EgoTripping Dennis Rodman Thinks He Deserves Nobel Peace Prize

Dennis Rodman, the attention seeker and former NBA player, wants a Nobel Peace Prize in recognition for his recent peacemaking efforts.A few months ago “The Worm” traveled to North Korea with the Harlem Globetrotters, where he met and conversed with the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un and pronounced him a “friend for life.”As a result of the meeting, Rodman feels he should get recognition by the Nobel Committee for trying to mend the relationship between the United States and North Korea.  He compared himself to peacemakers such as American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and South African social rights activist Desmond Tutu.“My mission is to break the ice between hostile countries,” Rodman told Sports Illustrated in an interview for its annual “Where are they now?” issue.“Why it’s been left to me to smooth things over, I don’t know. Dennis Rodman, of all people. Keeping us safe is really not my job; it’s the black guy’s [that would be President Obama] job. But I’ll tell you this: If I don’t finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something’s seriously wrong.” read more

LeBron Is Learning That Turning Cavs Into Winners Harder

LeBron James’ return to Cleveland has been a flop. . . so far. The Cavaliers, consensus choice by NBA pundits to make it to the NBA Finals, are 5-6. The Miami Heat, the team James abandoned to return home, have a better record.So does Milwaukee. And Atlanta. And . . . getting the picture?It’s a portrait hardly anyone expected when James signed as a free agent to join the immensely talented Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love was acquired from Minnesota.What was not taken into account is this: Irving and Love were good players on bad teams. There is a process to transform into a winner, and neither Love nor Irving—or the remainder of the Cleveland roster—are grasping it well.And neither is first-year coach David Blatt, who has to adjust to the NBA game and working with a dominant figure like James.More than that, Friday night was so exasperating that James was uncharacteristically lackluster in his effort in a blowout loss to the Washington Wizards. He did not hustle back on defense more than once, and that kind of display came from the player brought in to teach the players how to win.James called his lack of effort “never a good example.” His teammates followed his lead, and the Wizards had fun at their expense in a 91-78 victory.“It’s something we’ve got to work on,” James said of his and his team’s effort and body language. “We understand that. It starts with me, for sure. It’s something I’ll always work on, too,” James said. “It trickles down to everyone else.”The lack of effort by James was disappointing, but also telling. The game’s top player is frustrated. When he arrived in Miami for his first season, Dwyane Wade had won a championship and knew how to win. He actually showed James what it took, and Chris Bosh had the acumen and common sense to embrace the role as the third component.The Heat made the NBA Finals James’ first year in Miami and won it the second. By April, the Cavaliers might have reversed themselves and this point will be long-forgotten in an interminable season.To get there, though, is going to take more work than James thought. Love seems lost, uncertain of where to get his offense—in the post or on the perimeter. Irving is used to dominating the ball and wants to display his enormous gifts.James is the key. He is impeding progress more than he is facilitating it. He and Irving have to come to an understanding about how the offense is run, who’s running it and how it should be run. James also has to find ways to get Love some love on the offensive end. Right now, he’s flounder.Above all, the Cavaliers have to make an effort on defense. James cannot jog as players sprint. He has to lead by example, with hustle and heart. If James struggles, surely Cleveland will, too.The bet is that James will inspire his team and the Cavs will emerge as a threat in the Eastern Conference. But it will take more time and effort than James—or anyone—expects. read more

Can College Football Schedules Be Fixed

FiveThirtyEight Embed Code Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s episode (Aug. 22, 2017), we ponder the Indiana Pacers’ allegations that the Los Angeles Lakers tampered with the Pacers by trying to lure Paul George to L.A. Next, we’re joined by SB Nation writer Bill Connelly to preview college football. We talk about the validity of preseason polls, the lack of parity in NCAA football, and which metrics are most important. Plus, a significant digit on Felix Hernandez.Here are links to what we discussed during the show:Tom Ziller at SB Nation wrote about whether tampering should still matter in the NBA.Check out more of Bill Connelly’s work in SB Nation’s 2017 College Football Preview.On Monday, the Associated Press released its first poll of the college football season, and results were mixed, according to The Ringer’s Shaker Samman.Significant Digit: 51.8, the number of wins above replacement that Felix Hernandez has produced in years the Mariners did not make the division series of the playoffs. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed read more

Backtoback OT losses for OSU mens soccer

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.Credit: Lantern File PhotoOn Sunday night, the Ohio State men’s soccer team lost their second overtime game in a row, this time to UC Santa Barbara 1-0.The only score in the match was by Gaucho junior midfielder Kevin Feucht on a far cross from freshman forward Jonah Adomakoh. The goal came just three minutes into the first overtime period. “You can’t win when you don’t score,” Ohio State coach John Bluem said. “We probably, maybe deserved a draw in both games we played this weekend. To come up on the short side in both and in overtime is mentally tough on the team.” The game kicked off at 9:15 p.m. after a delay that lasted over two hours due to rain and lightning in the area. The Buckeyes spent much of the early goings with possession of the ball, playing solid defense and connecting on their passes. However, OSU was unable to find scoring opportunities, getting outshot by UC Santa Barbara 8-1 through the first 45 minutes. Opportunity presented itself for the Gauchos as a shot by sophomore striker Nick DePuy was saved by OSU redshirt freshman goalkeeper Parker Siegfried. DePuy launched another shot a minute later, this time the ball ricocheting off the post and out.  Offside calls were an issue for the Buckeyes in the first period, registering three in the first 25 minutes of play. One such offside call resulted in a would-be goal getting taken away from OSU senior forward Danny Jensen. The teams went into the half tied at zero. In the 56th minute, OSU had a good scoring chance with a three-on-two man advantage in the Gauchos zone, but UC Santa Barbara freshman goalkeeper Titouan Le Roux made a diving save on a shot by Buckeye junior forward Marcus McCrary. OSU had opportunities to put one in the back of the net in the second period, including a stretch around the 71st minute that included four straight corner kicks, all of which were defended well by the Gauchos. In a match that got continuously more chippy as the night went on, UC Santa Barbara was called for 19 fouls, including two yellow cards, while OSU was called for six fouls. Siegfried had a big night in net for the Buckeyes. The redshirt freshman goalkeeper recorded six saves, including a huge save in the 83rd minute on a penalty kick by Feucht after an OSU handball in the box. Siegfried thwarted his goal attempt, guessing correctly and falling to block the right side of the net, stopping the ball in its tracks.Despite the impressive night in goal for Siegfried, the Buckeyes would eventually fall short. “Its tough taking two overtime losses like that, but the one thing we really do have is a lot of fight,” Siegfried said. “This team is really made of a lot, and these guys have a lot of heart.”Despite the two losses over the weekend, Bluem remains confident in his team’s abilities.“I am very pleased with our performance,” Bluem said. “I know we can get better. We just got to encourage the guys to stay with it and keep after it, because we are going to be a good team.”The Buckeyes next matchup is Friday, Sept. 2 at 10 p.m. at the University of Portland. read more

Womens soccer OSU season ends in double overtime in second round of

The Ohio State University women’s soccer team compete in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament vs. Dayton. November 12, 2016. Credit: Courtesy of OSU athleticsThe Ohio State women’s soccer team played through its very last whistle of the season Friday night as the Buckeyes fell to No. 1 West Virginia in a tightly contested 1-0 match. The Mountaineers defeated OSU in double-overtime in the 104th minute of the second round of the NCAA Tournament.West Virginia junior forward Michaela Abam sent a designed cross into the back of the net, just over the reach of OSU sophomore goalkeeper Devon Kerr, ending the game.West Virginia came into Friday night’s game as the top seed in the tournament, along with having bested the Buckeyes earlier in the regular season, 2-1.  The Mountaineers outshot OSU 26-5 on the night, but the Buckeyes defense did not break in regulation. Kerr kept the Buckeyes in the game with multiple key saves.Although the West Virginia offense dominated play throughout much of the game, Ohio State had several close goal-scoring opportunities.  In the 28th minute senior forward Nichelle Prince found her way past the Mountaineer defense, with a strike towards the left of the goal, but was saved by a diving stop.  Three minutes into the first overtime period, senior forward Lindsay Agnew had a one-on-one faceoff versus the goalkeeper, but was turned away.The Buckeyes finish the 2016 season with a record of 11-7-3 record after making the program’s 11th NCAA Tournament, and the seventh time in eight season read more

With roster intact OSU meets lofty expectations as season arrives

For the first time since 2005, the hype surrounding the Ohio State men’s basketball team has nothing to do with incoming freshmen. It has nothing to do with recently departed stars and nothing to do with “what could have been.”The Buckeyes, who had become all too familiar with players leaving early for the NBA, return all but one player from last year’s team and have zero incoming freshmen.The focus on this team is not on the talent leaving Columbus, but rather on the talent staying in town.A sense of continuity is something that has been absent from the program since 2006, when Greg Oden began a trend of “one-and-done” players making short stays at OSU. The team’s familiarity with one another is something coach Thad Matta knows is important. “Repetition builds confidence in my mind,” Matta said. “I think that’s the beauty of seeing guys that have been in the program for more than one or two years. Now, there’s not a lot that they’re going to see that’s going to be new to them.”Even though the season has yet to begin, Matta said he has already noticed an improvement in his team’s ability to recognize certain situations on the court — a recognition that, because of the youth of his previous teams, was not there in the past.“These guys have played a lot of basketball together,” Matta said. “They’ve got a pretty good feel for what other guys can do. So, from that standpoint, that carries some clout for us.”Getting healthyBoth David Lighty and Nikola Kecman return this year after seeing their previous season cut short because of injury.Kecman, a sophomore, played in only one game last season before tearing his ACL in practice.Lighty, who broke his foot in the team’s seventh game last season, is now a redshirt junior coming into his fourth year at OSU. He is considered by many on the team to be the Buckeyes’ vocal leader and will make his biggest impact on the defensive end.“Dave is a great player and a great leader,” senior Kyle Madsen said. “One of the best things he does is play defense and talk on defense. He’s a really loud guy who brings everyone together.”Though it was difficult for him to watch from the bench last year, Lighty said it was his absence that allowed for others to gain valuable experience.“I dropped off and everyone stepped up their game and came ready to play,” Lighty said. “It’s going to be really good for us.”As Lighty and Kecman make their returns, junior Dallas Lauderdale will fill the vacancy on the injury report. Lauderdale, who was projected as the Buckeyes’ starting center, broke a bone in his hand during a preseason practice and is not expected to be healthy in time for the season opener.He will be replaced by senior Kyle Madsen and sophomore Zisis Sarikopoulos until he is able to return.Buckeyes begin season nationally rankedFor just the second time in Thad Matta’s career in Columbus, the Buckeyes found themselves ranked in the preseason Top 25.OSU begins the season at No. 16 in the preseason AP Poll and is one of six Big Ten teams ranked by the AP to start the year.The Buckeyes are No. 17 in the Coaches’ Poll, one of five Big Ten teams ranked in the Top 25.Matta’s first OSU team to be ranked at the start of the year entered the 2006-07 season ranked as high as fourth. The Buckeyes went on to win both the Big Ten regular season and tournament championships, and finished as the national runner up.Turner earns preseason All-Conference honors; team projected to finish thirdJunior Evan Turner, who averaged a conference-best 17.3 points per game a season ago, was named the preseason All-Big Ten team by the media.Turner, Purdue’s Robbie Hummel, Penn State’s Talor Battle, Michigan’s Manny Harris and Michigan State’s Kalin Lucas, all juniors, were tabbed as the conference’s best players headed into the season.Lucas, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year, was projected by the media to retain the title, and was named the Preseason Player of the Year.Likewise, Lucas’ Spartans are projected to repeat last year’s regular season conference championship. The Buckeyes, who finished last year in a tie for fourth in the conference, are projected to finish third, behind Michigan State and Purdue. Roller coaster non-conference scheduleBefore beginning Big Ten play at the end of December, the Buckeyes will play 12 teams from out of conference, nine of which will be played at home.The Buckeyes’ non-conference home schedule doesn’t look to be much of a challenge.The home schedule includes only one team from a major conference in Florida State, and is filled with the likes of Lipscomb and Cleveland State, among others.Away from Columbus, however, the Buckeyes will be put to the test.OSU will play both North Carolina and either California or Syracuse as a part of the 2K Sports Classic in New York City. Along with a trip to Indianapolis to play Butler, the Buckeyes will be pitted against three teams ranked in the preseason Coaches’ Poll Top 25.“With the schedule like that you have a chance to play teams from other conferences that are high powered and that we may meet in the NCAA tournament,” senior P.J. Hill said.“[After our non-conference games] we’ll know where we stand as a ball club and as individual players so I think that’s going to be a great test for us.”The Buckeyes begin play Wednesday with an exhibition game against Walsh before getting the season officially underway Monday against Alcorn State. read more

Former Buckeye Mike Brewster battling at Senior Bowl

Former Ohio State football center Mike Brewster has been fighting to improve his draft stock this past week during preparation for Saturday’s Senior Bowl — literally. A co-captain of the 2011 Buckeyes squad and a four-year starter for OSU, Brewster has had mixed results during the week of practice leading to the showcase game for NFL prospects. Thursday’s practices in Mobile, Ala., site of the Senior Bowl, was canceled due to severe weather. However, Wednesday’s practices didn’t go well for Brewster, according to a report from Tony Pauline, a Sports Illustrated draft expert. Some of the center’s successes during the week, as well as his struggles, came against an old rival from the “team up north.” “(Center) Mike Brewster of Ohio State is having a tough go of it this morning,” Pauline wrote on cnnsi.com. “He was just beaten badly by Mike Martin of Michigan, who had been quiet most of the day. Brewster has been struggling to hold the point and continues to get pushed back off the line.” After Tuesday’s practice, Pauline wrote: “(Center) Mike Brewster of Ohio State and (defensive tackle) Mike Martin of Michigan are again battling hard in practice. Brewster laughed about it yesterday and noted it’s just a continuation of what’s taken place the past four years.” A week of ups and downs for Brewster, a 2010 All-American and all Big Ten Conference honoree, might not deter the player from reaching professional football. In a November interview with The Lantern, ESPN college football analyst Todd McShay said Brewster, who could not be reached for comment, should still find his way to the NFL. “He’s really played well (for OSU),” McShay said. “He’s been their best lineman. He’s going to find a way to succeed in the NFL. He’s just one of those guys.” Saturday’s Senior Bowl in kicks off at 4 p.m. in Mobile at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on the NFL Network. Michael Periatt contributed to this story. read more

Ohio State mens hockey drops series to Michigan still earn CCHA bye

“That one stings,” said Ohio State senior defenseman Brandon Martell after rival Michigan completed a weekend sweep of his team. Michigan defeated OSU, 6-3, Saturday night, following a 5-3 victory the night before. Leaving the series empty-handed, OSU remains in a tie for fourth with Ferris State in the 11-team Central Collegiate Hockey Association. But even with two losses, the Buckeyes earned a first-round bye in the CCHA Tournament. OSU coach Mark Osiecki said his staff came into the weekend primarily focused on securing that objective. “Our first step was trying to earn a bye. That’s a big step for us,” Osiecki said. The Buckeyes started Saturday’s Senior Night with four of their five seniors on the ice. The spotlight soon moved to OSU sophomore forward Tanner Fritz. The Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, native scored two goals in the opening period, sandwiched around a pair of tallies from the Wolverines. Fritz was not finished yet. After Michigan took a 3-2 lead early in the second on a goal by sophomore forward Phil Di Giuseppe, Fritz assisted sophomore forward Max McCormick’s equalizer at the 5:16 mark of the period. “(Fritz) is on a whole different level,” Osiecki said of his forward’s recent play. Neither Fritz nor his teammates, though, could muster any offense in the final period against the Wolverines. Michigan scored the final three goals of the contest. Osiecki pulled senior goalie Brady Hjelle after he let in his fifth goal of the game. “He’s been solid for us … he didn’t have his A-game tonight by any means. I don’t want to leave him out there just dangling in the wind,” Osiecki said of the call to pull Hjelle on Senior Night. The Buckeyes came out of the gate slowly Friday night and were unable to find the net until the beginning of the third period. McCormick’s 10th goal of the season made it 2-1 with 19 minutes to play. The remainder of the period brought a bevy of goals, but OSU never pulled even. The final Michigan goal came on an empty net with 50 seconds left. The sweep of the Buckeyes (13-14-7, 12-9-5-1 CCHA) leaves the Wolverines (12-18-2, 9-15-2-2 CCHA) with 31 points in conference play. Although it sits in ninth place, coach Red Berenson’s squad has won four of its last six. “That’s probably the best weekend of hockey Michigan has played all year. The penalty killing was good and the power play was good,” Berenson said. OSU will shift focus to the final series of the regular season, a date with league-leading Miami (Ohio). Osiecki said a positive response to being swept at home will be key to preparing for the Red Hawks. “You’ve got to turn the page as quick as possible, but they also have to let it sting,” Osiecki said. “That has to drive you for Monday, has to drive you for Friday.” Game one of the two-game series will be played Friday at 7:35 p.m. in Oxford, Ohio. read more

Mens Soccer Buckeyes head home to take on Northwestern trip to Ann

Ohio State men’s soccer head coach Brian Maisonneuve watches the Buckeyes play in the first half of the game against the University of South Florida on Sept. 7, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorComing off a 3-1 defeat at Penn State to open its Big Ten schedule, the Ohio State men’s soccer team (1-5-1) returns home to take on Northwestern on Friday. The Buckeyes have scored goals in consecutive games, following a three-game scoreless drought and will need the momentum to continue against a tough Northwestern squad.Ohio State’s first year head coach Brian Maisonneuve said Northwestern’s depth is a major concern.“They got it rolling. They’re organized, they’re talented, they’ve got some new pieces,” Maisonneuve said. “Some of the freshmen stepped up and are doing a really nice job, and then they’ve got a lot of returners, so they’ve got some experience.” The Wildcats (4-2-1) are anchored by solid play in all facets of the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Miha Miskovic owns a 0.67 goals against average this season, which is good for 28th best in the nation. On the offensive end, the Wildcats are led by senior midfielder Camden Buescher and freshman midfielder Bardia Kimiavi. Buescher has scored three goals, while Kimiavi has scored two. Four other Wildcats have also scored this season. “They’re playing some really good soccer right now, so it’s definitely going to be a challenge,” Maisonneuve said. Maisonneuve also said that while the goals are starting to come, he doesn’t like that they gave up three goals the last time out and says his team will need to tighten things up defensively. “We were creating chances the whole year, sometimes it just takes a little bit to find the back of the net,” Maisonneuve said. “A lot of times when you have a new group, new tactics and just everything’s brand new, we’re looking at five weeks now, sometimes that final piece is the goal-scoring piece.”Friday’s match comes just days ahead of a trip to Ann Arbor to take onl Michigan. Redshirt senior midfielder Brady Blackwell knows that they cannot look past Northwestern, and they will have to take things day by day, game by game if they want to be successful. “Northwestern’s a good team, they’ve got some good wins this season, so right now we’re looking to build off Friday and take that into Michigan,” Blackwell said. “If we can get a good win on Friday, that’ll give us a lot of momentum going into Ann Arbor.” The Buckeyes will have to excel in all areas of the game on Friday if they want to knock off Northwestern to claim their second victory of the season. Friday’s game is scheduled at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. start. Following Friday night’s match, the Buckeyes will travel to face No. 21 Michigan on Tuesday. read more

Leon Brittans widow reveals he kept concerns to himself because he did

first_imgLady Brittan leaves her home in central London She said believes her husband was “worse treated than had he been an ordinary citizen” and claimed the “presumption of innocence had been set aside”.Lady Brittan, who says she was assisted by her two daughters during the “turbulent” times, told the BBC: “He would never say anything to me, but I cannot believe from what he said to my daughters that he was not affected by it all.“He was a strong man and he was a very moral man, and I think the last thing he wanted – because I think we both knew what was coming – was to upset me even further.”She added that she does not blame police in general, but rather has had her confidence dented in the Metropolitan Police officers involved in the investigation. Show more He was a strong man and he was a very moral man, and I think the last thing he wanted – because I think we both knew what was coming – was to upset me even furtherLady Brittan She wants “lessons to be learned” and “just [wishes] that none of it had happened”. It emerged in 2014 that Lord Brittan had been questioned by police in connection with a historic rape allegation.Throughout the investigation, he maintained the allegation was wholly without foundation. He died in 2015 aged 75 after a long battle with cancer – before police told him the case had been dropped.It later emerged police had concluded there was not enough evidence to proceed in September 2013, but the case was reopened. The Crown Prosecution Service told police in November 2014 – two months before Lord Brittan died – that there was not enough evidence for them to consider bringing charges.This decision was appealed by Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Rodhouse.  It was not until April 2015 that the complainant was informed no charges would follow, even if Lord Brittan was alive.Lady Brittan received a letter from the police clarifying their position nearly six months later, in October that year.Explaining the reasoning behind the decision to reopen the case, the Metropolitan Police said: “It was felt that these were highly unusual circumstances where the previous independence of the police to tackle sexual offending by VIPs had been publicly called into question.“A decision to take no further action in respect of this allegation would undoubtedly have resulted in media criticism and public cynicism, and there was clearly a very strong public interest in ensuring that the correct decision had been made.”Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the force’s commissioner, later met with Lady Brittan to apologise.Lady Brittan’s interview with BBC Radio 4’s The Briefing Room will be broadcast tonight at 8pm.center_img Lady Brittan leaves her home in central LondonCredit:Warren Allott 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. Lord Brittan’s widow has spoken out for the first time since police dropped their investigation into her husband, revealing he kept his concerns to himself because he did not want to upset her.The former Home Secretary died before being told he would not face any further investigation over an historic sex abuse allegation.His wife, Lady Brittan, has now spoken about how the investigation impacted on the family, admitting her husband did not confide in her in a bid to protect her.last_img read more

Brother of Manchester bomber Salman Abedi released without charge

first_imgThe brother of Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi has been released without charge by police.Ismail Abedi, 23, was arrested in Chorlton on May 23, a day after the terror attack on Manchester Arena which killed 22 people including seven children.Ten men remain in custody for questioning, while a total of eight people have now been released without charge, Greater Manchester Police said. Police have released CCTV images of Salman Abedi in the Manchester area in days preceding the attack Credit:AFP / Getty  Show more A spokesman for Greater Manchester police said: “A 23-year-old man, who was arrested in connection with the investigation into the attack at Manchester Arena has today, Monday 5 June 2017, been released without charge.”He was arrested on 23/05/17 in Chorlton, Manchester.” CCTV image of Salman Abedi in the Manchester area in days preceding the attackcenter_img 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. Latest update in Manchester Arena investigation pic.twitter.com/wt9Q8SR7Cc— G M Police (@gmpolice) June 5, 2017 Salman Abedi, 22, whose family are believed to be of Libyan origin, died after detonating an improvised explosive device as people began leaving a show by US singer Ariana Grande.His father, Ramadan Abedi, was arrested in Tripoli on May 24, along with Salman’s brother Hashim, who Libyan security forces said was “aware of all the details” of the attack.Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the atrocity.last_img read more

Russia causing mayhem in cyberspace says former GCHQ chief

first_imgRussia has denied hacking attacks to undermine elections or political parties in the US, France and Germany.The former spy chief also warned that new laws were a “blunt tool” for tackling terrorists’ use of encrypted messaging services such as WhatsApp or Telegram.Such end-to-end encryption services were here to stay and governments had to find ways to work with technology companies to tackle the problem.He said he was also against building so-called “backdoors” into apps, saying the approach was “technically difficult” and would not work.Mr Hannigan said: “I can’t see, particularly as many of these companies are US-based, that legislation is the answer on this. I don’t think there is a magic solution where you can just legislate it away.””Everyone would like a simple answer on encryption and unfortunately it is very difficult,” he said. Robert Hannigan, former head of GCHQ Robert Hannigan, former head of GCHQ 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. Russia’s cyber subversion is a threat to Britain’s democratic process a former head of GCHQ has warned.Robert Hannigan gave a stark assessment of Kremlin-backed operations saying Russia was causing mayhem in cyberspace.Mr Hannigan, who left his job as chief of the UK’s electronic eavesdropping agency earlier this year, said that “cyber retaliation” may one day be necessary to deter Russian activity. He also warned that terrorists’ use of powerful encryption services cannot be tackled by new laws.Senior ministers and spy chiefs have previously warned of a step change in Russian-backed cyber operations, targeting elections and political institutions throughout the West.Mr Hannigan told the BBC: “There is a disproportionate amount of mayhem in cyberspace coming from Russia, from state activity. “Starting to talk about it is good – calling it out. Improving our defences is obviously really important.”But ultimately people will have to push back against Russian state activity and show that it’s unacceptable.”Asked how that could be done, he said: “It doesn’t have to be done by cyber retaliation but it may be that that is necessary at some time in the future.”It may be sanctions and other measures, just to put down some red lines and say that this behaviour is unacceptable.”last_img read more

BBC demands to see conductors speech ahead of Last Night of the

first_imgThe BBC has demanded to see a draft of conductors’ Last Night of the Proms speeches, it has been revealed, amid concerns the celebration of classical music is being taken over by politics.The corporation, which broadcasts the Proms on television and radio every summer, confirmed it requests a copy of the traditional speech made on every Last Night, ahead of the evening.Sakari Oramo, this year’s star conductor, disclosed that he has been asked to show his draft, pointing out that no-one could stop him if he chose to say something entirely different.This Proms season has already seen high-profile conductors use their platform to speak about Brexit, with Daniel Barenboim condemning what he called a “wave of nationalism” as “very dangerous”. Despite that pledge, recent years have seen its stage and audiences regularly dominated by political themes, from the Scottish referendum to Brexit.This year’s political theme had an early start, with pianist Igor Levit performing an improvised version of the EU anthem, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, in its first week.A day later, in a speech apparently about music education, Barenboim said he spoke not out of political concern but “human”. “If you look at the difficulties that the European continent is going through now you can see why that is: because of the lack of a common education,” he said.Critic Norman Lebrecht said then: “The Proms are, and must be, politically neutral… the Proms podium is not a place for sermons, however brief or apposite. In an interview with the Times this week, Oramo said he did not plan to follow Barenboim’s broadside with any pointed words for his 2017 outing.”It’s your business in the UK whether you want to be there or not [in the EU],” he said.“I think it [Brexit] is a bad idea and very bad for both parties, but I don’t feel I’m qualified to comment on it. If I were British I would have a different approach. But I’m that bit of an outsider.”Disclosing the BBC would see a draft of the speech, he joked : “But of course, if I start to speak something completely different, I don’t think anyone can stop me.”I could ‘go Trump’, maybe!” Previous years of Proms have seen Marin Alsop make a point about equality and women’s position in classical music during her Last Night, and Nigel Kennedy make a statement about Israel.Last year, before he conducted the Last Night, Oramo told the Telegraph he had a rule against bringing politics into his Proms speeches.“It’s not appropriate,” he said then. “You can comment on general things like the importance of music in culture, but not on specific things.”In the end, he spoke only of music being a unifying force and eschewed the Union flag waistcoat he wore in 2014 for a simple black and white outfit. Last year’s Proms saw battle between the Union and EU flags 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. Sakari Oramo, who will be conducting the Last Night of the Proms in 2014  Last year's Proms saw battle between the Union and EU flagscenter_img Daniel Barenboim conducts the Staatskapelle Berlin at the 2017 BBC Proms The Last Night of the Proms Sakari Oramo, who will be conducting the Last Night of the Proms in 2014  The Last Night of the Proms Daniel Barenboim conducts the Staatskapelle Berlin at the 2017 BBC Proms A spokesman for the BBC said: “This [asking to see the draft]  is not a new thing – the conductor’s speech forms a key part of the Last Night programme and it’s standard for conductors to collaborate with the production team on all elements of the concert.“The Last Night speech is a much loved tradition and as well as thanking the Prommers, musicians and announcing the next season, it is a moment for the conductor to speak personally about their passion for the power of music.”A source added they were not aware of any occasion that a conductor had been asked to change his or her speech ahead of broadcast.The rule applies only to the Last Night, with any other speeches throughout the Proms season considered impromptu and at the prerogative of the conductor.The corporation has long said the Proms are intended to be a “music festival and not a political platform”.last_img read more

Morrissey postpones upcoming gigs amid row over antiracism protest

“We deeply regret any inconvenience to the fans and promise to reschedule UK and European dates as soon as possible.”All original purchasers from official ticket outlets will have the full ticket fee refunded including booking fee to their credit/debit cards. Refunds from ticket agents will be actioned from midday on Monday July 2.”The singer’s world tour will continue in Mexico City in November. Morrissey has postponed all UK and European gigs scheduled for next month after fans planned a protest against his political views.The former Smiths frontman had been due to play at Castlefield Bowl in his home city of Manchester on July 7 and 8 and then further gigs in Portsmouth and Reading.Promoters blamed “logistical problems” for the postponement but his team was said to have been “rattled” by plans to hold an anti-racism party that clashed with one of the Manchester concerts.Campaigners had organised the One Nation Under A Groove protest party for July 8 at the the city’s Revolution bar after the 59-year-old singer made comments in support of jailed English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson.In April, Morrissey announced his support for For Britain, a far-right party created by failed Ukip leadership contestant Anne Marie Waters, who has said she left Ukip after Nigel Farage dismissed her and her allies as “Nazis and racists”. In an interview posted on his blog, he spoke in support Waters and Robinson . “As far as racism goes, the modern loony left seem to forget that Hitler was leftwing,” he said.A statement released by ticketing website Gigs and Tours said: “Due to logistical problems beyond our control, the UK/European Morrissey concerts scheduled for July will be postponed. The 59-year-old singer made comments in support of jailed English Defence League founder Tommy RobinsonCredit:Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media The 59-year-old singer made comments in support of jailed English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson read more

Child sex abuse inquiry fined £200000 for bulk email identifying possible victims

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 ICO said the Inquiry had failed to give staff proper training about the importance of using the “bcc” field, and relied on the assurance of the IT company hired to manage the mailing list that people would not be able to reply to the entire list. Several months later, in July 2017, a further incident arose when a recipient clicked on “Reply All” in response to an email from the Inquiry, sent via the mailing list, and revealed their email to the entire list. IICSA had also breached its own privacy notice by sharing participants’ emails addresses with the IT company without their consent. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has been fined £200,000 after sending a bulk email that identified possible victims of child sexual abuse, the  Information Commissioner’s Office has said. The inquiry sent a blind carbon copy email to 90 participants on February 27, 2017, telling them about a public hearing, but then a member of staff sent a correction where the email addresses were entered into the “to” field instead, the ICO said.This allowed the recipients to see each other’s email addresses, identifying them as possible victims of child sexual abuse.Steve Eckersley, the ICO’s director of investigations, said the incident “placed vulnerable people at risk” and was concerning, adding that the inquiry “should and could have done more to ensure this did not happen”.”People’s email addresses can be searched via social networks and search engines, so the risk that they could be identified was significant.”One of the respondents said he was “very distressed” by the data breach, and in total the ICO received 22 complaints.Of the 90 email addresses, 52 contained the recipient’s full name or a label with their full name. IICSA became aware of the breach when a recipient added two further email addresses to the “to” field and clicked “reply all”.  The Inquiry then sent three emails asking the recipients to delete the original email and not to send it on. One of these emails led to another 39 “Reply All” emails.  read more

David Attenborough BBC must stop blaming low ratings for not covering the

“But the way that television is used now is transforming. The mere fact you’ve got these various devices for catch-up television is comforting in a way, because you can dial up a programme that you heard someone talking about.“I read the reviews in the press and think, ‘Why haven’t I watched that?’ And so you catch up. Sir David Attenborough with the Queen during an evening at Buckingham Palace Sir David Attenborough, the naturalist and former controller of BBC Two, has criticised the BBC for failing to broadcast enough arts and culture programmes, saying it must cater for all tastes even if they are not watched by millions.Sir David, who helped introduce colour television to Britain and commissioned some of the BBC’s best-loved shows, said there are a “lot of gaps” in the corporation’s coverage now, thanks in part to too much focus on viewing figures.“The cultural, the arts programmes,” he said, when asked what the public service broadcaster, paid for by the licence fee, was lacking.“I don’t think the BBC does enough. It’s not enough simply to say, ‘Well, it doesn’t get a big enough audience.’“If you’re a public service broadcaster, what you should be saying is, ‘We will show the broad spectrum of human interest.’“People of all kinds should be catered for. You can measure success not necessarily by the maximum size of the audience, but by the maximum width of the spectrum, and see whether there aren’t any gaps in it and how you’re filling them. Kenneth Clark’s CivilisationCredit:BBC Kenneth Clark's Civilisation Sir David Attenborough with the Queen during an evening at Buckingham PalaceCredit:PA Sir David Attenborough filming for Blue Planet IICredit:Gavin Thurston “In a way, I’m surprised that television hasn’t changed more. There’s quite a lot that people hang on to.”Sir David said that new technology had made documentary making more accessible and encouraged young producers to take up the mantle.”Now the technology is so versatile, so small, anybody can make a natural history programme,” he added.”It’s just a matter of time. When people say, ‘How do I become a natural history film-maker?’ – the answer is, ‘Do it! It couldn’t be easier.”‘A BBC spokesman said: “David rightly recognises the importance of arts and cultural programming in public service broadcasting and no other comes close to the BBC’s commitment – from Civilisations and Performance Live, to regular arts discussion programmes and the forthcoming year-long Our Classical Century – that said, we would love to do even more, which is why the BBC has said that we need to look at ways of increasing our income.” 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. Speaking to the magazine, which has featured him on the cover more times than anyone except the Queen, the 92-year-old broadcaster said shared early discussions about television including a long debate over what to call the role now universally known as the “presenter”.“In 1952, you made an appointment with television and shaped your evening around that,” he said. “You’d paid your licence money, and so you felt that you’d better watch it all – you had, as it were, bought it. In an interview with the Radio Times, celebrating its 95th year, he added: “But if the BBC was to disappear from our homes one morning, surely we’d miss it desperately? You’ve only got to go to America to know that.”Sir David began his career at the BBC in the early 1950s, with early shows including Zoo Quest in 1954, and became controller of channel Two in 1965.There, he introduced colour television and commissioned programmes including The Old Grey Whistle Test, Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Civilisation, the 13-part arts series by Kenneth Clark.Now best-known for his natural history broadcasting, his latest BBC series, Blue Planet II, was the most-watched TV programme of 2017 and reached 37.6 million viewers in the UK, according to the BBC. Sir David Attenborough filming for Blue Planet II The full interview is in Radio Times magazine. “There are lots of gaps in the BBC’s coverage now, in my view, and that’s because they are harried and badgered by all sorts of people.” read more

President in the process of finalising names for new PSC Ramjattan

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related The three-year life span of the Police Service Commission (PSC) expired on September 4, 2017. The offices of Chairman and Commissioners became vacant automatically, and according to Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, President David Granger is currently in the process of finalising names for the reconstitution of the Commission.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan“The President is working on the finalisation of some names for the reconstitution. I am not privy to the names, but I will certainly have an input (in the selection of Chairman and Commissioners). I am not sure if it will come on stream for December, but I suppose it can be done before December,” Ramjattan said.Prior to the life of the former PSC coming to an end, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, in a letter dated July 27, wrote to the Commission informing them that the President directed that there be no consideration of promotion for members of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) until further notice and should be implemented immediately.Observers had criticised the President’s move as unconstitutional, citing Article 226, Section (1) of the Constitution, which states: “In the exercise of its functions under the Constitution, a Commission shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority”.When asked about the impact of the President’s decision, former PSC Chairman Omesh Satyanand had said it was a blow for those hardworking Police ranks expecting to be rewarded for their services.“When you’re working for a number of years, you expect to have an increase in wages and salary; you look forward for promotion because you are working hard and these are expectations of employees and it would affect any organisation from an employee-employer perspective,” he related.The President’s action was suspected to be the result of a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) that was launched into the effectiveness of the Police Force in investigating the alleged plot to assassinate the Head of State. Granger came in for heavy criticism after he issued the directive, with Satyanand saying that the promotion of the ranks did not have any direct impact on the work or recommendations of the CoI.The report of the CoI, along with recommendations, was presented to President Granger on August 31. It has been over two months, and the directive is yet to be lifted.President Granger however, had said that his Government did not intend to trample on the constitutional rights of the PSC, but wanted that whatever was done presented a positive image of the Police Force. He had stated his office received a number of complaints from aggrieved senior Police Officers and had asked that those claims be investigated.“There have been some doubts and we are investigating the complaints that have been made to us, and we have asked the PSC simply to delay so that we can answer those queries.”He said as soon as those questions are answered, “we will proceed”.The President had earlier stated that with the complaints, there was evidence that injustices might have been done. “We just need time to have the complaints from aggrieved Police Officers thoroughly investigated,” he said.Attorney Rajendra Jaigobin, from the Chambers of former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, filed court action challenging the directive, requesting that it be put on hold. The action was filed in the High Court in August.Jaigobin said he has a vested interest in ensuring that Guyana’s Constitution was not violated and it was his national duty to ensure that those representatives who, and the democratic organs which, exercise the sovereignty of Guyana on his behalf act in due compliance with the said Constitution in the discharge of their public functions and constitutional duties. (Lakhram Bhagirat) read more

Plumber robbed in Campbell Avenue by bicycle bandits

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana Deaf Mission Director trailed from bank to office, robbedMarch 1, 2018In “Crime”Bus driver trailed from bank, robbed of over $5MDecember 20, 2017In “Crime”Diamond taxi driver assaulted, carjacked by armed banditsDecember 15, 2017In “Crime” A Plumber who was making his way home in the wee hours of Friday morning was accosted and robbed of his plumbing tools and other items by two men, one armed with a gun.According to reports received, Kenyata Sampson, 30, of Lot 43 Williams Street Kitty was robbed at around 00:30hrs.Inews understands that Sampson was walking along Campbell Avenue, Kitty when he was confronted by two males who rode up from the opposite direction on a bicycle.The armed bandit reportedly pulled out a gun from his waist and pointed it at the Plumber requesting that he hand over his valuables.Sampson reportedly handed over his haversack after which the men made good their escape. The haversack contained plumbing tools valued $11,000 along with $35,000 and a quantity of documents.The matter was reported to the Police.This publication was informed by law enforcement officials that CCTV footage in the area is being reviewed as investigations continue. read more

We are ready for battle – Coach Johnson says ahead of

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedConcacaf Gold Cup: Golden Jags drawn with T&T, USA and PanamaApril 11, 2019In “latest news”GFF selects Guyana-based Golden Jags …following Talent IDJanuary 25, 2019In “latest news”Golden Jags gear up for practice match against SurinameMarch 13, 2019In “latest news” FILE: The Golden Jags going through some light paces.Guyana’s Senior Men’s football team will play their most important game yet when they meet with Belize in their last CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifier match on March 23. When the Golden Jags take to the field in March, they will be under the instruction of Head Coach Michael Johnson, who is positive about the team’s chances of qualifying.Johnson is currently in Guyana, with a packed itinerary which is focused on getting a batch of local players in shape for the national team selection. Building on the work that is being done by Assistant Coach Charles Pollard, not only did the Head Coach have praises for his second-in-command but also for the promising“It’s an excellent facility to work on, the players have been brilliant so far. The idea is actually to come in, support, nurture and get the players ready for what is a massive game coming up in March,” Johnson stated.Coach Michael JohnsonShifting his focus to the national team selection, Johnson noted that there were a host of players who can cop a spot in the team. And the foreign players who have participated in previous matches are not to be forgotten.“So, of course, you’d expect the players overseas to be at a really good place,” Johnson said, citing the advantage that the overseas players might have.In spite of this, he is cognisant of the talent that the local players are bringing to the table.“Everybody is in contention; I wouldn’t rule out anybody, even players [who] have not been involved. I’m looking at this group of players with a fresh eye. Everybody’s in contention; this is why the camp is here, so we can see which players are outperforming. It’s open for everybody to come and compete. It would be remiss of me to rule out anybody at this stage.”Speaking about the mindset of the players, Johnson explained that the onus was upon him to make sure that the players were mentally ready.“That’s what my job is to do, to make sure that everybody is really tuned in to what we want them to do, so they can give a hundred per cent and leave nothing to doubt. Individual performances and as a team, my job is to make sure that happens,” Johnson stated.Furthermore, he explained that everyone involved was aware of the possibilities and opportunities that can come from a win and qualification, stating, “It’s massive, we all know what’s at stake here; we all know the opportunities that it would give for the players; we all know that it would put Guyana on the footballing map and on the international stage. So, we understand the ramifications of the game. And we will be trying one hundred per cent to make sure we deliver on it.”As such, the Head Coach also stressed on the importance of having a venue that is accessible to the largest number of excited and supportive patrons, which is integral to the team’s performance.“What I think is if we start saying this is where we’re going to play, it’s a good opportunity for the Federation to start marketing the game to the fans in that way. So as soon as we can confirm we can use the stadium, which will be great, obviously there’s more supporters and I think it’ll be a benefit for not only the team but the nation,” he explained.The Head Coach also shared that he has been keen on examining Guyana’s opponents, Belize. Noting that Belize are a strong team, Johnson boldly promised that the Golden Jaguars will be ready for battle come March 23.“Very, very good in transition. Very good at defending and breaking at quick speed, so we got to be ready for it. Analytically we’re preparing for it now, we are making sure we leave no stone unturned. And we will be ready for the game.” (Jemima Holmes) read more

TVI Pacific looks forward to more Philippine developments

first_imgDespite challenging economic conditions, TVI’s Philippine operating affiliate, TVI Resource Development (Phils.) (TVIRD), successfully secured bridge financing (guaranteed by TVI) in order to complete, in just five months, the major infrastructure of the Canatuan sulphide plant by mid-November 2008. A term loan facility for $29.9 million (also guaranteed by TVI) was subsequently entered into to replace the bridge financing facility. Successful start-up and commissioning activities at Canatuan soon followed, with each event marking new milestones for TVIRD. Commercial operations were then established in early March 2009 and the first 5,350-t shipment of copper concentrate to an offtake purchaser, MRI Trading, was completed near the end of the month for initial proceeds of approximately $4.9 million. This first shipment of copper concentrate marked a return to internally generated cash flows for TVIRD. As with previous gold and silver operations at Canatuan, the business plan for TVI contemplates that cash generated from the sulphide operation will be used to, among other things, fund the exploration and development of other TVIRD projects in the Philippines. This will include exploration efforts on the surrounding Canatuan tenements in the hope that a defined orebody can be identified, the feed from which could be trucked to the newly constructed plant to extend the mine life at Canatuan.The current mine plan calls for TVIRD to selectively mine the high copper areas of the deposit during the early years of the project’s five to six year mine life, in order to maximise available cash flows, with zinc concentrate to be produced at a later date as the mining process is adjusted to the mixed copper-zinc areas of the deposit and finally to the higher-zinc areas.TVIRD controls an extensive 352 km2 land package surrounding the Canatuan mine – the Canatuan tenements. The mineralisation is a VMS – style orebody and deposits of this type rarely occur in isolation. There are numerous occurrences around the globe of such deposits (including Canadian examples at Noranda, Buchans, Flin Flon, Sturgeon Lake, Louvicourt and Myra Falls) that support long-term and significant mining operations. Management of TVI believes that a similar mining camp potential exists within the Canatuan Tenements. Initial exploration on the properties suggests that the land package hosts a 40+ km strike length of the schist-formation stratigraphic horizon that hosts the Canatuan orebody. The management of TVI believes it is likely that similar Canatuan-style deposits exist within the area of the Canatuan tenements and additional exploration is scheduled for areas of particular interest. Any mineable ore located in the area could be shipped to the existing Canatuan plant for processing, which would extend the life-of-mine beyond the current estimate.Exploration to date has identified several mineral occurrences on the surrounding tenements, including the Tabingan, Matigdao and Palalian prospects, which management of TVI believes are compelling exploration prospects. The TVIRD exploration team is scheduled to undertake additional exploration to follow up on this mineralization in the near future.Management of TVI is now looking beyond the development of the Canatuan sulphide plant to a second development-stage property and planned production centre at the Balabag gold and silver project. TVIRD is scheduled to undertake additional exploration and initial development activities at Balabag over the course of next year, subject to raising additional project financing. While the Balabag scoping study produced in early 2008 provided data on a full-scale production plant, TVI management is currently evaluating strategies involving the establishment of a pilot plant (entailing significantly lower capital expenditures) in order to bring the project into production at an earlier date. This strategy contemplates the reinvestment of a portion of the cash flows from the operation into staged expansion and improvement of the plant, and the use of a portion of that cash flow to advance exploration activities.The 48 km2 Balabag development property is located at the municipal boundaries of Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur, and Diplahan, Zamboanga Sibugay, approximately 75 km east-northeast of the producing Canatuan mine. An initial mineral resource estimate provided to TVI in August 2007 reported that the deposit contained Indicated resources of 204,000 oz of gold equivalent (AuEqOz) at an average grade of 4.62 g/t and inferred resources of 234,000 AuEqOz at an average grade of 3.72 g/t (using a cutoff of 0.5 g/t gold, a gold price of $650/oz and a silver price of $13.50/oz). The resource estimate was based on the first 69 holes drilled into the deposit. To date, TVIRD has completed a total of 99 drill holes amounting to 10,804 m. Currently, the mineralisation is interpreted to remain open at depth and along strike, meaning that further exploration activities could result in the discovery of additional resources.Following the Company’s focus on getting Canatuan financed and producing, TVIRD exploration personnel are scheduled to return to the field to continue examining its largely unexplored land position on the Zamboanga Peninsula of Mindanao. Management of TVI believes that these tenements represent compelling exploration prospects that have the potential to host porphyry copper-gold and epithermal gold deposits. In addition to follow-up work at the Tamarok, Tapisa and Bonbon projects, TVIRD expects to undertake additional exploration initiatives across its broader property package.last_img read more