Month: September 2019

  • Venus Serena Williams Open Olympics With Easy Wins

    The Williams sisters, Venus and Serena Williams, started their path toward Olympic gold with pedestrian victories in their opening matches, generating chants of “U-S-A, U-S-A” from fans.Twenty minutes separated the victories by the American sisters. Venus Williams took care of Sara Errani, 6-3, 6-1 in a match during which she hardly was threatened.At the other end of the All  England Club, Serena Williams disposed of Poland’s Urzula Radwanska, 6-2, 6-3.A schedule backlog transformed the Olympics at Wimbledon into a parade of Grand Slam champions Monday, with the Williams sisters and Roger Federerall playing at the same time.And all won, Federer reaching the third round, beating Julien Benneteau of France, 6-2, 6-2.“I just wanted to play well for my country,” Venus Williams said. “It was just great to be out there.”She waited an extra day because of rain to begin her bid for a record fourth gold medal.Venus Williams, who is unseeded, drew a tough first-round foe in Errani, who has won four titles this year and is ranked a career-high No. 9. Williams served well, charged the net aggressively and appeared at ease on the Wimbledon grass, where she has won five of her seven Grand Slam titles.“I’ve been working really hard on my serve,” she said. “I really haven’t had my serve where I wanted it this year. But I definitely worked a lot on it, so that way it would be a real weapon for me, which is what I’m used to.”Despite being diagnosed last year with an autoimmune disease that can cause fatigue, she began 2012 determined to make the Olympic team. She won the gold in singles at the 2000 Games and teamed with Serena to take the gold in doubles in 2000 and 2008.Because her opening match was delayed a day by rain, Williams will have to play six consecutive days if she reaches Saturday’s final.“I definitely expect everything to be tough on me almost nowadays,” Williams said.Over on Court 1, Serena’s serve lacked its usual sizzle, and she was even broken once, but she still eliminated Radwanska with little drama.  She will next play Vera Zvonareva of Russia, the Wimbledon runner-up in 2010. read more

  • NBCs Al Trautwig Backs Down from Comments About Simone

    Al Trautwig and Simone Biles (Daily Dot, US News)Al Trautwig, the gymnastics commentator for NBC’s Olympic Games coverage, has found himself in hot water for claiming Simone Biles’ adoptive mother and father are not her parents. The athlete was adopted by her maternal grandfather  and his wife – Ron and Nellie Biles –at age 6 with her younger sister Adria. The pair took the siblings in after their daughter struggled with drugs and alcohol.Trautwig referred to Ron and Nellie as Simone’s grandparents on air during the competition. When a Twitter user corrected him he said, “They may be mom and dad but they are NOT her parents.”The tweet was later deleted but not before others captured a screenshot, including Maggie Astor.Funny, @AlTrautwig deleted his vile tweet about @Simone_Biles’ parents. Fortunately, screenshots exist. @NBCOlympics— Maggie Astor (@MaggieAstor) August 8, 2016Many responded to the message, including Aimee Boorman, Simone’s long-time [email protected] actually they are her parents.— Aimee B (@Salto_Coach) August 8, 2016Lauren Brewer questioned why Ron and Nellie kept being called her grandparents, adding “adoptive parents are parents.”Why do the #nbc commentators keep saying #SimoneBiles parents are her parents to her, her actual grandparents? Adoptive parents are parents!— Lauren Brewer (@knowinvno1) August 8, 2016Andrew Watring thought the network needed to “educate yourself about adoption.”[email protected] Those are @Simone_Biles’s parents – she doesn’t “think of them” as her parents. They are. Educate yourself about adoption, please.— Andrew Watring (@AndrewWatring) August 8, 2016Later on, NBC released a statement saying, “we became aware of the situation last night and addressed it with Al quickly.”Time reported the 19-year-old Olympic all-around finalist was formally adopted by her grandparents on Christmas Eve 2002. Biles asked if she could call her grandmother mom on the first day it became official. Now, she refers to Nellie and Ron as mom and dad. While she has met her biological mom a few times, she only hears from her on birthdays and holidays.“When I was younger, I thought every kid was adopted,” she told the magazine in June. “I didn’t understand why people made it such a big deal. To me, it’s just normal.”According to USA Today, Trautwig emailed an apology to NBC Sports.“I regret that I wasn’t more clear in my wording on the air,” he explained. “I compounded the error on Twitter, which I quickly corrected. To set the record straight, Ron and Nellie are Simone’s parents.”The statement came too little too late, however. The hashtag #FireTrautwig sprung up online after the commentator [email protected] called for Trautwig’s “immediate dismissal.”Dude needs immediate dismissal. They raised her. They’re her parents. This isn’t about biology. It’s about NURTURE #FireTrautwig— smh_yet_again (@mskavon) August 8, [email protected] thought Trautwig’s statement was simply a defense of his “insensitive words.”@Gymtertainment I think by “quick correction” he means defend his insensitive words and belittle people who pointed it out. #FireTrautwig— Olympics to Election (@olympicstoelect) August 8, 2016 read more

  • Shaunie ONeal Finally Gives Fans Update About Sons Health

    Shaunie O’Neal has been relatively quiet when it comes to updating fans on her son after he had surgery on his heart back in December. But now, after tons of questions from followers, she’s revealed he’s been given the all-clear.The star and executive producer of VH1’s “Basketball Wives” proudly shared the news on her Instagram page Tuesday, March 26, saying that Shareef O’Neal is back to being able to play “with no limitations.”“CLEARED with NO LIMITATIONS!” O’Neal wrote in a caption. “We are so thankful and appreciative for all of your support, prayers and love through this long process. There has been a tremendous weight lifted off of me today, and I can’t stop Thanking God! I will never stop paying attention to my children’s health and will always advocate for student athletes to get The Best screenings! I know @shareefoneal ‘s Come Back will Be one to remember!!! Love & Light ❤️”She accompanied the memo with a slow-motion video of the UCLA freshman running on a treadmill with a breathing tube and various monitors attached to track his progress in a stress test. It was soundtracked to Kanye West’s “Say You Will.”“I always get back up,” read a quote at the end of the 36-second video.Much like before, fans left their prayers and well-wishes in the comments section.“@shaunieoneal5 glory yes I pray GOD continue to cover, protect, and Bless our babies from all evil diseases, things, and people! Glory to GOD the most high! Hallelujah.”“Well done Shareef. Get back at it & terrorize the college & NBA circuit like your father did.❤️”“Good luck looking good keep up the good work.”“Oh myyyyy, yes won’t he do it!!!! So happy for you guys!!”In one of several posts announcing his return to form, Shareef said on Instagram of basketball Wednesday “I know she missed me … I won’t leave you like that again🏀❤️.”The 18-year-old son of NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal had surgery on Dec. 13, 2018 to repair an electrical issue in his heart. The four-star recruit in UCLA’s 2018 signing class was forced to miss an entire season after his condition was discovered. The 6-foot-10 forward is expected to play for the school next season.Shaunie O’Neal Shares Major Update on Son Months After His Heart SurgeryShaunie O’Neal has been relatively quiet when it comes to updating fans on her son after he had surgery on his heart back in December. But now, she’s revealed he’s been given the all-clear.Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-90.5x1x1.25×1.5x2x facebook twitter Email linkedin pinterest reddit Link EmbedCopiedAuto 800p (740 kbps)800p (730 kbps)400p (440 kbps)Live00:0000:3500:35 read more

  • Theres Still Hope For The Soccer Team That Cant Score

    TEAMLEAGUEAFTER 6 GAMESFULL SEASONRELEGATED ’14-15HamburgBund-4.37-9.62 ’14-14BurnleyEPL-2.55-11.36✓ ’12-13NorwichEPL-2.52+0.03 ’12-13AugsburgBund-2.08+1.37 Among teams in the top four European leagues. Expected goals does not count penalty shots.Source: Opta Sports ’16-17HamburgBund-2.32+2.36 ACTUAL GOALS MINUS EXPECTED GOALS ’15-16MalagaLiga-4.23-3.86 ’13-14SunderlandEPL-2.18-5.41 ’16-17IngolstadtBund-4.21-6.83✓ ’11-12Sporting GijonLiga-2.88+2.89✓ ’14-15SassuoloSerie-2.58+3.13 ’10-11EvertonEPL-3.93-1.57 The best of soccer’s worstTeams that scored less than four points in their first six games but had at least two more expected goals than goals scored, since 2010-11 ’12-13ChievoSerie-2.44+0.94 Crystal Palace is making history in the English Premier League. In six games, the Eagles have conceded 13 goals and scored zero. No other team in the 129-year history of the English top flight has ever lost its first six matches without scoring a single goal.It’s not even October, but Palace is already on its second coach of the season, having fired Frank de Boer and brought in former English national team manager Roy Hodgson after the fourth loss. It hasn’t helped. Palace suffered its worst loss last weekend in a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City. To make matters worse, the team’s seventh game will be Saturday at Manchester United, which has only given up two goals this season.But perhaps the most curious thing about Crystal Palace is that many of the EPL’s most embarrassing campaigns belong to teams that had been recently promoted and were woefully underprepared for the top level. In 2007-08, for example, Derby won one game and finished with 11 points after making the jump (though even they scored 20 goals). By contrast, Palace has been up for four years and has high-caliber scoring talent like striker Christian Benteke (66 career goals in the EPL) and winger Wilfried Zaha (signed to a $38 million contract over the next five years). Even more unusual is this: The team’s underlying numbers this season are not really bad — despite the awful results.With 80 shot attempts in six matches, the Eagles rank ninth in the Premier League. And Crystal Palace hasn’t just failed to score because all of its attempts were taken from long distance or hampered by heavy defensive pressure. Eight attempts were marked as “big chances,” which the shooter should be expected to convert about 42 percent of the time. And according to expected goals (xG), a stat that measures the quality of scoring chances, one would expect Crystal Palace have scored about six goals, not zero. Benteke — who is now out six weeks with a knee injury — has the most xG (1.9) of anyone in the Premier League who has not yet scored a goal, and he has failed to convert three clear chances. In his five years in the Premier League before this season, Benteke had scored on 30 of 72 non-penalty clear chances.So if you want to project the rest of Crystal Palace’s season, you should not simply compare the Eagles to the worst teams in history, but rather to those teams that struggled early while putting up underlying numbers that are less dismal than their overall results. By applying this method to the top four European leagues,1EPL, Serie A, La Liga and Bundesliga. we get a list of 14 teams that, since 2010-11, took no more than three points from their first six games and created at least two more expected goals than goals scored. Here’s the good news for Crystal Palace: These teams mostly managed to right the ship. On average, the finishing problems they displayed in their first six matches eventually dissipated — eight of the 14 teams outperformed their expected goals over the rest of the season. Only Burnley scored less than a point per match over the rest of its season.2There are only 34 matches in a Bundesliga season, so even though Augsburg, Ingolstadt and Stuttgart all took similar total points to Burnley over the rest of their seasons, they did so over four fewer matches.But for several teams on this list, their recovery was not dramatic enough — five of the 14 were relegated despite improvements. Likewise, FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index projections think Palace has a 48 percent chance of relegation, which is the highest in the Premier League, even though the Eagles’ rating is better than those of Bournemouth, Brighton and Huddersfield.The problem Crystal Palace faces, then, may not be its squad but its record. In the last seven seasons, teams with Palace’s profile tended to improve a lot, but more than a third of the time, they were relegated anyway. The team cannot count on simply improving to the level that its underlying stats suggest it ought to achieve. The Eagles will require real improvements — perhaps buying new players in January or developing new tactics now — if they hope to escape the drop after this unfortunate start. ’17-18Crystal PalaceEPL-6.18?? ’10-11DeportivoLiga-5.07-6.41✓ ’15-16StuttgartBund-5.29-9.37✓ read more

  • PSG And Real Madrid Werent Supposed To Have This Many Problems

    This analysis might suggest that Paris Saint-Germain should abandon hope — the attack has been totally dependent on Neymar, and now he’s out. However, PSG may be the only club in the world that is rich enough to have a reasonable Neymar replacement sitting on the bench. Angel Di Maria, who played in Neymar’s wide forward position this weekend against Troyes, put up similarly huge numbers for PSG in 2015-16 (before Neymar’s arrival). While that season was a career-best for Di Maria, he has consistently put up more than 0.5 expected goals and assists per 90 minutes (averaging over 0.7) and 4 to 6 progressive passes and runs per 90 minutes. Most clubs would have to reshuffle their tactics upon losing Neymar, transferring some of his scoring load to one player and some of his ball progression work to others. But PSG can plug in Di Maria and keep everything else roughly the same. If PSG is to get the big win it needs on Tuesday, the man in the center of it is likely to be Di Maria.Scratching back from a two-goal aggregate Real Madrid lead might normally seem like an insurmountable task, but Real hasn’t been the same team this season. Los Blancos have already fallen 15 points off Barcelona’s pace at the top of the La Liga table, effectively conceding the league title with months to go in the season. Real’s defense has been unusually permeable this season, conceding 29 league goals. That’s the club’s worst defensive record through 27 matches since 2010-11. Real has conceded 43 clear scoring chances — defined as a situation like a one-on-one in which a player is expected to score — also its highest number since 2010-11.On the attacking side, the team appears to be reeling as well — but these numbers are a little misleading. Typically, the very best teams in the world outperform expected goals. After all, these teams have the best strikers, and the best strikers convert the easy chances and also score more often in situations when goals are not expected. Real Madrid is getting their normal amount of chances this season: The team has 63 expected goals and has averaged 61 through 27 matches over the past seven seasons. What has changed then is that the finishing has gotten worse. This year, Real has converted only 58 nonpenalty goals from those chances. Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been uncharacteristically unproductive with his chances, accounts for most of the gap, with 13 nonpenalty goals and 17 expected goals.These statistics provide the context for Real Madrid’s disappointing position in La Liga. The weakened defense is enough to make Real fall short of first-place Barcelona, but it is uncharacteristically poor shooting from superstars like Ronaldo that has dropped Los Blancos out of title competition entirely.The stakes could not be higher for this match. PSG is desperate and missing its star. Real Madrid appears more vulnerable than usual — even if the attack is most likely better than its relatively disappointing top-line numbers show.Neither team has much to play for this season other than Champions League glory, and both clubs were constructed precisely for this task. The stage is set for a great European clash between two of the richest and most successful clubs — even if it’s not what these two heavyweights envisioned when this all started.Check out our latest soccer predictions. Few clubs came into this season with grander ambitions than Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. Both clubs were among the top contenders to win the Champions League when the competition began. Now, one will be eliminated from competition after the two face off Tuesday in the second leg of their round of 16 matchup. And the problems run deeper than just elimination — PSG is looking to survive an injury to its superstar Neymar, and Real Madrid has already fallen out of title contention in La Liga. Whichever team fails to advance from the match will have questions to answer about what went wrong.So how did we get here? Let’s start with the summer transfer window after the 2016-17 season. Real quite reasonably avoided making major changes to its roster after winning three of the last four Champions League trophies. PSG, having once again been eliminated from the Champions League before the semifinals, embarked on an unprecedented spending spree — laying out hundreds of millions of dollars to acquire Neymar from Barcelona and Kylian Mbappe from Monaco.Despite these purchases, PSG is once again struggling in the Champions League. A 3-1 first-leg defeat in Madrid has left the French with a roughly 25 percent chance of advancing to the quarterfinals, according to FiveThirtyEight’s club soccer predictions. To reach the quarterfinals, PSG must win by three or win by two while holding Real scoreless. If PSG wins 3-1, the teams will be tied in both aggregate and away goals over the two legs, and the match will go to extra time and possibly penalty kicks to decide who will advance. For PSG, the Champions League appears to be slipping away. And worse, Neymar recently broke a bone in his foot, which will sideline him for at least six weeks.For both ball progression through midfield and shot creation around the penalty area, PSG runs through Neymar. He has scored 19 goals and assisted 13 in Ligue 1, with a non-penalty scoring and assist rate of 1.34 per 90 minutes played. These numbers are no fluke: Neymar hasn’t benefited particularly from good fortune in either his own or his teammates’ finishing. Neymar has taken shots valued at around 13 expected goals, a statistical estimate of the quality of scoring chances, and created chances worth about 11.5 expected goals. His expected goals and assists rate of 1.18 per 90 minutes is the highest of any player in the top five European leagues1The English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A and French Ligue 1. (that means he’s doing better than Lionel Messi).Neymar also moves the attack forward through midfield or into the penalty area before the shot more effectively than anyone else in the top leagues. He has provided about 7.7 progressive passes and runs per 90 minutes, just edging out Messi, who has provided 7.2. (Progressive passes and runs occur when a player either moves the attack forward by 10 or more yards beyond its furthest point of progression or moves the ball into the penalty area for the first time in a possession. A progressive run must also include a successful take-on of an opponent.)These comparisons to Messi are not superfluous — Neymar’s production at PSG has reached such a high level that Messi is his only peer. This chart shows the company that Neymar is keeping this season. It displays all 9,000-plus player-seasons in the top five leagues in which a player had at least 1,500 minutes. There are 10 seasons in the top right corner, where players have more than 0.9 expected goals plus expected assists per 90 minutes and more than five progressive passes and runs per 90 minutes. Eight of them are Messi, starting with his 2010-11 season and running through the current one. And nestled among them is Neymar’s current season. read more

  • These Arent Your RegularSeason Cavs

    The Cleveland Cavaliers that swept the top-seeded Toronto Raptors out of the postseason in dominant fashion looked completely different from the Cavs team that eked out 50 wins in the regular season. And with good reason: The bulk of Cleveland’s postseason minutes have gone to, quite literally, a different team. Through the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Cavaliers have leaned heavily on a five-man lineup that had never shared the court before.In the team’s series against the Pacers and Raptors, Cleveland’s most-used lineup has been George Hill, J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver, LeBron James and Kevin Love. So far this postseason, they’ve logged 110 minutes together. That’s 110 more than they played together in the regular season. Compared to the Toronto Raptors, whose most-used lineup in the playoffs1OG Anunoby, DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka, Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas. logged 801 minutes together in the regular season, Cleveland looks like it’s experimenting on the fly. But it’s working. Cleveland’s most-used postseason lineup is outscoring opponents by 41 points, good for third-best in the playoffs. The Cavs’ second-most-used lineup this postseason, which features José Calderón in place of George Hill, is also without precedent. Cleveland is the only remaining team in the playoffs that has given more than 20 percent of its postseason minutes to a lineup that didn’t see any time together in the regular season.2Although it should be noted that only about half the total playoff field gave more than 20 percent of the team’s minutes to any one lineup of any description. In addition to the Cavs, the Raptors, Pelicans and Rockets have all leaned heavily on a single lineup.Midseason trades and injuries are the primary reasons for this. Right around the time Cleveland acquired George Hill at the trade deadline, Kevin Love missed 20 games with a fractured hand. By the time Love had returned from injury, J.R. Smith had been moved out of the starting lineup to run the team’s second unit. A short while later, Kyle Korver took a leave of absence to deal with a family issue and a nagging foot injury. The lineup had no opportunity for chemistry-building before the playoffs. And even then, George Hill missed three games during their series with the Pacers due to back spasms.Having Hill in the lineup unlocks a major component of Cleveland’s offense. Not only does it give the Cavs another person (besides James) to bring the ball up the court, it also allows Hill and Love to run a pick-and-roll that creates defensive mismatches that are easier to exploit than the mismatches created by the James and Love version of the pick-and-roll. After last night’s game, Love said in the postgame press conference, “And for me personally, setting a 1-5 pick-and-roll, that was something that I missed, especially in the first series when [Hill] was out with his back.”After Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, LeBron James was asked how happy he was with his team’s chemistry thus far. James noted that it was just their ninth game in the postseason together, but in some ways it was just the ninth game ever for this iteration of the Cavs.Of the seven remaining playoff teams, the Golden State Warriors are the only other club that has been using untested lineups. But now that Steph Curry has returned after rehabbing a knee injury, the Warriors are back to using lineups like the “Hamptons Five,” which they’ve featured throughout the last two seasons.How you view Tyronn Lue, Cleveland’s head coach, colors how you view his postseason lineups. If you think Lue is in over his head, you might believe that he’s making things up as he goes. But if you have more faith in his abilities, you might believe that this has been Lue’s plan the entire time. One piece of evidence in favor of the latter theory is that Lue hinted before the end of the regular season that he had something up his sleeve that he was saving for the playoffs. “We’ll probably do things we haven’t done all season when it comes to the playoffs, things we’ve been working on all year,” Lue told playoffs are meant to be the culmination of everything that teams work on over the regular season. Coaches spend 82 games fine-tuning their schemes, rotations and lineups to find out what works and what doesn’t. By the time the playoffs arrive, there aren’t many stones left unturned. Which is why the way that Cleveland swept Toronto with an untested lineup is so surprising for the Cavaliers and so disappointing for the Raptors.In previous years, when people explained why the LeBron-led Cavaliers improved during the playoffs compared to the regular season, they usually chalked it up the to the team giving more effort — or flipping the proverbial switch. The difference this year is their lineups.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

  • Shakespeare poisoned by actors going over the top director says

    first_imgShakespearean theatre has been “poisoned” by the “bizarre” over-acting of an older generation of thespians, the director Robert Icke has said.Icke, who is currently working with actor Andrew Scott on an Almeida theatre production of Hamlet, said the public had been put off going to see Shakespeare by the “operative modes of delivery” once preferred by actors like Sir John Gielgud.Saying British theatre had “shot itself in both feet” thanks to an obsession with “verse speaking”, he warned the taste for pausing at the end of every Shakespeare line is “nonsense” and ruins lines that are actually “completely…normal”. Stephen Dillane's Hamlet performed at the Gielgud Theatre 1994 Scott performing at the Almeida Theatre Andrew Scott as Hamlet at the Almeida Theatre Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet Scott performing at the Almeida Theatre “All this nonsense about ‘Pause at the end of every line’ that Peter Hall perpetuated in the 1960s…”When asked whether he would have liked to work with Sir John Gielgud, Icke added: “Oh, kill me! I just don’t think it’s acting, in any modern sense.” In an interview about his modern Hamlet, awarded three stars by the Telegraph, Icke said he “never needed to see” a production in Elizabethan costume, opening with dry ice and actors pacing back and forth again.“It’s dead,” he said. “It’s completely boring.”On the topic of language, he told the Sunday Times Culture magazine: “The water is completely poisoned by reverence and bizarre, operatic modes of delivery. The director is one of a new generation who regularly seek to emphasise the accessibility of Shakespeare, convincing a new generation to give productions a try.Sir Nicholas Hytner, former director of the National Theatre, has previously urged actors to use “spontaneous, comprehensible, simple, natural” speech patterns to help audiences understand, delivering lines “as if it’s how they think”.Greg Doran, director of the RSC, warned last year: “Actors sometimes become addicted to over-stressing.“They get so interested in how many nuances the line can bear that they stress every single word and you get battered by nuance and don’t get the simple strength of the line.” “Actors do really weird things. They’ll take lines that are completely colloquial and naturalistic and normal, and they will say it like it’s the Bible.”The trait, he added, left audience believing there is “a high-culture party going on, which, if you’re honest, you don’t know how to behave at”.”Verse is one of the things British theatre has totally shot itself in both feet about,” Icke added. David Tennant in the role at the RSCCredit:Alastair Muir David Tennant in the role at the RSCcenter_img “Because we pretend there’s such a thing as ‘verse-speaking’, and people say things like ‘I didn’t think the verse-speaking was very good’, and nobody knows what that means. Andrew Scott as Hamlet at the Almeida Theatre Andrew Scott's 2017 Hamlet Benedict Cumberbatch's Hamlet Scott, who plays Hamlet in the new production, said he hoped to convince new fans to love Shakespeare – but only if they want to.”I really don’t believe in forcing people to see Shakespeare if they don’t want to,” he said. “You have to have confidence in the product.”Icke added: “I don’t know why we, in theatre, think we have the right to expect a sort of reverence from an audience, whereas on TV, if it’s boring or bad or overacted or just not interesting, you switch it off.” 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. Andrew Scott’s 2017 Hamlet “I also think it’s our job to be captivating for as long as we’ve asked for your attention. “It’s about offering a door into the maze and saying, ‘Come into this maze, it’s gonna be exciting.’ “And if they get lost and find that scary or frustrating, that’s fine.“My feeling is more that we don’t open the door, we just go, ‘You’d be lucky to get into this room — doing Shakespeare!'” Stephen Dillane’s Hamlet performed at the Gielgud Theatre 1994last_img read more

  • Police search for driver who took selfie at the wheel after he

    first_imgJust to keep everyone current on the situation > It is people like this who end up destroying people lives through their own stupidity— Matthew Clements (@162154_VRC40) April 15, 2017  After police tweeted him, the reckless driver deleted his Twitter account.It is believed he was driving at about 50mph on a dual carriageway. The police wrote: “Please get in touch and we’ll send you your wedding present. £200 fine & 6 points.”The man, who calls himself “Geordie Aviator”, wrote in the tweet: “Last night as a single man. “Married man as of tomorrow. Scary times.” Police are on the hunt for a man who took a selfie at the wheel while driving.In the picture, which he tweeted, the steering wheel can be seen reflected in his mirrored sunglasses.An officer from Northumbria Police tweeted: “It is people like this who end up destroying people lives through their own stupidity” Twitter account holder @geordie_aviator AKA Pete Hemsley has deleted his account after he tweeted a selfie taken while he was driving at approx 50mph on a dual carriageway.Credit:Northumbria Police Twitter account holder @geordie_aviator AKA Pete Hemsley has deleted his account after he tweeted a selfie taken while he was driving at approx 50mph on a dual carriageway. 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.last_img read more

  • Women more likely to die after heart attack because doctors see it

    first_imgThe research found that women were less likely than men to receive the recommended treatments after a heart attack.Women who had a the type of attack where the coronary artery is completely blocked by a blood clot, were 34 per cent less likely than men to receive procedures which clear blocked arteries and restore blood flow to the heart, such as bypass surgery or a stent.They were also 24 per cent less likely to be prescribed statins, which help to prevent a second heart attack, and 16 per cent less likely to recommended aspirin, which helps to prevent blood clots.Critically, when women did receive all of the treatments recommended for patients who have suffered a heart attack, the number of women dying decreased dramatically.Previous BHF research has also shown that women are 50 per cent more likely than men to receive the wrong initial diagnosis and are less likely to get a pre-hospital ECG, which is essential for swift diagnosis and treatment.Professor Jeremy Pearson, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Heart attacks are often seen as a male health issue, but more women die from coronary heart disease than breast cancer in the UK.“The findings from this research are concerning – women are dying because they are not receiving proven treatments to save lives after a heart attack.“We urgently need to raise awareness of this issue as it’s something that can be easily changed. By simply ensuring more women receive the recommended treatments, we’ll be able to help more families avoid the heartbreak of losing a loved one to heart disease.” A large percentage of women were not prescribed statins Women were less likely than men to receive artery opening surgery or a heart bypass  Researchers worked with the Karolinksa Institutet in Sweden, and the findings are based on Swedish health records between 2003 and 2013.  But Sweden has one of the best healthcare systems in the world, so the experts believe the situation could be even worse in Britain.“Sweden is a leader in healthcare, with one of the lowest mortality rates from heart attacks, yet we still see this disparity in treatment and outcomes between men and women,” added Prof Gale.“In all likelihood, the situation for women in the UK may be worse.”The research was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Women are being left at risk of repeat heart attacks and early death because doctors see heart disease as a male problem, a new study has shown.Researchers from The University of Leeds and the British Heart Foundation claim women are dying because many are not offered stents to unblock arteries, or prescribed statins, after their first heart attack.Around 42,000 men and 28,000 women die from coronary heart disease in Britain each year, with most deaths related to an original heart attack.But the new study, which looked at data from more than 180,000 people over 10 years, found three times the expected number of women died in the first year of a heart attack, compared to men. Experts claim women are being denied life saving treatment because they are not considered at high risk.“We need to work harder to shift the perception that heart attacks only affect a certain type of person,” said Professor Chris Gale, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the University of Leeds who co-authored the study.“Typically, when we think of a heart attack patient, we see a middle-aged man who is overweight, has diabetes and smokes. This is not always the case. Heart attacks affect the wider spectrum of the population – including women.“The findings from this study suggest that there are clear and simple ways to improve the outcomes of women who have a heart attack ­­– we must ensure equal provision of evidence-based treatments for women.” Women were less likely than men to receive artery opening surgery or a heart bypass  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A large percentage of women were not prescribed statinsCredit:Kumar Sriskandan / Alamy last_img read more

  • John Worboys victims face black cab rapist in court as judicial review

    first_imgVictims have come face to face with John Worboys at a High Court hearing 15 years after he had drugged and raped them in the back of his taxi, as they were given the go-ahead for a legal challenge against the decision to release him from prison.Worboys, 60, was brought to the Royal Courts of Justice for a hearing into whether or not the Parole Board’s decision to release him should be overturned. Two judges ruled that a temporary bar on releasing Worboys should be extended.The case was brought by two victims who say the black cab rapist, responsible for attacks on more than 100 women, remains a danger to the public.The hearing was delayed for Worboys’ arrival from Wakefield prison, his home since his conviction in 2009.Worboys shuffled into court flanked by four security guards. He wore jeans and a grey open necked shirt with light green sleeves. JOHN WORBOYS A handcuffed John Worboys is led into the High Court by a security guardCredit:Peter Macdiarmid/LNP  Items seized from John Worboys alcohol and drugs to stupefy his victimsCredit:Metropolitan Police  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. John Worboys, pictured in a police custody image, was jailed in 2009Credit:Metropolitan Police/PA  John Worboys  Lawyers representing the Parole Board and the Justice Secretary said they were not opposed to a full judicial review hearing going ahead.Ben Collins, for the Parole Board, told the court: “The board does not wish to take any step to prevent a review of the decision and does not propose to stand in the way.”Another senior judge had already temporarily blocked Worboys’ release pending the latest hearing. On January 26, Mr Justice Supperstone made his decision after considering an urgent application by two of Worboys’ victims. Sir Brian said that, as Worboys did not yet have legal representation, it was important he was able to be there at the hearing. Worboys was given half-an-hour to speak to a lawyer.Worboys was jailed indefinitely in 2009, with a minimum term of eight years, for drugging and sexually assaulting women passengers.center_img The taxi driven by London black cab driver John WorboysCredit:Metropolitan Police Phillippa Kaufmann QC, for the victims, told the court the two victims bringing the case were “very concerned” to ensure something had not gone “horribly wrong” with the Parole Board process.She said part of their challenge is that the rule preventing the Parole Board from telling the public any of the reasons for its decision “is itself unlawful”.She added: “That kind of blanket secrecy is something that is contrary to a fundamental principle of our law, which is that justice is administered in the open.” In making his order in January, High Court judge Mr Justice Supperstone, who considered the application on documents lodged by the parties, concluded: “I consider that this claim raises serious questions to be determined and the balance of convenience plainly favours a short stay pending the hearing.”Worboys became known as the black cab rapist after attacking victims in his hackney carriage. The taxi driven by London Black cab driver John Worboys The women, supported by Mr Khan, applied for a “stay” on Worboys’ release “pending determination of the claim for judicial review or further order”. items seized from London cabbie rapist John Worboys Using his new name John Radford, Worboys spoke monosyllabically when asked for views on aspects of the case by one of the judges, Sir Brian Leveson.The Parole Board is not contesting the right of the two victims bringing the judicial review to see the documents and the reasons for his release.Victims were told on Tuesday night that Worboys would be appearing in person after the judge decided that a video link was unreliable and kept breaking down. The lawyer for the victims said they were unhappy at coming face-to-face with Worboys.last_img read more