OSU freshman forward Freddy Gerard (15) during a game. Credit: Courtesy of Freddy GerardAsk any hockey player who his secondary family is, and he will say the 20-plus members in his team’s locker room. Ask any forward who his brothers are and he will say the two other players on his line.In his senior year of high school, Ohio State freshman forward Freddy Gerard lost one of his brothers.Growing up in Rocky River, Ohio, Gerard spent his youth hockey days developing in the Cleveland Barons AAA organization. For a majority of his time there, Gerard played on a line with Brunswick, Ohio, native Kevin Fox. Fox, a senior at the time, was in a car with four other Brunswick High School students just past midnight on June 3, 2012, the same day of the school’s commencement.The driver of the car, Jeffrey Chaya, 18, was speeding in neighboring suburb Columbia Township when his 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier crossed over a CSX railroad crossing.The car flew, before landing hard and causing Chaya to lose control and veer into a ditch. The car struck a tree, overturned and landed on its roof on the road. Chaya was killed along with Blake Bartchak, 17, and Fox’s girlfriend Lexi Poerner, 16. Fox, who was in the backseat with Poerner, was thrown out of the car and landed in a ditch. Julia Romito, now a student at Kent State University, was the third backseat passenger and lone survivor of the accident. She recovered after being taken to a local hospital.Fox — or “Foxy,” as he was commonly called by friends — was flown to the MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland and was treated until he passed away around 10 p.m the same day.Upon seeing his friend in the intensive care unit in the afternoon hours before his death, Gerard was speechless.“I started crying right away,” Gerard said somberly. “I had no idea what to expect. You never fully understand what that’s like. You see it sometimes in a movie but until it’s right there staring you in the face, your body just breaks down. It was one of the craziest, saddest moments that I’ve ever fully experienced.”A community was devastated and a family was torn as Cleveland hockey lost one of its most beloved members.“It could not be him,” Gerard said. “He’s Foxy. He was the happiest, crazy, funny kid. He had his own personality about him. Everybody knew who Kevin Fox was and what Kevin Fox was.”The bond and family-like environment that growing up in hockey provides was shown at Fox’s funeral.“It’s a family, you spend so much time together and here we are,” Fox’s mother Sherri said. “When Kevin passed, (his former teammates) showed up and continued to be a part of it.”The Barons, now in the prestigious Tier 1 Elite Hockey League, used to compete in the Midwest Elite Hockey League.It was in that realm that Kevin Fox and Gerard would compete against the best teams that the Detroit and Chicago regions had to offer weekend after weekend from September to March.The duo faced numerous future NCAA Division I and NHL players over the years, all of whom molded them into extraordinary players and people. Kevin Fox’s time with the Barons ended after his sophomore year of high school when he would become a star rugby player at Brunswick, while Gerard’s time with the program continued until graduation from St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio.Whereas Gerard plays a quick, playmaking type of game with finesse, Kevin Fox complimented him with a grinder-like mentality, working in the corners and muscling it out with anyone, no matter how big or tall.“He was willing to put himself out for his team,” Sherri Fox said. “He loved (his team). If it meant defending a teammate, he would do it.”Gerard, still adjusting to the grueling schedule that college hockey presents on and off the ice, still carries his friend with him in the form of a tattoo on his left bicep. The tattoo, which he had put on three days after Kevin Fox’s passing, features a fox with “Forever 28” inscribed below it, his number with the Barons.“Having something on my body would always remind me of the type of person that he was and how great of a friend he was and how many more friends I want to hopefully have throughout my life like that,” Gerard said. “It’s a good memory to have, and every now and then I look down at it. I’m at the point where it puts a smile on my face that I was able to be his friend and have him be mine.”Freddy Gerard shows his tattoo in honor of his friend. Credit: Courtesy of Freddy GerardUpon glancing at some of the images of Gerard and “Foxy” on the ice together and the tattoo which they had not seen, Kevin Fox’s parents were brought back to a time when it was simply fun to watch the young boys grow into outstanding men through the game of hockey.“Kevin is with him all the time,” Kevin Fox’s father Jim said. “He is proud to be his friend.”Gerard has played in six games this season, tallying one assist. One of the biggest aforementioned adjustments he has had to make to the college game after spending a few years in junior hockey is, ironically, playing more like Kevin Fox.“I’ve kind of had to adapt to a grinder style and mix it up a little bit in the corners, play the body a little bit,” Gerard said. “If I could be like Kevin Fox a little bit, maybe that will help my game a little bit more.”In March 2012, a few months before his death, Kevin Fox was given an assignment in his first period psychology class to come up with a list of 50 goals for his future.No. 23 on the list said that he wanted to “continue to play hockey.”Because of his teammate, friend and brother, Gerard, Kevin Fox continues to play hockey each and every day.
Demetrius Knox suffered a broken foot in practice and had surgery on Friday. He will miss eight weeks. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Lantern PhotographerThe Ohio State football team has been struck with numerous injuries this season, raising questions about the team’s depth. On Friday, an OSU spokesman confirmed for The Lantern that OSU redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Demetrius Knox had surgery and will be out approximately eight week.Eleven Warriors was the first to report the initial story.Knox was listed as the backup right guard to redshirt junior Billy Price heading into Saturday’s game against Rutgers.Knox is the second offensive lineman for the Buckeyes to go down with injury after junior-college transfer Malcolm Pridgeon suffered a knee injury in fall camp that is expected to sideline him at least until November.The 6-foot-4, 308-pound Knox was a four-star prospect in the 2014 recruiting class from Fort Worth, Texas, and saw time for the Buckeyes in the Bowling Green and Tulsa games this season.Knox broke his foot in February 2015, which forced him to miss all of 2015 spring practice.
It’s long been joked that Ohio really has just one professional football team — the Buckeyes. For the first time in a while this year, the capital city’s team didn’t outdo one of the “professional” Ohio teams — at least on the field. For the first time since 2005, the Bengals (9-8) won more games than the Buckeyes (6-7). Do keep in mind, there are 16 regular season NFL games. Ohio State plays only 12 with a bowl game normally to follow. In typical Bungle fashion, Cincinnati went to Houston on Saturday, got slapped around by rookie quarterback T.J. Yates and rookie defensive end J.J. Watt, while former undrafted running back Arian Foster made the Bengals defense — a unit that was ranked in the top five defensively for most of the year — look like a high school junior varsity squad. Raising hopes high only to get embarrassed by three scores in front of a national television audience. Typical Bengals. Even worse was the embarrassment the Bengals faced not on the field, but in the stands this season. They only managed to sell out two home games. One was thanks to the traveling Steelers fans who made the trek to Cincinnati for Pittsburgh’s annual game in Paul Brown Stadium, while the other came via a buy-one-get-one-free promotion during the Bengals’ last game of the season, a “win and you’re in” game. The Bengals lost. Fortunately for them, so did the Jets, Raiders and Broncos. OSU, on the other hand, sold out every home game, despite posting its first losing record since 1988. Unless he or she is on the six-year undergraduate degree plan, most current OSU students weren’t even alive for that season. Sure, the Bengals have reason to be excited because of rookies Andy Dalton and A.J. Green — likely the best rookie-quarterback-to-rookie-wide-receiver duo in NFL history. You would think that would fill the seats, but Cincinnati fans have seen this film before. The reason they can’t rely on Dalton and Green? Because those two talented young men wear black and orange stripes. And history has proven time and time again that wearing black and orange stripes in Cincinnati on Sunday afternoons in the fall will eventually lead to the potential of some of the country’s best young football prospects being wasted. As for the Browns, they haven’t won more games than the Buckeyes in a single season since 1994. That’s the year “Forrest Gump” was released, Glenn Robinson was drafted No. 1 overall in the NBA Draft and Justin Bieber was born. Remember that? Me neither. I was 5 years old. It’s been 6,221 days since an NFL team in Ohio has won a playoff game. OSU had more success from 2002-07 than the Bengals and Browns have had combined since Bill Clinton took over the White House. So Buckeye fans, while times were dark this season and there will be no bowl game next year, don’t fret. Urban Meyer will lead this organization back to what its used to being — Ohio’s most professional football team.
OSU softball players during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe No. 25 Ohio State softball team (19-7) played in Columbus on Wednesday for the first time this season after a 25-game road stretch and gave the home fans something to cheer about, downing Wright State 14-1 in five innings.“Words can’t explain how excited I was since I woke up this morning, knowing today was the home opener,” said sophomore first baseman Alex Vargas.Wright State took a quick 1-0 lead in the first after a wild pitch from OSU junior pitcher Morgan Ray scored Macey Gunther, but it was all Buckeyes from that point, thanks to a huge first inning highlighted by a grand slam from senior right fielder Alex Bayne.“We were ready to perform for (our fans),” Vargas said. “For us to keep our composure — especially on a big day like this — and perform, hit and score run after run after run, I think that just shows that we care to do well for our fans.”The Buckeyes scored nine runs on five hits in the first, forcing two pitching changes in the inning. Sophomore second baseman Emily Clark hit a two-RBI double while senior third baseman Anna Kirk, sophomore shortstop Lilli Piper and junior first baseman Ashley Goodman each had an RBI, giving OSU a 9-1 lead.“We were spraying the ball around the field, so it wasn’t like we were doing one thing,” said OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly. “Emily Clark hitting the ball down the corner (to right field) and then (Alex) Bayne hitting a ball down left field — it’s just nice to see them hitting the ball where it’s pitched not trying to do too much and everyone chipping in.”The Buckeye lead grew in the third as OSU pushed across five insurance runs. Piper hit a two-RBI single while Clark hit a three-run home run to left center field to extend OSU’s lead to 14-1 after three innings.The big lead allowed the Buckeyes to empty their bench a bit in the later innings. OSU made six substitutions in the field, allowing some bench players to participate in the home opener, which meant just as much to the starters as it did the substitutes, Kovach Schoenly said.“The starters work side by side on the field with them in practice every day so they know how hard they work and it means a lot to them to see their teammates have success,” she said. “I don’t think there’s one starter that wouldn’t hand their bat over to give someone else a chance to be a part of it.”The Buckeyes return to Big Ten action on Friday when they begin a three-game home series with Rutgers (8-21) as they look to improve upon their 3-0 conference record.
The Ohio State women’s soccer team stands together and talks before there game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 21st. Ohio State won 2-1. Credit: Cori Wade | For The LanternOn Oct. 21, the Ohio State women’s soccer team faced off against Wisconsin at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. Ohio State won 2-1. Photos by Cori Wade.
‘The nurse in charge said staff were often too busy to provide personal care and this meant some patients could go up to two months without having their hair washed’Care Quality Commission report on Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich The inspection found a host of failings including long waits in A&E Credit:Dominic Lipinski/PA “We spoke with the nurse in charge who said staff were often too busy to provide personal care and this meant some patients could go up to two months without having their hair washed.”Patients in the hospital’s acute medical unit told how they were left “very embarrassed” after being ordered to use pads for incontinence, and sleep in soiled ones, because staff were too busy to help them use a commode.A spokesman for Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, said: “The report does note that we have made progress since the last CQC inspection in February 2014, and we are pleased that our staff received a rating of ‘Good’ for providing a caring, kind, and compassionate service.”He said the trust planned improvements to care in its wards and A&E department, had made changes to improve privacy and that the failure to record vital signs related to one patient, who had received treatment throughout. Patients were forced to wait two months to have their hair washed because nurses said it was not their job to help the sick bathe or shower, a damning report says.Queen Elizabeth Hospital in south London has been ordered to make urgent improvements after watchdogs found A&E staff failing to monitor patients’ vital signs, with sick patients treated in chairs and corridors due to overcrowding.Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) intervened after hospital staff failed to notice that a patient with blood poisoning was deteriorating badly. The patient – who had suffered a cardiac arrest just six weeks earlier – was left for almost six hours without vital signs being monitored, with action only taken after they began shaking and struggling to breathe.Watchdogs said some staff were found treating patients “sharply” and with a lack of kindness.On medical wards, patients were told to use incontinence pads because staff said they were too busy to help them go to the toilet.The report said: “We spoke with a patient on ward 18 who told us they had repeatedly asked staff for a bath or shower and had been told it wasn’t their job to provide this. Two other patients on this ward told us they would like to have their hair washed but staff told them they were too busy. 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 woman scrambles away from the cliff edgeCredit:Graham Hunt/BNPS On the edge of the 80ft drop, the woman raises her mobile phone to take a pictureCredit:Graham Hunt/BNPS Cute evening down the beach chilling, next thing you know part of the Clift had fallen down 😳 #WestBay pic.twitter.com/rxVrJBH5U4— Gem Gilbert ☮ (@Y0urSunshine) August 16, 2016 Chief Inspector Steve White, of Dorset Police, said: “We would like to remind people that the cliffs remain unstable and it is possible further rock falls could occur.”We urge the public to obey warning signs, not to stand near the edge of cliffs or stand directly underneath them. Landslides and rock falls can happen at any time and without warning.” Sam Scriven from the Jurassic Coast Team said: “We would encourage people to behave sensibly on the coast. They should avoid the cliff edge and the base.”Last summer, the Coastguard issued a fresh warning to tourists and residents urging them to stay away from the unstable cliffs at West Bay.A massive rock fall narrowly missed scores of people sat on the busy beach made famous by the ITV crime drama Broadchurch in August, sending huge boulders crashing down. Pictures show the woman sitting on a raised rock right close to the 80ft drop below before using her mobile to take a selfie.The man stands just behind with a young child on his shoulders and a toddler nearby. He holds a selfie stick, which he appears to use to take another picture. The man stands just behind with a young child on his shoulders as he extends a selfie stickCredit:Graham Hunt/BNPS “We want everyone to enjoy our beautiful coastline but we want you to do it safely, please keep your distance from cliff edges both at the top and at the bottom, as cliffs really can crumble without warning.” “As a West Bay coastguard officer I find it unbelievable that even with all the warnings a family will risk their lives, the lives of their children that they are forcing in to the unsafe area and the lives of people below and also all the rescue services just to take a picture.”The worst thing about these photos is that they are sitting on a ledge with very little below them. If there was an accident the first thing that would be said is ‘why are there no warnings?'”Do we really need to warn people after years of warnings not to go to the edge of the crumbling cliffs?” The fall happened on the same stretch of beach where Charlotte Blackman, 22, from Derbyshire, was crushed to death by a similar sized rock fall in 2012.Speaking last summer, Peter Davies, of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, said: “The cliff fall is an example of just how unstable cliff edges can be, the incident could have had a very different outcome, and fortunately no one was seriously hurt or worse. A warning about unstable cliffs at West Bay in DorsetCredit:Graham Hunt/SWNS A family have been pictured posing for selfies at the edge of unstable cliffs where the TV show Broadchurch is filmed, despite warnings landslides can occur without warning.The man, woman and two small children were photographed on sandstone cliffs at West Bay, in Dorset, on Sunday.Numerous signs warn visitors not to stand or sit too close to the edge because the fragile state of the cliffs leads to regular rock falls.But the group appears to be blissfully unaware of the danger they face from the crumbling cliffs. Mark Collins, of the West Bay coastguards, said: “How many more messages can we put out there? It is either people not understanding the message or not understanding the risks for real. Part of the cliff at West Bay collapsed without warning in AugustCredit:Geoffrey Swaine/REX/Shutterstock Photographer Graham Hunt, who was on the beach when he saw the family and took the pictures, said: “I was taking pictures of the harbour when I saw an adult appear at the top of the cliffs, followed by a man and two young children.”I couldn’t believe what I was seeing when the woman sat down right at the edge of the cliff to take a selfie.”The rock face there crumbles all the time, it could easily have happened at that moment.”The man had a young child sat on his shoulders. He was at least stood a bit further back,but he was still very close when he took his selfie.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The Wonga breach is believed to be one of the biggest involving financial information to have hit a UK company. A spokesman said: “Wonga is urgently investigating illegal and unauthorised access to the personal data of some of its customers in the UK and Poland.”We are working closely with authorities and we are in the process of informing affected customers.”We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused.”Wonga has set up a help page on its website for customers and has a phone line for further enquiries. Its website advises customers to change their password and to alert their bank andask them to look out for suspicious activity. It adds: “Cyber attacks are, unfortunately, on the rise. While Wonga operates to the highest security standards, these illegal attacks are unfortunately increasingly sophisticated.”The police and Information Commissioner’s Office have been informed.A spokesman for the ICO said: “All organisations have a responsibility to keep customers’ personal information secure.”Where we find this has not happened, we can investigate and may take enforcement action.”Critics say the “payday lending” industry preys on vulnerable borrowers with high interest rates and marketing tactics.In 2014, Wonga agreed to pay compensation of more than 2.6 million pounds to 45,000 customers after it sent threatening letters to customers from fake law firms. Payday lender Wonga has warned nearly a quarter of a million customers that they may have been affected by a data breach.The stolen data includes names, addresses bank account numbers and sort codes. The lender, which provides short-term loans, said it is investigating “illegal and unauthorised access” to some of its customers’ personal information in both Britain and Poland.Around 245,000 customers may have been affected by the cyber attack in the UK, and 25,000 in Poland, a spokeswoman said. The information stolen could also include the last four digits of users’ bank cards, which are used by some banks to enable log-ins to online banking services. The firm, which said it knew something had happened by Tuesday but did not become aware of a data breach until Friday and began notifying customers on Saturday through email and text. Wonga said it believes users’ loan accounts are secure and no action needs to be taken. Customers have been warned to look out for any “unusual activity”, and to be cautious about cold calls or emails asking for personal information.Wonga is the latest in a line of British companies and institutions to suffer a major security breach. Tesco Bank, Lloyds, TalkTalk and the NHS have all been hacked. British customers were also among one billion people whose personal details and passwords could have been compromised when Yahoo was hacked in 2013 – believed to be the world’s largest ever cyber attack.However Yahoo users’ bank details were not affected, the company said last year when it divulged the attack after being handed information by law enforcement agencies in the USA. Cyber attacks are, unfortunately, on the rise. While Wonga operates to the highest security standards, these illegal attacks are unfortunately increasingly sophisticatedWonga
Rabbi Herschel Gluck said the incident hurt and was an attack on “every single Muslim in the UK and beyond”.”But really an attack on the Muslim community is an attack on every single citizen in Great Britain, because we are one nation, under one god, living together, working together, co-operating together in his country,” he added. The mosqueearned notoriety through its links to Abu Hamza. But that was more than a decade ago and since then it has worked hard to repair its reputation, holding open days and maintaining links with the local church.There was a moment of tension when Theresa May arrived at the mosque amid a heavy police presence. But it was soon over. Hassine came here as a young man and and said the first time he experienced racism was last week: “It was a woman in a car. She told me, ‘Go back where you came from’ and threw a can of Coke at my car. That kind of thing never happened before now.”On Monday night locals were joined by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick at a vigil outside the mosque. She stood with the chairman of the mosque, Mohammed Kozbar, to observe a short silence, before he addressed the large crowd, praising the “great response” from the community. “Yesterday we all experienced a horrific attack on our families, on our freedom, on our dignity. A man, a father of six children, being killed in cold blood and many injured by an extremist, by a terrorist,” Mr Kozbar said.”These people, these extremists, their aim is to divide our communities, is to spread hatred, fear and division among our communities,” he added.”We all have harmony in this area, and these people try to divide us, but we tell them that we will not let you do that.” A lady called Tracey wheeled a plastic trolley up to the police cordon and pulled out a crate of bottled water, gratefully received by officers standing in the baking heat.“I’m quite horrified by this. Where I live, I’ve got Muslim neighbours on this side, Orthodox Jewish people on the other. We all get on,” she said.She went to Poundland and bought the water after watching the news and seeing someone shout at a policeman. “They don’t deserve it, do they? I’m only sorry it ain’t cold.”Outside the Al Baraka Supermarket, a group of Algerian men were discussing the attack. All had worshipped at the Muslim Welfare House and knew some of the victims.“It’s a good community. Muslims, Christian, Jewish, atheist – we all have different opinions and nobody has a grudge with anybody,” said a man called Kader. Finsbury Park is proud to be tolerantCredit:Dan Kitwood /Getty By the police cordon on Seven Sisters Road, a woman stood with a homemade placard. Alison, pictured, a resident, had heard about the attack early in the morning and hastily made the sign before heading to the scene.“Leave Our Muslim Neighbours Alone,” it said on the front. On the back: “This is not a war. It’s just a few deranged individuals acting out their demented macho fantasies. They are not with us. We love our mixed community.”It’s a message that sums up the community spirit in Finsbury Park. The streets may be shabbier than those a mile away in Islington, but people are proud to live in an area known for its tolerance. All morning, people came to leave flowers outside Finsbury Park Mosque – a focal point for the Muslim community here. Signs saying ‘Love will win, Terror will lose’ were held up at the vigilCredit:Dan Kitwood/Getty The chairman of the mosque praised the way in which the community had respondedCredit:Dan Kitwood /Getty Other faith leaders from the community also spoke at the vigil, including the Bishop of Stepney the Rt Rev Adrian Newman, who told the crowd “an attack on one faith is an attack on us all”. People hold flowers as they attend a vigil outside Finsbury Park Mosque Credit:Dan Kitwood/Getty When people say the multicultural “experiment” has failed, they have clearly not walked down Blackstock Road, where Turkish barbers and Algerian grocers sit alongside Sardinian trattorias and hipster pizza joints.The middle classes here are staunchly Labour – save for a respectable number who vote Green – and the attack has left them appalled.“I’ve lived here for about 37 years and it has always been lovely because it’s so mixed,” Alison said. “Muslims are our neighbours and I want them to know they’re not alone.” Local people were visibly emotional in the aftermath of the attackCredit:Dan Kitwood /Getty His friend, Hassine, is known to his white British neighbours as Harry. “There’s Margaret who lives next door, her son moved to Margate and wanted her to move too but she said, ‘How can I leave Harry’s family? They’re so good to me.’ I check on her every day, she’s an old lady. We make food for the neighbours – couscous, all of that. They love it.” 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.