Pacers And George Still Have Plenty To Play For

Still, George is expected to miss all of next season. The Pacers went 56-26 last season with George, a total that is only occasionally good enough to translate into a title. The NBA is not a very forgiving sport; any and all weaknesses are exposed over the course of a full season: Losing George would almost almost certainly take them out of title contention for next year.But like the Chicago Bulls — who adapted around a season-ending injury to Derrick Rose last year — the Pacers are a well-coached and well-managed team in a reasonably good salary cap situation. That means they could maintain respectability next season even without George — or rebuild for 2015-16 and beyond with him.We can consider what the Pacers might look like next season assuming that George doesn’t play but they otherwise don’t make changes to their roster. I’ll do that by running a projection based on the technique described here, which evaluates players based on their age and performance over the past three regular seasons. In contrast to the previous article, which used a metric called statistical-plus minus, I used ESPN’s NBA Real Plus Minus, which better accounts for a player’s defense — a key consideration whenever you’re talking about the Pacers. (The projection for Croatian Damjan Rudez, the recent Pacers pick up who has not played in the NBA, assumes that he’ll be halfway between league-average and replacement level.)This method projects the Pacers to a 44-38 record, which last year would have translated into a No. 5 or No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference. It assumes the Pacers will stand pat with their current roster, but they may have the opportunity to sign another rotation player by using a disabled player exception to the salary cap.Obviously, there’s a huge amount of uncertainty around this forecast. An unselfish roster like Indiana’s might seem better equipped to adapt to the loss of any one player. But the Pacers already had a lot of trouble generating shots with George in the lineup — it will be even harder without him. And while the Pacers should still be strong on defense, the ferocious effort they put forth on the defensive side of the ball could vary as the team’s spirits do.The Pacers’ other option would be sacrifice the season by dealing Roy Hibbert and David West. That would leave them with only George, point guard George Hill, Rudez and Ian Mahimni signed for the 2015-16 season — a salary commitment of just $30 million total. With cap room and draft picks and good coaching and scouting, there would be the opportunity to build another very good lineup around George, who would be just 25 years old at the start of the 2015-16 season. The injury was an unfair blow to George, but if he can recover, he and the Pacers still have plenty to look forward to. Indiana Pacers star Paul George suffered a horrifying injury on Friday night in a scrimmage with his teammates on the United States national team. The good news is that surgery on George’s right leg was successful, and he’s in admirable spirits. Furthermore, George’s history of staying relatively healthy in the past could portend a quicker and more complete recovery. read more

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What Do Donald Trump And The Kansas City Royals Have In Common

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (May 10, 2016), we break down the Chicago Cubs’ start to the season and ask if they have the potential to become the G.O.A.T. Then, we talk about the WNBA and ask Kate Fagan why so many star players have to travel overseas in the off-season. Finally, “Whiz Kid” Harry Enten makes his Hot Takedown debut to talk to Neil Paine about the fallibility of predictions in sports and politics. Plus, a significant digit on the winning percentage of National League teams in interleague play.FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur says the Cubs’ start to the season is even more dominant than it seems.And Dave Cameron at FanGraphs says this Cubs team looks pretty much perfect.ESPN Stats and Info breaks down whether a 24-6 start portends a championship.You can subscribe to Joe Sheehan’s baseball newsletter, which Chad mentions, here.FiveThirtyEight’s Elo rankings for the best baseball teams of all time.Kate Fagan went to Russia to write about WNBA stars who play overseas in the off-season.And here’s Kate again on why Diana Taurasi’s decision not to play in the 2015 WNBA should have sparked clearer thinking about salaries.Deadspin breaks down the Collective Bargaining Agreement that leads many players to seek riches overseas.The Washington Examiner asks what Donald Trump’s rise has to do with Leicester City.Harry Enten tells us the four things he learned from Donald Trump’s primary victory.Significant Digit: 58.1 percent. That’s the winning percentage of National League teams against their American League counterparts so far this season. The last time the National League finished above .500 for a full season against the American League was in 2003. FiveThirtyEight read more

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Jerry Sandusky Jurors Want Him To Get Life In

Jurors of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case say they want the convicted former Penn State assistant coach to be sent to prison for life.They told  The Associated Press they have not had second thoughts about their June verdict, and several plan to attend the sentencing.“There isn’t a sentence that I believe is harsh enough for what he has done and how it has affected the university,” said Joan Andrews, a juror who has worked for Penn State for 41 years and held football season tickets since 1969. “I don’t think there’s been one individual in this entire campus that has not been affected by this.”Four jurors said they plan to be in the courtroom when Sandusky, 68, learns the penalty for sexually abusing boys he met through a charity for at-risk children. Sandusky’s own attorney expects his client to be handed a long sentence from Judge John Cleland after conviction on 45 counts.Although a list of jurors has not been released by Cleland, the AP was able to contact five of them. They said they recently received a letter from the court informing them about the sentencing and offering to have a court official meet them outside the courthouse.A court system spokesman said the jurors are guaranteed a seat but won’t necessarily be sitting together.Only one of the five, retired Penn State soil sciences professor Daniel D. Fritton, said he would not attend.“I’d just like to stay out of the limelight, for one thing,” Fritton said. “I figure I could read in the paper what happens.”Gayle Barnes, a homemaker and former school district employee, said she thinks a lot about the victims, particularly the eight who testified against Sandusky and provided what she considers the critical evidence of guilt. She said he deserves life in prison.“I do still feel good, what we as jurors did,” Barnes said. “I didn’t go there saying off the bat he’s guilty. I needed to listen to every single thing that was said.”Barnes said she has been in touch with a fifth juror and an alternate juror who also plan to attend the sentencing.High school science teacher Joshua Harper, who has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Penn State, said that he takes pride in having served on the jury, and that the guilty verdict was not a close call. He wants Sandusky “put away for the rest of his life, really.”“This is what prisons are for, you know,” Harper said. “I mean, I don’t think you let a guy loose like that.”He also felt the victim testimony was pivotal.“It was such a consistent pattern of behavior,” Harper said. “It was just so solid. The defense was just so thin. There was no evidence that these kids were lying. Even the minor inconsistencies that the defense tried to bring up — and did bring up — that made it more convincing.” read more

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Indianapolis Colts Beat New York Giants in Preseason Duel

Image by AP Photo/Bill KostrounThe Indianapolis Colts have redeemed themselves after they were demolished 44-20 to the Buffalo Bills last week. Sunday night, the Colts improved the 1-1 in the preseason by putting away the suddenly banged-up New York Giants 20-12.Victor Cruz and David Baas, two major players on the Giants roster, were both hurt during the opening drive of the game.“[Cruz] jammed his heel and was sore,” coach Tom Coughlin said after game. “He runs to make a living and he’s obviously got an issue with the heel. Hopefully it is not going to be a long thing.”Giants’ wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, spoke to Cruz about his injury.“He said he felt fine,” Nicks said of Cruz. “I don’t really know … the details of what the injury was, but he said he was fine.”On the other hand, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck did a great job against the Giants. He threw for 107 yards and two touchdowns. Luck threw a 28-yard touchdown to Reggie Wayne and an 18-yard TD to T.Y. Hilton, leading the Colts to 17 points. Adam Vinatieri also helped with a 52-yard field goal in their 20-12 win. read more

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Kevin Durants SeasonEnding Injury Means OKCs Championship Hopes End

Before the season, Oklahoma City was a prime candidate to challenge for the NBA champion, what with reigning league MVP Kevin Durant and this year’s MVP candidate Russell Westbrook. But prospects in sports can change at the snap of a foot.In this case, that’s exactly what happened to the Thunders’ title aspirations. Durant, who has been in and out of the lineup much of the season, will be out until the start of next season, meaning that’s about the time OKC can start dreaming of a championship again.Durant, it was announced Friday, will have bone graft surgery on his ailing right foot and will miss the remainder of the season, Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti announced. No, he was not crying when he did so. Not on the outside, at least.The procedure, to be done next week, will sideline the 6-foot-11 scoring juggernaut for up to six months.“With the focus of this process being aimed entirely on Kevin’s long-term health and stability, it was the consensus of the specialists team, in addition to a collective decision by Kevin, his representation and the Thunder, that to address the setback of the fracture site, a bone graft procedure would be the most proactive and recommended approach,” Presti said in a statement. “The bone graft is the standard procedure for the five to eight percent of Jones fracture surgeries that do not initially have success or experience setbacks sometime within the recovery period.”Historically, the Jones fracture has never limited or altered a player’s ability to return to play. The bone graft is the next step in resolving the injury for the rare cases that don’t experience a full recovery with an inserted screw (92 to 95 percent of initial Jones fracture surgeries are successful).“While everyone is disappointed that Kevin falls into that group, we are encouraged that the bone graft procedure has historically demonstrated long-term health and stability,” Presti said.Durant underwent surgery Feb. 23 to attempt to alleviate soreness and discomfort in his right foot that was being caused by a screw inserted in October during a procedure to repair the Jones fracture. After the second procedure, Durant was re-evaluated after a week, then re-evaluated again after another week, at which point coach Scott Brooks updated the player’s timetable to a “week or two.”Durant had intensified his on-court workouts before being removed from basketball activities last week, even returning to participate in parts of practice, including some 3-on-3. But the soreness persisted. He played in only 27 games this season, averaging 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists.Westbrook, who has been amazing in Durant’s absence and has had his own health concerns, would need Durant to make a serious run at the title. Without the duo, OKC’s shots are all but gone. read more

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Seahawks Michael Bennett Continues to Sit for Anthem in

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, center, is joined by teammates Thomas Rawls, left, and Justin Britt, right, as he sits during the singing of the national anthem. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SEATTLE (AP) — Michael Bennett was the first Seattle Seahawks player announced during pregame introductions before the home opener against San Francisco, receiving one of the loudest ovations.It was the second show of support for Seattle’s outspoken defensive end on Sunday.Outside of CenturyLink Field, a group of protesters supporting Bennett gathered prior to the game. The group expressed its support for Bennett after he says he was subjected to racial profiling and excessive force when Las Vegas police detained him last month.Protesters also showed support for quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is still without a job after his anthem protests a year ago. It was a small protest with about 50 people participating.Among those participating in the pregame rally was Bennett’s younger brother, Reshaud.Demonstrators show support for Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett as they march outside CenturyLink Field before an NFL football game between the Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)“It means everything. It’s always good to have your family support you and also a lot of people in the city to supporting me. I think it was just a really good thing,” Bennett said after Seattle’s 12-9 victory.When the anthem began Sunday, Bennett took what’s become his usual seat on the bench. Seattle center Justin Britt and running back Thomas Rawls stood next to Bennett each with a hand on his shoulder during the anthem. Teammates Cliff Avril and Frank Clark also sat with Bennett for the final few bars of the anthem. read more

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Mike Vick to Coach on Atlantas New Spring Football

Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick stands on the sidelines before an NFL football game between the Falcons and the New Orleans Saints in Atlanta. .(AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Michael Vick’s second try for a football championship in Atlanta will come as a coach.Atlanta was announced on Wednesday as the choice to join Orlando as franchises in the new Alliance of American Football that will begin play next February.The Atlanta Alliance has hired former NFL coach Brad Childress as its head coach. Vick, the former Falcons quarterback, will serve as Childress’ offensive coordinator.“I want to bring a championship to the city of Atlanta,” Vick said. “It’s always been a dream of mine, and now I have another shot.”Atlanta is the second city to get a franchise in the league that was created by Pro Football Hall of Fame member Bill Polian and longtime TV and film producer Charlie Ebersol. The Alliance has a television deal with CBS and plans to open its first season the week after the Super Bowl.Vick, 37, was the top overall pick in the 2001 NFL draft by Atlanta and was a three-time Pro Bowl selection during his time with the Falcons (2001-06). His stay ended in disgrace.Vick served 18 months in prison following his guilty plea for a dogfighting operation in his native Virginia. He returned to play five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, followed by short stints with the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers.In 2017, he was welcomed back to the Falcons family by owner Arthur Blank in a retirement ceremony for Vick and receiver Roddy White.Vick took the Falcons to the NFC championship game in 2004 but never reached the Super Bowl.“When I accepted the job and thought about what it would take to bring this city a championship, I knew that I needed to bring Michael Vick back to Atlanta,” Childress said. “His connection with the city is undeniable, and his 13 years of NFL experience will make him a tremendous asset to our team. I saw firsthand his innate ability to bring out the best in those around him and I’m confident that together, we’re going to build something special for the city of Atlanta.”Vick said he has “a love and passion for teaching the game of football.”“I’ve learned so much over the course of my career, playing for and being mentored by some of the best coaches in all of football,” he said. “I’m committed to paying it forward, helping players grow and putting some of my ideas into action on the football field. To do this in Atlanta just makes it that much sweeter.”Another veteran coach, Steve Spurrier, is in charge of the Orlando team.“There is a tremendous amount of players and coaches who deserve a chance to compete at a professional level, but only a limited and finite amount of roster spots and positions in the sport today,” Childress said. “The Alliance of American Football offers an exciting opportunity for players and coaches to launch or continue their career at the professional level during the spring, and I’m particularly impressed with its strong focus on the relationship between players, fans and the game.”The team will play at Georgia State Stadium, the former Turner Field that was home to baseball’s Atlanta Braves. read more

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Ohio States Season Was A Crazy Outlier

The legend of Urban Meyer grows.In coaching the Ohio State Buckeyes to the first ever College Football Playoff Championship on Monday, Meyer not only made college football history, he made statistical history — a history Meyer is uniquely familiar with.After Monday’s 42-20 win over Oregon, Ohio State finished with the second-highest season-ending Elo rating ever (31.7). Only the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers had a higher rating (33.4). A little background, in case you’re not familiar: The Elo rating system was originally used for chess, but at FiveThirtyEight we use it to produce weekly NFL ratings, among other things. As my boss Nate Silver has explained, Elo ratings are a simple and transparent approach to numerically rate a team.What makes this Ohio State team stands out is not just its dominance, but its improvement. Here is the season-ending Elo rating for the 3,758 college football team seasons back to 1982 plotted against their change in start-to-finish Elo rating.Ohio State is an outlier in both respects. In addition to the No. 2 season-ending Elo rating, the Buckeyes had the 31st most dramatic start-to-finish rating improvement.The team nearest to Ohio State in both dominance and improvement is the 2008 Florida Gators, coached by none other than Urban Meyer. read more

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Ohio State improves to 101 despite midgame injury to Sullinger

Ohio State men’s basketball improved to 10-1 with a Saturday win against South Carolina, but not before sophomore forward Jared Sullinger sustained another injury. Sullinger logged just six minutes for the No. 2 Buckeyes against the unranked Gamecocks before he left the game with an injury to his left foot. Sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas picked up the slack in Sullinger’s absence, scoring a career-high 30 points in 40 minutes of work to help see OSU to a 74-66 road win. OSU athletics spokesman Dan Wallenberg confirmed to The Lantern after the game that Sullinger sustained a bone bruise in his left foot. From his Twitter account, @Jared_Sully0, Sullinger tweeted at around 3:30 p.m.: “Just a freak accident. Great win for us tho. Our first road win. #FYI I will be fine ppl…. Back at it tomorrow.” Sullinger missed two games after suffering back spasms during OSU’s Nov. 29 win against Duke. The Gamecocks took a 33-29 lead into half, but Buckeyes coach Thad Matta and his players erased the deficit and eventually clinched the win, the 200th for Matta in eight seasons as head coach at OSU. Matta collected his 300th career win Dec. 3 when the Buckeyes defeated Texas-Pan American, 64-35. The Buckeyes will play the first of two remaining non-conference games Tuesday against Lamar University. Opening tip is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Volleyball recruit Judkins chooses Buckeyes

The Ohio State men’s volleyball team finished the 2012 season with a 21-9 record and a third-straight 20-win season, but the work for next season has already begun. OSU coach Pete Hanson welcomed Kaukauna, Wis., native Alex Judkins to the 2013 roster Wednesday. Judkins, a 6-foot-6-inch outside hitter, led Kaukauna High School to the state championship in November. After losing the two-time All-American opposite, Shawn Sangrey, Hanson knew he needed to add to the Buckeyes’ roster to fill the void. “He will immediately add depth and size to our group of outside hitters,” Hanson said according to a press release. He is a two-time First-Team All-State and All-Conference honoree and was named the Post-Crescent Player of the Year for two consecutive seasons. “We are very glad that Alex has chosen to join our program,” Hanson said in the release. “Based on his athletic ability and skill set, we believe he will have a very successful career here at Ohio State.” Judkins finished his high school career with 969 kills, 412 of which were from his senior year. “Alex will have the opportunity to compete for a spot right away,” Hanson said. read more

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Mens basketball Win over topranked Spartans marks first step in revitalization of

Head Coach Chris Holtmann tells Ohio State redshirt junior guard Keita Bates-Diop (33) to head back into the game in the first half in the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorChris Holtmann’s first year in Columbus wasn’t going to be measured with a return to the top of the Big Ten, his ability to beat the conference blue-bloods like Michigan State Sunday or a return to the NCAA Tournament.Even if Ohio State was having a season that exceeded preseason expectation, Holtmann’s first campaign was meant to be a baseline for his tenure.It might be more than that after all.The Buckeyes (13-4, 4-0 Big Ten) downed the No. 1 Michigan State Spartans (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten) Sunday at the Schottenstein Center 80-64, remaining undefeated in conference play and delivering Holtmann his first signature victory with the program that could send Ohio State into the top 25.Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop led all scorers with 32 points and cemented his candidacy for Big Ten Player of the Year, while the Buckeyes led by as much as 25 points in the second half against a championship contender.Ohio State trailed 27-25 with 4:10 remaining in the first half and ended it on a 16-2 run, highlighted by a buzzer-beating 3-pointer off the glass from redshirt senior guard Andrew Dakich to take a 41-29 lead into the locker room.After that, it was never really close.“That’s what we came here for, is to be one of those teams that are always looked at as the top teams in the country,” Bates-Diop said Sunday. “We had a down couple years obviously, but this is the start of what we — inside this locker room, inside this place — that we wanted to get to by the end of this season and this was the start of it.”Holtmann began his press conference saying, “Whoa! That was quite the afternoon.”He said even he didn’t expect it.Holtmann has been on both sidelines of a top-ranked matchup — as the winner and as the loser.In its two tries before to beat those perennial Final Four contenders — Gonzaga and North Carolina — Ohio State floundered to double-digit losses. This time was different. The top team in the country, a conference rival, was on the Buckeyes’ home floor with 17,599 people packing an arena that often struggles to seat 12,000.Another double-digit loss would’ve felt like that’s Ohio State’s identity — good enough to win games against similar opponents and worse opponents, but not able to compete with the big boys. That’s the team the fan base has come to expect this season.But it’s very different now. Holtmann’s team is not like the Ohio State teams of the past two years. It’s a team that just beat the top-ranked team in offensive and defensive field goal efficiency. On Sunday, at least, it showed it can beat the big boys.“We all knew we could do it, and that’s where it started,” Jae’Sean Tate said. “You can’t go into a team like Michigan State and not believing that it’s possible to win. I think that was the biggest factor of us winning tonight is just the belief that we could do it and we put in the work and that we could play with the top-level teams in the nation.”It’s not fair to expect this performance — 53-percent shooting and 15 assists to just six turnovers — from Ohio State every time against ranked opponents, but it can be done. That’s something the program has been able to say for some time.“I’m surprised. Coaches get surprised. I got surprised. I’m surprised,” Holtmann said. “We could go in the tank here the next couple weeks. We certainly don’t want this moment to define us. And we don’t want it to be the pinnacle of the season, as good as it is. And that’s the challenge for us moving forward.”At this point, the upstart Buckeyes have to be taken seriously after dispatching the No. 1 team in the country. At this point, it would be a major disappointment if they did not make the NCAA Tournament.In his first season, Holtmann has continuously declined to state any general goals for the team, outside of day-to-day improvement. He declined again Sunday. When asked if the program was back to national relevance, Tate was hesitant to answer, while Bates-Diop whispered to him, “Say it,” before both settled on saying, “We’re on the right track.”Holtmann deflected the question too saying, “I don’t know if that would be the headline at my house.”However, it’s impossible to deny what is happening in Columbus after the latest result.It will take time for Holtmann to achieve what he was brought to Ohio State to do — return the program to the top-tier of college basketball.Sunday was just the first step. read more

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Sitting down for hours a day speeds up ageing new research

first_imgPeople don’t realise that if you sit down all day it can undermine all the exercise you doProfessor James Goodwin, Age UK Get active and maintain it in old age, say expertsCredit:Alamy As cells age, their telomeres naturally shorten and fray, but health and lifestyle factors, such as obesity and smoking, are believed to accelerate the process.Shortened telomeres are also associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and major cancers.“If you’re sitting down for prolonged period of time, getting out of your seat every 20 minutes and walking about for 2 or 3 minutes is probably very advantageous,” said Professor Goodwin.“It could make a big difference to your long term health, to your risk of chronic illnesses and could help to slow down the rate of ageing in your body.”Previous research has indicated that prolonged sitting could be especially dangerous for women by raising their risk of developing cancer.A study found that those two spent more than six hours a day sitting down were 10 per cent more likely to develop the disease compared to those who sat for less than three hours.Steven Ward, executive director of UK Active, said sedentary lifestyles were sending the ageing crisis “into overdrive.“With health and social care budgets stretched to the limit, it’s time to end our love affair with the chair and get people moving again,” he said.“Health professionals need more support in signposting older patients toward activities, while care and residential homes should consider activity plans to get residents moving and reduce social isolation.“It’s never too late to get active and simple things at home such as carrying the groceries, climbing more stairs and pottering around the garden can play a huge role in staying healthy and independent as we get older.“But whatever age we are, keeping active is the surest way to look after our physical, mental and social health, adding life to our years and years to our life.” Experts have said the research represents a “wake-up call” for Britain’s growing elderly population and that pensioners should aim to stand up and walk around every 20 minutes if they can.“People don’t realise that if you sit down all day it can undermine all the exercise you do,” said Professor James Goodwin, head of research at Age UK.Current Government advice recommends 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a week for older people, however this latest research suggests the benefits from that amount of activity can be easily undone by a sedentary lifestyle.Published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the study describes how participants aged between 64 and 95 wore devices on their right hip nonstop for seven days to record their movements; they subsequently completed a questionnaire.“Our study found cells age faster with a sedentary lifestyle,” said Dr Aladdin Shadyab, the lead author from the University of California.“Chronological age doesn’t always match biological age.“Discussions about the benefits of exercise should start when we are young, and physical activity should continue to be part of our daily lives as we get older, even at 80 years old.” 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 runner running Elderly people who spend most of their time sitting down age significantly quicker than more active contemporaries, according to new research.A study of 1,500 pensioners found those who kept to a sedentary position for ten hours or more a day and who did less than 40 minutes moderate physical activity had the bodies of people eight years older.They were discovered to have shorter telomeres, the tiny caps found on the ends of strands of DNA which protect chromosomes and which are associated with faster ageing.last_img read more

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Learner drivers can use parking sensors and sat navs in new driving

first_imgLearner drivers will be able to use the parking sensors on new cars to help them pass in the biggest test shake-up for nearly 20 years.From December, the Government is dropping the expectation that new drivers will be able to reverse around a corner without mounting the kerb.Drivers will instead be expected to drive into and reverse out of a parking bay to ensure that the test is more like “real life”. Gareth Llewellyn, DVSA chief executive, said: “It’s vital that the test keeps up to date with new vehicle technology and the areas where new drivers face the greatest risk once they’ve passed their test.” The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) also confirmed that learners will be able to use sensors which beep as drivers get closer to other cars and obstacles.The more advanced video sensors will not be allowed, though.Under the new test learner drivers will also have to safely use sat navs as they spend 20 minutes driving without direction – twice as much as at present.Andrew Jones, a transport minister, said: “We have some of the safest roads in the world but we are always looking to make them safer.“These changes announced today will help reduce the number of people killed or injured on our roads and equip new drivers with the skills they need to use our roads safely.“Ensuring the driving test is relevant in the 21st century, for example the introduction of sat navs, will go a long way towards doing this.” 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. Around half of all car drivers own a sat nav and 70 per cent of respondents to a public consultation supported the DVSA’s desire for drivers to be trained to use them safely.Those taking their test will also spend less time on quiet roads and cul-de-sacs to assess their ability to drive in busier areas.Edmund King, AA president, said that the new test would help produce “better, safer motorists”.He said: “New drivers are a higher risk on the roads. We need to better prepare them for real-world driving.“These changes will test drivers in a more realistic manner which is essential to improving their safety once their L-plates are removed.” It’s vital that the test keeps up to date with new vehicle technologyGareth Llewellyn, DVSA chief executive We need to better prepare new drivers for real-world drivingEdmund King, AA presidentlast_img read more

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Controversial National Trust boss Dame Helen Ghosh quits to take over Oxford

first_imgDame Helen Ghosh is to step down from her role as head of the National Trust after a controversial tenure.She is to leave her role as Director General of the conservation charity after a string of faux pas in recent years. The National Trust last April found itself in hot water after being accused of “airbrushing faith” after the word “Easter” was dropped from the annual egg hunt it runs with Cadbury.Prime Minister Theresa May waded into the debate by describing the decision as “ridiculous”. Theresa May described the decision to scrap the word ‘Easter’ from its egg hunt branding as ‘ridiculous’   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. Theresa May described the decision to scrap the word 'Easter' from its egg hunt branding as 'ridiculous'   Then in 2015, the National Trust removed items of furniture from stately homes after Dame Helen claimed they contained too much “stuff”.At the time, concerns were raised that the Trust was “dumbing down” the exhibits. And last year it was accused of using “Mafia tactics” when it bought Lake District farm land at an inflated price, thwarting local farmers who had hoped to keep the land as a working farm. Dame Helen Ghosh in Clandon Park stately home in Surrey amid restoration work after a devastating fire Dame Helen – who will leave the Trust next March and become the Master of Balliol College, at Oxford University – has been no stranger to criticism since joining the Trust in 2012.In 2013, she attracted ridicule by saying that wind turbines were “rather beautiful things” and urging critics “not to be so narrow-minded” over them. Sir Roy Strong, former director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, led the criticism of Dame Helen, saying: “Under her leadership the shift downmarket has accelerated.” National Trust chairman ‘indebted to Helen’Tim Parker, the organisation’s chairman said: “Helen has done an outstanding job as Director General.“She will be leaving the organisation in great shape – one clear of its future direction with ever growing levels of investment in conservation.“We are indebted to Helen for all she has done and wish her well in her new role.”Dame Helen will remain in post until March 2018. She begins her new role at Oxford in April. Dame Helen’s career historyPrior to her appointment at the helm of the National Trust, Ghosh had a long career as a Civil Servant. She joined the Department of Education in 1979 as an Administration Trainee.She was appointed Private Secretary to the Minister for Environment and Housing in 1986–88, and was promoted to Head of the Housing Policy and Home Ownership Team in 1992.Three years later in July 1995, she joined the Cabinet Office on loan as Deputy Director of the Efficiency Unit.She later worked at the DWP as Director of the Children’s Group, which had responsibility for child, child support, child poverty issues and the tax credit programme.Then in 2001 she returned to the Cabinet Office and two years later became Director General for Corporate Services at HMRC.In August 2012, it was announced that she would be stepping down from her role at the Home Office to become Director General at the National Trust. She took up the post on 12 November 2012. In typical Lake District  Dame Helen Ghosh (centre) getting her hands dirty in the Lake District Credit:Paul Kingston/North News Dame Helen Ghosh in Clandon Park stately home in Surrey amid restoration work after a devastating fireCredit:Andrew Crowley for The Telegraph Dame Helen: ‘There is never a good time to leave’Commenting on her decision to step down, Dame Helen said: “There is never a good time to leave a job that you love, so the decision was a very tough one.”But the Trust is in a great place and in great hands, and 2018 which will be my sixth year here seemed the right time to hand over to someone else.“I am enormously proud of all the Trust has achieved over the past five years, with the conservation of nature and heritage at the heart of what we do and an extraordinary growth in membership, support and visits.”In a statement, the National Trust said it would begin the process of looking for a new Director General in the autumn.last_img read more

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Two teenagers killed and two children among injured in threecar crash on

first_imgTwo teenagers have died and two children are among seven injured after a three-car crash on the A61.North Yorkshire Police said a black Ford Focus, a black Vauxhall Corsa and a green Volkswagen Bora were involved in the collision near Thirsk on Wednesday at around 9.25pm.The boys, believed to be 17, died at the scene and five adults and two children were taken to hospital.Officers said they believed the vehicles were travelling from Thirsk to Busby Stoop – and are appealing for anyone with information or dash-cam footage to get in touch.A stretch of the road between Busby Stoop and Carlton Minniott was closed while the scene was examined, but North Yorkshire Police said it reopened at 4.45am. 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. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident 12180039673.last_img read more

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Care cap must be introduced to spare dementia sufferers punitive care costs

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Earlier this month the National Audit Office warned that councils were routinely raiding their “rainy day” funds to pay for social care. Last year the Competition and Markets Authority warned that people who paid for their own care were being charged £12,000 a year more than the fees paid by councils.  A care cap must be introduced to prevent elderly dementia sufferers facing “punitive” costs, Jeremy Hunt has said. The health secretary pledged to reform a care system which left elderly people “passed from pillar to post” and leaves them feeling like “just another task on someone else’s to do list”. In his first speech since taking on responsibility for social care he criticised the “randomness and unpredictability of care, and the punitive consequences that can come from developing certain conditions over others”. “People’s financial wellbeing in old age ends up defined less by their industry and service during their working lives, and more by the lottery of which illness they get,” he said. “If you develop dementia and require long term residential care, you are likely to have to use a significant chunk of your savings and the equity in your home to pay for care. “But if you require long term treatment for cancer you won’t face anything like the same cost,” he told an audience at an event organised by the British Association of Social Workers. Mr Hunt added that there would be greater alignment between NHS and social care services.A Conservative manifesto commitment proposed last year, which would have factored the cost of people’s homes into the means test used to determine whether they must pay for their own care, was swiftly dropped after critics dubbed it a “dementia tax” and said it would unfairly penalise sufferers. center_img The Prime Minister has previously said a lifetime cap on care costs would form part of the social care green paper, due to be published this summer, and Mr Hunt confirmed that the new funding system would include “an element of risk-pooling”.last_img read more

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Father of murdered Jodie Chesney praises his proud geek daughter as he

Hours later the body of a woman was found in the garden of her home in west London, and yesterday afternoon a teenager was stabbed to death in broad daylight in west Kensington.Witnesses described the victim being set upon by three or four men at around 2.15pm.A local businessman said there had been a number of skirmishes between rival gangs in recent weeks.Police are still investigating the circumstances of Jodie’s death, with detectives describing it as a “savage and evil attack”. Yousef Makki died in an attack in Greater Manchester A another 17-year-old, who has been charged with murder, was granted bail, but school pupils were warned they faced two years in jail if they gossiped online about the killing. The final time Peter Chesney spoke to his daughter, Jodie, was when she got up early last Friday morning to wish him a happy birthday – it would be anything but.Hours later, the teenager, who was described as being “kind to her very soul”, lay dying in a park, after being brutally stabbed in the back in an apparently random attack.As yet another teenager was knifed to death on the streets of the capital, Mr Chesney spoke out to appeal for the public’s help to bring his daughter’s killer to justice.In a heartbreaking interview, Mr Chesney described the assiduous A’ Level student, pianist and Explorer Scout as a “proud geek”, adding: “She was the nicest person any of us know.”He went on: “Everything about her was thoughtful and kind. She wouldn’t have done anything to deserve this. They have destroyed something beautiful. Jodie needs justice and we need justice.” Mr Chesney said: “Jodie’s friends have told us there was no altercation. My daughter was just sat in a park, minding her own business.”She was smart, her friends were nice people and they are all in bits too. They [the suspects] were sat near to Jodie and her friends and probably would have heard her laughter. They then left and came back and stabbed Jodie in the back.” “Normally there is a reason – whatever that reason may be and however perverse we think that reason is – the person that’s done this attempts to justify why they’ve done it, there is no reason that I can see here, it is completely motiveless.”Mr Chesney, who was wearing a purple ribbon pinned to his chest that was made by Jodie’s friends, said many of her peers are dying their hair purple in her honour. Jodie Chesney was stabbed to death in a park in east London Jodie Chesney visited Number 10 on Remembrance Sunday He went on: “There is no doubt about the ferocity, how violent it was. I have no words for the person that did this but more for people who might know something. If you have any heart and conscience, help the police. Give the person up.”Mr Chesney, said the whole family were in a “mess” and were struggling to cope with the brutality if what had happened to a “great girl”.He said Jodie’s death has torn the family apart saying: “Everyone is suffering because she was so good… everyone just can’t believe – why her? It is not one life deserves to be killed over another, but specifically her, she was so kind.” But the cycle of bloody violence has showed little sign of abating since, with 17-year-old grammar school boy, Yousef Makki, murdered in a Cheshire village, just hours later. On Thursday the bloodbath continued, with Met launching four murder investigations, including three where the victims were stabbed to death.On Wednesday afternoon, 26-year-old David Martinez died after being stabbed in Leyton, east London and early yesterday, 37-year-old man, who was stabbed at the weekend, also lost his fight for life. 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. David Martinez died in Leyton Jodie Chesney's family have been left devastated by her murder A teenager was stabbed to death in West Kensington Jodie had been playing music with friends near a children’s playground at Harold Hill, east London, on Friday when she was knifed in the back without warning.The random nature of the attack on decent, hard working and caring teenager, shocked the country. David Martinez died in Leyton A teenager was stabbed to death in West Kensington Jodie Chesney’s family have been left devastated by her murder Yousef Makki died in an attack in Greater Manchester Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams said up to four people could have been involved.He said: “I think day-by-day as the investigation progresses we get closer and closer to the truth, and closer to identifying who they are.”I believe there’s more than two of them involved, possibly up to four, and that one of them is black and one of them is white – definitely.”Of her murder, he said: “This is one of the worst that I have come across in a way because it is a 17-year-old girl who has done absolutely nothing to warrant this. Jodie Chesney visited Number 10 on Remembrance Sunday Jodie Chesney was stabbed to death in a park in east London read more

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First bogus cosmetic surgeon to be convicted of injecting women with fake

“The conviction on this count cannot therefore stand and must be set aside.”The judge, sitting with Mrs Justice Yip, dismissed Melin’s appeal against his conviction relating to Ms Kingscott.Sentencing him to two years for that offence, the judge said his conduct was “well-planned but reckless” and accepted he had expressed “genuine remorse”. A man who left two women with facial injuries after injecting them with fake Botox has had his jail term halved after leading judges overturned one of his convictions.Ozan Melin, 42, of Pole Hill Road, Uxbridge, falsely claimed to be a medically qualified cosmetic surgeon.He was jailed for four years in June last year after being found guilty of two counts of causing grievous bodily harm following a retrial at Bournemouth Crown Court.But his sentence was reduced to two years on Tuesday after Court of Appeal judges overturned one of his convictions.They said that because one woman had consented to the procedure before he told her he was medically qualified, his conviction relating to her could not stand.The Crown Prosecution Service previously said Melin advertised on the internet under his company name “SmoothFace Botox”.Dorset Police said the substance Melin used was unknown but had been ordered over the internet and delivered from China.They said it had not been prescribed by pharmaceutical company Allergan – the only legitimate suppliers of Botox in the UK.Melin claimed to be medically qualified but was not registered as a medical professional with any UK medical body or institution, police said. Marcelle King, from Poole, was left with permanent sinus problems and a drooping brow after Melin administered injections in 2013.Carol Kingscott, from Bristol, suffered severe swelling and burning to her face and was also left with a drooping brow after being injected by him in 2011.In both cases the women had suffered no ill effects after a first course of treatment, but had severe reactions after going back for a free “top-up” offered by Melin.The prosecution case at trial was that each woman only consented to the treatment because he had lied about his medical qualifications and training.However, Mrs King gave evidence that Melin had only told her about his qualifications at her second appointment, moments before injecting her.Quashing his conviction in relation to Mrs King, Mrs Justice Simler said Melin had made no claims about his medical qualifications before the first treatment.The judge said: “She was already in the treatment room poised for the second treatment before any representation was made by the appellant as to his medical qualifications, even taking her evidence at its highest.”It is difficult to see how the statement he made 30 seconds before the injection went in on the second treatment can have had any operative effect on her decision to take up the second treatment. 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. read more

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IPL and PSL owners snap up South Africa franchises

Two South African businessmen, two IPL franchises, two PSL franchises, and representatives from Hong Kong and Dubai were unveiled as the owners of the eight teams in South Africa’s T20 Global League. The owners, the cities and their marquee players were unveiled at an event in London on Monday.Durban, Benoni, Pretoria, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth will each host a franchise, which left no room for the likes of Kimberley, East London and Potchefstroom, who host franchise cricket. The Stellenbosch franchise will likely play at Boland Park in Paarl.International buyers own three-quarters of the franchises with the biggest name being Shah Rukh Khan. The Bollywood superstar added to his Knight Riders brand with the purchase of the Cape Town franchise to add to teams in Kolkata and Trinidad. There was also a second IPL influence. The Delhi Daredevils’ holding company GMR sports bought the Johannesburg franchise.The two South African-owned franchises are based in Pretoria and Stellenbosch and run by South African businessman Osman Osman, who owns a lifestyle brand, and Brimstone, a company owned by Mushtaq Brey.Two PSL owners, Fawad Rana of the Lahore Qalandar, and Javed Afridi from the Peshawar Zalmi, bought franchises in Durban and Benoni respectively while the Bloemfontein franchise was bought by Hong-Kong’s Sushil Kumar and the Port Elizabeth team by Dubai’s Ajay Sethi. Both have previous involvement in cricket, Kumar owns a Hong Kong franchise while Sethi is involved at Channel 2 in the UAE.CSA also unveiled eight ambassadors, all former South African national players: Graeme Smith, Andrew Hall, Ashwell Prince, Herschelle Gibbs, Paul Adams, Allan Donald, Andrew Hudson and Paul Harris.Despite no Indian players being available for the tournament, its overlap with the BPL, the chances of Australian players being scant given the clash with their summer and the ECB’s refusal for Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy to attend the launch, CSA president Chris Nenzani was hopeful the competition would receive global support.“We thank all other cricket boards and we hope that they will support this venture in the manner that we have helped and supported their leagues. We hope they will help us to make it a success,” he said.More than 400 players have registered their interest with a draft scheduled for August. (ESPNCricinfo) Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIPL auction to be held on January 27, 28December 20, 2017In “Sports”De Villiers, Rabada, du Plessis among marquee players for Mzansi Super LeagueOctober 15, 2018In “Sports”IPL 2019 to be played entirely in India, will begin on March 23January 8, 2019In “Sports” read more

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Indias MineTECH 07 successfully concluded

first_imgTechnical papers authored by experts from coal, non-coal, research organisations, educational institutions and manufacturers were discussed in five technical sessions.   In the inaugural function five young achievers were congratulated. They include M.P.Dixit, Director(Technical) of South Eastern Coalfields for his outstanding contributions to underground coal mining, N.K.Khareda, Director of Mines Safety for his contributions to safety in mines administration, Avijit Ghosh Senior General Manager of Jindal Steel for his involvement in non-coal mining, Saurabh R. Sahay of Deepak fertilisers (the only and leading manufacturer of prilled grade Ammonium Nitrate in India) for his skills in marketing, and Dr Nabiullah of Central Institute of Mining & Fuel Research-Dhanbad for his long research association in explosive use and application areas. MineTECH’07, India’s national seminar on Mining Technology – Past and Future, was held September 21-22 at Hotel Swosti Plaza, Bhubaneswar (in the eastof the state of Orissa). The two day seminar deliberated on 40 technical papers. The main them of the seminar was presented through Key Note Addresses by G.S.Khuntia, Editor-in-Chief of The IME Journal on the Indian iron ore and steel scenario. He presented the various new mining ventures in the iron ore sector in India with FDI from POSCO, MITTAL and other big players. The former Director General of Mines Safety of India, S.N.Padhi, dealt with technological advances vis-a-vis safety measures. Prof S.P.Mathur a leading underground coal mining expert wanted the Indian coal sector to lay emphasis on opening new coal mines to meet the growing demand of coal. Prof B.P.Khare dealt with developments made in opencast mining in India. He laid stress on continuous surface miners and also highwall mining technology application for difficult coal mining applications. Former Director of Central Mining Research Institute laid stress on the environmental issues of the Indian mining sector. Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Andhra Pradesh Mineral development Corp dealt with waste management and laid emphasis on using waste generated in mining for better use through technological innovations and ipgradation of mineral engineering facilities. Organised by India’s leading monthly Journal The Indian Mining & Engineering Journal, over 60 delegates from 20 leading organisations attended the program.last_img read more

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