Month: September 2019

  • Sam Houston States Scorer We Reward Good Team Play

    I recently wrote an article about the college teams whose official scorers are the most generous about handing out assists. The capital of assist liberalism was in Huntsville, Texas, where Sam Houston State scorers ranked first in Division I in each of the past three seasons.I interviewed Bearkats spokesman Jason Barfield and emailed questions to Paul Ridings, who works in the school’s office of media relations and has scored most of its games for the past quarter-century. Ridings previously worked for three other collegiate athletic departments and the Dallas Tornado of the North American Soccer League. He responded after my article ran and agreed that we could publish his comments, which have been lightly edited:I’ve been the S.I.D. [sports information director] here since 1989 and imputed the computer in basketball for most of those years. I know you’ve talked with Jason Barfield. When he was a student assistant here, he imputed a season, and we had one other year when we had a husband-and-wife imputer team (wife imputed, husband spotted).I appreciate the generous label but also think we pay attention to how a basket comes about. You can’t score without the ball, and how you get it to set up a shot is important.Assists that a lot of people miss include outlet passes from a defensive rebound, where the inside player hits a teammate to set up a fast-break score; a pass from under the offensive basket outside to a teammate for an open 3-pointer; a pass from an offensive rebound to a teammate for a follow shot; and a pass on an inbound play that sets up a basket.We watch for these.Soccer is another sport with assists, and we work at that, too. In our women’s soccer games, if a pass sets up a goal and we don’t see whom the pass came from, we go to the bench and find out — no matter which team.Speaking of soccer but applied to basketball, I always remember what one of our players at the Dallas Tornado said after touring with the New York Cosmos and playing with Pelé. What made Pelé great, he said, was not his goal scoring, but his vision and the ability to see the entire field. With one pass, he could change the complexion of the offense and set up a scoring possession. As Steve Pecher (my player and a defender) said, you would see that one pass and say, “Oh sh?t.”It’s the same in basketball. One pass to the open man can make a difference.Consistency is important as well. We make this effort for both teams.I guess I’m surprised you call us the most generous. But I would like to think we reward good team play. read more

  • Wait Are The 76ers Good Now

    FiveThirtyEight Embed Code Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Jan. 24, 2017), we chat about last weekend’s NFL blowouts and begin to think about the Super Bowl. Next, we interview Duke’s Lexie Brown, who recently made 56 straight free throws, the sixth-longest streak in NCAA history and the new ACC record. Finally, the Philadelphia 76ers are suddenly on a hot streak. We investigate how the Sixers’ season has recently taken a winning turn and look at whether it’s too late for Philadelphia to be a playoff contender.Links to what we discussed:In case you missed it, ESPN recapped the Falcons’ 44-21 defeat of the Packers and the Patriots’ 36-17 AFC title win against the Steelers.FiveThirtyEight’s Neil Paine took a look at Matt Ryan’s incredible season and explained why it’s not a fluke.The Patriots won with less talent than usual, writes Ty Schalter.Duke’s Lexie Brown was named the ACC Player of the Week this Monday.espnW’s Mechelle Voepel reports on the NCAA committee’s early reveal of the top 16 women’s basketball teams.The Ringer’s Ben Detrick explores the Philadelphia 76ers’ surprising hot streak.Significant Digit: $4,045, the amount “The Fish Guy,” an aquatic services company, sought from Buffalo Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes in a lawsuit. The company moved Spikes’s tropical fish and aquarium to Buffalo from Rhode Island in 2014 after he joined the Bills. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed read more

  • Receiver spurns Gators for Bucks

    The recruitment experience for James Louis was an interesting one. The heralded 5-foot-11-inch, 180-pound wide receiver out of Delray Beach, Fla., may have donned an Ohio State hat on signing day, but seven months earlier, Louis was all set to become a Florida Gator. “When Louis got the idea that he wasn’t one of their top recruits, he basically turned around and committed to Ohio State right away,” said Steve Helwagen of “It let a lot people wondering if Louis would sign with Ohio State.”After months of speculation and a last-minute recruitment effort by Florida, Louis, wearing a red shirt to his signing-day press conference, stayed true to his commitment and signed with the Buckeyes. Louis is a two-time All-State receiver and had 38 catches, 682 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior for Atlantic High School. He was ranked as the No. 12 receiver and No. 80 overall player in the ESPN 150 recruit rankings.Louis headlines a solid receiver class along with Corey Brown and Tyrone Williams for the Buckeyes.  “What is neat is that Ohio State got three different types of receivers to fill their needs going forward,” Helwagen said. “Williams would be a split-end, Louis would be a flanker, and Brown is probably a slot receiver.”Helwagen and Kevin Noon, managing editor of, said Louis reminds them of former Buckeye wideout Santonio Holmes, who also hailed from the South Florida area. “They have similar build, above-average speed and do everything really well,” Helwagen said.“The one difference is that James Louis is playing a step faster than what Holmes was coming out high school,” Noon said.Louis, who was also a 2010 Under Armour High School All-American, is regarded as an all-around receiver who can do a lot of everything. He is said to have good feet and great acceleration, as well as a nice frame to allow him to get stronger and add weight without losing his speed.“He will be a factor as soon as he is able to reach the field,” Noon said. Helwagen said that after Devier Posey and Dane Sanzenbacher, there is no certainty on the receiving depth chart, meaning Louis might have a chance to make an impact right away. “You get beyond those two guys, and it gets completely wide open for who will be the three, four or five receiver.” Helwagen said. “There are five or six guys that could step in and compete for those spots. It’s going to be tremendous to see in the fall who gets to play and if Louis can show the coaches he can do something in the offense, they’ll use him.”When asked about the possibility of redshirting Louis next season, Noon said he doubted that would be the case. “You never know when it comes to a redshirt,” Noon said. “But if I were a betting man, I would say he does not redshirt.”While OSU may not have been Louis’ first choice, the fact he stayed true to his commitment to the Buckeyes after switching from Florida should be reaffirming for Buckeye fans.If Louis is able to follow in the footsteps of Santonio Holmes by leaving Florida and finding success in Columbus, then the outlook should be bright for the Buckeyes. read more

  • Cardale Jones starts Braxton Miller stars in Ohio States 4224 victory over

    Both Ohio State and Virginia Tech wore matching stickers on their helmets in honor of two Virginia journalists, Alison Parker and Adam Ward, who were killed while on live television on August 26 in Roanoke, Virginia. OSU won 42-24. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo Editor BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Ohio State quarterback battle is over, but it was a former quarterback who stole the show for the Buckeyes in Monday night’s season opener.Redshirt senior Braxton Miller — making his first career start at H-back following three years as OSU’s starting quarterback — rushed for 62 yards and caught 78, scoring twice as the Buckeyes (1-0) took advantage after a first-half scare to top Virginia Tech (0-1), 42-24.“I love Braxton Miller,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said after the game. “He made a lot of decisions that young people have to, and he did it for the best interest of his team, and that’s just when I think about that, it makes you feel good.”The biggest question surrounding the team throughout the offseason was answered when redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones took the field to begin the game. After the game, Jones said he was not aware of who the starter was until Meyer told him to take the field out of the sideline huddle.Jones, who was entrenched in a battle with redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett throughout the spring and summer, had mixed results in his first career regular-season start, completing nine of 18 passes for 186 yards. The Cleveland product threw for two touchdowns and an interception, as well.“I thought (Jones did) OK,” Meyer said. “I expect more. The turnover, you just don’t do that, throwing across, start scrambling around, but once again it’s a good team we played against, so we’ll take it and get better.”Eluding a nearly constant Virginia Tech pass rush on the opening drive, Jones led an eight-play, 64-yard march. Jones ducked around a tackler and flung it to sophomore H-back Curtis Samuel in one-on-one coverage, who pulled it in despite a defensive pass interference call to give the Buckeyes the early advantage.Virginia Tech received the ball first, but went three-and-out after an opening first-down pass along the sideline was confirmed after a replay review to be incomplete.OSU’s second drive did not require a repeat performance from Jones, as junior running back Ezekiel Elliott took his first carry 80 yards to put the Buckeyes up by two scores less than nine minutes into the game.The St. Louis native juked to his right through a hole up the middle and shook off a low tackle, and then it was off to the races.Elliott more than doubled his rushing total from last season’s 35-21 loss against the Hokies, as he only had 32 yards on eight carries in Columbus in 2014. After a missed field goal on each end — the latter being a missed 43-yarder by redshirt senior Duke transfer Jack Willoughby, who made his OSU debut — the first quarter came to a close with OSU leading 14-0 and 205-56 in yards from scrimmage.However, the second quarter took a much better turn for the home crowd of 65,632 at Lane Stadium, as the Hokies shook off a first-play holding penalty to accumulate consecutive gains of seven, 15 and then a 51-yard score.Virginia Tech redshirt senior quarterback Michael Brewer rolled out to his right and then threw the other way to junior fullback Sam Rogers, who caught the ball and eluded a pair of OSU tackles to find the endzone and cut the Buckeyes’ lead in half.Unable to answer the momentum shift, Jones threw his first interception on the next drive on a tipped third-down pass. Virginia Tech redshirt junior safety Desmond Frye dove forward to catch the pick, giving the Hokies a chance to tie the game starting at their own 44-yard line.Virginia Tech was not successful in knotting the game at 14, but it did move the ball forward 27 yards to enable sophomore Joey Slye to redeem his earlier miss with a 46-yard kick and narrow the deficit to 14-10.OSU seemed poised to go into the half maintaining the lead, but a muffed punt by Elliott — a surprise returner for the Buckeyes — allowed the Hokies to keep the ball at OSU’s 38-yard line. They did not waste the opportunity, as a play later Brewer found sophomore wide receiver Isaiah Ford for 36 yards down to the 2-yard line.After two unsuccessful runs, Brewer faked the handoff and rolled to his right, then threw to his left to redshirt senior tight end Ryan Malleck for the go-ahead score with 15 seconds left in the half.After piling up 144 yards and two scores in their two opening drives, the Buckeyes accumulated just 114 yards and no scores in its next four, as the Hokies put up 17 unanswered points. Jones did not complete a pass in the second quarter, finishing the half 6-of-13 for 95 yards.“I think the big thing is what was keeping them in the game. I don’t want to take anything away from them, but I felt like we were shooting ourselves in the foot,” senior offensive lineman Taylor Decker said. “A lot of their points came off turnovers, the muffed punt, we threw a pick here and there; it was just a matter of execution.”The redshirt junior did not waste any time picking up his first completion since the first quarter in the second half, finding Miller for a 54-yard touchdown pass on the third play of the half following a 20-yard run by Jones.“We went to the locker room, and we were down, but we pressed pause and we stepped up,” redshirt junior receiver Michael Thomas said.On the following drive, a hit on Brewer from OSU senior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington knocked the redshirt senior out of the game with a left shoulder injury. The Hokies replaced him with redshirt junior Branden Motley.The two offenses stalled after OSU’s half-opening score, as the next five drives ended without scores.However, Miller, on the play following a Virginia Tech fumble, single-handedly ended the scoring drought with his second score of the half.This time lined up at quarterback for the wildcat formation, Miller scrambled to his left and outran the rush to get into the open field. After being met by two Hokies players, Miller spun between the duo and carried it the rest of the way for a 53-yard run and an 11-point lead.“That was a blessing to see him be able to do that and come back,” Thomas said. “It was hard for him, sitting out a whole year … And then to switch positions, I just loved to see him happy, loved to see him smiling again.”After an interception by redshirt junior safety Tyvis Powell on the following drive, Jones put the game away with a 10-yard touchdown run, aided by a pair of pass interference penalties on the drive.OSU held the advantage in total yards over the Hokies 567 to 320, including a lopsided 360 to 128 margin in rushing yards. After trailing 17-14 at the half, the Buckeyes routed the Hokies 28-7 in the second half.Barrett did not see the field until OSU safely led by 18 midway through the final quarter. The Wichita Falls, Texas, product filled in for Jones on the final three drives, running for 40 yards before finding Thomas open in the end zone for a 26-yard score in his first series.“It’s great being on a team that’s good,” Elliott said. “Just all of these guys around you are great players … Just do your job, and you can trust that the people around you will make plays.”The Buckeyes are next set to make their home opener on Saturday against Hawaii. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

  • Embattled mental health NHS trust chairman stands down

    first_imgKatrina Percy The announcement comes a month after it emerged the trust had created a new role, with the same salary and benefits, for the outgoing chief executive Katrina Percy following a damming Care Quality Commission report  in April.A statement from the Trust said: “Since his appointment in May this year Tim has made a considerable contribution to the trust, driving through changes necessary to improve our services.We would like to thank him for his time and dedication.”We are working with NHS Improvement to appoint a new interim chair as soon as possible.”In the meantime, Malcolm Berryman, as deputy chair, will ensure that the duties of the trust board are carried out.” 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. Southern has been under intense scrutiny following the deaths of patients including 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk, who died in 2013.In October, a jury inquest ruled that neglect contributed to the death of Mr Sparrowhawk, who drowned after an epileptic seizure at Slade House in Headington, Oxfordshire.In April, inspectors concluded that the trust was still failing to protect patients from risk of harm.Care Quality Commission inspectors found that robust arrangements to probe incidents, including deaths, had not been put in place, resulting in “missed opportunities” to prevent similar events.In December, an independent investigation found Southern Health had failed to probe the deaths of hundreds of people since 2011.Ms Percy announced her decision to stand aside as chief executive last month, saying her position had become “untenable”.But the trust said she was to stay on as a “strategic adviser”, with the same pay and benefits.Last year, Ms Percy earned a salary of at least £185,000 plus at least £52,500 in pension-related benefits. Malcolm Berryman, as deputy chair, will ensure that the duties of the trust board are carried outSouthern Health Katrina Percy, former Chief Executive, stepped down but kept the same payCredit:Telegraph The interim chairman of a scandal-hit mental health trust that was criticised for not investigating hundreds of unexpected patient deaths has resigned after only four months.Tim Smart, who took over the heavily criticised Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust in May, said yesterday he was standing down “for personal reasons”.last_img read more

  • Quality Street removes one of its oldest sweets after customers complain there

    first_imgAt that time, boxes of chocolate were the preserve of the gentry but Harold’s wanted to create a comparable product available to the working classes.The subsequent product was the first time sweets were individually wrapped in coloured paper and put into a decorative tin. Nestle, don’t leave us in flux please give us back our toffee deluxe.— Joanne Warner (@JoanneWarner) September 23, 2016 Quality Street has dropped the Toffee Deluxe after customers complained there were too many similar flavoured sweets in a box.The company removed the sweet, which was created in 1919 before being included in packets around two decades later, to make for a new barrel-shaped “Honeycomb Crunch”.The decision is in response to customer feedback carried out by makers Nestle, which found that there were too many toffees within the selection box. First #Brangelina then #GBBO now toffee deluxe has gone from Quality Street #crazytimes #christmaswontbethesame— WomanAboutTheHouse (@DiyWoman) September 23, 2016 The Toffee Deluxe – a block of toffee covered in a thin layer of chocolate and covered in a brown metallic wrapper – was one of three toffee sweets. The round penny variety and chocolate-covered finger will remain.Another change consumers will notice this year is the removal of the paper menu for the sweets. Instead, the names and pictures of them appear on the sides of the octagonal tub.The boxes will also be 30g lighter in weight due to the inclusion of the lighter honeycomb sweet – a truffle infused with crunchy honeycomb pieces and covered in chocolate.  Customers’ response was that there was too much toffee so the decision to make a change was madeNestlecenter_img The Toffee Deluxe was created by chocolatiers John and Violet MacIntosh in 1919 by mixing hard toffee with runny caramel.The idea was born in 1890 when the couple opened a confectionery shop in Halifax, West Yorkshire, and began experimenting with ingredients.Their operation was so successful that in 1898 they built the world’s first toffee factory.When Mr MacIntosh died his son, Harold, inherited the business, named Mackintosh’s, and in 1936 he invented Quality Street, a name inspired by J. M. Barrie play Quality Sweet. In 1969 the company merged with Rowntree’s to form Rowntree Mackintosh, which was itself taken over by Nestle in 1988.The decision to drop the Toffee Deluxe has not gone down well with some Twitter users claiming “Christmas is ruined”.Joanne Warner even shared a link to a petition for Nestle to bring back the toffee treat:  A spokesman from Nestle said it would continue to sell the Toffee Deluxe as part of the special toffee packs.He added: “We have introduced the Honeycomb Crunch to celebrate Quality Street’s 80th birthday and also as a reaction to public opinion.”We went out and conducted surveys about what people wanted, their response was that there was too much toffee so the decision to make a change was made.”The honeycomb crunch tested really well with consumers, they loved the idea and the flavour, which we have not used before.”It is a the first time a new sweet has been introduced into the selection box since 2007, when the Milk Chocolate Block was introduced. 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

  • Half of Heathrows 25000 noise complaints made by the same 10 people

    first_imgHeathrow told Telegraph Travel that it had received 87,201 noise complaints for the year to date – or one every five minutes – from 4,282 people, and that 46.8 per cent of those (40,829) came from 10 people. That means that, on average, those 10 people made a complaint every 90 minutes.“We do take every complaint seriously and each one is logged,” said an airport spokesperson.In January last year the airport unearthed a scheme whereby campaigners were using automated software to generate complaints against the airport. Officials caught out the set-up when the two anti-Heathrow enthusiasts forgot to take into account the hour going back in October, and began complaining about flights that had not yet taken off or arrived. Use regions/landmarks to skip ahead to chart and navigate between data series.Who’s complaining the most?. Noise complaints by area, July to September 2016Long description.No description available.Structure.Chart type: column chart.The chart has 1 X axis displaying categories.The chart has 1 Y axis displaying values.Chart graphic.Who's complaining the most?Who’s complaining the most? – Highcharts CloudWho’s complaining the most?Noise complaints by area, July to September 2016ComplaintsComplainantsSloughRichmond upon ThamesWindsor & MaidenheadBracknell ForestSurrey HeathRunnymedeElmbridgeHounslowSpelthorneEaling01k2k3k4k5kHighchartsChart context menu How many times did this horse complain? Heathrow received more than 25,000 noise complaints in just three months over the summer – but around half were made by the same 10 people.The airport, which was last month had plans for a third runway given Government approval, received, on average, 274 complaints each day between the start of July and end of September, according to official statistics. However, its figures also show that, while 1,209 people complained just once about the noise from aircraft passing overhead, three people contacted the airport more than 1,280 times each – or nearly 14 times a day over three months.A spokesperson for Heathrow said it knew that 2,128 people made the 25,200 complaints, but that 10 people made 48.86 per cent of those. The spokesperson said that the airport believed that none of this year’s complaints were computer generated.John Stewart, chairman of the Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise (Hacan), told the BBC that he expected complaints to rise should a third runway be built.“The biggest thing that Heathrow could do to reduce complaints would be to give more communities a break from the noise during the day by varying the flight paths,” he said.center_img Some boroughs are affected by flight paths more than othersCredit:Getty The airport is the target of a number of campaign groups opposed to expansion.The data released by Heathrow also showed the towns where the majority of complaints came from.Residents in Slough, to the west of the airport, made the most (3,944) – but from only 22 people. That amounts to 179 complaints per person over the summer – just under two a day on average. A spokesperson for Heathrow said: “Heathrow’s plans for expansion will ensure fewer people are impacted by aircraft noise, offer more predictable respite than we can now and a world-class noise insulation scheme.“Heathrow has consistently reduced the number of people impacted by aircraft noise, by incentivising airlines to bring their cleanest, quietest aircraft to the airport and driving forward changes in how they operate through measures like steeper approaches.“Independent experts agree. Following the most in depth study of aviation expansion in a generation, the Government’s Airports Commission confirmed a bigger Heathrow can be a better neighbour.” “Most of the complaints are coming from areas that get noise all day long.”Justine Bayley, from the Stop Heathrow Expansion Campaign, told the BBC that a lot of people have given up complaining about noise.“If you get woken up at 1am you don’t immediately complain and by the morning the moment has passed,” she said.”If I asked people near me, many would say they had tried complaining but they have given up because it doesn’t make a difference.”last_img read more

  • British Airways crew Christmas strikes are suspended

    first_img“It will be for our members now to decide if BA has done enough to meet their concerns.”I want to pay tribute to our cabin crew members who have been determined to achieve a negotiated settlement.”Their commitment to secure a better deal for all their colleagues is something we should all admire.”Members of the union had backed the walkouts by 4-1, with a turnout of 60 per cent.   BA Chief executive Willie WalshCredit:Geoff Pugh Len McCluskey said the union had been given a new offerCredit:Daily Telegraph  The trade union Unite has called off its planned strikes on 25 & 26 December. We look forward to welcoming you on board.— British Airways (@British_Airways) December 22, 2016 Unite represents around 2,500 workers out of a total of 4,500 in BA’s so-called Mixed Fleet, which in turn makes up just over a quarter of the company’s 16,000 cabin crew.The union said that 1,519 staff had voted in the ballot, of whom 1,206, or 80 per cent, voted in favour of strike action.The union claimed earnings were advertised between £21,000 and £25,000 but in reality started at just over £12,000 plus £3 an hour flying pay.The strikes were called amid chaos in other industries, as staff on Southern Rail and at branches of the Post Office also walked out.  The union is to put the offer to a ballot among its more than 2,700 mixed fleet members at BA.Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Over the past four days, and indeed the past two years, this union has worked tirelessly to find a resolution to the issues causing our members concern.”We now have a new offer from the company which we will now put to our members. The two-day strike over Christmas and Boxing Day is now suspended.center_img  BA Chief executive Willie Walsh 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. Planned strikes by British Airways cabin crew on Christmas Day and Boxing Day have been suspended.Members of Unite were due to walk out over Christmas in a dispute over pay.The union said workers employed in the so-called mixed crew – who have joined since 2010 – were on lower pay than other staff.Lengthy talks at conciliation service Acas have led to a revised offer which will be put to a ballot of union members. Len McCluskeylast_img read more

  • Wanted a Peoples Army to find network of hidden public art

    first_imgHave an eye for art and fancy yourself as an amateur detective? It could be your time to shine.Members of the public are being urged to seek out tens of thousands of hidden masterpieces, left languishing in private collections around the country under a little-known tax exemption scheme.A new project, funded by the Open Data Institute, is inviting the public to discover, gain access to and photograph inherited works which are supposed to be available for public view.More than 36,000 works of art have been identified: some on loan to galleries already, but many stashed away behind closed doors in ordinary homes.They have now been compiled in a user-friendly database by Open Inheritance Art, allowing people to search for their favourite artist or local area. Self Portrait with Beret and Turned-Up Collar, Rembrandt van Rijn Works by JMW Turner are listed in Yorkshire, Cambridgeshire, Shropshire, London and Buckinghamshire, and Sir John Millais can be tracked down to East Sussex, Berkshire and Kent.Rembrandt’s Self Portrait can be found in Edinburgh, while Van Dyck’s Portrait of Queen Henrietta Maria is in Kent and Three Children with Dog, attributed to Sofonisba Anguissola, is in Corsham Court, Wiltshire.Most of the privately-owned works list a solicitor as their point of contact, requiring interested art-lovers to write or telephone. Some include just a name, with no further contact details. Intended to keep important works in Britain, the scheme has previously been blighted by accusations that it is not working, with owners making it too difficult for interested individuals to come and visit their art.In 2013, the then-shadow culture secretary Helen Goodman called  it “a bit of a racket” thanks to its “incredibly small” public obligations. It is currently thought to cost the UK £25m in lost inheritance tax a year. Now, a new project hopes to recruit a nationwide army of art-lovers to fully utilise the scheme, inviting them to contact owners and request to see their masterpieces.If they struggle to access the works, members of the public are asked to report their difficulties straight to HMRC, which reserves the right to withdraw the exemption and demand tax be paid. You don’t want people you don’t know coming to your house to look at valuable objects. It’s frankly dangerous.One owner She said: “Luckily people don’t ask to see them. I have had one or two requests but nobody has actually turned up. I certainly wouldn’t accept anyone visiting my home.“You don’t want people you don’t know coming to your house to look at valuable objects. It’s frankly dangerous.“I’ve thought about giving them away, as I’m not sure I want my children to be burdened with them. “An HMRC spokesman said: “The conditional exemption scheme helps to ensure the UK’s world-leading national heritage is preserved for all to enjoy.”Assets benefiting from the conditional exemption rules must be available to the public to enjoy on terms agreed by the owners with HMRC.”We welcome the public getting in touch to let us know about problems accessing exempt assets. Owners must publish the access arrangements and abide by them.” Portrait of Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam with Renaissance Pilaster by Hans Holbein the Younger Chelsea Bridge with a Barge Passing Underneath, by James Abbott McNeill Whistler Major collections numbers up to 4,000 are held at historic homes including Arundel Castle, Althorp, Wellbeck Abbey and Corsham Court, while others are likely to be found in “ordinary houses in suburban streets”.The Open Inheritance Art project, funded by the Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s Open Data Institute, also aims to get members of the public to seek permission to photograph works for publication online.Many of them will never have been photographed before, or exhibited in public, after being handed down generations of the same family.Joseph Pugh, founder of Open Inheritance Art, said: “These objects are the work of the world’s greatest artists and craftspeople and we want to bring them closer to the public. Arundel Castle holds nearly 4,000 works, which are available to the public to view Chelsea Bridge with a Barge Passing Underneath, by James Abbott McNeill Whistler The extensive list currently includes paintings, drawing, sculpture, jewellery, furniture, books and miscellany, and includes a who’s who of Britain’s best-loved artists from Constable, Gainsborough and Reynolds to Moore and Hepworth.Privately-owned Picassos can be found in Dorset, Birmingham, London, and the Scottish borders, while paintings by Hans Holbein the Younger can be found in Norfolk, Lincolnshire and North Wales. Self Portrait with Beret and Turned-Up Collar, Rembrandt van RijnCredit:Scottish National Gallery Hannah and Samuel, circle of Rembrandt Arundel Castle holds nearly 4,000 works, which are available to the public to view Hannah and Samuel, circle of Rembrandt Portrait of Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam with RenaissancePilaster by Hans Holbein the YoungerCredit:National Gallery We’re calling upon art lovers to contact private owners through our website to arrange accessJoseph Pugh, project founder The works each come under HMRC’s Conditional Exemption Incentive scheme, which allows for inheritance and capital gains tax to be waived if the owner undertakes to make it available to the public.HMRC rules state access should be offered as soon as is reasonably practical within four weeks of a request. A fee, likened to museum entry, can be charged.The new database will be met with dismay by some owners, who wish to limit visits from strangers to protect their property and have warned that the HMRC expectations are “frankly dangerous”.But anyone who does not comply could find themselves immediately reported to the authorities, with a button directly from the Open Inheritance Art website to contact HMRC. 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. “We’re calling upon art lovers to contact private owners through our website to arrange access and encourage a widescale digitisation of these important cultural assets.”The database is likely to receive a mixed reception among owners.The owner of one Reynolds portrait, who did not wish to be named, said only two people had requested to see it in the forty years since he had inherited it from his father.He said: “I’m always ready to let people see it but I can imagine that it is very difficult for others. If you were a widow and on your own, would you want people coming to your home?”Caroline Marriage, who owns a collection of 72 handwritten letters from figures ranging from Elizabeth I to Charles Dickens according to the database, said that no member of the public had been to see the collection since she inherited the letters from her late father in 1981.last_img read more

  • Teacher once teased for looking like Chuckle brother struck off after attack

    I did have a large moustache at the time. I expect to somebody of limited intelligence I would look like Barry from ChuckleVision.Jonathan Burrett at Cardiff Crown Court Jonathan Burrett was struck off after attacking a boy who threw a sweet at him Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He has now been handed a prohibition order banning him from teaching at a hearing in Cardiff.Presenting officer Patrick Llewelyn said: “Allegation one was assault by battery.”It’s believed to have started when a pupil, referred to as Pupil A, threw a sweet, which hit the teacher on the head. Jonathan Burrett was struck off after attacking a boy who threw a sweet at himCredit:Wales News Service Burrett was cleared after a pupil told him he resembled Barry Chuckle (left) “Following this he dragged the pupil by his backpack and dragged him through the yard. Pupil A attempted to get back on his feet but he fell. An injury was sustained by Pupil A.”A year later, in September 2017, Burrett was handed a restraining order after turning up at his ex-girlfriend’s home and repeatedly texting her. Mr Llewelyn said the harrassment charge related to Burrett contacting an ex after the breakdown of their relationship.Mr Llewelyn said: “He was in a relationship for five years and the details of the case indicate he was texting her for months. He was attending her home address.”Mr Llewelyn added the offences were committed recently and said his actions showed a “conflict with the code of conduct”.He said: “It’s clear that Pupil A was physically injured.”It was collectively seen by pupils and staff. Mr Burrett’s role was to be a role model to learners.” A teacher who lost his temper when a pupil told him he looked like a Chuckle brother has been struck off after flying into rage at another boy who threw a sweet at him.Jonathan Burrett, 52, was cleared by a court for attacking a boy who told him he looked like Barry from the children’s TV show ChuckleVision and sang the programme’s theme tune in the classroom.But in August 2016, Burrett was convicted of battery after he dragged another student by his backpack when he was struck by a sweet that had been hurled at him at a secondary school in Caerphilly, south Wales.The angry supply teacher was seen manhandling the youngster through a yard in front of pupils and staff.A fitness to practice hearing was told the pupil left “shaken” and injured by the ordeal. Burrett was ordered to pay a fine of £240 and £50 in compensation following his conviction. Burrett was cleared after a pupil told him he resembled Barry Chuckle (left)Credit:Yui Mok/PA Wire Burrett, of Cardiff, who was not present or represented at the hearing, was also convicted of failing to surrender to custody in September 2017.In January this year he was also convicted of failing to comply with a community order.Burrett was cleared of attacking a schoolboy in 2007 who joked about him looking like a Chucklebrother. The teacher denied hitting the boy, 13, after he sung the theme tune to children’s TV favourite Chucklevision in the classroom.He told the court: “I did have a large moustache at the time. I expect to somebody of limited intelligence I would look like Barry from ChuckleVision.”Pupils at the school in Cwmbran, South Wales, were singing the tune when they came into a technology lesson he was covering.He asked them to be quiet but one pupil continued singing and was rocking on their chair.The teacher claimed he had asked the boy to stop and gave him a “friendly” pat on the back – but denied the boy’s claims that he “whacked” him four times. He was cleared at Cardiff Crown court. read more