Ohio State mens gymnastics dominates at Big Ten championships

The OSU men’s gymnastics team poses for a photo after winning the 2016 Big Ten championship. Credit: Luke Swartz | Lantern reporterSt. John Arena played host to the Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championships over the weekend, and the hosting team stole the show, grabbing the team title among a trove of other accolades.  The No. 3 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team capped off a thrilling Friday night with a team championship, while also boasting two of the events’ top all-around scorers from a pair of Olympic hopefuls, redshirt sophomore Sean Melton and freshman Alec Yoder. Then, the following night, the Buckeyes collected all three of the major end-of-the-year awards and multiple event titles. “I’m glad (the guys) have stuck with the process of what we’re trying to implement, and I think it’s very sweet to get these results,” said OSU coach Rustam Sharipov. “I think it’s a great reward to see them happy and, of course, they make me happy.”OSU, which now owns 13 Big Ten championships, last won the conference title in 2007.  Coincidentally, this marks the first time since that year that the event was hosted by the Buckeyes. A fitting coda to the big weekend came when the Scarlet and Gray had multiple individuals recognized for their successful seasons, including Sharipov, who won the Big Ten Coach of the Year award. Melton received the conference’s gymnast of the year award, while Yoder earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year. The All-Big Ten teams were also announced. Melton and Yoder took home first-team honors, while sophomore Seth Delbridge and senior Alex Johnson received spots on the second team. Johnson was also recognized with the Sportsmanship Award.Melton finished first in three separate events on Friday night, including rings (15.850), floor exercise (15.400) and parallel bars (15.500).  Yoder also put up impressive numbers on the night, finishing second on the pommel horse (15.250), fourth on rings (15.150) and fifth on high bar (14.100).Melton, who is a member of the U.S. Senior National Team, earned the gold medal for his all-around performance, scoring a six-event high score of 89.75 en route to his first Big Ten all-around win. He is the first OSU men’s gymnast to win the all-around title since 2004.  Yoder, meanwhile, finished in second place, putting up a six-event score of 87.55.Despite being recognized for his solo performance, Melton remains focused on the success of the team. “Anything individual is just another plus, but my main goal is the team title,” Melton said. “I’m going to enjoy it and I’m excited about it, but the team title is my No. 1 priority.” In the individual championships, which were held on Saturday, the Buckeyes grabbed three event titles. Melton won the parallel bars (16.175), which is a new school record, and the floor exercise (15.450), while Yoder won on the pommel horse (15.225). OSU also had three second-place finishes, with Melton on the rings (15.100), Delbridge in the vault (13.325) and Johnson on the high bar (14.550).Yoder said he finds pride in the team success and individual accolades while also taking in the emotion of the big stage.“This is surreal, this is something that I’ve been dreaming about for a long time,” Yoder said. “I’m just so proud of this team and (I’m) just amazed with this whole experience.”The Buckeyes are next set to have the benefit of competing on their home floor once again as they host the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships. OSU looks poised for a successful showing after dominating the conference championships, as six of the Big Ten teams it defeated ranked in the top 10 nationally. The event is scheduled to be held April 15 and 16 at St. John Arena. read more

Commentary Do everyone a favor on Saturday Be respectful to Penn State

In many ways, 2011 has been a forgettable year for the Ohio State football program. Tuesday’s announcement by athletic director Gene Smith, Undergraduate Student Government, Block “O” and OSU Sportsmanship Council of an initiative to treat all visiting Penn State fans respectfully for Saturday’s OSU-PSU game stands as a bright spot. Since the December revelation that six OSU football players sold team memorabilia in exchange for improper benefits in the form of tattoos, OSU football and Buckeye Nation has been reeling. Beloved former coach Jim Tressel was forced to resign as part of the fallout from the team’s NCAA violations and the 2010 season, including a 2011 Sugar Bowl victory, was vacated. Ever since, the OSU roster has been a merry-go-round-esque shuffle of suspended and not suspended players. OSU’s football team, its fans and the university itself continue to be the subject of national scrutiny and ridicule. Then a troubling, new scandal was unearthed at Penn State last week. Happy Valley was rocked by its own football program’s misdeeds as former PSU defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was charged with sexually abusing children at a Nittany Lions football facility. PSU’s president for finance and business, Gary Schultz, and athletic director, Tim Curley, were also charged with perjury and failure to report child abuse. University President Graham Spanier resigned in the wake of the charges being made public and Joe Paterno, NCAA Division I’s all-time wins leader and the head coach of PSU football for 46 years, was fired. On the night the PSU Board of Trustees announced Spanier’s resignation and Paterno’s firing, a faction of students rioted in State College, Pa., flipping a TV news truck on College Avenue and harassing police and members of the media. Off-the-field situations like these, particularly the incidents at PSU, put the true significance of a collegiate athletic competition into perspective, and Smith did well to recognize this by encouraging Buckeye Nation to be respectful toward visiting Nittany Lions supporters this weekend. “With the incidents occurring over at Penn State University this past week, we thought it was important that we try and share with our fans this reality that we face by hosting Penn State this weekend,” Smith said at OSU coach Luke Fickell’s Tuesday press conference. “We’re asking all of our Buckeye fans… to continue to show the sportsmanship and class that they represent as we welcome our visitors. “The fans that will come here and the young men that participate in this contest this weekend are coming here as our visitors. We ask that all of our fans continue to demonstrate great respect.” OSU fans should consider themselves lucky that the Tattoo-gate scandal was revealed with only a neutral-site bowl game remaining in its season. By comparison, PSU still had three regular season games to play — two of which are still to be played at Ohio Stadium and at Wisconsin — when news of its scandal broke. PSU could also play two additional games should it qualify for the Big Ten Championship Game and a bowl game after that. “Penn State students love their school just as much as we love ours,” USG President Nick Messenger said at the Tuesday press conference. “It is important to remember the victims of this tragedy, but it is also important to remember that our visitors are not people whom we should direct our anger.” Well said. The potential for Nittany Lions players, coaches and fans to be verbally abused increases exponentially when they leave State College, but OSU fans should be the last to poke fun at a program in suffering. OSU students, faculty and staff have probably heard enough tattoo jokes to last them a lifetime. You remember how that feels — it’s not a good feeling. There’s no reason to make another fanbase feel that way. If you don’t have anything nice to say when you see a Nittany Lions fan on Saturday, do everyone a favor and say nothing. After all, OSU football is not so far removed from its own troubles that Buckeye Nation should feel that it is in a position to judge other football programs. read more

Early goal dooms mens soccer against No 15 Akron

Freshman defender Tyler Kidwell (12) passes the ball during a match against Wright State Sept. 17 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The teams tied, 1-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team’s struggles with finishing continued when it was defeated by the No.15 Akron Zips 1-0. The Buckeyes were able fire six shots, including two in the last 10 minutes, but were unable to capitalize on any of them.The Zips came out aggressive scoring the only goal of the match in the sixth minute as when senior midfielder Zac Portillos collected a rebounded shot in the box and powered the ball into the back of the net.Despite the loss, Buckeye coach John Bluem was impressed with the way the team played.“We had a very strong game tonight,” he said. “We knew we were coming into a tough environment with some inexperienced players and the only problem was we conceded an early goal.”Both teams came out quickly from halftime. Akron was able to muster up three shots in the first five minutes, but was unable to finish.The Buckeyes’ best chance to score came in the 77th minute when they brought the ball down the left side of the field and crossed it into the box. The ball bounced around multiple times until junior midfielder Yianni Sarris took a shot that was deflected by Akron senior midfielder Robbie Derschang. It was the Buckeyes first shot on goal.With 45 seconds left, Sarris was pushed down just outside of the box and the Buckeyes were given a free kick. Junior midfielder Alec Lowell took the shot but it was deflected out of bounds for an OSU corner kick. Ivanov pushed forward into the Akron box and tried to head the ensuing kick into the back of the net but was unsuccessful as time ran out.Bluem said the team will watch tape from the game and will learn how to be better prepared for its upcoming games.“We will just keep working on things that prevented us from getting shots tonight. We have a couple days off until the big ten opener against Indiana, by that time we’ll be ready defensively and with attacking,” he said.The Buckeyes were outshot by the Zips by a total of 15-6 with redshirt-senior Alex Ivanov recording five saves. Ivanov was making his first start since the team took on Wright State Sept. 17 after receiving a red card in that match for an intentional handball outside of the box.OSU’s next five matches are against 2012 NCAA tournament squads, and Bluem thinks the team will be ready for the challenge.“Hopefully the guys will respond with a really good effort and I believe we will knock of a couple of these teams coming up soon,” he said.The match was the fourth-straight match versus an in-state opponent for the Buckeyes and was the team’s last match before beginning Big Ten play against Indiana Sunday. read more

Womens Basketball Rebounding issues holding Ohio State back from reaching potential

Ohio State redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga corrals a rebound during the first half of the Buckeyes’ game against Quinnipiac on Nov. 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorOhio State should not have had a problem securing rebounds during Sunday afternoon’s 85-76 win against Washington. The Huskies were outrebounded by Idaho State 46-27 in their season-opening loss, then lost the rebounding battle to BYU 43-39 in a 80-72 win. They did not play anyone taller than 6-foot-1 against the Buckeyes, while Ohio State started 6-foot-3 forward Stephanie Mavunga and played forwards Alexa Hart (6-foot-3) and Makayla Waterman (6-foot-2).Yet, Washington (1-2) pulled down 46 rebounds, with 17 coming on the offensive glass, and No. 9 Ohio State (4-1) controlled 40 boards.“I think it’s two-fold,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said after the game. “It’s discipline because you can really want it, but if you’re not hitting your person and running by and going and getting the ball, then that’s a problem. So it’s discipline, and then it’s want-to. We lacked in both areas today.”In the first half, the discrepancy was even more apparent as Washington held a 28-17 advantage on the glass. The visiting team had 12 offensive rebounds by halftime, which nearly equalled Ohio State’s 14 defensive rebounds.Ohio State senior forward Alexa Hart takes a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Washington on Nov. 19. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor“We were terrible on the boards. I still feel like, even in the second half,” Mavunga said. “And it’s kind of bad because we’ve been really working on that, he’s been really emphasizing boxing out, hitting your person, going to get the rebound.”The struggles to secure boards against Washington did not come as a complete shock. The Buckeyes outrebounded Idaho 59-35, but Louisville outrebounded Ohio State 47-29. And though McGuff’s team held a 55-41 rebound advantage against Quinnipiac, the Bobcats had just one less first-half rebound than the Buckeyes.But the recent rebounding struggles come in stark contrast to how Ohio State opened the season. In the Buckeyes first game of the season, a 85-64 victory against Stanford, they dominated the glass. Mavunga set a school record with 26 rebounds and her team held a commanding 64-41 rebounding edge. It seemed rebounding could be an area of strength for Ohio State after it had multiple seasons of meager totals.“Did we get worse at rebounding or did we not try hard enough today?,” McGuff asked. “I think we probably know the answer to that.”Ohio State plays a starting lineup that features just one post player in Mavunga. Though Mavunga has four double-doubles in five games and became the third player to average a double-double in program history last season, she doesn’t receive much help from fellow tall forwards. The Buckeyes start a four-guard lineup featuring Kelsey Mitchell, Sierra Calhoun, Asia Doss and Linnae Harper, and play the group for much of the game. Of the four, only Calhoun stands taller than 5-foot-8, and she rarely enters the post due to her shooting ability.Instead, Harper, who is listed at 5-foot-8, acts as a quasi-forward at times, crashing the glass. The scrappy guard picked up nine rebounds against the Huskies. She corralled 18 rebounds against Idaho, 10 against Quinnipiac, 11 against Stanford and seven versus Louisville. McGuff understands the negatives posed by playing a four-guard lineup, but said he likes the ability to play different lineups and not feel like the team is lacking rebounding despite not playing a lineup featuring taller players.“The thing that I like about it is she can rebound around the basket, where she gets in kind of wrestling matches with people,” McGuff said. “She can also come from the perimeter and rebound. She gives us a lot of versatility and with her rebounding, it allows us to play in a lot of different ways.”Mavunga said continued rebounding struggles would keep the Buckeyes from reaching their desired success, but believes the problem will be quashed with further practice.“I think that we’re going to be really holding ourselves accountable and holding our teammates accountable, especially starting this week in practice,” Mavunga said. “We’ve already fessed up and we’ve already realized the problem.”Ohio State’s ability to beat top-level teams depends on progress in overcoming its rebound struggles. And given the steps back since the beginning of the season, the progress has already begun, but it has been in the wrong direction. read more

Deadly bacteria on chickens now resistant to antibiotics in half of cases

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Professor Brendan Wren, Dean of the Faculty Infectious and Tropical Diseases and the  London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. “Given the high prevalence of Campylobacter as the leading cause of food poisoning it is somewhat alarming that around half of the strains are multi-antibiotic resistant.“This not only has implications for treatment, but also for the dispersal of antibiotic resistance to other bacteria in the food chain”Testing earlier this year by the FSA found that campylobacter is present in up to 65 per cent of chickens in some supermarkets, with Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose all having levels of above 50 per cent. Farmers are often blamed for the problem with many campaigners arguing that they over medicate the animals. Although the bacteria can be killed through thorough cooking, it can cause diarrhea or dysentery syndrome, including cramps, fever and pain. In extreme cases it can lead to death. The problem is often blamed on farmers who give antibiotics to their chickens  Half the strains of a deadly food poisoning bug, which is common in supermarket chicken, are now resistant to the most effective antibiotics, a new report from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned.The campylobacter bacteria kills around 100 people in Britain each year and is responsible for around 280,000 cases of food poisoning annually.Currently infections are treated with antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones, of which ciprofloaxin and nalidixic are the most common. But half of all strains found in poultry by the FSA are now resistant to both of the drugs, which means it man no longer be possible to treat some patients.The problem has more than doubled in 10 years with just 15 per cent of strains resistant to ciprofloaxin and 22 per cent to nalidixic in 2005.On Friday the FSA met with all major retailers to discuss the findings and come up with possible solutions to reduce the risk of consumers becoming infected.center_img The best safeguard against infection is maintaining good hygiene in the kitchen, including washing hands, and keeping cooked and uncooked food separate. Chicken should also never be washed under the tap.A spokesman from the British Retail Consortium said: “Retailers are working closely with their farmers and suppliers to ensure antibiotics are used responsibly in their supply chain, which means an appropriate balance between animal welfare and only using medicines when they are necessary as part of good husbandry.” The report also warned that there was insufficient information to be sure that other areas of the food chain were safe.Professor Mark Woolhouse of the University of Edinburgh said: “There is an urgent need for better information on human exposure to antibiotic resistant bacteria in food and on whether that exposure is rising.One of the report’s most important findings is how little data there are, and the report concludes that we need better surveillance. I strongly endorse that recommendation.“The good news is that the UK has now set targets for reducing the quantities of antibiotics used in food production. Better monitoring is needed so that we can tell whether this proves effective in reducing the problem.” The problem is often blamed on farmers who give antibiotics to their chickens last_img read more

Girl 9 could fall into diabetic coma after family walk out of

first_imgThe girl went missing from St Mary's Hospital, Paddington Mashael is described as being less than 5ft and has long, straight black hair. She was last seen wearing a grey top, leggings and light coloured shoes.The man is described as having a heavy build and has short black hair receding at the front. The woman was wearing a black burka.Anyone with information is asked to contact police.  Fears are mounting for the safety of a sick nine-year-old girl who went missing after being taken to hospital in need of urgent medical care.The Metropolitan Police has issued a plea for information after girl vanished from St Mary’s hospital in Paddington, London, shortly after arriving to see medics on Sunday evening.Scotland Yard said the girl attended the hospital accompanied by her parents and a younger brother at around 5.40pm after she fell ill.But the family left two hours later before the girl, who police believe is diabetic, could receive treatment. Police said the girl had a high blood sugar count, meaning she could fall into a coma if she is not treated. Urgent help required; #missing 9 yr old girl in need of medical treatment call 101 if seen https://t.co/pYbDNzgUen pic.twitter.com/NitpGl39Zu— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) 10 April 2017 A police statement said: “The girl was initially seen by medical staff and her parents informed them that their child’s name was Mashael Aldosari.”Detectives are unsure if this is the child’s real name as the family provided a false address to staff.”Police know very little about the family as the adults did not provide their names to staff at the hospital. All four left the hospital at 7.44pm. At this early stage detectives believe that the family could be from Kuwait.”The family are believed to have told medical staff that they had travelled to the UK in order for their son to receive hospital treatment.”Inquiries have established that this is may not be the case. It is not known when the family entered the country and inquires continue with other agencies.center_img “Given the circumstances, detectives are urgently seeking the trace the young girl in order for her to receive medical treatment.” The girl went missing from St Mary’s Hospital, PaddingtonCredit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Emergency callers warned against overwhelming text service set up to help deaf

first_imgTo use the service, a caller lists the emergency service they require, followed by a description of the problem and the location in a text. It has also been used by those with allergies who are left temporarily unable to speak due to anaphylactic shock. A spokesman for BT said that it “did not recommend” that people without a disability use the service. He added that if a caller is unable to speak, the “Silent Solutions” rule is a better way to communicate with emergency staff. This means that a silent 999 caller can let operators know that they are experiencing a real emergency by responding to prompts to cough or tap the handset, or by pressing “55” on their keypad. 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. Callers have been warned against using a text service designed for deaf people to contact the emergency services.According to BT, 250,000 people are registered with a text service which allows users to contact emergency services without speaking on the phone.The service, which was set up to help deaf people and those with a speech impediment, could allow those in a hostage situation in which it would be too dangerous to speak to call for help silently. But both BT and Ofcom have warned that the system should only be used when necessary as an increase in demand could cause capacity issues for disabled users.It also has a slower response time than a 999 call.A spokesman for the communications regulator, which requires mobile phone companies to provide the service, said that it “has been designed specifically for people with hearing loss or difficulty with speech”. Users register for the system in advance by sending the word “register” in a text to 999 and replying “yes” to the response, which will include information about the service. BT does not record whether those who register are hearing-impaired or not. Currently the service receives only 14 requests a week. The system, which has been mandatory since 2011, relies on “relay assistants” who dictate the contents of the message to a 999 adviser and write down the response to be sent back to the caller in another text message. last_img read more

Bizarre road rage video What is a citizens arrest and how do

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The bizarre road rage video featuring David Attenborough’s producer attempting to put a motorist under citizen’s arrest has been all over the internet.Fergus Beeley failed to place the other man under citizen’s arrest, but he tried his hardest to, saying: “Put your hands on the car and get ready to die, this is a citizen’s arrest.”He then begins pointing at the woman and the boy, saying: “You’re under a citizen’s arrest, you’re under a citizen’s arrest, and I tell you what, you are, too.”Upset and angry, the woman calls back: “That’s my 11-year-old-son, what’s he done?”But what should he have done to put them under arrest – and what would happen if he did?What is a citizen’s arrest?A citizen’s arrest is an arrest by an individual who is not a law enforcement official.The law states:Anybody can arrest a person who is committing an indictable offence.Anybody can arrest a person if they have reasonable grounds to suspect that they are committing an indictable offence.A citizen’s arrest can be conducted in appropriate circumstances, such as the person causing damage to people or property, or trying to escape before the police can attend the scene. Use proportionate and reasonable force so you don’t get into trouble yourself.center_img An indictable offence is one which could land the perpetrator in Crown Court – so it has to be a pretty serious crime such as violent assault or burglary.When should one be made?Lawyers advise that witnesses be present when an arrest is being made.This is because often when you’re performing a citizen’s arrest, you’re dealing with someone who won’t be honest with police when they arrive.So that you’re not arrested for assault, make sure you’re doing it for the correct reason and that you have people around who will vouch for you.If you don’t have any witnesses nearby, take pictures and videos on your phone of the crime to show to police.Make sure you don’t put yourself in any danger while performing the arrest – assess whether you can detain the person on your own.Arresting someone is a job best left to the professionals whenever possible.What needs to be done to complete a citizen’s arrest?There is no specific wording to tell people they are under citizen’s arrest.The subject does need to be told what you are doing and why as soon as possible before they are detained and taken to the police.last_img read more

Exclusive Liverpool Football Clubs young players investigated by school for alleged sexual

first_imgTwo of Liverpool Football Club’s youth players are under investigation allegedly for sexually harassing female teachers and young girls at the school they attend.Rainhill High School in Merseyside has launched an inquiry into both rising stars of the Premier League club following allegations about inappropriate sexual comments and behaviour. Whistleblowers told The Daily Telegraph how staff and pupils had complained about the conduct of the club’s young players but that the school management had been slow to act.In one case, it was claimed that the Liverpool players acted in a sexually intimidating manner toward a group of 11-year-old girls during their sports lesson, parading around with shirts off and trousers undone. It was alleged they were shouting and swearing.In another instance, one player 
allegedly sexually harassed a female teacher. The school was made aware of both these cases after staff made formal complaints.A source close to the school told The Daily Telegraph: “They are really big, well-built lads and they have been intimidating staff and pupils, making sexualised comments aimed at them, and jeering.“A lot of people feel that the behaviour is out of control. It has really escalated. We have been told that the club is taking it seriously.” The source told how the Liverpool youth players had also been responsible for “horrendous” vandalism.“There is a lot of anti-social behaviour: kicking balls at windows and smashing them, kicking balls at children,” they said.The school is the nominated place for players enrolled at Liverpool Football Club’s academy.Another source said that “the lads do whatever they want” while the school’s management “turns a blind eye”. They added: “The attitude is that ‘boys will be boys’.”The source told how they witnessed two of the club’s young players shouting crude sexual comments at a female student. “The incident was reported but nothing was done,” they said.Staff wrote to Ofsted, the schools inspectorate, to alert them about their concerns, and that triggered inquiries from the local council about safeguarding, The Telegraph understands.A spokesman for Ofsted said it could not comment on individual cases, but added that it brought any concerns, relating to safeguarding or allegations of abuse, to the attention of the local authority social services and the police.The school was last inspected in 2014 when it was ranked “good”, with inspectors noting that “the curriculum provides some outstanding opportunities for students’ spiritual, moral social and cultural development and prepares them well for life in modern Britain”. Inspectors said that “safeguarding, particularly of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged students, is strong”, adding that all statutory requirements were met by the school.A spokesman for Liverpool FC said: “We are aware Rainhill High School is currently looking into complaints made against two of their pupils who are also young players at Liverpool.“The club will allow the school to conclude its own inquiries in the first instance before considering their findings.“Until the school completes its own process, the club will not be making any further comment.”A St Helens council spokesperson said: “The council can confirm that no investigations are currently being carried out at Rainhill High School in relation to safeguarding concerns.”Rainhill High School did not respond to requests for comment.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Soldier killed on training exercise due to officers total disregard for safety

“When the error was pointed out to him, he said ‘I’ve messed up, haven’t I? What will happen to me?'”The soldiers were firing in an inherently dangerous way. That situation was in contention with the clear rules and training Cpt Price had received months before.”Lieutenant Colonel Richard Bell, 45, of the Infantry Training Battalion and Warrant Officer Stuart Pankhurst, 40, of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment, are also accused of acting negligently in assisting Cpt Price and failing to review the exercise.Mr Lickley said all three defendants “played a part in the catastrophe.”.Cpt Price denies manslaughter by gross negligence while Lt Col Bell and WO2 Pankhurst deny negligently performing a duty.The trial continues. A young soldier was killed on a training exercise after an Army officer showed “a total disregard” for safety, a court martial has heard.Ranger Michael Maguire, 21, of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment, was shot in the forehead while relaxing with fellow soldiers at the Castlemartin Ranges, Pembrokeshire.The fatal bullet was fired more than half a mile away by other members of their company on a neighbouring range who would have been visible during the live ammunition drill.Captain Jonathan Price, 32, now of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish, is accused of manslaughter by gross negligence after setting up the “catastrophic” exercise in which troops were firing in an “inherently dangerous” way.Nigel Lickley QC, prosecuting, told the trial at Bulford Military Court, Wilts, that Cpt Price was responsible for “significant” and “extensive” failings after setting up targets outside safe zones of fire.”Not only did he fail his men, but his failings contributed towards Rgr Maguire’s death,” he said.“His death was foreseeable and Cpt Price’s negligence was so bad we judge this to be criminal.”Common sense if this situation says you do not point guns at people, you do not design, permit or allow an activity that allows machine guns to fire directly in line with your men.” 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. Rgr Maguire, from Cork, Ireland, had joined the battalion two years earlier, in 2010, and had already served in Afghanistan.Seconds before he was shot, he told a fellow soldier “these rounds are getting dangerously close”.Cpt Price is accused of failing to attend a recce of the range when planning the exercises and of placing targets too close together.Mr Lickley told the panel: “Crucially, he allowed firing to take place beyond the permitted arcs of fire.”Such was the total disregard for the safety of his men that a public beach 3km away and anyone on it was put at risk of being hit, given the range of the weapons being used.”It’s fortunate there were not more casualties.”The panel of seven senior officers hearing the case were told that the exercise, in May 2012, was designed to prepare the troops for deployment to Kenya later that year.Mr Lickley QC said Cpt Price wrongly placed targets in the range on mounds outside of the arc of fire, meaning Rgr Maguire was in the line of fire and hit by a stray bullet which missed the target.”In short, the exercises that Cpt Price planned resulted in his men firing at others, others that he knew were there, that he put there,” he said. read more