Ethiopias Tiki Gelana Wins Gold Sets New Olympic Womens

LONDON (AP) — Tiki Gelana felt the marathon slipping away when she tumbled on the rain-slickened street.Around the halfway point of the race, the Ethiopian was knocked down by another runner as she reached for her water bottle, a hard fall that bloodied her right elbow. Already aching, Gelana thought about pulling out. Instead, she found new motivation, and headed on down the road.Gelana recovered from the fall to win the Olympic marathon on Sunday in a race that began in a downpour, was briefly brightened by sunshine and ended in another drenching rain.She was soaked as she crossed the finish line, but she didn’t seem to mind, raising her hands high to celebrate after navigating the rainy course in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 7 seconds to hold off Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya by five seconds. Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova of Russia won the bronze in the typical London weather.“When I fell, I said, ‘Oh, wow, I’m not going to finish,”‘ Gelana said through an interpreter. “But I just concentrated on running. All of a sudden, I made it.”Gelana said she loved running in the rain. “I have been doing that since I was a small child,” she said, a bandage on her elbow. “I enjoyed my run.”There was a small group of runners in a bunched pack over the last three miles. But with the finish around the bend, Gelana made her move, grimacing as she surged to the front. With the rain picking up – going from a light drizzle to a deluge – she kept glancing over her shoulder to see if Jeptoo was gaining ground.She wasn’t. No one could catch Gelana as she easily coasted across the line to win the biggest race of her life and Ethiopia’s second Olympic gold medal in the women’s event.Read more: Sports Illustrated read more

English Soccer Adopts Rooney Rule for National Team Jobs

Team GB women’s soccer head coach Hope Powell at a press conference at Wembley Stadium in London. English soccer leaders want to interview at least one black or ethnic minority candidate in future for jobs around the national teams. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)LONDON (AP) — English soccer leaders want to interview at least one black or ethnic minority candidate in future for national team management jobs.The English Football Association is emulating the NFL and its Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview a diverse pool of candidates for coaching and management positions.There has never been a non-white manager of the England men’s team, but the women’s team was led into the 2007 and 2011 World Cups by Hope Powell, who is black. There is currently one black manager of a Premier League team — Chris Hughton at Brighton.Setting out the FA’s plans for the year, chief executive Martin Glenn said at least one black and minority ethnic (BAME) candidate will be interviewed for all future jobs around the national teams if they have the right qualifications and experience.“It is the right thing to do but there is also a business case for it,” Glenn said at Wembley Stadium. “If your management team reflects more the people that you are serving then you’re going to make correct decisions.“What we’re seeing now is more BAME players and what we want to do is make sure that post their playing career there’s an opportunity for them to carry on contributing and that they feel the FA is also for them.”The FA’s desire to ensure the England management is more diverse following a damaging row around the women’s team. Former manager Mark Sampson was found to have racially discriminated against two of his players, while goalkeeping coach Lee Kendall left his role after addressing striker Eni Aluko using a mock Caribbean accent.“It’s all about improving performance by making the England players feel like the setup is more inclusive,” Glenn said.The Rooney Rule was named after campaigning Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, who died last year. read more

Its Just No Place for That Raptors Guard Speaks

Speaking on the Game 3 incident Thursday, Lowry said the investor had cursed at him “multiple times” as he shoved the guard. They added that Stevens would not attend any more finals games. A Golden State Warriors investor has been banned immediately after shoving and cursing at Toronto Raptors player Kyle Lowry during Game 3 of the NBA Finals Wednesday night. Later, Lowry added of his feelings during the incident, “I was furious, I’m not going to lie.” During the fourth quarter of the game, Lowry dove into the courtside seats as he tried to save a ball as it bounced out of bounds. Stevens shoved the star and was removed from the game thereafter. While he thanked the Warriors and the league for their statements, Lowry believes more should be done. “A team representative must be held to the highest possible standard, and the conduct of Golden State Warriors investor Mark Stevens last night was beyond unacceptable and has no place in our league,” the league said in a statement. “As the review of this matter continues, Mr. Stevens will not be permitted to attend NBA games.” The Warriors issued a statement that night. It said in part that the team is “extremely disappointed in his actions and, along with Mr. Stevens, offer our sincere apology to Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors organization for this unfortunate misconduct.” He also confirmed Stevens told him to “go f— yourself” The NBA announced the news Thursday, June 6 that GSW executive Mark Stevens is barred for one season and has been fined $500,000 for the caught-on-camera incident. After his banning, Stevens issued a statement apologizing for his actions, noting he takes “full responsibility.” “There’s no room in our game for that,” Lowry told reporters. “I don’t think I could have handled it any better. … Things could have been a lot different if I reacted a different way … or put my hands on him … but the support I’ve gotten from fellow players, the league, is unbelievable.” Stevens’ ban carries through the 2019-2020 NBA season, including the postseason. “This is what happens when you’re sitting courtside,” he explained. “It’s a possibility a guy is trying to make a hustle play.” “He’s not a good look for the ownership group that they have,” he said. “A guy like that showing his true class … he shouldn’t be a part of our league. It’s just no place for that.” “[I] am embarrassed by what transpired,” he said. “What I did was wrong and there is no excuse for it. Mr. Lowry deserves better, and I have reached out today in an attempt to directly apologize to him and other members of the Raptors and Warriors organizations. I’m grateful to those who accepted my calls. “I hope that Mr. Lowry and others impacted by this lapse in judgement understand that the behavior I demonstrated last night does not reflect the person I am or have been throughout my life. I made a mistake and I’m truly sorry,” he added. read more

Celtic Or Maverick Rajon Rondo Remains A Mystery

The first blockbuster trade of the 2014-15 NBA season came late Thursday, when the Boston Celtics finally shipped Rajon Rondo, their perpetually on-the-trading-block star, to the Dallas Mavericks for a handful of players, picks and a trade exception.Others have broken down the pros and cons of the trade, but the deal also serves to spark discussion about Rondo himself, one of the most polarizing players in the league. In early November, when Grantland’s Kirk Goldsberry profiled the enigmatic point guard, he touched on the conundrum advanced stats face in measuring his performance. “Rondo’s value is difficult to quantify, in part because he doesn’t fit into our established taxonomy of NBA superstars,” Goldsberry wrote. “He amplifies the goodness around him, but he can’t create it.”The statistical arc of Rondo’s career bears this out. According to metrics ranging from Player Efficiency Rating (PER) to Win Shares and Statistical Plus/Minus (SPM), Rondo’s best seasons came in 2009 and 2010, when he was surrounded by three future Hall of Famers in Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. In Goldsberry’s terms, Rondo amplified their goodness — or at least, he helped organize it — and his numbers received a sizable boost as well. In 2009, he ranked as the NBA’s 14th-best player by Win Shares and its 12th-best by Value Over Replacement Player.But since Rondo tore his ACL midway through the 2012-13 season and the Celtics broke up their “Big Three” for good, Rondo’s output has taken a nosedive. Stats such as a .461 true shooting percentage (TS%) might have been excused while returning from injury a year ago, but Rondo has continued to shoot the ball poorly (.422 TS%), turn it over frequently (on nearly 26 percent of his possessions) and score infrequently (he’s averaging 9.4 points per 36 minutes) this season. Abysmal numbers like those would typically warrant a benching, not a win-now return in a blockbuster trade.Then again, Rondo has never been a typical player. Along with the bad shooting and nonexistent scoring, he also provides his team with one of the game’s most prolific passers, its best rebounding point guard, a highly skilled thief and an elite defender. In other words, there’s precious little middle ground with Rondo; pick an area of the game, and he’s either one of the best or one of the worst in it.So, how do we weigh the positives of Rondo’s game against the negatives? The popular single-number metrics are all over the place. PER thinks he’s average so far this season; Win Shares per 48 minutes considers him substantially below average. Naturally, Wins Produced likes him for his rebounding prowess (and doesn’t care about his microscopic scoring output), while Box Plus/Minus (an SPM variant) pegs him as above-average but completely because of defense (he’s quite negative offensively). Box Plus/Minus jibes with what ESPN’s Real Plus/Minus (RPM) lists for Rondo this season, but last year RPM considered him good offensively and bad defensively (go figure).Dallas owner Mark Cuban has always had the Mavericks at the forefront of analytics among NBA teams, so it’s possible he’s found his own way to cut through the fog and divine Rondo’s true worth. But for the rest of us, the debate over Rondo is one of how best to measure a unique player. Advanced as they are, our best statistical formulas are trained on trends that emerge over the entire sample of NBA players. Rondo might just be the extreme case that causes our math to break down. read more

Wrestling Ohio State takes home Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational hardware

OSU then-redshirt sophomore Nathan Tomasello competes in a match against Arizona State on Nov. 13.Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State wrestling team traveled to Las Vegas over the weekend, competing against multiple top-ranked schools, ultimately cashing in and earning a team tournament championship.Sunday’s conclusion of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational saw the Buckeyes at the top of the podium with 118.5 points, where OSU had two individual titles in its respective weight classes, along with a runner-up and two third-place finishers.At 133 lbs. redshirt junior Nathan Tomasello captured the Buckeyes’ first individual title of the weekend along with his 2nd CKLV Invitational title of his career.  The final match was the highlight of Tomasello’s tournament, where he scored a match-winning escape in the third period to win 3-2 over Stevan Micic of Michigan.Micah Jordan, a redshirt sophomore at 149 lbs., finished first after a strong tournament performance in both the semifinal and final.  In Jordan’s title match, he scored a four-point near fall with a minute and a half left in the match over Pat Lugo of Edinboro.  This championship win marked his second straight CKLV Invitational title.Redshirt freshman Jose Rodriguez at 125 lbs. dominated in his semifinal match, cruising to a 17-3 technical fall.  In the final match, Rodriguez faced off versus top-seeded Joey Dance of Virginia Tech, where Rodriguez was taken down by Dance with six seconds left in the match, conceding a 4-3 loss.After falling in an upset defeat in the semifinal match 6-4, sophomore Myles Martin at 184 lbs. regained his confidence, bouncing back to a 22-7 tech fall over Steven Schnieder of Binghamton, taking him down nine times throughout the match to claim third place.  OSU redshirt freshman Kollin Moore at 197 lbs. rebounded after two early losses, also finishing third with a 9-7 decision victory over Jacob Smith of West Virginia.The Buckeyes return back to Columbus for their first home match of the season on Thursday, Dec. 8, where they face off against the No. 5 ranked Missouri Tigers at 7 p.m. read more

Trio of Buckeyes earn weekly Big Ten honors

Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) breaks a tackle during a game against Northwestern Oct. 5 at Ryan Field. OSU won, 40-30.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThree members of the Ohio State football team claimed individual Big Ten player of the week honors for their performances in the Buckeyes’ 40-30 victory over then-No. 16 Northwestern.The three players who earned honors after the Saturday game were redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby, senior running back Carlos Hyde and freshman defensive lineman Joey Bosa.Hyde was named co-offensive player of the week after he sliced through the Northwestern defense on his way to a career-high 168 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries. He also caught four passes for 38 yards. Hyde further collected 15 first downs — 12 on the ground and three through the air — and scored the go-ahead touchdown for the Buckeyes with just more than five minutes left.“We didn’t run anything crazy, we stuck to our basic runs and our O-line was having success in our blocks and I was having success in the reads. They were just making it easy for me,” Hyde said after the game.Roby earned special teams player of the week after recording seven tackles on the night, two of which came on special teams. He also blocked the second punt of his Buckeye career, recovering it in the Wildcat end zone for what was OSU’s only touchdown in the first half.“They didn’t block me,” Roby said about the punt block. “I thought they were going to try to block me, but they didn’t, so I just went to go get it.”Bosa had five tackles in the game and sacked Northwestern quarterbacks two times on his way to being named freshman of the week in the conference. He also scored his first career touchdown by recovering a fumble in the end zone on the game’s final play.“They couldn’t really block us throughout that game, so we wanted to bring some heat,” Bosa said.The conference honors mark the fourth week in a row that at least one Buckeye has made the list. Junior quarterback Braxton Miller and freshman punter Cameron Johnston were selected after the team’s win over Wisconsin Sept. 28, redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton received the nod after throwing for six touchdowns against Florida A&M Sept. 21 and also won it the week before along with junior linebacker Ryan Shazier after OSU beat California Sept. 14.The Buckeyes are off this week but are scheduled to return home to take on Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. read more

Softball Ohio States season ends after two disappointing losses

OSU then-junior Shelby Hursh (19) during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Former Photo EditorOhio State’s softball team began the NCAA tournament oozing confidence after finishing as the runner-up in the Big Ten tournament. But for the second year in a row, its season ended early as the team couldn’t escape the Knoxville Regional. On Friday, OSU (35-18) took on South Carolina-Upstate (45-11), the Atlantic Sun Conference regular-season and tournament champion. After falling behind 2-0, the Buckeyes made a late run as sophomore infielder Lilli Piper hit a two-run home run to tie the game and sophomore second baseman Emily Clark hit a shot over the fence of her own to give OSU a 3-2 lead.The one-run advantage wasn’t enough though, as the Spartans responded with a five-run inning in the final frame, capitalizing on a series of defensive miscues committed by the Buckeyes. OSU committed three fielding errors and two directly led to runs for their opposition. Sophomore pitcher Morgan Ray picked up her fifth loss of the season, though three of the five runs she allowed were unearned.With the loss to Upstate, OSU needed to win its next three games to advance past the regional. The Buckeyes were back in action on Saturday, this time taking on Longwood (29-28), a team that lost 5-0 to No. 8 Tennessee Friday afternoon.The Lancers took the first lead of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning when junior outfielder Glenn Walters rapped a double, scoring a run. The next inning, two Longwood players – sophomore catcher Kaylynn Batten and sophomore center fielder Jordan Clark– smacked RBI doubles to give Longwood a 3-0 lead.Unlike in Friday’s game, OSU was unable to rally to take the lead at any point. The Buckeyes scored a single run in the final frame when redshirt sophomore first baseman Alex Vargas hit a double, knocking in a run with two outs. But OSU couldn’t muster any more offense as junior catcher Becca Gavin flew out to end the game and the team’s season. read more

Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa named semifinalist for Bednarik Award

Sophomore defensive lineman Nick Bosa (97) lines up prior to a play during the Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. OSU lost 31-16. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa was named a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award, given to the defensive player of the year, the Maxwell Football Club announced Monday afternoon.Bosa ranks second in the Big Ten with 10 tackles for loss, which leads the team. He also has racked up a team-high four sacks. Bosa was named a co-defensive player of the game by Ohio State’s coaching staff for his performance in the Buckeyes’ 39-38 win against Penn State Saturday. Bosa only had one tackle versus the Nittany Lions, but head coach Urban Meyer said during Monday’s press conference the defensive end also had seven quarterback pressures. Ohio State’s defensive front, which includes Bosa, held Penn State running back and Heisman Trophy candidate Saquon Barkley to 44 yards on 21 carries, including a 36-yard carry that accounted for the bulk of his production.In the offseason, defensive ends Bosa and Tyquan Lewis, cornerback Denzel Ward and linebacker Jerome Baker were named to the Bednarik Award watch list.Bosa will be back in action at 3:30 p.m. Saturday when the Buckeyes head to Iowa City, Iowa, to take on the Hawkeyes. read more

Womens Basketball No 12 Ohio State ends threegame skid with 7862 win

Ohio State senior guard Asia Doss defends Michigan State guard sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon during the Buckeyes’ 78-62 win against the Spartans on Jan. 27. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe No. 12 Ohio State women’s basketball team ended its three-game losing streak by defeating Michigan State 78-62 Saturday afternoon at the Schottenstein Center. A strong fourth quarter propelled the Buckeyes (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten) to victory behind 12-of-14 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 from 3-point range. Ohio State limited Michigan State (14-8, 4-5 Big Ten) to just 7-for-21 shooting in the fourth and forced three turnovers. Senior guard Kelsey Mitchell entered the game averaging 24.9 points per game and needing just 18 points to become the all-time leading Big Ten scorer. Mitchell surpassed that mark with 2:41 left in the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer from the left corner. Mitchell finished the game with a team-high 23 points.Although Mitchell reached an incredible milestone, she said stopping the losing streak was more important.“Honestly, it’s like a lift off your shoulders when you know you went 0-3,” Mitchell said. “As a basketball player, even as a player no matter the sport, you just feel like crap. Only because you go as hard as you can. But on the flip side of things, I got a chance to lace up, get it right, and that’s where our team’s mindset was.”The Buckeyes could not manage a basket over the last 2:31 of the first quarter, but they held a 16-15 lead due to solid defense that limited the Spartans to 33 percent shooting in the opening quarter. The second quarter began slow, but Ohio State went on a 7-0 run midway through the quarter that helped the home team take a 26-20 lead. The run did not last long, however. Ohio State allowed Michigan State to get back into the game, scoring just two points in the next four minutes. But senior guard Asia Doss hit a 3-pointer to give the Buckeyes a 32-29 lead entering halftime.The Buckeyes created separation due in part to dominant play from Mitchell, redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga and senior guard Linnae Harper in the fourth. Harper scored 22 points and had a game-high 10 rebounds, while Mavunga added 20 points and nine rebounds.Harper extended Ohio State’s 53-51 lead with 8:28 to go in the game by scoring two buckets and igniting a 15-1 run during a three minute stretch to gain a 68-52 advantage with 5:04 remaining.Ohio State pushed its lead even further with back-to-back 3-pointers from Mitchell which extended their lead by 20 and ending the Spartans’ comeback hopes. Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said he kept his advice prior to the fourth quarter beginning simple.“Keep playing defense. I thought we were getting good shots, but we just had to make sure we kept playing defense,” McGuff said. “We also got more baskets in transitions which is easier to do when you’re getting stops and steals. I just think it was the ability, sustained effort and execution on the defensive end which ultimately put us in position to win the game.”The Spartans were held under 20 points in each quarter, and only three players on the team scored double digits. Junior center Jenna Allen finished with a team-high 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting. read more

Chris Coleman We belong to an industry where there is corruption ban

first_imgHe said: “What we are talking about, effectively, is people stealing money. Whether you are earning 50 grand a year or 50 grand a week, you are stealing money. Anyone caught doing that, they need to be removed from the game permanently. That’s it. Goodnight.”If you are earning 50 grand a year, to the average man in the street, that’s a good salary, so you shouldn’t be taking money.”If you are earning 50 grand a week, why are you taking extra money? Greed? Dishonesty? We all belong to an industry where there is corruption – lower level, higher level. It’s unforgivable.”Koeman supported the Football Association’s decision to sack England manager Sam Allardyce after he was filmed by The Telegraph advising how to circumnavigate rules on third-party player ownership. Sir Eric, the former Tory chairman Communities and Local Government Secretary, said several figures in the football world implicated in the Telegraph’s investigation appear to have broken the law.He told The Telegraph: “The Telegraph’s investigations have exposed serious misconduct in the world of sport…. Rather than leaving this to the Football Association, the police now need to investigate such potential criminal acts. Taking cash bungs is not acceptable in any walk of life.”The Bribery Act says that it is an offence to offer, promise or give a financial or other advantage with the intention of inducing “improper performance [by the recipient] of a relevant function or activity”.Dan Tench, a partner at Olswang solictors, added: “If a manager had accepted a sum of money specifically to sign a particular player, there would appear to be good grounds to believe that a criminal offence would have been committed under section 2 of the Bribery Act 2010.“This makes it an offence (among other things) ‘to accept a financial .. advantage intending that, in consequence, a relevant function ..  should be performed improperly’.”The acting chair of the Culture, Media & Sport select committee, Damian Collins, confirmed the findings would be investigated by MPs.“We are considering getting the FA in October to discuss the revelations exposed by the Telegraph’s investigation,” Mr Collins said.Eddie Howe, the Bournemouth manager now being linked with the international job, added: “It has been a difficult week for English football.”Roy Keane, the former Manchester United midfielder, now assistant manager with the Republic of Ireland, said: “It’s not been a great few days for the game. When there is so much money involved in the game now, there will be greed.” “He had the chance to be the manager of the national team and then this happened but the FA took the right decision,” Koeman said.“Of course if you like football and you like part of football then it is a bad story. For football in general it is a black mark and that is not good. That is my opinion.”Bilic, meanwhile, said those involved with football have a responsibility to be “totally clean”.”Make no mistake football is so popular – the number-one sport – and we should be role models, the players, the managers, there are no excuses for that,” he said.”Football should be clean, totally clean…. Unfortunately it’s happened and it shouldn’t have. We should be clean. But with so much money involved for everybody, it’s obviously hard for some of the people to stay clean.” 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.center_img Football has an “unforgivable” industry of corruption, Chris Coleman, the Wales manager, said as he called for lifetime bans against scandal-hit figures in the wake of The Telegraph’s investigation.As Barnsley assistant manager Tommy Wright was sacked for accepting a £5,000 cash “bung”, Coleman and other top flight managers said revelations of widespread financial wrongdoing had left a “black mark on football”.Police are now facing pressure from the Government’s anti-corruption champion to launch investigations into potential criminality. City of London police said officers are reviewing material “with a view to establishing whether any criminal offences have been committed”.Sir Eric Pickles, a former Cabinet minister, said The Telegraph had uncovered “clear evidence suggesting a breach of the Bribery Act”, while Gerry Sutcliffe, the former Sports Minister, added: “If [football] can’t put its house in order, then the government should.”Meanwhile, England players woke up yesterday to a postcard from sacked manager Sam Allardyce saying “the journey has begun”.It is understood the cards were sent out second class by the Football Association on Monday, just hours before officials were contacted by the Telegraph.Coleman, along with Ronald Koeman, the Everton manager, and Slaven Bilic, of West Ham, led calls yesterday a major clampdown on greed in the game.The Wales boss, who led his nation to the Euro 2016 semi-final, said anyone caught “stealing money” from football should be “removed from the game permanently”.last_img read more

Doctors turn to alcohol and drugs to battle burnout and bullying

first_imgThousands of doctors have turned to alcohol and drugs to cope with burnout and bullying at work, one of Britain’s leading GPs has revealed.A unit set up to help medics with job-related mental health problems found more than a quarter were relying on drinking and prescription medication in order to deal with stress.Dr Clare Gerada, head of the Practitioner Health Programme and former Chair of the Royal College of GPs, warned that working in the NHS is currently “an occupational hazard”, and that without action there “won’t be the staff to work in it”.Funding difficulties, staff shortages and “endless reorganisations” have prompted 10 per cent of London’s 32,000 doctors to seek help from the programme, she said, many of whom are suffering from a condition “virtually identical” to post-traumatic stress disorder.“People are having nightmares, they’re crying on their way to work, having flashbacks,” she said.“What we’re hearing is that these are the canaries in the mine and that the system that is the NHS and that we all love and revere is actually making us sick.”Dr Gerada said alcohol was by far the most common substance of abuse among doctors with addiction problems, although she revealed that, once in treatment, doctors’ six-month abstinence rates are roughly 80 per cent better than those in the general population. Problems often build up, she said, because doctors increasingly lack the time to unwind after traumatic experiences.“Working in A&E you might resuscitate a baby which then dies and then immediately have to pull a splinter out,” she said.She revealed that the Practitioner Health Programme will now be rolled out for GPs across England, a sector that is experiencing a particularly acute recruitment and retention crisis.“It is a major problem and unless we grip it it’s going to destroy the NHS because there won’t be the staff to work in it,” she said. 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

British soldier will not be charged over friendly fire death of comrade

first_imgThe repatriation of Lance Corporal James Brynin who was killed in Afghanistan He recalled a meeting he had with L/Cpl of Horse Kelly during which he broke down in tears.Lt Col Hayward said: “He is a fairly experienced soldier and I said, ‘How are you coping?’ And he said, ‘Fine’.”And then I asked him to pause. I told him that today was the first day of the rest of his life when he would have to live with the knowledge he had killed one of his fellow soldiers, and then he broke down.”L/Cpl of Horse Kelly had possibly been “in denial” about the events and had put on a “brave face” up until his acceptance of what had happened, Lt Col Hayward added.Lt Col Hayward, who became CO of the regiment after the death of L/Cpl Brynin, said L/Cpl of Horse Kelly had undergone and passed mandated training and additional training since the fatality, and now exhibits “more care and rigour”.”Having spoken to him and seen the change in him, I would consider him now amongst the safest soldiers in the Army,” Lt Col Hayward said. “Like a lot of us, we tend to learn a lot from our mistakes rather than get it right all the time.” Show more No concerns were raised about L/Cpl of Horse Kelly during his training. And there had been “external validation” of L/Cpl of Horse Kelly’s training since the death “so that it wasn’t just about us marking our own homework”, he said.L/Cpl Brynin’s mother Sharon left the courtroom as Lt Col Hayward added such “blue-on-blue” incidents were a “risk of the profession”.Asked by Ms Schofield what he would like to say to L/Cpl Brynin’s family, Lt Col Hayward said: “Nothing I can say can bring back your son.”Lt Col Hayward said he would be happy for L/Cpl of Horse Kelly to be deployed again.He added: “I have never been surprised by a good soldier on operation not being good.” I told him that today was the first day of the rest of his life when he would have to live with the knowledge he had killed one of his fellow soldiersLt Col Hayward A British soldier will not face prosecution over the death of a comrade on an Afghan battlefield four years ago, an inquest has heard.The inquest into Lance Corporal James Brynin’s death was halted after six days of evidence last year amid fears the fatality, which was initially suspected to have been caused by “friendly fire”, may have been a homicide.L/Cpl Brynin, 22, who was born in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, was shot dead on an operation in central Helmand Province on October 15 2013.He was part of a troop carrying out intelligence work on the Taliban in the area of Kakaran, north east of Lashkar Gah. Despite receiving immediate medical attention, L/Cpl Brynin, known as Jay, died at the scene. The repatriation of Lance Corporal James Brynin who was killed in AfghanistanCredit:Oli Scarff/Getty Images At the resumed inquest in Arundel, West Sussex, senior coroner Schofield said Lance Corporal of Horse Mark Kelly will not be charged by the service authorities over his death due to “insufficient evidence of a homicide offence”.Relatives of L/Cpl Brynin were informed of the decision on November 30 last year, Ms Schofield added.Lieutenant Colonel Edward Hayward, the commanding officer (CO) of the Household Cavalry Regiment, choked back tears as he spoke about the “profound effect” the fatal shooting had had on L/Cpl of Horse Kelly. 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

Britains children have a behaviour problem because teachers see issuing orders as

first_imgIn the most recent survey just one in five classroom teachers thought behaviour was “very good”, compared to almost half of senior staff.  But he added: “I think the vast majority of headteachers try to be as honest and straightforward and play a straight bat as they can.”Mr Bennett said that the Government should introduce a nationally standardised survey to record behavioural issues in schools and provide schools with more guidance on how to deal with the most disruptive pupils. In response to the report Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education, said that the Government would be reviewing its guidance on mental health and behaviour in schools. An Ofsted spokesman said: “Good behaviour and effective behaviour management are essential for learning, pupils’ personal development and well-being, and for keeping pupils safe in schools. “We will discuss with the Department for Education matters identified for government which are relevant to Ofsted and consider in detail the recommendations for inspection.” Mr Bennett said that school leaders were afraid to report behavioural problems because they wanted a “positive interpretation” of their school to be presented publicly. In an interview Mr Bennett said that some headteachers put a “spin” on data because of “perverse incentives” which mean they are desperate to put their school in a good light. He also said that some schools do not record incidents such as lateness as misbehaviour, while others do, meaning behavioural data can be “misleading”.”I’m sure that in some circumstances yes, there probably are some headteachers who are perhaps a bit more conscious of the fact of putting spin on data,” he said. Compliance is only one of several rungs on a behavioural ladder we hope all our students will climb, but it is a necessary one to achieve firstcenter_img British children have a behaviour problem because teachers think telling them what to do is “oppressive”, the Government’s behaviour tsar has warned.Former teacher and behaviour expert Tom Bennett, who was appointed by the Government in 2015 to examine behaviour in schools in England, said that there is a “national problem” with pupil behaviour which is not being taken seriously enough. In a report he said teachers were afraid that telling pupils what to do would curtail their freedom. Students must become “compliant” in order to be free, he said, and teachers’ worries that telling them what to do would be oppressive was an “impediment” to better behaviour. Under a section titled “Is expecting good behaviour oppressive?”, he said: “The belief that directing student behaviour is harmful to their development is a serious attitudinal impediment to developing schools with better behaviour cultures”.He added that pupils had to be taught “self-restraint or self-regulation” in order to be “truly free”. In the report he said: “To be in control of one’s own immediate inclinations or desires and fancies, is a liberty far more valuable than the absence of restraint. “Compliance is only one of several rungs on a behavioural ladder we hope all our students will climb, but it is a necessary one to achieve first.”Quoting Russian-born philosopher Isaiah Berlin, he added that schools should not simply discourage bad behaviour but encourage “good habits of study, or reasoning, or interacting with adults, coping with adversity, or intellectual challenges”. The report suggested that behavioural issues in schools were more serious than the Government realised because Ofsted reports and headteachers’ views did not accurately represent the scale of the problem.  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

British Airways could charge for food on long haul flights

first_imgSome BA customers are now offered a range from M&S Show more Passengers on British Airways long haul flights may one day have to buy their own food and drink, the airline’s boss has disclosed.Britain’s flag carrier may widen out its short flight policy of scrapping free food and instead offering passengers the option to buy Marks & Spencer sandwiches.Any move to end complimentary food is likely to increase accusations British Airways is being reduced to a no-frills, budget airline. Some BA customers are now offered a range from M&S The airline has faced accusations that the airline’s quality and service is nosediving, but Mr Cruz said: “I don’t engage with running this airline into the ground.”center_img But Alex Cruz, the airline’s chairman, said that after a “rough start”, passengers now welcomed the opportunity to pay for M&S snacks on European short haul flights.He told the Sunday Times: “It’s going great. Customers say to us: ‘Finally, I have good choices. No more chicken or beef’.”Asked if the service could be extended to long-haul economy, he said: “We might do it”.Free meals were first ditched on some services back in 2009, but the policy came in across the board for short haul flights in January. The “M&S on board” menu ranges from bags of crisps and chocolate bars for £1 each to a mozzarella and tomato focaccia for £4.95.Mr Cruz also suggested he would squeeze more seats on to workhorse longhaul Boeing 777 jets flying from Heathrow.The airline is already fitting 52 extra seats onto its 777s heading from Gatwick to the Caribbean. An extra seat is being squeezed into each economy row to make them 10 abreast.Mr Cruz said: “We’ll start in Gatwick. We’ll see how it goes and then see what comes for Heathrow,” Cruz said. 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

Five children left orphaned after both parents die of bowel cancer

first_imgOmena Ubiaro 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. Before his death, Mr Ubiaro recorded a message from his hospice bed thanking everyone for their kindness.“Thank you so much to everyone that’s been supporting myself and my family,” he wrote.“Myself and my five boys, we’ve just lost my wife, they’ve lost a mother, and they’ve also lost their best friend as well.” Kind-hearted strangers have donated almost £40,000 via GoFundMe to help support their children and the funeral arrangements. “It breaks my heart to report that sadly our dear brother Omena has lost his fight to cancer at the early hours of Monday September 4,” wrote family friend Charles Busari.“I would like to offer a heartfelt ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone who has contributed so far financially, with prayers and with words of encouragement.“Unfortunately our worst fears have been confirmed and we need your donations now more than ever to support the children. No amount is too small as a little streams make mighty oceans. Thank You.” He added: “I cannot lie. It has been the most toughest thing that a husband and a father has ever had to face.” A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to raise money for the family Credit:Family handout  Omena and Makeda Credit:Family handout  center_img Omena Ubiaro and Makeda Ubiar Omena Ubiaro died after a battle with cancer Credit:Family Handout gofundme  Tributes have been paid to the couple, who met at a college in south London, with one posting: “This is heartbreaking. Rest in Peace Omena.”Another wrote: “So sad to receive the call and hear that you have also passed dear Omena. May you Omena and Makeda rest in perfect peace. You showed the world what love was until the very end.”Heartbroken son captures couple’s final goodbye after double tragedy  Donations have poured in for five children who lost both their parents to bowel cancer just weeks apart.Omena Ubiaro, 38, died at a hospice in Wolverhampton on September 4 following a three-year battle with the disease.The grieving father lost his 38-year-old wife Makeda to the same disease on July 29, with the couple leaving behind five sons, aged seven to 19.last_img read more

Too posh for pop Arts Council must give less money to elitist

first_imgHe said: “I’ve been hearing the word ‘posh’ in relation to opera for 30 years. Very few people in opera are posh – certainly not the performers. It’s b——-.“This is a simply a case of Mr Dugher not knowing what he’s talking about. He’s the latest in a long line of people presuming to tell everyone that opera is not for them.”Streetwise Opera, a charity working with people who have experienced or are at risk of homelessness, receives £100,000 per year in Arts Council funding. Its latest production, Tell Me The Truth About Love, opens at Sage Gateshead on Saturday with tickets costing a maximum of £16. The Arts Council is spending too much money on “posh” opera and giving other music genres a raw deal, a leading figure in the British music industry has claimed.For every £1 awarded to pop music, £8 goes to opera companies – a situation that is “manifestly unjust” according to UK Music, the umbrella organisation that represents the commercial music industry.Michael Dugher, the former Labour MP and chief executive of UK Music, complained that the Arts Council risks being seen as “too posh for pop” and called for an urgent review of funding arrangements.However, opera companies disagreed, with one opera chief describing Mr Dugher’s comments as “b——-“.Over the next five years, opera will receive grants totalling more than £228 million via the Arts Council’s National Portfolio, with classical music receiving £85 million. Pop music will receive around £28 million, while jazz, world music, folk, brass band and choral organisations are further down the scale. His comments got short shrift from opera companies. Michael Volpe, general director of Holland Park Opera, said: “Opera companies get a lot of money, perhaps more than they ought to, and that’s an ongoing argument.“But pop has access to regular, primetime radio and television in a way that no other art form does, not to mention global media companies promoting it endlessly. Kids are exposed to it every minute of every day.”Volpe recently introduced a group of inner city London teenagers to opera in a film, Hip Hop to Opera, currently available on BBC iPlayer. Rey Trombetta, Streetwise’s marketing manager, said: “We absolutely don’t believe that opera is elitist. Our audiences feature a lot of people who have never attended an opera before they came to see us.“When he talks about ‘posh’ opera, Mr Dugher is certainly not talking about us.”An Arts Council spokesman said UK Music’s figures only covered grants awarded via its National Portfolio and did not include spending on cultural education.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Dugher said the figures showed “shocking disparities” and called for a review. “The Arts Council risks giving the impression that it is elitist and too posh for pop.“Public funds should be used to broaden the appeal of the arts, particularly among the young, and make every aspect of our fantastic culture more inclusive,” he said.last_img read more

Delighted Prince Charles reveals he has toasted royal baby news several times

A smiling Prince Charles has revealed he has toasted the news of becoming a grandfather again “several times” after his son and daughter-in law, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, announced they are expecting their first child. The Prince of Wales made the comment while on a tour of the Royal Lochnagar Distillery in Aberdeenshire.

Gatwick Airport resumes flights after systems issue

At least the pilot of @easyJet EZY8879 takes the time to inform passengers about the problems with the flight control system @Gatwick_Airport. Compliments! #LGW #Gatwick #Easyjet— Bart Scheffer (@bartscheffer) July 10, 2019 Passengers on flights grounded at the airport posted photographs on Twitter to complain about the delays to their flights.The suspension of flights follows disruption to 140,000 passengers’ flights over Christmas when reports of a drone flying near the airport’s runways caused the cancellation of more than 1,000 flights.The chaos cost the airport £1.4m, it said earlier this year. Gatwick Airport suspended flights for more than an hour on Wednesday evening due to a “systems issue.”The airport said that an “air traffic control systems issue” in its control tower caused it to suspend flights, likely disrupting hundreds of passengers.Flights began to take off and land again after 7pm once the issue was resolved.A spokesman for Gatwick Airport said that it worked with the provider of its computer system to get the flight control system back online.”If you are travelling this evening please check the status of your flight with your airline before travelling to the airport, as we return to full operations,” a spokesman said. 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

RAF to develop hypersonic planes which could top speeds of more than

“This is… The RAF has set out plans that could see the production of hypersonic planes flying at more than 3,000mph. The Ministry of Defence has announced it is investing £10 million to develop new hypersonic engines that could be used to power manned fighter jets and drones.   Unveiling the two-year project at the Air and Space Power conference on Wednesday, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, the head of the air force, said the new engines would be “exploring the boundaries of technology”. 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. As missile technology makes flying combat aircraft increasingly risky, flying up to five times the speed of sound will mean fighter jets can destroy targets before they are engaged by enemy air defences. read more

Family seeking help to locate missing Corentyne man

A Tain, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) family is in a frantic search for a man who disappeared some two weeks ago.The missing man is 60-year-old Samuel Pargass of Sixth Street, Tain Settlement.Today will make it 14 days since he went missing. According to the missing man’s wife, the retired cane harvester walked out of the yard two weeks ago.Missing: 60-year-old Samuel Pargass“After he take breakfast, he put on his cap and slippers and he gone,” Mrs Pargass said.She said she warned him that the sun was hot and it might be better if he did not go out at that time.“He still gone, he ready and he raise he hand an gee mi and gone,” the woman said.She related that she later went out and was expecting to find her husband at home when she returned; however, he did not return.That evening, the search started and the search party went West up to the village of Albion and to Manchester in the east. “He would normally go and walk and come home back. We check all dem family who he does go an walk by. Sometime when he come back an ah ask he where he been, he would say he went by street side wid dem boys,” she explained.Noting that her husband did consume alcohol, the 59-year-old woman said on many occasions he would go fishing and, in 2014, he went missing for one night.Pargass was last seen clad in a lilac long-sleeve shirt, short pants and a pair of slippers, reportedly heading towards the Upper Corentyne area on foot.Mrs Pargass, who has lived with her husband since 1980, explained that the couple, along with a niece, lived in the house. Three weeks before the disappearance of Pargass, the niece left for overseas and was expected back the very day he went missing.Mrs Pargass further related that in recent times, her husband would sit without speaking unless spoken to. “If I ask he something, he would answer, but he don’t say anything to me.”The distraught woman said during the past year she took him to see a psychiatrist. “The doctor say everything okay and give him some medication…  I can’t say if he has lost his mind and don’t know where he is.”Two days after the disappearance of Pargass, a man reported seeing him standing in front of a business place at Number 35 Village. However, the family received this information the following day and when they arrived, he was not there.Persons have also reportedly seen him at Number 55 Village, but that was one week ago. “We look all over. We look on all dem beach, backdam and we asking people in dem village till up the Corentyne.”Persons who may have information on the disappearance of Pargass are asked to call his wife on 337-1619, 612-8973 or 650-4935. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSugar estates closure tragedy… “Sometimes my children wake up hungry and all I can do is cry” – mother of 4September 30, 2018In “Featured”19-year-old UG student missingJuly 7, 2016In “latest news”Crabwood Creek man ‘disappears’ during fishing expeditionAugust 7, 2017In “Local News” read more