Monthly Archives: September 2019

Seattle Seahawks Cut Antoine Winfield

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Antoine Winfield won’t be playing cornerback with the Seattle Seahawks for the 2013/2014 football season. Winfield  won’t make it onto the field and will be among Seattle’s cuts on Saturday, as the team slims its roster down to 53 players by the 6 p.m. ET deadline.Considered one of the NFL’s better run-stoppers, it has been reported that Seattle might attempt to shop Winfield before releasing him. A team interested in padding their roster with the 36-year-old former pro bowler  might listen, but Winfield is primarily a nickel-type at this stage in his career.The release of Winfield suggests that the Seahawks are committed to Jeremy Lane and Walter Thurmond lll in the cornerback position. read more

11Seeds Are Dangerous This Year

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There’s been plenty of confusion surrounding the decisions that the NCAA Tournament selection committee made for this year’s bracket. Accusations of underseeding and overseeding abound. But do the numbers bear it all out? In this video, Neil Paine and Reuben Fischer-Baum dig deep into FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions to uncover the most head-scratching seedings, including a batch of 11-seeds ready to wreak havoc on your bracket.

Ohio State football reunion doesnt rule out Tressel Clarett

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The guest list for the Ohio State’s 2002 national championship team reunion consists of three or four names, but it won’t stay that short for long.The defensive captain of the 2002 Buckeyes, which secured its place in OSU football lore with a 31-24, double overtime win against Miami (Fla.) in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, isn’t ruling out appearances from former OSU coach Jim Tressel or tailback Maurice Clarett.OSU’s 2002 national championship squad will reconvene at Ohio Stadium for the Buckeyes’ Nov. 24 game against Michigan where they it will be recognized by the university and conduct other celebratory activities on its own.Former OSU safety Mike Doss, the defensive MVP of the 2002 national championship game, told The Lantern Thursday that he has been planning the event on behalf of the entire team. Former quarterback Craig Krenzel, safety Donnie Nickey and cornerback Dustin Fox have been “in constant communication to make everything go.”Doss told The Lantern that he, Krenzel, Nickey and Fox might be the only four players committed to the event for now, but more members of the 2002 team are expected to join in the festivities.Tressel could be among the attendees too, Doss said.“I don’t think it would be an issue with coach Tressel coming back and reuniting with his players of the past knowing that he was our coach,” Doss said. “Knowing what kind of impact he had on us. What kind of impact we had on him and his career, I don’t think that would feel uncomfortable for him at all because we love coach Tressel, we support him as OSU supports each and every one of us.“Right now you’ve got three or four guys … Just the little bit of hints that we’ve reached out, that I think everyone would be committed and involved as much as they can.”OSU athletic director Gene Smith shared similar sentiments during a radio interview on WBNS-FM 97.1 about a possible return to Ohio Stadium for Tressel, saying it wouldn’t be awkward at all if Tressel came back.Tressel was forced to resign as OSU coach May 30 after it was discovered he was aware of players violations that occurred during the 2010 season, failed to report the violations and fielded ineligible players during the 2010 season, which was later vacated.Tressel did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s Thursday request for comment.Doss said he and his three teammates planning the event wouldn’t accept a celebration of their national championship that didn’t include Tressel, as well as Clarett.Clarett ran for 1,237 yards and 16 touchdowns during the Buckeyes’ championship run. After the season, Clarett sued the NFL in an attempt to declare for the 2004 NFL Draft.Later, Clarett pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a concealed weapon and served three-and-a-half years in a Toledo prison.Doss said Tressel and Clarett’s transgressions are separate issues from the on-field accomplishments of the 2002 championship team.“Coach Tressel was a part of that team. He was the nucleus,” Doss said. “Maurice Clarrett – one of the best tailbacks to play at Ohio State for one season and a career. You know, he was a phenomenal player for us that year. We would not accept anything presented to the university if both of those guys weren’t included.“We all communicated to ourselves that anything that was going to be organized has to include each and every one that was involved. Period. If that was going to be an issue then we would have respectfully declined. But the university embraced coach Tressel and Maurice.”Clarett did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s Thursday request for comment but indicated he would attend the reunion on Twitter.From his account, @ReeseClarett13, Clarett said, “indeed my friend….,” in response to a question regarding whether he would attend the event.Clarett said in a later tweet: “me and Tress have been cool since before I went to prison. A lot of ppl don’t know that. I couldn’t do it (without) him.”Doss said the timing for a reunion is right for several reasons, but most of all because the 2002 championship is the university’s only one in the last 10 years, as well as for nearly 40 years prior to that.Aside from university recognition, Doss said he, Krenzel, Nickey and Fox are working on preparing a dinner reception and a tailgate prior to the noon kickoff against the Wolverines.There is also interest in returning to show support for the current team, as well as first-year coach Urban Meyer and his staff, Doss said.The Buckeyes’ opponent that day was a factor too.“It’s coach Meyer’s first Michigan game,” Doss said. “It’ll be an opportunity for a lot of support to be there for the coaching staff and it’s Michigan – that’s all you have to say.” read more

Ohio State Athlete of the Week Mens tennis Peter Kobelt

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Placing second at the 2012 ITA All-American Championships Sunday in Tulsa, Okla., Ohio State men’s tennis’ redshirt junior Peter Kobelt is more than pleased with his performance on the Case Tennis Center courts.“I was very happy with my performance, I beat five guys who are high on their respective team’s line-ups,” Kobelt said. “Being able to put five matches together like that and play that long in the tournament shows that I have been doing the right things over the summer training-wise and conditioning-wise. It was really nice to see.”The New Albany, Ohio, native won five matches, two of which were against top 10-ranked players. Kobelt fell in the singles finale to No. 6-seeded Alex Domijan of Virginia, 7-5, 6-1.Kobelt attributed his wins to his serving strengths and mobility.“I was serving at a very high percentage for serves and I was able to get around and hit a lot of forehands in the beginning to control the court,” Kobelt said.Coach Ty Tucker said he was impressed with Kobelt’s finish.“Obviously it was very strong, to finish No. 2 in the nation at that tournament is big,” Tucker said. “It’s the first time we have had a player finish in the individual All-American singles.”The redshirt junior also played in the doubles bracket beside senior Connor Smith, but the duo left Tulsa, Okla., without a doubles title after falling in the second round of competition.“We played OK, but we came up short, we played a tough team and it was bad weather,” Smith said. “It was only pro sets so it was tough, but we came out a bit slow.”In addition to finishing second in the nation this week, Kobelt is ranked as the No. 35 tennis player in the countrybut he said he was not sure of the ranking at first.“I had a general idea on where I would be from last season with the ongoing seniors that left,” Kobelt said. “I don’t know how comfortable I was, I had an OK season but I wasn’t too confident right from the beginning.”Tucker said Kobelt’s ranking has come as a result of the player utilizing his strengths as a player.“His biggest strengths are his serve and the fact that he is a junior now, but a redshirt junior, so it’s his fourth year and he knows what is expected of him,” Tucker said. “He knows what kind of game he has and what he needs to do.”Kobelt and the Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to East Lansing, Mich., on Oct. 18, to compete in the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Championships. read more

Joey Bosa a dominating force for Buckeye defense

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OSU sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa sacks Cincinnati redshirt-sophomore quarterback Gunner Kiel in a game Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 50-28Credit: Chelsea Spears / Multimedia editorWhen Ohio State’s Joey Bosa drilled Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel on Saturday and forced a fumble that ultimately resulted in a safety, the record crowd at Ohio Stadium erupted.Bosa wasn’t even sure where the ball landed.“I just made a move inside and my eyes got big and I ran as fast as I can and hit him as hard as I could,” Bosa, a sophomore defensive lineman, said Saturday following the game. “I actually thought he got the ball off so I stood up and went to walk back to the line, but I saw the ball pop out.”The play not only electrified the fans and gave OSU a 16-7 lead, but it seemed to ignite the defense for a stretch in the first quarter as the Buckeyes forced the Bearcats into two straight punts.Co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell said Monday that the play of Bosa, who leads the Buckeyes with 2.5 sacks, is at least partially because of his 6-foot-5-inch, 278-pound frame.“He is a very dominating force. He is a guy who has the speed to get the edge, but he’s got the power to do some things inside,” Fickell said. “It is an unbelievable combination. I haven’t seen a whole lot of guys like it, but we are still going to expect him to continue to grow.”Junior cornerback Armani Reeves said Bosa’s play on the field makes him glad Bosa’s a Buckeye.“He’s a freak. He is a great player and when you see him (make) those hits like that … it’s like watching greatness,” Reeves said Monday. “I am just happy he is on our side.”Coach Urban Meyer acknowledged Bosa’s physical skills, but added the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., product is also successful because of his upbringing.“He just goes, he practices that way from day one. It’s a product of, you know, his family. His dad’s got an incredible football background,” Meyer said Monday. “I thought we’d have a guy that would be pretty much game-ready because he went to a really quality high school program.”Bosa’s high school, St. Thomas Aquinas, has been known to produce high-quality football talent, including former OSU safety Nate Salley, former Wisconsin player and current New England Patriot running back James White and former Chicago Bear Brian Piccolo, who was the inspiration for the movie “Brian’s Song.”Meyer also said that while he believed Bosa would be ready to play coming out of high school, he is still impressed with how the sophomore has performed so far.“I didn’t imagine it to be this ready,” Meyer said. “He’s extremely strong and quick and relentless. And on top of that. he loves and understands the game.”Meyer has coached an impressive array of defensive linemen in his coaching career, including two at Florida who were first-round draft picks (Jarvis Moss, Denver, 2007 and Derrick Harvey, Jacksonville, 2008), however, he said Bosa reminds him most of a player he has coached at OSU.“I think John Simon. He’s a little more talented than John, a little longer,” Meyer said. “But John Simon had that same — you watch those two play in practice and compete and there’s a mindset.“Those are two good people to be in company, everybody knows how we all feel about John Simon. But to even mention someone in that same vein, who is a few inches taller and a little longer, that’s pretty rare air, those two guys.”Meyer’s comparison could be spot on, as Simon led the Buckeyes in sacks during his senior season in Columbus, something Bosa is on pace to do just two years later.With such high praise and potential, Fickell said he, along with the rest of the coaching staff, is expecting even more from Bosa, who was named OSU’s defensive player of the game following his play against Cincinnati.“The sky is the limit for that guy with his abilities. We are going to continue to put things upon his shoulders,” Fickell said. “He goes hard, he is physical, he does all the things we ask him to do, now we are going to ask him to continue to grow — strive for greatness and not be satisfied with where you are.”Bosa and the Buckeyes are scheduled to hit the field again Saturday at noon against the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. read more

Opinion Its time for the state of Ohio to allow spring practice

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California, Texas, Florida and Ohio.These four states are synonymous with historically dominant high school football, but three have a leg up on the other: Ohio is the only state out of the group that does not allow spring practices for high school football teams. It is time for that to change.As someone who played high school football in Ohio and has seen the game through the eyes of a coach, I know spring practice could be more than beneficial for the Ohio High School Athletic Association.I understand the health of the players is a concern, but even allowing non-contact practices at this time of year would help players get acclimated to a playbook and to each other.There is no arguing that California, Texas and Florida produce some of the best, if not the best, pro prospects coming out of college and I have to believe the extra practices have something to do with it.If Ohio wants to be a part of that conversation, adding just 10-15 spring practices could give it the boost it needs.California allows 10 practices, Texas allows 15, and Florida allows 20 practices while Ohio high school football players are either playing another sport or living in the weight room.According to multiple studies, Ohio ranked fifth in players born in the respective states behind California (224), Florida (186), Texas (147) and Georgia (91) that are currently in the NFL with 78.If you were wondering, Georgia also allows spring practice.I’m not saying that if Ohio allowed spring practice it would instantly produce more NFL players, but I am saying it would give more players a chance to shine on the field and get noticed.It would also give coaches — especially incoming coaches — a chance to see what their new team is capable of and develop a depth chart going into summer practice.I never had a chance of playing on the varsity squad as a sophomore in high school, but I was behind the eight-ball to begin with when I had to learn an entirely new playbook in just weeks before two-a-day sessions began in August.This is the dilemma that high school football players all over Ohio have to deal with, and if there is a player who is talented enough to get varsity time as a sophomore or even as a freshman, spring practice would get them ready to make an impact in the fall.For now, Ohio high school coaches will need to continue to prepare their teams as best they can in the weight room in the spring while other coaches in the football hotbeds are allowed to blow their whistles on the field and install their playbooks.Make the change, OHSAA. It’s for the kids. read more

Man charged with murder of London banker Oliver Dearlove

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first_imgA man has been charged with murder after the death of a banker feared to have been killed by a single punch.Oliver Dearlove, 30, died after allegedly being hit by a man while waiting for a taxi on a night out in Blackheath in south-east London on Sunday. Oliver Dearlove with girlfriend Claire WheatleyCredit:Chris Greenwood Oliver Dearlove with girlfriend Claire Wheatley 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. Trevor Timon, 31, of south-east London, has been charged with murder and common assault, Scotland Yard said.He will appear at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on Friday.Mr Dearlove, from Eltham, had been in a bar with friends in Montpelier Vale earlier in the night before heading to Tranquil Vale.The relationship manager at Duncan Lawrie Private Bank died in hospital.A post-mortem examination gave the provisional cause of his death as a head injury.last_img read more

Plasticeating wax worm extremely exciting for global pollution crisis

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first_imgThe global plastic bag pollution crisis could be solved by a waxworm capable of eating through the material at “uniquely high speeds”, scientists have announced.Researchers have described the tiny caterpillar’s ability to break down even the toughest plastics as “extremely exciting” and said the discovery could be engineered into an environmentally-friendly solution on an industrial scale.Around a trillion plastic bags are used around the world each year, of which a huge number find their way into the oceans or are discarded into landfill. It’s extremely, extremely exciting because breaking down plastic has proved so challengingDr Paolo Bombelli, Cambridge University Worms in petri dish Commonly found living in bee hives, or harvested as fishing bait, the waxworm proved it could eat its way through polyethylene, which is notoriously hard to break down, more than 1,400 times faster than other organisms.Scientists believe the creature has potent enzymes in its saliva or gut which attack plastic’s chemical bonds, in the same way they digest the complex wax found in hives.The waxworm’s potential was discovered by accident when biologist and amateur beekeeper Federica Bertocchini cleaned out her hives and temporarily placed the parasites in a plastic shopping bag. Polyethlylene is the most common plastic in the world and is primarily used for plastic bags and packaging.In tests at Cambridge, 100 waxworms were let loose on plastic bag from a British supermarket, with holes appearing after just 40 minutes.Over a period of 12 hours, 92mg of plastic had been consumed.By contrast, previous trials using bacteria had found the microbes could only work through 0.13mg of plastic in 24 hours.The Cambridge researchers, along with colleagues at the Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria (CSIC), used spectroscopic analysis to show the chemical bonds in the plastic were breaking when exposed to the waxworms.The creatures transformed the polyethylene into an “un-bonded” substance called ethylene glycoll.Published in the journal Current Biology, the study says it is likely that digesting the beeswax found in hives involves breaking down similar types of chemical bonds.The beeswax on which the worms grow is composed of a rich diversity of compounds including fats, oils and some hormones. She soon noticed it had become riddled with holes.To confirm it was not just the caterpillars’ chewing mechanism that was degrading the plastic, researchers “mashed up” some of the worms and smeared them on polyethylene bags, which achieved similar results.“It’s extremely, extremely exciting because breaking down plastic has proved so challenging,” said Paolo Bombelli from Cambridge University.“If a single enzyme is responsible for this chemical process, its reproduction on a large scale using biotechnological methods should be achievable.”He said the most likely scenario was one whereby existing recycling plants could be adapted to biodegrade mass quantities of plastic using the newly discovered enzyme or enzymes.But he added the enzymes could one day possibly be sprayed directly onto landfill sites or even infused into sea plants in order to degrade plastic already in the environment. The plastic was biodegraded by 10 worms in 30 minutesCredit:Cesar Hernandez Enzymes in the worms’ saliva are thought to be the crucial factorCredit:Cesar Hernandez The waxworm makes short work of the polyethylene plastic The plastic was biodegraded by 10 worms in 30 minutes The waxworm makes short work of the polyethylene plasticCredit:Paolo Bombelli/SWNS Dr Bertocchini, who led the research at CSIC , said: “We are planning to implement this finding into a viable way to get rid of plastic waste, working towards a solution to save our oceans, rivers, and all the environment from the unavoidable consequences of plastic accumulation.”British supermarkets have faced increasing calls in recent months to introduce plastic-free aisles, in a bid to cut down on the amount of plastic exposed to the environment.The campaign has been spurred by research by the The Ellen MacArthur Foundation which predicts that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the world’s oceans by weight than fish.Dr Bombelli said any initiatives to biodegrade plastic had to come alongside efforts to prevent the use of it in the first place.The 5p charge which was added to plastic bags in October 2015 has seen use fall by 80 per cent, and the government is currently considering adding a charge of up to 20p to plastic bottles, which can be reclaimed when they are recycled. 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

Soaring NHS negligence bill could have paid for 6500 more doctors

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first_imgAnd it said the NHS had was facing increasing numbers of claims which had no merit – with almost 5,000 failed claims in 2015/16.On current trends, the NHS will spend £2.6bn a year on claims by 2022, says the report, which calls for wholesale reform of the legal system, including fixed recoverable costs for claims up to £250,000 to stop lawyers charging “disproportionate” legal fees.It also suggests that calulations for damages should be based on the loss of average earnings, not actual earnings. Baby Joshua Titcombe died after hospital staff failed to provide antibiotics for an infection  A Department of Health spokesman said: “We agree that clinical negligence costs are too high – so we’re taking action to drive these down. We have consulted on proposals to cap exorbitant payments going to lawyers, and NHS Resolution will give hospitals incentives to learn from mistakes so that costs are reduced just as patient care improves.” Jeremy Hunt  NHS spending on medical blunders could fund more than 6,000 more doctors, with costs soaring by more than 70 per cent in just five years, new figures show.The Medical Protection Society (MPS) said current trends will see annual spending hit £2.6bn within five years, and could threaten the survival of the NHS.The organisation, which advises more than 300,000 medics, called for sweeping changes to the legal system, to limit the amount spent on lawyers, and cuts to damages payouts.Its experts said increasing patient expectations and disportionate legal costs were fuelling costs which were not affordable.In the five years to 2015/16, the total number of claims has risen by 27 per cent, official figures show.But the costs rose by 72 per cent over the same period, with £1.5bn paid out in 2015/16, the report shows.The figure could pay for the training of 6,500 doctors, the report says.Many of the most expensive claims involve babies left brain damaged at birth.Since 2004/5, the value of claims against NHS maternity units for brain damage and cerebral palsy has risen from £354m to £990m, official figures show.The cases – often linked with a failure to monitor babies’ heart rates, to detect risks of oxygen starvation – fuelled maternity negligence claims of more than £1.2bn in 2015/16. Joshua with sister Emily center_img This means higher earners would not receive more from the NHS in compensation than lower earners for a similar claim.And it calls for a limits on future care costs, and a 10 year limit on making a claim.Emma Hallinan, director of claims at the MPS, said: “It is important that there is reasonable compensation for patients harmed following clinical negligence, but a balance must be struck against society’s ability to pay. If the current trend continues the balance will tip too far and the cost risks becoming unsustainable for the NHS and ultimately for society.”This is without doubt a difficult debate to have, but difficult decisions are made about spending in healthcare every day and we have reached a point where the amount society pays for clinical negligence must be one of them,” she said. The report found GPs are now twice as likely to be sued for clinical negligence as they were a decade ago, with the highest claim paid costing £5.5m. Jeremy Hunt has set out plans which aim to dramatically reduce the number of tragedies where babies die or are harmed for life Credit:Eddie Mulholland 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

Say what Turning right ear to sound helps you hear better scientists

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first_imgIt is the first time the effect has been found to work in adults.”Conventional research shows that right-ear advantage diminishes around age 13, but our results indicate this is related to the demand of the task,” said Dr Aurora Weaver, assistant professor at Auburn and member of the research team. The research could help scientists improve hearing aids  The research could help scientists improve hearing aids Credit:Panther Media GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo  “Cognitive skills, of course, are subject to decline with advanced aging, disease, or trauma,” added Dr Weaver.”Therefore, we need to better understand the impact of cognitive demands on listening.”The research was presented at the annual Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, which will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana. 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. Listening with the right ear stimulates the left side of the brain which processes language center_img For the new experiment, 41 participants aged between 19 and 28 were asked to wear a headset and recall a list of numbers played into either their right, or left ear piece.The researchers found that when the list of numbers was small – fewer than six digits – there was no difference in ear performance. However as the list grew, results were an average of eight per cent better when the numbers were played into to the right hand ear. The performance of some individuals improved as much as 41 per cent for the right ear.Scientists knew that children hear more easily through the right ear but it was thought that by adulthood, both ears had taken on equal load.The team are hoping the research will help improve hearing aids and deafness testing. Listening with the right ear stimulates the left side of the brain which processes language  Researcher Danielle Sacchinelli added: “The more we know about listening in demanding environments, and listening effort in general, the better diagnostic tools, auditory management, including hearing aids, and auditory training will become.”Recent research also suggested that loss of hearing is a major risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, because it puts a greater strain on the brain when interpreting sound.So the new study could also help scientists understand how deafness impacts neurodegenerative diseases. Many people, when struggling to hear, will naturally cock their head to the right hand side, in a bid to improve the sound.But a new study has shown that the instinctual movement has a scientific basis. The right ear is indeed better equipped for not only listening but also making sense of noise.And it is to do with how the brain interprets sound.Listening is a complex task which requires not only sensitive hearing, but also the ability to turn the information into meaning. Once you add the distraction of background noise and the constant interruptions of modern life, that ability to comprehend becomes far more tricky.However sound entering the right ear is processed by the left side of the brain, which controls speech, language development, and portions of memory.So turning the right ear towards the speaker, or noise source, will allow more information to travel to the side of the brain where it can be more easily interpreted, according to audiology researchers at Auburn University in Alabama, US.last_img read more

Mother defeats Boots over sexualised makeup as stores withdraw eyeshadow from sale

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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. Carer Ms Fitzsimons, who also has a 19-year-old daughter Rose, questioned the brand’s motive, and said: “I think they’re trying to copy other brands that also give their products grim names but these are more expensive so are more likely to be bought by adults.”It’s completely unnecessary. It’s gratuitous and crude. I think they did it for the shock value.”I thought ‘foreplay. What on earth?’. I said to my friend half in jest can you imagine a couple of 13-year-olds saying, ‘I’m wearing foreplay with a touch of home wrecker today?’. “It’s over-sexualising children and is completely demeaning. It’s makeup and it’s there to make you feel better about yourself but it’s like it’s saying you should be proud to be a homewrecker or a dealer.”It sends out the wrong message and it normalises these words for teens. It’s provocative for the sake of being provocative.”I think I was shocked that they came from Boots because you think of them as a quality retailer and a name you can trust.”A spokeswoman for Obsession issued a comment through Boots, confirming that the product will be removed from stores and online “with immediate effect”. The Obsession Obsessive Eyes makeup that Angela Fitzsimons bought from BootCredit:Mercury Press and Media Ms Fitzsimons said the palette, which costs £12 for 24 eyeshadows, would appeal to younger girls even if it wasn’t specifically marketed at themCredit:Mercury Press and Media “At that price you will get children aged 12, 13, and 14 buying it. Even if they don’t buy it they will be seeing these words.” A mother-of-two has claimed victory over Boots after the pharmacy withdrew what she claimed was “sexualised” make-up.Angela Fitzsimons, 46, was left outraged when her 17-year-old daughter Grace came home with Obsession Obsessive Eyes makeup palette – which included colour shades such as “milf”, “foreplay” and “sugar daddy”.The teenager picked up the selection of eyeshadows from Boots’ Loughborough branch last week, and her mother branded the wording “unnecessary and crude”. Now the beauty retailer has admitted it got it wrong and promised to remove the product – which is also sold on the Revolution makeup website. Ms Fitzsimons said the palette, which costs £12 for 24 eyeshadows, would appeal to younger girls even if it wasn’t specifically marketed at them.The eyeshadow names also include housewife, safeword, chauvinist, dealer, wasted, vape, blackmail and full package.Ms Fitzsimons, of Shepshed, Leicestershire, said: “Grace had been out with her friends and she brought home this palette which she bought with some birthday vouchers.”She said they were nice colours but the names were gross. I looked closer and saw they were called things like milf, homewrecker and dealer. It was pretty rank.”I complained to Boots and they replied that it was not marketed at children but I don’t think that makes a difference. Ms Fitzsimons said the palette, which costs £12 for 24 eyeshadows, would appeal to younger girls even if it wasn't specifically marketed at them She said: “Obsession is a new brand. While we were experimenting with our personality, we know we haven’t always got things quite right and some of our shade names need work. “This is something we’re addressing and fixing as a priority as new products launch and we will not repeat these shades names, or genre of shade names, in future.”However, we also want to act now. We are committed to listening to our customers and reacting to feedback at speed.”This complaint has made us accelerate our plan and we will remove this product, Obsessive Eyes, from stores and online with immediate effect.” The Obsession Obsessive Eyes makeup that Angela Fitzsimons bought from Boot read more

Jimmy Osmond suffers stroke on stage in pantomine

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Jimmy Osmond as Captain Hook  Jimmy Osmond as Captain Hook Credit:Simon Hadley Birmingham Hippodrome’s artistic director and chief executive Fiona Allan said: “Everyone here at Birmingham Hippodrome has been deeply saddened to hear of Jimmy’s sudden illness.”Jimmy loved being a part of the Hippodrome’s well-renowned panto, and his portrayal of Captain Hook was both dastardly and heartwarming. He won the adoration not just of our audiences, but also of all our staff – we all send Jimmy and his family very best wishes for a speedy recovery.” Osmondis the youngest member of the sibling musical group the Osmonds. Jimmy Osmond suffered a stroke whilst starring as Captain Hook in a pantomime – but managed to finish the show.The 55-year-old entertainer was rushed to hospital after appearing in Peter Pan at the  Birmingham Hippodrome on Thursday.A spokesperson said he had completed the performance and signed autographs for fans before being taken for treatment.Osmond is now taking time out to recover and will not return to the production, the spokesperson said.A statement published on the venue’s website said: “On the evening of Thursday December 27th after pushing through the evening’s performance of Peter Pan at Birmingham Hippodrome, Jimmy Osmond was driven straight to hospital and diagnosed with a stroke. He is grateful for all the well wishes and will be taking time out in the new year.”The part is being covered by Osmond’s understudy Luke Redford and Darren Day will take over from later this week. 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

Stephen Hawkings former nurse suspended amid secret misconduct hearing

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Professor Stephen Hawking with nurse Patricia Dowdy Stephen Hawking’s former nurse has been suspended as a secret hearing takes place over allegations of “serious” misconduct, it has emerged.Patricia Dowdy, 61, has been banned from practicing since the scientist’s family lodged a complaint against her in 2016.A hearing into the case is currently taking place at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), but the details of the allegations have been kept secret and the public and the media have been banned from attending.The decision to hold the tribunal behind closed doors has raised concerns about open justice.Mrs Dowdy worked for the A Brief History of Time author for around 15 years and was frequently seen at his side.Prof Hawking died aged 76 at his Cambridge home in March last year, more than 50 years after he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease.Cambridge is where the alleged “misconduct” took place, according to details on the NMC website.Further publicly available documents show that Mrs Dowdy was suspended in March 2016, a decision which is normally only taken when the allegations are sufficiently serious.The “substantive” hearing against her is likely to last until January 18, but it will remain behind closed doors. A source with knowledge of the inquiry told the Mail on Sunday that the allegations were “pretty serious”. In 2004 Professor Hawking’s second wife Elaine Mason was accused of abusing the physicist by ten nurses who had cared for him after he was repeatedly taken to hospital with injuries including a broken wrist, and cuts to his face and lip.Police took no action after both Prof Hawking and Ms Mason denied the allegations.It is not known whether Mrs Dowdy was one of the nurses involved in the complaint.A source close to Prof Hawking told the Telegraph: ““I knew Pat, she was lovely. She was fully qualified. I don’t know what this is all about, but I’m sure it’s nonsense. And now Stephen’s not here to protect her.”Matthew McClelland, Director of Fitness to Practise at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) said: “Our legislation and guidance is very clear that hearings usually take place in public. “Sometimes there are important reasons – including in this particular case – why we hold hearings in private in order to protect the interests of all individuals affected. 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 Dowdy, from Ipswich, Suffolk, said that she had “no comment” to make on the proceedings.  Professor Stephen Hawking with nurse Patricia DowdyCredit:REX/Shutterstock read more

North Korea calls US strikes on Syria unforgivable

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedU.S. fires missiles at Assad airbase; Russia denounces ‘aggression’April 7, 2017In “World”North Korea state media warns of nuclear strike if provokedApril 11, 2017In “World”Pence warns North Korea of U.S. resolve shown in Syria, Afghan strikesApril 17, 2017In “World” By Ju-min Park and Jack Kim | SEOULU.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) fires a tomahawk land attack missile in Mediterranean Sea which U.S. Defense Department said was a part of cruise missile strike against Syria on April 7, 2017. Robert S. Price/Courtesy U.S. Navy/Handout via REUTERS(Reuters) North Korea said on Saturday U.S. missile strikes against a Syrian airfield on Friday were “an unforgivable act of aggression” that showed its decision to develop nuclear weapons was “the right choice a million times over”.The response by North Korea’s foreign ministry, carried by the official KCNA news agency, was the first since U.S. warships in the Mediterranean Sea launched dozens of missiles at a Syrian air base which the Pentagon says was involved in a chemical weapons attack earlier in the week.“The U.S. missile attack against Syria is a clear and unforgivable act of aggression against a sovereign state and we strongly condemn this,” KCNA quoted an unnamed spokesman for the North Korean foreign ministry as saying.“The reality of today proves our decision to strengthen our military power to stand against force with force was the right choice a million times over,” KCNA said.Diplomatically isolated North Korea considers Syria a key ally. KCNA said its leader Kim Jong Un and Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad exchanged messages of warm wishes and pledges of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.Al-Assad thanked Kim for recognizing the Syrian struggle to “meet such challenges as sinister actions of the world’s terrorists and encouraged Syria to successfully weather the crisis without fail,” KCNA said.The exchange of messages came before the U.S. airstrikes, which were U.S. President Donald Trump’s biggest foreign policy move since taking office in January in reaction to what Washington says was a gas attack by al-Assad’s government that killed at least 70 people in a rebel-held territory.Syria denies it carried out the attack.The U.S. strikes came as Trump hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping in Florida to press the leader of North Korea’s sole diplomatic ally to do more to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions.North Korea is believed to be developing missiles capable of hitting the United States and a nuclear arsenal in defiance of U.N. sanctions. It has conducted five nuclear tests — two since the beginning of last year — and scores of missile tests.(Reporting by Jack Kim and Ju-min Park; Editing by Alexander Smith) read more

Guyana needs a new expanded breed of private sector players –

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– criticises local Private Sector’s “guts”Finance Minister Winston Jordan has indicated that the problems affecting growth in the economy can be attributed to the lack of risks being taken by local private sector players.In responding to questions posed about the bleak economic situation in Guyana, during a diaspora meeting at the Guyana Embassy in Washington DC on Friday, Minister Jordan declared that the local private sector is not taking enough risks to stimulate the economy.Jordan said: “I met the existing private sector and they are stuck in their ways. We need to have an expanded breed of private sector players.  We need a private sector who shall take more chances.”According to the Finance Minister, the private sector players are not making the necessary investments, internally and externally, that would help the economy to grow.New breedContacted on Saturday to clarify the comments he had made in Washington on Friday evening, Minister Jordan explained that his “new breed” of private sector players are those who are willing and prepared to think outside of the box; be creative and innovative in using cutting edge technology to improve productivity, thereby increasing competitiveness.Finance Minister Winston Jordan“My new ‘breed’ of private sector players would be seizing the many opportunities that are available for expansion, especially with oil on the horizon. They will try to form partnerships and alliances with the private sector in the Caribbean and further afield to overcome some of the barriers they face, such as financing and human resources,” Minister Jordan explained.He told this publication that the local private sector faces many limitations, but a significant number of players are “stuck in their ways” and are restricted in their growth because of a refusal to adjust to a changing and more challenging environment.“In spite of all the local content legislation we may put in place, few private sector firms will benefit if they do not re-orient the way they do business,” the minister stated.Jordan has, nevertheless, said he recognises the efforts of those private sector entities which have made strides in this regard.Risks and rewardsEconomist Sasenarine Singh, who attended the meeting in the USA, was perplexed about some of the minister’s statement. He contends that businesses will not pump money into an economy if the investment climate is not favourable.Singh explained that it all comes back to the ‘risks and rewards’ balance, and if the risks outweigh the rewards, then businessmen will not be encouraged to invest.“No businessman is going to invest if he is not going to make returns,” Singh contends. “Who is going to make investments in Guyana when the risks are so high and the returns are so low?” he questioned as he highlighted that there are other countries with greater risks involved, but businesses opt to make investments there because of the attractive rates of return.Investors’ confidenceTime and again, the private sector umbrella bodies in Guyana have raised concerns over the robust tax regime and its impact on investors’ confidence in the economy.Most recently, the Private Sector Commission (PSC) voiced to a visiting International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission its concerns about increased taxation, the declining value of the Guyana dollar, and uncertainty about the direction in which the economy is headed.“There has been a decline in the economy. We don’t have a sustainable growth rate, and both the Government and the PSC must work to fix this. I would like to see the Government offer businesses incentives and work to create a stable environment where businesses can operate,” PSC Chairman Eddie Boyer told a news entity in March 2017.The PSC, in a separate statement this year, also noted that growth and improvement in Guyana cannot continue if investors’ confidence continues to be eroded. The PSC has noted that the trajectory in which the country is heading at the moment does not inspire such confidence. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPrivate sector bodies say conditions in Guyana not favourable to investApril 24, 2017In “Business”Jagdeo criticises new foreign trade policy measures as “absolute madness”February 7, 2017In “latest news”No immediate need for Data protection laws – Finance MinisterNovember 18, 2015In “Politics” read more

UPDATE High Court to rule soon on stay of misconduct charges

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHigh Court grants stay halting Magistrates’ Court from hearing charges against Singh, BrassingtonMay 21, 2018In “Court”Lawyers make submissions for SOCU misconduct charges to be thrown outSeptember 29, 2018In “Court”SOCU misconduct charges: Singh, Brassington’s legal challenge delayedOctober 23, 2018In “Court” Justice Franklin Holder has indicated that he will pass a ruling on the application of whether the Magistrates’ court proceedings brought against Winston Brassington and Dr Ashni Singh by the Government, on May 21, 2018 will be stayed pending the outcome of the challenge of the validity of the “misconduct in public office” charges at the High Court.File photo: (L) Former Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh and former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NICIL Winston Brassington leaving the court with some of their lawyersOn April 12, 2018, The Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU) instituted legal proceedings against former Finance Minister, Dr Singh and former National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) CEO Brassington for what it says is “misconduct in public office: contrary to common law” as it pertains to the sale of three plots of State land.However, former Attorney General under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government, Anil Nandlall in challenging these matters for what the defence contends are frivolous charges, filed the two High Court actions seeking to have an interim stay of proceedings in the Magistrates’ Courts and to have the charges against Singh and Brassington quashed.On May 2, 2018, Justice Holder heard the challenge for an interim stay of proceedings in the Magistrates’ Courts.Having heard both sides, the Judge then gave SOCU’s lawyers one week to show why he should not grant Nandlall’s application.Singh’s and Brassington’s legal team included Senior Counsel Stanley Moore, Sase Gunraj, Ronald Burch-Smith and Mark Waldron.Following the in-chambers hearing, Nandlall, along with his legal team, told reporters that “We are challenging the legality and validity of the charges and that will take some time to determine; in the meantime, we want an interim order staying the hands of the Magistrate from going forward, so the hearing for that has commenced.Senior Counsel and former Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran is of the view that the charges may be unconstitutional on the basis that Singh and Brassington were not “public officers” in accordance with the Constitution.Various lawyers have also recently pointed out that using the definitions of “public officer”, “public office,” and “public service” as defined in Article 232 of the Guyana Constitution would exclude both Singh and Brassington, from the charges of “Misconduct in Public Office: Contrary to the Common Law.”It was posited that this was “an open-and-shut case”, as neither Singh nor Brassington are “public officers” and as such, the law under which they are charged (based on both the Constitution and legal precedents all the way to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)) cannot be applied to them.After the SOCU charges were filed, Nandlall on behalf of PPP/C Members of Parliament (MPs) took to the court to have Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence and former Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton charged with the same offence.Ministers David Patterson, Winston Jordan and Dr Rupert Roopnaraine were also subsequently charged with the same offence.However, all of those charges were discontinued by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), a move which Nandlall contends is unfair as he continues to oppose the decision.As it pertains to the charges in the Magistrates’ Court, Singh and Brassington are expected to return on June 5, for reports. read more

Gayle will be part of World Cup squad insists Windies skipper

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The player recently opted out of taking part in the ongoing tour of India in order to compete in the Afghanistan Premier League (APL), leaving some to speculate on the possibility of his selection.  Holder is, however, confident Gayle, who was a part of the team that took part in the World Cup qualifiers, will be part of the squad.“He (Gayle) is definitely going to play the World Cup once his body holds up and he’s fit. We’d welcome him into the team. If you go back to the beginning of the year, Chris made himself available for the World Cup qualifiers. He only did that really because he wants to play the World Cup, he wants to play well for West Indies and he wants to do well,” Holder said.“When he does that he has plenty of options around the world to make money it says something about the individual, says something about what he wants and I really admire that. He was obviously a pivotal part in us qualifying to the World Cup,” Holder said. (SportsMax) Windies skipper Jason Holder is congratulated by Chris Gayle (SportsMax)Windies skipper Jason Holder is confident star batsman Chris Gayle will be a part of the team for the 2019 World Cup once he is fit and ready.The 39-year-old has expressed an interest in making a final appearance at the tournament, which will take place in England next year but it will be up to the Cricket West Indies panel of selectors to pick the player.  The big left-hander has, however, made the criteria for selection after taking part in the regional Super50 competition for the Jamaica Scorpions. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGayle, Russell likely to be in Windies WorldT20 squadJanuary 28, 2016In “Sports”Pollard, Narine, Bravo, Russell ditch Windies bid for World Cup berthJanuary 25, 2018In “Sports”Chris Gayle back in West Indies squad to face England in ODI seriesFebruary 7, 2019In “latest news” read more

New technology to extract potash from verdete slate

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first_imgAmazon Mining Holding has filed a patent application in the UK for the production of conventional potash product, muriate of potash (KCl) and sulphate of potash (SOP) from verdete slate of the Cerrado Verde Project. The technology was developed by Dr. Derek Fray, Professor and Director of Research at the University of Cambridge. The Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, sponsored by Amazon has invented a method for reacting verdete slate with a simple mixture of salts to form water-soluble potash. The reactions occur at moderate temperatures of 800-1,000oC and most reagents are regenerated in process. The route allows for the production of potassium sulphate (SOP) and muriate of potash (KCl). The company’s primary focus and immediate goal remains the development of its Cerrado Verde potash property and bringing its ThermoPotash fertiliser product into production.Amazon continues, in parallel, to develop a method for producing a conventional potash export commodity. The next step in the KCl and SOP product development process will be to initiate studies for a pilot plant. The current processing concept is simple and straight-forward and the company believes it can be scaled up to industrial levels.Amazon Mining is a mineral exploration and development company founded and led by Brazilians since 2005. It is focused on the development of the Cerrado Verde project. Cerrado Verde is source of a potash rich rock from which Amazon plans to produce a slow-release, non-chloride, multi-nutrient, fertiliser product. Amazon Mining is a UK public company with shares listed on the TSX Venture Exchange since November 2007.last_img read more

Queensland decision to recommence uranium mining

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first_imgLaramide Resources and others have commented on Queensland’s decision to overturn of the decades-long ban on uranium mining. Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, the Honorable Andrew Cripps, announced in a joint statement on October 22 that the State Government will convene a three-member implementation committee to oversee the recommencement of uranium mining in Queensland. Premier Newman said the decision followed sustained public debate on uranium mining in Queensland, in addition to the strong support for the uranium industry from the Federal Australian Labour Party Government. Laramide said “the government decision is a very positive development for Laramide and the company’s flagship Westmoreland project, situated in northwest Queensland, one of three known deposits in the State. John Borshoff, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Paladin Energy (one of its projects shown here) said “This initiative taken by the Queensland State Government is a hugely positive move for the Australian uranium industry as a whole. With a pro-uranium position, priorities can now be made on deposit quality and markets, and thankfully the politics of access will not be a key determinant of going forward”.Marc Henderson, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Westmoreland is one of the largest and highest quality uranium development projects in Australia – or in the world, for that matter – and will now clearly benefit from clarity over its uranium mining position and our development path and timing. We look forward to a constructive dialogue and working relationship with the Queensland government as this policy change is implemented and we commend this important decision.”There has not been uranium mining in Queensland for approximately 30 years, while other states such as Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia have created successful uranium industries.The Executive Chairman of Summit Resources, Brendan O’Hara, said “the Campbell Newman led Queensland government had shown tremendous leadership in taking this decision, the benefits of which will accrue to the people of Queensland in years to come”.last_img read more

ConocoPhillips Center for a Sustainable WE²ST established at Colorado School of Mines

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first_imgColorado School of Mines and ConocoPhillips have announced the establishment of the ConocoPhillips Center for a Sustainable WE²ST (Water-Energy Education, Science and Technology) at Colorado School of Mines with a leadership investment of $3 million in the university. The centre will focus on research and education that promote joint sustainability of unconventional energy production and water resources. “By establishing this unique centre at Colorado School of Mines, ConocoPhillips demonstrates the value it places on educating students about the technical aspects of energy and water resources, and exposing them to the critical sustainability questions that arise around unconventional energy production,” says Mines President Bill Scoggins. “The centre will advance our expertise in earth, energy and environment, and further strengthen our longstanding partnership with ConocoPhillips.”Mines Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Terri Hogue will serve as director of the centre, for areas of focus will include education; community acceptance, communication and corporate social responsibility research; and integrated water resources assessment research. The research and educational initiatives undertaken at the centre will benefit not only unconventional energy producers and water-reliant industrial stakeholders, but also the general public.“We cannot be a leading Exploration and Production company without also being a great water company,” says Al Hirshberg, Executive Vice President, Technology & Projects, ConocoPhillips. “The ConocoPhillips Center for a Sustainable WE²ST is an important extension of our existing global efforts around water sustainability.”ConocoPhillips takes a comprehensive approach and implements action plans to respect water resources and support the company’s sustainable efforts. In 2013, the company’s actions included reducing water use per well for hydraulic fracturing in Eagle Ford by about 45% and establishing a Water Solutions group to ensure it has the technology and technical capability to meet future water management goals. In Doha, Qatar, the company’s Global Water Sustainability Center uses state-of-the-art analytical capabilities to advance the science around produced water treatment, seawater desalination and water reuse and recycling. Research is then shared across the company.“Challenges presented by water are diverse and highly specialized,” says Fran Vallejo, Vice President and Treasurer, ConocoPhillips, and a Colorado School of Mines graduate. “They require innovative ideas and solutions from the best and brightest minds, which is why we are proud to collaborate with Colorado School of Mines to develop this state-of-the-art centre.”ConocoPhillips has a longstanding commitment to Colorado School of Mines. By supporting education, charitable giving, volunteerism and civic leadership, the company helps build skills critical for the future. Through this and other educational contributions, ConocoPhillips aims to advance research in secondary and technical education; support diversity of the talent pool in math, science and engineering disciplines; and improve effectiveness of primary education.last_img read more