Boston Celtics’s Rajon Rondo’s 2013 NBA season ended after he partially tore his ACL. The point guard has been going through treatment since then, and was recently fitted for his first knee brace. Though he is hopeful, Rondo remains cautious about returning to physical play.“I don’t think contact will be too far from there.” Rondo told ESPN.“I hope I can play against the Raptors [on opening night next week], but that’s not likely. I’m taking it one week at a time. I know it’s getting stronger each week and whenever I’m able to jump off my right leg and probably dunk, that’s when I think I’ll be back to play.”Rondo made it clear that until he is ready he will not return.“I’ll know when it’s right,” he said. “Everybody is different, each injury is different… For me, when I come back, I won’t come back unless I know I’m myself again.”Rondo was asked about Gerald Wallace’s comments questioning the team’s effort.“Everybody has their opinion,” said Rondo. “I don’t think Gerald is wrong to speak his opinion or speak his mind. I think a lot of what he was talking about is that you gotta play for one another. And maybe nights that you don’t have your game going, offensively, you still have to get down and communicate on defense, help the next man and just play hard for the next guy. It may not be your night, and some nights it is going to be your night. But at the end of the day it’s all about the name on the front of the jersey… All that matters is the wins and losses, not your individual stats. If we can continue to think like that, we’ll be fine.”Rondo also talked about new head coach Brad Stevens and the team’s offensive approach.“Brad is not really strict, he lets you go out there and play the game,” he said. “He just wants you to play each possession extremely hard. I think that’s the way I approach the game and, offensively, he designed an offense that we can pretty much flow into things as far as pick-and-rolls, getting the ball into the post… that’s just how he coaches the game. I’m just trying to get back in, go out there, and do what I do best: Lot of pick-and-rolls, get into the paint, make my teammates better, make their jobs a lot easier when I come back.”
Photo by Jeff GammonsJust one week after falling to No. 3 on the BCS (Bowl Championship Series) poll for some strange reason, Florida State has returned to the No. 2 position in this week’s standings.Florida State (8-0) served Miami its first loss of the year on Saturday beating them 41-14. That win boosted them above No. 3 Oregon.Alabama (8-0) is still the No. 1 team in the country, while No. 4 Ohio State, No. 5 Stanford and No. 6 Baylor positions also haven’t changed.According to ESPN:“Florida State earned a perfect rating from the BCS computers, earning the top spot in five of the six rankings. Alabama earned the other top ranking, but each team’s highest and lowest computer rankings are thrown out and not used in the BCS formula.”Miami, now 7-1, dropped four spots to No. 11 after the loss. Five teams ahead of the Hurricanes also have one loss: Stanford, No. 7 Clemson, No. 8 Missouri, No. 9 Auburn, and No. 10 Oklahoma.
James Harden scored 34 points and four steals in the Houston Rockets’ 113-105 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.Harden went 11-of-17 from the floor and 4-of-8 from 3-point range for the Rockets.Jeremy Lin added 14 points and three steals for Houston, despite turning the ball over 23 times. Dwight Howard, who had 26 rebounds on Wednesday, recorded a double-double with 13 points and 16 boards.Dirk Nowitzki posted 22 points before fouling out for the Mavericks, while Monta Ellis donated 20 points and three steals.The Rockets captured the lead early and then went on 18-6 run to create some more distance. Harden and Howard both tallied six points during the surge and Aaron Brooks capped it off with a 3-pointer for a 25-12 margin ending the first quarter with 38-points, 38-22 contest.The Mavericks responded by switching to a zone defense and the Rockets shot Dallas back into contention, missing 6-of-7 from behind the arc in the second quarter. The Mavs established a deliberate pace offensively behind Nowitzki and cut the deficit to 61-50 by the break.During the third quarter, the Mavericks used a strategy to consistently foul Howard. He went 3-of-10 in that quarter. However the Rockets maintained their lead in the second half and cruised to victory.“We have to play better at the start of the game. Our play in the first quarter put us in such a hole that we could never get back over the hump and every minute counts in an NBA game,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “When you fall down double digits in the first quarter, you are going to be digging out of a hole the entire night and this is too good of a team to do that against.”
A good deal of FiveThirtyEight’s NFL coverage last season used Elo ratings, a simple system that estimates each team’s skill level using only the final scores and locations of each game. For 2015, we’re not only bringing Elo back (with a few small tweaks — more on those in a moment), but we’ve also built a continually updating Elo NFL predictions page that allows you to see the latest rankings, plus win probabilities and point spreads for the current week of NFL games.How do our Elo ratings work? FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver wrote a detailed FAQ about the formula before the 2014 season, and almost all of it still applies. The only changes we made mirror the methodology we used when applying Elo to the entire history of the NBA back in May and involve what to do when new (expansion) teams are added to the closed circuit of a league.Originally, our Elo formula started each franchise (at its founding) with a rating of 1500, which also represented the rating of an average team. This worked in general, especially since it had been a long time since the league had expanded. But it’s not such a good assumption for handling expansion teams and analogous situations, such as mergers between different leagues. Eventually, we determined that new franchises should be given a rating of 1300,1Which is effectively the Elo level at which the NFL’s expansion teams have played since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. and in conjunction with this change, we also regress teams toward a mean of 1505 (instead of 1500) after every season.2More specifically, we regress each team’s rating to the mean by one-third. This helps balance against the low ratings assigned to expansion teams, though it does mean the average team no longer carries a 1500 Elo rating.3Because the NFL hasn’t added an expansion franchise since 2002, the average at the end of the 2014 regular season was 1,504.9.Aside from those slight adjustments, Elo still works exactly the same way it did last season: Teams gain and lose ground based on the final score of each game and how unexpected the result was in the eyes of the pregame ratings. Under Elo, teams pick up where they left off: The initial team rankings for 2015 are by definition the same as last season’s end-of-year rankings,4Had our tweaked version of Elo been in place at the end of last season. only more compressed because of the regression toward the mean.Going into Week 1, that means the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots are once again the NFL’s highest-rated teams, albeit with lower Elo ratings than when they faced off last season in one of the strongest championship matchups in NFL history. Why? Like other well-designed predictive rating systems, including ESPN’s new Football Power Index, Elo is appropriately cautious early in the season; a team needs to prove itself to warrant a very high or very low rating.5Incidentally, some of you may be wondering why we used FPI in our season previews instead of Elo, and the answer is simple: This year’s preseason Elo ratings are just a regressed-to-the-mean version of last year’s final Elo ratings. The FPI, by contrast, is grounded in not only last year’s ratings but also Vegas over/under win totals and a poll of NFL experts. Combine that with the luck inherent in the NFL — the best teams don’t always win — and even Elo’s top-rated teams, the Seahawks and the Patriots, have just a 15 percent and 14 percent chance of winning the Super Bowl, respectively.Just like last season, we’ll be writing a weekly column using Elo as a jumping-off point to discuss the week’s games. And in between, you can find ratings and predictions on our interactive page.Here’s to another great NFL season! UPDATE (Sept. 7, 2016; 12 p.m.): Our 2016 NFL Elo predictions follow the same methodology as our predictions from last year. Check out the article below for more details.
Ohio State senior libero and outside hitter Gabriel Domecus receives a serve from UCLA on Jan. 7 at St. John Arena. Credit: Walt Middleton | Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAfter a pair of victories last weekend against No. 10 Stanford (3-2), the No. 1 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (5-0) plays on the road again this Friday against Saint Francis (3-2).The Buckeyes will be looking to extend their current 28 game winning streak, a streak that includes 13 straight true road wins, with a win against the Red Flash. OSU has won the last 10 matches against Saint Francis dating back to a loss in 2010, the only win for the Red Flash in the two teams’ 30-game history.“I expect it to be a battle there. They’re looking forward to us coming over as the reigning national champ and the No. 1 team in the country, so it’s going to be a great atmosphere,” coach Pete Hanson said. “Our guys got to be ready. We’ve talked about this numerous times that every gym you roll into is going to come after you with a target on your back and those kids are going to be ready.”The Red Flash come into the matchup off a win against Fort Wayne, which went to five sets, last Friday. This comes after a loss in straight sets to No. 13 Ball State.Saint Francis has three attackers ranked in the top five in kills in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA). Redshirt freshman outside hitter Michael Fisher trails redshirt junior outside hitter Stephen Braswell in the rankings with 55 and 59 kills, respectively. Senior opposite hitter Jeff Hogan tops the conference leaderboard with 73 kills.“They’ve always been a tough team to play because they’re kind of different from everyone else in the way that they’re playing,” junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen said.Saint Francis will have to find a way to contain Szerszen and senior opposite hitter Miles Johnson this weekend as both Szerszen and Johnson are ranked nationally in points per set at fourth and fifth, respectively.Szerszen has also gain national recognition on his own after being named the National Player of the Week on January 10 by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVIC). He was also dubbed Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Offensive Player of the Week.The Buckeyes and the Red Flash start action at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in DeGol Arena.
A week after the Ohio State offense had a slow start against Wisconsin, running back Dan “Boom” Herron made sure the team got going early Saturday against Purdue. “We definitely wanted to get out there, get on top and get some momentum,” Herron said. “It was an honor to carry the load on the first drive.” The Buckeyes handed the ball to Herron on their first five plays from scrimmage, piling up 45 yards and a touchdown for a 7-0 OSU lead. “I think ‘Boom’ got us started, which ‘Boom’ has that ability to electrify the huddle and the room when he walks in it,” coach Jim Tressel said. Fullback Zach Boren indicated the success was not because of diversity of play selection. The team ran only two different plays on that drive, he said. “It was good play-calling,” Boren said. “We were going for it, and it worked.” Herron also liked the decision-making. “I think guys just kind of got in the groove of things, running the same play,” he said. “You know, if it works, we are going to keep on running it.” After their second drive saw three pass plays result in an OSU punt, the Buckeyes returned to the run game on their third possession. It paid off, as Herron once again found the end zone. He finished the day with 16 rushes for 74 yards and two touchdowns. Establishing the run was essential to success later in the game. “I think our offensive staff just wanted to get kind of a flow before we started putting the offensive line in difficult situations,” Tressel said. “The fact that the flow then worked gave you a chance to be balanced.” Starting with “the run really helped,” wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher said. “The more we feel comfortable running the ball, the more it helps.” Herron was quick to share the praise for the success on the ground. “I really don’t talk about myself, it’s a team thing,” he said. “I really couldn’t do it without the offensive line over there.” Boren agreed the offensive line was important. “We were coming off the line and hitting someone,” he said. “The offensive line was creating huge holes for us, which … enabled us to get to the next level.” It has been Herron reaching that level more often than not for the Buckeyes, as he has led the team in carries the past five games. But he seemed reluctant to be referred to as the team’s featured runner. “I just try to get guys going and try to be a leader out there,” Herron said. “If that’s what everybody wants to say, I’m the feature back, I’ll take that.”
DAYTON, Ohio – If Thursday’s practice is any indication, the Ohio State men’s basketball team isn’t feeling the pressure of the NCAA Tournament just yet. The West Region’s No. 2 seed spilled onto the University of Dayton Arena floor just before 4:25 p.m. Thursday for a 40-minute practice session in front of a few hundred Buckeye fans. Before the practice clock started to run, OSU players and coaches scattered around the hardwood. Thad Matta spoke to a smiling threesome of Sam Thompson, LaQuinton Ross and Shannon Scott, joking with the sophomores while pointing out aspects of the 13,435-seat facility. Junior forward Deshaun Thomas and junior guard Aaron Craft grinned and waved to scarlet and gray-clad faithful yelling for their attention. OSU’s student-athletes signed autographs on their way off the floor, following less than an hour of work highlighted by an impromptu dunk-off between Thompson and junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. The Buckeyes were noticeably comfortable in anticipation of their contest against No. 15 seed Iona Friday at 7:15 p.m. With their NCAA Tournament venue being only roughly an hour drive from Columbus, it’s easy to see why that’s the case. “We had a great practice this morning in Columbus, and an hour and 15-minute ride over here. I like it from that standpoint,” Matta said. “It keeps us in the routine we’ve been in.” “This is amazing,” Craft said. “Buckeye Nation always travels really well, and being only an hour away, it can only help. We’re just really excited to see what kind of crowd we can get out here.” Those in attendance Friday evening will be watching an OSU team that has won eight straight games capped by a Big Ten Tournament championship in Chicago last weekend. “Coach did a great job getting ourselves prepared for March,” Thomas said. But the Buckeyes aren’t ready to brag about any of their accomplishments yet. “It’s not time to celebrate that yet. It’s not time to change who we are as a basketball team, to try to be somebody that we’re not,” Matta said. Don’t expect the Gaels to be flustered by any of OSU’s winning history, either. Led by senior guard Lamont “Momo” Jones, who averages 23 points per contest, Iona won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament. Only six No. 15 seeds have ever beaten a No. 2, but Iona expects nothing short of a victory. “I’m very confident. I think we can win the game, and if we win the game, it’s not going to be a shocker,” Jones said. Jones said he and his teammates respect OSU, but the sharpshooter said he isn’t likely to be fazed by anything the Buckeyes present. Specifically, Jones said he won’t feel pressured by OSU’s defensive-minded guard duo of Craft and Scott. “I don’t think we’ll have a problem with it,” Jones said, noting that he goes against in-your-face defenders every day in practice. OSU players are aware of the outpouring of confidence from their opponent. “We definitely listen. We’re not going to respond to any of that, but we know what they’re saying,” Thompson said. Smith went as far to say that Jones’ comments might have made the Buckeyes more focused for the contest. “If we weren’t ready to play, they just made us ready to play. They gave us all the ammunition (we) needed,” he said. That doesn’t mean the Buckeyes aren’t conscious of the Gaels’ capability to play well. “They’ve got great scorers. They’re very active on defense,” Thomas said. “So what we need to do is just run our offense with pace and hit the open shots and hit the open man and just play hard.” Iona was the second-highest scoring team in the country during the regular season at 80.7 points per game. Along with Jones, junior guard Sean Armand propels the Gaels, dropping 16.6 points a contest. The Buckeyes will have their hands full with Iona’s shooters, who started practice Thursday with a 3-point contest. But Craft thinks his team has its best basketball in front of it. “The worst thing we can do is get complacent. Coach is doing a great job staying honest and having our minds ready to go, and that’s what it’s about,” he said. “This is when the fun starts happening. Hopefully we can extend it.” If OSU gets past Iona, the Buckeyes will take on the winner of the game between No. 7 seed Notre Dame and No. 10 seed Iowa State Sunday.
Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell controls the ball during the Big Ten tournament championship game against Maryland on March 4, 2018 in Indianapolis. Ohio State won 79-69. Credit: Alyssia Graves: Assistant Sports DirectorNo player in the history of the Ohio State women’s basketball program has scored as many points as Kelsey Mitchell, nor has any player in Big Ten history. Only one player — former Washington guard Kelsey Plum — has scored more points in the history of women’s college basketball.Mitchell capped off her illustrious career as a second-team All-American with 24.3 points per game as a senior this season, and was voted by students to be Ohio State’s best female athlete.Mitchell also was named Big Ten Player of the Year by the conference’s coaches this season, the third time she was given the award. This year’s success is nothing new to Mitchell, who on Monday became the program’s first player to be honored four times as an All-American when she was named a second-team All-American for the third time in her career. She also was named a first-team All-American in 2016.Mitchell averaged at least 22 points per game in each of her four years. She both attempted and made the most 3-pointers in NCAA history and ended her career having made one triple in 92 consecutive games.Despite Mitchell’s many personal accolades, her team’s season did not end as she hoped. Central Michigan upset the third-seeded Buckeyes in the second round, ending Mitchell’s career. She never managed to lead her team past the Sweet 16 in any of her four collegiate seasons.Though her collegiate career is over, Mitchell has the potential for an extended professional career. She is viewed as a top-two prospect, along with South Carolina forward A’ja Wilson, in the 2018 WNBA Draft and has the scoring ability to terrorize defenses at the next level.Runner-up: Alexis Mattern, women’s gymnastics
Ohio State No. 2 senior Kollin Moore celebrates after defeating Michigan’s Jackson Striggow in the 197-pound bout by decision, 12-5. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternThe No. 6 Ohio State wrestling team (9-1, 5-1 Big Ten) defeated No. 21 Illinois (2-6, 1-5 Big Ten) 23-14 on Friday, and defeated Northwestern (3-7, 1-4 Big Ten) 27-15 on Sunday.Ohio State seniors Myles Martin and Kollin Moore, the No. 1 wrestlers in the country at 184 pounds and 197 pounds, respectively, remained undefeated after their pair of matches over the weekend.Martin defeated Illinois redshirt senior Emery Parker, No. 4 wrestler in his class, by an 8-4 decision in a clash of two top 5 wrestlers. Martin defeated Northwestern true freshman Brendan Devine via pin in 42 seconds.Moore defeated Illinois redshirt senior Andre Lee via pin, and beat Northwestern redshirt junior Zack Chakonis by technical fall 19-4.Martin and Moore gave Ohio State much needed bonus points without senior Joey McKenna, the No. 2 wrestler in the country at 141 pounds, who missed both games with an undisclosed injury.Ohio State redshirt sophomore Hunter Lucas had two matches against ranked foes this weekend in Illinois junior Travis Piotrowski and Northwestern redshirt sophomore Sebastian Rivera, the No. 11 and No. 1 at 125 pounds in the country, respectively. Both defeated Lucas this weekend.Ohio State redshirt senior Micah Jordan, the No. 3 wrestler in the 149-pound class, won in dominant fashion in both duels this weekend, improving his record on the season to 18-1.Jordan defeated Illinois junior Christian Kanzler by technical fall 27-12 and pinned Northwestern junior Shayne Oster in the first period.Ohio State redshirt freshman Ethan Smith, the No. 18 wrestler in the country at 174 pounds, won both of his bouts.Smith defeated Northwestern redshirt senior Johnny Sebastian, No. 16 in the country, by major decision 11-3. Smith won by decision 7-5 over Illinois redshirt junior Carver James, improving his record to 14-5 on the season.Ohio State redshirt junior Ke-Shawn Hayes, the No. 7 wrestler in the 157-pound weight class, had two ranked foes to face this weekend splitting the matches with a 1-1 record.Hayes defeated Illinois redshirt junior Eric Barone, No. 8 in the country, 3-1 by decision in a tight match. Northwestern redshirt sophomore Ryan Deakin, No. 3 in the country, defeated Hayes by major decision 8-0 to improve his record to 20-2 on the season.No. 6 Ohio State will take on No. 1 Penn State at St. John Arena at 8:30 p.m. on Friday .
Their float was one of around 20 that joined in the parade in the seaside town of Aberaeron Carnival, west Wales.The men also wore dreadlock wigs and rasta hats, waved Jamaican flags as their bobsled-float was carried on a JCB.But Dinah Mulholland – who stood for Labour at this year’s General Election – said their fancy dress choice was “unacceptable”. The men used a bobsleigh made of woodCredit:CASCADE NEWS The four men covered themselves in black body paint and Lycra bodysuits to dress up as characters from Cool Runnings at Aberaeron Carnival in West WalesCredit:CASCADE NEWS Four carnival revellers who “blacked up” to look like a Jamaican bobsleigh team are being investigated by police for racism.The four men covered themselves in black bodypaint and Lycra bodysuits to dress up as characters from hit comedy Cool Runnings.But the men – who used a bobsleigh made of wood – sparked a police probe after the complaints their outfits in the street parade were racist. The 1993 movie’s cast included Canadian actor John Candy, also known for his roles in Uncle Buck and Planes Trains & Automobiles. She said: “Utterly horrified to see this from Aberaeron Carnival today. How could this have been considered acceptable, or even legal, by the Carnival organisers?”There may have been no conscious agenda or racist intent towards involved people of African or Caribbean heritage in the Cool Runnings float.”But there is no doubt that offence has been caused and that there is a danger that, unchallenged, such behaviour makes casual racism seem okay.” John Candy starred in the 1994 filmCredit: She said that “blacking up”: “Continues to be used today to belittle and mock people of colour.” Police confirmed they had received a racism complaint and are investigating.A spokeswoman said: “Dyfed-Powys Police received a report of a perceived hate incident which occurred at Aberaeron carnival on Monday, August 28.”An entry to the carnival parade was considered racist. Enquiries are being made by local officers.”But other residents in Aberaeron backed the fancy dress revellers – and slammed Miss Mulholland for “overreacting”.Luke Summerfield said: “So are we now living in an era where we can’t dress up as our favourite movie characters? You are creating more of a problem instead of living in harmony.”Tom Bow said: “Wow this shouldn’t of even brought up. This shouldn’t even be in the minds of people. This isn’t any sort of racism.”This is why our world has so many problems because of people taking things too seriously and just not enjoying the culture and the icons that were Cool Runnings.”Lewis Jones said: “How is this in any sense or form wrong? They are literally portraying characters who are black. It’s not bullying.”It’s not targeted at anyone or anything. The only people being offended are the people who assume someone is going to get offended.”Cool Runnings was the story of four Jamaican athletes who dream of becoming Jamaica’s first ever bobsleigh team to compete in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Japan. 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.
Mrs Wing said she pretended to be dead Credit:Wales News Service A teacher allowed his new wife to have an affair with another man, but then attacked her with a machete in a jealous rage, a court heard.David Wing, 55, had only been married for a year when wife Yvonne, 45, began having sex with the son of their landlady.Cardiff Crown Court heard the relationship with lover “Don” was at first permitted by her new husband.But Wing was enraged when he logged in to his wife’s Facebook account – and read messages between the married lovers discussing plans to run away together.Prosecutor James Wilson said Wing bludgeoned his wife around the head with the 68cm blade after covering her in white paint – leaving her with a gashed forehead and fractured skull. The couple had moved to Wales from LondonCredit:Wales News Service Mrs Wing told the court her husband’s “vibe changed” when Don – who socialised with the couple and was a regular visitor to their home – left their property on September 10 last year.She told Cardiff Crown Court: “He said not to take him for a fool and that he didn’t want to be f—– over.”I figured he was in a bit of a p—– off vibe about Don and that he had seen our messages on Facebook.”Mrs Wing went to bed alone, and the next morning found her husband drinking brandy alone in their living room.The couple rowed and Mr Wing began slashing at the couple’s wedding photos with a carving knife, before he used a roller brush to slap paint on his wife’s face after covering their walls and furniture.Mrs Wing said she followed her husband up their stairs only to be confronted with him standing at the top while brandishing a machete. Mr Wilson said the couple had been married for a year before moving from London to Porth, South Wales, to work in a school for children with autism.”There was a slightly unusual aspect to their relationship, in that three to four weeks after moving to Porth she had sex with a local man called Don.”Her husband had no problem with her having sex with this man, but after time she became emotionally involved with Don. He then hit her with the weapon, she said.Mrs Wing said she blacked out before waking up covered in blood in front of her home’s front door.She said she pretended to be dead while her husband called 999, and heard him saying: “I think I’ve killed my wife. I hit her with a machete.”Mrs Wing said she played dead until her husband began to perform chest compressions on her, and was in and out of consciousness until she was brought to hospital having suffered serious head injuries.”Mr Wing, from High Street in Cymmer, Porth, has admitted one count of inflicting GBH but denies attempted murder.The trial continues. “He had a problem with this and began checking her Facebook and realised a relationship was beginning between them.”He couldn’t accept this and the matter came to a head with him attacking her with a machete.”When he swung the machete at her head he intended to kill her.”
Seabirds were found to collide with turbines just once every four months Credit:Natural England Dr Aly McCluskie, Senior Conservation Scientist, RSPB said: “There is currently much uncertainty in our understanding of how birds behave in the vicinity of wind turbines.“The ORJIP bird collision project has collected an unprecedented amount of data on the behaviour of seabirds in and around an offshore wind farm.“The project has been a collaboration involving industry, government agencies and seabird specialists and as such is exactly the type of project we need far more of if we are to realise our ambitions for offshore renewable deployment at scale and in harmony with nature.”In March 2018, offshore wind generated 12 per cent of the UK’s total energy, its highest contribution to date. But in the past wind farm expansion has been hindered by fears the fields of turbines were harming wildlife.Tim Frayling, Senior Environmental Specialist Ornithology, Natural England said: “Natural England acknowledge the significant achievement of providing empirical evidence of bird avoidance in relation to an offshore wind farm for the first time, and the progress in starting to address some key questions in this area.“The proof of concept has been successfully demonstrated and we would look forward to seeing similar studies in different locations, including wind farms closer to seabird colonies.” Wind farms are far less harmful to birds that first thought, the biggest ever study has shown, because seabirds actively change their flight path to avoid them.Researchers used radar and video to monitor seabirds flying near the Vattenfall’s Thanet offshore wind farm in the English Channel over a two year period.They found that birds were present near the turbines in just two per cent of the 600,000 videos shot during the period, and they recorded just six collisions – an average of one every four months.Previously it was thought the number of birds being killed by wind farms was more than double that figure.During The Offshore Renewables Joint Industry Programme (ORJIP) bird collision avoidance study, seabirds were observed to exhibited avoidance behavior and change their flight path to avoid the turbines. 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 National Archives’ new exhibition, ‘Suffragettes vs. the State,’ explores our unrivalled collection of suffrage documents, showing the lengths suffragettes were willing to go to for the vote and the response from the state Kathryn Fox, Modern Domestic Records Specialist at The National Archives, said: “This is one of the photographs that really shows the interaction between the suffragettes and the state, it is the sharp end of the struggle for the vote.“Manesta was obviously struggling and resisting the attempt to photograph her and she had to be physically restrained. But when it came to distributing the photograph they edited out the arms of the officer restraining her.”Some of the earliest use of surveillance photos and fingerprinting by police was developed in response to the growing militancy and effectiveness of the suffragettes’ campaign.. “The authorities began to utilise new technologies, such as photography, to record and disseminate information,” said Ms Fox. “Some of these strategies included using new lenses to take surveillance photographs of suffragette prisoners, and editing photos to remove arms that were restraining the women.” Cover of The Suffragette newspaper from January 1913 showing one of the campaigners for the vote being force fed by prison officialsCredit:Crown Copyright – courtesy of The National Archives Ernestine Mills lying prone on the ground outside Parliament after clashing with a police officer during Bloody Friday, while her husband Dr Herbert Mills tries to interveneCredit:Crown Copyright – courtesy of The National Archives The exhibition – which marks the centenary of some women being allowed to vote for the first time – also includes documents seized in raids on suffragette headquarters, statements made in police stations and used in trials, and prison reports.Among the material also on show is a little known photograph of the suffragette Ernestine Mills lying prone on the ground outside Parliament after clashing with a police officer during what became known as Bloody Friday, in November 1910.Trying to intervene on her behalf is her husband Dr Herbert Mills, one of many men prepared to support the cause.Suffragettes vs. the State runs at the National Archives in Kew, south west London, until Friday 26 October. Entry is free. Manesta had been arrested on April 13, 1913, after smashing the glass 13 of the most valuable paintings on display at Manchester Art Gallery.Police photographed her in order to distribute her image to other museums, such as the National Gallery and the Wallace Collection, so that staff could spot her in case she tried to stage another attack.Manesta was not going to allow herself to be photographed without a struggle, forcing one of the warders to hold her in place. In a final act of defiance the suffragette keeps her eyes firmly shut.The idea of editing out the presence of the warder came from the photographer.In his report the prison governor stated: “The Photographer informs me that he can easily print out the Matron’s arms round Manesta’s neck, should it be considered desirable to do so – They were required in order to prevent her holding her head down”. They are two images which starkly illustrates the bitter physical struggle that took place between the suffragettes and the representatives of a state that would deny women the vote.When the militant campaigner Evelyn Manesta was photographed by police at London’s Holloway Prison a warder had to grip her arms behind her back to stop her struggling and hold her head in an upright position to face the camera.But when this now rarely seen photograph was distributed the presence of the warder was edited out, leaving the image of Manesta standing on her own.In what was an early example of image manipulation the forces of law and order simply made themselves invisible, possibly so as not to detract from the effectiveness of the picture in identifying the suffragette.These two contrasting photographs are part of a new exhibition of contemporary documents and images at the National Archives, in Kew, showing the lengths the suffragettes were willing to go to and the response from the 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.
Many carol texts have been modernised, reordered, or retranslated from foreign languages over the centuries, but usually without changing their message. Wesley’s original opening line to his carol was “Hark, how all the Welkin Rings”, “welkin” meaning sky or heavens.Recently the texts of some carols have been modified to use “inclusive language” rather than words such as “sons” or “men”.Rev Dr Ian Paul, a theologian and member of the Archbishops’ Council, which oversees Church of England strategy and funding, said the altered version of the carol “avoids the awkward challenge of the Virgin Birth and probably ought to be put in the bin”, and advised anyone putting together a carol service to consult a good-quality printed hymnbook for their texts rather than just search online.A Google search links the changed version to American gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, who recorded ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’ in the 1960s, though the exact provenance of the altered line is unclear.Ian Kelly, chairman of the Royal Society of St George, said that the carol-singing after the society’s Christmas banquet at the Mansion House in London last Wednesday [19/12] unintentionally used the altered words. “I arranged for the words to be drawn down from the internet … We were under some pressure to get the words to the printers so we did a quick proof but didn’t go into the detail of that particular line.”Rupert Gough, who was directing the choristers after the banquet said: “I see this all the time at weddings – you Google for texts and you think ‘That’s it,’ and it may have come from an American site or whatever, and you find that people tinker with the words.”Andrew Reeves, head server and master of ceremonies at west London’s Holy Trinity church, Sloane Square, said he came across the altered words this week at a company carol service. Staff from the company had sourced the texts for the orders of service but when the congregation came to the unfamiliar line, “everybody was completely thrown,” he said. It is sung at carol services across the country every Christmas, telling the story of the birth of Jesus to his mother Mary.But one version of ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’ is incurring the ire of bishops because it removes the reference to Mary’s virginity, with the line “Offspring of a virgin’s womb” replaced with “Offspring of the favoured one”.Senior Church of England clergy have warned against using the altered version of Charles Wesley’s Christmas hymn, which has found its way into an increasing number of services.Revd Marcus Walker, rector of Great St Bartholomew in the City of London, said the text change was not heretical but it “plays down the Virgin Birth, plays down the reality of Christ’s birth, and Mary’s femininity – that he came out of a womb; this was a real birth from a real woman.”The bishop of Crediton, Bishop Jacqueline Searle, said sticking to the original text was vital “because it’s a part of our creed”.“It’s important that we are not squeamish about singing ‘of a virgin’s womb’, which reflects nothing being impossible with God,” she said.Bishop Searle added that there were different theological ways in which people understand the Virgin Birth today, but it was important that Christmas carols were not tampered with, because altered versions could mislead people less familiar with the Christian faith.“Just because something sounds difficult or new doesn’t mean it needs to be changed.“When we sing our doctrine, it is saying something about what we believe. Especially at this time of year, when lots of people are singing carols, we would like what we’re singing to reflect as accurately as we can the faith we inhabit.”The Bishop of Blackburn, Julian Henderson, also criticised the change, arguing that Wesley’s original “is an essential part of the Christmas story”.Donald Allister, the Bishop of Peterborough, added: “Wesley’s great Christmas carol conveys the true Christmas message joyfully and powerfully. It is a great shame to see any attempt to reduce that message.” 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.
(CMC) West Indies Women Captain Stafanie Taylor says her side will need to make adjustments from the Twenty20 format if they are to be successful in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup.The Caribbean side clinched their first-ever world title last year when they won the T20 World Cup in India and will be one of the favourites in the 50-over version, which runs June 24-July 23 in England.Taylor said while winning the T20 World Cup had brought them to the fore, a different approach was now needed for the 50-over campaign.“Winning the T20 World Cup would have boosted [our respect],” the Jamaican told reporters here just hours before the squad left for England on Wednesday.“We know that it’s not the T20 World Cup, it’s a different competition — 50 overs — where it is going to take time, not just 20 overs, so I think we just need to apply ourselves.“I’m very happy where we are at, so hopefully we can build on that going into the camp [in England].”Beaten finalists in the last Cricket World Cup four years ago, the Windies Women face a tough road to the title this time around.Rather than the group format of the last World Cup which also featured a Super Six round, each of the eight teams will now play each other on a round-robin basis, with the top four qualifying for the semi-finals.West Indies open against reigning champions Australia on June 26 and follow up with a tricky assignment against India three days later, before taking on South Africa on July 2.They then face New Zealand (July 6), Sri Lanka (July 9), Pakistan (July 11) and hosts England (July 15).Taylor said most teams has become stronger as a result of the ICC Women’s Championship, making the Windies title bid even more challenging.“I think playing each team [in the Women’s Championship] would have helped. You basically think it is a level playing field,” she explained.“Australia are basically up there and I don’t think we are very far from them. All teams are improving and I think we have improved. We know we still have [some way] to go, but I am pretty much happy with where we are at.”She added: “All the teams are good. Teams have improved over the last year or over the last two years, so I think we just need to take each team at a time.”The 15-member squad features four uncapped players – Reniece Boyce, Quiana Joseph, Akeira Peters and Felicia Walters – with seasoned campaigners like Britney Cooper and Stacy-Ann King having been overlooked.And Taylor said the camp over the last week here had helped to integrate the new players into the squad.“It’s four new players, players who have been playing at regional level, and everyone knows everyone so I don’t think it’s that hard,” she said.“This four-day bonding camp was to get players together and get the gelling going… and I like how the camaerdie is going, so I am pretty much confident going into the World Cup.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWindies need to take fresh guard, warns FletcherJune 16, 2017In “latest news”Hazlewood calls for Australia to play more T20sMarch 12, 2016In “latest news”WI prepared for India T20 backlashAugust 26, 2016In “latest news”
Villagers gathered around the vicinity of the crime scene More to follow in a subsequent report. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMibicuri man suspected of killing missing wife, leads officers to her graveMarch 31, 2017In “Crime”Two more bodies discovered in BerbiceOctober 25, 2018In “Crime”Teen dies after falling off truck in BerbiceOctober 25, 2016In “Local News” Dead: Rhonda BlairA 42-year-old Berbice businesswoman, Rhonda Blair, was killed on Friday morning after being stabbed multiple times, allegedly at the hands of her husband Rudolph (aka Rudy) Blair, 46, who was also found dead aback of their home in Cumberland, East Canje, Berbice.This publication was informed that the implicated husband, after allegedly committing the act, had a confrontation with police officers where a gunshot was fired by Rudolph who was a licenced firearm holder of a .32 pistol. He then reportedly ventured to the back to his home where he allegedly took his own life.Police in a subsequent report stated that his body was discovered with two suspected gunshot wounds, one to the left ear and the other to his left side chest, about 08:40hrs. Six live rounds, and one spent shell, were found next to his body. Dead: Rudolph BlairRhonda Blair and her husband, Rudolph Blair, reportedly had businesses at supermarkets in New Amsterdam and Rosignol.However, due to alleged financial issues, the Rosignol outlet was closed.Their bodies are at the New Amsterdam Hospital Mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination. Investigations are ongoing.
Magistrate Latchman remanded both men to prison until October 30, 2017 when the case will be called again. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan accused of fatally shooting Campbellville youth charged with murderMay 7, 2018In “Court”Duo remanded for stealing from Central ElectronicsOctober 19, 2013In “Crime”Venezuelan duo accused of stealing $1.3M worth of items from shop remandedJanuary 30, 2019In “Court” The two men who were caught in the act of stealing from the ‘Chicka D’ restaurant located on Vlissengen Road were earlier today (Monday) remanded to prison when they appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Seon Clarke and Gary GrantFortyone-year-old Gary Grant and his accomplice, 47-year-old Seon Clarke stood before City Magistrate Judy Latchman to answer to the charges against them.The duo denied that between September 20 2017 and October 5 2017, they broke into the ‘Chicka D’ restaurant and stole an ice-maker along with other items with a total value of $25 million.However, Clarke was also charged separately for assaulting a Police Officer and behaving disorderly.Police Prosecutor Adoni Innis told the Court that the men broke and entered the recently closed businessplace owned by Businessman Deonarine Singh.Police however received a tip-off and swooped down at the location where they caught the men in the act.Clarke in an attempt to escape the lawmen pulled out a knife and advanced towards an officer. He reportedly cuffed that Officer to his eye and managed to escape, but was later subdued by public spirited persons and handed over to the Police.Grant who managed to escape later turned himself in to the Police.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSexually abused 5 – Y- O allegedly kidnapped from SchoolSeptember 15, 2014In “Crime”Abandoned 7-year-old saves brother from burning buildingFebruary 6, 2018In “Crime”Mother of siblings saved in fire charged with neglect, granted $500,000 bailFebruary 8, 2018In “Court” A family, including two young children, are now left homeless following a fire at their Unity, East Coast Demerara home on Monday evening.According to information received, at around 19:15hrs, two children- ages 6 and 5 years old- were reportedly home alone in the two story wooden building they shared with their parents.The 5-year-old was reportedly playing with matches, when a sofa in the home caught alight.This resulted in the house quickly being engulfed in flames.Police “C” Division Commander, Calvin Brutus confirmed that no one was injured, however, the entire home was destroyed.An investigation is presently ongoing. (Ramona Luthi)
The 25-year-old woman who was found guilty, by a 12-member jury, of fatally poisoning her two children was today sentenced to 98 years in prison when she appeared before Justice Navindra Singh at the Demerara High Court. Awena RutherfordOne the first count of manslaughter, Hofoswana Awena Rutherford was sentenced to 45 years, and on the second count, she was sentenced to 53 years.Justice Singh, before passing down the sentence, questioned why the indictment was not that of murder instead of manslaughter.According to him, the evidence presented indicated that the woman’s act was premeditated. On March 15, 2018, Rutherford was found guilty of two counts of manslaughter. Her sentencing was postponed twice, after she was heard screaming and subsequently collapsed on the courtroom floor and after she made a request that the Court be furnished with a probation report.She was found guilty of giving her children, one-year-old Jabari Codogan and four-year-old Odascia Codogan, 2 halves of one carbon tablet which caused their deaths on March 27, 2014. During the trial, Rutherford maintained that she thought she was buying cold tablets for them.She also drank two of the same tablets and was hospitalised for several days.Awena and the children were staying with the defendant’s sister, Monica Sealey and her husband Curt, who both testified that they never noticed the children suffering from any cold symptoms prior to their deaths. Rutherford maintained that she never bought rat poison and that the police treated her unfairly.However, multiple police witnesses maintained that Rutherford repeatedly said she was stressed and had problems and that she indeed gave her children the supposed cold tablets. Government Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh confirmed that the children died from pesticide poisoning by way of ingesting aluminum phosphide which is commonly known as carbon tablets. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSentencing for mother found guilty of poisoning children postponed to April 9March 16, 2018In “Court”BREAKING: Mother found guilty of fatally poisoning her 2 childrenMarch 15, 2018In “Court”Mom accused of poisoning children on trial for manslaughterMarch 12, 2018In “Court”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Basil Williams SC, has rejected accusations by the Opposition leader that this Administration is receiving “kick-backs” from cases settled out-of-court or lost.Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil WilliamsCommenting today on the allegations, the Attorney General said “there is no one who would take kick-backs, not in our government.”AG Williams made it clear that before matters are settled they must be taken to Cabinet for approval, noting that the Coalition Administration has an accountable and transparent system.He further noted that the matters are dealt with first by the minister, who has responsibility for the issue, before it is taken to the Cabinet.The AG questioned, “How is it a kick back? To who? To all the members from the Minister of Communities and his team, the Attorney General Chambers and his team, the whole Cabinet?”Leader of the Opposition, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo during a press conference last week questioned if the Government is deliberately losing millions of dollars in matters before the court for financial benefit.According to Williams the statement is not only false but libelous. “He is directly saying that I took kick-backs…if he said that, he has libeled me and if he is libeling me, he has no immunity.”Williams when asked why the cases were settled out-of-court rather than fought to the end, described many of them were “incurable”. He further explained that if a case is not argued at a lower court, it cannot be taken to the Court of Appeal or the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).