Month: September 2019

Derrick Rose May Not Play Season Opener Home Game

Derrick Rose has a game-time decision to make before Thursday’s season home opener against the New York Knicks, due to a stiff neck.Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters the news after the team’s shootaround. Rose was not present at the shootaround, Thibodeau also told them.The Bulls are coming off a 107-95 loss to the Miami Heat on Tuesday, where Rose struggled a bit.  He finished with 12 points on 4-for-15 shooting with five turnovers in 34 minutes. He attempted just four free throws and missed 6-of-7 3-pointers, in sharp contrast to his preseason performance.According to Rose, rust was not the cause of his poor performance, it was just a bad shooting night.Rose seems confident that he’s not going to miss his first home game of the season. “Oh hell yeah, for sure I’m going to play tonight,” Rose told reporters. read more

Beside The Points For Thursday May 10 2018

See more NBA predictions Oh, and don’t forgetBreaking Baseball is fun We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe All newsletters Things That Caught My EyeMarc-Andre Fleury is outstandingVegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is in the middle of one of the best ever playoffs for a goalie, pitching four shutouts in his first 10 starts. There have been 14 goalie-seasons since ’79 where a player posted four or more shutouts in a playoff run, and in six of those fourteen seasons the goalie’s team went on to win the Stanley Cup. [FiveThirtyEight]Loose and improvisational lineups in ClevelandCleveland’s most used lineup in the playoff series against the Pacers and Raptors was George Hill, J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver, LeBron James and Kevin Love. Those five men were on the court together for a collective 110 minutes. During the regular season, those five players were on the court together for zero minutes. This could be one indication of how the barely-50 win regular season Cavs have turned into an unstoppable juggernaut, mainly because they Ship of Theseus’d this one. [FiveThirtyEight]Iceland made great once moreHafthor Julius Bjornsson, who “Game of Thrones” fans may recognize as the enormous actor behind Ser Gregor Clegane, has won the World’s Strongest Man competition in the Philippines last weekend. Bjornsson is the first Icelander to win since 1996, bringing the title home to a nation that once dominated the strongman competition when Jon Pall Sigmarsson and Magnus ver Magnusson won 8 contests in 11 years in the ’80s and early ’90s. [The New York Times]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?New York may have a home game in OWL championshipsThe NYXL, New York’s team in the Overwatch League, is an early favorite to take the inaugural championship, with two stage final victories, a 23-7 match record, and a +68 map differential. Here’s some more good news: the July championship is scheduled to take place on their home turf, with Brooklyn’s Barclays Center tapped as the host of the two-day championship weekend. [ESPN]Players Tournament is the real golf competitionAn average PGA Tour player has no better than an 0.18 percent win probability at any of the majors from 2011 to 2017. The Players Tournament is a much stronger field than the majors, some of which allow club professionals, former winners and amateurs to compete. The Players Tournament is way more exclusive, which forbids amateurs, club pros, sectional qualifiers, and caps winners at five years of subsequent invitations. The average PGA player had no better than a 0.12 percent win probability at the Players Championship in all but a single year over the same period. [FiveThirtyEight]Position players get itAn survey of 35 position players and 35 pitchers asked them which stats they analyze come the end of the season to evaluate their own performance. Looking at position players, 16 out of 35 identified on-base plus slugging (OPS) and on-base percentage (OBP) as their preferred metric, which is a pretty remarkable win for baseball nerds. [Deadspin]Some personal news, though, before we get to the big number: I’m leaving FiveThirtyEight to start a forthcoming daily morning newsletter, Numlock News, and work on other exciting projects. Beside the Points will absolutely continue, but if you’ve been a fan of my run, please subscribe to my new newsletter!Big Number(s)92 percentRafael Nadal is ridiculously good on clay. Heading into this week’s tournament in Madrid, he had won 46 clay court sets in a row, annihilating the previous record of 35 consecutive wins on clay. Moreover, his overall record on clay prior to this event was 401-35, a 92 percent win percentage. In the Open Era no other tennis star came close to that on any surface. Bjorn Borg got closest, with 86 percent wins on clay. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: kyle:the mets batted out of order in the first inning?neil:Yupcolleen:that is… very mets-yneil:Yup.colleen:what’s the rule on that? are they both out?ah, here’s an explainer:The Mets gave the umpires the wrong lineup and were penalized for batting out of orderPredictions NBA read more

Defense keys rout of Marshall

While the Buckeye offense took off with speeding scoring drives early in the game, it was the Buckeye defense, made up of veteran players that continually stood strong against Marshall, completely shutting out the Thundering Herd’s offense. Moeller returns to duty Senior safety Tyler Moeller returned to the field against Marshall after sitting out the entire season last year due to injuries from an assault against him. “I felt like I really was back to where I had been before,” Moeller said. “It’s a blessing to go through everything that I went through and get back out there again.” Moeller led the team in tackles with six, including a sack against Anderson late in the third quarter for a loss of six yards. “He really didn’t even see me coming, that was a dream shot right there,” Moeller said of his sack early in the second half. After being away from competition for a year and a half, Moeller said the toughest thing was for him to get back into a mental state of toughness. “I had to get back to loving running around and hitting people,” Moeller said. “I took a long time off and I kind of forget what it was like to be in a football game. But when I saw that crowd, it all came back to me.” Rolle in right place at right time With three minutes left in the first half, Brian Rolle intercepted a pass thrown by Marshall quarterback Brian Anderson around the Marshall 30-yard line and returned it for a touchdown to put the Buckeyes up 35-7. “The interception was a lot of fun,” Rolle said. “It happened a lot like in the Illinois game last year. He happened to make the pass right where I was, and I was able to capitalize on it.” Defense pitches ‘shutout’ The veteran Buckeye defense held Marshall to just 67 rushing yards, 155 passing yards and zero offensive points. “Our defense did a great job defending the run,” said Ross Homan, senior linebacker and captain. “We came to the game with a great scheme that the coaches designed and everyone did their job and executed.” Special teams unit struggles in opener While the defense was able to shut out the Herd, the special teams units had less luck. Marshall’s only score came from a blocked field goal that Ahmed Shakoor returned to the OSU end zone with two minutes left in the first quarter, bringing the score to 14-7. “We just didn’t protect the gap on the field goal,” said OSU coach Jim Tressel. “As far as the kickoff coverage, we sure hope it (improves by next week).” Marshall averaged 24.7 yards on seven kickoff returns, including a 63-yard return. Saine breaks out The Buckeye offense took off in the first quarter, with 14 quick points. The combined time of the first three scoring possessions was three minutes and 15 seconds, as OSU took a 21-7 lead with one minute left in the first quarter. OSU then went eight minutes without scoring until senior running back Brandon Saine took off with a 45-yard touchdown. Earlier in the game, Saine scored from 40 yards out. He finished with 103 yards on nine carries. “I did it all courtesy of the offensive line and the fullbacks,” Saine said. “On one of the runs I was untouched.” Sanzenbacher continues legacy of long touchdowns In the first quarter, receiver Dane Sanzenbacher hauled in a 65-yard touchdown. “We knew coming into that drive that we were going to have to get the momentum back,” Sanzenbacher said of the drive, which followed Marshall’s touchdown. Last year, Sanzenbacher had a 38-yard touchdown reception in the season opener against Navy, which the Buckeyes won 31-27, and caught a 76-yard pass for a touchdown in a 38-0 win over Toledo. read more

Warrior honored in Ohio State swimathon fundraiser for cancer

Breast cancer had no effect on Emily Marsh-Fleming’s breaststroke.Regardless of her diagnosis, the 38-year-old kept on swimming along with about 50 other participants at the first “Sync Cancer” swim-a-thon Saturday, hosted and sponsored by Ohio State’s synchronized swimming team at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.More than $5,000 was raised through swimmer registration and donations, head coach Holly Vargo-Brown said, and the proceeds benefited Pelotonia’s Team Buckeye in honor of Marsh-Fleming, a Buckeye alumna who swam on OSU’s synchronized swimming team from 1994 to 1997 and was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer in 2009 when she was six months pregnant.The idea for the event, Marsh-Fleming explained, stemmed from her involvement and passion for Pelotonia, an annual three-day cycling event that raises millions of dollars for cancer research at the Wexner Medical Center James Comprehensive Cancer Center. In 2012, she completed the 100-mile leg of the race and aspired to get OSU’s synchronized swimming team involved.“The reality is, (cancer) is something that, especially for the girls on the team, is entering their lives now if it hasn’t already,” Marsh-Fleming said. “This is the age where Grandma Sue is diagnosed or a roommate’s father. The word ‘cancer’ is really starting to mean something for people, I think, especially when they are in college.”Instead of the team participating in the bike race, Vargo-Brown said, “Why don’t we just do what we know how to do and swim?” With the help of Team Buckeye, the official OSU Pelotonia team, “Sync Cancer” came into fruition and was the first Pelotonia event to raise funds in water rather than land, according to Karl Koon, a development officer for the James.The goal of “Sync Cancer” was to register 100 participants, at $25 each, to swim one mile, which equaled 72 lengths of McCorkle’s two 25-yard pools. Swimmers could either swim the mile solo or share the mile with a team as laps were counted by volunteers.“Emily was going for the 100-mile (Pelotonia race), and we just thought that was a cool connection. We can’t swim a hundred miles, but we can get a hundred people to swim 1 mile and do our hundred miles that way,” Vargo-Brown said.Although “Sync Cancer” only reached a little more than half its swimmer capacity goal, the event doubled its financial goal, which was $2,500, to be donated to Team Buckeye.Marsh-Fleming was inducted into the OSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003 and into the U.S. Synchronized Swimming Hall of Fame during Saturday’s event. The event also honored past members of OSU’s synchronized swimming who have been affected by the disease.“Our synchronized swimming (team) has had all kinds of success, all kinds of national championships, but we have two girls (Marsh-Fleming and former member Meghan Kinney) who have cancer, a coach that had cancer, and in 2005, we had a girl that just didn’t wake up one morning. That was Jessica Beck, and we have a memorial meet for her each year,” said former head coach Linda Lichter-Witter, who is a survivor of cervical cancer and was Marsh-Fleming’s coach when she swam for the Buckeyes.Although cancer is “definitely on the forefront” of the team’s mind, Marsh-Fleming said, it has brought the team, past and present, closer together.“I talked about how it’s a great honor to me that the team is committed to cancer research, but yeah, it’s affecting the Buckeye synchro family in more than one way. So it happened, we can’t change the past, but we can impact the future. So I think (“Sync Cancer” is) a great way, a very effective way to do that,” Marsh-Fleming said.Participants at “Sync Cancer” also swam to honor family members and friends touched by cancer.Justin Tenchavez, a first-year in kinesiology, originally decided to swim at the event Saturday to help fundraise for cancer. A week following his registration, though, his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, giving him an “extra push” to participate.“Swimming symbolizes another escape, it’s like an escape from reality. But today, it gives me the opportunity to help fundraise for a greater cause,” Tenchavez said.Tanya Knauss, a Gahanna resident, swam Saturday for her husband, who passed away from cancer in March, and her friend, who is battling cancer.“(Swimming) is kind of revisiting a familiar place. It’s kind of like going home again,” Knauss said. “My husband and I actually met swimming on a college swim team, and it’s nice I can do that in a different phase of life.”Knauss said she and her husband swam for the College of Wooster.Although Marsh-Fleming said she believes she will not have the opportunity to see cancer eradicated in her body, she loves “the idea that Pelotonia can easily raise so much money and so fast so that at least the next generation, when they get this diagnosis, there is hope for a normal, full life.”So, along with Tenchavez, Knauss, Lichter-Witter and the OSU synchronized swimming team, Marsh-Fleming took on the mile in her own swimming lane, labeled with a pink sign and ribbon.Lichter-Witter said she’s pulling for Marsh-Fleming to beat her cancer.“I’m 64 years old, (Marsh-Fleming) has a young child. It’s just hard to not want her to be the one that succeeds at (defeating cancer),” Lichter-Witter said. “(The team) will talk to Emily a lot and tell her she is a warrior. She’s not your average athlete. She has a tremendous desire to be successful at what she wants to be, and if anyone could be a survivor, it would be Emily.” read more

Threequarters of maternity wards have no consultant on duty overnight

first_img“It is important to highlight that all consultant-led maternity units currently have 24-hour access to consultant obstetricians on call, some with resident working where needed.”Ultimately, local trusts need to look carefully at the mix of their patient load, risk profile and staffing to decide whether their particular unit needs more frequent consultant presence.”The RCOG said slightly fewer units had provided responses to the latest census, so the data had to be interpreted with “some caution”.The number of consultants had reduced since the survey was first carried out, however the body said this was likely to be a reflection of a fall in responses.However it found recommendations to increase the low number of weekend early pregnancy services had not been put into effect. The number of consultants had reduced since the survey was first carried out The number of consultants had reduced since the survey was first carried outCredit:Alamy Around three in four labour wards do not have on-site overnight cover from consultants, figures suggest.A survey of 165 maternity units found that in 2014/2015 around 27% of labour wards have consultants physically present overnight on weekdays, falling to 15% at the weekend.The census by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) also found the number of consultants may have reduced since figures were first recorded in 2013 and some recommendations on early pregnancy care had not been implemented.Edward Morris, vice-president of clinical quality at the body, said: “The RCOG recommends that trusts should ensure the adequate provision of consultant cover to deliver high quality safe care to women.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “It is not clear why this remains the case as in the interest of patient care, this would be considered one of the first services that could be provided seven days a week,” the RCOG said.Some studies have suggested that round-the-clock cover by consultants is only necessary on the busiest labour wards.An NHS England spokeswoman said: “Having a baby is now safer than it has ever been and the vast majority of mothers report that they get great NHS maternity care.”Researchers at Oxford University have shown that overnight consultant obstetrician presence isn’t proven to improve care, and a national diktat to that effect would mean the closure of many smaller units, which is another reason why it wouldn’t necessarily be a good idea.”last_img read more

Mentally ill mother who jumped off cliff with newborn did not get

first_imgA mother who jumped off a cliff with her newborn daughter was failed by medics because she was “articulate” and “middle class”, a review has found.Charlotte Bevan, 30, vanished from St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol with four-day-old Zaani Tiana Bevan Malbrouck on December 2 in 2014.Ms Bevan, who had stopped taking anti-psychotic medication to breastfeed, carried Zaani outside in a blanket at 8.36pm, when temperatures were 3C (37.4F). “One professional described Charlotte Bevan as ‘middle class’, ‘articulate’. This made it more difficult for professionals to identify the potential risk. Search teams later located the bodies of Ms Bevan and Zaani, who both suffered fatal injuries consistent with a fall, on the Avon Gorge.Avon coroner Maria Voisin later found a “chain of failures” in Ms Bevan’s care contributed to the two deaths.A serious case review published by Bristol Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB), concluded that there were eight findings in relation to the case.One finding was that professionals may have been intimidated by Ms Bevan, described as “unpredictable and hostile”.”When confronted with this unpredictability or hostility, many professionals ‘backed off’ from the confrontation, leaving the issue for another time or another professional to handle without a clear documented plan of how to address these issues,” the report states.”This was compounded by what case group members described as Charlotte Bevan’s intelligence and assertiveness. The report found opportunities were missed for professionals to be supported to identify and tackle child protection issues.A referral was made to children’s social care after Ms Bevan admitted she was not taking risperidone.However, midwives at St Michael’s Hospital were not aware that Ms Bevan and Zaani were an open case and so did not notify social services of the birth.Professionals agreed that their discharge from hospital would be delayed until a safe plan was in place for the mother and baby.”This did not take account of Charlotte Bevan requesting early or self-discharge,” the report states.”No contingency plan was ever created for the care and support of Charlotte Bevan and Zaani Bevan Malbrouck.”Zaani, who was two weeks overdue, was born at 6.16pm on November 28, weighing 3.34kg.Her father, Pascal Malbrouck and grandmother Rachel Fortune described her as “beautiful” and “perfect”, with Ms Bevan breastfeeding successfully.Ms Bevan’s mental state deteriorated by December 1 and she left the hospital with Zaani the following day.Carolyn Mills, chief nurse at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We have a system now where you have to be buzzed out of the ward.”Previously, there was a button you – staff, patients and visitors – pressed to exit.”  Charlotte Bevan, 30, Credit:PA Ms Fortune and Ms Bevan’s sister Janet urged those with mental health problems to seek advice and support.”As you can quite clearly see from the report, no single thing, action or person was to blame,” Ms Fortune said.”This was a particularly difficult case to manage as long-term ill mental health and pregnancy came together.”It’s our hope now that any families and individuals facing such difficulties will now have a multi-agency team with accountable clinicians in each service, as they now do in Bristol.”The family hope research, education in schools and increased awareness of mental health issues will go “some way” to prevent similar tragedies, she added. “When challenged by professionals, Charlotte Bevan was able to counter their suggestions with cogent arguments.”On one occasion, Ms Bevan refused support from a children’s centre – arguing that she had lots of friends with young babies.She initially wished to have a home water birth, which was impractical as she lived in a crowded third floor flat.However, the midwife did not persistently challenge this as she believed Ms Bevan may change her mind.”In fact, Charlotte Bevan’s mental health and the consequent risks to the unborn child should have been the priority,” the report added.”This fundamental issue was not prioritised by professionals to be consistently tackled together.”Sally Lewis, independent chair of BSCB, said there was not “one act or omission” that would have realistically prevented the deaths.”If all the recommendations were in place we believe that would have made it preventable,” she added.Ms Lewis said professionals were “inappropriately focused” on the needs of Ms Bevan and not baby Zaani.”Some of the frameworks and structures around adults are more geared towards personal choice,” she said.”Within environments where a child might be at risk from a decision or an action, we would be prepared to be more interventionist for the child’s protection.” 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.  Charlotte Bevan, 30,   Charlotte Bevan, 30, Credit:Avon and Somerset Police  Charlotte Bevan, 30, last_img read more

Tackling gun and knife crime in London a top priority for new

first_imgTackling gun and knife crime will be the top priority of the Metropolitan Police, the force’s new chief has said.Commissioner Cressida Dick said recent suggestions gun and knife crime in London were on the increase were a “huge concern”.Ms Dick, the force’s first female chief, said she would be prepared to support the increased use of controversial stop and search powers to tackle the problem. “The Met has taken £600 million out over the last few years. That is a lot of money. If there are services we have to cut back on, I will be upfront about that and I will explain why,” she said.While she denied that the force no longer investigated crimes such as burglary, she said that “choices” had to be made when it came to allocating investigative resources and it could not afford to engage in “meaningless activity”.”The public would not for example expect us to investigate a break-in at a shed in the garden in the same way as we investigate a murder. We put hugely different resources in,” she said.”Where there are no investigative opportunities after our first contact with the public, I think the public would actually prefer us to get on with dealing with something where we can have a criminal justice outcome.”I am not saying officers won’t attend (a burglary). I am not saying that we won’t assess it. Of course we will.”We will take a first report and we will look at what we have got and we will try to support the victim in whatever way we can. But we are not going to go in for meaningless activity.” 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. Ms Dick said the Met had seen significant financial cutbacks in recent years, with potentially more in the pipeline. Her comments came after the Met issued figures last week showing a 42 per cent rise in gun crime over the past year, while knife crime was up 24 per cent.”The figures worry me. I want to bear down across the wide spectrum of violent crime,” Ms Dick told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.”If it is the case that gun crime and knife crime are going up, that is of huge concern to me and it will mark out my commissionership trying to bear down on violence in general and those two crimes in particular.” Cressida Dick arriving for her first day at New Scotland YardCredit:HANNAH MCKAY/Reuters If in the fight against knife crime, the numbers of stops and searches go up, then I will be supporting them in thatCressida Dick  Cressida Dick While Ms Dick said the fall in the use of stop and search powers during Theresa May’s term as home secretary had been a “very positive” development, they were still important to police in dealing with issues such as knife crime.”I think it is an extremely important tactic and an extremely important tool properly used. When the officers are acting lawfully, courteously and are held to account, I will absolutely support them,” she said.”If in the fight against knife crime, the numbers of stops and searches go up, then I will be supporting them in that as well.”last_img read more

Moped gangs armed with machetes terrorise public near Prince Georges new school

first_imgMoped gangs armed with machetes have been terrorising the public just yards from Prince George’s future primary school, with locals accusing police of failing to tackle the threat for several months.Residents in Battersea, south west London, said they had seen men on bikes waving the weapons as they sped through pedestrianised areas near the £6,110-a-year day Thomas’s Batterseaschool, which the young royal is due to attend from September.Several of the incidents were said to have taken place during broad daylight, with pictures and footage showing the bikers threatening passers-by, and weaving in and out of tables at nearby restaurants. Prince George, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge A staff member at a local business said they had previously heard “what sounded like gunshots” in the street near the school, while another claimed they had seen people in balaclavas “shooting at a cash register or strong box”.Inspector Guy Osborne, of the Battersea Safer Neighbourhoods Team, told the Press Association that Wandsworth Police are “very aware” of moped-enabled crime, and called the issue “a borough priority”. And on Sunday, moped drivers mounted pavements near Hyde Park and mowed down a tourist in an apparent attempt to steal valuables, breaking his leg in the process.Crime involving mopeds in London increased by over 600 per cent between 2014 and 2016, figures reported by BBC London in December showed.The borough of Wandsworth has the highest reported incidents of motorcycle theft in the capital, according to data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.In January, police arrested 13 people in north London in connection with “smash and grab” scooter gangs, but concerned residents south of the river fear the same problems are not being addressed in their area. Mr Osborne asked anyone who may have information on the Battersea moped incidents which may help police with their inquiries to call 101, or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Police attended the aftermath of the incident in Battersea, on the evening of Tuesday May 2, but locals say this is just the latest in a crime spree committed on the doorstep of the school. “There are break-ins every night, residents are being terrorised every other day either by riding on pavements or at people,” said one local, who was too scared of repercussions to be identified.”When police are called their response is ‘there’s nothing we can do’.”CCTV footage gathered by business website shows one incident where thieves on a motorbike tried to kick a member of the public off their bicycle before breaking in to a car directly outside the school on Battersea High Street.Witnesses said men on pushbikes later returned to the scene “to gloat”, pointing their fingers in a shooting gesture at members of the public who were waiting for police. Mr Osborne added: “Crime Prevention advice is being given to the public through social media and by holding open days with the council specifically aimed at moped crime.”Police are working with moped manufacturers so they are being made more difficult to steal.”Mr Osborne said incidents involving weapons had not been reported to the police.The reports of heightened moped crime in Battersea come during a spate of violent knife crime in the area, including three murders in a matter of weeks.One such killing, of 21 year-old Malachi Brooks on March 28, occurred on Surrey Lane, a few hundred metres from Thomas’s dchool on Battersea High Street. Bikers are regularly seen racing through the pedestrian lanes that connect the two roads.A spokesman for Wandsworth Council stressed the local authority’s investment in CCTV as a deterrent to crime, adding that the council “is working closely with the Met to tackle the growing problem of moped-related crime, which is a London-wide issue”.A  spokesman said: “Wandsworth is inner London’s safest borough but it is important when community concerns are raised that the police and local authority work together to address these concerns and take the appropriate action to reassure local residents and businesses.”Staff and officials at Thomas’s declined to comment on the moped incidents or on any security measures being put in place.Separately, the Metropolitan Police on Monday announced a third arrest in connection with a series of recent moped-enabled robberies in Westminster and Camden.On Friday, bikers were photographed speeding through central London, with pillion passengers pictured wielding a hammer and a crowbar and reportedly threatening pedestrians and trying to steal mobile phones. “The police don’t chase them so it’s almost a licence to commit crime,” said another resident, who wanted to remain anonymous out of fear of being identified by the gang.”They feel like they can get away with anything.”Residents and workers in Battersea Square say they have reported the armed gangs to police on multiple occasions over recent months but no action has been taken.The area is popular among locals for its bars and cafes and is nicknamed “nappy valley” for its number of local schools and young families.”If they’re allowed to keep getting away with it then something horrible will happen,” claimed another resident who again declined to be identified. 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 sign outside Thomas’s Battersea in LondonCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA Wire The riders, who are believed to live locally, regularly wear balaclavas and appear dressed all in black.The vehicle licence plates are often blacked out or ripped off, said residents, leading them to believe the vehicles themselves had been stolen.Locals also reported regularly seeing motorcyclists mounting the kerb at Battersea Square and “weaving in and out of the tables and chairs” of bars and restaurants.Passengers on the bikes have wielded machetes in an apparent attempt to intimidate members of the public on multiple occasions, said one local business owner. Prince George of Cambridge waves as he leaves from Victoria Harbour to board a sea-plane on the final day of their Royal Tour of Canada Prince George is to attend the private school in September Prince George is to attend the private school in SeptemberCredit: Naomi Smith/Kensington Palace Prince George, the son of the Duke and Duchess of CambridgeCredit: REUTERS/Andrew Matthews Prince George of Cambridge waves as he leaves from Victoria Harbour to board a sea-plane on the final day of their Royal Tour of CanadaCredit:Chris Jackson/Getty Images The sign outside Thomas's Battersea in Londonlast_img read more

Car deliberately ploughs into apartment at Butlins holiday resort

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. “I was shocked,” said the eyewitness. “I thought when he hit the wall it was a terrorist attack. I could not believe what I was seeing.”I thought ‘what on earth’ as it was a walk-way.”I jumped up, ran to the window, saw him accelerate and smash into the apartment’s bottom room.”I thought he was going to get out and attack people.”I heard a loud bang as he hit the apartment. The door opened and he bolted. I heard and saw people shouting and running to the car.”He got out the car leaving the engine on and ran to the middle of the grass and looked around then ran off.”A police spokesperson said: “It involves a Ford Focus that struck an apartment block at around 10.15pm last night.”There were no injuries and no serious structural damage caused. The investigation is ongoing.”A spokesman for Butlin’s Skegness said: “We can confirm there was a localised incident involving guests known to one another in an area of our accommodation.”This later resulted in a car striking a section of the accommodation.”Thankfully no one was injured, and police attended the incident.” Police are investigating after a car ploughed into an apartment at the Butlins holiday resort in SkegnessCredit:Richard Vamplew Police are investigating after a car ploughed into an apartment at the Butlins holiday resort in Skegnesscenter_img A woman staying in an apartment nearby says she was alerted when she saw headlights approaching the pedestrianised area. Police are investigating after a car ploughed into an apartment at the Butlins holiday resort in Skegness.The incident happened at around 10.15pm on Wednesday, June 14, with one onlooker who pictured the aftermath claiming the Ford Focus had deliberately crashed into the apartment block.This has not been confirmed by Lincolnshire Police who are continuing to investigate the crash.One woman, who witnessed the event, posted on Facebook: “Jesus, sad times we live in!“Some guy just ran his car on purpose through the middle of Butlins holiday park apartments where kids were playing only half hour ago and straight into the flats next to us into the bottom bedroom.“What is the world coming to?”A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police said: “This is incident 508 of June 14 and involves a Ford Focus that struck an apartment block around 10.15pm last night.“There were no injuries and no serious structural damage caused.“The investigation is ongoing.”Crowds of holidaymakers gathered around the car after it collided with the apartment on Wednesday night. Lincolnshire Police have confirmed no one was injured in the incident.It is understood a man who was staying in the same apartment had been locked out after an argument erupted. He then fetched his car and drove it straight into the flat’s wall to try and gain access.last_img read more

Royal Marine who made bombs for dissident Irish republicans jailed for 18

first_imgA terrorist who infiltrated the British military has been jailed for 18 years for supplying bombs to dissident Irish republicans.Former Royal Marine Ciaran Maxwell stashed anti-personnel mines, mortars, ammunition and 14 pipe bombs – four of which were later used – in 43 purpose-built hides at eight locations in Northern Ireland and England.Bomb-making materials were found in barrels and buckets buried in the ground as well as an adapted Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) pass card, a PSNI uniform and a police stab-proof vest.The 31-year-old, who is originally from Larne in Co Antrim and was with 40 Commando based at Norton Manor Camp in Taunton, Somerset, at the time of the offences, pleaded guilty to preparation of terrorist acts between January 2011 and August last year, possessing images of bank cards for fraud and possessing cannabis with intent to supply. Explosive ingredients found buried in blue barrels in woodland at Capanagh Forest, County AntrimCredit:Police Service of Northern Ireland Paul Hynes QC, defending, told the court his client was not ideologically driven and would not have used violence for a cause.He said it was Niall Lehd, said to be a member of the Continuity IRA (CIRA), who was the “instigator” of a joint venture with Maxwell, who had “no long-lasting republican ideology”.Maxwell denied joining the Royal Marines in 2010 with the intention of infiltrating them. PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Gillian Kearney said Maxwell used his military know-how to accumulate and construct his devices, and described the infiltration of the military by a republican terrorist as “very unusual” and “certainly the first case of its kind in recent years”.Sentencing, Mr Justice Sweeney said: “I’m sure that you were and will remain motivated by dissident republican sympathies and a hostility to the UK.” Ciaran Maxwell appeared in court by video link from Woodhill prison, where he sat at a desk with a laptop and making notesCredit:Julia Quenzler/ Explosive ingredients found buried in blue barrels n woodland at Capanagh Forest Ciaran Maxwell appeared in court by video link from Woodhill prison, where he sat at a desk with a laptop and making notes 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. Ciaran Maxwell stashed anti-personnel mines, mortars, ammunition and 14 pipe bombs in dozens of purpose-built hidesCredit:Police Service of Northern Ireland Maxwell, described by the judge as an “inveterate record-keeper”, showed little emotion as the sentence was handed down.He had appeared in court via video link from Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes.The Old Bailey heard that the father of one researched targets and discussed plans to attack police stations and officers.However, his plot was foiled when members of the public stumbled across his weapons hides by chance.DNA evidence found on parts of the haul led them to Maxwell, who was on the national database due to his alleged involvement in an unrelated assault case. He claimed he faked his support for the dissidents’ cause because he was “frozen” with fear and believed old connections wished “serious ill” on him and his extended family in Northern Ireland and England.The court also heard that he had been brought up as a Catholic in the largely loyalist town of Larne and suffered a fractured skull as a 16-year-old when he was the victim of a sectarian attack. Maxwell was handed an 18-year jail term with another five years on licence. He was given consecutive sentences of 18 months and two years respectively for possessing cannabis with intent to supply and possessing images of bank cards for fraud. Ciaran Maxwell stashed anti-personnel mines, mortars, ammunition and 14 pipe bombs in dozens of purpose-built hideslast_img read more

Chess brings in heart monitors in quest to make game more pulseracing

first_img Show more Ilya Merenzon, chief executive of World Chess, said: “Chess matches can be very dramatic, and biometric data gives fans and spectators alike another opportunity to follow the games and relate to them on much deeper level.”It’s not enough to know what the next best move is anymore: you have to know what the grandmaster is thinking.”This makes watching the games so much more exciting. This is also one of our efforts to develop the premium broadcasting experience and bring value to chess fans.” Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin makes a move against champion Magnus Carlsen at the 2016 title match in New YorkCredit: Jason Kempin 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. Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin makes a move against champion Magnus Carlsen at the 2016 title match in New York It’s not normally considered the high-octane spectator sport that sets pulses racing.But the organisers of the World Chess Championship clearly think differently.In a new attempt to make chess more exciting for viewers, its stars are being asked to wear biometrics devices when the next big title match is held. Chess enthusiasts watch World Chess champion Garry Kasparov on a television monitor as he holds his head in his hands at the start of the sixth and final match 11 May against IBM's Deep Blue computer in New York The innovation is being pushed so fans can track the ups and downs of cerebral game’s biggest moment.Chess games lasting several hours are broadcast online and can attract hundreds of thousands of viewers on portals such as and Chess24.However, the thoughts of players – including the key points when they feel calm or stressed – have, by some, been closely guarded secrets.center_img The device and software, currently under development by World Chess, will need to be approved by players and the governing body Fide’s anti-cheating commission to ensure that it cannot be accessed or hacked.If players approve use of biometric data in chess broadcasting, World Chess says it will be made a permanent part of championship broadcasting. Magnus Carlsen, the Norwegian superstar who is the current world champion, has welcomed the move.”I am not against the sensors,” he said. “There is nothing insulting or strange it in.”And the audience will probably enjoy how the players heart rate is increasing and whatever else that can be measured.”David Kramaley, CEO of chess education site Chessable, said: “It sounds strange and a bit of a gimmick, but anything that helps popularise the game is good. Let’s hope it is a success.” Perhaps the most demanding was the epic first title bout between the Russian champion Anatoly Karpov and the youthful upstart Garry Kasparov which kicked off in September 1984.The match lasted nearly five months before it was halted with no winner declared on the grounds that both were exhausted. Karpov, who was left visibly drained, had lost 8kg. Kasparov, who is to return to the game this week after a decade in retirement, went on to win the rematch in 1985 and captured his first world title, at age 22, to become the world’s youngest-ever champion.World Chess has been on a mission to make chess a spectator sport since it took over organisation of the cycle in 2014.At last year’s championship match in New York it introduced 3D streaming and a sound-proof glass players’ studio. Chess world championship matches are notoriously long and grueling affairs. Chess enthusiasts watch World Chess champion Garry Kasparov on a television monitor as he holds his head in his hands at the start of the sixth and final match 11 May against IBM’s Deep Blue computer in New YorkCredit: STAN HONDA/AFPlast_img read more

Poor public transport to blame for rural drinkdriving epidemic transport minister suggests

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. A lack of public transport in rural areas is worsening a drink-drive epidemic, the transport minister has suggested.New figures reveal that more motorists are charged with driving over the legal alcohol limit in largely rural areas.Results of Freedom of Information requests indicate that Lincolnshire prosecutes the most drivers per population, followed by North Wales, Warwickshire, Dyfed-Powys and North Yorkshire.It has prompted calls for better public transport in rural areas and warnings to anyone tempted to drink and drive over the festive period.John Hayes, the Conservative MP for South Holland and Deepings, in Lincolnshire, suggested that the problem of rural drink-driving is being “compounded” by a lack of sufficient public transport in the worst offending regions.  Police Scotland had the highest overall total at 3,797 drivers, however the legal limit in Scotland is lower than in the rest of the UK, sitting at 22 micrograms per 100ml of breath, compared to 35 micrograms in England and Wales.Chief Superintendent Stewart Carle, Police Scotland’s road policing lead, highlighted that there was no “safe limit” when it came to drink-driving and “driving while intoxicated puts the driver and other road users at greater risk of serious injury.”Mr Hayes is the Minister of State for Transport. He was shuffled back to the department by Theresa May in July last year. New figures pinpointed Lincolnshire, Warwickshire and North Wales as having the highest level of drink-driving, with Lincolnshire charging 1,035 motorists in 12 months, followed by 783 drivers in North Wales.Mr Hayes said: “We have a dispersed population in Lincolnshire and sparsity of public transport, many people are dependent on a car, which may compound the issue.“Drink-driving is clearly a problem in Lincolnshire and it does have its consequences.”Police inspector Ewan Gell, of Lincolnshire’s serious collision investigation unit, said: “If we are at the top of that chart I think there is a problem with drink-driving in Lincolnshire and we need to work very carefully to get the education message across to make sure we get those figures down. “The only way you can change drink and drug-driving behaviour is by fear of getting caught and what these figures say to me is that we are good at catching people, so that is the message we will be putting out, we are very effective at targeting individuals who drink-drive.”The findings came after 31 forces out of 45 provided figures over a 12 month period from May 2017.AA president Edmund King echoed Mr Hayes opinion that the data could relate to poor public transport, adding: “It could also be down to more targeted police enforcement, but whatever the reasons, there is no excuse for drink-driving.” He had previously served in the department from July 2014, when his responsibilities included national roads. After the 2015 general election, he was moved to the Home Office. We have a sparsity of public transport, many people are dependent on a car, which may compound the issueJohn Hayes MPlast_img read more

Living in Afghanistan was better than Aldershot soldiers tell MoD in protest

first_imgCredit:JEFF SPICER/AFP/Getty Images 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. Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood has admitted there is an issue JEFF SPICER/AFP/Getty Images However, the letters complain that there is still no heating or hot water during the day and they frequently are left with shortages of fuel.News of the situation at Aldershot comes after the soldiers of Her Majesty’s foot guards complained of the cold showers and lack of heating at their barracks, situated 300 metres from Buckingham Palace, in January of last year.Over 100 troops are based at the barracks in Aldershot and many have felt compelled to send letters to their commanding officer in regard to their experiences. Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood has admitted there is an issueCredit:Rii Schroer Living in Afghanistan was better than Aldershot, soldiers have told senior officers in protest at their “freezing” barracks.Troops stationed at the headquarters of the Army Support Command in the Hampshire border have written to senior officers in frustration at the lack of hot showers and heating.One serving officer even claimed that a tent in the Afghan desert had better facilities to wash and keep clean.Susan, an alias used to protect her identity, described returning to the UK as “all-round depressing” as she came to the realisation of the dire state of the services at the Keogh Barracks.Susan complained she had to maintain vehicles “working with oils and lubricants”  but then was expected to clean herself in a cold shower.The poor conditions have forced some servicemen and women to leave the army because of a lack of morale, the letters seen by the BBC suggest.Janet, a soldier living at the Keogh Barracks, said that “we’ve lost some good soldiers recently through lack of morale and we feel just a lack of worth really. We don’t feel we are really valued or cared about.”She added that “prisoners get treated better than us and we’ve committed no crime”. One soldier said that “I’ve never had a hot shower in my block”, whilst another explained how “the block and rooms are freezing” and numerous other letters mentioned the spread of “low morale”.The issues faced at Aldershot exposes the wider issue of a lack of funding from the Ministry of Defence, as the department struggles to source the money needed to sustain its extensive estate.Defence minister Tobias Ellwood admitted that the MOD was finding it hard to cope with maintaining some of its military camp, as he told the Commons Defence Select Committee that the administration “needs more money” to perform maintenance and repairs. Carillion, the contractors hired by the MOD to manage the base, said emergency generators had been provided to keep soldiers warm through the winter.last_img read more

Cheltenham Festival punter nearly blinded in attack because he wore pink suit

A spokesman for Gloucestershire Constabulary said: “Police are appealing for information following an unprovoked assault on the final day of The Festival which left a 22-year-old man needing facial surgery.”On March 16 the victim was on his phone in the open area of the Best Mate enclosure at Cheltenham Racecourse when he was approached by an unknown man and punched in the face.”The incident happened at approximately 5.15pm and the victim, who is from Bristol, suffered a fractured cheekbone which required surgery.”At the time of the incident the victim was wearing a distinctive light pink suit and was in a crowded area.”Police have exhausted all other lines of enquiry and are now appealing for the public’s help to identify the offender.” George had bought the dusty pink suit especially for that day. He added:  “It could have been worse – they said I was lucky not to be blind in my left eye.”George  has been told the enclosure had no CCTV, despite thousands of punters milling around. Mr Flower in his suit Mr Flower in his suit He described the suspect as short, stocky, aged about 35 to 40 with short black hair and a chubby face.The fibre optic engineer said: “The only thing people have said to me is that maybe it was the pink suit I was wearing.”Some of my family members said maybe they thought I was gay because I was wearing a pink suit.” A Cheltenham Festival punter says he was nearly blinded in an attack during horse racing’s flagship event simply because he was wearing a pink suit.George Flower, 22, suffered a fractured eye socket and needed a metal plate inserted in his cheekbone after he was the victim of a random attack at the Best Mate enclosure.He believes it may have been a homophobic attack, provoked by his three piece pink suit, which cost £250 from ASOS.Medics told him he was lucky not to lose the sight in his left eye, and he spent a month off work recovering.George had been at the races with about 30 friends on March 16 when he lost the people he was with and tried to reach them on the phone.  When he looked up, a stocky middle aged man with dark hair punched him in the face. 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

Russian human rights abusers should be named

Corrupt Russian officials targeted with sanctions for their role in human rights abuses should be treated like terror suspects and named in a public list, the Prime Minister’s anti-corruption tsar says today. On Tuesday, the Government is expected to introduce to the Sanctions Bill the Magnitsky amendments, named after Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer killed while investigating a giant fraud. Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, John Penrose welcomes Theresa May’s so-called “Magnitsky amendments” allowing ministers to impose asset freezes and visa bans on human rights violators, but warns they will not go “far enough”. Mr Penrose states that the new powers are “essential”, but adds: “Will these proposed… read more

Feuding surgeons put patients at risk at heart surgery unit report finds

A “toxic” feud between two rival camps at a troubled heart-surgery unit left staff feeling a high death rate was inevitable, according to a leaked report.St George’s Hospital heart unit was consumed by a “dark force” and patients were put at risk by a dysfunctional team of surgeons, an investigation concluded last month.The damning review was written by former NHS England deputy medical director Mike Bewick in response to higher mortality rates at the hospital.He found the south London facility had a cardiac surgery death rate of 3.7% – above the national 2% average, reports said.Internal scrutiny was said to be “inadequate” and the department was riven between “two camps” exhibiting “tribal-like activity”.Professor Bewick’s review was quoted as saying: “Some felt that there was a persistent toxic atmosphere and stated that there was a ‘dark force’ in the unit.” The independent reviewer examined “disturbing and often difficult information”, concluding an “existential threat” was posed to the unit because staff and patients would go elsewhere if problems persisted. “The surgical team is viewed as dysfunctional both internally and externally,” he said.Stronger leadership and “new blood” were called for, while the “defensive approach” the unit took to death rate data was criticised, according to reports.The review was additionally said to have called for “radical solutions to breaking up the current surgical team”.A spokesman for St George’s Hospital said recommendations from Professor Bewick were being implemented “at pace”, including the immediate relocation of all cardiac surgeons to a single-speciality practice.The investigation commissioned in June after the National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR) issued an alert over the unit’s lower surgery survival rates. The surgery team was described as 'dysfunctional' Some felt that there was a persistent toxic atmosphere and stated that there was a ‘dark force’ in the unit.Professor Bewick 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 would like to stress that the cardiac surgery service we provide for patients is safe.However, it is very clear that major and urgent improvements are requiredSt George’s Hospital spokeperson It added: “In our view the whole team shares responsibility for the failure to significantly improve professional relationships and to a degree surgical mortality.”Conversations with 39 staff revealed they were shocked by the death rate, but “most felt that poor performance was inevitable due to the pervading atmosphere”. The hospital spokesman said: “We would like to stress that the cardiac surgery service we provide for patients is safe.”However, it is very clear that major and urgent improvements are required, which we are already taking action to deliver. “St George’s, one of the biggest teaching hospitals in the country, has advertised for an additional consultant cardiologist to join the team.Fellow London hospital Guy’s and St Thomas’s Foundation Trust will send “on the ground leadership support” in the form of cardiac surgeons, the spokesman said.Officials are additionally “addressing concerns” about the way surgery data is managed. The surgery team was described as ‘dysfunctional’ in the report Credit: Sergei Savostyanov/TASS read more

Harrow school at loggerheads with Sadiq Khan over new sports hall on

In a statement, the school said it was “disappointed” by the action as there is a “real need in the area” for the facilities that “were proposed to be shared with the local Harrow community”.As part of the application, the school offered a “land swap”, where the land freed up by the demolition of existing buildings would compensate for the land lost by the new ones.But this was rejected because the footprint of the demolished buildings only made up a fraction of the land which would have been lost.The proposals have also been met by opposition from environmental groups who are concerned that the development will ruin the landscape of the area.Open Spaces Society (OPS) and the Harrow Hill Trust are among the groups that are campaigning to protect the public paths across the grounds.A spokesman for the OPS said: “The impact of this development would extend far beyond the footprint of the buildings, and would have a detrimental effect on the beauty and openness of the Metropolitan Open Land, which is a rare and vital feature of the historic setting of Harrow-on-the-Hill.”The Mayor has invited Harrow School to work with his planning team to develop a new application on the footprint of its existing site. 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 landscape site plan for the proposed expansion for Harrow SchoolCredit:Harrow School “I absolutely support the school’s ambition to expand its sporting facilities, and their plans to open them up to the local community for the benefit of people of all ages are to be commended. I hope the school will rethink its plans and come up with a scheme which allows them to provide a new facility for their pupils and the community without harming the area’s precious green spaces,” he added. Harrow School is at loggerheads with Sadiq Khan for blocking its proposal for the development of a new sports hall on protected green space.The renowned boarding school’s plans, which include a science block, games area and car park, were initially accepted by Harrow council before being blocked by the Mayor of London.Mr Khan halted the application because two-thirds of the planned block would be on mostly undeveloped green space known as Metropolitan Open Land.The school is now appealing against his refusal to grant planning permission for a new science building and sports hall based on the guidance from its advisers.Mr Khan insisted that he will not compromise on the principles outlined in his London Plan, which made the preservation of the capital’s green spaces a top priority.He said: “Since becoming Mayor I have been clear that protecting London’s precious green spaces is one of my top priorities. I am clear that expansion of this kind must not encroach on open green space, which is one of the capital’s most important and cherished assets. Nor, in this case, is it necessary to do so, as other options are available.” However, both the school and the council expressed their disappointment at the decision, highlighting the benefits that would be brought to Harrow residents who would be able to use the facilities. The landscape site plan for the proposed expansion for Harrow School read more

Family of student who killed himself in St Pauls Cathedrals did not

A student who jumped to his death from St Paul’s whispering gallery had missed two months of university, his family has revealed as they called for a change of rules.James Jorge De Sousa Stayton, known as JJ, died after falling from the Whispering Gallery in the London cathedral on April 1 this year.Speaking in the weeks after the 19-year-old’s death his family said they want to prevent students from “slipping under the radar” at university.In a fundraising page set up in memory of the Queen Mary’s University student, his sister Sapphire, said: “We learned, following his death, that JJ had not been going to university for at least two months, isolating himself from everyone.“Despite communications with the university, they were unable to inform us of these changes in his attendance. Had we known (or another trusted individual, chosen by the student) it is possible something could have been done to help him.”On her fundraising page for mental health charity Rowing Together for Healthy Minds, Ms Stayton, of Herefordshire, said her brother had been “struggling” with his mental health but kept the extent of it hidden from his friends and family.His family, including his sister and younger brother, are now campaigning for universities to change their policies to alert someone when there has been a change in a student’s circumstances. Ms Stayton added that the family aimed to raise funds to donate to charities “as the first step in our mission to create change around the stigma of mental health, improve how it is managed and understood”. 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 aim to push for a change in protocols – specifically in universities – to prevent young adults slipping under the radar. Currently, there is no convention, that we are aware of, where someone is alerted to a significant change in circumstance – when students stop attending class, for example.” read more

Sir Curtly Ambrose joins commentary panel as ESPN brings coverage of

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSir Curtly Ambrose picks Windies for WT20February 26, 2016In “Sports”Windies must rebound, says legend Sir CurtlyMay 17, 2017In “latest news”WICB expresses gratitude to three KnightsMarch 1, 2014In “Sports” West Indies Cricket legend, Sir Curtly Ambrose will be part of the commentary panel as ESPN brings exclusive coverage of the West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) Regional Super50 Tournament.According to a WICB release, Sir Curtly will be joined by another legend of the game, Jeff Dujon, the former West Indies wicket-keeper/batsman.The other members of the panel offering expert analysis are: former West Indies opening batsman Daren Ganga, former West Indies fast bowler Tino Best, and journalist/broadcaster Barry Wilkinson.“Sir Curtly is a great addition to the team that will bring expert analysis to the viewers on ESPN” said Nelecia Yeates, the WICB’s Commercial Manager. “He is a favorite with cricket lovers all over the world and we know he will share his vast knowledge of the game with our audience.”She added: “ESPN continues to show its commitment to growth of the cricket in the West Indies. Together we want to make sure that a wide range of fans can see and enjoy the atmosphere of cricket in the region.”Sir Curtly ranks as one of the greatest fast bowlers in the history of the game and is a member of the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame. He took 405 wickets in 98 Tests and another 225 in 176 One-Day Internationals in an outstanding international career which spanned 12 years.ESPN’s coverage will be brought LIVE from the newly-renovated Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua. It will begin onThursday, February 2 with defending champions Trinidad & Tobago Red Force taking on home team Leeward Islands Hurricanes and will feature nine matches including the semi-finals; on Wednesday, February 15 and Thursday, February 16; and the final on Saturday, February 18.ESPN’s coverage will also be available on ESPN Play ( — ESPN’s multiscreen live and on-demand broadband service.ESPN BROADCAST MATCH SCHEDULE(all matches at Coolidge Cricket Ground; start at 1:30pm/12:30pm Jamaica Time)Thursday, February 2Leewards Hurricanes vs T&T Red ForceSaturday, February 4Leewards Hurricanes vs Kent SpitfiresMonday, February 6T&T Red Force vs Windwards VolcanoesWednesday, February 8Leewards Hurricanes vs Windwards VolcanoesFriday, February 10Windwards Volcanoes vs Kent SpitfiresSunday, February 12Leewards Hurricanes vs T&T Red Force FINAL FOURSemi-finalsWednesday, February 15 Zone A winners vs Zone B runners-upThursday, February 16Zone B winners vs Zone A runners-upGRAND FINALSaturday, February 18 Semi-final 1 winners vs Semi-final 2 winners read more

Fmr Wales Estate workers decry nonpayment of severance at Job Fair

It has been over one year since the Wales Sugar Estate on the West Bank of Demerara ceased operating on December 31, 2016, but over 370 defunct workers are yet to receive their severance even though their colleagues at other estates are being paid their termination benefits.Some of the former sugar workers venting their frustrations against the non-payment of severanceThe visibly upset workers voiced their disdain at a job fair organised by the Private Sector Commission (PSC) to provide information for unemployed persons on West Bank Demerara.The sugar workers who spent much of their working life at the Wales Estate are demanding answers as to when they will be paid their benefits.They contended that they are finding much difficulty in providing for themselves and family.The retrenched Wales workers are without their benefits after they refused to take up employment on the contention that they cannot be compelled, under law, to travel 22 miles from their original place of work to the Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara estate.As time elapsed, GuySuCo opted against paying the benefits and the matter was taken to court sometime around March 2017.Now that 10 months have passed, the High Court is yet to call the matter for hearing. In the meantime, however, the Wales workers have not been paid their termination benefits and are annoyed that retrenched Enmore, Rose Hall and Skeldon workers have been receiving their severance.“Imagine is only a month now and Enmore done getting pay off, plus they got investor for them still get job but here you not got job or money, that is not fair,” a father of four, Floyd Dick explained, adding that one of his children is writing the CXC examinations later this year.The workers also feel that land should be allocated to them to go into farming and other projects in order for them to provide for their families.Now that estate closures have become a reality, there have been calls for GuySuCo to lease its lands to former workers to enter alternative business operations.Earlier this week, Government commenced a payout of almost $2 billion as severance to thousands of dismissed sugar workers across the Rose Hall, Skeldon and East Demerara (Enmore) Estates.It was disclosed to the National Assembly that dismissed sugar workers at these three estates whose severance packages are $500,000 or less would be paid in full by January 31 and that workers receiving in excess of aforementioned sum, would attain 50 per cent of their severance benefits, while the other 50 per cent would be paid in December of 2018.However, the workers at Wales are questioning just when they would receive their payments.The Roraima Group of Companies, Gafoors, National Hardware, Namilco, Sterling Products Limited, the Leonora Technical and Vocational Training Centre and the Guyana Police Force were some of the 22 participants at the job fair.Meanwhile Chairman of the Guyana Private Sector Commission (PSC) Eddie Boyer says he supports calls for the establishment of a new industrial zone at Wales, West Bank Demerara (WBD), following the outcry of residents there about the negative impact of the closure of the estate and the dismissal of hundreds of workers.The PSC in collaboration with private and public corporations launched the job fair at Patentia on the West Bank of Demerara. The objective was to link potential employers and employees, primarily from the closed Wales Estate, with each other.According to Boyer, “while the PSC seeks to find employment for the unemployed, we would like to reiterate that we advocated for the estates to remain operational, while being transferred to private hands, as we never supported closure. It is our desire to continue working with the Special Purpose Unit to facilitate the privatization and ensuring rehiring of staff. Given the closure, we are now advocating for a speedy privatization so that the unemployed can be absorbed quickly.”This publication was informed that the PSC plans to take the initiative to Enmore and Berbice where thousands of workers were recently retrenched by the Guyana Sugar Corporation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuySuCo again snubs protesting sugar workers on severance pay issueFebruary 14, 2017In “Local News”Non-payment of severance: Wales sugar workers appeal for President’s interventionFebruary 21, 2017In “latest news”Court action likely over unpaid severance – UnionFebruary 23, 2017In “latest news” read more