India produced a disciplined allround performance to notch up a convincing seven-wicket victory over the West Indies in a rain-affected second one-day International and also take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series here. Score | PhotosVirat Kohli (81) played a stellar hand in first partnering opener Parthiv Patel (56) for 120-run second wicket stand and then withstanding the little tremor induced by the rain breaks.Chasing 241 to win, India were 100 for one in 22 overs when a sharp passing shower made the square unfit to play for 85 minutes. The rain break reduced the visitors innings to 37 overs and the target was revised to 183, implying they needed 83 runs from 90 deliveries.India achieved the target comfortably losing the wickets of Parthiv Patel (56) and Virat Kohli (81) in 33.4 overs.Earlier, India restricted West Indies to 240 for nine after skipper Suresh Raina won the toss and elected to field at the Queen’s Park Oval.Amit Mishra (4/31) and Munaf Patel (3/35) struck in the late moments to stop the runflow and trigger a collapse after the Caribbeans went off to a good start.For the hosts, Ramnaresh Sarwan (56) and Lendl Simmons (53) cracked individual half-centuries up the order but their middle-order crumbled, slipping from 175 for three in 34 overs to 229 for nine in 48.5 overs.Chasing the revised target, Patel left early, caught behind off a tickle, but Kohli held firm and was well supported by stand-in skipper Suresh Raina (26) who brought an early end to the innings.India were off to a poor start when left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan (3) guided a Ravi Rampaul delivery into the hands of gully fielder.advertisementBut Kohli was in his element from the very start and rarely hit the ball in the air, a contrast with Parthiv Patel who scooped and flicked in vacant places at will.Kohli completed his 2000 runs in ODI internationals with a sweep off Devendra Bishoo. It has taken him only 53 innings — the second fastest behind the joint record holder Navjot Singh Sidhu and Sourav Ganguly (52 innings each).None of the West Indian bowlers made any impression and the biggest flops were the local boys — Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo — who made little impression with either bat or ball.Patel, during his gritty knock, faced 64 balls and hit two fours and two sixes.Kohli, who hit six fours and one six in his 103-ball innings, was finally dismissed in the last ball of the 31st over when looking for a six, he ended up holing out to Pollard off Bishoo at long-off.Raina’s brief cameo of runs came off 19 balls and contained one four and a six.Earlier, leg-spinner Mishra took four for 31 with his sharply turning leg-breaks to keep West Indies down to 240 for nine after the hosts had threatened to run up a bigger total at one stage.Munaf Patel (3 for 35) too played a good supporting hand as the West Indies lost six wickets for 48 runs in the final nine overs.An entertaining 36 for Marlon Samuels and a hectic eighth wicket 31-run stand between skipper Darren Sammy (22 not out) and Ravi Rampaul (14) gave the Caribbeans some momentum but in the end the total was not enough.Earlier, openers Simmons and Kirk Edwards (25) provided the perfect platform with 57 runs by the 13th over as they feasted on some rugged fielding and wayward bowling.Edwards’ first four flicked bowler Munaf Patel’s raised hand to go to long-on fence and the next one was crashed past covers in the fourth over.Moving into his stride, Edwards smote Praveen Kumar at the other end over mid-on, hurrying Indians to bring on leg-spinner Amit Mishra in the eighth over.Simmons survived a caught behind in the 10th over after Munaf Patel overstepped the bowling crease.Mishra was impressive from the word go but Simmons was confident enough to sweep him for four.Harbhajan Singh, introduced in the 12th over, had a horrid start as he either bowled too wide or too full to go for 24 runs in his first two overs.There were two deliveries which spun past leg stump to go for wide fours and then Edwards launched into a ferocious hit straight down the ground for a six.Mishra gave Indians the first breakthrough after a sharply turning leg-break took the edge of Edwards’ bat to nestle into the gloves of Parthiv Patel.However, Simmons was unperturbed as he smacked Mishra over midwicket for a six and later dished out the same treatment to Yusuf Pathan to bring up his half century in the 25th over with the score reading 114 for one.advertisementNew man Sarwan and Simmons forged a 67-run partnership before the opener was departed in the 27th over in a rather ungainly manner when he rushed down the wicket and Patel stumped him off a wide delivery.Sarwan though had dropped anchor at the other end and once powerfully square cut Harbhajan to the fence and then deftly guided Munaf past vacant slips for four.His new partner Marlon Samuels was more aggressive as he stylishly drove Mishra to the cover fence and then pulled Yusuf behind square leg for another four.In this eventful over, he smote the next ball for a six but then was fooled by a slow wide floater to be out stumped.Sarwan then brought up his 37th ODI fifty with a boundary of Praveen Kumar but the right-handed batsman gifted his wicket away, hitting a rank full toss from Munaf Patel into the hands of the deep square leg fielder Amit Mishra.With Pollard next in line, West Indies asked for the batting powerplay at 192 for four in the 42nd overs and it turned out to be a disaster spell for them.Pollard survived three ball before his attempted sweep made him a leg-before candidate for naught. Bravo (8) stroked one in the deep as if to give catching practice to Harbhajan Singh and wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh completely misjudged a googly from Mishra to be bowled.West Indies made 29 runs from the five overs of batting powerplay, losing three wickets.Skipper Sammy and Rampaul then freed their arms for some entertaining hits before Munaf ended the pyrotechnics of this pair with two wickets in his final over.Rampaul was caught in the deep and young Bishoo could only guide a rising delivery into the hands of the wicketkeeper.- With PTI inputs
Kolkata, Nov 24 (PTI) Former India captain Sourav Ganguly today said that he was “desperate” to become the national coach but ended up being an administrator.”You should do what you can and not thinking about the outcome. You never know where life goes, you never know where life will take you. I went to Australia in 1999, I wasnt even the vice-captain. Sachin (Tendulkar) was the captain and in three months I became the captain of India,” he said.”When I got into administration, I was desperate to be the coach of the national side. (Jagmohan) Dalmiya called me and said why you dont you try for six months. He passed away and none was around, so I became the CAB president. People take 20 years to become president. You have to live for the day,” Ganguly said while speaking at the India Today Conclave East 2017.He also spoke about his controversial face-off with coach Greg Chappell and why he called it quits.One of the most successful Indian captains Ganguly was dropped in January 2006 but made a comeback against South Africa in the Johannesburg Test in December and went on to score an unbeaten 51.In the home series against Pakistan in 2007, Ganguly notched up a century and a double hundred before retiring against Australia in the Nagpur Test in November 2008.”As I announced retirement in 2008, Sachin came at lunch and asked me why did you take such a decision? I said because I dont want to play any more. He then said this is the best time to see you play in such flow. Last three years had been your best.advertisement”I retired because at some point youve had enough. The reason is not because you have had enough of playing the sport but because youve had enough of getting selected all the time. I remember those days and think individual sports is a lot better when you are not dependent on team.”Ganguly said the biggest problem in a team sport is the fact that one gets selected by others, so even if one works well, he/she may not get a place in the side.”I often keep telling that Leander (Paes) plays this way because he rules his life. On the flip side if you go down ladder it is difficult to come back. Being dropped and getting selected are part and parcel of every sport. Greats like Diego Maradona, Rahul Dravid all made way for someone else. They could have played more,” the 45-year-old said.Terming the Chappell saga as an eye-opener that made him a better person, Ganguly said: “Before that, from 1995-2006, the graph was only up. I never missed a series. I was captain of India for six years. The world was at my feet till 2006.”Not many captains in the world would go from not being captain to not even being in the side.”He also gave example of how current skipper Virat Kohli treats predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni.”You look at Dhoni. He is not the captain of the team but look at the way Kohli looks after him and they go about their job.” PTI SUS TAP CM CM
Chelsea Chelsea to include 17-year-old Ampadu in the squad to face Nottingham Forest Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 05:30 20/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Chelsea Antonio Conte Nottingham Forest Premier League The Blues will put out a young side in the League Cup on Wednesday night which could see one of their youngsters get his first start Antonio Conte has revealed that young Chelsea star Ethan Ampadu will make the bench against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday, joining Charly Musonda and Kenedy in the match-day squad. Ampadu only turned 17 last week but his career has been rapidly on the rise after joining Chelsea from Exeter City in the summer.Chelsea 11/2 to win League Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The teenager debuted at Exeter at the tender age of 15, making him their youngest player in history.This week he trained with the Chelsea first team and he could make his debut for the champions in the League Cup, having earned his first international call up with Wales squad at the start of September.”Yes [Ampadu will be included].” Conte said. “Ampadu is a young player, but I think he has good quality. He has good prospects to become a Chelsea player. He’s strong physically, good technique and personality. “Yes, I think we have to continue to work with him and to try and improve him, to bring him to the next step. But for sure he has good prospects at Chelsea to become a Chelsea player.“I don’t think that, if your national team calls you up [Ampadu] and you are 16 years old [at the time of the call up], it puts pressure on you. You must be proud of this. But, for sure, he has to work a lot to deserve another call-up to the national team.”We must be pleased because this player is a Chelsea player and now it’s important to work very well with him and try and improve his weaknesses. Yes, but he’s a young player. I’m sure he’s a good prospect for Chelsea.”Ampadu joins Musonda and Kenedy, who Conte confirmed would face Forest in the cup. Musonda will be making his first start for the club, while Kenedy also makes his first appearance since getting a formal warning from the FA for his Instagram posts that caused offence in China during pre-season.Despite the youthful looking squad for the League Cup match, Chelsea have regularly faced criticism over their record of giving youngsters a chance. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathaniel Chalobah, Bertrand Traore and Ola Aina all left the club in the summer on a mixture loan moves and permanent deals after not getting enough chances in the first team. However, Conte was defiant and he thinks that Andreas Christensen’s good form after returning from a two-year loan deal with Borussia Monchengladbach is an example of how to break through at the club. “I think, last season, if you remember very well, Chalobah had the chance to play,” Conte added. “Don’t forget last season we won the league. Don’t forget last season our midfielders were Matic, Kante and Fabregas. I think that you have to consider all these components, and then Chalobah, last season, was the fourth midfielder.”He had the chance to play. That is normal if you ask to play regularly with a great club, then you must deserve to play. And to deserve to take Kante’s or Matic’s or Fabregas’ place. If you show you deserve to play and can be better than these players, I’m ready to do this. That’s normal.”But now we have a clear example with Christensen. Christensen played on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach and now he’s in our squad. He played almost every game and now he’s ready to play. Ready to play in the Champions League.”Ready to play from the start with Chelsea. I think, for the young players, it’s very important to find the right path for them. To try to make them good experience and then to be ready to play for Chelsea. “I think if you are good enough to play with a great team, you play. I think this. Every coach wants to win. I don’t care if one player is a young player or an old player. If a player, an old player, 36-years-old, makes me happy and helps me to win, I pick him.”It’s the same if a player, a young player, 16-years-old, helps me to win, I’m ready to do this also. Don’t forget that my first appearance in Serie A was when I was 16. I think I’m the first person to trust in the young players, to give possibilities to them, if young players deserve this chance. If the young players give me the posisbility to win. I want to win. I don’t want to lose.”
Addressing the ceremony, Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, saluted the students and teachers for their hard work and achievement, and the foster-parents for the love and attention given to the students. Sixty-seven youngsters in State care were awarded for their academic achievements in external examinations at a ceremony organised by the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA). Story Highlights Fifty-seven youngsters in State care were awarded for their academic achievements in external examinations at a ceremony organised by the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA).The youngsters qualified for the awards after obtaining four or more subjects in the recent sittings of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).They were presented with trophies, tablets, plaques and laptops at the function held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston on November 22.Addressing the ceremony, Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, saluted the students and teachers for their hard work and achievement, and the foster-parents for the love and attention given to the students.The Minister wished continued success for them and urged them not to be distracted “by those who promise quick riches through the fast lane that never last”.“Remember these wise words that ‘silver and gold will vanish away, but a good education will never decay’. Take your education seriously, and help others to do the same,” he told them.The Minister assured those children involved in the children services programme, which include those in foster care and State facilities, that his Ministry is now in a better position to assist at all levels.“We want to make sure that as a State, we take our responsibility very seriously. If our children find themselves in vulnerable circumstances, we as a State will step in and ensure that they do not face undue difficulties,” he said.Meanwhile, State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, noted that young people must invest in themselves, especially their education, to become people of substance.“You (the youngsters) are a testament that anything you put your minds to, despite your circumstances, can be achieved,” he said.Mr. Green reminded those in attendance that the Ministry this year enabled students, especially wards of the State on the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), to sit more than four subjects, by paying for them.“What you will see in the years to come is that more children (wards of the State) will sit more subjects,” he said.Mr. Green also congratulated the youngsters on their achievement and challenged them to “expand their dreams and visions” of the future.For her part, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CPFSA, Rosalee Gage-Grey, said the agency will continue to provide these children with a “healthy environment to help them grow in every sphere”.“We have given equal opportunities to our children, so that they realise their true potential and are ready to face the outside world once they complete their studies,” she said.Mrs. Gage-Grey hailed the students for their achievement and urged them to continue focusing on their studies.Attorney-at-law and former ward of the State, John Clarke, encouraged the students to create a personal plan for the future and write down what they want to achieve in 10 years.The award for top male (CSEC) went to Ronaldo Latibeaudiere from the South East Region, and the top female award went to Valencia Parchment from the Western Region.Top female for CAPE went to Davia Carney from the South East Region, while top male went to Nickorta Samuels from the same region. The youngsters qualified for the awards after obtaining four or more subjects in the recent sittings of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).
Cuttack: Indian men defended their crown beating England while the women blanked Singapore for their maiden title at the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships here Friday. England tried to change the script but the Indian men brought in a twist to the tale through birthday boy Harmeet Desai to end the English hopes to lift the Host Association’s Cup. The men beat England 3-2 while Indian women did the impossible downing Singapore 3-0 to dethrone the defending champions Singapore who had a stranglehold on the trophy since 1997. After having won the Cup for eight consecutive times, their vice-like grip was snapped when they chose to send a weak team. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenMen, on the other hand, could extend their reign for the second successive time after annexing the title in the previous edition at Surat in 2015. The Indian men had won their first crown in Kuala Lumpur in 2004. Archana Kamath began it all for India but it took some time before she could shake off her rustiness to overcome Ho Tin-Tin, the promising player of Chinese origin with a pen-holder grip. Archana, when attacked on the forehand, found her returns going awry but her strong backhand rescued her against the Briton. After she won the extended second game, the Indian never looked back to put India on a winning path. Manika Batra decimated Denise Payet and Madhurika woke up from her passive play to tighten the noose around Emily Bolton and England for a 3-0sweep. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryHarmeet Desai, celebrating his 26th birthday, not only presented himself a wonderful gift but also brought India from the brink to a face-saving title victory. India, trailing 0-2 in the final, needed Desai to give that spark which was lacking. And he did not disappoint with a fantastic win over McBeath to pave the way for Sathiyan and Sharath to complete the task in their reverse singles. If Sharath was awful against Thomas Jarvis, who is No. 186 in the world, in the opening tie, Sathiyan was equally guilty of plotting his own downfall against Samuel Walker, ranked No. 86. And that too after taking a 2-0 lead. But credit must be given to the two English players, especially Jarvis who not only blocked superbly but had the experienced Sharath in a tangle with his accuracy.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement A TV show is primarily a visual experience, but it was words that drew lead actors Anna Paquin and Shawn Doyle to the CBC drama Bellevue.Specifically, the script for the crime mystery series, created by Jane Maggs and Adrienne Mitchell, in which Paquin stars as a detective and Doyle as her police chief boss.Allen Leech, Downton Abbey’s favourite upwardly mobile chauffeur, also stars in the series, which debuts Monday at 9 p.m. on CBC. Advertisement Facebook Paquin — best known for playing a telepathic waitress on HBO’s True Blood — read the script for Bellevue and “then I said, ‘Where’s the next one? Where’s the next one?’ . . . I raced through all four scripts that were already written and was completely invested in the world and wanted to know more, and was quite disappointed that there were no more scripts to be read that afternoon.”For Doyle, a Canadian actor whose resumé includes everything from series like House of Cards and Big Love to movies like Don’t Say a Word and Grown Up Movie Star, the script helped dispel his biggest reservation about the show: he’d played cops before and didn’t want to do a police procedural. Login/Register With: Advertisement
The Ambassador of Sri Lanka invited the GCC Secretary-General to visit Sri Lanka at a mutually convenient time to further strengthen the cooperation. The Secretary-General accepted the invitation.Member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), namely: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar collectively host the largest Sri Lankan expatriate community in the world. (Colombo Gazette) The Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani has been invited to visit Sri Lanka, the Foreign Ministry said.The Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Saudi Arabia Azmi Thassim met with the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council at the GCC Headquarters in Riyadh. At a warm and cordial meeting, two sides discussed mutually important topics ranging from manpower, energy, trade, tourism and investment between the member countries of the GCC and Sri Lanka. The discussions were also focused on how Sri Lanka could benefit from technical cooperation programs of GCC subsidiary organizations such as the Gulf Standardization Organization (GSO).Ambassador Thassim encouraged the GCC Secretariat to further engage in multilateral initiatives currently spearheaded by Sri Lanka, which are also important to the GCC member countries. The Secretary-General expressed his satisfaction on Sri Lanka’s bilateral engagement with the member countries of the GCC and underlined that further strengthening ties between Sri Lanka and the GCC member countries is much important at this juncture.
Hamilton Police are taking the unusual step of warning residents about a convicted sex offender who’s been released into the community.35 year-old Keith Theodore Constantin was released from custody on Wednesday and moved to an area near Gage Park Friday.He has prior convictions for sexual assault, sexual assault with a weapon, robbery and possession of explosives.He’s not allowed to be near day care centres, swimming areas, schools or playgrounds and he’s not allowed to be with anyone under the age of 16, unless the 16 year old is with a responsible adult over 18.
Oxford County OPP are asking for the public’s help after plants were stolen from Bert Newman Park in Tillsonburg.Police were called to the park on Lisgar Avenue Saturday morning about 10:30 a.m.They found that someone has removed shrubs, Japanese forest grass and hosta plants that were planted in the spring.Police believe the shrubbery was taken between Aug. 1 and Aug. 10.If you can help Oxford OPP, please call 1-888-310-1122. Tips can be submitted anonymously via Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
The Prime Minister was reportedly abducted from a hotel in the capital, Tripoli, and held for several hours by armed men.Mr. Ban, who condemned the abduction, said Libya is facing “a deteriorating security situation and increasing acts of violence,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson. “The Secretary-General calls on all Libyan parties and the Libyan people to form consensus around national priorities and work towards building a strong, stable country, respectful of the rule of law and the protection of human rights.” Mr. Ban also reiterated the support of the United Nations for the Libyan people as they aspire to establish a democratic State and move forward the political transformation of their country, and called on the international community to support them in this process. The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) also denounced the Prime Minister’s abduction and called on all parties to continue the transitional political process and affirm the legitimacy of democratically-elected institutions.UNSMIL has been supporting the efforts of the Libyan Government and people to ensure the success of the democratic transition process, which has been under way since the toppling of Muammar al-Qadhafi two years ago.
Almost every executive has now resigned from a scandal-hit ambulance trust, amid mounting leadership chaos and the launch of an investigation into bullying claims.South East Coast Ambulance Service trust has told staff it will “finally properly address the bullying and harassment issue” within the trust, after being dogged by repeated allegations about a “culture of fear”.The trust has appointed an external expert in workplace conflict, who will survey all staff amid promises to make “culture change” a priority.It comes amid a string of scandals at the trust.On Tuesday the Telegraph revealed leaked reports which said desperate 999 call handlers attempted suicide amid an “endemic culture of bullying” at the trust.Separate documents show complaints of bullying by Paul Sutton, then head of the trust, and by Geraint Davies, now acting chief executive, were upheld following an investigation by conflict resolution experts.The disclosures come as the trust struggles with a deterioration in 999 performance.Figures for the last week of January show just 59 per cent of the most pressing emergencies receiving a response in eight minutes, dropping to 45 per cent among other life-threatening calls.The latest staff bulletin tells employees: “I am pleased to let you know that we are about to kick off the first sage of a project to finally properly address the bullying and harassment issue within SECAmb.”While acknowledging that the most recent Care Quality Commission inspection described “a culture of bullying and harassment,” – with more 30 per cent of staff saying they were victims of it – it does not refer to the latest allegations.The trust said Prof Duncan Lewis, from the University of Plymouth, author of the largest ever study into workplace ill-treatment has been commissioned to undertake a “diagnostic review” and report on bullying and harassment.In recent months the trust has seen the resignation of a string of executives, with just one permanent director now listed in its staff. Kent Ambulance Service, which she had joined, merged to become part of a much larger South East Coast Ambulance Service trust in 2006.The problems arose following a restructuring in 2012, her parents said.As the years went on the thirtysomething woman became increasingly withdrawn, finally telling her parents that she was struggling to cope with bullying in the control room.Her mother Pat, 70, who previously worked for the ambulance service, encouraged her daughter to speak up for herself, and her colleagues.“We encouraged her to stand up for herself, we said they can’t treat you like that, we encouraged her to put in a grievance but that just made it worse,” she said.During one heated confrontation, the young woman was even followed her into the toilet, as she desperately sought refuge, she said.Des worried not only about the pressures on his daughter, but also on what this meant for the public, relying on 999 services to provide a calm emergency response.“You are doing a job that is life or death and you’ve got people shouting at you the whole time – I said to her can you concentrate on it? No, of course you can’t.” Things came to a head in May 2013.“We assumed she’d gone to work as normal then at about 8pm Pat got a call,” Des recalls.“She was really really distressed – she said ‘I’ve done something stupid, I’ve taken an overdose.’”What followed was a long emotional night“She did it from sheer desperation,” Pat said. “She couldn’t go on.”“She was sobbing her eyes out,” Des said.This was to continue for months. Show more They told the Telegraph that their daughter had been left in a state of post traumatic shock, after suffering abuse that left her so desperate she could see no way out.An investigation into the centre said staff reported that the abuse was so great that it left them struggling to make life-or-death decisions about 999 calls.Several described “psychological games” played by managers, with shouting and swearing, and anonymous phone calls employed as weapons. Separate documents say that women working in the centre were attacked as “f***king c**ts”.An investigation into the Coxhealth centre was ordered after a group of stafff came forward to raise concerns with a trust board executive.Several said they decided to speak up after the attempted suicide of the handler, because of guilt about not speaking up when colleagues had been bullied.The report states: “The incidents that were described relating to the xx case allege severe bullying, coercion and intimidation that were overbearing and aggressive and meted out by a number of managers in the EOC that resulted in her attempted suicide.“It was also alleged that when she returned to work and received the investigation report into her case she was then threatened with suspension.”“The decision to suspend this member of staff after her return from extended sick leave due to an attempt on her life is not justifiable, nor indeed what a caring employer would do. It is still unclear who took this decision,” the report said.The Telegraph is protecting the identify of the woman, whose parents came forward to speak about her daughter’s experiences.Her father, Des, 73, said: “She joined the ambulance service 20 years ago, back in 1997 – it was what she always wanted to do, it was her dream job.”For years she was happy, her parents said, enjoying the atmosphere of the busy control room, working alongside colleagues to serve the public.She received a commendation for her work, and attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace, her parents fondly recall. We’ve had to sit back and watch SECAmb destroy her. She doesn’t trust anybody nowFather of 999 call handler Call handler who says she attempted suicide as a result of NHS bullying was “destroyed” by dream job, parents sayThe parents of a 999 call handler who says she attempted suicide as a result of NHS bullying have said their daughter was “destroyed” by a job which had been her dream.The case is one of two alleged suicide attempts detailed in investigation reports into South East Coast Ambulance Service trust, which describe a “climate of fear” in a Kent control room.One woman, then 37, attempted to take an overdose, after becoming unable to cope with repeated bullying from managers in the Coxheath emergency operations centre, her parents said. Paul Sutton resigned as chief executive of South East Coast Ambulance Service trust in May 2016 after he was found to have authorised a covert policy to deliberately delay thousands of calls Credit:Simon Dack /Alamy Her retired parents said they struggled to see their daughter shrink into her shell.“She was very withdrawn, losing weight. It was absolutely distressing to see how they destroyed her,” Pat said.Her retired parents were left paying her mortgage, after her sick leave left her on half pay for months.“We’ve had to sit back and watch Secamb destroy her,” says Des. “She doesn’t trust anybody now.” Dave Hawkins, a senior operational manager for the ambulance trust, was reported to have said ‘the oldies have to go in the end’ Mr Sutton resigned last year, as did chairman Tony Thorne, after the Telegraph exposed their part in a rogue operation which deliberately delayed responses to 20,000 calls. Chief operating officer James Kennedy also resigned, soon after an acting chairman took over.For almost a year, the trust has had an acting chief executive and chairman.Now, almost every other executive director on the board has left their posts, amid mounting managerial chaos at the organisation, which was placed in “special measures” in September.Prof Andy Newton, director of clinical operations stood down from his role last month, as did interim medical director Dr Rory McCrea and non-executive director Katrina Herren.Just one permanent director – the trust’s finance director – remains in a permanent role, according to the trust’s own website.Yesterday all staff were emailed by Mr Davies, the acting chief executive, who said that the disclosures in the Telegraph covered “a range of historic allegations, which have been investigated and dealt with already.”The email also appears to discourage all staff from raising concerns with the press.“I am also saddened that today’s article has arisen after a large amount of internal information has once again been leaked to a journalist from within the Trust,” Mr Davies wrote.“And I appreciate that, at times and especially previously, it may have felt like there were no internal avenues for serious concerns to be raised. However, this is not the case now, with a range of options available for staff who want or need to do this including the appointment of a Whistleblowing Champion at Board level and structured support for those staff who do raise concerns.”In January, the trust appointed a new chief executive – Daren Mochie – from the Scottish Ambulance Service who takes up post in April.A trust spokeswoman said: “The Trust has been through an extremely challenging period, which has seen a number of changes at board level, to help ensure that we have the right skills and experience.”She said staff were not being warned off from speaking to the media and that the trust had a recovery plan in place to to address its response times, amid rising demand.“As confirmed with staff last week, a project to tackle bullying and harassment is now being rolled out. It has been agreed as part of the Trust’s broader recovery with NHS Improvement and has been extremely well received by staff so far.“Regarding the allegations of bullying in Coxheath EOC, as we have stated previously, this was fully investigated at the time. As a result, a number of disciplinary hearings were held and action taken where necessary.” 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 investigation said evidence from witness statements “strongly suggests” that alleged bullying emanated from Dave Hawkins, who led the Coxheath centre Credit:Terry Blackman /Alamy
Plans for crucial disaster support were never triggered as the Grenfell Tower disaster unfolded, it has been claimed.A panel of expert emergency planners said there were alarming gaps in Britain’s preparations for a similar major incident and that lessons had not been learnt.Tony Thompson, a disaster response expert with the Emergency Planning Society, said a vital crisis plan was never triggered and that survivors were let down.“We are looking at shelter, we are looking at housing, we are looking at food, somewhere to stay away from the emergency,” he said.A submission sent to the public inquiry by senior emergency experts said the Risk Register, a legally required assessment of potential public dangers failed to mention tower block fires at all, according to ITV News.It also warned that a humanitarian assistance plan which specifies practical and emotional help for casualties was never put into action and that Kensington and Chelsea Council repeated poor responses highlighted in a role play exercise just 15 months earlier.It had received detailed recommendations on emergency response but the report suggests lessons were not learnt. Protesters march towards the Grenfell Tower, during a demonstration following the fire that engulfed the 24-storey buildingCredit: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. The London Risk register was published in February this year by the London Resilience partnership and is intended to help multiple agencies prevent, mitigate, respond to and recover from incidents. It claims to provide a summary of the main risks affecting Greater London. The UK National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies, last updated in March 2015, provides a similar outline of risk for the UK as a whole. Neither mentions tower block fires.A Humanitarian Assistance Plan was also published by London Resilience in June 2013. Its aim is to “ensure that humanitarian care is delivered in an effective manner that meets the needs of those affected by major emergencies.”Sir Thomas Harris, former British consul to New York, said: “Do we seriously expect a major disaster in London to be left to one of the London boroughs instead of having a coordinated proper, city wide plan?”The deadline for submissions to the public inquiry passed at 5pm on Friday. It is understood to have received more than 300 submissions from residents to experts.The Justice4Grenfell group has urged inquiry chair Sir Martin Moore-Bick to make his investigation wide-ranging, including an examination of local and national social housing policy and whether it “increased risks to residents”.It urged the inquiry to investigate not just Kensington and Chelsea Council but also Government departments including the Home Office, the Department for Communities and Local Government and 10 Downing Street.The vast criminal investigation into the blaze, believed to have killed more than 80 people, continues, with 60 organisations identified as having a hand in the tower’s refurbishment, which is suspected to have aided the spread of the fire.
A couple have slammed a driver on a “motorised pub crawl” who devastated their lives when he crashed into their living room.James Sparham has been jailed for five years after driving his car at high speed through the living room wall of a family home.The 29-year-old was almost three times the drink drive limit when he crashed through the wall of the home owned by David Garnett, 54 and his wife Claire, 50, in the early hours September 3 2017.The crash, which caused damage totalling £175,000, left David with “life changing injuries” after he was trapped underneath the bonnet of the car, York Crown Court heard.Two passengers who were also in the vehicle, Sophie Armitage and Nathan Lofthouse, were hospitalised after the crash in York, North Yorks. Prosecuting, Rachael Landin told the court David and Claire had been sat in their living room on separate sofas moments before the 3am crash, when she left the room to enter the kitchen and heard a “loud bang”. She then struggled to try to pull her husband from the rubble and their 12-year-old son came downstairs and witnessed the horrific sight of his father trapped, the court heard.In a moving victim impact statement read on his behalf to the court, Mr Garnett said he thought the car was going to “explode any second”. Defending, Stephen Littlewood said Sparham was remorseful for his actions and had written a letter to the victims of the crash.Sentencing Sparham, Judge Recorder of York Paul Batty QC said: “This is the worst case of causing damage by dangerous driving possible to imagine.”You caused three people life changing injuries as a result of your driving.”A householder in his own home was trapped under your car when it crashed through the wall of his home.”You caused life changing injuries to your two passengers. You were drunk at the relevant time.”On this particular night you had been going on a motorised pub crawl.”Sparham pleaded guilty to three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and one of criminal damage. He was also banned from driving for a total of seven and a half years and must carry out an extended driving test. James Sparham was jailed for five yearsCredit:North Yorkshire Police/PA The family said they were devastated by the incidentCredit:North Yorkshire Police/PA He said: “That moment made my life change forever. I had to learn to walk again.”I am a shell of the man from before the crash and I am in mental freefall. I don’t know how I will ever recover from this incident.” 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 partnership between Elexon Mining, CSIRO Chile, the Advanced Mining Technology Center (AMTC) of the University of Chile, CSIRO Australia and Itasca International will use the Australian-developed Smart Marker technology to create a world-first system to measure and monitor slope deformation using wireless in-ground markers. This system will allow ground movement to be monitored from the mine´s onsite office using data from strategically-placed markers.This data will allow operators to detect in-ground movement before it reaches the surface and causes slopes to fail. Such a proactive approach will help identify potential slope failures at an early stage and therefore increase the chance of preventing slope failures or at the very least, minimising the consequences of failures. Elexon Mining and its partners are working with major Chilean mining companies to develop and validate this system.Elexon Mining’s Development Manager, Simon Steffen, said, “This partnership will allow us to create a system that will enhance a mining operation’s geotechnical monitoring capabilities and improve their ability to deal with major safety and production risks related to slope stability. We are building on the proven Smart Marker technology to create a wireless in-ground monitoring solution. The new system will be easy to install, low maintenance and efficient to manage. It will provide accurate, real-time information to detect potential slope stability issues at an early stage through measuring in-ground movement and changes in pore pressure.”The development of the new monitoring system is part of the “Smart Open Pit Slope Management” Project which aims to “better understand the behaviour of the rock mass and its influence on mining operations through improved monitoring, geotechnical and hydrogeological data analyses and modelling, and field validation of this emerging technology. Thus, the partnership between the research organisations (CSIRO and UCh-AMTC), developers (Elexon), service providers (Itasca) and the mining industry is the best combination towards delivering on the R&D in the shortest possible time” adds AMTC Project Leader, Dr Eleonora Widzyk-Capehart.Elexon anticipates that the first mine trials of the new system will be conducted in 2016 with a commercially viable product that can be sold to mine sites around the world within one to two years afterwards. Smart Markers were released in 2009 and are a world-first electronic cave flow monitoring product used in most sub-level and block caving mines around the world. Cave mines are exposed to the significant risks of elevated waste ingress and ore loss, both of which have a direct impact on a mine’s financial bottom-line. Smart Markers assist in reducing these risks through the delivery of flow and recovery data that allows mine personnel to make informed decisions leading to operational improvements. Smart Markers were developed in Brisbane, Australia by Elexon Mining over a period of four years with the support of the Mass Mining Project and major mining companies worldwide.
You can’t blame the Church. The State government and local families knew what was going on. There were many people who did need care. There were many people because it was so easy to get rid of the “inconvenient”.“In these systems of institutional management, the human being suffers,” said Counihan. “They have to suffer as the system is more concerned with its own running than the people it cares for.”“In some of them there were life histories,” said Counihan.“Photos of children, perhaps of themselves on a beach, boys playing on haystacks. There were seashells, lipsticks, mirrors, vanity compacts, books of Virgil.” A great cultural richness is to be found within this material that might tell us much about ourselves and about our society.Alan Counihan first heard of the personal items when he saw the final Mary Raftery documentary, Behind the Walls.He was fascinated by the idea of the hospital archives, which go back almost 200 years and contain a “huge pile of mostly women’s handbags and possessions”.These belongings had been found scattered around the room, but as Counihan discovered, they had initially been carefully kept in boxes.“Over the years, people broke into boxes, went through them and rifled them. And that’s how they came to be out on the floor,” said Counihan.As an artist, he felt that the bags would be an interesting subejct from an artistic but also a social point of view. He contacted the National Archives who then put him in contact with the retired chaplain and head of nursing at Richmond, who had kept the items for safekeeping.Counihan received permission from the HSE to sort through the items, and soon a vision of how they could become a work of art came to him.I saw the image really early on of the handbags in a dark room turned upside down, lit from inside with contents spilling out. And I just said ‘I have to make this’.A looped soundtrack plays the recorded voices of actors reading from correspondence found within the containers, from case notes and from hospital management records.Life in a bagThe items belonged to patients who died within the hospital for the most part, and so the work brings up questions of abandonment, confinement, and the treatment of people with mental health issues.The items are not presented in a way that betrays the patients’ identities. “The right to privacy doesn’t die with the person,” asserted Counihan. “That privacy had to be protected.”He acknowledges there was a sense of voyeurism to some of his work, in discovering people’s lives; like a letter from a man to his girlfriend who was in a mother-and-baby home.“Something happens in a life that for however long a period or short a period, they lose their moorings,” he said of the patients. “And they end up in institutional care.”He also noted that asylums sustained towns like Ballinasloe and Clonmel, being a source of revenue. This would have led to a reticence to close them down.Counihan found the HSE to have been “very trusting” with him over the project, although it was difficult to get funding for – he was turned down by the Arts Council twice.However, thanks to a Fundit campaign, he was able to get it over the line.Emotional exhibitionIn the late 1950s, Ireland had the highest per capita rate of institutionalised or hospitalised people with mental health issues in the world.Counihan describes the exhibition as “poignant and sad”, and says it has gotten an interesting response from people.“Everybody knew what was going on inside those mental hospitals,” he said. It wouldn’t leave my mind – I said ‘whatever happened to those belongings?’PHOTOGRAPHS. ROSARY BEADS. Letters. Tickets. Silver spoons.Did the people who tucked these into their handbags before they entered the Richmond Asylum in Grangegorman know that they would never see their precious items again?That’s one of the questions brought up in Personal Effects: a History of Possession, an exhibition of personal items discovered in the attic of a disused hospital building that will be on display at axis: Ballymun 5th-15th August.GrangegormanThe exhibition showcases the personal effects of past patients from The Richmond Asylum – later known as St Brendan’s Hospital – in Grangegorman.It’s put together by artist Alan Counihan, who alongside members of the Grangegorman Community Museum and under the guidance of the National Archives, sorted through the paper records that were retrieved.Behind the Walls Interestingly, every single handbag had at least one set of rosary beads, and every single handbag had a set of keys. The keys, I presume, would have been to the hall door. You hear stories of people going back and locks being changed. Many of those doors were never opened again.Part of the institutional process is “depersonalising” the person, as Counihan put it; belongings like handbags were taken away.There are still hundreds more handbags in Grangegorman that need to be sorted.“I really think somebody has to take responsibility for that,” said Counihan, suggesting that sociology students in the new DIT Grangegorman campus could become involved.He plans to bring the exhibition around Ireland, and is currently making a radio documentary about them.He wants to help spark discussion and debate. “If it doesn’t have that effect, it’s been wasted,” he said.“It’s like they say – if we don’t learn lessons of past we’re condemned to repeat them.”Read: ‘Continued effort needed’ to tackle stigma towards mental health issues>Read: Reports that mental health service plans are 30 years old are “not new”>
Nintendo has made the Wii U official with the unveiling and teaser details being announced during E3 last week. We don’t yet know when the console launches other than a 2012 timeframe, but Sega may have just given us a very big clue.Alan Pritchard, Sega’s exectuive vice president of marketing, gave an interview with GameSpot during which he mentioned a timeframe for the Wii U’s launch twice.AdChoices广告Sega has Sonic Generations releasing this November on PS3/360/3DS, but GameSpot asked Pritchard if the game would be coming to Wii U. His response is very telling for someone who must know when to expect the Wii U. He said the timing didn’t work for that game because “Wii U is coming out next spring/summer.”He goes further by stating that releasing Generations “on a platform six or eight months after we release PS3” isn’t something Sega want to do.So, if Pritchard isn’t guessing, which as exectuive VP of marketing at Sega we don’t think he is, we have a definitive timeframe of May-July for the Wii U release. That’s much sooner than the expected Holidays 2012 we had heard banded about before E3.Read more at GameSpot, via CVGMatthew’s OpinionReleasing before we get to the main holiday season next year makes a lot of sense. The Wii U is clearly a machine Nintendo wants the family sat around again, so it needs to have stock levels up well before we reach Christmas as it is going to be a must-have gadget if they get the marketing and games right.If the PS4 or next Xbox was arriving, I think Sony and Microsoft could get away with releasing in September/October as the hardcore gaming crowd would soon empty the shelves at the high launch price. For Nintendo, it’s different. The price can’t be too high because it’s a family games machine parents will likely be buying.
This week’s 11/9 WWE RAW drew a 2.23 cable rating with an average audience of 3.17 million viewers on Monday night. The first hour drew 3.480 million viewers, the second hour drew 3.177 million viewers and the third hour drew 2.863 million viewers.This is down from last week’s 2.32 cable rating with 3.25 million viewers. The third hour is among one of the lowest overall viewer totals for RAW in modern non-holiday history.Source: Prowrestling.net, TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Velvet Sky Google+ Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Videos Articles Pinterest Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Now Playing Up Next Impact Ratings: Viewers see another drop on June 28 featuring Rayne vs. Blanchard main event Now Playing Up Next Rachel Bloom announces pregnancy following Emmy win Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Facebook Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR RuPaul plans to continue hosting Drag Race ‘indefinitely’ Twitter Kickoff Show match set for No Mercy, Look back at Sting vs. Seth Rollins Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Now Playing Up Next
As the January transfer window approaches, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has insisted that striker Alfredo Morelos is “going nowhere”.Morelos scored a brace on Sunday as Rangers came from behind to win 2-1 at St Johnstone.Last January, Rangers rejected an £8m bid from Chinese club Beijing Renhe for the Colombian striker.After scoring 19 goals across all competitions in the first half of the season, Gerrard is gearing up for another fight to keep the 21-year-old.“He’s a top-class finisher. He must be a nightmare to play against because I see him constantly keep giving defenders tough afternoons,” Gerrard told Sky Sports.Owen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“He comes alive in the box and at big times and big moments, he has stepped up for us.“So we’re really pleased with him. All good players around the world receive interest and bids – that’s football.“I won’t turn my phone off. I’ll listen to what (interested clubs) have to say. He’s going nowhere and that’s the message.”
NEW YORK—It’s very early days but the opportunity, and ways to realize that opportunity, with digital reading initiatives are becoming clearer, according to John Squires, managing director of Next Issue Media, the joint publishing venture between Time Inc. Hearst, Conde Nast, Meredith and News Corp., to create a digital content production service and storefront. Squires gave the keynote address to a packed house here this morning at the MPA’s Magazines 24/7: The E-Reading Evolution event.Next Issue Media is focused on four key areas: Open standards; storefront offerings for paid content; digital advertising platforms with measurement tools; and a robust publishing platform for multiple devices.The consensus was that current devices are not optimized for magazines but there is excitement with the release of Apple’s iPad just two weeks away. “Many of the devices today are not suitable for magazine content,” Squires said. “The hardest part is the publishing platform—we need the printing press of the future. I’m excited about what’s coming, especially with Apple and the iPad.” Squires says the three key features the industry needs to look for are a combination of mobility, color and touch screen ability. “Those are the machines interesting in terms of targeting,” he added. “After all, the print magazine is the ultimate touch reading device.”The opportunities for publishers include:■ Superior photography.■ Video. “Video highlights can get us into TV or video in a controlled way that the Web didn’t,” said Squires.■ Timely information updates. “We need to give the consumer more choices and maybe charge more for them.”■ Additional edit content and deeper ad content■ Sharing capabilities■ Bundled offers of print and digital. “That’s the most important part,” said Squires. “Consumers want both and publishers want consumers to have both. That’s the transitional model.”Squires shared some preliminary results of a consumer test Next issue conducted that simulated the digital reading experience and asked consumers how they wanted content and what they would pay. It’s important for publishers to give readers a sense of the digital experience, said Squires. Before they saw the demo, just 22 percent said they wanted a digital reading experience. After the demo, that number increased to 39 percent. “People are not sure what the digital magazine experience is until you show them,” said Squires.Next Issue also asked consumers about renewal, and 53 percent said they would be willing to pay for a digital/print bundle, compared to 47 percent who would pay for print alone. “If we know how to bundle packages we have the opportunity to grow the entire market,” said Squires. “This doesn’t have to be the disintermediation that some people think it could be. We can sell additional access to consumers.”‘We Need to Get Advertising Right’Squires warned publishers that they need to work with their partners to create an enjoyable advertising experience. “We need to focus on getting advertising right,” he said. “We need to be careful about giving readers the choice to view advertising. If we create an ad medium that’s interruptive or has qualities we know aren’t as attractive, we risk losing readers.”While metrics are essential, Squires said publishers shouldn’t establish any one form too early. “A lot of parties want to measure this for us but we need to know what consumers are doing first.”Content, however, should be standardized immediately. “Most forms of content are not standardized and it’s in the industry’s interest to focus on this quickly regardless of devices,” said Squires. “We need to think about the way files are created and ad formats that are consistent.” While Squires acknowledged that the early emphasis has been around more male-oriented magazines such as Sports Illustrated and GQ, more female readers will adopt digital devices as the price comes down. “We have enormous strength in our customer base,” he said. “We need a way to say to consumers, ‘Go buy a device and here’s an attractive incentive to do it.’”
TV and Movies Post a comment More animated series More Gremlins are on the way in a new animated prequel coming to WarnerMedia’s streaming service. WarnerMedia There’s no news of a third Gremlins movie happening anytime soon, but a new animated prequel could make fans happy in the meantime. WarnerMedia announced on Monday that a new 10-episode animated series called Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai is on the way, according to Deadline. Serving as a prequel to the original 1984 Gremlins live-action movie and the 1990 sequel, the new animated series is set in 1920s Shanghai, and will reveal how shopkeeper Mr. Wing first discovered the Mogwai named Gizmo, according to Variety on Monday. 50 Photos The new series is written by Tze Chun (Gotham), who will also serve as co-executive producer. Executive producers include Amblin TV’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, Sam Register (Animaniacs), with Brendan Hay (Robot Chicken) serving as co-executive producer. Dan Krall (Coraline) is a supervising producer.”A year ago I walked into Amblin to pitch this Gremlins animated prequel,” Chun tweeted on Monday. “Thank you to Warner Bros and WarnerMedia for making this a reality!”The new series will debut on the WarnerMedia streaming service. No word yet on casting or official release dates, and WarnerMedia didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Tags New Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures show gives you every lightsaber clash Avengers: Endgame directors are making Magic: The Gathering show for Netflix New Dungeons & Dragons animated series breaks Kickstarter record Share your voice A year ago I walked into Amblin to pitch this Gremlins animated prequel. Thank you to Warner Bros and WarnerMedia for making this a reality! #Gremlins #GremlinsSecretsOfTheMogwai https://t.co/HlhTIwscAb— TZE CHUN (@thetzechun) July 1, 2019 2019 TV shows you can’t miss 0 The story also introduces 10-year-old boy named Sam Wing and a teenage street thief named Elle, who go on a quest through the Chinese countryside to return Gizmo to his family and uncover a legendary treasure.The trio crosses paths with colorful monsters and spirits from Chinese folklore, while the kids are also pursued by a greedy industrialist and his growing army of evil Gremlins.