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If shot charts could talk, this one would talk all kinds of smack. When he was on the floor, Bryant used a ridiculous 38.7 percent of the Lakers possessions in the 2005-06 season but still somehow managed to perform pretty efficiently. That’s the Kobe to remember, the one who created, took and sunk any shot he wanted. The one who thumbed his nose at the very idea of a usage-efficiency curve. The one who was one of the most truly versatile scoring threats the NBA had ever seen. O Kobe! My Kobe! On Sunday night, after publishing a retirement poem that no one was waiting for, Bryant went 4 for 20, including a ghastly air ball in crunch time. It was yet another ugly loss for the Los Angeles Lakers and yet another data point suggesting that Bryant is toast. Sunday’s verse fit nicely in the sad ballad of the gray mamba — a morose composition marked by terrible shot selection, poor lift on a rickety jumper and a stubborn commitment to taking too many shots. But that’s not what Kobe has always been.Bryant is a shell of his former self, and he knows it. “My body knows it’s time to say goodbye,” he wrote in the poem. His numbers suggest the same: This season, Bryant has been the worst volume shooter in the NBA. So far this year, 57 players have attempted at least 200 shots from the field; within that group, the 37-year-old Bryant ranks dead last in effective field goal percentage.If shot charts could talk, this one would apologize: That’s one of the saddest charts I’ve ever made. On the one hand, it’s unsurprising to see aging scorers start to slip; on the other, it’s always alarming to see someone as iconic as Bryant slip so far so fast.Over the next few months, recency bias may be very unkind to Bryant. But his NBA career started the same autumn that Bill Clinton was elected to his second term in office. Kristaps Porzingis was 1-year-old and Karl-Anthony Towns hadn’t even had a birthday when Kobe made his debut. If those guys play as long as Bryant, they will retire in 2035.Still, as bleak as this year has been, this is not the Kobe Bryant we will remember.During the preseason, I went to Staples Center to interview Chris Paul. We were talking about his all-world ability to knock down elbow jumpers, when he suddenly had a flashback: “Do you remember Lakers versus Phoenix, a playoff game in 2006? Kobe. There was a jump ball. I think the game was tied up. Lakers won the tip. Kobe got it. And he just sort of dribbled. Dribbled. Dribbled. And he got over to the right elbow. And he just shot it.”“Kobe never even looked at the rim,” Paul continued. “It’s like he was getting to a spot. Looking at that play, it’s like there was an ‘X’ somewhere on the court and Kobe was like, ‘Once I get to it, I’m like, boom.’ ”That shot to beat the Suns happened almost a decade ago. From a scoring standpoint, that season — 2005-06 — might be Bryant’s finest hour. He averaged 35.4 points per game. Only three scoring champs in NBA history have averaged 35 points per game: Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and Bryant.
What his shooting gives, his defense takes away. J.J. Redick is an excellent threat from behind the arc, but his defensive efforts, while improved, are still substandard. His top 10 CARMELO comps — like teammate Jamal Crawford — are, not surprisingly, shooting specialists. Wing defense is just what the doctor ordered, and Lance Stephenson provides that. But as his slew of replacement-level CARMELO comps shows, Lance comes with costs: His penchant for over-dribbling and ill-advised shots can torpedo an offense. Read more:All our NBA player projectionsAll our 2015-16 NBA Previews Josh Smith, an inefficient scorer with a shaky reputation, seems like a Clipper from the team’s dismal past. In this respect, the Antoine Walker comp is too perfect, and too painful, for Clippers fans. But Smith does some things really well — namely, defense. Clippers fans should hold out hope that he’ll be like No. 10 comp Rasheed Wallace. Is CARMELO telling us there will be fewer dunks and more jump shots in Griffin’s future? Chris Bosh and LaMarcus Aldridge, two of Griffin’s modern comps, have made their names as stretch power forwards. It would be a shrewd move, as Griffin’s athleticism will fade with age and injuries. But more than a dunker with an emerging shot, Griffin is an underrated passer and defender, too. His top comp, Terry Cummings, perhaps forgotten by today’s young fans, was an amazing dunker: DeAndre Jordan’s change of heart about signing with the Mavericks as a free agent in July was a good turn of events for the Clippers, and for him, too. A rebounding monster and rim protector par excellence, Jordan anchors the Clips on defense. His CARMELO comps, like Dale Davis and Tyson Chandler, are stalwart dunk-and-defense guys. The Los Angeles Clippers had a busy (and weird) summer! They beefed up with veteran Paul Pierce and the tantalizingly erratic talents of Lance Stephenson and Josh Smith. And beyond the new additions, the Clips scored a dramatic coup in keeping DeAndre Jordan after he verbally agreed to sign with the Dallas Mavericks. Doc Rivers — entering his third season as head coach and second as de facto general manager — is hoping the off-season moves fixed two glaring problems that thwarted the team’s Finals ambitions last year: a paper-thin bench and a lack of wing defenders.The added depth will help, but the team will still be carried by Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. And the Clip offense will again be among the NBA’s best. Our CAMELO-based projections have the Clippers going 55-27. That’s a damn good record, but the Clips have been there, and their defense still looks mediocre. Can they break through the gauntlet of elite teams in the West? Doc Rivers reunited with Pierce, a scrappy veteran who still has a clutch outside shot, to provide depth on the wing. But The Truth is that, at 38 years old, an NBA player is entering his twilight. That said, Vince Carter (Pierce’s top CARMELO comp) wasn’t so bad last year! We’re inaugurating our NBA player projection system, CARMELO, with 2015-16 season previews for every team in the league. Check out the teams we’ve already previewed here. Learn more about CARMELO here. And here’s what to expect from the Clippers’ key players in 2015-16 (you can find every Clippers player — and the rest of the NBA — here): Chris Paul, the Clippers floor general and perennial MVP candidate, is running out of time. Having just turned 30, he may have already passed his peak. Paul’s CARMELO comps split into two camps. On one hand, Paul could have elite years well into his 30s — like John Stockton, Jason Kidd and Gary Payton. But on the other hand, his future could go the way of Mark Price and Kevin Johnson, who suffered precipitous falls at this age. This could be the inflection season for Paul. There are rumors Wesley Johnson might start at small forward. That’s odd because Johnson is — at least according to CARMELO — not good.
The roller-coaster ride that is football player Santonio Holmes’ career made perhaps its most abrupt turn Tuesday. A day after playing his first game for his new team following a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, a former agent accused Holmes of accepting money during his playing days at Ohio State. Josh Luchs told Sports Illustrated that he offered Holmes money but was rebuffed by the then-Buckeye wide receiver, who was already being paid by another agent. In a phone interview with The Lantern, Luchs said he wasn’t the first to contact Holmes while the receiver was at OSU. “That wasn’t a typical situation. I was basically shut down immediately with the response being that he was basically getting taken care of by somebody else,” said Luchs, who also represented former OSU running back Maurice Clarett. “So I just took it as I was too late for the dance. But, obviously, as I progressed on, I wasn’t going to participate in that stuff anymore.” Luchs said he appreciated Holmes’ being forthright about taking money from another agent. “You know what, I applaud Santonio for being straight-up and being forthright with me when I got there and not making me go through my song and dance and wasting my time,” Luchs said. “I wish more players were that honest with what they were doing, and I applaud him for it.” Through a New York Jets spokesperson, Holmes denied that he ever told Luchs he was receiving money from an agent while in college, SI reported. “He denied it. That’s fine,” Luchs said. “I mean, what is he going to say? Plenty of people deny things that are true. It doesn’t matter. I still appreciate his honesty one-on-one when it mattered. It doesn’t matter what’s said publicly.” The OSU athletic department was still investigating as of Tuesday night. “We just learned of the article,” OSU spokesman Dan Wallenberg said in an e-mail. “Our compliance staff is in the process of gathering information.”
Even Ohio State football players couldn’t escape the celebration of Osama bin Laden’s death Sunday night. Freshman defensive lineman Joel Hale and freshman tight end Jeff Heuerman joined the mass of OSU students at Mirror Lake, and jumped in to celebrate the death of the terrorist leader. Hale said he hadn’t heard the news when Heuerman came into his room. “I was laying down and I was basically asleep Sunday night, and my buddy Jeff (Heuerman) came and woke up me and said, ‘Hey, let’s go down to Mirror Lake,’” Hale said. Even as the two were walking to the lake, Hale still didn’t know why they were going. “I had no idea what was happening,” he said. “I thought we were going to get food at Mirror Lake.” The event marked a special moment in the players’ careers at OSU because football players do not typically jump in Mirror Lake during Michigan week. However, Hale said he jumped in on a whim, not because it was his only chance to participate in the OSU tradition. “It was really kind of spur of the moment,” he said. “We saw everyone screaming and jumping into the lake and we just thought, ‘Let’s go jump.’” Hale said he likes the camaraderie among the OSU students, but because he has yet to see Michigan week, he couldn’t compare the two Mirror Lake jumps. “We were talking to Jeff’s roommate and he said it was not to the point of Michigan week but it was getting pretty close,” Hale said. Heuerman declined to comment.
Redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas (3), redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) and senior wide receiver Evan Spencer (6) celebarte during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4 in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24, before heading into a week off.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen an athlete or a team is on a roll, they typically want to do anything they can to keep the momentum.One of the best ways to do that can be simply playing again as soon as possible, but the Ohio State football team didn’t have that opportunity coming off a 52-24 win against Maryland on Oct. 4. Now, the Buckeyes have to find some way to keep the gears spinning coming off a second bye week just five games into the season.After players spent their weekend off either with friends, family, coaches or even out of the country, coach Urban Meyer said it will be important to find a way to keep the team rolling.“We have to restake that momentum,” Meyer said Monday. “This is a little bit uncharted waters for myself to have this many bye weeks early in the season. We got to get ready to go.”OSU’s first week off came after a 66-0 trampling of Kent State at home on Sept. 13. The Buckeyes followed that break with another win against Cincinnati before topping the Terrapins.Meyer said the team has a “standard operating procedure” for how game weeks are run, but he added he’ll meet with the team to discuss how to keep the momentum coming out of a week off.“I’m going to talk to them like grown men, say this is where we’re at, this is what we have to do,” he said. “You’ve had three days off, let’s pick up and go.”Even before the weekend off, the Buckeyes had a lighter week of practice than normal, senior linebacker Curtis Grant said, but that doesn’t mean the team slacked off.“We had a great practice for those last three days, it was very intense,” Grant said Monday. “But coach Meyer gave us a little bit of leeway. He didn’t really kill us last week. So we’ll be ready for this week.”While the offense continued a successful run of games against Maryland, the Buckeyes entered the bye week coming off one of their best defensive performances of the season. Grant and the rest of the OSU defense held the Terrapins to just 66 yards rushing and 310 yards total, coming out to an average of 4.8 yards per play.Redshirt-sophomore safety Tyvis Powell said having an extra week off after a strong performance can have one of two outcomes — one good and one bad.“They way I see it could be good is if we basically pick up where we left off, we get that momentum going, it’s good to keep it going and keep playing and progressing,” he said Monday. “But if we come back this week and be lackadaisical because we had a week off, then I could see where it could be bad.”Powell went on to say he expects the good possibility to be the outcome for the Buckeyes as they set their sights on another Big Ten game this weekend.Even though it could stunt momentum, there could still be positives of having an extra week off during the season.Junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker said the bye week was a chance to work on getting healthy, but added he could’ve done with a little bit less time off.“It’s nice to get some rest on the bye week and get your body back, start feeling a little better than you have,” he said Monday. “But then you see the other teams playing and it’s fun being out there. Definitely better than sitting at home.”While the Buckeyes did practice a few times during the week, a weekend off gave the players a chance to do things along the lines of sitting at home and watching football for a change, instead of playing it.Powell said he spent most of his Saturday watching football, and did it away from anyone else from the program.“Everybody went they own separate ways,” he said.But some players still made sure to stay close to teammates — at least partially — over the weekend. Senior wide receiver Evan Spencer said he and others from his position group spent Saturday watching football at wide receivers coach Zach Smith’s house.“It’s always good to just watch some football, because that’s what I’ve done my whole life,” Spencer said.He still found some time for personal life, though, as he said his “girlfriend kind of took over my weekend.”“I met with her, met her brother, and brother’s wife and son, then we went out to one of her friend’s house, so it was an eventful weekend,” he said.But not every player on the team even felt the need to go back home or spend time at a coach’s residence.Take senior tight end Jeff Heuerman for example: “How’d I spend my bye week? Went to Mexico.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the field on Saturday to face Rutgers at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.
Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate attacks the basket in the first half of the Buckeyes’ win against Miami on Dec. 30, 2017. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentEnding the nonconference schedule without a signature loss has proved as difficult as winning one of college basketball’s premier conferences the past two seasons for Ohio State.With a win against in-state opponent Miami (Ohio) Saturday, Chris Holtmann would finish his first nonconference schedule as the Buckeyes head coach without taking on substantial damage to its NCAA Tournament resume.Veterans Keita-Bates Diop, Kam Williams and Jae’Sean Tate didn’t allow the RedHawks (7-6) to ruin that narrative.Miami cut Ohio State’s 17-point, second-half lead to just five points in a little more than four minutes, but a 10-0 run with less than three minutes gave the Buckeyes (11-4) enough separation to finish upset-minded Miami, 72-59 in their final tuneup before 16 straight Big Ten games. Bates-Diop recorded 19 points and nine rebounds, guard C.J. Jackson, Williams and Tate finished with 16, 15 and 11 points, respectively.Ohio State accomplished its goal by ending the nonconference slate with a victory, but it wasn’t anywhere near the performance Holtmann envisioned.“We didn’t play with enough assertiveness,” Holtmann said. “I thought at times — more than at times — they were more physical than we were … I think we got to answer the bell better than we did today in terms of just playing with more physicality.”Leading by seven at the half, it seemed like just a matter of time before Ohio State began to run away with the game. It was quite the opposite.When Ohio State took its biggest lead of the game, Miami sophomore forward Bam Bowman, who entered the game averaging 4.8 points per game, hit three of his five triples to boost the RedHawks back into the game.Freshman Dalonte Brown made a layup with 6:03 remaining to cut the Miami deficit to just three. The next two possessions, Jackson and Williams hit back-to-back triples. Tate followed that up with a second-chance layup to give the Buckeyes a double-digit lead they would finally hold on to.There were certainly moments in the game Holtmann was recalling after the game when bringing up a lack of physicality, but the 10-0 stretch was identified as the moment Ohio State made winning plays.With five minutes remaining and Ohio State leading by six, Jackson rolled his ankle on a missed layup, creating a man-up transition opportunity for the RedHawks. Jackson hobbled back down to the weak-side of the floor and took a charge. Next possession, Jackson found Williams for a 3 that gave the Buckeyes a nine-point lead.“It was a really important play,” Holtmann said. “I’ve been on him, I’m on him a lot on those kind of things, but he’s really playing with a lot of confidence. He’s playing aggressively. He’s playing free and he’s making an impact on both ends.”Jackson had six assists to three turnovers Saturday as he continues to improve and gain confidence in the offense. But what Ohio State’s offense failed to do against Miami was put them away at the first chance.Even in the first half when Ohio State had a quick 5-0 run to lead by seven, Miami continued to trade buckets and keep the Buckeyes within arm’s reach.That’s a narrative that will have to change moving forward.“We just needed to get consistent stops,” Williams said. “We can’t trade baskets with anybody. Especially going into Big Ten play, you trade baskets, the next thing you know you’re down 20. We needed to nip that in the bud as soon as possible.”Notes:It was announced before the game that Tate had suffered a left shoulder sprain during practice Thursday and was questionable to play. Wearing a patch on his left shoulder, Tate remained in the starting lineup and played 28 minutes.The injury was unrelated to Tate’s past shoulder injuries, per a team spokesperson. Tate missed the remainder of his sophomore season after undergoing surgery on a torn labrum on the same shoulder in late February 2016.Holtmann said Tate was very limited in Friday’s practice and with the team having three days off for the holidays, Tate’s endurance has taken a hit.“I didn’t think he was in a very good rhythm. I didn’t think his conditioning was very good,” Holtmann said. “I just don’t know right now if he’s in a good-enough shape for him to play the way we want him to play, to be quite honest. It happens to anybody who’s been off, but he’s had more days off and he’s got to get in better shape.”Now, this isn’t a coach taking a shot at his senior leader. Holtmann has said before that Tate’s body is just prone to becoming out of shape quickly if he doesn’t have the constant stimulus of practice and games. The injury didn’t limit his range or the way he played the game, so it shouldn’t be a cause for concern. C.J. Jackson becoming reliable scorerBates-Diop has been the star on Ohio State’s team this year, which has diverted much of the attention away from Jackson who just scored double-digit points for the sixth time in the last seven games. With his 4-for-6 performance from 3 against Miami, Jackson is now shooting 43.8 percent from behind the arc.Bates-Diop shot just 6-of-18 overall and 0-for-6 from 3 Saturday. It’s likely he will have a few games like that moving forward in conference play, which is when Jackson’s contributions could be most important.Where does Ohio State stand?At 11-4, with two Big Ten wins and no signature losses, Ohio State is in a good spot for the only thing that matters in college basketball — the NCAA Tournament.“I look back at our nonconference as we complete it and I feel good about it,” Holtmann said. “Certainly there’s maybe one of two that we would’ve liked to win that particular game.”He will never discuss his team’s prospectus of making the tournament in late December, but he seems aware of areas the Buckeyes must improve on for the second half of the season.“Now the challenge is can we learn from some of these things where we have to get better,” he said. “Because if not, we’ll be in for a really, really challenging stretch.”
Sue Perkins discovered the Great British Bake Off was leaving the BBC after seeing the news on a friend’s Facebook page, it has emerged.The presenter, 47, was one a number of high-profile stars who declined to “go with the dough” and move with the programme to Channel 4 following a breakdown in negotiations last year.She has now revealed she was not told the corporation had lost the show and instead saw the news on social media.“I learnt the news from a friend’s Facebook page,” she said. “For a while it was really painful but everybody has to do as they see best. It was seven years of my life and it had seen me through highs and lows.” Meanwhile, Mel Giedroyc released a joint statement with Perkins confirming they had declined to “go with the dough” and admitting they made “no secret of our desire for the show to remain where it was”. In the interview with the Observer magazine, she also spoke fondly of her time with the programme. “For three months [a year] I would go off to a stately home, play whist with Mary Berry, see all my friends and meet some really great bakers,” she said. “Then, when it was all done, I’d go off on holiday.”The news that the hit baking show was moving to Channel 4 emerged last year after the BBC failed to pay £25million a year to keep it.Love Productions, the company behind Bake Off, made the announcement last September after “more than a year of exhaustive negotiations”.Perkins was one of several high-profile stars who announced they would not be following the show to Channel 4.Berry said she had decided to stay with the BBC “out of loyalty” to the corporation for nurturing her and the show from its beginnings. 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 revamped programme will now restart later this year after the BBC waived a legal clause preventing Channel 4 from showing it until 2018.Prue Leith will replace Berry and judge competitors alongside Paul Hollywood, while Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig will take over presenting duties.Perkins added: “They are all more than capable of turning out a brilliant show. The issue is chemistry.”The BBC declined to comment. Paul Hollywood, Mel Giedroyc, Mary Berry and Perkins pictured in a promotional shot for the last series of the show on the BBCCredit: Tom Graham
Grande’s music label, Universal Media Group said: “We are deeply saddened to learn of tonight’s devastating event in Manchester. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy.”Witnesses reported hearing two loud bangs coming from near the arena’s bars at about 10.35 p.m. “A huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena,” concertgoer Majid Khan, 22, told the Press Association. “It was one bang, and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us as they were trying to exit.” Prime Minister Theresa May suspended election campaigning and said the Government is working to establish “the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack.”She said her thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected. The government is expected to call an emergency Cabinet meeting.The incident is the most deadly terrorist incident in Britain since the London Underground bombings of July 7 2005.Police advised the public to avoid the area around the Manchester Arena, and the train station near the arena, Victoria Station, was evacuated and all trains canceled. Another concert-goer, Catherine Macfarlane, told Reuters: “We were making our way out and, when we were right by the door, there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming.””It was a huge explosion – you could feel it in your chest. It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out.”Manchester Arena, the largest indoor arena in Europe, opened in 1995 and has a capacity for 21,000 people, according to its website. It is a popular concert and sporting venue.Video from inside the arena showed concertgoers screaming as they made their way out amid a sea of pink balloons. US pop star Ariana Grande has said she is “broken” following the deadly terror attack on her concert at Manchester Arena, adding: “From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry.”The tweet came around five hours following an explosion that killed at least 22 people, including children, and injured more than 50 others. Police believe a lone suicide bomber was behind the atrocity.Earlier, a representative for Grande said in the immediate aftermath she was “Okay”, Variety reported.Miss Grande, a 23-year-old born in Florida, had already performed at concerts in Birmingham and Dublin as part of her European tour, and was due to make two appearances at London’s O2 venue on Thursday and Friday. Britain is on its second-highest alert level of “severe” meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely. Oliver Jones, 17, said: “The bang echoed around the foyer of the arena and people started to run.” broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017 Miss Grande said she is ‘broken’ by the terror attack, in which at least 22 people have died (file photo)Credit:AP 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.
Men who have taken ‘upskirt’ photographs have been prosecuted before under different laws.If Ms Martin had been in a place which would reasonably be expected to provide privacy, such as her home or a changing room, it could amount to voyeurism under section 67 of the Sexual Offences Act.However, a festival field would not fit under the remit of this law.’Upskirting’ can also come under the criminal offence of “outraging public decency” if two or more people see the photograph – but in Ms Miller’s case, no such charge was made. The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “The Met takes allegations of voyeurism seriously and does and will investigate them thoroughly. We use a range of policing tactics and deploy officers on specific operations to target this sort of criminal behaviour based on intelligence. We understand that it can be incredibly invasive and distressing for those that this happens to.”In this specific case we believed the allegation had originally been dealt with in line with the victim’s wishes. We have subsequently recontacted the victim and inquiries are ongoing.” ‘Upskirting’ steals sexual gratification without consent. Distresses.Victims feel helpless as to photo share Needs 2b sex offence #bbcradio4— Vera Baird DBE QC (@VeraBaird) August 5, 2017 When a man took a picture up Gina Martin’s skirt when she was enjoying herself at a festival, she was sure he could be punished.However, after being told he did nothing illegal, she has taken things into her own hands and started a campaign which has reverberated across the country – to make ‘upskirting’ a specific offence under the law.’Upskirting’ is the term for when people put cameras under unsuspecting women’s skirts and take a picture of their crotch, usually just before the woman notices what has happened.On the 8th July 2017, this happened to Ms Martin, who was at the British Summertime Festival. “At British Summer Time music festival in London, the two men whose faces I’ve obscured in the photo above were taking up-skirt photos of my -you know what I mean- without me knowing,” she wrote. “Please join me in calling on the Met Police to reopen my case and help me to get justice by prosecuting the men. ”She said that it is a common practice, and that police should take action.“This happens regularly to so many women and by putting pressure on the police to prosecute we’re also aiming to raise awareness nationwide that this is a crime,” she wrote.“We want the law to specify clearly that this is a sexual offence with a victim, by adding this offence to the Sexual Offences Act 2003.” After seeing the man standing in front of her had an image of a woman’s bare legs and crotch on his phone screen, she realised it was of her.She thought quickly and grabbed the phone, giving it to the festival staff, who called the police.The police arrived and asked the man to delete the photo. However, five days later, Ms Martin was told the case was closed as the police said the man hadn’t broken any laws.Ms Martin, a 25-year-old writer from London, started a petition to change this.The campaign to make upskirt photos illegal under the Sexual Offences Act of 2003 has been signed by more than 53,000 people. Her petition “Something has to change here, and that’s why I’m campaigning to make upskirt photography a sexual offence. Scotland just did it. So we could too.”My case has since been reopened and I hope that the men are prosecuted. But this isn’t just about my case. My next step is to have the laws amended so that upskirt photos are listed as a sexual offence and a “victim crime”, not a public nuisance.”Since she started her petition, the Metropolitan Police re-opened her case.The Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Dame Vera Baird told the Today programme on Saturday that upskirting “needs to be an offence, there is no doubt about it”. Ms Martin also doesn’t think it is good enough that it can only fall under outraging public decency to take a photograph up a woman’s skirt.She told the BBC: “I found out that the one law I could charge under was an old common law called “outraging public decency” – a law that states something lewd or indecent happened in public and at least two people saw it. Ironically, it is usually applied to flashers. So, to put it plainly, the only law that protects a victim of upskirting in England and Wales is one that worries about what the public saw, not the victim who’s been harassed.”It’s an old law too – victims don’t push for it because they don’t know about it. If they had known about that law would the police have dealt with my case differently? I stand with @marcjoneslincs. Join us in calling for upskirting to be a sexual offences. 📣📣📣 https://t.co/pSI0SGqgXc— Gina Martin (@beaniegigi) August 8, 2017 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.
“I can see that health and safety could provide a legitimate justification in specific instances, but as a point of general application I am very cautious. “Indeed, it seems to me that a blanket ban such as this potentially has the opposite effect – take for example a situation where a member of staff is seeking to understand instructions given to them in English, where English is not their first language, by confirming his/her understanding in his/her native language with a colleague. It is not just the speaking, but also the reception, of English that is at issue here.”Nick Wilcox, a senior associate at Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP, said that any large scale action could prove costly for the company as claims for discrimination are not capped in the way that those for unfair dismissal are. A worker can make a discrimination claim from the moment that they are engaged in the interview process. Sports Direct has admitted it was behind a notice which appeared in its Bangor store and ordered staff to speak only English at workCredit: Daily Post Wales They said it was “not intended to restrict the use of the Welsh language” and they would review the wording, although they did not respond to a request to clarify whether the amendments would apply across the UK. It is the latest in a long line of criticism over the Sports Direct’s working practices, including staff being paid below the minimum wage and searching its staff as they leave the warehouses. A report by the Business, Innovation and Skills committee found last year that the employees were “as commodities rather than as human beings”. Sports Direct may face a flood of legal claims after banning staff from speaking to each other in any language except English, experts said.The company told all its UK staff that for “health and safety” reasons workers should not speak in any foreign tongue even when having private conversations. The notice read: “English is the official language of the company and should be used at all times when carrying out company business, unless otherwise specified.”It has come to our attention that some members of staff are speaking in languages other than English whilst carrying out their duties.”We would like to take this opportunity to remind staff that they must speak in English at all times when they are at work, in order that they can be understood by all members of staff; this includes any personal conversations that may be taking place during work time.It claims that speaking any other language poses a variety of “risks” to the company, including “health and safety issues”. A spokesman for the company apologised for any “misunderstanding and upset caused”. They said in a statement: “Sports Direct issued a notice to all stores in the UK on our language policy. It was intended to ensure that all staff, who attended briefings on health and safety and other important issues, fully understood the content of these communications. English is the most common language used by our multi lingual staff, and therefore, the most likely to be understood by all. Employment law experts last night warned that it could see them facing a raft of claims for indirect discrimination. The dictat first emerged in a store in Bangor, where workers pointed out that it effectively banned them communicating in their own language in their own country. The Welsh Language Commissioner has launched an investigation into the policy, which was described by critics as “discriminatory and offensive”.Sport’s Direct, which originally said it was not an official directive, later admitted that it was notice that had been issued to all stores in the UK. The Equality and Human Rights Commission said that there must be a “clear business reason” and the “requirement needs to be proportionate” if a company orders workers to communicate in a certain language. The company, which employs more than 18,000 people, could face a raft of employment tribunal claims in the wake of the instruction. David Hodge, Principal Lawyer at Slater and Gordon, said: “As I understand it, Sports Direct is seeking to apply a blanket policy to all staff, but it would seem reasonable to assume that this policy will adversely impact those who are not native English speakers. “This potentially gives rise to a claim of indirect race discrimination and the question then turns to whether there is objective justification for that policy. 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. Staff are told that they are free to speak any language they wish “outside of work time”, but are warned that failure to adhere to the policy may lead to disciplinary procedures.
The pair were taken to Ninewells Hospital “Both are currently undergoing treatment at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee as a result of injuries sustained during the incident at Perth.”The incident has been referred to the police watchdog, the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner. The pair were escorted from a train in Perth A teenager and a 45-year-old man who were missing for three days have been arrested after they sustained injuries during an incident in the back of a police van.Stuart Lymer and the 17-year-old, both from Staffordshire, were found at Perth railway station on Monday and were being taken to the nearby police headquarters. The teenager is understood to have suffered a knife injury to the throat.Police in Staffs had previously issued an appeal to trace the pair, who are being treated at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. Their injuries are not thought to be life threatening and police said they were expected to appear in court from custody over the coming days after being released from hospital.Assistant Chief Constable John Hawkins said: “Following an incident yesterday within a police vehicle in Perth, a 45-year-old man and 17-year-old woman have been arrested. A spokesman for the Pirc said: “We can confirm that we have received a referral from Police Scotland in relation to the serious injury of a 17-year-old woman and 45-year-old man who were being transferred in a police vehicle to Perth Police Office on 5 March, 2018. “Our investigation is ongoing and it would be inappropriate to comment further.”
The King George Hospital in Barley Lane, Goodmayes, Essex, where the Sri Lankan family were given medical attention She was anxious that Nilujan was “crying continuously”, but the judge said: “Her attempts to draw attention to her concern in this regard were effectively ignored.”The ward was busy and Mrs Rajatheepan, of Lavender Place, Ilford, had “a propensity simply to smile at people when she caught their eye.”She had, “albeit timidly”, approached the midwive’s station in a bid to draw attention to her concerns, but the judge said she was “ignored”.Midwives gave her “false reassurance” by “repeating the mantra that it is perfectly normal for new born baby’s to cry.”The hospital’s midwifery team should have contacted the NHS “language line” for help, or called for an interpreter, he ruled.The judge added: “The reality is that no one ever in fact gave Mrs Rajatheepan a clear and understandable explanation of the importance of feeding.”Because of the language barrier, she had been unable to communicate her concerns to hospital staff.”The end result was that Mrs Rajatheepan was discharged home too early and, had she been kept in hospital overnight, Nilujan would have escaped injury.”In the circumstances, I would enter judgment in favour of the claimant with damages to be assessed,” the judge concluded. Nilujan’s NHS compensation award has yet to be assessed, but is likely to be a multi-million-pound sum, given the extent of his disabilities.Wendy Matthews, director of midwifery, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, said later: “We would like to say sorry again to Nilujan and the Rajatheepan family and express our sincere sympathies to them.”We are considering the judgment and the implications of the judge’s ruling in this case.”Although we have made huge improvements since this incident occurred in 2009, we will take the opportunity to review it closely and see if there are any more lessons about our post-natal care that we can learn.” Because of the language barrier, she “did not and could not reasonably have been expected to have understood” the advice she was given. Because she only knew a few basic words of English, she was never given proper instructions about how to feed her son.The mother and baby were discharged home too early and, due to poor feeding, Nilujan suffered irreversible brain damage, the judge added.Mrs Rajatheepan, 29, and her husband Sivarajah, came to Britain from their native Sir Lanka as refugees in 2008.The judge said the young mother was “certainly unable to understand anything but the simplest of instructions” and only when accompanied by hand gestures.He added the brain damage he suffered was “caused as a result of poor feeding”.Midwives were adamant that they were well used to patients with language difficulties and had properly instructed Mrs Rajatheepan how to feed her baby.But the judge said: “The overwhelming weight of the evidence is that Mrs Rajatheepan had very little ability with the English language.”She was certainly unable to understand anything but the simplest of instructions and only then when accompanied with appropriate hand gestures.”He added: “The sad reality is that Mrs Rajatheepan did not, in fact, ever get any instruction on how to feed properly.”Still less did she receive any instruction on what to look out for and what to do if feeding was unsuccessful”. A Sri Lankan refugee who could not speak English has won a legal battle against the NHS after her child was brain damaged after hospital staff did not explain the importance of feeding a newborn.Nilujan Rajatheepan was in good condition when he was delivered by caesarean section at King George Hospital in Goodmayes, Essex in July 2009. His parents are Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka and his mother, Sinthiya, was 21 when Nilujan was born and spoke only very few words of English. When the community midwife visited the family at home after the birth, Nilujan was pale and lethargic, having not been fed for more than 15 hours. His hypoglycemic state resulted in catastrophic brain injuries. Nilujan, now eight, has cerebral palsy with severely impaired physical and cognitive function. On Friday in London, Judge McKenna ruled that Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Foundation Trust was liable.He ruled midwives failed to hire an interpreter to tell her to feed her baby and the eight-year-old is now in line for multi-million-pound NHS compensation because midwives were negligent in failing to tackle the language barrier.Judge McKenna said medics at King George’s Hospital ended up “effectively ignoring” Sinthiya Rajatheepan’s concerns about her crying baby. 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.
Angry customers who say they have endured months of leaks have hit out at United Utilities after the water company imposed a hosepipe ban.Many have accused the company of ignoring water leaks to boost profits, as reservoir levels fall low after a dry start to the summer.Millions of people in the North West will be forbidden from using hoses or sprinklers from August 5 unless there is a sustained and unexpected period of rain in the next three weeks.The announcement follows the long-running blaze on Saddleworth Moor, near Manchester, where emergency services relied on hundreds of thousands of gallons a day from nearby mains water sources to protect life and property. The company said the firefighting effort, which involved helicopter water dumps, coincided with a 25 per cent increase in customer demand in what is thought to be the longest heatwave since 1976.Customers have blamed the company for not fixing leaks, and say the ban could have been avoided. No other water company is yet putting a ban in place, with Anglian Water saying it is business as usual despite serving one of the driest parts of the country.Reservoirs in East Anglia remain full, with some at 93 per cent, which is above average for this time of year.”We’re used to lots of people needing water, and having little rain – ours is the driest region in the UK with just two thirds of the national average rainfall, and it’s also one of the fastest growing,” Paul Valleley, Director of Water Services for Anglian Water said.”Two of the five fastest growing cities are in our patch, with new homes being built all the time. So it’s something we have been planning for and investing in for a long time.” Essex Water proudly tweeted photographs of its full reservoirs, although it told customers to avoid running the tap while washing up. Sophie Gorner wrote: “Hosepipe ban…3 1/2 months there’s been a leak on this hill. It’s gushing down and all they’ve done is mark it…. this is the main issue round here! One tweeted: “Wait… So I have a hosepipe ban next month when there has been a leak at the end of my street for over a month?? (still a leak, not been fixed) How many litres could have been saved if that had been fixed? (btw, its a quite serious leak)” 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 United Utilities spokesperson said: “Reducing leaks is a top priority. We have cut leakage by half since the 1990s and are working hard to do even more. For instance we now use satellites to help to detect leaks and we have just recruited a team of sniffer dogs trained to pinpoint leaks in rural areas where the water does not always show on the surface.” Twitter user Lucy complained: “I am not entirely sure why the NW are getting a hosepipe ban when we’ve had 2 days of rain and no doubt we’ll have much more over the rest of July and August”Professor David Hall from the University of Greenwich, an expert on the water industry, told the BBC that privatised water firms have an incentive not to fix too many leaks, because the cost of work would bite into profits.”They can’t recoup the cost of making reductions in leakage levels except by reducing profits, that’s not what they want to do,” he said.”If the leakage levels were not so high, the daily volume of water delivered would be higher, therefore we would reach the point of hosepipe bans much later.”Any restriction on water use is a restriction on people’s quality of life.” Andrew Tucker, water efficiency manager at Thames Water, said: “We’ve really ramped up our water saving efforts to meet the record demand levels during the ongoing heatwave. That’s why we’re also asking our customers to care for water as much as possible and see if there are any simple changes they can make to help ensure there is enough to go around, and prevent the need for restrictions later in the year. Some water companies, however, are advising customers to preserve water as resources threaten to dwindle.Thames Water has advised customers to re-use paddling pool water to water the garden and bathe children, and said gardeners should hold off on watering the lawn.The water company also advised customers take 4-minute showers instead of having a bath, and wash the car with a sponge instead of a hose. The hot weather means we’re seeing a huge increase in demand for water in the area. As a result of the amount of water being used, some areas are experiencing low water pressure, particularly at peak times. This is because water cannot travel around the network quickly enough.— Thames Water (@thameswater) July 16, 2018 “[The] hosepipe ban is ridiculous if they won’t fix a leak that has been reported numerous times over 3 1/2 months. Gallons must have been wasted and all they’ve done is draw a box around it. We’re suffering die [sic] to their lack of care.” Why don’t you fix the leaks instead of imposing a hosepipe ban? You lost 454 megalitres through leakage in the last year. You can’t expect us to save water if you don’t.— Kirsty Hewitt (@hewittkirsty) July 17, 2018 @VictoriaLIVE hosepipe ban is ridiculous if they won’t fix a leak that has been reported numerous times over 3 1/2 months. Gallons must have been wasted and all they’ve done is draw a box around it. We’re suffering die to their lack of care. pic.twitter.com/nQoc2vZQXw— Sophie Gorner (@SophieGorner) July 17, 2018 “Water is a precious resource and, with a growing population and impact of climate change, there will continue to be pressure on the supplies across our region.”Those in the Midlands need not expect water restrictions. South Staffs Water, which supplies more than a million customers, said: “The water levels in our reservoirs are healthy – we’ve got no issues.”Severn Trent Water, which serves more than 4 million homes and businesses in the Midlands and mid-Wales, said similar, adding that its reservoirs are in a “healthy position”.Wessex Water has not implemented a hosepipe ban since 1976, and said there are no plans to do so this year.However, it did advise customers to do one less load in the washing machine and leave their lawns to go brown.
Golden eagles have been released in the south of Scotland as part of a £1.3 million project to boost the iconic raptors in an area where there numbers are at a historic low.Three chicks were transported from eyries in the Highlands to a secret location in the Moffat Hills.The South of Scotland Eagle Project is now calling on volunteers to support project staff, and the Scottish Raptor Study Group, in monitoring sightings of the birds.The project chairman, Mark Oddy, said: “Arguably Scotland’s most iconic bird, in recent decades the south Scotland golden eagle population has been small and fragmented.”We want to give it a helping hand to overcome problems in the past which have limited the size and viability of the population. “It is amazing to see the first of our chicks now settling down and soaring majestically above the Moffat Hills.”The chicks were collected under licence earlier this year before being reared in large aviaries to allow them to adjust to their new habitat before their release.The birds were named Edward, Beaky and Emily by children from Moffat Primary School, St Peters Primary School in Galashiels and Priorsford Primary School in Peebles.Project partners including Scottish Land & Estates, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Buccleuch and the Southern Uplands Partnership and RSPB Scotland, have been working for more than 11 years on the National Lottery-funded scheme. Roseanna Cunningham, the Environment Minister, said: ”In bolstering golden eagle numbers in the South of Scotland, the project will add to the biodiversity of the area, as well as potentially attracting more visitors, with the accompanying economic benefits that brings.” 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. An eagle chick before its releaseCredit:PA
NHS IT systems that are “downright dangerous” are risking the lives of patients, the new Health Secretary has warned.Matt Hancock vowed to “bring the NHS into the 21st century” as he launched a ‘bonfire of the fax machines’ and waged war on outdated technology.Writing in The Telegraph, he said the lack of basic systems to transfer vital patient information was hindering the efforts of medics, paramedics and nurses to save lives.“The fact that your hospital can’t see your GP record, or that you as a patient don’t have control over your own data, or that even within the same hospital different departments have to write down basic details is expensive, frustrating for staff, and risks patient safety,” Mr Hancock warned, highlighting a recent tragic case.Tamara Mills, 13, from Newcastle, died of a fatal asthma attack, despite having been seen by health professionals 47 times in different parts of the NHS.But the lack of a clear record, showing repeated trips to Accident & Emergency departments, and increased reliance on medication, meant no-one detected that her condition was deteriorating before her death in 2015. “A world where we ask an ill patient over and over for their past medical history is a problem. A world in which a hospital can’t pull up a patient’s GP record to see the reason for stopping and starting medications is downright dangerous,” he writes.Today the Health Secretary, appointed in July, will announce a £200m fund to assist NHS trusts in developing systems which work across the NHS, and ensure patient records can be safely accessed.He will tell a conference that the generic technology available outside the NHS is “a million times better” than that in use by doctors and nurses.And Mr Hancock is expected to announce that a new NHS app will begin being tested in five parts of the country by the end of this month, enabling patients to book GP appointments, access the NHS 111 service, view their medical records and record their organ donation preferences.The scheme will be tested in Liverpool, Hastings, Bristol, Staffordshire and South Worcestershire, and is due to be rolled out nationally by the end of this year.Two weeks ago, the former culture secretary spent a night shift with crews from the London Ambulance Service, and staff at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. 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. Describing Britain as a “global leader” in AI and genonomics, he will say the NHS had the opportunities to be the best in the world at health technology, using it to save lives.Later this year, he will unveil a 10 year plan for the NHS, setting out how a £20bn funding boost will be spent, having already said that technology, development of the NHS workforce and prevention of illness will be his major priorities. He said he was left impressed by the “amazing” staff – but shocked by the systems they were forced to battle with.“I was struck during those 12 hours by the dedication and camaraderie of the staff, and the ability of the medics, paramedics and nurses to administer care with compassion and impart huge amounts of complex information while under pressure. But perhaps more than these things, I was struck by how far we need to go to fix our stuttering IT systems,” he writes.“For years we’ve spoken about the importance of national interoperability standards, meaning systems which can talk to each other, but I still saw staff resorting to pen and paper because their own networks simply couldn’t communicate.”“And don’t get me started on the fact the NHS remains one of the largest buyers of fax machines on the planet,” Mr Hancock continued, signalling frustration.The Health Secretary said the NHS could not afford to shy away from reform, despite its chequered history with IT.Today he will urge NHS managers at the Health and Care Innovation Expo, in Manchester to seize the opportunties of cutting edge technlogy, like artificial intelligence – and to get on with fixing the basics. Dawn Wilson’s 13-year-old daughter Tamara Mills died after being seen by 47 different NHS professionalsCredit:Craig Connor/NNP Mr Hancock, who has made technology one of his key priorities for the NHS, suggested the lack of basic interoperability between hospitals, GPs and ambulance services is costing lives.
An AA spokesperson added: “If they implement a 15mph limit, what is there to gain? “What happens with 20mph zones is they bring the vast majority of drivers below 30mph. “The majority of drivers drive at 25mph in these areas and we would get the same with 15mph zones.”London traffic moves no faster than a horse and cart anyway and it won’t help with pollution as you have more cars stopping and starting all the time.” “Slower speeds save lives and help make our streets more liveable environments.” Chris Hayward, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee said: “The radical proposals follow visits last year to New York City, Paris and Stockholm to learn from other cities’ efforts to reduce congestion, manage freight and wider transport projects applicable to dense city centres. The AA and IAM suggested efforts should instead be concentrated on road safety infrastructure like crossings, pinch points and speed humps to encourage drivers to stay within speed limits.Councils are currently able to set their own speed limits on local roads with many bringing in 20mph zones around schools and in town centres.But some authorities have questioned its effectiveness.In June Hampshire County Council declared it would no longer implement 20mph limits because it had not noticed any improvements in terms of road accidents.But road safety charity Brake said actions designed to reduce speed would help save lives as it hailed the idea.A spokesperson said: “Speed is a critical factor in many deaths on our roads, and we welcome any measure that can help make communities safer. 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. Plans to introduce ‘safer’ 15mph zones on major city roads would be worse for the environment than higher speeds, motoring campaigners warned.The City of London Corporation this week unveiled draft proposals to reduce speed limits in the Square Mile as part of its first ever long-term strategy to improve road safety and cut pollution.Officials said while 20mph zones had helped to curtail the number of deaths and serious injuries to cyclists in the City, record levels of workers meant the overall number of fatalities had not decreased.The corporation, which governs the City of London, suggested a city-wide 15mph restriction could help “eliminate” deaths on the streets by encouraging motorists to show safer behaviours behind the wheel.The Department for Transport would have to approve any 15mph restriction, thought to be the first of its kind on city centre roads, which the corporation said it wants to adopt by 2022.But motoring groups IAM RoadSmart and The AA claimed the the move would not help save lives and could even worsen pollution levels with the constant stop-start of engines causing more harmful emissions to be released.IAM RoadSmart spokesman Rodney Kumar, said: “IAM RoadSmart is against blanket reductions to 20mph as is the case in many town centres, and we don’t see a proposed reduction to 15mph having the desired effect in terms of congestion, pollution or road safety.
This series will be based in the CairngormsCredit:Getty “This will be their chance to create brand new, never before published, data that will help us to understand our garden wildlife better. We’re a nation of gardeners and I know we can do it. We’re relying on everyone to join us and help make a difference.”The Springwatch presenters hope their show can provide practical tips to those wishing to do their bit for nature, in a time when acceptance of climate change is ever increasing, without being downbeat.Michaela Strachan said: “It’s really important when you’re trying to get a message across to have some humour and I think a lot of conservation doesn’t have any humour at all, and it’s all depressing, so you need the balance.”You have our programme that has the science, the beauty, the conservation stuff. Positive stuff you can do. “And then you have the news that tells you the hardcore conservation stuff and the political stuff.”I think they’re all as equally as important as each other.”Presenters will broadcast from the one of the wildest parts of the UK, the Cairngorms National Park, when the show returns to TV screens. Coverage will include tracking ospreys, wildcats, martens, and the seasonal cycles of wildlife in the Cairngorms.BBC Two’s Springwatch 2019 airs Monday to Thursday for three weeks from Monday May 27. BBC Springwatch is to enlist an army of nature-loving viewers to catalogue British gardens, as presenters set a weekly quiz question to gather data.The show will this series launch the biggest “Gardenwatch” survey of its kind, asking viewers to complete an assessments on bird behaviour, a register of common mammals, and a headcount of earthworms in their soil. The “citizen science project” will then be analysed by conservationists to build a more complete picture of garden habitats, with a spokesman confirming “all the data collected will help to map the health of the UK’s wildlife up and down the country”. By the time Autumnwatch comes around, the BBC said, the Gardenwatch survey will be analysed by British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) scientists and the results shared with viewers.The survey will be launched when Springwatch returns to BBC Two later this month. Rosemary Edwards, executive producer of the show, said: “Our Springwatch viewers have proved over and over that they are amazing citizen scientists, turning out every year to help our wildlife partners with a huge amount of data collecting. “This year we need people more than ever to participate in the Gardenwatch survey. 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. Meanwhile women’s share of global wealth is reportedly rising and a record number of women appeared in Forbes’ annual World’s Billionaire rankings last year.More than 60 per cent of the UK’s wealth is expected to be in the hands of women by 2025.Lisa Francis, CEO of Barclays Private Bank, UK and Ireland, said: “Reports show that women are out-living men. They are often the family matriarchs being left with significant wealth.”The Telegraph’s Women Mean Business campaign has fought to get better access to funding for female founders, who typically receive less than 10 per cent of start-up funding in this country. According to the UK’s biggest ever study into the female experience of wealth, nearly a quarter of women (23 per cent) see wealth as a symbol of freedom and independence. Young women are turning their back on sharing wealth with their partner, a survey has revealed, as they gravitate towards being financially independent.A survey of nearly 4,000 British women found that 31 per cent of those aged between 16 and 34 opted against sharing financial assets with their significant other.Meanwhile the majority of those aged over 55 choose to share their wealth, with only 26 per cent not doing so, according to the study by Netwealth.It said a “backdrop of later-in-life marriages, higher divorce rates and increased financial earnings” had prompted the shift.Netwealth CEO Charlotte Ransom said: “The traditional approach to managing finances jointly is being overturned by a new generation of financially more autonomous females.”With women increasingly entering marriage later in life, after years of earning their own income and controlling their own finances, it’s unsurprising that many are turning their back on a ‘what’s mine is yours’ approach.”Nearly half of women (45 per cent) keeping their wealth separate said it was to maintain financial independence.Two fifths (40 per cent) prefer to manage their money themselves, while 15 per cent do not believe their partner is entitled to their assets, the study revealed.Some 3,876 women aged 16 and over were questioned across two surveys in May and June.
On February 4, 2018, Guyana signed an Air Services Agreement with Singapore.This is according to a statement from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) which posited that under the Agreement, the airlines of Guyana and Singapore will be able to fly any number of services between both countries as well as beyond to any third country, with no restrictions on capacity, frequency, aircraft type and routing.Additionally, cargo carriers will be able to base aircraft in each other’s countries and use the base as a hub for operations to any third country.The agreement also makes provision for code-sharing where airlines of both countries can partner with other airlines to facilitate services to each others market.The Air Services Agreement (ASA) was signed on the sidelines of the Singapore Leadership Summit and Airshow 2018 by Singapore’s Minister for Education (Schools) and Second Minister for Transport, Ng Chee Meng, and Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Ms Annette Ferguson.Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Ms Annette Ferguson and Singapore’s Minister for Education (Schools) and Second Minister for Transport, Ng Chee Meng following the agreement signingAccording to GCCA, at the signing Minister Ng said, “we are very pleased to conclude this Open Skies Agreement, which will fully liberalise air services between Singapore and Guyana. This is testament to the strong bilateral relationship between Singapore and Guyana. This agreement will open up new opportunities for our carriers, enable greater movement of people and goods between the two countries, and benefit our economies and businesses.”Speaking at the signing ceremony, Minister Ferguson remarked that Singapore has been a friend of Guyana and provided support for Guyana in the form of training and capacity building for the aviation and maritime sectors.Many Guyanese, over the years would have benefited from fellowships and scholarships offered by the Government of Singapore. Complementing the existing relationship, this agreement creates opportunities for both countries to explore deeper trade relations.Changi Airport in Singapore is one of the busiest airports in the world facilitating the movement of some 60 million passengers annually from at least 100 countries.The GCCA posited that the signature of this Air Services Agreement is the first of 21 such agreements recently approved by the Cabinet for signature. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNew Ghanaian High Commissioner pays courtesy call on GCAAMay 31, 2019In “latest news”Guyana to ink open skies agreement with TanzaniaDecember 14, 2018In “latest news”Guyana signs open skies agreements with India, South Korea, Dominican RepublicDecember 28, 2016In “Business”
The town of Paradise was gutted by the blaze (AFP/ Getty Images)(BBC) The number of people missing in northern California’s devastating wildfire has leapt to more than 600, and seven more bodies have been found, according to local authorities.The missing persons’ list has doubled since earlier on Thursday.The Camp Fire, the state’s deadliest and most destructive blaze, has killed at least 63 people. Nearly 12,000 buildings have been destroyed.Three more people have also died in the Woolsey Fire, further south.President Donald Trump will travel to California on Saturday to survey the damage and meet those affected.About 9,400 firefighters are currently battling wildfires across the state.The Camp Fire – which broke out eight days ago – swept through a swathe of the north at high speed, leaving residents little time to escape.Why such a big jump in the missing?The official list more than doubled from 300 to 631 on Thursday.At a news briefing, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said this was because investigators had thoroughly cross-checked their information, including emergency calls made since the Camp Fire started on 8 November.“I want you to understand that the chaos we were dealing with was extraordinary,” Mr Honea said.He stressed that the number of the missing would most likely fluctuate.“If you look at that list and see your name, or the name of a friend or loved one, please call to let us know,” Mr Honea appealed to the public.What’s the latest on the firefighting operation?The California Fire Department says it has now contained about 40% of the Camp Fire blaze.“We continue to engage in the fire fight. We continue to keep our eye on the ball,” chief fire department official Ken Pimlott said.Officials say they do not expect to fully contain the blaze – which has razed 145,000 acres (56,600 ha) – until the end of the month.They are also battling several other fires. The Woolsey Fire in Ventura County near Los Angeles covers nearly 100,000 acres and is 62% contained.The smaller Hill Fire, also in Ventura County, covers 4,530 acres and is 99% contained. The Morgan Fire in Contra Costa County, near San Francisco, covers 20 acres and is 60% contained.The worst-hit area is the town of Paradise, with officials saying it will need a “total rebuild” job that will take several years.Brock Long, administrator of Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema), said the damage to Paradise was “one of the worst disasters” he had ever seen.Military troops are assisting forensics teams and cadaver dogs as they continue to search for human remains.Officials have warned the search operation could take weeks.Why are the fires burning?Officials have not yet confirmed what started any of the blazes, as investigations are continuing.Several people have already filed a lawsuit against a local power company, alleging that the Camp Fire started when a high-voltage transmission line failed.Historically, California’s “wildfire season” started in summer and ran into early autumn – but experts have warned that the risk is now year-round.Low humidity, warm winds, and dry ground after a rain-free month have produced a prime fire-spreading environment. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCalifornia wildfires: Death toll rises to 25November 11, 2018In “latest news”‘Come and get me,’ boy pleaded before California fire deathJuly 30, 2018In “World”Global natural disasters wreak US$160-b damage in 2018January 8, 2019In “World”