Russell Wilson Will Do It Himself Thank You

September 28, 2019 0 Comments

When Russell Wilson and J.D. McKissic connected for a 15-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against Philadelphia in Week 13, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback tied the NFL record for the most passing TDs in the fourth quarter in a single season with 15, set by Eli Manning in 2011. The TD pass also sealed a 24-10 victory over the 10-2 Eagles — the Seahawks’ most impressive win of the season. Seattle improved to 8-4 on the year to move back into a playoff position and now owns an 80 percent chance of making the postseason, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL projections. Wilson was stellar in the final quarter on Sunday, going 5-8 on his passes with a scorching-hot passer rating of 122.4. It was yet another impressive display by Wilson, whose remarkable fourth-quarter performances have become so frequent, they are almost expected at this point.The Seahawks have based the majority of their success over the past few years on their defense and the “Legion of Boom,” which has been one of the most feared units in recent memory. But as the team continues to deal with major injuries on the defensive side, it’s Wilson and the offense that Seattle has relied on. While Wilson’s performance through the first three quarters has been just OK, his fourth-quarter heroics are among the best in the league. Since Wilson entered the NFL in 2012, only Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have kept up with the Seahawks QB in the final 15 minutes of the game. PHI52PHI61PHI 10, SEA 24-12.8– NE73NE80NE 23, BUF 3+1.2– TEN66TEN68HOU 13, TEN 24-0.7– DAL61WSH53WSH 14, DAL 38-15.7– OAK71OAK75NYG 17, OAK 24+0.2– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 13Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 13 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game Jared GoffL.A. Rams1310105 LAR57LAR69LAR 32, ARI 16+6.7– Check out our latest NFL predictions. LAC89LAC89CLE 10, LAC 19-1.6– Drew BreesNew Orleans111562 In the first three quarters of a game, Wilson’s touchdown to interception ratio is 2.5, according to the ESPN Stats & Information Group. Come the fourth quarter, that ratio balloons to 4.2.The much-deserved hype of Philadelphia sophomore quarterback Carson Wentz and the longevity of New England’s Tom Brady have left Wilson as the forgotten man when it comes to talk of MVP. Wilson may not be having the best statistical season of his career, but after he outdueled Wentz on Sunday, the Seahawks QB earned the right to be at the forefront of the conversation based on how important he is to his team.Of the five players — all quarterbacks — with the best odds of winning the MVP, according to Ladbrokes, Wilson leads the league in total accrued yards — rushing and passing — and total offensive touchdowns responsible for, and he is second only to Brady in the number of first downs he’s been responsible for. OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION Carson WentzPhiladelphia31710 What’s evident about all the other quarterbacks is that they’ve received some of the best protection from their offensive lines: Every quarterback except for Wilson has received top-10 pass protection.1Percentage of plays the offense controls the line of scrimmage on dropbacks The Seahawks’ offensive line ranks 23rd, meaning Wilson has had to scramble for his life on multiple occasions. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Wilson has attempted 95 passes outside the pocket, which is the most in the league and 31 more than the quarterback with the second most, Blake Bortles.The poor offensive line play also hasn’t helped the Seahawks’ ground game, which is all but nonexistent this season. On the surface, the Seattle rushing attack looks perfectly mediocre with an average yards per rush of 3.90 — good enough for 22nd in the league. But if you isolate the guys who are paid to run (as in, not throw), the Seattle rogues’ gallery of running backs — Chris Carson, Thomas Rawls, Eddie Lacy, someone named Mike Davis — has collectively averaged 3.19 yards per carry. That’s not only the worst in the NFL this season, it ranks 537th among 543 team seasons since 2001.All this means that the burden is completely on Wilson to move the chains and keep his team in the game — making this Wilson’s most important season. The 2013 champion Seahawks were built on Wilson, a stifling defense and the Beast Mode rush attack. Of those things that aren’t Wilson, one is injured and the other plays in Oakland. And yet, Seattle could all but seal its playoff spot with a win in Week 14 over Jacksonville, which would improve its chances of making the postseason to 92 percent,2Independent of other Week 14 games. according to our Elo prediction model. Wilson would also boost his MVP credentials significantly by defeating the Jaguars’ defense, which leads the league in total defensive expected points added. If the Seahawks do prevail and make the playoffs, you won’t need to guess who’s responsible.FiveThirtyEight vs. The ReadersWeek 13 in our NFL predictions game — in which we invite you to outsmart our Elo algorithm — saw the readers suffer three heavy losses that started on Thursday night, by predicting that Washington would beat Dallas. They were wrong and lost 15.7 points in the game. The readers then lost 11.1 points by being less confident than our Elo in Baltimore’s victory over Detroit. And the last of the double-digit losses for the readers came on Sunday night when the Seahawks upset the Eagles, which gave readers a loss of 12.8 points. It wasn’t all doom and gloom, however. The readers gained 10.7 points by being less confident than Elo in the Bears’ chances against the 49ers, and then 10 points in predicting a win for the Vikings on the road against the Falcons.Make sure you get your Week 14 predictions in early, and thanks for playing. ATL61MIN51MIN 14, ATL 9+10.0– MIA57MIA55DEN 9, MIA 35-4.1– CHI72%CHI62%SF 15, CHI 14+10.7– NO66NO64CAR 21, NO 31-4.2– PIT66PIT73PIT 23, CIN 20+2.0– BAL60BAL51DET 20, BAL 44-11.1– JAX75JAX79IND 10, JAX 30+0.1– INDIVIDUAL RANKTEAM RANK Sources: ESPN Stats & Information Group, Ladbrokes PLAYERTEAM1ST DOWNSOFF. TDSTOTAL YARDSPASS PROTECTION PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.RESULTREADERS’ NET PTS GB63GB59TB 20, GB 26-5.4– Russell Wilson’s offense transcends the Eagles’ defenseComparing Ladbrokes’ top five MVP candidates KC62KC60KC 31, NYJ 38+0.0 Russell WilsonSeattle21123 The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. Tom BradyNew England1328 read more

Lavender towers over UCF starters nets 30 points for Buckeyes in 1stround

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The Central Florida women’s basketball team is Jantel Lavender’s latest victim. The senior center led the fourth-seeded Buckeyes (23-9) to an 80-69 win against No. 13-seeded UCF (22-11) on Saturday in a first-round NCAA Tournament game at St. John Arena. OSU now will play Georgia Tech in the tournament’s second round on Monday. UCF did not start a player taller than 5-foot-10 against the Buckeyes. The 6-4 Lavender seemed a safe bet to put up big numbers against the Knights’ starting lineup — and she did. Taking advantage of single-defender coverage when OSU was on offense, Lavender scored a game-high 30 points on 13-of-22 shooting, and collected 11 rebounds. After the game, Lavender, the all-time leading scorer in OSU program history, said she was expecting to have two UCF players guarding her throughout the game. “I thought the double-team was going to come eventually,” she said. “I don’t know if I could definitely tell what they were trying to do.” The double-team never came. UCF senior forward D’Nay Daniels praised Lavender’s performance after the game. “She can play,” Daniels said. “She played her game and was hitting shots when she was open.” Lavender’s low-post play, combined with the Knights’ lack of height, resulted in a 46-28 scoring advantage in the paint for OSU. Daniels was complimentary of the Buckeyes’ ability to score close to the basket, saying, “They finished very well in the paint.” No. 24-ranked Georgia Tech (24-10), the fifth-seeded team in the Dayton Region, will present a stiffer — and taller — challenge for the Buckeyes in Monday’s second-round game. The Yellow Jackets defeated No. 12-seeded Bowling Green, 69-58, on Saturday at St. John Arena to advance to the second round. Junior Sasha Goodlett scored a team-high 19 points to lead Georgia Tech against the Falcons. Goodlett, a 6-5 center, is one of four 6-foot-tall Yellow Jacket starters. Coach Jim Foster said the Buckeyes began preparing for Georgia Tech immediately after Saturday’s win. “We already did a film session,” Foster said. “We have a 10-minute period in the locker room (after games) before the media come in, and we use the 10-minute cooling-off period to go over our scout tape with Georgia Tech. So, no time to celebrate.” The Buckeyes will tip off their second-round tournament game against the Yellow Jackets at 7 p.m. Monday at St. John Arena. read more

Womens lacrosse Ohio State regains momentum in homeopening win vs Detroit Mercy

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Ohio State then-freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez looks to score against Vermont during the 2017 season. Credit: Courtesy of Walt Middleton – OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team (1-1) bounced back from its season-opening loss to Navy in its home opener Friday night after defeating Detroit Mercy (0-2) 20-5. The Buckeyes dominated offensively with 11 different players putting points on the board. Ohio State was 22-27 in draw controls allowing them to maintain possession for most of the game. “It was awesome to see so many different girls score because that is what we’re going for is just a balanced offense,” sophomore midfielder Liza Hernandez said. Hernandez led the team with five goals on eight shots. “We started out a little slow but I think we did a good job of bouncing back and pushing through the lows,” Hernandez said. “At first we weren’t really converting on those shots but I think we just brought it in and really made adjustments to put the ball behind the net.” After the Titans scored first, Ohio State set the tone early by going on a 7-0 run in the first half, while holding the Titans to a 22-minute scoring drought. Detroit Mercy freshman midfielder Meredith Moore scored with less than two minutes left in the first half, but that did not shake Ohio State’s momentum; the Buckeyes followed with three more goals before halftime, leading 10-2.Ohio State junior attacker McKayla Conti had four goals and junior attacker Sarah Dickinson had three assists. The Buckeyes had 42 shots compared to the Titans’ 17. “I thought our attackers and midfielders were courageous and they just took it,” head coach Alexis Venechanos said.  Sophomore goalie Jillian Rizzo had six saves in the game. Ohio State caused 10 turnovers overall, three of which were from junior defender Caroline Mackrides.  A forced turnover by senior midfielder Shannon Rosati and clear attempt by Mackrides late in the first half gave Hernandez her third goal of the game. “My teammates created a lot for me. They drew double, moved it to me, I just had one girl to beat and I just finished,” Hernandez said. Detroit Mercy redshirt sophomore midfielder Kaitlyn Wandelt led the Titans with four points, three of which came in the second half. But Ohio State went on a 6-0 run beginning around the 13-minute mark to greatly extend its lead and close out the game. “We knew we had a lot to work on this week sharpening things up” said Hernandez. “I think we did a better job of moving the ball more and not having as many turnovers as last week.” Ohio State takes on Jacksonville on the road Feb. 23. read more

Womens Hockey No 6 Ohio State drops regularseason finale vs Bemidji State

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Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Kassidy Sauve (32) protects the net in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorSenior weekend for the No. 6 Ohio State women’s hockey ended with a loss. The Buckeyes fell 2-1 in their last regular-season game Saturday against Bemidji State.The two goals for the Beavers were scored by senior defender Alexis Joyce, who lit the lamp in the second period, and sophomore forward Jacqueline Kaasa, who beat Ohio State redshirt junior goaltender Kassidy Sauve in the third. Both goals went under review after speculation of the puck not passing Sauve.During the referee’s deliberation of the shots, Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall used that time to get her players’ focus back to the game.“During that time you just take a break, to say ‘Hey, goal or no goal you have to buckle down, defensively,’” Muzerall said. “It’s a time to collect them and let them know that they still have time, and we have to continue to press and not panic.”The only goal scored by Ohio State was scored two minutes into the second period by junior forward Maddy Field.“I told the girls, ‘It’s very obvious we’re upset, we lost on senior night,’” Muzerall said. “We have to pause and refocus but you have to reflect. If you are not reflecting and learning, then you’re going to have the same problems next weekend.”Sauve was injured with three minutes left in the second period, and had medical personnel check on her. However, she played through the pain and ended the night with 25 saves added to her all-time program record for saves with 2,478.Although the game didn’t end in Ohio State’s favor, Muzerall said the seniors honored before the game deserve credit for the program’s dramatic turnaround to a championship contender.“They’re brilliant,” Muzerall said. “They’re brilliant young women that are going to help shape the future. They’re smart and motivated. They’re very mature young women and very ambitious. Great hockey players and better people. I’ve learned a lot through the five of them, and I hope they continue to come back next year and support us.”The Buckeyes will lace up their skates next weekend and take the ice for their first round of the WCHA tournament. They will face off against Minnesota State in a three-game series. The first game is set for 6:07 p.m. Friday at the OSU Ice Rink.“We look at it in phases,” Muzerall said. “This was the first phase; the regular season is now over. Now we are stepping into phase two, its conference [tournament] play. The thing is, it resets for everybody. It doesn’t matter who won what before. That just helped you get your placement and let you know who you’re playing. [Minnesota State is] going to come hungry for us … I think we’ll be ready.” read more

Ohio State athletes receive powerful message on sexual assault

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Brenda Tracy talks to the Ohio State football and men’s basketball teams on Wednesday about setting the expectation that sexually abusing or physically harming women will not be tolerated. Picture via @BrendaTracy24 on TwitterTwenty years ago, Brenda Tracy was raped by a pair of Oregon State football players.Powerless to do anything then against the athletes, Tracy watched her rapists walk away with just a single-game suspension. Nothing more.She was cheated out of justice by a system that is the sprawling enterprise of college football that chose to protect its players.Now, she’s doing all she can to make sure that practice of protecting athletes stops. She’s going around the country to talk to different collegiate athletic programs to educate them on the issues.On Thursday, that journey took her to Columbus, where she spoke in front of the men’s basketball and football programs. She relayed her traumatic story to them, told them about how the system had failed her. She told them how to be men.Then, she asked them to make a pledge. A pledge to set the expectation that mistreatment and sexual abuse of women will not be tolerated. She has called it #SetTheExpectation.“One of the things I noticed right away as I was travelling the country working with different programs, big programs and small programs, was that there were some coaches saying these behaviors are harmful…and then I recognized that other coaches were not having this conversation,” Tracy said. “In an effort to try to get all these coaches on one page I decided to create a pledge that basically attaches eligibility to behavior. Meaning sexual assault and physical violence are never OK.”Tracy was raped by two Oregon State football players in 1998, who were then protected by the system. But starting in 2014 with legislative work Tracy began fighting back against that system.Then in 2016, Tracy began talking to teams, the first, perhaps fittingly, being a Nebraska Cornhuskers team coached by Mike Riley. The head coach at Oregon State when Tracy was raped, and the coach that did not properly discipline Tracy’s rapists.“Coach Mike Riley is part of my story,” Tracy said. “I ended up going to Nebraska Summer of 2016, meeting him and talking to his team. That story of me meeting him, because he gave my rapist a one-game suspension in 1998, went viral. From there, other teams just started calling.”Now two years later, and with Tracy’s work picking up momentum — the Arizona State and Stanford football teams played the first major #SetTheExpectation game last year — Tracy visited Ohio State.Tracy has told her story many times, but she said she still gets nervous before she does. It can be intimidating going in front of all these men and trying to change a culture, she said.“I was a victim of this machine as many are. To feel like I’m working within that machine now to make a difference is kind of, I don’t know if you’d call it full circle, but it does feel intimidating,” she said. “I am walking into a room full of strangers and a room full of men and sharing the very worst moment of my life in very graphic detail.”Tracy was invited by head basketball coach Chris Holtmann who reached out to the football team about attending the event.Tracy’s visit was scheduled well in advance, but ending up falling on the same week as news broke about wide receivers coach Zach Smith’s past of domestic abuse was brought to light and led to his firing. Tracy said she did not bring up the situation during her visit to Ohio State for the meeting was not about head football coach Urban Meyer or Smith; it was about the players.“My message is about men getting involved and engaged,” Tracy said. “All of it relates to any campus, and the campuses with something going on in the media, but it never really changes.”“I was a victim of this machine as many are. To feel like I’m working within that machine now to make a difference is kind of, I don’t know if you’d call it full circle, but it does feel intimidating.”-Brenda TracyBut Tracy did have thoughts on Meyer’s response to the situation and shared them for the first time. She said she agreed with the firing of Smith, but said it probably should have happened sooner.“What I will say is that Urban Meyer’s comments and the rhetoric are really indicative of a huge misunderstanding of the dynamics of domestic violence,” Tracy said. “There’s some education that needs to happen there and I think that it would be good for people to educate themselves; reach out to people like me, reach out to advocates in your community.“If anything I think his comments really showed a lack of understanding and I think that’s really commonplace in this nation.”In general, Tracy’s work places a large focus on the importance of coaches in setting the culture with Tracy working on a curriculum specifically designed to educate coaches.“Many of these coaches are acting as parental figures, a lot of these guys are acting as father-type figures, mentors,” Tracy said. “They have a lot of power in what they do and what they say and what they don’t do and what they don’t say. They really have an opportunity to impact culture and impact these young lives.”Tracy said ultimately her work is about humanity and she, as a mother of her own two sons, sees the humanity in the men with whom she works.“I want society to start caring about these men,” she said. “Especially in sports, our athletes have become commodities…they’re more than athletes, they’re human beings.”Tracy was well received by all the players, with many tweeting out #SetTheExpectation and Holtmann extending his thanks on social media.Holtmann’s gratitude was not all that Tracy left campus with though. She also received a commitment from the coach to participate in a #SetTheExpectation game to raise awareness.“Coach Holtmann committed to doing a ‘Set The Expectation’ game for the basketball season coming up and the women’s team also wants to be involved,” Tracy said. “I will be back and I will be working with the basketball programs and I am super excited about that. Ohio State is a big program and I think they can make a huge impact on our culture.”Tracy’s message came to Columbus and left a major impact, and she will be back sometime soon for a game supporting her cause, but her work will continue to grow as she fights to change a culture that has victimized far too many women.Right now Tracy is amazed by how far her movement has come. And she plans to take it further.“For me personally, it makes what I went through OK. I feel like what I went through wasn’t in vain,” she said. “I can take that pain and turn it into a purpose.” read more

Football Campbell and McLaurin play at Ohio Stadium one last time

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Ohio State redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) celebrates after downing Drue Chrisman’s punt within the five-yard line in the third quarter of the game against Michigan State on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State’s season has been an emotional one for the wide receiver room.The veteran core, which includes three redshirt seniors — Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin and Johnnie Dixon — began the season in controversy after former wide receivers coach Zach Smith was fired for allegations of domestic abuse.Now, after a season full of ups and downs, Ohio State still remains a Michigan win away from a trip to the Big Ten championship.“The Game” will be the last one at Ohio Stadium for McLaurin and Campbell, and the pair of two-time captains expect to be emotional in their final chance for a win in front of the home crowd.“I can’t quite let my emotions get in the way of everything. I’ll see my parents down there and I know that will be a little emotional for me,” McLaurin said.Campbell said this game is “everything” to him.“Everything is on the line for us as a team, everything is on the line for me as a senior playing the last game in the Horseshoe,” Campbell said. “I guess I never really thought I would be sitting here saying that.  But it’s here, so it’s everything.”To get here, the pair of veteran receivers had to overcome adversity.From the offseason controversy to a loss against Purdue, moving forward into Michigan following an overtime win against Maryland, the road to 10-1 has been anything but smooth.Both McLaurin and Campbell said the expectations, the critics, the adversity, it’s just a part of being in an Ohio State uniform.“People are always going to write off Ohio State no matter what,” Campbell said. “We could be undefeated right now and people would still write us off.  That’s what comes with being a Buckeye.”But for the pair of veteran receivers, the road to “The Game” doesn’t matter.Campbell has amassed 1,626 total yards and 14 total touchdowns in his four years at Ohio State. This season, he leads Ohio State with 66 catches and nine receiving touchdowns.Being an Akron native, Campbell knows the stakes in the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry from far before being a part of it. He said all that matters from here on out is the week ahead.“Obviously, we’ve had our hurdles. We’ve had ups and downs of adversity hit us left and right. I kind of feel like we’ve been in a title fight this whole season. We were getting uppercutted and hooked all over the place,” Campbell said. “Our mindset now is to worry about the team up north. Everything that we want, everything that we set out for is right there in front of us.”For McLaurin, his history with the rivalry is a bit different.Being born in Indianapolis, McLaurin didn’t have the exposure Campbell had until gearing up in a Buckeye uniform.But that has not stopped McLaurin from playing like he was born with Ohio State in his blood.McLaurin has 70 career catches for 1,129 yards and 17 touchdowns, and is tied with Campbell for the team-lead with nine touchdowns this season.Where McLaurin separates himself is on special teams, making the effort plays that have captured the attention of players and coaches alike.It caught the attention of head coach Urban Meyer so much that Meyer jokingly said he would name his next kid Terry if he had one.“I have always wanted to be the guy who did the right thing and worked hard,” McLaurin said. “I just wanted to be a guy you could depend on on and off the field, who was going to make your program better. For him to think of me in that aspect is pretty cool.” McLaurin is aware of the adversity the wide receivers have faced this season. He knows the highs and the lows that have come in his final year, and he said it has made his final season the hardest one.“This is probably the toughest year that I’ve been apart of just with the ups and downs and the outside noise,” McLaurin said. “We’re trying to control what we can control inside of this building and making sure that I am helping and making all the plays that I can. That’s been my main focus.” Now, the long road has just one final home game on its path. There is still a chance to make another Big Ten Championship, still a chance to go to another College Football Playoff. But for now, Michigan, with the No. 1 defense in the country, is the focus.Campbell knows emotions will be high.“It’s been a long road. You come into that stadium and look up and see 110,000,” Campbell said. “My family will be waiting for me at the end of the line. I’m sure I will be emotional but you know I’m not going to let that get in the way of what’s at stake. Come kickoff there is still a mission ahead. I’m sure it will be an emotional time but I’m not going to let it get in the way.”The emotions are undeniable, but McLaurin’s focus goes past that.Regardless of the outcome, regardless of the future matchups that await the Buckeyes, McLaurin just wants to be remembered. He wants his last game at home to show everything he has put into his time as a Buckeye.“Suiting up for the last time in Ohio Stadium, I just hope people know that I gave it everything I have on offense, special teams, as a leader,” McLaurin said. “I worked hard from when I was a recruit to when I walk out of the door. Going out with a win, that’s what I hope to accomplish this week.” read more

John Prescott steps in to make tea for passengers in busy train buffet car

September 25, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgLord Prescott turned heads when he stepped in to help an overstretched assistant in the buffet car on a train.The former deputy prime minister was on Friday’s 11.48am King’s Cross to Hull service when he saw a queue build up for hot drinks.So the 78-year-old Labour peer, himself a former ship’s steward and son of a railway signalman, offered to get behind the counter with the female employee and start serving passengers. Lord Prescott behind the counter when a female employee became overwhelmed by an influx of customers That’s because I use two bags. https://t.co/v2pBQlxqzi— John Prescott (@johnprescott) September 9, 2016 Lord Prescott later told the Hull Daily Mail: “Everyone was queuing up. I offered to help. The girl wasn’t sure at first, but I told her, ‘It’s okay, love. It’s just one of those things – let me help.’ I then got in, behind the counter, and began serving.” One passenger, who witnessed the public-spirited display, said: “Prezza was in First Class and volunteered to man the buffet and serve drinks. He makes a good cuppa!”Lord Prescott said that “it is in the genes” of Britons to help others.”We like to muck in and help fix problems,” he said. “I just wanted to do the public a service, and Hull Trains is a local company. We should all want to help others.” When the politician – once dubbed Two Jags for having the use of a pair of Jaguar cars – was later praised for the quality of his cup of tea, he quipped “That’s because I used two bags.”Lord Prescott was once mocked by Nicholas Soames, the Conservative MP, who called out to him: “Mine’s a gin and tonic, Giovanni, and would you ask my friend what he’s having?”Seemingly not forgetting the put-down, Lord Prescott tweeted: “Hope everyone enjoyed their coffee and teas on today’s @Hull-Trains. No one asked for G&Ts!”And referring to the row between Jeremy Corbyn and Virgin Trains over seats and pictures of him on board, Lord Prescott tweeted a link to Hull Daily Mail coverage of him in action behind the counter, saying: “Here I am serving passengers on the @Hull-Trains buffet. Shot on a camera phone not CCTV.” Hull Trains thanked Lord Prescott on Twitter for helping out.A customer called Paul tweeted him, saying: “You make a good brew sir.”Lord Prescott replied: “That’s because I use two bags.” Lord Prescott behind the counter when a female employee became overwhelmed by an influx of customersCredit:Hull Daily Mail/SWNS Here I am serving passengers on the @Hull_Trains buffet. Shot on a camera phone not CCTV. 😏https://t.co/vyqRTX4wKw— John Prescott (@johnprescott) September 9, 2016 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

Tram driver suspended after video appears to show him falling asleep

September 25, 2019 0 Comments

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. “He will now be subject to a full investigation so it would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage.”The footage was filmed between the Coombe Lane and Gravel Hill stations shortly after 6pm on April 21, according to the newspaper.The person who recorded the film told the newspaper: “It was the most surreal thing because the tram is zooming along and the driver seems to be falling asleep.”If you are in charge of 50-plus lives and you’re that exhausted, it’s a dangerous thing.”The footage surfaced as the tram line reopened nine days after the fatal derailment, which also injured more than 50.Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said he was “extremely concerned” by the video and added: “People will understandably be very worried.””It is important that First Group, who operate the trams, and TfL urgently and fully investigate this. I will make sure any necessary action is taken, and that all steps are taken to make sure these trams are as safe as possible.”Transport for London said the footage was being “urgently” investigated.Investigators said the derailed tram was travelling at three-and-a-half times the speed limit when it crashed near Sandilands station on Wednesday, November 9.The tram’s driver, Alfred Dorris, 42, from Beckenham, south-east London, was arrested at the scene and questioned on suspicion of manslaughter before being bailed until May. A tram driver who appears to fall asleep at the controls on the same line where a crash killed seven people has been suspended.A spokesman for First Group, which operates the tram network, said the driver has been “removed from duty” pending an investigation.A concerned passenger filmed the 32-second clip as the driver struggled to stay upright around three miles from the derailment in Croydon, south London, The Sun reported.This afternoon a First Group spokesperson said: “The driver involved in the video has been removed from duty pending the outcome of the investigation.last_img read more

Queen thanks military who helped bring peace to Iraq and Afghanistan at

September 25, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgFirst Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Prime Minister Theresa May and Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon at the serviceCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh attend the Iraq and Afghanistan war memorial dedication in LondonCredit:Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, the Princess Royal and the Duke of York The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Chancellor Philip HammondCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA The Queen appears delighted as she is presented with flowers by a young boyCredit: Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph Camilla Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles at Iraq and Afghanistan war memorial dedication  Former prime ministers David Cameron and John Major at the eventCredit:PA First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Prime Minister Theresa May and Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon Artist Mr Day also designed the nearby Battle of Britain Monument as well as The Meeting Place, a large bronze statue of a couple embracing at St Pancras railway station in London. Former Prime Ministers David Cameron and John Major at the event Lord Stirrup, chairman of the memorial project’s board of trustees, was head of the Armed Forces in his role as chief of defence staff from 2006-10. He said: “Literally hundreds of thousands of British military personnel and UK civilian citizens served this country in all sorts of various ways in support of those campaigns and we felt that it was extremely important that the way they had conducted themselves, carried out their duties and the service they had given to the nation was honoured and commemorated. The Queen attends the unveiling on the new memorial  As veterans, serving personnel and their families waited for the service to begin they listened to military bands played on Horse Guards Parade and watched the Drumhead altar being built, with Army colours draped on top.Excited children, dressed smartly for the important occasion, waited patiently for the royal guests, before standing with their parents as the Queen arrived shortly before the start at 11am. The service was led by the Chaplain of the Fleet, the Venerable Ian Wheatley, who gave thanks to the civilians and military personnel who served in the Gulf region, Iraq and Afghanistan. The Queen attends the unveiling on the new memorial Credit:Toby Melville/Reuters The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince of Wales at the war memorial dedication Credit:Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, the Princess Royal and the Duke of York at the eventCredit:Jonathan Brady /PA Members of the Metropolitan Police choir sang to the hushed parade ground, before readings from the Gospel and prayers led by Air Vice-Marshall, Jonathan Chaffey.The Royal Family and former leaders then joined fellow attendees in bowing their heads for the Lord’s Prayer and a rendition of the Last Post, culminating in two minutes’ silence. “So the memorial is exactly that, it’s to commemorate duty and service, it’s not about the campaigns themselves per se, it’s about those principles which are important in any civilised society and have always been an integral part of who and what we regard ourselves to be as a nation.”We wanted to acknowledge the contribution of the many who had served.” The memorial is not intended to focus on the fallen and bears no names. But it commemorates the duty and service of those who put themselves in harm’s way to protect the nation’s interests far from the UK, helped those in danger or worked to improve the lives of those in the Gulf region, Iraq and Afghanistan from 1990 to 2015.However, some military widows have criticised organisers for failing to inform them about the major event or offer invites to all the bereaved families. 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. It was followed by an unveiling ceremony of sculptor Paul Day’s memorial in nearby Victoria Embankment Gardens in the shadow of the Ministry of Defence building.Prince Harry marked a sombre tribute to the start of the ceremony, quoting “A time to love and a time to hate; A time for war and a time for peace,” from the Bible, as acting and former servicemen watched on. The number of British forces personnel and MoD civilians who died while serving in Afghanistan is 456, for the Iraq conflict it was 179, and the Gulf War 47, according to figures from the Ministry of Defence. Prince Harry speaks at the Military Drumhead ServiceCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA “And we remember with thanksgiving and sorrow those whose lives in wars and conflicts, past and present, have been given and taken away.” The Queen appears delighted as she is presented with flowers by a young boy Prince Harry speaks at the Military Drumhead Service The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Chancellor Philip Hammond The Queen, Theresa May and former prime minister Tony Blair were among those paying tribute to the Armed Forces and civilians who served their country during the Gulf War and conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.They were joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall for the moving service at Horse Guards Parade in central London ahead of the unveiling of a national memorial.Former prime ministers Sir John Major, David Cameron and Mr Blair – under whose leadership the conflicts were fought – also attended, along with other senior ministers.The Queen said it was with “pride” that the country honoured the contribution of those who served the nation, in a foreword written for the event’s official programme in which she paid tribute to those who worked to bring “peace and stability” to Iraq and Afghanistan.Around 2,500 guests including veterans and their families, charity workers and civil servants were also at the service, which has been overshadowed by strong criticism from some military widows who were not invited or informed about the event. Show more The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh attend the Iraq and Afghanistan war memorial dedication in London “We pray for all who in bereavement, disability and pain continue to suffer the consequences of fighting and terror,” he said.last_img read more

Wimbledon junior player forced to change blue underwear after umpire stops match

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first_imgRodionov said the problem had never happened to him before. “Yesterday for example I wore black pants and nobody said anything and today I wore blue and suddenly it’s a problem. It was a big surprise for me,” said the Austrian player. A junior player at Wimbledon was forced to change his underwear to the regulation white after being told by an umpire he could not wear his blue pair. All England Club officials inspected the pants worn by Jurij Rodionov, 18, and judged they were visible beneath his shorts, in contravention of the club’s all-white rules.center_img A match supervisor was called to bring a pair of white pants to Court 18 before the match was allowed to proceed. “Last year I did not know the…last_img read more

Heatwave causes Highland Games to be cancelled because venue has not yet

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The final Highland Games event of the season has been called off because of “exceptionally dry weather” causing a late hay crop – meaning the farmer could not lend his field to the games, because he has not yet harvested.The Invercharron Highland Games attracts thousands of people year, who enjoy caber tossing and tug ‘o’ war and traditional dancing.The event was due to be held on the 15th September but farmer Peter Campbell reluctantly made the decision on Sunday night to leave the hay growing in his field to provide winter feed for his animals.Those behind the event said they had to cancel it at the last minute “with severe regret”.They said the news of the field being out of use did not leave them with enough time to find a new venue or apply for a new licence.Organisers explained: “The farmer, whose field we use, grows his winter feed hay crop in the field and because of the exceptionally dry weather we have had, the crops are growing too slowly and as a result he will not be able to harvest before the games and the feed is urgently needed.” As it was due to be the last games of the season, many of the  Scottish Highland Games Association league results are determined there, which could mean some games are left on a cliffhanger. The cycling results will be decided at the Grantown-on-Spey Games the following day.The heatwave has caused a headache for farmers across the UK, with crops growing slowly due to lack of rain. Potato and carrot farmers have watched in dismay as their produce has failed to grow quickly, while a lack of lush grass for cows to graze on has meant that cheese and meat production has stilted.Michael Gove last week promised government assistance for farmers after the National Farmers Union put out a plea on behalf of their struggling members. Show more The hot weather has also brought on a plague of wasps, which thrive in hot weather, with pest controllers saying this is the worst year they have ever seen, and members of the public complaining about being stung by unusually aggressive insects. Mr Campbell, of Balblair Farm in Bonar Bridge told The Scotsman: “We’re awfully sorry this has happened but something’s got to give. During the games we usually put the horses elsewhere but we don’t have sufficient grazing elsewhere this year. Public events are not usually held on private land, so it is quite unusual to hold them on farms.” He said he has to be able to feed his 40 horses during the winter months, and this hay is crucial for that.Judges have said they will try and finalise the results at other events, with heavies (such as shot put and caber) and track and field events  finalised at the Glenurquhart Highland Games in Drumnadrochit, by Loch Ness on 25 August. 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

Essex seaside village outraged after being used in proTrump campaign advert

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Penelope Read, who filmed a documentary called Jaywick: A Diamond in the Rough in 2016, said she would be happy to show the candidate around.She said: “In the last couple of years since we did the documentary the council has tried really hard to improve things. Jaywick is starting to really go forward and it makes me really cross when it gets this bad publicity.”Of course there are things that are wrong currently but they are being improved.”A spokeswoman for Mr Stella said in a statement: “Our intent was never to smear the town in the photo, now known to us as Jaywick Sands in Essex.”We never used the name. For us it was an example of a town overburdened by poor governance, which is exactly what we in our district are seeking to prevent at every level.” 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. Residents of an Essex seaside village have said they are horrified after a pro-Trump campaign advertisement used a picture of it to warn voters that this is what America could look like if they did not back the President.The photograph shows Jaywick Sands, near Clacton in Essex, to attack Dr Nick Stella’s Democrat opponent.It suggests the area pictured is suffering “foreclosures, unemployment and economic recession”.It reads: “Only you can stop this from becoming reality! Help President Trump Keep America on Track and Thriving. A Vote for Foster is a Vote for Speaker Pelosi. We can’t go back to foreclosures, unemployment and economic recession!”The Republican is standing in the 11th Illinois congressional district in the mid-terms against Bill Foster.The advert was posted on the candidate’s Facebook page, and received a frosty reception from Essex locals.According to the government’s deprivation index, Jaywick was the most deprived neighbourhood in England in 2010 and 2015.However, Essex County Council has taken action since then, ploughing £6.5million into the town to improve infrastructure.Paul Honeywood, Tendring District Council Cabinet Member said the village’s fortunes have changed, and it is unfair to use that image in a negative campaign.He told the BBC: “I know that many Jaywick Sands residents will be outraged at being smeared in this way and rightly so.” read more

Fear of finding somewhere to spend a penny is keeping nation indoors

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Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A lack of public toilets in the UK is keeping elderly people at home, the Royal Society of Public Health has warned. Its researchers said the fitness levels of the population were being compromised by a fear of getting caught short without access to a lavatory.A survey of more than 2,000 adults found one in five said a lack of facilities deters them from leaving home as often as they would like. Three in four adults said there was a shortage of local lavatories.Chief executive Shirley Cramer said: “Our report highlights that the dwindling public toilet numbers in recent years is a threat to health, mobility, and equality that we cannot afford to ignore.”As is so often the case in this country, it is a health burden that falls disproportionately on already disadvantaged groups.”Standing in the way of this necessary and serious policy discussion is a stubbornly persistent ‘toilet taboo’, a decade of cuts to local authorities, and an increasingly ingrained notion that public toilets are merely a ‘nice-to-have’.”The RSPH report recommends that the provision of public toilets should be made compulsory in planning law, with equal access for women and transgender people.It also calls for the Government to reverse funding cuts to councils and encourage schemes to boost funding for public toilets, for example by taking one penny from the price of every train and bus tickets to finance them.”Public toilets are no luxury: it’s high time we begin to see them as basic and essential parts of the community – just like pavements and street lights – that enable people to benefit from and engage with their surroundings,” Ms Cramer said.”It is deeply concerning that, amidst a national obesity crisis, at a time when public health policy is to encourage outdoor exercise, our declining public toilet provision is in fact encouraging more people to stay indoors.” read more

Wife of Azeri banker spent £30k on chocolates at Harrods in one

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She also spent thousands on La Perla and Agent Provocateur lingerie, children’s books, and a ‘Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo’ Disney fairtytale makeover experience for children.Such was her love of luxury design wear that one one day in February 2015 she paid a bill of £286,110 for Christian Dior items.The scale of her spending was laid bare for the first time yesterday following the release of a tranche of High Court documents linked to the NCA investigation.Mrs Hajiyeva’s transactions – on three separate loyalty cards and 35 credit cards issued by her husband’s bank – show she also spent:£5,650 on food and drink at The Burger Bar, where burgers cost between £20 and £29, an Australian Wagyu sirloin steak is £75 and a bottle of champagne £88£133,220 on Dennis Basso designer clothes in one day£250,000 in the store’s perfumeryThe documents list spending by department and do not contain details of individual items bought, so it is possible goods from one area of the store were paid for in another or could also have been a total bill for purchases over a period of time from that department.Some of the bigger transactions, including six-figure sums, are not itemised at all or appear in categories such as “international” or “non-trade services”. Using so-called ‘McMafia’ anti-corruption laws which came into force last year the NCA wanted to establish how the couple could afford to buy an £11.5 million Knightsbridge house a few minutes’ walk from Harrods and a £10.5 million golf club in Ascot, Berkshire.As part of the UK’s first ever Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs) which were granted against the mother-of-three a judge found she spent more than £16 million in the luxury department store. A Magic Alhambra bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels – guide price £15,000 – £20,000Credit:NCA A Magic Alhambra bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels - guide price £15,000 - £20,000 On one day alone in 2014 Mrs Hajiyeva, the wife of jailed banker Jahangir Hajiyev, paid a £53,200 bill at the Harrods sandwich bar and furniture concession outlet, which had been opened that year by the British designer Tom Dixon.It is thought the amount was paid to settle an accumulated bill which she had run up at Tom Dixon’s outlet over a number of weeks.Documents released by the High Court yesterday showed that during the course of 2014 she spent a total of £167,000 at Dixon’s furniture and cafe outlet, which boasted that it served “the classic British snack with a refined twist” as well as selling items of his designer furniture.Prices for a sandwich at the Harrods Tom Dixon concession, which has since closed, varied from £12.90 for the ‘London Porker’, a bbq hog roast with apple coleslaw, and £18.50 for poached lobster with mango relish in a soft glazed roll.His furniture came at a cost, with a wingback chair as much as £3,500, a book case £2,000 and a console table £2,550. A newly released document outlining Mr Hajiyeva’s net worth in 2011 said he owned a £15 million villa on the Italian island of Sardinia, as well as a £5 million house and a £2 million flat in Baku.In witness statements submitted to the High Court, the NCA said Mrs Hajiyeva may have needed to raise money to maintain her lifestyle following her husband’s arrest, with high-value jewellery worth more than £1.5 million sold off at Christies between December 2015 and June 2016.A £1.1 million Cartier diamond ring, as well as 49 items of jewellery worth more than £400,000 were seized last year by the NCA. The wife of a convicted Azerbaijani banker spent £30,000 in one day on luxury chocolates during an incredible £16 million spending spree at Harrods.Zamira Hajiyeva made the payment at the store’s gourmet Belgian chocolate outlet Godiva, which provides luxury chocolate hampers for as much as £600, along with bespoke gift sets.Court papers have revealed she spent £1.6 million a year at the shop in Knightsbridge between 2006 and 2016, including £1 million in the toy department and £5.75 million at the jewellery designers Boucheron and Cartier.In one single transaction in the toy department – where toy prams cost almost £500, stuffed giant bears £2,500 and a life sized Winnie the Pooh bear £999 – Mrs Hajiyeva spent £790,000.Her extravagant spending was revealed after an investigation into the source of her wealth was mounted by the National Crime Agency (NCA), following the conviction of her husband on corruption charges. A Cartier diamond ring worth £1.2m A Cartier diamond ring worth £1.2mCredit:NCA A sapphire and ruby serpent pendant by Boucheron, which has a guide price of £80,000 to £120,000 (left) and a diamond panther pendant by Cartier worth up to £9,000Credit:NCA Mrs Hajiyeva’s husband was the chairman of the state-controlled International Bank of Azerbaijan (IBA) from 2001 until his resignation in 2015 and was subsequently sentenced to 15 years in his native country for fraud and embezzlement. The court ordered him to pay the IBA around 39 million US dollars (around £30 million) and confiscated his watch, worth around £50,000, a gold plaque inscribed with his name and position, and a gold coin.Mrs Hajiyeva, who was granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK in 2015, is also facing extradition to Azerbaijan over allegations of embezzlement.Her application to the Home Office for a so called ‘golden visa’ meant for wealthy investors included evidence of a Swiss bank account with deposited funds “in excess of £1 million”, while a sum of just over £1 million was invested in UK Government bonds. When Mrs Hajiyeva unsuccessfully attempted to overturn one of the UWOs in October, her lawyers claimed her husband’s conviction was the result of a “show trial” and that his guilt “had been determined by the presidential administration in advance”.”The decision of the High Court upholding the grant of an Unexplained Wealth Order against Zamira Hajiyeva does not and should not be taken to imply any wrongdoing, whether on herpart or that of her husband,” they said.They also said the UWO was part of an investigative process, not a criminal procedure, and did not involve the finding of any criminal offence.In a statement Harrods said: “Harrods compliance with, and adherence to, the strongest anti-money laundering policies is a fundamental principle of the company’s operations. In this instance, where Harrods cooperated with a wider investigation, there has never been any suggestion that Harrods has operated in any way other than in full compliance with the highest regulatory and legal standards.”Harrods also said on Tuesday night that since tills are often moved around departments without their name being changed it was not necessarily the case that all items allocated to a particular till were bought in the department with that name. A sapphire and ruby serpent pendant by Boucheron, which has a guide price of £80,000 to £120,000 (left) and a diamond panther pendant by Cartier worth up to £9,000 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. During her 10-year spending spree Mrs Hajiyeva, 55, also blew £433,389.79 on Cartier jewellery in one day and paid six-figure sums shopping for fashion brands including Dennis Basso, Celine and Fendi. read more

Menopause breakthrough will allow older women to have children after building a

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However it can also extend women’s fertility and could feasibly enable a woman in her seventies to have babies – although Professor Fishel said this would not be allowed for safety and ethical reasons.His upper age limits are 35 for freezing tissue for fertility preservation and 40 for freezing tissue for hormonal preservation.Professor Fishel told The Telegraph: “One of the reasons for the rising infertility rates is that women are not thinking about having babies until their 30s. If this procedure allows women to nail a career and feel that burden taken off their shoulders, and if by 40 they still want a baby but are not able to have their own naturally, they can go back to their tissue which they froze at 30. “Using that tissue from when they were 30 means it’s not considered that they’re having a baby at an older age because the egg will be from 10 years earlier.”He added that his youngest daughter is 22 and that the procedure “currently appeals to her”, so when she is aged between 25 and 30, he said that he will perform it on her as a “birthday present”.“The younger it’s done, the longer you have the benefit and the more eggs are available,” he said. The surgery was created to postpone menopause which can trigger serious health problems for thousands of women, including osteoporosis and heart problems. Menopause will no longer be a barrier for women building their careers, a scientist has claimed, following a research breakthrough which will allow for older women to have children.The revolutionary procedure, which is being offered by the fertility expert who pioneered IVF, works by tricking women’s biological clocks into thinking they are far younger than they are. The surgery freezes ovarian tissue at -150C. It is then stored in an ice bank until women reach the menopause when it is then thawed and transplanted back into the body years later when it will then kickstart women’s natural hormones and delay the menopause.  Professor Simon Fishel Professor Simon FishelCredit:./. Professor Fishel’s IVF work led to the birth of Natalie Brown — sister of the first test-tube baby, Louise Brown. Natalie later became the first woman conceived through IVF to naturally have her own children. This is the first surgery of its kind in the world is being offered by a Birmingham-based company called ProFaM (Protecting Fertility and Menopause), co-founded by four world-renowned experts in reproductive medicine.Professor Simon Fishel, ProFaM’s chief executive and founder, offers the £6,000 surgery which lasts just 30 minutes privately and nine British women aged between 22 and 36 have already undergone the surgery.One of the patients, a 34-year-old married mother-of-one who said she wanted to avoid having to take HRT in the future, told The Sunday Times: “I have to say I’ve never felt any pain, and it seems quite miraculous that it’s something so straightforward.” 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

EYEWITNESS True colours…

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: New developments…December 21, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: The basis…January 21, 2019In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Dazzling them…April 5, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” …of the PNCRemember that saying “nature will out”, from your schooldays? When Jupiter insisted folks can change? Venus disagreed and proved him wrong. Still don’t remember? She changed a cat into a girl who married a hunk of a fella and was as demure as could be. “Ha!” said Jupiter. But as soon as Venus introduced a mouse at the wedding buffet, the girl pounced on it! Nature will out!Well it does look like the PNC’s nature has taken over, and is pouncing. The essence of the PNC’s rule was their fixed belief that Guyana was theirs to have and to possess (not just “hold”!). “Do wha’ yuh want wid me!” is what they heard as soon as they took control of the state. So you’re upset with all the “thiefin’” going on? The Pharma bond… Jubilee Wood Ants Park… pharma contract… secret oil contract… trips for Minister’s squeezes… jobs for the boys and girls? Why are you fretting? If the state is the PNC’s to begin with — to do with as they want, it’s not REALLY stealing, is it? You can’t steal what’s already yours, can you?So on to the latest escapade to raise eyebrows — Prezzie using State House to host a PNC event. In this case, to award bursaries for the kids of PNC members. The former AG claims that all the expenses for the actual bursaries were also funded by the state. But we don’t need to even go there, do we? In any government in a modern democracy, there is a strict line drawn between the party and the state.Why? Well just consider the name “party”. “Part-y”, get it? A political part-y represents a PART of the country – and that’s why they’re said to be “part-isan”. But when that party is elected into government to control the state, it’s supposed to be governing on behalf of ALL Guyanese. To use State House for partisan purposes is especially heinous and eviscerating of democratic standards, since it goes against all that the STATE is supposed to stand for. WE THE PEOPLE…Now you may say this handing out of awards to kids – albeit PNC kids – is “no big thing”. But that would show you’ve forgotten that other nursery schooldays story. Remember the elephant who begged the fella to allow him to just place his TRUNK into his hut, because it was cold? And before the fella knew what was going on, he was out, and the elephant was IN the hut!!Do you, dear reader, remember the PNC, under which Prezzie earned his spurs, actually started innocuously with Burnham’s picture on children’s exercise books?They soon declared their PARAMOUNTCY over the state!…and the Weinstein syndromeWith actresses coming forward daily to reveal the sexual harassment  (and more) inflicted on them by the boss of Miramax — Weinstein — one of the biggest producers of Hollywood, one wonders what kind of monster he was. But in reality, the problem’s much larger than Weinstein.What’s being exposed is “sexual harassment” — a term coined only in 1975, even though the activity’s been going on for centuries. It was so “normal” for men to believe they could touch or commit other inappropriate actions towards women there wasn’t even a name for it. Do fishes have a word for “sea”?? And if there isn’t a name, then how do you talk about it? Until a staff at Cornell University sued the institution for employment benefits after she’d resigned because of the behaviour by several male staff. Cornell protested there was no law broken. She may have been ‘asking for it”!!After she won her case, the use of the term hit a high spot in 1991, when Anita Hill testified against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Hill.And now.…for public officeEven though it was pointed out the Secretary of Cabinet and the Defence Board CONSTITUTIONALLY can’t be MPs or Ministers, the PNC-led government SNICKERED, “So what?” read more

Sheriff StMandela Ave upgrade now a US61M project as price doubles

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With an Engineer’s Estimate now standing at two times the original price — coming in at sixty-one million, four hundred and fifty thousand, seven hundred and ninety-four United States dollars (US$61,450,794), local companies have all been locked out of the lion’s share of the Sheriff Street/Mandela Avenue road upgrade project.According to the notices issued by the Public Infrastructure Ministry (MPI), the project entails rehabilitative works, but observers are questioning how exactly Government proposes to finance the project, since US$30 million of the US$66 million Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) loan would have been diverted towards a housing project.At the opening of bids on Tuesday at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB), it was discovered that the project has been divided into six lots. Lot Six attracted a bid security of US$200,000 for the slot of the project estimated to cost US$30.7million.Part of Sheriff StreetThere were only three bidders for this component of the project—all foreign-owned firms—when bids were opened on Tuesday at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB). Those bidders were Surrey Paving and Aggregate Construction Limited of Jamaica, with a bid of US$33.8 million; Namalco Construction Limited of Trinidad and Tobago, with a bid of US$43.6 million; and the Chinese-owned Sino Hydro Corporation, with a bid of US$31.1 million.Four local companies submitted bids for the project, but none submitted bids for the most lucrative portion — Lot Six. R. Basso and Sons Construction Company submitted a bid for Lot Four of the project at US$5.1million; while S. Jagmohan Hardware Supplies and Construction Services submitted a bid for Lot Three at US$6.6 million.BK International submitted bids for each of the five smaller components of the road upgrade project.The other companies bidding for various lots of the project included Hookman Ally Limited of Trinidad of Tobago, in association with Samaroo Investments Limited, H. Nauth and Sons Civil Engineering, Amalgamated Engineering Services Limited of Trinidad and Tobago, and Kee Chanona Limited, also of Trinidad and Tobago.The six lots into which this road network upgrade and expansion programme has been divided are as follows: Lot 1: From Rupert Craig Highway to Lamaha Canal (NB: KINDLY VERIFY THIS LOT). The Engineer’s Estimate for this lot is seven million and sixty-three thousand, three hundred and forty-four United States dollars (US$7,063,344).Lot 2: From Lamaha Street to David Street. The Engineer’s Estimate for this lot is seven million, four hundred and fifty-nine thousand, five hundred and sixty-four United States dollars (US$7,459, 564).Lot 3: From Lamaha Street to the DSL Intersection. The Engineer’s Estimate for this lot is seven million, four hundred and eighty-nine thousand, three hundred and forty-three United States dollars (US$7,489,343).Lot 4 deals with structures, and the Engineer’s Estimate for this lot is seven million, nine hundred and sixty-three thousand, nine hundred and forty-four United States dollars (US$7,963,944).Lot 5 deals with traffic signals and street lighting, and the Engineer’s Estimate stands at one million and thirty-nine thousand, nine hundred and sixty-eight United States dollars (US$1,039,968).Lot 6 deals with road works, drainage structures, street lighting and traffic lights from Rupert Craig Highway to where the project ends on Mandela Avenue. The Engineer’s Estimate for this lot stands at thirty million, seven hundred and thirty-four thousand, five hundred and forty-two United States dollars. (US$30,734,542).The project, a Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI) undertaking, had initially raised eyebrows over allegations that the bidding pool has been restricted.The MPI, in its notice inviting bidders, had requested bidders to lodge up to Gy$41 million (US$200,000) in bid security before their proposals could even be considered for evaluation.The rate set for Lot Six is US$200,000 (G$41.6 million). Lots One through Three are set at a rate of US$50,000 (G$10.4 million). Lot Four has been set at a rate of US$30,000 (G$6.2 million) while Lot Five has been earmarked at US$20,000 (G$4.1 million).The IDB had initially approved some US$66 million for the road upgrade project, but the coalition Administration opted to divert US$30 million of that amount towards the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) for works to be undertaken in Sophia.Piloted by the previous Administration, the Sheriff Street/Mandela Avenue Road Upgrade project has been on the cards for a number of years, but its scope has been revised under the current Administration.Critics have also raised eyebrows at the level of the bid security being asked, and pointed to recent lamentations by Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, who had alleged tampering with the procurement process in order to award contracts to favoured supporters.The original Engineer’s Estimate for the entire project had been set at thirty-six million, three hundred and seventy-seven thousand, five hundred and sixty-four United States dollars (US$36,377,564), but the procurement process was annulled on previous occasions. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt scrapping Sheriff Street road expansion in favour of housing programmeOctober 10, 2017In “latest news”Sheriff – Mandela expansion among major road projects to commence in 2015January 17, 2015In “Business”Four-lane section of ECD road project slated for completion by AugustMay 16, 2018In “Business” read more

Anns Grove home of pensioner residing in the US destroyed by

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPensioner’s house goes up in flamesMay 23, 2019In “latest news”Fire Chief confirms kerosene lamp, stove cause devastating fires that destroyed Enmore, Berbice homesApril 19, 2016In “latest news”Pensioner among four homeless in FireMay 6, 2014In “Crime” An Ann’s Grove, East Coast Demerara (ECD) home was on Wednesday morning destroyed by fire of unknown origin.Reports indicate that the house owned by a 80-year-old pensioner, who is presently residing in the United States of America, was destroyed at around 05:30h.The caretaker of the Lot 34 Canal, Ann’s Grove house, 42-year-old Safraz Baksh was asleep in the two storey house when he was alerted to the fire.INews understands that the caretaker was awakened by a neighbour who informed him that the house was on fire.Upon inspections, the house was observed to be engulfed in flames.The fire service was promptly called and they worked tediously to put out the flames.It is unclear what are the estimated losses, however the matter is currently under investigation. read more

Vendor nabbed with unlicensed firearm

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A vendor of Board Street, Charlestown, Georgetown is now being processed for Court after he was found to be in possession of an unlicensed pistol.Reports reaching Inews indicate that the 29-year-old man was arrested at his home by ranks who were responding to a domestic violence report.Inews understands that the said firearm was reportedly loaded with fifteen rounds of ammunition. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan arrested for discharging unlicensed firearmSeptember 1, 2015In “Crime”Female among four in custody for unlicensed firearm, ammoAugust 25, 2015In “Crime”Operation Dragnet catches man with unlicensed gun, ammoDecember 20, 2015In “Crime” read more

Infant electrocuted in Berbice

September 25, 2019 0 Comments

A five-month-old infant was on Tuesday electrocuted at his Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) home.Dead is Mason Cush of Corentyne, Berbice.Dead: Mason CushAccording to reports received, the child’s mother Onessa Jackson, 27, took him off of her bed at about 12:00h on Tuesday and placed him on the floor with some toys to play with as she made up the bed.However, while on the floor, the infant reportedly got hold of an electrical cord which was reportedly held together with tape.The infant made contact with the exposed part of the wire and by the time Jackson realised what had happened, the child was electrocuted.He was rushed to the Skeldon Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The incident was reported to the Police and the mother was taken into custody.However, she was released on Thursday.An autopsy is expected to be performed on the infant’s body today.The tragic incident comes on the heels of another involving a toddler who died after creeping into a drain in front of his home. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related22-year-old man electrocuted with ‘homemade drop cord’February 10, 2016In “Internet”Update: 3-year-old electrocuted by exposed extension cordApril 10, 2017In “latest news”17-month-old baby molested at CorentyneJanuary 25, 2016In “Crime” read more