Monthly ArchiveSeptember 2019

Serena Williams Debate Is She the Best Female Athlete

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Serena Williams is sparking a sports-wide debate over her place in history. Is she the greatest female athlete of all time and if she isn’t what factors are working against her, real or imaginary? Being a female, black and with an attitude? Sports Illustrated writer Jon Wertheim said this,“I consider her achievements, her mental strength, her power, her (terminally underrated) court smarts, her longevity and the overall arc of her career and I reach the conclusion that she is the greatest of all time — a claim I made in 2010 and have gotten grief for ever since. No question in my mind: she is the greatest living female athlete. That she has played (check that: lived) independent of the establishment and conventional thinking makes her all the more admirable. I have no doubt that I will be telling my grandchildren about her.”Jon added, “I’ve long said that one of the real challenges of covering this sport is covering the Williams sisters, Serena in particular. There is so much complexity and contradiction. And, of course, there is the ever-present patina/prism of race. And let’s be clear: anyone who denies the element of race lives in a land of dragons and unicorns and stable ozone layers.”ESPN also took a stab at the debate. Watch the video clip below:We ask again, is Serena Williams the best female athlete of all time? read more

Falcons William Moore Arrested on Battery Charge

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William Moore, the Atlanta Falcons’ starting safety, was arrested and booked into Fulton County Jail on a battery charge on Thursday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.WSB-TV reported that Moore was involved in a dispute with a woman and allegedly grabbed her shoulder.“We are aware of the situation involving William Moore and are in the process of gathering more information,” a Falcons spokesperson said in a statement released to the AJC. “Because this is now a legal matter, the club will have no further comment at this time.”Moore was due in court Friday morning.The Falcons signed Moore to a five-year, $30 million contract extension just before the 2009 second-round pick out of Missouri was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. Moore’s deal included $14 million in guaranteed money, including an $8.25 million signing bonus and a fully guaranteed base salary of $2.25 million for the 2013 season. Moore’s $3.5 million base salary for 2014 is guaranteed for injury only.While it is still very early in the legal process, a suspension under the league’s personal conduct policy could void those guaranteed salaries.After missing all but two games of his rookie season due to a hamstring injury, Moore has started 38 of 40 games over the last three seasons, totaling 201 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 11 interceptions and 25 passes defensed. Moore had four interceptions in 12 games and was added to the NFC’s Pro Bowl roster as a Super Bowl replacement. read more

Where The US Women Are Likely To Play In The World Cups

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Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.Let’s begin with a confession …This article is 100 percent a selfish undertaking to determine if I will get to see the U.S. women’s national team play live at the Women’s World Cup, which begins Saturday. You see, I blindly bought tickets to “Match No. 49,” a semifinal matchup June 30 in Montreal. As a 27-year-old woman looking to relive her experience as an 11-year-old fanatic during the 1999 Women’s World Cup, I want nothing more than to see the USWNT play in that game.That’s what brings me to this article — a guide to following the USWNT.Below you’ll find the chances of seeing the U.S. in Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton in each knockout-stage round, based on FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.For example, FiveThirtyEight projects that the U.S. has a 65 percent chance of making the semifinals. Based on the U.S.’s most likely path, there is a 51 percent chance that the Americans will participate in the semifinal game in Montreal (Match No. 49) and a 14 percent chance that they will participate in the game in Edmonton. read more

Blue Jackets dropping the flag

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“We can’t worry about that,” Umberger said. “We just have to go play hard every night and give them a reason to come.” Coach Scott Arniel said getting people in the seats comes down to one thing — winning — which the Jackets have not done enough of on their home ice in recent years. “Obviously we want more people, and there is no doubt about that,” defenseman Marc Methot said. “But the only way we’re going to do so is by winning more games at home. We’ve got to make these games exciting and we have to win them, and that’s the bottom line right now.” The Jackets might be on their way. Winners of three of their last four games, two of which were home victories, Columbus hosted its second-largest home crowd of the year during Monday night’s win against Philadelphia. Even with the relatively low attendance, Jackets players and coaches said those who do come have created an exciting atmosphere. “I don’t know what the crowd was. I think I heard 11,000. Well, that was a loud 11,000,” Arniel said following Monday’s game. “That place was rocking right up until the very end.” In the end, it all comes back to the scoreboard. Although the team might be a long way off from its 58-game home sellout streak achieved from 2000-02, Arniel said if his team continues to take care of business on the ice, the attendance will take care of itself. “We put ourselves in this sort of situation and we’re going to have to work ourselves out,” Arniel said. “We can’t do anything about that other than try to have success, play hard here and win hockey games, and people will come back through the door.” Nationwide Arena has been a sea of blue on recent game days for the Blue Jackets. But the arena’s hue isn’t caused by swarms of local hockey fans donning Blue Jackets jerseys — it’s caused by thousands of empty blue seats. Despite attracting a sellout crowd of 18,305 fans for their home opener against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, attendance numbers have gradually diminished in recent years. Posting losing records in each of their first four seasons in the NHL, the Jackets averaged 17,300 people at home games during that span. In the last three seasons, that number has dipped to 15,600. In the last three home games — in which the Blue Jackets have been outscored 13-9 — the number has taken a nose-dive. The team has not filled more than 12,000 seats since opening night, despite a 5-3 record and a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday. Jackets goalie Mathieu Garon understands why fans haven’t been running to fill Nationwide Arena. “You can’t blame them for not coming,” Garon said. “When you play the way we played two out of the three games so far this year, it’s hard to get the fans.” The dearth of fans was most poignant Oct. 20, when the team drew a franchise-low turnout of 9,802 fans against the Anaheim Ducks. That’s just more than half the arena’s capacity. In an attempt to combat low attendance numbers, Blue Jackets director of business communications Karen Davis said the team offers a variety of ticket packages and promotions. “Obviously the crowds have been light after the sold-out opening night, but our goal is to offer a ticket option that fits every fan’s needs — from single-game buyers to full-season ticket holders,” Davis said in an e-mail. “In addition to the core of season-long promotions, we are also offering partial-season plans starting at just three games, and it goes up from there.” Although the organization might be concerned with the modest turnouts, left wing R.J. Umberger said it isn’t something for the team to get caught up in. read more

Eddie George to serve as Ohio States assistant vice president for business

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Former Ohio State running back Eddie George is coming back to campus. George, who won the 1995 Heisman before playing professionally for the Houston Oilers, Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys, will serve as assistant vice president for business advancement, according to a Tuesday university news release. In such a capacity, according to the release, George will “work with multiple internal and external university constituencies to increase awareness of health and wellness initiatives, support the efforts to engage alumni and friends in the life of the university, assist with fundraising, alumni relations and communications for Ohio State, and work with student-athletes as determined by the athletics director.” Additionally, George, who was a four-time Pro Bowl selection with the Titans, will “support personalized medicine initiatives, sports business education and work with student-athletes on personal and professional development.” George will report to Jeff Kaplan, OSU’s senior vice president and executive officer to university President E. Gordon Gee. George, who’s a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, said working with OSU is a “privilege.” “I am grateful to have the opportunity to apply what I’ve learned from my academic and football journey while at the university, along with the work I’ve been doing in the world of business, to support the transformative initiatives happening at my alma mater,” George said in a released statement. In 2001, George graduated from OSU with a degree in landscape architecture before earning his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern in 2009. read more

Most important Buckeyes for 2014 — No 1 JT Barrett

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Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett waits for the snap during OSU’s Spring Game April 12 at Ohio Stadium. Gray beat Scarlet, 17-7.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThe Lantern originally selected Braxton Miller as the No. 1 most important Buckeye before he suffered a season-ending injury on Aug. 18. Now, just days away from the start of the 2014 football season, The Lantern’s countdown of the top 10 most important players on this year’s Ohio State roster has reached its final stage as we reveal our most important player for the 2014 Buckeyes.No. 1: J.T. Barrett, redshirt-freshman quarterbackAnytime a Heisman Trophy candidate goes down to injury, the team’s backup instantly goes under the microscope.That’s been true with J.T. Barrett.The Wichita Falls, Texas, native was thrust into the spotlight when senior quarterback and two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Miller went down with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.Just two weeks ago, Barrett was the third-string quarterback behind Miller and redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones. Then coach Urban Meyer announced he had gained a slight edge over Jones in fall camp.Two days later, Barrett was OSU’s starting quarterback.Barrett, who has yet to see playing time in an actual game since his senior year of high school when he tore his ACL, will be making his first start as a Buckeye in an NFL stadium.As if that wasn’t pressure enough, the Buckeyes were picked by many as a favorite to participate in the first ever College Football Playoff before Miller’s injury. Now, some have gone as far as to bump the Buckeyes out of Big Ten title contention.With all that, Barrett must be a manager of the OSU offense, while Miller was more of a playmaker who could keep plays alive when the pocket broke down.His job in the Buckeye offense will be getting the ball to the many playmakers around him, something he has done well in practice, according to players and coaches who have even nicknamed Barrett “the Distributor.”While the young quarterback has other young talent around him, he — along with the rest of the offense — will have to make up for a lot of lost yardage as the Buckeyes only return about 12 percent of its total offensive yards from last season.Among the players Barrett is expected to distribute to are sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson, sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott and senior wide receiver Devin Smith.Wilson leads all returning players from last season in all-purpose yards with 983, 523 of those yards coming on kickoff returns.The only glimpse Buckeye fans have seen of Barrett in a Scarlet and Gray (well, technically black) uniform was in the 2014 OSU Spring Game, when Barrett completed 17 of his 33 pass attempts for 151 yards, including a 15-play, 80-yard scoring drive.Barrett, along with Jones, has also taken the majority of the practice snaps in spring and fall camp as Miller sat out because of soreness in his shoulder. Meyer said he’s attempted more than 300 competitive throws in camp.Although he has been named the starter for week one, Barrett will have to perform in order to keep the job because Meyer did not rule out the possibility of playing Jones as well in the opener.Barrett and the Buckeyes are scheduled to open their season Saturday against Navy at the Baltimore Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Mildly eccentric men needed to keep Morris dancing alive

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first_imgMorris dancing started as a rural pursuit but its exact origins are unknown.Some claim it derives from pre-Christian fertility rites, others that it is from the French Moresque or the Spanish Morisca dances of the late 15th and early 16th centuries.The pastime has been in decline for decades, although in 2014 the Joint  Morris organisation said numbers had begun to stabilise.Like many clubs, Chelmsford Morris runs a men’s Morris dancing group and a women’s clog dancing group, which is going from strength to strength.The female activity is thought to derive its name from the dancing that took place in 19th century Lancashire cotton mills, where wooden-soled clogs were preferred to leather shoes because the floors were kept deliberately wet to prompt humidity, which helps cotton spinning. 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. Club spokeswoman Celia Kemp said it was pointless trying to present Morris dancing as “cool”, and is instead appealing directly to confirmed eccentrics.“Men as a whole aren’t that keen on dressing up and dancing out in public,” she said.“They think they will make a fool of themselves. It is probably where the eccentricity comes into it.”Dances usually involve six or eight men, but to put on a “good show” they require at least 10.Mrs Kemp said she was hoping to attract younger men who were “fed up” with going to the gym and wanted to try something new. Men as a whole aren’t that keen on dressing up and dancing out in publicCelia Kemp, Chelmsford Morris Morris dancing faces extinction unless it can inspire a new generation of “mildly eccentric” young men who are anxious to keep fit, a troupe has warned.A group in Essex is hoping to keep the ancient tradition alive by recruiting people keen to be physically active but who are bored with going to the gym.Chelmsford Morris boasts a membership roster of 30, but in reality it can only rely on the regular dancing services of seven men, some of whom are in their sixties and will soon be hanging up their handkerchiefs for good.last_img read more

Killer who strangled supermum foster parent to death and then called Babestation

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first_imgA thief who strangled a 79-year-old widow and then used her phone to call “Babestation” sex lines as she lay dead or dying on the floor is facing life in jail.Gareth Dack, 33, throttled Norma Bell – described as a kind and trusting “supermum” who had fostered 50 children in her lifetime – with an electrical cable so that he could steal her television and £700 in cash.Teesside Crown Court heard that between midnight and 5.30am Dack then called numbers from the Babestation TV channel which, the jury was told, allows viewers to “call scantily-clad ladies while they watch them on TV”. Norma Bell, 79 During the course of the night he was the one on the phone to the ladies on the Babestation channels. In fact, we suggest he was switching channelsChristopher Tehrani QC Dack was found guilty by a jury at Teesside Crown of murder and arson after four and a half hours deliberation.He stared ahead impassively as the verdicts were announced.He will be sentenced on Thursday by Mrs Justice Whipple who thanked the jury for their “thorough consideration and attention” throughout the three week trial.Mrs Bell had her clothing cut and pushed down, although the court was told there was no evidence she had suffered a sexual assault before her “brutal and unnecessary” murder.After speaking to the sex workers over the phone Dack tried to cover his tracks by lighting fires upstairs and downstairs in Mrs Bell’s home in Hartlepool, Teesside, and turned on the gas hob trying to cause an explosion.At two points in the evening Dack, a childhood friend of Mrs Bell’s foster son John Ahmed, left the house to visit the home of associate Raymond McLoughlin. Forensic officers at the scene On the first occasion at 10pm he sold him Mrs Dack’s stolen TV for £60 and then he returned  at 1am to take cocaine and cannabis with him.The alarm was first raised when firefighters attended her home in the town on the morning of April 3 last year.Christopher Tehrani QC, prosecuting, told the jury: “You can be sure Gareth Dack is guilty of the brutal and unnecessary murder of Norma Bell.”After her body was fund by firefightters a post mortem identified 15 “recent injuries” including rib fractures and the lack of soot or carbon monoxide in her airways suggested she was dead before the fires were started.Mr Tehrani said: “The cause of Mrs Bell’s death was a result of pressure to the neck by way of strangulation.”The strangulation was by way of the application of the ligature, the wire cabling recovered from around her neck, and possibly manual strangulation.center_img Norma Bell, 79Credit:PA “The fractures and the bruising on her back could be the result of someone kneeling on Mrs Bell while applying pressure to the neck while they strangled her.”The prosecution submits that Gareth Dack is the person who murdered Mrs Bell and then set fire to her house.”In the weeks and days before the murder Dack was penniless and had resorted to borrowing cash from loan companies, friends and pals of Mrs Bell.A week before he allegedly killed her she had lent him £10, the court was told.Mr Tehrani said: “His DNA was found inside the home, on Mrs Bell’s handbag, on the knobs of the gas hob, on the ligature around her neck and on her clothing.His car was also parked near the home when firefighters arrived to tackle the blaze at Mrs Bell’s home.”When police seized the car and searched it they found £405 in cash in the glovebox. You will hear evidence that Mrs Bell kept £700 in cash in the house.”Between just before midnight and 5.30am on April 3 someone used the telephone landline at Mrs Bell’s home to phone soft-porn television service where customers may talk to scantily clad ladies while they watch them on the television.”The caller spoke during two of the telephone calls. You will hear evidence from an expert in voice analysis who has compared Gareth Dack’s voice to that of the caller to the television station.”The expert believes there is strong support for the contention that Gareth Dack was the caller.”During the course of the night he was the one on the phone to the ladies on the Babestation channels. In fact, we suggest he was switching channels.”When the TV from the rear reception room was switched on by the police it went to Freeview channel 175 which is entitled ‘adult party’ channel.”Mother of three sons Mrs Bell and her late husband John began fostering children in 1965Mr Tehrani said: “Over the years it is believed they acted as foster carers to in excess of 50 babies and toddlers. In the main, the toddlers and babies would be placed with the Bells for short periods of time.”Six of the foster children stayed for the long-term and were effectively treated as blood children by Norma Bell and her husband.”The couple stopped fostering in the 1990s.Mrs Bell had previously worked on the trams in Hartlepool. She was also an accomplished book keeper and managed her husband’s business.At the time of her death she was fit and went line dancing every Friday.Dack maintained he knew Mrs Bell and in the days before her death had visited to to pay back a £20 loan, but he denied being in the house at the time of her death.His barrister Peter Makepeace told the jury how “nonchalant” he had been following his arrest and questioning by police.The barrister, who said Mr Dack made no attempt to get his rid of any of his clothing, said: “He does not know that the wheels are turning and the cogs are moving which is going to lead him to be accused of the death of Mrs Bell.”He does not know because he was not there.” Forensic officers at the sceneCredit:Paul Kingston / North News 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

Ball booted out of football ground ends up 1100 miles away in

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first_imgAccording to the club secretary, his visit is on one condition.”He has to bring the ball. Our treasurer would insist,” he joked. The ball appears to have been swept out to the North Sea after being kicked over a fence during a match along the banks of the River DeeCredit:Ross Johnston/Newsline Media Johnny Mikalsen wrote: “Hi! You properly [sic] have one of the best long distance kickers in the world.”A friend of mine found a football with your club name on it by the seaside.”It has travelled quite a distance. We are located 1,800km (1,118 miles) north of Aberdeen, on an island called Vanna, 10km north of Tromso, the capital of north Norway,” it continued.”The football is just a little bit dirty after such a long distance, but fully usable. See enclosed picture.”And there could be a happy ending to the tale on this occasion.Mr Ewan explained: “The man who found the ball has actually won a local competition to come over and visit Scottish distilleries.”We have, of course, invited him to our hospitality and to asked him to visit us when he comes over.” The ball appears to have been swept out to the North Sea after being kicked over a fence during a match along the banks of the River Dee Club secretary Tom Ewan said: “It happens semi-regularly actually. We lose about two balls a month.”We just never realised this is where they might be ending up.”However, they received an email stating otherwise, much to their shock.center_img Amateur footballers have been left stunned after a ball which was kicked out of their ground turned up 1,100 miles away in Norway.The ball was blasted over the 25ft-wide net at Banks O’ Dee FC’s ground in Aberdeen into the River Dee by a member of the under-19s side.Players assumed that the ball was gone forever, as so often happens to the balls which are kicked over the fence.But the ball is believed to have ended up in the North Sea before travelling all the way to the Norwegian island of Vanna. 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. We lose about two balls a month. We just never realised this is where they might be ending upClub secretary Tom Ewanlast_img read more

Councils ordered to send highrise cladding for urgent fire tests after Glenfell

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first_imgMelted cladding seen on the Glenfell Tower following the fire The DCLG later confirmed that the polyethylene filling between the two Reynobond aluminum panels did not pass building regulations for tower blocks over 59ft (18m) and a flame retardant material should have been used instead. Melted cladding seen on the Glenfell Tower following the fireCredit:Julian Simmonds  DCLG permanent secretary Melanie Dawes said the government wanted to address public concern about ‘potential flaws’ in the cladding on Grenfell Tower.“While the exact reasons for the speed of the spread of fire have yet to be determined, we have concluded that there are additional tests that can be undertaken with regard to the cladding,” she said.“We are therefore asking local authorities and other registered providers of social housing to identify whether any panels used in new build or refurbishment are a particular type of cladding made of ACM.” It emerged that contractors had not chosen a fire retardant cladding for the outer layer of the insulation Downing Street confirmed that several London boroughs had come together in a Gold Command structure to coordinate assistance to those affected by the disaster. The move came after Theresa May said that initial support on the ground was “not good enough”. Councils across Britain have been ordered to send samples of cladding on the outside of tower blocks so they can undergo rigorous testing to make sure they are safe following the fire at Grenfell Tower. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has written to local authorities telling them they must check materials used on the outside of their high-rises urgently.Councils with properties more than 59ft (18m) high with aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding must supply samples of the panels to DCLG for fire safety tests to establish whether the material in their core is combustible. The first testing is expected to begin on Tuesday. Former minister and ex-firefighter  Mike Penning MP said: “People have been calling, I think probably rightly, for sprinklers to be installed for many, many years under many different governments.” Asked whether the Prime Minister had considered resigning following criticism of her own performance, a spokeswoman said: “These are incredibly challenging times, with a couple of terrible incidents in a week and she is leading the country through this difficult time.”Following reports that some families had been offered alternative accommodation as far away as Preston, a Number 10 spokeswoman said Mrs May stood by her promise that all those affected will be rehoused within three weeks either in Kensington and Chelsea or a neighbouring borough, unless they want to move elsewhere.It is understood that some families have asked to be rehoused outside the area in order to be near relatives.The Downing Street spokeswoman rejected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s call for empty homes near the fire scene to be requisitioned to house families, saying: “We do not support proposals to seize private property. Our focus is on rehousing people as soon as we can.” Last week it emerged that contractors had used a more flammable type of material for the outer layer of the cladding, which Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, said was banned in Britain. The government is concerned that other tower blocks are covered in cladding Credit:Andy Radin EPA The government is concerned that other tower blocks are covered in cladding  However John Cowley, managing director of CEP Architectural Facades, which provided the rainscreen panels for Grenfell Tower’s sub-contractor Harley Facades Ltd, said that was untrue.  “Reynobond PE is not banned in the UK. Current building regulations allow its use in both low-rise and high-rise structures.”The Grenfell Tower disaster has highlighted serious concerns over fire safety in tower blocks, with many asking whether sprinklers would have helped to save lives.The 24-storey tower was built without sprinklers in 1974, with regulations in England only requiring them in high-rise residential buildings since 2007.A public inquiry will look at whether sprinklers should be retrofitted to older tower blocks, and why Kensington and Chelsea failed fit the devices even though it had millions of pounds in its reserves. It emerged that contractors had not chosen a fire retardant cladding for the outer layer of the insulation 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

Forest Gate Boy 14 critically ill after double shooting in east London

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first_imgIf you have any information about people carrying or supplying firearms please let us know and we will take actionCh Supt Ade Adelekan Chief Superintendent Ade Adelekan, head of policing in the London Borough of Newham, said: “Sadly today two young men have been shot on our streets, one of whom remains critically ill in hospital.”We are only too well aware that this incident comes after a number of shootings… that are blighting our communities and seriously injuring our young men.”He added that there would be extra officers on duty in the borough overnight due to fears there could be a revenge attack, and that he had authorised them to use stop and search tactics.”Proactive work will continue with our borough teams and specialist units such as Trident Area and Crime Command to investigate and catch the people responsible for these offences. A 14-year-old boy is fighting for his life and a second teenager is seriously injured after they were shot in east London.Police are investigating after the two victims were found with gunshot wounds on Moore Walk in Forest Gate at 3.10pm on Monday.London Ambulance Service attended the scene and both boys were taken to an east London hospital.The 14-year-old’s injuries are being treated as life-threatening, while the 17-year-old has suffered possible life-changing injuries, a Met Police spokesman said. “Violence has no place on our streets, and we have already made four arrests in connection with recent firearms offences,” he said.”I want the community of Newham to help us tackle this – if you have any information about people carrying or supplying firearms please let us know and we will take action.”center_img The shooting happened in Forest Gate, east LondonNo arrests have been made and anyone with any information is asked to call police in Newham on 101.There has been a surge in gun crime in the capital in the last year.Met Police figures published in April revealed a 42 per cent spike in gun offences – up to 2,544 compared to 1,793 between April 2015 and 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.last_img read more

Coroner told to drop cab rank rule and prioritise Jewish and Muslim

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This legal victory will bring immense relief for grieving families to bury their loved ones with respect and dignityRabbi Asher Gratt “What on its face looks like a general policy which applies to everyone equally may in fact have an unequal impact on a minority.”In other words, to treat everyone in the same way is not necessarily to treat them equally. “Uniformity is not the same thing as equality,” they said. They ruled that the policy was unlawful and said she should introduce a new one. Religious groups welcomed the ruling.Rabbi Asher Gratt, speaking on behalf of the Adath Yisroel Burial Society, a charity which arranges burials for Orthodox Jewish people in north London, and which originally brought the case, said: “This legal victory will bring immense relief for grieving families to bury their loved ones with respect and dignity, preventing further unnecessary anguish at the darkest moment of their lives.”Marie van der Zyl, president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said Ms Hassell must “consider her position”. “She has previously said that she does not believe that using her discretion to order cases, which she needs to do to uphold the religious freedom of the diverse communities she is meant to serve, is ‘fair’. “If she cannot carry out this basic function of her role, she must vacate her position.” A statement issued by Ms Hassell’s office said that she would implement a new policy following a consultation process.The Chief Coroner is also expected to issue new guidance reflecting the ruling.”In future, instead of considering no family for prioritisation, the Senior Coroner will consider every family for prioritisation. “In deciding the order of priority, she will take into account all relevant considerations, including the special needs of each individual family,” the statement said.  A coroner who operated a “cab rank” system for burials has been told by the High Court to drop her policy and release the bodies of Jews and Muslims first.Judges said the “equality protocol” policy introduced by Mary Hassell, the senior coroner for inner north London, was “discriminatory” and “incapable of rational justification”. The protocol said that “no death will be prioritised in any way over any other because of the religion of the deceased or family, either by the coroner’s officers or coroners.” This meant cases were assessed and bodies released for burial by the coroner’s office in order of when they were received, taking no account of any religious requirements. Ms Hassell introduced the policy at the end of October last year, prompting protests from Jewish and Muslim groups, whose beliefs require a funeral to take place as soon as possible after death.She told the court that she was concerned about the “negative impact that prioritisation of one sector of the community above others has had upon the families of those other deceased”. She also relied on guidance issued in 2014 by the Chief Coroner which said “the law does not allow the Coroner to give priority to any one person over another”.  But in a judgment released on Friday Lord Justice Singh and Mr Justice Whipple said her understanding of the law was “misguided” and the guidance was incorrect. 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. read more

David Dimbleby to leave Question Time after 25 years

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The BBC will come under heavy pressure to promote a woman into the senior role, with Kirsty Wark and Kirsty Young both being linked with the job in recent weeks. Dimbleby’s own… David Dimbleby is to step down from Question Time after 25 years, as the BBC fires the starting gun on the race for its most prestigious hosting job. The search for a new presenter comes after the BBC gender pay gap scandal, which saw an embarrassing disparity between the salaries commanded by senior men and high-profile women at the corporation. 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 corporation has announced Dimbleby will leave the political debate programme at the end of the year to return to his “first love” of reporting, following his 80th birthday. read more

Financial adviser could face jail over £2m owed to exwife

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Sarah Rogan, who is in a legal dispute with her former husband, founder of the Blenheim Capital Group Grant Rogan, leaves the Royal Courts of Justice in LondonCredit:Nick Ansell/Press Association  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. “In the very period when he was getting more and more into arrears with the maintenance he spent a quantity of money on not one but two weddings,” said Mr Justice Holman.”If he did wish to marry her he could have gone down to the registry office, paid the fee, I don’t know what it is, probably a few hundred pounds, buy a few drinks, job done.”The judge added: “On the face of it, it is very contumelious. To fail to pay wife number two but to go out and spend large amounts of money on wife number three.”Mr Justice Holman said Mr Rogan, who was born in the United States, should have time to consider the allegations being made against him.He said the maximum jail term which could be imposed was six weeks and encouraged Ms and Mr Rogan to try to reach an agreement.”I have been put through the dry cleaners,” Mr Rogan, who represented himself at Thursday’s hearing, told the judge. Barrister James Ewins QC, who leads Ms Rogan’s legal team, outlined wedding celebration spending to Mr Justice Holman.He produced an itemised list showing that: more than £1,000 had been spent on flights, more than £500 on Jimmy Choo shoes, more than £4,000 on a “De Beers diamond”, more than £10,000 on “clothing, beauty etc”, more than £4,000 on a wedding video, more than £1,700 on wedding flowers and nearly £1,500 on a “honeymoon hotel” in Morocco. A financial adviser who spent £80,000 on a lavish two-part wedding in England and at a luxury hotel in Morocco could be jailed after his ex-wife complained that he still owed her more than £2 million from a divorce settlement, a court heardMr Justice Holman was told that Grant Rogan, the founder of Blenheim Capital Group, had agreed to pay Sarah Rogan, who is Mr Rogan’s second wife, £5 million in instalments four years ago.The judge said that Mr Rogan had also agreed to hand over £8,000 a month alimony pending the full payment of the £5 million. He said Mr Rogan owed in total more than £2 million.One of Ms Rogan’s complaints is that Mr Rogan, who married his third wife in March, this year spent around £80,000 on two wedding celebrations when the amounts he owed her were rising.She said he spent around £30,000 on his English wedding and around £50,000 on a follow-up celebration in Morocco. Sarah Rogan, who is in a legal dispute with her former husband, founder of the Blenheim Capital Group Grant Rogan, leaves the Royal Courts of Justice in London read more

Very intelligent public schoolboy who threw bombs on motorway is jailed

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Judge Cutler said that Elger had written in a diary in hospital stating he wanted to kill patients and staff by “strangling and jumping on heads” and had also heard a voice telling him to kill his doctor.The judge previously lifted the defendant’s right to anonymity given to minors because of the public interest in the serious offences.The burglary and blackmail offences cost Winchester College £52,000 in stolen items and damage and the defendant twice demanded payment of £10,000 in the online currency bitcoin for him to stop carrying out further break-ins.Tessa Hingston, prosecuting, said he was caught because of a “schoolboy error” by sending a typed blackmail letter but in a handwritten envelope which enabled staff to recognise his distinctive handwriting. Sentencing Elger, who wore a suit and tie in court, Judge Cutler told him: “I consider you are a dangerous offender.”There is a significant risk to members of the public of serious harm from you in the future.”Describing the defendant, the judge added: “He’s very intelligent, possibly the most able chemist the college has produced in recent years.”He’s a very bright boy and for some reason he takes to burgling the school, blackmailing the headteacher and making incendiary devices and throwing them off motorway bridges.” Miss Hingston said that Elger, who has previously been remanded under psychiatric care, had told medical staff that he intended to kill someone in the motorway arson attacks.She added he told staff: “I do not regret the incident, I regret not doing them differently and not succeeding in killing.”Miss Hingston said that after the second firebomb attack “the M3 was closed for some 11 hours and caused massive inconvenience to the public and an estimated cost to the economy of £40 million.” Thee M3 motorway was closed for nearly 12 hours after the “flammable material” was thrown from a bridge onto the carriageway Credit:Solent News & Photo Agency A “very intelligent” public schoolboy who “wanted to kill somebody” by throwing firebombs on to a motorway has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.Nicholas Elger was sentenced at Winchester Crown Court for two arson charges for the two attacks on the M3 motorway in September 2017.The second incident caused the motorway to be closed at Winchester for 11 hours leading to major delays and causing £40 million damage to the economy.The 17-year-old was also sentenced for eight burglary and two blackmail charges against top public school Winchester College which he attended as a boarder and two charges of theft from a supermarket.Judge Keith Cutler sentenced Elger to the prison term with an extended licence of four-and-a-half years. Thee M3 motorway was closed for nearly 12 hours after the "flammable material" was thrown from a bridge onto the carriageway  If someone had taken avoiding action and swerved into another vehicle someone could have been killedTessa Hingston, prosecution lawyer She added: “The risk of really serious harm was great; if someone had taken avoiding action and swerved into another vehicle someone could have been killed and that was a realistic possibility.”Robert Morris, defending, said doctors had ruled out personality disorder or psychotic illness and said his actions had been caused by “immaturity and being upset by his parents’ divorce, leaving his school and support networks”.He said he had been a “kind and gentle” child who was “playing up to a bad boy character he had created for himself”. 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. read more

Half a million lives will be saved over the next decade under

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The same steps will be taken for adults with major cancers such as breast and prostate, as well as those at high risk of heart attacks and strokes. NHS officials said the cutting-edge breakthroughs, combined with the… Health chiefs said a “gene revolution” would transform survival rates from some of Britain’s biggest killers, as they announced a 10-year plan for the NHS. By the end of this year, every child diagnosed with cancer will be offered tests which mean they can be given personalised treatment, boosting its effectiveness. Genetic tests will be offered to all children with cancer and adults with some of the most hard-to-treat diseases in a bid to save half a million lives within a decade. read more

HIV and syphilis Reduction in Mothertochild transmission slowed in LAC PAHO

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCuba stamps out mother-to-child HIVJune 30, 2015In “Health”HIV prevention response inadequate – PANCAPJanuary 22, 2019In “Health”Health in 2016: A year of serious challenges- PAHODecember 30, 2016In “Health” A new report by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says that progress towards the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) has slowed.According to the report on the Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Syphilis in the Americas: Update 2016, a total of 2,100 children acquired HIV, most of them from maternal-to-child transmission in 2015, 55% less than in 2010. However, this number has slowed down in recent years. While between 2010 and 2011 new cases fell by 800 children, they only fell by 100 between 2014 and 2015.“Countries have made great efforts to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV,” said Marcos Espinal, director of PAHO’s Department of Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis. However, he added: “Every time we get close to eliminating the transmission of a disease, progress is made more difficult because it involves reaching all women, especially those who historically find barriers to accessing health services.”In 2015, 72% of pregnant women in Latin America and the Caribbean were tested for HIV, and 88% of the women that were positive received treatment, an increase of 16% and 71% since 2010, respectively. Access to treatment, along with other interventions, reduced the rate of mother-to-child transmission of HIV from 15% to 8% in five years in Latin America and the Caribbean. The goal is to reach 2%.Congenital syphilis cases doubled in five yearsThe report also indicates that new cases of congenital syphilis in Latin America and the Caribbean have doubled since 2010, when countries and territories reported 10,850 cases, showing a steady increase since then. By 2015, an estimated 22,400 children were born with syphilis.In 2015, 83% of pregnant women in prenatal care were tested for syphilis and 84% of those positive received treatment, rates that have remained stable for five years. Currently, the number of children born with congenital syphilis in the region (170 per 100,000 live births) triples the goal of elimination (50 per 100,000).“Expanding rapid diagnostic tests and initiating treatment at the same visit, as well as engaging sexual partners of pregnant women diagnosed with syphilis to know their status and treat them, is crucial to avoid reinfection during pregnancy and end this disease by 2030”, said Massimo Ghidinelli, head of the PAHO HIV, STI and Viral Hepatitis Unit.To reduce as much as possible the number of children who get HIV from their mothers or are born with congenital syphilis, countries need to have at least 95% of pregnant women receiving prenatal care, 95% or more being tested, and at least 95% of those diagnosed, receiving appropriate treatment.Although the Region of the Americas has not yet eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis as a public health threat, 18 countries and territories reported data compatible with this double elimination in 2015. Cuba was the first country in the world to be validated by WHO for reaching elimination, and other Caribbean countries and territories are on track to achieve it. read more

Local manufacturers take centrestage at UncappeD Marketplace Food Festival

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Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin has expressed satisfaction at the growing numbers of young entrepreneurs who are embracing the concept of agro-processing and the support for local market by Guyanese.Patrons engaging with exhibitors at the UncappeD Marketplace & Food FestivalThe Business Minister also noted the efforts being made by the local manufacturers and producers to improve their products presentations.“They understand the concept of good packaging; they have a greater brand awareness which comes out in their approach to business. Certainly, I have seen an improvement in the quality of packaging over the last few years,” Minister Gaskin said.The Business Minister was speaking at the opening of the UncappeD Marketplace & Food Festival at the Providence Cricket Stadium, on Sunday.He explained that last year, the government has been supporting the initiative because, “Agriculture is big business all around the world. Food in general is big business and we see the potential of this industry to feed our people and to grow and develop into a more viable export industry.”First Vice-President of Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA), Ramsay AliThe private sector-led one-day initiative was organised by the Guyana Marketing and Service Association. First Vice-President, Ramsay Ali explained that with support from the other local sponsors, the manufacturing and service association was able to provide the booths to the exhibitors at a reduced cost. They were also able to guarantee free entrance for patrons.ExxonMobil is one of the major supports of the event. Senior Director of Public and Government Affairs, Kimberly Brasington explained that the US oil and gas exploration company came onboard the initiative because, “It is a great opportunity for us to partner with the country to demonstrate and lead by example the importance of diversification.”Brasington said while oil and gas is a thriving industry, focus must be kept on the agriculture sector. “The way we can get involved is by making it possible for agro-processors to come out and put their products on display,” she added.Some new local products on displayThis year’s UncappeD Marketplace & Food Festival saw a slew of local manufacturers and ago-processors showcasing their products. Some of the exhibitors included Guy-Flavours Natural Foods, Eco Atlantic International Investment Inc., Diekah’s Spices, Sherl’s Cosmetics, Sun Crest Farms, Morning Glory Cereal Factory and Lisa’s Manufacturing.Patrons who flocked the Stadium were given an opportunity to browse and sample from a variety of wines, herbal teas, seasonings, jams and jellies, barbeque sauces cereals, snacks and other condiments from among the products on display.GMSA collaborated with the government and private enterprise to host the inaugural ‘Uncapped’ last year at the Sophia Exhibition Complex with the of promoting local products.The three-day (October 27 to 29, 2017) exhibition, food festival and culture saw some 60 exhibitors and more than 5,000 patrons.The GMSA had later reported that at least seven to eight exhibitors were able to expand their businesses by selling more of their products in the retail stores here in Guyana.Uncapped is expected to held in other regions of the country throughout the year. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGMSA’s Marketplace Uncapped expo heads to BerbiceSeptember 20, 2018In “Business”‘Marketplace UncappeD’ launched by GMSAMarch 23, 2018In “Business”GuyExpo could become regional event – Business MinisterMay 16, 2016In “Business” read more

Taxpayers face huge burden of maintaining prisoners

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…over $300,000 spent on 1 prisoner each year – MinisterPublic Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan recently announced that costs associated with maintaining one prisoner per year exceeds $300,000, which places a burden on the Ministry.The Minister was at the time addressing the state of the local prisons, which he stated are overcrowded.Ramjattan alluded to a report compiled back in 2017, when the Camp Street Prison was burnt to the ground, which concluded that the overpopulation of the prisons creates its own disasters, costing the Government even more money.Minister of Public Security Khemraj RamjattanAccording to him, the cost of maintaining prisoners is a huge burden which can be eased should treatment be available to offenders rather than having them incarcerated.“At the last budget debate I did ask the question because it was asked of me what is the cost of feeding, housing and in a sense, clothing the prisoner for the period that they’re in there and the average cost comes up to something over $380,000,” he stated.He later said that he feels he was being very conservative in the figures he called as the monies may very well exceed this amount.As Government explores its options to reduce the high costs associated with maintaining prisoners, it was revealed that a Drug Treatment Court is one measure that may very well aid in helping the Government achieve its goals.The new system will provide rehabilitative services to offenders rather than have them incarcerated for long periods. Ramjattan recently said that this initiative is likely to come on stream soon, especially since training for stakeholders has begun.Lusignan holding facilityOn Wednesday, a two-day workshop kicked off for Magistrates and even psychologists among others who will be handling these matters.The Public Security Minister had noted, “We do not want necessarily to jail our juveniles and to make this a jailhouse nation, we want to have alternatives, we want to have diversionary measures and I see this Drug Treatment Court as an aspect of that”.In addition, President David Granger had assured that Government will soon present the legislation for non-custodial sentences.“We have taken a decision in principle that custodial sentences for the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use would be legally abolished. After the National Assembly comes off of recess, we could look forward to that legislation being passed,” the Head of State told reporters back in September last year. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRamjattan promises Camp Street prisoners early trialsOctober 7, 2015In “Crime”High profile prisoners to be transferred to newly built block soonSeptember 20, 2016In “Local News”Prison fallout: Govt to request over $500M for temporary structures, cleanup – RamjattanJuly 21, 2017In “Crime” read more

50 years of lignite production

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first_imgNorth American Coal Corp last week celebrated 50 years of lignite coal production, which began in July 1957 when the company acquired the Indian Head Mine in North Dakota. “We are excited to celebrate our 50th anniversary of producing lignite,” said North American’s President and CEO Robert Benson. “The talent, initiative, and passion of the employees of North American Coal have been central to the development of our lignite surface mining and reclamation operations.”“Every day and every night, lignite mined by North American Coal is powering the businesses and homes of America.[i]t is propelling our country forward toward energy independence in an economical and environmentally sensitive manner,” Benson said.last_img read more