Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are in panic mode after falling to their first 0-3 start in 34 years to the Los Angeles Clippers 105-95 Friday night.After the game Bryant was asked when is it time to hit the panic button, and responded by saying “now.” Bryant later said he was joking about hitting the panic button.Losing their third straight game of an early NBA season is not a joking matter for Lakers coach Mike Brown. The Lakers have turnover concerns that they need to address. They turned the ball over 23 times against the Clippers and are ranked in the top three in the NBA in turnovers with 19.7 percent per game.“I’m not trying to fool anybody here, we do need a win and we hope that we could have gotten one tonight,” Brown said after the game Friday night. “That’s part of the reason why Kobe played the minutes he played, which is too many; but while we’re trying to get this win, we still got to do things right. It’s going to be tough. It’s going to be tough to get a win if we’re averaging 23 turnovers a game.”Bryant played 43 minutes while scoring 40 points and Dwight Howard contributed 13 points and eight rebounds while struggling with constant foul trouble. They were without guard Steve Nash who sat out with a bruised left leg for the leg.Losing is not one of Bryant’s strong traits, who is a five-time NBA champion.“It’s particularly hard for me because I’m not the most patient individual in the world, but you have to be,” Bryant said. “You have to be. You have to stay persistent. You have to stay committed to what you’re doing and just keep on trucking.”There is one positive in the Lakers slow start, they have a field goal percentage of 49.8 percent per game, which is top three in the league. Despite having a high field goal percentage, the Lakers would like those figures to translate into wins.“You always take a step back when you lose, I don’t really believe in moral victories,” said Bryant. “Defensively we were pretty solid, but you let a team get nine offensive rebounds for 20 second-chance points, I’m having a hard time believing how that’s possible.”The Lakers will attempt to repair their defense and get their first win Sunday as they host the Detroit Pistons and hope to get Steve Nash back in the starting line-up.
Month: September 2019
There are few times in life where we witness an institution crumble. The image of Joe Paterno – synonymous with Penn State football, is disintegrating before us. He has spent 62 years on the coaching staff, and is an icon surpassing the likes of Woody Hayes. In an era where college football coaches have the job security equivalent to a housefly’s life expectancy, Paterno has managed to hang on as the Nittany Lions’ head coach for 46 years. The program has been around since 1887, and Paterno has been the chief of the sidelines — or the booth — for an incredible 45 percent of the program’s games. Today, none of that matters. His inaction when innocent children were being deprived of their humanity — in the very facilities that wouldn’t have been built without him — has forever tainted his legacy. Legally, he is absolved because he reported the alleged rape of a 10-year-old boy to his superiors within the university’s administration. Morally, no one who overlooked Jerry Sandusky’s alleged actions can be forgiven. For men who molded the lives of many young adults, they will be remembered for ruining the lives of — at least — nine young children. Paterno’s biography on the official team website says he “has passionately served the Penn State football program and the university with principle, distinction and success with honor.” After what’s already been made public, those words are hollow. The best Paterno could muster as far as a public reaction, was a statement crafted by his son. It said that he wants everyone to “let the legal process unfold.” Thanks to the collective ignorance of Paterno, assistant coach Mike McQueary, former athletic director Tim Curley, former top administrator Gary Schultz and others, the “legal process” hasn’t taken shape until recently. While PSU’s leadership remained willfully ignorant, Sandusky was allowed to run overnight football camps on PSU’s campus as recently as 2009. That’s seven years after they were made aware of Sandusky’s actions. After Curley and Schultz resigned, the remaining members of the PSU administration continue to protect Paterno by canceling press conferences and — most importantly — allowing him to keep his job. As Milan Jordan, of 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, tweeted, PSU “has done more in 72 hours to protect its football coach than it has done to protect innocent children over the past 13 years.” It’s difficult to place an event of this magnitude into context — a natural instinct. The only remotely comparable event in the world of college sports is the wildly unethical actions of former Baylor basketball coach Dave Bliss. After former Baylor player Carlton Dotson murdered ex-teammate Patrick Dennehy, Bliss attempted to cover up his improper benefit payments to Dennehy by framing him as a drug dealer. Bliss was never held in the same regard as Paterno, both in terms of character or his team’s success. That is what makes this situation so unprecedented. Paterno’s sterling reputation and on-field success – which took 46 years as head coach to build – was tarnished as soon as the Pennsylvania state grand jury report came out. That doesn’t compare to the damage done to the lives of the innocent children, who were molested on the same campus where Paterno’s power looms so large.
The Ohio State women’s basketball team just keeps on winning. The No. 8-ranked Buckeyes improved their record to 15-0 Monday with an 84-71 win against Iowa at the Schottenstein Center. With the win, the Buckeyes continue the best start in the program’s history. Senior guard Samantha Prahalis and junior guard Taylor Hill carried OSU with 30 and 28 points, respectively, but the win didn’t come easy. With 5:19 remaining in the first half, OSU saw itself trailing, 22-37, but OSU coach Jim Foster didn’t panic. “I don’t tend to think negative thoughts,” Foster said. “At least I won’t verbalize them until we’re in the huddle. Then I’ll remind people. I’ve seen big leads come and go. There’s a significant frame of reference.” His team responded with a 17-3 run before the half ended, though the Hawkeyes held onto a 40-39 lead going into the half. Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said the Buckeyes picked up their intensity. “We shot the ball well during that time and even defended well, but when they got on a roll it took us out of our rhythm. They changed the way they were playing and had more intensity as the game went on,” she said. “I think it was a matter of us playing well that got us the lead early, but I don’t think Ohio State was as into it at the beginning of the game.” The second half was all Buckeyes. Prahalis sunk a three to put OSU up, 42-40, and the team never looked back as the combination of Prahalis and Hill dominated the Hawkeyes. “I think our energy [made a difference in the game],” Prahalis said. “At first we let Iowa’s guards penetrate. It was just a matter of keeping their guards in front of us. We just needed to step up. We weren’t playing how we needed to play and how we know how to play.” Hill came into the game as the Big Ten’s top scorer on the year. A career high five 3-pointers helped propel her to 28 points. She credited her success to her teammates. “My teammates were finding me, especially Sam (Prahalis) on the fast break. I feel like I had the hot hand at one point,” she said. “It’s kind of hard to guard us on the outside with our ability to get to the bucket.” The victory gets the Buckeyes off to an undefeated start in conference play. OSU is the only undefeated Big Ten team. Foster said conference play is the team’s main focus. “We have a board in our locker room that has the records of every team in the league, and we want to be at the top. We were in the preseason, and we moved that column over today to start the Big Ten column. We want to be on top.”
Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) and redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (25) wait for a snap in the second half of the Ohio State-Michigan State game on Nov. 11. Ohio State won 48-3. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 9 Ohio State (8-2, 6-1 Big Ten) will play its final game in Ohio Stadium at 3:30 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Illinois (2-8, 0-7 Big Ten). It will also celebrate Senior Day, with players like quarterback J.T. Barrett, center Billy Price and linebacker Chris Worley competing in their final game in the Horseshoe. The Buckeyes have a chance to clinch the Big Ten East title Saturday with a win if No. 24 Michigan loses at No. 5 Wisconsin. Ohio State offense vs. Illinois defenseOhio State comes in heavily favored to throttle the Fighting Illini, and the lopsided matchup between the Buckeyes’ offense and Illinois’ defense is a major factor in that. The Fighting Illini have allowed 28.4 points per game, the 76th most in the nation, and 403.2 yards per game. Ohio State will bring an offense that averages the third-most yards per game at 546.5 and fifth-most points at 44.2.The greatest disparity between the Buckeye offense and Fighting Illini defense comes in the ground game. Illinois has allowed the 105th-fewest rush yards per game at 199.1 and 80th-fewest yards per carry at 4.5. Meanwhile, Ohio State comes in with the 16th-most rushing yards per game (245.3) and fourth-most yards per carry (6.1).The Buckeyes also are coming off their most dominating rushing game of the season, recording a season-high 335 yards on 42 carries and scored four touchdowns. Both freshman J.K. Dobbins and redshirt sophomore Mike Weber recorded more than 120 rushing yards.As for the passing game, Ohio State still holds a statistical advantage over the Illini. Ohio State has averaged 301.2 passing yards per game, 17th-most in the nation, and 8.5 yards per attempt, which is tied for 18th. Illinois has been sound defending against opposing aerial attacks, holding opponents to the 42nd-fewest pass yards per game (204.1) and 57th-fewest yards per attempt (7.1). The Fighting Illini have a pair of safeties who have put together strong seasons and helped the pass defense remain solid for the team. Stanley Green and Bennett Williams are second and third, respectively, in total tackles on the team despite playing in the defensive backfield. Green has picked off one pass this season, forced two fumbles and recovered one. Williams has 1.5 sacks, two interceptions, two passes defended and one forced fumble.The defense for Illinois has been comparatively solid when examining it as a whole. It has done a far better job keeping opponents from scoring than the Illinois offense has done itself in trying to score. However, given the struggles of the Fighting Illini offense, the defense might be on the field for extended time Saturday. Ohio State defense vs. Illinois offenseThe Buckeyes held then-No. 12 Michigan State to just three points in their most recent game in Ohio Stadium. There’s a chance Illinois might not even be able to muster up that much. The Fighting Illini offense comes into this game having averaged 16.4 points per game, 124th in the nation, and squares off against a defense that has allowed the 25th-fewest points at just 20.4.The only aspect of Illinois’ offense that has found any semblance of success this season has been its passing game. Two quarterbacks — the pocket-passing Jeff George Jr. and the mobile Chayce Crouch — have regularly split time under center for Illinois in its attempt to provide unique looks to opposing defenses.Unfortunately for the team, neither quarterback has found much of anything. George has 1,273 passing yards with a 51.9 percent completion rating and seven touchdown passes to 10 interceptions.Crouch has only 427 passing yards with a 53.2 percent completion rating with a touchdown and four picks. On the ground, Crouch has 93 total yards on 46 carries and one touchdown. Overall, the offense has the 92nd-most pass yards per game. It is completing just 51 percent of passes and has thrown eight touchdown passes to 17 interceptions. Part of the problem for the quarterbacks has been the inconsistency of the offensive line. The line has allowed the fourth-most sacks per game at 3.6 and the 117th-most tackles for loss per game at 7.3.The offensive line’s struggles has contributed to the inability for Illinois to gets its run game going. The Fighting Illini have the 121st-fewest rush yards per attempt at 3.32 and the 122nd-fewest rush yards per game at 107.8. Only Mike Epstein and Cam Thomas are averaging more than 4.5 yards per carry, and the former is out for the year and the latter is questionable for Saturday.This Fighting Illini offense plays right into the hands of the Ohio State defense. Though the passing defense for Ohio State has struggled at times, it seemingly only has issues when the defensive line is not applying enough pressure on the quarterbacks. Ohio State’s defensive line has the ninth-most tackles for loss per game (8.3) and 23rd-most sacks per game (2.7). But perhaps most importantly, it is coming off one of its strongest game of the season in which it had nine tackles for loss and six sacks against the Spartans.The Fighting Illini quarterbacks could struggle to receive sufficient pass protection, and it is unlikely the rushing offense will produce much against a rush defense that has allowed the 14th-fewest yards per game (116.5) and ninth-fewest yards per carry (3.16). This figures to be a tough game for the Fighting Illini. Predictions:Edward Sutelan: Ohio State wins 63-3Colin Hass-Hill: Ohio State wins 58-3
Ohio State redshirt sophomore linebacker Tuf Borland (32) takes down Indiana quarterback Peyton Ramsey (12) in the second quarter of the game against Indiana on Oct. 6. Ohio State won 49-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State earned its sixth win of the season on Saturday, beating Indiana 49-26 at Ohio Stadium. With many of the same storylines that have followed the Buckeyes from game to game, such as redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins’ dominance in the passing game or struggling secondary play, the Buckeyes move to a Week 7 game against Minnesota with a perfect record. Here are three takeaways Ohio State can take from its win on Saturday. Running game still has work to doAs Haskins nearly broke the record for passing yards in a game, throwing for 455 yards, three yards away from the record Art Schlichter set in 1981, the Ohio State offense still had a game plan to follow against the Hoosiers. Along with passing 44 times in Saturday’s 23-point win, Ohio State backs recorded 48 rushes, the most the unit has recorded since the season opener against Oregon State. Even with the amount of carries, Ohio State could not get its running game going consistently. With sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins and redshirt junior Mike Weber taking 81.3 percent of all carries, Ohio State backs averaged 3.2 yards per carry. Weber recorded the only three runs of 10 yards or longer, recording a 21 yard rush in the second quarter. Dobbins led the team in carries, recording a season-high 26 touches, but averaged, like Ohio State as a whole, 3.2 yards per rush, recording his fourth touchdown of the season, his third since Sept. 22. With the balanced offense that head coach Urban Meyer preaches, Ohio State has relied on Haskins and the passing game through the first six games of the season. However, Meyer said after the game the running game is still an important part of the offense, calling the performance at this point in the season “alarming.” Tuf Borland continues to shine After returning from an offseason Achilles injury originally expected to sideline him for the first part of the season, redshirt sophomore linebacker Tuf Borland has come back to full strength over the past two weeks and has shown he is healthy in the middle. In Saturday’s game, Borland had three tackles, two of which were for loss, including a sack. He also recorded a forced fumble in the second quarter that was significant in terms of momentum for the Ohio State defense. It was the second game in a row Borland had made such an impact. In the game against Penn State on Sept. 29, the redshirt sophomore tied for the team lead with eight tackles, recording a 5-yard sack and forcing a fumble. Even though the second level of the defense has been one of the main storylines as to how Ohio State must improve in the near future, Borland has been one of the bright spots over the past two games. Redshirt senior receivers set the tone in the passing game Redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin is not only a pass blocker. He said he enjoys doing that, saying at one point in Saturday’s win over Indiana, he helped block two defensive ends. However, McLaurin showed that he is still a valuable receiver in the passing game. He recorded four catches for 59 yards, bringing in his fifth and sixth touchdown receptions of the season against his home state Hoosiers, one on a 7-yard crossing route and the other a 17-yard pass play in the third quarter. McLaurin said his play was helping Haskins with the amount of blitzes Indiana was showing up front, allowing the quarterback to be able to get the ball off quickly to open receivers in the secondary, who used their speed to get into open space. This has been the made strategy for the pass offense through the first six games, something that worked for redshirt senior Parris Campbell as well. In Meyer’s words, Campbell had “a hell of a day,” leading the team with 142 yards and two touchdowns on nine catches. Redshirt senior Johnnie Dixon also brought in a touchdown, bringing in 73 yards on five catches. The veteran Ohio State wide receiver room continues to help Haskins as he gets more national recognition for his play over the first six games of the season.
Carrie Fisher, the actress best-known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, has died aged 60, four days after she suffered a cardiac arrest on a flight.Her daughter Billie Lourd said the actress passed away on Tuesday morning after being taken ill travelling from London to Los Angeles.She is survived by her mother, the veteran Hollywood star Debbie Reynolds who has been by her side along with her close family over Christmas. pic.twitter.com/RLiWEXU8Ob— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) December 27, 2016 RIP Carrie 2000 she grabbed my ass and said ” you would have loved me when I was on Xanax”. Funny, interesting, chaotic , soulful. Friend.— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) December 28, 2016 Show more In an interview in November with Rolling Stone magazine, Fisher said she was “not happy about being older, except what are the options?”When asked if she feared death, she said: “No. I fear dying. Anything with pain associated with it, I don’t like. I’ve been there for a couple of people when they were dying; it didn’t look like fun.”But if I was gonna do it, I’d want someone like me around. And I will be there!”She once joked that she would like her obituary to record that she was strangled by her own underwear, after George Lucas famously told her not to wear a bra under her Star Wars costume because they did not exist in space.”I tell my younger friends that no matter how I go, I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra,” she wrote. Her uncle Bill Reynolds, brother of Debbie, said: “The family all had hope. That’s what the doctors told us, that she would recover.”On Christmas Eve we all had dinner together at my sister’s house and said prayers. Everything looked positive and everyone seemed pretty upbeat.” She was the brightest, funniest, bravest, kindest, cleverest and sweetest person I ever knew. A crushing blow to lose @carrieffisher— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) December 27, 2016 He added: “We don’t have enough details yet. But the family is all gathering. We all loved her and no one expected anything like this.”Star Wars without Princess LeiaFisher is expected to make her final appearance on screen as General Leia Organa, after completing filming on Star Wars: Episode VIII. Her death has already sparked speculation over how the franchise will proceed without her. Fisher stars in Return of the Jedi Fisher with her mother Debbie Reynolds in 2003 no words #Devastated pic.twitter.com/R9Xo7IBKmh— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 27, 2016 Carrie Fisher in the role which made her a household name Princess Leia, @carrieffisher now one with the Force. Your kindness & sharp wit will be missed. #RIP PS: Thanks for the milk & cookies. xx pic.twitter.com/sFSy9UmvYY— Warwick Davis (@WarwickADavis) December 27, 2016 I’m deeply saddened at the news of Carrie’s passing. She was a dear friend, whom I greatly respected and admired. The force is dark today!— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) December 27, 2016 Oh no!! Carrie wasn’t done yet! https://t.co/hAvLtKfLmA— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) December 27, 2016 English actress Daisy Ridley, who played Rey in The Force Awakens, says she was “devastated at this monumental loss”.And director of the same film, J J Abrams, posted a handwritten note to Twitter which read: “You didn’t need to meet Carrie Fisher to understand her power. She was just as brilliant and beautiful, tough and wonderful, incisive and funny as you could imagine. What an unfair thing to lose her. How lucky to have been blessed with her at all.” In 1987 she published Postcards From The Edge, which was later turned into a Hollywood blockbuster starring Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine and Dennis Quaid, while her one-woman confessional stage show, Wishful Drinking, was published in book form in 2008 to rave reviews.”People relate to aspects of my stories and that’s nice for me because then I’m not all alone with it,” she said of her confessional tendencies.”Also, I do believe you’re only as sick as your secrets. If that’s true, I’m just really healthy.”Fisher is survived by her brother Todd Fisher, her mother Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Billie Lourd. When I was a young man, Carrie Fisher she was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen. She turned out to be witty and bright as well.— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) December 27, 2016 Carrie Fisher didn’t make it. I am so terribly sorry, and send my sincere condolences to her family, friends and fans all around the world.— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) December 27, 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Fans of Fisher had held out hope for her recovery following reports that she was “stable”, with her uncle disclosing the family had believed there would be a positive outcome.But a spokesman for the family said: “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning. Said to be initially “unresponsive”, she was rushed to hospital in LA where she was treated in an intensive care unit but did not regain consciousness.Four days later, after spending Christmas in hospital, Fisher’s daughter confirmed she had died. I’m deeply saddened to learn of the death of Carrie Fisher. I will miss our banterings. A wonderful talent & light has been extinguished.— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) December 27, 2016 I thought I had got what I wanted under the tree. I didn’t. In spite of so many thoughts and prayers from so many. I am very, very sad.— Anthony Daniels (@ADaniels3PO) December 27, 2016 “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”Reynolds, 84, said: “Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter.”I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Love Carrie’s Mother”.Fisher had been in hospital since December 23, when she fell ill on a United Airlines flight. Fisher and Harrison Ford in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Fisher appearing on the Graham Norton show in December As well as her acting career, Fisher was a prolific author, advice columnist, comedian and script editor.She has achieved a cult following for her frank confessions and witty one-liners, flanked in her recent public appearances by her dog Gary.In her personal life, Fisher long battled drug addiction, alcoholism and mental illness, and spoke widely about her struggles. Her death prompted widespread praise for her work helping to remove the stigma of mental health. Co-stars pay tribute to FisherShe had most recently been undertaking a book tour for her autobiography, The Princess Diarist, making headlines with her mischievous confessions about her youthful affair with Harrison Ford.As news of her death was announced, tributes immediately poured in from actors and admirers. Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, her on-screen brother, said he was devastated, adding there were “no words”.Harrison Ford said she was “one-of-a-kind” who lived her life “bravely”, adding: “My thoughts are with her daughter Billie, her mother Debbie, her brother Todd and her many friends. We will all miss her.”The creator of Star Wars, George Lucas, said: “Carrie and I have been friends most of our adult lives. She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved. “In Star Wars she was our great and powerful princess – feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people might think. My heart and prayers are with Billie, Debbie and all Carrie’s family, friends and fans. She will be missed by all. George Lucas.” The daughter of Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, with Elizabeth Taylor as a stepmother, she grew up surrounded by Hollywood glamour.She married musician Paul Simon then Hollywood agent Bryan Lourd, with whom she had a daughter.Fisher made her acting debut in 1975 in Shampoo, appearing alongside Hollywood stars Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn and went on to appear in The Blues Brothers, Charlie’s Angels, Hannah and Her Sisters, Scream 3 and When Harry Met Sally, as well as quietly working – often uncredited – as a script doctor. ‘The most beautiful creature’Bette Midler, Stephen Fry, Mia Farrow, Richard E Grant, William Shatner and Joan Collins were among those adding their condolences, with Steve Martin saying: “When I was a young man, Carrie Fisher was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen. She turned out to be witty and bright as well.” My heart goes out to Debbie Reynolds on the death of Carrie her talented daughter. There have been too many deaths this year— Joan Collins (@Joancollinsdbe) December 27, 2016
Many hay fever suffers attempt some form of pollen acclimatisation as summer approaches, but the new research suggests that to achieve lasting effects patients must undergo three years of treatment.Two years’ immunotherapy does not bring the same lasting benefits, the study found.Currently immunotherapy to overcome allergens is administered in specialist medical centres in the first instance in case patients suffer serious reaction such as anaphalaxis.Subsequent doses can be taken at home.Professor Stephen Durham, head of allergy and clinical immunology at the National Heart and Lung Institute, said: “You treat patients for three years and then they have a big improvement in their hay fever for several years afterwards.”Exposing people to grass pollen in this way is a very effective treatment for people who really have debilitating hay fever.” Exposing people to grass pollen in this way is a very effective treatment for people who really have debilitating hay feverProfessor Stephen Durham, National Heart and Lung Institute Symptoms of hay fever include bouts of sneezing, a runny nose and itchy eyes.The condition has been estimated to affect as many as one in four people across the UK.The majority of these cases are initiated as a reaction to grass pollen.The new study, published in the journal JAMA, involved patient volunteers at Royal Brompton Hospital in London.Experts assessed the effectiveness of two different immunotherapies which used grass pollen extract – as an injection or a pill taken under the tongue.A total of 106 patients were given either injection, tablets or a placebo.Overall, 92 patients completed the study.After a two-year course of treatment, the results showed that both therapies were effective at tackling symptoms.But one year after patients had stopped taking the medication the effects were no better than the placebo group. Hay fever sufferers can effectively cure their condition if they take pills or injections for three years that acclimatises them to pollen.Experts at Imperial College London said those blighted by the allergy can reduce their symptoms for “several years” after undergoing treatment.Past studies have shown that exposing patients to increasing amounts of grass pollen over time is an effective way to reduce severe symptoms in the long term. 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.
Fake designer goods worth £8 million have been seized in police raids.Counterfeit clothes, sunglasses, jewellery and perfume were recovered as homes, businesses and storage units in the Strangeways area of Manchester were targeted on Tuesday and Thursday. Detective Inspector Paul Walker said: “These raids are a great example of successful partnership working investigating the counterfeit world.”The raids took place following intelligence from our partners and send out the clear message that fakes are illegal and will not be tolerated by the police.”People often see selling knock-offs as a victimless crime but buying these goods helps to line the pockets of criminals which can often fund more sinister crimes.” 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. Millions of pounds worth of fake designer goods were seized after raids in Manchester https://t.co/nPWX8mTPZ0— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 4, 2017 People often see selling knock-offs as a victimless crime but buying these goods helps to line the pockets of criminals which can often fund more sinister crimesDetective Inspector Paul Walker More than £270,000 in cash was also secured by Greater Manchester Police in the searches conducted in partnership with Trading Standards and immigration authorities.A 44-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering as well as counterfeit and trademark offences.Both have been released under investigation.
Nadia Choucair A woman who was pictured desperately waving a makeshift flag from her window near the top of the Grenfell Tower has been identified as Nadia Choucair, who is missing along with five members of her family.The haunting image of Mrs Choucair, 29, and her husband silouetted against a backdrop of raging fire, was widely published and epitomised the unimaginable horror that victims were forced to endure.Six members, and three generations, of the Choucair family are feared to have died.Three sisters Fatima, Zaynab and Mierna Choucair, aged three, ten and 13, were in their flat on the 22nd floor, along with their parents Nadia and Bassem, 38, and Nadia’s elderly mother Sirra, from Lebanon. Hisam Choucair said he believed the photograph was of Nadia, who worked as a nursery officer at the Avondale Park primary school, standing alongside Bassem.He has demanded that fire evacuation policies for high rise buildings are reformed and that cladding is removed from similar blocks.”I would like to say to the government that I would like to see reform into all high rise buildings in London,” he told Sky News. Sawsan Choucair at a tribute board near the Grenfell Tower fire where she has posted pictures of missing members of her familyCredit:SWNS Nadia left him a voice message at 2.41am saying that there was a fire in the building and they were sitting in her flat. “OK, bye,” she added. Nadia’s sister Sawsan Choucair revealed she had spoke to them at around 3am. “They were screaming, shouting, all I could hear in the background, and they were just screaming, and I was shouting – get out, try and find an exit or something,” she said.“Everyone’s doing their bit, their duty and everything, but I still don’t know anything. I’ve given my name, my number, everything, just to know. I pray for everyone, I hope everyone’s safe.” Another one of her brothers, Nabil Choucair, said Bassem had texted work colleague at 1.55am on Wednesday morning to say there was a fire in the building and it was unlikely he would make it to work. “Sorry guys for letting you down,” he wrote. “Take a relook at all fire evacuation policies within high rise buildings because it seems residents have been given mixed information about what to do in the event of a fire and I would like to see the removal of cladding from high rise buildings.” The aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fireCredit:JULIAN SIMMONDS 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.
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. Chief Superintendent Neil Evans said: “The moorland fire is now being investigated as arson following information from local witnesses and initial inquiries.”The scale of this fire is exceptional and we are treating it with the utmost seriousness.”That said, we are under no illusion that solid evidence as to where the fire started and what was the cause will not be easy to establish.” “Investigations are currently ongoing with a multi-agency approach to find the source of the ignition. There is an area of interest that specialist officers are inspecting.”Firefighters are working in extremely difficult and challenging circumstances in Tameside and I can’t praise crews enough – they’ve done a fantastic job and are continuing to work hard to put out the multiple fires across the moorlands.”I would like to urge the public to be really careful with barbecues, discarded cigarettes and glass bottles in the countryside. Fires in the moorlands can spread rapidly so it’s important that we take extra care.” Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said 20 crews were at Winter Hill on Wednesday as they continue to tackle smouldering areas.The 22-year-old man arrested by Lancashire Police on suspicion of starting one of the Winter Hill fires has been released under investigation. Soldiers drafted in to help Greater Manchester firefighters tackle the Saddleworth Moor blaze will continue their temporary roles until the end of the week.Around 100 troops from the Royal Regiment of Scotland have been involved in the operation in Tameside, including digging trenches in an effort to stop the moorland fires spreading.On Wednesday there were 45 firefighters on the scene who were using specialist equipment and vehicles to extinguish the remaining pockets of fire, said GMFRS.Firefighters are being supporting by two helicopters from United Utilities which are continuing to dampen down targeted areas.GMFRS firefighters and others from around the country are also supporting colleagues from Lancashire to maintain control of a similar blaze at Winter Hill near Bolton which broke out when two moorland fires either side of the hill merged on Saturday because of increased wind speed. Mr Evans added: “The areas we have been able to look include dusty ash, burnt peat and grass and because of this our work with the fire service will be painstaking.”We recognise the incredible support that the emergency services have received and we now hope that the local community can help us further by getting in touch with any information that could help our investigation.”The bonfire sighting was at about 7.30pm on June 24, with the fire service called out at 8.19pm.Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) interim chief officer Dawn Docx said: “Specialist fire investigation officers at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are working closely with Greater Manchester Police to investigate the suspected arson in the moorlands in Tameside. The wildfire on Saddleworth Moor which crews have been fighting for more than a week is now being treated as arson.Police say witnesses reported that people were lighting a bonfire on the moorland above Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, on the early evening of Sunday June 24 – around 50 minutes before the first 999 call.The fire on land at Buckton Vale, east of Manchester, later led two days later to the evacuation of dozens of homes in the village of Carrbrook as flames threatened to engulf properties.Flames continued to spread before fire crews from across the country, with the assistance of the Army, successfully battled to keep the area safe.On Wednesday with the fire still burning, although under control, Greater Manchester Police said the bonfire sighting was being pursued as a possible line of inquiry. Two separate blazes at Winter Hill and Scout Road near Bolton and a third at Healy Nab near Chorley, were confirmed to have been set by arsonists.Crews had already spent five days tackling the huge moor fire near Manchester when two new fires broke out last Thursday, and a third over the weekend.One man has already been arrested and helicopters on reconnaissance flights and water drops will now be scouring the area for culprits, with those caught facing prison.