Zach Randolph Helps Lead Grizzlies To Overtime Win Over

Zach Randolph scored 21 points and snagged 12 rebounds to help the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Golden State Warriors 88-81 in overtime on Wednesday.Randolph was 9-of-22 shooting from the field and with his efforts kept the Grizzlies close in the third quarter. Marc Gasol had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Mike Conley started out rough missing  10 of his 18 shots before sinking a wide-open jumper from beyond the arc to give Memphis an 82-79 lead in overtime.”New coach, new offense … we just have to get used to it,” said Conley, who finished with 19 points, six rebounds and four assists. ”Now we’ve been able to figure it out.”Andrew Bogut had 12 points and 14 rebounds for Golden State.  Klay Thompson netted 21 points without the help of Stephen Curry who was benched after suffering a concussion when he hit  his head on the floor while diving for a loose ball in Monday’s game against Utah.Neither team scored in the final 2:02 of regulation and back-to-back buckets by Golden State’s David Lee and Klay Thompson evened the contest at 79-79 before OT.Conley then hit a 3-pointer to put Memphis in front and after Thompson was whistled for an offensive foul, Tayshaun Prince knocked down a left wing jumper to give Memphis an 84-79 cushion.Warriors’ Andrew Bogut then threw down Andre Iguodala’s alley-oop feed before Prince nailed a tough step-back jumper from the top of the key extending their lead to 86-81.Warriors head coach Mark Jackson wasn’t too pleased with his team’s efforts in the final minutes of the game.“We wanted to push the pace,” Jackson said. “That’s when then game changed when we started to walk it up the floor.”The win completed a four-game West Coast sweep for Memphis after the Grizzlies had dropped two of three at home. read more

Colin Kaepernick Russell Wilson Set For NFC Showdown For

Photo by Getty Images.Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson led their respective teams to hard-fought victories to set up a slug fest in next Sunday’s NFC Championship Game in Seattle.“I think we’re the two teams that everybody was looking at from the beginning,” said Kaepernick, the young San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback.  “It’s going to be a knockdown, drag-out game.”To set up Sunday’s clash, Wilson and a stout defense led the Seahawks to a 23-15 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Saturday. The next day, the Niners handled the Carolina Panthers 23-10 to advance.Kaepernick outgunned Cam Newton Sunday, a victory he punctuated by celebrating a touchdown in Newton’s Superman style.“Just a little shoutout,” Kaepernick said.When asked for whom the “shoutout” was intended, Kaepernick smiled and said, “I think you know the answer.”Seems Kaepernick remains upset that Newton, the Heisman Trophy winner, was the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft while Kaepernick was a second-round selection. “I’ll never forget,” he said.Newton won’t soon forget the defeat in his first playoff game as a pro. He was picked off twice. “Terrible ending to a great season,” Newton said.Kaepernick, meanwhile, completed 15 of 28 passes for 196 yards in the divisional playoff win, avenging his worst statistical performance of the season two months ago against the Panthers.Now San Francisco needs its best effort of the season to win in Seattle. The 49ers  (14-4) split two games with the Seahawks this season and, significantly, lost 29-3 at CenturyLink Field in September.The 49ers were missing receiver Michael Crabtree in that lopsided loss. Crabtree only had three catches for 26 yards against Carolina, but Anquan Boldin said he drew plenty of double teams that allowed him to get open.“That’s the great thing about our team — we have weapons all around,” Boldin said. “You try to take one guy out and you still have two or three guys left who can make big plays.” read more

Kevin Durant Closes The Door On LeBron

CLEVELAND — After Golden State snatched what would’ve been a momentum-shifting win from the Cavs in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Warriors forward Draymond Green revealed a prophetic word he’d shared with teammate Kevin Durant earlier in the season.“To be honest with you, we don’t really need you that much in the regular season,” Green recalled telling Durant, who silenced the crowd with the biggest shot of his career — a 26-foot, go-ahead 3-pointer over the outstretched arm of LeBron James with just under a minute to play — in the 118-113 victory. “But you know when those NBA Finals come around we’re really going to need you to play big for us.”When all’s said and done, and this club inevitably wraps up its second NBA title in three years, the degree to which the Warriors didn’t need to rely on Durant earlier this year will stand out; if only in contrast to the mileage James accumulated carrying the Cavs all season.Durant was spectacular and will undoubtedly be named Finals MVP once the Dubs win a fourth game.1Even though Stephen Curry is almost averaging a triple-double in the Finals, which is crazy. His impressive showing here, largely against the best player of the past generation, figures to prompt conversation about whether we’re seeing a changing of the guard concerning which player deserves to be considered the best in the world.We watched this movie play out for a third straight game on Wednesday night: LeBron being on fire for a half, then suddenly becoming less aggressive when he runs out of gas in the fourth quarter, while Durant saves his best for last. LeBron James3925211170%71%40%36% PLAYERQ1Q2Q3Q4Q1Q2Q3Q4 Kevin Durant2628173165523967 LeBron’s 4th-quarters lag in the 2017 Finals, Durant’s improve Source: NBA The pace in this matchup has played a key role in that dynamic — particularly for James. But the accumulation of minutes and miles on James’s legs this season — and over the past seven seasons, during his incredible Finals streak — probably hasn’t helped, either. This year alone, in which the 32-year-old averaged an NBA-high in minutes per game, James has run 47 miles more than the 28-year-old Durant,2This was the disparity heading into the NBA Finals, when combining both regular and postseason games. who missed just over a month’s worth of games during the regular season following an injury. (Golden State went 16-4 without him.)It would be unfair to the Warriors, who figure to go down in NBA history as perhaps its greatest team, to suggest that fatigue alone is the deciding factor in what may be a four-game sweep. The Warriors have so much more talent, and defensive skill, than the Cavs do. But James — who was sensational, and finished with 39 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists — having more burst in the fourth quarter Wednesday might have at least helped Cleveland hold onto that game. And a 2-1 series, with Game 4 at Quicken Loans Arena on Friday, would have been promising.Warriors dominated with LeBron sittingRecognizing the importance of Game 3, James got hardly any breathers. Of the game’s 48 minutes, he took a seat for a grand total of two minutes, 24 seconds. Yet in that span of rest, his Cavaliers were outscored 12-0, an enormous margin in a game decided by just five points.3Yes, it’s only fair to point out that James was on the court for Golden State’s stunning 11-0 run to end the game over the final three-plus minutes of play.Almost all of the trouble stemmed from a lack of ball movement, starting with Kyrie Irving, who played a fabulous game with 38 points, but didn’t look good in this stretch.4He also got a very poor 1-on-1 look against Klay Thompson that misfired just before Durant hit the go-ahead 3-pointer. Cleveland had six offensive possessions without James on the floor; five of them featured one pass5Not counting outlet or inbound passes or no passes, while the other possession was this.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/withoutbron1.mp400:0000:0000:21Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Meanwhile, the Cavs didn’t take advantage while the Warriors’ superstars sat. Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who made a handful of costly rotation choices in last year’s NBA Finals, trotted out lineups without Durant or Stephen Curry on Wednesday. (This is likely the biggest reason why the Warriors have struggled in second quarters this postseason relative to their dominance in the other three periods.) In fact, Kerr did this twice, for a total of five minutes, 34 seconds. Yet Cleveland didn’t create a real gap, only outscoring Golden State by three, 14-11, in that time.Curry’s unexpected rebounding was criticalWhen you think about the NBA’s most gritty players, people like Green, Tony Allen and Patrick Beverley might come to mind. Curry? Not so much.But the 6-foot-3-inch sharpshooter came up big in the trenches Wednesday, logging 13 rebounds,6This was tied for a game-high, along with Kevin Love’s 13 boards. the most for a point guard in the NBA Finals since at least 1984, according to Basketball-Reference.com’s Play Index.7The Play Index only goes back to 1984 in some categories. Even more impressive: Five of those rebounds were offensive, and the Warriors ended up scoring seven points off those extra chances — a huge boost in a five-point victory.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/curryboard2.mp400:0000:0000:12Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.To put Curry’s rebounding into context, consider that he had more total boards on Wednesday alone than ace rebounder Tristan Thompson — whom the Warriors have neutralized beautifully by getting bodies on him while the ball is in the air — has had in this entire series.Curry doesn’t get quite enough credit for mixing it up to help his team win. Aside from defending pick and rolls a bit differently in this year’s finals, he’s also been arguably the NBA’s best off-ball screener, because of how much opponents sell out on the threat of his jumper, and how it opens up things for his teammates.For one night, Curry’s offensive rebounds were just about as lethal as his 3-point shooting. And in part because of them, we may have a new NBA champion by tomorrow night. POINTSFIELD GOAL % read more

There Is Absolutely Positively No Way LeBron Can Keep This Up …

It took seven back-and-forth games, but the NBA’s most perplexing team will continue to confuse observers — and statistical models — for at least one more round.The Cleveland Cavaliers ensured that by beating the Indiana Pacers 105-101 in Sunday’s Eastern Conference quarterfinal finale, earning LeBron James a trip to the second round for the 13th time in his storied career. James was incredible in Game 7 on Sunday, with 45 points (on 64 percent shooting), 9 rebounds and 7 assists. The performance capped one of his greatest series ever; he led the Cavs in points, assists and rebounds over these seven games against Indiana.But the Cavs’ big questions are still unanswered. Can Cleveland keep advancing while asking so much of its best player? And is this team really still good enough to contend for a championship? This series provided few insights.When James finally got a little help in Game 7, it came in the unlikely form of center Tristan Thompson. Despite scoring only 3 points (in 24 minutes) during Games 1-6, Thompson produced a crucial double-double (15 points and 10 rebounds) in Game 7. But on the whole, James’s teammates were still not efficient Sunday, shooting just 16-for-49 from the field to finish off a series in which they made only 38.8 percent of their shots — even as James himself shot an impressive 55.3 percent from the field.In fact, for all of James’s heroics, the argument could be made that the Cavs were the least-convincing winner of any playoff series in modern history. (Going back to 1984, when the NBA playoffs expanded to 16 teams.) Before Sunday, no team in that period had won a series while being outscored by more than 34 total points — a “record” that belonged to the 1990 Portland Trail Blazers, for their win over the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference finals. Despite winning Game 7 by four, the Cavs were outscored in the series by 40 points, the worst total point differential for a winning club in a series since 1984.1Yes, 34 points of that differential came in Game 6 alone, a massive Pacers blowout. But the Cavs were also outplayed for far longer stretches of the series than they dominated: They won just 11 of the series’ 28 total quarters.Now the Cavs will advance to face the top-seeded Toronto Raptors, and once again the stats have major doubts about their ability to win. Their defense is historically weak by the standards of a champion. Our CARM-Elo model gives Cleveland a 29 percent chance of knocking off the Raptors and an 11 percent chance of making the Finals. The logic there is clear: If the Cavs struggled against the Pacers with home-court advantage, why should they be favored without it against a Toronto team that was 6.1 points per game better than the Pacers during the regular season?Then again, the Cavs are, well, the Cavs. They’ve eliminated Toronto in each of the past two postseasons, by a combined margin of 8 games to 2. They have the LeBron trump card to play in any crucial game. (After Sunday, James is the all-time NBA leader with 34.9 career points per game in Game 7s.) A James-led team has represented the East in the NBA Finals every single season since 2011. All signs point to that streak ending this year — except it hasn’t ended the past few times that all signs pointed to it ending.No matter what happens next, though, let’s appreciate the amazing show LeBron put on in Game 7 against Indiana. It was the kind of performance reserved for history’s greatest players, and the Cavs needed every bit of it to extend their season and keep on confounding the stats deeper into yet another spring.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

OSU mens soccer finishes second in Wolstein Classic

Shelby Lum / Photo editorJunior midfielder Yianni Sarris plays the ball forward during a game against IPFW Aug. 20, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.The Ohio State men’s soccer team took second in the eighth annual Wolstein Classic over the weekend, finishing behind undefeated UNC Wilmington and going 1-1 in the tournament as it opened regular season play.OSU dropped its first game of the season Friday to UNC Wilmington, 2-1, in double overtime. Buckeye senior captain and defender Sage Gardner scored OSU’s lone goal on a penalty kick in the 64th minute. OSU was forced to play a man down late in the game after freshman defender Tyler Kidwell was shown a red card.The Buckeyes then took on Northern Illinois Sunday afternoon to finish off the tournament. Both teams came out aggressively in the first half and the officials gave out four yellow cards, three to the Buckeyes, and had to stop play to settle down the teams multiple times.“Well we got into a little trouble in the first half with three yellow cards,” coach John Bluem said after the game. “Those players have to be careful if you put them back into the game because if you get another yellow card, then you’re playing a man down, which happened to us Friday night and had a lot to do with our loss.”The Buckeyes scored the only goal of the first half in the 31st minute when Gardner took a free kick from just outside the right side of the box and played the ball in to where senior defender Alex Harrison was waiting to head it in the goal. This was Harrison’s first goal for the Buckeyes after transferring from the University of Pittsburgh for his senior season.Both teams began the second half with the same intensity, and in the 63rd minute senior forward James Stevenson’s penalty kick for Northern Illinois was saved by OSU junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov after he dove to the right and held onto the ball, maintaining the 1-0 lead.In the 73rd minute the Buckeyes added to their lead when sophomore defender Alex Bujenovic saved the ball from going out of bounds and played it in the middle of the box to junior midfielder Ryan Ivancic who put it into the back of the net.Ivanov saved another penalty kick in the 82nd minute, securing his first shutout and the Buckeyes first victory of the season.“I feel great,” Ivanov said. “I mean to keep the shutout and to get that monkey off my back tonight; it’s my first career shutout so I’m really proud about that.”The Buckeyes head to Tulsa, Okla., Friday for the University of Tulsa Classic. They are scheduled to play Tulsa at 8:30 p.m. and finish off the weekend with Southern Methodist Sunday at 1 p.m.Gardner is hoping the victory will carry over into next weekend.“It’s huge momentum, especially after the disappointing loss Friday,” Gardner said. “It immediately turns our season around and I think we take this into a tough weekend next weekend.” read more

Womens tennis Ohio State defeats Michigan for B1G tourney title

Ohio State women’s tennis team defeated Michigan 4-0 to win the 2017 Big Ten tournament championship on April 30 in Champaign, Illinois. Credit: @OhioState_WTENThe Ohio State women’s tennis team finished off a perfect conference regular season with the 2017 Big Ten tournament championship, defeating Michigan, 4-0. The No. 4 Buckeyes lost just two sets on Sunday in the championship match to seal the program’s second overall and second consecutive tournament championship.OSU earned the doubles point with duo Anna Sanford and senior Sandy Niehaus, and the pair of senior Gabriella De Santis and Ferny Angeles Paz each winning their respective match.Senior Miho Kowase, De Santis and Angeles Paz won their singles matches to solidify the victory over the No. 10 Wolverines. No. 1 overall player sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo won her first set 7-5 and was leading 3-0 before De Santis’ championship-winning point.The Buckeyes defeated Nebraska 4-0 in the quarterfinals and took down the host Illinois in the semifinals, 4-3.OSU earned the Big Ten’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, which begins May 18. read more

Homeowners urged to put up 5ft electric fences after hungry boars besiege town

first_imgAccording to the Forestry Commission, the responsibility falls on homeowners to put up defences around their home as it has no obligation to protect private property.Instead it has offered solutions, but warns that if one should install a fence or barbed wire around their home, boar have been known to clear heights up to 1.5 metres (5ft) when invading pig pens.With numbers rising by 50 per cent since 2015, locals are calling on Defra and the Forestry Commission to take more responsibility.Councillor Tim Gwilliam of Forest of Dean District Council said: “It’s just not good enough.”While old people are forced to watch the graves of their loved ones being dug up by the boar, they are busy setting up another workshop to talk about.” Wild boar (stock picture) have been causing trouble in Cinderford, Glos 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. Rev Mike Barnsley next to the damage done by wild boar to the ground in the graveyard at St John the Evangelist Church in CinderfordCredit:Gloucester Live / SWNS Wild boar (stock picture) have been causing trouble in Cinderford, GlosCredit:PA They reappeared in 2004 more than 300 years after their extinction in Britain, when they were illegally reintroduced from farms and released into the wild.Since then, a combination of soaring population, winter food shortages and increasing confidence is emboldening the boar towards an increasingly urban existence, causing rows to break out locally over how best to deal with the situation.People living in the area have since seen them raise havoc despite efforts to curb numbers with annual culls, and residents have been warned not to leave bins out. He added: “They need to do something, not let people fend for themselves.”One was recently chased off a school field in the middle of a housing estate in Cinderford, while another was seen by shoppers in the High Street foraging in waste bins.Last May, one had to be shot by rangers after wandering into the centre of Coleford amid fears it could harm the public or cause a road accident.Another recently ventured into St John the Evangelist Church in Cinderford, where warden Chris Taylor was unable to keep them from desecrating graves.He told The Forester newspaper: “It is very distressing for families but so far nothing we have done has managed to keep them out.”We try to keep the gates closed at all times and we ask visitors to close the gates after them, but the boar always seem to manage to get in.”Forestry Commission officials recently met with Defra, Natural England and Animal and Plant Health Agency representatives to discuss the issue.The forest is now the largest breeding ground for wild boar in the country, though groups are springing up across Britain including in Kent, Devon and Dorset.It began in 2004 when a group of around 60 farm reared wild boar were dumped in an illegal release near the village of Staunton on the western edge of the forest, and merged with a group which had escaped from another farm – sparking dramatic increases in numbers.In 2008, Defra published the document ‘Feral wild boar in England: An action plan’, setting out the government’s position on how they should be managedIt was then decided they would be classified as wild animals and as such they were free to roam, but responsibility for them rests with the relevant land owner.The Forestry Commision describe them as “large and unpredictable”, and when disturbed by people and domestic dogs they do not necessarily retreat and hide – instead defending their young when threatened Rev Mike Barnsley next to the damage done by wild boar to the ground in the graveyard at St John the Evangelist Church in Cinderford Homeowners in a town besieged by wild boar are being urged to consider putting up 5ft electric fences around their property to fend off the beasts hunting for food.The feral animals have been venturing from remote woodlands into residential areas and have become a growing menace, as they were recently seen straying into a church graveyard where they uprooted turf and ate floral tributes.Locals in Cinderford, Glos, are accordingly being left to “fend for themselves” against the wild pigs, where 1,562 are freely roaming around the Forest of Dean.last_img read more

NonEnglish speaking victims of crime to be given priority police chief suggests

first_imgVulnerability can manifest itself in a number of ways: people with learning difficulties… some people for whom English isn’t a first languageDeputy Commissioner Craig Mackey Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, has said she was talking to the government about reconsidering fundingCredit:Victoria Jones/PA Met Commissioner Cressida Dick has previously said she was talking to the government about reconsidering the force’s funding.The Home Office has said it is “undertaking a period of detailed engagement with policing partners and relevant experts”.What do you think? Join the debate by leaving a comment below. Cressida Dick He suggested the idea could help the Met to cope with a reduction in funding. In the last four years, the force has had to make £600m of savings and it is due to lose an extra £400m by 2020.Speaking to the Evening Standard, Mr Mackey described how the force will have to change its approach to cope with less money.He said: “That’s where you get into some of the difficult areas around do you always offer the same service to everyone? center_img “Increasingly, as we go forward we will look at things like trying to assess people and crime on the sort of the threat, the harm, the risk, and people’s vulnerability. “It’s absolutely feasible as we go forward that if my neighbour is a vulnerable elderly person who has experienced a particular type of crime, that she gets a face-to-face service that I don’t get. So we triage things… we assess people’s vulnerability.“Vulnerability can manifest itself in a number of ways: people with learning difficulties, a whole range of things, some people for whom English isn’t a first language. “That’s about how we get those resources focused on the things you can make a difference with. But also as we go forward, as demand grows, you have to have a way of controlling and triaging.” Victims of crime who do not speak English could be given priority by the Metropolitan Police, a senior officer has suggested.Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey said that callers might be denied a personal visit from police unless they are deemed to be sufficiently “vulnerable”.He said it is “absolutely feasible” that “face-to-face” visits by officers could be reserved for the “vulnerable” – giving examples as those for whom English is not a first language, the elderly and people with learning difficulties.Mr Mackey said that crimes such as vehicle thefts are the types of offences that officers might not be sent to in person unless the victim was assessed to require one under a new triage system. 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

First vegan cinema advert reported to ASA by pig farmers

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The film depicts her “dancing with joy” at going outside for the first time, and contrasts this with film of what it says are the poor conditions most pigs are kept in. The charity hopes to reach 2.25m people with the advert. In a post announcing the campaign, charity founder Juliet Gellatley said:  “In a world inundated by advertising, it takes something unique to make people stop and listen. Hope’s rescue has given us the opportunity to do just that.”Mr Lister runs a pig farm in Boroughbridge, north Yorkshire.A spokesman for Viva said: ““Viva! supplied evidence backing our claims that the Hope advert showed a true representation of the British pig industry to the CAA (Cinema Advertising Association), specifically that 90 per cent of pigs are factory farmed in Britain. The CAA was satisfied and passed the advert for distribution.”It said its evidence included a PDF from the British pig industry which states that 95 per cent of “growers” and 99 per cent of “finishers” are farmed indoors. The UK’s first vegan cinema advert has been reported to the advertising watchdog by pig farmers who claim it is misleading.   Richard Lister, chairman of the National Pig Association, said his organisation had referred the advert, by vegan charity Viva, to the ASA earlier this month. He said its claim that 90 per cent of pigs are factory farmed was not accurate. “It’s totally misleading. The UK pig industry is rightfully proud of its welfare, it’s got the highest level of welfare in the world, in excess of 90 per cent of the pigs belong to the Red Tractor assurance scheme”, he said.”All farms are visited on a quarterly basis and as far as we are concerned the advert is misleading, as the Viva campaign has been throughout the year.”The advert was crowdfunded by the charity’s supporters, who raised more than £102,000 to fund it. Its month-long run began at the start of December and is due to end on January 4. The charity’s website says it has been shown ahead of films including Star Wars, Pitch Perfect 3 and Murder On The Orient Express.The advert, titled “Hope not Hell”, shows a sow named Hope and her piglets, who the charity says was rescued from a pig farm. last_img read more

Slowing population growth is key to saving the planet says David Attenborough

He told Evan Davis that captive animals are sometimes best used to illustrate the scientific points made.Sir David said if programmes illustrate their stories with “a polar bear that happened to have been born in a zoo, and you could never get that in the wild without risking the polar bear’s life or indeed your own – then that’s biology. That’s perfectly fair”. A mother polar bear and two cubs are shown during the filming of  "Frozen Planet" He said: “Some programmes set out to deceive and some do not.”Nonetheless, there is a lot of veracity involved in just having the picture there and it’s fair dues for someone to say, ‘OK if you say that’s going to happen, show me’.” Slowing population growth is key to protecting the planet, Sir David Attenborough has said.In an interview with BBC Newsnight, the veteran broadcaster discussed the state and future prospects of the world’s environment.The 92-year-old told the programme: “In the long run, population growth has to come to an end. There are some reasons for thinking that will happen almost inevitably.”One of the reasons that the population has increased as fast as it has is that people like me are living longer than we did. And so there are more and more people just because the expectancy of life has increased.”Sir David told the BBC he has been reassured by a change in attitudes towards the planet, symbolised by the signing of the Paris Agreement in 2015. A mother polar bear and two cubs are shown during the filming of  “Frozen Planet”Credit: Jason Roberts/AP He said: “And we have got that agreement; it is true that President Trump doesn’t go along with it. To what extent the United States is going to withdraw from it, we’ll see.”Sir David added: “My suspicion is that people will realise that actually the United States’ attitude is outdated, it doesn’t apply any more, and I think that will be overcome.”There’s a groundswell internationally of recognising what we are doing to the planet and the disaster that awaits unless we do something.”But this is the only world we’ve got.”The interview was held to mark the release of Sir David’s new book Life On Earth and he also discussed allegations of TV trickery in nature broadcasting.In 2011 the BBC’s Frozen Planet programme was criticised after it emerged scenes of a polar bear being born had been filmed inside a zoo and inter-cut with scenes of bears in the wild. A total of 195 nations signed up to the UN deal committed to keeping the increase in global average temperature to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels.He said: “I suppose actually that up to five years ago I was really very, very pessimistic.”The Paris Agreement seemed at the time to be at last nations coming to their senses.”US President Donald Trump has pledged to withdraw from the agreement, but Sir David was doubtful whether the country would do so. 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

British forces to step up Arctic deployment to protect Natos northern flank

The Defence Secretary said the Royal Marines have launched a ten-year programme that will see over a thousand troops train each year with their Norwegian counterparts, building up to a brigade-strength deployment in the near future. In addition, he announced that Britain’s new fleet of submarine-hunting aircraft will fly over the Arctic next year in their first deployment. Mr Williamson was visiting Royal Marines conducting winter training at their new base in Bardufoss, northern Norway, where temperatures have reached as low as -30°C. He said the new P8 Poseidon Maritime… British forces are to step up Arctic deployments to protect Nato’s northern flank from Russia, Gavin Williamson has announced. read more

John Michie describes trauma of daughters final calls for help as rapper

Louella Fletcher-MichieCredit:Zoe Barling Stephen Kamlish QC, defending, read a statement from Broughton saying: “Sorry I didn’t do more to save Louella, sorry for the suffering I caused to everyone who loved Louella, I want to make things right.”But sentencing him to seven years for manslaughter and a consecutive 18 months for supplying drugs, the judge said the jury had rightly convicted him.“I have come to the clear conclusion your only concern was for yourself,” he said. “You owed her a duty of care to do everything to help. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “I wake up every morning to face life starting again without Louella.”Mr Michie, who branded Broughton “evil” when their paths crossed at the court, said that being forced to endure the trial had subjected them to the “horrible truth of Louella’s lonely death”.He added that he now wanted to move away from the family home in Holloway, north London, away from the memories of her “dancing and laughing in the kitchen” and the pain of passing her bedroom.Her mother, Carol Fletcher-Michie, 68, described the “unfathomable” pain of their “new reality” and said she now struggled to make sense of life. Her sister, Daisy, revealed she had been diagnosed with PTSD and felt she had lost her parents and brother too as they were all “shattered to pieces”. “The evidence proves if you had taken Louella to medics when she was seriously unwell, her life would have been saved.”It was your breach that was a substantial contribution to her death.” John Michie outside Winchester Crown Court Credit: Finnbarr Webster/Getty Image John Michie outside Winchester Crown Court  Mr Michie, 62, said: “I go to bed every night with the trauma of Louella crying out to her mum and dad, her brother and sister to help her, but there was only ever one person who could have helped. Louella Fletcher-Michie John Michie, the Holby City actor, has revealed he goes to bed every night traumatised by his daughter’s final harrowing calls for help as her musician boyfriend was jailed for eight-and-a-half years.Ceon Broughton, 30, was found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter after failing to get help for Louella Fletcher-Michie when she reacted badly to a “bumped up” dose of the hallucinogenic drug 2-CP he gave her at a festival.Instead, he laughed as he filmed her deterioration over a period of six hours before she died in a remote forest area on the edge of the Bestival site in Dorset. The footage was played to the jury.Mr Justice Goose said it was “clear” his only concern was for himself and that her life could have been saved if he had helped her.At the time, in September 2017, Broughton was in breach of a suspended prison sentence for two charges of possessing a lock knife and a Stanley knife blade.Before he was sentenced, Miss Fletcher-Michie’s family read victim impact statements to Winchester Crown Court, fighting back tears as they attempted to describe how their lives had been forever shattered. read more

British Armed Forces have retention not recruitment crisis new figures show

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 can’t keep resettling the family and we’re not prepared to do that anymore. The military is too inflexible.”I’ll always be a working mother, but when I went back after maternity leave whilst I thought ‘thank god’, it was written on their faces – why are you 10 minutes late? I couldn’t explain that I’d just spent 10 minutes on the way to nursery staring at a fascinating puddle.” Crew members from HMS Westminster exercise their "Freedom of the City" by marching past Nelson's Column and Westminster on August 07, 2019 in London. RAF personnel were pivotal in saving the Toddbrook Reservoir dam near the village of Whaley Bridge. Here a Chinook Mk6a helicopter is directed from the ground as it approaches the dam. Aug 6, 2019. Credit:Cpl Rob Travis/MoD/PA RAF personnel were pivotal in saving the Toddbrook Reservoir dam near the village of Whaley Bridge. Here a Chinook Mk6a helicopter is directed from the ground as it approaches the dam. Aug 6, 2019. The top factor influencing people to leave was ‘impact of service life on family and personal life’, which was cited by 62 per cent of service leavers’ as a reason for going. The second most stated reason, at 56 per cent, were job opportunities outside the service, a constant drain on military personnel when the country experiences high employment. The impact of service life on a spouse or partner’s career was cited by half of service leavers as the reason they ‘turned to the right’; the military expression for leaving.  Collectively the figures suggest the military, which is always criticised for being 20 years behind wider society, is experiencing changes the civilian workforce went through a generation ago and the MoD can no longer expect partner’s of service personnel to not have their own careers and to move every two to three years.Sasha Lilley, who served in the RAF for 12 years alongside her husband and has two children, both of which had been to four nurseries before the age of five, said: “I’m a very different woman from the one who joined the military. As I’ve got older I’ve changed and the military can’t accommodate me anymore. The British armed forces now have a retention crisis rather than a recruitment crisis, new figures suggest, as modern soldiers are no longer willing to move around the world.Government data released on Thursday revealed that the strength of the British military fell for the ninth year in a row.The figures also showed that recruitment is increasing but the Army, with 74,400 regular fully-trained troops, is over 7,000 short of the target figure of 82,000, a deficit of over nine per cent.The Royal Navy and Royal Marines with 29,090 “full-time trained strength” are under the requirement of 30,600, and the RAF, with 29,930 personnel, is six per cent under the MoD’s target of 31,840.A survey of those leaving the armed forces reveals that the recruitment crisis is largely down to personnel being unwilling to uproot their families to move posting. Most service leavers – 61 per cent – went for voluntary reasons, with just over a quarter reaching the end of their engagements and around 14 per cent leaving for medical or compassionate reasons, being discharged for poor conduct or dying whilst in service. Shadow Defence Secretary Nia Griffith said: “Ministers are either in complete denial about this crisis in recruitment and retention, or they are actively in favour of cutting the Armed Forces to these historically low levels.  Crew members from HMS Westminster exercise their “Freedom of the City” by marching past Nelson’s Column and Westminster on August 07, 2019 in London.Credit:Leon Neal/Getty Images Europe Possible reasons for dissatisfaction with military service and the decline in numbers were shown in the recent Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey. “The new Defence Secretary should come clean about which it is.” However, the data show that Britain’s armed forces may actually be suffering a retention, rather than recruitment crisis.Encouragingly for the MoD, the figures show that recruitment is increasing, possibly indicating that controversial campaigns such as the Army’s ‘Snowflake’ series resonated with target audiences.The recruitment campaign – officially called  ‘Your Army Needs You’ – caused controversy when launched in January this year as it featured Kitchener-style illustrations of soldiers with labels such as ‘snowflakes’, ‘phone zombies’, ‘binge gamers’ and ‘selfie addicts’.  Lieutenant General Tyrone Urch, Commander Home Command, said at the time: “You may feel like the army is dumbing down on who it seeks to recruit as these ads are a change to the norm, [but] the army is open for business”.But more worryingly for the military the new personnel statistics suggest the trend for servicemen and women is against regular employment, with Britain’s reserve forces enjoying an increase in numbers as the regular totals decline.It is not possible to prove that the increase in part-time military service has been exclusively filled by ex-regular service personnel, but all three services have shown an increase in reserves and decrease in regulars in recent years.  read more

400M still owed to NICIL by Guyana Stores

… workers, shareholders never received a penny in dividends… as interest mounts to over US$200MThe Government-owned National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) is still owed hundreds of millions of dollars by Guyana Stores Limited; owned primarily by Tony Yassin and Glenn Lall, publisher of the Kaieteur News.Kaieteur News publisher Glenn LallNICIL currently has several court actions against Guyana Stores Ltd for millions in outstanding monies owed to the Government. Lall and Yassin, now Directors of Guyana Stores, owe US$2 million of the US$6 million the property was sold for back in 2000 by the Government via NICIL. In the meantime, the property has been allowed to deteriorate into an eyesore in downtown Georgetown.Past due interest on the outstanding balance would amount almost to another US$2 million or even more. The matter is sub judice, as the Government owned corporation moved to the courts to recover its monies. In the meantime, the profits of the company are collected by the two owners and shareholders have complained of never receiving any dividends since the company was privatised back in 2000.When contacted, Chairman of the Board of Directors of NICIL, Dr Maurice Odle, declined to comment on the matter and advised that contact be made to the entity’s Officer in Charge, Horace James.All efforts to contact NICIL’s Officer in Charge proved futile as all calls to his number went unanswered.Several years ago, one shareholder had expressed concerns regarding whether GSL was being used as a source of funding for the various business interests of some shareholders. The shareholder added that the lack of disclosure of the true state of affairs of GSL raises considerable concerns about what will be left to the minority shareholders and the chances of dividends. The shareholder also raised questions on whether the company’s affairs are being managed in the interest of all shareholders or for the benefit of a few directors.“Governance is totally out of the window and no one seems to care about it,” a minority shareholder who asked to remain anonymous had stated. Another concern was whether GSL had paid its taxes.Interestingly, with the change in Government in 2015, NICIL had paid over some $40 million in taxes to the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) on behalf of the Glenn Lall-owned entity.Meanwhile, the legal proceeding which is before Justice Roxanne George at the High Court in Georgetown is as a result of a lawsuit filed by NICIL.NICIL is suing Royal Investments, the entity which owns and operates Guyana Stores Limited, for failing to pay the balance of US$2 million for the 70 million shares in the company which was acquired for US$6 million.GSL is a public company with over 1000 shareholders. Shareholders have lamented the fact that GSL has failed to have a shareholders meeting since privatisation. Shareholders have also not seen the audited accounts for the company since 1999. (Reprinted: Guyana Times) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related,… workers, shareholders never received a penny in dividends… as interest mounts to over US$200MThe Government-owned National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) is still owed hundreds of millions of dollars by Guyana Stores Limited; owned primarily by Tony Yassin and Glenn Lall, publisher of the Kaieteur News.Kaieteur News publisher Glenn LallNICIL currently has several court actions against Guyana Stores Ltd for millions in outstanding monies owed to the Government. Lall and Yassin, now Directors of Guyana Stores, owe US$2 million of the US$6 million the property was sold for back in 2000 by the Government via NICIL. In the meantime, the property has been allowed to deteriorate into an eyesore in downtown Georgetown.Past due interest on the outstanding balance would amount almost to another US$2 million or even more. The matter is sub judice, as the Government owned corporation moved to the courts to recover its monies. In the meantime, the profits of the company are collected by the two owners and shareholders have complained of never receiving any dividends since the company was privatised back in 2000.When contacted, Chairman of the Board of Directors of NICIL, Dr Maurice Odle, declined to comment on the matter and advised that contact be made to the entity’s Officer in Charge, Horace James.All efforts to contact NICIL’s Officer in Charge proved futile as all calls to his number went unanswered.Several years ago, one shareholder had expressed concerns regarding whether GSL was being used as a source of funding for the various business interests of some shareholders. The shareholder added that the lack of disclosure of the true state of affairs of GSL raises considerable concerns about what will be left to the minority shareholders and the chances of dividends. The shareholder also raised questions on whether the company’s affairs are being managed in the interest of all shareholders or for the benefit of a few directors.“Governance is totally out of the window and no one seems to care about it,” a minority shareholder who asked to remain anonymous had stated. Another concern was whether GSL had paid its taxes.Interestingly, with the change in Government in 2015, NICIL had paid over some $40 million in taxes to the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) on behalf of the Glenn Lall-owned entity.Meanwhile, the legal proceeding which is before Justice Roxanne George at the High Court in Georgetown is as a result of a lawsuit filed by NICIL.NICIL is suing Royal Investments, the entity which owns and operates Guyana Stores Limited, for failing to pay the balance of US$2 million for the 70 million shares in the company which was acquired for US$6 million.GSL is a public company with over 1000 shareholders. Shareholders have lamented the fact that GSL has failed to have a shareholders meeting since privatisation. Shareholders have also not seen the audited accounts for the company since 1999. (Reprinted: Guyana Times) read more

Couple busted in Bartica with unlicenced gun after woman lodges complaint

The weapon and ammo in questionA man and woman are now in the custody of the Bartica Police after they were found with a semi automatic pistol in a hotel room at Bartica.The 26-year-old Adelaide Street, Charlestown, Georgetown man and the woman said to be a foreign national we’re both arrested on Tuesday by ranks performing duties at the Puruni Landing, Cuyuni/Mazaruni.The arrest was made at around 06:30h following a report made by an East Coast Demerara (ECD) resident.The woman of Golden Grove told Police that she was threatened with a gun by the 26-year-old male who reportedly pelted her with bottles causing her to receive injuries to her body.Acting on these reports, the ranks swooped down at the hotel where the suspect was found with a black LUGER 9mm semi automatic pistol along with a magazine and 10 rounds of live ammunition.The Police are continuing there investigations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLab technician on gun possession charges denied bailMarch 21, 2016In “latest news”Venezuelan jailed for 2 years on gun, ammo possession chargesOctober 11, 2018In “Court”Cops arrest 4 over discovery of unlicensed gun, ammo …in separate incidentsMay 14, 2018In “Crime” read more

New US Interior Secretary emphasizes importance of mining

first_imgThe US Senate has overwhelmingly approved Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne (R) as Secretary of the Interior. Kempthorne, a former US Senator and mayor of Boise, Idaho, officially took office on May 31 and, according to the National Mining Association (NMA), he “wasted no time expressing his appreciation for the mining community.” In the Washington Post of June 1 Secretary Kempthorne emphasized the benefits of mining. “When we ride on a bicycle, that’s brought to us by mining. When you ride in a car, that’s brought to you by mining,” he said. Kempthorne added that his wedding ring was “brought to me by mining.”The NMA stated “Secretary Kempthorne brings to the department an impressive commitment to public service and a deep appreciation for the mining community, and we look forward to working closely with him.” His experience as a western governor and US senator will be particularly valuable in helping the mining community use “responsible land management practices to develop America’s vast mineral resources and accomplish vital land conservation goals,” said the NMA.The NMA further reports that one of the issues Kempthorne has identified as a target for action is a revision of the Endangered Species Act. During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee meeting held in May as part of his confirmation process, Kempthorne expressed dismay with the current structure for saving endangered species and said future efforts must be designed to ensure species recovery. He has also targeted the development of alternative energy sources and water conservation as priority action items.last_img read more

Canada Northwest power line preliminary findings released

first_imgThe Northwest Power Line Coalition has released preliminary findings today of a study on the potential benefits of a power line along Highway 37 in northwest British Columbia. According to preliminary findings provided by Macquarie North America, providing electric power along Highway 37 has the potential to achieve $3.5 billion in capital investments to bring eight mining projects to production. The estimate does not include the Galore Creek project.The investments have the potential to create 2,000 jobs, generate over C$300 million in annual revenues, and provide more than C$75 million in annual taxes to government. “Even without the Galore Creek project, the benefits of a power line along Highway 37 are significant,” said Pierre Lebel, spokesperson for the Northwest Power Line Coalition. “There is a potential to realize C$3.5 billion in capital investment in northwest B.C., but this is unlikely to happen without the power line.”The preliminary findings of the study also highlight the economic challenges facing the northwest region of the province. The unemployment rate for the northwest is much higher than the B.C. average. And between 2001 and 2006, population in the northwest declined by 7%, compared to a 5% increase across the province.“Northern communities believe that construction of the power line would provide an economic benefit to the region,” said Janine North, Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Development Initiative Trust. “The preliminary findings of the Macquarie study suggest that electrification of Highway 37 will attract needed investment and jobs for the region, including additional opportunities for joint ventures with First Nations.”“We have concerns around the cumulative social, cultural and environmental impacts from the collective proposed industrial activity which may be created by the proposed Northwest Transmission Line, but we have a process for assessment by the Tahltan Nation with BC Hydro for addressing these concerns,” said Chair Curtis Rattray of the Tahltan Central Council. “The Tahltan Central Council looks forward to the province of British Columbia signing the agreement so that the Tahltan Nation can begin the process for assessment – including social, cultural and heritage studies described in the agreement – so we can make informed decisions about the proposed activities.”Macquarie Group is an international financial institution with considerable expertise in major capital infrastructure project financing. Macquarie North America was retained in March 2008 to examine the economic aspects of the Northwest Power Line along Highway 37. The preliminary findings are subject to review and finalisation. The final report is expected to be completed in the spring of 2008. The Northwest Power Line Coalition includes the Northern Development Initiative Trust with its 40 member communities, the Mining Association of British Columbia, the Association of Mineral Exploration of British Columbia, and a number of First Nations, mining companies, independent power producers and local businesses. More information is available online at http://www.highway37.com/.last_img read more