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September 2019

Former Auburn Player Sentenced to 15 Years For Robbery

Antonio Goodwin, a former Auburn football player from Atlanta, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the March 2011 armed home-invasion robbery that also resulted in charges against three teammates from the 2010 National Championship team.”I want to apologize for my action and my poor judgment,” Goodwin said before the sentencing. ”In the time I was at home, I had time to think about it and I’ve become a better person and a better decision-maker.”Goodwin was convicted in April of first-degree robbery in the March 2011 home invasion. The occupants of a mobile home told police they were robbed at gunpoint. No one was injured.Goodwin’s former teammates Mike McNeil, Dakota Moseley and Shaun Kitchens await trial. McNeil was the starting safety on Auburn’s national championship squad.Defense attorney Lauryn Lauderdale requested a probation hearing and said she planned to appeal. Lauderdale said she would also apply for a split sentence if probation is denied, shortening his prison time.Goodwin, who’s from Atlanta, and family held hands in prayer in the hallway while awaiting the judge’s ruling, which was in the middle of state sentencing guidelines of 117-255 months.At times Goodwin laid his head on the table while family members and an Atlanta pastor spoke on his behalf.Hughes acknowledged that Goodwin’s actions were ”inconsistent somewhat with his history.””It is not uncommon for a terrible offense to happen and not be a habit,” he said. ”The one offense often does have tragic consequences.”Lauderdale had argued that Goodwin was impaired after smoking synthetic marijuana, or spice, the night of the robbery with Kitchens, Moseley and other teammates. read more

Inside the NBA Shaqtin A Fool Vol 3 Episode

Shaquille O’Neal and “Inside the NBA” are back with a new season of “Shaqtin’ A Fool.” Take a look at this week’s nominees in the first episode of the what has to be the funniest NBA show on TV.In its debut episode, “Shaqtin’ A Fool” regulars Kendrick Perkins and JaVale Magee make an early appearance. Perkins does what he does best, and on a fast break attempts to lob an alley-oop pass to a teammate, but throws the ball out of bounds.  Magee, who some believe is trying to get on  “Shaqtin’ A Fool,”  somehow ends up on a player’s back during a fastbreak.Two rookies made their “Shaqtin’ A Fool” debut, who probably won’t be segment regulars like Magee and Perkins.Later, a cameraman made it on the list because he tries to play it cool after his leg falls asleep resulting in a funky two set dance.Watch the video above and vote for your nominee for the Best Foolish Moment here. read more

Where Does Russell Westbrook Fit Now

Check out our NBA player ratings. After the basketball world collectively picked its jaw up off the floor in the wake of the Kawhi Leonard and Paul George news, the spotlight shifted to Russell Westbrook, the Oklahoma City star who may be on the move now that his team appears to be pivoting toward a full-on rebuild.The notion of the Thunder trading Westbrook, who’s been the face of the franchise since Kevin Durant left, is nearly as fascinating as Westbrook himself. The 30-year-old still possesses undeniable talent and value. The former MVP has been incredibly durable the past four years, while averaging a triple-double in each of the last three campaigns. And in a league that seems more wide-open than it has been in years, who wouldn’t want to add a player of Westbrook’s caliber?The problem is that things are almost never quite that open-and-shut. This is especially true when it comes to Westbrook, whose game is permanently stamped with question marks like a mystery box in a Super Mario Bros. game.Chief among those questions: Can the headstrong point guard, after everything we’ve witnessed in recent years, be the best or second-best player on a championship-caliber team? And if it turns out that the answer is no, are there teams that still should roll the dice and deal for him anyway?Most executives around the league probably feel like they have seen enough to answer the former. After all, Westbrook has been teammates with both Durant and George, yet has never quite gotten over the hump to win a ring. The efforts the past few years haven’t even gotten him close, as the Thunder have gotten knocked out in the first round three straight times. Most troubling for Westbrook over that span: He’s shot worse than 40 percent in each postseason, which, with how frequently he shoots,1Sometimes more than a superstar teammate who enjoys far better efficiency, which isn’t ideal. would be enough on its own to torpedo almost any team’s chances of winning a series.The guard’s determination and lack of feel at times become problematic when he plays into the defense’s hands by taking wide-open jumpers, which he had less success with than any other NBA player last season.2Among those who took at least 200 attempts of 10 feet or more, with no defender standing within 6 feet of him. In the first round of the playoffs, Portland defenders were often told to simply back off and let him shoot, a plan that all but neuters his most explosive trait: speed.Sometimes Westbrook’s Sonic-like blurs to the basket get him into trouble and lead to turnovers. But overall, he finds value in barreling his way to the cup more than just about anyone. He shot a career-best 65 percent from inside 3 feet in 2018-19, and he whipped an NBA-high 802 passes that led directly to a 3-point attempt this past season, according to data from Second Spectrum.Those numbers alone show why he’s intriguing. Players who can create for themselves and others will always be important in the NBA, and Westbrook has shown a consistent ability to do that. And it’s fair to argue that he’d perform even better in an offense where — unlike Oklahoma City’s — the players around him can actually shoot, giving him more spacing and driving lanes to work with.3In Westbrook’s 2016-17 MVP season, his Thunder teammates shot an abysmal 30.9 percent on wide-open 3-pointers, an impressively bad mark, given that the league average on threes, open and contested, was 35.8 percent.The Houston Rockets, who launch more triples than any club, are one such team that could benefit from Westbrook’s ability to create looks. As such, it shouldn’t be a shock that Houston is one of the teams interested in him. But there’s also a catch — one that explains why trading Westbrook will be challenging. He makes a whole lot of money4He’s at the front end of a five-year, $206 million deal that will see him earn $47 million in 2022-23. and is on the books for a long time, which gets into questions about how he’ll age, as a high-flying athlete without a reliable jumper (not to mention his defensive effort, which often leaves a lot to be desired). His contract surely gives potential suitors pause and creates logistical challenges, in terms of finding matching salaries to make a deal work.The other two clubs reportedly interested in Westbrook, the Heat and Pistons, have one star player apiece (Jimmy Butler and Blake Griffin, respectively) already and figure to find themselves stuck right in the league’s middle without more roster changes. While Westbrook might not make them bona fide title contenders, he would almost certainly provide a higher ceiling while also giving them a glimmer of hope to win a weakened East. As of now, just two of the NBA’s top 10 teams are in the East, according to FiveThirtyEight’s projection model.It’s easy to see how teams mired in mediocrity would consider making a play for him. But the reality of trading for Westbrook — much like Westbrook himself — is heavily complicated. From ABC News: read more

In the NBA Its Not Whether You Win or Lose Its Whether

Other factors also affect a coach’s odds of being fired. Deep playoff runs help coaches. First-year coaches sometimes get mulligans and are less likely to be fired. We’ll save that discussion for another post, however.The lesson is simple: A coach is not long for his job when expectations run wild, as they often do in New York. With the benefit of hindsight, it now seems likely that Woodson’s Knicks overachieved in the 2012-13 season. That only made it harder for him to keep his job this year. It was the age of foolishness. It was the summer of trading three draft picks for Andrea Bargnani. It was the autumn of J.R. Smith being suspended for marijuana possession. It was the winter of disparaging the shot clock. It was the New York Knicks’ 2013-14 season. So when Mike Woodson was fired as the coach of the Knicks on a warm, spring day in Gotham Monday, New York breathed a sigh of relief.But Woodson’s problem wasn’t just that the Knicks were bad. The Knicks are usually bad. Woodson’s problem was that the Knicks — for a change — were expected to be good. They’d won 54 games and gone to the Eastern Conference semifinals the year before. Preseason over-under lines pegged their win total at 49.5 games. When my ESPN colleague Kevin Pelton, through his SCHOENE system, instead projected the Knicks to win 37 games, his projection threatened to turn Knickerblogger, the eminently sane and stats-friendly blog, into the basketball version of “unskewed polls.”The Knicks went 37 and 45.In the NBA, where about 30 percent of the league turns its head coach over every season, these expectations matter as much as reality. I mean that literally: Las Vegas’s preseason over-under lines predict coach turnover just as well as actual wins and losses do.I went back and collected preseason over-under lines dating back to the 2006-07 season. I compared them to each team’s actual record during the regular season. Then I ran a logistic regression analysis. The dependent variable is whether the team kept the same head coach from the start of that regular season to the next one. Here are the results:The regression output contains two variables: exp_w (the number of games a team was expected to win, per Las Vegas) and act_w (actual wins). For the 2011-12 NBA season, which was shortened by a player lockout, I’ve prorated both totals to 82 games.You may notice that the coefficient on each variable is almost identical, though they have opposite signs. What that means is that an expected win hurts a coach about as much as an actual win helps him.The graph below provides an illustration of this, and measures the probability of a coaching change under two scenarios: a team (like this year’s Sacramento Kings) that was expected to win 30 games, and a team (like the Knicks) that was expected to win 50. If the projected 30-win team wins 35 games, just slightly better than expectations, its probability of a coaching change is only about 17 percent. If the projected 50-win team wins 45 games, just slightly worse than expectations, the probability is 37 percent instead.Lest this seem too abstract, I’ve compiled a list of all teams since the 2006-07 season that underperformed their over-under line by 10 games or more. There are 33 of these. Here’s what happened to their coaches:Nine of them were fired during the season;Nine of them were fired after the season;One of them resigned during the season;Two of them resigned after the season;Two of them, Larry Drew of the Milwaukee Bucks and Brian Shaw of the Denver Nuggets, just completed their seasons and have yet to learn their fates;The other 10 kept their jobs, although five of them were fired during or after their following season. read more

Baseball Early innings determined outcomes in Ohio States split series against BethuneCookman

Ohio State assistant coach Chris Holick (6) embraces and greets players after the top of the fifth inning in Ohio State’s 2-1 win against Cal State Northridge in extra innings on Mar. 16 in Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Ebo Amissah-Aggrey | Lantern ReporterEarly starts dictated success in Daytona, Florida, as the Ohio State baseball team (7-5) split its four-game series against Bethune-Cookman (5-6). Game 1A comeback fell short for the Buckeyes in Florida on Friday.  Despite an 11-strikeout game from redshirt freshman pitcher Seth Lonsway, Ohio State (5-4) came up short against Bethune-Cookman (4-4), losing 4-3. Lonsway had the most strikeouts by an Ohio State pitcher in nine years in the losing effort. Ohio State then-junior Alex Wimmers struck out 11 batters back in 2010 in a game against Minnesota. Junior pitcher Anthony Maldonado allowed only three hits and one run in seven innings of work for the Wildcats for his first win of the season. Bethune-Cookman redshirt senior center fielder Zach Spivey got a two-out hit with the bases loaded to drive in two runs in the bottom of the second inning. The Wildcats would add two more runs to balloon the lead to 4-0. Ohio State surged late with a two-run single by freshman third baseman Zach Dezenzo in the bottom of the ninth inning to reduce the deficit to one run. Redshirt senior pitcher Brandon Wilkes recorded the last out for the Wildcats to earn his second save of the season. Game 2The Buckeyes bounced back with their third shutout win of the season. Ohio State (6-4) defeated Bethune-Cookman (4-5) by a score of 6-0. Freshman pitcher Garrett Burhenn earned his second win of the season in 6 1/3 innings of work. Despite allowing 10 hits, the Buckeyes turned three double plays to prevent any damage on the scoreboard. The baserunning for Ohio State made an impact as well, with a season-high four stolen bases. After scoring two runs in the first inning, the Buckeyes never looked back. Junior right fielder Dominic Canzone produced three hits and an RBI in the win. Senior pitcher Tyler Krull was given the loss for the Wildcats. Game 3An explosive showing from the bats helped Ohio State to its second straight win. The Buckeyes (7-4) beat Bethune-Cookman (4-6) by a score of 16-9 on Sunday, the most runs the Buckeyes have scored in a game this season. Five different Buckeyes had multiple-RBI games, including a three-RBI game from junior shortstop Noah West.The Buckeyes pounced to a 14-1 lead before the Wildcats stepped up to hit in the bottom of the second inning. Despite giving up his most runs this season, sophomore pitcher Griffan Smith earned his third win in 2019. Smith had six earned runs in five innings of work. Junior pitcher Bryan Melendez was given his first loss of the season for the Wildcats. Game 4Ohio State lost the series finale to split the series with Bethune-Cookman.The Buckeyes (7-5) could not overcome an early deficit to the Wildcats (5-6) in their 8-3 loss. Missed opportunities and free baserunners plagued the Buckeyes throughout the game. Although seven runs were scored during junior pitcher Jake Vance’s time of the mound, only two counted as earned runs against him after a six-run second inning fueled by an error and a flyball lost in the sun. The Buckeyes also allowed seven walks in the contest, tying the season-high for walks previously set in both of the Texas A&M Corpus Christi games.Senior first baseman Danny Rodriguez drove in three RBIs for the Wildcats. Vance fell to 1-1 on the year, and Jordan Pinto earned his second win of the season. Ohio State takes on Furman in Greenville, South Carolina as part of the Greenville Drive First Pitch Invitational. The game is set for 6 p.m. Friday. read more

Doctors at war over juniors strike plan as royal medical colleges denounce

first_imgShe also threw her weight behind Jeremy Hunt, who has become a hate figure for many opponents of the new contract, calling him as an “excellent Health Secretary”.Describing the new contract as “safe for patients”, Mrs May said: “The Government is putting patients first, the BMA should be putting patients first – not playing politics.”A statement from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges said: “We know there are genuine concerns about the contract and working arrangements, but we do not consider the proposed strikes are proportionate.“Five days of strike action, particularly at such short notice, will cause real problems for patients, the service and the profession.”Niall Dickson, chief executive of the doctors’ regulator the General Medical Council, said the strike represented a “serious escalation”.“It is obviously a matter of great concern for everyone, especially for patients, and when so little time has been given for the NHS to make contingency plans,” he said. 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 medical profession are at war with junior doctors accused of putting patients at risk after confirming a series of monthly five-day strikes running up to Christmas.The leaders of Britain’s royal medical colleges condemned as disproportionate the industrial action announced by the British Medical Association, which will affect an estimated one million appointments and 125,000 operations.The plea to rethink the programme of strikes came as the BMA faced criticism after chairman Mark Porter refused to give details of the vote which authorised the action after initially failing to deny that it was as close as 16-14. Five days of strike action, particularly at such short notice, will cause real problems for patients, the service and the professionAcademy of Medical Royal Colleges Jeremy Hunt decided to impose the contract after the deal was rejected in a referendumCredit:Neil Hall Jeremy Huntcenter_img As well as the September strike, junior doctors will stage a full withdrawal of labour between the hours of 8am and 5pm from 5 to 7th October and on 10th and 11th October, from 14th to 11th November and from 5th to 9th December.The action can proceed without a fresh ballot of junior doctor members, because the decision to stage fresh action falls within the statutory time period since the last ballot in November.Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the strikes were a “disaster for patients” and would cause misery and said it was “odd” that the BMA was now calling threatening to stage the “worst strike in NHS history” in opposition to a deal it previously supported.Yesterday Theresa May made her first intervention in the long-running dispute when she accused junior doctors of “playing politics” with patient safety. It has been reported that only a third of junior doctors were in favour of the current programme of rolling, all-out strikes. Documents leaked to the Daily Mail showed that in a secret ballot earlier in the summer, only 31.5 per cent supported full walkouts.Six strikes have already taken place across England during the lengthy dispute, causing disruption to hundreds of thousands of patients who have had appointments and operations cancelled.In May the Government and BMA achieved a breakthrough agreement the dispute after both sides agreed to a new deal.Then in July, the Government announced it would impose a new contract after junior doctors and medical students voted to reject the contract brokered between health leaders and the BMA.The BMA said it will call off the strikes if the Government agrees to stop the imposition. “We recognise the frustration and alienation of doctors in training and indeed their right to take industrial action.“However, we issued advice earlier in this dispute to senior doctors and doctors and training, and we will now consider wither further guidance is needed.”The GMC guidelines issued in May said that if during a strike NHS employers became concerned for patient safety and asked junior doctors to return to work, then the medics should comply.A GMC spokesman said each individual doctor had a responsibility not to harm the care of their patients regardless of industrial action.Playing down suggestions of a split at the top of the BMA, Dr Porter said:“The council, as is the rest of the BMA, is absolutely behind the decision that has been taken.”There is not a considerable number of members of the council who don’t support this,” he added. The new leader of the BMA junior doctor committee faced criticism for hypocrisy last night, as sources close to the May negations said she had enthusiastically proposed a number of the features of the contract she now opposes.Owen Smith, the Labour leadership contender, yesterday called on Hunt to be “sacked immediately”, and branded him the “worst Health Secretary in the NHS’s history”.“It is simply astounding that on the day Theresa May walked into Number 10 one of the first decisions she made was to keep Jeremy Hunt in post,” he said.Mr Smith, however, refused to reveal whether he supported the strike action announced by the BMA, saying he agreed with the “fundamental right” to strike, adding “this strike doesn’t need to happen.last_img read more

British Airways to squeeze extra 52 seats onto Boeing 777 economy flights

first_imgA British Airways Boeing 777 takes off from Gatwick Airport in West Sussex “As part of the update, we will also be fitting new entertainment systems with bigger screens.”British Airways continues to offer customers a generous hand baggage allowance and complimentary food and drink on all our long-haul services.”Among the other airlines with a 10-abreast configuration are Air New Zealand, Emirates and Air France.British Airways will also reportedly add 12 extra seats on its short-haul Airbus A320 from Heathrow -which will increase the planes seating density to match easyJet’s.The move come after BA increased its seat width from 16.8ins to 17.3 ins on its new Dreamliner fleet last year.The move followed complaints from travellers, with at least one claiming they did not have enough room to open the cutlery pack with their meal.However, the firm still hasn’t caught up with some of its rivals.EasyJet’s A320 airbus and Thomson’s Boeing 767-300ER also offer 18-inch wide seats and even no-frills Ryanair gives wriggle space of 17 inches on its 737-800 aircraft. Willie Walsh, chief executive of BA’s parent company IAG, told investors: “We’re responding to a market opportunity.”He said the move would allow BA to “lower the average cost per seat, charge a lower price and stimulate demand”.A British Airways spokesman said: “We are flying more customers than ever before to our expanding network of destinations.”To meet this demand, we are updating our 777 cabins to bring us into line with many of our competitors and allow us to offer even more low fares. British Airways is planning to squeeze an extra 52 seats on its Boeing 777 flights by shrinking seating space, it is claimed.The airline giant is reportedly trying bring its services “into line” with competitors at Gatwick from 2018.It also plans to “densify” aircraft at Heathrow after that, it is said.Currently passengers will find nine economy seats in each row in the 777s. BA announces at IAG Capital Markets Day 25 Boeing 777s will move from 9-10 seats a row in World Traveller & more seats on short-haul aircrft pic.twitter.com/U6QFe5T2C9— LondonAirTravel (@LondonAirTravel) November 4, 2016 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. But from 2018, there will reportedly be 10 seats fitted within the same space. The move would increase the population on board flights by up to a fifth and stretch current facilities further.The number of toilets is currently 11, allowing for one for every 25 passengers.The latest move will bring that up to one for every 30 passengers, The Independent claimed.However, BA says the economy cabin will be fitted with new entertainment systems with bigger screens. A British Airways Boeing 777 takes off from Gatwick Airport in West SussexCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA Wire BA announces at IAG Capital Markets Day it is to introduce business class on U.K. domestic routes & increase seat density in World Traveller pic.twitter.com/slcyvC0ITH— LondonAirTravel (@LondonAirTravel) November 4, 2016last_img read more

Margaret Thatchers television training before cameras first broadcast from House of Commons

first_imgWeeks later on October 5, Mrs Thatcher attended the Commons for a filmed dry run, with the microphones turned off.A note in the archive dated October 6 from Dominic Morris, a private secretary, suggested that she might ask her personal assistant Cynthia ‘Crawfie’ Crawford to watch the video with her “to help with ideas on clothes for question time”.Weeks later, the House of Commons turned on the cameras but only allowed the videos to be viewed by Mrs Thatcher and Mr Kinnock. Roger Gale’s letter to Margaret Thatcher Roger Gale's letter to Margaret Thatcher Margaret Thatcher was advised not to shout over hecklers and to stop her habit of leaning on her left elbow if she wanted to put one over Labour leader Neil Kinnock when cameras first broadcast from the House of Commons.Antony Jay, one of the writers of the acclaimed TV political satire Yes Minister, was even brought into the Whips’ Office to give ministers a pep talk on how to speak at the dispatch box.Newly released documents from the National Archives reveal how Tory MP Roger Gale became her unofficial television adviser in the weeks before the cameras went live nearly 30 years ago.Mr Gale, who at the time was a member of the House of Commons broadcasting committee, was a known critic of the decision to allow cameras to start filming in November 1989.However, as a former news and current affairs director at Thames Television and the BBC, he offered advice to Mrs Thatcher.In a letter dated September 18, Mr Gale told the Prime Minister he had been “monitoring the installation” of the cameras over that summer’s recess. Mr Gale then sought to guide Mrs Thatcher about how to make her first appearances were a success. Finally, Mr Gale advised Mrs Thatcher to look over the head of the then Leader of the Opposition Neil Kinnock if she wanted to appear to be eye-balling him.He said: “The camera angle on the front benches is fairly acute. To gain the impression of looking the opponent – Leader of the Opposition or Spokesman – in the eye, it may be necessary to ‘cheat’ the eyeline over the head to Camera 2.”But he added: “The latter may look artificial, however – and camera 1 may prove to be more useful to ministers.”Mr Gale – the Conservative MP for Thanet North who was knighted in 2012 – said he remembered writing the letter “extremely well”, but was surprised that it was in the national archive.He told The Telegraph: “It was a private letter. The assistance I was able to give Margaret Thatcher is between her and me. She was painstaking and extremely attentive.”Mrs Thatcher replied a few days later that Mr Gale’s suggestions were “always extremely helpful and I do look forward to your updated technical assessment once we have seen a bit how it works”.In her own hand, she added: “Clearly ministers will have to change their normal habits in replying to questions, quite a lot.” Antony Jay  Chris Patten, who later became chairman of the BBC TrustCredit:Andrew Crowley for The Telegraph  Margaret Thatcher's response to Roger Gale 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. Margaret Thatcher’s response to Roger Gale Chris Patten, who later became chairman of the BBC Trustcenter_img A lone voice against the plans was Chris Patten, the Environment Secretary who decades later became BBC chairman, and according to a letter five weeks later was concerned about an “outcry” if the list of protected events was “pruned”.Decades later, a modified version of the list of protected events is still in force with the World Cup football tournament, the Olympics, Grand National, FA Cup Final and Wimbledon tennis championships banned from disappearing behind a paywall. Antony Jay, co-writer of Yes MinisterCredit:Geraint Lewis/REX Shutterstock I believe the list should be very limited and phased out as quickly as possibleMargaret Thatcher’s memo A note from Paul Gray, an official in Mrs Thatcher’s private office, dated September 15, said the Home Secretary Douglas Hurd “proposes partially to liberalise the present arrangement where only BBC and ITV can broadcast a specified list of major sporting events”.Mr Hurd was “resisting pressure from the traditional broadcasters to continue any requirement that would prevent new broadcasters like Sky or BSB purchasing exclusive rights to these events.And he also envisages reducing the number of listed events over time”. In a letter, circulated in Whitehall on the same day, Treasury officials said Mr Lawson “believes that retaining the special arrangements for ‘listed events’ unfairly protects” the BBC and commercial channels “from subscription television channels and penalises those sporting events whose organisers might wish to sell rights to subscription channels.”He would consequently prefer these arrangements to be abandoned. But if they are really felt to be politically necessary he favours keeping any limits on the freedom to buy rights as narrow as possible and phasing them out as quickly as is practicable”.In a handwritten note, Mrs Thatcher wrote on Mr Gray’s memorandum: “My sympathies are with the Chancellor. I believe the list should be very limited and phased out as quickly as possible.” Roger Gale's letter to Margaret Thatcher Leaning on the customary left arm on the Dispatch Box will present the appearance of a back to the Speaker and weaken the authority of the ministerRoger Gale’s advice to Margaret Thatcher Ministers should address all comments through the Speaker – as was common practice – “favouring either camera 1 (profile) or camera 2 (straight to camera)”, he said.Ministers had to stop turning to face Government backbenchers behind them when answering questions or they risked “being caught ‘off-camera’ at important moments”.They should also only speak “at microphone level” and “never seek to ‘top’ heckling from the Opposition: this may work in the Chamber but will sound – and look – strident on television”.Mr Gale also warned Mrs Thatcher against inadvertently turning her back on the Speaker.He said: “Leaning on the customary left arm on the Dispatch Box will present the appearance of a back to the Speaker and weaken the authority of the minister. Ministers will need to learn to lean on the right arm when reading notes!” In a note dated October 27, Mr Morris told Mrs Thatcher he had reviewed an exchange with Mr Kinnock on the day before with John Whittingdale, then her Parliamentary aide who later became Culture secretary under David Cameron.Mr Morris told her in the note – copied to her press secretary Bernard Ingham – that “the pitch of voice is just right as is eye level and stance (Mr Kinnock appears to have rather more to learn)”.But he added that he was surprised by “the extent to which television sanitises the proceedings of the Chamber. It takes out a great deal of the passion”.This meant there was a “premium on calm debaters” and it was important that Tory frontbenchers were much more animated in their support for the Prime Minister, copying an example set by the then-Cabinet minister Ken Baker.Mr Morris added: “It looks much better if, rather than sitting solemn, they show obvious approval (as did Mr Baker on one occasion) when telling points are made. That clearly applies generally to the support which colleagues give to any frontbench spokesmen.” Mr Morris also arranged for Antony Jay, the writer of TV hit comedy Yes Minister, to present “30 second clips of good and bad ministerial performances” to a group of ministers in 12 Downing Street, the traditional office of the Government Chief Whip.Mrs Thatcher agreed to attend the meeting on November 9 – and to Mr Morris’s suggestion that the session did not feature clips of her own appearances at Prime Minister’s Questions.The cameras finally broadcast from the House of Commons chamber on November 21.Thatcher was against protecting BBC from losing flagship sporting eventsMargaret Thatcher was against protecting so-called sporting “crown jewels” such as Wimbledon and the FA Cup final from disappearing from terrestrial television onto satellite channels.The Prime Minister’s belief that any protections “should be very limited and phased out as quickly as possible” is set out in newly released Whitehall files by the National Archive.The Government first set out a list of 10 sporting events including cricket test matches involving England, the Olympic Games, Grand National, the Wimbledon tennis championships and FA Cup final to be kept on the terrestrial television.However, when ministers met to reconsider the list in 1989, Mrs Thatcher and her Chancellor Nigel Lawson backed plans to water it down.last_img read more

Dont use dyslexia as an excuse judge tells bully businessman in divorce

first_imgThe woman had discovered her husband was having an affair with his personal assistant more than 15 years ago, the judge said, but had not filed for divorce until 2015.He criticised the couple’s behaviour, saying they had run up “horrific” legal bills of more than £1 million between them, and told of a “truly terrible level of acrimony”.Mr Justice Moor said the “basic premise” of the woman’s evidence was that “she knew nothing”, but said he could not accept that “total denial”.While the husband, he said, was an “unattractive witness”.”At times, he appeared to me to be attempting to bully the court by his aggressive approach.”At others, when the going got tough, he tried to fall back on his dyslexia and Asperger’s.”The judge added: “It was quite clear to me that he is a very intelligent and clever man.”I, of course, accept his dyslexia but Albert Einstein was dyslexic.Mr Justice Moor said he had grappled with complicated family financial arrangements, and made a number of detailed decisions about the division of money.He said the couple’s marital home should be sold and the profits – expected to be about £1 million – handed to the woman. A businessman embroiled in a bitter divorce case with his estranged wife has been criticised by a judge for using his dyslexia as an excuse, telling him “even Einstein had dyslexia”.Mr Justice Moor said the man had attempted to “bully the court” at times and had fallen back on his Asperger’s and dyslexia when the going got tough.He made his criticisms in a ruling on a private trial at the Family Division of the High Court in Cardiff in October.The couple, both 59, who the judge ruled could not be identified, shared a home in Cardiff and have been married for nearly 30 years. Credit:AFP/Getty high court 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

Princess Charlotte steals show on Royal tour with curtsy and handshake as

first_imgPrince George and Princess Charlotte leave Warsaw, Poland, as they head to Germany While her brother Prince George rubbed his eyes in the bright sunlight, Princess Charlotte was allowed to toddle along the red carpet on her tiptoes, appearing to emulate her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, in high heels. The final event of the day, which had been defined by huge crowds exhibiting “royal mania”, saw the Duke and Duchess visit the European Solidarity Centre, in Gdansk’s shipyards.The birthplace of the Solidarity Movement in Poland, they were given a tour by former President Lech Walesa and photographed walking through the famous shipyard gates.Crowds once again turned out to get a glimpse of them, waving flags and wielding mobile phones to capture their rare moment in the presence Royalty. Princess Charlotte takes a tumble he she boards the plane with her motherCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Prince George rubs his eyes in the bright sunlight at Berlin airportCredit:Steffi Loos/AFP Princess Charlotte with her posy of flowers at Berlin airportCredit:Chris Jackson/Getty The Duke and Duchess visited Stutthof during their five day tour of Germany and Poland, working to “draw attention to the need to teach young people about this tragic episode in our shared memory”, the Holocaust Educational Trust said.During their visit, The Duke and Duchess were shown discarded shoes, clothing and other personal items stolen from prisoners, and a gas chamber.   They were greeted on the tarmac with three flags: the union flag flying between the black, red and yellow of Germany, and the blue and yellow stars EU.The Royals were met by the British ambassador, Sir Sebastian Wood, and his wife Lady Sirinat, German government representative Till Knorn, deputy head of mission Nick Pickard, defence attaché Brigadier Rob Rider, and royal visit coordinator Peter Ruskin. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are shown discarded shoes, clothing and other personal items at the camp museumCredit:Andrew Parsons / i-Images On Tuesday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge described a visit to a former Nazi concentration camp in Poland as “shattering”.  Princess Charlotte While her two-year-old peers are busy playing at nursery or getting to grip with their Play-Doh, Princess Charlotte is already beginning to master the art of international diplomacy. After a day of touring, they will return to the west of the city and meet President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the Bellevue Palace, and in the evening attend a Queen’s birthday party held in the gardens of the British ambassador’s residence. The Duchess of Cambridge described the visit as ‘shattering’Credit:BRUCE ADAMS When the Cambridges arrived in Warsaw, the Prince, who will turn four on Saturday, was again first off the plane, looking reluctant and sleepy after the journey.Charlotte, on the other hand, stepped happily into the limelight in Berlin, shaking hands with Brigadier Rob Rider, defence attaché at the British Embassy.She looked delighted as she was offered a mini posy of flowers by Till Knorn, representing the German government. Princess Charlotte, who was also initially straining at her mother’s hand to get moving, remembered her manners to pause for a quick thank you, crossing her ankles and bobbing into a curtsy. Determined to show off her independence, she let go of the Duchess’ guiding hand to scramble up the plane steps on her hands and feet.center_img The Cambridges arrive at Tegel airport in BerlinCredit:Steffi Loos/REUTERS The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are shown discarded shoes, clothing and other personal items at the camp museum Princess Charlotte falls over as he gets on the plane with her mother The Princess put on a show worthy of her great-grandmother the Queen today, bobbing into a curtsy, shaking hands with a defence attaché and graciously accepting a miniature bouquet of flowers. The Duchess of Cambridge described the visit as 'shattering' Prince George rubs his eyes in the bright sunlight Saying they were “intensely moved” by the trip, they urged all to ensure their experience is “never forgotten and never repeated”. Prince George and Princess Charlotte preparing to board the plane in Warsaw, PolandCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Princess Charlotte takes her mother’s hand in WarsawCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA The Duchess received a matching larger bouquet, with mother and daughter coordinating in blue outfits as they walked side by side in the blazing sunshine.In Berlin, William and Kate were holding a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel before visiting the Brandenburg Gate, the German capital’s most famous landmark and a symbol of the country’s unification. Later in the day, the Duke and Duchess were mobbed by thousands of wellwishers as they visited the town market in Gdansk.Serenaded by a choir, they shook hands with admirers, waved at the crowd and sampled local dumplings and a traditional Gdansk liqueur the Duchess pronounced “very strong”. The Cambridges arrive at Tegel airport in Berlin The Duchess of Cambridge with Princess Charlotte 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 Royal children departed from Warsaw after two days in Poland, accompanying the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they thanked their hosts at the airport.Prince George appeared desperate to get on the plane, tugging his father’s hand and tapping his arm to get his attention.last_img read more