In Vegas Tiger Woods Stays Away from the Ladies

Less than a week before missing the cut at Friday’s Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, NC, golfer Tiger Woods made his return to Las Vegas, the city where his infidelity scandal broke three years ago. Visitors to the Aria Hotel were able to capture photos of Woods as he attended the hotel’s Liquid pool party, held in a private cabana. Droves of bikini clad party goers fought for his attention, but Woods reportedly expressed no interest, and kept to the party’s private area with friends.While tabloid headlines rushed out the door accusing the golfer of returning to his days of womanizing, Woods made sure there was no story to be had. Woods was in Las Vegas for his foundation’s annual Tiger Jam event, featuring a concert headlined by Jon Bon Jovi.  In 2010, former Vegas VIP hostess Rachel Uchitel was the first to reveal the golfer’s extra-marital affairs to the public, followed by over a dozen different women accusing Woods of infidelity.  Woods eventually admitted to some 120 affairs, and underwent treatment for sex addiction.The trip was apparently all business, in support of the Tiger Woods Foundation which supports under-privileged youth. Still, Tiger should probably skip the pool party this week if he hopes to do well at this weekend’s The Players Championship in Florida read more

The Warriors RecordSetting Season

Curry’s 10 3-pointers in the season finale put him at 402 for the year, just a hair above the rough projection of 400. The previous record was 286, which Curry set last season. Lost in the commotion of Curry’s preposterous record is another startling record: Klay Thompson had 276 threes this season, seven more than Ray Allen’s 269 in 2005-06, which makes him the single-season leader among players who aren’t Steph Curry. As a team, the Warriors set a record for most threes made in a season (1,077) but not the record for most taken; Houston set both last season, and Golden State needed 88 fewer attempts to make 144 more shots from deep.Curry’s shooting percentages this season — 50.4 percent from the field, 45.4 percent from three, 90.8 percent from the line — make him only the third player to complete a 50-45-90 season while playing significant minutes, along with Steve Nash in 2007-08 and Steve Kerr in 1995-96, though Curry took far more shots than either. Embed Code Listen to our sports podcast, Hot Takedown, discuss the Warriors’ record-setting season. By Kyle Wagner More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed After a few weeks of shaky basketball and shakier odds of reaching the milestone, the Golden State Warriors throttled the Memphis Grizzlies 125-104 Wednesday night to finish the season 73-9, breaking the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record for wins in a regular season. As usual, the Warriors did it in style.On a night when Golden State was sharing the marquee with Kobe Bryant’s white-knuckled farewell massacre (Bryant had 60 points, making him the second-oldest player to reach 50 in a game, the oldest to hit 60, and the only (future) Hall of Famer to score more than 30 in his final game; his 50 field-goal attempts were a record in all games dating to 1983-84), the Warriors put on the better show through three quarters. Stephen Curry had 46 points in 30 minutes and sat out the fourth quarter. He had 20 in the first, including this foolishness from just past the logo:The final win closes out a stretch run in which the Warriors looked unusually vulnerable, losing two of three early in April and sweating out a few more close games. Below is a chart of how the Warriors’ odds of reaching 73 wins looked throughout the season (though, as we’ve explained, end-of-season projections get a little squirrely because there are fewer games remaining and because of the nature of probability-based modeling): The magnitude of the Warriors’ season makes other records inevitable. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Golden State set records for the most road wins (34), the best start to a season (24-0), the best record against top-10 teams (21-2) and the longest home winning streak across seasons (54 games, including 2014-15). They were also the only team ever to finish a season without losing two games in a row and without losing to the same opponent twice (the 1995-96 Bulls dropped two to Indiana). Surely there are other, more minor records lying around waiting to be noticed, but the most improbable is finished: The Warriors have won more regular-season games than any other NBA team in history. Now it’s on to the playoffs, where that hardly matters at all.Check out our latest NBA predictions.CORRECTION (April 15, 5:27 p.m.): An earlier version of the chart in this post misrepresented the Warriors’ position on the vertical axis throughout the season, making it slightly lower than it should have been. For example, the team’s odds of winning 73 games at the beginning of the season were 0.0261, or 2.6 percent — not zero. The chart has been corrected. read more

Kevin McGuff staff upgrades with hiring Carrie Banks

New Ohio State assistant coach Carrie Banks. Credit: USF AthleticsCoach Kevin McGuff and the Ohio State women’s basketball team added Carrie Banks as an assistant coach, the team announced on Tuesday. Banks joins her second Big Ten team after being an assistant coach at Northwestern for the past three seasons.In a press release, McGuff praised Banks’ ability to recruit and add character athletes to the program. He said that he is excited to bring Banks to the OSU family.“Her work ethic and passion for helping young athletes develop will be a great fit as we continue to move our program forward,” McGuff said.Despite ranking third in the country averaging 86.0 points per game as a team, the Buckeyes ranked 331 out of 344 in team defense allowing an average of 74.6 points per game. Banks was the addition OSU needed to make as one of the preseason favorites to win the national championship. Under Banks’ direction, Northwestern’s defense allowed 70.0 points per game last season.At Northwestern, Banks helped coach point guard Ashley Deary to a Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year award in 2015-16, setting a school-record 141 steals. With two-time All-American junior Kelsey Mitchell at the point for the Buckeyes, Banks could develop Mitchell into a defender that matches her skill on offense.In 2014-15, Northwestern earned its first NCAA tournament appearance in 18 years with Banks on the sideline.She served as an assistant coach at University of Detroit Mercy from 2007-2009 for two seasons and at University of South Florida for three seasons from 2010-2013.Banks has strong roots in Ohio where she was a junior varsity coach at local high school Dublin Jerome from 2004-2006. She also pursued a master’s degree in journalism at Kent State University and worked for the Big Ten Network in the past.Banks will make her debut beside coach McGuff on Nov. 14 in the Schottenstein Center against South Carolina. read more

Ohio State football utilizing medical tent in 2016

Ohio State’s medical tent placed behind OSU’s bench during football games. Credit: Kevin Harrish | For The LanternThe Ohio State football team added a scarlet and gray medical tent to its sideline for the 2016 season to provide more privacy to injured players.The tent will allow a player to be evaluated away from the public eye, according Alexis Shaw, a spokesperson for the team’s sports medicine physicians.“There’s no special equipment inside the tent,” Shaw said. “Players are just brought there for a private assessment before determining whether they will be put back on the field or taken out of the game.”In the past, injured players were assessed on an open medical table in plain view of fans and television cameras. The goal of the tent is to allow for a more isolated and controlled environment while remaining conveniently close to the field.Along with the added seclusion from onlookers, Ohio State hopes the tent will allow the football program to stay up to date with national trends.The tent debuted at the Buckeyes’ season opener against Bowling GreenThe University of Alabama began using a similar tent during the 2015 season, designed by a group of the school’s mechanical engineering students, according to Kyle Burger of WVTM 13.Their collapsible model has since been marketed and sold to at least 29 college football teams, as well as the Buffalo Bills, to be used during the 2016 season.“These sideline tents are relatively new to football stadiums,” said Jerry Emig, a spokesperson for the Ohio State football team. “We do like to stay contemporary and at the forefront with regard to the resources we are able to provide our student-athletes.”Aside from adding privacy, the medical tent does not change anything about the medical procedure when a player is injured.“It won’t change the way our medical staff delivers its expert care,” Emig said. read more

Commentary Coaching staff does not trust Braxton Miller

It is clear the Ohio State coaching staff does not trust its own quarterback. OSU quarterback Braxton Miller is a true freshman this year, and is playing like one. He will not be perfect. He will not be perfect anytime soon. OSU lost to Michigan State 10-7 on Saturday. There is absolutely no reason Joe Bauserman should have seen the field against MSU. The fact that he could find a helmet on the sidelines is beyond me. With OSU down 7-0 in the fourth quarter, head coach Luke Fickell opted to go with red shirt senior quarterback Bauserman. Bauserman, an expert at tossing it into the stands, brings nothing to this football team. Bauserman will graduate this year and is not the future of this football team. Miller has now been inexplicably yanked from the field twice. Once in Miami, and once on Saturday. No, he did not perform, but the coaching staff did not give him the tools to succeed. Why should he believe in himself if the staff does not believe in him? Miller went a lousy 5 of 10 on the day for 56 yards and one interception. He was sacked four times on the day and took a beating on just about every rushing attempt. MSU did its homework. Watching film is not difficult when 95 percent of the film is an endless loop of rushing attempts. They put eight in the box. They ran flawless run blitzes. They had an answer to anything OSU ran at them. Without a real threat of passing, OSU will not be able to have a balanced offense. The only way to have a passing threat? Pass the ball. In the third quarter, the student section began chanting “UR-BAN ME-YER.” But, in head coach Luke Fickell’s defense, it is not his fault. Fickell does not call the plays, offensive coordinator Jim Bollman does. Bollman needs to open it up, and let his young quarterback play football. Miller will be the quarterback at OSU for awhile. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Miller is the future of OSU football. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, the future is, well, in the future. Without the vote of confidence from Fickell and offensive coordinator Bollman, he will never develop to a playmaker. Miller has all the tools, he has the arm and he certainly has the legs, but one thing he is lacking is the mentality. If the OSU coaching staff continues to call draw plays on third down, continues to run the option, and everything but passing plays, Miller will start to doubt his abilities. When the coaching staff yanked Miller from the game on Saturday, they were throwing away any chance of Miller growing as a young quarterback. Next week, when OSU travels to Nebraska they will add senior running back Daniel “Boom” Herron, senior wide receiver DeVier Posey, senior defensive end Solomon Thomas and senior offensive lineman Mike Adams to its roster. Unfortunately for the Scarlet and Gray, without a quarterback, it will not mean anything. read more

200000 people sign petition calling for shops to stay closed on Boxing

first_imgA petition calling for a ban on shops opening on Boxing Day has attracted more than 200,000 signatures – including 100,000 over the last three days.The petition was created last month by Ian Lapworth, a baker and former DJ from Kettering, who argues that the Christmas holiday should be respected by retailers so that staff can have “some decent family time to relax and enjoy the festivities like everyone else.”Writing on Change.org, where the petition is hosted, Mr Lapworth says: “Most retail workers are on the go up to Christmas Eve, then back on Boxing Day. Sometimes they have no choice.”We managed 30 and 40 years ago when shops were sometimes shut for a whole week. Let’s get back to the way it was.”Forget making money for one day, let’s concentrate on making more memories with the ones we love.”Among the petitions’ thousands of signatories are a large number of retail workers, many of whom left messages voicing their agreement. Mr Lapworth plans to send the petition to the 10 Downing Street – but there are indications his plea will not be successful.A similar petition launched last year, also calling for shops to remain closed on Boxing Day, received an official response from the Government saying: “We do not believe it is for central Government to tell businesses how to run their shops or how best to serve their customers. Therefore we are not proposing to ban shops from opening on Boxing Day.” Hollie Lambton from Kimberley wrote: “Every year I’ve been working, I’ve had to work Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. I’m fed up of it.”I have family traditions that I can’t do anymore and I want things to go back the way they used to be. Shops should be shut for a week or at least Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.” Elaine Wormald from South Kirkby said: “I used to work in a shop the was open until 10pm on Xmas eve, closed on Xmas day and open again at 10 am Boxing day. It is so unfair on the staff lots of whom would prefer to stay at home with their young families.”If all the stores agreed not to open on Boxing day then none of them are losing any trade to another store. Common sense really, but when did that ever matter to money grabbing store owners.” 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

Tara PalmerTomkinson died of natural causes a perforated ulcer socialites sister reveals

first_imgTara Palmer-Tomkinson died of natural causes and “did not have a brain tumour”, her sister has said.Santa Montefiore posted a series of tweets thanking people for their support in recent days following the death of the socialite at the age of 45.But the author added that she wanted to “clarify” a few things and referenced a coroner’s report released on Wednesday into the death of the former It girl.She wrote: “I’ve been so touched by the warm response to Tara’s death. Thank you from the whole family. But I’d like to clarify a couple of points.”Today the coroner’s report states that Tara died of natural causes – a perforated ulcer. She did not have a brain tumour.” The former “It girl” and reality TV star was found dead in her west London flat last week.Her funeral is due to be held on February 27.In a statement her family have said: “We would like to thank the many people who have contacted us about Tara following her untimely death. It has been a source of great comfort to know how loved she was by so many people.”Tara died peacefully in her sleep due to a perforated ulcer and peritonitis.”Those that knew and were close to Tara knew that there was no retreat to a “dark place” as some have disappointingly sought to suggest. In the last few weeks Tara was happy, positive and making plans for when she recovered her health.”As usual she had been busy with the friends and family she loved, and who loved her in return. She was in communication with her family and others of whom she was fond over her final weekend and had spent a lot of her time recording music and playing the piano in her apartment – a sure sign that she was happy and feeling good.”Tara’s funeral will be on the February 27. This will be a private moment for family and close friends to grieve and we would ask that our privacy at this time is respected. We will miss Tara very much and will never forget the joy, love and humour she bought to our lives.” 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. Show more 5/5 Lastly there will be a fuller statement from the PT family latertoday. Thank you again.— Santa Montefiore (@SantaMontefiore) February 15, 2017 4/5 Tara’s good friends & family know that she was inhigh spirits in her last days. She had plans, trips & had written a movingnew song.— Santa Montefiore (@SantaMontefiore) February 15, 2017 2/5 Today the Coroner’s report states that Tara died of naturalcauses – a perforated ulcer. She did not have a brain tumour. pic.twitter.com/ccU3Ua4SPY— Santa Montefiore (@SantaMontefiore) February 15, 2017center_img Last year, she revealed her fear of dying after being diagnosed with a non-malignant brain tumour.After finding out about the growth in her pituitary gland, she later spoke about also suffering with an auto-immune disease that caused tiredness, joint pain and acute anaemia.In what is believed to be one of her last interviews, she told about her quest to “make her family proud again”.Following the news of her sudden death, her close friends the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were among the first to pay tribute.Charles and Camilla said they were “deeply saddened and our thoughts are so much with the family”. A death notice on page 26 of the Daily Telegraph was published last week, stating: “Tara Clare died peacefully in her sleep”.The piece also added that a private funeral is to be held. Montefiore added that “contrary to some reports, Tara was not the goddaughter of HRH the Prince of Wales”.She wrote: “Tara’s good friends & family know that she was in high spirits in her last days. She had plans, trips & had written a moving new song.” 1/5 I’ve been so touched by the warm response to Tara’s death.Thank you from the whole family. But I’d like to clarify a couple of points. pic.twitter.com/4kYUyA55JL— Santa Montefiore (@SantaMontefiore) February 15, 2017 3/5 Contrary to some reports, Tara was not the goddaughter of HRH the Prince of Wales.— Santa Montefiore (@SantaMontefiore) February 15, 2017last_img read more

Male crime writers eclipsed by golden age of female authors brought back

first_imgThe British Library is working to bring forgotten male crime writers back into print, after they were eclipsed in their own Golden Age by women who were simply better.The British Library’s classic crime project, which sees long-lost novels rediscovered and published for a new generation, features a disproportionate amount of men, the managing editor behind it said.But the discrepancy is not down to modern day sexism, but a rare quirk of publishing history which made 1930s Britain arguably the only time and genre where women firmly ruled the roost. I think the brutal truth is that the top four or five writers in this period were women. They’re in a league of their ownRobert Davies As such, the best-selling and most-acclaimed writers of the day were women, leaving their male rivals swiftly falling out of print and the public consciousness.The British Library project is now helping to correct that imbalance, bringing lesser-known works back to readers’ bookshelves.The works, which are designed with vintage covers and have been bestsellers, are sold by the library, with profits ploughed back into its archival and exhibition work.Speaking at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in Dubai, Robert Davies, who is responsible for the project, said he had previously been challenged over the number of men on the classics list.The current catalogue shows just three out of 38 books written by a woman, and all of those from one author, Mavis Doriel Hay.But, he said, the reason was simple: those male writers were “next tier” in their own day, overshadowed by the so-called “crime queens” including Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers, Marjorie Allingham, Ngaio Marsh, Josephine Tey, and Gladys Mitchell.”It’s something I’ve been challenged about in the past, that so many of the writers we publish are men,” he said.”That’s not because of sexism, that’s because the women’s writers were often still in print and retained their popularity.”It was actually their male contemporaries who dropped out of view.”It might be unique in this genre, that the women writers are the ones who survived.”He added: “I think the brutal truth is that the top four or five writers in this period were women. They’re in a league of their own.”I don’t think there was a weird sexism against male writers in the period. It was just that the best had been kept in print and the next tier had been forgotten about for too long.”Martin Edwards, author and president of the Detection Club, said the success of British female writers in the 1930s was exceptional, with even the United States at the time still largely dominated by male authors.”In those days, once you were out of print you’re out of print,” he told an audience. “Books sank out of sight pretty quickly.”Really, it was the quality of what they were writing. There are clear reasons as to why those books [by women] found fame, why they had high sales and why they deserved it.”The British Library’s next project, called “Foreign Bodies”, will see them republish forgotten international works of crime fiction.Some of the classics may go on to television adaptations, Davies added.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Novak Djokovic Let tennis players wear headsets to communicate with coaches

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “I think, if you have a coach, why not try to use him during the match itself,” he said. “I mean, we’re probably one of the only, maybe only global sport that doesn’t use coaching during the play. “Even golf, individual sport, you have caddies that you communicate with throughout the entire course.” Azarenka and Watson Players should be allowed to wear headsets to help them communicate with their coaches, Novak Djokovic has suggested.The world number four said he believed allowing tennis players to have an “intimate conversation” with their coaches would be a “good move for the sport”.Speaking at Wimbledon, he said:  “This is kind of an  intimate conversation where you feel comfortable that you communicate wirelessly with your coach who is there. “Of course, when it’s within that time limit, respect towards the other player, the rhythm of the server.center_img But he added: “They’ve said that the TV audience  possibly could hear what you were speaking with  your player…[you] still have to be a bit careful.”His comments follow the debate over how much input coaching teams should have while games are in play after Victoria Azarenka was accused of receiving illegal coaching during her match against Brit Heather Watson.But Djokovic suggested headphones would offer a convenient way for players to discuss tactics.  Did Azarenka get tips from her coach as she played Watson?Credit:Lindsey Parnaby /Gettylast_img read more

Exwife of pilot pleads with judges to end 16year legal fight

first_imgRichard Wilmot outside London’s Appeal CourtCredit:Richard Gittins / Champion News Richard Wilmot outside London's Appeal Court 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 ex-wife of a pilot locked in Britain’s longest divorce battle has pleaded with senior judges to end the “ghastly” 16-year legal fight.Viki Maughan, 50, and her former partner, Richard Wilmot, 62, have been at loggerheads over money since they split in 2001.Mr Wilmot, who has been married previously, has been warned by his lawyers that the case could bankrupt him.He claims Ms Maughan, his third wife,  is a “liar” and that a child she claims is his was, in fact, fathered by a lover she was secretly seeing before they divorced.Mr Wilmot, an ex-British Airways captain, is “absolutely convinced” he is not the father and has accused his ex-wife of fabricating evidence to try to extract maintenance payments from him.center_img Ms Maughan has argued that he needs to “accept reality”.At the Court of Appeal, she asked judges to order Mr Wilmot to honour their 2001 divorce settlement.Her barrister, Jonathan Swift, told the court: “A significant air of reality needs to descend in this case.”He said his client has a “sincere wish that this court should dispose of this matter with as many restraining directions as possible, so it may never be resurrected again”. Mr Wilmot was officially declared the father of Ms Maughan’s teenage daughter in 2000 and has paid out a total of almost £400,000 in maintenance to his former family.But he is now refusing to comply with a financial settlement reached with his ex 16 years ago and denies he is liable for almost two decades worth of maintenance for the teenager, as he is ‘absolutely convinced’ she is not his.He has asked the Appeal Court to block Ms Maughan’s claims for more money under the 2001 settlement.As well as not paying maintenance, he has also been accused by Ms Vaughan of being “evasive” and trying to dodge court papers.  But he denies ‘playing technical games’ to avoid his responsibilities for the girl, and insists he has simply been trying to protect his new wife, ‘from the wreckage of the past.’Lady Justice Black, Lord Justice Sales and Lord Justice Moylan have reserved their decision until a later date.last_img read more

Outnumbered parents together in reallife romance

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 cast of Outnumbered Outnumbered stars Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner, who are husband and wife in the on-screen BBC sitcom, have been in a relationship for a year after their real-life marriages broke down, it has been claimed.The Sun reported Dennis, 56, and Skinner, 53, who play parents Pete and Sue Brockman on the hit show, first got together in March last year.Mother-of-two Skinner split from her partner two-and-a-half years ago, while Dennis and his second wife separated in 2015, it was said.A friend told the newspaper: “They’ve been out in public quite a lot, just no one has quite cottoned on to it.”–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Relatives are said to know about their relationship. The cast of OutnumberedCredit:Anthony Devlin/PA Archive Representatives for both actors did not respond to comment to the Telegraph.As parents on Outnumbered they raised three children, Jake, Ben and Karen, played by Tyger Drew-Honey, now 22, Daniel Roche, 18, and Ramona Marquez, 17. The show ran for seven years over five series, with a separate Christmas special spin-off in 2016. read more

Duchess of Sussex writes messages of support on bananas for sex workers

Duchess of Sussex prepares food parcels to go in the charity outreach van and writes personalised messages on fruit in the charity kitchenCredit:Getty In a separate charity visit to Empire Fighting Chance, a boxing club which helps vulnerable youngsters, he cleared a room to comfort a teenage boy who became emotional talking about the death of his father.The Duke of Sussex, who lost his own mother when he was 12 and he previously spoken of how boxing helped his mental health, spent 10 minutes talking privately to 15-year-old Iestyn about processing his grief, telling him: “The same thing happened to me.”The day was completed with a trip to refurbished Bristol Old Vic, where the Duchess made a heartfelt plea for the creative arts.   Duchess of Sussex prepares food parcels to go in the charity outreach van and writes personalised messages on fruit in the charity kitchen The Duchess of Sussex has written personal messages of empowerment and support for vulnerable sex workers on a series of bananas to be delivered to them on the streets. The Duchess, who visited a charity which helps women break free from sex work, homelessness and addiction, resolved to send a personal, handwritten message to those in need.During a tour of the kitchen at One25, a charity in Bristol, she was seized with inspiration, asking for a felt tipped pen to draw hearts and notes, including the words: “You are strong”, “You are loved”, “You are brave”, “You are special”.The fruit, which is part of a food parcel for sex workers, was due to be delivered by van, along with blankets, condoms, hot water bottles and advice from the charity’s experts, to women on the streets. The Duke of Sussex at the Bristol boxing club The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also visited the Old Vic theatre The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited the charity during a day-long outing to a snowy Bristol, in which they delivered a series of heartfelt messages on subjects form the arts to mental health and grief.At One25, who had asked for the visit to be kept a secret until after the royal couple had left to protect the vulnerable women, they met volunteers, donors, service users and were given a tour of an outreach van which tours the red light district five nights a week. In the kitchen, as they were shown the food bags being prepared, the Duchess said: “Oh actually do you have a Sharpie marker? I have an idea.“I saw this project this woman had started somewhere in the States on a school lunch programme. On each of the bananas she wrote an affirmation, to make the kids feel really, like, empowered. It was the most incredible idea – this small gesture.”Declaring “I am in charge of the banana messaging!”, she wrote a series of short phrases and decorated the fruit with hearts. It is not the first time the duchess has used bananas to send a message.Shortly after she began dating Prince Harry’s, she uploaded a photograph of two bananas ‘spooning’, and more recently baked banana bread for farmers during a tour of Australia.  One charity volunteer called Sam, who is a former sex worker, said: “I can imagine being on the van, and [ hearing] ‘Meghan wrote this thing, and what?’ I think they might not eat it. I think that banana would be at home until it is rotten. Because I would do the same.”Anna Smith, the charity’s chief executive, told the couple: “The plight of our women is often very much misunderstood, and they are stigmatised and hidden from the world.” The Duke of Sussex at the Bristol boxing clubCredit:Tom Pilston As she spoke, the duchess spotted that Sam was looking nervous at the prospect of having to talk to the group. She told her: “Sometimes it is the lead-up that makes it more nerve-racking. You go first! It’s like ripping a bandaid off.”Prince Harry, speaking of how vulnerable women can be coerced, said: “When you were being groomed at such a young age, and this is the only thing you know, you completely lose faith in society. You lose trust in every man, and probably everyone else around you. From a mental health perspective you are broken.”They were not the only words of comfort offered by the Duke. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also visited the Old Vic theatreCredit:Marc Giddings “There’s so much of the emphasis in after school clubs on sport,” she said. “Channeling the energy you have into the creative arts and theatre and all of that is equally as important. “Sport isn’t for everyone, just as theatre isn’t for everyone.   “You can know that there’s a place [here] where you can find community, and sort of explore self discovery and other things you might be thinking about.”The Duke told youngsters of drama: “It’s more than a hobby isn’t it? It runs in your blood.”  The Duke and Duchess traveled by train, and undertook a walkabout despite the snow-lined streets.Meeting nursery school children, they appeared to be preparing for their impending parenthood as the Duke asked a woman supervising toddlers: “How do you keep them under control?” read more

Joseph McCann Dangerous criminal suspected of raping and abducting three women remains

CCTV image of the suspectCredit:Metropolitan Police/PA Joseph McCann CCTV image of the suspect “I would be failing in my duty if I did not pass an indeterminate sentence.”McCann is understood to have been released on licence in February 2017.Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin from Scotland Yard said the victims were being supported by specialist officers.“I would like to highlight that stranger attacks like this are extremely rare and we appreciate the worry that this will have generated in the areas affected,” she said.“If you see Joseph McCann, do not approach him as he is considered extremely dangerous but instead call 999 immediately.“We are doing everything we can to ensure the man sought in connection with these offences is located as quickly as possible.”McCann has a tattoo of the name “Bobbie” on his stomach. He is said to have blue eyes, a bald head or shaved blond hair with a light-coloured beard and a “slight” Irish accent.He has links to Watford, Aylesbury and Ipswich and is known to use false names, most recently Joel. An “extremely dangerous” fugitive wanted for the rape and abduction of two women is suspected of attacking another woman just days earlier but detectives failed to inform the public, it has emerged.Joseph McCann, 34, who was on licence having spent most of the last decade in prison for aggravated burglary, remains at large and poses a significant risk to the public.Police have put up a £20,000 reward for information leading to his arrest and prosecution.McCann is alleged to have abducted a 21-year-old woman at knifepoint in Watford on Easter Sunday, forcing her into his blue Ford Mondeo and driving her around various locations for several hours, raping her at an address in the town.His victim reported the incident to Hertfordshire Police the following day and McCann was quickly identified.A police spokesman said: “A significant amount of work was done to try and locate and arrest him, which proved unsuccessful.” Judge Frederick Marr-Johnson told him: “This was one of the very nastiest kinds of burglary. He was an elderly gentleman in poor health and I think there is a risk of you causing long-term psychological harm in the future. The first woman was abducted at about 12.30am on Thursday from a street in Chingford.The second was seized at 12.15pm from a street in Edgware, northwest London.They were driven to a budget hotel in Watford where the suspect tried to book a room at around 1pm but he left as none were available.The women managed to escape 90 minutes later when one of them smashed a vodka bottle over his head and alerted nearby builders in Osborne Road.McCann was identified by the Metropolitan Police on Tuesday. He is known to use false names and may be using a disguise.Police and the parole board are facing questions about why the public was not warned McCann was wanted on suspicion of the first rape.He was given an indeterminate sentence in September 2008 after breaking into the Bedford home of a frail 85-year–old man and threatening to stab him.Luton Crown Court heard that the victim was watching television when he heard a noise and saw McCann enter his home after breaking through a side door before demanding money.McCann was shown a purse containing a small amount of cash. He was arrested because CCTV had been installed in the house following other burglaries and McCann was recognised by police and prison staff, according to a local report. 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 Thursday, the force circulated McCann’s photograph and said he was wanted on recall to prison but failed to mention the alleged rape.That same day, McCann is believed to have dragged two women in their 20s, one of whom is thought to have been pregnant, into a silver people carrier, 12 hours apart, raping them both. Joseph McCann read more

Davina McCall calls for gyms to take inspiration from Narcotics Anonymous meetings

McCall speaking to Kate Bussmann at The Telegraph's Stella Live event  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 Nuffield Health spokesman added: “We try to make the experience of joining one of our fitness and wellbeing clubs a genuinely friendly and welcoming process to encourage people to make the most of their membership. “For example, everyone who joins a Nuffield Gym benefits from a Health MOT, our free one-hour health check. They give you quality time with a highly-trained personal trainer to discuss your fitness. They also include key clinical tests, like blood glucose and blood pressure, to identify potential health risks and give you a full picture of your health and fitness.” They also found that, out of the 2,000 young people they asked in December, almost a quarter cited being worried that other people will look at them as a reason for holding back from exercising publicly. McCall, who is imminently launching a new online fitness platform, entitled Own Your Goals, said she wanted to help those who feel anxious about spending time in gyms.The 51-year-old, who started making fitness DVDs 15 years ago, said she would assume responsibility in her regular gym class to help settle in newcomers if it meant more people sign up for workouts.She said: “It would be really nice for women the first time they come to a class to have someone saying, ‘this is how it works, don’t be embarrassed we’ve all been there once’.“I would definitely put my hand up for that, I would love to do that. I’ve been there, I know what it feels like.”McCall’s borrowed idea to create a better fitness community would add to initiatives already in place at most gyms and leisure centres to induct new members and help them get to grips with the equipment.Bannatyne’s gym group said that their staff are welcoming to newcomers, who they encourage to take it easy. Davina McCall has called for gyms to take inspiration from Narcotics Anonymous meetings to help newcomers feel more welcome in exercise classes.Speaking yesterday at The Telegraph’s Stella Live event, the television presenter, 51, suggested “cliquey” atmospheres at fitness clubs is putting beginners off from taking part in group workouts.McCall, who has openly discussed her own experience with substance abuse, said gyms should analyse the steps taken by drug support groups to help people feel more integrated.“In Narcotics Anonymous meetings, they have a greeter to greet newcomers. When you first go to a meeting, you feel absolutely terrible and there’s someone there saying ‘hi, are you new, would you like a hug?’ You can imagine I loved greeting,” she told a sold-out audience at the Saatchi Gallery in London.“I often think that gyms should employ regular members of the class and say ‘would you be this week’s greeter’? “What I am trying to say is that I know classes can be really cliquey and really scary and that isn’t on you, you’ve got to be brave and go for it,” she added.Her call follows a recent survey carried out by Nuffield Health, Britain’s largest not-for-profit healthcare provider, that revealed a third of 18 to 35-year-olds in the UK feel too self-conscious to join a gym. McCall speaking to Kate Bussmann at The Telegraph’s Stella Live event Credit:Christopher Pledger/Christopher Pledger read more

Universities to trawl through students social media to look for suicide risk

Universities are to trawl through students’ social media to look for signs that they may be suicidal, as part of a new project funded by the higher education watchdog.The new scheme, backed by the Office for Students (OfS), is aimed at reducing suicide rates and identifying students in crisis by harvesting data on individuals.  Northumbria University, which is leading the three year project, will design and pilot an “Early Alert Tool” which, if successful, could be rolled out at all British institutions.The university has been running a project for the past two years where a team monitor students’ library use, lecture attendance and academic performance. They use this information to “nudge” students when their engagement drops off. Under the new OfS-backed scheme, the data collected on each student would extend to monitoring social media posts, conversations they have with individual members of staff and information held by their accommodation provider.Professor Peter Francis, deputy vice-Chancellor of Northumbria who is leading the project, said: “We know students use social media, they engage with one another, they use it in a variety of different forms.“We are asking the questions – to what extent might that data provide some information to identify student profiles? This builds on what we have been doing. What other traces or types of data might we start to identify as being relevant?” “Students’ safety is of utmost importance and funding may well be needed for better mental health services, but this approach will understandably generate anxiety amongst much of the student population.”Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the OfS, said that too many students have the higher education “blighted by mental ill-health”.  She added: “Taking preventative action to promote good mental health is critical, as is taking a whole institution approach and involving students in developing solutions.   “In addition, the earlier we can identify issues developing, the more effectively we can give the vital support that is needed.” It is one of ten projects that the OfS is funding as part of a £14.5 million drive to improve student mental health.  One project that won funding is aimed at supporting students through the transition from school to university. Another will address the specific mental health needs of international students. He said the project will explore new types of student data that can be analysed including “through conversations with individuals that might be collected but not shared, not bought together and reviewed centrally in a coordinated way”.Prof Francis added that the scheme would be data protection compliant, and that students would have to opt in.But privacy campaigners have warned that students should not be used as “guinea pigs” for “big data experiments” on mental health.Jen Persson, director of the data privacy campaign group Defend Digital Me, said: “Students need to know that in a time of need they can have a private conversation. The last thing you need is to worry about people listening in.“There is a huge pressure on supporting people’s mental health at universities – but institutions mustn’t rush in to thinking that big data is the solution to very sensitive unique problems for individuals.”Silkie Carlo, Director of Big Brother Watch, said that using social media monitoring is an “oppressive” and “intrusive” approach to safeguarding students’ wellbeing. She said it sets a “dangerous” example of the privacy and data rights young people should expect in later life.“It is essential for young people’s wellbeing that their privacy is respected but this intrusive approach risks making students feel monitored, anxious and judged,” she added.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Family of pensioner cleared of mercy killing of terminally ill husband call

Following a two week trial, Mrs Eccleston was cleared of murder and an alternative charge of manslaughter by a jury at Stafford Crown Court who deliberated for just two hours.Speaking outside court, Joy Munns, 54, one of the couple’s three children, said: “Our family is grateful and relieved that the jury in this case could also recognise our mom’s love for our dad. “We do not believe this needed to happen. If there had been an assisted dying law here in the UK our dad would have been able to have the choice to end his suffering, with medical support, and with his loved ones around him. He wouldn’t have had to ask our mom to do something that is considered breaking the law.”We believe there must be a change in the law so that dying people aren’t forced to suffer, make plans in secret or ask loved ones to risk prosecution by helping them, and so that no other family has to experience the pain our family has had to endure.”A source close to the family revealed that the couple had previously inquired about travelling to the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland but had been unable to afford it or face the journey. Mavis Eccleston has been cleared of murder and manslaughter The family of an 80-year-old widow cleared of the ‘mercy killing’ of her terminally ill husband, have called for a change in the law to allow assisted dying after she was forced to endure the “terrible” ordeal of a murder trial.Mavis Eccleston was found not guilty of the murder and manslaughter of her cancer stricken husband, Dennis, 81, after she gave him a drink containing a lethal cocktail of prescription medicine.The jury heard how Mrs Eccleston penned a 14 page suicide note, describing how the couple from the village of Huntingdon, Staffordshire were ending their lives because of “ill health and harrassment”.They were both rushed to hospital after being found unconscious by relatives on February 20 last year. But while Mrs Eccleston was resuscitated, her husband was not because he had a ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ due to his bowel cancer.Jurors were told how Mr Eccleston passed away while holding hands with his wife of almost 60-years in adjacent hospital beds, later that day. Mavis Eccleston’s family have called for a change in the lawCredit:PA But jurors were told Mr Eccleston had refused treatment for his terminal bowel cancer and had made it clear he wanted to die on his own terms.Giving evidence, Mrs Eccleston said her husband had “more or less begged” for her help to end his life and had given her instructions how to do so.She she told the court her had kissed her hand in thanks before they both took medication and said “good night darling” as she went to lie down on the sofa.Sarah Wootton, Chief Executive of Dignity in Dying, welcomed the verdict but said the couple should not have been placed in such an agonising position.She said: “Compassion should not be a crime, but under the UK’s broken laws, it is. What we need is a robustly safeguarded law that provides choice and control to dying people who want it, takes agonising decisions out of the hands of their loved ones and protects the rest of society.” Mavis Eccleston's family have called for a change in the law Prosecutors had claimed the retired miner had been unaware he was taking a potentially lethal overdose, claiming Mrs Eccleston made an alleged admission to mental health nurses.But her family said her parents had been in full agreement to end Mr Eccleston’s suffering and should not have been forced to do it in such a way that had ended up with her facing a murder charge. Mavis Eccleston has been cleared of murder and manslaughterCredit:PA 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. Prosecutors had claimed that the couple had not formed a “clear and common” agreement to end their own lives and alleged that Mrs Eccleston had admitted this to two psychiatric nurses shortly after she was resuscitated. read more

President honours Martyrs of 1823 Rebellion

President David GrangerThe 1823 Demerara Rebellion is one of the most significant events in the dismantling of the slave mode of production in the Caribbean President David Granger said in commemoration of the event on Monday.The President was among Ministers of Government, diplomats and other specially invited guests gathered at the 1823 Monument to commemorate the 195th observation of the 1823 Demerara Rebellion.August 20 is designated as Demerara Martyrs Day. “This day and this ceremony remind us that freedom was not an imperial gift but was won through the sacrifice and martyrdom of our ancestors,” the president said.More than 200 Africans were massacred during what is considered the largest rebellion in Guyana.More than 11,000 Africans from across 55 plantations along the East Coast of Demerara during the rebellion which began on August 18, 1823.“The Demerara Revolt was repressed but it ignited the flame of freedom. The revolt role in the passage of the Emancipation Act, 10 years after in 1833, is undisputed”.The invitees gathered at the eventThe president noted August is a month of solemn remembrance and commemoration. The month is a reminder that the freedom from enslavement gained 180 years ago was paid for by the martyrdom of our ancestors.August 1, Guyana commemorated the Emancipation of slavery. On August 3, the country commemorated the 1834 rebellion at La Belle Alliance, Essequibo. The month of August is also the commemoration of the 1795 Maroon rebellion on the West Demerara. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHistoric national commemoration ceremony planned for 1823 Slave RebellionAugust 17, 2016In “Local News”African, Guyanese culture displayed at Freedom Day celebrationAugust 1, 2013In “Local News”1823 Monument unveiledAugust 6, 2013In “Other Stories” read more

Doublemurder convict gets 18 years for malicious wounding of duo

49-year-old William Light who is already spending 47 years behind bars for murdering two persons during a rampage at Charlestown, was handed another 18 years for wounding two others in the October 26, 2010 Russell Street attack.He appeared before High Court Judge, Justice Brassington Reynolds unrepresented on Tuesday where he separately plead guilty to maliciously wounding Sean DeSouza and for a similar attack on Rajesh Persaud.Justice Reynolds ordered that two sentences run concurrently for Light. He is mentally challenged and is a psychiatric patient, his probation report revealed.When the man went berserk almost 8 years ago, Cedric Blackman and Ann Cham-A-Koon were killed. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related”Fix It” gets 13 years for 2015 attempted murderOctober 8, 2018In “Court”Lindener to serve 19 years for stabbing wife to death, injuring step-daughterJune 14, 2018In “Court”Berbice man gets 18 years for heinous rape of boy, 13,June 12, 2018In “Court” read more

Govt has missed the bus where Green State agenda is concerned

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJagdeo to raise concerns with FATF/CFATF on passage of AML BillAugust 2, 2018In “latest news”‘Adjust, reverse budget measures to benefit Guyanese’ – Jagdeo to Gov’tFebruary 2, 2016In “latest news”Tullow oil gets tax concessions without Opposition scrutinyMay 16, 2019In “Business” Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoWhile the general concept of a green state would see emphasis being placed on earning revenues for a country, catalysing different kinds of investments and other initiatives, the David Granger-led Government is placing focus on spending finances and incurring costs to the State using taxpayers’ money.Outlining Government’s  ‘Green State’ position as absurd, General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Dr Bharrat Jagdeo said that they “missed the bus” entirely on this issue, as he referred to Finance Minister Winston Jordan’s 2019 Budget speech, which stated measures to support the Green State agenda.These include waiving import duties and Value Added Tax (VAT) on new equipment and changing the wear and tear schedule of the Income Tax Act to allow for the write-off of capital expenses within two years.Also, the Government hopes to amend the Customs Act to include relief from customs duty for cars with a capacity equivalent to 2000 cc in watts; the first schedule of the Customs Act and Schedule 2 of the VAT Act to exempt change-over kits and waive the Excise Tax on all-electric motorcycles.But Jagdeo said the coalition Government was still finding it hard to accept the fact that the PPP/Civic’s Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) was a sound initiative.“They cannot embrace it now … The LCDS was a framework intended to map the path of a new growth trajectory in a non-polluting way.”The Opposition Leader also reminded that the Green State Development Strategy would only put pressure on the treasury, and if his party was returned to office, it would be automatically scrapped.“It will add cost. I disagree with its fundamental premise. The premise which brings cost to the country versus earning money for the country … The LCDS was an economic strategy. It earned money for Guyana. Their strategy is so far about expenditure from our treasury. That is why we disagree with it.”Jagdeo, the mastermind of the LCDS, which secured him international recognition and led to him being conferred with the “Champion of the Earth” award by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), said that under the LCDS, there were specific areas that were targeted for development purposes across Guyana.“We said we are going to spend US$10.5 million on Amerindian land titling. It solved a problem. Two, we will spend US$17 million on ICT (Information Communication Technology) in the hinterland. We would spend x amount of money like US$80 million on the hydropower by buying down equity,” he explained.Further, the Opposition Leader added that there were also plans to create a centre for biodiversity studies and establish an adaptation plan. “We searched into crops that were flood and bug resistant. We set aside money for small loans and grants too to individuals in various sectors. It was about 20 initiatives and we were earning money doing that, we weren’t taking money from taxpayers’ money.”As such, the former Head of State argued that the Green Strategy was more about cost to the Guyanese public. “Right now, they are talking about planting trees and all of that. They missed the whole point that that was an economic strategy to adjust to the future. That’s why conceptually, we have a major difference,” he added. read more

GPHC promises probe following womans postdelivery death

The Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), following a complaint by the family of Fariena Mohammed, has launched an investigation into her death. Mohammed died nine days after her delivery at the GPHC.Mohammed’s mother, Bibi Khan, said that her daughter died at the hospital on January 05, 2019, after suddenly developing breathing complications and that the institution has not been offering any explanations. She told <<>> that the family officially lodged a complaint on Monday, January 21 and the hospital has since informed them that an investigation will be launched.However, attempts to confirm whether the investigation has commenced proved futile as several calls to officials at the GPHC went unanswered.A mother is now calling for justice and an investigation into her daughter’s death after giving birth at the GPHC on December 28, 2018.Dead, Fariena MohammedKhan accused the doctors at the GPHC of “killing” her daughter and offering no plausible explanations for her death. The grief-stricken woman had said the 30-year-old Mohammed was pregnant with her second child and on Thursday, December 28, 2018, she went into labour shortly after 13:00h.She was rushed to the GPHC and gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Shahid Ali, shortly after 16:00h. However, a few days after, the baby fell ill and doctors informed the family that the baby swallowed some of the amniotic fluid hence the reason for his complications. The baby boy was transferred to the Neonatal Unit and immediately began receiving treatment for the infection.Mohammed was discharged but remained at the hospital since her infant was still hospitalised. Since she was in the ward and her baby in another section of the building, it required her walking a few flights of stairs to feed him every two hours.During one of the feedings, a paediatrician noticed something strange with Mohammed and began probing. According to Khan, her daughter was breathing heavily and having shortness of breath which caught the attention of the paediatrician who asked the woman’s doctors to investigate further. It was from there, however, that the situation went downhill.The doctors did an EKG and it came back normal after which they requested a CT scan. The grieving mother said that she received the call about the CT scan on the morning of January 05, 2019, and informed her daughter that she would take the money during the lunchtime visit. However, she was told that the doctors said it was urgently needed and that she should visit the hospital as soon as possible with the money for the scan.Sensing the urgency in her daughter’s voice, Khan rushed down to the GPHC and arrived shortly after 10:00h. In tears, Khan told this publication that she was not prepared for the sight she met when she entered the ward. Her daughter was being held in a sitting position by the team of doctors with several wires hooked on to her chest and her mouth and nose were covered by an oxygen mask.The woman painfully related that her daughter did not even bat an eye at her or even speak. She said she started to ask questions, but no one was answering her directly. Instead, she was instructed to go and pay for the CT scan and that the ambulance would takeMohammed at 11:00h for the procedure at another hospital. After she saw it was past 11:00h and no attempt was made to go for the scan, she started asking more question and was informed that her daughter was too unstable to move.She said that they stayed at the hospital until 19:00h in hopes that the doctors would tell her something definitive but all she got was a doctor telling them that there is a strong possibility that Mohammed would fall in a coma for three days.The family retreated to their East Bank Essequibo home and at about 22:00h, Mohammed’s husband received a call from the hospital asking that they go immediately. The family rushed there but on their way, a relative called and said that Mohammed had already died.Mohammed died shortly after 22:00h on January 05, 2019. The autopsy concluded that she died of a heart attack. The family is not satisfied and have since indicated that there may be a cover-up of the death at the GPHC. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDeath of 3 children: Amidst concerns of GPHC investigating itself, PAHO to assistJanuary 29, 2019In “Crime”Mother dies at GPHC after giving birth, family seeking clarityJanuary 21, 2019In “Crime”3rd child succumbs at GPHC after receiving injection prior to chemotherapyJanuary 25, 2019In “latest news” read more