30 Sep

Football Is Back NFL Hall of Fame Game Tonight

Are you ready for some football?Tonight, the NFL will kick off its preseason with the Hall of Fame game between the Cardinals and Saints, in historic Canton, Ohio. The matchup itself isn’t anything to write home about, but for fans who have been suffering through their summer football drought, it will be a welcome return to the gridiron.Saturday brought the newest class of Hall of Fame inductees into Canton, including Curtis Martin, Cortez Kennedy, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Willie Roaf and Jack Butler. Sunday will be the beginning of a much awaited season, a year after the Hall of Fame game was cancelled due to the NFL lockout.After an off-season riddled with controversy and tragedy over player safety, suicides and bounties, the return to the field couldn’t come soon enough. Even New Orleans coach Sean Payton, who had been suspended from the league for a year following the bounty scandal, was allowed to attend the Hall of Fame festivities. There’s still another week of Olympic Games to go, but it won’t be long until America returns to its true pastime.As for the actual game, both teams will be playing this one in true pre-season fashion, so don’t expect to see more than a couple series out of their respective starting line-ups. Arizona may take the opportunity to give starting quarterback Kevin Kolb a few more snaps than usual, as he hopes to prove he’s worth the $7 million bonus he received this off-season. Kolb managed to keep his job as the starter despite the Cardinal’s pursuit of Peyton Manning, and a training camp battle with fellow QB John Skelton.The Saints have had their own battle with Drew Brees over the franchise tag they slapped on him. With his contract negotiations hanging up in the air, team chemistry is a big fear in New Orleans in the aftermath of the bounty scandal. Both teams will be nursing their injured players as well; New Orleans’ stand out sophomore Mark Ingram is expected to sit out as he recovers from turf-toe surgery, and Arizona will bench both Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams, the core of their young backfield.Any football fan will tell you, the preseason isn’t a time for superstars, or even great football. In fact the most impressive players you see in the opener might not even make the team by the start of the season. But they’ll still be watching, because football is back. read more

29 Sep

Whos The Favorite And Whos A Sleeper In The English Premier League

The top six teams in the Premier League are among the richest sports franchises on earth. All that money means they can afford to pay often ludicrous fees to attract the world’s best players. Money turns into results in major competitions, and results in major competitions turn into more money. And that new money turns into the buying of yet more of the world’s best players, and the top six feedback loop endures. Let’s look at how each of the top six teams — and a few others — spent this summer, and what it means for their chances at winning the Premier League title.Who got better? Liverpool paid a then-record fee for 25-year-old Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker, who led the Italian Serie A in save percentage per 90 minutes during his first year as Roma’s No. 1. He wasn’t at his best during the World Cup, but Liverpool is hoping that if given the chance in a big situation, Alisson will perform better than Loris Karius did. Liverpool also added Guinean midfielder Naby Keita, Brazilian midfielder Fabinho and Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri, making its total spend the largest in England. Adding a defensive-minded midfielder like Fabinho and a world-class keeper like Alisson should help bolster a Liverpool defense that, at times, left something to be desired during the 2017-18 campaign — and it should give the Reds a real shot at challenging for the title.It seems impossible, but defending champion Manchester City also got better, finally landing longtime target Riyad Mahrez. It’s not clear where the former Leicester City maestro will play — Leroy Sané, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva did a pretty good job patrolling the wings last season, after all — but it never hurts to have a winger on your squad who’s proven he can score 15 goals and assist on 10 more. Not a bad pickup for a team that broke the all-time Premier League goal record a season ago.Despite the departure of longterm manager Arsene Wenger, hopes must be high in Highbury: Arsenal found a potential replacement for the aging Petr Cech in German keeper Bernd Leno, and the addition of Uruguayan holding midfielder Lucas Torreira should help shore up its defense, which conceded the most goals of any of the top six squads last season. Fan favorite Jack Wilshere departed for West Ham United, but injury issues have long relegated him to “could have been” status anyway.Everton hasn’t finished inside the top six since 2013-14, but Toffee fans will be pleased with their team’s transfer window successes. The club paid Watford a lot of money for the swift and tricky Brazilian winger Richarlison,2Watford spent some of that money to secure the services of Spanish forward Gerard Deulofeu on a permanent basis — for far less than Everton paid for Richarlison. and also added French wingback Lucas Digne. If Evertonians were displeased with the park-the-bus soccer employed by Big Sam Allardyce, they should be happy that this year’s squad will feature some players who like to go forward. Signing Colombian center back and World Cup standout Yerry Mina means they won’t suffer at the back, either. Everton will probably still finish between seventh and 10th, but it should look better doing so.Who stayed mostly the same? Manchester United is hoping to unseat rivals Manchester City and win its first title since 2013,3Ordinarily, it wouldn’t be unusual for a team to go five seasons without winning the league, but United has been far from ordinary in the Premier League era: The Red Devils have won 13 times in 26 tries. but it faces one problem: The Red Devils didn’t do much during the transfer window. Portuguese right back Diogo Dalot might be the eventual heir apparent to captain Antonio Valencia, but at the tender age of 19 years old — and with just six first-team starts for Portuguese club Porto — he doesn’t transform United into champions from also-rans. Former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder and Seleção member Fred should help in the center of the pitch — he is equally capable of going forward and dropping back behind his midfield partners to help in defense, and he can play with both feet — but his high price tag carries an intense weight of expectation. Ask Paul Pogba4One of the world’s greatest living talents, to be sure. how that plays in Manchester.Who stayed mostly the same but feels worse? The boys from White Hart Lane spent zero dollars during the transfer window. Tottenham wanted midfielder Jack Grealish but ultimately couldn’t come to terms with Aston Villa. Spurs don’t really need Grealish — they had the second best possession rate per 90 minutes in the middle third in 2017-18 — but their depth may be a problem, particularly at the start of the season.Meanwhile, Chelsea experienced one of the most tumultuous summers in recent memory — which is saying a lot, given owner Roman Abramovich’s apparent penchant for drama. Manager Antonio Conte got the sack despite delivering a championship in 2016-17, and truant goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois forced a sale to Real Madrid. The Blues better hope that Kepa Arrizabalaga, for whom they paid a now-record fee for a keeper, is ready for the Premier League grind. Otherwise they may be forced to rely on this guy.Who got significantly worse? This will be the first season since 2012-135Leicester was still playing in the EFL Championship then. that Leicester City will be without Mahrez, which means that the Foxes probaby stand little chance to repeat their unlikely 2015-16 run to the Premier League title. While Leicester still has goal poacher Jamie Vardy, it failed to re-sign Nigerian striker Ahmed Musa (who, by the way, had a very good World Cup). James Maddison is a nice signing and should make up for some of the offense lost with Mahrez’s departure, but don’t expect another Cinderella run from the Foxes.The woes of Newcastle United start and end with its agreement to a permanent deal that sent its best option at forward, Aleksandar Mitrovic, to newly promoted Fulham. The Magpies must be hoping that the strike trio of Matt Ritchie, Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez — who scored 18 goals combined last season — is enough to account for the potential production lost from the young Serbian hitman.Who could play Cinderella? Fulham can find the net — it scored 1.57 goals per 90 minutes last season, the second most in the English League Championship, exceeding its expected goals rate of 1.47. Teenage phenom Ryan Sessegnon scored on 37 percent of the shots he took last season and outperformed his expected goals tally by 5.5, while Mitrovic — who impressed at the World Cup — contributed 12 goals of his own. Adding Andre Schurrle on a two-season loan will only increase Fulham’s firepower. The club also went all in on midfielder Jean Michael Seri, a player who has been linked to seemingly every big club in Europe over the past few seasons.And let’s not forget about Crystal Palace, the world’s 48th best team according to our SPI rankings. The Eagles got off to a historically atrocious start last season before righting the ship and finishing in the middle of the table. Additions Max Meyer and Cheikhou Kouyaté should help stabilize a midfield that had the eighth worst possession rate per 90 minutes last season, while Manchester United castoff Wilfried Zaha’s return to Selhurst Park continues to bear fruit. Zaha has scored 22 goals from the wing in the past four seasons, and at 25 years old, he is entering the prime of his career. The Eagles will likely go as far as Zaha can take them.Check out our latest soccer predictions. The Premier League, which kicks off Friday afternoon, is often regarded as the most competitive league in the world, if not the best. In fact, both of those assumptions might be false: While the Premier League boasts four of the top 10 and six of the top 15 teams in the world according to our Soccer Power Index rankings, only one other team cracks the top 50.1Spain’s top competition, La Liga, accounts for three of the top 15 teams in world soccer but 16 of the top 50.This imbalance shouldn’t come as a shock: Aside from Blackburn Rovers in 1994-95 and Leicester City in 2015-16, only four teams have won the Premier League since its inception in 1992-93. And if you look at the table for every Premier League season — especially for the past decade — the top six spots are more likely than not occupied by some or all of the same six teams currently ranked in the world top 15.If you’re hoping that the upcoming season will offer some vicissitude at the top of the table, don’t hold your breath: According to our Premier League predictions, Manchester City is a good bet to repeat as champions. And the five spaces below the Citizens will likely be occupied by — you guessed it! — Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United. After we ran 20,000 simulated seasons, the closest any team got to the top six was Crystal Palace — still 16 points off the pace. read more

28 Sep

Ohio State womens basketball team looks to buckle down against Northwestern

OSU senior guard Cait Craft (13) defends during a game against Rutgers on Jan. 10 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State women’s basketball team sits at the top of the Big Ten — in a tie with Purdue — after winning its first four games in conference play. Looking to continue their victorious ways, the Buckeyes are set to travel to Evanston, Illinois, to face off against Northwestern Thursday evening.Fifth-ranked OSU (12-3, 4-0) and No. 24 Northwestern (12-4, 1-3) are scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m. on the hardwood of Welsh-Ryan Arena.OSU has topped Northwestern the past four meetings, with the most recent game last season ending with a 73-64 final score.Despite OSU’s current momentum, top-5 ranking and previous success against Northwestern, coach Kevin McGuff said his team is well aware that the Wildcats are not a team to be taken lightly.“Northwestern is a great team,” he said. “(They’re) very talented, they had a great season last year, and they returned a lot of players. They play really fast, so we are going to have to be terrific in transition defense and hopefully we can get the pace going the way we want it to on the offensive side.”The Wildcats started off the season strong, winning their first 10 games, but after that, things turned sour, as they have now lost four of their last six.OSU, on the other hand, has struggled defensively, allowing 72.3 points per game, which ranks last in the conference in that category. Going against a high-velocity offense like Northwestern’s, the Buckeyes will be looking to buckle down defensively to slow the Wildcats.Last time out, the Buckeyes were able to defeat Rutgers 90-78; however, there were moments when they took their foot off the gas pedal, which exposed some mental lapses.“There were times where we could have put them away early, but we let off the gas,” said OSU junior forward Shayla Cooper, who netted nine points against the Scarlet Knights.  “I think that came with little fatigue.”McGuff said he has talked to his players a lot about staying focused daily. If they maintain that focus, he explained, they will be able to earn the success they desire.Northwestern is looking to get back on the right track after falling to Michigan State and Purdue in its last two contests. Defeating OSU will not be an easy task, but with the home-court advantage and the experience of five seniors and four juniors, the Wildcats’ fast-paced offense will look to take the challenge head on.The Mitchell and Alston showArguably one of the best backcourts in the nation, sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell and senior guard Ameryst Alston, the two leaders for the Buckeye offense, seem to have been born with a knack to score.Saying that Mitchell has the hot hand would be an understatement. Mitchell leads the Big Ten with 25 points per game, which also ranks second in the country. Being at the top of the scoring ranks isn’t anything new to the left-handed guard, but being in the top echelon of scorers for the second year in a row has caused opponents to place more focus on her in their gameplans. In her most recent outing against Rutgers, Mitchell put up her third 30-plus point performance of the season, going off for 31 points. Being the nucleus of the OSU offense, she will be the No. 1 focus for Northwestern’s defensive gameplan.Mitchell’s partner in crime, Alston, completes the powerful backcourt, being a catalyst on the offensive end. She has made herself into a true playmaker, averaging 18.8 points per game and 3.4 assists.Both Mitchell and Alston have the keen awareness to locate holes in the defense and find the best shot for each offensive possession. When the tandem plays well, the team plays well. OSU is 8-1 when Mitchell and Alston both score more than 20 points.If Northwestern wants to put a stop to the Buckeye offense, then its first order of business will be limit the duo.Wildcat DAlthough OSU possesses a superior arsenal of scoring weapons, Northwestern only allows 62.8 points per game to its opponents, ranking fifth in the Big Ten. The Wildcats also lead the conference in steals, swiping away 11.9 balls per game.The Wildcats look to make offense out of defense, as they try to generate a number of fastbreak points. Their heavy-pressure defense is led by junior guard Ashley Deary, who averages a conference-leading 4.63 steals per game. Coach Joe McKeown will likely put the speedy point guard on either Mitchell or Alston in an attempt to disrupt OSU’s offense.The battle for the topAfter taking on Northwestern, the Buckeyes are scheduled to battle for the top spot in the Big Ten on Sunday against Purdue (13-2, 4-0). Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

28 Sep

Lacrosse team prepared for new season in new conference

The men’s lacrosse team seems to never stop.  When they aren’t practicing at 7:30 a.m., they are hitting the streets and serving the community.The team has already shattered its first goal of the season, earning more than 515 hours of community service.  “When we talk about goals, it’s as important as any of them,” coach Nick Myers said. “We met with the seniors and they thought 500 hours was an attainable goal so we went for it.”On the field, the Buckeyes are getting more than a fresh start; they are playing in a new conference.  The Buckeyes joined the Eastern College Athletic Conference after the dissolution of the Great Western Lacrosse League.  “For us the new conference presents a new challenge. It’s now eight teams and brings in the likes of Loyola, Hobart and Fairfield who are all very good, and maintain[s] the five teams that were in the Great West,” Myers said.   Leading the team into the new conference this year is tri-captain Scott Foreman.  “I’m not the most vocal person. I lead more by example and hope the guys follow,” Foreman said.   There is a tremendous amount of leadership on the team this season. Foreman is joined by fellow senior captains Brandon Freeman and Andrew Stimmel, who the team elected in the fall.“Foreman has core values and really represents what the program is all about. We’re very proud of the effort he brings both on the field and off,” Myers said.  As an individual and a teammate, Foreman wants to see the team stay tight and win every game.“Having more teams gives you more of a chance to get some better wins,” Foreman said.The ECAC doesn’t have conference playoffs. Therefore, the team with the best record at the end of the season will receive a bid to the tournament.However, having a high strength of schedule will be key if the Buckeyes do not win their conference outright. The strength of schedule will determine the teams that receive an at-large bid to the tournament. The Buckeyes are currently ranked No. 16 in terms of strength of schedule.The slate this year includes the eight conference foes, as well as top-ranked Notre Dame.The Buckeyes will face Villanova, the 2009 Colonial Athletic Association champion, in their season opener this weekend. Villanova is a member of the Big East Conference, arguably the toughest conference.  “Villanova is a playoff team. Their team is hungry, and we know we have a big challenge in front of us,” Myers said.After scrimmaging Duke and Greensboro last weekend, the team has learned a lot.  “We have a lot to improve on,” Myers said. “We have to get better at facing off and we played way too much defense. We know we got to be very sound this week. Offensively we have a lot of young faces, we’re just hoping they can grow up in a hurry.” The Buckeyes play at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Saturday at 1 p.m. read more

25 Sep

Slug spotted with cigarette in east London

first_imgShe saw the gastropod slouching along Church Hill Road, brandishing the fag with all the insouciance of a  young Brando, almost certainly ignorant of the decades of research illustrating the carcinogenic effects of tobacco.   Azalea, a 19-year-old female chimpanzee, usually smokes 20 cigarettes a day at the zoo in the Pyongyang capital of Kim Jong-un’ secretive state.             The Associated Press (AP) witnessed the chimp even lighting her own cigarettes using a lighter tossed into her cage by a trainer.The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), criticised the zoo for keeping the animals to ‘attract gawkers’. @mattgurney @KarenStaughton Heavy smoking does tend to make one sluggish— Tyler Dawson (@tylerrdawson) 28 October 2016 And, on an entirely more depressing note, earlier this month we reported in the story of this chain-smoking chimpanzee, resident of a newly-renovated zoo in North Korea. Smoking: not really a laughing matter, is it?Cigarettes cause untold misery, disease and death. Nicotine addiction isn’t something one should ever encourage, condone or celebrate.Unless, of course, you’re talking about a slug. With slugs it’s a different matter entirely.This slug was spotted on the streets of Walthamstow this week by local resident Karen Staughton. “This exemplifies the problem with any captive wildlife displayed for profit,” said Carter Dillard, Director of Litigation for the ALDF. “They are made to do unnatural and freakish things to attract gawkers.“The good news is that the civilised world is moving away from this, like the gradual elimination of orcas from places like Seaworld.”Elisa Allen, Director PETA UK, said: “If we really needed any more proof that zoos are motivated by profit and not animal welfare, this is surely it.“Smoking is as dangerous to Azalea the chimpanzee as it is to humans, and yet her ‘caretakers’ facilitate her habit – just for the sake of a few cheap laughs and more bodies coming through the gates.” [email protected] @lproven I saw it in the chemist earlier, trying to buy some nicorette gum, but the woman wouldn’t serve it.— Robert Schifreen (@rschifreen) 28 October 2016 Credit:AP Photo/Wong Maye-E @KarenStaughton @mcguireonfire *draws from cigarette*Turbo… I’ve not heard that name in years— Scotch&Wry (@Bwaaas) 29 October 2016 Just walked past a slug with a cigarette in its mouth in Walthamstow. pic.twitter.com/1FybCGKXvJ— Kᴀʀᴇɴ (@KarenStaughton) 28 October 2016 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. Azalea, whose Korean name is “Dallae”, a 19-year-old female chimpanzee.Credit:AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) @KarenStaughton @duncanwellaway Blimey, Walthamstow’s gone up market. In my day the slugs could only afford roll ups…— David Kennedy (@davidkennedy64) 28 October 2016 Azalea, whose Korean name is "Dallae", a 19-year-old female chimpanzee. Meanwhile in Manchester. pic.twitter.com/nwMQWeq3dv— Will McHoebag (@WillMcHoebag) January 13, 2016 Chimp It’s a habit that seems to be spreading. Earlier this year a Mancunian magpie became a star on Twitter after being photographed with a cigarette:last_img read more

25 Sep

Attorney General to go to court to demand Tony Blair is not

first_imgThe Attorney General will go to court to demand that Tony Blair should not be prosecuted over the Iraq war, it has been reported.Jeremy Wright QC, the Government’s top law officer, is believed to have intervened in the attempted private prosecution of the former Prime Minister, claiming that the case is “hopeless”.It comes after a judge ruled in November last year that Mr Blair had “immunity” from criminal prosecution.   The Attorney General allegedly claims the case is hopeless because the crime of aggression does not exist in English law, even though it does exist in international law.Reserving the right to make other arguments, he added that he does not want courts to make criminal laws instead of parliaments or ministers. He is seeking to intervene in this case because it raises issues about the scope of criminal lawAttorney General spokesman A spokesman for the Attorney General would not be drawn on whether Mr Wright would oppose the attempted prosecution, but did say: “He is seeking to intervene in this case because it raises issues about the scope of criminal law.”The Guardian, which has seen legal documents on the reported intervention, said the planned move by the Attorney General follows a ruling that Mr Blair had immunity from the attempt to bring a criminal charge against him on the issue, and that pursuing a prosecution could “involve details being disclosed under the Official Secrets Act”.The private prosecution – brought forward by General Abdul-Wahid Shannan ar-Ribat, the former chief of staff of the Iraqi Army – is in relation to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and seeks the trial of Mr Blair, then foreign secretary Jack Straw, and the attorney general at the time, Lord Goldsmith. It reportedly seeks their conviction for the crime of “aggression” and is based on the findings of the Chilcot report into the war. The Attorney General’s spokesman added: “It is not unusual for the Attorney General to intervene in these sort of cases in order to represent the public interest.”Imran Khan, for Ribat, said his client was “baffled as to why it is that despite the Chilcot report making it very clear that the war was illegal, attempts are below made to prevent those responsible from entering a court, let alone being prosecuted for what they did”. Mr Wright has formally asked to join future hearings and for the attempt to prosecute Blair and his top aides to be rejected, according to the paper. 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

25 Sep

GPs can report unfit drivers without telling them under tough new guidance

first_imgGPs and families of patients both have key roles in convincing drivers when they need to hang up their keysEdmund King, president of the AA Poppy-Arabella Clarke Poppy-Arabella Clarke was killed when a 73-year-old driver ran a red light Dr Barry Parker, an adviser at the medical defence organisation MDDUS, said no doctor wants to act against their patient’s wishes but “confidentiality cannot be absolute”.He said: “There are situations where a doctor may have to disclose confidential information in order to protect the public interest, even when consent has been refused by the patient.”Writing in the British Medical Journal last month, Daniel Sokol, a lawyer and campaigner for Poppy’s Law, said many patients lie to avoid the loss of their driving licence. Poppy-Arabella Clarke was killed when a 73-year-old driver ran a red lightCredit: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. Doctors can report patients they 
believe are unfit to drive without telling them first, under tougher new guidance that comes into force today.The General Medical Council (GMC) has told GPs they no longer have to seek patients’ consent to contact the authorities, if they do not feel it is “safe or practicable to do so”.Family doctors are already obliged to inform the DVLA if they believe their patient is medically incapable of safe driving, however this must only take place after exhausting all efforts to persuade patients to make the disclosure themselves.center_img The new rules, published today, mean elderly drivers may find themselves banned without having ever 
discussed their capacity directly with 
a doctor.The document comes a month after a government adviser said the system relied too heavily on the honesty of 
patients and the discretion of GPs and called for a legal, as well as regulatory, duty to inform the DVLA.The campaign for a so-called “Poppy’s law” follows the death of three-year-old Poppy-Arabella Clarke, who was killed last year by a 73-year-old motorist who had ignored opticians’ warnings not to drive and was not wearing his glasses at the time. GPs must inform the authorities if they believe there is a “risk of death or serious harm” to others. Doctors are told they must determine if “the benefits to an individual or to society of the disclosure [without consent] must outweigh both the patient’s and the public interest in keeping the information confidential”.Edmund King, the president of the AA, said: “Rather than forcing older drivers to retake their tests or introducing tough medical tests across the board, we would prefer to see GPs take a more active role in telling their patients they are unfit to drive.“GPs and families of patients both have key roles in convincing drivers when they need to hang up their keys.” “They will falsely promise to stop driving, but the chance of the doctor discovering a lie are usually quite slim,” he said. The new GMC guidance states that doctors must still “make every reasonable effort” to persuade patients to contact the DVLA voluntarily, but lists a number of circumstances under which a GP might decide not to raise the subject. Poppy-Arabella ClarkeCredit:PAlast_img read more

25 Sep

Budget airlines fuel rise in longhaul destinations for bank holiday getaway

first_imgAll 21 aircraft that took off from Gatwick in one hour shown together in this combined image as airport bosses say this expected to be a busy weekend Motorists were warned of delays of up to an hour and a half on Britain’s roads yesterday (FRI) as one of the most chaotic bank holiday getaways for years started. T he worst hotspots included the M25, M6, M5, M4, M3 and A303.The railways are also experiencing their biggest shutdown of any August bank holiday as Network Rail carries out upgrades to lines and stations. 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. Spokeswoman Laura Tattam said: “People have a budget and they’re finding now that you can go to these places quite cheaply for the amount that they were spending on Europe elsewhere.  The road to Gatwick The UK’s second biggest airport said it expected 631,000 passengers to travel through it this weekend, with 304,000 departing passengers expected.Three of the its ten most popular long-haul routes are to the US, with the number of passengers flying to Oakland in San Francisco increasing by 125 per cent on last year. Gatwick said the numbers flying to New York have increased by 55 per cent  and 29 per cent more are flying to Los Angeles than last year.The airport said the increase had been fueled by the growth of budget airlines such as Norwegian, West Jet and Wow Air allowing people to fly further for less. Britons are opting for more exotic bank holiday destinations with a rise in long haul flights over the long weekend, new figures have revealed.The rise of low-budget airlines offering long distance flights has led to passengers choosing to travel further afield  this year rather  than a traditional continental break for the bank holiday . Gatwick Airport said it had seen a 14 per cent rise in the number of passengers opting for a long haul flight – defined as a journey over 2,500 miles – compared to last year’s August Bank Holiday weekend. The road to GatwickCredit: Andrew Crowley Budget airline Norwegian said the increase in Bank Holiday long distance travel was due to cost-saving customers looking for better deals. A spokesman said: “I think passengers are probably more cost conscious than they’ve ever been before for various reasons. The idea of low cost long haul is a relatively new concept…generally people’s awareness that you can fly long haul at a lower cost has increased.“When people book in advance and see those fares it opens the door to the US rather than the Mediterranean for a weekend break.”Meanwhile those remaining in the UK for the bank holiday may face congested roads and disrupted rail journeys, with a number of rail firms warning passengers not to use trains this weekend. All 21 aircraft that took off from Gatwick in one hour shown together in this combined image as airport bosses say this expected to be a busy weekendCredit:Peter Macdiarmid/LNP “With the Bank Holiday if you take the Friday off you can have a flying visit to Boston or New York. It seems to be what people are doing particularly to the US but also to places like Dubai or similar destination that you can do pretty well with a three-night, four-day break.”Airline Thomas Cook said they had noted an increase in the number of families travelling to destinations such as New York or other American cities for the weekend.last_img read more

25 Sep

Stacey Dooley in row with David Lammy over Comic Relief white saviour

The Strictly Come Dancing star hit back, asking David Lammy whether he would go to Africa to raise awareness instead of her. Lammy, MP for Tottenham tweeted: “The world does not need any more… Dooley is one of many celebrities, including Ed Sheeran, David Baddiel and Reggie Yates, who has made the trip to Africa for Comic Relief in recent years. Stacey Dooley  has become embroiled in a row with a Labour MP after he accused her of being a “white saviour” because she posted pictures from Uganda, where she was raising money for Comic Relief. In one Instagram post, the BBC presenter is seen posing with a young Ugandan child, along with the caption “OB.SESSSSSSSSSSED” and a picture of a broken heart. 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

25 Sep

Winston Churchills naughty document carving up Europe with Stalin to go on

Written in October 1944 during a late night, whiskey-fuelled meeting in the Kremlin, Churchill and Stalin attempted to “make a nominal agreement” on how Russia and the West should share Hungary, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia and Romania when Hitler was eventually defeated. 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. Winston Churchill’s “naughty document” on which he and Joseph Stalin carved up eastern Europe after the end of the Second World War is to go on public display for the first time. The document – which is to go on show at the National Archives from Thursday as part of the exhibition Britain’s Cold War Revealed – shows Churchill’s handwritten proposals that Hungary and Yugoslavia should be divided “50:50?” and Bulgaria “75% to Russia and… read more