This Is How The Eagles Coaching Staff Brought Nick Foles To The

For the Philadelphia Eagles to beat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, they’ll need to keep relying on an offense tailored to Nick Foles’s strengths. Watch the video above to see just how different Foles is from Carson Wentz.

Our College Football Playoff Predictions Sure Look Familiar

21FloridaSEC4-117489Georgia31 9West VirginiaBig 124-0180213Oklahoma132 Surveying the 2018 College Football Playoff raceChance of making the College Football Playoff and winning the national championship for teams with at least a 1 percent title probability 12MiamiACC4-1175212Virginia Tech81 5OklahomaBig 125-0191513West Virginia317 2Ohio StateBig Ten5-0198613Michigan5417 17TexasBig 124-118026Oklahoma51 4ClemsonACC5-0191811Boston College4711 1AlabamaSEC5-0205610LSU60%25 TeamConf.RecordEloMake PlayoffWin Title *A team’s most dangerous opponent is the team on its remaining schedule with the highest probability of beating it, according to the FiveThirtyEight model. Five weeks into the 2018 season, the College Football Playoff’s crystal ball is slowly coming into focus. Some would-be contenders — like Wisconsin and USC — have largely played themselves out of the playoff with quick losses. Others — such as LSU and Notre Dame — have bolstered their resumes with early wins. But there’s still plenty of football left to be played, plenty of time to see whether we’ll end up with more of the same or something new by season’s end.To help make sense of it all, FiveThirtyEight is relaunching its College Football Playoff prediction model this week. You can read about how it works in detail here, but the basic premise is that we simulate both the results of future games (using a mix of ESPN’s Football Power Index and the committee rankings) and the behavior of the playoff committee to arrive at each team’s chances of making college football’s version of the Final Four. And according to our model, four very familiar teams — Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia and Clemson — are the early leaders in the national title race, with Oklahoma and Notre Dame lurking not too far behind. 3GeorgiaSEC5-020097LSU4013 19Michigan St.Big Ten3-117597Penn State31 Danger week*Chance to… 16AuburnSEC4-1182713Alabama31 10LSUSEC5-0194510Alabama112 14KentuckySEC5-0187510Georgia61 13WisconsinBig Ten3-1181711Penn State61 6Notre DameInd.5-019426Virginia Tech336 For five of those teams, the path ahead is relatively straightforward: Win, and you’re probably in. Our model says Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Clemson and Oklahoma (sorry, Notre Dame) all have a greater than 99 percent chance of making the playoff if they win their remaining games. That will be easier for some than others — the Tide and Buckeyes have about a 1-in-3 chance, the Tigers’ odds are more like 1 in 4,1If not lower, given their ongoing QB drama. and the Bulldogs2Who would theoretically face Alabama in an SEC title-game matchup. and Sooners are around 1 in 10 — but each does at least control its own destiny.The same goes for three other squads, who also have a greater than 99 percent chance of making the playoff if they win out: West Virginia, LSU and Kentucky. But before fans in Morgantown, Baton Rouge and Lexington get too excited, the odds of them doing that are pretty low. FPI is skeptical that the Wildcats are very good; LSU still has to face Florida, Georgia and Alabama over a brutal monthlong stretch starting this weekend; and the remaining Mountaineer slate is no walk in the park either. It’s possible that at least one will finish with a single loss or fewer (the traditional playoff recipe for major-conference schools), but the path will be difficult.Among the teams that need a little help, Notre Dame easily has the best playoff outlook. The Fighting Irish’s most difficult remaining opponent might come this very week — a Virginia Tech team that also lost to Old Dominion two weeks ago — so red-hot QB Ian Book could be in a good position to lead Notre Dame to its first playoff berth. The Irish may not quite be playoff locks if they win out; our model says they’re at 87 percent if they run the table, meaning they’d also need one of the big-name teams to slip up along the way.3According to our model, the four teams whose playoff candidacies are least compatible with Notre Dame’s are Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Washington. But the last time a Notre Dame team unexpectedly rattled off an undefeated regular season, it went to the Bowl Championship Series title game, and it’s hard to believe it wouldn’t get the same treatment from the committee this season.Poor Central Florida probably won’t get the same benefit of the doubt, though. Despite opening the season 4-0 to extend the program’s winning streak to 17 consecutive games, the Knights have just a 2 percent chance to make the playoff in our model — and they’re only an 11 percent shot even if they manage to go undefeated for a second straight season. Between bad luck (a potentially resume-boosting Power Five road game against North Carolina was canceled because of Hurricane Florence) and the committee’s apparent unwillingness to even consider undefeated non-power conference teams over major-conference schools with multiple losses, UCF could very well find itself settling for a self-declared national title yet again by season’s end.The rest of the potential contenders have losses on their resumes, and that means serious question marks for their playoff chances. Washington’s opening-week loss to Auburn, for instance, instantly put the Huskies behind the eight ball, though they still have time to play their way back into the playoff picture if they keep winning (and, say, Notre Dame loses). Penn State still has a 10 percent shot at the playoff, despite last Saturday’s crushing late-game defeat against Ohio State, but they — along with fellow Big Ten hopefuls Michigan and Wisconsin — have plenty of work cut out for them. At least the Wolverines and (maybe) the Badgers4If they make the Big Ten title game and are matched against Ohio State. still have their chances to knock off the Buckeyes. In that regard, Penn State already blew its shot at a big, playoff-worthy statement win. Miami, meanwhile, may have short-circuited its chances early on with a 33-17 loss to LSU in the first week; the Hurricanes’ playoff hopes now rest on running the table and potentially beating Clemson in an ACC title-game rematch. Although these teams can still make the playoff, their margins for error are razor-thin.But let’s be honest: The playoff chase still mainly revolves around the preseason favorites. There’s a 65 percent chance that the national champion is one of Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia, which leaves just 35 percent for everybody else in the entire country. Although not even this year’s ridiculously dominant Crimson Tide team is necessarily guaranteed to make its fifth straight College Football Playoff appearance, it would be a surprise if Bama and its top rivals didn’t find their way into the playoff by season’s end. In today’s college football reality more than ever, the powerhouse programs are seated at the dinner table, and everyone else is left to fight over the scraps. 20Oklahoma St.Big 124-1170511Oklahoma51 11MichiganBig Ten4-1173413Ohio State72 8Penn StateBig Ten4-1183310Michigan102 18N.C. StateACC4-017938Clemson51 15StanfordPac-124-1179110Washington61 7WashingtonPac-124-118197Oregon184 read more

Ohio State mens hockey swept by Bowling Green over opening weekend

Ohio State junior goalie Christian Frey (30) surveys the ice during an exhibition game against Brock on Oct. 3. OSU won 4-0. Credit: Kaley Rentz / Asst. Sports DirectorOhio State men’s hockey (0-2) was swept by an in-state rival, No. 16 Bowling Green (2-0), in a home-and-home series on Friday and Saturday by scores of 6-3 and 2-0, respectively.With 3,982 in attendance at the Schottenstein Center on Friday, Bowling Green got off to a quick start with two goals in the first 8:05 by sophomore Jakob Reichert and junior Kevin Dufour.“You’ve got to understand how you’ve got to play,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “You’ve got to step on the ice and be ready to go and understand that you’ve got to take care of the puck. Against very good hockey teams like Bowling Green, you can’t go out and find yourself behind like that. We’ve got to learn from it and become a better hockey club.”OSU cut the lead in half when junior defenseman Josh Healey corralled the puck inside of the Buckeye zone and launched a pass up to junior forward David Gust at center ice, springing him on a breakaway.Gust walked in on senior netminder Tommy Burke and beat him top-shelf over the glove hand to make it a 2-1 game with 5:03 left in the period.However, the Falcons took control from there, hopping out to a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes thanks to goals from freshman John Schilling and senior Ben Murphy.OSU junior captain Nick Schilkey made it 4-2 at the 2:06 mark of the third period, finishing off a tic-tac-toe passing play on the power play from sophomore Victor Bjorkung and senior captain Anthony Greco.“I respect our team for coming out in the third and believing that we could go out there and win,” Rohlik said. “That was our conversation after the second period and we certainly played that way. You just can’t dig that deep of a hole and try to get out of it.”OSU ended up 1-of-3 with the man advantage while Bowling Green was shut down on both of its power plays.Bowling Green junior forward Matt Pohlkamp scored an empty net goal with 2:45 left in the game, taking the air out of the Schottenstein Center until Schilkey powered home a second goal just 14 seconds later.Alas, the comeback was not meant to be as senior Mark Cooper scored another empty netter for the Falcons with 1:32 remaining, ending the scoring for the night.“As a whole, I don’t know if we played our ‘A’ game,” senior captain Craig Dalrymple said. “We’ve stressed a lot on our (defensive) zone coverage and where we’re supposed to be in the past couple of weeks. We’ve got to be better.”OSU junior goaltender Christian Frey made 29 saves on 35 shots while Burke had 27 stops on the 30 pucks sent his way.A crowd of 3,022 for Game 2 at the BGSU Ice Arena in Bowling Green, Ohio, witnessed a tight battle throughout, with the game remaining scoreless until the third period. Cooper scored his second goal of the weekend and the eventual game-winner with 9:55 left in the game, and Pohlkamp scored his second as well with 2:10 remaining.Junior Matt Tomkins started in goal for OSU, keeping the game scoreless throughout with some tough saves. He ended up making 28 saves on 30 shots.His counterpart in Chris Nell for Bowling Green stopped all 25 shots he faced.Special teams played a big role, as the Scarlet and Gray went 0-of-6 on the power play while the Falcons went 0-of-3.The Buckeyes have the week to get ready for another in-state rival, the No. 11 Miami (Ohio) RedHawks. Face-off on Friday at the Schottenstein Center is set for 7:05 p.m., while Saturday’s game is an 8:05 p.m. puck drop at the Goggin Ice Center in Oxford, Ohio. read more

Buckeyes take Big Ten break as season winds down

The Ohio State men’s soccer team is taking a break from conference play as it plans to host its last non-conference game of the regular season.The No. 25 Buckeyes (8-3-3, 2-1-0) will face the West Virginia Mountaineers (6-2-5) at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for their second-to-last home game of the season. West Virginia is coming to Columbus with a very young team, but have been playing very well lately.Coming off a win against Notre Dame, the Mountaineers will likely have a lot of momentum coming into this game. West Virginia’s last loss was Sept. 18 against Louisville.“They’re playing very well right now. It will be a good chance for us to build some momentum going into Wisconsin next weekend,” coach John Bluem said. West Virginia typically plays well on the road as they have lost only once and tied twice to push their road record to 3-1-2.Three of the four games that remain for the Buckeyes will be conference play. Those games are the most important, Bluem said.One of the goals for the team is to win the Big Ten Championship by beating Penn State on Sunday. They positioned themselves to do that.The Buckeyes, along with Indiana and Wisconsin, are tied for second in the standings, each with six points. Penn State is still the leader with seven points. The top spot is there for OSU, but the Buckeyes will have to win all three conference games to capture the Big Ten title.“We’ve kept our hopes alive,” Bluem said.Now, the Buckeyes just need to go out and win.The game begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The time was moved up two hours because of potential traffic delays at the Schottenstein Center later in the evening thanks to the Cavs game. read more

Buckeyes to tip off NCAA Tournament close to home

Despite finding itself in what many agree to be the NCAA Tournament’s toughest region, the Ohio State men’s basketball team might have one advantage in this year’s postseason: Cleveland. The Buckeyes find themselves playing the first two rounds of March just 141 miles north of campus, at the Quicken Loans Arena. Considering six of the team’s top seven contributors hail from Ohio, and the lone outlier, freshman forward Deshaun Thomas, is from neighboring Indiana, the advantage of playing in Cleveland is magnified for OSU. “We are kind of close to home so we should have a nice home crowd,” junior guard William Buford said. “We are just going to take it one game at a time and hopefully we have a … crowd to feed off of.” The No.1-seeded Buckeyes expect to have more supporters than any other squad they face in their home state. No. 8 seed George Mason, which would have to defeat No. 9 Villanova to face OSU in the second round, is OSU’s potential opponent closest to Cleveland. The Patriots’ campus is 375 miles away. OSU plans to take advantage of some of its players’ proximity to the arena this week. “We know dinner is on (fifth-year senior forward) David Lighty, so he’s going to take us by his house,” freshman forward Jared Sullinger said. Lighty played high school basketball at Villa Angela-St. Joseph just more than 11 miles from the location of Friday’s game. On average, OSU starters attended high schools just 81.4 miles from Quicken Loans Arena. Despite the closeness to both OSU and many players’ hometowns, the Buckeyes know nothing will be given to them. “Just because we are playing in our home state, doesn’t guarantee anything,” said OSU senior guard Jon Diebler, an Upper Sandusky graduate. Four of the team’s starters — Diebler, Lighty, Buford and senior center Dallas Lauderdale — participated in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. That year, the No. 8-seeded Buckeyes lost, 74-72, in the first round to No. 9 seed Siena in Dayton, Ohio. That Siena, located in Loudonville, N.Y., had to travel more than 600 miles more than OSU for the game, indicates that location might not be everything. “We just know we got to bring it every night,” Buford said. “There are some real good teams in our bracket.” The Buckeyes would not face a team ranked in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll of the regular season until they leave the confines of their home state. OSU could face No. 11 Kentucky or No. 22 West Virginia in the tournament’s third round in Newark, N.J. Buford pointed to one aspect of playing in Ohio that he did not care for. “I honestly wanted to go somewhere kind of hot, but yeah, we’re going to make it down there,” the guard said, referencing Houston, the location of the Final Four. Regardless of location, coach Thad Matta emphasized this time of year is different from anything this season’s team has faced. “We’ve had an incredible ride to this point,” he said, “and the reality is, if you have a game where you don’t play well, the season is over.” Matta and his team will look to continue that ride at 4:40 p.m. Friday against Texas-San Antonio. read more

Ohio State mens soccer ready to give No 3 Akron best shot

Although Ohio State’s men’s soccer team hasn’t had the winning season they originally hoped for, two of their last three games are at home, leaving the team with some confidence. Their next challenge will be taking on Akron at home Tuesday. “We feel confident. We had a great week of practice this past week, everybody’s buzzing and very energetic, ” said senior forward Chris Hegngi. “We’re going to give it our best shot and I think we’re going to come away with a great result.” With five of their six wins this season coming at home, the Buckeyes have reason to feel positive about another home victory. Although the Buckeyes fell to the Zips last September, 3-1, coach John Bluem feels that a short turnaround from Friday’s victory against Wright State will be beneficial. “First we’re going to rest, to try to get our legs back under us,” Bluem said. “Then we’ll try to prepare for Akron. They’re a very good team, they’re nationally ranked, they have very good players and a very good speed of play.” Riding an eight game win-streak coming in to Columbus, the No. 3 Zips only have one loss this season. But junior captain Sage Gardner doesn’t see need for concern as long as the Buckeyes connect. “We have to work hard to communicate and stay together defensively,” the defender said. Gardner said OSU’s 2-1 win against Wright State at home on Friday might prepare them when Akron comes to town. “(That) was a good stepping stone into the Akron game because they’ll probably have a majority of possession,” he said. With Akron’s coach Caleb Porter having the highest winning percentage in Division 1 soccer, Bluem knows a strong effort by his players is needed to defeat the Zips. “We’re going to have to be at our very best,” Bluem said. “We’re going to have to be very good defensively to keep ourselves in the game.” Gardner said that as long as the team is at their best, they can secure another win. Nor is he the only one who thinks that as his teammate Hegngi agreed. “We just need to have guys in the right spots,” Hegngi said. “Just make sure we’re strong defensively, but still play our game and try to attack.” read more

Football Ryan Day talks offensive identity in Big Ten coaches teleconference

Ohio State acting head coach addresses the media on Aug. 27 prior to the first game of the season against Oregon State. Credit Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State acting head coach Ryan Day said he does not expect the offense to change much going into the first game of the season with redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins under center. During Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference, Day said the idea of the offense from last season, even without quarterback J.T. Barrett or center Billy Price, will be similar if not the same. “Without J.T. and Billy in there, you know, it’s going to take on a little bit more of a different personality,” Day said. “Dwayne has a different skill set that J.T., but, for the most part, you know, our offense is our offense. We want to be 250 and 250, that’s the goal, we want to be 50 percent passing, 50 percent running, have good balance.” Day reiterated that Haskins would be the starter heading into the game against Oregon State on Saturday, but said, even if redshirt freshman Tate Martell gets some playing time, the offense will not change and have the same approach of stretching the field horizontally and vertically. Much of that has to do with the running game Ohio State returns this season, with the combination of sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins and redshirt junior running back Mike Weber. “I kind of see it as a two-headed monster, kind of like it was last year,” Day said. “Obviously, they both have to be healthy. There will be plenty of carries to go around throughout the year.”Day also said first-year running backs Brian Snead and Master Teague will have a role to play in the offense this fall as well. Jordan’s move to center always consideredAfter announcing that junior offensive lineman Michael Jordan would move from guard to center to start the 2018 season on Monday, Day said the move was always under consideration by the coaching staff. “It was something that we considered all along,” Day said. “We just, kind of, wanted to take a look at all of our options and see which gave us the best option to be successful this season.”Day also said the decision was based on giving Jordan, redshirt senior Brady Taylor and redshirt freshman Josh Myers equal snaps during spring practice and fall camp. Day mentions Meyer’s meeting with teamIn the teleconference, Day said head coach Urban Meyer met with the players and the coaches prior to the beginning of his suspension. After being placed on administrative leave on Aug. 1, Day has been the acting head coach. The university announced Meyer was suspended for the first three games of the season, but will be allowed to coach his team during the week starting Sept. 2. Day said the contents of the meeting are private, but said the team was glad to see him. “The guys were happy to see him,” Day said. “Shoot, I was happy to see him because it seemed like a  long time where we were used to seeing him every day, so hadn’t seen him in a few weeks, that was good. There were a lot of hugs and I know coach, he was happy to see the guys.” Day said Meyer gave the team an update on his situation and explained himself to help the team move forward. read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State faces two Big Ten matchups after upsetting No

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrates after defeating No. 4 Penn State in four sets on Sept. 23. Credit: Miranda Lipton | Lantern ReporterFollowing their upset against No. 4 Penn State on Sunday, Ohio State does not have much time to prepare for their next match. The Buckeyes will face two Big Ten opponents this week with Indiana at home on Wednesday, then travelling to College Park for a road game against Maryland on Sunday. Head coach Geoff Carlston is focused on keeping the team strong, allowing them to relish their victory while also keeping their focus heading into the rest of the season.“We just have to stay healthy,” Carlston said. “That’s the biggest thing — sort of managing our swing so we’re in the best position to win.”The team matches up against both of their opponents fairly evenly. The Buckeyes stand at 10-4 and 1-1 in the Big Ten, while the Hoosiers are 10-3 and 1-1 and Maryland is at 10-4 and 1-1. Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Jordan Fry said the sharp increase in talent and competition in the Big Ten brings on a new dynamic in their season.“The Big Ten has been crazy,” Fry said. “The first couple of games, I was nervous, but I know I can play well against anyone. As long as I have my teammates behind me I know we can all play well against anyone.”In the 2018 season, the Buckeyes have had 688 kills, 1817 total attacks, 261 errors and 74 service aces.Freshman outside hitter Mia Grunze leads the Buckeyes with 153 kills and freshman opposite hitter Vanja Bukilic leads with 2.94 kills per set. Averaging 13.35 kills per set, Indiana has recorded 2.77 blocks per set and has 67 total aces through  13 games played. Indiana redshirt junior outside hitter Kendall Beerman leads the Hoosiers with 161 kills and 3.43 kills per set. Maryland sophomore outside hitter Erika Pritchard has been solid all season for the Terrapins, averaging 4.22 kills per set. The Buckeyes will face Indiana at home on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at St. John Arena before heading to College Park, Maryland to face the Terrapins at 7 p.m. read more

Carey Mulligan focuses on dementia sufferers for Radio 4s Today programme

first_imgThere will be an intensely personal theme to Radio 4’s Today programme when the actress Carey Mulligan takes the helm as guest editor next month.Mulligan’s grandmother Margaret suffers from Alzheimer’s and the condition is one of the topics the actress will be tackling on the show.The star of The Great Gatsby will be focusing part of her programme on helping both sufferers and relatives cope with the fear of a dementia diagnosis.Mulligan points out that Dementia is one of the biggest health crisis facing society today, with more than 850,000 people in the UK living with the condition. The actress, who is an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society and War Child, with whom she visited the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2014, has also commissioned an item exploring the impact of war on Iraqi children living under the so-called Islamic State. 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. Carey Mulligan, guest editing Radio 4's Todya programme next month Mulligan, who also starred in An Education, Suffragette and Far From the Madding Crowd, said: “I am so excited and honoured to be guest editing the Today Programme.“It’s a privilege to work with the excellent team of journalists and producers at the BBC and together we will be talking about several issues close to my heart and meeting some fascinating people.”This is the thirteenth year that editorial control of the Today programme is being handed over to public figures during the week between Christmas and New Year.Other guest editors this year include Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer for England, and Helena Morrissey, former CEO of Newton Investment Management and campaigner for gender diversity in the boardrooms.Morrissey was one of the few City voices to speak out in favour of Brexit ahead of the referendum. Carey Mulligan, guest editing Radio 4’s Todya programme next monthCredit:Chris Pizzello/Invisionlast_img read more

Tadcaster reconnected as bridge severely damaged by 2015 floods reopens

first_imgWork continues on the historic bridge in Tadcaster which crumbled into the River Wharfe during floods at Christmas 2015Credit: PA Wire/PA Images 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 loss of the bridge, which had already been closed due to safety concerns, left the North Yorkshire town divided, with residents and visitors having to negotiate a 10-mile (16km) detour to get from one side of the river to the other.The division has strained businesses in the town and North Yorkshire County Council said contractors have worked around the clock to complete a job that should have taken two years in just over 12 months.”There is great anticipation in the town,” said Don Mackenzie, North Yorkshire County Council’s executive member for highways. Tadcaster Bridge is due to reopen more than a year after its partial collapse came to symbolise the destruction of the 2015 Christmas floods.The 18th century Grade II listed structure crumbled on December 29 2015 as the River Wharfe rose to historic levels.Its collapse came as flooding hit large parts of northern England, leaving many communities – including homes in Tadcaster – under several feet of water. The bridge over the River Wharfe on Commercial Street in Tadcaster “Its community has been literally cut in two for a year by the bridge’s collapse and people have been eagerly looking forward to the time when they will be reconnected. We thank them for the patience and fortitude they have shown throughout the year.”I am very proud of the enormous effort made by our contractors, Balfour Beatty, and our bridges team to complete a very challenging project of this kind in little more than half the time it would normally take.”The reconstruction, which has included a widening of the structure, has been funded with £3 million from the Government and £1.4 million from the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership. Work continues on the historic bridge in Tadcaster which crumbled into the River Wharfe during floods at Christmas 2015 Friday’s reopening will be marked by a parade led by pupils from the town’s three primary schools.The reconstruction of the bridge will be further celebrated in April when Tadcaster hosts the start of Day 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire bike race.The bridge collapsed four days after it was closed on Christmas Day 2015 due to safety concerns.North Yorkshire County Council said more than 650 tonnes of water every second was hitting the bridge at its peak – the highest flow rate recorded in 30 years.Government minister Greg Clarke walked across the bridge, inspecting the situation, hours before its dramatic collapse. The bridge over the River Wharfe on Commercial Street in TadcasterCredit:Anna Gowthorpelast_img read more

Bath university spent £2000 hiring Red Devils skydiver to deliver token peppercorn rent

first_imgThe Red Devils Parachute Regiment’s free fall team were given the task of carrying the peppercorn and giant 50th anniversary flag safely to earth from 2,000ft.Now local councillors are calling for the university to contribute more to council coffers after the generous pay of its vice-chancellor became public. Will Sandry, the Liberal Democrat councillor for Oldfield on Bath and North East Somerset Council, said the wealthy institution is “having its cake and eating it”. The parachute delivery was part of a display costing more than £2,000 This year the rent was delivered by a Red Devils skydiver as part of an aerial display costing £2,122 Vice-chancellor of Bath University Dame Glynis BreakwellCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire Vice-chancellor of Bath University Dame Glynis Breakwell A university with the highest paid vice-chancellor in the UK spent £2,000 on an elaborate parachute ceremony to deliver its peppercorn rent.The University of Bath has already been widely criticised for the £450,000 salary paid to its vice-chancellor Dame Glynis Breakwell.But institution chiefs have come in for renewed ire after emerged they paid £2,122 to hire a Red Devils skydiver as part of an aerial display.The university only pays a single piece of peppercorn to the local council as ground rent for the Claverton Down campus each year as part of an agreement dating back to 1964.Its agreement is due to continue until the 999-year lease runs out 953 years’ time.The peppercorn is usually handed to the authority in a silver box – but this year was handed over in a parachute display.The event was one of the highlights of the University of Bath’s 50th anniversary festival on May 6, which cost a total of £62,500. He said: “They operate as a business, get a multi-million pound government grant and have all the benefits of being a charity. This means they receive a large discount on business rates.”Bob Goodman, the Conservative councillor for Combe Down, called for a review of the peppercorn arrangement.He spoke out amid claims the university may have breached planning regulations by converting on-campus student flats into offices. This year the rent was delivered by a Red Devils skydiver as part of an aerial display costing £2,122 The Cabinet Member for Development and Neighbourhoods expressed his “deep disappointment” on learning that perhaps many hundreds of bed spaces had disappeared from Claverton Down.In an open letter, he said: “The university, after all, ‘rent’ the campus area on a ‘peppercorn’ rent, something I personally believe needs to be revisited in the difficult financial situation we find ourselves in.”Every time we lose a family house to a student HMO or an office building converted to student accommodation, the council lose significant revenue in council tax and business rates – costing many millions of pounds.”The first payment in 1971 included six extra peppercorns as back rent since the 200-acre site was handed over. It is understood the university would have to agree to any change in the terms of the 999-lease contract. The parachute delivery was part of a display costing more than £2,000 The university has spent more than £100 million since 2000 adding 1,567 student beds to the campus, bringing the total number to 3,250.It opened a £43 million, 708-bedroom student complex in 2015 and plans to open a 293-bed block next year.Bath and North East Somerset Council is investigating whether the university gained permission to change the use of Wessex House after councillor Sandry noticed the tower block at the Claverton Down campus was now used as office space.The university has said it is cooperating with the council over “an historical planning matter dating from the 1990s”.Mr Sandry backed Mr Goodman’s call for a review of the university’s peppercorn rent today, saying the wealthy institution currently “has its cake and it eats it”.He added: “They operate as a business, get a multi-million pound government grant and have all the benefits of being a charity. This means they receive a large discount on business rates.”A spokesman for the university said: “We take the views of all our local stakeholders, including councillors, very seriously and we are committed to working with them to resolve any issues.”Dame Glynis Breakwell, the country’s highest-paid vice-chancellor, will be stepping down next year amid pressure from her own staff over her salary. 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

Mosques launch legal challenge against an councils bid to ban halal meat

first_imgMosques have launched a legal challenge against an English council’s bid to ban “cruel” halal meat in schools.Lancashire County Council was due to introduce a new contract next month which will require schools to serve meat from suppliers that pre-stun animals before slaughter.But the move has been put on hold as Lancashire Council of Mosques is now seeking a judicial review, claiming the authority did not consult adequately over the decision.Abdul Hamid Qureshi, CEO of the Lancashire Council of Mosques (LCM), said that if the council refuse to backtrack, he will call for a “region wide boycott” of school meals.He told The Daily Telegraph: “They reached the decision without any consultation. They should have communicated with the community that are most affected by it. They did not follow the correct process.”Mr Qureshi added that the Muslim community is “very angry” that the council has branded their faith as “cruel”.“We can’t accept that position. It is hurtful and negative. Our community really objects to that,” he said. “We will be calling for a boycott of school lunches if the policy goes forward.”The proposal to ban the practice was introduced by Cllr Geoff Driver, the Conservative leader of Lancashire county council, who has argued that it is “abhorrent” and “really, really cruel” to slaughter animals without stunning them first. Lancashire currently supplies 27 schools with “unstunned” halal meat, catering for up to 12,000 children who are served 1.2m meals a year.Cllr Driver said: “We are due to put on hold the new contract for supply of Halal meat to schools. We will continue to supply Halal meat under the terms of the current contract while the legal matters are resolved.”If it is felt that we haven’t consulted appropriately before we made the decision we will do that because we clearly don’t want to either break the law or cause the county council any unnecessary expenditure.”During a previous attempt by the council to ban non-stunned meat, the LCM urged parents to boycott school meals.A council report about the found that the 2013 boycott led to a “significant drop in meal uptake in schools serving both Halal and non-Halal menus and thus income and contribution”.   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. It added: “The effect was particularly damaging in the east of the county and the central Preston area where school meal uptake decreased by over 7 per cent”.British law requires farm animals to be stunned before slaughter, but provides a religious exemption for Halal and Kosher meat.There is no single defined standard for halal in the UK but there are a range of halal accreditation agencies which inspect and accredit firms involved in the production and handling of meat in order for that meat to be described as halal. The Food Standards Agency carried out an animal welfare survey in abattoirs across Britain in 2013 which found about 84 per cent of animals slaughtered by the halal method were stunned before being killed.The Department for Education’s guidance states that schools should make reasonable adjustments for pupils with particular requirements. This could include providing food menus which are suitable for the cultural needs of the majority of the school population. A halal butchercenter_img British law requires farm animals to be stunned before slaughter, but provides a religious exemption for Halal and Kosher meat Credit: Rex Features British law requires farm animals to be stunned before slaughter, but provides a religious exemption for Halal and Kosher meat  A halal butcherCredit: Julian Simmonds In October, a meeting of the full council backed a move not to provide meat to any of its kitchens “unless the animal was stunned before it was slaughtered”.last_img read more

Drinking more than five glasses of wine a week could knock years

first_imgDame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer advised that alcohol guidelines be lowered in 2016 However the new study suggests the upper safe limit of drinking was about five drinks per week, the equivalent of 12.5 units or just over five pints of four per cent beer, or five 175ml glasses of 13 per cent wine. Drinking six glasses of wine a week is too much despite government guidelines suggesting it is a safe limit, a major new study has found.Research from the University of Cambridge and the British Heart Foundation, which looked at 600,000 drinkers across the world, discovered that anything more than five glasses of wine, or pints of beer, is dangerous to health, and could be knocking years off a person’s lifespan.The authors calculated that having 10 or more drinks per week was associated with up to two years shorter life expectancy, which equates to losing 15 minutes of life for each unit above the safe amount, the equivalent of smoking a cigarette.Dr Angela Wood, from the University of Cambridge, lead author of the study said: “The key message of this research is that, if you already drink alcohol, drinking less may help you live longer and lower your risk of several cardiovascular conditions.”On the advice of Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies, Britain lowered guidelines in 2016 recommending that both men and women should drink no more han 14 units of alcohol each week. Prior to that the men were advised no more than 28 units and women 21. Experts said that the report, which was published in The Lancet, should be a wake up call to the baby boomer generation who regularly drink too much and are at risk of seriously shortening their lives.Official figures show a tripling in alcohol-related hospital admissions among those aged between 55 and 74, over the last decade.  They now make up 45 per cent of such cases, with more than 500,000 admissions in 2015/16, while the proportion of cases involving younger drinkers has dramatically fallen. The researchers found that drinking more than that was associated with a higher risk of stroke, heart failure, fatal aneurysms and fatal hypertensive disease.It challenges the widely held belief that moderate drinking is beneficial to cardiovascular health.Commenting on the study Prof David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk, at the University of Cambridge, said: “This is a massive and very impressive study.  “The paper estimates a 40-year-old drinking four units a day above the guidelines has roughly two years lower life expectancy, which is around a twentieth of their remaining life.  “This works out at about an hour per day.  So it’s as if each unit above guidelines is taking, on average, about 15 minutes of life, about the same as a cigarette.” Research from the Office for National Statistics last year found that 7.8 million people admit to binging on alcohol with those earning in excess of £40,000 more likely to consume dangerous amounts.Victoria Taylor, Senior dietician at the British Heart Foundation said: “Many people in the UK regularly drink over what’s recommended.“We should always remember that alcohol guidelines should act as a limit, not a target, and try to drink well below this threshold.”center_img Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer advised that alcohol guidelines be lowered in 2016Credit:Jonathan Brady PA  Dr Tony Rao, Visiting Lecturer in Old Age Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, said: “The strength of this study is its follow-up of large numbers of people without evidence of pre-existing cardiovascular disease, so it is likely to be relevant to the population at large.”“It also highlights the need to reduce alcohol related harm in baby boomers, an age group currently at highest risk of rising alcohol misuse”. Prof Tim Chico, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist, University of Sheffield, added: “As expected, the more alcohol someone drinks, the greater the increased risk of early death.“I would not be surprised if the heaviest drinkers lost as many years of life as a smoker.” The study focused on current drinkers to reduce the risk of bias caused by those who abstain from alcohol due to poor health, which in the past has skewed results to make it appear that moderate drinking is beneficial.The Department of Health and Chief Medical Officer declined to comment on the findings. 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

Dont train your dog to sit teach it life skills pet mindfulness

Ms Menteith was the trainer for the Crufts 2018 Channel Four programmes Credit:Tom Pilston for the Telegraph Dogs should be taught life skills rather than simply how to sit, stay and hand over their paws, a pet mindfulness coach has said.Carolyn Menteith, a leading dog behavioural expert, said dog owners should lose their obsession with teaching traditional obedience exercises and instead focus on the skills the pet innately has.“It doesn’t matter if your dog sits the moment you say sit if it goes and rips up the curtains and knocks over granny,” she said.”We should be teaching life skills instead of behaviour commands – how to settle when people are watching television and how to enjoy being handled.”Ms Menteith, who was the trainer for the Crufts 2018 Channel Four programmes and won the Kennel Club Accredited Instructor of the Year award three years previously, said training should be about building a relationship with the animal, rather than teaching it various tricks.“It doesn’t matter so much whether a dog does obedience exercises – like a dog walking perfectly to heel – we need a dog to be happy and fun with our family,” she said. Ms Menteith was the trainer for the Crufts 2018 Channel Four programmes  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. While in the past dog training relied on a formal technique based on military training, attitudes towards animals have softened as pets are growingly viewed as members of the family. Due to this, the trainer argues, owners should adopt a mindful and holistic approach to dog training, similar to how children are parented.“We don’t want children to sit down be quiet and be seen and not heard – we want them to be the best people they can possibly be working on their strengths,” she added. “It should be the same with dogs – we want a relationship not a dictatorship, to look at what they are already good at doing and work with those strengths.”As a result owners should build relationships with their domestic animals rather than focusing on teaching them commands.The trainer added: “It’s not about barking sit and expecting unswerving obedience. It’s about building a relationship.”It’s looking at the individual dog you have – each dog has a different personality and in the same way we look at different relationships with people in our lives, you have to build one with your dog.”The Dogs Trust recommends that new dogs are taken to local training courses, to learn traditional commands and meet other dogs.The charity says on its website: “Training your puppy should start straight away to avoid him developing bad habits. Teach him what is acceptable. Make clear and simple commands and show him what you wanthim to do. Lessons should be short and at regular intervals. Remember – always reward good behaviour, and ignore ‘bad’ behaviour.” read more

Molly Russell The caring soul who died after exploring her depression on

In the case of Pinterest, a virtual scrapbook immensely popular… But her father, Ian Russell, now believes that in private she was being assailed by graphic images of self-harm and suicide on the social media sites Instagram and Pinterest. Molly Russell was such a “caring soul” that she did not want to burden her parents with the depression she likened to a storm bearing down on her. As far as her loving family could see, Molly was happy and doing well: she was a keen rider and sailor and had just landed the lead role in her school’s upcoming production of Fantastic Mr Fox. Instead, the 14-year-old retreated to a terrifying online world algorithmically tailored to encourage her darkest thoughts. read more

Pc who said Adolf Hitler had never done him any harm because

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A police officer who said Adolf Hitler had ‘never done him any harm’ because he had “never met him personally” has been dismissed from a forcePc David Alston was involved in a WhatsApp group with friends who served in the Army Reserves that exchanged racist, sexist and homophobic “banter”, a misconduct tribunal was told. In the messages, the disgraced Essex Police response officer referred to a “pikey killings trial” and said Asians “reproduce like 3/1 compared to us”.The former Royal Signals soldier even described a waitress working in a London bar as a “hot black chick”, “umbongo” and “coco angel” when out with friends.In one exchange, a friend wrote: “Dave’s your stereotypical copper. He doesn’t like blacks.”And when discussing Adolf Hitler, Alston wrote: “He has never done any of us any harm.”The group of 10 friends also shared extreme pornography, and Alston failed to challenge homophobic slurs and joked about gay sexA misconduct panel held in Chelmsford Civic Centre heard the messages were uncovered after a member of the group was arrested for domestic violence and common assault.Police seized the phone and downloaded Alston’s messages after the suspect was arrested.Alston left the WhatsApp group in September 2017 after resigning from the armed forces – but was hauled in front of investigators for the messages sent between March and June of that year. Father-of-one Alston said he accepted his comments were racist and discriminatory and admitted gross misconduct. He also apologised for using “a very poor choice of words”.Under cross examination about his Adolf Hitler remark, Alston said: “I have never met him personally, he died in 1945, I have never met him.”I don’t come from a Jewish family, I did have a great grandad who fought in the war, but he never did me any harm.”Mitigation heard that he had never used the language with his police colleagues or shown any prejudice whilst serving the public.Alston joined the force in 2013 after working as a PCSO and served in the Army Reserve for more than 10 years.Detective Superintendent Dean Chapple, head of the Essex Police’s professional standards department, said: “PC Alston was a highly respected and capable officer however his conduct, whilst off duty and in the presence of selected friends who were not associated with policing, fell way below the standards we expect of our officers and in no way represents our values. “All police officers are responsible for their own actions and we cannot just turn off those standards and values in policing when it suits a given environment or group.” read more

Arsenals Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac targeted by knifewielding moped robbers

Arsenal’s German-born Bosnian defender Sead KolasinacCredit:IAN KINGTON/ AFP Mesut Ozil’s car got jumped, Kolasinac jumped out and backed the beef. #YaGunnersYa— James (@smhjaames) July 25, 2019 Arsenal's German-born Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac “The driver, along with his passenger, managed to get away unharmed and travelled to a restaurant in Golders Green, where they were spoken to by officers.  An Arsenal spokesman confirmed that the players had been involved in a car-jacking incident, and said that both of them “are fine”.The Metropolitan Police said: “Police were called to Platts Lane, NW3, shortly before 5pm on Thursday July 25 to reports of an attempted robbery. “It was reported that suspects on motorbikes had attempted to rob a man who was driving a car.  Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac were attacked by knife-wielding moped thugs in a suspected robbery attempt. Ozil, 30, was driving Kolasinac, 26, through Hampstead, northwest London, in a black Mercedes SUV when they were ambushed by two men on Thursday.Footage shows Kolasinac, a left back for Arsenal and Bosnia and Herzegovina known as “The Tank”, get out of the car and confront the attackers, who were filmed brandishing knives at the 26-year-old.They then fled the scene in the car, pursued by the moped attackers, according to the Mail Online.Ozil drove to a  Turkish restaurant on Golders Green Road, where staff helped them chase away the robbers, the website reported. “There have been no arrests. Enquiries continue.” One witness, Azuka Alintah, 36, told MailOnline: “Ozil looked absolutely terrified, as anybody would after being chased by men with knives.  “He looked like he was running for his life. And I suppose he was. I saw him disappear into the restaurant with the motorcycle guys on his tail.”Kolasinac and midfielder Ozil are not the first London-based footballers to be targeted on the road.In 2016, then West Ham striker Andy Carroll was threatened at gunpoint on his way home from training. 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

Be Bold for Change Guyana school outreach programme launched

First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger joined the Luminous Women’s Group, today, as they began the first leg of their school’s outreach programme, named after the International Women’s Day theme, #BeBoldForChangeGuyana at the St. Joseph High School, in Woolford Avenue.First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger poses with the contestants of Miss St. Joseph High School pageant.The First Lady spoke at the event and encouraged the students to be confident and to choose their friend’s wisely.  “I know success does not mean being popular or being part of the crowd… You must choose your friends wisely. A friend is not someone you meet on Facebook or someone who encourages you to do harmful things or sets out to embarrass you.  A friend is someone who has your back and who you can rely on… I want to hope that you will make lifelong friends during your high schools years… Be bold, choose your own path.  Be bold for change Guyana,” Mrs. Granger said. The women of the organisation all spoke on the challenges they faced as young women and encouraged the students to make wise decisions that will benefit them in the long run. In an invited comment Mrs. Ingrid Fung, veteran educator and member of the Luminous Women’s group said that the group has decided to speak with students at schools across Georgetown on issues that are affecting them.  “We’re worried about the negative trends coming out of schools and we plan as Luminous women to visit those schools in an effort to educate our young girls and boys,” Mrs. Fung said. (MOTP)  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFirst Lady praises Bishops’ High School’s successFebruary 19, 2016In “Local News”First Lady to focus on senior citizens, helping agencies to fight TIP, rapeMay 21, 2015In “Politics”Youth Development Initiative rolled out at Lusignan Primary SchoolOctober 4, 2016In “latest news” read more

LETTER Not very optimistic oil wealth would be trickled down to

Yours faithfully,Rooplall Dudhnath Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSovereign Wealth Fund for oil and gas sector should be set up already- JagdeoJuly 24, 2017In “latest news”Oil Find: “Good days are ahead for Guyana”; President tours ExxonMobil RigMay 22, 2015In “Business”LETTER: We must not be surprised with the economic results because of weak leadersJuly 12, 2019In “latest news” Dear Editor,Many of my fellow Guyanese think now that oil is found and would be welled in Guyana, we would be a rich nation. On the other hand, there are many of us who would say ask the citizens of Iraq, Libya, Syria, Nigeria, Uganda, Sudan, Venezuela, Brazil and Trinidad how well the oil trickledown theory is working for them so far.The citizens of many of these oil-rich countries only have the results of a bomb trickledown campaign to show for it — in the form of a bomb crater 20 feet wide and 10 feet deep, where their family homes once stood.Guyana’s oil wealth, in the view of many of us, would never trickle down to the masses. That wealth is reserved for those in power, and already rich and wanting to get richer.Just look at the culture of Guyana and you can tell what would happen to the proceeds from oil. Oil wealth trickling down to the masses is nothing but a pipe dream. It has never happened in any Third World country, and will never happen here in my beloved land.This world is an extremely brutal place, I remain pessimistic about Guyana being an exception to the norm, as obtained in Third World countries with copious amounts of natural resources.Do we in Guyana have the metaphorical “brains and mindset” to keep the potential oil wealth in Guyana?For the time being, the jury is out on this matter! read more

Fire guts Junkies shack in Grove

moments after the fire startedA fire in the wee hours of Friday morning has completely razed a wooden shack occupied by at least three men described as “nuisance and junkies”. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined but this online publication understand that it started after a lighted cigarette was left on a mattress.Based on reports received, the fire started at about 3:00h and an alarm was raised. Neighbours rushed to the scene and were able to contain the blaze to one location. By the time the fire tenders arrived at the scene, the wooden shack was completely gutted.The aftermath of the fireOne neighbour recalled that he was awakened by loud sounds emanating from the yard next door and upon checking, he realised that the house was on fire.  Without hesitation, he explained  that his relative went into firefighting mode.‘We jump up, put on the water pump and started to soak our home because a few years ago, the same shack was set on fire and our home received severe damage… we had to spend like $3 million to repair”.He added that they were not taking any chances this time around. He explained that on a daily basis, several “drunk men” would assemble and drink all day.“Initially it was four brothers who occupied the house, one went to jail and the other in the bush but every day is a session at the house… drinking and cussing”, the man stated.The Guyana Fire Service and the police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the fire. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related4 homeless as fire guts Princes Street homeJune 12, 2017In “latest news”One homeless after fire destroys ‘shack’December 12, 2016In “latest news”Meten-Meer-Zorg property goes up in flames…residents claim firefighters took too long to arrive on sceneMarch 12, 2016In “latest news” read more