Month: September 2019

Month: September 2019

Will Smith’s upcoming film is stirring up some controversy, and it hasn’t even hit theaters yet. The movie is called Concussion, and it’s reportedly causing the NFL a bit of a headache.The Sony biopic tells the story of Nigerian forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu, who discovered a degenerative neurological disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. The disease causes depression, dementia, and other behavioral changes in football players after repeated head trauma.Dr. Omalu presented his research to the press and the NFL in 2005 but was not met with open arms by the league. The NFL, instead, attempted to discredit his findings and allegedly blackball him in the science community.  It was an odd tactic, considering that Dr. Omalu specializes in neuropathology.Omalu’s discovery of CTE came after performing the autopsy of former Pittsburgh Steelers player Mike Webster, who publicly appeared to have gone crazy in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Though the NFL opposed Omalu’s work, a string of suicides by former NFL players—all of which were found to have CTE—brought his research to greater prominence and forced the NFL to acknowledge that concussions were an issue. A 2009 GQ profile on Dr. Omalu’s battle with the NFL, titled “Brain Game,” forms the basis for Concussion.  While there is some talk of Oscar buzz for Smith who portrays Dr. Omalu in the film, there’s even more buzz about how big of a problem the movie may cause for the NFL. Recent headlines suggest that the film delivers some serious blows to the league’s reputation, while a New York Times article published on September 1 claims that emails leaked during the big Sony hack reveal that the film may have been “watered down” by Sony executives in order to avoid rattling cages over at the NFL. However, Sony Pictures issued a statement to NBC on September 2, refuting those claims. “As will become immediately clear to anyone actually seeing the movie, nothing with regard to this important story has been ‘softened’ to placate anyone,” a spokesperson said.Dr. Bennet OmaluMeanwhile, the NFL has been doing some preemptive damage control, according to The Hollywood Reporter, welcoming any open dialogue the film may spark and holding a series of conferences and scientific strategy meetings on player safety in the months leading up to Concussion‘s release. “When something like this movie comes up and people want to talk about concussions or football or the future of the sport, that’s an opportunity for us to engage,” Jeff Miller, NFL senior VP of health and safety policy, said to The Hollywood Reporter.Miller even went so far as to say that the league would be happy to partner with Sony to raise awareness for concussion safety in the sport. “The studio hasn’t asked, and if they were to, and it gives us the opportunity to talk about the health and safety of our sport, we would do that, Miller added. That’s a much warmer reception than the NFL gave to Dr. Omalu. Neither Omalu’s name nor his research has been mentioned in any of the NFL’s recent statements. The NFL also effectively limited the reach of a 2013 documentary about Dr. Omalu and the NFL called League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis. The organization allegedly pressured ESPN, initially a partner on the project, to back out of the documentary that was based on a book written by two ESPN reporters.Omalu’s work is important for all professional athletes, but particularly to the predominantly Black NFL and the young Black players who aspire to be in the league—athletes who need to be informed, protected, and treated for the disease that the NFL has tried to discount.Since his discovery of CTE in Mike Webster, Dr. Omalu has examined the brains of at least 16 other former NFL players, who each died by some self-inflicted injury, and found CTE in all of them. He has received the backing of many doctors and scientists outside of the NFL’s roster. Some of those scientists were even hand-picked by the league to conduct their own examinations of the brains and were subsequently ignored by the NFL when their findings supported Dr. Omalu’s.Regardless of whether the NFL acknowledges the validity of Omalu’s research, they certainly won’t be able to dismiss it after it is given such public treatment as a Hollywood movie. With at least 17 cases of CTE diagnosed in NFL players, 5000 ex-players who sued the league for damages resulting from concussions in 2013, and thousands more who are or will be affected by them in the sport, Concussion may be putting a necessary spotlight on the biggest issue facing the NFL. And Will Smith may just be putting on the most important performance of his career to-date. read more


Month: September 2019

Major League Baseball8/1021.4 National Basketball Association1636.1% LeaguePlayoff Teams per YearFavorite’s Average Championship Probability Hockey favorites don’t have it too badFor each of the four major North American men’s leagues, playoff field size and average pre-playoff title probability* for favorites, 2006-2018 The Stanley Cup playoffs begin today, with the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lighting entering as heavy betting favorites. And for good reason: Their regular season resume is impeccable. They earned 128 points by winning 62 games, placing them in a tie with the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings for the most regular-season wins in league history.En route to all those wins, the Bolts led the NHL in goals scored, powerplay goals scored, shooting percentage and penalty kill percentage1They finished in basically a three-way tie at the top with the Arizona Coyotes and the Columbus Blue Jackets. and finished third in save percentage. Nikita Kucherov became the first player in more than a decade to register 120 or more points, and Steven Stamkos had the most productive season of his already immensely productive career.Tampa is a balanced juggernaut, and every other team should be very afraid of it.With all that said, it must be noted that regular-season dominance hardly guarantees postseason glory in the NHL. Of the 13 teams that have won the Presidents’ Trophy since the lockout of 2004-05, just two have gone on to lift the Stanley Cup. And of the 10 regular-season winners to earn 120 or more regular-season points in league history, just four have gone on to win professional hockey’s ultimate prize.2Each of those teams played in the 1970s and were called the Montreal Canadiens.Still, NHL favorites3So defined by per-game scoring differential. haven’t had it all that bad since the lockout, especially when compared with the other three major North American men’s leagues. Only NBA favorites have had better championship odds going into the playoffs over the past 13 years. While it might not be as inevitable as, say, the Golden State Warriors winning the NBA title in 2018 (or 2017 or 2015), Tampa’s regular-season dominance suggests that it’s poised to continue this trend. The Bolts scored 103 more goals than they conceded during the regular season; the next best mark was set by the Calgary Flames, who posted a +62 goal differential. The gulf between best and second-best is immense, and it underscores Tampa’s historic regular-season greatness. And indeed, Tampa may be the NHL’s best team since the lockout. National Football League1218.7 National Hockey League1623.5 Hockey-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System (SRS), which estimates the strength of every team in the NHL,4Technically speaking, SRS measures a team’s average goal differential after adjusting for strength of schedule. reiterates just how special this Bolts group is. From 2005-06 to 2017-18, just three teams finished the regular season with an SRS better than 1, and no team eclipsed 1.2. The most recent team to do so — the 2012-13 Chicago Blackhawks — won the Stanley Cup. Tampa finished the 2018-19 regular season with an SRS of 1.21. All signs are pointing to late-spring celebrations on the Gulf Coast.Tampa’s only real concern at the moment is the health of Victor Hedman, the reigning Norris Trophy winner for the top defenseman. The Swede missed Tampa’s final three games with an “upper-body injury.” Hedman has a history of concussions, and “upper-body injury” is often NHL front-office code for concussion. The slick-skating defenseman is Tampa’s fourth-highest scorer, its power-play quarterback and the leader of a rearguard partially responsible for that gaudy goal differential. The Bolts can probably survive a first-round tilt against a slightly better-than-average Blue Jackets team without Hedman, but things might not be as easy against subsequent teams.If there’s a cautionary tale for this iteration of the Bolts, it’s that Red Wings team from 1995-96: Detroit earned the second-most regular-season points in NHL history and boasted two of the league’s best offensive players (Sergei Fedorov and Steve Yzerman) and the league’s reigning Norris Trophy winner (Paul Coffey) and yet failed to advance beyond the Western Conference finals. In the NHL, history is written between April and June, not October and April. Tampa is on top of the hockey world at the moment. But that world could change significantly in a matter of weeks. * Based on a logit regression between per-game scoring differential and championships won for each league.Source: Sports-Reference.com read more


Month: September 2019

It was that all too familiar feeling. After a dominant 34-25 scoreline heading into the break, the question lingering in the back of every Buckeye fan’s head was slowly becoming a reality – could they really lose this game? I wanted to believe I went colorblind, or that Ohio State started the half wearing Kansas’ jerseys as an early April Fool’s prank, but that wasn’t the case. A common sequence transpired for the next 20 minutes. Kansas responded, breaking hearts in Columbus, eliminating the Buckeyes from the Final Four, 64-62. So there is a new question for Buckeye fans – what could be next for the OSU men’s basketball team? It can be expected that changes will be made when a team travels the distance OSU did in the tournament. Between coaches wanting to find a new home and players graduating or entering the next level of competition, it is a common chain of events. The question can be summarized as a big “what if?” but a prediction is necessary with all the talent surrounding the team. Former guard William Buford will be the only player leaving the roster due to his senior status. Forward Evan Ravenel and guard Alex Rogers will be the only seniors on the roster beginning next year. The leading scorer, former sophomore forward Jared Sullinger, is officially out. The sophomore announced his departure on Wednesday, opening up the center position for the Buckeyes. Satch Sullinger, Jared Sullinger’s father, weighed in on the topic to WBNS-10TV’s ‘Wall to Wall Sports’ following the loss on Saturday: “The one question that I’ll have for Jared is, at this point, coming back, what do you have to prove?” The All-American didn’t have much more to prove. Sullinger led the team in points and rebounds for the past two years. If health was a major concern, it was no surprise that we saw the last game Sullinger plays in the scarlet and gray. Sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas will have until April 10 to make his decision on entering the NBA Draft, according to the NCAA. With Buford and Sullinger gone, and the possibility of Thomas joining them, there will be a void that needs to be filled. When it comes down to it, the Buckeyes are young. Freshman forward Sam Thompson and sophomore guard Jordan Sibert are prepared to take the two open positions. Thompson played in each game this season and has impressive athleticism and ball handling. On the other hand, Sibert appeared in 24 games this season, but offers good size alongside sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. Bearing in mind the departure from Sullinger, Ravenel would be a solid replacement. Ravenel was the only other player to start for the Buckeyes this season providing plenty of minutes off the bench during the tournament as well, but don’t be for certain he is the answer. Enter freshman center Amir Williams. The soon-to-be-sophomore stands in at 6-foot-11. Sitting behind Sullinger, he didn’t see much action this season, but Buckeye fans took notice when he stepped in against Syracuse in the Elite Eight. With the youth on the bench and the talent to fill the void; the team should be able to make another strong push into the tournament. read more


Month: September 2019

OSU players return to the field after halftime in the Orange Bowl against Clemson at Sun Life Stadium Jan. 3. OSU lost 40-35. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — This wasn’t how it was supposed to end.As Clemson redshirt-senior quarterback Tajh Boyd took a knee to run out the clock in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl — signaling his team’s 40-35 victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes (12-2, 8-1) — a harsh reality was setting in for OSU seniors.Despite winning 24 straight games under coach Urban Meyer, the 2013 senior class has no postseason victories to their name, unless they were redshirted during their Buckeye career and were thus a part of the team of 2010 Rose Bowl champions.Between a loss in the Orange Bowl this season, a bowl ban in 2012-13 season, falling short in the 2012 Gator Bowl and getting the 2011 Sugar Bowl win vacated, something will always be missing from a group that had championship expectations.“It’s always going to be hard. My college career did not end the way I thought it would or I wanted it to,” redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort said following the loss to the Tigers (11-2, 7-1).Regardless of the team’s postseason shortcomings in recent years, that’s not how Mewhort and company want to be remembered.“I think we’re very resilient. I think we’re hard workers, good people. Good football players, even better people,” Mewhort said. “I’d like to take that to be the legacy. Obviously we dropped a few tough ones here at the end. We would have liked to go out on top, but I think we set a standard for these younger guys.”From the depths of a 6-7 season in 2011 capped with the Gator Bowl loss to Florida, this year’s class of seniors will be remembered fondly by its head coach even though the group fell short in this season’s biggest games.“Senior class, we just said an emotional goodbye to them,” Meyer said after the Orange Bowl loss. “It’s not because they’re seniors, it’s because of what they’ve done. I tried to make that perfectly clear. Just because you stay some place for a couple years doesn’t mean you deserve that respect. It’s what you did, and how you did it.”The seniors on the offensive side of the ball turned in a record-setting season in their last year at OSU, setting school records for points (637), points per game (45.5), yards per game (512.0), passing touchdowns (38), first downs (361) and rushing yards (4,321).The Buckeyes had chances to win both postseason games late, but ultimately fell short. It is that unwillingness to give up that sets them apart, senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown said after the loss to the Tigers.“(We have) great leadership, especially the senior class. It’s a tough football team. A team that will never give up,” Brown said.When Meyer’s reign began in 2012, a change in the culture came along with it, something Mewhort said was not an easy adjustment.“I know it looks like immediately the next season after going 6-7 we came back and go 12-0, but it was not immediate — at all,” Mewhort said. “It started at 5 a.m. in January of last year. Every day we came to work and we grinded hard.”Aside for Ryan Shazier — who declared for the NFL Draft Saturday — OSU will be leaning on juniors like quarterback Braxton Miller, tight end Jeff Heuerman, defensive lineman Michael Bennett and wide receivers Devin Smith and Evan Spencer in 2014 to follow in the footsteps of a class who Meyer thinks has a bright future.“It will be great. A student-athlete at Ohio State University, (will) get a great degree, and go on and build for the future,” Meyer said. “It’s going to sting for a while, probably a long while, because we just didn’t finish, and it was right there to finish.“This year’s senior class … When I looked around the room, every one of them could impact that play. And that’s the sign of a decent senior class.”No matter how it ended, Mewhort said being remembered for getting the program “back to where Ohio State should be” is the most important thing.“Talking about the last two games, obviously we would have liked to come out on top of those but I think our seniors did a good job of setting the template of how to come to work every day,” Mewhort said. “Do things the right way on and off the field. Hopefully we’ll be remembered for that.” read more


Month: September 2019

Junior outside hitter Michael Henchy (6) prepares to strike the ball during a match against Saint Francis Feb. 9 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe team that ended the Ohio State men’s volleyball team 2012-13 campaign could be the one who the Buckeyes get their season back on track against.The No. 14 Buckeyes (5-6, 2-2) are set to host Grand Canyon as they continue their five-match homestand at St. John Arena. The Antelopes (6-7) defeated OSU, 3-2, in a Men’s Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Quarterfinal match that ended its season. A chance at revenge lies with the Buckeyes, with two matches against the Antelopes slated to start at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.“They’re a strong team with a lot of returners so I expect them to play really well together,” junior outside hitter Michael Henchy said. “Last time we played them, we lost in five sets and no one has forgotten that. It’s going to be a fun match to play in.”In the last meeting between the two teams, OSU led 2-1 after three sets, but Grand Canyon stormed back to win the final two and take the match.“They came out with a lot of fire and played like they had nothing to lose and ended up beating us. Everyone was in shock at the outcome of the game and it was because we took them very lightly. We can’t let that happen again,” senior middle blocker Jonathan Newton said.OSU is preparing to start off strong against Grand Canyon and hopefully take early control of the match. Newton said the Buckeyes can’t underestimate Grand Canyon like they did previously.“They are going to come out and put up a good fight. If we let them get an early jump on us then we could be in trouble. We will be able to control the game if we stop their momentum from the beginning,” Newton said.After taking some time to get some rest away from the gym this past Sunday and Monday, Newton said the Buckeyes have been working on themselves this week, instead of worrying about what the other team is going to bring to the court.“This game has a lot to do with how Ohio State plays. If we can focus on our side of the net and bring a lot of energy, then it’s going to be hard for any team to beat us in our home gym,” Newton said.OSU coach Pete Hanson said the Buckeyes will do what they can to prevent a repeat of last season’s tournament loss.“We have continued to become better as a unit and not to mention, our returning guys have a little bit of an edge to them, because of what happened last year in the playoffs. We are ready to send the message that it is not going to happen again, especially in St. John Arena,” Hanson said. read more


Month: September 2019

Then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) runs down the field for extra yards in a game against Buffalo Aug. 31 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 40-20. Miller will move to a new position for the Buckeyes for the 2015 season. Credit: Lantern file photoCHICAGO — On July 23, redshirt senior Braxton Miller announced through Sports Illustrated that he would no longer be playing quarterback for Ohio State. Instead, the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year would be moving to wide receiver for his final season in Columbus.OSU coach Urban Meyer was initially reserved about confirming Miller’s announcement but Thursday at the 2015 Big Ten Media Days, he offered a more concrete answer.“I think Braxton will play receiver,” Meyer said.The switch, however, according to Meyer, was somewhat of a plan B.After Miller and his family approached Meyer roughly a month and a half ago to discuss what a plan B would be, Meyer said they “dove right into it” and began working on the switch.Now for roughly a month, Meyer and wide receivers coach Zach Smith have spent time preparing Miller for the new position. However all of the coaches’ work has come without a football.“It’s all been footwork,” Meyer said. “You can condition position specific and that’s what he’s been doing.”When fall camp for the Buckeyes commences in a week, Meyer, a former receiver coach for Illinois State, Notre Dame and Colorado State from 1989-2000, said he personally will work with Miller from day one to develop his skills for his new role.“I was a receiver coach for a long time,” Meyer said. “So I’m going to work with him myself and see if we can get him ready.”Meyer did acknowledge that he has yet to see the Huber Heights, Ohio, native catch passes but the reactions from some teammates have been positive.“Feedback I’m getting from guys like J.T. (Barrett) and Cardale (Jones) is that he’s very athletic obviously and he can catch the ball,” Meyer said. “I’ve not seen him do that. I’m anxious to see him do that.”Senior linebacker Joshua Perry said although Miller has not been on the field for 7-on-7 drills due him still recovering from shoulder surgery, Perry has seen running routes and catching the ball.“He’s really good with the ball in his hands. It doesn’t matter what position he’s playing, he’s going to make plays,” Perry said during Big Ten Media Days. “It will be fun to watch him when he gets going.”As for when he gets going, Meyer said it would be “uncommon at least right out of the gate” for him to contribute at his new position right away. But Meyer admitted Miller is “not common.”“He’s one of the best athletes I’ve ever coached. He’s got an incredible first step,” Meyer said. “My expectation is he’s an impact player.”Miller will get a chance to contribute at his new position on Sept. 7, when the defending national champion Buckeyes are scheduled to open their season against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. read more


Month: September 2019

Ohio State senior forward Sammy Edwards surveys the field during the second half of the Buckeyes’ 7-0 win against Illinois at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Sept. 14. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe No. 15 Ohio State women’s soccer team (11-2-1, 6-1-0 Big Ten) extended its unbeaten streak to five games with a 1-0 win over Michigan (5-4-6, 2-3-3 Big Ten) Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Senior forward Sammy Edwards led the way for the Buckeyes with five shots and a goal. The Buckeyes had their breakthrough in the 81st minute as senior forward Eleanor Gabriel tore down the right side of the field and crossed the ball in through the penalty area to a streaking Edwards, where the ball was one timed into the back of the net, the lone goal of the game.The rivalry with Michigan delivered another intense game, as physical play dominated the matchup and it was clear neither team would allow any easy goals. “Just knowing it’s Michigan I think everyone is a little more hype,” Edwards said. “I definitely come into this game very pumped up and I know it’s across the board.”Ohio State outshot Michigan 17-4, and Kerr needed to make only one save. The shutout marks Ohio State’s fifth consecutive clean sheet, the longest streak since 2012. The first half provided a slow, tactical pace from both teams, neither giving the other strong chances at the goal. Most of the half was played around the midfield area as both teams battled back and forth with strong defensive plays. “It’s definitely a mental battle,” Edwards said. “A win on a Sunday can be hard. We sometimes come out slow just from having dead legs but instead of coming out slow we came out fast and set the tone for the game.”Possession favored the Buckeyes in the first half, but both teams spent most of the half measuring the defensive style of the other. Ohio State outshot the Wolverines 6-1, despite neither team finding any strong offensive footing. Michigan’s only shot in the first half came close to finding the back of the net as midfielder Sara Stratigakis sliced into the penalty area and fired a strong shot on goal, which was saved by Ohio State goalkeeper Devon Kerr. The best chance of the half for the Buckeyes came in the 33rd minute on a corner from midfielder Nikki Walts. The ball slipped out of the pack of players to Edwards, who connected with a shot that sailed just above the crossbar. The second half began with a much more frantic pace, with Ohio State leading several quick offensive attacks, which resulted in three shots.Michigan’s best opportunity of the half came on a loose ball play in the 61st minute as a defensive error led to an open lane for midfielder Katie Foug, whose close-range shot flew just over the goal. The Buckeyes had a prime chance to score in the 74th minute as a grounded cross rolled through the box to Edwards, whose shot hit the left post. Michigan goalkeeper Sarah Jackson dove for the ball and missed as it rebounded off the post right on the goal line, but all Ohio State players could do was watch as the ball was cleared by a Michigan defender. “We rely on each other,” Edwards said. “You turn to your teammates and realize that you’re not the only tired one, and you’re not alone when you hit the post. We just look to each other when someone messes up, and I think that contributes to our success a lot.”Ohio State maintained an aggressive play style for the rest of the game, not letting Michigan create many attacks and pelting the Michigan keeper with more shots. Michigan continued trying to apply pressure and equalize, but the patient attack and rigid defense of Ohio State proved too much for the Wolverines. Ohio State’s next game is Thursday against Big Ten opponent Maryland. read more


Month: September 2019

Ohio State sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball in the first quarter of the game against Maryland on Nov. 17. Ohio State won 52-51. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorNo. 10 Ohio State got to Michigan week with a single loss, but in ugly fashion, defeating Maryland 52-51 in overtime in College Park. Here are three takeaways from Saturday’s win against the Terrapins.Dobbins becomes featured backSophomore running back J.K. Dobbins knew he was going to be the featured back against Maryland. Redshirt junior Mike Weber, according to head coach Urban Meyer, suffered a quad bruise during the week, which got worse heading into the game on Saturday.Going in, Dobbins and Weber were trading series, sharing the carries at the top of the depth chart. Even though it has worked in the past, Dobbins said he is more comfortable with being “the guy” in the backfield, saying after the game he is an energetic player that gets in a groove each drive he receives.Ohio State saw that from Dobbins against the Terrapins, recording 203 yards on the ground on 37 carries, the most, he said, he had had since high school, scoring on a 1-yard rush at the end of the second quarter.Dobbins was not by himself in the running game, with redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins rushing for 59 yards, scoring three touchdowns on the ground.However, with the consistency of Dobbins, Haskins had the opportunity to run an offense that many expected from Ohio State at the beginning of the year: utilizing the option, but with a player who can run for short yardage, but prefers to pass.With Dobbins and Haskins, it looked like the Ohio State offense Meyer wanted to run the whole time.But with a running game that Ohio State has had all year that runs with the 1A and 1B backs at the top of the depth chart, it is not likely, assuming Weber’s return, that this kind of consistency from one back, that amount of a workload, will continue against Michigan.Haskins continues to trust the tight endsHaskins’ main targets in the passing game have not changed much this season. In Ohio State’s 1-point victory over Maryland, redshirt senior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon recorded six catches for 102 yards while redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin brought in a team-leading 118 yards and a touchdown on four catches.But in the short passing game, Haskins looked to his tight end, sophomore Luke Farrell, for consistent catches. He brought in four catches, tied for second-most on the team, for 44 yards, bringing in one for 19 yards.Farrell’s performance against Maryland tied for his most receptions in a single game this season, bringing in four catches against Purdue on Oct. 20. The 44 yards through the air was also a season high.Redshirt junior tight end Rashod Berry was also a major factor against the Terrapins, recording an 11-yard catch on a 4th-and-1 in overtime, leading to a 5-yard touchdown rush by Haskins.For the Ohio State quarterback, tight ends were not the deciding factor in Saturday’s win. But the position, both Farrell and Berry, proved to be Haskins’ security blanket, something that could be effective moving forward.Ohio State defense needs work The Ohio State defense had a day to forget against the Terrapins on Saturday, allowing the most points (52) and the second-most yards (535) it had all season.The offensive success started quickly for Maryland. Reminiscent of the Oregon State game, Maryland redshirt freshman running back Anthony McFarland recorded two touchdown runs, one for 81 yards and the other for 75 in the first quarter, recording 298 yards on 21 carries overall. Now, heading into the Michigan game, the Ohio State defense, allowing 24.6 points per game, is giving up close to 400 yards per game, with opponents averaging 5.9 yards per play and scoring 33 touchdowns against the Buckeyes this season. Defending the ground game, Ohio State is No. 6 in the Big Ten, allowing 161.3 yards per game and 4.5 yards per carry. In the passing game, opponents are completing 52.3 percent of passes against the Buckeyes, but averaging 237.4 passing yards per game, No. 10 in the conference. Next week, Ohio State will face a Michigan team that has the No. 4 rushing attack in the Big Ten, averaging 219.2 yards per game, and a passing attack that completes 65.1 percent of passes for 210.5 yards per game. The Buckeyes will have to try and stop the balanced attack of Michigan. But it cannot do it the same way Ohio State tried to stop Maryland on Saturday. read more


Month: September 2019

first_imgLiam Kerr, the Tory transport spokesman, added: “This delay will come as a huge blow to the many commuters who travel across the Forth every single day. It is simply unacceptable.”Mike Rumbles, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesman, said workers made clear to him in October that the project was not going to be delivered on time and that the government had not built in enough contingency time.He added: “Did the Economy Secretary seriously not suspect anything until Monday?It is now eight months behind the timetable heralded just last May. For a project that was supposed to showcase the competence of this Scottish Government, there has been an awful lot of rescheduling and there is still a lot of work to be done before the crossing is finished.” Another lengthy delay in the opening of the new Queensferry Crossing has been described as “unacceptable” after ministers blamed bad weather during one of the mildest winters on record.The £1.35 billion structure, which will replace the ageing Forth Road Bridge, had been due to open in December before a new date of May was announced last summer because of days lost to high winds.Keith Brown, the economy minister, was unable yesterday to give any guarantee of when exactly when it would now open, but said it would be between mid-July and the end of August.He also warned Holyrood’s rural economy and connectivity committee that it could be hit by further hold-ups due to the weather.Ministers blamed the second delay on problems dismantling the tower cranes used to build the 1.7 mile long structure, saying the operation could not be carried out safely in winds over 25mph. 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. Mr Brown argued that it was only a four to 10-week delay on a six-year construction programme as the contractual completion date for the crossing is in June. Queensferry Crossing Queensferry Crossingcenter_img The Queensferry Crossing nearing completionCredit:PA However, opposition parties questioned why the SNP had not built in more contingency time, given the vagaries of Scottish weather.According to statistics issued by the Met Office this month, this winter is set to be the fourth mildest on record for Scotland.It also said that while last winter was even milder, it was also much wetter and stormier, adding: “Conversely, the 2016/17 winter has been very settled and much drier in comparison thanks to extended periods of blocked high pressure conditions.”Committee members were told that although the winter had not been severe, wind speeds were a key issue. He added: ”The precise opening date will depend on the amount of weather downtime which occurs in the coming weeks, with the latest date being based on weather similar to that which we have seen in February and March if that continues to occur.”It is very important to stress that the costs associated with the over-run will be fully covered by the contractor and so will not result in any increase to the overall project cost to the taxpayer which stands at £1.35 billion as before.”He said there were now 1,500 people working on the bridge, with operations continuing around the clock.However, other remaining activities are also vulnerable to weather conditions, with wind affecting the removal of cranes and work on cable stays, and rain affecting the waterproofing of the bridge deck and the road surfacing.David Climie, project director at Transport Scotland, said: “It’s not that you would characterise it as an awful winter, or that the weather has been particularly severe, it’s the fact that we’ve had steady winds throughout a long period of time which has not created the weather windows we have needed.”The Scottish Conservatives said the SNP had repeatedly promised the bridge would open in December, and added that thousands of commuters had been inconvenienced by closures of the Forth Road Bridge over the past few months. Work continuing on the crossing on WednesdayCredit:PAlast_img read more


Month: September 2019

first_imgCampeones! Because we love to see you all smile. Porque nos gusta veros sonreír. ❤️ #UEL #ForManchester pic.twitter.com/Q4KQ4dSAv7— David De Gea (@D_DeGea) 24 May 2017 pic.twitter.com/Kz89wXt8It— Manchester City (@ManCity) 24 May 2017 Goalscorer Pogba also dedicated the win to the city. He told BT Sport: “We know that things like this are very sad, all over the world: in Manchester, in London and in Paris, too. We had to focus because it was a very important game and we won for them and for the country. Striker Marcus Rashford simply said: “For you Manchester.” Team captain Wayne Rooney posted: “Winners! Please help victims & families of Manchester tragedy by donating” and shared a link to the fundraising appeal for victims and their families. “We played for England, we played for Manchester, and we played for the people who died.”Midfielder Juan Mata added: “Especially after what happened we wanted to win this and we’ll bring the trophy back. This is for you Manchester ❤#MUFC #united pic.twitter.com/FmS8NSh0sn— Marouane Fellaini (@Fellaini) 24 May 2017 Several of the players shared a picture from the changing room of the team holding a banner that read ‘Manchester – A City United #PrayForManchester’. UNITED we did it!!!!! @ManUtd #MUFC #UELFinal pic.twitter.com/TzL2apPWJe— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) 24 May 2017 “It was a very difficult week for a lot of us and for the city of Manchester and we tried to win for all the people who have suffered. This trophy is for them.”Sporting rivalries were put to one side as Manchester City sent out a full-time tweet of a message saying “#ACityUnited”, with ‘City’ written in light blue and ‘United’ in red, while Greater Manchester metro mayor Andy Burnham wrote on Twitter: “Manchester United. Tonight more than ever.” Winners! Please help victims of Manchester tragedy by donating at https://t.co/sWkhEOKYmv or texting ‘CityUnited’ to 70800 donate £5 https://t.co/t8ck0zlCiI— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) 24 May 2017 Manchester United players have dedicated their Europa League win to the city after Monday’s terror attack.The club tweeted “For Manchester” with a photo of the players holding a banner that read: “Manchester a city united #prayformanchester.”They beat AFC Ajax 2-0 in the final in Stockholm to win the European trophy on Wednesday.Midfielder Juan Mata tweeted: “This trophy is for you Manchester.” 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


Month: September 2019

first_imgShe told how she used to be a comfort eater, finding herself in a “dangerous” place.The Duchess concluded she was happier and healthier today, after seeking help to overcome food addiction.“The key is that I used to be a comfort eater,” she said. “I used to eat to put a band aid over my emotions and I squashed my feelings through food.“I realised that actually it wasn’t a treat and in fact what I was doing was almost going to kill myself with the toxicity build-up within myself. Princess Diana dancing with John Travolta at the White House Princess Diana dancing with John Travolta at the White House Sarah Ferguson marries the Duke of York in 1986 Later in the interview, she told Dr Murthy she had wanted to “make myself as beautiful and thin as Princess Diana or Elle Macpherson”.”I tried, but of course it never went that way,” she said.On her recovery, which saw her lose 55lbs after embracing healthy eating and learning to see food as nourishment rather than the enemy, she said: “[I got better] By understanding that I had to go to the depths of the feelings within myself and really want to help.”The Duchess, 57, now hopes to develop her own range of nutritious sauces, and a franchise of kindergartens around the world to teach children about healthy eating. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “I was a binge-eater. I never could get bulimia because I just didn’t have that mental state to go that far, but I always wished I could.center_img The Duchess of York has disclosed she once wished she suffered from bulimia, as she struggled with an addiction to food.The Duchess, who said she had wanted to be as “beautiful and thin” as her then sister-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales, said she had willed herself to have the eating disorder but did not have “that mental state”.In an interview about her recovery, she said: “To wish you could have a mental illness to that level is a very serious place to get to.”In a podcast with Dr Vijay Murthy, who practises holistic medicine and naturopathy and counted the Duchess as one of his clients, she said she hoped to be a “human bridge” for listeners suffering from disordered eating to get help. Sarah Ferguson marries the Duke of York in 1986 The Duchess of York with her doting daughters, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie The Duchess of York, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie “But that just shows you how dangerous and what place I got to. To wish you could have a mental illness to that level is a very serious place to get to.“My body and mind was in that place, but I couldn’t actually act out to make myself sick. I then grew and grew and grew.”last_img read more


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The inquest was told that Mr Farmer had joined a group of 30 students for a bar crawl around the city centre, in December 2016. He was so drunk by the end of the evening he had to be carried by other students back to another’s house.While there, the first-year students – including Mr Farmer – were expected to complete the initiation by having their heads shaved and crawling into a garage to drink vodka from a pig’s head, Karen Dilks, the coroner, was told.Dr Reuben Saharia, the head of A&E when Mr Farmer was admitted, gave evidence to the inquest, revealing that the young student was brought into hospital with a “shaved head, found to be amusing”.The student, who was taken to hospital at 5.45am on Dec 13 2016, would have likely survived had he been taken for treatment earlier, the inquest was told.A round of 100 triple vodkas had been ordered at one of the pubs on the bar crawl, the Newcastle Coroner’s Court hearing was told.The inquest heard excess alcohol caused cardiac arrest which led to brain damage and his death.Dr Sahere added that there was a spectrum of alcohol poisoning and that cardiac arrest was at the “very end of that scale”. Although Mr Farmer said he did not blame the students involved, nor the university, he claimed nobody had accepted responsibility over his son’s death.  He said: “We knew that the situation was very grave from the outset. I would agree that had he been in hospital prior to cardiac arrest then I would expect the patient to survive.” James Carr, who was the chairman of the university’s agricultural society and a second-year student at the time, told the inquest the night out was staged every year to welcome new arrivals.That was despite “initiation-style” ceremonies having been banned by the university, he said.A pre-inquest hearing into the incident last October was told that his fellow students texted each other “deny, deny deny” as the police began an investigation into the 20-year-old’s death.Mr Farmer said the initiation was “nothing to do with freshers” and added: “It’s a 40-year-old tradition and from our perspective, in cold light of day, it seems a fairly pointless practice.”Ed would not normally drink spirits and he certainly wouldn’t drink that much at his own volition.” “The brain was dead. Our reaction was well, in that case, turn him off. There is no point in keeping him alive.” Jeremy Farmer, whose son Ed died after a university initiation, wants anybody involved in future ceremonies to be expelled from university #r4Today pic.twitter.com/6etFUJgLRz— BBC Radio 4 Today (@BBCr4today) November 29, 2018 Recalling the moment he was informed his boy was in hospital, he said he heard a vehicle pulling onto his drive at 6.40am on a Tuesday morning. When he saw that it was a police car, he knew something had happened to one of his sons.  “With one son in Australia and the other in Newcastle, you sort of go down, open the door, and the name you hear – it’ll be one of them that’s in pretty serious trouble,” he told Today.  “When the police had left the house, I was 99 per cent certain that he would be a cabbage. “Helen, my wife, she was more optimistic, but certainly when we got up to the hospital they did say that he was in a very serious state. “They said they’d done a brain scan and the brain was dead. [So our reaction was] In that case, turn him off, there is no point keeping him alive.” The former pupil at the £31,000-ayear Oakham School in Rutland died the following day, with his parents, Jeremy and Helen Farmer, at his bedside. He was five times over the drinkdriving limit when he died, the inquest into his death at Newcastle Civic Centre heard in October. Students who take part in initiation ceremonies should be expelled from universities, according to a father whose son died after drinking vodka from a pig’s head at a drink-fuelled social event. Economics student Ed Farmer, 20, died after being initiated into Newcastle University’s agriculture society.He was taken by friends to hospital with a shaven head after drinking large amounts of alcohol, and his parents Jeremy and Helen Farmer decided to turn off his life support the following day when they were told their son’s brain was “dead”. Now, Mr Farmer has called for tougher sanctions against those who decide to get involved with the initiation ceremonies, which have largely been banned at universities across the country. Talking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said: “Let’s draw a line in the sand and from here on in everybody knows initiations are banned and if you step over that line you will be removed from the university.”We don’t want to be killjoys, we don’t want to take away the fun. If you drink of your own volition and kill yourself, so be it. “When you’re being co-erced into drinking by others and doing something you wouldn’t normally do, it should be something that should be looked at.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on a recent visit to New ZealandCredit:Paul Edwards The Sunday Mirror quoted an insider saying: “On his mind, William sees this as another concerning example of his younger brother being pulled away from his family by his new wife. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Prince Harry shooting in 2009 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on a recent visit to New Zealand A young Prince Harry shooting with his father the Prince of Wales in 1996Credit:BENNETT / PARKER “Harry’s always loved hunting and it has provided them with a great chance to bond as brothers. But now it looks like Harry’s shooting days are over. It’s the latest point of contention between the Princes after a testing time in their relationship.”Kensington Palace refused to be drawn on claims of a row over the hunting issue nor whether it is true that Prince Harry will avoid the Boxing Day pheasant shoot. The source suggested the claims should be “taken with a pinch of salt”. The Duke of Sussex will miss the Royal family’s traditional Box Day pheasant shoot under pressure from his pregnant wife, according to reports.Prince Harry, now 34, has taken part in the Boxing Day shoot on the Sandringham estate since the age of 12. But according to the Sunday Mirror, he will miss it this year to spend time with the Duchess of Sussex, who he married in May.A well-placed Kensington Palace source dismissed the claims yesterday. The source said: “This is completely untrue.”The Duchess  is described as a ‘principled animal lover’ who refuses to wear fur. She once described herself in an interview as vegan during the week.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– It is alleged that Prince Harry missed the Boxing Day pheasant hunt last year and also grouse shooting at Balmoral three months ago. The Sunday Mirror claimed that the Duchess of Sussex had been unhappy to learn the prince had taken part in hunting boar in Germany while she had been in Canada filming  her final scenes from the hit legal drama Suits.Prince Harry is said to be eating much more healthily since dating the then Meghan Markle, including eating much less meat.The Duchess once told Good Housekeeping magazine that she always kept chia seed pudding in her fridge along with almond milk, carrits and hummus and green juice.The Vegan Society said yesterday it was encouraged by the duchess’s apparent stance against hunting. Prince Harry shooting in 2009 A young Prince Harry shooting with his father the Prince of Wales in 1996 Dominika Piasecka, spokesman for The Vegan Society, said: “We’re delighted to hear that the Duchess has been persuading Prince Harry not to take part in the Royal Christmas pheasant shoot. Traditions are important for every nation but if they involve senseless killing, they should not be allowed to continue.“Vegan or not, many Brits strongly oppose hunting animals and we hope to see the Royal family set an example and stop participating in this cruel practice.” The decision to miss the shoot – if correct – may cause tension between Duke of Cambridge and his younger brother. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have decided to make a house on the Windsor estate their permanent home rather than an apartment in Kensington Palace next door to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge amid suggestions Prince William has not been welcoming towards the Duchess of Sussex, the former actress from America who married into the Royal family. read more


Month: September 2019

Emma-Jayne Magson has been allowed to appeal against her convictionCredit:Joe Giddens/PA Emma-Jayne Magson has been allowed to appeal against her conviction The mother of a young woman who killed her abusive partner believes her daughter should have her murder conviction quashed in the wake of Sally Challen’s appeal.Joanne Smith, 48, is “hopeful” that Emma-Jayne Magson, 25, will win an appeal, expected later this year, after being convicted of murdering her boyfriend in March 2016.“I was so happy [when Sally’s conviction was quashed],” said Mrs Smith, who was in court last week to support Mrs Challen.“I felt so emotional and thought, ‘One day that might be my daughter.’“I was a bit happier when Emma was granted an appeal, but this has given me so much more hope.”The case of Magson, the mother of a four-year-old daughter, has parallels to that of Mrs Challen, 65, whose conviction for murder was quashed by the Court of Appeal this week.The former Police Federation office manager killed her husband Richard with a hammer in 2010.Magson, a former care worker for Bupa, stabbed her boyfriend, James Knight, 26, in the chest during a drunken row in which he had grabbed her by the throat, hit her, ripped her clothes, and thrown her to the floor. At trial, she was painted as “cold, brutal, and manipulative” for not calling for medical help after she stabbed him. Knight died hours later. She was convicted of murder at Leicester Crown Court in November 2016 and sentenced to 17 years in prison.But her family believe she was acting in self-defence and that she was not in her right mind.Mrs Smith said the trial did not address the abuse to which Magson had been subjected. She was vulnerable and had recently suffered a “traumatic” miscarriage, she said.“Emma is grieving for the baby she has lost and for her boyfriend, who she didn’t mean to kill,” said Mrs Smith. “It would mean the world if she could come back home to her little girl.”Justice For Women, which supports Magson and Mrs Challen, is working on 10 similar cases, including that of Farieissia Martin, a mother of two, who was convicted of the murder of Kyle Farrell, her violent partner, when she was 22. 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


Month: September 2019

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 social care system in England is at “crisis point”, with more people asking for care but fewer receiving it, according to a report.The study, from the influential King’s Fund think tank, found a 2 per cent rise in new requests for adult social care since 2015/16, to hit 1.84 million requests in 2017/18.The study found that fewer people are receiving care, with almost 13,000 fewer granted help over the same period.Local council spending on social care has dropped in real terms and is now £700 million below what it was in 2010/11.The study found it is not just older people who are requesting help, with a rise in the number of adults of working age seeking support as levels of disability rise.Since 2015/16, there has been a rise from 1.31 million to 1.32 million older people requesting help, while among working-age people requests have gone up from just over 500,000 to nearly 524,000.The data shows that more than 7,000 more working-age people are receiving long-term support compared with 2015/16, but there has been a fall of more than 20,000 older people receiving it.Simon Bottery, senior fellow at the King’s Fund and lead author of the report, said: “This report shows that increasing need among working-age adults, an increasing older population and high levels of existing unmet need are combining to put immense pressure on our care and support system, now and for the future.”Yet there is little evidence that the Government understands or is willing to act on these trends despite the impact on older and disabled people, their families and carers.”The social care green paper, which still has no release date over two years after it was announced, is an opportunity to set out the fundamental reform we desperately need.”But while the green paper is delayed, the Government must focus on what it can do to support people now.”Putting more money into the system in this autumn’s spending review would help people to get the help they need while longer-term reform takes effect.”The analysis found that 18 per cent of working-age people now report a disability, up from 15% in 2010/11.The proportion of disabled working-age adults reporting mental health conditions has increased significantly from 24 per cent to 36 per cent in the last five years.These trends are matched by a rise in the number of working-age adults claiming disability benefits.The report said the drop in the proportion of over-65s getting long-term social care from their local council could partly be due to a freeze since 2010/11 in the amount of assets people can hold and still be eligible for state-funded care.It warned that unmet need among older people remains high, with 22 per cent saying they need support but do not get it.The report also warned of a growing crisis in the social care workforce, with 8 per cent of jobs vacant at any given time and a high turnover of staff.The report found that costs of residential care for councils are rising, with the average cost of residential and nursing care for an older person at £615 per week, a real-terms increase of 6.6 per cent since 2015/16.However, the number of nursing and residential care beds available for people aged over 75 has fallen from 11.3 per 1,000 to 10.1 since 2012.The report comes as the Labour Party announced plans for an increase in the number of home care packages for those who need support with things like getting in and out of bed, bathing and preparing meals.It pledged more cash and said the plans could provide support to more than 160,000 older people who currently get no help, including 50,000 people with dementia.Shadow minister for mental health Barbara Keeley said: “This Tory Government has shamefully abandoned older people and young adults with care needs.”There is still no sign of their social care green paper which was promised over two years ago, and vulnerable older people have needlessly suffered as a result of the Government’s failure.”People with dementia are unfairly punished when it comes to paying for their care needs so Labour will correct this injustice in government.”We want care staff to be properly paid and trained, so that they can provide the kind of compassionate care that they want to give.” read more


Month: September 2019

A local businessman,  who did not want to be named, said there was a lot of crime in the area and shopkeepers in the area felt especially vulnerable.He said: “There are a lot of criminal gangs that operate in this area. People are afraid to report crimes to the police because they are scared they will come back for them.“There have been less patrols recently and the gangs have realised this and have become more confident with their ability to quickly get away from the scene of a crime.” A nearby restaurant owner also said criminals were becoming increasingly brazen.The businessman, who asked not to be identified, said: “There are a drugs being sold in this area by organised criminals.“Everybody knows that if you call the police about an incident that doesn’t involve a knife or a death they will not consider it as an emergency. The owner of the Amir jewellery store thanked the “heroes” for helping to apprehend the suspects and described how he and a colleague had taken refuge in the basement, when the robbers struck.Adil Al Ahmady, 44, said: “The people on the street challenging these robbers were amazing. They are heroes and I thank them.” Passers by tackled a gang member using makeshift weapons including a traffic cone “My wife is worried all the time. I’m thinking of hiring security men for the summer as there are families who sit outside my restaurant. If my customers don’t feel safe I will lose business.” Moped gang rob jewellery shop on Maida Vale London just now, attacking passing pedestrians. pic.twitter.com/eYY4utYJ0I— moj. (@MojAlHoseine) May 20, 2019 A moped gang, who allegedly stole more than £150,000 in gold from a jewellers, were apprehended when local shopkeepers and passers by gave chase and cornered one of them.The robbers, who were armed with a machete, hammers and a crowbar, struck in broad daylight at the shop in Maida Vale, north west London during Monday’s evening rush hour.Footage captured by shocked bystanders on mobile phones, showed the moment the gang, who were wearing motorcycle helmets, burst out of the store and attempted to make their getaway on waiting mopeds.But a group of heroic locals gave chase and managed to surround one of the gang, tackling him with makeshift weapons, including a belt and a traffic cone.Police were on the scene within six minutes and four other alleged gang members were apprehended a short time later. He said: “I was with a patient in here when I heard some commotion and went outside. I saw two guys on bikes with helmets and another stood outside our door with a huge machete.“The receptionist and I ran to the door and locked it in case he came inside. Then the motorbikes drove off and 10-12 members of the public began chasing them.” The moped gang struck at a store in Maida Vale The moped gang struck at a store in Maida Vale Passers by tackled a gang member using makeshift weapons including a traffic cone Ravi Agnatha, a dentist, who works in the property next to the jewellers, described witnessing the incident. 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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A muslim convert known as Jihadi Jack has said he feels guilty about his parents’ conviction of funding terrorism after they sent him cash.Jack Letts, 23, left his middle-class home in Oxford in 2014 and became one of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (Isil) most notorious recruits before he was captured.  He is currently incarcerated in a jail run by Kurdish authorities in Northern Syria, but apologised to his parents and said he wants to return to the UK.He told Sky News: “I feel guilty because I’m the reason they are going through this.“They didn’t do anything wrong. They sent me money to leave. It’s not like they were funding some sort of terrorist activity.”Jack’s parents, Sally Lane and John Letts, were spared jail at the Old Bailey on Friday, when they were handed a sentence of 15 months, suspended for a year, for funding terrorism over a payment of £223 to a man in Lebanon in 2015 at Jack’s request. John Letts and Sally Lane, the parents of a Muslim convert dubbed Jihadi Jack After their sentencing, Ms Lane and Mr Letts spoke of their son’s obsessive approach to his Muslim faith, saying he was waking in the middle of the night to perfect his prayer, and scared that he would “go to hell” if he got it wrong.The former Cherwell School student was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) when he was a teenager, and turned to prayer as one of his OCD rituals.John Letts told the Mail on Sunday: “He was terrified that if he got anything wrong and didn’t start all over again he would go to hell.“He’d wake in the middle of the night for the pre-dawn prayer, but where that might take most Muslims a few minutes, he’d be up from 3am to 5am washing, praying, trying to get it right. He’d fall asleep in school and get into trouble.“I’m convinced this made him vulnerable to manipulation.”They also committed their continued support to their son, with Mr Letts adding:  “A father does not give up on his son, and I’ll never give up on Jack.” Letts added: “I was surprised they were convicted. They are definitely not Islamic fundamentalists. They are not even Muslims.“It’s two atheists convicted for Islamic terrorism – it doesn’t make much sense.”He said, although it seems unlikely, he would “love to go home”  and said he had “no intention of blowing [British people] up.” 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. John Letts and Sally Lane, the parents of a Muslim convert dubbed Jihadi JackCredit:Yui Mok/PA  read more


Month: September 2019

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Tragedy…June 14, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: A political problem…January 6, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Holding fast…June 14, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” …meetingsEvery business executive has some basic rules on “meetings,” and one of the first rules is to ask, “What’s this meeting about?” If you aren’t clear about the goals of the meeting, you’ll be wasting your time, and you might as well don’t show up.We don’t know about politicians, but here it is: Prezzie’s rejected the Opposition Leader’s second list of nominees for the GECOM Chair, and now wants a meeting.Is it your Eyewitness, or is it déjà vu? What happened after the meeting following the first rejection? Prezzie had intimated that only names of ex-judges should be submitted, but then grudgingly conceded it could be other “fit and proper” persons.Jagdeo had wanted a meeting to clarify what the heck the President understood by “fit and proper” as it related to the constitutional criteria to fill the GECOM Chair. Barring that, Jagdeo said he’d want the matter to be decided by the CCJ. Interpretation of the constitution is, after all, solely the responsibility of the Judiciary.Prezzie declined the meeting, but said he’d offer clarity via his Attorney General, Basil Williams. A couple of months later, Prezzie decided to meet Jagdeo, but promised only to make his position clear again. Nothing decided…just stalling for time…wasted meeting.Most observers figured Prezzie was hoping to frustrate Jagdeo; and if no list was submitted, by provision of the Constitution, he could unilaterally appoint whomever he wanted as the Chair. The person he had earmarked, according to insiders, was ex-Justice Claudette La Bennet.After that meeting, Basil Williams announced, via a press release, who was “fit and proper”: “His Excellency did elaborate a little more on that, and he identified the three ‘I’s’, which is to say that: the person must be a person of Integrity, the person must be a person who is Independent and the person must be someone who is Impartial.” The problem was that those qualities were pretty general and were subject to wide interpretation; but Jagdeo did submit that second list — which was duly rejected, and we arrive at the request for the second meeting.“What’s the point of this meeting?” your Eyewitness asks once again. To provide another opportunity for the state photographer to position himself so he could catch Granger looming over Jagdeo as the latter ascends the State House stairs and is forced to shake the former’s outstretched hand like a supplicant? It’s become the Chronic’s favourite pic of the two leaders.Prezzie knows Jagdeo can’t go unilaterally to the CCJ, which only has original jurisdiction on the CSME. Initial interpretive recourse lies in the local courts.  Prezzie would be counting on the plasticity of the latter.Jagdeo should test them, rather than waste his time with meetings.    …mumblingsIt all started so promisingly when the APNU and AFC were in Opposition — especially after 2011, when they caught up with the PPP. So many things they were going to do! Procurement? No sweat…They were going to make that so tight and so transparent we’d know even the number of sweets bought to calm skittish kids getting injections!! But oh, what a tangled web they’ve woven as they bled the Treasury dry with pharma scandals; and yet, scarcely an aspirin tablet can be found!All we get are vague mumblings! What about the details of all those contracts from which the PPP were “siphoning off” billions and billions to fill their pockets? Mumble…Mumble… They’ve had two years to check out, say, the airport expansion contract. Why not “out” the PPP? Mumble…Mumble… They couldn’t possibly be doing the same things they accused the PPP of doing, could they?Could it be that their fire-and-brimstone vituperations were just projections of what was in their twisted psyches all along?? …revelations on Exxon contractWho does Trotman think he’s fooling?? The days are long gone when Guyanese would accept just mumblings on what he’s given up to Exxon.Don’t blame Exxon for driving a hard bargain. Blame the Govt for assigning Mr Clueless as our point man! read more


Month: September 2019

Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd, an affiliate of ExxonMobil Corporation, announced on Monday the establishment of the Centre for Local Business Development in Georgetown in collaboration with DAI Global, LLC.The Centre will assist small – and medium-sized Guyanese businesses with building their capacity and improving their competitiveness in a range of sectors that serve the oil and gas and other industries.“The Centre for Local Business Development is an investment in the people of Guyana and the future of the country. ExxonMobil is proud to assist in the design and implementation of this important resource,” said Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Country Manager Rod Henson. “The Centre will play a key role in furthering the capabilities of local businesses with which we are eager to partner.”The Centre will focus primarily on developing local vendors that serve key sectors of the oil and gas industry, including areas such as safety equipment, marine operations, offshore supply and civil construction. It will also provide mentoring, coaching, and access to financial support.“Local suppliers are important to the success of ExxonMobil’s operations,” said Henson. “Through the Centre, we hope to strengthen the capabilities of these local companies, as well as improve the competitiveness of Guyana’s industrial base.”The Centre will be a reliable resource for information on safety, technical standards, procurement opportunities, and project-specific information.ExxonMobil, its contractors, the broader oil and gas industry, and the Government will be able to utilise the Centre for sourcing local vendors and services.Following the Centre’s opening in July, ExxonMobil will work with DAI Global over a three-year period to transition the Centre to Guyanese management. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedExxonMobil confirms 8th oil discovery offshore Guyana at the Longtail-1 wellJune 20, 2018In “Business”ExxonMobil expanding local workforce- Country ManagerJune 13, 2018In “Business”ExxonMobil’s Liza Phase 2 to produce over 200,000 barrels of oil per dayMay 3, 2019In “Business” read more


Month: September 2019

Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat JagdeoTen names have been shortlisted from different entities for the selection of a new Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).This is according to Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo during a conference with media operatives at his office in Church Street, Georgetown on Wednesday.“We have just gotten about 10 names that we’ve shortlisted from different organizations that submitted names” Jagdeo said while noting that already, one person has declined.“One of the 10 already said to me, no, I don’t want to be subjected to public humiliation,” he explained.The Leader of the Opposition posited that over the course of the next few days, he will be engaging the shortlisted members’ one on one before making his final six selections for the third list to be submitted to the President of Guyana, David Granger. He could not give a definitive time period in which the submission will be made.“I have to go through the process, meet, talk to them, some of them said to me that they need to talk to their families…I can’t tell them to give me an answer right away. It’s not a process that you can almost shortcut.”He further explained that all of the nominees for this list will be fresh faces from the legal body as well as the “fit and proper” class.The first list for the post of the GECOM Chairman was submitted by the Opposition Leader during the latter part of last year, and President Granger had rejected that list, as well as the second –which was submitted earlier this year- deeming them as “unacceptable” under his interpretation of Article 161 (2) of the Constitution and his criteria for selection.The President had been quoted in the media saying that judges, retired judges, or someone eligible to be a judge will take preference over someone simply “fit and proper.”After 15-years of being Chairman of GECOM, Dr Steve Surujbally, who falls under the classification of “fit and proprer”, has retired in February of this year, and since then the election body has been without a chairperson. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGECOM Chair: Despite CJ’s ruling 3rd list will be provided- Opposition LeaderJuly 20, 2017In “latest news”GECOM Chair: 3rd list to be submitted soon- JagdeoJuly 29, 2017In “latest news”GECOM Chair: President’s interpretations now invalid in face of court ruling-JagdeoSeptember 27, 2017In “latest news” read more