Houston Rockets146617.5 Sacramento Kings101019.0 Golden State Warriors203238.5% Indiana Pacers107312.0 Cleveland Cavaliers96112.9 The NBA Western Conference finals between Golden State and San Antonio took a hairpin turn with just under eight minutes to go in the third quarter of Game 1. The Spurs were dominating the heavily favored Warriors on Sunday until MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard came down on center Zaza Pachulia’s foot, hurting his ankle and ending his night.1The play sparked a firestorm on social media, with many believing that Pachulia purposely crowded Leonard as the Spurs forward rose up for a jumper, limiting his space to come down cleanly. Pachulia denied any ill intent, while Leonard said he needed to watch a replay but didn’t believe Pachulia meant to hurt him. The injury immediately swung the momentum of the game2The Warriors went on an 18-0 run once Leonard left the game for good. and potentially changed the complexion of the series, given that Leonard may very well have to sit out Tuesday’s Game 2.But lost in the what-if scenarios being spun off from the controversial play3While the play is drawing scrutiny for good reason, it wasn’t the initial source of Leonard’s injury. Aside from having hurt the ankle during Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against Houston, Leonard also tweaked that same ankle when he stepped on a teammate’s foot earlier in Sunday’s game. After further aggravating the injury on the play with Pachulia, he shot two free throws and then was out for the rest of the game. is the question of whether the Warriors, who were 23 points down when Leonard left the game, might have come back to win anyway.The suggestion, on its face, may seem a tad extreme. After all, the Warriors went on an 18-0 run immediately after Leonard went back to the locker room to have his ankle checked out, and it became clear that the Spurs had no one who could stop Kevin Durant and no one who could effectively create shots for other teammates.4This is especially true with Tony Parker out for the playoffs because of an injury. When Leonard was on the court in Sunday’s Game 1, 54 percent of the Spurs’ shots were uncontested. When he was off the floor, that number dropped to just 19 percent, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group. But in some ways, a Warriors comeback — even under normal conditions, with Leonard at full strength — wouldn’t have been all that surprising.Golden State has routinely erased big deficits over the past three seasons, winning an NBA-best 20 games5Counting both regular-season and postseason games. that they once trailed by 15 points or more, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group. That puts their winning percentage in those games at 39 percent, nearly four times higher than the league average over that span. Orlando Magic6886.4 Washington Wizards107112.3 Philadelphia 76ers91346.3 New Orleans Pelicans7798.1 Table includes both regular-season and playoff games over the past three seasons. The league average winning percentage on these games, excluding the Warriors, is 10.2 percent.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Charlotte Hornets107312.0 Oklahoma City Thunder94716.1 Dallas Mavericks8858.6 Atlanta Hawks97311.0 Miami Heat106912.7 San Antonio Spurs93222.0 Milwaukee Bucks7857.6 Memphis Grizzlies7709.1 Los Angeles Lakers51233.9 Utah Jazz6678.2 Chicago Bulls97410.8 Phoenix Suns71006.5 Minnesota Timberwolves61025.6 New York Knicks31082.7 Portland Trail Blazers7679.5 Brooklyn Nets31142.6 Detroit Pistons128312.6 Toronto Raptors165921.3 Los Angeles Clippers75710.9 Denver Nuggets7877.4 TEAMGO ON TO WINGO ON TO LOSEWIN PERCENTAGE How often teams bounce back in games where they were down by at least 15, since start of 2014-15 season Boston Celtics136416.9 While the Warriors have demonstrated an absurd comeback ability in the last few years, this season they’ve been downright miraculous. Including Sunday’s victory, Golden State has now won seven of the 15 contests where they’ve trailed by 15 points or more. That includes a game in late March against the Spurs — when Leonard was healthy — in which the Warriors came back from an early 22-point deficit to beat San Antonio, 110-98, despite being on the road. And just last month, the Dubs erased a 17-point gap against the Portland Trail Blazers to win Game 3 of their first-round series.To put this into context, consider this: A 15-point halftime lead against a powerhouse like the Warriors is equivalent to just a nine-point lead against an average NBA club.6To arrive at this number, I used the win probability formula from Wayne Winston’s book “Mathletics.” Winston uses historical data to estimate the probability that a team will win, given the margin and time remaining in the game. Against an average team with a Simple Rating System (SRS) score of 0.0, the 11.35 SRS Warriors would have a 14 percent chance of winning if they trailed by 15 points at the half, according to Winston’s formula. For an average team to have that same 14 percent halftime win probability, it would need to trail by about 9 points.There seem to be a few reasons that the team is able to dig itself out of deep holes. Arguably the most important is its stingy defense, which is particularly effective when Golden State springs traps or double-teams to force turnovers7The Warriors have forced more turnovers (five) than they’ve allowed baskets (three) when they’ve sent hard double-teams at post players since the playoffs began, according to Synergy Sports. with its smaller, quicker Death Lineup, which uses Durant at power forward and Defensive Player of the Year frontrunner Draymond Green as the team’s rim protector.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/aldridgedoubled1.mp400:0000:0000:08Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/aldridgedoubled2.mp400:0000:0000:10Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Looking at the Warriors’ regular-season splits, the club played its best defense by far — limiting opponents to 95.7 points per 100 plays, while outscoring them by a team-high 19.5 points8For context, the Warriors surrendered an overall average of 101.1 points per 100 plays and outscored foes by 12.1 points per 100 plays during the regular season. — when it was behind by 20 points or more, per NBA.com.The Warriors also show an improved level of focus on offense in these comeback efforts. They posted an 11.5 percent turnover rate when behind by 20 or more, which was easily the team’s lowest mark of any situation.9On average, Golden State turned the ball over more than 14 percent of the time during the regular season.The other thing driving the Dubs’ comeback machine is easier to spot: their outside shooting. Because three is worth more than two, a 3-point-dependent team like Golden State is built to quickly claw its way back into the game. Across the league, we’re seeing higher-than-usual winning percentages in games like these as teams become more reliant on 3-point attempts. This season, teams who were down 15 points or more came back to win the game 100 times, for a winning percentage of more than 11 percent, which is the highest either of those numbers has been in the 20 years for which we can calculate them.10The previous high was 89 and was set twice, during the 2013-14 season and again last season. Records go back to the 1996-1997 season, when Stats & Info began receiving play-by-play data to track in-game margins.It was just a few weeks ago, in the first round, that we saw Cleveland race back from 26 down to beat the Pacers, which in turn was shortly after the Cavs themselves had blown a 26-point edge against the Hawks during the last few days of the regular season.Even as these sorts of games become more common, though, one thing is clear: No lead is safe against these Warriors.Check out our latest NBA predictions.Neil Paine assisted with research for this story.
There isn’t an immediate or obvious reason why trades have spiked so dramatically. Rule changes — especially those included in a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) — could have contributed. Before 2012, teams were eligible to receive a draft pick in return for a free agent who left the team, even if he was traded to that roster midseason. Under the new CBA, which went into effect in 2012, the value of those potential free agents dropped, since a team could no longer get draft-pick compensation for them. But the increase in trade volume appears to be a gradual rise, not the one-time bump we’d expect to see immediately after the CBA was adopted if the change in rules was responsible for the rise.Likewise, we might expect the recent dramatic increase in front-office jobs (particularly in analytics) to help boost trade volume because all those new workers could increase a team’s ability to juggle multiple potential offers. (The older, smaller front offices likely would have been forced to focus on only one deal at a time.) But there’s also very little correlation between the number of analysts in a front office and the frequency of trades, so it seems like front-office expansion isn’t to blame.Two more legitimate contributing factors, however, might be the second wild-card slot (instituted in 2012) and the newfound prevalence of tanking in MLB. The additional playoff spot encourages more teams to try to contend, which has sometimes resulted in an arms race of acquiring talent at the trade deadline. Last year’s American League East featured three teams (the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles) buying pitching in July, presumably with the hope of vaulting into contention.Tanking works in the opposite direction: When teams are forced to decide between the playoffs and rebuilding, they have more incentive to either trade their valuable players or gain additional strength. The White Sox were frozen in mediocrity for a long time, but in the last year, they unloaded all their stars, from Adam Eaton to Jose Quintana, for prospects. Those kind of abrupt sell-offs have changed the structure of the league and moved dozens more players between teams.Quintana is an especially representative example, because more pitchers are getting moved than in previous years. Hurler trades reached a nadir in 2013, when only 41.6 percent of traded players were pitchers. Last year, however, that percentage had risen to 52.6 percent, a big swing in only a few years. And although we saw a buildup in bullpen swaps last year, with the Indians grabbing Andrew Miller and the Cubs obtaining Aroldis Chapman, the increase in pitcher trades seems to be evenly divided between starters and relievers. In the new, juiced-ball MLB frontier, it may be that teams put an extra premium on acquiring good pitching.Trades can sometimes reveal the strategies a team is employing or the type of players they value the most. But just as often, they are mysterious, the outcome of negotiations to which the public is not privy. Whether due to tanking, the wild card, or some other factor, trades are way, way up and more pitchers are switching teams than before. That makes the deadline more exciting than ever, but it’s also just another block of time in MLB’s trade-happy calendar. With the MLB trade deadline approaching, texts are pinging between front-office executives, general managers are holding hushed phone calls, and amateur internet sleuths are breaking major stories. But swapping players isn’t just a deadline pastime these days. Whether it’s the result of rule changes, smarter front offices or the natural ebbs and flows of the market, the last few years have featured more trades than ever before, both before and after the deadline, making the deadline less relevant in relation to the rest of the year.Regardless of your rooting interests, it’s always entertaining to watch the buyers and sellers jostling to make the best deadline deal. On a day-by-day basis, this part of the season has always been the busiest part of the baseball calendar for trades, and it shows few signs of slowing down.However, the percentage of all trades taking place at the deadline has actually gone down in the past eight years, with teams trading up a storm throughout the entire year. Since 2009 (the first year for which Baseball Prospectus has transaction data), the total volume of trades across MLB has increased by an average of 14 percent every season. Deadline deals used to make up about quarter to a third of all trades; in the last four years they only represented roughly one-sixth of of all trades.
“This osu tattoo stuff is silly. Cats been getting hookups on tatts since back in ’01.” Antonio Pittman and George Washington have more in common than their zero NFL touchdowns. Apparently, it’s not just the United States’ first president who can’t tell a lie. The former Ohio State running back leaked a bit of insider insight on his Twitter on Dec. 23, the day the NCAA announced suspensions of six Buckeye football players for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits. Whether Pittman’s claim is true, he seems to have foreshadowed one thing: Tattoo-gate was the tip of an iceberg large enough to make Jack and Rose quiver. “Cats” have apparently “been getting hookups” on cars in Columbus for quite some time, too. But don’t go telling the millions in Buckeye Nation that it’s “silly.” It’s more startling than silly, more frightening than foolish, more jarring than juvenile. The OSU football program is entering uncharted territory. First came discounted tattoos. Then came thousands of dollars worth of sold memorabilia. Then came the revelation that coach Jim Tressel knew about the situation but opted to keep quiet. Then came The Columbus Dispatch report that the OSU compliance department was looking into 40–50 transactions between two car dealerships and Buckeye athletes and their families. Then came news that OSU football players were receiving free stamps at the post office. Then came news that players were receiving Monopoly stickers from McDonald’s without having to buy any Big Macs. OK, I made up the last two. I’m just preparing. Still, this is no longer just a black eye on the program. Both eyes are swollen shut, and there’s no way of seeing what will happen next. When the NCAA delivers its knockout punch, it likely will take OSU years to get back on its feet. It’s like tugging on the string that pulls down the ladder leading to the attic, only when you pull, years worth of storage falls in your face that you didn’t think was there. The untouched boxes sat and accumulated more and more dust over the years. You didn’t pay close enough attention. Now, ridding of that dust will take even longer than it did for it to pile up higher than Mount Everest. It’ll take a monsoon to rinse the dust off compliance director Doug Archie, athletic director Gene Smith, even university President E. Gordon Gee. Thing is, NCAA compliance shouldn’t be relegated to the attic in the first place. For an athletic department sporting the nation’s most varsity teams and one of the largest budgets, for a football program rooted in the sport’s uppermost echelon of history and success, compliance must be the dining room, where nothing gets touched without permission. No one lays a finger on the expensive china without a university official overseeing the encounter. It’ll take much more than Tressel attending a five-day compliance seminar in early June to eradicate the problems running rampant throughout the program. “We’re very fortunate that we do not have a systemic problem in our program.” Smith said that the same day Pittman suggested otherwise. Clearly, ignorance is no longer bliss at OSU. Ignorance placed Tressel in murky water. Now it’s making Smith and the rest of the athletic department look naive. OSU is working its way toward the NCAA’s “death sentence,” in which it deems an athletic department to have a “lack of institutional control.” OSU avoided that charge in the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations sent to Gee on April 21. But that was before the car reports and before whatever inevitable infraction is unearthed next. Archie’s days appear to be numbered. Tressel’s days appear to be numbered. Even Smith’s clock could be ticking toward zero. It’d be “silly” to rule anything out at this point. “Cats” haven’t been caught red-handed like this before.
The Ohio State men’s golf team didn’t get off to the start it envisioned earlier this month in the NCAA West Regional Tournament. The Buckeyes sat in a tie for 11th place on the 13-team field after the first round of the three-round tournament. But, on day two, OSU ascended the leader board, jumping eight spots to third place and eventually earning a fourth-place finish, good enough to advance to the NCAA Championships. The team’s confidence has been high ever since. “My game feels like it’s peaking right now,” said senior Michael Cress, who finished fourth in individual scoring at the regional tournament. “Me and all of the guys, we’re all riding on a big wave of confidence.” Second-year coach Donnie Darr agreed. “They just have to play with confidence,” he said. “The light’s clicked on that, ‘Wow, we’re pretty good if we just believe in ourselves,’ so I expect big things.” The tournament will take place at the par-72, 7,407-yard Karsten Creek Golf Course, which is home to Oklahoma State’s golf team. Before coming to Columbus, Darr was an assistant coach for the Cowboys golf team at the school also known as OSU from 2006–09. “We should have a significant advantage over a lot of the teams,” Darr said. “A few of the teams have played the course before, but just my experience of being there for three years should really help us.” Senior Brad Smith agreed. “With his knowledge, I think it’s definitely going to help us once we get down there,” he said. The first three rounds of the tournament will begin today and run through Thursday. The top eight teams on the 30-team field will advance to match play, which begins June 3. The final two teams remaining will face each other June 5, with the winner being crowned the 2011 national champion. Cress said his team has what it takes to still be playing Friday. “I think we have a great chance to shock some people, do some damage in the match play,” he said. “Once you get to the match play, anything can happen.” Senior Bo Hoag said he was excited to have a shot at a national championship. “Just to have to a chance to win a national championship,” he said, “just to have that opportunity is unbelievable.” Joining Cress, Hoag and Smith as the starters in the tournament are juniors Dan Charen and Alex Redfield. “It’s great to see that these guys bought in to what I believe,” Darr said. “They worked hard; they did the right things and now they’re getting a reward for it.” Smith said the team may be getting the reward at a time when he and his teammates are playing at their full potential. “It’s really exciting,” Smith said. “We’ve had a good year and I think we’re kind of playing well at the right time. I’m really excited to see what we can do this week.” Tee times begin at 8 a.m.
Co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison walks down the sidelines in the first half of the 2019 Spring Game on April 13. Gray beat Scarlet 35-17. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorNick Bosa is gone. Jashon Cornell is moving to defensive tackle. Junior Chase Young and senior Jonathon Cooper return as clear starters at defensive end. But the Buckeyes need depth to keep those two fresh.If Saturday’s Spring Game is any indication, sophomore Tyreke Smith is emerging as option No. 3.Smith led all defenders with 1.5 sacks, finishing with 3.5 total tackles in the game. Overall, the Ohio native appeared more confident, growing into his new role as a leader in the room.“Last year I was getting out there like ‘Oh, I don’t know what they’re gonna run,” Smith said. “I feel more comfortable out there, I feel like I can play faster, get off the ball faster.”Coming in as a four-star prospect, Smith went through the typical first-year learning curve with just nine tackles and zero sacks in 2018.Moving forward, he knows there’s plenty of strides to make before he finds a larger role next season.“Trying to hone my technique and just help the unit,” Smith said. “Get some more game-type reps for my guys, go out there and try to get some stops, get a look on how the defense is gonna be.”Head coach Ryan Day recognizes the importance of a strong third defensive end, particularly in the defense Ohio State will run. The Buckeyes have a history of rotating defensive linemen, a philosophy co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison has said he intends to stick with this season.That’s why he’s stressed the importance of Smith’s development to the Buckeyes’ veteran defensive linemen. Young in particular said Day told him to take Smith “under his wing.”“Every chance I get to text Tyreke, or talk to him, try to get some things to work on with him, I’m gonna do it,” Young said. “I want him to be the best player he can be.”Defensive line coach Larry Johnson is also playing a critical role in Smith’s development.Johnson holds a track record of developing defensive fronts, producing six NFL draft picks since arriving at Ohio State in 2014. He’s motivating Smith to continue improving. “I gotta keep pushing, I can’t stop here,” Smith said. “Coach J tells me every day I’ve gotta keep working, just gotta keep going hard, keep going hard, keep using my technique.”As a whole, Ohio State’s defensive line is working on the mental aspects of football as much as they are the physical this spring. Diagnosing a play and knowing opponent tendencies helps a player gain that extra edge: When you know what’s coming, it’s easier to defend.“Athletic ability is a lot, but the mental part is a lot of it too,” Smith said. “When you can see a play before it happens, you can see the back on one side, you know it’s gonna be a stretch, that just helps you play faster.”Young sees Smith as a cog in Ohio State’s defensive line machine this season, one that he hopes will be well-oiled come fall.“The whole summer we gonna be working, we gonna be grinding,” Young said. “I’ve definitely got a confidence in my D-line.”
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. Passengers and staff at Elephant and Castle Tube station come to the rescue of a King Charles Spaniel on Thursday who had fallen down a gap next to a train.
The HR advice memo reads: “Feedback from managers strongly suggested that, when assessing performance, the rating ‘satisfactory’ was not effective.”The word suggests that you are adequate and reasonable, which are not pleasing words for people to hear about their own performance. It gives the impression you are ‘good but not good enough’ and can be demotivating.”This comment was raised by a number of staff, including members of Management Team. It has been proposed that the rating ‘satisfactory’ is changed to ‘good’.”Councillors are considering changing staff appraisals “to emphasise the responsibility of both the line manager, as the appraiser, and the employee, as the appraiser”.What do you think? Join the debate by leaving a comment below. Council chiefs have come under fire over plans to ban the word “satisfactory” from staff appraisals over fears it will make them feel “not good enough”.East Cambridgeshire District Council is expected to approve the controversial idea after a report claimed the word would “demotivate” its staff. It suggests that the word “good” is used instead.A report by the council’s head of Human Resources, Nicole Pema, said the proposal came after “feedback from senior colleagues”.She said they “strongly suggested” that when assessing performance the word was not effective. 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. We need things that accurately describe performance and there is a significant difference in ‘good’ and ‘satisfactory’Cllr Bill Hunt In a report to the council’s Regulatory and Support Services Committee, Ms Pema said: “The word suggests that you are adequate and reasonable which are not pleasing words for people to hear about their own performance.”She claims the word gives the impression people are “good but not good enough”, which can be demotivating. She added: “It is proposed that the rating ‘satisfactory’ is changed to ‘good’.”The new rules are expected to be officially passed at a meeting of the Regulatory & Support Services Committee on Monday.The move has been criticised by some on the council, who say reports need to accurately reflect employees’ performance.Conservative councillor Bill Hunt said: “I think it’s just semantics. There is a difference between ‘good’ and ‘satisfactory’. If I were to put ‘good’ on a scale, it would be a seven, and if I put ‘satisfactory’ at about five.”We need things that accurately describe performance and there is a significant difference in ‘good’ and ‘satisfactory’. If these people have problems or difficulties they should just say it.”He added: “As far as I know, this is just about some disgruntled staff, but I’m no expert on this. Satisfactory is not what we want to be – good should be the bottom level for East Cambridgeshire District Council.”
The biography sent shock waves through the country and the British monarchy as it revealed Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles was a sham and that they had both had extra-marital affairs.Although Morton claimed to have received the private details for his book from unattributed sources, he revealed after Diana’s death in 1997 she had been the one who had fed him the information.The Queen later famously described 1992, the year the book was published, as her “annus horribilis”. The hand-written letter was written by the Princess to her close friend, the late interior designer Dudley Poplak. Show more “Please may we continue our conversation in January, when the pace of life isn’t so fast and furious, as I’d care to ask for your advice and relay to you my inner thoughts.”She signed off: “Lots of love from, Diana x.”Mr Poplak died aged 74 in 2005 and the letter is being sold by a private collector.Chris Albury, from Dominic Winter Auctioneers of Cirencester, Glos, said: “The letter sent in December 1991 is poignant in that it was written only months before all the public falling out following the Morton biography. “She must have been feeling even more isolated from the Windsors at a time when her marriage had fallen apart and she had just told her version of her Royal life to Morton, knowing that she was about to let a genie out of the bottle which would change her life for better or worse.”This heartfelt letter offers a unique window into Diana’s inner-torment at that time.”A second, shorter letter from Diana to Mr Poplak that is dated April 1991 in which she thanked him for sending her a book is also for sale at the auction.And a typed letter dated April 2000 from Prince Charles to the same recipient in which the heir to the throne also thanks him for sending him a book and how he hopes to meet up with him soon is being sold.Diana and Charles first met Mr Poplak in 1981 when he was called upon by her mother, Frances Shand Kydd, to work on Highgrove House – the Gloucestershire home of the Prince and Princess of Wales.The couple’s “amicable separation” was announced to the nation in December 1992 – a year after Diana wrote the letter – by then Prime Minister John Major.The letter has an estimate of £800. It is being sold on January 25. Princess Diana complained she was “continuously misunderstood” and “extremely isolated” in a letter sent ahead of the release of her devastating 1992 biography. The Princess described feeling continually on the edge of the Royal household and claimed she could see what was “coming to this country and this family”.The prescient letter, which has never been seen before, was written just six months before author Andrew Morton’s controversial book Diana: Her True Story was published. Prince Charles and Princess Diana kiss at a polo prize giving ceremony during a tour of India on February 13, 1992 in Jaipur, IndiaCredit:Anwar Hussein/Getty Images Dated December 3, 1991, and written on Kensington Palace letterhead, she wrote: “Dearest Dudley, I did so enjoy our lunch today – it was special for many reasons and in particular our conversation towards the end of our delicious meal.”I do feel extremely isolated more than ever now, as I see what’s coming to this country and this family.”During the last couple of years I have been through a self-development programme which has brought a deep understanding of those who suffer and those who need love and support, wherever its in hospices or in the street.”I feel that you believe in me, Dudley, and you’ve no idea what this means to me as I am continuously misunderstood by those around me. 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.
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 claims that under the terms of his consultancy agreement with Princess Nauf he should have been paid a fee of 1.5 per cent of the sale price, amounting to £375,000. The total sum being pursued by Mr Hussein amounts to £6,079,342.97. Mr Hussein maintains that in May 2016 the Princess’s eldest son, Prince Sultan bin Fahd, promised he would be paid.Princess Nouf’s solicitors, Mishcon de Reya, said: “We do not comment on client matters; and our client looks forward to the High Court determining this matter.”CORRECTION: This article was originally illustrated, incorrectly, with a photograph of Princess Nouf bint Fahad bin Khaled and her husband Prince Turki Al Faisal. Neither of these individuals have anything to do with the matters covered by the article. We apologise for this error. The photograph has been removed. The daughter in law of King Salman of Saudi Arabia is being sued for £6 million after allegedly failing to pay fees on lucrative property deals, including the sale of her country estate to a Russian billionaire.A senior confidante to the Saudi royals accuses Princess Nouf bint Khalid bin Abdullah Al Saud of withholding fees due to him for property deals he brokered in London and the Home Counties.Mohamed Hussein says the Princess failed to pay him his share of the deals after he made her millions of pounds more than she had expected.Lawyers for Mr Hussein maintain that as a result of his work “Princess Nouf was enriched at his expense” and that her refusal to pay is in breach of contract.Princess Nouf, 54, is the widow of Prince Fahd – the eldest son of the current Saudi ruler, Salman bin Abdulaziz, one of the richest men in the world.Following her husband’s death in July 2001, at the age of 46, Princess Nouf, who is supported financially by King Salman and her own family, has divided her time between Saudi Arabia, the US and her home in South Kensington,.In 2004 she arranged for Mr Hussein, her private secretary, who had previously held senior positions in the Saudi Embassy in London and the private office of the late King Fahd and the kingdom’s current ruler King Salman, to handle the sale of her 30 acre Harewood Estate, near Ascot, with its three palatial houses and extensive gardens. Mr Hussein claims he then went on to negotiate an £8.2m discount on the Wellcome Trust’s £21.5m asking price for the freehold of Princess Nauf’s Mortimer House home, in South Kensington, for which he should have received a fee of £66,500.The writ states that Mr Hussein also oversaw the multi-million redevelopment of two nearby mansion block apartments, in Egerton Gardens, on behalf of the Princess.Mr Hussein says he persuaded Princess Nouf the properties were a potentially lucrative investment and she asked him to arrange for her to buy them.As a result he oversaw the £14.6m purchase and redevelopment of the apartments, which were eventually valued at the significantly increased price of £18.5m.Mr Hussein, who lives in Old Windsor, maintains that as her agent and project manager he is now entitled to at least 10 per cent of the apartments’ value, at £1.85m.His duties for the Saudi royal family included accompanying them when they travelled abroad, and attending Prince Fahd at any hour of the day or night he required.In 1997 he became a director of Eirad, the company which managed the family’s properties, fleet of cars and vast collection of artwork.Mr Hussein is also claiming he is owed more than £3.4m in expenses and remuneration, as a well as unpaid rent of £30,000 on a property near Windsor Castle, where Princess Nouf housed several of her staff. Knight Frank and Savills estate agents both placed the property on the market for £22m, but then advised Princess Nauf to drop the price to £18m and even consider offers of £13m, as there had been little initial interest from prospective buyers.But Mr Hussein, 63, was convinced he could obtain the original asking price for Princess Nauf.He knew that a mansion at nearby Wentworth Park – which was not even as luxurious as the Harewood Estate – had been sold to the Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, an opponent of Russian president Vladimir Putin, for at least £18m.Berezovsky’s body was later found by a bodyguard in a locked bathroom at another home with a ligature around his neck. Although an inquest recorded an open verdict and police found no proof of foul play, there were claims Putin had masterminded the death.A writ lodged by Mr Hussein’s lawyers in the High Court said: “Knowing that other Russian businessmen were looking to acquire properties in that area, and . . . Mr Hussein advised Princess Nouf that the market value of the Harewood Estate was around £25m.”Indeed Mr Hussein went on to secure the sale of the estate to the billionaire Russian industrialist Andrey Melnichenko for more than £25m in December 2004. Russian tycoon Andrey Melnichenko and his wife, the Serbian model and singer Aleksandra Nikolic Melnichenko in DubrovnikCredit: Sipa Press/REX/Shutterstock
Mohanned Jasim Four teenagers accused of planning to travel to Syria to join Isil have appeared in court on terror charges.The young men, who are all from London, were said to be plotting to carry out acts of terrorism abroad.Two of them are charged with going to the gym and paintballing as training for their plans while the other two are accused of buying flights and visas to Turkey and survival equipment.They are all also accused of having extremist material and swapping messages online discussing how to get out to the war-torn country.One of them allegedly had a video on his phone of battles, crusades and prisoners of IS being executed.Another is charged with having details about how to build a pressure cooker bomb.A fifth boy, aged 15, is accused of having terrorist materials, including Isil publication Inspire and a bomb-making video.All five appeared in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, supported by their families. A 16-year-old from Lambeth is charged with preparation of terrorist acts and a 17-year-old from Hounslow has been charged with preparation of terrorist acts and dissemination of terrorist publications.Ahmedeltigani Alsyed, 19, of Hounslow, and a 17-year-old from Merton, are each charged with a count of preparation of terrorist acts and collection of information contrary to section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000. Meanwhile, two men were sentenced on Saturday to a total of seven years and two months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to terrorism offences at the Central Criminal Court. Mohammed Mayow, 23, from Middlesex and Mohanned Jasim, 21, from Southall, were arrested at Dover Eastern Docks by Kent Police as they tried to leave the country in December 2015. Mohammed Mayow The four appeared together in the dock and were ordered to appear at the Old Bailey on March 17.The 15-year-old, of Waltham Forest, appeared in a separate youth hearing at the same court.He pleaded not guilty to one charge of possession and two counts of dissemination of terrorist publications and is due to stand trial on May 2 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.Four of the teenagers were arrested at addresses in south and west London on Tuesday while the 15-year-old boy was arrested on Monday evening in east London. 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. Four teenagers accused of planning to travel to Syria to join Isil
Blanche Cameron, chair of Friends of Camberwell Cemetery, said that the group did not know about the war graves until the Church’s judgement came out, and was concerned that the commitment not to put further graves in the same place as existing war graves might not be kept. They have been campaigning against the plans for several years.“It’s a pretty serious aspect to come out this late in the day. The detail is not at all clear,” she said. In a blog post the linked campaign group Save Southwark Woods said: “The lack of respect for the nation’s heroes is just one of many reasons why Southwark’s burial project is not fit for purpose.” While the graves are not in a churchyard, some of the ground is consecrated, so the council had to ask the Church of England court for permission to proceed. Part of the cemetery will be re-used by the council, which is short of burial spaceCredit:David Rose Both the council and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which advised on the plans, said that they will not bury anyone directly on top of a war grave. But the graves are currently unmarked, and locals say they are concerned that the proposals are not sufficiently respectful. A spokesman for the Commission said: “We have agreed with Southwark LBC that war graves will not be disturbed during the process and that no burials will take place above the war graves.”We only have responsibility for the war graves and these have all been identified and will not be affected by the works.”We follow a similar process at other sites where the war graves are exempt from any reuse scheme.”The other people buried in this area, who are generally poor residents who were buried in mass graves, will have burials made on top of them. The Commission’s rules say that war graves must be marked where possible. But in his judgement Philip Petchey, Chancellor for the Southwark Diocese, suggested that some of the graves could be left unmarked.He said: “It occurred to me that in the present case it might be better for all 48 graves to remain unmarked both as reflecting the position at the time of burial and also as of now not seeking to make distinctions between the remains of those buried in the same area.” It’s a pretty serious aspect to come out this late in the day. The detail is not at all clear A London council is to be allowed to bury people in land on top of war graves after a Church of England court gave it permission.The council received 660 objections to the plans, which involved clearing scrub from raised land on top of graves where 48,000 people including 48 First and Second World War soldiers are buried, and making the space available for more burials. The case, which is thought to be the first of its kind, will allow the council to bury 700 new people in the space, in Camberwell Old Cemetery, south London. Campaigners opposing the plans claim this is a “test case” which could pave the way for other space-poor boroughs to make similar provisions. The case is likely to be referred to by other Chancellors in future cases concerning reuse of land. The council said it is trying to add to the limited burial space in the borough.A spokesman said: “The burial plots created mean that local people will continue to have the option to be buried in their local communities and avoid paying for more expensive burials outside of the borough.”The council is considering all available options including reuse, which other councils have already done, but this will require public consultation.”The borough’s burial strategy, which may include opening some graves to add further bodies, will create 4,865 new plots in total.It has been legal to reuse graves in London since 2007, but it is still against the law in the rest of England. It has been legal in Scotland since March last year.The capital faces a critical shortage of burial space. Two boroughs – Hackney and Tower Hamlets – have stopped burying people in the borough altogether. Residents have to go to neighbouring boroughs. The City of London has already reused 1,500 graves in an effort to deal with the problem. Tim Morris, chief executive of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management, said that burial policy needed reforming to give all councils permission to reuse graves. “The law is a nonsense at the moment. We need to wipe it all aside and make provisions that prioritise the bereaved,” he said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Ever been met with blank looks when you’ve told someone under the age of 18 to look it up in an encyclopedia ?Well Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook and former vice president of Google, certainly has – which some might consider somewhat fitting.She tells today’s edition of Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs that her teenage son and daughter had no idea what one is or what it was for.“Google was trying to organise information. You weren’t going to go to the library anymore. I’ve tried to explain to my children what an encyclopedia is and that you wouldn’t have every question answered immediately – they don’t even understand it,” she says.Ms Sandberg also tells how she used Facebook to try to cope with the profound grief she felt at losing her husband Dave Goldberg in May 2015 following a heart arrhythmia while the couple were on holiday in Mexico in 2015.She says: “I felt so isolated and so alone that I decided to write what I would write as a Facebook post if I were going to be honest about how I felt to the world. I wrote it for myself, I thought it’s not going to get worse and maybe it might get better and so I hit ‘post’ and I was shocked about how widely it was read. “But it actually really helped. It didn’t bring Dave back and it didn’t take away the grief but it took away the feeling that I was alone because people started talking to me again.”Ms Sandberg, who lives in Menlo Park, California, also defends the use of encrypted messages on the Whatsapp messaging app, which is owned by Facebook, saying it is a “complicated conversation”.But she adds: “We want to make sure all of us do our part to stop terrorism and so our Facebook polices are very clear – there’s absolutely no place, terrorism, hate, call for violence of any kind. “Our goal is not to just pull it off Facebook but to use artificial intelligence and technology before it’s even uploaded.”Desert Island Discs is on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday at 11.15am. 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.
According to the latest figures from the International Institute of Strategic Studies, Russia’s defence budget was around $46.6bn in 2016 and Britain’s was around $52.5bn or £38.3bn. Yet though Britain apparently spends more, Russia had 831,000 active members of the military compared to 152,000 in the UK and there is a vast difference in the volume of equipment. For two countries that spend similar sums on their defence budgets, the size and scale of the Russian and British military are strikingly different. Comparing armies alone,… The head of the British Army, Gen Sir Nick Carter, has warned that Britain is struggling to keep up with Russian military advances as he makes the case for more money.
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 conference heard that some young children struggle to understand how books workCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Their research found that children aged three to five often read for longer and had a better grasp of vocabulary when accessing touch-screen technology. Tablet computers had a particular impact on groups that are traditionally most resistant to reading – particularly boys and infants from poor families, the study added.During the debate, NUT delegates raised concerns about a “shocking hammering” of library services in the last decade. Proposing the motion, Jonathan Reddiford, from North Somerset, argued that the number of public libraries has fallen by almost 900 in the last 10 years, with more expected to go.”That is a shocking, shocking hammering of vital public services for many, many people,” he said.At least 441 community libraries have closed in the past decade, with a further 149 under threat, the conference was told. The drop in professional librarians has led to a 93 per cent increase in volunteers working in libraries “resulting in an erosion of a longstanding knowledge and skill base which threatens the quality of the service they provide”, the motion said. The NUT resolved to campaign for properly funded libraries which employ professional librarians. Kevin Courtney, general secretary of the NUT, said: “Libraries are an essential part of school and community life and as relevant now as they ever have been. Tragically, over the past decade the number of school libraries staffed by qualified librarians has declined rapidly. A previous report by the National Literacy Trust (NLT) advised parents to turn to iPads and Kindles to get boys interested in reading, amid fears that large numbers of children are shunning books at a young age. “Reading for pleasure is a skill for life and is consistently shown to be one of the most powerful springboards for children’s engagement with learning, thinking and creating. “The Government needs to put libraries, books and reading for pleasure centre-stage in its vision for children and young people.”A Department for Education spokesperson said: “We want all children to have the opportunity to read widely and earlier this year we announced a multi-million pound fund to make sure pupils can master the basics of reading.” Children are swiping on books in an attempt to turn pages, teachers have said, as they are confusing them with mobile phones and iPads.There is a “disturbing” trend of children in reception and at nursery school picking up library books and trying to “swipe left”, delegates at the National Union of Teachers (NUT) annual conference in Brighton were told.During a debate about libraries, Jennifer Bhambri-Lyte, a delegate from North Somerset, told of “happy childhood memories” of “running into a library, snuggling in a corner with a book, cuddling up to mum, turning the pages, gazing at the pictures”.She told the conference: “Kindles and iPads are wonderful things, but many of my friends talked about the smell of a book, finding tickets and receipts that someone had left as a bookmark, echoes of all the people that had been there before.”Ms Bhambri-Lyte went on: “I’ve taught both nursery and reception and I personally still find it disturbing to see a child pick up a book and try to swipe left.” She said that books are a now luxury that many struggling families cannot afford, and that libraries can act as a “pair of armbands”.
It could mean embedding strips of red lights on kerbs to signal to pedestrians looking down on their phones to stop at junctions, or special lanes on pavements marked as “text walking lanes” with painted white arrows and lines to guide smartphone addicts glued to their screens. “If we are thinking about injury prevention and the dominant… Road signs need to be placed on the ground to guide “zombie pedestrians” glued to their phones, a government transport adviser has said. Shaun Helman, who advises the Government and transport authorities around the world, said redesigning streets would have a “greater impact” on preventing accidents from pedestrians on their phones than trying to change behaviour.
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. All expectant mothers are to be given the same midwife throughout their pregnancy in a £40 million NHS promise.Maternity deaths are expected to fall by 50 per cent after thousands more expectant mothers will be offered a named midwife to guide them through pregnancy. To coincide with International Day of the Midwife 2019 on Sunday, the NHS has said that funding to transform maternity services will be doubled this year to £40 million.A key element of this support will be to give women access to the same midwife or small team of midwives during pregnancy, the birth of their child and post birth.Currently it is not uncommon for a woman to see a different midwife at all nine or ten of her antenatal consultations, and then a further new member of staff at the birth. Continuity of carer means women don’t have to repeat their personal story, which sometimes may be an upsetting personal experience.The government hopes that over a third of women should benefit from the new plans by March next year, rising to more than half by 2021.The Telegraph reported last year how the then Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, had pledged to provide continuity of midwifery care.Speaking at the time he said the aim was to reduce stillbirths, miscarriages and neonatal deaths and “the agony that comes with these tragedies.“There are few moments in life that matter more than the birth of a child,” Mr Hunt added.The continuity of care plan will be prioritised for those women and unborn children who would benefit from it the most, including those who have complex medical needs or are from disadvantaged backgrounds.Evidence shows that for these groups in particular, a long-term relationship with a midwife can help reduce pre-term births, hospital admissions, and the need for intervention during labour, as well as improving the experiences of both pregnancy and childbirth for women.Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, the first chief midwifery officer for the NHS, said: “There has never been a better time to be expecting a child. The safety and quality of maternity services in England continues to improve, as do the choices available to new mums about the care they receive, and we have a growing number of NHS midwives, and those who support them, to thank.“The NHS Long Term Plan sets out an ambition to give every child the best start in life, beginning at conception, and this extra investment in midwives to enhance the care they can provide to mothers is central to how we will achieve that important goal.”The new funding will be used to reduce the rates of stillbirth, neonatal death, maternal death and brain injury during birth by 20 per cent by the end of 2020/21, and 50 per cent by 2025.The number of full time equivalent midwives working in NHS hospitals and community services has grown by over 3,000 over the last decade, to 21,967 in January 2019, an increase of 16 per cent.NHS maternity care includes all antenatal, birth and post-natal care. It is provided free of charge to women who are normally resident in the UK, citizens of the EEA with medical insurance and other women in special circumstances.Women falling outside these groups may be asked to pay for their care, but will not be refused treatment if they are unable to pay at the time.Antenatal care usually costs the taxpayer between £1,590 and £4,233. A birth without complications, resulting in the shortest possible stay in hospital costs around £3,282 and postnatal care can cost around £1,200.The NHS hopes to introduce a range of measures to build on the success of the ‘We are the NHS’ recruitment campaign. Local programmes to improve retention and welcome former midwives back into work have so far been rolled out.
Princess Charlotte and big brother Prince George arrive at Thomas’Credit:PA Princess Charlotte has become known for her spirited public appearances, appearing confident in front of the camera even as a toddler. A picture taken behind-the-scenes at their home of Kensington Palace before the school run shows the siblings with their arms around each other’s waists, posing for the family photo album.A spokesman for the palace said: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share a photograph of Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace this morning.” The Duke and Duchess each carried a large school backpack, one for each child, with the Princess’s decorated with a pink sequinned keyring in the shape of a unicorn head. Prince George, who is now in Year Two, chatted happily as the family walked across the playground, occasionally looking behind him to check his little sister was still there. Princess Charlotte, who usually appears the more confident of the pair, hung back a little behind her mother, rearranging her dark blue skirt. Looking smart in her new uniform, she walked on her tip toes and played with her ponytail as she was introduced to Helen Haslem, head of Thomas’s lower school. Princess Charlotte looked uncharacteristically shy for a momentCredit:PA The journey across the playground, which took less than a minute, was captured for the history books by one photographer and one television camera, carefully arranged to make sure the children felt comfortable and minimise disruption for the school. Thomas’s Battersea, which is described as a Christian school, emphases the importance of “kindness” in its pupils and works on a foundation that “praise as the greatest motivator”.Art, ballet, drama, ICT, French, music and physical education are all taught by specialist teachers from a child’s first day, in the Grade II listed building dating back to 1700.Now they have two children at the school, the Cambridges will be entitled to a sibling discount with annual fees reduced from £19,287 to £18,915. Prince George and Princess Charlotte get ready for schoolCredit:Kensington Palace Prince George starts school in 2017Credit:PA “Good morning! How are you? Did you have a nice summer?” the Duchess asked, before encouraging Charlotte to shake hands. In contrast to Prince George’s first day of school in September 2017 when his mother was suffering from severe morning sickness, both the Duke and Duchess were there to settle the Princess in to her new world. The Duchess, wearing a Michael Kors dress she was previously seen in at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding rehearsal, walked with Charlotte while the Duke accompanied George, holding hands in pairs for the short journey. Princess Charlotte looked eager to get going, as mum and dad carried the school bagsCredit:PA The Cambridge family arrive for Princess Charlotte’s first day of schoolCredit:PA She had shiny new shoes, a smart ponytail and a sequinned unicorn keyring for good luck.There was just one other thing Princess Charlotte needed for her first day of school: a big brother to show her the ropes. The Princess, who has charmed the nation with her confidence since she was old enough to show off her royal wave, appeared uncharacteristically shy as she arrived at Thomas’s school today, holding her mother’s hand tightly and hovering behind her skirt. So it was down to her older brother to lend a hand, as the Duchess of Cambridge told her daughter Prince George “will help show you the way” as they embarked on a new school year together. The Princess was “very excited” for her first day, the Duke said, as she followed six-year-old veteran schoolboy Prince George into the classrooms. The landmark morning for Princess Charlotte saw the Cambridge family out in force, with proud father the Duke driving his wife and two older children to Thomas’s, Battersea for at 8.15am start. As she visited the Lindo Wing to meet her little brother Prince Louis, she charmed onlookers by turning to wave at them from the hospital steps. During his christening, she was caught on camera cheerfully telling photographers “you’re not coming” as she walked to a tea party with her family. The Duke added: “First day! She’s very excited.”The four-year-old, who bears a striking resemblance to the Queen at the same age, will be known as Charlotte Cambridge to staff and schoolmates.As they made their way into the school building, the Duchess was heard to tell the Princess that Prince George “will help show you the way” when they were inside. Charlotte greets head of lower school Helen HaslemCredit:PA In a recent trip to a charity sailing regatta on the Isle of Wight, she left the Duchess laughing after she poked her tongue out at a waiting crowd.Prince George, who will one day be king, has often seemed more hesitant in front of the cameras.His own first day of school saw him clutching his father’s hand and looking shyly at the floor, his true excitement at starting in reception class only captured by a beaming picture taken behind-the-scenes. Sign up for our brilliant free newsletter, Your Royal Appointment, and get royal news and analysis sent straight to your inbox every Wednesday.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGPF issues crime prevention tips for using ATM, jogging, among othersOctober 1, 2018In “Crime”Police Force’s Crime Prevention TipsAugust 2, 2019In “Crime”Police Force must intensify partnership with communities – ‘bond of mutual trust’ needed to win war on crime, says GrangerFebruary 25, 2016In “Crime” ATM SAFETY v Try to plan ATM visits during the day, rather than after dark.v Choose an ATM location that is in a busy, public place.v Be ready with your card handy but not in plain view.v Go with a friend, especially if you must use an ATM at night.v Stand directly in front of the machine to conceal your personal PIN number.v Cancel you transaction and walk away if anything seems suspicious.v Pocket your money immediately. You can count it later.v Immediately report lost or stolen ATM cards. As part of its Crime Prevention Strategy the Guyana Police Force (GPF) has released Crime Prevention tips, which the Force expects to be of aid to the general public. The Crime Prevention Tips are as follows and will be further detailed below; Signs of Suspicious Behavior, ATM Safety, Jogging Safety, Safety at Night for Students, Office Safety and Security, Public Transportation Safety, Residence Safety and Security, Vacation Safety and Security, Vehicle Safety and Security and Safety Tips for Taxi Drivers.According to the Force “crime can happen anywhere. Protect yourself, others and property by staying alert, safety conscious and informed. Trust your instincts, if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.”SIGNS OF SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR v Attempting to enter a residence or vehicle without proper access.v Body language that suggests being watched or chased.v Forcibly attempting to enter a locked vehicle or building.v Transactions conducted from vehicles, especially near schools or parks.v One or more persons sitting in a parked car closely scanning an area.v A person seemingly forced into a vehicle.v An individual displaying unusual mental or physical symptom.v Unusual noises, including gunshots, screaming, sounds of fighting, barking dogs or anything suggesting foul play, danger or illegal activity. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SAFETYv Stay alert to your surroundings.v Do not fall asleep while riding public transportation.v Try to maintain a schedule that ensures plenty of people are at your bus or car park.v Beware of pickpockets. Place wallets in front pocket and carry a purse that has a secure, strong strap. Be aware of loud commotions that may be staged distractions for pick-pocketing.v If possible, sit near the driver or operator.v If someone bothers you, say in a loud voice, “leave me alone,” and move to another area of the bus or car park. Be rude if necessary.v If you are followed when you exit, cross the street and go to the nearest well-lit populated area, yell for help or contact the police. VACATION SAFETY AND SECURITYv Do not publicize travel plans. Do not announce vacation absences in voicemail, automated email response or on social networking sites.v Make sure you secure or remove valuables in your home or room (i.e. jewelry, computers, electronic gadgets, etc.)v Before leaving, close and lock all windows, close all shades/drapes and lock and bolt the entrance door.v Ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your place and pick up mail, newspapers and packages while you are away.v Leave your itinerary with a trusted neighbour or friend.v Use timers to turn on lights or a radio. Turn phone ringers down or off.v While on vacation, don’t carry large amounts of cash and keep a charged cell phone with you. SAFETY AT NIGHT FOR STUDENTSv Try to avoid working or studying alone in a building at night.v If you must work or study late, let someone you trust know where you are and when you will be alone.v Keep your room or office door closed and locked.v Close and lock the door when leaving your office or room, even if only for a few minutes.v Never prop any door open or allow others to enter with you.v Keep emergency phone numbers handy in case of intrusion, fire or other emergency.v Use campus/colleges transportation services. VEHICLE SAFETY AND SECURITYv Keep doors locked.v Park in a well-lit and well-travelled area.v Have your keys ready when approaching your vehicle and look in your backseat before entering.v Make sure your car runs well and have sufficient gas.v Keep a charged cell phone with you when driving.v Never pick up strangers and never go with a stranger.v If someone approaches your vehicle and attempts to enter, blow the horn continuously to attract attention and drive away. RESIDENCE SAFETY AND SECURITYv Always lock your door – even during short naps or when you are just down the hall.v Use the peephole (if got) and identify who is at the door before you open it. If you don’t have a peephole try to identify who is it by questioning or picking up voices.v Immediately report suspicious activity to the nearest Police Station.v Do not prop secured doors open to let non-residents follow you in.v Take time to familiarize yourself with building evacuation and fire safety plans.v Keep items such as checkbooks, wallets, cash, jewelry, etc. out of plain sight.v Do not keep large amount of cash in your house or person. SAFETY TIPS FOR TAXI DRIVERS v The most important equipment in your taxi is your Radio which connects you to the dispatcher.v Be alert and aware.v Do not flash or display your money.v Greet and maintain eye contact with the customers when picking up.v Know the city/community.v Trust your instincts.v Always keep you doors locked.v Be extra careful late at night.v Be aware of passengers who give you “vague” instructions.v Be careful of passenger seated behind you.v Keep an eye on suspicious passengers.v Never tell customers you had a good shift.v Never, ever, drive into alleys or back lanes.v Know your location at all times.v Check all emergency equipment at the start of shift.v Do not be aggressive or argumentative.v Keep calm – do not panic.v Communicate with your dispatcher. JOGGING SAFETYv Jog with a companion in familiar and public areas facing traffic.v Do not jog during dark hours.v Vary your route and pattern.v Remain alert. Don’t wear stereo earplugs or headphones.v If you think you are being followed, go to a well-lit public area, store or residence and draw attention to yourself.v Wear bright clothing.v Do not jog near bushes and structures where someone could hide.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related$550M Cocaine bust: key witness says he aided Tazim Gafoor, ‘Rasta’ to pack the drugsFebruary 6, 2018In “Court”$550M cocaine bust: Race biker, driver granted $5M bail each for special reasonsJune 27, 2017In “Court”Alleged mastermind wanted for CJIA cocaine bust remandedSeptember 29, 2017In “Court” After months of investigations by the Criminal Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), the five men held in connection with the discovery of 84.9 kilogrammes of cocaine (GYD 550 million dollars worth) were today arraigned at the Leonora Magistrates’ Court.Race car drivers, Stephen Vieria, and Nazim Gaffoor along with his father, Tazim Gaffoor and a drug enforcement agent attached to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), Sherwayne De Abreu, all plead not guilty to the charge which alleged that between March 1, 2017 and May 12, 2017, they aided Hakeem Mohamed in trafficking in 84.9 kilogrammes of cocaine at Narine Lall Sawmill, Lookout, Parika.However, wanted man Naraine Lall, who is reportedly out of the jurisdiction, was charged in absentia with the allegation.Attorneys for the accused are Everton Singh-Lammy, Glenn Hanoman, Latchmie Rahamat, Stanley Moore and Mark Conway.Rahamat who represented Vieira pleaded for bail to be granted to the accused on the grounds that he was never found in possession of any narcotics. She told the court that the documents signed was for a shipment of wood that was checked and cleared. As such, there is no indication that Vieria had anything to do with Mohamed’s shipment.Nevertheless, bail was still refused for all the accused and they were remanded. They are expected to return to court on June 12, 2017.The police reported that on May 14, CANU agents conducted a raid at a property in the Parika area and searched a truck laden with several pallets of 1×6 dressed lumber prepared for export to the United States. According to CANU, several boards were drilled randomly and revealed a white substance suspected to be cocaine.Some 187 pounds of cocaine, carrying a street value of GYD $550M, was found concealed in lumber being prepared for shipment to the USAFollowing the discovery, the truck, its driver and porters were escorted to CANU headquarters where a detailed search of the cargo was completed. The search revealed cocaine in random boards scattered among genuine boards in each pallet. The compromised boards all had a dug out cavity with vacuum sealed plastic packets containing the drug.CANU said its investigation revealed that the truck was hired to pick up and transport the lumber from a saw-mill and then transport it to a wharf in Georgetown. Three men – Hakeem Mohamed, Tazim Gafoor and Nazim Gafoor — were held after the discovery but they were subsequently released when the 72-hour maximum period for detention without charge expired.The investigators did not apply for an extension since they did not gather any new information. The police later held motor biker, Stephen Vieira whose name was found on several shipping documents. Vieira who was in the country at the time of the bust, had travelled to Jamaica via Suriname and Trinidad, one day after the bust was made.He returned to Guyana shortly after and was arrested on arrival at the Cheddi Jagan Airport.When he appeared in court on Tuesday last, he was released from custody, but according to CANU, he remained under investigation.Following Vieria’s release CANU said a digital video recording device was retrieved from Nazim Gafoor but the information was erased.As such, CANU had indicated that they are seeking international assistance in retrieving the data that may have been on the device.CANU also confirmed that Vieria’s girlfriend, who was arrested and questioned, was also released from custody.However, the owner of the saw-mill, Narine Lall, has not yet been apprehended.Meanwhile, CANU has appealed for patience as investigators work to ensure the anti-drug agency does not lose the expected court case.
(Sportsmax) Former India opener Virender Sehwag has claimed Indian Premier League (IPL) Royal Challengers Bangalore’s decision to leave Windies star Chris Gayle off its retention list is completely understandable as the player is no longer the force he was.RCB opted to retain India skipper Virat Kohli, South African batsman AB de Villiers and rookie Sarfaraz Khan. Gayle the T20 format’s record runs scorer was sent to the auction block along with the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal, KL Rahul and Kedar Jadhav.The franchise could still use their Right to Match (RTM) clause to retain the player, but even then Sehwag has made it clear the option would be better used on leg spinner Chahal.“Gayle is now getting old. He is not the same Gayle that he once was. Last year, he played in the IPL and his performance wasn’t at that level that he was once renowned for,” Sehwag said.The 38-year-old star has struggled to impress in the last couple of seasons in the IPL where he played 19 matches in total and only managed to score 447 runs. Gayle did, however, show some of the once feared potential to be a devastating force after being omitted from last year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL). He rebounded with a strong performance in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) where he led Rangpur Riders past Dhaka Dynamites in the final. Gayle scored 146 runs from just 69 balls.It is such performances that leaves the possibility of RCB using its RTM option to hold on to the player and Sehwag believes it’s could still happen.“Teams take into account this factor (age) when they enter the auction. Maybe RCB might go after Gayle again at the auction,” he added. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPunjab quick Tye looks forward to bowling to ‘scary’ GayleFebruary 12, 2018In “Sports”Gayle glad to repay Kings XI Punjab faithApril 20, 2018In “Sports”Gayle picked up by Kings XI PunjabJanuary 29, 2018In “Sports”