Tony Romo Was A Good QB In An Era Of Great Ones

Quarterbacks with the most career pass yardage who entered the league between 1998 and 2005 and who were active last year. (With the exception of Peyton Manning, who is included for context.)Source: Tom Brady2356252212 Peyton Manning26572K25714 Romo’s career totals aren’t as impressive as his peers’ Carson Palmer4.702.986.2488.0 Drew Brees2326610110 PLAYERTD RATEINT RATEADJ. NET YARDS/ ATTEMPTNFL PASS EFFICIENCY RATING Philip Rivers176460006 Ben Roethlisberger183472005 Aaron Rodgers135371226 Drew Brees5.302.516.9196.3 Tony Romo127340004 Carson Palmer174440003 Of this nine-player cohort of Romo and his contemporaries, Romo ranks last in games started and last in career passing yards. He’s one of just three with no Super Bowl championships, MVP awards or First Team All-Pro nods, and is tied for second-fewest Pro Bowl appearances. Unlike a Dan Marino or Dan Fouts, Romo doesn’t boast eye-popping production to counter his lack of a championship; he threw for fewer total yards than Jim Everett or Matt Hasselbeck despite being a player during nine of the NFL’s top 10 pass-happiest seasons.The seven active quarterbacks in this group are all slated to turn in at least another full season of stats, which will drop Romo even further behind his contemporaries. Worse yet, players like Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco — drafted in 2008 — are already eclipsing some of Romo’s totals.But things get more complicated when you look at Romo’s rate stats. Within that same elite group, Romo is fourth in adjusted net yards per attempt and tied for second in touchdown rate. His career NFL passer efficiency rating is 97.1, just a tenth of a point shy of Brady’s. Ben Roethlisberger5.102.706.6794.1 Aaron Rodgers6.40%1.55%7.48104.1 Tony Romo entered the NFL as a humble undrafted free agent from Eastern Illinois and leaves a superstar. With his release from the Cowboys on Tuesday and the announcement that he’s joining CBS as an analyst, Romo has completed an incredible, and perplexing, career arc.He started more games for the Cowboys than any quarterback not named Troy Aikman, went to four Pro Bowls and won the Cowboys three NFC East titles. Yet he never quite vaulted above the best QBs of his generation, and his lack of durability and postseason success complicate his legacy.Romo’s undrafted status is often dropped as a did-you-know trivia nugget, but it’s worth pointing out how rarely a talented quarterback slips entirely through the cracks in the draft-industrial complex. Of the 43 quarterbacks who made the Pro Bowl during Romo’s career, only three other than Romo weren’t drafted. Among all four, Romo was the only one with multiple appearances. In fact, Romo is the highest-rated undrafted passer of all time.1For quarterbacks who started at least 50 games. The only two whose totals and rate stats even compare are Warren Moon and Kurt Warner — both of whom have already been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.But Romo’s résumé may not be enough for the Hall. Because the Hall of Fame’s selection committee winnows potential candidates over the course of a year’s selection cycle, players are often compared with others from their era who played the same position. And Romo’s career stats don’t stack up well against his contemporaries’.Romo was signed by the Cowboys in 2003 and spent three seasons waiting for an opportunity to play. When he finally did, he took over a 3-3 Cowboys team yet went 6-4 down the stretch, led the Cowboys to their first postseason appearance since 2003 and even made the Pro Bowl. He completed 65.3 percent of his passes, led the NFL in net and raw average yards per attempt and posted an NFL passer efficiency rating of 95.1.That 2006 season would be a microcosm of Romo’s career: a long time spent on the bench, statistical output that rivals the best of his generation, and eventually an underwhelming end. In the playoffs, Romo bobbled the snap on a game-winning field-goal attempt during a wild card game against the Seattle Seahawks, a moment that began a run of playoff futility that none of his peers experienced.Romo’s postseason record, 2-4, matches that of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith’s — and the lightly regarded Smith will not receive any Hall of Fame consideration. Yet in the playoffs, Smith has a better touchdown rate, interception rate, passer rating and adjusted net yards per attempt than Romo.To compare Romo to his competition, I looked at all other quarterbacks who were active last season and who entered the league between 1998 — when Peyton Manning was drafted — and 2005 — two years after Romo was signed. To find the top-tier within that crowd, I then sorted them by career pass yard totals. There are plenty who passed for more yards and won more accolades than Romo. (Although Manning retired before last season, I kept him in for comparison.) Tony Romo5.702.707.0397.1 Tom Brady5.501.857.0997.2 Eli Manning199482004 In the end, Romo spent a decade in the conversation as one of the league’s best quarterbacks. But he was never quite the best — and thanks to the three years he spent on the bench at the beginning of his career and the 27 starts he missed from 2007 to 2015, his passing totals are perilously low to make the Hall of Fame.Unless voters go deep into what Romo did on the field, and look past how many years he wasn’t on it, he may be remembered as good, but not great. Philip Rivers5.302.646.8494.7 NAMESTARTSYARDSSUPER BOWL WINSMVP AWARDS1ST TEAM ALL-PROPRO BOWLS Quarterbacks with the most career pass yardage who entered the league between 1998 and 2005 and who were active last season. (With the exception of Peyton Manning, who is included for context.)Source: Romo’s rate stats aren’t so bad, though Eli Manning4.703.155.9683.7 Peyton Manning5.702.687.1796.5 read more

2010 NFL Mock Draft

1. St. Louis RamsSam Bradford, QB OklahomaThe Rams nab the new face of their franchise, although this team needs more than a face-lift.2. Detroit LionsNdamukong Suh, DT NebraskaDetroit desperately needs a playmaker on defense, and Suh will quickly become a fan favorite because of his non-stop energy and ability to wreak havoc in the backfield.3. Tampa Bay BuccaneersGerald McCoy, DT OklahomaTampa has many holes to fill, and McCoy gives the team a monster along the D-Line.4. Washington RedskinsRussell Okung, OT Oklahoma StateFormer starting quarterback Jason Campbell was beaten like a rag doll last year. The ‘Skins can’t afford to let that happen to the fragile Donovan McNabb.5. Kansas City ChiefsBryan Bulaga, OT IowaWith plenty of needs and no obvious choice, Kansas City could trade down. If not, Bulaga gives the Chiefs some beef up front.6. Seattle SeahawksTrent Williams, OT OklahomaSeattle is in a similar position as Washington. Former All-Pro left tackle Walter Jones tweeted in February that he was retiring and Seattle must keep quarterback Matt Hasselbeck healthy.7. Cleveland BrownsEric Berry, S TennesseeThe heralded Berry could be a savior for the Browns defense, giving the team a replica of Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu, who terrorize Cleveland twice a year.8. Oakland RaidersBruce Campbell, OT MarylandThere’s no rhyme or reason why Campbell should go this early. However, these are the Raiders, and Al Davis is notorious for drafting workout warriors.9. Buffalo BillsJimmy Clausen, QB Notre DameWhich is worse? Placing the draft’s No. 2 quarterback behind a shaky offensive line, or drafting a top lineman prospect to protect Trent Edwards or Brian Brohm?10. Jacksonville JaguarsDerrick Morgan, DE Georgia TechThe Jags traded Quentin Groves on Wednesday, Derrick Harvey has been a disappointment, Aaron Kampman is coming off a torn ACL, and they have to somehow pressure Peyton Manning.11. Denver BroncosDez Bryant, WR Oklahoma StateSure, coach Josh McDaniels probably won’t want to replace one diva receiver — Brandon Marshall — with another. But when Eddie Royal and Jabar Gaffney sit atop your depth chart, a receiver is a priority.12. Miami DolphinsRolando McClain, LB AlabamaBill Parcells will love McClain’s nose for stopping the run and his sensational leadership qualities.13. San Francisco 49ersJoe Haden, CB FloridaHaden’s cover skills make him the top cornerback prospect in the draft, but his inconsistent 40-times drop him out of the top 10.14. Seattle SeahawksC.J. Spiller, RB ClemsonSeattle’s war room will be doing backflips if Spiller falls into their lap. Julius Jones and Justin Forsett are not playmakers, which is what this offense desperately needs.15. New York GiantsJason Pierre-Paul, DE South FloridaRumors have swirled that defensive end Osi Umenyiora is on the trading block. Whether true or not, the athletic Pierre-Paul gives the Giants depth along the line.16. Tennessee TitansBrandon Graham, DE MichiganThe Titans need major help along the defensive line, and Graham would add immediate depth. He dominated the Big Ten throughout his career.17. San Francisco 49ersAnthony Davis, OT RutgersThe Niners have an opportunity to nab a pair of talented players with two picks in the top 17. Davis adds muscle to the O-Line.18. Pittsburgh SteelersKyle Wilson, CB Boise StateThough the Steelers have shortcomings along the offensive and defensive line, their struggles in the secondary last season are well-documented.19. Atlanta FalconsJerry Hughes, DE Texas ChristianAtlanta needs all the pass-rushing help they can get. Hughes can switch between end and linebacker.20. Houston TexansRyan Mathews, RB Fresno StateThe Texans would probably love to draft Texas native Earl Thomas to bolster their secondary, but Mathews gives them some thunder to Steve Slaton’s lightning.21. Cincinnati BengalsEarl Thomas, S TexasDrafting Thomas here is a steal for Cincinnati, who will also be tempted to take Jermaine Gresham. Bengals safeties Chris Crocker and Roy Williams will both be 30 this season.22. New England PatriotsSergio Kindle, LB TexasSurprisingly, the Patriots have a ton of holes to fill, one of which is a pass-rusher. Although he can be a liability in coverage, Bill Belichick will love Kindle’s versatility.23. Green Bay PackersMike Iupati, OT IdahoNo longer will Aaron Rodgers be running for his life. Iupati will help to give the Packers QB more time to throw.24. Philadelphia EaglesKareem Jackson, CB AlabamaThe Eagles, who traded starting cornerback Sheldon Brown earlier in the offseason, would be wise to snatch Jackson, whose stock is rising fast.25. Baltimore RavensJared Odrick, DT Penn StateFor a guy with a big frame, Odrick is surprisingly quick and will add depth to a thinning Ravens line.26. Arizona CardinalsJermaine Gresham, TE OklahomaArizona’s top tight ends are Anthony Becht and Ben Patrick. They need someone to stretch the middle of the field. They should look no further than Gresham, who runs like a gazelle and is the best available.27. Dallas CowboysTaylor Mays, S USCAfter dispensing of hard-hitting safety Roy Williams a year ago, Jerry Jones finds another play-making safety who depends too often on the big hit.28. San Diego ChargersBrian Price, DT UCLAWith Odrick gone, the Chargers will turn to Price to help fill the gap left by the departed Jamal Williams.29. New York JetsCarlos Dunlap, DE FloridaAdd another player to the list of talented yet troubled offseason additions for the Jets. If Rex Ryan can get Dunlap to mature, he could be a monster in green and white.30. Minnesota VikingsTim Tebow, QB FloridaTake a look at Minnesota’s depth chart. They have zero pressing needs. The Vikings can afford to roll the dice on Tebow. Brad Childress is a fan of Tebow and would allow him time to develop and eventually become the team’s starting quarterback, unless Brett Favre wants to play until he’s eligible for an AARP card.31. Indianapolis ColtsTerrence Cody, DT AlabamaEach year, the Colts draft near the bottom of the first round, where the top defensive tackle prospects are typically no longer available. Instead of picking up their usual leftover scraps, Indy reaches a bit for Mt. Cody, who can plug gaps and block kicks.32. New Orleans SaintsSean Weatherspoon, LB MissouriThe Super Bowl champs are a little thin at linebacker, and the play-making Weatherspoon will be a perfect fit for their aggressive defense read more

Buckeye pitching staff helps Ohio State baseball ice Marshall 40

Redshirt-sophomore infielder Ryan Leffel (12) hits the ball during a game against Xavier March 19 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 10-3.Credit: Sam Harrington / Lantern photographerDespite cold weather still being a concern, the Ohio State baseball team came out hot against Marshall.The Buckeyes (16-7, 2-1) used strong pitching to keep the Thundering Herd (6-16, 3-6) as cold as the temperature was Wednesday, winning 4-0.After having to reschedule the game because of snow Tuesday, the teams took the field with the day’s high temperature in the mid-30s.Although the weather wasn’t what OSU had wanted, coach Greg Beals was happy the team could still play.“It wasn’t ideal baseball conditions, but our guys stayed on task and kept things rolling,” Beals said after the win.The starting duel featured a pair of lefties from Ohio in the Buckeyes’ freshman Zach Farmer and the Thundering Herd’s sophomore Alex Thackston.That battle didn’t last long, though.After a scoreless first, Thackston gave up a leadoff single to redshirt-junior Josh Dezse and followed by walking freshman Ronnie Dawson. After a wild pitch advanced the runners, freshman outfielder Troy Montgomery popped an RBI single to shallow right and abruptly ended Thackston’s day as he was taken out by Marshall coach Jeff Waggoner.Later in the inning, while Montgomery was caught in a pickle, Dawson stole home to give the Buckeyes a two-run lead.Meanwhile, Farmer stymied the Thundering Herd bats, giving up only one hit in five innings while striking out six.The only real danger Farmer faced was in the fifth, when he had a runner in scoring position with no outs. He responded with three strikeouts to end the threat.After being replaced on the weekend rotation by fellow freshman Tanner Tully, Farmer was happy to get back in the groove of things.“It felt real good bouncing back and getting my stuff down,” Farmer said. “When guys got on (in the fifth) I got a little worried, but I tried to stay calm and throw what I got.”Sophomore infielder Jacob Bosiokovic added to the lead with an RBI double in the fifth and a sacrifice fly in the seventh to end the scoring on the day.Though only four runs were scored, the Buckeye offense kept pressure on the Thundering Herd all game and forced them to use eight pitchers, compared to just three for OSU.“As a team, we want to try to score, obviously, many runs, but it’s important to compete every at-bat, never let up and push on the gas pedal when we can.” Bosiokovic said.The Buckeye pitching staff didn’t have nearly the same problem defensively as redshirt-senior Tyler Giannonatti and junior Trace Dempsey both pitched two scoreless innings to preserve the win for Farmer. Overall, the Thundering Herd could only muster three hits.“Our pitching staff is throwing the ball really well,” Beals said. “The last 27 innings we’ve pitched we’ve given up (two runs). You do that, you’re going to win a lot of baseball games. We’ve got confidence.”The Buckeyes are going to need the strong pitching to continue into the weekend as reigning Big Ten champion Indiana comes to Columbus for a three-game series.First pitch at Bill Davis Stadium at Nick Swisher Field is scheduled for Friday at 6:35 p.m. read more

Mens Lacrosse Ohio State falls 98 to Notre Dame after Fighting Irishs

Ohio State then-freshman Tre Leclaire maintains possession of the ball in the first quarter against Loyola Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament on May 14, 2017 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterOhio State had another chance to rebound from a shaky beginning of the season against one of the nation’s top teams in No. 4 Notre Dame, but the unranked Buckeyes fell 9-8 to the Fighting Irish in another stinging loss Sunday at Ohio Stadium.The Buckeyes (5-4) showed promise throughout the game, hoping to end their two-game slide, and even led the Irish (5-2) by one goal entering into the fourth quarter due to a third-quarter goal from senior midfielder John Kelly. But a late rally from Notre Dame powered the Fighting Irish to a four-goal fourth quarter and Ohio State could only muster two goals, leading to its defeat.In the final minutes of the match, the two teams went goal-for-goal, but the Fighting Irish ultimately held on to their one-goal lead and handed the Buckeyes their fourth loss of the season and third loss in a row. “We didn’t get the outcome we wanted and certainly the scoreboard, but I think we improved quite a bit this week as a ball club and we’re going to take that confidence into Big Ten play, understand the importance of conference play as it starts and really try to build on the positives of today even with a loss,” Ohio State head coach Nick Myers said. Notre Dame put up strong performances across the board with three different players recording two goals each. Senior midfielder John Travisano Jr. had a career day and won 17 of 19 faceoffs, giving the Fighting Irish valuable extra possessions. Myers said Notre Dame’s faceoff efficiency was a significant part of the momentum change late in the game. But aside from the lost possessions, he said his team’s quick pacing and offensive set play was important to the team’s development.“Getting more quality looks on the cage was a theme all week for us and I thought for the most part we did a really good job of that,” Myers said.  Sophomore attack Tre Leclaire set the pace for Ohio State’s offense, recording a hat trick three minutes before halftime. He had a game-high five points, serving up two assists and offering six shots on the cage. Three other Buckeyes recorded goals.Defensively, Ohio State redshirt freshman goalie Josh Kirson made his first career debut and recorded 13 saves. In the fourth quarter, Kirson made an important save to keep the Buckeyes in the game when Notre Dame junior attack Ryder Garnsey got up close for what seemed to be a sure goal for the Fighting Irish.  Aside from the tough decision on the field today, Kelly said he felt like the team gained confidence after going toe-to-toe with Notre Dame.“Initially I felt like we were doing some things really well offensively and some things we were working really hard on and getting better,” Kelly said. “I feel like we have gotten a lot better this week but we’ve just got to put some of those other pieces together and connect all the dots.”Ohio State will have a chance to connect those dots when it meets Penn State at Ohio Stadium at 3 p.m. Saturday. read more

Mens Volleyball No 7 Ohio State closes out regular season on road

Ohio State junior setter Sanil Thomas (3) sets the ball to redshirt junior middle blocker Blake Leeson (11) during the Buckeyes’ 3-1 win against Loyola on March 29. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorThe No. 7 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (19-4, 10-2 MIVA) will travel to neighboring Indiana to challenge No. 15 Fort Wayne and No. 12 Ball State Friday and Saturday for the team’s final two regular-season matches of the season.Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson said he’s feeling good entering this weekend after his team had a pair of dominant outings against Loyola and Lewis with 3-1 and 3-0 victories, respectively. “Obviously, the hope is, can we take that on the road and can we play in a hostile environment in Fort Wayne on Friday and in Ball State on Saturday and do those same types of things where we don’t have our home crowd, we don’t have that energy to feed off,” Hanson said. “I would like to think that we can.”Fort WayneThe Buckeyes will face the Mastodons (17-9, 5-7 MIVA) Friday for the second time this year. Earlier this season, Fort Wayne’s offensive play was not enough to slow down Ohio State’s robust offense, and the Buckeyes ultimately beat the visitors 3-0 on Feb. 10.  Since then, the Mastodons have dropped seven matches, plummeting to sixth in the eight-team MIVA conference after beginning the season with a 9-0 overall record.In contrast, the Buckeyes have been more successful, winning 10 of 12 matches and climbing their way to the top of the MIVA ladder. Ohio State junior setter Sanil Thomas said the Buckeyes can’t take their recent success for granted because he believes Fort Wayne to be a formidable opponent.“They beat Irvine earlier this year, so you know they can bring it,” Thomas said. “If we don’t prepare well then we can easily get beaten, but I think it’s just good that we had these past two matches to build our confidence in that regard.”Ball StateOhio State will close out its regular season Saturday night when it travels to Muncie, Indiana, to face Ball State (15-11, 8-4 MIVA) in another rematch from earlier in the year. Ohio State won a five-set thriller on Feb. 8 at St. John Arena. Ball State had an offense rivaling Ohio State’s, but did not pack enough punch to knock out the MIVA leaders. Senior middle blocker Matt Walsh was the Cardinals’ biggest asset, scoring 19 points and a season-high 15 kills in the Ohio State match. Ball State has found more success than Fort Wayne after the loss, however, winning 10 of its past 15 matches.“I think we’re playing better than when we played Ball State here in February and I’m not sure if their coach thinks they’ve improved or not improved,” Hanson said. “Their numbers are kind of up and down so I can’t worry about them; I have to worry about Ohio State.” read more

British Gas hits a bum note with David Bowie Twitter tribute

first_img@CobboldMassive Hi, see where you’re coming from but this was genuinely just something that was important to Paul. Sorry for any offence ^LP— British Gas Help (@BritishGasHelp) January 10, 2017 @BritishGasHelp “, time flys don’t it”That’s really bad taste. I’m shocked a business account has written that.— Ted (@tedreally) January 10, 2017 It comes after a US company was forced to delete this ‘tacky’ Carrie Fisher tribute. 10 of the most brilliant customer service exchanges ever seen on Twitter @BritishGasHelp Go home British Gas Help, you’re drunk.— Miranda Athanasiou (@Mirandalife) January 10, 2017 Some quoted Bowie songs  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 British Gas Twitter tribute to David Bowie backfired after social media users criticised the company for using the anniversary of his death for self-promotion.The energy company’s dedicated customer service account @BritishGasHelp tweeted using the hashtag #RIPDB. British Gas apologised for any offence caused in a confusing Twitter exchange Some suggested the tweet was in ‘bad taste’ Other also criticised the tweet  @habbyhatter Hi Richard, which department is your complaint with? Thanks, Waz— British Gas Help (@BritishGasHelp) January 10, 2017 Here’s the tweet that sparked an online backlash British Gas Help  @teletextpage152 we’re pretty fond of Paul too. Thanks for the support ^Georgie— British Gas Help (@BritishGasHelp) January 10, 2017 Another tweeted it was “a brazen attempt to hijack [the] hashtag”center_img Morning all. A year today we lost a pop icon David Bowie, time flys don’t it? We’re here till 10pm if you need anything. Thanks, Paul #RipDB— British Gas Help (@BritishGasHelp) January 10, 2017 @BritishGasHelp You’ve done NOTHING WRONG! In fact what you did was nice.— jon ronson (@jonronson) January 10, 2017 Hey, David Bowie meant so much to me. I didn’t mean to offend anyone & I only wanted to pay tribute to a master songwriter & true icon ^Paul— British Gas Help (@BritishGasHelp) January 10, 2017 @BritishGasHelp Paul you’re the man! Don’t let them get you down x— Adam McGibbon (@AdamMcGibbon) January 10, 2017 But others loved the tweet @BritishGasHelp my boiler isn’t working right. It seems to be under pressure….— Grumpy Bloke (@GotTheUmp) January 10, 2017 @BritishGasHelp A really brazen attempt to hijack a Hashtag that has nothing to do with your business. Paul – you should be ashamed— GrumpyMcGrumpface (@grumpyoldchris) January 10, 2017 The tweet from British Gas Help Credit:Twitter  @BritishGasHelp Paul, can’t believe people have an issue with this. You keep doing you✨ 👌🏻— Em Sheldon (@emshelx) January 10, 2017 Paul later explained he “didn’t mean to offend anyone” @BritishGasHelp It was a reply to your post. Can’t you tell it was a reply?— Ted (@tedreally) January 10, 2017 @Waldmeisterei Sometimes we kick off the shift with something relevant – yesterday was FA Cup. Sorry if this one caused any offence ^Laura— British Gas Help (@BritishGasHelp) January 10, 2017 @Waldmeisterei Hi Kat, we have a couple & this one is for customers who need our help & advice. Cheers, Claire— British Gas Help (@BritishGasHelp) January 10, 2017last_img read more

Swimmers could be surrounded by 50 gallons of urine study finds

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Although Olympic swimmers have admitted doing it and 19 per cent of adults have admitted to urinating in a pool at least once, it is not a condoned practice.The average urine excretion per swimmer in pools is approximately 70ml.Despite urine itself being sterile, compounds can react with disinfectants such as chlorine causing them to become volatile – after which exposure can lead to eye and respiratory irritation and has been linked to occupational asthma. Dr Xing-Fang Li, from the University of Alberta, Canada, say this evidence has highlighted the need for improved understanding of pool chemistry to raise awareness and educate the public on the importance of swimming hygiene practices.The researchers tested more than 250 water samples from 31 actively used pools and hot tubs in two Canadian cities and more than 90 samples of clean tap water used to initially fill the basins.The concentration of ACE in the pools and hot tubs ranged from 30 to 7,110 nanograms per liter of water – up to 570 times more than the levels found in the tap water samples. Many olympic swimmers admit to peeing in the pool “The high concentration of ACE with 100 per cent occurrence in pools and hot tubs demonstrates the human impact on recreational water quality.”The association of occupational asthma in swimmers with volatile disinfection byproducts (DBP) highlights the need to control the water quality of swimming pools.”Several studies have reported that increased dissolved organic in swimming pools results in enhancement of DBP formation.”To reduce exposure to N-DBPs and their negative health impacts in swimming pools, we should monitor and control water quality.”The findings were published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology Letters.center_img Swimmers in an Olympic-sized pool could be surrounded by up to 50 gallons of urine, a new study has revealed.Scientists used an artificial sweetener found in urine to measure how much pee is in swimming pool water.They discovered the sweetener acesulfame potassium (ACE), is consistently present in urine, making it easy to monitor pool levels.In tests they found a 91,500 gallon pool contained 5.8 gallons of urine and a 183,000 gallon pool, a third the size of an Olympic pool, was awash with around 17 gallons. Many olympic swimmers admit to peeing in the poolCredit:AP Photo/Lee Jin-man Dr Xing-Fang Li said: “This is the first reported occurrence study of ACE in swimming pools and hot tubs.last_img read more

Police tried to ban former parking association boss from sitting opposite women

first_img“The witness challenged him at platform eight and followed him onto the train where he was seen with his hand in his right pocket fidgeting with something. It is thought he was trying to get his phone out to delete the image. Patrick Troy  He must also pay £85 costs and a £115 victim surcharge. Credit:Tony Palmer  Police attempted to ban the former boss of the British Parking Association from sitting opposite women he didn’t know on public transport, a court heard after he was caught filming up a commuter’s skirt. Patrick Troy, 56, was caught desperately fiddling with his phone in a bid to delete the recording after a witness confronted him about it at Vauxhall station on June 8 last year. He pleaded guilty to committing an act outraging public decency at Westminster Magistrates Court and was sentenced to 18 weeks imprisonment, suspended for two years, on Monday. The court heard Troy, who resigned from his position at the association in February for “personal reasons”, was also made subject to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), which prohibits him from taking pictures on public transport.  British Transport Police had applied for the order to include a ban on sitting opposite unknown females, but this condition was dropped. Malachy Pakenham, prosecuting, told the court that Troy – who described being caught as a “watershed” moment – had been caught filming the woman as she walked towards platform eight of the busy London station “The defendant was seen holding his phone at an angle below her skirt and the witness saw the red recording light on and a clear image of the skirt and back of the woman’s legs,” he said.  “The police were called and when the train stopped at Clapham Junction he was arrested. A number of other images were found on the phone. He was interviewed on two occasions and was quite frank and apologetic for his actions, saying he regretted his actions, which disgusted him.”He said every time he did it, film up skirts, he hated it and saw his arrest as a watershed moment. He said it was not a hobby, but when the opportunity presented itself he was tempted as he travelled to and from work. and there were other images.”Troy tried to explain himself to police: “Sometimes I wonder, I suppose it’s for sexual gratification, I don’t know, that must be the conclusion.”Troy’s lawyer Michael Sprack, referring to the probation report, told the court he had no previous convictions. “He made frank admissions in interview and was concerned that the police had as much information as they could,” he added. Magistrate John Newgas said the offence had gone on for a period of 10 months, with a range of victims affected. The sentence was reduced from 24 weeks to 18 weeks due to the guilty plea. Troy must also comply with a thirty-five day designated activity requirement and up to 100 days on a programme chosen by the probation service.”This offence is so serious custody is the only option, due to harm and risk,” added Mr Newgas. “A suspended sentence is serious. If you commit an offence within twenty-four months the sentence could be reactivated. You are on a warning and quite lucky to not be in prison.” He said every time he did it, film up skirts, he hated it and saw his arrest as a watershed momentMalachy Pakenham, prosecuting Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Charlie Gards parents break down as they are told latest scan is

first_imgA barrister was forced to apologise to the parents of Charlie Gard after breaking the news to them in court that his latest scan read for “very sad reading”. Katie Gollop QC, representing Great Ormond Street Hospital, told the High Court that they had only  just received the results of his latest MRI scan, believed to show how much his muscles have wasted and indicated that it was not positive news.  Connie Yates, Charlie’s mother, began sobbing and told the judge “we haven’t even read it” before running from court. His father Chris Gard shouted “evil” at the lawyer. 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. Charlie Gard But the case is being re-examined amid claims that there was new evidence about his condition. However, the judge said that the medical opinions of the experts appear not to have changed and the disagreement between them “is largely philosophical about whether speculative or experimental treatment is to be encouraged or discouraged.”He said that he will attempt to reach a judgement on Tuesday as the court heard “every minute” was important for Charlie as if he was to have treatment he needed it now.  Connie Yates and Chris Gard arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice on Friday Credit:Lauren Hurley/PA He said that medial confidentiality prevented him giving further details but it was “another child with this condition”.Mr Justice Francis pointed out that Charlie had been offered nucleoside bypass therapy in January, but the offer was later withdrawn as Great Ormond Street experts concluded that he had already suffered irreversible brain damage and it would not improve his quality of life. The parents want to take Charlie to America for therapy which has never before been attempted on a human or an animal with his form of mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, which is so rare it is only known to have effect a handful of people in the world.  Show more center_img Dr Michio Hirano, the US professor of neurosurgery offering to treat the 11-month-old boy, has now been to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to examine him and maintains that he can help, a hearing at the High Court heard. After studying a new brain scan and examining Charlie, Dr Hirano has not changed his opinion, which is that there is a ten per cent chance nucleoside treatment will have “meaningful success”. Mr Justice Francis ruled in April that it is in Charlie’s best interest for his life support to be switched off in a judgement backed by the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.  Charlie Gard at Great Ormond Street HospitalCredit:PA Mr Armstrong said that they may call a “witness who will say that they have been offered the potential of this treatment in this country in relation to RRM2B by another practitioner.” Connie Yates and Chris Gard arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice  Ms Gollop apologised, telling the judge: “Almost all the medical evidence in this case makes for sad reading. I’m very sorry. I didn’t mean to cause distress.”Grant Armstrong, who represents the couple, said Ms Gollop should not have broken news about the scan before Charlie’s parents had read the report.They were in the High Court to prepare for a last-ditch legal battle next week in which the judge will decide if there is a new evidence and whether it affects his ruling that Charlie’s life support should be switched off. During the hearing it was revealed  for the first time that there is another child in Britain with the same condition – and they have offered the experimental treatment in this country. last_img read more

How the world reacted to William and Kates exciting royal baby news

first_imgDuchess of Cambridge be like #royalbaby #AnotherOne— Akash Mapara 🔥 (@AkashMapara) September 4, 2017 It also sparked a lot of jokes  Read the press release in full ↓— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 4, 2017 Of course, with the government’s new 2 child limit, I presume William and Kate’s third child will receive no state support. #royalbaby— David Schneider (@davidschneider) September 4, 2017 The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall said they are ‘delighted’ Royal fans couldn’t contain their excitement!  Theresa May also congratulated the couple  PM – This is fantastic news. Many congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) September 4, 2017 It means Prince Harry moves to sixth in line to the throne Kate Middleton and Prince William are expecting a third child.— Amanda (@Pandamoanimum) September 4, 2017 Virgin Trains‏ offered a gift to the mum-to-be Prince Harry added it was ‘fantastic news’  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 4, 2017 The fact that we are getting another Royal Baby is so exciting 🤗— hannahswonderland (@Hannahvic08) September 4, 2017 3rd royal baby on the way! How exciting 😬 #royalbaby #Royals— Morgan Wade (@morgwadexo) September 4, 2017 And speculation began over what the baby’s name might be…  ROYAL BABY NEWS! Bank Holidays all round.— Dan Morrissey (@DanOffTheRadio) September 4, 2017 KATE IS PREGNANT AGAIN!!!! ALL IS RIGHT WITH THE WORLD #royalbaby #bestnews— Julia (@Jufaceyeah) September 4, 2017 “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child”— Ed Brody (@chiefbrody1984) September 4, 2017 David Schneider shared his thoughts  Princess Charlotte will remain fourth in line  Even if the baby is a prince he will not move Princess Charlotte down in the order of succession.— Peter Hunt (@BBCPeterHunt) September 4, 2017 Kensington Palace have confirmed there’s a third #royalbaby on the way 👶👑Congrats guys, we’re ready for you 😉— Virgin Trains (@VirginTrains) September 4, 2017 Royal baby boy: Everything we know so farTwitter is abuzz with excitement following the announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child.Kensington Palace said in a statement posted on Twitter: “The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.”The Duchess is less than 12 weeks pregnant and is suffering from severe morning sickness, the palace added.Another royal baby is on the way!   Prince William knowing that he’s going to be getting two weeks of paternity leave during the 2018 World Cup.— SlashFootball (@slashfootball) September 4, 2017 Me: I dunno I mean the royal family aren’t anything exciting-*announces the arrival of a third royal baby*Me:— Amberkat 😽 (@casualdva) September 4, 2017 William and Kate’s third child will push Prince Harry further down the order of succession — a fact that’s unlikely to trouble him.— Peter Hunt (@BBCPeterHunt) September 4, 2017 Congrats to #AVFC fan Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge – expecting @RoyalFamily #RoyalBaby 3⃣Undoubtedly #PartOfThePride! 🦁 👑— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) September 4, 2017 TRH are delighted with the news that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child. #RoyalBaby— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) September 4, 2017 Will the new baby be an Aston Villa fan? Even when Prince Harry moves to 6th in line to the throne (after the birth of the baby) he’ll still have to get the Queen’s consent to marry— Peter Hunt (@BBCPeterHunt) September 4, 2017 🐉 Daenerys of the House Targaryen, first of her name, Mother of Dragons.🔥 And 500/1 to be the 3rd #royalbaby name>— Sky Bet (@SkyBet) September 4, 2017  What will the Duke and Duchess call their third child? Here’s the bookies’ favourite. While others weren’t so excited  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more