The Baltimore Ravens have activated linebacker Terrell Suggs from the physically unable to perform list and last year’s NFL Defensive Player of the Year is expected to play today against the Houston Texans.The five-time Pro Bowler will be making a stunning earlier-than-expected return from the torn Achilles tendon he suffered in April. His family and friends have plans to travel to Houston in anticipation of watching him stage one of the quickest returns from this type of significant injury by any athlete.Suggs, who recorded 14 sacks en route to Defensive Player of the Year honors a year ago, acknowledged earlier this week that a quick return could push back his recovery.“That’s always a concern,” he said. “That’s why I’ve got the people around me that I trust. We’re going to make the decision as a group, whether it would be better for me to sit out or suit up.”Ravens coach John Harbaugh had consistently declined to put a timetable on Suggs’ return, leaving many to believe it would be mid-November at the earliest.Prior to his injury, Suggs had played in all 16 regular-season games in eight of his nine NFL seasons, missing three games in 2009 with a knee injury. His return could be a big boost to an aging Ravens defense that lost its inspirational leader, linebacker Ray Lewis, to a torn triceps and top cornerback, Lardarius Webb, to a knee injury last weekend.Harbaugh, however, cautioned earlier this week that the team wasn’t expecting too much too soon of Suggs. He’ll likely see limited action if he plays.“To what extent, to what he’s able to do, I think we should temper our expectations a little bit,” Harbaugh said. “He’s coming off a very serious injury. I think he’s worked really hard. He’s done a great job with the rehab, he’s followed protocol. He had no setbacks throughout the course of the whole deal.”In the 2010 and 2011 seasons, Suggs paced the Ravens with 25 sacks, the fifth-most in the NFL during that span.
Robert Griffin III, the Washington Redskins’ rookie quarterback who is authoring a special season, practiced Wednesday, three days after suffering a right knee injury on Sunday that the team feared would sideline him for the season.Turned out that the injury was a mild sprain. Still, there were doubts that he would be healthy enough to play on Sunday.But there was Griffin at practice Wednesday, giving hope that he could start the crucial game for Washington at Cleveland.He said, “Today, I feel really good,” according to The Washington Post.He was cautious in his appraisal of his healthy and the prospects of playing, however. He said he did not know if he would take the field, but the fact that he did workout with the first team was an indication of how much better he is feeling.For some reason, Griffin would not indicate how much the practice he went through; all but the last minutes of practice is closed to the media.“I did enough,” he said. He added that he will do more in practice on Thursday and Friday.Coach Mike Shanahan said Griffin’s work was limited, but that he was impressed by how the quarterback looked. Griffin wore a brace.Griffin suffered a mild sprain of the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee late in Sunday’s overtime win against the Baltimore Ravens at FedEx Field.Griffin will be evaluated on a daily basis and if he can go at full speed come the weekend, Shanahan said he will play.Considered in the decision of Griffin playing will be whether he would be putting his knee at risk of further injury. Also, it is almost assured his participation will not be confirmed until the last possible moment, to keep the Browns from knowing how to prepare during the week.Rookie backup Kirk Cousins, who took over Sunday and threw a touchdown pass and ran for a tying two-point conversion in the final minute of regulation, would make his first NFL start if Griffin could not go.“You have to go the distance when you start the game,” Cousins said. “That’s a lot of time to screw up, if you will, a lot of time to be exposed.”Cousins said he has been lauded with praise for his heroic effort off the bench in Sunday’s 31-28 victory. Cousins said he received about 140 text messages after the game but had time to return only a few of them.“You go two for two, everybody loves you,” Cousins said. “You go oh for two, everybody hates you.”Cousins said as a fourth-round draft pick playing behind Griffin might not afford him many opportunities. “If I’m good enough, I’ll be able to show people over time what I can do,” Cousins said. “If I’m not, I won’t.”
The only question about Mariano Rivera’s candidacy for the Baseball Hall of Fame was whether he would be the first player voted in unanimously by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, which serves as the primary gatekeeper for entry to the Hall. On Tuesday, the great New York Yankees pitcher became the first player to appear on 100 percent of writers’ ballots, with all 425 voters finally agreeing on something: that Rivera should be enshrined in Cooperstown, New York.With his ballot sweep, the fearsome closer did something unmatched by even the greatest of his starting pitcher brethren, including Nolan Ryan, Greg Maddux, Tom Seaver and Randy Johnson — all of whom topped 97 percent. Three years ago, Ken Griffey Jr. came the closest to complete consensus when he received 99.32 percent of the vote — just three ballots short.Rivera, eligible for the first time this year, was joined by three other inductees — the late Roy Halladay (85.4 percent of ballots), longtime Seattle designated hitter Edgar Martinez (85.4 percent) and former Oriole and Yankee pitcher Mike Mussina (76.7 percent).1Voters are limited to 10 names per ballot. Based on ballots that had been made public before the announcement, we were expecting that Rivera, Halladay and Martinez would gain entry to the Hall. As of our last model run,2Conducted just a few minutes before the announcement, when 232 ballots had been revealed. we thought Mussina was just a borderline case. Mike Mussina76.774.5-2.2 Jeff Kent184.108.40.206 Mariano Rivera100.0%100.0%0.0% Manny Ramirez22.825.02.2 The Mussina miss notwithstanding, our projections were pretty accurate, with an average error of 2.1 percentage points; only the totals of Halladay and Larry Walker were off by more than 4 points.3Shoutout to Jason Sardell, whose alternative model did even better, with an average error of 0.9 points.Appearing fifth, sixth and seventh in the actual voting were Curt Schilling, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds. Schilling jumped to 60.9 percent from 51.2 percent last year. He has three years of eligibility remaining on the BBWAA ballot. Meanwhile, Bonds and Clemens, whose careers were tainted by allegations of performance-enhancing drug use, could only inch up on a crowded field. Clemens received 59.5 percent, up from 57.3 percent last year. Bonds received 59.1 percent of the vote, up from 56.4 percent in 2018. Their glacial rate of improvement means they will be hard-pressed to hit the required 75 percent in their three remaining years on the ballot; they appear to have hit a plateau. Lance Berkman1.21.0-0.2 Roger Clemens59.563.33.8 Curt Schilling60.961.10.2 Edgar Martinez85.482.3-3.1 Billy Wagner16.717.60.9 Omar Vizquel42.841.9-0.9 Andruw Jones7.510.42.9 Sammy Sosa220.127.116.11 Barry Bonds18.104.22.168 Fred McGriff39.843.43.6 Andy Pettitte9.95.9-4.0 Todd Helton16.519.53.0 Gary Sheffield13.614.40.8 Michael Young2.11.3-0.8 The Hall of Fame has four new membersActual results of the 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame election vs. our finalpre-announcement projection Miguel Tejada1.20.8-0.4 Larry Walker54.662.27.6 Scott Rolen22.214.171.124 Roy Halladay85.491.25.8 PlayerActual ResultFinal Model Projection*Error *With 232 public ballots known.Sources: Baseball Writers’ Association of America, RYAN THIBODAUX’S BASEBALL HALL OF FAME VOTE TRACKER Roy Oswalt0.90.90.0 Walker, however, is rapidly trending toward Cooperstown: He ranked eighth in voting percentage (54.6 percent), making a substantial leap from 34.1 percent last year. Next year will be his final year of eligibility, and he’s still 20 points short of election — usually an impossible task. But this year proved that Walker is capable of such a massive gain, so his candidacy is likely to provide genuine suspense next year.But Tuesday was headlined by Rivera making history.Anyone familiar with baseball knows of Rivera’s excellence. There is a strong case to be made that he is the greatest reliever in history. The 13-time All-Star is the sport’s all-time saves leader with 652. He was a part of five World Series championship teams in New York. In addition to his regular-season dominance, he has the lowest career postseason ERA (0.70) and most playoff saves (42) in MLB history.And when using advanced measures to evaluate performance, Rivera stands out not just as a great relief pitcher — only Dennis Eckersley ranks higher among relievers in the JAWS metric that combines career and peak performance to evaluate Hall candidates — but as an all-time great pitcher regardless of role.His ERA+ — which adjusts a pitcher’s earned run average for ballpark and run environment, enabling comparison between eras — ranks No. 1 all-time among all pitchers (minimum 1,000 innings).Traditional statistics like wins and saves are increasingly viewed as poor measures to evaluate performance because they award or penalize pitchers for many factors out of their control. But even the most common new-age measure to evaluate performance, wins above replacement, is inadequate to measure reliever performance because it is in part volume-based, and relievers pitch fewer innings than starters. Better measures to evaluate the performance of relief pitchers are statistics like win probability added, which tallies the change in win expectancy between plate appearance, and a context-neutral version of win probability added (WPA/leverage index).For instance, Rivera is 77th all-time in Baseball-Reference.com pitching WAR. But he ranks fifth all-time in WPA (56.6), trailing only Clemens, Lefty Grove, Maddux and Warren Spahn. In other words, he’s among the elite of the elite.Of course, relievers face a greater proportion of high-leverage situations than starting pitchers do; protecting a one-run lead in the ninth inning is more critical than pitching with a one-run lead in, say, the second. But even when employing a context-neutral win probability (WPA/leverage index), Rivera still ranks as the 21st-most win-adding pitcher of all time and is 13 spots higher than the next reliever (Hoyt Wilhelm at No. 34).Rivera combined elite command with an almost unhittable pitch: his cut fastball. Though just a portion of his career took place during the pitch-tracking era, he ranks second to Dodgers stopper Kenley Jansen in the run value of his cutter.Rivera is just the eighth pitcher to work primarily as reliever to be enshrined. The others are Wilhelm, Rollie Fingers, Eckersley, Bruce Sutter, Goose Gossage, Trevor Hoffman and Lee Smith. Three have joined the Hall since last year — Rivera, Smith (veterans committee, 2019) and Hoffman (BBWAA vote, 2018) — and the number of relievers figures to grow over time as bullpens are used in an ever-greater share of innings. Last season, relievers accounted for a record 40.1 percent of innings.The only position group with fewer players in the Hall than relief pitchers is the designated hitter group. Despite not playing a position in the field for much of his career, Martinez’s bat was so dominant that he made it to the Hall in his final year on the ballot.Martinez’s career OPS+4OPS+ considers a hitter’s overall ability but adjusts to account for ballpark and run-scoring environment. An OPS+ of 100 is league average. of 147 is tied for the 42nd-best mark of all time. Martinez joins Frank Thomas and Harold Baines — another 2019 veterans committee selection5Baines, a controversial pick in December, had a career OPS+ of 121, tied for 340th place. — as the only players in the Hall to play more than half their games at DH. Thomas ranks 52nd all time in batting WAR (73.9), while Martinez ranks 80th (68.4).Halladay, who died in a 2017 plane crash, tied with Bob Feller for 41st in all-time pitching WAR (65.5). He tied for 37th in all-time ERA+ (131). The two-time Cy Young Award winner was the ultimate workhorse for his era, leading his league in innings pitched four times and exceeding 230 innings six times. He’s also the only player other than Don Larsen to throw a no-hitter in the postseason.Mussina pitched in hitter-favorable ballparks and during the high scoring “steroid era” of the late 1990s to early 2000s. While his traditional stats might not seem elite, his career WAR (83.0) and JAWS (63.8) totals rank ahead of the average (73.4 WAR, 61.8 JAWS) for Hall of Fame pitchers.A few years ago, it was hard to imagine pitchers like Mussina, with a 3.68 ERA before adjustments, or Halladay, with barely 200 wins, getting into the Hall of Fame. And it was probably unthinkable that anyone — let alone a relief pitcher — would be elected unanimously. But the Hall of Fame electorate is changing, and that seems to be increasing both the quality and quantity of the players being elected.
The red, white and blue are getting a little help from the Scarlet and Gray.Ohio State swimmers Elliot Keefer and Tim Phillips have been named to the U.S. Men’s National Team, and will compete in the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships in Irvine, Calif., on Aug. 18-22. OSU is the only university to boast two undergraduate swimmers on the U.S. team.“Representing Ohio State here is just awesome because there aren’t a lot of Big Ten schools there, so representing Ohio State and the Big Ten on the national stage is awesome,” said Keefer, a senior from Loveland, Ohio. “And it doesn’t get any better than representing your country.”The two Buckeyes made the U.S. Team for their performances at the 2010 ConocoPhillips U.S. National Championships in Irvine last weekend. Keefer placed third in the 200m breaststroke and Phillips placed third in the 100m butterfly.Qualifying for the U.S. Team now gives them a chance to join an even better team, as they are close to making the 2012 U.S. Olympic team. Both will be headed to London if they improve to second place on their strokes at the 2012 Olympic Trials.“It’s going be tough,” Keefer said. “It’s going to be a lot of training but I’m hoping to keep dropping my times. I’ll just keep working my way up, making baby steps and make my way up with the best guys there.”The Pan Pacific Championships will be the first international competition for Keefer, who won the Big Ten Conference Championship in 2010 for the 100m breaststroke, and was a three-event All-American at the 2010 NCAA Championships. Phillips has competed internationally on three Junior National Teams in 2008 and 2009, but he believes being on the U.S. Team will top those experiences.“It’s a feeling that you can’t describe,” said Phillips, a sophomore from Vienna, W. Va. “I’m assuming it’s a lot better than what it’s been like on the Junior Team because now I’ll be competing for the big National Team, and I feel like it’s going to be an experience out of this world.”Phillips was an All-American in four events as a freshman, and was the Big Ten runner-up in the 100m butterfly in 2010. Although the 2012 Olympics will coincide with his junior year at OSU, he remains undecided on his plans for that year.“I’m going to see how this summer and next summer go and make a decision on what my junior year will be school wise,” Phillips said. “I may take a year off to train, but I’m really not sure. It’s a couple years out and I haven’t discussed that yet.”Keefer and Phillips are still in Irvine with the U.S. Team. As they prepare for the Pan Pacific Championships, OSU swimming coach Bill Wadley is excited about their upcoming events.“This is the opportunity of a lifetime for these young men, and it’s just a great thrill for me as a coach to be able to support and help encourage them to reach this level of excellence,” Wadley said. “They’re extremely coachable, talented young men who’ve come a long way, not just in one year, but over several years.”Aside from being teammates, the two have been close friends ever since Phillips went to live with Keefer during the summer of his freshman year. Despite only being a sophomore, Keefer expects Phillips to help him lead the Buckeyes this season.“Tim and I have a great friendship,” Keefer said. “He’s a very talented individual who’s going to have so much experience at a younger level. He’ll be able to lead as a younger teammate as well and help support what me and other seniors have to do this year.”The team will need leadership from both of them after graduating 12 seniors from last season’s Big Ten Conference Championship team that finished in ninth in the NCAA Championships. “It will be a little bit of a rebuilding year, but we definitely have enough talent to do it,” Keefer said. “My job will be to lead and drive the troops toward that goal and get a top ten finish in NCAA [Championships].”Although they have their work cut out for them, Wadley knows Keefer and Phillips have the right attitude and dedication to not only to lead OSU next year, but also to accomplish their goals for international competition.“They give it up in practice,” Wadley said. “I can’t tell you the last time I had to tell them to work harder. They’re just the kind of young men that are self-motivated, self-driven and love what they do.”
Five years ago, five Ohio State men’s volleyball players strolled through campus for the first time as students. Now, five years later, four of those players are starters on the team and have greatly affected program. For the fourth straight season, the team has advanced to the NCAA Championship semifinals. The Buckeyes (24-6, 11-1) defeated Loyola-Chicago, 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-17), Saturday to win the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association tournament. OSU has won the tournament two consecutive years, each time with a win against the Ramblers in the finals. Redshirt senior John Klanac and junior Shawn Sangrey led OSU offensively with 18 and 17.5 points, respectively. Both had 16 kills, and redshirt senior Steven Kehoe added a match-high 47 assists. Coach Pete Hanson said the difference in the match was when Sangrey and Klanac stepped up after trailing, 1-0, in the match. OSU’s four fifth-year starters are the key to its success, and they remain confident as they approach their fourth-straight appearance as NCAA semifinalists. “Our experience is huge,” redshirt senior Kevin Heine said. “There’s no team out there with as much experience playing.” “We’re a more cohesive unit than we’ve ever been,” Klanac said. Sangrey, Klanac, Kehoe and redshirt senior Jason Tobkin were named to the All-Tournament team for OSU, along with Mike Bunting and Joseph Smalzer of Loyola-Chicago. Kehoe was also named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. “We knew this would be the best team we’ve had, at least in my career,” Heine said Tuesday. “We just feel so comfortable together on the court.” Klanac was part of two pivotal plays in Saturday’s final set, and the crowd erupted on both plays. He made the score 5-4 with a kill that was only possible because Kehoe ran out of bounds on the Loyola side of the court to keep the rally going. Klanac also had the kill on a long-fought point to make the score 22-16. “We’re in a pretty good mental state of mind,” Hanson said. “We can deal with some adversity, and we can just keep playing.” With the win, the Buckeyes are set to face Penn State at 9 p.m. Thursday. The winner will play Saturday for the NCAA Championship against the winner of the matchup featuring Southern California and California-Santa Barbara. All the games will be played at Recreation Hall at Penn State. The Buckeyes are NCAA semifinalists once again, and this time they look to come back to Columbus with a national title.
Jared Sullinger is heading for the NBA. Sullinger announced Wednesday that he plans to forego his final two seasons of collegiate eligibility and enter the NBA Draft during a press conference at the Schottenstein Center. “I sat down with my family and we pretty much came up with the decision and I think it’s best for me to try to go at it at the next level,” Sullinger said. “And also, I wouldn’t do anything to hurt this program or any of the guys that’s a part of this program. I just thought it was best for me to (go pro).” OSU coach Thad Matta said it was time for Sullinger to head to the NBA. “I’ve always said he’s one of the most intellectual players I’ve ever coached,” Matta said. “The timing is definitely right.” The announcement comes just four days after OSU’s NCAA Tournament run ended with a 64-62 Final Four loss to Kansas Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. After the loss, Sullinger said he had not made a decision on his NBA future and did not set a timetable for announcing the decision. ESPN.com writer Chad Ford lists Sullinger as the No. 10 player on his ranking of the top 100 collegiate prospects. The player could become the seventh first-round NBA draft choice produced by OSU coach Thad Matta. During his two seasons in scarlet and gray, Sullinger started 73 of the 74 games he played, the now-former sophomore forward scored 1,282 points, hauled in 717 rebounds and tallied 59 blocks while also dishing out 89 assists. The Buckeyes won 65 games during his two seasons at OSU, earning the team the No. 1-overall seed and a No. 2 seed in the 2011 and 2012 NCAA Tournaments, respectively. OSU also claimed the outright 2011 Big Ten regular season championship, the 2011 Big Ten Tournament Championship and a share of the 2012 Big Ten regular season title. Sullinger received Associated Press First-Team All-American honors in consecutive seasons at the Schottenstein Center. Sullinger also racked up the 2011 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, as well as selections to the 2011 and 2012 Big Ten All-Tournament team. OSU sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas, who is suspected by some to be considering an NBA future as well, also would not set a timetable for the future of his basketball career after the Buckeyes’ loss to the Jayhawks. From his Twitter account, @DT1UpNComin, Thomas tweeted Wednesday at about 1:20 p.m.: “Got time.” Matta said he is in the process of gathering information from NBA teams to help Thomas make the best decision. Stay tuned to The Lantern for more.
Courtesy of OSU athletic departmentFormer Ohio State linebacker David Perkins was arrested on charges of criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, criminal damaging and underage/under the influence of alcohol in Bowling Green, Ohio during the early morning hours of May 25.Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer confirmed Thursday that Perkins is no longer a member of the OSU football team. An OSU athletics spokesman said Perkins had already left the program prior to the arrest.“David asked to be able to contact other schools for the purpose of possibly transferring sometime around the start of the ‘Maymester’ and he has not been around the program since,” said athletics spokesman Jerry Emig in an email.Bowling Green Police received a call at approximately 2:45 a.m. on the morning of May 25 from a female resident on Pike Street, which is located outside of Bowling Green State University’s campus. The resident informed police that Perkins was attempting to enter her home, according to the police report.The resident told police that Perkins attempted to enter her home multiple times. Perkins told police that he knew who lived at the house. The female resident, however, told police neither she nor her roommate knew Perkins.After attempting to enter the home once, the resident told police Perkins walked across the street to a car. Police found the car with the driver’s door window shattered out and with blood on the driver’s door, steering wheel and gear shift area. The owner of the car told police she did not know Perkins.The resident told police Perkins then returned to the residence and attempted to enter again, while repeatedly yelling “Let me in (expletive)” and “Answer me now.”Police arrested Perkins at the scene, where they found him with “blood all over his hands and clothes and large cuts on his right wrist.” The police report also stated Perkins had “wet pants as if he had urinated on himself.”Perkins was transported to Wood County Hospital following his arrest to receive treatment for his cuts. The 20-year-old told emergency room staff he had consumed beer and liquor prior to the arrest.Perkins is scheduled to appear as a defendant on the four charges in Bowling Green Municipal Court on June 10.Perkins did not respond to The Lantern’s request for comment.The South Bend, Ind. native played in nine games during his freshman season with the Buckeyes last year. He played primarily on special teams, but recorded six tackles and one pass breakup.
OSU’s football team plays Michigan State Sept. 30, 2012, at Spartan Stadium. OSU won, 17-16.Credit: Lantern file photoA trip to a BCS bowl game in Pasadena, Calif., will be on the line when the Ohio State (12-0, 8-0) and Michigan State (11-1, 8-0) football teams meet at the Big Ten Championship Game.Saturday’s winner is guaranteed to at least receive a berth in the Rose Bowl Game, but for No. 2-ranked OSU, a projected selection to the BCS National Championship Game hangs in the balance pending the game’s outcome.Even so, OSU players insist their focus this week is on winning Saturday rather than the later implications of that potential win.“You have to take it one week at a time, one day at a time,” junior defensive tackle Michael Bennett said Monday. “All we can do is win each and every week. If we do that … things will work out for themselves.”Although he acknowledged the Buckeyes were excited to move up to No. 2 in the BCS standings after then-No. 1 ranked Alabama lost to then-No. 4 Auburn, junior linebacker Ryan Shazier said the team has kept its attention on Michigan State.“We don’t really have to do much refocusing because everybody still understands what’s at task right now and understands how important this game is,” Shazier said. “We got to take care of business with (Michigan State) first, then we can move on and be excited about the next team to come up.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said his players have the right mindset going into the championship game.“They’re a very purpose-driven team and a very intelligent team so I don’t anticipate a problem (with focus),” Meyer said. “The biggest problem is we’re going to be facing an excellent team in Michigan State with great players.”The Buckeyes, though, seem to realize winning against the No. 10-ranked Spartans is no easy task.OSU has been led this season by the strength of its offense, which ranks third in scoring offense (48.2 points per game) and sixth in total offense (530.5 yards per game).The Buckeyes’ offense has been especially strong on the ground, ranking second nationally with 321.3 rushing yards behind the all-Big Ten play of senior running back Carlos Hyde and junior quarterback Braxton Miller.That offense, however, might face its toughest test of the season in the Spartans. Michigan State’s defense leads the nation with only 237.7 total yards allowed per game and 64.8 rushing yards allowed per game, and also ranks fourth nationally in scoring defense with only 11.8 points allowed per game.Meyer said the success of Michigan State’s defense starts with its players’ talent.“It always starts with players,” Meyer said. “They have very skilled players that are tough.”Redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort said the Michigan State defense likes to “just play you and see if their guys are better than yours.”“They don’t do a ton of different stuff,” Mewhort said in regards to Michigan State’s defensive scheme. “I respect them for that because they have good players and are able to do that a lot.”Mewhort pointed specifically to redshirt-sophomore defensive end Shilique Calhoun, redshirt-senior defensive tackle Micajah Reynolds and senior middle linebacker Max Bullough as players in Michigan State’s defensive front seven who could present a challenge to the OSU offense.“They’re a physical group,” Mewhort said. “Good players everywhere.“The game’s going to be won in the trenches, so it’s going to be us (OSU offensive line) vs. them (Michigan State defensive front),” Mewhort added. “It’s going to be one of those classic, smashmouth Big Ten football games. I think we’re going to really embrace that on our offensive line, and we’re looking forward to it.”While the OSU offense is preparing for its toughest challenge of the season, the Michigan State defense is doing the same.“For me to sit here and tell you (OSU is) not our biggest challenge that we’ve faced so far, they’re not our biggest test, would just be lying to you,” Bullough said Monday.Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said Miller’s dual-threat ability to both pass and run the ball makes OSU’s offense particularly tough to defend.“The quarterback is a game-breaker,” Dantonio said. “He’s going to be able to create, take a bad play and make it a good one.”But even with the variety of challenges the OSU offense could present to its opponent, Michigan State senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard said he does not expect the Spartans to change the way they play.“We’re going to play our game of football,” Dennard said. “We’re going to make those guys play our game. And that’s the way we look at it every game.”Michigan State redshirt-sophomore quarterback Connor Cook said OSU’s defensive struggles against Michigan Saturday gave his offense confidence, but said he and his teammates aren’t getting their hopes up for the Buckeyes to give up that many points and yards again.“Any time you see your opponent give up that many yards … quite honestly, you’re licking your chops,” Cook said. “But you just got to treat it like any other game that we’ve had all year.”Michigan State’s offense has had its share of struggles this season, ranking just 85th nationally in total offense (380.2 yards per game) and 63rd in scoring offense (29.4 points per game).Meyer said it is “very clear” what the Spartans, which have 502 rushing attempts and 354 passing attempts this season, want to do when they are on offense.“They’re balanced, but they’re going to run the football on you,” Meyer said. “So we’ve been decent against the run and we need to continue to be decent against the run.”Shazier said Michigan State is “really good” at running the ball. He also thinks Cook is a smart leader of the offense.“They have a really good O-line,” Shazier said. “And they have playmakers, and the quarterback, he’s a really good decision-maker. He doesn’t really make a lot of dumb decisions and make decisions that would hurt the team.”OSU’s defense versus Michigan State’s offense will be just as important to the game’s outcome, Meyer said.“The best defense is our offense hanging onto the ball moving the ball … but the way I feel, there’s no shortcutting Michigan State’s offense,” Meyer said. “As far as winning a game, we have to play excellent defense against this offense.”Kickoff is scheduled for 8:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
“Secondly, it’s about choice. By offering a greater selection of sizes, shops can potentially open themselves up to increased business from lunch time trade and by upselling to single smaller portions, rather than a larger shared portion.”Standardising portion sizes is also expected to cut waste, improve profits and provide clearer nutrition information, said the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).Rob Clayton, of the AHDB, said: “A key finding of the research was that one in three people said a greater range of portion sizes would encourage them to eat fish and chips more often.”That’s more than 17 million people across the UK.”Couple this with the fact that 45 per cent of people would order smaller portions to cut their calorie intake and there is a huge marketplace for outlets to encourage health conscious consumers through their doors.”In October wholesaler JJ food Service called for smaller portion sizes to cut obesity levels in Britain. Fish and chip shops are being urged to serve portions in standard sizes in a new campaign to cut obesity.Research released on Wednesday found a huge difference in portion sizes at 600 fish and chip shops across the UK.Currently a medium portion of cod varies from 93g to 562g and a medium portion of chips varies from 100g to 797g.But the average price of fish and chips varies by only 34 per cent around the country. Fochabers Fish Bar owner Darren Boothroyd Under industry recommendations, a medium or regular portion of fish would weigh 170g while chips would be 284g.Tom Pickerell, technical director at industry body Seafish, said standard portion sizes had two main benefits.He said: “Firstly by standardising portion sizes across the industry, consumers will know what to expect when ordering their selected portion size, wherever they are in the UK. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. British Airways is introducing technology that will allow passengers to go through boarding gates at Heathrow using facial recognition.Biometric devices in Terminal 5 will capture a traveller’s features along with the boarding pass, and then a facial scan at the gate verifies the person’s identity, allowing them to get on the plane without showing documents, BA said in a letter to staff.The system is designed to speed up boarding and reduce errors, it said. Three gates are now using the equipment, with another 33 planned in the coming months. The system will be used initially only for domestic routes, before being extended to international flights.BA already operates self-service luggage check-in desks at both Heathrow and Gatwick as part of moves to improve the passenger experience.Troy Warfield, director of customer experience at BA, said the new self-boarding gates and self-serve bag drop points were ways to invest in what customers “value most”. The Telegraph reported this week that British passengers flying home from some countries in the Middle East and North Africa will no longer be able to take laptops, tablets and other electronic devices on board in their hand luggage. Instead, anyone flying from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia will have to put electronic devices in their hold luggage, despite concerns they could be stolen or damaged. British Airways is one of the airlines affected.
When Captain Megan Couto calls out her oh-so-familiar drill commands on Monday morning, she will make history.At 24 years old and five foot two-and-a half tall, she will become the first woman in the infrantry to command the Queen’s Guard in its 180 years at Buckingham Palace.Captain Couto, who serves with the Second Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (2PPCLI), will be the face of equality in the armed forces: taking on responsibility for the ceremonial Changing of the Guards before any British woman has even been allowed into the infantry.The 24-year-old Canadian said she was grateful and honoured to be given the “huge privilege” – and hopes not to lose her voice in the era-defining moment. Captain Megan CoutoCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley “They’re taking it very seriously,” said Captain Couto. After the company performs its duties at Buckingham Palace, she will return to Canada to take over the Reconnaissance Platoon.In common with all soldiers of her rank, she has received training in projecting her voice to be heard over the loud band.Saying captains sometimes experienced their voice breaking a little on commands, she added: “We definitely don’t want that to happen on Monday.” “I’m feeling healthy stress,” she joked. “I think it will go well. We’ve practised enough that I’m confident the soldiers all know where they’re going and I know my practices. We’ll be ready.”PPCLI is taking part in ceremonial duties as the Queen’s Guard in the UK until July 3rd, accompanied by the Royal Canadian Artillery Band. The Changing of the Guard ceremony will happen from 11am at Buckingham Palace.The Canadian troops are recognisable by the distinctive French Grey colour on the collar and cuff, known as regimental facings, of their full dress scarlet tunic.Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry was named after Princess Patricia of Connaught, daughter of the then-Governor General of Canada and granddaughter of Queen Victoria who was born in Buckingham Palace in 1886. 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. Captain Megan Couto is a serving officer in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Credit:Heathcliff O’Malley/The Telegraph “I’m treated just like any other infantry officer: if I do my job well I’m rewarded and if I mess up then I’m corrected. It’s been fairly normal.”Major Hudson said: “As a young platoon commander, her work has been stellar. “Given the circumstance – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing – why not give her the opportunity?“She has proven herself over and over and I have no doubt that will be portrayed again on Monday.” The company had been drilling at least once a day since arriving in the UK, to perfect the complicated moving parts of the ceremony. CORRECTION:Contrary to this report, which was based on an unambiguous statement released by the MoD, Captain Megan Couto is not the first ever female Captain of the Queen’s Guard. At least two women have occupied this position before her. We are happy to make this clear. Guards Regiments were formed in 1656 as personal bodyguards of the Sovereign. A detachment has been at Buckingham Palace since 1837, when Queen Victoria moved in. Captain Couto, who has been with the military for seven years, only learned she would be taking over as Captain of the Queen’s Guard recently, and was left surprised when Coldstream Guard drill instructors mentioned they had never seen a female captain for the ceremony before.“It’s definitely an honour, as it would be for anyone who gets the opportunity to command the Queen’s Guard,” she said.“I feel very much like I’m just doing my duty. But at the same time I know it’s unique, and a special occasion, and so I’m very grateful and definitely honoured to be given the opportunity.”Of her experience with the Canadian military, which has invited women into all roles since 1989, she said: “I really was blind to the fact I was a minority – it never really felt that way. Usually second-in-command of her company, she becomes the first female infantry Captain of the Guard at Buckingham Palace on Monday as she steps into the shoes of commander Major Jason Hudson.The Queen’s Foot Guards, part of the infantry, currently have no female soldiers in their ranks and will only be open to women for the first time at the end of 2018.The Patricia’s mount the Guard at Buckingham Palace for the first time this month on the 150th anniversary of Canada. Their colonel-in-chief was Countess Mountbatten, who died at the age of 93 earlier this month.
Around 1.3 million people applied for help funding care in 2015/16 – the latest year figures have been published for – but fewer than half of these were awarded it.The “tipping point” refers to the point at which the proportion of over-65s in the British population will overtake the proportion of those aged under-15 for the first time.It is expected to take place in 2020, putting significant pressure on those caught in the middle.The change has been triggered by an ageing population, caused by improvements to healthcare and lifestyles which have led to longer life expectancies. But despite living longer lives, the number of people with multiple chronic health problems has soared by 1 million in a decade to 2.9 million, partly due to soaring obesity rates, as well as people living for longer.Between 2009/10 and 2016/17, spending by local authorities on adult social services fell by 13.5 per cent per adult in real terms, putting pressure on families to provide care for loved-ones instead.The report found two thirds of carers spend between 10 and 20 hours a week looking after elderly relatives – but this is not enough to enable them to qualify for Carers’ Allowance, which is only available to people caring for someone for at least 35 hours a week. 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. Baby boomers are having to fund the cost of care for their parentsCredit:Rafael Ben-Ari Caring demands have led to 16 per cent of carers having to reduce their hours at work, 14 per cent saying they can no longer work as often as they like and 10 per cent frequently having to leave work unexpectedly.Looking after others also takes an emotional toll, with two in five carers saying they no longer have any time for themselves and a quarter worried they do not have sufficient time for other family members or friends.Commenting on the report, Caroline Abrahams, charity director of Age UK, said: “We are so lucky that millions of people in this country are prepared to care for someone they love, but we also need to be realistic about the impact this can have on them – physically, emotionally and financially. “Caring is hard work and over time it can wear the most resilient person down. It’s also important to remember that many carers are themselves in their eighties or beyond and have their own health needs to contend with, which they may well be neglecting in favour of those of the person they are supporting.”She called on the Government to improve social care provision, including allowing carers flexible hours at work and more financial support. Across all carers surveyed, one in six said the cost burden of care had left them struggling for money and a third said they expected to have to raid their savings within the next five years. Babyboomers are having to pay up to £10,000 a year out of their own pockets to fund the care of their elderly relatives.The “squeezed middle” in their 50s, 60s and 70s – who are often helping out children and grandchildren as well as elderly parents – are having to dip into their pensions and savings to fund care and essentials. More than four in ten people caring for an elderly family member spend up to £1,000 of their own money on them each year, while three in ten pay between £1,000 and £10,000, a report found.The money goes on essential items like food and toiletries which disabled or elderly people are unable to fetch themselves, as well as on care support which has not been paid for by social services or from the assets of the person needing care.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––A quarter of 1,000 British carers surveyed for the Tipping Point report, commissioned by health insurer Benenden, said their caring responsibilities meant they had been forced to dip into their savings or pension, while one in 16 said the costs meant they will have to retire later than planned.The burden of caring is not just affecting low income families: 60 per cent of carers surveyed for the report were in the top three socioeconomic groups in the UK, while three in ten earned at least £40,000 a year.
He told presenter Piers Morgan during an interview in the Churchill War Rooms: “They said some of the things that she said and it’s actually on tape.”And I said: ‘Well, I didn’t know she was nasty’. I wasn’t referring to she’s nasty. I said she was nasty about me. And essentially I didn’t know she was nasty about me.”He added: “You know what? She’s doing a good job, I hope she enjoys her life… I think she’s very nice.”He also said her husband, the Duke of Sussex, “couldn’t have been nicer” when they met on Monday.In an interview that was shown from 6am today, the President rowed back on his suggestion that access for US firms to the NHS must be part of talks for a post-Brexit trade deal. 11:41AMChurchill’s famous speech played to audience 11:21AMD-Day commemorations underway The national anthem has rung out over Southsea Common to greet the arrival of Her Majesty. ‘You have to have a standard and you have to stick by that standard.’The POTUS defends his decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military.@piersmorgan | #GMBTrump pic.twitter.com/heBUjhwiUH— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) June 5, 2019 “The troop landing craft was packed to full capacity. There was no cover for the army, just standing or sitting – exposed to the elements.”The weather conditions were atrocious. A force 8 gale was blowing. The craft, built with a flat bottom hull, was tossed about in all directions.”As the craft’s bows dived into the trough of the waves, the engines, having no resistance, due to the propeller coming out of the sea, would roar away and then the noise would stabilize when the bows came out of the trough.”By this time, I estimate that 90% of the soldiers were extremely sea sick, just holding on to anything to hand, and the crew was unable to help them.”I remember looking down from the poop deck at those soldiers and thinking what a healthy lot they were, all that training for fitness, but now old Mother Nature was laughing at us.”The stench of diesel oil and vomit all over the deck became a situation one would not forget in a hurry.”Experiencing these conditions right through a very dark night, being tossed about in such a rough sea, caused us to reach a state of exhaustion. Our eyes felt as heavy as lead.” (Source – BBC’s People’s Archive project)Max Befort, dressed in 1940’s military costume, then reads an extract from the memoir of Private Franz Gockel’s of the 352nd division German Army as he guarded the Normandy coast.”During the evening hours on the 5th of June, like so often before, a debate raged in the bunker over the possibility of invasion.”The opinions were varied, and with heated argument one group was convinced that the English or Americans would never attempt to land here. I stood at my sentry post.”Like so often before, the duty seemed to last an eternity. Finally I was relieved, and I trotted to the bunker to try to get a few hours rest before I had to be awakened again.”At the bunker stood a comrade who had also just been relieved at his post and was reporting to the sergeant of the watch over the radio.”I said to him ‘I hope that we don’t have more of those damned exercise alerts tonight’ as we so often had in the past, and I disappeared into the bunker deep under the ground. Quickly the overcoat and boots were pulled off and I dove into my bunk.”(Source – Memoirs and Diaries of Private Franz Gockel, 2nd World War Experience Centre, Leeds) ‘It was really something.’We can imagine it’ll be tough impressing @POTUS, but the Queen and Buckingham Palace seem to have done the job!He says he and Her Majesty ‘had a great rapport’ and spoke ‘non-stop’ for an hour and a half.@realDonaldTrump | @piersmorgan | #GMBTrump pic.twitter.com/kjNk6WxVHG— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) June 5, 2019 One of the veterans shares his storyCredit:Sky News A veteran attending the National Commemorative Event to mark 75 years since D-Day emotionally described preparing a dead serviceman for sea burial.Alfred Fuzzard, 97, from Bexhill, was a petty officer in the Royal Navy during the Normandy landings.He recounted how his task during D-Day was to protect marines from aerial and surface attacks.”We had rocket ships behind us – we could hear the shells going over the top of us,” he said.He said he could “feel the heat” of bombs that had been deployed shortly before their arrival on the beach.Later on, he began retrieving bodies from the beaches.”We started to pick up bodies and this chap we picked up on the evening of D-Day – he had to be buried,” Mr Fuzzard said, his voice cracking with emotion.”I wanted him to be sent home. But they said ‘there’s too many of them’.”He had a picture of his wife, his two children. There was me sewing him up ready for burial the next day.”I feel it now. I can just see the picture all the time, every time I think about it.”There was no name, nothing on him. When we went for D-Day we weren’t to carry any ID whatsoever but he carried this photograph of his wife.”I think he wanted to keep it near his heart in case he died. Every time I think about it, it upsets me, even now after all this.”Then we stopped picking up bodies.” The president has left the UK having boarded a plane at Southampton. Having flown from Portsmouth to Southampton on Marine One, he boarded Air Force One for a flight to Shannon in Ireland. There, he will hold talks with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar before heading to Doonbeg where he will spend the night at the Trump Golf Club. Here, we take a look at his love affair with Britain. 11:24AMGod Save Our Queen greets Her Majesty Gareth Davies has prepared this fascinating piece about which ships are greeting the MV Boudicca. It’s got everything you need to know about the sail past. We have the live stream of the Red Arrow display. Our video team have been hard at work preparing this highlights reel. The scenes at sunset coming out of PortsmouthCredit:Sky News He described the service as a “great experience” but said he did not regard himself as a hero. Mr Hampson said that after D-Day, he returned to Portsmouth.”I was having a quiet pint in a pub in Southsea,” he said.”The past 24 hours seemed unreal. We were talking to people in the pub and I think they didn’t believe a word we were saying.” Donald Trump revealed he discussed his mother’s adoration for the monarch when he and Her Majesty met at Buckingham Palace. The president watched The Queen’s coronation 66 years ago with his mother, and asked what she would have made of him being the leader of the free world, he said: “She would’ve been very proud. She would have never thought I would’ve run as president.”I told a few people I was going to do it, and I told my wife that I was going to run. She told me, ‘you know you’re going to win it’, and I did.” Having been in the office all day working on the live blog, our Gareth Davies has gone down to Portsmouth to soak up the atmosphere for himself. Wonderful scenes at sunset. Rifleman Peter Ramsden, of the Rifles 2nd Battalion, spoke of his pride in following in the footsteps of D-Day heroes.The 23-year-old from Durham, and currently stationed in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, said: “It’s a massive honour to march across Pegasus Bridge.”As one of our regiment’s most prestigious battle honours, it means a lot not only to the regiment but to the lads in the regiment as well.” Sheridan Smith’s first performance Credit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph 12:05AMPegasus Bridge The story of Captain Skinner bore painful similarities for 97-year-old Alfred Fuzzard. He recalled finding similar heartbreaking correspondence as he helped pull the bodies out of the water on Sword Beach at the end of the first day of the invasion. “We picked up this chap on the evening of D-Day and I wanted him to be sent home with soldiers to bury but they said there are so many you will have to give them sea burials. I searched his pockets and he had pictures of his wife and lovely two children. I suppose he was carrying it close to his heart.” Veterans applauded the departing Prime Minister as she left the stage.Wednesday’s service was a combination of military pomp and wartime nostalgia. Dancers jitterbugged to Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy while Sheridan Smith, the singer and actress, sang When the Lights Go On Again and a closing rendition of We’ll Meet Again. When it was over, the Royal Navy fired a four-gun salute timed to coincide with a military fly-past including a Spitfire and a Hurricane. During the ceremony, Mr Trump read out Franklin D Roosevelt’s famous prayer to the US troops heading for England in which he spoke of a “mighty endeavour” and “faith in our united crusade”. Donald Trump has given a major TV interview during his UK State visit, in which he seeks to clarify his comments about the Duchess of Sussex, back tracks on his remarks on the NHS, and discusses Jeremy Corbyn’s criticism of him. Mr Trump had stirred controversy ahead of his visit by saying he was unaware that Meghan had previously suggested she would leave the US if he won the 2016 presidential election, adding: “I didn’t know that she was nasty.”The US leader told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that he was saying in the interview that he had not known that Meghan had been nasty about him. Arthur Hampson, 93, from Merseyside, was a midshipman with the Royal Navy on D-Day, landing on Juno Beach.”As the ramp went down, there was quite a lot of fire coming at us from the shore,” he said. “We could see the red flashes coming from houses that the Germans were in on the waterfront.”We were popping at the window where we could see that the enemy was shooting at us.” 6:34PMMV Boudicca preparing to set sail The song is one of the most famous of the Second World War era, and resonated with military personnel going off to fight as well as with their families. 8:01AMTrump criticises London’s knife crime in discussion on guns The Queen and Prince Charles are meeting a selection of veterans backstage at Portsmouth. Both royals are deep in conversation with those who played a part in the D-Day landings 75 years ago. 11:03PMThe vigil is underway in France 11:13AMViolence of war needed to be met with force, D-Day veteran says 1:02PMDonald Trump and Melania talking to British veterans The first parachutists are about to touch down in Sannerville.Our reporter Phoebe Southworth is on the ground and will be hearing from them soon.There will be four waves of jumpers. 1:57PMPetty officer’s heartbreaking account of burying comrade Sailing into the sunsetCredit:Sky News 8:33AM’I have a very good relationship with the UK – I’m half British’ 12:50PM’Honoured’ Sheridan Smith ‘still shaking’ after performances If the totally Corrupt Media was less corrupt, I would be up by 15 points in the polls based on our tremendous success with the economy, maybe Best Ever! If the Corrupt Media was actually fair, I would be up by 25 points. Nevertheless, despite the Fake News, we’re doing great!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2019 Some 300 veterans are on board the shipCredit:Sky News Privilege to spend the day commemorating #DDay75 with veterans and our closest allies. We must never forget the sacrifices of the past pic.twitter.com/FckowQpzGI— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) June 5, 2019 The TimesCredit:The Times An amazing way to finish #DDay75 commemorations @RoyalNavy @PoppyLegion @HMNBPortsmouth @MarylaIngham pic.twitter.com/VVVRgkPgzH— HMS Middleton (@HMSMiddleton) June 5, 2019 The officers and soldiers joined Arlette Gondree at for a Champagne toast at the cafe she owns next to the bridge, Cafe Gondree, in a tradition held since D-Day.The cafe, where she lived with her family, was the first home in France to be liberated by the British and Ms Gondree’s father dug up champagne he had hidden in the garden from the Nazi occupiers, to toast the British troops who freed them.Ms Gondree said: “There were 54 Germans in the village, fortunately they never found daddy’s hoard.”But when the British soldiers dug out their trenches, my father asked them to dig it up.”Thus the reason why the tradition of the Champagne is tied to the Gondree name, to this simple house, and this is what I do tonight to thank them all and to remember what they went through.” John Jenkins, 99, on stageCredit:Mandel Ngan/AFP Sky News have cameras on board the MV Boudicca and have captured lovely images of families and old friends embracing. The extract will be performed by David Haig, Malcolm Sinclair, Philip Cairns, Andrew Macbean, David Killick and Mark Jax.”Pressure” is a play that centres on the true story of James Staff and Operation Overlord, in particular the weather-forecasting for the D-Day landings and the resultant tentions between Dwight D. Eisenhower, James Stagg ad Irving P. Krick. The Royal Marine Drummers accompany the performance. 11:58AMFemale agents commemorated at D-Day commemorations 10:50PMTomorrow’s Telegraph front page If the veterans who gathered on Wednesday feared that younger generations were indifferent to their sacrifice they need not have worried. Hundreds of families, including many teenagers, gathered on Southsea Common to watch the events relayed on giant screens from a nearby arena. Bonnie Brooks, 17, a sixth-form student from Portsmouth, said: “It’s thanks to what they did that we can enjoy what we’ve got today. It wasn’t always like this – all the things we have today – and we have to appreciate what those people did.”Jodie Collins, 31, had brought her “history-mad” son Fraser, 10, and daughter Starr, aged one, to watch the spectacle of the fly-past and to hear to the old soldiers’ stories. “My grandfather was in the war as an Army mechanic and it means so much to me,” said Ms Collins, a childcare worker. “It makes me feel so proud of what he did. It’s important to remember what the vets did for all of us so that we can live our lives today.”People gathered at vantage points along the waterfront to cheer MV Boudicca as the liner sailed past the Round Tower and into the Solent for the crossing to Normandy on Wednesday night. There were cheers for the veterans aboard, recreating the journey they made to the D-Day beaches as brave young men in 1944. As the Boudicca sailed out of the harbour, sailors wearing their No1 uniforms and medals lined the decks of 11 Royal Navy warships escorting the ship into open water and saluted.Additional reporting by Joe Shute, Patrick Sawer, Steve Bird and Phoebe Southworth 8:06PMThe Telegraph speaks to Harry and Jock 9:02PMHeartwarming tale from the MV Boudicca A mass parachute drop has begun in Sannerville, Normandy.The display started on Wednesday afternoon with flypasts from the Battle of Britain Memorial Spitfire and Battle of Britain Memorial Dakota. Six paratroopers descended from the Dakota.The first parachutist out was Brigadier John Clark, commander of the British Army’s 16 Air Assault Brigade. This song was performed near the beginning of the event to illustrate when many nations across the world joined the Second World War. 4:59PMTouchdown in Shannon 1:24PMTrump tweets D-Day tribute before flying to Ireland The D-Day 75th anniversary events have started in Portsmouth. World leaders, including The Queen and Donald Trump, are all present on Southsea Common to watch the commemorations. 4:40PMD-Day proclamation signed by 16 countries represented in Portsmouth As a Republican, Donald Trump has to tread carefully when it comes to discussing guns. A recent mass shooting on Virginia Beach saw the killer use a silencer. The president was asked about whether they should be banned.He said: “I don’t like them. I’d like to think about them. Nobody’s talked about silencers very much. I don’t like the idea of what’s happening with schools. And it’s not just in this country. “But in London, everyone’s being stabbed. They say in your hospitals – there’s a sea of blood.” It was quickly put to the president that the knife crime epidemic paled in comparison to the US’ gun violence. Theresa May was holding a series of bilateral meetings with world leaders at the D-Day event. Three serving military personnel from 3 of the Allied Nations read extracts from the Tehran Conference.The Tehran Conference was a 1943 meeting between Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin to discuss military strategy against Germany, that culminated in the first plans for Operation Overlord.The declaration included in the National Commemorative Event script is testament to the conference’s role in the development of the United Nations – this was the first time that other Great Powers had lent their support to Roosevelt’s great plan. As they said their farewells, The Queen was heard to tell @POTUS she hopes he “comes to this country again.”— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 5, 2019 An extract from the play “Pressure” by David Haig is performed on stage.”Pressure” is a dramatisation of the story of British meteorologist Group Captain Hames Stagg who advised Eisenhower before D-Day. Piper Alastair Parks reads an extract from Bill Millin’s autobiography recounting his experience of playing on the Normandy beaches.Piper Alastair Parks currently serves with 4 SCOTS, The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Scottish Regiment.”I jumped off the ramp as quickly as possible holding the bagpipes above my head, and landed in the water up to my waist.”I felt myself falling backwards due to the weight of my rucksack. Luckily someone pulled me upright and I struggled through the water.”There was a lot of noise, the sound of automatic fire and what appeared to be mortar shells bursting on the beach away to the right.”I placed the bagpipes on my shoulder, blew them up, and started to play Highland Laddie as I waded the few yards to the beach.”Lovat turned his head towards me when he heard the pipes. He looked at me for a moment, appeared to smile, then continued on his way.”The sound of explosions and the whine of bullets seemed very much close, even above the drone of the pipes, as I now stepped on the beach.”The Pipes and Drums Band from 4 SCOTS, The Highlanders, 4 th Battalion The Royal Scottish Regiment will start to play and march through the audience aisles.”Sergeant Stephen Bennett then reads from the memories of Private Tom Duncan of the Gordon Highlanders Regiment as he landed on Sword beach.Sergeant Stephen Bennett currently serves as a Pipe Sergeant of the Pipes and Drums Regiment, 1st Battalion Scots Guard.”I shall never forget hearing the skirl of Bill Millin’s pipes. It is hard to describe the impact it had. It gave us a great lift and increased our determination.”As well as the pride we felt, it reminded us of home and why we were there fighting for our lives and those of our loved ones.”The Pipes and Drums Band will play ‘Highland Laddie’ as they march onto the walkways either side of the Main Stage. The band will be formed of 13 pipers, 7 drummers (4 snares, 2 tenor and 1 bass) and 1 drum major with Mace. ‘When the Lights Go On Again’ is performed by Sheridan Smith This song was composed and released during the Second World War and it expresses the hopes for an end to the war all over the world. (Source – London Gazette 35729, 2nd October 1942) This, from the Sky News helicopter. 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. Antonia Desplat, in 1940s Parisian costume, reads an extract from the memoir of Violette Leduc, a civilian living in Paris as France fell.”The enemy were advancing, they were gaining ground, everyone else had cleared out. I was scared, I begged my mother to leave. We finally left at half-past five one morning, through the silent streets, the silent buildings.”It was heart-breaking to see the bricks, the stones, the pavements, the churches, the benches, the squares, the bus stops, the curtains and the shutters all abandoned to their solitude, everything induced such pity.”Paris was a human ruin. We followed the procession streaming along both sides of the road. Mothers nursing their infants in the ditches, young girls tottering along in heels, soldiers singing as they were driven past in trucks, mountains perched on the top of cars and one man making his solitary way with a mattress on his back.”Suburbanites hung out of their windows to watch us pass, our misfortune had become a funeral cortege.” 7:13PMMeanwhile in Ireland… MV Boudicca leaves the harbour to great cheersCredit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay PM @Theresa_May on board HMS Queen Elizabeth as she waves off veterans departing Portsmouth for Normandy as part of #DDay75 commemorations. pic.twitter.com/2ACSJPdOWn— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) June 5, 2019 12:36PMQueen pays tribute to resilience of D-Day generation 12:13PMTheresa May reads heartbreaking letter from D-Day veteran ‘It was really something.’We can imagine it’ll be tough impressing @POTUS, but the Queen and Buckingham Palace seem to have done the job!He says he and Her Majesty ‘had a great rapport’ and spoke ‘non-stop’ for an hour and a half.@realDonaldTrump | @piersmorgan | #GMBTrump pic.twitter.com/kjNk6WxVHG— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) June 5, 2019 Donald TrumpCredit:Reuters 4:44PMPresident Trump lands on Irish soil The gathered guests are being shown images of the D-Day landings and videos of soldiers’ moving recollections of landing in Normandy. World leaders representing the Allied nations who took part in the D-Day landings also attended, including French president Emmanuel Macron, prime minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump, who is coming to the end of a three-day state visit to the UK. 9:09AM’Could not have been treated more warmly’, Trump says An extract from the play “Pressure” is performed.This extract focuses on the moment that Stagg tells Eisenhower there is a break in the weather.Malcolm Sinclair – who plays Eisenhower in the play “Pressure”- Eisenhower’s D-Day speech. Members of The Rifles march across Pegasus Bridge in NormandyCredit:Steve Parsons/PA 3:57PMThe oldest parachutist jumping into Normandy A little delayed, but the 35 ‘Daks’ planes are beginning to taxi at Duxford. They’ll be recreating the path taken by the planes 75 years ago.They’ll fly over Colchester, Southend on Sea and Eastbourne before heading over the English Channel.When they get over Normandy, four waves of parachutists will jump from around 800ft. “The British Empire and the French Republic, linked together in their cause and in their need, will defend to the death their native soil, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength.”Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail.”We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; We shall never surrender.” 10:45AMTrump arrives in Portsmouth for D-Day events Up to 300 veterans will be honoured during D-Day commemorative events at Portsmouth on Wednesday.The Royal British Legion have chartered a cruise liner, the MV Boudicca, to take the Normandy veterans on a tour of D-Day commemorative events.A Royal Marine Band and a Guard of Honour – formed by the company of the HMS Queen Elizabeth – will join Prime Minister Theresa May, Secretary of State for Defence Penny Mordaunt and First Sea Lord Sir Philip Jones to honour the veterans as the MV Boudicca passes. In a surreal scene, two of Donald Trump’s sons received an enthusiastic welcome to a rural Co Clare village during their father’s first presidential visit to Ireland.Eric and Donald Junior arrived in Doonbeg shortly after 10pm on Wednesday to cheers from locals as they swept up in Range Rovers.They spoke to several villagers, posed for selfies with children and received even louder cheers after asking “does Doonbeg love Trump?”Eric told the crowd: “We love this place more than anything. So thank you for this hospitality. It’s awesome.”He then offered to buy drinks.”Don and I want to buy everyone cocktails tonight,” he said.The young Trump men visited several pubs in the village and even had a go at pouring pints in one.Speaking from behind the bar, Eric said: “You guys are so warm to us every single time. You are truly some of the most incredible people in the world and I hope we’ve made you very very proud and I hope we’ve made Ireland very proud.”At Madigan’s bar, Eric said: “So guys, just a little cheers to everyone in Doonbeg, we love you guys so much, thank you for treating us like family. We love everything about Doonbeg, we feel like home here, just great to be with each and every one of you. Thank you for the support guys, thank you.”Earlier, President Trump was warmly welcomed to Doonbeg where locals waved American flags and some donned the Make America Great Again cap.Shortly after Mr Trump and his wife Melania touched down at the Doonbeg golf resort, the village erupted into a carnivalesque celebration with ceili music and Irish dancers taking over the main street.Mr Trump is staying a short distance away in his five-star hotel where he landed in his Marine One shortly before 6.30pm on Wednesday.This is from PA’s Aoife-Grace Moore… Juno Beach in Courseulles-sur-Mer, FranceCredit:Jane Barlow/PA And now the Red Arrows have taken off and are flying over Portsmouth. They’ll be performing a 23-minute display. Donald Trump has dismissed protests against his visit to the UK as “organised flops”.In an early morning tweet on the third day of his visit, the US president said: “I kept hearing that there would be ‘massive’ rallies against me in the UK, but it was quite the opposite.”The big crowds, which the Corrupt Media hates to show, were those that gathered in support of the USA and me.”They were big and enthusiastic as opposed to the organized flops.” Pictures from on board HMS Queen Elizabeth, courtesy of Downing Street. Everything you need to know is here. Richard SamsonCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley Here they are, aged 95 and 94, both enjoying a well earned sit down. Senior Reporter Patrick Sawer is in Portsmouth and has been chatting to some remarkable veterans.Les BuddingIt was Les Budding’s job to keep Frederick Collins and his comrades alive on D-Day.At the tender age of 19 the Royal Marine was tasked with laying down covering fire to keep the Germans pinned down, while Collins, and the rest of 45 Commando, waded onto Sword Beach.It was a vision of hell through which, by some miracle, both men survived.They never met and it was only five months ago that Mr Budding discovered Mr Collins had been on his landing craft, after his carer mentioned his father had also taken part in the Normandy landings.As they swapped memories, it emerged Philip Collins’ father Frederick had in fact been among the troops on Mr Budding’s landing craft that day.Mr Collins died some years ago, and Mr Budding, now 94, was determined to travel to Portsmouth yesterday to remember him and all those who never made it back from the D-Day beaches.“I count my blessings that I’ve got this far,” he said. “The noise from the guns made our ears bleed. It was just the most incredible sight. Awful. We all saw some terrible things, but we were so focused on what we had to do we just had to get on with it.”Mr Budding, who provided covering fire for two waves of troops wading ashore, says he now despairs at the arguments between European leaders and the British government over our countries’ future relations, given the sacrifice that so many made for the continent’s peace and freedom.“To think of what me and my comrades, lads like Philip’s father, did for Europe, it’s disgusting we can’t sort things out,” he said.Philip Collins said: “I’m just so proud of what men like Les and my father did. We owe them all so much.” And this from Portsmouth Harbour. The first picture of the First CoupleCredit:REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne “I think we had a great conversation about – as you would call it – climate change. “I tell you what moved me was his passion for future generations. He wants to have a world for future generations, and I do too.” John Jenkins on stageCredit:BBC D-Day veteran Arthur Bailey As we approach the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, we proudly commemorate those heroic and honorable patriots who gave their all for the cause of freedom during some of history’s darkest hours. #DDay75 https://t.co/hjTkdM7VcN— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2019 10:19AMTrump slings mud at ‘fake news media’ A warm embraceCredit:Sky News Ted Cordery among those meeting Prince William at the Imperial War Museum in 2017Credit:Reuters President Trump has just landed at his golf course in Doonbeg.This video was taken by his assistant Dan Scavino Jr. Watch #DDay75 Airborne veterans Harry Read & Jock Hutton as they board their aircraft at @IWMDuxford with the @RedDevilsOnline to parachute onto the Sannerville drop zone in Normandy to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day pic.twitter.com/uEmZH5QUFV— 16AirAssaultBrigade (@16AirAssltBde) June 5, 2019 Harry Read, 95, and John “Jock” Hutton, 94, both parachuted into Normandy during the 1944 operation.Mr Read was a 20-year-old wireless officer with the Royal Signals when he was pushed out of the plane in the early hours of June 6 1944.Mr Hutton, who descended to the famous Pegasus Bridge, was 19-years-old and serving with the 13th Lancashire Parachute Regiment when he jumped.They’re getting ready to land now. Queen Elizabeth II stands to make her address during an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landingsCredit:AFP Bessie ThomasWhen her screen lit up in the early hours of June 6 1944 Bessie Thomas realised something big was up.Having spent her time tracing the route of enemy aircraft making their way across the Channel on bombing raids over England, the young radar operator now noticed heavy traffic going in the opposite direction.“I was watching the screen for enemy planes coming our way as usual,” said Mrs Thomas, who was stationed in Suffolk with RAF Fighter Command. “Suddenly the screen was full of planes flying over to France. It was the moment we realised something was happening.“We’d been waiting for it, but it was a few days before we and the public were told it was D-Day.”Mrs Thomas, now 95, said she and her colleagues were acutely aware of the importance of their role, but she wears her obvious pride lightly.“I was doing something to win the war. But I was only a little cog in a big wheel. I was privileged to take part.”Mrs Thomas, who after the war married and had two children, hopes this week’s commemorative events in Portsmouth and Normandy will remind people of the sacrifice that is sometimes required to protect a way of life from mortal threat.“We didn’t run off when the war started. We all did our bit,” she said. “And I want us to keep that feeling.” 7:40AMTrump defends banning transgender soldiers from military Kenneth Lang, 96, was part of the 13th (Lancashire) Parachute Battalion on D-DayCredit:Telegraph The iconic 1939 British song was made famous by singer Vera Lynn. The Tory leadership hopeful is taking the time to meet veterans, and world leaders… It’s an early start tomorrow as a host of ceremonies and events are due to take place to mark D-Day. Gareth Davies will be back in the chair to take you through everything that’s happening, and will also be keeping an eye on the movements of Donald Trump.All times BST.06:25: A lone piper from 19th Regiment Royal Artillery will play on the Mulberry Harbour in Arromanches-les-Bains to mark 75 years to the minute since the first British soldier landed and the start of the amphibious invasion of Gold Beach.07:30: Normandy Memorial inauguration ceremony at Ver-sur-Mer. A statue will be unveiled and the first stone of a memorial will be laid, in the presence of veterans, British Prime Minister Theresa May and her French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron. Once complete, the British Normandy Memorial will record the names of those under British command who lost their lives in Normandy between the D-Day landings and August 31 1944. Also honoured will be the tens of thousands of French citizens who lost their lives.09:00: Bayeux Cathedral service. The Royal British Legion will hold a cathedral service attended by the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prime Minister in the first town liberated by the allied forces. A tri-service guard of honour will be led by 32 Engineer Regiment.11:00: Remembrance ceremony at Bayeux War Cemetery. The Royal Yeomanry and its band will provide a guard of honour and royal salute, with the Band of the Rifles in support.13:15: Veteran parade and service in Arromanches, with music from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force, the Band of the RAF Regiment and the Pipes and Drums of 19 Regiment Royal Artillery. Events include a Red Arrows flypast and a Red Devils parachute display.22.30: Concluding fireworks display. 11:49AMSheridan Smith performs Here is the view from HMS Middleton as the MV Boudicca sailed past. Thanks Gareth.Ahead of the Red Arrows display, our Defence Correspondent Dom Nicholls has been speaking to 95-year-old Harry Read – the oldest parachutist jumping into Normandy.Previously head of the South Asian army, he was a wireless operator with the parachute regiment. Sent as a ford party for landings, he landed on June 6 at 0050 was dropped in the wrong place in an area Germans had flooded. He spent 16 hours trying to get out of the marsh and some of his comrades died there.They had been told before they left to expect a 50 per cent casualty rate on landing.“We young fellows who thought we were immortal suddenly had to change our tune. The odds on us returning were quite a deal lower than the odds of surviving. It required a mental adjustment,” he said.Harry’s stick of paratroopers met horrific anti aircraft fire as they jumped into Normandy, “tracer bullets were flying around all over the place, it was a very hazardous situation to go into”.Getting out of the aircraft was difficult because of the buffeting from the shelling that threw the men around. “Getting out was almost a pleasure even though we knew there were people waiting for us that were not very warmly disposed towards us.”They flew in low as the aircraft was a big target. As he jumped, he saw one plane nearby going down in flames. Harry says he was relieved to get out even though he was convinced there was “something quite nasty” waiting for him.He carried a sten gun which he described as awful as it was only accurate to about 50 yards.“And you don’t always want to be 50 yards away from the enemy, do you?” he asks. 5:55PMTouchdown in France Tonight there will be a midnight vigil at the Pegasus Bridge in Caen.Dom Nicholls is there, and writes:The bridges over the Caen canal and the nearby River Orne were assaulted in the opening minutes of D-Day. They had to be secured to prevent German reinforcements pushing the Allies back into the sea from the Normandy beaches. At 16 minutes past midnight, a glider-borne assault by soldiers of the British 6th Airborne Division took them by complete surprise and took the bridges. Each year Airborne forces gather to remember the operation with a midnight vigil and parade. Tonight, soldiers from The Rifles and the Army Air Corps will be marching. A gunboat, moored next to Pegasus Bridge, the name given to the bridge over the Caen canal, will fire a salute. Peter Flensburg. 68, a former Swedish paratrooper, visits every year and says it is “a great way to remember those people who gave everything for us to be here”. “I should say thank you,” he said. “You resisted Hitler. You didn’t give in”. .@realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS Melania landing on Marine One in Doonbeg, Ireland!🇺🇸🇮🇪☘️ pic.twitter.com/uVU9kEZwnx— Dan Scavino Jr.🇺🇸 (@Scavino45) June 5, 2019 You can download all the imagery and video from the #DDay commemorations in Portsmouth by our @RoyalNavy photographers here: https://t.co/Q81UymbImS #DDay75 pic.twitter.com/Gp9ernF6JT— Royal Navy (@RoyalNavy) June 5, 2019 The MV Boudicca passes the HMS Queen ElizabethCredit:BBC We have a live stream of the sail past at the top of this page, and everything you need to know about the event here. 11:30AMD-Day veterans on stage in Portsmouth Dear Mom, Well, here I am somewhere in England, we were put in private homes in this town. The people over here will do anything to help you and make you comfortable.They won’t have us clean up the room in the morning. They clean it for us. They sure go for tea in a big way over here.Every time I turn around somebody is always shoving a cup of tea in my fist. People even stop us on the street and invite us for tea and cake.The kids around here are always asking for chewing gum and candy. They can’t get that over here and everything is rationed.There’s hardly any automobiles here and everybody rides a bicycle. They told us all about the bombings over here and this place has been hit quite a few times. There haven’t been any bombings here for quite a while. They watch the movies all Americans watch and they like Bing Crosby here too.They hardly have any heat or hot water and it sure gets cold here. You sure are lucky to be in the States but you’ll never know it till you’ve come over here. They sure are surprised when we tell them everything we get in the States.Well, that’s all for now, but I’ll write again soon. Your Son, Pvt. Arthur Pranger, 86th Chemical Mortar Battalion It’s a busy schedule for the First Couple today, as they head down to Portsmouth for the D-Day anniversary commemorations. This is what they’ll be up to:The Queen, Prince Charles, and Donald and Melania Trump will attend commemorations of the D-Day landings in Portsmouth with veterans.The event will tell the story of D-Day through musical performance, testimonial readings and military displays, including a fly-past of 25 modern and period aircraft. Heads of state and government representatives from the countries involved in the historic military operation will also attend.The Queen will then bid a formal farewell to Mr and Mrs Trump before they travel to Ireland.There they will meet Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. Henry Samuel in France, says that Trump’s relatively brief visit on D-Day tomorrow is seen as a snub, according to Le Monde, the authoritative French daily.”Trump turns his back on Europe”, wrote the newspaper on its front page dated tomorrow.The chill comes from the fact that US president “will be limiting his presence on June 6 and the continent to a few hours”.During the short visit, Mr Trump will pay tribute to the fallen soldiers at the US cemetery of Colleville-sur-mer overlooking Omaha beach and then have lunch and a bilateral meeting with President Macron of France in Caen before leaving.The brevity was, it wrote, “a symbol of the worsening relations with Emmanuel Macron, France and Europe”.It also fumed that the US President had “called for a hard Brexit with Europe” while in the UK.But at least Leo Varadkar is happy… 11:43AMJustin Trudeau reads extract from first Canadian Victoria Cross The Daily Mail criticises the protesters and Labour, pointing out they were exercising rights of freedom fought for on D-Day – which the president is in Britain to commemorate.The paper says: “Yes, the President has myriad faults. But, terrifyingly, Labour could be in power within months.”In volatile times, the national interest in nurturing good relations with our strongest ally is plain for everyone to see.”Focusing on Mr Trump’s comments on the NHS, the Daily Mirror labels the President “the tyrannical liar from the USA”.”Demanding the National Health Service be up for grabs in any future British-US trade pact explains why Donald Trump enthusiastically backs Brexit,” the paper says.”The President is salivating over a weakened UK desperate for a deal with Washington and anticipating rich pickings for healthcare corporations on his side of the Atlantic.”But the Daily Telegraph says Mr Corbyn’s behaviour “will appal voters”. Jock Hutton takes a momentCredit:Sky News The Queen stood again; the second time she joined a standing ovation in the space of a few minutes. Wednesday’s National Commemorative Event was an opportunity for the world to thank the tens of thousands like John Jenkins who took part in D-Day; those who died and those who survived. The ceremony was attended by leaders of the 14 countries that had taken part in the Normandy landings. Germany, too, was represented by Chancellor Angela Merkel. Mr Macron read out the final letter sent by a 16-year-old resistance fighter to his parents on the eve of his execution. He spoke in French but before he did so, he turned to the audience and said in English in a heartfelt aside: “Let me first thank you sincerely on behalf of my nation.” The letter from Henri Fertet to his parents was heartbreaking. “I am going to die for my country,” he wrote. “I want France to be free and the French to be happy … The soldiers are coming to get me. I must hurry. My handwriting may look wobbly but it is just because I am using a small pencil. I am not afraid of death, my conscience is completely clear.”Mrs May also read out a letter, from Captain Norman Skinner of the Royal Army Service Corps, written to his wife Gladys three days before D-Day. It was still in his pocket when he landed on Sword Beach on June 6. He was killed the day after, leaving his wife and two young daughters. “You and I have had some lovely years which now seemed to have passed at lightning speed. My thoughts at this moment, in this lovely Saturday afternoon, are with you all now. I can imagine you in the garden having tea with Janey and Anne, getting ready to put them to bed.” BBC cameras cut at that point to an elderly woman in the audience, sobbing: Captain Skinner’s daughter, Anne. Here is The Queen’s address in full:”Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,”When I attended the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the D-Day Landings, some thought it might be the last such event. But the wartime generation – my generation – is resilient, and I am delighted to be with you in Portsmouth today.”Seventy-five years ago, hundreds of thousands of young soldiers, sailors and airmen left these shores in the cause of freedom.”In a broadcast to the nation at that time, my Father, King George VI, said: ‘…what is demanded from us all is something more than courage and endurance; we need a revival of spirit, a new unconquerable resolve…’ “That is exactly what those brave men brought to the battle, as the fate of the world depended on their success.”Many of them would never return, and the heroism, courage and sacrifice of those who lost their lives will never be forgotten.”It is with humility and pleasure, on behalf of the entire country – indeed the whole free world – that I say to you all, thank you.” Veterans have spoken of their pride at attending the D-Day 75th anniversary event in Portsmouth and said it will be an emotional chance to remember their comrades who did not return.Sergeant John Jenkins, 99, from Portsmouth, is doing a reading at the National Commemorative Event attended by the Queen, US President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Theresa May and leaders of other nations involved in the operation.Mr Jenkins was serving with the Pioneer Corps on D-Day and landed on Gold Beach on June 8 in 1944.”Obviously I will think of all my mates that didn’t come back,” he said.”I can’t say any particular one because we were all comrades together, that was the thing.”We were all comrades together and that’s what carries us through – the comradeship was really something quite marvellous.” D-Day veterans, front row, stand on stageCredit:AP Prime Minister Theresa May, joined by her husband Philip and Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt have waved off the MV Boudicca from the HMS Queen Elizabeth. 4:17PMTrack the planes online Four C130 Hercules aircraft then flew over from which two British and two French paratroopers also emerged. Some 280 paratroopers are taking part in the event.The parachutists are landing in fields which were used as a drop zone for the 8th (Midlands) Parachute Battalion, who went on to destroy bridges in a bid to restrict German movements during the missions in June 1944.Crowds of people lined the road nearby to watch the display and have been cheering the parachutists. Jim Bick, 94, was supposed to have dropped in by glider but the 6th Airborne Division ran out of them. Instead he was forced to cross the Channel by boat and wade ashore in the face of German fire. “We didn’t have any training for that. It was chaos,” he recalled. “The front flap went down and we waded ashore holding our rifles above our heads.” As dozens of troops fell around him, Mr Bick, then just 19, made it to safety, surviving some fierce fighting in the ensuing months. “I lost many school friends, including a lad who joined up the same day I did,” he said. “It’s your comradeship that keeps you going in those situations. We did everything together and did what we could to look after each other.” He added: “I was very fortunate but so many others were killed. I wanted to pay my last respects to all those lads, because I don’t think I’ll be here again.”When the event was over, some of the veterans were selected to meet the dignitaries backstage. Among them was Jack Smith, 94, a former Royal Marine who was in the first wave of landing craft. When he told the Queen how bad things were on D-Day, he said she replied: “You don’t have to tell me. I’m from the same generation.” Mr Smith, from Barwell, Leics, teased her in response, telling the Queen, who is 93: “I’m older than you.” Mr Smith said later: “It means an awful lot to be here. A lot of people did a lot of good work that day – it respects their memory and the lads that didn’t come back.” Thomas Cuthbert, 93, told Mr Trump with a twinkle that if “only he was 20 years younger” before pointing in the direction of the First Lady Melania Trump. The president replied: “You could handle it, no question.” Sheridan Smith performs We’ll Meet AgainCredit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph The POTUS discusses gun violence with @piersmorgan. He says unarmed civilians are ‘sitting ducks’ and don’t stand a chance when faced with ‘bad guys’ with guns.He adds if people were armed during the Paris attacks ‘it would have never happened’.#GMBTrump pic.twitter.com/UI9L56Ifgh— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) June 5, 2019 Prime Minister Theresa May reads a letter from Captain Norman Skinner of the Royal Army Service Corps, written to his wife Gladys on 3rd June 1944.This letter was still in his pocket when he landed on Sword Beach on June 6.Captain Skinner was killed the day after, leaving his wife and two young daughters. Veteran Harry Read, 95, (left) and Jock Hutton, 94, after completing their tandem parachute jump with the Red DevilsCredit: Jane Barlow/PA A Douglas C-53 named D-Day Doll takes off from the runway at the Imperial War Museum Duxford Credit:Joe Giddens/PA Veteran Robert Barnett, 94 met a serviceman he served alongside todayCredit:Kirsty O’Connor/PA 7:56AMTrump doesn’t see anybody who can beat him in 2020 Theresa May, centre, waves goodbye to the veterans Credit:BBC Donald Trump appeared to endorse Michael Gove as he revealed he talked about the Tory leadership race with The Queen and Prince Charles. He talked to the Environment Secretary at the state banquet on Monday night, and said Mr Gove was a “very good” candidate. Talking to ITV, he said: “You have a lot of good people. I was saying to The Queen, the next choice is the very important and you have to get it right.”Piers Morgan, who conducted the interview on ITV, asked the president if Prince Charles was a Brexiteer.But Mr Trump held his cards close to his chest, saying: “He feels and really wants to be non-political. And I think he has to be. “He feels we have a lot of good choices, and I do too. But you have to get it right.” The Rifles, descendent regiment of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Regiment- the soldiers that took the bridges in 1944 – have just marched across Pegasus Bridge at ‘double-quick time’ – 160 paces a minute (effectively a jog in uniform), writes Dom Nicholls.“It’s what we would have done,” said Andy Clee, a former Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army. “It’s laid the foundation of the peace we enjoy today. “We’d have done it, no doubt about it.”In the first few minutes of June 6, 1944, troops from the 2nd Battalion The Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, 249th (Airborne) Field Company Royal Engineers and the Glider Pilot Regiment landed by glider and parachute near Pegasus Bridge, Benouville, Normandy.In less than 15 minutes they took the key strategic target from the Nazis, blocking enemy forces and clearing the way for the Allies who would storm the beaches hours later.Three-quarters of a century on, around 100 troops from The Rifles marched across the same bridge. A man was seen wiping tears from his eyes during the performance on Southsea Common. Could not have been treated more warmly in the United Kingdom by the Royal Family or the people. Our relationship has never been better, and I see a very big Trade Deal down the road. “This trip has been an incredible success for the President.” @IngrahamAngle— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2019 President Trump opens up about his mother, and how much of a fan she was of the Royal family.He says ‘my mother would have been very proud’ to see him welcomed to Buckingham Palace by the Queen. pic.twitter.com/kvoBz99Azo— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) June 5, 2019 There is still plenty to come this afternoon and later on this evening. 4.15pm – Red Arrows display7pm – HMS Queen Elizabeth salute7.25pm – Royal Navy sail past7.40pm – Battle of Britain flypast11pm – Midnight vigil in Normandy And with Trump taking his leave, so too does Gareth Davies. To take you through the evening on The Telegraph’s D-Day live blog is Jamie Johnson. With Matt on good form once again… 3:26PMDonald Trump leaves the UK I think they’re fans of Ireland pic.twitter.com/0EzjUwvuxJ— Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) June 5, 2019 7:16AMTrump opens up on ‘spectacular’ Buckingham Palace A very touching image of Jock Hutton, 94, who is taking a moment to drink it all in. Live scenes at DuxfordCredit:BBC The Press Association reports:Two able seamen who served on the same ship on D-Day have been reunited 75 years on.Ernest Green, 93, and Robert Barnett, 93, were both on HMS Redpole when it sailed to Juno beach on June 6, 1944.They spent three years together on the ship, finally returning home in 1946 – both living in the county of Dorset, but after stepping off HMS Redpole, they did not see each other again, until Wednesday.The Second World War heroes smiled and shook hands as they met each other at the National Commemorative Event in Portsmouth.Later, they shared a pint at the pub on board the cruise ship chartered by the Royal British Legion to mark the anniversary, which they are both staying on.Both became emotional when describing their starkest memory of D-Day – having to watch on as they saw Canadian troops killed in the water before then.The veterans told how they waited at anchor for 12 hours on June 6, before proceeding to Juno beach at 4pm.They were both manning different guns on the ship.Mr Barnett said the gun operated by Mr Green was the largest.”It blew my ears out,” Mr Green agreed, pointing to his hearing aids.Mr Barnett replied: “Well it deafened me too.”They finished each other’s sentences as they recounted their mission on D-Day.This was to escort a landing craft onto the beach, then return with the empty trooper.But there was tragedy as they recalled Canadian troops being shot by the Germans as they got to the beach.Mr Green, his voice cracking, said: “To see the chaps who were dead in the water.”I’m sorry, I get emotional when I think of it.”Mr Barnett nodded as he continued: “We couldn’t do anything.”We had picked them up the day before, in the afternoon, on the Isle of Wight.” Alfred FuzzardCredit:Claire Hayhurst/PA 6:53AMTrump reveals snippets of his chats with Queen 6:13AMHow Farage cemented his friendship with Trump 6:15PMOne of the nonagenarians has touched down British veteran John Jenkins reflects on his beach landing in Normandy and speak on behalf of all his gathered and fallen comrades. John was a platoon sergeant with the Pioneer Corps when he landed on D-Day.He is 99 years old, a Portsmouth resident and regularly talks at The D-Day Story museum. 11:39AMExtract from French civilian in Paris as country fell 11:51AMDancers jive to Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy British Royal Air Force Chief of the Air Staff Sir Stephen Hillier chats to veteran Bessie Thomas (R), aged 95 during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings in Southsea Common, PortsmouthCredit:Photo by Cpl Cathy Sharples /BRITISH MINISTRY OF DEFENCE 12:07PM’D-Day a national and multinational endeavour’ Ted Cordery, 95, was a leading seaman torpedoman aboard HMS Belfast during D Day. Joe Shute, who is down in Portsmouth for The Telegraph caught up with Mr Cordery, who recalled the harrowing events of the D-Day landing.”We arrived at 6am on D-Day and opened fire on the German coastal forces with our six-inch naval guns. We were about half a mile from the beach. When the Army started going inland, our job was to fire over their heads at the Germans. It seemed to work – later we received congratulations from General Montgomery. But the scene when the British troops started landing was shocking.”They were wading through water up to their waists with all the heavy equipment, and when they made it to the beach they were fired on. A number of landing craft didn’t quite reach the beach and lots of men who went into the deep water drowned. I saw them floating about in the water, which really upset me. All they went through to end up like that.”The sound was terrible. Guns firing all the time. Every broadside [volley of gunfire] pushes the ship over a considerable amount. You always had to be on the lookout for a Luftwaffe plane dropping mines, even for weeks afterwards. We were there until August.”I have tragic memories of when those poor men came back to the ship wounded. On the beaches they were put on pontoons and carried out to Belfast. I would help carry them up to the flight deck.”When I saw their injuries it broke my heart. Faces blown away, arms, legs. I doubted many of them survived. Those faces are still with me. When I think about them I can’t control my emotions. It was a very necessary operation but also a very costly one.” Prime Minister Theresa May speaks as she reads a letter written by Captain SkinnerCredit:AFP Melania Trump and US President Donald Trump meet veteran Thomas Cuthbert Credit:PA Everything you need to know is in this piece here. 12:38PMSheridan Smith performs “We’ll Meet Again” A bust of Major John Howard near Pegasus BridgeCredit:Steve Parsons/PA 2:08PMMidshipman recalls avoiding German fire on Juno Beach 12:10PMMemories: Soldiers gather in on the south coast President Emmanuel Macron reads in French last letter of a young resistance fighter Henri Fertet, executed at just 16 years old.My dear parents, My letter is going to cause you great sorrow, but I have seen you so full of courage in the past that I do not doubt that you will remain courageous, if only out of love for me.I am going to die for my country. I want France to be free and the French to be happy. I do not want France to be arrogant and the world’s leading nation but hard-working, industrious and honest.The most important thing is for the French people to be happy. In life, you need to know how to take happiness where you find it.Do not worry about me, I will keep my bravery and my good humour to the last and I will sing “Sambre et Meuse” because it was you, my dearly beloved mother, who taught it to me. The soldiers are coming to get me. I must hurry.My handwriting may look wobbly but it is just because I am using a small pencil. I am not afraid of death, my conscience is completely clear.Adieu, death is calling me, I do not want to be blindfolded or bound. My love to you all. Ultimately, it is hard to face death.A thousand kisses. Long live France.Sir Willard White then performs Le Chant Des Partisans, the anthem of the French Resistance.The song was one of the most important and frequently performed songs in the French Resistance and became a symbol of France’s stand against the Nazis. The Queen, Mr Trump and Prince Charles met with six veterans following the ceremony.In a small reception also attended by the First Lady, Donald Trump told the veterans of his honour to meet them.Thomas Cuthbert, 93, said of the president: “He came across very well, he surprised me, he seemed one of the boys.” 1:44PMHundreds of veterans to be honoured with sail past 3:41PMStill to come this evening… For the route, times and where to watch the ships in Portsmouth – read the article below. A man reacts during an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-DayCredit:Reuters Asked if Theresa May welcomed the president’s U-turn on the NHS, a Downing Street spokeswoman said: “The Government position is that the NHS will never be privatised, and that won’t change as part of any trade deal.”The spokeswoman said she was “not aware” of any further talks between Mr Trump and Mrs May that might have changed the president’s mind over the course of Tuesday afternoon.”He set out his view,” the spokeswoman said. “What is important is that our position is very clear.” Downing Street said she had met Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki and was due to have talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Canada’s Justin Trudeau.”The main theme of the talks today is about shared security,” a Downing Street spokeswoman said. 11:46AMThree serving soldiers read Tehran Conference extracts 1:12PMTheresa May holds meetings with world leaders 8:23PMLive on the sea front 12:40PMD-Day flypast begins ‘I think I have a very good relationship with the people in the United Kingdom.’President Trump says despite the protests, he still loves the UK and its people. (After all, he is half-British!)@piersmorgan | #GMBTrump pic.twitter.com/nGp19lBCG7— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) June 5, 2019 “My darling this is a very difficult letter for me to write. As you know something may happen at any moment and I cannot tell when you will receive this.”I had hoped to be able to see you during last weekend but it was impossible to get away and all the things I intended to say must be written.”I’m sure that anyone with imagination must dislike the thought of what’s coming, but my fears will be more of being afraid than of what can happen to me.”You and I have had some lovely years which now seemed to have passed at lightning speed.”My thoughts at this moment, in this lovely Saturday afternoon, are with you all now. I can imagine you in the garden having tea with Janey and Anne getting ready to put them to bed.”Although I would give anything to be back with you, I have not yet had any wish at all to back down from the job we have to do. “There is so much that I would like to be able to tell you. Nearly all of which you’ve heard many, many times. But just to say that I mean it even more today.”I’m sure that I will be with you again soon and for good. Please give my fondest love to my Anne and my Janey. God bless and keep you all safe for me.” A telegram is then shown on screen, accompanied by a voice over.”Dear Mrs Skinner, it is with the upmost difficulty that I write to offer you my most profound sympathies on the untimely death of your husband.”All the time he had been under my command, he had done a grand job of work. Should there be any matters of which I could be of assistance, please do not hesitate to let me know. Yours very sincerely.” This is the first time he has visited Ireland since becoming president of the United States.Here is the fist picture of Air Force One on the tarmac. The US president and his wife the First Lady were seen laughing and sharing stories with British veterans after watching the commemorations on Southsea Common. 12:58PMQueen and Charles meeting D-Day veterans Eric Trump pays a visit to Madigan’s bar in Doonbeg, where he pours pints, tells me he’s not drinking any “or he’d be in trouble” and thanks the people of the area for treating the Trump’s “like family”. #TrumpInIreland pic.twitter.com/qHjWkwQuYR— aoife-grace moore. (@aoifegracemoore) June 5, 2019 6:20PMJohn ‘Jock’ Hutton and Harry Read have made it safely to France Sheridan Smith, who performed twice, said “it was such an honour – I’m still shaking”.She added: “Everything they went through and these classic war songs, to be able to sing those and meet the veterans, I’m just so humbled and honoured to be here and it’s emotional “Being out there and singing We’ll Meet Again… we all pull together in a time of need, and you really feel that today. “I’ve got goosebumps.” A soldier stands during the vigil at Pegasus BridgeCredit:Steve Parsons/PA 12:30AMTomorrow’s events Mr Trump was then told that transgender soldiers had won gallantry awards. The president responded: “I’m proud of them, but you have to have a standard and you have to stick to that standards. “You have very strict rules and regulations, and they [transgender people] blow it out of the water.” In spite of the protests in central London yesterday, the president insisted he had a good relationship with the UK. Her Majesty has left the royal box at the end of the D-Day events. She was trailed by the rest of the world leaders, some of whom will meet the veterans. 9:21PMScenes onboard the MV Boudicca Is the NHS on the table in a post-Brexit trade deal?The president backflipped and told @piersmorgan he no longer considers it a part of trade. pic.twitter.com/AeNQ30UVBx— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) June 5, 2019 Kenneth was discharged from duty when a piece of shrapnel shattered the top of his left hand about three weeks after D-Day.He said of the horrific injury: “The top of my hand was all exposed and bones were protruding out of it.”I was holding a gun at the time and the shrapnel went straight through my wrist and out of the other side.”It was only 45 years after the war that he felt able to celebrate D-Day.”I was just glad that it was over after the war ended,” he said.This is a video showing the first landings. Day two of Donald Trump’s state visit saw a mass protest in London at which Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn spoke.Now the papers have had their say about the Labour leadership’s decision to join the demonstrators.The Times says Mr Corbyn’s decision to attend the protest after boycotting the state dinner “shows Labour’s puerile disregard for the national interest”. 5:35PMParachutists from the Dakota planes are preparing to land Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nicholas CarterCredit:BBC 6:46AMTrump ‘moved’ by Prince Charles’ passion on climate change Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nicholas Carter, pays tribute to the tactical ingenuity that lead to the success of the Normandy Landings. 12:21AMThe night draws to a close 2:19PM’Visit us again,’ Queen tells Trump I’m delighted that the 16 countries represented at D-Day commemorations in Portsmouth have today agreed a historic Proclamation affirming our shared responsibility to ensure the horror of the Second World War is never repeated.#DDay75 pic.twitter.com/Sd2mQczehm— Theresa May (@theresa_may) June 5, 2019 Veterans during the ceremony at Pegasus Bridge in NormandyCredit:Owen Humphreys/PA The Red Arrows take to the skies over PortsmouthCredit:BBC When asked how to solve the issue, Mr Trump said: “Just talk about it. When someone has a gun illegally and the other people don’t have a gun – they’re gone. They have no chance…they have sitting ducks. “When I think about it is Paris when the whacky people went in to a nightclub and killed so many people. Boom. Boom. Boom. “If there was a gun the other side…” Again, interviewer Piers Morgan pointed out to his subject there were more people killed in the USA in the week of the Bataclan attacks by guns than in Paris since the Second World War. 1:37PM’NHS will never be privatised,’ says No 10 12:27PMEisenhower’s speech read out on stage as part of play performance (Source – Imperial War Museum interview with Yvonne Cormeau) U.S. President Donald Trump lands in IrelandCredit:REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne Nigel Farage’s friendship with Donald Trump was forged in a single moment of the 2016 presidential campaign, when almost all others abandoned the Republican nominee, writes the Telegraph’s Ben Riley-Smith.It was October 2016. The Access Hollywood tape had just been released, revealing in shocking detail how Mr Trump had once privately bragged about sexually assaulting women. “When you’re a star, they let you do it,” Mr Trump was heard saying on the recording from around 2005. “You can do anything. Grab ’em by the p****. You can do anything.” All smiles in SannervilleCredit:Sky News At the conclusion of his interview with Piers Morgan, Donald Trump was gifted a personalised hat as worn by Sir Winston Churchill. True to form, the president put it straight on his head. 12:16PMWar play extract performed on stage 3:11PMD-Day veteran’s harrowing account of landings Jonathan Bailey, dressed in 1940’s military costume, reads from the memories of Royal Naval Electrician RG Watts Credit:BBC The front page of tomorrow’s Daily Telegraph: D-Day 75 years: ‘The resilient generation’ #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/qFMtQwvgf6— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) June 5, 2019 6:35AM’I think he’s great,’ says Trump on Harry Parachutists landing in Sannerville this afternoon to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day #DDay75 #DDayLanding pic.twitter.com/RQUXbZKcPi— Phoebe Southworth (@PhoebeS1992) June 5, 2019 Donald Trump said that the way LGBT people were persecuted across the world was “horrible”. And yet he made the decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military. Defending his decision, he said: “Because they take massive amounts of drugs, they have to. In the military, you’re not even allowed to take an aspirin. You’d have to break rules to be in the army [if you are transgender]. “Well, it is what it is. People were going in and then asking for the operation, which is £200,000, and the recovery period is long. “That’s not the way it is, you can’t do that.” The Queen and Donald Trump have parted company on the third and final day of his state visit to Britain. According to CBS’ White House Correspondent Mark Knoller, her departing remarks to the president was that she hopes he “comes to this country again”. 5:18PMVeterans share their stories 8:38AMTrump and Queen’s ‘great rapport’ and their 90-minute chat 12:29PMEmotional commemorations takes its toll This flight tracking site is following the Dakota planes as they head towards France. “We lost a lot more in Dunkirk than in Normandy,’ he said, with his wife, Lilian, also 98, by his side at the ceremony in Portsmouth. “But, we lost a lot of our comrades back in France during the Normandy landings. So, it’s quite emotional to be here today.”Mr Samson, from Sandwich in Kent, admits that his thoughts will turn to his close friend, Alfred Mather, who perished in a battle in the desert.“I had to bury him,” said Mr Samson, who has five grand children and three great grand children. French President Emmanuel Macron stands and speaks during an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landingsCredit:Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP 5:11AMDonald Trump on Meghan, the NHS and Corbyn Addressing the “nasty” comment, Mr Trump said: “I don’t mind clearing it up. I think she’s doing very well.”There were rumours that Prince Harry had shunned the president, but Mr Trump said the Duke of Sussex had spent a lot of time talking to his daughter Ivanka. When asked what he said to him, Mr Trump said: “I congratulated him and I think he’s doing very well.” 6:40PMWatch the sail past live on the Telegraph Veteran Harry Read, who is taking part in a parachute drop in Normandy for the 75th anniversary of D-DayCredit:Steve Parsons/PA Callum Woodhouse, dressed in 1940’s civilian costume, performs a read-out from the memories of civilian Alan Atkins of the build-up of soldiers and equipment on the south coast of England, June 1944.”When my father came home for his dinner, he was very excited. “It’s on Rose,” he kept saying, “we’re going for sure. This is history in the making.””By the time we got to the top of our road we could hear a continuous roaring sound. There were lots of people going the same way as us and some were carrying little flags on sticks. Everybody was talking, even to people they didn’t know.”Some even spoke to my mother. “Good news, missus. We’re going.” “Yes”, my mother would reply, “it would seem so. I hope it is not just an exercise though.” “Not this time, missus,” another man replied, “I heard that the docks are full of boats. Full of them. Three and four deep at each berth. It’s on for sure.””The roaring had been getting louder and louder – then we saw what was causing it. Two continuous lines of trucks, roaring down the road towards the town, and the docks.”Some trucks had tarpaulins covering huge piles of boxes and crates, but most had soldiers, standing up smiling and waving at us.”(Source – BBC’s People’s Archive project) 12:34PMPortsmouth D-Day veteran, 99, on stage “Technology has always played a decisive part in warfare, but never before has so much technical and engineering energy been applied to a single day’s fighting.”The marvellous range of technology that helped to make the landings succeed and ensured that over two million men and half a million vehicles could be landed in the ensuing months included amphibious and mine clearing tanks, Mulberry harbours, gliders, undersea pipelines, self-heating soup cans, air-portable motor-bikes – all reflected British ingenuity and innovation at its best.”A host of civilian scientists, mathematicians and engineers saw their ideas transformed into reality by the very best of British industry, working round the clock to deliver what was needed for the front line.”Above all D-Day was a truly national endeavour. A segment on screens will highlight the Homefront war effort.”A segment on screens highlights the Homefront war effort. Nearing Caen. https://t.co/30Ep6jXbNP#DDay75 #DaksOverNormandy pic.twitter.com/w0jyAnAXD1— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) June 5, 2019 Donald Trump had a long conversation with Prince Charles about climate change yesterday, with the president saying he was ‘moved’ by the Prince of Wales’ passion. He told ITV: “We had a 15 minute chat and it lasted an hour and a half and he did most of the talking.”What he really wants and what he feels strongly about is the future. He wants the best climate for the future.”He wants a good climate and not a disaster.” Jock, another veteran, said: “In Normandy – my main worry was landing with my kit bag and leg strapped. “I enjoyed hearing the swearing below. I accidentally hit someone in the face when I landed.” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” is played by the orchestra whilst dancers perform on stage.The song was a major hit for American singing group The Andrews Sisters, and an iconic Second World War song.The lyrics of the song focus on a street musician who is drafted into the US Army during the peacetime draft imposed by the Roosevelt administration. The media had questioned whether Donald Trump would be able to deal with the enormity of Buckingham Palace. Mr Trump said: “The place is breathtaking. Lots of media said: ‘Will he be able to handle the moment.’ “But I was like, hey, I’ve had a few big moments. But sitting there, I understood what they meant.”The president said he and The Queen had a “great rapport”. “We had an hour and a half talk non-stop,” Mr Trump told ITV’s Good Morning Britain. 11:45PMMeanwhile in Ireland They were also treated to the spectacle of a guard of honour, formed of military personnel from Royal Navy, Army and RAF marching through the spectator aisles and onto the main stage.The Queen’s arrival in the royal box was signalled by a fanfare from musicians from the Band of the Royal Marines and the Tri-Service orchestra performed the national anthem.The orchestra performed John Williams’ Hymn to the Fallen which opens the D-Day based war film Saving Private Ryan, and has become associated with Second World War remembrance and memorials. 1:45PMTrump is ‘one of the boys’, veteran says pic.twitter.com/YcNMOsv2IQ— Matt Cartoons (@MattCartoonist) June 5, 2019 Phoebe Southworth, in Sannerville has been speaking to veterans who are watching the parachutists come in.Kenneth Lang, 96, was part of the 13th (Lancashire) Parachute Battalion, having joined the forces when he was just 19.He parachuted into Granville at about 1am on D-Day then spent the following weeks fighting off German forces as they tried to recapture bridges that had been taken by British forces.The great-grandfather and father-of-four told The Daily Telegraph: “When I was about to jump from the plane I wasn’t thinking about anything apart from the job that I had to do.”We shouldn’t have been thinking about anything else. It’s what we were trained to do.”I just chatted to my colleagues – we were close, we’d been together for about 12 months at that point.” Following on from his three day state visit to the UK, President Trump is now in Ireland where he will meet Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s Taoiseach.Then, he will fly to his Trump golf course in Doonbeg. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reads the Victoria Cross citation of Lieutenant-Colonel Cecil Merritt – in English and French).Lieutenant-Colonel Cecil Merritt was the first Canadian to be awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry and inspired leadership during the disastrous raid on Dieppe in 1942.President Trudeau’s grandfather James Sinclair fought in the Second World War as part of the Canadian Armed Forces.He was an RCAF Squadron Leader in the Sahara and served as an officer in the RCAF at the same time as he was an MP representing Vancouver North.”From the point of landing, his unit’s advance had to be made across a bridge in Pourville which was swept by very heavy machine-gun, mortar and artillery fire: the first parties were mostly destroyed and the bridge thickly covered by their bodies.”A daring lead was required; waving his helmet, Lieutenant-Colonel Merritt rushed forward shouting ‘Come on over! There’s nothing to worry about here.’”He thus personally led the survivors of at least four parties in turn across the bridge. Quickly organising these, he led them forward and when held by enemy pill-boxes he again headed rushes which succeeded in clearing them.”After several of his runners became casualties, he himself kept contact with his different positions. Although twice wounded Lieutenant-Colonel Merritt continued to direct the unit’s operations with great vigour and determination.”He then coolly gave orders for the departure and announced his intention to hold off and ‘get even with’ the enemy.”When last seen he was collecting Bren and Tommy guns and preparing a defensive position which successfully covered the withdrawal from the beach. Lieutenant-Colonel Merritt is now reported to be a Prisoner of War.” For 98-year-old Richard Samson, the D-Day commemoration is a poignant chance to remember those comrades who perished during the Second World War, writes Steve Bird, who is in Portsmouth for The Telegraph.The former lance corporal who served as a gunner with the Royal Artillery can to this day vividly recall being evacuated from Dunkirk, serving in the Desert Rats in the western desert, invading Sicily before being summoned home to take part in the Normandy landings where he helped deliver supplies. Ninety year old nerves of steelCredit:Sky News Donald Trump was asked why he repeatedly attacked Senator John McCain, even though he had now died. Mr Trump said: “I’m not attacking him at all. I wasn’t a fan. I don’t like what he did with the healthcare or the veterans. “I don’t talk about John McCain unless someone asks me about him.” 2:04PMPortsmouth sergeant’s ‘overwhelming’ pride at being asked to speak All eyes are back on Portsmouth as a boatload of veterans prepares to travel across the Channel.The Royal British Legion have chartered a cruise liner, the MV Boudicca, to take the Normandy veterans on a tour of D-Day commemorative events.A Royal Marine Band and a Guard of Honour – formed by the company of the HMS Queen Elizabeth – will join Prime Minister Theresa May, Secretary of State for Defence Penny Mordaunt and First Sea Lord Sir Philip Jones to honour the veterans as the MV Boudicca passes.The crew of HMS Queen Elizabeth will form Procedure Alpha – lining the decks around the ship, wearing their No 1 uniform, with medals.As the vessel departs it will be escorted by a Type-23 Royal Navy frigate, HMS St Albans, a Canadian warship and four Royal Navy P2000s. As the ships sail out there will be up to 11 Royal Navy warships lined up on their route from the harbour out to NAB Tower.The full sail-past will take no longer than 10 minutes and will be accompanied by a Spitfire flypast. It is scheduled to start at 7.25pm. Now tracking: #DaksOverDuxford on their way to #DaksOverNormandy as 30 Dakotas mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Lead aircraft: https://t.co/x2eM9PYPc1 #DDay75 pic.twitter.com/RLaTgaXTw3— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) June 5, 2019 “Jeremy Corbyn showed once again that he is not a political leader, but an agitprop campaigner, happier on the fringes of politics, denouncing theenemies of the Left, while consorting with the enemies of his own country,” the paper says.”But Mr Trump also had some uncomfortable home truths for Tory leadership candidates anxious to strike a trade deal with the US after Brexit.”The Daily Express says Mr Corbyn was a “hypocrite” for requesting a meeting with Mr Trump.”Clearly he wanted to fool the British public that he was trying one thing but actually wanted to do the opposite,” the paper says.”Good on Mr Trump for refusing to meet Corbyn. But the Labour leader’s attitude just underlines a distasteful trend in British politics with the Left screaming down anyone who is patriotic.”The Sun says Mr Corbyn is a “career protester, only truly at home when ranting to cheering socialists as angry and dim as he is”.”(Mr Corbyn) abuses the President to excite his fanbase, with no regard for the relationship between our great nations, so vital to the free world,” the paper says.”Trump is right: Corbyn is a “negative force” for Britain. We pray voters never have to find it out the hard way.” 12:01PMEmmanuel Macron reads last letter of 16-year-old executed fighter He received an MBE in the 1970’s for his service in the Territorial Army where he held the rank of Company Sergeant Major.Speaking at the service, he said: “I was 23 years old when I landed on Gold Beach.”I was terrified, I think everyone was. I look back on it as a big part of my life.”I was just a small part in a very big machine.”He said he was “honoured” to be at the service along with other D-Day veterans.”You never forget your comrades because we were all in it together,” he said.”It is right that the courage and sacrifice of so many is being honoured 75 years on. We must never forget.”He receives a huge standing ovation. He was on Landing Craft 30 and left Portsmouth at 2pm on the day before D-Day, carrying Royal Marines and sailors on board.”I wouldn’t have missed D-Day for the world,” he said.”It was a bit rough going over but it calmed down when we got near the beach. The RAF had carpet bombed the beaches before we got there.”It was dawn when we arrived on Sword Beach.”Mr Fuzzard, who is travelling on the Royal British Legion’s cruise to mark the anniversary, praised the RAF who “saved a lot of British lives” during the operations. President Trump gets defensive when asked about his feud with John McCain, insisting: ‘I don’t think of him’.He adds: ‘I was not a fan, I didn’t like what he did to healthcare. I didn’t like how he handled the veterans…’@piersmorgan | #GMBTrump pic.twitter.com/ONsWgPFgZt— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) June 5, 2019 4:49AMToday’s itinerary 11:28AMStunning D-Day display of video of pictures shown Magnificent scene at sea as we get ready to wave the Royal British Legion ship onward to France carrying #dday veterans and their families to Normandy #dday75 #royalnavy 👋🏻⚓️⛴ pic.twitter.com/IvacCpAqG2— Royal Navy (@RoyalNavy) June 5, 2019 4:23PMWatch the display here Two D-Day veterans have talked of their experience, recalling landing in Normandy 75 years ago. Harry, a 95-year-old former soldier, was 20 when he landed, and told ITV: “The amount of evil, the terrible things that people were doing to each other… “Only the Channel saved us from extinction in our own country. “The violence of war was rearing its head and it needed to be met by force.” 12:32PMPipers playing on Normandy beaches Asked if he could imagine negotiating a trade deal with a government led by Mr Corbyn, the president told Good Morning Britain: “It’s always possible. Anything is possible.”He said he “didn’t think it was appropriate” to meet Mr Corbyn “but I would”.”I certainly would have no problem with it,” he added. 12:23PMReconstruction of Normandy landings by sea played out His mother was Scottish and only left for New York when she was 19 when she met Mr Trump’s father. The president said of his mother: “She was a tremendous fan of this country, she loved the Scotland. She was a big fan of The Queen. A big fan of this Queen. “My mother knew people. Anything to do with The Queen – she’d watch it. And I told her [The Queen] that when I met her. She was honoured.”This is a great lady [The Queen], and my mother knew that.” 7:40PMSajid Javid makes a D-Day power play 9:57PMMore pictures from this evening A message from the Red Arrows to the veteransCredit:BBC The US president has arrived at Southsea Common in Portsmouth for the D-Day commemorations. The US president gave a short speech, before handing over to Jay Rincon, in a 1940s American military uniform, who reads a letter home from Private Arthur Pranger, 6th May 1944. But it was to Britain that the world’s attention was turned on Wednesday for a moving – and at times joyous – celebration of D-Day in Portsmouth. The world’s heads of state, at the forefront the Queen, flanked by the Prince of Wales and President Trump, gave standing ovations to 10 veterans, half of them with walking sticks to steady themselves, who made their way on to the giant stage, signalling the start of two days of commemorations.The Queen, a teenager when Operation Overlord was launched, pointed out in her closing speech that nobody had thought the survivors of D-Day would make it this far; many had said the 60th anniversary would be their swansong. But these veterans – the Queen’s generation – are made of tough stuff. “When I attended the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings, some thought it might be the last such event,” explained Her Majesty. “But the wartime generation – my generation – is resilient, and I am delighted to be with you in Portsmouth today.” She quoted her own father, George VI, from a national broadcast at the time. “What is demanded from us all is something more than courage and endurance,” he had said. “We need a revival of spirit, a new unconquerable resolve.” It was, said the Queen, “exactly what those brave men brought to the battle … many of them would never return, and the heroism, courage and sacrifice of those who lost their lives will never be forgotten.” Other guests included Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison, prime minister Charles Michel from Belgium, the Czech Republic’s prime minister Andrej Babis and president Prokopis Pavlopoulos from Greece. Chancellor Angela Merkel represented Germany.The PM of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel also attended, as did his counterparts from the Netherlands Mark Rutte, Norway’s Erna Solberg, Poland’s Mateusz Morawiecki and Slovakia’s deputy prime minister Richard Rasi.They all met the Queen before the event began – a first for Mr Macron – and then posed for a group photograph with the monarch and Prince of Wales. The Daily TelegraphCredit:The Daily Telegraph 7:55AM’I don’t attack John McCain,’ Trump says Dom Nicholls and Phoebe Southworth have spoken to the nonagenarian heroes. Then it was the turn of the Queen to express her gratitude. “It is with humility and pleasure, on behalf of the entire country – indeed the whole free world – that I say to you all, thank you.” At that point the veterans – those who still could – rose to their feet.John Jenkins MBE epitomised their remarkable spirit. He was a young man, a platoon sergeant in the Pioneer Corps, when he landed on Gold Beach on June 8 1944, D-Day+2. Now, at 99 and walking with a stick, he took to the huge stage, specially built on Southsea Common, yards from the Channel on the outskirts of Portsmouth, to stirring applause. “I was 12 years old when I landed on Gold Beach. Sorry, 23 years old – I put my age back a bit,” he joked.But then came the truths. “I was terrified; I think everyone was,” he recalled. Many veterans, who had gathered to share similar tales of bravery and distress, wept as they looked on. “You don’t show it, but it’s there,” said Mr Jenkins, who would work in civilian life as a bus driver and crane operator. “I look back on it as a big part of my life. It changed me in a way; but I was just a small part in a very big machine.” He paid tribute – as they all did – to the soldiers who didn’t make it. “You never forget your comrades because you’re all in it together. It’s right that the courage and sacrifice of so many is being honoured 75 years on. We must never forget. Thank you.” And then the crowd rose to show their gratitude. 6:56PMThe Prime Minister waves off the veterans 10:17PMWhat to look forward to this evening 9:35AMHow the papers reacted to day two of the state visit 2:27PMMass parachute drop in Normandy Jonathan Bailey, dressed in 1940’s military costume, reads from the memories of Royal Naval Electrician RG Watts as he left Southampton for Normandy in June 1944.On stage he will be surround by 7 others, staged as if in a landing craft. Did Donald Trump really call the Duchess of Sussex ‘nasty’?He clarifies his comment and says ‘I think she’s doing very well’.He adds Prince Harry was ‘a terrific guy’ and ‘couldn’t have been nicer’. pic.twitter.com/ARwcyheeiv— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) June 5, 2019 The Queen is flanked by Prince Charles and world leadersCredit:Jack Hill Prince Charles, Donald Trump and Theresa MayCredit:AFP 4:06PMThe Dakotas are taking off D-Day commemorations Before that, Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, read the Victoria Cross citation for Lieutenant-Colonel Cecil Merritt, the first Canadian to receive the honour during the Second World War for gallantry. Arthur Hampson, 93, who manned a landing craft on Juno Beach during D-Day, was one of the Britons to go into the fray alongside the Canadians. He recalled returning to Portsmouth the night of D-Day and drinking a pint in a pub not far from Wednesday’s event. “The last 24 hours seemed very unreal,” he said. “We were talking to people in the pub and I don’t think they believed a word.”Aboard Mr Hampson’s landing craft were Canadian soldiers in Sherman tanks – one of which sank before it reached land. Two men inside died. on Wednesday’s was a day for reminiscing. Arthur Bailey, 95, signed up at 17, lying about his age, to join the war effort. As he waded toward the Normandy shore, German bullets picked off those around him. But his orders were to press on to the beach and to leave the dead and dying to the medics. “I was ruined by the time I was demobbed,” he said on Wednesday. “I kept having flashbacks and wouldn’t leave the house. My mother encouraged me to go out dancing and in the end it helped me to forget what I’d seen.” He knew little of what to expect when he finally went into action on D-Day. “I ran down the ramp and all these guns opened up on us from the German snipers. They were everywhere – in trees, in buildings, behind hedges. It was terrible. I was very lucky to survive. “People have to remember what we went through but I fear there’s not enough taught any more in school about the war and what we went through to stop Hitler.” The president will run for office again in 2020. In 2016, he beat Hilary Clinton, and he sees no Democrat standing in his way when he runs for his second term. Mr Trump said: “I’m running on maybe the best economy we’ve ever had. I have all the cards. We’re the piggy bank that everyone wants. “I don’t see anybody. There’s no Winston Churchill in the group, let me say that. There’s nobody that I see that should be able to win. I’ve rebuilt our economy. I’ve wiped out Isil.” D-Day veterans, proudly adorning their gallantry medals, have received an enormous standing ovation by the guests as they walked to the front of the stage in Portsmouth. he audience were entertained by the Tri-Service Orchestra who performed a medley of music from the 1940s before the event began. 2:27PMLance Corporal, 98, on emotional day in Portsmouth One major contribution by the FANY to the work of the SOE was in Communications, in both Signals and Cipher departments, where they received intensive training on Morse code.Another major contribution was the FANY agents in the field: they worked mainly in France.Thirty-nine of the 50 women sent into France were FANYs, of whom 13 were captured and murdered by the Gestapo.Emma Mackey, dressed in 1940s French civilian costume, reads an extract from an interview with Agent Yvonne Cormeau.”After my husband was killed in November 1940 I joined up the WAAF and I put my little girl in a school in the country.”I had declared to them that I spoke German, Spanish and that I was fluent in French. This filtered through the Ministry and suddenly I was being interrogated to see if I was suitable for the SOE, I joined them in 1943.”After extensive radio operator training I was parachuted into France on the 22nd August, north-east of Bordeaux.”The reception committee consisted of five men from the resistance. Over the next year I hid in villages with no water, and was shot at by the gestapo, then one day myself and my group leader, codenamed Hilaire had our closest run in.”We were told that Germans were getting closer to where we were based, that they were coming from the two roads from the east and the west, so we took one due south hoping to escape them; we hadn’t gone 15 Kilometres when we came face to face with one personnel carrier.”They stopped us and told to get out of the car, then they put us in the ditch, with two soldiers in between us, both had a pistol, one in my back, one in Llias back.”The soldier in charge was telling somebody on the radio that he had stopped a tobacco inspector and a woman, the woman had a district nurse card on her and what was he to do with them. We waited and waited, my perspiration was coming down, the flies were sticking to it.”I couldn’t move because if we moved they would’ve shot immediately, therefore we waited. Then the crackle came up again on his radio.”He told the two soldiers to go away and he told us “get in the car” which we did at once. Then he suddenly asked me what was in the case that had been thrown on the backseat, which of course was my radio set.”I knelt on the seat and opened it for him, he asked me what it was and I said a German word that meant radio as well as X-ray and due to the fact that I had a district nurse card, he assumed it meant X-ray and let us get out. So we got out very fast, the engine was already running.” Her Majesty The Queen addresses from within the royal box on behalf of the United Kingdom and the collected Heads of Government.She pays tribute to the resilience of the D-Day generation. Her Majesty thanks the soldiers and says it is her honour to be in Portsmouth today. One of the most striking moments of the D-Day commemorations in Portsmouth will be the UK military aircraft flypast. HMS St Albans will fire a gun salute in the waters of the Solent, adjacent to the Royal Navy War Memorial on Portsmouth Esplanade, and her four Saluting Guns will fire simultaneously to mark the start of the flypast.Here is the formation and all you need to know on the aircraft forming the spectacular aerial show. 8:42PMRelive today’s highlights Pressure performed on stageCredit:BBC Jock Hutton, 94, and fellow D-Day veteran Harry Read, 95, had boarded their Dakota aircraft in Duxford, and flew to Sannerville with the Red Devils before performing tandem jumps.Seamlessly touching down in the fields and quickly jumping to their feet, they spoke about their memories of the largest airborne invasion in the history of warfare.Mr Read, a retired Salvation Army officer living in Bournemouth, was a 20-year-old wireless operator with the Royal Signals when he volunteered to join the 6th Airborne Division.The great-great-grandfather, who completed a 10,000ft skydive last year, said after his tandem jump with Corporal Michael French: “I feel good. This was a very different kind of landing to when I arrived in 1944.”The people waiting for me then didn’t really want me to be there. They were going to shoot me.”So this was definitely worth the wait. It was wonderful in every way.”Mr Hutton was 19 when he served in the 13th Lancashire Parachute Battalion.He said after the jump: “It is great to be back. My message to young recruits coming up through the ranks is simply run fast if someone shoots at you.”As people rushed to congratulate him on his jump, he joked: “It’s a disease being popular, you know.”Watch their landing here. I kept hearing that there would be “massive” rallies against me in the UK, but it was quite the opposite. The big crowds, which the Corrupt Media hates to show, were those that gathered in support of the USA and me. They were big & enthusiastic as opposed to the organized flops!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2019 8:40AMPresident gifted Churchill-style hat at end of interview A tribute to the female agents of the Special Operations Executive is read.Of the several hundred SOE agents working behind enemy lines, 55 were women.Members of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry will march onto the stage. The First Aid Nursing Yeomanry is (Princess Royal’s Volunteer Corps), founded in 1907, is an all-female voluntary organisation which deploys multi-faceted rapid response teams to support civil and military authorities in times of crisis. 11:51AMDonald Trump takes the stage When pressed on what they talked about, he said: “I hear that we’re not supposed to do that. So I told her: ‘Tell me about this and I promise I’ll never tell anyone.'”I have great respect for her.”I really got what the media was saying, the moment you walk in there is spectatluar. You’re walking in there with The Queen and she can walk as quickly as me, but they don’t do that, they walk slow and you have the music and then the bagpipes from Scotland.” ‘I never knew you had that kind of sensibility!’@piersmorgan gives @POTUS a gift Winston Churchill himself would have loved 🎩@realDonaldTrump | #GMBTrump pic.twitter.com/K3nj0eGiB3— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) June 5, 2019 7:34AM’Gove is very good, but you have to get leadership right’, Trump says The GuardianCredit:The Guardian The Rifles held a ceremony at the Pegasus Bridge memorial to mark the moment the gliders landed, with a speech from Major Howard’s daughter Penny.French politician Christophe Blanchet told the crowd: “This bridge was to allow the liberation of France, and with it the rest of Europe.”A recording of Major Howard’s speech from a ceremony at the site 30 years ago was played before the Band and Bugles of The Rifles led their troops across the bridge. Pegasus Bridge in NormandyCredit:Owen Humphreys/PA The president went on to say the US had “one of the cleanest climates in the world”, but said the rest of the world was not pulling its weight. “India, China, Russia – if you go to certain cities you can’t even breathe,” he said. “So in terms of the planet, we’re talking a bout a very small distance between China and the US.”The US president has always been a climate change sceptic, but Mr Trump said: “I believe there is a change in weather. I think it was called global warning, then it was called climate change, now it’s called extreme weather. 12:46PMQueen leaves the royal box 6:49PMEverything you need to know about the sail past Safe touchdown in SannervilleCredit:Sky News Mr Jenkins said he felt “overwhelmed” to be at the service and to be chosen to do a reading.”It is something that will last in my memory for a long time,” he said. Does the US President believe in climate change?Trump says he discussed climate change with Prince Charles, who he believes is ‘a very good person’ who ‘wants to have a world that’s good for future generations’. pic.twitter.com/QNlXhiS1mO— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) June 5, 2019 An extract from Winston Churchill’s famous “We Shall Fight on the Beaches” speech plays on Southsea Common. The pair did not discuss the “nasty” comment. “I was going to,” Mr Trump said, “because it was so falsely put out there.” “He [Prince Harry] couldn’t have been nicer. I think he’s great.”I think he’s a terrific guy. The Royal Family is really nice.” In it, is the phrase “We commit to work construcively as friends and allies to find common ground where we have differences of opinion.”The document will now be donated to the Imperial War Museum. 7:24AMTrump mocks protest ‘flops’ It was, most considered, the end of Mr Trump’s already slim hopes of reaching the White House.Yet a core of allies stayed loyal. Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor, was one. Kellyanne Conway, the pollster and campaign strategist, was another. A third was Mr Farage. Click here for the full story. And these images from the Royal Navy. One of the veterans who met the Queen following today’s national commemorative service in Portsmouth gave a first-hand account of his involvement in the Normandy Landings The Telegraph last Saturday. “Such juvenile virtue-signalling is not just childish but damaging to the national interest,” the paper says.”The consequences are already becoming clear. Mr Trump revealed that Mr Corbyn had requested a meeting but that he had, unsurprisingly, refused.”Should Labour succeed in winning power, it will have to deal with a hostile president.”Writing in The Guardian, columnist Gaby Hinsliff says Mr Corbyn’s presence at a demonstration against a “right-wing” US president “feels like a complete no-brainer”.But she adds: “We’re in the odd position where it would be madness for a potential incoming prime minister to address this rally and madness for Jeremy Corbyn not to, given that staying away would be a betrayal of everything Labour members elected him to do and be.”If a breach between Britain and America is coming then it will, of course, be Trump’s fault for pushing his allies to breaking point. Blame the guy whose behaviour inspires mass protests, not the one leading them.” Donald Trump, with Piers Morgan during his interview in the Churchill War RoomsCredit:PA Les Budding, on the rights, tands with Philip Collins, 62, who is the son of the late F.E. Collins of 45 Commando, who fought alongside Budding on D-DayCredit:AP Photo/Ben Jary The US President had used a joint appearance with Theresa May to say that the NHS would be “on the table” as part of a “phenomenal” potential transatalantic deal.But in a U-turn he used a major TV interview to say “I don’t see it being on the table” as the NHS was “something that I would not consider part of trade”.He also held out the prospect of a meeting in the future with Jeremy Corbyn after snubbing him during this visit. Queen pays tribute to ‘her resilient D-Day generation’Trump leaves the UK after three-day state visitTheresa May reads heartbreaking letter of veteranThe definitive story of D-Day – by those who lived to tell the tale A Hitler Youth past, and he confronted his family on D-Day: the incredible story of Ernest SalterAndrew Roberts | 75 years after D-Day we’re still astounded by the sheer scale of Operation OverlordThe Queen described them as “my generation” – the “resilient” old men and women who had saved the world.On Wednesday, three quarters of a century after the beginning of the D-Day operation, more than 300 veterans of that heroic effort gathered on a scrap of land outside Portsmouth to be thanked by the leaders of the great Western democracies. It was a day for everyone to reflect. The men in their 90s remembered the friends and comrades they had lost, either on D-Day or in the 75 years since; while prime ministers and presidents, among them Theresa May, Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron, praised, rose to their feet and applauded the veterans at the commemorative event staged a stone’s throw from the English Channel.In France, a handful of old soldiers gave their thanks at a deeply moving, memorial ceremony at Pegasus Bridge. Reg Charles, 96, the last surviving member of the team that landed by glider ahead of the main assault, saluted his fallen comrades, while the daughter of the first soldier killed on D-Day shortly after midnight on June 6 1944 paid her own tribute at the same spot.On Wednesday evening, Harry Read, 95, and Jock Hutton, 94, defied their years and parachuted into Normandy in time for Thursday’s big set-piece commemoration on the French side of the Channel. Mr Read had performed the same jump 75 years earlier, landing at 5am on June 6; on that occasion dodging the “tracer bullets that were flying around all over the place”. Mr Hutton pulled a maroon beret from his modern jumpsuit, placed it on his head and saluted in the field in Sannerville. Harry (centre) and Jock (right)Credit:ITV Privileged enough to have written about D-Day all day. Come home from work. And the 75th commemorations of the landing are on my doorstep. Totally awe-inspiring. https://t.co/XcDk0UB3Cb pic.twitter.com/H8HuBK2GK1— Gareth Davies (@GD10) June 5, 2019 6:03PMWe’re waiting for these chaps 7:50PMFantastic shots of the flotilla
The commitment to strengthen mutually beneficial relations between Guyana andthe Kingdom of the Netherlands was underscored when Ambassador David Halespresented his Letter of Credence to King Willem-Alexander, on Wednesday December 20, 2017, at Noordeinde Palace in the Hague.David Hales, Ambassador of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana to the Kingdom of Belgium (r) presents his Letter of Credence to King Willem-Alexander of the Kingdom of NetherlandsAmbassador Hales, who is Guyana’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, has beenaccredited as a non-Resident Ambassador to the Netherlands. He succeeded formerAmbassador P.I. Gomes.According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, prominent in the discussion between the Dutch Monarch and Ambassador Hales was the impact of Climate Change on the Caribbean, including the Dutch Territories, particularly the devastation caused by the passage of hurricanes Maria and Irma during the 2017 hurricane season in the Atlantic.The King had visited the affected Dutch islands immediately after the passage of hurricane Maria to get a first-hand appreciation of the damage caused.To this end, Ambassador Hales expressed deep appreciation of the Government ofGuyana to the commitment by the Netherlands of US $702 million for disasterpreparedness and relief efforts at the CARICOM UN High Level Pledging Conferencethat took place earlier in December at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.The exchange, according to the statement, also touched on the involvement of the Netherlands in designing a model of an effective and efficient drainage system for the city of Georgetown and the involvement of Dutch businesses in Guyana’s new oil and gas sector.King Willem-Alexander (L) with Ambassador Hales (R)Moreover, the release said that King Willem-Alexander also showed great interest in the current status of the Good Office process under the aegis of the United Nations Secretary General regarding the Guyana, Venezuela border controversy.Ambassador Hales also held discussions with the Deputy Director, WesternHemisphere Department, Director, Multilateral Organisations and Human RightsDepartment and other top level officials of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.The two countries established diplomatic relations on May 15, 1970. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related5 new Ambassadors and High Commissioners accreditedOctober 10, 2018In “latest news”Guyana and Denmark to further strengthen relationsJuly 20, 2016In “latest news”Japan commits to strengthened bilateral relations with Guyana…as new Non-resident Ambassador is accreditedFebruary 24, 2016In “latest news”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBrathwaite urges relaxed but disciplined approachJuly 31, 2018In “latest news”Rashid defends eight off the last over to seal 3-0 whitewashJune 7, 2018In “latest news”Windies skipper Holder tries to make sense of defeat to BangladeshJune 18, 2019In “latest news” Ashley Nurse rejoices after picking up a wicket AFPWest Indies will go into the second T20I in Fort Lauderdale armed with the confidence that their big hitters and aggressive bowlers are firing in tandem, presenting a challenge even greater for a Bangladesh side that hasn’t been able to sustain its success for any measurable period through this tour.As always, much of Bangladesh’s hopes would fall on their four senior batsmen, but there’s a lot more that the likes of Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar and Ariful Haque can bring to the table.Soumya, despite being thrown multiple lifelines, has failed to find a way out his wretched form, while Liton needs to capitalise on impressive starts and push on to producing something more substantial. Ariful is still young at the international level, but expectations from newcomers have never been higher in the Bangladesh set-up.The bowling load will be shared between Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman, who both are usually required to bowl at critical phases in T20s, with Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Shakib Al Hasan providing support. Nazmul Islam, who debuted earlier this year, needs to adapt quickly if he is to survive in this spin attack.West Indies, the world champions, have very little to worry about. Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul and Kesrick Williams complemented each other, taking eight wickets together, before Andre Russell, returning from injury, Marlon Samuels and Rovman Powell upended the chase in a six-heavy onslaught in the last game. If those signs weren’t worrying enough for Bangladesh, they are compounded by West Indies’ superlative record at this venue: they are yet to lose a match in Lauderhill, have three of the four highest totals at this ground, and have bowled out the opposition twice in three completed games. Ominous?Perhaps the one factor that could come to Bangladesh’s aid is the crowd in Lauderhill; the local population has a strong subcontinental presence. The expatriates have already turned up in droves in South Florida for the double-header, meaning that Bangladesh’s first international match in the USA will likely have the feeling of a home game.West Indies (probable): 1 Evin Lewis, 2 Andre Fletcher, 3 Andre Russell, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 6 Rovman Powell, 7 Carlos Brathwaite (capt), 8 Keemo Paul, 9 Ashley Nurse, 10 Samuel Badree, 11 Kesrick WilliamsSoumya Sarkar has been in miserable form in domestic cricket, and his inclusion in the squad was only as a result of the management’s plea. He would undoubtedly be under the scanner, with Mosaddek Hossain being the prime candidate to replace him.Bangladesh (probable): 1 Liton Das, 2 Tamim Iqbal, 3 Soumya Sarkar, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Ariful Haque, 8 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 9 Mustafizur Rahman, 10 Nazmul Islam, 11 Rubel HossainThe last completed game in Lauderhill produced a run-glut, with West Indies and India totaling 489 runs and both innings producing a century.The weather has been quite warm, but it is likely to remain clear for both matches. (ESPNcricinfo)
The Earthquake Unit at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, has reported that a minor earthquake was felt in sections of Jamaica early yesterday.According to the Jamaica Observer Online edition, the unit said the 3.2 quake occurred at 5:20 am and was located in the community of Rock Hall in the eastern parish of St Andrew and had a depth of 16 kilometres.The tremor was also felt in sections of the central parish of St Catherine.There were no reports of damage or injuries, the Jamaica Observer reported. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMinor magnitude 4.6 earthquake hits JamaicaSeptember 17, 2018In “Regional”Guns destined for Jamaica intercepted in MiamiDecember 8, 2017In “latest news”Jamaican man charged with sexual abuse of his little girlsApril 17, 2019In “Court”
Atlas Copco Secoroc’s innovation in rotary blasthole drilling – the Secoroc PARD system – is designed to boost rotary drilling performance by combining the best of DTH and Rotary drilling technology. The new system combines a unique, high frequency, low impact DTH hammer and a specially designed tricone drill bit that’s mounted onto a standard rotary drill rig and drill string. The result is a combination of percussive power and rotational force that provides significant increases in the rate of penetration. In fact, case studies show ROP increases up to 50%.The Secoroc PARD hammer is designed to operate on pressures from 3.45 to7.6 bar, which is low compared to standard DTH hammers. Optimal air flow is achieved with the unique Secoroc PARD parallel air flow system, which distributes the air proportionately between the hammer and the tricone drill bit.Atlas Copco says “the Secoroc PARD tricone bits can withstand the additional stresses and strains and still retain the same service lives of standard tricone bits. All this adds up to more holes drilled per shift and lower total drilling costs (TDC).”The Secoroc PARD system is ideal for large mines and quarries where blast holes from 250 to 311 mm are standard. There are two models currently available – Secoroc PARD 10 and Secoroc PARD 12 – and a comprehensive selection of Secoroc PARD tricone bits.
Atlas Copco’s well-known Boomer M-series drill rigs, which were relaunched in Australia this year after a major upgrade, are now available worldwide. The medium sized, one or two-boom Boomer M-series drill rigs from Atlas Copco have been favorite workhorses for many years in underground mining and tunnelling. Now they have become “more useful and efficient than ever,” says the company.During a major upgrade, the Boomer M-series rigs have been “reloaded” with a range of enhancements that make them stronger, cleaner, safer and easier to operate. Johan Jonsson, Product Manager, explains: “The use of contractors in the mining industry is becoming increasingly common and these companies have told us they need extremely robust drill rigs for drilling in tougher environments, and preferably rigs that can be used for more than one application. In response, we have further developed the new Boomer M-series. These rigs are now much stronger and more powerful and can be used for face drilling as well as rock bolting.”Jonsson points out that the rigs have been “reloaded” with a range of design improvements. These include stronger booms, a new filtration system, increased safety features and Atlas Copco’s award winning rig control system. In field trials in Australia these enhancements have returned top ratings for productivity, longer service intervals and lower operating costs.The new, stronger BUT 36S booms provide steadier articulation and faster, more accurate positioning. They also incorporate several new design features that help to extend the service intervals. The new filtration system keeps lubrication air and hydraulic oil free from water and fine particles. This improves the quality of the air and the oil, which, in turn, prolongs the life of the hydraulic components and the rock drills.These rigs also offer increased safety for the operator. For example, the BUT 36S boom’s Safe Bolting configuration makes it possible to swing the feed all the way back to the cabin so that the operator can load it with bolts while standing on platforms on either side of the rig. This eliminates the need to work in front of the machine under unsupported roofs, substantially reducing the risk of injury from rockfall. For added safety, the spacious and comfortable cabin is now ROPS/FOPS certified.The reloaded M-series rigs are equipped with COP 1838HD+ rock drills and come with a robust hydraulic control system or, as an option, with the award-winning, new generation Atlas Copco Rig Control System, RCS 5.
Metso is introducing the new Nordberg® NP13 impact crusher to the market, the newest addition to a field-proven range of NP Series impact crushers. “Designed for increased safety and performance, NP13 is the perfect choice for secondary and tertiary applications.” The new Nordberg NP13 uses the same design as the NP15 but for smaller capacity requirements.“Performance, profitability and maintenance of the crushing plants are at the heart of this new crusher,” says Vincent Schmitt, Metso’s Product Manager for NP Series impact crushers. To improve crushing efficiency and produce more end products with less recirculation load, the NP13 features a steeper feed angle. This increases material penetration into the rotor and makes the discharge curve less sensitive to blow bar wear, enabling more consistent end products over time without having to change blow bars.The NP13 accepts feed material up to 350 mm and can be equipped with a 315 kW motor on a single drive. Its maximum throughput capacity is up to +20% more than that of the existing NP1213, and it can be installed on a lighter steel structure. The number of different side liners has been cut by nearly half compared with the NP1213. The NP13 only requires seven different liners. “This clever wear part arrangement means more flexibility in the use of the side liners and less need for parts in stock.”Thanks to Metso IC crusher automation, product quality is both predictable and consistent. The Metso IC crusher automation system is available for the NP13 as well as for all of Metso’s crushers to give accurate control of the crusher parameters for a high-quality product and improved plant profitability. The wide selection of blow bars “ensures that customers always have the right tool, regardless of the abrasiveness of the crushed material. Metso’s triple-wedge blow bar attachment system is the easiest on the market and provides a very rigid assembly that allows the use of blow bars with ceramic inserts, even with coarse feed material.”To make maintenance safer and easier, NP13 has a new two-part rear frame that combines safety with easy, wide access. The operator can choose which way to open the frame, depending on where access is required. The removable breaker plate cassette on NP13 ensures the safe replacement of breaker plate liners. This patented innovation consists of a removable assembly so that the breaker plate liners can be changed in a safe place outside the crusher. An additional spare cassette can be prepared in advance to further ease and speed up liner changes.The NP13 maintenance bridge is an innovative and professional solution that provides safe and easy access to both the highest side liners and the rotor. This means that the operator performing the maintenance is always working under safe conditions. The patented Self-Rotation Rotor (SRR) system is the centralised point for the setting adjustment and blow bar change, and further increases safety during maintenance operations. Thanks to its automated turning, the rotor provides a safe environment for changing the blow bars without any risk of injury for the operator.In addition to these benefits, NP13 offers numerous customization options to help customers fit the crusher to their specific technical and business needs. These include a fully hydraulic setting adjustment, third breaker plate, drive equipment, sensors and automatic greasing, among others.
Construction of SEMAFO’s 90%-owned Boungou mine in Burkina Faso is progressing well and is on schedule for commissioning of the open-pit mine in the second half of 2018. As at June 30, 2017, the following key components had been advanced:Development on schedule with $69 million spentConstruction of the mine 35% completeConcrete works are progressing on the SAG, Vertimill, crusher and surge bin foundationsErection of the leach and water tanks has commencedOn-site delivery of the vertimill, the first long-lead itemWork has commenced on the power plant and fuel depotWater storage facility has been excavated and is ready to collect 2017 rainwaterPre-strip mining at the Boungou deposit has commencedConstruction of the resettlement village 65% complete1,540 personnel including contractors were employed on site, 93% of whom are Burkinabe1.1 million man-hours have been worked without lost-time injury.The table below presents the construction milestones for the Boungou Mine and their level of completion:The picture shows the first concrete pour.The Boungou permit, which contains the Natougou deposit, lies within the Diapaga Greenstone Belt, a northeast-southwest orientated belt that extends over 250 km in length and over 50 km in width. SEMAFO holds four contiguous permits, collectively known as the Tapoa Permit Group, covering approximately 70 km in strike length along the Diapaga belt. Laterite and alluvium cover extensive (lateral) portions of the permit however both are generally less than 10 m in thickness. Highlights:Processing: 4,000 t/d in a CIP plantMine life: +7 yearsCapital expenditures: $231 millionAfter-tax 5% NPV: $262 million at base case of $1,100/oz AuAfter-tax project IRR: 48% at $1,250/oz AuDuring the first three years; average production of + 226,000 oz, average total cash cost of $283/oz, average all-in sustaining cost of $374/ozAverage head grade of 5.72 g/t Au.During the second quarter of 2017, a total of 23,700 m was drilled in 156 holes, completing the infill programs (40-m by 40-m hole spacing) on the West and East Flank Sectors, with 49,400 m in 326 holes, of the Boungou reserves pit. Results continue to be in line with the 80-m x 80-m model. The East Flank, although much smaller, has a similar structure to that of the West Flank.The geotechnical drilling program on the East and West Flanks has also been completed. Samples have been sent to Rocklab in South Africa to establish engineering parameters.