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 Bucknuts.com. “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 Buckeyegrove.com, 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. https://t.co/h6NZZLjRzE— 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

  • Queens patronage has singlehandedly saved the British hat industry Philip Treacy says

    Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, making her Royal Ascot debut in June Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, making her Royal Ascot debut in JuneCredit:Anwar Hussein/WireImage She has been on the throne for more than 65 years, fulfiling her public duties, unifying the Commonwealth and providing the steady role-model the nation needs in turbulent times.The Queen has also single-handedly kept the hat industry in business, according to Philip Treacy.Treacy, the milliner used regularly by members of the Royal family, said the Queen had “kept hats alive in the imagination of people all over the world”, ensuring their survival even as most of her subjects largely abandoned them.Now, he said, young women are choosing to wear hats again as they come back into fashion as an accessory of “rebellion”.Speaking on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, Treacy, who made dozens of hats for guests at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, said: “The patronage of the Royal Family keeps hats alive. “The patronage of Her Majesty the Queen has kept hats alive in the imagination of people all over the world.“She’s worn hats for all her life.“If the Royal Family chose not to wear hats – let’s say in the 60s and 70s when some people gave up on them  – I wouldn’t be sitting here having this conversation with you“Hats are part of the culture of Englishness and of Britishness.”Of changing fashions, he said: “A hat has changed from a conformist accessory to an accessory of rebellion, almost.“When I started 28 years ago it was a much more mature customer and there were no young girls. Things are changing: young girls are more interested in hats because maybe their parents weren’t interested in hats.” Hat designer and milliner Philip Treacy, photographed with one of his hats in the shape of an orchid Hat designer and milliner Philip Treacy, photographed with one of his hats in the shape of an orchidCredit:Clara Molden Asked about one of his famous and most controversial creations, the so-called “pretzel hat” worn by Princess Beatrice for the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, he joked he feared his head would be mounted on a spike outside the Tower of London following public criticism.Treacy also shared his ire towards fascinators, dismissing them as a “hair band with a floppy flower on it” which “any child can make”.The full interview will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs on Sunday.  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

  • Social media firms to face huge fines for failing to keep children

    “The price of digital innovation cannot be our children’s privacy and safety. The two can and must go hand in hand.”The code is also expected to prevent companies “profiling” children if it is detrimental to the child.This will bar them from using personal data and algorithms to target children with potentially harmful material – in the way Molly Russell, 14, was directed to self-harm content before she took her life. There are also expected to be measures to protect children from paedophiles by requiring all settings to be, by default, at maximum privacy with geolocators also switched off.Under the code, children will get clear and understandable terms and conditions and access to mechanisms for reporting, complaining and redress.The code is due to be unveiled alongside the Government’s White Paper which is likely to introduce a statutory “duty of care” on tech giants, creating a regulator with powers to impose fines.Baroness Kidron, whose amendment to the Data Protection Act 2018 paved the way for the code, said it could combat online harms before Government legislation takes effect in two years.“What the Government is doing is admirable but what can go on the books now is data protection that will bring meaningful change for children in a way that the public has not yet grasped.” Social media firms face huge fines if they fail to keep children safe online under a new legally enforced code that will be enacted as early as this autumn.In what campaigners say will be a sea change in online safety, the tech giants will be required by law to enforce their terms and conditions to protect children from harmful content such as cyberbullying, self-harm, sexual content and abuse – and prevent under-age children from joining their sites.Companies such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat will be expected to ensure that only children aged 13 and over are on their platforms and that the content is appropriate for their age.Those that breach the “age appropriate” code face fines of up to 4 per cent of global turnover by Elizabeth Denham, the Information Commissioner, who will police the new regime.She said: “Our code will clearly outline what is required of developers at the design stage so that children are protected in the first place. Safeguards must be built in, not bolted on.“We will not hesitate to use our considerable powers to enforce the law.”Much as a parent who buys their child a cuddly toy should have the confidence there are no sharp edges or loose fixings so they should have the confidence that online games, websites and new technologies will be safe, she said. The Telegraph is campaigningfor a statutory duty of care on tech giants to protect children from online harms. 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

  • Sisters win High Court inheritance battle against millionaire brother

    Sisters who fought their millionaire brother for a share of their mother’s estate have won a High Court battle, after a judge agreed that her traditionalist husband forced her to change her will.Ho Chin, from Southend in Essex, amassed a fortune of up to £3 million through a successful restaurant business and property investments, including homes in Hong Kong.She died in 2015 aged 82 and left all her money to her already wealthy son, 53-year-old Winston, because her husband George, 87, wanted her inheritance to be passed to the family’s male heir.But three of the couple’s daughters – Ivy, 60, Rose, 61, and Ruby, 57 – decided to challenge the decision and have now overturned their mother’s final will.A High Court judge in London agreed that Mrs Chin had changed her will under “undue influence of her husband and/or son” and had done so “for the sake of a quiet life” without realising the implications.George and his son Winston deny putting Mrs Chin under pressure.Judge Milwyn Jarman QC said: “It is clear in my judgment that from a time shortly after his wife’s stroke, [George] Chin began to put pressure on his wife to leave her share of Southchurch Road to the male line, and that Winston was aware of his parents’ argument on the issue. Another sister Lia, 47, supported her brother, and a fifth, Lydia, 54, did not make a statement for the case.”This family is divided in two, nearly everyone has chosen a side,” Ivy’s barrister Aidan Briggs told the court.The judge overturned the 2011 will and later transfer of the property to Winston’s side of the family, meaning the 2009 will stands. Under that document, Mrs Chin’s share in the business premises will be split between the six siblings.He added: “It is one of the sad aspects of this case that her wish to avoid family squabbles over assets after her death has not come to pass.” “It is likely that her desire to avoid family squabbles and enjoy a peaceful life played a large part in her succumbing to those wishes rather than to continue to choose her own.”Mrs Chin’s inheritance was a “constant source of friction” in the household and the subject of bitter arguments, the court heard.While she wanted to leave her £97,500 share in the family restaurant to all six of her children equally, her husband wanted it to all be handed to their son.Mrs Chin made a will in 2009 which split her share of the family’s Southchurch Road business between all six children.In an accompanying letter of wishes, she wrote: “I have always been very fair to all my children as they all came from my womb. “I am very happy that my only son, Winston, is the main beneficiary of the Chin estate. I also want to bless my five daughters with my share in the property.”However, she had a stroke shortly afterwards and, while “vulnerable and dependant on her husband and son”, a new will disinheriting her daughters was executed in 2011. Ivy, backed by sisters Rose and Ruby, claimed that their mother did not understand the contents of her final will and executed it under the influence of George and Winston. 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

  • To shoot an elephant is an awesome thing to do says trophy

    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. You can listen to the BBC 5 Live podcast Kevin Pietersen: Beast of Man on BBC Sounds from midnight on Monday May 8.  The Environment Secretary Michael Gove has said indigenous communities should be “respected and not patronised” admitting the UK currently has no plans to ban trophy hunting imports.Mr Gove says it is a “delicate political balancing act”.Speaking to ex-cricketer Kevin Pietersen on BBC Radio 5 Live, Mr Gove said that he had been advised by charities to “be cautious” in following other countries and outlawing the controversial practice of importing animal parts resulting from the hunts of rare, often endangered, animals.Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen has left his batting career behind to pursue a new passion for conservation and has vowed to try to get the British government to change its stance on allowing trophy hunters to import goods.Mr Pietersen was talking to the Minister for his new BBC Radio 5 Live podcast Beast of Man, in which he looks at the hunting of endangered species, especially the rhino, in his native South Africa.Born in South Africa, the former England cricketer recently filmed a documentary about trophy hunting after Cecil the lion was killed in Zimbabwe in 2015.In the interview, he asks Mr Gove why the UK has not followed other countries including Australia, France and the Netherlands and enforced a ban on trophies.Mr Gove responds that he has been advised by conservationists and charities to proceed with caution. He says:  “Don’t come in, you know, with your clod-hopping boots from the UK and necessarily tell people in each of these countries exactly how they should regulate their own wildlife,” he said.”On an emotional level and on a personal level, I find difficult to understand. But you know I also recognise that I’ve got to respect if there is expertise, which says that being done in a managed way can help wildlife overall, then let’s just test that.”Currently, if a trophy hunter wanted to bring a souvenir from their hunt back into the UK, they could do so, with a special permit.A cross-party Early Day Motion, signed by more than 159 MPs, has also called on the UK government to stop trophy hunting imports of endangered species.Mr Gove said: “I think that there is growing momentum for the law to change. But what I don’t want to do is to get ahead.””I don’t want to be in a position where am I running so far in advance of what other charities and other leaders want, that we risk the good relationship that’s been built up over time.”Like so many areas of campaigning, it’s partly a process of education and it’s partly a process of dialogue.He said he was aware that some communities had got used to an income from trophy hunting: “We’ve got to make sure that there is a clear alternative that they know that their livelihoods and their lifestyle are going to be respected and not patronised before they will feel comfortable about moving.”In the podcast, one trophy hunter told Mr Pietersen that the sport is thrilling and helped conservation: “To shoot an elephant is an awesome thing to do, it is a stunningly, stunningly awesome thing to do, which is why I did it.”I want to try and preserve those wild places in Africa. But the only way they get preserved is if there’s money. If it doesn’t pay it doesn’t stay. It’s as simple as that.”Clients, mainly from Europe or the US, pay often thousands of pounds to take part in a hunt, and keep a ‘trophy’ – usually the head or skin, or another body part.  In 2018, more than 50 celebrities – including singers Ed Sheeran and Liam Gallagher – signed an open letter in support of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting, urging the Government to ban trophy hunters from importing body parts into Britain. read more

  • Police officers ordered not to dance with revellers at Notting Hill Carnival

    Superintendent Elisabeth Chapple told The Telegraph that officers would be focussing entirely on crowd control this year Joanna Edward dancing with an officer at carnival on August 29, 1976.  A Carnival goer dances with a London policeman at the Notting Hill Carnival, August 28, 2000 A Carnival goer dances with a London policeman at the Notting Hill Carnival, August 28, 2000Credit: MAX NASH/AP A policeman with a reveller in his arms at the Notting Hill Carnival, London, 31st August 1981.Credit: John Downing/ Hulton Archive Creative There will be no Section 60 Order in place, which would give officers the power to stop and search attendees.Superintendent Chapple said the event would be “safe and spectacular”, adding: “It’s the same command team as last year and it’s going to be very safe.”It is going to be a fantastic event with more than one million people coming.” A 72-second silence will be held during the carnival to remember those who were killed in the 2017 fire at Grenfell Tower, which stands a stone’s throw away from the parade route. Superintendent Chapple spoke out during a police briefing on Friday (Aug 23) ahead of the carnival.She revealed that there will be even more screening arches than last year to weed out people carrying weapons, and every band will be escorted through the streets by two police liaison officers. A policeman with a reveller in his arms at the Notting Hill Carnival, London, 31st August 1981. PC Daniel Graham went viral on social media in 2017 after he began dancing while manning barriers at the carnival.The footage was circulated online and viewed by hundreds of thousands of people, who praised him for portraying the fun side of policing. But Superintendent Elisabeth Chapple, Met Police spokesperson for the event, told The Telegraph that officers would be focussing on crowd control this year. Joanna Edward dancing with an officer at carnival on August 29, 1976.  Police officers dancing along with revellers has become a popular tradition of Notting Hill Carnival in the last four decades.But this year a superintendent has stepped in to warn her constables not to get distracted by the enticingly rhythmic Caribbean music, as it could take their focus away from preventing crowd crushes.Around one million people will descend on the capital this bank holiday weekend to celebrate Europe’s largest street event with gregarious costumes, sizzling street food and famous guests.And more than 12,000 police officers will be on hand to make sure the packed procession of performers and revelers parades smoothly through West London.This year they have been reminded to dedicate themselves to monitoring the crowds and ensuring people are kept safe, and not allow themselves to be diverted by the sometimes overwhelming music booming out from 36 sound system sites. “Our officers are there to keep people safe. If they are dancing and getting involved then they are less able to keep an eye on what’s going on.”Matthew Phillip, the carnival’s executive director, told The Telegraph he wasn’t concerned about police officers joining in with the merriment.”Carnival is a cultural event – it’s not a demonstration or something that needs to be policed in a forceful, strict manner,” he said.”It’s about celebrating freedom and unity, so I think it’s good that the police engage with the public rather than just standing there.”Some people can’t help moving when they hear music!” Superintendent Elisabeth Chapple told The Telegraph that officers would be focussing entirely on crowd control this yearCredit:John Stillwell/PA Addressing police safety, she said: “Forty-five officers were injured last year and we are going to make sure that doesn’t happen this year.”There were 374 arrests last year and we would like to see that reduced this year.”Referring to the tragic death of PC Andrew Harper in Reading, she added: “Sadly there was a very sad incident within Thames Valley Police. Officer welfare is the most important thing to us.”The carnival doesn’t have a border and there aren’t any identification procedures, so that makes it very hard to police.”Carnival is a very complex policing environment and we will do everything we can to keep Londoners and visitors safe.”Superintendent Chapple also advised festival-goers to prepare themselves for hot weather, with temperatures expected to reach 30C.”Please make sure you stay hydrated and look after yourselves,” she said. “There are always going to be different views on dancing and with the music being so fantastic it’s so hard not to dance sometimes,” she said.”But we have asked officers to remember what they are there for – to keep carnival-goers safe and be vigilant. That probably means they won’t be dancing. 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

  • Alleged arsonist of DJ Magnums home granted self bail

    Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWoman charged with attempted murder; granted $300,000 bailFebruary 16, 2015In “Crime”Pastor accused of rape granted $350,000 bailJanuary 9, 2018In “Court”Mother of 2 gets G$150,000 bail for dousing ex-lover with acidSeptember 7, 2017In “Court” The 23-year-old woman who was arrested for an alleged arson attack on her ex-boyfriend’s home was earlier today granted self-bail when she appeared at the Wales Magistrate Court, before Magistrate, Clive Nurse. La Tonya PearceLa Tonya Pearce of Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that on February 19, 2017, she in the company of another woman- said to be another ex-girlfriend of the victim- set fire to the Good Intent, West Bank Demerara home of Dorrel Romeo- familiarly known as DJ Magnum.The other woman who was at court with Pearce was not charged for the offense as yet and remains in Police custody.Pearce, who works as a medical laboratory technician at the West Demerara Regional Hospital was granted self bail after Dj Magnum, the victim, chose not to provide evidence in court against her. She is expected to return to court on March 10, 2017.        Firefighters at the DJ’s home dousing the flames reportedly set by arsonistsReports indicate that on the night of the devastating fire, the two women went to the house of the popular DJ to confront him on a personal issue, but he was not at home. He was reportedly at a function on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway.The women waited, but Romeo never showed up, so out of anger, Pearce allegedly lit an object in the vicinity of the back step and the duo left. However, as they reached a short distance away, they reportedly realised that the house was on fire and panicked. They reportedly flagged down a taxi and fled from the scene. After it came to light that DJ Magnum’s house was on fire, the said taxi driver, who was also identified as  a close friend of the Romeo became suspicious and contacted the Police.It was based on the information he provided to the Police that led to the women’s arrest on Friday.Ranks confirmed that while Pearce was contending that she did not intend to burn the man’s house down, the other female gave a detailed account of what transpired.Pearce is also said to be the same ex-girlfriend who posted a video recently on social media, with DJ Magnum handcuffed to a bed. (Ramona Luthi) read more

  • US says to end protected status for 9000 Nepalese immigrants

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration said on Thursday the protected immigration status the United States granted to some 9,000 Nepalese after a 2015 earthquake would end in June 2019, making them vulnerable to deportation.The United States offered so-called temporary protected status for Nepalese after a large earthquake killed thousands and left hundreds of thousands homeless. In 2016, it was extended for 18 months, and it was set to expire on June 24.The decision to terminate the status announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security gives the immigrants a year to leave the country or change their immigration status. After June 24, 2019, they would face deportation.The department said in a statement the decision was reached after a review of the disaster-related conditions that led to the status initially being granted.“The disruption of living conditions in Nepal from the April 2015 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks that served as the basis for its TPS designation have decreased to a degree that they should no longer be regarded as substantial, and Nepal can now adequately manage the return of its nationals,” it said.In recent months, the Trump administration has decided to end temporary protected status for immigrants from several countries affected by disasters, including Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador, leaving hundreds of thousands of people who had permission to live and work in the United States vulnerable to deportation if they remain.Critics of the TPS program have complained that repeated extensions in six-month to 18-month increments of the status, sometimes for decades, has given beneficiaries de facto residency in the United States.The administration faces a separate deadline on May 4 when it will have to decide the fate of some 57,000 Hondurans covered by TPS, the second-largest group in the program after immigrants from El Salvador.Honduras is one of the most violent countries in the Western Hemisphere and it has recently has been convulsed by protests following a contested presidential election.So far most of the other countries that have come up for review have been terminated except for Syria, which is in the midst of a devastating war. Reporting by Makini Brice and Tim Ahmann; additional reporting by Mica Rosenberg in New York; Editing by James Dalgleish Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS to end protection status for Nicaraguan immigrants’November 7, 2017In “World”US to scrap Haitian immigrants’ protected statusNovember 21, 2017In “Regional”Trump gives 200,000 Salvadoreans deadline to leave USJanuary 8, 2018In “latest news” read more

  • UN report underscores critical importance of scaling up HIV testing in

    Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCaribbean can reach treatment targets to end AIDS if it accelerates progressJuly 24, 2017In “Health”Health Minister says over 8000 Guyanese living with HIV/AIDS – Guyana set to participate in UN High Level Meeting to end AIDSMay 26, 2016In “Health”Op-Ed: World AIDS DayNovember 30, 2018In “Health” UNITED NATIONS, United States (CMC) — The United Nations has issued a new report underscoring what it describes as “the critical importance” of scaling up HIV testing worldwide, including the Caribbean.Titled “Knowledge is Power,” the UN said the report “presents evidence on progress made against AIDS thanks to early detection and treatment and calls on countries to step up their efforts.”World AIDS Day will be observed on December 1.UNAIDS executive director, Michel Sidibé, said that, in order to reach the millions who do not know their status, “we need universal access to HIV testing services.” , “HIV testing should be as widely available as pregnancy testing,” he added.The UN said the Caribbean is second to sub-Saharan Africa in the prevalence of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.The UN said recent years have seen some successes in the battle against HIV/AIDS. In 2017, it said 75 per cent of people living with the virus knew their status, up from 66 per cent in 2015.“Encouragingly, at least four in five people aware of their condition have access to treatment currently,” the UN said, noting that the number of people with HIV who are “virally suppressed” – meaning that the HIV load in their blood has reached levels so low that the virus is undetectable — has increased from 38 per cent in 2015 to 47 per cent in 2017.But the UN lamented that access to HIV viral suppression remains unequal worldwide.In some parts of the world, the UN said getting tested is “easy and fully integrated into a person’s antiretroviral treatment regime.”But in other places the UN said is close to impossible, with only one viral load testing machine for a whole country.“To reach the millions who are not virally suppressed, we need viral load monitoring to be as available in Lilongwe as in London,” Sidibé said, adding “HIV testing and viral load testing should be universal”.In 2016, the UN General Assembly adopted a Political Declaration on Ending AIDS. In it, UN Member States, including those in the Caribbean, agreed to review and reform legislation that may create barriers or reinforce stigma and discrimination for people living with HIV or AIDS.Since then, the UN noted that dozens of countries have passed legislation that explicitly prohibits discrimination on the basis of HIV status.Yet, the UN said country reports to UNAIDS over the past two years show that legal barriers remain in many countries, including the criminalisation of same-sex acts; of sex work; of non-disclosure or transmission of HIV; as well as entry and stay restrictions for people living with HIV.In addition, the UN said breaches of confidentiality in health-care settings still occur with alarming frequency. read more

  • Trade truce with China means big changes in Beijing policy Trump

    Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedChina calls on Canada to free Huawei CFO or face consequencesDecember 8, 2018In “World”China hits back in trade war with USMay 13, 2019In “latest news”Chinese media alarmed at Trump trade adviser, warn of U.S. showdownDecember 23, 2016In “World” FILE PHOTO : A woman looks at Ford cars at a dealer shop in Shanghai, China April 5, 2018. REUTERS/Aly SongWASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – President Donald Trump and top U.S. officials said on Monday that a trade truce with China will lead to structural changes in Beijing’s economic policies, including lower tariffs, lower non-tariff barriers and more market access for U.S. companies.Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to hold off on new tariffs during talks in Argentina on Saturday, declaring a truce following months of escalating tensions on trade and other issues. On Sunday, Trump tweeted that China had agreed to cut import levies on American-made cars.“My meeting in Argentina with President Xi of China was an extraordinary one. Relations with China have taken a BIG leap forward! Very good things will happen,” Trump tweeted on Monday.Chinese regulators did not respond to requests for comment on Trump’s tweet on autos tariffs. Neither country had mentioned auto tariffs in their official read-outs of the Trump-Xi meeting.At a dinner lasting two and a half hours, the United States agreed at the weekend not to raise tariffs further on Jan. 1, while China agreed to purchase more agricultural products from U.S. farmers immediately.The two sides also agreed to negotiate over the next 90 days to resolve issues of concern raised by the United States including intellectual property protection, non-tariff trade barriers and cyber theft.U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday there was a clear shift in tone at Buenos Aires from past discussions with Chinese officials, as Xi offered a clear commitment to open China’s markets to U.S. companies.“This is the first time that we have a commitment from them that this will be a real agreement,” Mnuchin told CNBC television, adding that the administration would know “very quickly” whether a deal can be documented.“We absolutely need something concrete over these 90 days,” Mnuchin added. “This is not going to be something where there’s just soft commitments that get kicked down the road.”The truce boosted global markets on Monday with world stocks up nearly 1 percent. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.94 percent at the open and the S&P 500 by 1.10 percent.Gold hit its highest level in a month, and industrial metals and other commodities such as cotton also gained.Chinese shares, commodities and the yuan currency surged. The benchmark Shanghai Composite index closed 2.6 percent higher and the blue-chip CSI300 index jumped 2.8 percent to their biggest daily gains in a month. [SS]Mnuchin said the negotiations with China would be led by Trump, with an “inclusive team” of administration officials, including himself and other cabinet officials.White House trade adviser, Peter Navarro, said, however that the talks would be led by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer – a shift from past practices where Mnuchin had a lead role.The White House has said the existing 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods would be lifted to 25 percent if no deal was reached within 90 days, once again setting the clock ticking.Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang reiterated comments from the government’s top diplomat State Councillor Wang Yi who said on Saturday the ultimate goal was the lifting of all tariffs.“The consensus reached by the leaders of our two countries is to halt the imposition of new tariffs and at the same time the two sides’ leaders instructed the economics teams of both sides to intensify talks towards the removal of all tariffs that have been imposed,” Geng told a daily news briefing.Mnuchin said China had agreed to make “big, long-term commitments” to purchase U.S. liquefied natural gas,” provided that the United States builds sufficient export terminals. read more

  • Sugar workers protest Parliament for salary increase severance

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