More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s episode (Aug. 15, 2017), we discuss how the NFL responds to players’ behavior off the field in light of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Next, FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur joins the gang to discuss his recent article on baseball’s hot hand. Using a new calculation on fastball velocity, Rob worked out a way to determine when a pitcher is really getting hot — and when he’s going cold, too. We discuss the implications that his findings could have on our understanding of momentum in other sports. Plus, a significant digit on baseball’s long (and getting longer) games.Here are links to what we discuss during the show:Rob Arthur’s latest, which found that baseball’s hot hand is real.This 2012 MIT study on big plays and psychological momentum in the NFL.Significant Digit: 5, the average number of minutes that MLB games have increased since last year. The average game this season has been three hours and five minutes long, the longest in the history of baseball. This is happening despite Commissioner Rob Manfred’s efforts to cut game length. Embed Code
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Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers ended the New York Giants’ season with a 38-13 blowout on Sunday. As long as one looks no deeper than the final score, one might be tempted to consider the Packers the new NFC favorites.But the wiseguys in Las Vegas aren’t fooled: They watched the game more closely, and made the Packers four-point underdogs at Dallas next weekend. What did they see that the box score didn’t?For one, they saw Packers receiver Jordy Nelson carted off the field with a rib injury: “That’d be a huge loss for us,” Rodgers admitted in his postgame press conference, when asked about Nelson’s potential absence at Dallas. Nelson’s ability to get open and draw coverage sparked a midseason explosion in the Packers’ offensive effectiveness. Without a fully healthy Nelson, the Packers’ second game against the Cowboys this season might go the way their first did, in Week 6 — when according to Football Outsiders, the Packers’ offense posted their second-worst single-game offensive DVOA (defense-adjusted value over average) of the season (-25.1 percent).But the concerns run even deeper than the Packers’ receiver depth: For much of the game, Rodgers and company struggled mightily to score. Before a short punt let them start a drive on the Giants’ 38-yard line with less than four minutes left in the first half, the Packers had been shut out entirely.Rodgers registered the fifth-longest average time to throw of any quarterback in the NFL, per NFL.com this season, and while he was also pressured on 29 percent of his dropbacks, according to ESPN Stats & Information, he adapted in the pocket and got his throws off. For the season, he had a QBR of 71.8 when pressured — the league average for such plays is 31.5 — with 10 touchdowns and 1 interception.The hard-to-contain combination of top-notch pass protection and elite pocket movement was on display against the Giants, as Rodgers extended plays as long as he needed to to make offense happen: But the mother of invention is necessity, and it quickly became clear Rodgers would have to wait ages for his receivers to get open against the Giants’ excellent secondary — too long, in fact, as Rodgers was sacked five times and forced into an intentional grounding penalty over the course of the game.But after the field-position gift that turned into the Davante Adams touchdown above, and a Hail Mary pass somehow found its way to Packers wideout Randall Cobb 132 seconds later, putting the Packers up 14-6. Before those two drives, the Giants had outgained the Packers 194-7. After halftime, Eli Manning and the Giants were the first to score. With less than 18 minutes left in the game, the Packers led by only one point.Of course, 20 minutes and nine seconds later, the Packers had outgained the Giants 406-365, and outscored them 38-13. Part of that production came from Cobb, who caught five passes for 116 yards and three touchdowns, including that Hail Mary. It was Cobb’s return from two missed games with an ankle injury, it was Cobb’s best statistical game of 2016, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.But the reality of the Packers’ path to the Super Bowl is inescapable: They have to go from Lambeau Field, where the Cowboys already beat them 30-16, to the toasty indoor track of AT&T Stadium. Should they win there, they’ll either have to win a shootout with the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome, or a slugfest with the Seattle Seahawks in CenturyLink Field.Without Nelson it’s hard to see how the Packers win one, let alone both, of their subsequent contests. Rodgers will need open options against the Cowboys defense — whose fifth-ranked scoring defense allowed just 1.38 more points per game in 2016 than the Giants’ second-ranked scoring defense.Of course, the Packers won’t roll over and forfeit if Nelson isn’t fit to play. But the impression a casual fan might get from the box score is that the Packers are ready to roll over the rest of the NFL — and unless Nelson is healthy enough for defenses to respect, that’s just not true.
Freshman defenseman Drew Brevig (4) attempts to regain his balance during a game against Michigan State Jan. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. The teams tied, 1-1.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternRegardless of venue, the outcome was the same for the Ohio State men’s hockey team against top-ranked Minnesota: cold.The Buckeyes (11-8-1, 1-4-1-0) dropped back-to-back contests against the Golden Gophers (17-2-3, 7-0-1-0) over the weekend in Minneapolis.Saturday evening’s game began with a two-goal Buckeye advantage. Junior forward Nick Oddo scored his sixth goal of the season 10:35 into the first period before freshman defenseman Drew Brevig doubled his team’s lead less than four minutes later.Minnesota’s junior forward Sam Warning answered just 24 seconds after Brevig’s tally to cut OSU’s lead to one. Warning then scored two more times in the second period to complete his hat trick and the turnaround for the Gophers. The hosts added another goal in the final period to complete a 4-2 victory.Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik said he thought his team “played a pretty good hockey game” but ultimately “came up a little short,” according to a press release.Buckeye freshman goalie Christian Frey – making his third career start – stopped 28 shots in his first-ever defeat.On Friday night the two teams met in the 2014 Hockey City Classic. The game was played outside at Minnesota’s football venue, TCF Bank Stadium, and the difficult conditions slowed down two of the nations top three offenses, producing a 1-0 win for the Gophers.“The little things you can do on the normal ice were harder for me so I just tried to keep it simple,” senior defenseman Curtis Gedig said in a press release. “I think the 1-0 score reflected how tough it was.”First period shots were 8-7 in favor of the Gophers, though the Buckeyes had the clearest opportunity through a Ryan Dzingel breakaway that was saved by Adam Wilcox in the Minnesota net.“I tried to go upstairs with it and just didn’t get a hold of it as much as I would like,” Dzingel said in a press release. “He obviously made a great save.”The visitors regretted that miss 4:20 into the second when a Taylor Cammarata shot squeezed through the body of OSU freshman goalie Matt Tomkins to give Minnesota the lead.After that goal the Buckeyes did all they could to draw level in the remaining period and a half but the couldn’t beat the impressive Wilcox, who became the first net minder to hold OSU scoreless all season.The Buckeyes are back on the road this upcoming weekend with two games against the Wisconsin Badgers. Friday’s game is set to begin at 9 p.m. and Saturday’s is scheduled for 8 p.m.
Then-sophomore midfielder Jesse King (19) advances the ball during a game against Detroit Feb. 9 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 14-8.Credit: Lantern file photoFor most college athletes, playing beyond their school’s season is unheard of.The same cannot be said about Ohio State’s incoming senior lacrosse midfielder Jesse King.Following a junior season which saw him named a third team All-American and a Tewaaraton Award nominee, King can now add another accolade to that list: Federation of International Lacrosse World Lacrosse champion.Two weeks ago, Canada avenged its pool-play loss to the United States by shutting down the Stars and Stripes, 8-5, to win its third ever gold medal at the World Championships. Canada also won the event in 2006 and 1978.King, a native of Victoria, British Columbia, where he attended Claremont Secondary School, said the importance of the tournament went far beyond just winning the gold medal.“It was pretty amazing,” King said. “My whole family was out watching the (championship) game. They came down and watched all my games which was pretty special for me because at school they don’t get to watch me play very often.”“Winning the gold medal was pretty emotional. It was just kind of like unbelievable and it still hasn’t kicked in right now.”OSU coach Nick Myers said the opportunity King got to learn from the best players in the world will give him a leg up during his final season in Columbus.“Certainly with Jesse being a part of the team currently, having one more year, what an incredible experience to take away for a young man his age to have a world championship under his belt,” Myers said.In his three seasons with the Buckeyes, King has compiled 131 points on 77 goals and 54 assists, good for 17th on OSU’s career points list. Continuing that success with Canada, King recorded one goal and three assists in seven games despite being one of only four current collegiate athletes on the team.Appearing in every game for his country, King provided a physical presence at the midfield position by using his 6-foot, 3-inch frame to ward off defenders, something Myers and erstwhile OSU defenseman Joe Meurer said can be a matchup nightmare.“I think anytime you have a player who is 6-foot-3, 200 plus pounds, can see the field very well, can beat his man, and work just as hard off the ball, there is a lot to think about there,” Myers said.“He is one of the smartest lacrosse players I’ve ever played with,” Meurer said. “His knowledge of the game, his instincts and awareness, I think those three things make him such a dominant player and sets him apart from a lot of other players.”However, before donning the iconic maple leaf, King first had to make the cut from the initial 51 players who were invited to Team Canada’s selection camp which was held on the campus of Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., from Oct. 11 to 14, 2013.A total of 97 players submitted tryout applications which were considered by The Canadian Lacrosse Association.Among those invited to camp included reigning Major League Lacrosse MVP Kevin Crowley, attackman John Grant Jr., who is widely regarded as one of the finest players to ever play the game, and OSU’s all-time leading goal scorer Logan Schuss.“It was very intimidating,” King said. “I’m going up against guys that I hear about in the news or all over social media about how well they play in the NLL or MLL, and I just kind of moseyed on in and got the opportunity to try out.”Even though more seasoned players, such as Schuss, got cut and Grant Jr. was forced to watch the tournament from the sidelines after his application for a Therapeutic Use Exemption was denied, King played his way onto the 24-man roster that traveled to Denver, Colo., in early July.Then, on July 10, King and his fellow Canadians stepped into the limelight.After an opening ceremony which saw a record 38 nations, including nine first-time nations, Canada took the field for a primetime showdown against arch-rival USA in a clash of lacrosse heavyweights.In what was widely considered a preview of the gold medal game, Canada struck first, jumping on top of the defending champions, 3-0. However, the lead was short-lived.The USA proceeded to score the next eight goals before holding off a late Canadian rally to steal the first game, 10-7.King said after the game the team didn’t hang its head and instead, focused on getting better throughout the tournament with the mindset that they would see the USA again.“You really have to take into perspective that a lot of the guys on the American team, who are unbelievably talented, don’t play the box lacrosse that we play and they have a lot more time to practice together,” King said. “Our first practice together as a team, was four days before that game.”True to his word, King and Team Canada bounced back immediately, rattling off four wins in four days by taking down fellow Blue Division opponents England, the Iroquois Nationals, Japan and Australia.King scored his lone goal of the tournament in Canada’s 12-4 romp over Australia, which saw them finish pool-play with a 4-1 record to earn an automatic berth into the semifinals.There, Canada faced its toughest challenge to date in a rematch against a determined Iroquois Nationals squad.However, just like they had the first time around, Canada managed to slow down the Iroquois’ potent offense to advance to the finals with a 12-6 victory.With the USA’s semifinal win against Australia, the rematch was set. But with the USA coming in undefeated and loaded from top to bottom, experts gave Canada little shot at an upset.Undeterred by the predictions swirling around, Canada came out of the gates swinging, building up some early momentum on the USA as they carried a 3-1 lead into the half.With the USA backed into a corner, Canada held off a late rally that brought the gold medal back to the Great White North with an 8-5 win.King described the whole experience as once in a lifetime, adding that it was a “treat” to get a chance to be around players from countries such as Uganda as well as suiting up with players he admired growing up.“The guys we were talking with, Team Uganda, they’ve been playing for four years and the stick skills that they were able to have in that short amount of time was really outstanding,” King said.As if playing against the world’s best wasn’t enough, King has also been competing for his native Victoria Shamrocks, a Senior A box lacrosse club which plays in the Western Lacrosse Association and competes for the Mann Cup, which is awarded annually to the winner of a championship series played between the WLA champion and Major Series Lacrosse champion.Last summer, while playing for the junior Shamrocks, King posted an otherworldly 111 points in 15 games and he hasn’t slowed down since making the jump to the senior level.In 10 games this season, King has tallied 41 points, good for third on the team. Victoria currently sits in first place in the WLA with a 14-2-2 record as they look to win their first Mann Cup since 2005.“I was born in Victoria and I was really fortunate to get drafted by Victoria as well,” King said. “Playing box in the summer, it may not be the same style of lacrosse, but it does translate over to field lacrosse. It makes you smarter, it makes you more aware, it makes you more alert.”Later this month, King will be arriving back in Columbus where he will look to lead the Buckeyes back to the NCAA tournament after failing in 2014 to manufacture back-to-back trips for the first time in 10 years.“Every year, the Ohio State Buckeyes are always contenders, not because we are the most talented, but because we have the grit and the work ethic and we are always willing to do whatever it takes to win,” King said. “I’m very excited to get back on campus, get back in the snake pit and play some games.”Myers said King has developed more and more as a leader every year since coming to OSU, but there is still some work for him to do to get the most out of his game as well as his teammates.“You do that by leading by example, encouraging your teammates while at the same time challenging them to a degree,” Myers said. “I think that Jesse has found a balance at that and he’s done better and better every year.”In January, the talk around Columbus centered around King stepping into that leadership role for Myers and the Buckeyes. Meurer said King has thrived in that role and comes ready to play everyday.“I know us as a team put a lot of pressure on him last year but he handled it really well,” Meurer said. “He brings his lunch pail to work everyday and at the end of the day that’s all that really matters.”Success hasn’t been uncommon to King as he has been a winner at every level of the game. A true leader on and off the field, fans can only get excited for what’s in store for King and the Buckeye program in 2015.
OSU senior forward Sam Thompson rises up for a jump shot during a game against Miami (OH) Dec. 22. OSU won,Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / For The LanternA struggle to win games away from Columbus might have it dropping in the rankings, but the No. 21 Ohio State men’s basketball team continues to enjoy its home cooking.OSU (10-2) improved to 10-0 at home — all by double-digit margins — with a 93-55 victory over Miami (Ohio) (3-8) on Monday night.The win followed an 82-74 defeat to then-No. 24 North Carolina on Saturday in Chicago. Redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams said a key for the Buckeyes that was lacking at the United Center is staying strong for the entirety of the game.“We didn’t play tough for 40 minutes. That’s been the key for both of our losses,” Williams said. “We’ve just got to stay tough and keep executing the system for 40 straight minutes, because the film shows when we execute our stuff, no one is able to defend us.”Freshman forward Keita Bates-Diop said he believes that games like Monday night’s are important for developing that mindset.“That’s what the non-conference games are for, getting better every game,” Bates-Diop said. “We’re starting to improve on things like executing on offense, getting better at defensive principles, I think that’s going to prepare us for the Big Ten.”Five Buckeyes — Williams, freshman guard D’Angelo Russell, sophomore forward Marc Loving, Bates-Diop and freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate — scored in double figures. Williams led the team with 18 points.“I just kept my head high,” Williams said. “I knew some opportunities were going to open up. The biggest key for us is getting stops, because when we get stops, I think our transition game is top notch.”Russell knocked down a three-pointer from near the corner just 12 seconds in, giving the Buckeyes a lead that would they would never relinquish. The freshman from Louisville, Ky., followed that up with another triple from almost the identical spot on OSU’s next possession.OSU did not lift its foot off the gas pedal for about 10 minutes afterward, erupting out to a lead that stretched as wide as 34-7.“We’ve got some guys on this team shooting a very high percentage,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “Trying to set them up and get them looks is very important, in terms of the best shooters shooting more shots.”Matta cited Loving, who finished with 16 points on four-of-seven shooting, including two-of-three from deep, as one of those shooters.“He’s taking good (shots),” Matta said. “He could probably take some more. The thing is, Marc is taking good shots, and that’s probably the reason why his percentage is pretty high.”However, the RedHawks showed their own ability to go on a run, outscoring OSU, 15-2, from that point over the next four and a half minutes to cut OSU’s lead to 36-22. The run was opened by a thunderous alley-oop dunk by junior forward-center LJ Livingston Jr. just before the under-eight minute media timeout.Matta said OSU’s intensity after timeouts has been something he has monitored all season long.“What happens out of the timeouts, do we let them go on a run, those are the things that we’re after,” he said.OSU made that run short-lived, though, and recovered following another timeout to re-open a 46-24 lead at the half.Nine of the 10 Buckeyes to play in the first half scored, including eight with four points or more. Russell led the way with 10 points on three-of-five shooting, all from 3-point range, followed by Loving with eight points and seven rebounds.Russell and Loving continued to put on a show to begin the second half. The two exchanged baskets to account for the first 11 points of the half for OSU, as the Buckeyes took a 57-26 lead in the second half’s first few minutes.OSU’s zone defense held the RedHawks to 34.4 percent from the field, as well as forcing 19 turnovers.The Buckeyes shot 54.5 percent overall from the field.“We stayed within the offense in terms of what we were doing,” Matta said. “Those are the things that, as you’re trying to make some adjustments defensively, can they carry that forth? I think, from the standpoint of what we were looking for tonight, we got it.”Despite the efficient offense, the Buckeyes only shot 12-of-22 from the free throw line.Fourteen of Williams’ game-high 18 points came in the second half, including four shots in quick succession midway through the stanza, including a stretch where he hit a shot from outside, stole the inbounds pass and converted a lay-up.Livingston led the way off the bench for the RedHawks, playing in the paint to score a career-high 17 points.With 6:45 remaining in the first half, OSU redshirt-senior forward Anthony Lee went down on the court with what was later announced as a right ankle sprain. The transfer from Temple was able to get to his feet, but needed assistance to walk off the court. He did not return.Matta said after the game that Lee is “fine,” but could miss some games after the holiday break. He said that due to Lee going home for the break, he may not be able to get the treatment he needs, which could cause him to miss some time.The Buckeyes are set for one final non-conference matchup before opening Big Ten play. That next contest is scheduled against Wright State, with tip set for 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Schottenstein Center.
Ohio State quarterback Craig Krenzel scores a touchdown against Miami during the second quarter of the Fiesta Bowl on January 3, 2003.Credit: Courtesy of TNSAfter last season’s nearly improbable run to the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship, the 2015 Ohio State Buckeyes opened camp on Aug. 10 with the goal of repeating as national champions — something that was last accomplished by the 2011 and 2012 Alabama squads.The last OSU team that tried to meet this achievement fell short with an 11-2 record and a win in the Fiesta Bowl. Like the 2003 squad, this year’s Buckeye team is loaded with potential NFL talent and is considered by many to be the early favorite to win the national championship.How does this year’s unit compare to those ’03 defending-champion Buckeyes as they entered camp?To give some perspective, when the 2002 Buckeyes defeated a Miami (Florida) team chock-full of future NFL stars in the national championship game, OSU, virtually, was not given much of a chance. That ’02 team seemed to overcome adversity and doubt time and time again, much like the 2014 national title-winning Buckeyes.Going into camp in 2003, OSU fans had much excitement for the upcoming season. Starting quarterback Craig Krenzel was returning for his senior season alongside his go-to, playmaking wide receiver and future NFL first-round pick, Michael Jenkins. In total, OSU was returning 13 starters: seven on offense and six on defense. Two of the new starters in 2003, linebacker A.J. Hawk and offensive lineman Nick Mangold, became all-Americans quickly; and are still competing in the NFL.Fourteen players were drafted the following spring, and 19 total starters were drafted from the 2003 team. To look at some of the losses from the 2002 national championship team, Mike Doss and Matt Wilhelm played huge parts on the defensive side, but there was no greater loss than running back Maurice Clarett. The running back from Youngstown proved he was one of the best backs in the nation in 2002 as a freshman and scored the game-winning touchdown in the national championship game.However, the potential Heisman Trophy winner and first-round pick was reported to have stolen $10,000 out of a borrowed car from a dealership. In September 2003, Clarett was suspended for the season and never returned to play for the Scarlet and Gray. With a massive quandary at running back, and most of the offensive production from the previous year gone, it is easy to see why the Buckeyes finished 93rd in the country in total offense. The 2003 Buckeyes started at No. 2 in the polls but lost on the road to Wisconsin and Michigan.Fast forward to 2015, where the Buckeyes knew Monday entering the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for camp they would open the season at No. 1 in the polls and travel to Virginia Tech to face a Hokies team on Sept. 7 that handed the Buckeyes their lone loss last season. The biggest question mark on the team — and maybe in the country — is who will start at quarterback for the Scarlet and Gray come Sept. 7. Maybe a “question mark” is not the best way to describe the quarterback controversy, though, because if we know one thing, it’s that the Buckeyes are skilled at almost every position.The two competing quarterbacks in redshirt junior Cardale Jones redshirt sophomore and J.T. Barrett are Heisman candidates along with their teammate in the backfield, junior running back Ezekiel Elliott. The Buckeyes return 15 starters in 2015 — eight on offense and seven on defense — compared to 13 in 2003.Like the 2003 team that was 10th in the country in total defense, the 2015 edition of the Scarlet and Gray is stacked on that side of the ball as well, led by junior defensive end, and possible first-overall NFL selection, Joey Bosa. Linebackers Joshua Perry and Darron Lee are relentless run-stoppers who pace the defense known as the Silver Bullets. OSU also returns all of its quarterbacks and its leading rusher from a year ago. The team even added a major weapon in redshirt senior Braxton Miller at the H-back position, along with a healthy junior Dontre Wilson to give the Buckeyes the threat at wide receiver they needed to replace departed senior wide receivers Devin Smith and Evan Spencer.The offseason gives us a chance to reflect on past teams including great ones like the 2003 Buckeyes at the helm of coach Jim Tressel. Now under the command of Urban Meyer, the defense is just as good as Tressel’s, but quicker. The offense is faster, as well, and more suited for Meyer’s spread offense rather than Tressel’s ground-and-pound style. Similar to the 2003 team, this OSU team has several future NFL picks and first-rounders on the roster.As Meyer’s team looks to climb the mountain once again and capture OSU’s first back-to-back championships, with three Heisman-hopeful players in Jones, Barrett and Elliott, the Buckeyes stand the best chance to repeat since the two Alabama squads. Coaches have changed and styles of play have changed, but if there is one constant from 2003 all the way to 2015, come Sept. 7 at Blacksburg, Virginia, the Buckeyes will be ready to play and contend for the school’s ninth national title.
The tailoring theme continued later in the day as M’oda Operandi hosted an evening shindig. The suit was confirmed as the ageless answer for elegant evening dressing as Mary McCartney, 47, and Maye Musk, 69, both looked fabulous in their tailored two-pieces. Laura Bailey meanwhile enlivened her timeless Chanel tweed jacket with a pop-art t-shirt. The most closely-watched contest of the night saw supermodel sister against supermodel sister as Bella and Gigi Hadid were both nominated in the International Model of the Year category. Older sister Gigi emerged victorious, wearing a dramatic Atelier Versace look to collect her award. Never mind Bella, there’s always next year. Naturally, it was a glamorous affair from the off. Princess Diana was guest of honour, presenting Hardy Amies with the British Fashion Council’s Hall of Fame award. The evening saw the debut of what became known as Diana’s ‘Elvis’ outfit- a white strapless dress which came with a matching bolero jacket with a collar resembling the raised styles once made famous by Presley himself. It was created by Catherine Walker, the British designer who Diana relied upon from as early as 1981 for appropriate yet glamorous looks for her public engagements. With her slicked-back hair, Diana was working the on the-cusp-of-the-90s looks to perfection. Just days after making a joint appearance at the Victoria’s Secret show, Gigi Hadid and her Mum, Yolanda have hit the 2016 Fashion Awards although younger sister Bella is currently nowhere to be seen. Bella and Gigi are up against each other in the International Model category. In fact, it was a family affair as Gigi Hadid (wearing Atelier Versace) walked the red carpet with her mum Yolanda.The sisters were both standout stars from the recent fashion weeks, where they appeared alongside each other in the Versace, Bottega Veneta, Max Mara and Fendi shows. Naturally, the sisters are also huge on social media – Gigi has 26 million followers on Instagram alone – lending them an appearance of intimacy with their fans which earlier generations of supermodels could never hope to achieve. Skip to the Fashion Awards this evening and it’s clear that anyone who wrote Green off as a one-hit catwalk theatrics wonder did so at their peril. As proved when the designer won the GQ Fashion Fund earlier this year, Green’s aesthetic might be one of haute-conceptualism, but his brand is grounded in reality – gauzy tops and neat jackets make up the core product that sell in their droves, away from the more hifalutin pieces. Taking his cue from the codes of uniform – workwear, school attire, even monastic robes – Green’s served to push the boundaries of London menswear and remind the press that so oft overlook the city why it’s such a talent treasure trove. ‘I don’t know where it came from,’ he says of the instinct for design which came when he began creating ties as a young man, ‘but I knew what I was doing was good because I wanted to wear it.’ w4ZGwyODE6GGHkkdouzsgk5VWqUD6qCr Maye Musk proved that a tuxedo is the secret to timeless styleCredit:Getty Sir Philip Green with Kate Moss at the 2013 British Fashion AwardsCredit: David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock The most significant night in the British fashion industry calendar took place at the Royal Albert Hall tonight with the biggest names in the business in attendance to round off the year in suitably fabulous style. Over 4,000 guests- David Beckham, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Gigi Hadid among them- gathered to toast the rebranded British Fashion Awards – now known simply as ‘The Fashion Awards’.The ceremony has now finished, with those who have shaped fashion this year awarded for their contributions. Gigi and Donatella do the mannequin challenge This year alone, Burton has whipped up breathtakingly lovely shows inspired by ideas as varied as dreams and sleepwalking and rugged Hebridean adventures. The second-to-last look of her Autumn/Winter show, which took place in London as Burton was to give birth imminently to her third daughter, was a delicate silk eiderdown coat which had attendees enthralled by its beguiling mix of prettiness and comfort. Vogue’s centenary issue cover, starring the Duchess of Cambridge Princess Diana presenting Hardy Amies with an award at the first iteration of the British Fashion Awards Credit:REX Show more Alexander McQueen wins the award for British brand, cementing creative director Sarah Burton’s seemingly unstoppable ability to create divinely beautiful collections which translate into clothes which women want to buy and wear. 9:43PMBrtish Vogue rounds off its 100th year with a Special Recognition Award Edit… Beckham in a velvet Ralph Lauren jacket Adwoa Aboah in Molly GoddardCredit:Rex Read through all the action as it happened in our live feed below… Rihanna wearing Molly Goddard in May 2016Credit: AKM-GSI-XPOSURE 6:34PMWe’re LIVE from the Fashion Awards red carpet Princess Diana in 1989 at the first British Fashion AwardsCredit: Eddie Boldizsar/REX/Shutterstock WINNER: @francasozzani wins the #Swarovski Award for Positive Change presented to her by @TOMFORD #FashionAwards— BFC (@BFC) December 5, 2016 She scooped the New Establishment award two years ago and now Simone Rocha has scooped the big one. Congratulations, Ms Rocha! There’s really no stopping this designer, who recently turned 30 and celebrated the first birthday of her daughter, Valentine. Rocha’s hybrid aesthetic of Japanese avant-garde and Victoriana, using experimental fabrics and off-centre silhouettes, is unique in womenswear and gave her brand an immediately indentifiable look when she launched 8 years ago. She continues to conjure up one stellar collection after another and a growing collection of accessories and jewellery. With the most prestigious international stockists, from Dover Street Market to Colette, she opened her first London shop a year ago. A second is on its way for New York. 9:15PMA few minutes into the ceremony and the Trump jokes have already begun… The editor of Italian Vogue has been honoured with the Swarovski award for Positive Change . Tom Ford introduced Sozzani, saying that she has an “inspiring sense of repsonsibility”, “made the impossible, possible” and “challenges the orthodox”.On a more frivolous note, Kate Finnigan reports that Sozzani uis wearing a pink nightie which is 2v Karen Carpenter”. In a room full of supermodels (Karlie Kloss at 6 foot 6 and a half in heels towering over them all), the International Model of the Year award was always going to be high octane. So it wasn’t a surprise that Gigi Hadid got weepy on stage collecting her award. Social media also erupted – no doubt in part because of the 26 million followers Gigi has on Instagram alone. David Beckham presented American designer Ralph Lauren with an Outstanding Achievement award for carving out a globally-known business dedicated to the All-American look- from jeans and tees to Oscar gowns, Lauren’s done it all. Delete 10:17PMGigi Hadid scoops her sister Bella to win International Model of the Year 9:56PMAlexander McQueen wins the British Brand Award Gigi Hadid has brought her mum Yolanda as a date for the 2016 Fashion AwardsCredit:REX 5:59PMDame Natalie Massenet opens the 2016 Fashion Awards… Proving we’ve come a long way from the very first British Fashion Awards in 1989 Breaking onto the scene just 18 months ago with her autumn/winter 2015 collection, Molly Goddard has put the fun back into fashion, writes The Telegraph’s Sophie Warburton. Her first on-schedule presentation was staged as a life-drawing class, with sketching models wearing boiled wool cardigans and Molly’s signature smocked tulle dresses. There’s no doubt her social media presence has lent Gigi an appearance of intimacy with her fans which earlier generations of supermodels could never hope to achieve. But to dismiss Gigi’s power as purely a result of the ‘likes’ she can acquire on social media would be unfair. This year alone, she’s showed serious prowess on the catwalk. Walking down the Bottega Veneta catwalk hand in hand with Lauren Hutton was one of the biggest moments of Milan Fashion Week. And Gigi’s see-now-buy-now collection for Tommy Hilfiger, which the model debuted at New York Fashion Week, a massive commercial success. Adwoa Aboah in a Molly Goddard dress on the red carpetCredit:Matt Baron/BEI/Shutterstock 10:13PMJaden and Willow Smith get an unexpected award for New Fashion Icons A pleated skirt may not sound like the most wave-making of garments. But when the pleated skirt in question appears on Jaden Smith, son of Will and Jada Pinkett, in a Louis Vuitton campaign, it’s a tsunami. Melania Trump was once a model ID: Show more The Topshop proprietor is normally stationed front and centre, happily surrounded by the notable celebrities present. Last year, his daughter Chloe even accompanied him on the red carpet. The prize for most unexpected guest on the 2016 Fashion Awards must go to Marilyn Manson, who has just trotted down the red carpet dressed head-to-toe in black, naturally. (His shoes, meanwhile, were a gift from Gareth Pugh). Whilst there’s no obvious reason why the Prince of Darkness is at the biggest night in British fashion, it’s certainly true that the industry have embraced him. Manson was recently shot by controversial photographer Terry Richardson for the 25th anniversary issue of DAZED, wearing mock band slogan tops from cult label Vetements’ AW16 collection. Could this be a clue? Or indeed a taster of things to come? (Because, side note: can you imagine if Vetements’ next cult t-shirts had Mr Manson’s name emblazoned across the chest?). Ralph Lauren and wife Ricky wore matching bow ties on the 2016 Fashion Awards red carpet.Credit:Richard Young/REX/Shutterstock That an ‘urban’ luxury brand award even exists is testament to the extraordinary effect the Georgian Demna Gvasalia has had on the fashion industry. Having cut his teeth working at Maison Martin Margiela and Louis Vuitton (under both Marc Jacobs and Nicolas Ghesquiere), Vetements was launched as a ‘design collective’ helmed by Gvasalia but two years ago writes The Telegraph’s Victoria Moss. A look from Craig Green’s SS17 collectionCredit:Jonathan Hordle/REX/Shutterstock Alongside her ever more artful collections, Burton and her team adeptly re-spin them for modern life. While the Duchess of Cambridge might not be your ‘average’ woman, she has continued to commission McQueen to create looks which are royal-engagement-worthy and fly the flag for British fashion. Some Telegraph team highlights: the red and white floral patterned dress (taken from the etchings seen on old caravans and canal boats) which the duchess wore on the first day of her tour to Canada, the Paisley-printed, peplum shift which united British and Indian tradition worn in Mumbai and the unusually playfully ‘Obsessions’ dress debuted at the Wimbledon final.Bravo Sarah Burton and team McQueen! A look from Simone Rocha’s SS17 collection A view from the box inside the 2016 Fashion Awards at the Royal Albert Hall Chloe Green accompanied her father to the 2015 British Fashion AwardsCredit:David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock 6:55PMKarlie! Rosie! Eva! Oh my, the models are out in force on the red carpet Marilyn Manson sorting through pictures of him backstageCredit:Emily Cronin It rounds off a stellar year for Shulman, who marked Vogue’s centenary by doing what Vogue does best: pulling in exclusives that keep the industry talking. That certainly happened when Shulman managed to persuade the Duchess of Cambridge to make her first appearance on the cover of a magazine – and hiding the coup from the BBC cameras who had spent 10 months in Vogue’s offices trailing the team for a documentary about their centenary. “That girl next door is just shtick,” Vogue’s Fashion Director Lucinda Chambers told The Telegraph of styling the astute Duchess in Burberry and a Beyond Retro vintage hat. In a night all about celebrating British design personalities, perhaps it was only appropriate that the 4,000 guests paid special recognition for the magazine that has spent 100 years writing about them. The Editor-in-Chief of UK Vogue Alexandra Shulman was presented with an award to celebrate the title’s centenary by Mario Testino – the photographer who has become a household name and an A-list favourite thanks to the images he’s shot for the magazine. But for all the hysteria, there was emotion too from the winners of these newly revamped Fashion Awards. “Before the show my dad told me, ‘If you don’t win, you’re still a good designer,’” Simone Rocha admitted. “But I wanted it. I wanted to win.” Rocha celebrated by knocking back a few espresso martinis with friend and fellow winner Molly Goddard, who was so shell-shocked by winning her first ever award she wasn’t even sure what she was going to do with the statuette. “Now I just need a fireplace.”Fellow first-time winner, menswear designer of the year Craig Green was equally blown away. “Oh my god, I probably should have prepared a speech, I probably shouldn’t have worn dirty Converse and a T-shirt,” he faux scolded himself. The biggest cheer of the night has gone to David Beckham, who took the stage in a velvet jacket to present Ralph Lauren with an Outstanding Achievement award. “I’ve long been a fan of this man and his extraordinary work,” Beckham said of Lauren, before admitting he’d not met him until a chance encounter at Soho Farmhouse earlier this year. It’s rare that the men in suits get praise for their contribution to fashion but Marco Bizarri scored a blinder when he hired Alessandro Michele, an unknown member of the creative team, for this very high profile role writes The Telegraph’s Kate Finnigan. Part of a business leader’s job is to spot the talent and boy, did he do that. He saw that Michele was the right man to inject the va-va-voom that Gucci had been lacking. He encouraged him to be as creative as he liked. The result has been a huge revival in the 95-year-old Italian label’s fortunes, not because he’s played clever with money or marketing, or played it safe. Far from it. Bizzari allowed creative talent to live large and thereby taught everyone a lesson in how to do fashion. 9:39PM’Sing your own song loud with your own lyrics and baby I want you to be on fire’ says Bruce Weber as he collects his award Chung’s cream tailored jacket is by niche label Blaze (one to bookmark if you have money to invest in something which feels special but which you’ll use for ever) while Campbell’s pepto-bismol pink velvet number has a proper party feel, especially paired with a skinny scarf. No matter though because Beckham knew Lauren’s work. The first American to open a store on Bond Street and, in Beckham’s words, the man who made Wimbledon the most stylish sporting event, Lauren has built a globally renowned business around the idea of All-American style. The Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite design house Alexander McQueen picked up the British Brand of the Year accolade which creative director Sarah Burton dedicated to the ‘amazing team’ which helps her to put together spellbindingly beautiful catwalk collections which translate then into clothes which women want to wear. Lady Gaga, Kate Moss, Jenna Coleman – and even Marilyn Manson – were among the stars who graced the red carpet.British Vogue rounded off a stellar centenary year with a Special Recognition Award. Demna Gvasalia status as fashion’s wunderkind du jour was confirmed once more as he scooped up two prizes at The Fashion Awards. The first for International Urban Luxury Brand with the design collective Vetements which he founded and which has become a must-wear for fashion editors and cutting-edge celebrities alike. Next up, Gvasalia was awarded International Ready-to-Wear designer for his reinvention of the storied Parisian fashion house Balenciaga. Young Brits Molly Goddard, Simone Rocha and Craig Green also scooped up awards. ‘I didn’t know the significance of that colour,’ he admitted to The Telegraph’s Lisa Armstrong in an interview to mark his Outstanding Achievement award, ‘but Hillary’s people did. I just knew it looked beautiful on her.’ But the meteoric rise of the Hadid girls has not been without its moments of controversy. In July 2014, Bella, then aged 17, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol on LA’s Pacific Coast Highway. She was sentenced to 25 hours’ community service and required to attend 20 hours of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.And on US election night, as the results in favour of Donald Trump rolled in, Bella wrote on Twitter: “This is so f***** up” and “What the f***”. Later, Gigi was criticised for performing an impression of future First Lady Melania Trump imitating President Obama’s wife Michelle, while she was co-hosting the American Music Awards. The model, who is dating Zayn Malik, apologised to Mrs Trump and said she had “only the best wishes for our country.” 10:00PMGucci’s Marco Bizzari is International Business Leader 6:26PMWill Sir Philip Green be at this year’s Fashion Awards? Everyone knows that the fashion industry is a mainly Democrat-supporting crowd so of course the issue of Trump was always going to loom over tonight’s Fashion Awards. Trust host Jack Whitehall, back for another year of presenting, to break the ice early on. “To all the models, if you work really hard you could end up married to a psychotic nutter” he quipped (in case you don’t gettit, incoming FLOTUS Melania Trump was once a model. Goddard has also been a popular choice for the more avant-garde attendees at tonight’s awards with Adwoa Aboah and Susie Lau wearing her gorgeous tulle designs. Congratulations Molly! 10:35PMDavid Beckham presents Ralph Lauren with the Outstanding Achievement award Show more The tables at the 2016 Fashion Awards 11:11PMTears and laughter backstage for the 2016 Fashion Award winners Whitehall also addressed Ralph Lauren who will be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award later tonight. “Ugh, I love your Polo shirts” he told the designer, speaking for every everyman out there. When Craig Green launched his showstopping catwalk collections, he had to contend with a great of tabloid tittering from the sniping ‘who would actually wear this?’ brigade, writes The Telegraph’s Stephen Doig. Granted, wooden planks across the face, tent structures aloft around men’s shoulders and a smashed up collage of cardboard boxes around the heads of his models were a tough sell, but served to put his shows, and the burgeoning London Collections Men showcase as it then was, on the map. Jaden Smith in a full Gucci look at tonight’s awardsCredit: Stuart C. Wilson Gigi is a model who has managed to throw off the It girl tag and associations of nepotism (her mum Yolanda van den Herik is a former model, who is herself said to be worth $54 million and is best known as a star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills; her dad a wealthy property developer) to forge what’s turning out to be a seriously reputable career in modelling. The only person who might not be so thrilled? Her sister Bella, who was also nominated in the International Model of the Year award but, perhaps forewarned she hadn’t won, was a no show tonight. Still, something tells us the Hadid sisters will dominate these awards – and many more – for a few more years to come. But since MPs voted to strip him of his knighthood in light of the BHS backlash, the Green family have kept an unusually low profile. Sir Philip skipped the Topshop Unique show SS17 show at September’s London Fashion Week, preferring, his aides said to let the see-now-buy-now element of the collection get the headlines. So can we expect the same no show tonight? Only time will tell… Up next was the sandwich factory for SS16, and most recently the rave-culture inspired spring/summer ’17. Each season has seen Goddard grow: both on her playful approach to traditional hand-crafted techniques including pleating, smocking and crocheting and in her loyal followers. A favourite amongst fashion editors, her dresses have been shot countless times, while the designer has also been collecting celebrity fans on her way. Rihanna was spotted wearing the label in New York in the summer, while model-cum-actress Agyness Deyn got married in a custom Goddard gown earlier this year. It’s freezing cold but the stars are arriving at the Fashion Awards thick and fast. The Telegraph’s Bethan Holt and Emily Cronin are quizzing them on all things style right now on Facebook Live. 9:29PMCraig Green wins British Menswear Designer Caroline Rush CBE, the chief executive of the British Fashion Council, which runs the awards, said either one would be a worthy winner. “Bella and Gigi are two distinctive personalities who seem to have found their feet so young,” she said.“Both are incredibly talented models but the nominations show that our voting panel also recognises the power of social media. Both young women are brilliant examples of businesswomen who have been able to harness the consumer demand to engage with the personality.” Last year he won Designer of the Year, this year Michele has been recognised for the immense service he’s paid to the accessories world, writes The Telegraph’s Kate Finnigan. Actually, remind us. Where was the world of accessories before Alessandro Michele? Wearing one minimalist earring, we think.Well, that’s changed. With a single pair of slip on, fur-lined loafers he reinvented shoes. With his blingy grandmother’s attic treasures he coaxed us back into enjoying jewellery – even brooches. With his embroidered colourful bags he has injected joy into arm candy again. And by putting all his models in glasses he made spectacles spectacular. Who’d have thunk. More is more is his mantra and for that accessories do indeed owe him this award. Let’s hope it’s multi-coloured and bling-tastic. The Fashion Awards action kicked off yesterday with a couple of low key events for everyone who was already in town for the biggest night of the year in British Fashion.To Little House in Mayfair first for a brunch ‘do. Alexa Chung and Naomi Campbell both opted for the suitably nonchalant yet pulled together combination of jeans and a blazer. “Three men have changed how I see America: Mark Twain, Walt Disney and Bruce” says Bailey. So who is Weber, the man honoured with tonight’s award in memory of the legendary fashion stylist Isabella Blow, who nurtured the likes of John Galliano and Alexander McQueen?Remember those steamy Calvin Klein and Abercrombie & Fitch campaigns from the 1990s? Of course you do – the tanned, muscular men in the photos were always going to make for indelible images, writes The Telegraph’s Emily Cronin. They’re only part of the reason that Bruce Weber, the photographer behind those campaigns and countless other memorable photographs, wins the Fashion Creator award this evening, a prize five decades in the making. “Bruce’s endurance is testament to his pure talent, his undeniable creativity and his singular warmth and generosity,” says the British Fashion Council’s chairman, Dame Natalie Massenet. “His expansive body of work in photography and film is iconic, and he himself is rightly an icon of the creative fashion community. He is one of the foremost photographers and creative talents of our age who has helped shape the fashion industry we know today and I have a great deal of admiration for him.” In 2014, Bella moved to New York and began studying photography before dropping out to begin her modelling career. She had wanted to compete in the equestrian events at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but was forced to abandon riding after contracting Lyme disease, along with her mother and brother Anwar, who is also a model.Gigi also moved to New York after leaving high school, where, like her sister, she signed with the agency IMG Models in 2013. Two years later, she appeared in the Pirelli calendar and was named Maybelline brand ambassador. Alexa Chung was wearing Blaze – a label to bookmarkCredit:Getty The label was a provocateur from the off – staging its second season show in a sex shop, its third at an out of town Parisian chinese restaurant, it’s fourth, in the American church in Paris (where vaulted stylist Lotta Volkova – and friend of the brand – opened the show in a mini dress approximation of a monk’s habit). The clothes were arch, oversized, streetwear appropriated pieces – the theory being that they were simply making elevated, fashion versions of clothes that they and their friends were already wearing. Cult (and sell out) items swiftly followed: £880 jeans hand stitched together from off cuts; bright yellow DHL t-shirts; ditsy printed midi length tea dresses;Titanic sweatshirts – emblazoned with Leo and Kate in embrace – and worn, with a post-post modern irony by Celine Dion amongst others. At its last show (staged during Haute Couture week in Paris, and in the Galeries Lafayette shopping centre – very meta) Vetements created an epic montage of collaborations – re-anointing Juicy Couture velour tracksuits, Dr Martens boots and Manolo Blahnik kitten heels as It items. In the midst of this counter cultural take over, Gvasalia was christened by Balenciaga as its new creative director. The move cemented him as an arch arbiter of the current state of fashion, and propelling what may have passed as a flash in the trend pan into a full blown movement: the reverberations of which are felt clearly by this award. From one of the original fashion bloggers Susie Bubble’s Susannah Lau to Kate Moss, Anna Wintour and David Beckham, the guest list for tonight’s 2016 Fashion Awards reads like a who’s who of British Fashion. But one person who we’re not sure whether will be attending is Sir Philip Green. ‘Fashion is a beautiful dream and I promise I’ll keep dreaming forever,’ Alessandro Michele said on stage picking up his award for Accessories Designer of the Year. 9:26PMFranca Sozzani gets a standing ovation 10:28PMDemna Gvasalia wins International Ready To Wear Designer for his work at Balenciaga “He represents a generation that has assimilated the codes of true freedom, one that is free of manifestos and questions about gender,” Vuitton creative director Nicolas Ghesquière said. “Wearing a skirt comes as naturally to him as it would to a woman who, long ago, granted herself permission to wear a man’s trench or a tuxedo…. He’s found an instinctive balance that makes his extraordinary attitude a new norm. That really inspired me in the creative process for this collection.”2016 was full of gender-bending, groundbreaking fashion moments for Jaden, now 18 years old, and sister Willow, 16, who jointly received the New Fashion Icons trophy at tonight’s Fashion Awards. While Jaden made headlines with his skirted campaign and star turn in The Get Down, Willow joined the ranks of Chanel ambassadors, sitting in the front row and posing for backstage photos with Karl Lagerfeld. “It’s not every day that a 15 year-old black girl with dreads gets elected to be the Chanel ambassador,” she told The Telegraph at Chanel’s autumn 2016 couture show. Overachieving teens, meet your new leaders. Gigi posed on the steps of the Royal Albert Hall at the 2016 Fashion AwardsCredit:Richard Young/REX/Shutterstock 7:08PMMarilyn Manson takes the prize for most unexpected guest on the 2016 Fashion Awards red carpet Ooyala video Donatella Versace and Gigi Hadid posing backstageCredit:Emily Cronin Naomi Campbell at the nominees lunch hosted by the British Fashion council at Soho HouseCredit:Getty Agyness Deyn in her dreamy Molly Goddard wedding dress Marilyn Manson at the 2016 Fashion Awards Credit:Richard Young/REX/Shutterstock 10:08PMMarilyn Manson (yes, really) presents Demna Gvasalia with International Urban Luxury Brand One person who was certainly excited to see Manson on the red carpet was International Model of the Year nominee Adwoa Aboah. She couldn’t get over the fact the singer stopped to admire her neon green Molly Goddard dress. “I love that! If I could have got a compliment from anyone in the room tonight…” she laughed, before skipping off excitedly inside. But it wasn’t just the young British designer who were excited by their acclaim. Legendary photographer Bruce Weber told The Telegraph’s Emily Cronin that he was going to keep his Fashion Award in his oceanfront cabana in Florida – and that it would continue to inspire him. “I’m still a student. I have to work for it everyday just like somebody starting out,” he said. A poignant reminder that humility will always be in style. 5:42PMWhile we wait for this year’s red carpet to start, here’s a reminder of who wore what last year But even though we knew it was coming Ralph Lauren’s lifetime achievement award comes at the end of a particularly momentous year for the 77 year-old designer. Lauren played a fascinating role in the American presidential election, creating a series of suits for self-confessed ‘pantsuit aficionado’ Hillary Clinton to wear during key moments of her campaign, from the blue look she wore for her opening rally in June 2015 to the purple-edged outfit which nodded to the Suffragettes as she accepted defeat in November. Gigi Hadid getting emotional on stage 7:36PMThe awards are about to start so let’s remind ourselves who is nominated tonight 9:31PMSimone Rocha wins British Womenswear Designer Oh hi just getting ready for the #FashionAwards 2016 in masses of grey tulle courtesy of @mollymgoddard 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/ZVn7RJkLRP— susiebubble (@susiebubble) December 5, 2016 Lauren’s name is recognised the world over; his Polo t-shirts and jeans have become iconic staples for casual dressing but he also knows how to create impact for formal occassions; he has dressed Michelle Obama and many First Ladies before her as well as Hollywood actresses including Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett and Sienna Miller for the most demandingly dressed-up events on the world stage. For those wondering whether people working in fashion eat more than sushi, the answer is a resounding yes. Whilst the awards are happening, those at tables are eating fillets of beef with salt-baked celeriac and English wasabi – and even a side of chips. OK, polenta chips but still…. Meanwhile, for dessert there’s a Christmas vibe going on with mince pies on the menu. As for the drinks? By the end of the night the British Fashion Council estimate the guests will have drunk 700 bottles of Evian and 700 more of Badoit sparkling water. Rock and roll. Don’t worry, there were Ciroc Vodka cocktails too. Nicole Kidman wearing McQueen 10:24PMGucci’s Alessandro Michele wins Accessories Designer of the Year “I’ve always made clothes for many different kinds of women,” she told The Telegraph in her melodious Dublin brogue earlier this year. “And now I physically see them coming into my store – older women, mothers and daughters, students, people who are obsessed with fashion and some who aren’t really that interested. And I get good insights from them. The other day Lynn Yaeger [a renowned New York fashion journalist] was saying, “They’re so comfortable, did you know that?” And I was like, “Erm, yes, it’s on purpose, Lynn! I spend a lot of time making the clothes comfortable so that everyone can wear them.” Alessandro Michele on the red carpet ahead of the Fashion AwardsCredit:Matt Baron/BEI/Shutterstock It seems only appropriate that Dame Natalie Massenet – chairman of the British Fashion Council and the woman who changed the way we all shop when she founded Net-a-Porter – is first to take to the red carpet at the 2016 Fashion Awards. Accompanied by the British Fashion Council’s CEO, Caroline Rush, and Nadja Swarovski the trio mark a glamorous start to the ceremony that’s been rebranded this year. Anna Wintour didn’t shy away from a statement coat at the chilly nominees lunch hosted by the British Fashion Council.Credit:Getty There was a jovial mood backstage at the 2016 Fashion Awards. Marilyn Manson, the night’s unexpected guest who had presented his friend Demna Gvasalia with the International Urban Luxury Brand award, was busily editing the pictures that had been taken of him. “If I don’t get laid tonight, I’m going to tag you and blame you personally,” he joked, as he poured over pictures of him posing on the red carpet earlier. 9:12PMAnd the first award of the night goes to Molly Goddard, for British Emerging Talent Want to see every look from the 2016 Fashion Awards red carpet? Keep refreshing this gallery, right here… Anna Wintour wrapped up against the December chill in a striped coat and brocade dress. And two women at the helm of the BFC and The Fashion Awards showed their support for Brit talent; British Fashion Council CEO Caroline Rush showcased a vibrant Roksanda dress while Dame Natalie Massenet was in an Erdem skirt. It’s clearly Demna Gvasalia’s night as the designer picks up his second award, for his work as Creative Director of Balenciaga. It’s a notable accolade: Gvasalia has been at the helm of the storied Parisian house for barely a year writes The Telegraph’s Victoria Moss. Whilst eyebrows may have been raised when his appointment was made to this venerated position: the move has worked. Balenciaga was the king of futuristic, modern fashion, and Gvasalia is exactly that today.He might not have brought tracksuits to the house of Balenciaga – but striped Thai market bags, fluoro leggings and oversized puffa jackets (worn off the shoulder – the christening of perhaps one of the more victim-y and daft street style ‘trends’) have found new fans here. Yet, he has also taken the house codes on and adeptly interpreted them: tweed suits with padded front pockets and prominent shoulders have proved to be a surefire success, and re-established that classic Balenciaga silhouette as relevant once again. All in all, given the extreme heat rising off Gvasalia right now – he is simply the fashion super star du jour. There were just 7 awards presented at that first ceremony, versus the 14 we’re expecting tonight.Some things never change though; Naomi Campbell was pictured smiling with designer Rifat Ozbek and posing in a Lakers cap at those first awards. She’s set to present an award tonight too, and no doubt she’ll make just as much of a style statement as she did 27 years ago. The audience gives her a standing ovation. Brava Franca! Naomi Campbell at the first iteration of the British Fashion AwardsCredit:Steve Back/ANL/REX/Shutterstock Still, it’s the first time that sisters have been nominated in the same category, so what sets the Hadids apart? At first glance it certainly might seem that the pair have CVs that read like that of countless American models: born in LA, dreamt of becoming athletes at school, gave up their studies after being discovered, won a contract with a big name designer, appeared in the pages of Vogue. But there is something that sets the sisters apart, and it’s not just the fact they both have blue-green eyes.The two are of Palestinian-Dutch extraction, making them something of a rarity on the runway. Their father Mohammed Hadid is a wealthy property developer, said to be worth between $100 and $200 million, who is reputedly descended from the Bedouin princes of pre-war Palestine. Gigi and Bella’s mother Yolanda van den Herik – who was in Paris last week to watch her daughters become the first sisters to take part in the Victoria’s Secret show – is a former model, who is herself said to be worth $54 million and is best known as a star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. 5:11PMJudging by the pre-parties, the fashion elite will attend tonight’s Fashion Awards The intention is to turn the 2016 Awards – which are sponsored by Swarovski – into an international showcase, with ambitions to rival the starry, Anna Wintour-run annual Met Gala in aid of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York. As such, they have worked hard to attract A-list heavyweights to the event, including Bella and Gigi Hadid, the supermodel sisters who are up against each other in the Model of the Year category. But while the supermodel pair might have dominated the news agenda thus far, they were but twinkles in their parents’ eyes when the very first British Fashion Awards took place in 1989. Gigi Hadid is wearing a custom made Versace design.Credit:AP Someone else who isn’t exactly as you’d expect is Vogue’s editor herself. Whilst some thought Shulman came across quite austere on the BBC’s documentary, her own diary of Vogue’s 100th year presents a very different view – and one that most people within the industry recognise. Talking of her fear of flying and always having the wrong underwear, Shulman told The Telegraph earlier this year that her biggest responsibility – and the thing that really kept her awake at night – was making her magazine excellent month in month out. Perhaps tonight’s industry recognition might help ease her concerns. 7:18PMGigi and her Mum Yolanda have hit the red carpet Molly Goddard posing with Alexa Chung backstageCredit:Emily Cronin 9:50PMYes, people working in fashion *do* eat…
Dave Hawkins, a senior operational manager for the ambulance trust, was reported to have said ‘the oldies have to go in the end’ Senior managers are accused of playing “psychological games” with more junior staff, calling them names, threatening them with the sack, accusing some of affairs and subjecting others to anonymous abuse down the phone.Paul Sutton, head of the trust, resigned last year following an investigation by The Daily Telegraph into a covert operation which put lives at risk by automatically downgrading thousands of life-threatening calls.The new reports reveal that he was among four board members at the trust found responsible for “bullying and victimisation” of a female executive.A bullying case against Mr Sutton, who now works for Public Health England, was upheld by an independent investigation, as were two claims of bullying against the trust’s current chief executive, Geraint Davies. There was a universal dread of the atmosphere in the EOC and staff reported feeling ‘sick’, having ‘anxiety attacks’ and wanting to ‘turn back’ rather than come into work for their shift The evidence “strongly suggests” that the alleged bullying emanated from the centre’s senior operations manager, Dave Hawkins, the report concluded.Yet Mr Hawkins continued to work at the trust – and remains there now. It was, some said, as though he was “untouchable”.Staff did not know that Mr Hawkins had just played a critical role – behind the scenes – attempting to protect the trust’s executives from an unfolding scandal. 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. Paul Sutton resigned as chief executive of South East Coast Ambulance Service trust in May 2016 after he was found to have authorised a covert policy to deliberately delay thousands of calls Two female members of staff tried to commit suicide because of criticisms, threats of disciplinary, audit and capability, photography of their clothing and being called ‘f—— c—-’ An investigation said evidence from witness statements “strongly suggests” that alleged bullying emanated from Dave Hawkins, who led the Coxheath centre Show more Desperate 999 call handlers attempted suicide amid an “endemic culture of bullying” at a scandal-hit ambulance service intent on hitting targets, leaked reports state.The reports describe a “culture of fear” in an NHS trust which saw employees subjected to repeated abuse and harassment.In the documents, the then head of the trust is accused of sleeping with young female staff and running a “boys’ club” which protected staff who fiddled figures, and “trashed” the reputations of whistleblowers. Credit:Simon Dack /Alamy Evidence by Francesca Okosi, director of workforce transformation at the trust, states: “Two female members of staff tried to commit suicide because of criticisms, threats of disciplinary, audit and capability, photography of their clothing and being called ‘f—— c—-’.” The resulting investigation, detailed in a second report, dated last April, describes an “endemic culture of bullying and harassment” in the control room.In a statement, Mr Sutton said: “I stand by my record as chief executive of SECAmb, and I refute the wholly unsubstantiated allegations concerning my personal conduct.”A spokesman for the trust said: “In so far as any of these anonymous allegations relate to outstanding matters, we are in discussion with NHS Improvement to determine how best they should be investigated and addressed.” ‘Climate of fear’ that left call centre staff unable to concentrate on emergency callsThe conclusions are damning. A “climate of fear” instilled by managers of a 999 control room centre left staff so frightened they were unable to concentrate even on emergency calls.The independent investigation was opened after staff warned NHS trust executives they were victims of “severe bullying, coercion and intimidation”. At least two attempted suicides were reported to investigators. The inquiry was ordered by the trust’s director of workforce transformation after six members of staff raised concerns after an ambulance dispatcher attempted suicide.Formal disciplinary proceedings should be answered by Mr Hawkins, it said. Yet the manager was suspended for a matter of just days, before simply being shifted to other duties.Staff who had spoken up said they were devastated, writing to the trust’s chief executive Paul Sutton and other officials, asking why Mr Hawkins had been left “swanning around” as though nothing had happened. The Daily Telegraph can now reveal the part he played in trying to cover up a rogue operation, which deliberately delayed responses to thousands of calls, many of them life-threatening.Back in April 2015, an independent investigation into Coxheath Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in Kent heard that abuse in the control room was so great that it left them struggling to make life-or-death decisions about 999 calls.“Sometimes it was so pressurised and the staff felt so unsupported by the team leaders that they could not concentrate on their emergency calls,” the report states.Several said the attempted suicide of one call handler had been the final spur for action.The inquiry found out that the call handler, then 37, was one of two staff members who attempted to take their life in despair at the abuse they suffered. A third had considered crashing her car rather than face another day of attacks at the Coxheath centre, investigators found. Staff at South East Coast Ambulance trust said they felt like victims of “psychological games”, with shouting and swearing, name-calling and anonymous phone calls employed as weapons.“From the interviews, it was reported that there was a universal dread of the atmosphere in the EOC and staff reported feeling ‘sick’, having ‘anxiety attacks’ and wanting to ‘turn back’ rather than come into work for their shift,” the investigation report states.“One witness said that she had thought of crashing her car in order to avoid coming into work as her fear of being bullied was so great.” The dossier reveals at least two alleged suicide attempts by female victims of bullying at South East Coast Ambulance trust, while a third allegedly contemplated crashing her car in order to escape the abuse.Several claimed they were left under such pressure they could not concentrate on emergency calls, impairing their responses to the public.The trust’s response times for “life-threatening” calls are the worst in the country, after secret policies to “stop the clock” and falsely record responses were uncovered.The leaked documents describe a culture of “favouritism and nepotism” at the trust’s operations centre, in Coxheath, Kent, with more concern about “targets and figures than patient care”. Female emergency call handlers were allegedly attacked as “f—— c—-”, while those approaching 40 were told “the oldies have to go in the end”, the documents state. Union officials questioned how Mr Hawkins had become “untouchable”. They didn’t know that the trust was heading towards a major 111 scandal. Nor did they know that Mr Hawkins had played a crucial role in attempting to protect the trust’s senior officials, by covering up how the secret operation came about.The rogue protocols saw patients with life-threatening conditions forced to wait twice as long for an ambulance if their call came via the 111 helpline. The practice – introduced on the personal orders of Mr Sutton – saw up to 20,000 calls subject to deliberate delays, using practices which improved the trust’s apparent performance against NHS response targets.It was abandoned in February 2015, when a whistleblower alerted local NHS organisations about the practices, which had been linked to a number of deaths. In the weeks that followed, the trust’s risk management and clinical governance committee wanted to know how the practices had come about.A paper was drawn up by a senior operations manager – now known to be Mr Hawkins – which “misled” the committee, an investigation into the scandal said.This provided the committee with a string of “erroneous” facts, suggesting that local commissioners had been given information they had not, overstating the involvement of the trust’s medical director and removing references to concerns raised by clinical staff.It was not until May last year that Mr Sutton resigned. Unpublished documents also reveal that an investigation had upheld claims of bullying right at the top of the organisation. Credit:Terry Blackman /Alamy
The Churchill Archive at the collegeCredit:BRIAN SMITH She said: “They certainly weren’t hidden away. I didn’t pick any out – they were sticking out like reference books.”In an email to Dr Lancaster, the university’s office of external affairs said the book was kept “so that others can challenge and refute” Irving’s ideas, but added that it would nevertheless be removed from open display.The email, which was unsigned, said: “Historians who wish to access them for specific scholarly reasons to do with the biography of Churchill will be able to do so, but only by request. The books will not be openly available on the shelves. “We do not wish inadvertently to suggest that we endorse Irving in any way – we emphatically do not.”Dr Lancaster was visiting the university to launch her book at an event hosted by former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. She said that reports the following day of Holocaust-denying leaflets being handed out in the city prompted her to make the complaint. A spokesman for the university said: “Holding banned or challenged books in no way endorses the views or scholarship of the authors. Rather, they are accessible to scholars to allow them the opportunity to challenge and refute their contents. A Cambridge college has removed a David Irving book from open display in its library after a visiting Jewish academic complained. Churchill College, Cambridge said that Irving’s biography of its namesake Winston Churchill would now be held in a “closed access” area and borrowers would only be able to read it on request. Dr Irene Lancaster, formerly a teaching fellow in Jewish history at Manchester University, complained after seeing books written by the Holocaust denier on display. Dr Irene Lancaster with Canon Guy Wilkinson and Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, at the eventCredit:Keith Jones The spokesman added that the library was used by college members and visiting academics and not the general public and therefore the book had not been on “public display”. 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. Dr Lancaster said she was “delighted” by the move and contacted her former employer Manchester University to ask them to do the same. However, a spokesman for the university said that Irving’s books would remain openly available in its library.
The sleep deprivation experienced by parents when a newborn arrives not only frazzles their nerves, but can also seriously harm their bank balance, a new study suggests.Researchers from the London School of Economics (LSE) found that when parents are frequently worken by babies they are less likely to hold down a job, more likely to work shorter hours and consequently earn less than before the birth.In fact, just one hour less sleep each night can reduce household income by up to 11 per cent, say the study authors, with the impact accumulating with more time spent awake.Dr Joan Costa-Font, Associate Professor in Political Economic at the LSE, said new parents should factor in the lower earnings when they have children.“Lack of sleep is responsible for human fatigue, and can undermine economic performance,” said Dr Costa-Font who presented the research at the Royal Society of Economics annual conference in Bristol on Wednesday.“Sleep is often overlooked in economics models despite its obvious restorative effects on human health alongside its influence on brain plasticity and feelings of well-being.“Having children reduces productivity and I think parents and government should factor this in, and hence they need to be compensated for it make it worthwhile.“Lower income people are more strained by time and income. So they would be impacted the most.” The authors also pointed out that most people are also sleeping less on average, and so the population as a whole may suffer the economic impact of sleep deprivation.A recent study estimated that the impact of lack of sleep on productivity and health of the British workforce costs businesses up to £40 billion each year, nearly two per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) .Researchers from the non-profit research organisation RAND Europe calculated that if those who slept for under six hours a night increased their sleep to between six and seven hours a night, it could add £24 billion to the UK economy. It contains records of parental sleep and how much a child wakes up during the night, as well as employment status, the number of hours worked, job satisfaction and household income over time.The study found a strong relationship between the number of times a child woke up in the night and income over time. As parents achieved less sleep at night, so their incomes plummeted.Although parents expect their wealth to suffer when they have children, the new study suggests that lack of sleep is adding to the strained finances which come with raising a child.“To our knowledge, this is the first paper that finds a link between child sleep quality and parental economic performance, “ added co author Dr Sarah Fleche.“Fathers are somewhat less affected by child sleep problems. Low-skilled mothers instead experience a large decrease in employment and the number of hours worked when facing sleep deprivation. “The number of hours the average person sleeps has declined over the past century, and we still ignore its effects on economic activity and economic performance,” added Dr Costa-Font.A poll of 2,000 British adults published earlier last year by the Royal Society for Public Health found that people in the UK slept an average of 6.8 hours. The average Briton sleeps for just 6.8 hours per night Credit:Ilbusca To find out the impact of sleep deprivation caused by crying babies, researchers looked at data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children which has been running since the 1990s, and involves more than 14,000 families. 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.
The coroner wrote to the Health Secretary because of her concern that the tragedy could be repeated Credit:PA Although the surgeon was aware of the finding, he had not acted, because he intended to do so when the patient attended his clinic five days later, the inquest heard.But when the appointment came, the pensioner was seen by a junior doctor – who either failed to review the report of the scan, or never saw it, because it had yet to be filed.The finding from the scan was not reported to Mr Higgs’ GP. A man died after doctors found an aneurysm the size of a golf ball – but failed to tell him or take any action for five years, an inquest has heard.A coroner has written to Jeremy Hunt following the death of John Higgs, who was repeatedly seen in hospital, without anything being done about the bulging blood vessel which went on to kill him.Mr Hunt has been warned of “a risk that future deaths will occur unless action is taken” at Barnsley Hospital in South Yorkshire, unless its systems are overhauled.The pensioner collapsed in November 2015 and was taken to the hospital, where he died later that day.A scan revealed a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm – a swelling in the the main blood vessel that leads away from the heart, down through the abdomen to the rest of the body.A ruptured aneurysm can cause massive internal bleeding and is usually fatal.Mr Higgs’ aneurysm measured 6.6cm and was classed as large.It was only after his death that his wife learned he had had a CT scan in March 2011, which had found a 6 cm aneurysm in the same location.Neither Mr Higgs or his GP had been told about this and the consultant in charge of his case had taken no action over it, the inquest found. 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. As a result, the pensioner was never referred to specialist vascular surgeons and “did not have the opportunity to consider any further treatment options prior to his sudden collapse” the coroner said.Although Mr Higgins returned to hospital on a number of occasions after the scan, none of the doctors he saw ever saw the scan.In her letter to the Health Secretary, Sarah Slater, assistant coroner for South Yorkshire, told Mr Hunt said the system of communication was not safe.And she warned: “there is a risk that future deaths will occur unless action is taken”.The inquest heard a radiology protocol was in place at the trust for “unexpected cancer pathology” where results were sent to the treating consultant and the multidisciplinary team cancer coordinator for action. However, there is no similar protocol for “non-cancerous but significant and potentially life-threatening findings” such as an aneurysm.Although the trust had since moved to an electronic system, the coroner said significant findings were still only sent to the consultant and no “red flag” was in place to alert other clinicians.Richard Jenkins, interim chief executive at the trust, apologised to the family of Mr Higgs for deficiencies in his care.He said: “The trust had undertaken an investigation into Mr Higgs care prior to the inquest and we are carefully studying the coroner’s findings to ensure that all necessary steps have been taken to prevent a similar situation from arising in future.”
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. Tom Lorains, who farms a 17th Century holding in Newlands Valley, near Keswick, and who helped lobby for Unesco status, said: “We’re in a constant battle with extreme conservationists such as George Monbiot who want to turn the Lake District into a sea of trees and get rid of farming.”Mr Lorains said cutting the number of sheep in the area to allow more trees to grow would instead lead to the rapid spread of damaging bracken and a fall in bio-diversity.He said: “We currently farm with the environment and by preserving hedges and stone walls we protect wildlife and insect habitat. Where sheep numbers on the fells have been reduced over the past 15 years bracken has taken over and nothing can survive beneath it. You can see it choking the tree saplings that have been planted.”Mr Lorains, who took over High Snab Farm after studying agriculture in his native Derbyshire, was part of the Lake District National Park Partnership which applied for World Heritage Status, placing it alongside sites like the Grand Canyon, the Serengeti and the Redwoods National Park.As part of the designation Unesco said it hopes the impact of tourism on the area will be monitored and conservation efforts increased.“We hope that World Heritage Status will protect the Lake District and what is now the traditional hill farming landscape of the fells,” said Mr Lorains. Its dramatic landscape has inspired writers down the ages and drawn thousands of visitors every year hoping to find solace amid the area’s hillsides, crags and verdant valleys.But moves to protect the appearance of the Lake District for future generations have led to a bitter exchange between the area’s farmers and a radical wing of the environmental movement.The arguments intensified after the Lake District was designated a World Heritage Site by Unesco earlier this month, in a bid to protect the centuries old landscape shaped by hill farming.The move was condemned by some environmentalist, such as the writer George Monbiot, who accused Unesco of trying to turn the Lake District into a “a 230,000 hectare Beatrix Potter-themed sheep museum”.Mr Monbiot said World Heritage Status would reinforce the area’s appearance as a “sheep-wrecked wet desert” and make it harder to reintroduce a greater diversity of plant and wildlife.But Lakeland hill farmers have now hit back, claiming the “rewilding” vision of some environmentalists would leave the area covered in bracken, to the exclusion of everything else. Under a Natural England scheme hill farmers have been subsidised to cut their flocks so trees can be reintroduced to the fells.While he backs moves to replant trees in some areas he warns that sheep numbers should not be cut further.“Without farming the area’s economy would suffer terribly. So much local employment depends on it, from casual farm labourers to contractors and feed merchants and all their money is spent locally,” he said.By contrast environmentalists such as Mr Monbiot have argued that current farming practice has damaged the eco-system of the Lake District, with sheep grazing preventing the growth of new trees and streams and rivers dredged for the benefit of farmers.“World Heritage Status would lock the Lake District into its current, shocking state, ensuring that recovery becomes almost impossible,” he has said. Early morning sun falls on Lake Buttermere in the Lake DistrictCredit:Simon Bradfield A view of Lake Windermere from Loughrigg Fell in the Lake District, where a wooden stile allows walkers and hikers to traverse the dry stone wallCredit:James Ennis/Moment RF
And more than one in four of the cases were found to be suffering from the A (H3N2) strain of flu – dubbed “Aussie flu” after it fuelled the worst outbreak in the continent for more than two decades.The strain is of particular concern, because of fears that current vaccinations are not providing effective protection to the elderly.Separate figures from NHS England revealed record strain on 111 services, as ambulance services became overwhelmed by demand in the week ending on New Year’s Eve.The statistics show the number calling NHS 111 rose by 21 per cent in a week, with 480,400 calls – up on 396,300 the previous week. The figure is the highest number of calls in a week since the service was created.On the busiest day, December 30, the service received 112,098 calls, the statistics show. Of those, 22,548 were abandoned – 20 per cent of all calls. And just 30 per cent of calls were picked up within 60 seconds, against a 95 per cent target.Meanwhile, GPs said surgeries had become “horrendously pressurised” with some out-of-hours services reporting a 200 per cent rises in demand at peak times.Dr Kieran Sharrock, a GP in Lincolnshire told Pulse magazine that practices in his area have been “flooded with winter related illnesses and are finding it hard to cope”. “Reports of patients waiting in reception for hours are not unusual. I heard from some practices that reception staff and GPs have not been leaving their surgeries for up to two hours after official closing.” Rates of flu hospitalisations have gone from 2.33 cases per 100,000 people to 6.82 in the past week, according to Public Health England. The 2.9-fold rise suggests total numbers with flu in hospital have gone from 1,280 to 3,750 in a week. Out of hours services regularly had over 100 calls waiting to be assessed, he said.Dr Richard Vautrey, chairman of the BMA’s GP committee, said he and other GPs in Leeds had just received a message “highlighting the pressures the local ambulance service are under and encouraging patients to make their own way to hospital where possible”.Dr Eamonn Jessup, a GP in North Wales, said patients were being put at risk because GPs were under pressure to keep them out of hospital.He said: “There are patients who you would normally like to go into hospital who you are trying to keep at home and taking more of a risk than you normally would. It’s a tragedy.”An NHS England spokesman said: “Hospitals, GPs, ambulances and other frontline NHS services have been extremely busy between Christmas and New Year, reporting higher levels of respiratory illness and some indications of increasing patient illness severity and flu. These increased pressures were mirrored in the NHS 111 service.”Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said: “The entire NHS is currently facing intense winter pressures and NHS staff in all areas of the service are working incredibly hard to deliver the best care possible for their patients. 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. “Although we are reaching peak flu season, we want to reassure patients that the influenza vaccine remains the best protection against flu this winter period. It is not too late for patients to receive their vaccination, and we would encourage patients, particularly those in an at-risk group, such as those with long-term conditions and pregnant women, to have a flu jab from their GP practice or pharmacist. The number of people hospitalised by flu has tripled in a week, according to new figures showing the full scale of a deepening NHS crisis.The statistics show one in four patients admitted to hospital with influenza is suffering from the deadliest strain – dubbed “Aussie flu” – heaping pressure on intensive care units.GPs last night said they were “flooded” with cases of flu, with patients “waiting in reception for hours” and queues continuing long into the night.And the statistics show the NHS 111 service became overwhelmed in the approach to new year – with one in five callers – more than 22,000 patients – giving up in despair on the busiest day.Meanwhile, the number of patients stuck in ambulances outside hospitals for at least an hour doubled in one week, while almost 17,000 faced delays of at least half an hour.Health officials last night urged all those eligible for flu vaccinations to come forward.The latest statistics suggest around 4.5 milllion people in England are suffering “influenza-like symptoms”.But medics are particularly alarmed by the rise in cases being taken to hospital. Last week, 24 people died from flu – half the total of 48 killed so far this winter, with a 70 per cent rise in cases in intensive care. Saffron Cordery, from NHS Providers, which represents hospitals, said: “These figures confirm what trusts have been telling us about the increasing pressure they are experiencing as a result of flu. The growing impact of flu comes as services are already at or beyond full stretch.”Professor Paul Cosford, Medical Director at Public Health England, said: “As we would expect at this time of year, flu levels have increased this week. “Our data shows that more people are visiting GPs with flu symptoms and we are seeing more people admitted to hospitals with the flu.”
The Queen using the Royal helicopter to visit Aberfan in South Wales in 2012Credit:Arthur Edwards – WPA Pool/Getty Images He said: “Far from deterring people from flying drones nearby, they are in fact telling them how best to do so. To publicise where a Royal helicopter will be flying is to encourage terrorists, mad people and pranksters.“There are some things that should be secret and I think Royal flights are among them.”As drone numbers rise sharply in the UK, there are growing concerns about mid-air collisions and a Department for Transport report last year said helicopters were most vulnerable.According to the UK Airprox Board, there were 70 near-misses involving drones in 2016, more than double the year before.All pilots, including drone enthusiasts, are required to check NOTAM lists before they fly to see if there are any potential hazards.The Civil Aviation Authority, which publishes hundreds of the alerts each week, said the decision to publish information had been made by the Royal Household itself.A statement said: “Following a review of helicopter flights by the Royal Household, route details will be provided to all airspace users including private pilots and drone users to allow them to remain clear.”A spokeswoman for the Royals added: “In making travel arrangements, the Royal Household always seeks the best balance of security, efficiency and value for money.” Dai Davies a former head of Royal Protection, told the Mail on Sunday: “This gives me grave concern as to the overall risk potential.“Why bother spending millions of pounds on protecting the Royal Family on the ground, then make this information available in advance? I just despair.’Prof Anthony Glees, head of the University of Buckingham’s Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies, described the decision as “incomprehensible”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A decision to publish details of Royal helicopter flights to warn off pilots and drone operators is a potential security risk, it has been claimed.The Royal Household has decided to notify other air users of routes and timings for flights by senior Royals 48 hours before they take off.The decision to publish details in safety alerts known as NOTAMs (Notice To Airmen) came amid fears there was a growing risk a Royal flight could be struck by a drone or private plane in the UK’s congested skies.Royal sources said the decision came after consultation with Scotland Yard and weighed up the security concerns of providing advance notification against the safety risks of not doing so.The first flight details were published last week for flights believed to be carrying the Princess Royal and Duke of York.
Companies have also had to publish figures showing what proportion of their top-paying jobs are held by women and the proportion of men and women that receive bonuses. The exercise is part of an effort to promote gender equality in the world of work – something that the Telegraph is championing in relation to start-up funding for women-led businesses. The Government has introduced legislation requiring all UK companies employing at least 250 people to publish statistics revealing their gender pay gap, or lack thereof. The deadline has now passed, and 10,016 companies – including the BBC, Barclays and many local councils – had submitted their figures. Of these, 1,379 paid women more than men…
He said they first went on the waltzer ride, then disaster struck when Summer went on a bouncy castle.”I just heard my mum scream ‘no’ and within seconds it blew away,” said Mr Grant. “I just saw some sort of cable flying in the air and it just blew away. He said he had seen another large bouncy castle being deflated as they arrived at the fair, but thought this was due to the time of day.His daughters were visiting him in Harlow, where he lives, from Norwich where they lived, he said.Tracy Ayling QC, prosecuting, said a yellow weather warning was in place on March 24 2016 and was still in place on the day of the incident two days later.A meteorologist said the highest gusts during the afternoon had reached 35 to 40mph, Ms Ayling said.The trial continues. “I couldn’t find her. I couldn’t find the entrance to the bouncy castle as it had deflated by the time it reached the end.”He said he saw someone go into the bouncy castle to bring Summer out.Mr Grant said he arrived at the fair with his two daughters and his mother Sharon Stephens and sister Tasha Stephens between 4pm and 5pm on March 26, 2016.He said he first went on the waltzer ride with his daughters, then they went to two bouncy castles that were side-by-side, a dome and a slide.”The bloke who was running both told me it was £3 for both for five or 10 minutes,” he said, adding that the man was black and of slim build.He said Summer and Lily both went on the dome first, then the slide, then Summer went back on the dome alone “as she preferred that one”. “I remember it blowing over some sort of caravan and kept on going over the field.”I started running after the bouncy castle down the field.”He continued: “It was 30 to 50ft in the air and just rolling down the field, just rolling and rolling.”I think it hit a tree. At the end of the field, it came to a halt when it hit the fence. Summer’s mother Cara Blackie arrives at Chelmsford Crown Court Credit:Essex News and Pictures A father whose daughter died after a bouncy castle blew “30 to 50ft in the air” with her inside it has told a court how he desperately chased after the inflatable.Seven-year-old Summer Grant had been enjoying a family day out at an Easter fair at Harlow Town Park in Essex when the bouncy castle was blown away, a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court was told.She was rescued from within the bouncy castle and taken to hospital where she died from her injuries.Fairground worker William Thurston, 29, and his wife Shelby Thurston, 26, both deny manslaughter by gross negligence and a health and safety offence.Prosecutors say that the Thurstons, of Whitecross Road, Wilburton, near Ely, Cambridgeshire, failed to ensure that the bouncy castle was “adequately anchored” to the ground and failed to monitor weather conditions to ensure it was safe to use.Summer’s father Lee Grant, giving evidence in court on Tuesday, said he was at the fair with his two daughters Summer and Lily, who was five years old at the time. Shelby Thurston arrives at Chelmsford Crown Court Credit: EAST NEWS PRESS AGENCY Asked about the weather at the time, he said: “It was spitting lightly, a little bit windy, nothing to suggest a bouncy castle was about to blow away.” Two fairground workers are charged over the death of a young girl after a bouncy castle flew away Credit: EAST NEWS PRESS AGENCY 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.
Teachers are now expected to be social workers, speech therapists and keep an eye on pupils’ health, the Education Secretary has suggested.Damian Hinds said that “society asks more of schools than it did a generation ago”, as he recognised the scale of the demands placed on teachers.Teachers are now expected to look after pupils’ mental health and check for signs of radicalisation, as well as monitor health and social issues such as domestic violence. Addressing primary school leaders at the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) annual conference, Mr Hinds was the first Tory Education Secretary for over two decades to avoid being heckled by delegates.Offering an olive branch to teachers, he said: “I certainly don’t pretend that I can just stand up here at this podium and say a few words that will solve all the challenges that you face in your school today.“It is true that schools get more funding that they used to. But it is also true that society asks more of schools than it did a generation ago.” Mr Hinds was the first Tory Education Secretary for over two decades to avoid being heckled by delegates “But there have also been real cost pressures on schools, for example on pensions and national insurance,” he added.“I know that it is challenging for schools, managing the budget. And I do pledge to work with you to bear down on cost pressures as best we can, working closely with you to make sure that schools can get the best deals possible and target precious resources at the front line.”Last month a joint survey of teachers carried out by the National Education Union and the Child Poverty Action Group found that teachers say they are having to wash their children’s clothes and loan parents money.Staff at some schools told how they keep a washing machine and tumble dryer on site, as well as clean underwear for pupils who are sent to school wearing dirty garments.An NAHT spokesman welcomed Mr Hinds’ comments, saying: “It is encouraging to hear the Secretary of State acknowledging the extra demands that are placed on schools at the moment.“Activity in schools is often seen as an automatic way to solve a deep-seated issue in society, but it must be understood that schools cannot solve these problems on their own.“It’s also important to acknowledge that these extra expectations come at an extra cost, and many of the sources of support that schools once relied on have been cut or now have to be bought in.” Mr Hinds went on to say that compared to other countries, English schools get more government funding per pupil than Germany, France or Japan, according to OECD data. The spokesman went on: “Mental health services, speech and language therapy and some social care services are examples of how schools are filling the gap in new ways.“As we’ve said, rising costs in other areas are a big factor. Pension and national insurance contributions are currently adding extra stress to school budgets.” 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.
“I thought to myself some time ago, ‘Who’s Cheryl Tweedy?’ I suddenly realised I knew the Cheryl bit but missed out on the Tweedy,” he said at a charity event earlier this year.For administrative purposes, the singer has reverted to her original name of Tweedy, but her reluctance to use it publicly is understandable. It was under that name that she was found guilty of assault in 2003 for punching a nightclub lavatory attendant in the face.At the time she was a newly minted pop star, chosen by viewers to be part of the manufactured television talent show group Girls Aloud. There was perhaps a time when a conviction for battering a stranger could sully a star’s reputation, but in the world of modern celebrity, it was merely a blip. Tweedy reportedly turned down the chance to become Cheryl Payne, fearing that her third marriage would go the way of her other two.Bear was born in March 2017, soon followed by rumours that all was not well in the relationship. Asked what his partner was called, Payne explained: “Her name is officially Cheryl Tweedy now, but to be honest it doesn’t really bother me. We have a kid together. There’s a lot more in our life.”As a sign of true devotion, Payne had a rose tattoo on his hand to match the one covering Cheryl’s bottom. When you are Cheryl Tweedy née Fernandez-Versini née Cole née Tweedy, perhaps a surname is more trouble than it’s worth.Or perhaps observers are not quite sure what to call the former X Factor judge and Girls Aloud singer, who has announced her split from the former X Factor contestant and One Direction singer, Liam Payne.Both the BBC and the Press Association solemnly reported that “Cheryl” and Payne were going their separate ways after a two-year relationship, elevating her to the ranks of stars who are known by just one name: Madonna, Cher, Prince, Pele, Liberace. Via her Twitter account, where she bills herself by first name only as @cherylofficial, came a statement in language familiar to connoisseurs of the celebrity break-up. “We are sad to announce that we are going our separate ways. It’s been a tough decision for us to make. We still have so much love for each other as a family.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––“Bear is our world and we ask that you respect his privacy as we navigate our way through this together.” Bear is the couple’s one-year-old son.The statement was coordinated with a front page tabloid story in which sources close to the couple said the separation was a “mutual, loving decision” made with “no animosity” whatsoever. Cheryl and Ashley Cole advertising the National Lottery in 2006 Credit:Chris Jackson/Getty Images Europe She moved on to her first marriage, becoming Cheryl Cole in 2006 when she married the Chelsea footballer, Ashley Cole. He proposed during a camel ride in Dubai. The couple received £1 million for selling the picture rights to a celebrity magazine, became the faces of the National Lottery, and the bride had “Mrs C” tattooed on her neck.They divorced in 2009 but she hung on to the name until 2014, when she married the French restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini after a whirlwind romance. She announced the marriage by posting a picture of her wedding ring on Instagram. It lasted two years. 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. The question of what to call the twice-divorced star has even troubled the Prince of Wales, when he was told of her work supporting the Prince’s Trust. Cheryl Fernandez-Versini on the red carpet in 2016, displaying her ‘Mrs C’ tattoo Credit:Mike Marsland/WireImage The idea of adopting a single moniker took shape during the marriage, when she realised that her latest name was proving problematic. “It’s just ‘Cheryl’ because everyone seems to be having a hard time saying it,” she said.In 2016, she began a relationship with Payne, having first met him in 2008 when she was 25 and he was a 14-year-old hopeful auditioning for The X Factor. Cheryl with her second husband, Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, in happier times in 2015Credit:Marc Piasecki/GC Images
Transparencies from the Spitting Image television show, as the archive of Spitting Image is handed over to the library at Cambridge UniversityCredit:Joe Giddens/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. Cambridge University is the centre of learning for historians keen to study the legacy of Baroness Thatcher, as home to one million of her personal and political documents.Now a more unusual item has been added to the archives: the never-seen-before pilot episode of Spitting Image, in which the former Prime Minister’s latex likeness makes its first appearance.A sketch, written in 1983, features puppets of Baroness Thatcher and Sir Norman Tebbit coolly dealing with letter bombs as they open the Downing Street post.One of the letters fails to explode. “Do you suppose it’s a dud? Remind me to privatise the armaments industry, Norman, it’s a disgrace,” the Prime Minister says.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The writers of the sketch were not to know that, a year later, Baroness Thatcher and Lord Tebbit would narrowly escape the Brighton hotel bombing.The pilot episode was never broadcast because, in the words of the show’s co-creator, Roger Law, it was “awful”. It also featured Idi Amin eating an opponent’s brain, and a sketch in which Japanese dignitaries lament the fact that “the hideous Yankee long-pigs seem to have the ridiculous notion that we all look the same to them”, but are in fact represented by puppets that look exactly the same. The sketch ends with them all committing hara-kiri. Was that a bit racist? “You’re talking 1983,” Law said. “It is only in retrospect that you realise it was a pretty obscene thing to do.”The video and transcript of the pilot, and the Thatcher puppet itself, are among 32 boxes of material that Law has donated to Cambridge University Library, where they will be housed alongside the papers of Isaac Newton and the letters of Charles Darwin. The main Baroness Thatcher archive is at the nearby Churchill Archives Centre.Dr Helen McCarthy, lecturer in modern British history at Cambridge, said: “The Spitting Image archive promises to open up an entirely new perspective on the social, cultural and political shifts of those decades.”I’ve routinely shown my students clips from the programme to liven up lectures on Thatcher and Major; it’s wonderful to think that researchers will soon be able to tell the Spitting Image story in full detail and situate its unique brand of satire in the wider changes of the era.”Law, 77, created the show with Peter Fluck, and it ran on ITV for 18 series from 1984-1996.One of the most memorable scenes found Baroness Thatcher ordering a meal in a restaurant, accompanied by members of her Cabinet. “And what about the vegetables?” asks the waitress. “Oh, they will have the same as me,” Baroness Thatcher replies.A handful of other puppets will also come to Cambridge, including Mikhail Gorbachev and Alan Bennett. Many of the others were sold at Sotheby’s.Law moved to Australia after the show ended and turned down several offers to resurrect Spitting Image. But now he is hoping to bring it back, focusing on Trump’s America, and he hopes that Netflix, Amazon or another US streaming service will pick it up.”I don’t want to do it here. I did it for 13 years. I’ve got about 10 or 15 years left if I’m lucky. Do I want to spend it repeating Spitting Image as it was? No.”I want to be somewhere where you can do what you want, and that would be on the net or pay-per-view. I don’t need some halfwit at ITV or the BBC telling us what you can or can’t do. I’m too old.”A show aimed at international audiences would not feature Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn. Besides, said Law, “it would be a waste. May is going to be gone before we could do it.”
A mother who turned her one-year-old son into a social media “influencer” has spoken out after facing backlash for using the toddler as a “tool”.Stacey Woodhams from Brentwood, Essex, runs the Instagram page for her little boy, Ralphie, which has 15,000 followers.Pictures of the perfect-looking baby can earn the family hundreds of pounds in sponsorships, and the family has managed to accumulate £10,000 worth of freebies including his clothes, bedroom furniture and days out using the account.She has even banned family members from sharing photographs of Ralphie on social media, in case they interfere with his brand.However, in return, the 28-year-old has received hate mail and threats from fellow mothers online, who accuse her of using her son as a “tool” and being an unloving mother.She told The Telegraph that those accusations are not true, adding: “I know everything I do is for Ralphie’s future and genuinely because we love helping others. People are quick to buy anything endorsed by celebrities just because they have a status. The account for Ralphie was originally set up when he was seven days old so the family could see him grow, but he quickly amassed over 1,000 followers. “But what we’re trying to do is grow our online online business, blogger page and influencer following whilst also helping to promote other small independent businesses. Yet I still get accused of being an unloving mother. “What I do doesn’t define me as a mum and people should think carefully before commenting as suicide happens because of online trolls, and they’re factoring into that pool of online abuse and it’s just nasty and could be detrimental if the receiving person wasn’t in the right frame of mind.”Ms Woodhams agreed that there is a double standard when celebrities parade their children on social media.She added: “I think it’s wrong that Kim Kardashian gets pardoned and can share intimate family videos and people support her and buy into her brand yet I share a gorgeous picture of Ralphie and I get called a terrible mother just because I have no status. “I’m sure she gets abuse too but it’s different – she’s protected by the super scale of her success so she couldn’t possibly see everything written online, whereas small time accounts are trolled directly and it’s hard.”Super rich and celebrity statuses are already established and in essence can’t be torn apart or destroyed.. but trolls feel like they can affect small timers like us. But that’s all part and parcel of the struggle and challenger to better myself and work harder.” She now spends hours each day running the account, and styling her baby for pictures, as well as running her own business from home.Ms Woodhams makes sure she posts a photograph of Ralphie daily, and posts when frazzled parents are most likely to be scrolling on their phones, sometimes at 2am.The work has paid off; she says she gets paid up to £375 for each sponsored post, as well as enjoying trips to hotels and theme parks.The mother explained: “I’ve worked really hard to achieve what we have achieved and everything I do is for Ralphie and his future.”If a photo of him in a tracksuit with snot running down his face and his hair is messy gets put on social media, that is not representative of the brands we are representing.”It sounds awful referring to him as a brand because he is a human and a child but essentially, the name that we have created is a business.”So our family aren’t allowed to post photos unless it’s a photo we’ve already posted or a photo I’ve approved.”Because of her success on Instagram, the mother has started to run workshops for other parents, teaching them how to make their own family influencer accounts. 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.