On Thursday, the NBA announced the final results of fan balloting for the 2015 All-Star Game, to be held in New York City on Feb. 15. The fans’ votes determined which players — specifically, two guards and three frontcourt players — will start for each conference. (Reserve selections are made by the league’s head coaches and will be announced next Thursday.)Some of the results were beyond dispute. For instance, Golden State’s Stephen Curry led all NBA players with more than 1.5 million votes, an honor thoroughly befitting the current league leader in Real Plus-Minus (RPM). Others were less supportable; Kobe Bryant garnered more votes than all but three players despite sub-replacement level play this season, while Carmelo Anthony was elected an Eastern Conference starter despite his Knicks’ well-documented awfulness.The fans have a long history of casting votes for big names playing subpar ball, and it’s clear there’s not a perfect relationship between All-Star voting and actual on-court value. To see what kind of link exists between the two, I plotted vote totals against RPM wins above replacement (WAR) for the 50 players whose results were released Thursday. For a sense of how many WAR are generally needed to earn a given number of votes, I also ran a local regression between the two numbers.The relationship between voting and WAR isn’t particularly strong, especially for players with fewer than 5 WAR. Once a player is beyond that territory, it appears he can at least begin to grab voters’ attention with better play. But for players below that threshold, performance can be lost in a sea of other confounding factors.Bearing in mind that rather large caveat, the most underrated player in the sample was the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard; his 7.4 WAR appears to deserve nearly 800,000 votes, but he amassed less than half that. Similarly, Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks was picked on only about 122,000 ballots, despite a WAR total that would seemingly justify over four times as many votes.At the other end of the spectrum, Bryant certainly looks overvalued — his 1.15 million votes were about four times what would be expected from his WAR total. But the player with the biggest disparity between actual and predicted voting this season is Kobe’s old rival LeBron James. James’s 5.5 WAR seems to correlate with about 412,000 votes — roughly the same as what the Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler compiled (and deserved) in the balloting — but James’s actual total of 1.47 million beat that prediction by more than a million votes.Here’s each player’s vote total compared to what would be expected based on WAR:
The Cleveland Cavaliers pose with their trophy after winning Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON (AP) — The NBA Finals has its first “three-match,” courtesy of the King who passed His Airness.LeBron James scored 35 points and passed Michael Jordan to become the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring leader as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 135-102 on Thursday night to claim their third straight Eastern Conference title and another trip to the NBA Finals to meet the Golden State Warriors.Kyrie Irving added 24 points and Kevin Love finished with 15 for the Cavs, who never trailed and led by as many as 39 points in one of their most dominating wins of the series. The Cavs set an NBA record by winning their 13th consecutive series closeout opportunity.Cleveland’s 4-1 series win gives it a 12-1 record this postseason and sets up a third consecutive matchup with Western Conference champion Golden State, the team it beat in the Finals last season to claim the franchise’s first championship.“I wear the number because of Mike,” James said. “I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, just because of what he was able to accomplish. When you’re watching Michael Jordan, it’s almost like a god. So, I didn’t think I could be Mike.”It will mark the seventh straight trip to the Finals for James, who hit a 3-pointer late in in the third quarter to nudge past Jordan on the playoff scoring list. He quickly flashed one finger as he backpedaled down the court.In the postgame trophy presentation backstage, James spent most of it lingering in the background as his teammates celebrated.But there’s no denying that his accolades are putting him in the orbit of Jordan, his boyhood idol.“The biggest thing is I did it just being me, I don’t have to score the ball to make an impact on the basketball game,” James said. “That was my mindset. If I’m not scoring the ball, how can I still make an impact on the game?”As much as this series was about James, Irving helped turn the tide of the series with a 42-point effort in Game 4. But he said both he and his teammates continue to be inspired by their leader.“He’s been the driving force, this entire playoff run, and all of us have just helped us along the way,” Irving said.Coach Tyronn Lue said they’ve gotten tighter this season.“This team is a crazy team. They just stayed resilient all year, got to the playoffs, and we really stepped our game up,” he said. “Now, we can start focusing on Golden State to get ready. As of tonight, I’ll get started.”Avery Bradley led Boston with 23 points.The Cavaliers basically conceded the East’s top seed to the Celtics at the end of the regular season by opting to rest their starters in advance of the playoffs. But they displayed their superiority over the final two games to wrap up the series.After allowing the Celtics to seize the early momentum in Game 4, the Cavs barely gave them a chance in Game 5.Led by its Big Three, Cleveland quickly built a 21-point lead in the first quarter, while getting lots of contributions from their teammates.Love continued to knock down shots from the outside, Irving sliced his way into the lane to the rim and James got free for several of his one-handed tomahawk dunks.It was a very welcome sight in Irving’s case, after he rolled his left ankle in the third quarter of Cleveland’s Game 4 win. He showed no signs of lingering issues, though, beating several defenders off the dribble and handing out seven assists.Meanwhile, J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver helped spread out Boston’s defenders by connecting on several wide-open scoring opportunities.Deron Williams, who had been quiet for most of the series, also got in on the act with a series-best 14 points for Cleveland.TIP-INSCavaliers: James has scored 30 or more points in 11 of Cleveland’s 13 games this postseason. … Improved to 36-5 against Eastern Conference opponents in the playoffs since 2015. … The 43 points Cleveland scored in the first quarter set a team postseason record for a quarter.Celtics: Never led at home in the series. … Finished the playoffs having made at least 10 3-pointers in 16 of their 18 games. … Held a pregame moment of silence for the victims of the Manchester bombing.MAKING PROGRESSThe Celtics did their best to keep up, but the consistent outside shooting, bench scoring and defense they relied on to stun Cleveland in Game 3 wasn’t there Thursday night.Celtics coach Brad Stevens said though he’s disappointed with how the season ended, he’s encouraged that no one in Boston’s locker room is satisfied just making it to the conference finals.“I told our guys, ‘We made a lot of great strides, but this pain is part of the path to what we ultimately want to be,’” he said.SHOWING SUPPORTInjured Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas was in attendance Thursday night and gathered with his teammates in a huddle before they took the court for pregame warmups.The two-time All-Star was sidelined in Game 2 after aggravating a hip injury.
Although we’re loyal to the Soccer Power Index (SPI), the system we use to produce FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup projections, we’re also big fans of the World Football Elo Ratings.Unfortunately, the Elo ratings website has not been updated since the World Cup began. So we followed their instructions for calculating their ratings and ran the numbers ourselves:Brazil, as before, ranks as the world’s best team per Elo. But the Netherlands has made huge gains and now ranks No. 2, just ahead of Germany. Spain’s rating has fallen the most, 116 points, taking the team from second to sixth.Elo and SPI are highly correlated and they’ve fared well against other methods of predicting World Cup results so far, including betting lines.
By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (April 5, 2018), Neil, Chris and Kyle break down the Eastern Conference ahead of the playoffs.First, the Philadelphia 76ers have clinched a spot, but the team has also lost star center Joel Embiid to injury. Embiid may miss the beginning of the postseason. How will the Sixers function without him?Next, the Toronto Raptors are on track to be the No. 1 seed in the East, but the team’s past several playoff runs have been disappointing. The crew takes a look at why Toronto is playing better this season. Plus, a significant digit on Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers.Here are links to what the podcast discussed this week:Keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.ESPN reported on Embiid’s surgery to fix his fractured orbital bone.Sports Illustrated took a look at how the 76ers are surviving without Embiid.Foreshadowing? The Cavs took down the Raptors on Tuesday.Significant Digit: 8. According to Basketball-Reference.com, Victor Oladipo is on track this season to become the eighth player in the past decade to have a usage rate of 30 percent or higher and a true shooting percentage of 57 percent or higher while 25 years old or younger.
Source: Football Whispers Argentina0.233.930.69 Australia0.003.730.31 Morocco0.303.951.22 TeamOpponent’s passes per possessionRank TeamOpponent’s passes per possessionRank England is striking gold from the set pieceTeams with the best rate per 90 minutes of shots from set pieces (corner kicks and free kicks) in the World Cup France3.636 teamGOALSSHOTSSHOTS ON GOAL Switzerland0.233.670.46 Source: Football Whispers How England and Croatia match up stylisticallyNumber of per-possession passes (for and against) and where that ranks among World Cup teams Germany0.304.231.51 Croatia3.194 TeamPasses per possessionrank Croatia, which takes on England in the other semifinal, had just a 3 percent pre-tournament chance of winning the tournament and an SPI of 80.4, according to FiveThirtyEight’s predictions. The team is now at 18 percent with an SPI of 82.0, which reiterates the impressive run it’s been on, despite having to ride its luck in two consecutive penalty shootouts. Gareth Southgate’s young England squad, up to 85.2 in SPI, has fulfilled its pre-tournament dark horse expectations, taking advantage of a relatively easy draw to increase the chances of it finally “coming home.”The brutal truth of knockout soccer, though, is that team strength counts for only so much; just ask Spain and Brazil, which went out to Russia and Belgium, respectively. Soccer is a random game, and this is exacerbated in situations where one win carries such importance.Tactics also play a big part. Belgium was lucky in its 2-1 win over Brazil, to the extent that the South Americans had 3.01 expected goals to Belgium’s 0.52. But Roberto Martinez set his side up in a way that was designed to exploit Brazil’s limited weaknesses. Romelu Lukaku — normally the team’s central striker, with four goals already this World Cup — was moved out to the right wing to exploit the space behind Brazil’s marauding left back, Marcelo. Kevin De Bruyne, whom Martinez had underused in a deep midfield role, was shifted to the “false nine” position — in which an attacking midfielder plays nominally as a striker but drops deeper than typical to receive the ball — so that he could receive the ball behind the Brazilian midfielders and launch counterattacks quickly. The Red Devils may have ridden their luck, but they had a plan.In the two semifinals, the stylistic clashes should make for an entertaining spectacle.Belgium vs. France: divergent defendingBelgium and France are both comfortable teams on the ball. They both average more than four passes per possession, according to soccer media and technology company Football Whispers, putting them both in the top third of teams at this World Cup. The Red Devils tend to be slightly more patient, holding the ball for about 1.5 seconds more when they get it than France does, and they switch play from side to side more, with possessions that are wider (in terms of the distance between how far right and left they go) by about 3 yards. England4.3621 TeamPasses per possessionRank Uruguay0.924.601.84 The World Cup in Russia has become one of European dominance. The four teams that remain all hail from the continent: France, Belgium, England and Croatia will be battling in the semifinals Tuesday and Wednesday for a shot at glory in the final Sunday in Moscow. In this World Cup of Upsets, the French are the only consistently successful team left. Croatia and Belgium have never reached the final, while England’s only appearance was in 1966.The first semifinal, France vs. Belgium, features the two strongest teams remaining in the competition, each with a Soccer Power Index rating of 87.5, according to FiveThirtyEight’s model. Belgium’s rating has improved steadily from before the tournament began, when it stood at 85.4, to after the dramatic quarterfinal win against Brazil, the tournament favorite. France, meanwhile, has strolled to the semifinals relatively easily, apart from a dramatic 4-3 victory against Argentina in the round of 16. While Les Bleus’ World Cup average of 1.12 expected goals per 90 minutes is the worst of the remaining teams, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, their 0.67 expected goals conceded per 90 leads the semifinalists and is fourth best in the tournament: Belgium4.689 Spain0.645.341.07 When they don’t have the ball, the two teams behave very differently. Belgium is much more willing to press high up the pitch, taking risks and committing men in the hope of a valuable turnover: They’ve regained the ball in their attacking third 5.2 times per game compared with France’s 2.6, while their possessions start an average of 48.92 yards from their own goal, compared with France’s 47.28 yards.The downside to this sort of pressing, though, is that if the initial Belgian press is broken, its opposition can keep the ball under a lot less pressure and start to probe in attack. Belgium’s opponents have the ball for 2.61 seconds longer on average than France’s opponents do. Belgium’s opponents average well over four passes per possession, whereas Didier Deschamps’ side allows opponents just 3.63 passes, the sixth lowest of all teams in Russia.Martinez will need a characteristically proactive game plan to avoid allowing France the room to counter that Argentina did — speedster Kylian Mbappe needs no second invitation. Martinez will also have to find a replacement for Thomas Meunier — his first choice to play right wing-back, who is suspended for receiving his second yellow card against Brazil — in a squad thin on full-backs. Deschamps will probably avoid tinkering, hoping that his balanced side will frustrate Belgium while relying on individual talent in attack.England vs. Croatia: intense pressing and set playsDespite being blessed with arguably the most talented midfield in the competition, Croatia doesn’t dawdle when it gets on the ball, moving it to the attackers quickly: Croatia has had the fewest passes per possession of the four teams remaining. England, conversely, has had the most. Some of this is because of the quality of opposition each side has faced, but it’s also a fair reflection of their respective directness: Gareth Southgate’s men hold the ball for more than 3 seconds longer when they get it, often using possession as a defensive tactic. England0.865.711.73 From Set Pieces (Per 90 Minutes) How France and Belgium match up stylisticallyNumber of per-possession passes (for and against) and where that ranks among World Cup teams Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group England4.846 Portugal0.693.880.69 Belgium4.3822 Croatia3.8916 Off the ball, both teams implement an aggressive press — but in subtly different ways. England looks to stunt its opposition’s attacks, allowing it to cycle the ball in its own half but not advance much: The Three Lions regain the ball, on average, 54.81 yards away from their own goal, the second highest distance of any team in Russia this summer, but they allow their opponents well more than four passes per possession. Zlatko Dalic’s team, on the other hand, regains the ball in the attacking third just 1.8 times per game compared with England’s 5.6, but Croatia allows its opposition only a little more than three passes per possession, the lowest of any side remaining. In other words, it’s easy to pass into Croatia’s half but difficult to do anything once you get there.The stylistic factor most likely to influence this semifinal matchup, though, is England’s skill when it comes to set plays (corners and free kicks). Southgate has spoken about his focus on them as an opportunity for England to gain an advantage over opponents, with this strategy bearing fruit: England has scored five goals from them already, nearly half of of its total so far. France4.2212 Brazil0.184.231.10 Croatia has conceded only one goal from a set play — Russia’s equalizer in extra time of the quarterfinals. But it has conceded 22 shots from them so far, which is tied for the most in the tournament. This suggests that some luck has been involved — Russia, for instance, gave up the same number of shots from set pieces as Croatia did, but five of those shots resulted in goals against.The game will probably be tense and closed off, with England’s willingness to patiently pass the ball in its own half combined with Croatia’s indifference to pressing high resulting in an overall lack of openness. The beauty of high-stakes knockout stage soccer, though, is that one goal can change everything.Check out our latest World Cup predictions.
Ohio State landed what some may consider its best recruit in recent memory.Braxton Miller, the No. 2-ranked quarterback in the country, chose OSU Thursday out of a group of the NCAA’s top football programs that were all hoping to add him to their squad next year.Unlike current starter Terrelle Pryor, Miller was recruited not for his athleticism, but his pure talent at the quarterback position. Miller has made a name for himself in the passing game during his career at Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio.According to Kevin Noon of BuckeyeGrove.com, coming out of a larger school like Wayne should better prepare him for his career at OSU.“He comes out of a strong program and that will give him somewhat of an advantage when he gets to the collegiate level,” Noon said. “Sometimes you have players who come out of systems that are not geared toward the next level, but that is not the case with Miller.”The junior stands at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, but what he lacks in size, he has made up for on the field.Landing the state’s top quarterback will hopefully lead to a domino-effect for the Buckeyes, bringing in other solid wide receivers and players for the 2011 recruiting class.The next target for OSU will likely be Springfield linebacker Trey DePriest, a familiar face for Miller.“They have been friends for a long time and despite playing at different high schools, the lure of playing at the same college could play a factor in DePriest’s decision,” Noon said.With a commitment from Miller, OSU fans will be able to breathe a sigh of relief for the future of their team when Pryor is no longer a Buckeye.
OSU sophomore defender Tyler Kidwell (12) battles for possession of the ball with Notre Dame senior forward Vince Cicciarelli (21) during a Nov. 23 game in South Bend, Ind. OSU lost, 2-1. Credit: Kevin Sabitus / The ObserverA valiant effort against the No. 1 seed and defending champions came up short Sunday night, as the Ohio State men’s soccer team saw its season come to an end in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.OSU (9-8-5) battled Notre Dame (12-4-4) for all 90 minutes, but ultimately the firepower of the Fighting Irish was too much for the Buckeyes to handle. OSU outshot Notre Dame, 12-10, but fell by a final score of 2-1 in rain-soaked South Bend, Ind.OSU came out firing, looking to build an early lead against the defending champs. Five different Buckeyes fired the first five shots of the game, including two that came in on Notre Dame redshirt-senior goalkeeper Patrick Wall. The Buckeyes were unable to break through with their early attacks, though.The Fighting Irish did not register their first shot of the game until the 23nd minute, when OSU redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov knocked away a chance with a dive.However, about seven minutes later, it was a penalty kick that put OSU in a 1-0 hole.Junior defender Kyle Culbertson was whistled for a foul in the box, earning him a yellow card and Notre Dame a penalty shot. The penalty was then converted by Notre Dame sophomore defender Brandon Aubrey, for his third goal of the season.Refusing to back down, OSU made sure that deficit did not last long.About three and a half minutes after Notre Dame took the lead, OSU sophomore forward Danny Jensen netted his sixth goal of the season.Jensen received the ball in front of the net off a corner kick from freshman defender Hunter Robertson, and put it past Wall to knot the game at one.OSU appeared to take the lead just before the half with a goal off a free kick, but it was waved off because of a handball. Jensen was then issued a yellow card, and the game went into the break tied at one.For the opening half, OSU outshot Notre Dame, 7-4, controlling the action throughout. Wall made three saves for the Irish, while Ivanov contributed two of his own.OSU continued to control the pace to open the second half, and had two close calls with shots from senior midfielder Yianni Sarris and Culbertson within the first 10:09.However, that trend turned around in the 69th minute, when Notre Dame freshman forward Brandon Gallagher received a through pass and beat the OSU defense and Ivanov, depositing the shot into the far corner of the net to put the Irish up, 2-1.OSU attempted to answer right away, but sophomore forward Christian Soldat’s shot about 90 seconds later was saved by Wall.The Buckeyes tried one last desperate measure to find the equalizer in the final minutes, as OSU coach John Bluem substituted the defender, Robertson, in favor of an extra attacker. Notre Dame clamped down defensively, however, only allowing OSU one shot in the final 10 minutes, despite four OSU corner kicks.Rain poured down throughout the entirety of the contest, with large puddles forming all over the Alumni Stadium pitch.Aubrey’s goal marked the third-consecutive game for the Buckeyes in which a penalty kick broke a tie. On Nov. 14, a late penalty kick won the game for Indiana in the Big Ten semifinals, and Akron went up 1-0 with a penalty kick Thursday.Notre Dame advanced to take on No. 16 seed Virginia with the victory.The loss concluded a successful season for OSU after going 5-8-4 last season. The Buckeyes received an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time since 2010, after being picked to finish last in the Big Ten in the conference’s preseason coaches poll.
Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell dribbles the ball during the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ victory against Penn State on Jan. 31. Credit: James King | Sports DirectorJust one month ago, the odds were stacked against the No. 14 Ohio State women’s basketball team. Having lost three-straight games to Michigan, Iowa, and No. 13 Maryland, the Buckeyes sat two games behind the conference-leading Terrapins.But Ohio State took advantage of Maryland’s unexpected three-game losing streak down the stretch and a weak end-of-season schedule to finish the season with eight conference wins in a row, concluding with an 89-64 victory against Penn State on the road Sunday afternoon, to claim the outright Big Ten regular-season championship.The Buckeyes had not claimed sole possession of a regular-season title since 2010. The win against the Nittany Lions (15-14, 6-10 Big Ten) also gives Ohio State (24-6, 13-3 Big Ten) the top seed in next week’s Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis. Once again, Ohio State rode its high-scoring trio of guards Kelsey Mitchell and Linnae Harper and forward Stephanie Mavunga to victory. Mitchell led the team with 22 points and the three players combined for 60 points. She added six assists and five rebounds.Mitchell and Mavunga combined for 15 first-quarter points to pull the Buckeyes ahead 23-12 after the opening quarter. Penn State sophomore guard Jaida Travascio-Green hit the first shot of the second quarter, a 3-pointer to pull her team within eight points. But the Nittany Lions fell behind by 10 points after a Mavunga layup less than three minutes later and trailed by double-digits the remainder of the game.Mavunga had a double-double by halftime and finished the game with 21 points and 14 rebounds. She made 9-of-11 shots and helped give her team a 40-28 edge in points in the paint. Harper had 17 points and 10 rebounds. She, along with the rest of her team, shot well from beyond the arc. Harper hit 3-of-4 triples and the Buckeyes combined to shoot 10-for-22 from 3-point range.Junior guard Teniya Page and sophomore guard Jaida Travascio-Green paced the Nittany Lions with 19 and 17 points, respectively. Travascio-Green made 6-of-11 shots, but the team overall struggled to knock down shots and combined to shoot 38 percent from the field. The Buckeyes, who start four guards and just one post player, have been haunted by rebounding issues the entire season. But they cleaned up on the class, holding a 48-29 rebound advantage against Penn State, which had the worst rebounding margin in the conference entering the game. Ohio State had more offensive rebounds (18) than the Nittany Lions had defensive rebounds (17).Ohio State’s win sweeps the season series against Penn State. The Buckeyes beat the Nittany Lions 94-64 at home on Jan. 31.Ohio State will begin Big Ten tournament play at noon Friday. Its opponent will be the winner of Thursday’s game pitting the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds against each other. Purdue is the eighth seed, but the ninth seed has yet to be determined.
Thousands of cars, caravans and lorries were stuck on the M5Credit:FameFlynet.uk.com Well it’s been going too well for too long.Busy RTC day. Apologies for any offenceNone meanthttps://t.co/1NIwyOU92g— Sgt Harry Tangye (@DC_ARVSgt) August 25, 2016 Officers negotiated with the 25-year-old woman for several hours, causing a massive tailback as families tried to get away for the Bank Holiday weekend.After she was brought to safety, Sgt Tangye tweeted: “Sorry guys and girls, someone threatening to jump off bridge, but now off and traffic moving” with a picture of himself in front of the queue of cars. His message was considered insensitive by some, with Ross Honnor asking: “You were that concerned with the situation you thought that a selfie would help?”Sgt Tangye later said: “Apologies for any offence. None meant.” Others tweeted their support for Sgt Tangye, with one woman writing: “Never apologise for what you do Harry, you make a difference in this topsy-turvy world.”Avon and Somerset Police said the woman was “safe and well” but was arrested on suspicion of causing a public nuisance. A police officer was criticised for taking a ‘selfie’ and tweeting “sorry guys and girls” while at the scene of a 19-mile long tailback on the M5 caused by a woman who tried to take her own life.Sergeant Harry Tangye, from Devon and Cornwall Police, was called to the motorway after a woman threatened to throw herself from a bridge near Wellington in Somerset. Sorry guys and girls, someone threatening to jump off bridge, but now off and traffic moving. Take time to clear pic.twitter.com/oiugBitaao— Sgt Harry Tangye (@DC_ARVSgt) August 25, 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
When asked about the lack of household names on the list, she added: “We don’t go out of our way to do down established writers or burden them with extra expectations in favour of new writing.“But we do recognise courage and willingness to take risks.”Among the favourites to win the 2016 Man Booker Prize is His Bloody Project, the story of a murder in a 19th century Scottish crofting community published by tiny, two-man independent press Saraband.It will go up against The Sellout, a searing, expletive-filled take on US race relations hailed by judges as “taking political correctness hostage” with a plot they were “hesitant to summarise now, so toxic are the taboos he explodes”. This year’s £50,000 prize will be drawn from a shortlist starring Paul Beatty’s The Sellout, Deborah Levy’s Hot Milk, Graeme Macrae Burnet’s His Bloody Project ,Ottessa Moshfegh’s Eileen, David Szalay’s All That Man Is and Madeleine Thien’s Do Not Say We Have Nothing.Levy, arguably the most famous name on the shortlist after J M Coetzee and AL Kennedy failed to progress from the longlist, offers the shortest work at 220 pages.“Usually the tendency is the opposite,” said Jon Day, a writer, academic and one of the prize judges. “EM Forster said we tend to overpraise a book if it’s long, because we got through it.“You could argue there’s a commitment to quality [here] demonstrated by the fact we haven’t been swayed by the doorstopper.” Judges insisted the six novels were not unrelentingly bleak or full of unsympathetic characters, claiming books including The Sellout had also left them laughing out loud.In the third year the prize has been open to writers of any nationality, two of the six remaining novels are by British authors, with two from the US, one from Canada and one with the dual citizenship of Canada-UK. As Britain’s most prestigious book prize, the Man Booker shortlist can prove a noble yet daunting list for readers to plough through each autumn.This year, fans of the prize may heave a sigh of relief as judges announce the shortest shortlisted books in years, proclaiming they are no longer unduly impressed by “doorstoppers”.The Man Booker shortlist this year comprises of six books, with an average 335 pages between them.Only two other years this century have offered fewer pages, with recent winners including Eleanor Catton’s 832-page The Luminaries and Hilary Mantel’s 672-page Wolf Hall. The judges: Olivia Williams, David Harsent, Amanda Foreman, Abdulrazak Gurnah, and Jon DayCredit:Mark Cocksedge Forster wrote in Aspects of the Novel: “Long books, when read, are usually overpraised, because the reader wishes to convince others and himself that he has not wasted his time.”Judges disclosed far longer books had been among the 155 submitted for the prize, with a “run of three or four books over 800 pages each” at one stage of their reading list.Amanda Foreman, chairman of the jury, said: “Everyone in publishing and writing thinks about this, about length.“Is our ability to sustain concentration over a length of time is being diminished because of the internet and the electronic age?“It’s a very important question and it’s ongoing, but it simply can’t be decided on the basis of this shortlist. The question is still up for grabs.” Commenting on the shortlist, an expert from Foyles praised the “recent Man Booker trend towards new faces”, while Waterstones remarked on the “intriguing and refreshing list”.Ladbrokes placed Graeme Macrae Burnet favourite to win, while William Hill plumped for Deborah Levy.The winner will be announced on October 25 at a black tie ceremony in London’s Guildhall. Hilary Mantel, who has won the Booker twice with her Tudor tomes All That Man Is explores the notion of 21st cenutry masculinity through a series of interlinking short stories All That Man Is, an exploration of modern masculinity, may raise eyebrows for its form, appearing to be a series of short stories threaded together with “clear-eyed chronicle” of manhood and Europe.Hot Milk tells the story of “the toxic waste produced by damaging parents”, while Eileen focuses on a woman in “captivity” and Do Not Say We Have Nothing stars a woman tracking the history of her Chinese musician father who committed suicide. At 220 pages, this is 2016’s shortest Booker book 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.
“Not just for you but everybody else around you as well because you become a problem. I, through a lot of my twenties, was a problem and I didn’t know how to deal with it.”On eventually seeking help, the Prince said: “It’s all about timing. And for me personally, my brother, you know, bless him, he was a huge support to me. He kept saying this is not right, this is not normal, you need to talk to [someone] about stuff, it’s OK.“The timing wasn’t right. You need to feel it in yourself, you need to find the right person to talk to as well.” The Prince admitted that at times he had struggled with aggression and turned to boxing as an outlet for his frustration. Prince Harry Prince Harry leaving Public nightclub, London, Britain in 2011 Credit:Rex Features But he added: “I can’t encourage people enough to just have that conversation because you will be surprised firstly, how much support you get and secondly, how many people literally are longing for you to come out.”Confessing he was “a little nervous, a little tight in the chest” about the interview, the Prince said he was determined to make a difference while the younger members of the Royal family are “still interesting” to the public, doing his bit before Prince George, Princess Charlotte and any of his own future children step into the spotlight. Prince Harry with a picture of his mother Princess Diana, with staff and users of The Running Charity, which is the UK’s first running-orientated programme for homeless and vulnerable young people, in Willesden in north west London.Credit:Geoff Pugh Describing the “quite serious effect” that losing his mother had on his personal and professional life, he tells how living in the public eye left him feeling he could be “very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions”.The Prince, now 32, turned to counsellors and even took up boxing. He says he is now in “a good place”.Prince Harry has decided to give an unprecedented insight into his past in the hope it will encourage people to break the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Prince Harry speaks frankly about fighting his demons on the wake of his mother’s death and how he finally sought professional helpCredit: Getty Images Diana, Princess of Wales with Prince Harry who has said he regrets not opening up sooner about how his mother’s death affected himCredit: PA My brother, you know, bless him, he was a huge support to me. He kept saying this is not right, this is not normal Show more The 30-minute conversation is one of the most candid insights into the innermost thoughts of a modern young member of the Royal family. The Prince, together with his brother and sister-in-law, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have set up Heads Together, a charity which promotes good mental well-being.Prince Harry, who was 12 when his mother died, says in the podcast that he spent his teenage years and twenties determined not to think about her.“I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well,” he said. “During those years I took up boxing, because everyone was saying boxing is good for you and it’s a really good way of letting out aggression,” he said.“And that really saved me because I was on the verge of punching someone, so being able to punch someone who had pads was certainly easier.”He eventually sought support with the encouragement of his brother and others close to him, who told him: “Look, you really need to deal with this. It is not normal to think that nothing has affected you.”Since learning to talk honestly about his feelings, he said, he now feels able to put “blood, sweat and tears” into making a difference for others.“The experience I have had is that once you start talking about it, you realise that actually you’re part of quite a big club,” he said. Later this year, the Prince and the Duke will commemorate the 20th anniversary of their mother’s death, commissioning a statue and presenting awards in her name to honour “kindness, compassion and service”. He has spoken to Bryony Gordon for the first episode of her podcast, Mad World, in which she will interview high-profile guests about their mental health experiences. Prince Harry said of his loss: “My way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mum, because why would that help? “[I thought] it’s only going to make you sad, it’s not going to bring her back.“So from an emotional side, I was like ‘right, don’t ever let your emotions be part of anything’.“So I was a typical 20, 25, 28-year-old running around going ‘life is great’, or ‘life is fine’ and that was exactly it.“And then [I] started to have a few conversations and actually all of a sudden, all of this grief that I have never processed started to come to the forefront and I was like, there is actually a lot of stuff here that I need to deal with.”He said he now counts himself very lucky that it was “only two years … of total chaos” before he learnt how to talk about it. “I just couldn’t put my finger on it,” he said. “I just didn’t know what was wrong with me.” Prince Harry has disclosed that he sought counselling after enduring two years of “total chaos” while still struggling in his late twenties to come to terms with the death of his mother.The Prince says in an interview with The Telegraph that he “shut down all his emotions” for almost two decades after losing his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, despite his brother, Prince William, trying to persuade him to seek help.Disclosing that he has spoken to a professional about his mental health, he describes how he only began to address his grief when he was 28 after feeling “on the verge of punching someone” and facing anxiety during royal engagements. My way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mum, because why would that help? Prince Harry left the British Army in May 2015 after 10 years’ service that saw him fight on the front line in Afghanistan twiceCredit: AFP/Getty Images “I can safely say it’s not Afghanistan-related. I’m not one of those guys that has had to see my best mate blown up next to me and have to apply a tourniquet to both their legs. Luckily, thank God, I wasn’t one of those people.”Prince Harry said his work with the personnel recovery unit, where he listened to wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women talk about serious mental health issues, had proved a turning point in his understanding.“I know there is huge merit in talking about your issues and the only thing about keeping it quiet is that it’s only ever going to make it worse,” he said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle.”Asked whether he had been to see a ‘shrink’ to offload his thoughts, he said: “I’ve done that a couple of times, more than a couple of times, but it’s great.” Even at royal engagements, he said, he had found himself battling a “flight or fight” reaction without properly understanding why. Once he started opening up to friends, he added, he found those same friends felt able to “unravel their own issues”.Dismissing previous speculation he may have suffered mental health issues because of his time in Afghanistan, he said he felt clear that coping with the death of his mother on a very public platform had the greatest impact. Of his current focus on mental health, he said: “What we are trying to do is normalise the conversation to the point where anyone can sit down and have a coffee and just go ‘you know what, I’ve had a really s— day, can I just tell about it? Because then you walk away and it’s done.” He is now in a “good place”.“Because of the process I have been through over the past two and a half years, I’ve now been able to take my work seriously, been able to take my private life seriously as well, and been able to put blood, sweat and tears into the things that really make a difference and things that I think will make a difference to everybody else.”
The Prince welcomes the Irish President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina to his Scottish estate to mark 10 years since the house was opened to the public. . 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.
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 16-year-old boy has been charged with murder after the body of a 14-year-old girl was found in a park.Viktorija Sokolova’s body was discovered in Wolverhampton’s West Park just before 7am on Thursday.A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as a blunt force trauma to the head, West Midlands Police said.Viktorija’s family paid tribute to the teenager, saying she was “was like a little angel” and “she made our lives so colourful and full of meaning”.They added: “We can’t believe she has left us at such a young age. We will never forget you our sweetheart.”You will be living in our hearts, soul and mind forever. Goodbye our little angel.”The teenager from Wolverhampton who is accused of killing Viktorija is due to appear at Dudley Magistrates’ Court on Monday.A second teenage boy, aged 17, who was arrested on suspicion of murder has been bailed pending further investigation.West Park remains closed while a comprehensive forensic examination continues.
More than 22,000 children will leave primary school dangerously obese this year.The number of 10 and 11-year-olds classed as severely obese, the most overweight scale, in the final year of primary school is also nearly double that of those in reception.More than 22,000 out of 556,000 of children in Year 6 are classed as severely obese, a significant increase on the 15,000 four and five-year-olds in the category.The Local Government Association (LGA), which obtained the figures, said this showed children were gaining weight at a drastic rate as they went through school. The LGA, which represents 370 councils in England and Wales, warned that the severe child obesity rates were contributing to a “multi-billion-pound ill-health time bomb”. But it added that this work, including the ability of councils to provide weight management services for children and adults, is being hampered by a £600 million reduction in councils’ public health budgets by central government between 2015-16 and 2019-20. The LGA is calling for reductions in public health grants to be reversed by the Government and for further reforms to tackle childhood obesity. This includes councils having a say in how and where the soft drinks levy is spent, better labelling on food and drink products, and for councils to be given powers to ban junk food advertising near schools.Councillor Izzi Seccombe, chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said the figures represented a “further worrying wake-up call”.“Unless we tackle this obesity crisis, today’s obese children will become tomorrow’s obese adults whose years of healthy life will be shortened by a whole host of health problems including diabetes, cancer and heart disease,” she said. “Cuts to councils’ public health grants are having a significant impact on the many prevention and early intervention services carried out by councils to combat child obesity.” A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: “Our childhood obesity plan is among the most comprehensive in the world – our sugar tax is funding school sports programmes and nutritious breakfasts for the poorest children, and we’re investing in further research into the links between obesity and inequality.“However, we have always been very clear that this is the not the final word on obesity, and we have not ruled out further action if the right results are not seen.” Severe obesity rates are highest in children living in the most deprived towns and cities, and those from BME groups, which the LGA suggested shows a need for more targeted interventions.Despite budget reductions, it said councils were spending more on running effective prevention schemes to help children stay healthy, which is key to tackling the child obesity crisis and reducing future costs to hospital, health and social care services. Severe obesity puts people at serious health risks, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer. Severe obesity can also shorten a person’s life by 10 years – an equivalent loss to the effects of lifelong smoking. In adults, a BMI of 40 or above means a person is severely obese, at least 60 per cent higher than the upper healthy weight BMI limit of 24.9.The first data of its kind for 2016-17, obtained by the LGA and supplied by the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP), show that a total of 22,646 out of 556,452 10 and 11-year-olds (4.1 per cent) are classed as severely obese. For children aged four and five, reception class age, the figure is 14,787 out of 629,359 in total (2.35 per cent). 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.
Black and Asian actors should be allowed to play white historical figures in period dramas in order to redress the balance in the acting history, a leading actress has said.Gemma Chan, famous for her roles in Crazy Rich Asians and Channel 4’s Humans, said that casting should be more colourblind and that the musical Hamilton, in which a black man plays George Washington, has made the world more ready to see historical figures played by ethnic minority actors.“Why are actors of colour, who have fewer opportunities anyway, only allowed to play their own race? And sometimes they’re not even allowed to play their own race,” she told Allure magazine.The 36-year-old actress added: “I feel like Hamilton opened minds a lot. We have a black man playing George Washington. They describe it as ‘America then, told by America now.’ And I think our art should reflect life now”.There was some controversy over Chan, of Chinese descent, playing Bess of Hardwick, a prominent white countess, in the 2018 film Mary Queen of Scots.She argued that she was entitled to play the role, explaining: “John Wayne played Genghis Khan. If John Wayne can play Genghis Khan, I can play Bess of Hardwick. “If we portray a pure white past, people start to believe that’s how it was, and that’s not how it was. If people understood that, my parents might not have been told, ‘Go home, go back to where you came from’ multiple times.”The actress has previously spoken out about racial prejudice in Hollywood, and revealed in a recent interview with Glamour that she was told she sounded “too English” by casting producers.She said she used to be asked to audition for “specifically ethnic parts”, but was told: “Can you do more of an accent? You sound too English!”Chan is currently starring as Minn-Erva in superhero film Captain Marvel, which is in cinemas now. 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 Queen is shown a typical 2019 shopping basketCredit:Reuters Before she left, she met a small selection of around 30 of Sainsbury’s 180,000 employees, including some of the 35,000 staff volunteering in their communities to celebrate the 150th anniversary, before unveiling a plaque and cutting a cake to mark the occasion. Lord Sainsbury, life president and former chief executive of the company, greeted the Queen and called her visit “very flattering”.He said: “I’m proud to say that what the company has contributed over the years has made it worthy of it.”Of course, it’s a great compliment.” She was shown how tastes have changed since her Coronation when one Sainsbury’s staff member, Lynn Bennett, showed her a typical shopping basket from 1953 and one from the present day. “I think if I had seen the Queen in one of my stores in the north east of England I would have made sure I had assisted her,” he said. As Queen, she has had little opportunity to get to grips with the mundane reality of modern supermarket shopping.So when she was taught to use a self-service scanner today, she only had one question on her mind: could it be tricked?The Queen, who was visiting a Sainsbury’s store to celebrate the chain’s 150th anniversary, was given a demonstration of a new till and weighing scale, asking: “And you can’t trick it? You can’t cheat then?”Reassured by Damien Corcoran, a regional manager for Sainsbury’s stores in the north east of England, that the weighing scale would catch out any unscrupulous shoppers, the Queen was told how people put items from their baskets on the scales, key in details, and normally pay with credit cards.When the manager claimed many people liked the convenience of being able to do it themselves, she replied: “I’m sure they do. Everybody wants to hurry.”Mr Corcoran also showed her how some shoppers now dispensed with tills altogether, choosing instead to pay via a mobile telephone app. “That’s an interesting tool,” the Queen, who is 93, replied. The Queen sees inside a replica of one of the original Sainsbury’s stores in Covent GardenCredit:Reuters Mr Corcoran, a former Captain in the Royal Signals, said that in his work for Sainsbury’s he generally found there were two types of customers: those who embraced new technology quickly and were keen to use it, and others who needed a bit more help from staff. Beside one counter, Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover, the company’s 91-year-old life president, and his wife Lady Anya, reminisced with the Queen about ration books, which the company helped to introduce during the Second World War.She recalled her ration book – “it was very small” – and told the Sainsburys how the Royal Family used to supplement their rations with eggs and cheese from the farm at Windsor. “As a Sunday treat we had some sweeties. But we were lucky we had a farm,” the Queen said. Off duty, she is said to occasionally pop into shops in Ballater near Balmoral when she is staying on her Scottish estate. During her visit to Sainsbury’s in Covent Garden, the Queen was shown around mocked-up store fronts from history. The pop-up store, only a few hundred yards from where Sainsbury’s first set up in business on a stall at 173 Drury Lane in 1869, is open all week for the company’s 150th celebrations.During a half hour visit, the Queen saw a replica of the firm’s first delivery bike, used to take goods to customers in Croydon, south London, before seeing counters displaying the first three items the shops sold: butter, milk and eggs. The Queen had her suspicions about the self-service check outCredit:Reuters While the Queen is not a regular visitor to supermarkets, she has previously made official visits to shops including a 2016 trip to Waitrose in Poundbury with Prince Philip, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. A mock-up of an original Sainbury’s storeCredit:Reuters One item that caught her eye from 1953 was an empty jar of bloater paste, a fish paste made from herring.“Ghastly,” the Queen said.“I was thinking the same,” said Ms Bennett. “Disgusting.”The Queen appeared surprised by some of the items in the modern day shopping basket, which included fish pie and curry ready meals.When Ms Bennett showed her a packet of sachets of porridge and explained people liked the sachets, the Queen said: “Porridge? Tastes have changed.” The Queen examines a ration bookCredit:Reuters
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. “I would also like to speak to anyone who saw them get away.”I would like to reassure the local community that we have stepped up patrols in the area and will continue to have a presence there for the coming days.”The Lancashire Constabulary are urging witnesses or anyone with information to call 101 or 01254 353870 quoting incident reference 1746 of May 25. Armed robbers used an “utterly deplorable level of violence” as they attacked a 65-year-old man with a metal bar during a raid on his home, police said.A gang of men wearing balaclavas were said to have burst in through the back of the victim’s property on Walter Street in Darwen, Lancs, at around 10.30pm on Saturday.The terrified homeowner was then “badly beaten” by the group with weapons including a metal bar as they made demands for money, according to Lancashire Police.He suffered broken ribs, a broken shoulder, injuries to his head and eyes as well as cuts to his hands and legs.The victim was taken to Royal Preston Hospital where he is now in a stable condition, the force said.DS Amanda Bleazard from Blackburn Police said: “This was a truly shocking attack on a man who should have been safe in his own home.”The level of violence used was utterly deplorable and totally needless.”We have a team of detectives working on finding who was responsible for this appalling robbery and I am asking anyone who may have seen a group of men acting suspiciously in the area in the time leading up to the attack to get in touch.
Their ancient texts have been wound tightly inside, unread ever since. Now some of their secrets could be revealed for the first time with the aid of dental technology. Hundreds of papyri scrolls unearthed at the ancient Roman town of Herculaneum have remained unopened since they were burnt, blackened and buried by the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Three of the fragile carbonised scrolls will be transported to America this week from Italy for a major exhibition at the J Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California. They will first make an unlikely detour – the UCLA School of Dentistry. There, through the adaptation of the latest medical equipment, they will undergo complex, high-resolution…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to a technical glitch we had inadvertently posted the wrong photo of Sultan Iyube. We immediately deleted the photo as soon as it was noticed and offer our sincere apologies for the error. …arrested 3 months after hit-and-run accident By Andrew CarmichaelPolice ranks in Berbice have been able to locate the car which was involved in a hit-and-run accident at Number 55 Village Corentyne back in September and have also arrested the driver.Reports are that police got the breakthrough with the aid of a close relative of the suspect.It was the man’s son-in-law who reportedly provided the information to the police almost three months after the accident which killed 19-year-old Trishan Sahai also called ‘Star’, of Number 57 Village Corentyne and injured his 28-year-old friend Mooneshwar Jairam also called ‘Bodo’, of the same village.Reports are that after the driver’s daughter and her husband encountered some marital problems, he told the police that it was his father-in-law who was involved in the September 17 hit-and-run accident at Number 55 Village in front of a bar.One of the persons’ police immediately arrested was the man’s wife, Roshnie Iyube, in whose name the car is registered.The woman said that she had no knowledge that her car was involved in a hit-and-run accident. According to her, she was led to believe that her husband had hit an animal and it was not until six weeks after that the car was fixed. During that time it remained in the garage. The woman told INews that, last Friday evening, a party of police officers visited their bath settlement home.“When I come out they ask me who is my husband and I told them Sultan lyube and they say that is not the name they have for him and then they ask for my name and after I give them they told my husband that he is under arrest for some accident and then they told me that I am under arrest too,” the woman said.They were initially taken to the Fort Wellington Police Station and then to Central Police Station in New Amsterdam. The suspected hit-and-run driver was eventually detained at Reliance while his wife went to Sisters Village. During the investigation, the suspect took investigators to the scene and pointed out where it was that he hit the two men.The car allegedly involved in the hit and run accident in SeptemberHe also told investigators that he thought it was an animal but related that in his rear view mirror he could see persons rushing to where the object was that he had hit.According to Roshnie lyube, when her husband arrived home on the night in question, he told her that he had damaged the car after hitting something on the road. “When I look I see the headlamp break on the left side and the rearview mirror on the left side break and the bumper have a little scratch and I told him once there is life we can always fix that,” the woman said.Back in September, a motor car with an unknown registration plate was proceeding north along the Corentyne Highway at a fast rate of speed and struck down Sahai and Jairam who were walking across the Highway at Number Naught Village.Dead, Trishan Sahai also called ‘Star’Sahai was pitched some 30 feet away from impact while Jairam landed on top of a motor car breaking the windscreen and rear view mirror in the process. The car was parked at the time. However, the speeding car did not stop. Both men were taken to the Skeldon Hospital where Sahai was pronounced dead while Jairam was transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital. lyube says following the accident her husband was unusually quiet for several days. The damaged car was fixed six weeks after the accident. During that period it remained parked in the garage.Meanwhile, the dead man’s stepfather Haroon Hamid says he is happy that the police have been able to crack the case.“When we get that news we felt a little relieved to know that after a while the police were still trying and now they get to apprehend him. We must give thanks and compliment the police for doing such a wonderful job. We hope that justice will prevail,” he said.Meanwhile, mother of 28-year-old Mooneshwar Jairam who was injured in the accident expressed gratitude saying she had given up hope.On to now he is not well as he was before. He still cries out for his head and his shoulder that is paining up to now,” she said.Sultan Iyube, 48, of Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice appear at the Number 51 Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday before Magistrate Charlyn Artiga to answer four charges.The West Coast Berbice businessman was placed on $1M bail and ordered to lodge his travel documents after he was slapped with four charges, including causing death by dangerous driving.Iyube was not required to plead to causing the death of Tristan Sahai on September 17. He was also charged with failing to stop following an accident, failing to render assistance and failing to report an accident on the same day.Bail was granted in the sum of $1M. He will have to return to court on December 27. 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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSoldiers shot during outing at Georgetown SeawallsSeptember 17, 2015In “Crime”Soldier dead, two others injured in Mandela Ave. accidentNovember 1, 2013In “Crime”Soldier critical following WCB accidentAugust 2, 2017In “Crime” Generic image of a paratrooping solderTwo soldiers attached to the 31 Special Forces Squadron of the Guyana Defence Force are now hospitalized following an accident during a routine paratrooping exercise at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on Thursday.This publication was informed that the incident occurred at about 08:15hrs after the parachutes of the men, who have not been identified, became entangled.The soldiers were referred to the Georgetown Public Hospital to determine the seriousness of their injuries. The families of the two men were also contacted.An investigation was launched into the accident.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon when questioned about the incident today told media operatives that it is normal for paratroopers to be injured during an exercise while explaining that in some cases there is a “Mae West”- an occurrence where there is no air and the parachutes do not open as it should.