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Upset Alert Pacers Take Game 2 as LeBron Wade

Pacers and George Hill got it done.It is one thing to lose at home to the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. It’s another thing to lose with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade failing in the waning moments.But that’s exactly what happened. And the Indiana Pacers were the benefactors with a 78-75 victory that tied the series at 1-1.James, who had 28 points, nine rebounds and five assists, missed two foul shots with 54.3 seconds left and Miami down by a point. He had missed another free throw earlier. And with 16 seconds to go and the Pacers in front by two, Wade missed a driving layup.And finally, down by three in the last seconds of the game, neither Wade nor James took the last shot. It was a contested bomb by Mario Chalmers that clanked off the rim that sealed Indiana’s triumph that secured it the home court advantage.Forward David West  led the way with 16 points and  10 rebounds and guard George Hill added 15.Playing without injured forward Chris Bosh (abdominal strain), who is out for the series, the Heat received little help from anyone other than James and Wade. No other Miami player scored more than five points.The Heat have until Thursday’s Game 3 in Indianapolis to figure it out. read more

Ed Reed Turns Down 3Year Contract Offer from Texans

Ed Reed, the nine-time Pro Bowl safety with the champion Baltimore Ravens, reportedly turned down a free agent contract offer from the Houston Texans worth about $12 million, according to the Baltimore Sun.The 34-year-old Reed is seeking a similar salary to the $7.2 million he earned last year. One of the overwhelming issues why Reed may not command the $7 million salary, however, is his declining age.Reed, who is an 11-year veteran, missed 15 tackles last season, which tied is tied for seventh-most among safeties, according to ProFootballFous.com. But he did haul in four interceptions last season, as well as 15 pass deflections as the Ravens captured their second Super Bowl title.The Texans would ultimately wanted to land Reed because they ranked seventh in yards per pass attempt. Safety Glover Quin signed with the Detroit Lions in free agency, which led the Texans to pursue Reed.Houston went 12-4 last season, making it the Divisional Round of the playoffs before being defeated by the New England Patriots, 41-28. Tom Brady torched its secondary for 344 yards and three touchdowns in that game.Meanwhile, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said on NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access” on Tuesday that he is confident that Reed will ultimately decide to stay with the organization. But Bisciotti quickly put into perspective how it may be tough to sign Reed to a new contract feasible for both sides, due to the approaching salary-cap restraints.“It will be tough, but we’ve got guys that will fill in,” Bisciotti said. “Ed is a special guy and I’m encouraged that Ozzie’s still talking with him.”The Ravens and Texans are continuing to talk to Reed while he continues to wait for a better offer, but he does not have the luxury to keep waiting if he wishes to play next season because they will clearly move on. read more

Lets Overreact To FirstRound NBA Playoff Games

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code FiveThirtyEight This week on Hot Takedown, we’re reacting to a series of upsets in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The Los Angeles Clippers pulled off the biggest comeback in playoff history, but we don’t necessarily think the Warriors should be too worried for the rest of the series. Other upsets included the No. 7 seed Orlando Magic defeating the No. 2 Toronto Raptors; that Game 1 victory had Mike Tuck on “Open Mike” from Orlando’s 96.9 The Game positing that Orlando is underrated in the Eastern Conference. Our basketball guru, Chris Herring, makes a guest appearance to help us break down this claim.Someone who is openly shaking in his boots this week is golfing great Jack Nicklaus. Tiger Woods’s victory at the Masters gave him his 15th major, just three behind Nicklaus’s all-time record. Does Tiger have it in him to catch Jack? Or do we expect this to be his last big victory?Inspired by Tiger’s feat, our Rabbit Hole dives into other statistically improbable comebacks.Here’s what we’re looking at this week:Chris breaks down how the Warriors blew a 31-point lead.And he provides takeaways from the opening weekend of the NBA playoffs.As per usual, our eyes are glued to our NBA predictions.We can’t get enough of Tiger Woods’s comeback.The Washington Post digs into Tiger’s odds for the rest of the season and into 2020.ESPN analyzes great comeback stories across sports.From our Rabbit Hole, this excellent video about Lonnie Smith from SB Nation. read more

Florida States Drop From No 1 Wasnt Unprecedented

Despite beating Syracuse 38-20 Saturday, the (formerly) No. 1 ranked Florida State Seminoles found themselves ranked second in the latest AP Poll, trailing Mississippi State after the Bulldogs beat previous No. 2 Auburn 38-23 at home in Starkville. It was the first time Florida State had not occupied the AP’s top slot since Nov. 24 of last season.Although Mississippi State’s victory over Auburn was impressive, the way the polls typically work is that No. 1 stays No. 1 as long as No. 1 keeps winning (or soundly beats an underdog opponent). Florida State was favored by 23 against Syracuse and won by 18 in a game that was essentially over midway through the third quarter. The Seminoles are also the defending national champions, and so far this season they’ve outscored opponents by more than 18 points per game (a number that becomes nearly 21 if we throw out their six-point win over Clemson in which they were missing 2013 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston). If Florida State is presumed to be the nation’s best team — as it was before the season — it’s hard to find a obvious misstep that proves otherwise. (If anything, a good Bayesian should probably be more suspicious of Mississippi State, which was unranked as recently as five weeks ago.)Then again, the Seminoles have also played just one team (Clemson) ranked among the AP’s Top 25 at the time of the game, and their overall strength of schedule ranks 64th in the FBS, according to Sports-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System. While my Elo variant still has them ranked first, it draws heavily from knowledge of how good they were last season. Computer-rating systems that don’t account for Florida State’s presumed strength as a prior, by contrast, tend to rank it among the country’s best teams — but generally not as No. 1. (That honor is more often bestowed upon either Mississippi State or Ole Miss, who very nearly bumped Florida State to No. 3 in the AP voting.) Combined with potential distaste over the sexual assault allegation against Winston, AP voters had several reasons to drop the Seminoles from their perch atop the rankings, despite the team’s 22-game winning streak and championship incumbency.How frequently do No. 1 ranked teams fall in the AP Poll despite winning their most recent game? According to Sports-Reference’s college football data, there have been 21 cases (since 1992) of the AP’s top team beating an FBS opponent but dropping in the next poll (ratings and expected margins shown below are based on the Elo rating variant I described in an earlier post):Compare the incumbents’ performances to those of the overtaking teams that claimed No. 1 in the subsequent AP poll:There are a few circumstances that can lead to No. 1 winning a game but losing its ranking, usually involving some combination of the incumbent disappointing and/or the upstart exceeding expectations. Florida State’s tumble was more an example of the latter than the former — the Seminoles underwhelmed by a bit, but the bigger factor was Mississippi State’s strong performance against Auburn.Most of the cases above involve a similar chain of events, although a few saw the incumbent disappoint by so great a margin that No. 2 slid up just by playing to expectations. On other occasions, the challenger moved up without even playing; in 1992, No. 2 Washington watched on the sidelines as No. 1 Miami struggled to an 8-7 win over unranked Arizona, then claimed the AP’s top spot three days later. (The Hurricanes and Huskies would flip-flop the No. 1 slot twice more — each time in spite of incumbent wins — before the season was over.) And sometimes the pollsters swapped teams at the top for relatively arbitrary reasons, such as when Penn State crushed No. 21 Ohio State 63-14 — yet dropped behind Nebraska, who’d beaten previous No. 2 Colorado 24-7. (Despite going undefeated the rest of the season, the Nittany Lions would never again stake their claim to No. 1 over Nebraska from that point on, and were unable to face the Huskers in the postseason because of the Rose Bowl’s conference tie-ins.)The good news for Florida State is that it still has the highest probabilities of winning out and winning its conference among the major-conference undefeateds, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index simulations. Barring the real possibility of a change to Winston’s availability — on top of the sexual assault allegations, news broke Monday night that Florida State was investigating whether the quarterback signed autographs for money — the numbers show the Seminoles as very likely to earn a berth into the inaugural College Football Playoff field, regardless of Sunday’s ranking loss. read more

The Week In College Football More Than Just BamaLSU

Stanford1161346%19%3% Penn State—2741<1%<1%<1% Oregon—2532<1%<1%<1% What to watch for this weekSECThe No. 4,1All the rankings I’m using in this article are the committee’s. one-loss Crimson Tide face No. 2, undefeated LSU in what is as close to a play-in game for the playoff as can be devised at this point in the season. Vegas has the Tide favored by about 6 points. That seems about right. After all, the game is in Tuscaloosa, and the FiveThirtyEight model gives home teams a 3.5-point advantage. But Alabama also has a slight edge over LSU according to FPI, despite its earlier loss to Ole Miss.The FiveThirtyEight model gives Alabama a 41 percent chance of making the playoff, largely because they’re favored in this game; LSU’s playoff odds are 30 percent. But let’s answer our first what-if question: How will those odds change after this game? My colleague Jay Boice ran additional simulations contingent on each team winning. In this thought experiment, if the Tide win, their odds would rise to 53 percent; but if the Tigers were to win, their odds would tick up to 45 percent. The Tigers’ odds are still lower, even if they beat Alabama, because their remaining schedule is so grueling. A road game against Ole Miss and a matchup with Texas A&M at home stand out on what is, going into this week, the toughest remaining schedule.(As a diehard fan who was born and raised in Baton Rouge, I’d like to be able to tell my fellow LSU faithful that these numbers favoring ’Bama are made up. But I can’t. What we Tiger fans do have going in our favor is Leonard Fournette, the Heisman Trophy favorite and, as Wright Thompson wrote, emerging legend.)Interestingly, though Alabama is favored to win and gets higher odds of making the postseason, because LSU is undefeated, the Tigers have higher odds (22 percent) of winning the conference, according to our model. (That’s because if LSU stumbles, Ole Miss is in position to win the SEC West with a tiebreaker over Alabama.) But beyond Alabama and LSU, Florida is waiting in the wings with an 18 percent chance of squeezing into the playoff. The Gators are looking like a good bet to win the SEC East, as they face only creampuffs for the remainder of their conference schedule; and if they emerge as a one-loss champion of the SEC, it will be hard for the committee not to include them.Big 12Baylor and TCU are putting up basketball scores each week. High-powered offenses drive the two highest-ranked teams according to FPI. Our model gives undefeated, No. 8 TCU the best chance of breaking into the playoff, even though Baylor is notionally better according to FPI. That’s because the Horned Frogs host the No. 6 Bears on Nov. 27 in what amounts to (assuming both teams are undefeated) a Big 12 championship game the conference never planned.The Big 12 is deep — very deep. Take this week’s biggest game: TCU faces No. 14 Oklahoma State. Although the Horned Frogs look strong according to our model — which gives them a 31 percent chance of making the playoff — the Cowboys can’t be ignored (they have a 6 percent chance themselves). The conference also includes a strong Oklahoma team, whom our model gives a 14 percent chance of making the postseason.Big TenThe FiveThirtyEight model gives No. 3 Ohio State the best odds of making the playoff: 61 percent. Furthermore, we give the Buckeyes a 16 percent chance of repeating as national champs. But look beyond them and you’ll see a strong conference, with the winner likely to be placed in the playoff.Ohio State has a difficult schedule ahead. Like the LSU vs. Alabama game this week, the Nov. 21 matchup against No. 7 Michigan State could be viewed as a de facto national quarterfinal game; Michigan State has a 22 percent chance of being in the final four. The winner likely will face currently undefeated Iowa in the Big Ten championship game.ACCAfter those three conferences, there’s a huge dropoff in quality. With the exception of Clemson, the ACC looks wobbly. That said, the undefeated Tigers are viewed favorably by the selection committee, which gave them their No. 1 ranking. Our model gives them a 51 percent chance of making the postseason (the best after Ohio State), but after them, Florida State is the next best ACC squad, with a 5 percent chance. That said, the Tigers face what is probably their toughest remaining challenge at home against the Seminoles on Saturday. If they survive, a what-if simulation we ran gives the Tigers a 61 percent chance of making the playoff. Furthermore, if they run the table in their remaining games, they’re likely to make the playoff (our model would put their chances at 99 percent), but if they don’t win out, the ACC champion won’t have a guaranteed spot. Why? Because if Clemson loses this week, our model would give both Clemson and FSU about a 15 percent chance.Pac-12What a total mess. Among Pac-12 teams, Stanford has the best chance of making the playoff, at 19 percent. Despite having just one loss, Utah does poorly in our model, registering a 6 percent chance — little better than unranked USC. FiveThirtyEight reckons that if Stanford does win out, it’s 90 percent likely to make the playoffs. In other words, the Pac-12 is not guaranteed a spot right now. To push the Cardinal’s odds up, Clemson would have to slip, and still a second team from the SEC or Big Ten might leapfrog the Pac-12 champ.Beyond The Power FiveThe best bet outside the five major conferences is No. 5 Notre Dame, with a 25 percent chance of making the playoff. Memphis and Houston, as impressive as they’ve been, stand only a 6 percent and 2 percent chance, respectively, of being included. In other words, the stellar mid-major teams should keep rooting for those in the major conferences to cannibalize each other. Good gosh o’mighty, what a college football season so far. It’s early November, and fans have already witnessed:a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown as time expired;an eight-lateral kickoff return that was returned for a touchdown as time expired;a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown as time expired; andthe ongoing dominance of the next Herschel Walker.Amid all this excitement, in walks the selection committee to cut the ribbon on its first iteration of this season’s College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings. Unveiled over the next month, these CFP rankings will determine who plays in the second-ever four-team playoff. But reading the CFP tea leaves can be overwhelming.Confused by the CFP committee’s weird pronouncements? Fearful that Condoleezza Rice and her comrades will stab your team in the back? (Baylor and TCU fans, you know the feeling.) Trying to interpret the CFP rankings probably makes you feel like the Michigan guy who made his way around the Internet: Temple22324541%<1%<1% RankingProbability of … Mississippi St.201917<1%3%<1% Northwestern214257<1%<1%<1% Clemson17756%51%12% Oklahoma1516315%14%5% Michigan State731915%22%3% Mississippi18171020%8%2% Oklahoma St.14111415%6%1% Houston25233330%2%<1% Utah12152118%6%<1% Iowa9122925%7%<1% Michigan1722187%6%<1% FiveThirtyEight can’t stop the CFP from screwing your team, but we’re going to try to use numbers and our football knowledge to prevent you from being blindsided.Each week, we’ll break down the latest CFP rankings, preview the big upcoming games and explore what-if questions. As we did last year, we’ll take an iterative and probabilistic approach to project which four teams the CFP committee will select into the playoff on Dec. 6.We’ll cover the Power Five conferences and make a special effort not to ignore the mid-major darlings. Translation: we’ll show Memphis and Houston some love. And as a born-and-raised LSU fan, I’m obliged to exhibit a cocky and blatant SEC bias intended to solicit all your angry emails.Before we dive into the new rankings and preview games by conference, a few nitty-gritty details about the model are worth reiterating from what editor-in-chief Nate Silver has written in greater detail elsewhere on FiveThirtyEight:Game predictions are based on a tweaked version of ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) for each team.Based on game results, each team is given an Elo rating that reflects, primarily, its strength of schedule and, to a lesser extent, the margin of victory in its games.Each team is given a new projected ranking based on the previous week’s ranking, the outcome of the game it has just played and its Elo rating.Then the model iterates through the season’s remaining games and, using past coaches’ polls as a guide, tries to predict what the CFP committee will decide.Latest CFP RankingsJust like last year, the CFP committee angered Big 12 fans. Baylor and TCU were ranked sixth and eighth, respectively, while Ohio State is third. One-loss Alabama sneaked in at No. 4 and LSU at No. 2, a clear sign that the committee respects an SEC schedule. But the committee really has a penchant for Clemson, the squad at No. 1. That also helps Notre Dame, whose only loss is to Clemson. The committee puts the Fighting Irish just outside the party at No. 5. Florida State16131513%5%<1% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title Arkansas—3926<1%<1%<1% Ohio State31447%61%16% TCU84237%31%11% LSU25822%30%8% Memphis13143621%6%<1% Texas A&M193016<1%<1%<1% Toledo24244328%<1%<1% Alabama42614%41%11% UCLA2321225%1%<1% North Carolina—262323%<1%<1% Florida1091241%18%4% Wisconsin—18245%<1%<1% USC—20530%4%1% Baylor610132%31%13% Notre Dame589—25%5% read more

Commentary Special teams need to become a priority

This time last year, I was sitting in front of my TV, wondering why Ohio State’s special teams play was terrible. Today, I’m sitting in the press box wondering the same thing. In the off-season, coach Luke Fickell assigned special teams coaching duties to coach Dick Tressel. Last year, the team was without a special teams coordinator. Last year, OSU kept teams in games because of special teams mistakes on several occasions.. This year seems to be no exception. In the first half of Saturday’s game against Toledo, OSU had a punt blocked that was returned inside the 1-yard-line. That folly led to an 8-7 Toledo lead. The woes didn’t end with the punting game. Sophomore kicker Drew Basil has now missed both of his field goal attempts on the season. Each kick was in the 40-50 yard range. OSU did have some special teams successes on the day, including one that ultimately kept it in the game. Wide receiver and third punt returner Chris Fields took a line drive punt from Toledo’s Vince Penza to the end zone to put OSU up, 21-15. In the third quarter, defensive back Vincent Petrella tackled Toledo’s holder for a loss after a bobbled snap on a 50-yard field goal attempt, giving the Buckeyes great field position. The ensuing drive led to a TD by running back sophomore Carlos Hyde. With wide receiver and special teams specialist Eric Page creating almost all of Toledo’s offense on the day, I’m more than a little surprised he did not return a kickoff for a touchdown. Page did, however, give the Rockets great field position with almost every kick return, either because of his effectiveness or the fear of kicking to him. Basil deliberately kicked short, line drives on kickoffs to the Rockets to keep the ball out of Page’s hands. Special teams needs to become a priority for the Buckeyes. The touchdown resulting from the blocked punt sparked the Toledo offense and gave them the passion they needed to keep the game interesting. The Rockets were one score away from handing Ohio State a big loss early in the season.  Last year the kickoff coverage was the problem for the Buckeyes. This year it seems the entire special teams unit could use an overhaul. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State coming off fourday rest with home matchup against

Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) speaks with head coach Chris Holtmann in the first half in the game against Michigan on Dec. 4. Ohio State won 71-62. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State men’s basketball (7-3, 2-0 Big Ten) returns from a four-day rest period at noon Saturday to host William and Mary (6-2). The Buckeyes had faced six teams over a 12-day stretch prior to the break, four of those games coming against opponents with winning records and one being against Wisconsin in Madison, that ended with a dramatic second-half, 71-62 victory against Michigan on Monday.Here is a rundown of what to expect in Ohio State’s matchup against William and Mary Saturday.Projected StartersWilliam and Mary:G — Matt Milon — Redshirt sophomore, 6-foot-5, 195 lbs., 15.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.8 apgG — Connor Burchfield — Senior, 6-foot-4, 180 lbs., 13.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.6 apgG — David Cohn — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-2, 168 lbs., 10.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 7.1 apgF/G — Justin Pierce — Sophomore, 6-foot-7, 168 lbs., 14.4 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 3.4 apgF — Nathan Knight — Sophomore, 6-foot-10, 235 lbs., 20.3 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.9 apgOhio State:G — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 13.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.8 apgG — Musa Jallow — Freshman, 6-foot-5, 200 lbs., 4.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.3 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 17.4 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 1.4 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 13.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.0 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 11.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.7 apgScouting William and MaryStatistically speaking, William and Mary is one of the better offenses Ohio State will face all season. The Tribe averages more than 86 points per game. It has done this by being extremely accurate shooting all season, ranking 19th in field-goal shooting percentage (50.8 percent) and second in 3-point shooting (47.3 percent).But what really has the Buckeyes nervous about the matchup has been the Tribe’s ability to shoot from 3-point range.Ohio State could barely keep up with Michigan in the first half of the game Monday, especially from beyond the arc. The Wolverine offense spread the Buckeye defense all over the court and opened up plenty of good looks from 3-point range. Michigan took advantage of those chances, shooting 7-for-16 in the first half. But Ohio State rallied in the second half to shut down Michigan’s ability to shoot the 3, holding them to just 1-for-12.Head coach Chris Holtmann said he hopes that second-half success against Michigan is able to carry over into a full game against William and Mary, but said he believes this is a better shooting team than the Wolverines.“They shoot it better than Michigan across the board,” Holtmann said. “They’ve got more prolific 3-point shooters than those [Michigan] guys. But they do have some similarities in how they play and certainly their ability to spread you out.”Four of the Tribe’s five starters have made at least 47.6 percent of 3-point shots this season, with the only exception being forward Nathan Knight. But Knight will provide his own challenges for the Buckeyes. The second-largest player on William and Mary’s roster in terms of both height and weight, Knight has been the catalyst for the Tribe’s offense this season. He is tied for 79th-most rebounds per game in the country with 8.6, and is tied at 43rd in points per game at 20.3. On the other end of the court, Knight has continued to be an oft-overwhelming force for he sits at No. 12 in the nation in blocked shots per game with 3.13.Joining Knight at the forward position is sophomore Justin Pierce. The power forward has also proven to be a prolific scorer with 14.4 points on the season, while shooting an effective 10-for-21 from beyond the arc. Pierce leads the team with 9.5 rebounds.Holtmann said that while his center Kaleb Wesson and forward Keita Bates-Diop will be charged with being the two primary defenders, the other three players on the court will also have to step up to provide coverage of the two Tribe forwards given William and Mary’s ability to spread the defense.“We’ve talked not just those two guys, but all of our guys about how we want to defend those,” Holtmann said. “[Knight’s] a really good athlete who can score in the low-post and score in the long-post as well. Then [Pierce] is what you’d expect with the kind of a spread-you-out four, type of a team . . . He’s a good athlete. He’s bouncy. He can make 3s that are really high clip.”The starting point guard for Ohio StateJunior guard C.J. Jackson began the season as Ohio State’s only true point guard, but did not start in either of the past two games for the Buckeyes against Wisconsin or Michigan. When asked after the game if Holtmann was trying to send a message, he stated emphatically that he was, and that turnovers were a big part of the reason he did not play. He is averaging 3.1 turnovers per game. Redshirt senior guard Kam Williams has started in his place in the lineup while senior forward Jae’Sean Tate has run the offense through the point.On Friday, Jackson and Holtmann talked about how beyond just the turnovers, Jackson needed to improve his communication and on-court leadership. However, coming off back-to-back games where Jackson came off the bench and racked up double-digit point totals, Holtmann said he “may start him” against William and Mary.“I think he knows that his minutes will be pretty consistent as long as he can continue to try to do what we’re asking him to do in terms of limiting his turnovers,” Holtmann said. read more

Was Nicola Sturgeon trolling Theresa May as she posed to sign the

first_img Some imagined what the letter might say… The official photo of @NicolaSturgeon signing the section 30 request for an independence referendum is absolute patter. 💯👏💯 pic.twitter.com/l1rQhNVNvH— The Cherry Wave (@TheCherryWave) March 30, 2017 Just got sent the section 30 letter pic.twitter.com/xsxD4aML3n— Liam O’Hare (@Liam_O_Hare) March 30, 2017 Theresa May puts the final touches art 50 letter @NicolaSturgeon puts final touches to section 30 letter. #ScotRef #ScotlandinEurope pic.twitter.com/yJLTD1Sz20— Susanne Campbell SNP (@susannecc) March 30, 2017 Well, you know what they say about imitation and flattery…. pic.twitter.com/R7SltrrWjW— Ruth Davidson (@RuthDavidsonMSP) March 30, 2017 Nicola Sturgeon’s pose as she signed her letter asking for a second independence referendum couldn’t have been more different from Theresa May’s as she signed the Article 50 letter.Curled on the sofa like a satisfied cat, with her feet up and a beverage resting on the table next to her, she smiled as she signed the letter which could cause a huge headache for the UK Government. 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. Many on social media have imagined what the contents of the letter say, and wondered if she purposefully posed so casually to irritate the Prime Minister.Pleased Scots referred to the letter and pose as “absolute patter”, while others derided her casual approach.center_img “Dear Slim, I wrote but you still ain’t called.” #indyref2 #scotref pic.twitter.com/5uLk3Axx8N— Scott Reid (@scottreid1980) March 30, 2017 Theresa May puts the final touches art 50 letter @NicolaSturgeon puts final touches to section 30 letter. #ScotRef #ScotlandinEurope pic.twitter.com/yJLTD1Sz20— Susanne Campbell SNP (@susannecc) March 30, 2017 Theresa May’s reply to Nicola Sturgeon’s Section 30 letter is pretty blunt pic.twitter.com/cjziFRb2Zv— Charlie (@chralie) March 30, 2017 Here’s the FM writing the section 30 letter to the PM – a more casual look than the A50 letter & no flag. #indyref2 pic.twitter.com/PTmpCrtUFG— Mark Diffley (@markdiffley1) March 30, 2017  And Ruth Davidson made a comparison Nicola Sturgeon may not enjoy  And what Mrs May’s response may belast_img read more

Prince George and Princess Charlotte to help Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

first_imgTheir official entourage will include 12 people, their adviser Sir David Manning, private secretaries Miguel Head and Rebecca Priestley, a four-strong communications team, an equerry, tour secretary, two logistics officers and a personal assistant.The Cambridges’ Spanish-born nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, who trained at the prestigious Norland College, and a hairdresser, will also join them but will be paid for privately. In Germany, they will meet privately with Angela Merkel, tour the Holocaust Museum, and indulge their famously competitive sides with a head-to-head boat race which will see the Duke take on the Duchess in rival boats representing the twinned towns of Cambridge and Heidelberg.With Prince George starting school in south London this September, attending the mixed-sex Thomas’s Battersea school, and his sister likely to be enrolled in a nursery, this is the last time the royal couple will be able to take their children with them without school commitments making it problematic. The family in Canada The children will be seen arriving in Poland and Germany, as they were in Canada last year Their parents will undertake a range of engagements including a visit to the Warsaw Rising Museum, the Stutthoff concentration camp and Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre in Poland.They will also visit the site of Gdansk’s shipyards, the birthplace of Poland’s Solidarity movement that helped topple Communist rule.Here they will meet with founding members of the organisation but it is not known if Lech Walesa, Poland’s former president and leader of its peaceful pro-democracy struggle, will be present. The Cambridges are making the trip at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. It is likely to be seen as another Brexit diplomacy tour, helping to maintain and strengthen the UK’s relations with Europe as it leaves the EU. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Paris Prince George and Princess Charlotte will join their parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on their tour of Germany and Poland, Kensington Palace has said.The Duke and Duchess will travel with their young son and daughter during their five-day trip, which begins on July 17 in Poland’s capital Warsaw and ends in the German city of Hamburg on July 21.The tour has been described as a Brexit charm offensive, and follows the Duke and Duchess’ trip to Paris and the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visiting Romania, Italy and Austria earlier this year.A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “The Duke and Duchess are very much looking forward to this tour and are delighted with the exciting and varied programme that has been put together for it. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Paris The family in Canadacenter_img Show more 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. Prince George and Princess Charlotte await Trooping the Colour  The children will be seen arriving in Poland and Germany, as they were in Canada last year The Duke and Duchess have taken their children, George, who is nearly four, and two-year-old Charlotte, on an official tour before, travelling to Canada with them last year where they enjoyed an open-air party for youngsters. And in 2014 their toddler prince flew with them to New Zealand and Australia for their extensive trip.This time, the children are likely to be seen only during arrivals and departures at the two countries. “They have decided that their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will travel with them and we expect the children to be seen on at least a couple of occasions over the course of the week.”They look forward to a busy and impactful tour, and are grateful that they will have the opportunity to meet the Polish and German people – such important friends of the United Kingdom – as a family. Prince George and Princess Charlotte await Trooping the Colour  The royal couple will fly to and from the countries in a private charter plane which they will use for some of the internal legs of the visit.last_img read more

Meet Genie The awardwinning cat who helped 11yearold girl through her cancer

first_imgGenie, a cancer-nursing cat, has been named Cat of The Year.The rescue animal helped her owner through bone cancer treatment.She was given the honour for helping her young owner, Evie Henderson, 11, from Lincoln, through six rounds of chemotherapy.The child, who was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2016, said that Genie helped her deal with long spells in hospital and several painful operations.Ms Henderson said the cat deserved the prize from the Cats Protection League. “I think she’s great. She deserves it. She’s always been there for me,” said Evie.”She would come round my leg with the plaster and she would sit by my feet. She would smell my plaster and she’d come up on to the sofa and do pitter-patter on my knee.”When I’ve been too ill to have friends round or go outside and I’ve been stuck in the house, she’d come round me and that made me a lot happier and gave me great comfort.”She also said Genie’s moulting helped her deal with the trauma of losing her hair.She said: “It was very upsetting for me because I had long brown hair. But at the same time as it was spring, Genie was moulting as well so it was sort of like I’m losing my hair and Genie’s losing her hair as well so that eased the shock of it all.” 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. Evie said her cat supported her when she was losing her hair Evie said her cat supported her when she was losing her hairlast_img read more

Prince William If Kate had twins it would test my mental health

first_imgThe Duke spoke about having children with guests at the eventCredit:Ben Stansall/Getty Duke of Cambridge “Soon Centrepoint will be 50 years old. “I feel immense pride in all Centrepoint has accomplished in that time, but with it, disappointment and frustration – frustration that in one of the most prosperous countries in the world homelessness is still putting the lives and futures of our young people at risk.”Meeting a group of young women who missed out on awards but were highly recommended, the Duke said: “Look at you girls – you look amazing.”You’re smiling, you’re the role models now. “You’ve had difficulties and you’ve come through them. You’re the role models for the next generation.” He met with supporters of the charity and told Raymond Stoner, boss of Anston Properties: “Our third child is due in April, I’m getting as much sleep as I can.”When Mr Stoner told him he could save time by having twins, the Duke responded: “Twins? I think my mental health would be tested with twins.”He told another supporter: “Two is fine I don’t know how I’m going to cope with three, I’m going to be permanently tired.”He also joked about his own lack of cookery skills, saying: “Me cooking is not an option trust me – I barely touch it myself.” Prince William has joked that he is glad that his wife is not having twins because his “mental health would be tested”.Speaking at an awards ceremony, the royal father-of-two said he was trying to get as much sleep as he can before the arrival of another baby. The Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth to their third child in April.The Duke of Cambridge gave out prizes to former rough sleepers at the Centrepoint Award, run by his mother’s favourite homeless charity.center_img The Duke met winners at the eventCredit:Ben Stansall/AFP Duke of Cambridge He said in a speech at Kensington Palace where the event was held: “For me, tonight is one of sharply contrasting emotions. last_img read more

Allergy sufferers in danger due to UK shortage of EpiPens

first_imgTens of thousands of allergy sufferers are in danger due to a UK shortage of the life-saving Adrenalin jab EpiPen. The Daily Telegraph has learnt the US manufacturer Mylan has begun warning pharmacists and patients in Britain that the country is the latest to be hit by global supply problems the devices. Epipen is the best known and most widely used of three adrenaline injectors available to allergy sufferers in the UK. Rival devices Jext and Emerade, produced… EpiPens work by reversing the life-threatening symptoms of severe anaphylaxis, which include a drop in blood pressure and constricted airways. Anaphylaxis left untreated can progress rapidly and be fatal if a person’s heart or breathing stops.last_img read more

Ipswich school accused of having 30yearold pupil removes second child in Year

A school accused of having a 30-year-old pupil has removed a second child from class amid concerns about his age or welfare.The boy, who is in Year 7 and apparently aged 12, was removed from classes at Stoke High School in Ipswich just days after a Home Office investigation was launched into claims a 15-year-old Iranian pupil and asylum seeker was 30 years old.Immigration officials are trying to establish the actual age of the older boy from Year 11.A fellow pupil posted a photograph of him on social media in school uniform and with facial stubble asking: “How’s there a 30 year old man in our maths class?”–– ADVERTISEMENT ––It is understood the younger boy is not under investigation because it is accepted he is a child. However, he was either been removed from class for his own welfare or because it is believed he may be in the wrong year. It has been reported that the pair are brothers and at their home in the city.Asked about the younger brother, a school spokeswoman said: “A student in Year 7 is also not currently attending school.“We cannot comment further on individual cases but we have followed Government and local authority policies and guidance, as we do for any admissions matter. “We are continuing to liaise with the authorities on this. We have informed parents of the situation and will continue to keep them updated as we receive information.”A Home Office spokesperson said: “The Home Office does not routinely comment on individual cases. Where there are concerns that an individual may not be a minor as claimed, the Home Office’s policy is to ask social services to complete a full age assessment.” 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

Dame June Whitfield star of Ab Fab and Terry and June dies

Actress and comedian Miranda Hart tweeted to say that Dame June’s death was “so very sad” and that the star had sponsored one of Hart’s first performances at the Edinburgh Fringe.Hart, said: “Fifteen years later when I met her she had all my letters and the notes of the show she sponsored. I cried then too.”Jon Plowman, the television producer, who worked with Dame June on Absolutely Fabulous and the 2016 film version, tweeted to say he was “very sad”.“There was no one with more warmth or a better ability to just ‘place’ a line, always an act of utter precision. Hit after hit! Take It From Here, Terry And June, Absolutely Fabulous over seven decades. A great loss,” he said. Joanna Lumley has described herself as “heartbroken” at the news of her friend’s passing.Fellow Ab Fab actress Lumley appeared on ITV news to share her sadness at the death of her co-star.She said: “I am heartbroken to lose such a darling friend and shall never forget her sensational talent, humour and her generosity to us all who had the joy of working with her on Ab Fab.”She will always have a most special place in my heart.” RIP June Whitfield- go-to comedy actress for 3 generations, from 60s radio to 70s, 80s, even 90s TV. Always graceful & elegant with a real comic glint in her eye & (absolutely) fabulous timing.— Rory Bremner (@rorybremner) December 29, 2018 Tributes to her long and successful career in comedy were quick to come in from fellow stars last night. Impressionist Rory Bremner said: “From Sixties radio to Seventies, Eighties, even Nineties TV. Always graceful and elegant with a real comic glint in her eye and (absolutely) fabulous timing.”Her Absolutely Fabulous co-star on the show Julia Sawalha paid a touching tribute to her friend and teacher in an online post, tenderly calling the late actress “Gran”. Dame June was born in Streatham, south London, in 1925 and was evacuated from the capital during the Second World War.She graduated from the Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art prior to the end of the conflict, and her career in entertainment began with West End stage work.Dame June went on to establish herself as a constant presence in British post-war comedy and was praised for her roles as the female companion to some of the era’s most famous entertainers.She often described herself as a “comic’s tart”, but she established herself in a star as her own right, featuring in more than 1,300 radio and television shows across her long career. Thank you #damejunewhitfield,for teaching me my craft with such grace and dignity.I always wanted you to know how in awe of you I was, however, you were always far too humble to accept my https://t.co/2wc2G3bQ0G were a great source of inspiration to me. Bye-bye Gran.🙏🏻💕— Julia Sawalha (@JuliaSawalha1) December 29, 2018 Dame June met her husband Tim Aitchison in the 1950s. The pair went on to have a daughter, Suzy, who followed in her mother’s footsteps and became an actress.She called her autobiography …and June Whitfield, in a nod to fact that she always got second billing.”The greatest of show business mysteries,” Denis Norden once said, “was how anyone could contemplate doing a comedy show without June Whitfield.”Whitfield made her first stage appearance at the age of three. Her first big break came on radio when she appeared in Take It From Here before she made her first appearance in 1968 on Terry Scott’s sketch show Scott On. The two had a long partnership on screen, with five years as a married couple in Happily Ever After and eight more years in Terry And June.Shane Allen, controller of BBC Comedy, said: “June Whitfield was the North Star of British”She was the go-to female comedy performer of her generation and was always in demand from the cream of British comedy.” So very sad. I once sent a letter to many actors as a budding (I mean desperate) comedy actor to ask for sponsorship for the Edinburgh Festival. Dame June replied. Fifteen years later when I met her she had all my letters and the notes of the show she sponsored. I cried then too. https://t.co/oaGXd7ick4— Miranda Hart (@mermhart) December 29, 2018 Dame June Whitfield, who delighted television and radio audiences for seven decades, has died aged 93.The comic actress enjoyed a career stretching back to the 1940s, including roles in the Carry On films and the sitcoms Terry And June and Absolutely Fabulous.She was made a dame in the 2017 Birthday Honours for her services to drama and entertainment in a career spanning eight decades.Dame June’s agent said on Saturday that she “passed away peacefully” on Friday night.The star is well known for playing the mother of Jennifer Saunders’ character Edina Monsoon in the hit BBC show Absolutely Fabulous.Dame June also appeared in numerous Radio 4 productions during her career, and played Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple.She was granted an OBE at the 1985 Birthday Honours, and was made a CBE in 1998. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Oxford college bans octopus from menu in bid to make disadvantaged students

The eight-legged dish, which featured as the starter at the Freshers’ welcome dinner last year, will not appear on the menu at next year’s event.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– Baroness Jan Royall, head of Somerville, said she wants to “change the culture” of the college to make sure it is “welcoming for all”. 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. Baroness Royall, the former Labour leader in the House of Lords,… An Oxford college president has demanded that octopus is removed from the menu as part of a drive to make disadvantaged students feel more “comfortable”. The Labour peer told how after receiving a complaint from a first-year student about an octopus terrine dish, she instructed Somerville’s catering staff to replace it with a less adventurous alternative. read more

Watching porn on public transport should be banned say MPs

Also among the list of suggestions were calls for train operators “to have a robust policy on preventing and tackling sexual harassment” and to block access to pornography.  Bus regulations should also be amended to prohibit sexual harassment and viewing pornography on buses, MP’s suggested.They added: “Policy needs to take account that public transport is not an age-restricted space; any pornographic material viewed in this space is therefore potentially seen by children.” “Yet, it is so everyday and routine that it is often invisible to those who don’t experience it. I am therefore delighted that the Government has accepted our key recommendation that this should be robustly tackled through its cross-government violence against women and girls strategy.” The committee said that the Government should enact this by forcing train operators to block pornography through public wi-fi on public transport and ban this activity through individual internet connection “so that all passengers can travel comfortably and safely”.It also urged the Department for Transport to direct bus companies to fast-track amendments to the Public Service Vehicles Regulations 1990 to specifically prohibit sexual harassment as defined by the Equality Act 2010, and to ban viewing pornography on buses.The suggestions have been welcomed by women’s charities. Sam Smethers, chief executive of the Fawcett Society, said: “We fully support this proposal. Pornography and the objectification of women have no place in our transport network.”In response to the report, Maria Miller, the committee chairman, said: “We heard from a large number of women, from the police and other agencies as well as researchers, who told us that sexual harassment in public places pervades the lives of women and girls, whether it is cat-calling in the street, upskirting on public transport, misogynistic abuse online or sexual assault in pubs and clubs or at university. A pornography ban should be rolled out across public transport operators to prevent women from being sexually harassed, an MPs’ report suggests.The Women and Equalities Committee said that advances in technology and widespread use of mobile phones means that viewing pornography on public transport “has developed as a new form of sexual harassment in public”.As a result, rail and bus companies should block access to passengers wishing to view pornography on public WiFi, MPs said.Their suggestion, published in a report on Wednesday, comes as the UK plans later this summer to introduce unprecedented restrictions on viewing pornography of a kind never before seen in the world.The Government is planning to stop children being damaged by watching adult content by stopping anyone from doing so unless they go through a “rigorous” age verification process. Meanwhile, some private companies have already taken their own initiative. In November, Starbucks announced that it would block customers in all US stores from using its free Wi-Fi to watch pornography.The MPs’ recommendations were made in October however the report, entitled Sexual harassment of women and girls in public places, now contains the Government response to the suggestions.These include: introducing a new law on image-based sexual abuse to criminalise all non-consensual creation and distribution of intimate sexual images on the basis of the victim’s lack of consent rather than perpetrator motivation and insist on a smoking-style public health clampdown on pornography, and for strip clubs to consult local women’s groups and sexual violence specialists when deciding on licencing venues. She added that while the government has responded positively to many suggestions, “this is just the start of the journey” and government departments, public bodies and local authorities need to collaborate to make public places safe for all women and girls.In response, the Government spokesman said that it “accepts in full the principle behind this recommendation”.Yet he added that all three equipment providers of WiFi on board trains already provide filtering protection against inappropriate content, which includes pornography.Meanwhile the Rail Minister has asked the Rail Delivery Group to seek a national commitment from train and station operators to sign up to the Friendly WiFi scheme – a government-initiated safe certification standard for public WiFi which confirms a service meets minimum filtering standards.The Railway Byelaws and Public Order Act offences already prohibits watching sexually offensive material in a public place. However officials added that while the Public Service Vehicles (Conduct of Drivers, Inspectors, Conductors and Passengers) Regulations 1990 provide on-board staff and police officers with the means to challenge inappropriate behaviour on buses, officials are considering how legislation  might be amended to prevent the inappropriate use of electronic media. 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

Thousands of British drivers are being pursued by foreign police forces over

Previously it was estimated that up to half a million UK drivers went unpunished for speeding each year in France alone, because they thought once they were back home they were untouchable. Now any driver suspected of a range of safety based offences, including speeding, drink driving, not… But a new system called Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA), which the UK signed up to two years ago, which means it is much easier for drivers from one country to be prosecuted by the authorities in another. British drivers heading to the continent this summer are being warned not to ignore speed limits and other rules of the road amid a sharp rise in the number of motorists being pursued by foreign police forces. 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

Works on Liliendaal Bridge 65 per cent complete – Patterson

Rehabilitation works on the Liliendaal Bridge, located in Greater Georgetown, is now approximately 65 per cent complete and the Public Infrastructure Ministry is pushing to wrap up the project before the initial July 2017 deadline.Public Infrastructure Minister, David PattersonThis is according to the Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson, who was at the time responding to concerns expressed on social media regarding the pace of the works on the bridge.In his response to these concerns, the Minister explained that all the piling and crossbeams have been completed and the decking is prefabricated and will soon be “dropped in.”The Minister further asserted that the construction is slated to be completed by May 22 2017.In the past, the bridge had shown signs of imminent failure, and one of the panels had been detached making the bridge unstable.As such, recommendations were made by the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation (DHBC) Inspection Team and engineers attached to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure to have the rehabilitation process begin.The $89M project is being undertaken by H. Nauth & Sons Civil Engineering Contractors. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPatterson says CJIA’s new arrival building to be completed in JuneApril 25, 2018In “Business”Govt rushes to spend $9B in 3 weeksDecember 11, 2016In “Politics”CJIA revenue collection up by 13%December 29, 2016In “latest news” read more

Bartica Police trio charged for allegedly stealing miners money

Three officers of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) were on Thursday morning jointly charged for simple larceny by the Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Delon SobersThe charge was read to Delon Sobers, 24, of Soesdyke Linden Highway and Tevon Hedley, 23, of Mckenzie Linden (Region-Ten), in absence of their alleged accomplice, Neil Yarris, who failed to make an appearance before the court.It is alleged that the trio stole $500,000 cash from gold miner, Brian Atkinson on October 11, 2017 at Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).Defense attorney, Mark Conway, told the court that on the day in question both of his clients were on duty while further contending that nothing was recovered in their possession.Meanwhile, Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers posed no objection to bail and the Chief Magistrate granted same to the accused men, fixed at the sum of $70,000 while ordering that the matter be transferred to the Bartica Magistrate’s Court for trial. This case is expected to be called again on December 15, 2017.Conditions of the bail require the defendants to report to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters once per week pending the outcome of trial.Tevon HedleyAccording to media reports, the three ranks who are attached to the Bartica Police Station, had reportedly arrested the complainant (Atkinson) who is the general manager of his family’s mining operations.  Atkinson had at the time of his arrest some $1.2 M in his possession, the proceeds of a gold sale that his father reportedly did not authorise.Further reports by the complainant indicate that the policemen while transporting him to the Bartica Police Station, allegedly attempted to cut a deal with Atkinson for his release.According to the complainant, after he refused the deal, the officers reportedly took the monies anyway.Upon arrival at the police station the complainant discovered that the cash was short by $500,000 after it was counted in his presence. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBartica trio charged with theft of boat engineJune 11, 2018In “Court”‘Michael Jackson’ on $100,000 bail for larceny chargesMarch 2, 2016In “Crime”Three Dominican Republic nationals fined for overstaying in Guyana – to be deportedJuly 15, 2016In “Court” read more

GTI student fined 80000 for leaking nude video of classmate

A Government Technical Institute (GTI) student was on Friday fined $80,000 for leaking nudes of a fellow classmate.Coreen Fifi admitted guilt when she appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly who read the charge which essentially alleged that she leaked nudes of the young woman sometime last month.According to Police Prosecutor Richard Harris, both the defendant and Virtual Complainant (VC) are members of the GTI WhatsApp group which includes members of the school.On the day in question, the defendant leaked the video of the VC to the said WhatsApp group.The matter was reported to the Police and the defendant was contacted and charged for the offence.When questioned by Magistrate Daly as to why she committed the act, the accused denied knowing that the video she shared was of such nature.She was however fined $80,000. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTeen fined $80,000 after admitting to stealing colleague’s salaryAugust 4, 2017In “Court”Woman lands in Court for assaulting ‘wayward’ childOctober 27, 2017In “Court”Caught red-handed…18-year-old fined for stealing iPhoneJanuary 28, 2016In “Crime” read more