Although “sound and happy,” I’ll Have Another, winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, has been pulled from Saturday’s Belmont States, eliminating a chance at the first Triple Crown since 1978.Traner Doug O’Neill said during an interview on the The Dan Patrick Show that the championship horse “has a little problem with his left front leg.” He said the injury was not life-threatening but “not worth the risk” of running the race and risking further damage.The trainer added that the injury was not life-threatening. “It’s a bummer, but far from tragic,” O’Neill said. Asked if his racing career was over, O’Neill responded, “If I had to wager…yes. [The horse] will be seeing a lot of mares and smoking a lot of cigarettes [in his post-racing career as a stud].”The three-year-old colt had not lost in four races this year, including two California starts and the opening two legs of the Triple Crown. Trainers discovered tenderness this morning after an early-morning workout.The news leaves Affirmed as the last Triple Crown winner in 1978. It is the first time since 1936 that the Derby and Preakness winner didn’t run in the Belmont. That year, it was Bold Venture and in 1932, Burgoo King skipped the race.
Tristan Thompson led with 17 points and Kyrie Irving scored 14, taking the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 99-87 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in a preseason game Tuesday night.Mike Brown returned to the Cavs bench as head coach after he was fired following the 2009-10 season. He then went to the Lakers where he coached five games into the season before he was fired again.The Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 14 points and shooting guard Stephen Graham led the team with 15 points.Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova suffered a sprained right ankle in the second quarter and left the game for X-rays, which came back negative. He made 6 points in nine minutes. More testing is expected for Ilyasova in the coming week.“I’ve twisted that ankle before, but never that bad,” said Ilyasova, who landed badly after getting tangled up with Cleveland’s C.J. Miles. “It really hurts when I step on it. I’ll get a lot of treatment and we’ll see, but it’s the first game and it’s really disappointing.”The Bucks came close to winning without key players including Carlos Delfino, Zaza Pachulia and Ekpe Udoh, who are also sidelined because of injuries.
Football season is nearly here, which for many of us means that weekend productivity is about to hit an annual low. Every so often teams will put on contests for tickets or merchandise, but one NFL team is engaging fans in a different way this year. The Indianapolis Colts are offering half a million dollars to whoever can accurately predict the outdoor kickoff temperature for the team’s 20 games, from the preseason through the end of the regular season.Entries are due Thursday at 12:01 p.m. EDT. On top of submitting temperatures, you also need to correctly predict whether the roof of Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis will be open for each home game. And if one of the Colts’ late-season Sunday games is “flexed” to a different time slot, the forecasted temperature you submit needs to reflect that changed kickoff time. Get a single temperature or roof position wrong, and you’re eliminated from contention.My initial reaction to this contest was similar to Carl Reiner’s character’s expression of overwhelming doubt about a plan to rob a casino in “Ocean’s Eleven.” The best public example of a foray into long-range weather forecasting has been done by AccuWeather, which provides 45-day forecasts. However, according to more than one accuracy test, these forecasts have struggled and certainly wouldn’t win AccuWeather $500,000 from the Colts.So is it even possible for anyone to do this perfectly? And if so, just how lucky would that person have to be?One of the best ways to forecast weather far into the future is to use climatology as a guide. Unfortunately, in a contest where you need to be perfect, not just close, climatology can only help so much. But you can at least narrow down the possibilities. Using the weather data archive on Weather Underground, as well as from the Midwest Regional Climate Center, I collected the temperatures at kickoff time from 1984 to 2013 for the dates and sites of the 20 Colts games this season.1The stadiums and the nearest weather observation stations are below:Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis) – Indianapolis International AirportMetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, New Jersey) – Newark Liberty AirportPaul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati) – Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International AirportMile High Stadium (Denver) – Buckley Air Force Base (Aurora, Colorado) for 1984-1995 and Denver International Airport for 1996-2013EverBank Field (Jacksonville, Florida) – Jacksonville International AirportNRG Stadium (Houston) – Hobby AirportHeinz Field (Pittsburgh) – Pittsburgh International AirportFirstEnergy Stadium (Cleveland) – Cleveland Hopkins AirportAT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas) – Dallas/Fort Worth International AirportLP Field (Nashville, Tennessee) – Nashville International Airport Let’s start by addressing temperatures: How much volatility and variability are we dealing with?We can look at each week to see what the spread in observed temperatures has been since 1984. Then, assuming we want to avoid forecasting extreme temperatures as a way to improve our odds, we can also look at the 25th, 50th (or median) and 75th percentiles to narrow down our choices to a more realistic range:A few things stand out: Both the ranges and the boxes tend to get larger as you go deeper into the football season. Temperatures in the summer tend to be a bit more stable than in the fall and winter. Because the jet stream has retreated far enough north in the warm season, you have fewer cold fronts to contend with, and there’s more moisture in the atmosphere. All of this can generally reduce the range of temperatures in the summertime. As the season progresses, the spread in observed temperatures expands. The games on Sept. 21 in Jacksonville, Florida, and Oct. 9 in Houston are the most notable exceptions. Thanks to their southern latitude, those cities still tend to be in a summer-type pattern in early fall, keeping local temperatures a little more stable.Dallas, the site of the Dec. 21 game, has the most volatility at kickoff time of any place where the Colts will play this season. The High Plains tend to see some incredible temperature swings in the fall and winter.So what are the odds of a perfect temperature forecast? The best approach is to guess that this year’s temperature will match the historical average from our 30-year sample. By looking at the standard deviation in the historical sample, we can estimate how likely this year’s temperature is to exactly match the historical average, rounded to the nearest whole number.Getting even one day’s temperature exactly right is quite challenging. Even for the Sept. 21 game in Jacksonville, Florida, which historically has a relatively narrow temperature range, your chances are only about 10 percent. And for the Dec. 21 game in Dallas, which has volatile temperatures that time of year, the chances are just 3 percent. And, of course, it’s even more difficult to get the kickoff temperatures right for all 20 games. The chances are just 1 in 248 septillion.2An alternative method is to narrow things down to the most common outcomes, between the 25th and 75th percentiles of temperatures for our dates, and assume that the temperature will fall at some random integer between those numbers half of the time (the other half of the time, by definition, it will fall outside the 25th to 75th percentile range). This yields an almost identical estimate: one chance in 261 septillion of getting all 20 temperatures right.)By comparison, you have a much greater chance — 1 in 9.2 quintillion — of predicting a perfect bracket for the annual NCAA men’s basketball tournament, and that’s before you improve your odds with the statistics and knowledge of each matchup.Oh, wait. You also have to forecast the Lucas Oil Stadium roof position for each Colts home game. The basic rules are that the roof is closed when precipitation is in the area, wind gusts exceed 40 mph, or the temperature drops below 40 degrees.3To calculate the odds of whether the roof would be closed, I looked at the weather data going back to 1984 to see whether it was raining or snowing in the two to three hours before kickoff, and the three to four hours after kickoff. I also looked at the historical temperatures and reviewed whether the roof — had it existed all these years — would have been closed that day. I then calculated the percentage of times the roof would have been closed over the 30 years. This, of course, is all subject to weather forecasts and a human element. In other words, even if the forecast is wrong, it may be enough to justify keeping the roof closed.And if you haven’t had enough by now, let’s answer this question about flex scheduling. Is it worth it to even bother trying to figure that out? The NFL can “flex” a Sunday game into a different time slot, starting at week five.Since the Dallas Cowboys have already punched their playoff ticket, let’s look at both flexing scenarios for their game with the Colts on Dec. 21. While it’s unlikely the 3:25 p.m. start time will be flexed to 12:00 p.m., the chart at left shows the possibilities.Because the variation in temperature is so small, it probably doesn’t benefit you much to worry about the flex scheduling aspect. At best, you’ll improve your odds a minute fraction.Given the immense number of options that exist in this contest, Colts fans will need more than Andrew Luck on their side if they wish to win. Warren Buffett’s billion-dollar NCAA bracket challenge looks easy by comparison, and offers a much better payoff!My entry in the Colts’ Half A Million Dollar Weather Challenge is below:4The entry I submitted to the contest is different from the one presented here. In this one, I made a few minor tweaks based on better data, but unfortunately I was limited to one entry so I couldn’t resubmit this.
Just two minutes into the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifiers semifinal game in 2010, a free-kick from distance was flicked behind the U.S. back line, and a Mexican player running forward slotted it into the net. The U.S. looked stunned. Mexico scored again in the 27th minute and would go on to defeat the U.S. 2-1 — the only time it has managed to do so in the two teams’ 31 matchups — nearly eliminating one of the world’s best teams from the 2011 Women’s World Cup. (The U.S. was forced to play a two-games series against Italy to qualify for the World Cup, where it eventually finished second to Japan on penalty kicks.)On Friday night, the two teams will meet again in the CONCACAF Qualifiers semifinal, this time on U.S. soil. Despite handedly beating Mexico in two friendlies last month, 8-0 and 4-0, that 2010 semifinal game serves as a reminder for the U.S.: World Cup hopes can fade in a flash — even for a powerhouse team — with one bad game.We’ve updated our projections, and the U.S. now has a 95 percent chance of beating Mexico and advancing to the finals. That number makes it seem like Friday’s matchup will be lopsided, and it may be. But if Mexico sits in and defends as anticipated, the Americans may find it difficult to score and could be forced into overtime or penalty-kicks.Mexico, however, has not looked as strong at this year’s CONCACAF Qualifiers compared to 2010’s, losing to Costa Rica in group play 1-0. It has only a 4 percent chance of winning the tournament, but a 74 percent chance of placing third — enough to qualify for next summer’s World Cup.Below are the updated expected-win probabilities for the remaining CONCACAF tournament teams:The other semifinal matchup Friday night, between Costa Rica and Trinidad and Tobago, is evenly matched. Costa Rica is a slight favorite, with a 57 percent chance of beating Trinidad and facing the Americans in the final. The two teams have drawn two out of their five matchups. Costa Rica has beaten Trinidad twice, and Trinidad has beaten Costa Rica once. The last time they met, however, in December 2012, Trinidad crushed Costa Rica 4-0 (how seriously the teams took this game is unclear though, as it wasn’t recorded as an official qualifying or friendly match).The winners of the two semifinal games will play in the championship Sunday, with their World Cup berths already secured. The more interesting match may be the third-place game (also Sunday), when the winner will secure the last reserved CONCACAF spot at the World Cup. The fourth-place team, however, is not automatically eliminated and will play Ecuador in a two-game series for another World Cup berth.
OSU freshman guard A.J. Harris (12) gets low to defend Michigan junior guard Derrick Walton Jr. (10) during a game against Michigan on Feb. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: William Kosileski | Lantern PhotographerThe door to the NCAA tournament remains ajar for the Ohio State men’s basketball team after grinding out a road win over Nebraska on Saturday, but it could be slammed shut if things don’t go well Tuesday night.That’s when the Buckeyes (18-10, 10-5) are set to welcome sixth-ranked Michigan State (22-5, 9-5) to the Schottenstein Center for a must-win matchup amid OSU’s quest to salvage a seemingly lost year after a tumultuous beginning. “Every game is critical,” sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop said. “You don’t go into a game thinking, ‘We can afford to lose this game,’ or anything like that. We’re a very confident team and we feel like we have a chance to beat anybody when we’re on our A-game.”Putting forth their “A-game” is something that hasn’t always been easy for the youthful Buckeyes. The inconsistency that has stained their season has been heavily discussed. It’s hard to have a conversation about this team without mentioning how up and down its season has been. Yet, OSU coach Thad Matta said he has seen his team developing, even if sometimes his players revert to their old ways, namely stagnant offensive sets and high volumes of turnovers.“We were treading water late November, early season. I like the progress that this team has made,” he said, later adding, “We’ve won some basketball games where earlier I don’t think we could’ve won those games.” Why a win matters On the surface, OSU’s 10 wins in the Big Ten appears to be an impressive mark, but a deeper inquiry reveals that only one of them has come against a team with a conference record .500 or above — a Feb. 16 victory over Michigan. Other than that lone game, the Buckeyes have bolstered their resume by beating teams they should beat. OSU needs a marquee win within its conference, hence why Tuesday’s game is paramount.Frankly, two wins over Rutgers, and victories versus Penn State and Minnesota aren’t what the selection committee will use to determine if the Buckeyes belong in the Big Dance. Beating the Spartans wouldn’t punch their ticket — in fact, far from it — but a late-season victory over a top 10 team will cause the committee to start taking notes. Players are aware that they could send a message if they pull off the upset. All season long, the Scarlet and Gray have “had to go longer, go harder than in the past,” Matta said. After all that extra effort to tighten up loose screws, Bates-Diop said the country would finally be able to see if the Buckeyes are able to “compete with a team of their caliber.” They have the confidence to make it happen, he said, but avoiding a pitiful start like against Nebraska is of utmost importance. On Saturday, OSU had only two points at the 11:36 mark in the first half. That slow of a start might result in an insurmountable deficit versus the Spartans. “We gotta have the right mindset from the beginning to even be competitive in a situation like this,” Bates-Diop said.Spartan spotlight The situation that Bates-Diop was referring to is a primetime game against a team that, when healthy, “is as good as anybody,” Matta said. Senior guard Denzel Valentine is the catalyst of it all for coach Tom Izzo’s Spartans. The 6-foot-5 Lansing, Michigan, native is one of the country’s premier talents, as many experts have him in the discussion for player of the year. OSU coach Thad Matta yells out a play from the sidelines during a game against Michigan on Feb. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: William Kosileski | Lantern PhotographerThe high praise stems from Valentine’s ability to leave his fingerprint on nearly every aspect of the game. He leads the Big Ten in scoring per game, with 19.7, and assists, dishing out 7.3 a night. He’s also second on the team in 3-point percentage, connecting on 44.6 percent of his attempts, and rebounding, averaging 7.7 per contest. Within a one-minute sequence, Matta compared him to two of his former players, Evan Turner and D’Angelo Russell, for the seemingly infinite ways he impacts the game. “He does everything,” Matta said. As a team, the Spartans are third in the conference in field-goal percentage, making just below 50 percent of their attempts. But they are the top 3-point shooting team, aided by Valentine and fellow senior guard — and high school teammate — Bryn Forbes, who connects on a conference-leading 48 percent of his 3-pointers. Michigan State’s ability to shoot the basketball with such success is “alarming,” Matta said. Even though OSU will be playing host to one of the nation’s top teams, Matta said the “focus has to be on us.” “I just want to go out and play well (Tuesday) night,” he said. Up next Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, the road doesn’t get any easier following Tuesday’s tough test. Their next game is set to come against No. 8 Iowa (20-6, 11-3) on Sunday at home.Tipoff against the Hawkeyes is slated for 4 p.m.
Laczynski skates against a Finnish defender in the 2016 USA evaluation camp. Credit: Courtesy of USA HockeyWhile students were away from campus and taking a break from classes post-Fall Semester, there were still several teams in competition during the break. The featured event was the Playstation Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Eve in Glendale, Arizona, where the No. 3 Ohio State football team took on No. 2 Clemson in a College Football Playoff semifinal.In the end, 2016 delivered one more punch to the gut of Buckeye Nation before the clock struck midnight as the Buckeyes were embarrassed 31-0. Thus, prompting a change in direction on offense with the hiring of a quarterbacks coach and the expected hiring of former Indiana coach Kevin Wilson for OSU’s offensive coordinator in 2017, first reported by Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports.Spring Semester has begun, so here’s a recap of news across OSU athletics.Tanner Laczynski wins goldBefore break, OSU men’s hockey freshman forward Tanner Laczynski was invited to tryout for the United States hockey junior team ahead of the World Junior Championships in Canada. Laczynski made the team and contributed to a 7-0 record and a gold medal in the games.Team USA beat Team Canada 5-4 in a shootout in the gold medal match after falling behind twice by two goals at 2-0 and 4-2. Laczynski played in all seven games and scored a goal against Slovakia in the preliminary round.While Laczynski was away from the team, No. 11 OSU lost to Miami (Ohio) at home, then split a series with No. 2 Penn State, winning the first, 3-0, and losing the second, 4-2. The Buckeyes are now ranked No. 10 in the country.OSU hosts Arizona State for two games this weekend.Five Buckeyes declare for NFL draftJunior linebacker Raekwon McMillan, redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker, redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley, redshirt sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown and junior H-back Curtis Samuel all announced their intentions to forgo their remaining eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.OSU starting quarterback redshirt junior J.T. Barrett is returning to the Buckeyes, along with defensive ends Sam Hubbard, Tyquan Lewis and Jalyn Holmes. Redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore has yet to announce his intentions to return to or depart from the program.Men’s volleyball begins title defenseThe top-ranked OSU men’s volleyball team began its season this past weekend, raising the 2016 national championship banner at St. John Arena. OSU faced off against the University of Southern California Trojans and the UCLA Bruins.In the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge, OSU beat USC and No. 2 UCLA 3-1. Junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen led the Buckeyes with 28 kills, hitting .340. The reigning National Player of the Year also had 11 digs and three blocks. Senior opposite hitter Miles Johnson had 27 kills in two games.OSU hosts George Mason on Tuesday.Men’s basketball sliding fastFollowing a 13-point loss to then-No. 2 UCLA, the OSU men’s basketball team won two nonconference games against Youngstown State and UNC Asheville. On New Year’s Day the OSU men’s basketball team started Big Ten play at Illinois, needing victories to put itself in the NCAA tournament picture. Coach Thad Matta’s team lost in Champaign, Illinois, then dropped a close game to then-No. 20 Purdue, 76-75 at home. On Sunday night, the Buckeyes lost by 10 at Minnesota, beginning 0-3 in Big Ten play.OSU is now 10-6 with no signature wins and will be going forward without junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, who is one of the most versatile players on the team. Bates-Diop averaged 9.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in over 23 minutes this season. He is undergoing a season-ending surgery this week on a stress fracture to his shin.Next up for OSU is a showdown in Madison, Wisconsin at the 18th-ranked Badgers. The Buckeyes then return home for a Sunday game against Michigan State.WrestlingThe No. 4 Ohio State wrestling team improved to 6-0 and 2-0 in conference with a win against No. 17 Wisconsin on Jan. 6. Bo Jordan, Myles Martin, Nathan Tomasello, Kollin Moore, Micah Jordan and Luke Pletcher all won their matches in a 23-15 team victory.OSU hits the mat next on Sunday at Illinois.Women’s basketballThe No. 11 OSU women’s basketball team slugged through a tough nonconference schedule, which featured games at No. 1 Connecticut, a neutral-site game against No. 2 Baylor and home games against No. 14 Miami (FL) and No. 5 South Carolina. Since classes broke, OSU has earned a 4-0 Big Ten record and sits alone in first place.Last time out, junior guard Kelsey Mitchell led the Buckeyes with 26 points in a 96-87 win over Michigan. The National Player of the Year candidate ranks sixth in the NCAA averaging 23 points per game. Mitchell currently ranks fourth all-time in career scoring at OSU with 2,110 points. Jantel Lavender is the all-time leader with 2,818 points.OSU plays at Michigan State on Tuesday.Women’s hockeyAfter ending the first half of the season with two consecutive blowout losses to No. 1 Wisconsin, the Buckeyes regrouped for two wins against Penn State on Jan. 6 and 7. OSU outscored the Nittany Lions 11-0 over the two games.Six different players scored for OSU in its 6-0 victory on Saturday to improve the Scarlet and Gray to 10-10-2 in 2016-17. Under the direction of first-year coach Nadine Muzerall, the OSU defense has improved to No. 4 in penalty kill and No. 13 overall.OSU next plays Bemidji State on Friday and Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink.
In their lone season at Ohio State, Greg Oden and Mike Conley piloted an adventurous ride to the 2007 NCAA Championship Game. Because it’s been 50 years since the program has hung a championship banner, the 2006-07 squad is now the standard by which we evaluate the great Buckeye basketball teams. We might have to adjust our measuring stick. These Buckeyes, of the 20-0 variety, are threatening to exceed the scarlet standard. Whether Buckeye Nation cares, the notion that OSU is solely a football school is under siege. Buckeye basketball is back on the map, and coach Thad Matta is trying to make it the capital of college hoops. As talented as the 2006-07 team was, the current crop of Buckeye ballers is even better. These Buckeyes are more versatile. Six players have led OSU in scoring in at least one game this season. Freshman forward Deshaun Thomas ignited the second-half run Saturday that propelled OSU to victory by nailing a pair of 3-pointers and working his defender in the paint for a layup, all in a span of four minutes. The ability of the 6-foot-6 freshman to score in multiple ways helped to turn a three-point deficit into a six-point lead. Thomas and fellow wing players David Lighty and William Buford can all score inside and out. Those 2006-07 Buckeyes didn’t have that flexibility. Freshman phenom Jared Sullinger can step out and hit a midrange jump shot. When he dressed in scarlet and gray, Oden was anchored in the low post, relegated to dunks and short hook shots. Jamar Butler, Ron Lewis and Ivan Harris, all capable shooters, didn’t have the size to help Oden in the paint. The 6-4 Lewis and 6-1 Butler preferred to pull up from deep rather than enter the land of the unknown down low. Despite his 6-7 frame, Harris rarely stepped inside the 3-point arc. Foul trouble hasn’t been an issue for these Buckeyes. Sullinger crashed the boards for all 40 minutes Saturday and only picked up two fouls. Those Buckeyes didn’t have the same good fortune. In OSU’s NCAA Tournament run, refs assessed Oden at least four personal fouls in every contest, save the opening-round formality against Central Connecticut State. In narrow victories against Tennessee, Memphis and Georgetown ahead of the title game, foul trouble limited Oden to 18, 24 and 20 minutes, respectively. Three months before OSU’s loss in the National Championship Game against Florida, the Gators chomped Matta’s squad by 26. Alas, those Buckeyes knew their limits. For these Buckeyes, the sky is the limit.
The Ohio State field hockey team opened Big Ten play Friday in dramatic fashion. OSU junior forward Danica Deckard scored two goals in the game, including the game winner with less than two minutes to play, to give the Buckeyes (5-5, 1-0) a 2-1 victory against the No. 11-ranked Michigan Wolverines (6-3, 0-1). With 1:32 remaining in the game, Deckard scored off a penalty corner after receiving a pass from junior forward Berta Queralt. Deckard received the pass at the top of the circle and put the ball in the back of the goal, and the 217 spectators in attendance at Buckeye Varsity Field erupted. Head coach Anne Wilkinson praised Deckard after the game, saying that her finishing was excellent. “(Deckard) was able to maintain composure and when she gets a hold of the ball, it’s tough to stop by any defender,” Wilkinson said. Deckard gave the credit to her teammates, saying, “I think it was just one of those things where my teammates set me up and it was easy to put them in.” Michigan’s lone goal came in the 13th minute of the first half. Senior midfielder Bryn Bain scored off a penalty stroke, which tied the game at 1-1. The Buckeyes held Michigan scoreless for the rest of the game. The Wolverines out-shot OSU 13-9, but the Buckeye defense, led by senior goalkeeper Ally Tunitis, held up. Tunitis finished the game with six saves. “We do have a really strong defense,” Queralt said. “We’ve been playing together for a while. We studied (Michigan) and know who (Michigan’s) key players are and we were able to keep them down.” Deckard agreed. “They do a great job back there,” Deckard said. “We’re lucky to have them.” Holding the Michigan offense to one goal was no easy task as the Wolverines brought a four-game win streak into Columbus and had scored at least three goals in each of the wins. “Michigan’s a top-notch team,” Wilkinson said. “They’re excellent. We did a great job stopping their attack.” Ohio State has now won three games in a row, and four of the last five games against 2010 co-Big Ten champion Michigan. “This game means a lot,” Queralt said. “It was the first Big Ten game. We were Big Ten co-champions last year, so we want to repeat. We liked that experience last year. Winning this game is a really good start and sets us up good for our following games.” Ohio State will travel to play Ball State on Tuesday before returning home to play No. 18 Indiana (7-2, 1-0) Friday at 3 p.m.
The United States men’s national soccer team’s victory against Jamaica at Crew Stadium added another proud chapter to Columbus’ sports history. So proud and frenzied was the game, in fact, that before the 90 minutes had elapsed on the field, some were already speculating about how the atmosphere in the stadium compared to other professional and collegiate sporting events hosted in Columbus.There is no doubt that the U.S. team’s most recent victory at Crew Stadium – the team upped its all-time record at the ground to 6-0-3 by beating Jamaica – is up there with the top sporting events in the city’s history. Whether it’s comparable to a football Saturday at Ohio Stadium is very much debatable, though.To understand how special the atmosphere was during the Yanks’ shutout victory against Jamaica on Tuesday, look no further than the very first words of team manager Jurgen Klinsmann’s post game press conference.“I think first of all, we want to thank that (Crew Stadium) crowd out there in Columbus for their tremendous support,” Klinsmann said. “It was a tremendous atmosphere that pushed the players. All of us really appreciated that. It was fantastic.”Keep Klinsmann’s status in world soccer in mind – he’s played professionally in England’s Premier League, Italy’s Serie A and Germany’s Bundesliga. He was a World Cup winner with Germany in 1990 and a European champion with Bayern Munich in 1996.Suffice it to say that the guy knows his soccer, he knows what passionate fan support looks like and while part of his job as U.S. manager is to help stoke the relatively small flame that is American soccer culture, he has no other reason to sugarcoat. And he didn’t on Tuesday. So congratulations to soccer fans in Columbus and all the rest that journeyed to Central Ohio for the game – the performance of the 23,881 fans that jammed into Crew Stadium was just as convincing as the American team’s play on the pitch.I’ll take it a step further, as some members of the press did last night, and say that the atmosphere at Crew Stadium was better than the Columbus Blue Jackets’ opening-round series against the Detroit Red Wings during the 2009 NHL playoffs.Anyone can make that claim easily.With the temporary seating installed in Crew Stadium for Tuesday’s game, a vital World Cup qualifier for both teams involved, the venue held more fans than the Blue Jackets’ Nationwide Arena could ever host (capacity of 18,500 for hockey, according to nationwidearena.com). The Jackets also had a fan base that wasn’t fully invested in the 2009 playoff run, and that’s OK because the team was a heavy underdog against Detroit and was eventually swept, 4-0.American fans, despite seeing the U.S. lose to Jamaica, 2-1, in Kingston, Jamaica, just days before the game in Columbus, had Klinsmann’s promise that the team wouldn’t lose to the Reggae Boyz for the second time in a week. They didn’t, and American fans have come to expect results from their men’s national team against opponents from all over the world. There’s a cautious optimism about the U.S. men’s national team, and that lends itself to a party spirit whenever the squad has a match.It goes without saying that while the U.S. men’s team is far from a juggernaut in world soccer, it is a strong and competitive team, especially in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) region.So in terms of the significance of the event and the passionate crowd support, Tuesday’s game at Crew Stadium tops anything the Blue Jackets franchise has to offer.I’ll even say this – the U.S.-Jamaica game was a better atmosphere than most Ohio State men’s basketball home games.Again, consider the respective stadiums’ capacities – the Schottenstein Center holds 19,500 fans for basketball games and, quite honestly, a lot of those Buckeye contests can be a bore.I’m not talking about the marquee games against big-name opponents such as Duke last season or Kansas this coming season. Big Ten Conference games against Wisconsin and Michigan State certainly might have the U.S.-Jamaica game beat in terms of atmosphere, especially when the Buckeye Nut House student cheering section gets fired up.But are you going to tell me that an OSU basketball game against some of the drab non-conference teams the athletic department brings in is an event you’d be excited to watch? For someone that’s never seen the Buckeyes play live before, maybe you would tell me that. But for Columbus residents and students with season ticket plans, sorry, you’re lying to yourself if you think the average OSU men’s basketball home game tops what Crew Stadium offered on Tuesday.What I can’t do is tell you that the U.S. men’s national team and its fans teamed up to create an atmosphere comparable to an OSU football game at Ohio Stadium. There’s no comparison.Using the same stadium-capacity barometer, well, it would take more than four Crew Stadiums (with additional, temporary seating) to fill the Horseshoe. Even if many Buckeye supporters want to sit on their hands throughout the game, 105,000 people are going to make more noise inhaling and exhaling oxygen than a packed Crew Stadium ever will.So when I overheard members of the Columbus media compare Tuesday’s national team game to the OSU-USC football game at the Horseshoe in 2008, well, there’s a reason I didn’t make that argument the focus of this column. That is a ridiculous and absurd notion.Unlike the OSU men’s basketball team, even the Buckeyes football team’s non-conference games draw massive, passionate crowds. Even on a planet where soccer is king, gatherings of 100,000 or more supporters is a phenomenon that is mostly limited to a select group of American universities with powerful college football programs.There’s no shame in losing out to the tradition and pageantry of an Ohio Stadium football game, though. The U.S. put on yet another memorable performance at Crew Stadium on Tuesday, one that will be remembered as one of the great sporting moments in a city that has had so many.Certainly, Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier provided a performance and accompanying atmosphere that rivals any moment in the history of Columbus’ NHL franchise and even gives the average OSU men’s basketball home game a run for its money.Not bad for a soccer team.
Freshman defender Drew Brevig (4) controls the puck during a game against Michigan March 2 at Nationwide Arena. OSU lost, 4-3.Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternAfter four years filled with countless achievements and even more memories, four members of the Ohio State men’s hockey team are preparing for their final home games in the Scarlet and Gray.The Buckeyes (15-11-4, 5-7-4) are set to recognize seniors Alex Szczechura, Travis Statchuk, Alex Lippincott and Curtis Gedig this weekend as they welcome No. 1 Minnesota (23-4-5, 12-2-2) to Columbus.Szczechura, the team’s fifth-highest scorer, sustained an injury last Sunday against Michigan and won’t get to play in this final home stand OSU coach Steve Rohlik said.“(It’s) disappointing,” Rohlik said. “He’s certainly put the time and the effort in here and he deserves to be out there … he’ll be with us out there, he’ll be out there on the ice to get recognized but certainly we’ll miss him out there on the ice.”Rohlik said he’s seeking the right balance of emotion and focus from his players for this important series.“I think the team wants to play well for (the seniors),” Rohlik said. “It’s my job not only to: one, make sure our team recognizes what (the seniors) mean to this program but two, to keep things in check … and control our emotions and go out there in the right frame of mind.”The quartet of seniors is set to be recognized in a ceremony before Saturday’s game, but Statchuk said the reality of his OSU career ending wouldn’t hit him until much later.“It hasn’t really sunk in yet. Once the season ends and you’re cleaning out your stall as a senior, I think that’s when it’s really going to settle in,” Statchuk said. “I’ll probably (be) a little emotional, that’s for sure.”The Buckeyes gained two points last weekend in their home-and-home series with Michigan, and currently sit five points behind the Wolverines in fourth place in the Big Ten. Meanwhile the Gophers continued their strong campaign with a sweep of Penn State, and are now seven points clear of second-place Wisconsin.Facing the nation’s No. 1 team while trying to climb in the standings might not be an ideal situation, but Rohlik said his team is eager to test themselves, no matter who the opponent is.“If you want to get to the national tournament, you’ve got to beat the best teams no matter who they are,” Rohlik said. “It’s a great challenge for our guys and I think they’re looking forward (to) it.”When the Buckeyes and Gophers met earlier in the season in Minneapolis, OSU proved themselves to be worthy opponents. In the first game, Minnesota’s sophomore goalie Adam Wilcox kept his second shutout of the season as his team won 1-0. OSU had a two-goal lead in the second game before junior forward Sam Warning netted a hat-trick as the home team ran out 4-2 winners.Since that second game against the Gophers, the Buckeyes are 4-3-3, and Statchuk said this weekend is a great chance for the team to show its credentials with only four games left in the season.“We’re excited to get out there and show the rest of the league and the country that we deserve to be where we want to be,” Statchuk said. “Obviously we have beat the No. 1-ranked team to get there but that’s a challenge we’re willing to accept.”Friday’s game is set for 7:30 p.m., and the puck is set to drop at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Ohio State sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa was named the Big Ten Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year on Monday, a day after he was named the conference’s top defensive lineman.Bosa — who is already a finalist for the Lombardi Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award — leads the Buckeyes with 13.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss this season. Those numbers put him atop the Big Ten in both categories, and in the top five nationally.The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native needs just half a sack to tie Vernon Gholston’s school record of 14 in a season. Bosa has also totaled 46 tackles this season to go with four forced fumbles and three additional quarterback hits.Bosa was named the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Week after the Buckeyes defeated Penn State in double overtime. He sacked Nittany Lion sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg on the final play of the second extra period to seal the win.In addition to his pair of individual awards, Bosa was named first team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media in a unanimous vote on Monday.He is the first Buckeye to be named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year since John Simon in 2012. Overall, Bosa is the seventh OSU player to win the award.Bosa and the Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the field on Saturday against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game. Kickoff is set for 8:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Michigan State senior goalie Savanna Wojtanowski collides with Ohio State senior defender Morgan Wolcott as she attempts a header in the second half of the Buckeyes’ 1-0 win in double overtime Oct. 6 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Mac Connor | Lantern ReporterIt took two overtimes, but the Ohio State women’s soccer team (10-2-1, 5-1-0 Big Ten) defeated the Michigan State Spartans (5-9-0, 1-6-0 Big Ten) 1-0 Friday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.The Buckeye fans packing the stands finally got their chance to cheer in the 100th minute as a cross from freshman defender Izzy Rodriguez found senior midfielder Nikki Walts, who smashed the ball along the ground, driving it into the right side of the net to give her team the win.“It was a great feeling,” Walts said. “I think just for the fact that we dominated a lot of the game and didn’t get our chances, so when we finally did off of that beautiful cross by Izzy and it went in … It was so exciting. We deserved it.”Ohio State spent the first overtime pushing the ball deep into Michigan State territory, not content to take a draw in the Big Ten matchup. But the Buckeyes couldn’t capitalize on any of its chances in the 10-minute period as the Spartans held strong.There was a thick tension in the stands as the second overtime began as many former Buckeyes players returned for alumni night and were anxiously hoping for a reason to rise from their seats.Walts’ game-winner turned the anxiety into jubilation as Ohio State launched itself into first place in the conference with the victory.Both teams spent the first few minutes of the match looking for a quick goal, as they pushed the ball to the end line and sent crosses into the box without much resistance. Ohio State then looked to take control of the game as it maintained possession on the Michigan State half of the field for the next 10 minutes.Michigan State responded with two quick attacks that were handled by the Ohio State defense. The Spartans struggled to get the ball back to midfield for the remainder of the half. As the Spartan defense labored, Ohio State maintained pressure on the Michigan State goal, earning multiple shots on goal in its search to put the Spartans away early. Headers in the 37th and 39th minute by senior defender Morgan Wolcott placed pressure on goalkeeper Savanna Wojtanowski, but didn’t result in a goal for the Buckeyes.“We got a little frustrated with not being able to score. We talked about staying calm and collected as a team and our time will come, and just focusing on what we do best which is getting end-line and getting the ball across to get a goal.” Walts said.The offensive pace continued in the second half with an added dose of physicality, and as the game wore on, added tension. “When we saw someone getting frustrated just letting them know ‘Hey, calm down. Your time is coming,’” Walts said. “Just get them back with your soccer, I think our team really showed that.” Michigan State built some momentum in the offensive zone before Ohio State regained possession and held onto the ball for much of the remainder of the half, preventing any additional major scoring threats from the Spartans.The Buckeyes earned seven corners compared to Michigan State’s two.Ohio State next faces off against Michigan Sunday at noon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
But he said the challenge now is not attracting people to considering live-in care but in finding the carers to meet the demand. “The big push we’ve got on right now is getting the message to people who haven’t thought of being carer of considering it as a career. We want to get people to look at it. In the UK he sector has taken a lot of people from South Africa with ancestral British passports, as well as Australia and New Zealand and increasingly from Eastern Europe, but we are really keen to more British people to look at this.”The growing demand is illustrated by the approach of Pete Dowds and Tom Brooks, two young web entrepreneurs who set up a service called Elder.org last year to help families find carers for older loved-ones quickly using similar technology to online dating and consumer review websites. “Our technology makes it easier to discover the service, undertake care appraisals, be matched with a tailored carer, and the delivery and management of care itself.“We want to ensure that when we match care professionals with recipients, they aren’t only matched based on skill and requirement, but also on common interests.“This way, once the carer moves into the recipient’s home, they have a mutual interest which can help them build strong and lasting relationships, developing into genuine companionship.” Carers are carefully matched to ensure they have similar interests as their clients and are likely to become friends. They then move into a spare room in their clients’ home, sometimes on rotation with others. According to the Live-in Care Hub, a network of 14 small and medium sized companies offering live-in care set up two years ago to promote the sector at present only around 10,000 families currently make use of it although all have reported growing interest. By comparison, around 290,000 older people in England and Wales live in care homes, according to the last census.“There does seem to be an increased awareness,” said Peter Seldon, chief executive, Consultus Care, a founding member of the group.“There is also a general receptivity to the whole notion of keeping mum and dad in their own home with family around them – and their pets, pets are particularly difficult in a residential home. ” Live-in care can be cheaper for couplesCredit:Bill Cheyrou/Alamy He added: “The element of companionship is very important and a crucial part of the selection process is [asking] are they going up have similar interests, are they going to be able to have a conversation, is a relationship possible; it’s not just about primary care.” WATCH: We paid a visit to Ken and Sylvia to learn a bit about their experience of receiving care form Shadika >>> https://t.co/5S4xe1hDdE— elder (@trustelder) September 28, 2016 It is a dilemma almost every family in the country will have to face one day, as more and more people live longer.But the choice between finding a care home for relatives increasingly unable to manage on their own and leaving them to struggle on in their home could become a thing of the past amid surging demand for live-in “companion carers”.Once a virtually unheard-of option, a small network of companies providing full-time live-in carers, say they are experiencing a rise in demand in the wake of waves of scandals about standards in care homes and traditional homecare agencies as well as headlines over soaring fees. People being cared for at home are less likely to suffer a fallCredit:Jonathan Brady /PA There is also a general receptivity to the whole notion of keeping mum and dad in their own home with family around themPeter Seldon, chief executive, Consultus Care With fees ranging from £750 to £1,400 per week, depending on the level of care needed, the cost is comparable to moving into a higher-end care home, and significantly cheaper for couples. Originally, they planned to offer a service arranging full-time live-in carers as a niche offering on the side. But such was the demand that, only a year later, they have now switched the company entirely to that direction. “Care is not just about providing safety, but helping to maintain a sustained quality of life for the recipient,” said Mr Dowds. Although still only catering for a tiny proportion of the older population, they are now hoping to become an increasingly mainstream choice, with some providers holding talks with NHS and social care bodies about future plans. They are also hoping to recruit an army of new carers, targeting recent divorcees and those considering a mid-life change of career and lifestyle.It follows research suggesting that older people who remain in the familiar surroundings of own home, with appropriate adaptations and live-in care, suffer a third fewer falls and a quarter fewer hip fractures than their counterparts in care homes. 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.
In 2009 one was photographed by a family in nearby Pluckley during a ghost hunting trip and another was hit by motorist Kate Scorey on the A20 in 2005.Part-time nurse Lucy, who saw the wallaby earlier this month, added: “We live on a new estate and it has lots of fields and we have a lot of trees next to us and beyond is the woods. 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 wild animal, which is rarely seen in Britain, spent the entire day outside the family-of-four’s home, in Bethersden, Kent.Lucy, a mother-of-two, said: “I couldn’t believe it, I opened the curtains and just by the grassy area, there it was.”It didn’t mind us being there, he looked really healthy and was going around looking for seeds that had fallen from the trees, then reaching up into the branches. “He was hopping around and then laying around enjoying the sun.”Wallabies, which have a life expectancy of 18 years, have been seen around Bethersden, for over a decade according to locals.There are roughly 100 wallabies living in Britain, with populations on the Isle of Man, Peak District, Devon and East Sussex. “He spent the whole day there, he was just three metres in front of me, I had heard rumours about it but never thought I would see it.” Lucy Austin and her son Josh were delighted when a wallaby appeared near their homeCredit:KMG / SWNS.com A mother couldn’t believe her eyes when she opened her bedroom curtains and saw a wild wallaby staring back.Lucy Austin, 34, was getting her five-year-old son ready for school when she spotted the marsupial in the treeline at the bottom of her garden.Josh was amazed to see the animal, which had wandered onto their housing estate and was reaching up into the branches and looking for seeds on the ground. The wild animal, which is rarely seen in Britain, spent the entire day outside the family-of-four’s homeCredit:KMG / SWNS.com Josh was amazed to see the animal, which had wandered onto their housing estateCredit:KMG / SWNS.com
It is the world’s favourite colour – but nobody can decide whether it is actually blue or green.The shade was chosen after a six month global survey and named Marrs green, after Annie Marrs, a UNESCO worker from Dundee.Miss Marrs, a fine arts graduate said she picked the shade to match the rich blue, grey and green tones which ‘dance’ on the River Tay, in her home city.The competition organised by Hull 2017 UK City of Culture and paper merchant GF Smith invited people to select their favourite shade online by hovering over an infinite palette of shades with their mouse until they landed on the colour they found most appealing. Marrs Green will now join G.F. Smith’s Colourplan range and is available for use by designers, brands and individuals. “It feels absolutely amazing. It’s an absolute privilege to have a colour named after me. It’s been a surreal experience but a very special one and quite overwhelming at times. I can see us having to redecorate.” A shop selling items in the colour Marrs Green Credit:PA Annie Marrs 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. In 2015, a YouGov survey revealed that blue was the world’s favourite colour in a series of surveys covering 10 countries across four continents.The polls took place in the UK, Germany, USA, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia – in all of them, blue convincingly came out on top. Miss Marrs travelled to Hull yesterday to celebrate the launch of the new colour at a pop-up shop in the city centre, where well-known British brands such as satchels from the Cambridge Satchel Company and Anglepoise lamps were reproduced in the new colour.In a happy coincidence the colour was announced by Hull 2017 Chief Executive Martin Green.“I found out about it through a friend who showed me the website – it was like a rainbow where you simply selected your favourite colour,” said Miss Marrs, who now works as a cultural producer at Leisure & Culture Dundee.“This was back at the start of the year and I had pretty much forgotten about it until I was out on a boat on the the River Tay in my home town of Dundee, and there are all those beautiful green, blue tones – some very grey but some really bright and vibrant and deep and rich that dance in the water. “So when I got home after being out on the water I made a cup of tea and settled down to pick that perfect shade. I’ve always loved colours in the green / blue teal family. The results of 30,000 people across 100 countries were then combined to find out which was the most popular, and Miss Marrs’ shade was the closest to the overall consensus.But colour experts said although the shade has been called a green, it would not be incorrect to view it as a shade of blue.Peter Giles, a colour adviser at Farrow & Ball, said: “It’s almost a teal colour. We have a colour called Vardo which is more earthier compared to that but this is obviously more vibrant and bright; you could almost say it (Marrs Green) was more of an aqua colour. “It’s one of those that could be either green or blue depending on who you ask”. 33 per cent of Britons surveyed said it was their favourite colour, the highest level out of all countries listed. Even in Indonesia, where it had the fewest fans, at 23 per cent, it came top by a wide margin. Chris McManus, a professor of psychology at University College London, said: “Colours are notoriously tricky, particularly on computer screens, and so it may well look different on one compared with another.”Colours are described as ‘focal’ when they are the typical reds, or yellows or blues, that everyone agrees about, but there are others which literally are on the borderline. A dash more blue and it is blue, a dash more green and it green. “What is clear is that it is quite nice. But whether that is just novelty or something more specific about it is unclear. The world expert on colour preference is Steve Palmer in California, and he shows that colours are strongly preferred mainly because they are associated with things that are preferred.”Caroline Till, Editor of Viewpoint Colour Magazine, due to a yearning for the harmony of nature: “In these uncertain times, where political and social upheaval has become the norm, we crave the calming tranquility of green and its association with the reassuring certainty of nature’s cycles”
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“He would wait for her after a 12-hour shift outside her work and Molly went into her shell more and wasn’t herself. She went quiet and didn’t speak to us as much as she used to.”On one occasion she came downstairs in an outfit and her mum said how nice she looked but then she changed because Matt said she had to change. I thought it was wrong and controlling.”We went to a BBQ and he was taking photos of Molly texting on her phone. I felt angry. She showed me some of the calls and there were 32 in just half an hour on one morning.”Matt rang my phone on someone else’s number so I answered, and he asked me why had Molly blocked him. He sounded angry. I did not approach him but I told her she needed to end it and I let her deal with it.” 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 man who banned his girlfriend from using Snapchat and controlled her use of Facebook has been jailed for his psychological abuse after a relationship that lasted less than a month.Matthew Bailey, 24, prohibited care assistant Molly Cunliffe, 19, from posting selfies on Snapchat, ordered her not to swap Facebook and Instagram messages with heterosexual men and told her she was not allowed to put kisses at the end of social media posts.Bailey would regularly check Miss Cunliffe’s mobile phone, tell her what to wear and demanded she send him pictures to prove she was at home.During a four-week romance, Bailey also bombarded Miss Cunliffe with calls – sometimes up to 30 calls in the space of half an hour – and then falsely accused her of cheating on him whenever she did not answer.In one phone call, Bailey warned her: “You’ll get a car through your front window and I’ll stab you in the neck. You know what I’m capable of.”Miss Cunliffe, from Bolton, Greater Manchester tried to end the relationship but Bailey then threatened to kill her family.At Manchester Magistrates’ Court, Bailey, from Horwich, near Bolton was jailed for six months after he was found guilty of engaging in controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate relationship. He was also barred from contacting Miss Cunliffe for five years under the terms of a restraining order. Miss Cunlffe’s father John said: “I thought Matt was very forward and very over friendly and I wasn’t too happy about the relationship. He was always on her and following her about and was too possessive. The court heard the couple met in April having found each other on Instagram where Miss Cunliffe has 5,000 followers. “It didn’t bother me at first that she was on her phone a lot, but I didn’t want to be in a relationship with someone who was always on their phone. “But District Judge James Hatton told Bailey: “This was a short relationship which quickly became unpleasant. The complainant was credible and tried to end the relationship. She told the truth. Her father was concerned and described the change in her.”The victim has experienced an extremely unpleasant time in her life. You were involved in domestic abuse almost through the whole relationship – you belittled her. “Bailey was also ordered to pay compensation to Miss Cunliffe plus costs and surcharges of £735. The pair went to Five Guys in Manchester for their first date, and Miss Cunliffe told the hearing: “We saw each other for four days in a row and at first he was good but he started getting controlling. On day two we became official – then the name calling started on day four. I felt quite devastated and upset.”We had to meet at certain times, and I have to be up and dressed at certain times. He would ring me several times in the morning and would accuse me of sleeping with someone else if I didn’t answer. I felt like I was trapped.”I tried to end the relationship three times but he kept saying he would change only to then threatened to kill me and my family.”Bailey’s friends also called Miss Cunliffe telling her to “stop with her attitude” and during one flashpoint the jealous boyfriend threatened her with a pool cue in a pub after a row about him flirting with another girl, the court heard. Bailey denied wrongdoing and said: “It was a fast moving relationship and I thought her dad liked me. She got quite jealous about my girl friends and I would look at her phone to gain stability in the relationship.”When she said I would ring her every day, I would ring to wake her up for work – we had a joke that she had a personal alarm clock. She had never said that I shouldn’t call. She was always on her phone.”
For exclusive insight into the Royal Family from Camilla Tominey and Hannah Furness, sign up for our free Royal Appointment newsletter. With its pomp, ceremony and all-star guest list, the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was by all accounts the royal event of the year.If scenes outside a five-star New York hotel were anything to go by on Wednesday, even the glamour of that moving celebration could have been surpassed by none other than the Sussex baby shower.The Duchess of Sussex was celebrating the impending arrival of the seventh-in-line to the throne, in a penthouse suite with her celebrity friends including Amal Clooney and Serena Williams.The front entrance of The Mark Hotel was transformed into a makeshift red carpet, with guest arrivals documented by photographers in the pens outside.A candyfloss machine was seen to be delivered, along with a musician wheeling a harp emblazoned with the name Erin Hill, the rock, pop and jazz harpist who advertises as having performed for Kanye West and two First Ladies of the United States. Harpist Erin Hill arrives at the hotelCredit:Splash Guests carried large gift bags with presents wrapped in blue and orange tissue paper, while hairdresser Serge Normant and make-up artist Daniel Martin – who recently shared a photograph of avocado on toast from the Duchess’ home in the UK – walking inside to join the fun. By the evening, the Duchess, Williams, Spencer, Anderson and Canadian stylist Jessica Mulroney were dining at The Polo Bar, owned by Ralph Lauren and regularly listed among the best restaurants for celebrity spotting in New York City. The bill is understood to have been paid by the Duchess’ friends, with Ms Williams named by several US outlets as the “host” and issued photographs of herself inside the hotel wearing her own clothing line on Instagram.The meticulously-planned baby shower was carried out without the assistance of Kensington Palace, with the Duchess accompanied only by her protection officers rather than by aides from her private office or press team. The Duchess of Sussex and Abigail Spencer in New YorkCredit:Gotham On Tuesday, news of her whereabouts was briefed to US celebrity magazines before she was photographed walking out of the hotel’s main entrance wearing dark sunglasses for an outing to a busy art gallery cafe and a high-end restaurant for lunch. Misha Nonoo and Markus AndersonCredit:Splash On Wednesday, the US online version of Tatler was briefed details of the shower itself by a “source”, relaying the time of the baby shower and precise details of the guest list.“The baby shower will kick off with a flower arranging lesson accompanied by a dessert table prepared by the restaurant’s head chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who will be there to greet them,” it said.The penthouse of the hotel is described as a “castle in the sky”, with space for a Grand Ballroom and an outdoor terrace amid its many rooms at a reported cost of $75,000 per night. Markus Anderson, a director at Soho House who accompanied the Duchess to her first public appearance with Prince Harry at the Toronto Invictus Games, was also in attendance, entering the hotel with designer Misha Nonoo who clutched a bag from Zittles, a children’s clothing store in New York.Gayle King, television host and a close friend of Oprah Winfrey, bore a gift bag with a pink ribbon, after actress Abigail Spencer – one of the first in and laden with bags – wore a baseball cap. Amal Clooney, the human rights lawyer whose husband recently spoke of how the Duchess is being “pursued and vilified and chased in the same way that Diana was”, wore a vivid red jumpsuit, black jacket slung over her shoulders, and gold-coloured high heels.Fitness “guru” Taryn Toomey, who offers “music-driven, mat-based practice of self study through physical conditioning”, was also seen entering the hotel.Adding to the festivities was a suitcase brand taking the opportunity to deliver clearly labelled cases apparently intended as gifts.The party came on the second day of unexpected activity at the hotel, during the Duchess’ “private” visit to New York to see friends. Gayle KingCredit:Splash
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…still no system to replace prequalification criteria for reliabilityWhile the controversy surrounding the latest $605 million sole-sourcing scandal to have beset the Public Health Ministry/Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) continues, with regard to pharmaceutical supplies procured for the health sector, reports continue to pour in from all regions – including the tertiary Georgetown Hospital – of continued drug shortages, which are having an adverse effect on poorer patients who cannot afford to purchase the drugs prescribed by their public medical practitioners.Stakeholders are asking: When will Government sort out its pharma procurement system?Country Head of ANSA McAL in Guyana, Beverly HarperRecently-appointed Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence has volunteered that it was an acute shortage of drugs in the system that led her to approve a sole-sourced contract for $605 million for Trinidadian firm ANSA McAL.“Some of these pharmaceuticals were overdue by as much as six months, which exacerbated the drug shortage at the Hospital. These are the same suppliers who, before May 2015, when all the pharmaceuticals for the nation was sole-sourced from NEW GPC for billions of dollars, were given the opportunity under the Granger Administration to become suppliers of pharmaceuticals to the public healthcare sector,” she said.After stoutly denying there were shortages in the face of persistent reports to the contrary, former Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton has now conceded that in fact the shortages did exist. He said he supported Minister Lawrence in her decision to sole source. During the budget debate in February 2016, Dr Karen Cummings, the Government’s point person on health, alluded to the cancellation of the prequalification-based contract with the NEW GPC in October 2015, and said, “Mr Speaker, open, competitive bidding is on the horizon. Sole sourcing of drugs, as we know it, will end very soon! This [A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change] APNU/AFC Government will ensure that it does not water the hard-earned taxpayers’ dollars on enriching the pockets of the undeserving.”Public Health Minister Volda LawrenceThe Public Health Ministry claimed to have received support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to develop a new standard for “an open, competitive bidding system”. A bidding document to this effect has been approved by the National Tender Administration Board, following which a pre-bid meeting with all potential bidders was held on December 16, 2015. However, the $700 million which were allocated the following January now appear to have been given to selected suppliers, who did not deliver and who the Minister stubbornly refuses to identify. A source at GPHC has indicated to this newspaper that one of the major culprits is a company based on Camp Street, which is owned by a known AFC supporter.The concerned professionals are worried that unless the defaulting suppliers are publicly identified, they will once again receive contracts they cannot supply, and place additional lives at risk. They hope that if the Minister continues to balk, the Auditor General would at least rectify this anomaly next year.In the new round of efforts to supply pharmaceuticals for the country, the present revelations indicate that on four separate occasions, bids from suppliers were received but were cancelled after irregularities were discovered to have been committed to give some suppliers an unfair advantage. The IPA was not one of the four suppliers that received “emergency” contracts to bail out the Ministry from the crisis of its own making, and this lends credence to the claims of those professionals who point to the IPA as a defaulter. Because of the delay and exorbitant prices paid for sourcing of supplies, one insider has predicted that Government will have to return to Parliament with a supplementary budget for at least $1 billion.Reviewing the debacle, President David Granger opined, “If there is some procedural irregularity, that (situation) can be rectified; and if it is found that somebody is at fault; well, there can be disciplinary actions,” he told reporters on the televised programme “The Public Interest”.PrequalificationHowever, according to a source from the Public Health Ministry, who spoke with this publication, “Guyana should not try to re-invent the wheel. The Government promised to replace the World Bank/[World Health Organisation]WHO-designed prequalification system that Guyana had because they wanted to create a “more level and decentralised playing field”.” However, he has emphasised that in so doing, the Government allowed in “fly-by-night” companies and individuals who just could not handle the internationally prescribed standards and consequent supply chain demands. “This is also why we have the Minister now complaining about ‘fake drugs’ entering the system,” the professional emphasised.Another doctor with years of experience in the public and private health sectors said, “Whatever their concerns about the old prequalification criteria favouring one company, they have to admit it worked over the decade it was in place. And it’s a myth that only one company benefited; the others who received a substantial amount of the business had the decade to bring their scores up to par. We can see the consequences of that now that they can’t deliver contracts they were handed.”Pressed to elaborate on NEW GPC’s record between 2005 and 2015 for the country’s pharma supplies, he rattled it off: “The proof of the pudding is (that) there were no shortages in the decade. None! They also offered 70,000 square feet of temperature-controlled, WHO-compliant cold chain storage pharma warehousing, completely free of cost. And with their location at Ruimveldt, it meant almost instantaneous deliveries.“They also added a manufacturing capacity to our national push for independence by manufacturing a substantial quantity of pharma supplies, which were FDA approved and resulted in substantial exports to bring in foreign currency. They also employed a substantial number of Guyanese, who all paid their taxes.”According to the Minister, NEW GPC was one of the companies given part of the emergency order; however, attempts to elicit a comment from NEW GPC proved futile, as calls were not returned as promised. (Guyana Times) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPPC launches investigation into $605M ANSA McAL sole sourcing contract, othersMarch 31, 2017In “Business”Jagdeo questions whether GPHC board was structured to facilitate irregularitiesMarch 15, 2017In “Health”ANSA McAL sole sourcing scandal: Lawrence breaks silence, admits to authorisingMarch 11, 2017In “Business”