Welcome to Full Count, our weekly baseball column. Have anything you want me to write about? Email or tweet me at [email protected] or @Neil_Paine.The last time the Arizona Diamondbacks won this many games this early in a season, the team was in the midst of defending a world championship, powered by a group of talented veterans taking one of the their last shots at glory before parting ways. That Arizona team was a bit different from its modern-day descendants, but if you strip away the star power and hideous jerseys, the old-school Dbacks also had a lot in common with today’s version (to the surprise of many analysts, including yours truly). Is it possible the franchise is finally set up for its first truly sustained run of success since that championship era?The 2001 Diamondbacks team remains the oldest one ever to win a World Series, and the follow-up edition was (unsurprisingly) even older. Mainly propelled by a stable of power arms — Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in the rotation, plus Byung-Hyun Kim in the bullpen with a host of other deceptive relievers — Arizona ranked second in pitching wins above replacement1As always, averaging together the versions found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com. (WAR) that year, second in strikeouts per nine innings and second in fewest walks per nine. Feeding opponents a healthy dose of nasty sliders all season long, the Dbacks allowed the league’s second-fewest park-adjusted earned runs, cruising to 98 wins and the NL West crown in the process.This year’s version cuts a similar profile on the mound, albeit with more youth and much less star power. No. 1 starter Zack Greinke is by far Arizona’s most experienced and decorated pitcher; going into the season, he had over 40 more career WAR than anyone else on the roster. And Greinke has certainly been doing his best Big Unit impression in the early going — Johnson was the last qualified D-Back pitcher with a better K/BB ratio than Greinke’s current 6.0 mark. But the rest of the staff is pulling its weight as well. After adjusting for park effects, seven of Arizona’s top nine pitchers carries an ERA better than league average. As a result, Arizona ranks second in pitching WAR this season — just like it did back in 2002. 28Braves501467.122Best since 2015 24Twins481480.434Best since 2015 26Rockies484245 9Cubs584552 16Angels551501.355Best since 2015 21Pirates531490.531Worst since 2012 5Yankees7.32.7 3Nationals511554.5100Best ever! 3Dodgers8.13.0 18Tigers521496.330Best since 2015 TEAMGAMESELOFRANCHISE PERCENTILEMILESTONE 22White Sox511488.122Worst since 2015 27Royals511467.210Worst since 2007 15Rangers504949 10Blue Jays515252 Each team’s 2017 season, in context 4Indians501548.091Best since 1996 23Pirates474747 8Blue Jays521520.963Worst since 2015 Which teams have the platoon advantage most?Show more rows* A team has platoon advantage when its hitters face an opposite-handed pitcher or its pitchers face a same-handed batter.Through May 29.Source: Baseball-Reference.com 20Brewers521492.752Best since 2014 6Dodgers624252 1Astros531573.9100thBest ever! 27Royals504045 14Mets501509.565Worst since 2015 26Reds511472.612Best since 2015 15Cardinals491505.739Worst since 2008 18Nationals504749 19Giants541494.216Worst since 2009 16White Sox554349 PITCHING 4Red Sox7.72.7 28D-Backs484145 23Marlins501483.842Worst since 2015 In just two months, the Dbacks have gone from merely hoping Greinke could bounce back from his disastrous 2016 season to counting up the pitching riches beyond their ace. “Pitching depth” is a nebulous thing to measure, but if we give more weight to the contributions of pitchers deeper into a team’s staff,2Specifically, giving 100 percent credit to its 10th-best pitcher’s WAR, 90 percent to its ninth-best pitcher’s WAR, 80 percent to its 8th-best and so forth. the Dbacks have enjoyed the second-deepest well of pitching value in baseball this season, trailing only the division-rival Colorado Rockies.So Arizona’s pitching is doing its best job to recall the glory days. And the team currently ranks eighth in position-player WAR, roughly where its championship precursor placed 16 years ago.3And better than the team’s 14th-place finish in 2002.But not everything is a carbon copy of the past. The 2017 Snakes have achieved their offensive success in a very different way than the Diamondbacks of yesteryear did. Those teams walked a lot, but they didn’t burn up the basepaths or mash opponents into submission with homers, no matter how many memories you harbor of Luis Gonzalez crushing fastballs deep into the Arizona night. This offense might be the opposite: It has more glaring weaknesses (with the league’s seventh-worst strikeout rate and its 10th-worst strikeout-to-walk ratio), but also a unique combination of strengths, the likes of which has seldom been seen in baseball history. Not only does Arizona rank second in the majors in Bill James’s power-speed number,4Which measures how well a team combines hitting home runs and stealing bases. but pro-rated over a full schedule, the Dbacks’ number would rank 31st-best since MLB’s expansion era began in 1961. They’re an all-or-nothing lineup in the mold of, say, Buck Showalter’s Orioles, but with the added twist of stolen bases and opportunistic baserunning.The surprising catalyst for all this is 6-foot-3 first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.5Who’s already just 1.6 WAR shy of passing Gonzalez as Arizona’s greatest-ever position player by WAR. As the Washington Post’s Neil Greenberg recently pointed out, Goldschmidt steals an incredible number of bases (65 in 77 attempts over the past three seasons) for a player so, well, slow. Instead of using pure speed, he’s been able to strike on the basepaths with a combination of smarts and sneaky lead-taking. And he’s not alone — a handful of Arizona’s regulars are positive baserunners (according to FanGraphs’ measurement, which includes steals, extra bases and double-play avoidance) despite dubious foot speed.6The team’s second-best baserunner (behind Goldschmidt) is the 250-pound Yasmany Tomas, he of the seven career steals. Then, throw in some hitters who do have wheels to go with their pop — such as Chris Owings, A.J. Pollock and even Jake Lamb — and Arizona has an offense that can hurt you with its power and its speed, sort of like a lineup full of Junior Spiveys would have done a generation ago.Of course, for a team coming off a 69-win season, the usual caveats apply to Arizona’s early record. Our Elo ratings, for instance, remain unconvinced that the Diamondbacks are much more than a .500 team that has won a few extra games to start the season, an assessment echoed by other forecasts. Despite the similar statistical profile so far, this year’s Dbacks are probably nowhere near as good as the early-2000s version was. But they’re much younger, playing a style that might be more entertaining (if not as effective).It’s also worth noting that Arizona made its big splash the offseason before last, gearing up for a run just like the one they’re currently on, only to be wrecked by more injuries than almost any team in recent memory. Although the flurry of deals made by former GM Dave Stewart were roundly derided (and not without cause) it’s hard to deny that the Diamondbacks are now living out the future he envisioned — even if it came a year too late to save Stewart’s job.In other words, there is real talent blooming in the desert. What remains to be seen is whether this is merely another one-year blip, like so many before in the franchise’s post-championship era, or the start of something more long-lasting.Trout outAmid the fallout from Mike Trout’s injury Sunday (which will shelve the L.A. Angels star for 6 to 8 weeks), one of the least-pressing concerns was what it will potentially do to his place in the all-time WAR pantheon. But since that’s a topic I’ve covered ad nauseum here, let’s dive right into it.According to Baseball-Reference’s version of the stat, Trout has never ended a full season without being the all-time WAR leader for a given age. (Let that sink in for a moment.)7This isn’t quite true if you use FanGraphs’ WAR, which considers Mel Ott better through age 20. And regular readers will know that I prefer to average B-R and FG’s WAR numbers together anyway, to smooth out discrepancies between the two methods. But for the purposes of this exercise, let’s stick with B-R, just to see whether Trout can keep up the feat in the eyes of at least one WAR system. Before he got hurt, Trout already had 3.5 WAR this year, so he just needed to produce 3.7 over the remainder of the season to keep pace with Ty Cobb as the all-time leader through age 25.Even a conservative estimate would have called for Trout to generate something like 5.5 WAR in the last four months of the season, which would have enabled him to clear Cobb with ease. However, losing half of that remaining time would put Trout’s G.O.A.T. trajectory in real jeopardy. He’d have to return from injury without a hitch (no guarantee) and play slightly better down the stretch than he’d done over the season’s first two months — when he posted new career highs in virtually every hitting category. That’s a tall order!However, Trout could also come back in only five weeks if he follows the accelerated recovery path of teammate Andrelton Simmons, who suffered the same injury last season. If so, Trout would “only” need to play at an 8.3-full-season-WAR pace (which, comical as it sounds, is something he’s done in four of his five full MLB seasons) to catch up to Cobb.That’s the best-case scenario; in reality, Trout will probably face a real struggle to keep his title as G.O.A.T. at every age. But there’s still a chance.Franchise milestonesIn the day-to-day grind of a baseball season, it can be tough sometimes to zoom out and see the bigger picture of where a team stands in the context of its own history. That’s where something like the FiveThirtyEight Elo ratings come in handy, since they try to estimate how well a team was playing going into (and coming out of) every game in franchise history. I tracked where each team’s current Elo8Using the version from our interactive, which accounts for the starting pitcher in each game, rather than the version from our Complete History of MLB interactive. ranks relative to past seasons9Starting in 1901, the first season of the American League. for the team (measuring that using its percentile ranking) through the same number of games, as well as an Elo “milestone” — how deep in history we have to dig to find a season where it had a higher or lower Elo rating, depending on which number takes us further back in time: Some teams — like the Astros and Nationals/Expos — are playing the best they ever have at the third-of-a-season mark. Others are in down cycles: amazingly, the Phillies haven’t had an Elo lower than their current rating through 54 games of a season since 1962!Platoon power!I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of platooning, using the natural benefit of facing an opposite-handed pitcher (or a same-handed batter) to help a team become greater than the sum of its parts. Granted, different teams are constructed to use it better than others, so it’s not always up to the manager to play for the platoon advantage. Nevertheless, here are the teams who’ve had the lefty-righty edge in the highest percentage of their plate appearances (both batting and pitching), according to Baseball-Reference.com: 5Cubs511544.789Worst since 2015 6Red Sox511537.978Worst since 2015 13Yankees534650 9Rays551515.268Best since 2015 4Phillies635056 17Orioles501498.259Worst since 2011 11Diamondbacks541512.168Best since 2013 20Angels445248 12Mariners531511.988Worst since 2015 TEAMHITTINGPITCHINGOVERALL SHARE OF PLATE APPEARANCES WITH PLATOON ADVANTAGE* 2Diamondbacks8.33.3 3Twins664857 Percentiles are calculated from franchise seasons since 1901, including the same number of games the team has played so far in the 2017 season. Milestones are determined by finding the last time the team had a higher or lower Elo rating through the same number of games as in 2017. Stats are through May 31.Sources: ESPN, Retrosheet * We derived a team’s WAR depth by giving more weight to the WAR contribution of pitchers ranked deeper into a team’s top 10.Through May 29.Source: FanGraphs, Baseball-Reference.com 8Rays535152 2017′s deepest pitching staffs 30Padres541438.96Worst since 2003 5Athletics545353 22Orioles454947 11Brewers495251 29Red Sox454344 12Padres534850 14Astros504950 25Athletics511474.033Worst since 1998 29Phillies501442.712Worst since 1962 17Cardinals465249 10Rangers531513.271Worst since 2015 2Mets675661 TEAMWARDEPTH* 21Giants514447 30Tigers474144 7Yankees491531.740Best since 2013 25Mariners464747 13Rockies541511.783Best since 2010 19Braves484848 7Reds554952 24Marlins484647 1Indians73%53%63 2Dodgers531571.198Best since 1974 1Rockies9.34.0
1. Does the battle at the line of scrimmage matter? Wisconsin is 11th in the nation and second in the Big Ten for rushing yards, with a rushing average of 241 yards per game. Its offense revolves around reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year John Clay and freshman running back James White. In its last 11 games, Ohio State has rushed for an average of 158 yards, more than its opponents. However, both team’s defenses are good enough to shut down each other’s run game to the extent that OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor and Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien will be forced to make an impact, giving OSU a considerable advantage in the play-making department. 2. Is the OSU defense ready for Clay? What does matter is Clay’s size. At 6-foot-1-inch, 248 pounds, Clay is a typical plus-sized Wisconsin running back whose strength is bruising between the tackles. The Ohio State defense has not encountered a back with Clay’s size this season. In two career games against OSU, he’s rushed for 128 yards on 30 carries, 4.3 yards per carry, which is less than his average of 5.7 yards per carry. OSU defensive lineman Cameron Heyward is looking forward to the challenge of facing Clay. “He doesn’t even look like a running back, he looks like a linebacker,” Heyward said. But “he’s so explosive. Sometimes the team can be feeling down and he makes one big play and he can turn around the game.” 3. Will Scott Tolzien deliver a repeat “pick-six” performance? Tolzien had a nightmare of a game in last season’s 31-13 OSU victory. Late in the first quarter, Tolzien threw over the middle of the field and was picked off by Kurt Coleman, who returned it 89 yards for a touchdown. It was déjà vu early in the third quarter when Jermale Hines tipped a Tolzien pass to himself along the sideline and took it 32 yards to the house. Although Tolzien has only two interceptions this season, the OSU defense has already forced 17 turnovers through six games. If OSU jumps out to an early lead and renders the Badger running game ineffective, expect defensive coordinator Jim Heacock to dial up the pressure on Tolzien. 4. After weeks of improvement, will the OSU special teams unit collapse in Camp Randall? Last week against Indiana, the longest kick return OSU gave up was 26 yards. Against Illinois, the long was 29 yards. The punt return coverage teams have suffocated opposing returners. This is a marked improvement over the beginning of the season, when the Buckeyes were near the bottom of the nation on special teams. Although the play of the special teams has changed for the better, coach Jim Tressel said there are flaws that still need to be fixed. “Our kickoff coverage team we thought fundamentally got better and the result was good until we were penalized and we had a couple penalties that killed us on the kickoff cover team,” Tressel said. “We’ve got to eliminate penalties from a special teams’ standpoint.” 5. Will OSU need another winning drive from Pryor? The crowning moment of Pryor’s first season took place in his third start. In a back-and-forth game, Pryor took the offense on a 12-play, 80-yard that ended with Pryor scoring on an 11-yard option keeper off the left edge with 1:08 on the clock to give OSU a 20-17 win at Wisconsin. Pryor is not only a dual-threat quarterback, but considered by teammates as one of the unquestioned leaders.
Strikers stole the show Saturday as the Columbus Crew defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 2-1.Columbus Crew forward Emilio Renteria battled with Vancouver Whitecaps FC forward Omar Salgado. Both players dominated portions of the game, but the Crew — and Renteria — had the last word in the their 2-1 victory against the Whitecaps.Renteria began to single-handedly dominate play at the outset of the second half after Columbus (3-1-3) and Vancouver (1-4-3) went into halftime in a scoreless tie.In the 49th minute, Renteria streaked from the top of the Vancouver penalty area to collect a loose ball, and collided with Whitecaps goalkeeper Jay Nolly. Referee Terry Vaughn decided Nolly had played Renteria’s body, as opposed to playing the ball, and awarded a penalty kick to Columbus.Crew midfielder Robbie Rogers said there was no question about who would take the penalty kick.“I just went to go congratulate (Renteria),” Rogers said. “I thought he did a good job to get his body in front of the keeper. I didn’t even ask him. I think if a guy draws a penalty like that, he should take it himself.”After receiving congratulations from Rogers, Renteria buried his penalty in the left corner of Nolly’s net to give Columbus a 1-0 lead in the 50th minute.Renteria wasn’t done yet.Crew midfielder Dejan Rusmir provided an opportunity for a second goal in the 59th minute when he played Renteria into Vancouver’s penalty area. Nolly dove to stop the shot but couldn’t get a hand on Renteria’s left-footed strike, and the Crew took a 2-0 lead.“Normally, I never score with the left,” Renteria said through an interpreter. “This is the first time.”Salgado, the first overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, had a response for Renteria.In the 69th minute, Salgado scored a headed goal off midfielder Terry Dunfield’s lobbed cross into the Crew’s penalty area. Columbus goalkeeper William Hesmer dove to his left, but Salgado sent the ball back across the goal to Hesmer’s right.The goal, Salgado’s career first, cut Vancouver’s deficit to 2-1. After the game, Hesmer was complimentary of the Whitecaps’ heralded 17-year-old striker.“It was a great header,” Hesmer said. “He did well in getting in between two defenders and finding space. And he puts (the ball) back against the grain, which was a tough one for me.”In the 77th minute, Salgado broke through Columbus’ defensive line again and took an uncontested shot that would have tied the game. Hesmer sprawled to make one of his two saves in the matchup and kept the Crew’s lead intact.By the time Renteria was substituted out of the game in the 78th minute, he had already given the Crew the offense they needed. Salgado was unable to match Renteria’s production, and Columbus hung on for a 2-1 victory.Crew midfielder Eddie Gaven said Renteria created “too many problems” for Vancouver.“He scored two great goals, obviously,” Gaven said. “That’s what we need, someone to just put the ball in the back of the net, and that’s kinda what we haven’t had throughout the year.”Renteria, who has scored three goals in the Crew’s past two games, will attempt to continue his offensive surge against Seattle Sounders FC at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Crew Stadium.
DAYTON, Ohio – Lamont “Momo” Jones walked off the University of Dayton Arena floor Friday night with a towel draped over his head, sheltering himself from an array of insults raining down from the sea of Ohio State fans in attendance. Thursday, the outspoken senior guard said he and No. 15-seeded Iona expected to beat the No. 2-seeded Buckeyes. Friday evening, Jones and the Gaels were shellacked, 95-70, by OSU in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Dayton. With the win, OSU is set to take on No. 10 seed Iowa State, who beat No. 7 seed Notre Dame, Sunday at 12:15 p.m. Jones, who said he didn’t expect to have a problem with the Buckeyes’ pressure defense, finished with nine points on 3 of 14 shooting. “I mean, give credit where credit is due. I think (junior guard Aaron Craft) played good defense. I think I took some bad shots. Things just didn’t fall tonight,” Jones said. OSU held the nation’s second-leading scoring team to 35 percent shooting and a 6 of 28 mark from the 3-point line. Iona, which likes to get out and run, was outscored in transition, 34-11. A significant portion of the Gaels points came with the game already in hand and OSU’s starters sitting on the bench. “We played our defense. These guys are known to get out and run and put up a lot of points, but they’re not playing nobody. They played against us, a real defense, and obviously nothing happened for them,” said junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. Craft had six steals for OSU, including one that forced the rosy-cheeked floor leader to jump out of bounds, slam into a media table, and tap the ball back in-bounds to sophomore forward Sam Thompson. Redshirt senior forward Evan Ravenel and Thompson also recorded steals in the win. Iona’s two leading scorers, Jones and junior guard Sean Armand, were a combined 8-for-31 from the field. “Their two top players, I don’t know what they finished with, they shot a lot of times and they didn’t make much. Our defensive pressure frustrated them the whole game,” Smith said. OSU’s physicality on the defensive end seemed to frustrate a smaller Gaels squad. “Those guys, they looked like they workout every day. They’re a lot more physical than us. They just played hard throughout the whole game,” said sophomore guard Tavon Sledge. Iona’s coach, Tim Cluess, thought Craft might have gotten away with things his players didn’t. “I think he gets away with body blocking you, grabbing you, holding you, but he’s in very good position to do that, and he plays great angles,” Cluess said. “He has a passion to stop people, which most players today don’t have.” Iona got out to a solid start, taking a 6-5 lead early, before OSU raced to a 27-8 lead. The Gaels didn’t go away quietly, cutting the Buckeyes’ lead to 37-33 near the end of the first half. OSU ended the game’s opening act on a 6-0 run, highlighted by a one-handed alley-oop jam from Thompson, and pulled away in the second half. Junior forward Deshaun Thomas, who led OSU with 24 points on 8 of 12 shooting, said the defense his team displayed Friday could carry them deep into the tournament. To continue on their trek back to the Final Four, the Buckeyes will have get past the Cyclones Sunday. Iowa State dispatched the Fighting Irish easily, 76-58, in their opening NCAA Tournament game. Freshman forward Georges Niang had 19 points in the win. The Cyclones made nine 3-pointers and shot nearly 50 percent from the field. OSU’s defense will be tested by a potent Iowa State attack that is fourth in the country in scoring at 79.6 points per game. Saturday, OSU coach Thad Matta said the Cyclones style of play reminds him of Michigan, Duke and Kansas, all of which are high seeds in the NCAA Tournament and still alive. As long as the Buckeyes have a similar defensive effort Sunday to the one put forth against Iona Friday, however, Thomas is confident OSU will advance to the Sweet 16. “If we keep playing our defense like we’re supposed to, we’re going to make it to the promised land,” Thomas said.
Ohio State redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper (15) looks to pass to a teammate in the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ semifinal game against Rutgers on March 2 at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Ohio State beat Rutgers 82-57. Credit: Alyssia Graves | Assistant Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — The top-seeded Ohio State women’s basketball team is in familiar territory yet again. Following its second victory of the season against Rutgers, the Buckeyes have a chance to claim a second victory versus fourth-seeded Minnesota. Ohio State (25-6, 13-3 Big Ten) will play Minnesota (23-7, 11-5 Big Ten) at 6 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament with a shot to play in the conference championship game on the line. This matchup will be the second time these teams meet this season. When the two teams played on Jan. 4, the Buckeyes beat the Golden Gophers 91-75.Minnesota has a core four of productive players who average at least 13 points per game. One of the core four, freshman guard Destiny Pita, scored 38 points in the team’s earlier matchup against the Buckeyes.Her presence will pose a problem for Ohio State if senior guard Asia Doss, who is the Buckeyes’ best perimeter defender, is not available to play due to a sprained ankle. Doss suffered the injury in her final regular-season game against Penn State.Doss was not cleared to play against Rutgers in the quarterfinals, ending her streak of 134-straight games played. She is considered day-to-day and will need medical clearance in order to return. Doss said her ankle felt 95 percent healthy, but she was being held out for precautionary reasons.“It’s day-by-day, they don’t wanna risk anything crazy,” Doss said. “Especially with the NCAA Tournament coming up. I’m a senior, they wanna make sure I’m still there. We still wanna win this and I feel like we can, for sure.” In the previous meeting between the two teams, Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell had 21 points, but went just 7-of-22. Redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga shot 11-for-15 and racked up 25 points in Ohio State’s victory.With Doss out of the lineup, Mitchell has even more of a control of the ball than usual.“She did the same thing she always does, she’s Kelsey Mitchell,” Doss said. “I think she did it really well. I feel like they did really well as a group honestly, because they were still getting assists, moving the ball, they played good defense too.”The Golden Gophers outlasted Iowa forward Megan Gustafson’s 48 points in a 90-89 victory against the Hawkeyes in the quarterfinals. Minnesota’s two leading scorers, redshirt junior guard Kenisha Bell and senior guard Carlie Wagner, combined for 53 points in the game.Minnesota has won six of its past seven games. Two of those wins came against teams that were ranked at the time — then-No. 23 Michigan and then-No. 10 Maryland.If Ohio State beats the Golden Gophers, it will get its shot a chance for the Big Ten Tournament championship. The Buckeyes would play the winner of Saturday night’s game between second-seeded Maryland and third-seeded Nebraska.
A woman who began her career in law as a 15-year-old on work experience has become the country’s youngest ever female judge.Briony Clarke, 31, was sworn in as a deputy district judge at Chelmsford Crown Court yesterday. Her swift ascent has seen her stay at the same Essex firm where she first did a work placement as a teenager, Taylor Haldane Barlex LLP (THB) in Chelmsford.She was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 2009, became an accredited Duty Solicitor in 2010, an associate at THB in 2013, and a partner there in 2014. As as he took her judicial oaths yesterday, Judge Charles Gratwicke described her as “one of our own.” Praising her for her achievement he added : “It’s nice to have someone from our own community, embarking on the same career that we have all at some stage had to launch ourselves into.”Commenting on how young she was to achieve what she has he said her compulsory retirement date would be in January 2056.”It’s a long time. It just goes to show how young you are and how long a career you have. Many congratulations. Enjoy it,” he said. The youngest ever lawyer to become a judge in the UK is Richard Wright QC who was made a deputy district judge at the age of 29 in 2006. A spokesman for THB said: “We believe she is the youngest female applicant to have been successful.”It is without doubt an extraordinary personal achievement and the partnership is absolutely delighted for her. Briony will continue her practice and sit as a Deputy District Judge part time.” THB are delighted to announce that Briony Clarke, who started with us as an administrative assistant some 16… https://t.co/JN4dgBxGWx— THB Solicitors (@thblegal) January 18, 2017 Briony Clarke, 31, left, was sworn in as a deputy district judge at Chelmsford Crown Court 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.
But around a month later when they returned to the UK on the afternoon of December 28, the Ebola screening area at the Heathrow terminal was, “crowded, noisy and chaotic”. The tribunal was adjourned until tomorrow morning. Donna Wood, another nurse with the group, has already appeared in front of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Credit:Yui Mok/PA Wire Miss Cafferkey in September 2016Credit:Mark Runnacles/Getty Images A doctor concealed the high temperature of a nurse who had caught the Ebola virus as medics were keen to get home to celebrate Christmas, a tribunal has heard. Dr Hannah Ryan took the temperature of Pauline Cafferkey, a Scottish nurse, as they waited to go through virus screening at Heathrow Airport in December 2014. The reading showed her temperature was at 38.2 centigrade – above the 37.5 centigrade threshold which is a warning sign for the disease. But Ms Ryan instead recorded her temperature at 37.2 centigrade and Miss Cafferkey was allowed to catch her connected flight to Glasgow to go home. On Monday, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal heard Dr Ryan was in a state of “disbelief, fear and panic” at the raised reading and failed to alert Public Health England (PHE) medics at Heathrow screening groups returning from West Africa. In the queue to get clearance from PHE medics to be allowed to leave, “murmurings of discontent and frustration” grew, the tribunal heard – with worries some Scottish medics would miss connecting flights to Glasgow due to delays in the screening process.Trying to help PHE staff with the process, they agreed to take and record their own temperatures. Dr Ryan took Ms Cafferkey’s temperature, which was 38.2C – a warning sign for the Ebola virus.The two medics and another nurse with them, Donna Wood, discussed the reading, “during which someone said, ‘Let’s get out of here’,” Mr Coxhill told the tribunal.Ms Cafferkey’s temperature was then recorded as 37.2C, the form was passed to PHE staff and the medics went on their way. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. However, in baggage reclaim there was further discussion between the medics and PHE staff were contacted. Ms Cafferkey’s temperature was taken again – but was below the threshold. By this time she had taken paracetamol, which lowers the body temperature.Ms Cafferkey returned to Glasgow, but the next day fell seriously ill with the Ebola virus.Four days later, Dr Nick Gent from PHE called Dr Ryan to investigate what had happened at the airport. Dr Ryan later admitted not telling him she had taken Ms Cafferkey’s temperature and that it was above the threshold for possible Ebola infection.Mr Coxhill continued: “Whilst there is no doubt that Dr Ryan is a practitioner of hitherto unblemished character who undertook important selfless work in Sierra Leone, it is submitted that the events of 28th December 2014 and 2nd January 2015 appear to demonstrate someone whose first instinct is to mislead and be dishonest.” Miss Cafferkey fell seriously ill the next day and tested positive for the Ebola virus.Dr Ryan has admitted misleading others and “acquiesced” in the wrong temperature being given, but denies misconduct by her actions at the airport and during a subsequent investigation by PHE.Fraser Coxhill, representing the General Medical Council, said Dr Ryan and Ms Cafferkey were one group among many British medics who put their own lives at risk by volunteering their medical skills and going to west Africa to help fight the outbreak.Deployed on November 22, 2014, they were based at an 80 bed treatement centre in Kerry Town in Sierra Leone, working “tirelessly in dangerous and highly pressurised conditions” during which they “formed a strong bond of friendship”, Mr Coxhill said.
A 15-year-old-girl said: “You kind of expect to experience it: nasty comments on the selfie, Facebook posts and Twitter posts, people screen-grabbing your Snapchat story to laugh about it … I feel like it’s something people don’t take seriously.”The report, called Safety Net, highlighted how children and young people use social media for hours every day.Alex Chalk, the Conservative MP who led the inquiry alongside charities The Children’s Society and YoungMinds, said: “Cyber-bullying can devastate young lives, but to date the response from social media companies has been tokenistic and inadequate.”It has failed to grip the true scale of the problem. For too long they have been marking their own homework and it’s time they become far more transparent, robust and accountable.”The report found that three in five young people had their first social media account aged 12 or under, more than a third believe social media has a negative impact on how they feel about themselves and many described feeling inadequate if they did not have enough likes or followers. The report warned that not enough was being done about cyber bullyingCredit:Emma Kim 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. One in ten admitted logging on after midnight every night.It said social media companies should be faster to respond to reports of bullying and take tougher action against those who break platform guidelines.There has been mounting criticism over social media sites’ approach to children.In December, it emerged that the Government had agreed to legislate for a code of practice setting out minimum standards for the “age-appropriate design” of websites, with companies failing to abide by the rules facing the possibility of large fines.In evidence to the inquiry, Snapchat, Facebook, Google and YouTube insisted that they had measures in place to remove any content that violated their guidelines.Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cornwall has urged parents to read to their children to escape a world “dominated by screens”.She described how her own father had read to her every night and in doing so, instilled in her a life-long love of books.The Duchess, writing in the Sunday Express to mark World Book Day on March 1, said reading sparked the imagination, leading children on a “voyage of discovery” whilst also helping them understand the world and its people. Young children increasingly have social media accountsCredit:Tatyana Tomsickova Photography Children as young as 11 are so addicted to social media that they log on after midnight every night, research has found.MPs and leading charities warned that almost two thirds of young people had fallen victim to cyber bullying but admitted they would not tell their parents if they experienced something upsetting online.Their report accused social media platforms of failing to effectively tackle cyber-bullying and offering only a “tokenistic” response to the problem, placing children’s mental health at risk.It called on the Government to include online safety lessons in the school curriculum and force social media companies to report data on cyberbullying.The report, based on the findings of an inquiry that included a poll of more than 1,000 young people aged 11 – 25 and an evidence session, said cyber-bullying was “inescapable” and took a number of forms including mass “unfollowings,” the sharing of embarrassing photos and threatening, intimidating or nasty messages.
He told the 2019 Sauvignon Blanc Celebration in Marlborough, New Zealand: “A perfect wine pairing doesn’t exist. We’re doing a lot of damage the way we’re matching wine and categorising it. We need to start a campaign to stop wine and food pairing. “We need to celebrate the diversity of consumers, not make them feel stupid. You can serve Sauvignon… Tim Hanni, a wine industry business consultant and lecturer, and one of the first Americans to ever become a Master of Wine, has said that wine pairing is “pseudo-science”. 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. In the past, it was traditional to serve white wine with fish and red with a steak. However, these wine pairing rules are nonsense, according to one of the world’s leading experts.
Leading stars have said public funding should not be withdrawn from arts groups simply because they cannot prove their ‘relevance’ to the modern world. The row comes after the Arts Council announced earlier this year that theatres, dance… Ballet dancers are leading a backlash against plans to force Britain’s arts scene to become more diverse, the Sunday Telegraph has learned. Senior ballet executives, meanwhile, fear they will have to drop crowd-pleasing productions like Romeo and Juliet and the Nutcracker because they tend to attract white, middle-class audiences. Many dancers believe the plan threatens artistic freedom, it is understood. One described it as the “deathbed of true creativity”.