Smith, the No. 17 wrestler in the country at 174 pounds, will face Cornell’s fourteenth-ranked junior Brandon Womack.Womack finished No. 8 at nationals at 165 pounds as a freshman and has qualified for nationals three years in a row.Ryan said Smith needs to be on the attack and really focus on his takedowns.“[Smith] is just a matter of finishing,” Ryan said. “He is getting in on legs and not finishing.”No. 6 Ohio State will take on No. 9 Cornell at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in Ithaca, New York.
Richard Durrant performs work inspired by his Paraguayan adventuresCredit:Richard Durrant 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. Durrant, who is now regarded as one of the great performers of the music of guitarist composer Agustín Barrios in the world today, recalls: “As a kid I used to catch the number 26 bus every Wednesday night. It took me from where I lived on a council estate just outside Brighton to my guitar lessons in Waterloo Street, Hove. I loved that bus ride. I’d sit all alone on the upper deck, gazing out at the Sussex Downs watching the changing seasons. I made that journey for years, regular as clockwork. It was a musician’s journey, full of dreams. A scene from Paraguay todayCredit:Richard Durrant “I’ve watched politics for many years and have seen real cause for hope as 21st century technologies have brought ordinary people across the globe closer together,” Durrant ponders. But he asks: “So how could so many ordinary people return to the self interested to create something as negative as Brexit?”Despite suggestions that Theresa May could be heading for a so-called “hard Brexit”, Durrant believes international music collaborations will stand the test of time because people rely on its “positivity”.”Musicians and artists are accustomed to surviving against the odds, its what we have to do and its in our nature, so cross cultural collaborations will always exist,” he says. “I worry more about the future for the rest of us when we have so deliberately stacked the odds against ourselves. If they vote for Trump in the US at least he’ll be controlled to some degree by the senate until he’s kicked out, but for Europe there is no way back.”So instead, I celebrate the positivity of music and feel blessed to be doing what I’m doing. My optimism and energy is fuelled by the sound of my strings and the strength and generosity of my audiences.”Durrant’s latest collaboration with Ledesma, who is cultural ambassador to the UK for his nation, is the culmination of a chance phone call which would take the Sussex guitarist on the 6,300-mile journey to Paraguay. Now, with a week-long tour featuring a combination of virtuoso solos and duets drawing upon material from Paraguay and throughout South America, Durrant has achieved somewhat an international status for his work and is honoured in Paraguay for his music.“A recurring theme for me since my first journey there has been Paraguayan music. Barrios, the country’s most famous son, was my initial attraction but after three solo tours in Paraguay I had become more been immersed in the music of this beautiful part of south America. “I also remember one hot summer’s afternoon, just back from school and playing in the garden under the open kitchen window. My Mum had put my favourite Alirio Diaz record on the family radiogram and the music of Agustín Barrios was blaring out of the house.”Many years later I was living nine miles along the coast in Shoreham by Sea, with children of my own. And one of those 26 bus ride dreams had come true: I was living the life of a full time musician.”Then one day in early 2011 – whilst working on a collection of recordings of music by Barrios and resisting the urge to head out to sea with a fishing rod – the phone rang. It was a man with a strong South American accent: ‘Would you consider travelling to Paraguay to play some concerts and launch your new album?’.”I smiled. ‘OK’, I said. But there remained one important question: what to call the album? The answer was easy: The Number 26 Bus to Paraguay.” When Richard Durrant saw the news that Britain had voted to leave the European Union, he immediately feared what it would mean for musicians like him who had made their careers on the back of their international travels.As the guitarist embarks on his UK tour with Paraguayan harpist Ismael Ledesma this week, Durrant cannot help but wonder what Brexit will mean for international collaborations in the world of music. Musicians and artists are accustomed to surviving against the odds, its what we have to do and its in our nature, so cross cultural collaborations will always existRichard Durrant Paraguayan guitarist composer Agustín Barrios Ismael Ledesma, one of Paraguay’s most acclaimed harpistsCredit:Ismael Ledesma “Ismael and I have dedicated our working lives to music and to our instruments. With that lifetime of concentrating on tiny finger movements and incredible sonic detail there is much that is purely intuitive between us and the outcome is both fascinating and unexpected. Paraguay is a small, landlocked, heart shaped country in the very centre of the southern cone of South America and this is our point of connection – la música del corazón! “Ismael plays a Paraguayan harp, but it’s a harp that is European in origin and the instrument appears throughout south America. So the strongest aspects of Ismael’s playing are Paraguayan, but some are pan south American and some are purely original. I speak some of the language of Paraguayan music and I can hear the layers of the colonial as well as the Paraguayan/Guarani so beloved by Barrios himself.”Paraguay will be at the centre of what we play, but my guitar playing has to feel free and unconstrained and for me therein lies true authenticity.”Richard Durrant and Ismael Ledesma will be performing from October 11-16 at various locations. For full tour details see richarddurrant.com. The Number 26 Bus to ParaguayCredit:Richard Durrant
The unions said LU was now advertising for “travel ambassadors” at up to three times the rate for a shift that would be paid to a station assistant.A memo from LU said services and stations were busier than usual because of “exceptional circumstances”, offering payments of between £160 and £250 a shift.TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said: “We are glad to see TfL (Transport for London) finally concede publicly that we need more staff helping customers on the Tube.”But this ambassador recruitment programme is nothing more than a sly and underhand tactic to undermine staff’s refusal to work overtime – an action they overwhelmingly voted for to underline their concern that the Tube is not being run properly or safely.”There is nothing unforeseen about the current circumstances. TfL sacked too many people back in April when they closed ticket offices and our members have become worn out by the overtime they are working to keep stations open.”Getting more staff back helping customers at stations and monitoring safety is at the heart of our dispute.”London Underground said an investigation has been launched, and the girl’s school has been contacted.Safety officers will visit the school to advise pupils of the dangers of the railway.A spokesman said: “The station was not unstaffed. There was a member of staff on the gateline.”That is usual practice at Latimer Road which is a one staff member station and has been for some time.” RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT warned Tube bosses again and again that the job cuts they were proposing would leave many stations unstaffed.”This is exactly what happened at Latimer Road where it took a passenger with a mobile phone to let London Underground know that a schoolchild has been wandering across electrified track while trains run.”Members of the RMT and the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association are currently refusing to work overtime as part of industrial action over job cuts and the closure of ticket offices.Mr Cash said: “London’s Tube stations have been operating on the basis of our members’ goodwill. Now that our members are refusing to work six day weeks and additional hours the system is collapsing.” Insanity. Schoolgirl walks across the tracks at Latimer Road station. Clearly people don’t realise one of the rails is electrified… pic.twitter.com/RZ9vP8nfmN— Ben Lewis (@benlewismedia) December 9, 2016 Mick Cash, general secretary of the RMTCredit: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. A member of the public has raised the alarm after a schoolgirl was spotted crossing live Tube tracks.The Rail, Maritime and Transport union said the incident at Latimer Road in west London highlighted the threat to safety caused by leaving stations unstaffed.A passenger called London Underground on a mobile phone when the girl was spotted on the tracks while other travellers looked on in amazement.The incident took place at the station which is on the Hammersmith and City Line.
HIV is another virus which appears to more virulent in men more than women Credit:Alamy Researchers looked at the virus Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus Type 1 (HTLV-1), which can cause leukaemia in infected individuals.Infected women tend to develop leukaemia less often than men when there is more mother-to-child transmission. Death due to infectious diseases is often higher in men than in women, but it has previously been attributed to differences in the immune system of each sex.The study suggests it is the virus itself which prevents women becoming too ill. “It has already been established that men and women react to illness differently, but evidence shows that viruses themselves have evolved to affect the sexes differently,” said Professor Vincent Jansen, from the School of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway, University of London.The researchers used mathematical modelling to show that natural selection favours viruses that have a lower rate of fatality in women than in men, if the virus can be passed from person to person and from mother to child, either in childbirth, breast-feeding, or close contact in infancy. “Survival of the fittest is relevant to all organisms, not just animals and humans.It’s entirely probable that this sex-specific virulent behaviour is happening to many other pathogens causing diseases. It’s an excellent example of what evolutionary analysis can do for medicine.”The research was published in the journal Nature Communications. Viruses are keen to keep women alive because they are more likely to pass them on to their children Historically men have been mocked for their inability to handle even mild viruses, with the term ‘man flu’ often used to describe the male experience of the common cold.But a new study suggests men might have a point. Some viruses really are out to get them.Researchers at Royal Holloway University have discovered that certain viral infections have evolved to be more virulent in men.They appear to be particularly nasty if they are the sort of virus that is transmitted from mother to child, such as rubella, chickenpox, zika and hepatitis.Put simply, women are more valuable to the virus than men are because they can pass it on to more people.”Viruses may be evolving to be less dangerous to women, looking to preserve the female population,” said Dr Francisco Úbeda, of the School of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway.“The reason why these illnesses are less virulent in women is that the virus wants to be passed from mother to child, either through breastfeeding, or just through giving birth.” They also looking at how HTLV-1 affects people in Japan and the Caribbean. The research showed that HTLV-1 is about 2 to 3.5 times more likely to progress to become Adult T-cell Leukaemia (ATL), which is lethal, in Japanese men than women.In the Caribbean, however, the likelihood of HTLV-1 progressing to leukaemia is roughly equal in men and women.The researchers believe that because breastfeeding is more prolonged in Japan, giving more opportunity for it to be passed onto offspring, the HTLV-1 virus has evolved to become less fatal to women than in the Caribbean where breastfeeding is shorter.Women are more valuable as hosts for the pathogens when they are able to pass on the pathogen in more ways than men, who are only capable of transmission from person to person.”Pathogens are adapting to be less virulent in women to increase their chances of being passed on to the next generation during pregnancy, birth and infancy,” added Dr Úbeda. 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. Tim had a torch but no mobile phone. I saw a flicker of light and thought it must be himPaula Robinson Tim Robinson fell near Seatown, east of Lyme Regis in DevonRNLI helmsman Jon Broome, who was in charge of the lifeboat, said Mr Robinson appeared to have used sticks to “help him stagger and crawl” along the shore.The Coastguard urged people to remember to take a fully charged mobile phone, warm clothing, sturdy footwear and water, and to check the weather and tides before heading to the coast. A man with a broken leg crawled for more than two hours along a beach after slipping on rocks.Tim Robinson had no means to call for help after he fell while walking near Seatown, east of Lyme Regis in Devon, at about 4.30pm on Saturday.The 54-year-old, who was on holiday with his wife in Bridport, managed to clamber off the rocks and on to the stony beach, then dragged himself three-quarters of a mile in the darkness towards the lights of Seatown.Mr Robinson had told his wife, Paula, where he was going and when he did not come home as expected, she went looking for him and discovered him on the shore. She raised the alarm and the West Bay Coastguard Rescue Team and RNLI Lyme Regis lifeboat found the couple, who live near Derby.He was taken aboard the lifeboat and ferried to a waiting ambulance at Lyme Regis harbour which took him to Dorset County Hospital.Mr Robinson, a full-time member of the Territorial Army, said: “I just slipped on a rock and have two fractures of the right leg. Everyone who helped me was just terrific.”His wife said: “Luckily, Tim had a torch but no mobile phone. I saw a flicker of light and thought it must be him. But I picked up a rock, just in case it wasn’t!”
But Mr Khan said that forcing drivers to have a better grasp of English “and understand information from passengers and licensing requirements is a vital part of ensuring passengers get the high standard of service they need and deserve”.The mayor added: “This could include discussing a better route, talking about a medical condition, or ensuring every driver is fully up to date with new regulations.”Under the plans, which come into force on September 30, all private hire drivers who do not have British qualifications such as GCSEs, A Levels or NVQs, which were taught in English, will have to sit a two-hour language exam, which is expected to have a failure rate of around 40 per cent. Minicab drivers in London will be forced to pass a written English test, in a move that is expected to nearly halve the number of private hire vehicles on the roads of the capital.Uber, the American car-booking company, lost a High Court bid to stop Sadiq Khan forcing all private hire drivers to undergo reading and writing tests, which the Mayor of London claims will “drive up standards and improve passenger safety”.The rise of smartphone car booking apps has led to a boom in minicabs in the capital, with the number of driver licences issued by Transport for London rising from 61,200 in 2010 to 117,808 in February this year. Uber itself has more than 30,000 drivers in London. While travellers have benefited from cheaper taxi fares, Mr Khan has faced pressure to cut the number of minicabs, after complaints from London’s traditional black cab drivers, as well as concerns about congestion. However, TfL is unable to place a cap on the number of licences issued, and critics claim that the tests, which include essays on subjects such as the the aurora borealis and river pollution, are a ploy to reduce the number of minicabs on the road.Documents submitted to the High Court by TfL show that the English tests, which will include writing, speaking, reading and listening exams, are likely to reduce the number of private hire drivers to 67,101 over the next three years, a fall of 43 per cent. Transport sources suggested that the impact of the huge drop in minicabs would make it harder for customers to find a car, as well as leaving them with longer waits for drivers to arrive. Uber argued that the proposals would have a disproportionate impact on drivers from countries where English was not generally spoken and give rise to “indirect discrimination on grounds of race and nationality”.But Mr Justice Mitting said TfL was entitled to require drivers to demonstrate compliance with the English language requirement and there was not any practical alternative.London taxpayers are expected to face a legal bill of around £200,000 after the judge upheld three other areas of Uber’s claim, quashing requirements for firms to have a 24-hour phone line and for drivers to be required to have commercial insurance even when they were not carrying passengers.The company said it would appeal the judgement. Tom Elvidge, general manager of Uber in London, said: “While we are glad the court agreed with us on the other measures TfL tried to impose this is a deeply disappointing outcome for tens of thousands of drivers who will lose their livelihoods because they cannot pass an essay writing test. 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’ve always supported spoken English skills, but writing an essay has nothing to do with communicating with passengers or getting them safely from A to B.”That’s why we intend to appeal this unfair and disproportionate new rule.”
It had a gospel choir, tens of thousands of cheering strangers lining the streets and the most charismatic sermon a Royal wedding has ever seen. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who from this day forth will be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, spend their wedding day focused only on one another, swapping whispered compliments as the congregation watched from afar. In the midst of all that noise, though, only two people mattered. The besotted couple, who married before God, the Queen and Ms Markle’s mother in St George’s Chapel, Windsor, beamed… Prince Harry told his bride she looked “amazing”, “cute” and had left him “totally stunned”, before Ms Markle admitted she was “just so emotional”. 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.
Lucy’s mother, Stacey White, has also called on Facebook to help the police bring her daughter’s killer to justice by cooperating with the investigation.”In situations like this, Facebook really should just release the information that is needed and I think that is the opinion that everybody has,” she said.”They should give over the account details. Lucy needs justice. It’s so easy for them to do.”Yvette Cooper, the chair of the influential Home Affairs Select Committee has also branded the delay in handing over potentially vital information as “deeply disturbing”.Nicholson, a father-of-one, was staying at Lucy’s family home in Southampton until several days before she was found stabbed to death in woodland on July 26.While being questioned on suspicion of murder and sexual activity with a child, he twice refused to give detectives his Facebook password.Nicholson pleaded guilty to a charge under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) before his sentencing at Southampton Crown Court. Mr Lawson told the court: “The result of [his refusal] is that police are now having to make enquiries with Facebook themselves.”These enquiries present a difficulty to them. The police have to go through a lengthy procedure.”The police investigation has been considerably obstructed by the defendant’s failure to comply.”A spokesman for Hampshire police confirmed they had exhausted all options through the British legal system to get access to Nicholson’s account.He said: “There is no further legislation available to assist with this matter.”We are continuing to follow the process of requesting access from Facebook which is lengthy and involves an international application through the US Department of Justice.”A Facebook spokesman said: “We are working closely with law enforcement and there are well-established legal mechanisms that the police follow to obtain information in criminal investigations like this.”Nicholson remains on bail for his arrest on suspicion of murder and sexual activity with a child.A charging decision is anticipated on October 27. Hampshire Police are continuing to investigate the murder of Lucy McHughCredit: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. He admitted he had been in contact with the teenager on Facebook on the day she disappeared, but would not let officers see the messages.Last week he was jailed for 14-months for refusing to hand over his Facebook password, but police have now had to begin the lengthy process of applying to the US courts for access.But Ms Dick said in serious criminal investigations tech companies should be more willing to respond to police requests for information. Britain’s most senior police officer has said tech giants should be forced to hand over crucial evidence in criminal cases “in minutes” after it was revealed that Facebook has failed to cooperate with detectives investigating the murder of a schoolgirl.Met Commissioner, Cressida Dick, said in certain cases social media companies should cooperate much more willingly with the police to help bring criminals to justice.Her comments came as it emerged that Hampshire Police has been forced to apply to the US Department for Justice to gain access to the Facebook details of the man suspected of killing 13-year-old Lucy McHugh in Southampton.Stephen Nicholson, 24, was arrested in July after the body of Lucy was discovered in woods near her home. She told LBC radio: “I absolutely think in certain instances – and it sounds like this is one – law enforcement in the UK ought to be able to have vital evidence which might bring someone to justice.” Last week prosecutor Matthew Lawson told the court Nicholson had still not provided his Facebook password, leaving police to apply to the US courts for permission to gain access to the account. Facebook is coming under mounting pressure to cooperate with police investigating the murder of schoolgirl Cressida Dick has called for more cooperation between tech giants and the policeCredit:PA
“The car had a huge dent in and her body was thrown all the way down the road, you can see it must have been going very fast.”The Met’s internal Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed and the Independent Office for Police Conduct watchdog is conducting an investigation into the incident. 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 26-year-old woman has died after being hit by a police car responding to an emergency.The incident, which took place in Walthamstow, east London, happened shortly before midnight yesterday evening and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Pictures posted on social media show Forest Road, where the collision took place, covered in snow just a few hours before the fatal crash.The police car was responding to a call about a man threatening members of the public in Walthamstow.A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed that the officer stopped at the scene and tried to help the woman, who lived at the local YMCA and is believed to be from Ethiopia, before medics arrived. Pictures taken the morning after the incident show snow on the ground at the scene of the incidentCredit:Carla Johnson/PA Police are trying to trace her next of kin, who are believed to be outside the UK.A 50-year-old woman, who lives just yards from the scene of the fatal collision in Forest Road, described the immediate aftermath.She said: “I could hear a ‘voom’ like a gunshot and I saw the blue flashing light from the car.”I looked out of the window and on the road I could see the car door open.”The girl was crossing outside my door. She lived in the YMCA. I don’t know her name, but she was from Ethiopia.
Another added: “Thank God all those papers going on about patriarchy and the oppression of women are out of the way for another 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. It had been… A university lecturer has left his role after tweeting he was fed-up of marking essays about “patriarchy and oppression of women” as he attacked students with “smug little minds”. He has now left his position, the university confirmed. Michael Blackburn, who taught creative writing and English literature at the University of Lincoln, drew complaints from students after his tweets about terror attacks and feminism. His tweets drew complaints from students One of his tweets said: “I know the media haven’t told us but I suspect these terror attacks were carried out by Muslims because of Islam.”
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. Apparently there was an earthquake in Surrey last night? pic.twitter.com/3Bm4GeNpN4— Luke (@lukehboy) February 27, 2019 A 3.0 magnitude earthquake in Surrey caused somebody to think a plane had crashed, police have said.The tremor was felt in Newdigate, Surrey, less than 10 miles from Gatwick Airport, at 3.42am, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS).Surrey Police received a number of calls from concerned residents, including one person reporting that a plane had crashed, and another thinking their house had been broken into.A further call asked if there had been an earthquake, and a fourth reported a loud bang.Wednesday morning’s tremor was the fourth recorded quake in the area in the last fortnight, with the ground having moved on February 19, and twice on Valentine’s Day.The latest movement was the strongest, however, after the BGS recorded a 2.0 magnitude tremor on February 19, and 2.4 and 0.2 quakes on February 14.Stephen Hicks, seismologist at Imperial College London, said: “All these earthquakes are occurring in exactly the same location at a shallow depth of 2km beneath the surface.” Cry for Crawley. #earthquake #surrey pic.twitter.com/m0qLGLykkv— Grumpy (@Grumpyxxxx) February 27, 2019 Residents in the area were woken by Wednesday morning’s incident.James King, councillor for South Park and Woodhatch, tweeted at 3.43am: “Was that an earthquake in Reigate just now?”Some joked about the impact of the quake by sharing images of household items fallen on their side. Assessing the damage from last night’s earthquake. #Earthquake #crawley #Horley #gatwick #Reigate pic.twitter.com/ucWUTZhpMs— Jonneh (@jonneh) February 27, 2019 Crazy scenes here in Southend-on-Sea following the #earthquake. pic.twitter.com/Pr4HICSHi9— Rob Imossi (@robertimossi) February 27, 2019 Surrey earthquake causes residents to call police claiming a plane had crashedCredit:BGS Twitter user @jonneh shared an image of a fallen broom, adding: “Assessing the damage from last night’s earthquake.”A handful of social media users expressed concern that the series of quakes were the result of nearby oil and gas exploration.However, Mr Hicks said while scientists were “keeping an open mind”, there was “still no available evidence which points towards the triggering by man-made activities”.”It is most likely that these earthquakes are natural – due to small tectonic stresses occurring on old geological faults caused by stresses from our nearest plate boundaries in the Mid-Atlantic and Mediterranean,” he said.Gatwick Airport in West Sussex confirmed they had felt the tremors overnight but operations had not been affected.A spokesman said: “The team overnight felt the effect in the airport (and) … the terminals.”Locals downplay the Surrey earthquake