Ohio State women’s ice hockey coach Nate Handrahan has already begun preparing for next season. Hired Monday and holding his first team meeting today, Handrahan said he has no time to waste. “I’ve always been one to swing for the fences,” Handrahan told The Lantern on Wednesday. “I’d like to put us in position to be in the Final Four in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association this year. I’d like to be a team in consideration for the national tournament this year. I didn’t come to finish middle of the pack.” Handrahan, who leaves Robert Morris University after coaching the women’s hockey team for five years, said he believes winning begins when the lights are low and the stands are empty. “You can expect intense practices, up-tempo, upbeat,” Handrahan said. “When you’re prepared, it gives you a mental edge in your ability to get the game done and win. We will be a very prepared team in every game that we go into.” Handrahan said his two oldest daughters, Haylee, 8, and Mara, 5, already play hockey. Meanwhile, Lila, 3, is “chomping at the bit to get on the ice.” Handrahan replaces Jackie Barto, who resigned last month. Prior to Handrahan’s hiring, Barto had been the only coach in program history, which began in 1999. “I was pretty shocked when coach Barto retired from the position,” Handrahan said. “She’s done a great job with it and getting (the program) to its point right now.” Despite the big shoes the new OSU coach said he has to fill, he said he’s ready to handle the pressure. “Every coach at different times feels pressure, but I’ll tell you what — I don’t feel any more pressure than I put on myself,” Handrahan said. “I always have the expectation that we’re going to go out and win.”
The Ohio State men’s soccer team defeated Michigan State 2-1 Sunday afternoon to improve to 6-4-1 on the year and 2-0 in Big Ten conference play. The loss drops MSU to 2-6-2 on the year. “The Big Ten conference always ends up being a very, very close race,” OSU head coach John Bluem said after the game. “We are very happy to be off to such a good start.” The Buckeyes started the scoring early as junior defender Chris Gomez headed a deflected free kick from sophomore forward Omar Vallejo past the MSU goalkeeper Jeremy Clark and into the net in the ninth minute. The Spartans fired back four minutes later when freshman forward Adam Montague scored his second goal of the season on a header of his own off an assist by senior forward Domenic Barone. OSU continued the scoring flurry in the 15th minute as junior forward and team scoring leader Chris Hegngi deposited his sixth goal of the season into the net with an assist by junior midfielder Sebastian Rivas. “We knew it was going to be a difficult game so in the first half we got off to a good start scoring early,” Bluem said. “We allowed one and regained the lead right away. It leveled out after that.” There were no more goals scored in the final 75 minutes of play, but there were several shots on goal by both teams. Junior goalkeeper Matt Lampson made five saves in the second half to end the game with a season-high eight. MSU held a 13-11 shot advantage. Bluem said the team did a good job of shutting down the Spartans, but needs to do a better job defending corner and free kicks. “We need to do a better job defending restarts,” Bluem said. “And on the offensive side we need to keep better possession.” The game was Bluem’s 300th at the helm for the Buckeyes, and he said he has enjoyed his time coaching the team thus far. “It’s been a wonderful opportunity to be able to coach at Ohio State University,” Bluem said. “I have great assistant coaches with me and have been fortunate to work with absolutely great kids over the years.” The Buckeyes will take a break from Big Ten play this week as they welcome in-state rival Bowling Green (7-2-1) into Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Wednesday at 7 p.m.
OSU redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones (12) carries the ball as Michigan junior defensive back Blake Countess (2) and sophomore safety Delano Hill (44) defend during a Nov. 29 game at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28.Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State Buckeyes are set to begin fall camp in a week.The most frequent question surrounding the defending national champions during the offseason is who will play quarterback for the 2015 season. It’s dominated college football talk since OSU defeated Oregon in January.But for the players in the locker room — whether it be redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett or redshirt junior Cardale Jones — they aren’t worried.“I don’t think anybody is worried about (who will start),” senior left tackle Taylor Decker said while speaking to the media at the 2015 Big Ten Media Days.Decker, who has started every game for the Scarlet and Gray over the past two seasons, emphasized that regardless of who is behind center, his role is the same.“It doesn’t change my job at all,” he said. “I love those guys, but at the end of the day, who is at quarterback doesn’t change the fact I’m going to be blocking a defensive end almost every play.”Contrary to popular belief, the locker room isn’t divided between the two quarterbacks, according to Decker.Senior linebacker Joshua Perry agreed with Decker’s assessment of the state of the locker room.“For us to see (Barrett and Jones) working so hard together and helping each other out even though they’re competing, that kind of helps with the team looking at it saying, ‘OK, they’re not all about me,’” Perry said. “So it’s hard for us to pick sides when they’re doing that.”The mindset amongst the team is to focus on each player’s own specific unit and individual tasks.The rest, Decker believes, is up to the coaching staff.“I trust the coaches completely,” Decker said. “I know their process of how they approach who starts and who plays works because we have won a lot of games since I’ve been here.”Senior left tackle Taylor Decker addressed the media on July 30 in Chicago during the 2015 Big Ten Media Days. Decker says he and his teammates are not worried about which quarterback starts for the Buckeyes. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz / Asst. Sports EditorOSU coach Urban Meyer laid out that process.Meyer admitted that, ultimately, there will be a level of gut instinct involved. However, components of the evaluation process, which has already started, will consist of leadership, an academic aspect of “how they handle their business” and how they deal with tough situations throughout the offseason.Additionally, Meyer said they will be keeping a weekly score of Jones’ and Barrett’s performance in drills, from 7-on-7’s to third-down work. Everything from touchdowns, interceptions and pass completions will factor into the weekly score.Meyer and his coaching staff will “chart and watch very closely” all of the data they collect. This unusual level of transparency about the process is critical to Meyer.He believes the two quarterbacks and their families have “earned that right.”Once the preseason evaluation process is complete, Meyer said he will refrain from naming a starter until immediately before the Sept. 7 opener against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.Regardless of who wins the job — Jones or Barrett — Decker and his teammates said they won’t worry.“We’ve seen that we can win with both Cardale and J.T.,” Decker said.
Mrs Mann suffered bruising from her efforts to get out of the bath, but was not seriously hurt.The pensioner, from Southend, began visiting the restaurant 10 years ago when her late husband moved into a care home and struck up a lasting friendship with the waitress.She said: “I am lucky I am sitting here. It was frightening in a sense because I didn’t know how long I would be stuck there.”I had gone for a bath at 9.30am and when I went to get out, I couldn’t. I was laying there until the police came.”Thanks to Sonia the police came and found me. She is my biggest friend, I have been visiting the restaurant for years.”If it wasn’t for her, I would probably still be sitting there. I kept myself calm and thought ‘I mustn’t panic’, but I never want to experience that again.”Ms Congrave said: “It was Doreen’s birthday on the Wednesday and she came in like normal. She didn’t come in for a few days and then she didn’t come in on Saturday like she always does, but I thought perhaps her cousin was visiting her.”On the Monday she didn’t come in and the best thing I did was call the police because I was concerned and luckily I had her address so the police went to check if she was OK.” An elderly woman who spent four days stuck in her bath was saved when a waitress spotted she not been in for her usual cup of tea and slice of cake.Doreen Mann, 87, only managed to survive her ordeal by drinking from the cold tap when her cries for help went unanswered.She was rescued after waitress Sonia Congrave became concerned when her loyal customer failed to turn up for her usual slice of cake and cup of tea at Tomassi’s on the High Street, Southend-on-Sea.The 39-year-old raised the alarm with Essex Police, who sent officers round to the pensioner’s house and helped her safely from the bath. I kept myself calm and thought ‘I mustn’t panic’, but I never want to experience that againDoreen Mann Mrs Mann had left her patio doors unlocked and when police arrived, they could hear her calling for help.Officers found the pensioner in the bath covered with towels and a robe to keep warm.Ms Congrave, who has worked at Tomssi’s for 17 years, has now bought her pensioner friend a mobile phone in at attempt to avoid similar problems in the future. “I think any member of staff would have done what I did,” she said. “Doreen said she wasn’t sure she was going to make it and bruised all her knees where she tried to get out. “She is a really strong woman – all she wanted afterwards was her cake and a cup of tea. She has given me a key in case anything happens in the future.”She is a real character, all the staff and customers talk to her.”Police thanked Ms Congrave for her actions. Doreen Mann has been visiting Tomassi’s, on the right of the picture, on the High Street in Southend-on-Sea for 10 yearsCredit:Google Street View 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.
Show more Prue Leith, who has replaced Mary Berry as a judge on The Great British Bake OffCredit:Kirsty O’Connor /PA Mary Berry has caused controversy by suggesting she has an advantage over Delia Smith because she has children to give her feedback.The former Great British Bake Off judge said her three children had been a positive influence on her career at a panel discussion.”Because I’ve got children I’m very lucky because they say ‘don’t do that again mum’,” she said.The 81-year-old chef went on to suggest this had given her an edge over fellow celebrity chef Ms Smith, who has previously spoken of her regret at not having a family. “Maybe one of the reasons I’ve been so successful in my career is down to the fact I haven’t had any children.”Ms Berry was also asked about her successor on the Great British Bake Off, Prue Leith, who has joined the show for its move to Channel 4. 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. She anticipated that the food writer would be “incredibly different” to her, adding she was “delighted” she had been chosen.”She has the knowledge, she has the personality. I think she will be incredibly different but I think she will do really well.”For me, it’s very nice that they have chosen someone who has the knowledge and who will enjoy it. I think she will be very, very good.” “I always feel that Delia, who I think is absolutely brilliant, hasn’t had the advantage of having children like I have because you don’t half get the truth,” she said at an event in London called An Evening with Mary Berry.”I get the truth from my husband too, and sometimes I get really hurt.”Ms Smith, 75, who is married to the writer Michael Wynn-Jones, has said in the past that she would have “loved” to have children. But the chef suggested that being childless may have advanced her career. In an interview with Yours magazine in 2011 she said: “It wasn’t to be, but I have loved what I’ve been able to do by not having children. Food writer and TV chef Delia SmithCredit:David Hartley / Rex Features
Nichol yelled obscenities while banging a metal gate into a cow who had just given birth and repeatedly stamped and kicked the newborn calves to get them to stand up.RSPCA prosecutor Lindi Meyer said the attack took place at 9.30am when the part-time stockman was working in the barn.Describing one incident, she said: “He threw a newborn calf to the floor and kicked and stamped on it seven times in a row. Needless to say, the violence was unprovoked and unnecessary.”An RSPCA inspector visited Nichol’s home where he admitted it was him in the footage and said his behaviour was “disgusting”. Owen Nichol previously admitted charges of causing unnecessary suffering to animalsCredit:Claire Hayhurst/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. Farm owner James Read, who described Nichol as an “exemplary” employee, admitted he was shocked by the footage.Ms Meyer cast doubt on Nichol’s claim it was a “one-off occasion” and said the footage showed the attacks were repeated and involved verbal and physical violence.Charity vet Andrew Biggs described the attack as the worst violence he had seen in 35 years in the job.Mr Biggs, former president of the British Cattle Veterinary Association, said in a statement: “It is good and accepted practice to encourage calves to suckle. Stress or fright is not conducive to good maternal behaviour.”He said the cows could be seen swishing their tails, clearly stressed, adding: “The operator, from the start of the video, has shown totally unacceptable behaviour to these cows and calves.”Nichol, who also farms his sheep with his father, said in a statement: “I have my own sheep and if I saw someone doing that to my sheep I would feel like Mr Read does.” Nichol, of Taunton, admitted two charges of animal cruelty after he “just flipped” and was sacked by the farm owner after the footage emerged.He claimed it was the only time he had treated the animals in such a way in the year he worked at the farm while completing a college course in agriculture.Speaking to an RSPCA inspector, Nichol blamed his behaviour on breaking up with his girlfriend months beforehand and also said his grandmother was ill.Harrowing video footage showed the farm worker shouting “f—— c—” in the faces of the two-day-old calves and forcing the cattle to their feet. Nichol kicked its nursing mother in the face and slammed a metal gate against the animal, which had given birth just two days before.The footage was shot by activists from campaign group Animal Equality after a tip-off from a member of the public at Pyrland Farm in Taunton, Somerset, in December. Nichol was sentenced to 12 weeks jail, suspended for one year, and told to undertake a rehabilitation activity for 30 days and 150 hours unpaid work.He was disqualified for two years for owning, keeping or participating in keeping any animal farmed for commercial purposes, including arranging transport or dealing. It will be 12 months before Nichol can challenge it.A victim surcharge £115 was imposed, as well as a £300 contribution to costs of prosecution. Ms Meyer said: “It is a great concern that this is a young man employed to care for animals and on a number of occasions he has lost his temper.”Martin Winter, mitigating, said: “The apprenticeship has restrictions with the maximum working week of 40 hours, and when he started there were more staff working with the herd at the farm.”The numbers dropped and as a result the workload increased. His job was to try to get the calves to suckle. He knew if he did not succeed they would be euthanased. He was trying too hard, taking things to heart and becoming frustrated.” A young farm worker who threw a newborn calf to the floor and repeatedly stamped on it before kicking its mother in the head blamed his behaviour on breaking up with his girlfriend months earlier.Owen Nichol, 18, was secretly filmed by an animal rights charity carrying out the abuse at the dairy farm where he worked as an apprentice.He subjected the cows to a 25-minute ordeal, kicking and stamping on a newborn calf seven times, and shouted “I f—— hate you, you little c—” after throwing it to the floor.Warning: the video below contains graphic images. It was released by Animal Equality to highlight abuse towards animals. Owen Nichol outside Taunton Magistrates’ Court on WednesdayCredit:Claire Hayhurst/PA Nichol had been offered a job on an arable farm in Hampshire, after being sacked and still aspired to a career in agriculture, the court was told.Mr Winter added: “He was in a bad frame of mind. He lost control of the animals and he lost control of himself.”Magistrate Dr Peter Reed said: “The offence was deliberate and sustained. It involved kicks, stamping, hitting including to the head, and shouting at the animals.”We believe these animals did suffer a relatively high level of suffering, for a short period. The vet described it as the worst case of abuse he had seen in 35 years.”Nichol had been warned he could be put behind bars with his actions, but was spared jail at Taunton Magistrates’ Court.Dr Reed said: “You were working beyond your capabilities. You were working unsupervised, doing long shifts and were sleep deprived. You had limited training, and co-operated with the inspector.” He was trying too hard, taking things to heart and becoming frustratedMartin Winter, defending
Ahead of Asteroid Day, next Friday, Professor Alan Fitzsimmons from Queen University’s Astrophysics Research Centre also warned that an asteroid collision with Earth could easily destroy a major city. Asteroid Day commemorates the Tunguska strike in Siberian in 1908 which devastated 800 square miles. The camera-equipped miniature probes, would be sent on their way by tens of gigawatts of focused power from an array of lasers, reaching their destination in about 20 years.”If we succeed we will send a probe to Alpha Centauri within the lifetime of some of you alive today,” he said.”It is clear we are entering a new space age. We are standing at the threshold of a new era. Human colonisation and other planets is no longer science fiction, it can be science fact.”The human race has existed a separate species for about two million years. Civilization became about 10,000 years ago and the rate of development has been steadily increasing, If humanity is to continue for another million years it relies on boldly going where noone has gone before. I hope for the best. I have to. We have no other option.” Prof Hawking and Yuri Milner are planning to send a tiny probe to Alpha Centauri using a beam of light “This is not science fiction it is guaranteed by the laws of physics and probability,” he said. “To stay risks being annihilated. “Spreading out into space will completely change the future of humanity. It may also determine whether we have any future at all.”Wherever we go we will need to build a civilisation, we will need to take the practical means of establishing a whole new ecosystem the will survive in an environment that know very little about and we will need to consider transporting several thousands of people, animals, plants, fungi, bacteria and insects.”Prof Hawking said the Moon and Mars were the best sites to begin the first colonies, stating that a lunar base could be established within 30 years and a Martian outpost within 50. But he also suggested leaving the Solar System and venturing to our nearest star system, Alpha Centauri, where scientists believe there exists a habitable planet known as Proxima B. Prof Hawkingtold the audience that the Earth would eventually be hit by a devastating asteroid strike. Prof Hawking said climate change and over-population meant humans had no option but to leave Earth Credit:BBC The professor said nuclear fusion-powered ships propelled by light, Star Trek-style matter-antimatter reactors, or “some completely new form of energy” could allow humans to travel light years. A small first step was already being taken by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner’s Breakthrough Start Shot project, said Prof Hawking. This envisages sending a fleet of tiny “nanocraft” carrying light sails on a four light-year journey to Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system to Earth. 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. Prof Hawking said it was important to begin colonising Mars and the Moon Professor Fitzsimmons said: “It is important to know that scientists and engineers have made great strides in detecting Near-Earth Asteroids and understanding the threat posed by them. “Over 1,800 potentially hazardous objects have been discovered so far, but there are many more waiting to be found.“Astronomers find Near-Earth Asteroids every day and most are harmless. But it is still possible the next Tunguska would take us by surprise, and although we are much better at finding larger asteroids, that does us no good if we are not prepared to do something about them.” The human race must start leaving Earth within 30 years to avoid being wiped out by over-population and climate change, Professor Stephen Hawking has warned. Making an impassioned speech at the Starmus science festival in Trondheim, Norway, the astrophysicist said it was crucial to establish colonies on Mars and the Moon, and take a Noah’s Ark of plants, animals, fungi and insects, to start creating a new world. Prof Hawking said it was only a matter of time before the Earth as we know it is destroyed by an asteroid strike, soaring temperatures or over-population.He said that becoming a ‘cosmic sloth’ was not an option because ‘the threats are too big and too numerous.'”I am convinced that humans need to leave earth. The Earth is becoming too small for us, our physical resources are being drained at an alarming rate.””We have given our planet the disastrous gift of climate change, rising temperatures, the reducing of polar ice caps , deforestation and decimation of animal species.”When we have reached similar crisis in or history there has usually been somewhere else to colonise. Columbus did it in 1492 when he discovered the new world. But now there is no new world. No Eutopia around the corner. We are running out of space and the only places to go to are other worlds.”
Alfie Evans has a terminal brain conditionCredit: PA/ Alfies Army Official “Come here and see how my son is the hostage of this hospital. What we are enduring is not right.”Rome’s Vatican-owned pediatric hospital Bambino Gesù has offered to treat the 23-month-old boy, who has a serious undiagnosed brain condition. The government in Rome has granted Alfie Italian citizenship in a bid to bring him to Italy and beat rulings to let him die. But the British courts have refused to allow the child, who continues to fight after being taken off life support earlier this week, to be transferred to Italy. “Thank you Italy. We love you,” Mr Evans said. “Alfie is part of the Italian family. He is part of Italy. We belong to Italy”.The father is due to meet with doctors at Alder Hey hospital to ask them to let him take his son home.He told reporters outside the hospital that a bid to take his son to Italy for treatment, backed by the Pope, had been rejected.However, he said there is still hope for him to take the 23 month-old home.Mr Evans said: “We got rejected yesterday to go to Italy. We could take it further but would it be the right thing to do? Staff at the hospital have been subjected to abuse by angry supporters of the Evans family, who had been campaigning for Alfie to be released from hospital. In a statement on behalf of himself, his son, and Alfie’s mother Kate James, he said: “We also wish to thank Alder Hey staff at every level for their dignity and professionalism during what must be an incredibly difficult time for them too.”Together we recognise the strains (that) recent events have put upon us all and we now wish for privacy for everyone concerned.”In Alfie’s interests we will work with his treating team on a plan that provides our boy with the dignity and comfort he needs.”From this point onwards there will be no more statements issued or interviews given. We hope you will respect this.” He claimed on Good Morning Britain that nurses had been shocked by Alfie’s condition, explaining: “For the third day there’s not been one single problem with him. The nurses come in and say ‘wow.'”On Wednesday, it emerged that Alfie, who stopped receiving life-support treatment late on Monday as a result of the court’s decision, is now “struggling” and is not expected to live much longer.There have been passionate protests staged outside the hospital in recent days, with some campaigners clashing with police as they tried to force their way into the hospital.The local police force yesterday issued a warning after staff were allegedly harassed.On Wednesday evening, Ch Insp Chris Gibson said social media posts were being monitored and “any offences, including malicious communications and threatening behaviour, will be investigated and, where necessary, will be acted upon”.The chairman of the Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Sir David Henshaw said that staff had “endured attacks upon our motivation, our professionalism and our ethics”.“Our staff have received in person, via phone calls, email, and through social media channels a barrage of highly abusive and threatening language and behaviour that has shocked us all. Worse still, patients and visitors to Alder Hey have also reported abuse.” BREAKING: The father of Alfie Evans is due to meet doctors at Alder Hey Hospital today and will be asking to take Alfie home. pic.twitter.com/Wifz5xJp27— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) April 26, 2018 “So what we are doing to do today is we are meeting with the doctors at Alder Hey and we now start asking to go home.” Alfie has been in Alder Hey with a rare undiagnosed degenerative neurological condition since December 2016.Doctors have said the toddler’s brain has been destroyed by his illness and it is in his best interests to withdraw life support.In a statement the hospital said its “top priority remains in ensuring Alfie receives the care he deserves to ensure his comfort, dignity and privacy are maintained throughout.”This includes working closely with Kate and Tom as they spend this precious time together with him.” Tom Evans, father of Alfie Evans, speaks to the media outside Alder Hey Children’s Hospital on April 26, 2018 in LiverpoolCredit:Anthony Devlin/Getty Earlier on Thursday, Mr Evans appealed to Pope Francis to travel to Liverpool to see the plight of his son who he claims is being held hostage at Alder Hey hospital.Tom Evans, who has been at the centre of a bitter legal dispute with the hospital, told the Catholic channel TV2000 on Thursday: “I call on the pope to come here to see what is happening. Alfie Evans’ father has urged his family’s supporters to carry on with their lives in a dramatic u-turn outside Alder Hey hospital.After weeks of ramping up support for his 23-month-old son to be allowed to travel abroad to receive treatment for his undiagnosed brain condition, it appears Tom Evans has had a change of heart. Earlier on Thursday, the 21-year-old father even called for the Pope to travel to Merseyside to see Alfie’s plight for himself. But speaking outside the hospital in Liverpool, which has become the focal point of the bitter treatment dispute, he said his latest interview would be his last.”Our lives have been turned upside down by the intense focus on Alfie and his situation,” Mr Evans said.”Our little family along with Alder Hey has become the centre of attention for many people around the world and it has meant we have not been able to live our lives as we would like.”We are very grateful and we appreciate all the support we have received from around the world, including from our Italian and Polish supporters, who have dedicated their time and support to our incredible fight.”We would now ask you to return back to your everyday lives and allow myself, Kate and Alder Hey to form a relationship, build a bridge and walk across 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.
A police car blocked the road and several other police vehicles could be seen in the area, including at the seafront. “At around 9am the body of a young female child was discovered in the grounds of an old hotel, Kames Hydro Hotel.”An investigation has been launched and inquiries are ongoing to establish the exact circumstances of the incident.”The spokesman added that a child’s body was discovered in woodland, on the site of the former Kyles of Bute Hotel, near to Ardbeg Road. The cause of death is not known. The body of a six-year-old girl has been found in the grounds of a former hotel after she was reported missing from her home on a Scottish island.The schoolgirl from Rothesay on the Isle of Bute was reported missing at 6.25am on Monday. Just over two hours later officers found the body of a young girl in the Port Bannatyne area.It is believed she was found to be missing from her bedroom, prompting appeals on social media for people to search their gardens and outbuildings.A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “At around 6.25am this morning, police were informed a six-year-old girl was missing in Rothesay. A search was undertaken to try and locate the child. High Road in Arbeg, near Rothesay, was shut by a police cordon and a floral tribute had been laid near police accident signs. The island in the Firth of Clyde is a popular holiday destination and has a population of around 6,500.Tourism and farming are the main industries, with Mount Stuart House and gardens, family home of the 7th Marquess of Bute – the former racing driver Johnny Dumfries – one of the main attractions. A child’s body was discovered in woodland, on the site of the former Kyles of Bute Hotel. Police have cordoned off the area to investigateCredit:Jane Barlow/Press Association Floral tributes at the police cordon on Ardbeg Road on the Isle of Bute in Scotland, after officers found the body of a young girl on the site of the former Cames Hydro Hotel 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.
Baroness Shackleton is solicitor to the Duke of Cambridge and Prince HarryCredit: Tim Rooke/REX Children should be taught about how to make marriage work in school to stem the tide of relationship breakdown, the Prince of Wales’ divorce lawyer has said.Baroness Fiona Shackleton said that education about marriage is “severely lacking” in schools, as she urged them to “devote just a little time” to the issue.She said that schools make time to teach children about alcohol abuse, drug abuse, sex and “goodness knows what else”, but fail to address “what is the most important decision they make, which is basically, who they breed with or from”.Baroness Shackleton, who was made a life peer in 2010, has represented a number celebrities and royals in high profile divorce cases including Sir Paul McCartney and the Duke of York.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that it is a “mistake” to believe that marriage is “just about the heart”.“It’s a practical arrangement which has to survive to rear children, and it’s for children, who are the very sad losers when parents are selfish and decide that their own desires override those of their family,” she said.Children must be taught about the importance of considering the character traits of their prospective spouse, as well as realising that fundamentally people do not change. “If they think about these things, not about the white dress, not the love element, the practicality, before they enter into it then I would probably be doing myself out of a job more often,” she said. Baroness Shackleton, who is a solicitor to the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, backed calls to reform divorce laws, labelling the current laws “archaic”.Her comments follow the the case of Tini Owens, who lost her Supreme Court appeal last week in her fight to divorce her husband.Mrs Owens, 68, wants a divorce on the ground she is unhappy but her husband Hugh has refused. Under the current law in England and Wales, people must be able to prove their marriage has broken down due to adultery, unreasonable behaviour or desertion, in order to obtain a divorce.The only other way to get a divorce without a spouse’s consent is to live apart for five years. Judges said the Tini Owens case “generates uneasy feelings” and suggested that the current system is out of date.Divorce rates in England and Wales have increased for the first time this decade according to figures released in October by the Office for National Statistics. 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 were 106,959 divorces of opposite-sex couples in 2016, an increase of 5.8 per cent compared with 2015, with men and women getting divorced at a rate of 8.9 per 1,000 married people. The last time there was an increase in divorce rate was between 2009 and 2010.