Floridas Odds Are Dropping

Which NCAA team had the worst day on Thursday? The obvious answer might be Ohio State, Cincinnati or Oklahoma, all of which succumbed to lower-ranked teams in the basketball tournament’s round of 64. Or perhaps North Carolina State, which squandered a 16-point lead against Saint Louis and lost in overtime.But none of those teams had much chance of winning the championship. Meanwhile, Florida, a tournament favorite, ended Thursday in a worse position than it started, despite winning its opening game against Albany. (Of course, Ohio State would still probably trade places with the Gators.)In the latest FiveThirtyEight forecast, updated with game results and injury information as of early Friday morning, Florida’s probability of winning the tournament is 11 percent. Twenty-four hours ago, it was 14.5 percent.How did the Gators’ odds get worse? There are three contributing factors:A closer-than-expected game against Albany. Florida defeated No. 16 seed Albany by 12 points, a final score that conceals a game that was competitive until late in the second half. But the Gators were favored by 22 to 23 points according to Las Vegas sportsbooks and power ratings. Our research suggests that performance relative to power ratings and point spreads early in the tournament has a fair amount of say in predicting how a team fares later on. Florida’s performance was forgivable, and the team remains the favorite in the South region, but the Gators will need to be sharper as the competition improves. A tough third-round matchup. Pittsburgh, despite a No. 9 seed, was a reasonably clear favorite against No. 8-seeded Colorado on Thursday, according to our model. And the Panthers dominated the Buffaloes, pulling ahead 46-18 by halftime and eventually winning by 29 points. Computer systems like Ken Pomeroy’s regard Pittsburgh as having the strength of a typical No. 4 or No. 5 seed. This could be a challenging matchup for Florida. The Gators played a tough out-of-conference schedule, but they’ve faced just two ranked teams since Jan. 1 in a weak basketball year for the SEC. Threats in the regional finals. The South may not be as loaded as the East or the Midwest. But the No. 3-seeded team, Syracuse, turned in an excellent performance in its win against Western Michigan. The Gators will likely have to defeat either the Orange or No. 2-seeded Kansas to reach the Final Four. Meanwhile, Kansas coach Bill Self sounds increasingly confident that injured center Joel Embiid will be able to return at some point in the tournament, even as he confirmed that Embiid is likely out for the opening weekend. read more

The Real MVP Steph Curry Announces Hell Financially Back

“I know Otis talked about wanting to start a golf club here and he was sending out flyers trying to have people come to a room on Howard’s campus and just get people interested in the game,” Curry said. “But he wanted to take it to another level. The idea around recreating Howard’s golf team, turning it into a Division I program for men and women was born on that specific night. Seven and a half, eight months later we are here announcing the first Division I golf program for Howard University all because of this guy here.” The historically Black university announced the development Monday in a news release. Fox 26 Charlotte reported Curry will contribute $1 million toward plans to introduce and grow access to golf at the HBCU, where scholarships will also be offered. To do so, the Howard press release states Curry will access major players in sports and the community, including sports apparel company Under Amour, sporting goods brand Calloway Golf Company and his own Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation to collect items including uniforms and equipment for the effort. GOD SHOWED OUT!!!🙏🏾 https://t.co/PgfONLiRbS— Otis Ferguson IV (@ferg_iv) August 20, 2019 “Golf is a sport that has changed my life in ways that are less tangible, but just as impactful,” Curry, who grew up playing the game with his dad, said in a statement. “It’s a discipline that challenges your mental wherewithal from patience to focus, and is impossible to truly master, so when you hear about these passionate student athletes who have the talent but don’t have a fair shot at the game, it’s tough. I feel really honored to play a small role in the rich history of Howard University, and look forward to building their first men’s and women’s golf teams with them.” Despite being an NBA MVP, Steph Curry’s has a love for golf, and he’s taking that passion to the bank by bankrolling Howard University’s new golf program through 2025. Ferguson has expressed his excitement on Twitter by retweeting a video of the announcement Tuesday and saying, “GOD SHOWED OUT!!!🙏🏾” Men’s and women’s golf teams will be introduced at Howard by 2020. It will be the first set of Division I teams in the sport at the school. Previously, Howard had a Division II golf team as well as different intramural teams and intercollegiate clubs for the elite golf. Speaking at a press conference at the Washington, D.C., university August 19, Curry said he was inspired to make this effort a reality after a conversation with Howard senior and golfer Otis Ferguson IV, whom the basketball star met during a visit to the school earlier this year. Curry had been on campus to promote his documentary “Emanuel” in January. University President Wayne A. I. Frederick said in a statement that the school is “honored to partner with NBA Champion Stephen Curry to launch what is sure to become one of the best golf programs in the country.” read more

Video game event fundraises rare diseases

The Buckeyes will challenge Penn State, Virginia, West Virginia, Texas and Georgia in a video game competition set up by Uplifting Athletes Sunday, Feb. 28, in efforts to raise money for rare diseases.Uplifting Athletes is a national nonprofit organization aligning college football with rare diseases and raising them as a national priority through outreach, research education, and advocacy.Scott Shirley is the founder of Uplifting Athletes. He was a student-athlete at PSU. While there, his dad was diagnosed with kidney cancer. His teammates rallied around him and started to raise money and awareness for kidney cancer.Because of the support of his teammates, Shirley founded Uplifting Athletes. Pennsylvania State University was the first chapter of the organization. Uplifting Athletes has gained four more schools since its humble beginnings. There are five university chapters in total: Penn State, OSU, Boston College, Colgate and Maryland.Each chapter has the opportunity to choose a rare disease. Chapters often select a cause that is personal to the team. OSU’s chapter has selected to raise money and awareness for Charcot-Marie-Tooth.CMT is one of the most common inherited neurological disorders, affecting approximately one in 2,500 people in the United States. OSU quarterback Tyrelle Pryor’s father has the disease.CMT is a neurological disorder that causes damage to the peripheral nerves. The damaged nerves carry signals from the brain and spinal cord to muscles and relay sensations. This causes pain to the spinal cord from the rest of the body.Some symptoms of CMT are muscle weakness and wasting, stiffened joints because of abnormal tightening of muscles and associated tissues and some loss of sensation in the feet, the lower legs, the hands and the forearms. CMT can also cause curvature of the spine, also known as scoliosis.The unique part of this organization is that OSU’s chapter network is run by current football student-athletes. These athletes are provided with an opportunity to gain practical job skills while learning how to leverage their assets and abilities to make a positive and lasting impact. Students can make donations to Uplifting Athletes by coming to the event. OSU’s defensive back Donnie Evege is the chairman of this event. It will be held at Damon’s restaurant at 3025 Olentangy River Rd. from 3 to 6 p.m. Admission is $5 in advance and $10 at the door.Tickets for the event can be purchased online www.upliftingathletes.org. Donation for CMT can also be made by going to the Web site and clicking on the OSU chapter. read more

Carlos Hyde becomes first running back coached by Urban Meyer to gain

Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) pushes through Indiana defenders for his 1,000th rushing yard of the season. Hyde became the first running back under coach Urban Meyer to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State senior running back Carlos Hyde became the first running back to rush for 1,000 yards in a season under Urban Meyer in the second quarter of OSU’s game against Indiana Saturday.Hyde went into the game against the Hoosiers needing just 53 yards to reach the milestone, which he gained on OSU’s sixth drive with a seven-yard run. He ran for 26 of those yards on the Buckeyes’ first drive, capping it with a 16-yard touchdown run.The run to reach the milestone was Hyde’s 10th carry of the game and 130th carry of the season.Hyde became the first OSU running back to rush for 1,000 yards in a season since Daniel “Boom” Herron rushed for 1,155 yards in 2010.Overall, Hyde became the second OSU player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season with Meyer as head coach. The first to do so was quarterback Braxton Miller, who ran for 1,271 yards last season.The Buckeyes hold a 28-0 lead at halftime against Indiana, after Hyde found the end zone for the second time with 37 seconds left in the second quarter. The senior ran for 71 yards on 12 carries in the first 30 minutes of play. read more

Ohio State football goals unchanged after Braxton Millers injury

OSU redshirt-senior kicker Kyle Clinton (39) punts the ball during the first day of fall practice Aug. 4 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorIn the Ohio State football team meeting room, a sign details the Buckeyes’ “plan to win.”The plan lists playing great defense first, followed by winning the turnover battle, scoring in the red zone and winning the kicking game.That plan was designed to put the Buckeyes in a position to win Big Ten and national titles, and that doesn’t have to change after senior quarterback Braxton Miller suffered a season-ending injury Monday.Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman confirmed that those plans haven’t changed, adding that the team knows exactly what it has to do.“We’ve just got to compete for championships,” Heuerman said Wednesday.Senior cornerback Doran Grant reiterated the words of Heuerman, saying the expectations at a place like OSU never change.“We’re the Ohio State Buckeyes, and we’ve got to get there,” Grant said.OSU coach Urban Meyer said Miller’s injury — which he said is a torn labrum in the signal caller’s throwing shoulder — caused a “devastating” moment on the practice field. However, the team has come back strong since then, he added.Meyer went so far as to say Wednesday morning — when the Buckeyes’ participated in their 20th practice this fall — was arguably the best practice any of his teams have had since his staff arrived in Columbus.“Really impressed,” the third-year OSU coach said. “The energy, the speed; I think they see the light at the end of the tunnel, so it was a very, very good day.”Meyer said moving forward without Miller is a “huge test” for his team, but the players have been up to the challenge so far.While Miller did account for 44 percent of OSU’s offense last season, Meyer said the most important thing right now is getting his team ready — no matter who is on the field. He said a quarterback is an “important cog” in the team, but there is more than that to winning football games.“One thing our team is pretty good at, and I’ve gotten better at, is worrying about the moment,” Meyer said. “And the moment is getting a team ready.”While redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett has been penciled in to Miller’s previously set-in-stone spot, players on the defensive side of the ball know they have to step up just as much as the offense.“Play great defense” is No. 1 on OSU’s plan to win, after all.“On the field, playing, we just have to get the job done,” Grant said. “We have our job to do.”Senior linebacker Curtis Grant, who is entering his second season as a starter on the Buckeye defense, said the injury to Miller doesn’t have to mean more pressure for the defense.He said that adding pressure on oneself can lead to a decreased quality of play on the field. At the end of the day, Curtis Grant said the Buckeye defense just has to keep doing what they always do.“We still go out there and have fun and play the game,” he said. “Because that’s what we’re here for.”Doran Grant said the OSU defense knows it has to step up, but that doesn’t necessarily stem from Miller’s injury.In 2013, the Buckeye defense gave up 5,284 yards of total offense, including 3,752 yards through the air. Those numbers, especially coming on the heels of two consecutive losses to the end the season, are considered subpar by some for the famed Silver Bullets defense.“I mean, we have to take it to another level just coming back from last season,” Doran Grant said of the team’s defensive outlook this fall. “That’s just something we have to do.”Doran Grant said the team will head into the new season with a chip on its shoulder, but has to ignore any criticism coming from the outside to find the desired success.Playing great defense is certainly still in the plans for OSU, as are winning the turnover battle, scoring in the red zone and winning the kicking game.Things will certainly be different for OSU in a full season without Miller, but the Buckeyes don’t think that has to change their ceiling in 2014.OSU’s schedule is set to begin Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. read more

Football Ohio States offensive process stays the same results improve

Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) prepares to call a play in the third quarter against Nebraska in Memorial Stadium on Oct. 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIn Ohio State’s home opening loss, the team averaged just 5.1 yards per play and scored only 16 points.Since then, the offense has averaged 7.8 yards per play and 53.2 points per game. Whether it be improved play, new personnel, different play-calling or some combination of the three, something would appear to have changed with the team.But to co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, the difference in the production might be more attributed to improved chemistry rather than any other drastic changes to the team.“I felt earlier in the year when we struggled, we didn’t come into the game with momentum,” Wilson said. “I think we’ve came through each week with momentum. Now you’ve still got to execute on Saturdays, but I think we’re coming into the game with some confidence and some momentum during the week of practice.”With each win Ohio State has secured, the team seems to be clicking more as a cohesive group of players and finding more success in nearly everything it has tried. But why wasn’t the 49-21 win against Indiana enough to propel the Buckeyes into their clash against Oklahoma?Quarterback J.T. Barrett believes the key to building momentum does not come as much from practice as much as it does from executing plays in games. At the time of the Oklahoma game, the Buckeyes had played just one game and were still searching for their identity.“I think it’s interesting being that in college, we don’t have a preseason,” Barrett said. “In NFL preseason games, they get time to get going as far as actual game to football. We just try to do the best we can in practice. And everything doesn’t click in the first weeks of college football.”As far as changes to playcalling or improved execution of those plays, the Buckeyes believe they are right where they were at the beginning of the season. The only difference now is that they have had a chance to thoroughly knock some rust off and the individuals are now starting to play more like a team. “We’ve put it all together the way those groups can play,” Wilson said. “What we’re trying to sell right now, the more we play together, the more we play for each other, linemen stepping up, the second and third tight ends, second and third running backs, five, six, seven receivers. The more guys play, the more energy is. It grows, that chemistry.”Could it be that simple? Is the only key to beating a top-five opponent just having more chemistry on the team? Redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon said it just might be. The starting wideout believes Ohio State’s improved play is a direct result of the team just connecting better with each other. He felt fine with how the team was preparing earlier in the season, even after it took its loss to Oklahoma. Now it’s just about everyone executing better.“I just feel like you approach every day the same,” Dixon said. “If you don’t approach the date being the best you can, you’re going to lose. Different opponents come, but it’s still the same thing week after week. You’ve still got to be at your best.”The Buckeyes will train to maintain the momentum and chemistry through the off week before its matchup against Penn State. read more

Football Urban Meyer praises Brendon White in Monday press conference

Ohio State did not have much secondary depth heading into the Nebraska game Saturday. The Buckeyes were without sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor, out with a shoulder impingement, and sophomore cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, out with a groin injury suffered during practice that week. Jordan Fuller did not do Ohio State any favors. The junior safety was ejected from the game in the second quarter after being called for targeting. But sophomore safety Brendon White gave head coach Urban Meyer some hope. He recorded 13 total tackles — two for loss.In his weekly press conference, Meyer would not go as far as to say White’s performance was “refreshing” for the Ohio State defense, noting he is not sure he has used that word in his life. But he said White’s performance was important, especially at a shaky position. “Going back to springtime, safety was not a solidified position. We have to play much better at that spot,” Meyer said. “You had some injuries this week. And obviously the targeting call. And there he is, he’s in the game. And looked out there, you had Shaun Wade at one safety and Brendon White at the other.” Meyer said after the game Saturday he expects Pryor and Okudah to be back for Michigan State. But, with White’s performance, the head coach said he has a decision to make: whether White earned a start even with a healthy secondary. Meyer said that answer will come in the next few days, but, nevertheless, the sophomore safety has earned playing time. “We’re going to find out. He’s certainly going to play. He’s earned that right. He’s practiced. That was coming,” Meyer said. “His practices have been very good the last couple of weeks and coach Grinch made that clear in front of the team after the game. But he’s certainly earned the right to be on the field.” Without a definite starter next to Fuller, Meyer said White will still have to earn the trust of the coaching staff. But after his performance against the Cornhuskers, White will have continued opportunities to grow into that role, Meyer said. Hartline picks up on the recruiting trailEven with the lack of stability with the Ohio State wide receivers heading into the 2018 season, with the firing of former wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith, interim wide receivers coach Brian Hartline did not have time to learn the ropes of recruiting. However, in his new role, Hartline has continued the trend, securing a commitment from 2020 four-star wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba. A Rockwall, Texas, native, Smith-Njigba is the No. 59 wide-receiver recruit in the country and the No. 36 recruit in the start, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Along with Smith-Njigba, Hartline has helped keep five-star 2019 wide receiver Garrett Wilson, who was at the Nebraska game Saturday, committed to the Buckeyes even after Smith’s firing in July, and added a commitment from 2019 four-star wide receiver Jameson Williams in September. To Meyer, Hartline is doing a very good job in a role he was forced into. “He was thrust into a situation,” Meyer said. “And I think one of the great things he had, he had a veteran group to coach, and he has very good recruiters around here to see how it’s done. He’s been here a couple of years. That’s a positive.” Meyer has not confirmed whether Hartline’s title of interim coach will turn into a full-time role, saying he will “address it at the right time.” read more

Privately educated heroin addict jailed for conning widow in £80000 beggars scam

first_imgMy deceptions were all to pay for drugs that I am no longer using. I never want to do drugs againCarlisle 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. “I suspect from time to time you acknowledged it while you were doing it but your own greed and addiction you continued.”So it was you fleeced her of nearly £3,000, some you say you paid back from time to time, but you took advantage of her good nature.”You lined your own pockets.”Widowed Mrs Moynihan, who was married to banker Donald Moynihan, says she handed out £80,000 to a group of beggars who would turn up at her door.Mrs Moynihan was dubbed “The Tiger of the City” during her career as a PA at international law firms, an executive at a French interior ministry and as a director of a financial services firm.Carlisle, who appeared on a videolink from Wormwood Scrubs jail, said he was now clean after spending seven years addicted to drugs.He said: “My deceptions were all to pay for drugs that I am no longer using.”I never want to do drugs again.”Carlisle admitted four counts of fraud and one of harassment at Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court, for which he was jailed for 10 months.He also admitted breaching a previous suspended sentence for carrying out a similar scam on March 31 last year.He was handed a further six weeks imprisonment for the breach.Andrew McRae, 45, of Kensington, was jailed for 17 weeks for harassing Mrs Moynihan for more than £30,000. Tom Lonsdale, 44, also of Kensington, was jailed for seven weeks for harassing her into handing over £1,690.center_img A privately educated musician was among a group of “homeless” conmen who fleeced a retired businesswoman out of up to £80,000.Heroin addict Joseph Montgomery Carlisle, 27, who went to the same school as singer Lily Allen, “systematically milked” Sylvia Moynihan, now 82, out of her money at her home in Kensington, west London.Over six months he scammed Mrs Moynihan out of nearly £3,000 to buy drugs.He also conned two others into handing over money, saying he needed it to pay for a taxi while instead using the cash to feed his £1,000 a week heroin habit.Carlisle, 27, was educated at £35,000-a-year Bedales School, near Petersfield, Hampshire, and went on to perform as a guitarist in the band The .357’s. Other former pupils include TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp and former Tory MP Gyles Brandreth.Carlisle, from Wimbledon was jailed for 46 weeks by Isleworth Crown Court after admitting fraud and harassment charges.  Judge Simon Davis told him: “You deliberately targeted an 81-year-old woman over a period of six months.”You had an extremely privileged start in this life, you acknowledge that.”You systematically milked this elderly lady.”You quite rightly acknowledge this was disposable behaviour – beneath contempt.last_img read more

AntiGP banter hindering recruitment into general practice top doctor warns

first_imgMedical students are being put off becoming GPs by a culture of “banter” that stigmatises general practice as “soft” and “unglamorous”, the head of the profession has warned.Maureen Baker, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said the “systematic denigration” of family doctors was having a noticeable impact on the number medics choosing to pursue the vocation as a career.The situation is being compounded, she said, by specialist hospital doctors, responsible for mentoring trainee medics, who too often “bad mouth” general practice. GP England is currently experiencing an estimated shortfall of 3,325 GPs, with12 per cent of posts unfilled in 2015, according to the royal college, which estimates the deficit will rise to 8,371 by 2020 if the current trend continues.The difficulty of securing a GP appointment is also exacerbating the crisis in increasingly overwhelmed accident and emergency departments, where waiting times are spiraling.Professor Baker said the culture had not improved in the last 20 years.“I’m shocked – if anything it’s got worse,” she said.“It’s very concerning, when we think GPs and our teams conduct 90 per cent of all patient contacts, that this “banter” is yet another barrier we are up against when trying to recruit enough GPs to ensure a safe and robust service for the future of patient care.“It is so widespread and systematic that if you are interested in general practice you don’t admit to it, you cover it up,” she added. Aspiring GPs often feel they can’t reveal their ambitionsCredit:Telegraph The RCGP president said she had heard numerous anecdotes from junior doctors who had expressed an interest in becoming GPs only to be told “don’t waste your talent” by senior hospital specialists.“These kinds of comments are hugely powerful from senior doctors,” she said.“But this is a stereotype of general practice, where we are increasingly having to deal with patients who have multiple problems.“We have to be expert medical generalists.”Professor Baker’s intervention was echoed by Sir Simon Wessely, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, who said careers in psychiatric medicine are also the target of negative stereotyping among students.“It’s not that we can’t take a joke, but often the banter directed at psychiatrists isn’t a joke on us, it’s a joke on our patients and that isn’t acceptable,” he said.“People with mental disorders, just like those with physical disorders, deserve the best minds to find new treatments and provide the best care.“This behavior flies in the face of everything we are doing across the health service, and society, to give our patients with mental health problems parity of esteem to those with physical health problems.”Sir Simon called for an end to the “sinister” trend, but said neither royal college was calling for any form of censorship.“It’s about fostering respect between healthcare professionals for the specific roles we each bring to medicine, but also for our patients, whatever condition they present with.”He acknowledged denigration of certain disciplines is “part of tradition within medicine”, but questioned the logic of protecting a tradition that “ultimately puts our patients at risk.” If you are interested in general practice you don’t admit to it, you cover it upProfessor Maureen Baker, Chair of the Royal College of GPs 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

Police recruit community spotters to report drivers using mobile phones

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, the NPCC roads policing lead, said: “Forces are coming together this week with innovative approaches to catching those driving when distracted and campaign to make drivers think twice about using their mobiles at the wheel.”Tackling mobile phone use by drivers requires police enforcement using new technology and tactics to maximise the numbers of people we can stop, combined with strong effective penalties and creative national campaigns to make driving distracted as socially unacceptable as drink-driving.”Despite the risks, drivers are increasingly using their phones at the wheel, statistics show.A survey carried out by the RAC this year found that 31 per cent of drivers admit using a handheld phone behind the wheel compared with eight per cent in 2014. Tackling mobile phone use by drivers requires police enforcement using new technology and tactics to maximise the numbers of people we can stopChief Constable Suzette Davenportcenter_img Members of the public are being asked to report drivers illegally using their mobile phones at the wheel.The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) said a scheme using “community spotters” to target repeat offenders will be piloted during a week-long crackdown.Police will also use unmarked vans and helmet cameras in an attempt to curb the use of handheld phones at the wheel.An earlier week of action against motorists using their phones in May saw 2,323 offences detected, the NPCC said.last_img read more

Year 7 girl begs school to ban distracting fidget spinners in heartfelt

first_img“Another reason is that if someone around you has one you kind of get attracted to it because they are trying to do tricks and everyone else is looking at it.”This means that I am not doing my hardest on my work so I get less done. “My second point is about how they are disrupting other people from focusing. People in my class are looking at it, as well as me, and they are asking to have a go. A Year 7 girl has written a letter to her Headteacher begging the school to ban ‘distracting’ Fidget Spinners from her classroom.These toys have become an international trend and a must-have accessory at school after originally being designed for students with autism and ADHD.Chris Hildrew, the Headteacher at Churchill Academy in Somerset, shared the letter on Twitter. 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 letter she sent to her headteacher The letter she sent to her headteachercenter_img We have banned fidget spinners from lessons @ChurchillAcad – here’s why. So proud of our students! #pedagoofriday pic.twitter.com/3gIJoH4euv— Chris Hildrew (@chrishildrew) April 28, 2017 “This means that everyone is ‘queuing up’ for a go and so they are not paying attention to their work, instead they are paying attention to what the person with the Fidget Spinner is doing.”To sum up, I think they should be banned in lessons. I think this would help people to focus and get the best out of their lessons”.The Headteacher said: “We have banned fidget spinners from lessons – here’s why. So proud of our students!” The letter says: “Dear Mr Hildrew,”I am writing to tell you about Fidget Spinners, as they are a disruption to me and other people in my class. They are the latest craze and roughly 7 people bring them into my lessons and share spares with other people.”My first point is about how they are a disruption to me. The way that I find these disruptive is they are noisy and so when you are trying to focus on your work all you can hear is it spinning round and round.last_img read more

Who was the Manchester bomber Police and MI5 piece together attackers background

first_imgHow was he identified?It has emerged in US media reports that the bomber was identified by a bank card in his pocket. According to NBC News, citing a US intelligence official, members of the bomber’s family warned security officials about him in the past, saying that he was “dangerous”.The official told the broadcaster that Abedi likely “had help” making the “big and sophisticated bomb”. His brother Hashim reportedly knew he was planning the attack.”His brother felt there was something going on there in Manchester and he thought his brother would do something like bombing or attack. So after that, he told us, ‘Having internet, I see the attack in Manchester and I knew that’s my brother’,” a spokesman for Libyan authorities told BBC2’s Newsnight.He revealed that Abedi’s younger brother Hashim had been investigated for about a month and a half over suspicions that he was linked to IS.”We were not quite sure about this, but when we arrested and we asked him, he told us, ‘I have ideology with my brother’. Hashim told us, ‘I know everything about my brother, what he was doing there in Manchester’.” Has his family spoken?Speaking for the first time about his son’s death, Abedi’s father said: “We don’t believe in killing innocents. This is not us.”Speaking from Tripoli, he told AP this his son was innocent and confirmed that British police had arrested another of his sons, believed to be a 23-year-old arrested in south Manchester on Tuesday.Abedi’s sister, Jomana, suggested he carried out the attack for revenge on US air strikes in Syria.“I think he saw children—Muslim children—dying everywhere, and wanted revenge,” she told the Wall Street Journal. “He saw the explosives America drops on children in Syria, and he wanted revenge. Whether he got that is between him and God.” Salman AbediCredit:Sky Mr Kinsey said  a huge flag, possibly Iraqi or Libyan, had been hanging from their house. “There was a large Iraqi flag hanging out the window but we never thought anything or it,” added Mr Kinsey, “We thought it was about football or a protest at home or something.”  Suicide bomber Salman Abedi is believed to have travelled to Syria and become radicalised before returning to the UK to cause carnage at a gig in the city where he was born.The son of Libyan parents, who reportedly fled their native country and sought refuge in the UK, he is thought to have come back to Britain from Libya just days before the massacre.Here’s everything we know about the 22-year-old Manchester Arena attacker. Other radicals from the North WestAbedi is not the first radical associated with the North West.It has been reported he knew fellow Mancunian Raphael Hostey, who was once described as an “inspirational figure” for would-be jihadis.Hostey left the UK in 2013 and became known as Abu Qaqa in his capacity as an IS fixer, encouraging other young Britons to join the terror group. He was believed to have been killed in a drone strike in 2016. He told the Press Association: “He was always friendly, nothing to suggest (he was violent). He was normal, to be honest.”Abedi is believed to have attended the Manchester Islamic Centre, also known as the Didsbury Mosque.Sheikh Mohammad Saeed said he believed Abedi had displayed a “face of hate” after the imam gave a sermon denouncing terrorism.  Salman Abedi. Police forensic investigators at an address in Elsmore Road linked to the Manchester bomber Salman Abedi Credit:PA Police forensic investigators at an address in Elsmore Road linked to the Manchester bomber Salman Abedi center_img How did he become radicalised?Abedi has “proven” links with Islamic State, according to France’s interior minister.Gerard Collomb told French television that both British and French intelligence services had information that Abedi had been in Syria.Mr Collomb said: “All of a sudden he travelled to Libya and then most likely to Syria, became radicalised and decided to commit this attack.”Abedi had been a “regular kid”, who went out and drank until around a year ago when he “dropped off the radar”, the Times reported the bomber’s former landlord’s nephew as saying.The paper quoted a friend as saying he had returned from a three-week trip to Libya in recent days.Abedi’s trips to Libya are now subject to scrutiny including links to jihadists.A group of Gaddafi dissidents, who were members of the outlawed Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), lived within close proximity to Abedi in Whalley Range.Among them was Abd al-Baset Azzouz, a father-of-four from Manchester, who left Britain to run a terrorist network in Libya overseen by Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s successor as leader of al-Qaeda. Where did he live?He was registered as living at the Abedi family home Elsmore Road, south Manchester as recently as last year, where plainclothes police raided a downstairs red-bricked semi-detached property on Tuesday. Abedi’s educationAbedi went to Burnage Academy for Boys between 2009 and 2011, and then on to Salford University in 2014 where he studied business management before dropping out, according to a source. The source said Abedi began his course in 2014 and attended lectures for two years but then stopped going. He would have graduated this summer.He did not live in university accommodation, had not been in any trouble at the university and was not on any radar for pastoral or social care.It is understood Abedi was not known to have participated in any clubs or societies during his time in higher education and never met with the resident imam. Libyan refugee Abdalraouf Abdallah was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in jail last year after helping Muslim convert and former RAF Iraq War veteran Stephen Gray try to get to Syria.Abdallah, wheelchair-bound after he was shot in Libya in 2011, lived in Westerling Way, Moss Side, a short drive from Abedi’s Elsmore Road address.Gray, who lived at nearby Whitnall Street in the city, was jailed for five years for terror offences, after he twice attempted to join jihadis in Syria.Jamal al-Harith, who lived in Manchester and was known as Ronald Fiddler before converting to Islam, left the UK for Syria in 2014.Earlier this year it was reported that he died after driving a truck packed with explosives into a military base in Mosul, Iraq.It emerged he had received a compensation payment following his detention in Guantanamo Bay in the early 2000s. 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. What have the neighbours said?Neighbours in Elsmore Road told how Abedi had become increasingly devout and withdrawn.Lina Ahmed, 21, said: “They are a Libyan family and they have been acting strangely. A couple of months ago he [Salman] was chanting the first kalma [Islamic prayer] really loudly in the street. He was chanting in Arabic. “He was saying ‘There is only one God and the prophet Mohammed is his messenger’.’A family friend, who described the Abedis as “very religious”, said most of the family had returned to Libya, leaving only Salman and his older brother Ismail behind. “They have not been there for quite a while. Different people come and go,” said Alan Kinsey, 52, a car-delivery driver who lives across the street. Mr Kinsey’s wife, Frances, 48, a care worker, said she believed that the parents had left before Christmas and just one or two young men had been living in the property. What is his family background?Born and raised in Manchester in 1994, Abedi, the second youngest of four children, grew up in a Muslim household but matured into a university dropout with an appetite for bloodshed.His parents, mother Samia Tabbal and father Ramadan Abedi, a security officer, are Libyan-born refugees who fled to the UK to escape Gaddafi. It is thought they returned in 2011 following Gaddafi’s overthrow.Abedi is thought to have an older brother Ismail Abedi, who was born in Westminster in 1993, a younger brother Hashim Abedi, and a sister Jomana, whose Facebook profile suggests she is from Tripoli and lives in Manchester. A family friend, who asked not to be named, said the family were known to the Libyan community in the city and described Abedi as “normal”. Azzouz, 48, an expert bomb-maker, was accused of running an al-Qaeda network in eastern Libya. The Telegraph reported in 2014 that Azzouz had 200 to 300 militants under his control and was an expert in bomb-making. Neighbours recalled an abrasive, tall, skinny young man who was little known in the neighbourhood, and often seen in traditional Islamic clothing.He is thought to have lived at a number of addresses in the area, including one in Wilbraham Road, where officers arrested a man on Tuesday.Abedi previously lived with his parents and a brother.last_img read more

Revolutionary magazine which caused obscenity scandal with sexcrazed Rupert the Bear acquired

first_imgDennis’ diary detailing the police raid A badge relating to the trial Geoffrey Marsh, director of the department of theatre and performance at the V&A, said the satirical “magazine and eventual legal battle over Oz represented a much broader and fundamental shift in British society in the 1960s”.He added: “It raised the question, should, or even, could ‘the Establishment’ dictate what ordinary people saw, read and thought, or would the public be left alone to make up its own mind? First published in the late 1960s and in 1971, the magazine became the subject of the longest obscenity trial in British history thanks to an edition aimed at children and featuring a cartoon Rupert the Bear in a sexually explicit parody.The Felix Dennis Oz Archive includes items related to the trial, such as badges, shirts, stickers and flyers distributed on the streets in support of the magazine, and a typescript of the song God Save Us by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.The underground magazine, produced in a basement flat in London’s Notting Hill Gate, was renowned for its psychedelic covers, cartoons and radical feminist thought. “Through a wealth of visual material, the archive chronicles this key turning point in British culture and offers a reminder that the powerful never relinquish control without a struggle,” he said.”Oz was one of the leading magazines of the underground press in 1960s and 70s. Fifty years on, it forms an important time-capsule of revolutionary ideas of the period.” The young editors at Oz, issue 28 Dennis' diary detailing the police raid After it was raided by the obscene publications division of the Metropolitan Police, its three editors, Richard Neville, Jim Anderson and Felix Dennis, were charged with conspiring to corrupt the morals of the young for an issue created by schoolchildren. Felix Dennis with a copy of the magazine 'OZ' Felix Dennis with a copy of the magazine ‘OZ’center_img Oz pokes fun at its obscenity trial The editors were eventually acquitted of the conspiracy charge but jailed for two other minor offences. All three eventually won their appeals and were released. A badge relating to the trial 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 its heyday, it outraged the establishment so effectively it became subject to the longest obscenity trial in British history.Four decades on, and Oz magazine it to be brought firmly into the mainstream, as a treasure trove of revolutionary memorabilia is handed over to the V&A.The V&A has acquired the archive of Oz magazine, owned by the late editor, and plans to put it on display to the public for the first time next year. The young editors at Oz, issue 28 The archive relating to the magazine, which was originally published in Australia, has been purchased by the V&A with Art Fund support and marks 50 years since the first UK publication of the title.Art Fund director Stephen Deuchar said the archive was “of great importance to the cultural and political history of 1960s Britain”. Oz pokes fun at its obscenity triallast_img read more

Wolves and brown bears could return to British countryside to naturally cut

first_imgThey are the snarling beasts of fiction and folklore, but conservationists are hoping to bring back wolves to the British countryside within the next 20 years. Experts believe that introducing wolves back into… The Wildwood Trust, which has successfully helped reintroduce beavers, water voles, pine martins and dormice to parts of the UK where they had become extinct, now wants to start ‘rewilding’ the country with larger creatures. In March, the Trust brought a pack of six wolves from Sweden to its 200 acre parkland site in Escot, East Devon, where their behaviour is being monitored as part of an ongoing research project into animal domestication, and to see how they adapt to living in Britain. 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

Graduate refuses job after comparing CEOs interview technique to an abusive ex

Her tweet has since been shared more than 28,000 times and received scores of sympathetic replies.She told the Press Association that the CEO asked “a lot of personal questions”, before “tearing apart, line by line” everything she had submitted in the written part of the application process. To join the conversation log in to your Telegraph account or register for free, here. A female graduate turned down a job after she compared the CEO’s interview technique to that of an “abusive ex”.Olivia Bland, 22, hit out at the CEO of a tech company in Manchester after he allegedy criticised her Spotify account and tore apart her personality. She went on to say she was baffled to be offered a job after the experience, and turned it down.The Southampton Solent University graduate, from Oldham, said she was subjected to a “brutal” two-hour interview with the company chief executive, which she said “felt like being sat in a room” with an “abusive ex”.Miss Bland shared her email to the company after the interview on Twitter, writing: “There is something very off to me about a man who tries his best to intimidate and assert power over a young woman and who continues to push even when he can see that he’s making somebody uncomfortable to the point of tears.” She said: “Later in the interview he asked me: ‘How do you think it went?'”He said ‘I’ll tell you how it went’ and listed off everything bad he thought I did in the interview.”He told me everything I did was wrong, everything I said, the way I sat, my body language, everything that he could do to attack me.”Craig Dean, the chief executive of software company Web Applications UK, who conducted the interview, did not respond to requests for comment but wrote on Twitter that he was “very sorry if anyone has been hurt”. I am so sorry that anyone has been hurt, it is never my intent. I have sat watching the messages pouring in all night and humbly submit this sleep-deprived and anxiety-driven message: pic.twitter.com/8fb0njtzYF— Craig Dean (@UncleThargy) January 30, 2019 In a message on the site, he described himself as “sleep deprived and anxiety driven”. He wrote: “I have no desire to see anyone hurt; and can only apologise if anything I’ve done has had that effect.”In a statement following its investigation into the allegations, Web Applications UK said its board “was satisfied that no bullying or intimidation occurred.”The statement added: “Nonetheless, the Directors are extremely saddened by the incident and the impact that this has had on the individual concerned… we will take this opportunity to reflect on our recruitment process and HR policies.”What has been your worst job interview experience? Tell us in the comment section below. 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. Yesterday morning I had a job interview for a position at a company called Web Applications UK. After a brutal 2 hour interview, in which the CEO Craig Dean tore both me and my writing to shreds (and called me an underachiever), I was offered the job. This was my response today. pic.twitter.com/gijDpsEVHY— olivia (@oliviaabland) January 29, 2019 read more

Criminal gangs strike at almost half of churches in rural Britain

The crisis threatening the heritage of rural Britain is now so great that the heritage body Historic England estimates 40 per cent of listed churches have been targeted. Evidence points to the thefts being highly organized by criminals who use modern technology, including drones, Google Earth and sat nav to first spot their targets through aerial footage and then plot their routes. Dioceses… Almost half of listed churches have been targeted by criminals, new figures show, as police warn of professional gangs using the latest technology find easy targets and map out escape routes. The epidemic of crime is dominated by metal thefts with entire roofs being removed from historic places of worship. read more

Machel dethroned as TTs Road March king …MX Primes mega hit

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBest visit to Guyana – King of Soca tells UG students May 25, 2018In “Entertainment”Dwight Yorke being sued by soca monarchFebruary 19, 2018In “Entertainment”Jumo to compete in Soca Monarch semisJanuary 8, 2016In “Entertainment” (Trinidad Express) The three-year reign of Soca superstar Machel Montano is over. The band Ultimate Rejects has won the Road March 2017 title with their smash hit “Full Extreme”.The song ruled the stage as it was played a total of 556 times, solidifying predictions that it would be the anthem for revellers.The Ultimate Rejects. Their song was played 556 timesIt’s closest competitors were two soca hits from Montano, whose  “Your Time Now”, was played 72 times, and “Beat It” played 18 times.Ultimate Rejects is led by Edghill Thomas (MX Prime).The Road March 2017 results were released by the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians’ Organisation (TUCO) yesterday.TUCO in a media release by public relations officer Steve Pascall sent its congratulations to Thomas.Montano has won the road march title eight times, including over the last three years, tying the record held by Austin Lyons (Super Blue, formerly Blue Boy). read more

EYEWITNESS Sore points…

…about NYT reportThat NYT reporter certainly seems to’ve struck a raw nerve in some folks here with his story, “The $20 Billion question for Guyana”. As your Eyewitness commented yesterday, three columnists of the Muckraker got their buktas into such a knot you could just see their eyes bulging!! Today, they were joined by the PRO from the Ministry of Finance, and by a playwright who hadn’t been heard from for years, but suddenly surfaced to argue the Guyana Prize for Literature be kept.This monument to mediocrity had coughed up US$20,000 to him as of now!!And this in itself is an instance of “sh*t-hole-ness” that the NYT reporter missed. How do you dole out “National” Literature Prizes to submissions on “Exercise Books”??!! What does it say about your nation, except that it’s in a sh*thole? The irony is, the playwright doesn’t even live here any longer!! He parlayed his prize winnings into a grubstake to live in some basement in NY!! And imagine, he’s all cut up because the NYT fella described Guyana as a “backwater”!!Trying to make his “point”, the pedantic playwright even defined “backwater: a place that seems stuck in a rut—a place unmoved by current events.” Now, tell me, if this doesn’t describe Guyana to a tee, what does? Yet the “playwright” had the temerity to assert: “The description ‘Backwater’ therefore does NOT fit Guyana”!!! If New Yorkers could call New Jersey a “backwater”, what’s so insulting to accept we’re not exactly at the crossroads of the world – like Times Square!! He also insists Guyana isn’t “isolated”!! We have ONE scheduled (Third World) airline connecting us with the rest of the world, and we’re PLUGGED IN?? Pleease!! And yes, this fella won FOUR Guyana Prizes!!The other defender of Guyana’s honour was a paid hack…the PRO of the Ministry of Finance…so your Eyewitness understands she has to defend the indefensible. After all, how could her boss puff his chest out at international gatherings if his country’s publicly dubbed as a “sh*thole country”? Problem is, at the said international gatherings, he’s mostly begging for handouts!! Like the $900 million he claims to’ve extracted from the Islamic Development Bank!She had the grace to not contest the NYT charge that “the Civil Service is corrupt”!! What she did pick a bone with was: “foreign bank developers have told the government that legislation to create a sovereign wealth fund…lacks sufficient regulatory controls to avert corruption” and that “the legislation is in limbo.”Then guess what? She goes on to describe the advice the Finance Ministry has received from the IFI’s!!And admits the legislation still hasn’t been tabled. That’s called “in limbo”!!…on socialismAhhh…the times are a changin’!! Imagine, sixty years after its revolution – when it inspired even book revolutionaries like Moses Nagamootoo to adopt the “Che Beret”! – the Cuban Government announced it’s abandoning “communism” for “socialism”. So what does this mean? Your Eyewitness couldn’t find it in himself to plough through “Das Capital”, so he stuck with Marx’s “Reader’s Digest” version of the difference between the two ideologies.Communism, he said, means “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!” Now this is great, isn’t it? You get whatever you need…but you only work according to your “ability”!! The point, of course, is who’s to say what’s your “ability”, if you don’t like to work?  “Socialism”, on the other hand, meant “from each according to his ability, to each according to his work”.  You had to work, baby!! But could also own private property and vote and enjoy such bourgeoisie “rights”!But did you realise, dear readers, that according to our Constitution, Guyana, like Cuba, is also “in transition to socialism”?CIA regime change, anyone?…from NagamootooIn his Chronic Column, Nagamootoo claimed the Opposition Leader unfairly called him a “lightweight,” so as not to negotiate with him. But, he said, “Jagdeo walked away with a Pyrrhic victory”! “Pyrrhic victory”?Jagdeo suffered such devastating losses he might’ve well have lost. Wanker!! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Buktas in a knot…July 23, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: What’s going down…February 8, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize for LiteratureOctober 13, 2016In “Entertainment” read more

Brexit EUs Barnier warns of long road ahead

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEU agrees ‘best possible’ Brexit deal, urges Britons to back MayNovember 26, 2018In “World”UK Govt says freedom of movement ‘will end’ after BrexitAugust 19, 2019In “latest news”Theresa May quits: UK set for new PM by end of JulyMay 24, 2019In “latest news” Mr Barnier (L) formally hands the agreement to European Council head Donald Tusk (AFP image)The EU says much work still needs to be done on Brexit, despite agreeing a draft withdrawal document with the UK.“We still have a long road ahead of us on both sides,” chief negotiator Michel Barnier said.The EU has set out a series of meetings leading to one on 25 November where it plans to approve the Brexit agreement.UK Prime Minister Theresa May has won the backing of her cabinet but faces a tough task getting the agreement approved by Parliament.A sign of that came on Thursday morning when Mr Barnier’s UK counterpart, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, resigned saying he could not “in good conscience” support the agreement. He was one of four ministers to quit.Mrs May later defended the deal in the House of Commons, telling MPs it delivered on the Brexit referendum and provided for an orderly withdrawal.Mr Barnier was speaking on Thursday morning alongside EU Council head Donald Tusk as the chief negotiator formally handed over the 585-page draft withdrawal agreement.Mr Barnier said the agreement was fair and balanced, took into account the UK’s needs and laid the ground for an “ambitious new partnership”.Mr Tusk praised Mr Barnier’s work and said the agreement had “secured the interests of the 27 member states and EU as a whole”.He laid out the timetable for the days ahead.EU member states will analyse the document and at the end of the week national envoys will share their assessmentsA political declaration on future ties between the EU and the UK will be agreed by Tuesday and members will have 48 hours to evaluate itThe EU Council will then meet on 25 November to finalise the agreement “if nothing extraordinary happens”, Mr Tusk said. The leaders of the 27 EU nations must approve the dealMr Tusk said: “Since the very beginning, we have had no doubt that Brexit is a lose-lose situation, and that our negotiations are only about damage control.”Addressing the UK, he added: “As much as I am sad to see you leave, I will do everything to make this farewell the least painful possible, for you and for us.” (Excerpts from BBC) read more