The Philadelphia Eagles are 2-0, but they’re living dangerously. The Eagles fell behind 17-0 against Jacksonville on opening day before hanging 34 unanswered points on the Jaguars defense. And Philadelphia was at it again in Monday night’s victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Trailing 20-6 at one point in the third quarter, the Eagles came back to win on a Cody Parkey field goal as time expired.Philadelphia has an average points-per-game margin of +10 so far this season, which ties it for fifth-best in the NFL. If you look at how the Eagles’ games have developed, though, you’d never guess they’d have such a positive scoring margin. To measure this phenomenon, FiveThirtyEight contributor Chase Stuart has created a metric called Game Scripts, which attempts to more accurately measure how the totality of a game played out beyond the final score line. A team’s Game Script in a given game (or season) is its average point margin at any given moment.Against Indianapolis, the Eagles had a Game Script of -4.8, meaning they trailed by nearly five points at any given moment in the game. Needless to say, teams that post a Game Script of -4.8 tend to lose. Historically, only about 17 percent of teams with that particular Game Script win the game in question. But that’s nothing compared with Philadelphia’s game vs. Jacksonville — the Eagles won despite a -7.1 Game Script. Teams with such a negative Game Script tend to win only 9 percent of the time.Adding those two winning percentages up, we’d expect the Eagles to have won just 0.26 games so far this year, based on the degree to which they’ve trailed and the amount of time they’ve spent trailing. That represents a huge difference from their actual win total (two). Through two games, it’s the biggest difference between actual wins and Game Script-predicted wins of any team since 1978 (when the league expanded to a 16-game schedule in 1978).But that gap is probably unsustainable. After all, impressive late-game comebacks aren’t necessarily very predictive of how a team will play in the future. However, I decided to test which statistic was a better descriptor of a team like the Eagles: two actual wins in two games, or 0.26 Game Script-predicted wins?For both metrics, I looked at teams’ two-game starts to the season (excluding strike-shortened campaigns) and their records over the remainder of the season. For example, the average 2-0 team ended up winning eight games out of its next 14. So just from Philadelphia’s record alone, we’d expect them to finish the season 10-6. But the average team with 0.26 Game Script-predicted wins through two games won only 5.9 of their next 14 games, which would yield a predicted record of about 8-8 for the Eagles despite the 2-0 start.I then tested which mixture of actual and Game Script-predicted wins yielded the best prediction about how a team would finish the year. The result? Both variables carry almost exactly the same weight. Accuracy is maximized when predicting a team’s rest-of-season record by giving 50.7 percent weight to that which would be predicted from its actual record, and 49.3 percent to that which would be predicted from its Game Script. (And both variables are statistically significant.)For the Eagles, this means they aren’t quite the team we’d expect from their 2-0 record. But they also shouldn’t have their big average deficits completely held against them. Combining the two metrics, we’d expect them to finish with almost exactly seven wins in their final 14 games, which would yield a record of 9-7.
OSU football coach Urban Meyer disputes a call made by the Officials during the game against Michigan on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 30-27. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorTexas became a popular state for recruiting for Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer this year, with five players making the long journey to Columbus from the Lone Star State. The 2017 recruiting class is a testament to Meyer’s ability to reach far across the nation.This season, Jeffrey Okudah, Baron Browning, J.K. Dobbins, Kendall Sheffield and Elijah Gardiner all came to OSU as part of 21 new players for the Scarlet and Gray.The Texas to Ohio pipeline started for Meyer and company back in 2013, when the newest OSU football players from the state were Dontre Wilson, Mike Mitchell and J.T. Barrett. While all three players were former four-star recruits, each has traveled a much different path in college.Wilson, a once highly touted player who had the speed and hands to play both wide receiver and running back, suffered a foot injury that kept him out of contention for an extended period of time. His career with the Buckeyes is now over, and never really lived up to the hype that surrounded his initial signing.Mitchell never panned out with the Buckeyes, transferring to Texas Tech before winding up with Southeastern University, which is a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics program. Barrett, who is returning for his redshirt senior season, is poised to break nearly every OSU passing record in the books.In 2014, OSU snagged now-redshirt sophomore guard Demetrius Knox from Texas before no commitments from the state of Texas for the next two years. Then, everything clicked.Meyer’s success in Texas might have been a product of a staff full of quality recruiters as well as the team’s accomplishments. Appearances in the College Football Playoff two out of three years since its inception seems like an enticing factor for any incoming freshman.For Browning, it was all about the opportunities presented by a program like OSU. “I would say probably the reason everyone is leaving Texas is because everybody wanna be great, so they’re going to where they feel like they can grow the most,” he said on National Signing Day.However, Okudah said the tight-knit bond between the group was the key that led to the success in Texas for OSU.“The coaches, they had come out and recruit us, they did a pretty good job,” he said. “They might of got a little bit lucky, because we were all pretty close before so when they got one of us,I would go tell Baron, ‘Did you hear this? Did you hear that?’ and he would say, ‘Yeah.’ It made it easy for us to be comfortable so far from home.”All incoming players from Texas agreed Columbus is a city where they can grow both on and off the field, and where the dreams of winning a national championship and one day playing in the NFL are all very real possibilities. The Texas natives and the rest of the Buckeyes will get a chance to show off their skills on April 15 in the Spring Game. With multiple starting spots open on either side of the ball, any one of the five could find their way into the starting lineup. On top of that, there seemed to be one more thing they all could agree on — a longing for Whataburger.“I haven’t had (Whataburger) in a long time,” Dobbins said “So I’m kind of missing it.”
Wisconsin’s Kohl Center is a notoriously tough place to play for road opponents. Ohio State knows this more than anyone. After a 71-67 loss to the Badgers Saturday afternoon, the Buckeyes have lost nine straight in Wisconsin’s arena. In a press conference Friday, coach Thad Matta said OSU’s lack of success in Madison, Wis., bothers him. “You always remember the losses more than you remember the wins,” he said. “It is what it is, and you just look at the challenge ahead.” Matta recalled a couple of especially painful games, losing at Wisconsin, 72-66, his first year at OSU, and losing last year, 65-43, as the No. 15-ranked team in the nation. After the undefeated Buckeyes led by 15 with 13 minutes left in the game, this loss is likely to be right up there. Fifth-year senior forward David Lighty said the Kohl Center is one of the most challenging road venues in the Big Ten. “It’s home court for them and no one likes to lose at home,” he said at Friday’s press conference. “They don’t lose too much at home.” Saturday’s victory for Bo Ryan’s club makes the Badgers 150-11 at home in Ryan’s 10 seasons there. During his tenure, his squad has the fourth-highest home-winning percentage in the country, behind Kansas, Duke and Utah State. Under Ryan, Badger basketball is synonymous with a slow-tempo, defense-oriented game. Matta said that in the past, he’s joked with Ryan about the style of play. “A couple years ago, we were getting ready to play them in the Big Ten Tournament, and I ran into him,” Matta said. “I said, ‘Bo, we’re both in the NCAA Tournament. This doesn’t matter; let’s just not let anyone play defense, and see if we both can’t score 100.’” In reality, Ryan’s squads rarely allow opponents to score more than 70, especially at home. The Badgers have surrendered fewer than 70 points for 38 straight home games, the longest current streak in the country. OSU is second, with 37 straight. Adding to the difficulty in scoring against Wisconsin is the Badgers’ ability to hold onto the ball on the offensive end, and not allow transition baskets, said senior guard Jon Diebler. “Obviously we like to get out and run a lot,” Diebler said at Friday’s press conference. “When you play a team where you don’t get a steal and get an easy layup, it’s hard to pick up the tempo.” With their 15-0 second-half run to tie the game, the Badgers ignited the crowd and their student section, nicknamed the “Grateful Red.” Lighty, who hasn’t won in Madison, said Wisconsin’s students are one of the most difficult aspects of playing at the Kohl Center. “Especially when they’re feeling good and making shots, it gets loud in there,” he said. “It’s an environment suited for college basketball.”
Imagine that one day you receive a phone call from Ohio State football legend Archie Griffin and he offers you a coaching job at OSU. After hearing Griffin out, you respectively decline his offer because you don’t think you’re ready for the job. This was the reality for fencing coach Vladimir Nazlymov in 1999 while working in Kansas City, Mo., as the fencing coach for the school district. “I said, ‘I’m not ready for this,’” Nazlymov said. “I didn’t know who he was.” Nazlymov said he received a phone call from the director of the Kansas City sports commission immediately after declining Griffin’s offer. “He called me and asked why I told Archie no,” Nazlymov said. “He told me I couldn’t say no to Archie.” On this advice, Nazlymov decided to come to OSU to tour the facilities and find out if the job was right for him. After the tour, Griffin asked Nazlymov what they needed to do to make the fencing program one of the top three in the country, Nazlymov said. “I asked ‘Why top three?’” Nazlymov said. “Why not win?” Nazlymov said he told Griffin he could turn the program around in three years. “I said three years was enough. Of course he didn’t believe me,” Nazlymov said. Nazlymov said he was confident if he came to OSU, he would be able to recruit strong coaches and the best fencers would follow. He said he told Griffin if he didn’t turn the program around in three years, Griffin could fire him. Fast forward to 2012 and Nazlymov has more than fulfilled his promise to turn the fencing program around at OSU. Under Nazlymov’s guidance, the program is now in its 10th consecutive season among the nation’s top five-ranked programs. This is Nazlymov’s 13th season as coach of the fencing program. Prior to the start of this season, he had compiled a combined men and women’s record of 414-97. He added National Championships to his resume in 2004 and 2008. Nazlymov’s road to fencing greatness began almost by accident. As a young child growing up in what was then the Soviet Union, Nazlymov described himself as being “not a nice kid.” He said he was constantly getting into trouble. After one particular incident in which Nazlymov almost lost sight in one eye, he said he saw an announcement for fencing and went from there. Nazlymov’s fencing career took off from there and he eventually found himself on the Soviet Union Military Fencing Team. He said this team had “the best coaches, best facilities.” “Army is army. They have everything,” he said. On the individual level, Nazlymov, who has six Olympic medals including three golds, was named the world’s best fencer by the International Fencing Federation twice. He became coach of the Soviet Union Military Fencing Team in 1976 and remained coach until 1990. He came to the United States in 1991. It was during his time with the Soviet Union Military Fencing Team that Nazlymov’s winning attitude was instilled, he said. “For many years I worked in the Soviet Union,” he said. “I couldn’t be second.” He joked that his superior in the army might have sent him to Siberia if he had gotten second place. Once again, Nazlymov said he has high hopes for his team this season. Last season the men and women’s teams combined for a fifth place finish at the NCAA championships. Nazlymov said that last year the team was “terrible.” “This season, I hope for sure we are better,” he said. Senior saberist Max Stearns echoed his coach’s sentiments. “Even before the season started we have one of the most complete teams in the NCAA, I think across all weapons and genders,” Stearns said. “Expectations on the team are very high; we’re working towards bringing back a championship.” After the men and women went a combined 13-0 at the Northwestern Duals Feb. 4, the teams now have a combined record of 33-2. “I don’t want to be second,” Nazlymov said. The team will continue their season Feb. 26 at the US Collegiate Championships in New York, N.Y. The office of Archie Griffin at the OSU Alumni Association did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment.
The No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes will battle the Michigan Wolverines on the field Saturday, but the never-ending recruiting war will be taking place on the sidelines and in the stands.More than 40 of the nation’s top recruits from the 2013 and 2014 classes are expected to be in Ohio Stadium for The Game.“In 10 years of doing this, this is one of the biggest recruiting weekends I’ve come across,” said Josh Helmholdt, Rivals.com’s Midwest recruiting analyst. “It just seems this could be an epically big recruiting weekend.”After his hire in late November 2011, OSU coach Urban Meyer might have demonstrated his recruiting prowess by concluding the 2012 class with five-star recruits Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington, now freshmen defensive linemen for the Buckeyes.Rivals.com ranked the class fourth in the nation, three spots ahead of coach Brady Hoke and the Wolverines.This year, Meyer hopes for another strong finish. The Buckeyes’ 2013 class is currently ranked seventh by Rivals.The reason? Helmholdt said it’s Meyer.“He’s aggressive. He has a hardworking coaching staff behind him and he’s dynamic,” Helmholdt said. “Kids want to buy into something they believe in, and they believe in Urban Meyer.”Cornerbacks Cam Burrows and Eli Woodard are two recruits that believed in Meyer enough to commit to the Buckeyes. Burrows and Woodard are the 27th– and 29th-ranked players in the nation, respectively, per Rivals. The four-star defensive backs will be on hand for the Michigan game. They will have the opportunity to pitch OSU to the plethora of young talent visiting this weekend.The projected visitors for Saturday include one of Meyer’s primary 2013 targets, four-star wide receiver James Quick. Quick is the type of explosive athlete Meyer has seemed to attract over the course of his coaching career. Rivals estimates that Quick clocks a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash and a 10.7 in the 100-meter. The Louisville, Ky. native and Louisville Trinity star is being recruited to play slot receiver and could possibly be used in a Percy Harvin-type role for the Buckeyes. Harvin, who now plays wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, was arguably one of the nation’s best wide receivers during Meyer’s tenure at Florida and helped the former Gators coach win two national championships while there.Quick’s recruitment is down to Louisville and Ohio State, according to Rivals.Meyer’s recruiting philosophy might be one that leaves no stone unturned, even when it comes to players that have committed to other schools.Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema and Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio seemed to learn that the hard way. Meyer successfully flipped freshman offensive lineman Kyle Dodson and defensive lineman Se’Von Pittman from those respective schools last year. This year’s approach might not be any different.With senior linebackers Storm Klein, Etienne Sabino, and Zach Boren departing after the season, depth at the linebacker position could be a primary concern for OSU’s coaching staff.Couple that with the fact there are no linebackers in the Buckeyes’ 2013 class, and it might explain why Meyer is going after committed talent.Per multiple reports, Florida commit Daniel McMillian and Auburn commit Trey Johnson will be in attendance at Ohio Stadium as the Buckeyes take on the Wolverines.McMillian is a four-star linebacker and 2013 U.S. Army All-American that has been a long-time Gators commit. Interest in OSU, however, has increased recently, due primarily to OSU’s coordinator of player development and former Florida linebacker, Ryan Stamper. Stamper was a graduate of First Coast High School in Jacksonville, Fla., the same school McMillian plays for currently. It could be a tough flip for the Buckeyes, but McMillian might get quite the show this Saturday as OSU goes for its first undefeated season since 2002.Johnson, an Under Armour All-American, is another four-star linebacker expressing interest in the Buckeyes.The Auburn commit, according to multiple reports by recruiting websites, seems to be showing signs of re-opening his recruitment, but has yet to de-commit from the 2-8 (0-7) Tigers. Instead, per those same reports, he is taking visits to OSU, Florida, USC and Florida State.“Ohio State is coming all-out after Trey,” Johnson’s coach Todd Wofford of Central Gwinnett told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution earlier this month. “They’re undefeated, and they’re going to win every year and always be in the BCS picture. That’s really appealing to Trey.”The projected visitors for the 2014 recruiting class include three of what could be the best underclassmen in the country. Linebacker Raekwon McMillan, defensive tackle Andrew Brown and defensive end Da’Shawn Hand, according to multiple recruiting websites, will be in Columbus this weekend. All are five-star prospects according to Rivals.com.McMillan has not been shy about showing his affection for the Buckeyes, either. He has named OSU his early leader, with his home state team Georgia a close second. Clemson is also in the mix. The 6’3″ 235-pounder has averaged 15.1 tackles per game this season according to Maxpreps.com.Brown and Hand will eventually be ranked in the Rivals.com top 10, according to Helmholdt. The Virginia products have interest in the Buckeyes, but it is early in the recruitment process.“Both have been talking Ohio State pretty much from the beginning,” Helmholdt said. “They will definitely have a lot of competition for those guys though.”This weekend’s unofficial visit will give the defensive standouts their first in-person look at OSU football.That look will likely have an effect on a direct correlation that seems to exist between recruiting and teams’ success on the field.Alabama, who captured the 2010 and 2012 national championships, finished with the Rivals.com top-ranked recruiting classes in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012. Since 2008 through this season, the Crimson Tide’s overall record is 58-7.Meyer’s 2006 recruiting class at Florida was ranked second in the nation, and the Gators won the national championship that year. Similarly, Meyer’s recruiting class finished first in 2007 and Florida went on to win another national title in 2008.While OSU’s play Saturday against the Wolverines will determine if the Buckeyes finish a perfect 12-0, the recruiting battle surrounding the game could beequally as important in securing OSU’s future success.
Junior quarterback Braxton Miller walks out with the team during a game against California Sept. 14, at California Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 52-34.Credit: Eric Seger / Sports editorOhio State football coach Urban Meyer said the plan is that if junior quarterback Braxton Miller is healthy enough to play Saturday against Florida A&M, he will.“Braxton — we’ve still got a lot of work to do,” Meyer said. “If he’s ready, he’ll play this week.”Miller is “probable” to play against Florida A&M, Meyer said. He added that backup Kenny Guiton could see the field.“Kenny Guiton’s earned some time,” Meyer said. “He’s done a nice job. If he’s one of the best 11 (players), then the obligation is to get him on the field.”Guiton’s early season success while Miller has been sidelined gives Meyer confidence in his backup quarterback.“If you’re going to buy stock in anybody, buy stock in Kenny Guiton,” Meyer said. “Because what he’s going to do after football some day — it’s going to be really neat.”Guiton said after his playing career, he would like to stay in football.“I am considering the coaching thing,” Guiton said. “I think I could be pretty good at it. I wouldn’t mind it. Its something I love, football.”Meyer also addressed the return of senior running back Carlos Hyde, who is eligible after being suspended for three games because of his involvement in an incident at a Columbus bar this summer.“As of right now, he’s back. He’s done a really good job,” Meyer said. “(He) has had a very good attitude, taken care of business and we are anxious to get him back.”Meyer said he was not sure how Hyde would fit into the offensive game plan.“I don’t know. I’ve been thinking about that,” Meyer said. “It’s a good issue to have. (Redshirt-senior running back) Jordan Hall has certainly earned the right to touch the ball. In a big way.”While it is unclear which Buckeye running back will get the touches in the offense, the tight ends are struggling to even get the ball. Junior Jeff Heuerman and redshirt-sophomore Nick Vannett combined for only one catch against California.Tight ends and fullbacks coach Tim Hinton called both their performances in the victory “excellent,” even though they did not get the ball much, because of the way they blocked.“They were very efficient in their blocking. They were very fundamental,” Hinton said. “They did a great job of attacking (California’s) defense.”The tight ends’ abilities to complete blocks on the edge allowed freshman running back Dontre Wilson to get to the edge a few times against California, and Hinton said that was a big reason he was happy with the way the tight ends performed.“I tell you, that’s where I said, the catches weren’t there, but I don’t know if Jeff Heuerman could have been happier,” Hinton said. “He was unbelievably happy after the game because he blocked the perimeter like a champion.”Although the offense put up a season high 608 yards against the Golden Bears, the defense struggled, missing 16 tackles and giving up 503 yards against the Golden Bears, according to Meyer.Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier said reducing the number of missed tackles is the defense’s goal.“I feel like we did better as a defense, but we have to try to get those missed tackles to a single digit number,” Shazier said. “We ended up having 16 but a lot of those missed tackles were just guys taking shots and knowing they have other guys coming back, other bullets having their back.”Senior safety Christian Bryant called California’s offense “fast-paced,” and said that was one factor that led to the missed tackles and allowed the Golden Bears to give up 34 points.“They were bound to break a couple runs, get a couple big plays but for the most part, we kept leverage like we felt we were going to work towards the week before the game,” Bryant said. “That’s what we did, they put up 34 points on us but it’s not because we weren’t going hard.”According to defensive line coach Mike Vrabel regardless what level of football you compete at, you have to have to be able to tackle.“Everybody is going to force you to tackle in space,” Vrabel said. “That’s what happens in the National Football League. It happens in college. Teams are going to force you to tackle in space.”Vrabel said it’s not the inability to bring guys to the turf that hurt the team, it’s what happens after.“We talk about trying to keep teams under, having less than 10 missed tackles in a game,” Vrabel said. “The yards after those missed tackles is kind of what kills you.”The Buckeyes are set to take on Florida A&M at Ohio Stadium at noon.
Head coach Ryan Day speaks during the Ohio State offensive availability at the Residence Inn LA Live on Dec. 29. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State announced former Michigan defensive line coach Greg Mattison and former San Francisco 49ers defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley will join the coaching staff as co-defensive coordinators. Since 2015, Mattison has served as the defensive line coach for the Wolverines, a line that helped allow opponents to average 3.7 yards per carry and opposing quarterbacks to complete 49.5 percent of passes attempted, No. 1 in the Big Ten. Mattison also served as a defensive coordinator for Michigan from 2011-14. Hafley has been a defensive backs coach at the pro level since 2011, coaching for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Cleveland Browns and the 49ers. The press release listed that Hafley and Mattison join defensive line coach Larry Johnson, who has been named as the associate head coach under head coach Ryan Day, as the only members of the Ohio State coaching staff. The release failed to mention defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson and linebackers coach Billy Davis.
Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann claps in the first half of the game against Maryland on Jan. 18. Ohio State lost 75-61. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State men’s basketball earned a huge commitment on Sunday to add to its already strong 2019 Class.Three-star center Ibrahima Diallo confirmed reports on Twitter that he has officially committed to the Buckeyes, giving Ohio State four members of its class for next season.Diallo is a 7-foot tall center with a 7-foot-9 wingspan out of Prolific Prep in California, and will join a trio in four-star recruits in guard DJ Carton and forwards Alonzo Gaffney and E.J. Liddell.He may join Kaleb Wesson, who has entered his name into the 2019 NBA Draft, as well as Jaedon LeDee, who entered his name in the transfer portal as the only other big men on the roster.Updated at 2:44 p.m. with confirmation from Diallo on Twitter.
It is essential that clinical and political leaders ramp up the pressure and hold the Health Secretary and government to account on this issueDr Mark Holland, Society for Acute Medicine president Ambulances are failing to reach dying and seriously-ill patients fast enough as the service creaks under the strain of high demand, according to a report.Only one of the UK’s 13 ambulance services, the Welsh Ambulance Service, is meeting the target to reach patients with life-threatening conditions within eight minutes, an investigation has found.Freedom of Information requests by the BBC found more than 500,000 hours of ambulance crews’ time in England, Wales and Northern Ireland was wasted waiting at A&E to hand over patients to hospital staff. NHS England’s ambulance lead, Professor Jonathan Benger, said the rising number of calls the service received was a major factor in the delays.He told the BBC: “In the face of rising demand it is not surprising we are having difficulty meeting these targets. It is time to look at the system.”An NHS England spokesman said NHS Improvement is working to reduce delays in A&Es receiving patients in England where some hospitals are ensuring extra nursing staff are available at peak times.”These delays have many contributory causes and often reflect pressure on beds within the hospital as a whole and a system that is struggling to discharge patients to community settings,” he said.”We recognise that handover should occur as soon as it is safe to do so, with ambulances released to return to frontline duties in a timely way.”All staff are working hard to keep handover delays to a minimum with a view to eliminating them altogether.” Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said the “significant strain” on the NHS was due to the Government’s failure to accept the social care crisis.He said: “The Government has continuously failed to acknowledge the scale of the crisis in social care and the record numbers of delayed discharges in our hospitals as a result – a significant factor in the build-up of pressure on our hospitals.”Having the support and infrastructure in place to discharging medically-fit patients safely is central to releasing pressure on emergency departments, acute medical units and ambulance services.”It is essential that clinical and political leaders ramp up the pressure and hold the Health Secretary and government to account on this issue before it is too late.” A Department of Health spokesman said: “Ambulance services in England are performing well under pressure, responding to the significant majority of the most serious calls within eight minutes.”He added: “NHS England is working closely with ambulance services to improve response times and we’re helping recruit 2,200 more paramedics since 2010, as well as increasing the number of training places this year by 60 per cent.” The Department of Health said NHS England is working closely with ambulance services to improve response time. File pictureCredit:Dinendra Haria/REX/Shutterstock 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.
“This Global Council report on sleep contains some excellent practical tips, all of them based on the best, most up-to-date evidence available from right across the world. It points out, for example, that letting your dog or cat sleep on your bed at night might be nice for them but if they disturb you it would be much better to shut them out.“In addition, many of us spend a lot of the day looking at screens on our phones, tablets and PCs, and then at the television in the evening, but to help us to sleep well it is better not to do any of these things once we get into bed.” Show more Wearing socks in bed might seem the ultimate passion killer, but at least it will encourage a good night’s sleep, according to experts.A new report from the Global Council on Brain Health has highlighted the importance of sleeping properly to stay mentally sharp in later life.Experts gave a list of tips to help the over-50s nod off more quickly and enjoy a long, uninterrupted slumber.They advise wearing socks in bed to prevent being woken up by cold feet; keeping the dog out of the bedroom, and allowing 15 minutes of “worry time” before switching off from problems.The experts also recommend abstaining from food, drink and alcohol for three hours before bedtime, avoiding arguments at night, keeping smartphones and tablets out of the bedroom, having a warm bath, and swapping white or blue lights for those with a more orange, restful glow. The council, which was set up by Age UK and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), advised that everyone should aim for between seven and eight hours of sleep each night, but warned that sleeping becomes more difficult with age.Sleeping badly for long spells can increase the risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, falls and cancer.Prof James Goodwin, chief scientist at Age UK, said: “Sleeping is something we all tend to take for granted, but we really have to wise up to the fact that getting the right amount of good sleep is crucial as we age, helping to protect us from all kinds of problems that can affect our brains as well as our bodies.The seven surprising benefits of sleeping naked “The message is that in order to stay mentally sharp in later life – something we all care passionately about – take care of your sleep. Poor sleep can lead to chronic illness in later life, studies have shown Credit:Henry Steadman In the long term, losing weight, exercising and giving up smoking also helps sleep. Getting out and about in the daytime to gain exposure to natural light is also crucial for sleep and experts said people should avoid napping for longer than 30 minutes during the day.And people who go to bed but cannot sleep should get up and go to another room until they feel sleepy again to avoid bed being associated with sleeplessness. 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.
Alistair Carmichael, the Liberal Democrat Chief Whip, said: “Scandalous underfunding under this Conservative government has turned our prisons into powder kegs.”It is beyond belief that 71 potentially dangerous prisoners have been released by mistake.”What should be places of rehabilitation are now dangerous hotbeds of violence, self-harm and drug abuse. “No prison guard should have to go to work in fear of being seriously assaulted while being outnumbered six to one.”The government has lost control of our prisons and urgently needs to get a grip.” Ministers have launched a recruitment drive to add 2,500 frontline officersCredit:Peter Macdiarmid/PA G4S and HMP employees clearing debris after a disturbance at HMP BirminghamCredit:Jason Alden / G4S Earlier this month Peter Clarke, the Chief Inspector of Prisons, warned that staffing levels in many establishments are too low to maintain order and described the conditions some inmates are held in as “squalid, dirty and disgraceful”. Prison staff carrying riot shields leave HMP Birmingham Credit:AFP/OLI SCARFF There were also a record 19,361 of assaults by prisoners on other inmates, up by a fifth on the previous year.The Government said that the performance of 10 jails is now of “serious concern” as it emerged that 71 prisoners have been freed by mistake – a rise of seven on the previous year.The findings are the latest in a line of statistics laying bare the scale of the safety crisis behind bars in England and Wales. Campaigners and watchdogs have issued a catalogue of warnings about violence, drug use and overcrowding across the jail estate, which has been hit by a number of disturbances in the last year. Prisons violence has reached record levels with assaults on staff rising by a third over the past year to 20 a day.New figures revealed that 7,159 staff were assaulted in the year to March 2017, up by 1,750.The number of serious assaults on staff has trebled since 2013 to 2,285 last year. Peter Dawson, director of the Prison Reform Trust, said: “These numbers confirm what the Chief Inspector of Prisons has described in graphic detail – that our prison system is nowhere near being safe for those who live and work within it.”Ministers have launched a recruitment drive to add 2,500 frontline officers, and put in place new measures to tackle the availability of mobile phones and drugs in jails as part of a reform drive. 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. Justice Secretary David Lidington said improving safety and security in prison was his top priority.He said: “These figures reinforce how crucial it is that we make progress as quickly as possible.”I have seen first-hand the challenges our dedicated and hard-working prison staff face. “Boosting the frontline is critical to achieving safety and the number of prison officers we are recruiting is rising, with the number of new prison officers joining the service at its highest level since 2010.” David LidingtonCredit:PA
A bundle of documents bought in a job lot at a country sale in Devon have been identified as the financial accounts of Richard III from his Duchy of Cornwall estate in 1483, the year he came to the throneCredit:John Williams/SWNS A coffin containing the Plantagenet monarch’s mortal remains was taken to Leicester Cathedral to receive burial after they were discovered beneath a car park in the city in September 2012Credit:Will Johnston/Leicester Cathedral When an antiques dealer bought a box of 1930s royal memorabilia from a country house clearance he must have hoped there would be something of value in it.After all he was an experienced buyer who had made a living from spotting nuggets of gold among people’s discarded possessions.What he cannot have expected is to have unearthed a rare medieval manuscript among the coronation cups, thimbles and royalist magazines throw into the box.It has emerged that the manuscript was in fact a rare set of accounts ordered by Richard III from his lands and properties in the Duchy of Cornwall.The document is now going on sale at auction with an estimated price of between £4,000 and £6,000. Peter Hammond, president of the Richard III society, said: “It is a very important record and we don’t know how many of these 15th century documents still exist.“It gives us a handle on the kind of income that was coming in to keep the country running. The bureaucracy was alive and well in the 15th century – they kept amazing records. Part of the newly discovered Duchy of Cornwall accounts from 1483Credit:John WIlliams/SWNS Historian hope the document will remain in Britain following the sale and be made available for public research.Mr Hammond said: “It would be good if it was bought by the Cornwall Record office or the National Archives and it would be great if people were then able to see it.”Sam Tuke, a valuer at Bonhams in Exeter, said, “It is always exciting to come acrosssomething so special. The accounts include details of properties in Devon as well as in Cornwall itself. They are of course, written in faded mediaeval Latin, but our specialists were able to decipher the text, and reveal their true value.”There are all kinds of reasons why these accounts have survived over the centuries.”They may have been lent or stolen but it is very rare to find anything like them offered for sale. The seller bought the manuscript a part of a job lot at a house clearance sale, along with royal memorabilia from the 1930s.” Richard died at Bosworth Field on August 22, 1485, in the last significant battle of the War of the Roses.Despite the lack of any concrete evidence, he was blamed for the murder of the Princes in the Tower, his nephews Edward V and brother Richard, after being appointed Protector of the Realm to the 12-year-old Edward. The seller only discovered its potential worth after asking experts at Bonhams in Exeter to take a look at the document.Following a painstaking identification the auction firm’s medieval manuscript specialists identified it as a ledger prepared for the hunchback king, covering some of the most turbulent years in English history following the start of his two year rule 1483.The papers show how much income Richard made in one year from the Duchy estate in Devon and Cornwall – and particularly from the area’s famous tin mines. They reveal profits from the Duchy at this time were worth around £500 a year in contrast to the annual wage of a labourer of about £2.Richard III’s accounts are being put up for auction on March 21, almost three years to the day since he was reburied at Leicester Cathedral following the discovery of the remains of his body beneath a Leicester car park, on the site of the former Greyfriars Friary in Leicester which was lost during its dissolution in 1538 on the orders of Henry V111.The accounts show detailed showing totals for rents, sales and court receipts for manors within the Duchy and in Devon.Also detailed are the names of bailiffs who supervised work on the each manor and would act as a link between the serfs and their feudal lord. The amounts raised from each manorial lord amounted to between £12 and £30 per annum. The Duchy of Cornwall was created by Edward 111 in 1337 to provide income for the heir to the throne.It continues to this day as part of the extensive property holdings of Prince Charles, income from which fund both the Prince and his charitable causes.
At the time of his wife’s death Simon said he was “crushed with indescribable pain” as he struggled with his sudden grief.Many fans had been asking him on social media when he would return to work, but he said it was “with a heavy, but peaceful heart”, he was stepping down after 13 years at the broadcaster when the current season finishes next month.He wrote yesterday: “I’m doing it for Ethan. On that first morning after she went I remember Ethan coming up to me in the lounge and through his tears he said these words ‘Daddy, you know every weekend you go away and do the football, and I spend the weekend with Mummy, what do I do now?’ And they have stuck with me ever since. Gemma Thomas died just three days after she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. Credit:Instagram 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. He said: “More recently, I have enjoyed watching football again, but the flames of passion I once had for it are, for now at least, gone. I hope one day they will relight again, but at the moment there’s barely a flicker.”Managing director of Sky Sports Barney Francis said Simon had shown “courage in opening up” about the challenges he faced.He added: “Simon has suffered an unspeakable loss and we have done everything we can in our power to ease the burden he is carrying. I fully support his decision. He is part of our family and always will be even now as he searches for his next path.”If there is some small positive he can take from this experience it is the courage he has shown in opening up, and for others facing the same challenges I know they will take comfort from his actions and his words.” “He’s lost his mum, for him so much has changed, I can’t always be with him 24/7 but what I have no choice in, is I have to put him first.”I need to spend the next few months working out with him how we move forward. What’s going to work for him, what isn’t?”The former Blue Peter presenter added he had not been able to enjoy watching football since Gemma’s death but hoped to return to presenting in the future. Gemma Thomas with husband Simon Thomas from his Instagram Ex-Blue Peter presenter Simon Thomas and wife Gemma Thomas in 2015Credit:Splash News Presenter Simon Thomas will leave Sky Sports at the end of the current football season following the death of his wife.Gemma Thomas died suddenly in December last year, just three days after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia.The 45-year-old presenter made the announcement yesterday (Fri) in an emotional blog post in which he said he was quitting his job to look after their eight-year-old son Ethan. “More often than not, the first worry a child expresses after going through something like this is the most significant. It’s the one playing on their mind the most and for the last five months it is a question I have had to wrestle with.
The Queen spoke proudly not only as the RAF’s Air Commodore-in-Chief, but also as a citizen who remembered the Battle of Britain, and as a daughter whose father King George VI served with the RAF.She said: “Presenting the Royal Air Force with a new Queen’s Colour provides an opportunity to congratulate the service for your remarkable contribution to defence over the last 100 years.”Tenacity, skill and gallantry have been your hallmarks as you helped safeguard freedom and security in many parts of the world.”I remember the Battle of Britain being fought over the skies above us and we shall never forget the courage and sacrifice of that time.”She also took the Royal Salute at the ceremony as her relatives including the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of Cambridge plus the Duke and Duchess of Sussex watched nearby.Royals attend Westminster Abbey serviceCharles, William and Harry all chose to wear No 1 RAF uniform to Westminster Abbey, with Kate wearing a Dacre Brooch – which was presented to her by the Air Cadets when she took on patronage in 2015. At just after 1pm on Tuesday, Puma and Chinook helicopters began the spectacle, followed by aircraft including a Lancaster, Spitfires, Hurricanes, the A400M Atlas, Tornados and three F-35 stealth fighter jets.Drawing the spectacle to a close was the Red Arrows, who in traditional aerobatic style, streamed red, white and blue smoke down the length of the Mall. And in keeping with the traditional blue of the RAF, the Queen wore a royal blue silk coat with a turquoise collar and dress in the same colour, both by Angela Kelly, with a matching hat by Angela Kelly and a diamond star brooch. With three weeks set aside for training ahead of the flypast, he said the Typhoon force is still delivering on operations around the world, and through Quick Reaction Alert.”What we have done is reduce the training flying back in the UK, it is not that we are stopping it, we are just reduced it,” he said of managing training, formation practice and operations.Asked what the Queen will have made of the display, he said: “It is going to be quite a tight formation, I think hopefully she will be very impressed, it is going to be loud as well going down the Mall.”The Queen and other members of the Royal family have been leading national celebrations as the Royal Air Force marks a centenary since its formation. Prince George And Princess Charlotte are spotted at the window of Buckingham Palace waving and sticking their tongues out to royal fans belowCredit:WENN.com The Queen wore a royal blue silk coat with a turquoise collar over a dress in the same colour for the serviceCredit:SIMON DAWSON /Reuters Kate wore a coat by Alexander McQueen, and a hat by Sean Barrett, with Meghan choosing to wear a dress by Dior and a hat by royal milliner Stephen Jones. “It is the high point for the capital, Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal family,” he said.”And it is a great opportunity to look back and really celebrate our past, but to look forward is a really important thing for us as we look to the next 100 years.” Squadron Leader Mike Child said the arrangement of the aircraft took “months of planning”, with pilots also undertaking simulator training and multiple briefings. The Prince of Wales salutes outside Westminster AbbeyCredit:Steve Parsons /PA He described being at the forefront of the flypast as a “great honour”, and said he hopes the Queen and royal family will see “exactly what they can do” for the monarch.Asked what message a 100-aircraft flypast may send to Britain’s adversaries and the world, he said: “It demonstrates we are a competent, professional and capable air force that has a credible, very credible, set of capabilities.”Charles, Camilla, William, Harry and Meghan will also meet veterans, personnel, charity representatives and those from the civil service in a reception after the spectacle.Video: 100 years of the Royal Air Force Asked how hard it has been putting together the formation, he said: “It has been difficult because it is the biggest formation we have ever done as a Typhoon force.”We have done nine ships – which are the diamond nine – which is a relatively basic formation, but it is actually making something that big.” The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, addressed the congregation and said the RAF has in its first 100 years been a decisive factor in serving the country, as well as being key in protecting democracy and freedom.With an RAF ensign draped over the high altar behind him in the abbey, Mr Welby also highlighted how members of his own family have served and been killed in the RAF – drawing attention to his own father who flew low level sorties in Burma.Video: Royals at Westminster Abbey The Red Arrows fly over a full-size replica of a Hawker Hurricane in WindsorCredit:Stan Kujawa Service personnel spelling out 100 on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace as crowds fill the Mall Credit:Pixel8000 It was 100 years ago on April 1 1918 that the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service merged to create the RAF – the world’s first independent air service.Beginning with a service at Westminster Abbey, the Queen was joined by family members including the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.Queen praises RAF for ‘tenacity, skill and gallantry’The Queen has praised the Royal Air Force for its “tenacity, skill and gallantry”. Standing in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, she spoke of the “remarkable contribution to defence” over the last 100 years. Set to fly in the back seat of one of the jets, asked how he feels to be involved, he said: “It is an overwhelming sense of pride… to be involved on the day – flying will be just amazing.” The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during the Westminster Abbey serviceCredit:SIMON DAWSON /Reuters And despite still being on maternity leave, after giving birth to Prince Louis only 11 weeks ago, it is understood that Kate felt it was important to attend Tuesday’s celebrations. Members of the Royal Air Force parade down The MallCredit:Victoria Jones /PA Spectators at Wimbledon watch the military aircraft pass overheadCredit:ANDREW COULDRIDGE /Reuters Theresa May shakes hands as she arrives at Westminster AbbeyCredit:SIMON DAWSON /Reuters The Queen has praised the Royal Air Force for its “tenacity, skill and gallantry” as she was joined by senior members of the Royal family at the centrepiece of events marking the force’s 100th year.Standing in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace as she presented the Queen’s Colour to the RAF, she spoke of the “remarkable contribution to defence” over the last 100 years.The largest ever formation of RAF Typhoons then spelt out 100 in the skies above the palace. A total of 22 of the fighter jets took part in the flypast, forming into the numbers, which had served as a surprise for the public and Royal family watching the spectacle.The Metropolitan Police estimated between 65,000 and 70,000 people lined the streets of central London to see the flypast, it is understood. It was 100 years ago on April 1 1918 that the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service merged to create the RAF – the world’s first independent air service. More than 2,200 people packed Westminster Abbey for the service, with dignitaries including Prime Minister Theresa May, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn attending alongside the royals. The Red Arrows perform a fly past over Buckingham Palace – streaming red, white and blue smoke down the length of the MallCredit:HENRY NICHOLLS /Reuters The Queen watches the flypast with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke and Duchess of CambridgeCredit:PAUL GROVER FOR THE TELEGRAPH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex outside Westminster AbbeyCredit:CHRIS J RATCLIFFE /AFP The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at a service at Westminster AbbeyCredit:Steve Parsons /PA Flypast is ‘centrepiece’ of the RAF’s 100th yearAir-Vice Marshal Gerry Mayhew, the air officer commanding No 1 group and the senior responsible officer for the flypast, said the day is the “centrepiece” of the RAF’s 100th year. The officer commanding the Red Arrows, Wing Commander Andrew Keith, who took the helm in August, said it is an incredible year to be leading them. Aircraft that will feature in flypastThe flypast is set to feature aircraft including Puma and Chinook helicopters, a Lancaster, Spitfires, Hurricanes, the A400M Atlas, Tornados, Typhoons and the F-35 stealth fighter jets.Drawing the spectacle to a close will be the Red Arrows, who in traditional aerobatic style will stream red, white and blue smoke down the length of The Mall. During the flypast, he said he will be flying in the formation in the back seat of the team leader’s jet, “getting a few photos”.”It is going to be business as usual for us – and hopefully clocking over that 100th aircraft,” he said when asked if they will be doing anything different on the day. The 38-year-old said he came up with a lot of the shape of the formation in terms of references, and measured it all out and where everyone should be.He revealed much of the practice has been taking place over the North Sea more than 120 miles out from land to avoid being spotted, and to give them more space.”That formation is relatively big and unwieldy and trying to manoeuvre it is difficult, so doing it over land is harder,” Sqn Ldr Child said.Five frontline Typhoon squadrons, plus one training unit, are involved in the formation – with eight jets and 150 personnel brought down from RAF Lossiemouth to RAF Coningsby for the flypast. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
A British man has died after two luxury yachts crashed on the final night of the Cannes Film Festival. Maritime police and emergency services were called out to the incident on Saturday evening as the 88ft motor yacht ‘Minx’ was struck by ‘Vision’ – a boat of a similar size.The 29-year-old was one of four crew members on board ‘Minx’ and was pulling up the anchor at the front of the boat when the collision happened. He died after going into cardiac arrest.It is understood that ‘Minx’ was at anchor and ‘Vision’ was manoeuvring at the time, but a full investigation has been launched by police into the circumstances of the crash and the death.Authorities at the French Riviera port suggested they were examining whether Vision may have been speeding at the time. The investigation is being led by the Maritime Prosecutor of Marseilles, in conjunction with the Maritime Gendarmerie Research Brigade.A statement released by the fire department said: “Fire services were called around 9pm for a collision at sea. “On their arrival, the firefighters and the SMUR Cannes took care of a man in cardio respiratory arrest.”The man could not be resuscitated and died soon after. The incident took place on the final evening of the Cannes film festival, where Korean director Bong Joon-ho won the Palme d’Or for his thriller, ‘Parasite’. A 29-year-old British crew member on the yacht Minx was killed Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The ‘Minx’ can be chartered for around £44,000 a week and can sleep 8 guests in four rooms, and there is also room for four crew members.It operates under a British flag, and is currently up for sale for £3.5 million. A website for the vessel says it is “designed for entertaining”, adding: ” Her well appointed deck areas provide guests with the space to relax, play, entertain and enjoy their time on board.”‘Vision’ sails under the flag of Monaco and a n online catalogue appeared to show it was also currently for sale, listed for around £3.6 million.A source at the broker firm said he had spoken to the vessel’s owner, but described the situation as “too raw” to discuss. Both boats suffered significant damage, with the nose of Minx broken off and fibreglass seen splintering out from the front of the vessel. Vision had long scratch marks down the starboard side. A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said: “Our staff are assisting the family of a British man following his death in France, and are in contact with the local authorities.” Seventeen people across the two yachts were taken to shore, with the captain and crew of both being interviewed by police.
A relative of Nye Bevan, the founder of the NHS, died after doctors failed to tell him he had lung cancer for 15 months, an inquest heard.Roderick Bevan, who died aged 66 in May 2018 after NHS doctors diagnosed his condition, would have survived but for the failure of two sets of doctors..A coroner ruled that the errors amounted to “neglect”.Mr Bevan, of Grantham, Lincolnshire, was a great-nephew of Nye Bevan, the health minister in the postwar government who is widely renowned for his role in driving through the creation of the health service in 1948.The retired caretaker’s daughter, Paula, told The Guardian: “I feel that my dad was totally let down by the NHS, whose founder was Nye Bevan who, as the name suggests, my dad was related to – it was his great uncle. I am sure that he would be appalled by the events that have unfolded.”NHS doctors had diagnosed Mr Bevan’s lung cancer following a scan however they failed to ensure that he then underwent stereotactic ablative radiotherapy – treatment that if he had had it at the time was expected to cure him. A string of blunders meant that he was never offered the radiotherapy. In his verdict, the coroner said: “On the balance of probabilities, had the results of the PET scan and/or the recommendation of the multi-disciplinary team meeting of 11 October 2016 been acted upon promptly, the treatment proposed for Mr Bevan would have been successful.”Peter Walsh, the chief executive of Action against Medical Accidents, a charity that campaigns against medical negligence, added: “This is a shocking case of multiple failures by the NHS which appear to have taken away Mr Bevan’s chances of a cure.“It is highly ironic that this should happen to a relative of Nye Bevan’s. However, this is not a novelty. Rather it is yet another example of how the modern-day NHS is failing far too many patients.“Nye Bevan would turn in his grave if he knew the number of avoidable deaths and other serious harm being caused by failure in patient safety.” Dr Andrew Furlong, his counterpart at the Leicester trust, said: “Unfortunately Mr Bevan died in tragic circumstances; for that we remain incredibly sorry.”Since looking into his death, the trust has changed its systems to prevent anything similar happening again. As a result, any patient with suspected cancer is included on a daily list seen by key doctors and managers across the trust, who then ensure investigations, treatment plans and the right care are arranged and tracked to see they occur, Furlong explained. At the end of the two-day inquest into the events surrounding his death that opened at Boston coroner’s court on 30 April and ended on 1 May, the coroner, Paul Smith, ruled that his death was the result of “natural causes contributed to by neglect”. Dr Neill Hepburn, the medical director at the Lincolnshire trust, said: “We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family of Mr Bevan.“We accept that there were opportunities for us to communicate more effectively with Mr Bevan and have carried out a full investigation into the circumstances of his death. We have learned from this and have reviewed our practices and procedures.” 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.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related$605M Drug scandal: No reason for COI into Lawrence’s involvement – HarmonMarch 24, 2017In “Business”Jagdeo questions whether GPHC board was structured to facilitate irregularitiesMarch 15, 2017In “Health”$605M Pharma scandal: There are grounds for Lawrence’s dismissal- PPPMarch 20, 2017In “Business” Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence, today, announced the names of persons who will comprise the new Board of Directors for the Guyana Public Hospital Corporation, GINA said. The minister said that based on the experience and qualification of each appointed member, issues that are currently faced by the GPHC should be addressed in a more timely and efficient manner.Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Health, Trevor Thomas and Minister of Public Health Volda LawrenceKessaundra Alves who has a Certificate in Legal Education and a Masters’ Degree in Law specializing in Health Law, Ethics and Policy has been named chairperson of the Board. Lawrence said Alves is quite suitable for the position based on her qualifications.Other members of the board include Dr. Holly Alexander, Dr. Ivelaw Sinclair, Collette Adams (representing the Ministry of Public Health), Sonya Roopnauth (representing the Ministry of Finance), Cleopatra Barkoye (representing the nurses) and Kempton Alexander (representing the Guyana Public Service Union). Acting Chief Executive Officer of the GPHC, Allan Johnson and Director of Medical and Professional Services, Sheik Amir, will continue to be ex officio members of the board, according to GINA.
In light of the recent spate of deaths on the roadways, the traffic department of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) has made a special plea to road users particularly motorcyclists to be keen in their operation on the road.The traffic department said it could not sit idly by while persons continue to lose their lives senselessly on the roadways.Over the past few days, three motorcyclists lost their lives among a total of five road deaths. Traffic Chief Deon Moore said there is really no reason for persons to be losing their lives in this fashion. He said it is recognised that most of these accidents occur at midnight or any time after that hour. He said in three of the most recent deaths, the one at Goed fortune occurred at 3am while the one at Better Hope occurred after 11pm.On Sunday, 27-year-old biker Cleon Perreira of Buxton, East Coast Demerara (ECD), died on the spot after he collided with a car just after 23:00h on the Better Hope Public Road. Early Saturday morning, another motorcyclist was killed after he was struck by a minibus in the vicinity of the Goed Fortuin Public Road, West Bank Demerara (WBD).42-year-old Joseph James of Walter Terrace, West La Penitence, Georgetown, was returning home from a party when the accident occurred.On Monday, police were called in to investigate the death of 50-year-old Feroze Khan of Yarrowkabara, Soesdyke/Linden Highway, who succumbed to injuries sustained in an accident on the Land of Canaan Public Road, EBD that morning. Khan was pulled out of his vehicle after it had collided with another and was taken to the Diamond Diagnostic Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.“These timings are when the road is not too congested, not so busy. The weather condition was not foggy or rain was not falling so the condition was not bad”. He said motorists need to drive at a speed that could bring their vehicles to a stop if a situation should present itself.“At nights you should drive your vehicle at such a speed in accordance to the distance that you can see. If your vision is blurred, pull in a corner, if a light has blind you, pull in a corner”, the official pleaded. He said “it is better for you to wait a few seconds than to try to force to where you want to get and never meet there”.Traffic Chief of the Guyana Police Force, Dion MooreMoore said so far for the year, some 15 motorcyclists lost their lives. At the end of last year there were 23 motorcyclists who lost their lives. He said the police had committed at the beginning of this year to see a radical reduction in the amount of lives lost on the road by asking them to wear their safety helmets.“Many times you see them having the helmets, but having it strapped on the rear seat of the motorcycles. It is a dangerous practice. Motorcycle helmets afford you protection to your body in the event of any eventuality, for you to reduce the amount of injuries you would sustain”, the Traffic Chief said.Revealing the traffic statistics. Moore said there has been a decrease in all categories of accidents, with 62 fatal accidents as against 83 this time last year, a 23 per cent decrease. In terms of persons dying as a result of the road accidents, this year saw some 68 as against 88 this time last year, a decrease of 23 percent. Six children lost their lives last year. So far for this year there has been only one. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCampaign launched to reduce rising number of road fatalities in GuyanaNovember 16, 2018In “latest news”34 road deaths for 2016 so far…speeding, drunk driving main causesApril 12, 2016In “latest news”Bright lights, bad roads blamed for accidents where passengers were injuredNovember 1, 2017In “Crime”
IM June includes information on Tanami Gold’s newly operating Coyote gold mine in the Tanami-Arunta Province of Central Australia. The official opening is to be May 24 and will be conducted by the Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency Major General Michael Jeffery. The ceremony will also be attended by the Chairman of the Tjurabalan Native Title Land Aboriginal Corporation, Tomato Gordon, the Executive Director of the Kimberley Land Council (KLC), Wayne Bergmann, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Resources, Tony McRae MLA, the Hon Tom Stephens MLA, Member for Central Kimberley-Pilbara, the Administrator of the Northern Territory, His Honour Mr Ted Egan, representatives of the Tjurabalan People, Tanami Gold employees and guests. Over 300 people including employees, guests and a strong representation by the Tjurabalan People are expected on site. The official opening of the mine represents a major milestone for Tanami Gold and the Tjurabalan People, whose partnership – forged over the past decade – has been instrumental in underpinning the development of the new mine and will continue to deliver new opportunities for this part of central Australia over the coming years.Tanami Gold signed a landmark Mining agreement with the Tjurabalan people, with the support of the KLC, in April 2005 covering mining and exploration in the almost 26,000 km2 of Tjurabalan lands lying to the south and east of Halls Creek in Western Australia’s Kimberley region. This historic agreement, which the KLC describes as one of the best in Australia, is based on a long-term commitment to the region by both parties and includes a strong commitment to employment, training and business development opportunities for the Tjurabalan People. The agreement followed years of negotiations between Tanami and the Tjurabalan People during which a strong bond of trust and understanding was forged which demonstrates that workable and mutually beneficial agreements can be entered into with indigenous communities.Coyote gold mine will provide long-term employment for in excess of 100 people, some 40% of which are employed by CDE Capital, which holds the contract for mining and civil works. Approximately 50% of CDE Capital’s workforce is Aboriginal.For Tanami, the official opening signals the most important turning point in its 12-year journey as a junior exploration company, marking its transition to producer status. Since its establishment in 1994, Tanami has assembled one of the largest exploration portfolios in Central Australia, invested in excess of A$75 million in exploration and development in the region and has secured the support and participation of the region’s indigenous communities.Tanami Gold’s Executive Chairman, Denis Waddell, said the opening of the Coyote mine represents the culmination of 12 years of challenging work as a junior exploration company working in a remote and isolated region with poorly developed infrastructure and difficult access.“This is a major achievement and very positive step forward for central Australia, and also represents one of the few new gold mine developments in Australia in the past decade,” Mr Waddell said. “We are honoured that the Governor-General, His Excellency Major General Michael Jeffery, has agreed to join us to officiate on this special occasion, to mark the official launch of Australia’s newest gold mine. We are also very pleased that the event will be attended by a large number of the Tjurabalan People – including their Chairman, Tomato Gordon – to celebrate the community partnership that we expect will continue to deliver tangible benefits to this region for many years to come.”Open pit mining commenced at Coyote earlier in May, with construction of the on-site gold processing facility, accommodation village and associated infrastructure now well advanced and scheduled for completion in early June 2006. Plant commissioning is expected to commence in mid-June, leading to a first gold pour towards the end of the month.Stage 1 production will ramp up to 60,000 oz/y, with ore sourced from an open pit during the first 10 months of mining and subsequently transitioning to an underground operation. Tanami plans to expand the operation significantly during Stage 2, increasing production levels to over 100,000 oz/y. Importantly, cash flow from the operations will fund intensive ongoing exploration programs to be undertaken on the Company’s large and highly prospective ground holdings aimed at discovering the next major deposit in the Tanami-Arunta Province.