Players Union Appeals Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliotts 6Game Suspension

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is accused of injuring his girlfriend. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL Players Association has appealed Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension over the league’s conclusion that its 2016 rushing leader injured his former girlfriend in three separate incidents last summer.The union said Tuesday it will represent Elliott “to ensure that the NFL is held to its obligation of adhering to principles of industrial due process under the collective bargaining agreement.”The NFL suspended Elliott last week after a yearlong investigation into an Ohio domestic violence case that prosecutors declined to pursue. Elliott’s attorneys blasted Commissioner Roger Goodell’s ruling, saying the league “cherry-picked” evidence to reach its conclusion.A hearing with Goodell or an arbitrator will be scheduled within 10 days with a decision “as soon as practicable” after the appeal is heard, according to the labor agreement.The Cowboys open the regular season Sept. 10 at home against the New York Giants. read more

The Patriots Arent Quite Their Usual Dominant Selves This Year

MIN71MIN60MIN 24, GB 17-10.0– Taken altogether, these numbers reveal a Patriots squad that is not fully playing at the level it’s used to at this stage of the season. And that shows up in big-picture indicators such as Elo or even point differential, where the Pats’ +58 margin is its weakest of the decade through 11 contests. But even so, a lessened version of the Patriots still ranks among the league’s top teams. And as we mentioned above, the Vikings will be a good opponent for Belichick to use as a measuring stick for his roster. According to our combination of matchup quality (i.e., the harmonic mean of the teams’ Elo ratings in each game) and game importance (how likely it is to swing either team’s odds of making the playoffs), this will be the fourth-best game of the week: IND29.514.5JAX0.10.114.71468 PIT70PIT69DEN 24, PIT 17+0.0 Here’s a surprise: The New England Patriots are 8-3, leading the AFC East, with some of the best odds in the conference of winning the Super Bowl.Oh, right. I’ve just described basically every Pats season in recent memory. This is the ninth consecutive season that New England has won at least eight of its first 11 games. The team’s current Elo rating of 1641, however, is the lowest it’s been through the same stage of the season since 2009 (and we don’t talk about that season).So what are we to make of these Patriots, then? After overcoming the typical early season hiccups, is this year’s version ready to build championship momentum down the stretch like normal? Or is there still something a little bit off about a team that was showering its punter (of all players) with praise after an uncharacteristically modest win over the lowly New York Jets last week?In advance of New England’s showdown Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, let’s take a look at some of the Patriots’ calling-card metrics to see whether this season is business as usual in Foxboro.Road warriors?One of the Pats’ most eye-catching statistics during Bill Belichick’s time as head coach has been their near-invincibility at home, where they’ve won 87 percent of their games this decade. But their road record — winning more than 70 percent of the time away from Gillette Stadium — could be even more remarkable. From 2010 to 2017, the Pats’ winning percentage on the road was about 10.5 percentage points higher than what we’d expect from their home record — the third biggest gap in the NFL (behind the Cowboys and Eagles): NO81NO83NO 31, ATL 17-0.9– SEA74.910.5SF<0.1<0.110.51460 MIN62.813.6NE99.11.014.61610 BAL46.118.0ATL4.23.121.01539 Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 12Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 12 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game IND68IND70IND 27, MIA 24-0.6– WSH38.9%+/-19.5PHI23.7%+/-11.130.61525 DAL60.313.3NO>99.90.113.31635 TEN20.57.2NYJ<0.1<0.17.21417 LAC84LAC85LAC 45, ARI 10-0.9– OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION CAR62CAR57SEA 30, CAR 27+4.1– HOU95.73.8CLE1.31.45.21462 NE77NE82NE 27, NYJ 13+0.4– Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup.*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group BAL83BAL81BAL 34, OAK 17-2.3– On average, Elo beat our readers by 18.9 points in the game last week, bringing its record to 11 wins and one loss so far this season. Readers had the best pick of Week 12 — rightly pumping the brakes on Cincinnati’s chances of beating the Browns — but they were punished for picking against Elo in the Bills’ upset over the Jaguars, and they didn’t show enough faith in the victorious Vikings, Eagles and Bucs.Among individual users who did better than average, congrats are in order to Ryan Gnizak, who led all users in Week 12 with 263.5 points, and to Greg Chili Van Hollebeke, who held on to a slim lead for the entire season with 934.5 points. Thanks to everyone who has been playing — and if you haven’t, be sure to get in on the action! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you haven’t played yet.Check out our latest NFL predictions. DEN13.010.7CIN6.45.316.01453 CAR30.914.9TB0.70.815.71492 GB6.13.0ARI<0.1<0.13.01412 PHI80PHI69PHI 25, NYG 22-8.1– PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS CIN75%CIN63%CLE 35, CIN 20+13.4– HOU58HOU63HOU 34, TEN 17+2.3– This year, though, New England is a perfect 5-0 at home but only 3-3 on the road — respectable but nowhere near the league’s best. (The Pats have also been outscored by 11 points in away games, against a road schedule that ranks just 28th in average opposing Elo.) And this might come up in the playoffs, unlike so many seasons in which the Pats had home-field advantage through the AFC title game.1Since 2010, New England has played a total of 15 non-Super Bowl playoff games — of which 13 have been hosted at Gillette Stadium. Right now, New England is in line for the AFC’s No. 2 seed behind the Kansas City Chiefs, but only a half-game separates them from the fourth-seeded Steelers.Owning the turnover battleTurnover margin is one of the most important factors in determining who wins or loses any football game. Conventional stathead wisdom, though, tells us that outlier turnover seasons — whether avoiding them on offense, forcing them on defense, or both — are unsustainable. While there are some ways a team can influence its tendency to have more takeaways than giveaways, a lot of it also comes down to luck.Unless, of course, you’re the Patriots. New England perennially dominates this category, ranking first by a mile from 2010 through 2017 with a +116 turnover differential, almost double that of the next-best team. A lot of that is a function of having Tom Brady at QB; he’s tied for the second-lowest interception percentage of any passer in NFL history. But the Pats are also great at avoiding fumbles — only the Falcons had coughed it up fewer times since 2010, and no team had lost fewer fumbles than the Pats. And their defense had forced the second-most turnovers of any team this decade (behind the Giants), ranking second in interceptions and tied for third in fumbles recovered.Such opportunism has historically paid big dividends for New England, but this year’s squad is still trying to recapture that formula. The Pats are currently +5 in turnovers, which ranks ninth in the league but is nothing special by their standards. Brady has his highest interception rate since 2013 (his seven picks already are only one off of his full-season total from last year), driving a big overall increase in giveaways per game, though the team is being more careful in recent weeks. And while the Pats have forced at least one turnover in all but one game this season, they are tied for eighth-to-last in the league in games with three or more takeaways, six behind the league-leading Bears.Yards and pointsIn addition to — and correlated with — their dominant turnover differential, the Patriots have always had another trick up their sleeves in terms of winning extra games. It involves their yards per point (YPP): essentially, how efficiently they turn field position into scores on offense and how inefficiently they force opponents to do the same. By definition, when you have a lower YPP than the opponent, you will win more often because you’re trading field position for points at a more favorable rate than they are.Like turnover margin, YPP is supposed to be pretty inconsistent from year to year, bouncing around with a team’s luck at picking up key first downs and converting red zone chances, along with the all-important knack for “bending but not breaking” on defense. Yet the Pats dominate this category so thoroughly and so consistently, it might be the single biggest factor in their ongoing success. Not only had they ranked first in both offensive and defensive YPP since 2010, but their net YPP differential of +5.6 was more than double the No. 2 Packers’ +2.5 mark over that span.(This is one of the big reasons that worries about the Patriots’ defense always need to be tempered. Belichick’s team has traditionally punched above its weight in terms of points allowed, just because it always makes opponents work so hard to turn gains on the field into rewards on the scoreboard.)This season, the Pats remain among the top net YPP teams, ranking fourth, but they are not quite dominating like usual. They rank just seventh in offensive YPP and sixth on defense, with a net YPP of +2.8, which trails the Bears, Saints and Chiefs. On top of the increase in turnovers per game from above, New England’s efficiency rankings on third down and in the red zone are worse, and the team has slipped in those same “situational” categories on defense. And if you want another cause for the Patriots’ YPP decline, their net starting field position is -2.6 yards per drive this season (meaning the opponent starts 2.6 yards closer to the end zone than the Pats), after a decade in which that number was a league-best +4.6.In other words, many of the little things that usually add up to that massive YPP advantage for New England aren’t quite working as well so far this year. But the good news for the Pats is that their turnover margin and net YPP tend to improve radically from this point in the season onward, in no small part because Belichick specifically tries to build a tough, physical team that thrives in bad weather. So even in a relative down season by their key indicators, don’t be surprised if the Patriots build them up at least some before season’s end.Gronk smash!Tight end Rob Gronkowski has long been the Pats’ not-so-secret weapon on offense, helping the team transition seamlessly from the powerful Randy Moss-Wes Welker offense of a previous era to the version that’s been terrorizing the league for most of this decade.But the famously fragile Gronk has appeared to show his age and mileage this season more than perhaps ever before. He’s missed three games with various ailments, and when he has played, he’s been limited to just 63.0 yards per game with a career-low 0.25 touchdown catches per contest. Gronkowski’s reduced mobility has hurt his trademark ability to rumble after the catch for spectacular gains, and it’s made him much less of a focal point in the offense than he’s accustomed to being. When on the field, Gronk has seen only 18.7 percent of the targets in the Pats’ passing game, his lowest number since getting 17.7 percent as a rookie.But Gronk’s influence on the Patriots’ offense remains undeniable. In the eight games the star tight end has played in 2018, Brady’s passer rating is 98.2; in the three he missed, it dropped to 91.6 (league average is 94.9). Even with Gronkowski playing in a more limited physical condition than usual, producing less of a statistical footprint than before, this is confirmation that he’s still one of the biggest engines driving the Patriots’ success. The biggest question might simply be what kind of durability Gronkowski’s banged-up body will have over the rest of the season.Brady stays ageless … sort ofAlong with Belichick, the one constant in New England’s dynasty has been No. 12 under center. Brady has probably been the single most valuable player in the NFL this century, and he’s been crucial in engineering five Super Bowl titles for the Patriots with his consistency, leadership and ability to rally the team back from seemingly insurmountable deficits.But at 41 — an age at which almost no other QB has ever been productive — there is a near-constant watch for any sign of slippage in Brady’s performance. And he has been a bit less sharp statistically than in years past. His adjusted net yards per attempt index at Pro-Football-Reference.com, which measures passing efficiency relative to the league (where 100 is average), is 111 this year, down from 117 last season and 138 the year before that. It hadn’t been so low since Brady was barely above average (102) in 2013.Of course, there are reasons for Brady’s decline that go beyond his advanced age, from Gronk’s aforementioned absences to a four-game suspension for top target Julian Edelman at the start of the season and a WR corps in flux early on before adding Josh Gordon and shuffling roles for the likes of Phillip Dorsett and (WR-turned-RB) Cordarrelle Patterson. But Brady has managed to work around weird receiving situations before — and, in fact, his passer rating was better over the season’s first four games (94.0) than it’s been over the four most recent ones (90.8).Combine that with a ProFootballFocus grade that’s down a bit from last season (though still sixth-best among QBs) and those ubiquitous stats about Brady’s off-target throws (at 22.1 percent, no qualified passer has thrown an errant pass more frequently this year), and it’s fair to ask whether Brady is playing at quite the same level as he did over the past few seasons. Whether because of Brady or the receivers, the Pats are currently tied for eighth in adjusted net yards per attempt — their worst showing since (again) 2013, a season that saw New England fall short in the AFC title game.2Though it does bear mentioning that six of the eight Super Bowl champs this decade ranked among the top 10 in ANY/A, right in line with the Pats’ current performance. LAC88.27.0PIT93.95.612.61619 DAL65DAL67DAL 31, WSH 23-0.5– MIA5.13.9BUF1.31.35.21425 CHI96.33.9NYG<0.1<0.13.91474 BUF56JAX55BUF 24, JAX 21-13.0– KC99.90.2OAK<0.1<0.10.21479 CHI53CHI59CHI 23, DET 16+2.9– Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. TB63TB58TB 27, SF 9-5.7– Playoff %Playoff % While the game has a lot more at stake for Minnesota, whose spot in the playoffs is still not fully locked in, there is still plenty for the Patriots to play for as well. Not only will this game affect seeding for the postseason (Elo says the Pats currently have a 60 percent chance of securing a first-round playoff bye), but it will also be another telling data point as to whether the Pats can get back to their mega-dominant form of the recent past, or if they’ll be merely good — but mortal — according to their signature metrics.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersIf you want to know where your team stands, FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings are a good indicator. You can check them out in our NFL prediction interactive, which simulates the rest of the season 100,000 times and tracks how often each team should make the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. Did you know you can also pick against the Elo algorithm in our prediction game? Try it out, and maybe you can climb up our giant leaderboard.Here are the games in which Elo made its best — and worst — predictions against the reader picks last week: DET1.31.6LAR>99.9<0.11.61550 The best matchups of Week 13Week 13 games by ranking of average Elo ratings (using the harmonic mean) plus ranking of total potential swing for the two teams’ playoff chances, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality read more

Orange crushed Bucks continue to roll stomp Illini

It was a Valentine’s Day massacre.The No. 13 Ohio State men’s basketball team ventured to hostile Champaign, Ill., Sunday and came away with a 72-53 blowout win.OSU (20-6, 10-3) and Illinois (17-9, 9-4) entered the contest tied for first in the Big Ten with both Purdue and Michigan State at 9-3.Both OSU and Illinois knew what was at stake in what could be seen as OSU’s most important matchup to date, and the Buckeyes dominated.It was a three-headed attack for the Buckeyes, featuring Evan Turner, John Diebler and David Lighty. Diebler’s shooting ability killed Illinois all day. Every time the Illini got a shred of momentum, it was Diebler who shot it down. He had 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting, all from 3-point territory.Lighty played effectively for OSU as well, totaling 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 3-of-5 from behind the arc.Turner’s day started slowly, but he finished two assists shy of a triple-double. His 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists helped OSU maintain a large lead for most of the afternoon.The Buckeyes used an 18-6 run early in the first half to quickly neutralize the Illinois crowd. By the end of the first 20 minutes, OSU had pushed its lead to 36-20.The Illini climbed back within 13 in the early portions of the second half, but OSU eventually pushed the lead back into the 20s down the stretch.The Buckeye defense was efficient, keeping every member of the Illinois roster to single-digits in scoring.OSU now turns its attention to a rematch with Purdue at home on Wednesday. The Buckeyes used a late rally last month to beat the Boilermakers in their first matchup this season. read more

Ohio State has 10 players named AllBig Ten

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) runs the ball during a game against Michigan Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41.Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorJunior quarterback Braxton Miller and nine other members of the No. 2 Ohio State football team (12-0, 8-0) received recognition when the Big Ten announced its All-Conference teams and positional award winners Monday.Miller was named the conference’s Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year and a first-team All-Big Ten selection.Miller, fresh off a five-touchdown performance in OSU’s 42-41 win against Michigan, went 138 for 210 passing for 1,759 yards and 21 touchdowns during the 2013 regular season. He also rushed for 891 yards on 132 carries and eight touchdowns, all despite getting injured early in OSU’s second game and missing the next two. His ranks second on the team in rushing yards, trailing only senior running back Carlos Hyde.Hyde won the conference’s Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year award, and was also named as a first-team All-Big Ten running back along with Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah. Hyde ran for 1,290 yards and 14 touchdowns on the season, and became the first running back under coach Urban Meyer to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season.Three offensive linemen were also All-Big Ten selections. Redshirt-senior center Corey Linsley, redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort and senior left guard Andrew Norwell were all first-team selections by the media. The coaches chose Linsley as a first-team selection and Mewhort and Norwell as second-team selections.Senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown was a second-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches.Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier was named first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media.Shazier led the Big Ten with 123 total tackles and 22 tackles for loss during the 2013 regular season. He recorded double digit tackles a total of six times, and tallied a season-high 19 during OSU’s 42-14 win against Indiana Nov. 23.Redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby was a first-team All-Big Ten selection by both coaches and media.Sophomore defensive end Noah Spence was a first-team All-Big Ten selection on the defensive line by the media, and a second-team selection by coaches. Junior defensive lineman Michael Bennett was a second-team selection by both coaches and media.Redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton was OSU’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree. read more

Ohio States Jalin Marshall not satisfied after 4 touchdown performance

Redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall (17) returns a punt for a touchdown during a game against Indiana on Nov. 22 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-27.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIn football, mistakes happen.And in the age of social media, players hear about their mistakes until they redeem themselves. After Ohio State’s win against Minnesota on Nov. 15, there were those who wanted to share their thoughts with Jalin Marshall, and those thoughts certainly weren’t all encouraging.“Somebody probably told me to kill myself, that’s probably a big one for somebody to take in,” the redshirt-freshman H-back said Saturday. “But, you know, at the end of the day you’ve got to let that go and move on to next week.”Marshall, who lost two fumbles in the 31-24 win against the Golden Gophers, moved on by scoring four touchdowns just a week later. The former high school quarterback caught three touchdown passes and returned a punt 54 yards for a score during the Buckeyes’ 42-27 win against Indiana on Saturday.After the game, Marshall said he felt redeemed, but stressed the success of the team was more important than his individual statistics.“I’m just satisfied with the team win,” he said. “I feel like that was very important for us to get the win tonight.”Marshall added that — while the game itself was satisfying — the Buckeyes still have work to do moving forward.“I’m not satisfied with the season yet,” he said. “But it does feel good, kind of have that barrier off my back. All the negative things I’ve got toward me.”Before Marshall got going on an individual level, the Buckeyes were struggling as a team. OSU had just a 14-13 lead at halftime and fell behind, 20-14, after the break.By the time the Hoosiers took possession with 3:25 to play in the third quarter, Marshall spent limited time with the ball in his hands. But the Indiana drive stalled, and Marshall trotted out to around midfield as the Hoosiers set up to punt from their own four-yard line.Marshall fielded the kick at the OSU 46-yard line, turned up field, made the punter miss and suddenly shifted the game back in favor of the Buckeyes.“Once I got the ball, I just put my foot in the ground and seen the end zone and got there,” Marshall said of his 54-yard score.Especially after Marshall’s turnovers helped Minnesota stay in the game a week earlier, sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott said he was glad to see Marshall have the day he did, and added the punt return touchdown changed the dynamic of the contest.“I think it’s really good,” Elliott said of Marshall’s performance. “(He’s) been having a great year and then he stepped up big time for us when we needed a spark with that punt return that kind of carried us home.”After going from near-villain to the savior of the Buckeyes, Marshall credited the support he received from the people around him for his ability to turn it around on the field.“It was kind of tough at first, but I had a lot of support from my teammates, my coaching staff and my family,” he said. “I felt like they supported me the whole week and kept my head up, and I felt like I proved myself today.”Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman — who received negative feedback from fans after missing a key block in the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game — said he spoke with Marshall about how to bounce back.“I’ve experienced it first hand, and having that experience I talked to him and we got him on the right foot going and he obviously came out and showed it today,” Heuerman said after the game.“I just told him to relax,” Heuerman added. “He’s an outstanding football player and we’ve seen it this year in practice every day.”Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett — who threw two interceptions in the first half against Indiana — stressed that mistakes are bound to happen, and the team rallied around Marshall to help him put the Minnesota game behind him.“I mean, unfortunate things happen through the course of a game,” Barrett said. “And last week, it just happened often for (Marshall). But as a offense and as a team, we picked him up and told him, ‘You’re gonna be all right.’ And sure enough, he comes out and plays well.”As for the individuals who provided negative feedback a week earlier, Marshall said he expected them to stay quiet this time around.“I felt like I kind of silenced the doubters, the doubts they had in me,” he said. “It felt satisfying that people could see how I could really go out there and play.”Marshall’s next chance to prove those doubters wrong is set to come on Saturday against Michigan at Ohio Stadium.While his focus has likely turned to that noon kickoff for The Game, Marshall had something else to focus on after helping take down the Hoosiers: “My phone is in my pocket and it’s making me sweat how much they’re tweeting.” read more

Mens Hockey Ohio State players attend NHL development camps over the summer

Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo (30) warms up before a matchup against Wisconsin on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won the game 6-2. Credit: Wyatt Crosher | Assistant Sports EditorFresh off an NCAA tournament run that took Ohio State to the Frozen Four, members of the men’s hockey team were invited to attend NHL development camps over the offseason.Eight players received invites to these camps, including senior forward Mason Jobst, junior defenseman Tanner Laczynski, redshirt junior defenseman Wyatt Ege and redshirt senior goaltender Sean Romeo. These camps allow players to gain experience skating with professional players and working with NHL coaches. Mason JobstThis is the third time Jobst, the NCAA’s active leading scorer, has participated in an NHL development camp. Last offseason, he attended camps as a free agent invitee with the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins. This year, he joined the Minnesota Wild.“It was very cool,” Jobst said. “We’d go on the ice and we’d do either a skills session with one of their skills coaches or a skating lesson with the skating guy. So, it was pretty cool. The NHL coaches would come out and talk to us a little bit. It was a lot of fun.”Tanner LaczynskiLaczynski, who notched a career-high 47 points and earned First Team All Big-Ten honors last season, was taken with pick No. 169 by the Philadelphia Flyers in the sixth round of the 2016 NHL Draft and has attended their camp the past two offseasons.“It’s definitely something special and definitely something I look forward to every summer, especially just to learn from those coaches and scouts and just to hear what they have to say about each individual’s game and how you can improve your game,” Laczynski said. Wyatt EgeEge has attended camp with the Las Vegas Golden Knights the past two years.This past season, the redshirt junior was fourth on the team in assists, while tying for the lead among defensemen on Ohio State with 18 points.“It was nice to see the guys, just because it was my second time back there. It was nice to see some familiar faces,” Ege said. “At [my] first development camp I was kind of a little nervous, seeing all these guys, you know, all these draft picks and now, going back for a second year, I already knew them.”Sean RomeoComing off a season during which he ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten in both goals against average and win percentage, Romeo was invited to his first development camp with the Columbus Blue Jackets.“It was cool to kind of be around some of the top players in the country, a lot of players we play against in college, and kind of learn from them and got great coaching for a week. [I] learned a lot and I’m excited to implement that stuff this year,” Romeo said.In addition, freshman forward Quinn Preston attended camp with the Winnipeg Jets, and freshman forward Gustaf Westlund joined the Florida Panthers. Freshman defenseman Ryan O’Connell, drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2017 NHL Draft, attended their camp. Senior defenseman Sasha Larocque also worked with the Anaheim Ducks at their camp over the summer. The Buckeyes will look to take the lessons from these camps into their season-opening series against Arizona State on Oct. 12 and 13. read more

Cabinet critics will not quit over Heathrow third runway

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Cabinet ministers opposed to expanding Heathrow are not prepared to quit the Government over the issue, clearing the way for Theresa May to push ahead with a third runway.Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, and Justine Greening, the Education Secretary, are unlikely to resign despite the impact it would have on their constituencies, The Sunday Telegraph understands.Mrs May is prepared to push ahead with a third runway in October if she concludes that it is in the “national interest”, despite previously opposing plans to expand the airport. Whitehall sources made clear that she will not give in to resignation threats and that “she doesn’t do deals”.  British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives at 10 Downing StreetCredit:DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS The decision on whether to build a new runway at Heathrow or Gatwick, expected in October, comes after more than 15 years of delays by both Labour and Conservative governments. Mr Johnson, the MP for Uxbridge in west London, has previously said that he is prepared to lie down “in front of bulldozers” to stop a third runway from being built, and was heavily opposed to expansion as Mayor of London.Friends of Mr Johnson, however, have suggested he would stop short of leaving the Cabinet and the role of Foreign Secretary, which is pivotal as Britain leaves the European Union. A friend said: “It’s not as if he has hidden his view about it. It’s perfectly reasonable for different members of Parliament to have different takes on regional policy, which is what this is.”Ms Greening, a former transport secretary and MP for Putney in south-west London, makes clear her opposition to Heathrow on her website. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives at 10 Downing Streetcenter_img It says that she “will continue to stand up for the thousands of residents who are concerned about aircraft noise and she’ll keep working to make sure our local community is listened to”.As transport secretary in the Coalition she had said she would find it “very difficult” not to resign if the Government decided to expand Heathrow. She has indicated, however, that she could stay on in Cabinet now that she no longer holds the transport brief.Earlier this year, Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary, who has campaigned for a third runway, said Britain should push ahead with airport expansion in the South East. He told the Telegraph that after the referendum Britain was facing a “very competitive economic climate” and could not afford to “put off big decisions on infrastructure”. Mrs May will chair a Cabinet committee which will decide on the third runway plan. Whitehall sources suggested the Government is “leaning towards”Heathrow, but added that there are still significant environmental and cost issues to overcome. It has been suggested the Prime Minister could give Tory MPs a free vote on a new runway in the South East to stop ministers having to quit the Cabinet. Britain's International Development Secretary, Justine Greening Britain’s International Development Secretary, Justine GreeningCredit:PETER NICHOLLSlast_img read more

Strong crosswinds force plane to abort landing at Birmingham International Airport

first_imgA plane descending into Birmingham International Airport, England, got caught in the crosswind on Saturday, October 1, and was forced to miss its landing just moments before touch down.This footage shows the Airbus A321 about to make contact with the runway as it is swaying, forcing the pilot to climb into the air again and circle around for a second attempt. 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

Police Scotland has robust plans for Glasgows Hogmanay derby

first_imgHowever, police said they expected the majority of fans to be well behaved and warned those who are not that they will face the “full force of the law”. The force urged people to plan their day in advance and drink responsibly.Chief Superintendent Brian McInulty said: “This is no doubt an exciting weekend for many people, whether it’s to enjoy a day of shopping at the sales, attending a football match, or gearing up to celebrate the New Year.”It does mean that the city will be busier throughout the day and night. Together with our partners, we have robust policing plans in place to account for this, with public safety being our priority.”Given the time of year, it would be expected that alcohol will play a part in some of the activities but I would urge people to drink responsibly, plan your outing in advance and ensure you stay with friends and family who know where you are. Expect to see more officers in and around stadiums, shopping centres, on approaches to Glasgow and in the city centre itself.”Much has been said about the Rangers v Celtic match taking place but I envisage that the majority of supporters will come and enjoy the game and leave safely. However, that small minority determined to cause disorder, anti-social or offensive behaviour will be met with the full force of the law.”The timing of the match has been criticised by Paul Waterson, chief executive of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association, who asked when the decision was announced whether those involved had taken into account the fact that Police Scotland reported that the number of calls concerning domestic abuse cases had almost doubled on the day the teams met in their Scottish Cup semi-final match earlier this year. Merchandise on sale at an Old Firm gameCredit:Reuters 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. Old Firm Police Scotland has insisted it has “robust” plans in place to ensure public safety as Glasgow prepares for the Old Firm match on New Year’s Eve.Fans have been warned they will be refused entry to Ibrox if they have been drinking alcohol, and extra officers will be on duty outside the stadium and in the city centre.The decision to hold the Rangers v Celtic match at 12.15pm on Hogmanay has been heavily criticised, with the Scottish Licensed Trade Association branding it “senseless” and “outrageous”.Supporters have also been warned not to indulge in sectarian and offensive behaviour inside the stadium.Following the last match between the teams in September, Celtic supporters were criticised for producing an offensive banner and dangling two blow up dolls wearing Rangers scarves, with their hands tied in the style of an execution.Video footage also emerged from the match of a toilet block in the “away” end being smashed up by visiting fans.About 50,000 people are expected to attend the game on the same day that large crowds are anticipated in the city centre to see in the New Year.last_img read more

Parenting is tough says Duchess of Cambridge as she visits family centre

first_imgThe Duchess of Cambridge has praised the efforts of mothers with emotional issues who have turned their lives around, despite parenting being “tough”.Kate heard the stories of women who have battled problems like depression or difficult upbringings during a visit to a specialist unit run by the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families.For the past five years, the centre’s early years parenting unit in Holloway, north London, has been supporting families who are at risk of their children being taken into care. The Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by Peter Fonagy, CEO of the Anna Freud National Centre Kate spoke to staff and guests at the family centreCredit:Ben Stansall/PA The Duchess met mothers who had completed its intensive treatment programme and she paid tribute to women telling them “parenting is tough” but despite the “experiences you’ve all witnessed” and initially not receiving support “I find it extraordinary how you’ve managed actually, so really well done”. 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. Kate, who is patron of Anna Freud Centre, chatted to a 19-year-old mother, known only by her first name Amber, and her 18-month-old son Le’Juan.The teenager, who has been receiving help for anxiety problems, chatted happily to the Duchess with her little boy on her lap and she made Kate laugh when she asked her child, who was staring at the royal guest, “what’s this strange woman?”. Duchess of Cambridge spoke to staff and guests at the family centre The unit will typically see a parent who has lived through an abusive childhood, whether suffering neglect or physical attacks, or is suffering from mental health problems like depression and whose child, aged under five, is at risk of being taken into care.In a lighter moment, one little boy was left transfixed by the Duchess who wore an outfit by Eponine, when she was introduced to a group of mothers still being helped by the unit. Show more The Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by Peter Fonagy, CEO of the Anna Freud National CentreCredit:Ben Stansall/PA The young mother said later: “I think people need to know exactly how mental health affects people and that there are places exactly like this unit, that do really intense treatment and not just somewhere you can attend once a week.”I’ve only been here four months but already I’m noticing differences in myself especially on the anxiety side.”Now I’m able to recognise when I’m going into an anxiety attack when before I was oblivious to it.”last_img read more

Football coach Barry Bennell denies child abuse charges

first_imgBarry Bennell is charged with eight child abuse offences The former Crewe Alexandra coach denies seven counts of indecent assault on a boy and one count of attempted buggery.All the offences are alleged to have happened between 1981 and 1986, when the victim was under the age of 16.Around 30 members of the media sat in the press benches for the brief hearing.Most of the hearing was taken up with administrative matters until Bennell was remanded into custody until March 20 for a further hearing to take place.Owen Edwards, prosecuting, told the court: “I have had an opportunity to speak to the complainant; at the moment he preserves his anonymity.”Judge Roger Dutton reminded the press and members of the public in court that any identification of the alleged complainant “will be treated very seriously” by the courts.Bennell worked as a coach for Crewe Alexandra, Manchester City, Stoke and junior teams in north-west England and the Midlands during his career in football. Barry Bennell is charged with eight child abuse offencesCredit:PA Wire Former football coach Barry Bennell has denied eight child abuse offences.Bennell, 63, wearing a blue polo neck shirt and appearing via videolink at Chester Crown Court from HMP Woodhill, answered “not guilty” to all the charges as they were put to him. 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

New pound coin Royal Mint feels the pressure as website overloaded with

first_imgThe Royal Mint has been overloaded with eager visitors to its website who want to find out about the new pound coin.The 12-sided coin enters circulation today so many people are trying to find out how to get hold of it.Visitors to the website have been put in a queue and have to wait until other people leave the page before they can see the information.A spokesman from the Royal Mint said: “We are experiencing quite a demand at present from people interested in the new £1 coin – both circulating and commemorative editions.” 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. Shops will stop taking the old coins on Oct 15.The old £1 coins are being discontinued as they are too easily faked, says the Royal Mint.About one in 30 of the current £1 coins in circulation today are counterfeit. The Royal Mint has created a much more secure coin, making it harder to replicate.The new features include a hologram image on the coin, micro-lettering on the side and a “hidden high security feature” that the Royal Mint is not revealing.The coin is made of two metals and has a new design. The design is by David Pearce, who won a competition at the age of 15. It has the English rose, the Welsh leek, the Scottish thistle and the Northern Irish shamrock emerging from one stem within a royal coronet.last_img read more

Police chase rampaging pig charging at jogger

first_imgAn escaped pig hogged the road as it was chased by police through lunch time traffic on the A12 in Redbridge on Wednesday. The porky runaway also charged at a jogger who tried to capture it. A Met Police spokesperson said: “Officers attended the scene and the pig was safely recaptured and returned to the nearby land that it had escaped from.” 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

The nine lifestyle changes that could save you from dementia

first_imgA group of 24 ageing experts, led by University College London, looked back at hundreds of research papers and analyses of the causes of dementia to come up with a life-plan which can dramatically cut an individual’s chance of developing diseases like Alzheimer’s. One third of dementia cases could be avoided if people made nine lifestyle changes throughout their lives, the biggest ever study into risk factors has shown. They found that staying in education beyond the age of 15, keeping diabetes and high blood pressure in check, maintaining a healthy weight, stopping smoking and exercising regularly were crucial for future brain health.center_img And for the first time the researchers identified hearing…last_img

Professor installed panic alarm in his office after woman stalked him for

Li booked a holiday to follow him to Lanzarote, the court heard Zhaoyan Li was convicted of stalking at City of London Magistrates Court Zhaoyan Li was convicted of stalking at City of London Magistrates Court Mr Edmans said he installed a panic alarm in his office after he was bombarded with visits and phone calls Mr Edmans said he installed a panic alarm in his office after he was bombarded with visits and phone calls “She said she wanted to become a partner at PwC, which was strange because she wasn’t even a trainee,” he explained.”She asked me if I was happy to have dinner with her because she had some questions about her career and I told her I had to go home. “I went to Marks & Spencer’s and when I left she was waiting for me outside and followed me on the westbound tube even though she lived in the opposite direction and sat next to me.”Li then joined a Surrey getaway hosted by Professor Edmans’ All Souls Church breakfast club.”Every mealtime she’d sit next to me and try to talk to me, even if I was talking to other people and this way annoying. She was trying to encroach on me and continually interrupting conversations I was having.”The professor admitted he eventually resorted to getting physical. “I squeezed the pressure points on her knee to cause a bit of pain.”However, Li claims she took this under-the-table knee squeeze as a “come on” of a sexual nature. A London Business School professor was forced to install a panic alarm in his office after being stalked for more than a year by a woman who saw him speak at a careers event, a court heard.Alex Edmans, 38, who has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos and in Parliament, said he became too distressed to answer his phone after he was followed by Zhaoyan Li.Li, 40,visited Mr Edmans at his church and also turned up at his gym after meeting him when he spoke at a careers seminar at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). She also booked a holiday to follow him to Lanzarote and bombarded him with texts, emails and calls.The 40-year-old, of Canary Wharf, east London, was convicted of stalking Professor Edmans between February 1, 2017 and September 13, this year at  City of London Magistrates Court. She will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on a future date.Professor Edmans told the court from behind a screen Li enjoyed taking photographs of him working out at a Hyde Park boot camp fitness club and groped his biceps after a class.She began stalking him after he spoke PwC’s ‘Finding Purpose In Your Career’ seminar early last year. Li booked a holiday to follow him to Lanzarote, the court heard Professor Edmans was bombarded with WhatsApp ad Facebook messages from Li, who suddenly appeared at his workout class when a picture needed to be taken. “Out from the shadows Ms Li jumped up and said: ‘I’ll take the group photo.’ She must have been on the sidelines watching.”She started touching my biceps, which was not solicited and then started coming to the boot camp, not to participate, but to take photos, presumably of me working out.”I blocked her on facebook, but and then she contacted me through other means, I blocked her on WhatsApp and saved her as ‘Dirty Pervert.'”She wanted to be in a relationship with me. It was as if she thought she had the right to have a relationship with me.”In one message Li wrote: “I want a Mr. Right who loves me and cares about my feelings.”Eventually All Souls Church banned her and Professor Edmans reported her to the police, who gave Li an official warning in January.”She then started coming to the London Business School campus and using the internal phone and called me on February 14 to say: ‘Happy Valentines Day.'”Normal things like checking emails filled me with horror and dread and each time I saw her number my heart sank because this ordeal was continuing.”Eventually a panic alarm was fitted at the professor’s office and he quit the boot camp and church breakfast club after Li booked herself on their Canary Islands vacation. “I thought: ‘There’s no getting away from her if she turns up in Lanzarote for the entire eight days.'”Li constantly tried to delay and adjourn the trial and told the magistrates: “If I get a criminal record I may commit suicide.” 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

BBC criticised for encouraging gardeners to plant foreign trees that could spread

Luke Barley, A National Trust ranger at work felling ash trees infected with dieback near Ilam in the Derbyshire Peak District. Defra's chief plant health officer Professor Nicola Spence  Last year, a Gardeners’ World feature on olive trees said that they were ideal to help create the perfect Mediterranean Garden, but Prof Spence branded the advice “irresponsible” noting that they had been banned from Chelsea Flower Show amid fears Xylella.The disease has ravaged Italy’s olive groves and could decimate UK trees including the oak, elm and sycamore.More than 350 different plants are vulnerable to Xylella, including lavender, rosemary and flowering cherry.But foreign plants can also being other diseases to the British ecosystem. Ash dieback was first officially confirmed in the UK in 2012 when it was found in a consignment of infected trees imported from a nursery in the Netherlands.And fuchsia gall mite, which disfigures plants and is now rife in the South East, has been attributed to an enthusiast illegally importing cuttings from South America. “This is vital if we are going to win the fight to protect our gardens against the growing threat of pests and diseases.”The BBC said that both shows criticised by Prof Spence “Feature advice from horticultural experts and have contributed to the public’s awareness of biosecurity by highlighting the importance of the issue – and will keep audiences updated with any developments which may impact gardeners in the UK.” Defra’s chief plant health officer Professor Nicola Spence Credit:Telegraph A government horticulturalist has criticised BBC gardening shows for encouraging viewers to plant foreign species that risk spreading disease.Defra’s chief plant health officer Prof Nicola Spence branded TV show Gardeners’ World “irresponsible” after a feature on growing olive trees.She said star presenters like Monty Don should not be encouraging gardeners to grow olives because they are a high risk for importing deadly plant disease Xylella fastidiosa.Speaking at a biosecurity event at Tendercare Nurseries in Uxbridge, west London, last week Prof Spence said: “Gardening trends can drive biosecurity behaviour.”I like to watch Gardeners’ World on a Friday night and to listen to Gardeners’ Question Time, but I occasionally have a bit of a rage at them and take to Twitter when I think they’re not providing the best advice, particularly when a listener – somebody in the audience – says ‘I’ve just brought back X from my holidays. What should I do with it?’ Luke Barley, A National Trust ranger at work felling ash trees infected with dieback near Ilam in the Derbyshire Peak District.Credit:Andrew Fox Recently, the Royal Horticultural Society’s director general Sue Biggs warned holidaymakers off bringing foreign plants back to Britain.”For many people, wandering the olive groves of Italy and lavender fields of France are as much a part of the holiday experience as the cities and beaches,” she said.”But we’re asking people to leave these beautiful plants where they are for future visitors to enjoy and not to bring them back home with them. “And I’m screaming ‘destroy’ and they get advised to go and plant it in their garden.”Prof Spence also warned against buying plants from overseas online.She said: “Just because it’s available on Amazon doesn’t necessarily mean it’s actually legal and we are constantly working with Amazon and eBay to track down material that is not compliant.” 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

100 years after IAC remembers arrival of last batch of Indian

Indentured men and women posing in front of a canefield in Guyana(Houghton Library, Harvard University Image)The Indian Action Committee (IAC) has outlined a historical chronology- in commemoration- of the last batch of Indians who came to Guyana’s shores 100 years ago as indentured immigrants on this day, Tuesday April 18, 2017.The IAC regards this day as an important anniversary in the history of Guyana “which marks the end of to this form of trading in humans on our shores, the British Government having ended the emigration of indentured labourers from India on March 12, 1917.”See IAC’s full statement below:The Indian Action Committee (IAC) wishes to inform all Guyanese that today, April 18, 2017, is the centenary of the arrival of the last batch of immigrants from India, mainly indentured labourers, who landed here on April 18, 1917 aboard the Coolie Ship s.s. GANGES.A total of 437 persons including 268 males, 130 females and 39 infants were distributed among twenty four (24) sugars estates in Berbice, Demerara, and Essequibo.Of this total, 124 persons embarked at Calcutta (Kolkata) while 313 embarked at Madras (Chennai).These immigrants were allotted to the following sugar estates: (1) Skeldon -15; (2) Springlands-15; (3) Port Mourant-26; (4) Albion-19; (5) Rose Hall-16; (6) Providence (EBB)-15; (7) Mara- 10; (8) Blairmont-19; (9) Bath -15;  (10) Cane Grove-26; (11) Hope- 21; (12) Enmore-19; (13) Nonpariel-28 ; (14) Lusignan-23; (15) Mon Repos-19; (16) La Bonne Intention-19; (17) Ogle-16; (18) Diamond-2; (19) Uitvlugt-24; (20) De Kinderen-21; (21) Marionville (Wakenaam)-16; (22) Golden Fleece-16; (23) Anna Regina-19; (24) Hampton Court-18.Immigrants who boarded at Calcutta were allotted to the following eight plantations: Springlands, Providence, Blairmont, Bath, Lusignan, Ogle, Diamond and Anna Regina.Immigrants who boarded were allotted to the following sixteen plantations:  Skeldon, Port Mourant, Albion, Rose Hall, Mara, Cane Grove, Hope, Enmore, Nonpariel, Mon Repos, La Bonne Intention, Uitvlugt, De Kinderen, Marionville (W), Golden Fleece and Hampton Court.The IAC regards this day as an important anniversary in the history of Guyana which marks the end of to this form of trading in humans on our shores, the British Government having ended the emigration of indentured labourers from India on March 12, 1917.The IAC urges all Guyanese to remember our ancestors who perished as well as those who survived the arduous journey and made Guyana their home. They worked, struggled and sacrificed with other groups to build our country and realized its freedoms. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedArrival Day messages 2018May 5, 2018In “latest news”IAC urges non-promotion of alcohol at Indian Arrival commemoration eventsApril 20, 2018In “Letters”The Arrival, Their Legacy – GAWU’s 2016 Arrival Day MessageMay 5, 2016In “latest news” read more

Dravid Tendulkar want India to play Champions Trophy

Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar are among a group of 12 former cricketers who want India to play the upcoming Champions Trophy in England.All the players ESPNcricinfo contacted – Tendulkar, Dravid, Zaheer Khan, Gundappa Viswanath, Sandeep Patil, Sanjay Manjrekar, Aakash Chopra, Ajit Agarkar, Venkatesh Prasad, Saba Karim, Murali Kartik, and Deep Dasgupta – were unanimous in their opinion that India should attempt to defend the Champions Trophy title that they won in 2013.Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul DravidThe doubt over India’s participation in the Champions Trophy arose after the BCCI missed the April 25 deadline to send its squad for the tournament to the ICC. The board had said the delay was due to “operational” reasons.The concerns over India’s participation have increased since then, after the BCCI was outvoted by a massive margin at the ICC Board meeting in April, when the ICC’s members approved a new constitution, governance structure and finance model. The biggest sticking point for the BCCI was the finance model, in which it stands to get a reduced share of ICC revenue when compared to the existing Big Three model.The BCCI is divided over the issue, with a faction strongly in favour of revoking the Members Participation Agreement with the ICC, which would rule India out of hosting and participating in all ICC tournaments until 2023, the end of the present rights cycle.A final decision on India’s participation in the Champions Trophy is likely to be taken by the BCCI at its special general body meeting on May 7 in Delhi. (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSachin Tendulkar, Allan Donald, Cathryn Fitzpatrick inducted in ICC Hall of FameJuly 19, 2019In “latest news”India favourites for the World Cup – TendulkarFebruary 4, 2019In “latest news”Dravid likely to replace Siva in ICCMarch 28, 2016In “Rahul Dravid ICC appointment” read more

EGov site at GuyanaBrazil crossing to be resuscitated – NDMA Chairman

The E-Government site located at the Guyana/Brazil Border Crossing to be resuscitatedPlans are in the pipeline for the resuscitation of the E-Government site located close to the Guyana/Brazil border crossing, in an effort to provide internet access in the capital town of Lethem and other communities in Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo (Region Nine).According to a release from the DPI, Chairman of the National Data Management Authority (NDMA), Floyd Levi during a visit to the site on Friday, February 16, said the site, which has not functioned for some three years, was established to connect with any Brazilian company offering internet, to service government offices, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Community Information and Communication Technology (ICT) hubs in Lethem.“We also intend to use this position to take internet all the way to communities all the way in the North Rupununi Savannahs such as Rupertee, Annai and even far North as Kurupukari,” Levi noted.The site visit marked the beginning of a feasibility study, which will then be followed by a further visit by a team of engineers who will conduct an assessment to determine the cost to receive internet connection from the site, possibly over a Microwave Network to the North Rupununi.Engineers from the Ministry of Business also provided the NDMA Chairman with an initial assessment of the condition of the site. Levi explained that while not visible the tower at the site is leaning and has other infrastructural defects that must be corrected.“The base that was built for the generator, the foundation has actually given away so we do have to make some civil engineering interventions and we need to know if those interventions are possible and what are the likely costs of resuscitating this site. That is our first priority,” Levi explained.The NDMA Chairman was part of the team lead by Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes that conducted outreaches in Lethem and several villages in Region Nine including Toka, Aranaputa, Rupertee, Annai, Kurupukari and Fairview in Region Eight.A visit was also made to the E-Government site at the Kurupukari Crossing. The NDMA Chairman said once that site is reassessed, it is anticipated that internet will be provided to the Guyana Police Force and Immigration offices in that area, Iwokrama and Fairview. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNDMA conducting needs assessment for internet connectivity in Region 9February 16, 2018In “Internet”Improved internet, telecommunications services under US$17M GRIF projectFebruary 19, 2018In “latest news”Pomeroon residents to benefit from free internet by SeptemberAugust 7, 2019In “latest news” read more

Universe boss pays courtesy call on Minister of State

Chris Gayle know fondly as the “Universe Boss” for his proclivity for sixes and State Minister Joseph Harmon sharing a light momentMinister of State, Joseph Harmon, on Monday received a courtesy call from West Indies Cricketer Christopher Gayle at his office at the Ministry of the Presidency.According to the Ministry of the Presidency, during the meeting, the two sides discussed West Indies cricket, how the game can be improved and how it can influence the lives of both the young and the old.Minister Harmon also used the opportunity to pledge the Government’s support to the sport as he further noted that the entire nation stands strongly behind the team.“Cricket is not just a game, it is a part of our culture; it’s a lifestyle. This loved game of cricket is such a huge part of not just the Guyanese culture but it’s a part of our Caribbean culture, it is one of the sports that unify our people. The Government of Guyana fully supports the team and its players,” he said.The Windies will face Bangladesh in their second ODI match on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 starting at 14:30h at the Guyana National Stadium, after being defeated by the Tigers in their first match on Sunday. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWICB boss pays courtesy call on State MinisterJune 1, 2016In “latest news”CPL donates bats, balls to promote cricket in GuyanaJuly 10, 2016In “Sports”Minister Harmon reaffirms Guyana’s support for CPLJuly 10, 2015In “Sports” read more