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One of baseball’s most prestigious groups has a new member: Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols joined the 3,000-hit club Friday with a single in the 5th inning of L.A.’s game against the Seattle Mariners. Pujols was a future Hall of Famer regardless of his club membership, of course, but the achievement helps bring into focus just how incredible a hitter he has been over his nearly two-decade-long career.Including the brand-new entry, 32 batters have broken the 3,000-hit barrier, from Cap Anson in 1897 (maybe?) to Pujols 121 years later. Of those 32, only the scandal-ridden1e.g., Pete Rose and Rafael Palmeiro. aren’t either honored in Cooperstown already or bound for the Hall when eligible. But even among that group of baseball’s best-ever hitters, Pujols stands out. While many members of the 3,000-hit club (such as the recently quasi-retired Ichiro Suzuki) secured their memberships by rapping out single after single, Pujols did it with power and patience. He’s tied with Willie Mays and Alex Rodriguez for the highest isolated slugging percentage (a stat that measures raw power) of any 3,000-hit-club member, and he has the club’s very best career ratio of extra-base hits plus walks to singles:To be sure, others in this club mastered the art of waiting for the right pitch and crushing it. Willie Mays, for example, had almost as many extra-base hits plus walks per single (1.42) as Pujols does (1.45). But it’s still pretty uncommon, and Pujols is perhaps the greatest practitioner of the style among 3,000-hit-club members. It’s hard to get 3,000 hits against major-league pitching at all, much less to do it while also swinging for the fences.Perhaps this partially explains why Pujols hasn’t aged as well as other hitters; heck, one outlet went so far as to call him the worst player in baseball last year. (Oh wait, that was us.) A base-hit maestro like Tony Gwynn or Craig Biggio might naturally fare better as the baseball odometer ticks up. But despite a steep slowdown in production, Pujols still made it into the 3,000-hit club — a milestone other hitters with power and patience never reached (think Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Schmidt or even Babe Ruth). It’s a testament to the 21st century’s most fearsome hitter. read more

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Louisville and South Florida play Monday night in the second-round women’s NCAA tournament game that our March Madness predictions have the least certainty about. We’re giving Louisville, the No. 3 seed in the Albany region, a 52 percent chance to beat South Florida and advance to the Sweet Sixteen. It might as well be a coin flip. No other favorite in a second-round game had less than a 66 percent chance of winning.Why is the game so tough to call? It has more to do with the unusual structure of the women’s tournament’s first two rounds than with the teams involved. Typically, the top four seeds in each region get to host the first two rounds. This year, that happened for 15 of 16 top-four seeds. Louisville was the exception, because its arena is busy hosting men’s tournament games. Rather than head to a neutral site, the Cardinals had to travel to the arena of the next highest-seeded team in its quartet: South Florida’s Sun Dome in Tampa.Home court advantage typically is worth 3.5 points in women’s college hoops. So this scheduling conflict adds up to a 7-point swing in the Bulls’ favor as they look to make a dent in the Cardinals’ 26-4 record against them and avenge a loss last year that effectively knocked them out of the tournament.“Both teams know each other, are very familiar with both styles, with personnel, so it’s a shame we’re meeting this early in the tournament,” South Florida coach Jose Fernandez told the Tampa Bay Times. “But I’m glad we’re home.”That bit of scheduling luck, and not South Florida’s strength, is what boosts the Bulls’ chances so much. South Florida is good for a 6 seed: Our mashup of power ratings and rankings says the Bulls are the 20th best team in the field, so they probably should have gotten a 5 seed. But Louisville might also have been underseeded. It’s the eighth-highest-rated team in the field, which usually is good enough for a 2 seed. The Cardinals won their first-round game by 33 points, compared to a 9-point win for South Florida. Texas, the fifth seed in the Albany region, and No. 4 California were rated much more closely than Louisville and South Florida are. In fact, Texas rated slightly higher than Cal, yet Cal, playing at home in Berkeley, had a two-in-three chance of winning. (Texas pulled off the upset, 73-70.)Monday night’s toss-up game is a good argument for changing the best-teams-host model in the early rounds, for two reasons. First, choosing neutral sites in advance would prevent the double-booking of arenas such as Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center. And second, the women’s tournament probably would have more competitive games if it didn’t boost its already-strong favorites with hosting privileges.Through Sunday, men’s favorites, playing in neutral arenas, have struggled more than women’s teams that get to host their competition. Two of 16 men’s teams seeded fourth or better lost in the round of 64, and five more went down in the next round. The teams averaged a winning margin of 12.3 points in the round of 64 and 4.4 points in the next round. By contrast, all of the 15 women’s teams that were seeded that high and got to host made it to the round of 32, and just three of the eight that played at home on Sunday lost there. The 15 teams averaged a 23.3-point win in the first round and a 9.5-point win in the second round. Some of the difference is due to a wider spread of talent in the women’s field.1The difference between the eighth- and 24th-best teams in our normalized pre-tournament team ratings gives a sense of how big the spread is, since teams of around those levels play typical round-of-32 games. In both the men’s and women’s fields this year, that spread is 5 points. So this year the men’s field is about as spread out as the women’s, thanks in part to the men’s field being unusually top-heavy.Until the women’s tournament removes favorites’ hosting rights, here’s a more modest proposal for schools that have women’s teams as strong as Louisville’s (Elite Eight last year, national runner-up the year before): Don’t host men’s tournament games on the opening weekend, lest you put your women’s team at a competitive disadvantage.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more

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Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.“We improved a bit and found the net,” Carli Lloyd, a midfielder on the U.S. women’s national team, said after Monday’s Round of 16 game against Colombia. “We’re creating some chances, and I am confident more will come.”Confident or not, chances have not come easily for the U.S. women’s national team (USWNT) at this World Cup. They’ve looked stagnant and uncreative, especially in the attacking third. And to make matters worse, they head into tonight’s quarterfinal match against China without the two players who have created the most chances: Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday.Despite the loss of these players, the team continues to tout its depth and versatility, but there’s no denying that Rapinoe’s spark and Holiday’s vision have been some of the most promising aspects of an altogether lifeless team. So what’s wrong with the USWNT, and can they fix it before they face a team like Germany or France?As Lloyd suggested, much of the USWNT’s problems stem from an inability to create chances — passes that lead to shots — in the midfield, in particular. Lloyd, along with Holiday and Rapinoe, was one of the most prominent playmakers for the USWNT at the 2011 World Cup. Combined, the three players created an average of 5.6 chances per game, compared with 4.8 chances per game at this World Cup. It’s not exactly an apples-to-apples comparison — they’ve faced tougher competition at this World Cup — but Holiday’s absence in the U.S. attack (two shots and zero assists so far, compared with 20 shots and three assists in 2011) is indicative of the larger issue for the USWNT: The central midfielders are being played completely out of position, and without them, the U.S. attack has been listless.Under coach Jill Ellis’s current 4-4-2 system, there is no true defensive central midfielder, despite Ellis’s baffling remarks that Holiday and Lloyd have both played as defensive center mids in some games. In most two-player central midfields, one player is more attack-minded, combining with the forwards and connecting the midfield with the attack, and one player is more defensive, checking back to pick the ball up off her own backline.1Let’s ignore for the moment that this system almost altogether erases one of the most important attacking positions, the central midfielder that plays as a withdrawn forward — the best example we saw at this World Cup was Switzerland’s Ramona Bachmann.Without a designated defensive center mid, Lloyd and Holiday have been positionally amiss, caught in no-man’s land between being high enough to support the forwards and close enough to each other to create any sort of rhythm or connection through the midfield. They’re both trying to cover so much space that it results in huge gaps between the midfield and forwards — the space that is so important for creating chances on goal. Australia32 At the 2011 World Cup, Shannon Boxx often filled the defensive midfield void the USWNT has now, sitting behind Lloyd while Holiday (née Cheney below) played as a withdrawn forward. The midfield combination of Boxx, Lloyd, Rapinoe and Heather O’Reilly (who has yet to play at this World Cup) created almost twice as many chances per game at the 2011 World Cup as the midfield combination of O’Reilly, Lloyd, Holiday and Rapinoe. New Zealand12 Canada28 TEAMTOTAL CHANCES CREATED Norway40 Nigeria19 South Korea22 France43 Colombia20 Japan43 Mexico16 Cameroon50 Netherlands25 Germany85 China29 Brazil37 Costa Rica14 Switzerland36 By Kante4 / via Wikimedia Commons Fortunately for the U.S., this problem isn’t likely to be exacerbated against a much weaker Chinese opponent tonight. Although it’s one of the most inexperienced teams at this World Cup, China has pace up top in forward Shanshan Wang, who has scored two of China’s four goals. But China has yet to play a team with a WSPI over 90, and they have created even fewer chances than the USWNT. China’s most prolific playmaker, midfielder Shuang Wang, has created only five chances compared with Rapinoe’s 10.The Americans head into the game with an 88 percent chance of winning, according to FiveThirtyEight’s forecast, which does not take into account Rapinoe and Holiday’s absences. Should Ellis stick to the same lackluster formation, Christen Press is likely to replace Rapinoe on the wing, with Morgan Brian for Holiday in the midfield. Press is pacy and creative, but the USWNT’s proven “Abby Dependence” — playing long balls forward even when Abby Wambach isn’t on the field — does not suit Press’s strengths as a player. When Press entered the game late against Colombia on Monday night, she too resorted to hitting long balls forward.Should the U.S. win tonight against China (they should), waiting on the other side of that victory is the winner of Germany vs. France. France struggled early, losing to Colombia 2-0 in one of the biggest upsets in WSPI history. But France routed South Korea 3-0 in its last game, controlling more than 60 percent of the possession and scoring one of the most beautiful combination play goals. Yet France’s chances created haven’t exceeded the Americans’ by much, 43 compared with the U.S.’s 37 overall. Thailand12 Sweden25 FIFATV Spain25 U.S.37 Ivory Coast25 England34 Ecuador7 Then there’s Germany, which has been near perfect this tournament, save for an early group stage tie with Norway. Germany has created more than twice as many chances as the USWNT. Nine players on Germany’s roster have created five chances or more at this World Cup; only Rapinoe and Holiday have more than five for the U.S. The tournament’s leading goal scorer, Anja Mittag, has created 14 chances alone for Germany — more than Alex Morgan, Wambach, Press, Tobin Heath, Lloyd, Brian and Sydney Leroux combined.Germany’s chances of winning the tournament have increased more than any other team, up from 27 percent at the start of the tournament to 33 percent now. If the U.S. faces Germany in the semifinal (assuming both teams have the same WSPI rating they do now), the U.S. would not be favored to win: Germany would have a 56 percent chance of winning, and even that seems too low given the U.S.’s inability to create chances against teams far worse than Germany.After solidifying a spot in the World Cup back in October, Press told Fox Sports, “Jill has emphasized having a really big attacking shape. It took us a while to see the angles and to see how that changed everything, but as we’ve progressed through this tournament it’s become quite clear that we’re starting to get it.” But when she was interviewed before the Colombia match Monday, that sentiment had changed entirely. “We’re kind of in a rigid formation with no natural angles,” she told ESPN. “And I think we’re working so hard to do what our coaches want and get the tactics right that we lost a little bit of that spirit of the game where you can just run where you want and do what you want.”Tonight’s game could go one of two ways: Slip in Press and Brian and play exactly the same way, squeaking past China on pure athleticism while hoping for moments of individual brilliance,2If that’s what we’re calling Alex Morgan’s cross-turned-accidental-goal. or realize that this formation has strangled the USWNT’s ability to create chances and scrap it altogether. That doesn’t necessarily mean reverting to the 2011-era USWNT style, but it does mean reconsidering the players that are available — in tonight’s game against China and going forward at the World Cup — and how to best utilize some of the most talented players in the world. The USWNT must evolve or die, Deadspin wrote this week; let’s hope the former happens before the latter. read more

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Senior midfielder Danica Wu (19) tries to take the ball during a match against Purdue Sept. 29 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 1-0.Credit: Michele Theodore / Copy chiefAlthough it was senior day for the Ohio State women’s soccer team, two freshmen stole the show. Freshman forward Nichelle Prince notched a hat trick and freshman midfielder Alexis Degler added a goal as the Buckeyes defeated Northwestern 6-1 Sunday.“Today, finally we have gotten into a rhythm … and it just felt right,” Degler said. “We started connecting and scoring goals, especially in the second half.”Five Buckeye seniors, midfielders Danica Wu and Kristen Niederhaus, defenders Samantha Lewis and Megan Fuller and goalkeeper Rachel Middleman all played their final game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium as members of the OSU women’s soccer team.“I’m proud of what our seniors have done for us, and I think that was a nice way to send them out in their last game at the Jesse,” coach Lori Walker said. “What I’ve enjoyed about all five of them is what quality people they are.”In the 12th minute, Prince had her shot bounce down off the crossbar. At first, play continued, but a few moments later officials ruled that it was actually a goal, giving the Buckeyes an early 1-0 advantage.Prince was the source of offense throughout the first half, netting both of the goals for OSU in the opening frame. She reached double digits in goals on the year in the 30th minute, finishing from eight yards out to double the Buckeyes’ lead.“Nichelle is just so special, and what I love about watching her is just the passion that she plays with. She’s so clean technically and so quick,” Walker said.Despite scoring three goals, Prince said the improvement against Northwestern came from the team.“Really it’s just like a team effort,” Prince said. “We’ve kind of been picking it up in the last two games, so it was good to get a few of those today.”The Wildcats cut the lead to 3-1 in the 69th minutes, just four minutes after Prince’s third goal, as Northwestern freshman forward Addie Steiner finished a cross from two yards out.OSU had an offensive burst late in the second half, scoring three goals in a little less than seven minutes. Degler started the run in the 72nd minute, chipping in a goal after Northwestern freshman goalkeeper Jenna Hascher bobbled a shot from Buckeye sophomore defender Marisa Wolf.“I saw her kind of bobble it, and kept running at her and got the ball in, and took her with me,” Degler said.Niederhaus and freshman forward Nicole Miyashiro added goals to give the Buckeyes six goals on the day. The six goals for OSU was a mark they had not reached since 2009, also on senior day against Indiana.“It was really nice to come out here and get all the seniors on the field, get them all minutes and really give them a good way to leave Jesse,” Degler said.The squad is next set to face Nebraska at 5 p.m. Friday on the road. read more

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Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) looks to throw a pass in the second half of the Rose Bowl Game featuring Ohio State and Washington. Ohio State won 28-23. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDuring the 2018 season, Ohio State had been looked at as a Big 12-type offense. With redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins at quarterback, the Buckeyes were heavily involved in the passing game, finishing second in the country averaging 373 passing yards per game, completing 70.8 percent of pass attempts, No. 1 in the NCAA. In his first few hours as head coach, taking over for Urban Meyer immediately after the Rose Bowl, Ryan Day seemingly wanted that Big 12-type offense to continue in the future, signing former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Yurcich to a two-year deal as the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Yurcich has a reputation for leading high-scoring and high-profile passing offenses. In his tenure at Oklahoma State, the Cowboys averaged 38 points and 478.3 yards of offense per game. He has led offenses that, in the past eight seasons, have scored 40 points or more in 46.1 percent of the games he has coached in with 15 games with over 50 points scored. Much of that has to do with the last two quarterbacks that have led the Cowboys offense. From 2015-17, Mason Rudolph, selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft, completed at least 62 percent of his pass attempts for at least 3,770 yards in his three seasons at starting quarterback. In his final season with the Cowboys, Rudolph posted a career high 4,904 passing yards, throwing 37 touchdowns compared to nine interceptions. Rudolph was never much of a run threat, recording 28 yards in 225 career rushes. However, he was viewed as a threat to score on the goal line, recording a career-high 10 rushing touchdowns his senior season. In 2018, redshirt senior Taylor Cornelius picked up where Rudolph left off, but with a bit more agility. The passing numbers remained, recording 3,978 yards, 32 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in the passing game, but also added 10 touchdowns on the ground, recording 406 yards on 122 carries. Looking at his tenure at Oklahoma State, Yurcich has had mostly pro-style quarterbacks that have peppered opposing defenses for the past six seasons. But Yurcich offenses do run that same run-pass option that Ohio State thrived in with Haskins and plan to do in the near future with whatever quarterback may be behind center. Day is still in the process of molding his coaching staff, after the hiring of Yurcich and the promotion of wide receivers coach Brian Hartline to a permanent position on Dec. 8. During bowl preparation, the newly-named head coach was quiet about what his timeline would be for creating his staff. With the first two hirings he has made, Day has shown that, much to the credit of his background, the offense will continue to be the priority for Ohio State. That no matter the quarterback that will start the season for the Buckeyes next season, the Big 12 element in the offense will remain. read more

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Ohio State then-sophomore attack Tre Leclaire calls plays to his team during the first half of Ohio State’s 8-5 victory against Michigan on April 13, 2018. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Editor in Chief The No. 9 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will travel to Hampstead, New York to play Hofstra on Saturday at noon. Ohio State comes in as one of three teams undefeated in the Inside Lacrosse Top 25, while Hofstra, usually a powerhouse, poses a threat as a potential underdog team.Ohio State (5-0) attempts to come back to Columbus next week following back-to-back road games. The Buckeyes are coming off a 13-9 win against Marquette and are going for its third-straight road win against Hofstra.“Two months into the season, it’s real easy to get complacent, it’s easy to get on that autopilot feeling, but we challenge each other as a coaching staff, and it’s no different for our captains,” Ohio State head coach Nick Myers said.Myers said the team is hoping to remain consistent moving forward throughout the season.Ohio State is currently No. 9 in the Inside Lacrosse poll, with the only other two unbeaten teams, Towson and Cornell, ranked No. 1 and 2, respectively. Hofstra (2-3) comes in on a three-game losing streak.after starting the season with two straight wins, suffering its worst loss last week against Georgetown University, losing 14-6.“They are a team right now that are two goals away from being a 4-1 team, they’ve been in tough battles. Talented, very well coached, gritty and we have no doubt we will get their best stuff on Saturday,” Myers said.The Pride has junior attacker Ryan Tierney, who has scored 14 goals in his five games this season. Tierney leads the team in goals and points, with 16, and is coming off a hat trick this past week.Sophomore midfielder Justin Inacio won Big Ten honors this week, being named Big Ten Specialist of the Week for the second-straight week after his strong performance in faceoffs. Inacio won 18-of-25 faceoffs against Marquette, helping the Buckeyes win the game 13-9.“I like to highlight that whole faceoff unit, Christian Feliziani, Carter Kisler, Anthony Ameo, these guys have worked for months as a unit,” Myers said. Inacio has dominated the faceoff play this season, winning 63.9 percent of his faceoffs and has picked up 54 ground balls this year, leading the Big Ten in ground balls on the season.“When you have a guy that is having success like that on game day, you gotta look inside the work week,” Myers said.Hofstra’s faceoff specialist is sophomore midfielder Brian Herber. Herber has won 53.4 percent of his faceoffs, while also picking up 20 ground balls, a team high this season.“When you look at Hofstra, their goalie and faceoff play, they’re both over 50 percent right now, one of the first opponents that are over 50 percent in both areas” Myers said.  “We’re going to have a great challenge, and we are certainly going to count on Justin and that unit.”The Buckeyes offense may be the key to a victory, as they have scored at least 11 goals in every game and average 13.8 goals per game, while Hofstra is coming off a loss which saw the Pride only tallied six goals. However, Hofstra allows 9.6 goals per game, so its defense has been a consistent piece for them this season.“They play with a chip on their shoulder,” junior defense Jeff Henrick said. “I think they are a hot and cold team, and if you let them run away with it, they will.” Ohio State takes on Hofstra at James M. Shuart Stadium at noon Saturday. read more

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first_imgDavid Cameron said patients would be given access to GPs seven days a week by 2020Credit:Paul Ellis/AFP Long waits are unacceptable as some patients may decide not to seek treatmentKatherine Murphy Partial access could mean anything from one extra 1.5 hour session after 6pm on one day per week, to six extra sessions a week or Saturday opening. Practices can also work as groups to offer the sessions to their patients at another practice if theirs is closed.The figures, first reported by the Health Service Journal, showed that around a third of practices provided extended opening on one or two days per week.Some 975 practices, which provide care to 6.4 million patients, were found not to provide any access to appointments outside normal working hours. Only one in five GP surgeries offer extended hours to patients seven days a week, despite a drive for better out of hours care, official data shows.The Government has committed to improving access to GPs in the evenings and weekends through surgeries putting on extra sessions where appointments can be pre-booked.But only 19 per cent of the 7,000 GP practices surveyed for NHS England offer full extended access across seven days a week, either at their own surgery or another practice within the local group.  The survey found that the most common offer from practices was a later opening on one day of the week. The second most common offer was extended access on all seven days of the week.Sunday was the least common day for practices to offer extra appointments.An NHS England spokesman said: “We know just how much the public value a timely GP appointment, so it is encouraging to see from these figures that local GP practices, by working together, are offering evening and weekend appointments to the vast majority.”These figures confirm that the best approach for offering extended access is not for each practice to have to do so on its own, but instead to share appointments across practices.” center_img David Cameron This is despite a pledge from former prime minister David Cameron that patients would be given access to GPs seven days a week by 2020.Previous research has suggested that demand from patients for weekend appointments is low but the Department of Health says that as weekend opening becomes “normalised”, it expects demand to grow.Katherine Murphy from the Patients Association said lack of access to GPs is a “significant concern”. She told the Daily Mail: “Long waits are unacceptable as some patients may decide not to seek treatment…This may lead to serious illnesses being missed.”The survey found that 6,164 practices (86% of the total) provide partial or full extended access, covering 49.51 million patients in England. 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

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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. Ruth Davidson Nicola Sturgeon has claimed that the so-called “rape clause” introduced by the UK Government’s child tax credit reforms is an “abomination” that must be scrapped.Speaking ahead of a Scottish Parliament debate on the issue the First Minister said the policy was “illustrative of the damage a Tory government can do”.She also claimed it was “ridiculous” to suggest the Scottish Parliament should step in and use new welfare powers to get rid of the policy north of the border.Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, has been under attack over the issue and last week challenged Ms Sturgeon to say whether she would act to scrap the clause. She said that if she failed to so she would be guilty of “gross hypocrisy”.The controversial UK welfare reform imposes a two-child tax credit limit, although women can claim for a third child if they have been raped.Ms Sturgeon said that if Holyrood was going to be able to mitigate against such policies it needed the powers and the budget transfer to do so.She added: “Where does it stop?  What if they just abolish welfare, pocketed the money and say ‘over to the Scottish Parliament’? Ruth Davidson has suggested Nicola Sturgeon could scrap the rape clause in ScotlandCredit:Getty “If this Tory government wants to say that the Scottish Parliament is better placed to make these decisions, then give us the full power over benefits and the budget that goes with it.“It is a ridiculous argument to say that the Tories can make cuts and keep the money and expect the Scottish Parliament to fill the gap.”A report from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) found it would cost Scotland about £200 million over the next four years to mitigate the clause using Holyrood’s new powers to top up benefits.Ms Sturgeon said that making women who have been raped relive the trauma of the experience to access chid tax credits was “utterly appalling”.She added: “But it is policies like this, and other attacks on the most vulnerable in society – including pensioners, the disabled, vulnerable young adults and the bereaved – which would be pursued by a Tory Government with a bigger majority. “The Tories now think they can do what they want to Scotland and get away with it.”Meanwhile, Kezia Dugdale, the Scottish Labour leader, said Ms Davidson would have to “defend the rape clause every single day of the general election campaign”.Annie Wells, Scottish Conservative equalities spokeswoman, said her party hoped to use the debate on Tuesday to set out why limiting child tax credit to the first two children was the right course of action.She added: “We will also be re-affirming our view that exemptions to these limits should apply for women who have been through the most difficult circumstances and had a child due to rape.“This debate is an opportunity for the SNP government to set out whether or not it wants to use its welfare powers to scrap the limits to child tax credits in Scotland.“We will also be using the debate to repeat our calls for the SNP to provide more support services for women who have suffered sexual violence.”last_img read more

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first_img“The had already attacked and killed members of the public and had to be stopped immediately. Indeed I am not surprised that faced with what they must have feared were three suicide bombers – the firearms officers fired an unprecedented number of rounds to be completely confident they had neutralised those threats.“I am humbled by the bravery of an officer who will rush towards a potential suicide bomber thinking only of protecting others.Mr Rowley said a member of the public had “also suffered a gunshot wound, although the injuries are not critical in nature’. 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 praised the officers’ bravery for tackling the men dressed in fake suicide vests.He said: “The situation these officers were confronted with was critical. A matter of life and death, three armed men wearing what appeared to be suicide belts The situation these officers were confronted with was critical. A matter of life and death, three armed men wearing what appeared to be suicide beltsAssistant Commisioner Mark Rowley Armed police stopped the attack only eight minutes after the first reports that a van had driven at pedestrians on London BridgeCredit: WILL OLIVER/EPA Armed police fearing suicide blasts fired an unprecedented hail of around 50 bullets to kill the three terrorists rampaging through central London, with officers also wounding a member of the public.Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, of the Metropolitan Police, said eight officers had opened fire as they confronted the men they believed to be human bombs.AC Rowley, the country’s most senior counter terrorism policeman, said a member of the public had also been shot during the shooting in Borough Market, Southwark. Police units at mobilze at London Bridge after reports of a incident involving a van hitting pedestrian on London Bridge, Central London, Britain, 03 June 2017. A doctor at the Royal London hospital told the Guardian the member of the public shot was a man wounded in the head who was expected to make a full recovery. Police had killed the three attackers just eight minutes after they received the first reports that a van had driven into pedestrians on nearby London Bridge.last_img read more

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first_imgUsers have been advised to follow cooking instructions to save energy Credit: Andrew Crowley 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 pointed out that consumers tended to buy new appliances before their existing ones reach the end of their useful life.“As a result, discarded electrical equipment, such as microwaves, is one of the fastest growing waste streams worldwide,” he added.The lifespan of modern microwaves is nearly seven years shorter than it was almost two decades ago, said the scientists whose findings appear in the journal Science Of The Total Environment.In 2005, 184,000 tonnes of electrical and electronic (EE) waste was produced by discarded microwaves, the study found.However Prof David Reay, Professor of Carbon Management at the University of Edinburgh, said: “To say microwave ovens are ‘as bad for the environment as cars’ is an apples to oranges comparison, because one (the microwaves) is for a full life-cycle assessment and the other (cars) is just their direct emissions from being driven.  “Yes, there are a lot of microwaves, and yes they use electricity.  But their emissions are dwarfed by those from cars – there are around 30 million cars in the UK alone and these emit way more than all the emission from microwaves in the EU.”Latest data show that passenger cars in the UK emitted 69 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent in 2015.   Microwaves in Britain generate as much carbon dioxide as more than one million cars, scientists have concluded as they call on people to use the ovens more efficiently.Scientists arrived at the figure after studying the broad environmental impact of microwaves, taking account of their manufacture, use, and end-of-life disposal.There are around 23 million microwaves in homes across the UK, but despite their huge popularity, little is known about the effect of the devices on the environment, said the researchers.The University of Manchester team found that the ovens generate around 1.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, the equivalent to 1.3 million cars.On average, a single microwave uses 573 kilowatt hours of electricity over a lifetime of eight years, which compares with a seven watt LED light bulb being left on continuously for almost nine years.The study’s authors suggest consumers should use microwaves more efficiently by sticking to cooking instructions rather than just guessing, or always using the highest setting.Lead researcher Dr Alejandro Gallego-Schmid, from the university’s School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, said: “Given that microwaves account for the largest percentage of sales of all type of ovens in the EU, it is increasingly important to start addressing their impact on resource use and end-of-life waste.” Users have been advised to follow cooking instructions to save energy last_img read more