More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (April 5, 2018), Neil, Chris and Kyle break down the Eastern Conference ahead of the playoffs.First, the Philadelphia 76ers have clinched a spot, but the team has also lost star center Joel Embiid to injury. Embiid may miss the beginning of the postseason. How will the Sixers function without him?Next, the Toronto Raptors are on track to be the No. 1 seed in the East, but the team’s past several playoff runs have been disappointing. The crew takes a look at why Toronto is playing better this season. Plus, a significant digit on Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers.Here are links to what the podcast discussed this week:Keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.ESPN reported on Embiid’s surgery to fix his fractured orbital bone.Sports Illustrated took a look at how the 76ers are surviving without Embiid.Foreshadowing? The Cavs took down the Raptors on Tuesday.Significant Digit: 8. According to Basketball-Reference.com, Victor Oladipo is on track this season to become the eighth player in the past decade to have a usage rate of 30 percent or higher and a true shooting percentage of 57 percent or higher while 25 years old or younger.
If there have been breakout stars at this year’s World Cup, they’re certainly the bold hairstyles sported on some of the world’s top teams. There are seemingly countless mohawks, faux-hawks and ‘dos that can really only be called a “Macklemore” on the pitch at the premier soccer tournament.Countless, that is, before today.We pored through each of the 56 World Cup games so far to inventory the haircuts of the starting lineups for each of the 32 teams in the tournament. We counted up every striking mohawk, all of the slightly less committed faux-hawks and, of course, the lamentable-in-retrospect Macklemores.All told, in the group stage we counted 24 honest-to-God Mohawks, 31 faux-hawks and a whopping 36 Mackelmores.Neymar of Brazil, of course, is in a league of his own.So is Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Ermin Bicakcic:At five apiece, the Ghanaian and Cameroonian contingents had more mohawks than any other squad. Together, those two teams composed more than 40 percent of all inventoried mohawks. The Nigerian team had the most faux-hawks, and the Chileans had the most Macklemores (five and four, respectively). Russia, Costa Rica, Honduras and Australia were the only nations with unexciting, uninspiring hair.Now we wouldn’t think hairstyle would have any effect on performance. And it doesn’t. We plotted the combined number of mo’s, faux’s and ‘mores against the number of points each team picked up in the group phase:That’s pretty hairy (forgive us). But when we break it down by style, something fantastic emerges. It appears that Macklemore-style haircuts are positively correlated with victory, and mohawks with defeat.And the trend has continued into the first knockout round. Of the eight games in the Round of 16, four matches had a team with a higher number of Macklmore-style haircuts than their competition. In those four contests, the team with more shaved sides and gross tops won 75 percent of the time.Is it a small sample size? Yes. Is it completely meaningless? Yes. Is there a shred of evidence that the hairstyles of a team member has any sort of impact on the athletic performance of a team? Absolutely not.But still.
OSU junior safety Vonn Bell (11) dives toward the end zone after interception in a game against Minnesota on Nov. 7. OSU won, 28-14. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe number of vacancies on the Ohio State depth chart keeps growing, as the count of starters not returning has climbed to 16 on Tuesday with Vonn Bell’s declaration for the NFL draft. “I have decided to make myself eligible and enter the 2016 NFL Draft,” the junior safety said in a press release through the university. “It has been an honor and a privilege to play at the best university in the country, to play for the best coach in the country, and to help bring the 2014 national championship to The Ohio State University and the best fans in the country.”A two-year starter for the Scarlet and Gray, Bell finishes his career in Columbus with 176 total tackles, nine interceptions and two fumble recoveries. In the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame on New Year’s Day, the Rossville, Georgia, native recorded a pair of tackles. Bell found his way to the end zone twice in 2015, the first on a 14-yard fumble recovery against Hawaii and the second on a 15-yard interception return versus Minnesota. In what turned out to be his final collegiate season, the 5-foot-11 Bell received first-team All-American honors by the Associated Press. Bell’s announcement comes just hours after redshirt junior wide receiver Michael Thomas announced his plans to turn pro, as well. The duo joins seven other OSU underclassmen who have declared for April’s draft. In addition to the nine underclassmen leaving Columbus, seven starters that were seniors will no longer be with the program in 2016. Bell’s declaration is likely to be the last one for coach Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes, as all the players rumored to be mulling to turn pro have done so thus far. Bell’s draft projection varies amongst analysts but many have him graded as a second- or third-round pick. “My time here has been very special to me and my family,” Bell said in the release. “And I thank all Buckeye fans for their love and support.”
It was a tale of two games.After the men’s hockey team dominated No. 10 Ferris State Friday night, it fell just short on Saturday.Special teams proved to be the difference for the Buckeyes on the weekend. On Friday, the Buckeyes came up with two power play goals, which proved to be necessary for the 5-3 victory.The Buckeyes never trailed in Friday’s contest, due in part to great goaltending from Cal Heeter, who made a career-high 46 saves.“I thought Cal played well,” coach John Markell said. “He faced 49 shots. He made some big saves when he needed to and got on some rebounds.”The script was flipped Saturday night, as it was the Bulldogs who took charge and struck first. Ferris State was able to kill four Buckeye power plays in the first period, and then wasted no time in scoring seven seconds into their own power play opportunity.After falling behind 2-0 at the beginning of the second period, the Buckeyes stormed back, scoring twice in 40 seconds to tie the game.“At that moment, we’re on the road and we’ve got a two-goal lead and it evaporates,” Ferris State coach Bob Daniels said. “Now it’s two to two. Momentum is completely in their favor and the building is rocking.”However, the momentum shift was short-lived as Ferris State added a third goal in the second period and headed into the second intermission leading 3-2.In the third period Kyle Reed ended the Buckeyes’ power play drought — the Buckeyes were previously 0-5 on the power play — with his second goal of the season.The game remained tied throughout regulation and overtime, leading to a shootout.The Buckeyes would eventually succumb to Ferris State on the fourth shooter.John Albert scored for the Buckeyes in their first attempt, but was the only player to mark for his squad. Ferris secured the shootout victory when the Bulldog’s Chad Billins slid the puck past goaltender Dustin Carlson.The Buckeyes finished just 1 for 9 on the power play after converting twice on four opportunities Friday.“[Zac] Dalpe had one on the power play that hit the cross bar, which would have been great to have,” center C.J. Severyn said. “But we were 1 for 9. We had our chances [but couldn’t convert].”The Buckeyes also allowed two power play goals Saturday after killing all of the Bulldogs’ power plays the night before. After the game, coach Markell was more upset with the number of penalties called than the goals surrendered.“There seemed to be some crazy calls that interrupted the flow of the game, I thought,” Markell said. “[The referees] didn’t let us play.”Markell was, however, pleased with the team’s play on the weekend.“I like the way our team is playing,” Markell said. “I like the effort. Our job is to take that on the road.”
With the Ohio State men’s soccer team’s roster in limbo and its schedule loaded with tough opponents, coach John Bluem seems to have his work cut out for him in 2012. Despite the obstacles, the team’s goal remains to compete for a Big Ten title. The Buckeyes begin regular season play Friday with a roster comprised of 9 returning starters, 13 letter winners – seven freshmen and four transfers – and an injured Ben Killian, the senior defender who started 16 matches for OSU last season. OSU is also rebounding from the losses of former all-Big Ten goalkeeper Matt Lampson, who signed with the Columbus Crew after the 2011 season, and two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, David Tiemstra, who was drafted by the San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer’s Supplemental Draft. Bluem is confident as the season’s opening kick draws near. “I’m pretty happy where we’re at right now,” Bluem said. “We have a long ways to go still, I think, and a very difficult schedule.” Minor injuries have affected several players, but Bluem said he expects to see players integrated back in the lineup throughout the season. Killian, who is out six to eight weeks with a broken foot, is a different story. “Losing Ben was tough,” Bluem said, “because he had been a starter for three years.” Senior midfielder and team captain Austin McAnena said the team was keeping their eyes on the Big Ten Championship prize through the pain. “I think we can for sure win,” McAnena said. “We’ve got to be in it 100 percent.” Junior defender and captain Sage Gardner agreed that the season focus is conference play and conference wins. “I want to win a Big Ten championship really bad, and coming back from last year and not being able to make the championship,” Gardner said. “I want a chance to go after it again.” With McAnena and Gardner leading the team, the 11 new players also bring opportunities for the team. McAnena said freshman forward Louie Berra and defender Zach Mason could make a difference. “Zach works super hard, and Louie is very confident and very comfortable around the ball,” McAnena said. With ranked competition in No. 12 Indiana, No. 20 Northwestern, No. 7 Louisville and No. 10 Akron on the schedule, Bluem said no game will be an easy win, but he still feels positive about the season with the returning starters and new players alike. “As a group of players, our target every year, first and foremost, is to win a Big Ten Championship,” said Bluem. Noting that team chemistry helps win games, Bluem said the team is bonding very well and supporting each other ahead of Friday’s opener against the Dayton Flyers. “The core values that we look for in players (are) to be competitive, to work hard, to be a good teammate,” Bluem said. “It’s there.” Friday’s game against the Flyers is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. in Dayton.
It seems that for every story to emerge from the NFL Scouting Combine about the honest, hardworking former collegians trying to fight their way onto an NFL roster, there’s another about a drug fiend or a failed attempt at online dating. It is likely many players at the Combine can tout a lifetime of obeying societal norms and laws, showing up for class and making the grade – the good guys. However, the good guys find themselves jockeying for a draft selection against athletes who have faced widespread public ridicule from being kicked out of their respective college programs to even drug rehabilitation. Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., site of the Combine, is ground zero for this intersection of good and bad, the law abiding and the criminal, the internet savvy and the potentially gullible. Players of diverse and textured backgrounds speak to NFL coaches, general managers, scouts, the press, occasionally mere feet from each other, about the paths they chose in life. Good or bad, each player is trying to argue that his life’s path should include a stay in the city where that concerned NFL general manager or eager member of the media has traveled from. Take Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, the former Brigham Young University linebacker, for instance. Ansah was born in Accra, Ghana, and you could hear it in his accent as he fielded questions during a Saturday press conference. Ansah spoke of his African homeland with a toothy smile and expressed gratitude for the opportunity to work out at the Combine and pursue an NFL career despite not being formally introduced to the game until after he enrolled at BYU. “It’s a blessing,” Ansah said during his Saturday press conference. “This is a really humbling experience for me. I know a lot of people want to be in my shoes.” Hours later, Manti Te’o, a former Notre Dame linebacker, finalist for the 2012 Heisman Trophy and later an alleged victim of an online dating hoax, took to podium “C” in the Combine’s media room as a sea of reporters let fly with camera shutters and questions about his now-public personal follies. The story of Te’o’s victimhood is convoluted, but he maintains that his supposedly deceased girlfriend – Lennay Kekua – never existed. Te’o’s once-inspiring story of perseverance went up in smoke, and he claimed he was the victim of a hoax. At a Saturday Combine press conference, Te’o attempted to deflect questions (one reporter asked if he was currently dating anyone “in real life”) about the incident. “I understand that people have questions,” Te’o said during his Saturday press conference, his first since news of Kekua not existing broke, “but I think I’ve answered everything I could. For me, I’d really like to talk about football … It’s pretty crazy. I’ve been in front of a few cameras. But not as many as this. I said all I needed to say about that.” Te’o was calculated in his remarks about the hoax, causing some pundits to wonder about whether getting caught up with a fake girlfriend could actually cause him to drop in April’s NFL Draft. Tyrann Mathieu was a little more candid while remarking on his very public missteps. Mathieu, a finalist for the 2011 Heisman Trophy as a cornerback, was kicked off the LSU football team after two marijuana-related incidents and an arrest. Mathieu was stirred from his sleep on Sunday at 4 a.m. for a drug test, but wide eyes and a smile accompanied this plea to the NFL during his afternoon press conference: “I’m not totally asking them to trust me right now, but what I am asking is for them to give me a chance.” It’s hard not to think that the bad guys outshone the good guys when you look at the attention paid to athletes like Te’o ad Mathieu versus that paid to Ansah and even the seven Ohio State football Combine invitees. Just as Ansah expressed appreciation for his Combine invitation through his thick Ghanian accent, the Buckeyes said they were thankful for what OSU football did for their careers. “Going through this process, wherever I get drafted, I’m blessed to even be here,” former OSU defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins said during a Saturday interview session. “Wherever I go, I’m happy with that … All the OSU coaches supported me.”
OSU Freshman goalie Jill Rizzo saves a shot against Vermont Credit: Walt Middleton – Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team fell to Michigan 9-7 in its first conference game of the season. The Buckeyes (3-5, 0-1 Big Ten) tied the game at 7-7 with less than four minutes left to play, but the Wolverines (4-5, 1-0 Big Ten) reclaimed the lead and sealed the win with goals by sophomore midfielder Molly Garrett and junior attacker Adriana Pendino. Ohio State and Michigan traded points throughout the first half. Pendino scored with 25 seconds left to gain the lead at 4-3 going into halftime. Buckeyes junior midfielder Baley Parrott led the half with two goals and junior attacker Sara Dickinson finished with two assists. Michigan extended its lead by three early in the second half, but Parrott went on a 3-0 run that tied the game at 6-6 with less than 10 minutes left to play. The Wolverines quickly responded with a goal by sophomore midfielder Chandler Kirby. Despite the effort by Ohio State freshman midfielder Lindsay Epstein to tie the game, the Buckeyes were unable to maintain the momentum to finish with a win. Both teams finished with 17 ground balls. A strong defensive effort of 11 saves by sophomore goalie Jillian Rizzo helped Ohio State hold an advantage over Michigan, who finished with five. Parrott finished the game with a career-high five points with four draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Senior attacker Molly Wood broke the program record for the most career draw controls. In the first half, Wood had two draw controls to break the record and finished the game with three to bring her overall career total to 223. The Buckeyes will take on Rutgers in Columbus at 7 p.m. Thursday.
A Church of England spokesman said: “The Church of England published new guidance in 2015 emphasising that: ‘The pastoral response to alleged victims and survivors is of top priority, and needs to be separated as far as possible from the management processes for the situation, and from legal and insurance responses.’ Richard Scorer, another leading lawyer representing more than 50 victims in the ongoing Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, said: “This confirms what we have long suspected which is that when they would offer apologies they were deliberately constructed in a way to avoid any meaningful responsibility.“I’m sure they will be embarrassed at the language here but it reflects a reality that we have come across time and again with the churches that they will take an apologetic tone but that is combined with an unwillingness to admit responsibility.”New guidelines produced by the Church of England in June last year effectively repudiate the earlier advice, insisting that the “pastoral response” to victims should be the top priority and must be separated from legal and insurance responses.But it goes on to add that apologies should be discussed with insurers, communications officer and ecclesiastical lawyers. They should say we need to stop this nonsense but they wash their hands like Pontius PilateJoe This is a naïve document, it is legalistic and doesn’t take into account the needs of survivors of child sexual abuseDavid Greenwood, lawyer Survivors of child sexual abuse have accused the Church of England of “acting like Pontius Pilate” as a previously unseen document revealed that bishops were explicitly instructed only to give partial apologies – if at all – to victims to avoid being sued.Legal advice marked “strictly confidential” and circulated among the most senior bishops, told them to “express regret” only using wording approved by lawyers, PR advisers and insurers.The guidance – written in 2007 and finally replaced just last year – also warns bishops to be wary of meeting victims face to face and only ever to do so after legal advice.It speaks of the “unintended effect of accepting legal liability” for sexual abuse within their diocese and warns them to avoid “inadvertently” conceding guilt.The paper, seen by The Telegraph and confirmed as genuine, advises bishops to use “careful drafting” to “effectively apologise” without enabling victims to get compensation. Joe tried to contact the Archbishop of Canterbury While accepting that they might “understandably want to express their regret”, it adds: “Because of the possibility that statements of regret might have the unintended effect of accepting legal liability for the abuse it is important that they are approved in advance by lawyers, as well as by diocesan communications officers (and, if relevant, insurers).“With careful drafting it should be possible to express them in terms which effectively apologise for what has happened whilst at the same time avoiding any concession of legal liability for it.”On the possibility of bishops meeting victims, it adds: “This may be the right course in some circumstances but great care will be needed to ensure that nothing is said which inadvertently concedes legal liability.”One of Britain’s leading child abuse lawyers, David Greenwood of Switalskis, who represented Joe, said: “With Church organisations you expect a higher standard than just a legalistic approach.“This is a naïve document, it is legalistic and doesn’t take into account the needs of survivors of child sexual abuse.“I think this is more naivety than nastiness – but the effect definitely can be nasty.” The report singled out the way in which the Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Paul Butler, the Church’s then head of safeguarding, cut all contact with Joe, following advice from insurers, after he began legal action. The review condemned this as “reckless”.Meanwhile Lambeth Palace brushed off around 17 attempts to alert the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, to the issue without any “meaningful” reply, it shows.Joe said the newly revealed document “made total sense” in light of his own experience.“This finally exposes the culture that has been followed,” he said“The approach to survivors is often a corporate model and this document supports that – it shows a church led by lawyers and insurers, you get the impression that these people are really their masters.“A diocese is deferential to their bishop and the bishop is deferential to a bunch of lawyers.“The Church will say ‘our hands are tied’ but they are paying the people who are tying their hands.“They should say we need to stop this nonsense but they wash their hands like Pontius Pilate.“Every part of this nexus [the bishops, the lawyers and insurers owners] washes its hands of every other part of it but the nexus is joined at the hip.”The advice, by the Church’s top legal advisor, Stephen Slack, explains how bishops could find themselves being sued over the actions – or inaction – of their predecessors. Because of the possibility that statements of regret might have the unintended effect of accepting legal liability for the abuse it is important that they are approved in advance by lawyers, as well as by diocesan communications officers (and, if relevant, insurers)Legal advice to bishops, 2007 Bishop Sarah Mullally met with Joe and apologised for the Church’s handling of the caseCredit:AshMills.com 2015 “That superseded all previous advice and ensures that the pastoral needs of survivors must never be neglected and pastoral contact can continue whatever legal issues exist.”He added: “Bishop Sarah Mullally is working closely with the National Safeguarding Team to implement the recommendations of the Elliott Review which have been fully endorsed by the House of Bishops. “When Bishop Sarah received the review on behalf of the Church of England, as requested by the survivor, she offered an unreserved apology for the failings of the Church towards the survivor.“Following the publication Bishop Sarah met with him and two members of MACSAS [Minister and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors]. “This was an opportunity to apologise in person for the failings of the Church towards him and the horrific abuse he suffered.” Survivors said it showed there was a culture of denial, dishonesty and “blanking” victims in ways which had heightened their pain and ultimately failed to tackle the roots of the abuse crisis.It follows a damning independent review of the Church’s handling of sadistic abuse by Garth Moore, a priest and top canon lawyer, in the 1970s.It highlighted how the teenager – known as “Joe” – revealed his ordeal to a string of leading clerics, five of of them either bishops at the time or later ordained as such, who then claimed not to remember anything. The pastoral response to alleged victims and survivors is of top priority, and needs to be separated as far as possible from the management processes for the situation, and from legal and insurance responsesChurch of England guidance 2015 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 Daniel said she was determined to keep promises made to bereaved families, who had been told that information would be released, in a bid to ensure openness after previous cover-ups.She told Health Service Journal: “We did receive a letter indicating that they would injunct us. I have given a commitment to the family of Joshua Titcombe to release the information and I was concerned to do the right thing.“This doesn’t do anything to build confidence that we are working in an open and transparent environment. It completely misses the bigger picture. My judgement was clear about doing the right thing.”Mr Titcombe said the actions of the union were “immoral” and said the deal given to Ms Parkinson looked like an attempt to hide the truth. He called on Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the RCM, to resign.The RCM last night declined to comment. ‘This doesn’t do anything to build confidence that we are working in an open and transparent environment. It completely misses the bigger picture. My judgement was clear about doing the right thing’Jackie Daniel, chief executive of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust Ms Parkinson was employed at Morecambe Bay Foundation trust as a “maternity risk manager” from 2004 to 2012.But she was also a former RCM union official, who acted as staff representative – in what an investigation would later identify as a major conflict of interest.The scandal in Morecambe Bay prompted a national review of maternity services, after a string of failings and cover ups, with Ms Parkinson accused of leading collusion among midwives to hide their failings. It followed a long campaign by James Titcombe, whose baby son Joshua died in 2008, after midwives repeatedly missed chances to spot and treat an infection.Jackie Daniel, the current chief executive of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust, said the midwives’ union this week threatened to injuct the trust, and prevent it publishing the findings of its review. The midwives’ union tried to gag health officials, in a bid to protect the ringleader in a scandal which saw 11 baby deaths, an investigation has revealed.Jeanette Parkinson was one of a group of midwives in Morecambe Bay who she dubbed “the musketeers” as she they colluded to cover up critical blunders.Yesterday leaked documents revealed that she was “significantly overpaid” – receiving 14 months’ salary in a farewell deal in 2012 which prevented investigation of her conduct.The manager who signed off the terms is now being hauled in front of regulators.Now it has emerged that the Royal College of Midwives has threatened legal action to prevent the NHS trust publishing a report into the matter. Joshua Titcombe with sister Emily. A coroner accused midwives of ‘colluding’ to cover up mistakes that led to Joshua’s death in 2008 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.
“All horses were subsequently returned to the stables and are making a good recovery.”The Ministry of Defence is particularly grateful to members of the local community, the police and veterinary staff from Nottingham University, who helped to get the situation under control and the horses home so quickly.”A spokesman for Leicestershire Police said: “Some of the horses were involved in minor collisions but no one from the vehicles have reported being injured. The Household Cavalry rehearse in Hyde Park A woman told how she thought she and her mother would be killed as the horses charged towards their car.In a post on the Melton Police Facebook page, she said: “ Very lucky to be here to tell the tale as I honestly thought me and my mum would be killed.“After avoiding a head on with another vehicle to emergency stopping on the verge to then have 21 horses charging at you smashing the car as it passed with glass landing all over me while screaming at my mum to stay down trying to cover her while whipping her seat back. “Such a horrific incident. I hope when the mindless people are caught they get the book thrown at them as this could have resulted in numerous fatalities. “We understand the shock and anger the incident may have caused but we ask that people don’t speculate on social media.”He added: “We would like to speak to anyone who may have been driving in the area and witnessed the incident or were involved in a collision with any of the horses and haven’t yet reported the incident to police to contact us.”We’d also like to thank everyone who assisted officers in locating and securing the horses.” “Luckily for us were just shook up and aching from the collision although I have to add this has really upset my mum who is a very strong woman.”The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said all were safety returned, while the police appealed for information.Residents said it was a “miracle” none of the horses were killed, with a scene of “absolute carnage” narrowly avoided when some of the horses were stopped just short of a dual carriageway.One woman claimed a collision with one animal had written a car off, with smashed glass feared to have injured horses.The incident took place at around 11.15pm on Friday, with horses finally returned to the stables by 2.30am.In a statement, the MoD said: “We can confirm that a number of military horses were released from the Defence Animal Training Regiment fields late on August 4. Police are investigating after 21 horses belonging to The Household Cavalry were let out of their field, causing “absolute carnage” on a nearby road.The horses, which were resting from their duties with the Queen’s Life Guard, bolted when they were released from the RAVC Defence Animal Training Regiment in Melton Mowbray, Leics.They were reportedly seen being chased by three people on motorbikes, beeping their horns and revving engines.Several were hit by vehicles as they cantered up to six miles away from the base, before all were eventually rounded up by members of the public, police and vets using cars and horse boxes. 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. Horses of The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment photographed at Royal Hospital Chelsea in 2016
Mirren has described her time with Neeson as “a wonderful relationship”Credit:The Picture Library Liam Neeson and Helen Mirren were together for four year in the 1980sCredit:Richard Young/REX/Shutterstock Neeson, 65, recalled: “Before I met her and we worked together, I had read somewhere that if she fancied a guy she would imitate his walk behind his back. And I turned around one day and she was doing that to me. 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. Neeson moved to Hollywood in 1987 and made his name, earning an Oscar nomination for his performance in the 1993 film Schindler’s List. At 65, he has reinvented himself as an action star.He married the actress Natasha Richardson in 1994 and they had two children. She died in a skiing accident in 2009.Dame Helen, 72, began a relationship with Taylor Hackford, a US director, a year after her split from Neeson. They married in 1997. Meeting up with an old flame can be awkward, particularly when the relationship ended in heartbreak.Not so for Dame Helen Mirren and Liam Neeson. The pair were reunited on a chat show sofa, more than 30 years after their split, and shared warm memories of their love affair – with Neeson confiding that he was “smitten” from their first encounter.Many film fans are unaware that the two actors were once a couple, who met in 1980 on the set of John Boorman’s Excalibur. Neeson was in his first major role, as Sir Gawain, and Dame Helen was playing Morgana.Appearing on BBC One’s The Graham Norton Show to promote their latest films – Dame Helen stars in a horror film, Winchester, and Neeson in action thriller The Commuter – the pair were asked about their dating history.“We didn’t date, we lived together for four years. We were a serious item for a while. Lucky me!” said Dame Helen. Neeson moved in to Dame Helen’s London flat but struggled to find work, as her career went from strength to strength.In a 1994 profile of Neeson, Dame Helen said: “It was difficult for him to be under my shadow. I was well known. I had the money.” Eventually, they decided it was time for Neeson “to come out from under my wing. He handled it with great elegance and grace. We loved each other. It was difficult to let go.” “I remember being on the set and standing with Ciaran Hinds as Helen walked towards us dressed in her full Morgana le Fay costume, and we both went, ‘Oh f—.’ I was smitten. I think Ciaran was too, but I was very smitten.”Dame Helen laughed: “I never knew that. You’ve never told me that before – it’s amazing!”At the time, the actress was well known for her stage work and had made her film breakthrough in The Long Good Friday. Neeson, seven years her junior, was at the beginning of his career.He has said in the past that watching Dame Helen on set was “mesmeric. She was so sexy. I thought, gosh, that’s Helen Mirren! She was as beautiful up close as on stage. Just so human. I was in love with this extraordinary human being.” He told one interviewer: “Can you imagine riding horses in shiny suits of armour, having sword fights, and you’re falling in love with Helen Mirren? It doesn’t get any better than that.”
Plunging temperatures could cause mobile phones to cut out in a cold snap that will bring widespread snow and ice over the coming days.The Met Office warned that heavy hail and snow showers could cause severe disruption on Monday morning as the half-term holiday gets off to a shivery start, with widespread sub-zero temperatures.Mobile reception could be lost if icy winds dry air moisture on power cables and cause them to break, forecasters said.Two yellow weather warnings for snow and ice are in place for large swathes of the south west, north west, Wales, northern Ireland and Scotland from midnight until Monday lunchtime.It comes after a lost walker with badly frozen feet was rescued in blizzard conditions in a nine-hour operation in the Cairngorms on Sunday morning.The foreign 56-year-old was found by the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team suffering from hypothermia. He was taken to the rescue base but required no further treatment. There could be a some respite, however, with milder temperatures set to return mid-week. Speaking on Sunday, Met Office forecaster Rachael Adshead said winds would ease across the south of England and Wales, while at the same time showers would die out across central and eastern parts.”So what we’re left with is a good amount of clear skies and relatively light winds, particularly across southern parts of the UK and that will lead to a cold night,” she said.”We could see temperatures fall down as low as about minus 1C (30.2F) to minus 3C (26.6F) quite widely across the UK tonight,” she said.Parts of Scotland could see temperatures as low as minus 6C (21.2F), the forecaster added. The new week starts on a very cold note, with #ice and #snow, so allow some extra time for those Monday morning journeys #weatheraware pic.twitter.com/xcwJ4Tcqt9— Met Office (@metoffice) February 11, 2018 “Longer journey times by road, bus and train services are likely while some vehicles could become stranded.“Ice is likely to form on untreated pavements, cycle paths and roads leading to some injuries from slips and falls. Power cuts may occur and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected.” A view across Lough Ross in Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh, on SundayCredit:Brian Lawless/PA Ms Adshead said Monday might feel slightly less cold than Sunday, with wintry showers expected in the north and west.Scotland, Northern Ireland and north-west England will see snow showers, while further south is more likely to see a mixture of rain, sleet and hail. The mercury is predicted to dip below freezing for many parts on Monday, with possible lows of minus 5C (23F) in Scotland and a widespread frost.More snow is also expected in western parts during the day.The Met Office said: “Heavy hail and snow showers will lead to ice and snow accumulating on many surfaces. 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.
Shadow Education Secretary, Angela Rayner 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. Headteachers are leaving the profession in droves The career breaks are aimed at rewarding dedicated teachers for their hard work, and funding an activity that would aid their professional development.The move comes after the public accounts committee warned of a “growing sense of crisis” in teacher retention.A study by the National Foundation for Educational Research published last year found that lower retention rates were common among schools with poor Ofsted ratings or schools that were part of large multi-academy trusts (MATs). Headteachers who had been in post for two or more years were most likely to leave following an unfavourable inspection.The vast array of lucrative career options available to former heads such as education consultants or chief executives of academy chains has also contributed to the rise, experts have said. Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, blamed the Government for “making it impossible for our schools to keep the leadership they need”. She said: “Despite the incredible work they do across the country, headteachers face rising workloads and falling pay.” James Bowen of the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT), the biggest union for primary school leaders, said: “When the system is causing this many leaders to walk away, something needs to change.“Changes to how schools are held to account over the last decade have seen ever-increasing pressure placed on school leaders.”A Department for Education spokesperson said that teaching continues to be an “attractive career”, adding: “We recognise, however that recruitment and retention can be difficult so will continue to invest in the sector to help attract the best and brightest into teaching.” Headteachers are leaving the profession in droves, as official figures show that almost a third of school leaders are now leaving within three years of taking up the post.Of the secondary school headteachers aged under 50 who were appointed in 2013, 31 per cent had left by 2016. One in five primary school headteachers quit their posts over the same time period, data from the Department for Education (DfE) reveals.The number of school leaders departing within three years has increased since 2011 when the DfE report’s analysis of retention began.On Saturday, delegates at the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) annual conference in Liverpool passed a motion which noted their “alarm” at the “huge amount of public money” that is wasted through training up teachers who leave the profession just a few years after starting.This week Education Secretary Damian Hinds announced that long-serving teachers will be offered paid one-year sabbaticals.
Girlguiding said it had developed its policies in line with legal advice and organisations with experience of supporting transgender children and young people. It denied it had drawn up policies based on comments from “individuals or pressure groups”.Girlguiding said the law around transgender issues was “new and complex” and that it will continue to review its policies against the latest advice and guidance. Girlguiding has rejected criticism that its policy of including transgender members and leaders puts girls at risk.The organisation said that “simply being transgender does not make someone more of a safeguarding risk than any other person” after its inclusion of people who self-identify as female came under attack.In a joint statement, chief guide Amanda Medler and chief executive Ruth Marvel said much of the criticism had been “inaccurate, aggressive and counter to the values we hold dear” and they wanted to “set the record straight”.Earlier this month, two leaders had their membership withdrawn after they publicly objected to elements of Girlguiding’s equality and diversity policy.”In the last few days you may have seen that Girlguiding’s equality and diversity policy has been criticised in the media, with accusations that our inclusion of trans members puts girls at risk. It does not,” they said.The chiefs said they had tried to resist being drawn into the “highly politicised, emotive and often aggressive” debate around transgender inclusion and they stressed that Guildguiding is not a “transgender campaign group”.They added: “We are a young people’s organisation. Our focus has been, and will remain, providing our young members with opportunities to learn, grow and discover in a fun, safe, inclusive and legally compliant way.” In April, 224 current and former unit leaders, volunteers and parents signed an open letter saying the policy “compels units to accept boys who self-identify as girls for camping trips and other activities”.They said the policy “poses safeguarding risks, reinforces gender stereotypes and denies informed parental consent”.”A boy who identifies as a girl is still legally and physically male,” they said. “Trans inclusion, while laudable, must not sacrifice the safety, privacy or inclusion of girls.”Among the 12 leaders to sign the letter was Helen Watts, who led a Rainbows unit for girls aged five to seven in Ealing, west London.Along with another leader, she was expelled by the organisation after reportedly making further comments on social media.Ms Medler and Ms Marvel said: “Following a number of complaints about two individuals, an independent investigation concluded that both had breached our volunteer code of conduct and our social media policy because they did not and indicated that they were not willing to follow Girlguiding’s equality and diversity policy and actively encouraged others to do the same.”Video: Girlguiding launches recruitment drive campaign 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 pensioner killed two of his passengers when he parked his car in the fast lane of the M42 to ask a road worker for directions. James Davies, 71, was giving his partner Christine Evans, 53, and her friend Barbara Jones, 63, a lift to Birmingham Airport when he got lost having come across a diversion.He was driving on the northbound carriageway of the M42 attempting to reach Birmingham Airport at 3am on January 5 when he came across a diversion.Davies parked in the fast lane between junctions 9 and 10 near the Warwickshire village of Kingsbury – some 10 miles north of the airport – after spotting workers on the opposite carriageway which was closed for maintenance.He put on his hazard lights before clambering over the barriers on the central reservation to speak to Highways Agency worker Jake Ashmore, who was in his car.Three drivers managed to swerve past Davies’ Vauxhall Meriva before a white Mercedes Sprinter ploughed into it.His partner of 12 years Ms Evans and her friend, pub landlord Ms Jones, who were in the back seat, were killed instantly.Ms Jones’ partner Gareth Isaac, who was also in the car, escaped with minor injuries, as did the van driver. On Tuesday, Davies, of Welshpool, Powys, admitted two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and was jailed for two years and four months at Warwick Crown Court. Judge Anthony Potter said: “This was rightly described as a terrible tragedy, and it will affect all of those people, including you, for many years.”Although you had driven to Birmingham airport in the past, you were not particularly familiar with the M42, and when you encountered a diversion you became disorientated and you were heading north.”The southbound carriageway had been closed for some work to be done, and for reasons that are hard to fathom, having become lost, you decided to stop, not on the hard shoulder, but on the outside carriageway of the motorway.”The court heard Highways Agency worker Mr Ashmore watched in horror as Davies climbed over the central reservation and knocked on his window.Prosecutor Simon Davis said: “Mr Ashmore was immediately concerned, and ushered Mr Davies to the other side of the road, back towards his car, as quickly as he could.”It was obvious the defendant had parked in the fast lane of the northbound carriageway and crossed the central reservation and the closed southbound carriageway to the Highways vehicle.”Mr Ashmore, recognising the danger, ordered the defendant to move his car. He got out of his vehicle and took two to three steps towards the car with the defendant. Barbara Jones (left) and Christine Evans (right)Credit:SWNS 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. “But within two to three seconds he saw a white van collide with the rear of the defendant’s vehicle.”The court heard Davies had been parked for no less than a minute and 15 seconds before it was hit by a Mercedes Sprinter van, which was projected forward and rotated twice in the air before crashing to the ground.The judge told the court putting the hazard lights on was a “wholly inadequate warning” to the danger the car presented. “Leaving a stationary vehicle in the fast lane of a motorway is dangerous enough, but to leave it with three people inside it, whose lives were in your hands, is even worse,” the judge added. In mitigation, the judge took into consideration the close personal relationship Davies had with his partner of more than a decade. But the judge also pointed out that a “significant” aggravating factor was that his driving caused the death of two people. The court heard that while Davies was subject to an interim driving ban he was caught behind the wheel teaching someone to drive.Jemma Gordon, defending, said: “Mr Davies finds himself before the court for the first time in his life in the most tragic of circumstances. A momentary decision affects those around us, and sometimes those effects are catastrophic.”
Prof Smith, a professor of language and culture at the University of Sunderland, said the presenters were considered to be entertaining at the time but their approach amounted to bullying.“It was the power they had to tell people what to wear. It was a game where there was resistance from the contributor, but resistance was futile. It was always legitimised as being ‘for your own good’.“But participants were told they couldn’t wear clothes they were comfortable in, they could only wear clothes that Trinny and Susannah said they could wear,” Prof Smith said.“Those makeover programmes eventually morphed into dating programmes, with that element of humiliation and other forms of confrontation.”The report mentioned the aggression and confrontation evident in Gordon Ramsay’s shows, including Kitchen Nightmares, and The Apprentice, where candidates are frequently engaged in slanging matches and Lord Sugar conducts his boardroom showdowns. With their straight-talking advice on how to look fabulous, Trinny and Susannah styled themselves as fashion’s fairy godmothers.But academics have identified What Not To Wear, the makeover show presented by Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine, as a programme that began the “rise of rudeness” in television which reached its nadir with Jeremy Kyle.It features on a list that includes The Apprentice and Come Dine With Me, all helping British television to become “a sphere of anger, humiliation, dispute and upset”.The research, by university academics Angela Smith and Michael Higgins, has been submitted to MPs conducting a reality television inquiry sparked by the death of a participant on The Jeremy Kyle Show.The authors suggested that Kyle’s aggressive treatment of show participants was part of a wider shift. Each week, Woodall and Constantine would make over a contributor, first making her gaze into a 360 degree mirror wearing her own clothes and pointing out how unflattering they were.They used a sample episode to support their thesis, which Woodall told a woman that in her usual outfit “you look like you’ve just crawled out of bed”.Constantine said of the woman’s coat: “Do you know what? If I’m going to be completely frank, which I will be, you look like a hunchback in that.” Show more The Apprentice is also cited as one of the programmes which helped make television rudeCredit:Jim Marks/BBC Their study, Belligerent Broadcasting, traced the roots of aggressive television back to the 1960s and “the gradual disappearance of deference in political interviewing”.In the 1990s, The Jerry Springer Show was aired on British TV and set a template for the likes of Kyle as a confrontational host.But the authors of the report found that the “retreat of civility” in homegrown programmes spread beyond politics and talk shows with the arrival of What Not To Wear in 2001. But Prof Smith also singled out Come Dine With Me, with its jokey voiceover “framing everything as a potentially belligerent environment, managing to create a sense of disharmony or conflict – we can see the same thing done on Love Island.”Top Gear also contributed to today’s aggressive television, she argued, as Jeremy Clarkson’s “banter” with fellow presenters exemplified “a certain form of masculine, laddish culture” that has been copied by comedy panel shows.In their submissions to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee, which has heard evidence from the makers of The Jeremy Kyle Show, the academics said: “We found that there had been a rise in not only the frequency but also the range of programmes where conflict talk arises.As one genre of broadcast fell from favour, others adopted the frame of belligerence, each time amending it slightly to mark itself as ‘new’ but always with an underlying sense of interpersonal conflict and risk of humiliation.”They recommended that producers edit programmes to minimise the focus on conflict and should take into account the mental health of participants. The committee will deliver its findings later in the year.Woodall told The Sunday Telegraph: “I’m having lunch… really, I don’t have a comment.” Constantine was contacted for comment. 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.
Hillary Clinton and Donald TrumpWASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The Democratic Party sued Russia, President Donald Trump’s campaign and WikiLeaks today, charging that they conspired to disrupt the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a court filing showed.The party alleges in the federal lawsuit in Manhattan that top Trump campaign officials conspired with the Russian government and its military spy agency to hurt Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and tilt the election to Trump by hacking Democratic Party computers.The lawsuit also names Donald Trump Jr., Trump associate Roger Stone and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as defendants.The lawsuit alleges that Trump’s campaign “gleefully welcomed Russia’s help” in the 2016 election.The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Trump has repeatedly denied his campaign colluded with Russia. Russia has denied meddling in the election.The Republican National Committee, the Trump campaign, Trump campaign manager Michael Glassner, WikiLeaks, Stone and attorneys for Donald Trump Jr., former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Manafort associate Rick Gates and former campaign aide George Papadopoulous also did not immediately respond to requests for comment.The lawsuit, should it go forward, seems likely to help keep the spotlight on the issue of Russian election interference and possible collusion by the Trump campaign. Both are being investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.Through the process of legal discovery, lawyers for the Democratic Party could force the defendants to produce documents bearing on the collusion issue. (Excerpt from Reuters) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRussia ‘intervened to promote Trump’ – US intelligenceDecember 10, 2016In “latest news”Trump campaign sues in Nevada over Las Vegas polling placeNovember 8, 2016In “latest news”Trump claims millions voted illegally in U.S. presidential pollNovember 28, 2016In “World”
Dear Editor,The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers (GAWU) saw in the October 18 dailies a full page advertisement by the Ministry of Finance informing that the Minister Winston Jordan would be seeking Parliamentary approval for monies to settle the outstanding severance payments to the thousands of sugar workers the Government laid off since it came to office.Such an advertisement we gather is an expensive venture and is yet another demonstration of how our people’s monies are used now-a-days. Minister Jordan who, it seems, is smiling from ear to ear tells workers not to be fooled and that they would soon be paid. While the GAWU is happy, even at this very late stage, that the workers, who desperately need their monies, will be paid expectedly with interest. At the same time, we feel constrained to point out that the effort is coming along at a time close to the November 12 Local Government Elections and additionally we wish to note that the Minister is not doing the workers any favours as he wants to make it seem.The fact that the Government is moving to secure funds to settle its indebtedness to the workers is not because of magnanimity but because of a sustained struggle which kept the matter in the air.Over the last months, the nation has been moved by the sad situations workers and their families now find themselves in. The workers themselves have taken part in picketing exercises and marches.The Union has sought judicial intervention to having the Government respect the laws of our land, which, we cannot fail to re-collect the attorneys representing GuySuCo sought to have dismissed on frivolous grounds.Fraternal union bodies abroad have also condemned the Government’s actions with UNIFOR’s International Director, just weeks ago, telling the media that in Canada such acts would have seen the perpetrators behind bars.Also, we cannot forget that several allies who, on many occasions, have drawn attention to what can only be described as a shameful crime against the workers and their families.So while the Minister wants to appear to beat his own drum, he and his colleagues have committed one of the gravest assaults on the workers, first putting them out of a job and then denying them their lawful payments for a prolonged period contrary to our country’s laws.At the end of the day, had the Government not been denounced as it deserves, in our view, the machinations and the face-saving maneuvers now being employed would have not been pursued at this time.Today, while the Administration seeks to redeem itself in the eyes of the sugar workers and come into their good graces, after creating painful wounds and then rubbing pepper in them, we wish to tell the Minister and the Government that it cannot fool the workers as it ignominiously seeks to do now with advertisements, flyers and other propaganda material. Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWU Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGAWU to Govt: Cut down on unnecessary spending and give public servants a bonusNovember 22, 2017In “latest news”LETTER: Response to Ramjattan’s false claims on sugarFebruary 27, 2019In “latest news”GAWU says it is anticipating meeting with President over future of sugar industryJanuary 11, 2018In “latest news”
Recently, DRA Mineral Projects received a $2 million order from the Russian diamond miner Alrosa for three modular DMS plants for alluvial mining operations in the Republic of Yakutia in northern Siberia, near the Anabar river. The 50 t/h plants are designed to be compact enough to fit into open top containers while still allowing ease of access for maintenance. The logistics of the project are formidable: the plant is pre-assembled and commissioned in Johannesburg, shipped to St Petersburg, railed to Urkutsk-6,500 km to the east-then trucked north along frozen rivers almost to the Arctic Circle. Here it is set up on site using local labour under DRA supervision via a Russian interpreter. The environment is harsh. Operations in this region are restricted to about 100 days a year during the summer months as temperatures in winter drop to -40 ºC or below. Even in midsummer, temperatures may remain below -10 ºC. Such extreme conditions require low temperature lubricants, steel specified to tight tolerances and special conveyor belting, cabling and switchgear. Plug-in cables are used in the power supply to avoid making cable connections on site. The plant is designed to operate at temperatures of -15°C and above and to be stored quite safely at temperatures of below -50°. In the winter months, with the plant shut down, equipment liable to get damaged in the extreme cold is removed and placed in relatively warm storage.This is DRA’s third venture in the area in the past couple of years, the first being a single, fully integrated modular 50 t/h DMS plant at Estok in 2004. At that time, the DRA engineers working on the project became the first Westerners to operate in this location. In 2005, the company was contracted to supply two 50 t/h units for a Kimberlite pipe operation at Aykhal; these served as a replacement for part of the jig section at the existing plant.DRA has been at the cutting-edge of diamond recovery technology for the past 20 years. The company has designed and supplied a variety of diamond plants, large and small, for leading mining houses on five continents. The ability of DRA engineers to work in extraordinarily harsh Siberian conditions is indicative of the standard of professionalism and team effort that characterised DRA’s performance in diamond processing projects for the past two decades. www.drasa.co.za
Anglo American has achieved a top three ranking out of 90 leading European companies for its corporate social responsibility (CSR) performance for the third time in a row. Anglo’s success in the ‘Good Company Ranking’, in third place with an overall rating of 79%, positions it as the leading mining company in the rankings. 2009 is the third time that the rankings have been produced and Anglo is the only company to have appeared in the top three on each occasion.Cynthia Carroll, Chief Executive of Anglo American, commented, “I am delighted that we have again achieved a top three position in the ‘Good Company Ranking’ – a tribute to the excellent work that colleagues do throughout our global operations and reflecting Anglo American’s absolute commitment to safe working practices and to making a positive difference to people in the communities where we work.”The report highlights that “Anglo American sets itself apart with a superior CSR business case and the perfect strategic alignment of its social commitment. The clear human resources strategy displays impressive focus on the areas of health and safety and is ideally linked to the core business of the company. Anglo American integrates responsibility into its business processes, especially at points of critical interface with its surrounding community.”The biennial ‘Good Company Ranking’ is organised by one of Germany’s leading business magazines, Manager, and the Kirchhoff consultancy. The rankings offer an independent comparative assessment of companies’ responsibility with respect to their employees, the environment, society and the capital entrusted to them by shareholders. The report can be viewed at www.kirchhoff.de/en.html