The Subtle And Not So Subtle Dominance Of US Swimmers And Gymnasts

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Embed Code FiveThirtyEight We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics. Check out all our coverage here.Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Aug. 10, 2016) we look at the different ways to appreciate the performances by U.S. swimmers and gymnasts at the Olympics. Is it better to marvel at the statistical dominance, or just sit back and be in awe of the athleticism on display? FiveThirtyEight’s very own Allison McCann also checks in from Rio, where she says things are going relatively smoothly. Then, an extended significant digit segment on Ichiro Suzuki, who just tallied his 3,000th hit in the majors. Neil Paine wonders: What would Ichiro’s career stats look like had he played his entire career in Major League Baseball?Links to what we discuss are here:Ben Morris on U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky’s prowess, and how others may join her assault on the record books.Allison McCann’s dispatch from Rio: a bit rocky, but overall no different from other major sporting events.The New York Times breaks down how Simone Biles completes her signature floor move, “The Biles.”In a sport usually decided by fractions of points, the U.S. women crushed their gymnastics opponents.Neil Paine says Ichiro Suzuki is a rare combo: “old and good.” read more

The US Womens Soccer Teams Chances At Equal Pay

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code FiveThirtyEight This week, Hot Takedown is taking a focused look at the lawsuit filed by the U.S. women’s soccer team in advance of the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Twenty-eight players have sued the U.S. Soccer Federation, claiming patterns of gender-based discrimination. One of the plaintiffs is USWNT defender Becky Sauerbrunn, who released the following statement:“The bottom line is simple: it is wrong for us to be paid and valued less for our work because of our gender. Every member of this team works incredibly hard to achieve the success that we have had for the USSF. We are standing up now so that our efforts, and those of future USWNT players, will be fairly recognized.”To unpack this lawsuit and assess the U.S. women’s 2019 World Cup chances, we’re joined by journalist and author Caitlin Murray, whose book, “The National Team: The Inside Story of the Women Who Changed Soccer,” is out now.Finally, our Rabbit Hole fields an imaginary baseball team full of the most preposterous injuries that have plagued players of the sport. Who knew pillows could be so dangerous?Here’s what we’re looking at:Brooks Koepka’s historic performance at the PGA Championship.Bodexpress’s solo ride at the Preakness States that captured America’s heart.Michael McCann’s analysis of the USWNT lawsuit for Sports Illustrated.Excuse us while we try not to laugh at Johan Camargo’s epic fall. read more

Junior forward JaeSean Tate maturing and progressing through shoulder rehab

The sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) looks to make a pass during a game against Northern Illinois on Dec. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 64-57.Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State men’s basketball team will have a new look this year. Three transfers out the door, four new freshmen and the return of assistant coach Chris Jent to the staff just outline the transition in which the team finds itself.However, there is hope for OSU in 2016-17, which went 21-14 last season with an exit in the second round of the NIT. The team returns its six leading scorers from last season, including its leader on the court and in the locker room, junior forward Jae’Sean Tate, who is rehabilitating from shoulder surgery in late February.Just minutes before OSU’s tip against then-No. 6 Michigan State at the Schottenstein Center on Feb. 23, the team announced that then-sophomore Tate would miss the rest of the season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder.Tate, the team’s co-captain with senior Marc Loving, had to sit idle and watch his team miss out on the NCAA tournament. Tate said it was a humbling moment.“It made us realize we weren’t as good as we thought we were,” he said. “Being injured, you definitely have to be patient. (You) can’t rush into things.”A month and a half ago, Tate began shooting once again in his rehabilitation process. However, roughly four weeks ago, Tate had another surgery on his right ankle.It was an arthroscopic surgery done to remove a loose body, said team athletic trainer Vince O’Brien, who worked Tate out in front of the media on Thursday. Loose bodies form when free-floating cartilage becomes detached from the ankle joint causing pain. Tate said that he felt the discomfort all season, and it was the reason he sat out the team’s exhibition game against Walsh on Nov. 8.“It wasn’t like I needed (the surgery) but it was just annoying,” Tate said. “So I got with the coaches and the trainer, and I’m not allowed to go full contact until August, so I may as well knock both of them out in the summer. I think it was good to do it now.”He is still wearing a boot for another week because of his ankle surgery, but said that his shoulder is much stronger than it was at the start of rehab.After a disappointing season in 2015-16, the development of the Buckeyes in the offseason will be crucial if the team should return to prominence in the Big Ten and the NCAA tournament. Tate said he believes he can play at an even higher level now with no nagging injuries.“With the new coaching staff coming in and how much we are keying in on player development, I think I’m just going to come back healthy and able to worry about getting better as a player and a team leader,” he said. “We’re putting the emphasis on my outside game.”Tate’s injury could not have come at a worst time for OSU. Facing three straight games versus top-10 opponents on the brink of elimination from the bubble of the NCAA tournament, Tate said that he has a newfound approach toward being a leader. He began to pay attention to the finer aspects of the game and tell players when they came to the bench what they can improve on. “I might be vocal, but I have to understand that everybody doesn’t think or process information that same way. We have a lot of different characters on the team,” said the 6-foot-4 junior. “Some people may need to be yelled at and some people may need to be talked to on the side privately. I just got to figure out how I can reach more of my teammates and lead by example.”The 2015-16 season was only the second time in Matta’s 12 seasons at OSU that he made the NIT and not the NCAA tournament. That stat hasn’t added pressure to Tate, but rather motivation to get back to that stage this year. On top of all of that, it’s Loving’s final season with the Scarlet and Gray, and Tate understands it’s been awhile since OSU had won anything of significance.“I don’t want to be remembered at Ohio State for one of the worst teams. This is my legacy that I’m trying to build, and being a captain of this team two years in a row, it reflects me,” Tate said. “I’m trying to work hard and make sure I can at least leave here with some type of ring or type of title.”Tate and the Buckeyes open the season on Nov. 11 in Annapolis, Maryland, versus Navy. read more

Andrew Lansley attacks doctors union over unethical strikes

first_imgFormer health secretary Andrew Lansley has branded junior doctors “unethical” for threatening all-out strikes that could harm patients.Lord Lansley, who was replaced by Jeremy Hunt in 2012, also attacked the the doctors’ union, the British Medical Association, for being “nakedly political”.Speaking at the annual lecture of NHS Providers, the body that represents hospitals and other acute care providers, he compared the BMA to “proper trade unionists” that are “able to take their members with them”. He also cast doubt over the financial recovery plans currently being adopted by numerous deficit-stricken hospital trusts, saying that in some cases they were simply being used to slice services.Lord Lansley conceded, however, that he never expected financial restraint imposed on Government spending to last ten years from when David Cameron first took office in 2010, rather than the previously forecast five. He said: “Real trade unionists, they set out to identify what the best available deal for their members is and when they arrive at that they deal they make the deal, they don’t carry on.”Lord Lansley also condemned the “deplorable attacks” on Mr Hunt’s character during the long-running dispute.However, he suggested his successor should have kept a lower profile in the debate, and left it more to NHS executives to argue for the new contracts. Junior doctors strike Junior doctors are intending to strike againCredit:Ben Birchall/PAcenter_img “I think the one thing you shouldn’t do is give a chance to the BMA to make the NHS their political football any more than politicians should be kicking it around themselves,” he said.“Bruce Keogh (NHS England medical director) was pursuing a seven-day service in a clinically-led basis and NHS England and NHS Employers should have been the parties doing the negotiations.”The former Health Secretary also described as “nonsense” claims that the NHS was unsustainable, and said that the country should enjoy a “Brexit bonus” from 2019-20, as “both campaigns promised more money for the NHS”. I think the one thing you shouldn’t do is give a chance to the BMA to make the NHS their political footballAndrew Lansley 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

Labour MP calls for HMRC probe after Telegraph exposes cash for places

first_imgEkaterina Ametistova, a partner at Bruton Lloyd William Petty, co-director at Bonas Macfarlane Stowe School in Buckinghamshire Ekaterina Ametistova, a partner at the Mayfair-based educational consultants Bruton Lloyd, told undercover reporters that in the case of at least one public school: “It would help if the parents are prepared to sort of sponsor [the school] a little. We’re talking potentially about a quite substantial amount.”But the boy has to be good. It has to be both.” However, this week she said she had never facilitated a payment to a school. Alexander Nikitich, founder of UK-based Carfax Education Group said: “Parents are making enormous sacrifices to pay independent school fees: they deserve total transparency about how the admissions system works.” William Petty, co-director at Bonas Macfarlane “They should simply charge foreign parents more than British ones – but do it openly and transparently. It is as simple as that. “Brilliant foreign pupils would still be able to access scholarships at leading schools, as they do today.”Mr Petty said Bonas MacFarlane’s work was “conducted in accordance with all relevant legal obligations”, adding: “We have never facilitated acceptances in return for donations.”Anthony Wallersteiner, the headmaster at Stowe, said Mr Fletcher had resigned after admitting making “inaccurate and inappropriate statements”. amd that he school has “no reason to believe” that a donation has ever influenced a decision to award a place. Almost one in 10 public school pupils is from overseas, with the number from China trebling in the past decade amid rising fees.Ms Powell has been highly critical of independent schools recently.  She accused them of failing to improve Academies they sponsor last week, following the publication of fresh Ofsted data.The Manchester MP was also unimpressed by a proposal, put forward by the Independent Schools Council, to increase the number of free place made available each year by 10,000, in return for tens of millions in public funds.She said: “It’s time for ministers to drop their gimmicks and focus on what really matters: enough excellent teachers in the classroom and proper resources for schools, things they are singularly failing to deliver.” Ekaterina Ametistova, a partner at Bruton Lloyd Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Lucy Powell, MP for Manchester Central and former Shadow Education SecretaryCredit:Martin Rickett/PAcenter_img A leading Labour MP has called for a formal investigation into allegations top public schools including Stowe were willing to accept large cash donations in return for offering places.David Fletcher, the school’s registrar until last week, was filmed saying a six-figure payment would be helpful when there was a “marginal decision” over whether a pupil should be admitted.Mr Fletcher, 60, claimed one overseas family had recently given £100,000 towards a project at the school, which is a registered charity, to help secure a place for their child  – something the school has denied. Lucy Powell MP, Labour’s former Shadow Education Secretary said the Telegraph investigation had “lifted the lid on some potentially dodgy practices”, and should be looked into by HMRC and the Charity Commission.The Telegraph’s undercover reporters also met education consultants who spoke of donations being provided to help secure places at a series of public schools.William Petty, a director of the south-west London firm Bonas Macfarlane, explained how making a donation to secure a place at one top public school would be “eye-wateringly expensive”. David Fletcher resigned as registrar at Stowe following the Telegraph investigation He told undercover reporters: “No one is going to move a muscle at [the school] for less than a million and a half. I know those guys, they’re ruthless and they will push for five [million pounds].”Mr Petty, whose consultancy charges £10,000 for each child who is found a place at a school, said that although there were rules governing admissions criteria, it might be possible for them to be “seriously bent”. Ms Powell said: “With the reputations of these institutions on the line, it’s clear that a full investigation by the Charity Commission and HMRC now needs to take place urgently to ensure these schools are behaving legally and appropriately.”Ministers must now act to satisfy themselves, and the public, that these organisations continue to warrant the charitable status they have.”Telegraph reporters posed as representatives of a Russian businessman who wanted his son to study in England, after receiving information that specific schools and agencies were taking money from wealthy foreign parents to secure places for their children. Lucy Powell, MP for Manchester Central He added: ‘It’s the British reputation for fair play that attracts so many overseas parents to British independent schools. So if there are schools abusing the system, they are destroying the ethos that underpins the British education system.”“If you are a good consultant you do not need to offer a school money to take your pupil.”Mr Nikitich said he believed the solution was for independent schools to have a two-tier fees system, one for British parents and one for families from overseas: “Just as British universities have a two-tier fee system for home and overseas students, so should our independent schools. David Fletcher Stowe School in Buckinghamshirelast_img read more

People smuggler jailed after Border Force chased his plane down a runway

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. Algirdas Barteska was convicted for people smugglingCredit:EANS However, a jury took just over two hours to return a guilty verdict for three counts of assisting people smuggling, which Barteska will serve concurrently.Judge Holt also singled out Barteska’s employer, Finnish businessman Kristia Tieda – who runs a business in Helsinki purportedly offering people assistance with immigration – as “the principle figure in the people smuggling operation.”Asked whether British authorities were working to arrest Mr Tieder – whose Cessna light aircraft was registered to a US trust company – prosecutor John Farmer said that his whereabouts were currently unknown, but that steps were being taken to uncover his location.Commenting on the case, Adam Hutton, chief immigration officer in Immigration Enforcement’s Criminal and Financial Investigations Team, said: “Barteska has 43 years flying experience.”It stretches credulity to believe that someone with such a background could genuinely believe he was entitled to bring three people into the UK without establishing whether they had the right to enter the country.”The reality is that he agreed to deliberately try to circumvent the UK’s immigration controls in exchange for money.”Barteska’s offences struck at the very heart of immigration control and his conviction today sends a clear message that this kind of criminality will be severely dealt with.” A pilot attempted to drop off a family of illegal Albanian migrants but was thwarted on the runway, a court heard as a judge warned British airfields are “defenceless” against people smugglers.Algirdas Barteska, a former flying instructor from Lithuania, was arrested on June 24 last year after Border Force personnel were forced to chase him down a runway as he tried a daring ‘drop and run’ mission involving three Albanian migrants at a private member’s flying club in Seething, Norfolk.As Border Force staff attempted to prevent the 60-year-old trafficker from escaping, Barteska continued with his takeoff procedure undeterred, forcing his pursuers to bang on the cockpit window in order to bring the Cessna light aircraft to a halt.Once detained, Barteska was found carrying €5,000, which he claimed had been his payment from the family for smuggling them into Britain from Germany.center_img Algirdas Barteska was convicted for people smuggling Presiding, Judge Stephen Holt sentenced Barteska to six years imprisonment, adding that his crimes fell into “the more serious category” and should be considered a deterrent to others planning similar operations.“Small airfields, particularly in Norfolk are just defenceless,” he added.“There just isn’t the manpower and there has to be a deterrent aspect. In my judgement there are dozens of small airfields in East Anglia which are extremely vulnerable to this sort of people smuggling.”The airfield’s staff were originally alerted to Barteska’s activities earlier last year, after he was seen by a member of the public making two test flights to the airfield in May.Records of the plane were logged and an alarm was later raised when its transponder showed that it had reentered British airspace on June 24, after departing Dinslaken in Germany with the Albanian family.It later emerged that Barteska had filed a flight plan to Nottingham airport but had made no mention of his passengers.When questioned at Norwich Crown Court yesterday, Barteska said he had been hired to fly the family to the UK in his employer’s Cessna because they had been interested in buying the light aircraft, adding that he had been forced to make an unscheduled landing in order for the mother and daughter to use the airfield’s toilet facilities.He also claimed that he was unaware that his passengers were not permitted to land in the UK, adding that he was attempting to takeoff in order to complete his flight to Nottingham.last_img read more

Police foil active terror plot as woman is shot and six are

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. “She was injured, she had a wound on her right side and doctors were trying to help her. There was a bandage on the wound. She was lying in the street and there were about five or six police around her, some of them were carrying guns.” The raid took place at a Victorian property on Harlesden Road and locals reported hearing a number of shots as heavily armed officers from the Met’s Counter Terror Specialist Firearms command stormed the house. Harlesden Road terror raid Police outside the home in Harlesden Road on Thursday evening Police have arrested four people during the operation in Willesden and KentCredit:Eyevine Harlesden Rd still cordoned off by the police, forensic vans just left the area. Residents allowed in under police escort.— Jakub Krupa (@JakubKrupa) April 27, 2017 “An armed entry was necessary due to the nature of the intelligence that we were dealing with, and involved armed officers firing CS into the address. Police outside the home in Harlesden Road on Thursday eveningCredit:Jakub Krupa Six people were arrested during the operation and police said the woman remained in a serious but stable condition in hospital. The injured woman is in hospital and has not been arrested yet  Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Neil Basu, who is the senior national coordinator for Counter Terror Policing said the operation had foiled an “active plot” and he paid tribute to the officers involved.It is understood the police had been watching the property as part of an ongoing counter-terrorism operation, but decided to go in after receiving specific intelligence.center_img Police outside the terraced house in Willesden Counter Terrorism operation in #Willesden – Four arrested and woman shot #Brent— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) 27 April 2017 “During the course of that operation one of the subjects of that operation – a woman – was shot by police – she remains in hospital.”Her condition is serious but stable. Because of her condition she has not yet been arrested. We are monitoring her condition closely.” He added: “In total six people have now been arrested in connection with that investigation – five at or near the address and one in Kent.”The two further arrests were made when a man and a woman – both aged 28 – returned to the address later last night.”Searches are ongoing at three London addresses – including Harlesden Road – as part of this investigation.”Due to these arrests that we have made, I believe that we have contained the threats that they posed.” The operation took place just a few hours after a man was arrested in Westminster on suspicion of terrorism offences after being stopped close to Downing Street carrying a rucksack packed with knives.But Scotland Yard said the two matters were unrelated.Mr Basu said: “Our highly trained firearms officers carried out a specialist entry into an address in Harlesden Road that we had under observation as part of a current Counter Terrorism investigation.  Locals described how they saw heavily armed officers wearing bulletproof vests stormed the address just after 7pm.They said the house was occupied by a family of three who were occasionally visited by a an older woman in her 40s.Neighbours said the injured woman was brought out of the house on a stretcher, wearing a burkha.One said she shouted “don’t touch my body” as paramedics tried to tend to her wounds. Another neighbour said: “It’s so scary, I don’t know the family but I heard the gunshots. I never expected something like this.”Police said six people had been arrested including a 16-year-old boy and a 20-year-old woman who were detained at the address. Ruth Haile, 40, who has lived in the area for nine years and who witnessed the raid said: “I heard a shot and I looked out my window and there were dozens of police.”The woman was being arrested, she was on the floor wearing an long dress and covered in a head scarf.  She was shouting, ‘Do not touch me, do not touch my body.’ A 20-year-old man was arrested near to the address and a 43-year-old woman was arrested in Kent a short while later.Two further people, a man and woman both aged 28, were arrested when they returned to the address last night.All four have been arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of terrorist acts under section 41 of the terrorism act 2000.The Independent Police Complaints Commission has been informed of the incident, as is routine for police shootings. A police operation in north London during which a woman was shot, foiled an active terror plot, Scotland Yard has said.Armed officers raided a property in the Willesden area shortly after 7pm on Thursday evening and a woman in her 20s was shot by police.last_img read more

Black and Asian children enjoy reading more than white kids survey finds

first_imgThe survey also found that the gap between the reading age of pupils who enjoy books compared with classmates who dislike reading increases over time, with 10-year-olds having a reading age 1.3 years ahead of their peers, up to 3.3 years at the age of 14.Jonathan Douglas from the trust said: “When children enjoy reading and have books of their own, they do better at school and later in life, so we must continue to do everything we can to inspire children to fall in love with reading for a lifetime.” We must continue to do everything we can to inspire children to fall in love with reading for a lifetime.Jonathan Douglas, National Literacy Trust Black and Asian children enjoy reading more than white children, a study by the National Literacy Trust has found. Twenty-five per cent of white children involved in the survey of 42,406 pupils aged eight to 18 said that they “very much” enjoy reading, compared to 27.8 per cent of black respondents and 28.2 per cent of Asian children. At the other end of the enjoyment spectrum, a higher number of white children reported that they liked reading “not at all”, with 9 per cent giving that answer compared to 6.7 per cent of black children and 5.3 per cent of Asian children.The annual survey also shows that the number of primary school children saying they enjoy reading has reached record levels.Close to 78 per cent of children aged eight to 11 like having their nose in a book while 55.2 per cent of pupils aged 11-14 also enjoy reading. However the study also shows a continuing gender gap, with boys less likely to enjoy reading than girls. Enjoyment of reading also drops off sharply as boys get older, with twice as many boys aged eight to 11 reporting that they enjoy reading compared with boys aged 14 to 16. There is a similar fall among girls, but it is less dramatic, with 82.8 per cent of those aged eight to 11 taking pleasure in picking up a book compared with 53.3 per cent of those in their late teens. 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

An attack on one faith is an attack on all faiths Religious

first_imgReligious leaders have united in solidarity to condemn the Finsbury Park terror incident as an “attack on all faiths”.A man ploughed a van into a crowd of Muslim worshippers outside a north London mosque early on Monday. One man died at the scene and 10 people were injured. Really heartwarming to see the #Bankside community come together to celebrate all that unites us. ❤️ #GreatGetTogether #MoreinCommon #SE1— Emma (@emmaegli) June 18, 2017 Last week rabbis, vicars, police and others joined Muslims at #FinsburyPark Mosque for a communal Ramadan meal. We have #moreincommon still.— Andy Hull (@AndyHull79) June 19, 2017 “This is a mosque that’s turned outwards towards its community; it’s a mosque that’s integrated within its community.” Bishop Adrian NewmanCredit:PA Watch this discussion with a rabbi, Muslim and Bishop that is wonderfully #London. Finsbury Mosque Muslims had Iftar with Rabbi last night— Julia Macfarlane🇬🇧 (@juliamacfarlane) June 19, 2017 It was great to address the community #GreatGetTogether event organised by IFF, nice to see many people from different faiths & backgrounds— Mohammed Kozbar (@KozbarM) June 18, 2017 A message is left amongst flowers and tributes outside Finsbury Park mosqueCredit:Getty  A wonderful end to the @great_together – so good to be with faith communities from across London for a #MoreInCommon #bigiftar— Mike Buckley (@mdbuckley) June 18, 2017 In a statement posted on its website, the Finsbury Park Mosque said it “condemns in the strongest terms a heinous terrorist attack”.The mosque’s chairman, Mohammed Kozbar, described the incident as “a cowardly attack which is no different than the attacks in Manchester and London”.”Our community is in shock, our thought and prayer with those who have been affected by this,” he said.Here’s everything we know so far about the north London attack.  Extraordinary atmosphere of warmth & friendship as the CR & Valerie host an Iftar at their home as part of #GreatGetTogether #MoreInCommon— Chief Rabbi Mirvis (@chiefrabbi) June 18, 2017 Other faiths across the UK also united for the event: A message is left amongst flowers and tributes outside Finsbury Park mosque The terror attack took place after different faith groups had united over the weekend for the Great Get Together – community celebrations across the UK inspired by the late MP, Jo Cox.Reporter Julia Macfarlane shared footage of a discussion with a rabbi, Muslim and Bishop following the attack, tweeting it was “wonderfully London”. Just hours before the attack, Muslims from the Finsbury mosque had Iftar with the Chief Rabbi as part of the Great Get Together. Bishop Adrian Newman Horrific attack at #finsburypark a painful illustration of why we must never allow hatred to breed hatred. Thoughts with all those affected.— Chief Rabbi Mirvis (@chiefrabbi) June 19, 2017 The Archbishop of Canterbury also condemned the “appalling” attack.The Most Rev Justin Welby said: “The freedom to worship without fear is a right we cherish as a nation and was won at great human cost over many years.”The appalling attack on Muslims in Finsbury Park is an attack on us all and on the culture and values of our country.” The appalling attack on Muslims in #FinsburyPark is an attack on us all and the culture and values of our country.— Justin Welby ن (@JustinWelby) June 19, 2017 “An attack on one faith is an attack on all faiths, it seems to me,” said Reverend Adrian Newman – Bishop of Stepney.“And the reason that so many people have turned up today from all sorts of different faith communities is because we want to stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters.“What’s happened here is awful, but it’s ironic just a few hours before they had been gathering with members of the Christian and Jewish community in support of the Jo Cox Foundation. 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

A quiet gentle man Tribute to Finsbury Park Mosque attack victim revealed

first_imgMetropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said specialist counter-terrorism officers have spoken to 28 witnesses who were at the scene.He said: “We are very grateful to everyone who has provided information so far – their accounts are assisting the investigation hugely – but we need more people to come forward and tell us what they saw and what they know about the driver of this van. If you think you may have spoken to the driver, please get in touch.”Detectives have trawled through around 80 hours of CCTV so far. They have visited 140 locations and recovered 33 digital devices from a number of addresses in Wales.Images of the van showed it was rented from Pontyclun Van Hire in Pontyclun, near Cardiff. Mr Ali, who came to the UK from Bangladesh when he was 10 years old, was said to be well-known around Finsbury Park, with many who live in the area recognising him from regular visits to cafes for tea and attendance at worship.A statement from Mr Ali’s family read: “We are devastated by the loss of a husband, father, brother and grandfather, Makram Ali, in this tragic event.”Our father was a quiet, gentle man. He didn’t get involved in political or social discussion; he instead took comfort and enjoyment spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren, and he was always ready to make a funny joke when you least expected. “We wish to thank them and the emergency services for their work and we’d especially like to thank those people who helped our father in his last moments and also thank all the people who have left messages of condolence and flowers at the mosque. A police forensics officer examines the interior of the van used in the Finsbury Park attackCredit:Carl Court/Getty Imam Mohammed Mahmoud was hailed for his efforts to calm the chaotic situation in the aftermath of the attack and was said to have used his body to shield the suspect from the fury of onlookers. Mr Ali’s family said they were trying to piece together what happened on the night he died.In a statement, they said: “We know that he had some form of collapse because of his weak leg, a condition he suffers from, before recovering, sitting up and expressing a wish to return home, only to then become a victim of this horrific incident – an incident made only more tragic as he had only just completed his evening prayers, something he did regularly. He took great comfort in the feelings of peace his prayers provided.”At present we are getting a clearer picture of what exactly happened to our father and we are getting regular updates from the police, who have been extremely helpful so far. A police forensics officer examines the interior of a van  “We wish everyone to know what a loving man he was. He spent his whole life without any enemies, choosing a quiet life instead. “We as a family have always believed that the actions of one person cannot be a reflection of a whole people and I have no doubt that our father would not wish for there to be any retaliation or recriminations and would urge people to remain calm and to pray for peace in these difficult times.”Detectives are continuing to question 47-year-old attack suspect Darren Osborne. “Until we know more, we would ask everyone to respect our privacy so that we may grieve in peace and come to terms with the immense loss in our lives.” On Wednesday, the Prince of Wales delivered a personal message of solidarity from the Queen as he visited faith leaders and community members. A 51-year-old man who was among the victims of the suspected terror attack outside a north London mosque died from “multiple injuries”, a post-mortem examination has found.Scotland Yard said Makram Ali, from Haringey, was married with four daughters, two sons and two grandchildren.Witnesses at the scene in Finsbury Park said Mr Ali appeared to suffer a medical episode in the moments before the attack on Monday.Nine other people were taken to hospital when a van driver targeted the area busy, with worshippers attending Ramadan night prayers at the nearby mosque. 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