Simone Manuel swam into first place in semifinal 1 during the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil last night. The Team USA athlete entered the Games with Lia Neal, another Black swimmer. The semifinal finish followed her first heat win earlier that day.NBC reported Manuel was No. 1 in the women’s 100-meter freestyle semifinal. She clocked in at 53.11 seconds. The Stanford University student qualified for the semifinal Wednesday afternoon in the women’s 100-meter heat. Manuel won her heat in 53.32 seconds. She came in second place behind Australia’s Cate Campbell, who clocked in at 52.78 seconds. The Sugar Land, Texas native missed Campbell’s world record by 0.54 seconds.Manuel’s first-place position was largely passed over on-air. The network tweeted out her finish after it happened, but Black Twitter was disappointed at the lack of acknowledgment by analysts..@simone_manuel takes 1st in Semifinal 1! #Rio2016 #Swimming #USA pic.twitter.com/qkCQ1l2sg1— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 11, 2016@docjorich expressed disappointment in American commentators discussing Australia’s Bronte Campbell, who is Cate Campbell’s younger sister.Simone Manuel just wins 100M Freestyle yet American commentators jocking Australian swimmers smh— CrimeDocJoRich (@docjorich) August 11, 2016Katisha Williams pointed out the Campbells’ apparent importance over Manuel, who was not interviewed after the race.@NBCOlympics @simone_manuel .So the Australian sisters were more important obviously..no interview..no congrats..— Katisha Williams (@KatishaWilliams) August 11, 2016Mia shared similar disappointment.But yet @NBCOlympics too busy talking about the Australians… Congrats @simone_manuel ?? https://t.co/EIO1MAlqAr— Mia (@notwithoutcafe) August 11, 2016Then, users decided to celebrate Manuel’s accomplishment themselves.Annesha Sudu expressed the pride of the Black community.@simone_manuel THEY didn’t give u the highlight u deserved after ur win but WE r proud! ❤️ #SimoneManuel #Rio2016 pic.twitter.com/RNIIssnfQl— Annesha Sudu (@anneshasudu) August 11, 2016@TheRealRamonabd also shared her love. She encouraged the swimmer to rest up for her competition tonight. Manuel will compete in the women’s 100-meter freestyle final after 10 p.m. The women’s 50-meter freestyle will follow Friday afternoon.That’s alright, she gonna shock the world tomorrow! We ❤️ you @simone_manuel Get your rest.. It’s time to make GOLD https://t.co/xiqtMMl7Qn— LuvLaughLive (@TheRealRamonabd) August 11, 2016Liv. remarked at Manuel smashing the stereotype of Black people not knowing how to swim.Simone Manuel breaking stereotypes ✊?— Liv. (@_OhNono) August 11, 2016Nina Anderson shouted out the 20-year-old competitor.look at this sista swimming for USA Simone Manuel? go head girl! ??✨— Nina Anderson (@NaturallyNina_) August 11, 2016Jade Anouka caught Manuel’s swimming replay and hashtagged the win #raisethatbar.Watching #Olympics replays and there’s a black woman #swimming and she just won her semi-final race!! Yes @simone_manuel #raisethatbar— Jade Anouka (@JadeAnouka) August 11, 2016Aside from her win last night, Manuel also took the silver medal in the women’s 400-meter freestyle relay last weekend. Competing with American teammates – Abbey Weitzeil, Dana Vollmer and Katie Ledecky – Manuel gave the U.S. a head start with her 53.36-second lead-off leg. Ultimately, the Campbell sisters and the Australians won the match in 3:30.65. Team USA came second with 3:31.89.
The Seattle Seahawks are at a pivotal point of their season, in 2nd place in the NFC West with a record of 5-3 going into their Thursday night game against the Arizona Cardinals this week. Their big question mark: what’s happened to their running game? In the video above, Neil Paine outlines how a lack of a rushing attack may hamstring the team if it makes the playoffs.
On paper, 2017 seems like a very typical Tom Brady season. He is leading the NFL in passing yards and sporting a 102.8 passer rating that’s his second-best since 2011. The Patriots are once again the No. 1 seed in the AFC, and Brady is the leading candidate to be named the NFL’s most valuable player.But over the past five weeks, there has been some trouble brewing in Foxboro — at least by New England’s own ridiculous standards. After the Patriots traded away Brady’s heir apparent, Jimmy Garoppolo, an ESPN report of an internal power struggle between Brady, coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft has clouded the future of the five-time champions. But perhaps more worrisome than this report is that Brady himself has been quietly marred in a slump.Brady’s last five games of the 2017 regular season were uncharacteristically mediocre, despite New England going 4-1 in that span. Beginning in Week 13, Brady has posted a passer rating of 81.6, 17th best in the NFL,1Minimum of 80 pass attempts. and his yards per attempt in that span were 6.95, 15th best in the league. He’s also been far worse in touchdowns to interceptions, going from 26-to-3 in his first 11 games to an unusual-for-him 6-to-5.In the context of his career, Brady’s extended sample of poor play is surprising but not unprecedented. Dating back to 2007, when he turned 30, this is Brady’s sixth worst five-game stretch measured by expected points added2EPA is a measure of offensive productivity that accounts for the value of yards gained, field position and down/distance. based on the quality of his play. Brady accumulated 22.16 EPA in his last five games, for an average of 4.43 per game. His average in Games 1 through 11 was more than 2 points higher (6.76 EPA). Brady’s worst five-game stretchesTom Brady’s lowest cumulative expected points added (EPA) in any five-game window, 2007-2017 20149/7/1410/5/1420219.543-2 201510/29/1511/29/1522622.194-1 201512/6/151/3/1620418.592-3 SeasonFromToAction PlaysTotal EPAPatriots Record 200911/22/0912/20/0918419.813-2 201712/3/1712/31/1720722.164-1 201010/4/1011/7/1019518.144-1 Does not include overlapping periods or playoff games; single-season stretches only. Action plays include pass attempts, QB runs and sacks.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Yes, Brady was without his best weapon, Rob Gronkowski, for the worst game in the stretch, a 27-20 loss to the Dolphins in Miami, when he managed only a 59.5 rating and 4.16 EPA. But he capped the regular season at home against the New York Jets with his lowest yards per attempt of the year (5.14), with an active Gronkowski being held catchless.This could all be random variance. Maybe Brady is still eluding Father Time better than any quarterback in history and will soon erase all doubts, as he has before. He’s certainly fired up about even faint whispers of his decline. And the Patriots last year reportedly were planning as if his commitment to diet and training would allow him to play at an elite level for at least another couple of seasons. Brady, of course, seems to think he can continue pushing defenses around even when he’s pushing 50.But if we were to look at the half-empty glass, we can draw comparisons to the career arc of Brady’s former longtime nemesis, Peyton Manning. No, not the Manning we last saw in 2015, who somehow won a Super Bowl with play so poor that his league-leading defense was forced to overcome it. Brady’s 2017 season is actually eerily similar to the 2014 Manning, who was his typical dominant self for the first 11 games of the year before falling off a cliff that can be seen now only in hindsight. At the time, the poor play was attributed to nagging injuries and not the inevitable end of one of the NFL’s greatest careers. 20139/29/1310/27/1321618.743-2 Neither quarterback gave any indication that anything was different if you look at the full-season statistics. But while we think a decline for a player happens neatly at the start of a season, Manning showed the circus can leave town at any time. For him, that time was his 12th game of the 2014 season. Previously, he was characteristically crushing the NFL with a third-best 109.5 passer rating and fourth-best 8.05 yards per attempt — that’s very similar to Brady’s first 11 games this year, with a 111.7 passer rating (first) and 8.27 yards per attempt (third).But then Manning instantly transformed into an old quarterback: a 78.7 rating (24th) in his final five games with a TD-to-interception rate of 5-to-6, compared with 34-to-9 in the first 11 games.Manning’s 2014 season ended with a home loss in the divisional round because of his poor play against an inexperienced playoff team with a third-year quarterback (Indianapolis’s Andrew Luck). Coincidently on Saturday, the Patriots will also take the field as a significant favorite at home against an inexperienced playoff team with a third-year quarterback (Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota).Premature obits have been written for Brady before. There’s little reason to doubt New England based on what they’ve accomplished this century. But if Belichick and Brady are to get that unprecedented sixth ring, they will need Brady to look more like what he’s been and less like what he is: a 40-year-old quarterback.Check out our latest NFL predictions.
Mariota was sacked eight times on 45 dropbacks over the course of the game. His QBR over the final three quarters was a miserable 19.7, while the Titans offense netted just 3.53 yards per play.In the AFC Championship Game, the Jacksonville Jaguars got off to an even stronger start. With a mix of power running and downfield throwing, they jumped out to a 14-3 second-quarter lead. Quarterback Blake Bortles was devastating on play-action passes in the first half, going 8-for-8 for 114 yards and a perfect 158.3 passer rating on throws with run fakes.After halftime, the Patriots took it away. New England did this, to some extent, by doing the opposite of what they did to Tennessee: sending extra defenders, stuffing the power run and forcing Bortles to make quick decisions.Here’s an example in the third quarter, where the Jaguars were facing 2nd-and-10. At that down and distance, either a run or a pass would make sense. So the play-action pass could be an effective option, as it had been throughout the first half: While the NFL universe has been breathlessly gushing over the New England Patriots offense for nearly two decades, the Pats defense is usually described with an old chestnut of coachspeak: “Bend but don’t break.” For years, Patriot defenses have allowed heaps of yards but denied points by tightening in the red zone,1The Patriots finished in the bottom third of the NFL in yardage defense five of the last eight seasons yet ranked in the top 10 in scoring defense seven times. and this season’s iteration is no different. But on a game-by-game level, this Patriots defense has taken on a new quality: They bend early, then straighten themselves out at halftime.There’s a huge difference between the Pats defense that takes the field at the beginning of the game and the one that walks off the field (usually) victorious. Including both playoff games, the Patriots’ first-half averages of 5.85 yards per play (30th) and 10.06 points allowed (11th) dropped to 5.43 yards per play (22nd) and 8.28 points allowed (2nd) in the second half. This suggests that even if Nick Foles and the Eagles move the ball early and put up points on Sunday, there’s reason to believe Bill Belichick and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will draw up a way to stop them before Justin Timberlake is finished bringing sexy back. Just what kind of midgame adjustments are the Patriots making? Let’s examine the last two games.Against the Tennessee Titans in the divisional round, New England seemed to come in with a concrete game plan: Counter Tennessee’s running-back-and-tight-end heavy offense by stacking the box with defenders and playing tight man coverage. They also used a spy on quarterback Marcus Mariota to contain his running ability.Per ESPN’s Sports & Information Group, the Patriots had at least eight defenders in the box on five of 16 first-quarter Tennessee snaps. But the Titans pass-catchers were able to get open quick enough to give Mariota options. Backpedaling Pats linebackers failed to get enough depth to cover intermediate seam and out routes. Mariota posted a 99.3 first-quarter Raw Quarterback Rating, and the Titans averaged 6.75 yards per play.After the Titans found the end zone on their second drive, the Patriots stacked eight in the box on only two snaps out of the remaining 45. With more defenders dropping into coverage, the pass rush was significantly more effective. Watch on this key third-quarter 3rd-and-7, arguably the Titans’ last best chance to get into the game, as Mariota has no place to throw or run: The Patriots decide to risk the Jaguars pass-catchers getting open deep and here press both wideouts with their outside corners. Two linebackers drop into coverage, and behind them is a single-high safety.Everyone else blitzes, including slot corner Malcolm Butler. Bortles play-fakes to the fullback, then sets up to pass. But tight end Marcedes Lewis fails to recognize the blitz from Butler until it’s too late. Tailback Leonard Fournette, intending to pick up Butler, realizes too late that Lewis let defensive end Trey Flowers through. Soon Bortles is swamped and sacked.The Jaguars called six other play-action passes in the second half, per ESPN Sports & Info, and Bortles completed just three of them. His second-half passer rating was 69.1, and his QBR was 42.7. The Jags offense averaged 4.34 yards per play in the second half, down from 6.81 in the first. They added just two field goals to their first-half scoring, turning a 14-3 lead to a 24-20 loss.So what will the Patriots try to take away from the Philadelphia Eagles?The easy answer would be “whatever the Eagles manage to do well.” In their upset of the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game, the Eagles did practically everything well — but above all, quarterback Nick Foles stayed calm in the face of pressure and attacked the Vikings secondary deep.If the Patriots try to attack Foles the way they attacked Bortles in the second half, it might go badly. Instead, Belichick and Patricia will likely drop into safe zones and wait for the Eagles to reveal their plan — perhaps using red-hot receiver Alshon Jeffery to attack a Patriots secondary that finished 26th against No. 1 wideouts in Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average.2Football Outsiders says the DVOA metric “measures a team’s efficiency by comparing success on every single play to a league average based on situation and opponent.” Whatever Eagles head coach Doug Pederson’s plan is, he’d better have a Plan B.Check out our latest NFL predictions.
NEWARK, N.J. — After falling short of the team goal of a national championship with a loss to Kentucky in the Sweet 16 on Friday, the Ohio State men’s basketball team received some positive news: Freshman forward Jared Sullinger confirmed his plans to return for his sophomore season. “I’m coming back next year because I have to work on — a lot of things — and I don’t like the taste that I just had,” the freshman said to reporters after the loss. “I don’t appreciate losing. I never appreciate losing and I’m going to come back to win.” Sullinger led the Buckeyes in points and rebounds per game with 17.1 and 10, respectively. The Freshman of the Year award winner is also one of four finalists for the Naismith Award, handed out to the best basketball player in the country. Accolades aside, Sullinger’s motivation to return was simple. “The love of this basketball team makes me want to come back,” he said. “These guys are my brothers.” OSU coach Thad Matta was not surprised by his freshman’s vow to return. “He told me from day one he’d be back for two years,” he said. “I think all the things he learned this year, with a great offseason, I have no doubt he’ll be the best player in college basketball (next year).” Sullinger tallied 21 points and 16 rebounds in the team’s loss to the Wildcats on Friday. The double-double was the forward’s 18th in 37 games. It was not those numbers or the team’s 34 wins that made Sullinger’s choice an easy one, but rather the loss to the Wildcats. The freshman plans on getting right back to work. “I know I am going to be back in the gym as soon as we get back,” he said. Despite being widely projected as a top-five pick, Sullinger was adamant that he would not be swayed by the NBA. “I’ll be in an Ohio State jersey next year,” he said. “It’s my personal choice and I want to come back and serve this basketball team and play for Matta.” Sullinger has until April 24 to submit his name to the NBA draft, but said he is not interested in even testing the waters. OSU junior guard William Buford said he plans to return, but might look into the NBA by entering his name. If he does, he will have until May 8 to withdraw it and retain his college eligibility. Buford, however, doesn’t think he is ready to play professionally. “I’ll be back,” he said. “I just want to get better so when I do go, I’ll be prepared to make an impact and not just go to be a player in the league.” If both players return, OSU will retain its top two scorers and top rebounder from the 2010–11 season, along with the team leader in assists, freshman point guard Aaron Craft. Though he was emotional after the team’s tough loss, Sullinger said he did not take the decision lightly and was clear that he would not renege on his choice. “I’m a man of my word,” he said. “I won’t change my mind for anybody. This is what I want. This is where I’m happy. I’m happy being an Ohio State Buckeye and playing for coach Matta.”
Then-sophomore defender Austin Bergstrom (25) kicks the ball during a game against Michigan in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Nov. 9 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 1-0.Credit: Lantern File PhotoComing off a three-week road swing, the Ohio State men’s soccer team will prepare to host its first conference game this weekend.After playing to a 3-3 double-overtime draw against in-state rival No.11 Akron on Wednesday, the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on another ranked opponent in No. 13 Penn State at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.Before its game against Akron, OSU was on a four-game losing streak, trying to find its momentum. Despite the team’s disappointing start to the season, it did not let it affect its mindset going into Wednesday’s game as the Buckeyes came from behind to tie the game against Akron.“We would have liked to get the win,” senior midfielder and co-captain Zach Mason said. “But I think it showed a lot about the heart this team has and the character to bounce back from a tough stretch and play a ranked opponent toe-to-toe; so I think we’re headed in the right direction.”OSU proved to be able to keep up with a ranked competitor, but the Buckeyes will face another heavy challenge as they prepare to face No.13 Penn State.“They are very solid and organized all over the pitch, and they have a few attacking plays where they can unlock the door and score a goal,” senior defender and co-captain Liam Doyle said. “So as hard as they are to beat, they’re also dangerous at getting a goal or two, so we have to be on our game against them.”Mason said that the team would really have to take its chances this weekend because it is going to be a 90-minute battle.Despite the challenge OSU will likely face, Doyle said the team would like the fans to come out and support the team on Sunday.“I think Ohio State and Penn State have a rivalry in a lot of sports and what else is there to do on Sunday afternoon a 3 p.m.?” Doyle said. “Might as well come out in the nice weather and enjoy the game.”About the Nittany LionsPenn State comes into Sunday’s game after defeating 10th-ranked Indiana 1-0 on Sunday in University Park, Pennsylvania. Penn State stands at 4-1-1 overall and 1-0-0 in Big Ten play. Freshman forward Marc Curran leads the team with six goals, while senior midfielder Brian James has three goals and one assist. Senior goalkeeper Matt Bersano is 4-1-1 overall with a 0.48 goals against average and .880 save percentage and has played a total of 470 minutes.What’s next?Following Sunday’s action, the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Dayton at 7 p.m. on Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Former Ohio State men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach Dave Richardson won’t be leaving the university for his next opportunity as he has been hired as the Buckeyes’ men’s lacrosse strength and conditioning coach, the school announced Wednesday afternoon.“Coach Richardson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program. He is an incredible leader and builder of young men,” men’s lacrosse coach Nick Myers said in a release. “We look for him to make an immediate impact as we prepare for the 2018 season and beyond.”Richardson was hired in 2005 by former men’s basketball coach Thad Matta as the program’s head strength and conditioning coach. He spent the past 12 season with the men’s basketball team.When Matta was fired and Chris Holtmann was hired as head coach, Richardson was not retained. Ohio State announced former Indianapolis Colts performance and conditioning coach Quadrian Banks would be Richardson’s replacement as men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach Friday.Last season, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team reached the national championship for the first time in program history, falling 9-6 to Big Ten rival Maryland.“I have known coach Myers for a number of years and have a ton of respect for how he runs the program and the passion he has for building and teaching men,” Richardson said in a release. “I am excited to get going with this team and have high expectations for what we can achieve.”Richardson has never worked as a strength and conditioning coach with a specific focus on a lacrosse team.Prior to his time at Ohio State, Richardson spent five years as assistant strength trainer at the University of Miami (Fl.). He became the Hurricanes coach after working for six seasons as head strength and conditioning coach for the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Ohio State head coach Ryan Day speaks during the Ohio State offensive availability at the Residence Inn LA Live on Dec. 29. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter adding two former Michigan assistants, Greg Mattison and Al Washington, to his coaching staff, head coach Ryan Day hired another Big Ten assistant Thursday. Ohio State announced that former Maryland linebackers coach and special teams coordinator Matt Barnes would join the Buckeyes as their special teams coordinator and assistant secondary coach next season.“Matt is young coach who has really done a great job at Maryland,” Day said in a statement. “He’s an energy guy who has considerable knowledge of the Big Ten Conference plus experience coaching in the Southeastern Conference. He’s going to work well with our staff and I’m pleased to have him on board.”Last season, Barnes helped lead a Terrapins linebacker room that excelled in terms of tackling, housing Tre Watson, the Big Ten’s leader in tackles, who was named as a first-team All-Big Ten as well as a second-team All-American member by the Football Writers Association of America. Barnes was a defensive and special teams graduate assistant at Florida under former Gators head coach Will Muschamp from 2012-14. In 2013, the Gators held the second-best kickoff coverage and the third-best punt returns in the country. In 2015, Barnes spent a season at Michigan as a defensive analyst. The Wolverines had the No. 4 total defense in the NCAA that year.He was named as the Special Teams Coordinator of the Year by footballscoop.com in 2012. Barnes is one of three new coaches that have joined Day’s coaching staff with Washington, Mattison and newly-hired co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley.
Cheltenham Guardians, a community safety group staffed by volunteers, has criticised the friends of a girl who they found lost on the streets of Cheltenham on Friday night.In a Facebook post that’s been shared more than 1,500 times since yesterday, the group describes how the girl, whose identity is given only as Emily, was “in a state” and had been sick when she came into their care. Great job guys, you can be really proud of yourselvesCheltenham Guardians’ message to Emily’s friends “Friends of Emily, we looked after your friend for two hours. We cared for her unconditionally whilst you purposefully gave us the runaround, hindered our progress, and despite our pleas you never came. One day you may find yourself in our care. We will care for you unconditionally, we will ensure you are safe.”I hope you read this and understand that you tied up valuable resources for over two hours and forced the attendance of an emergency ambulance at a cost to the NHS of £300. Most of all you were not a friend of Emily’s. “I hope you enjoyed your night at the expense of us, South Western Ambulance Service and Emily. Great job guys, you can be really proud of yourselves.” Cheltenham Guardians recruits volunteers, mostly women in their 20s, who patrol the town centre providing “robust care and compassion throughout the night time economy in the town,” with a particular focus on lone and vulnerable women.The Guardians managed to contact Emily’s friends over the phone several times – but, despite saying they would come to her aid, the friends never shows up, and eventually she had to be handed into the care of ambulance staff.”We were keen to get her to safety,” the Facebook status says, “yet only you held the key, you knew where Emily was, you knew where Emily was staying yet still you never came. 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.
Doing @GordonRamsay’s smoky pulled pork with a chipotle mayo today 👨🏻🍳 pic.twitter.com/xIp5UGHdac— Jake Vezina (@Jakevezina) February 4, 2017 @GordonRamsay do full time working mums count on your culinary genius? Spaghetti Vongole for 6 pic.twitter.com/c6wqeip3N1— Sarah Mallon (@slmallon) February 10, 2017 Hey @GordonRamsay, how’d I do today? #cook #cooking pic.twitter.com/BWVVc7vaQm— James Michael Sama (@JamesMSama) January 18, 2017 @GordonRamsay my first Wellington. Amazing! Thanks for the inspiration! Merry Christmas! pic.twitter.com/GaKBW4fm0c— Greg Barr (@barrfly) December 26, 2016 He couldn’t even bring himself to give this a mark out of 10 A big yes Sarah https://t.co/FndVJjztBh— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) February 10, 2017 However, Ramsay was a fan of Sarah’s pasta If you’re lucky, he might praise your food Have you always wanted your culinary skills insulted by the world’s most foul-mouthed celebrity chef?You don’t have to sign up for a televised cooking competition; simply tweet him a picture of your meal.Gordon Ramsay has been candidly giving his opinion on the food pictures his followers send in.And true to form, he hasn’t always been kind.Here are some of the replies he has sent back to those who have dared to risk his ire.Don’t send in botched asparagus And is happy to give constructive criticism 1 out of 10…. for the table mat…. Idiot sandwich https://t.co/WQx9NqfkC1— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) January 22, 2017 Looks great Jake https://t.co/yIlAZmDxZl— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) February 4, 2017 Nice one Greg https://t.co/hx8X4NKFhH— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) December 26, 2016 @GordonRamsay On a scale from one to ten how good is my sandwich? pic.twitter.com/xMEr4m6Oeb— jame smith jamoll (@jamesmithjamoll) January 22, 2017 Who stole your Asparagus tips ? Lost for words https://t.co/FoJWu2MAj0— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) February 8, 2017 And Jake’s meat dish @GordonRamsay what would you give my Fry up out of ten ??? pic.twitter.com/6s5PC77KBG— ⚒Steve O’Sullivan⚒ (@TheSullis) February 8, 2017 Eggs need 2 more mins James https://t.co/YVVHpb1GL4— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) January 19, 2017 However, he’s not afraid to bust out a classic insult Painful https://t.co/cW8Ub6z86i— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) February 8, 2017 @GordonRamsay what do you think of my first attempt cooking pic.twitter.com/wcTb5e6qsP— Jamie Chambers (@jaychambers21) February 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.
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. Abnormally high blood sugar levels, or hyperglycaemia, is a well-known characteristic of diabetes and obesity, and it is already understood that diabetes patients have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s, where abnormal proteins aggregate to form plaque and tangles in the brain.Now, however, scientists have unravelled the specific molecular link between glucose and Alzheimer’s disease, suggesting people who consumer a lot of sugar but are not diabetic are at increased risk.They did it by studing brain samples from people with and without Alzheimer’s diseaseThey found that, in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, an enzyme called MIF (macrophage migration inhibitory factor) is damaged by a process called glycation.The researchers believe that inhibition and reduction of MIF activity caused by glycation could be the “tipping point” in disease progression.The researchers found that, as the disease progresses, the glycation of these enzymes increases. Researchers analysed brains affected by Alzheimer’sCredit:Pasieka Knowing this will be vital to developing a chronology of how Alzheimer’s progressesDr Rob Williams, Bath University Professor Jean van den Elsen, from the University of Bath’s department of biology and biochemistry, said: “We’ve shown that this enzyme is already modified by glucose in the brains of individuals at the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.”We are now investigating if we can detect similar changes in blood.”Normally MIF would be part of the immune response to the build-up of abnormal proteins in the brain, and we think that because sugar damage reduces some MIF functions and completely inhibits others that this could be a tipping point that allows Alzheimer’s to develop.”In the study, scientists from the university worked with colleagues at the Wolfson Centre for Age Related Diseases, King’s College London.Dr Rob Williams, also from the department of biology and biochemistry, added: “Knowing this will be vital to developing a chronology of how Alzheimer’s progresses and we hope will help us identify those at risk of Alzheimer’s and lead to new treatments or ways to prevent the disease.”Globally, there are around 50 million people with Alzheimer’s disease and the figure is predicted to rise to more than 125 million by 2050.Dr Omar Kassaar, from the University of Bath, added: “Excess sugar is well known to be bad for us when it comes to diabetes and obesity, but this potential link with Alzheimer’s disease is yet another reason that we should be controlling our sugar intake in our diets.”The study, funded by the Dunhill Medical Trust, used brain tissue provided through Brains for Dementia, a joint initiative between Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK in association with the Medical Research Council.The work is published in the journal Scientific Reports. People who eat diets high in sugar could be at greater risk of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests.For the first time, scientists have established a “tipping point” link between blood sugar glucose and the degenerative neurological condition.Researchers from the University of Bath found excess glucose damages a vital enzyme involved with inflammation response to the early stage of the disease.
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 Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attend a town hall reception in Manchester to speak with community leaders and members of the emergency services a month on from the deadly terror attack in the city.
Treasury minister Andrew Jones has urged businesses to do their part to make sure shoppers are not given more of the old coins.He said: “Businesses must remain vigilant when returning coins and ensure old and new coins are organised in separate packaging to make the sorting process quicker and easier.”Shopkeepers must “play their part to ensure only new pound coins are given to shoppers in their change”, he said. The old pound coin will cease to be legal tender on October 15Credit:Alamy Mr Jones, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, also warned about companies accidentally returning the new version of the coin rather than the old one, saying “businesses must remain vigilant”.He said: “There has been a fantastic effort from both the public and businesses in returning more than one billion old round pounds, and I thank everybody involved in this process so far. The new coin was brought in to tackle the problem of fakes. Approximately one in thirty of the old round £1 coins in circulation are counterfeit.The 12-sided coin, with a gold coloured nickel-brass outer ring and silver-coloured nickel-plated alloy inner ring has been described as “the most secure in the world”.It also has a hologram-style image that appears as a £ symbol and a number 1 depending on the angle it is viewed from. Cashiers should make sure consumers are only given new pound coins in their change as part of efforts to phase out the old version, a minister has said.The new 12-sided £1 coin was brought into circulation in March, and the old round coin will cease to be legal tender from October 15.The Royal Mint has encouraged consumers to “spend, bank or donate” their old coins before that date. “But there is still more to do before the 15 October deadline.” 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.
Left-handed people are more likely to be atheists, a study has found, as it says belief is passed on genetically. The study suggests that religious people have fewer genetic mutations and are therefore less likely to be left handed or have conditions such as autism or schizophrenia. British academic Edward Dutton, a professor at Oulu University, Finland, said that in pre-industrial times religiosity was passed on like other genetic attributes because it was associated with greater stability, mental health and better social behaviour. But modern science means many people who would not previously have survived are making it to adulthood and reproducing – leading to a greater incidence of atheism. Lack of belief in God is connected to genetic mutations which cause attributes such as left-handedness or autism, the paper argues. Religious people in Western societies—religious in the sense that complex societies were before the Industrial Revolution—are a remnant, selected population that likely would have survived in preindustrial conditions. The phenomenon is also behind a rise in belief in the paranormal, the study says, with 52 per cent of British people saying in 2013 that they believed in the supernatural, up from 40 per cent in 2005. Modern religious people were likely to be descended from those who were highly religious in pre-industrial times according to the paper, which is published in the journal Evolutionary Psychological Science. “Religious people in Western societies—religious in the sense that complex societies were before the Industrial Revolution—are a remnant, selected population that likely would have survived in preindustrial conditions. “By contrast, atheists and believers in the paranormal would, disproportionately, never have reached adulthood or never have been born, because these beliefs, though very different, are partly an expression of the breakdown of selection and thus of rising mutational load,” the study says. The research was carried out by identifying people who were either left handed or had autism or schizophrenia and examining whether they were more or less likely to be religious. It found that there was a “weak but significant” association between left-handedness and being non-religious, and a stronger one between autism and being non-religious. Studies have previously established that around 40 per cent of someone’s religiousness is determined genetically. 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.
There was an allegation that Mr Veale leaked information about the Sir Edward Heath investigationCredit:Tim Graham /Getty It later emerged that the main accuser is a convicted paedophile and fantasist, whose family had not even been interviewed by Wiltshire detectives about the claims. The police officer who led the controversial Ted Heath paedophile inquiry is being investigated for alleged misconduct, it has emerged.Mike Veale, Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police, is being probed by the police watchdog after anonymous allegations were made about his handling of Operation Conifer.The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) confirmed that it had received two complaints about Mr Veale, which have been taken seriously.The first related to an allegation that he had leaked information about the Sir Edward Heath investigation, and the second was that he deliberately damaged a mobile phone belonging to the force.A spokesman for the IOPC confirmed that the first allegation had been dismissed, but said the second claim was now being independently investigated. “After a thorough assessment, we decided the part of the referral relating to the disclosure of confidential information was insufficient to indicate either a criminal offence may have been committed or a breach of professional standards. “That matter has been returned to the Police and Crime Commissioner to deal with in any manner determined appropriate.“The IOPC has however decided to independently investigate a second part of the referral relating to allegations that a mobile phone belonging to Wiltshire Police was deliberately damaged by Chief Constable Mike Veale. This investigation is in its early stages.”Operation Conifer was launched in August 2015 following claims that Wiltshire Police had covered up allegations the late former Tory Prime Minister had sexually abused youngsters.Despite the fact Sir Edward had been dead for more than a decade, the force spent over a million pounds and last year published a report that concluded there was enough evidence to have questioned Sir Edward under caution if he had still been alive.But critics dismissed the findings as a whitewash and accused Mr Veale of ploughing on with Operation Conifer in the desperate hope of finding something that would justify the expense and the inevitable damage to Sir Edward’s reputation and legacy. It is not clear whether the claim about the damaged mobile phone relates directly to the leak allegation.This week Mr Veale was announced as the new Chief Constable of Cleveland Police after Wiltshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Angus Macpherson, failed to renew his current contract. Last night Mr Macpherson confirmed to the BBC that the misconduct investigation was the reason he had not renewed the contract.Last night a spokesman for the IOPC said: “We received a referral from the Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner in November 2017 detailing anonymous allegations about Chief Constable Mike Veale relating to Wiltshire’s investigation into Sir Edward Heath. 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.
Earlier this year, Leon announced it has replaced plastic straws with a biodegradable alternative.Co-founder John Vincent told the Evening Standard at the time: “A third of the Barrier Reef is just not functioning, a third is in peril. There’s plastic everywhere on the beaches. I vowed to come back and make a dramatic contribution to end this madness.” Show more Higher-end restaurants have also joined the initiative, including the 40 owned by D&D, which include Quaglino’s and Le Pont de la Tour.Many MPs are urging bars, restaurant and pubs in their constituencies to stop using plastic straws. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. This campaign has cross-party support; earlier this year Business minister Andrew Griffiths asked the pub companies in his constituency to stop using plastic straws. Rosena Allin-Khan, the MP for Tooting, began an initiative to do so earlier this year, and has managed to encourage over half of the local bars and restaurants to sign up.26 out of 41 bars and pubs from Balham, Earlsfield and Tooting have said they will stop using the straws.She told The Telegraph: “Plastic straws can be particularly dangerous for sea-life; if we replaced them with an environmentally friendly alternative, it would go a long way to protecting our oceans and reducing plastic consumption. “As the MP for Tooting, I am proud of how our community always comes together for the greater good. That’s why I’ve been asking local bars and pubs to pledge that they will go plastic straw-free. We all have a responsibility to protect the environment, and this is a small change that can make a big difference.”26 out of the 41 bars and pubs in our area have signed the pledge, other bars have commented that paper straws are more expensive and this prevents them from switching over. The Government should roll this out across the UK and support the small, local pubs and bars to ensure they can get biodegradable straws at the same price as plastic.” McDonald’s has become the latest restaurant chain to say it will phase out plastic straws from its UK restaurants. The fast-food chain said it is “really close” to the point where all its packaging can be recycled, but its straws are still unrecyclable.To remedy this, the company is trialing paper straws from May in some of its 1,300 restaurants, and will be keeping straws behind the counter, so customers have to ask to receive them.Paul Pomroy, the UK chief executive, told Sky News: “Customers have told us that they don’t want to be given a straw and that they want to have to ask for one, so we’re acting on that.”Straws are one of those things that people feel passionately about, and rightly so, and we’re moving those straws behind the front counter.”Other chains have also banned plastic straws from their restaurants.
A group of leading girls’ schools is sending pupils on a negotiating skills course so they can learn how to ask for a pay rise.The Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) will enroll sixth form students on an “Asking Difficult Questions” course this autumn, aimed at helping them get ahead in the workplace.Cheryl Giovannoni, who heads up the group of 24 independent girls’ schools, said that women are often timid about their achievements and lack the confidence to put themselves forward for pay rises and promotions.“All too often when it comes to the world of work, women can develop what’s sometimes known as ‘tiara syndrome’,” she told The Telegraph. “They wait for recognition, whereas men tend to be better at putting themselves forward to get what they feel they deserve.“We want to help to build girls’ confidence and understand that ‘it’s OK to ask’. We need to rid ourselves of this idea that women talking about themselves of being a bad thing.” Ms Giovannoni had a successful career in advertising – which included positions as president, managing director and CEO at various companies – before heading up the GDST.She said that company bosses have a responsibility to recognise women’s achievements in the workplace, but teachers must also play a role.“We hope by giving girls the skills and confidence to ask those difficult questions, they will create more positive outcomes for themselves and also help pave the way for future generations,” Ms Giovannoni said. She said that girls must be taught from a young age about how to be confident and get their point of view heard. “Negotiating skills are skills for life,” she said. “To different degrees and in different situations, you may use them every day. “Whether it’s asking for that pay rise or discussing your development priorities so you are working on projects that inspire and interest you, to negotiating the terms of your mortgage or working out priorities with your partner or flatmates.” The negotiation courses will initially be for sixth form students, but there are plans to make them available to girls of all ages as part of PSHE lessons. Among the GDST schools are South Hampstead High School in north London, which counts the actress Helena Bonham Carter among its alumnae, and Oxford High School where the pottery tycoon Emma Bridgewater and the actress Dame Maggie Smith studied.The head of Francis Holland School, a girls’ school in Sloane Square, west London, has said that sensitive girls should be taught “banter” at school to toughen them up for the world of work. Lucy Elphinstone who added that young women need to learn how to laugh at themselves and overcome “the curse of the good girl”. 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. Regular attacks on ambulances are “consciously inhibiting” the ability of paramedics to do their jobs, it has been claimed. More than 200 incidents of vandalism have been reported between 2015 and October this year, according to a freedom of information request by the BBC.Over the past three years, fireworks, scooters, bricks, knives and metal poles have been used to cause thousands of pounds worth of damage to ambulances and rapid response vehicles. In London, one of the 26 logged instances involved a microwave being thrown at an ambulance. A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman told the BBC: “It’s absolutely unacceptable for anyone to deliberately damage emergency service vehicles or other essential kit.”They are consciously inhibiting the ability of our enormously hardworking and dedicated paramedics to do their jobs, and it risks taking ambulances off the road.”Every NHS ambulance trust in the UK was approached for responses and 13 of the 14 handed over their data, which showed the West Midlands as the worst-affected area with 36 incidents, followed by Yorkshire with 29, London with 26 and the North West with 24. Pictures emerged in the summer of football fans jumping up and down on an emergency response vehicle in the aftermath of England’s win over Sweden in the World Cup.
She told The Telegraph: “The audience response has been great, they’ve said things like ‘It’s so visual’. They might not understand everything I’m signing but often you don’t understand everything in a Shakespeare play. It prompts thought and debate.In the real world there is communication that is missed , just as there is on stage.“It works well because I’m just a woman who happens to be deaf. It’s very smooth. There were some complications and challenges and naturally the whole communication piece wasn’t picture perfect, but everyone in the cast included extra gestures and some signs into their performance which showed they embraced the BSL and deaf culture to make it work as best we could.”The actor praised her fellow performers for the effort they put in as they integrated her into the preparation of the play and her eventual performance.“It’s so fantastic to have the team working together and thinking about how each person can be part of the process. The hearing cast have had such an open mind and hopefully we can open more minds,” she said.“In Taming of the Shrew, Vincentia is a hearing woman and we needed to make changes for her to be portrayed convincingly by a deaf actor. We have to show how the other cast mates come to understand Vincentia and how she interacts with hearing characters.”Ms Arrowsmith said she took the inspiration for her portrayal of Vincentia from Princess Alice, the mother of Prince Phillip, who was deaf.“She taught herself many languages and was a strong and determined woman. I used this persona to empower ‘Vincentia’,” she said.“It is very important to me that I am doing this role. I am an actor just like everyone else in the company. It just takes a bit of extra effort for us all to make it work.”Ms Arrowsmith hopes other major theatre companies will now follow the RSC’s example in their use of deaf actors alongside hearing performers.“The teamwork and my colleagues embracing my culture is the key. It’s very important to me that I am doing this job, I want the audience and other mainstream companies to realise that deaf actors can work in an inclusive way.“I’m not the only deaf actor. There’s lots of skilled ones out there, but they need to be seen and encouraged and I hope what I’m doing will open up opportunities for others. It shows that nothing is impossible if we try as a team, and with more time it shows how much a mainstream cast can bring together BSL and diversity into the mix.” The RSC said: “Not only is this an RSC first, but we believe it to be a first at any major theatre.”The Taming of the Shrew plays in Stratford until August 31 before going on tour. A deaf actor has become the first to step in for a principal actor at a major theatre, and has said that it doesn’t matter if the audience didn’t understand all of the sign language because “often you don’t understand everything in a Shakespeare play.”Charlotte Arrowsmith, a 39-year-old understudy, played Vincentia in the Taming of the Shrew at the Royal Shakespeare Company, in Stratford-upon-Avon, earlier this month and hopes more deaf actors will now be given the opportunity to perform alongside their hearing colleagues.During the play, set in an 1590s England reimagined as a matriarchy, the rest of the cast incorporated some signs and gestures from British Sign Language (BSL) into their performances, to help to integrate Ms Arrowsmith’s Vincentia into the scenes.The audience had no additional visual aids, such as closed captions, to help them understand the signing that was being used onstage and had to rely on what they could hear and see.But Ms Arroswmith said she was told later that had made little difference to their enjoyment of the play. Ms Arrowsmith (second right) has become the first to step in for a principal actor at a major theatreCredit:Ikin Yum Photography 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.
Cuadrilla began fracking at the Preston New Road site last year, but work has been interrupted by tremors from the site.The firm said in a statement: “Cuadrilla is aware of a seismic event which occurred at about 8.30am this morning in the area of our exploration site in Preston New Road, near Blackpool.”We can confirm that no hydraulic fracturing was being carried out at the time and no hydraulic fracturing has been carried out over the weekend. We are investigating the event alongside the regulators who monitor Preston New Road.” The third and biggest tremor in a week hit a fracking site on Monday as residents reported hearing a “guttural roar”.A tremor measuring 2.9 on the Richter scale has been felt near the UK’s only active fracking site, less than two days after a previously record-breaking tremor at the facility.The British Geological Survey reported a large tremor related to fracking activity hit near Blackpool at 8.30am on Monday.The tremor comes only two days after a 2.1 scale “micro seismic event” was detected at the Cuadrilla energy site late on Saturday evening, previously the largest tremor ever recorded at the site.That event lead to operations being suspended at the site, and they had not resumed by the time of Monday’s tremor, which had a depth of two kilometres and was strong enough to be felt by some residents.According to the British Geological Survey, this is the third tremor at the Preston New Road site in a week after a 1.55-magnitude tremor was recorded last Wednesday.Routine policy states hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, is paused for 18 hours following any tremors larger than 0.5 on the scale.However all work on the site had been suspended following Saturday’s tremor to allow for an investigation by the Oil and Gas Authority. The Oil and Gas Authority said: “Operations will remain suspended while the OGA gathers data from this and other recent seismic events and then considers carefully whether or not the hydraulic fracturing operations, mitigations and assumptions set out in the operator’s Hydraulic Fracture Plan continue to be appropriate to manage the risk of induced seismicity at the Preston New Road site.”Environmental campaign group Friends of the Earth has called for a complete fracking ban after the three large tremors.Spokesman Jamie Peters said: “This issue of earthquakes in connection to unwanted fracking has always been serious but now it is getting out of hand.”It’s clearly not under control and at this point there is only one thing that can fix this situation: a ban, right now.”According to the campaign group, residents heard a “guttural roar” as the earthquake hit.Heather Goodwin, a resident of Lytham St Anne’s near the plant said: “The walls of my house shook, there was a really deep, guttural roar. For a moment, I really thought my house was going to fall down.”It only lasted a few seconds but I felt the need to go all round the house and check for damage. We’ve been afraid of this happening. How long before there’s real damage done and people injured?” 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.