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Peyton Manning Undefeated as RecordBreaking Season Continues

Peyton Manning moved second on the career passing list with 61,371 yards Photo: GETTY IMAGESDenver Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning continued his record-breaking 2013 season with a high-scoring 51-48 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.Manning was so in the groove he did something he hasn’t done since October 2008–he ran for a touchdown, which can be seen in the GIF below.The 37-year-old veteran executed a naked bootleg on a 3rd-and-goal play in the second quarter so flawlessly that it fooled both the Cowboys defense and the CBS camera crew. Manning practically walked into the endzone with not even one Cowboy defenders’ eye on him.When it was all over, Manning had five touchdown passes and 414 passing yards, breaking Daunte Culpepper’s 1998 record for most touchdown passes thrown in the first five games of a season and taking his team to a 5-0 start for the year. read more

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When to Sign an NBA Player to the Max

The Cleveland Cavaliers won the lottery on Tuesday and will make the NBA’s No. 1 overall draft pick for the third time in four seasons. There’s a lot riding on whom they choose. Earlier this week I looked at the value produced by first-round NBA draft picks. These players, especially the highest draft picks, are valuable assets while they’re still on rookie-scale contracts. The average No. 1 overall pick produces the equivalent of $63 million in value during his first five NBA seasons, based on the number of wins he generates for his club. Yet the player drafted first overall this year can be had for about $35 million in salary. These averages, of course, conceal a wide range of outcomes — from LeBron James to Anthony Bennett — but the odds of acquiring a valuable player at a discount are stacked in the team’s favor.Edges like those aren’t easy to come by in the NBA, however. And the Cavs’ most difficult choice this summer may not be between Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, but what to do about Kyrie Irving, their No. 1 overall pick three drafts ago. They’ll need to determine whether to offer Irving a maximum extension, which would kick in during the 2015-16 season and pay him around $90 million through 2019-20.These decisions can easily go wrong. The very best players in the league might be worth 20 wins per season or more, which can translate into valuations in the range of $40 million a year — much higher than the maximum salary. However, only the top few players in the league — James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and perhaps a half-dozen others — are worth considerably more than the max. And not all players who look to be on a LeBronian trajectory stay the course. The Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose won the MVP after his terrific 2010-11 season — a lot more than Irving has accomplished — and the Bulls signed him to a “supermax” extension afterward through 2016-17. Rose has played in just 49 regular-season games since; the deal could wind up being a curse for Chicago.My earlier article considered cases like these on an anecdotal basis; this one will do so in a more formal way. Here’s the issue: Irving has played his first three NBA seasons, and his team needs to decide whether to offer him a maximum extension. This is a fairly common dilemma for NBA teams; the Indiana Pacers faced it last year with Paul George, for instance, and the Houston Rockets did two years ago with James Harden.Maximum extensions lock up a player for five years,1Offering a 5-year extension requires the team to use its Designated Player status on the player; otherwise, it can only offer a 4-year extension. for his fifth through ninth NBA seasons. If you’ve been reading carefully, you may be wondering what happened to a player’s fourth season. The short answer is that the team needs to decide on a max extension a year ahead of time. Essentially, it loses out on a year’s worth of information. This makes more difference than you might think2In a regression analysis modeling the player’s performance in seasons five through nine, adding his fourth season improves the explanatory power of the model by about 15 percent.; the fourth season is sometimes pivotal in young players’ development. Penny Hardaway’s performance regressed significantly during his fourth season, for instance, the start of a rather steep decline, and his fourth season is when Rose’s injury problems began.As the name implies, a maximum extension is for the league’s maximum salary and maximum annual raises of 7.5 percent. The maximum salary for a player in his fifth NBA season was $13.7 million last season. However, assuming inflation under the salary cap is 3.5 percent per season,3This assumption is perhaps on the conservative side. it will be closer to $16.3 million by 2018-19, when the players chosen in the draft this June will enter their fifth year. Factoring in annual raises, that means the price of a maximum extension will be about $94.5 million over five years when Andrew Wiggins or Julius Randle become eligible for one. Or, Wiggins or Randle instead could be eligible for a supermax extension if they meet certain criteria, such as starting on the All-Star team at least twice. Those supermax extensions are 20 percent more expensive, or $113.4 million over five years.My apologies if this has begun to read like a legal brief. The NBA’s contract rules aren’t simple; there’s a reason that Larry Coon’s salary cap FAQ runs for more than 60,000 words. The “fun” part of the story starts now.First, let’s look at the typical aging curves for NBA players, based on their position in the draft and the number of years since they were drafted.The chart shows that the typical first-round draft pick improves significantly during his first and second seasons in the league. Then he has a long and relatively flat peak that persists from about his third through eighth NBA seasons. After that, he begins to decline. The shape of the aging curve is fairly similar regardless of where a player is chosen in the draft. Players chosen higher in the draft are better as rookies, better at their peak, and better in their declining years — but they don’t peak substantially earlier or later than other players.This represents a reasonably favorable set of circumstances for an NBA team considering a max extension. In buying up a player’s fifth through ninth NBA seasons, it’s still getting him at something close to peak performance.4This is especially likely to be the case for a player who entered the draft as soon as he was eligible, as most potential NBA superstars now do, because he may be a year or two younger than the typical player represented by these aging curves. The situation is better than in baseball, when the average player doesn’t hit the free-agent market until he’s something like 30 years old, and already in his decline phase.So suppose that the No. 1 overall draft pick was always signed to a max extension. Would teams come out ahead on those deals on average?No; this would be a silly strategy. Based on the past performance of No. 1 overall picks, you’d expect the player chosen first this year to produce the equivalent of $80.5 million in market value from 2018-19 to 2022-23.5This calculation assumes 3.5 percent inflation in the price of a win on the free-agent market. That’s not bad, but his max deal would cost his team $94.5 million instead.So let’s allow teams to take a more sophisticated approach. They run a regression on all first-round picks from the lottery era, which provides them with a projection of their player’s performance in his fifth through ninth seasons based on his age, his draft position and his performance in his first three seasons (as measured by win shares).6The three years are not weighted equally in this regression; instead, weighting the most recent seasons more heavily produces a considerably better prediction. If the player’s projection comes out in the 80th percentile or higher, they offer a max extension. This means that 20 percent of first-round draft picks would get max extensions, or an average of six players per draft class.This strategy is also not any good for the teams; it’s much too liberal in giving out max contracts. The average player from this group produces about $75 million worth of market value in his extension seasons — about $20 million less than his team would need to pay him.We have to set the bar a lot higher. Suppose teams extend only the top 5 percent of players, or the equivalent of one or two players per draft class. These players do provide some surplus value during their extension years. Their performance is worth an average of $105.7 million in market value, compared to their $94.5 million in salary. That’s a profit of about $11 million for the teams.Even so, most of these are good deals for the teams rather than great ones. The majority of these players are worthwhile at the maximum salary, but the majority would not be worth the supermax salary of $113.4 million.7Also, all of the team’s profit comes from the first four years of the extension; teams should be indifferent about whether to lock the player up for a fifth year.To find players worth the supermax deal, teams need to be pickier still — offering it only to players who rank in the 99th percentile of all first-round picks. There are about 700 players in our sample of lottery-era first-round picks, which means only seven meet this definition: James, Durant, Paul, Hardaway, Shaquille O’Neal, Grant Hill and Tim Duncan. This is a noisy estimate because of the small sample size,8And because Durant and Paul have not yet had the chance to play nine seasons in the league; my method adjusts for this by not including their win shares in the average for the seasons they’ve not yet played. but these players produced an average of about $130 million worth of value in their fifth through ninth seasons, well more than both the max and supermax contracts.9Even within this exclusive club, however, there were two players, Hardaway and Hill, who would have been bad deals.But it’s not much of a challenge to identify the 99th percentile players. Instead, the hard part is distinguishing between players in the 95th through 98th percentiles, who generally are worth max extensions, and those in the 90th through 94th percentiles, who usually are not. According to our model, in fact, players in the 90th through 94th percentiles are expected to produce a significantly negative return on investment when signed to max extensions, receiving almost $20 million more in salary than their production is worth.This is an awfully abstract way to think about NBA players, so let’s look at some examples. The table below lists all players from 2000 through 2014 who would be classified in each grouping after their third NBA season. The guys on the right are the ones you’d have wanted to extend — given what you knew about them at the time. The guys on the left are the ones you wouldn’t.Each side of the list has a few mild oddities (Ronnie Brewer?), but for the most part the breakdown is reasonably intuitive. The guys on the right side are those who by their third season in the league were serious candidates for one of the three All-NBA teams. In fact, 57 percent of the players on the right-hand list had made at least one All-NBA team by their third season, and almost all the others would have been very reasonable picks. By contrast, just two of the 21 players on the left-hand list had done so (the exceptions were Russell Westbrook and Paul George and they both rated in the 94th percentile, just barely missing the right-hand side of the list).If you were an NBA team actually contemplating a max-extension offer, you’d want to do more homework on the decision. Still, the following is a pretty good rule of thumb:Has your guy made an All-NBA team, or would it have been entirely reasonable for him to do so? Then offer him the max extension. If not, then don’t.If it’s a close call, you might consider the player’s age, his injury history, his advanced defensive metrics, his leadership abilities, positional scarcity, your cap flexibility or whatever else pleases you.Kyrie Irving hasn’t made an All-NBA team and he isn’t going to this season. But is he a close call or a flat ‘no’? He’s squarely on the left-hand side of our chart10He rates in the 92nd percentile and is not a true borderline case like George or Westbrook. based on win shares — and that metric likes Irving a lot better than some other systems. ESPN’s NBA real plus-minus rated Irving as just the 37th (!) best point guard in the league, by contrast, in large part because it rates his defense as awful.Perhaps Irving’s disappointing season had more to do with motivation and mindset than talent. But it’s important to consider the downside as well as the upside of a max deal. Unless you have a potential 99th percentile player on your hands, the downside is sometimes larger. A very, very good but not quite world-class NBA player — say, Russell Westbrook — is worth a little more than the maximum salary. But a guy who gets hurt or who burns out early — say, Steve Francis — can be a huge albatross. If Irving has a 50 percent chance of turning into Westbrook and a 50 percent chance of following the Francis course, the Cavs probably shouldn’t sign him. (The team also has other options to explore: trading him, locking up his fifth season by making him a qualifying offer, and so forth.)This analysis also implies that there isn’t much intrinsic value in a draft pick above and beyond what a player gives you while he’s still on the rookie salary scale. Your player will be worth signing to a max extension only 5 percent of the time, and your expected profit on those extensions is only $11 million a pop. Having a 5 percent chance at an $11 million profit is worth just $550,000. By contrast, being too liberal about giving out max extensions to players like Irving can chip away at the value gained from them during their first several seasons. read more

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Womens World Cup Preview The US Has Company In The Lead

Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.On Saturday, two dozen women’s national soccer teams — the most ever to be featured in the same tournament — will begin play at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Previous women’s tournaments featured 12 or 16 teams, and back then, simply rooting for the good ol’ U.S. of A. would typically have earned you a championship run — if not the full victory tour.But if you’re an American hoping for an easy bet, this isn’t the tournament for you. There is no favorite.That doesn’t mean there aren’t front-runners. The United States and Germany, the only countries with two World Cup championships, enter the tournament with almost equal chances of winning a third title: 28 percent and 27 percent, respectively, according to our forecasting model, which uses game-based offensive and defensive ratings to estimate a team’s overall skill level. The U.S.’s slight advantage over Germany — despite Germany’s stronger power rating in our model — is because Germany is more likely to face a very strong French side in the quarterfinals.The U.S. and Germany are no strangers; one has eliminated the other in three out of the six World Cups. At the first Women’s World Cup, in 1991, the U.S. defeated Germany 5-2 in the semifinals in what has been the U.S.’s most-lopsided victory over Germany in a competitive match. Eight years later (at the infamous 1999 World Cup), the Americans beat the Germans again, this time 3-2 in the quarterfinals.By 2003, the Germans were fed up. They routed the U.S. 3-0 in the semifinals — on American soil, no less — and went on to win the tournament.It’s been 12 years since the two have crossed paths at a World Cup. This year, each has about a 40 percent chance of making it to the final. That the U.S. and Germany are ahead of the pack is clear, but if you’re hoping for a U.S.-Germany final, don’t hold your breath1According to the model, there’s a 27 percent chance that they will meet in the semifinals and a 7 percent chance that they will meet in the final. — the road to Vancouver will be riddled with former champions and dark horses making their World Cup debut.Japan, the 2011 champion, is the next-most-likely team to win, with a 10 percent chance.2If it wins, Japan will be just the second country (after Germany) to win back-to-back World Cups. France isn’t far behind, with an 8 percent chance of winning the tournament. And if its recent performances in friendlies against the U.S., Germany and Brazil are any indication, France may do even better than expected.With home-field advantage working in its favor, host-nation Canada has a 7 percent chance of winning. The Brazilians, once World Cup bridesmaids, have a 6 percent chance, and the Swedes have a 5 percent chance of winning. After that, the field drops off considerably — only England, Norway and Australia have more than a 1 percent chance of winning — and the 24-team tournament begins to look more like a 10-team tournament. TEAMGROUPWSPI Bonus Hot Takedown Podcast: Allison McCann talks with ESPN’s Julie Foudy and USWNT players Kelley O’Hara and Christen Press. Subscribe on iTunes.Audio Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/hottakedown_150504_wwcspecial.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 17New ZealandA82.5 22Costa RicaE72.8 2USAD95.4 To our knowledge, this is the first-ever forecast of a Women’s World Cup (if you’ve seen one done before, please tell us in the comments!). Our projections are based on what we’re calling the Women’s Soccer Power Index (WSPI), a simplified version of the Soccer Power Index (SPI) ratings that FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver developed for men’s soccer a few years back.Unlike SPI, WSPI doesn’t use player data from club games — that data either doesn’t exist (many women’s leagues have folded and started up again) or doesn’t have enough historical context to be meaningful. Instead, our Women’s World Cup model takes into account 8,000 competitive and friendly international matches that have been played since 1971. Below, we take a closer look at each group, breaking down the chances of each team advancing from the group stage to the knockout rounds and where each team’s WSPI ranks. 6SwedenD91.6 24EcuadorC63.3 9NorwayB88.7 18MexicoF81.1 10AustraliaD88.7 16SwitzerlandC83.7 12NigeriaD85.7 4FranceF92.4 14SpainE84.7 20ColombiaF78.0 8EnglandF89.6 23ThailandB68.0 15South KoreaE84.3 19CameroonC79.3 1GermanyB95.6 13ChinaA85.2 21Ivory CoastB75.6 3JapanC92.7 5BrazilE92.2 Group A: Canada, Netherlands, China, New ZealandGroup A has the second-highest average WSPI (86.0) but the smallest standard deviation of WSPI within any of the groups (3.1 points), meaning that the teams are evenly matched. Canada is the most likely team to win Group A (59 percent) — and is even more likely to advance to the knockout rounds (93 percent). The team is led by star striker Christine Sinclair, who you might recall as the player who absolutely thrashed the U.S. backline at the 2012 Olympic semifinal, scoring three goals (two with her head):The Dutch, appearing in their first World Cup, have a 69 percent chance of advancing beyond the group stage, and a young, technical Chinese team isn’t far behind, with a 64 percent chance. The weakest team in Group A, New Zealand, is quick and scrappy and could advance with a wild-card third-place spot — but it will more likely than not be eliminated (a 53 percent chance).Game to watch: Canada (58 percent chance of winning) vs. the Netherlands (20 percent), June 15Players to watch: Christine Sinclair (Canada), Manon Melis (Netherlands)Group B: Germany, Norway, Ivory Coast, ThailandGroup B is one of the most-lopsided groups: Germany and Norway are almost guaranteed to advance (with chances of more than 99 percent and 95 percent, respectively), while the Ivory Coast and Thailand will need a minor miracle to survive (their chances of being eliminated are 59 percent and 86 percent, respectively). Germany has the highest WSPI of any team in the tournament, 95.6, although it’s without the 2015 World Player of the Year, Nadine Kessler.3WSPI doesn’t take injuries into account. Thailand, meanwhile, has the second-lowest WSPI of any team in the tournament, 68.0, so Group B is likely to feature some blowout games (Germany’s chances of beating Thailand are 95 percent).Norway looked strong against the U.S. at the Algarve Cup in March, losing 2-1, but is likely to earn the second-place spot in Group B (69 percent). That would lead to a match against the second-place team from Group F (most likely England). The Ivory Coast is most likely to place third in this group (57 percent), with an almost equal chance of advancing or being eliminated from that spot. Thailand will likely take quite a beating in Group B — the highest chance it has of winning a game in the group stage is 23 percent, against the Ivory Coast.Game to watch: Germany (70 percent) vs. Norway (12 percent), June 11Players to watch: Ada Hegerberg (Norway), Nadine Angerer (Germany)Group C: Japan, Switzerland, Cameroon, EcuadorThis is the weakest group in the tournament, with an average WSPI rating of 79.8; three of the four teams in Group C are appearing in their first World Cup. The 2011 champions, Japan, should breeze through (they have more than a 99 percent chance of advancing). The team plays a highly technical style of soccer that focuses on quick, short passing and lots of midfield movement, thanks to Aya Miyama’s ability to move the ball seamlessly between the back and front lines.Switzerland is one of the most exciting additions to this year’s World Cup, and the newcomers have an 87 percent chance of making it to the knockout round — in part because of the fast, strong and skillful striker Ramona Bachmann. Cameroon looked promising at the African Women’s Championship, conceding just one goal in the group stage and finishing in second place behind Nigeria. Cameroon has a pretty good chance of advancing (72 percent). Ecuador, however, is the weakest team in the tournament. It has a WSPI rating of 63.3, having barely qualified by beating Trinidad and Tobago for the last spot.Game to watch: Japan (69 percent) vs. Switzerland (13 percent), June 8Players to watch: Ramona Bachmann (Switzerland), Aya Miyama (Japan)Group D: U.S., Sweden, Australia, NigeriaWe labeled this the Group of Death after the draw in December, and Group D’s average WSPI rating (90.4) backs that up: There are no bad teams here. The U.S. is the most likely team to win the group (a 65 percent chance), but it will have to get past a very strong Swedish team — helmed by former U.S. coach Pia Sundhage. Although the Swedes have only a 20 percent chance of beating the U.S. in the group stage, they’re very likely to advance from Group D: a 79 percent chance.The bottom two teams here, Australia and Nigeria, are still very solid, with WSPI ratings of 88.7 and 85.7, both above the median tournament rating. The Aussies are strong and athletic, and who knows — maybe striker Lisa De Vanna has another bicycle kick goal or two she’ll unleash to increase the chances that her team makes it out of this group (it has a 58 percent chance now). Nigeria won the African Women’s Championship and has a standout in youngster Asisat Oshoala, who recently won the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year Award. But the Nigerians’ chances, even with Oshoala, look grim: They have a 62 percent chance of being eliminated.Game to watch: U.S. (58 percent) vs. Sweden (20 percent), June 12Players to watch: Lotta Schelin (Sweden), Christen Press (U.S.), Lisa De Vanna (Australia)Group E: Brazil, Spain, South Korea, Costa RicaBrazil came close to World Cup glory in 2007 but made a disappointing return in 2011, losing in the quarterfinals. The Brazilians remain almost a surefire bet to advance from Group E (98 percent), but their chances of making it to the championship match are another story (only 15 percent). Let’s wait and see what five-time FIFA World Player of the Year Marta has in store.Spain and Costa Rica are two more new additions to the tournament, but Spain’s prospects are a lot better than Costa Rica’s. Spain has a 77 percent chance of advancing, compared with Costa Rica’s 20 percent. Spanish forward Vero Boquete will be riding high into the World Cup, having recently clinched a UEFA Women’s Champions League title with her club 1. FFC Frankfurt. Shirley Cruz Traña, who plays for the French club Paris Saint-Germain, will be Costa Rica’s best shot at making it out of Group E.Last but certainly not least in Group E are the South Koreans, who held the U.S. to a scoreless draw last weekend. They are about as likely to advance as Spain, with a 75 percent chance of doing so.Game to watch: Brazil (64 percent) vs. Spain (16 percent), June 13Players to watch: Marta (Brazil), Vero Boquete (Spain)Group F: France, England, Mexico, ColombiaThe final group is another solid mix of teams with an average WSPI rating of 85.3, the third highest in the tournament. The top two teams — France and England — will face off again at a World Cup: France knocked out England in the 2011 tournament quarterfinals. These are the two teams most likely to advance: 97 percent chance for France and 90 percent for England. France has been my not-so-dark horse for 2015; the team is technical, physical and fast, and Louisa Nécib and Eugénie Le Sommer are fantastic together.Mexico came out strong in a recent friendly against the U.S., holding on in the first half before flaming out 5-1 in the end. The team has less than a 50 percent chance of advancing from Group F, but that’s still better than Colombia’s 32 percent chance. A breakout performance by Colombia’s Yoreli Rincón could help Las Chicas Superpoderosas’ chances, but it’s more likely that they’ll be eliminated: a 68 percent chance.Game to watch: France (50 percent) vs. England (27 percent), June 9Players to watch: Eugénie Le Sommer (France), Yoreli Rincón (Colombia) 7CanadaA90.1 11NetherlandsA86.2 read more

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Womens volleyball Ohio State avenges its earlier loss to Maryland with a

Junior outside hitter Audra Appold (9) jumps to block an attack during a match with Maryland on Oct. 28 at St. John Arena. OSU won the match 3-0. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team had a double dose of the Maryland Terrapins this week – but the second tasted much sweeter than the first. The Buckeyes swept Maryland at St. John Arena on Friday (25-19, 25-16, 25-16). With the win on their side, OSU now stands at 15-9 overall on the season and 5-7 in Big Ten play. The first matchup between the teams this week gave a much different result. When the Buckeyes travelled to Maryland on Wednesday, it was the Terrapins who were celebrating the win after a grinding five-set fight. OSU sophomore setter Taylor Hughes said the main difference between the two matches was her team’s mentality. “We were missing our competitive edge on Wednesday. We went into (the match) soft,” she said. “Tonight we showed a lot of grit and hustle.” The Buckeyes were on top from the beginning in the first set. Junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer fueled OSU’s offense by swinging away for six of the team’s 14 kills recorded in the opening set. OSU wasn’t easing off in the second either. They were able to continuously counter back after mistakes with kills and points of their own. It was again Schirmer who was steady at the service line and allowed the Buckeyes to go on a five-point run mid-set and pull away from the Terrapins. In the third set, sophomore outside hitter Audra Appold racked up impressive hitting numbers, posting seven kills of her own. OSU maintained a comfortable lead late in the set, allowing the Buckeyes to cruise to the match victory.Schirmer said Friday served as satisfying redemption from earlier in the week, as well as a confidence booster to the team’s mindset. “It’s great when a game like that (on Wednesday) was so close, and we feel like we had it – and then to come back and solidify the fact that we should’ve had it,” she said. OSU shut down the Terrapin’s offense, limiting them to a mere .020 attacking percentage. The Buckeyes also more than doubled Maryland’s blocking efforts — 10 for the Buckeyes and five for the Terrapins. Appold was the night’s attacking and dig leader with a double-double, 16 kills and 12 digs respectively. Hughes contributed 38 assists and combined for five blocks, barely topped by senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe with seven rejections. All six of OSU’s hitters ended the match with healthy attacking averages over .220. Hughes said the offense’s skills were pivotal to the win, also giving credit to the back row’s contributions.“I’m most proud of our hitters for mixing up their shots and being able to move the ball around,” she said. “On our defensive end, I think Val really stepped up and became our heart and soul tonight.” Schirmer commended Hughes for spreading out the team’s offense and giving everyone a chance to do their part. “We distributed the ball really well, and every person made big plays when it mattered. It was a team effort,” she said. OSU will see play again on Wednesday when they defend their home court against the Wisconsin Badgers at 8 p.m. read more

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Jerks boredom ruin OSU football game

I went to my first Ohio State football game Saturday.My friends and fellow editors convinced me that going to a football game would be an invaluable experience, and that as a Buckeye, it was my duty to go to a game. Grudgingly, I accepted.Don’t get me wrong. I love OSU more than anything. It’s just that…I don’t like football that much.I know, it doesn’t make sense; a Buckeye with no love of football. I only get excited about the sport when my baby brother (and when I say baby I mean 6 foot and 180 pound) plays safety.Oh, and I like reading football stories. Sometimes.But I’ve spent the last three years sleeping during football games. I wake up when I hear drunken fans pre-gaming at 9 a.m., and then sleep when they go to the game and campus becomes silent. Or, I run errands because there are no lines. If I’m feeling responsible, I do homework until the game is over, and then party with my friends when they get back, high off the game.This Saturday was different. Sort of.I did not sleep during the game. I convinced my boyfriend (who also is bored by football) to drive here from Cincinnati to come with me.After stealthily infiltrating the C section of the stadium (we had tickets in different sections), we sat down and watched the kickoff.Five minutes later, I was having trouble keeping my eyes open. Walking to the stadium is exhausting.Five more minutes and we scored on an 89 yard return. It was exciting. I stood up for like two minutes.Twenty minutes in, and I was distracted by people who are literally the shame of the University. They are the biggest assholes I’ve ever seen. After kicking people out of their rightful seats to sneak in their friends from another section, they proceeded to take a Wisconsin fan’s hat and slice it into pieces with a pocket knife, all the while implying that he was a homosexual pedophile. They also drove two female Wisconsin fans nearly to tears by calling them sluts, crazy bitches and telling people around them that they have sexually transmitted infections.Go Bucks.Late in the second quarter, my boyfriend was playing with my scarf. I was trying to ignore the world’s largest d-bags and was also extremely thirsty. I dare to say I have never been thirstier in my life. I felt as if I had sprinted an 800-meter dash in Death Valley. Also, drinks are $4.At halftime it appeared as though everyone around me had had something to drink. I became more consumed by my thirst than by the game, marching band or worst damned fans in the land in front of us.Come third quarter, I was snuggled on the couch in my apartment with the game on television, eating popcorn (free!) and drinking an ice cold Coca-Cola ($1!). I also was watching funny Youtube videos of innocent civilians being pwned at various athletic events.Basically, I am the world’s worst football fan. I tried, but I just don’t understand the appeal of sitting through three hours for maybe four definitive plays.Please don’t misunderstand. OSU is my world. Football just isn’t my thing. read more

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Mens basketball Ohio State 2017 target Mark Smith commits to Illinois

Days after taking an official visit to Ohio State, class of 2017 four-star guard Mark Smith officially committed on Wednesday to play for Illinois and coach Brad Underwood.The Edwardsville, Illinois, native chose Illinois over other offers from Ohio State, Michigan State and Kentucky. Smith had recently been named Mr. Illinois Basketball, an honor previously given to former NBA first-round picks like Derrick Rose, Jahlil Okafor and Jabari Parker.In the last three weeks, Smith has received visits from Kentucky, Duke, Missouri and Michigan State, and has received offers from those schools in addition to Indiana, Kansas State and Nebraska among others.It had been speculated before his announcement that he would sign with either Illinois or Michigan State with 247Sports giving the Illini a 82 percent chance to land the guard and the Spartans a 18 percent chance.Smith was ranked the fourth-best prospect in the state of Illinois, 16th-best point guard and 74th-best overall prospect in the 2017 class by 247Sports composite rankings. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound point guard was also ranked the top player at his position in the midwest by Scout.com.In his senior year at Edwardsville High School, Smith averaged 21.9 points, 8.4 assists and 8.2 rebounds per game. Smith is the first shooting guard to commit to Illinois and the second four-star prospect, joining point guard Trent Frazier. read more

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Football Former Buckeyes Ryan Shazier and Malcolm Jenkins named honorary coaches for

Then-junior linebacker Ryan Shazier (2) and then-redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby (1) make a tackle during the Big Ten Championship Game Dec. 7, 2013, in Indianapolis. OSU lost to Michigan State, 34-24. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAn emotional return of a former player awaits Ohio State fans attending the 2018 Spring Game on April 14.Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier, who has been recovering from a drastic spinal surgery after having a major injury in a game Dec. 4, will return to Columbus with Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins to serve as honor coaches for the scrimmage.“I’m thrilled and I can’t wait to see these two heroes back in Ohio Stadium,” Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said in a statement. “The respect and admiration I have for each of these young men is off the charts, and I am so proud for our program and for the Ohio State fans that these players want to come back and be a part of our spring game.”Shazier was injured in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals, and the injury left him unsure if he could continue his professional career. It also had been reported that he was unable to walk on his own and that he lost feeling in his legs for a time. The No. 15 overall pick in the 2014 draft, Shazier said he is expecting to return to the NFL.Before his injury, Shazier started 42 NFL games and totalled 299 tackles, including seven sacks and seven forced fumbles in four seasons. He also has picked off seven passes and recovered three fumbles. At Ohio State, he was a first-team All-American in his junior season — his final collegiate campaign — and finished with 315 total tackles, 15th-most in program history.Joining Shazier will be Jenkins, a two-time Super Bowl champion who won his second Super Bowl as a Philadelphia Eagle in February. Jenkins has played in the NFL for nine seasons after he was drafted 14th overall out of Ohio State in 2009 by New Orleans. He has made the Pro Bowl twice, and has become known for his social activism. Between his five seasons with the Saints and four with the Eagles, he has appeared in 135 games — started in 127 — with 695 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 16 interceptions, 12 forced fumbles and eight recovered.Jenkins was well recognized during his time at Ohio State, winning the Jim Thorpe Award for the nation’s top defensive back as a senior in 2008. He was a consensus first-team All-American in 2008 and was first-team All-Big Ten every year from 2006 to 2008. read more

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Teenager saved suicidal woman on his way home from Scouts by hanging

first_imgJonathan spent half an hour holding on to the woman preventing her from jumping before help arrived. He richly deserves the award. He was a true heroRoyal Humane Society They say that Scouts should be prepared for anything.And one quick-thinking teenager proved he could think on his feet by saving the life of a suicidal woman as he walked home from a Scouts meeting.Jonathan Cook, 17, saw the woman climbing from her car onto the railings of a bridge. When he realised that she was trying to jump, he raced over to try to persuade her to change her mind. Finally, he took hold of the woman’s legs to prevent her from throwing herself off the bridge and held on for half an hour until help arrived.Jonathan, who has since received and award for his bravery, described how he saw the woman acting strangely on the A4074 bridge in Oxford at around 10pm on May 20th.He said: “I was on the bridge and I saw a car drive up towards the other end of the bridge and I did not think much of it. “I saw someone get out of the car and I saw her climb up onto the front of her car and at this point I was unnerved as to what was going on.”She was leaning over the high railings and I just broke into a bit of a run. I ran up to her and tried talking to her to get her down but she was telling me to pretend I had not seen her so I just grabbed her legs and refused to let go.”Jonathan, who lives in Sandford-on-Thames and is a student at St Gregory the Great Catholic School, managed to get his phone out of his pocket and telephone his parents for help.However, it took half an hour before he could get through to them.He said: “My parents came dashing round the corner and my stepmum and I managed to get her down from the car.”Our neighbours rang the police who managed to coax her to come with them. Initially she did not want to go and said she was fine to drive back home herself. I was so relieved when I saw her safe, I just could not let her go ahead with it.”Jonathan was not able to find out the woman’s name or where she lived, and has not had contact with her since. He has now been honoured with a Royal Humane Society certificate of commendation for his actions.Dick Wilkinson, secretary of the Royal Humane Society, said: “Put simply Jonathan was the right person in the right place at the right time. And thank goodness he was.”If he had not been there and the woman had succeeded in jumping it’s impossible to say what sort of chaos and carnage might have resulted.”Jonathan spent half an hour holding on to the woman preventing her from jumping before help arrived. He richly deserves the award. He was a true hero.”Jonathan was recommended for the award by family friend Thomas Ackland, who said: “If it was not for his bravery a woman would be dead. Jonathan stopped this, plain and simple.”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

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HMS Queen Elizabeth Britains postBrexit ambassador to the world

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. HMS Queen Elizabeth is the biggest and most powerful warship ever built by Britain.At it reached its home in Portsmouth on Wednesday Theresa May made diplomatic allusions, saying the 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier helps Britain forge a “new, positive, confident role for ourselves on the world stage in the years ahead.”Meet ‘Big Lizzie, a symbolic ambassador of post-Brexit Britain.last_img read more

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Life expectancy has dropped because of antibiotic resistance says ONS

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. Antibiotic resistance has caused a fall in life expectancy for the first time, the Office for National Statistics has said. Life expectancy in future years has been revised down after the statistics authority said that “less optimistic views” about the future had to be taken into account. Opinions on “improvements in medical science” had declined, it said, and fears of the “re-emergence of existing diseases and increases in anti-microbial resistance” meant people would not live as long as was previously expected.The ONS uses predictions about how medicine and science will improve to model how life expectancy will change. Under the projection made in 2010, a baby girl born in 2016 could expect to live 83.7 years. This has now been revised down to 82.9. Life expectancy for babies born in 2060, the latest year which appears in both models, is now two years shorter than it was in the 2010 data. Baby girls born in that year were previously expected to live to 90.1 – this has now fallen to 88.3. Baby boys are also set to live less long, with children born in 2016 expected to live to 79.2, instead of 79.9, and those born in 2060 expected to live to 85.7 instead of 86.8.  The expectancies have been revised down before but this is the first time the ONS has said it believes resistance plays a part. Experts have repeatedly warned of the dangers of antibiotic resistance, which could cause hundreds of diseases which are currently easily curable to become killers. Anti-microbial resistance also includes the issue of viruses and funguses becoming resistance to antiviral and antifungal medication. An increasing number of people with HIV have a version of the condition which is resistant to antiretroviral medication. The NHS has previously warned that too many people are taking antibiotics for inappropriate conditions such as viruses, leading to greater resistance.  The World Health Organisation has said that the phenomenon is “one of the biggest threats to global health”. Earlier this month it told farmers and the food industry to stop giving the medicines to healthy animals.  This “cohort” life expectancy measure is seen as the best measure of life expectancy as it takes into account expected future medical advances and changes in society. The ONS said it had also reduced “period” life expectancy – which assumes that the current conditions remain the same – because more people than expected died in the past two years. Sophie Sanders, of its population statistics division, said: “Improvements in life expectancy in the 2016-based projections are slightly lower than those projected in the 2014-based projections. “This has been driven by higher mortality rates in 2015 and 2016 than were projected in the 2014-based projections and lower rates of mortality improvement at older ages over the first 25 years of the projections.” It is also asking farmers to avoid using the varieties which are seen as the “last line of defence” because they are among the few medicines which treat certain diseases in humans.According to a paper published earlier this month by the European Consumer Organisation, antibiotic resistance is set to become a bigger killer than cancer by 2050, and routine infections could become deadly in as little as 20 years. last_img read more

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Barber who gave boy humiliating haircut is sent to jail

first_img“He knows there is no excuse and knows what he has done is fundamentally wrong. The actions were a one off.”Jailing him, Judge Richard Foster said: “This offence was the premeditated humiliation of a 10 year old. It was despicable conduct to treat a child in that way.”He told him: “There is no excuse for what you did. It was a most disgusting piece of humiliation.” The case was heard at Luton Crown Court A barber who gave a ten-year-old boy a “humiliating haircut” and then made him sweep up the hairs from the floor has been jailed for eight months.The youngster, who was said to be “proud” of his hairstyle, was given a number one all over as punishment for trying to use a razor himself.But after being laughed at by others who were sat around him, he felt so humiliated he called the police.When the police arrested Abdulrahim Omar, he accepted what happened saying he had done it to teach the boy a lesson. He said the boy had been using a razor himself and he wanted to teach him that they are dangerous.Omar, 21, of Bedford, pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm and was jailed for eight months. He had no previous convictions.Luton Crown Court was told the boy was also made to sweep up his cut hair.  The case was heard at Luton Crown CourtCredit:Nick Ansell/PA Archivecenter_img Prosecutor Alex Radley said: “The young man was proud of his hairstyle and felt that it was important to him. He suffered psychological and physical harm.”Ahtiq Raja, mitigating, said: “Mr Omar recognises he made a grave mistake. He fully understands it now. He is of previous good character and pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and is very, very sorry for his actions. 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

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Schools to let students study technical qualifications instead of Alevels

The construction course will focus on design, surveying and planning, with modules covering topics including health and safety law, environmental performance, the “internet of things” and team management. The “digital” course will cover production, design and development, including topics such as internet security, data management, and the ethical issues raised by an increasing reliance on technology. On the education and childcare course students will learn about child development, diversity legislation, child language acquisition, and how to work with parents.  The courses were initially supposed to be launched by 2019 but last summer skills minister Anne Milton announced that the timetable had been delayed by a year.Commenting on the announcement, the Prime Minister said: “Everyone should be able to have access to an education that suits them, but we know that for those that don’t choose to go to university, the routes into further technical and vocational training can be hard to navigate.  “That’s why we’re making the most significant reform to advanced technical education in 70 years to ensure young people have gold standard qualifications open to them whichever route they choose. “T-levels provide a high-quality, technical alternative to A-levels ensuring thousands of people across the country have the skills we need to compete globally – a vital part of our modern industrial strategy.” Schools are to let students study technical qualifications instead of A levels in one of the biggest overhauls of the education system in decades. Reforms announced by the Government will allow students at 52 colleges in England to study construction, digital skills and childcare from September 2020. Another 22 courses, covering sectors including finance and accounting, engineering and manufacturing, and creative and design, will be launched in stages from 2021. The timetable means students beginning their GCSEs this September will be the first to be able to choose between traditional academic A levels and the new qualifications. Responding to a consultation about the plans, which was launched last November, Education Secretary Damian Hinds said the courses would be developed alongside businesses and the department would also examine similar programmes in other countries. “For too long young people have not had a genuine choice about their future aged 16. Whilst A levels provide a world class academic qualification, many technical education courses are undervalued by employers and don’t always provide students with the skills they need to secure a good job – that has to change,” he said. “Naming the first 52 colleges and providers where young people will be able to study the first T levels is an important step forward, and we will continue the work with business and the education sector so everyone can benefit from these vital reforms.”The locations are spread across the country and include further education colleges, schools, community colleges and training centres. The West Midlands is the region with the highest number of centres, with ten providers including University College Birmingham, City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College and Bordesley Green Girls’ School & Sixth Form signed up to the scheme. In Yorkshire and the Humber schools including Barnsley College, York College and Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College are set to provide the qualification.Six schools and colleges in London are signed up, as well as four in the north east of England, five in the north west and nine in the south east. The east of the country has the fewest providers, with just one centre, Derby College in the East Midlands, and three in the East of England. The courses will include three month industry placements and a curriculum designed by employers.Earlier this week the Institute for Apprenticeships announced the draft content for the first three qualifications, and asked for feedback from further education providers by June 4.  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

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Prince Charles lends favourite family portraits for birthday exhibition

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, 1983 by Bryan Organ A spokesman said: “Having grown up surrounded by the Royal Collection, The Prince of Wales has enjoyed a life-long passion for art and, as chairman of The Royal Collection Trust and patron of several arts charities, has promoted the creation and understanding of art worldwide.” The Prince of Wales is to put favourite family portraits from the walls of his own home on display in a celebration of his birthday, including a touching portrait that “reminds me of the essence” of his beloved grandmother.The Prince said the oil sketch of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, “brilliantly captured” the likeness of the woman he adored, and is usually kept at his London residence of Clarence House.The study, by Michael Noakes, is among five family pictures from the Prince’s personal collection that will go on display at Buckingham Palace’s Summer Exhibition, where more than 100 works will be offered as part of a special birthday exhibition.The Prince, who turns 70 this year, has also selected artworks from the Royal Collection and by artists supported by three charities he works with for the show, entitled “Prince & Patron”.The portraits include a never-before-seen pencil sketch of the Duke of Edinburgh by Bryan Organ. The final portrait, completed in 1983, hangs in the National Portrait Gallery.  It was produced by Michael Noakes, who died this year, as a study for a painting marking the silver wedding anniversary of the Queen and Philip in 1972.In a message recorded for visitors at the palace, Charles says: “I acquired it from the artist as I felt it brilliantly captured her likeness and, above all, reminds me of the essence of her personality.”I admire it often when in residence at Clarence House.”It will join an oil sketch, HM The Queen by Michael Noakes, purchased by the Prince of Wales shortly after it was completed 1973. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, 1983 by Bryan Organ They usually hang in Highgrove, the private residence of Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, while the double portrait commissioned in 2009 is displayed in the National Portrait Gallery.A sketch of the Queen Mother wearing Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee brooch is also to be shown. Preparatory sketch of Prince William, 2009 by Nicky Philipps Two preparatory oil sketches of Prince William and Prince Harry in their Blues and Royals Household Cavalry regimental uniform by Nicky Philipps are also going on public display for the first time. Preparatory sketch of Prince William, 2009 by Nicky Philipps Preparatory sketch of Prince Harry, 2009 by Nicky Philipps. The majority of the exhibition will be made up of works from artists supported by three of the Prince’s charities: the Royal Drawing School, The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, and Turquoise Mountain.The exhibition can be viewed as part of a visit to the summer opening of the state rooms at the palace from July 21 to September 30. 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. Preparatory sketch of Prince Harry, 2009 by Nicky Philipps. read more

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge  play football at Windsor Park on Northern

The Duchess of Cambridge playing football with schoolchildrenCredit:Phil Noble/Reuters As duty called, the Duke and Duchess were called to meet a line-up of adults from the Female Football Leaders programme; the Goals Programme which helps young people who are not at employment, education or training; the Education Programme designed to reach the next generation of coaches; Stay Onside, aimed at reducing offending; and wheelchair football game Powerchair. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meeting former Northern Ireland goalkeeper Pat JenningsCredit:Liam McBurney/PA In a meeting, they also heard from representatives of Ahead of the Game, a mental health partnership that aims to support players with mental illness in local clubs, with a focus on challenging the stigma and preventative measures.Before the left, the Duke and Duchess were presented with three small green shirts from the Northern Ireland national football team for George, Charlotte and Louis.”Thank you very much,” the Duchess said. Asking the children whether they’d enjoyed their football session, she admitted it was “quite difficult keeping the ball right on your foot” in the dribbling drills.”Louis will have to grow into that one,” said the Duke, noting the toddler-sized shirt with his name on before thinking about. “Actually, he’ll problem fit it.” The Duke and Duchess, who had changed from a smart Carolina Herrera red coat into casual sportwear, then stepped out onto the pitch to take part in dribbling drills with primary school children.The pair, who joined different groups, each made a good attempt at dribbling around cones and children, with the Duke heard to say: “I can’t tackle the children just yet.”The Duchess joined girls aged four to seven, who were taking part in a Shooting Stars programme to encourage young women into football. “Do you like doing sport?” the Duchess asked a group of them, crouching down to their level. “I love being outside. Thank you so much for letting me play. Do any of you want to play football professionally?”Told yes, she said: “Wow!”Clare Carson, girls’ participation officer at the IFA, said: “She was saying if she had played football when she was younger, she might have loved it as well.”She was happily surprised it’s now now just the norm to play as girls.” The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meeting former Northern Ireland goalkeeper Pat Jennings The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge play football at Windsor Park, the home of Northern Irish football “She thought maybe the girls are here because their brothers play, but they’re not.”Moving to a second group, children from McDonalds Fun Football, the Duchess comforter Jasmine, nine, who had become a little overwhelmed by her royal visitor. Nadine Murphy, a coach, said afterwards: “The Duchess took her time and spoke to her about being shy, telling her it’s ok and a good thing. She made sure she loved football. She staying with her the whole time with her arm around her.”She said ‘I was shy at school as well and it’s ok’.”Jasmine, who went on to join the football drills happily, said that getting “a hug from a princess” had made her feel much better.The Duke had already joined a game of football with primary school children, and was busy shouting encouragement at them when his wife turned up on the sidelines.”Come on, superstar,” he said, before warning children conspiratorially: “Look out, she does for the ankles.”As the non-competitive game went on, he shouted “tackle her!” as he fell back to let the children have a chance.”I could happily stay here playing football all day,” he said later. Lynne Wilson, sports development officer at Belfast City Council added: “She was saying it’s not just about being on the pitch, it’s about being outside with your family and learning social skills. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have gone head-to-head in a football match, as the Duchess admits her own children are not too impressed by her ball skills.The couple, who have embarked on a two-day visit to Northern Ireland, indulged their competitive spirits as they joined children for a friendly match at Windsor Park football stadium, home of the Irish Football Association (IFA). The Duke warned the youngsters of his wife “look out, she goes for the ankles”, before shouting “tackle her!”As the couple arrived at the stadium, they spoke with waiting schoolchildren about their love of football.The Duchess told secondary school pupils that her five-year-old son, Prince George, is now learning to play football, practising at home and telling her: “Mummy, you’re so rubbish.”Telling another group she would be joining in the games, she joked: “I should have picked up some tips from George.”After being welcomed to the stadium, the Duke and Duchess were given a short history of the Irish Football Association before meeting goalkeeper Pat Jennings, whose famously large hands are immortalised in plastercast in its museum.”Now there’s a man who needs no introduction,” said the Duke, who is president of the FA. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge play football at Windsor Park, the home of Northern Irish footballCredit:REX/Getty Placing his own hands into the outline of Jennings’, he admired the “very long fingers” that had helped him become a goalkeeping legend. The Duchess of Cambridge playing football with schoolchildren read more

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Wind farm behind massive blackout awarded £100000 in compensation day after powercut

Nearly one million homes and businesses were left without electricity last Friday when Hornsea Wind Farm and Little Barford gas-fired station went off grid within minutes of each other. The wind farm which contributed to a massive blackout was awarded nearly £100,000 in compensation after being ordered to reduce its output the day immediately after the power cut, the Telegraph can reveal. After getting back online, National Grid ordered Hornsea to reduce the electricity it supplied the network on Saturday night and Sunday morning entitling its owners, Orsted, to compensation. Although National Grid, a private FTSE 100 company, insisted the decision to cut Hornsea’s supply was not related to any… read more

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Miriam Margolyes accuses West End producers of overt appropriation for not casting

A spokeswoman said: “The question of performers portraying characters of different religions, ethnicities or sexualities is an extremely sensitive issue.  “The representation and respect of cultural heritage on stage is of the upmost importance and something we take very seriously.”We have complete trust in our creative and production teams to ensure that this production properly represents all of the wonderful characters created by William Finn and James Lapine.”  She added: “With regards to our cast, like all employers in the UK we are required to run recruitment processes that are free from bias or discrimination with regards to religion, race, gender, age or any other protected characteristics. “We do not ask any of our prospective cast members about any of the aforementioned characteristics, and do not think that it would be appropriate to do so.”Falsettos, written by US playwrights William Finn, who is Jewish, and James Lapine, won two Tony awards after it debuted on Broadway, New York, in 1992.It featured actors from Jewish and non-Jewish backgrounds during its last run on Broadway three years ago.The Other Palace production will run until November 23.In recent years, many West End theatres have tried to be more sensitive to the needs of some audience members. Selladoor Worldwide, the production company, said it could not confirm if its company members were Jewish because it would be discriminatory to ask them.  The row was ignited when the message, backed by Harry Potter actress Ms Margolyes, 78, and Coronation Street star Ms Lipman, 73, was published by The Stage website on Wednesday. “To the best of our knowledge no one in the cast of the UK premiere is Jewish, and neither is the director or anyone on the team,” it states.”Jewishness is easy to caricature and this seems all the more disappointing when Jewish representation is absent and the ability of Jews to tell or contribute to their own stories is dismissed.” Miriam Margolyes and Maureen Lipman have accused West End producers of “overt appropriation” after they cast non-Jewish actors in a musical about a Jewish family. They are among a group of 20 Jewish artists who signed an open letter to the team behind Falsettos, which opens at The Other Palace Theatre in Westminster on August 30.It claims that the UK debut of the award-winning show – which has a plot centred around a boy’s bar mitzvah – features no Jewish talent.The letter describes the casting of the play as “at worst, overt appropriation and erasure of a culture and religion increasingly facing a crisis”.It also uses the term “Jewface” to refer to non-Jewish performers playing Jewish roles, and compares the practice to blackface.  Show more Maureen LipmanCredit:Andrew Crowley Maureen Lipman The National Theatre and The Old Vic are among those who now publish “trigger warnings” about potentially offensive or upsetting content in plays.In 2017 The Hackney Empire stopped a run of an opera called The Golden Dragon after members of the east Asian community complained about it featuring some Asian characters portrayed by white cast members. 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

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Retired Army Colonel Lelon Saul is new CHPA CEO

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related$400M contract signed with 15 local contractors to upgrade roadsApril 25, 2019In “latest news”CH&PA says thousands to benefit from home constructions with IDB loanOctober 4, 2018In “Business”CH&PA urges private developers to “build or lose land”June 13, 2017In “latest news” Lt Colonel (ret’d) Lelon SaulMinister of Communities Ronald Bulkan has confirmed that Lelon Saul will replace Myrna Pitt, who had stepped down as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) in June 2016.Minister Bulkan told the Government Information Agency (GINA) that Saul is well qualified for the position, and brings with him vast experience. Saul, who is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the Guyana Defence Force, also worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).Minister of Communities Ronald BulkanSaul’s identification and appointment to the position arose out of a process that was fully coordinated by the out-going board of the CH&PA, where following advertisements and receipt of applications, a committee shortlisted the most appropriate candidates and conducted interviews, the minister explained.According to GINA, Saul was selected from a field of 20-plus persons interviewed for the position. Minister Bulkan explained that Saul made the cut after the CH&PA could not meet the remuneration package being sought by the two candidates who had secured more points than him. These two candidates are not resident in Guyana and the reimbursement package for moving to Guyana that they sought was beyond the means of the CH&PA, the minister said.The CH&PA has been operating without a CEO for a few months now, and “it has been a less than desirable situation,” Minister Bulkan noted.Saul is expected to take-up his appointment within a day or two, in time for the implementation of key CH&PA 2017 housing project including the delivery and construction of 758 housing units in the form of either town houses or duplexes in Regions 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10, particularly targeting public sector employees, youths and low-income earners. read more

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Cop among 13 to be charged for traffic offences

nabbed during White Night campaign in Region 2Thirteen drivers from Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) will be placed before the court today for Driving Under the Influence  (DUI) as they were nabbed during the White Night campaign in G Division (Essequibo Coast-Islands) last Friday.Among the 13 is a police officer and according to the Deputy Commander for the Division, he will be dealt with accordingly.The 13 vehicles were impounded for violating road regulations, being equipped with white lights, ornaments and window and headlight tints.Ranks from the Division joined in the nationwide campaign last Friday. The exercise commenced around 18:30h and lasted approximately six and a half hours. During the exercise, several vehicles were stopped and searched at road blocks.According to head of the regional Traffic Department, Alfred Parks, the focus of the exercise is to promote traffic education as well as to make the roads safer: “Drivers need to know their responsibilities on the road and road safety; this campaign is a way of sensitising.” The campaign also focused on those drivers who are using the high-definition lights.Sergeant Parks said there have been numerous complaints from drivers who have experienced temporary blindness as a result of white lights.The White Night campaign commenced early in 2017 in Region Two, and several drivers were charged. Some drivers’ licences were even revoked by the Magistrate for driving continuously under the influence.Region Two Traffic Department Head, Alfred ParksThe Region Two traffic head, however, said the idea evolved to have the campaign in an effort to ensure that drivers adopt a new attitude towards driving, particularly in areas of drinking and safe usage of the road.“It is not a new initiative; the initiative started some time ago and has been successful in other regions. Since there has been an increase in road accidents here on the Essequibo Coast, we believe that we should join the initiative in an effort to educate drivers out there on the importance of road safety,” Parks said.The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) was also on the scene to assist in the exercise. The CID conducted searches on vehicles if suspicions were roused that something unlawful was being transported. Breathalyser tests were also conducted.The Deputy Commander of the Division, M Taylor said lack of knowledge on proper road usage was a contributing factor to accidents apart from speeding. To curb this, pamphlets were distributed. Taylor said that once drivers were educated, they would use the road with more care and caution hence reducing road fatalities. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’White Knight’ road safety campaign launched – several persons arrested for DUINovember 12, 2016In “Local News”Over 35 minibuses impounded for various traffic offences- PoliceOctober 20, 2018In “Crime”21 minibus drivers arrested over traffic offencesJune 27, 2019In “Crime” read more

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