As the college football world waits to learn what (and when) Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer knew about the 2015 allegations of domestic violence against Zach Smith, we’ve got an update on the legal situation between the former Buckeyes wide receivers coach and his ex-wife Courtney.Smith is facing a criminal trespassing charge stemming from an alleged incident back in May. Last Friday, Courtney Smith was granted a domestic violence civil protection order against her ex-husband.ESPN’s Dan Murphy reports Thursday that while both Zach and Courtney were due in court on Friday, the hearing has been pushed until September to facilitate an “expedited” discovery process.It’s unclear which day the hearing will be re-set for.Quick update from Columbus. Zach Smith was due in court tomorrow along with ex-wife, Courtney. That hearing has been pushed until September so both sides can conduct an expedited discovery process.— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) August 2, 2018The Dayton Daily News obtained a quote from Zach Smith’s attorney Brad Koffel, who contends Smith did nothing wrong. Obviously, it’s only one side of the story.“They were texting each other as to where to meet,” Koffel said. “She told him to meet at their apartment complex clubhouse. He drove there. She wasn’t there. He dropped the son off at her apartment. She was waiting for him with her cell phone out and took a picture of him in her driveway. He left. Then she called the Powell police and said it was trespassing. She never presented a shared parenting plan to the police department.She never presented a shared parenting plan to the Delaware Prosecutor’s Office, and a criminal complaint was filed against Zach. He was never arrested. He went to the Powell (police department) to pick up the criminal trespassing complaint. At no point did he violate the shared parenting plan, and we entered a not guilty on June 5. That’s it.”Wednesday, Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave while the university investigates a report released by former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy, which contends the Ohio State head coach lied when he said he didn’t know about 2015 allegations of domestic violence against Smith.
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has decided to extend the suspension of Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) from carrying on the business and activities of a Primary Dealer for a period of six months.The Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, acting in terms of the Regulations made under the Registered Stock and Securities Ordinance and the Local Treasury Bills Ordinance, decided to extend the suspension of Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) from carrying on the business and activities of a Primary Dealer for a period of six months with effect from 4.30 p.m. on 05th July 2018, in order to continue the investigations being conducted by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)
Dr Amanda Doyle, GP, co-chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners, said: “Clinical commissioning groups are led by GPs whose first priority is always to the patient. Wherever possible we want to give them what they need, including fertility treatment.”Unfortunately the NHS does not have unlimited resources and ensuring patients get the best possible care against a backdrop of increasingly squeezed finances is one of the biggest issues CCGs face.”As a result there are some tough choices that have to be made, which we appreciate can be difficult for some of our patients.” CCGs in Bedfordshire, Basildon & Brentwood, Ipswich and East Suffolk, and West Suffolk are all currently consulting on whether to withdraw all funding for IVF.Bedfordshire CCG yesterday announced that it would defer a decision until November, amid public outrage at the plans.South Norfolk CCG has already stopped funding such treatment, as has Mid-Essex CCG and North East Essex CCG, except in isolated medically complex cases, the charity warned.And eleven more areas have recently drawn up or introduced plans to limit treatment to just one cycle, despite guidance recommending that three cycles of IVF are offered.Sarah Norcross, co-chair of Fertility Fairness, said: “The picture is looking bleak and I’m deeply concerned on behalf of fertility patients that there is a sustained disinvestment in fertility treatment. I would urge the Government to take action to turn this around.” Fertility campaigners say IVF is seen as a ‘soft target’ because many of those coping with childlessness do not want to speak upCredit:Andrew Matthews/PA The NHS has stopped funding IVF, or drawn up plans to axe or drastically scale back provision in one in 10 parts of the country, amid deepening rationing.Fertility experts said swingeing cuts across the country meant a “bleak picture” for couples struggling to conceive, with current provision already at levels not seen since 2004.Thirteen clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are consulting on plans to stop funding any IVF treatment, or to dramatically reduce what is on offer, while six areas have already taken such decisions.Charity Fertility Fairness said couples across the country were being left to suffer stress and anxiety as funding pressures caused NHS bodies to draw up restrictions “out of the blue”. 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.