The Jaguars Finally Rank First In Something Besides Ineptitude

MIA60OAK54OAK 27, MIA 24+12.4– Jacksonville (yes, Jacksonville) has the NFL’s best defenseThe Jaguars’ defensive ranks since 2012 PER GAME 72009Jets8.99-7Lost in conference championship PHI75PHI77DEN 23, PHI 51-1.0– 102011Ravens7.912-4Lost in conference championship NO79NO74TB 10, NO 30-4.2– 32006Ravens10.813-3Lost in divisional playoffs Jaguars defense could end up being the best in a decadeTop 10 defensive expected points added per game since 2006 42008Steelers10.212-4Won Super Bowl KC52KC59KC 17, DAL 28-10.1– NYG51LAR62LAR 51, NYG 17+9.5– 12008Ravens11.611-5Lost in conference championship Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 9Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 9 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game JAX62JAX65CIN 7, JAX 23+0.1– 22017*Jaguars11.05-3 SEA76SEA73WSH 17, SEA 14+1.8– 20142626222718 2017*131271 ARI66ARI62ARI 20, SF 10-5.7– 62008Eagles9.09-6Lost in conference championship *Through Week 9Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.RESULTREADERS’ NET PTS YEARPOINTSYARDSPASS YARDSRUSH YARDSEPA HOU72HOU73IND 20, HOU 14-4.5– Another half of the football season still remains, and Jacksonville has work to do to ensure a playoff berth. But their chances of making the postseason are partly predicated on the strength of their remaining schedule: Of their eight remaining games, the Jags have a higher Elo rating than seven of their opponents. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll finish with a 12-4 record — they do play four of those remaining games on the road, and they are still the Jaguars after all. (Sorry, we had to slip one more in.)FiveThirtyEight vs. The ReadersWeek 9 in the NFL saw plenty of teams fighting for their playoff spots — in some cases quite literally. Jacksonville’s Jalen Ramsey and Cincinnati’s A.J. Green’s double ejection sparked an all-out brawl. And things got heated in New Orleans when the Saints and Buccaneers got into it on the Tampa Bay sideline. In our NFL prediction game this week — in which we invite you to outsmart our Elo algorithm — the readers had a couple of double-digit wins, the largest of which came as the Lions beat the Packers on the road to net the readers a whopping 18.8 points. For some reason, Elo picked Jay Cutler and Miami and was punished for doing so in the Raiders’ 27-24 win over the Dolphins, which netted readers 12.4 points. Make sure you get your Week 10 predictions in early — see you next week. RANKYEARTEAMEPA/GAMERECORDPLAYOFFS OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION *Through Week 9Source: ESPN STATS & INFORMATION GROUP 20132827252927 52006Bears9.113-3Lost Super Bowl The Jags’ rapid ascent to the top of the league’s defensive rankings has been sudden, so you’d be forgiven for missing it. Of their eight games so far this year, they’ve held opposing teams to 7 points or fewer in four of them (most in the NFL), compared with zero all of last year. And they’re not just the best in 2017. Seth Walder of the ESPN Stats & Information Group neatly detailed before Week 9 that the Jags’ secondary is on pace to become the best pass defense since 2006 — yes, better than the Legion of Boom. From an overall view, of the 10 defenses with the highest expected points added per game since 2006, only Ray Lewis’s 2008 Baltimore Ravens rank ahead of Doug Marrone’s defense. 201625651913 We would like to use this moment to offer a formal apology to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Over the past few years, pointing out Jacksonville’s many hilarious inadequacies has been one of our favorite hobbies (like we did here, here and here). And on occasion, we’ve gone out of our way to insert jokes about the Jaguars into articles that weren’t even about them (such as here and here). In our defense, they did deserve it: Between 2011 and 2016, Jacksonville won just 22 games — the fewest in the NFL. But this season, no one is laughing about the Jaguars, who are 5-3 and tied for first place in the AFC South. For the first time since 2010, the Jags have an Elo rating of more than 1500, meaning that after seven years, they’re finally an above average team again.1An Elo rating of approximately 1500 is considered average.The last time Jacksonville was this good, the Apple iPad was just a few months old, “The Social Network” had just been released, and the Chicago Bears were playoff-bound. And the Jaguars aren’t just above average. With their 23-7 win over the Bengals in Week 9, the Jags now have an 83 percent chance of making the postseason for the first time since 2007, according to our NFL Elo predictions. While much-maligned (by us) quarterback Blake Bortles has shown marginal improvements this year, it’s been the defense that’s had the biggest influence on the Jaguars’ winning ways. (“Jaguars” and “winning ways” sounds so strange to say aloud.)In the past two drafts, almost two-thirds of Jacksonville’s picks have been on the defensive end, including Yannick Ngakoue, who has 6.5 sacks so far this season. In free agency this year, the Jags signed Calais Campbell to a four-year, $60 million deal, and Campbell currently leads the league in sacks with 11. The dividends this season of the team’s focus on defense have been tremendous: Through Week 9, the Jags rank No. 1 in the league in points per game allowed with just 14.6 and expected points added with 11 per game. GB66%DET54%DET 30, GB 17+18.8– 82012Bears8.410-6Missed playoffs 20122930223028 TEN56TEN55BAL 20, TEN 23-2.6– BUF59BUF64BUF 21, NYJ 34-8.4– ATL51ATL52ATL 17, CAR 20-2.7– 20153124291524 92013Seahawks8.013-3Won Super Bowl The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. read more

Ohio State defensive line adopting a pack mentality to replace departed starters

OSU then-redshirt freshman defensive end Sam Hubbard (6) celebrates after a fumble recovery during a game against Penn State on Oct. 17 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe change in seasons is not the only change this spring at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. With 22 players having departed the program, the remaining players and staff for the Ohio State football team are left trying to fill those voids. A lot of that change can be seen in the defensive line. A gaping hole at the right side of that line is leaving many wondering how OSU will fare without Joey Bosa. Bosa, a two-time winner of the Big Ten’s Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year award and a projected first-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft, leaves big shoes to fill. OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson said he believes that the new contributors don’t need to be carbon copies of the player they’re stepping in for but can find ways to make themselves successful in different ways. “My philosophy is that you don’t try to replace them, you just try and find a guy to raise their game to the next level,” Johnson said. “I think the talent is there, and they want to be very good. What I do as a coach is to try and get them to raise their game.” Redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard is one such player expected to raise his game to the next level. The 6-foot-5 Cincinnati native is well aware that the ghost of No. 97’s shadow will be looming over the defensive line all season long, but he’s trying to avoid that pressure. “I don’t want to be Joey Bosa,” Hubbard said. “He’s a great player, but I just want to be the best Sam Hubbard.”Fortunately for Hubbard, he was able to accumulate enough experience last season to set him up for his newfound spotlight. Hubbard, who recorded 6.5 sacks as a redshirt freshman, was in the rotation, often giving Bosa a few downs off or even playing on opposite sides of the line. His biggest test, however, was when he replaced Bosa after the starter was ejected in the first quarter against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. From that point forward, Hubbard said he knew he needed to be a leader of the unit. “I used to watch the older guys, and now the younger guys are watching me,” Hubbard said. “There are great players that came before us, and if we have any drop off, then our possibility of losing the game is higher. We have to continue at the level of play that is expected at Ohio State.”One of the younger guys who could be a factor next year has a familiar surname: Nick Bosa. Before he even takes a snap donning scarlet and gray, one of the most highly touted recruits in the nation already has exceedingly high expectations. Although Nick Bosa is still on the road to recovery after sustaining a torn ACL as a high school senior, Johnson said he believes that once the younger Bosa gets back to work after his injury, the sky’s the limit.“He is so far ahead in his rehab right now, and we are talking and communicating. I am getting great video of what he is doing,” Johnson said. Johnson and his staff have yet to make a decision on where on the defensive line Nick Bosa will play. His older brother played on the outside, but the incoming freshman could find himself on the interior.“He can do both,” Johnson said. “We are going to see what’s the best fit for him and put the best 11 guys on the field. If he is a part of the best 11, we are going for it.”Alongside Hubbard is Tyquan Lewis, a redshirt junior defensive end from North Carolina. After playing through a shoulder injury last year, Lewis is spending his spring rehabilitating to get back and lead the younger guys. For Lewis, though, it’s not about one guy but the whole unit defensively. “We all have to play within ourselves but understand that we are playing together as one,” Lewis said. “The expectations for all of us are high because this is big-time football at a big-time university, so we want to make sure everyone gets a piece of the pie.”The culture that Johnson is helping bring to the defensive line is to limit the expectations of the individual but heighten expectations of the unit. This kind of collectivist thinking is influencing the players to think of themselves as one of 11. Hubbard, a primary leader of the defensive line, said he sets the example for not only the younger guys but for the entire defense.“I just want to never lose a rep, be a disruption, make plays, do my job, and be my one-eleventh part of the defense that everyone can rely on,” Hubbard said.OSU is set to make its return to the field on Saturday in the annual intrasquad spring game. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium following the men’s lacrosse game against Michigan. read more

Mens hockey Lack of offense hurts No 12 Buckeyes in series finale

Ohio State freshman defenseman Matt Miller fights for the puck against a Michigan forward against the Wolverines on Feb. 25 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorEntering the weekend, Ohio State and Michigan averaged 11 combined goals per game in their last six contests. After a 4-2 victory at home Friday night, the Buckeyes’ (17-9-6, 8-7-1-1) offense went silent in the series finale, falling in a quiet Game Two to the rivaled Wolverines, 1-0.The lone goal in the game from Michigan freshman forward Nick Pastujov sealed the win for the visitors, who recorded just their first regulation win in 2017. The loss drops the Scarlet and Gray to 6-6-2 at the Schottenstein Center this year, and marks their first shutout loss at home since 2012 — a 4-0 loss to the Wolverines.“I thought we chased it from the start,” coach Steve Rohlik said following the loss. “Give credit to Michigan, give credit to their goaltender. They did what they had to do to come in here to win a game.”Similarly to Game One, the Scarlet and Gray controlled the tempo the opening half of the first period — but the Wolverines (10-17-3, 3-11-2-2) again found the back of the net first. Freshman forward Nick Pastujov cashed in from close range to give the visitors a 1-0 lead with a little over 10 minutes remaining on his first goal of the season.Five minutes later, Michigan senior forward Max Shuart found himself one-on-one with OSU senior goaltender Christian Frey for a chance to quickly double the lead just outside the crease. However, the Buckeyes’ netminder prevailed with a pad save to keep the one-goal deficit into the first intermission.Even on shots out of the locker room, OSU continued to pepper Wolverines’ senior goaltender Zach Nagelvoort throughout the period, searching for the equalizer. Rohlik’s squad provided a number of opportunities to level the scoreline, but the nation’s third-ranked offense lacked the finishing touch in front of net and struggled to bury its chances.“(Chances) are so close at times with scrums in front of the net, and you wonder why they’re just not going, but it’s just kind of how it goes sometimes,” senior forward and captain Nick Schilkey said. “You can’t quit on it….we did force it at times, but for some reason they just weren’t going.”It took nearly two full periods for the both sides to earn their first power plays of the game, but neither could add to the scoresheet in the second stanza as the visitors carried their lead into the third at 1-0.More and more chances presented themselves in the final frame for Michigan to add to a one-goal advantage, or OSU to get back into the game. Frey and Nagelvoort continued to fight off waves of shots, but after 60 minutes, the Buckeyes dropped an important conference clash, 1-0, despite outshooting the Wolverines 42-23.“Down the stretch, I feel like we drew a few calls that normally we would actually get. But the reality is that we have to score some five-on-five goals,” Schilkey said. “We’ve got to be better offensively five-on-five, and that was kind of the theme of the night.”A home series with Michigan State, and a weekend trip to Wisconsin remain on the regular season slate for the Scarlet and Gray. With Big Ten seeding and NCAA tournament implications on the line in the closing weeks, Rohlik said his team can’t dwell on this loss to Michigan, and that their hopes of postseason play still remain in their control.“We just want to get back on the ice. We got to get back after it next week, and have a great week of practice,” he said. “We just got to go out and keep winning hockey games, and as hard as it is, we’ve got to put this one behind us and we’ve got to look forward to Michigan State next week.”Puck drop next Friday for Game One of a weekend series with the Spartans is set for 7 p.m., while the season’s home finale Saturday night is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. read more

Mens soccer rebounds with pair of wins

After two rough games last week, the Ohio State men’s soccer team rebounded well, getting a tough win against Oakland last Wednesday and a 2-0 win Friday night against Cleveland State. “We stumbled a little last week, but to respond from the two bad games and to get back on the right track was very good,” coach John Bluem said. “I am proud of the guys. It was a good team effort in both of our wins this week, so I am very happy right now for the team.”Under cloudy and rainy conditions at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the Buckeyes struck early, two minutes into the game.After a great pass from Buckeye forward Chris Hegngi, who crossed the ball to Austin McAnena, McAnena got the ball and drilled it into the upper-right corner of the goal to give OSU a 1-0 advantage.“That was all Chris,” midfielder Austin McAnena said. “I was just on the back end of that. It was a great pass right on the money. I give the credit to Chris and the rest of the team.”Midfielder Matt Gold was the player who initially started the play with an outlet pass to Hegngi. For the freshman McAnena, it was his third goal of the season. “They’ve done that a couple of times this year,” Bluem said. “Those two freshmen are really good players, and they play more like upperclassmen.”OSU added another quick goal in the 19th minute of play when senior co-captain Doug Verhoff scored his fourth goal of the season.Verhoff launched a free kick from 25 yards out that bent around and went into the goal, which gave OSU its 2-0 score.From start to finish, the Buckeyes dominated, playing much more aggressively and very physically. Cleveland State displayed a sense of frustration, with five yellowcards by the end of the game.For goalie Matt Lampson, it was his fifth shutout of the season. The redshirt freshman had five saves on the day and he improved his record to 5-1-2 on the year.Last Wednesday saw the Buckeyes matched up against Oakland, a rematch of last year’s second-round tournament game. OSU defeated Oakland 1-0 after sophomore Joshua Breto scored the game’s only goal.The Buckeyes will remain at home when they return to action Wednesday against the University of Illinois-Chicago. Game time for the non-conference matchup is 7 p.m. read more

Braxton Miller announces intentions to move from quarterback to receiver

Redshirt senior Braxton Miller (5) carries the ball during a spring practice. Miller announced on Thursday his intentions to switch to H-back for his final season.Credit: Lantern file photoWhile the three-horse race for the starting quarterback position has been much of the talk since Ohio State won the national championship in January, one of those horses dropped out of the running — but into a different spot on the offense.Redshirt senior Braxton Miller is set to make a transition from quarterback, where he started for OSU for three years, to a receiver role for his final collegiate season.This was announced in an interview with Sports Illustrated published late Thursday evening. In it, Miller, who entered the offseason competing with redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett and redshirt junior Cardale Jones for the starting spot, said he had begun to consider the idea in April.Since then, the article said, Miller began catching balls from Barrett at night in order to keep the possible transition a secret in case OSU coach Urban Meyer decided to tab him the starter.On Thursday, Miller announced that the secret was out as he was no longer in the running for the QB job and instead plans to play H-back, which is a position that acts as a hybrid of wide receiver, tight end and running back. It is a position requiring versatility and athleticism that was utilized last season in junior Dontre Wilson and redshirt sophomore Jalin Marshall.In the SI story, Miller said he has not completely closed the door on playing quarterback this season, but he anticipates practicing with the wide receivers 80 percent of the time and quarterbacks 20 percent when fall practice begins in August.Miller said also he hopes to return punts for the Buckeyes, a role H-backs Wilson and Marshall shared last season.The Huber Heights, Ohio, product started 12 games in each of his first three seasons with the Buckeyes, throwing for more than 5,000 yards and 52 touchdowns. He also ran for 32 more scores.He was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year for his sophomore and junior seasons, as well as a Davey O’Brien Award finalist for the nation’s top quarterback in his sophomore campaign.Miller was set to be the starter heading into the 2014 season, but a torn labrum in his right shoulder cost him the season just a few weeks before it began. He was replaced by Barrett, who started 12 games before suffering an ankle injury on Nov. 29 against Michigan. Barrett was then replaced by Jones, who started OSU’s three postseason games and helped lead them to the national championship.Rumors swirled about Miller possibly transferring with the seemingly uphill battle toward winning back the starting job over Barrett and Jones, but he confirmed his intentions to stay in the scarlet and gray earlier in July.Now, Miller is set to begin his final collegiate season and his first in his new role on Sept. 7 when OSU travels to Blacksburg, Va., to open the season against Virginia Tech. read more

Football Ohio State headed to the Cotton Bowl to face USC

Ohio State players and coaches celebrate in the fourth quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 5 Ohio State might not be reaching the College Football Playoff, but the Buckeyes will have a chance to make a statement facing off against Pac-12 champion No. 8 USC at AT&T Stadium in Dallas at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 29.The winners of the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences typically square off in the Rose Bowl, but this season, the Rose Bowl is one of the two playoff games and will be the matchup between No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 3 Georgia. The Buckeyes have played the Trojans 23 times since 1937, and USC holds the 13-9-1 edge in the matchup. USC has won all of the past seven matchups dating back to 1975, including wins in 2008 and 2009 when Jim Tressel and Pete Carroll squared off against one another. read more

Trinny Woodall faces £300000 divorce battle from beyond the grave

first_imgA High Court registrar initially threw out the case, but the ruling is now being appealed.A spokesman for Ms Woodall, who is in a relationship with millionaire art collector Charles Saatchi, said: “This is a nightmare for an innocent spouse who received nothing on divorce, yet years later is sued by a trustee in bankruptcy, asserting an unheard-of claim to spousal rights of her deceased ex-husband.”Her barrister, Caroline Hely Hutchinson, said the trustee had no standing in law to bring a “personal claim” on behalf of Mr Elichaoff, arguing that any such right ended when he died.She said that the trustee’s claim was “factually outrageous” and targeted “a single mother who received no property from her husband either during the marriage or afterwards, and who has alone provided for their child.”She told the High Court: “My client had a five-year-old daughter and she was entirely responsible for the pastoral and financial care of that daughter.”The husband was a drug addict and these debts have been accrued post-separation. As it is, that man never made a further contribution to his wife and never repaid the £1.4m.”The court heard Ms Woodall, who now gives regular fashion advice on ITV’s This Morning, and Mr Elichaoff married in 1999 and divorced in 2009 on grounds of two years’ separation.A bankruptcy petition was presented in March 2009 for non-payment of rent and Mr Elichaoff was officially made bankrupt on July 7 of that year. Nine days later, a court approved their divorce settlement, under which he was to pay £24,000-a-year each to his daughter and wife.For the trustee, barrister James Pickering told Judge Robin Dicker QC that instead of being ordered to pay maintenance in the divorce settlement, Mr Elichaoff should have been awarded a six-figure sum from his former wife.Describing his case as “innovative”, he said: “At the time, the bankrupt was relatively poor and had little or no assets or income.”Miss Woodall, on the other hand, was relatively wealthy and had capital resources approaching £1.5m and a six-figure annual income.”Evidence at the time suggested Miss Woodall was on a £350,000-a-year salary, while Mr Elichaoff earned only £30,000 a year, he added.He said that the issue of whether Mr Elichaoff’s entitlement to support from his ex-wife was “property” that passed on to his trustee at the time of the bankruptcy could now be settled, adding: “It would be wholly bizarre if such a valuable right did not pass to a bankrupt’s trustee.”Mrs Hely Hutchinson argued that the trustee had failed to recognise that Ms Woodall herself was owed £1.4m by her former husband.She also said there had not been an example in 200 years of divorce law in which a trustee in bankruptcy had taken on a deceased spouse’s case. At the inquest into Mr Elichaoff’s death last year, a police officer who had driven him to a mental health unit two weeks before he died said that he had been told by the businessman that he was depressed because he had lost “a lot” of money “through some terrible investments in oil.”Judge Dicker reserved judgment on the case until a later date. Trinny Woodall in April Trinny Woodall in AprilCredit: Jonathan Hordle/REX/Shutterstock 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. Trinny Woodall and Jonny Elichaoff after announcing their engagementcenter_img Trinny Woodall is being pursued through the courts for debts of almost £300,000 left behind by her dead ex-husband.The former What Not to Wear presenter is facing a “nightmare” battle after the trustee in Johnny Elichaoff’s bankruptcy has claimed that she should have been paying her husband maintenance after their marriage ended.The couple, who had a daughter together, had agreed a divorce settlement in 2009 which stated Mr Elichaoff should pay the fashion adviser £24,000 a year in maintenance as well as repaying £1.4m that she had lent to him over their ten-year marriage. Trinny Woodall and Jonny Elichaoff after announcing their engagementCredit:Eleanor Bentall However, it later emerged that Mr Elichaoff had been declared bankrupt shortly before the divorce was finalised, prompting a judge to invalidate the original settlement earlier this year.Now creditors owed almost £300,000 by his estate claim that, as the wealthier party, Ms Woodall should have been ordered to make payments to her former partner, and have taken their case to the High Court in a bid to force her to settle his debts.Mr Elichaoff, who became addicted to painkillers after suffering serious injuries in a road traffic accident, took his own life in 2014 having never paid Ms Woodall any of the money agreed in the original settlement.The former drummer, who later managed Tears for Fears, was believed to have been depressed following a series of failed oil investments.The trustee in Mr Elichaoff’s bankruptcy, Ian Robert, now wants to “step into his shoes” to pursue Ms Woodall through the courts to try and force her to pay his £285,000 debts, plus legal bills.last_img read more

NHS should charge health tourists upfront instead of chaotic debt chase

first_imgThe task force well help staff patients ineligible for free careCredit:AFP The damning report sets out a host of failings against policies to recover NHS funds, warning: Forecasts to recover £200m from European patients have been rewritten, after the Department of Health admitted just £72m is likely to be clawed back; Just one in five NHS trusts anticipate any significant increase in recouped funds, with MPs suggesting that few have the “will” to chase debts; A target to reclaim £500m  a year from all overseas patients by 2017/18 is set to be missed by more than £150m; GPs are failing to identify overseas patients, with no systematic arrangements in place to ensure patients are billed; Meg Hillier, PAC chairman said: “The Government’s failure to get a grip on recovering the costs of treating overseas visitors is depriving the NHS of vital funds.”Our committee has reported extensively on the financial pressures facing the health service and it is simply unacceptable that so much money owed should continue to go uncollected.”“The systems for cost recovery appear chaotic,” the report says. “The Department told us it was planning further changes relating to policy and regulation, good practice and IT, but we are not convinced that enough is being done to identify and charge overseas patients”.In evidence to the committee, the DoH said all trusts would now be encouraged to tell patients the likely cost of treatment in advance, with payment secured “up front” wherever possible.The report said the failure to collect payment from patients who were not eligible free care, was limiting resources for those who were entitled to it.“If the NHS does not recover the cost of treating patients who are not entitled to free care, then there is less money available to treat other people and even more pressure on NHS finances,” the report states.Some trusts were found to be collecting as little as 15 per cent of debts owed. NHS hospitals should charge foreign patients “upfront” unless the case is an emergency, the government has said – as a damning report warns Britain is failing to recoup hundreds of millions of pounds.MPs said “chaotic” systems and a lack of sanctions for hospitals which failed to recover debts meant legitimate patients were being starved of vital resources.It comes as a BBC documentary revealed one of the largest hospitals in the country is owed an estimated £500,000 by a Nigerian woman, after she went into labour with quadruplets three months early after landing at London Heathrow in November. The 43-year-old, named only as Priscilla, has said she is unable to pay the bill and was expecting to give birth in the US, where she has family. The health service is supposed to reclaim the costs of treating patients who come to this country from elsewhere in Europe, under reciprocal European Union (EU) arrangements. The systems for cost recovery appear chaoticPublic Accounts Committee Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The committee also suggested the NHS had shown a limited appetite to tackle the issue.“Increasing the amount recovered depends on action by hospital trusts, but only 11 of 50 trusts that responded to a consultation thought that their income from overseas patients would increase significantly in future,” the report said.Just 10 hospital trusts accounted for half of the charges to visitors from beyond the European Economic Area.The report suggests trusts should follow St George’s Hospital in London, in introducing stringent tests of eligiblity for maternity care, after it became the victim of a health tourism scam.  “This suggests it may be possible to take effective action when there is the will to do so. However, there are no clear, consistently applied, sanctions when trusts do badly,” the report warns.It also calls on GPs to do more to help identify those patients who should be charged for NHS care.And it said the current rules are hard to enforce. MPs said the NHS should expand identity checks to establish entitlement to free care, because pilot schemes demanding passports and utilities bills do not prove eligibility, while penalising those who struggle to provide them.Last year  a London trust was revealed to be running a Home Office pilot scheme, which demands that women hand over passports before they give birth.St George’s Hospital in south London drew up the scheme, which may form the basis of the national plan, after uncovering a scam which saw con-men charging Nigerian women who flew to the NHS to give birth.Officials said the unit was used by around 900 pregnant health tourists last year — with deliveries from non-EU mums accounted for a fifth of all births.The hospital sector last year admitted to a deficit of more than £2.45 billion – the largest in its history. If the NHS does not recover the cost of treating patients who are not entitled to free care, then there is less money available to treat other people and even more pressure on NHS financesPublic Accounts Committee But a report by the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) says the UK is getting back less than  £50m back for the costs of treating European patients – while paying out £675m for care of Britons in Europe.While Poland claimed £4.3 million from the UK for care of Brits staying there annually, the UK claimed just £1.5 million from Poland, the committee found.MPs urged ministers to “get a grip” on the problem – warning that Brexit could cause “further uncertainty” in a system riddled with “unacceptable” failings.The commitee said it was not confident that the Government was taking effective action – and suggested the NHS had shown little desire to tackle the problem. An NHS wardlast_img read more

First aider talks trainee through how to save his life after cardiac

first_imgMr Knowles was taken to the nearby Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, where he suffered a further cardiac arrest and a pulmonary embolism.But his condition improved after having three stents fitted to open his arteries, along with an internal defibrillator implanted in his chest.Mr Knowles spent five weeks in hospital and is now recovering at home after defying the expectations of medical professionals who initially told his family to expect the worst.Doctors are convinced his survival is down to the rapid first aid he received from the woman in his audience. She thought I was role playing, but I told her it was real and that I was going to lose consciousnessDavid Knowles David Knowles with his wife Nova, also a retired nurseCredit:SWNS David and Nova Knowles. She said: “I was there while the paramedics were resuscitating David. He was in and out of consciousness and I was worried he would be afraid, but he was very calm and telling them exactly what was wrong. He was so calm and clear because he was directing us.” 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 first aider talked one of his church group trainees through saving his life after he suffered a cardiac arrest during a class on how to deliver CPR.David Knowles, a retired nurse, was delivering a talk about his work with the St John Ambulance when he found himself at the centre of a real-life emergency.The group thought the 77-year-old was role-playing, before realising the severity of the situation as he began to lose consciousness.A woman in the audience went to help Mr Knowles, who told her exactly what to do to save his life before he passed out.She gave the St John Ambulance trainer CPR until an ambulance arrived at the Belmont Chapel church group in Exeter, Devon. Mr Knowles fell ill on February 16 and was discharged from hospital on March 22.Doctors at first feared he might have suffered brain damage and that his internal organs could have been affected by his ordeal.They also predicted he would need months of rehabilitation, but Mr Knowles was allowed home several weeks earlier than expected.He is now being looked after by his wife, 75-year-old Nova, also a retired nurse. Mr Knowles, a retired nurse who has volunteered with St John Ambulance for 11 years, said: “I had just started my lecture.”We were talking about cardiopulmonary resuscitation – CPR – and the more senior members of the group had asked for a demonstration. As I was instructing one of them, I suddenly felt dizzy and weak, so I had to lie down.”She thought I was role playing, but I told her it was real and that I was going to lose consciousness. I told her what to do to save my life, then passed out.”I’m told I came too, briefly, and was talking to the paramedics about my condition, but the next thing I remember is waking up in hospital, two and a half weeks later.last_img read more

Scott Hutchison wrote song about suicide as devastated family confirm his death

Scott Hutchison, 36, was last seen at the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry around 1am on Wednesday (pictured hours previously)Credit:Police Scotland The frontman’s brother talked Wednesday of his “incredible worry” as police continued to search for him. Scott Hutchison, 36, was last seen alive leaving the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry in Scotland at 1am on Wednesday in a “very fragile state”.  Scott Hutchison, 36, was last seen at the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry around 1am on Wednesday (pictured hours previously) In a statement released through Police Scotland, Mr Hutchison’s family said: “As a family, we are utterly devastated with the tragic loss of our beloved Scott. Scott Hutchison - lead singer of the band Frightened Rabbit The band, which was formed in Selkirk in Scotland in 2003, are due to perform in Glasgow on June 1.During the early years, Hutchison began performing under the name Frightened Rabbit – a name given to him by his mother to describe his shy nature as a child.He began recording and performing with his brother Grant the following year and has collaborated a number of indie acts. Vocalist and guitarist Hutchison is the only ever-present member of Frightened Rabbit, who have released five studio albums. The latest, Painting of a Panic Attack released in 2016, reached number 16 in the UK album charts and the 2008 release The Midnight Organ Fights made NME’s top 100 albums of the decade.  Be so good to everyone you love. It’s not a given. I’m so annoyed that it’s not. I didn’t live by that standard and it kills me. Please, hug your loved ones.— Scott Hutchison (@owljohn) May 8, 2018 I’m away now. Thanks.— Scott Hutchison (@owljohn) May 8, 2018 I closed my eyes for a second and when they opened you weren’t there.And the door shut I was vacuum packed, Shrink-wrapped out of air.And the spine collapsed, and the eyes rolled back to stare at my starving brain.And fully clothed, I float away (I’ll float away) down the Forth, into the sea.I think I’ll save suicide for another day.And I picture this corpse on the M8 hearse and I half run away to sleep an a rolled up coat against the window with the strobe of the sun.And the life I’ve led ,am I ready to leap? Is there peace beneath the roar of the Forth road bridge?On the Northern side there’s a Fife of mine and a boat in the port for me.And fully clothed, I float away (I’ll float away) Down the Forth, into the sea I’ll steer myself through drunken waves.These manic gulls scream it’s okay. Take your life. Give it a shake. Gather up all your loose change.I think I’ll save suicide for another year.Songwriters: David Kennedy / Grant David Hutchison / Scott John HutchisonCopyright: Domino Publishing Company Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wrote: “Heartbreaking news. My  thoughts are with Scott’s family, friends and fans. A remarkable and much loved  talent.”  Lightbody paid tribute on Instagram to “one of Scotland’s most extraordinary song writers”.”He wrote with such profound insight into loss and longing and listening to his words always made me feel this heady mix of wonder, elation and pain. That pain that also makes you feel someone understands what you’re going through and you don’t feel so alone.”He was willing to hurt in his songs so that the listener hurt less. But when you live on the edge of that pain it can sometimes get to be too much to bear. I just wish he knew what he meant to so many.”Thank you Scott for every extraordinary song you ever wrote and for the times we shared. Your music brought light to the world and always will. So much love to all your family, band mates and close friends.”I am so deeply sorry for their loss. The world is less today without you Scott.” His band Frightened Rabbit have also issued a statement, saying Hutchison leaves a “legacy of hope, kindness and colour”.It read: “There are no words to describe the overwhelming sadness and pain that comes with the death of our beloved Scott but to know he is no longer suffering brings us some comfort.”Reading messages of support and hope from those he has helped through his art has helped immensely and we encourage you to continue doing this.”He will be missed by all of us and his absence will always be felt but he leaves a legacy of hope, kindness and colour that will forever be remembered and shared.” He added: “He does suffer from depression, he has been very open about that in an attempt to help other people with similar conditions.”He’s kind, he’s a great uncle to my three kids, a fantastic wee brother and an inspiring guy who is one of my heroes. “”He’s an inspiration to me and I miss him very much.”Grant Hutchison, a drummer with the band, spoke about his brother being an “inspirational” figure and a “hero” who he missed very much. His last tweets prompted hundreds of supporters to come forward with messages of encouragement for the singer, including former Radio 1 DJ Edith Bowman, Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol, Saint Raymond and Frank Turner. But these turned to tributes on Friday as news filtered through that police had found a body. Franz Ferdinand singer Alex Kapranos tweeted: “Awful news about Scott Hutchison. A terrible loss.”Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian wrote: “Tragic news about Scott Hutchison. The whole music community in Scotland was praying for a different outcome.”Folks, if you are up against it, having dark thoughts, please tell someone, family, a friend or a doctor. There is always another way, though it might not seem like it.” “Depression is a horrendous illness that does not give you any alert or indication as to when it will take hold of you.”Scott battled bravely with his own issues for many years and we are immensely proud of him for being so open with his struggles.”His willingness to discuss these matters in the public domain undoubtedly raised awareness of mental health issues and gave others confidence and belief to discuss their own issues.” 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. “Despite his disappearance, and the recent concerns over his mental health, we had all remained positive and hopeful that he would walk back through the door, having taken some time away to compose himself.”Scott, like many artists, wore his heart on his sleeve and that was evident in the lyrics of his music and the content of many of his social media posts.”He was passionate, articulate and charismatic, as well as being one of the funniest and kindest people we knew.”Friends and family would all agree that he had a brilliant sense of humour and was a great person to be around.”In addition to his musical success, Scott was a wonderful son, brother, uncle and friend. Despite whatever else was going on in his life he always had time for those he cared for. It emerged the lead singer left the hotel without his phone and his brother Grant, who plays drums in the Scottish indie band, updated fans Thursday morning by saying: “We have no news to report on Scott’s whereabouts this morning.”Your support so far has been incredible and all we ask is you keep him in your thoughts, keep an eye out and keep sharing his picture online. Thanks for everything. Your kindness and positivity is keeping us going.”He signed off the message on Twitter with his initial, and it came after an Instagram post Wednesday pleading for help.In it, he said: “Has anyone seen my brother/bandmate/best friend? He’s in a very fragile state and has been missing since last night and we’re all incredibly worried.”On Thursday Mr Hutchison’s brothers, Grant and Neil, said they were “distraught” about his disappearance and appealed for him to get in touch.The pair spoke about their sibling’s fight with depression and how he had helped others by speaking about his condition.Elder brother Neil, 38, said: “In relation to Frightened Rabbit, the band and Scott’s work and how many people he himself has helped who might be suffering from the same emotions and feelings, that’s been great to read.” Floating in the Forth by Frightened Rabbit (lyrics)So you just stepped out of the front of my house and I’ll never see you again. Scott Hutchison – lead singer of the band Frightened Rabbit Depression is a horrendous illness that does not give you any alert or indication as to when it will take hold of youFamily of Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison Scott Hutchison’s family have talked of the Frightened Rabbit singer’s battle with depression as it emerged he wrote a song about suicide near where his body was found. Officers at Police Scotland made the discovery at Port Edgar near South Queensferry at 8.30pm on Thursday.His family have been left “utterly devastated” and described how he “battled bravely with his own issues for many years and we are immensely proud of him for being so open with his struggles”.Hutchison talked openly about mental illness, and the singer-songwriter wrote a song addressing suicide titled Floating in the Forth. In the chorus from the 2008 song he sang: “And fully clothed, I float away Down the Forth, into the sea. I think I’ll save suicide for another day.”Three hours before he was last seen, at 1am on Wednesday, the frontman tweeted: “Be so good to everyone you love. It’s not a given. I’m so annoyed that it’s not.”I didn’t live by that standard and it kills me. Please, hug your loved ones.”The singer followed the tweet up minutes later at 11.09pm with message simply reading: “I’m away now. Thanks.” read more