Urban Meyer says CJ Barnett set to start no decision on Bradley

Shelby Lum / Photo editorBuckeye football coach Urban Meyer looks on during a game against Buffalo Aug. 31, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 40-20.The Ohio State football team was missing two returning starters in its secondary for the season opener versus Buffalo, but at least one of them is set to be back for this Saturday’s game against San Diego State.Following practice Wednesday, coach Urban Meyer told media that redshirt-senior strong safety C.J. Barnett, who missed the season opener with a sprained ankle, is back on the practice field and ready for Saturday.Meyer remained noncommittal, however, on whether redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby would be in the starting lineup. Roby was suspended for the season opener after his involvement in an incident at a Bloomington, Ind., bar in July, and Meyer said earlier this week the second-team AP All-American and Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist would have to earn his starting job back from sophomore cornerback Armani Reeves.“We haven’t made that decision yet,” Meyer said. “He did pretty good today in practice, obviously you got to watch the film today. But he’s had two good days I believe. I know he had a good day yesterday.”Roby and Reeves were listed as co-starters on the Buckeyes’ most recent depth chart, which was released Tuesday. Barnett was listed as a co-starter with redshirt-senior Corey Brown at strong safety.Barnett’s return to the lineup will give the Buckeyes three returning starters on defense, along with senior free safety Christian Bryant and junior linebacker Ryan Shazier. Roby’s return would give OSU four returning starters.One player who was conspicuously absent from the depth chart released Tuesday was redshirt junior running back Rod Smith, who was also suspended for the season opener due to a violation of team rules. Meyer said Wednesday, however, Smith is in the mix to be the No. 2 running back on the depth chart Saturday behind starter senior Jordan Hall.“Jordan Hall will most likely start,” Meyer said. “Who the No. 2 (running back) is … I’m not sure.”Meyer said Smith is set to play on the Buckeyes’ punt and punt block units Saturday, which Meyer said is “more important” than him getting on the field at running back.The Tuesday depth chart lists sophomore Bri’onte Dunn and redshirt-freshman Warren Ball as the backup running backs. Freshmen Ezekiel Elliott and Dontre Wilson could also see playing time at running back, though Meyer said Wilson is “more of a receiver right now.”OSU took a 23-0 lead against Buffalo before the end of the first quarter, but the Bulls twice cut the Buckeyes’ lead to only 10 points, once in both the second and third quarters. The Buckeyes scored the final 10 points of the game and ended up with a 40-20 victory, but on Wednesday, redshirt senior right guard Marcus Hall and junior middle linebacker Curtis Grant both admitted that the Buckeyes took their “foot off the gas pedal” after taking the big first quarter lead.“I hate to admit it, but it’s the first game of the season and it’s hard keeping it going throughout the whole game,” Marcus Hall said. “That was just a wake up call that we needed, good thing it was the first game.”Grant said last week’s game taught him to “just keep going” even when the Buckeyes take a significant lead like they did in the first quarter Saturday.“With the defensive mentality, we’re never satisfied,” Grant said. “We just got to keep working and keep working hard to get where we want to go.”Offensively, Meyer said the Buckeyes “didn’t adapt fast enough” when the Bulls made some changes to their defense after the first quarter.Going into this Saturday’s game, however, the Buckeyes have had another week to do just that. Both Buffalo and SDSU run 3-3-5 defensive schemes and Hall said the experience against the scheme in the opener will help the Buckeyes’ offense this week.“San Diego State, they’ve got a lot of athletes on their defense,” Hall said. “Not taking away anything from Buffalo, they did too, but they definitely prepared us for this defense. I feel like we’re better suited to go against it and will have less mistakes.”Kickoff for Saturday’s contest between the No. 3 Buckeyes and SDSU, who lost 40-19 in their season opener versus Eastern Illinois, is set for 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Commentary Jordan Hall deserves some Heisman love

Since the year 2000, the Heisman Trophy has been dominated by quarterbacks. Former Alabama running back Mark Ingram is the only non-quarterback to win the trophy since the new millennium began.So when talking about early season Heisman predictions, the conversation tends to be dominated by the signal callers.This year is no exception — Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Ohio State’s Braxton Miller, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater were among the favorites heading into the season to take home the biggest award in college football.Not much has changed three weeks into the season, except for the fact that Miller has yet to play a full game and is most likely out of the race.But even though redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton has garnered most of the headlines stepping in for Miller, there is another player who could be argued as being the MVP for OSU this season.Redshirt-senior running back Jordan Hall is fifth in the nation with 402 rushing yards so far in 2013, to go with six touchdowns for OSU, but you won’t see him on any short lists for Heisman front runners this week.Why not? Why can’t Hall, with those stats, be considered one of the top players in the nation?During the summer, senior running back Carlos Hyde was expected to be the top back for the Buckeyes. That was until Hyde’s involvement in an incident at a Columbus bar in July, which resulted in him getting suspended for three games. In steps Hall, who was tapped as the starter in week one and has taken full advantage.Part of what is keeping the Jeannette, Pa., native out of the race is the game’s development since the 1990s.The era of the mobile quarterback is part of what makes it so difficult for non-quarterbacks to break into the exclusive club of Heisman winners.When players like Tim Tebow or Cam Newton are running for 20 touchdowns to go along with their passing numbers, a running back who has 1,600 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground (Ingram’s stats the year he won) finds it hard to impress.If Hall can continue the current run, he very well may be OSU’s representative in New York for the Heisman award ceremony come December. But the biggest question for Buckeye running back is how much Hyde changes things in the Buckeye backfield.Hyde will make his return from suspension next week against Florida A&M and depending on how OSU coach Urban Meyer uses him, could have enough of an impact that Hall loses any momentum he has so far this year.But I don’t see that happening.I think Urban Meyer is the kind of coach that likes to go with the hot hand, and right now that is Hall. Hall has to lose his job, rather than have Hyde come in and reclaim it.Buckeye fans should be excited to see what Hall can do for the rest of the season. With Miller’s injuries and Guiton back at No. 2 QB when Miller returns, Hall may be OSU’s best chance at winning another Heisman trophy — which would be the first since Troy Smith won the award in 2006. read more

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Softball Ohio State attempts to keep winning streak alive against Iowa

Ohio State freshman outfielder Kaitlyn Coffman (55) dives to get the out against Indiana. Ohio State won 2-0. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternOhio State rides into the weekend on a wave of success, having won eight straight and boasting an overall record of 32-14 (15-5 Big Ten). Hot bats and consistent pitching have allowed the Buckeyes to outscore opponents 58-19 during the stretch. This includes a three-game sweep of Illinois, with freshman outfielder Kaitlyn Coffman hitting a run-rule securing two-run home run Friday and senior second baseman Emily Clark hitting a grand slam Saturday.The Buckeyes will travel to Des Moines, Iowa this weekend for a three-game set against the Hawkeyes (18-29, 4-16 Big Ten). They will hope to stay hot during their final series before the Big Ten tournament.Iowa has been limping to the finish line in 2019, coming into the matchup with four straight losses, having been outscored 27-3 by UNI and Minnesota.From March 23 to April 13, the Hawkeyes have lost 11 straight games.If Iowa does challenge the Buckeyes, it will likely come from the bat of junior first baseman DoniRae Mayhew. She leads the team with a .274 batting average, five home runs and a .460 slugging percentage. Only one other hitter slugs above .360, with a meager .305 team slugging percentage compared to Ohio State’s .488 percentage. Ohio State has seven hitters with a batting average higher than Mayhew’s .274 average, further proof of Ohio State’s hitting dominance on paper in the matchup.This includes senior shortstop Lilli Piper, whose .423 average ranks No. 3 in the Big Ten. She went 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and seven runs scored in the series against Illinois.On the mound, the Hawkeyes’ ace is junior Allison Doocy, who posts a 2.44 ERA. She’s pitched 61 percent of the squad’s total innings this season.The Buckeyes counter with three pitchers underneath that ERA, primarily senior No. 1 starter Morgan Ray. Ray has held a 2.08 ERA through 158.1 innings on the year, winning 16 games and saving three more.Ohio State’s staff ERA of 2.19 stacks up favorably against Iowa’s 3.82.The Buckeyes and Hawkeyes clash first at 5:30 p.m. Friday, before day games at 1 p.m. and noon Saturday and Sunday, respectively. read more

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Seal pup usually found in Arctic Circle recorded in English Channel after

first_imgIt is a wonder she wasn’t in worse shapeTamara Cooper A seal pup usually found in the Arctic Circle has been recorded in the English Channel for the first time after straying 3,000 miles off course.The young mammal was at first mistaken for a native common seal when it was rescued from mudflats near Plymouth, Devon. It was malnourished and had wounds on its tail, flippers and jaw.But a closer examination has confirmed it to be a female ringed seal which live in the icy waters of the Arctic and spend their days negotiating ice floes, pack ice and polar bears. They rarely venture south of Norway.The creature, nicknamed Muddy, is one of only 12 ringed seals ever recorded in the UK over the last 200 years, with the majority of these being found in Scottish waters. The previous most southerly record was in 1828 when one was recovered in the Severn Estuary near Bristol.Staff at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek were stunned when they identified Muddy as a ringed seal with the help of experts at the Polar Institute in Tromso, Norway.The pup is only nine months old and was incredibly lucky to survive the journey south through busy shipping lanes and warmer waters.She is now recovering at the sanctuary where staff are still deciding what to do with her. They generally live in the Arctic Ocean, where the sea temperature is about -2C – and are the primary prey of polar bears while their own diet includes polar cod and herring.They generally grow to 4.5ft long and can live to about 30 years.They are rarely found in open sea but have been known to travel south through the North Atlantic as far as Greenland and Scandinavia.Muddy has been placed in the sanctuary’s grey seal rehabilitation pool, which she has to herself.center_img Animal care team leader Tamara Cooper said: “She must have swum through some very busy shipping lanes to get to where she was, and it’s a wonder she wasn’t in worse shape.”Muddy has responded well to treatment and we are hopeful that she will make a full recovery.”Her long-term future remains to be decided. A return to the Arctic may not be the answer, as other seals sent back there after washing up on European shores have just come straight back south again.”A spokesman for the sanctuary confirmed it was the first ringed seal it had dealt with and added to the Telegraph: “Unfortunately we are at a loss and our vets are at a loss on how she’s managed to travel so far down.”She doesn’t seem to have any particular thing driving her here. Even where she was found, it was a busy harbour. Certainly the water down south will be a lot of warmer.”The ringed seal, phoca hispida in Latin, gets its name from the pattern of rings on its coat. 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

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Child sex abuse inquiry to hold first public hearings after controversy

first_imgThe child migration programmes are a case study which is part of the Inquiry’s protection of children outside the United Kingdom investigation. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will hold its first public hearings into the child migration programmes on Monday morning.The child migration programmes were large-scale schemes in which thousands of children, many of them in the care of the state, were migrated to parts of the British Empire by various institutions in England and Wales, with the knowledge and approval of the British government. Most of the children were sent to Canada, Australia, New Zealand and what was then Southern Rhodesia, modern-day Zimbabwe. 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 Inquiry will hear from a number of former child migrants who have alleged they suffered sexual abuse in relation to their migration.Evidence will be heard from expert witnesses about the history and context of the child migration programmes and from the Child Migrants Trust, which supports former child migrants.last_img read more

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Tunisia beach massacre police shambolic and cowardly as officers fainted in terror

first_imgCheryl Stollery, whose was running away from the sound of gunfire with her husband John when he was gunned down, said: “I still believe questions have been left unanswered and responsibilities have not been accepted, so we are not able to rest or move on.”She added that “given the ever changing threats around the world and specifically those linked to holiday destinations, we unfortunately do not believe the Inquests heard will be the last to be brought before a British Coroner.”The families called upon tour operators to provide mandatory security information that informs tourist of any terrorist risks. In a statement outside the Royal Courts of Justice after the hearing, Kylie Hutchison, from law firm Irwin Mitchell,  which represents most of the victims’ families said: “It is now crucial that the whole travel industry learns from what happened in Sousse to reduce the risk of similar catastrophic incidents in the future.”The coroner sad that he would take submissions before deciding on whether he could make any recommendations to prevent further deaths. Tunisian hotel gunman Seifeddine Rezgui Tourists pass a plaque dedicated to victims on the beach of the Imperial Marhaba resort The terror cell which directed Rezgui to the five star hotel, just 18 months after he was radicalised, have yet to be arrested and the accomplice who dropped him at the scene has never been traced. Despite criticism of police and security at the hotel, Judge Loraine-Smith said little could have been done to prevent the attack as any measures such as unarmed guards or more CCTV would not have stopped a terrorist with a Kalashnikov. The only thing that would have made a “dramatic” difference to the bloodshed was armed guards stationed at the hotel, but this was not possible under Tunisian law, the coroner noted.  The attacks took place just three months after three militants stormed the Bardo Museum in the capital of Tunis and killed 21 people, mostly European tourists. Official Foreign Office travel advice warned of a high threat of terrorism but did not advise against travel to the country and many said they were completely unaware of the risks. The coroner found that despite TUI’s responsibilty to inform the tourists of the official advice, the only reference to it in their documentation was in relation to visas which were not required for Tunisia. A “crib sheet” for sales people to answer questions on the deteriorating security situation did not mention terrorism or where  to find the Foreign Office travel advice.  However, the coroner rejected a request by families to conclude that neglect by TUI or the owners of the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel contributed to the deaths, saying that the law limited the circumstances in which he could make such a ruling. He added: “The simple but tragic truth in this case is that a gunman armed with firearms, ammunition and grenades went to that hotel intending to kill as many tourists as he could.” Meanwhile, a boat driver picked up the weapon and attempted to stop the Rezgui, who had taken performance enhancing drugs, but did not know how to fire the weapon. Another police unit delayed arriving at the scene by collecting more weapons. “They had everything they required to confront the gunman and could have been at the scene within minutes,” Judge Loraine-Smith said. “The delay was deliberate and unjustifiable.”Only when the National Guard arrived was Rezgui shot dead. He added: “The response by police was at best shambolic and at worst cowardly. It was certainly ineffective until the death of the gunman.” Tourists pass a plaque dedicated to victims on the beach of the Imperial Marhaba resortCredit:ZOHRA BENSEMRA  Families of those killed wept as Judge Nicholas  Loraine-Smith, sitting as a coroner, ruled they had been “unlawfully killed” whilst holidaying in the Mediterranean resort in June 2015. Many are now preparing to sue holiday company TUI for damages. The inquest heard that police officers who could have been on the scene within three minutes  took 45. With the exception of two marine guards, no police entered the hotel grounds until the gunman had killed all 38 tourists, Judge Nicholas  Loraine-Smith noted. Of the two guards that did arrive at the scene, one had a grenade thrown at him by Rezgui and although it did not explode he “fainted through terror and panic, dropping his weapon in the process”.  When he regained consciousness he went and hid behind a parasol, whilst his colleague took his shirt off so no one would realise he was an officer.  The police response to the Tunisian beach massacre which killed 30 British tourists has been condemned as “shambolic and cowardly” by a coroner who revealed the only armed officer on the scene fainted in fear. In the deadliest assault on British citizens overseas since the 9/11 attacks, Seifeddine Rezgui walked through the Imperial Marhaba hotel systematically shooting dead innocent holidaymakers. But whilst some risked their lives to try and save others, the only armed officer on the scene fainted and abandoned his gun before hiding behind a parasol whilst other police units deliberately delayed their arrival.  Tunisian hotel gunman Seifeddine RezguiCredit: SITE Intelligence Group Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Lizzie Kelly first female jockey to ride in the Gold Cup for

first_imgThe first female jockey to ride in the Gold Cup for 33 years has revealed how she overcame chauvinism to make history.At 23, Lizzie Kelly will be the first woman since Linda Sheedy in 1984 to take part in the sport’s most prestigious race.But while Sheedy’s performance was very much as an outsider, riding a horse with 500-1 odds, Kelly has her sight set on a top spot. Aubusson and Lizzie Kelly jump the last to win the Douglas Family Novices’ Chase at Uttoxeter in 2015Credit:Rex With her step father as her trainer and her mother part-owner of the horse she is riding, it is very much a family enterprise. Lizzie Kelly in action at CheltenhamCredit:Getty Images Europe Lizzie KellyCredit:Jay Williams  Lizzie Kelly Two years ago, she even beat champion jockey AP McCoy as a student amateur at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day.Kelly has been vocal about the difficulties the sport holds for women, who are more likely to struggle to feel accepted. But, she said, she has made good friends in the weighing room.  Lizzie Kelly rode Agrapart in the Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle Race at Cheltenham Speaking to the Telegraph ahead of today’s race, Kelly said was aware of the significance of Friday’s race. “I do feel that I get a lot of attention that perhaps isn’t warranted, just purely based on the fact that I’m a girl,” she said.“No woman’s ridden it since I’ve been watching it. So, I knew it was definitely going to make a story. But, at the same time, again, it’s not something I really think about.“It would be very easy for me to go into [the Gold Cup] thinking, ‘Oh, I’ve got all this media attention; I’m going to win; that’s why people are interested’. Lizzie Kelly rode Agrapart in the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle Race at CheltenhamCredit:Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph “She was associated with a horse; she didn’t pick it up as a spare ride. “At this point, it would make no sense for them to drop me off Tea for Two and put someone else on it, because I know him inside out.“Whether he was trained by my parents or not, it wouldn’t make any sense.“If Jack Kennedy, for example, has ridden a horse for the last three seasons, won a Grade One on him, won the Lanzarote on him, and had him taken off and put Paul Moloney on, you’d be, like, ‘That’s random. Why have they done that?’” Lizzie Kelly in action at Cheltenhamcenter_img “I’d prefer doing media stuff when I’d won something rather than going into it.” Lizzie Kelly insists her place in the Gold Cup is down to her own talentCredit:Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph Lizzie Kelly But Kelly, who lives and works with her family in North Devon, insisted her place in the Gold Cup is down to her own talent. “I’m lucky in the fact that I’m associated with a horse who has the ability to line up for it and that’s why I’m here – in the same way that [Sheedy] did 33 years ago,” she said. “It’s exciting for me to have a ride in the Gold Cup and a privilege,” she said. “Tea For Two is not a 500-1 outsider – we’re not going for the free lunch.”Kelly has already broken a record by becoming the first female jockey to win a Grade One jump race in 2015 on Tea for Two, the horse she will be racing on Friday. Lizzie Kelly Lizzie Kelly will become the first woman to ride in the Cheltenham Gold Cup for more than 30 yearsCredit:Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph Discussing the position of women in the sport, and her own ambitions, she said: “We’re trying to be equal. I’ve basically trained my whole life to be as good as any male jockey.“I’ve worked hard and I think that you come into the sport knowing that you’re at a disadvantage being a girl, if that’s your opinion.“No-one’s put a gun to my head and said, ‘You have to be a jockey’. I could have gone and worked in a race course or trained horses or done whatever the f— I wanted.” Aubusson and Lizzie Kelly jump the last to win the Douglas Family Novices' Chase at Uttoxeter in 2015 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

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The whole building has gone Witnesses describe screams and tears at Grenfell

first_imgThe blaze spread at a terrifying rate, with the flames starting on one side of the 27-storey Grenfell Tower before moving round the building.In a matter of minutes what were once people’s homes were little more than a charred wreck as the building was gutted by fire.Jody Martin said he got to the scene just as the first fire engine was arriving at Grenfell Tower, in Latimer Road.He told the BBC: “I grabbed an axe from the fire truck, it looked like there was a bit of confusion about what to do.”I ran around the building looking for a fire escape and couldn’t see any noticeable fire escapes around the building. A lot of debris falling down. Flames and smoke billow as firefighters tackle fire in west London “I eventually gained entry onto the second floor, and once I got to the corridor I realised there was so much smoke there.”He added that given the thickness of the smoke, he would be surprised if anyone could have left the building without assistance.”I watched one person falling out, I watched another woman holding her baby out the window… hearing screams, I was yelling everyone to get down and they were saying ‘We can’t leave our apartments, the smoke is too bad on the corridors’,” he said. Fire is getting worse and people are still screaming for help#grenfelltower pic.twitter.com/tafB2Cp6tD— Fabio Bebber (@biobber) June 14, 2017 Flames and smoke billow as firefighters tackle fire in west LondonCredit:Toby Melville/Reuters Tim Downie, an actor and writer who lives close to the block,  added: “The fire has spread to all the building. The whole building has been engulfed. It has gone.” “I’m getting covered in ash, that’s how bad it is. I’m 100 metres away and I’m absolutely covered in ash.   “It’s so heartbreaking, I’ve seen someone flashing their torches at the top level and they obviously can’t get out.Another witness, called Reo, watched the blaze unfold from his kitchen window.”There is a large fire which has spread to the other side. The building has completely gone.   “The fire is getting a lot worse, there is a lot of smoke, it is out of control.” Smoke billows out of Grenfell TowerCredit:Toby Melville/Reuters Nearby a corner shop opened up to allow food and water to be brought to those who had been forced to flee for their lives.Other residents brought clothes and shoes for people who had only the pyjamas they were wearing when they were evacuated.The scene was one of devastation with debris still falling hours after the fire took hold.”People are out there holding their dogs and cats,” Mr Downie added. “They are seeing their entire lives go up in flames.” Smoke billows out of Grenfell Tower Celeste Thomas, who lives nearby the block on the Lancaster West Estate in North Kensington described how she could hear the building cracking and debris falling.On Twitter, Fabio Bebber wrote:  “More screams for help as the fire spreads to another side of the building.”Some people used bedsheets to make their escape from the building. Others flashed torches or used the light from their mobile phones to guide firefighters who had come to rescue them.George Clarke, who presents Amazing Spaces on Channel 4, told Radio 5 live how at first he thought the noise was just a car alarm going off. 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 added: “The building is pretty much burned out. It is gutted.   “I have never seen anything like it, the smell, the burning, the heat is extraordinary,” he added.   “I have never seen anything like it, the smell, the burning, the heat is extraordinary.”last_img read more

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NHS attempts to save £3 per flu jab have fuelled winter crisis

first_imgAttempts by health officials to cut costs on flu vaccines have fuelled the NHS winter crisis, senior doctors have warned.Health service documents suggest GPs were put under pressure to save around £3 per jab by buying vaccines which do not protect against one of the key strains in circulation.Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society of Acute Medicine, said around half of flu cases being treated in hospital might have been avoided, if a more comprensive jab had been chosen.It comes amid rising levels of influenza across the country, which could reach epidemic levels if current trends continue.Half of cases in hospital are suffering from A strains, the most deadly of which is a strain dubbed “Aussie flu”, because it fuelled Australia’s worst flu season in two decades.But half are B strains – and the vast majority of cases this year involve a strain called B-Yamagata – known as “Japanese flu” – which is not covered by the vaccines most patients have received. Two types of vaccine were available to British doctors this winter.Quadrivalent vaccines, sold to the NHS for around £8, offer protection against two types of influenza A, including the strain A (H3N2), known as “Aussie flu,” and two types of B strain, including B-Yamagata. 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 advice from the national team is that there is minimal evidence of cost effectiveness. In the absence of robust evidence to prove superiority, the local CCGs and NHS England South (South East) are advising that prescribers should select the product with the lowest purchase price to the NHS and not purchase the quadrivalent vaccine for adults.”Documents published by Barking, Havering and Redbridge CCGs and North Hampshire CCG in spring 2017 also said NHS England’s regional outposts had advised against use of the more expensive vaccine.At least nine more CCGs ordered GPs to opt for the cheaper jab. The papers state: “The quadrivalent vaccine has a higher cost than the trivalent vaccine and this would add significant cost pressures to the prescribing budget across the South East.” The World Health Organisation says that the B-Yamagata strain made up 86 per cent of the B cases in circulation, while Public Health England’s laboratory reports show nine in 10 confirmed cases are B-Yamagata.Dr Scriven said “Not using the quadrivalent vaccine has increased the risk of flu admissions. Half of the flu cases we are getting are the A strain, half are the B. It’s probably about half the cases that are coming into hospital that may have been prevented.”Governing body papers, published in October by West Kent CCG, show NHS England South had emphasised the “cost effectiveness” of the vaccines in correspondence to GPs.center_img “Looking ahead to next flu season, the latest research will be factored in to help GPs decide the best vaccines for next year.”An MP told the Commons that 20 patients have died because of ambulance delays this winter, while a service refused to declare an emergency.Labour’s Clive Lewis said NHS managers wanted to move East of England Ambulance Service Trust to its highest state of emergency on 19 December, and to seek help from elsewhere, yet did not declare an incident until 31 December.”I’ve been informed during this period that 20 people died in incidents where ambulances arrived late,” he told the Commons. Guidance from Public Health England (PHE) published last month said that the quadrivalent vaccine was “likely to be cost effective compared with the trivalent vaccine” and suggested it should be considered for adults in at risk groups, such as pregnant women, and might benefit healthcare workers.However, vaccines were ordered far earlier in the year, ahead of distribution in September.An NHS England spokesman said PHE was responsible for advising on flu protection and CCGs were responsible for advice issued in their area.A spokesman said: “Young children, who are most likely to spread flu, are now given the quadrivalent vaccine, which is the most effective protection for them. But for older people, medical experts have advised GPs that it was unlikely to provide them with extra benefits, so GPs and pharmacists took account of this when many months ago they ordered their stocks for this flu season. Trivalent vaccines, which cost the NHS around £5, protect against both the main A strains, but only protect against a second B strain, which has proved to be rare this year.NHS England last night insisted it had issued no national advice to GPs about which vaccines to buy.But documents seen by Health Service Journal show that three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) reported being told by NHS England’s regional outposts to “select the product with the lowest purchase price to the NHS and not purchase the quadrivalent vaccine for adults.” Stop the spread of flu germs. Use a tissue, bin used tissues and wash your hands thoroughly. Catch it. Bin it. Kill it. More info here: https://t.co/67SMIc3W0N pic.twitter.com/oiJUoYgjvb— NHS Choices (@NHSChoices) January 11, 2018last_img read more

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Mary Berry accused of fatshaming chef by angry viewers

first_imgOne disgusted viewer tweeted: “Wow how many times is Mary Berry going to fat shame tonight!”Another said: “Mary Berry has gone down in my estimations. Just casually fat shamed a chef twice, like just because you’re Mary Berry you don’t get to be rude?!”Some commented on the fact his weight does mean he can’t take part in sports, with one viewer writing: “So, #MaryBerry thinks it’s funny to fat shame the chef when he says he likes surfing.” When asked if he was using full-fat yoghurt in a beetroot, apple and pickled walnut salad, he said “you don’t get a body like this eating low fat.”The two appeared to be good friends, joking together and bonding over their love of pickled walnuts.Mary Berry popped the unusual snack into her mouth as if eating sweets, and remarked that she prefers pickled walnuts to chocolate.There is a growing backlash against “fat-shaming” in the UK, with many activists hitting out at Cancer Research for its recent anti-obesity campaign.Professor Linda Bauld, who leads the CRUK’s prevention efforts, said the charity had toned down its efforts following widespread anger over their posters. “You, windsurfing?” Bit harsh Mary. Poor @nathanoutlaw #classicmaryberry pic.twitter.com/NfMODr5I3A— Derek Manson (@derekmanson) March 26, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Mary Berry has been accused of ‘fat-shaming’ a Michelin-starred chef on the latest episode of her BBC cookery show.Angered viewers hit out at the 83-year-old cook after she joked about the weight of Nathan Outlaw on Monday night’s Classic Mary Berry.As the two discussed life by the seaside in Cornish fishing village Port Isaac, he revealed he loved windsurfing. Acting surprised, the presenter replied: “you, windsurfing?”The Michelin-starred chef chuckled, saying: “Can you believe it?”Mary Berry joked: “You must go very fast… Bit of weight on that board!”She also made a remark about how his weight would lend him well to crushing garlic. However, Mr Outlaw did not appear offended by these comments, and made a joke about his weight in the programme.last_img read more

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CCTV shows barefoot Grenfell tenant fleeing fire that started in his flat

Mr Kebede leaves Grenfell Tower The first firefighter arrives at Grenfell Tower, minutes after Mr Kebede dialled 999 CCTV showing the tenant of the flat where the Grenfell Tower fire started fleeing the building barefoot have been shown to a public inquiry.Behailu Kebede, 45, was woken by the sound of his smoke alarm shortly before 1am on June 14, and found white smoke billowing from behind his fridge-freezer.He alerted his two female housemates, Elsa Afeworki and Almaz Kinfu, before knocking on every door of the neighbouring flats on the block’s fourth floor and then rushing outside.The resident is also pictured pleading with fellow residents, trying to usher them out of the building.Security footage stills shown at the inquiry into the disaster on Thursday pictured Ms Afeworki walking down the stairs into the main lobby at approximately 12.56am, two minutes after the first 999 call.She is followed at around 12.58am by Mr Kebede, who is seen wearing just a T-shirt and a pair of trousers, but no shoes.Within two minutes, the first firefighter is seen entering the building. Mr Kebede gesticulates to a woman at the bottom of the Grenfell Tower stairs For the first time, sections of his 999 call at 12.54am were translated from Amharic, during which he could be heard telling someone: “Grab it and leave, just leave. What kind of person is she?”Counsel to the inquiry Richard Millett told the inquiry at Holborn Bars that Mr Kebede said these words were directed to Ms Kinfu, who had left carrying a suitcase. At an approximate time of 1.06am, the report said: “(Watch Manager) Dowden notes from his position at ground-floor level that the fire has breached the window of flat 16 and he wants to put a covering jet onto it.”(Crew Manager) Secrett advises him not to at this point due to the risk to BA Team One who are about to enter the flat.” Within minutes the blaze had latched on to the flammable cladding strapped to the outside of the building and shot upwards.Grenfell tenant ‘wishes he burned with others’ after fire started at his flatThe father-of-two who lived in the flat where the Grenfell Tower fire started has described wishing he had “burned in the tower with the others”.Behailu Kebede, 45, set out his desperation since losing everything on June 14 last year – compounded by a fear for his life – in a statement to the public inquiry.The Ethiopian-born Uber driver said media coverage painted “a completely distorted picture” that portrayed him “like a criminal who was to blame for the fire”.His upsetting written account ended: “Sometimes I wish I had burned in the tower with the others. I have been burning inside ever since.”Suggestions that he caused the fire by tampering with his fridge-freezer or that he had packed a bag before escaping led to safety concerns from the police.He said in a statement to the inquiry, published on Thursday: “I met a number of officers there. They offered to take me to an unknown address outside London for my own protection.”They wanted to put me into witness protection because they were concerned about reports in the press that showed me in a negative light, reports suggesting that I was to blame for the fire. He phoned a friend and then left the scene, but felt compelled to return later in the night as he had many friends inside Grenfell Tower, according to his evidence. Witness statements given by Mr Kebede – an Ethiopian Uber driver who had lived in the west London block for around 25 years – were read to the hearing.In the aftermath of the blaze, Mr Kebede was accused of packing a suitcase before leaving Grenfell Tower, but the new footage confirms his version of events – that he left barefoot and tried to rush others with suitcases out of the building.  Mr Kebede gesticulates to a woman at the bottom of the Grenfell Tower stairs Builders were sent around who “put sealant in the gaps”. On Wednesday, the inquiry heard that this sealant was flammable. Mr Kebede returning to Grenfell Tower to try and help evacuate his neighbours Mr Kebede’s flat is lit up orange with flames (left) before the blaze spreads into an inferno (right) in images taken on his mobile phone Mr Kebede had been saving to buy his fourth-floor flat in Grenfell Tower under Right to Buy and hoped to move his partner and two children in with him.Instead, he left Flat 16 for the final time with only his phone, trousers and T-shirt – not even managing to put on a pair of shoes.His statement continued: “Since the Grenfell Tower fire, my life has been a complete mess. For much of the time, I just wanted to be left alone.”I had gone through a terrible ordeal that was affecting me mentally and physically. I wanted to meet the families of the bereaved but I did not have the courage to do so.”I wanted to pay my respects to the deceased but felt unable to go out on my own. I believed that there were people out there who wanted to hurt my family and me. “This was a very difficult time for me. I did not want to live under witness protection but I still took the threat posed to me seriously.”I genuinely feared for my life based on the information that the police gave me at that time.”I knew so many of those who died in the fire at Grenfell Tower. I relive the horrific memories of that night all the time. I have not been able to sleep properly, thinking about those who died and seeing their faces when I close my eyes. Just talking about it is painful.”I wish I could have banged on more doors and woken up more people. I am haunted by my failure to pick up my flat keys when I left and my inability as a result to get back into the building and warn more people. I feel broken inside. I am not the same man I used to be.”I am still in fear, looking over my shoulder all the time. I do not feel comfortable in the presence of groups of four or more. I feel scared, as if I want to cry all the time. Sometimes I cannot even express myself and struggle to speak.” Mr Kebede returning to Grenfell Tower to try and help evacuate his neighbours Mr Kebede's flat is lit up orange with flames (left) before the blaze spreads into an inferno (right) in images taken on his mobile phone Firefighters arrive at Grenfell Tower Mr Kebede has not given evidence in person at the probe, saying through his lawyer that he was “terrified”.His account was read into evidence by lead counsel to the inquiry Richard Millett QC.The full statement ended: “I do not know what the future holds in store for me. I know I am in a bad place now. I would like to give a positive answer but I find it very difficult to do so at the moment. A woman sits on the stairs inside Grenfell Tower with a suitcase behind her, unaware the block of flats is being engulfed by flames above her Experts believe the inferno on June 14 escaped through gaps around Mr Kebede’s window on to the external facade.Mr Kebede, however, said he had “no idea” that “highly flammable cladding” had been installed on the outside of the building.He had moved to the UK in 1990, was joined by his two brothers in 1991, and was offered a flat in Grenfell Tower soon afterwardsHis statement said: “It is difficult to explain just how happy I was to move into Flat 16 in Grenfell Tower with my younger brothers.” Mr Kebede became friends with many Eritreans and Ethiopians in the building, which, he said, was a multicultural “melting pot”.Eventually his siblings moved out and, by the time of the fire, he was living with two women who had needed a place to stay, leaving him sleeping on a mattress in the living room.He bought the fridge-freezer around which the fire is thought to have started several years earlier for around £275 new, his statement said.On the night of the fire, Mr Kebede heard no explosions and saw no flames in his flat.His statement said: “While I was standing outside I saw the fire get bigger and bigger.” “Maybe if the inquiry identifies those who are really responsible for the fire and the deaths of so many people, maybe then I will be able to have a better future.”Before the fire, I was feeling very hopeful. I was eligible under the Right to Buy scheme and was in the process of purchasing my flat at Grenfell Tower from the council.”I had been offered a mortgage and was hoping for it all to be finalised by August 2017.”However, that dream died with the fire. I cannot see a future for myself right now.”Even though my family and friends keep telling me that I am not responsible for the fire and I know they are right, I cannot help but blame myself.”Sometimes I wish I had burned in the tower with the others. I have been burning inside ever since.” “It was even suggested to me that I might need to change my name and not have any contact with my family.”I told the police that I did not want to take part in any form of witness protection. Finally, they agreed to let me stay in a different part of London.”As a result of the media intrusion, my partner and children were forced to move out of their home. The four of us have been living together in various hotels ever since.” Mr Kebede leaves Grenfell Tower The first firefighter arrives at Grenfell Tower, minutes after Mr Kebede dialled 999 Mr Kebede said in a later police statement: “I was a bit annoyed because I saw her with a heavy suitcase and I wanted everyone to leave immediately and no-one else had brought luggage.”During a lengthy statement of truth to the inquiry, dated June 1 2018, the former resident said he had complained about the quality of a window refit now blamed for fire’s spread.Mr Kebede and nearly “everyone” in Grenfell Tower had been concerned about the quality of a recent refurbishment and had raised the issue with both the council and their MP.His kitchen window was replaced during the work, which “caused problems” as “air was entering my flat through these gaps” around the frame. 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 statement continued: “We walked back to the tower on foot. When I got there the whole tower was engulfed by an inferno on all four sides. It was terrifying. It was much worse than before.”Firefighter told not to douse flat where fire startedA firefighter spotted that a blaze on the fourth-floor of Grenfell Tower was spreading on to the external facade but was initially advised not to spray it with water by his colleague.Fresh details about the response of the London Fire Brigade has been outlined in a detailed report published on Thursday titled Operational Response to Grenfell Tower, covering between 12.50am and 2am on June 14. A woman sits on the stairs inside Grenfell Tower with a suitcase behind her, unaware the block of flats is being engulfed by flames above her Firefighters arrive at Grenfell Tower read more

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It is easier to win major literary awards by writing a lead

Eleanor Catton said the point about male protagonists was “definitely true”Credit:Heathcliff O’Malley Eleanor Catton Show more 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. It is easier to win major literary awards by writing a lead character who is a man, Booker Prize-winning authors have suggested, as they warn the tendency to laud with male protagonists is “concerning”.Dame Hilary Mantel, the only woman to have won the Man Booker Prize twice for the first two novels of her Thomas Cromwell trilogy, said it “might be observed” that her award success came easier for having a male protagonist than if she had been writing about a woman.Saying the dismissal of women’s historical fiction had “sunk a lot of good writers” in the past, Dame Hilary argued that female writers must be encouraged to be more ambitious to “embrace the totality” of the human experience in their novels.Asked about the success of her own novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, which star a man, Cromwell, as their central character, she said: “It might be observed, it might be thought, that it was easier for us to win a Booker Prize writing about men than writing about women’s experience.”–– ADVERTISEMENT –– Asked about her own career, Dame Hilary said she had been met with a “general air of disbelief” when she had announced she hoped to write historical fiction in a publishing world which still assumed it meant a “bodice-ripper”.“I think quite rightly what has happened since then has been quite extraordinary,” she said. “It’s been rescued from genre.“It’s no longer pushed off into the little section of the bookshop and it’s no longer labelled as for women, which I think has sunk a lot of good writers.“This perception that historical fiction was historical romance, thankfully we’ve got passed that.“I think it’s much better now. But I still think women writers need encouragement to be more ambitious and not to section off a part of the human experience as their own but to embrace the totality of it.”Giving an audience a hint as to the long-awaited third novel of her trilogy, The Mirror and the Light, she confirmed it would be published next year and is a “triumph of deletion” after she honed her ability to avoid including all of her research.The Man Booker 50 festival continues on Sunday with talks from authors including Julian Barnes, Peter Carey, Kazuo Ishiguro, Paul Beatty, Michael Ondaatje and Eleanor Catton. Dame Hilary, who appeared in conversation on stage at the Man Booker 50 festival in London, said her own work, and that of fellow award-winner Pat Barker, was “unexpected” for female writers, in that it “embraced the epic”.Barker, who won the Booker in 1995 with The Ghost Road, said: “It does concern me slightly that the vast majority of Orange Prize [now known as the Women’s Prize for Fiction] winners do have male protagonists.“I think when its roughly 50/50 we’ll know things are in a healthier state than they are at the moment.”Eleanor Catton, who became the youngest Man Booker winner in 2013 with The Luminaries and was in the audience at the Southbank Centre, said the point about male protagonists was “definitely true”.“Lamentably, it’s true,” she said. “I hope that is will be untrue at some point. It doesn’t have to be true but I think it still is.“It has made me more determined to write from a female perspective from now on.”Saying she had noticed the effect in retrospect after the success of her own novel, which follows the fortunates of 19th century prospector Walter Moody, she added that the male experience is still seen as “universal” while writing about the female perspective is “exclusively the property of women”.Just two Man Booker Prize winners this century have featured a sole female protagonist, last winning in 2007 with Anne Enright’s The Gathering.The prize, along with other major literary awards, sees a winner selected from books submitted by publishers, reflecting the market of the year. read more

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Prostitutes flown in by special constable and wife for sex work at

A special constable and his Hungarian wife have gone on trial accused of flying in women from Eastern Europe to work as prostitutes at the Chelsea Cloisters apartment block in west London.Karl Ring, 34, and Ivett Szuda, 32, are accused of using the money they made from their stable of sex workers to fund a luxury lifestyle involving designer clothes, gold jewellery and five star holidays.Ms Szuda, a mother of two, acted as the point of contact for Hungarian women who answered online adverts offering prostitution work.She and Ring paid more than £100,000 in rent for apartments in London, including one in the Chelsea Cloisters building on Sloane Avenue, which is owned by the property tycoon and Tory Party donor Christopher Moran.Referring to revelations over the weekend alleging that the building was a haven for prostitution, Judge Robin Johnson warned the jury to focus on the evidence before them.He told the jury: “I am told there has been some media coverage over the weekend as to Chelsea Cloisters. The story focused on a man who was a donor to a major party.”You should ignore it so far as your decision making is concerned. You should make your decision making on what you hear in the court.” The couple were accused of running a website called Kensington Angels advertising more than 100 prostitutes. “They were basically hotel apartments. There was another girl when I arrived and she was doing sex work and there was another one who was just doing massage only. Everyone had their own rooms.”But she said business was so bad for her that she went back to Hungary after six days.Mr McLoughlin told Isleworth Crown Court: “The women, by and large, have come voluntarily. However willing a particular individual concerned may have been, the moving of anyone into the UK, if it’s found that you are going to control them in prostitution, is an offence.”Mr Ring was employed by the Metropolitan Police as a special constable from 2013 to 2015, but there was no record of Ms Szuda working in the UK or claiming benefits.Mr McLoughlin said 11 women are named on the indictment as having been controlled by Ms Szuda and Mr Ring for the purposes of prostitution.But he claimed many more unknown women had worked for them between 2011 and this year when they were arrested at their home in Hanwell, west London.Mr Ring and Ms Szuda both deny 12 counts of controlling prostitution for gain, four counts of trafficking for sexual exploitation and one count of possessing criminal property. 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. Ms Szuda alone denies three counts of arranging or facilitating travel with the view to exploitation.The trial continues. The prostitutes rented apartments in the Chelsea Cloisters building in west London The women were told they could make up to £300 a day but had to split half their earnings with the couple.Ian McLoughlin, prosecuting, said Ms Szuda was also known as Eva by the girls.He said one of the girls had worked as a nanny for the couple, but had become a sex worker after her family in Hungary got into financial difficulties.Another sex worker told the court how she worked for the couple at Chelsea Cloisters.She explained that she had worked as a prostitute in Hungary and Austria before moving to London in September 2016.The woman explained that she had answered an advert on a website and had met Ms Szuda outside Chelsea Cloisters.“She showed me around the flat and she offered me two rooms. The smaller room was £60 per day and the bigger one for £80 per day.”She explained that Szuda gave her a key to the flat at Chelsea Cloisters, which operated like a hotel.“The hotel had a reception and it worked like a hotel system but the rooms had kitchens and bathrooms,” she said. The prostitutes rented apartments in the Chelsea Cloisters building in west London read more

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Prince Harry leaves Meghan at home with baby Archie as he attends

Her father, Prince Michael, is the Queen’s cousin and regularly represents the Royal family at public engagements.Her mother, Princess Michael, is an author who has been nicknamed “Princess Pushy” for her forthright views Lady Gabriella, who turned 38 in April, is believed to be the oldest first-time royal bride in recent years.Her older brother Lord Frederick ‘Freddie’ Windsor is married to Ms Winkleman – who plays ‘Big Suze’ – and the pair have two children Maud, five, and Isabella, three. She is the 52nd in line to the throne following the birth of Archie Mountbatten-Windsor on May 6. Prince Harry has arrived at the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor with Lady Frederick Windsor.The Duchess of Sussex has chosen to stay home home with newborn Archie.  Prince Harry entered the chapel accompanied by Princess Anne, Sir Timothy Laurence, the Earl of Wessex and Princess Alexandra.They were followed by the Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, who is wearing a peach-coloured dress and matching hat. Lady Gabriella, 38, is marrying her financier boyfriend Thomas Kingston, 40, at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, almost one year after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wed at the same venue.Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank also chose St George’s Chapel for their wedding in 2018.The Queen will lead members of the royal family at the ceremony, but the Duke of Cambridge will instead be watching the FA Cup Final in his role as President of the Football Association.Lady Gabriella Marina Alexandra Ophelia Windsor – also known as ‘Ella’ – is the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and is the Queen’s first cousin once removed. read more

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Mayor with prosthetic leg faces social media abuse over footwear

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 mayor who has a prosthetic leg has faced social media abuse over her choice of footwear which she fears could discourage disabled people from entering public life.Stockport mayor Laura Booth, whose left leg was amputated below her knee as a child, said she was ridiculed for wearing flat shoes on Facebook.She wore pink leather lace-up shoes to a ceremony at a bakery in Greater Manchester on Monday because she wanted to walk to the event rather than use her wheelchair.When a photo of Ms Booth at the event was posted online, some users responded by saying “look at the state of her” and “get back to your caravan”.The Labour councillor, who also has chronic pain and back problems, told the BBC: “It’s these attitudes which will put people off entering public life if they have a health condition or disability.”She also responded on Twitter by posting a picture of herself wearing one of the shoes. read more

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In response to 14 VAT on private education outcry Jordan says

…it remains a choice of the parentFinance Minister Winston Jordan“VAT is not a cure for social ills; it is first and foremost a fiscal tool. I said we are aiming to reduce VAT but in doing so we will seek to broaden the base as wide as possible. There is no VAT on public education, it remains a choice of the parent. Government is not making that choice for them.”These were the words of Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who was quoted in other sections of the media signaling Government’s position on the 14 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) that was applied to the private education on February 1, 2017.Since its application, Government’s 14 per cent tax on private education has received widespread condemnation.School of the Nations, a private educational institute, has been at the forefront of the calls for the ‘burdensome’ 14 per cent VAT to be alleviated.The Director of the private institution, Dr Brian O’Toole, had penned a letter, which was published by Inews, outlining the constraints that this additional 14 per cent tax would have on the specified education sector.He had noted that while the tax might not affect the affluent in society the poorer parents who struggle to send their kids to the same school will be severely affected.However, Minister Jordan’s contentions surmises that if the parents ‘choose’ to send their children to private schools then they should afford the price as there is no VAT on public education.O’Toole in the introduction of his letter to Inews had said that “I am neither a politician nor am I an Economist. I am simply an Educator. Having lived in Guyana for the past 38 years, my wife and I started School of Nations more than twenty years ago.  We began School of Nations for very simple reasons, our two sons attended one of the leading Secondary schools in Georgetown. Each evening, when we sat down to eat and asked about their day at school, they said they had two or three classes with no teacher. We visited the school, met the Head Mistress and were casually informed, ‘don’t worry … we may get a Maths teacher next year.’  That was motivation enough to try and offer an alternative.”Following the Director’s pronouncements, a petition named “Education is a Necessity, Let it be VAT free” was implemented calling for an appeal to the recent imposition of 14 per cent VAT on education-related expenses.The petition which can be found at https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/education-vat-free has in its preamble that their appeal “is not presented with any political agenda nor is it presented as an appeal on behalf of private schools. Rather it is presented as an issue which affects us all in Guyana.”It goes on further to state that “the imposition of the 14% VAT on private schools however will, of course, impact very heavily on the children and youth attending those schools. For some, the perception is that anyone who attends a private school must be wealthy. That perception may be true for a certain percentage but, for the majority, attendance at such schools often represents a real sacrifice by a family member…The students have been informed, a few days ago, that with immediate effect, their fees have now been increased by 14%. A number of these students pay the fees in G$100 bills, this new imposition may simply mean they stop the course, stay home and lose hope and add to the growing numbers of the unemployed and unemployable.”The goal of the petition which is to get 20,000 signatures has since garnered 2,476 signatures from its recent inception. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAgainst public outcry: President says 14% VAT on private education remainsMarch 2, 2017In “Business”Govt sounds warning to private schools over payment of taxesMarch 2, 2017In “latest news”Revised Education Act to regulate private schools-GovtMarch 6, 2017In “latest news” read more

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5 charged for execution of Berbice woman

Five persons, including a tattoo artists and a Jamaican National were this morning arraigned for the execution style killing of Lilawattie Muhammed, 45, in her lot 198 Sixth Street Tain Corentyne, Berbice home on Tuesday last.DEAD: Lilawatie MuhammedThe suspects appeared at the Number 51 Magistrate Court and were charged jointly for the February 7, 2017 killing.They are Oliver Permaul 36, of lot 100 Tain, his wife Nazeema Permaul, 42, Andre James also called ‘Andy’ 26, a tattoo artist of lot 46 ‘A’ George Street, Rose Hall Town; Rohan Johnson also called ‘Jamakie’ 38, a carpenter of  Jamaica and lot 107 Second Street Rose Hall Town and his reputed wife Shabikie Albert also called ‘Shabikie Thompson’.The five were not required to plea to the indictable charge.The matter has been transferred to the Whim Magistrate, where they are expected to appear on May 4, 2017.It had been reported earlier that a tattoo artist and a Jamaican had confessed to being the hit men but it was the Jamaican who reportedly pulled the trigger shooting the woman twice to her head.The now dead woman is said to have been involved in a relationship with a wealthy businessman who operated a lumber yard on the East Bank of Berbice and lived at Tain.The tattoo artist, a Jamaican from Rose Hall Town reportedly told police that they were allegedly hired by a barber who is said to have had been in a secret relationship with the businessman’s wife, to make the hit.When the woman was killed, the businessman’s wife was out of the country but subsequently returned.Meanwhile, police are still on the hunt for the businessman’s wife who is said to be the mastermind. She reportedly contacted the police through a lawyer claiming that her life was under threat and that she was going to turn herself in. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWoman freed in domestic worker’s murder, four to lead defenseSeptember 26, 2018In “Court”Alleged mastermind in Berbice execution remandedFebruary 28, 2017In “Court”Alleged mastermind in domestic worker murder set freeMay 12, 2019In “Court” read more

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Photos Mashramani 2018 parade

Lakhram Trevor Bhagirat Photos: Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedScenes from Mashramani 2019February 23, 2019In “Entertainment”Mash 2019 exceeded expectations – Culture Director March 16, 2019In “latest news”Mash not cancelled – Minister Henry clarifiesSeptember 28, 2015In “Business”

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