Tennessees Strange Path to Sweet 16 Suggests Its a Big Threat to

The number next to Tennessee’s name in the NCAA tournament bracket, 11, makes the Volunteers look like heavy underdogs against Michigan on Friday night. How Tennessee got to the Sweet 16 makes it look like a serious upset threat.Teams that are underseeded tend to outplay their seed, as I wrote last week. So do teams that have to play their way into the main tournament bracket, which I wrote about in a separate article. Yet most of these teams still lose their next game, when they face heavy favorites. Tennessee, thanks to a kind draw, is in the small group of teams that were underseeded, had to play their way in, and then won their next game. Similar teams went on to achieve major tournament success.Ken Pomeroy’s ratings on Selection Sunday ranked Tennessee as the 13th best team in the country, worthy of a No. 4 seed. And the Volunteers have played like it since, winning their play-in game over Iowa by 13 points and then crushing UMass and Mercer by 19 and 20, respectively. No other team got to this year’s Sweet 16 with two wins as lopsided as Tennessee’s.The Volunteer’s next opponent, Michigan, is the Midwest’s second seed and reached last year’s championship game. The Wolverines are favored over Tennessee by 2.5 or three points by Las Vegas sports books.But teams like Tennessee have been dangerous at this stage. The Vols — by virtue of beating Iowa and playing their way into the tournament — joined a group that historically outperforms its pre-tournament level by two points per game. Those two points, however, usually aren’t enough against their next, higher-seeded opponents.By beating UMass, Tennessee became just the 33rd play-in winner to win its next round (including in that group teams that had to win games in the early 1980s to advance and face a team that got a bye). How much these teams were underseeded is correlated (R>0.32) with three measures of later success: margin of victory in their next game, subsequent tournament wins and eventual finish. (The last two aren’t redundant because the tournament’s field size and number of rounds have changed.)Underseeded Play-in Winners That Won Their Next GameFive of the 32 teams before Tennessee were underseeded by four or more, according to their pretournament Simple Rating System ranking, as calculated by my colleague Benjamin Morris. (Pomeroy ratings don’t go back to the 1980s.) All five won their next games in the tournament — as Tennessee did against Mercer — and four went to the Final Four, including national finalist UCLA in 1980. No team before Tennessee was underseeded by even six spots; the Vols were slotted seven spots below where they should have been.FiveThirtyEight’s model, which takes into account Pomeroy’s ratings and teams’ performance during the tournament, gives the Vols a 47 percent chance of beating Michigan on Friday. The game is essentially a tossup – a rarity for a matchup between a No. 2 seed and a No. 11. read more

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Why Is The US So Good At Womens Soccer

Even though the United States is a bit insecure about its place in the world’s most popular sport, the U.S. women’s national soccer team has been dominant on the world stage for nearly a quarter-century. Tonight it will face off in the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup against Germany, with nothing less than the title of “greatest of all time” at stake. Each team has two World Cup championships, and they’ve been the two top-ranked teams in the world since FIFA’s rankings began in 2003. The winner will take the lead in World Cup finals appearances and will have the inside track to finish atop 2015’s rankings.So how did we get here? Basically, it boils down to two things: 1) Women’s soccer has been on a great run for the past 30-plus years in the U.S., to the point where it’s poised to become our most popular women’s sport, and 2) the rest of the world has been relatively apathetic and/or hostile to the women’s game.U.S. women’s soccer truly seemed to arrive in the public’s attention after the 1999 World Cup. If you’re old enough to have experienced the excitement and drama of it, there’s no way you could ever forget:This success didn’t come from nowhere. Since almost immediately after the implementation of Title IX (which became law in 1972, with compliance required by 1978) U.S. women’s soccer has grown like crazy. Probably the cleanest and easiest venue to see how this has played out is at the high school level; the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has high school athletics participation data going back to the ’70s:In the late ’70s, the number of high school women playing soccer was in the low five figures. By the time America won the World Cup in 1991, there were more than 120,000. By the time it won in 1999, there were more than 250,000. Now it is approaching 20 percent of all high school female athletes — about 375,000 — and has surpassed baseball/softball as the third-most-played team sport.Soccer has grown both by taking women from other sports and by capturing a disproportionate share of “new” female athletes as more young women began to play sports. Note that the percentage decline for basketball — by far the most mature women’s sport in the country — looks steep, but the change in total number of players is fairly small (there were more women playing high school basketball in 2013-14 than in 1976-77.) Soccer, though, has still been adding numbers to its ranks rapidly, despite a bit of a slowdown in its growth shortly after 1999:Soccer looks like it has a good chance of taking the top spot in the next 10-20 years. Yes, volleyball has been on a nice run of late, and looks likely to pass basketball as the most-played sport as early as this year. But volleyball is down from its peak (see chart above), and the upper limit for soccer is still unknown.For as much as the rest of the world loves soccer, it has been much slower to embrace the women’s game than the U.S. In England, women playing soccer was effectively banned (at least at venues that hosted men’s teams) from 1921 to 1971, and in Germany it was banned from 1955 to 1970. At around the time Title IX was heating up in the United States, women’s international soccer basically didn’t exist. According to FIFA, there were only three national teams and two international matches played in 1971.And while the women’s game is still growing worldwide, it has a long way to go. The latest comprehensive statistics from FIFA come from its “Big Count” in 2006. In it, women made up about 11 percent of registered soccer players worldwide, and just 13 percent of youths. While the Big Count hasn’t been updated, more recent studies haven’t suggested any major shifts, and FIFA still uses a figure of 12 percent in its literature.What’s worse, even those numbers are being skewed — by the United States. In that same report, the U.S. had more than 1.5 million registered female youth players — more than half of the world’s total. Take all U.S. youth out of the equation, and just 8 percent of the young soccer players in the rest of the world were female in 2006.Also, in the U.S., women’s soccer has more parity the higher up the ladder you go. Of all FIFA-registered youth in the U.S., 40 percent are female. In high schools, young women make up 47 percent of all soccer players. In the NCAA, 53 percent of soccer players are female, including 61 percent of those in Division I.Given that we pretty much started out on a similar playing field and have devoted more interest to women playing soccer in this country, I’m actually led to wonder why it is that we’re not even more dominant.For example, Germany has probably the most robust network of young women playing soccer outside of the U.S. Per capita its network is about the same as America’s: The U.S. has about five times as many registered youth women’s players as Germany (based on the data in the FIFA country-by-country factbook), fitting well with a population difference of about 5x for 15-24-year-old females (judging by here and here).If all else were equal, the U.S. should be smoking Germany: Both countries have similar youth participation rates, and we have five times more youths to draw on.This isn’t the type of sports mystery that can be easily solved, but the best answer is probably something along the lines of “they take soccer more seriously.” And there are some pretty good hints of that in FIFA’s data: For example, 94 percent of all the FIFA-registered players in the U.S. are youths, compared with only 31 percent in Germany. In raw numbers, that means we have a little more than 100,000 relatively serious adult female players compared with Germany’s 650,000 plus. While I generally think youth or high school participation is a great proxy for potential talent pools, in this case I think the adult participation disparity tells you quite a bit about each country’s soccer culture. We may have the numbers advantage, but we don’t treat soccer as a national passion project.At least not yet. Give us a couple more wins in Canada and we’ll see.CLARIFICATION (July 1, 10:30 a.m.): The “rise of soccer” chart has been labeled to reflect that hockey includes both ice and field variants. UPDATE (July 1, 7:20 a.m.): Tuesday night, the U.S. women’s national team beat Germany 2-0, making this article’s headline even more prescient than usual. Below, Benjamin Morris looks at how America’s unique youth soccer culture has helped ensure the dominance of the USWNT. read more

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Transfer Quarterbacks Are All The Rage But Do They Deliver At Their

Kyler MurrayTexas A&M109.19Oklahoma203.26+94.07 Brock BerlinFlorida161.09Miami (FL)128.65-32.45 Greyson LambertVirginia108.02Georgia139.50+31.48 Tom SavageRutgers123.45Pittsburgh138.24+14.80 Brandon McllwainSouth Carolina99.15California104.41+5.26 Beyond sheer volume, this year’s group of transfer quarterbacks is especially fascinating because it might also be the most talented bunch the sport has seen. Jalen Hurts’s father was not far off when he speculated after the 2017 season that Hurts could be the “biggest free agent in college football history.” The quarterbacks potentially debuting in new uniforms next weekend include a national champion in Hurts and three former five-star recruits (Fields, Washington’s Eason and Northwestern’s Johnson). This could have a major effect. Oklahoma does not need Hurts to do much more than his numbers would already indicate. Even an average 4.9-point bump in passer rating from his career 148.8 would put him among last season’s 20 most efficient quarterbacks in the major conferences.No matter what becomes of this year’s crop of transfers, schools will surely keep swapping quarterbacks in the future. Transfers can be good for the coaches, who find a one- or two-year solution to their quarterback vacancies. After two of his quarterbacks transferred, Arkansas coach Chad Morris replaced them this past offseason with graduate transfers Ben Hicks, originally at Southern Methodist, and Nick Starkel, from Texas A&M. “As I’ve shared all along, we are always in the quarterback market. It doesn’t matter — we are always in that market,” he said last winter. And it appears quarterback reps are going to remain scarce at Clemson, for example, with Heisman co-favorite Lawrence only a sophomore.Still, high expectations will follow a transfer anywhere. It would be hard to ask Hurts to replicate the Heisman-winning seasons of Mayfield or Murray. Expecting Fields, a sophomore with 39 career passing attempts, to equal what NFL first-round draft pick Dwayne Haskins did last season is also a stretch.But that doesn’t mean those teams won’t try. “If Jalen does win the starting job from everything I’ve seen, I’m not sure there’s anything we’ve done before I wouldn’t do with him,” Oklahoma’s Riley said in a radio interview last month. Defenses should buckle up. The twists and turns are just getting started. Russell WilsonNC State135.47Wisconsin191.78+56.31 Ryan WillisKansas104.36Virginia Tech138.01+33.65 Jake LutonIdaho100.19Oregon St.129.33+29.14 Kevin CraftSan Diego St.109.18UCLA101.72-7.46 Everett GolsonNotre Dame138.21Florida St.149.16+10.94 A.J. SuggsTennessee113.27Georgia Tech113.35+0.08 Joe DaileyNebraska111.92North Carolina114.10+2.18 Robert MarveMiami (FL)107.19Purdue125.91+18.72 Clint TrickettFlorida St.151.55West Virginia132.40-19.15 Jake HeapsBrigham Young114.13Kansas97.00-17.13 Ryan FinleyBoise St.115.63NC State140.04+24.40 Ryan MallettMichigan105.69Arkansas158.11+52.42 Steven ThreetMichigan105.26Arizona St.133.41+28.15 Not every QB transfer is a program saviorQuarterbacks who threw at least 50 passes at another FBS school before transferring to a Power 5 program and how their passer rating changed, 2000-18 Brandon HarrisLSU133.86North Carolina72.34-61.52 Baker MayfieldTexas Tech127.66Oklahoma189.39+61.72 Jordan WebbKansas118.11Colorado103.72-14.39 Keller ChrystStanford128.89Tennessee130.78+1.90 Sam KellerArizona St.142.15Nebraska133.74-8.41 Will GrierFlorida145.61West Virginia169.18+23.57 Davis WebbTexas Tech138.37California135.63-2.74 Tyler MurphyFlorida121.05Boston College126.19+5.14 Scott McBrienWest Virginia110.42Maryland142.04+31.62 Jarrett StidhamBaylor198.95Auburn144.35-54.60 Pete ThomasColorado St.121.17NC State115.07-6.09 Patrick TowlesKentucky116.80Boston College113.16-3.64 Gardner MinshewEast Carolina127.10Wash. St.147.56+20.46 Peyton BenderWash. St.106.30Kansas113.66+7.36 Danny O’BrienMaryland123.54Wisconsin120.73-2.80 Matt LoVecchioNotre Dame125.27Indiana114.24-11.03 First schoolSecond school Jeremiah MasoliOregon130.56Mississippi121.11-9.45 Mitch MustainArkansas120.53USC110.47-10.06 Shea PattersonMississippi141.22Michigan149.85+8.63 Wilton SpeightMichigan132.20UCLA125.99-6.21 Kyle BolinLouisville141.56Rutgers98.21-43.34 PlayerNameRatingNameRatingChange You don’t have to look hard at college football these days to find somebody, somewhere, talking about transfers. More players are switching teams each year, and more are seeking waivers that grant immediate eligibility at their new school — and it seems like just about everybody in the sport has an opinion about it.“The issue with the transfer portal is we’ve gotten very liberal in giving people waivers, so, when we do that, it becomes free agency,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said last month. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, too, has cautioned against “free agency in college football.”But even calling it “free agency” is understating the flurry of moves. Of the top 25 teams in the preseason coaches’ poll, as many as eight could start a transfer at quarterback later this month. Five of those eight quarterbacks1This figure could be as high as six, depending on the outcome of the quarterback battle at Washington State University. Anthony Gordon, a junior-college transfer, appeared in two games for the Cougars last season. He is currently competing with Gage Gubrud, who recently transferred from neighboring Eastern Washington, for the starting job, though the current rumors coming out of Pullman appear to favor Gordon. were not active for their current team last season. For comparison, in the NFL — which, of course, has literal free agency — only about four of 32 starters weren’t on their current team last season.2This includes rookie Kyler Murray in Arizona and traded quarterbacks Joe Flacco and Nick Foles in Denver and Jacksonville, respectively. Depending on the outcome of the quarterback battle in Miami, either recent signee Ryan Fitzpatrick or trade acquisition Josh Rosen will start. A few other quarterback competitions remain unresolved as of publication.In the last decade, transferring in college football has increased in frequency. Some of this is due to changes in NCAA guidelines and the establishment of a transfer portal that facilitates contact between players and coaches. The NCAA’s evolving stance on immediate-eligibility waivers — which allowed Michigan’s Shea Patterson to play last season after transferring from Ole Miss, and Justin Fields to suit up for Ohio State this season — has expedited the transfer movement.The optimal approach is to find an elite talent and develop him, as Clemson has done with Trevor Lawrence and Alabama with Tua Tagovailoa. But those who miss out on that chance sometimes turn to the next-best option — and it often works. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, entering his fifth year with the program, has coached the last two Heisman Trophy winners. Both were transfers, Baker Mayfield from Texas Tech and Kyler Murray from Texas A&M. It’s no longer only bench players who move schools in search of more playing time; athletes of all levels and abilities are taking advantage of their newfound mobility to develop their careers.The impact of this wave of transfers is evident at both the college and professional level. Alabama and Georgia produced the current starting quarterbacks for four of the top five teams: the Crimson Tide’s Tagovailoa, the Bulldogs’ Jake Fromm, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts and Ohio State’s Fields. Five of the 11 quarterbacks taken in the 2019 NFL draft were transfers.3The five were Kyler Murray (Texas A&M to Oklahoma), Will Grier (Florida to West Virginia), Ryan Finley (Boise State to North Carolina State), Jarrett Stidham (Baylor to Auburn) and Gardner Minshew (East Carolina to Washington State).The college football programs themselves have also incentivized player movement. Teams’ increasing reliance on younger quarterbacks chases away the rest of the depth chart: If a freshman has a firm hold on the starting job, there’s no playing time available for three years, barring an injury. Lawrence’s emergence at Clemson in 2018, for example, sparked two departures — Kelly Bryant to Missouri and Hunter Johnson to Northwestern — while Georgia’s Fromm pushed out two more, Fields to Ohio State and Jacob Eason to Washington.The search for playing time creates a ripple effect: Soon after Fields showed up at Ohio State, quarterback Tate Martell, previously expected to start in 2019, transferred to Miami. After Hurts arrived at Oklahoma, Sooners quarterback Austin Kendall left for West Virginia.It’s not just at the highest level of the sport. In addition to the eight top 25 teams, Mississippi State (Tommy Stevens, formerly of Penn State), Virginia Tech (Ryan Willis, previously at Kansas) and Missouri (Bryant) are among the power-conference schools who have settled on or considered starting transfer quarterbacks.But what gets lost in the drama of the quarterback carousel is that these transfers are rarely a magic solution. Yes, Mayfield and Murray were the two most successful transfer quarterbacks this century, based on passer ratings.4Three of the pair’s five combined seasons at Oklahoma — Mayfield’s 2016 and 2017 campaigns, and Murray’s 2018 season — rank among the four most efficient passing seasons in NCAA history, according to Sports-Reference.com. But schools turning to a transfer to transform their program often end up disappointed.Since 2000, 94 players have attempted at least 50 passes in a season for two different schools. Here we see the trend over time: five quarterbacks joined a new team between 2000 and 2004, while 13 transferred schools between 2005 and 2009. Twenty-eight quarterbacks transferred between 2010 and 2014, and 48 of those 94 have departed for greener pastures since 2015.Of that group, 58 transferred to a Power 5 school. (This includes both quarterbacks who transferred from non-Power 5 schools as well as quarterbacks who transferred between Power 5 schools.) Nineteen Power 5 transfers improved their passer rating from their first stop to their second by at least 15 points, an impressive rise. But 12 more saw their passer rating drop by at least 15 points.5This also omits the quarterbacks who seek greener pastures but didn’t end up earning enough playing time to merit inclusion on our list. The average change in passer rating is plus-4.9, and the average bump in completion percentage is 2 points, both modest upticks. However it may seem, it’s just not that easy to move towns, learn a new offense, adjust to new teammates and coaches and blossom into a completely different player. Jon BeutjerIowa129.16Illinois126.77-2.39 Jake RudockIowa129.96Michigan141.50+11.54 Allan EvridgeKansas St.104.44Wisconsin116.50+12.06 Kenny HillTexas A&M154.84Texas Christian138.36-16.47 Michael MachenKent St.100.56Baylor82.09-18.47 John O’KornHouston123.90Michigan105.48-18.42 Dayne CristNotre Dame127.00Kansas96.52-30.48 Matt MooreUCLA101.47Oregon St.131.69+30.22 Darell GarretsonUtah St.137.68Oregon St.103.97-33.71 Source: Sports-Reference.com R. KovalcheckArizona108.91Vanderbilt119.07+10.16 Wes LuntOklahoma St.137.31Illinois119.54-17.77 Zach MaynardBuffalo124.42California128.36+3.94 Danny EtlingPurdue110.95LSU144.36+33.41 read more

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Ohio State football recruit shot again 17yearold girl killed

For the second time since April, Ohio State football recruit Jamel Turner has been shot, according to police. This time, Turner’s injuries sustained are much more serious, as Turner was initially listed in critical condition and the 17-year-old girl he was with was killed.The Columbus Dispatch reported Sunday that Turner survived the night and was upgraded to stable condition.Turner, 18, and 17-year-old Tracy Banks were both shot multiple times Saturday morning in Youngstown. Police said Turner was found lying near a stop sign at an intersection outside of the house in which Banks’ body was found.The linebacker/defensive end recruit played at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy after transferring from Ursuline High School in Youngstown, where he was declared ineligible before his senior year.He was shot twice April 17 while riding as a passenger in a car that contained marijuana and several guns, according to the police report. Turner downplayed the incident on his personal Facebook page, writing that he “just got hit twice is all” and that he “still can play football so its all gravy.”His Facebook page has since been deactivated.OSU coach Jim Tressel issued a statement, saying, “I’m so sad to hear of Jamel’s misfortune. I have not communicated with Jamel, but am certainly praying for him at this time.”Stay tuned to www.thelantern.com for further updates. read more

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Bauserman hopes preseason performance leads to playing time in the fall

Joe Bauserman picked the wrong era to try to be Ohio State’s quarterback. Early in his OSU career he was forced to compete with a highly touted recruit in senior Terrelle Pryor and is now entering his final year battling another highly touted recruit in freshman Braxton Miller. However, the redshirt senior has been given a golden opportunity to be the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes throughout Pryor’s five-game suspension. Pryor, along with offensive lineman Mike Adams, running back Dan Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits. Coach Jim Tressel will join them for failing to report their violations. Bauserman said that although the situation isn’t ideal, he is making the best of the opportunity. “It’s all you can ask for sometimes,” he said. “Under the circumstances, it sucks. You’d like to have all five of those guys, and it’s tough. But it’s an opportunity and I’ll try to take advantage of it.” Bauserman played football and baseball in high school and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fourth round of the 2004 MLB draft. He played three seasons in the Pirates’ farm system before walking on to the OSU football team. The 25-year-old former Minor League pitcher said he doesn’t miss baseball and is only concerned about the football team. “I don’t even think about it,” Bauserman said. “I’m focused on one opportunity and what’s going on right now.” Bauserman has fought all spring to get a leg up on the three other candidates looking to replace Pryor during his suspension. Miller, redshirt sophomore Kenny Guiton and redshirt freshman Taylor Graham each threw a touchdown pass in Saturday’s Spring Game. Bauserman said he thought he had a successful spring. “I feel good about what I did,” he said. “I have no control about whether I’ll be playing or not. It’s up to coach Tress and coach Sic (quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano) if they’re going to give me a chance.” He said there will always be excitement with major recruits coming to campus but that he has everything in his game that those recruits have. “People want excitement. A guy that they’ve never seen before is going to get them thinking about it,” Bauserman said. “It doesn’t bother me. I feel like I can play at this level just as well as anybody else.” Senior center Mike Brewster said Bauserman’s experience should help him in the competition. “Joe’s a real solid guy. He knows the offense. He’s going to make the smart play. That’s what you want from your quarterback,” Brewster said. “I think Joe will be the No. 1 probably going into camp and, you know, he’s comfortable back there and that always makes you feel good if your quarterback knows everything about the offense.” Bauserman, however, said he does not know what Tressel will decide. “You try to get out there and do what you can do, and at the end of the day, coach will make the right decision,” Bauserman said. Junior defensive lineman John Simon said he has been impressed with Bauserman during spring practice. “Joe’s had a terrific spring for us throwing passes on the money,” Simon said. “(He’s a) great scrambler, always finds the open receiver, so I think he’s doing a nice job for us.” Bauserman said he has the skills and mobility it takes to be the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes. “You have to be somewhat mobile to be able to slide up in the pocket, have quick feet, get from progression to progression, move around and get out of some sticky situations sometimes,” Bauserman said. Although Bauserman was the first quarterback on the field for the Buckeyes during the scrimmage, he did not throw his touchdown pass until the final play of the game. He said he hopes the Spring Game helped his stock as the starting quarterback. “I feel good about what I did today,” Bauserman said. “We made some strides and got better as a team. I have no control if I’m going to be playing. It is up to coach Tressel. Today is about getting better.” read more

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JT Barrett picks up records awards early in career

OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) carries the ball during a game against Kent State Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 66-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorOhio State redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett has made quite the impact during his first three weeks as a starter.The Wichita Falls, Texas, native joined fellow Texan Kenny Guiton atop the OSU record book when he tied for the most touchdown passes in a single game as he tossed six against the Kent State Golden Flashes.Barrett also became the first Buckeye to throw for more than 300 yards in a game since Troy Smith did it in 2006 against Michigan. Barrett finished with 312 on 23 of 30 passing.Because of his performance, Barrett was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, in addition to earning his second Big Ten Offensive Freshman of the Week honor.The young quarterback became the first Buckeye to win the Big Ten offensive Player of the Week award since running back Carlos Hyde won it following a Nov. 16 win against Illinois in which he rushed for 246 yards and scored five total touchdowns.Barrett said after the win against Kent State on Saturday that he feels like he is improving game by game.“I feel like I’m progressing each week. I’m just trying to get better each week,” he said. “I definitely feel more comfortable every week as I get more reps. Things are starting to slow down for me in the game.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said he purposely put the ball in Barrett’s hands early and often against the Golden Flashes so he could further evaluate the young quarterback’s progression.“I wanted to force him to make plays, and receivers — it’s not just him, it’s the whole combination of quarterback/receivers,” Meyer said Saturday. “I thought he played good. I thought there was a couple misses, too, now that we could have had.”The misses that Barrett made were minimal, but he attributes the limited mistakes to getting used to the speed of the game.“That is one thing (senior quarterback Braxton Miller) told me,” Barrett said. “He said ‘at first, everything is going to be flying around, and you will be really unsure and things like that but as you go, it starts to slow down,’ and that is just game experience.”Redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas, who has caught four touchdowns from Barrett in OSU’s first three games, said he believes in the quarterback’s abilities.“J.T. is a real mature guy. We hold each other accountable and trust each other,” Thomas said. “I trust him and tell him I’ve always got his back out there.”That trust has been evident on the field as Thomas is currently the Buckeyes’ leading receiver with 11 catches for 214 yards and the four scores.Going forward, Meyer said he, as well as his coaching staff, is looking for more ways to put Barrett in a position to succeed.“We actually did some empty (formations), I think he’ll be a good empty quarterback, five receiver set, so we’re still, once again, figuring out exactly how we’re going to be moving the ball as an offense once we start getting to the Big Ten season,” Meyer said.The Buckeyes are set for a bye week before taking on the Cincinnati Bearcats on Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. read more

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Football JK Dobbins recognized as Big Ten CoFreshman of the Week

Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball in the third quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game in Ohio Stadium on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorRunning back J.K. Dobbins continues to make his presence felt this season as he was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week Monday. The recognition follow his performance Saturday against Army, when the true freshman ran for 172 yards on 13 carries and scored a touchdown. He shares the honor with Rutgers quarterback Johnathan Lewis.This is the second week the award was given to Dobbins as he was was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week following a record-breaking performance in which he rushed for 181 yards on 29 carries against Indiana. That was the most rushing yards ever by an Ohio State first-year running back in his debut.Dobbins has not only been a key cog in Ohio State’s offense so far this year, but he has also been among the most productive running backs in the nation. His 451 total rushing yards are eighth in the country, and his average of 7.73 yards per carry sits at 13th-best among FBS players.Dobbins joins only Archie Griffin (1972) and Maurice Clarett (2002) as the only two freshman to total 170 yards in a game twice in a single season. Neither former Buckeye running back reached a third game with that total.Dobbins will attempt to become the first Ohio State freshman running back to do just that when he and the rest of the Buckeyes take on UNLV Saturday in Ohio Stadium at noon. read more

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Mens Soccer Ohio State hosts Cleveland State in 17th annual Connor Senn

Ohio State men’s soccer head coach Brian Maisonneuve watches the Buckeyes play in the first half of the game against the University of South Florida on Sept. 7, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team (1-7-2, 0-3-1 Big Ten) returns to the pitch Friday night as it takes on Cleveland State in the 17th annual Connor Senn Memorial Match at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.The match will feature a tribute to the legacy of former Ohio State men’s soccer player Connor Senn, who collapsed during a match at the University of Akron in 2001, and died later that evening. Cleveland State (2-5-1, 1-2-1 Horizon) comes to Columbus fresh off a victory over the University of Illinois at Chicago, powered by a hat trick by junior midfielder/defender Vlad Jandric.Between the pipes, Cleveland State has trotted out a pair of freshmen this season, alternating between Nicklas Rulle and Alex Gyerman. Gyerman has played almost twice as much as Rulle and has compiled a 1.32 goals against average and a .759 save percentage. Meanwhile, Rulle comes into Friday’s match with a 2.40 goals against average and a .417 save percentage.On the other end of the field, one of the strengths of Ohio State has been the play of redshirt junior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried. Siegfried has a 1.44 goals against average and a .681 save percentage.He said has continued belief and confidence in the 10 teammates in front of him. “It’s about getting our confidence back. I don’t think there’s a game this year that if we didn’t play it over we have a good chance of winning,” Siegfried said. “I think that everyone feels that, coaching staff feels that, players feel it and so just getting that confidence when we roll the ball up Friday night, just having that for 90 minutes is going to do it.”Offensively, the Viking attack is spearheaded by two players, Jandric and junior forward Gabriel Pewu, both of whom have three goals on the season.Ohio State head coach Brian Maisonneuve talked about the offensive skill that Cleveland State possesses.“Cleveland State’s a good team, I mean they’re very good going forward. Similar to Rutgers is they can hurt you going forward, they have some really good pieces, some good athletes and good soccer players and they’re dangerous on the offensive side,” Maisonneuve said.Maisonneuve also said the team hopes for an improvement after an exhibition match that occured between Ohio State and the Vikings this past spring.“They like to possess the ball but yet they’re athletic enough to go direct, so they’re going to cause some challenges,” Maisonneuve said. “I know we played them in the spring, and the result didn’t go our way, so the guys know what they’re all about, and I think they scored 5 on us in the spring, so they’re a dangerous attacking team for sure.”The Buckeyes and Vikings are scheduled to start at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. on Friday. read more

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Gallery Mens Basketball vs UNC Pembroke

Ohio State freshman guard Duane Washington Jr. (4) blocks a member of UNC Pembroke’s offense during the first half of the game on Nov. 1. Ohio State won 81-63. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorThe Ohio State Men’s Basketball team took on UNC Pembroke in its final exhibition on Nov. 1 at Value City Arena. Ohio State won 81-63. Photos by Amal Saeed and Casey Cascaldo.

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Poldark rape scene sparks Ofcom complaints

first_imgPoldark appears to force himself on Elizabeth Credit:BBC "You would not dare," she tells him Eleanor Tomlinson and Aiden Turner as husband and wife, Demelza and Ross Eleanor Tomlinson and Aiden Turner as husband and wife, Demelza and RossCredit:BBC “To be more precise – in the novel Warleggan, the point of departure for the relevant scene is indeed consistent with the potential for rape. But what then actually happens is not described but is left entirely to one’s imagination.”The only way to judge what my father intended is to read the novels as a whole. Doing so it becomes clear, from earlier scenes as well as from Elizabeth’s immediate reactions and later mixed emotions, that what finally happened was consensual sex born of long-term love and longing. She added: “However, as programme makers, we needed to decide what the audience would actually see. And, as far as possible, to bring to life what the original author intended the scene to depict.”We were fortunate to have Winston Graham’s son Andrew as our consultant on the series so we were able to clarify with him what his father’s intentions for this scene were. What you saw on screen is consistent with what we believe those intentions to have been.” Heidi Reed plays Elizabeth Heidi Reed plays ElizabethCredit:BBC “It was, as Aidan Turner has put it, ‘unfinished business emotionally’.”Debbie Horsfield, Poldark screenwriter, said no two readers would imagine a scene the same way, and that is particularly true of this scene as the action is left entirely to the reader’s imagination. Television viewers have complained to Ofcom over what critics describe as a rape scene in BBC period drama Poldark.The media watchdog confirmed it has had seven complaints so far following Sunday night’s episode, with 17 complaints direct to the BBC.An Ofcom spokesman said the complaints would be assessed “before deciding whether to investigate or not.”In the episode, Ross Poldark, played by Aidan Turner, turns up unannounced at the house of his former fiancee Elizabeth, played by Heida Reed.He kicks in the door and demands that she cancels her wedding to his enemy George Warleggan. Poldark appears to force himself on Elizabeth center_img Heidi Reed and Aiden Turner star in PoldarkCredit:BBC Sarah Green, co-director at charity End Violence Against Women, said: “It is definitely portrayed very much as a rape.”The female character says ‘no’ and there are also non-verbal signs. She is moving away from him and pulling away from him. There is lots of stuff that is ambiguous.”She added: “The directors have done something really ambiguous. It is a really appalling message, which is they have made the representation of non-consensual sex ambiguous by making her appear to change her mind.”Asked why she thought this was the case, Ms Green continued: “The problem the producers have found, because this character is extremely popular, they can’t represent him as that, they can’t represent him as doing something criminal.” The show has not shied away from intimate scenesCredit:BBC The show has not shied away from intimate scenes She ignores what he says and instead asks him to leave, prompting him to take her face in his hands and forcefully kiss her.When she pushes him away and insists she loves George, he forces another kiss on her before looking at the bed.Elizabeth tells Poldark: “You will not dare. You will not dare.”He replies: “I would Elizabeth. I would and so will you.”The lead character then pushes her on to the bed and she appears to finally give in to him. Poldark, based on the novels of Winston Graham, was originally made for TV in the 1970s when it attracted audiences of 15 million and the remake has helped BBC1 to its highest share of an audience in a decade.Commenting on the controversial scene, Mr Graham’s son Andrew said: “There is no ‘shock rape’ storyline in the novels. To say so is to misconstrue my father’s text. The BBC has cut nothing and Mammoth Screen’s portrayal of these scenes is entirely true to my father’s writing. Heidi Reed and Aiden Turner star in Poldark “You would not dare,” she tells himCredit:BBC Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Finance manager at UKbased Korean firm lost job because she refused to

first_imgMrs McDonald said she was the only bi-lingual Korean and English speaker in the company until a native Korean joined her team in February 2015.Her work was praised and she was one of three employees who received a £2,000 bonus when other colleagues faced a pay-freeze, the tribunal heard.”With the additional person in the Accounts Department who is a ‘pure ethnic native Korean’ it became apparent to me that Mr Yoo now wanted me to be more focused on the company administration side of things and less on accounts,” Mrs McDonald told the tribunal.”I know he was glad to utilise me when I was the only bi-lingual person but when a better speaking Korean employee came along, I was not his preferred choice. I am also not considered ‘pure’ as my father is English.”She claimed she was forced to take on “secretarial duties” and she was made manager to the Office Administrator/PA before her company’s CEO visited her workplace from Korea on June 8 2015.”I expressed that I felt discriminated just because I am viewed as a Korean female and younger, hence lower in status that I can be looked down upon and pushed aside,” she said.”I know if I had been an older British white Caucasian male, Mr Yoo would have seen me very differently and would not dare to push me around so easily.”She had a meeting with Mr Yoo and the member of staff who replaced her nine days later.”They all pressured me to accept the split organisational chart Mr Yoo wanted and I felt uncomfortable with the pressure I as under,” she said.The claimant said she suffered sexist abuse from Mr Yoo over the grievance letter her solicitor had sent.”As is usual protocol, I went to Mr Yoo’s office to bow goodnight to him. When I opened the door to make my bow, he was in an absolute fury. He was raging with anger,” she said.Mrs McDonald was signed off work over stress and told the company’s Managing Director Chong Park that she was being harassed by Mr Yoo in August.”He said Mr Yoo was very angry that I had broken protocol by not bowing to him every morning when I get to work and I do not bow to him when I leave the office at night,” she said.”I replied that it wasn’t out of disrespect that I stopped bowing to him, it was because I wanted to avoid him in case he called me into his office whilst I went to say hello or goodbye. I didn’t want any opportunity for harassment to occur so I was avoiding Mr Yoo.”A mediator for grievance hearings over her claim found “no reason to favour one account over another” and did not uphold Mrs McDonald’s complaint, the tribunal was told.Mr Yoo told the panel: “Mrs McDonald never complained about being called into my office whilst at work until she lodged her grievance.”The suggestion raised by Mrs McDonald as to me demanding that she bow to me is simply not true,” he claimed.”Bowing is considered a custom in Korea but nobody in our UK office is required to bow. Some of our Korean staff choose to bow but as I say nobody must bow, it is entirely voluntary.”Mrs McDonald, who was representing herself, asked Mr Yoo in cross-examination about when she complained about having to make coffees for him in a meeting she had with him in his office before the CEO’s visit.She said: “On this particular day I had asked you why are you asking me to do secretarial duties such as serving coffees for you and your guests and your reply was, ‘isn’t that what female workers should do?”Mr Yoo was asked: “Is that because, in your opinion, she was female and junior and Korean in your eyes?”Mr Yoo, through a translator, said: “When initially Mrs McDonald joined our company, every morning she brought me a cup of coffee or tea, every single morning. Yes I did say it. However, although I asked her to make some coffee for my guests, I was really sorry for asking that of her at the time.”Mrs McDonald asked Mr Yoo, who had been seconded from the company’s Korean headquarters to the UK for a four-year term, if he expected his employees to follow “Korean protocol.”Mr Yoo said: “No. Never, not at all. As far as I understood, Mrs McDonald used to live in Korea for some time. If Mrs McDonald voluntarily decided to follow some Korean cultural protocol I would not mind.”The claimant asked: “With regards to bowing at the start and finish of the day?”Mr Yoo said: “Let me explain to you, while I was working for the UK office, I never ever asked any of my employees to bow to me at all, never ever.”It was quite strange because from the very beginning Mrs McDonald, on arrival she bowed to me. It was quite strange to me also she made coffees and teas and she brought to me it was strange, of course I appreciate it. However I just accepted it.”Managing director Chong Sik Park revealed changes brought in by Mr Yoo in the workplace led to him asking “Is he normal or is he mental?”The director told of his frustration at Mr Yoo’s behaviour after it was revealed Mrs McDonald and her manager had not come to an agreement over her job role amicably.Mr Park, who denied his two dozen employees were required to bow to their manager, told the tribunal Mrs McDonald’s job role had not changed despite her name appearing under the HR department in a company chart which was shown to its CEO.The tribunal heard Mr Yoo was told he needed to reduce his staff numbers and gave her position in the accounts department.Mr Park said: “Mr Yoo did not want to make anybody redundant or to make anybody lose their jobs.”Mr Yoo designed the presentation which included the job chart to show the CEO and HQ that we had met their request. Nobody’s job role actually changed at that stage.”The tribunal continues. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The woman financial manager of a UK-based Korean firm lost her job because she refused to bow to her boss, an employment tribunal heard.Misook McDonald, who worked for Dongbu Daewoo Electronics, was demoted after her “furious” director confronted her over her failure to bow at the start and end of each working day, it was said. The 43-year-old was also ordered to make coffee but when she challenged director Ho Seung Yoo, he allegedly retorted: “Isn’t that what female workers should do?”She is suing the firm for sex, age and racial discrimination. Ho Seung Yoo, director of Dongbu Daewoo Electronics The tribunal, in Reading, Berkshire, heard that the British mother said she had to spend hours of her day in the company director’s office “with the door firmly shut” before her job role was suddenly changed.Mrs McDonald, who has an English father and South Korean mother, claimed she was stripped of her managerial role because she was not a white British man and instead forced to work as an administrator.The electronic sales company, which is based in Winnersh Triangle, Berks., and its chief financial officer, Mr Yoo, deny the claims.Mrs McDonald claims the problems began she was promoted to Finance Manager and became head of Human Resources, reporting directly to Mr Yoo and began working full-time by February 2015.Her annual pay rose about £10,000 to £35,000 per annum. Mrs Mcdonald told the tribunal: “I asked Mr Yoo why was I being asked to do secretarial duties such as making coffees. He said ‘isn’t that what female employees should do?'”She told the panel that she had no experience in HR and added: “He wanted me to be his eyes and ears, which took up a lot of time. I was constantly called into his office and spent several hours of my day in his room with the door firmly shut.” Ho Seung Yoo, director of Dongbu Daewoo ElectronicsCredit: INS News Agency Bowing is considered a custom in Korea but nobody in our UK office is required to bow. Some of our Korean staff choose to bow but as I say nobody must bow, it is entirely voluntaryHo Seung Yoolast_img read more

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London Underground fined £500000 after maintenance worker injured in a fall

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. London Underground fully addressed issues relating to safe access into the former lift shaftCredit: Paul Grover London Underground has been fined £500,000 after a maintenance worker was injured in a fall at a disused station.The worker suffered a number of injuries and spent 10 days in hospital after plunging 9.5 metres from a scaffold tower while cleaning a former lift shaft, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) said.Its investigation found London Underground failed to properly plan, manage and supervise the work being carried out on September 22 2014.Inspectors at disused South Kentish Town Tube station also found the scaffold was incorrectly assembled and its stability had not been assessed. The ORR said procedures which may have prevented the fall were in place, but were not implemented or followed.London Underground was fined £500,000 and ordered to pay £50,000 costs after pleading guilty to a charge under the Health and Safety at Work Act at Blackfriars Crown Court on October 7 this year.Keith Atkinson, HM Principal Inspector of Railways, said: “In 2014, London Underground’s failure to properly plan, manage or supervise maintenance work at the disused station in South Kentish Town led to a worker spending 10 days in hospital, and could have been fatal.”London Underground has a good safety record, but this incident highlights why there can be no room for complacency.”Safety remains a top priority for the rail regulator. We will always take action against companies or individuals where failings are found.”London Underground fully addressed issues relating to safe access into the former lift shaft and the incorrectly assembled scaffold following the incident.A Transport for London (TfL) spokesman said: “This was clearly a serious incident involving one of our employees and we acted quickly to investigate the causes and take action to ensure that it does not happen again.” London Underground fully addressed issues relating to safe access into the former lift shaftlast_img read more

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Hunt master filmed telling female activist Id quite like to s you

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. The Tory councillor appears to try and silence claims he was illegally hunting a fox Mr Carter, a member of Breckland Council in Norfolk, made the remarks after being challenged at a hunt meet in North Yorks. Police confirmed they are investigating the incident. Mr Carter, who has not commented, was last night suspended from the Breckland council Conservative group.The footage, filmed on Jan 23, shows a woman confronting Mr Carter while he is on horseback. She says: “Hunting is banned and I have seen video chasing a fox along there.” Mr Carter, who has represented Saham Toney in Norfolk since 2011 but now lives in Yorkshire, then takes his own mobile phone out, prompting the irate woman to retort: “What, you want to take a picture of me?”He responds: “I’d quite like to s—- you actually.” The Tory councillor appears to try and silence claims he was illegally hunting a foxCredit:SWNS.com A Tory councillor on horseback was caught on film appearing to tell a female anti-hunt activist: “I’d quite like to s—- you.”Charles Carter, 33, master of the Middleton hunt in North Yorkshire, tells the woman that she is “very pretty” before requesting her number and asking: “Can I take you to bed please?” center_img Charles Carter on horseback with houndsCredit: Ian Burt/Archant The West Norfolk Foxhounds Boxing Day hunt at Raynham Hall led by master of the hunt Charles Carter Cllr Carter resigned on Wednesday night.Breckland Council said: “Cllr Charles Carter is to step down with immediate effect from his role as a Breckland Councillor for Saham Toney ward.”Earlier today he was suspended from the Conservative Group at Breckland”His resignation was this evening received and accepted by the Leader of Breckland Council, William Nunn.”last_img read more

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TV viewers to be shown moment Westminster terrorist arrived at hospital by stretcher

first_imgA new documentary will show the moment Westminster terrorist Khalid Masood arrived by stretcher at a London hospital coping with the immediate aftermath of the attack.Five people died in the rampage, which saw Masood drive at pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before fatally stabbing Pc Keith Palmer in the grounds of the Palace of Westminster.The 52-year-old attacker was then shot by armed police and was the first casualty to arrive at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, where he was pronounced dead.A camera crew filming series two of the BBC Two documentary Hospital were at St Mary’s on March 22 and captured the fatally wounded Masood being stretchered in. Shortly after his arrival, a member of staff is heard saying: “The first one is RIP.”The episode also tracks the progress of three people injured during the attack – two French teenagers on a school trip, and a 40-year-old British man who was on a birthday excursion in the capital. All non-emergency surgery is cancelled, and doctors must decide which existing patients are well enough to be transferred to another hospital to free up beds.Dr Alison Sanders, clinical director at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “When a major incident happens, within 12 minutes the entire hospital has kicked into a completely different way of working, and obviously, subsequently we’ve had to do that twice more since this programme was made (with the London Bridge attack and the Grenfell Tower fire). “It just demonstrates, that’s something that won’t be unique to us, it’s a countrywide ability of the NHS to step up on top of what is already huge pressure.”She added: “We have to do something entirely different with zero notice, and you see everybody just switch into it, and then the following day we have to go back to normal because the work is still building up, the ambulances will still be coming in, as soon as we open the doors again, the floodgates open.”The first episode of Hospital series two airs on BBC Two on Tuesday June 20 The Hospital camera crew were just two or three days into recording the new series, which follows the Imperial College Healthcare Trust, when a meeting being filmed at St Mary’s was interrupted by news of the attack.Staff at the hospital, one of London’s “major trauma centres”, are seen quickly putting a major incident plan into place as they prepare to receive the first casualties. Simon Dickson of programme maker Label1, said of the decision to include the attacker: “He’s part of the story, and his appearance in the film is as you see it.”It’s brief, but his arrival is a key part of the day, and that is fully reflected in the way that scene is handled.” Masood’s family were not consulted about showing him, and his face is blurred out in the footage.BBC Two controller Patrick Holland said: “The decision was made to treat him in exactly the same way, from the point of view of the hospital.”That’s where we’re seeing him, that’s where the audience is being allowed to see this incident unfold, he’s the first casualty that comes to the hospital and we followed the same protocol that we do with any other patient which is that if they don’t consent, you blur them.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Insulation is real inferno threat warn safety experts as 34 blocks in

first_imgThe Government admitted on Saturday night that it has failed to order compulsory testing of combustible insulation material used in tower blocks in a move branded “ludicrous” by safety experts.It came as cladding samples from 34 high-rise buildings in 17 local authorities were found to have failed safety tests in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster which killed at least 79 people.Experts said that perhaps of even greater concern is the failure to order the testing of the insulating material which lies behind the panels and is potentially even more flammable.The danger of insulating material was confirmed by early tests on the panels used to clad Grenfell Tower ordered by the Metropolitan Police, as part of their criminal investigation into the disaster.Detective Chief Superintendent Fiona McCormack, who is leading the investigation, said preliminary tests on the insulation showed it combusted soon after the fire started.She said initial tests of the cladding also failed the safety test. She added that the insulation proved “more flammable than the cladding”.The implications of the failure to test the insulation is that tower blocks may pass safety tests based on cladding while still retaining potentially combustible material. Diane Abbott, the shadow home secretary, yesterday said she feared the death toll from Grenfell Tower might even reach triple figures, once all the dead have been accounted for.Ms Abbott accused the Conservatives of treating social housing residents as “second-class citizens”, telling a conference of the Labour Progress group: “Those hundreds of people that died is a direct consequence of Tory attitudes in social housing.”Gathrer.com Grenfell Count Indicator, a locally compiled estimate, based on reports from relatives as well as official sources, yesterday put the number of those missing feared dead at 92.Police have warned their own figure of 79 could yet rise further and it may take weeks to identify all the victims, and that the identity of some may never be known.Meanwhile, the Grenfell Tower Response Team said 373 households from the devastated block and buildings evacuated nearby are in emergency accommodation and £1,232,040 has now been handed out to families affected by the disaster. Camden yesterday said it had committed £100,000 of council funds to pay for any food and essential items displaced residents may need. The request followed discussions between NHS Improvement and health secretary Jeremy Hunt, Health Service Journal reported.Mr Mackey wrote: “I am requesting that we take further proactive and precautionary measures and instigate, with immediate effect, an inspection by your local fire and rescue services of all your properties by close of play tomorrow evening, to ensure that there are no urgent risk safety risks.”A second email on Saturday afternoon clarified that trusts should ensure inspections are carried out on all inpatient facilities rather than the entire estate, “due to the rapid turnaround”.The announcement by the DCLG that more than two dozen tower blocks so far have failed their panel tests comes amid a national operation to identify buildings with Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding similar to that used on Grenfell Tower, in north Kensington.Wandsworth is removing cladding from one of its tower blocks but insisting it is safe for residents to remain there. Russ Timpson, a former firefighter and founder of the Tall Buildings Fire Safety Network, said: “It seems ludicrous to me that you’re only testing the outer covering and not the insulating material. That material should be removed from those buildings.”Ian Leahair, of the London Fire Brigade Union, said it was vital that mandatory testing was now carried out on insulation.He warned that tower blocks could be falsely declared safe because while cladding did not contain a combustible core,  the insulation was flammable but not tested.”DCLG must order mandatory tests of insulation,” he said, “Otherwise the inspections are not being properly carried out. You could end up with a tower block passed safe because the cladding is fire resistant but the insulation behind it is not. They need to test everything on every tower block.”The DCLG admitted on Saturday evening: “There is no mandatory testing of the insulation.”A spokesman added: “This is where we stand at the moment. This is a fast moving situation.”On Saturday night it emerged that NHS leaders have been asked to arrange urgent fire safety inspections of all inpatient accommodation this weekend.NHS Improvement chief executive Jim Mackey wrote to trust chief executives and chief operating officers on Saturday afternoon asking trusts to contact local fire and rescue services “by close of play tomorrow evening.” A fire engine is parked outside the Burnham Tower residential block, as residents were evacuated as a precautionary measure following concerns over the type of cladding used on the outside of the buildings in north London Part of the cladding is removed from a housing tower, part of the Chalcots Estate in the borough of Camden, north London Responding to chaotic scenes as bewildered residents were moved from their homes, Ms Gould said the council hopes that by Monday half of the evacuees will have been accommodated in the borough using student halls, social housing and hotels.She said the cost to the council will be “really expensive” when taking into account the internal and external work on the blocks, and the temporary accommodation, but she added: “We are not thinking about counting the purse strings right now.” A total of 600 council blocks have been fitted with cladding that needs to undergo testing, leaving thousands of residents waiting to find out if their homes are safe.Portsmouth and Brent were named along with Camden, Manchester, Plymouth and Hounslow as among the local authorities with buildings that failed tests. Fire safety experts on Saturday night said it was “ludicrous” that this insulating material was not also part of the mandatory testing of panels ordered by the the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). That raises the prospect that thousands of people may have to be urgently evacuated from their homes if they are thought to be unsafe.Four tower blocks housing around 3,000 people on Camden’s Chalcots Estate were evacuated on Friday night over fire safety concerns involving both cladding and interior fittings such as fire doors and gas pipes.Refurbishment of the Chalcots Estate was overseen by Rydon, the company involved in the refit of Grenfell Tower, according to the Rydon website.Camden council leader Georgia Gould said it could take between two and four weeks to make safe the four evacuated buildings. The council said it has already spent £500,000 on hotel rooms for residents and has offered to reimburse those who have paid for their own temporary accommodation.John Clancy, leader of Birmingham City Council, which is installing sprinklers in all social housing buildings, said “The Government needs to accept it’s a national emergency.”He added: There is a collective national trauma at the moment and people up and down the country go to bed afraid.”The Prime Minister said the Government is making sure Camden Council can do “what is necessary” to ensure people evacuated from blocks of flats in north London have somewhere to stay while work is done to make the buildings safe.Speaking while attending Armed Forces Day in Liverpool, Mrs May said: “For those Camden blocks, it wasn’t just a question of the cladding; there were a number of issues that came together that meant that the fire service were concerned about those blocks and the action was taken by the local authority.”She added: “We are making sure that the authority has the ability to do what is necessary to ensure people have somewhere to stay and that the work is done so that those tower blocks will become safe for them to return to in future.” Part of the cladding is removed from a housing tower, part of the Chalcots Estate in the borough of Camden, north LondonCredit:AP 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 fire engine is parked outside the Burnham Tower residential block, as residents were evacuated as a precautionary measure following concerns over the type of cladding used on the outside of the buildings in north LondonCredit:Reuterslast_img read more

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Warning over musthave Christmas toy fakes as parents are duped by discounts

first_imgParents frantically trying to find that must-have Christmas toy for their child have been warned by authorities of scammers peddling potentially dangerous counterfeit goods.As the festive season causes a desperate scramble for the trendiest toys, causing many shops to sell out and parents to face spending far more than the selling price by purchasing the presents on eBay and Amazon, counterfeit traders are cashing in.Tired shoppers trying to find the perfect toy may see what appears to be a bargain or a sale on one of the year’s trendiest gifts — but the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) has warned that these “bargains” may not be all as they seem. The Trading Standards authority reminded parents that genuine Fingerlings will clearly say have the manufacturers details “WowWee” printed on the packaging: WowWee Canada Inc. 3700 Saint Patrick Street, Suite 206, Montreal, QC, H4E 1A2.Copy and fake versions will often have different names like ‘Baby Monkey’, ‘Happy Monkey’ or ‘Finger Monkey’. The authority has warned that unofficial children’s merchandise such as toys and dressing-up clothes could pose numerous hazards with small loose parts, long cords and materials that are toxic or not conforming to fire retardant standards.One must-have toy is the Fingerling, an electronic animal that sits on the wearer’s finger and moves and blinks.These toys have been selling out in toy shops, and the price has hiked online as many buy them in order to sell them on to desperate parents. The CTSI told The Telegraph :”Christmas can be a stressful time of year, full of pressures to buy the latest must have toys. Stock shortages can send desperate parents into the arms of counterfeit traders with cheap, potentially dangerous fakes.”Trading standards services are continuously working to tackle the issue but it is vital consumers remain vigilant too.”Parents should be cautious when buying toys this Christmas and not fall for the first deal they see.”Make sure to buy from reputable shops, beware of products that are drastically cheaper and look at the packaging for the distributor’s details and a CE mark. “Remember the 4 P’s when shopping this Christmas – Price, Place, Product and Packaging.” My nephew wants a fingerling so bad and my heart is breaking because they are sold out everywhere how do parents do this😭😭— Kathleen Lights (@KathleenLights1) December 7, 2017 Counterfeit traders have seized on the opportunity to dupe parents, making fake versions of the toy.50 of these were seized in one country alone — officers from the Trading Standards authority visited a store in Suffolk and identified that all Fingerlings on sale in the store were counterfeit, with samples being sent off for testing as there are suspicions the products could be dangerous.Councillor Matthew Hicks, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for Environment and Public Protection, said: “Toys must meet strict safety standards and undergo rigorous testing to ensure that they are safe. Counterfeit toys will have been manufactured with absolutely no regard for their safety.” These interactive monkeys have been a hit this Christmas – but check the ones you are buying are the real dealCredit:Eddie Mulholland 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. These interactive monkeys have been a hit this Christmas - but check the ones you are buying are the real deal My daughter is obsessed with those fingerling monkeys! Why are they sold out everywhere?! 😒— mandi. (@Kollkaikaysemom) December 5, 2017last_img read more

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Awardwinning comedian accuses Cancer Research of fatshaming for launching campaign against obesity

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. Professor Linda Bauld, Cancer Research UK’s prevention expert, said: “The aim of the charity’s campaign is to raise awareness of the fact that obesity is the biggest preventable cause of cancer after smoking. This is not about fat shaming. It is based on scientific evidence and designed to give important information to the public. Only 15% of people are aware that obesity is a cause of cancer. Cancer Research UK has a duty to put that message in the public domain. A tweet featuring the campaign I have to pass it three times on my journey to and from work and one of them is a house-sized billboard. I’m stopping ANY support of @CRUK_Policy until they quit shaming me.— Beyond Chocolate (@beyondchoc) February 28, 2018 The campaign, which offended the comedian Hagen, 29, who has appeared on BBC Radio 1, Radio 4 and on Live At The BBC, refuted this explanation and said that dieting is in fact harmful. “In addition to raising awareness, the campaign aims to help stem the rising tide of obesity by urging the government to create a climate that makes healthier food choices easier for everyone.” Obesity is the second biggest preventable cause of cancer after smoking. But how exactly can it increase cancer risk? https://t.co/69qBE5Hoaz pic.twitter.com/BTzAFil6uc— Cancer Research UK (@CR_UK) March 1, 2018 The campaign, which offended the comedian A tweet featuring the campaign Another tweeted: “I KEEP SEEING THIS and was going to say something today. How the f— do we get rid of it?”However, the campaign also has supporters. A Twitter user responded: “I got taught this in primary school, if you smoke/become obese your chances of getting cancer increase. In no way is it offensive – you may feel personally attacked but the point in this advert is to raise awareness.”Another said: “It’s OK because it’s based on scientific data. You’re offended because you’ve interpreted it emotionally. @CR_UK is trying to raise awareness as a preventative measure. Don’t knock them – they do amazing work.” An award-winning comedian has accused Cancer Research of “fat-shaming” after they launched a campaign against obesity.Sofie Hagen, a Danish-born comedian who has lived in the UK since 2012 and appeared on the BBC multiple times, tweeted a picture of the poster, which spells out “OBESITY” with some missing letters, and asks readers to guess what the biggest cause of cancer is, after smoking.Another advertisement in the campaign features chips presented in a cigarette packet.She wrote: “Right, is anyone currently working on getting this piece of s— CancerResearchUK advert removed from everywhere? Is there something I can sign? How the f—ing f— is this okay?”Angry campaigners have called for the campaign to be pulled, and some have said they will stop donating to Cancer Research because of the “fat-shaming” campaign.The charity defended itself, telling The Telegraph the campaign is based on science and is not meant to “shame” anyone. She tweeted: “BMI has been debunked DECADES ago. It’s not a valid way of measuring anything. On the contrary, DIETING has been proved TIME AND TIME again to be one of the worst thing you can do to your body. Your campaign is so damaging and fatshaming and I really hope it gets taken down.”One of her supporters also posted: “I have to pass it three times on my journey to and from work and one of them is a house-sized billboard. I’m stopping ANY support of @CRUK_Policy until they quit shaming me.”last_img read more

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Crossrail 2 TfL levy could force nearby home owners to stump up

Home owners living within a certain radius of Crossrail 2 stations could be forced to stump up millions to pay for the project. William Jackson, development consultant for Crossrail 2, said: “Somebody’s got to pay for this and the people in those zones are going… Transport for London is considering introducing a levy to fund the £30 billion scheme, which will run from Broxbourne in Hertfordshire to Epsom in Surrey, through central London. It would create three zones stretching a kilometre around each station. Each zone, mapped out in concentric circles, would have a scaled charge, known as the Transport Property Charge, descending with the distance from the station, according to Estates Gazette.

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Street parties to be overrun as organisers complain too few have been

She told The Telegraph: “I think the main reason there have been less applications for street parties this year is because Meghan and Harry’s engagement was such a fresh announcement – Meghan and Harry’s relationship was quite a new revelation to us all, and before we knew it they were getting married. Their courtship wasn’t a long one and the news of a wedding was somewhat sprung upon us, compared to the long-awaited arrival and preparation for the grand Royal Wedding of Will and Kate. Street parties across the country for the royal wedding are set to be overrun as so few have been planned.Some have complained that councils have made it difficult and expensive to host parties this year. There has been a dramatic reduction in the number of street parties for this royal wedding than there were for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.Judging by the number of road closure applications received by the county council, Kent is holding 14, compared to 182 in 2011, which is a drop of 92 per cent, while Hertfordshire, which usually holds a record number of street parties, has faced a drop of 83 per cent. The county hosted 298 celebrations in 2011, and is now only holding 51 this weekend.There are only due to be 14 street parties in the whole of Wales, while Liverpool is due to only host two, and Hull won’t have any at all.A spokesperson for Ringwood Town Council in Hampshire said it was expecting its street party to be “very busy”, especially as the marketplace “isn’t huge”, while one knees-up in Belfast said tickets to it were like “gold dust”. Lulu Gwynne, the owner of Betty Blythe cafe in west London, which is hosting a street party, expects there to be crowds. “We’re the street party capital of London – whenever there’s a royal event like this we remove all fees and costs from road closures. Other councils charge and we don’t – that encourages people to have great neighbourhood get together and have a knees-up.” “Our street party tomorrow is going to be very busy. We have been inundated with enquiries and bookings via the website and social media! We have attracted a global audience with some guests coming from as far as Japan! It is going to be truly splendid day.”Wandsworth Council has bucked the trend, with 74 royal-themed street parties set to be held in the London borough, compared to 70 when William and Kate got married.A spokesperson for the council told The Telegraph he wouldn’t be surprised if people from neighbouring boroughs came to the wealth of parties to be hosted – and that Wandsworth is the “street party capital of the UK” because they waived all costs.He said: “We suspect the parties will be busy – the weather forecast over the weekend is set to be good. This record number of street parties we are hosting in our borough bucks the trend and will be full of fun, frolicks and food.”Some of them are likely to be near the border of Merton and Lambeth, and anyone who wants to come to ours will get a very warm welcome. Local media on the Isle of Wight blamed the difficulties in obtaining a road closure license for the lack of parties planned for the island.There are no official street parties going ahead there this year – as the cost of a temporary road closure is £657.16 and applications had to be made well in advance.Any street party pictures you would like to share with the Telegraph, please send them to mypic@telegraph.co.uk Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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