Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer targets Scunthorpe have signed Manchester United defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson on a season-long loan.The 21-year-old was sent out to Leeds last season but only made one appearance before his loan was cancelled in January. The previous season he suffered a similar lack of game time with Wolves, making only six appearances before returning to play for United’s Under-23s in the second half of the season.Borthwick-Jackson told Scunthorpe’s official website: “I’m buzzing to be here and can’t wait to get started. Scunthorpe really wanted me to come here and I couldn’t really turn it down.“I’ve been at Manchester United since I was six years old and I’ve progressed all the way through. I managed to get my opportunity in the first team in the 2015/16 season, that was a great season for me and kick-started my career.“But I need to play regular games and I’m at the age where I should be playing regular first-team football.“I know it’ll be more a lot more physical in League One, so I’ll have to see how I adapt to that and hopefully I can impress.” LATEST TRANSFER NEWS LATEST moving on The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star RANKED REVEALED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 1 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade IN DEMAND LIVING THE DREAM Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Borthwick-Jackson made his United debut in 2015
A pair of freshmen Ohio State fencers have spent the last few weeks preparing for their first Junior Olympic competition, which could pave their way to the United States World Championship team.Oliver Shindler and Ally Micek will take part in the four-day competition set to be held Friday through Monday at the Cleveland Convention Center.Shindler said he and Micek have been competing this entire season to accumulate enough points to qualify for the Junior Olympics. The pair have been getting advice and encouragement from many of the older members of the team.Micek said three men and three women will be selected from the Junior Olympics to represent the United States, making this a huge opportunity to be recognized on the national and international level.This isn’t Shindler’s and Micek’s first time competing on such a grand stage, however. After meeting each other through fencing in high school, the two traveled internationally on the same team, competing and representing the U.S.“When I first started, I was just doing this for fun, but once I got into high school, I realized the opportunities,” Micek said. “Once you get into high school, it was like a dream for me to compete in college.”The pair are both epee fencers, meaning their event uses the largest and heaviest weapons of the three main events (the other two being foil and sabre). Points are scored by making contact with the point of the weapon on any spot of the opponent’s body.Shindler said many of the upperclassmen on the team have been in their position before when they were freshmen, so they are a great resource for the young guns to turn to when they have questions about preparing.“A lot of the top guys like (OSU sophomores) Marc-Antoine (Blais Belanger) and Lewis Weiss, they’ve just been helping me mentally prepare for all of the competitions this season, whether they be college or national,” Shindler said.The duo is getting help and advice from other teammates on the team in order to better prepare.“Same thing goes for the upperclassmen girls, we talk about it and they’ve all been in the same situation as we were, like, two years ago. They have really solid advice for us,” Micek said.Despite the grand implications, Shindler said he is looking to prepare for this weekend’s Junior Olympics event just like any other competition.“I prepare the same for every competition,” he said.
We want to keep our church open so it can be used for the purpose it’s been intended forGerry Palmer All Saints Church at Braunston in Rutland, where bats are roosting and causing damageCredit:John Robertson, 2017 A bat casts a shadow on the wall of All Saints Church at Braunston in Rutland, as it leaves its roost to go hunting for the nightCredit: John Robertson 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. Almost 100 churches are thought to have applied for the Bats and Churches Partnership, which will monitor the bats to see whether church managers could be allowed to take action to protect their historic buildings. It is funded by £3.8m of National Lottery money.At All Saints, in Braunston in Rutland, staff have said that they were struggling to cope after an incident where the then-vicar was forced to shake poo out of her hair while celebrating Holy Communion.The situation hasn’t improved. Gail Rudge, 74, a lay minister at All Saints, said: “I think the whole point is conservation laws were needed but now they need to be reviewed and made a little less stringent.“Things need to be kept in balance – the crucial thing is maintaining the balance between our need to have a clean church without any damage and the bats’ need to have somewhere to roost.”We want to get [the gap in the wall] blocked up but the conservation laws are so strict that there’s nothing we can do.” It would try the patience of a saint.While congregations may sing about the wonder of ‘all creatures great and small’ when bat excrement is plummeting from the ceiling, it is difficult to simply turn the other cheek.In fact, bats in the belfry are becoming such a problem for parishioners that churches are now calling for a change in conservation laws.It’s illegal to stop a bat reaching its roost – leaving many churches unable to patch up holes in their walls and doors which bats use for access.To make the church habitable volunteer wardens must spend hours scouring pews and floors of bat urine and excrement each time the church is used, and have been forced to protect valuable furniture and art with sheeting. At the third church, All Saints Church Swanton Morley, Gerry Palmer, lay chair of the parochial church council, said the pilot gives them hope. “This is the first time that people have actually looked into making churches more people-friendly as opposed to bat-friendly – at the moment we’re having to clean up after them all the time.”“What we’re hoping for is a change in the law so that it’s relaxed – we want to keep our church open so it can be used for the purpose it’s been intended for,” he said.A spokesman for Natural England said the agency was trying to find a “broader and more common-sense approach to the legislation” which approached conservation “more strategically and less animal-by-animal”.When the scheme was announced in February the agency said it was designed to reduce the damage bats cause but would not allow churches to expel them.It is expected to use methods such as ultrasonic emitting devices to keep bats out of specific areas of a church and building bat boxes so the bats can roost in areas which cause minimal disruption. She said it takes around an hour and a half for one or two volunteers to clean the church of bat poo and urine on the morning of an event such as a wedding.On one occasion the church warden collected 200g worth of bat poo from the pews and floor – a week’s worth.They have also had to cover up two 600-year-old wall murals because they were in danger of being damaged by the excrement.The church is one of three hoping for a reprieve after they were chosen for the Bats and Churches Partnership pilot scheme designed to help them cope.Another church chosen for the scheme, Holy Trinity in Tattershall, Lincolnshire, says it has over 700 bats roosting in the building.Staff have been unable to restore the 500-year-old doors to the Grade 1-listed church because it would mean closing a gap used by the bats for access.The European law which makes bats a protected species is a particular issue in England and Wales because of the way churches are designed, said David Mullinger, the church’s deputy warden.”The majority of European churches have much larger roof space, which means that bats can enter that area without going into the church.”In English churches that isn’t usually the case – there isn’t a lot of space so they come into the main church,” he said.