Mens basketball James Scoonie Penn named Director of Player Development for Ohio

Coach Chris Holtmann continues to compile his staff for his first year at the helm of the Ohio State men’s basketball team, adding James “Scoonie” Penn on to take the role of director of player development, the university announced Tuesday.Penn was a former Buckeye basketball player, becoming a letterwinner from 1999 and 2000 and being named a second team All-American in 2000 after transferring to Ohio State from Boston College.“We are really excited about Scoonie being a part of our staff,” Holtmann said. “All of Buckeye Nation will know that he is one of the all-time great players and ambassadors of our program. His connection to past and present players is impressive and something I was looking for in this position. He is such an accomplished player and I know his passion for Ohio State basketball is as strong as ever.”Inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013, Penn was named the Big Ten Player of the Year in the 1999 season and was twice placed on the first team All-Big Ten team. He demonstrated leadership even in his playing days, serving as team captain for both seasons. Under his guidance, the 1998-99 Ohio State team reached the Final Four, garnering Penn co-MVP for that season (he was also named co-MVP the following year). Over his two-year career with the Buckeyes, he averaged 16.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, while tallying a total of 284 assists.  Penn was later drafted by the Atlanta Hawks with the 57th overall pick in the second round of the 2000 NBA Draft. He never played in the NBA, instead traveling overseas to play 11 seasons in Europe.“I want to thank Coach Holtmann for giving me this opportunity,” Penn said. “I am very excited to be a part of the basketball staff at Ohio State. I’ve always felt like coaching was a calling of mine and there isn’t a better place to have a chance to learn than the university that I attended and care so much about. It’s going to be fun to learn from Coach Holtmann and the rest of the staff.” read more

Mens Basketball Blowout win sellout crowd Chris Holtmann shows top recruits his

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann calls out to the Buckeye defense in the first half of the game against Iowa on Feb. 10 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State head coach Chris Holtmann and his staff sat in The Board Room on the ground floor of the Schottenstein Center, giving their sales pitch after the game to recruits as to why they should buy into the program. Among those were top-ranked Ohio recruit and five-star power forward Alonzo Gaffney, three-star guard Joseph Girard — both from the 2019 class — and 2021 guard prospect Meechie Johnson, who all attended the game on visits and stuck around after to talk with the staff.For the prospects, it was a chance to take in the environment of a sold out arena with a ranked Ohio State team that is only on an upward trajectory. For Holtmann, it’s a chance to make sure the trajectory stays going up by stocking up on future talent.“I mean how can you not want to be a part of something like this,” Holtmann said. “[The recruits] did catch just a glimpse of what we hope to be and the exciting thing is we have opportunity in front of us with who we’re graduating and kind of the roster rebuild that we’re going to have to undertake here in the next couple years.”Taken at face value, the 82-64 win against Iowa does not seem to mean too much for No. 14 Ohio State. The Buckeyes were heavily favored, expected to beat down on the Hawkeyes, and they did just that. The win for the Buckeyes does have 2017-18 implications. After No. 4 Michigan State took down No. 3 Purdue, Ohio State was able to move past its tie with the Boilermakers — the Buckeyes already held the tiebreaker with the head-to-head win — and step out a whole game in front of the Big Ten pack with just four games left in its schedule.A winning team is naturally going to be easier to sell than a losing one, and Ohio State is the former. Sitting well ahead of nearly any preseason expectation with a 22-5 overall record and 13-1 conference record, recruits can easily buy into Holtmann’s pitch.This type of season does not just happen every year, however, and there is a chance Ohio State regresses in 2018-19. There will again be a lot of uncertainty with the roster, just as there was at the beginning of this season.Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop is likely headed to the NBA draft, while the eligibility of both senior forward Jae’Sean Tate and redshirt senior guard Kam Williams will expire. That leaves only freshman center Kaleb Wesson and junior guard C.J. Jackson as returning starters. Ohio State does bring in the 22nd-best recruiting class in the country and sixth-best in the conference, according to 247Sports Composite rankings for 2018. Among those recruits are four-star shooting guard Luther Muhammad and four-star small forward power forward JaeDon LeDee, who could each slide into open spots that Williams and Bates-Diop vacate. It will also have key freshman returnees like forward Kyle Young and guard Musa Jallow, both could be asked to step up and could take on starting roles for the team.This is not all to say that Ohio State should expect a losing season next year and that the Holtmann-era will have started off with an outlier. Holtmann and his staff have shown they can answer question marks emphatically and maximize the talent on their roster.But when a team is experiencing success, it behooves the coaching staff to do all it can to capitalize on the hype surrounding the program and the excitement shown when nearly 20,000 people pack into the Schottenstein Center for a game most expect to be an Ohio State blowout.When things are going right, players and coaches want to make sure they are getting all the appropriate and deserved attention from everyone who can ensure the success carries forward.“It’s just a perfect storm,” Wesson said. “Everybody’s here to see it.” read more

Former Army captain Rachel Webster to sue the Government over Ihat raid

first_imgA decorated war veteran has made an emotional demand for the government to shut down its “witch hunt” into historic allegations of abuse in Iraq.Rachel Webster, a former captain, announced she was suing the Ministry of Defence over her wrongful arrest by investigators in January 2014.Miss Webster was swooped on in a dawn raid at her home in London and driven 100 miles to Portsmouth for questioning.The MoD has paid damages for her rough treatment but Miss Webster is now mounting a further legal action over the right of the Iraq historic allegations team to have raided her home. Damages could run into hundreds of thousands of pounds.Miss Webster was unable to hold back the tears as her lawyer read from a prepared statement on the steps of the Royal Courts of Justice. Rachel Webster, a former Army captain Sgt Rachel Webster plays with Iraqi school children at the Khadega school in BasraCredit:EPA/RAED QUTENA In the statement Miss Webster branded Ihat an “aberration’ and called on Theresa May to shut it down.Her barrister David Taylor said on her behalf: “Rachel calls for an end to this self-inflicted military fiasco and that an inquiry be ordered to see what went so badly wrong.”The Prime Minister Theresa May said recently that the bravest of the brave would be protected. Rachel Webster served her country well for 24 years.”Rising to the rank of captain she received a Commanders’ Commendation in Kosovo for her work with rape victims with four tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and honoured for her efforts in rebuilding schools in Basra, she is one of the bravest of the brave.”So she calls upon the Prime Minister Theresa May. An honourable woman. Who like Rachel has spent her whole life defending British values and protecting British lives: to shut down Ihat now and put an end to this bloated, discredited and damaging witch hunt.” She further branded Ihat an “unstoppable double jeopardy juggernaut running dangerously out of control”.She protested: “Ihat has been complicit in the needless investigation of thousands of military personnel, interrupting their lives and frazzling the entail health of those put under the spotlight.” Rachel Webster on the steps of the Royal Courts of JusticeCredit:Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph Rachel Webster, a former Army captain Rachel Webster on the steps of the Royal Courts of Justice Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Show more Sgt. Rachel Webster (C) plays with Iraqi school children at the Khadega school in Basralast_img read more

Cauliflower squeeze Shrinking veg due to cold snap sees supermarkets receive complaints

first_img@AsdaServiceTeam a little shocked at the cauliflower we received in our click & collect. £1 for this. It’s tiny. Not what we usually receive pic.twitter.com/lmvqphmhv3— Lee-Ann Clark (@catdanceruk) December 14, 2016 “Hardly enough for one portion let alone a family, and barely bigger than a bulb of garlic!”A medium cauliflower head is normally around six inches in diameter but this year’s UK crop has produced masses of leaves with little edible head.Lynda Nicholson, 27, of Scotland, was also deceived by what she thought was a standard cauliflower from Morrisons. Veg lovers are chopping through layers of green leaf to find heads which are so small they fit in the palm of the handCredit: Leigh Binns / SWNS.com “We’ve had some warmer weather they are getting some decent heads on them. We will have a great supply of good size heads around for Christmas.”However, he advises shoppers not to waste the outer green leaves – which can be cooked and eaten.”We need to be telling people to eat the leaves as they are perfectly edible,” Mr Simmons added. “They have a nice sweet flavour.”A Tesco spokesperson said: “Like other retailers, some of our cauliflowers are a little smaller than usual due to unseasonably cold weather in November but they are still the same great quality and value.”Other supermarkets were contacted for comment. One of the pictures which has been shared on social media by a shopper unhappy about the diminuative size of their cauliflowerCredit: Graham Cheale / SWNS.com Farmers say the tiny crop is down to the cold snap at the end of November, which hit UK crops just as they were reaching maturity.ASDA shopper Joanne Sutherland, 43, from Nottinghamshire, said her cauliflower contained just a single floret.The community health care assistant said: “It was probably just one floret – I was just peeling this cauliflower back and then this tiny, tiny thing popped out. Veg lovers are chopping through layers of green leaf to find heads which are so small they fit in the palm of the hand Show more @Tesco You call this tiny thing a cauliflower Tesco?! 😫 pic.twitter.com/oYusWozow9— Laura (@dollfaceisevil) December 11, 2016 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 healthcare worker said: “It did appear to be a medium sized cauliflower until I took all the leaves off and it was pretty small – probably about four-five centimetres in circumference.”Myself and my husband were both eating but also had to cook a broccoli for enough for us.”Tesco customer Hannah Blackburn tweeted: “What the hell is this Tesco the smallest cauliflower in the world?! 95p for this compared to my bargain 39p broccoli!”Growers have described the tiny veg as a “temporary blip” due to the weather and they will be back to their normal size in time for Christmas.David Simmons, 56, managing director of Riviera Produce in Cornwall which supplies cauliflowers to supermarkets such as Morrisons, Asda and Aldi, said: “The cold weather we had has knocked the cauliflower back and made them grow slowly. “I was laughing to myself. How can they allow it to go on the shelves if it’s that tiny?”Tesco customer Francesca Ireland said her family dinner was ruined when her vegetable turned out to be barely bigger than a bulb of garlic.She wrote on Facebook: “Thanks for ruining our dinner plans tonight with this massive cauliflower bag only containing this tiny cauliflower. One of the pictures which has been shared on social media by a shopper unhappy about the diminuative size of their cauliflower Supermarkets have been flooded with complaints from shoppers about this season’s crop of tiny cauliflowers, some as small as an egg.Customers from stores including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and ASDA have shared pictures of their veg after typically paying £1 for a medium cauliflower.One customer wrote to Waitrose after cutting off 680g of leaf before finding a tiny head inside weighing just 160g. Thanks for ruining our dinner plans tonight with this massive cauliflower bag only containing this tiny cauliflowerFrancesca Irelandlast_img read more

Rail strikes spread across UK Train chaos worsens as drivers refuse to

first_imgA man waits on a platform in Manchester Victoria station during a reduced transport service due to industrial actionCredit:OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “The RMT action on Merseyrail this morning is absolutely solid, with pickets out in force at all key points and the response on the ground has been wholly positive. It has been a massively successful operation.”More than half of services on Arriva were set to be cancelled, while Southern said it aimed to run most of its 2,200 trains.The RMT strike on Southern is the 30th since a row over the role of conductors flared almost a year ago. Services were further reduced when drivers refused to cross picket linesCredit:OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty The RMT revealed it was considering legal options over “failure” of the Office of Rail Regulation to protect the rights of disabled passengers on Southern.Officials said their concerns arise from reports from members and passengers that disabled passengers on Southern are being treated less favourably than other passengers as a result of the company’s decision to end the guarantee of a guard on new driver only services. Members of rail staff taking industrial action hand out leaflets to passengers on Monday morningCredit:OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Unions have argued that the changes mean conductors will be sacked, but rail operators have vowed this is not the case. Theresa May’s official spokesman said the Prime Minister was “disappointed … that once again the RMT are disrupting passengers across the country”.The spokesman said: “These strikes are unnecessary. The RMT should return to talks and help deliver the high-quality rail services that passengers deserve.”Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart warned the strikes will anger commuters because the changes are not scheduled to be introduced on northern services for several years. The union mounted picket lines outside stations, saying they were receiving support from the public for its campaign to keep a safety-critical guard on trains.Merseyrail had hoped to run almost half its services, but a number of drivers refused to cross picket lines. The company said it was running around 20 per cent of services, far fewer than previously advertised.Trains were still running on most routes, every half an hour, but they were not stopping at every station. Andy Heath, of Merseyrail, said: “It is unfortunate that many drivers took the decision not to work today.”This is bad news for the travelling public within the Liverpool city region and the local economy, both of which will suffer as a result of today’s strike.” General secretary Mick Cash said: “It is obviously the case that if a disabled passenger once had the guarantee of a guard on their service and that guarantee is withdrawn then the disabled passenger has been disadvantaged.”Far from being about modernisation, driver only trains turns the clock back on the rights of disabled and older passengers.” Up to 2,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union at Southern Railway, Merseyrail and Arriva Trains North are walking out for 24 hours in a growing row over the role of conductors, threatening some of the worst disruption since the industry was privatised.Worse disruption that expected was caused when train drivers refused to cross picket lines set up by other workers on Monday morning. Rail strike action has spread across the north of England as train drivers walk out over an ongoing dispute about changes to jobs, prompting MPs to brand the decision “premature” and “frustrating”.The preemptive action is part of a broader union movement instigated on the Southern network after the company introduced plans to allow drivers to operate the doors as passengers get on and off, removing the need for a guard onboard. A man waits on a platform in Manchester Victoria train station during a reduced transport service due to industrial action Monday's strike action hit Southern Railway, Merseyrail and Arriva Trains North Northern Rail train tickets will be valid on Arriva buses in the North West to help passengers during RMT industrial action-13 March. pic.twitter.com/LRdn78cKNV— Arriva North West (@arrivanorthwest) March 9, 2017 Picket line Monday’s strike action hit Southern Railway, Merseyrail and Arriva Trains NorthCredit:OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty, Peter Byrne/PA David Sidebottom, director of the independent watchdog, Transport Focus, said: “These industrial relations problems are being dumped on passengers who may have to cancel plans or endure miserable journeys. It is crucial that all parties have discussions to resolve this matter without bringing the railway to a standstill.”Mr Stuart MP said: “The union’s action is totally premature as it has not yet undertaken detailed discussions with Northern Rail about its plans for the future of the service and local people and businesses will be baffled and frustrated that they are the ones being inconvenienced.”The sensible thing to do in these circumstances would be for the union to talk to the train operator about its concerns rather than seek to grandstand in this way. Jumping the gun with strike action won’t resolve anything and it certainly won’t win public sympathy for their cause.” The union said the ORR has not made a completed assessment of the effects on disabled passengers of removing the guarantee of a guard prior to Southern implementing its changes at the start of the year. We advise checking our Twitter feed before travel on Monday for latest updates regarding strike action. https://t.co/f6BRjqv14K pic.twitter.com/W3w5SHJeoK— Merseyrail (@merseyrail) March 10, 2017 Services were further reduced when drivers refused to cross picket lines 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

Your blood group could increase your chance of having a heart attack

first_imgO blood Credit:Peter Dazeley/Getty Images  Study author Tessa Kole, of the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands, said blood group should be considered in the future as part of risk assessment in preventing cardiovascular disease. Of those with blood group O, 14 in 1,000 people suffered a heart attack. For non-O blood groups, the figure was 15. While the increased risk is small on an individual level, it could be important in terms of the population. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Show more People who do not have blood group O are at an increased risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke, according to new research.Almost half (48 per cent) of people in the UK have O blood. But according to an analysis of studies involving 1.3million people, those who have A, B and AB blood have a slightly higher risk of  heart disease and stroke.Scientists think it could be because of higher levels of a blood-clotting protein in those blood groups. Charities say the most important thing to avoid heart disease is to eat healthily, stop smoking and take exercise. Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, told the BBC: “Most of a person’s risk estimation is determined by age, genetics (family history and ethnicity) and other modifiable risk factors including diet, weight, level of physical activity, smoking, blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.”People with a non-O blood group type – AO, BO and AB – need to take the same steps as anyone wanting to reduce their CVD risk.”The research was presented at the European Society of Cardiology.last_img read more

Lee Rigbys sister helps family of Manchester bombing victim deal with grief

first_imgThe sister of murdered fusilier Lee Rigby has been helping to comfort the family of one of the Manchester Arena bombing victims.Courtney Rigby told how she has befriended the bereaved family of Olivia Campbell – one of 22 fans who died in the attack at the Ariana Grande concert in May.The bombing happened on the four-year anniversary of her brother’s murder by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, in Woolwich, south London, in 2013.The 16-year-old told The Sun on Sunday how she had visited her brother’s grave and released balloons before seeing the news of the arena bombing on the television that evening. The teenager was speaking as she launched her Siblings Stand Together campaign, which will form part of the Lee Rigby Foundation.She is hoping to offer comfort and support to young people facing similarly traumatic experiences and share her advice. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. She has offered Olivia’s distraught older sister Chelsea advice on how to cope with the grief of losing her 15-year-old sibling.Courtney told the newspaper: “I could see this family, in their grief, were exactly where we were four years earlier and it was heartbreaking.”No one should go through this. My vow is to help as many bereaved young people as possible.” She added: “I want to be there for youngsters who feel as lost as I did and let them know that they are not on their own. That would make Lee proud and that makes me smile.” Lee Rigby Lee Rigby was murdered in Woolwich, south London, in 2013Credit:PAlast_img read more

Modern slavery and human trafficking victims in every large town and city

first_imgHe said there were “lots of different outlets” for people trafficked into the UK to be working illegally and against their will, with many affecting people in everyday life.Mr Kerr said examples included those working at car washes and in construction as well as in agriculture and food processing – often receiving very little pay and forced to put up with poor living conditions. Mr Kerr said criminal charges were pending against those involved in the case.But he said it underlined the sheer scale of the problem authorities were facing, further complicated by the fact some people do not realise they are a victim of slavery.He added: “People are being exploited on an hourly and daily basis.”The full scale and extent of it, we don’t know. But what we have found is that in every medium-to-large town and every city in the UK, we have found evidence of vulnerable people being exploited.”We can’t put a figure on it but we can say there are tens of thousands of victims across the UK.” Modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK is much more prevalent than previously thought, with cases affecting “every large town and city in the country”, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said.The body is currently assisting on 300 live police operations targeting modern slavery, with alleged victims as young as 12 being sold to families in the UK from Europe.It has asked the public to look out for victims by noticing visible injuries and signs that they are being controlled.Will Kerr, NCA director of vulnerabilities, said: “The more that we look for modern slavery, the more we find evidence of the widespread abuse of the vulnerable.”The growing body of evidence we are collecting points to the scale being far larger than anyone previously thought.”This should not be acceptable in any way, shape or form.”Mr Kerr’s comments come as the NCA launches an advertising campaign raising awareness of the signs of modern slavery in everyday life. 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.center_img Others sold into slavery could be kept in pop-up brothels, where sex workers promised a better life are left penniless with few clothes other than underwear, while some can be working at cannabis factories, he added.”As you go about your normal daily life and as you’re engaged in a legitimate economy accessing goods and services, there is a growing and a good chance you will come across a victim who has been exploited in one of those different sectors,” he said.”That’s why we are asking the public to try and recognise the signs and to report their concerns and suspicions to us.”He said signs of slavery included visible injuries, a distressed appearance and any indication they are being controlled by another person.Mr Kerr said the most common nationality of victims brought into the UK were people from Eastern Europe, Vietnam and Nigeria.But he also cited one example of a 12-year-old Roma girl being stopped at border control, bound for a life as a domestic slave.He said: “She was being brought in to work for a family in part of the UK, where she had effectively been sold by her father – or it had been facilitated by her father – and she was being brought in to take this family’s children to school and pick them up every day, and clean the house in between. Twelve years old, same age as my youngest son.” There is a growing and a good chance you will come across a victim who has been exploited in one of those different sectorsWill Kerr, NCA director of vulnerabilitieslast_img read more

Sir Walter Raleigh birthplace in dog poo row as Parish Council clashes with

first_imgEast Budleigh FC, who play in Division Two of the Devon & Exeter League – the 12th level of English football – have endured years of disruptions on the public green space and have continually requested a barrier.But Ray Marrs, from the Friends of East Budleigh Recreation Ground, said there was no problem.He added: “Lots of people use the field to walk their dogs on and none of us have ever noticed a problem with dog poo on the pitch at all.”On behalf of residents of East Budleigh, we have become disillusioned by The Parish Council’s actions that have directly resulted in setting one part of the community against the other.” Some members of this group have been running a vicious hate campaign against the parish council and as a result we won’t talk to them as we consider them to be a hate group.East Budleigh Parish Council A dog poo row has broken out in the Devon birthplace of Sir Walter Raleigh after the Parish Council accused the village green society of being a “hate group” in a disagreement over a befouled field.The escalating dispute in East Budleigh centres on a decision made by the Parish Council to build a fence around a football pitch to stop games being halted due to the amount of dog muck.But the Friends of East Budleigh Recreation Ground have claimed the decision has divided the community like never before and they are outraged and bewildered by the decision.The parish council says they will not engage with the the group at all as a collective as they consider them a “hate group.” Elizabethan adventurer Sir Walter Raleigh was born in East Budleigh East Budleigh Parish Council said: “Some members of this group have been running a vicious hate campaign against the parish council and as a result we won’t talk to them as we consider them to be a hate group.”East Budleigh has been particularly bad for dog mess and we have had a number of complaints and last season several football games had to be stopped to clear up the dog mess.”The idea is to make it a safe area and free from dog mess for everyone – not just the football club.center_img “We are doing what we think is best but we have been subjected to a vicious hate campaign as a result by some members of the Friends of East Budleigh Recreation Ground group.” Elizabethan adventurer Sir Walter Raleigh was born in East BudleighCredit:Stock Montage 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

New bishop of London could pave the way for female archbishop say

first_img“Since the legislation went through in 2014 the potential has been there. Archbishops are no different from bishops in that respect. “Whoever are our next archbishops, that can be a man or a woman regardless. “Obviously the fact that that has now become a reality, as the bishop of London is a very senior position, perhaps those who were thinking ‘it’ll never be an archbishop’ are now thinking that all things are possible. “This has been a very clear marker for the direction of travel of the church in terms of wanting to have full gender equality,” said spokeswoman the Rev Jody Stowell. However, conservative groups said the appointment would result in a “deeper impairment of communion”.A statement from Forward in Faith, which opposes women’s ministry, said: “We remain committed to maintaining the highest degree of communion that is still possible in these changed circumstances, while being realistic about its limits.” The statement, signed by Bishop of Wakefield Tony Robinson, added that since the church agreed to appoint female bishops in 2014 there had been “numerous appointments of women as bishops and archdeacons, but only one new appointment of a traditional catholic”. Last week one of the largest churches in the diocese threatened to split away from the Church of England if the next Bishop had a liberal view on sexuality. The rector at St Helen’s Bishopsgate, William Taylor, said in a sermon that his first question to the new bishop would be whether they are “prepared to openly to declare as sin what God calls sin”. Sarah Mullally (right), who was bishop of Crediton, at Canterbury Cathedral with Justin WelbyCredit:Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images  The Reverend Libby Lane outside York Minster after she was consecrated as the eighth Bishop of Stockport on January 26, 2015 in York In a statement posted online on Monday, the church said: “We offer Bishop Sarah our congratulations and assure her of our prayers”. She is widely considered a supporter of LGBT equality, but said she “absolutely supports” current Church teaching on marriage, which does not allow gay couples to wed in church. A trained cancer nurse, Bishop Mullally rose to become chief nursing officer for England and was made a dame for services to nursing in 2005, before becoming a priest in 2006.  The Church appointed its first woman bishop, Libby Lane, to the post of Bishop of Stockport in 2015.  The new bishop of London could pave the way for a female Archbishop of Canterbury, campaigners have said. Supporters have celebrated the appointment of Sarah Mullally, currently Bishop of Crediton, to the third-most senior role in the Church of England. The surprise appointment is a controversial one in a diocese divided over the issue of women’s ordination. The previous incumbent, Richard Chartres, ordained neither male nor female priests in a concession to conservatives who opposed the ordination of women, and a female successor was widely considered unlikely.Speaking at a press conference announcing her appointment, Bishop Mullally was conciliatory towards those who opposed it. “I am aware that for some the appointment of a woman as a bishop will be difficult. I am very respectful of those who for theological reasons cannot accept my role as a priest or as a bishop,” she said.She admitted that her appointment had been a “surprise” to some, adding “I would probably share some of that surprise.”  The Reverend Libby Lane outside York Minster after she was consecrated as the eighth Bishop of Stockport on January 26, 2015 in YorkCredit:Jeff J Mitchell /Getty Images Europe  It is understood that members of the diocese who do not believe in women’s ordination will likely be ordained instead by the bishops of Fulham and Maidstone, who minister to those who do not accept women priests. 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. Commenting on the appointment, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said: “As one of the first women consecrated as a bishop in the Church of England, she has not only blazed a trail for others but lived out the principles of mutual flourishing and acceptance which I know will continue to bear fruit in London.”Campaign group Women and the Church, which was founded in 1996 to advocate for women’s leadership, celebrated the appointment.  Sarah Mullally (right), who was bishop of Crediton, at Canterbury Cathedral with Justin Welby Perhaps those who were thinking ‘it’ll never be an archbishop’ are now thinking that all things are possible. A spokesperson for the Church of England said: “People from all walks of life – women and men, young and old – are warmly welcome to all roles within the Church of England.“So far 12 of our bishops are women, last year the number of women entering training for ordination jumped by almost 20 per cent.“The nomination of Bishop Sarah Mullally as Bishop of London shows powerfully that the Church of England is open to all.”last_img read more