Mariano Rivera, the best closer in baseball history who was coming off a torn ACL, appeared in his first New York Yankees’ game since sustaining the injury on May 3, 2012, and did what he has done better than anyone else in his position.That is, he got the job done.It was not vintage Rivera — he walked a batter and allowed a run — but he shut down the hated Boston Red Sox in the ninth inning to preserve a 4-2 win, the Yankees’ first of the season. It was his first since April 30, 2012.Thursday also marked Rivera’s first outing in what will be the final season of his 19-year career. He received a standing ovation during his jog from the bullpen to the mound, accompanied, as always, by Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.”“It was like another one,” Rivera said. “The only difference was this one I waited for almost a year to pitch again, but it feels the same. It was wonderful to be there.”Rivera walked Dustin Pedroia to open the ninth, but retired Mike Napoli on a fly to right before allowing a double down the left-field line to Jonny Gomes that put runners on second and third with one out. Rivera said it took him a batter or two to adjust, as he rarely walks batters, but he felt things were much better after the Napoli at-bat.Will Middlebrooks then grounded out to drive in a run and slice the lead to 4-2, but Rivera then struck out Jackie Bradley Jr. to record his first save of the year. He preserved starter Andy Petitte’s first win of the season, the 69th time Rivera has closed out a Pettitte victory.With his appearance Thursday, Rivera surpassed Mickey Mantle, Derek Jeter nd Yogi Berra for the most seasons played with the Yankees, although Jeter will tie him after he returns from the disabled list. The closer acknowledged he was emotional as he ran to the mound.“At the same time, you have to control that. I have to be able to do that because I still have to finish the game,” Rivera said. “It was wonderful. You wait for almost a year to be on the mound and get your job done, especially here at home.”Rivera, 43, last pitched in April 2012, recording a save in a 2-1 win over Baltimore. It was during the Yankees’ next series in Kansas City that he tore his ACL and meniscus while shagging fly balls before a game. Rivera pitched just 8 1/3 innings and notched five saves last season, the shortest of his career.Although there had been speculation that last season would be Rivera’s last, the closer said he would return after the injury, not wanting to end his career like that. He rehabbed to ensure he would be ready for this season, and during spring training, he announced this would be his final year.“There were times, because the therapy and the pain and all that stuff, I thought if it would be worth it to come back,” Rivera said. “At the same time, the love and the passion and the drive that you have for the game motivated me to keep going.”Rivera’s manager and teammates described Thursday as a special night. Manager Joe Girardi said the combination of the Yankees being 0-2 entering the game, facing rival Boston, and Rivera returning to a raucous ovation, made for a memorable moment. Teammates recognized that Thursday began the final stretch of time they’ll see Rivera work his craft.“It’s amazing. I always say I’m going to tell my kids I caught Mariano Rivera,” Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli said. “It’s one of the greatest moments I ever had in my career because he’s going to be the best reliever I ever see in my life.”Added Pettitte: “It’ll be special for me watching him this year and knowing this is it. After this, he won’t be closing any games for us, so I’ll savor it as much as I can.”After the victory, Rivera received the game ball, as he normally does. While he usually gives away the ball, he told ESPNNewYork.com that he plans to keep this one.Rivera is baseball’s all-time saves leader with 609.“I did miss (these moments) a lot,” Rivera said. “At the same time, I have to be patient. I couldn’t push it, I couldn’t rush it, I just had to make things right.”
Junior all-around gymnast Jake Martin has claimed multiple accolades during his time as a Buckeye.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsBig Ten athletics are, more often than not, associated with football or men’s basketball.But that’s not what comes to mind for Jake Martin.When Martin thinks of the Big Ten, the first things that come to his mind are: Ohio State, gymnastics at Michigan and gymnastics at Illinois, the OSU all-around gymnast said.“I think gymnastics in general is underrated,” he said.Martin, a junior from Oviedo, Fla., has been a three-time U.S. Junior National Team member, and claimed fifth in the all-around at the 2014 NCAA Championships, along with picking up multiple Gymnast of the Week titles.When Martin was growing up and was asked where he wanted to attend college, he would mention OSU, and typically hear about the quality of its football team, he said. But he’d instead respond with names of top gymnasts that competed for the Buckeyes.“Blaine Wilson went here, Raj Bhavsar went there, the Hamm twins,” Martin said. “I know a lot of these things about the school that a lot of people wouldn’t know.”Wilson is a gymnast who won the Nissen-Emery Award in 1997, which is men’s gymnastics’ equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. He is also a silver medal recipient from the 2004 Athens Olympics. Bhavsar won the bronze medal in the 2008 summer Olympics and twins Paul and Morgan Hamm are American gymnasts who helped the U.S. win multiple medals in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics.Gymnastics was Martin’s biggest factor when it came down to attending college, he said. The freezing cold temperatures of Ohio are certainly not what he’s used to from growing up in central Florida, but it was a reasonable trade-off because of OSU’s impressive gymnastics program.Now with the Buckeyes, Martin has at least one teammate who thinks he’s at the top of the sport.“(Martin) is one of the best gymnasts in the United States in my opinion,” sophomore all-around Sean Melton said.While he might be one of the best by his teammate’s standards, there were some who told Martin to take his talents to a different sport when he was younger.Growing up tall, gymnastics wasn’t the first sport that came to people’s minds for Martin.“A lot of people told me going into high school, ‘You should probably think about doing other sports to get a scholarship,’” he said. “I did get some kind of grief from people.”Martin said people sometimes told him “gymnastics is a girl’s sport”, but he just laughed it off.“I didn’t do gymnastics for anyone,” he said. “I did it for me. So I just thought to myself, ‘If it’s a girl’s sport, I’m just going to enjoy it.’”Along with honing his craft as a gymnast, Martin said he has high aspirations in the classroom as well.As a junior international studies major, he’s preparing to take the LSAT in June and is preparing as much as he can to attend law school. Martin said the athletic department and school itself have been helpful during his times of frantic scheduling.Growing up, Martin appreciated the support he got from his family and friends. Now in college, the two-time All-American has noticed that the atmosphere OSU has sets it apart from the rest.“You have people in the crowd that you don’t know,” Martin said. “But they’re wearing scarlet and gray so you know they’re cheering for you and you know they’ve got your back.”Melton said Martin brings more to the team than anyone could ever ask for.“I think he’s a great leader,” Melton said. “To have him on my team is definitely something we’re happy about and I can’t speak more highly of him.”Martin discovered his interest in gymnastics when he was a child with a growing curiosity. His cousins taught him how to do a back handspring off of an old mattress, which he mimicked off of his couch, resulting in a sprained thumb.Shortly after, he was signed up for gymnastics class and within a year, he was signed up for a pre-team because of his impressive progression.“Once I started gymnastics, that was it … I just decided that this is exactly what I want to do,” he said.Martin considers gymnastics a sport in which one must always work at perfecting their skill.“The main goal (in a lot of other sports) is to score,” Martin said.For gymnastics, however, he said displaying one’s perfectly crafted skills is the main goal.“We’re using our bodies differently,” he said. “When people think of brute strength, they think of weightlifting. But when you look at still rings, you have to hold these positions and it’s the same thing except our toes are pointed.“Gymnastics brings this element of brute strength, but we have to make it look good.”While the 2016 Olympics aren’t for some time, Martin said he uses every practice and competition to hone his skills into becoming a better athlete and an Olympic hopeful.“It’s nerve-wracking and I try not to think about what’s going to happen a little over a year from now,” he said. “But it is coming up and I have been thinking about it.”
OSU cornerbacks and special teams coach Kerry Coombs talks to the media on March 30 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Sports EditorSpoiled with the likes of potential first-round picks Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley last season, Ohio State football is returning just senior safety Damon Webb to its secondary. Although most writers and analysts deemed Lattimore and Conley the only two starters at cornerback, with redshirt sophomore Damon Arnette returning as the potential nickelback, cornerbacks and special teams coach Kerry Coombs feels one Buckeye keeps getting left out.“You guys keep saying (Denzel Ward) wasn’t a starter last year, and I know he didn’t walk out onto the field for the first snap of the game, but he played the same number of snaps as Marshon and Gareon,” Coombs said on Thursday. “So I would prefer it if you guys would refer to him as the third starter at corner. Because that’s what he was. We had a true three-man rotation.”Arnette was scrutinized for some mistakes early in the season, and eventually lost snaps to Ward. With both players entering their third year at OSU, it’s a race to see who will get the nod as a starter for the Scarlet and Gray next season. However, with a slew of young players arriving with their fair share of accolades and hype behind them, it might not be a clear-cut depth chart in the secondary, much like it was last season for OSU. Only this time, Coombs might be increasing the number of players who see snaps in the defensive backfield.“I tell them all the time in the room, if we have four guys who can go out there and cover their man so that he doesn’t catch the ball, we’ll play four,” he said. “In addition to the nickel.”Of the potential contributors, Coombs said any one of the incoming members of the 2017 recruiting class can make an impact.“The new guys are really, really playing well, as is (sophomore) Rodjay Burns,” he said. “This group of kids, from a pecking order standpoint, if we lined up today, I would expect six of them to play, or maybe seven, during the course of a game. They’re that talented, and we’re keep fresh guys out there.”Although Coombs isn’t giving anything away in terms of who he feels is the top cornerback, it would seem easy to infer Ward should be the frontrunner. After matching the number of snaps had by the two lead corners who will be playing soon in the NFL, his resume is impressive.Plus, Coombs would have to answer to OSU coach Urban Meyer if he wasn’t putting the best players on the field.“I don’t run out a guy who’s not as good as the other guys,” he said. “Who would do that? Have you met my boss? He would say, ‘Dammit, what are you doing?’”Webb, who will be staying at his position from last season while coaches attempt to find a replacement for Malik Hooker, said he shares the sentiments of his coaches, and is excited by what might come this season.“I see the younger players on the team coming along real well,” Webb said. “Incoming freshman, dudes that were on the team last year, I feel like they’re all stepping up and fighting. This is one of the best springs that I’ve had too.”OSU will present its new-look secondary on April 15 during the annual spring game. While the starters for the game might not be the same as the regular season, the scrimmage will give a good look into who is pulling ahead.
Ohio State then-redshirt junior Joey McKenna wrestles Vince Turk in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 2 Ohio State’s home opener went as planned, as the undefeated Buckeyes knocked off previously undefeated No. 19 Wisconsin 23-13 on Sunday. Despite an early loss by sophomore 125-pound wrestler Braken Mead, junior Luke Pletcher, the No. 7 wrestler in the 133-pound weight class in the country, recorded a takedown in the second period. But Ohio State began to find its momentum early on, with senior captain Joey McKenna, the No. 2 wrestler in the 141-pound weight class, defeated Wisconsin redshirt junior Tristan Moran, the No. 12 wrestler in the class, after takedowns in both the second and third period, leading to a dominant 14-2 win. Redshirt senior and No. 3 Micah Jordan continued the momentum for Ohio State, continued the momentum for Ohio State, coming out with a quick takedown just seconds in to take an early 2-0 lead and never looked back. A 14-4 major decision win for Jordan improved his record to 12-1 on the season and put the Buckeyes up 11-3. Jordan said he felt his early takedown set the tone for the rest of the match.“It’s really important to score first,” Jordan said. “I had to stay after the guy, but it’s nice to go out there and get that early takedown to get the ball rolling.”With an 11-6 halftime lead, Ohio State opened the second half with its toughest task yet: taking on Wisconsin redshirt sophomore Evan Wick, the No. 2 wrestler in the 165-pound class. Undefeated coming into the match, Wick showed dominance against Ohio State redshirt freshman Ryan Ferro, earning a 13-1 major decision and lessening the Badgers’ deficit to one point. The momentum for Wisconsin continued early on in the 174-pound matchup between the Badgers’ No. 9 redshirt senior Ryan Christensen and Ohio State redshirt freshman Ethan Smith after an early takedown. But after an aggressive third period by Smith and pin attempt that was too late by Christensen, Ohio State picked up the upset victory. Smith said that crowd gave him some added energy but he wasn’t thinking about how close the dual score was when he stepped out on the mats.“The atmosphere helped and it was just unparalleled, but I try not to think of the team race when I’m out there,” Smith said. “Obviously you want to try to get bonus points for you team, but I just wanted to think about my match and what I wanted to do. I was just trying to think about my wrestling.”In the 184-pound division, it was senior captain and No. 1 Myles Martin who got off to a hot start with a quick takedown just seconds in to grab a 2-0 lead over Wisconsin’s redshirt junior Mason Reinhardt. Martin added two more takedowns in the final minute, eventually finishing the match off with a 21-8 victory. Martin improved to 7-0 on the season with his win.With a 17-10 lead over Wisconsin, Ohio State sent out redshirt junior and No. 3 Kollin Moore to take on Wisconsin’s freshman Andrew Salemme in the 197-pound division. A quick near-pin gave Moore an 8-1 lead before he got an actual pin to win the dual for the Buckeyes and make the score 23-10.The Buckeyes ultimately picked up the 23-13 victory after redshirt freshman and No. 14 Chase Singletary lost to No. 9 Wisconsin redshirt freshman Trent Hillger 6-1 in the 285-pound heavyweight division.Following the win, Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said his team needs to face more adversity in order to improve later in the season.“We raise our children in a way that we want them to experience joy and happiness, however, we need to suffer more,” Ryan said. “Suffering is really important for us. Moving towards discomfort and away from the coziness of our amazing lives, is very hard. This team needs more of that.” Ryan said Ohio State needs to sacrifice and suffer as a group to get tougher. And through this, he said this team has a lot of potential. “This team will have a chance to be really great,” Ryan said.“Tonight was a good performance, but we need to be better.”No. 2 Ohio State will be off for almost a month, and it will play host at St. John Arena in Columbus against North Carolina State on January 6.
Ohio State junior outfielder Dominic Canzone (33) celebrates after making it to third base during the game against Michigan on April 12. Ohio State won 10-5. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State (20-17, 4-5 Big Ten) takes the series, but split the Saturday doubleheader against No. 24 Michigan (24-11, 5-3 Big Ten) in front of a crowd of 4,841, the largest in over a decade. Game 1 Ohio State used explosive bats to cruise to a win and secure the series victory. The Buckeyes (20-16, 4-4 Big Ten) jumped on No. 24 Michigan (23-11, 4-3 Big Ten),finishing with a 10-4 victory in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. They utilized the long ball to get after the usually dominant Michigan pitching staff. “We swung the bats really, really well,” head coach Greg Beals said. “We beat their pitching staff for two games.” The Buckeyes would finish the game with three home runs and 12 hits. The game was completely blown open after a three-run home run from redshirt senior center fielder Ridge Winand made the lead 8-0 in the third inning. It was Winand’s first home run of his career, capping off a six-run third inning for the Buckeyes. “As I was rounding the bases, all that hard work felt like it paid off, and it was against the Team Up North which is awesome,” Winand said. Junior right fielder Dominic Canzone continued his success against the Wolverines. The co-captain would make is imprint on the game with a solo shot, his ninth home run on the year, off the scoreboard in right-center field in the bottom of the third inning. Canzone would finish with three hits and two RBI. In his career, Canzone has recorded multiple hits in five of his six games against Michigan. “Big time players got to play in big time games, and Dom Canzone certainly proved that this weekend,” Beals said. Ohio State redshirt freshman pitcher Seth Lonsway was not his usual dominant self, finishing the day with four strikeouts, his lowest total since his start against Furman on March 11. Despite the uncharacteristic low number of strikeouts, the redshirt freshman was able to go 5.2 innings and allow only three runs in his fifth win of the season. “We went freshman Lonsway and freshman Pfennig for a victory, so it bodes well for the future and bodes well for these guys growing for the rest of the season,” Beals said. Junior pitcher Karl Kauffmann came into Saturday’s game with a 2.29 ERA, Michigan’s best, with an average start length of over six innings. Kauffmann would finish the game with the worst start of his career in terms of runs allowed, giving up a career-high eight runs in 5.1 innings of work. The Buckeyes were also able to balloon Kauffmann’s career home runs allowed from three to six. In the bottom of the second inning, Ohio State freshman shortstop Zach Dezenzo, who came into the day with five home runs, was able to crush a two-run home run to center field to open up the scoring. This was the first home run surrendered by Kauffmann this season. Following Canzone’s home run, a triple from senior left fielder Brady Cherry pushed home the fourth run of the game for Ohio State. Cherry would be knocked in on a single to right field from junior first baseman Conner Pohl. The Wolverines were able to cut into the deficit, after senior first baseman Jimmy Kerr’s two-out double cleared the bases to make the score 8-3 in the sixth inning. Canzone continued his hot hitting against the Wolverines with an RBI-double to right centerfield in the bottom of the sixth inning. A no doubter by Michigan sophomore designated hitter Jordan Nwogu over the left-center field wall made the game 9-4 in the seventh inning. This would be the only damage done against freshman pitcher Will Pfennig. The right-hander would go 3.1 innings in relief and strike out six to earn his second save of the season. “Will Pfennig is able to use his breaking ball, and command his ball to both sides of the plate,” Beals said. Ohio State outscored the Wolverines 20-9 in the first two games of the series. Game 2 Stellar pitching cooled Ohio State bats and carried Michigan to series-finale win. Ohio State (20-17, 4-5 Big Ten) fell 6-2 to Michigan (24-11, 5-3 Big Ten) in the second game of the doubleheader. After allowing 10 runs in each of the first two games, the Wolverines settled in to limit Ohio State’s potent offense. Michigan sophomore pitcher Jeff Criswell would put on the best pitching performance of any Michigan starter against Ohio State. He would go 6.2 innings, tying his longest outing, and allow only two runs.“They got good arms,” Beals said. “They have good, lively fastballs, and they attack with the fastballs.” Ohio State sophomore pitcher Griffan Smith has not won a game since March 3 against Bethune-Cookman. Smith’s last start was a career-high six innings pitched in a no-decision against Northwestern. Smith was unable to collect a win against Michigan, finishing with six strikeouts, one off his career high, but allowed four runs in five innings of work and earned his second loss of the season. Michigan struck first in the second inning with a solo home run by junior designated hitter Dominic Clementi, his first home run on the year. The junior emphasized the run by stomping on home plate, which would begin a four-inning stretch of scoring for the Wolverines. In the fourth, a triple by senior second baseman Ako Thomas pushed Michigan’s lead to three. In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Buckeyes were able to stop the bleeding with Dezenzo scoring from first base after a fielding error in left field. Canzone was able to bring home a second run after a groundout to shortstop brought home Winand. Canzone would extend his on-base streak to 33 games. The co-captain is now hitting .540 against Michigan in his career. “I just wanted to do everything I could for my brothers,” Canzone said. “That Team Up North isn’t coming in here and taking series from us.” The Wolverines would go on to score two more runs in the final four innings. This is the first home loss against Michigan for Beals. He is now 8-1 at home against the Wolverines. The Buckeyes will return to the diamond Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. when they host Xavier.
Officers are appealing for anyone who saw a dark coloured Peugeot 807 in the area at the time and the driver of a white van to come forward. Credit:PA Police and forensic officers at the scene in OldhamCredit:Joel Goodman/LNP Miss Kotlarova said the girls were with a larger group of family and friends who had already crossed the road, one of the main routes in and out of Oldham town centre, and the larger group was waiting on the opposite pavement.The two cousins then started to cross the road outside the shop.Miss Kotlarova said: “But as they came to the other side of the road the car ran them over. They were holding hands.”Witnesses described the car as driving fast and “flying away” after the collision. Seconds later, friends ran to Helina’s home to alert the family.Miss Kotlarova added: “We ran there. I went to her. She did not breathe. Then the ambulance came.”She said Helina attended the Collective Spirit free school in Oldham and enjoyed dancing and music and wanted to become a singer. It is thought the driver of the second vehicle could hold key information as to what caused the horrific crash.Four of the men arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving remain in custody for questioning, while a 23-year old man is assisting police with their enquiries, but is no longer police custody.Greater Manchester Police said Zaneta died in hospital on Monday morning, and have appealed for witnesses.Sgt Lee Westhead said: “This is a heartbreaking incident which has now taken the lives of two young girls and all of our thoughts remain with their families, who are understandably devastated.“We have made significant progress with our investigation since the collision happened and I would like to thank everyone who has contacted police with information so far.“The community are clearly as committed as we are to establishing exactly what happened to Helina and Zaneta and the support they have provided has been vital to the investigation.”Helina’s mother Sylva and father Robert went to the scene in Oldham, Greater Manchester, but she was declared dead by medics as her mother stroked her hair. A second young girl has died following a hit and run in Oldham, greater Manchester, on New Year’s Eve.Ms Krolova’s death came just hours after five men aged 23, 59, 48, 38 and 18, were taken into custody on Sunday night for questioning in connection with the collision.Ms Krolova and Ms Krokova had just come out of a shop near their homes when they were hit by what witnesses claimed was a black VW Golf at around 7.15pm on New Year’s Eve.However police have since recovered a blue Peugeot 807 they believe was responsible for the deadly accident, and have released images of a white Citroen Despatch which was in the area at the time. We ran there. I went to her. She did not breathe. Then the ambulance cameSylva Kotlarova On New Year’s Day, the family of seven sisters and one brother, who came to England from the Czech Republic eight years ago, sat in tears mourning Helina.Her father sat with his head in his hands, his wife weeping, while other red-eyed members of the family sat in silence in the kitchen of their terraced home.Helina’s sister Sylva, 19, told how the family rushed to the scene 100 yards from their home seconds after the crash.She said: “She did not breathe. Mum was touching her hair.”The driver of the car did not stop and a police hunt for him was launched. A North West Ambulance Service vehicle on its way to another incident passes the scene in Ashton Road, OldhamCredit:Peter Byrne/PA She said the injured cousin was in a critical condition in hospital in Manchester.She added: “I did speak to her family, but they said she’s still fighting for her life.”Police put out an appeal on New Year’s Eve for information to locate the driver and the car involved, and police later told the family “they found him”, according to Miss Kotlarova. 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.
Walkers head to the Snowdon summitCredit:alamy Visitors need a permit to trek the Inca Trail up to Machu PicchuCredit:alamy Jonathan Cawley, director of planning and land management at the Snowdonia National Park Authority, said that education is required.“There’s no one silver bullet,” he said. “We spend huge sums on the upkeep of the maintenance of paths on Snowdon, but it’s never enough. We do litter picking which is a huge task. There’s an education programme that needs to happen.”A scheme in Llanberis, a village at the foot of Snowdon, is encouraging visitors to donate to maintain local infrastructure, and has seen 28 businesses sign up to it. A similar scheme in the Lake District raises £250,000 a year. Mr Watkin, of FUW, said that it would not raise enough money and that a mandatory tourism tax is more suitable. However, he agreed with be difficult to enforce.In 2013, photos circulated of walkers waiting two and a half hours to reach the summit as the footpaths clogged up on a busy Bank Holiday weekend. The path to the summit on a busy summer dayCredit:alamy The Inca Trail, used to access the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru, has a annual quota that limits walkers to 500 a day, with permits bookable only through tour operators, and often sold out months in advance. “[Introducing a permit system or a charge] is something we need to do in order to protect what we’ve got,” Gwynedd Watkin, Caernarfon FUW county executive, told the BBC. “How are we going to maintain those paths for future generations? It’s one thing to say we have a right, but we also have a responsibility.” Walkers climbing Snowdon should have to pay for the privilege to cut down on numbers visiting Wales’ highest peak, campaigners have said.The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) called for a charge or even a permit system similar to that enforced for the Inca Trail, claiming it was necessary to protect the North Wales mountain amid growing concern over littler and damage to pathways. Earlier this year tourists were accused of using the mountain “as a toilet” and littering heavily.However, a spokesperson for Ramblers Cymru said charges would not be legal and would compromise “hard-won and fiercely protected rights”.Policy and advocacy manager Rebecca Brough, who admitted numbers were “challenging”, said: “We wouldn’t want to discourage people from getting out walking. It’s free and it should be. Paths are already maintained at public expense.” “Gwynedd council and the national park authority are being squeezed [financially]. How are we going to do it otherwise?”Snowdonia National Park welcomes some 4.3 million visitors a year, according to the latest statistics, making it one of the most-visited in the country, and the most visited in Wales. Climbing Snowdon, Wales’ tallest mountain at an elevation 1,085m, is one of the biggest draws.
“But Having Core Participant status enables us to intensify our wholehearted opposition to an utterly disgraceful and unjust process and in no way represents a legitimising of the iniquitous strand.”Professor Alexis Jay, the fourth chairman of the inquiry since it was announced by Theresa May in 2014, ruled that the family should be given core participant status in a six page decision made available yesterday.Prof Jay said: “The children have expressed a collective interest to ‘safeguard’ their late father’s reputation, which may during the investigation be subject to criticism. In those circumstances, I am satisfied that all three applicants are entitled to core participant status in that capacity.”IICSA has suffered a series of high profile resignations and is beset by delays. It is likely to run for at least a decade and cost more than £100 million. Lord Janner, who died in December 2015, is accused of abusing boys in children’s homes in Leicestershire where he was an MP.His children have branded the inquiry into their father a witch hunt, pointing out he was never convicted in his lifetime and that now he is dead he cannot defend his reputation.They also point out that the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) was set up to investigate institutional abuse and that Lord Janner is the only individual who has merited an investigation strand of his own.Welcoming the decision, his son Daniel Janner QC said: “It gives me the chance to undermine my father’s strand of the inquiry from within. It is a macabre show trial.”Mr Janner added: “Our Core Participant status does not legitimise an utterly disgraceful and unjust process. The family of Lord Janner yesterday vowed to ‘undermine from within’ the Government’s beleaguered child sex abuse inquiry after being given a formal role in the investigation.The family were granted core participant status which gives them access to documents and to have lawyers attend the inquiry’s hearings.It is not clear if the taxpayer will pick up the bill for the lawyers or whether the family will pay for legal representation themselves. It gives me the chance to undermine the inquiry from within. It is a macabre show trialDaniel Janner QC Lord Janner, who died in December 2015, is accused of abusing boys in children’s homes in Leicestershire where he was an MPCredit:Nick Razzell/REX 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.
Roots has known Ollie’s family for years, having coached at University of London while the brothers were students there. Ollie Cook, right, with brother JamieCredit:Geoff Pugh for The Telegraph In 2014, he and both Cooks took part in the Moon Row, coincidentally also supported by Parmigiani, when a team braved crocodiles and hippos to scull the length of Lake Kariba and the lower Zambezi for charity. “It was as if it was meant to be,” said Roots of finding the medal. “It already had a bit of silt on it, was beginning to be obscured, if I’d left it another day or two it would have been covered completely unless someone else had pilfered it.” “I was on the way to a job, and knowing that stretch like the back of my hand, thought there was a small chance the tide might be low enough,” said Roots, who rowed at University of London Boat Club several years before Cook and his brother Jamie. “I wasn’t specially hopeful but the tide was going down and straight away there it was, a foot from the water, at my feet. First a little black strip of ribbon wafting around and then the medal, glinting silver in the mud.”Roots, snapping the Boat Race for timing sponsors Parmigiani Fleurier, had already captured the unfortunate loss on film. Following Ollie and Jamie’s defeat of Cambridge in an epic race on Sunday, Ollie swallow-dived into the water and came up clutching his medal, only to drop it moments later as he hugged his brother in ecstasy. 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. Oxford’s Boat Race-winning oarsman Ollie Cook is no longer feeling blue, after the victor’s medal he lost in the murky depths of the Thames on Sunday has been returned to him by a clubmate. Former rower and photographer Hamish Roots was passing Mortlake on Monday morning and went to look, in the vain hope that the medal might be visible. To Root’s astonishment, he found it straight away, and dropped it in to Cook’s parent’s house in Windsor later that afternoon. Cook himself, a 2016 world champion, had already left to join the GB Rowing team in Portugal on training camp.
The proportion of adults in families owning multiple properties has seen a 30 per cent surge during the 21st century aloneCredit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire You shouldn’t be making more money off your house than you do from going to workPaula Higgins, Homeowners’ Alliance “These people have had years and years of benefit from a rising housing market – but you shouldn’t be making more money off your house than you do from going to work.”Last year the Cornish town of St Ives voted to ban the building of second homes. The town, dubbed Kensington-on-Sea because of its popularity with well-heeled west Londoners, held a referendum last May after figures revealed that one in four new properties were being used as second homes. A judicial review of the plan brought by an architectural firm failed in November. 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. “It’s telling that there’s little incentive to sell – even with an empty house you’re sitting on a rising investment.”The majority of those owning second or third homes were based in the wealthiest areas of the UK, the report added.Almost six in ten landlords are based in the South East or South West, the East of England and London.”This is where the young people are struggling to get on to the property ladder which is why towns are banning holiday homes,” added Ms Higgins. She added that properties not being used for rental could include “holiday homes, flats that adult kids live in for free, empty properties they’re speculating on, MP’s with London flats and constituency houses, people who’ve inherited their recently deceased parent’s home and haven’t worked out what to do with it yet”.Paula Higgins, of pressure group the Homeowners Alliance, called the figures “shocking”.”It’s really the haves and have nots – there’s a generation of people being locked out of owning their own home and all the benefits that go along with it, and there’s another generation who’s got the leverage to benefit from rising house prices. “We need to get homes that are for living in and not for investment. “People with second homes not only have an investment that they can turn to in times of need, for instance in later life when care is required, but if the property is rented out they also see a boost to their incomes here and now.” One in ten British adults now owns a second property, research has found. The figures published by the Resolution Foundation show that the number of people with multiple properties increased by 1.6m to 5.2m between 2000 and 2014 – a 30 per cent increase in the proportion of adults who owned more than one home.The analysis also suggested that most of these owners are not landlords, with just 3.4 per cent of adults letting property out.This would mean that 6.6 per cent of adults, or 3.4m people, have extra properties that they leave empty as an investment or use as holiday homes.The think-tank examined data from the British Household Panel Survey and the Office for National Statistics to find that while overall home-ownership has plummeted, second home-ownership has risen dramatically. The proportion of adults owning any property rose to a high of almost 66 per cent in 2002 but has since fallen to just over 60 per cent. Laura Gardiner, senior policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation, said: “Multiple property ownership is still a minority sport, but a growing one that represents a significant boost to the wealth pots of those lucky enough to own second homes.