Michael Clarke Duncan Was Huge White Sox Fan

Michael Clarke Duncan, the larger-than-life actor who died Monday at 54, was an avid Chicago White Sox fan who was so into his team that he forged a close relationship with team general manager Kenny Williams.Duncan, who reached fame and success late in life with a role in the Tom Hanks movie, “The Green Mile,” was such a fan that he would even call Williams to give him advice on player personnel decisions, Williams said.“Michael was a close friend. He was the nicest, kindest guy anyone could ever know. He was a great fan of the Chicago White Sox and often called me to offer advice. His friendship will be missed.”Duncan was a huge sports fan, as his appearance as a fixture at Los Angeles Lakers games attests.The South Side Chicago native, according to Yahoo! Sports, holds the distinction of being the only Chicagoan to ever narrate a World Series film for a Windy City champion. His baritone laid the soundtrack for the White Sox’s 2005 highlight reel.He also served as the narrator for 2010’s “The Club,” MLB Network’s forerunner to “The Franchise” series.Duncan was also said to be one among the thousands that rushed Comiskey Park’s field during Disco Demolition Night in 1979. He even told Chicago reporter Sarah Spain a few years ago that he had made away with Bill Melton’s bat during the commotion, though the slugger had been retired for two years at that point and hadn’t played for the Sox since 1975.When he became a public figure, Duncan used his fame – after years of holding regular jobs – to meet and greet with many in the sports world and athletes and teams he admired from afar before he earned a level of fame.Duncan suffered a stroke several weeks ago and passed away Monday night. read more

New Zealand The Little Nation That Could Win Two World Cups

1979CricketWest Indies4.8England46.7 YEARSPORTWINNERPOP.RUNNER-UPPOP. 2011CricketIndia1,210.2Sri Lanka20.9 2011RugbyNew Zealand4.4France63.1 1983CricketIndia748.0West Indies5.0 2007RugbySouth Africa49.6England51.4 1991RugbyAustralia17.3England47.3 1987RugbyNew Zealand3.3France56.0 1987CricketAustralia16.3England47.3 1995RugbySouth Africa41.4New Zealand3.7 1996CricketSri Lanka18.4Australia18.3 1999RugbyAustralia19.0France58.9 1992CricketPakistan117.3England48.0 1975CricketWest Indies4.6mAustralia13.9m Usually the countries that dominate international sports competitions are the ones more populated than New Zealand, which has just 4.6 million people. Yet the island nation is competing, and winning, in a whole range of sports. Its next task: winning the Cricket World Cup.On Tuesday, New Zealand’s men’s cricket team beat its counterpart from South Africa, a nation of more than 54 million, to advance to its first cricket World Cup final. (And they did it in a thrilling match.) New Zealand has won all eight of its games in this year’s competition, and is the country with the smallest population to ever reach the title match in the competition’s four-decade history. The last World Cup champion, India, had just a slightly larger population: 1.28 billion.Winning any World Cup is a big deal for such a small country. After all, my friend Stephen Wells, a London-based photographer, told me, “Any international/global achievement no matter how trivial is a big deal in NZ.” He added, “Some of us have an inferiority complex that we’re an afterthought of a country, because sometimes we really are an afterthought of a country. But not now.”If the Kiwis beat their neighbors, Australia, on Sunday in Melbourne, New Zealand will become only the second country ever to hold the World Cup titles for both men’s rugby and men’s cricket at the same time.1Australia won the 1987 cricket World Cup and still held that title four years later, when it won the rugby World Cup. Australia also won both World Cups in 1999 and repeated as cricket champs in 2003.As good as New Zealand is in cricket, it’s better in rugby. The men’s team won the last World Cup, in 2011, its second. It has a winning record against every team it has ever played, has been ranked No. 1 for longer than all other teams combined and is the betting favorite to defend its title at this fall’s World Cup. New Zealand’s two rugby World Cup triumphs are the only wins in either World Cup in the last 35 years by a nation with fewer than 5 million people.2West Indies, a cricket conglomerate of 15 small nations and territories, won the first two cricket World Cups in 1975 and 1979, each time representing places with a combined population slightly bigger than New Zealand’s this year. 2007CricketAustralia21.2Sri Lanka20.3 2003CricketAustralia20.0India1,093.8 1999CricketAustralia19.0Pakistan140.6 2003RugbyEngland49.9Australia20.0 New Zealand also has won one World Cup in women’s cricket and finished second at another. And it won four of seven World Cups that have been held in women’s rugby.Again, all that with fewer than 5 million inhabitants.These achievements might be easy to dismiss if you’re not into cricket or rugby. The sports have widespread but not worldwide appeal. Mostly they’re limited to former British territories and Commonwealth countries, and neither is yet an Olympic sport.3Rugby sevens, a faster form of the game played at the World Cup, will debut at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro next summer. But New Zealand has done well in the men’s soccer World Cup lately, too. It qualified in 2010 — as the third least populous country, bigger only than Slovenia and Uruguay — and was the only team not to lose a match. (It drew all three of its group-stage matches and was eliminated.) It fell one game short of qualifying for last summer’s World Cup. The women’s team qualified for the 2007 and 2011 women’s World Cups.In the Summer Olympics, New Zealand has been gaining on its more populous rivals. It won 13 medals in London in 2012, the fourth straight Summer Games in which New Zealand increased its medal total. It ranked seventh in per-capita medals in 2008, and fourth in 2012, behind only nations that won all their medals in athletics. New Zealand athletes medaled in six different disciplines in London.“That shows there’s a system in place, not just chance or concentration on one sport,” said Alex Baumann, chief executive of High Performance Sport New Zealand, the government body that sponsors recreation in the country, in a telephone interview earlier this month.Baumann attributed the country’s sporting success to a number of factors. As with many things, it starts with money. Over the last five years, the government has increased its investment in his department by nearly 50 percent.4New Zealand’s per capita GDP is higher than India’s and some other cricket rivals but below that of Australia and the U.K., two of its rivals in both cricket and rugby.“In the end, we don’t have all the resources like other countries do, like the U.K. or Australia or even Canada,” Baumann said. “You can’t spend the resources so thinly that you don’t make the difference.”Prioritizing funding has spurred individual sports federations to excel, not just for glory but to keep getting money from the government. “There’s that kind of tension between sports to do well,” Baumann said.That philosophy, and a deep emphasis on sports, is shared by Australia, New Zealand’s close neighbor and ally and sporting rival. While New Zealand lately has topped the standings for sporting performance by countries with fewer than 5 million people, Australia has been the dominant global sports force for countries with fewer than 20 million people. Baumann pointed out that each country’s prime minister attended the cricket teams’ World Cup match last month in Auckland, even though it was in the group stage and unlikely to eliminate either team. “It highlights the importance of sport,” Baumann said.CORRECTION (March 27, 3:03 p.m.): An earlier version of this article said India won the cricket World Cup last year. It won the last cricket World Cup, in 2011.CLARIFICATION (March 27, 3:32 p.m.): A previous version of this article said the cricket World Cup final will be played on Saturday. Its scheduled starting time is 2:30 p.m. on Sunday in Melbourne, which is 11:30 p.m. EDT Saturday. read more

201516 NBA Preview This Could Be The Rockets Year

Here’s a case where I disagree with CARMELO, which projects Ty Lawson to produce about the same WAR as he did last season. The Rockets love what Lawson brings to their backcourt in terms of pushing the pace and creating for others. Expect his WAR to improve. And here’s how CARMELO sees the Rockets’ key players: Is this the beginning of the end for Dwight Howard? In 2013, he produced 8.1 wins above replacement, and his WAR has declined each year since. However, last season’s 1.6 WAR was a result of his playing in just 41 games because of injuries. Howard’s WAR should increase this season; it’s projected to be 3.3. But CARMELO has Howard on the downslope of his career: He turns 30 in December and has a history of injuries. Howard’s poor foul shooting doesn’t help his cause, making him a liability on the floor late in games. When healthy and on top of his game, he’s a dominant center, but CARMELO is skeptical, putting Howard in the “key role player” category. Before every game, Trevor Ariza (the Rockets’ third offensive option) plays EA Sports FIFA 16 on PlayStation. It relaxes him. He’ll lose some minutes to Lawson, but Patrick Beverley’s value to the Rockets has never been higher; he’s a defensive point guard who’s expected to create havoc this season. The Houston Rockets lost 180 man-games to injuries last season; only two teams, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves, had more players receive DNPs. And the Rockets still won 56 games — mostly because of shooting guard James Harden, who led the team in scoring 60 times while playing in 81 games. A healthy Rockets team should compete for a title, and while keeping the core group together was important, the trade for point guard Ty Lawson brings an added dimension to the offense. FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projects the Rockets to go 52-30. We’re inaugurating our NBA player projection system, CARMELO, with 2015-16 season previews for every team in the league. Check out the teams we’ve already previewed here. Learn more about CARMELO here. James Harden is one of the best players in the NBA — just check out his top five comparables. But the Rockets expect Harden to do less ball handling thanks to the addition of Lawson, and the team is trying to speed up the pace this season. Both those things may help Harden cut down on his turnovers. Lawson becomes the main ball handler, thus pushing Harden into more of a traditional two-guard role where the Rockets want him to catch and shoot, and play off the ball. Injuries slowed Terrence Jones’s game down, but in training camp Rockets coach Kevin McHale said he’s making quicker and smarter decisions, which is a positive step. Jones is expected to start at power forward this year.Read more: 2015-16 NBA Previews read more

Ohio State Penn State mens hockey split offensively charged series

OSU junior forward David Gust attempts a shot during a shootout in a game against Michigan on Jan. 15 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won in the shootout. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorThe Ohio State men’s ice hockey team went to Happy Valley this weekend for a two-game series, but it is heading home feeling nothing more than content after an up-and-down weekend.The Buckeyes were thoroughly defeated on Friday, losing 6-1, but they were able to recover the following day, taking care of the Nittany Lions 7-4.In Game 1, the Nittany Lions struck first after junior forward David Goodwin dispossessed the Buckeye defense behind the goal and laid off the puck for senior forward David Glenn, who fired it behind junior netminder Christian Frey.The first period was quite physical, as both teams were handed penalties. At two points, the teams played four-on-four hockey. Penn State junior goaltender Eamon McAdam demonstrated why he leads the Big Ten in save percentage, stopping a flurry of shots from sophomore forward Luke Stork and senior forward Anthony Greco. The Buckeyes appeared to be knocking on the door after a strong finish to the first period. That, however, would not be the case, as Penn State illustrated why it has the nation’s fifth-ranked offense.Penn State would double its lead with a long shot from freshman defenseman Vince Pedrie. Redshirt senior forward Eric Scheid brought the puck up the right side of the rink and completed a cross-ice pass, which Pedrie collected and converted. Goodwin made it 3-0 with just over six and a half minutes left in the period after some nifty build-up play with freshman forward Andrew Sturtz. This forced OSU coach Steve Rohlik to make a switch inside the pipes. He replaced Frey with junior goalie Matt Tomkins, marking Tomkins’ first appearance in seven games. The substitution would not make any difference.Just three minutes later, Penn State senior defenseman Luke Juha made it 4-0. The nightmare continued for the Buckeyes just over a minute later when freshman forward Alec Marsh pushed the puck under Tomkins’ right skate, making it 5-0. Junior forward and co-captain Nick Schilkey broke McAdam’s shutout with a power-play goal just over two minutes into the third period. The goal, however, did little to turn the tide, as Penn State coasted to the victory. Junior forward Zach Saar took advantage of an empty net with less than 30 seconds remaining, ending the match 6-1. Tomkins would remain in goal for the Scarlet and Gray for Game 2 on Saturday. Senior goaltender Matthew Skoff took over for McAdam in the Nittany Lions’ goal. It became quite clear early on that the Buckeyes were not going to allow a repeat of the previous night’s performance.Just a minute and a half into the first period, Schilkey laid the puck off to junior forward David Gust, who converted for the power-play score. It was Gust’s 17th point in 17 games, although his 15-game point streak ended the night before.The Buckeyes doubled their lead just six minutes later after freshman defenseman Tommy Parran netted his first career goal for the Buckeyes. Another freshman, forward Freddy Gerard, made it 3-0 for the Buckeyes less than halfway through the period. With just over two minutes remaining in the period, Penn State got on the board. Scheid centered a pass for freshman forward Chase Berger, whose shot was deflected in by Tomkins. Sturtz cut the lead to one goal just past the halfway point in the second period after a great solo effort from the Penn State defensive zone. Emotions began to run high after a few altercations between the two sides. One conflict behind the Buckeyes’ net resulted in junior defenseman Drew Brevig and junior forward Ricky DeRosa being sent to the box, resulting in some four-on-four hockey similar to the night before. An interference call on Parran resulted in a four-on-three advantage for the Nittany Lions, and they would swiftly take advantage with an equalizing goal from Goodwin. Penn State would then grab its first lead of the afternoon when Kevin Kerr fired a shot from long range above Tomkins’ glove just under three minutes into the third period. The Buckeyes finally responded after Penn State’s four straight goals, courtesy of sophomore forward Matthew Weis’ eighth goal of the season. Then, just 42 seconds later, a shot from senior defenseman and co-captain Craig Dalrymple trickled underneath Skoff, which left freshman forward John Wiitala with an easy empty-net goal to put the Buckeyes back in front 5-4. Weis would grab his second goal of the game after a two-on-one breakaway and doubled the Buckeyes’ lead with just over five minutes remaining in the encounter. Senior forward and Co-captain Anthony Greco put the game to rest with just under 30 seconds left with an empty-net score, ending the match at 7-4. OSU is set to get back in action on Friday against Wisconsin at the Schottenstein Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. read more

Baseball Ohio State looking to put rough 2017 behind it heading into

Ohio State freshman right fielder Dominic Canzone bats in the bottom of the seventh inning against North Carolina Greensboro. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterTo say the Ohio State baseball team had an up-and-down 2017 season might be too generous. It limped to a 22-34 overall finish, including an 8-16 conference record, and did not qualify for the Big Ten tournament.In particular, the pitching staff performed uncharacteristically poor, with an ERA climbing above the 5.00 mark for the first time since head coach Greg Beals took over in 2011.“We know it’s not acceptable to have the record we did last year here at Ohio State,” redshirt senior pitcher Adam Niemeyer said. Despite last season’s struggles, sophomore outfielder Dominic Canzone and senior pitcher Seth Kinker both said this team expects to compete for and win a Big Ten title.Being fresh off an 11th-place Big Ten finish does not provide much reason to believe that goal is attainable. But the return of several starters and a renewed chemistry provides hope for the Buckeyes.Niemeyer said a main issue with last year’s team was the growing pains involved in having “17 or 18 new players in key roles.” This year’s team will not have that problem. Beals used the word “feeling” to describe the attitude last season’s group had as opposed to “attacking” like he expects this squad to do.“I see a lot better baserunning, being able to go first to third, being able to score from first base,” Beals said. “Dirt-ball reads, having some action in counts where in a 3-1, 3-2 count where we think there’s gonna be action with the bat we’ll get runners started. Just little things like that.”The Buckeyes will return all of their starting pitchers from a season ago except Jake Post. Junior Ryan Feltner, who was recently listed as the top-ranked Big Ten prospect by both D1Baseball.com and Perfect Game scouting services, has struggled in the past, but could prove to be the ace of the staff. He already has been named as the regular-season Friday night starter.To fill out the starting rotation, Beals also will look to Niemeyer and fellow redshirt senior Yianni Pavlopoulos, along with junior Connor Curlis and sophomore Jake Vance. All five of those players have started at least five games for Ohio State, and only Vance has fewer than 24 game appearances.Curlis will take the mound first for the Buckeyes this weekend during the Snowbird Classic, Beals said.“[Curlis] is working very hard,” Kinker said. “He works with Feltner who, honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone work as hard as Feltner.”Kinker, who had 54 strikeouts and a 2.95 ERA last season, headlines a bullpen that features four additional seniors. Experience won’t necessarily translate to performance on the mound though, especially on the back of a poor performance from the pitching staff last year. Niemeyer expects his fellow hurlers to improve their control.“[We want to] fill up the zone early in counts, ‘cause that gives us an advantage,” Niemeyer said. “You just have to have the mindset if someone hits a first-pitch ground or fly ball that’s a good thing. You don’t have to try to strike everyone out.”The Buckeyes maintained all but two starters from last season’s starting lineup. Among the returnees is sophomore Conner Pohl at third base, who was second on the team with a .325 batting average last season. Last year’s primary third baseman Brady Cherry is back playing second base. Canzone will be in right field once again; he led the team with a .346 batting average and was second with 36 RBI. He also stole 13 bases.“I’m very confident with the guys that we’re gonna put on the field this year,” Canzone said. “All around it’s just a lot of great chemistry across the board, this team. I’m just excited and it’s the most fun I’ve had, honestly, in a preseason.”Junior catcher Jacob Barnwell is back behind the plate after 51 starts last season, and junior college transfer Kobie Foppe rounds out the infield at shortstop with a defensive style Beals called “smooth.” Malik Jones, another junior college transfer, will be in center field.An intriguing development within the batting order is the group of athletes vying for playing time at first base, left field and designated hitter.“We’ve got several capable bodies. Bo Coolen and Noah McGowan are both gonna get playing time at first base, McGowan can play some left field and DH, Nate Romans can DH, [Tyler] Cowles can play left field and DH,” Beals said. “We’re gonna be able to wiggle and play some guys that are hot.”Ohio State opens its season Friday against UW-Milwaukee as part of the Snowbird Classic. read more

Mens Lacrosse Ohio State drops fifth straight game in 1310 loss to

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 ReporterIn a high-scoring affair, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team could not put an end to its losing streak, falling 13-10 to No. 5 Johns Hopkins for the Buckeyes’ fifth straight loss in Baltimore Saturday. The Buckeyes (5-6, 0-2 Big Ten) always seemed to be within closing distance to the Blue Jays (8-2, 2-0 Big Ten), but never managed to close the gap when it counted. Ohio State matched Johns Hopkins in goals in every quarter except for one, getting outscored 5-2 in the third quarter in what proved to be the deciding quarter. Ohio State trailed 12-10 with just over two minutes to play in the fourth quarter, but Blue Jay sophomore attack Cole Williams silenced any thoughts of a comeback. He scored a goal with 26.6 seconds on the clock to put the game out of reach, completing his game-high four-goal performance.Ohio State sophomore attack Tre Leclaire paced the team’s offense, finishing the day with a hat-trick. Ohio State freshman midfielder Omari DeBerry scored his first collegiate first goal just before halftime to bring his team to within one goal before freshman midfielder Jackson Reid tied it up at five. For the first time this year, Ohio State’s record fell below .500. The Buckeyes will continue conference play and try to break their losing streak against No. 18 Michigan at 11 a.m. Saturday in Columbus. The matchup will precede the Ohio State football team’s spring game. read more

Football Marcus Hooker suspended one game for DUI arrest

Freshman defensive back Marcus Hooker will be suspended one game by the team for a charge from June when he was arrested for driving under the influence, head coach Urban Meyer said at Big Ten Media Days Tuesday.“He’ll be suspended for the first game,” Meyer said on Hooker.A three-star recruit who was ranked No. 642 in his class according to 247Sports, Hooker was arrested in Township, Pennsylvania, at a traffic stop. The 18-year-old was charged back in June with driving under the influence, purchasing alcohol as a minor, careless driving, disregarding traffic lanes and missing rear lights.Hooker is the brother of ex-Ohio State safety and Indianapolis Colts player Malik Hooker, and committed to the Buckeyes back in July 2017.

Asylum seeker who won right to live in UK after Lib Dem

first_imgSuganthan, a father of two, was bailed on condition he has no contact with the complainant and co-operates with the writing of the report.When Suganthan was released from detention in 2011, Caroline Beatty, manager of the Refugee Welcome Centre, said: “We wanted to thank Mr Williams for his help and are sure that it was his intervention that meant Siva was released.”We are hoping that we can count on his support in the future when he makes his fresh claim.” 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. An asylum seeker who avoided deportation after a public campaign headed by an MP is facing jail after admitting sexual assault.Sri Lankan-born Sivarajah Suganthan spent 37 days in a detention centre before being allowed to remain in the UK thanks to Liberal Democrat Stephen Williams.Mr Williams lobbied then-immigration minister Damian Green to grant him asylum and presented an 800-name petition to Parliament calling for the deportation threats to end.Suganthan, 31, went to live with friends in Bristol in 2011, but three years later he sexually abused a 21-year-old woman while staying at a night shelter. Mr Williams, MP for Bristol West, said at the time: “It was wonderful to meet Siva in person and to see that he was happy and smiling and delighted to be back among friends in Bristol.”I am pleased that I and my staff were able to be of help.”Suganthan came to the UK in 1999 at the age of 14. His initial claim for asylum was refused in 2003, and dismissed a second time in 2004 following an appeal. Sivarajah Suganthan meets Stephen Williams MP in January 2011 to thank him for his supportCredit:Bristol Post/SWNS.com It was wonderful to meet Siva in person and to see that he was happy and smiling and delighted to be back among friendsMP Stephen Williams after the campaigncenter_img Sivarajah Suganthan meets Stephen Williams MP in January 2011 to thank him for his support He was to face trial at Bristol Crown Court, but pleaded guilty to sexual assault by penetration.Anjali Gohil, defending, said the guilty plea was on a full facts basis.Record Peter Towler ordered a pre-sentence report and adjourned the case for sentence on September 14.He told Suganthan: “I won’t be the sentencing judge. I would have thought a custodial sentence is inevitable.”The offence of sexual assault by penetration has a sentencing guideline ranging from a community order to 19 years in prison, depending on how it is categorised. Protesters against the deportation of Sivarajah Suganthan in Bristol in December 2010 Protesters against the deportation of Sivarajah Suganthan in Bristol in December 2010Credit:Bristol Post/SWNS.comlast_img read more

Confirmed Tom Burke to play Cormoran Strike in BBCs JK Rowling dramas

first_imgBurke is currently starring with Helen McCrory in The Deep Blue Sea at the National Theatre Tom Burke, the War and Peace hearthrob, has been cast as Cormoran Strike in the BBC’s adaptation of JK Rowling’s gritty crime novels. Burke, who played the dashing Dolokhov in the Tolstoy period drama, is to play damaged war veteran Strike in a three-part “event drama” based on Rowling’s crime novels.The books, which were written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, have been critically acclaimed for their dark content, with gruesome themes the author admitted gave her nightmares. JK Rowling writes as Robert Galbraith Rowling said: “I’m thrilled about the casting of Tom Burke, a massively talented actor who’ll bring the character to perfect life.“Cormoran Strike is pure joy to write and I can’t wait to see Tom play him.”Burke added: “I’m overjoyed to be immersing myself in the role of Cormoran Strike who is as complex as he is larger than life.”I know I’m joining an extraordinary team of people on a series that for me is peppered with moments of real emotional depth and meticulously grounded in the page-turning momentum of these novels.  Cormoran’s world is rich and raw.” The BBC has now confirmed the lead role will be taken by Burke, the 35-year-old actor Rowling praised as “massively talented”.The character is described in the first book as “sixteen stone of dishevelled male”, swearing, bruised and unkempt after living out of a bag in his office.“His height, his general hairiness, coupled with a gently expanding belly, suggested a grizzly bear,” Rowling writes.But casting directors appear to have kept their female audience in mind, with fans already declaring Burke “the most handsome man in the world”. The casting announcement has been made by BBC One and J.K. Rowling’s production company Brontë Film & TV.Lucy Richer, BBC acting controller of drama, said: “Tom Burke is the perfect person to bring to life the lead character of Cormoran Strike from these investigative crime stories which are the work of a master storyteller. Readers have fallen for Strike and I think the television audience will too.” Burke is currently starring with Helen McCrory in The Deep Blue Sea at the National Theatre The BBC is to adapt the first three novels by Robert Galbraithcenter_img The BBC is to adapt the first three novels by Robert Galbraith JK Rowling writes as Robert GalbraithCredit:Debra Hurford Brown 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. As Dolokhov in War and Peace Due to start filming this autumn, it is hoped the drama will be ready for broadcast at the end of next year, potentially in the coveted Sunday night slot or over the Christmas period.The Cuckoo’s Calling will be split into three one-hour-long dramas, with second and third books The Silkworm and Career of Evil each divided into two one-hour parts.It is the latest in a run of adaptations for Rowling, after her adult novel The Casual Vacancy was filmed by the BBC last year. As Dolokhov in War and PeaceCredit:BBClast_img read more

Mechanic killed teenage ex in her bedroom and set it on fire

first_imgMr Bennetts said: “He responded by saying ‘Murder’ but made no further comment. He did not ask who he was being accused of murdering or when indeed it had taken place.”Police later found a pair of bloodstained white Lonsdale trainers by a hedgerow five days after Miss Grice’s death.DNA showed that Lane had worn those shoes at some point, and a scientist’s opinion was that a footprint found on Miss Grice’s doorstep came from a Lonsdale shoe.In earlier police interviews, Lane said he had not been at Miss Grice’s home on the day of the killing but later changed his account. He told officers: “You ain’t going to believe me … in the morning I did go to Shana’s.”Mr Bennetts said Lane told police he called at her home after driving past and spotting her car parked outside.Mr Bennetts told jurors: “The front door was open so he went in and saw Shana. Shana was on the floor leaning against the bed. There was no burning or fire. He left. He didn’t telephone the police. He didn’t telephone for an ambulance.”He told no-one about what he had seen. He panicked. He said he thought the police would blame him.”Lane also said in a later police interview that he had installed a tracker on Miss Grice’s car after initially saying he had bought it to cut his insurance premiums. During their relationship, he stalked her… That obsession with her translated into killing herPhilip Bennetts QC, prosecuting Of Lane, Mr Bennetts went on: “There is, we submit, no other candidate. His last account of entering the house and seeing Shana Grice does not survive examination.”Lane denies murder. The trial continues. In the months before she was murdered, Lane allegedly stalked Miss Grice, put a tracker device on her car and turned up unannounced at the home she shared with two friends.Six months before the killing, Miss Grice reported to police that she was being stalked by Lane.Jurors also heard that Mr Cooke’s car was damaged, with a note left on it reading: “Dear Ash, Shana has and always will cheat on you. Happy New Year.”Lane, who got to know Miss Grice when they both worked at Brighton Fire Alarms, was warned by police to stay away from her, jurors were told.Five months later, on July 9 last year, Lane was cautioned by police for another incident after he stole a key to her back door before letting himself in as she hid under her duvet, the court heard.Opening the Crown’s case, prosecutor Philip Bennetts QC said he had become “obsessed”. Prosecutors claim Lane (pictured) refused to accept their break-up and decided no one else would be allowed to form a relationship with Miss Grice Her body was found face-down on the bed in the smoke-filled room by Mr Cooke’s father, Ian Cooke, after her concerned colleagues reported she had failed to arrive at work.Mr Cooke told the court a piece of cardboard had been wedged in the bedroom door to keep it closed.After retreating outside to get some air, Mr Cooke said he and his sister-in-law Debbie Kennard went back into the smoky bedroom.Mr Cooke said: “I saw the bed and at first I thought it was just a duvet, then I realised there was a body on the bed.”I was shouting out for Shana. I then saw her face down, arms to her side. Me and Debbie looked at each other in shock and horror.”A post mortem examination of her body gave the cause of death as an incised wound to the neck measuring 10.5cm. Prosecutors claim Lane (pictured) refused to accept their break-up and decided no one else would be allowed to form a relationship with Miss GriceCredit: EDDIE MITCHELLcenter_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. There is, we submit, no other candidatePhilip Bennetts QC, prosecuting “During their relationship, he stalked her. He put a tracker on her car and followed her movements,” he said.”That obsession with her translated into killing her. He would not allow anyone else to be with her.”Two days before Miss Grice was killed, she met Lane at a hotel in Hove where it was agreed their relationship was over, but he refused to accept it, the jury heard.On August 25 last year, Mr Bennetts said Lane waited until the last person, believed to be Mr Cooke, had left Miss Grice’s bungalow before he went in to the property and her throat.He then dismantled the fire alarms and set fire to her bedroom using an “ignitable liquid”, the court heard. A mechanic killed his teenage ex-girlfriend in her bedroom and set the house on fire after police warned him to stop stalking her, a court heard.Michael Lane, 27, is accused of murdering 19-year-old Shana Grice after she decided to renew a relationship with her ex-boyfriend Ashley Cooke.Prosecutors claim Lane refused to accept their break-up and decided no one else would be allowed to form a relationship with Miss Grice.A packed Lewes Crown Court heard he had told a friend he was unhappy she had “gone back to her ex” and said: “She’ll pay for what she’s done.” Lane was arrested on the day of the killing at his workplace, Michael Lane SE Tyres.last_img read more

New Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith reveals shows bosses gave

first_imgLeith has been lined up to replace Mary Berry as a judge for the baking competition.She has said it will be “a bit scary” following Berry, who was a hit with the public in her time on the show. Last week Leith’s fellow judge Paul Hollywood met up with his new Great British Bake Off colleague Noel Fielding for a night out. “What did they think is going to happen? I’m not likely to be trolled. This is a nice family show,” she said.But she arrived home from dinner that to find a security guard outside her house in the Cotswolds.“When I got home that night at 11 at night, there’s a chap in a van, a security guard.“They sent somebody down to the country to look after me.“And they sent someone to look after my agent. I mean, who do they think I am? Do they think I’m Prince Philip or something?” Prue Leith said she had been offered securityCredit:PA  Prue Leith will join Sandi Toksvig, Noel Fielding and Paul Hollywood on the new-look showCredit:PA Bake Off Fielding has proved a divisive choice to host the baking programme, which has moved from the BBC to Channel 4 and lost long-running presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins as a result.The Mighty Boosh star will present the popular show along with Sandi Toksvig. It’s an extraordinary honour to be charged with being in the mix to produce this national treasure of a show #GBBO— Sandi Toksvig (@sanditoksvig) March 16, 2017center_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. The TV baker and the comic beamed as they posed for a selfie. Along with the snap, shared on Instagram, Hollywood wrote: “Catching up with Noel.” Future Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith has revealed that the show’s producers have provided her with a close protection officer after fears about her security.Leith, 77, said she had refused the offer of someone to guard her from threats at first, but Channel 4 and production company Love Productions had insisted.“On the day that they announced who the line-up was, they wanted to send a close protection officer,” she told the Sun.She said she turned them down, but was told it was necessary “just to be on the safe side”. Hollywood has said he is a “big fan” of Fielding, telling ITV’s Loose Women: “I’m really excited. Obviously it’s a big thing for the country, the Bake Off, and when I heard the names read out, I was really excited.”I think the whole dynamics of it, when I sat down and thought about it, because I’m a big fan of Noel, and Sandi actually, and Prue.” Prue Leithlast_img read more

Father falls to death from cliffs after cancer all clear

first_imgMiss Blackman’s mother, Rebecca Watson, 53, said his death was a “mystery” and the family man was “happier than ever” and had “everything to live for”.Speaking on behalf of her distraught daughter, she said: “He got diagnosed eight or nine months ago and it was one of the most aggressive forms of cancer and in his heart, lungs and lymph nodes.”He had six months of chemo and we thought we were going to lose him then. It was a miracle he got through it. “We never thought he would come out the other side. But he did.”They said that the tumours had all shrunk.”They couldn’t say he was in remission but he had a scan and they had all gone.”We were celebrating. We thought he would never get through it but he responded to the treatment. It was unbelievable.”He got the all clear three weeks ago and now he’s dead.”They were about to get married and now the songs they picked for their wedding will be played at the funeral.” Adam Fenton with his daughter MacieCredit:SWNS.com Carly Blackman with daughter Maddison Carly Blackman with daughter MaddisonCredit:SWNS.com  A father-of-three fell to his death from a cliff following his first night out with friends after he was given the all clear from cancer just three weeks earlier.Adam Fenton, 31, endured six months of chemotherapy for blood cancer and, against all the odds, was given the “all clear” around a month ago.But his body was discovered at the foot of cliffs on Newquay’s Towan beach after he failed to return from his first night to the pub with friends on July 28.The roofer was planning his wedding to fiancee Carly Blackman, 33, with the help of their daughters Macie, six, Maddison, five, and his step-daughter Bayleigh, 13. Friends of the family are now raising money to support Miss Blackman. Adam Fenton with his daughter Macie “The cancer brought us all closer together. We were going up and down from Derriford Hospital. The tumours were so big. It was so much. 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

Bagel family son accused of murdering mother and sister refuses to attend

first_imgHe was due to appear via video link from custody before Judge Nicholas Hilliard at the Old Bailey on Wednesday for a hearing to set a timetable for his case.But the defendant declined to appear in court, although he was represented by senior barrister John Femi-Ola QC.During the brief hearing, no bail application was made and Judge Hilliard set a provisional trial for February 5 next year with a plea hearing on November 1. Hannah Cohen Beigel Bake was set up in 1974 as Britain's first bagel bakery A man accused of stabbing his mother and sister to death in their £2.5 million home has refused to attend his first crown court hearing.Joshua Cohen, 27, allegedly murdered Louise, 66, and 33-year-old Hannah Cohen at the family’s house in Golders Green, north London.The family run Beigel Bake in Brick Lane, London, which was set up in 1974 as Britain’s first bagel bakery.Cohen had worked in the family business, which is now predominantly run by his brothers. The women were pronounced dead at the scene after emergency services arrived at around 8.50pm on Friday August 11.Cohen, of Barnet, north London, was arrested in nearby Golders Hill Park at around 2pm on Saturday.center_img Hannah Cohen was found dead along with her mother, LouiseCredit:Enterprise News and Pictures Beigel Bake was set up in 1974 as Britain’s first bagel bakeryCredit:Jenny Matthews/Alamy 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

Buskers to be paid with contactless cards under worlds first scheme of

Busk in London, a Mayor of London initiative, has partnered with technology company iZettle  The aim of the project is to increase the amount of money buskers receive, organisers said.Charlotte Campbell, a full-time busker in London, has been trialling the project.She said: “I believe if street performers like myself don’t adapt to the cashless society we are edging towards, we’re at risk of becoming a dying art.”I’ve only trialled Repeat Payments for two weeks and it’s has already had a significant impact on the contributions I’ve received. More people than ever tap-to-donate whilst I sing, and often, when one person does, another follows.”iZettle and Busk in London have already started rolling the feature out to performers in London’s 32 boroughs, with more planned in the coming months.iZettle also aims to make the feature available to more charity organisations, NGOs and small businesses, it said.To celebrate the launch, former busker-turned-singer-songwriter Passenger is performing at Bankside, opposite Tate Modern at 12.45pm on Sunday. Busk in London, a Mayor of London initiative, has partnered with technology company iZettle Credit:iZettle/PA Buskers who entertain the public will be paid by contactless card in the first scheme of its kind in the world.Busk in London, a Mayor of London initiative, has partnered with technology company iZettle to hand performers readers that allow them to set a fixed amount of money to donate and accept contactless payments from passers-by.The project will allow street musicians across London to accept payments via cash, contactless cards, wearable technology and chip and pin.Launching the scheme, London’s mayor Sadiq Khan said: “London is a powerhouse of music, having produced artists from Adele to Stormzy, and The xx to Dua Lipa. For London to maintain its status as a global capital of music, it’s vitally important that we support the stars of tomorrow.”Busking helps emerging artists to hone their talent and gives them the chance to perform in front of huge numbers of people. I’m delighted that iZettle has chosen London to launch this innovative scheme – allowing artists to accept donations by card payment, as well as cash.”Now, more Londoners will be able to show their support to the capital’s brilliant, talented street performers.” 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. read more

Grenfell council finance worker stole £60k from victims fund to spend on

A council finance manager stole £62,000 from survivors of the Grenfell Tower disaster before splashing out on holidays and haircuts, a court heard.Jenny McDonagh, a former boss at Kensington and Chelsea borough council, pleaded guilty to two offences of fraud, one of theft and one of money laundering at Westminster Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon.McDonagh transferred thousands of pounds intended for victims of the fire into her own account over an 11 month period.During that time, she went on holidays to Los Angeles, Iceland and Dubai as well as spending money on hair appointments, dinners in expensive restaurants and online gambling.The money, which was stolen from October 2017 to August 2018, was taken from three pre-paid credit cards that the council used as a means of financially supporting survivors of the Grenfell fire, which killed 72 people in June last year. Jenny McDonagh Mrs McDonagh is someone who is a serial fraudster who lives beyond her means, gambles and really has little or no control over her spending.Prosecutor Robert Simpson The former council employee, from Abbey Wood, south-east London, was responsible for managing that financial support.Prosecutor Robert Simpson said: “The Crown Prosecution believes Mrs McDonagh is someone who is a serial fraudster who lives beyond her means, gambles and really has little or no control over her spending.”He added that she had spent “quite a lot of money on online gambling” where she is believed to have lost roughly £16,000. Senior District Judge Emma Arbuthnot said she had committed “a course of dishonesty” and ordered McDonagh quit her current job as finance officer at a mental health charity.A spokesman from Kensington and Chelsea council said: “We take fraud very seriously and we have always taken action to root out Grenfell fraud wherever it takes place.”Over many months our fraud team has worked with the police to build cases and push for prosecutions against anyone who sought to take advantage of last year’s terrible tragedy.”On this occasion it was one of our own members of staff who managed to defraud the council by getting past our own systems and processes. This is both shocking and unforgivable.”We discovered the fraud and took action straight away, including strengthening our internal processes. We apologise to the survivors and families for any distress this may cause.” Jenny McD Mrs McDonagh worked for Kensington and Chelsea council from October 2017 to August 2018, during which she committed the offences. In what Mr Simpson described as an “ongoing breach of trust,” McDonagh continued to spend the stolen council funds even after being arrested by police earlier this month. McDonagh pictured leaving Westminster Magistrates’ Court today.Credit:Kirsty O’Connor/PA Whilst employed there, her alleged attempt at defrauding the museum “hadn’t got far enough for her to obtain anything from it, but it had potential,” according to Mr Simpson.McDonagh, who appeared in the dock wearing a large green coat and showing little emotion as the details of her offending were relayed to the court, was granted conditional bail yesterday and is due to be sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court next month. 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. On August 1, she was interviewed by police in relation to their investigation, however two days later after being released she used one of the credit cards again.Police then later arrested McDonagh, who is married with no children, for a second time on August 29.Mr Simpson also confirmed that there are further ongoing investigations at McDonagh’s previous employers, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Medway NHS Trust.The court heard that she is believed to have obtained £35,000 from the NHS Trust in Kent, south east England whilst working as there head of payable accounts from November 2015 to June 2016.McDonagh, who studied accountancy at City University London, later went onto work for the V&A Museum as a finance operations manager from July 2016 to August 2017. read more

Major fire guts Primark store in historic Belfast building

Parts of the roof then collapsed as thick black smoke and fire ripped through the rest of the flagship store.The building has survived bombs and fires throughout its long history in the city. Flames from a major blaze which has broken out at the Primark store in Belfast city centre The cause of the fire is so far, unknown Staff and shoppers were evacuated from the storeCredit:Liam McBurney/PA Staff and shoppers were evacuated from the store Primark customers and staff were evacuated from the building at around 11am on Tuesday after smoke could be seen billowing from the roof.Flames reaching at least 50 feet could be seen right across Belfast’s skyline.The historic clock at the top of the building was engulfed in flames before the fire spread from the roof to the floor below. Michael Graham, assistant chief fire and rescue officer, said they would continue to deal with the fire into the evening and potentially overnight.He said he did not know what caused it, nor whether there were fire alarms or sprinklers in place. Nobody was injured. Flames from a major blaze which has broken out at the Primark store in Belfast city centreCredit:Liam McBurney/PA Firefighters helping to tackle the fire in BelfastCredit:Liam McBurney/PA 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. Joan McCoy, president of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA), said that these types of buildings give Belfast a “unique identity and character”.”The Bank Building is a very important part of the city’s architectural heritage and is loved by many,” she added.”This building has survived bombs and fire before. We can only hope that the damage is not too severe and that the building can be saved.” The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service is currently in attendance at the scene Crews are fighting the blaze on several fronts.Last week, Primark announced a recruitment drive for more than 100 jobs as it is currently undergoing renovations to add 30,000 sq ft.Work to complete the bigger store was to be finished by the end of the year.The fire will have an impact on hundreds of jobs at Northern Ireland’s largest Primark store. Firefighters helping to tackle the fire in Belfast The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service is currently in attendance at the sceneCredit:PA/ Liam McBurney Hundreds of members of the public were removed from the area as they city went into lockdown with police closing roads and diverting traffic to allow firefighters to tackle the blaze.Loud bangs could be heard coming from the fire, while large pieces of debris were seen falling from the building. A senior fire officer has described the fire that gutted a Primark store in Belfast as one of the biggest they have battled in a number of years.Flames and thick black smoke engulfed the five-story historic building in the city centre.More than 100 firefighters battled for over six hours as the major blaze ripped through the Bank Buildings.CEO of Primark Paul Marchant said he is deeply shocked and saddened by the fire and moved to reassure staff that have been gravely impacted by the blaze, saying he will ensure they are “fully supported”.The building, which has been in the heart of Belfast’s shopping district since 1787, had recently undergone a multimillion-pound refurbishment. He expressed “concerns” over the structural integrity of the building, with part of it “prone to collapse” and said a 30-metre cordon had been established for that reason.”It was a difficult fire and a fire that has continued for approximately six hours,” he said.”It has been a long and arduous six hours for them but we will continue to fight the fire until we extinguish it.”It is one of the biggest we have experienced in the last two to three years.”He said he was concerned about the front and the two sides of the structure. The cause of the fire is so far, unknownCredit: Liam McBurney/PA In a statement, Mr Marchant said: “We are deeply shocked and saddened by the fire today at our Bank Buildings store in Belfast city centre.”The safety and wellbeing of our customers, colleagues and construction team is of course the most important consideration and we are truly relieved that all were evacuated safely.”We would like to thank the emergency services for their swift response and ongoing actions.”Our store is housed in an iconic building and much loved by the people of Belfast.”We would like to reassure our customers, colleagues and the wider community in Belfast that we are committed to working with the authorities and our building contractors to establish the cause of the fire.”We are working closely with our team in Belfast to ensure they are fully supported during this challenging period.”We would like to thank everybody for their support during this difficult time.” read more

Womxn row as companies worry the word women excludes transgender people

Companies have come under fire for using the word “womxn” instead of “woman,” after worrying the latter word excludes transgender people.Feminists have argued that it is biological women who are being excluded by the newly popular word, and that no one calls men “mxn.”The Wellcome Collection apologised on Wednesday after being criticised for using the word to describe women and non-gender-conforming people in promotional material for its new exhibition “daylighting”, a piece of artwork that “explores the presence of womxn through their art, thinking and speculations”.Jess Phillips, the MP for Birmingham Yardley said in response: “I’ve never met a trans woman who was offended by the word woman being used, so I’m not sure why this keeps happening. As if internet dissent now replaces public policy. I get what they are trying to do but why is it only women not men where this applies.”Feminist campaigner Carolie Criado Perez agreed, adding: “What the hell? You can’t just make up words Writer Gregory Norminton tweeted:  “This is bonkers. Women aren’t even allowed to have an undisfigured word to denote them. Please be consistent and refer to men as mxn.”Her Stories responded: “For this year’s edition, we chose to use the term ‘womxn’ in some of our communications around the art auction to reflect our emphasis on inclusivity. As the use of the term has recently created a distraction from the purpose in our work of raising money for these fantastic charities, we are revising our communications to use the term ‘women’, with confidence that we remain inclusive and focused on our purpose: this year, Her Stories has received generous donations of work from more than 25 women artists, which will be sold via Auction to raise money for Women for Refugee Women, Ella’s Home and Maternity Action.”An H&M spokesperson said: “H&M does not use the term ‘womxn’ in any of our communications. We are pleased to support Her Stories and the three charity partners that they are working with this year.” “Who are these ‘collaborators’ that told you it was ok to wholesale change the word for 50% of the human race? “Aside: I’m really fed up of women being just a big grab bag of anyone who isn’t a proper default human, aka a man. Read some bloody de Beauvoir & pull your head out of your a–.” We’ve had some questions about why we’re using the word womxn for this event. We’re using it because we feel that it is important to create a space/venue that includes diverse perspectives. It was agreed during our conversations with collaborators as the programme developed.— Wellcome Collection (@ExploreWellcome) October 9, 2018 Writer Deborah Orr responded angrily to the museum, writing “Fxxx off.”A spokesperson for the museum apologised, adding that the word will no longer be used.They said in a statement: “We should have put more thought into whether this was the right term to use when communicating about the event. We made a mistake, and we should not have used it. We’re sorry that we made the wrong call. “We invite challenges to our thinking and we listen to our audience, so we’re removing the word from the website and from our communications about the event.”Clothing shop H&M has also been criticised by feminists, after an event it is sponsoring used the word.Her Stories, a fundraising initiative, advertises that it is supporting “charities dedicated to womxn seeking asylum and refuge in the U.K. Spelling women differently to emphasise inclusivity, the organisation has launched the first womxn-only art auction; for womxn, by womxn.” One customer tweeted to the company:“Have you seen this and do you support the use of #womxn?  If so, you have lost me as a customer. I am outraged as an actual #woman.”Another said: “I don’t know who this is meant to please! Women of colour are still women, FFS. And non-binary people are rejecting the woman label, so why would they want something as similar as ‘womxn’ to include them??” I’ve never met a trans woman who was offended by the word woman being used, so I’m not sure why this keeps happening. As if internet dissent now replaces public policy. I get what they are trying to do but why is it only women not men where this applies. https://t.co/f0gC3J1q9p— Jess Phillips (@jessphillips) October 10, 2018 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. read more

My year in 25 dates From sex addicts and stuntmen to the

‘There is, actually. I have a girlfriend. Well, a sort-of girlfriend – we haven’t had the talk yet. She’s a lesbian, although I think she prefers “queer”. I guess you could call me “bi”, but I hate labels; I just like who I like. Millennial of me, I know… Anyway, we’re seeing each other, but now she’s trying for a baby with her best friend – a gay man – and I get it because she’s 38 and her eggs won’t last for ever. Plus… We are in my grandmother’s best room. Songs of Praise plays on the television. ‘So, is there anyone… special, on the cards?’ She pours proper tea from a pot and pats an embroidered cushion on the sofa for me to sit down.  The cushion says, ‘In Christ alone my hope is found’.

Liverpool band Hers killed in car crash while touring US

The Liverpool band Her’s have died while on tour in the US, their label have confirmed.The duo, comprised of Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading, were travelling to a gig in Santa Ana, California on Wednesday when they were involved in a road accident. Both members and their tour manager, Trevor Engelbrektson, died in the incident.Her’s were featured on BBC Radio 1 as recently as Sunday, when DJ Huw Stephens played their track What Once Was which was recorded live at the SXSW festival.The record was played as part of the station’s set-piece BBC Introducing feature, showcasing the brightest new talent across the British music scene. A number of artists have gone on to headline festivals and release platinum-selling albums, including James Bay, Florence and the Machine, Jake Bugg, George Ezra and Blossoms. They had performed in Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday and were driving about 350 miles to Santa Ana when the crash happened.Local reports said four were killed when a vehicle going the wrong way on Interstate 10 collided with a van carrying three people shortly after 1am local time. Police could not confirm the identities of those killed.Mr Fitzpatrick and Mr Laading met while at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, releasing their first album in 2017 entitled Songs of Her’s.  Fitzpatrick was from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, according to his Facebook page, while Laading was originally from Kristiansand, Norway, his social media account said.Her’s career was taking off and in August last year they were named as ones to watch by the Guardian.Fans expressed their devastation on social media following the deaths. In 2018 they released their album, Invitation To Her’s, which includes 11 separate tracks. Heist Or Hit added: “Musically, Her’s were astonishing. An aptitude for melody, fun, and entertainment combined with a complexity that was as sophisticated as it was stylish.  Completely and utterly shocked. Her’s were one of my favourite bands and photographing them was an absolute pleasure.Rest in peace, my loves x pic.twitter.com/5QtjIMFx4q— Lucy Tibbs 📸 (@lucytibbs_) March 28, 2019 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. “They were in America playing to thousands of adoring fans. Fans they made a point of meeting and spending time with, such was their passion and humbleness. The world was at their feet. Everyone here at the label is overwhelmed and distraught. “We have lost our friends and the world has been denied their talent.” You guys made the crowd laugh and gave me an experience I’ll never forget. May your souls rest..Her’s. pic.twitter.com/vRoobPIaGr— pearl🌙 (@honeysickle) March 28, 2019 Her’s were on their second tour of North America playing 19 shows having released their debut album Invitation To Her’s last year, the band’s label said.Earlier in the week, the band posted on Instagram: “It’s almost home time for the lads, US tour has gone swimmingly so far.  In a statement posted on Facebook, the label Heist Or Hit wrote: “We are all heartbroken.“Their energy, vibrancy and talent came to define our label,” they continued. “As humans, they were warm, gentle and hilarious. Each time they stopped by the office made for an uplifting experience. “To say they were close would be an underestimation of a friendship that was genuinely beautiful to witness; they loved one another like brothers.”Huw Stephens interviewed the band live from the SXSW festival, where they talked about “hiring and American Dad” to drive them from location to location in the US. Her’s were due to play Latitude festival in Suffolk in July. tough day today. Her’s forever 💐 pic.twitter.com/VFZzI7Kkvf— ♡ 𝔣𝔦𝔢𝔩𝔡 𝔱𝔯𝔦𝔭 ♡ (@fieldtripband) March 29, 2019 read more