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San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks has been fined $15,750 for his hit on Drew Brees in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 23-20 loss to the New Orleans Saints.Despite the disapproval of the penalty by some NFL observers, Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, said his officials made the right call. Blandino said even though Brooks initially hit Brees in the chest, he earned a penalty when his arm rose and hit the quarterback in the throat. The rule goes:“You can’t make forcible contact to the head or the neck area, even if the contact starts below the neck and rises up. If there’s force to that contact, it’s a foul.”Brooks’ agent has already said he will appeal the fine. read more


Mila Barzdukas, Giuseppe Vinci, Neil Paine and Jody Avirgan in front of a regulation size volleyball. Jody Avirgan: Neil, my favorite little tidbit from the the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference was the fact that each day, all the stats nerds streamed into the building toward panel discussions about sports analytics, waltzing right past — actual sports! There was a massive regional volleyball tournament taking place in the same building, and as far as I could tell, no one stopped to check it out. And, honestly, part of me thinks that it could have been an NFL game and people would have still hustled upstairs to talk about sports rather than just watch them. There was a panel discussion called “Is Analytics Taking the Fun Out of Sports.” This felt like a nice parallel to that idea.Neil Paine: “Hey, nerds — get your heads out of those volleyball spreadsheets and try watching a match!” (Said no one ever.) But seriously, the juxtaposition was interesting, particularly considering that we had the opportunity to speak with some people who do sabermetrics for volleyball. It seemed like this should have been a big moment for them — considering their sport was on display for all Sloan-ites to see — but instead it was just another smaller sport that can sometimes go neglected at an event geared more toward basketball, baseball and football.But not by us — right, Jody?Jody: Never. We contain multitudes. That said, I know next to nothing about volleyball. And while there is obvious strategy involved — you can see play fakes and how teammates work together — I hadn’t really thought about how you would evaluate the merit of particular plays. The main thing I learned from Mila Barzdukas and Giuseppe Vinci was to think about the setting pass. Is it one that leaves the team with no options but to flail and punch it over the net? Or is it a pass that multiple people could spike, from a wide range of unpredictable angles? That is, in essence, the goal of every possession — a versatile set pass. And it’s graded on a scale of 0 to 3. If you’ve got three options of attack from a given set, that’s a success.And the thing that makes it so intriguing is that the quality of the set is related to the pass before it, which is related to the serve before it. … It’s impossible to untangle each pass from the others. Which might be kind of unique among all sports, right? And, I imagine, a real metrics challenge. …Which is where I saw your wheels turning. Have we found your new beat?Neil: It’s possible. Not really having played volleyball since high school gym class, I’d never considered how oddly well-structured it is for analysis, in terms of the way each rally progresses and the fact that outcomes for individual players can be counted with relative ease. (Even at the 14- to 15-year-old level we observed, Vinci and Barzdukas insisted that coaches were tracking basic pluses and minuses — that is, positive and negative plays — for their players during matches.) It’s still not as perfectly suited to analytics as baseball (what is?), but it wouldn’t be unfair to liken it more to basketball than sports with more moving parts, such as hockey, soccer and football.The strategy of maximizing your passing options on any given setting opportunity struck me as particularly fascinating because it seems like one of those statistical best practices that can suddenly bring focus to a coach’s entire game plan. It that way, it may be much like how conserving outs should be the all-consuming imperative of a baseball offense or how resisting mid-range jumpers has become the mark of smart offensive basketball. (Even hockey has recently found a version of this: Playing dump-and-chase is the equivalent of cutting off your setter’s passing options.)The beauty of sports analytics, though, is that they’re a beginning, not an end. Finding the right strategy is just the first step in a journey that (hopefully) ends with the right players putting it to use. And with an actual volleyball tournament in such close proximity to analytics experts, both components of the odyssey were placed side-by-side, however briefly.Jody: Well said, Neil. Nice setup. Even the most grizzled volleyball coach would say you’re “passing a 3.” OK, folks, watch the video. CORRECTION (March 10, 10:37 a.m.): An earlier version of this article mischaracterized the number of passes in a volleyball point. It’s two, not three. read more


Zach LaVinePG202014131760 Some context to go along with the chart: Based on his rookie season, KAT’s CARMELO “upside score” is 50.2. Simply, that’s our best guess at how many wins Towns will add to his team over the next six seasons. It means our model thinks he’ll be worth 50.2 wins above replacement over that period, which would have ranked seventh in the league in 2015-16, wedged between Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard. That’s an alarmingly good projection, considering he’ll be entering his second season and presumably has not reached his potential — the other players who project anywhere near that range are all established stars whose six-year outlook includes only their prime seasons and the gradual decline from that peak. For Towns, it’s possible his best years aren’t even included in those six.The key thing here, the obvious thing, is that Towns’s status as a franchise centerpiece is not merely the product of especially sanguine long-term forecasts, as is occasionally the case with promising players still searching for their final forms like Marcus Smart or Elfrid Payton. Towns dominated this season, producing numbers in a way that doesn’t just suggest that he’ll be great, but that he is already great.This is an important distinction! The holes in Towns’s game — he doesn’t always establish good position or use his size effectively in the post; he doesn’t yet have a great feel for space in the pick-and-roll — are things that typically come along as players grow accustomed to the league. Meanwhile, the parts of his game that prop up his exceptional numbers — solid handle, an excellent face-up game from the wing, being a good finisher around the rim — are things that are much harder to teach a big man. And he already does some good things to highlight his strengths, like using his speed to get down the court and plant himself deep in the post early in a possession, unlike, say, DeMarcus Cousins, who does exactly the opposite. It’s also probably fair to assume that the Wolves’ improvements in other areas will compound any growth by Towns. For instance, Towns’s overall numbers for chances created off of the pick-and-roll are unimpressive, but those are tanked in part by a good deal of his PNRs coming with LaVine, who is very bad at those plays, and in part by the Wolves’ truly awful shooting. Minnesota scored 87.4 points per 100 chances created off of Towns’ screens, but that number shot up to 95.1 points per 100 when Towns took the shot. It’s not a coincidence that Minnesota attempted the second-fewest threes per game this season and shot the fifth-worst percentage of them. Surround Towns with a few shooters, and who knows what’ll happen.The degree of difficulty for Towns comes through in the deeper-dive stats. By quantified shot quality, which estimates how difficult shots are based on factors like location and the position of the nearest defenders, Towns got shots that would be expected to fall at a rate equivalent to a 48.3 percent effective field goal percentage, which is very bad. His actual eFG% was 55.6, near the top of the league. The difference between the two — his shot-making prowess, or quantified shooter impact — was +7.2, which is fifth among players who took at least 500 shots, sandwiched between Klay Thompson (+6.6) and Leonard (+8.7).That’s a long way of saying that Towns’s already stellar shot chart, like this one from StatMuse, is even more impressive than it looks: Karl-Anthony TownsC21201514000 2016-17 PHI1st-round pick, 2016——201614000 2015-16 MINAndrew WigginsSG20201414000 Corey MaggetteSG221999131760 13890 2016-17 MINAndrew WigginsSG21201414000 Nerlens NoelPF22201362380 12790 James HardenSG20200932890 2009-10 OKCKevin DurantSF21200723250 The Timberwolves have many obvious needs — perimeter defense, outside shooting, perhaps even a point guard who doesn’t shoot 37 percent from the field. One or two of those may be addressed with that No. 5 pick, or in free agency, or through further development of the young lions surrounding Towns. But unlike just about every other young team in the process of squadding up, the Wolves already have their superstar. Ben GordonSG21200432890 Michael OlowokandiC26199814000 Total *This assumes the 2016 first-round draft picks also will play at least 1,500 minutes next seasonSources: Basketball-reference.com, kevin pelton/espn Jeff GreenPF23200752500 Jerami GrantSF22201439500 Thabo SefoloshaSG252006131760 1st-round pick, 2016——201652500 In the weeks immediately after the death of Sam Hinkie’s Process in Philadelphia, the 76ers finally landed a No. 1 overall draft pick. (Hinkie, the team’s former general manager, was known for his strategy of engineering high draft picks by piling up calamitous records.) By the cold animating arithmetic of that strategy, Tuesday’s event was the turning point. Next year’s squad will feature Nerlens Noel (No. 6 overall in 2013), Joel Embiid (No. 3 in 2014), Jahlil Okafor (No. 3 in 2015), and whomever the Sixers draft with the No. 1 pick — presumably LSU forward Ben Simmons.Next season’s 76ers will not, however, be the NBA team most loaded down with young talent. That will probably be the Minnesota Timberwolves.Using the draft-pick value chart of ESPN’s Kevin Pelton, we aggregated the amount of young talent on each roster during the lottery era (since 1985) for a table, which you can find at the bottom of this post.1To be included in his team’s total, a player had to log enough minutes to qualify for Basketball-Reference.com’s rate-statistic leaderboards — generally 1,500 minutes in a normal, 82-game season — and he had to be selected in one of the previous four NBA drafts. For next year’s Sixers, this process could yield the second-most draft-value points of any team since ’85, provided Embiid somehow stays intact long enough to make the leaderboard cutoff and Nik Stauskas somehow plays above his usual sub-replacement-level standards.But even if all that happens, Philly will run behind the 2016-17 Timberwolves of Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, Gorgui Dieng, Shabazz Muhammad — and, especially, 2016 rookie of the year Karl-Anthony Towns.In Towns, the Timberwolves have something the other teams on this list need if they hope to make the turn from “stockpiling assets” to becoming genuine contenders. Specifically, a high draft pick who turns into a superstar. Although draft value is a functional proxy for talent — none of the teams that had an abundance of draft value were truly bereft — nailing a pick like Towns is the difference between real and abstract value, between the Thunder in 2010 and the Bulls in 2003.As a rookie, Towns picked up 18.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 32 minutes per game, with a shooting line of .542/.341/.811. That’s exceptional for a first-year big, but to really get across how great he was we need to dig a little deeper. Here’s his CARMELO projection for next season: Shabazz MuhammadSG232013141690 13060 Chris DuhonPG22200438530 Quentin RichardsonSG212000181490 Zach LaVinePG212014131760 Teams with the highest combined draft value (among players selected in the previous four NBA drafts and playing at least 1,500 minutes), 1985-2017* Gorgui DiengC272013211340 Nik StauskasSG23201482200 Kirk HinrichPG24200372280 Total (projected) Eddy CurryC22200142660 TEAMPLAYERPOSAGEYEARPICKVALUE Total Shabazz MuhammadSG242013141690 Darius MilesSF20200032890 Luol DengSF19200472280 14860 Nate Silver contributed research. Total (projected) Total Gorgui DiengC262013211340 Joel EmbiidC22201432890 DRAFT 2004-05 CHITyson ChandlerC22200123250 Jahlil OkaforC21201532890 Russell WestbrookPG21200842660 Total 14140 15290 2001-02 LACElton BrandPF22199914000 Karl-Anthony TownsC20201514000 read more


California and Ohio are two states with seemingly no connection between their different weather and lifestyles. But on the Ohio State softball team, the players embrace their differences, and as a result, have become a more cohesive unit. The Ohio State softball team currently has 19 players on their roster, 10 of which hail from the state of California.  “There are a lot of players out there,” coach Linda Kalafatis said. “It is probably the best location in the world for fastpitch softball, and the competition level is pretty consistent. Not only are they able to play more, but they are able to play at a really high level.” Every team in the Big Ten has at least one California player on its roster, but Ohio State’s 10 players are the most in the conference, topping Penn State’s seven. It is no surprise that different backgrounds have forced all 19 players to adjust to each other’s lifestyles. Though change can cause problems, the team has welcomed the differences in a positive way.  “There is definitely some friendly jabbing at each other here and there,” All-American catcher Sam Marder said. This was evident in the opposing views of each other’s footwear.  “The California girls wear Vans and the Ohio girls wear Crocs,” Marder said. “I just think those are ridiculous shoes, but they think my Vans come from Wal-Mart.”  The music scene has also caused the California players to flex their muscles in the locker room.  “With music, you don’t get anything out here until four months later,” freshman pitcher Melanie Nichols said.  Additionally, Columbus does not seem to exude the same excitement as Southern California. “They are probably more country, while we are fast-paced city people,” sophomore shortstop Alicia Herron said.  Not only do the players have to make adjustments on the field, but changes are necessary in the wardrobe department as well. “I never owned a winter coat before I came here, so I wasn’t exactly sure what I was supposed to wear,” Marder said. While the California athletes miss their tans and tantalizing beaches, they have fallen in love with the state of Ohio. Though the cold weather can be a burden for many Ohio natives, the California women appreciate the conditions. “The biggest thing I love out here is the four seasons,” Herron said. “Along with the changing of the leaves, it’s a different wardrobe, weather and climate. I love all that about Ohio.” The biggest struggle for most of the California players is how far away they are from home.  “The first couple of weeks I got here it was really hard because I am really close with my family,” Nichols said. “But, they support me in everything I do, so that makes it a lot easier, but of course I still miss them.” While the team depends on Marder most of the time to produce the big hit, she equally depends on her teammates for support off the field. “Ohio really feels like a second home to me because I have been here so long and I go to the girls’ homes for the holidays,” Marder said. “Whether we kid around with each other here and there, the girls welcome us into their home, and at the same time, let us really make it a home of our own. I will always be really grateful for that.” Though the Buckeyes are diverse in background, team chemistry is not an issue. No matter where the player is from, all 19 players have the same expectation: winning. “I think it is one of the beautiful things we do here,” Kalafatis said. “We mesh all those personalities and differences into one cooperating group.” The players have been united under the recruitment and leadership of Kalafatis. Kalafatis believes there is no connection between her alma mater, California University of Pennsylvania, and her recruiting strategy. read more


Ohio State women’s basketball junior guard Raven Ferguson has been suspended for the first three games of the 2013-14 regular season by head coach Kevin McGuff for a violation of team rules, according to an OSU press release.“I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Raven and having the opportunity to coach her, so it makes this extremely disappointing,” McGuff said in the press release. “She is a good kid, but her actions have not been in line with what the standards of this program are and will be in the future. Hopefully she can make some behavioral changes, and after this suspension, come back and make a positive impact on our program.”Ferguson is scheduled to sit out games at West Virginia Friday, against Florida Atlantic Sunday and Virginia Commonwealth Nov. 14. She is set to be eligible to return to the court for OSU Nov. 17 in Athens, Ga., against Georgia.An OSU spokesman told The Lantern in an email that he is unable to “provide any additional information other than it was a violation of team rules.”Ferguson did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment.OSU is scheduled to start its 2013-14 season against the Mountaineers Friday at 5:30 p.m. in Morgantown W. Va. read more


first_imgThe failings are often a consequence of a lack of knowledge on the part of the officers and staff as to their responsibilities for crime-recordingDru Sharpling, HMIC “We estimate that the force fails to record over 38,000 reported crimes each year. The reported crimes that go unrecorded include serious crimes, such as violence and sexual offences.”The failings are often a consequence of a lack of knowledge on the part of the officers and staff as to their responsibilities for crime-recording; including the cancellation of recorded crime records.”In dip samples of cancelled recorded crimes, 18 out of 20 rapes were found to have been correctly dropped, and 17 out of 21 other sexual offences.But only 10 out of 20 violent crimes and 15 out of 22 robberies that were audited had been correctly cancelled.GMP said recording levels had risen from 68 per cent to 85 per cent in the past two years, and that further progress would be made once a new IT system was introduced.Deputy Chief Constable Ian Pilling said: “Many victims of crime are satisfied with the service they receive, even when the crime is not recorded properly and the report doesn’t highlight this.”Whilst there are some unacceptable crime recording failings, many are simply administrative issues and do not mean we have failed the victim.”A significant amount of activity has taken place to address these administrative problems and we will continue to work hard to address this.”He also stressed that the majority of unrecorded violent crimes were “in the less serious categories”. One of the biggest police forces in the country fails to record more than 38,000 reported crimes each year, including a quarter of violent offences.Greater Manchester Police (GMP) was graded “inadequate” at recording crime, and a watchdog found officers were also wrongly cancelling recorded violence, robbery and sex offences.Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) said GMP recorded around 85 per cent of crimes that were reported, but the force was under-recording some serious offences. A quarter of violent crimes, equivalent to more than 16,800 offences, went unrecorded in a year.Dru Sharpling from HMIC said: “Despite making some progress following our 2014 inspection, the force is failing some victims of crime. Another force, Staffordshire Police, was graded as “requires improvement” when recording crime.HMIC said that 91 per cent of reported crimes were recorded, including every rape, but that the force was under-recording offences including violence, sex offences and modern slavery.Wendy Williams from the watchdog said: “The force is still not recording a large number of crimes each year properly – approximately 6,700 crimes, including some serious crimes, such as violence and sexual offences.”There is a lack of knowledge amongst officers and staff about their responsibilities to record crime.”Meanwhile, Sussex Police was judged to be “good” at recording crime, with a rate of nearly 95 per cent, although 5,300 offences were going unrecorded, including some serious allegations.Chief Constable Giles York said: “We were inspected at no notice by the HMIC and to have achieved 95% accuracy is a huge testament to how our staff understand what this means for victims of crime.”Some victims may not have had their crimes recorded entirely accurately and if they have felt let down by that, then I am really sorry.”We will need to keep working hard to maintain and improve this very high standard for recording crime to ensure that victims get the services they need.” 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


first_imgA spokesman for the singer said: “Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini have today obtained a decree nisi in their divorce proceedings.”No further comment will be made and they ask for their privacy to be respected.” Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini  Payne, 23, has reportedly told friends he is “madly in love” with Ms Fernandez-Versini, whom he met five years ago when he was auditioning for The X Factor.In the summer, Ms Fernandez-Versini posted a picture of Payne on Instagram with the caption: “Our new family member. He is beyond cute.. the dog is adorable too.” However, sources said the marriage broke down after 19 months. Rumours of a split had been circulating for months.Before Christmas, Jean-Bernard posted a series of cryptic quotes to his Instagram page amid speculation that the couple face “serious problems”.It was reported in January that Ms Fernandez-Versini was lodging divorce papers, citing her husband’s “unreasonable behaviour”.She was said to be unhappy that the 35-year-old did not like her spending time with other men. Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini at an art fair in London earlier this monthCredit:RICHARD YOUNG/REX/Shutterstock In a statement on her website, which crashed with the announcement, she revealed that she had tied the knot and posted a snap of a giant stone on her ring finger on Instagram.The couple were said to have married on a beach on the Caribbean island of Mustique with just four guests in attendance. Cheryl Fernandez-Versini  Cheryl Fernandez-Versini at The British Fashion Awards in November last year – two months before the collapse of her marriage was made publicCredit:Matt Baron/BEI/Shutterstockcenter_img District Judge Heather MacGregor concluded that the marriage had broken down irretrievably and it was drawn to a close by the family court judge.Ms Fernandez-Versini, who is reported to be in a relationship with One Direction star Liam Payne, is not believed to have attended court for the hearing, which lasted just 14 seconds. 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. Cheryl and Jean-Bernard, pictured in December 2014, surprised fans by marrying in a secret beach wedding just three months after meetingCredit:Palace Lee/REX/Shutterstock The former X Factor judge was previously married to England footballer Ashley Cole for four years. The couple divorced in 2010. It was in July 2014 that the star surprised fans by marrying her French boyfriend of just three months in a secret beach wedding. Cheryl Fernandez-Versini’s marriage to her second husband has ended in a courtroom “quickie” divorce hearing that lasted just 14 seconds, after the singer complained that his “unreasonable behaviour” had caused her stress and weight loss.The Girls Aloud star saw her relationship with Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, a French restaurateur, collapse earlier this year just 19 months after they tied the knot.A spokesman for the 33-year-old singer said the pair were granted a decree nisi at the Central Family Court in London on Thursday morning.Papers showed that Ms Fernandez-Versini had complained of her husband’s unreasonable behaviour, saying it had caused her “stress and weight loss”. Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versinilast_img read more


first_imgCrowds lined up for the occasion Crowds lined up for the occasionCredit: PA/ Darren Staples 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 Queen was presented with a bouquet during her visitCredit:DARREN STAPLES Big day for Newmarket as the Queen unveils the beautiful statue of herself with mare & foal on the grass @ Birdcage Walk on entrance to town pic.twitter.com/d9LWW4oMZJ— John Berry (@JohnWathenBerry) November 3, 2016 “She was tremendous – she unveiled the statue and then talked to all the people who had been involved in the project and received a bouquet from a Suffolk boy.“Then she drove down the high street and there were all the school children lined up waving flags.The 120 per cent life-sized statue is situated at the gateway to the town on a plinth or Portland stone, and was the joint work of artist Charlie Langton, who sculpted the mare and foal, and Etienne Millner, who depicted the Queen. The Queen unveils the sculpture in Newmarket As a sculpture it encapsulates the Queen’s lifelong passion for racing, but as a gift funded by a fellow head of state, it may also represent a royal thank-you forty years in the making.Yesterday, her majesty unveiled a bronze statue depicting herself alongside a horse and foal in 1977.Her silver jubilee, it was also the time one of the Queen’s most outstanding racehorses began to come into her own as a broodmare.Highclere sensationally landed the monarch her second fillies’ classic race when winning the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket in 1974.After going on to claim the French Oaks at Chantilly in the same season, she was retired to stud, becoming an outstanding breeder and producing a series of quality horses, some of which themselves foaled top-class winners. After unveiling the sculpture, the Queen was shown around the grounds of the National Heritage Centre, where two of her former racehorses – Barbers Shop and Quadrille – are kept.She then watched jockey Pat Cosgrove try out a racehorse simulator before visiting the centre’s gift shop. Yesterday the people of Newmarket applauded the unveiling of an artwork paid for by Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and member of the same family which owned several of Highclere’s highly successful progeny.The piece is officially a gift from the Suffolk town, often referred to as the headquarters of British racing, to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.Rachel Hood, former Mayor of Newmarket, said: “It’s well known that the Queen has a special relationship with horses and horse racing, and Newmarket wanted to celebrate that. The Queen was presented with a bouquet during her visit “The Queen does so much for horse racing and breeding,” said Mr Langton.“The sport is incredibly lucky to have her so involved, not out of duty but out of genuine love and passion for the thoroughbred horse.” The Queen unveils the sculpture in NewmarketCredit:REUTERSlast_img read more


first_imgThe Waterloo and City line was expected to close because of the strike, but London Underground said services were running until at least the morning peak.A Transport for London spokesman said: “We’re also running trains on the vast majority of the Central line due to drivers booking on for their shifts and helping customers travel on the line.” Central line map of the expected service during the strike action. pic.twitter.com/A0GqFNeWLQ— Transport for London (@TfL) January 25, 2017 Drivers on London Underground have launched a 24-hour strike in a dispute over the “forced displacement” of staff, which will cause disruption to tube services.Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union who work on the Central line walked out at 9pm on Wednesday, hitting evening services and threatening travel misery for tens of thousands of commuters on Thursday.London Underground (LU) said there would be no service east of Leytonstone and a reduced service running on the rest of the Central line all day on Thursday. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Mick Cash, general secretary of the RMT, said: “RMT negotiators have made strenuous efforts through the Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) machinery to resolve this dispute, but the door has been slammed in our faces.”If London Underground are allowed to get away with this move on the Central line they will start shunting drivers around at the drop of a hat, regardless of the consequences.”Steve Griffiths, chief operating officer of London Underground, said: “This strike is completely unnecessary.”Like any responsible transport authority we regularly examine how we can provide the best possible service to customers‎ and to achieve this sometimes we need to move staff from locations where they are under-utilised to the places where they are really needed.”We have agreements with the trade unions that enable us to do this. “Following a review on the Central line we identified eight train drivers on the east end of the line where there is not enough work for them and we have asked them to move to another line where their work would make a real difference and help give our customers a better service.” The @wlooandcity line is currently running a good service despite strike action. Please check before you travel: https://t.co/PsXmZ1mXmI— Transport for London (@TfL) January 26, 2017last_img read more


first_imgLulu Hutley, joint master of the Surrey Union Hunt, in an altercation with activistsCredit:SWNS A still from footage that appears to show Lulu Hutley lashing out at the male activist with a riding crop The Surrey Union Hunt claimed the clip has been taken out of context and that the hunt saboteurs, some of whom allegedly wore masks, were intimidating.It said in a statement: “You can clearly see Lulu is holding the whip upside-down in order to hit the gate, not the person.”She saw the protester was trapped between the horse and the gate and was trying to make a noise by banging on the gate to get the horse to back off.”It added: “It was quick thinking by one of our Masters in a dangerous situation and it’s terribly sad it’s being misrepresented.”As always, we were following an artificial scent trail, and indeed the protesters would have seen this being laid down by a rider earlier.” A hunt master has been reported to police after she allegedly attacked a saboteur with a whip.Footage appears to show Lulu Hutley, 56, joint master of the Surrey Union Hunt, lashing out at the male activist with a riding crop.Campaigners said the video was filmed while they were monitoring the huntsmen during a meet in Bramley, Surrey, on Saturday afternoon.Tempers flared when members of Guildford Hunt Saboteurs followed the riding party onto private land because they “suspected they were illegally hunting”. Lulu Hutley raising her arm  Lulu Hutley raising her arm with her riding cropCredit:SWNS Protester Conor Macleod, who is in his 20s and was wearing a backpack, became trapped between a horse and gate.The footage then appears to show Ms Hutley, wearing a distinctive Surrey Union master’s collar and riding gear, raise her arm and strike.Collin Skilton, of Guildford Hunt Saboteurs, witnessed the altercation.The 55-year-old, of Dorking, Surrey, said: “The saboteurs followed them on private ground because they suspected they were illegally hunting.”They were asked to leave and they tried to make their way back. Conor, the lad who was hit, got jammed between the fence.”He alleged: “She lost her rag on the day. She lost her temper because they tried to hunt without us.” 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. Lulu Hutley, joint master of the Surrey Union Hunt, in an altercation with activists Lulu Hutley declined to comment.Footage of the incident has been supplied to Surrey Police.A force spokesman said it is investigating reports of a common assault at a hunt in Bramley on Saturday.It said: “Officers were called following reports of an incident near Thorncombe Street around 1.30pm.”A man alleged he was assaulted by a man and a woman following a verbal altercation. An investigation is underway and enquiries remain ongoing.” A still from footage that appears to show Lulu Hutley lashing out at the male activist with a riding cropCredit:SWNSlast_img read more


first_imgOthers said that they felt unable to express concerns over the mechanism’s reliability, because it would have forced them to admit falling asleep while driving – a sackable offence.Six drivers have so far come forward to criticise the device, which they claim is not “fit for purpose”.Commenting, Tram Operations Limited said that passengers were not at risk and that speed checks across the network had been increased since the crash. Mr Turner said the safety device, which is supposed to activate when pressure is relieved from the accelerator, did not activate. While an interim report into November’s crash suggested  Mr Dorris may have “lost awareness”, TOL has insisted that driver fatigue is monitored and the tram’s controls were “fully functional” at the time.But now a BBC investigation has revealed that at least three more trams have been caught speeding since the derailment, with drivers claiming that the safety device meant to prevent human-error has failed to activate.Meanwhile, three others cases of drivers being incapacitated have also been uncovered, with one nearly resulting in a head-on collision. The device, known as a “dead man’s handle”, has failed on at least four drivers, the Victoria Derbyshire programme disclosed yesterday – with one tram found speeding a short distance from the crash site.Konrad Turner, a retired Croydon driver of 16 years, said he had once passed through a stop whilst sleeping, adding that passersby had been “very fortunate” not to be “run over”.center_img Tram drivers operating on the Croydon line where seven people were killed last year have admitted falling asleep at the controls amid claims that safeguards meant to prevent accidents do not work.Four employees of Tram Operations Ltd, the franchise responsible for the line, have admitted falling asleep while on duty –  less than six months after the fatal tram derailment.Following the incident on November 9, which left seven people dead and 51 injured, driver Alfred Dorris, 42, was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and bailed until May.It was later revealed that the tram had been turning a sharp bend at 46mph – four times the speed limit – leading a number of survivors and families to prepare legal action against the company. 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


first_imgThe entire campsite formed a circle, held hands, and prayed for the family and their lost childevon Narcotics Anonymous Campout Committee spokesman “A second ambulance was immediately allocated and was on scene within six minutes. This crew then carried on to the hospital.”Our crews and police officers on scene would have been doing everything they could to treat the patient.” Dusty Miller, thought to be George’s father, is a recovering drug addict who celebrated three years free from addiction last October.Ruth Hill, believed to be his mother, posted a picture of the four-year-old on Facebook in tribute yesterday. Fellow campers joined police and staff in a frantic search of nearby roads, fields and hedgerows but the four-year-old was later found in the site’s pool.A resident living next to the campsite, who joined the search, said she had been told he had been missing for almost 90 minutes. She said: “I was asked to help by staff at the centre. They said the little boy had been last seen by his father at 1.30pm. 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. “Somehow he must have wandered into the pool building. From my own knowledge I know that it is not open all the time – only when supervisors and lifeguards are on duty.”The activity centre’s pool is housed in a timber shed with perspex roof and was sealed off yesterday.A spokesman for Devon and and Cornwall Police said: “The boy’s next of kin have been informed and inquiries continue.”Officers are investigating the circumstances and the death is currently being treated as unexplained.”Ashley and Stuart Clements, directors of Knapp House Activity Centre, insisted that the NA group had “self-supervised” use of the pool.”Our deepest sympathies go out to the young boy’s family and friends,” they said.”The group had the use of the pool on a self-supervised basis for recreational use – it was not part of the planned activity program that we provide.”We are fully committed to understand exactly how this could have happened and will continue to liaise with the emergency services, the Health and Safety Executive and Narcotics Anonymous to establish this.”A spokesman for South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust said: “The first ambulance on scene received a puncture whilst transporting the patient to North Devon District Hospital A four-year-old boy drowned at a holiday camp swimming pool during an event organised by drugs rehab charity after staff said something went “horrifically wrong”.The boy, named locally as George Miller, from Weymouth, Dorset was at the end of a week-long holiday with his family organised by Devon Narcotics Anonymous when he went missing.Emergency services were called to Knapp House Activity Centre, in Bideford, Devon, and the boy was taken to hospital, but he could not be saved.In an additional agonising twist for the child’s family, the first ambulance on the scene became stranded with a flat tyre – forcing a second to be called in.The boy was taking part in the sixth annual camp-out for members of Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and their families.last_img read more


first_imgMs Malec had to have both of her legs, her right arm and the fingers of her left hand amputated after contracting the killer disease in hospitalCredit:James Linsell-Clark / SWNS.com The NHS has apologised unreservedly for missing all of the classic signs of sepsis that Magdalena was experiencing, and accepts the outcome could have been avoided.Sepsis is blood poisoning caused by the bodies reaction due to an infection and it needs urgent treatment.Common symptoms include persistently high temperatures, rash and itchiness in the legs, blue and mottled limbs and inability to urinate.Every year, 250,000 people contract sepsis and 44,000 of them end in deaths – with the other 60,000 suffering with permanent life changing effects.A serious incident investigation report by the hospital said: “Prior to the anaesthetic she was noted to have a raised temperature. Ms Malec before she had her limbs amputated Magdalena Malec at her home in Dunstable Magdalena, who is mum to Paulina, nine, and Severin, seven, discovered she was pregnant with her third child in December 2014.But she and her partner Robert were devastated to be told just weeks later that she had suffered a miscarriage.Magdalena continued suffering from heavy bleeding and stomach cramps, but was sent home from A&E with painkillers and anti-sickness tablets. Magdalena, from Luton, Bedfordshire, said: “Nothing will restore what I had.”I have been left on my own, starting with re-learning how to walk, comb my hair, eat, and brush my teeth. “From the very beginning everything was a big challenge for me. I would wake up and not know what I should do with myself.”The only thing I dream about is decent living conditions with my disability and prostheses which will allow me to live as normally as possible.”My life is continual hospital appointments and each hospital appointment brings sad memories.”I am susceptible to infections because my immune system is weakened by the medicines I take to support my kidneys.”I am learning how to live with pain. Going out and coping with the way people look at me is very difficult, and so is self-acceptance.”center_img Ms Malec before she had her limbs amputatedCredit:SWNS.com She returned to the hospital on Christmas Day and was finally told she’d suffered an ectopic pregnancy.This occurs when a fertilised egg implants itself outside of the womb and requires urgent surgery to remove the affected fallopian tube and unviable foetus.”I had been in and out of hospital since 22 December 2014 and by the time I was admitted on 25th December for surgery my pain was unbearable,” she said.”That hospital hurt me badly and I probably will never trust any hospital again.”But while in recovery, Magdalena developed extensive limb ischaemia which became gangrenous and caused her body tissue to die.She later learned it was caused by a loss of blood supply due to medical staff not recognising the classical warning signs for sepsis and failing to follow their own sepsis protocol.Magdalena had to wait six months for surgery to amputate her limbs, and had to return to hospital three times a week for dialysis, with each session lasting up to four hours.During this time, her relationship with Robert also broke down due to the pressures of her disabilities. A mother lost almost all of her limbs after a hospital  failed to spot she was suffering from sepsis.Magdalena Malec, 31, had to have both of her legs, her right arm and the fingers of her left hand amputated after contracting the disease in hospital.She also needed a kidney transplant to save her life after being admitted with an ectopic pregnancy.Bosses at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital have now apologised for the medical blunder, which they accept could have been completely avoided.Magdalena said: “Now my life is not a life, it is vegetation – a fight for life.”I was waiting for six months for the amputation of my limbs, with stinking and decaying legs and arms.”Nothing will restore what I had. I will never paint my nails again, I will never make a ponytail for my daughter.”I do not trust doctors and I am very sceptical about all medical appointments and diagnoses.” “But due to the urgency of the clinical procedure she was considered clinically stable to undergo anaesthesia.”Magdalena has already received an interim payment to help alleviate her financial hardship but she is expected to receive a further payout in due course.Her lawyer David Thomas, Clinical Negligence Partner at Simpson Millar solicitors, said: “The catastrophic chain of events which led to Magdalena’s near death and horrendous injuries were completely avoidable if the hospital Trust had followed its own sepsis protocol.”There were a number of missed opportunities or ‘red flags’ which were not acted upon until it was too late.”If diagnosed early enough, sepsis is easily treated with anti-biotics but despite recent awareness campaigns, mistakes such as this are still happening. It’s tragic.”A spokesman for Luton & Dunstable University Hospital added: “The Trust wishes to convey its sincere apologies to Ms Malec and recognises that the care provided to her in 2014 fell below the standards that we strive for.”The Trust undertook an investigation to examine what improvements could be put in place, and learnings from this were shared in order to prevent similar cases. Findings from the investigation were also shared with Ms Malec.”We would like to assure Ms Malec, and all patients that we continue to work towards ensuring the quality of our services are maintained and improved where possible.” 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


She also told an officer posing as an IS fighter that all she needed was a “car and a knife to get what I want to achieve”, the court heard.Mr Atkinson said: “Based in her preparation and discussion, it appears she planned to launch an attack against members of the public selected largely at random in the environs of that cultural jewel and most popular of tourist attractions, the British Museum in central London.”An attack would have caused at least “widespread panic” and was intended to cause injury and death, it was claimed.When she learned Hussain had been killed in April 2017, Boular’s determination was strengthened, the court heard.She was allegedly encouraged by her mother and sister to join her fiance and become a “martyr”.But within days of his death she was charged over her earlier plans to go to Syria in 2016, so was unable to carry out her “chilling intentions”, the prosecutor said.He went on: “However, that those intentions were not just chilling but sincere and determined is demonstrated by the fact that she did not abandon them even when she was unable to put them into effect herself. Rather, she sought to encourage her sister Rizlaine to carry the torch forward in her stead.” Safaa Boular appearing at the Old Bailey in London Credit:Elizabeth Cook /PA Safaa Boular, now 18,  has denied two counts of preparing acts of terrorism. Safaa Boular appearing at the Old Bailey in London  Rizlaine was caught in 2014 but never charged and was returned to the UK, whilst her younger sister attempted to make the journey two years later. She had declared her love for Hussain after the couple had been chatting on social media for just three months, prosecutor Duncan Atkinson QC said, and she planned to travel to Raqqa where they would don suicide belts and in her lover’s words “depart the world holding hands and taking others with them in an act of terrorism,” jurors heard.After police uncovered Safaa Boular’s plan to travel in August 2016, she allegedly switched her attention to Britain, keeping contact with Hussain on a secret phone through encrypted Telegram chat.But British Security Services had deployed specially trained “role play” officers to engage in online communication with the pair, jurors heard.Mr Atkinson said: “It was clear that Hussain had been planning an act of terrorism with Safaa Boular in which she could engage if she remained in this country. Both Hussain and Safaa Boular talked of a planned ambush involving grenades and or firearms.” But on April 27 last year – the day of the proposed knife attack around the Palace of Westminster – police swooped to arrest Rizlaine Boular, jurors were told.The Old Bailey heard that both sisters had attempted to travel to the Syria to wed Isil fighters. 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. An all female Isil gang plotted to murder tourists at attractions including the British Museum, a court has heard.Safaa Boular, then 17, planned to “martry” herself  in a bomb and grenade ambush on the museum after her Islamic State fighter fiance was killed in Syria. In what is alleged to be Britain’s first all female terror plot, she was supported by her mother, Mina Dich, and elder sister and intended to carry out an attack using a ‘tokarev’, a type of Russian pistol, or a grenade, referred to as ‘pineapples’.But when Boular was arrested for an earlier attempt to travel to Syria to marry Naweed Hussain, she passed the baton to her sister, Rizlaine Boular, who began plotting a knife attack in Westminster. In calls from jail after her arrest, she talked about a “party” with her 21-year-old sibling, which was said to be a code word for a terror attack which her sister was planning in her place. The pair also made reference to a “Mad Hatter” and having an “Alice In Wonderland” themed tea party, jurors heard.Over the next three days, Rizlaine and their mother, 43, carried out reconnaissance around major landmarks in Westminster and bought a pack of knives and a rucksack, the court heard. Rizlaine Boular, 21, of Clerkenwell, central London, has already admitted planning an attack in Westminster, allegedly involving knives and with the help and support of their mother Mina Dich, 43, the jury was told.”Based on her preparation, reconnaissance and discussion, it appears that (Rizlaine) planned to launch an attack, using knives against members of the public, in the environs of the Palace of Westminster in central London.”Like her sister’s thwarted plan, this was an attack that was intended to involve the infliction of serious injury and death.”Their mother provided “positive assistance and support” to Rizlaine, knowing she would commit a knife attack, but did not necessarily understand it would involve death or injury, the court heard.Police recovered extremist material from her phones, including photos of women holding AK47, one of a child wearing a suicide belt, and images and videos of beheadings, the court heard.She also had an image captioned “Sisterhood in jihad, where we fight together get martyred together and fly together inshallah” and revealed to police she had struck up a friendship with Isil’s female recruiter, Umm Isa Al-Amriki, who was based in Aleppo. Covert recordings from her mother’s home in Vauxhall, south west London, show her laughing about laying flowers at Westminster Bridge after the terror attack there, the court heard. read more


The court heard details about her father threatening to slit her throat and “chop her up” if she refused to comply with their demands.He made it clear he would rather kill her and go to prison than allow this perceived lack of respect. Her parents were arrested days later when they flew back to Heathrow airport and her siblings were taken into care.The woman told a court that she wanted her dad to be “punished” for deliberating misleading her and “forcefully” trying to make sure the wedding went ahead.The parents, who cannot be named to maintain the victim’s legal entitlement to lifetime anonymity, were convicted at Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday following a trial. The case was heard at Leeds Crown CourtCredit:Andrew McCaren/LNP He had become increasingly concerned that the victim was in serious danger after receiving worrying Whatsapp messages.After being made aware of the escalating situation, the British High Commission in Bangladesh, the Forced Marriage Unit, and Bangladeshi police worked together to rescue the victim and bring her safely back to the UK.She saw her opportunity when her mother decided to visit neighbours to talk about the wedding and her father went out with other men to buy the groom’s outfit.The victim was in constant contact with the consular team who were travelling under police escort to find her. It enabled him to share her whereabouts, and he immediately told police – telling her: “You will be OK princess, you will be home safe and in my arms and I am never going to let you go again.” 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 teenage girl used Apple’s Find My iPhone app to help her secret boyfriend rescue her from a forced marriage thousands of miles away in Bangladesh.A court heard her parents tricked her into going on a sham holiday from their home in Leeds, West Yorks, as part of a plot to force her to marry her cousin.The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said they physically pressured her into going through with plans for the wedding in July 2016, and said she was expected to have a child with her cousin so he could obtain a British visa.Details of her rescue by British authorities emerged at Leeds Crown Court. They were able locate her after she secretly contacted her boyfriend of eight months in the UK before the wedding took place.The girl, now 19, used the Find My iPhone app and Instagram locations to secretly alert her boyfriend back in the UK, who she hadn’t told her family about. The case was heard at Leeds Crown Court They were found guilty by a jury of of 11 males and one female of offences of forced marriage and using violence or a form of coercion.Judge Simon Phillips QC warned the pair that a substantial prison sentence would be inevitable. They will both be sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on Monday, June 18. read more


Private school bursaries are being used to top up the fees of middle class children, a leading headmaster has said.Dr Anthony Wallersteiner, head of the £36,000-a-year Stowe School in Buckinghamshire, said independent schools were not doing enough to reach out to children from deprived households.He said a large proportion of bursaries were handed out to the “squeezed middle” – children of doctors, lawyers and owners of small businesses – who can no longer afford to pay fees in full.“The majority of means tested bursaries will be topping up the squeezed middle who can’t afford £40,000-a-year fees,” he told The Daily Telegraph.“We are going back to the demographic profile that used to send their children to the local independent schools when I started in teaching – local solicitors, GPs, people who run family businesses, local farmers, people in the armed forces from the rank of, say, major upwards –  the middle classes. They are being squeezed out of private education because of affordability.”Last year there were 5,657 children whose places were fully funded by bursaries, which is one per cent of the total number of children at private schools, according to figures published by the Independent Schools Council (ISC). Meanwhile 22,757 pupils (four per cent) were handed bursaries that paid for up to half of the fees, and 66,327 bursaries (12 per cent) went to children of staff, clergy or armed forces. Stowe School, which has both day and boarding pupils, began as all-boys in 1923 but became fully co-educational in 2003 Dr Anthony Wallersteiner is head of the £36,000-a-year Stowe School in Buckinghamshire Dr Anthony Wallersteiner is head of the £36,000-a-year Stowe School in Buckinghamshire Dr Wallersteiner said private school headteachers need to work harder to encourage pupils from really deprived backgrounds to apply for fee assistance – which could include putting adverts in local papers or being more active on social media.Schools should also simplify the language they use and advertise for “free places” rather than use the terms scholarships and bursaries. 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. Dr Wallersteiner said that while middle class families were queuing up for fee assistance at top private schools, working class children are much harder to reach.“We are not attracting as many low income parents,” he said.  “We just don’t get many people from really disadvantage backgrounds coming to our school – they see it as being the preserve of a moneyed elite.”Stowe School employs a company to independently assess the income of families that ask for fee assistance, to ensure that they are not hiding any of their wealth.“From the minute you arrive they look at your car model, make and age,” Dr Wallersteiner explained. They visit families at home and examine “art work on the wall, any recent renovation, they go through your bank accounts, mortgage, tax.”You might have a pension pot, some savings or an inheritance coming through – it is very invasive. You have to be pretty creative in accountancy to avoid declaring income.” Last year, Stowe School gave out 195 means-tested bursaries, of which 10 were completely free places. The school is embarking on a major fundraising programme to coincide with its centenary year, and hope to raise £100 million in order to create 100 fully funded places. Stowe School is based at the Grade I listed Stowe House in Buckinghamshire, which was formerly the country seat of the Dukes of Buckingham and Chandos. The school, which has both day and boarding pupils, began as all-boys in 1923 but became fully co-educational in 2003.It counts the entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson and the actor Henry Cavill among its alumni, as well as Princess Eugenie’s husband Jack Brooksbank and Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy.Barnaby Lenon, chair of the ISC, said: “Independent schools are spending more than ever before on free and subsidised places for children from lower income families and developing partnerships with state sector colleagues to share teachers, facilities and experience, and sponsor state schools.“Schools offer fee assistance to the ‘squeezed middle’ because having a broad social mix which reflects our society is incredibly important.” Stowe School, which has both day and boarding pupils, began as all-boys in 1923 but became fully co-educational in 2003 read more


Estimates from the University of Warwick suggest the vaccine will prevent 64,138 cervical cancers and 49,649 non-cervical cancers in the UK by 2058.  This will include 3,433 cases of penile cancer and 21,395 cases of head and neck cancer, such as throat cancer, in men. Across the UK, boys will receive their first dose aged 12 to 13 – year eight for those in England and Wales – with a follow-up dose six months to two years later, also given in school.In Scotland, the first dose could be given between the ages of 11 and 13.Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs, said: “The potential of this vaccine to save lives and prevent the complications of cancer is huge, and since it has been available on the NHS for girls, it has had excellent take-up, with impressive results – it’s important this success is replicated with boys.”We’d encourage all parents of eligible children to get their child vaccinated when it is offered, and if they miss the round for any reason, that they let their school nurse know so that they can be invited to a ‘catch-up’ clinic.”Peter Baker, campaign director for HPV Action, said: “We made the case for this for five long years because we know that universal vaccination will save men’s and women’s lives, reduce suffering and in the long run save money too.”More than 3,000 women in the UK are newly diagnosed with cervical cancer each year in the UK and the disease kills over 850 women annually. Professor Beate Kampmann, director of the vaccine centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “This decision is a triumph for gender equality in cancer prevention.”It’s pleasing to see the UK follow the example of other countries like Australia, where the vaccine has been implemented for girls since 2007 and for boys since 2013.” 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. Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at Public Health England (PHE), said: “Offering the vaccine to boys will not only protect them but will also prevent more cases of HPV-related cancers in girls and reduce the overall burden of these cancers in both men and women in the future.”I encourage all parents of eligible boys and girls to make sure they take up the offer for this potentially life-saving vaccine.”It’s important not to delay vaccination, as the vaccine may be less effective as adolescents get older.”Public health minister Seema Kennedy said: “The success of the HPV vaccine programme for girls is clear and by extending it to boys we will go a step further to help us prevent more cases of HPV-related cancer every year.”Through our world-leading vaccination programme, we have already saved millions of lives and prevented countless cases of terrible diseases.”Experts predict that we could be on our way toward eliminating cervical cancer for good.” More than 100,000 cases of cancer will be prevented under plans to give boys the HPV jab as well as girls, health officials have said.Until now, only teenage girls have been given the free vaccine, with parental consent, which protects against cervical cancer.From September, boys aged 12 and 13 will also be given the jab at school.Giving boys the vaccine protects girls from the human papilloma virus (HPV), which is passed on through sexual contact. And it will also protect them from a range of other forms of the disease, including some cancers of the head and neck, and penile, anal and genital cancers.Scientists hope that cervical cancer could be eradicated within decades, because of the success of the jabs.Since the vaccine was introduced for teenage girls in 2008, cases of HPV have fallen by 86 per cent among the age groups vaccinated.  read more


Minister within Ministry of Communities Dawn Hastings-Williams is keen to prove herself as she prepares to take up her new position at Ministry of the Presidency (MoTP).President David Granger and Minister Dawn Hastings-WilliamsThe Minister described the President’s decision to assign her a new office, as an honour. She was quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI), yesterday, as saying that she hopes to exceed the expectations of the President in her new role.“The President, in his own judgment removed me from the Ministry of Communities to work at the Ministry of Presidency. I agreed and accepted the position assigned to me, of course there will have some challenges but I am quite sure with His Excellency’s guidance along with the guidance of the other ministers, I will do well,” Minister Hastings-Williams told DPI.After announcing the Cabinet change on Wednesday, President Granger explained that the position is part of a continuous process of re-balancing the government’s work which is designed to ensure efficiency is served during the delivery of services.“It is a question of my own judgment and I have to continuously evaluate the workload of every Ministry…Minister Dawn Hastings-Williams coming into the Ministry of Presidency is a continuous process to re-balancing the government’s work,” the President was quoted by DPI as saying.He had expressed confidence in the Minister’s abilities whilst performing the duties she has been assigned, especially given her experience as a third-term Parliamentarian.The minister will soon have the responsibility for oversight of the sections, which fall under the Presidential Secretariat. She will also be responsible for the administration of the National Endowment for Science and Technology (NEST) Programme as well as hinterland and rural relations.Over the last two years, MoTP has had to assume responsibility for various areas of administration, including the environment and national security, which Minister Hastings-Williams will be assisting with.Minister Hastings-Williams is slated to assume the position of Minister of Public Affairs with effect from September 01, 2017, according to DPI. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDawn Hasting-Williams earmarked for new Ministerial portfolio within MOTPAugust 16, 2017In “latest news”Govt tight-lipped on findings of probe into ‘arbitrary’ firing of PSM staffAugust 5, 2019In “latest news”‘Harmon will help me manage the Ministry of the Presidency’ – Pres. GrangerMay 2, 2019In “latest news” read more


Fire officials conducting their investigationsA fire believed to be electrical in nature completely destroyed the upper flat of a two story house at Lot 133 Cumberland East Canje, Berbice on Sunday afternoon.The fire was first sighted by Naeima Muhammad next to the front door where the main switch and circuit breakers were located. She was alone in the upper flat of the heavily grilled building at the time.She however, managed to escape via the verandah where she reportedly jumped into the arms of her husband who was below.Her husband, Zahir Khan and his mother were in the lower flat when they heard screams emanating from the upper flat. Upon investigating, they saw huge flames.Khan looking through the debris after the fireNeighbours rushed to the house and formed a bucket brigade to put out the blaze while  Muhammad was taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital to seek medical attention.“We try with water but the flames were took much,” one resident said. “When I reach out here the whole one side was on fire and about ten minutes after the fire real reach”, Asif Hussain stated.He said the bucket brigade which was formed was of no help since the fire spread rapidly. After sometime, the fire fighters from the New Amsterdam Fire Station arrived and quickly got into operation thus curtailing the blaze.The firemen were praised as they were able to contain the blaze to one location. The electrical system of the building was only recently upgraded. The fire officials have launched an investigation into the origin and cause of the fire.One week prior to Sunday’s braze, owner of house Nassir Khan 51, was laid to rest. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related4 homeless as fire guts Princes Street homeJune 12, 2017In “latest news”Corentyne fire leaves 12 homelessDecember 27, 2018In “Crime”9 homeless as toddler perishes in Mon Repos fireJanuary 31, 2019In “Crime” read more


Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCWI Regional 4-Day tournament: Jaguars lead points tableFebruary 26, 2019In “latest news”Still on Top …Guyana Jaguars lead points table despite rare defeatJanuary 22, 2019In “latest news”Guyana Jaguars remain on top of Points TableJanuary 15, 2019In “latest news” After a six wicket win against Barbados Pride, Guyana Jaguars are the leading team after three rounds with 58.4 points in the 2018-2019 Cricket West Indies Regional 4-Day Tournament.In their three matches played, Guyana Jaguars registered wins in all of the games.Leewards Islands Hurricanes are in second position with 43.6 points, with two wins and one defeat in three matches. Windward Islands Volcanoes has 38.2 points in three matches with two wins and one defeat.Meanwhile, Barbados Pride suffered two defeats in three matches with a consolation win. The test-studded Pride team has 29.8 points after three rounds.The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force team, led by Imran Khan played two matches and has only 10.2 points at number five. A jaded Jamaica Scorpions team is at the bottom of the point’s standings with 9.8 points, suffering two defeats.In the batting charts, Leewards Islands Hurricanes opener, Montcin Hodge is the leading run scorer with 327 runs. Trinidad and Tobago Red Force opener, Jermy Solozano has 236 runs while Jonathan Carter is in third position with 216 runs.Veerasammy Permaul is the leading wicket take after three rounds with 20 wickets. The suspended Shane Shillingford is in second position with 17 wickets. Fast bowler, Alzari Joseph has 15 wickets in third position, bowling for the Leewards Hurricanes. read more